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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.

 2001 - A to B

        Beiler, Baby Boy;   Beiler, Christian E.;   Bernath, Richard C.;    Brubacher, Elaine Z.;   Brubaker, Ethel G.  Buzzard, Joseph R. 

BEILER, Baby Boy, stillborn

Born: 6-16-2001, Lancaster, Pa.  Died: 6-16-2001, Lancaster, Pa.

Son of: B. John and Elizabeth Lantz Beiler of Leola, Pa.

Survivors: Sisters, Rebecca, Fannie, Emma, Verna, at home. Paternal Grandfather: Elias Beiler of Leola, Pa. Maternal Grandparents: David P. and Emma Lantz of Gordonville, Pa.

Original obituary can be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Tuesday,
June 19, 2001, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

BEILER, Christian E.,

Social Security # 210-30-9157. Born: 11-22-1908, Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.Died: 5-31-2001, Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Husband of: Rachel S. Lapp Beiler (11-9-1909 / 6-1995 / SS# 184-36-9657)

Son of: George W. and Susie Kauffman Beiler

Father of: Sons, Aaron (Naomi Beiler) Beiler and Calvin (Lillian Kauffman) Beiler, both of Kinzers, Pa., George (Rhoda Stoltzfus) Beiler of Gordonville, Pa., Elvin (Ruth Zook) Beiler, Roman (Fannie Stoltzfus) Beiler, and Kenneth (Anna Mary Stoltzfoos) Beiler, all of Paradise, Pa.
Daughters, Minerva (Raymond S.) Kauffman of Burgettstown, Mary Sue (David E.) King of Mifflinburg, Pa., Erma (Christian) Zook of Gap, and
Alta Mae Beiler of Ronks, Pa.

Grandchildren: 54. Great-grandchildren: 140. Great-Great-grandson: 1. Stepgrandchildren: 6. Stepgreat-grandchildren: 6. Stepgreat-great-grandchildren: 5.

Sisters: Mary K. Yoder of Bird-In-Hand, Pa. and Katie Augsburger of New Holland, Pa.

Preceded in death: Two daughters, Lillian Stoltzfus and a stillborn child, sons Melvin and Lloyd, a brother, Elmer and two sisters, Lillian King
and Hilda Stoltzfus.

Christian was an ordained minister for Weavertown Amish-Mennonite Church from 1959-2000.

He also was a farmer and a sales clerk for Kauffman's Fruit Farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pa.

Services: Weavertown Amish-Mennonite Church , 2908 Church Road, Bird-In- Hand, Pa., Monday 10:00 a.m. with officiating clergy, Aaron Lapp Jr. And John U. Lapp.  Intement in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary, Lancaster Intelligence Journal,
published Friday, June 1, 2001.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Bernath, Richard C.

Richard C. Bernath, 81, Stryker, died Sunday, June 24, 2001 in his home.
Born in Stryker on June 9, 1920, he was a son of Charles and Gertrude (Cramer) Bernath. He married Vivian Replogle on May 29,1942, and she preceded him in death on June 14, 2001. He was a retired mail carrier and an air force veteran of WWII.  His memberships included the First Baptist Church, Stryker, Stryker American Legion, Williams County Historical Society and the Stryker Sportsman Club.
Surviving are three sons: Roger Bernath, Layton, Utah; Charles (Rosemary) Battle Creek, Mich.; William (Pam) Bernath, Stryker; three daughters, Mrs. Sharilyn Black, Ada, Okla.; Mrs. Timothy (Pamela) Oberlin, Stryker; and Mrs. Jan (Laura) Schlosser, Bryan; 14 grandchildren; nine greattgrandchildren; one brother, James Bernath, Stryker; two sisters, Ruth Miller, Sarasota, Fla.; and Mary. Jane Juillard, Stryker.
Funeral services are Friday, 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, Stryker. Daniel Douglass and Ernest Belella are the officiatting pastors. Burial will follow in the Evansport Cemetery with miliitary rites. Calling hours are Thursday, 2-9 p.m.    
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 27 Jun 2001
Submitted by: Mona Mann


