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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.

2003   N - Q

 Nafziger, Richard L.;   Newcomer, Norman W.;   Nissley, Anna R.;   Nolt, Eli S.;   Nolt, Eli W.;   Nolt, Emma B.;   Nolt, Emma G.;  Ogburn, Forrest M. ; . . Peters, Elizabeth S.; . . Petersheim, Stephen M.;    Pfautz, Barbara S.;   Pyfrom, Mary R. K. Sensenig;   

Richard L.

Richard L. Nafziger
(1946 - 2003)
ARCHBOLD - Richard L. Nafziger, 57, of Archbold, died suddenly Saturday morning, Dec. 27, 2003. Born Feb. 23, 1946, at Wauseon, to Nola (Rupp) and Edwin Nafziger, he married Sara Nafziger on May 14, 1966, and she survives.

A lifelong resident of the Pettisville/Archbold area, he farmed for many years and was a car salesman at Christy Motor Sales in Archbold for the past 16 years. He was an active member of the Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Douglas (and wife, Jennifer) Nafziger of Lambertville, Mich.; a daughter, Michele Nafziger of South Bend, Ind.; two grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth (Helen) Nafziger of Harrisonburg, Va., David (Linda) Nafziger and Dean (Sue) Nafziger, both of Archbold.
Preceding him in death were his parents.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. in the Zion Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall.

Memorials services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Zion Mennonite Church with Pastors Ron Guengerich and Anne Stuckey to officiate. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery. Short Funeral Home in Archbold is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat For Humanity.
Obituary: Bryan Times (Ohio), 29 Dec 2003
Submitted by: Mona Mann

., SS# 173-03-5813

Born: 11-30-1903, Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 2-11-2003, Lancaster, Pa.

Husband of: Ida M. Leaman Newcomer (10-9-1904/1-1994/SS# 162-05-1196).  Son of: Late Amos and Clara Witmer Newcomer

Survivors: Earl L. (Ruth) Newcomer of Millersville, Pa., Edward L. of Orange Beach, Ala., and Arhtur L. (Mary L.) Newcomer of Bellfontaine, Ohio.
Daughters, Elsie N. (Roy H.) Charles of Strasburg, Pa., and Miriam N. (James K.) Haverstick of Lancaster, Pa. Grandchildren: 13
StepGreat-grandchildren: 3

Preceded in death by brothers, Clayton, Abram, Harry, and Walter: and sisters, Mary Minnich, Esther Miller, Emma Mylin, Anna Mae Graybill
and Edna Becker. Norman was a member of Millersville Mennonite Church and Sunday School.

He was a retired farmer, and later worked at John Herr's Village Market in Millersville.

Services: Millersville Mennonite Church, 437 Manor Ave., Millersville, Pa. on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Bishop Abram H. Charles and Pastor Delbert
L. Kautz officiating.  Interment in Millersville Mennonite Cem., adjoining the church.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, Lancaster, Pa.

., SS# 199-07-0339

Born: 7-14-1919, Penn Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 3-14-2003, The Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa.

Daughter of: Late Clayton R. & Katie H. Rudy Nissley

Survivors: Brothers, Clayton R. (Vera Becker) Nissley of Manheim, Pa. and Wilmer R. (Ruth Metzler) Nissley of Mount Joy, Pa.
Sisters, Helen R. (H. Weaver) Ritz of Willow Street, Pa. and Rhoda R. (Daniel S.) Hostetter of Lancaster, Pa.

Preceded in death by sisters, Emma N. Landis, Grace R. Nissley, and Florence N. Oberholtzer.

Anna was a lifelong member of Erisman Mennonite Church, Manheim, Pa. where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, Cradle Roll and in the
Sewing Circle.  She volunteered at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, Pa. and for Meals on Wheels.

Services: Erisman Mennonite Church, 8 South Erisman Road, Manheim, Pa. on Monday, March 17, 2003, at 11:00 a.m with Pastor John O Yoder and
Pastor Andrew G. Miller officiating.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
published Saturday, March 15, 2003, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

., SS# 194-22-6332

Born: 11-15-1925, New Holland, Pa.  Died: 4-7-2003, Myerstown, Pa.

Husband of: Anna K. Buckwalter Nolt, who survives.  Son of: Late Jacob and Maria Sauder Nolt.

Survivors: Sons, Raymond B. Nolt of Rehrersburg, Pa., Richard B. Nolt and Nelson B. Nolt, both of Myerstown, Pa. Daughters, Marlen B. (Lester N) Hurst of Fredricksburg, Pa., Linda B. (Willis Z.) Martin of Mio, Mich., and Nancy B. (Lloyd M.) Kurtz of Fleetwood, Pa.
Grandchildren: 33.  Great-Grandchildren: 30.  Brothers, Michael S. of Ephrata, Pa., and  Allen S.Nolt of Stevens, Pa. Sister, Elizabeth S. Hurst of Ephrata, Pa.

