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Sauder, David, 83, of Wauseon, Fulton Co., OH died January 5, 2020 at the same place.
He was born March 20, 1936 at Wauseon to Floyd Henry and Huldah Margaret (Baer) Sauder. Floyd was born June 1, 1910 and died December 13, 2005. Huldah was born November 19, 1910 and died December 28, 1997.
On October 10, 1959 at Wauseon he was married to Sharon Jean Nofziger, who was born November 29, 1939 and survives. Dave and Sharon celebrated 60 years of marriage in October 2019.
Surviving are children, Pamela (Wesley) Graber, David Kent (Mary) Sauder, and Anita Sauder; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a brother, James (Judy) Sauder, Indianapolis, IN.
A brother, Charles J. (Sandy) Sauder; and a sister, Marie Sauder preceded him in death.
David fell 52' from a silo in 1963, breaking his back, and spent 6 months in Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne. He walked with a cane from that point on, but never let his handicap limit him. He sold IH farm equipment for 18 years, then fax machines for another 18.
Memorial services were held January 10, 2020 at West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, OH.
Schlabach, Wilbur E.
December 24, 1937 - January 17, 2020
Wilbur E. Schlabach, 82, went home to be with the Lord, with his wife by his side, at 6:45 pm on Friday, January 17, at his residence in Goshen. He was born on December 24, 1937 in Lagrange County to Emanuel and Nora (Miller) Schlabach. On December 31, 1960 in Middlebury he married Fannie Bontrager, she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are three sons, Steve (Becky) Schlabach of Goshen, Brian (Betty) Schlabach of Middlebury, Mark (Gretchen) Schlabach of Sharps Chapel, TN; six grandchildren; two great grandsons; four sisters, Mabel Miller of Goshen, Wilma Yoder of Middlebury, Viola Bontrager of Shipshewana, Alice (Elmer) Yoder of Millersburg; brother, Omer (Ann) Schlabach of Middlebury.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edith Kauffman and Esther Miller; and three brothers, Roman, John and Orva Schlabach.
Wilbur was a member of First Mennonite Church in Middlebury and had retired from Fidler Ready Mix after 32 years of driving truck; in his retirement he worked at Caribbean Auto Spa in Middlebury. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan who enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He had also coached softball and baseball and in retirement he went on seven mission trips, six volunteering with the Soop Program and one with Mennonite Disaster Service.
Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Monday January 20, and 1:00 - 7:00 pm Tuesday, January 21, all at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:00 am funeral service on Wednesday, January 22, at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastors Phil Yoder and Marvin Beachy. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to the church.
Schmidt, Elfrieda Lohrentz, 96, of North Newton, Harvey Co., KS died April 27, 2020 at the same place. She was born September 8, 1923 at Newton, Harvey Co., KS to Peter M. and Elizabeth (Dick) Lohrentz. On August 28, 1948 at Buhler, Reno Co., KS she was married to Raymond L. Schmidt, who is deceased.
Surviving are children, Rosalie (Tom) Zamzow, Rosanne (Doug) Janssen, Ronda Schmidt, and Royce (Sharon) Schmidt; five grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; and siblings, Fern Regehr, Raymond Lohrentz, Mildford Lohrentz.
Memorial services will be held at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, Harvey Co., KS with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Schmucker, John E.
January 22, 1960 - May 9, 2020
John E. Schmucker, age 60, of Nappanee, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home, Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 6:30 am. He was born January 22, 1960 in Elkhart to Earl and Mary (Miller) Schmucker.
Mr. Schmucker lived his lifetime in this area. On November 6, 1980, he married Donna Borkholder in Nappanee. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Mr. Schmucker is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Rebecca (Ben) Kurtz, Nappanee, Joas (Ruby) Schmucker, Timothy (Regina) Schmucker, both of Wakarusa, Brian (Regina) Schmucker, Bremen, Daniel (Debra) Schmucker, Nappanee; Steven (Karen) Schmucker, Milford, Mary Kay (Robert) Miller, Warsaw, Ruth Ann (Karl) Yutzy, Wakarusa, Hannah Schmucker, Nappanee; 36 grandchildren; brothers, Elmer (Katie) Schmucker, Garrett, KS, Raymond Schmucker, Irvington, KY, Howard (Lisa) Schmucker, Eugene (Mary) Schmucker, both of Bremen; and sisters, Etta (Larry) Borkholder, Milford, Dorothy (Merlin) Yoder, Nappanee, and Judy (Maynard) Hostetler, Topeka. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Janelle Renae Schmucker; brother-in-law, Merle Yoder; and sister-in-law, Fern Schmucker.
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.
Schmucker, Mary N. Bontrager
May 27, 1934 - February 26, 2020
Mary N. Schmucker, 85, of Shipshewana, died at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 26, at her residence. She was born on May 27, 1934, in Lagrange County to Noah and Magdalena (Eash) Bontrager. On February 24, 1955 in Lagrange County she married David W. Schmucker, he died August 20, 2019.
