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Lazarus Project

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  T to V

Thomas, Amanda Cross ; . . Troyer, Tyler Cade ; . . VanPelt, Jacob D. ; . . Voth, Arlo Lee ; . .


Thomas, Amanda Cross
February 24, 1929 - May 21, 2020

Amanda Thomas, 91, of Goshen, died on Thursday, May 21 at Waterford Crossing Health Care, Goshen. She was born on February 24, 1929 in Middlebury, to Mahlon and Edna (Bontrager) Cross. On September 27, 1947 in Griner Mennonite Church, she married Alvin J. Thomas; he died October 22, 1994.

Survivors are two daughters, Sandy Fisher of White Pigeon, MI, Norine (Brett) Troeger of Syracuse; four grandchildren, Chris Fisher, Sonya (Ron) Schmucker, Andre (LouAnn) Fisher, Cody Troeger; five great-grandchildren, Samantha (Justin) Sweitzer, Shelby (Chad) Tepen, Hannah Fisher, Colton Fisher, McKenna Fisher,; two great-great grandchild, Blakelynn Tepen, Preston Tepen; four brothers, Alvin "Sonny" Cross of Prescott, Arizona, Ken (Inez) Cross of San Antonio, Texas, Jim Cross of Elkhart, Alan J. (Wanda) Cross of New Paris.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Rex Thomas; three brothers, Mahlon Cross, Howard "Chap" Cross, Mel Cross; sister, Sylvia Ann Frey; son-in-law, Denny Fisher.

Amanda was a homemaker and had worked at the Goshen Auction and Sale Barn and the Topeka Livestock Auction. She was a member of Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school. She was also a charter member of the Elkhart County Homemakers Extension Club. She was an avid bowler and was inducted into the Goshen Bowling Hall of Fame. She was part of the Mennonite Women's Sewing Circle and had pieced and quilted many quilts for the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale. Amanda loved spending time with her family and made every effort to attend all of her grandchildren's events. She was known as a grandma to everyone. She enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially Indiana University, Notre Dame, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. She loved to cook and enjoyed gospel hymns and country music.

Family and friends may gather at 12:00 pm noon on Wednesday, May 27 at Thomas Cemetery, Goshen, for a graveside service. Services will be conducted by Pastor David Hathaway. Memorials may be given to Sonshine Daycare, Millersburg, where she had served on the board of directors or the Elkhart County Homemakers Extension Club; the family requests memorial contributions be mailed to Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury, IN.

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


Troyer, Tyler Cade
November 6, 2017 - May 23, 2020

Tyler Cade Troyer, two year old son of Marion and Jolene (Eash) Troyer, of Millersburg, died at 8:53 am on Saturday, May 23, [2020] at Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born on November 6, 2017 in Fort Wayne.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Ethan Jabez and Jordan Cole Troyer; sister, Audrey Elise Troyer all at home; grandparents, Dennis and Dorothy (Helmuth) Troyer of Nappanee, Glen and Anna Mae (Knepp) Eash of Goshen; great-grandparents, Lovina Helmuth of Nappanee, John and Elizabeth Knepp of Shipshewana.

The family will hold private funeral services. Services will be conducted by Bishop Rudy Bontrager and the home ministers of the Old Order Amish Church. Burial will be in Timber View Cemetery, Millersburg. The community is encouraged to support the family by
mailing sympathy cards to 14192 CR 44, Millersburg, IN 46543.

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


VanPelt, Jacob D.
September 26, 1938 - May 10, 2020

Jake died peacefully in the early morning of Mother's Day 2020 at Hillside Place. A stroke had dimmed his sight and limited his ability to care for himself. This wasn't an easy adjustment for a man who had spent most of his life working hard and serving others in various ways. In his final months, Jake spent many hours sitting in his chair listening to the sweet harmonies of "A Few Good Men Music Ministries". Some of his favorite songs are playing in the background as you visit this site.

Jake was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Ida (Widmer) VanPelt; siblings, Perry and Elsie VanPelt; and child, Marc.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn VanPelt; children, Janelle VanPelt (Juan Jose Jenkins Cruz), Juli VanPelt (Morlin Elias), and Mikel (Rebekah) VanPelt; grandchildren, Liam and Craig Elias, Keenan, Lucy, Judah, and Bennett VanPelt; siblings, Arthur (Viola) VanPelt, Willard (Charlene) VanPelt, Mary Good, Alice Helmuth, Albert (Lana) VanPelt; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A private family service will take place at Zion Mennonite Church in Hubbard, Oregon and a covid-19 limited open house will be held at Faith Baptist Church in Lincoln City, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Western Christian School, 9045 Wallace Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304.

Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Voth, Arlo Lee, 87, of Whitewater, Harvey Co., KS died January 20, 2020 at North Newton, Harvey Co., KS. He was born May 3, 1932 to Leo Lee Sarah (Kliewer) Voth. On August 6, 1957 he was married to Ann Jost, who survives.

Surviving are children, Lynn Voth, Vern Voth, and Lori Kennell (Brian); two grandchildren, and a sister, Lola Schmidt.

Memorial services were held January 23, 2020 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, KS with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Debbie Claassen, Whitewater, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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