An expanded obituary project of
MennObits. Includes additional information of obituaries
The Mennonite and other newspapers. Source of individual obituaries given with each record. Project managed by Thelma Martin.
Gerber, Olive A. Handrich
May 15, 1929 - January 7, 2021
Olive A. Gerber, 91, of Goshen, died at 6:10 am, on Thursday, January 7 at Greencroft Health Care Center, Goshen.
She was born on May 15, 1929, in Mio, MI, to Oliver and Ada (Shantz) Handrich. On August 25, 1945 in Mio, MI she married Raymond Gerber; he died April 11, 2010.
Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Gerber of Canmer, KY, Connie (Brian) Narmore of Grawn, MI; three sons, J.D. (Joy) Gerber of White Pigeon, MI, Daniel (Renee) Gerber of Hardyville, KY, Timothy (Valerie) Gerber of Goshen; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Bernice Gerber.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sisters, Lola Handrich, Luella Esch, and Jean Hoover; three brothers, Donald, Richard, and Harry Handrich.
Olive was a homemaker and attended Griner Church. She enjoyed quilting, cross-stitching, and baking.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, January 9 followed by a 1:00 pm funeral service at Griner Church, 12418 CR 20, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastor Robert Riegsecker.
Burial will be in Griner Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Gospel Echoes.
Gingerich, Mary Ellen Schlabach
June 20, 1927 - January 8, 2021
Mary Ellen Gingerich, age 93, of Milford, passed away at 5:37 am, Friday, January 8, 2021 at Goshen Hospital. She was born June 20, 1927 in LaGrange County to Jacob and Lydia Ann (Miller) Schlabach. She married John Gingerich in LaGrange on February 28, 1946. He passed away March 9, 2014.
Mary Ellen has lived in the Milford area for 65 years. She was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church for all of those years. She was active as a Sunday School teacher and in the Sewing Circle. Mary Ellen enjoyed quilting and made quilts for all of her grandchildren.
Surviving are her daughters, Carolyn (Jerry) Helmuth, Wakarusa, Audrey (Eldon) Miller, Nappanee, Jane (Art) Hershberger, Dillwyn, VA; sons, Merrill (Lola) Gingerich, Phillip (Jane) Gingerich, both of Milford; 19 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; half-sister, Katie Kuhns, Topeka; half-brother, Clarence Schlabach, Dalton, WI; and sister-in-law, Ida Mae Schlabach, LaGrange. She was preceded in death by her husband, to whom she was married for 68 years; parents; grandson, Kevin Miller; great grandchildren, Trent Martin and Emily Kauffman; brothers, Alvin and Walter Schlabach; 4 half brothers; 3 half sisters; 3 step brothers; and 5 step sisters.
Family and friends may call from 2-6, Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and for 1 hour prior to the 10:00 am Funeral Service, Monday, January 11th at Salem Mennonite Church. Pastor Terrill Yoder will officiate. The service will be live streamed at salemmennonite.church. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Gospel Echoes.
Gingrich, Orpha Wert
December 27, 1926 - March 30, 2021
Orpha W. Gingrich, 94, of Evendale, went to be with Jesus at 4:51 PM, Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born on December 27, 1926 in Fayette Twp., Juniata County, she is a daughter of the late Michael W. and Alma (Lauver) Wert.
On June 22, 1947, she married her late husband, J. Lloyd Gingrich, with whom she was blessed to share over 72 years of marriage before his passing on April 11, 2020. Together, they farmed for many years in Evendale.
She is survived by: her children, Margaret Varner and her husband Tim of McAlisterville, John M. Gingrich and his wife Rosanne of Richfield, David Gingrich and his wife Phyllis of Thompsontown, Dale Gingrich and his wife Gladys of Richfield, Barbara Gingrich of Richfield, Paul Gingrich and his wife Debra of Dillsburg, and Marie Vredevelt and her husband Kirk of Alto, MI; twenty grandchildren; twenty eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her extended family.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Wert and his wife Mary; a sister, Alene Yoder and her husband Mark; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Zehr.
Mrs. Gingrich attended Fayette High School and graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in 1942. Her employment included working in the McAlisterville sewing factory for two years and taught at Liberty one-room school and at Belleville Mennonite School after having attended Millersville Teacher's College.
