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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.

 2002  C to F

Charles, Howard H. ; . . Clemmer, Cleason M. ; . .  Crossgrove, Charity A. ;   Denlinger, Edna M. ;   Denlinger, Edna M. ; . . Derstine, Sarah L. Gehman ; . .   Eberly, Reuben W. ;   Ebersole, Benjamin K. Sr. ;   Ebersole, Daniel ;   Ebersole, Susan L. ;   Eby, Russell B. ;    Eby, Wilmer (Rev) ; . .   Fetterman, Lueen L. Crossgrove ;   Fisher, Jonathan J. ;    Fisher, Paul L. ;   Fisher, Samuel E. ;   Fisher, Sarah K. ;    Fisher, Steven K. ;   Foster, John C. ;   Frey, Elias H. ;     Frey, Jesse J. ;    Frey, Lester J ;. . . Friesen, Genevieve Yoder   

Charles, Howard H.

July 19,1915-March 16, 2002

GOSHEN — Howard H. Charles, 86, of 1530 Sycamore Court, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday (March 16, 2002) in Greencroft Terraces Healthcare.

He was born on July 19, 1915 in Lititz, Pa., to Christian and Ellen (Hess) Charles. He married Miriam J. Stalter on July 19, 1947, in Elida, Ohio. She survives with two sons. J. Robert (Sylvia) Charles, Goshen and Thomas K. (Kristine) Charles, State College. Pa.; one sister, Anna Mae Fretz, Vineland, Ontario, Canada; and five grandchildren.

One daughter. Ruth Ann Charles, and one brother J. Wilbur Charles, preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Monday at the Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in East Goshen Mennonite Church. The Rev. Steve Slagel will officiate. There will be a family graveside service at Violett Cemetery prior to the memorial service.

Mr. Charles was a professor of New Testament at Goshen College and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary from 1947 until his retirement in 1989. Prior to his teaching career in Indiana, he was ordained and served as pastor of the Lititz Mennonite Church from 1943 to 1947.

He served in teaching assignments under the Mennonite Board of Missions in Japan in 1961 and Ghana, West Africa, in 1973 and 1974. For more than 30 years he contributed monthly essays on biblical themes to Builder, a resource for adult Sunday School teachers produced by Mennonite Publishing House Scottdale, Pa. He also served as the first New Testament editor of Believers Church Bible Commentary series.

Mr. Charles studied at Eastern Mennonite College and completed his undergraduate studies at Goshen College in 1940. He also received degrees from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. Va., and Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1950 to 1952, he studied at New College in Edinburgh, Scotland, and earned a doctor of philosophy degree in New Testament from there in 1958. He was Fellow at Mansfield College in Oxford, England, in 1965 and 1966.

He was a member of Fast Goshen Mennonite Church.

Memorials may be given to Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary or Mennonite Board of Missions.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 17, 2002
From Robert Fish Collection


Clemmer, Cleason M.
May 10, 1923 - July 20, 2002

Clemmer, Cleason M. 79 of Newton, Ontario died July 20, 2002, at Listowel Memorial Hospital. Son of Leander and Lovina (Martin) Clemmer. He was the husband of Susannah (Martin) Clemmer.

Dear father of Ronald and Sherrin Clemmer of Newton, Richard and Ruth Clemmer and Raymond and Heather Clemmer, all of Elmira. Dear grandfather of Jeffrey Clemmer, Ryan and Alison Clemmer and step-grandfather of Mark and Grant Beeler. Brother of Vernon and Mary Clemmer of Elmira, Viola Bauman of Hawkesville, Ermina and Earl Frey of Mitchell, Manitoba, Lloyd and Minerva Clemmer of Linwood, Vera and Wilfred Martin of RR 2, Alma, Lorene and Glen Schreiber of Hawkesville and brother-in-law of Elsie Clemmer of Milverton. Predeceased by his parents, Leander and Lovina (Martin) Clemmer and one brother, Abner Clemmer.