Surviving are four sons, Perry Jay (Ella) Schmucker of Shipshewana, Lester Ray (Esther) Schmucker of Sturgis, MI, Vernon Dean (Sylvia) Schmucker of Leesburg, David Wayne (Doris) Schmucker of Middlebury; five daughters, Katie Irene (Floyd) Miller and Esther Kay (Daniel) Eash both of Shipshewana, Edna Ellen (Ben) Miller of Howe, Lena Fern (David) Bontrager of Colon, MI,
Mary Anna Schmucker of Shipshewana; daughter-in-law, Theresa Schmucker of MI; 53 grandchildren, 100 great grandchildren, one great great grandson; two brothers, Sam N. (Esther) Bontrager of Middlebury, John (Esther) Bontrager of Canton, OH; brother-in-law, Lloyd W. Yoder of Middlebury; two sister-in-laws, Susie Bontrager of Topeka, Mary Bontrager of
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, William Lee Schmucker; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren; two brothers, Daniel and Perry Bontrager; sister, Luella Bontrager.
She was a homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 27, and all day Friday, February 28, at the David Beechy residence, 1365 N. 500 W., Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 29, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Harry Wayne Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in East Barren Cemetery, Shipshewana.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury is in charge of arrangements.
Schmucker, Paul E.
November 7, 1926 - June 17, 2020
Paul E. Schmucker, age 93, of Nappanee, passed away at 12:06 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN. He was born November 7, 1926, near Nappanee to Daniel and Fannie (Miller) Schmucker. Paul took over the family farm at the age of 16. On October 12, 1947 he married Bertha Brandenberger in Goshen, IN. Paul formerly attended North Main Street Mennonite Church. He was a member of the Syracuse Rotary Club, and volunteered at the Open Door in Nappanee.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha Schmucker, Warsaw; sons, Jeff Schmucker, Warsaw, Kent Schmucker and Jim Schmucker, both of Nappanee; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Edna Hoover, Goshen. He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Rose Schmucker; grandson, Seth Schmucker; brothers, Harley and Eli Schmucker.
Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2020 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 23rd also at the funeral home. Pastor Barry Curtis will officiate. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery. In accordance with the State of Indiana Back on Track plan, family and friends are encouraged to follow social distancing protocols.
Memorial contributions may be given to Nappanee Open Door or Syracuse Rotary Club.
Schrock, David, 73, of Archbold, Fulton Co., OH died March 4, 2020 at the same place. He was born August 8, 1946 at Archbold, OH to Elmer and Alta (Roth) Schrock. He was married to Jeanne Nafziger, who survives.
Surviving are children, Jennifer (Adam) Cobb and Anna (Brett) Dowdy; and six grandchildren.
A brother, Eugene Schrock preceded him in death.
Memorial services were held at Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, Williams Co., OH.
David Schrock, age 73 of Archbold, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 4, 2020, at home with his wife at his side.
David was born August 8, 1946, the second child of seven of Elmer and Alta (Roth) Schrock of Archbold. He attended Tedrow Mennonite Church and was baptized in his youth. Tedrow was where he met his future wife, Jeanne Nafziger. They were married on December 24, 1966 and celebrated 53 years together in 2019.
David graduated from Archbold High School in 1964. He attended Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana for two years. He then went to work for Sauder Manufacturing Company in Archbold, Ohio. He took two years off to fulfill his IW alternate service in Burlington, Vermont, serving as a respiratory therapist. He returned to Archbold and had a very fulfilling career with Sauder Manufacturing for a total of 45 years, retiring in 2012.
In 1972 Dave and Jeanne bought a home in Archbold, Ohio. He enjoyed woodworking and spent many years remodeling and updating the property. He often commented, “The only things that work in a hundred year old house are the people that live in it!” His family has many fond memories of the various remodeling projects Dave undertook. They lived there for 46 years until his health required a move to Fairlawn Retirement Community.
David was a member of Lockport Mennonite Church where he served as elder and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Archbold Fire and Rescue for twenty years. He served on the village tree board for many years.
David was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Eugene.
He is survived by his wife Jeanne, daughters, Jennifer (Adam) Cobb of Archbold and Anna (Brett) Dowdy of Maineville, Ohio; six grandchildren, Emma, Sydney, Ivan, and Garrison of Archbold and Isaac and Micah of Maineville; his brother Robert Schrock of Archbold, sisters Grace (Duane) Stutzman of Lebanon, Oregon, Barb (John) Gingerich of Topeka, Indiana, Joyce (Mike) Guinness of Sylvania, Ohio, and Sara (Dave) Knackstedt of Norwalk, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held on Monday at 11 AM at Lockport Mennonite Church with Pastors Steven Heatwole and Matt Weaver officiating. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery. Friends may call at Lockport Mennonite Church from 2-8 PM on Sunday. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family suggests that memorials be given to Archbold Fire and Rescue, CHP Hospice of Archbold, or charity of choice.
Schrock, Henry A.
June 23, 1938 - March 7, 2020
Henry A. Schrock, 81, of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 9:53 A.M. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the HCK West Building south of Arthur, IL. Pastor Gerhard Warman and Bishop Roger Otto will officiate. Burial will be in the Otto Cemetery in Arthur, IL. Visitation will be held any time after 6:30 P.M. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the HCK Building, and any time after 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the HCK Building. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Henry was born on June 23, 1938 in at his home in east of Arthur, IL. He was a son of Alvin N. and Mary H. (Miller) Schrock.
