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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  N to Q

Newcomer, John L. ; . . Newswanger, David Z. ; . . Newswanger, Edith F. Sauder ; . . Newswanger, Stella M. ; . . Nisley, Elizabeth E. Bontrager ; . . Nisley, Esther ; . . Nisley, Kathryn V. ; . . Nolt, Edith R. Burkholder ; . . Nolt, Ivan M. ; . . Nolt, Katie W. Snyder Sauder ; . . Nolt, Katie Z. Martin ; . . Nolt, Shirley B. Brubaker ; . . Ocker, Nelson ; . . Otto, Harvey S. ; . . Peshina, Destiny Joy ; . . Peters, Arlene Ulrich ; . . Petre, Ronald Allen ; . . Plank, Levi H. ; . .


Newcomer, John L., 86, of Lancaster, PA died May 22, 2020 in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, PA. He was born October 17, 1933 in Manor Township, Lancaster County, PA to J. Vernon and Hazel (Barley) Newcomer. On September 15, 1956 he was married to Kay Shertz, who was born September 12, 1938 and survives.

Surviving are two daughters, Denise Herr and Diane and Robert Black; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris, and brother, Kenneth.

Burial services were held May 29, 2020 at Masonville Cemetery, Lancaster County, PA.

John's life will be honored at a Memorial Service at Landisville Mennonite Church to be determined at a later date.

Submitted by: Christy Kauffman, Landisville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Newswanger, David Z.
December 30, 1932 - February 20, 2020

David Z. Newswanger, 87 years, 1 month and 21 days, of Fortuna, MO passed away on February 20, 2020, at his home. He was born December 30, 1932, in East Earl, PA, the son of Samuel S. and Lydia (Zimmerman) Newswanger, both of whom preceded David in death.

On October 27, 1955, in Kutztown, PA, David was united in marriage to Mary Ann (Eby) Kulp, who survives of the home. David was a member of the Clear View Mennonite Church of the Groffdale Conference. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include 7 sons, Floyd K. Newswanger (Alice) of Versailles, MO, Daniel K. Newswanger (Beverly) of Tipton, MO, James K. Newswanger (Rachel) of Latham, MO, Lewis K. Newswanger (Martha) of Tipton, MO, Elvin K. Newswanger (Martha) of Fortuna, MO, Earl K. Newswanger (Elva) of Versailles, MO, and Harold K. Newswanger (Lynn) of Eldon, MO; 5 daughters, Florence Shirk (David) of Barnett, MO, Alta Newswanger of Fortuna, MO, Erma Kilmer (Daniel) of Versailles, MO, Wilma Kilmer (Martin) of Versailles, and Annetta Nolt (David) of Barnett, MO; 1 brother, Reuben Newswanger (Ella) of Shelba, OH; 2 sisters, Catherine Newswanger of East Earl, PA, and Lena Nolt of Fleetwood, PA; 3 sisters-in-law, Rachel Newswanger of Kutztown, PA, Sarah Newswanger of Leola, PA, Vera Newswanger of East Earl, PA; 76 grandchildren, and 107 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Irene Newswanger; 5 brothers, Wayne, Isaac, Amos, Samuel and Phares Newswanger; 1 brother-in-law, Samuel Nolt; 2 sisters-in-law, Anna Newswanger and Suetta Newswanger; 1 granddaughter, Grace Elaine Kilmer; 1 great-granddaughter, Kendra Grace Shirk.

The family will receive friends on Monday, February 24, 2020, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the David and Mary Ann Newswanger home. Funeral Services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at Clearview Mennonite Church near Versailles, Mo. with Nelson Weaver, Aaron Shirk, Harry Leinbach, Michael Martin, and Jason Nolt officiating. Interment will be held at Clearview Mennonite Church Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Windmill Ridge Funeral Service of California, Mo.

Windmill Ridge Funeral Service, California, MO
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Newswanger, Edith F. Sauder
July 6, 1941 - April 14, 2020

Edith F. Newswanger, 78, of Morgantown, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 after a 6 month battle with nasal cancer.

She was married for 56 years to Daniel Z. Newswanger. Born July 6, 1941 in Churchtown, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Fannie Fox Sauder.

