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2008  G

  Galle, Mourine Mae Vogt;   Garber, Barbara Rohrer;   Garber, Mary Anne Ruhl;   Garber, Matthew R.;   Gearig, Mary L. Short;   Geil, Olive Marie Brunk;   Gerber, Dean;   Gering, Barbara Elizabeth Sattler;  Gerlach, Martin M.;   Gierman, Karl Elden;   Ginder, Ada W. Beiler;   Gingerich, Christy "Crist" J. ; . . Gingerich, Clarence Dale 'Pete' ; . .   Gingerich, Lydia Ann Schrock ; . . Gingerich, Raymond ; . . Gingerich, Sharon Jeannette Brunk;   Gingrich, Adella Iva Stutzman;  Gingrich, Edith A. Martin;  Givens, Ruth L. Lehman ; . . Gleysteen, Maryn 'Dutch' ;    Glick, Elam H.;  Gochnauer, Harold B.;   Gochnauer, Viola Shenk Martin;   Goebel, Verta Gordon Cox;  Goering, Patricia L. Ratzlaff;    Goertz, Henry Arnold;   Gongwer, Eva H. Bixler;   Gonzalez, Luis A.;   Good, Clyde Myer;   Good, James David;  Good, Lena M. Schmidt;   Good, Margaret J.;   Good, Susie Weaver;    Good, Warren E.;    Graber, Dillon J.;   Graber Fern Irene Klopfenstein;   Graber, Joseph A.;   Groff, Dorothy L. Hernley;   Gross Mabel M. Meyers;   Grundman, Milton; Guengerich, Myrtle Violet Tompkins;  

Galle, Mourine Mae Vogt
, 89, of Moundridge died April 12, 2008 at Moundridge, KS.  She was born August 28, 1918 at Moundridge, KS  to Wesley D. and Anna K. (Fast) Vogt.  On June 1, 1941 she was married to Gilbert D. Galle, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Bruce Galle, Brent & Kendra Galle, Marcia & Bill Gitchell, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

A son, Brian Galle, and two grandchildren, April Galle, and B.J. Galle preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held April 17, 2008 at West Zion Mennonite Church,  Moundridge, KS with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Garber, Barbara Rohrer
, 97, formerly of Willow Street, PA died October 23, 2008 at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, PA.  She was born in Strasburg, PA, to Frank B. and Barbara Harnish Rohrer. She was married to B. Snavely Garber for 61 years, he died 1998.

A member of the Willow Street Mennonite Church, Willow Street, PA. She hosted Good News Clubs in her home for Child Evangelism Fellowship.

Surviving is son, Kenneth B. & Thelma Esbenshade Garber, and a daughter, Dorothy G. & John W. Charles, both of Willow Street, PA; 5 grandchildren, Gerald B. & Jewel Boll Garber, Jay A. & Carol Davis Garber, Janice Garber & Darryl E. Weaver, James W. & Jennifer Blasczyk Charles, and B. Danean Charles &  Earl Sauder, Jr.; granddaughter-in-law, Jill Fox Garber; 14 great grandchildren and 1 great, great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Jacob, Willis, Raymond and Frank Rohrer; 3 sisters, Minnie Witmer, Mary Burkhart and Florence Eshelman; an infant daughter and an infant great granddaughter.

Memorial Service was October 26, 2008 at Willow Street Mennonite Church, Willow Street, PA. Private burial at the convenience of the family.
Source: Lancaster on-Line October 24, 2008
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Garber, Mary Anne Ruhl
, 65, of Ronks, PA died November 22, 2008 at Lancaster, PA from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.  

She was born July 15, 1943 at Lancaster, PA to J. Robert and Ruth (Buckwalter) Ruhl.  J. Robert was born June 30, 1922 and died December 10, 1994.  Ruth was born May 5, 1923.

On May 2, 1964 at Lancaster, PA she was married to Paul L. Garber, who was born March 28, 1942.

Surviving are her mother, husband, and daughter, Dawn Darling, married to Timothy E. Darling of Norma, NJ.

Her father preceded her in death.

Mary Anne was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church and enjoyed the friendship of the Circle of Love Sunday School Class.

She enjoyed collecting teddy bears and loved decorating. She was known for making meals for her church and catering for several local charities. Mary Anne enjoyed reading and listening to music and especially loved Christmas Carols. She enjoyed traveling to the Washington D.C. area with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law.

Mary Anne was employed by Lancaster Mennonite School and also worked until recently with the Stoltzfus Meats firm at their market in New Castle, Del.

Memorial services were held November 26, 2008 at Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster PA with burial in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, Paradise, PA.

Submitted by: Paul L. Garber, Ronks, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Garber, Matthew R.
, 22, of Elizabethtown, PA died July 1, 2008 in Costa Rica (while serving on a mission trip). He was born 1986 to J. Todd and Debra L. Greider Garber of Elizabethtown, PA. A 2004 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School, Matt graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a BS in Nursing and a minor in Bible and Religion in April 2008 and in early May, 2008 he went to Costa Rica to assist a missionary family and learn Spanish.
                                                                                                                                                    He is survived by his parents, by his brothers, Justin and Bradley; a sister Janelle;  paternal grandparents, John K. and Katherine Mummau Garber and maternal grandparents, Robert and Shelby Sharp Greider. Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Marian Hostetter Greider.

