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Gingerich, Mary L. Yoder ; . . Gingrich, J. Lloyd ; . . Gingrich, Paul Musser ; . . Good, Paul B. ; . . Graber, Henry D. ; . . Graber, Joanna Troyer ; . . Graber, Kari Faith ; . . Graybill, Ruth A. Weaver ; . . Groff, Harold K. ; . . Groff, L. Lucille Martin ; . .


Gingerich, Mary L. Yoder
May 10, 1929 - February 1, 2020

Mary L. Gingerich, age 90, died Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Courtyard Health Care after a brief illness.

She was born May 10, 1929 in Lagrange County to Levi and Fannie (Beachy) Yoder, the youngest of ten children. On October 7, 1950 she married Moses Gingerich in Nappanee. He died May 8, 2004.

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Jackie) Gingerich and David (Marge) Gingerich, both of Goshen; seven grandchildren, two great-children; foster daughter, Rita Tangel, of Manado Sulut, Indonesia, and a sister, Edna Miller of Sturgis Michigan.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Benjamin (Anna) Gingerich on September 4, 2002; five brothers, Alvin, Perry, Aaron, Will, and Levi Yoder; and three sisters, Martha Troyer, Erma Troyer, and Barbara Mullet.

She lived her adult life in the Goshen area and cleaned houses as an occupation. She was a member of Waterford Mennonite Church for 56 years. She enjoyed being with family, and helping others.

Visitation will be Friday, February 7, 2020, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Saturday, February 8, at 10 a.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Pastors Terry Zehr and Neil Amstutz.

Memorial donations may be directed to Mennonite Central Committee or Goshen Home Care and Hospice.

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


Gingerich, Mary L. Yoder, 90, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died February 1, 2020 at the same place. She was born May 10, 1929 in Lagrange Co., IN to Levi and Fannie (Beachy) Yoder. On October 7, 1950 at Nappanee, Elkhart Co., IN she was married to Moses Gingerich, who died May 8, 2004.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (Jackie) Gingerich and David (Marge) Gingerich; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Edna Miller.

A son, Benjamin Gingerich and siblings, Alvin Yoder, Perry Yoder, Aaron Yoder, Will Yoder, Levi Yoder, Martha Troyer, Erma Troyer, and Barbara Mullet preceded her in death.

She lived her adult life in the Goshen area and cleaned houses as an occupation. She was a member of Waterford Mennonite Church for 56 years. She enjoyed being with family, and helping others.

Memorial services were held February 8, 2020 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in Violett Cemetary, Goshen,IN.

Submitted by: Karen Hostetler, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Gingrich, J. Lloyd
May 24, 1924 - April 11, 2020

J. Lloyd Gingrich, 95, of Evendale, went to be with Jesus at 10:10 PM, Saturday, April 11, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born on May 24, 1924 on the family farm in Evendale, Juniata County, he is a son of the late John W. and Margaret (Knouse) Gingrich. He was the fourth generation of the Gingrich family, and the fourth John Gingrich, to live his life on the family farm.

On June 22, 1947, he married his surviving wife, Orpha (Wert) Gingrich with whom he was blessed to share over 72 years of marriage and they worked side by side together on their farm.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Margaret Varner and her husband Tim of McAlisterville, John M. Gingrich and his wife Rosanne of Richfield, David Gingrich and his wife Phyllis of Thompsontown, Dale Gingrich and his wife Gladys of Richfield, Barbara Gingrich of Richfield, Paul Gingrich and his wife Debra of Dillsburg, and Marie Vredevelt and her husband Kirk of Alto, MI; twenty grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his extended family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Harold Gingrich, and a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Gingrich Moyer and her husband Richard of Crenshaw, PA.

Mr. Gingrich was a 1942 graduate of Fayette High School and was self-employed as a farmer.

He was a member of Lauvers Mennonite Church, where he worked with the Summer Bible School program and taught Sunday school; served for over thirty years on the Eastern Mennonite Mission board; served on the school board of the Delaware (now Juniata) Mennonite School; and was a charter member of the local Juniata Mennonite Historical Society and the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

Lloyd will be remembered for his faithful service to and love for God, the Church, and his family; his good sense of humor; and interest and involvement in history. He cherished the time spent with family and friends. His well-known and respected presence in his home community and the Mennonite community will be missed.

