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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  S

Schmucker, Harvey E. ; . . Schrock, Wilma J. Pomeranz ; . .  Sensenig, Ivan Z. ; . . Shank, Araminta ; . . Lehman   Shenk, Doris S. ; . . Showalter, Leona Crider ; . .  Showalter, M. Virginia ; . . Simmons, Clara R. ; . . Simmons, Paul ; . .   Slagel,  Ruby K. ; . .  Smoker, Leah S. ; . . Smucker, Allen B. ; . . Smucker, Elmer ; . .  Smucker, Levi K. ; . .Smucker, Wilton Daniel ; . . Stoltzfus, Christian L. ; . .   Speicher, Anna Z. ; . .  Speicher, Miriam ; . .   Stauffer, Dorothy W. ; . .  Stoltzfus, Annie S. ; . .  Stoltzfus, Fannie S. ; . .   Stoltzfus, Mary ; . . Stoltzfus, Rebecca W. ; . .  Stoltzfus, Roy A. ; . .    Stoltzfus, Sara S. ; . . Stutzman, Donald Duane ; . .   

Schmucker, Harvey E.

NAPPANEE -- Harvey E. Schmucker, 76, of 71877 C.R. 3, died at 9:20 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 29, 2004) at his home after an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Bremen to Emmon D. and Salina (Hochstetler) Schmucker. He married Lydia M. Miller on April 24, 1952, in Nappanee.

She survives with five sons, Marvin (Ruth) and Emmon (Dana), both of Goshen; Raymond of Syracuse, John of Pierceton and Daniel of Nappanee; three daughters, Mrs. Jeff (Barbara) Smith of Goshen, Mrs. Norman (Mary E.) Slabaugh of Etna Green and Mrs. Lloyd A. (Katie A.) Slabaugh of Nappanee; 19 grandchildren; three brothers, Freeman (Betty) Schmucker of Syracuse, Levi (Millie) Schmucker of Goshen and Marvin (Mary Etta) Schmucker of Nappanee; and five sisters, Mrs. Dan (Edna Mae) Stolzfus of Holtwood, Pa., Mrs. LeRoy (MaLinda) Hochstetler of Bremen, Mrs. John (Mahala) Troyer of Nappanee, Mrs. Vernon (Jemima) Yoder of Topeka and Mrs. John (Salina) Yoder of LaGrange.

He was preceded in death by a son, Paul; three daughters, Ida Sue, Bertha and Susan E. Schmucker; a grandson; a brother, Monroe Schmucker and a sister, Mary Schmucker.

Friends may call all day today and Wednesday at the family residence. The 9:30 a.m. Thursday service will be at the William Hochstetler residence, 29416 C.R. 52, and burial will be in Weldy Cemetery. Bishop Lonnie Miller of Old Order Amish Church will officiate, assisted by Bishop Levi Plank. Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mr. Schmucker, a lifetime area resident and retired farmer, was an Old Order Amish Church member.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 2, 2004
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Schrock, Wilma J. Pomeranz

(1938 - 2004)

ARCHBOLD - Wilma J. Pomeranz Schrock, 65, of Archbold, died early Saturday morning, March 6, 2004, at her home.

Born July 24, 1938, at Toledo, to Rosella (Seiler) and Frank Pomeranz, she married Ray Schrock on Oct. 26, 1957, and he survives.

A resident of the Archbold area since 1957, she was a homemaker. She was a cashier at the Pettisville School cafeteria for about 11 years and had worked at the Sauder Village Cafe for about 10 years.

She was an active member of the North Clinton Mennonite Church at Wauseon and its WMSC, the Pettisville Garden Club and the C.C.L.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Lyndon (and wife, Cindy) Schrock of Southlake, Texas, and Larry (Angie) Schrock of Greensboro, N.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Linda) Lawson of Lima; two grandchildren, Jonathan Lawson and Amanda Lawson; and a brother, Frederick (Carol) Pomeranz of Fox Island, Wash.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Herbert Pomeranz; and a sister, Mary Koehler.

Visitation will be held today from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. in the Short Funeral Home, Archbold.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the North Clinton Mennonite Church with Pastors Brad Faler and John Schrock to officiate.
Memorials may be made to Hospice, The Caring Way, of Williams and Fulton Counties, or to Gideons International.  

[Obit: Bryan Times, 8 Mar 2004]

Sensenig, Ivan Z

Born: 11-29-1934, East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 4-20-2004, Lancaster, Pa.

Husband of: Hettie Martin Sensenig, who survives.  Son of: Late Elam W. and Lizzie Zimmerman Sensenig.

