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.
Sadler, Verna Zimmerman
March 23, 1965 - April 7, 2021
Verna Zimmerman Sadler, 56, of Myerstown, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in her home. She was born in Bethel Township, Berks County on March 23, 1965, a daughter of Thomas Irvin and Ada W. Zimmerman Sadler of Myerstown. Verna was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference.
She is survived by sisters, Ellen Sadler and Esther Sadler both of Myerstown; Joan Martin and husband Lloyd of Loysville; brothers, Leon Sadler and wife Arlene of Bethel; Mervin Sadler and wife Darla of Wooster, OH; Earl Sadler and wife Aletha of Kansas, OH; Elvin Sadler and wife Jessica of Denver; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, David Sadler.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 9:30 AM in Bethel Mennonite Church, 231 School Road, Myerstown. Interment will be made in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing on Monday from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm at Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon.
Sauder, H. Richard, Jr. "Dick"
February 20, 1943 - July 10, 2021
H. Richard "Dick" Sauder, Jr., 78, of Tel Hai Retirement Community, Honey Brook, went home to be with Jesus on July 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM following a struggle with Bronchiectasis, an incurable lung condition.
Born February 20, 1943 in Millersville, Dick was the son of the late H. Richard, Sr. and Ruth K. Sauder. He was the husband of Ruth E. (Groff) Sauder, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.
He was a member of Bethany Grace Fellowship, East Earl, PA where he served as a Greeter and provided on-line Media broadcast of Sunday Services.
He was employed as a Printer for Weaver's Poultry, a Chicken Farmer of 25,000 broilers, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, East Earl as a design engineer, from which he retired after 36 years. In 1963, when drafted, he served 2 years in The Democratic Republic of Congo, doing maintenance for a hospital and various others duties.
His friends and family knew him well for his many hobbies which he loved to share; as an astronomer sharing with school groups, small airplane pilot and glider pilot, building and flying model airplanes, and building most anything that was challenging ... 230 gallon fish tank with special water and fishes, 8 telescopes culminating in a rotating dome observatory housing a 16" telescope, a birdhouse with a camera mounted inside (camera by son-in-law) to watch bluebirds hatch and babies growing and being fed by parents, watching them practice flapping their wings for flight, etc.
After moving to Tel Hai, Dick enjoyed tackling volunteer tasks such as repairing residents' clocks of all makes and models, helping with computer problems, repairing walkers, wheelchairs, lamps, and had the privilege of building a full-scale wing for a 2-seat Piper Cub for his brother-in-law.
He is survived by a daughter, Valerie Dawn married to Vernon Paul Weaver and a grandson, Jase Maxwell Weaver; a brother, Donald L. and wife Linda (Metzler) Sauder; a sister, C. Jean and husband G. Marlin Horst; many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Bethany Grace Fellowship Church, 400 Reading Rd., East Earl. A viewing will be held at StoneCroft at Tel Hai on Thursday from 3 – 5 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 1 – 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dick to the Tel Hai Care Assurance Fund, c/o Tel Hai Development, P.O. Box 190, Honey Brook, PA 19344.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Groff- High-Eckenroth Funeral Home, New Holland, PA.
Sauder, Irene L. Martin
October 14, 1925 - April 10, 2021
Irene L. Sauder, 95, of Ephrata died Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Fairmount Homes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy H. Sauder, in 1980.
Born in Bowmansville, she was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Lichty) Martin.
Irene was primarily a homemaker but had worked in the quilt room at the M.C.C. Material Resource Center, retiring after 10 years. She had last attended Pilgrim Bible Chapel.
She had enjoyed making ceramics and porcelain dolls, traveling, and sewing for others and herself.
Surviving are three children: Leonard married to Rhoda (Shank) Sauder, Bridgewater, VA, Gerald L. married to Julia (Martin) Sauder, Ronks, Gwendolyn married to Jack Abbs, Coatesville, a son-in-law James I. married to Ellie Martin, Ronks, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, a great-great granddaughter, and five siblings: Alice married to Mark Yoder, Ray married to Kathryn Martin, Earl married to Fran Martin, Bill married to Ruth Ann Martin, Anna married to Cliff Day.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Carolyn J. Martin, a great-grandson Austin Madonna, and six siblings: Harry Martin, Helen Parish, Irvin Martin, Milton Martin, Cathryn Hurst and James Martin.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be sent to Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, PA 17522. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.
Sauder, Lester C.
February 4, 1933 - April 19, 2021
Lester C. Sauder, 88, a long-time Ephrata resident and most recently of Brethren Village, Lititz, died Monday, April 19, 2021 after a year-long illness. He spent his last days at home under the care of family members and Hospice & Community Care.
Born in East Earl, PA., one of nine children of the late Erbie and Alice Sauder, Lester married Ann (Bauman) Sauder in 1957. He was devoted to his wife throughout his life and deeply missed her after she passed away in 2018. His faith and the promise of joining her again provided great solace in his final hours.
A retired truck driver, Lester was loved for his genuine, unassuming manner and playful sense of humor. He made friends wherever he went, was unfailingly considerate of others and never turned down an opportunity to be helpful. His favorite activities were completing jigsaw puzzles, woodworking and attending the events of his grandchildren.
Lester was a member of Ephrata Church of the Brethren for more than 50 years and enjoyed being part of the Brethren Village community where he lived for the past three years.
Lester will be dearly missed by his surviving family, including two children, Rick Sauder, husband of Marylee Sauder; Lisa Faltine, wife of Joseph Faltine; grandchildren, Nicole and Maria Sauder and Emma Faltine. Also surviving are three siblings, Arthur Sauder, Irene Martin and Anna Wenger.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 10 to 11 AM at the Ephrata Church of the Brethren, 201 Crescent Avenue, Ephrata, followed by a memorial service at 11 AM with Pastor Brian Messler officiating. Interment will be private in Mohler's Brethren Cemetery.
In Lester's memory, the family suggests contributing to Hospice & Community Care, whose loving assistance was a gift of incalculable value (P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604).
Arrangements are by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Sauder, Samuel F.
March 12, 1944 - October 22, 2021
Samuel F. Sauder, 77, of Lewisburg, entered into rest unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at Evangelical Community Hospital following injuries suffered in a vehicle accident in Kelly Township, Union County.
Born on March 12, 1944, in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, he was a son of the late Samuel N. Sauder and Fannie H. (Fox) Sauder. On March 18, 1965, he married the former Bertha N. Hurst, who survives.
Samuel worked as a farmer. He was a member of the Groffdale Conference of Mennonites and attended Vicksburg Mennonite Church, Mifflinburg.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 56 years, Bertha, are four daughters, Arlene H. Sauder of Penn Yan, N.Y., Ruth Ann H. (Sauder), wife of Sylvester B. Shirk of Spencer, Tenn., Vera Mae H. (Sauder), wife of Jason Z. Sauder of Charles City of Iowa, Erla H. (Sauder) wife of Elvin H. Zimmerman of Lewisburg; 24 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, five sisters: Lydia F. (Sauder) widow of Elmer B. Leid of New Holland, Mary F. (Sauder) widow of Jonas Z. Nolt of Leola, Ella F. (Sauder) wife of Harvey N. Newswanger of Narvon, Edna F. (Sauder) wife of David M. Zimmerman of Ephrata, Emma F. (Sauder) wife of John W. Zimmerman of East Earl.
In addition to his parents, Samuel was predeceased by two sisters, Anna F. (Sauder) Martin in 2019, Edith F. (Sauder) in 2020 and a brother David F. Sauder in 2017.
Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at 2854 Colonel John Kelly Road, Lewisburg, where the funeral will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at 9 a.m. Further services will be held at the Vicksburg Mennonite Church, Beaver Run Road, Mifflinburg, beginning at 10 a.m. with Lloyd R. Zimmerman officiating.
Interment will be in the Vicksburg Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals · Cremations · Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg.
Schlabach, Roman D.
October 3, 1926 - Jan 25, 2021
Roman D. Schlabach, 94, of Sarasota, FL went to his eternal home on January 25, 2021 with his loving wife & family at his side. He was formally of Seney, Michigan. Roman was born to the late Daniel & Mary (Beachy) Schlabach on October 3, 1926 in Ohio. On March 5, 1960, he was married to Fannie Sommers, the daughter of the late Wallace & Ada Sommers.
Roman was ordained a deacon in 1965 at Bethany Conservative Mennonite Church in Holmesville, Ohio. In 1968 they moved to Seney, MI to help with Seney Mennonite Church. Seney was home until 2018 when they became fulltime residents in Sarasota, FL and became members of Sarasota Mennonite Church.
Roman was very diversified in his occupations. As a youth he worked on the farm and repaired small engines. In Ohio he owned Fryburg Builders. In Seney, MI he Owned and operated "Seney IGA and the Golden Grill Restaurant."
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Fannie, and their 7 children, Elijah (Marcella) Schlabach of Seney, MI, Matthew (Loretta) Schlabach of Wakarusa, IN, Christy Schlabach of Sarasota, Fl, Mark Schlabach, of Sarasota FL, Luke (Martina) Schlabach of Columbus, NC, Ruth (Dale) Russell, of Sarasota FL, John (Sharon) Schlabach of Myakka City, FL, 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, one brother, Manelius (Katie) Schlabach of Millersburg, OH.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Regina R Schlabach, and 6 siblings, Aaron, Eli, John, Sarah, Fannie, Daniel.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00 AM, at Sarasota Mennonite Church. Burial following at Sunnyside Mennonite Cemetery.
Attire: Feel free to wear colors of celebration.
In lieu of flowers Roman has requested that donations be made to Mennonite Air Missions, c/o Amos Hurst Jr., 140 Rothsville Station Rd., Lititz, PA 17543. This mission has always been close to his heart. Memories and condolences may be left online at www.MaloneyFuneralHomeCares.com.
Schlabach, Theron F.
December 6, 1933 - May 13, 2021
Theron F. Schlabach, 87, died Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Greencroft Health Care in Goshen, Indiana. He was born December 6, 1933 to Ezra and Vivian (Johns) Schlabach. He married Sara Ann Kauffman on January 8, 1955.
He is survived by a daughter, Kristina Johnson, Goshen; three sons, Gerald (Joetta) Schlabach, Michigan, J. Carlyle (Julie Birky) Schlabach, Arizona, Roderic (Mary Beth) Schlabach, Goshen; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Shaum, Goshen, Arleta (Phil) Kilmer, New Paris; a brother, Dorvin (Ruth) Schlabach, Goshen; a brother-in-law, Emil Broni; and a sister-in-law, Viv Schlabach. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Sara, two brothers, Dale and J. Richard Schlabach, a sister, Eudean Broni, a brother-in-law, Paul Shaum, and a grandson, Brock Birky. He drew great joy in spending time with his family and was at his most vibrant at family gatherings and reunions. After enduring much of the pandemic year in quarantine, he was grateful for the presence of family during his final week of life.
Theron loved to remind people that he was both a professor and a trucker. He had married and begun supporting his family as a big-rig trucker before deciding to go to Goshen College (GC) and then the University of Wisconsin, where he received his doctorate in American social history. Returning to GC in 1965 to teach, he soon resumed trucking as a hobby for a few weeks each summer. Traveling the continent was a way to maintain his working-class roots while visiting historical sites. His biggest life disappointment was that Sara’s death in 2009 dashed his dream of continuing to travel with her well into retirement. Though he officially retired from teaching full-time from GC in 1995 he continued to teach part time into the early 2000s and to pursue his scholarly research and writing much longer. Known among colleagues and students as a craftsman of clear and accessible prose, he is the author of five books and editor of more, including an acclaimed four-volume history of Mennonites in America.
Though rooted in Elkhart County and the Mennonite Church, Theron’s faith and intellectual curiosity combined to guide him towards an increasingly international perspective. He and Sara twice led GC’s international studies program in Costa Rica. He led classes in Europe and travelled to China. He delighted in the international and multicultural breadth of his family, with links from Denmark to Costa Rica to Malaysia, and with great-grandchildren who share roots not only with his German-Swiss ancestors but with Africa, Central America, and the Navajo.
Above all, Theron hoped to be known as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. He was baptized at Benton (IN) Mennonite Church. While studying at the University of Wisconsin he helped found the Madison Mennonite Church. He was a member of College Mennonite Church for more than five decades.
A funeral service will be held at Goshen College Mennonite Church at 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 19. An opportunity to visit with family will begin at 10 a.m. A private family burial will follow the funeral at the Clinton Union Cemetery in Goshen, Indiana. All in attendance are expected to wear masks for inside events and take other precautions throughout. A livestream of the funeral will be available at www.collegemennonite.org.
