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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  H1

Habegger, David Luther ; . . Harnish, Rhoda A. ; . . Heacock, W. Lester ; . . Headings, Paul Samuel ; . . Heatwole, Nelson Jacob ; . . Heatwole, Paul Simeon ; . . Heatwole, Ruth Marie Kreider ; . . Helmuth, Elmer ; . . Helmuth, Marlin J. ; . . Helmuth, Marvin D. ; . . Herschberger, Dennis L. ; . . Herschberger, Susanna E. Yoder Diener ; . . Hershberger, Marlene Sue ; . . Hershey, Mabel Leaman ; . . Hess, W. Roy ; . . High, Esther H. Martin ; . . Hochstetler, Anna Mary ; . . Hochstetler, John Henry ; . . Hofer, Melvin L. ; . . Hollinger, Lois Elaine Shirk ; . .


Habegger, David Luther
June 15, 1925 - March 30, 2020

David Luther Habegger, 94, died March 30, 2020, in Elkhart, Ind., at the home of his daughter Becky. He was born June 15, 1925, to Barbara (Hirschy) and Alfred Habegger, in Busby, Mont., where his parents served as General Conference Mennonite missionaries among the Northern Cheyenne people. The Montana years were formative and lasting, in that he deeply enjoyed remembering the Busby sand hills and singing Cheyenne hymns in his final years. David attended Busby Indian School, was homeschooled for one year, and spent two years of high school in Berne, Ind. He graduated in 1946 from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., where he met LaVeta Loganbill of Hillsboro, Kan. They married on August 18, 1946, after which David completed studies at Mennonite Biblical Seminary (BD from Bethany Biblical Seminary, 1949) in Chicago, Ill. They were commissioned by the General Conference Foreign Mission Board and joined his parents serving the Northern Cheyenne people. They returned to Chicago so David could pursue studies at Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University (MA, 1953). In 1965 he completed a doctorate of religion at Claremont School of Theology in California, writing his thesis on "The Mission of the First Mennonite Church of Upland, California."

In his 42-year ministry, David pastored Bethany (now White River Cheyenne) Mennonite Church, Busby, Mont., Petter Memorial Mennonite Church, Lame Deer, Mont., Carlock Mennonite Church, Carlock, Ill., First Mennonite Church, Allentown, Pa., First Mennonite Church, Upland, Calif., Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., Mennonite Church of the Servant, Wichita, Kan., and First Mennonite Church, Urbana, Ill. Other employment included I-W regional coordinator for MCC, admissions counselor for Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Western District Conference staff including church planting. He actively supported the work of committees on both district conference and national levels, and attended all of the General Conference Mennonite Church (GCMC) triennial sessions from 1941 to 2001. He promoted GCMC congregations becoming dually affiliated with the Mennonite Church, was an early proponent of integration, and attended Mennonite Church USA conventions through the Pittsburgh assembly in 2011. He also participated in six Mennonite World Conference gatherings in the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands, and France. David sought to support the church as a witness for peace and reconciliation, which included organizing silent peace vigils, counseling those considering conscientious objection to military service, promoting social justice within the biblical framework of Jubilee, and advocating for the mentally ill. Concerned about making the church relevant, he encouraged developing annual faith covenants, creating small "koinoinia" groups within a congregation, and considering alternate church forms, such as the house church that led to Wichita's Church of the Servant. His faith led him to commit his family to a life of stewardship and simplicity. David bequeathed them his love of singing--at age 90 he could sing by memory more than 100 traditional hymns, gospel songs, Sunday School choruses, and contemporary religious songs.

David's interest in family history resulted in books on the Peter and Elisabeth (Lehman) Habegger family and the Hirschy families as well as 18 articles in "Mennonite Family History" journal. In 1995 he helped found the Swiss Anabaptist Genealogical Association to bring together genealogists and to digitize genealogical records of Swiss, German, French, Austrian and eastern U.S. immigrant families with Anabaptist roots. He willingly created an "Ahnentafel" or genealogical record for persons interested in knowing more about their European Anabaptist ancestors. He and LaVeta enjoyed leading several family history tours to Europe. David received the 2011 Alumni Ministry and Service Award from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries (now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) in recognition of his contributions to the church, including congregational and conference ministry, denominational service, and seminary recruitment.

