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Sauder, Lena G. Eberly, 96, formerly of East Earl, died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Fairmount Homes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah Sauder in 1999.
Born in Earl Twp., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Alice (Good) Eberly.
She was a homemaker and a member of Churchtown Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.
Surviving are four children: Mervin married to Marlene Sauder, Mohnton, Noah, Jr. married to Susan Sauder, Lebanon County, Doris married to Lawrence Martin, Narvon, Dorothy married to Paul Newswanger, McAlisterville, 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, five siblings: Alice Horst, Anna Mary Oberholtzer, Joseph Eberly, Titus Eberly, and James Eberly.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Minerva wife of Leroy Sauder, a brother Daniel and a sister Susanna.
The family wishes to express thanks to the staff at Fairmount Homes for the competent and compassionate care given to Lena for the last 2½ years.
Her funeral will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at Fairmount Homes Wheat Ridge Chapel with further services at 1:30 p.m. at Churchtown Mennonite Church with Bishop Leon S. Zimmerman, Leon B. Zimmerman, John Martin, Earl Martin, and Marlin Lauver officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at Fairmount Homes Wheat Ridge Chapel, 333 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata on Sunday from 5 - 8 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements.
Sauder, Rhoda M. Clymer
April 5, 1935-March 23, 2019
Rhoda M. Sauder, 83, entered peacefully into the arms of her blessed Savior on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Fairmount Homes of Ephrata following declining health related to heart conditions. She was born April 5, 1935 to the late Martin D. and Mabel
W. Clymer and was the 15th of 17 children. She is survived by her sisters Esther Martin and husband Benjamin of Baker, FL, Miriam Stoltzfus of Carlsbad, N.M., Lois Bender and husband Ralph, of Harrisburg, PA, and Catherine Holt of Ephrata, PA and her sister-in-law, Shirley Clymer of Harrisonburg, VA.
Upon graduating from high school, she served as a middle school teacher before she married recently ordained minister, James Sauder, on March 1, 1955, with whom she shared 61 precious years before his passing to Glory on July 22, 2016. Both were deeply dedicated to Christ's service and were commissioned in late 1960 to overseas service by Eastern Mennonite Missions, with whom they served at various places for 30 years. God blessed them with six wonderful children, twelve grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren: Vernon-deceased (1961); Ronda Sauder Weber, married to Randy Weber-Harrisonburg, VA; James Anthony (Tony) Sauder married to Kathleen (Oberholtzer)-Philadelphia, PA; Philip Sauder, married to Aylin (Jimenez)-Miami, FL; David Sauder, married to Ruth (Kuhn)-Elizabethtown, PA; Samuel Sauder, married to Janell (Nolt)- Harrisonburg, VA. Grandchildren: Rachael (Weber) Tayonvskaya, Ryan Weber-Rodriguez, Reid Weber, Joshua Sauder, Daniel Sauder, Stephanie Sauder, Luke Sauder, McKenzie Sauder, Madison Sauder, Montana Sauder, Kayla Sauder, Karissa Sauder; 6 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Both worked tirelessly side by side in evangelism, teaching, and testifying of the Good News of salvation during 19 years in Gualaco, Tocoa, and La Ceiba, Honduras and nearby countries. They continued their ministry throughout the Caribbean based in Miami (1980-84), after which they served five years in the Dominican Republic. Rhoda was able to fulfill a lifelong passion by co-authoring and editing a book about the first 30 years of the Honduran Mennonite Church entitled "Surviving, Thriving & Multiplying".
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. preceded by a viewing at 9:30 a.m. at the Farmcrest Chapel at Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Dr., Ephrata, PA. Following burial at Weaverland Church cemetery, friends and family are invited to return to Farmcrest to share lunch and memories together. The family will also receive friends (viewing) on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Farmcrest from 6 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to one of the following: Fairmount Homes Sharing Fund, or Friendship Community. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements.
November 27, 1924 - April 1, 2019
Reynold Sawatzky, 94, of Goshen, died Monday, April 1, 2019, at Greencroft Healthcare.
He was born November 27, 1924, in Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Jacob F and Cornelia Klassen Sawatzky.
On August 4, 1953 he married Maurine Bauer at Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church, East Peoria, Illinois. She died May 22, 2013.
Survivors include two daughters, Renee M. Sawatzky of Ithaca, New York and Nila R. Sawatzky of Goshen.
Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by nine siblings, Annie Deckert, Katherine Schultz, Harry, Victor, Benjamin and Gordon Sawatzky, Jack Scott, Matilda Sawatzky and infant, Leonard Sawatzky.
Mr. Sawatzky taught school at various different levels, including Hesston College. He was a methods analyst for Social Security until his retirement in 1982.
Following retirement, Mr. Sawatzky moved to the Goshen area. He was a member of College Mennonite Church.
Burial in Violett Cemetery will be Tuesday, April 9, 2019, followed by visitation from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service at College Mennonite Church.
Memorials may be given to College Mennonite Church or Mennonite Central Committee.
Sawatzky, Reynold, 94, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died April 1, 2019 at the same place. He was born November 27, 1924 at Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada to Jacob F. and Cornelia (Klassen) Sawatzky. On August 4, 1953 at East Peoria, IL he was married to Maurine C. Bauer, who died May 22, 2013.
Surviving are two daughters, Renee M. Sawatzky of Ithaca, New York and Nila R. Sawatzky of Goshen, Indiana.
Nine siblings, Annie Deckert, Katherine Schultz, Harry, Victor, Benjamin and Gordon Sawatzky, Jack Scott, Matilda Sawatzky and infant, Leonard Sawatzky preceded him in death.
Mr. Sawatzky taught school at various different levels, including Hesston College. He was a methods analyst for Social Security until his retirement in 1982.
Following retirement, Mr. Sawatzky moved to the Goshen area. He was a member of College Mennonite Church.
Memorial services were held April 9, 2019 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, IN.
Schilling, Robert Gilbert, 87, of Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA died January 3, 2019 at the same place. He was born October 7, 1931 at Reading, PA to John L. and Esther (Weidner) Schilling. On August 4, 1979 at Souderton, Bucks Co., PA he was married to Gail G. Tice, who was born April 25, 1942 and survives.
Surviving are a daughter, Robin E. Schilling and husband Martin Franke.
Memorial services were held January 19, 2019 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Schlabach, Erin Richelle Smith
March 3, 1985 - October 1, 2019
Erin Richelle Schlabach, 34, of Goshen, went to be with her Lord and Savior at the scene of a motorcycle accident at 8:29 pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. She was born on March 3, 1985 in Goshen to Bob and Sharon (Miller) Smith. On August 30, 2014 in Goshen she married Eli Schlabach, he survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband and her parents are a brother, Lyle (Katie) Smith of Fort Wayne; a sister, Lauren (Fred) Unternahrer of Ligonier; grandparents, Floyd and Anna Barbara Miller of LaGrange.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dan and Shirley Smith. Erin was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and was actively pursuing her faith which included a weekly Bible Study at Griner Church. She was known for her caring heart for others, a skill that she was able to use when she was a Certified Nursing Assistant; she also had the remarkable ability to listen to people and in her quiet nature offered them support. She was passionate about music and was involved with Life Action Ministries. She often enjoyed walking with her husband and others allowing her to spend quiet one-on-one time together. She was currently assisting her husband with a milk hauling route for Eagle Transport.