Memorial donations may be given to the Jubilee Fund at College Mennonite Church or the Mennonite Historical Library Endowment at Goshen College.
Schrag, Irene Evelyn Preheim
December 12, 1924 - January 25, 2021
Irene Evelyn Schrag, 96, of Goshen, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at Greencroft Healthcare.
She was born December 12, 1924 in Hurley, South Dakota to Adolph and Nettie (Wittrig) Preheim.
On May 29, 1946, she married Harley Schrag in Freeman, South Dakota, in the Salem Mennonite Church. He died in June 1992.
She is survived by four daughters, Jean (Hesston) Lauver, Charlotte Sprunger and Rosalie Schrag, all of Goshen and Eloise Schrag of Rochester, New York; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Marilyn Rose of Iowa City, Iowa.
Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Norman Schrag.
A life long farmer, Irene also taught in a one room country school for a short period of time. Irene happily shared her gift of hospitality hosting, cooking and baking for family and friends. She enjoyed quilting, embroidery and volunteer work.
Services will take place at a later date in Freeman, South Dakota.
Memorial donations may be given to Mennonite Central Committee or Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, South Dakota.
Schrock, Alta Kay Yoder
November 8, 1973 - June 18, 2021
Alta Kay (Yoder) Schrock passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021. She was born November 8, 1973 to Henry J. Yoder and Emma D. (Miller) Yoder, age 47 years 7 months 10 days. She married David A. Schrock on March 28, 1996 and lived in holy matrimony 25 years 2 months 21 days.
Left to mourn her passing and also cherish memories are: husband David Schrock; 8 sons: David Lynn (24) married Lucinda Kuhns, and granddaughter, Janna Rose (2); John Andrew (21) married Loretta Nisley; Daniel Ray (19); James Levi (16); Paul William (14); Stephen Jay (11); Joseph LaVon (9); and Jeremiah Alan (6); 7 brothers and 2 sisters; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and many friends.
Preceding in death her parents, Henry and Emma Yoder and stillborn brother.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM at the Ernest Hostetler residence, Liberty, IL. She will be laid to rest following the service at Liberty Amish Cemetery. Niebur Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. 2528 N 200th Ave., Barry, IL 62312
Schrock, Alvin "JR"
October 6, 1962 - January 28, 2021
Schrock, Alvin "JR"
October 6, 1962 - January 28, 2021
Alvin Schrock, (known to his friends as JR) 58, of Walnut Creek, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday January 28th, 2021 at Summa Akron City Hospital.
Born October 6th, 1962 in Millersburg, he was the son of the late Alvin and Anna (Miller) Schrock.
JR was a faithful husband to Rhoda Troyer, the love of his life, they were married on November 2, 1986, she survives. He is also survived by his children, Austin (Lana, ?ancé), Rachelle (Dallas) Mast, Eric (Victoria), and Trevor; grandchildren, Dominic, Quintin, MaKenzie, Lincoln, Deacon, Emmitt, Oakley and Violet; siblings, Mabel (David) Stoltzfus, Edward (Carolyn), Delbert (Elsie), Lester (Diane), Mary Ann (Corey) Frink, James (Edna); sister-in-law, Mary Jane Schrock; and many nieces and nephews. JR was a friend to everyone and will be missed by all.
JR was a faithful member of Sharon Mennonite Church. He was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed working with wood, he was employed at Schlabach Wood Design. He also had a love for antique machinery and served as president of the Doughty Valley Steam Days. Most of all, JR cherished time spent with his grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at Sharon Mennonite Church on Sunday, January 31, 2021 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm and 5:30pm to 8:00pm with funeral to follow on Monday at 10:00am.
Social distancing will be observed and masks are required. Arrangements are with Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.
Schrock, Cameron Devon
June 6, 2001 ~ March 10, 2021
Cameron Devon Schrock, the son of Delmar and Linda Jo (Miller) Schrock, was born on June 6, 2001. He walked through Heaven’s Gates on March 10, 2021. Cameron brought smiles to our faces for 19 years, 9 months and two days.
Celebration of Cameron’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Arthur Mennonite Church, 710 East Park Street, Arthur, Illinois. Rev. Glen Rhodes will officiate. Burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Church. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. The celebration of life service will be streamed live on the Arthur Mennonite Church Facebook page.
He is survived by his parents, a brother, Dillion Warrior and his fiancé, Cassie of Villa Grove, IL, a sister, Michelle Schrock of Tuscola, IL, maternal grandparents, Merle and Rachel Miller of Arthur, IL, paternal grandparents, Roger and Anna Mae (Diener) Schrock of Arthur, IL, five aunts, four uncles, ten cousins, one niece and one paternal great-grandma, Anna Schrock.
He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Ben and Barbara Miller, Samuel and Mary Ann Miller, and his parental great-parents, Enos and Martha Diener and Phineas Schrock.
He was a member of the Arthur Mennonite Church.
Cameron loved being outside, listening to music, and enjoyed a good baseball game. If anyone was going anywhere, he loved to go along.
Memorials may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
Schrock, Cristopher Levi
August 11, 2020 - November 5, 2021
Cristopher Levi Schrock, one year old son of Dennis P. and Mary Anna (Bontrager) Schrock, of Topeka, died at 10:38 am, on Friday, November 5,  at his residence. He was born on August 11, 2020, in Fort Wayne.
Surviving in addition to his parents are five sisters, Ida Kristine, Katy Irene, Marla Jenean, Lisa Diane, and Emma Grace Schrock all at home; two brothers, Jason Perry and Bryan Devon Schrock both at home; grandparents, Wilma J. (Raber) Schrock of Topeka, Perry A. & Luella (Yoder) Bontrager of LaGrange,
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Perry L. Schrock.
Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 9, and all day Wednesday November 10, at the Samuel P. Schrock Residence, 8400 W. 300 S. Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday November 11, at the Monroe Raber Residence, 8790 W. 300 S. Topeka. Services will be conducted by Bishop Ervin Yoder. Burial will be in Bontrager Cemetery, Shipshewana. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of the arrangements.
Schrock, David E.
September 11, 1941 - July 21, 2021
David E. Schrock, 79, formerly of Dayton, passed away unexpectedly at Bridgewater Home, Bridgewater, Va., on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, where he had been a resident for the past 11 weeks.
He was born in Goshen, Ind., on Sept. 11, 1941, to Ezra and Clara (Bontrager) Schrock. He moved to Macon, Miss., at the age of 18, after which he studied at Rosedale Bible Institute and served in Europe in the PAX program under Mennonite Central Committee working in a print shop and a children’s home.
On April 13, 1968, he married Rachel Horst, who survives.
Along with his wife, he was active in church work in Virginia for nine years, in Mississippi for four years and then in Puerto Rico for three years assisting in starting a Mennonite church there.
Upon returning to Virginia, he was employed for many years by Shickel Machine Shop and was also a self-employed welder and machinist. He enjoyed helping with disaster relief work in many places including El Salvador, Honduras, Turkey and Indonesia. He was a friend to people from all walks of life and was always ready to help anyone in need.
He was a member of Bank Mennonite Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Tressa Knepp and Treva Collins; and brothers, Vernon Schrock, Glenn Schrock and Frederick Schrock.
Along with his wife of 53 years, Rachel (Horst) Schrock, he is survived by his children, Ransford Schrock of Dayton, Timothy Schrock of Bridgewater, Rosetta Gingerich (Daryl) of Dayton and Myron Schrock of Dayton; three grandchildren, Ryan Gingerich, Lexia Allen and Heidi Gingerich; five brothers, Lester Schrock (Louise) of Macon, Miss., Ivan Schrock of Goshen, Ind., Calvin Schrock (Mary Jane) of Atmore, Ala., Galen Schrock (Jeanie) of Macon, Miss., and Titus Schrock (Lois) of Camilla, Ga.; and a brother-in-law, Austin Collins of Frederick, Md.
The family will receive friends at Bank Mennonite Church Saturday, July 24, 2021, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at Bank Mennonite Church Sunday, July 25, at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Schrock, Edna Mae Gingerich
June 17, 1944 ~ January 20, 2021 (age 76)
Edna Mae (Gingerich) Schrock, 76 years, 7 months and 3 days, of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at the Otto Center, south of Arthur, Illinois. Bishop Larry R. Diener will officiate. Burial will be in the Otto Cemetery. Visitation will be held any time after 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Otto Center and any time after 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Otto Center. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Edna Mae was born on June 17, 1944 in Tuscola, Illinois. She was a daughter of Ervin and Sarah (Bontrager) Gingerich. She married Levi M. Schrock on September 25, 1962 in rural Arthur, Illinois, they lived in Holy Matrimony, 58 years, 3 months, 26 days.
She is survived by her husband, Levi, of Arthur, IL, six children, Larry Jay Schrock and his wife Delores (Herschberger) of Tuscola, IL, Kenneth Lynn Schrock and his wife Melissa (Yoars) of Arthur, IL, Roger Keith Schrock and his wife Jeannette (Kauffman) of Arthur, IL, Richard Lee Schrock and his wife Tina (Walker) of Chatham, IL, Carol Ann (Schrock) Gingerich and her husband Robert of Arthur, IL and David Alan Schrock of Cooks Mills, IL, 22 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, three brothers, Elva Gingerich and his wife Sovilla of Arthur, IL, Ed Gingerich and his wife Edna of Arthur, IL and Willard Gingerich and his wife Wilma of Atwood, IL, and one sister, Viola Miller of Ava, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Sarah (Bontrager) Gingerich and a brother-in-law, Melvin Miller.
Schrock, Elizabeth C.
November 10, 1935 - September 6, 2021
Elizabeth C. Schrock, 85 of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 7:10 A.M. on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Monday, September 6, 2021, at her residence, residence, 162 E. CR 240 N., Arthur, Illinois. Bishop Philip Schrock will officiate. Burial will be in the Yoder Cemetery in rural Arthur, Illinois. Visitation will be held any time after 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at her residence. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Elizabeth was born on November 10, 1935, in Arthur, Illinois. She was a daughter of Christian A. and Annie D. (Yoder) Schrock.
She is survived by one brother, Edward C. Schrock and his wife Clara of Arthur, IL, one sister, Alta C. Schrock of Arthur, IL; several nieces and nephews; stepbrothers Levi M. Schrock of Arthur, IL, and Andrew M. Schrock of FL; step sisters-in-law Marie Schrock of OH, and Frances Schrock of Arthur, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chris and Annie Schrock; her stepmother, Sovilla (Mast) Schrock; one sister, Lydia Miller and her husband Monroe; nephew, Wilmer Miller; stepbrothers John Schrock and his wife Betty, Dan Schrock and Abe Schrock; stepsister Anna Helmuth and her husband Oba; step-sisters-in-law Edna Mae Schrock and Elsie Schrock
Elizabeth moved to Phoenix, AZ at a young age and lived there for 54 years. She was a nurse in Phoenix for 27 years.
Elizabeth was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Schrock, Ella Mae Beachey
August 24, 1932 - August 30, 2021
Ella Mae (Beachey) Schrock, 89, passed away August 30, 2021 at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida. She was born August 24, 1932 in Arthur, Illinois to the late Emory and Cora (Yoder) Beachey.
Ella came to Sarasota in 1988 from Arthur, Illinois and attended Bethel Mennonite Church. She loved the Lord, family, music, and family gatherings. Ella was a wonderful homemaker and school cook. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 67 years, Yost Schrock Jr; children, Trudy Bondesen and her husband Kevin; Wanda Miller and her husband Jim; Tony Schrock and his wife Karen; Eric Schrock and his wife Cynthia; Amy Lantz and her husband Dave; sister, Rosa Cender; brothers, Jake Beachey; and Emory Beachey Jr. and his wife Judy; grandchildren Michelle, Chris, Meagan, Lauren, Nathan, Katrina, Ashley and her husband Cody, Matthew, Trevor, Taylore, Kyle and Payton; great-grandchild Dorothy Mae.
In addition to her parents, Ella was predeceased by her brother Ed.
July 29, 1929 - October 26, 2021
Harry Schrock, 92, of Goshen, formerly of Shipshewana passed away at 8:06 am on Tuesday, October 26, at Goshen Health Hospital. He was born on July 29, 1929 in LaGrange to “Buggy Harry” and Marie (Mishler) Schrock. On January 1, 1950 in Loman, MN he married Dorothea Schantz, she passed away June 22, 2013; then on November 19, 2017 he married Wilma (Miller) Troyer, she passed away September 25, 2019.