Private graveside services and interment will be held at Lauver's Mennonite Cemetery, Evendale.

Public Memorial Services will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Gingrich's memory can be made to the Juniata Mennonite Historical Society, 37322 Route 35 North, PO Box 81, Richfield, PA 17086.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/14/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

Gingrich, Paul Musser
November 25, 1929 - April 30, 2020

Paul Musser Gingrich, age 90, of Goshen passed away April 30, 2020 of natural causes. He was born November 25, 1929 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Thomas and Mary (Musser) Gingrich. He married Ann Gish Keener August 11, 1951. She passed away on January 18, 2013. He is survived by five children and spouses: Larry P. (Sheila Kline) Gingrich of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania; J. Robert (Joyce) Hooley-Gingrich of Waynesville, North Carolina; Jon “Jud” (Rita) Gingrich of Goshen, Indiana; Michael L. (Bonnie) Gingrich of Elkhart, Indiana; and, Lynda (Brent) Troyer of South Bend, Indiana; a son-in-law, Tim (Candy) Cleary of Williamsburg, Virginia; a daughter-in-law, Pam Dintaman of Arizona; two sisters, Mary E. Gingrich of Lititz, Pennsylvania; Martha (Paul) Sangree of Lancaster and one brother, James (Joan) Gingrich of Lititz, Pennsylvania; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Gingrich Cleary, August 9, 1992 and a brother, John Gingrich.

Paul received his BA from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1952. He and Ann served as missionaries to Ethiopia from 1954 – 1969. He remained close to many Ethiopian friends over the rest of his lifetime. In 1970 he received his M.Div. from Goshen College Biblical Seminary, Goshen, Indiana. From 1970-79, he worked at Goshen College as Director of Church Relations, SST leader in Belize, and Campus Pastor. From 1980-94 he served as the President of Mennonite Board of Missions in Elkhart, Indiana. Paul and Ann were recognized by Eastern Mennonite University and Seminary with the 1993 “Distinguished Service Award” in recognition of their lifetime of service. He was a member of the Assembly, Belmont and College Mennonite Churches in Goshen and Elkhart, Indiana.

Paul was well known as a visionary Mennonite Church leader who exemplified a life of commitment and service to others.

A Memorial Gathering for Paul will be at a future date. For details concerning the memorial service please contact Yoder-Culp Funeral Home or visit www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Mennonite Mission Network, P.O. Box 370, Elkhart, IN 46515-0370

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


Good, Paul B.
September 17, 1925 - January 11, 2020

Paul B. Good, 94, of Ephrata, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Lincoln Christian Home.

He was born in East Earl Township to the late Samuel S. and Mary W. (Burkholder) Good and was the husband of Etta M. (Burkholder) Good who passed away in 2001. He was also the husband of the late Edith R. (Newswanger) Good who passed away in 2012.

He was a member of New Haven Mennonite Church, Lititz (Mid-Atlantic Conf.).

Paul was a salesman, retiring from Rigidply Rafters.

Paul is survived by five children, Harold, husband of Miriam (Zimmerman) Good of Stevens, Ruth, wife of Earl Horst of Tamaqua, Melvin, husband of Verna (Fox) Good of Long Island, VA, Loretta, wife of Sylvan Witmer of Womelsdorf, Rhoda, wife of Vernon Weaver of Stevens; brother, Eli, husband of Loretta Good of Ephrata; 27 grandchildren; 88 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Additionally, he is survived by nine step-children, Dale, husband of Marion (Hursh) Seibel of Hopewell, Darlene, wife of Clarence Kreider of Myerstown, LaVerne, wife of Paul Groff of Stevens, Shirley, wife of Carl Martin of Newmanstown, Leonard, husband of Norma (Lehman) Seibel of Mt. Pleasant Mills, Edith, wife of the late Carl Martin of Denver, Margie, wife of Reed High of Jonestown, Lydia, wife of Anthony Sweigart of Liberty, MS, Jane, wife of Vernon Geigley of Lancaster; 41 step-grandchildren; 111 step-great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Emma Martin, Martha Martin, Harvey Good, Isaac Good, Elva Huber and Samuel Good.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 PM at the New Haven Mennonite Church, 230 Crest Road, Lititz. An additional viewing will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020, from 9 to 10 AM at the church followed by funeral services at 10:00 AM with Bishop Luke Martin officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/14/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Graber, Henry D.
March 8, 1947 - May 19, 2020

