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An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
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2020  L

Lambright, Anna Mae Bontrager ; . . Lambright, Arika Danelle ; . . Landis, Jay B. (Dr.) ; . . Landis, Lovis Lapp ; . . Layman, Harry Samuel ; . . Lefever, Ellene Neff ; . . Leid, Lucy Z. Sensenig ; . . Livengood, Mildred H. ; . . Longenecker, M. Ellen Landis ; . .


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


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


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


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


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, 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

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