Preceded in death by brothers, Harvey, Christ and Elmer.

Eli was a member of Mt. Zion Mennonite Church, Myerstown, Pa.

Services: Mt. Zion Mennonite Church, Deep Run Road, Myerstown, Pa. on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 9:30 a.m.   Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,

published Tuesday, April 8, 2003, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

NOLT, Eli W.
, SS# 178-24-1055

Born: 12-4-1929, East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 1-14-2003, Mertztown, Pa.

Husband of: Kathryn H. Gehman Nolt, who survives.  Son of: Adam B. and Ida Witmer Nolt.

Survivors: Son, Ruben G. of Kutztown, Pa. Daughters, Sarah G. Nolt of Sarasota, Fla., and Elsie G. Burkholder of Greenwich, Ohio
Grandchildren: 12.  Brothers, Aaron W. of Kutztown, Phares W. of Shippensburg, Pa., Melvin S., Wayne S., and Paul S., all of East Earl, Pa..
Adam S. of Withee, Wis., Edwin S. of Greenwood, Wis., and Allen S. of Wakarusa, Ind. Sisters, Mary W. (Harry) Fox of Penn Yan, NY, Emma W.
(Aaron) Martin Lewisburg, Pa., Ella W. (Martin) Newswanger of Narvon, Pa., Lydia W. and Sadie S., both of East Earl, Pa., Edith S. (Michael) Martin of New Holland, Pa. Preceded in death by a son Jason G.; and a daughter Hannah G. Nolt.

Eli was a member of Groffdale Conference Mennonite Center, Kutztown, Pa.  He was a farmer and also a carriage maker.

Services: Center Mennonite Church, Kutztown, Pa. on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.  Interment in adjoining Cemetery.  Arrangements by
Ludwick Funeral Homes Inc.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,
published Wed., Jan. 15, 2003, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

NOLT, Emma B
., SS# 194-58-8693

Born: 5-5-1911, West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 3-10-2003, Leola, Pa.

Wife of: Amon W. Nolt, died 1979.  Daughter of: Late Isaac N. and Annie P. Burkholder Zimmerman

Survivors: Daughters, Annie Z. and Cora Z. Nolt, both at home.  Son, Menno Z. (Lena M. Horning) Nolt of Leola, Pa.
Grandchildre: 4.  Great-grandchildren: 15.

Emma was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church.

Services: Home of Menno Nolt on Friday, March 14, 2003, at 12:30 p.m., 206 Brethren Church Road, Leola, Pa., with further services to follow at Groffdale Mennonite Church with Bishop Ben F. Martin officiating.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Tuesday, March 11, 2003, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

NOLT, Emma G
., SS# 194-58-8693

Born: 5-5-1911, Caernarvon Twp.  Died: 3-19-2003, East Earl, Pa.

Wife of: Harry B. Nolt (11-15-1907/7-2-1998/SS# 182-34-3674).  Daughter of: Later David and Ellen Garman Weaver.

Survivors: Daughters, Edna W. (Ivan Z.) Weaver of New Holland, Pa., Ella W. (Earl R.) Martin of Narvon, Pa., Mary W. (Paul W.) Leinbach of
Shippensburg, Pa., Arlene W. (Ivan M.) Martin of McClure, Pa., Marian W. (Leon H.) Martin, Alta W. (David S.) Hoover, and Vera W. Shirk, all
of East Earl, Pa. Sons, Amos W. (Emma Z. Weaver) Nolt and Lester W. (Martha Oberholtzer) Nolt, both of Lewisburg, Pa. and Lloyd W. (Ada Mae
Zimmerman) Nolt of East Earl, Pa. Grandchildren: 95.  Great-grandchildren: 331.  Great-great-grandchildren 22. Stepgrandchildren: 7.
StepGreat-grandchildren: 30.  Brothers, David G. (Elsie Martin) Weaver of Ephrata, Pa., and Amos G. (Sarah Hoover) Weaver of Vinemont, NJ
Sister, Anna G. Ringler of Narvon, Pa.

Preceded in death by sons, Frank W. and Elmer W. Nolt Sister, Hettie Fox; a half brother, Elmer Weaver; and five half sister, Katie and Fianna Weaver and Ellen, Lydia and Mary Martin.

Emma was a homemaker and member of Churchtown Mennonite Church.

Services: Churchtown Mennonite Church on Monday March 24, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,
published Friday, March 21, 2003, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Ogburn, Forrest M.

Forrest M. Ogburn, 89, of Gettysburg, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at his home. He was the husband of A. Ruth (Giegley) Ogburn.

Born May 19, 1931, in Kenmar, N.D., he was the son of the late Amos C. and Lydia A. (Kauffman) Ogburn.

