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Lazarus Project

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

2020  C to F

Cender, Joan Elizabeth Schaer ; . . Charles, Miriam Ebersole ; . . Chupp, Amanda Kuhns ; . . De Jong, Siegelinde Brunhilde Hinz ; . . Deputy, Ronald LeRoy, Sr. ; . . Deter, Clayton LaVerne ; . . Detweiler, Ruth Kauffman ; . . Diem, Abigail L. McNally ; . . Diem, Lester John ; . . Diller, Aden K. ; . . Ebersole, Debbie Lynn ; . . Ebersole, Robert ; . . Eby, Ada N. Zimmerman ; . . Farmwald, Edna Helmuth ; . . Foth, Leroy "Lee" Karl ; . . Fox, Verna H. Horning ; . . Frey, Daniel W. ; . . Fry, Dean V. ; . . Fry, Harley H. ; . .


Cender, Joan Elizabeth Schaer
June 04, 1936 - January 21, 2020

Joan Elizabeth Cender passed away January 21, 2020 @ Gibson City Annex. Joan was born June 4, 1936 in Fisher, the daughter of the late Maurie & Inez (Heiser) Schaer. She married Robert Joseph Cender on Sept. 8, 1956.

She is survived by her daughter, Angie (Kenny) Beachey, grandchildren Jessi (Tara) Hurless, Nathan (Ashley) Beachey, and great grandchild, Hazel Hurless. Also surviving is a sister, Ginny Oyer. Joan was proceeded in death by her husband, Bob and son Maurie.

Joan was an active member of the East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, all her life. She was also active in the community, working as secretary in the local Dr's office for many years. In 1987 she became an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College of Communication at the U of I. Joan enjoyed working with the students and was an avid fan of the fighting Illini basketball team. Joan excelled at baking, playing organ/piano, singing and enjoyed sharing Christ's love with others through the gospel group she was a part of called The Reflections. She was an avid Cubs fan, loved fishing and vacations with her friends and always enjoyed spending time with her family, spoiling them with her baking. But most of all she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and wanted everyone to know of His saving Grace! In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to East Bend Mennonite Church, P.O. Box 520, Fisher, IL 61843

Lamb Young Funeral Home
Gibson City, IL
Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Charles, Miriam Ebersole
December 11, 1926 - May 23, 2020

Miriam Ebersole Charles, 93, of Manor Township, entered Glory on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at her home, following a brief illness. She was born in Lancaster, daughter of the late Christian S. and Susan (Shenk) Ebersole. She was married for 68 years to the late David Arthur Charles who passed away in 2015. Miriam loved life with all her heart, loved music, reading, sewing, walking in the woods, children, her family, and loved meeting new people. She prayed every day for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a list of others in her life who she felt needed an extra touch of God's grace. Miriam was a born organizer and planner, whether at church, school or at home with her family. She was part of the second graduating class from Lancaster Mennonite School in 1944 and remained a strong advocate for Mennonite education. She taught elementary students at Manor Mennonite School and was a music teacher at Kraybill Mennonite School and New Danville Mennonite School. Miriam and her husband managed a farm in Manor Township. She served in many roles at Habecker Mennonite Church. She taught Sunday School, served as president of the Manor Sewing Circle, volunteered at the Columbia ReUzit Store, and with Hospice. For twenty years she retouched photographs for Charles Studio. She lived her entire life in Lancaster County, but she opened her home to people from all over the world, embracing everyone who stopped at her doorstep. Over the years, she and Arthur welcomed refugees from Eastern Europe, Vietnam, and Burma, helping them to start new lives in this country.

Surviving are her children: David (Martha) Charles, Lancaster; Anita Ranck (David Kindy), Winston-Salem, NC; Jonathan (Rhoda) Charles, Lancaster; Sharyn (Lowell) Tieszen, Harrisonburg, VA; and Dan (Brigid McCarthy) Charles, Washington, DC. Thirteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Brother: David (Mary Ann) Ebersole. Sisters-in-law: Grace Ebersole and Martha Charles Sangree. She was preceded in death by brother: Ernest Ebersole and two sisters: Nyla Witmer and Ethel Metzler, and a son-in-law: Marlyn Ranck.

A Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family. An online memorial service will take place in the coming weeks. Please contact family members for details. The family plans to hold a hymn sing in her memory next year. Memorial gifts can be made to: Habecker Mennonite Church for the Karen Scholarship Fund at Lancaster Mennonite School. Arrangements by the Workman Funeral Homes, Inc., Mountville/Columbia.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/25/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Chupp, Amanda Kuhns
June 21, 1939 - February 10, 2020

Amanda Chupp, age 80, of Nappanee, passed away in the loving arms of her daughter, surrounded by family, at 11:52 a.m., Monday, February 10, 2020 at Goshen Hospital. She was born June 21, 1939 in Kosciusko County, to Levi J. and Elizabeth (Hershberger) Kuhns.

On April 2, 1963 she married LaMar F. Chupp. He preceded her in death September 16, 1980. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Chupp, Nappanee; siblings, Eli Kuhns, Etna Green, Edna Miller, Etna Green, Alvin (Verna) Kuhns, Shipshewana, Freeman (Irene) Kuhns, Milford; sister-in-law, Clara Kuhns, Kingston, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Susan Jane Chupp; 2 stillborn brothers; sisters, Malinda Miller, Emma Miller; and brothers, Roman and Melvin Kuhns.

Family and friends may call after 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2020 and after 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th at James Hochstetler residence (7245 W. 1350 N). Funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 13th at James Hochstetler residence. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in Graber Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Homes
Nappanee/Wakarusa, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


De Jong, Siegelinde Brunhilde Hinz, 86, of Virgil, Ontario, Canada died February 11, 2020 at the same place. She was born July 31, 1933 at Free City State of Danzig to Herbert and Kaethe (van Bergen) Hinz. On September 6, 1959 at North Newton, KS she was married to Hielke De Jong, who survives.

Surviving are children, Walter (Darlene), Werner (Joanne) and Margaret (Jeff); five grandchildren, a sister, Heide Siegried Klassen and a brother, Armin Norbert Hinz.

A sister, Gudrun Kriemhilde Woelcke, preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held February 15, 2020 at Bethany Mennonite Church, Virgil, Ontario with burial in Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

Submitted by: Hielke De Jong, Virgil, ON
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Deputy, Ronald LeRoy, Sr.
March 22, 1939 - May 5, 2020

Ronald LeRoy Deputy Sr., 81, of Singers Glen, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at his residence. Mr. Deputy was born March 22, 1939, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Timothy Oliver and Ruth (Weaver) Deputy.

He started his career at Shenandoah Manufacturing before he became owner of Early Equipment Company. Ronald enjoyed woodworking. He loved the outdoors and listening to music. His mourning for his wife has ended and they are now in eternity together. He was a lifelong member of Weavers Mennonite Church.

On Sept. 5, 1959, he married the former Lelia Eberly, who preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 2010.

Ronald is survived by his children, Ronald Deputy Jr. and wife, Young Kim Deputy, of Indian Trail, N.C., Reba Deputy Heizer and husband, David, of Fairfield, Va., Anthony Deputy of Singers Glen, Raleigh Deputy and wife, Shandra Matters Deputy, of Rockingham; a brother, Merlin Deputy and wife, Jackie; grandchildren, Benjamin Heizer, Leah Heizer, Emily Heizer, Levi Heizer, Matthew Deputy, Megan Deputy Cooper; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Peggy Deputy; and a brother-in-law, Mark Lehman. In addition to his wife and parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his siblings, Lowell “Buck” Deputy, Margaret Lehman, Emily Deputy, and an infant sister, Mary Ellen Deputy.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

The burial will be held privately.

Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home.

Daily News Record - 5/7/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Deter, Clayton LaVerne, 90, of Morrison, Whiteside Co., IL died January 14, 2020 at the same place. He was born December 21, 1929 at Morrison to Daniel S. and Violetta (Nice) Deter. On July 7, 1950 at Sterling, IL he was married to Dorrine Jane Bos, who was born August 31, 1930 and died January 1, 2019.

