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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  I to K

Imhoff, Sarah M. Weaver ; . . Jacobs, Donald R. ; . . Kauffman, Daryl S. ; . . Kauffman, Esther A. Yoder ; . . Kauffman, Lonnie Gail ; . . Kauffman, Marion M. ; . . Kauffman, R. Leroy ; . . Keener, Marian L. Heisey ; . . Kilmer, Carol A. ; . . Koehn, Nina Zeiset ; . . Kosteck, Nancy E. Bender ; . . Krause, Sasha Marie ; . . Kreider, Esther Nolt ; . . Kreider, Janet H. ; . . Kreider, Pauline H. "Polly" Miller ; . . Kropf, Lily Alice Hostetler ; . . Kuhns, Ivan L. ; . . Kulp, Martha Ramer ; . .


Imhoff, Sarah M. Weaver
December 11, 1955 - June 13, 2020

Sarah M. Imhoff, age 64, of Sheridan, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 13, 2020, at her home. She was born December 11, 1955, in Goshen, Indiana the daughter of Christian and Elsie (Martin) Weaver. Sarah married Samuel R. Imhoff of October 12, 1978, in Goshen, Indiana. Sarah and Sam owned and operated The Country Pantry in Sheridan for many years. She was a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church.

Sarah is survived by her husband of 41 years, Sam; children: Thomas Ray Imhoff of Sheridan, John Earl (Mary) Imhoff of Sheridan, Jacob Allen Imhoff of Sheridan, Christina Faye (Heber) Imhoff of Wakarusa, Indiana, Sara Ann Imhoff of New Holland, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren; 6 siblings; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by parents; grandson, Lonnie Jay Imhoff, and two siblings.

The family will receive friends on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. at the family home. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 9 A.M. at the Vickeryville Old Order Mennonite Church with Home Conference Ministers officiating. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.

Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home
Charlotte, MI
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Jacobs, Donald R.
July 6, 1928 - February 11, 2020

Donald R. Jacobs, 91, died February 11 in the family home in Leola, where he lived his active retirement years since 2002 with his beloved wife, Anna Ruth. During his passing, Don was surrounded by his loving family as he went through several months of sudden health challenges.

He was married to Anna Ruth Charles in 1949, and they celebrated 70 years of marriage in December last year. Their four children are Jane (Glenn Stoltzfus), David, Alan and Paul (Tammy Smith). He is the grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 8. Don had 6 brothers and 4 sisters, of whom 6 survive.

He was born near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, son of Paul and Trella Jacobs.

Don was a life-long teacher and learner. He once said that every person he met was his teacher. His teaching career began in Coffee Creek, KY where he taught for two years in an elementary school. He taught for three years at Lancaster Mennonite School. In 1954, he and Anna Ruth went to Tanzania under Eastern Mennonite Mission Board. There he taught in a teacher training college and in a theological college.

From Tanzania the family moved to Kenya where Don helped to set up a religious studies department at the University of Nairobi and then taught there for six years. Along with teaching Don also carried some administrative responsibilities, as well as serving as bishop in the Tanzania Mennonite Church for two years.

The family moved to the U.S. in 1973 where Don was Director of Overseas Missions in the Eastern Mennonite Mission Board office. From 1980 until his retirement Don was engaged in leadership development internationally with Mennonite Christian Leadership Foundation.

Don graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School, received a B.S. in history from Franklin and Marshall College, an M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, a Ph. D. in Anthropology from New York University and a British teaching qualification from University of London.

Life to Don was about relationships, starting with his relationship with his Lord. That gave meaning to his total life, with his blood family, his spiritual family, and acquaintances. He was warmly welcoming and embraced those who came into his life.

Don was an active member of Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church.

Don's memorial service will be held at Landisville Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Road, Landisville, PA, 17538, on Saturday, February 29. There will be a visitation on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and a visitation on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM followed by a memorial service.

Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604 or to the Jacobs Family East African Education Foundation, which was set up by Don and Anna Ruth for the sole purpose of Christian education for students in Tanzania and Kenya during the next 20 years. Checks payable to: Everence Foundation, Memo line/note: Donald R. and Anna Ruth Jacobs Family Endowment Fund. Mail to: Everence Foundation, Attn: Michelle Newswanger, 960 East Main St., Mount Joy, PA 17552. Furman's – Leola.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/14/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kauffman, Daryl S.
December 14, 1973 - February 15, 2020

Daryl S. Kauffman, 46, of Shipshewana, died at 11:37 am, on Saturday, February 15 at his residence, after a four year battle with cancer. He was born on December 14, 1973, in Goshen, to Sam M. and Lydia Ann (Troyer) Kauffman.

Surviving are his parents of Shipshewana; four brothers, LaVern (Clara) Kauffman of Shipshewana, twin Dale (Ocie) Kauffman of Howe, Richard (Vonda) Kauffman of LaGrange, Lloyd (Lena) Yoder of Goshen; three sisters, Marietta (Ernie) Helmuth of Millersburg, Niva (Dennis) Helmuth of Topeka, Kristine (Darin) Stutzman of Shipshewana; 33 nieces and nephews, nine great nieces and nephews; uncle, Joe Kauffman of Angola.

Daryl was the owner/operator of D-Bar-D Trucking and co-owner of Crossroad Tours. He was a member of Griner Church. He had many friends all over the United States and Haiti. The family would like to thank the community for their outpouring of love and support over the last months and weeks.

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on both Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21 at Shore Church, 7235 W. 100 N., Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 22 at K-Z RV Event Center, located at the southeast corner of US 20 and 900 W., Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Pastors Jimmy Mast, Robert Riegsecker, Jason Miller, and Deacon Harry Jr. Stutzman. Burial will be in East Barren Cemetery, Shipshewana.

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


Kauffman, Esther A. Yoder
February 7, 1934 - June 19, 2020

Esther A. Kauffman, 86, of Middlebury, died at 11:24 am, on Friday, June 19 at her residence. She was born on February 7, 1934, in Reno County, KS, to Ed and Gertrude (Stutzman) Yoder. On June 28, 1958 in Elkhart County, she married Kenneth Kauffman; he died October 12, 1987.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane Kauffman and Joann (Loren) Stutzman both of Middlebury; five grandchildren, Kaitlin (Todd) Martin, Evan (Natalie) Stutzman, Justin (Nicole) Stutzman, Nathan (Angela) Stutzman, Ryan Stutzman and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Ida Mae Miller; brother, Elmer Yoder.

Esther was a former member of Clinton Brick Mennonite Church and currently attended Siloam Fellowship. She had a great love and appreciation for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cleaning and tidying up homes in the Middlebury community for many years.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, June 22 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury. There will also be visitation from 9:00 to 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 23 at the funeral home. Family and friends will then go in procession to Clinton Brick Cemetery, Goshen for a 10:15 am graveside service. Services will be conducted by Pastor Vern Hostetler. Memorials may be given to Gospel Echoes Prison Ministries or Siloam Fellowship.

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


Kauffman, Lonnie Gail
October 25, 1934 ~ May 18, 2020 (age 85)

Lonnie Gail Kauffman was born at home near Crystal Springs, Kansas, on October 25, 1934 to Daniel and Kathryn Ann (Troyer from Harper KS) Kauffman. He passed into his eternal home on May 18, 2020. Lonnie was blessed with one younger sister, Roberta Ann, whom he adored. The family lived near Crystal Springs for ten years, then moved to a family farm (Valentine “Felty” J. Kauffman and Susanna [Miller]) near Guymon, Oklahoma where he lived the remainder of his life. He went to Guymon Public Schools. His high school years, he attended at Hesston Academy (Hesston College & Bible School) in Hesston Kansas, where he met the love of his life, Rosetta Mae Headrick. They were married September 3, 1955, 64 years ago. They were blessed with six children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Lonnie accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized around the age of 12. He is a member of the Perryton Mennonite Church, Perryton, Texas (now New Hope Fellowship). His faith was very important to him and he blessed his family by taking them to church each Sunday. He was involved as an usher, Elder, church chair and Sunday School teacher. He loved God, family, farming, traveling, conversations, reading, animals and all varieties of music.