Visitation will be from 1:00 - 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 6, and one hour prior to the 11:00 am funeral service on Monday, October 7, at Griner Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Gordon Henke and Lay Leader Tim Miller. Burial will be in Griner Cemetery. Because of her love for children, memorials contributions may be given to The Farm.
Schmucker, David W.
September 4, 1933 - August 20, 2019
David W. Schmucker, 85, of Shipshewana, died at 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 20, at his residence. He was born on September 4, 1933 in Nappanee to William D. and Fannie D. (Miller) Schmucker. On February 24, 1955 in LaGrange County he married Mary N. Bontrager; she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are four sons, Perry Jay (Ella) Schmucker of Shipshewana, Lester Ray (Esther) Schmucker of Sturgis, MI, Vernon Dean (Sylvia) Schmucker of Leesburg, David Wayne (Doris) Schmucker of Middlebury; five daughters, Katie Irene (Floyd) Miller, Esther Kay (Daniel) Eash both of Shipshewana, Edna Ellen (Ben) Miller of Howe, Lena Fern (David) Bontrager of Colon, MI, Mary Anna Schmucker of Shipshewana; daughter-in-law, Theresa Schmucker of MI; 55 grandchildren, 97 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson; brother, Edward Schmucker of Kingston, WI; six sisters, Mary (Joe) Bontrager of Kenton, OH, Fannie Mae (Eli) Hochstetler of LaGrange, Ida (Reuben) Schwartz of Seymour, MO, Lizzie (Amos) Eicher of Berne, Annie (Peter) Eicher of Seymour, MO, Susie (John) Schwartz of Milroy, IN; brother-in-law, Jacob Miller of Medford, WI; sister-in-law, Amanda Schmucker of Topeka.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, William Lee Schmucker; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Emmon, Perry, Daniel, and William Schmucker; three sisters, Katie Miller, Emma Bontrager, Alma Miller.
He worked in the RV industry and was a farmer. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 21 and all day Thursday, August 22 at the David Beechy residence, 1365 N. 500 W., Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Friday, August 23 also at the residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Harry Wayne Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in East Barren Cemetery, Shipshewana.
Schrag, Verda Preheim, 97, of Marion, SD died March 10, 2019 at Freeman, SD. She was born January 4, 1922 at Marion, SD to Tom and Lillie (Graber) Preheim. On May 7, 1942 she was married to Orlando Schrag, who died in 1987.
Surviving are children, Reed (Susan) Schrag and John (Sara) Schrag; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Two sons, Ricky Schrag and Mark Schrag preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held July 14, 2019 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Schrock, Alvin S.
Sept. 17, 1927 - Sept. 4, 2019
Staunton - Alvin S. Schrock, 91, of 280 Stuarts Draft Hwy, Staunton, [VA] passed peacefully on to eternal rest on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at his home. He was born in Norfolk on September 17, 1927 to the late Simon and Sadie Schrock. On October 17, 1940, he married Lucy Yoder. She preceded him in death on September 15, 2003.
Alvin gave his heart to the Lord in his youth and was a faithful minister of the gospel since his ordination in 1958 in Mt. Zion congregation as long as his health permitted. Presently, he was a member of Bridgewater Mennonite Church. In addition to his parents and wife,
Alvin was preceded in death by his daughter Miriam Ruth Schrock in 2013.
He is survived by three daughters, Barbara Ann Schrock of Staunton, Mary Lois Schrock of Raphine, and Sharon Schrock of Staunton; two sons, David Alvin Schrock and wife, Miriam and Phillip Ray Schrock and wife, Rachel all of TN; ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Alvin's home. The viewing will be on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Christian Fellowship, 240 Twin Hill Rd, Stuarts Draft. A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the church. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to all the friends who have prayed, cared, and so kindly showered us with the gifts of food. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.
Schrock, Kathryn Mae Schrock
September 5, 1939 - October 30, 2019
Kathryn Mae Schrock, 80, of Millersburg, died at 7:11 am on Wednesday, October 30 at her daughter Verna Helmuth’s residence in Goshen, from the results of a stroke on July 4. She was born on September 5, 1939, in Topeka to John I. and Elizabeth (Wingard) Schrock. On October 29, 1959 in Topeka, she married Daniel T. Schrock; he died April 24, 2009.
Surviving are 14 children, David (Ana) Schrock of New Paris, Jerry (Emma) Schrock of Goshen, Wilma Waterman of Ligonier, Anna Schrock of New Paris, Samuel Schrock of Denver, CO, Daniel Jr. (Lydia) Schrock of Cisne, IL, Raymond Schrock of LaGrange, Edna Schrock of Millersburg, Edwin Schrock of Adolphus, KY, Miriam Hochstetler of Goshen, Sarah (Glenn) Miller of Goshen, Joseph Schrock of Denver, CO, Verna (Eli Jr.) Helmuth of Goshen, Vera Woolf of Shipshewana; 55 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Anna Miller, Edna (Andy) Bontrager both of Topeka, Lucille (Rudy) Miller of Middlebury; two brothers, Elmer Schrock of Ness City, KS, Menno Schrock of Nappanee.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Cletus; five sisters, Beulah, Ida, Mary, Alice, and Wilma; grandson, Merlin Schrock, great-grandson, Bryson Schrock.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 31 and all day Friday, November 1 at the Mark Lehman residence, 66801 CR 43, Millersburg. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 2 also at the Mark Lehman residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Ernest Bontrager and the home ministers. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.
Schrock, Orpha D. Graber
January 9, 1956 - October 10, 2019
Orpha D. Schrock, 63, of Millersburg, died at 10:10 pm on Thursday, October 10 at her residence. She was born on January 9, 1956 in LaGrange, to Daniel H. and Katie Ann (Miller) Graber. On April 6, 1977 in LaGrange County, she married Olan N. Schrock; he survives.
Survivors in addition to her husband are six sons, Orla (Krista) Schrock of Orland, Paul (Lou Ida) Schrock of Topeka, Earl (Erin) Schrock of LaGrange, Alvin (Dorene) Schrock of Millersburg, Merle (Loretta) Schrock of LaGrange, Marvin (special friend, Marla Lehman) Schrock of Ligonier; five daughters, Dorothy (Alvin) Hochstetler of Centerville, MI, Naomi (James) Hochstetler of Shipshewana, Rosemary (Gerald) King of Topeka, Louella (Lavern) Otto of Shipshewana, Sue Ellen Schrock of Shipshewana; 35 grandchildren; five brothers, Ezra (Mattie) Graber, Henry (Mary) Graber, Alvin (Anna) Graber, Marvin (Ruby) Graber, Cornelius (Wilma) Graber all of LaGrange; two sisters, Alma Bontrager of Pardeeville, WI, Mary (Andrew) Miller of Greenwich, OH; half-brother, John (Miriam) Graber of LaGrange.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Anna (Burkholder) Graber; one grandchild; sister, Rosa Frye.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 12 and all day Sunday, October 13 at the Dennis Troyer residence, 5775 S. 1125 W., Millersburg. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, October 14 also at the Dennis Troyer residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Vernon A. Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in Honeyville Cemetery, Topeka.
