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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.

2021  H1

Headings, Wyatt Blake ; . . Heatwole, Esther Marie Bixler ; . . Heiser, Harold Eugene ; . . Helmuth, Johnny J. ; . . Helmuth, Noah B. ; . . Hershberger, Ida D. Miller ; . . Hershberger, Leroy E. ; . . Hess, Patsy Wolf ; . . High, Jody Ella ; . . Hochstetler, Lonnie E. ; . . Hochstetler, Marilyn E. Yoder ; . .


Headings, Wyatt Blake
Jan 8, 2021

Wyatt Blake Headings, precious baby son of Tony and Carol (Hostetler) Headings of Buffalo, Mo., was stillborn on January 8, 2021, at Cox Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Sharing in the disappointment of this sudden loss are his brothers and sisters, Blane (14), Ashley (12), Kayci (9), Terrell (6), and Raelee (3). A tiny brother Darion Gene was stillborn in May of 2016.

Also sharing this disappointment are paternal grandparents, Jonathan and Margaret Headings, Buffalo, Mo.; and maternal grandmother Wanda Hostetler, Halfway, Mo.; great-grandparents, Edward Headings, Creston, Iowa; Ben W. Hostetler, Buffalo, Mo., and Wilma Hostetler, Sedalia, Mo.

Preceding him in death besides his brother Darion, are grandpa Vernon Hostetler, great-grandparents Willie Hostetler, Owen and Lily Kropf, Ruth Hostetler, and Sadie Headings, and aunt Janel Eigsti.

Although our hearts are broken, we know God makes no mistakes, and humbly say, Thy will be done., Jan. 12, 2021
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Heatwole, Esther Marie Bixler
December 25, 1929 - January 12, 2021

Esther Marie Heatwole, 91, Goshen, formerly of La Junta, Colorado died 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Goshen Hospital. She was born December 25, 1929 in Goshen, to Alvin Dale and Celesta Marie (Smucker) Bixler.

Surviving are 4 sons, Steven (Bonnie) Heatwole of Archbold, Ohio, Douglas (Theresa) Heatwole of Garden City, Kansas, Roger (Jane) Heatwole of Marshalltown, Iowa, James (Elizabeth) Heatwole of Peoria, Illinois, 10 grandchildren, 12 Great-grandchildren, brother, James (Thelma) Bixler of Elkhart, 2 sisters, Rachel (Ruperto Jr) Guedea, Lois (David) Martin both of Goshen and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, C. Franklyn Heatwole, brother, David Bixler, 4 sisters, Elizabeth Bixler, Ruth Reeser, Mary Hardin, and Joanna Bixler.

Esther was a faithful member of Emanuel Mennonite Church, La Junta Colorado.
Esther was dearly loved by her husband, sons, and their families. She had been an active member of Rocky Ford Mennonite Church earlier. Esther graduated from Goshen College and the Mennonite School of Nursing in La Junta, Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She remained involved in nursing until her retirement at Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center with many of the years as charge nurse on the OB ward. She was a founding member of the Arkansas Valley Ocuvites Vision Support Group. Esther volunteered at CrossRoads MarketPlace, Arkansas Valley Hospice, Cancer Society, and Casa del Sol for many years. She loved to travel.

Visitation will be Monday, January 25, 2021, from 10 – 11 a.m. at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home 311 S Main Street Goshen, IN 46526. The service will be livestreamed at 11 a.m. Monday through the funeral home website, Memorial donations may be directed towards MCC or donor’s choice.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Homes
Wakarusa - Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Heiser, Harold Eugene
September 3, 1924 - March 6, 2021

CHAMPAIGN — Harold Eugene Heiser, 96, of Champaign, Illinois passed away home surrounded by his family at 7:55 p.m. Saturday (March 6, 2021) a day after his 72nd wedding anniversary.

Harold was a loving, dedicated and kind husband, parent and grandparent. Born Sept. 3, 1924, in Fisher, he worked as a farmer before retiring in 1981.

In retirement, Harold was a longtime volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages, where he repaired broken items. He collected antiques and once owned an antique store in Fisher. He enjoyed gardening, music, tinkering in his workshop, making primitive wooden items, befriending neighborhood cats and meeting his friends over coffee at McDonald’s.

