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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 - L

LAPP, John Z.;   LEHMAN, Elsie;   Leidig, Debra Anne;   Liechty, Doris E.;   Lind, Gerald Lee;   Lind, Katie Yoder;   LONGENECKER, Anna Ruth;  

LAPP, John Z.

SS# 219-58-2846   Born: 7-22-1915, Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.   Died: 6-26-2001, Gordonville, Pa.

Husband of: Sarah K. King Lapp.  Son of: Christ L. and Leah Zook Lapp.

Father of: Leah K. Lapp, at home, Sylvia K. (Aaron K.) Esh of Quarryville, Pa., Christ K. (Anna Mary Stoltzfus) Lapp, David K. (Sadie Mae Stoltzfus) Lapp of Gordonville, Pa.  Grandchildren: 31.  Stepgrandchildren: 4.  Stepgreat-grandchild: 1.  Great Grandchildren: 97

John was a member of Old Order Amish Church, and ran Centerville Small Engine Shop.

Funeral Notice: Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral from the late home, 250A Centerville Road, Gordonville, Pa. on Thursday, October 21, 2004 June 28, 2001 at 9 a.m. Standard Time.  Interment will be in Myers Amish Cem., Leola, Pa.  Funeral arrangements by Furman Home for Funerals, Leola, Pa.
You may obtain the original obituary from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Wed.,
June 27, 2001, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard


SS# 340-50-1974.  Born: 4-8-1917, Goodville, Pa.  Died: 6-17-2001, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: Rev. John R. Lehman (9-13-1916 / 8-14-1989 / SS# 179-10-7420). Daughter of: Israel and Annie Rutt Lichty

Surviving: Son, John R. Jr. of Gilbert.  Grandsons: 2

Sister: Emma Hess of Lititz, Pa.

Preceded in death by: brothers, Harry and Sanford Lichty, and four sisters, Katie Weaver, Cora Hershey, Anna Mary Martin, Edna Lichty.

Elsie was a member of Richfield Mennonite Church, Richfield, Pa.  She was a homemaker and managed  a book store in Birmingham, Ala. and was a day-care worker in Lititz, Pa. area.

Funeral Notice: Stradling Funeral Home, 201 N. Church Ave, Ephrata, Pa., on Thursday June 21, 2001 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mahlon Hess Officiating.  Private interment in Millersville Mennonite Cem., Millersville, Pa.
Original obituary and photo can be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, Published Tuesday,
June 19, 2001, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichar

Leidig, Debra Anne

Debra Anne Leidig, 39, Mount Pleasant, Mich., died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at Central Michigan Community Hospital, Mount Pleasant.
            Born on Feb. 20, 1962, in Saginaw, Mich., she was a daughter of Melvin and Lois (Gisel) Leidig. At age seven, she went to live in a Mount Pleasant residential facility for children with multiple disabilities.
            Survivors include her parents, Melvin and Lois Leidig, Canton, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Scott (Shari) Holland, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and a grandmother, Mabel Stuckey, Archbold.
            Services were Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. at Short Funeral Home, Archbold. Melvin Leidig, Scott Holland, and James Roynon were the officiating pastors. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 5 Sep 2001
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Liechty, Doris E.
Doris E. Liechty, 78, Archbold, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2001, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold, where she had resided since July 26.
            Born June 24, 1923, in Roanoke, Ill.; a daughter of Rudy and Tillie (Stalter) Schertz, she married Herman Liechty on May 22, 1945. She lived her lifetime in the Archbold area, and was a homemaker and a member of the West Clinton. Mennonite Church, near Pettisville.
            She is survived by her husband; Herman; two sons, Allen (Ginny) Liechty, Archbold; and Eric (Debbie) Liechty, Edgewood, Ky.; five daughters, Galen (Carolyn) Wenger, Little Rock, Ark,; MyrI (Phyllis) Nofziger, Jay (Barbara) Detweiler, Kurt (Rachel) Eby; and Jud (Rita) Gingrich, Goshen, Ind.; 18 grandchildren; . two step-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; and one sister, Eugene (Lola) Basinger, Bluffton, Ohio.
            Memorial services were Monday, 11 a.m. at the West Clinton Mennonite Church. James Roynon and Ronald Guengerich were the officiating pastors. Burial preceded the service at the Pettisville Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 8 Aug 2001
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Lind, Gerald Lee 
November 14, 1941 - December 13, 2001

Gerald Lee Lind was born sixty years ago in Portland, Oregon, to Marcus and Salome Johnston Lind.  His early months of life were challenlged with premature birth, pneumonia and chicken pox.  Most of his life was lived with his parents outside of Salem, Oregon, next to Western Mennonite School which was founded and served by his father from the 1940's through '70s.  [dates as received]  The wooded acreage around Gerald's home was solace for hours of work cutting up  
the fallen trees to supply fuel for the wood furnace and fishing for crawdads in King Creek.  Gerald is known for his animated, friendly conversations, usually around the topics of birthdays, anniversaries and the next church potluck.  At one time, in 1992, a count was taken of people whose birthdays he recalled, and it added up to over seven hundred.

