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An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
The Mennonite and other newspapers.   Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

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Weaver, Anna Elizabeth Gingrich ; . . Weaver, Elise B. Martin ; . . Weaver, Esther S. Hess ; . . Weaver, Glenn M. ; . . Weaver, Glenn R. ; . . Weaver, Irwin M. ; . . Weaver, Laura G. Musser ; . . Weaver, M. Lloyd "Teepa", Jr. ; . . Weaver, Mary M. Weber ; . . Weaver, Miriam M. Snyder ; . . Weaver, Ruth Buckwalter Ruhl ; . . Weber, Floyd S. ; . . Weiler, Edna H. Martin ; . . Wenger, Carolyn Landis Charles ; . . Wenger, Jacob Dewitt ; . . Wenger, Mervin D. ; . . Wenger, Miriam Showalter ; . . Wier, Georgia C. ; . . Williams, Eldon Eugene ; . . Wissler, Shirley M. Wagner ; . . Witmer, Harold K. ; . .


Weaver, Anna Elizabeth Gingrich
April 26, 1924 - May 17, 2020

Anna Elizabeth Weaver, 96, of Pittsgrove, NJ passed away peacefully early Sunday, May 17, 2020 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Miriam and Lester Weaver. She was predeceased by her husband of seventy years, Aaron Z. Weaver, in 2014. She was born on April 26, 1924 in Lebanon PA. She was the daughter of the late John and Fannie (Lehman) Gingrich.

She married on Christmas Day, 1943. In 1985, Aaron and Anna moved from Lancaster County to live near their daughter's family in South Jersey. She was a diligent homemaker, sharing their residence for many years with various boarders. Anna was a long-time member of the Vineland Mennonite Church. She was also preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

She is survived by one daughter, Miriam, wife of Lester Weaver, Pittsgrove, NJ; one foster daughter, Marcella Smith of Lancaster; and one brother, David Gingrich, of Lititz, PA. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Melita & James Siegrist, Marla & Marcus Martin, Marcus & Ruth (Goodwin), Melody & Jere Martin, Jerome & Audrey (Martin), Jaron & Janelle (Kurtz), Joel & Londa (Cross), Justin & Dorcas (Kreider), Joanna & Shannon Garman, Merlin & Juanita (Slaymaker); and 44 great-grandchildren.

A private family funeral service will be conducted with burial in the Vineland Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/19/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weaver, Elise B. Martin
January 6, 1925 - Aprill 2, 2020

Elise B. Weaver, 95, of Port Trevorton peacefully entered into rest at 9:07 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at her daughters Miriam's residence.

Born on January 6, 1925 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, a daughter of the late Daniel and Katie (Bowman) Martin. She was the wife of David G. Weaver, who preceded her in death.

Elise was a member of Stauffer Mennonite Church.

She is survived by her children: Marvin (Stella) Weaver, Ephrata, Norma (Allen) Brubacher of Leonardtown, MD, Miriam (Edwin) Martin of Port Trevorton, John David (Janice) Weaver of East Earl, PA, Floyd (Joyce) Weaver of Peebles, OH, Elmer (Sandra) Weaver of Leola, Elvin (Elva) Weaver of Mechanicsville, MD, Wilmer (Debra) Weaver of Ephrata, Abel (Mabel) Weaver of Mt. Pleasant, Mills Leroy (Brenda) Weaver of Hillsboro, OH, Warren (Wanda) Weaver of Bainbridge, OH, Nathan (Nancy) Weaver of Bainbridge, OH, Elaine (Alvin) Martin of Ephrata, Timothy (Louise) Weaver of Bainbridge, OH, 100 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Sue Martin (Daniel) of Hillsboro, OH.

She was preceded in death by five grandchildren in infancy.

Burial is private at the Stauffer Mennonite Church, Earl Township, Ephrata.

Arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals · Cremations · Monuments, Mifflinburg, and local arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Ephrata, PA.

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


Weaver, Esther S. Hess
March 1, 1931 - April 26, 2020

Esther S. Weaver, 89, of Lititz, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz; where she was a resident for the past five years. Born in Ephrata, she was the daughter of the late Miles and Lottie Stauffer Hess. She was the wife of 65 years to the late Paul E. Weaver, who died in August of 2017.

