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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.

 2004  A-B

Bates, John Raymond; . . Beachy, Lavern Ray; . . Beckler, Janet L.; . . Beiler, Elmer S.; . . Beiler, Israel M.; . . Beiler, Susie F.; . . Bomberger, Henry L.; . . Book, Cora Reist; . . Brubaker, Aaron O.; . . Brubaker, Anna Laura Stauffer; . . Brubaker, Anna Mary; . . Brubaker, Ruth G.; . . Burkholder, Betty Ann Martin ; . . Burkholder, Esther Mae; . . Burkholder, Fannie Zimmerman; . .   

Bates, John Raymond
, 84, of Star City, Lincoln Co., Ark. died November 21, 2004 at Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., Ark.

He was born July 16, 1920 at Star City, Ark. to Jessie Gerome and Mittie Mae (Mullikin) Bates. Jessie was born November 5, 1884 and died June 8, 1968. Mittie was born October 13, 1891 and died March 31, 1971.

He was married in Lincoln Co., Ark. to Trudy Erwin, who was born December 16, 1931 and survives.

Surviving are children, Terry L. (Debbie) Bates, and Sherry A. (Michael) Johnson, two grandchildren, and a brother, Herman Bates.

Four brothers, Thomas Bates, Ralph Bates, Robert E. Lee Bates, and George Francis Bates, and two sisters, Helen Beatrice Bates, and Maybelle (Hobert) Kimbrell preceded him in death.

He was a member of Assembly of God Church. Served in Army Air Corps during WWII. Worked for Ben Pearson Archery Company at Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Levi Strauss and School Apparel at Star City, Arkansas before retiring.

Memorial services were held November 23, 2004 at Griffin Funeral Chapel, Star City, Ark. with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Peggy J. Reichard, Mountville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Beachy, Lavern Ray
, 22, Colby, Wisconsin, died July 31, 2004, as a result of a farm accident. He was born Sept. 5, 1981, in Marshfield, WI to Larry and Ellen [nee Zimmerman] Beachy.

He farmed in the Dominican Republic with his parents and in the Colby area.

Survivors include his parents, Larry and Ellen Beachy, Dominican Republic; his brothers and sisters, Rosetta Beachy, Karen Beachy, Titus Beachy, Timothy Beachy, Maryann Beachy, Rachel Beachy, Stephen Beachy, and Elmer Beachy, all of the Dominican Republic; his grandparents, Marlin and Joanne Zimmerman, Unity, and Elmer and Millie Beachy, Sarasota, Fla.; his great-grandparents, Mervin and Fannie Baer, British Columbia.

Funeral services were August 4, at the Unity Mennonite Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Source: Clark County History Buffs, Clark Co, WI.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Becker, Janet L.

Born: 11-8-1955, Lancaster, Pa. Died: 6-11-2004, Kinzers, Pa.

Wife of: Merle L. Becker, who survives. Daughter of: Rev. H. Elmer and Rachel E. Bucher Brubaker of Lititz, Pa.

Other survivors: Daughters, Apryl J., Angela R. Becker, both at home and a son, Jonathan M. Becker, also at home. Brothers, J. Michael (Linda Dombach) Brubaker of Lebanon, Ky., and J. David (Martha Hershey) Brubaker of Lititz, Pa.

Preceded in death by two sisters, Joann Brubaker and Julia Shenk.

Janet was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Atglen, Pa.

Services: Maple Grove Mennonite Church, 549 Swan Road, Atglen, Pa. on Tuesday, 6-15-2004, at 10 am with Pastor Bill Blank officiating. Intement
in Middle Creek COB Cem., Ephrata, Pa.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, June 12, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Beiler, Elmer S

Born: 5-2-1920, Gordonville, Pa. Died: 5-14-2004, New Holland, Pa.
Husband of: Barbara Smoker Beiler, who survives. Son of: Late Josiah L. and Lydia Smoker Beiler.