Other survivors: Daughters, Alta, (Marlin) Martin of Penn Yan, NY, Mary (Titus) Martin, and Anna (Ivan) Stauffer, both of New Holland, Pa., Mabel (Martin) Hoover, and Eshter (Aaron) Newswanger, both of Curtiss, Wis., Susanna (Reuben) Wenger of Dundee, NY, Elise (Stephen) Brubacher of Lancaster, Wis., and Arlene (Eugene) Hoover of Stevens, Pa.  Sons, Allen (Mary Burkholder) Sensenig of Dundee, Daniel at home, Reuben (Elsie Hurst) Sensenig of Lancaster, Wis., Eli (Martha Nolt) Sensenig of Owen, Wis., Earl (Amy Zimmerman) Sensenig of Denver, Pa., and Elvin (Susan Martin) Sensenig of New Holland, Pa. Grandchildren: 75.  Great-grandson: 1.  Brother, Ezra ( Susanna Martin) Sensenig of New Holland.  Sisters, Anna (Samuel) Shirk of Versilles, Mo., Barbara (John) Nolt of New Holland, Mary (Christian) Weaver of Leola, Pa. and Lizzie (Adam) Martin of Bethel, Pa.

Preceded in death by brothers, Jacob, Henry, Moses, Elam and Paul.

Ivan was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.  He was a retired farmer.

Services: From the late home, 1003 Sensenig Road, Ephrata, Pa. on Friday at 9:00 am with further services from Martindale Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Pa., with Bishop Ben F. Martin officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published Thursday,
4-22-2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Shank, Araminta Lehman
, 85, formerly of Harrisonburg, Virginia September 14, 2004 at Landis Homes Retirement Community Health Care Center Lititz, Pa. She and her husband of 62 years, Lester C. Shank, have resided at Landis Homes for 6 years. Born in Lancaster, Pa. to Joseph S. and Esther Kreider Lehman. Araminta was a charter member of Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She served as a service worker in Zambia, Africa for 4 years through Mennonite Central Committee and then 2 years at the Akron Mennonite Central Committee.

Surviving besides her husband is a son Norman E. husband of Lucille Mumaw Shank of Mechanicsburg, Pa. Four daughters: Esther wife of Jonathan Bucher of Morinville, Alberta, Canada; Mary wife of Ernest Swartz of Chester, Virginia; Miriam wife of Jesus Cruz of Lancaster, Pa.; Ruth wife of Kenneth Blackman of Roanoke, Virginia. Nine grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family.

A memorial service was September 17, 2004 at Park View Mennonite Church Harrisonburg, Virginia. Private interment in Weaver s Mennonite Church Cemetery Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Source: Lancaster Co., PA
Obituary and Death Notice Collection, Sep 15, 2004
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Shenk, Doris S.

                                “Valiant for the Truth”

Doris S. Shenk, 83, of 1225 Greencroft Drive, Goshen, died at 2:55 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2004, at Greencroft Healthcare, having suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for seven years. After living 35 years at 1406 S. 12th St., she moved to Greencroft in April 2000.
She was born Feb. 23, 1921, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Clarence and Elizabeth (Alderfer) Sell. She married Stanley C. Shenk on June 20, 1942, at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church. Theirs was the first wedding at the Souderton church; Bishop John E. Lapp officiated.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, also of Greencroft; four children, Dave (Shirley) Shenk of Elkhart, Dan (Vera) Shenk of Goshen, Rhoda (Bob) Keener, of Shippensburg, Pa., and Phil (Alice) Shenk of Bookhnog, Dagestan, Russia, and Goshen; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Blanche E. Sell, in November 2001; and a brother, Clarence Sell Jr., in June 2001.
She grew up in Souderton; she was baptized at the Souderton church in her teens. Doris graduated from Souderton High School in 1938. After obtaining her teaching degree at Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va., she taught in several schools in the 1940s. The motto of her EMC class was “Valiant for the Truth”; Doris was in charge of gathering, typing and mailing the Class of 1941’s annual letter for more than 50 years.
Doris and Stanley moved in 1949 to West Liberty, Ohio, where he became pastor of South Union Mennonite Church, and she worked as a homemaker. When the family of six moved to Souderton in 1957 Doris became a teacher at Franconia Mennonite School (now Penn View Christian School). After the family moved to Goshen in 1965 she became administrative assistant to the dean of Goshen College, working in the dean’s office until 1975. She graduated from Goshen College in 1980.
Doris was a member of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church where Stanley served as assistant pastor in the 1960s and 1970s. She also was a member of the Women’s Missionary & Service Commission of the Mennonite Church, now Mennonite Women USA, of which Rhoda is now executive director. Doris served as an instructor of Keystone Bible Institutes and, with her husband, co-directed 10 tours to the Holy Land from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Her hobbies and interests included making family scrapbooks; reading church periodicals; playing Scrabble; singing; and traveling with her husband, children and grandchildren. Doris was known for her organizational ability, her children’s stories while in ministry with Stanley, her ministry of prayer, her warm smile, and her deep love for family and church.

Visitation at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, took place Friday evening, Oct. 15 and Saturday morning, Oct. 16, after which burial was in Violett Cemetery, Goshen. Rev. Terry Diener of Clinton Frame officiated, as well as Saturday afternoon, Oct. 30 at a memorial service at Clinton Frame. The service was delayed two weeks so that Phil and Alice could return from Russia.

Memorials may be given to Mennonite Mission Network (for Friends of the Tabasarans) and Mennonite Women USA.

Three of Doris Shenk’s favorite Scripture verses *
    Philippians 1:21: “For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”  (This was used at the graveside service on Oct. 16, 2004.)
    Proverbs 3:6: “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
    Psalm 37:5: “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
        (Of these two verses Doris wrote: “Favorite verses since my teen years.”)