Surviving are a son, Daniel (Lisa) Schrock of Vanleer, TN; two daughters, Miriam (Dave) Stutzman of Mesa, AZ and Rhoda (Keith) Ackerman of Buckley, MI; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; four sisters, Iola Schrock of Middlebury, Ellen Mishler of Shipshewana, Waneta (Wilbur) Miller of Middlebury, Betty June Kauffman of Ephrata, PA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; three brothers, Francis, Marion and Merle Schrock; and a sister, Beulah Schrock.
Harry was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite Church in 1968 and later as a Bishop. He served over 50 years in ministry. He was a member and the overseeing Bishop of the Gospel Haven Church, Gosport, IN.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, November 1, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 2, at Fairhaven Mennonite Church, Goshen. Services will be conducted by Rev. Keith Amstutz. Burial will be in Miller 8 Square Cemetery, Goshen.
Schrock, John Thomas "Tom"
November 14, 1948 - June 23, 2021
John Thomas "Tom" Schrock, of Goshen, died peacefully in his home on June 23, 2021 from complications related to primary sclerosing cholangitis. He had been in failing health for a short period.
He was preceded in death by his parents, N. Wilmer and Pauline (Liechty) Schrock and a sister, Margaret Schrock.
He is survived by his wife Ruth; sons, Jonathan (Mandy Yoder), Goshen and Matthew, Sacramento, California; two grandchildren, Noah and Anna; brothers, Timothy, Goshen, David (Melissa), Orrville, Ohio and a sister, Joanna (Duane) Swartley, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Tom was born in Wooster, Ohio on November 14, 1948 and graduated from Smithville High School, Smithville, Ohio in 1967.
He graduated from Goshen College in 1971 and holds a master’s degree in education from Indiana University.
Tom married Ruth Slabaugh in 1971. They were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 22, 2021. They lived in Nappanee for most of their marriage before moving to Goshen.
Tom was an active member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church for many years and more recently was a member of Belmont Mennonite Church.
Tom first taught in Newfoundland, Canada with Mennonite Central Committee. He then taught eighth grade science at Nappanee Middle School and NorthWood Middle School until his retirement in 2016.
Tom liked traveling and with Ruth was able to visit all fifty states and numerous countries in Europe. He also enjoyed time spent with his family. He had a quiet sense of humor and loved to tell “Dad” jokes. After retiring he always looked forward to his Wednesday morning breakfast group.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is handling arrangements. There will be visitation at Belmont Mennonite Church on June 25, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Belmont on June 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Please wear masks if unvaccinated or if you feel unsafe in indoor group settings.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org), or to Center for Hospice.
Schrock, Orio O.
April 15, 1924 - October 1, 2021
Orie O. Schrock, of Goshen Indiana, passed away Oct. 1, 2021, at the age of 97. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday Oct. 6 at 4:30 PM at East Goshen Mennonite Church, 2019 E. Lincoln Ave, Goshen, IN 46528. . Friends are invited to visit with the family from 3 - 4:30 pm before the service. The family requests masks be worn.
Orie was born April 15, 1924, at Goshen, IN to Tobe and Mattie (Miller) Schrock. In the Spring of 1931, the family moved to Clarksville, MI. Orie grew up working on the farm with his family. He was drafted in 1945 and went to CPS at Medaryville, IN. After his service he returned home to the farm. In 1948 Orie moved to Cass Lake, MN. He was caretaker at Steamboat Lake Resort. He also taught and preached at various mission churches in Ogema, Loman and Mahnoman areas. He met his first wife, Ruth Stoll, and they were married at Loman, Dec. 20, 1950. Orie became ordained in 1952 at Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church. After living in the Loman area, they moved to Red Lake, Ontario, Canada. They helped in mission work and Orie also worked at the Madsen Gold Mine. Their four children were born while living there.
In 1963, Orie and family moved back to Clarksville, MI where he pastored at Bowne Mennonite Church. In 1969 they moved to Grand Rapids, MI and started the North Park Mennonite Church. Orie drove dump truck for a living. In 1975 Orie and family moved to Pennsylvania where he pastored at Hersteins Mennonite Church in Schwenksville.
In 1979 Orie and family moved to Minnesota where he pastored at Leader Mennonite Church. They lived in Staples, Motley and Leader areas for many years. He worked for various farmers and hauled mail out to Motley for 8 years. Every summer he was a counselor at Sand Hill Bile Camp at Fosston, MN where the kids enjoyed “Orie’s Stories”. They also never did find his secret hiding place during the annual “Hide and Seek” game. Also, for many years Orie dressed up as Abe Lincoln and gave the “Gettysburg Address” at different functions and schools.
Orie was caregiver to Ruth for many years due to her stroke. In 2001 Ruth passed away. Orie moved back to Goshen, IN where he married Miriam Graber on Oct. 12, 2002. Orie worked at World Missionary Press in New Paris, IN until he retired at nearly age 91 in January 2015.
Orie loved and served God throughout his life and wanted to help spread the Gospel of Christ throughout the world. He was a great encourager and urged to always “look for something to do and then do it”, and always stay busy. Orie attended school through 8th grade when he was needed on the farm. It was a great disappointment to Orie that he couldn’t finish school and contributed greatly to his feelings of inferiority through his adult life. So it was a great accomplishment when he was able to get his GED in 1995 at the age of 71. His family celebrated with him.
Orie leaves behind him his wife, Miriam, his children, Alan (Pat Keener) of Moorhead, MN, Anna (Dan Pipek) of Staples, MN, Susan (Curt Martin) of Pillager, MN, and Marlin (Cathy Cole) of Waverly, NY. His stepchildren John (Crissie Musselman) Graber of Goshen, IN, Merlin Graber, Goshen, IN, Millard (Sheila Koch) Graber, Goshen, IN, Carol (Bill Frisbie), Goshen, IN and Galen (Ruth Brenneman) Graber, Wellman, IA, ten grandchildren, fourteen step grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, fourteen step great grandchildren, brother Edward of Clarksville, MI and sister Martha (Virgil) Albrecht of Three Rivers, MI.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth, great grandson James Martin, step granddaughter Joyce Graber, step great grandson Joshua Angel, brother Oscar, sisters Mae Wenger, Mary Birkey and baby sister Esther.
Memorial Contributions can be sent to World Missionary Press, P.O. Box 120, New Paris, Indiana 46553-0120
Arrangements are with Rieth Rohrer & Ehret Funeral Home.
Schrock, Steven R.
January 22, 2020 - April 19, 2021
Steven R. Schrock, 15-month-old son of Richard L. and Vera (Stutzman) Schrock of Wolcottville, died at 2:10 pm on Monday, April 19, at Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne. His death was the result of injuries sustained from an accident earlier that day at his residence. He was born on January 22, 2020 in St. Joseph County, MI.
Surviving in addition to his parents are five brothers, Raymond, Joas, Wayne, Matthew, and Alvin Schrock three sisters, Carolyn, Rachel, and Mary Sue Schrock grandparents, Levi and Carolyn (Shrock) Schrock of Wolcottville, Joseph and Lydiann (Raber) Stutzman of LaGrange a step great grandmother, Mary Esther Shrock of LaGrange.
Visitation will be after 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 20, and all day Wednesday, April 21, at the Daniel Schrock residence, 3940 E. 300 S., LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, April 22, at the Lyle Hochstetler residence, 3585 E. 300 S., LaGrange. Services will be conducted by Bishop Wayne Slabach and the home ministers. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, LaGrange.
Schrock, Velma Ruth Miller
July 31, 1937 - February 16, 2021
Velma Ruth (Miller) Schrock, 83, of Goshen, IN, passed away peacefully at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday evening Feb. 16, 2021. Velma was born July 31, 1937, in Middlebury, IN, to Harvey and Amanda (Miller) Miller. She accepted Christ in her youth and was faithful until her death. She married LeRoy L. Schrock on Feb. 24, 1957 in Middlebury. They enjoyed married life for 59 years. He preceded her in death on April 8, 2016.
Surviving are her children Rhoda (Mrs. Thomas Bontrager) Goshen; DeWayne (Lucy) Odon, IN; DeVon (Doris) Goshen; Jenelle (Mrs. Aaron Miller) Florence, MO; Ruth Elaine, Goshen; 17 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 22 step great-grandchildren, one brother Vernon, one sister Esther, and a brother-in-law Harvey Miller. Velma was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four sisters, one brother, and a granddaughter Lorinda Bontrager. She was a faithful mother and grandmother.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 pm Thursday, Feb.18 at Harrison Christian School, 64784 CR 11, Goshen. Velma was a faithful member of the Yellow Creek Wisler Mennonite Church, 25012 CR 38 Goshen. Services will be held there Friday, Feb. 19 at 10:00 am. Home ministry will officiate. Burial will follow at the Yellow Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to CAM or Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart.
Schrock, Willeane V. Beyeler
February 14, 1936 - February 26, 2021
Willeane V. Schrock, 85, of Goshen, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021, at home.
She was born February 14, 1936 in Orrville, Ohio to Elmer J. Beyeler and Mabel C. (Burkholder) Beyeler Hostetler.
She is survived by her husband, Howard V. Schrock; two sons, Michael D. (Susan H.) Schrock of Ellicott City, Maryland and Steven D. (Kimberly) Schrock of Goshen; four grandchildren, David, Matthew, Joshua and Rachel Schrock and three sisters, Maribel V. Beyler, Dorothy Hostetler Beichler and Joanne Hostetler (Ron) Murray.
Mrs. Schrock worked as a nurse at several hospitals. After earning her BSN and PhD she taught nursing at Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia, Goshen College, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Akron, Akron, Ohio before retiring.
She was a member of Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville, Ohio and attended College Mennonite Church.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at Oak Grove Mennonite Cemetery, Smithville, Ohio.
October 19, 1937 -- March 5, 2021
Albert Schwartz, 83, of LaGrange, died at 9:15 on Friday, March 5, at his residence. He was born on October 19, 1937 in Adams County to Noah E. and Mary (Schwartz) Schwartz. On September 20, 1956 in Allen County he married Margaret Miller, she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are four daughters, Naomi (Freeman) Miller of LaGrange, Lois (Richard) Miller of Goshen, Edith (Willie) Bender of Shipshewana, Josephine (Daryle) Lambright of Middlebury; four sons, Enos Schwartz of Centreville, MI, John (Miriam) Schwartz of LaGrange, Samuel (Miriam) Schwartz of Centreville, MI, Levi Schwartz of Wolcottville; 29 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Emma (Ernest) Schrock of Goshen, Caroline (Noah) Byler of Middlebury, Edith (Eli) Miller of Nappanee, Elizabeth (Larry) Miller of Millersburg; brother-in-law, Mose (Linda) Yoder of Shipshewana; two sisters- in-law, Lydiann Schwartz of Pardeeville, WI, Anna Schwartz of Middlebury.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Christina Schwartz and Mariann Mast; four brothers, Enos, Levi, Amos and John Schwartz; three sisters, Rosina Miller, Margaret Yoder, and Catherine Byler.
Albert was a farmer and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 12 noon on Sunday, March 7, at the family's residence, 2025 W. 450 S. LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, March 8, also at the family's residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Glenn Troyer, Jr. and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange.
Schwartz, Andrew H.
September 15, 1950 - April 17, 2021
Andrew H. Schwartz, age 70 years, 7 months, and 2 days, of Nappanee, IN, passed on to eternity surrounded by family at 11:25am on April 17, 2021 after a short battle with lung cancer. Andrew was born to Henry H and Katherine (Wickey) Schwartz on September 15, 1950 in Adams County, IN. He married Ida Mae Miller on August 3rd, 1972 and they lived in holy matrimony for 48 years, 8 months, and 14 days. Harold was a faithful member of the Old Order Amish Church. Andrew enjoyed family time, singing and visiting; he had many friends.
Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife, Ida Mae Schwartz of Nappanee, IN; 5 sons, LaVern (Cynthia) Schwartz of Elkhart, IN; Paul (Barbara) Schwartz of Middlebury, IN; Andrew (Jolene) Schwartz of Nappanee, IN; Darrell (Marie) Schwartz of Campbellsville, KY; Edwin (Hannah) Schwartz of Nappanee, IN; 5 daughters, Bertha Schwartz of Nappanee, IN; JoAnn (Ira) Ropp of Milford, IN; Regina (Joas) Helmuth of Milford, IN; Rosa (Lee) Miller of Nappanee, IN; Mary (Brian) Lehman of Nappanee, IN; 54 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; 3 brothers, Dan H. Schwartz of Bryant, IN; William H. (Susie) Schwartz of Senecaville, OH; Paul H. (Amanda) Schwartz of White Cloud, MI; 4 sisters, Amanda Wicky of Bern, IN; Rebecca H. (Dan) Eicher of Geneva, IN; Sarah H. (William) Shetler of Berne, IN; sister in law Mary Schwartz of Berne, IN; father in law, Jacob Miller.