She was a homemaker and for the last 20 years had worked as a nurse's aide at Sunny Crest Home. She was a member of the Churchtown Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Lavern husband of Vera Jane Newswanger, and Leonard husband of Arlene W. Newswanger, both of Morgantown; nine daughters, Lorrene wife of Samuel Zimmerman, Elaine wife of Walter Hoover, Marie wife of Lloyd Nolt, all of Dundee, NY, Lillian wife of Harold Leid of Greenwich, OH, Pauline wife of Nelson Zimmerman, Joanne wife of Kurvin Zimmerman, and Linda wife of Kevin Hall all of Livingston, WI, Rosene wife of Floyd Kevin Ringler and Luann wife of Luke Wayne Brubaker both of Plattesville, WI; 69 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Lydia Leid, Mary Nolt, Ella wife of Harvey Newswanger, twin sister Edna wife of David Zimmerman, and Emma wife of John W. Zimmerman; a brother, Samuel husband of Bertha Sauder; and a sister-in-law, Esther Sauder. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Louise Newswanger, a brother, David Sauder, a sister, Anna Martin and by two infant grandsons.

Due to the current public health crisis, services and interment in the Churchtown Mennonite Cemetery will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/15/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Newswanger, Stella M.
September 22, 1930 - March 7, 2020

Stella M. Newswanger, 89, passed into the presence of her Lord on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Landis Homes Retirement Community.

Born in White Horse, PA, she was the daughter of the late Reuben W. and Mary E. Ressler Newswanger.

Stella served as a missionary with the Eastern Mennonite Missions in Tanzania from 1964 to 1983, managing the bookstore in Musoma and also as bookkeeper at Shirati Hospital. She continued her life of service with Choice Books in St. Croix and Puerto Rico for 15 years afterwards.

She was a member of the Nickel Mines Mennonite Church, where she had been a Sunday School and Bible School teacher. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elva Gascho, Miriam Newswanger, Anna Slaymaker, and Rhoda Smoker, and her 4 brothers, Paul, Roy, R. Willard, and Everett Newswanger.

There will be a visitation at the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 1-4PM and again on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 9-10AM, with the Funeral Service to follow at 10AM. Interment will be private in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/10/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Nisley, Elizabeth E. Bontrager
December 1, 1933 - March 23, 2020

Elizabeth E. Nisley, 86, of Shipshewana, passed away at 3:30 am on Monday, March 23, at her residence, after a brief illness. She was born on December 1, 1933 in LaGrange County. On March 8, 1955 in LaGrange County she married Irvin Nisley, he survives.

Survivors in addition to her husband are six daughters, LeAnna (Freeman) Miller of Shipshewana, Katie (Tobie) Miller of LaGrange, Treva (Henry) Yoder of Shipshewana, Marietta (Vernon) Bontrager of Middlebury, Erma Nisley of Fort Wayne, Wanita (Eli) Brenneman of Sarasota, FL; son, David (Lorene) Nisley of Bloomingdale, MI; 32 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren; sister, Laura (Ivan) Schmucker of Dalton, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Amanda (Mullet) Bontrager; a grandson; a great grandson; four brothers, infants Jerry and Ervin Bontrager, Mahlon Bontrager, Melvin Bontrager, two sisters, infant Nona Bontrager and Annie Miller.

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

Due to current national health concerns the immediate family will be holding private visitation and funeral services. The community is encouraged to support the family by mailing sympathy cards to them at 0285 S. 900 W., Shipshewana, IN 46565. Services will be conducted by Bishop Marvin Bontrager and the home ministers. Burial will be in Yoder Cemetery, Shipshewana.

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


Nisley, Esther
September 7, 1934 - March 26, 2020

Esther Nisley, 85, of Goshen, died at 8:00 am, on Thursday, March 26 at Courtyard of Goshen. She was born on September 7, 1934, in Goshen, to Cephas and Millie (Hostetler) Nisley.

Surviving are sister-in-law, Laura Nisley of Sarasota, FL; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Fannie Hochstetler, MaryAnna Yoder; three brothers, Ray Nisley, John Nisley, Willis Nisley.

Esther worked making pies at the Essenhaus in Middlebury for many years. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Due to current national health concerns the immediate family will be holding private visitation and funeral services. The community is encouraged to support the family by mailing sympathy cards to Esther's nephew Arlen Hochstetler at 14448 CR 34, Goshen, IN 46528. Services will be conducted by Bishop Simon Schmucker and the home ministers. Burial will be in Nisley Cemetery, Goshen.