Survivors include five children, Rachel (John) Pannabecker of North Newton, Kan., Nathan Habegger of Nantes, France, Christen (Patricia) Habegger, Rebecca (Roger) Zehr, and Peter Habegger, all of Elkhart, Ind.; eleven grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife LaVeta, his parents, and six siblings, Marden Habegger, Jeanne Boehr, Helen Fretz, Esther Sauder, Lois Habegger and Bernard Habegger.

Memorial services will be held at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., at a future date, with burial at the First Mennonite Church of Christian cemetery in Moundridge, Kan. Memorial contributions may be sent to White River Cheyenne Mennonite Church in Busby, Mont., Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Bethel College, Mennonite Central Committee or Mennonite Church USA.

David Luther Habegger (1925-2020) and Irma LaVeta Loganbill Habegger (1925-2008)
Rachel K. & John Pannabecker, North Newton, Kansas
Nathan B. Habegger & Jessica Joguet, Nantes, France
Benjamin Habegger & Rocío Márquez Gutierrez, Biel, Switzerland
Alex, Margot, Tomás, Alba
Jeremy Habegger & Zaina Limbambu-Schiller, New Orleans, Louisiana
Samuel Habegger & Célia Demarcq, Annecy-le-Vieux, France
Méline Demarcq
Saralina & Cedric Thiévent, Les Reussilles, Switzerland
Léon, Arthur
Rachelle Habegger & Elie Jeannerat, Biel, Switzerland
Meryl DeFeo
Timothée Habegger & Sara Peñalba, Soraluze, Spain
Naira, Elai
Christen D. & Patricia "Trish" Habegger, Bristol, Indiana
Stephen & Abigail Habegger, Bothell, Washington
Alyse, Arik, Anya
Elizabeth "Beth" & Michael Schulz, Dayton, Ohio
Adelaide, Lukas
Rebecca "Becky" J. & Roger Zehr, Elkhart, Indiana
Joel & Rebekah Zehr, Eureka, Illinois
Asher, Elijah
Neil & Chelsea Zehr, Roanoke, Indiana
Nolan, Isaac
Peter A. Habegger, Elkhart, Indiana
Jaden Money, Southaven, Mississipp

Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home
Elkhart, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Harnish, Rhoda A.
July 3, 1925 - February 26, 2020

Rhoda M. Harnish, 94, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Landis Homes. She was born in her home in West Hempfield Township and lived there her entire life. She was the daughter of the late John H. and Bertha Stoner Kreider Harnish.

Rhoda was a bookkeeper at Herr Fruit Farms and also worked at the former Arcade Market and was a 1942 graduate of the former East Hempfield High School. She was a member of Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church, Columbia and its sewing circle. Rhoda was also a member of the Mennonite Historical Society and her family did geneology.

Surviving are her cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother: John Norman Harnish and one sister: Kathryn Eleanor Harnish.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Landis Homes and Hospice and Community Care for the kindness and care shown to her.

A Private Graveside Service and Burial will be at East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery. There will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to: Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Arrangement by the Workman Funeral Homes, Inc., Mountville/Columbia.

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


Heacock, W. Lester, 91, of Doylestown, PA died May 4, 2020 at the same place. He was born January 8, 1929 at Doylestown, PA to Willis L. and Esther (Bergey) Heacock. On December 23, 1950 he was married to Sara Hallman, who was born November 6, 1930 and survives.

Surviving are children, Vern Heacock & wife, Diane of Goshen, IN, Marilyn Heacock of Marysville, OH, Daniel Heacock of Marysville, PA, and Phil Heacock & wife, Laura of Ottsville, PA; five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Colette, and three half siblings, Paul, Claude and Ruth Ritter preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held at Doylestown Mennonite Church, Doylestown, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Doylestown Mennonite Church, 590 N. Broad St., Doylestown, PA, 18901 or Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S. 12th Street, Akron, PA, 17501.

Submitted by: KrisAnne Swartley, Doylestown, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Headings, Paul Samuel
June 15, 1985 - May 5, 2020

Paul Samuel Headings, beloved husband of Kourtney Jane (Kempf) was born June 15, 1985, to David and Janice (Kempf) Headings at Mena, AR. He passed away on May 5, 2020 at the age of 34 years 10 months 20 days.

He was found at the base of his ladder while working alone at the gable end of a house in Cherry Hill, AR.

He accepted Christ and was baptized in his youth, and was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Amish Mennonite Church at the time of his death.

On April 6, 2007 he was united in marriage to Kourtney Jane Kempf, daughter of Frank and Emily Kempf at Mena, AR. They shared the joys and sorrows of life together for a little over 13 years. To this union was born 1 daughter Penelope Jane, age 3.

