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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.

 2001 - G

Garman, Paul S.;  Gautsche, LeAnna M. Sauder;   Geesey, Judy M.;   Glick,  Jonas S.;   Gongwer, Verna J. Blosser;    Graber, Anna Karen Swartz;  


Born: 3-9-1916, Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 6-23-2001, 175 W. Church St., Denver, Pa.

Husband of: Emma N. Weaver Garman, 62 years in Nov.  Son of: Isaac H. and Annie G. Sauder Garman

Surviving Sons: Leon, at home, Luke (Mary Ann Weaver) Garman, Lamar (Eileen Seibel) Garman, both of Denver, Pa.  Lawrence (Anna Mary Martin) Garman of Quarryville, Pa., Landis (Lois Ann Gingrich) Garman of Manheim, Pa.
Surviving Daughters: Erma (Mahlon S.) Martin of Lititz, Pa., Anna (Leon S.) Musser of Manheim, Martha Jane (Phares S.) Hurst of Leola, Pa., Esther Mae (Robert S.) Burkholder of Millerstown, Pa., Irene (Joel) Showalter of New Holland, Pa.
Grandchildren: 55.  reat-grandchildren: 49

Sisters: Anna S. Musser of Myerstown, Pa., and Emma S. Oberholtzer of Annville, Pa.
Brothers: Christian S. Garman of Ephrata, Pa., Joseph S. (Edna H. Seibel) Garman, and Moses S. (Edna M. Zimmerman) Garman, both of Lititz, Pa., Isaac S. (Eva Nolt) Garman of New Holland, Pa.

Paul was a member of Springville Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Pa.  He was a retired farmer.

Funeral Notice: Roseboro Funeral Home, 6th & Walnut Street, Denver Pa. on Friday, June 30, 2001, at 9 a.m. with Bishop Lester B. Martin
Officiating.  Further services at Springville Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining Springville Mennonite Cem.,  Friends and Relatives may call at Farmcrest Chapel at Fairmount Home, 219 Cats Back Rd., Ephrata, Pa. on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m..  Please omit flowers.
Original obituary may be obtained from the
Intelligencer Journal, Published, Monday,
June 25, 2001, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Gautsche, LeAnna M. Sauder

LeAnna M. Sauder Gautsche, 73, Archbold, died Friday, June, 15, 2001, Fulton Manor, Wauseon, where she had resided 12 days.
Born Jan. 25, 1928, near Pettisville, she was a daughter of Harry and Viola (Yedica) Sauder. She married Dale Gautsche on Aug. 28, 1948. A lifelong resident of the Pettisville and Archbold area, she was a Pettisville School bus driver, and in 1976 she and her husband opened the Die Alt Scheier Restaurant in Sauder Villlage. Later they began a bed and breakfast in their home at Pettisville. In 1996 they retired and moved to a Fairlawn duplex. She was involved in Mennonite Economic Development Association, Fairlawn Haven activities, Mennonite Women, and the Fulton County Health Center volunteers. She was a charter member of the Tedrow Mennonite Church.
She is survived by her husband, Dale; three sons; Kevin (Angela) Gautsche, Camden, Mich.; Luther (Mary Ann) Gautche, rutal Archbold, and LaDell Gautsche, Denver, Colo.; one daughter, Mrs. Miichael (Alonna) Spmnger, Lancaster, Pa.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Troyer, Elida, and Mrs. Allen (Donna) Gnagey, Archbold.
Memorial services were Monnday, 4 p.m. at the church. Randy Nafziger was the officiating pastor. Burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 20 Jun 2001
Submitted by: Mona Mann


Born: 12-27-1954, Lancaster, Pa.  Died: 6-20-2001, New Providence, Pa.

Wife of: Fred R. Geesey.  Daughter of: Daniel Clymer and Eva I. Bingeman Clymer Nolt.  Stepdaughter of Richard B. Nolt.