April 17, 1931 - March 8, 2019
Rollin Schrock, 87, of Howe, IN, died, Friday, March 8, 2019 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.
He was born on April 17, 1931, in LaGrange to Andrew I. and Lillie (Shrock) Schrock.
Rollin was a farmer. He also worked in manufacturing for Fan Coach and Coachmen RV.
He was a lifelong member of the Emma Church. Rollin was a member of the NCHA Camping Club and loved to go camping with his family. He had an eye for the beauty of nature and loved to take photographs of scenes he appreciated. He farmed with Allis-Chalmers tractors and enjoyed helping to rebuild an Allis lawn tractor with his son, Scott.
On December 11, 1954, he married Montey Catherine Bowman at the Emma Church. Montey preceded him in death on April 24, 2006.
Surviving Rollin are his three children; Brenda (John) McClure of Elkhart, James Schrock of Wolcottville, and Scott Schrock (Fiancée, Laura Rang) of Shipshewana, eight grandchildren; Julie (Chris) Cline, Kaitlin (Dave) Hart, Brady Schrock, Leigha Schrock, Ashtin Kaminer, Jessica Schrock, Matthew Schrock and Lindsey Schrock, nine great-grandchildren; Isaac Cline, Caleb Cline, Aryana Schrock, Rylinn Kaminer, Jace Rang, Myles Rang, Jackson Hart, Sophia Hart and Kipton Schrock, and a brother; Fred Schrock.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a wife, a son, Michael Schrock, who died in 2002, a sister; Nedra Francis and five brothers; Frank Schrock, Freeman Schrock, Harley Schrock, Orla Schrock and Marion Schrock.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 am, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Emma Church with the Rev. Gene Hartman officiating.
Burial will take place at Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana, IN.
Visitation will be held at the Emma Church on Tuesday, March 12th from 4pm – 8pm.
Memorials may be contributed in Rollin’s memory to the Emma Church or the Gift of Life Transplant House #2, Rochester, MN.
Schrock, Wilma Marie Miller Troyer
Feb. 22, 1930 - Sept. 25, 2019
Wilma Marie (Troyer) Schrock 89, of Union Oregon, died at home on September 25, 2019. A Viewing will be held at the Grande Ronde Mennonite Church on Sunday, September 29, 2019 5:00pm-8:00pm. A Funeral Service will be held at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, on Monday, September 30, 2019, at 10:00 am.
Wilma was born in Paint Township, Ohio on February 22, 1930, to John and Sarah (Kuhns) Miller.
On April 10, 1949 she married Verton Troyer, he preceded her in death on September 26, 2008. To this Union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters: Martha (Ken) Torkelson of Duchess, Alberta, Lorne (Sharon) Troyer of Ontario, Oregon, Edwin (Susan) Troyer of Halsey, Oregon, Dorene (Dennis) Torkelson of Duchess, Alberta, Verda (Darrel) Friesen of Union, Oregon, John (Louise) Troyer of Lebanon, Oregon and Arlene (Dennis) Clugston of Sweet Home, Oregon.
On November 19, 2017, Wilma married, Harry Schrock, Jr.
Wilma is survived by her husband, Harry; 3 sisters, Mary Chupp, Joanna Miller and Emma Troyer of Ohio; 2 brothers, Mark and James Miller also of Ohio; 46 grandchildren and 136 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents: father John Miller and step-mother Sarah Miller; brother, Paul Miller; sister, Frieda Raber; step-sister, Wilma Rose Hershberger and 2 grandsons.
The special thank-you to Heart and Home Hospice and our church families for their kindness and compassion and care.
March 31, 1939 - August 3, 2019
John Schwartz, 80, of Topeka, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family at 4:35 pm on Saturday, August 3, his residence. He was born on March 31, 1939 in Grabill to Amos and Sylvia (Graber) Schwartz. On March 16, 1961 in Lagrange County he married Fannie Miller, she passed away April 25, 1998; then on December 18, 1999 in LaGrange County he married Barbara Bontrager, she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are four sons, Cletus (LaVerda) Schwartz of Howe, Wilbur Schwartz of Indianapolis, Michael (Mary) Schwartz of Topeka, Myron (Kathyrn) Schwartz of Goshen; two daughters, Mary (Jerry) Yoder of Topeka, Carolyn (Tracy) Helmuth of Salt Springs, FL; 24 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five sisters, Delilah Steury of Pleasant Lake, Mary (William) Brandenberger of Grabill, Rose (David, Jr.) Yoder of Auburn, KY, Viola (Sam) Schwartz of Grabill, Melinda (Marvin) Schwartz of New Haven.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; a son, Marcus Schwartz; three brothers, Lewis, Joe and Amos, Jr. Schwartz; a sister, Emma Schmucker.
John had worked for Redman Mobile Homes, Topeka for 40 years and also was a farmer. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 4, and all day Monday, August 5, 2019 at family's residence, 6330 S. 600 W. Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, August 6, also at the family's residence. Services will be conducted by
Bishop Ernest E. Bontrager and the home ministers. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin
Schwartz, John M.
March 16, 1927 - March 9, 2019
John M. Schwartz, age 91, of Nappanee, died at 5:50 pm, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Elkhart General Hospital from a bleeding ulcer. He was born March 16, 1927 in Etna Green to John L. and Mary Ann (Burkholder) Schwartz. On November 11, 1948, he married Edna J. Slabaugh. They lived in Holy Matrimony for 70 years 3 months and 29 days. They were the oldest married Amish couple in Nappanee.
Mr. Schwartz lived his lifetime in this area. He was a farmer and had owned and operated Schwartz Buggy Shop. Mr. Schwartz was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Surviving is his wife, Edna Schwartz; children, Homer (Etta Fern)Schwartz, Goshen, Larry (Nancy) Schwartz, Ernest (Betty) Schwartz, Howard (Velma) Schwartz, Dennis Schwartz, Etta Hochstetler, Owen Schwartz, Harley Schwartz, all of Nappanee, John (Esther) Schwartz, Bremen; 36 grandchildren; 101 great grandchildren; and sister, Lovina Helmuth, Nappanee. He was preceded in death by 2 grandsons, Steven and Jeremy Schwartz; great grandson, Myron Schwartz; son-in-law, Steve Hochstetler; sisters, Malinda, Lydia Ann; and 5 brothers, Levi, Dan, Joe, Menno, and Milo.