He is survived by four siblings, Noah Schrock and his wife Sharon, Lydia Yingst and her husband Bob, Lizzie Ann Stoltzfus and Bertha Roan, one sister-in-law, Edna Schrock, twelve nephews, two nieces and a host of great-nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sisters, one brother, Adlai Schrock, one brother-in-law, Sam Stoltzfus, and one sister-in-law, Fannie Mae Schrock.
Henry was a member of the LifePointe Church in Arcola, IL.
Henry was known as Mr. Fix It. He worked at many buggy and welding shops and also at Schrock’s in Arthur. Following his retirement from Schrock’s he was a taxi driver for the Amish for many years.
Schrock, Herbert "Francis"
July 5, 1925 - March 1, 2020
H. Francis Schrock, 94 died Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Goshen Hospital of pneumonia.
He was born July 5, 1925 in Goshen to Harry J. and Hazel Marie (Mishler) Schrock.
A life long area resident, Francis was a member of Waterford Mennonite Church. Before retirement he was employed by Universal Cooperatives for 42 years as a production and plant manager. He also was a real estate broker and landlord, owning and operating Schrock Reality. Francis received a ninth-grade education and later received his G.E.D.
In retirement, he and Eloise wintered in Tucson, Arizona where he worked for Community Home Repair Projects (CHRPA).
His hobbies included buying and repairing pedal cars and tractors, antiques, and woodworking projects for children and grandchildren.
On July 14, 1946 he married Mary Jean Miller. She died January 26, 1985. He then married L. Eloise Miller Bontrager on October 25, 1986. She survives.
Also surviving is a son, Larry (Kay) Schrock of Goshen; two daughters, Cheryl (Rick) Dolson of LaPorte and Kathleen (Charles) Hartzler of Middlebury; two step-daughters, Sharon (Conrad) Bontrager Kleinholz of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Pamela (Avery) Bontrager Zook of Doylestown, Ohio; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.
He is also survived by a brother, Harry Schrock; four sisters, Iola Schrock, Ellen Mishler, Waneta (Wilbur) Miller, and Betti June Kauffman; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Schrock; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents and first wife, Francis was preceded in death by a sister, Beulah Mae Schrock, and two brothers, Marion and Merle Schrock.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. A memorial service will be conducted Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen.
A private graveside service will be held in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Waterford Mennonite Church or Community Home Repair Project, 6046 E. 30th St., Tucson, AZ 85711, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Schrock, Herbert "Francis", 94, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died March 1, 2020 at the same place, from pneumonia. He was born July 5, 1925 at Goshen to Harry J. and Hazel Marie (Mishler) Schrock.
On July 14, 1946 he married Mary Jean Miller. She died January 26, 1985. On October 25, 1986 he was married to L. Eloise Miller, who was born June 21, 1927 and survives.
Surviving are children, Larry (Kay) Schrock; Cheryl (Rick) Dolson; and Kathleen (Charles) Hartzler; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and his siblings, Harry Schrock, Iola Schrock, Ellen Mishler, Waneta (Wilbur) Miller, and Betti June Kauffman.
A sister, Beulah Mae Schrock, and two brothers, Marion Schrock, and Merle Schrock preceded him in death.
A life long area resident, Francis was a member of Waterford Mennonite Church. Before retirement he was employed by Universal Cooperatives for 42 years as a production and plant manager. He also was a real estate broker and landlord, owning and operating Schrock Reality. Francis received a ninth-grade education and later received his G.E.D. In retirement, he and Eloise wintered in Tucson, Arizona where he worked for Community Home Repair Projects (CHRPA). His hobbies included buying and repairing pedal cars and tractors, antiques, and woodworking projects for children and grandchildren.
Memorial services were held March 6, 2020 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in Violett Cemetary, Goshen, IN.
Schrock, Jada Leann
October 13, 2018 ~ May 24, 2020 (age 1 year, 7 months, and 11 days)
JADA LEANN SCHROCK, 1 year 7 months and 11 day old daughter of Jerry and Amanda Schrock of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 12:55 P.M. on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the HCK West Building south of Arthur, IL. Bishop Philip S. Schrock will officiate. Burial will be in the Otto Cemetery in Arthur, IL. Visitation will be held after 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the HCK Building, and after 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday at the HCK Building. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Jada was born on October 13, 2018 in Urbana, IL. She is a daughter of Jerry Leon and Amanda Sue (Herschberger) Schrock.
She is survived by her parents, Jerry and Amanda; two siblings, Lucas Eli Schrock and Emily Louise Schrock; her maternal grandparents, Eli L. and Betty L. (Kauffman) Herschberger of Arthur, IL; her paternal grandparents, Eli E. and Arlene (Gingerich) Schrock of Arthur, IL; her maternal great-grandfather, Levi C. Herschberger of Arthur, IL; her paternal great-grandparents, Edward C. and Clara (Chupp) Schrock of Arthur, IL and Fannie O. (Diener) Gingerich of Sullivan, IL and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jada was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Edna E. (Schrock) Herschberger and Ervin S. and Lovina (Yoder) Kauffman, a paternal great-grandfather, Eli J. Gingerich, and a cousin, Aylssa Grace Schrock.