Surviving are three sons, Rod (Tammy) Deter; Russ (Amy) Deter; and Rick (Glenda) Deter; eleven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A son, Randy Deter and siblings, Savilla Deter, Elcy Ann Deter, William Deter, and Melvin Deter preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held January 20, 2020 at Science Ridge Mennonite Church, Sterling, Whiteside Co., IL with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Sue Dirks, Sterling, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Detweiler, Ruth Kauffman
September 26, 1935 - January 6, 2020

Ruth Detweiler, 84, of Landis Homes, Lititz, died on January 6, 2020. She was born on September 26, 1935 in West Liberty, Ohio to David and Olive (Hartzler) Kauffman. Ruth will be dearly missed by her husband of 62 years, Lowell; her children Cheryl (Brent) Kaufman of Lancaster and Steven (Barbara) Detweiler of Akron; and her granddaughter Maria Detweiler of Lancaster.

For many of us who knew Ruth and her interests, these words come to mind: flowers, family, mental health, crafts, advocate, volunteering, listener, and travel.

Ruth grew up on a farm in western Ohio, the only daughter with five brothers. Is it any wonder she became a tomboy playing softball, hide and seek among the hay bales in the barn, and milking her favorite cow by hand? She never hesitated to argue that Guernsey cows are better than Holsteins! She was also her mother's primary helper around the house, and participated in youth activities at her home church, South Union Mennonite.

After she graduated from West Liberty High School, Ruth attended Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana and graduated in 1957 with a degree in Elementary Education. She and Lowell married in 1957 and entered their first term of service as teachers in a two-room schoolhouse with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Newfoundland, Canada. They returned to Ruth's home community where Cheryl was born, and Steve was adopted into their family. The family had many adventures while living in Tanzania, East Africa for Ruth and Lowell's second term of service with MCC from 1968-1971.

When they returned from East Africa, they settled in Akron, Pennsylvania where Ruth became hostess at MCC headquarters and then served as Global Family Program Coordinator for 14 years.

Ruth found herself drawn to numerous volunteer involvements such as Contact, Encounter, and Hospice CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) in several local hospitals. She was a committed member of Akron Mennonite Church where she served various terms on the Pastoral Team, Congregational Life, and Christian Education Committees and Church Council.

Ruth loved nature, especially flowers and snow, and she delighted in creating beauty with her hands. She prized her flower gardens and enjoyed sharing the splendor of their abundance with others. There were always colorful vases of fresh flowers from her garden all over her home. She also enjoyed crafting of all sorts: knitting, quilling, crocheting, and Scherenschnitte to name a few. She was a talented seamstress, and one of the treasures she created was her daughter's wedding dress.

From her own experience with depression, Ruth had a special passion for assisting people dealing with mental illness/health concerns. As a result, Ruth and Lowell founded No Longer Alone Ministries (NLAM) to provide support and services to individuals with mental illness and their families. Ruth also served many years on the Philhaven board of directors. She spent countless hours listening to others with compassion, acceptance and love.

For her years of commitment to mental health advocacy, Ruth was honored with two meaningful accolades. In 2002, she received a GOAL – Go On And Live – Award given to ten volunteers nationwide. In 2004, she was recognized by the Fulton Opera House with their "Women Who Care Award." Both were presented to individuals who made a significant difference in their community.

Family members who preceded Ruth's death include an infant son, Douglas Keith; her parents, David and Olive Kauffman of West Liberty, OH; and a brother, Dale Kauffman of Zanesfield, OH. In addition to her immediate family, her living siblings include brothers; Joe (Alona) Kauffman, Warren (Elma) Kauffman and Ken (Jane) Kauffman all of West Liberty, Ohio and Harold Kauffman of Tucson, AZ; sister-in-law Irene Kauffman, West Liberty, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, January 18 at Akron Mennonite Church. An informal visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm Friday, January 17 at the Landis Homes Westview Community Room.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be designated in Ruth's memory to Landis Communities for No Longer Alone Family Support Group or Landis Homes for the Caring Fund. Gifts may be mailed to 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/12/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Diem, Abigail L. McNally
July 2, 1990 - February 27, 2020

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2020 at the Riverside Mennonite Church, 10930 Township Road 135, Kenton, OH. Officiating will be Brother Melvin Burkholder, Brother Mark Rosenberry, Brother Matthew Garman, and H. Lynn Martin. Burial will be at the Riverside Mennonite Church Cemetery. Viewing will be held at the church from 2 till 4 and 6 till 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020. The Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton is assisting the family with arrangements.

