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Lazarus Project

An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
The Mennonite and other newspapers.  
Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

2022  A to B1

Albrecht, Ruth Roes ; . . Auker, Gloria S. ; . . Baer, Glenn Joseph ; . . Bare, Evelyn M. Leaman ; . . Beachy, Larry Dale ; . . Bechler, Irene Marie Springer ; . . Bechtel, Jeannette Rose Sprunger ; . . Beck, Gregory Jay ; . . Beechy, Edwin E. ; . . Bender, Elizabeth Schlabach ; . . Berkey, Jacquelyn "Jackie" Gray ; . . Bertsche, Lela Evaleen "Evie" Bachman ; . . Blosser, Paul Jacob ; . . Blosser, Vada R. Wenger ; . . Bomberger, Doris Allegra Good ; . . Bontrager, Marvin A. ; . . Bontrager, Raymond C. ; . . Bontrager, Zachariah Lynn ; . . Borkholder, Dorothy N. Yoder ; . . Borkholder, Margaret Hershberger ; . . Borkholder, Savannah Kate ; . . Bowman, Geneva Frances Heatwole ; . .


Albrecht, Ruth Roes
March 9, 1934 to March 29, 2022

Ruth Albrecht of Millbank, passed away peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on Tuesday March 29, 2022 at the age of 88. Ruth was a member of the former Riverdale Mennonite Church where she was involved with the Sewing Circle and Food Committee. Ruth loved to travel and spend time at the trailer in Goderich, and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late Sam Albrecht who predeceased her in 2012. Loving mother of Richard (Donna) of Beiseker AB, Ken of Millbank, Don of New Hamburg, Steve of Woodstock, Darlene (Dan) Ramer of Millbank. Grandma of Amanda (Justin), Natasha, Stephanie, Nathan (Amanda), Brad (Krystle), Jason (Stephanie), Zach (Alexxa) and great grandma of 9. Fondly remembered by her brother Melvin (Marietta) Roes, her sister Erma (Stanley) Gerber and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Isaac and Mattie (Jantzi) Roes, sons Ronald and Bruce in infancy, daughter-in-law Brenda Albrecht, sister Laurene and her husband Arthur Gerber, sisters-in-law Mary Roes, Nancy and her husband Joe Kipfer and brother-in-law Elmer Albrecht.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at Milverton Christian Fellowship, 6619 Perth Road 131, Milverton on Friday April 1 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Ruth’s life will be held at the Church on Saturday April 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Alvin Kuepfer officiating. Interment in Riverdale Mennonite Cemetery, Millbank.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to: Gospel Echoes Prison Ministries, Millbank, ON or Christian Aid Ministries, Moorefield, ON

Brenneman Funeral Home
Atwood, Ontario, Canada
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Auker, Gloria S.
(16 mo.) - May 6, 2022

Gloria S. Auker, 16 months, of Ephrata, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022, at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, from complications during surgery.

She was born in Hershey to Larry M. and Edna S. (Sensenig) Auker. She was diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome soon after birth, needing much hospital care.

She attended Stauffer Mennonite Church.

In addition to her parents, Gloria is survived by five siblings, Katie S., Marlin S., Alice S., Ruthann S., Mahlon S. Auker, all at home; paternal grandparents, Russel and Ruth Auker of Lyndonville, NY; maternal grandmother, Susannah Sensenig of Ephrata, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Frank M. Sensenig.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 pm, at the residence of Larry M. Auker, 240 Frysville Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 8:45 at the residence of Larry M. Auker with further services at 9:30 am, from the Stauffer Mennonite Church, 28th Division Highway, Ephrata. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 5/9/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Baer, Glenn Joseph
September 16, 1941 - February 25, 2022

Glenn Joseph Baer, 80, of Conrath, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.

Glenn was born on Sept. 16, 1941, Fayetteville, Pa. He married Carolyn Abbie Witmer on Sept. 12, 1961. Five children were born to them: Judith, Jennifer, Leland, Charlotte and Anthony.

He will be missed by his wife, Carolyn, and by his family, daughter Judith (Wilmer) Rohrer of Cadott, daughter Jennifer (Phil) Neuenschwander of Apple Creek, Ohio, son Leland (Evie) Baer of Powell, Wyo., son-in-law Gary Bear of Thorp, son Anthony (Lovina) Baer of Conrath, 35 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, six sisters, Fern (Isaac) Martin of Unity, Elizabeth (the late Clarence) Miller of McBride, British Columbia, Mary (Alan) Priest of Danskin, British Columbia, Karen Baer of McBride, British Columbia, Miriam (the late Dale) Steiner of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, and Thelma (Earl) Hostetter of Gardners, Pa., and three brothers, Neil (Josie) Baer of Red Deer, Alberta, Lyle (Miriam) Baer of Two Hills, Alberta, Arlan (Janet) Baer of McBride, British Columbia, and many friends.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Harry E. and Thelma G. (Horst) Baer; his daughter, Charlotte Bear and grandson, Bryant Rohrer.

Glenn was an avid reader, loved telling stories and traveling. He enjoyed raising animals and growing fruits and vegetables.