Jada’s family are members of the Old Order Amish Faith.
Schrock, Lanita Ruth
May 28, 2020 - May 28, 2020
Lanita Ruth Schrock, stillborn daughter Jacob A. and Susan (Bontrager) Schrock of LaGrange, was delivered at 7:55 pm on Thursday, May 28, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.
Surviving are four brothers, Ferman Jay Schrock, Aaron David Schrock, Jeremiah Schrock, Karl Dean Schrock; sister, Kara Jo Schrock all at home; grandparents, Alvin and Edna
Schrock of Middlebury and Samuel and Wilma (Miller) Bontrager of Wolcottville.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Kay Schrock and her grandmother, Katie Schrock.
Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Saturday May 30, at the family's residence, 2055 W. 50 N., LaGrange. Funeral services will follow visitation at 2:00 pm the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Andrew Borkholder and the home ministers. Burial will be in Mast Cemetery, LaGrange.
June 28, 1933 - February 22, 2020
Raymond Schrock, 86, Goshen, died 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at his home. He was born June 28, 1933 in Wakarusa, to Roscoe & Susie (Martin) Schrock. On Nov. 11, 1954, he married Barbara M. (Shirk) Schrock and she died Nov. 16, 2019.
Surviving are his children, Elva (David) Royer, Goshen, Arlene (Andrew) Martin, Goshen, Susan (Irvin) Ramer, Argos, Leonard (Miriam) Schrock, Sheridan, Michigan, Rosella (Steven) Martin, Goshen, Charles (Susanna) Schrock, Goshen, Laura (Vernon) Ramer, Carson City, Michigan, Ruth (Harvey) Imhoff, Carson City, Michigan, 37 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, wife, 2 children, (infant) Ida Schrock, Eunice Schrock, 4 grandsons, 2 great-grandsons, 2 sisters, Emma Schrock & Miriam Schrock and 2 brothers, Henry Schrock & Norman Schrock.
Raymond was a farmer and owner/operator of Farm Supply Store. He was a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church.
Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 and Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at the family residence on 25652 State Road 119, Goshen. The funeral service will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at the Old Order Mennonite Church. Home Ministry will officiate and burial will be in Yellow Creek Frame Cemetery.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements
Schrock, Ruby Stutzman
March 23, 1936 - March 20, 2020
Ruby Schrock, 83, of Goshen, passed away at 10:25 am on Friday, March 20, at Goshen Health Hospital, after a brief illness. She was born on March 23, 1936 in Hartville, OH, to Sim and Esther (Slabaugh) Stutzman. On April 14, 1957 in Pleasant Grove Church, Goshen she married Ivan E. Schrock, he survives.
Survivors in addition to her husband are three daughters, Joyce (Myron) Martin of Goshen, June (Mahlon) Stoltzfus of Gordonville, PA, Jane (Mark) Hochstetler of Middlebury; two sons, Jay (Amy) Schrock of Goshen, Jerald (Rose) Schrock of Goshen; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Thomas of OK; two brothers, Robert (Barb) Stutzman of Denver, CO, Lawrence (Elsie) Stutzman of Goshen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt and uncle, Lloyd & Edith Thomas, who raised her; grandson, Brent Stoltzfus and a brother, Jr. Stutzman.
Ruby was a homemaker and worked for Mennonite Mutual Aid for over 20 years in the mailroom. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church where she was active on the food committee and in the sewing circle. She also enjoyed crocheting, baking, cooking, cleaning and camping. She sang in the ladies choir, Harmony Singers, for many years.
Due to current national health concerns the family will be holding private funeral services. Services will be conducted by Bishop Randall Riegsecker. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to Gospel Echoes.
Schwartz, Aaron Lynn
October 6, 1986 - February 27, 2020
Aaron Lynn Schwartz, 33, of Goshen, died unexpectedly at 12:22 pm, on Thursday, February 27 at his residence. He was born on October 6, 1986, in Goshen, to Chris and Betty (Yoder) Schwartz.
Surviving in addition to his parents of Goshen are three sisters, Lily (Carl) Chupp of Nappanee, Lisa (Gary) Chupp, Lori (Daniel) Fisher both of Goshen; brother, Paul (Carrie) Schwartz of Goshen; 11 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his niece, Jennifer Dawn Chupp.
Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 29 and all day Sunday, March 1 at the family residence, 62914 County Road 35, Goshen. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, March 2 at LR Nisley and Sons, 62660 County Road 35, Goshen. Services will be conducted by Bishop Glen Nisley and the home ministers of the Old Order Amish Church. Burial will be in Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen.
Schwartz, Amos L.
