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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).
Redcay, Ruth M. Mast
Aug. 22, 1928 - Aug. 18, 2019
Ruth M. Redcay met her Savior and joined her husband in Heaven on August 18, 2019. Ruth was born on August 22, 1928 near Elverson, PA to Elam and Rebecca Mast and made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 12. She was a member of Goodville Mennonite Church. She was married to Amos N. Redcay for almost 61 years when he passed away in 2012.
In addition to her late husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Dennis (stillborn) and Randy, and one daughter, Kathy. Also, siblings Kathryn Weaver (John), Edwin (Irene), Martha Mast (Ike), Lloyd (Edith), Stephen (Ruby), Ira (Dot), Miriam Mast (Dave).
Surviving are five daughters, Mary Ann Ruth (Denny), Karen Musser (Brian), Bonnie Weber (Skip), Marcy Whiteman (Rich), Amy Weaver (Dennis) and two sisters, Della Bollinger (Mark), and Erma Brown (Elmer). Also, 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ruth lived most of her life in Berks County, working on potato and tomato farms and warehouses and taking care of the books for their stone masonry business. Amos and Ruth were frequent travelers throughout the United States and especially enjoyed visiting friends and family who moved out of the area. Ruth used her gift of hospitality to open their home to countless people over the years, and she could prepare a last-minute meal for visitors without even giving it a second thought. Before she and Amos moved to Fairmount Homes in Ephrata in 2005, they joined two couples from their church to form the "Goodville Gospelaires" and presented musical programs in various churches and retirement communities. She also enjoyed participating in a bowling league for many years. During her early years at Fairmount it was a common sight to see her riding her three-wheeled bicycle throughout the complex. She loved to play games, win or lose - and loved the challenge. In her last years, the four weekly game nights she participated in were highlights of her days. She was so happy when we called and reminded her that it was "game night". The folks she played with were so patient and kind to her and enabled her to continue playing, even though she was legally blind.
We would be leaving something out if we failed to mention her LOVE of ice cream!
The family expresses their thanks and appreciation to the staff and residents at Fairmount Homes for their kindness, especially during her years as a widow.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 27 at 11 am at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held on Monday, August. 26 from 6-8 pm at Fairmount Homes, Wheat Ridge Chapel, 333 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, PA 17522, and on Tuesday from 10-11 am at Conestoga Mennonite Church. If desired, contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604, or to Fairmount Homes Sharing Fund, address above. To send the family online condolences visit us at www.groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.
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, Amos H.
Feb. 9, 1938 - Aug. 26, 2019
Amos H. Reiff, 81, of Walnut Bottom, departed this life on the morning of Monday, August 26, 2019, at his home.
He was born on February 9, 1938, in West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., a son of the late Edwin M. and Barbara (Hoover) Reiff. After the passing of his first wife, Anna Mary, he re-married to Eva H. Martin on May 18, 1989, in New Holland, PA.
Amos was self-employed, working as a farmer throughout his life.
In addition to his wife of thirty years, Eva, he is survived by six sons, Lloyd N. Reiff and wife Edna (Nolt), Lawrence N. Reiff and wife Etta (Oberholtzer), Luke N. Reiff and wife Emma (Fox), Wilson N. Reiff and wife Ruth (Martin), Abram M. Reiff and wife Miriam (Martin), all of Shippensburg, and Harvey M. Reiff of Walnut Bottom; three daughters, Alma N. Oberholtzer and husband Alvin of Newville, Erla N. Zimmerman and husband Daniel of Shippensburg, and Wilma N. Zimmerman and husband Paul of Newville; seventy-three grandchildren; ninety-six great-grandchildren; six siblings, Rachel H. Horst of New Holland, James H. Reiff and wife Lydia (Nolt) of Ephrata, Mary H. Hoover of Ephrata, Martha H. Burkholder of Elkhart, IN, Paul H. Reiff and wife Fannie (Burkholder) of Elma, IA, and Rueben H. Reiff and wife Ella (Zimmerman) of Ephrata.
In addition to his parents, and first wife Anna Mary (Nolt) Reiff, who died on June 30, 1987, Amos was preceded in death by one brother, Martin, one sister, Barbara, and four grandchildren.
His funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Friday, August 30, 2019, at the Conestoga Old Order Mennonite Church at 290 N. Farmersville Rd., Ephrata, PA 17522. The Bishop Isaac Weaver will officiate. Interment will occur in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m., at the Amos and Eva Reiff residence at 22 Pine Rd., Walnut Bottom, PA 17266.
The family kindly requests the omission of flowers.
The Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., Shippensburg, has been entrusted with his funeral arrangements.
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.
Ressler, Harold L., Sr., 92, of Ephrata, formerly of East Earl, died Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Fairmount Homes.
Born in East Cocalico Twp., he was a son of the late D. Grube and Anna (Zimmerman) Ressler. He was married 73 years on August 3 to Helen G. (Sensenig) Ressler.
Harold retired in 1992 as supervisor at Martin Limestone, now New Enterprise, after 44 years of service. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling, fishing and transporting Amish. In his later years he assembled kits of various kinds, including the Conestoga Covered Wagon and created items with gourds.
He was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church where he taught Sunday school, and served as chorister for many years. He was very gifted musically and was a part of various men's quartets and played and sang in different gospel bluegrass groups over the last 60 plus years.
Surviving in addition to his wife are six children, Velma (Louis) Sauder of Leola, Erma (Lester) Zimmerman of New Holland, Harold Lee, Jr. (Wanda) Ressler of Uniontown, OH, Cathy Ressler of Leola, Larry (Deborah) Ressler of Burrton, KS, and Shirley (Matthew) Cousino of Pittsburgh; 15 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 4 step great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents are 8 siblings, John, Paul (infant), Martin, Elmer, Melvin, Clarence, Anna Mae, and Elvin.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 30, at 10 am at Groffdale Mennonite Church, 168 N. Groffdale Road, Leola, PA 17540. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 pm at Fairmount Homes, Wheat Ridge Chapel, 333 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata and on Friday from 9-10 am at Groffdale Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Groffdale Mennonite Church Mission Fund, address above. To send the family online condolences visit us at www.groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
Rhodes, Ethel Virginia Geil
June 3, 1924 - August 17, 2019
Ethel Virginia Geil Rhodes, 95, a resident of Harrisonburg passed away on August 17, 2019.
Mrs. Rhodes was born on June 3, 1924 in Broadway, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Noah Wilmer and Mary Catherine Geil.
She worked as a bookkeeper and was a long time active volunteer and member of Meals on Wheels, Sword and Triumph and the Zion Church sewing circle. She was an avid gardener, loved genealogy and piecing together comfort tops. She was a member of Dayton Mennonite Church.
On November 24, 1990, she married Frank E. Rhodes who preceded her in death.
Surviving are three stepchildren, Richard “Dick” Rhodes and wife Laura of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Mary Ethel Gascho and husband Jim of Grand Island, Nebraska, Doris Rhodes Roth of Albuquerque, New Mexico, stepdaughter-in-law, Janet Rhodes of Oracle, Arizona; and a host of nieces and nephews who loved and cared for her.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by two sisters, Maude Lantz and husband John; Mary Heatwole and husband Galen; and a stepson, Eldon Rhodes.
Pastors Willard Eberly and Dennis Rhodes will conduct a graveside service on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Weavers Mennonite Cemetery.
The casket will be closed.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Water for Life, PO Box 456, Kalona, Iowa 52247.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rhodes, Wilda "Grace" Showalter
Nov. 18, 1921 - Sept. 13, 2019
Wilda “Grace” (Showalter) Rhodes, 97, of Dayton, passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at her residence.
Mrs. Rhodes was born on Nov. 18, 1921, in Dayton, and was a daughter of the late John and Wilda Gertrude (Brunk) Showalter. She was a longtime member of the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church and was a home maker.