Family and friends may call after 2 pm, Monday, March 11th and after 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 12th at the family residence - 9419 W 1350 N. Funeral services will begin at 9:30 am, Wednesday, March 13th, also at their residence. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Schwartz, Josephine Wickey
May 28, 1938 - July 9, 2019
Josephine Schwartz, age 81, of Nappanee, died unexpectedly at 4:25 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Goshen Hospital, of natural causes. She was born on May 28, 1938 in Berne, IN to Noah and Mattie (Schwartz) Wickey. On June 16, 1960 she married LeRoy Schwartz in Berne, IN. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2005. Her 2nd marriage was to Jerome Schwartz on November 28, 2015. They moved to Nappanee from Milroy, IN on November 28, 2015. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
She is survived by her husband, Jerome Schwartz, Nappanee; daughter, Ernestine (Sam) Girod, Syracuse, IN, Sara Etta (Abe) Eicher, Berne, IN; sons, Alvin (Lovina Girod) Schwartz, Monroe, IN, Kevin (Barbara Schwartz) Schwartz, Gravel Switch, KY, LeRoy (Christine Wengerd) Schwartz, Portland, IN, Lonnie (Barbara Sue Coblentz) Schwartz, Laurel, IN, Denny (Laura Miller) Schwartz, Croften, KY; stepchildren, Marion (Mary) Yoder, Kristina (Marlin) Borkholder, Rebecca (Glen) Schmucker, Dennis (Sheryl) Schwartz, Merle (Jolene) Schwartz, all of Nappanee; 53 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 31 step grandchildren; 9 step great-grandchildren; sisters, Maryann (Joe) Hilty, Monroe, IN, Christine (Mose) Schmidt, Salem, IN, Mattie Schwartz, Berne, IN, Mandy (Jonas) Schwartz, Hicksville, OH; brother, David Wickey, Decatur, IN; and a sister-in-law, Katie (Schrock) Wickey, Monroe, IN.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, LeRoy Schwartz; one granddaughter; 2 great-grandsons; one step great-grandchild; sister, Salome Eicher; brother, Martin Wickey; sister-in-law, Emma Schwartz; and brother-in-laws, Jake B. Schwartz and Clarence Eicher.
Family and friends may call after 3 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019 and all day Friday, July 12th at Marion Schwartz Residence (25280 County Road 52, Nappanee). Funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 13th, also at Marion Schwartz Residence. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in West Union Center Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
February 14, 1947-April 2, 2019
Lloyd Schwartz, age 72, of Etna Green, died unexpectedly of natural causes at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at his residence. He was born February 14, 1947 in Plymouth to Joe H. and Martha (Slabaugh) Schwartz. He lived his lifetime in this area.
On October 17, 1968, he married Mary Miller in Bremen. Mr. Schwartz was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and a farmer.
Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Arlene Schwartz, Clifford (Sue) Schwartz, Seth (Annabelle) Schwartz, Edna (Lyle) Miller, Thomas (Special friend, Velma Kauffman) Schwartz, all of Etna Green, Anna Mae Schwartz, Carla (Marlin W.) King, Ralph (Velma)Schwartz, all of Middlebury, Inez (Karl) Miller, Leesburg, Donna Jean (Daniel E.) Harshberger, Judy (Kenneth) Miller, Harvey (Special friend, Vera Chupp) Schwartz, all of Nappanee; 36 grandchildren; a great granddaughter; brothers, Walter (Arlene) Schwartz, Delbert (Sylvia) Schwartz, both of Etna Green, Marvin (Naomi) Schwartz, Kentucky; and sisters, Edna (Alvin) Miller, Texas, and Louise Reece, Bourbon. He was preceded in death by a son, Marion Schwartz; grandchildren, Regina Diane King, Joshua Lynn Schwartz; brother, Ernest Schwartz; and sister, Treva Schwartz.
Family and friends may call after 5 Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and all day Thursday, April 4th at the Seth Schwartz residence, 5862 N 950 W, Etna Green. Funeral services will be Friday, April 5th at 9:30 am, also at the Schwartz residence. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Graber Cemetery. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Schwartz, Matthew Dale
Sept. 7, 2019 - Sept. 7, 2019
Matthew Dale Schwartz, infant son of Jason and Regina (Yoder) Schwartz of Goshen, was stillborn at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 7,  at Goshen Health Hospital.
Survivors in addition to his parents are sister, Rhonda Joy Schwartz; two brothers, Joshua Ray and Justin Ryan Schwartz all at home; grandparents, Ronnie and Ruth Yoder of Goshen, Duane and Vera Schwartz of Etna Green; great-grandparents, Ray Hershberger of Goshen, Bill and Gladys Yoder of Shipshewana, Walter and Arlene Schwartz of Etna Green, Ora and Wilma Yoder of LaGrange.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Austin Jon Schwartz and great-grandmother, Lizzie Hershberger.
Family services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 10 at the family residence, 14564 CR 36, Goshen. Graveside services will follow at 3:15 pm at Thomas Cemetery, Goshen. Services will be conducted by Bishop LaVerne Lehman of the Old Order Amish Church.
Sensenig, Reba Mae Boll Snyder, 79, of Ephrata, and formerly of Lititz and Manheim, died peacefully on Monday, February 18, 2019 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. Born in Clay Township, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Naomi Burkholder Boll. Reba was the wife of the late John K. Sensenig who died in October of 2005. Her first husband was the late David Clayton Snyder who died in September of 1989. She was a member of the White Oak Mennonite Church, Manheim.
Surviving are two sons: Stephen husband of Norma Jean Herr Snyder of Ephrata, Dwain husband of Sara Lee Martin Snyder of Myerstown, a daughter, Dayna wife of Stephen Campbell of Arcadia, FL, a son-in-law, Kenneth Martin of Hopewell, 21 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death is a daughter, Starla Martin.
Also surviving are ten stepchildren: Mary L. wife of Marlin Zimmerman of Lancaster, Velma E. wife of Boyd Campbell of Arcadia, FL, Glenn M. husband of Janet Meck Sensenig of Elkton, MD, John R. husband of Jean Landis Sensenig of Watsontown, Harold W. husband of Janet Martin Sensenig of Smyrna, DE, David L. husband of Miriam Neuenschwander Sensenig of Lititz, James M. husband of Esther Burkholder Sensenig of Arcola, IL, Carolyn J. wife of Clair Hursh of Martinsburg, Cheryl F. wife of Joel Martin, of Greencastle, Karen J. wife of Philip Ebersole of Honduras, Central America, 76 step grandchildren, and 213 step great-grandchildren. Preceded in death one step grandson, three step great-grandchildren. Also surviving are 5 brothers: Warren B. Boll of Ephrata, Paul Henry husband of Carol Ann Kauffman Boll of Palmyra, John Elwood husband of Anna Lois Good Boll of Bolivar, NY, Mark B. husband of Roseanna Eberly Boll of Manheim, Ray Edward Boll of Ephrata, two sisters: Verna Marie Boll wife of Samuel B. Brubaker of Manheim, Martha B. Boll wife of Jay Marlin Nissley of Lewisburg. Preceded in death two sisters-in-law, Margaret B. Felpel Boll, Gloria Jean Redcay Boll.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the White Oak Mennonite Church, 2456 Newport Road, Manheim, on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Interment will be in White Oak Mennonite Cemetery. There will be a viewing at the church on Thursday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Please omit flowers. The Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, in charge of arrangements.