Calling hours will be at Shiloh Mennonite Church, W7385 Co. Rd. I, Conrath, on Wednesday, March 2, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral will also be held at Shiloh Mennonite Church on March 3, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The Nash-Jackan Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ladysmith News, Ladysmith, WI
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Bare, Evelyn M. Leaman
November 27, 1931 - January 30, 2022

Evelyn M. Bare, 90, a resident of Garden Spot Village, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Lancaster General Hospital. She was granted her wish to go home to be with Jesus.

She was the wife of the late Earl S. Bare who died in 2004. Born in Goodville, she was the daughter of the late Clayton D. and Esther Martin Leaman.

Evelyn had worked for many years at the Agway in New Holland. She was a member of the Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community and had been attending Stumptown Mennonite Church for a number of years. She enjoyed flowers, cooking, bird watching, photography, traveling, and keeping in touch with family and friends. In her retirement years she volunteered at County Gift and Thrift.

Surviving is a step-son, Richard Bare; two step grandchildren, Chandel Bare and Jason Bare; a step great grandchild, Gwen Bare; a sister, Dorothy wife of Horace Wanner of New Holland; and two brothers, Mark husband of Brenda Leaman of East Earl, and Paul Leaman of Terre Hill. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Irene Leaman and by brothers, Luke Leaman, Roy Leaman, Clayton Leaman, and Elmer Leaman.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 4, at 10:00 A.M. at the Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community, 210 Weaverland Valley Road, East Earl, PA with Pastors Keith Nyce and John Leaman officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A Viewing will be held at the church on Friday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500. To send an online condolence to the family, visit Arrangements by the Groff High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/2/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

Beachy, Larry Dale
July 19, 1942 - April 29, 2022

Larry Dale Beachy, 79 of Arcola, Illinois passed away at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Aspen Creek Assisted Living in Sullivan, Illinois.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 5, 2022 in the Arthur Cemetery. Lamar Miller will officiate. Military Rites will be conducted by the Arthur VFW.

Larry was born on July 19, 1942 in Arthur, Illinois. He was a son of Noah Edward and Elizabeth J (Blucker) Beachy. He married Myra Elston Williams on March 20, 2004 in Arcola Illinois. She passed away on December 30, 2021.

He is survived by his daughter, Alena Jones of Villa Grove, IL, two stepdaughters, Jeanette Suding of Sullivan, IL and Tara Reed and her husband Charles of Villa Grove, IL, two grandchildren, Tyler Jones and Sophie Jones, nine step grandchildren, 15 step great-grandchildren, two brothers, Leonard Beachy and his wife Judy of Arthur, IL and Phil Beachy and his wife Dee, of Bradenton, FL, and one sister, Debbie Miller of Arthur, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a grandson, Brenden Jones and a brother-in-law, Ben Miller.

Larry was an Army Veteran serving from 1966 to 1968, in Ethiopia Africa, ranking PVT-E4. He then served the next two years state side in the reserves, where he received an honorable discharge.

Larry graduated from Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the Arthur Mennonite Church.

Larry was a truck driver for many years. He had worked as a maintenance assistant at the Arthur Home. In his early days, Larry worked as an iron worker and welder.

Larry enjoyed antiquing and traveling. Larry was very handy, he loved tinkering around with all kinds of different gadgets. He enjoyed breakfast at the Henhouse with friends and enjoyed serving alongside his wife during the Raggedy Ann Festival.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Bechler, Irene Marie Springer
September 25, 1928 - February 27, 2022

Irene Marie (Springer) Bechler, 93, Goshen, died 3:30 a.m., Sunday, February 27, 2022, at her home. She was born September 25, 1928, in Saybrook, Illinois, to Theodore & Leah L. (Naffziger) Springer. On August 24, 1950, she married LeRoy Bechler.

Surviving are her husband, LeRoy, Goshen, children, Kathleen (Michael) Lechlitner, Greenville, South Carolina, Kent (Karen) Bechler, Glendora, California, Curt (Shari) Bechler, Hudsonville, Michigan, grandchildren, Kyle (Devany) Bechler, California, Joshua (Jessica) Lechlitner, South Carolina, Kameron (Linnea) Bechler, California, Kevin (Rachael) Bechler, California, Christian Bechler, California, Connor (Jaci) Bechler, Kentucky, 7 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Eileen Springer, Eureka, Illinois, siblings, Bill (Darlene) Springer, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Merle (Joan) Springer, Austin, Texas.
Preceding her in death are her parents and brothers, Myron, Robert & Paul.

Irene graduated from Hesston with an AA, Pepperdine University with a BS and California State University with a MA. She was a teacher, counselor and a member of College Mennonite Church, Goshen. She was involved in the jail ministry and Mennonite Women USA.