Esther retired from Kmart Corporation, Lancaster, after 20 years, and was a 29-year cancer survivor. She was a member of Lititz Mennonite Church and had served as a librarian when she was younger. Esther was an avid reader, enjoyed collecting ceramic birds of all types, and loved to sing hymns.

Surviving are four children: Marilyn (Robert) Sides, Lancaster, Shirley (Jay) Weaver, Lititz, Judy (Dean) Sweigart, Jacksonville, FL, Glen (Larissa) Weaver, San Jose, CA, eight grandchildren: Dawn (Ever) Sandoval, Jennifer Weaver, Jay Andrew (Bridgett) Weaver, Natalie Weaver, Amber (John) Buchholz, Brittany (Rhett) Malone, Anya Weaver, Arianna Weaver, two sisters; Verna Zimmerman, Lititz, Arlene Hertzog, Ephrata, and one brother, Leon Hess, East Earl. Preceding her in death besides her husband and parents is a sister, Irene Snader, and a brother, Clarence Hess.

Services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family at Hess Mennonite Cemetery, Lititz.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/28/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weaver, Glenn M.
May 13, 1967 - February 28, 2020

Glenn M. Weaver, 52, peacefully graduated into heaven following a brief illness on Friday, February 28, 2020, surrounded by family.

Glenn was born May 13, 1967. From 1988 to present Glenn was a Friendship Community resident, a place he truly felt loved and at home as he matured under their creative leadership.

Glenn loved people and attention. His humor refreshed many hearts. Glenn's all time favorites were spending home weekends with one of his siblings, eating at a restaurant, and receiving birthday and Christmas gifts. Listening to Ranger Bill, playing his harmonica or Gospel music CD's, receiving shirts or mugs naming sport teams, plus his too-many-to count calendars definitely painted a happy face.

Throughout his 31 years at Friendship Community, Glenn was involved in many community and church activities as well as briefly helping his sister with a vending machine business.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin N. Weaver and Virginia H. Weaver (Martin) as well as two brothers, Earl and Nelson. Glenn is survived by six sisters and three brothers, Grace, Kathy, Merv, Elvin, Louella, Leonard, Lorraine, Mimi, and Carole.

A Celebration of Glenn's Life will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Hempfield Church of the Brethren, 1186 Stevens Road, Manheim, PA 17545 at 11:30 AM with Pastor Milton Stoltzfus officiating. The family will receive family and friends at the church from 10:30 AM until the time of the service. Graveside service at Bossler's Mennonite Church at 9:00 AM. Arrangements have been entrusted to Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Elizabethtown.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/2/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weaver, Glenn R.
December 17, 1965 - April 20, 2020

Glenn R. Weaver, age 54 years, four months and three days, passed away, Monday, April 20, 2020 at his home. He was born December 17, 1965 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, a son of Irvin B. and Emma M. (Reiff) Weaver.

He was married to Kathryn Z. Kilmer on July 11, 1987 in Barnett, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife Kathryn Z. Weaver; his mother, Emma M. Weaver; six children, Carolyn Hoover and husband Owen of Versailles, Missouri, Shirley Zimmerman and husband Eldon of Arbela, Missouri, Joshua Weaver and wife Joni of Versailles, Missouri, Shawn Weaver and wife Pamela of Versailles, Missouri, Jason Weaver and wife Sharlene of Versailles, Missouri, Kaylee Zimmerman and husband Travis of Versailles, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; one brother, Gerald Weaver and wife Annetta of Versailles, Missouri; five sisters, Karen Kilmer and husband Orvie of Clarksburg, Missouri, Joyce Ramer and husband Russell of Russellville, Missouri, Janice Zimmerman and husband Edward of Fortuna, Missouri, Rosanne Kilmer and husband Daniel of Barnett, Missouri and Norma Ramer and husband John of Russellville, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

When Glenn was twelve, he moved with his family to the Versailles Community where he spent his life as a farmer. He was a member of North Ozark Mennonite Church in Versailles. Glenn also drove a school bus and volunteered for the local fire department.

He enjoyed spending time at the lake fishing and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

The church is conducting an outdoor service with social distancing being observed at 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2020 at North Ozark Mennonite Church. Burial will be in North Ozark Mennonite Church Cemetery. The family is hosting a visitation from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the North Ozark Mennonite Church with ten friends allowed at a time.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Weaver, Irwin M.
August 14, 1928 - April 21, 2020

Irwin M. Weaver, 91, of Ephrata, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Keystone Villa.

