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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.

 2005 - R

   Raber, Esther Ummel;   Riegsecker, Nancy Jane Short   Rittenhouse, Henry L.;    Rodgers, Daniel D.;   Rogers, Gabriella Rose;   Roth, Thomas L.;   Rowe, Jewel Ivel Eby;  Rupp,  Bueta Yoder;    Rupp, Leroy J. 

Raber, Esther Ummel
, 89, of Flanagan, IL died September 24, 2005 of heart failure.  She was born February 20, 1914 at Flanagan, IL to Paul & Edith (Urban) Ummel. 

On February 20, 1936 she was married to Wayne Erb Raber, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, William, Ronald, and Merlyn; 7 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held September 27, 2005 at Meadows Mennonite Church, Chenoa, IL
with burial in Waldo Township Cemetary, Livingston Co., IL.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: John Heyerly, Chenoa, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Nancy Jane Short, 70, Upland, Calif., died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at the Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston.

        Born April 15, 1935, in Archbold, she was a daughter of Jesse and Lucille (Lantz) Short.  On June 4, 1954, she married Marlin Riegsecker, who survives.

        A 1953 graduate of Archbold High School, she earned an undergraduate degree at Pitzer College, Clarmont, Calif., and did graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasedena, Calif.  She was a member of the Messiah College Board of Trustees, Grantham, Pa., Ten Thousand Villages board (an international fair trade organization); other corporate and non-profit boards; and Peace Mennonite/Brethren in Christ Church, Clarmont.  She and her husband traveled world-wide offering consultation services for Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA).

        Additional survivors include her mother, Lucille, Archbold; a daughter, Mrs. Phil (Laura) Stephenson; three sons, Timothy Riegsecker, Jeff, (Michelle) Riegsecker, and Joel (Cynthia) Riegsecker; seven grandchildren; a sister, Linda Rychener, Glendale, Ariz., and two brothers, James Short and Greg Short, Archbold.

        Services were Saturday, Sept. 17, at Upland Brethren in Christ Church.  David Augsburger was the officiating pastor.              

Obit: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 28 Sep 2005
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Rittenhouse, Henry L
., 78, of Souderton, Pennsylvania died August 12, 2005 at Grand View hospital.  He was born to Harvey & Mary (Lapp) Rittenhouse. 
He was married to Beulah Hendricks, who survives. 

Also survived by three sons, Dennis and his wife, Mary, of Bowmansville; Dale of  Schwenksville; and Dean and his wife, Beth, of Green Lane and 8 grandchildren. 
A son, Donald is deceased.

Surviving siblings are a brother, Lester and his wife, Rhoda, of Earlington; and a sister, Mary
Schwartzendruber and her husband, Hubert, of Telford.

The funeral was held August 16, 2005 at Rocky Ridge Mennonite Church, Quakertown, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Mary
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Rodgers, Daniel D
., 22 of Elkhart, IN died September 16, 2005.  He was born August 28, 1983 to Dwight & Kathryn (Weckerle) Rodgers. 

Surviving are his parents and a sister, Emily Rodgers, Pittsburgh PA.

The funeral was held September 23, 2005 at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN with burial in Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart, IN.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Kathryn Rodgers, Elkhart, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Rogers, Gabriella Rose,
14, died September 3, 2005 peacefully in her sleep.  She was born to Darrell & Rena (Rogers) Martin, who survive.

Also surviving are two sisters, Callie Rogers Martin and Geneva Rogers Martin.

The funeral was held September 4, 2005 at Nokomis Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Dan Gerber
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Roth, Thomas L
., 60, of Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio died November 22, 2005 of cancer.  He was to Glen & Wilma (Stamm) Roth.  He was married to Sally Short, who survives.

Surviving are children, Corey Roth, Carrie Kruse, and Christian Roth.

The funeral was held November 26, 2005 at Lockport MennoniteChurch, Stryker, Williams Co., Ohio with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Barb Crossgrove
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Jewel Ivel Eby