Sensenig, Rhoda A. Good
Myerstown - Rhoda A. Sensenig, 73, of Myerstown, was transported to her heavenly home on August 4, 2019, following a five month battle with bone cancer. She was the daughter of the late Arthur G. and Esther (Swartzentruber) Good.
Rhoda was born in Lancaster County. She was married to Carl W. Sensenig for 51 years, and was a member of the Providence Mennonite Church, Pilgrim Conference.
Surviving are four children, Liann, wife of Christopher "Chris" Coval of Dover, Lyndon, Lynelle, and Lloyd all of Myerstown; a brother Daniel, husband of Lois (Horning) Good of Mohnton; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ray Good.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 8 at 10 am at Swatara Mennonite Church, 10 Camp Swatara Rd, Myerstown. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held at the Providence Mennonite Church, 169 E Caren Dr, Grantville PA 17028, on Wednesday August 7 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Kindly omit flowers. To send the family online condolences visit us at www.groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.
Shank, Carolyn Louise
October 2, 1946 - June 30, 2019
Carolyn Louise Shank, 72, of Hinton, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019. Miss Shank was born Oct. 2, 1946, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Samuel Luther and Edith Virginia Rohrer Shank.
She worked various places in food service and as a meat cutter. She was a member of the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.
Surviving are her siblings, Orlin Shank and wife, Sandra, of Bridgewater, Warren Shank, Eunice Showalter, Dorothy Knicely and husband, Kenneth, all of Dayton, Margaret Wenger and husband, Richard, of Hinton; 24 nieces and nephews; and 67 great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Miss Shank was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Ruth Shank; sister-in-law, Carolyn Shank; and a brother-in-law, Steve Showalter.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 3, 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 brother, Warren Shank, 5066 Noble Center Lane, Dayton, where friends may call until 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Shank, Mary Esther Eberly
August 17, 1926 - July 10, 2019
Mary Esther Shank, 92, a resident of Dayton, passed away July 10, 2019, at her home. Mrs. Shank was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Amos N. and Ava Myra Rohrer Eberly.
She was a homemaker and a member of Riverdale Old Order Mennonite Church.
On Oct. 29, 1947, she married Nelson B. Shank, who preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 2000.
Surviving are seven daughters and six sons, Elaine Martin and husband, Phares, of Dayton, Larry Shank and wife, Lois, of Bridgewater, Becky Knicely and husband, Dan, of Dayton, Joseph Shank and wife, Sharon, of Bridgewater, Lydia Rhodes and husband, Don, of Bridgewater, Everette Shank and wife, Karen, of Bridgewater, Betty Showalter and husband, Ray Lynn, of Dayton, Nelson Shank and wife, Marjorie, of Bridgewater, Frank Shank and wife, Jean, of Ephrata, Pa., Ava Kay Shank of Zanesville, Ohio, Mary Ethel Rhodes and husband, James, of Dayton, Michael Shank and wife, Evelyn, of Bridgewater, and Shirley Knicely and husband, Wilson, of Bridgewater; sisters-in-law, Martha Shank, of Dayton, and Mandell Shank, of Dayton; 61 grandchildren; 159 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her family.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Shank was preceded in death by four brothers, Marion Eberly, Edwin Eberly, Warren Eberly and Mark Eberly; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The body will be taken to the home of her daughter, Mary Ethel and James Rhodes, 3077 Ottobine Road, Dayton, Va., where friends may call at anytime Friday until 8 p.m.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Shenk, Glenn H.
March 7, 1929 - Sept. 24, 2019
Glenn H. Shenk, 90, of Lancaster, formerly of the Buck, PA, died peacefully in the company of family on the evening of September 24, 2019 at UPMC Pinnacle, Lititz, after a brief illness. He was born March 7, 1929 to Elizabeth and Samuel Shenk in Conestoga, PA, and was married for 64 years to Helen E. (Herr) Shenk, who survives him.
Glenn farmed with a team as a youngster, owned half a plane as a young man and flew it, and worked as a mechanic, dairy farmer, and cabinet maker. He served with Mennonite Voluntary Service, with the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company, and as a minister at River Corner Mennonite Church. He loved fishing and hunting, telling a good story, and working with his hands. He was a family man, a good neighbor, kind, gentle, with a wide range of skills. If he didn't have the tool he needed to solve a problem, he made it.
Glenn is survived by his four daughters: Marjorie Shenk (Hermann Riecke) of Evanston, IL; Peg (Lee) Martin of Kimball, WV; Mary (Marty) Sommerfeld, of Lancaster, PA; Alica (Jim) Denlinger, of Lancaster, PA, and eight grandchildren. His eight brothers and sisters also survive him: Arlene (the late Willard) Delp, Mahlon (Almeda) Shenk, Amos (Joanne) Warfel, Janie (Jim) Delp, Ruth (John) Groff, Dave (Ruth) Warfel, Don (Eunice) Warfel, and Elaine (Tom) Stauffer.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at 2:00 P.M. at the New Danville Mennonite Church, 103 Marticville Road, Lancaster, PA. Friends may greet the family at the church on Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service.
Interment in River Corner Mennonite Cemetery will be private and held at the convenience of the family
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Rd., Lititz, PA, 17543 (mds.mennonite.net/donate/) or Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP), 1013 Division St., Goshen, IN, 46528 (donate.mcc.org/cause/great-lakes-sharing-appalachian-people-swap). To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.GroffEckenroth.com Arrangements by the Groff High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA.
Shirk, Edwin Z., 82, of 794 Gristmill Rd., Ephrata, entered into rest on Monday, September 16, 2019 peacefully at home.
Born in Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Joseph and Martha (Zimmerman) Shirk.
He married Martha W. (Horning) Shirk, who survives. Five sons and four daughters were born to this union: Titus married to Ellen Shirk, Dundee, NY, Luke married to Naomi Shirk, Dundee, NY, J. Edwin married to Marian Shirk, Ephrata, Alvin married to Lois Shirk, Dundee, NY, Mahlon married to Annetta Shirk, New Holland, Mildred married to Elam W. Hoover, Dundee, NY, Lucy Mae married to Samuel S. Zimmerman, Penn Yan, NY, Frances married to Isaac S. Zimmerman, Dundee, NY, and Martha Ann Shirk, Ephrata, 51 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Esther married to Ivan Hoover, Narvon.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Linda Z. Shirk, six brothers: Menno Z., Paul Z., Israel Z., Elam Z., Aaron Z., and Joseph Z. Shirk and a sister Suzanna Z. Zimmerman.
Edwin was a retired farmer and had also been ordained as a Deacon first and then as a Minister in the Groffdale Mennonite Conference.
His funeral will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 9 a.m. at his late home with further services at 9:30 a.m. at Martindale Mennonite Church with Bishop Titus Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at his late home on Thursday from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements.