Other survivors: Sons, Elam S. (Fannie King) Beiler of Gap, Pa., Isaac S. (Fannie Riehl) Beiler of New Holland, Elmer Jr, at home. Daughter, Elizabeth (Aaron K.) Glick of Delta, Pa. Grandchildren: 21. Great-grandchildren: 45. Brothers, Isaac A. (Lavina) Beiler of Kinzers, Pa., and Josiah L. Jr. (Naomi) Beiler of Gap. Sisters, Hannah (David S.) King of Paradise, Pa., and Miriam Kine, and Annie Beiler, both of Kinzers, Pa.

He was member of Old Order Amish Church. He owned Beiler Fruit Farm in New Holland, Pa.

Services: From Isaac Beiler residence, 383 Springville Rd., New Holland, Pa. on Saturday, 5-14-2004, at noon followed by in intement in Red Hill Amish Cem., Narvon, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained
 from Intelligencer Journal, published
Saturday, May 14, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Beiler, Israel M.

Born: 12-27-1925, Bird-In-Hand, Pa. Died: 4-9-2004, Christiana, Pa.

Husband of: Nancy Stoltzfus Beiler, who survives. Son of: Late Henry and Lydia Miller Beiler.

Survivors: Daughters, Sara s. (Isaac S.) Miller, Annie S. (Samuel F.) Stoltzfus, both of Chrisitana, Lydia S. (Samuel K) Stoltzfus of Kirkwood, Pa., Mary S. (Jacob S.) Fisher of Bart, Pa. Sons, Benjamin S. (Mary Stoltzfus) Beiler, Israel S. (Mattie Fisher) Beiler both of Christiana, Levi S. (Fanny Stoltzfus) Beiler of Pembroke, Ky, and Menno S. (Malinda Fisher) Beiler of Trenton, KY. Grandchildren: 71. Great-grandchildren: 67. Brother, Enos (Lizzie Stoltzfus) Beiler of Bird-In-Hand.

Preceded in death by a son, Henry S.; six brothers; and two sisters.

Israel was a retired farmer and member of Old Order Amish Church.

Services: From the late home, 341 Chrisiana Pike, Chrisitana, Pa. on Monday,
4-12-2004 at 9:00 am followed by interment in Bart Amish Cemetery, Bart Twp. Lancaster Co., Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published,
Saturday, 4-10-2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichards

Beiler, Susie F.
, age 66 yrs.

Born: Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 10-8-2004, Gordonville, Pa.

Wife of: Elam F. Beiler (5-22-1918/12-19-2000). Elam was son of Abram and Barbara Fisher Beiler
Daughter of: Late John and Betsie Stoltzfus

Survivors: Children: Lizzie Beiler, Jacob (Salomie Stoltzfus) Beiler, Fannie (John) Esh, all of Gordonville, Pa. and Priscilla (Reuben) Glick, Pembroke, Kentucky.  Grandchildren: 23.  Step-grandson: 1.  Great-grandchildren: 25.
Preceded in death by 4 children, Barbara (Aaron) King and Sarah, John, and Elam who died in infancy.

Susie was a member of Old Order Amish Church. 

Services: From the late home, 4046 Ridge Road, Gordonville, Pa. on Monday, 10-11-2004, at 12:30 pm. Interment in Myer's Amish Cem., Leola, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from

Intelligencer Journal, 10-9-2004,
Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Bomberger, Henry L

Born: 12-2-1919, Elm, Pa. Died: 3-10-2004, Lititz, Pa.

Husband of: Myrtle A. Hess Bomberger, who survives. Son of: Late John M. and Elizabeth Landis Bomberger.

Survivors: Son, Henry H. (Andrea M.) Bomberger of Lititz, Pa. Daughters, Eliane H. (Robert) Hostetler of LaGrange, Ind., Anne H. (Clair) Hershey, Rev. Lynne H.B. (Paul M.) Williams of London, Ontario. Grandchildren: 20. Great-Grandchildren: 21. Brother, Roy L. (Martha Jane) Bomberger of Lititz, Pa. Sister, Arlene L. Eby of Lititz.

Henry was a lifelong member of Erb Mennonite Church, Lititz, Pa. He was owner of Bomberger's Store and post master of Elm Post Office since 1959 until his retirement.

Services: Erb Mennonite church, 567 W. Lexington Road, Lititz, on Monday, March15, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Wesley D. Siegrist and Rev. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
 Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,
March 12, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Book, Cora Reist

Born: 8-6-1908, Penn Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 4-21-2004, Lititz, Pa.

