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Yoder, Barbara Stutzman
July 30, 1934 - January 20, 2021
Barbara Yoder, age 86 of Etna Green, passed away at 11:15 p.m., January 20, 2021 at Kosciusko Community Hospital after a short illness. She was born July 30, 1934 in Nappanee to Eli D. and Clara (Hochstetler) Stutzman. On April 7, 1959 she married Melvin J. Yoder. He preceded her in death on March 6, 2016. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Surviving are her children, Lloyd (Kathy) Yoder, Goshen, LaMar (Barbara) Yoder, Nappanee, Linda Yoder, Etna Green, Lavon Yoder, Nappanee, Leora (Daryl) Burkholder, Wakarusa, Lynn (Michelle) Yoder, Wakarusa, Lauren (Earl) Chupp, Etna Green, Karen (Steve) Higgins, Woodbury, TN; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Melvin (Anna Mae) Stutzman, Etna Green, Ervin (Ida Mae) Stutzman, Nappanee, Glenn (Elizabeth) Stutzman, Nappanee; sisters, Inez Slabaugh Brown City, MI, Mary (Mahlon) Schmucker, Macy, IN, Edna (Martin) Schwartz, New Paris; brother-in-law, Elmer (Carolyn) Yoder, Goshen; sisters-in-law, Martha (Walter) Miller, Nappanee, Mary Chupp, Etna Green, Elizabeth (Lamar) Hochstetler, Nappanee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Yoder; sister, Ruby Schwartz; sisters-in-law, Edna Helmuth, Wilma Yoder, Edna Yoder; brothers-in-law, Edwin Yoder, Ivan Yoder, Edwin Helmuth, Robert Slabaugh, Levi Chupp.
Family and friends may call after 1 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021 and all day, Saturday, January 23rd at Merlin Yoder Residence 25115 C.R. 54, Nappanee. Funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, January 24th also at Merlin Yoder Residence. Burial will follow in West Union Cemetery. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Yoder, Betty Mae Burkey
January 7, 1929 - January 14, 2021
Betty Mae Yoder entered her eternal home on January 14th, 2021. She was a bright and energetic individual who spent her life serving Christ by teaching and helping others. She was 92 years old.
Betty was born on January 7th, 1929 in Dorchester, Nebraska to Joseph and Mattie Burkey, the youngest of five children. Even as a young child she valued learning. When there were no educational opportunities in their rural setting, she worked for room and board in a nearby town in order to finish high school. She attended Concordia Teacher's College and taught in a one room school prior to finishing her bachelor's degree at Goshen College. Later she completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Betty met her husband, Melvin Yoder, while at Goshen College. They married in 1953 and had two children: Rita Riggenbach, (husband, Kevin) of Lafayette and Neal Yoder, (wife, Leslie) of Wakarusa. They had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Betty and Mel were a team; she had great ideas and he helped make them reality. They enjoyed spending time together and were married for 66 years.
Betty spent her work years in the classroom teaching the fourth grade at Chandler Elementary School. Her care for her students was unmistakable; she personally visited each one prior to the start of the new school year. Betty found her true calling as a teacher. She loved her job.
Betty was an active member of College Mennonite Church and served many years on the pastoral care team as a pastoral visitor and care giver. She visited at the Elkhart County Jail for many years and continued lifelong friendships with the women she met there. She was a hospice volunteer and a wise and kind confidant to those experiencing hardship. She spent many hours consoling and praying for others.
After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, helping her children, and playing with her grandchildren. A lifelong learner, Betty was an avid reader and took advantage of opportunities to soak up new information. She loved flowers and gave hundreds of bouquets to those she cared for and visited throughout the years.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Mel, her parents, and siblings (Kenneth Burkey, Lucinda Bachman, Arnold Burkey, and Doris Inbody). She leaves one wonderful brother-in-law, Richard Oyer, children and grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A private funeral and graveside service with immediate family is planned. Burial will be at Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to College Mennonite Church for the Prison Re-entry Fund.
Yoder, Carolyn J. Yontz
March 25, 1940 - February 7, 2021
Carolyn J. Yoder, 80, of Goshen, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021, at The Maples.
She was born March 25, 1940 in Goshen to Amos David and Fern (Leinbach) Yontz.
On October 7, 1961 she married Elmer J. Yoder at Benton Mennonite Church.