January 17, 1930 - February 25, 2020
Amos L. Schwartz, 90, of Goshen, died at 4:26 pm on Tuesday, February 25 at his residence. He was born on January 17, 1930 in Berne, IN, to Peter S. and Lydia (Borntrager) Schwartz. On December 16, 1954 in Shipshewana, he married Gertie Kaufman; she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are two sons, Daniel (Yvonne) Schwartz of Wolcottville, David (Mary Lou) Schwartz of Goshen; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Effie Mast of Shipshewana, Ada (Ed) Yoder of Middlebury, Wilma (Jr.) Yoder of Nappanee, Saloma (Sam) Steury of Mishawaka, Rebecca (Sam) Miller of Elkhart; one brother, Sam (Rosa) Schwartz of WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Graber; brother, Jerry Schwartz; two brothers-in-law, Sam Yoder, Ora Mast; great-grandson, Lyndon Jay Schwartz. He was a farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 26 and all day Thursday, February 27 at the Devon Miller residence, 10122 CR 32, Goshen. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Friday, February 28 also at the Devon Miller residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Faron Lehman and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.
Sensenig, Anne Rochelle
December 31, 1960 - April 26, 2020
Anne Rochelle Sensenig, 59, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Born in Harrisonburg, VA, she was the daughter of Donald Myers Sensenig and Doris Jean Mellinger.
Anne graduated from Eastern Mennonite University. While in college, she spent a semester abroad in France, and another in Costa Rica where she learned to speak Spanish. After college, she met the love of her life, Daniel R. Erdman while abroad in Nicaragua; they lived in New Mexico where Anne worked for a legal firm helping immigrants and as an assistant librarian with Bandelier elementary school.
Anne loved books, music, singing, and playing the guitar. She was active with different choruses and "conjuntos." In 2012, Anne and Daniel moved back to Lancaster and were involved with Community Mennonite Church as well as environmental concerns. Anne worked in an employment law firm.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 30 years, Daniel Ray Erdman; her two sisters, Lynne Marie Sensenig Brubaker, Jean Louise Sensenig; her brother, Kent Allen Sensenig, husband of Jennifer Davis Sensenig; her brother-in-law, Daryl Snider; along with three nieces, Brianna Sensenig Brubaker, Amber Sensenig Brubaker and Chelsea Sensenig Brubaker.
Sensenig, J. Wesley
October 28, 1975 - May 25, 2020
J. Wesley Sensenig, 44, of Holtwood, died unexpectedly from natural causes at his home on Monday, May 25, 2020.
Born in Holtwood, he was a son of Jonas and Grace Ann (Kurtz) Sensenig of Holtwood.
Wesley worked as a truck driver and more recently he drove for the plain community.
In his previous years he enjoyed camping, boating, motorcycling, and many other outdoor activities.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Nancy, married to Glenn Brubacher of Morgantown, and Lois, married to Jerry Zimmerman of Ephrata; two brothers, Nelson, married to Lorie Sensenig of Leola, and Gerald, married to Charlene Sensenig of Holtwood; and 15 nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death is an infant sister, Cheryl.
A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Pequea Mennonite Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
Shenk, Miriam Ferne
March 30, 1965 - April 13, 2020
Miriam Ferne Shenk, 55, of Newburg, departed this life on the afternoon of Monday, April 13, 2020, at her home.
She was born on March 30, 1965, in Harrisonburg, VA, a daughter of the late Harold H. and Edna R. (Shantz) Shenk.
Miriam worked on the family farm and also as a housekeeper for a period of time. In her free time, she loved to entertain company at her home.
She is survived by two sisters, Reba A. Shenk of Newburg, and Elizabeth F. Weaver and husband Ammon of Lebanon; six brothers, Nathan H. Shenk and wife Betty of Utica, OH, Wilmer I. Shenk and wife Mary Kate of Dublin, GA, Dwight D. Shenk and wife Ellen of Kingston, OH, David E. Shenk and wife Mabel of Greenwich, OH, Paul R. Shenk of Myerstown, and Eldon J. Shenk and wife Esther of Lebanon; forty one nieces and nephews; numerous great and great great nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
In addition to her parents, Miriam was preceded in death by one brother, Stanley J. Shenk, and a sister-in-law, Rachael Shenk.
Her private funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Rowe Mennonite Church, Shippensburg. The Newburg Mennonite Church ministry will officiate. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery. There will be no public viewing or visitation.
Shirk, James M.
March 22, 1981 - March 8, 2020
James M. Shirk, 38, of Denver, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at home. He was born in Ephrata to Peter B. and Naomi H. (Martin) Shirk of Denver.
He loved going to New Haven Mennonite Church where he was a member. He loved people and had many friends. Highlights in his life were swimming, 4-wheeling, going for Gator rides, his dog, and going for the mail.
In addition to his parents, James is survived by six siblings, Chester M., husband of Cheryl D. Shirk of Robesonia, Loretta M., wife of Jeff W. Mellinger of Bonner Ferry, ID, Anna M., wife of Leon J. Martin of Newmanstown, Rosemary M., wife of Lance M. Shirk of Denver, Lucille M., wife of Brendon D. Weaver of Robesonia and Ruthann M. Shirk of Denver.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at New Haven Mennonite Church, 230 Crest Road, Lititz. An additional viewing will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020, from 9 to 10 AM, at the church, followed by funeral services at 10:00 AM. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Shirk, Kirsi Jewel
January 20, 2020 - January 20, 2020
Kirsi Jewel Shirk, stillborn daughter of Jay Paul and Elva F. (Horst) Shirk, died Monday, January 20, 2020 at UPMC Lititz.