Henry D. Graber, 73, of LaGrange, died peacefully at his residence at 7:00 am on Tuesday, May 19. He was born on March 8, 1947, in Nappanee, to Daniel H. and Katie Ann (Miller) Graber. On May 25, 1967 in LaGrange, he married Mary
Kay Yoder; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are five sons, Alvin (Susan) Graber, Elmer (Dena) Graber both of LaGrange, Herman (Malinda) Graber of Shipshewana, Delbert (Betty) Graber, Daniel (Erma) Graber both of LaGrange; six daughters, Leona (Mervin) Mishler of LaGrange, Katie (Paul) Whetstone of Howe, Wilma (Sam) Whetstone, Rosanna (Wilbur) Wengerd, Linda (Irvin Ray) Miller, Edith (Floyd) Miller all of LaGrange; 82 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Ezra (Mattie) Graber, Alvin (Anna) Graber, Marvin (Ruby) Graber, Cornealius (Wilma) Graber, John (Miriam) Graber all of LaGrange; two sisters, Alma Bontrager of Kingston, WI, Mary (Andrew) Miller of Greenwich, OH; brother-in-law, Olen Schrock of Millersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Anna Graber; two sisters, Rosie Frye, Orpha Schrock; two brothers-in-law, Eber Frye, Joe Bontrager; granddaughter, Marlene Graber; two great-grandchildren, Skyler Jordan Mishler, Kari Faith Graber.

Henry was a farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Due to current gathering restrictions the family will hold private services. The community is encouraged to support the family by mailing sympathy cards to 2855 N. 250 W., LaGrange. Services will be conducted by Bishop Amos Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in Mast Cemetery, LaGrange.

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


Graber, Joanna Troyer
April 10, 1940 - January 26, 2020

Joanna Graber, 79, of Shipshewana, died peacefully and surrounded by family, following a brief illness, at 7:10 pm on Sunday, January 26, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. She was born on April 10, 1940, in Goshen, to John and Katie (Miller) Troyer. On October 25, 1962, she married her loving husband, Daniel Graber.

He survives, along with their children, Beth (Doug) Snow of Southaven, MS; Cristina Graber and Kathryn Graber both of Sarasota, FL; Iva (Tim) Graber of Sturgis, Ml; David (Shari) Graber of White Pigeon, MI; and Steve (Anita) Graber of Amelia, VA; 18 grandchildren; sister, Edna Mae Frye of Goshen, and many beloved lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Paul Graber; sister, Alice Troyer; and two brothers, Edward and Raymond Troyer.

She was a homemaker and Amish taxi driver, and a member of Fairhaven Mennonite Church.

Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, and 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Friday, January 31, at Fairhaven Mennonite Church, 13513 State Road 4, Goshen, IN. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 1, also at the church. Services will be conducted by the Fairhaven Ministry Team and Pastor Ray Stutzman. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery, Goshen.

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


Graber, Kari Faith
May 4, 2020 - May 4, 2020

Kari Faith Graber, infant daughter of Floyd and Cristina Kay (Bontrager) Graber of Wolcottville, was stillborn at 10:53 pm on Monday, May 4 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

Survivors in addition to her parents are sister, Kayla Jo Graber and brother, Jared Michael Graber both at home; grandparents, Alvin H. and Susan M. Graber of LaGrange, Lavern R. and Katie J. Bontrager of Wolcottville; great-grandparents, Henry and Mary Graber of LaGrange, Mervin and Anna Mast of LaGrange, Marietta Bontrager of Ligonier, Johnnie Troyer of LaGrange.

Due to current gathering restrictions, private funeral services will be held. The community is encouraged to support the family by mailing sympathy cards to 1200 N.-57, Wolcottville, IN 46795. Services will be conducted by Bishop Joas Lambright.

Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery, Topeka.