Orpha was a homemaker who enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren for whom she prayed every day. She sent birthday cards to all of them as long as she was able. Opening her home to others, even those from around the world, her warm and accepting spirit blessed many. She enjoyed gardening, particularly her flowers, preserving food, making butter and selling it, and sewing, especially making doll clothes in later years. A highlight was a trip to Europe and a trip to the Holy Land.
Her church membership included Lauvers Mennonite Church in Evendale where she will be remembered as a Sunday school Teacher for many years. She loved reading, especially the Bible and memorized 1st John and a significant amount of the Gospel of John. For many years, she also led neighborhood Bible studies.
A Co-Celebration of Life for J. Lloyd and Orpha Gingrich will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the Lauvers Mennonite Church, 34585 Route 35 North, Richfield, with their son, Pastor David Gingrich, Pastor Curtiss Kanagy, and Pastor Glenn Lauver officiating. Interment of Mrs. Gingrich will follow in the Lauvers Mennonite Cemetery. A viewing for Mrs. Gingrich will be held from 4-8 PM on Sunday, April 4, 2021 and from 9:00 AM until the time of the funeral services at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 5, 2021, all being held from the Lauvers Mennonite Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Gingrich's memory can be made to the charity of one's choice.
The family wishes to thank daughter Barbara for her loving care for mother and dad in their final years and UPMC Hospice for their care and support of both Lloyd and Orpha.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
Glick, Mary "Jane" Zimmerman
August 19, 1939 - February 26, 2021
Mary Jane Zimmerman Glick, 81, of Ephrata, passed away February 26, 2021.
She was the wife of John R. Glick who preceded her in death in 2014 and was the daughter of the late Harvey Zimmerman and the late Robert and Mabel (Klopp) Sweigart.
Jane was a very strong woman, fighting against cancer four times and more recently heart issues.
She worked in the garment industry and sold Avon. Camping and traveling were a big part of her life with her husband. She was a member of the Early Bird Walking club and TOPS Club for 28 years; never missing a day of walking since joining. She loved riding her bike and walking the neighborhood, visiting neighbors along the way. She loved her pet dog, Katie, who went with her on walks and bike rides. She was a social butterfly and enjoyed attending her various clubs.
Jane loved life and lived it to the fullest! She was a faithful wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her three daughters, Susie, wife of Tom Brossman, Debbie, wife of Marvin Weiler, Judy, wife of John Echternach; seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nicole Frable.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
February 1, 1959 - March 23, 2021
Mervin Glick, 62, of Paradise, PA went to be with the Lord on March 23, 2021. Married to the love of his life, Naomi Fisher, at Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church, on August 25th 1979.
Survived by: wife Naomi Glick (married 42 years), sons; Richard Glick, Michael (Angela) Glick, Eric Glick and Ryan (Aslyn) Glick, siblings; John (Lois) Glick, Kate (Roy) Zook, Sue Glick, and Ray Glick and his father Elmer Glick. Preceded in death by beloved mother, Anna Glick.
Merv was a born entrepreneur. Helping his father Elmer start Black Bear Structures at 14 years old. Merv and his brother-in-law, Roy grew and successfully ran the company for over 25 years. During this time Merv loved giving his time being a volunteer fireman with Robert Fulton Fire Co in Peach Bottom. His family remembers the countless midnight calls Merv would respond to, giving up his sleep and time with his family to go help those in need. During this period of life Merv and Naomi were also members of Dove Christian Fellowship. They loved the community and friends gained during this time of their lives.
A native of Lancaster County, Merv loved his hometown. But one of his life highlights was pulling up roots, selling his business, and moving his family to the small central Virginia town of Farmville. The family moved to a beautiful farm with all the space a young family could hope for. Here he fulfilled a lifelong goal of farming and running his own cattle farm as well as continuing his entrepreneurial spirit by starting another shed business that is still running strong to this day. Merv and Naomi were also very active members of New Life Church in Farmville. During this period of life many lifelong friends were made and was a treasured time for him and his family.
Upon moving back to Lancaster, Merv ran a lawn care and landscaping company and was a Realtor at Kingsway realty for 7 years. While not the longest of Merv's careers he loved this job and made even more lifelong friends. Merv and Naomi were also members at The Worship Center in Leola, PA.
Merv loved life and loved his family and friends. He loved his four boys and passed along his hard work and love of life. He adored and loved his wife Naomi and put her needs above his at all times. He was an amazing example of a good man to his boys.
