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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.

2019  N to Q


Newcomer, Arthur L. ; . . Newswanger, David "Davey" H. ; . . Newswanger, G. Arlene Gehman ; . . Nissley, Ira C. ; . . Nissley, Katie Yoder ; . . Noftsier, Rita L. Rassi ; . . Nolt, Naomi H. Gehman ; . . Nolt, Titus Z. ; . . Ober, Esther H. Hershey ; . . Oberholtzer, Ivan W. ; . . Oberholtzer, John N. ; . . Oberholtzer, Norman G. ; . . Ortman, Arlan Wayne ; . . Otto, Daniel M. ; . . Otto, Melissa Janelle ; . . Owens, Charles E. "Chuck" ; . . Penner, Winona Kaye Friesen ; . . Petersheim, Amos S. ; . .

 

Newcomer, Arthur L., 81, of Bellefontaine, Logan Co., OH died June 15, 2019 at the same place. He was born August 18, 1937 in Manor Twp., _____ Co., PA to Norman and Ida (Leaman) Newcomer. On August 19, 1961 at Lansdale, PA he was married to Mary Rosenberger, who survives.

Surviving are children, Maria Gleason, and Sam (Ana) Newcomer; four grandchildren, two sisters, Elsie Charles, and Miriam (Jams) Haverstick, and a brother, Ed Newcomer.

A brother, Earl Newcomer preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held June 23, 2019 at Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Logan Co., OH.

Submitted by: Miriam Lapp,
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Newswanger, David "Davey" H.

Myerstown - David "Davey" H. Newswanger, 92, went to his heavenly home on May 11, 2019. He was born in West Earl Township, PA, to the late Peter B Newswanger and Elizabeth N Hoover. Married to Esther Elizabeth "Betty" Hurst in 1946, they moved to a farm in Newmanstown, PA and were blessed with 7 children. Davey and Betty worshipped at Fair Haven Mennonite Church, Myerstown.

They moved to Womelsdorf PA in 1961, where Davey started a 20-year business with Curtis Breeding Service. When Betty passed away in 1980, Davey continued the Newswanger's Sausage business that Betty started, working there Friday's until he was 78. He was employed for 22 years at Farmer Boy AG in Myerstown and for Ivan Z. Martin Sr.

In 1985, Davey married the late Madlyn Sharpe. They spent their years traveling and spending time with friends and family, and continued to welcome 26 grandchildren, and 101 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Madlyn pre-deceased Davey in September 2018. They attended Mt Aetna Bible Church,

Davey is survived by his daughters and son; Esther and Harlan Martin, Barbara and Earl Martin, David Jr and Lisa Newswanger, Jane and Quentin Fultz, Joan Bowen and the late Stephen Bowen, Joyce and Glenn Weaver, and Janette and John Eberly.

David is also survived by his brother Adam and Elizabeth, of Denver PA, and pre-deceased brothers Peter, survived wife Pauline, John, and Luke, survived wife Marianna.

Funeral Services will be held at Mt. Aetna Bible Church, 11 N Chestnut, Mount Aetna, PA 19544 on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 2 PM, followed by internment at Myerstown Mennonite Church. A viewing will be held at Mt. Aetna Bible Church on Friday May 17, from 5-9pm, and from 1-2pm on Saturday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please donate to https://mds.mennonite.net/donate/#difference.

Lebanon Daily News, May 14, 2019
Lebanon, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Newswanger, G. Arlene Gehman
September 24, 1927 - March 31, 2019

G. Arlene Newswanger, 91, of Providence Place, Pine Grove, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Providence Place She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Born on September 24, 1927 in Schoeneck, Lancaster Co, she was a daughter of the late Eli and Elizabeth Martin Gehman and step daughter of the late Mary Musser Gehman.

Arlene and late husband Amos moved to Pine Grove from Stevens, Lancaster Co. in 1953 and farmed until 1970. She supported Amos in his bus business, and was instrumental in keeping all of the buses clean and ready for trips.

Arlene worked in the Pine Grove High School and Middle School cafeteria washing dishes for many years. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and sewing, but her first love was playing board games with her grandchildren.

