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Raber, Daniel W.
November 6, 1936 - June 15, 2019
Daniel “Danny” W. Raber, 82, of Ligonier, died at 9:45 am on Saturday, June 15 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, due to complications from a bicycle accident. He was born on November 6, 1936 in Holmes County, OH, to Wyman and Amanda (Troyer) Raber. On May 16, 1963 in Topeka, he married Mary Alice Yoder, she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are two daughters, Leona Ruth (Daniel) Hochstetler of Ligonier, Esta Marlene (Ray) Yoder of Millersburg; son, Jerry Lee Raber of Portland, OR; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Arie (Arliegh) Schlabach, Ida (Andy) Miller both of Holmes County, OH; five brothers, Eli (Gladys) Raber, Freeman (Melva) Raber, Henry (Clara) Raber, Owen (Anna) Raber all of Holmes County, OH, Junior (Jennie) Raber of Sarasota, FL; brother-in-law, Robert Wengard of Holmes County, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Lizzie Wengard, Ada Raber and Esta Raber.
Daniel worked many years in the mobile home industry. After retiring, he and Mary Alice spent winters in Florida where he was an excellent handyman to his friends and neighbors. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 16 and all day Monday, June 17 at the family residence, 8769 N. 700 W., Ligonier. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, June 18 at the Ferman Miller residence, 8600 N. 700 W., Ligonier. Services will be conducted by Bishop Dean Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ramer, Titus M.
September 13, 1939 - June 21, 2019
Titus M. Ramer, 79, New Paris, died Friday, June 21, 2019 at Green House Village of Goshen. He had been in declining health for several months.
Titus was born September 13, 1939, near Wakarusa, to Nathan and Emma (Martin) Ramer. He married Anna Marie Zimmerman on June 1, 1963.
Titus had many careers and several of them simultaneously. He was a long-time plant manager for Franklin Coach RV Company in Nappanee.
Titus and Anna Marie also owned Ramer Produce, a custom poultry processing plant, in New Paris. He sold pork and cheese at the South Bend Farmer's Market helming a stall side-by-side with his parents who sold poultry and eggs.
Titus' "retirement" job was at Stickley Ace Hardware in Nappanee where he especially enjoyed being able to use his first language Pennsylvania Dutch.
Surviving are his sons, Durrell (Stephanie) Ramer, Madison, Wisconsin; C. Wade Ramer, Goshen; Jay (Natalie) Ramer, Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren, Adam and Sam Ramer, Madison, Wisconsin; and siblings, Catherine (Omar) Stoltzfus (Luray, VA), Alva Ramer (New Paris), Lois Ramer (Whittier, CA), Willis (Marion) Ramer (Bellevue, MI), Heber (Cheryl) Ramer (Harper, KS), LeRoy Ramer (Nappanee, IN), Glenna (Jerry) Sloan (Chattanooga, TN), and Mary Jane Bowles (Fredricksburg, VA).
He was preceded in death by his wife (Anna Marie Ramer), his parents and a sister (Esther Eye) from Weyers Cave, VA.
Titus was a member of Mt. Joy Mennonite Church where he served as an elder among many other roles.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019 at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen, and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. service on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, 200 N. 23rd St., Goshen. Pastor Ben Shirk will officiate and burial will follow at Yellow Creek Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to Mt. Joy Mennonite Church Missions.
Ranck, Alta Hoover
April 19, 1929 - June 28, 2019
Alta (Hoover) Ranck, age 90, died Friday, June 28, 2019 at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA. She was born in Bareville, PA, April 19, 1929, daughter of the late Harry O. and Bertha Martin Hoover.
Alta was employed at Lancaster Mennonite School as Girls' Dormitory Supervisor before her marriage. She taught Sunday school and Bible school at Groffdale, Palo Alto and Rohrerstown Mennonite Churches. She was a member of Rohrerstown Mennonite Church where she was active in the Sewing Circle. She volunteered at Columbia and Mt. Joy ReUzit Shops, Meals on Wheels, and at Landis Homes. She enjoyed quilting, traveling with her husband, entertaining and being with family and friends. She greatly enjoyed family gatherings, especially with her step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In June 1972, she married Robert H. Ranck, who died in June 2010. She is survived by five step-children: John and wife Barbara (Herr), Oxford, FL; James and wife Judy (Shenk), Harrisonburg, VA; step-son-in-law Wilmer Martin and wife Phyllis Miller Martin, Waterloo, Ontario; Jean and husband Howard Cann, Westover, MD; Joe and wife Ann (Lapp), Lancaster, PA; Joanne and husband Doug Dirks, Lancaster, PA and 12 step-grandchildren, 22 step-great-grandchildren and 15 nieces and nephews.