On June 14, 1944, she married Roy Franklin Rhodes, who survives.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rhodes is survived by her children, Linda Rohrer and husband, Phillip, of Dayton, Virginia Ann Burkholder of Dayton, Leroy Franklin Rhodes and wife, Reba, of Bridgewater, Sheldon Brunk Rhodes and wife, Mary Jane, of Dayton, Wilson Showalter Rhodes and wife, Margaret, of Dayton, Emma Lou Showalter of Dayton, James Milton Rhodes and wife, Mary Ethel, of Dayton, Raymond Rohrer Rhodes and wife, Donna, of Dayton, Clyde Douglas Rhodes and wife, Amy, of Dayton; one sister, Martha Shank of Dayton; 51 grandchildren; 106 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Anna Shank and husband, DP, Harry Showalter, John Showalter and wife, Blanche, Maude Knicely and husband, Marvin, Robert Showalter and wife, Mary, and Gabriel Showalter; brother-in-law, Warren Shank; sons-in-law, Mark Burkholder and Willis Showalter; granddaughter, Phyllis Showalter and husband, Scott, and great-grandchildren, Shayla Showalter, Christina Showalter and Jackson Roy Good.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church, with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The body will be taken to the home of her son, James Rhodes, at 3077 Ottobine Road, Dayton, where the family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, and Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, until 8 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to the McMullen Funeral Home.
Rhodes, Wilda Mae Burkholder
May 4, 1931 - August 9, 2019
Wilda Mae Burkholder Rhodes, 88, a resident of Dayton, passed away Aug. 9, 2019, at her home. She had been in failing health for several years.
Mrs. Rhodes was born May 4, 1931, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late John S. and Vernie (Knicely) Burkholder.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church and she attended Oakland View School.
On Oct. 11, 1951, she married Joseph D. Rhodes, who preceded her in death June 27, 1999.
Surviving are three sons and three daughters, Gary Rhodes and wife, Mary, of Dayton, Dwight Rhodes and wife, Lois, of Frankfort, Ohio, Owen Lee Rhodes and wife, Ellen, of Dayton, Donna Rhodes and husband, Raymond, of Dayton, Doris Beery and husband, Sheldon, of Rockingham, and Joanne Good and husband, Richard, of Dayton; sisters, Norma Koogler, Anna Burkholder, Mildred Knicely and husband, Lowell; sisters-in-law, Martha Burkholder, Virginia Ann Burkholder and Vada Rhodes; brothers-in-law, John Rodes and Allen Beery; 35 grandchildren; 94 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl Burkholder, Vernon Burkholder and wife, Betty, and Mark Burkholder; three sisters, Sadie Rodes, Beulah Koogler and husband, Paul, and Eunice Beery; one grandson, William Beery; and one great-granddaughter, Maria Rhodes.
The ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The body will be taken back to her home, 3452 Coakley Town Road, Dayton, VA 22821, where friends may call until 8 p.m. Monday.
Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home.
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.
Ringo, Gladys Margaret Yoder
February 27, 1922 - September 11, 2019
Gladys Margaret (Yoder) Ringo, 97, of Shipshewana, passed away peacefully at 11:45 am on Wednesday, September 11. She was born on February 27, 1922, in Shipshewana, to Lee L. and Lizzie (Schrock) Yoder. On October 20, 1945 in Shipshewana she married James T.H. Ringo; he passed away January 26, 2002. During their marriage they had lived in the Chicago and Shipshewana areas.
Surviving are daughter, Melody Stoddard; three grandsons, James T., Robert A. & John D. Stoddard; nine great-grandchildren, and a number of foster children.
She was a homemaker and throughout her life she was always a very active member of church, often teaching Sunday School. She was also active with Campus Crusade and International Students. She was an author, writing Shipshewana area news for two local newspapers and three books; two about Shore Mennonite Church and one about the Shipshewana area. She was an entrepreneur having run the family business, Melody Hill Resort at Stone Lake and managed real estate in Shipshewana area. She had a desire to become a nurse; that desire led her into becoming the caregiver for her family. She loved to travel and sing and was part of the Indiana Music Makers, with whom she often traveled abroad. She also belonged to the Shipshewana Book Guild and the Shipshewana Historical Society. Gladys was loved by all walks of life and practiced what she preached.
Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 14 and one hour prior to the 2:00 pm funeral service on Sunday, September 15 at Shore Church, Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Duane Sharp. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Shore
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.