He was born in Ephrata to the late Luke and Anna (Martin) Weaver and was the husband of Esther E. (Martin) Weaver with who would have celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 3rd.

He was presently a member at Martindale Mennonite Church. In previous years he served as Deacon at Landis Valley Mennonite Church, was a Youth Leader and also taught Sunday school for many years.

Irwin was a farmer. He was also a mechanic for Chas Weaver Masonry and after retirement he worked for Ephrata ReUzit. He enjoyed tinkering and fixing things.

In addition to his wife, Irwin is survived by 3 children: Lamar, husband of Edith Weaver of Ephrata, Dennis, husband of Joann Weaver of Mansfield, Joy, wife of Marlin Hershey of LaPorte City, IA; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Luke, husband of Arlene Weaver of Ephrata, Lloyd, husband of Naomi Weaver of Farmersville; and 3 sisters, Thelma, wife of Nelson Hershey of Mountville, Edith, wife of Paul Gehman of Ephrata, Rosene, wife of Leonard Martin of Red Run.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Nelson Weaver; 3 brothers, Raymond, Charles, and Emory and 2 sisters, Pearl and Miriam.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice and Community Care and the staff at Keystone Villa for the care that they gave to Irwin in the last few months.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Irwin's memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 4/23/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weaver, Laura G. Musser
October 3, 1933 - March 22, 2020

Myerstown - Laura G. Weaver, 86, of Myerstown, passed away in her home on Sunday, March 22, 2020. She was the wife of the late Samuel M. Weaver. She was born in Warwick Township, Lancaster County on October 3, 1933, a daughter of the late Edwin and Anna Garman Musser. Laura was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church of Weaverland Conference.

She is survived by children: Anna M. Weaver of Myerstown; James husband of Alma Weaver of Myerstown; Irvin husband of Susan Weaver of Newville; Edna Weaver of Myerstown; Paul husband of Jolene Weaver of Jonestown; Barbara wife of Marlin Garman of Myerstown; Bertha wife of Leon Zimmerman of Stevens; Melvin husband of Joyce Weaver of Beavertown, PA; 31 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; siblings: Esther wife of Marvin H. Martin of Clyde, NY; Paul husband of Margaret Musser of Myerstown; Leroy husband of Mary Musser of Lebanon; Anna Mary wife of Willis Burkholder of Stevens; Verna widow of Lloyd B. Zimmerman of Danville; Ivan husband of Janet Musser of Stevens; Mabel wife of Eli Herr, Jr. of Ephrata; sister-in-law, Marian Musser of Myerstown.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Allen Musser and Samuel Musser; three grandsons.

Funeral services will be held privately. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling her arrangements.

Lebanon Daily News - 3/24/2020
Lebanon, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weaver, M. Lloyd "Teepa", Jr.
January 16, 1924 - April 7, 2020

M. Lloyd Weaver, Jr., “Teepa”, 96, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Crestwood of the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

Lloyd was born on Jan. 16, 1924, in Lancaster, Pa., and was a son of the late Martin Lloyd and Sara Stoner (Oberholtzer) Weaver, Sr. Lloyd devoted many years to the Mennonite Church. He served as Pastor of Huntington Mennonite Church in Newport News, and Bishop and Overseer for the Virginia Conference. He also served as President of the Virginia Mennonite Mission Board. Lloyd was also a Dairy Farmer. He made clear that he was a farmer/preacher at heart. He and his wife moved to Harrisonburg in 2008, and in 2019, moved to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

On June 18, 1947, he married the former Sarah Yoder, who survives.

In addition to his wife, Lloyd is survived by his children, Malinda Stoltzfus and husband, Glen, of Harrisonburg, David Weaver of Harrisonburg, Lavonne Lehman and husband, David, of Toano, and Alta Blosser and husband, Max, of Williamsburg; siblings Ken Weaver of Harrisonburg, Sam Weaver of Harrisonburg, and Ron David and wife, Susan, of Richmond; grandchildren, Michael Stoltzfus and wife, Jennifer, Julie Lehman and husband, Todd, Peter Lehman and wife, Kimberly, Renee Moyer and husband, Sam, Erik Blosser and wife, Irka, and Melissa Blosser; seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews with whom he often interacted.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

A private family burial at Warwick River Mennonite Church Cemetery will also be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all memorial contributions be made to the Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center, 9275 Barnes Road, Toano, VA 23168; or to the Virginia Mennonite Missions, 601 Parkwood Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Arrangements entrusted to the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, Va.