Irene enjoyed singing, sewing, playing piano, crossword puzzles and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022, at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen. Pastors Phil Waite and Pamela Yoder will officiate. A family burial at Violett Cemetery will be prior to the service. Memorial donations may be directed to Mennonite Mission Network.
Rieth Rohrer Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements

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


Bechtel, Jeannette Rose Sprunger
May 11, 1940 - May 17, 2022

Jeannette Rose Bechtel, 82, of Goshen, died on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Greencroft Goshen Health Care, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury she suffered in a fall on April 25. She was born May 11, 1940 in Vanga, Belgian Congo to missionaries Vernon and Lilly (Bachman) Sprunger. After meeting the love of her life at Camp Friedenswald, she married Thomas Bechtel in Goshen on June 24, 1962.

Surviving is her husband, Tom, of 61 years, two children, Christine (Harley) Bontrager of Goshen and Scott (Kimberle) of Celebration, Florida; five grandchildren, Breanna Bechtel of Ocoee, Florida and Dalton Bechtel of Celebration, Florida, Sabrina Simms of Bloomington, Natasha (Ken) Overmyer of Nappanee, and Jarin Bontrager of Bloomington and a great-granddaughter, Ellelana Overmyer; a brother, Wilmer (Kenlyn) Sprunger of Berne, a sister, Shirley (Vernon) King of Goshen and a sister-in-law, Geraldine (Charles) Sprunger of Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; Charles and David Sprunger, and a grandson, Nicholas Simms.

Jeannette graduated from Central School in Lubondai, Belgian Congo in 1958 and Bluffton University (College) in 1963. After her graduation, Jeannette and Tom went to Leopoldville, Kinshasa, Zaire, as volunteers with the Mennonite Central Committee. When they completed their two years of service, they settled in Goshen where she was employed at Eighth Street Mennonite Church as the Administrative Assistant and was actively involved in starting the Preschool at the church.

Jeannette loved music and taught piano for over 20 years. She attempted to teach piano to her children and encouraged them to learn other musical instruments, but sadly, they lacked the musical gene that is prevalent on the Sprunger side of the family. She was active at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, providing leadership for numerous women’s organizations and committees. As a 4-H Saddle Club mom, she volunteered many hours and cheered on her children as they competed. When she became a grandmother, she loved her grandchildren unconditionally, and took them camping – making sure to take them to places they would enjoy and created special memories for all. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling and camping with many close friends and made sure to check off almost all of the items on her “Bucket List”, as she called it.

Memorial donations can be made to Camp Friedenswald, Eighth Street Preschool, or Africa Inter Mennonite Mission.

A service celebrating Jeannette’s life will be held at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, 602 S 8th Street, Goshen, where she was a member, on Monday, May 23, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a graveside service and burial in Violett Cemetery. Viewing and family visitation will be at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 22, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Beck, Gregory Jay
April 1, 1947 - February 25, 2022

Gregory Jay Beck, age 74 of Elkhart, IN, died at 5:00am on Friday, February 25, 2022. He was born on April 1, 1947 to Orval and Elizabeth (Schrock) Beck in Elkhart, IN. Gregory graduated from Bethany Christian High School in 1966 and was a lifelong resident of the Elkhart County area. On November 16, 1968, Gregory married Karen Kohl in Toledo, OH.

Mr. Beck worked for 21 years in the RV Industry, primarily at Yellowstone. He worked in maintenance and as a locksmith at Greencroft for the last 32 and a half years. Greg did voluntary service through the Mennonite Church at Kansas City Children’s Home in Kansas City, KS for 6 months, and at Sunshine Children’s Home in Maumee, OH for 18 months. Mr. Beck was a member of Holdeman Mennonite Church in Wakarusa, IN, where he served as a Trustee, sound tech, and worked with his wife to coordinate funeral meals for more than 25 years. Greg enjoyed tractor pulling, trains, tinkering around in his shop, woodworking, and most of all, spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Gregory is survived by his wife, Karen Beck of Elkhart; daughter, Tammy Beck of Elkhart; son, Ryan (Sandy) Beck of Goshen; son Jeremi Beck of Bristol, IN; 12 grandchildren, Isaiah Markham, Dwight Markham, and Christopher (Camaree Banks) Markham; Jamie (Jenna) Beck, Haley (Lucas Allberry) Bryan, EmiLee (Jakob Hostetler) Beck, Nathaniel Beck, and Ariel (Chris Estrada) Beck; 1 great grandson, Jayson Beck and is expecting a great granddaughter, Carter Elizabeth Estrada; siblings: Duane (Kathy) Beck of Goshen, IN; Kathleen (Terry) Martin of Knoxville, TN; Nedra (Les) Gnagey of Goshen, IN; and Max (Melanie) Beck of Goshen, IN; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bobby and Linda Kohl of Elkhart, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Holdeman Mennonite Church (65723 Co Rd 1, Wakarusa, IN 46573). The family requests that to honor Greg, people dress casual for visitation and funeral. Funeral services will be at 10am on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Holdeman Mennonite Church, with an hour of visitation prior from 9-10am. Pastor BJ Leichty will officiate and burial will follow at Olive West Cemetery. Memorials can be made in Gregory’s name to Holdeman Mennonite Church for the sound system or The Crossing.