He loved being a farmer, working the fields and harvesting. He farmed with his Dad for over 30 years, then with his son, Arlen. Our family always looked forward to summer vacation in Colorado after the wheat harvest was finished.

The last 8 years, Lonnie lived with Alzheimers. He fought it courageously and somehow always kept his ability to make us laugh. He will be greatly missed in our lives.

Lonnie is survived by his wife, Rose, of Guymon OK and children: Marlene (Robert) Henson of Guymon, Lynette (David) Janzen of Hesston KS, Brenda (Paul) Christophel of Hesston KS, Vicki (Shane) Fletcher of Midland TX, Anita (Wendell) Daniel of Guymon and Arlen (Jaime) Kauffman of Guymon. Lonnie had one sister, Roberta Gallegos of Elko NV. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Dan and Kathryn Kauffman.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book or leave a condolence at

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Kauffman, Marion M.
January 13, 1939 - April 24, 2020

Marion M. Kauffman, 81, of Middlebury, died unexpectedly at 8:25 pm on Friday, April 24 at his son's residence. He was born on January 13, 1939 in LaGrange County, to Monroe R. and Fannie (Schrock) Kauffman. On March 26, 1959 in Shipshewana, he married LeAnna Miller; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are son, Marvin (Loranna) Kauffman of Middlebury; daughter, Elaine (Phillip) Gingerich of Millersburg; daughter-in-law, Josephine Kauffman of Sears, MI; 17 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Sam (Lydia Ann) Kauffman of Shipshewana, Joe Kauffman of Angola.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, DeWayne Kauffman; infant brother, Daniel Kauffman.

Marion was the owner operator of Kauffman Sales and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. The family will hold private services at a later date. Services will be conducted by the home ministers of the Old Order Amish Church. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen. The community is encouraged to show their support by mailing cards of sympathy to the family at 13612 CR 28, Middlebury.

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


Kauffman, R. Leroy, 82, of Belleville, Mifflin Co., PA died May 13, 2020 at the same place. He was born May 3, 1937 at Belleville to Stephen and Lydia (Glick) Kauffman. On December 6, 1958 at Belleville, he was married to Joanne Peachey, who was born February 24, 1939 and survives.

Surviving are children, Jayne, Jill, Roderick, and Chadwick.

Memorial services were held February 16, 2020 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, 115 Maple Grove Rd., Belleville with burial in Locust Grove Cemetery, Belleville, PA.

Submitted by: JoAnn Byler, Belleville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Keener, Marian L. Heisey
March 10, 1936 - January 6, 2020

Olean, NY- Marian L. Keener, 83, of 602 Grandview Ave., passed away Monday (January 6, 2020) at the Bradford, PA Manor.

Born March 10, 1936 in Lancaster, PA she was the daughter of Walter and Martha Brosey Heisey. On July 31, 1954 in Elizabethtown, PA she married Richard H. Keener who survives.

Marian was raised in Lancaster County and, after her marriage to Richard, began farming with him and raising a family. Later they farmed in Rexville, NY in Steuben County where she continued leading a Christian life, teaching her family the value of hard work, and making beautiful, hand-stitched quilts.

Surviving besides her husband are 4 daughters Beverly J. (Robert) Miller of Liberty, PA, Wendy L. (Leon) Brunk of Toano, VA, Julie A. (Randy) Knauer of Lititz, PA and Brenda L. (John) West of Olean; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 sister Jean (Jake) Snyder of Avon Park, FL; 2 brothers Kenneth Heisey of Elizabethtown, PA and Joseph (Anita) Heisey of Columbia, PA and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by 2 sisters Norma Groff and Rachel Gish.

The family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 1-3pm at the West Union Mennonite Church, Rexville. A funeral service will immediately follow at 3pm in the church. Visitation will continue on Saturday (January 11, 2020) from 1-3pm at the Erisman Mennonite Church in Manheim, PA. Burial will follow in Erisman Mennonite Church Cemetery, Manheim, PA.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer's Association

Intelligencer Journal - 1/9/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kilmer, Carol A.
December 21, 1958 - February 17, 2020

Carol A. Kilmer, formerly of Richland, PA, died peacefully at her brother's home in Sparta, WI, on Monday, February 17, 2020, after bravely battling cancer for 17 months.