Of Fairview Mennonite, Cambridge, Jewel died on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, after a battle with cancer. Jewel was predeceased by her first husband, Stewart Ivel in 1971, second husband Pearson Eby in 1992, son Eric Ivel in 1996, brothers Harry and Nile Shantz; sister-in-law Althea Shantz and her parents Della (Cressman) and Abiah Shantz. Survived by her loving husband Purvis Rowe; step-children Art and Carol Eby, Al and Karen Eby, Don and Mary Rowe and Jim and Lillian Rowe. She is also survived by Judy Stewart; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. Jewel will he remembered by her brother Cameron Shantz and wife Marjorie and sister-in-law Wilma Shantz and several nieces and nephews. Jewel was born in Plattsville, Ontario and worked in the offices of  MacDonald Electric, Fairway Lumber and Ornamental Moulding, until her retirement in 1986. She enjoyed volunteering and knitting. She was a
member of Preston Mennonite Church, Cambridge. Friends are invited to share their memories of Jewel with her family at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, today (Saturday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service to celebrate Jewel's life and faith will be held at Preston
Mennonite Church, 791 Concession Road, Cambridge, on Sunday, April 24, 2005, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Claire Osinkosky officiating. Interment will take place in Calvary United Cemetery, St. Jacobs. In memory of Jewel, donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Preston Mennonite Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and can be arranged through the funeral home. Jewel's family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the 5th floor nursing staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital for the special care she received. Condolences/Donations/Flowers 
from - The Record, Kitchener, ON    Fri. Apr. 22, 2005  pg  B-13.                                                                       Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Rupp,  Bueta Yoder
, 72, of  Pettisville, Ohio, died August 15, 2005 at Wauseon, OH.  She was born in Wauseon, OH on December 10, 1932, daughter of Oscar & Frieda (Zaerr) Yoder. 

On October 18, 1952 at West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, OH, she was married to Marlin Rupp, who survives.

Also surviving: 
Children -  Monica (Dennis)Zimmerman; Gary (Audrey) Rupp; Jean Rupp; Diane (Mike) Kempf; Carol (Sam) Hines; Eileen Rufenacht; Arnie (Ronda) Rupp; and Tom (Deanna) Rupp.  Siblings - LaMar (Dianne) Yoder.  Grandchildren – 18

Predeceased by siblings - Robert (Avon Wyse) Yoder and Charles Yoder.

Funeral services were held on August 18, 2005 at North Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon, OH with burial in the Pettisville Cemetery, Pettisville, OH.
 She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by Audrey Rupp
Edited by Thelma Hoover Martin 8/25/2005


Rupp, Bueta M.

(1932 - 2005)
PETTISVILLE - Bueta M. Rupp, 72, of Pettisville, died Monday afternoon, Aug. 15, 2005, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, where she had been admitted Monday morning.
Born Dec. 10, 1932, near Wauseon, to Frieda (Zaerr) and Oscar Yoder, she married Marlin Rupp on Oct. 18, 1952, and he survives.
A lifelong resident of the Pettisville area, she was involved in the HOSTS Program at Pettisville School and was a volunteer quilter at Sauder Village near Archbold. She was an active charter member of the North Clinton Mennonite Church at Wauseon.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three sons, Gary (and wife, Audrey) Rupp, Arnie (Ronda) Rupp and Tom (Deanna) Rupp, all of Pettisville; five daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Monica) Zimmerman of Wauseon; Jeanne Rupp and Mrs. Mike (Diane) Kempf, of Pettisville; Mrs. Sam (Carol) Hines of Gossel, Kansas and Eileen Rufenacht of Archbold; 18 grandchildren; a brother, LaMar (Dianne) Yoder of Pettisville; and a sister-in-law, Avon Wyse of Pettisville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Robert and Charles Yoder.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. in the North Clinton Mennonite Church.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the church with Pastors Brad Faler and Dale Wyse to officiate. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery. Short Funeral Home in Archbold is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the North Clinton Mennonite Church. 
Obituary: Bryan Times (Ohio), 17 Aug 2005
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Rupp, Leroy J.

(1931- 2005)
WAUSEON - Leroy J. Rupp, 73, of Wauseon, died Wednesday afternoon, June 8, 2005, at the University Medical Center in Toledo, where he had been a patient since Friday. Born July 27, 1931, near Archbold, to Lydia (Stuckey) and Eldon Rupp, he married Annabelle Schrock on Oct. 14, 1951, and she survives.
A resident of the Wauseon area for over 50 years, he was a carpenter and, since retirement, he was the custodian at Tedrow Mennonite Church for 10 years. He did volunteer work for Mennonite Disaster Service and was a member of the Tedrow Mennonite Church.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Wesley L. (and wife, Kathy) Rupp of Wauseon and Keith L. Rupp of Archbold; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Darlene) Rufenacht of Wauseon and Judy York of Lake Seneca; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald (Beth) Rupp and his twin Leon (Clara) Rupp, both of Wauseon; four sisters, Doris Rupp, Velma Horst, Mrs. Dale L. (Arlene) Short and Ruth Ann Rupp, all of Archbold.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be today from 2-9 p.m. in the Tedrow Mennonite Church.
Memorial services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the church with Pastor Randy Nafziger to officiate. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold is in charge of the arrangements.
<> The Bryan [Ohio] Times,  10 Jun 2005]
Submitted by; Mona Mann

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