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


Beechy, Edwin E.
April 22, 1958 - January 24, 2022

Edwin E. Beechy, 63, of Millersburg, passed away with his family at his side at 6:10 pm on Monday, January 24, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. He had been in declining health the past two weeks. He was born on April 22, 1958 in Elkhart County to Elva and Beulah (Mast) Beechy. On August 13, 1977 in Elkhart County, he married Carolyn Chupp, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Maria (James) Hostetler of Ligonier; a son, Adrian (Jennifer) Beechy of Shipshewana; seven grandchildren, Evan, Kayla, Kaiden and Ember Beechy, Tristan, Cedric and Kiersten Hostetler; two sisters, Esther Yoder of Millersburg and Freida Katsaros of Sarasota, FL; four brothers, Robert Beechy of Florahome, FL, Harley (Jennifer) Beechy of Millersburg, Bill (Kim) Beechy of Bell, FL, and Floyd (Michelle) Beechy of Millersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ed was the owner and operator of Beechy Transport for many years. He had many talents and enjoyed tinkering with many things, including, trucks, tractors and building cages. He trained homing pigeons and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Woodlawn Church.

Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 27, and 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, January 28, at Woodlawn (Mennonite) Church, 62861 CR 41 Goshen. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 29, also at the church. Services will be conducted by the Woodlawn Church Pastoral Team. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to World Missionary Press or Christian Aid Ministries.

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


Bender, Elizabeth Schlabach
January 21, 1928 - February 9, 2022

Elizabeth Bender, 94, of Topeka, died at 12:30 am, on Wednesday, February 9, in her home following a short illness. She was born on January 21, 1928, in LaGrange County, Sam A. and Edna (Yoder) Schlabach. On February 3, 1949, she married Elmer, Jr. Bender, he died February 2, 1986.

Surviving are three sons, Harry (Sara) Bender of Hicksville, OH, Harley (Ruth) Bender, Willie (Edith) Bender both of Shipshewana; three daughters, Sue (Mervin) Miller, Mary Edna (Vernon) Miller, Lorene (David) Beechy all of Topeka; 29 grandchildren, 111 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Edna Mast, Mattie Mullet, Katie (Felty) Fry all of Topeka.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, LaVern Bender; two daughters, Katie and Erma Bender; one brother, four sisters, one grandchild, and three great-grandchildren.

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

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 10 and all day Friday, February 11 at the Mervin Miller residence, 3583 W. 700 S., Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 12 at the Lynn Yoder residence, 3585 W. 700 S., Topeka. Services will be conducted by Bishop Christy Mast and grandsons, ministers Mervin Miller and Daryl Beechy. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange.

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


Berkey, Jacquelyn "Jackie" Gray
July 19, 1935 - May 29, 2022

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Berkey, 86, of Goshen died peacefully Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Greencroft Healthcare.

A Native American, Jackie was born July 19, 1935 on the Chippewa Reservation, White Earth, Minnesota to Walter and Gladys (Friedman) Gray.

On March 28, 1958 she married Weldon A. Berkey in Goshen. He died December 10, 2020.

Survivors include a son, Scott (Laura) Berkey of Goshen; a daughter, Sheila (John) Cuneo of Derry, New Hampshire; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sharron Andorfer of Springfield, Ohio.

Along with her parents and husband, Jackie was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne Stutzman, and a brother, Warren “Buck” Gray.

Mrs. Berkey worked as administrative assistant to the Elkhart County Soil and Water Department for many years. A member of East Goshen Mennonite Church, she served as church secretary, and volunteered at Switchboard Concern. Jackie was a faithful wife and loving mother and grandmother.

She enjoyed bowling, being with people, and had an infectious laugh.

Friends may call Wednesday, June 1, 2022 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at East Goshen Mennonite Church, 2019 E. Lincoln Ave., where a 1:30 p.m. funeral service will be held. Pastors Naomi Yoder and Merle Hostetler will officiate.

Burial will follow at Hess Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial gifts may be directed to East Goshen Mennonite Church, 2019 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, IN 46528;

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Bertsche, Lela Evaleen "Evie" Bachman
January 19, 1939 - February 3, 2022

Lela Evaleen (Evie) Bertsche, 83, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen, Indiana. She was born January 19, 1939 to Herman and Irma Countryman Bachman on their farm southwest of Pulaski, Iowa. She attended a one-room schoolhouse on the edge of the farm through eighth grade and was active in 4-H. She began piano lessons at a young age and later studied flute, and was chosen for the Iowa All-State Band two years. She graduated as valedictorian of her class at Bloomfield (Iowa) High School, then attended Bluffton College in Ohio as a business major. She was a member of a women’s vocal quartet that represented the college. On February 2, 1957, as a first-year college student, she went on a blind date with John David Bertsche, a former Bluffton student. After 19 months of dating, they were married at Pulaski (IA) Mennonite Church on September 6, 1958 and moved to a farm near Graymont, Illinois.