He survives along with three children, Kaylene (Alan) Ediger of Goshen, Janeen (Rick Ryll) Chrispyn of Edwardsburg, Michigan and Brian (Kathy) Yoder of Goshen; two grandchildren, Erin Chrispyn and Lucas Ediger; and a brother, Rick (Mary) Yontz, of Goshen.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Weston Ediger and a brother, Larry Yontz.
A prayer warrior, Mrs. Yoder was a member of Sunnyside Mennonite Church. She enjoyed gardening.
She worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business.
A private memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 19 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Elkhart Prairie Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial donations may be given to Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Weston Ediger Memorial Fund or ADEC.
Yoder, Dale L.
March 1, 1929 - February 5, 2021
Dale L. Yoder, 91, of Goshen, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021, at Goshen Hospital.
He was born March 1, 1929 in Goshen to Allen S. and Sophia (Ummel) Yoder.
On October 8, 1950 he married Norma A. Phillips in Bristol. She died July 17, 2006.
Survivors include two sons, Dale A. (Jennifer) Yoder and Todd W. (Joan) Yoder, both of Goshen; 10 grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and a special friend, Eleanor Carter of Midland, Ontario, Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; daughters, Judith and Brenda Yoder; and 10 siblings, Esther Gibson, Lucille Larimer, Ruth Liechty, Paul, Joe, Tom, Harry, Leonard, Billy and Al Yoder, Jr.
Mr. Yoder was founder of Yoder Strawberry Patch and raised potatoes on his farm. He drove school bus for 43 years, serving both Northridge and Concord schools.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 14, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Pastor Donna Mast of Silverwood Mennonite Church, where Mr. Yoder was a member, will officiate at the 3 p.m. memorial service. A link for the livestream service will be available at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Burial will be at a later date at Rock Run Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial donations may be given to Silverwood Mennonite Church or Mennonite Disaster Service.
Yoder, Dana Lee
August 12, 1955 - January 12, 2021
Dana Lee Yoder, 65, of Middlebury, passed away at 6:15 am on Tuesday, January 12. He was born on August 12, 1955 in LaGrange to Pete A. and Florence (Ramer) Yoder.
Surviving are a brother, Dennis (Jennifer) Yoder of Middlebury; sister, Beth (Frank) Fisher of Middlebury; nieces and nephews, Jared Fisher, Jenna Fisher, Emily Yoder, Ethan Yoder and Ella Yoder; great nephew, Jaxx Fisher; special friend and loving care giver, Judy Kuykendall of Elkhart.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Dana was a retired farmer and had worked in the RV Industry and in the van conversion industry doing painting and stripping. He had also done Amish Taxi work in his retirement. He was an avid fisherman and set the state record for small mouth bass, that he still holds today. He was an animal lover, especially for his cats and cows. He enjoyed playing ping pong, winning several tournaments. He was a member of the former Forks Mennonite Church who found great peace with his relationship with Jesus Christ.
Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 am on Saturday January 16, at Middlebury Community Church of the Nazarene, 11435 W 25 S Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday January 16, also at the church. The family and funeral home request that anyone attending wear a face covering. Services will be conducted by Pastor Gary Sheets. Burial will be in Forest Grove Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to Middlebury Community Church of the Nazarene.
Yoder, Freda Marlene Mast Miller
August 4, 1936 - January 14, 2021
Freda Marlene Yoder, 84, of Middlebury, died at 6:12 pm, on Thursday, January 14 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, after suffering heart complications following surgery. She was born on August 4, 1936, in LaGrange, to Levi M. and Nettie (Miller) Mast. On March 22, 1956 in Topeka, she married Monroe S. Miller; he died April 20, 1964. On July 1, 1965 in Topeka, she married Amos P. Yoder; he died December 11, 2000.
Surviving are five daughters, Vera Mae (Ernest) Bontrager of Millersburg, Rosetta (Cletus) Miller of Cave City, AR, Nettie (Devon) Miller of Shipshewana, Marlene (Freeman) Miller, LeAnna (Floyd) Bontrager of Topeka; four sons, Glen Ray (Sylvia) Miller of North Vernon, IN, Vernon (Lydia) Yoder of Topeka, LaVern (Vera) Yoder of Shipshewana, Wayne (Marilyn) Yoder of Middlebury; two stepdaughters, Rose Marie (Perry) Yutzy of Shipshewana, Mary Jo (James) Miller of Hicksville, OH; stepson, Amos Mark Yoder of Hicksville, OH; 52 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren, 63 step grandchildren, 16 step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wilma Yoder of Middlebury, Polly (Joe) Whetstone of Topeka; two brothers, Mervin (Fannie) Mast of Dalton, WI, Christy (Frieda) Mast of Topeka; sister-in-law, Debbie Mast of Mishawaka.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands; parents; daughter, Edna Fern Miller; stepdaughter, Kathryn Yoder; three stepsons, Paul Yoder, an infant son, Thomas Yoder; brother, Ervin Mast; sister, Irene Mast; two grandsons, two great-grandsons, one step great-grandchild.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 16 and all day Sunday, January 17 at the Wayne Yoder residence, 59755 E. County Line Rd., Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, January 18 also at the Wayne Yoder residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop LeRoy Lehman and ministers. Burial will be in Southeast Clinton Cemetery, Goshen.