Four brothers and one sister preceded her in death: Abram, Harlan, Lester and Lloyd Hoover and Erla Hoover Bentley; also step-daughter Janet Martin, step-great-granddaughter Zoe Delevieleuse, a niece Janet Habecker and nephew Glenn Hoover.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at West Bethany Chapel, Landis Homes. Family and friends will be received from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Landis Homes Caring Endowment Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or to Eastern Mennonite Missions, P.O. Box 458, Salunga, Pa., 17538.
A private burial will be held in Rohrerstown Mennonite Cemetery (Old).
Regehr, Gus, 91, of Hutchinson, KS died February 11, 2019 at Rainbow Bend, Cowley Co., KS.
He was born October 23, 1927 at Inman, McPherson Co., KS to George T. and Helena (Fehdrau) Regehr. George was born March 17, 1900 and died May 30, 1988. Helena was born December 28, 1902 and died July 19, 1969.
On September 20, 1959 at Walton, Harvey Co., KS he was married to Ruth Louise Wiebe, who was born August 21, 1930 and survives.
Surviving are children, Judy Regehr & Kathy; Don & Marlene Regehr; and Leon & Ruth Regehr; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Siblings, Rosella & Elmer Gaeddert; Harold & Mary Regehr; and George Regehr Jr., preceded him in death.
Memorial services were held February 15, 2019 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman, KS with burial in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS.
Reiff, Nora W. Zimmerman, 81, of Ephrata, died Friday, June 7, 2019 at Fairmount Homes after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.
Born in East Earl Twp., she was a daughter of the late Christian and Florence M. (Weaver) Zimmerman. Her husband, Ammon Reiff, died Dec. 24, 2015.
Nora worked for 34 years as an LPN at the former Community Hospital in Lancaster. She was also a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.
Surviving are seven brothers and sisters, Etta W. (Lloyd) Stauffer, Dundee, NY, Earl W. (Minerva) Zimmerman of Memphis, MO, Leah W. Zimmerman of Barnett, MO, Ruth W. (widow of Aaron) Zimmerman of Martinsburg, Titus W. (Anna) Zimmerman of New Holland, Martha W. (David) Zimmerman of Quarryville, and Luke W. (Sue Etta) Zimmerman of Barnett, MO; eight step children, Eva (Ammon) Martin of Mifflinburg, Ella (James) Reiff of Ephrata, Lena (Aaron) Martin of Penn Yan, NY, Alta (Harry) Oberholtzer of Millmont, Lloyd (Marlene Shirk) Reiff of Lititz, Harvey (Ella Mae Sensenig) Reiff of Mifflinburg, Ivan (Sharon Sensenig) Reiff of Lititz, and Ammon, Jr. (Jennifer Weaver) Reiff of Leola; 36 step grandchildren; and 61 step great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death is a step daughter, Edna Oberholtzer.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 8:30 am at the home of Titus Zimmerman, 1012 West Quarry Road, New Holland with further services at 9:30 am at Groffdale Mennonite Church with the Bishop Ammon Weaver officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be at the home of Titus Zimmerman on Tuesday from 1-4 and 6-8 pm. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
Reimer, Gerhard Johan, 90, of Goshen died January 1, 2019 in the care of Goshen Health Hospice.
He was born on June 16, 1928 on a farm near Blumenort, Manitoba, Canada to David P. and Justina (Brandt) Reimer. He grew up speaking Plautdietsch (“Low German”), learned English in primary school and farmed with his parents. He earned a Teachers Certificate from the Manitoba Provincial Normal School and taught for two years on Matheson Island, Manitoba and Poplar Hill, Ontario.
