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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  H

  Hart, Emma E. Yoder; . .   Hartzler, Leroy J.;. .   Hartzler, Martin S.; . .  Heller, Samuel Dale ; . . Hoover, Kathryn Schmucker ; . .  

Hart, Emma E. Yoder

Oct. 10, 1917-Aug. 8, 2000

ELKHART - Emma E. Hart, 82, of Stratford Commons, formerly of C. R. 30, died at 1:19 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at Elkhart General Hospital.
She was born in Olive Township on Oct. 10, 1917, to Harvey N. and Eliza   (Newcomer) Yoder and married Frank B. Hart in Havertown, Pa., on Sept. 20, 1956. He died Aug. 20, 1989.

Mrs. Hart is survived by a sister, Mrs. Howard (Miriam) Wenger of Adair, Okla.; and five brothers, Merrill J., Ivan B., Earl L. and Carl E. Yoder, all of Goshen, and David W. Yoder of Elkhart. One brother, Paul E. Yoder, is deceased.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home in Wakarusa and one hour before the 10:30 a.m. Thursday service at Bible Baptist Church, Wakarusa. The Rev David Harper will officiate, followed by burial at Olive West Cemetery.

Mrs. Hart moved to Elkhart in 1974 from Landsdown, Pa.  She was a retired nurse and department store clerk and a member of Bible Baptist Church.

Memorials may be given to the church.
Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Hartzler, Leroy J.
, 90, of Belleville, PA died September 22, 2000, at Valley View Haven Belleville, PA. He was born July 26, 1910, in Belleville, PA. to Thomas B. and Bertha (Stolzfus) Hartzler. His wife, Sadie (Kauffman) Hartzler, whom he married September 2, 1934, died April 6, 1977.  

He was a member of Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, PA. Surviving are: children, Lee M. Hartzler, Belleville, PA Kenneth J. Hartzler, Newton, KS., and Mrs. Frank (Kathy) Chambers, Lewistown, PA; a sister, Mrs. Paul (Cora) Yoder, Belleville, PA; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Lester Hartzler on April 3, 1989; a sister, Mrs. Lester (Amanda) Zook; and brothers, Jesse Hartzler, Thomas Hartzler, Raymond Hartzler, Paul Hartzler, and Jefferson Hartzler.

He was a dairy farmer and a truck driver for D.K. Hostetler.  

Funeral service was September 26, 2000 at the Locust Grove Mennonite Church, with the Rev. Max Hook and the Rev. Erie Renno officiating. Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, Belleville, PA.
Source: Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania Obituaries OnLine
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Hartzler, Martin S.
, 79, of Mill Creek, PA died August 24, 2000, at Altoona Hospital. He was born January 8, 1921, in Belleville, PA to Urie D. and Mary E. "Mamie" (King) Hartzler. His wife, Sadie E. (Kauffman) Hartzler, whom he married May 11, 1947, survives.

Also surviving are: a foster son, Ronald Ritz, Somerset, PA; a sister, Mrs. Glen (Alta) Hartzler, Belleville, PA; foster sisters, Mrs. Crist (Rhoda) Peachey, Reedsville, PA and Lorene Kauffman, Spring Mills, PA.

He was preceded in death by two infant sisters, Ada and a stillborn; and two infant brothers.  He was a member of the Allensville Mennonite Church and the Senior Men's Golden Age Sunday School Class. He also taught Sunday school at Otelia Mennonite Church, Mount Union, PA was a former member of the Big Valley Men's Chorus, and served in C.P.S. during World War II.

Funeral service was August 28, 2000 at the Allensville Mennonite Church with the Rev. Philip Barr and the Rev. Paul Bender officiating. Interment was in the Allensville Mennonite Cemetery, Allensville, PA.
Source: Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania Obituaries OnLine
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Heller, Samuel Dale
, 1 day, died June 3, 2000 at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. He was born June 2, 2000 to Dale E. and Rosemary F. (Weaver) Heller of Metter, GA,

Survivied by his parents, to brothers, Daniel and Melvin Heller, a sister, Susanna Heller all of Metter; his maternal grandparents, Chester C. and Esther (Rudolpf) Weaver of Carlisle, Pa.; his paternal grandparents, Elwood S. and Gloria Heller of Annville, Pa.; and his great-grandfather, Samuel R. Weaver of Carlisle, Pa.

Graveside service: was June 8 2000 in Metter Mennonite Cemetery conducted by Elder Dewey Hugh Lee

Source: Savannah Morning News, Savanna, Georiga
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Kathryn Schmucker
October 29, 1911 – January 8, 2000

Kathryn S. Hoover, 88 of 1225 Greencroft Dr.,  died at The Gables,  Greencroft Health Care, Saturday at 8:45 PM, January 8, 2000, where she had lived since suffering a stroke in February 1998.