He was an incredibly genuine, caring, and a fun loving man. A great husband, father, brother, son, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 29, at 10:00 AM at the Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Frank Potter officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A visitation with the family will be held at the church on Sunday from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. There will be no visitation prior to the service on Monday, however the family will greet friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Merv's memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care located at 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.GroffEckenroth.com Arrangements by the Groff High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA
Good, Edith Elaine Showalter
August 26, 1935 - February 23, 2021
Edith Elaine Good, 85, of Dayton, Va., passed away Feb. 23, 2021, at Sentara RMH Medical Center. She was born Aug. 26, 1935, in Rockingham County to the late Warren C. and Ina E. Koogler Showalter.
Edith was a homemaker. She was a member of Calvary Mennonite Fellowship. She loved birds and flowers and was known for her delicious food.
On Nov. 11, 1959, she married Lewis Edwin Good, who preceded her in death Feb. 1, 2008.
Surviving are six children, Susan Joanna Heatwole of Dayton, Franklin Conrad Good and wife, Anna, of Dayton, Deborah Elaine Showalter and husband, Ray “Buff”, of Dayton, Christian Phillip Good and wife, Rebecca, of Linville, Michelle Good Showalter and husband, Harry Lee, of Bridgewater and Helen LaRue Brunk and husband, Chester, of Singers Glen; eight sisters, Martha Knicely, Betty Witmer, Anna Knicely, Mary Catherine Showalter, Reba Rhodes, Ina Ethel Showalter, Lula Hofer and Sarah Showalter; one brother, Galen Showalter; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
One son-in-law, Steven P. Heatwole, preceded her in death.
Friends may view and sign a guestbook Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bank Mennonite Church in Dayton. A private graveside service will be held Thursday afternoon. There will be no viewing or visitation at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.
Good, Joanne Esther Kratz
November 21, 1933 - January 17, 2021
Joanne Esther Kratz Good, 87, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, died January 17, 2021, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation in Harrisonburg, where she had been a resident for 17 years.
Joanne was born November 21, 1933, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and was the eldest daughter of Warren Alderfer Kratz, and Mary Wenger Martin Kratz, whose home was in Whitmer, West Virginia at that time.
Joanne began her education at the Italy Elementary School in Whitmer, and after her family moved to Harrisonburg, she continued her elementary education at Pleasant Hill, Rushville, and the Mt. Carmel Parochial Schools. After graduating from Eastern Mennonite High School, she attended Eastern Mennonite College (now EMU), then for several years studied at Messiah Bible School in Ohio.
On July 8, 1967, she was married to Robert Lee Good of Ohio, who preceded her in death June 6, 2011.
She was a lifetime member of the Mennonite Church and was a long-time children's Sunday school teacher in churches in Virginia and West Virginia. She was a member of the Pike Mennonite Church and also attended the Mabel Memorial Chapel because of its accessibility from HHRC. For several years she worked as a nurse aid at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, then at Davis Memorial Hospital and Golden Clinic in Elkins, West Virginia. She also worked at Valley Books, Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation, and Continuing Care. For years Joanne sold McNess, Fuller Brush, and other products door-to-door in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, and made many friends in doing so. Eventually, she and Robert opened a store in the Dayton Market, known as "This 'N That." In spite of numerous difficulties in life, Joanne maintained a strong faith in Christ, her Saviour, and a positive attitude regarding the circumstances she experienced in her sojourn on earth. As her transition time approached, she grew in her anticipation for the fulfillment of Jesus' promise when He said, "I will…receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
Joanne is survived by a sister, Ruby Petersheim (John Petersheim) and a brother, Paul Kratz (Evelyn Wenger Kratz), three nieces and two nephews: Gail Petersheim of Rockingham County, Sheri Petersheim Rodes (Glen Rodes) of Rockingham County, Nelson Petersheim (Kammi Miller Petersheim) of Flower Mound, Texas, Celah Kratz Pence (Dr. Robert Pence) of Bridgewater, and Christon Kratz (Martha Blosser Kratz) of Harrisonburg.
She is also survived by seven grand nieces and three grand nephews: Kelsie Rodes, Cara Rodes, Corbin Petersheim, Tori Petersheim, Katherine Pence, Rebecca Pence, David Pence, Elizabeth Pence, Megan Kratz, and Nathanael Kratz.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation for the excellent care they have given Joanne over the years, and especially during the last eleven months with all the extra effort required during the COVID pandemic.
A viewing for family and friends will be held at McMullen Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a private graveside service officiated by Pastor John Swartz.
Graber, Vera M.