Abigail L. Diem, age 29 years, 7 months, 25 days, died Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She was the wife of Jonathan Diem. Born July 2, 1990, in Mount Holly, New Jersey, she was the daughter of John J. and Suzanne L. (Warrell) McNally.

She is survived by her husband of 8 years, Jonathan Diem; one daughter, Judith A. Diem, age 7; three brothers, Corey J. (husband of Darla) McNally, Kenton, OH; Joseph D. McNally, Mount Victory, OH; Mark A. McNally, Kenton, OH; two sisters Katherine L. McNally, New Philadelphia, OH; Carrie B. McNally, Kenton, OH.

She was preceded in death by infant son Lester John.

She was a member of the Riverside Mennonite Church, Pleasant Township.

Price-McElroy Funeral Home, Kenton, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Diem, Lester John
February 23, 2020 - February 23, 2020

Lester John Diem was born into the hands of the Lord on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 at the Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine. He was the son of Jonathan Lamar and Abigail Lee (McNally) Diem. He will be laid to rest at the Riverside Mennonite Cemetery. The Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton is assisting the family with arrangements.

Find A Grave # 207554177
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Diller, Aden K.
April 1, 1926 - March 9, 2020

The Public Memorial Service For Aden Diller has been cancelled. A private graveside service for family will be held.

Aden K. Diller, age 93, formerly of Greencastle, PA went home to be with the Lord on Monday March 9, 2020 at Menno Haven in Chambersburg, PA. Born April 1, 1926 in Greencastle, PA, he was the son of the late Albert and Fannie (Shank) Diller. He married his wife Ruth E. (Shank) Diller on September 8, 1945 in the Marion Mennonite Church. They celebrated 72 years together before her death on February 20, 2018.

Aden was on the advisory board of Northern Youth Ministries, Dryden, Ontario for 30 years. He was one of the founding members of Cove Valley Youth Camp, Mercersburg, PA. He and his wife Ruth, lived at the camp for 13 years, serving as camp director and bookkeeper.

He and his wife owned and operated Diller Potato Chip Company of Greencastle and Sunnyspot Apartments. He worked for E.D. Plummer and Son Construction Co. of Hagerstown and built several houses. Aden served as Pastor of Cedar Street Mennonite Church in Chambersburg for 30 years. He and his wife took bus tours for Atlantic Coast Bus Co. of Hagerstown and hosted 6 trips to the Holy Land, Israel.

He served as president of the Greencastle AARP Chapter for several years. He loved his workshop; making grandfather clocks, canes and many pieces of furniture for family, friends and also wooden toys for his great-grandchildren. His family was important to him and he loved seeing each one from the babies, teens to the adults. “Thanks for coming,” he would say after every visit.

Surviving family are two daughters, Sharon Baer and husband Darrell of Chambersburg, Esther Martin of Chambersburg; two sons, Eugene Diller and wife Fern of Greencastle, James Diller and wife Judy of Hagerstown; eleven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren; two siblings, Anna Krouse of Greencastle and Leon Diller of Tennessee.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant grandson Lenwood Martin, a son-in-law Lester Martin, five siblings, Daniel Diller, Ethel Petersheim, Lois Eshleman, Glenn Diller and infant brother Nathan Diller.

A private graveside service will held at Marion Mennonite Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Menno Haven Benevolent Care Fund 2011 Scotland Ave. Chambersburg, PA 17201. Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements were handled by the Harold M. Zimmerman And Son Funeral Home of Greencastle.

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH


Ebersole, Debbie Lynn, 60, of Sterling, Whiteside Co., IL died February 14, 2020 at the same place. She was born November 16, 1959 at Sterling to Donald E. and Marjorie E. (Alshouse) Ebersole.