Memorial Service was July 13, 2008 at Elizabethtown Area High School Auditorium, Elizabethtown, PA
Source: Miller/Sekely Funeral Services, Elizabethtown, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Gearig, Mary L. Short
, 99, of Archbold, Ohio died March 8, 2008 at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold, Ohio.  She was born February 8, 1909 at West Unity, Ohio to Earl and Mary (Waldvogel) Gearig.  On October 16, 1929 she was married to Earl Gearig, who died July 15, 1983.

Surviving is a sister, Laurbell Bowers of West Unity.  A sister, Beatrice Geesey preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held March 12, 2008 at Short Funeral Home, Archbold, Ohio  with burial in Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity, Ohio.

was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Dana Short Archbold, Ohio
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Geil, Olive Marie Brunk
, 99, of Goshen, IN died January 16, 2008 at Goshen, IN.  She was born March 15, 1908 LaJunta, CO to Jesse and Myrta (Berry) Brunk and was married to Lewis W. Geil.

Surviving are a son, James L. (Lola) Geil, 5 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Robert Geil and two sisters, Zelma Brunk and Mary Yoder preceded her in death.

Olive worked in food service and the post office at Goshen College for
25 years, retiring in 1971.

Memorial services were held January 23, 2008 at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home Goshen IN with burial in Elkhart Prairie Cemetery, Goshen, IN.

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

Gerber, Dean
, 88, of Walnut Creek died December 26, 2008 at Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio from a sudden illness.  He was born March 1, 1920 in Holmes County, Ohio to Curtis and Mary (Mast) Gerber.  On March 8, 1941 in Holmes County, Ohio he was married to Grace A. Weaver, who was born January 28, 1918 and died August 16, 1999.

Surviving are children, Mary C. Yoder, Berlin, OH; Paul D. and Gloria Gerber, Millersburg, OH; Donna M. and Alvin Weaver, Benton, OH; Carol K. and David Christner, Berlin, OH; Darryl R. and Clora Gerber, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Janet E. and Lester Shoup, Dundee, OH; Wanda S. and Nick Mullet, Millersburg, OH; 15 grandchildren, 1 step-grandson, 16 great-grandchildren, 1 step-great-great-granddaughter.

Son-in-law, Wayne W. Yoder, and grandson, Michael Shoup, preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held December 30, 2008 at Martins Creek Mennonite Church, Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Tess Arnold, Millersburg, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover

Gering, Barbara Elizabeth Sattler
, 76, of Freeman, SD died May 13, 2008 at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD.  She was born June 1, 1931 at Avon, Bon Homme Co., SD to Henry and Susanna Sattler.  On October 7, 1954 she was married to Darryl "Bud" Gering.

Surviving are children, Pam Gering, Pat (Emmett) Vlien, Deb Gering, Mark (Kristie) Gering, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister, Elgene Roper.

A brother, Wes Sattler preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held May 16, 2008 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman, Turner Co., SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Donna Ries, Freeman, SD
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Gerlach, Martin M.,
93, died October 4, 2008 at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA He was born on March 8, 1915 in Lampeter,PA to David and Elizabeth Meck Gerlach. His wife was Mae A. Risser Gerlach she died in 2006.

He was a member of Mountville Mennonite Church.
Surviving are four sons: Richard R. and wife Betty Gerlach, Manheim, PA; M. Elvin and wife Sheryl Gerlach, Ephrata, PA; David R. and wife Melody Gerlach, Millers, MD; Carl R. and wife Sandy Gerlach, Beach Creek, PA. Five daughters: Betty J. wife of Wayne C. Royer, Lock Haven, PA; Rosene wife of James R. Garman, Lititz, PA; Martha wife of David E. Charles, Lancaster, PA; Eileen wife of Nevin R. Hoover, Lebanon, PA and Darlene wife of C. Robert Noll, Lancaster. PA; twenty-five grandchildren and thirty-three great-grandchildren. One brother: Roy Gerlach, Columbia, PA. He was preceded in death by one brother: Claude Gerlach.

Funeral service was October 7, 2008 at Mountville Mennonite Church, Mountville, PA with Pastors Philip Shertzer and Keith Blank, officiating. Interment in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery, Willow Street, PA.
Source: Lancaster onLine, October 06, 2008
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Gierman, Karl Elden
, 97, of Bluffton, OH died January 8, 2008 at Bluffton, OH.  He was born September 6, 1910 at Mason City, Iowa. He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Memorial services were held January 13, 2008 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, OH.

Submitted by: Unknown
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Ginder, Ada W. Beiler

Ada W. (Beiler) Ginder, 79, of Mount Joy, passed away peacefully in
her sleep to go home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 20, 2008, at her home.

Born in Elverson, December 10, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Isaac K. and Fannie B. (Weaver) Beiler. She was married to the late Benjamin S. Ginder who died December 2, 1994.

Ada was a member of Lifespring Fellowship, Lititz, where she enjoyed the fellowship of her Christian friends.