* Doris listed these on a paper titled “Funeral Requests or Suggestions,” dated April 3,
   1995, then in her own hand: “(updated from 9/16/87).”
Submitted by the family.

Showalter, Leona Crider
, 77, of Maugansville, Maryland died Sept. 19, 2004, at her home. Born Sept. 6, 1927, in Chambersburg, Pa., to John H. and Lizzie Frey Crider. Her husband Roy M. Showalter of 57 years, She was a member of Salem Ridge Mennonite Church, Greencastle, Pa. She volunteered with Release Time Bible Program at Greencastle-Antrim Schools and with Thousand Villages in Hagerstown. She also volunteered at Booksavers in Hagerstown and sang with Kings Troubadours for 20 years.

Survived by her husband Roy and four daughters, Ruby Denlinger and Carolyn Showalter, both of Maugansville, Helen Hertzler of Mount Joy, Pa., and Bev Beiler of Gap, Pa.; three sons, Donald Showalter of Branford, Conn., Lowell Showalter of Clarkston, Mich., and Linden Showalter of Waynesboro, Pa.; three sisters, Elinor Showalter and Janet Crider, both of Chambersburg, and Thelma Diller of Shippensburg, Pa.; two brothers, Eldon Crider of Chambersburg and Harold Crider of Greencastle; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were September 22, 2004 at Salem Ridge Mennonite Church, Greencastle, PA. G. Joseph Martin, Roger I. Martin and Merle G. Cordell will officiate. Burial will follow in Salem Ridge Mennonite Cemetery.

Source: Hearld Mail News, Hagerstown, Maryland
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Showalter, M. Virginia

February 4, 1923 - June 20, 2004

I was born on February 4, 1923. I was raised by my mother, Laura, and my grandparents, all of whom were born in the state of Virginia, hence my name. We lived in a house about six miles from Conway, Kansas in McPherson County. Usually we had three or four cows and sometimes pigs in the pigpen. The cows gave milk, cream and butter for our use. Some of the cream we sold to the creamery in Moundridge, Kansas.

When I was six years old I started to South Liberty grade school-two windy miles south of our house. No school buses in those days! And I distinctly remember two dust storms, like a real dense fog except that it was dust, as fine as flour, that came into the houses through tiny cracks, even though the doors and windows were closed. And I remember the grasshopper "invasion." They ate all the green grass and plants they could find. As I remember, one dust storm and the grasshoppers all moved into our community from the north-I don't know why.

My very earliest memories of going to the West Liberty Mennonite Church, also two miles from our house, include wrapping a warm lap robe around my feet and legs in the back seat of our Model T Ford on a bitterly cold day. No heaters were in the car in those days.

When I was eleven years old I accepted Christ as my Savior; a few months later I was baptized at the same church. Though I've made many mistakes in life, and had to seek God's forgiveness, I've never felt forsaken by Him. One of my favorite hymns is: "I need Thee ev'ry hour, Most gracious Lord, No tender voice like Thine, can peace afford."

My first experiences at Hesston College and Academy were in the exciting six-week Special Bible Term in early 1938. About a dozen of us girls roomed in what was later a men's dormitory located in the ELMS. I think tuition, room and board was $28.50 for the six weeks.

The first half of my freshman year of high school I was permitted to live in Green Gables, on first floor. The second half of that school year l lived with another girl in the basement of Paul Erb's home, all the while getting all our meals in the basement of Green Gables.

I wasn't able to go straight through high school because some semesters I stayed at home, in rural Conway, with my grandmother while my mother went paper hanging. (My grandfather had passed away earlier.) The times I stayed home I took some schoolwork through Hesston Academy by correspondence. By the spring of 1944, I completed all my high school subjects and graduated from the academy in May.

Two more events of early 1944 had lasting effects on the course of my life; I became 21 years old and my grandmother passed away. After that my mother got work as a proofreader in the Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pennsylvania and I was free to do a variety of things. I taught summer Bible school for two or three weeks in Mississippi and did housework for my cousin's little family in northern Texas.

Because of the war going on, by spring of 1945 there were shortages of public school teachers. My good friend Eunice Wilma Diener, who was already an experienced teacher, invited me to go with her to Goshen College for the summer school term of 15 weeks and then teach the lower grades in Happy Hollow School located seven miles south of Galva, Kansas. I taught grades 1-4 while Wilma taught grades 5-8. We taught together for two years.

During those school-teaching years, I wondered more than ever what God wanted me to do with the rest of my life. Should I continue teaching or see about studying to be a registered nurse? I attended Hesston College during the fall semester of 1947. Near the end of the semester it seemed clear to me that I should switch to nursing. I was accepted at Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton, Kansas for the three-year course that prepared me to write the state board examinations and become a registered nurse. After graduating from nursing school in March of 1951, I spent a year working in Dr. Fred Brenneman's office here in Hesston and then volunteered to go to Puerto Rico to work in the Mennonite Hospital under Mennonite Board of Missions.