Born in Lebanon Co. on December 21, 1958, Carol was the daughter of the late Phares E. and Mabel B. Kilmer. She did secretarial work at Rigidply Rafters and Dutch-Way Farm Market, taught school for several years, and most recently she was a cashier at Sharp Shopper in Ephrata. She was a member of the Richland Mennonite Church.

She is survived by her brothers Gerald L. husband of Marian Kilmer of Hayward, WI, and Glenn E. husband of Loretta Kilmer of Sparta, WI; nieces & nephews Loren Kilmer, Audrey Miller, Debra Hershey, all of Hayward, WI, Lynette Coutain of Stone Lake, WI, Joseph Kilmer of University City, MO, Sheldon Kilmer of Terre Hill, PA, Sheila Graber of Rockland, WI, Justin Kilmer of St. Paul, MN, Jared Kilmer of Sparta, WI, Jaden Kilmer of Minsk, Poland, and Brenden Kilmer of Darjeeling, India; and long-time friend Reba Sauder, who resided with her.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Richland Mennonite Church, 399 N. Race St., Richland. A viewing will be held at the church from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020. Interment will follow the service in the adjoining church cemetery on Saturday.

Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home & Crematory, Jonestown, is honored to serve the family.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/18/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Koehn, Nina Zeiset
November 26, 1925 - April 27, 2020

Nina Koehn, 94, of Moundridge, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at Moundridge Manor. She was born November 26, 1925 in Verden, Oklahoma, the daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah (Schmidt) Zeiset.

She was a devoted homemaker. Nina was a member of Grace Mennonite Congregation in Halstead.

Nina was united in marriage to Herman S. Koehn on October 19, 1986 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1995.

She is survived by her stepsons, Truman (Aurel) Koehn of McPherson, Melvin Koehn of Moundridge, Jerald (Linda) Koehn of Halstead, Dennis (Martha) Koehn of Alabama, and Gene Koehn of Ruleville, Mississippi; sister, Johanna (Franklin) Toews of Moundridge; 31 step-grandchildren and many step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers; four sisters; two stepsons; one stepdaughter; and two stepdaughters-in-law

Private family services will be held with burial at Halstead Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Moundridge Manor in care of Moundridge Funeral Home, PO Box 410, Moundridge, Kansas 67107.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Kosteck, Nancy E. Bender
November 25, 1933 - April 2, 2020

Nancy E. (Bender) Kosteck, 86, of Victoria, Texas and formerly of Goshen, died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at her home.

She was born November 25, 1933 in Elkhart to Harold S. and Elizabeth B. (Horsch) Bender.

She is survived by her son, Harold G. Kosteck of Victoria, Texas; three step-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary E. Bender of Goshen.

Nancy received a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College in 1956 and a master’s degree in 1961 from the University of Michigan.

A cellist and Suzuki teacher, Nancy had many strings students, ranging in age from four years to adults, in the Goshen area. Her students will remember her as demanding in form and technique, yet gentle and encouraging.

She was a member of Walnut Hill Mennonite Church. Nancy was also a member of the Suzuki Association of Americas and the American String Teacher’s Association.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Burial will be in Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.

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


Krause, Sasha Marie
April 8, 1992 - January 18, 2020

Farmington, New Mexico – Sasha Marie Krause, 27, resident of Farmington, New Mexico, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020. She was born April 8, 1992 in Temple, Texas to Robert and Laura Krause. Her parents joined the Mennonite church when she was 11 years old and Sasha soon realized her need for Jesus, her Saviour. She became a Christian and grew in her love for the Lord. In her youth she began writing poems and lyrics for hymns. For six years she taught school at Grandview Gospel Fellowship. One and a half years before her death, she moved to New Mexico and began work at Lamp & Light Publishers. She was instrumental in the literature ministry in Spanish, French, and English.