Harold was a member of East Bend Mennonite Church in Fisher. He began worshipping at First Mennonite Church in Urbana after moving to Champaign in 2007.

He married Mary Ann Springer in Hopedale on March 5, 1949. She survives, along with his sister, Lola; her husband, Roy Knox; and his sister-in-law, Edith Heiser Zehr.

He is survived by his children, Rodney (Sandy) of Champaign, Josie (Myron) Bollman of Granger, Ind., and Kate Falk of Urbana; five grandchildren, Kelli (Jason) Ball of Midlothian, Va., Emily (Joe) Buller of Maumee, Ohio, Andrew Bollman of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Rob (Jade) Huizenga of Frankfort and Tyler (Lydette Assefa) Falk of Chicago; and eight great-grandchildren, Michael and Hannah Ball, Ella, Amelia and Lila Bollman, Ashlyn, Ivy and Lily Huizenga.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Amelia (Ingold) Heiser; brother, Merle; and sister, Mildred Emerson, and her husband, R.D.

A private family burial will be held at East Bend Mennonite Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide relief agency of the Mennonite Church, at Donations may also be made to East Bend Mennonite Church or First Mennonite Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Lux Memorial Chapel.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Helmuth, Johnny J.
December 7, 1934 - April 10, 2021

Johnny J. Helmuth, 86, of Millersburg died at 9:50 am on Saturday, April 10, at his residence. He was born on December 7, 1934 in Arthur, IL, to Joseph and Katie (Beachy) Helmuth. On August 21, 1958, in Topeka, he married Susie Anna Miller, she died November 12, 2014.

Surviving are four daughters, Luanna (Dean) Gingerich of Middlebury, Leona (Glen) Miller of Goshen, Lavera (Ora) Miller of Millersburg and Elaine Helmuth at home two sons, Howard (Vera) Helmuth of Millersburg and Gary Helmuth of Shipshewana 19 grandchildren 14 great-grandchildren brother-in-law, Christy Schrock of Missouri sister-in-law, Ida Helmuth of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents wife two brothers, Ben and Enos Helmuth four sisters, Edna Schrock, Anna Cole, Fannie Yoder Bontrager and Susie Miller Schrock.

Johnny was a woodworker and had worked at Miller Door and Trim, Goshen for over 20 years. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 11, and all day Monday, April 12, at the Howard Helmuth residence, 11665 W. 500 S., Millersburg. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Vernon Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in Honeyville Cemetery, Topeka.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Helmuth, Noah B.
April 12, 1924 ~ January 12, 2021 (age 96)

Noah B. Helmuth, 96 of Harrisonburg, Virginia (formerly of Arthur, Illinois) passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, where he was a resident for the past eight years.

Private family graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 in the Arthur Cemetery. Rev. Michael Loss will officiate. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Noah was born on April 12, 1924 in Arcola, Illinois. He was a son of Benjamin and Lizzie (Schrock) Helmuth. He married Edna L Miller on December 16, 1943; she passed away on August 24, 2019.

Noah and Edna, through their early years of marriage, were dairy farmers and began their family.

In 1964 he became co-owner of M&H Equipment, which became Helmuth Implement in 1966 when Noah and Edna bought out another business partner and changed the name. With an already full life, in 1972 Noah and Edna began traveling to Chicago on weekends where Noah eventually became the pastor of Chicago Community Chapel. Noah and Edna’s pastoral journeys also took them to, Arthur Mennonite Church (Arthur, IL), Cazenovia Mennonite Church (Cazenovia, IL), Roanoke Mennonite Church (Roanoke, IL), East Peoria Mennonite Church (East Peoria, IL), East Union Mennonite Church (2) (Kalona, IA), and Stuarts Draft Mennonite Church (Stuarts Draft, VA).

In 2002 Noah & Edna moved to Harrisonburg, VA to be closer to at least some of their family. For the past 8 years they have lived at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community where they were blessed with many friends and care workers.