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


Nisley, Kathryn V.
November 8, 1930 - May 4, 2020

Kathryn V. Nisley, 89, of Glendale, Arizona, formerly of Arthur, Illinois died Monday, May 4, 2020 at Providence Place at Glencroft Senior Living.

Funeral services are pending with Shrader Funeral Home, Arthur, Illinois.

Kathryn was born November 8, 1930 in Lovington, Illinois the daughter of Valentine E. and Anna A. Schrock Nisley.

She is survived by 2 sisters, Edna Gingerich of Arthur; Faye Yoder of Littleton, Colorado; brother, Paul Nisley of Arcola; 3 nieces, and 3 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Irene Butler.

Kathryn graduated from Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas in 1954 and from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana in 1959; She did her Dietetic Internship at in University Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1960. All of Kathryn’s life was spent in dietetics and she was a clinical dietician for over 30 years.

She was a member of Sunnyslope Mennonite Church in Phoenix, Arizona and had attended the Arthur Mennonite Church, Arthur, Illinois.

Because of her interest in service to the church, 25 of those years were spent in church-related institutions. She was Chief Dietician for 15 years at Lebanon Community Hospital, Lebanon, Oregon and for 10 years at Glencroft Retirement Home, in Glendale, Arizona. Her last employment was at Plaza Del Rio Care Center, Peoria, Arizona.

Shrader Funeral Home, Arthur, Illinois
Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Nolt, Edith R. Burkholder
August 21, 1934 - May 12, 2020

Edith R. Nolt, 85, of 730 Lincoln Gardens Rd., Ephrata, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael S. Nolt in 2008.

Born in Ephrata Twp., she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Lena (Rutt) Burkholder.

She was a homemaker and a member of Springville Mennonite Church.

Surviving is a daughter, Fern Edith Nolt, with whom she resided, a step son William H. married to Irene M. (Nolt) Nolt, Denver, ten step grandchildren, 15 step great-grandchildren, two step great-great-grandsons, and six siblings: Leroy Burkholder, Ephrata, Lloyd Burkholder, Lancaster, Earla married to Earl Martin, Robesonia, Clair married to Verna Burkholder, Myerstown, Willis married to Anna Mary Burkholder, Stevens, Carl married to Nora Burkholder, NY.

She was preceded in death by a step daughter Mary Ann married to Joseph Y. Peachey, and three siblings: Alta married to Amos Sensenig, Levi married to Alma Burkholder and Ida married to John Garman.

Due to the current health crisis, services will be private with Bishop Melvin Martin and Wilmer Martin officiating. Interment will be in Springville Mennonite Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/14/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Nolt, Ivan M.
November 18, 1923 - June 8, 2020

Ivan M. Nolt, 96, of Ephrata, died Monday, June 8, 2020 of natural causes at Lincoln Christian Home.

Born in New Holland, he was a son of the late Eli O. and Mattie M. (Martin) Nolt. His first wife, Anna S. (Weaver) Nolt, died Aug. 8, 2000. He was married 17 years to his second wife, Mary M. (Oberholtzer) Nolt.

Ivan worked in drafting and construction with Horst Construction and the former Triple H Construction before serving as house parents with Northern Youth Programs in Canada. Following that he worked for about 14 years at Christian Aid Ministries. Ivan was a member of South Hinkletown Mennonite Church where he served as deacon.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mary, are 5 children, I. Mark, married to Marie (Weaver) Nolt of Ephrata, James K., married to Sarah (High) Nolt of Ephrata, Martha Anne, married to Dennis Rhodes of New Waterford, OH, K. Timothy, married to Minerva (Zimmerman) Nolt of Denver, and Rhoda G., married to David Martin of Ephrata; 28 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Elizabeth, married to Moses Good of Manheim; 1 brother, Allen, married to Florence (Horst) Nolt of New Holland; 3 sisters-in-law, Anna Mary Nolt of Ephrata, Mary Nolt of Richland, and Anna Nolt of Manheim; and 1 brother-in-law, Samuel Martin of Intercourse.