Arlene and her late husband Amos were founding members of the Roedersville Mennonite Church, Pine Grove. She was active as a Sunday school teacher for many years, and was also involved in the church Sewing Circle.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 68 years Amos Newswanger, Jr.; grandson Matthew Newswanger; sister Lucile Gehman; brother, James Robert Gehman, a brother who passed in infancy.

Surviving are four sons, Barry and wife Kathie Newswanger, Jerry Newswanger, Clair and wife Debra Newswanger, all of Pine Grove, Fred and wife Megan Newswanger of Hyde Park, NY; daughter Linda and husband Carl Driedger of Willow St.; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two on the way.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren, 347 Sweet Arrow Lake Rd., Pine Grove with Pastor Daryl Martin officiating. There will be a viewing on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the Church. Interment will follow in Roedersville Mennonite Cemetery, Pine Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Roedersville Mennonite Church Benevolence Fund, c/o Jean Hurst, 1085 Rock Rd., Schuylkill Haven, Pa. 17972 or Hospice of Central Pa, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, Pa. 17110 in her memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/2/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Nissley, Ira C.
Sept. 29, 1931 - Jan. 16, 2019

WILLIAMSBURG - Ira C. Nissley was born September 29, 1931 in rural Thomas, Oklahoma, the son of Chris and Sarah Ann (Yoder) Nissley. His family moved to Iowa when he was 12 years old living in the Kalona community.

On October 28, 1952 he was united in marriage to Arlene Schlabach at the Parnell Mennonite Church. The couple has lived in the Williamsburg community since 1956. Ira farmed, owned and operated Burg Auto and Nissley Welding. He will be remembered for his love of family and his pleasure in all things mechanical. The best challenge for him was a project that seemed too difficult to fix. He was a member of the West Union Mennonite Church.

Ira passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City at the age of 87 years.

Ira is survived by his wife of 66 years Arlene of Williamsburg; 4 children: Darlene and Dale Chittick of Williamsburg, Keith and Gloria Nissley of Blounstown, FL; Brenda Nissley of Seattle, WA; Amy and Ardell Nissley Stauffer of Hesston, KS; 5 grandchildren: Carrie and Greg Dietze, Neal Chittick, Sarah Nissley, Max and Graham Stauffer; 5 great grandchildren: Camden, Ashley, Daniel, Hannah,Jenna; and 11 siblings: Leroy Nissley of Riverside, Lonnie Nissley of Blountstown, FL, Chris Nissley of Clarksville, FL, Ivan Nissley of Blountstown, FL, Mary Bell of Canyon Country, CA, Ann Hochstedler of Kalona, Heidi Smucker of Spring Mills, PA, Marie Detweiler of Tallahassee, FL, Pauline Miller of Craig, CO, Carolyn Yoder of Altha, FL, Treva Schrock of New Paris, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers Nelson and John.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the West Union Mennonite Church in rural Parnell. Pastor David Heusinkveld and Pastor Martha Yoder will officiate. Burial will be in the West Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-7 PM on Monday, January 21, 2019, at the West Union Mennonite Church where the family will greet friends from 2-4 and 5-7 PM. A memorial fund has been established for the West Union Mennonite Church. The Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg is caring for Ira and his family.

Submitted by: Leora Gerber, Kidron, OH


 

Nissley, Katie Yoder
November 25, 1933 - March 4, 2019

Katie Nissley, 85, of Wolcottville, died at 4:44 am on Monday, March 4, at her residence. She was born on November 25, 1933, in Loogootee, IN (Daviess County), to Amos and Emma (Graber) Yoder. On November 30, 1967, in LaGrange County, she married Leroy A. Nissley; he survives. They lived in matrimony for 51 years.

Survivors in addition to her husband are three daughters, Rebekah Nissley of Topeka, Rachel (LaVern) Miller of Middlebury, Ruth (Floyd) Mast of Howe; three sons, William (Mary Ann) Nissley of Wolcottville, John (Mary Kathryn) Nissley of Millersburg, Leroy, Jr. (Loranna) Nissley of Middlebury; 26 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Simon (Elsie) Yoder of Goshen, John (Lydia Mae) Yoder of FL; sister-in-law, Sarah Yoder of LaGrange; brother-in-law, Harvey Lambright of Topeka.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Ethan Mast; two sisters, Lena Shell and Fannie Lambright; seven brothers, Noah, David, Jacob, Cletus, Joseph, William, and Amos, Jr. Yoder. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5 and all day Wednesday, March 6 at the William Nissley residence, 5015 E. 450 South, Wolcottville. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, March 7, also at the William Nissley residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Wayne Slabach and the home ministers. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, LaGrange.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
March 5, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Noftsier, Rita L. Rassi, 67, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died June 17, 2019 at the same place. She was born June 15, 1952 at Goshen to Lloyd and Dorothy (Haines) Rassi.