Noah is survived by four sons, Andrew N (Joan) Helmuth of Arthur, IL, Ervin N Helmuth of Sarasota, FL, Phillip N (Loretta) Helmuth of Harrisonburg, VA and Leslie N (Sylvia) Helmuth of Harrisonburg, VA; a daughter, Susanna (Richard) Plank of Goshen, IN; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Edna Helmuth, one grandson, Michael Helmuth, 3 brothers and 5 sisters.

In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to VMRC Foundation Good Samaritan Fund, 1491 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Hershberger, Ida D. Miller
August 23, 1948 - February 15, 2021

Ida D. Hershberger age 72 of Burr Oak passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, February 15, 2021 surrounded by her family.

Born August 23, 1948 to the late Dan S. and Fannie Miller.

Ida was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She was married to Joni Hershberger.

She leaves behind her husband Joni Hershberger of Burr Oak, 13 children: Linda (Mervin) Miller of Potosi, Wisconsin, Norma at home, Henry (Rachel) Hershberger of Milton, Iowa, Nathan (Rebecca) Hershberger of Hamilton, Missouri, Laura (Andrew) Keim of Burr Oak, Noah (Clara) Hershberger of Homer, John (Malinda) Hershberger of West Union, Ohio, Susie (Joseph) Bontrager of Burr Oak, Daniel (Malinda) Hershberger of Bronson, David (Barbara) Hershberger of Burr Oak, Paul (Edna) Hershberger of Bronson, Raymond (Frieda) Hershberger of Middlebury, Ruth (Andrew) Hochstetler of Burr Oak, 67 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

Besides her parents Ida was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 1 brother, and 1 sister.

The Hershberger family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 starting at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, February 17, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM. A funeral service will be held Thursday, February 18, 2021 starting at 9:30 AM with Mahlon Lambright officiating. Burial will follow at Maystead Community Cemetery in Burr Oak. All events will take place at the Andrew Keim residence at: 487 St. Joe Road Burr Oak, MI 49030.

Schipper Funeral Home, Colon, MI
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Hershberger, Leroy E.
June 3, 1946 - April 2, 2021

Leroy E. Hershberger, 74, of Shipshewana, passed away at 9:40 am on Friday, April 2 at his residence. He was born on June 3, 1946 in Goshen, to Ezra E. and Katie (Yoder) Harshbarger. Leroy lived in the Shipshewana area since 1967. On November 30, 1967 in Shipshewana, he married Wilma A. Hochstetler; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three daughters, Esther (Shane) Lancaster of South Whitley, Marlene (William) Petrey of Goshen, Norma Hershberger of Shipshewana; two brothers, Melvin Hershberger of Gambier, OH, Alvin (Mary) Hershberger of Nappanee; brother-in-law, Noah (Sharon) Schrock of Nappanee; two sisters-in-law, Rachel Hershberger and Katie Harshbarger both of Nappanee; special friends, Robert and Betty Beegle, Jen and Isabel Beegle, and Carolyn Morehouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Fannie Mae Schrock and Pauline Hershberger; two brothers, Vern Hershberger and Roman Harshbarger.

Leroy worked in the local RV factories and gave buggy rides at Buggy Lane Tours. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 3 and all day Sunday, April 4 at the Lavon Miller residence, 4365 N. SR 5, Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, April 5 also at the Lavon Miller residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Erwin C. Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Hess, Patsy Wolf
December 3, 1932 - February 25, 2021

Patsy Wolf Hess, 88, of Lititz, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at home. Born in Akron, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Z. and Leona (Brown) Wolf. Patsy shared 67 years of marriage with John E. Hess who passed away in 2019. Together they farmed the family farm near Lititz until 2003.

Patsy was a graduate of Ephrata High School's class of 1950, a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church, and a bus driver for Warwick School District for 24 years. She enjoyed reading, walking, sports, especially basketball, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Patsy is survived by 5 children, Dennis, husband of Darlene (Ginder) Hess of Lititz, Douglas, husband of Christine (Pinto) Hess of Stevens, Judy, wife of Randall Garber of Akron, Bev, wife of Roger Landis of Lancaster, Barbara, wife of Neil Weidman of Lititz; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Jay Wolf of Elizabethtown and George, husband of Phyllis (Garman) Wolf of Akron.