Preceding him in death in addition to his first wife is a grandson, Samuel Martin; 3 great-grandchildren, Diana Burkholder, Lauren Rhodes, and Declan Rhodes; and 8 siblings, Titus Nolt, Ella Nolt, David Nolt, Eli Nolt, John Nolt, Martin Nolt, Martha Martin, and Irvin Nolt.

A public viewing will be held at Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center on Wednesday, June 10, at 2-4 PM and 6-PMpm. A private burial and funeral will be held on Thursday, June 11 at South Hinkletown Mennonite Church with the bishop Amos G. Martin officiating. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

Intelligebcer Journal - 6/9/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Nolt, Katie W. Snyder Sauder
May 11, 1923 - January 27, 2020

Katie W. Nolt, 96, of Stevens, died on Monday, January 27, 2020, surrounded by her family, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, after a brief illness.

Born in Hinkletown, she was a daughter of the late Harry N. and Emma Z. (Wenger) Snyder. Her first husband, John M. Sauder, died June 5, 1956. Her second husband, Raymond W. Nolt, died Oct. 1, 2015.

Katie was both a homemaker and worked outside the home. She was a kind friend to all. She enjoyed house plants, cats, reading, and current events.

Surviving are 4 children, Harvey S., married to Grace I. (Weber) Sauder of New Holland, Irene S. Haas of New Holland, Ruth S., married to Jody L. Ansel of Stevens, and Esther S., married to Francis E. McGill of Villanova; 8 step children, Anna H. Brubacher, Paul H. Nolt, Melvin H. Nolt, Titus H. Nolt, Mary H. Martin, Mabel H. Brubaker, Harvey H. Nolt, and Eva H. Nolt; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and 6 half-brothers and sisters, John Jacob Snyder, Anna Mary Reiff, Joseph Snyder, Ella Fox, Lloyd Snyder, and Earl Snyder.

Preceding her in death are 3 children, Alta S. Sauder, Laura S. Nolt, and Leroy S. Nolt; 7 brothers and sisters, an infant brother, Clayton Snyder, Harry Snyder, Jr., Lena Snyder, Menno Snyder, John Snyder, and Samuel Snyder; a half-sister, Esther Snyder; and 2 half-brothers, Aaron and David Snyder.

A private funeral service for Katie will be for the immediate family. However, viewing for the public will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Hahnstown United Zion Church, 900 Glenwood Dr., Ephrata. Interment will be in the Martindale Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would like you to do a kind deed in honor of Katie. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/29/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Nolt, Katie Z. Martin
October 5, 1928 - May 8, 2020

Katie Z. Nolt, 91, of Brownstown, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020, at home.

She was born in Blueball, Lancaster County, to the late Ivan S.and Magdalena (Zimmerman) Martin. She was the wife of Edwin W. Nolt with whom she shared 71 years of marriage.

She was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference).

In addition to her husband, Katie is survived by six sons: Ervin, husband of Arlene Nolt of Memphis, MO, Aaron, husband of Nancy Nolt of New Bloomfield, Edwin, Jr., husband of Mary Ann Nolt of New Bloomfield, Eugene, husband of Liz Nolt Landisburg, Marvin, husband of Nancy Nolt of Landisburg, Leonard, husband of LeAnne Nolt of Leola; three daughters, Vera Nolt of Leola, Arlene, wife of John Kurtz of Beavertown, Ruth, wife of Leonard Nolt of New Holland; 43 grandchildren; 171 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Amos, husband of Esther Martin; a sister, Esther, wife of the late John Hoover and a sister-in-law, Frances (wife of the late Harvey) Martin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight siblings, Emma Martin, Ada (Eli) Martin, Paul (Annie) Martin, Ivan (Barbara) Martin, Lena (David) Martin, Aaron (Mary) Martin, Anna (Samuel) Reiff, Harvey Martin; a granddaughter, Kimberly Nolt and 4 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in the Groffdale Frame Mennonite Church Cemetery.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 5/9/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Nolt, Shirley B. Brubaker
July 20, 1932 - February 15, 2020

Shirley B. Nolt, 87, of Lititz, PA, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Luther Acres in Lititz. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Andrew L. and Vernetta Burkholder Brubaker. She was the wife of the late Frank S. Nolt for 64 years prior to his passing on December 20, 2019.

A homemaker, Shirley was a dedicated member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she sang with the Matins choir. Earlier in her life, she sang in other church choirs and was involved children's ministries, including special needs children. She devoted her life to raising her own children and caring for her family.