The hospital was located in a tobacco seed warehouse, made over into a hospital, complete with X-ray department, operating room, delivery room, pharmacy, men's and women's wards, three miniature private rooms and a few pediatric cribs. Something I'll always remember about those days in the "tobacco-barn hospital" (as we called it) was the evening a public car (a station wagon probably) stopped right at the entrance of the hospital and I saw that something unusual was happening. Oh, a baby must have been born in the car, I thought. A nurse aide and I went rushing out to see what was going on. There on the middle seat was a brand new, beautiful girl beside her mother. But something didn't seem quite right, concern in their voices--then I saw it-a twin baby ; girl was there too, whose water had never broken. She was drowning in the liquid she was born with! Because the membrane had never broken, I opened the membrane with my fingers and pulled out the second girl-very pale and not breathing. Very shortly an experienced doctor arrived and resuscitated the little girl-both girls are living and quite well with families of their own by now.

In March of 1957 we moved into a new hospital built about five miles away. Besides working as a nurse there, a couple of times I taught nurse aide classes. By the summer of 1965 I was privileged to go to St. Louis, Missouri to study Medical Record Science at the Homer Phillips Hospital. Nearly two years later I went back to work in the Mennonite Hospital as nurse, then more of the time in the Medical Records department.

Ten years ago I retired in Hesston, Kansas at Schowalter Villa. The years here have been busy ones-here a committee, there a committee, here a new resident to visit, a blind person to read to, etc. As for my health, I don't often "feel sick" though my Parkinson's limits my walking and my handwriting.

Let me share one of the key verses of the Bible: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16, NIV translation.

Memorial Service in Celebration of the Life of M. Virginia Showalter was Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston, Kansas.

Transcribed and edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin
Source: Funeral program
Submitted by: Don Stutzman, Halstead, KS

Simmons, Clara R.
, of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., PA died April 9, 2004, at Country Meadows Retirement Home in Hampden Twp., Mechanicsburg, PA, She was born June 23, 1912 at Lisburn, Cumberland Co., PA, to John and Mary Smyser Casey.  She married Paul Simmons in 1934 who surrives.

She was a member of Slate Hill Mennonite Church, Camp Hill, PA.

Surviving is her husband and two sons, Melvin R. Simmons and Marlin L. Simmons, both of Camp Hill, PA; a daughter, Nancy J. Weinstein of York PA; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held April 13, 2004 at Slate Hill Mennonte Church , Camp Hill, PA with Dr. Bishop Paul W. Nisly officiating. Burial was in Slate Hill Cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Simmons, Paul
, died December 10, 2004, at York, PA, formerly of Mechanicsburg, PA He was born Aug 29, 1910 in Cumberland Co., PA. His foster parents were Martin A. and Orpah Eshleman Benner. Husband of Clara Casey Simmons she died in April 2004, they were married for 73 yrs.

He was a member of Slate Hill Mennonite Church, Camp Hill, PA.  A retaired dairy and chicken farmer in Cumberland Co., PA.

Surviving are two sons, Melvin R. Simmons and Marlin L. Simmons, both of Camp Hill, PA; a daughter, Nancy J. Weinstein of York, PA; five grandchildren; eight great-grand children; and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two foster sisiters Mabel Benner Hertzler and Mary Kauffman Hertzler.

Funeral services were held at Slate Hill Mennonte Church , Camp Hill, PA. Burial was in Slate Hill Cemetery.
He was a member of Mennonite Church USA        

Slagel,  Ruby K
., 91, of St. Johns, MI, died October 10, 2004.  She was born August 19, 1913 at Wayland, IA to Elmer & Sarah (Conrad) Slagel. 

Surviving are siblings: Warren (Vernelda) Slagel, Wayland, IA; Roger(Donna)Slagel, Jupiter, FL; Anna (Roy) Walker, Coleman, MI; Betty (Stanley) Snyder, Lansing, MI; Evelyn (Clayton) Sharick, Mesa, AZ; Max (Mary) Slagel, Ithaca, MI; and Carol Hershberger, Tequesta, FL.

Predeceased by siblings: Doris Larkin, Lucille Jolls, Fern Yoder, and Allen Slagel.

The funeral was held October 13, 2004 at Bethel Mennonite Church, St. Johns, MI, with burial in Washington Twp. St. Johns, MI.

Submitted by: Dale Hochstettler, Midland, MI
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Smoker, Leah S.

Born: 9-9-1914, Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 9-13-2004, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Wife of: Benjamin Smoker (7-28-1912 / 8-21-2003).  Daughter of: Late Jacob and Anna Stoltzfus Glick.

Survivors: Daughters, Anna Ruth (Dan) Lapp of Pedricktown, NJ, Elsie (Paul) Beiler of Paradise, Pa., Kathryn (Edward Jay) Miller of Plain City, Ohio.  Sons, Daniel Smoker, fiance of Jeanne Ryan of Downingtown, Pa., Jay (Susan Shellenberger) Smoker of Manheim, Pa.  Grandchildren: 18.  Great-grandchildren: 20.  Sisters, Amanda Smucker of Gordonville, Pa. and Barbara (Isaac) Dienner of
Hagerstown, Ind.  A brother, Isaac Glick of New Danville, Pa.