In addition to her husband and parents, Patsy was preceded in death by a son, J. Dean Hess; a daughter, Lucille Stauffer; brothers, Orie Wolf, Jesse Wolf, and Vern Wolf and a sister, Nancy Miller.

Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

If desired, memorial contributions in Patsy's memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/28/2021
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

High, Jody Ella
December 6, 2020 - January 7, 2021

Jody Ella High, age 4 weeks, of Neillsville, WI, died on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30am on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Scenic Grove Mennonite Church in the Town of Beaver, rural Loyal, WI. Clair Horst, J. Ervin Showalter, Eli Weaver, Willard Brubacker and Raymond Hoover will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Timothy High residence in the Town of Weston, W5724 Panther Creek Road, Neillsville, WI, from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm.

Jody Ella High was born on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at home in the Town of Weston, rural Neillsville, WI, to Timothy H. and Wilma N. (Brubacker) High. Jody lived with her family on a farm in the Town of Weston, Clark County, WI, until her death.

She will be sadly missed by her parents: Timothy and Wilma High; her maternal grandparents: Henry M. and Esther W. (Nolt) Brubacker of Edgar; her paternal grandparents: Stephen W. and Amelia O. (Hoover) High of Neillsville; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Cuddie Funeral Homes, Loyal, WI
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Hochstetler, Lonnie E.
October 13, 1936 - February 24, 2021

Lonnie E. Hochstetler, age 84, of Nappanee, passed away at 3:10 a.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at his residence after a brief illness. He was born October 13, 1936 in Elkhart County to Eli J. and Sarah J. (Miller) Hochstetler. On June 16, 1957 he married Verba D. Mullet. She preceded him in death September 15, 2016. Lonnie was a member of the Old Older Amish Church. He was the former owner of H & H Repair Shop.

Surviving are his children, Everett R. (Joanna) Hochstetler, Nappanee, Patricia D. (Marlon) Schrock, Nappanee, Randal L. (Susie) Hochstetler, Bremen, Dale A. (Esther) Hochstetler, Nappanee, Brian E. (Sarah) Hochstetler, Nappanee, Ernest D. (Dora) Hochstetler, Milford, Wanita F. (Richard) Kuhns, Nappanee, James A. (Rebecca) Hochstetler, Nappanee; 41 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; brothers, Marvin (Lorraine) Hochstetler, Goshen, Earl Hochstetler, Nappanee; and a sister, Ellen Chupp, Nappanee. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Willis, Jesse, Omer, Glen Hochstetler; sisters, Verda Hochstetler, Edna Chupp, Lovina Schweitert, Sylvia Lehman, and Mattie Yoder; 3 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends may call from 1-4:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2021, 10 a.m. -4:30 p.m. and 5- 8 p.m., Friday, February 26th at the family residence 7245 W. 1350 N., Nappanee. Funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, February 27th also at the family residence. Home Ministry of the Old Older Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Homes
Nappanee/Wakarusa, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Hochstetler, Marilyn E. Yoder
October 23, 1968 - January 15, 2021

Marilyn E. Hochstetler, 52, of Topeka, died at 2:10 pm on Friday, January 15, at her residence after a year long battle with cancer. She was born on October 23, 1968 in LaGrange to Elva and Ruby (Graber) Yoder. On September 26, 1990 in Topeka, she married Glen Hochstetler, he survives.

Survivors in addition to her husband are a daughter, Brenda (James) Yoder of Topeka; four sons, Kevin (Marla) Hochstetler of Topeka, Michael (Doris) Hochstetler of Millersburg, Jeremy (special friend Kaylena Yoder) Hochstetler at home, Justin Hochstetler at home; four grandchildren, Audrey, Rylan, Jensen and Kaden; four sisters, Lorene (Jake) Schwartz of Ligonier, Leanna Yoder of Topeka, Erma (Ray) Wingard of Topeka, Marlene (Elmer) Miller of Topeka; two brothers, Marlin (Vera) Yoder of Topeka, Floyd (Lisa) Yoder of Topeka.

Marilyn was a homemaker and member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, and all day Sunday, January 17, at the family's residence, 6825 S. 400 W. Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, January 18, also at the family's residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Lyle Yoder and the home ministers. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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