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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 ; . . Christner, Franklin D. ; . . Chupp, Amanda Kuhns ; . . Chupp, Sharon K. Stutzman ; . . Chupp, William F. ; . Clark, Jimmie J. ; . . . Clugston, Lois J. Hertzler ; . . De Jong, Siegelinde Brunhilde Hinz ; . . Deputy, Ronald LeRoy, Sr. ; . . Deter, Clayton LaVerne ; . . Detweiler, Ruth Kauffman ; . . Diem, Abigail L. McNally ; . . Diem, Lester John ; . . Diener, Carrie Yoder ; . . Diffenderfer, Erna June ; . . Diller, Aden K. ; . . Eberly, Amos W. ; . . Ebersole, Debbie Lynn ; . . Ebersole, Robert ; . . Eby, Ada N. Zimmerman ; . . Eby, Earl Zimmerman ; . . Eigsti, Fred Maynard ; . . 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


Christner, Franklin D.
June 18, 1932 - July 9, 2020

Franklin D. Christner, 88, of Pocahontas, Arkansas, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, July 09, 2020. Franklin was born on June 18, 1932, in Shelbyville, Illinois, to Joe D. and Emma Eigsti Christner.

Franklin was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandchildren, neighbor, and friend. He worked as a carpenter most all his life.

Franklin is preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Virginia; brother, Joe; sisters, Lavina and Luella; grandchildren, Mandi, Forrest, Scott, Phebe, and Thaddeus; and four great grandchildren.

Franklin is survived by his wife, Sarah Miller Christner, of the home; eight sons, Douglas (Darlene) Christner, of Warm Springs, Stanley (Lorraine) Christner, of Sedalia, Missouri, Justin (Debbie) Christner, of Altus, Jim (Laura) Christner, of Pocahontas, Frank (Esther) Christner Jr., of Pocahontas, Arnold (Mary) Christner, of Ravenden Springs, Stephen (Darlene) Christner, of Ravenden Springs, and Nathaniel (Renae) Christner, of Pocahontas; three daughters, Shelby (Jerry) Eigsti, of Sedalia, Missouri, Gloria (Mathew) Eigsti, of Hughesville, Missouri, and Lovina (Rufus) Yoder, of Sedalia, Missouri; seventy-one grandchildren; one-hundred sixty-three great grandchildren; two brothers, Christy and Jake; and three sisters, Gloria, Barbara, and Emily.

Visitation for Franklin Christner will be at the Mt. Salem School, in the Hamil Community, in northern Randolph County, Arkansas, on Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Franklin's funeral service will be held at the Mt. Salem Church, in the Hamil Community, in northern Randolph County, Arkansas, beginning at 10:00 am, on Sunday, July 12, 2020. Burial will follow in the Mt. Salem Cemetery.

Franklin's grandsons are honored to serve as pallbearers.

All arrangements are under the direction of the Fears Family Funeral Home, in Pocahontas, Arkansas.

Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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


Chupp, Sharon K. Stutzman
November 29, 1944 - august 4, 2020

Sharon K. Chupp, 75, of Elkhart, was called to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Goshen on November 29, 1944 to the late Alvin and Nettie (Deeter) Stutzman.

Sharon is survived by her loving husband, James Chupp; sons, Mark (Mariah) Chupp of Elkhart and Terry (Deborah) Chupp of Goshen; grandchildren, Jessica (Nick) Haynes, Collin (Meghan) Chupp, Jadon (Barbara) Chupp, Kalin Chupp, Jocelyn Chupp (Shane Miller), Nathan Chupp, and Katherine Chupp; and great grandson, Benjamin Haynes. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lamar and Robert Stutzman; and sister, Carol Ann Walls.

Visitation will take place on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 9-11 a.m. at Living Faith Fellowship Church, 2601 Benham Ave, Elkhart, IN 46517. Services will take place on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Eric Atzigen officiating. A burial will follow services at Salem Mennonite Cemetery in New Paris, IN. Memorial donations may go to Living Faith Fellowship Church, 2601 Benham Ave, Elkhart, IN 46517. Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart is in care of services.

