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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.

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Lambright, Anna Mae Bontrager ; . . Lambright, Arika Danelle ; . . Lambright, Jordan Dale ; . . Landis, Jay B. (Dr.) ; . . Landis, Lovis Lapp ; . . Landis, Robert S. ; . . Layman, Harry Samuel ; . . Lefever, Ellene Neff ; . . Lefever, Kathryn J. "Kass" Shenk ; . . Lehman, Dorothy Anna Amstutz ; . . Lehman, Phyllis Maltby ; . . Leid, George Burkholder ; . . Leid, Lucy Z. Sensenig ; . . Lindberg, Philip Gordon ; . . Livengood, Mildred H. ; . . Longenecker, Daniel M. ; . . Longenecker, M. Ellen Landis ; . . Longenecker, Nancy Ruth Frey ; . .


Lambright, Anna Mae Bontrager
September 25, 1935 - April 25, 2020

Anna Mae Lambright, 84, of Shipshewana, died at 11:35 pm, on Saturday, April 25 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. She was born on September 25, 1935, in Yoder, KS, to Joe S.K. and Katie (Yoder) Bontrager. On May 24, 1956 in Middlebury, she married Chris J. Lambright; he died April 2, 2018.

Surviving are five sons, Glen (Sharon) Lambright of Goshen, Floyd (Sharon) Lambright of Topeka, Jerry (Orpha) Lambright of Shipshewana, Joseph (Marietta) Lambright of Millersburg, Chris Jr. (Norma) Lambright of Shipshewana; three daughters, Katie (Norman) Lehman of Middlebury, Susan (Calvin) Miller of Topeka, Ruby (Wilbur) Miller of Shipshewana; daughter-in-law, Vera (Mervin) Yoder of Goshen; 61 grandchildren, 153 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Borkholder of Nappanee, Susan
Lambright of Middlebury, Betty Miller of Goshen; sister-in-law, Ida Bontrager of Goshen.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Freeman C. Lambright; two brothers, Herman and Chris Bontrager.

Anna Mae was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Due to current gathering restrictions the family will hold private services. Services will be conducted by Bishop Mervin Schrock and the home ministers. Burial will be in Bontrager Cemetery, Middlebury. The community is encouraged to show their support by mailing cards of sympathy to the family at 1295 N. 925 W., Shipshewana.

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


Lambright, Arika Danelle
April 15, 2019 - February 27, 2020

Arika Danelle Lambright, 10 month old daughter of Mike and Cyndi (Mullet) Lambright of Ligonier, died on Thursday, February 27, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She was born on April 15, 2019 at the New Eden Care Center in Topeka.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a brother, Ethan Layne Lambright at home; grandparents, Vernon O. and Erma Lambright of Topeka, Chester and Miriam Mullet of Belle Center, OH; great-grandparents, Orli A. and Mary A. Lambright, Glen A. and LuElla Mast all of Topeka, Marvin and Kathryn Mullet of Bonduel, WI, Valentine and Dorothy Mast of Kalona, IA.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 29, all day Sunday, March 1, at the Eugene Troyer residence, 9889 N. 450 W. Ligonier. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, March 2, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Harley Yoder and the home ministers. Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery, Topeka.

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


Lambright, Jordan Dale
April 19, 2018 - August 23, 2020

Jordan Dale Lambright, two year old son of Jon and Lorene (Miller) Lambright of Topeka, died at 12:45 pm, on Sunday, August 23, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, following a swimming accident on Saturday. He was born on April 19, 2018, in Topeka.

Surviving in addition to his parents are brother, Malachi Jace Lambright at home; grandparents, Omer and Naomah Miller and Dennis and Rosetta Lambright both of Topeka; great-grandparents, LeRoy and Mary Miller, Daniel and Ida Yoder both of Topeka, Mary Miller of LaGrange and Susan Lambright of Middlebury.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Freeman Miller and Freeman Lambright.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 25, and all day Wednesday, August 26, at the Harley Bontrager residence 6395 S. 900 W., Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, August 27 also at the Harley Bontrager residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Glen Lambright and the home ministers. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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


Landis, Jay B. (Dr.)
September 20, 1932 - May 17, 2020

Dr. Jay B. Landis, 87, of Harrisonburg, departed this life May 17, 2020, at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Mr. Landis was born Sept. 20, 1932, in Lancaster, Pa., and was a son of the late Martin S. and Esther Good Landis.