Surviving are her mother, a son, Romeyn A. (Rhonda) Noftsier of Lowville, NY, two sisters, Yvonne (Max) Mault of Goshen and Maureen (Bill) Cole of Indianapolis and a brother, Doug (Vicki) Rassi of Jeffersonville, IN.

Her father preceded her in death.

A 1970 graduate of Goshen High School, Rita went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Goshen College and a master's degree in Utica, New York, as a reading specialist.

Rita loved her work as a teacher and her students loved her
Memorial services were held June 28, 2019 at Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel, Huntington, IN with burial in Victory Noll Cemetery, Huntingon, IN.

Submitted by: College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Nolt, Naomi H. Gehman, 84, of 90 Dietrich Road, Mifflinburg, entered into rest at 4:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at her home in West Buffalo Township.

She was born Feb. 24, 1934, in West Earl Township, Lancaster County, a daughter of the late Peter H. and Elsie E. (Hursh) Gehman. On Dec. 12, 1957, in Berks County, she married Ivan S. Nolt, Sr. who preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1999.

Naomi was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church, Millmont.

Surviving are two sons and three daughters-in-law, Harold G. and Lucy Nolt of Mifflinburg, Ivan S. Jr. and Jane Nolt of Mifflinburg, and Ruth Nolt of Reedsville; three daughters, Florence G. Nolt of Winfield, Lydia A. Nolt of Mifflinburg, and Mary K. Nolt of Mifflinburg; two brothers, Henry and Eli Gehman; one sister, Rachel Zimmerman; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Harvey Nolt; three brothers; three sisters; and five grandchildren.

Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nolt residence, 90 Dietrich Road, Mifflinburg, where the funeral will be held at 8:45 Friday, with additional services beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Mountain View Old Order Mennonite Church, 274 Kaiser Run Road, Millmont, with the home ministry officiating.

Interment will be in Mountain View Old Order Mennonite Church Cemetery, Lewis Township.

Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.

Sunbury Daily Item - 1/22/2019
Sunbury, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Nolt, Titus Z., 90, of Myerstown, PA, passed away in his home on Thursday, February 7, 2019. He was the husband of Martha K. Buckwalter Nolt. He was born in West Earl Township, Lancaster County on October 19, 1928, a son of the late Rufus and Lizzie Zimmerman Nolt.

Titus was a retired farmer and excavator. He was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church of Weaverland Conference.

Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Clair Nolt and wife Elva of Myerstown; Harlan Nolt and wife Fern of Richland; Erma Good and husband Howard of Narvon; Jane Stauffer and husband Daniel of Ephrata; Pauline Shirk and husband Clair of Mio, MI; Marie Martin of Newmanstown; 41 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Martin Nolt of Manitoba; Rufus Nolt of Lititz; John Nolt and wife Vera of Lititz; Lloyd Nolt and wife Reba of Lititz; sisters, Etta Hoover of Myerstown; Lizzie Gingrich and husband David of Lititz; Lena Martin and husband Carl of Ephrata; Emma Martin of Lititz; Miriam Oberholtzer and husband Nathan of Denver; Mabel Hoover and husband Raymond of East Earl; Anna Mae Hoover and husband Enos of New Holland; Nora Burkholder and husband Carl of Seneca Falls, NY. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Nolt; son in law, Jason Martin; great-grandson, Galen Nolt.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM in Fairview Mennonite Church, 111 Elco Drive, Myerstown, PA. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing on Monday from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm at Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon, PA. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS.

Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling his arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/9/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Ober, Esther H. Hershey, 98, of Mount Joy, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019 at her residence. Born in East Hempfield Township, she was the daughter of the late Clayton S. and Elizabeth (Huber) Hershey. Esther was the wife of the late Phares S. Ober who passed away on June 1, 2012.