From 1958-62 he worked for Mennonite Central Committee in Pennsylvania and Switzerland. During that time, he met Margaret “Marge” Lapp. They married in Kaiserslautern, Germany, April 9, 1960 and had 3 children. All survive: Paul (Kathryn Meyer) Reimer of Goshen; Julia (Phillip Lund) Reimer of St. Paul, Minnesota; Christine (Michael Collins) Reimer of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Gerhard earned a PhD in German from Michigan State University, and joined the faculty of Goshen College in 1966, where he taught German and Spanish. The running bug of the 1970s bit Gerhard and other faculty members, and he completed a marathon in 1975. He and Marge led study abroad groups for Goshen College (SST) and Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA) in Costa Rica and Germany. He retired as a Professor in 1994.
Margaret died January 6, 1993*. Gerhard then married Rosemary Wyse on December 24, 1994 in Goshen, who survives him. Together they continued to lead SST/BCA programs in Costa Rica, Germany and Mexico, and volunteered in Latin America and in Oklahoma. They were loving grandparents to five grandchildren: Peter, Benjamin, Elena, Lyra, and Henry.
Visitation will take place Friday, January 4, 2019 from 4 to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM until noon in the Gathering Rooms at College Mennonite Church. A memorial service will take place at College Mennonite Church at 3 PM, January 5, 2019.
*Note: Gospel Herald of Feb. 2, 1993 has death date as Jan. 8, 1993, as does her tombstone in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, IN - tlm
Reimer, Gerhard Johan, 90, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died January 2, 2019 at the same place. He was born June 16, 1928 at Blumenort, Manitoba, Canada to David P. and Justina (Brandt) Reimer.
On December 24, 1994 at Goshen, IN he was married to Rosemary Wyse, who survives. Gerhard first married Margaret (Marge) Lapp, at Kaiserslautern, Germany, April 9, 1960, and they had three children. Margaret died January 6*, 1993.
Surviving are children, Paul (Kathryn Meyer) Reimer, Goshen; Julia (Phillip Lund) Reimer, St. Paul, MN; and Christine (Michael Collins) Reimer, Vancouver, BC; five grandchildren, great-grandchildren.
Gerhard grew up speaking Plautdietsch (“Low German”), learned English in primary school, and farmed with his parents. He earned a Teachers Certificate from the Manitoba Provincial Normal School and taught for two years on Matheson Island, Manitoba, and Poplar Hill, Ontario.
From 1958-62, he worked for Mennonite Central Committee in Pennsylvania and Switzerland. During that time he met Margaret (Marge) Lapp. They married (Kaiserslautern, Germany, April 9, 1960) and had three children. All survive: Paul (Kathryn Meyer) Reimer, Goshen; Julia (Phillip Lund) Reimer, St. Paul, MN; Christine (Michael Collins) Reimer, Vancouver, BC.
Gerhard earned a PhD in German from Michigan State University, and joined the faculty of Goshen College in 1966, where he taught German and Spanish. The running bug of the 1970s bit Gerhard and other faculty members, and he completed a marathon in 1975. He and Marge led study-abroad groups for Goshen College (SST) and Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA) in Costa Rica and Germany. He retired as a Professor in 1994.
Memorial services were held January 5, 2019 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Ringler, Miriam M. Weaver
April 7, 1951 - March 10, 2019
Miriam M. Ringler, 67, Goshen, died 6:10 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019 at her home. She was born April 7, 1951 in Goshen, to William G. & Annetta R. (Martin) Weaver. On Nov. 30, 1974, she married Roy S. Ringler. They were married 44 years.
Surviving are her husband, Roy, Goshen, 6 children, Sue Ann (Brent) Knicely, Mt. Crawford, Virginia, Emily (Herb) Hoover, Goshen, Eldon Ringler, Elkhart, Janie (Julian) Bontrager, Goshen, Audrey Ringler, Bridgewater, Virginia, Austin (Becky) Ringler, Goshen, 18 grandchildren, siblings, Wayne (Mary Jane) Weaver, Claypool, Harry (Miriam) Weaver, Argos, Margaret (Willard) Martin, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Irvin (Anna Mary) Weaver, Elkhart, James (Karen) Weaver, Bremen, Erma (Gary) Showalter, Verona, Virginia and brother-in-law, Neil Beery, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Preceding her in death are her parents, a sister, Lucy Beery and a brother, Martin Weaver.