Gerald became a Christian when he as a teenager and was baptized at the Western Mennonite Church.  Over many years, while his father served as a bishop, he attended with his parents many Mennonite churches throughout the Willamette Valley.  He joyfully participated with accompanying hum and body motions in the congregational singing.

Gerald moved with his parents to a home at the Valley View Retirement Village in McMinnville in 1989.  In 1998, due to his medical needs, he moved into the residential facility, Rock of Ages Mennonite Home.  The administration and caretakers at Rock of Ages have been most devoted to Gerald's care and, as he put it, have been his buddies, often joining in conversation and laughter.

Gerald began employment at the Mid-Valley Industries, known to him as "the shop" in the mid-sixties.  In the beginning he worked at cutting wood for building pallets.  Then he progressed to many other tasks, including more recently, the assembly of tool kits.  His employment continued to the present, and has given Gerald many long-term friendships.

His father, Marcus F. Lind, preceded Gerald in death, in 1995.  His birth mother, Salome Johnston Lind, died when he was 11 years old.  His first step mother, Leah Kauffman Lind, died 8 years later.  Katie Yoder Lind became Gerald's mother in 1965.  She shared her love and energy with Gerald for 36 years, particularly gave her motherly support to him over the past year when he underwent reconstructive hip surgery.  After Katie's death, Gerald gave a weekly count, "Well, Katie is (blank) Sunday's [sic] in heaven, now."  This weekend he  
would have said that Katie is 17 Sundays in heaven.  Surviving Gerald is one brother, Loren J. Lind of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and one sister, Mary Ellen Lind of Corvallis, Oregon.

Gerald's cremains will be buried on his mother's grave at 10 a.m. Friday, the 21st of December.  All are welcome to join his family for a quiet time of remembrance at the Willamette Memorial Park Cemetery in Albany, Oregon.

Written by his sister Mary Ellen Lind
Submitted by Hope Kauffman Lind

Lind, Katie Yoder
, 1913-2001

Sister Katie Yoder Lind, beloved mother of Mary Ellen, Gerald and Loren, and wife of the deceased brother Marcus F. Lind, was born on July 8, 1913, about seven miles north of Wellman, Iowa.  She was the oldest of three children born to Christian J. and Mary E. (Miller) Yoder.  Her brothers are Harold, who is in attendance here, and Curtis, recently deceased.

Katie's family lived in Oregon near Albany from 1926 to 1928, where Katie completed the eighth grade.  The family then returned to the Iowa farm of her grandparents, which was home to Katie until she married.

As a young women, she worked as a child-care worker at the Children's Home in Kansas City, and at the Mennonite Mission in Hannibal, Missouri.  In 1941 she graduated from the two-year Christian Workers' Course at Hesston [Kansas] College and Bible School, and remained the next two years as matron in the girl's dormitory.

She received her B.A. in Bible from Eastern Mennonite College at Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1949.  Except for a year's leave of absence when Katie and her mother lived in Kansas, [when] Katie worked at the Halstead Hospital, she taught at Iowa Mennonite School near her home.

She married Marcus Lind in June 1965, and moved with him to their home near Salem, Oregon, and assisted in his duties as a pastor and a teacher at Western Mennonite Church and School.  She dedicated herself to the loving care of her youngest son, Gerald, and his special needs, encouraging his naturally outgoing way of relating to people, and continued with this support for the rest of her life.

A writer and author, she researched and wrote "From Hazelbrush to Cornfields," a history of the early Amish-Mennonite settlement of southeastern Iowa published in 1994.  She also completed a cookbook of early Mennonite recipes including stories, yet to be published, and began a work on the life of her son Gerald.

Katie grew up in the West Union Mennonite Church, where her grandfather was bishop and her father a minister.  She was a member of the Ballston Mennonite Fellowship with her husband during the 1980s and 90s and also attended Sheridan Mennonite Church until the time of her death.  They moved with Gerald to the Rock of Ages Valley-View Retirement community in 1989.

Katie died peacefully at her Valley-View home at the age of 88 after a brief illness with cancer, on Tuesday, August 14 [2001].  She is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, her brother Harold of Kalona, Iowa, and seven nieces and nephews.