On June 10, 1961, he married the former Peggy Heatwole, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Ann M. Landis (Susan Otto, partner) of Keezletown, and Jill I. Landis Snider (Craig, husband) of Broadway; three grandchildren, Rebecca Snider (Michael Yoder) of Goshen, Ind., Nathaniel Snider of Richmond, Va., and Timothy Snider of Broadway; a sister, Marlene Shepard of Ephrata, Pa.; brother, Martin C. Landis (Ruth), of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In 1954, Jay received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Eastern Mennonite University (then EMC) and a Master of Arts in English from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1958. In 1976, he received a Doctor of Arts in English from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.

Dr. Landis was a beloved teacher. In 1956, he joined the faculty of Eastern Mennonite High School, later becoming a professor in the Language and Literature Department of Eastern Mennonite University until his retirement in 2007.

In his retirement he published Verse Assignments, a collection of his own poetry in 2013. He was an active member of Park View Mennonite Church and the Colloquy Sunday School class. He loved music and was a member of the church choir and the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society. He carefully tended his rose gardens and enjoyed sharing their beauty with others. Volunteer work included the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic, Patchwork Pantry, Artisans’ Hope and the Brethren Mennonite Heritage Center. He cherished his relationships with colleagues and students and was known for remembering many of their names years later. Throughout his life he endeavored to live out EMU’s proclaimed mission to espouse justice, show mercy for all, and walk humbly with God.

Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be live-streamed at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at A private graveside service will be held at Weavers Cemetery, Harrisonburg, with Pastor Phil Kniss officiating. All who knew Jay are invited to visit the webpage after May 22 to share memories.

Memorial gifts may be made to Eastern Mennonite University, Language and Literature Department, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or online at

Arrangements are by McMullen Funeral Home.

Daily News Record - 5/20/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Landis, Jay B., 87, of Harrisonburg, VA died May 17, 2020 at the same place. He was born September 20, 1932 at Lancaster, PA to Martin S. and Esther (Good) Landis. On June 10, 1961 he was married to Peggy Heatwole, who survives.

Surviving are two daughters, Ann M. Landis (Susan Otto), Keezletown, VA; and Jill I. Landis Snider (Craig), Broadway, VA; three grandchildren; a sister, Marlene Shepard, of Ephrata, PA; and a brother, Martin C. Landis (Ruth) of Mechanicsburg, PA.

BA English - EMC
Masters - Case Western Reserve Univ, Cleveland, OH
PhD - Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
Faculty member of EMHS
Language & Literature faculty member at EMU until 2007
2013: Authored Verse Assignments, a collection of his own poetry

Memorial services were held May 22, 2020 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA with burial in Weavers Cemetary, Harrisonburg, VA.

Submitted by: Jane Eanes, Harrisonburg, VA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Landis, Lovis Lapp
June 14, 1936 - April 26, 2020

Lovis L. Landis, 83, of Landis Homes, entered her heavenly home on April 26, 2020. Lovis was a member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church. Lovis was a prayer warrior and leaves a spiritual legacy for her family. She enjoyed reading, collecting stamps, and gardening. She is known for her sweet smile, encouraging words, and kindness.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert M. Landis. She was mother to Dale (Carol Erb), Darrel (Colette Walters) and Dean (Lori Kern). She was loved by her grandchildren Megan Kilby, Jeremy, Carissa Heitland, Darren, Carson, Lee Daniel, Courtney Hershey, Shane, Cody, Kali Reely, Pierce and Donavon, and great-grandchildren Jaycob Kilby, Ava Hershey, Edelweiss, Atticus Heitland, Marilla, Brooklyn Heitland and Rowan Hershey. Lovis is also survived by siblings Francis Henry, Alvin Lapp and Pearl Kreider Kurtz. Her brother David Lapp preceded her in death.