Shirk, Eva M. Nolt, 78, of 200 S. Churchtown Rd., Narvon, died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at her home. Her husband, Martin M. Shirk, survives.
Born in Upper Leacock Twp., she was the daughter of the late Samuel S. and Eva W. (Martin) Nolt.
Eva was a homemaker and a member of Churchtown Mennonite Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by eight children: Mary Ann married to James Zimmerman, East Earl, John David married to Vera (Hoover) Shirk, Himrod, NY, Alvin N. married to Irene (Martin) Shirk, Narvon, Edna married to Harry Snyder, Woodbury, Ellen married to Allen Zimmerman, Owen, WI, Martin, Jr. married to Susan (Brubacher) Shirk, Narvon, Samuel married to Darlene (Nolt) Shirk, Narvon, Louise married to James Zimmerman, Narvon, 59 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, three siblings: Mabel married to Eli Weaver, Leola, Edna widow of David Martin, New Holland, Samuel married to Verna (Burkholder) Nolt, Leola.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Weaver and Paul Nolt and two great-grandsons.
Her funeral will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the Alvin Shirk home, 240 S. Churchtown Rd., Narvon with further services at 9:30 a.m. at Churchtown Mennonite Church with Bishop Ammon Weaver officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at the Alvin Shirk home on Sunday from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements.
Shirk, Franklin W., 85, of Ephrata, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019, at Fairmount Homes, after a lengthy illness.
He was the son of the late Joseph M. and Emma (Weber) Shirk and was the husband of the late Fannie L. (Zimmerman) Shirk who passed away in 1991.
A retired farmer and tool sharpener, Franklin was a member of Springville Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference).
He is survived by eight children, Leon, husband of Erma (Oberholtzer) Shirk of Middleburg, Neil, husband of Elaine (Weaver) Shirk of Crab Orchard, KY, Nelson, husband of Darlene (Martin) Shirk of Denver, Wilma Shirk of Ephrata, Erla Mae, wife of Warren Burkholder of Loyal, WI, Eva Jane, wife of Melvin Martin of Reinholds, Ruth Ann, wife of Glenn Horst of Port Byron, NY, Verlin, husband of Erma (Weaver) Shirk of Manheim; 50 grandchildren and 110 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one grandchild; one great-grandchild; eight brothers and ten sisters. Franklin was the last to survive of his immediate family.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, at Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Rd., Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 8:45 am, at the Fellowship Center, with further services at 9:30 am, from Springville Mennonite Church, 580 Springville Rd., Ephrata, with Bishop Melvin Martin officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.
Kindly omit flowers.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Shirk, Martin M., 79, of Narvon, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. His wife, Eva M. (Nolt) Shirk, died April 4, 2019.
Born in Caernarvon Twp., he was a son of the late Samuel R. and Florence R. (Martin) Shirk.
Martin was a farmer and a member of the Churchtown Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.
Surviving are eight children, Mary Ann married to James Zimmerman of East Earl, John David married to Vera (Hoover) Shirk of Himrod, NY, Alvin N. married to Irene (Martin) Shirk of Narvon, Edna married to Harry Snyder of Woodbury, Ellen married to Allen Zimmerman of Owen, WI, Martin, Jr. married to Susan (Brubacher) Shirk of Narvon, Samuel married to Darlene (Nolt) Shirk of Narvon, and Louise married to James Zimmerman of Narvon; 59 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and six siblings, Paul, married to Ruth (Shirk) Shirk of Narvon, Ivan, married to Anna (Nolt) Shirk of New Holland, Annetta, married to Lloyd Zimmerman of Terre Hill, Ida, married to Walter Hurst of Morgantown, Harvey, married to Alma (Weaver) Shirk of Narvon, and Amanda Shirk of Narvon.
He was preceded in death by two great-grandsons, a brother, Amos Shirk; and two sisters, Naomi Shirk and Esther Zimmerman.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 5 at 9 am at the home of Alvin Shirk, 240 S. Churchtown Road, Narvon, with further services at 9:30 am at Churchtown Mennonite Church with the Bishop Titus Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held on Thursday, July 4 at the home of Alvin Shirk from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.
Short, Doris M. Schmucker, 88, of West Unity died January 12, 2019 at Bryan, Williams Co., OH. She was born January 6, 1931 at Wauseon, Fulton Co., OH to George and Sylvia (Short) Schmucker. She was married to LaMar Short, who is deceased.
Surviving are children, Gordon (Pat) Short; Kathi (Steve) Bauer; Randy (Deb) Short; Lynn (Karlene) Short; Kris (Mark) Griffiths; 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jim (Ethel) Schmucker; in-laws Arlo (Karen) Short; Arva Beck; Romaine (Don) Beck.
A twin sister, Donna Nafziger preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held January 12, 2019 at Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, Williams Co., OH with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Showalter, Glenn D.
October 12, 1930 - April 21, 2019
Glenn D. Showalter, age 88, of Quincy Village and formerly of Chambersburg, PA, passed away unexpectedly at the Chambersburg Hospital on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Born October 12, 1930, in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late Amos T. and Rhoda Shank Showalter.
In Glenn’s early life he worked as a farmer and in agricultural sales. Glenn had later worked at Cove Valley Camp, and Shalom Christian Academy. He was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, where he had served in many capacities. Glenn was a volunteer for the Cumberland Valley Relief Center, Mennonite Disaster Service, and Rock Hill Mennonite Church. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and family camping at Cove Valley.
Family members include four children, Fern (Edward) Horst of Chambersburg, Eldon (Jean) Showalter of Waynesboro, Darrel (Karen) Showalter of Greencastle, and Phyllis Showalter of York, PA; eight grandchildren, the late Kevin Horst and wife, Lisa, Laura (Rodney) Martin, Wanda (Paul) Schlabach, Duane (Malisa) Horst, Brett (Lauren) Showalter, Erin (David) Carter, Tony (Kristen) Showalter, Kelly (Eric) Alleman; and 27 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and grandson, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Elinor M. Crider Showalter, who passed away on December 2, 2016, and nine siblings, Anna Martin, Naomi Eby, Ethel Lehman, Mary Horst, Mabel Martin, and Preston, Adin, Harvey and Paul Showalter.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 5-8 PM and on Friday one hour prior to the service at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church 1800 Philadelphia Ave. Chambersburg, PA. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church 1800 Philadelphia Ave. Chambersburg with Rev. Jerry Roth and Rev. David Carter officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery following the service. Arrangements are entrusted to the Harold M. Zimmerman And Son Funeral Home, Inc., Greencastle, PA. Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to the Cumberland Valley Relief Center 4225 Molly Pitcher Hwy. South Chambersburg, PA 17202.
Showalter, Lena Beachy Yutzy, wife of Omar Showalter, passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2019, surrounded by family in her home in Park Place at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, Va. Lena was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was born Jan. 14, 1931, in Plain City, Ohio, to Eli C. and Maryann Kauffman Beachy. On June 10, 1955, she married Norman E. Yutzy of Plain City, Ohio, until his passing on Dec. 26, 2000. In addition to her parents and first husband, Lena was preceded in death by brothers, Jonas, John, Noah, Neil, Alvin, infant brother, Leroy, and sisters, Anna Christner and Florence Hostetler.