She is survived by her seven children, G. David, husband of Nancy Ginder, Mount Joy; Paul A. husband of Sheri Ginder, Elizabethtown; Ben S. Ginder, Jr.,
Wrightsville; Samuel C. husband of Deb Ginder, Lebanon; Stephen L. husband of Bonnie Ginder, Lancaster; Naomi G. wife of Lee Martin, Lancaster; and Lois L. wife of Edwin Shank, Lititz; 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Anna Mary wife of Herbert Hoover, Ohio; Martha wife of Carl Deitrich, Bellefonte; Clarence husband of Dorothy Beiler, Mifflinburg; Elam husband of Charlotte Beiler, Mifflinburg; Naomi
Keiper, Winfield; Verna Mae wife of Ken Buckwalter, Elverson; Arlene wife of Ron Gipe, Chambersburg. She is also survived by her stepmother, Anna M. Beiler, Honey Brook. She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Beiler.

Funeral services will be held at Lifespring Fellowship, 490 W. Lincoln Ave., Lititz, on Saturday, October 25, at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held at the
Nissley Funeral Home, 228 East Main St., Mount Joy, on Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be at the Crossroads Brethren in Christ Church Cemetery, Mount Joy.
Nissley Funeral Home, 653-1151.

From: Intelligencer Journal - 10/22/2008 - Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

Gingerich, Christy "Crist" J.
, 92, of LaGrange, IN died April 21, 2008 at LaGrange, IN after declining health for four years.  He was born July 10, 1915 at Kokomo, IN to John and Lydia (Hershberger) Gingerich.  On January 11, 1937 at Goshen, IN he was married to Viola Bontrager, who survives.

Surviving are children, Betty Graber and Ida Mae Gingerich, 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

He was a farmer and bought and sold horses.  He had bought the horses for the carriage tours at Mackinaw Island for over 30 years.

Memorial services were held April 24, 2008 at Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Kim Mishler, Shipshewana, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Gingerich, Clarence Dale 'Pete'
84, died April 7, 2008. He was born March 31, 1924 near Kalona, the son of Charles and Nettie Miller Gingerich. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Rhodes on September 17, 1950. He was active member of East Union Mennonite Church.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Wellman, his son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Mary Lou Gingerich of Parnell, and three granddaughters, Julie and husband Kyle Birky, Ranee and husband Justin Brokaw, and Heidi Gingerich, all of Parnell. Also surviving is a brother Rollin Gingerich of Kalona, two sisters, Mary Wagamon of Washington, and Jeanne Wallerich of Keota.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, a son Gary Gingerich, a granddaughter Andrea Gingerich, two brothers, Leo Gingerich and Wayne 'Beaner' Gingerich and two sisters, Myrtle Rensberger and Hilda Fisher. A Celebration of Life service is Thursday, April 10, 2008 at East Union Mennonite Church by Pastor Jay Miller.

Peterseim Funeral Home, Kalona, IA.
Submitted by Leon Hertzler

Gingerich, Lydia Ann Schrock

Lydia Ann Gingerich, 97 of Arthur, [IL] passed away at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 1 2008, at her residence.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Melvin Gingerich residence, in rural Arthur with Bishop Ervin Miller officiating. Burial was in Miller Cemetery; rural Arcola. Visitation was anytime prior to the funeral beginning Thursday afternoon at the Gingerich residence. Edwards Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Mrs. Gingerich was born July 8, 1911, in Arthur. She was a daughter of Eli and Amanda (Mast) Schrock. She married Emery Gingerich on December 17, 1931, in Arthur. He passed away March 10, 1980.

Survivors include one son, Lester Gingerich and wife Edith of Middlebury, Indiana; one daughter, Amanda Nisley and husband Albert "Red" of Goshen, Indiana; one daughter-in-law, Maggie Gingerich of Tuscola; five sisters, Sovilla Kauffman of Arthur, Sadie Gingerich of Arthur, Rebecca Miller of Arthur, Gertie Mast and husband Dan of Arthur, and Edna Herschberger and husband Levi of Sullivan; one sister-in-law, Clara Schrock of Arthur; 15 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery Gingerich; one son, John E. Gingerich; six great-grandsons; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Amanda Miller; and one brother, Levi Schrock.

Mrs. Gingerich was a member of the Old Order Amish faith.

From: Arthur Graphic-Clarion, Arthur, IL
October 9, 2008
Submitted by Liz Kauffman, Arcola, IL

Gingerich, Sharon Jeannette Brunk
, 55, of Hubbard, OR died September 17, 2008  at Tualatin, OR from a heart attack.  She was born July 31, 1953 at Phoenix, AZ  to Frank and Bea Brunk.  On June 10, 1973 she was married to Thomas Walter Gingerich.

Surviving are her husband, children, Julian Gingerich, Hubbard, OR; and Erica Gingerich (Jeff Rempel), Eugene, OR; and a sister, Susie Swartley, Hesston, KS.

A brother, Rene Brunk preceded her in death.

Jeannette was a classical violinist, a soprano and an artist.  

Memorial services were held September 21, 2008 at Zion Mennonite Church, Hubbard, OR with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Gloria Gingerich, Hubbard, OR
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Gingerich, Raymond
, 88, of Goshen, IN died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at his home. He was born in Rollett, North Dakota, on January 16, 1920, to Noah and Sarah (Graber) Gingerich. He married Edna E. Troyer on April 7, 1946 in Middlebury. IN. He was a member of the Mount Joy Mennonite Church. He was a member of CAM Mutual Aid Board for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Edna; four daughters, Eloise Gingerich of Akron, Ohio, Shirley (Donald) Nunemaker of Wakarusa, Beverly (Clarence) Sutton of Maricopa, Arizona, and Mary Jo (Bruce) Reitz of Goshen; three sons, Wayne (Joan) Gingerich of Hudson, Ronald (Kathy) Gingerich of Wolcottville, and Gene (Kim) Gingerich of Goshen; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Beulah (Daniel) Cross and Esther Stutzman, both of Goshen, Elnora Miller of Clayhole, Kentucky, and Dorothy (Orlo) Fisher of Talcum, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kari Nunemaker and two brothers, Jacob and Elmer Gingerich.