She was a member of Mine Road Amish-Mennonite Church, Kinzers, Pa.  Leah was an avid quilter.

Services: Mine Road Amish-Mennonite Church, Mine Road, Kinzers, Pa. on Friday, September 17, 2004, at 11:00 am. Intement in adjoining cemetery.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published
9-15-2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Smucker, Allen B.

Born: 1-14-1971, East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 8-23-2004, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Husband of: Marian Stoltzfus Smucker, who survives.  Son of: Paul S. and Rachel Beiler Smucker of Lancaster, Pa.

Other survivors: Daughters, Marcilyn Fern, Karen Faye, and Lynette Joy, all at home.  Brothers, Paul, Andrew and Omer, all of Lancaster, Pa. Sisters, Verna (Samuel) Lapp, and Sadie Smucker, both of Lancaster, and Martha (Eli) Smucker of Millersburg, Pa., and Annie (Leroy) Smucker of Gordonville, Pa.

Allen died shortly after being injured in a construction accident in Montgomery County, Pa.  He was a member of Spring Garden Amish Mennonite Church, Kinzers, Pa.

Services: Spring Garden Amish Mennonite Church, 5197 Old Philadelphia Pike, Kinzers, Pa. on Thursday, August 26, 2004, at 10 am with Henry Fisher and Dave Esh and Manny King officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published
Wed., Aug. 25, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Smucker, Elmer
, age 66 yrs.
Born: Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 10-8-2004, Lancaster, Pa.

Son of: Late Benuel & Sadie Stoltzfus Smucker

Survivors: Brothers, Henry (Susie Fisher) Smucker, David (Rebecca Stoltzfus) Smucker, Paul (Rachel Beiler) Smucker, Benuel (Barbara Fisher) Smucker.  Sisters, Rebecca (Jacob) King, Esther (Daniel) Beiler, both of Lancaster, Pa., Rachel (Elam) King of Strasburg, Pa.

He was a member of Old Order Amish Church

Services: From the late home, 624 Willow Road, Lancaster, Pa. on Monday at 11:00 am followed by interment in Myers Amish Cem., Leola, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from

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

Smucker, Levi K

Born: 6-10-1959, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 3-26-2004, Danville, Montour Co., Pa.

Husband of: Esther Mae Beiler Smucker, who survives.  Son of: Abner and Sadie King Smucker of New Holland, Pa.

Other Survivors: Daughters, Sadie Ruth Smucker, Elizabeth Smucker, Martha Smucker, all at home.  Sons, Daniel Smucker, Joseph Smucker, Levi Smucker Jr., and Wilmer Smucker all at home.  Sisters, Katie (Aron E.) Beiler of New Holland, Pa., Lydia (Melvin) Fisher of Ronks, Pa., Miriam (Jonathan) Stoltzfus of: Strasburg, Pa. and Linda (John) Smucker of East Earl, Pa.  Brothers, Samuel (Miriam) Smucker and David (Lizzie) Smucker both of New Holland; Abner Smucker Jr. of Strasburg and Eli (Linda) Smucker of Kinzers, Pa.  Maternal grandparents, Levi E. and Rebecca King of Gordonville, Pa.

Preceded in death by a son, James Smucker.

Services: From the late home RR # 1, Paxinos, Pa. On Monday, March 29, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment in Zook's Cem., Dornsife, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained
 from Sunday News, published
March 28, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Smucker, Wilton Daniel
, 75 of Halsey, OR died Nov. 18, 2004, He was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Harrisburg, OR to Orval and Lena Kropf Smucker. He married Anna Mary "Anne" Miller on Jan. 30, 1957, in Lancaster, Pa.

He belonged to the Brownsville Mennonite Church Brownsville, OR. He lived in Harrisburg from 1929 to 1957. He was educated through the eighth grade at Alford School. He lived in Roseburg from 1957 to 1973, then moved to Ohio, living in Lisbon and Salem. He moved back to Harrisburg in 1978, where he operated Wilton Smucker Warehouse from 1980 to 2000, then retired. He also had been a grass seed farmer and a builder. He had lived in Halsey since 2000.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Steve and Paul, both of Harrisburg, Philip of Conrath, Wis., and John of Minsk Mayowiecki, Poland; three daughters, Barb Smucker of West Virginia, Lois Birky of Halsey and Rose Leichty of Lebanon; two brothers, James and Milford, both of Harrisburg; four sisters, Wilma Swartz of AuGres, Mich., Luella Yoder of Chicago, Allene Smucker-Klassen of Sedona, Ariz., and Nadine Young of Cleveland, Ohio; and 27 grandchildren.

Funeral service was Nov. 23, 2004 at Brownsville Mennonite Church in Brownsville. Burial was in Alford Cemetery in Harrisburg, Oregon

Source: Murphy-Musgrove Funeral
Home of Junction City, Oregon
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Speicher, Anna Z

Born: 7-18-1956, Lancaster, Pa.  Died: 5-13-2004, Lancaster, Pa.  Daughter of: Miriam Zook Speicher and late John P. Speicher.