Andrew was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers, David, Henry, Martin and an infant; brother-in-law Sam Wickey; Sisters-in-law Lovina H. Schwartz; Leah M. Schwartz; Adeline S. Graber; and mother-in-law Mary Ann Miller.
Friends may call at the Matt Yoder residence (28900 CR 50, Nappanee, IN 46550) after 1pm on Sunday, April 18, 2021 and after 10apm on Monday, April 19, 2021. Funeral services will also be held at the Matt Yoder residence on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 with Home Ministries of the Old Order Amish Church officiating. Burial will follow the funeral at Weldy Cemetery. Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, IN is in charge of arrangements.
Schwartz, Edna Slabaugh
November 8, 1929 - April 25, 2021
Edna Schwartz, age 91, of Nappanee, died peacefully at 4:30 pm, Monday, April 26, 2021 at her home. She was born November 8, 1929 to Joe T. and Ida (Miller) Slabaugh. On November 11, 1948, she married John M. Schwartz. They lived in Holy Matrimony for 70 years 3 months and 29 days. Mrs. Schwartz lived her lifetime in this area. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church
Surviving are her children, Homer (Etta Fern) Schwartz, Goshen. Larry (Nancy) Schwartz, New Paris, Ernest (Betty) Schwartz, Howard (Velma) Schwartz, Dennis Schwartz, all of Nappanee, John (Esther) Schwartz, Bremen, Etta Hochstetler, Owen Schwartz, Harley Schwartz, all of Nappanee; 36 grandchildren, 113 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; sister, Sylvia Miller, Dunnegan, MO; and brothers, Tobe (Elizabeth) Slabaugh, Chris (Alma) Slabaugh, both of Nappanee, Les (Ann) Slabaugh, Sarasota, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandsons, Steven and Jeremy Schwartz; great grandson, Myron Schwartz; son-in-law, Steve Hochstetler; and sisters, Wilma and Ida.
Family and friends may call after 2 pm, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 and after 12 noon, Wednesday, April 28th at the family residence, 9423 W 1350 N, Nappanee. Funeral services will begin at 9:30 am, Thursday, April 29th also at the family residence. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Schwartz, Ervin M.
March 26, 1943 - September 21, 2021
Ervin M. Schwartz, 78, passed away on September 21, 2021, at home of natural causes. He was born on March 26,1943, in Nappanee, IN to Milo and Edna (Chupp) Schwartz. On May 10,1973 he married Carol Sue Miller in Nappanee. Mr. Schwartz was a retired carpenter and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Ervin is survived by his wife, Carol, along with six children: Kathy (Merle) Chupp, Etna Green, Ricky (Lori) Schwartz, Michael (Pauline) Schwartz, both of Bremen, Wayne (Mary Jo) Schwartz, Nappanee; Jason (Vera) Schwartz, Warsaw, John Dale (Dorothy) Schwartz, Nappanee; 31 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Allen (Mary Ellen) Schwartz, Milford; Lavern (Carolyn) Schwartz, Nappanee; Jerry (Betty) Schwartz, Shipshewana; Earl (Marietta) Schwartz, Nappanee; and 4 sisters, Ruby, Wilma, Nancy Schwartz, all of Nappanee, and Linda (David) Miller, Bremen.
He is proceeded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Mary, Alma, Carolyn Schwartz; 2 granddaughters, Julia and Martha Chupp.
Visitation will be held after 3 pm Wednesday, September 22, 2021 and all-day Thursday, September 23rd at the family residence, 12173 N 1000 W Nappanee. Funeral Services will be Friday Sept. 24th at 9:30 am also at the family residence with Home Ministries of the Old Order Amish Church officiating. Burial will be at Weldy Cemetery. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Schwartz, Jerome O.
November 21, 1938 - April 18, 2021
Jerome O. Schwartz, age 82 of Nappanee, IN, died at 12:18pm on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Goshen General Hospital. He was born on November 21, 1938 in Berne, IN to Adam L. and Mary (Bontrager) Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and lived his entire married life in the Nappanee area.
Jerome married Erma Miller on July 4, 1968 in Milford, IN. She preceded him in death on September 25, 2013. On November 25, 2015, Mr. Schwartz married Josephine (Wickey-Schwartz). She preceded him in death on July 9, 2019.
Jerome is survived by 2 daughters, Kristina (Marlin) Borkholder and Rebecca (Glen) Schmucker and 3 sons, Marion (Mary Sue) Schwartz, Dennis (Sheryl) Schwartz, and Merle (Jolene) Schwartz, all of Nappanee, IN. Also surviving are 31 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; step daughters Ernestine (Sam) Girod of Syracuse, IN and Sara Etta (Abe) Eicher of Berne, IN; step sons Alvin (Lovina) Schwartz of Monroe, IN, Kevin (Barbara) Schwartz of Guthrie, KY, LeRoy (Christine) Schwartz of Portland, IN, Lonnie (Barbara) Schwartz of Laurel, IN and Denny (Laura) Schwartz of Lofton, KY; 53 step grandchildren; many step great grandchildren; brother Martin (Edna) Schwartz of New Paris, IN; sister Edna Hochstetler of Topeka, IN; sister in law Barbara Schwartz of Berne, IN.
Mr. Schwartz was preceded in death by his parents; his 2 wives; a great grand daughter Grace Schwartz; sisters Sarah Schwartz, Lydiann Hilty, Polly Young and Clara Hilty; brothers Dan, Levi, Harvey, and Alvin Schwartz.
Friends and family may call after 2 pm Monday, April 19, 2021 and after 10 am Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the Marion Schwartz Residence (25280 CR 52, Nappanee, IN). Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:30 am, also at the Marion Schwartz residence. Home Ministries of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will take place at Union Center West Cemetery. Arrangements are through Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, IN.
Schwartz, Katie Mae Helmuth
October 17, 1943 - November 23, 2021
Katie Mae Schwartz, 78, of Bourbon, IN, passed away at 7:10a.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, from cancer, which she battled since February. She was born on October 17, 1943 in Bremen, IN to Harry and Sophia (Borkholder) Helmuth. Katie was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and a lifetime resident of the Nappanee area. On October 17, 1963, she married Ernest Schwartz. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1997.
Katie is survived by her 9 children: Regina Schwartz, Bourbon, IN; Devon Schwartz, Etna Green, IN; Elaine (Allen) Miller, Etna Green, IN; Carl (Lou Ann) Schwartz, Bourbon, IN; Leon (Sharon) Schwartz, Nappanee, IN; Harry Joe (Lori) Schwartz, Etna Green, IN; Kenneth (Monica) Schwartz, Nappanee, IN; Gerald (Lorna) Schwartz, Etna Green, IN; and Lamar (Elaine) Schwartz, Etna Green, IN; 35 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brothers: Wayne (Anna Marie) Helmuth, Rosebush, MI; Paul (Lena) Helmuth, Carthage, MO; Glen (Mary Alice) Helmuth, Etna Green, IN; Crist (Ruth) Helmuth, Penrose, CO; sisters: Clara Schwartz and Sylvia (Delbert) Schwartz, both of Etna Green, IN, and Becky Helmuth, Nappanee, IN; brother-in-law, Crist D.E. Yoder, Apple Creek, OH; sisters-in-law: Elva Helmuth, Nappanee, IN, and Laura Mast, Topeka, IN.
Katie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Kenneth, Lee, and Richard Helmuth; sisters: Fern Yoder and Ruth Mast; brothers-in-law: John Schwartz and Levi Mast; and daughter-in-law Esther Schwartz.
Family and friends may call after 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 and all day Thursday, November 25, 2021, at the Leon Schwartz Residence, 9615 N. 900 W., Nappanee, IN. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 26, 2021 at 9:30 am at the Marvin Miller Residence, 8895 N. 800 W., Etna Green, IN. Home Ministry will officiate. Burial will be in Graber Cemetery. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, IN.
Schwartz, Marvin J.
May 15, 1949 - June 21, 2021
Marvin J. Schwartz age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday morning June 21, 2021 at his home.
He was born May 15, 1949 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late John P. and Katie (Wickey) Schwartz.
Marv was a lifelong Sturgis resident.
On January 22, 1972 he married Gerri Eichorn at the Locust Grove Mennonite Church in Burr Oak.
Most of Marv’s working life was involved in the sale of farm machinery.
He was a member of the Locust Grove Mennonite Church. Marv was blessed with musical talent. He enjoyed traveling and singing with the Gospel Echoes Prison Ministry and singing with his siblings and relative in the Swartz Brothers.
He is survived by his wife: Gerri; two daughters: Cheryl (Robert) Davis of Auburn, Indiana and Laura (Jeremy) Shue of Goshen, Indiana; one son: Matthew (Mindy) Schwartz of Harrisonburg, Virginia; nine grandchildren; two sisters: Esther Mast of Mendon and Ony Keely of Sturgis; two brothers: Fred (Marilyn) Schwartz of Sturgis and John (Jan) Schwartz of Shipshewana, Indiana; sister-in-law: Sandra Schwartz; brother-in-law: Harry Troyer and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister: Josephine Troyer and one brother: Merlin Schwartz.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Friday and 12:00-12:45 P.M. Saturday at the Locust Grove Mennonite Church, 29525 Findley Rd, Burr Oak, MI 49030 where funeral services celebrating the life of Marvin J. Schwartz will begin at 1:00 P.M. Saturday. Pastors Ross Weber and Matthew Yoder will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at the Locust Grove Cemetery in Burr Oak.
The Hackman Family Funeral Homes of Sturgis is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial donations be directed to the Gospel Echoes Prison Ministries, P.O. Box 555, Goshen, IN 46527 www.gospelechos.com/donate/.
Sensenig, Alma H. Hoover
September 26, 1954 - June 2, 2021
Alma H. Sensenig, age 66 years, 8 months and 7 days, of Curtiss passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Sacred Heart hospital in Eau Claire, WI.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Clark View Mennonite Church in the Town of Longwood. Her final resting place will be at the church cemetery. Paul Wesley Oberholtzer, Elvin Hoover, Randall Martin, and Jerry Brubaker will officiate. Pallbearers will be, Leroy Sensenig, Landis Sensenig, Elam Ray Sensenig, Arlan Sensenig, Leon Eberly, and Vernon Sensenig. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Melvin’s Sensenig residence (W3426 Willow Rd, Curtiss).
Alma was born on September 26, 1954 in Lancaster County, PA, the daughter of Frank and Rebecca (Hoover) Hoover. She was united in marriage to Melvin Sensenig on April 10, 1975 in Pennsylvania. Alma and Melvin lived in Lancaster County, PA before moving to Wisconsin in 1978, where they farmed. Alma enjoyed making quilts and being a seamstress for many years. Nearing retirement age she started a bakery “Grandma’s Oven”, which she loved until the day she died. She also loved to cook up a big meal for children and grandchildren.
Alma is survived by her husband: Melvin; children: Leroy of Lancaster, PA, Landis (Rhoda), Elam (Esther), Arlan (Margaret), Darlene (Leon) Eberly, Vernon, and Louella, all of Clark County; 31 grandchildren; a brother: Frank (Lena Mae); and four sisters: Mary (Elvin) Martin, Vera (Harvey) Brubaker, Frances (John Daniel) Newsswanger, and Ella Leid. She is further survived by Melvin’s siblings: Vera Mae Weaver, Irene (Ammon) Zimmerman, Minerva (Eli) Newswanger, Verna (Aaron) Nolt, and Alta Faye (Marvin) Martin.
She is preceded in death by: her parents: Frank and Rebecca; a stillborn son: Darrell; two sisters: Anna Mae Hoover and Martha (Edwin) Sensenig; and a brothers-in-law: Melvin Leid and Melvin Weaver.
Sensenig, Amos B.
December 25, 1928 - February 1, 2021
Amos B. Sensenig, 92, of Manheim, died Monday, February 1, 2021 at Paramount Personal Care Home after an illness.
Born in Brecknock Twp., he was the son of the late Barton and Ada B. (Bitcher) Sensenig.
His wife Alta R. (Burkholder) Sensenig died in 1988.
Amos worked for the state highway and for Green Acre Nursery.
He was a member of the Clearview Mennonite Church.
Surviving are two daughters: Irene wife of the late J. Gary Lefever, Lancaster and Mabel Sensenig, Elizabethtown, four sons: Elvin married to Bertha (Martin) Sensenig, Reinholds, Edward, Norman, and Larry Sensenig, all of Manheim, 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a brother Barton S. Sensenig, Myerstown.