Sharon was a kind and caring woman who loved the Lord and her family. She married the love of her life, James Chupp, in 1964 in Elkhart County; they spent over 50 wonderful years of marriage beside one another. Sharon was a paraprofessional at Concord Schools for eight years before retiring in 2011. She was most proud of her achievements as an award-winning artist whose artwork was known throughout Elkhart County and beyond. Sharon will be missed greatly by her family and many friends.

Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Chupp, William F.
March 20, 1936 - July 27, 2020

William F. Chupp, age 84, of Nappanee, died at 5:00 am, Monday, July 27, 2020 at his home after a short illness. He was born March 20, 1936 in Kosciusko County to Floyd J. and Mary Ann (Miller) Chupp.

On January 1, 1959, he married Minerva D. Hochstetler. She survives along with their children, Barbara (Timothy) Grove, South Bend, Mary Ann (Daniel) Miller, Etna Green, Alvin (Heather) Chupp,Bourbon, Aden (Mary Sue) Chupp, Nappanee, Ernest (Lora Beth) Chupp, Nappanee, Lydia Ann Chupp, Nappanee, Earl (Lauren) Chupp, Etna Green; 25 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; sisters, Edna Chupp, Nappanee, Katie Bontrager, Shipshewana, Anna Mae (Melvin) Stutzman, Elva Helmuth,both of Nappanee, Martha (Toby) Yoder, Goshen; brother, Dan Chupp, Nappanee; sisters-in-law, Beverly Chupp, Goshen, Ellen Chupp, Nappanee; step sisters, Kathryn (Eli) Weaver, Ohio, Lena (Albert) Weaver, Pennsylvania; and step brothers, Leroy Miller, Kentucky, and David Miller, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Sovilla Chupp; granddaughter, Elaine Miller; brothers, Elmer, John, Emery, Lamar Chupp; sisters-in-law, Amanda Chupp, Dorothy Chupp; brothers-in-law, Perry Bontrager, Lee Helmuth; and stepsisters and their husbands, Sara (Levi) Hershberger, Savannah Miller, and Dena (David) Troyer.Mr. Chupp lived his lifetime in this area. He was member and minister of the Old Order Amish Church.

Family and friends may call after 1 pm, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 and all day Wednesday, July 29th at the Aden Chupp residence, 9564 W 800 N. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am, Thursday, July 30th also at the Chupp residence. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Graber Cemetery.

In accordance with the State of Indiana Back on Track Plan, family and friends are encouraged to follow social distancing protocols and the wearing of masks.

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


Clark, Jimmie J.
July 5, 1951-August 31, 2020

ELKHART-Jimmie J. Clark, 69, passed away August 31, 2020 at his home in Elkhart. He was born July 5, 1951 in Sikeston, Missouri to Cethas Clark & Ollie B. (Causey) Taylor.

On March 24, 1973 he married Paula Hartman; she survives along with 2 children, Nicholas Clark, Crystal Clark, 4 grandchildren, Bryce, Brayden, Brenna and Brody. Also surviving are 6 siblings, Maybelle Lacey, Rita Davis both of South Bend, Ruth Bloch-Wiley, Mary (Wayne) Malone, Mangle (Ann) Causey, Charles Taylor and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 siblings, Dorothy Powell, Chinese “C.C.” Taylor, Robert Taylor, Jr., III and Homer L. Taylor.

Jimmie was an active member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. There he was a Sunday School teacher for many years, youth group sponsor, member of men’s fellowship, part of prison ministry and also a lifeline basketball coach. He graduated from Elkhart Central High School Class of 1970 and attended their monthly breakfast as well. In 1968 he played football for Central and they won state. Jimmie was also an avid Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed reminiscing with family and friends about the good old days.

Services and burial for Jimmie will be private.

Memorial contributions may be given to the church.

Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home.
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Clugston, Lois J. Hertzler
March 23, 1935 - August 2, 2020

Lois J. Clugston, 85, of McConnellsburg, PA, passed away Sunday, August 2nd, at Maugansville Mennonite Home, Hagerstown, Md.