Funeral service was March 19, 2008, at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, Goshen. Rev. Ben Shirk and Rev. Nelson Yoder officiated. Burial was in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN.
Submitted by Leon Hertzler

Gingrich, Adella Iva Stutzman
, 94, of Albany, OR died there on September 7, 2008 from heart failure.  She was born February 22, 1914 at Tangent, Linn Co., OR to Roy and Caroline Isabel (Birky) Stutzman.  Roy was born October 23, 1889 and died May 22, 1970.  Caroline Isabel was born July 18, 1889 and died February 10, 1979.

On September 14, 1940 at Albany, Linn Co., OR she was married to Allen William Gingrich, who was born July 8, 1915 and died February 8, 1962.

Surviving are children, Jessie Caroline Hostetler (Philip); Gale Allen Gingrich (Florence); Byron Dean Gingrich (Virginia); Roy Marshall Gingrich (Tammy); 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Winona Wolfer (Robert) and
Jane King (Howard).

A brother, Willard Stutzman (Arla); a sister, Leila Stutzman (Merle); and a brother, Joe Stutzman (Luella) preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held September 11, 2008 at Albany Mennonite Church, Albany, OR with burial in Twin Oaks Cemetery, Albany, OR.

Submitted by: Gale Gingrich, Salem, OR
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Gingrich, Edith A. Martin
, 86, of Lititz, PA formerly of Ephrata, PA died  December 2, 2008 at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA. She was born in Ephrata Township, Lancaster Co., PA to Henry S. and Mattie R. (Snader) Martin. She was the wife of the late Harvey L. Gingrich, who preceded her in death in 1999.

She was a member of Hammer Creek Mennonite Church, Lititz, PA
Survied by 3 sons, Richard M., husband of Lorraine (Good) Gingrich of Manheim, PA; Mervin M., husband of Janet (Weaver) Gingrich of Lititz, PA and Harold M., husband of Brenda (Eberly) Gingrich of Denver, PA; 3 daughters, Laverne M., wife of Curvin L. Hoover of Lititz, PA; Rosene M., wife of Dennis Sugden of Newmanstown, PA and Janice M., wife of Lamar Weaver of Red Lake, Ontario, 20 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters.

Funeral service  was Decenmber 8, 2008 at Hammer Creek Mennonite Church with Rev. Fred G. Heller, Rev. Samuel S. Burkholder and Rev. Leonard Rutt will be officiating. Burial was in the Indiantown Mennonite Cemetery, Ephrata, PA   Source: Lancaster OnLine  December 04, 2008
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH


Givens, Ruth L. Lehman, 83, of Lancaster, died on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Mennonite Home.

Born in Londonderry Township, she was a daughter of the late George and Jennie Longenecker Lehman. She was the wife of the late Clarence L. Givens for 58 years.

A homemaker, Mrs. Givens was a member of Stricklers Mennonite Church. She and her husband were foster parents to 33 children over a 20-year period.

She enjoyed making comforters, which she gave many to the Mennonite Central Committee and also liked games and puzzles.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet L., wife of William S. Derstine of Telford, Pa. and Joanne E., wife of Elmer M. Martin of Stevens; a son, James A., husband of Judy A. Zell Givens of Elizabethtown; a foster daughter, Stacey, wife of Dave McCole of Harrisburg; a sister, Alice Gall; two brothers, Mahlon Lehman and Ammon Lehman; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Stricklers Mennonite Church, Middletown.

Elizabethtown Chronicle - February 7, 2008
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Gleysteen, Maryn 'Dutch'

MARION — Maryn J. "Dutch" Gleysteen, 72, former Newton resident, died Wednesday (June 18, 2008) at Golden Age Living Center in Marion after a long illness.
      He was born June 10, 1936, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to Jan Sr. and Gerritje Norwee Gleysteen.  His father was a well-known Mennonite bookseller and peace advocate.  His parents preceded him in death.
      He married Evelyn Schmidt in April 1964, and she preceded him in death on March 2, 2002.
      Maryn was skilled in construction and finish carpentry having receiving civil engineering training in Europe, where he did volunteer construction work under the World Council of Churches in Austria for a period in the 1950s.
      He immigrated to the United States in 1960, sponsored by the late Paul Bender of Hesston. He first worked on construction of Erb Hall at Hesston College, and then did cabinetwork at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.  Later, he worked on his own, subcontracting finish carpentry.  He loved camping and served as a leader of the Boy Scouts.
      As a child in Amsterdam, he suffered severe malnutrition due to the privations imposed on the Dutch during the German occupation of The Netherlands in World War II. Consequently, he already experienced health problems in the 1960s, and in 1985 was granted disability benefits.
      A major misfortune struck his family when their house in Newton was destroyed by fire during extremely cold weather in early 1979.  Despite physical handicaps, he built a new house on the site, with assistance from a Sunday school class at First Mennonite Church of Newton, where he was a member.
      Survivors include sons, Edward and Anne Gleysteen of Salina, and Jack and Danella Schmidt of Newton; sisters, Gerri Gleysteen of Santpoort, Holland, and Erica Gleysteen of Altenstadt, France; brother, Jan and Barb Gleysteen of Goshen, Ind.; two nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
      He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Bisterfeldt.
      Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.
      Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Mennonite Church, with Pastors Val Krehbiel and Joan Boyer officiating.
      Burial will be at Meridian Township Cemetery in Hesston.
      Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Kansas or First Mennonite Church in care of the funeral home.