Evie worked as a secretary in a law office in Pontiac, Illinois for four years, then stayed at home to raise their three children and help on the farm. After their children were in school, she worked 17 years as bookkeeper and business office manager at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community. She also served as organist, choir member, and member of several committees at Meadows Mennonite Church, in the leadership of Women in Mission of Central District Mennonite Conference, on the board of Camp Friedenswald, and as the Livingston County chairperson of the CROP Walk. At several times in their marriage, Evie and David did month-long volunteer assignments, including at Camp Friedenswald, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Mennonite Central Committee headquarters. She loved attending her children’s activities, baking, hosting people in their home, and laughing with friends. She and David traveled to all 50 states and many countries around the world. As grandchildren were added to the family, she loved having tea parties with them under the weeping willow tree on the farm, taking them on excursions, and attending their ballgames and concerts.

After her children finished their education, Evie went back to school at Illinois State University and completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and women’s studies in 1995, and a master’s degree in counseling in 1997. From 2001-2003, Evie and David served with Brethren Voluntary Service and Mennonite Mission Network as hosts of the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan, where they hosted 2000 guests from 47 countries in the guesthouse, taught conversational English classes, and engaged in a variety of peace activities. When they returned to the U.S., they settled in Goshen, Indiana near their children, and joined Eighth Street Mennonite Church. Evie was a leader in the Mennonite Women group, volunteered at Ten Thousand Villages and The Depot, and chaired the American Committee supporting the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima until dementia began to make those roles too difficult.

Evie is survived by her husband of 63 ½ years, David; children John David (Wilma) of Goshen, Janeen (Barry) Bertsche Johnson of Goshen, and Brian (Diane) of Mottville, MI; grandchildren April Bertsche, Wendy (Kyle) Romanko, Roger Bertsche, Hannah (Scott) Johnson-Gay, and Aaron (Kim) Johnson; great-grandchildren Riley, Layla, Addison, Trenton, Camden, Teydren, Kyla, Grayson, and Byron; exchange student Rosa Moosbrugger Schaiden of Bezau, Austria; sister Ermaleen Etter of Mechanicsburg, PA; brothers Fred Bachmann of Kalona, IA and Ed (Jan) Bachman of Agency, IA; sister-in-law Mary Anne Moser of Bluffton, OH; brothers-in-law Jerry (Nita) of Atlanta, GA, Joe (Judy) of Chenoa, IL, and Bob (Jody) of Aurora, CO; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Memorial contributions may be given to Bluffton University, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Camp Friedenswald, or the World Friendship Center of Hiroshima.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Blosser, Paul Jacob
July 3, 1935 - March 9, 2022

Paul Jacob Blosser, beloved husband of Wanda Miriam (Kropf) Blosser, was born July 3, 1935, to Joe and Katie (Hostetler) Blosser at Shelbyville, Illinois.

He peacefully passed away on March 9, 2022, at his home near Halfway, Missouri, at the age of 86 years, 8 months, and 6 days, from heart and kidney failure.

He accepted Christ at his personal Savior and was baptized in his youth. He was a member of the Pleasant View Amish Mennonite Church at Buffalo, MO, to which he remained faithful until death.

On September 8, 1957, he was united in marriage to Wanda Kropf, daughter of Alvin and Ella (Headings) Kropf, sharing the joys and sorrows of life together for 64 years and 6 months.

This union was blessed with 9 children, of which 8 survive: Susan and husband LaMar Kempf. Pocahontas, AR; daughter-in-law Verla Blosser wife of Maynard (deceased), Buffalo, MO; James and wife Elna, Sedalia, MO; Donald and wife Susan, El Dorado Springs, MO; Delbert and wife Charity, Halfway, MO; Samuel and wife LeAnna, Halfway, MO; Joseph and wife Roberta, Viola, AR; Merlin, of the home, Halfway, MO; and Mervin and wife Eunice, Deepwater, MO. Also 50 grandchildren, 63 great grandchildren; and one brother, Ernest Blosser, Tampico, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest son Maynard; and one grandson, Robert, who died in the same traffic accident as his father on August 1, 1990; 3 infant angels (great grand babies). Also, one sister, Dorothy Ellen Swartzentruber; and one brother, John David Blosser.

Grandpa had a sincere love and concern for his family and for the church, and that we all strive to come closer to God than we have until this time.

Since his heart attack, two weeks prior to his death, he was tenderly cared for by his children, with his loving companion by his side. He had a longing to leave his tired body and go meet his Lord and Savior.

A sincere thank you to brother Merlin, (who is a special blessing to the family), for always being willing to help where needed.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022 in Pleasant View Amish-Mennonite Church, Buffalo, under the direction of Fraker Funeral Home, Inc., Marshfield.

Interment will follow in Pleasant View Amish-Mennonite Cemetery.

Fraker Funeral Home, Inc.
Marshfield, MO
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Blosser, Vada R. Wenger
December 7, 1926 - May 4, 2022

Vada R. Blosser, 95, Wakarusa, died 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at her home. She was born December 7, 1926, in St. Joseph County, to Charles & Goldie (Weldy) Wenger. On March 1, 1947, she married C. Raymond Blosser and he died November 17, 2003.
Surviving are daughters, Ilene Blosser, Wakarusa, Karen Slaven, New Paris, Cheryl (Bruce) Rechtsteiner, Wakarusa, son, Randy (Gail) Blosser, Goshen, 7 grandchildren, Dan (Cha), Dwayne, Adria, Abraham (Heather), Matthew, Naomi (Tom), Isaac (Grace), 7 great-grandchildren, siblings, Phyllis (Larry) Stauffer, Goshen, Larry (Terri) Wenger, Scottsdale, Arizona, sisters in law, Marlene Wenger, Wilma Wenger, Carolyn Wenger and a brother in law, John Nunemaker.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, Raymond, son in law, Dallas Slaven, siblings, Faye Yoder, Myrtle Kehr, Leota Yoder, Lester Wenger, Charles “Chuck” Wenger, Doris Nunemaker, Helen Alexander, David Wenger and Kenny Wenger.