Mother of: Douglas M., Kurtis M., Kyle J., Jean E. (Henry R.) Eberly of Marion, Oh., Lois A. (Robert) Good of Denver, Pa.
Brother: Dale R. (Phyllis) Clymer of York, Pa.

Judy was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa.  She was a homemaker and loved crocheting, cooking, baking, and traveling to mountains and the beach.

Services: Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Hwy. East, Lancaster, Pa. on Sunday at 1:30 p.m..  Burial in adjoining cem.
Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, Published Friday,
June 22, 2001, Lancaster, Pa
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

GLICK,  Jonas S.

Born: 4-17-1962, Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 6-1-2001, Lancaster Gen. Hosp., Lancaster, Pa.

Son of: David W. and Sarah Stoltzfus Glick
Jonas died in a farm accident.  He was running a manure spreader and accidentally fell off and was either run over or dragged.  He suffered head injuries from which he did not recover.  He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Survivors include 7 sisters: Katie (Elmer) Fisher and Linda (Samuel) King, both of Bird-In-Hand, Pa., Barbara (John) Stoltzfoos of Holtwood, Anna (Amos) Fisher and Miriam (John W.) Glick Jr, both of Mill Hall, Sadie (John) Beiler of Strasburg, and Mary (Simeon) Stoltzfus of Millersburg.  Three brothers, Jacob (Barbara King) Glick of Lancaster, Benuel (Katie King) Glick of Paradise, and David (Ruth Beiler) Glick of Port Royal, Pa.

Services were held in the home followed by burial in Beiler Amish Cemetery, Ronks, Pa.
Original obituary can be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Saturday, June 2, 2001, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Gongwer, Verna J. Blosser
June 15,1933 -March 18, 2001

GOSHEN - Verna J. Gongwer, 67, of 66369 C.R. 9, died at 9:20 a.m. Sunday (March 18, 2001) at her residence. She had been ill since 1997. She , was born June 15, 1933, in Harrison Township to  Oscar and Mabel (Martin) Blosser. She married Dale Gongwer June 17, 1951.

He survives with two daughters, Mrs. Enos (Connie) Davidhizar of Wakarusa and Mrs. Jeffrey (Beth) Fervida of Milford; three sons, Dennis of Columbus, Ohio, Steven R. of Goshen and Michael of Anderson; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Mrs. Melvin (Irma) Crilow of Goshen; and three brothers, Kenneth Blosser of Elkhart and Lavon Blosser and Gerald Blosser, both of  Goshen.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the  Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home in Wakarusa. A private burial will take place Thursday morning in Yellow Creek Cemetery. A public memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Pastor Wes Bontreger and Pastor Katie Cunningham, both of Yellow  Creek Mennonite Church, will officiate.

Memorials may be given to Elkhart Community Hospice or Ribbon of Hope at Elkhart General Hospital.

Mrs. Gongwer was a 1951 graduate of Wakarusa High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 2001
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Graber, Anna Karen Swartz

Anna Karen (Swartz) Graber, 83, Stryker, died Tuesday, April 25, 2001, at the Dilworth Center, Montpelier.
Born in Peabody, Kan., on June 12, 1917, he [sic] was the son of J. Clyde and Anna (Flisher) Swartz. On June 7, 1942, she married Charles J. Graber, and he survives. She was a member of Pine Grove Mennonite Church, where she had helped with sewing on a monthly basis with the WMSC, and in her earlier years she taught summer Bible School.
She graduated from the Mennnonite School of Nursing, LaJunta, Colo., in 1940. She worked as a registered nurse at the former Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, from 1940~1942 and then at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, in Archbold, from 1964-1978.
Surviving besides her husband, Charles, is one son, John (Juanita) Graber, Stryker; one daughter, Mrs. Jim (Ann K.) Hershberger, Harrrisonburg, Va.; four grandchildren; and one brother, Ernest Swartz, Sarasota, Fla.
A memorial service was 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Pine Grove Mennnonite Church. Bob Yates was the offfciating pastor.  Burial preceded in the Lockport Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 2 May 2001
Submitted by: Mona Mann

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