Surviving are her siblings: Donald (Linda Kay) Ebersole; Dennis (Linda Kay) Ebersole; Larry (Linda Kay) Ebersole; Stephen (Sherrie) Ebersole; Brian (Lynette) Ebersole; Bradley Ebersole; and Barbara (Dennis) Vietmeier

Memorial services were held February 22, 2020 at Science Ridge Mennonite Church, Sterling, IL with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Sue Dirks, Sterling, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Ebersole, Robert
August 27, 1926 - January 3, 2020

Robert Ebersole, 93, died Friday, January 3, 2020, at The Maples at Waterford Crossing.

He was born August 27, 1926 in La Junta, Colorado to Clarence and Ruth (Erb) Ebersole.

He married Doris Gautsche June 17, 1951 in Archbold, Ohio. She died January 13, 2018.

Survivors include four children, Donald (Carol) Ebersole of Goshen, Patricia (Joel) Zwier of Goshen, James (Carol Maynard) Ebersole of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Jon (Peggy) Ebersole of Oak Park, Illinois; ten grandchildren; a great-grandchild and a brother-in-law, Mahlon Amstutz of Denver, Colorado.

Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Yoder and Judy Amstutz.

A graduate of Hesston College, Goshen College and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Dr. Ebersole retired from Archbold Medical Group in 1989. He then worked part time for Sauder Woodworking in the medical department until 1996. He was an active member of Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold Lions Club and medical associations. He was a member of the Archbold Parks Board and Archbold Library Board for many years.

During World War II, Dr. Ebersole served in Civilian Public Service, including at a mental hospital, in New Jersey where he became interested in studying medicine.

He loved photography, travel, gardening and camping. He passed this love on to his children and grandchildren. He was kind, positive and encouraging to all.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., at Assembly Mennonite Church, 727 New York Street, Goshen, where a noon memorial service will take place.

Memorial donations in Dr. Ebersole’s memory may be given to Mennonite Central Committee.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Eby, Ada N. Zimmerman
February 2, 1926 - June 8, 2020

Ada N. Eby, 94, of 441 White Oak Road, New Holland, passed away at home on Monday, June 8, 2020.

She was the wife of the late Ezra S. Eby who died in 2012. Born in Terre Hill, she was the daughter of the late Eli Z. and Mary Nolt Zimmerman.

Ada was a homemaker and a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.

She is survived by eight children: Earl Z. married to Joyce (Sensenig) Eby, Denver; Ernest Z. married to Arlene (Martin) Eby, Ephrata; Everett Z. married to Donna (Hopkin) Eby, Sinking Spring; Irvin Z. married to Mabel (Burkholder) Eby, MI; Aaron Ezra married to Mary Ann (Horst) Eby, New Holland; Norman Z. Eby, at home; Ellen Z. married to Luke Rissler, KY; and Vernon Z. married to Esther (Burkholder) Eby, KY; 37 grandchildren; 85 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Ella Eby of New Holland, Alta Hinkle of Fleetwood, Anna Martin of Fleetwood, and Edna wife of Willis Martin of Arbela, MO; and a sister-in-law, Anna Zimmerman of Fleetwood. She was preceded in death by a brother, Irvin Zimmerman, a sister, Lizzie Horst and by four grandchildren, Marsha Eby, Dale M. Eby, Loretta Rissler and Norman Rissler.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 A.M. at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 905 Martindale Road, Ephrata, PA with Bishop Titus H. Martin officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at her late home on Friday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by the Groff High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/10/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Farmwald, Edna Helmuth
November 24, 1934 - March 7, 2020

Edna Farmwald, 85, of Bremen, passed away at 6:41 pm, Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Signature Healthcare, Bremen. She was born November 24, 1934 to Albert and Anna (Miller) Helmuth in Arthur, IL. On March 13, 1958, she married Leroy Farmwald. He preceded her in death January 21, 2018. They lived in holy matrimony 59 years 10 months 8 days.