He was preceded in death by three sons: Lewis, Earl and Roy, a grandson Christopher, three sisters, Elsie Brubacker, Florence Sensenig, and Ada Sensenig, and two brothers, Allen and Jacob Sensenig.
His funeral will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021 t 9:30 a.m. at Clearview Mennonite Church, 90 N. Esbenshade Rd., Manheim with Bishop Quinton Wenger, Raymond Hoover, Merlin Martin and Albert Sensenig officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at the church on Sunday from 6 – 9 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.
Sensenig, Barton B.
May 3, 1935 - June 20, 2021
Barton B. Sensenig, 86, of Myerstown, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in his home. He was the husband of Edna Z. Martin Sensenig with whom he was married to for 62 years. He was born in Clay Township, Lancaster County on May 3, 1935, son of the late Barton G. and Ada F. Bicher Sensenig. Barton was a member of the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference.
Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Irvin Sensenig of Myerstown; Ellen wife of Mark Hoover of Memphis, MO; Barton husband of Pauline Weaver Sensenig of Myerstown; Carl husband of Julia Wenger Sensenig of Bernville; Lamar husband of Wilma Wenger Sensenig of Pine Grove; Ada Mae wife of Charles Wise of Reinholds; Edna Fay wife of the late Galen Weaver of Ephrata; 32 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Allen B. Sensenig, Amos B. Sensenig; Jacob B. Sensenig; sisters, Elsie B. Brubacher, Florence B. Sensenig and Ada B. Sensenig.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:30 am in Mt. Zion Mennonite Church, 213 Deep Run Road, Myerstown, PA. Interment will be made in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing on Wednesday from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm at Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon, PA. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling his arrangements. www.clauserfh.com
Sensenig, Donald J.
November 26, 1937 - April 11, 2021
Lititz - Donald J. Sensenig, 84, of Lititz, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Lancaster General Hospital- Penn Medicine.
Born in Rothsville, he was the son of the late Amos M. and Anna Mae (Schnupp) Sensenig. Donald was the husband of Alta Ruth (Charles) Sensenig with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage the past September 24, 2020.
Donald was a home builder in the Manheim, Lititz, Ephrata and Denver area. He was a member of New Haven Mennonite Church and faithfully served the Lord. He spent many hours praying for his family and many people in his retirement years.
Surviving in addition to his wife Alta Ruth, are six children, Loretta Burkholder, wife of Leon of Leola, Donald Sensenig, husband of Debra of Manheim, Linda Horning, wife of Marlin of Myerstown, David Sensenig, husband of Dianne of Manheim, Derwin Sensenig, husband of Wendy of Ephrata, Dean Sensenig, husband of Angela of Stevens.
Also surviving are 32 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robert Sensenig, husband of Rhoda of Hagerstown, MD, Amos Sensenig, husband of Esther of Lititz, Paul Sensenig, husband of Gloria of Spring Grove and four sisters, Marion, wife of David Boll of Manheim, Sylvia, wife of Melvin Good of Ephrata, Ruth Mast of Schuylkill Haven, Esther, wife of Donald Geigley of Beavertown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8PM at the New Haven Mennonite Church, 230 Crest Road, Lititz. An additional viewing will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021, from 9 to 10 AM at the New Haven Mennonite Church, followed by funeral services at 10:00 AM. Interment will take place in the New Haven Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to "Bibles for the World" Christian Aid Ministries PO Box 360 Berlin, OH 44610.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Sensenig, Dorothy B. Burkholder
September 9, 1928 - September 18, 2021
Dorothy B. Sensenig, 93, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Fairmount Homes. Her husband Earl M. Sensenig passed away on June 15, 2021. They had shared more than 73 years of marriage.
Dorothy was born September 9, 1928, to the late Rev. John W. and Edith (Sensenig) Burkholder. Early in life, she received Jesus as Savior and was baptized at the Weaverland Mennonite Church. As a girl, she had decided that she would marry neither a farmer nor a preacher. However, God so directed her life that she in fact married a farmer who later was called to the ministry.
Dorothy Burkholder married Earl Sensenig on Easter Sunday, March 28, 1948, at the bride's home in Blue Ball. The newlyweds moved into the little house on the corner of the farm property on Akron Road, Ephrata Township. Here three children were added to the family. Then Earl and Dorothy moved into the larger farmhouse on the same property, where five more children were born. Earl and Dorothy taught their children the joy of work, play, and learning on a farm. In their retirement years, Earl and Dorothy returned to the "little house," remodeled yet again. In 2019 they moved to Fairmount Homes.
In her quiet way, Dorothy supported Earl as he was called as a minister for the Martindale Mennonite Church in 1970 and then as bishop for the Martindale District (Lancaster Mennonite Conference) four years later.
As an older sister in her childhood home, Dorothy had exercised loving care of her younger siblings. Then as she had children of her own, she expressed that same tenderness. In later years, she had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren to love. She quilted by hand a beautiful quilt for each grandchild. Dorothy was a hard worker who knew how to cook meals and be hospitable to guests. With a smile on her face and kind affection in her heart, she was devoted to loving and caring for others.
Dorothy is survived by eight children: Susan married to John Hollinger, East Earl; Leonard married to Edith (Gehman) Sensenig, McAlisterville; Lowell married to Janet (Weaver) Sensenig, Mohnton; Kenneth married to Karen (Weaver) Sensenig, Ephrata; J. Carl married to Julia (Weaver) Sensenig, Denver; Ann married to Lee Roy Martin, Ephrata; Barbara married to Linford Weaver, Denver; Doris married to Donald Beachy, Denver.
She is survived by 42 grandchildren, 135 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren, and by brothers, Roy Burkholder (Helen), Samuel Burkholder (Naomi), and sister Lois Hostetter (Earl). In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Edith Lillian Burkholder and Mae Swan, brothers, Marlin Burkholder (Katie) and John Dan Burkholder (Kathleen), grandson John Earl Hollinger, great-grandson Jadon Gehman, and granddaughter-in-law Gloria Hollinger.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 22, from 5-8 p.m. at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata. On Thursday, September 23, an additional viewing will be held 9-10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. at the Martindale Mennonite Church with Bishop Daryl Weaver, Pastor David Sensenig, and Chaplain Eugene Weaver officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.
The family thanks the staff at Fairmount Homes for the loving care they provided.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Sensenig, Earl M.
September 4, 1927 - June 15, 2021
Earl M. Sensenig, retired bishop, 93, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata. He is survived by his wife Dorothy with whom he recently celebrated 73 years of marriage.
Earl was born September 4, 1927, to the late Aaron L. and Emma (Martin) Sensenig in Hinkletown. He was baptized at the Weaverland Mennonite Church. He graduated from East Cocalico High School in Reamstown in 1944 and pursued a lifelong occupation as a farmer on Akron Road, Ephrata Township.
Earl Sensenig married Dorothy Burkholder on Easter Sunday, March 28, 1948, at the bride's home in Blue Ball. The newlyweds moved into the little house on the corner of the farm property on Akron Road, Ephrata Township. Here three children were added to the family. Then Earl and Dorothy moved into the larger farmhouse on the same property, where five more children were born. In their retirement years, Earl and Dorothy returned once again to the "little house," remodeled yet again. In 2019 they moved to Fairmount Homes.
A creative and kind father, Earl obviously enjoyed his large family. He efficiently organized family life and the work on the farm. On many evenings, Earl read stories or drew pictures for his young children. Later he did the same for his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He encouraged his children to do their best in school and to secure an education.
Earl lived and taught the nonresistant Christian faith as a practical way of living. In his household, the church and church leaders were always spoken of with the greatest respect. At the age of 42, Earl was ordained as a minister for the Martindale Mennonite Church, Lancaster Mennonite Conference. Four years later he was ordained as the bishop of the Martindale District of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference, which at that time included the Cambridge, Churchtown, Lichty's, Martindale, and Tamaqua congregations. As the district bishop, Earl performed weddings, officiated at funerals, instructed new believers and led communion services.
As a church leader, Earl led with conservative convictions, patient respect, and an even temper. He taught and practiced the permanence of the marriage covenant. Of his role in leadership, he once remarked, "When people rock the boat, then there also needs to be one who steadies the boat." After his retirement in 1994, he continued a strong interest in church life, occasionally preaching and teaching.
In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by eight children: Susan married to John Hollinger, East Earl; Leonard married to Edith (Gehman) Sensenig, McAlisterville: Lowell married to Janet (Weaver) Sensenig, Mohnton; Kenneth married to Karen (Weaver) Sensenig, Ephrata; J. Carl married to Julia (Weaver) Sensenig, Denver; Ann married to Lee Roy Martin, Ephrata; Barbara married to Linford Weaver, Denver; Doris married to Donald Beachy, Denver. He is also survived by 42 grandchildren, 134 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, and a sister, Anna Mary Sauder. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Esther Martin (Wilmer); brother-in-law, Christ Sauder; grandson, John Earl Hollinger; great-grandson, Jadon Gehman, and granddaughter-in-law, Gloria Hollinger.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, June 20, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 PMm at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata. On Monday, June 21, 2021 an additional viewing will be held from 9-10 AMm., followed by a funeral service at 10 AMm. at the Martindale Mennonite Church with Bishop Daryl Weaver, Pastor David Sensenig, and Chaplain Eugene Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining cemetery.
The family thanks the staff at Fairmount Homes for the loving care they provided.
Kindly omit flowers.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Sensenig, Frank Martin
May 28, 1958 - March 14, 2021
Frank Martin Sensenig, 62, of Ephrata, passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at home.
He was born in Ephrata to the late Frank B. and Elizabeth Z. (Martin) Sensenig and was the husband of Susannah B. (Stauffer) Sensenig.
He was a member of Stauffer (Pike) Mennonite Church.
Frank was the owner/operator of Hilltop Greenhouse.
In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by five sons, Frank, husband of Audrey (Zimmerman) Sensenig of Ephrata, Andrew, husband of Kathy (Stauffer) Sensenig of Elkhorn, KY, Samuel Sensenig, William Sensenig, Norman Sensenig, all at home; six daughters, Barbara Sensenig, at home, Laura, wife of Roger Auker of Homer City, Edna, wife of Larry Auker of Ephrata, Martha, wife of Rufus Stauffer of Homer City, Kathryn, wife of Leonard Auker of Lyndonville, NY, Susannah, wife of Timothy Martin of Indiana, PA; 28 grandchildren; a brother, John, husband of Thelma (Stauffer) Sensenig of Ephrata and five sisters, Edna, wife of David Stauffer of Loveville, MD, Anna, wife of Marlin Martin of Hillsboro, OH, Alice, wife of Mahlon Stauffer, Helen, wife of Elam Stauffer, Alma, wife of Henry Stauffer, all of Loveville, MD.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the late residence, 330 Akron Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:30 AM at the late residence, with further service at 9:30 AM at the Stauffer (Pike) Mennonite Church, 2530 28th Division Highway, Ephrata. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.
Kindly omit flowers.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Sensenig, Jeremiah O.
August 24, 1931 - April 11, 2021
Jeremiah O. Sensenig, 89, of Quarryville, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Lancaster General Hospital from complications of a stroke. He was the husband of Vera Z. Nolt Sensenig with whom he celebrated 68 years of marriage on February 14, 2021. Born In Kinzers, he was the son of the late Ezra B. and Anna N. Oberholtzer Sensening.
Jeremiah was a lifelong dairy farmer until retiring and then was a taxi driver for the Amish which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was a faithful leader in his church, the Weaverland Conference, serving as minister and bishop for 58 years.
Surviving besides his wife are six sons, Elmer husband of Annetta Sensenig, Leon husband of Lucy Sensenig, Jere, Jr. husband of Barb Sensenig all of Quarryville, Jason husband of Susan Sensenig of Mount Joy, James husband of Sandy Sensenig of Quarryville, and Marlin at home; two daughters, Ada Mae wife of Larry Newswanger of Parkesburg, and Vera Jane wife of Vernon Fox of Quarryville; a daughter-in-law, Sadie Sensenig of Kirkwood; 34 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Alma wife of the late Ezra Horst of Quarryville, Jonas husband of Grace Ann Sensenig of Holtwood, Barbara wife of the late Elvin Martin of Denver, and Freeland husband of Joyce Sensenig of Denver. He was preceded in death by a son, Earl Sensenig, two grandsons, Kent and Eric Newswanger; and five siblings, Ella, David Martha, Adin and Ida.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 20, at 9:30 A.M. at the Fairmount Mennonite Church, 520 Little Britain Road North, Quarryville, PA with Bishop Curvin Zimmerman officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A Viewing will be held on Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 and 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, PA. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by the Groff High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA
Sensenig, John David
September 24, 1942 - March 31, 2021
John David Sensenig, age 78 of Stephensport, KY peacefully went to be with Jesus on March 31, 2021, after a battle with cancer at his home surrounded by his family's love and prayers. He was born to the late Jacob and Martha Myers Sensenig of Terre Hill, PA on September 24, 1942. He married Dorothy I. Weaver of Mummasburg, PA on February 5,1961. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Philip, 2 brothers and several grand and great grandchildren.