Other survivors:  Sisters, Katie Z., of Leola, Pa., Rachel S., with whom she lived, Lizzie Z. (John B.) Smoker of Myerstown, Pa.   Brother, Amos Z. (Grace Brubaker) Speicher of Elliottsburg, Pa.

Annie was a member of Old Order Amish Church.

Services: From the home of Dan F. Stoltzfus, 120 N. Maple Ave, Leola, Pa. on Sat., May 15, 2004, at 9:00 am. Intement in Upper Mill Creek Amish Cem., Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster County, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published
Friday, May 14, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Speicher, Miriam

Born: 4-3-1925, East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 5-15-2004, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: John P. Speicher (9-29-1919/12-19-2000).  Daughter of: Late Amos and Katie Stoltzfus Zook.

Survivors: Daughters, Kaite, at home, Rachel of Leola, Pa., and Lizzie (John B.) Smoker of Myerstown, Pa.  A son, Amos (Grace Brubaker) Speicher of Elliottsburg, Pa.  Grandchildren: 12.  Great-grandchildren: 4.  A brother, Elam (Katie Glick) Zook of Leola, Pa.  Sisters, Lizzie Bawell of Gap, Pa. and Rachel Glick of Leola.

Preceded in death by a daughter Anna Z., 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

Miriam was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Services: From the Amos Blank residence, 914 Hartman Station Road, Lancaster, Pa. On Monday, May 17,2004, at 11:00am with interment in Upper Millcreek Amish Cem., Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained
from Intelligencer Journal, published,
May 17, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard


STAUFFER, Dorothy W.

Born: 4-11-1921, Conestoga, Pa. Died: 6-27-2004, Lancaster, Pa.  Daughter of: Willis K. and Cora E. Warfel Stauffer

Survivors: A brother, H. Wilmer (Corena Yoder) Stauffer of Millersville, Pa.; and three sisters, Mary W. Hess of Lititz, Pa., Anna W. Stauffer and Ethel W. Stauffer, both of Lancaster, Pa.

Preceded in death by: Sisters, Edna Stauffer and Erma Hunsberger, and a brother, Dr. J. Marvin Stauffer.

Dorothy was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa.   She worked for the former Shick Inc. Co. until retirement.

Services: Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Hwy East, Lancaster, Pa. on Thursday, July 1, 2004, at 9:00 am. Interment in River Corner
Mennonite Church Cemetery, Conestoga, Pa.

Original obituary and Photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,
published, Tuesday, June 29,2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Peggy Reichard


Stauffer, Dorothy W., 83, Lancaster, PA. died  June 27, 2004 at  Lancaster, PA. She was born August 11, 1921 at Conestoga, PA. to Willis K. and Cora E. Warfel Stauffer.

She was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA

Surviving are a brother H. Wilmer & Corena Yoder Stauffer of Millersville, PA; three sisters Mary W. Hess of Lititz, PA;  Anna W. Stauffer and Ethel W. Stauffer both of Lancaster, PA. She was preceded in death by sisters Edna Stauffer and Erma Hunsberger and by a brother Dr. J. Marvin Stauffer.

Funeral services were held July 1, 2004 at Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA with  Rev. John Denlinger and Rev. Barry Stoner officiating, with burial in  Rivercorner Mennonite Cemetery, Conestoga, PA.
She was a member of Mennonite Church USA
Submitted & Edited by Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH 

Stoltzfus, Annie S

Born: 5-7-1942, Gordonville, Pa. Died: 2-28-2004, Honey Brook, Pa.

Wife of: Benuel J. Stoltzfus, who survives.  Daughter of: Late Samuel and Naomi Stoltzfus Esh.

Survivors: Sons, Aaron E. (Anna) Stoltzfus of Gap, Pa., J. Elmer (Elizabeth) Stoltzfus, S. Lloyd Stoltzfus, Mark E. (Linda Mae) Stoltzfus, Abner Roy Stoltzfus, all of Honey Brook, Stephen Pau (Martha) Stoltzfus of Huntingdon, Pa., Benuel Ray (Julia) Stoltzfus of Sugar Creek, Ohio.  Daughters, Naomi E. Stoltzfus, Linda E. (Keith) Mast, both of Honey Brook, and Anna Mary (Lavern) Schrock, El Dorado Springs, Mo. Grandchildren: 32.
Brother, Amos (Verna) Esh of Dryden, Ontario. Sisters, Sarah Stoltzfus, East Earl, Pa., and Fannie (Jack) Bender, Wytheville, Va.

Preceded in death by a brother, Aaron Esh.

Annie was a homemaker and member of the New Order Amish Church.

Services: From the residence of John Omar Stoltzfus, 540 Todd Road, Honey Brook, on Monday, March 1, 2004, at 12:00. Interment in Stoltzfus Amish Cem., Honey Brook, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained
from Sunday News, Published
2-29-2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Christian L.
"Chris" 84, of Elverson, PA died May 8, 2004 at Fairmont Homes, Ephrata. Born in Morgantown, PA he was the son of the late Stephen R. and Lydia Petersheim Stoltzfus. He was married 62 years on Nov. 20 to Sarah Z. Stoltzfus Stoltzfus formerly of Supplee, PA. He was originally a member of the Old Order Amish church and later the Rock Mennonite Church, Elverson. He was a charter member of Hopewell Mennonite Church, now Hopewell Christian Fellowship, Elverson. He was a board member of Conestoga Christian School and also Lancaster Mennonite School.

