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An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
The Mennonite and other newspapers.   Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

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Lapp, Dan J. ; . . Leakey, Anna Stahl ; . . Lehman, Lydia J. Miller ; . . Lehman, Mary H. Miller ; . . Longacher, Constance Elaine Brenneman ; . .  Looney, Ruth Ann Clingenpeel ; . .


Lapp, Dan J., 90, of Plain City, Madison Co., OH died March 21, 2019 at the same place after a lengthy illness. He was born August 13, 1928 at Plain City, OH to John and Sarah (Yoder) Lapp. On April 26 1952 at Plain City he was married to Mary E. Miller, who was born June 1, 1933 and died September 7, 2016.

Surviving are children, Rob Lapp; Kathy (Carl) Phillips; and Sherry (Michael) Lowe; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Simon (late Helen) Lapp; Henry (Orpha) Lapp; Roman (Nancy) Lapp; John Lapp Jr.; Dorothy (Ervin) Yutzy; and Gertrude (Norman) Detweiler.

A brother, LeeRoy Lapp preceded him in death.

He grew up farming and was involved in carpentry all his life. Dan was a member of Sharon Mennonite Church. He enjoyed fishing and collected tiny toy trains. He was known to many as "the clock man." He collected, repaired and tinkered with all types of clocks, especially enjoying grandfather clocks.

Memorial services were held March 26, 2019 at Sharon Mennonite Church, Plain City, OH with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Amy Hinton, Office Administrator
Sharon Mennonite Church
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Leakey, Anna Stahl
November 30, 1928 - May 20, 2019

Anna Stahl Leakey, 90, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Mountain View Nursing Home in Aroda, Va.

Anna was born on Nov. 30, 1928, in Lewistown, Pa., to Dewey and Mary Brubaker Stahl. In 1941, her family moved to Harrisonburg, Va., where she spent most of her life.

In 1956, she married Bill Leakey, who preceded her in death in September 1991.

Surviving are her son, Michael Leakey and wife, Joyce, of Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Andrew Leakey, wife, Sabrina Sumner, and Erin Baker, husband, Justin; and three great-grandchildren, Austin and Lucas Leakey and Finley Baker. She is also survived by one brother, Jacob Stahl, of Lititz, Pa.

In addition to her husband, Anna was preceded in death by two sons, James Donald Leakey and Joseph Kenneth Leakey; three brothers, Omar Stahl, Milo Stahl, and John Stahl; and one sister, Sara Kreider.

Anna had a career in nursing for 40 years. She enjoyed telling stories about her time as a nurse. Anna was also a bird enthusiast. She spent time collecting birds and watching them outside. She also enjoyed spending time with little children.

A memorial service will be held at Lindale Mennonite Church on June 15, 2019, at 11 a.m.

Daily News Record - 6/6/2019
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Lehman, Lydia J. Miller
February 5, 1931 - March 27, 2019

Lydia J. Lehman, 88, of LaGrange, IN died March 27, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Lehman was born on February 5, 1931, in Sumner County, KS to Joe A. and Mary (Miller) Miller.

On February 7, 1952 in Topeka, IN she married Manas M. Lehman, Jr.; he survives in LaGrange, IN.

Mrs. Lehman was a homemaker and member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Surviving along with her husband are seven daughters, Esther (Levi) Yoder of Millersburg, IN, Irene (Ernie) Chupp of Nappanee, IN, Mary Lehman of Shipshewana, IN, Rosetta (Mel) Fry of LaGrange, IN, Suella (Ervin) Miller of LaGrange, IN, Ida Mae (Ervin) Hochstetler of Bourbon, IN, and Lena Hirschy of LaGrange, IN; six sons, Ervin Jay (Elizabeth) Lehman of Leesburg, IN, Calvin Lehman of LaGrange, IN, Daniel (Rose Ellen) Lehman of Topeka, IN, Orla (Rose) Lehman of LaGrange, IN, Clarence (Christina) Lehman of LaGrange, IN, and David (Crystal) Lehman of Howe, IN; 48 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 23 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence (Lydia Mae) Miller of Chouteau, OK; a sister-in-law, Amanda Miller of Chouteau, OK; and a brother-in-law, Albert Mullet of Millersburg, IN.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter; a grandson; a great-grandson; two sisters, Ida Yoder and Rosa Mullet; and four brothers, Amos, Irvin, Enos, and Elmer Miller.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 9:30 am at the family residence (2020 N 450 W, LaGrange, IN). Bishop Harry Wayne Miller and home ministers will officiate the services.