Also surviving is his Mother Janice Headings (Kempf) Sedalia MO, Sister Joanna Headings Sedalia, MO, Sister Martha and husband Dustin Kempf Smithton, MO, Brother Nathan and wife Hope Smithton, MO, Sister Beth and husband Ben Headings Otterville, MO, Brother Jesse and wife Jona Sedalia, MO, Sister Rebecca and husband Rick Knox Smithton, MO, Sister Rosa and husband Jonah Miller Otterville, MO, Grandmother Loretta Kempf (Kauffman) Smithton, MO, 41 Nieces and Nephews, 5 Uncles, and 9 Aunts, a host of Cousins and Friends. And also was loved and will be greatly missed by his parents and brothers and sisters by marriage.

Preceding him in death are his 5 Angel babies, Father David Aquila, Paternal Grandparents Ora and Mary Headings, Maternal Grandparents Alvin, Verneta, and Lucille Kempf, Uncle Emory Kempf, Uncle Phillip Headings, and 4 infant Aunts.

Paul was a very active and hardworking person. He had his share of injuries and seemed to have a high pain tolerance and was quick to be on his feet and going again. He loved to visit with people and his quick smile made him a friend to many people. He loved his family was deeply dedicated to his church family. His nightly bedtime stories and "popcorn" (cracking knee joints) ritual with Penelope can't be replaced. He loved football, volleyball, and many other sports. His love of water was unmatched. It didn't matter if it was frozen or warm. He loved wakeboarding and loved taking ski and board trips with family and friends. He loved hunting too. Many a happy hour he spent out in the woods in the fall. Usually outdoing many of his peers. He had a successful commercial roofing business and was truly passionate about it, he really enjoyed when his wife and daughter went along to look at roof prospects. Going to the national Conklin convention, spring Roofing Seminar and other Conklin events, networking with his Conklin family, was a highlight of his life. You could see the passion on his face when talking about his Roofing business.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks for everyone's prayers and support during this difficult time.

Beasley-Wood Funeral Home, Mena, AR
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Heatwole, Nelson Jacob
September 24, 1928 - May 6, 2020

Nelson Jacob Heatwole, 91, formerly of Seneca Rocks, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Mountain View Nursing Home in Aroda, Va., from natural causes. Mr. Heatwole was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Rockingham County and was a son of the late Enos Emanuel and Clara Kate (Shank) Heatwole.

Mr. Heatwole was a deacon in the Southeastern Mennonite Conference. He enjoyed the outdoors and had a love for music. He had a genuine love of people and he and his late wife enjoyed entertaining and hosting friends and family in their home. He was a member of Brushy Run Mennonite Church.

On Nov. 23, 1949, he married Florence Driver Heatwole, who passed away Sept. 1, 2019.

Surviving are his children, Bertha Heatwole Horst and husband, Floyd, of Newmanstown, Pa., Kenneth Heatwole of Rockingham, Brenda Heatwole Helmuth and husband, James, of Monterey, Floyd Heatwole and wife, Denise, of Hephzibah, Ga., and Donna Heatwole Vance and husband, Michael, of Seneca Rocks, W.Va.; 22 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Heatwole was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Joyce Heatwole; siblings, Ralph Heatwole, Eli Heatwole, David Heatwole, Vada Brunk, Della Heatwole, Alice Horst, Hannah Huber, Catherine Hege and Eunice Wenger; a grandson-in-law, Jason Moser; and a great-granddaughter, Amber Zimmerman.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held. A memorial service will possibly be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Nursing Home, 1776 Elly Road, Aroda, VA 22709.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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


Heatwole, Paul Simeon
December 12, 1925 - February 24, 2020

Paul Simeon Heatwole, 94, a resident of Dayton, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at his home. Mr. Heatwole was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Dayton, Va., and was a son of the late Calvin and Mary Florence (Beery) Heatwole.

He was a farmer and a member of the Indiana-Michigan Wisler Mennonite Church.

On March 26, 1952, he married the former Orpha Ann Knicely, who passed away on July 22, 2010.