The family received friends and relatives at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira, Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a family service will be held in the chapel today (Tuesday July 23, 2002) at 1 p.m., then to the North Woolwich Mennonite Meeting House Floradale, Ontario for further public service and burial in the adjoining cemetery.Kitchener, ON CAN

Kitchener-Waterloo Record 2002-7-22
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Crossgrove, Charity A

Charity A. Crossgrove, 88, Archbold, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, in her home, following a brief illness.
Born Jan. 13, 1914, in Henry County, near Archbold, she was the daughter of Ephriam and Anna (Goldsmith) Rufenacht.
In 1938, she married John Crossgrove, who died in 1962. A lifelong resident of. the area, she was a homemaker and worked in food service and housekeeping at Four County Joint Vocational School, Fairlawn Haven, Sauder Woodworking, and Sauder Village. She volunteered at Care & Share Thrift Shop and Wyse Commons and was a quilter at Sauder Village. She was a member of Central Mennonite Church, Mennonite Women and Golden Age Sewing of the church.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald (Patricia), Wauseon; Roger (Mabelann), Archbold; and Robert (Ruth), Silver Springs, Md.; two daughters, Mrs. Russell (Ruth Ann) McQuillin and Mrs. James (RoseMary) Rupp, Archbold; and 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in Central Mennonite Church. Jeffrey Smith, Randy Nafziger and Cliff Brubaker were the officiating pastors. Burial was in Pettisville Cemetery.

[Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 16 Oct 2002]
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Denlinger, Edna M

Born: 9-21-1907, East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 11-24-2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Wife of: Daniel G. Denlinger (2-15-1906/11-8-1997).  Daughter of: Solomon and Hettie Good Martin

Survivors: Sons, Irvin (pauline Eckman) Denlinger of Lancaster, Pa., Robert (Emmajean Robinson) Denlinger Christiana, Pa., Aaron (Joyce Hawthorne) Denlinger of East Petersburg, Pa. Daughters, Anna Mary Bucher and Miriam (Ernest) Mellinger, both of Lancaster, Pa., Ruth (Gordon) Mellinger of Strasburg, Pa., Rhoda (Robert) Dumbach of Willow Street, Pa., Betty (Eugene) Neff of Christiana.  Grandchildren: 10.  Great-Grandchildren: 44.
Great-Great-Grandchildren: 2.  Stepgrandchildren: 3. Stepgreat-grandchildren: 4.  Stepgreat-great grandchild: 1.

Preceded in death by 6 brothers.

Edna was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa.

Services: Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Hwy. East, Lancaster, Pa. on Wed. at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Jeffrey R. Denlinger officiating.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,

published, Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Denlinger, Ruth
Born: 3-2-1908, New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 4-3-2002, Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: Mark E. Denlinger, Sr. for 36 years

Daughter of: Noah N. and Barbara Sensenig Good Sauder

Worked as a clerk for Victor Weaver, Inc., New Holland, Pa. and then a secretary for Denlinger Electric, her husband's business for 20 years. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Va. Ruth was a Sunday School teacher at Paradise Mennonite Church, Paradise, Pa., where she was a member.

Survivors: Three stepsons: J. Nelson (Bette Umble) Denlinger, of Mesa, Ariz., Thomas H. (Gloria Kellenberger) Denlinger of Ronks, Pa., Mark E. (Kathleen Hoover) Denlinger of Gordonville, Pa.; five grandchildren; and five great-Grandchildren

Sister: Elizabeth Eshleman of Lancaster, Pa.

Preceded in death by: Brothers, Paul, Raymond, and Isaac Sauder; and four Sisters, Elva Rutt, Mabel Lefever, Martha Sauder, and Anna Sauder.

Funeral services were held at Paradise Mennonite Church, Paradise, Pa., on Saturday, April 6, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Delmar L. Sauder and Rev. Fred W. Martin officiating. Burial was in adjoining cemetery, Paradise Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Original obituary can be obtained from
Lancaster Intellegencer Journal,
published April 4, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by Peggy Reichard


Derstine, Sarah L. Gehman
July 15, 1917 - August 1, 2002

Sarah L. Derstine, 85, of Franconia Township, Bucks County, PA died Aug. 1, 2002 in Phoebe Richland Health Care Center, Richlandtown. PA. Born in Franconia Township, she was a daughter of the late Jacob F. and Emma N. (Landis) Gehman.