Surviving in addition to her parents are maternal grandparents, Barton and Erlene (Fox) Horst of New Holland; paternal grandparents, J. Edwin and Marian (Zeiset) Shirk of Ephrata; maternal great grandparents, Mary Fox of Ephrata, and Melvin and Naomi Horst of New Holland; and paternal great grandparents, Martha Shirk of Ephrata, and Paul and Leah Zeiset of East Earl.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday (Today) at 9:30 am at Spring Grove Mennonite Cemetery, 1251 Precast Road, East Earl with Jerome Wanner officiating. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.
Showalter, Addison Jacob
January 20, 2016 - June 8, 2020
DAYTON -- Addison Jacob Showalter, age 4, son of Matthew Jacob and Juanita Faye (Good) Showalter, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020, as a result of a farming accident.
Addison was born on Jan. 20, 2016, in Rockingham County. He was all boy at heart and his greatest enjoyment came from helping his Dad on the family farm.
In addition to his parents, Addison is survived by a sister, Alisha Nicole Showalter; grandparents, Richard and Joanne Good, Kevin and Ellen Showalter; great-grandparents, Willis and Fannie Bell Good; aunts and uncles, Lewis and Cari Good, Kevin and Anita Good, Alan and Loretta Heatwole, Phillip and Marlene Rhodes, Maynard Good, Regina Good and special friend, Jordan Showalter, Alayna Good, Shannon and Angela Showalter, Keith Showalter, Abigail Showalter, Andrew Showalter; cousins, Joy, Jamie, and Isaac Good, Dakota and Chaseton Good, Wyatt and Sierra Heatwole, Crystal and Shane Rhodes, Alex and Destiny Showalter. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Mahlon and Lydia Showalter, Joseph and Wilda Rhodes, John and Mattie Wenger.
The ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church. Those attending are asked to abide by current COVID-19 restrictions and maintain safe social distancing inside the church, where seating will be limited. Additional seating will be available in the social hall and sound will be available outside of the church.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 10, 2020, from 12:30 until 4 p.m. and from 6 until 9 p.m. at the home.
Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home.
Showalter, Allen Rhodes
August 2, 1949 - February 1, 2020
Allen Rhodes Showalter, 70, of Montezuma, passed peacefully Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at his home in Bridgewater. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7.
He was born in Dayton on Aug. 2, 1949, and was a son of the late Harold H. and Melva R. (Rhodes) Showalter.
Allen was a poultry farmer and farrier, who loved his family dearly. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church.
On March 25, 1971, he was united in marriage to Eva M. (Martin) Showalter. For 20 years she faithfully cared for him as he courageously fought Parkinson's Disease.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children, Rodney Allen Showalter and wife, Nancy, of Dayton, Gloria Dawn Wenger and husband, Eber, of Singers Glen, Cheryl Ann Hoover and husband, Neil, of Leola, Pa., Connie Sue Rhodes and husband, Bill, of Dayton, Randy Wayne Showalter and wife, Kimberly, of Mount Solon and Janessa Faye Campbell and husband, Sherwin Campbell, of Mount Solon; three sisters, Linda Nolt and husband, Leroy, of Dayton, Martha Martin and husband, Dave, of Dayton, and Wilda Wenger and husband, Sheldon, of Bridgewater and his brother, Ron Showalter and wife, Marie, of Dayton. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Ethan Neil Hoover.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church and on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harrisonburg Rockingham Parkinson's Support Group, 7574 Windy Cove Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812.
Shriner, Mabel Yoder
January 31, 1924 - April 11, 2020
Mabel Shriner, 96, Elkhart, died 10:02 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2020 at her home. She was born Jan. 31, 1924 in Shipshewana to Ora E. & Orpha (Reed) Yoder. On March 28, 1948, she married Russell Devon Shriner and he died Oct. 10, 2019.
Surviving are daughters, Dianne (Terry) Hartman, Elkhart, Sally (Ronald) Drudge, Zephyrhills, Florida, Debbie (Chester) Mercer, Granger, Cindy (Gary) Miller, Bristol, 5 grandchildren, Scott Hartman, Monte (Toni) Hartman, Brad (Cheryl) Hartman, Cathy (Jeff) Heitert, Sarah (Mike) Bonebrake and 5 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Brady & Marli Hartman and Abby & Emma Heitert.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, Russell, siblings, Florence Frey, Ethel Yoder, Ruth Miller, Fern Ebersole and Margaret Ramer.
Mabel was a homemaker and farmers wife. She was a member of Olive Mennonite Church. Mabel loved singing, which she did in several quartets and trio with two of her daughters.
Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Olive (East) Cemetery. Pastor Philip Leichty will officiate. Memorial donations may be directed to Heartland Hospice and Elkhart County Humane Society. The family requests no flowers.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements.
Shriner, Mabel Yoder, 96, of Elkhart, Elkhart Co., IN died April 11, 2020 at the same place. She was born January 31, 1924 at Shipshewana, IN to Ora E. and Orpha (Reed) Yoder. On March 28, 1948 he/she was married to Russell Shriner, who died October 10, 2019.