She is survived by six children, Andrew, husband of Loretta Kratz Nolt, of Lititz, Margaret, wife of Leonard Marsch, of Lancaster, Christine, wife of Charles Hash, of Lititz, Kathryn, wife of Dr. James Edwards, of Lancaster, Julie, wife of Kyle Hunt, of Leola, and Jason, husband of Tina Dennis Nolt, of Manheim; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by ten siblings.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA. Private interment will be in Salunga Mennonite Cemetery. The family will receive guests during a viewing at the church on Friday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions may be made in her memory to the benevolent fund of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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


Ocker, Nelson
December 23, 1957 - March 16, 2020

Nelson Ocker, age 62 of Shippensburg, passed away Monday, March 16, 2020 at Laurel Lakes Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Chambersburg. He was born December 23, 1957 in Chambersburg, the son of the late John Ocker, Sr. and Janet (Reiff) Ocker.

Nelson was a member of Newburg Mennonite Church. Nelson worked as a farmer and in his spare time he enjoyed gardening and writing poems.

Nelson is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Janice (Hege) Ocker of Shippensburg. He is also survived by three sons, Randy (Diane) Ocker of South Carolina, Joel (Sarah) Ocker of Georgia and Caleb (Darla) Ocker of Ohio; three daughters, Jolene (Jared) Brougher of Chambersburg, Katie (Andrew) Groff of Lancaster and Katrina (Devin) Nolt of Ephrata; brother, John (Ruby) Ocker, Jr. of Chambersburg; two sisters, Donna (John) Diller and Sharon Ocker both of Chambersburg and 17 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two stillborn grandchildren, Jedrek Ocker and Cassidy Brougher.

Professional services are entrusted to Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Shippensburg. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 21 at Rowe Mennonite Church, 754 Pinola Road, Shippensburg with Pastors Marvin Musser, Dan Mast, Allen Fleagle and Arlyn Ebersole officiating. A Viewing will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 20 at Rowe Mennonite Church and one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in Rowe Mennonite Church Cemetery, Shippensburg, PA...(Funeral services were cancelled due to the Coronaviris 2020- No Public Meetings as Ordered by PA Govenor Tom Wolf) Dugan FuneralHome Shippensburg, PA

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH


Otto, Harvey S.
October 30, 1946 - June 8, 2020

Harvey Otto, 73, of Humboldt, Illinois passed away at 4:32 P.M. on Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Arthur Home, Arthur, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, June 12, 2020 at the HCK West Building, one mile south of Arthur, Illinois. Bishop Philip Schrock will officiate. Burial will be held in the Miller Cemetery in rural Arcola, IL. Visitation will be held any time after 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday and any time after 10:00 A.M. on Thursday at the HCK Building. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Harvey was born on October 30, 1946 in Coles County, IL. He was a son of Silvanus D. and Lydia (Stutzman) Otto.

He is survived by three sisters, Esther Herschberger of Humboldt, IL, Mary Ann Schrock of Sullivan, IL and Martha Plank and her husband Elmer of Arthur, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, infant brother, John William Otto and Jonas Otto and his wife Beaulah, one sister, Edna Keim and her husband Mose, as well as brothers-in-law, Melvin Schrock and Ervin Herschberger.

Harvey was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola, IL
Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Peshina, Destiny Joy
February 12, 1986 - June 15, 2020

Destiny Joy Peshina, 34, of Goshen died Monday, June 15, 2020 at her home, surrounded by family, after a 2009 cancer diagnosis.

She was born February 12, 1986 in Goshen to James and Ruth (Miller) Peshina.

They survive along with grandparents, John and Eileen Landis, of Manheim Pennsylvania, and Edna Miller of Goshen; sister, Elya (Braden) Brubaker of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; a brother, Ryan Peshina of Goshen; and niece and nephews, Lexi and Nicholas Brubaker and Kashton Peshina.

Destiny was a 2004 graduate of Bethany Christian High School, where she excelled in athletics. Following her cancer diagnosis, Destiny enrolled and completed nursing school, working as an R.N. for as long as her health allowed. She would not let cancer define her.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, July 4, 2020 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bethany Christian Schools soccer field. All who knew her know how she loved soccer. Casual dress is requested. With Covid-19 restrictions, please keep distance and wear a mask if you feel comfortable.