Surviving in addition to his wife are nine children; a son, Monroe Z., married to Jane Schopf Stoltzfus of Akron; a son, John W., married to Edwina Gibson Stoltzfus of Narvon; a daughter, Martha, married to James R. Thomas of New Danville; a daughter, Annie B., married to David Donaldson of Montney; British Columbia, a daughter, Lydia Mae, married to Jacob L. Stoltzfus of Gordonville, a son Carl, married to Hilda King Stoltzfus of Elverson; a son Stephen R., married to Lori High Stoltzfus of Lancaster; a daughter, Grace S., married to Eric P. Miller of Mount Joy; and a son Calvin D., married to Beverly Adams Stoltzfus of Elverson; 29 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; two sisters, Lydia, married to Amos Z. Stoltzfus of Kennedyville, MD, and Naomi, married to John Z. Stoltzfus of Kennedyville, MD; and two brothers, Stephen S. Stoltzfus of Morgantown, and Jonas L., married to Sadie Smoker Stoltzfus of Elverson.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Mitchell Thomas; and three brothers Uri, John and Ammon Stoltzfus; and two sisters, Barbara Stoltzfus Glick, and Rebecca Stoltzfus Fisher.

Funeral service was May 12, 2004 at Hopewell Christian Fellowship, Elverson, PA, with the Rev. Mark B. Kraybill officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Source: Lancaster Co., PA
Obituary and Death Notice Collection, 05/08/2004
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Stoltzfus, Fannie S

Born: 10-4-1910, Lancaster County, Pa. Died: 2-26-2004, Honey Brook, Chester Co., Pa.

Wife of: David E. Stoltzfus, died 1991.  Daughter of: Late Samuel B. and Elizabeth Stoltzfus Zook

Survivors: Sons, Samuel Z. (Jean) Stoltzfus of San Miguel, Mexico, and Omar Z. (Catherine) Stoltzfus, of rileyville, Va; two daughters, Malinda Z. Stoltzfus and Elizabeth Z. Lapp, both of Honey Brook.  Son-in-law, Mervin W. Stoltzfus of Kinzers, Pa.  Grandchildren: 37.  Great-grandchildren: 38.

Preceded in death by a son, Mahlon D. Stoltzfus; a daughter, Mayme Z. Stoltzfus; three brothers and three sisters.

Fannie was a homemaker and member of Old Order Amish Church.

Services: From the residence of John Omar Stoltzfus, 540 Todd Road, Honey Brook, Pa. with Ministers John B. and John Omar Stoltzfus officiating.
Interment in Stoltzfus Amish Cemetery, Honey Brook, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published
Sat. Feb. 28, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Mary

Born: 2-4-1908, Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 8-28-2004, Leola, Pa.

Wife of: Stephen B. Stoltzfus, who died 1966.  Daughter of: Late John D. and Susie Weinhold Petersheim.

Survivors: A son, Stephen P. (Mary Esh) Stoltzfus of Leola, Pa. Stepdaughters, Lizzie B. Stoltzufs, Katie B. Stoltzfus, and Anna (Elias) Beiler, all of Leola; Lydia (Reuben) Beiler of Strasburg, Pa.; Mary (Christ) Riehl of  Quarryville, Pa. and Rebecca B. Fisher, Sarasota, Fla. Stepsons, Menno B. (Emma Flaud) Stoltzfus, Loganton; and Samuel J (Annie Miller) Stoltzfus of Ohio. Grandchildren: 4.  Great-grandchildren: 8. Step-grandchildren: 23. Step-great grandchildren: 127. Step-great-great grandchildren: 102.

Mary was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 6 sisters.  She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Services: From the late home 338 Newport Road, Leola, Pa. on Monday, 8-30-2004, at 11:00 am. Interment in Myers Amish Cem., Leola, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from

Sunday News, published 8-29-2004,
Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Rebecca W

Born: 5-13-1981, Lancaster, Pa.   Died: 4-8-2004, Kinzers, Pa.  Daughter of: Amos K. and Rachel Stoltzfus Stoltzfus, who survive.

Survivors: Brothers, Stephen S., Benuel S., Daniel S., and David S. all at home.  Sisters, Mary Ann and Suzanne Stoltzfus, both at home.
Paternal grandparents, Stephen and Rebecca King Stoltzfus of Gordonville, Pa. and Maternal grandfather, Christ E. Stoltzfus of Churchtown, Pa.

Rebecca was a homemaker and member of Old Order Amish Church.  She died after a 10 month illness..

Services: From the late home 5125 Peters Road, Kinzers, Pa. on Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 9:00 am. Interment in Dry Hill Amish Cem., New Holland, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published,
Friday, April 9, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Roy A

Born: 4-1-1914, Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 8-7-2004, Leola, Pa.