Surviving are eight children, Lowell K. Heatwole and wife, Phyllis, of New Paris, Ind., Allen E. Heatwole and wife, Patricia, of Milford, Ind., Elizabeth Ann Martin and husband, Roland, of New Paris, Ind., Judith M. Heatwole of Dayton, Va., Lera K. Rodes and husband, Robert, of Nappanee, Ind., Linda F. Martin of Goshen, Ind., Franklin L. Heatwole and wife, Kristina, of Decker, Mich., and Kevin J. Heatwole and wife, Hilda, of Decker, Mich.; 53 grandchildren and 90 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Heatwole was preceded in death by a son, Steven Lynn Heatwole; son-in-law, David Martin; great-grandson, Karter Heatwole; brothers, Harold and Joseph Heatwole; and sisters, Anna Heatwole, Mary Showalter and Grace Lahman.

The funeral service will be held at Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite, Church, 3694 Coakley Town Road, Dayton, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The body will be taken to Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church, 967 Pike Church Road, Harrisonburg , where the family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, from 1 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m.

McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is in charge of arrangements

Daily News Record - 2/26/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Heatwole, Ruth Marie Kreider
December 10, 1924 - March 8, 2020

Ruth Marie (Kreider) Heatwole, 95, of Harrisonburg, passed away Sunday March 8, 2020, at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Mrs. Heatwole was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Wadsworth, Ohio, and was a daughter of the late Lloyd Stanley and Adelia May (Stover) Kreider.

Ruth graduated with a B.S. in Education from Goshen College. She worked as a school teacher until the birth of her children. Mrs. Heatwole and her husband were charter members of Charlottesville Mennonite Church in 1958. From 1959 until 1981, she was consummate Associate Pastor’s wife. Because their pastor lived in another city, together they did most of the pastoral hosting for their church members. She also led singing and taught Sunday school. While living in Charlottesville, she was a member of the Oratorio and University Choirs for 35 years. Most recently she had been a member of the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.

On June 12, 1948, she married Kenneth Heatwole, who survives.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Heatwole is survived by her children, Larry Heatwole and wife, Karen, of Harrisonburg, Don Heatwole and wife, Shirley, of Scottsville, Carolyn Nuckols and husband, Eddie, of Waynesboro and Joanne Billups of Charlottesville; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her four siblings.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, 1552 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 with Pastor Craig Maven officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Mennonite Central Committee by visiting

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence with the Heatwole Family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA 540.833.2891.

Daily News Record - 3/10/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Heatwole, Ruth Marie Kreider, 95, of Harrisonburg, VA died March 8, 2020 at the same place. She was born December 10, 1924 at Wadsworth, Medina Co., OH to Lloyd Stanley and Adelia May (Stover) Kreider. On June 12, 1948 she was married to Kenneth Heatwole, who survives.

Surviving are children, Larry Heatwole (Karen) of Harrisonburg, Don Heatwole (Shirley) of Scottsville, Carolyn Nuckols (Eddie) of Waynesboro, and Joanne Billups of Charlottesville; seven
grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

Ruth graduated with a BS in Education from Goshen College and worked as an elementary school teacher until the birth of her first child. She and Ken were charter members of Charlottesville Mennonite Church. She was a member of Oratorio and University Choirs for 35 years. She made recordings of books for the blind, many of them music books followed by playing examples on the piano. Most recently she was a member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Mennonite Central Committee.

Submitted by: Julie Shiflet, Harrisonburg, VA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Helmuth, Elmer
July 2, 1933 - June 12, 2020

Elmer Helmuth, age 86, of Nappanee, died at 6:35 pm, Friday, June 12, 2020 at his residence of natural causes. He was born July 2, 1933 in Marshall County to Henry H. and Lydia Ann (Hochstetler) Helmuth.

He was a lifetime resident of this area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

On October 14, 1954, he married Laura Mae Burkholder. She preceded him in death October 14, 1954. Surviving are his children, Stephen Joe (Ruth) Helmuth, Milford, Carol Rose Helmuth, Kristine Ann Helmuth, both of Nappanee; grandchildren, Jason (Becky) Helmuth, Bremen, Joel Helmuth, Amy (Steven) Borntrager, Topeka; granddaughter-in-law, Lori (Alex) Schafer, Junction City, OH; and great grandchildren, Heidi, Landon, Philip, and Lilah Helmuth, Halle, Ashton, and Cameron Borntrager. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Eric Jon Helmuth.

Family and friends may call after 1 Sunday, June 14, 2020 and all day Monday, June 15th at the Merlin Yoder residence, 25115 CR 54. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am, Tuesday, July 16th also at the Yoder residence. Bishop Daryl Lehman and Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in West Union Center Cemetery. In accordance with the State of Indiana Back on Track plan, please follow social distancing protocols.