A private family graveside service will be held at Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery. The service will be recorded and available upon request. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to Mellinger's Mennonite Church designated for preschool, or Landis Homes Caring Fund. Furman's – Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 3/28/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Landis, Robert S., 64, of Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA died June 29, 2020 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA.

He was born June 23, 1956 at Sellersville, PA to Linford D. and Rhoda (Bergey) Landis. Linford was born May 2, 1937 and Rhoda was born December 10, 1935. They both survive.

On March 26, 1977 he was married to Marianne Daley, who was born November 6, 1957 and survives.

Surviving are a daughter, Jayne Longacre & husband Quincy; three grandchildren, and siblings, Anita Kapusta & husband Jerry; Lori Danzenbaker & husband Dan; and Mark Landis.

Memorial services were held July 19, 2020 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, PA.

Submitted by: Bradley W. Alderfer, Harleysville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Layman, Harry Samuel
April 2, 1944 - February 14, 2020

Harry Samuel Layman, 75, of Quicksburg, VA passed peacefully away early Friday morning, February 14, 2020 at Sentara hospital after battling Parkinson's for several years.

Harry was born on April 2, 1944 to the late Wilmer and Anna Mary Wenger Layman. He grew up and lived in the Dayton area for many years. There he met his wife of 58 years, Brenda Kaye Wine, who survives.

He is also survived by five children, Jerrold Layman and wife Sharon, Polly Yankey and husband Larry, Delbert Layman and wife Emma, Treda Beachy and husband Jacob, Hilda Layman; 21 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his two siblings, Edith Martin, and David Layman.

Rev.'s Ben Martin, Jeff Messenger, and Jonathan Good will conduct a memorial service 11:00 a.m. Monday at Bethesda Mennonite Church near Broadway. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at Bethesda Mennonite Church.

There will be no services at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

The family requests flowers be omitted, and memorial contributions may be made to Wampler and Associates Rehabilitation, C/O Parkinson's Wellness Class, 220 Reservoir Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Feb. 15, 2020
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Lefever, Ellene Neff
June 21, 1925 - February 10, 2020

Ellene N. Lefever, 94, of Landis Homes, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Paul B. Lefever, who passed away on December 25, 2004. She was born in East Lampeter Township, daughter of the late Rev. Harry N. and Katie H. Denlinger Neff. She was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church. Ellene enjoyed flowers, her pen-pal ministry to those who are incarcerated, her family, and she was a gentle, kind, and humble person.

She is survived by one daughter: Nancy L. (Raymond E.) Reitz, Manor Twp. One son: J. Paul (Suzanne) Lefever, Xenia, OH. Four grandchildren: Jennifer (Phil) Kratz; Erika (Kris) Good; Sara (Jesse) Pellman; and Chandler Lefever. Nine great-grandchildren. Four sisters: Marian Martin; Betty Martin; Alma (Luke) Martin; and Evelyn (Hershey) Hostetter. She was preceded in death by one daughter: Shirley L. Forney, and seven siblings: Dorothy Hershey, John Neff, Clarence Neff, Lloyd Neff, Mervin Neff, Grace Reitz, and Harry Neff, Jr.

The Memorial Service will be held at the WEST BETHANY CHAPEL at Landis Homes, 1001 Oregon Road, Lititz on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with visitation from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Private interment in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: the Benevolent Fund at Landis Homes. Arrangements by the Workman Funeral Homes, Inc., Mountville/Columbia.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/16/2020

Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Lefever, Kathryn J. "Kass" Shenk
October 26, 1926 - July 27, 2020

Kathryn J. "Kass" Lefever, 93, formerly of Elizabethtown Road, Manheim, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Brethren Village where she made her home for the past 22 years. Born in Mount Joy Township, she was the daughter of the late John S. and Katie Layser Shenk. She was the loving wife of the late Titus H. Lefever who passed away in 1982. She was a member of Chiques Church, Manheim. Kass was a school bus driver for the former Geib Bus Service, Manheim for 24 years and also had worked part-time at the Kreider Farms Dairy Store, Manheim. While residing at Brethren Village for many years, Kass volunteered at the thrift shop and gift store.