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

Surviving are her daughters, Naomi (Jerry) Miller, Rib Lake, WI, Dorothy (Leon) Miller, Bremen; sons, Merle (Anna) Farmwald, Nappanee, Lloyd (Karen) Farmwald, Tulsa, OK; 28 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren; brothers, Orie (Fannie) Helmuth, Statesville, NC, Levi (Eunice) Helmuth, Gulfport, MS; sisters, Viola (John) Jess, Arthur, IL, Emma (Roy) Corona, Gulfport, MS; sister-in-laws, Fannie Mae Helmuth, Arthur, IL, Polly Farmwald, Topeka; Katherine Farmwald, Warsaw, Martha Farmwald, Wakarusa, Rachel (Harvey) Miller, Florida; and brother-in-law, Owen Farmwald, Monticello, KY. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jacob Helmuth; sisters, Mattie Yoder, Martha Helmuth; brother-in-laws, Ralph Yoder, Melvin Farmwald; and sister-in-laws, Anna Mae Farmwald and Vesta Farmwald..

Family and friends may call after 2:00 pm, Monday, March 9, 2020 and all day Tuesday, March 10th at the Leon Miller residence, 11366 N 1100 W, Bremen . Funeral Services will be at 9:30 am, Wednesday, March 11th also at the Miller residence. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Cedar Road Amish Cemetery.

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Homes
Nappanee/Wakarusa, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Foth, Leroy "Lee" Karl, 72, of Archbold, Fulton Co., OH died March 21, 2020 at Montpelier, Williams Co., OH after an eight-year battle with cancer. He was born November 27, 1947 at Goessel, Marion Co., KS to Henry and Matilda (Kasper) Foth. He was married to Janet Borton, who survives.

Surviving are children, Michelle (Fermin) Flores; Matthew (Bobbie, Fiance) Foth; Mark (Nancy) Foth; Michael (Reyna) Foth; ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services were held July 18, 2020 at Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, Williams Co., OH.

Submitted by: Barb Crossgrove, Stryker, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Fox, Verna H. Horning
June 9, 1920 - March 29, 2020

Verna H. Fox, 99 of Ephrata, born June 09 1920, died Sunday March 29, 2020 at the home of her daughter, Ruth, in New Holland.

Born in East Earl Twp., she was a daughter of the late John and Lena (Hurst) Horning. Her husband, Harvey S. Fox, preceded her in death on July 12, 2005.

In addition to being a homemaker Verna was very active in sewing for needy children around the world. She loved christian singing and was a Godly example to all. She was a member of Muddy Creek Mennonite Church.

Survived by 10 children; Mary Ellen (Samuel) Stauffer Myerstown, Jay Ervin (Norma) Fox Reading, Ruth (Raymond) Bowman New Holland, Vera (Vernon) Martin Ephrata, Verna (Melvin) Good Long Island, VA, Lena (J. Martin) Hostetter East Earl, Harvey (Mary Ann) Fox Lititz, Earl (Lois) Fox Ephrata, Joan (Gerald) Nolt Forest VA. and Stanley (Janet) Fox Ephrata; 57 grandchildren; 218 great-grandchildren; 61 great-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Laura Zimmerman, Minerva Good.

She was preceded in death by two sons; Carl H. (Mary) Fox Myerstown, Charles H. Fox and 3 sisters Anna Shirk, Esther Bowman, Lena Zimmerman and a brother John Horning, Jr.

Verna was given excellent care over the last 8 years by Pam Larkins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Private interment will be held at the Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery. To view a livestream of the graveside service a YouTube event ID will be posted on the funeral home website by Wednesday morning, April 1. Please call 717-445-5122 if you have questions.

To send the family online condolences visit

Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/31/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Frey, Daniel W.
February 12, 1974 - March 8, 2020

Daniel W. Frey, age 46, Greenfield Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Adena Greenfield Medical Center from heart complications.

He was born February 12, 1974 in Orange County, Indiana, the son of Wayne and Ida (Beachy) Frey.

He is survived by his wife Lucy C. Troyer, whom he married on June 4, 1998; eleven children, Lena, Chester, Cristy, Jacob, Leroy, Nancy, Alice, Susanna, Daniel Jr., Rosella, Orpha all of the home; his parents, Wayne and Ida Frey; six brothers, Jonas W. and Martha (Wagler) Frey, David W. and Rosa (Wagler) Frey, Leroy W. and Martha (Wagler) Frey, Abraham W. and Rosa (Wagler) Frey, Jerry B. and Susan (Yoder) Frey all of Glen, N.Y., Elmer W. and Mary (Lambright) Frey of Gladwin, MI.; four sisters, Lydia, wife of Willie Lambright of Decater, OH, Wilma, wife of Abraham Lambright of Kenton, OH, Lena, wife of Rudy Wagler, Rachel, wife of Henry Mast, both of Glen, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by both grandparents and one niece.

Funeral Service will be 9:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 11, at his residence, with minister Albert Keim officiating. Burial will follow at the Worley Mill Cemetery.

The Murray-Fettro Funeral Home in Greenfield is serving the family.

The Budget, Sugarcreek, OH
March 11, 2020
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Fry, Dean V.
November 14, 1960 - June 3, 2020

Dean V. Fry, 59, of Ligonier, died at 12:30 am on Wednesday, June 3 at his residence. He was born on November 14, 1960 in LaGrange County, to Vern and Wilma (Eash) Fry. On May 18, 1982 in LaGrange County he married Mary Ellen Bontrager, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are five daughters, Marilyn (Orva) Miller of Ligonier, Carolyn (Glen) Miller of Middlebury, Kathryn (Clayton) Yoder of Millersburg, Ruth Fry of Ligonier, Rebekah (Jerry) Hochstetler of Ligonier; three sons, Noah (Mary Etta) Fry of Wolcottville, Matthew (Ruth) Fry of Ligonier, Stephen (Betty) Fry of Wolcottville; 23 grandchildren; brother, Wayne (SueAnn) Fry of Ligonier; five sisters, Carolyn (Mervin) Eash of Topeka, Dorothy (Jake) Petersheim of Wolcottville, Norma (Freeman) Bontrager of Shipshewana, Leona (Wayne) Miller of Topeka, Verda (Leroy) Miller of Wolcottville.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Fry, grandson, Lucas Jon Miller, granddaughter, Alena Danae Fry.

Dean was a farmer and worked at several local factories. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 3 and all day Thursday, June 4 at the family residence, 3711 W. 1100 N., Ligonier. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Friday, June 5 also at the family residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Harley Yoder and the home ministers. Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery, Topeka.

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


Fry, Harley H.
May 18, 1936 - June 8, 2020

Harley H. Fry, 84, of Topeka, died at 10:12 am on Monday, June 8 at his residence. He was born on May 18, 1936 in Yoder, KS, to Harvey D. and Elizabeth (Miller) Fry. On September 15, 1960 in Topeka, he married Alice Hostetler; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are eight sons, Floyd Ray (Wilma Jean) Fry of Topeka, Ervin Dean (Freda) Fry of Topeka, Freeman Jay (Chrissy) Fry of Middlebury, Kenneth (Elma) Fry of Millersburg, Wayne (Lena) Fry of Topeka, LaVern (Laura) Fry of Millersburg, Wilbur (Treva) Fry of Topeka, David (Loretta) Fry of Goshen; four daughters, Pollyanna (Levi) Wingard of Topeka, LaVerda (Loren) Yoder of Rome City, Wilma (Merlin) Lehman of Topeka, Doris (Jason) Lambright of Topeka; 70 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ervin (Barbara) Fry, Felty (Katie) Fry, Perry (Rosanna) Fry all of Topeka; two sisters, Polly (Eli) Raber of Topeka, Anna (Willis) Miller of Ligonier; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Fry of AZ, Anna Fry of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Andy Fry, William Fry.

Harley was a retired farmer, a handyman for the town of Topeka and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 9 and all day Wednesday, June 10 at the Wayne Fry residence, 4365 W. 700 S., Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, June 11 also at the Wayne Fry residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Samuel Herschberger and the home ministers. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.

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

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