Sasha is loved and greatly missed by her parents: Robert and Laura Krause, her siblings: Amanda, Megan (William Knepp), Emma, Robert, Evelyn, and Sara Krause, her grandparents: Tau Smith and Bob & Paula Krause, her great-grandmother: Vertrice Smith, 5 aunts and 9 cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Gary Smith.

A funeral service was held in the family's hometown of Itasca, TX on Friday, February 28. The Farmington Mennonite Church, where Sasha was a member, invites you to a memorial service at the Summit Church gym, 1200 E 30th Street, Farmington, NM, at 4 pm on Friday, March 6. Let love and forgiveness prevail!

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Feb. 28 to Mar. 6, 2020.


27-year-old Sasha Marie Krause was last seen leaving her residence on January 13, 2020 around 8pm and never returned. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office considers her disappearance suspicious and is requesting help from the public to locate her.
Missing mennonite woman found slain over 250 miles from new Mexico home, police say.

From Menno Mail


Kreider, Esther Nolt
February 5, 1933 - February 11, 2020

Esther Nolt Kreider, 87, passed peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Garden Spot Village in New Holland where she had been a resident for the past year. Born in Earl Township on February 5, 1933, Esther was the daughter of the late Samuel O. and Anna Martin Nolt. One of eight children, Esther grew up in a conservative Mennonite home, but soon after her marriage and move to a beautiful farm in Gap, she traded her "plain" for "fancy". She was known for always looking very stylish and for her fondness of all things sparkly.

Esther was the wife of her beloved Jacob L Kreider, who passed away in 2016. They had recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Esther was not only a farm wife for 50 years, but had also worked as an Amish Country tour guide, however she was mostly known for her 24 years spent as a waitress at Good 'N Plenty Restaurant in Smoketown.

Family was very important to Esther, especially her five sisters. They spent hours on the phone together, planned memorable family gatherings, and were wonderful examples to those of us lucky enough to have known them. She was also a dedicated grandmother and great-grandmother, making sure there was plenty of ice cream and fun to go around.

Without question, Esther was a social butterfly and she loved to keep things light and fun. She was always ready with a smile and an easy laugh. Esther loved reading, playing her piano, doing puzzles, watching the hummingbirds at her feeder, and taking long walks, often with hands clasped behind her back. Esther and Jake also loved to travel, taking several memorable cruises with dear friends and family. Esther treasured their winters in Sarasota, FL, enjoying time with friends playing shuffleboard, cards and taking walks on Siesta Key Beach. Esther also loved music, and almost always had it playing wherever she was. She "had a song for every occasion" and often made up little tunes to entertain her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Esther was a member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola. She is survived by a son, Barry L. Kreider, Paradise and a daughter, Jacqueline B Nelson, wife of Donald J. Nelson, Ephrata, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Viewing will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5 to 7 PM at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA 17540. Private interment will be in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery. A Memorial Service will take place at Forest Hills Mennonite Church on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11 AM.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/16/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kreider, Esther Nolt, 87, of Gap, PA died February 11, 2020 at New Holland, Lancaster Co., PA. She was born February 5, 1933 in Earl Township, Lancaster Co., PA to Samuel and Anna (Martin) Nolt. She was married to Jacob Kreider, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Barry L. Kreider & Jacqueline B. Nelson; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Without question, Esther was a social butterfly and she loved to keep things light and fun. She was always ready with a smile and an easy laugh. Esther loved reading, playing her piano, doing puzzles, watching the hummingbirds at her feeder, and taking long walks, often with hands clasped behind her back. Esther and Jake also loved to travel, taking several memorable cruises with dear friends and family. Esther treasured their winters in Sarasota, FL, enjoying time with friends playing shuffleboard, cards and taking walks on Siesta Key Beach. Esther also loved music, and almost always had it playing wherever she was. She "had a song for every occasion" and often made up little tunes to entertain her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held February 20, 2020 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Lancaster Co., PA with burial in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, Paradise, PA.