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


Helmuth, Marlin J.
September 24, 1951 - January 20, 2020

Marlin J. Helmuth, 68, of Shipshewana, died at 11:37 am on Monday, January 20 at his residence. He was born on September 24, 1951 in Nappanee, to Oscar and Barbara (Yoder) Helmuth. On October 14, 1975 in Middlebury, he married Katie S. Wingard; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three sons, Chris Becker of Nappanee, Leon (Regina) Helmuth of Goshen, Steve (Lori) Helmuth of Middlebury; six daughters, Wanda (Marion) Bontrager of Shipshewana, Amy (Freeman) Miller of Millersburg, Lenora (Dale) Chupp, Eva (Steve) Miller, Anita (Dennis) Schlabach, Sadie Helmuth all of Shipshewana; 30 grandchildren; two brothers, Owen Helmuth of Nappanee, Keith (Norma) Helmuth of Middlebury; six sisters, Mae Helmuth of Cleveland, OH, Freida (Willis) Borkholder of Nappanee, Clare Walters of Morenci, MI, Ruth (David) Whetstone of Nappanee, Edna (Mervin) Yoder of Shipshewana, Inez (Mike) Hochstetler of Middlebury; brother-in-law, Henry Jr. (Ruby) Yoder of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Elijah Helmuth; sister, Emma Yoder.

Marlin worked in the factory and had a hobby welding shop at home from which he retired in March 2019. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 21 and all day Wednesday, January 22 at the Cletus Lehman residence, 10920 W. 300 N., Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, January 23 also at the Cletus Lehman residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Harry Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in Naylor Cemetery, Shipshewana.

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


Helmuth, Marvin D.
November 20, 1944 - April 24, 2020

Marvin D. Helmuth, 75, of Sullivan, Illinois passed away at 4:25 A.M. on Friday, April 24, 2020 at his residence.

Private services will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 at the HCK Building south of Arthur, Illinois. Burial will be in the Otto Cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Marvin was born on November 20, 1944, in Moultrie County at the home place, where he passed away. He was a son of David and Lena (Bontrager) Helmuth. He married Sarah Ann Otto on August 29, 1968 in Douglas County. They were married for 51 years, 7 months and 24 days.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Helmuth of Sullivan, IL, four daughters, Treva Irene and her husband Mervin Hostetler of Sullivan, IL, LeAnna Kay and her husband Nelson Hostetler of Etna Green, IN, Dorothy Marie and her husband Merlin Yoder of Sullivan, IL and Mary Lou at home in Sullivan, IL, 16 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother, Adlai Helmuth, one sister, Elmina Herschberger and one sister-in-law, Irma Helmuth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Duane Allen Hostetler, two brothers, Albert Helmuth and his wife Mary, and Omer Helmuth, one sister, Katie Helmuth, one sister-in-law, Edna Helmuth and one brother-in-law, Jacob Herschberger.

Marvin was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Herschberger, Dennis L.
May 17, 1988 - February 27, 2020

Dennis L. Herschberger, 31, Kokomo, Indiana passed away at 7:23 pm on Thursday, February 27, 2020. He was born May 17, 1988, in Miami County, to Lloyd A and Darlene A (Miller) Herschberger. On September 4, 2009, he married Susie Mae Herschberger, and she survives.

He was a member of the Bethany Fellowship Church and worked as a foreman for a pallet shop.

In addition to his wife Susie Mae, Dennis is survived by his parents; children, Esther Darlene, Steven Dennis, Keturah Kay, and David Michael; siblings, Eldon Herschberger, Mervin Herschberger, and Lovina (Quentin) Miller, Montezuma, GA; father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Mattie Marie Herschberger; and grandmother, Viola Miller.

Dennis was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvin S. Miller, and Andy and Rosa Herschberger.

Funeral services will be held for Dennis 10 am Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Bethany Fellowship School, 5169 N. 600 E., Kokomo with Pastor Darlton Bontrager officiating. Burial will follow at Christner Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family Monday, March 2, 2020 at Bethany Fellowship School from 10 am to 8 pm. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hasler-Stout Funeral Home.


HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - Authorities have identified a Miami County who died in a single-vehicle accident Thursday night.

According to the Howard County Sheriff's Office, Dennis Hershberger, 31, was driving north on Howard County 700 East when he left the road and struck a tree north of CR 400 N around 7 p.m.

Hershberger is from rural Miami County, according to an accident report from HCSO.

The Howard County Coroner's Office will also investigate to determine what may have caused Hershberger to leave the road.