She is survived by a son, James R. husband of Laura Lefever of Arizona, a daughter, Rebecca S. wife of Michael Garman of Lititz, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons, J. Gary, John T., and Joseph S. Lefever, a granddaughter, Kathryn "Kassie" Garman, two sisters, Clara Petticoffer and Arlene Strickler and three brothers, Layser, Chester, and John Shenk.

The family would like to thank the Courtyard staff at Brethren Village for the loving care given to Kass during her time there.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her memorial service at Chiques Church, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Friends may visit with the family immediately following the service. Interment will be private in the adjoining church cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 7/30/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Lehman, Dorothy Anna Amstutz
May 11, 1932 - June 23, 2020

Dorothy Anna Lehman, 88, a village resident of VMRC in Harrisonburg, passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Dorothy was born May 11, 1932, in Wayne County, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Louis and Elda Amstutz.

She was a 1950 graduate of Eastern Mennonite (High) School.

On Sept. 6, 1953, she married the late James O. Lehman. Surviving are her children: Lynn Lehman and wife, Julie, of Stoneville, N.C., Orval Lehman of Linville, Gerald Lehman and wife, Pam, of Dayton, Beverly Baker and husband, Chris, of Doylestown, Pa., and Alan Lehman of Woodstock.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Aimee Rosser (Chris) and daughter, Caroline; Andrea Cox (Toby) and children, Lainey and Beau; Bryant Baker (Hannah) and sons, Malachi and Drayson; Seth Lehman (Ali) and daughter, Sophie; Sara Power (Todd) and son, Adam; Carissa Baker (John) and daughter, Mia; and Anna Lehman.

In the immediate family, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, James, and grandson, Elias Lehman. She had been the last surviving member of her family of origin.

Throughout her adult life she was dedicated to the Lord, her husband, and her children. She had been a long-time active member at Lindale Mennonite Church, where she served the Lord in multiple capacities, from Wayfarer leader to Elder. Dorothy also volunteered at The International Guest House in Washington, D.C., and Gift & Thrift, Harrisonburg, and was employed at various places of business part time while raising her large family.

A private burial will be held Friday, June 26, 2020, and a memorial service will be held at a later time at Lindale Mennonite Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Highland Retreat Camp, 14783 Upper Highland Drive, Bergton, VA 22811 ( OR to the VMRC Good Samaritan Fund, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Online condolences may be made at McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 6/26/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Lehman, Phyllis Maltby
September 6, 1925 - June 27, 2020

Phyllis M. Lehman, 94, of Goshen, died early June 27, 2020, at Greencroft Healthcare.

She was born September 6, 1925 in Watertown, New York to Chauncey and Mabel (Clark) Maltby.

On August 9, 1947 she married Earl M. Lehman in Croghan, New York. He died July 2, 2004.

Survivors include four sons, John (Brenda) Lehman of Angola, Clark (Rosario) Lehman of Homestead, Florida, Sidney Lehman of Goshen and Stephen (Gail) Lehman of Wakarusa; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a sister, Barbara Knowles of Syracuse, New York.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Maltby and a sister, Muriel Thompson.

A longtime area resident, Mrs. Lehman worked at Goshen Hospital for 19 years as a nurse’s aide.

Mrs. Lehman was a member of First Mennonite Church, Nappanee. She enjoyed baking, gardening, singing and making pressed flower cards, even selling some of them at the MCC Mennonite Relief Sale.

No public services are planned. A private burial will take place at Little Pine Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial donations may be given to First Mennonite Church, 900 West Market Street, Nappanee, IN 46550.