On Jan. 15, 2006, Lena remarried Omar Showalter, who survives. She is also survived by her children, David (Jewel) Yutzy of Timberville, Va., Lenora (Rick) Bell and Charlene (Robert) Jacob of Harrisonburg, Va.; grandchildren, Ben (Risa) Yutzy, Kristin (Nels) Akerson, Aaron (Andrea) Yutzy, Lauren (Anthony) Troyer, Rachel Bell, Samantha and Adam Jacob; and six great-grandchildren. Lena is also survived by Omar’s children, Ruth (Kevin) Showalter, Indiana, Lois (Roy) Blankenship, Delaware, Paul (Libby) Showalter, Virginia, and Jesse Showalter and John Turner, Florida; along with 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Lyles, Georgia; brother, Eli C. (Katie) Beachy, Ohio; faithful friend, Mildred Hostetler; special caregiver, Elizabeth Rohrer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lena was a member at Lindale Mennonite Church. As a pastor’s wife, she extended the gift of hospitality to many, was passionate about teaching children’s Sunday school, and was active in Mennonite Women. She enjoyed quilting in her spare time and made a quilt for each of her grandchildren. Lena enjoyed singing, sewing and cooking, and had a passion for growing flowers of all kinds. She also traveled extensively throughout her life including to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S.
Visitation will be at Lindale Mennonite Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019. The burial will be Saturday, March 2, 2019, Lindale Mennonite Church at 11 a.m. A celebration of life service will be held in Strite Auditorium at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community on Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be made to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or Gift and Thrift, 731 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.
Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home.
Shriner, Russell Devon
Feb. 2, 1924 - Oct. 10, 2019
Russell Devon Shriner, 95, Elkhart, died 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at his home. He was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Elkhart, to Boyd & Alice May (Loucks) Shriner. On March 28, 1948, he married Mabel (Yoder) Shriner.
Surviving are his wife, Mabel, Elkhart, daughters, Dianne (Terry) Hartman, Elkhart, Sally (Ronald) Drudge, Zephyrhills, Florida, Debbie (Chester) Mercer, Granger, Cindy (Gary) Miller, Bristol, 5 grandchildren, Scott Hartman, Monte (Toni) Hartman, Brad (Cheryl) Hartman, Cathy (Jeff) Heitert, Sarah (Mike) Bonebrake and 5 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Brady & Marli Hartman and Abby & Emma Heitert.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Russell was a graduate of Wakarusa High School and was a member of Olive Mennonite Church. He was a farmer, sold Pioneer Seed Corn for over 20 years and also had a business for silo filling. Russell enjoyed having coffee with the guys at Raymonds. He loved fishing and telling stories.
Visitation will be 1-3 & 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, 117 W. Waterford St., Wakarusa, and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. service on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at Olive Mennonite Church, 61081 CR 3, Elkhart. Pastor Eugene Bontrager will officiate. Burial will follow at Olive (East) Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to Heartland Hospice or the Elkhart County Humane Society.
Shriner, Russell Devon, 95, of Elkhart, Elkhart Co., IN died October 10, 2019 at the same place. He was born February 2, 1924 at Elkhart to Boyd and Alice May (Loucks) Shriner. On March 28, 1948 he was married to Mabel Yoder, who survives.
Surviving are children, Dianne (Terry) Hartman, Sally (Ronald) Drudge, Debbie (Chester) Mercer, Cindy (Gary) Miller; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held October 14, 2019 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN with burial in Olive East Cemetery, Elkhart, IN.
Shupp, Jean Martin
December 17, 1956 - May 11, 2019
Jean Shupp, age 62 of Bourbon, died, Saturday, May 11, 2019 as result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Bourbon. She was born December 17, 1956 in Lancaster County, PA to Elmer and Elva (Keens) Martin. She married Rick Shupp November 21, 1981 in Akron, PA.
Rick & Jean moved here from Maryland 5 years ago. Mrs. Shupp was a homemaker and was a driver for the Amish Community. She was a member of Clay Street Mennonite Church in Bourbon. Jean was a people person and her grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She enjoyed flowers and her love language was giving to others.
Mrs. Shupp is survived by her husband, Rick; children, Marcus (Charlou) Shupp, Nappanee, Jordan (Jeralyn) Shupp, Etna Green, Lucia (Shawn) Martin, Waynesboro, PA, Melissa (Derrick) Eby, Hancock, Maryland; grandchildren, Elmer, Renee, Javon, Nathaniel, Winston, Carter, Todd, Jenna, Arianna, Tanner; mother, Elva Martin, Lititz, PA; sister, Carol (Bill) Hess, McIntosh, MN; mother-in-law, Janice Shupp, Denver, PA.; and Logan and Levi Brooks, who knew her as Mama Jean. She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Martin and father-in-law, Walter Shupp.
Family and friends may call Tuesday, May 14th from 6-8 and Wednesday, May 15th 2-4 and 6-8 at Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church, Bremen and for 1 hour prior to the 10:00 am Funeral Service, Thursday, May 16th also at the Church. Officiating will be the Clay Street Home Ministry and burial will be in Berea Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Sieber, Paul Clarence, 92, of Champaign, IL died February 22, 2019 at the same place. He to Boyd and Kathie (Wert) Sieber. He was married to Martha Meck, who is deceased.
Surviving are children, Gerald Sieber, Delmar Sieber, Norma Symns, Nancy Seaman, and Marlin, Sieber; twelve grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held May 4, 2019 at First Mennonite Church, Urbana, IL with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Paul Sieber, 97, of Mahomet, IL, passed away at 8:05 A.M. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at his home.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in the spring.
Paul was born on April 20, 1921. He married Martha Meck and were married for 70 years, before she passed away on November 23, 2013.
He is survived by three sons, Gerald Sieber and his wife Yvonne of Hesston, KS, Delmar Sieber and his wife Sandy of Champaign, IL and Marlin Sieber and his wife Peggy of Mansfield, IL; two daughters, Norma Symns and her husband Thomas of Longmont, CO and Nancy Seaman and her husband Dennis of Champaign, IL; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife.
March 1, 1936 - October 1, 2019
Allen Slabaugh, 83, of Nappanee, passed away at 5:03 a.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Elkhart General Hospital after a brief illness.
Allen was born March 1, 1936 to Edward T. and Alma (Yoder) Slabaugh. He was a lifetime area resident. Allen had worked for Slabaugh Tiling and Hochstetler Grain.
Allen is survived by his daughters, Bernice Wimberly, Tyler TX, Alma (Rick) Moyer, Bradenton, FL, and Julie (Keith) Kaufman, Nappanee; sons, Leland (Diane) Slabaugh, New Castle, IN, Harlan (Jessica) Slabaugh, Titus Slabaugh and Nathan Slabaugh, all of Indianapolis; 19 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Glen (Enid) Slabaugh, Goshen, Larry (Katie) Slabaugh and Dale (Ina) Slabaugh, both of Nappanee; sisters, Erma (Loren) Troyer, Nappanee, Mary Ellen (Joni) Beachy, Bremen, IN, and Kay (Dale) Schertz, Nappanee. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Eleanor Peachey.
Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2019 at Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church. A time of sharing will take place from 6-8 p.m. also on Friday. Private Graveside services will take place.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Slagel, Dean George
Dec. 17, 1926 - Sept. 14, 2019
Dean George Slagel, 92, Elkhart, died 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community. He was born Dec. 17, 1926 in Flanagan, Illinois to George & Clara (Guth) Slagel. On June 18, 1948, he married Dorothy Lucille (Schrock) Slagel at Metamora Mennonite Church, Metamora, IL, and she died Dec. 22, 2018.
Surviving are 2 daughters, Sharon Rose Berkey, Indianapolis, Annette Kay Slagel, Baldwin, MI, 3 sons, David Dean Slagel, Ocala, FL, Paul Allen (Kristi Sommer-Slagel) Slagel, Bristol, Sanford Lee (Linda) Slagel, Goshen, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, wife, Dorothy, an infant sister and a brother, Duane Slagel.
Dean was a 1944 graduate of Flanagan High School; attended Ball State University, Butler University, Goshen College and received his master’s from Western Michigan University. He served during WW II in the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1946. Dean was founder of Slagel & Son Insulation. He taught school at Honeyville, Ligonier, Morgan Town and Goshen. Dean was a former pastor at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, Martinsville, North Goshen Mennonite Church and a member of Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, where he was a team pastor. He was Sunday School Superintendent of Conference of Indiana.
Visitation will be 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (noon) Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, with the service following at 12 p.m., all at Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community, 28070 CR 24, Elkhart. Pastor Tim Henke and Chaplain Dave Severance will officiate. Burial will be at West Goshen Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations may be directed to Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements.
Smeltzer, Doris Arlene Metzler
March 25, 1936 - September 4, 2019
Doris Arlene Smeltzer, age 83, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in West Peoria. Born March 25, 1936, in Goshen, Indiana, to Carl & Anna Metzler. She married Walter Edward Smeltzer on June 8, 1958, at Olive Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Roy Davidhizer, and daughter Teresa Marie Smeltzer.
Surviving are her spouse, Walter Edward Smeltzer, and four children, Colleen (Pablo) Fast of Lábrea, Amazonas, Brazil; Kevin (Beverly) Smeltzer of Richmond, Virginia; Carla (Jesus) Cortés of Peoria, Illinois; Kurt (Carol) Smeltzer of Washington, Illinois. Also surviving are five siblings, Gennevive Hershey of Columbiana, Ohio; Carl (Phyllis) Metzler of Goshen, Indiana; Marilyn Miller of Goshen, Indiana; Norma (Allen) Mast of Goshen, Indiana; and Mary (Denny) Lambright Yoder of Lagrange, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews. Grandchildren: Natasha (Nicolas) Hayden; Ryan Smeltzer & Kayla (Brad) Matthais; Kyle Smeltzer, Justin (Shannon) Smeltzer, Caleb Smeltzer & Josiah Smeltzer. Great-grandchildren: Fyodor, Serenity and Mercy Hayden; & Vincent Smeltzer.
Doris received her teaching degree from Goshen College in 1958 and taught third grade in Bristol, Indiana, for three years. Later she was a substitute teacher for several years. At 50 years of age, she graduated with a degree in dental hygiene from Illinois Central College and worked as a hygienist for over 15 years. She was a Pastor´s wife since the fall of 1959 through the present. Doris was a big support to her husband as a partner in the ministry and a member of Peoria Christian Fellowship Church. Some of her activities included being a hostess, counselor, home-maker, and co-worker on many levels of ministry. Her hobbies were gardening, quilting, oil painting, and sewing. Many people enjoyed her sweet, kind, loving, caring personality resulting from her walk with Jesus in her daily life.
A visitation will be Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bradley Epworth United Methodist Church in Peoria. A funeral service will be on Monday, September 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the church. A funeral service will also be held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation a half hour
prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at the church cemetery.
Memorial checks may be made out to Project Amazon, c/o Becky Joellenbeck, PO Box 4327, Apopka, FL 32704. On a separated piece of paper designate For the mission work of Pablo & Colleen Fast in Brazil.
Smoker, Barbara B. Fisher, 85, of 97 S. Groffdale Rd., Leola, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. She was the daughter of the late John Z. and Sarah Blank Fisher. She was a member of the Tourist Mennonite Church, Sarasota, FL. She enjoyed serving others in various ways, especially in sewing comforters for foreign countries.
She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are: daughters, Sara married to David Yoder, Leola, Elizabeth married to Mahlon King, Gap, Emma married to Wilmer Stoltzfus, Goodville; sons, John married to Naomi Stoltzfus Smoker, Belleville, Ben Married to Kathryn Smucker Smoker, Jamestown, TN; 33 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded by her husband Benjamin K. Smoker, daughter Annie, son Elmer and sister Suvilla Stoltzfus.
The viewing will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. The funeral service will be on Thursday, April 4, at 1:00 in the afternoon. Both events will be held at Summit View Church, 200 Summitville Rd., New Holland.
Smoker, Reuben S., age 92, formerly of Gordonville, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Landis Homes, Lititz. He was the husband of Esther Grace Blank Smoker for over 69 years.
Born in Leacock Township, he was the son of the late Isaac M. and Fannie E. Kauffman Smoker. He was a member of Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Reuben was a carpenter working for various home builders. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and spending winters in Florida.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by 3 children: Thelma J. wife of Eugene Sensenig of Denver, James E. Smoker, Linda S. wife of Stephen Simmons both of Gordonville, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 6 siblings: Naomi Stoltzfus, Mildred Stoltzfus, David, Elmer, Leroy, and Sylvanus.
Funeral service will take place at Ridgeview Mennonite Church, 3723 Ridge Road, Gordonville on Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m. with a viewing from 10 a.m. until time of service. Reuben's nephew, Milt Stoltzfus, will be officiating. There will also be a viewing at the church on Friday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Mennonite Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Smoker, Esther M. Friesen, 88, died July 28, 2019 at Lititz, Lancaster Co., PA. She was born September 29, 1930 at Meade, KS to Henry and Margaret Friesen. She was married to Abner Smoker, who died October 27, 2015.
Surviving are two sons, Darrell L. Smoker and LeVon R. Smoker; three grandchildren, and a brother, Marvin M. husband of Elvina Isaac Friesen.
A daughter, Darla J. Benner and siblings, Margaret M. Wiens, Pete M., Menno M., Dan M. Friesen and Elda M. Plank preceded her in death.
She was a member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church, where she was involved with the sewing circle. She worked with MCC from 1952-1956 in Maryland and California and then assisted her husband in business Abner Smoker Excavating. Esther enjoyed collecting dishes and glass bells.
Memorial services were held July 3, 2019 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Lancaster Co., PA with burial in Ridgeview Mennonite Cemetery.