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Lazarus Project

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.

2008  T to V

  Thiessen, Matilda J. Duerksen;   Tice, Ida Cressman;   Tiessen, Grace Charlotte Miller;   Tressler, Audrey Elaine Engle;   Troyer, Lloyd John;   Troyer, Martha Wenger;   Troyer, Norma L. Reber;   Troyer, Rosanna;  Tschetter, Melvin C. ; . . Ulrich, Lowell E. ; . . Unruh, C. Howard;   Unruh, Lou Isla Belle CummingsUnternahrer, Noah;    Vogts, Roger;  

Thiessen, Matilda J. Duerksen
, 82, of Butterfield, MN died December 11, 2008 at Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, MN from Parkinson's disease. 

She was born November 5, 1926 in Midway Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to John H. and Marie (Krahn) Duerksen.  John was born March 10, 1901 and died December 23, 1987.  Marie was born October 23, 1905 and died May 14, 1994.

On April 5, 1951 at Mountain Lake, MN she was married to Albert David Thiessen, who was born June 1, 1923 and survives.

Surviving are children, Ivan (Sherill) Thiessen; Darwin (Virginia) Thiessen; Lauren (Lori) Thiessen, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and siblings: John (Tina) Duerksen; Martha (DeLose) Pieske; Marion (Harold) Thiessen; Myrtle (Arnold) Quiring; and Myrna Dick.

A granddaughter, Cherie Thiessen, a sister, Margaret Duerksen; and a brother, Erwin Duerksen preceded her in death.

Matilda enjoyed family history and genealogy, reading, gardening, playing games, and playing music--she played both piano and accordion.

Memorial services were held December 15, 2008 at First Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake, MN with burial in Mountain Lake Cemetery, Mountain Lake, MN.

Submitted by: E Elaine Kauffman, Mountain Lake, MN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Tice, Ida Cressman
, 94, of Telford, PA died July 6, 2008 at Telford, PA.  She was born December 22, 1913 at Schwenksville, PA to Frank W. and Adda (Alderfer) Cressman.  She was married to George Tice, Jr., who is deceased.

Surviving are a daughter, Gail Schilling and husband, Robert, one grandchild, two brothers, Frank Cressman, and William Cressman, and two sisters, Lizzie Bence, and Edna Doran.

Ana Heacock, sister; Addie Steinman, sister; Ella Laume, sister; Violet
Garges, sister; Viola Frey, sister; Samuel Cressman, brother; and Francis
Cressman, brother; preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held July 10, 2008 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., PA with burial in Hilltown Union Cemetery, Hilltown, Bucks Co., PA.
Submitted by: Peggy Buzzard
Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Tiessen, Grace Charlotte Miller
, 91, of Kalona died March 13, 2008 at Kalona, Washington, County, Iowa from natural causes.  She was born October 29 1916 at Kalona, to Leroy and Lydia (Troyer) Miller.  On May 22, 1954 she was married to Gerhard Tiessen at Winnipeg, Canada, who is deceased.

Surviving are a son, John Tiessen, four grandchildren, and a brother, J. John J. Miller.

Memorial services were held April 16, 2008 at Kalona Mennonite Church,  Kalona, Washington County, Iowa with burial in Sharon Hill Cemetery, Kalona.

Submitted by: Bonnie Pickard, Kalona, Iowa
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Tressler, Audrey Elaine Engle
, 82, of Springs, PA died May 1, 2008 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, PA.  She was born March 13, 1926 at Salisbury, Somerset County, Pennsylvania to Lester and Gertrude (Hersh) Engle.  On June 27, 1946 she was married to Elwood "Piney"  Tressler, who survives.

Surviving are a daughter, Rhonda (Tressler) Hershberger & Husband Robert,
two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters, Phyllis Swauger, Salisbury, PA and Hilda Shoemaker, Pittsburgh, PA, and one brother, Don Engle & wife Norma, Baltimore, MD.

Memorial services were held May 5, 2008 at Springs Mennonite Church, Springs, Somerset County, Pennsylvania with burial in Springs Cemetry, Springs, Somerset County, PA.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Felicia Maust, Springs, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, Lloyd John
, 89, of Kalona, Iowa died January 4, 2008 at Kalona, IA.  He was born June 12, 1918 at Shickley, NE to Lloyd and Emma (Kennel) Troyer.  On May 18, 1941 at Wellman, Iowa he was married to Erma Stutzman, who died December 12, 2007.