Yoder, Ida "Carolyn" Yoder
September 6, 1937 - February 9, 2021
Ida "Carolyn" Yoder, 83, of Topeka, left her earthly home at 2:32 pm, on Tuesday, February 9 at her residence. She was born on September 6, 1937, in LaGrange County, to Menno and Sue (Miller) Yoder. On July 2, 1955 she married Elmer W. Yoder; he died October 4, 1991.
Surviving are four daughters, Carol (Ervin) Lambright of Shipshewana, Eloise (Marlin) Yoder of Middlebury, LaVera (Wilbur) Hochstetler, Anita (Elroy) Yutzy both of Topeka; son, Eugene (Ruth) Yoder of Topeka; 22 grandchildren, 37 great- grandchildren; sister, Anna Marie Miller of Spencer, WI.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Esther Yoder; brother, Glen Yoder.
Carolyn was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She worked at the Topeka Sale Barn Restaurant and Tiffany's in Topeka for a number of years. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, and loved to watch her great-grandchildren play.
Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 10 and all day Thursday, February 11 at the Dan Fry residence, 5300 S. SR 5, Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Friday, February 12 also at the Dan Fry residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Wayne Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.
Yoder, Jeanette L.
January 4, 1977 - February 10, 2021
Jeanette L. Yoder, 44, of Elkhart, died Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the result of a pedestrian/auto accident.
She was born January 4, 1977 in Rockford, Illinois to Cletus J. and Cheryl L. (Peck) Yoder.
Jeanette is survived by her mother, Cheryl Yoder; a sister, Jennifer L. (Tillman) King; and two nephews, Jackson and Andrew King, all of Goshen.
She was preceded in death by her father on January 12, 2009.
She graduated from White Pigeon High School and was a member of Silverwood Mennonite Church. A cat lover, Jeanette loved her friends and the staff at ADEC. She enjoyed making holiday cards and anticipated and relished family gatherings.
A private burial will take place at Violett Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be given to Elkhart County Humane Society.
Yutzy, Wayne E.
September 7, 1939 - January 20, 2021
WOOSTER, OHIO – Wayne E. Yutzy 81, of Wooster, Ohio died Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, after a period of declining health.
Services will be Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM at East Union Mennonite Church near Orrville, OH with Pastor Elton Yutzy officiating. The service will be live streamed through https://www.facebook.com/blazerznation. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call Saturday, January 23rd from 2-4 or 6-8 PM at the church or one hour prior to service. Social distancing will be observed and masks are mandatory.
Arrangements are being handled by Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Christian Academy, 511 W Main St, Wilmot, OH 44689.
Wayne was born September 7, 1939, in Plain City, Ohio to the late Eli N. and Lizzie Ann (Miller) Yutzy and married the late Fannie Marie Plank of Arthur, Illinois on September 24, 1966.
He was a graduate of The Ohio State University becoming the first male nurse at the school. He went on to become a CRNA and spent 42 years at Wooster Community Hospital. He especially enjoyed working in OB. He had previously pastored at Calvary Chapel Mennonite Church and East Union Mennonite Church where he was a member and was one of the founders of Faith Christian Academy. He loved the Lord, his family, and Jewish evangelism.