Submitted by: Arlin Buller, North Newton, KS
Published: June 21, 2008 - Newton Kansan, Newton, KS

Glick, Elam H.
, 94, of Belleville, PA died December 30, 2008 at Belleville, PA from complications from a December 7th stroke.

He was born June 22, 1914 at Belleville, PA to Gideon Sharp and Nannie M. (Yoder) Glick.  Gideon was born December 7 1878 and died February 11, 1951.  Nannie was born December 31, 1878 and died June 15, 1947.

On March 12, 1938 at Belleville, PA he was married to Thelma A. Stoltzfus, who was born March 20, 1914 and survives.

Surviving are children, Esther Wert (Robert), Darlis, Del (Twila Frey), 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and one sister, Alma Yoder.

A son, Loren, age 19, in 1958, two brothers, Sylvanus, and Jesse, and two sisters, Cora Byler, and Elsie Peachey preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held January 10, 2009 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, PA with burial in the Locust Grove, Belleville, PA.

Submitted by: Del Glick, Washington, DC
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Gochnauer, Harold B.
, 94, of the Mennonite Home, Lancaster, PA formerly of West Willow, PA died June 9, 2008 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was born December 20, 1913 in Strasburg, PA to Adam H. and Myrtle (Bair) Gochnauer. His wife, Bell C. (Homsher) Gochnauer preceded in death.

A member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA.
Survived by 2 brothers: John B. and Glenn Gochnauer, and 2 foster grandchildren: Linda and David. In addition to his wife, Mr. Gochnauer is preceded in death by his foster daughter, Gertrude Henry, and 2 brothers, Adam H. and Gerald Gochnauer.

Funeral service was June 13, 2008 at the Gundel Funeral Home, Lancaster, PA Burial will follow the service at Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, Strasburg, PA.
Source:  Obituary files of Gundel Funeral Home, Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Gochnauer, Viola Shenk Martin
, 91, of Lititz, PA died July 3, 2008 at Landis Homes in Lititz, PA from old age.  She was born November 6, 1916 to Mahlon W. and Elsie V. (Harnish) Martin.  She was married to Henry B. Gochnauer.

Surviving are children, Shirley A., wife of Laurence King; Nancy L. Shenk; Jay D. husband of Barbara J. Shenk; John C. husband of Nancy Elaine Shenk; 8 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held July 9, 2008 at Petersburg Mennonite Church, East Petersburg, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Ruth Durborow, East Petersburg, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Goebel, Verta Gordon Cox
, 91, of Moundridge, KS died May 29, 2008 at Newton, Harvey Co., KS from natural causes.  She was born December 30, 1916 at Altoona, KS to Mose and Nora (Crumrine) Cox.  On October 22, 1939 at Moundridge, McPherson Co., KS she was married to Marvin Goebel, who was born September 18, 1904 and died April 12, 1972.

Surviving are children, Marilyn and LaVern Stucky; Jerroll & Carol Goebel; Roger & Debbie Goebel; James Goebel & companion Alber Santiago; Ronald & Barbara Goebel, 14 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.

A son, Gordon Goebel and two grandchildren preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held June 2, 2008 at First Mennonite Church of Christian, Moundridge, McPherson Co., KS with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Becky Pohl, Moundridge, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Goering, Patricia L. Ratzlaff
, 73, of Wichita, KS died December 2, 2008 at Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS from cancer.  She was born to Abraham K. and Anna (Balzer) Ratzlaff and married to Marlo Eugene Goering.

Surviving are children, Tamara, Lori, and Robin and 2 grandchildren.

Memorial services were held December 5, 2008 (when) at Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS.

Submitted by: Cynthia Loganbill
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Goertz, Henry Arnold
, 59, of Bristol, IN died June 28, 2008 at Bristol, IN from cancer.  He was born July 23, 1948 at Goessel, Kansas to Ernest and Elma Goertz.  On January 29, 1971 at N. Newton, KS he was married to Alice Miller, who was born December 8, 1949.

Surviving are his wife, parents, three sons, Jeremiah Goertz, Marvin (Eve) Goertz, and Isaiah Goertz, and two grandchildren.  Also surviving are five sisters, Ruth (Les) Goertz Reiselt, Emily Goertz, Dorothy (Chuck) Goertz, Esther (Stan) Epp, and Naomi (Chris) Goertz Ingram, and a brother, Joel Goertz.

A sister, Mary Goertz preceded him in death.

Henry was in PAX service in Zaire (Congo), 1968-1970.  Graduated from Bethel College, N. Newton, Kansas, and attended Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN.  He graduated from the University of Kansas law school and practiced law in Dodge City, KS, 1984-2003.

