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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.

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    Ladwig, Selma Jantz;  Lais, Barbara Elizabeth;   Landis, Emma Buckwalter;  Lapp, Erma Mae Hertzler Stoltzfus;   Layman, Hazel Feltis;   Lehman, Frances E. Schnell;   Lehman, Kenneth H.;  Lehman, Richard N.;   Lehman, Lydia Y. Umble;  Lichti, Elda R. Ewert;   Lind, Wilbert G.;   Linscheid,  M. Elizabeth Wiebe;

Ladwig, Selma Jantz, 88, of Ponca City, OK died June 25, 2007 at Ponca City, OK.  She was born October 20 1918 at Inola, OK to Ferdinand and Anna (Friesen) Jantz.  On June 4, 1947 in Inola, OK she was married to Emmett Ladwig, who died April 22, 1990.

Surviving are two daughters, Vicki & son-in-law John Rogers, Debra & son-in-law Mike Hignite, and three grandchildren.

Also surviving is a sister, Elvera Pankratz (husband Elmer Pankratz) and a brother, Ted Jantz.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Ladwig, sisters - Dora, Hannah, Lena, and Anna and brothers - Rudy, Alvin, Herman, and Vic.

Memorial services were held June 29, 2007 at Eden Mennonite Church, Inola, Oklahoma
with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Marilyn Isaac Inola, OK Unknown
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lais, Barbara Elizabeth

Dec. 6, 1915 - Sept. 20, 2007

Barbara Lais, 91, of Lebanon died Thursday.

She was born in Shelbyville, Ill., to Ezra and Ida (Eash) Kropf. Her family moved to Junction City in 1935 and she married John Lais in August 1938.

Barbara was a member of the Lebanon Mennonite Church, and most recently lived at the Lebanon Rehab & Specialty Care in Lebanon.

She leaves her friends and family with many fond memories and, by the example of her life, she leaves a Godly heritage.

Barbara is survived by children Idella Mukasa of Santa Ana, Calif., Irene Bornman of Senegal, West Africa, and Dan and wife Amelia Lais of Lebanon. She has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John; brothers Clarence, Elton who died at age 4, and an infant brother; sister Sadie, who died at age 1; and sons-in-law Lotani Mukasa and Rod Bornman.

Viewing will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lebanon Mennonite Church. Final burial will be 2:30 p.m. at Zion Mennonite Cemetery in Hubbard.

Memorial contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to Western Mennonite School.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements (

From Albany Democrat-Herald, Albany, OR - Sept. 21, 2007

Landis, Emma Buckwalter, 88, of Lancaster, PA died August 30, 2007 at Lancaster, PA.  She was born August 20, 1919 at Lancaster, Lancaster Co., PA to Henry Hess and Mary Rohrer (Buckwalter) Landis.  Her mother was born March 19, 1889 and died January 31, 1977.  Her father died August 6, 1966.

A brother, Ira B. Landis survives her.  Three brothers, Walter B, Jacob B, and John B, and one sister, Elva B. Landis preceded him/her in death.

Memorial services were held September 4, 2007 at Landis Valley Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Mary E. Smith, Intercourse, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lapp, Erma Mae Hertzler Stoltzfus, 91 years, 1 month, 28 days, of Lansdale, PA died October 26, 2007 at Lansdale, PA from acute myelogenous leukemia.  She was born August 28, 1916 at Morgantown, PA to the late John M. and Lena (Swartzentruber) Hertzler.  She was married to I. Wilbur Lapp, who died in 1995. Her first husband was E. Frank Stolzfus, who died in 1975.

Surviving are 3 sons: William F. (wife Ruth) Stoltzfus; Donald L. Stolzfus; and Robert T.
(wife Joyce) Stoltzfus; two stepchildren: Nancy L. (husband William) Falconer; and Will T. (wife Jackie) Lapp, 5 grandchildren, and 4 step grandchildren.

Also surviving are a sister, Cora (Samuel K.) Umble, Atglen, PA.