Esther retired from Donegal Industries as a Sewing Machine Operator. She was a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church. She enjoyed decorating, cooking and entertaining family and friends. Esther was known for keeping a neat home.

Esther is survived by two daughters, Lois, wife of Charles Hess of Marticville and Linda, wife of Marlin Myers of Manheim; two granddaughters, Tina (Shawn) Beam and Lori Hess; and her brother, Levi Hershey of Lancaster.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Keener; and three brothers, Clarence and John Hershey and an infant, Norman Hershey.

A Life Celebration service will be held at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 1 PM. A time of fellowship will follow the service. Interment to follow time of fellowship at East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Sheetz Funeral Home, 16 E. Main St., Mount Joy on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 6 until 8 pm and again on Friday at Mount Joy Mennonite Church from 12 noon until 1 PM. At Esther's request, please wear a red article of clothing in her honor.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/6/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Oberholtzer, Ivan W., 89, of Millmont, entered into rest at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Bareville, Lancaster County, a son of the late Harry L. and Anna (Weaver) Oberholtzer. On Dec. 25, 1952, in Bowmansville, he married the former Martha N. Leinbach who survives.

Ivan was a retired farmer.
He was a member of Mountain View Old Order Mennonite Church.

Surviving are five sons and six daughters, Harry L. and Alta Oberholtzer of Millmont, Ben and Eva Oberholtzer of Winfield, Ruth and David Hoover of Mifflinburg, Anna and David Kilmer of Elkhart, Ind., Levi and Susan Oberholtzer of Millmont, Amos and Rhoda Oberholtzer of Denver, Pa., Nancy and George Brubaker of Liberty, Ky., Martha and Lester Nolt of Lewisburg, Ellen Oberholtzer of Millmont, Eva and Erwin Zimmerman of Mifflinburg, Ivan Jr and Esther Oberholtzer of Pen Yan, N.Y.; 59 grandchildren; 110 great-grandchildren; five siblings, John Oberholtzer of Lobelville, Tenn., John A. and Anna Zimmerman of Shiloh, Ohio, Joseph Oberholtzer of Leola, Harry and Edna Oberholtzer, Lewistown, David and Emma Oberholtzer of Elma, Iowa; one brother-in-law, Paul Newsvanger of New Holland.

He was preceded in death by infant son, David Oberholtzer; one brother, Jacob Oberholtzer; and four sisters, Esther Ringler, Elizabeth Shirk, Martha Newswanger, and Lena Oberholtzer.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Oberholtzer residence, 1186 Cold Run Road, Millmont, where funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, March 8, with further services will at 9:30 a.m. at Mountain View Order Mennonite Church, Kaiser Run Road, Millmont, officiating will be the church's home ministry.

Interment will be in the Mountain View Old Order Mennonite Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals.

Sunbury Daily Item - 3/6/2019
Sunbury, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Oberholtzer, John N.
March 3, 1926 - March 14, 2019

John N. Oberholtzer, 93, of Richland, passed away in his home on Thursday, March 14, 2019. He was the husband of the late Esther Gingrich Weaver Oberholtzer. He was born March 3, 1926 in West Earl Township, Lancaster County, a son of the late Joseph Risser and Lizzie Musselman Nolt Oberholtzer. He was a retired farmer and Amish taxi driver. John was a member of Martin's Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference.

He is survived by children Ruth, wife of Raymond Hoover, Lititz; Anna, wife of Aaron M. Hoover, Ephrata; Ella, wife of the late David Hoover, Bethel; Mary, wife of Edwin Hoover, Womelsdorf; Edna, wife of Aaron H. Hoover, Bethel; Alta, wife of John Nolt, Stevens; Esther, wife of Nelson Weaver, Colby, WI; John Oberholtzer, husband of Verna Mae, Owen, WI; Carl Oberholtzer, husband of Janet, Colby, WI; 84 grandchildren, 348 great-grandchildren, 36 great-great-grandchildren. He was the last of his family. He was preceded in death by sons Earl and Mark Oberholtzer, 7 sisters, 3 brothers, daughter-in-law Brenda Oberholtzer, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 9:30 AM in Martin's Mennonite Church, North Church Road, Womelsdorf. Interment will be made in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing on Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM and 6 PM to 8 PM at the Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon, PA. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling his arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/16/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Oberholtzer, Norman G.
March 3, 1964-April 14, 2019

Norman G. Oberholtzer, 55, of Lebanon, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Hershey Medical Center. He was born in Lebanon on March 3, 1964, a son of the late Norman K. and Emma Garman Oberholtzer. Norman was a member of the Hamlin Mennonite Church of Weaverland Conference.