Surviving are children, Omer Troyer and wife Mary Jane, Marlene Miller and husband Daniel, Carolyn Troyer, Loren Troyer and wife Kathy , Clayton Troyer and wife Laverna,
9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are five sisters, Nettie Fehlberg, Wilma Becker, Verda Troyer, Alta Troyer,
Della Yoder and husband Keith, and sister-in-law Vivian Troyer.

Three brothers, Wilbur, Warren and Ivan, a sister, Ida Kliewer, and an infant granddaughter, Sarah Troyer preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held January 7, 2008 at Wellman Mennonite Church, Wellman, Iowa  with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Troyer, Martha Wenger
, 92, of Goshen, Indiana died July 6, 2008 at Goshen, IN.  She was born January 17, 1916 Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN to Noah and Susannah (Loucks) Wenger.  On July 19, 1936 she was married to Raymond Troyer, who survives.

Surviving are children, JoAnn & Craig Garber, Emmett & Carol Troyer, Richard & Linda Troyer, Franklin & Janet Troyer, Jerry & Nancy Troyer, 18 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

A son, Warren Troyer, four sisters, Amanda Weaver, Beulah Hoover, Hazel Hostetler, and Anna Davidhizer and a brother, Warren Wenger preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held July 10, 2008 at Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Kim Mishler
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin
Troyer, Martha Wenger

Martha Troyer, 92, of Goshen, died at her home on Sunday morning, July 6, 2008.

She was born in Goshen on January 17, 1916, to Noah and Susannah (Loucks) Wenger.  She married Raymond C. Troyer on July 19, 1936 in Goshen.  He survives.

A homemaker, Mrs. Troyer was a member of the Shore Mennonite Church in Shipshewana.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond; a daughter, JoAnn (Craig) Garber of Goshen; four sons, Emmett (Carol) Troyer of South Bend, Richard (Linda) Troyer of White Pigeon, Michigan, Franklin (Janet) Troyer of Elkhart, and Jerry (Nancy) Troyer of Woodland, Washington; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Warren Troyer on May 3, 2001; four sisters, Amanda Weaver, Beulah Hoover, Hazel Hostetler and Anna Davidhizer; and a brother, Warren Wenger.

Friends may call 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 9 at Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana.

A Thursday, July 10, 2008, funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church.  Pastor Craig Garber, son-in-law; Pastor Kevin Troyer, grandson; Pastor Carl Horner of Shore Mennonite Church; and Pastor Wes Bontreger of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shore Mennonite Church or Yellow Creek Mennonite Church of Christian Fellowship of Goshen.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home
Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, Norma L. Reber
, 78, of Mio, MI died December 28, 2008 in Oscoda Co, MI from cancer.  She was born September 14, 1930 at Fairview, Oscoda Co, MI to Elmer and Alice (Kauffman) Reber.  On September 15, 1950 at Fairview, Oscoda Co., MI she was married to Emmerson E. Troyer, who was born October 16, 1929 and survives.

Surviving are children, Ardis (Dean) Miller, Rodney (Sherry) Troyer, Brenda (David) Kauffman, and Kyle Troyer, 7 grandchildren, and a brother, Ronald (Dora) Reber.

His siblings, Alton Reber, Grant Reber, Mavis Esch, Katherine Esch, Melva Maris, and an infant sister preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held December 31, 2008 at Fairview Mennonite Church, Fairview, Oscoda Co., MI with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Kyle Troyer, East Tawas, MI
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, Rosanna

Rosanna Troyer, infant daughter of Ammon J. and Lucy Ann (Miller) Troyer, was stillborn at 2:11 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2008, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

Graveside funeral services were held Saturday morning at Miller Cemetery in rural Arcola with Bishop Eli F. Schlabach officiating. Edwards Funeral Home assisted Rosanna's family with arrangements.

Rosanna is survived by her parents, Ammon and Lucy Troyer of Arthur; maternal Grandparents, Richard and Mary Jane Miller of Tuscola; paternal grandparents, John and Lena Troyer of Bethany, Missouri; maternal great-grandmother, Maggie Gringerich of Tuscola; paternal great-grandmother, Mary Stutzman of Wisconsin;
maternal great-great-grandmother, Lydia Ann Gingerich of Arthur; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, John E. Gringerich and Lonnie S. and Anna M. (Yoder) Miller; her paternal great-grandparents, Andy Troyer and John and Lydia (Yoder) Bontrager; and her maternal great-great-grandfather, Emery Gingerich.

Rosanna's family, are members of the Old Order Amish.

From: Arthur Graphic-Clarion, Arthur, IL
September 25, 2008
Submitted by Liz Kauffman, Arcola, IL

Tschetter, Melvin C.
, 74, of Freeman, SD died March 3, 2008 at Freeman, Hutchinson Co., SD from cancer.  He was born June 4, 1933 at Bridgewater, SD to Paul P. and Barbara J. (Gross) Tschetter.  On April 19, 1957 at Freeman, Hutchinson, SD he was married to LaVonne Hofer, who survives.