Vada worked as a waitress at area restaurants and helped on the family farm. She was a member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and volunteered at The Depot and World Missionary Press.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, all at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, 64901 CR 11, Goshen. Pastor Wes Bontreger will officiate. Burial will follow at Yellow Creek Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart.

Rieth Rohrer Ehret Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Homes
Wakarusa - Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin
and daughter-in-law, Gail Blosser, Goshen, IN


Bomberger, Doris Allegra Good
September 13, 1931 - May 14, 2022

Doris Allegra Good Bomberger, age 90, died at Sentara-RMH on May 14, 2022. She was the daughter of Ella K. Shenk and Noah G. Good. She was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Caernarvon Township, Pa. Doris married James R. Bomberger on Aug. 25, 1956.

Doris is survived by her husband and her two children, E. Douglas (Teresa) Bomberger of Landisville, Pa., and Catherine B. (Kevin) Custalow of Charlottesville, Va.; and three grandchildren, Nicholas T. Custalow of Charlottesville, Va., Joseph A. Bomberger (Harley Burgis) of Tallahassee, Fla., and Matthew C. Bomberger of Landisville, Pa. She is also survived by one sister, Ruth E. (Fred) Denlinger of Fulks Run, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Lois A. Stockheim and Milton S. (Ann) Good and a granddaughter, Lauren E. Custalow.

She graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite College with a B.S. in home economics. She continued her studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned an M.S. in clothing and textiles. She completed her studies at Virginia Tech with an Ed.D. in home economics education in 1979. She taught at Eastern Mennonite College (later University) until the 1985 elimination of the home economics department, retiring at the rank of full professor. Both she and her husband taught at Cuttington College in Liberia, West Africa (1971-1973) and as ESL teachers at Sichuan Normal School in Chengdu, China (1981-1983) and at Hokusei Wakkanai Junior College in Wakkanai, Japan (1987-1988).

After retiring from EMU, she became a Certified Nurse Assistant, serving at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. In retirement, she became an artist in various media, including bargello, beadwork mosaics, alcohol ink, leather embossing, needlework, and others. She was a frequent exhibitor at various artistic venues, including the VMRC resident shows and the Rocktown Art 6x6x30 annual competitions.

A friendly hostess, Doris was admired for her welcoming smile and gracious dinner parties. Her students appreciated her patience and kindness. After a severe fall in August of 2021, she moved to Wenger House at VMRC for full care. She learned to navigate her wheelchair and was appreciated by her fellow residents for her kind and helpful spirit.

Doris was a longtime member of Park View Mennonite Church. A memorial service will be held in June, with specifics to be announced through the church website at Burial will be at the PVMC Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may made to the VMRC Good Samaritan Fund, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 5/16/2022
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish

Bontrager, Marvin A.
April 1, 1951 - May 20, 2022

Marvin A. Bontrager, 71, of Wolcottville, died as a result of a farming accident at 10:55 am on Friday, May 20, [2022] at his residence. He was born on April 1, 1951 in LaGrange County to Amos W. and Wilma (Miller) Bontrager. On May 20, 1971, in Shipshewana, he married Elizabeth H. Lambright, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are seven daughters, Sueanna (Floyd) Bontrager of LaGrange, Erma (Daniel) Lambright of Wolcottville, Nettie (Norman) Mast of Wolcottville, Wilma (Dean) Graber of Shipshewana, Fannie (Calvin) Mast of LaGrange, Ruby (Daniel) Yoder of LaGrange, Ruth (David) Yoder of LaGrange; seven sons, Floyd (Ruth) Bontrager of Markesan, WI, Wilbur (Edna) Bontrager of Markesan, WI, Mervin (Carolyn) Bontrager of LaGrange, Samuel (LeEtta) Bontrager of Cambria, WI, Daniel (Velda) Bontrager of LaGrange, Vernon (Leona) Bontrager of Wolcottville, Mahlon (Kaylene) Bontrager of Wolcottville; 80 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Etta (Harley) Schlabach of Arthur, IL, Martha Sue (Norman) Hochstetler of Charlotte, MI, Orpha (Levi) Eash of Wawaka, Wilma Mae (Paul) Lambright of Ligonier; four brothers, Orla (Sadie) Bontrager of Rome City, William (Barbara) Bontrager of Topeka, Wilbur (Norma) Bontrager of Dalton, WI, Vernon (Sara) Bontrager of Markesan, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Marvin was a farmer and member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 21, and all Sunday, May 22, at the Norman Mast residence, 1055 W. 700 S. Wolcottville. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, May 23, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Joas Lambright and the home ministers. Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery, Topeka.