Menno Mail
Submitted by: James G. Hermsen, Indianapolis, IN


Herschberger, Susanna E. Yoder Diener
March 20, 1922 - March 21, 2020 (age 98)

SUSANNA E. (YODER) (DIENER) HERSCHBERGER passed away in her home at 7:15 P.M. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the age of 98 years and 1 day.

Susanna was born on March 20, 1922 in rural Arthur, Illinois. She was a daughter of Eli D. and Katie Ann (Mast) Yoder. She married Andrew Diener on March 28, 1940 in rural Arthur, Illinois. He passed away on October 17, 1946. She later married David Herschberger in rural Arthur, Illinois on May 10, 1960. He passed away on January 1, 1994.

She is survived by her son, Lewis Diener and his wife Treva of rural Arcola, IL; 2 stepsons, Henry Herschberger and his wife Mary of Arthur, IL and Eli Herschberger and his wife Vera of Sarasota, FL; 2 stepdaughters, Anna Mae Graber of Kalona, IA and Martha Ann Kaufman of Sarasota, FL; 8 grandchildren, Larry Diener and his wife Lorene of Arthur, IL, Rebecca Otto and her husband Marlin of Lewistown, MT, Darrell Diener and his wife Angie of Sullivan, IL, Glen Diener and his wife Amy of Humboldt, IL, Ruth Hostetler and her husband Levon of Arthur, IL, Willis Diener and his wife Jerilyn of Tuscola, IL, Carolyn Herschberger and her husband Kevin of Shipshewana, IN and Lamar Diener and his wife Chessea of Mattoon, IL 41 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; 17 step grandchildren, 36 step great-grandchildren and 31 step great-great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are 3 sisters, Edna Otto of Leonard, MO, Sovilla Gingerich of Arthur, IL and Elsie Schrock of Arthur, IL.

Susanna was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st husband, Andy O Diener, 2nd husband, David B. Herschberger, 1 son, Willis Glen Diener, 1 step son, Levi D. Herschberger and his wife Sovilla, 1 step daughter, Bertha Kauffman and her husband Eli, 2 step sons-in-law, David Graber and Melvin Kaufman, 2 sisters, Mattie Yoder and her husband Monroe and Verna Miller and her husband Samuel, 3 brothers, Adlai Yoder and his wife Lena, Willis Yoder and his wife Kattie and Willard Yoder and his wife Verna, and 3 brothers-in-law, Eli Otto, Ben Gingerich and Martin Schrock.

Susanna was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Private services will be held, and burial will be in the Yoder Cemetery in rural Arthur, IL

The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Menno Mail


Hershberger, Marlene Sue
June 16, 1968 - January 29, 2020

Marlene Sue Hershberger, 51, of LaGrange, died at 12:24 pm on Wednesday, January 29, at her residence. She was born on June 16, 1968 in LaGrange to Barbara Hershberger.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two aunts, Gladys Hochstedler of LaGrange, Alma (Ora) Schrock of Topeka; two uncles, Simon Hershberger of LaGrange, Owen (Verna)
Hershberger of Mora, MN and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her aunt, Susie Huth and her uncle, Ervin Hershberger.

Visitation will be after 3:00 pm on Thursday January 30, and all day Friday January 31, at Richard Bontrager residence, 2550 W. 350 S., LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday February 1, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Ervin Bontrager, Jr. and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange.

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


Hershey, Mabel Leaman
October 8, 1920 - May 4, 2020

Mabel Leaman Hershey, 99, went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2020. She most recently had lived in Providence Twp. with her son and his wife. In 2017, she fell and broke her hip. After she was discharged from the hospital, her home became Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, Manheim, receiving tender, loving care until the time of her death.

She was born in East Lampeter Twp. on October 8, 1920, the daughter of the late Tobias G. and Hettie Denlinger Leaman, and the wife of the late Raymond C. Hershey. She and her husband lived in Salisbury Twp. until 1966 when they moved to Montour County, where her husband was pastor at Derry Mennonite Church until his death in 1998. She continued to live in Montour County until 2011 when she moved back to Lancaster County. She is survived by one son, J. Kenneth Hershey and his wife JoAnne Campbell Hershey. She was Grandma to Regina (Patrick) Hartsfield of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Steven (Jennifer Ulrich) Hershey, Quarryville, and Jenelle (Roy) Gerlach, Strasburg, and great-grandmother of Hannah, Seth, and Luke Hartsfield and Alison, Shaun, Michelle, Nicole, Benjamin, and Daniel Hershey. She was preceded in death by a son, J. Mervin Hershey, who died in childhood of leukemia, and one great-grandson, Joshua Wren Hershey.