Surviving are a son, Darnell, a daughter, Lori Tschetter, 2 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, two brothers, Paul S. Tschetter and Solomon and Edna Tschetter; and six sisters, Marie Hayes; Susie and Wilmer Bunger; Darlene and Victor Schaeffer; Evelyn and Kenneth Wallmann; Diane and Orval Graber; and Judy and Allen Schofield.

Two daughters, Melva Jean Tschetter and Darla LaJean Tschetter, two sisters, Betty Gross and Elsie Wipf, and two brothers, Dave S. Tschetter and Edwin Tschetter preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held March 6, 2008 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman, Hutchinson County, South Dakota with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Kathy Pullman, Freeman, SD
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Ulrich, Lowell E.
, 59, of Dayton, VA died Saturday September 27, 2008 from injuries sustained in a tractor accident while working in the woods on his farm. He was born on September 12, 1949 in Rockingham Co., VA to D. and Elva I. Martin Ulrich. On August 19, 1972 he married the former Joyce Wenger who survives. He was a member of the Cornerstone Church of Broadway, VA. He received his Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 1973 and was an assistant pastor at the Woodland Mennonite Church in Basye, Virginia during most of the 1970's.

Survived by his wife Joyce and numerous cousins and friends.

Memorial service was October 5, 2008 at Weaver's Mennonite Church conducted by Pastors Tim Martin, Jim Hess, and Rick Martin will a . Burial will be private.

Source: McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by Leon Hertzler

Unruh, C. Howard
, 78, of Goessel, KS died August 26, 2008 at Wichita, KS from an aortic aneurysm.  He was born September 16, 1929 at Goessel, KS to Jacob E. and  Hannah (Wedel) Unruh.  On January 15, 1958 at Newton, KS he was married to Esther Voth, who survives.

Surviving are children: Tom Unruh and Jill White; John and Elaine Unruh; Fred and Diane Unruh; Bill and Sherry Unruh; seven grandchildren, and his siblings: Paul and Phyllis Unruh; Roy and Arlene Unruh; Eleanora Goertzen; Harold and Joyce Unruh; and Roy and Janet Kaufman.

A brother, Willard Unruh preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held August 29, 2008 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton KS with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Kim Funk, Newton, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Unruh, Lou Isla Belle Cummings
, 85, of Hesston died July 31, 2008 at Hesston, Harvey Co., Kansas.  She was born September 5, 1922 at Albert, Kansas to Howard and Mildred (Saurbaugh) Cummings.  On June 29, 1941 at Pawnee Rock, Kansas she was married to Raymond Lee Unruh, who was born December 3, 1921 and died December 13, 2003.

Memorial services were held August 5, 2008 at Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston, with burial in Restlawn, Newton, Harvey Co., Kansas.

Submitted by: Jean Grieser, Hesston, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Unternahrer, Noah
, 90, of Wayland died August 29, 2008 at Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., IA.  He was born February 5, 1918 at Wayland, Henry Co., IA to Christian and Anna (Rediger) Unternahrer.  On June 21, 1942 at Wayland he was married to Barbara Elizabeth Wenger.

Surviving are children, Kathryn & Charles Smith; Ronald & Ingrid Unternahrer; David & Janis Unternahrer; Rosetta & David Koerner; Esther & Chuck Amstutz; 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

His parents, a son, Norman Unternahrer, two brothers, Joe & Jake Unternahrer, a sister, Hannah Roth, four sisters in infancy, and two great-grandchildren, John Luke Walker and Hazel Irene Smith preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held February 9, 2008 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland, Henry Co., IA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Karen Meyer, Wayland, IA
Sugar Creek Mennonite Church
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Vogts, Roger
, 65, of Moundridge died August 8, 2008 at Moundridge, KS from a heart attack.  He was born February 3, 1943 at Moundridge to Herman and Frieda (Flickner) Vogts.

Surviving are children, Brian & Joann Vogts; Brandon & Coleen Vogts; Duane & Melissa Helms; Dwight & Lauran Helms; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 3 brothers: Brad & Rita Vogts; Ed & Kathryn; Sherwin & Carol Niehage; and 3 sisters: Valeta, Rosalyn & Deema.

Memorial services were held August 12, 2008 at First Mennonite of Christian,
Moundridge, Kansas with burial in West Zion Cemetery, Moundridge, McPherson Co., KS.

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

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