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


Bontrager, Raymond C.
July 14, 1926 - February 7, 2022

Raymond C. Bontrager 95 of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 7:30 p.m. on Monday February 7, 2022 at his son’s residence in Sullivan, Illinois. Ray was born on July 14, 1926 in rural Arthur, Illinois. He was the son of Chris N. and Lovina (Kaufman) Bontrager. He married Ella A. Miller on Dec 14, 1948. They lived in Holy Matrimony 73 years.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 11, 2022 at the Pleasant View Church, 155 N. CR 300 E., Arcola, Illinois. Pastor Matt Bontrager will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 and from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the church. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Ray was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He made his livelihood for many years as a farmer near Sullivan, Illinois. He spent many winters in Florida and enjoyed taking his friends and family fishing. Ray was one of the founding members of Pleasant View church in 1958 where he was still a member.

He is survived by his wife Ella. 4 children: Marie Kuhns and husband Dannie of Arthur, IL. Ruth Kuhns and husband Gary of Tuscola, IL. Kenneth Bontrager and wife Goldie of Sullivan, IL. Judy Herschberger and husband Darrell of Tuscola, IL. 1 daughter-in-law Esther Kurtz and husband Nelson of Sullivan, IL, 22 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. 9 siblings: Mattie Miller of Arthur, IL, Liz Diener of Humboldt, IL, Verna Bontrager of Sarasota, FL, Mary Chupp and husband Lewis of Tuscola, IL, William Bontrager and wife Fannie of Millersburg, OH, Clara Herschberger and husband Nelson of Arcola, IL, Katie Helmuth of Glen Flora, WI, and Samuel Bontrager of Purdin, MO, 1 sister-in-law Alma Schweitzer of Goshen, IN and 1-brother-in-law Oba Herschberger of Sullivan, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons, Willis Bontrager and Ernest Bontrager. 1 grandson Mark Bontrager, 9 siblings, Ida Otto and husband Otis, Edna Miller and husband Andy, Carrie Herschberger and husband Levi, Fannie Schrock and husband Jake, Melvin Bontrager and wife Laura, Levi Bontrager, Eli Bontrager and wife Katie, Anna Bontrager, Lorene Herschberger, brothers-in-law Henry A. Miller, Joe M Diener, Mannasses Bontrager Jr. and Glenn Helmuth. Sister-in-law Pamela Bontrager

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail

Bontrager, Zachariah Lynn
July 13, 2021 ~ February 13, 2022

Zachariah Lynn Bontrager, seven-month-old son of Aaron and Julie (Fry) Bontrager, of LaGrange, died on Sunday, February 13, at Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis, from complications after a liver transplant. He was born on July 13, 2021, in Topeka.

Surviving in addition to his parents are brother, Joshua Dean Bontrager at home; grandparents, Mahlon and Doris Bontrager of Shipshewana, Daniel and Mary Lou Fry of Topeka; great-grandparents, DeWayne and LeAnna Bontrager of LaGrange, Bonnie Stutzman of Shipshewana, Joe and Mattie Fry of Topeka, Ernest and Linda Lehman of Topeka; many aunts and uncles and two cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Rebecca Bontrager and a great-grandfather, Harvey Stutzman, Jr.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 17 and all day Friday, February 18 at the families residence, 0725 N. 300 E., LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 19 at the Perry Hochstetler residence, 3575 E. 225 N., LaGrange. Services will be conducted by Bishop Mervin Whetstone and the home ministers of the Old Order Amish Church. Burial will be in Bloomfield Hill Cemetery, LaGrange.

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


Borkholder, Dorothy N. Yoder
September 2, 1934 - January 23, 2022

Dorothy N. Borkholder, age 87, of Nappanee, IN, died after a long illness on January 23, 2022 at 3:10pm at her residence. She was born on September 2, 1934 to Noah and Mattie (Yoder) Yoder in LaGrange County and was a lifetime resident of the Nappanee area. Dorothy married Isaac Borkholder on November 10, 1955. He preceded her in death on May 22, 2017. Dorothy was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She is survived by her daughters; Jo Ellen (Robert) Chupp of Nappanee, IN; Miriam (Vernon) Miller of Milford, IN; and Mattie (Devon) Miller of Middlebury, IN; her sons; Merlin (Brenda Tucher) Borkholder of Bremen, IN; Keith (Pauline Miller) Borkholder of Nappanee, IN; and Jonathan (Frieda Yoder) Borkholder of Nappanee, IN; 29 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren; a brother, Amzie (Mae) Yoder of Nappanee, IN; a sister, Edna Miller of Shipshewana, IN; sister-in-laws; Alice Yoder of Middlebury, IN; and Dorothy Yoder of Goshen, IN.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband; parents; 2 grandchildren; and siblings; Susan Lambright, Katie Yoder, Emma Yoder, Menno Yoder, Dan Yoder, Leroy Yoder, Alton Yoder, and Ervin Yoder.