They were blessed with 11 surviving children: J Edward (Lois Ellen) Sensening of Shippensburg, PA, D Keith (Susan) Sensenig of Jamesburg, PA, H Marvin (Becky) Sensenig of Harvey, DE, J Dennis (Miriam) of Mio, MI, Violet (Nathan) Huber of Stephensport, KY, Sonya (Clayton) Derstine of Canby, CA, Wanda (Ronald) Horst of Jackson, MO, Audrey (Timothy) Weaver of Hardinsburg, KY, Elva (Mel) Derstine of Belle Foursch, SD, Kathy (James) Everly of Port Republic, VA and Phebe (David) Martin of Mio, MI
daughter-in-law: Sarah Ann Sensenig of Ionia, MI
111 grandchildren and 102 great grandchildren
4 brothers and 6 sisters
Funeral services will be held at the Breckinridge Mennonite Church in Stephensport, KY on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 10 AM with burial in the church cemetery.
Sensenig, Laura R.
December 6, 1991 - March 6, 2021
Laura R. Sensenig, 29, of Ripley, N.Y., went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, March 6, 2021 after battling cancer for over a year. She was born in Reading, Pa. and was the daughter of Ronald M. and Rosalie F. (Eberly) Sensenig with whom she resided.
Laura was a member of the Lakeview Mennonite Church in North East. She served in Honduras for two years, living with and helping the Jonathan Burkholder family whom she loved. She then spent a year as a cook at Shepherds Fold. With an interest in nursing she got her CNA license and worked at the Richland Christian Home. She had a servant heart and loved and cared about people.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Derwin G. Sensenig of Ripley, N.Y.; five sisters, Katrina J. Schlabach (Eric) of Mabank, Texas, Rosalyn B. Sensenig of Ripley, N.Y., Kendra D. Sensing of Beaulaville, N.C., Krystal L. Sensenig, and Andrea L. Sensenig of Ripley, N.Y.; nephew, Alex Schlabach; paternal grandparents, Robert L. and Rhoda M. (Boll) Sensenig; as well as many uncles, aunts, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Alvin W. and Kathryn N. (Kurtz) Eberly.
Friends may call at the North East Alliance Church, 81 E. Main Street, North East on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and are invited to a funeral service on Saturday, March 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the North East Alliance Church. Interment will be held at the Lakeview Mennonite Church, 10995 Smith Road, North East, PA 16428. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East. Memorials may be made to the Honduras Mennonite Mission, 719 E. Lincoln Avenue, Myerstown, PA 17067.
Sensenig, Lois J. Martin
August 21, 1936 - February 20, 2021
Lois J. Sensenig, age 84, of Lancaster, passed away at her home on Saturday, February 20, 2021. She was the wife of Richard E. Sensenig, with whom she celebrated 66 years of marriage on January 1st. She was born in Hagerstown, MD, daughter of the late Lloyd J. & N. Virginia Horst Martin. She was an active member of Crossway Church of Millersville. She was a graduate of Greencastle High School. Lois owned and operated Lois Sensenig's Beauty Boutique. She enjoyed world travel, flower gardening, literature, and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her heart-felt laugh.
Surviving besides her husband are four children: Eugene R., husband of Rouba Sensenig of Beirut, Lebanon; Regina A., wife of Daniel Siegrist of Willow Street; Beth E. Sensenig of Columbia; Geoffrey L., husband of Karla Landis Sensenig of Lancaster; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are five siblings: Emery, husband of Fern Barr Martin of Waynesboro, PA; James, husband of Barbara Martin of State Line, PA; Norma Jean, wife of Robert Bollinger of West Virginia; Genevieve, wife of Lee Martin of Baltimore, MD; Stephen, husband of Lucille Martin of Waynesboro, PA. She was preceded in death by six siblings.
Funeral services will take place at Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird In Hand, PA, on Saturday, February 27th at 2:00 p.m., with a viewing time from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Pastors Douglas Plank, Steve Heitland, and Ray Randolph will be officiating. The service will be live-streamed via the church website: www.stumptown.church/online. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.
Sensenig, Martha H. Hoover
June 23, 1950 - March 10, 2021
Martha H. Sensenig, 70, of Ephrata, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at home.
She was born in West Earl Township to the late Frank Z. and Rebecca (Nolt)* Hoover and was the wife of Edwin S. Sensenig.
She was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church.
Martha designed and made quilts.
In addition to her husband, Martha is survived by four children, Ernest, husband of Louise Sensenig of Williamsburg, Eugene, husband of Esther Mae Sensenig of Missouri, Lois, wife of Alson Garman of New York, Edwin Ray, husband of Del Rae Sensenig of Saxton; 26 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six siblings, Mary H., wife of Elvin S. Martin of Ephrata, Vera H., wife of Harvey W. Brubaker of Wisconsin, Frances H., wife of John Dan Newswanger of West Virginia, Ella H. Leid of Shippensburg, Alma H., wife of Melvin Sensenig of Wisconsin, Frank, Jr., husband of Lena Mae (Martin) Hoover of Ephrata.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Mae Hoover and a brother-in-law, Melvin B. Leid.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 14, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the late residence, 164 E. Farmersville Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 9:00 AM at the late residence with further services at 9:30 AM from Groffdale Mennonite Church, 90 Groffdale Church Road, Leola, with Bishop Ammon Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.
Kindly omit flowers.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
*Rebecca's maiden name was Hoover. It was her mother's name that was Nolt.
Sensenig, Titus L.
April 14, 1925 - July 3, 2021
Titus L. Sensenig went home to be with the Lord on Friday July 3, 2021 at 96 years of age. He was a resident of Garden Spot Village retirement community for the last six years. He was born on April 14, 1925 and was the son of Michael and Emma (Landis) Sensenig. For 65 years he was the husband of Edith Esbenshade Sensenig until her passing on November 3rd 2008. He was a member at Martindale Mennonite Church.
Titus was renown in the local community for his well drilling business which he began as a young man in about 1942 and served the larger Northern Lancaster County area for most of his working years. The business has been passed along to the 3rd and 4th generation as Sensenig and Weaver Well Drilling located in Denver, PA. In his later years Titus also was employed by Brecknock Township as a road supervisor and had a rental property business that occupied much of his time. In all his years Titus worked long hard hours to provide for his family. Titus also very much enjoyed going to his mountain cabin in Perry county with his family.
Titus was the last of his 8 siblings who preceded him in death, 6 brothers and 2 sisters, Landis Sensenig husband of Anna Sauder, Harry Sensenig husband of Anna Sensenig, Lena Sensenig wife of Paul Brubaker, Aaron Sensenig husband of Emma Martin, Elam Sensenig husband of Florence Oritz, Anna Mary Sensenig wife of Raymond Mast, Paul Sensenig husband of Blanche Myers and Willis Sensenig husband of Beatrice Horning.
Titus is also survived by 4 children, Ruth Ann Sensenig married to Marvin King, Mary Ella Sensenig Weaver, Eugene L. Sensenig married to Thelma Smoker and Erma J. (Sensenig) married to Ronald Weaver and a daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Martin Sensenig. Titus was also preceded in death by a son, Floyd R. Sensenig, a partner in Sensenig & Weaver Well drilling. Titus was also dearly loved by 15 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, and preceded in death by 1 grandson, Dean Weaver.
A service will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Garden Spot Village Chapel, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland with Pastor David Sensenig officiating. Interment will be in Martindale Mennonite Cemetery. A viewing will be held at the chapel on Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Drilling For Life, 266 Vera Cruz Rd., Reinholds, PA 17569. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.
Shank, John Robert
February 15, 1947 - May 27, 2021
John Robert Shank, 74, a resident of 7382 Mt. Clinton Pike, Rockingham, passed away May 27, 2021, at his home following an illness from cancer. Mr. Shank was born Feb. 15, 1947, in Dayton, Va., and was a son of the late D.P. and Anna Showalter Shank.
He was a farmer and a member of Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.
On Oct. 28, 1970, he married the former Evelyn La Rue Showalter, who preceded him in death March 3, 2007. On Sept. 24, 2008, he married the former Marjorie Anna Rohrer, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Knicely and husband, Dewitt, of Rockingham and Katherine Dawn Rohrer and husband, Gary, of Dayton; two sons, David Patrick Shank and wife, Cheryl, of Bridgewater and William Conrad Shank and wife, Sandra, of Bridgewater; two brothers, Joseph L. Shank and wife, Ruth, of Dayton and Kenneth D. Shank and wife, Carolyn, of Rockingham; and three sisters, Wilda Grace Wenger and husband, Mark, of Dayton, Betty Ann Rohrer and husband, Wilson, of Hinton and Mary Frances Rhodes and husband, Gary, of Dayton. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
A funeral service will be held at Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church Sunday, May 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Shank home Friday, May 28, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 29, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sharp, Virginia Bontrager
January 16, 1922 - March 28, 2021
Virginia (Bontrager) Sharp, age 99, of Goshen, passed away on March 28, 2021 at Greencroft Healthcare.
Virginia was born January 16, 1922 to Erie and Dorothea (Liechty) Bontrager in Ashley, Michigan. After graduation from Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she acquired a teaching certificate, and taught in a rural Michigan one-room schoolhouse for seven years. She continued her teaching career, obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Central Michigan University and teaching at Vestaburg Community Schools for 23 years.
On May 28, 1949, Virginia married Clark E. Sharp in Brutus, Michigan. They lived on a farm in rural Vestaburg. After retirement, Clark and Virginia spent many enjoyable winters near Arcadia, Florida. Throughout the years, faith was an important part of Virginia’s life, and she was an active member in several churches, including Zion Mennonite Church in Vestaburg, Michigan, Bethel Mennonite Church in Ashley, Michigan, and College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.
Always energetic, Virginia loved making connections with friends and family. No event was too minor to be recorded with a photograph, and her extensive collection showed multiple generations of people enjoying food, games and fellowship.
Virginia is survived by one brother, David (Bertha) Bontrager of Sturgis, Michigan; two sisters, Mary (Don) Oesch of Stryker, Ohio, and Fern (Nelson) Miller of Newcomerstown, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters, Eleanore Bontrager, and Eunice Carlson.
Honoring Virginia’s request, there will be no funeral service. She will be buried in Richland Township Cemetery, Montcalm County, Michigan. Family will gather sometime this summer to share remembrances of her and honor the positive impact she had on all.
Memorial gifts may be given to Mennonite Central Committee or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
Shelly, Geraldine M. "Gerry" Espenshade Kreider
November 5, 1931 - May 11, 2021
Geraldine M. "Gerry" Kreider Shelly, 89, of Mount Joy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim. Born in Deodate, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Anna Miller Espenshade. She was the loving wife of Mervin B. Shelly and they would have observed their 16th wedding anniversary this November.
Gerry worked various jobs throughout her lifetime, including her father's butcher shop and a bank teller at Farmers First Bank. She was a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church. Gerry enjoyed playing cards, snowmobiling, word search puzzles and cooking; especially for her family and friends.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three children: Cynthia Reighard, Eric Kreider husband of Suzanne both of Elizabethtown, Erlene Reinhold of Westfield; three step sons; Dennis Shelly husband of Kelly of Manheim, Douglas Shelly husband of Charlene of Mount Joy, Dwaine Shelly husband of Londa of Manheim, a step daughter, Diane Zellers wife of Steve of Manheim, five grandchildren: three great-grandchildren, five step grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren, three sisters: Eleanor Myers of Elizabethtown, Anna Musser of Manheim, Miriam Judy of Arkansas and a brother, Ira Espenshade of Elizabethtown. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl I. Kreider who died in 1998, three brothers and five sisters.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Gerry's funeral service at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM. There will be a public viewing at the church from 1:00 PM until the time of service. Masks and social distancing required. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Gerry's memory to Pleasant View Retirement Community, Benevolent Care Endowment Fund, 544 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545.
Shirk, Allan W.