Surviving are his children, Nathan (Elizabeth) Yutzy of Wooster, Danita (Donald) Ressler of Apple Creek, Jonathan (Joy) Yutzy of Sarasota, FL and Alicia (Martin) Wenger of Dalton; grandchildren: Kayla Yutzy, Kylie Yutzy, Caleb Ressler, Claudia Ressler, Jalen Yutzy, Hailey Yutzy, Noah Yutzy, Paige Wenger, Kinsley Wenger, Lennox Wenger, and Xander Wenger; sisters: Florence Farmwald, Orpha Lapp, Mary (David) Hostetler all of Plain City, OH; brothers: Melvin Yutzy, Freeman (Kathy) Yutzy, Ervin (Dorothy) Yutzy, Elton (Betty) Yutzy, Lee (Elizabeth) Yutzy, Mark (Elisabeth) Yutzy all of Plain City, OH; sisters-in-law: Mary Yutzy, Kathleen Yutzy, Sarah Yutzy of Plain City, OH; brother-in-law: Perry Yoder of Plain City, OH.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister Viola, brothers: infant Enos, Ammon, Marvin, and Wallace, sister-in-law: Wilma Yutzy, brothers-in-law: Abe Farmwald, Henry Lapp.
Zimmerman, Frances M.
April 16, 1923 - February 4, 2021
Frances M. Zimmerman, 97, of Farmersville, passed away at the home of her niece Katie Z. Shirk on Thursday, February 4, 2021.
She was born in Earl Township to the late Joseph E. and Hettie (Martin) Zimmerman.
She was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church.
Frances was a homemaker.
Frances is survived by a brother, David M. Zimmerman of New Holland, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Hettie Ann, wife of the late Eli S. Shirk and three brothers, George M., Enos M. and Joseph M. Zimmerman.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the residence of Eli Z. Shirk, 81 N. Farmersville Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021, at 12:30 PM at the residence of Eli Z. Shirk, with further services at 1:00 PM at the Groffdale Frame Mennonite Church, 90 Groffdale Church Road, Ephrata with Bishop Ammon Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.
Kindly omit flowers.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Zimmerman, Noah N.
November 11, 1948 - February 4, 2021
Noah N. Zimmerman, 72, of Lancaster, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, February 4, 2021 after a return of cancer. He was the son of the late Noah and Esther (Nolt) Zimmerman. He was a faithful active member of Conestoga Drive Mennonite Church. He was caretaker of Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery for 43 years.
He was married to Pauline (Witmer) Zimmerman for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty G. (Martin) Zimmerman of 21 years, and also a granddaughter, Jennie Lynn Kuhns, age 11, and a brother, John Zimmerman.
He was a loving father and grandfather to John David husband of Elaine (Kreider), Wrightsville, Mark, Wakarusa, IN, Jay Paul husband of Ellie (Hoover), Ephrata, RoseAnn wife of Joe Kuhns, Lancaster, RuthAnn wife of Tony Kulp, Bowmansville, Stephen husband of Crystal (Esh), Ronks, Rhoda wife of Sheldon Raber, Arthur, IL, Aaron husband of Sarah (Martin), Lancaster; 27 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
His sibling are Mary Martin, Hartleton, Emma Weber, Ephrata, David husband of Emma, Leola, Lizzie wife of Ammon Martin, Leola. His brothers and sisters-in-law are Samuel Witmer married to Mary, Reinholds, Melvin Witmer, Dundee, NY, Sylvan married to Loretta, Wolmelsdorf, June Witmer, Robesonia, Viola Herr, Newmanstown, Grace Redcay, Coudersport, Faye Martin, Bowmansville, Mary Good, Ephrata.
Funeral services will be held from the White Oak Mennonite Church, 2456 Newport Rd., Manheim, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10 AM with interment following in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster. Friends may call on Monday from 1 to 3 PM and 5 to 8 PM at the White Oak Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Conestoga Drive Mennonite Church, c/o David Faus, 524 Rife Run Road, Manheim, PA 17545.
Zook, Anita Kay Shaum
September 8, 1957 - January 14, 2021
Wellman-Anita Kay (Shaum) Zook was born September 8, 1957, in Elkhart, Indiana, the daughter of Lowell and Grace (Ramer) Shaum. She Graduated from Northwood High School in 1976. Anita was united in marriage with Ronald Zook on January 7, 1978. She enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, and spending time in Florida in the winters.
She was a member of the Zion Christian Fellowship in Wellman. Anita passed away peaceful on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at the Highland Regional Hospital in Sebring, Florida at the
age of 63.
She is survived by her husband Ronald; mother Grace Shaum; four children, Elaine Curtiss (David), Darrell Zook (Teresa), Daniel Zook (Rosanne) and Myron Zook (Diane); 8 grandchildren; 2 sisters and 3 brothers. She was preceded in death by her father Lowell Shaum.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 am on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Fairview Mennonite Church near Kalona. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm at the church. The family will be present from 2-4 and 6-8. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com. Powell Funeral Home in Wellman is caring for services.