He is survived by siblings, Anna Mary (Leon) Nolt of Stevens; Lester (Louella) Oberholtzer of Annville; Erma (Leon) Shirk of Middleburg; Alma (James) Good of Narvon; Kathryn (Edwin) Zimmerman of Manheim; Rachel (Lloyd) Showalter of Greenwood, WI; Ruth (James) Lauver of Lititz; Esther (Dale) Martin of Lebanon; brother in law, Lester Weaver of Newmanstown; nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9:30 am in Mountain View Mennonite Church, 196 Butler Road, Lebanon, PA. Interment will be made in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing on Sunday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon, PA. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling his arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/16/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Ortman, Arlan Wayne, 84, of Marion, SD died January 26, 2019 at Freeman, SD. He was born August 9, 1934 at Marion, SD to William J. and Anna (Goering) Ortman. On August 18, 1954 at Freeman, SD he was married to Ellen Marie Graber, who survives.

Surviving are children, Stan (Gwen) Ortman; Shella (Duane) Franz; Marnette (Todd) Hofer; and William (Sherilyn) Ortman; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Marlo (Mavis) Ortman; and Orville (Janelle) Ortman.

A sister, Virginia Kaufman, preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held February 10, 2019 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Lisa Kaufman, Freeman, SD
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Otto, Daniel M.
August 1, 1928 - January 29, 2019

Daniel M. Otto, 90, of Topeka, died at 9:15 pm on Tuesday, January 29, at his residence. He was born on August 1, 1928 in Middlebury, to Milt S. and Mary (Troyer) Otto. On April 28, 1952 he married Susan Yoder; she died September 5, 1986. On March 28, 1996 in Shipshewana, he married Elsie Miller; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his second wife are three daughters, Mary Otto and Katie Otto both of Topeka, Alma (LaVern C.) Miller of Hillsboro, WI; five sons, Wilbur (Sarah) Otto of Ligonier, Christy (Edna Fern) Otto of Topeka, Clyde (Suvilla) Otto of Hillsboro, WI, Joe (Mary Ann) Otto and Cletus Otto both of Topeka; 47 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren; brother, Fred Otto of Dalton, WI; two sisters, Edna Wingard of Shipshewana, Mary Otto of Topeka; three sisters-in-law, Edna Otto of Dalton, WI, Ruth Ann Otto of Middlebury, Mary (Levi) Miller of Topeka; brother-in-law, Daniel Bontrager of LaGrange.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; parents; two sons, Clarence and Samuel Otto; two great grandchildren; four brothers, Jerry, Perry, Vernon, and David Otto; eight sisters, Katie Yoder, Wilma Frey, Fannie Lambright, Lizzie Bontrager, Elmina Yoder, Elma Lambright, Anna Lambright, and Clara Otto.

Daniel was a farmer and senior Bishop in the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 31 and all day Friday, February 1 at the Ura Miller residence, 7315 W. 200 S., Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 2, also at the Ura Miller residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Harley Mast and the home ministers. Burial will be in Bontrager Cemetery, Middlebury.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Jan. 31, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Otto, Melissa Janelle
May 11, 2019 - May 11, 2019

Melissa Janelle Otto, infant daughter of Orlie J. and Julie Elizabeth (Petersheim) Otto, of Topeka, was stillborn at 9:46 pm, on Saturday, May 11 at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors in addition to her parents are sister, Katelyn Jane Otto, twin sister, Emily Joelle Otto, brother, Steven James Otto all at home; grandparents, Joe and Maryann Otto of Topeka, Lester and Esther Petersheim of Shipshewana; two great-grandmothers, Elsie Otto of Topeka, Mattie Fry of Ligonier; great-grandfather, Melvin Petersheim of Topeka; great-grandparents, Ervin and Mary Miller of LaGrange.