He was a member of Mummasburg Church, where he served as minister from 1961 to 1998. He was a retired dairy farmer.

Surviving also are a son, Daniel R. Ogburn of Gettysburg; four daughters, Grace L. Miller of New Oxford, Elsie J. Horst of Gettysburg, and Janet I. Sensenig and Ruth Brougher, both of New Oxford; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Hartman and Sue Collins, both of Gettysburg; two brothers, Earl Ogburn of Hopewell, Va., and Walter Ogburn of Biglerville.

He was preceded in death by four brothers; two sisters; two grandsons; and three great-grandsons.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Mummasburg Mennonite Church, Mummasburg. The Rev. Bishop Allen J. Fleagle will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.
Feiser funeral home Inc., New Oxford, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mummasburg Mennonite Church c/o Deacon Robert Brougher, 200 Beaver Run Road, New Oxford, Pa. 17350.

Source: The Evening Sun, Hanover, PA
Wed, March 5, 2003
Submitted by: Karen Lint

PETERS, Elizabeth S
., SS# 161-30-6876

Born: 3-9-1925, Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 1-30-2003, Manheim, Pa.

Daughter of: Late Jacob and Ada Snavely Peters Preceded in death by Brothers, Samuel, Benjamin and Amos Peters; and sisters Mary and Martha Peters and Ruth Shellenberger Elizabeth was a member of Hernley Mennonite Church, Manheim, Pa. where she had taught Sunday School in her earlier years.

She worked for garment factories and Manheim Auto Auction.

Services: Hernley Mennonite Church, 746 Lebanon Road, Manheim, Pa. on Monday, Feb. 3. 2003 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor George M. Hurst and
Pastor Jay M. Petrs officiating.  Intement in adjoining Cem.

Original obituary and Photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Frisday, Jan. 31, 2003, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Petersheim, Stephen M.
, 79, of Blue Ball, PA died July 29, 2003 at his home. He was born in 1924 at Morgantown, PA to S. K. and Malinda (Mast) Petersheim. He and his wife, Mabel M. (Weaver) Petersheim observed their 55th wedding anniversary in March.

A member of Conestoga Mennonite Church, Morgantown, PA. Stephen was also a 50 year member of Buck Hollow Hunting Club, Renovo, PA. He had also been a pitcher in the New Holland Softball League and the Tri County Softball League.

Survived by his wife Mabel and two daughters: Wilma married to David Smoker, Morgantown, PA and Brenda married to David Musselman, New Holland, PA ; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.. Also three brothers: Elmer M. Petersheim, Oley, PA; John M. Petersheim, Morgantown, PA; and Walter M. Petersheim, Elverson, PA and two sisters: Martha Lantz, Morgantown, PA and Elizabeth married to Earl Martin Ephrata, PA.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Kenneth Petersheim on July 1, 2001 and two sisters: Ruth Good and Sarah Burkholder. Funeral service was August 1, 2003 at the Conestoga Mennonite Church, with Pastor Alvin B. Horning and Pastor Jason M. Smoker officiating. Interment was in Conestoga Mennonite Cemetery Morgantown, PA.

Lancaster Co., PA Obituary Collection.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

PFAUTZ, Barbara S
. , SS# 179-07-4913 Born: 10-21-1910, Ephrata, Pa. Died: 11-10-2003, Manheim, Pa.

Daughter of: Late Jacob and Mary Stoner Pfautz

Survivors: Several nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by: Brothers, John and Paul; sisters Anna Pfautz and Nora Siegrist

Barbara was a member of Metzler Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Pa. where whe was a member of the sewing circle.

Services: Metzler Mennonite Church, West Metzler and N. Farmersville Road, south of Akron, Pa. on Thurs., Nov. 13, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Revs. Richard Buch, Roy Martin and Eugene Zoll officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery
Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
 Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by Peggy Reichard

Pyfrom, Mary R. K. Sensenig
, 86, of Narvon, PA, formerly of Churchtown, PA, died June 18, 2003 at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center, Narvon, PA.  Born in 1917 at Hanover, PA, to Jacob and Jennie Mae Anthony Kinsey and her adoptive parents, the late Joseph and Mary Sensenig. Her husband, Lucien Pyfrom, died in 1995. She was a member of the Churchtown Mennonite Church of the Lancaster Conference.

Surviving is a step-son, Robert Pyfrom of Gap, PA; three step-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; and one sister, Annie Kinsey of Orange City, FL.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Walter Kinsey, Samuel Kinsey, and John K. Groff; and one sister, Alice Bauer.

Funeral Service was   June 20, 2003 at the Groff-High Funeral Home   New Holland, PA, with the Reverend Clair B. Good and the Reverend Philip Hollinger officiating. Interment in the Goodville Mennonite Cemetery Goodville, PA.

Source: Lancaster Co., PA
Obituary and Death Notice Collection
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

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