She was a member of Franconia Mennonite Church and attended Haycock Mennonite Church, Quakertown, PA

Survivors: Daughters, Mildred G. Moyer of Danville, Montour County, Alice G. Hackman Yoder of Sarasota, Fla., Jane Derstine, Marie G. Reinford and Jean G., all of Harleysville, Eileen G. Schmidt of Quakertown; sons, Henry G. of Dublin, Roy G. of East Berlin, Herman G. of Harleysville; sister, Kathryn L. of Hatfield; brothers, Dennis L. of Souderton, Clifford L. of Telford; 49 grandchildren, 97 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by an infant daughter and two infant sons.

Services: 11 a.m. Monday August 12, 2002, Franconia Mennonite Church. Call 7-9 p.m. Sunday Aug 11, 2002 and 10-11 a.m. Monday in the church. Arrangements, David R. Sadler Funeral Home, Telford, PA

August 03, 2002|The Morning Call
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Eberly, Reuben W.
, 86, of Fayetteville, PA died Saturday, March 9, 2002, in Chambersburg Hospital. He was born March 24, 1915, in Fayetteville, [PA] a son of the late Reuben B. and Naomi Zimmerman Eberly. He was married to Miriam Baer Eberly for 65 years. He was a member of Spring Valley Mennonite Fellowship, Chambersburg, PA.

Survived by his wife Miriam and four sons, Eugene, Gerald and Daniel, all of Fayetteville, PA and Duane of Ontario, Ore.; seven daughters, Audrey J. Clugston of Bluford, IL; Phyllis Troyer of Greenwood, Del; Marie Keim of Fayetteville, PA; Wilma Zehr and Kaye Martin, both of Halsey, OR; Barbara Schuler of Marietta, PA; Betty Hostetter of Dongola, IL, a brother, Paul Z. of Chambersburg, PA; 57 grandchildren; and 80 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and son in law Thomas Clugston.

Funeral service was March 13, 2002 at Spring Valley Mennonite Fellowship, Chambersburg, PA. Bishop Melvin Horst, Bishop John Baer, Minister Kenneth Lehman and Deacon Omar Eby will officiate at services. Burial will be in Chambersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Source: The Sentinal, Carlisle, PA  
Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2002
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Ebersole, Benjamin K.
, age 38 yrs. 
Born: Christiana, Pa.  Died: 11-6-2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Survivors, his wife, Annie Lapp Ebersole.  Son of: John Z. and Sara B. King Ebersole of Airville, Pa.

Benjamin was a member of Old Order Amish Church.  He owned Sunnyburn Welding in Airville, Pa.

Daughters, Lydia Ebersole and Sara Ebersole, both at home.  Sons, Andrew and John Ebersole, at home.

Brothers, David Z. (Naomi Stoltzfus) Ebersole of Christiana, Pa.. Daniel K. (Rachel Smoker) Ebersole of Delta, Pa.

Sisters, Malinda K. (Christ B.) Yoder of Kirkwood, Pa., and Anna K. (Daniel S.) Beiler of Christiana.

Preceded in death by two sons, Benjamin Jr. and Daniel, both whom died in same accident as Benjamin Sr.

Services: Funeral was held in conjunction with funeral of son  Daniel, at the late home, 36 Parlett Road, Airville, Pa. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 at 9:00 a.m.  Interment in Delta Amish Cemetery, York County, Pa.
  Submitted by Peggy Reichard

Ebersole, Daniel
, age 9 yr. Born: Airville, York County, Pa.  Died: 11-5-2002, Hershey, Dauphin County, Pa.

Son of: Benjamin Sr. and Annie Lapp Ebersole.  He was one of seven family members riding in a buggy that was struck by a mini van on the Norman Wood Bridge between Lancaster and York County.

Survivors, father Benjamin Sr., who was critically injured in the same accident, mother Annie Lapp Ebersole.

Sisters, Lydia Ebersole and Sara Ebersole, both at home.  Brothers, Andrew and John, both at home.

Paternal grandparents, John and Sara King Ebersole of Airville.  Maternal grandmother, Lydia Kinsinger Lapp of Holtwood, Pa.

Preceded in death by a brother, Benjamin, Jr. who died from the same accident.

Services: From the late home, 36 Parlett Road, Airville, Pa. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at 9:00 a.m.  Interment in Delta Amish Cemetery, York County, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,
published Wed., Nov. 6, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by Peggy Reichard

Ebersole, Susan L
Born: 1-28-1912, Londonderry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa. Died: 12-9-2002, Willow Street, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Daughter of: late Moses H. & Lizzie L. Longenecker Ebersole.