Daily News Record - 4/11/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weaver, Mary M. Weber
June 15, 1918 - May 15, 2020

Mary M. Weaver, 101, of 351 Quarry Rd., New Holland, died Friday, May 15, 2020 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ammon M. Weaver, in 2007.

Born in East Earl Twp., she was the daughter of the late Sydney M. and Lydia W. (Martin) Weber.

Mary was a homemaker and a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, Weaverland Con-ference.

Surviving are three children: Irma married to the late Enos Zimmerman, Orrstown, Ammon W., Jr. married to Eva G. Weaver, Spencer, TN and David married to Betty Weaver, Mount Pleasant Mills, a son-in-law Leon married to Katie High, Robesonia, 39 grandchildren, 195 great-grandchildren, two foster great-grandchildren, 56 great-great-grandchildren, a sister Irene Rutt, New Holland and two sisters-in-law, Anna Weber, Atmore, AL and Florence Weber, New Holland.

She was preceded in death by two children, Marian High and Kenneth L. Weaver, five siblings: Amos Weber, Ida Weaver, Mabel Hurst, Martin Weber, Raymond Weber and five half-siblings: Edgar Martin, Ivan Martin, Anna Hursh, Henry Martin, Peter Martin, two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private at this time due to the current public health crisis. Burial will be in Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/16/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weaver, Miriam M. Snyder
December 29, 1920 - January 15, 2020

Miriam M. Weaver, 99, of Ephrata, died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Fairmount Homes.

Born in East Lampeter Twp., she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Katie (Sensenig) Snyder. Her husband, Luke L. Weaver, died Sept. 8, 1995.

Miriam was a homemaker and a member of Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community, where she was active in the sewing circle. She also enjoyed quilting, embroidery, and covering hangers.

Surviving are three sons, Marlin E., married to Ruth Ann (Smith) Gehr Weaver of Ephrata, Linford L., married to Debbie (Rude) Weaver of Stevens, and Nelson R. Weaver and his companion, Betty Eutsey of Lancaster; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and a brother, Clarence, married to Vivian (Weit) Stauffer.

Preceding her in death is a grandson, Michael Weaver.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Fairmount Home for the wonderful care they gave to Miriam.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 20 at 10am at Fairmount Homes Wheat Ridge Chapel, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522 with viewing from 9 to 10am. Interment will be in the Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Fairmount Homes Sharing Fund, address above. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/16/2020Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weaver, Ruth Buckwalter Ruhl
May 5, 1922 - April 22, 2020

Ruth B. Weaver, age 96, of Ephrata, formerly of Lancaster and Soudersburg, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, at Fairmount Homes, after a period of declining health. In a mere two weeks she would have turned 97.

Born in Paradise on May 5, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Phares and Cora Hershey Buckwalter. She was the wife of the late Roy M. Weaver and the late J. Robert Ruhl.

Ruth was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church. She worked many years at Dutch Haven Amish Stuff, Inc. as Gift Shop manager, buyer, and decorator. She collected miniature pitchers, and loved to read and travel. She enjoyed traveling to Mexico with her husband, where they hosted guests from the United States and Canada, and entertained them in their condo.

Ruth is survived by her granddaughter, Dawn M. Darling (Timothy) and her son-in-law, Paul L. Garber. Her daughter, Mary Anne Ruhl Garber, passed away in 2008 in an accident.

A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, April 28, at 11 a.m. in the Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, Cherry Hill Road, Paradise.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/24/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weber, Floyd S.
September 23, 1932 - January 21, 2020

Floyd S. Weber of Denver passed to his heavenly home surrounded by his loving family on January 21, 2020 at 87 years of age. He was born September 23, 1932 to Andrew and Mary (Sensenig) Weber.

On March 15, 1952 Floyd married Salinda (Stoltzfus) Weber. She survives, along with their children: Jean (Leonard) Good, New Holland; Mark (Kim) Weber, Mohnton; and Mary Ann Weber (Jerrol Shaum), Goshen, Indiana; and four grandchildren, Grant (Meagan) Good, Mohnton; Alex Good, New Holland; Aaron Weber, Mohnton; and Noah Weber, Mohnton.