Memorial services were held July 6, 2008 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.  He was cremated.

Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen, IN
and Alice Goertz, Bristol, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Gongwer, Eva H. Bixler

Aug. 25,1917 - Aug. 22, 2008

WAKARUSA- Eva H. Gongwer, 90, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 22, in Wakarusa.
Eva was born Aug. 25, 1917, to Samuel and Martha Bixler of Wakarusa. On Jan. 1, 1938, Eva married Nelson Gongwer, founder of , Nelson's Port-A-Pit.    

She was known to many for having contributed significantly to the success of the family business back in 1967 when she created the recipe for Nelson's Port-A-Pit chicken. While her husband worked at inventing the original "Port-A-Pit" cooking machine, Eva experimented with different blends of seasonings until finally, after nearly six months of trial and error, she created the secret sauce that became the perfect compliment to the cooking process her husband had been developing.

Nelson and Eva were the perfect husband-wife team, as they combined their unique talents to form what started out to be a simple hobby of entertaining guests and church picnics. Eventually, as the demand for the delicious products grew, that hobby became a full-fledged business known today as Nelson's. Over the years, as the company continued to grow, Eva's secret sauce became somewhat of a novelty item as requests for the recipe were common at company events. Of course, the family secret was never revealed to the public and remains a critical component to the success of the
the Midwest.

Although some will remember Eva for her mouthwatering creations in the kitchen, those who knew her best will remember he for her gracious hospitality and her love of people. She loved making people smile, whether she was serving a home-cooked meal to family or friends or simply handing out a heartfelt hug, Eva was, person who truly enjoyed bringing joy to others.

Eva was a member of the Nappanee Missionary Church. She is survived by one son, Dear (Jeanne) Gongwer of Wakarusa one daughter, Janet (Mr. Lynn; Hahn of Mishawaka; and sever grandchildren, Cindy (Tom; Dawson, Trent (Bobbi) Gongwer, Randy (Tiffany) Holdeman, Troy (Elissa) Gongwer, Lisa Reddington, Todd (Traci) Gongwer and Tad (Corina) Gongwer. She is also survived by her true pride and joy, her 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Nelson Gongwer (June 15, 2004); one brother, Glen Bixler; and one sister, Iva Hershberger.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Nappanee Missionary Church, where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Dave Engbrecht, Pastor Marvin Engbrecht, and Pastor Norm Reimer. Burial will follow at Olive (West) Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Nappanee Missionary Church, P .O. Box 110, Nappanee, IN 46550.

AUGUST 24, 2008
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Gonzalez, Luis A.
, 78, of Mohnton, PA died May 30, 2008 at Lancaster, PA.  He was born March 29, 1930 at Coamo, Puerto Rico to Felix R. and Fausta (Santiago) Gonzalez.  On March 31, 1956 he was married to H. Theda Bitler, who survives.

Surviving are children, Luis R. Gonzalez; Bonita wife of Luis Rosa; Luis A. Gonzalez, Jr. married to Karen Sensenig; Michael Gonzalez; Brenda married to Gerald Sensenig; Juanita maried to Jeffrey Kreider; Teresa married LaRue
Breasette; and Maria married to Jonathon Boyd, 21 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Rosita and Margarita.

Two siblings, Ana and Jose preceded him/her in death.

Memorial services were held June 7, 2008 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, PA.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Norma Stauffer, Leola, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Good, Clyde Myer
, 88, of Lititz, PA, died November 2, 2008. He was born July 5, 1920 at Brecknock Twp, Lancaster Co., PA to Menno Sauder and Luetta (Myer) Good. He was 1st married to Elizabeth (Keagy) she died in 1987, and, he 2nd married to the Kathryn Ruth Graybill in 1989.

He was a member of Cross Roads Mennonite Church, Richfield, PA and a former member of the New Haven Mennonite Church, Lexington, PA.

Survived by his wife and 2 Children: Glenn D. Good and his wife, Rhoda, Tamaqua, PA, Nancy E. Martin and her husband, Nelson, of Myerstown, PA; 14 Grandchildren and 28 Great Grandchildren; a son-in-law: Mervin Sensenig, Brickerville, PA; 1 Sister: Loretta M. Harnish, Ephrata, PA.

He was preceded by a daughter: Joyce A. Sensenig; a granddaughter: Christina Sensenig, a great grandson, Brian E. Weaver; and a great granddaughter, Shonda Good, 4 brothers: Menno M. Good, Elvin M. Good, Roy M. Good, and Lee M. Good; and a sister, Elizabeth M. Nauman.

The family received friends for the viewing on  November 6, 2008 at Cross Roads Mennonite Church, Winey Road, Richfield, PA.

Funeral service was November 7, 2008 at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Officiating was Bishop Marvin Freed, Minister Orval Graybill, Minister Timothy Lauver and Deacon Conrad Brubaker. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Mennonite Cemetery, Ephrata, PA.
Source: Lancaster OnLine November 4, 2008
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Good, James David
, 89, of Harrisonburg died April 27, 2008 at Harrisonburg, VA.  He was born January 5, 1919 in Rockingham County, VA to Otto J. and Anna Mary (Weaver) Good.  On April 6, 1947 he was married to Miriam E. Hertzler who was born January 11, 1923 and died February 19, 2007.