Wife of: Harold K. Book (3-4-1908/1-17-2000) Daughter of: Late John R. and Adeline Reist Hershey

Survivors: A son, Roy H. (Ruth Hershey) Book of Ronks, Pa. Daughters, Betty J. (John E.) Kreider of Lancaster, Pa., Helen M. (Donald L.) Rutt of Conestoga, Pa., Marian A. (John B.) Groff of Mount Joy, Pa., Rhoda P. (Ora M.) Mast of Marietta, Ga., and Miriam F. (James M.) Lapp of Harleysville, Pa. Grandchildren: 22. Great-grandchildren: 45. Great-great-grandchildren: 9.

Preceded in death by brothers, Jacob R. and John R. Hershey Jr. Sisters, Kathryn R. Hershey, Mary R. Kreider, Florence R. Risser, and Mildred R. Shaub

She was member of Paradise Mennonite Church, Paradise, Pa.

Services: Paradise Mennonite Church, 148 S. Singer Ave., Paradise, Pa. on Saturday at 10:30 am with Pasotrs Fred W. Martin and Timothy Rogers officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
4-22-2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Brubaker, Aaron O

Born: 4-15-1917, Richfield, Pa.  Died: 7-9-2004, Lititz, Pa.

Husband of: Esther Oberholtzer Brubaker (1-26-1916/1-5-1999) Son of: Late Menno and Ada Martin Brubaker

Survivors: Sons, J. Mark (Beryl) Brubaker of Harrisonburg, Va., Fred E. (Carol) Brubaker of Kidron, Ohio, E. Lynn (Debra Hutchinson) Brubaker of Kimberton, Glen R. (Ellin) Brubaker, Jere C. (Barbara) Brubaker, A. Omer (Charmayne) Brubaker, J. Dean (Nancy) Brubaker , all of
Lancaster, Pa. Daughters, Alta (David) Teel of Keezletown, Va., Debra L. Gingerich of  Kalona, Iowa, Deana (Timothy) Erdman of Lancaster, and Duong Thuy Nga (Pham) Van Lang, and Vanessa (Steve) Brock of Philadelphia. Grandchildren: 18.  Great-grandchildren: 5. Brothers, Samuel of Richfield, Pa. and Luke (Rachel) Brubaker of Lititz, Pa. Sisters, Ruth Ranck of Paradise, Pa. and Mary Zook of Harrisonburg, Va.

Preceded in death by a son, J. Loye Brubaker; and brothers, John, David, and Jacob Brubaker

Aaron was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church.

Services: Willow Street Mennonite Church, Hans Herr and Penn Grant Roads in Willow Street, Pa. on Monday, July 12, 2004, at 11:00 am. with Rev. Robert Brenaman officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
July 10, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Brubaker, Anna Laura Stauffer

PORT TREVORTON - Anna Laura Brubaker, 94, formerly of RR2, Port Trevorton, and most recently of Penn Lutheran Village, Selinsgrove, where she had resided for the past two years, entered into eternal rest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in the emergency room of Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

She was born Jan. 13, 1910, at Port Trevorton, the daughter of the late Elias and Anna (Heim) Stauffer. On Oct. 15, 1929, she married Robert J. Brubaker, who preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1974.

Mrs. Brubaker was educated at the Upper Herrold's grammar schoolhouse at Port Trevorton.

She was employed at Groce's Silk Mill, Port Trevorton and by Doctor's convalescent Home (now Penn Lutheran Village), Selinsgrove.

Mrs. Brubaker was a member of the Crossroads Mennonite Church, Richfield.

She loved her family and her home. Her family remembers her cracking walnuts in her home in the winter months.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Harvey L. Gehman and his wife Eloise "Mickey" of RR2, Port Trevorton; one granddaughter, Karen L. Moyer and her husband Robert A. of RR2, Port Trevorton; three great-grandchildren, Jeremiah A. Moyer, Joshua R. Moyer and Jenny L. Moyer; four great-great-grandchildren, Sarah Kleckner, Rachel Moyer, Hallie Moyer and Logan Moyer; one brother, Harvey Stauffer and his wife Martha of Muncy; one sister, Aretta Spriggle of Selinsgrove; and four generations of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Samuel, Grant, Carson and Henry Stauffer and three sisters, Jenny Shaffer, Carrie Stauffer and Lena Reinard.