April 3, 1959 - February 21, 2021
Vera M. Graber, age 61 of Goshen, IN, passed away at 2:24pm on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Goshen General Hospital. Mrs. Graber was born on April 3, 1959 in Bremen, IN to Victor and Fannie (Kauffman) Graber.
Vera was a lifetime area resident and graduated from NorthWood High School. She also attended Goshen College and Ivy Tech. Vera was passionate about her work at the Speedway on Lincolnway in Goshen, IN as a food specialist. Mrs. Graber attended Griner Church in Middlebury. Vera was very personable and enjoyed fellowship with other people, never missing an opportunity to show Christ’s love to her friends and family. Most of all, Vera enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Vera is survived by a daughter, Tawna Bair of Goshen, IN; a son, Matthew (Evelyn) Robison of Milford, IN; 4 grandchildren; and a brother, Ervin Graber of Nappanee, IN.
Mrs. Graber was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson; sisters, Mary Kauffman and Karen Graber-Sergent; brothers Joseph R. Graber, Herbert Graber, and Henry L. Graber.
Friends and family may call on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from Noon-2pm at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, IN, with funeral services taking place at 2pm. Ray Helmuth from Griner Church, Middlebury, IN will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made out in Vera’s name to Griner Church, 12418 Co Rd 20, Middlebury, IN.
Grove, Doris Mast
August 11, 1938 - January 31, 2021
Doris Mast Grove, 82, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Mrs. Grove was born Aug. 11, 1938, in Princess Anne County and was a daughter of the late Norman and Nora Virginia Smucker Mast.
She was a teacher’s aide in Henrico County Schools. She enjoyed flowers, baking, reading, vacations at the beach and being with her friends. She was a member of Ridgeway Mennonite Church.
On June 5, 1965, she married Cecil Emory Grove. He passed away Oct. 9, 2019.
Surviving are her children, Andy Grove and wife, Tina, of Dickenson, Md., and Diann Beach and husband, Jeremy, of Harrisonburg; siblings, Bob Mast and wife, Esther, of Akron, N.Y., Betty Hertzler of Powhattan, James Mast and wife, Cindy, Chester Mast and wife, Jerri, all of Chesapeake; brother-in-law, Herbert Wenger of Chesapeake; and grandchildren, Dylan Grove, Brittany Grove, Blair Grove, Austin Grove, Simon Beach and Nolan Beach.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Grove was preceded in death by a sister, Laura Wenger, and one brother-in-law, Ray Hertzler.
At her request, the body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland Retreat, 14738 Upper Highland Drive, Bergton, VA 22811 or to the Williamsburg Retreat Center, 9275 Barnes Road, Toano, VA 23168.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gunden, Ruth E.
September 11, 1930 - March 25, 2021
Ruth E. Gunden, 90, died Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Greencroft Healthcare.
She was born September 11, 1930, the youngest of nine children born to Chris “C.J.” and Agnes (Albrecht) Gunden in Goshen.
Survivors include a sister, Doris (Carl) Metzler of Goshen; a brother, Donald Gunden of Myerstown, Pennsylvania; and a multitude of extended family.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Elva Huneryager and Lois Gunden Clemens; and four brothers, Orville, Cleland, Elton and Ralph Gunden.
A life-long area resident, Ruth was an advocate for education and sporting opportunities for women and girls at all levels.
Ruth graduated valedictorian of her high school class and went on to study at Goshen College where in 1952 she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s and doctorate in physical education from the University of Iowa. She used those degrees to teach in the Goshen Community Schools for a year and at Goshen College from 1953-1994.
The Ruth E. Gunden Fieldhouse is named in her honor in recognition of her years of services as a “pioneer” in women’s athletics within the Mennonite college world and as a coach and teacher at Goshen College. During her career she coached softball, volleyball, basketball and tennis while teaching physical education at the college. In the early years of women’s athletics at Goshen College her teams competed against Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame Universities. In addition to teaching and coaching, Ruth was heavily involved in related professional organizations.
As the college’s first female SST leader in 1971 to Jamaica, Ruth’s interest and involvement invigorated her leadership in future international students’ educational opportunities at Goshen College. She went on to serve as the SST Director from 1988 until her retirement in 1994. She was able to see much of the world and developed a special affinity with Chinese scholars.
She was a longtime active member of College Mennonite Church.
Private family services are being held with a public memorial service to follow at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be directed to College Mennonite Church for their International Student Aid Fund or Goshen College Athletic Department.