Surviving are children, Diane (Terry) Hartman; Sally (Ronald) Drudge; Debbie (Chester) Mercer; and Cindy (Gary) Miller; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
Her sisters, Florence Frey, Ethel Yoder, Ruth Miller, Fern Ebersole and Margaret Ramer preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held April 16, 2020 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Graveside service only during COVID-19 quarantine.
Slabach, Edna Mae Miller
June 4, 1939 - April 21, 2020
Edna Mae Slabach, 80, of Elkhart, formerly of Shipshewana, died at 2:58 pm, on Tuesday, April 21 at Woodland Manor Nursing and Rehab. She was born on June 4, 1939, in LaGrange County, to Willis and Fannie (Miller) Miller. On May 22, 1958 in Shipshewana she married Ervin Slabach, Jr; he died February 4, 1996.
Surviving are daughter, Elnora Miller of Middlebury; three sons, Edward Slabach of Shipshewana, Eugene (Sue) Slabach of Shipshewana, Ernest Slabach of Goshen; six grandchildren, Joe (Kris) Miller, Jason (Amber) Miller, Jessica (Ryan) Barth, Josh (Karen) Taylor, Jordan (Austin) Fred, Jarret (Linda) Slabach, 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ada Miller of Shipshewana, Grace Miller of Goshen.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; infant sons, Earl and Eldon Slabach; four brothers, Orva Miller, O. Vernon Miller, Floyd Miller, Amos Miller; three sisters, Arlene Miller, Ruby Bontrager, Mary Swoveland; three infant brothers.
Edna was a homemaker and a member of Maple City Chapel. She also helped her husband and son on the dairy farm.
Due to current gathering restrictions the family will hold private services. Services will be conducted by Edna's grandson Pastor Joe Miller. Burial will be in Townline Cemetery, Shipshewana. Memorials may be given to Mountain Top Ministries.
Slabaugh, Irene Kay Yoder
October 17, 1963 - March 28, 2020
Irene Kay Slabaugh, 56, Bremen, died at 7:38 pm, March 28, 2020 at home with her family at her side. She was a member of the Amish Church.
Irene was born October 17, 1963 to Calvin and Fannie (Mast) Yoder. On October 29, 1987, she married Lisle Slabaugh. They lived in Holy Matrimony 32 years, 5 months.
Surviving are her husband, Lisle; sons, Andrew Slabaugh (friend Amy Hochstetler), Earl (Elaine) Slabaugh, Joseph Slabaugh; daughters, Rosalie (David) Bontrager, Rebecca (Mark) Kuhns, Emily (Galen) Lehman, Ruth Slabaugh (friend Matthew Helmuth); six grandchildren; brothers, Henry Yoder, Ervin Yoder, Raymond Yoder, Lester Yoder, Calvin Yoder Jr., Weldon Yoder, Fred Yoder; and sisters, Sarah (Delbert) Chupp, Edna (John) Herz, and Erma (Gary) Troyer. She was preceded in death by twin sons, Daniel and David; brother, Chris Yoder; sister, Verna Burkholder and her parents, Calvin and Fannie Yoder.
Due to national health concerns with the COVID-19 virus, Private family services will take place and burial will be in Cedar Road Amish Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Slabaugh, Joy J. Evashenko
May 26, 1940 - March 10, 2020
Joy J. Slabaugh, age 79, of Wakarusa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at 7:12 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa. She was born May 26, 1940 in Roseburg, Oregon to Philip and Nellie Maude (Rast) Evashenko. Joy graduated from S. Eugene High School in Eugene, OR. She later received her Associates degree in Nursing. On April 22, 1962 she married Willard “Willie” Slabaugh in Eugene, OR. Joy and Willie moved to Indiana in 1962. She had worked as a Registered Nurse at Elkhart General Hospital, Nappanee Family Medical Clinic and Miller’s Merry Manor, she retired in 2005. Joy was a member of the North Main Mennonite Church, she was a former Sunday School teacher, and was involved in Women’s Activities at the church. She was active in the Church and Women’s Council, music and church choir. She adored her family, loved to read, doing family activities and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed going to sporting events for her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Willard “Willie” Slabaugh, Wakarusa; children, Bradley Scott (Sherry Grant) Slabaugh, South Bend, Pamela Kay Slagle, Elkhart, Philip Neil (Jessica Norris) Slabaugh, Argos, Melissa Joy (John) Tener, Nappanee; grandchildren, Katelyn Slabaugh, Nicholas Slabaugh, Krista (Larry) Elkins, Tyler (Ashley Willink) Slagle, Emily (Brayden) Troxel, Amber Slabaugh, Austin (Alexis) Slabaugh, Nate Norris, Sarah Norris, Chad Ervin, Brianna Ervin, Distin (Monica) Tener, Dalton Tener, Dillan Tener; great-grandchildren, Carter Elkins, Isabelle Elkins, Beckham Willink and Sadie Jo Slagle; brother, Darrell (Debbie) Evashenko, Portland, OR.
Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service, Friday, March 13th at Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel. Pastor Kent Eby will officiate. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to World Missionary Press and Center for Hospice Care.
Slagell, Daniel, Jr.
June 7, 1928 - May 4, 2020
Daniel was born June 7, 1928, in Hydro, Oklahoma to Daniel and Jane Louise (Waters) Slagell and passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at Maple Lawn Manor in Hydro having reached the age of 91 years 10 months 27 days.