Burial will follow in East Barrens Cemetery in Shipshewana, IN.

Visitation will be held at the family residence on Thursday, March 28, 2019, after 2:00 pm and all day on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Frurip-May Funeral Home, Lagrange, IN
March 30, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Lehman, Mary H. Miller
January 28, 1941 - June 24, 2019

Mary H. Lehman, 78, of Middlebury, passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy battle with cancer at 8:58 pm on Monday, June 24. She was born on January 28, 1941 in LaGrange County, to Henry N. and Molly (Bontreger) Miller. On October 15, 1964 in Middlebury, she married Andrew D. Lehman, he survives.

Survivors in addition to her husband are four sons, Henry (Ada) Lehman of Goshen, David (Karen) Lehman, Calvin (Martha) Lehman, Dannie (Lora) Lehman all of Middlebury; daughter, Carolyn Helmuth of Goshen; 24 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Leonard (Ruby) Miller of Middlebury, Elmer (Marilyn) Miller of Goshen, Samuel (Mary Ellen) Miller of Middlebury; two sisters, Ida Lambright of Topeka, Susie (Freeman) Yoder of Middlebury; 185 nieces and nephews and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Galen Helmuth; brother, Melvin Miller; sister, Anna Miller; brother-in-law, Harley Lambright.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 25 and all day Wednesday, June 26 at the Dannie Lehman residence, 11770 W. 250 N., Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, June 27 also at the Dannie Lehman residence.

Services will be conducted by Bishop Norman Miller and the home ministers.
Burial will be in Naylor Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Longacher, Constance Elaine Brenneman, beloved wife, devoted mother and grandmother, and faithful friend, died peacefully at her home in Park View of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 22, 2019. She was born to Mennonite missionary parents in Dhamtari, India, on Nov. 14, 1936, and moved when she was 4 1/2 to the small town of Hesston, Kan., where her father became the only physician. She graduated from Hesston College (1956) and Goshen College (1958), but spent one fateful semester at Eastern Mennonite College, where she met her husband to be, Joseph Longacher, from Denbigh (Newport News), Va.

They married at Doylestown, Pa., on Dec. 30, 1958, in the home of her Uncle Paul and Aunt Grace Brenneman, surrogate parents while her parents were serving as missionaries in Tanganyika. Following a brief honeymoon in Manhattan, they returned to Harrisonburg, where Joe completed college and Constance taught second grade at Tenth Legion Elementary School. She taught second grade at Baker School in Henrico County the following four years while he attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

Following Joe’s one-year internship in Bethlehem, Pa., they lived in eastern Kentucky from 1964-68, the first two in Voluntary Service under Mennonite Central Committee. While in Kentucky, he was a general practitioner and she a full-time homemaker and mother, and they welcomed their first two children. Two more children joined the family after they returned to Richmond. They lived there until he retired from his gastroenterology practice and they moved to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in 2013.

Constance was the center of their marriage and family life. She was always there for their children, reading to them daily, attending all their school activities, piano recitals, and swim meets, and providing food for their growing bodies, including homemade oatmeal bread (four loaves baked each week for years). As a grandmother, she happily spent time with her grandchildren, even those at a distance, and openly praised their accomplishments with the unique and much desired Indian word “Shabash” (well-done). She also knitted Christmas stockings for members of the family, complete with their names.