Lois was born in Camp Hill, PA on March 23, 1935, a daughter of the late Mabel Elizabeth (Benner) and Elmer Henry Hertzler. She was the wife of Warren E. Clugston, whom she was happily married to for sixty four years.

Lois graduated from the Mechanicsburg High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Mountain View Mennonite Church McConnellsburg, PA .

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters Donna (wife of Gerald) Histand, of Rome, PA, Diane (wife of John) Histand, of Rome, PA, Maxine (wife of Larry) Weaver, of Lahmansville, WV, Gail (wife of Robert) Weaver, of Maysville, WV, sons Keith (husband of Deloris) Clugston, of McConnellsburg, PA, Rene (husband of Jennifer) Clugston, of McConnellsburg, PA, Alan (husband of Doreene) Clugston, of McConnellsburg, PA, sisters Betty (wife of the late Enos Hege), of Shippensburg, PA, Doris Mae (wife of Dale) Moyer, of Leola, PA, brother Leon Hertzler (wife JoAnne) of Newport, NH, brother-in-law Paul Ebersole, of Xenia, IL, and sister-in-law Beverly Hertzler, of Bastrop, TX. She is also survived by thirty two grandchildren and fourty eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister Arlene Ebersole, brother Kenneth Hertzler and two grandchildren.

The family of Lois are hosting a time of visitation on Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 5 PM to 8 PM. at the Mountain View Mennonite Church, McConnellsburg, PA. The family would like to invite all to attend but encourage anyone not feeling well to express their condolences or memories of Lois at

Graveside services will be held at the Mountain View Mennonite Church Cemetery McConnellsburg, PA, on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM, with the Mountain View Mennonite Ministries officiating. There will also be one hour of visitation held at the church prior to the graveside services for anyone unable to attend Thursday.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain View Mennonite Christian School in care of Alan Clugston 20044 Great Cove Rd. McConnellsburg, PA

Source: Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Inc., McConnellsburg, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH


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


Diener, Carrie Yoder
February 26, 1917 - June 27, 2020

Carrie’s life journey ended June 27, 2020, at Greencroft’s Evergreen Place. She was very grateful for her family, friends, caregivers, hospice and Creator for her quality of life.

Carrie was born February 26, 1917 to Mary L. (Wingard) and Henry H. Yoder. After her mother and father died, she was nurtured by her siblings and stepmother, Celestia (Bontrager) Yoder. Her three siblings, Beulah (Glen) Yoder, LeRoy (Florence) Yoder, Katherine (Yoder) Fireoved, parents and stepmother preceded her in death.

Carrie was married to Daniel Diener for 62 years. He and their son, Herbie, preceded her in death. She is survived by three children, Darrel (Leona) Diener, Karen (George) Thompson, and Maribeth (Howard) Friesen, all of Goshen; eight grandchildren, Daniel (Lynn) Diener and Denise (Gilberto) Perez Diener, both of Goshen, Davi (Joanna) Moyer-Diener of Rockingham, Pennsylvania, Sarah (Jonathan) Nahar of Syracuse, New York; Mark Thompson of Westville, Amanda (Kyle) Detweiler of Bend, Oregon, Ben (Lindsay) Friesen of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Joseph (Ellen) Friesen of Madison, Wisconsin; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Carrie was an active member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart. She and Daniel served with the Mennonite Board of Mission & Charities (now Mennonite Mission Network) in Calabar, Nigeria for two years and as a Community Home for Oaklawn, Goshen for 10 years. They also volunteered at Menno-Hof, Shipshewana.

Carrie began her teaching in one room schools in Kansas and Indiana. After graduating from Goshen College, she taught in the Jimtown, Concord, Shipshewana and Elkhart school systems.

Carrie’s approach to life resulted from being a lifelong learner. Her reading, varied experiences and Christian commitment affected her acceptance of diversity and change. Her cooking and hospitality were especially appreciated by her many guests.