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


Graybill, Ruth A. Weaver
December 21, 1930 - February 26, 2020

Ruth A. Graybill, of Richland, PA, died Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 5 days. She was born on December 21, 1930 in Thompsontown, Juniata County, daughter of the late W. Banks and Anna (Weaver) Weaver and the wife of the late Elvin L. Graybill. She was a member of the Texter Mountain Mennonite Church.

Ruth is survived by two sons, Elvin, Jr., Newmanstown, PA; and Charles, Elkton, MD; three daughters: Anna Jean, wife of Marvin Hershberger, Bergholtz, OH; Gloria and Dawn, both at home; 21 grandchildren; and 56 great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Samuel, David and Daniel; and four sisters, Elizabeth, Mary, Rebecca, and Anna, wife of the late Glenn Graybill.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 10 AM in the Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon, PA. Interment will be made in the Richland Mennonite Cemetery. Viewing on Monday from 2 PM to 4 PM and 6 PM to 8 PM at the Fairview Mennonite Reception Center. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling her arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/28/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Groff, Harold K.
January 21, 1924 - March 31, 2020

Harold K. Groff, age 96, of Lititz, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Brethren Village. He was the husband of Anna Marie Kreider Groff for 69 years. Born in Ronks, he was the son of the late Abram B. and Miriam Elizabeth Metzler Groff.

He was a graduate of Strasburg High School, class of 1941. Harold was a member of Strasburg Mennonite Church where he had served as a trustee. He was one of Heifer International's "Seagoing Cowboys" who delivered relief to Germany after World War II. He was the first delivery man for Herr's Chips. He was a wholesale carnation grower for decades and co-founder of Groff's Flowers, Strasburg. He was a member of Mid-Atlantic Carnation Society. He loved music and sang baritone in a male quartet. In his retirement he provided transportation to the Amish community. Harold was known as a quiet but wise person. He loved his children and grandchildren and taught them the importance of respecting Christian values, which he modeled in his own life.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters: Marilyn C., wife of Michael Martin, Strasburg, Gwendolyn M., wife of Robert Buchan, VT, 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and sister Amy Kreider, Lititz. He was preceded in death by a son, Nelson K., husband of Dawn B., Ohio. He was also preceded by 2 siblings: Anna Martha Denlinger and Stanley Groff.

Due to current public health concerns, funeral service and interment will be private with a memorial service at a later date.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/2/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Groff, L. Lucille Martin
February 17, 1944 - February 11, 2020

L. Lucille Groff, 75, a resident of Keystone Villa, Ephrata, passed away at home with family by her side on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

She was the wife of the late Larry L. Groff who died in 2017. Born in Terre Hill, she was the daughter of the late Erwin G. and Arlene M. (Brendle) Martin.

Lucille was a homemaker and a member of Martindale Mennonite Church. She was a 1962 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School and a 1965 graduate of the Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing. She worked a few years at Prince George Hospital in Washington, D.C.

She attended meetings of the Lancaster Quilt Guild. Her interests included quilting, painting, traveling, writing poetry and spending time at the family cabin in Juniata County.

Surviving are two daughters; Marilyn of Talmage, PA married to Lloyd Martin, and Margaret of Denver, PA married to Brian Martin, three sons; Kevin of Bradford, PA married to Sheila (Brubaker) Groff, Philip of New Holland, PA married to Sharon (Gehman) Groff, Elvin of Stevens, PA married to Jennifer (Stauffer) Groff; twenty grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma of Florida married to Ron Riley; Susan of Terre Hill, PA married to Michael Eby; and three brothers, J. Nevin of Terre Hill, PA married to Ruthie (Bowman) Martin, E. Gary of Bowmansville, PA married to Jean (Lentz) Martin, and Lauren of Colorado, married to Kim (Weaver) Martin. She was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Alicia and Ashley Martin.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 17, at 2:30 P.M. at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata, PA with Bishop Daryl Weaver and Pastor Dave Sensenig officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewings will be held at the church on Sunday, February 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Monday, February 17, from 1:30 P.M. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lucille's memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. To send an online condolence to the family, visit www. GroffEckenroth.com. Arrangements by the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA

Intelligencer Journal - 2/13/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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