Friends and family may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Mills and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Crossroads Mennonite Church, Richfield, where the funeral will follow at 10:30 with ministers, Orval C. Graybill and Timothy Lauver officiating.

Burial will follow in Susquehanna Mennonite Church Cemetery, RR1, Port Trevorton.

The family respectfully requests no flowers. Memorial gifts may be directed in loving memory of Mrs. Brubaker to The Crossroads Mennonite Church, Richfield, PA 17086 or The American Red Cross of Snyder County, 10 S. Main St., Middleburg, PA 17842.
Published in The Daily Item on 8/10/2004.

Contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Brubaker to the Millmont Hospital Assistance in care of Ernest L. Weaver, RR2 Box 245, Middleburg, PA 17842, or Evangelical Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

Sunbury Daily Item 8/10/2004
Sunbury, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Brubaker, Anna Mary

Born: 7-4-1918, Strasburg, Pa.  Died: 7-25-2004, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: Late David "JD" Brubaker, who survives.  Daughter of: George R. and Mary Lefever Lefever

Other survivors: Son, John (Anna Lois Miller) Brubaker of Port Royal, Pa., Daughters, Dorothy Jean Pearce of Houston, Mary Jane (Roy) Myers of Greensburg, Pa., Lillian (Doug) Gehr of Pottstown, Pa., and Eleanor
Rose Lanids of Viroqua, Wis. Grandchildren: 16.  Great-grandchildren: 5.  A sister, Ethel Sirl of Lisbon, Md.

Preceded in death by brothers, Mylin, Charles, and Clarence Lefever; and Sisters, Margie Stoltzfus and Ruth and Grace Lefever.

She was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church, Willow Street, Pa.

Services: Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 E. Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, Pa. on Friday, July 30, 2004 at 10:00 am withRev. Robert A. Breneman and Rev. Gerald Garber officiating.  Burial: Willow Street Mennonite Cem., Willow Street, Pa.

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
July 27, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard


Brubaker, Anna Mary.
86, of Lancaster, PA. died July 25, 2004 at her home. She was born in Strasburg, PA to George R. and Mary Lefever Lefever. She was married 62 years to John David "J.D." Brubaker whom survives.

A member of the Willow Street Mennonite Church.

Surviving are a son John & Anna Lois Miller Brubaker of Port Royal, PA; daughters, Dorothy Jean Pearce of Houston, TX, Mary Jane & Roy Myers of Greensburg, PA, Lillian & Doug Gehr of Pottstown, PA and Eleanor Rose Landis of Viroqua, WI. Also 16 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a sister Ethel Sirk of Lisbon, MD.

She was preceded in death by grandson Bobby Brubaker, by brothers Mylin, Charles and Clarence Lefever and sisters Margie Stoltzfus, and Ruth and Grace Lefever.

Funeral services were held July 30, 2004 at Willow Street Mennonite Church, Willow Street, PA with Rev. Robert A. Breneman, Rev. Gerald B. Garber officiating. With burial in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery. 399 East Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, PA
She was a member of Mennonite Church USA
Submitted & Edited by Leon Hertzler

Brubaker, Ruth G.

Born: 5-25-1922, Manheim Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 6-20-2004, Lititz, Pa. Daughter of: Late Jacob S. and Anna Mae Garber Brubaker

Survivors: Brothers, Ezra Brubaker of Ephrata, Pa. and Elwood Brubaker of East Petersburg, Pa. A sister, Anna Mae (Harold) Sauder of Beavertown, Pa.

Preceded in death by brothers, Henry and Paul Brubaker, and sisters Ethel Brubaker and Elizabeth Esbenshade.

Ruth was a member of Landis Valley Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa.. She was a missionary in Texas for many years for Elkhart Mission Board.

Services: Landis Valley Mennonite Church, 2420 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, Pa. on Thursday, June 24, 2004, at 10 am with Rev. Tom Horst officiating.
in adjoining cemetery.
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
June 22, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Burkholder, Betty Ann Martin
, 62, of 3292 Koogler Road in Dayton, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at her home. She had been in failing health for four years.