March 12, 1942 - July 31, 2021
Allan W. Shirk of Lititz, PA, was born March 12, 1942, to Clarence P. and AnnaMary Weaver Shirk of East Earl, PA. He is survived by his wife and life-long travel partner, Ruth Ann (Wert) Shirk. They marked 56 years of marriage on June 18, before pancreatic cancer took him on July 31, 2021.
Allan graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School (LMS) in 1960. In 1965 he earned his B.A. in History from Eastern Mennonite College. After obtaining his Master of Ed. at Penn State, Allan taught U.S. History and Conflict Resolution at LMS, until taking a position in 1969 with Western Mennonite School in Salem, Oregon.
After 15 wonderful years they returned to Lancaster and Allan taught at LMS until his retirement. In 44 years of teaching between two coasts, Allan also led mock U.N. groups, mini-term camping trips and golf tournaments. He spent summers painting houses and was the "fix-it guy." The past few years, Allan enjoyed working at Longenecker's paint counter in Manheim.
Allan cared deeply about family, faith, and community. He wrote poetry, took amazing photographs, built birdhouses, savored family beach vacations; enjoyed biking, golfing, gardening, music and his morning rituals of coffee, contemplation, and journaling. As a member at E. Chestnut St. Mennonite, Allan taught Sunday school, participated in other leadership roles and small group fellowship.
He volunteered as a mediator with the former Lancaster Area Victim Offender Reconciliation Program. He was a member of New Holland Area Historical Society and Museum, and wrote two books: Ed Nolt's New Holland Baler: ‘Everything Just Went Right,' and The Story of Victor F. Weaver, ‘Nobody Knows Chicken Like the Folks at Weaver!'
In addition to his wife, Ruth Ann, he is survived by two daughters, Melissa Shirk Jantz (Tim), and Beverly Jo Wilson (Keith), grandchildren, Ethan Timothy Jantz, Owen Keith and Wynona Ruth Wilson, and his two sisters, Annabelle Roth (Glen A.), and Susan Darlene Shirk. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant brother, John, and six-week-old daughter, Jennifer Sue, who died in a car accident in 1969.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, August 15th at East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church, 432 E. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA at 3:00 PM and will be livestreamed on Allan's obituary page at www.snyderfuneralhome.com. Video will appear under the obituary 10-15 minutes before the start of the service at 3:00 PM. Family visitation 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Due to COVID precautions face masks are required. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to New Holland Area Historical Society.
Shirk, Fannie Mae Horst
February 18, 1926 - September 30, 2021
Fannie Mae Shirk, 95, of Ephrata, entered into rest Thursday, September 30, 2021, at her home.
She was born in Stark County, OH to the late Earl W. and Mary (Rhodes) Horst and was the wife of the late Eli S. Shirk who passed away in 1997.
Fannie was a member of Conestoga Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary H. Shirk of Ephrata; step-children, Lizzie, Z., wife of the late Melvin Burkholder, Eli Z., husband of Erma Shirk, Emma Z. Shirk, Katie Z. Shirk, Ammon Z., husband of Anna Mae Shirk all of Ephrata, Daniel Z., husband of Alma Shirk of New Holland, Ivan Z., husband of Lydia Shirk, Wayne Z., husband of Susan Shirk, Moses Z., husband of Ella Mae Shirk all of Shippensburg, Noah Z., husband of Lucy Shirk of Ephrata; two step daughters-in-law, Alma Z. Shirk of Ephrata and Martha Z. Shirk of Lititz; 80 step grandchildren; 346 step great-grandchildren; 87 step great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Nathan F. Horst of Belleville, NJ and a sister, Betty Horst of Dayton, VA.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two stepsons, Elam Z. and Joseph Z. Shirk; a step son-in-law, Melvin H. Burkholder, two brothers, Mark R. and Alfred F. Horst; two sisters, Naomi and Priscilla Horst.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, at 220 Covered Bridge Rd., Ephrata. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9 am, at the house, with further services at 9:30 am, from Groffdale Mennonite Church, 90 Groffdale Church Road, Leola, with Bishop Ammon Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.
Kindly omit flowers.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Shirk, Katie N. Leinbach
January 21, 1929 - July 31, 2021
Katie N. Shirk, 92, of 278 East Black Creek Rd., East Earl, PA died July 31, 2021, at her home, after a long illness.
She was the wife of Titus M. Shirk, who passed away in 2009. Born in Caernarvon Township, she was the daughter of the late Clement M. and Annie (Newswanger) Leinbach.
She was a member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.
Surviving are two sons, Melvin L. Shirk (Ada Mae Zimmerman), East Earl and Allen L. Shirk (Lizzie Hoover), East Earl, and six daughters, Alice, Mabel, and Esther Shirk, all at home, Kathryn (Aaron Newswanger), Narvon, Anna Mae and Laura Shirk, East Earl, twelve grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, two brothers, Christian N. Leinbach (Valerie Yancik), Tamaqua, and Enos N. Leinbach (Katie Huber), Loysville, six sisters, Emma (Eli Huber), Narvon, Martha Oberholtzer, Millmont, Susie (Ivan Sauder), Ephrata, Fannie Horst, Denver, Anna (Verle Payne), Omak, WA, and Mabel (Lloyd Martin), Myerstown, and one sister-in-law, Lydia (Weaver) Leinbach, East Earl.
In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a brother David N. Leinbach and two brothers-in-law, Ivan Oberholtzer and Luke Z. Horst.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference, with Bishop Leon N. Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing will be held at the residence of Allen L. Shirk, 111 E. Black Creek Rd., East Earl on Wednesday August 4 from 1 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.
Shirk, Vera W. Nolt
January 24, 1934 - August 25, 2021
Vera W. (Nolt) Shirk, 87, of Narvon, passed away at home on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
Born in Churchtown, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Emma (Weaver) Nolt.
She was married to the late Noah M. Shirk, with whom she married on September 17, 1960.
Vera was a member of Churchtown Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. She was a homemaker and also was employed by Goodwill for twenty years, where she was a manager at their East Earl and Morgantown locations. She enjoyed quilting.
Surviving are children; Ella Mae wife of Raymond Martin of Clyde, NY, Mary Jane wife of Warren Martin of Rose, NY, Clair husband of Pauline (Nolt) Shirk of Mio, MI, Dianne S. wife of the late J. Nelson Martin of Terre Hill, PA, Adam W. husband of Nancy J. (Sadler) Shirk of Martville, NY and Sharon A. wife of Lester Zimmerman of Narvon, PA. Also surviving are thirty-nine grandchildren, one hundred and twenty-eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she is predeceased by one grandchild and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 9:30 AM at Churchtown Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference, 2207 Main St., Narvon, PA 17555, with Bishop Leon S. Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021, at Sunny Crest Home, 2587 Valley View Rd., Morgantown, PA 19543 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Kindly omit flowers.
C. Stanley Eckenroth Home for Funerals in Terre Hill, PA is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Short, Suzanne M. Richard
April 7, 1945 - November 27, 2021
Suzanne M. Short, 76, of Goshen, died Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Goshen Hospital.
She was born April 7, 1945 in Lodi, Ohio to Elam and Eva (Shisler) Richard. They preceded her in death.
On July 9, 1966 she married Peter Short in Smithville, Ohio.
He survives along with two sons, Doug (Lynn) Short of Granger and Jonathon (Angie) Short of Goshen; seven grandchildren, Jordan, Taylor, Luke, Bennett, Katelyn, Davis and Sawyer; and three siblings, James (Marcy) Richard of Wooster, Ohio, Sally (Kent) Schreck of Goshen and Dale Richard of San Francisco, California.
Mrs. Short was a member of College Mennonite Church and a retired Goshen Community Schools teacher.
Visitation will be Friday, December 3, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. An 11 a.m. memorial service will be conducted Saturday, December 4, at College Mennonite Church.
Memorial gifts in Suzanne’s honor may be directed to Mennonite Central Committee https://mcc.org/ or the National Alzheimer’s Association, https://alzni.org/.
Shoup, Clara Jean Zimmerman
May 29, 1933 - June 16, 2021
ORRVILLE -- Clara Jean Shoup, 88, of Orrville went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Clara Jean was born on May 29, 1933 in North Lawrence, Ohio, the daughter of Virgil and Verda (Lawrence) Zimmerman. She was united in marriage to Robert Lee Shoup on April 11, 1953 in North Lawrence, OH. They enjoyed a special loving marriage for 61 years until his passing in 2014. Clara Jean graduated from Orrville High School in 1951.
She worked in a variety of areas on the family farm with her husband, Bob. Together they also owned egg delivery routes in Barberton.
Clara Jean was a member of Orrville Christian Church and served in many capacities. She particularly loved teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
For the last several years Clara Jean enjoyed sewing stuffed elephants for the Forget-Me-Not organization in Wooster. Those elephants were part of care baskets given to grieving families who lost babies. She would pray for each family that would receive the elephants she was sewing. She saw this as a ministry and a way to serve others.
She loved her family dearly and was devoted to caring for each one. The love and affection she gave was unconditional. Our Mom was an example of a godly woman whose influence filled and enriched our lives.
Clara Jean is survived by her children Susan (Jim) Mankins, Duane Shoup (Nancy Feltner), Ed (Charlotte) Shoup all of Orrville; grandchildren Mark (Rori) Mankins, Stephen (Autumn) Mankins, Mike (Kim) Shoup, Laura (Cameron) Feemster, Leslie (Josh) Krug, Lyle (Desi) Shoup; and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived a brother Lawrence (Carol) Zimmerman of North Lawrence.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Friends may call on Monday, June 21, 2021, at Orrville Christian Church, 925 North Elm Street, Orrville, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Tuesday, June 22, 2021, from 10:00 am to 10:45 am.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, at the church, with Pastor Tom Ledford officiating and will be live streamed at facebook.com/aublefuneralhome. Burial will take place at the Newmans Creek Cemetery in North Lawrence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Orrville Christian Church 925 N. Elm St. Orrville, OH 44667, Forget-Me-Not, Inc. 127 E Liberty St Ste 390, Wooster, OH 44691, or Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements.
Showalter, Jane L. Good
March 25, 1949 - March 11, 2021
Jane L. Showalter, 71, of Denver, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at home.
She was born in Ephrata to the late Warren and Mary (Fry) Good, and was the wife of Harold Showalter with whom she would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on July 17th.
She was a member of Hinkletown Mennonite Church, Ephrata. She loved her family and devoted her life to raising her children to love The Lord Jesus Christ. "Nana" loved and was loved by all of her grandchildren and could be found pitching wiffle ball, playing toys on the floor, reading books and singing an endless amount of songs and nursery rhymes that she had memorized. She enjoyed flower gardening and was often found "puttering" in the garden. She enjoyed the thrill of the hunt with thrift shopping and also enjoyed decorating her home with her finds. One of her favorite places to be was the cabin in Sullivan County. There she loved to sit on the porch and watch the birds, go for walks, work on crafts and build walls in the flower beds with rocks from the creek. She was always available to listen.
In addition to her husband, Jane is survived by six children, Jonathan Showalter, husband of LouAnn, Nathan Showalter, husband of Cheri, Jesse Showalter, husband of Jennifer, Daniel Showalter, Aaron Showalter, and Abigail, wife of Randall Zimmerman; 14 grandchildren, Alicia, Caleb, Hannah, Carlie, Ian, Blake, Emalyn, Mason, Rebekah, William, Judah, Tobias, Seth, and Isaac; five siblings, Kathryn, wife of Lester Sensenig, Nancy, wife of Carl Kimmet, Barbara, wife of Michael Beamer, Mary Etta, wife of Barry Lapp, and Rachel Good. A brother-in-law, Erv Weaver, husband of Mary.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Showalter and a sister, Margaret Weaver.
A visitation be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hinkletown Mennonite Church, 2031 28th Division Highway, Ephrata. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m., with Pastors Jared Weaver and Glenn Sauder officiating. Interment is private in the Hinkletown Mennonite Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Jane's memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.
Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver.
Showalter, William Earl, Jr. "Bill"
November 3, 1939 - March 15, 2021
William “Bill” Earl Showalter Jr., 81, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, March 15, 2021, at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Mr. Showalter was born Nov. 3, 1939, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late William Earl Sr. and Elma Katherine Kingree Showalter.
He was a graduate of the 1959 Turner Ashby High School and retired after 39 ½ years from Walker Manufacturing in the pipe division. He loved working on projects with his hands and was a model train and Minneapolis Moline farm tractor enthusiast. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and helping his granddaughter with projects. He was a member of the Broadway-Timberville Jaycees, Belmont Ruritan Club and Mt. Clinton United Methodist Church and Weaver’s Mennonite Church.