Social Security# 170-66-7108  Born: 7-20-1966, Greenwich Twp., Berks Co., Pa. Died: 6-3-2001, East Earl, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Daughter of: Daniel N. and Mabel S. Zimmerman Brubacher

Survivors: Stepmother Mabel W. Shirk Brubacher of Lenhartsville,
Sisters: Anna Z. Brubacher and Emma Mae Brubacher and Mary Ella (Mark) Hoover of Owen, Wis.
Brothers: David Z., Elvin Z., both of Thorpe, Wis, Daniel Z. and Eugene Z., both of Withee, Wis.
Half Sister: Arlene (Elton) Sauder of Kutztown.
Grandfather: Noah R. Shirk of Narvon, Pa.

Preceded in death: Two brothers, Marvin and Earl

Service: From the Elton Sauder home at 590 Bowers Road, Kutztown, Pa. at 9 a.m. with further services at 9:30 a.m. at Center Mennonite Church, Kutztown, Pa.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Original obituary can be obtained from
Intelligence Journal, published
6-4-2001, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard


SS# 194-22-6282 .  Born: 2-15-1911, Manheim Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.   ied: 6-21-2001, Moravian Manor, Lititz, Pa.

Daughter of: Jacob S. and Anna Mae Garber Brubaker

Survivors:  Brothers, Ezra G. (Esther) Brubaker of Manheim, Pa., Paul G. (Martha) Brubaker of Lititz, Pa., Elwood G. of East Petersburg, Pa.
Sisters, Anna Mae (Harold) Sauder of Beavertown, Pa. and Ruth G. Brubaker of East Petersburg. 

Preceded in death by: Sister, Elizabeth G. Esbenshade, and Brother, Henry G. Brubaker.

Ethel was a member of Landis Valley Mennonite Church.  She worked at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, Pa. and also did bagging at the American Feed Co., Lancaster. 

Services: Landis Valley Mennonite Church, 2420 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, Pa. on Monday, June 25, at 10:00 a.m. With Rev. Thomas Horst officiating.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary can be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published Friday,
June 22, 2001, Lancaster, Pa
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Buzzard, Joseph R.

July 30,1907-Dec. 25, 2001

GOSHEN - Joseph Raymond Buzzard, 94, of 1300 Greencroft Drive, died in his home at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2001). He was born July 30, 1907, in Washington, Ill., to A.L. and Cora (Shoemaker) Buzzard and married Nellie Nusbaum in Newton, Kan., on Oct. 25, 1932. She died Sept. 29, 1999.

Mr. Buzzard is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Royce (Eileen) Roth of Crawfordsville, Iowa; a son, Gerald (Nina) of Greensburg, Pa.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepgreat-greatgrandchildren; and two sisters, Lois Yoder of Elkhart and Ruth Hemingway of Goshen.

Two sisters, Florence Yoder and Miriam Nofzinger; and two brothers, J. Milton and Harold, are deceased.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Gathering Place in the Evergreen Place, Greencroft, with Pastors Rosemary Widmer and Firman Gingerich of College Mennonite Church officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Street Cemetery.

Mr. Buzzard lived in Elkhart from 1927 to 1954 and worked as a chief accountant and office manager at Elkhart Packing Co. from 1930 to 1954. He then served as treasurer of Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pa., until his retirement in 1973.

He was a member of College Mennonite Church, past president of the Elkhart Exchange Club, Scottdale Rotary Club and the Little Eden Camping Association and served on the board of the Elkhart County Symphony from 1951 to 1954. He also served on the boards of Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Pa., and the Scottdale YMCA.

Mr. Buzzard served on the executive committee of the Mennonite Board of Missions and as treasurer of the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center and the Allegheny Mennonite Conference.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN, Dec. 27, 2001
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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