A brother, Ralph S. Hertzler, four sisters: Linda A. Lapp, Mabel Landes,
Grace Stolzfus and Alta Hertzler preceded her in death.

Erma was a member at Oley Mennonite Church until the death of her first husband. When she married Wilbur Lapp, she joined her husband's church, Methacton Mennonite, in Fairview Village, Norristown, PA.

Memorial services were held October 30, 2007 at Dock Woods Community Chapel, Lansdale, PA with burial in Oley Mennonite Cemetery, Oley, PA.

Submitted by: Dawn Nelson,  Harleysville, PA

Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Layman, Hazel Feltis
, 90, of Harrisonburg, VA died May 20, 2007. She was born to Oscar and Eulaihia (Riddle) Feltis. She was married to Roy Layman, who died October 22, 1997.

Surviving are children, Margaret Shank, Lois Hertzler, Carol Parks, Joy Sherman, Byard E. Layman, Roy F. Layman, Jr., 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial services were held May 22, 2007 at Weavers Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Sandi Good
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lehman, Frances E. Schnell, 94, of Goshen, IN died December 28, 2007 at Goshen, IN. She was born August 6, 1913 at Berlin, Ohio to Hervey and Emma (Yoder) Schnell.  On June 28, 1941 at Orrville, OH she was married to Marion Lehman, who was born October 12, 1914 and survives.

Surviving are children, Kermit (Elsie) Lehman, Rex Lehman, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mary (Denton) Croyle, and a brother, Kempes (Ann) Schnell.

A son, Eric Lehman and a sister, Myrtle Hertzler preceded her in death.

Frances graduated from Kent State University and taught fifth grade in Orrville,
Ohio.  Her home served as a community home for Oaklawn Mental Health Center, Goshen, Indiana for 27 years.

Memorial services were held January 7, 2008 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana with burial in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Indiana.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lehman, Kenneth H., 87, of West Liberty, OH died at Bellefontaine, OH. He was born May 26, 1920 at Aurora, OH to Joel and Martha (Basinger) Lehman.  On October 28, 1944 at West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio he was married to Betty Plank, who survives.

Surviving are children, Tom (Carol) Lehman, Ken Lehman, Sam (Mariann) Lehman, Ed (Kim) Lehman, Tim (Pam) Lehman, Ric (Teresa) Lehman, Carol (Dave) Troyer, 25 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving is a sister, Pauline Miller.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Lehman and nine siblings.

He was a lifelong dairy farmer with award winning herds.

Memorial services were held August 9, 2007 at Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Logan Co., OH with burial in the Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Marla Longenecker West Liberty
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lehman, Lydia Y. Umble, 101, of Ephrata, PA died September 2, 2007 at Ephrata, Lancaster Co., PA. She was born August 10, 1906 at Gap, PA to Joseph and Fannie (Yost) Umble.  She was married to Gilbert N Lehman, who died in January 2005.

Surviving are children, Dorothy Lehman, Marian Lehman, Mary Jane Martin, Joseph Lehman & Doris Frey 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held September 6, 2007 at Ephrata Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Lancaster Co., PA with burial in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Wilma Ebersol, Ephrata, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lehman, Richard N. (Norman)
, 81, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania entered into Heaven's celebration on Thursday, October 11, 2007, at Conestoga View. Cause of death: pneumonia. Born June 25, 1926 in Lancaster, he was a son of the late Levi E. and Catherine (Brubaker) Lehman. He is survived by his wife, M. Ruth (Lehman) Lehman, with whom he celebrated sixty years of marriage on June 28, 2007. She was born July 19, 1926, and they were married June 28, 1947.
Richard was an active member of Acts Covenant Fellowship. He was employed at the John E. Landis Company for over fifty years as the manager of the LP (liquid propane) gas department. During World War II, Richard served in Civilian Public Service (CPS) as a mental hospital worker, a smoke jumper, and a mariner on a cattle boat to Poland. His strong faith in God had a profound effect on those around him.
In addition to his wife, Ruth, Richard is survived by 8 children: Rachel, wife of Paul Keeler, Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania (Pa.); Rebecca, wife of Sam Zook, of Bird-in-Hand, Pa.; Ron, husband of Mary Alice Lehman, Leola, Pa.; Rhoda, wife of Dennis Stoesz, Goshen, Indiana; Ruby Anderson, Dayton, Ohio; Robin, wife of Randy Snyder, Lancaster, Pa.; Rick, husband of Teresa Lehman, McClure, Pa.; and Raym, husband of Melissa Lehman, of Lancaster, Pa. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial and celebration service for Richard was held on October 15 at Acts Covenant Fellowship, 1927 Wheatland Ave., Lancaster, with Reverend
Keith Yoder and Reverend Don Riker officiating. A private viewing and burial service was held on October 16, as arranged by The Gundel Funeral Home, with burial at Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster.