Miriam was a homemaker and a member of the Cornerstone Mennonite Church. She fought a 10 year battle of cancer. Miriam was a strong, dedicated woman of God and a faithful follower of Christ. She lived and loved well, and fiercely protected, defended, and lovingly cared for her husband, children and grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 all at Cornerstone Mennonite Church, 24546 CR 44, Nappanee. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 at RMYC Building 24647 CR 44, Nappanee. Home ministry will officiate. Burial will follow at Cornerstone Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Cornerstone Mennonite Church.
Rittenhouse, Betty (Elizabeth) M., 82, of Lansdale, Montgomery Co., PA died January 6, 2019 at Harrisonburg, VA.
She was born October 23, 1936 at Lansdale to J. Warren L. and Mabel S. (Musselman) Rittenhouse. J. Warren was born March 1, 1902 and died May 10, 2003. Mabel was born May 6, 1906 and died August 8, 1976.
Surviving are brother, Sam Rittenhouse; brother, Walton and Faith Rittenhouse; brother, David Rittenhouse; sister, Naomi and Dan Shenk; sister, Ruth and John Cozzoli; and sister, Sara and Raymond Bergstrom.
A brother, Herbert Rittenhouse preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held January 26, 2019 at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Montgomery Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Rohrer, Alma M. Hershey
May 3, 1919 - May 4, 2019
Alma M. Rohrer, 100, of Landis Homes, went to be with her Lord on May 4, 2019, at Lancaster General Hospital. Born May 3, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Alice and I. Leaman Hershey. She grew up on a farm in Gap and attended a one-room schoolhouse. She worked at Gap Sewing Factory in the early years.
Alma shared 66 years of marriage with her husband, Clarence W. Rohrer who passed away in 2005. They lived in Smoketown where she was a homemaker and would occasionally help her husband in the family business, Rohrer Seeds.
She was a faithful member of Neffsville Mennonite Church. Alma was active in Farm Women #22 and with Child Evangelism Fellowship. She opened her home to a weekly Good News Club for many years. She loved raising flowers, feeding the birds, and taking walks. Alma enjoyed taking cross-country trips with her husband and spending vacations at Lake George, N.Y.
She especially loved spending time with family. She will be remembered for her joyful spirit and her wonderful meals and hospitality.
Alma is survived by her children, Carol Bowman (late John), Lancaster, and Elaine Hostetter (Carl), Lancaster, her daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Rohrer and by her beloved 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by her sister, Arlene Snyder, (late Melvin), Lititz, and her brother, Clair Hershey (Myrna) of Virginia. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Rohrer (Mary Ann), her son-in-law, John Bowman (Carol), and 2 sisters, Ann Zook and Katherine Hershey.
To honor Alma's wishes, there will be no formal service. However, there will be a graveside service open to all on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, 1915 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, PA 17602.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, 5307 Main St., East Petersburg, PA 17520 or Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.
Bachman Funeral Home, Strasburg.
Ruth, Marvin Landis (Rev.)
March 1, 1925 - June 2, 2019
Rev. Marvin Landis Ruth, 94, of Newville passed away Sunday June 2, 2019 in his home.
He was born March 1, 1925 in Chalfont, PA the son of the late Bishop Arthur D. and Florence Landis Ruth.
Rev. Ruth was the widower of Lizzie Halteman Ruth.
He had been the Pastor at Diller Mennonite Church, Newville as well as a dairy farmer. He was also involved in prison ministries, and served on the board of Shalom Christian Academy, Chambersburg.
He is survived by four daughters, Sharon Kuhns and husband, Ray, of Chambersburg, Joan Ruth and partner, Paul Smith, of Melbourne, Australia, Marilyn Ruth of Shippensburg, and Nancy Ruth Nisly and husband, Bishop Paul Nisly, of Grantham; one daughter-in-law Mary Ann Ruth of Carlisle; six grandchildren Duane Ruth, Darrell Ruth, Darla Allardyce, and Dawn Tack, Genny Kostick, and Greg Kuhns; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law Nanalee Ruth.
In addition to his wife Lizzie he is preceded in death by his son Dennis H. Ruth, one great grandson, Job Kostick, and three brothers Harold, Paul, and Ralph Ruth.
A viewing will be held Friday June 7, 2019 from 6 to 8 PM at Diller Mennonite Church, 345 Creek Road Newville. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday June 8th, at 11 AM in Diller Mennonite Church. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.