A memorial service will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the B.C.S. middle school gym, 2904 South Main Street, Goshen. Family friend, Rhonda Yoder will officiate.

Cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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


Peters, Arlene Ulrich
March 9, 1941 - April 26, 2020

Arlene Peters, 79, of Stevens, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at home.

She was born in Schoeneck to the late Raymond and Magdalene (Newswanger) Ulrich and was the wife of the late John Elmer Peters who passed away in 2004.

She was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church; she taught Sunday school for 60 years.

Arlene was a homemaker. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family, quilting, and was a people person.

Arlene is survived by five children, Cindy, wife of James Jurasinski of Mohnton, Debra, wife of Lynn Zimmerman of Ephrata, John Peters of Daytona Beach, FL, Della, wife of Ted Troop of Conestoga, Steve Peters at home; eight grandchildren, Marlana, wife of Delvin Hahn, AF 1st LT. Madison Ray Zimmerman, Marshal, husband of Sonya Zimmerman, Marina Zimmerman, Mason Zimmerman, Beverly Fox, USN MMA2 (SS) Brian Fox, Jessica, wife of Taylor Henry; several great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Evelyn Ulrich of Martindale, Luke (Willa) Ulrich of Denver, Raymond (Janet) Ulrich of Reinholds, James (Sara) Ulrich of Denver, David (Kathy) Ulrich of New Holland, Mark (Marlene) Ulrich of Ephrata, Carl (Pam) Ulrich of New York. She was also a mother-in-law to Mark and Pearl House and Grandma to Sean Andes, Afton (Ben) Nissley, Kiev Watterson and Tim (Katie) Watterson and numerous foster children.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in the Martindale Mennonite Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions in Arlene's memory may be made to Ephrata Bible Chapel, 225 Cherry St., Ephrata, PA 17522.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 4/29/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Petre, Ronald Allen
December 8, 1996 - March 14, 2020

Ronald Allen “Ronny” Petre. 23 of Frankfort, passed from this life to Glory on Saturday evening, March 14, 2020 at home. His unexpected death was due to probable heart complications. Ronny was born to Ivan and Lillian Witmer Petre on December 8, 1996 in Sparta, TN. He spent most of his life in Nicaragua and Honduras with his family as missionaries. In 2011, he was injured in an accident and lost the use of his legs.

He is survived by his parents, three brothers and seven sisters plus a large extended family. For the past year and a half he lived with his sister and family, Jerald and Janice Troyer of Frankfort. Most knew him as the friendly cashier at The Old Home Place.

He was a member of the Little Creek Mennonite Church at 3491 Little Creek Road in Frankfort, OH. Calling hours will be there on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the church on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m. with burial following at the church cemetery.

Ebright Funeral Home, Frankfort, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Plank, Levi H.
February 19, 1937 - May 8, 2020

Levi H. Plank, age 83, of Nappanee, passed away at 12:03 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2020, at his residence after a short illness. He was born February 19, 1937 in Plain City, OH to John Henry and Cora Alma (Knepp) Plank. On September 25, 1958 he married Drusilla Kauffman. Levi was a member and had served as Bishop of the Old Order Amish Church.

He is survived by his wife, Drusilla Plank, Nappanee; children, John (Cara) Plank, Laurie (Dan) Kuhns, both of Bremen, Kenneth (Ruth) Plank, Sharon (Buster) Coleman, both of Nappanee, Mary (Sam) Wingard, Middlebury, Nora (Eli ) Bontrager, Goshen, David (Rachel) Plank, Kaleva, MI, Rosetta (LaVern) Yutzy, Lester(Bonnie) Plank, Martha (Dennis) Miller, Joseph (Rachel) Plank, Kathryn (LaVern) Bontrager, Levi Jr. (Erma) Plank, all of Nappanee; 77 grandchildren; 102 great-grandchildren; sisters, Viola Delance, Sarasota, FL, and Barbara Gingerich, Nappanee.

He was preceded in death by grandchildren, Emmalea Plank, Regina Bontrager, Floyd Kuhns; a great grandson, Zachary Borkholder; brothers, Danny & Johnny Plank; and sister, Katie Aulls.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, private family services will be held. Please remember the family with prayers and a card or note written to them.

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

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