Survivors: Brothers, Jacob L. (Alverta) Ebersole of Lititz, Pa., John Irvin (Dorothy) Ebersole of Elizabethtown, Pa.

Preceded in death by: Brothers, Lester L., Abner L., Moses Jr. Sisters, Ruth Musser, Edith Groff, Ada Baum.

Susan was a member of Rheems Mennonite Church.

Services: Rheems Mennonite Church, Schwanger Road, Mt. Joy, Pa. on Friday, December 13, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. with Bishop Glenn M. Sensenig, Pastor Mervin E. Martin, Pastor Jay Martin and Deacon Steven W. Zook officiating.  Interment will be in Rheems Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Wednesday, December 11, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Eby, Russell B.

July 16,1910-May 7, 2002

WAKARUSA -- Friends of Russell B. Eby will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour before the funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, all held at Olive Mennonite Church    in Elkhart. The Rev. Russell Krabill and Pastor Dan Miller will officiate followed by burial at Olive West Cemetery.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Eby, 91, of 27841 S.R. 119, died at 3:12 p.m. Tuesday (May 7, 2002) at Elkhart General Hospital, where he had been a patient since April 24 with congestive heart failure.

He was born July 16, 1910, in Olive Township to Mervin and Goldie (BeMiller) Eby. On Dec. 22, 1931, he married Ellen Christophel in Washburn, Ill., and she died April 6, 1989. He married Mary L. Leichty on Feb. 10, 1990, and she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. James (Jeanette) Hostetler of West Liberty Ohio; a son, Clare of Littlefork, Minn.; one stepson, James (Kathy) Leichty of Goshen; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Roger (Rachel) Pittman of Nappanee and Janice Leichty of Phoenix; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and two: brothers, Everett and Wayne, both of Elkhart.

Three sisters, Vada Fink, Esther Wenger and Helen Grabill, are deceased.

Mr. Eby co-owned Lookwell Dairy in Elkhart until 1955 and moved to Minnesota.

He lived and farmed there for 28 years before moving again to Ohio. He returned to Elkhart County in 1990.

He was a member of South Union Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio, and several pilots' clubs in Elkhart.

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

Eby, Wilmer  (

Born: 2-5-1916, Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 9-11-2002, Lititz, Pa.

Husband of: Arlene M. Bomberger Eby.  Son of: Elias and Anna Mary Eby Eby.

He was retired pastor and member of Blainsport Mennoite Church, and a retired farmer.
He was a member of Eastern Mennonite Missions 1961-1967.

Survivors: His wife.  Son, John W. (Joyce R.) Eby of Dillsburg, Pa..  Daughters, Lois (Edward F.) Hollinger of Mount Wolf, Pa. and Beth L. (Samuel D.) Weber of Wayne, Pa.  Grandchildren: 8.  Great-grandchildren 3 great-grandsons.
Services: Blainsport Mennonite Church, 85  S. Blainsport Road, Reinholds, Pa. of Sat., Sept. 14, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Keith L. Weaver and Rev. James R. Fahnestock officiating.  Intement in adjoining cemetery.
Original obituary and photo may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published , Thursday,
September 12, 2002, Lancaster, Pa

Submitted by Peggy Reichard

Fetterman, Lueen L. Crossgrove

Lueen L. Fetterman Short, 74; Wauseon, died Sunday, Aug: 11, 2002, at Fairlawn Haven, Archhbold, where she had resided since Jan. 16, 200l.
Born April 15, 1928, near Archbold, she was a daughter of Jacob and Edna (Wyse) Crossgrove. She married Allen Fetterman on Dec. 27,1952, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1998.
A resident of the Wauseon area since 1952; she was a secretary for the former Fetterman Plumbing & Heating, Wauseon, for 25 years, and since was a housekeeper at the Exit 3 Motel, Wauseon.
She was a member of the Central Mennonite Church, Archbold.
She is survived by one son, Rick (Rosemary) Fetterman, Delta; two daughters, Mrs. William (Joan) Grieser, Wauseon, and Jane Fetterman, Delta; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Zehr, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. Alva (Doris) Schlabach, Sarasota, Fla.

Services are today, Wednesday, 10 a.m. Jeffrey Smith and Randy Nafziger are the officiating pastors. Burial is in East Swanton Cemetery.
 Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 14 Aug 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Fisher, Jonathan J.