Floyd is also survived by his siblings: Leon (Nancy)Weber, Reinholds; Margaret Gockley, Mohnton; Mildred (Herbert) Horning, Reinholds; Mae (John) Weaver, New Holland; Bernice Valverde, Normal, Illinois; John (Janet) Weber, Ephrata; Glen (Lucy)Weber, Mohnton; and Linda (Larry) Snader, Harrisonburg, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers-in-law Glenn Gockley and Daniel Valverde and a sister-in-law Norma Weber.

Floyd was a businessman who worked alongside his brothers for many years. After retirement, Floyd and Salinda enjoyed traveling and spending winters at their vacation home in Florida.

Floyd was a member of Bowmansville Mennonite Church, where he served as a deacon for 30 years. He also served for 30 years on the board of the Mennonite Home, Lancaster, including eight years as board chair.

His funeral will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Bowmansville Mennonite Church, 129 Pleasant Valley Rd., East Earl with Larry Weber and Chester Yoder officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. A viewing will be held at the church on Sunday from 4 – 7 p.m. and Monday from 9 – 10 a.m.

Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials in Floyd's memory may be sent to Eastern Mennonite Missions, P. O. Box 458, Salunga, PA 17538. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/24/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Weiler, Edna H. Martin
November 14, 1932 - January 17, 2020

Edna H. Weiler, 87, of Manheim, passed away on January 17, 2020. She was born in Churchtown to the late John M. and Lena (Horning) Martin, and was married to Harvey M. Weiler for 64 years until his death in 2017. Edna was a homemaker and a member of Lime Rock Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

She is survived by her 6 children, Lloyd M., husband of Sharon (Martin) Weiler, Manheim, Ruth M. Weiler, Manheim, Mervin M., husband of Mabel (Martin) Weiler, Womelsdorf, Edith, wife of Rufus Zimmerman, Manheim, Earla, wife of Ervin Oberholtzer, Lititz, Nelson, husband of Janice (Nolt) Weiler, Manheim, 32 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Irvin, husband of Nora (Buckwalter) Martin, a sister, Anna, wife of Hershey Martin, brother-in-law, Aaron Horst, sisters-in-law, Martha Weaver, Verna Hahn, and Mary Huber.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by infant twin brothers and siblings, Alta Horst, Raymond Martin, John Martin, Leroy Martin, Earl Martin, Lena Martin, Allen Martin, and sisters-in-law, Arlene Zimmerman and Minerva Martin.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Midway Reception Center, 210 East Lexington Road, Lititz. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 9:00 AM at Midway Reception Center with additional services at Lime Rock Mennonite Church, 99 Penn Valley Road, Lititz at 9:30 AM. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. The Buch Funeral Home, Manheim in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/20/2020
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Wenger, Carolyn Landis Charles
December 27, 1943 - April 27, 2020

Carolyn Landis (Charles) Wenger, 76, of Ephrata, Pa., passed from this life on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Fairmount Homes. She was born in Lancaster to the late Hiram Mowrer Charles and Anna Denlinger (Landis) Charles.

She is survived by a brother, Benjamin Landis, husband of Lisa (Dove) Charles of Linville, Va.; a brother-in-law, Phillip A. King of Chickasaw, Ala.; one niece and a grand-niece.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Clayton Wenger; her parents; and two sisters, Dorothy Ann Charles and Judy Landis (Charles) King.

She graduated from Hempfield Union High School, Landisville, Pa.; Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va., with a BA in English; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., with a MA in English. She also attended seminars on historical publications, administration of historical agencies and museums and 18th century German-script handwriting. She was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church.

She founded Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage magazine and served as director of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society from 1976 to 2001, when she officially retired but continued to work there in a volunteer capacity as archivist, museum curator and editor. She was a member of numerous professional organizations in the areas of archival and museum work.

Also, she was involved in church-wide and regional historical organizations such as Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church for 20 years; Pennsylvania German Society for 30 years; Eastern Mennonite Associated Libraries and Archives; Allegheny Mennonite Historical Association; Historical Society of Cocalico Valley; East Petersburg Historical Society and Grave Concern.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carolyn's memory may be made to Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.

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

Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Wenger, Jacob Dewitt
December 15, 1935 - May 11, 2020

Jacob “Jake” Dewitt Wenger, 84, a resident of Rockingham, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020, at his home. Mr. Wenger was born Dec. 15, 1935, in Rockingham County and was a son of the late Amos D. and Nettie E. (Rhodes) Wenger.