She was the 8th of nine children, all of whom have preceded her in death: Ivan (Ethel) Leaman, Clayton (Esther) Leaman, Esther (Daniel) Shenk, Anna (Allen) Kreider, Mary Leaman, infant Jason, Ruth (Edward) Rutt and Tobias (Elva) Leaman.

Before moving to Montour County, Mabel worked in the cafeteria at Pequea Valley High School. After moving to Montour County, she was very involved in the church and in the community. Her neighbors in the little town of White Hall loved her frequent gifts of chocolate chip cookies and homemade candy. She was a faithful letter writer and remembered to send dozens of birthday cards each year. Mabel was a quiet, gentle woman who walked the Jesus Path. Her life had a great effect on the lives of many children who came to Derry MC for Summer Bible School each year. She most recently attended Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church near Quarryville.

A private burial service will be at Hersheys Mennonite Church, Kinzers. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, her son, and her great-grandson. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/6/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Hess, W. Roy
June 17, 1937 - April 4, 2020

W. Roy Hess, 82, of Woodcrest Villa, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Mennonite Home. He was the husband of Brenda M. Garrett Hess with whom he would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in September. He was born in Ephrata, son of the late Walter B. and Ruth Naomi Horst Hess. He was a builder and real estate developer before his retirement in 2000. Roy was a member of Manor Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving in addition to his wife, his children: Scott R. (Julia A.) Hess; Karen N. (Keith R.) McEllhenney; and Brett A. (Tricia D.) Hess. Three grandchildren: Greg, Alen and Dana. Brothers: Bob, John, Jim, Dick, and Earl Hess. Sisters: Ruth Ann Gochnauer and Sheryl Quickel. He was preceded in death by one brother: Clarke Hess.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on Eshelman Run at the Mennonite Home, for the compassion and care shown to their family.

A Private Service will be held for the family with burial at Manor Church Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date, by invitation only.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Manor Church Benevolent Fund, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, PA 17603 or the Mennonite Home Benevolent Fund, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. Arrangements by the Workman Funeral Homes, Inc., Mountville/Columbia.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/8/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


High, Esther H. Martin
September 2, 1940 - May 14, 2020

Esther H. High, 79, of Denver, PA passed away at home on Thursday, May 14, 2020 following a stroke.

She was the wife of David M. High and they celebrated 58 years of marriage in April. Born Sept 2, 1940 in Brecknock Twp, she was the daughter of the late Henry W. and Leah Horning Martin.

Esther was a homemaker and a member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Surviving besides her husband are four daughters: Susan High of Denver, Dorcas Martin of East Earl, Janet wife of Clinton Wenger, Unity, WI, and Miriam wife of Neil Martin of Newville; four sons, Leonard husband of Alma High of Newville, Edward husband of Edna High of East Earl, Jeremiah husband of Rosanna High of Spencer, WI and Jay David husband of Melissa High of Edgar, WI; forty-five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles husband of Laura Martin of Ephrata, and Alvin husband of Eva Martin of Rutledge, MO; a brother-in-law, Clarence Eberly of Reinholds; and three sisters-in-law, Anna Mary Martin of East Earl, Mildred Martin of Pine Grove, and Verna Martin of Edina, MO.

She was preceded in death by a son, James Martin, a son-in-law, Curvin Martin, four grandchildren, brothers, Howard, Moses, Henry, John, Ira, Paul and Mark, and by three sisters, Anna Martin, Elsie Eberly and Leah Zimmerman.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Weaverland Mennonite Church, 1120 Weaverland Road, East Earl, PA with Bishop Leon S. Zimmerman officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. Friends may call at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, PA on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Arrangements by the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/15/2020Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Hochstetler, Anna Mary
September 18, 1926 - May 11, 2020

Anna Mary Hochstetler, 93, Elkhart, died 4:20 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2020 at Greenleaf Health Campus. She was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Elkhart, to Ivan & Pearl (Boyer) Hochstetler.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents, a sister, Janet Miller, half-sister, Elsie Masterson and a brother, Ray Hochstetler.

Anna Mary was a 1944 graduate of Wakarusa High School and received a Bible degree at Goshen College in 1946. She worked at Elkhart General Hospital in medical billing for many years. After retiring, Anna Mary worked at the gift shop at the hospital as a volunteer. She was a member of Olive Mennonite Church.