Surviving are children, Barbara Knupp, Ray Good, and Nelson Good, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mildred Simpson and Cathalene Barnhart, and one brother, Ethan Good.

Memorial services were held May 1, 2008 at VMRC Strite Auditorium, Harrisonburg, VA with burial in Weavers Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Ann B. Hensley, Harrisonburg, VA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Good, Lena M. Schmidt
, 86, of Hesston died April 22, 2008 at Hesston, Harvey County, Kansas.  She was born April 6, 1922 near Greensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas to Louis  and Lodie Schmidt.  On August 20, 1948 at Elida, Ohio she was married to Lowell Good.

Surviving are children, Robert (Twila) Good, Ronalda (John Allen) Moore, 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and five siblings, Vernon Schmidt, Chet Schmidt, James Schmidt, Irvin Schmidt, and Geneva Schmidt Spicer.

Five siblings, Virgil Schmidt, Cecil Schmidt, John Schmidt, Melvin Schmidt, and
Merle Schmidt preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held April 24, 2008 at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston, Harvey County, Kansas with burial in Eastlawn Cemetery, Hesston, Harvey County, Kansas.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Norma Diller, Hesston, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Good, Margaret J.
, 80, of Ephrata, PA died July 4, 2008 at Ephrata Community Hospital.  She was born in Ephrata, PA to Mahlon F. Sr.
and Fannie Stauffer Good. She had resided with her niece and her family, Sandra and Mark Brunner and her great niece, Jennifer Brunner.

A member of the Hinkletown Mennonite Church, Ephrata, PA.
Surviving are two brothers, Warren S. Good of Ephrata, PA; and Mahlon F. Good Jr. of Denver, PA; a sister, Susie I. Kreider of Ephrata, PA and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was July 9, 2008 at the Hinkletown Mennonite Church with Pastors Warren Good and Glenn E.Sauder officiating. Interment was in the Hinkletown Mennonite Cemetery, Ephrata, PA.    
Source: Lancaster On-Line July 07, 2008
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Good, Susie Weaver

Susie Weaver Good, 89, died at Landis Homes on Thursday morning, October 16, 2008. She was the wife of Charles E. Good for 68 years. Susie and Charles operated a dairy and poultry farm southwest of Strasburg. After retirement, they moved to Landis Homes.

She was a long time member of Strasburg Mennonite Church, where she taught Sunday school and was active in the sewing circle. She enjoyed cooking, quilting and crocheting.

Born in Earl Township, she is the daughter of the late David H. and Cora Heller Weaver and step-daughter of the late Katie Brubaker Weaver. Susie is also
survived by seven children, Don married to Phebe Martin Good of Landisville, Glenn married to Mildred Saner Good of Willow Street, John married to Phoebe Widders Good of Lancaster, Jane married to David Hess of Lancaster, Ruth married to Jay Todd of Manheim, Marlin married to Barbara Nissley Good of Lititz and Bob Good married to Lori Freed of Ashland, Oregon, 23 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. Susie is also survived by a brother, Martin H. Weaver of New Holland.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Victor F. and Raymond H. Weaver, and sisters, Ruth Good and Etta Musser.
From: Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster, PA - 10/19/2008
Submitted by Robert Fish

Good, Warren E.
, 84, died October 3, 2008 at Ephrata, Lancaster, PA.  He was born December 18, 1923 in East Earl Township, Lancaster Co., PA to Joseph A. and Ivy (Bender) Good.  On May 19, 1945 he was married to Minerva Horning.

Surviving are children, Minerva Good, Howard Good, Judy J. Kunkle, Ivy Jo Martin, Ginger wife of Dale Martin, 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, a brother, Earl B. husband of Emma Good, and two sisters, Jenny Weaver, and Anna wife of Wayne Brubaker.

Seven brothers: Lester, Louis, Howard, Marvin, Wilmer, Joseph, and Harry and a sister Grace preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held October 9, 2008 at Ephrata Mennonite Church Ephrata, Lancaster Co., PA with burial in Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery, East Earl, PA.

Submitted by: Wilma Ebersol, Ephrata, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Graber, Dillon J.
, 88, of Goshen, Indiana died February 3, 2008 at Goshen, Indiana.  He was born December 6, 1919 at Wayland, Iowa to Pete and Sarah (Rich) Graber.  On November 24, 1940 at Wayland, Iowa he was married to Fern Klopfenstein, who was born February 20, 1918 and survives.

Surviving are children, Charlotte (Henry) Rosenberger, Janet (Dan) Gerber, Connie Marner, 2 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are three sisters, Doreen (Harold) Graber, Drusilla (Harold) Rector, Delilah (Jim) Deck, and a brother, Dwight (Mary Frances) Graber.

A daughter, Angie Groff, a sister Doris Gerig, and a brother, Dennis Graber preceded him in death.

Dillon and Fern were turkey farmers in Wayland, Iowa, for 40 years.  They moved to Goshen in 1996 and served with Mennonite Mission's Vacation with a Purpose for three years.  Dillon traveled to Africa, Israel, Russia, Somalia, Germany, Honduras, and Haiti.

Memorial services were held January 19, 2008 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen Indiana with burial in their Memorial Garden.