He was a farmer and a member of the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.

On March 15, 1966, he married the former Mary Lou Eberly, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Olen Wenger and wife, Alice, of Rockingham, Lucille Heatwole and husband, Ray Lynn, Linda Shank and husband, Sanford and Stanley Wenger, all of Dayton, and Laverne Wenger and wife, Ellen, of Rockingham; a sister, Esther Rohrer and husband, Paul, of Dayton; sister-in-law, Hazel Wenger; brother-in-law, Amos Knicely; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Wenger was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul Wenger, Reul Wenger, Fred Wenger and Frank Wenger; three sisters, Martha Wenger, Anna Knicely and Frances Rohrer; and a grandson-in-law, Aaron Rohrer.

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, all services and visitation at the home will be private.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 5/12/2020Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Wenger, Mervin D.
October 2, 1926 - June 15, 2020

Mervin D. Wenger, 93, formerly of Lititz, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Lincoln Christian Home, Ephrata. Born in West Earl Township, he was the son of the late Noah and Elma (Denlinger) Wenger. He was the loving husband of the late Mary Catherine (Herr) Wenger who passed away in 2017. He was a member of New Haven Mennonite Church, Lititz.

Surviving are four daughters: Carolyn (Edward) Schrock, Myerstown, Lorraine (Philip) Parbel, Womelsdorf, Shirley (Sam) Pierce, Manheim, Mary Lou (Ben) Mellinger, Denver, sixteen grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandsons; four brothers: Arthur, Lloyd, Earl and Roy Wenger, and a sister-in-law, Shirley.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Interment in Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery, West Earl Township.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/17/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Wenger, Miriam Showalter
December 15, 1948 - March 5, 2020

WAYNESBORO -- Miriam "Mim" Showalter Wenger, 71, moved to her new home in heaven on March 5, 2020. Mim was born on Dec. 15, 1948, in Broadway, Va., the daughter of Clayton D. and Thelma Getz Showalter. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School, where she met her beloved friend for life, David Weaver Wenger. They were united in marriage in 1968. She attended Eastern Mennonite College and graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Virginia in 1975.

Mim enjoyed serving the community with her nursing skills and worked in the nursing field until she retired in 2014 from Augusta Health in Fishersville, Va. In 1972, Mim and Dave moved to Wenger Grape Farm, near Waynesboro, Va., where they took over the family farm and raised 30 acres of Concord-type grapes. Mim loved visiting with customers at the farm each September during harvest season, and made her way around the community to help prune neighbors' backyard vines during the winter months.

Mim was a loyal member of Springdale Mennonite Church and lived a life of tireless service to others in the name of Christ. She enjoyed visiting and taking food to others, showing up to wash dishes or weed flower beds, and participating in countless Mennonite Relief Sales and mission trips with Mennonite Disaster Service. Mim served on many committees, frequently led hymn singing, loved playing church league softball, was passionate about family and Mennonite Church history, and relished spirited theological discussions.

As a child, Mim loved playing in the creeks and roaming the mountains around her home near Cootes Store and her love of nature never faded. Time spent at the ocean, hiking, watching sunsets, discovering wildflowers, and gardening were all priceless to her, and were legacies she inherited from her mother and handed down to her children and grandchildren. Most important to Mim were the many relationships and friendships she sustained over the years. Her home and her heart were open to all, young and old, friend and stranger. She thrived on time spent with family and friends and despite being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), she continued to plan gatherings to remain connected to others. In her final days, she was still surrounded by family, friends and music—hymns, bluegrass and gospel.

Mim is survived by Dave, her husband of 51 years; her three daughters, Wendy (Mark) Hochstedler of Waynesboro, Heidi (Brent) Yoder of Harrisonburg, and Kristi (Ryan) Stoltzfus of Steeles Tavern; her six beloved grandchildren, Madelyne, Ian, Isaac, Keaton, Cyrus, and Laurel; and her siblings, Samuel (Janice) Showalter of Rockingham, Millie (Ernest) Bennett of Castle Rock, Colo., Elva (Leon) Rhodes of Rockingham, and Bonnie (Michael) Greene of South Hill, Va.

Mim was blessed with the great support of family, friends, and the ALS Association, and wished that any memorial contributions in her honor be made to: The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter, 30 W. Gude Drive, Suite 150, Rockville, MD 20850.