Private family services will be held. Pastor Jason Ramer will officiate. Burial will be in Olive (East) Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Olive Mennonite Church.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Homes
Wakarusa - Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Hochstetler, Anna Mary, 93, of Elkhart, Elkhart Co., IN died May 11, 2020 at the same place. She was born September 18, 1926 at Elkhart to Ivan and Pearl (Boyer) Hochstetler.

Her siblings, Janet Miller; Elsie Masterson; and Ray Hochstetler preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held May 15, 2020 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN with burial in Olive East Cemetery.

Submitted by: Dina Miller, Elkhart IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Hochstetler, John Henry
December 31, 1939 - March 15, 2020

John Henry Hochstetler, 80, of Middlebury, died at 1:18 am on Sunday, March 15, at Goshen Health Hospital. He was born on December 31, 1939 in Bremen to Manasses and Amelia (Borkholder) Hochstetler. On April 13, 1961 in Middlebury he married Mary Ellen Miller, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three sons, Devon (Wilma) Hochstetler of Middlebury, Lyle (Karen) Hochstetler of Nappanee, Lynn Hochstetler of Middlebury; three daughters, Norma (Keith) Helmuth of Middlebury, Velma (David) Hochstetler of Millersburg, Waneta (Richard) Miller of Topeka; 28 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ezra (Patricia) Hochstetler of Goshen, Wilbur (Sue) Hochstetler of Charlotte, MI; sister, Judith Kauffman of Middlebury; two sister-in-laws, Miriam Hochstetler of Nappanee and Ada Hochstetler of Holland, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Nicole Hochstetler; three brothers, Clarence, Tobias and Ura Hochstetler; two brother-in-laws, Allen Kauffman and Andy Gingrich.

John was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and was a retired farmer. He had also worked at Jayco, Middlebury for 15 years and Kauffman Sales, Middlebury.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 15, and all day Monday, March 16, at the family's residence, 60735 County Rd. 37 Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, March 17, also at the family's residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop John Stoltzfus and the home ministers. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery, Goshen.

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


Hofer, Melvin L., 96, of Freeman, Hutchinson Co., SD died March 4, 2020 at the same place.

He was born January 22, 1924 at Freeman, SD to Jacob L., Jr. and Anna (Hofer) Hofer. Jacob was born December 24, 1897 and died February 1, 1981. Anna was born June 27, 1899 and died July 10, 1979.

On March 23, 1947 at Bridgewater, McCook Co., SD he was married to Emma E. Hofer, who was born September 22, 1926 and survives.

Surviving are children, Dallas (Cindy); and Lyndon (Barbie); four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Vernon (Norma) and Merlin (Sylvia).

A son, Harris; two sisters, Evelyn (Arnold) Hofer and Marjorie (Sam A.) Hofer; and a brother, Kenneth (Glennis) preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held March 10, 2020 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Edie Tschetter, Freeman,SD
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Hollinger, Lois Elaine Shirk
November 2, 1929 - Februarey 9, 2020

Lois Elaine Shirk Hollinger, age 90, of Landis Homes, formerly of Lititz, went home to be with her Lord on February 9, 2020.

Born in Paradise Twp., she was the daughter of the late Paul E. and Bertha Mae Denlinger Shirk. For 65 years she was the loving wife of the late J. Clair Hollinger.

She was an active pastor's wife serving alongside her husband in several congregations including Vine Street Mennonite and Charlotte St. Mennonite Churches in Lancaster, Ridgeway Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA, and Lititz Mennonite Church. Lois and Clair also served as missionaries in Trinidad.

Lois graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School. Throughout life she enjoyed sharing hospitality, visitation, and occasionally worked in baking and cooking jobs. At Landis Homes she was an avid shuffleboard player.

She will be lovingly missed by: 3 sons, Jeryl married to Mary Hurst Hollinger, Kalispell, MT, John married to Grace Garber Hollinger, Quarryville, Joseph married to Cheryl Sell Hollinger, Lancaster; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Lois was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters: Norman P. Shirk, Kenneth L. Shirk, Mary Jane Fredrick, and Betty Jean Byler. She is survived by 4 sisters-in law: Dorothy Shirk, Mary Ann Broomell, Kathryn (Kay) Hollinger, and Ruth Hollinger.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 3:00 PM at the Landis Homes West Bethany Chapel, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz. The family will visit with friends from 1:00 PM prior to the service. Private interment will be in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/12/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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