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


Leid, George Burkholder
January 22, 1936 - August 24, 2020

George Burkholder Leid, age 84 of the Miller Valley Community in Todd County, Kentucky, passed away 12:02 AM Monday, August 24, 2020 at his residence, of natural causes.

Mr. Leid was born January 22, 1936 in Earl Township, Pennsylvania the son of the late Norman Weaver and Anna Burkholder Leid. He was a member of the Miller Valley Old Order Mennonite Church.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Anna Zimmerman Leid of Miller Valley Community, his sons, Andrew Leid and his wife Lucy of Dundee, NY, Steven Leid and his wife Mary of Elkton, Irvin Leid and his wife, Martha of Little Falls, NY and Aaron Leid and his wife Dorcas of Elkton, his daughters, Alma Weaver and her husband, John of Elkton, Ella Hurst and her husband, Leroy of Dundee, NY, Anna Zimmerman and her husband, Richard of Owen, WI and Esther Reiff and her husband Marlin of Leola, PA, his brothers, Alvin Leid of Martindale, PA, Levi Leid of East Earl, PA, Adam Leid of Greenwich, Ohio, Irvin Leid of Ohio, Sam Leid of Ohio and John Leid of Martindale, PA, his sister, Anna Zimmerman and her husband, John of Newville, PA, 65 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at the Weaverland Mennonite Church (Frame) on Friday, August 28th at 1:00 P.M. Arrangements by the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 8/26/2929
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Leid, Lucy Z. Sensenig
November 15, 1953 - June 10, 2020

Lucy Z. Leid, 66, of Ephrata, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at home.

She was born in East Earl to the late Aaron Z. and Ella R. (Zimmerman) Sensenig and was the wife of John Z. Leid.

She was a member of Conestoga Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.

Lucy was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband, Lucy is survived by a daughter, Ellen S., wife of Allen Z. Stauffer of Roaring Spring; three sons, Laurence S., husband of Martha Z. (Horning) Leid of Penn Yan, NY, Jason S., husband of Lois Z. (Newswanger) Leid of New Holland, John Aaron S., husband of Nancy S. (Horning) Leid of Ephrata; 25 grandchildren and a great-grandson. She is also survived by ten siblings, Mary Z. Weaver of Stevens, Esther Z, wife of Edwin Horst of East Earl, Ella Z., wife of Ivan Zimmerman of Denver, Mabel Z., wife of Amos Zimmerman of Stevens, John D. Sensenig of East Earl, Martha Z., wife of Ammon Weaver of Ephrata, Lena Z., wife of Norman Nolt of Mifflinburg, Aaron Z., Jr., husband of Arlene Sensenig of East Earl, Sarah Z., wife of Sidney Martin of New Holland and Alta Z., wife of Mervin Leid of Ephrata,

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Z. Hoover; two grandsons and two granddaughters.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2020, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8PM at the late residence, 350 Turtle Hill Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020, 9:00 AM at the late residence, with further services at 9:30 AM from the Conestoga Mennonite Church, West Earl Township with Bishop Ammon Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 6/13/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Lindberg, Philip Gordon, 79, of Albany, OR died July 3, 2020 at the same place. He was born July 30, 1940 at Geneva, IL to Milton Benjamin and Beth (MacKinney) Lindberg. On July 10, 1971 at Scottdale, PA he was married to Anita Louise Hartzler, who was born July 10, 1971 and survives.

Surviving are children, Krysta (Derren) Keene, Jeffrey, Elena Hunter, and Alex; six grandchildren, and a sister, Grace (Glenn) Johnson.

A brother, David Lindberg preceded him in death.

Memorial services to be announced for Albany Mennonite Church, Albany, OR.

Submitted by: Anita Lindberg, Albany, OR
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Livengood, Mildred H.
May 5 1931 - April 30, 2020

Mildred H. Livengood, age 88, formerly of Lancaster, passed away at Landis Homes on Thursday, April 30, 2020. She was born in West Lampeter Twp., daughter of the late Phares W. & Reba Hess Livengood. She was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church. Mildred had worked in the cafeteria services for Lampeter Strasburg School District. She enjoyed helping on the family farm.