Submitted by: Lauren Krady, Leola, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kreider, Janet H.
August 30, 1928 - January 28, 2020

Janet H. Kreider, 91, of Lititz, and formerly of Landisville, died on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. Born near Landisville she was the daughter of the late Irvin K. and Fannie Herr Kreider. Janet graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School and later attended Eastern Mennonite College. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in English from Millersville University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

As young adults, Janet and her sister, Elizabeth, served as bookstore managers and sang in a Ladies Quartet with evangelist Myron Augsburger's Crusade for Christ. Janet taught third grade for two years. For over 37 years Janet worked for Eastern Mennonite Missions, retiring as editor of Missionary Messenger. She was a faithful member of East Petersburg Mennonite Church where she served as librarian, Sunday school teacher, and song leader. Janet's passion was writing poetry, playing a variety of musical instruments, and listening to music that inspired her. Using Janet's writing and music abilities, along with Elizabeth's photography skills, the sisters presented illustrated readings to many groups. A special time in Janet's life was writing and directing the play, "Henry's Red Sea". Janet was a master wordsmith, Scrabble player, and crossword puzzle solver.

Janet cared deeply about her family. Surviving are two nephews: David husband of Mary Ann Kreider, Jonathan husband of Fran Kreider; a niece, Rosemary wife of Jim Hess, 11 great-nieces and nephews and 12 great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth H. Kreider and a brother Roy H., and his wife Florence Kreider.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Janet's memorial service at Landis Homes Retirement Community, WEST BETHANY CHAPEL, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. Visitation will be immediately following the service. Interment will be private in East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/3/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kreider, Pauline H. "Polly" Miller
August 25, 1929 - April 14, 2020

Pauline H. "Polly" Kreider, 90, of Manheim, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Landisville, she was the daughter of the late David and Edna Pearl Houck Miller. Polly was the loving wife of J. Richard Kreider who died in December of 2008.

For many years she attended Mount Joy Mennonite Church and recently attended services in Hoffer Auditorium at Pleasant View Retirement Community. For many years Polly worked along- side her husband on the family farm. She was a member of the Lancaster County Farm Women. Polly loved flower and vegetable gardening and attending garage sales. Throughout her life Polly and Richard enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States and Europe with friends of the Green Laurel Hunting Club.

Known for her ministry with sending cards and notes; Polly would add uplifting cartoons with her writings to help lift the spirits of many and to bring joy to her family and friends. Polly had a humble servant's heart that cared deeply for her friends, and was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra wife of D.W. Dempsey, of Spring Branch, TX, Debra Kreider, of Lititz, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three brothers, Fred husband of Lynn Miller, of Lancaster, James husband of Anne Miller, of Landisville, Herb Miller, of Lancaster, two sisters, Arlene wife of John Weber, of Ephrata, Marilyn wife of John Burkhart, of Mount Joy, a son-in-law, David L. Johnson of Manheim, and a daughter-in-law, Connie wife of Larry Fetter of Howard. Preceding her in death is a son, Rick Kreider, a daughter, Pat Johnson, a granddaughter, Carmen Kreider, two brothers, Robert and David Miller, and a sister, Jeanette King.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Hospice and Community Care for the compassionate loving care given to Polly's during her illness and home going.

Due to public health guidelines, services for Polly will be announced at a later date. Interment will be private in Erb Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/17/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kropf, Lily Alice Hostetler
June 25, 1924 - April 2, 2020

Lily Alice (Hostetler) Kropf was born June 25, 1924 to Ora and Bessie (Shrock) Hostetler. She peacefully passed away in her home April 2, 2020, at the age of 95 years, 9 months and 8 days, following a heart attack 3 weeks earlier.

After having a stroke in January 2011, her daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters lovingly and faithfully cared for her for over 9 years.

She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and was a faithful member of the Pleasant View Amish Mennonite Church until her death.

On March 14, 1945, she was united in marriage to Owen Eli Kropf, son of Levi and Amanda (Yoder) Kropf. He passed away October 17, 2011, sharing life together over 66 years.