(obituary, apparently read at Katie's funeral,
sent to Hope Kauffman Lind from Loren Lind)

Katie Y. Lind   

A funeral for Katie Y. Lind of McMinnville [Oregon] will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sheridan Mennonite Church, with the Rev. Gary Nice and the Rev. Maynard Headings officiating.  Interment will be in Willamette Memorial Park, Albany.
The chapel of Macy & Son Funeral Directors, McMinnville, will be open for visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday.
Mrs. Lind died Aug. 14, 2001, in the Rock of Ages Home, McMinnville.  She was 88.
She was born July 8, 1913, in Wellman, Iowa, the daughter of Christian J. and Mary E. Miller Yoder.  She was raised near Wellman.   After completing high school, she attended Hesston College and Bible School in Hesston, Kan.  In 1949 she was matron of a girls dormitory at the college.

She attended Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va., graduating in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in Bible studies.  She then taught at Iowa Mennonite School until 1965, taking a year off to work in Halstead Hospital in Kansas.
She and Marcus Lind were married in 1965.
She and her husband moved to Oregon, settling near Salem, and she became a teacher at Western Mennonite School.  She moved to the Rock of Ages Valley View Retirement community in 1989.  Since 1965, she also had cared for and encouraged her special needs stepson, Gerald.

Mrs. Lind belonged to Ballston Mennonite Church.  She had researched and written a book, 'From Hazelbrush to Cornfields," on the history of early Mennonite settlements in southeastern Iowa.  She enjoyed quilting with other women and writing.

Survivors include two stepsons, Loren Lind of Rockwood, Ontario, and Gerald Lind of McMinnville; a stepdaughter, Mary Ellen Lind of Corvallis; a brother, Harold Yoder, of Kalona, Iowa; and five step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1995 and by a brother.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rock of Ages in care of Macy & Son, 135 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128.

(from the August 16, 2001, News-Register, McMinnville, Oregon,
sent to Hope Kauffman Lind by Mary Ellen Lind)


"Remembering Katie Lind," by David Lehman
"If I would have asked Katie Lind for an interview she would have said, 'why would anyone want to read about me?'  Then she would have laughed."
Katie Yoder was born July 8, 1913, in Wellman, Iowa.  She attended Hesston and Eastern Mennonite colleges and graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies in 1949. She married Marcus LInd, Western's founder, in 1965 and moved to Oregon where she began teaching  home economics at WMS until 1971.
Katie is remembered for her mentoring influence.  She led by example and always looked for the positive.  After discussions with Katie, students desired what was best spiritually, not because she demanded, but because she inspired.     
Memories of Katie are accompanied by smiles.  Bob Baker '&4, Dean of Students, remembered her as being "a hard-lined, but in a gentle way."  Jesse Zook '09 loved listening to Katie's stories and appreciated her sincere interest in his life.
In addition to raising a family, teaching and church involvement, Katie authored two books.  One ws regarding the history of Amish-Mennonites in Iowa and the other a recipe collection.
Katie was a person who lived what she believed.  She took the Mennonite values of simplicity, humility, and nonresistance and applied them to her daily life.  Her home was simple, her dress was plain, and she gave God the credit for all her achievements.  Katie passed away August 14 at her home in McMinnville, Ore.  She was 88 years old.

[sent to Hope Kauffman Lind from Mary Ellen Lind,
from "In Touch," the Western Mennonite School alumni newsletter]
Submitted by: Hope Kauffman Lind

Social Security# 171-20-8540  Born: 8-13-1924, Brownstown, Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 6-7-2001, Baltimore, Maryland

Wife of: Phares B. Longenecker (1-2-1923 / 6-1983 / SS# 191-18-7759)

Daughter of: H. Landis and Elizabeth Mellinger Bair

Mother of: Daughters, Ava Lee (George) Martin of Marietta, Dianne E. (Fred) Stover of Souderton, Pa., Audrey J. (Everett) Bender of Streetsboro, Ohio and Ferne E. (Martin) Miller of Landisville, Pa.One son, Duane B. (Carol Blank) Longenecker of Atlanta. Grandchildren: 12
Sisters, Miriam (Leon) Buckwalter of Lititz, Pa. and Martha (Ben) Hershey of Immokalee, Fla; and a half-brother, J. Mark (Linda) Bair Of Columbia, Pa.

Preceded in death by brother, John Bair.

Anna was a member of Bossler Mennonite Church, Elizabethtown, Pa. where she was president of the sewing circle.  She volunteered at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, The International Gift and Thrift Shop in Mt. Joy, and Choice Books, Salunga, Pa.  She enjoyed gardening. She and Phares owned and operated a dairy farm in West Donegal Twp. for many years.

Services: Bossler Mennonite Church at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., June 13, 2001, with Pastor Fred M. Garber officiating.  Visitors may call at the Frank Miller Funeral Home on Tues. June 12, 2001 from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be in Bossler Mennonite Church Cem., Elizabethtown, Pa.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained
from Intelligencer Journal, Published
Saturday, June 9, 2001, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

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