Surviving are 3 siblings: Martha Livengood of Lititz, David husband of Mary Burkhart Livengood of Willow Street, Earl husband of Joyce Deiter Livengood of Lancaster. Nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by 3 siblings: Rhoda, Ira and Paul Livengood.

A graveside service will take place at the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, 435 Manor Avenue, Millersville, PA, on Monday, May 4 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543. The family would like to thank the staff at Landis Homes for the wonderful care she received.

Shivery Funeral Home, Paradise, PA
Intelligencer Journal - 5/2/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Longenecker, Daniel M.
November 25, 1933 - July 2, 2020

Daniel M. Longenecker, 86, of Lititz, Pa., died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Landis Homes. Dan was a lifelong minister in the Mennonite church, a loving father, and devoted husband of Catherine (Sensenig) Martin, whom he married on May 11, 1957.

Dan was born to Phares and Emma (Miller) Longenecker of Middletown, Pa. Dan served as a 1-W alternative service worker at a Cheverly, Md., hospital in 1958, was ordained in 1961 by Lancaster Mennonite Conference, and completed seminary in 1970. Dan began his ministry as a pastor in Harrisburg, Pa., at Hamilton Street Mennonite Church (1958-67), then pastored Lebanon (Ore.) Mennonite Church (1970-73) and Line Lexington (Pa.) Mennonite Church (1973-78). In mid-career, he served as a field representative with Mennonite Mutual Aid (now Everence) and launched a chaplain program at Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital (Riverside, N.J.). Dan was delighted to have Catherine join him in the final portion of his career, serving 10 years as co-chaplains at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (Harrisonburg, Va.), with a highlight being Catherine's ordination in 1991 by Virginia Mennonite Conference. Additional highlights of their shared ministry included interim co-pastor assignments in Kansas and Georgia, along with bringing the Bible to life for all ages through biblical storytelling. Dan was a founder of the Shenandoah Valley Biblical Storytellers and regularly led workshops at the National Organization of Biblical Storytellers.

Dan is survived by Catherine, of Landis Homes, daughter Dawn Longenecker, married to Jim Rice, of Mount Rainier, Md.; daughter Christine Longenecker, married to Richard Shoup, of Lancaster, Pa.; son Fred, married to Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, of South Bend, Ind., and son Steve, of Lancaster, Pa., along with grandchildren Jessica Rice, married to Ben Brokaw, of Takoma Park, Md., Adam Rice, of Washington, D.C., Jenae Longenecker, married to Vince Kurtz, of South Bend, Ind., Jace Longenecker, of Goshen, Ind., and great-grandson, Theodore Brokaw, of Takoma Park, Md. Dan is also survived by sisters Helen Lapp and her husband, Sam, of Lansdale, Pa., and Emma Frederick and her husband, J. Mark, of Harrisonburg, Va., brothers Edward and his wife, Rhoda, of Landis Homes and William and his wife, Rodi, of Morson, Ontario, and sister-in-law Miriam Longenecker. Preceding Dan in death were his brother, Martin Longenecker, a sister, Alice L. Good, and Alice's husband, Claude Good.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE IS PENDING DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. For details, visit Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Central Committee. To send condolences to the family, mail to Catherine Longenecker, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz PA 17543.

Intelligencer Journal - 7/12/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Longenecker, M. Ellen Landis
February 21, 1940 - April 11, 2020

M. Ellen Longenecker, age 80 of Millersville, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at her home. She was the wife of Dale K. Longenecker for 57 years. She was born in Lancaster to D. Isaac Landis and Esther Mae Myers Landis. Ellen spent most of her childhood in Sussex, New Jersey.

She graduated from Ephrata High School. She was an office worker for Dutch Maid and Millersville University. She also worked as a bookkeeper for the family business.