On May 2, 1970, he married Barbara Campbell Showalter, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, William “Wes” Earl Showalter III and wife, Jeanne, of Rockingham; granddaughter, Rachel Showalter; and a brother, Paul F. Showalter Sr. and wife, Wanda, of Rockingham.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Showalter was preceded in death by his siblings, Ethel Moyers and husband, Ralph; Mary Lee Cupp and husband, Dan; and Samuel Showalter and wife, Wanda.
Pastor Kevin Poeckert and Phil Kanagy will conduct a graveside service Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 3 p.m. at Weavers Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on Friday, March 19, from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are required.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Shrock, LaMar L.
March 11, 1959 - October 30, 2021
LaMar L. Shrock, 62, of Topeka, was welcomed into heaven on Saturday, October 30, where he had the privilege of meeting Jesus and joining his late wife, Lisa. He was born March 11, 1959, to Mose and MaryEtta (Mishler) Shrock. On August 22, 1987, he married Lisa Weldy. Together they built a simple life and raised their two children. Lisa died May 6, 2017.
Surviving are daughter Andrea (Courtney) Miller of Shipshewana; son Austin Shrock of Topeka; two grandchildren, Aiden and Audrey Miller; sister Lorene (Greg) Schrock of Topeka; and a brother Leon Shrock of Wolcottville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and a brother, LaVon.
LaMar will perhaps be remembered most for his belief in the value of hard work and loyalty. He was employed by Yoder Oil Company of Topeka for 30 years and most recently worked for Frick Services in Wawaka. The kids fondly remember him often wanting to return home early from family vacations when they were young so he could get back to work. He was a dedicated employee, and as such exemplified the characteristics he wished to pass along as a father to his children. LaMar enjoyed farming the land passed down to him from his grandparents. He was a member of Emma Church his entire life. He had a love of sports and attended the Chicago Cubs games as a season ticket holder with his son Austin for the past six years.
LaMar had many aspirations for his upcoming retirement years, including wintering in Florida, riding his motorcycle, helping the kids transition to the farm, and attending his grandkids activities.
The family strongly encourages individuals to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as lives continue to be tragically taken much too soon, robbing families of years they could have experienced with their loved ones.
Finally, the family would like to give a special thank you to the Elkhart General Hospital ICU staff. The care LaMar received while hospitalized for 22 days was unmatched. No amount of accolades will ever be enough to provide a proper thank you for treating LaMar and family with the utmost respect. You are true heroes who impact lives each day you walk through the hospital doors.
The family will hold private services. In lieu of flowers and in light of LaMar’s sudden entrance into heaven, the family requests donations be sent to Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury to assist with expenses.
Slabach, Lillian Esther Riegsecker
September 16, 1924 - May 25, 2021
Lillian Esther Riegsecker Slabach, 96, passed away on May 25, 2021, in the home of her daughter, with her family by her side. Lillian was born on September 16, 1924, to John and Neomah (Miller) Riegsecker. She grew up as a middle child with 3 sisters and 4 brothers, spending her early years in Millersburg, IN where she met Fred after being introduced by a cousin. They later married on April 21, 1946 and within a few years they purchased a farm north of Middlebury where they lived for 70 years. It was there they raised 6 children, 3 girls and 3 boys.
She was an active member of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church for most of her life. Lillian was a dedicated and tireless homemaker, pouring love into everything she did. She had a kind and generous heart, always putting others first, never wanting anything for herself. Because her family was so important to her, she took numerous photos and videos, as well as keeping detailed records of her life through diaries, newspaper clippings of special occasions, and food preservation. Some of the ways she showed her love was by entertaining family and friends, and by cooking meals using much of the produce straight from the garden she tirelessly cared for. She always had frozen fruit, jams, jelly, applesauce, canned beans, peas, fruit, and so much more. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and visited nearly every state. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing clothes for herself and her children, in addition to teaching her daughters how to sew. She could be found doing any number of things such as reading a book from her large collection, sewing doll clothes, quilting, crocheting blankets, going through her stamp, coin, and plate collections, feeding the wild birds and identifying what types came to the feeders. She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Jeopardy, Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune and playing board games with her family.
Survivors include her husband Fred of 75 years; 2 brothers, Duane Riegsecker and Richard Riegsecker, and a sister Doris Riegsecker Keim (Roy); 5 children, Sharon Bender (Keith), Robert Slabach, Ruth Slabach, David Slabach (Ginger), Carol Thomas (Eldon); 9 grandchildren, Angela Bender Linzey (Jeremy), Karla Bender, Lynn Bender Jones (Scott), Sarah Slabach Webb (Nathan), Esther Slabach, Rachel Slabach Sanderson (Rich), Aaron Slabach, Lily Thomas, Seth Thomas; and 23 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters Mary Riegsecker Rice, Louise Riegsecker Hoogenboom, 2 brothers, Jesse Riegsecker and Robert Riegsecker, and a son Daniel (Danny) Slabach.
Visitation will be from 4:00 -8:00 pm on Wednesday, June 2 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 3 at Clinton Frame Church, 63846 County Road 35, Goshen. Burial will be in Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hillsdale College https://www.hillsdale.edu/ or Heartland Baptist Bible College https://heartlandbaptist.edu/ or a charity of your choice.
Slabaugh, John Henry
September 4, 1939 - April 17, 2021
John Henry Slabaugh, age 81 of Etna Green, IN, died unexpectedly at 7:30am on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN after a short illness. He was born on September 4, 1939 in Elkhart County, IN to Simon and Susie (Hochstetler) Slabaugh. Mr. Slabaugh married Laura Miller on December 1, 1960 in Etna Green. She preceded him in death on December 22, 2013. Mr. Slabaugh lived in the Etna Green area his whole life and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
He is survived by 2 sons, Marlin (Arlene Mae) Slabaugh and Norman (Mary Esther) Slabaugh and 2 daughters, Regina Kay (Dennis Eugene) Schmucker and Janita Lynn Slabaugh, all of Etna Green. Mr. Slabaugh is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Edward (Mary Ellen) Slabaugh of Wyer’s Cave, VA; Howard (Brenda) Slabaugh of Galloway, OH; 5 sisters, Verna Yoder of VA; Martha (Mahlon) Schmucker of Bremen, IN; Barbara (Eli) Hochstetler of Nappanee, IN; Esther (Raymond) Schwartz of Nappanee, IN; Sue Ellen (Glen) Mast of Arthur, IL and a sister-in-law Marie Slabaugh of Plain City, OH. John
Henry was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers Omer, Glen, Simon Jr, Larry, and a sister Mary Hochstetler.
Visitation will be held at the Dennis Schmucker residence (8874 W 600 N, Etna Green, IN) on Sunday, April 18, 2021 after 1pm and all-day Monday, April 19, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the LaVerne Stutzman residence (6701 N 900 W, Etna Green, IN). Home ministries of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be at Graber Cemetery. Arrangements are through Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, IN.
Slabaugh, Tobias J.
January 24, 1933 - November 20, 2021
Tobias J. Slabaugh, age 88 of Nappanee, IN, died at 6:30pm on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at his residence after a brief illness. Tobias was born on January 24, 1933 in Kosciusko County, IN to Joseph T. and Ida (Miller) Slabaugh. On November 11, 1954 he married Elizabeth Hochstetler in Elkhart County, IN.
Tobias was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and served as a Bishop for 51 years in the church.
Mr. Slabaugh is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Slabaugh of Nappanee; 6 children: Inez (Alvin) Lehman of Shipshewana, IN, Danny (Clara) Slabaugh of Nappanee, Joseph (Diane) Slabaugh of Bourbon, IN, Richard (Dorothy) Slabaugh of Nappanee, Ezra Slabaugh of Nappanee, and Arlene (Ronald) Miller of Nappanee; sister in law Linda (Mose) Yoder of Shipshewana; 30 grandchildren; 104 great grandchildren; 3 siblings: Chris (Alma) Slabaugh of Nappanee, Lester (Ann) Slabaugh of North Port, FL, and Sylvia Miller of Dunnigan, MO.
Mr. Slabaugh was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Marla Rae Yoder; son in law Laverne Yoder; grandson John Slabaugh; and 3 sisters, Edna Schwartz, Wilma Eash, and Ida Miller.
Friends and Family may call at the family residence (8949 W 1350 N, Nappanee, IN 46550) after 2pm on Monday, November 22, 2021 and all day on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 9:30am on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 also at the family residence. Home ministries of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will take place at Weldy Cemetery.
Slaubaugh, Delvin R.
October 25, 1943 - March 4, 2021
Delvin "Del" R. Slaubaugh, 77, of New Paris, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family at 10:15 pm on Thursday, March 4, at his residence. He was born on October 25, 1943 in Rugby, ND, to Joseph and Mattie (Graber) Slaubaugh. On September 12, 1970 in Goshen, he married Marlene Chupp, she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are daughter, Michelle Slaven of New Paris; two grandsons, Christian and Brendan Slaven; five sisters, Delores (Paul) Erb of Casselton, ND, Corrine (Robert) Gingerich of Corvallis, MT, Dorothy (Roy) Benjamin of Syracuse, NY, Janice (Michael) Ryan of Boise, ID, Connie Todd of Sarasota, FL; brother, Ernest (Marjo) Slaubaugh of Sarasota, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Mervin Slaubaugh.
Del was a heavy equipment operator working for McKibbin Brothers Excavating and Kibby Excavating. In the 80's and 90's he also trained and raced Standardbred racehorses. He was a member of the United States Trotting Association and the Clinton Frame Church. He loved to attend auctions and collect toy tractors. He loved spending time with his daughter and following his grandson's activities, especially marching band. He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is now resting in his arms.
Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 9, at Clinton Frame Church, 63846 CR 35 Goshen. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:00 am funeral services on Wednesday, March 10, also at the church. The family and funeral home request that anyone attending visitation or funeral wear a face covering. Services will be conducted by Pastors Sebastiano Rosa and Linda Miller. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to Clinton Frame Brotherhood Fund or Heartland Hospice.
Smith, Eddie L., Jr.
January 16, 1944 - November 6, 2021
Eddie L. Smith, Jr., age 77, of Loyal, WI, passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the Owen Mennonite Church in Owen, WI. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 2pm-4pm and from 6pm-8pm.
Eddie Lee Smith, Jr. was born on January 16, 1944 in Salem, OH, to Eddie Lee Sr. and Marguerite (Crook) Smith.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Irene (Steiner) Smith, whom he married on June 22, 1968; loved and missed by 6 sons and 2 daughters: Conrad (Esther) of Loyal, WI, Mark (Tammy) of Cheyenne, WY, Joanne (Philip) Scearce of Thorp, WI, Brian (Emalene) of Craig, CO, Wesley (Katrina) of Boyceville, WI, Wilbur (Lori) of Rozet, WY, Leon (Carolyn) of Sheldon, WI, and Jeanette Smith of Loyal, WI; 50 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Maxine (Richard) Bartholomew of North Lima, OH, Karen Pace of Delta, UT; and numerous nieces and nephews who were special.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers: Ronnie, George, and Gene Smith; one sister: Judy Forester.
Eddie was a faithful member of Owen Mennonite Church until his death.
Smith, Evelyn May Hartzler
May 24, 1932 - October 28, 2021
Evelyn May (Hartzler) Smith, 89, of Goshen, passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Greencroft Healthcare.
She was born May 24, 1932 in Cass County, Missouri to Clarence and Nellie (Yoder) Hartzler.
On June 27, 1956 she married Maurice E. Smith in Garden City, Missouri.
He survives along with three children, Gail (Randy) Blosser of Goshen, Stanley (Carolyn) Smith of Elkhart and Susan (Milad) Hanna of Goshen; eighteen grandchildren spread from Pacific to Atlantic; 28 great-grandchildren plus one on the way; and two sisters, Mary Kathryn Yoder and Esther Hartzler, both of Harrisonville, Missouri.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Kenagy and Ethel Hartzler; and a brother, J.T. Hartzler.
Evelyn was a member of East Goshen Mennonite Church and a life member of Arkansas State Teachers Association. She had a masters degree in education and was a Kindergartener and Elementary teacher. She enjoyed amateur radio and crafts. and was very creative, photographed nesting and feeding birds. She wrote a book of wildflowers of Izard County, Arkansas and identified butterflies and mushrooms.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at East Goshen Mennonite Church. Pastors Merle Hostetler and Naomi Yoder will officiate. An additional visitation will take place Thursday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church in Garden City, Missouri.
Burial will follow at Clearfork Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri.