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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.

2000 G

Gehman, John E.; . . Glick, James L.; . . Gongwer, Ruby Kauffman; . . Graber, Minnie Ruth Swartzendruber ; . . Grieser, Galen D.; . .  

Gehman, John E.
78, of Port Trevorton PA died March 18, 2000, at the Lewistown Hospital. Born Oct. 18, 1921, in Terre Hill, PA to Harry and Sarah (Eby) Gehman. His wife, Anna Mae (Mull) Gehman, whom he married April 18, 1946, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Larry Gehman, Middleburg, PA; John Wayne Gehman, McAlisterville, PA; Mrs. Larry (Louise) Eichner, AuGres, Mich., Mrs. Carl (Sharon) Graybill, Cocolamus, PA; Pauline Gehman, Palmyra, PA; Mrs. Timothy (Mary Alyce) Lauver, Mifflintown, PA and Ida Mae Gehman, Lebanon, PA; brothers and sisters, Jacob Gehman, Thompsontown, PA; Lester Gehman, Manheim, PA; Martin Gehman, Altmore, PA; Mrs. Norman (Edith) Groff, Mattawana, PA; Mrs. John (Lucy) Rudy, Lancaster, PA; and Mrs. Hiram (Grace) Aungst, Elizabethtown, PA; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three foster grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Gehman.

Services will be March 23, 2000 at the Shade Mountain Mennonite Church, with Ivan Martin Jr. and LeRoy Bair officiating. Interment will be in Shade Mountain Mennonite cemetery, Mount Pleasant Mills, PA. The George P. Garman Funeral Home Inc., Mount Pleasant Mills, is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Benn-Hertz Obit collection. Orig source unknown.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Glick, James L.
, 52, of Lewistown, PA died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, in the emergency room of Lewistown Hospital. Born Oct. 2, 1948, in Belleville, to N. Norman Glick of Belleville and the late Effie (Kauffman) Glick.

His wife, Betty (Goss) Glick, whom he married April 29, 1972, survives. Also surviving are: stepmother, Sarah K. (Peachey) Glick of Belleville; a son, Tyler Black, 609 Chris Ave., Lewistown; and a brother, Robert E. Glick, Newton, Kan.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Glick in 1995.

He was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville and was president of the Men's Merchant League. He was also a member of the United Steelworkers of America Local 1940.

Services will be held at Wednesday Dec. 13, 2000 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, with the Rev. Ivan Yoder officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park.

Source: Miscellaneous Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Gongwer, Ruby Kauffman

Feb. 28, 1927-June 9, 2000

GOSHEN - Ruby K. Gongwer, 73, died at 5 p.m. Friday (June 9, 2000) at Elkhart General Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 28, 1927, in Fairview Mich. to Fred and Lizzy (Reber) Kauffman. On Sept. 31, [30] 1956, in Wakarusa, she married Ivan Gongwer.

He survives with two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Deb) Bode, Bristol and Mrs. Jeff (Ann) Spratt, Goshen; three sisters, Mrs. Fred (Melvina) Roe, Morley, Mich., Mrs. Vera Shea, Mio, Mich., and Mrs. Peter
(Adeline) Peachey, White Pigeon; a brother, Chuck Kauffman, Dayton, Ohio. ; five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Hendrich.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home in Wakarusa and one hour prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service Monday at Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa. The Rev. Vernard Guengrich, of the church, and the Rev. Russell Krabill, a retired minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Olive (West) Cemetery.

Mrs. Gongwer was a homemaker, having worked at Greencroft for 10 years before retirement. She moved to the Wakarusa area in 1954. She was a member of Holdeman Mennonite Church and a graduate of Fairview High School.
Memorials may be given to the church.   

The Truth, Elkhart, IN
June 2000
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Graber, Minnie Ruth Swartzendruber
March 18, 1902 - January 11, 2000

Missionary, MC Women’s Leader Dies
Graber Served in India, Led WMSA
By Bethany Swope MBM News Service

GOSHEN, Ind. — Minnie Ruth Graber, longtime missionary to India and former president of the Women’s Missionary and Service Auxiliary (MC), died Jan. 11. She was 97.
Treasured by family and the church as a model of gentleness and faithfulness, Graber dedicat­ed her life to serving the church.
She served in Dhamtari, India, through Mennonite Board of Mis­sions from 1925 to 1942 with her husband, Joseph D.
“We praise God for the tremen­dous legacy of distinguished ser­vice and faithfulness we have in­herited from Minnie,” said Stan­ley W. Green, president of MBM. “With J.D., she was part of a team that profoundly transformed the Mennonite peoplehood and moved us closer to the biblical vi­sion of a global community.”
At a memorial service in Dhamtari for J.D., who died in 1978, Indian Mennonite Bishop P.J. Malagar said, “In all of Brother Graber’s work, Mrs. Graber had a big part.”
A family acquaintance said, “When she heard of someone having trouble, her habit was to go there right away.” Others re­membered her hospitality and her fluency in Hindi.
Graber was president of the WMSA from 1950 to 1959, trav­eling and speaking in many churches. During her time as pres­ident the organization changed its name from the Women’s Mis­sionary and Sewing Circle Orga­nization to Women’s Missionary and Service Auxiliary. The name change reflected a desire to bring together all the women’s groups in the Mennonite Church, at home and overseas, into one or­ganization.
Graber was born March 18, 1902, in Wright County, Iowa, to Elias and Sarah (Knepp) Swartzendruber. While a student at Hesston (Kan.) College, she be­came gravely ill from an injury received while playing basketball in the team uniform of a dress and black stockings. The dye in the stockings infected one of her knees after she scraped it in a game. The infection spread, sending her into a coma. Her mother, sitting by her daughter’s bedside, closed her eyes and heard the words “saved for ser­vice.” Graber recovered fully.
She married J.D. in 1926, and they sailed for India that year.
After returning from India, she completed a degree from Goshen College in 1944. The Grabers ex­pected to go back to India, but their responsibilities in the church at home continued into their re­tirement. J.D. was MBM execu­tive secretary from 1944 to 1967.
The extended Graber family continues the legacy of mission and service. Among the Graber children, grandchildren and their spouses are mission workers, Mennonite college professors, a seminary president, a pastor and medical personnel.
She is survived by a daughter, Eleanor Kreider, an MBM mis­sion worker in England; a son, Ronald, of Aibonito, Puerto Rico; seven grandchildren and 14 great­grandchildren. Three sisters and four brothers are deceased.
A memorial service was held Jan. 16 at Prairie Street Men­nonite Church in Elkhart, officiated by grandson Andrew Krei­der.

From Mennonite Weekly Review, February 3, 2000, page 3
Submitted by: Joe Springer, Goshen, IN

Grieser, Galen D.

Galen D. Grieser, 94, Wauseon, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold, where he had resided since 1991.
Born May 5, 1905, near Wauseon, he was a son of Edward and Aldina (Vonier) Grieser. He married Ada Rupp, Feb. 10, 1927, and she preceded him in death on June 25, 1989.
A lifelong resident of the Wauseon area, he farmed, was a brick layer, and with his wife, owned and operated the former My-T-Fine Restaurant in Wauseon from 1958 to 1965.
He was a member of the Central Mennonite Church, Archbold.
He is survived by two sons, Richard L. (Conna) Grieser, and J. R. (Mary) Grieser, both of rural Archbold; four daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Geneva) Good, Archbold; Mrs. Gene (Wauneta) Meller, Mrs. Don (Linda) Vasvery, and Mrs. Randy (Diane) Nafziger, all of Wauseon; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a sister, Marjorie Frey, Archbold.
Services were Friday, 10 a.m., at the Central Mennonite Church. Randy Nafziger, James Groeneweg, and Edwin Allen, pastors, officiated the ceremony. Burial followed in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 15 Mar 2000
Submitted by: Mona Mann

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