Ellen was an incredible cook and had a huge library of recipes. She liked canning fruits and vegetables, and spending time with her cats. Ellen enjoyed traveling, especially the northeastern states. She enjoyed the time that she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four sons: Carl (Lori) Conestoga; Philip (Barbara) Lititz; Andrew (Donna) Shillington; David (Jody) Lancaster. Ellen also has five surviving siblings: Esther Miller, Chesapeake, VA; Daniel (Emily) Landis, Indianapolis, Indiana; Charles (Sara Jane) Landis, Lancaster, PA; James (Laura) Landis, Hershey, PA; Paul (Janet) Landis, Schenectady, NY. Additionally, she has eight grandchildren.

A private service and burial were held at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery on April 17, 2020.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/26/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Longenecker, Nancy Ruth Frey
October 25, 1930 - June 27, 2020

Nancy Ruth Frey Longenecker, long-time resident of Mennonite Home Communities, Lancaster, PA, went to her home in Heaven where she met her Lord and Savior on June 27, 2020. Nancy is the daughter of Fannie Shank Daveler Frey and Elias Trout Frey, born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on October 25, 1930. She was the wife of Henry Z. Longenecker, married for 38 years.

Nancy's family lived on a large farm near Elizabethtown, PA, where everyone worked hard. Nancy is predeceased by her parents and siblings: Dorothy, Paul, Harold, Mary, Martin, Ralph, Elias Jr., Claude, Earl. She is survived by siblings: Erma Metzler Betz Schnabel, Wilbur Frey, and Lois Frey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Elizabethtown High School, Nancy worked at Aunt Sally's Kitchen. She managed the dining service for Philhaven Hospital for a number of years, meeting the dietary needs of the patients. She also taught Bible School in Alabama, and Steelton Mission, Steelton, PA. Her love of Jesus Christ took her into many places of service. She treasured God's word and shared it with everyone she met.

On April 8, 1967, Nancy married Henry Z. Longenecker. Together they attended Steelton Mennonite Church, teaching Sunday school, relating to many in the community, and joyously serving the Lord together. Leading a Bible study at the Dauphin Manor Home every Tuesday afternoon was a particular ministry of blessing to the residents. She accompanied Henry on the piano while he led songs. During these years, Nancy also worked at the Spring Glen stand in the Kline Village Farmer's Market. Nancy's sewing expertise brought many persons to her for alterations of clothing and new creations. She made her own wedding dress and Gloria's wedding dress in the same year. Later, she also made the wedding dresses of two granddaughters, Elaine and Tina.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Henry Longenecker, in January, 2005, and stepdaughter, Elaine M. Clymer in April, 2015. She is survived by stepdaughters: Marian (James, deceased) Burkholder, Carolyn (Lowell) Horst, Gloria (Galen) Lehman, and Nancy Pellegrini. Eleven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Having lived formerly in Middletown, Nancy moved to Woodcrest Villas, Lancaster, in 2002, and enjoyed living in this community where she volunteered in many ways, and served on several committees, and led the prayer chain. She took in sewing and alterations for her neighbors in Woodcrest Villas; the quality of her work brought her numerous clients.

Nancy's many friends in Woodcrest Villas meant so much to her, and gave her joy and support through the 19 years that she lived there.

The family expresses gratitude to the staff of Woodcrest Villas and Mennonite Home, particularly Reed Run, and to the nurses and aides of Hospice & Community Care of Lancaster for their continued concern for Nancy's wellbeing during the difficult months of her illness.

In accordance with Nancy's request, her body is donated for scientific research. A memorial service of thanksgiving for Nancy's life will be held at Mountville Mennonite Church, 205 Froelich Avenue, Mountville, PA 17554, led by Pastors Jim Laverty and Phil Shertzer, as soon as circumstances allow. Current plans are postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy's honor to: Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or The Mennonite Home Benevolent Care program, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Arrangements are being handled by DeBord Snyder Funeral Home.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/30/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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