Born: 7-25-1924, Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa.    Died: 9-8-2002, Coatesville, Chester Co., Pa.

Son of: Jonathan Fisher of Coatesville and late Mary S. Esh Fisher.
Survivors: Sisters, Salome E. (Henry M.) Glick of Howard, Fannie R. (John J.) Spicher of Witmer, Pa., Mary A. (Gideon D.) Zook of Gap, Pa., Sadie A. (John) Stoltzfus of Coatesville, Pa., Anna Mae Fisher of Ronks, Pa..  Brothers: Amos S. (Anna Glick) Fisher of Mill Hall, Samuel S. (Naomi Riehl) Fisher of Bird-In-Hand, Pa., and Isaac L. (Mary Lou Nissley) Fisher of Coatesville.  Stepgrandmother: Katie Esh of Intercourse, Pa.

He was a masonary contractor and worked in an Iron Foundry in the Compass, Pa. area.  Jonathan was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
No Services were listed.
Original obituary  can be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Monday,
September 9, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by Peggy Reichard

Fisher, Paul L.
Born: 10-16-1926, New Holland, Lancaster County, Pa. Died: 10-23-2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Husband of: Annie Zook Fisher, died 1982.  Son of: David B. and Arie Lapp Fisher

Survivors:  Sons, Ivan Z. (Emma King) Fisher of Quarryville, Pa., David Z. (Lizzie Stoltzfus) Fisher of Mill Hall, Pa., and Abner Z. (Sadie Beiler) Fisher of Aaronsburg, Pa.  Grandchildren: 16.  Great-grandchildren: 8.  Brothers, Ezra (Katie Ebersol) Fisher of Gap, Pa. and Ivan
(Katie Kauffman) Fisher of Christiana, Pa. Sisters, Rachel (John) Lapp of Myerstown, Pa., Rebecca Fisher of Lancaster, Pa., and Fannie (Christ) King of Ronks, Pa.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Leah Miller.

Paul was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He was self-employed as an antique dealer.

Services: Funeral service from the late home, 241 Queen Road, Gordonville, Pa.  Interment in Gordonville Cemetery.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal,
Thursday, October 24, 2002, Lancaster, Pa
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Fisher, Samuel E.

Born: 12-10-1906, Ronks, Lancaster County, Pa.  Died: 9-6-2002, Hershey, Dauphin Co., Pa.

Husband of: Rebecca Stoltzfus Fisher (11-22-1908/7-13-1988).  Son of: Benjamin H. and Catherine Stoltzfus Fisher.

Survivors: Sons, Benjamin H. (Betsy Zook) Fisher of Gap, Pa., Samuel E. Jr. (Anna Stoltzfus) Fisher of Sarasota, Fla., LeRoy D. of Denver, Pa., Henry U. (Anna Fisher) Fisher of Gordonville, Pa.  Daughters: Elizabeth (Calvin) Hershey of Bethel, Pa., Sara (Samuel) Hoover of Grantville, Pa., Linda (Jonas) Lapp of Ronks, Pa., and Anna Mary (Elam) Stoltzfus. Of Leola.
Grandchildren: 38.  Great-grandchildren: 63.  Great-great-grandchild: 1.  Brother: Benjamin T. Fisher of Gordonville, Pa.

Preceded in death by: His parents, son, Elam, daughter Barbara, five brothers and four sisters.

He was a carpenter and a member of Old Order Amish Church.

Services: From residence of Daniel Fisher, 119 Forest Hill Road, Leola, Pa. on Monday, September 9, 2002 at 9:00 a.m..  Interment in Millwood Mennonite Cem., Salisbury Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Saturday,
September 7, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Fisher, Sarah K.

Born: 3-20-1923, West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 11-14-2002, Paradise, Pa.

Wife of: Stephen U. Fisher, died 1978.  Daughter of: Amos C. & Katie Stotlzfus King.

Survivors: Sons, Elmer K. (Susie Lapp) Fisher and Amos C. Fisher, both of Strasburg, Pa.  Daughters, Rebecca K. (John) Glick of Paradise,
Pa., Sarah M. (Ben S.) Beiler of Christiana, Pa. Grandchildren: 34.  Great-grandchildren: 206. Great-great grandchildren: 20.
Stepgrandchildren: 11.  Stepgreat-grandchildren: 53.  Stepgreat-great-grandchildren: 2.