Husband of: Lizzie K. Lapp Stoltzfus, died 1997.  Son of: Late Daniel and Caroline Augsberger Stoltzfus

Survivors: Sons, Daniel (Dorothy Beiler) Stoltzfus, Ivan (Rebecca Fisher) Stoltzfus, Elmer (Rachel Miller) Stoltzfus, all of New Holland, Pa.; Roy (Emma Petersheim) Stoltzfus, Benuel (Rebecca Fisher) Stoltzfus, and Leon (Lydia Glick) Stoltzfus, all of Leola, Pa.; Henry, (Lydia Petersheim) Stoltzfus of Gordonville, Pa.; Reuben (Sadie Fisher) Stoltzfus of Chrisitiana, Pa.. Daughters, Annie (John) Fisher of Ronks, Pa.; Sadie (John) Esh of
Burksville, Ky.; Rachel (Eli) Dienner of Parkesburg, Pa.; and Rebecca Stoltzfus, at home.
Grandchildren: 78.  Great-grandchildren: 200.

Preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Stoltzfus, and sisters Lizzie Allgyer and Rebecca Fisher.

Roy was a retired welder and member of Old Order Amish Church.

Services: From the late home,, 168 Groffdale Road, Leola, Pa., on Monday, 8-9-2004 at noon. Interment in Myers Amish Cem., Leola, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Sunday News,
Published 8-8-2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Sara S

Born: 7-28-1933, Leacock twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 1-25-2004, Elizabethtown, Pa.

Wife of: Joseph S. Stoltzfus, who survives.  Daughter of: David Y. and Ada M. Stoltzfus Lapp.

Other survivors: Brothers, Henry (Anna Mary) Lapp of Gap, Pa., Eli (Marilyn) Lapp of Akron, Pa., Leon (Ruth) Lapp of Gap, Pa. and Benuel Lapp of Sarasota, Fla.; a sister, Lena (Benuel) King of Elizabethtown, Pa.

Preceded in death by sisters, Rebecca Beiler, Anna Mary Lapp, Katie Lapp; and brothers David and Emanuel Lapp.

Sara was a member of the Amish Faith.

Services: From the late home, 253 Weaver Lane, Elizabethtown, Pa. on Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at 11 am. Interment in Lykens Valley Cem., Millersburg, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
Published, Monday, January 26, 2004, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard


Stutzman, Donald Duane

Donald Duane Stutzman, of Beaver Crossing, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at Homestead Healthcare Center in Lincoln at the age of 60 years, 2 months and 19 days. He was born November 26, 1943, on a farm near Beaver Crossing, Nebraska to Lester and Velma Irene (Martin) Stutzman, the youngest of four children. In his youth he attended West Fairview Mennonite Church where he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour at the age of 12. Donald attended Seward County Walnut Creek School District #16 through the 7th grade. He then transferred to Beaver Crossing Public Schools where he later became a 1962 graduate. After graduation he was employed at Rediger Chevrolet in Milford. On November 15, 1963, he was united in marriage to Judith Ann Carr and to this union three sons were born, Craig Donald, Thomas Wade, and Kirk Allen. In March of 1964, Don started farming the family farm of three generations. He continued farming until March of 1984. After leaving the farm, he worked briefly for Lincoln Electric System. In 1991, Don began work at Southeast Community College-Milford Campus as a maintenance mechanic until June of 2002, when he had to retire due to his poor health.

Don is a member of the Friend Christian Assembly in Friend and was a very active member of the Beaver Crossing community where he served on the Farmers Coop Elevator Board, City Council, Volunteer Firemen, Emergency Medical Technician, and 4-H leader, all of Beaver Crossing and was active on various Church boards. Don often lent a helping hand when needed for his father-in-law and brother-in-law, Dale and Bob Carr, with their new home construction business. He was always eager to lend a helping hand with his many hours of volunteer work maintaining the municipal pool in Beaver Crossing. Don practiced being a good samaritan and was known for filling up gas tanks, doing mechanic work or buying tires for strangers he met during his travels. He enjoyed pro and college football, especially Nebraska, and loved to listen to country gospel quartet music. Don especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports and special events. He loved to go hunting and enjoyed spending time outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Judith, Beaver Crossing, sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Christina, Newport News, VA, Thomas Stutzman and Sommer Kinnett, both of Beaver Crossing, Kirk and Laurie of Greeley, CO, grandchildren, Amanda, Justin, Makaylee, Austin, Jadeyn and Brody Stutzman, his parents, Lester and Velma Stutzman of Milford, brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Thelma Stutzman, Beaver Crossing, sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Paul Stutzman of Wood River, NE, many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sanford and Lizze Stutzman, Peter and Maggie Martin and an infant brother.
Funeral Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2004, at Friend Christian Assembly, Friend, with Pastor Phil Tuttle officiating. Interment is in Beaver Crossing Cemetery. Visitation is 3-9:00 p.m. Monday, 9-9:00 p.m. Tuesday at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Beaver Crossing. Memorials may be directed in care of the family. Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Beaver Crossing, is in charge of arrangements.
From: Lauber-Moore Funeral Home Obituary
-  Milford, Friend, and Beaver Crossing, Nebraska
Submitted by: Ann Miller White, Lincoln, NE

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