A private burial along with a public Celebration of Life service will be held at Springdale Mennonite Church as soon as circumstances allow. Current plans are being postponed due to the novel coronavirus spread. Services are provided by Charlton and Groome.

Daily News Record - 3/20/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Wier, Georgia C.
September 27, 1953 - February 29, 2020

Georgia C. Wier, 66, of Middlebury passed away 8:01 pm on Saturday evening after a three year battle with cancer. She was born on September 27, 1953 in Cadillac, Michigan to John and Hilma (Holmberg) Wier, who preceded her in death.

She was survived by two sons: Jason (Sheri) Wier of Middlebury, IN and Matthew (Kahla) Wier of Windsor Heights, IA; three
grandchildren: Danielle, Andrew, and Lille; two sisters, Ruth (Mark) VanBogelen of Manchester, MI, Teresa (Mark) Camilleri of Midland, MI; brother, Gary (Cindy) Wier, Anaheim Hills, CA.

Georgia loved spending time with her family, gardening, traveling, walking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. She volunteered doing gardening for the Middlebury Parks
Department, where she also served on the board. She enjoyed working as an accountant and earned her MBA at Indiana Wesleyan in 2005.

Viewing will be held at Clinton Frame Church, Goshen on Saturday, March 7, from 9:00 - 11:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am. Services will be conducted by Pastors Sebastiano Rosa and Linda Miller, both of the church. Memorial contributions may be given to the Middlebury Parks Department. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury is in charge of

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


Williams, Eldon Eugene, 79, of Rock Falls, Whiteside, Co., IL died January 13, 2020 at Dixon, Lee Co., IL. He was born February 23, 1940 in Dent Co., MO to Archie and Alene (Hartley) Williams. On November 1, 1965 at Sterling, Whiteside Co., IL he was married to Sandra Hamilton, who was born February 13, 1948 and survives.

Surviving are children, Eric (Karen) Williams; Bruce (Joanie) Williams; and Suzanne (Jeff) Lee; twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edwin Williams.

His siblings, Ruby, Geraldine Anita, and Snoma preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held January 25, 2020 at Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, IL with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Sue Dirks, Sterling, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Wissler, Shirley M. Wagner, 85, of Manheim, PA passed away at her home on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. She was born in York, PA, the daughter of the late Roy E. and Carleane (Ehrhart) Wagner. She was married to Jere Wissler who passed away in 2002. Shirley operated a dog grooming business and had a passion for animals. She loved reading, and watching birds.

Surviving are her daughters, Cathy Carter, and Vicki Martin (Michael Harlan); her brothers, Roger Wagner (Hazel) and Richard Wagner (Carolyn); six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were three grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Graveside Service at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery (Millersville Pike and Millersville Road) on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be made to Humane League of Lancaster.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/8/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Witmer, Harold K.
February 21, 1932 - January 26, 2020

Harold K. Witmer, 87, of Brethren Village, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Born in Penn Township, he was the son of the late Wayne and Mary (Keller) Witmer. Harold was the husband of the late Nyla (Ebersole) Witmer who passed away on August 6, 2018.

Harold owned and operated a dairy farm in Manheim for 35 years. After retirement he worked at the former Darrenkamp's Food Market in Mount Joy and the Lancaster Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Harold volunteered with Mennonite Central Committee. He enjoyed gardening, puzzles and feeding birds.

Harold and his wife were faithful members of Erisman Mennonite Church in Manheim. They served in a variety of roles over the years.

Surviving are four sons, Veryl Witmer of New York City, D. Lamar Witmer of San Francisco, Jeffrey Witmer, husband of Dawn Ginder of Manheim and Rodney Witmer, husband of Wendy Hoke Witmer of Landisville; three grandchildren, Abigail Witmer, Kammi Witmer, and Reyna Trujillo; four honorary grandchildren, Jacob, Erin, Issac, and Silas Buckwalter; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Eby, wife of Melvin of Manheim and Mary Ann Ebersole, wife of A. David of Manheim; and three sisters-in-law, Marion Witmer, Patsy Witmer and Jean Witmer all of Lititz.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Marvin, Kenneth, and Warren Witmer.

The family would like to thank Brethren Village Retirement Communities Rehabilitation and Courtyard teams for their care and attention they provided to Harold.

A memorial service honoring Harold's life will be held at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 3PM. Family and friends will be received at the church before the service from 2 PM to 3 PM. Interment will be private.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/28/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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