Submitted by Rhoda Stoesz, Goshen, IN

Lichti, Elda R. Ewert, 95, of Newton, KS died September 23, 2007 at Newton, KS. She was born September 26 1911 at Lehigh, KS to Henry A. and Susie (Krause) Ewert.  On August 5, 1949 at Newton, KS she was married to Rudolph A. Lichti, who died January 22, 2007.

Surviving are children, Marlin & Monica Lichti, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services were held September 26, 2007 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, KS with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Debbie Claassen, Whitewater
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Marti

Lind, Wilbert G.

Rev. Wilbert G. Lind, 87, formerly of Ephrata, [Pa.], entered into rest at Landis Homes, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.  He resided at Landis Homes Retirement Community since 1990.

He was born in Albany, Oregon, [on Jan. 5, 1920], son of the late Norman A. and Sarah Flohr Lind.  He was the husband for 56 years of Rhoda Hess Lind, having celebrated their anniversary this past September 3rd.

Prior to marriage, he served 3 1/2 years in civilian public service and 3 1/2 years in China.  After his marriage to Rhoda, he served 14 years in Somalia, East Africa and was a missionary in Haiti with Eastern Mennonite Mennonite Missions.  He was pastor of the Ephrata Mennonite Church from 1967 to 1984, served as overseer of New England church plantings under Eastern Mennonite Missions, and later an interim pastor for several churches in Lancaster County.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Daniel Lind of Lancaster married to Marie, Miriam, married to Alan Messersmith of Ephrata, Joyce Lind, married to Michael S. Taylor of Portland, OR, and his grandchiildren, Susan [Lind] , Bethany, Ashley, Andrew and Matthew [the last four, Messersmith].  He is also survived by a brother, Millard, of Goshen, IN.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Lloyd, Marcus, Ivan, Norman Jr., and Gilbert [twin].

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at the Ephrata Mennonite Church, 510 Stevens Road, Ephrata, with Bishop Lloyd Hoover officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster.  A viewing will be held on Tuesday evening, March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Landis Homes, Bethany East Chapel, 1001 E. Oregon  Road, Lititz[,] and at the church on Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m.

The family requests memorial contributions in Wilbert's memory be sent to Landis Homes Caring Fund, c/o Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.  Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata.  For additional information or to send a condolence to the family, visit

Obituary, with photo, was on the website http:// SiteId=154&NavigatorId=24025Ite... on 3/10/2007

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General Information:
    Name  Wilbert G. Lind
    Born Jan 05, 1920
    Died Mar 06,2007
    Place Landis Homes, Litizt, PA
Submitted & additions made by: Hope Kauffman Lind

Linscheid,  M. Elizabeth Wiebe, 93, of Bedford, Texas died April 12, 2007. She was born to John E. and Helena Wiebe.  She was married to Chester H.Linscheid, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Helen Garrett, Mary WIlliams.

Memorial services were held April 21, 2007 at First United Methodist Church, Keller, Texas.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Unknown
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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