Carrie actively lived her love for God and others. She readily welcomed, accepted, appreciated, prayed for and assisted others. During her life journey, she modeled how to keep “carrying on” by embracing life and death graciously.

A private graveside service and burial of Carrie’s ashes will be at Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart.

Memorial donations in Carrie's memory may be given to Bethany Christian Schools,, Prairie Street Mennonite Church Scholarship Fund,, or Elkhart County Community Foundation for the ADEC Herbie Diener Memorial

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


Diffenderfer, Erna June, 68, of New Holland, Lancaster Co., PA died April 28, 2020 at Lancaster, Lancaster Co., PA. She was born January 12, 1952 at New Holland, PA to Melvin N. and Elizabeth (Shirk) Diffenderfer.

Surviving siblings: Leroy married to Kathy Eddings Diffenderfer, Kannapolis, NC, Charles married to Dotty Diffenderfer, Muncy, Barbara married to Abe Rissler, East Earl, Darrell married to Barb Groff Diffenderfer, Manheim, Elaine married to Lloyd Hoover, Leola, and Eileen married to Larry Wenger, Lancaster. Also, 20 nieces and nephews; 50 great-nieces and nephews.

She worked at Quilt Expressions of Lancaster Co., volunteered at 10,000 Villages, and was a Friendship Community member resident, New Holland. She enjoyed knitting, crafts, and puzzles. A volunteer for the Bareville Fire Co. Ladies Aux., she was also a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held April 30, 2020 in New Holland, PA.

Submitted by: Dawn Ranck Hower, New Holland, PA
Edited 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


Eberly, Amos W.
July 20, 1930 - August 6, 2020

Amos W. Eberly, 90, formerly of Reinholds, died Thursday, August 6, 2020, after a brief illness, at Fairmount Home.

Born in East Earl, he was a son of the late Harvey B. and Lydia (Weaver) Eberly. His wife, Lucy W. (Martin) Eberly, died Dec. 22, 2009.

Amos worked in construction all his life. He generously built several homes for his family in his spare time.

He was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church. Amos valued practical, hands-on support for his family and enjoyed lifelong travel.

Surviving are 7 children, Ruth Ann (P. Ervin) Zeiset of Mohnton, Elvin E. (Doris J. King) Eberly of Plains, MT,Carl A. (Sylvia Musser) Eberly of Reinholds, Elaine F. (Jerryl) Miller of Reinholds, Debra L. (Gerald) Weinhold of Stevens, John E. (Janette Newswanger) Eberly of Robesonia, and Dawn M. (Aaron) Fisher of Prospect, VA; 36 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and 4 siblings, Mahlon (Ellen) Eberly of Stevens, Anna (Paul) Horning of Ephrata, David (Lorraine) Eberly of Ephrata, and Elva (Raymond) Martin of New Holland.

Preceding him in death are 4 siblings, Levi Eberly, Vera Martin Zimmerman, Ruth Hurst, and Alvin Eberly.

Because of the pandemic a private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in the Martindale Mennonite Cemetery. A public drive thru viewing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 9-10am under the carport at Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.

Intelligencer Journal - 8/9/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


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


Eby, Earl Zimmerman
November 11, 1951 - August 7, 2020

Earl Zimmerman Eby, 68, of Denver, died Friday, August 7, 2020 at Reading Hospital following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joyce (Sensenig) Eby.

Born in Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Ezra S. and Ada N. (Zimmerman) Eby.

Earl was a truck driver for most of his life, working for Roy W. Zimmerman & Sons for 20 plus years. He was co-owner of Eby’s Oil for the last 23 years.