The daughter of Noah C. & Ida (Miller) Schmucker she was born in LaGrange County, IN on October 29, 1911 and married George E. Hoover at Goshen, IN on January 1, 1935.  He died on March 16, 1987.
She is survived by four sons, Melvin (Georgia), Floyd (Esther), both of Elkhart, William (Nancy) of  Mauldin, SC, John (Donna) of Circleville, UT and by five daughters, Thelma (Rufus) Martin of Nappanee, Ruth (Frank) Richards, Eva (Basil) Borntreger, both of Goshen, Marie (Ron) Troyer, and Lois (Marty) Martin, both of Elkhart; two foster children, Vernon Dudley and Grace Dudley; 33 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; two sisters, Rosa Cross and Edna Mast, both of Goshen.
Two daughters, Shirley Reichelt and Gladys Hoover, one grandchild, Jerry Hoover, two brothers, William and Willard, and one sister, Esther Schmucker, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 11, at the Yellow Creek Mennonite church cabin, CR 11 & 38, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM.  Burial will be Wednesday morning in the Yellow Creek Cemetery at 9:00 A.M.

Memorial services, in charge of Ben Shirk and Wes Bontrager will be at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, 200 N. 23rd St. Goshen, at 10:30 A.M where she was a member.

In Memory of Kathryn Schmucker Hoover

Today we buried the earthly shell of what was our mom and our grandma.  But, we don’t want to remember just a shell.  We want to remember the life and vitality that was hers.  We want to remember how she enjoyed life, accepted change, and looked forward to new experiences  with enthusiasm and courage.

Since her stroke in February 1998 her life was a real challenge.  For the most part she accepted her limitations – paralyzed left arm, inability to walk by herself, and a speech impediment  with good humor.  Her body was giving out but her mind remained active.  She enjoyed visitors and wanted to keep up with family and friends.

What do we remember about Mom and Grandma?

She liked chickens.  As a young girl she helped her father hatch and raise laying hens. They sold dressed chickens at market. Later, as a hired girl, she helped dress chickens, sold chickens, and canned chickens.  Then she married a chicken farmer. All this working with chickens did not lessen her enjoyment of eating chicken.  We, her family and friends, remember a lot of good fried chicken, baked chicken, and barbecued chicken. We remember  with less enjoyment feeding chickens, catching chickens, killing chickens, and dressing chickens.

She was a hard worker. She expected us to be the same – sometimes it worked, often not.  She wanted us to have a plan for what we were to do.  One of her often repeated phrases was, “Be efficient, have a system!”

She liked to work outside. She was the oldest in her family so she became her father’s helper.
She spent many hours in the field plowing. When she was 14 – 16 years old the family lived in Arkansas and raised rice. She walked the levees and helped flood the rice fields. At one time they had a garage. She learned to take apart the Model T Ford and put it together again. At the time she learned to drive a car they did not have to have driver’s licenses.

Mom and Pop liked children.  Due to physical problems they were able to have only four children born to them.  This did not end their dream of a large family.  When new opportunities came to them they were able to enlarge their family by adopting five children.  This was not enough either, so there were four foster children.  This is not counting other people who were given a home at their house when it was needed.

She needed lots of food for this big family.  This meant a large garden. It also meant that this large family was put to work – planting, hoeing, weeding, and harvesting!. With all these vegetables there was also a large flower garden. We wondered if this was really necessary but Mom got much enjoyment from her flowers.

Mom raised her family and then she helped raise her grandchildren.  She enjoyed babysitting – Did we take too much advantage of that?  But what fond memories the grandchildren and great-grandchildren have of birthday cakes, making cookies, and clothes made by Grandma.

She and Pop lived together for 52 years.  When he went home in 1987 she was very lonely but she faced her new life with courage and determination.  Immediately after the funeral she told the rest of the family that no one needed to stay with her, she knew she would have to be alone, and she might as well start getting used to it. As long as she was able to she did volunteer work, took trips, and helped her family.

Mom and Grandma was a growing person.  At the time she moved to Arkansas with her parents and siblings she was in the 7th grade. Since she was needed on the rice farm she never returned to school. This did not in any way stop her learning.  She read much. She often told us she learned from her children as they learned new things at school. After she was in her 80’s she had a computer and learned to send and receive E-mail from her widely scattered family.

She knew what she believed and was fearless in expressing it.  In her first diary at age 22 she wrote, “I’m 5 ft. 2 in. tall, weigh 117 lbs, have light brown hair and blue eyes.  People say I don’t know when to quit talking.  I suppose they’re right, but sometimes I don’t know what to say.  I’m very changeable. I try to be real cheerful all the time, but sometimes it’s real hard.  But I’ll try from now on to live a truer Christian life than I have so far. ‘Trusting Him we believe that the blessings we’re needing, We’ll surely receive.’ My motto: Trust & be true.”  Her faith did not, however, allow her to reject people, even if she disagreed with a person’s actions.  She prayed faithfully for all in her large family.

Several years ago she left her family some notes about what she would like at her funeral, such as the order of service, songs, and scripture. One of her favorite songs was Amazing Grace.  She always said, “If you use it be sure to sing all four verses! The last verse meant a great deal to her:

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    Than when we’ve first begun.

Then she said, “But I don’t care what you do, I won’t be here!”

Don’t just remember Mom and Grandma as she was this last while, with her handicaps. Remember her as vigorous and strong, happy and enthusiastic, always with some goal in mind.   (Remember how you had to run to keep up with her in town?)  

Remember her now as healed and reunited with Grandpa and the other loved ones who have gone on before.

At the bottom of the scrap of paper on which she had written her funeral suggestions she also left a message for us who have been left behind:

“Meet you in the morning
Love you all.                      
Thelma Hoover Martin
January 9, 2000

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