Sisters, Priscilla Stoltzfus and Rebecca (Levi) King, both of Gordonville, Pa., and Katie Stoltzfus of Narvon, Pa.

Preceded in death by: Her children, Aaron, Katie Stoltzfus, and Stephen; two stepbrothers, John and Ben Lapp; two step sisters, Annie Stoltzfoos and
Lizzie Stoltzfus; and a half brother, Jonas King.

Sarah was a member of Old Order Amish Church, and a homemaker.

Services: Stephen Fisher residence, 506 Paradise Lane, Paradise, Pa. on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  Interment, Bunker Hill Amish Cemetery.
Arrangements by Furman Funeral Home, Leola, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,
Friday, November 15, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by Peggy Reichard

Fisher, Steven K
Born: 4-1-1947, Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 11-9-2002, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Husband of: Sarah L. Fisher Fisher.  They had only been married 1 month. Son of: Sarah H. King Fisher and late Steven Fisher

Survivors: In addition to wife and mother, brothers, Elmer K. (Susie Lapp) Fisher and Amos C., both of Strasburg.
Sisters, Rebecca K. (John) Glick of Paradise, Pa., and Sarah M. (Ben S.) Beiler of Christiana, Pa.

Preceded in death by: Brother Aaron and sister, Katie K. Stoltzfus.

Steven was a member of the Old Order Amish Church, and was a packer for the Blind Association.

Services: Fisher Residence, 506 Paradise Lane, Paradise, Pa. on Monday at 11 a.m..  Interment in Beiler Amish Cem., Ronks, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published Monday,
November 11, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard


Foster, John C., 46, of Springdale, AR died January 9, 2002 at Springdale, AR of a heart attack.  He was born July 23, 1955 at Harvey, IL to Richard & Rose (Bringe) Foster.  On April 9, 1983 he was married to Kathleen K. Foster, who survives.

The funeral was held January 12, 2002 at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend, IN.  Cremated, no burial.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Kathleen Foster Friesen North Newton, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Frey, Elias H.

Elias H. Frey, 86, Archbold, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Toledo Hospital, where he was a patient two weeks. He became ill in Kissimmee , Fla. , while preparing for the annual auction of Yoder & Frey, Inc., last month.
Born Dec. 20, 1914, near Pettisville, he was a son of Aaron and Anna (Rupp) Frey, and married Katherine Eicher on May 11, 1939.

A lifelong resident of the Pettisville/Archbold area, he farmed and, with brother-in-law Tim Yoder, founded Yoder &. Frey, Inc., in 1947.
He founded Yoder & Frey Auctioneers, Inc., in 1963, and with his sons, founded Elias H. Frey & Sons, Inc. He was inducted into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame and the Ohio Hall of Fame in 1982.
A past president of The Farmers & Merchants State Bank and the Ridgeville Corners and Archbold Area School boards, he was the 1979 Archbold Citizen of the Year.  He also served on the board of Little Eden Camp, Onekema , Mich.
He participated in many charity auctions around the country, including MCC, Fairlawn Haven, Sunshine Children's Home, and Adriel SchooL
He was a charter member of the Zion Mennonite Church , and a member of Gideons International, National Auctioneers Association, Ohio Auctioneers Association, Archbold Rotary, and the Orchard Hills Country Club, Bryan.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Robert (Joyce) Frey, Archbold; Ron (Faith) Frey, Fremont , Ind. ; and Roger "Butch". ( Sharon ) Frey, Archbold; six daughters, Mrs. Clint (Carol "Suz") Wirick, Wauuseon; Mrs. Dexter (Mary) Wyse, Archbold; Mrs. Jim (Jane) Tomson, Fort Wayne, Ind.;. Mrs. Stace (Sandra) Stegman, Toledo; Rebecca "Becki" Beck and Patricia Frey, both, of Traverse City, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jesse (Helen) Frey, Archbo1d; and A Dale (Mary) Frey; Pettisville; two sisters, Ada Schrock, Archbold; and Mrs. Charles (Velma) Kamp, Ridgeville Comers.
Memorial services are today, Wednesday, 4 p.m. at the church with Ronald Guengerich and Anne Stuckey, officiating pastors. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery precedes the service.

Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 7 Mar 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Frey, Jesse J.
Jesse J. Frey, 85, Archbold, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the Fulton, County Health' Center, Wauseon, where he was a patient six days.
Born Nov. 27, 1916, near Pettisville; he was a son of Aaron and Anna (Rupp) Frey, and married, Helen Beck on June 6, 1940. He lived in the West Unity area for 40 plus years, and retired in Phoenix , Ariz. in 1988, and moved to Archbold in 2001. He worked as a farmer most of his life, also as a well-driller, at, Liechty Farm Supply, Montpelier ; and as a bookkeeper at Yoder & Frey, Archbold.
He sang with quartets through-out the years and with the Gospel Nu-Tones for 20 years. He was a member of the Lockport Mennonite Church , rural Stryker.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; one son, Rodney (LaDeen) Frey, North Newton, Kan.; three  daughters, Mrs. Alan (Jeanette) Whitehead, Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. James (Gloria) Graber, Stryker; and Mrs. Rodney (Charlotte) Loetz, West Unity; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, A. Dale (Mary) Frey, Pettisville; two sisters, Ada Schrock, Archbold; and Mrs., Charles (Velma) Kamp, Ridgeville Corners.
Memorial services were Friday, 11 a.m. at the Lockport Mennonite Church . Allen Rutter and Mark Miller were the officiating pastors. Burialin the Lockport Cemetery .

Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 8 May 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Frey, Lester J.

Lester J. Frey. 73. Archbold died Sunday, Feb. 10. 2002, at the Fulton County Health Center , Wauseon, where he was a patient since Wednesday.
Born June 30, 1928, near Wauseon he was a son of E. B. and Fannie (Rupp) Frey.  He worked in sales for numerous companies including the former Heller-Aller Co., then drove truck and installed church furniture for Sauder Manufacturing Co., until retiring. He was a member of the West Clinton Mennonite Church .
Survivors include two sons, Phil Frey, Cartersville, Ga.; and Ed (Penny) Frey; Bryan; four daughters, Mrs: Doug (Lori) Miller, Mrs. Tom (Mildred "Mig") Riegsecker, Delta; Beverly Miller, Lenexa, Kan.; and Cindy Frey, Bowling Green, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Warren (Clara) Frey., Wauseon; Willard (Valetta) Frey, Archbold; five sisters, Myrtie Baer, and Mrs. Earl (Helen) Rychener, Archbold; Mrs. Earl (Alice) Yutzy, Plain City, Ohio; Rhoda King, Pettisville; and Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Shenk, Columbus.
Services are tomorrow, Thursday, 11 a.m. at the Fairlawn Chapel. Charles Gautsche is the officiating pastor. Burial is in the Pettisville Cemetery . Friends may call at the Fairlawn Chapel from 1-8 p.m. today. Wednesday.

Obituary: Archbold (Ohio

) Buckeye, 13 Feb 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Friesen, Genevieve Yoder

Jan. 7,1914-June 12, 2002

GOSHEN- Genevieve Friesen, 88, of 1558 Sycamore Court, died at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday (June 12, 2002) at Goshen General Hospital.

Mrs. Friesen was born in Topeka to Edwin J. and Molly Mae (Stoltzfus) Yoder on Jan. 7, 1914, and married John A. Friesen on June 13, 1939, in Topeka.

She is survived by her husband; five sons, J. Stanley (Delores) of Fresno, Calif., Dr. G. Weldon (Luetta) Friesen of Middlebury, C. Richard (Ruth Ann) of Tiskilwa, Ill., G. Delbert (Anna Kay) of Long Beach, Calif., and D. William (Kate) of Olympia, Wash.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Dewayne (Gladys) Johns of Goshen and Mrs. Edward (Grace) Miller of Elkhart; and two brothers, Gerald J. (Maggie) Yoder of Goshen and Galen L. (Esther) Yoder of Topeka.

She was preceded in death by an infant son.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at The Meetinghouse at Greencroft in Goshen. A prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service at 4 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. The Rev. Firman Gingerich and the Rev. Klaudia Smucker will preside.

Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Topeka.

Mrs. Friesen graduated in 1932 from Topeka High School and from Goshen College in 1939. She was a member of College Mennonite Church and spent 41 years as a missionary in India through the Mennonite Board of Missions in Elkhart. She retired to Goshen in 1981.

Source: The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
About June 14, 2002
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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