Mrs. Burkholder was born Oct. 16, 1941, in Rockingham County, and was the daughter of the late John H. and Eva M. Rohrer Martin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Riverdale Old Order Mennonite Church.

On Jan. 29, 1964, she married Vernon H. Burkholder, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Sue Ann Wenger and Martha Koogler, both of Bridgewater and Margaret Rhodes of Dayton; a brother, Kenneth R. Martin of Dayton; and 19 grandchildren.

Bishop Lloyd Wenger and the ministers of the church will conduct the funeral 10 a.m. Thursday at the Riverdale Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Her body has been taken to her home, where friends may call until 8 p.m. today.
Arrangements are by McMullen Funeral Home.

Obituary from Harrisonburg Daily News Record

Burkholder, Esther Mae

Born: 7-26-1942, Ephrata Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 8-12-2004, Ephrata, Pa.

Wife of: Chester B. Burkholder, who survives.  Daughter of: Late Norman B. and Mabel B. Kurtz Martin.

Other survivors: Sons, Roger M. (Shirley Horning) Burkholder of Stevens, Pa., Chester M. (Joyce Nolt) Burkholder and Gary M. (Jalisa Martin) Burkholder, both of Denver, Pa., and Daryl M., at home.  Daughters, Marilyn M. (John W.) Sensenig of Cato, NY., Karen M. (Nelson L.) Sensenig of Red Creek, NY, Julia M. (Wilmer H.) Good of Narvon, Pa., and Jeanette M. (Richard M.) Hoover of Denver, Pa. Grandchildren: 40.  Brothers, Clarence K. (Kathryn Martin) Martin, and Carl K. (Sandy F. Landis) Martin, both of Ephrata, Pa., and Raymond K. (Sally Gamber) Martin of Jonestown, Pa.  Sisters, Mary Ella (Harry) Good of Newmanstown, Pa., Alta K. (Loyd) Sensenig of Ephrata, Clara K. (Donald) Stoner of Landisville, Pa., Dorothy K. (John) Hoover of Blain, Pa., Arlene K. (Marlin) Hurst of Robesonia, Pa. and Kathryn K. (Lawrence) Good of Womelsdorf, Pa.

She was a member of Springville Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Pa.

Services: Springville Mennonite Church, Ephrata Pa. at 1:30 pm on Monday, 8-16-2004. Bishop Lester B. Martin and Ministers Wilmer Martin, Lester Sauder and Walter Zimmerman officiating. Interment in adjoining cem.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Burkholder, Fannie Zimmerman

Born: 10-7-1926, East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 4-17-2004, New Holland, Pa. Wife of: Levi H. Burkholder (6-28-1925/4-3-1998)

Daughter of: Late Frank K. and Mattie Zimmerman Martin

Survivors: Sons, Raymond M. (Edna S. Zimmerman) Burkholder of Shippensburg, Pa., Amos M. (Irene Rissler) Burkholder of Leola, Pa., Frank M. (Mabel Burkholder) Burkholder of Dorchester, Wis., Henry M. (Anna Mary Hoover) Burkholder of New Holland, Pa., Levi M. (Lorraine Martin) Burkholder of Orchid, Iowa, Edwin M. of New Holland, mervin M. (Marlene Nolt) Burkholder of Newville, Pa.

Daughters, Verna M. (Samuel) Nolt of Leola, Pa., Elizabeth M. (Amos) Hoover of Mifflinburg, Pa., Mattie M. (Wilmer Z.) Martin of Fleetwood, Pa., and Ellen M. (David) Zimmerman of Lititiz, Pa. Grandchildren: 63. Great-grandchildren: 14. Brothers, Menno Z. (Ada Hoover) Martin, and William Z. (Arlene Hoover) Martin, both of Denver, Pa. Sisters, Mattie Burkholder of Versailles, Mo., and Katie Z. Martin of Denver, Pa.

Preceded in death by son, Benjamin Burkholder.

Fannie was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church, Leola, Pa. She was a homemaker.

Services: Martindale Mennonite Church at 9:30 am, Ephrata, Pa. with Bishop Ben Martin officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal
4-19-2004, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

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