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

Graber Fern Irene Klopfenstein
, 90, of Goshen, IN died December 22, 2008 in Chicago, IL.  She was born February 20, 1918 at Beaver Crossing, Nebraska to James and Mabel (Eicher) Klopfenstein.  On November 24, 1940 she was married to Dillon Joseph Graber, who was born December 6, 1919 and died January 3, 2008.

Surviving are children, Charlotte (Henry) Rosenberger; Janet (Dan) Gerber; Connie Marner; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and six siblings, Wayne Klopfenstein; Dorothy Morningstar; Edith Wagamen; Ted Klopfenstein; Keith Klopfenstein; and Wilbur Klopfenstein.

Three sisters, Zola Rediger, Bernice Hauder, and Betty Klopfenstein, and one brother, Harry Klopfestein preceded her in death.

Fern was an avid gardener, cook, seamstress, and quilter.  She extended hospitality to many people.  Fern was active in the Sugar Creek, Bethel, and Washington Mennonite congregations in Iowa (teaching, sewing circle, and extending friendship) and in any church she was a part of throughout her lifetime.  She and her husband, Dillon, volunteered in Dave Wilkerson's street ministry in New York City, and MBM's "Vacation with a Purpose" following retirement.  The also traveled to East Africa, Israel, Russia, Germany, Haiti, and Honduras.

Memorial services were held January 24, 2009 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana.

Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Graber, Joseph A.
, 76, of Goshen, Indiana died July 25, 2008 at Elkhart, Indiana.  He was born August 10, 1931 at Arthur, Illinois to Abraham and Katie (Marner) Graber.  On May 26, 1962 at Middlebury, Indiana he was married to Dora Troyer, who was born September 12, 1934 and survives.

Surviving are children, Joseph Scott (Joy) Graber, Jeff (Tamara) Graber, Ted (Rolonda) Graber, Tonya (Mark) Eveler, 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a brother, John (Annie) Graber.

His parents, a brother, George Graber, and a sister, Martha Crapo preceded him in death.

Joe was a truck driver who worked for Midwest Haulers, Chicago, for 20 years and for Transitall, Chicago, for 10 years.  He worked 13 years at Jayco, Middlebury, in transportation.  After retirement, he worked at GDC Inc., in  Goshen.  He was an avid horseshoe pitcher and a member and current president of the Indiana Horseshoe Pitching Association.  He enjoyed traveling to and camping at World Horseshoe and Indiana State Tournaments.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 210, Middlebury.  He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Middlebury.  

Memorial services were held July 29, 2008 at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, Indiana with burial in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury, Indiana.

Submitted by: DeRoy Kauffman, Middlebury, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Groff, Dorothy L. Hernley
, 86, of Ephrata died May 30 2008 at Ephrata, Pennsylvania.  She was born May 6, 1922 at Elizabeth Township, PA to Levi W. and Mary (Musser) Hernley.  She was married to Samuel S. Groff, who died in 1983.

Surviving are children, J. Lamar Groff, Larry Groff, Lynn Groff, Leslie Groff,
15 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held June 5, 2008 at Fairmount Homes, Inc., Ephrata, Pennsylvania with burial in Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery, East Earl, Pennsylvania.

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

Gross Mabel M. Meyers
, 89, of Bedminster, PA died April 15, 2008 at Goshen, Indiana.  She was born May 19, 1918 to Harvey M. and Mary (Leatherman) Meyers.  On October 19, 1939 she was married to James  B. Gross.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Jane Sohar of Elkhart, Ind., a son Gerald M. and spouse Joan of Syracuse, N.Y., 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a brother, Garwood L. Meyers and spouse Elizabeth of Perkasie; and a sister, Anna
Vaughn of Durham, N.C.

A brother. Wilmer L. Meyers preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held April 19, 2008 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Lois Ann Wismer
Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Grundman, Milton
, 87, of Moundrige died December 26, 2008 at Moundridge, McPherson County, Kansas from heart failure.  He was born March 1, 1921 at home in McPherson County, Kansas to Fred and Carolina (Albrecht) Grundman.  On June 7, 1946 at Beatrice, Nebraska he was married to Margaret Jantzen, who was born September 26, 1921 and died September 9, 1999.

Surviving are children, Marlene & Kevin Klassen, 2 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, a sister, Esther Kater, and a brother, Harvey Grundman.

A son, Mike Grundman, and two brothers, Hilbert Grundman and Walter Grundman preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held December 30, 2008 at First Mennonite Church of Christian, Moundridge, McPherson County, Kansas with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Becky Pohl, Moundridge, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Guengerich, Myrtle Violet Tompkins
, 97, of Kalona  died April 11, 2008 at Kalona, IA.  She was born November 1, 1910 at Chester Township, Michigan. Her foster parents were Milton and Fannie Zook.  On September 12, 1937 at Hesston, KS she was married to Earl  Guengerich, who died June 18, 1989.

Surviving are children, LaWayne & Doneta Guengerich, Judith & Keith Yoder, Wilson & Karen Guengerich, Lily & Lyle Miller, Calvin & Angela Guengerich, Marilyn Guengerich & Mark Sykes, 9 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

A sister, Lillie Coder preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held April 15, 2008 at Peterseim Funeral Home Kalona, IA  with burial in the Wellman Mennonite Church Cemetery, Wellman, Iowa.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Jennifer Archer, Wellman, IA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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