Family and church members will gather at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 15 at the Christy Miller residence, 6855 W. 200 S., Topeka prior to a 2:00 pm public graveside service at Yoder Cemetery on 100 South, Topeka. Services will be conducted by Bishops Harley Mast and Galen Miller.

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


 

Owens, Charles E. "Chuck"
May 17, 1944 - January 23, 2019

Charles E. "Chuck" Owens, 74, of Middlebury, died at 2:50 am on Wednesday, January 23, at Goshen Health Hospital of complications from his three month battle with cancer. He was born on May 17, 1944 in Itawamba County, MS, to Carmie E. and Rebecca (Stewart) Owens. On June 10, 1972 in Elkhart County he married Mary Lois Bontrager, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Julie (Robert) Roth of Shipshewana; a son, Geoffrey Owens of Goshen; three grandsons, Jonathan, Aaron and Evan Roth; two nephews, Gary (Regena) Owens of Fulton, MS and Darren (Melissa) Owens of Ripley, MS.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nelda Owens.

Chuck graduated from Salem Central High School in Kenosha County WI and then received his Bachelors of Science degree at Delta State University in Cleveland MS. while studying at Delta State University he was drafted into the US Army where he served two years and then continued his education receiving his Master's degree from Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. He was a teacher and coach at Pineville Elementary in Pass Christian, MS; he worked as a guidance counselor at Starkville High School in Starkville, MS and also had worked in the Human Resource Department for 26 1/2 years at Jayco in Middlebury. He was a 10 year volunteer as a Red Coat at Goshen Hospital where he served as president of the auxiliary board for two years. He served for nine years on the Greencroft Middlebury Board and was a member of the former Forks Mennonite Church where he served as an elder and as the chair for the church council. He volunteered for six different trips with Mennonite Disaster Services and was currently attending Pleasant View Church.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, February 1, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home at 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 2, to go in procession to a graveside service at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Following the graveside service there will be an 11:00 am memorial service at Pleasant View Church, Goshen.

Services will be conducted by pastors Tyler Hartford and Ron Diener.

Memorials may be given to Goshen Hospital Auxiliary or Mennonite Disaster Services.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Jan. 24, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Penner, Winona Kaye Friesen, 78, of North Newton, Harvey Co., KS died May 11, 2019 at Newton, Harvey Co., KS. She was born October 22, 1940 at Sutton, NE to Fred and Tena (Janzen) Friesen. On September 10, 1961 at Henderson, NE she was married to Virgil Penner, who survives.

Surviving are children, Sondra (Tony) Otto, Tom (Paige) Penner; and four grandchildren.

preceded him/her in death.

Memorial services were held May 15, 2019 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewatera, Harvey Co., KS with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Debbie Claassen, Whitewater, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Petersheim, Amos S., age 63, of Narvon, went HOME to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 14, 2019. He was the loving husband of Esther Lapp Petersheim with whom he celebrated 33 years of marriage on October 5th. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Amos and Lavina Stoltzfus Petersheim.

He was a member of Pequea Amish Mennonite Church. Amos loved the Lord and faithfully served him. He enjoyed spending time with his family and working alongside his sons in the family's construction business.

Surviving besides his wife are 7 children: Maria J. wife of Benjamin Beiler of Los Angeles, CA, Timothy L. husband of Deanne Stauffer Petersheim of Belize City, Belize, Rachel A. wife of Lynford Slabaugh of Nappanee, IN, Andrew J. husband of Marjorie Stoltzfus Petersheim of Gap, Joanna G., Christina F., and Joel E. Petersheim, all at home, 11 grandchildren, and 2 siblings: Sadie R. wife of Rueben Allgyer of Parkesburg and Stephen M. husband of Mary Riehl Petersheim of Narvon. He was preceded in death by 2 siblings: Elmer W. late husband of Sara Ann Bawell Petersheim of New Holland and Lydia Petersheim.

Funeral service will take place at Pequea Amish Mennonite Church, 115 Blank Road, Narvon, PA on Wednesday, April 17th at 1:30 PM. There will be a viewing on Tuesday from 1:30-4 and again from 6-8 p.m. Interment will be in the Pequea Amish Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/16/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


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