Plainspoken and direct, Constance conveyed her Christian faith and convictions clearly, and also will be remembered for her intellect and sense of humor. During their time in Richmond, she was a faithful member of First Mennonite Church, attending regularly, serving as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, and serving as an elder many times. While there, she served as a mentor and role model for many younger women. In recognition of her work as chair of the Alternatives to the Military Committee in its Warwick District, Virginia Mennonite Conference awarded her its annual Peace Mug. She was appointed an associate trustee of Eastern Mennonite University in 1996, where she also served as co-chair of the Parents Council and member of the Northlawn Renovation Committee.

Her favorite avocation was reading, especially mysteries and British and German history. She exercised vigorously through daily walking and aerobics, and enjoyed traveling with her family to many national parks as well as overseas. She especially enjoyed trips to the British Isles, India, and China. She was a page in the Henrico County Library system, a tour guide for the city of Richmond, and a volunteer at Virginia Voice, reading for the print handicapped on a special radio network.

Following surgery in 1997 for a malignancy of the sinuses, Constance drove to University of Virginia from Richmond twice weekly for 11 years to volunteer in Dr. Paul Levine’s clinic, receiving an award in 2006 from the American Cancer Society for that contribution.

Constance was preceded in death by her mother, Millie Page Brenneman, and her father, Dr. Fred S. Brenneman. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joseph W. Longacher Jr.; her children, Deirdre Smeltzer (Sherwyn) of Harrisonburg, Va., Steven Longacher of Corvallis, Ore., Mark Longacher (Lisa) of Castle Rock, Colo., and Karen Minatelli of Alexandria, Va.; six grandchildren, Meg Smeltzer-Miller (Daniel), Claire Smeltzer, Andrew Longacher, Isaac Longacher, Eli Longacher, and Elina Minatelli; and six siblings, Juanita Shenk (Wilbert) of Goshen, Ind., Frank Brenneman (Anne) of Hesston, Kan., Marjorie Roach (Paul) of Pullman, Wash., Myrna Eshleman (Kenneth) of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Lawrence Brenneman (Judith) of Keyser, W.Va., and Barbara Lehman (Daniel) of Columbus, Ohio.

A service of celebration will be held at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave. in Harrisonburg, on March 23 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brenneman-Longacher Math Scholarship Fund at Eastern Mennonite University, or to Mennonite Central Committee.

Daily News Record - 2/25/2019
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Looney, Ruth Ann Clingenpeel, age 71, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019 in Canon City, Colorado. She was born July 3, 1947 to Robert Dale and Anna Mildred (Kane) Clingenpeel in Louisville, Mississippi. Ruth grew up in North Liberty, Indiana and graduated from North Liberty High School. She married Jimmy D. Looney on March 10, 1979 and spent her years as a homemaker and a loving mother.

One of her greatest joys was attending Skyline Mennonite Church where she knew everyone and greeted them with a smile. She loved waving at the babies in Church and was always there to lend a helping hand. It gave her so much joy to sing Gospel and Country music. Her gentle smile and sweet voice will be missed by anyone who ever knew her.

Surviving along with her husband Jimmy are her sons, Robert (Robin) Pedzinski of Canon City, Colorado and David (Shannon) Pedzinski of Colorado and Florida; daughter Robin (Tim) Cuddie of Texas; grandchildren Joel Rumfelt of Texas, Jason Rumfelt of Mishawaka, Indiana, Vincent Rumfelt of Wisconsin, Robert D. Pedzinski of Bristol, Indiana, Christopher Pedzinski of Pennsylvania, Eric Pedzinski of Canon City, Colorado, Megan Cohee of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kai Pedzinski of Minnesota, Cami Pedzinski of Florida, Crysta Lewis of Texas; Six Great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends who loved her.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, Indiana. Pastor Chuck Wotring will preside and burial will follow in Violett Cemetery in Goshen, Indiana. Visitation will be before the service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Canon Christian Academy, 1331 Harrison Ave., Canon City, Colorado 81212

Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home
Elkhart, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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