This union was blessed with 12 children, eight of whom survive, three sons, Gordon and wife Lily (Hostetler) Kropf, of Blue River, WI. Rodney and wife Rhoda (Miller) Kropf, Buffalo, MO. Jason and wife Elsie (Miller) Kropf, Halfway, MO. 5 daughters, Leona, wife of the late John Hostetler, Buffalo, MO. Rita and husband Leslie Swartzentruber, of Salem, AR. Margaret and husband Jonathan Headings, Buffalo, MO. Melodee and husband Stanley Hostetler, Miller, MO. Jewell and husband Donald Headings, Buffalo, MO. 2 daughters-in-law, Karen, wife of the late Robert Kropf, Blue River, WI. Rita, wife of the late Don Kropf, of Dover, MO. 72 grandchildren, 230 great-grandchildren, 63 great-great-grandchildren, also surviving her are one brother, Ben Hostetler, Buffalo, MO. 2 sisters, Sylvia, wife of the late John D. Blosser, Halfway, MO. Celesta and husband Chester Shrock, Buffalo, MO. 3 sisters-in-law, Betty (wife of the late Tim Hostetler), Buffalo, MO. Sharon (wife of the late Orla Hostetler), Halfway, MO., and Wilma Hostetler, Sedalia, MO.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were an infant son Lester, sons Robert and Don, daughter Marjorie, son-in-law John Hostetler, also 1 grandchild, 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson.
Apr 6, 2020
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kuhns, Ivan L.
September 29, 1932 - January 7, 2020

Ivan L. Kuhns, age 87, of Nappanee, passed away at 9:40 a.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at his residence, after an extended illness. He was born September 29, 1932 in Marshall County to Levi and Edna (Yoder) Kuhns. On March 10, 1955 he married Susie Weaver in Lagrange County, IN. She preceded him in death May 12, 2002. Ivan was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He had worked at Ayr Cabinets. Ivan was a lifetime area resident.

He is survived by his children, Vernon Kuhns, Goshen, Ruby Ellen (Glenn Ray) Yoder, Etna Green, Mary Etta Kuhns, Nappanee, Lizzie Ann (Aaron) Borkholder, Bourbon, Jerry (Sharon Kay) Kuhns, Bremen; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Menno (Elizabeth) Kuhns, Drakesville, IA; sisters, Fannie (Albert) Miller, Nappanee, Carrie (Andy) Hochstetler, Lagrange, Lizzie (Vernon) Bontrager, Mio, MI. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Kuhns; daughter, Edna Mae Kuhns; son, Eli Kuhns; sister, Wilma Mast; brothers, Jonas, Omar, Lester, and Edwin Kuhns.

Family and friends may call after 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2020 and all day Thursday, January 9th at the Richard Borkholder residence (699 Marshall County Line Road, Nappanee). Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m., Friday, January 10th also at the Borkholder residence. Bishop Marty Yoder and the Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will take place in Borkholder Cemetery.

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

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


Kulp, Martha Ramer
June 20, 1924 - May 19, 2020

Martha Kulp, 95, Nappanee, died 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at her home. Previously, she was a resident of Waterford Crossing Health Center for 3 ½ years. She was born June 20, 1924 in Nappanee, to Daniel & Ida (Weaver) Ramer. On July 25, 1943, she married Ernest Kulp and he died Feb. 3, 2009.

Surviving are a daughter, Rosemary (Ben) Shirk, Goshen, sons, Stan (Kathleen) Kulp, Elkhart, David (Phyllis) Kulp, New Paris, daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen Kulp Heisey, Taylorsville, Mississippi, 15 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and a sister, Grace Shaum, Goshen.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, son, Dale Kulp, sister, Mabel Bauman and brothers, Harvey Ramer & Floyd Ramer.

Martha was a mother, homemaker and farmers wife. She was a member of the Yellow Creek Wisler Mennonite Church and worked as a cook and caregiver.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Friday, May 22, 2020, at Yellow Creek Wisler Mennonite Church, Goshen. Home Ministry will officiate and burial will follow at Yellow Creek Wisler Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Wisler Sharing Fund, Lonnie Martin, 61261 CR 9, Elkhart, Indiana 46517.

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

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