Friends and family may call after 3 pm on Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Jonathan Borkholder residence (426 US 6 West, Nappanee, IN) and all day Tuesday, January 25, 2022. A funeral will take place at 9:30am on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 also at the Jonathan Borkholder residence. Burial will take place at Weldy Cemetery. Home Ministries of the Old Order Amish Church will be officiating. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, IN.

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


Borkholder, Margaret Hershberger
January 4, 1936 - February 25 2022

Margaret Borkholder, age 86 of Bremen, IN, died at 12:25am Friday, February 25, 2022 after a short illness. She was born on January 4, 1936 in Bremen, IN to Ezra and Laura (Schmucker) Hershberger. On April 26, 1956 Margaret married Freemon Borkholder in Nappanee, IN. He preceded her in death after more than 52 years of marriage on May 19, 2008.

Mrs. Borkholder was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church and, along with her husband, was a member of Gideons International for many years. Margaret was a loving wife and was an excellent caretaker for her husband as he dealt with paralysis for 14 years. She loved to serve and cared deeply for her family, cherishing the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Borkholder is survived by 2 sons: Dwayne (Jolene) Borkholder of Bremen and Jonathan (Marcia) Borkholder of Sarasota, FL; 3 daughters: Lorene Borkholder of Bremen, Sue Etta (Orus) Yoder of Bremen, and Cheryl Borkholder of Nappanee; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a brother, Lamar (Clara) Hershberger of Nappanee; 2 sisters: Luella (John) Gladieux of Bourbon, IN and Donna (Dan) Joldersma of Bristol, IN; and a sister-in-law, Ida Mae Hershberger of Nappanee.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Eugene Hershberger.

Friends and family may call from 2-8pm Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Bethel Mennonite Church (25402 Co Rd 50, Nappanee, IN 46550). Funeral services will be held at 10am on Monday, February 28, 2022, also at Bethel Mennonite Church with Pastor Daryl Hershberger officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Margaret’s name can be given to Gideons International. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

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


Borkholder, Savannah Kate
August 19, 2021 - May 13, 2022

Savannah Kate Borkholder, 9 months, daughter of Dale and Ella (Hochstetler) Borkholder, Bremen, died at 9:27 pm, Friday, May 13, 2022 at her residence after an illness. She was born August 19, 2021 in Nappanee.

Surviving are her parents, Dale and Ella Borkholder; sister, Sadie Ranae Borkholder at home; maternal grandparents, Wyman and Edna (Troyer) Hochstetler, Wakarusa and paternal grandparents, Keith and Pauline (Miller) Borkholder, Bremen.

Family and friends may call after 1 pm, Sunday, May 15, 2022 and all day Monday, May 16th at the family residence, 643 4th Rd. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am, Tuesday, May 17th also at their residence. The Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Cedar Road Cemetery.

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


Bowman, Geneva Frances Heatwole
May 29, 1926 - April 19, 2022

HARRISONBURG -- Geneva Frances (Heatwole) Bowman, 95, died Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Born May 29, 1926, in Dry River, she was a daughter of Ammon Samuel and Fannie Irene (Shank) Heatwole.

Geneva attended Rushville School and graduated from Eastern Mennonite School. On Sept. 11, 1947, she married Paul Dewitt Bowman. She was a busy homemaker and was also employed by Eastern Mennonite College for 30 years, retiring as custodial supervisor. She was a member of Gospel Hill Mennonite Church.

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 16, 2003; and also by an infant son, Larry Dale Bowman; a brother, Dr. John P. Heatwole; and a sister, Gladys Bear.

Surviving are four children, John “Jack” Bowman and wife, Sandy, of Harrisonburg, Sandra Bowman of Fairfax, Rose DeYoe and husband, Michael, of Port Republic, and Sam Bowman and wife, Suzanne, of Harrisonburg; two sisters, Hazel Good of Harrisonburg and Millie Thompson of Williamsburg; a sister-in-law, Anita Heatwole of Bridgewater; grandchildren, Tonia Wells Trivett, John Bowman (Mendy), Jodi Bowman Cyzick (Andy), Travis Bowman (Ashley), Miranda Bowman Weaver (Keith), Lucas Crawford (Christy Lowery), Jerad Bowman (Kate), Derick Bowman (Carissa), and Chase DeYoe (Shelly); great-grandchildren, John “Jay” Bowman III, Quentin Bowman, Kirsten Cyzick, Jaime Cyzick, Lana Cyzick, Forest Cyzick, Tucker Bowman, Harper Bowman, Nash Bowman, Zoey Weaver, Mea Weaver, Kimber Weaver, Annabelle Bowman, Oliver Bowman, and Zooey, Aspen and Lyla DeYoe; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Weavers Mennonite Church.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in Weavers Mennonite Church Cemetery led by John Bowman. Pallbearers will be John, Travis, Jerad and Derick Bowman, Lucas Crawford, Andy Cyzick and Keith Weaver. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. in Gospel Hill Mennonite Church officiated by Pastor Dan Horning.

Memorials may be directed to Gideons International, Rockingham West Camp, PO Box 734, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Bear Funeral Home is serving the family.

Daily News Record - 4/22/2022
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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