Earl had a heart for encouraging people. He was involved at several outreach churches, including Shiloh Mennonite Church in Reading, where he was a member. His passions throughout life included We Care Prison Ministries, playing his guitar and harmonica, and singing to bless others. He also served in many areas at the Fivepointville Fire Company.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters: Wanda married to Wilmer Hurst, Narvon, Lucinda married to Ray Hurst, Denver, Krista Martin, Narvon, Erla married to Jonnie Martin, Lancaster, 12 grandchildren: Natalie, Nicholas and Noelle Hurst, Dorian, Delaney and Davante Martin, Vanessa, Desirae, Kiara, Cayden, Logan and Paxton Martin, and seven siblings: Ernest Z. Eby (Arlene), Ephrata, Everett Z. Eby (Donna), Sinking Spring, Irvin Z. Eby (Mabel), Cassopolis, MI, Aaron Ezra Eby (Mary Ann), New Holland, Norman Z. Eby, New Holland, Ellen Z. Rissler (Luke), Hopkinsville, KY, Vernon Z. Eby (Esther), Hopkinsville, KY.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Eby.

An indoor viewing and socially-distanced family greeting will be held on Thursday, August 13, from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Rd., Ephrata. An outdoor viewing will be held on Friday, August 14, from 9 – 10 a.m. (no family greeting) at the church with burial taking place at 10 a.m. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 in the church with Eugene Weaver, David Weber, and Wendell Nolt officiating. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be sent to We Care Prison Ministries, 3493 Highway 21, Atmore, AL 36502. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 8/11/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Eigsti, Fred Maynard
September 19, 1932 - June 20, 2020

Fred Maynard Eigsti, beloved husband of Rhoda Mae (Kropf) Eigsti, was born Sept. 19, 1932 to Chris and Lizzie (Hostetler) Eigsti at Shelbyville, Illinois.

He passed away on June 20, 2020 at Cox Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 87 years, 9 months and one day.

He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized in his youth, and was a faithful member of the Pleasant View A.M. Church at Buffalo, MO.

On Feb. 23, 1958 he was united in marriage to Rhoda Mae Kropf, daughter of Levi and Frieda (Hostetler) Kropf, sharing the joys and sorrows of life together for over 62 years.

To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters; Mark and wife Violet, Buffalo, MO; Maynard and wife Beulah, Halfway, MO; Mollie and husband Tim Kempf, Buffalo, MO; Mary and husband Darrel Hostetler, Tunas, MO; Rosanna and husband Jamie Headings, Buffalo, MO; Emily and husband Bob Hostetler, Windyville, MO; Ron and wife Fern, Buffalo, MO; Jim and wife Violet, Buffalo, MO; Ruby and husband Jake Hostetler, Buffalo, MO; Will and wife Sheila, Louisburg, MO; and Andrew and wife Sherri, Buffalo, MO.

Surviving besides his wife and children are 88 grandchildren, 143 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Also 3 brothers and 3 sisters; Lester and wife Gloria, Goshen, IN; Ruby Kempf, Sedalia, MO; Barbara Ann Kropf, Halfway, MO; Joe and wife Dorothy, Halfway, MO; Jim and wife Ellen, Goshen, IN; and Susie and husband Larry Hostetler, Pocahontas, AR. Also sisters-in-law Lomie Eigsti and (Orla) Sharon Hostetler.

Preceding him in death are his parents Chris and Lizzie Eigsti, 3 grandsons; Jasper, Shandon and Kellyn Eigsti; 9 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers; Carl and wife Darlene; John; Jerrold and wife Bessie; 4 sisters; Lettie; Mary Catherine; Carrie and husband Frank Pierce; and Carol Hostetler. Three brothers-in-law; Wayne Kropf, Orla Hostetler; and Orval Kempf.

Grandpa is missed and fondly remembered by his family. Above all for his fervent desire that all would do what is right.

In 2010, Grandpa and Grandma moved to their home on Jake and Ruby’s farm, creating many special memories with them there.

Grandpa was looking forward to having another grandchild, who arrived 2 days after his passing!

The family was blessed and comforted that Sherri (who was a patient at the same hospital) was allowed to go see Grandpa, and then also be there with him when he passed away, having the rest of the family on a conference line at the time.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for the prayers and sympathy in the loss of our loved one, and the support given through this difficult situation. Our desire is that we would all be drawn closer to our heavenly Father.

Funeral services are pending and will be announced.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


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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