Daniel was raised north of Hydro, Oklahoma on the family farm and attended Hopewell Rural and Jabbok schools. He was in the 1W service in Pueblo, Colorado and Reedley, California where he met Josie. On March 18, 1955, Daniel married Josie Buller in Orienta, Oklahoma and made their home north of Hydro where they raised their family. Daniel farmed and ranched for 40 years before retiring in 1994. He enjoyed traveling, camping, trains, photography, grandchildren and visiting with friends and family. Memorials may be made to Peasant View Mennonite Church – Building Fund.
Daniel is survived by his wife of 65 years, Josie (Buller) Slagell of their home in Hydro; four sons, Eugene Slagell and wife, Merri of Ayr, Ontario Canada, Dwight Slagell and wife, Joanna of Hydro, Dwayne Alan Slagell and wife, Kerry of Hydro, and Byron Slagell and wife, Catherine of Bridgewater, Virginia; one daughter, Kathy Ann Thomas and husband, Devert of Hydro; one brother, Layman Slagell and wife, Dorothy of Hydro; one sister, Beulah Switzer of Hydro; two sisters-in-law, Roberta Slagell and Verdella Slagell both of Hydro; eleven grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Carl Dean Slagell and Maxton Slagell.
Graveside Services were May 9, 2020. Services were provided by Lockstone Funeral Home, Weatherford
Smeltzer, Sherwyn James
October 10, 1963 - May 23, 2020
Sherwyn James Smeltzer, 56, a resident of Harrisonburg, died in a motor vehicle accident on May 23, 2020. He was born in Wauseon, Ohio, on Oct. 10, 1963, and was the son of Carl L. and Margaret Rupp Smeltzer.
Sherwyn and his family lived in Kalona, Iowa, for 10 years before moving to Goshen, Ind., in 1979, where Sherwyn attended and graduated from Bethany Christian High School. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hesston College and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science with a major in accounting. He spent the first five years of his career as a tax accountant and auditor before pursuing his M.Ed. in school counseling at the University of Virginia. Sherwyn used his giftedness with children and youth in a professional capacity by working first as an elementary school counselor for eight years in Spring Lake Park, Minn., and Staunton, Va., and then as a special education teacher for 11 years in Broadway, Va. In 2015, Sherwyn’s vocational focus shifted again as he completed certified financial planner requirements and joined the financial advising staff at Park View Federal Credit Union. His varied career demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning and an unwavering passion for helping others.
Sherwyn was a member of Park View Mennonite Church, where he served as an elder, choir member, and youth mentor. He found great meaning in these relationships and was steadfast in his faith throughout his life. He had a lifelong love of sports, especially University of Virginia basketball and football, and enjoyed inviting a friend or family member to accompany him to each game he attended. Sherwyn was an avid runner who completed eight marathons, including two Boston marathons, and numerous half marathons.
Sherwyn was known as a person of integrity, humor, and genuine relationships. He treasured time spent with his wife and daughters, whether traveling on family vacations near and far, hiking in the Shenandoah Valley on weekends, or simply sharing meaningful conversations over family dinners. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend. His loss is deeply felt by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer; daughters, Meg Smeltzer-Miller (husband, Daniel) and Claire Smeltzer; sisters, Cathy Smeltzer Erb (husband, Ross) and Jenny Smeltzer; and father-in-law, Joseph Longacher. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Constance Longacher.
Details of a future memorial service are pending. Condolences may be shared at kygers.com. Memorial contributions in Sherwyn’s memory may be made to Eastern Mennonite University, Mennonite Central Committee.
Smoker, Lena Mae Stoltzfus
January 12, 1927 - February 19, 2020
Lena Mae Smoker, age 93, formerly of Parkesburg, passed away at Fairmount Homes on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. She was the wife of the late Levi B. Smoker, who passed away on April 24, 2005. She was born in Smoketown, daughter of the late Christian & Barbara Smoker Stoltzfus.
She was a member of Millwood Mennonite Church of Gap and in the past she was a member of Parkesburg Mennonite Church, where she was a member of the sewing circle. In the past Lena worked at farmers markets for John Buckwalter and Leon Yoder. She enjoyed camping, Phillies, going to Florida and most of all she loved spending time with her family.
Surviving are 4 sons: Leonard J. husband of Emma Smoker Smoker of Parkesburg, Lloyd E. husband of Sue Leaman Smoker of Leola, Gerald D. husband of Jean Whiteside Scrafford Smoker of Parkesburg, Dale L. husband of Dawn Yoder Smoker of Lancaster, 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 3 siblings: Daniel husband of Mabel Beiler Stoltzfus of Gap, Rebecca Yoder of Ronks, Mary Jane Stoltzfus of Berlin, PA. She was preceded in death by a son Larry Lee Smoker and two brothers: Emanuel & Omar Stoltzfus.
Funeral service will take place from the Millwood Mennonite Church, 441 Amish Road, Gap, PA on Saturday, February 22nd at 11 a.m. with a viewing time from 10 a.m. until time of service. Pastor Keith Beiler will be officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.