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

2022  I to K

Kauffman, Carl B. ; . . Kauffman, Lisa Ann G. Plank ; . . Kauffman, Mabel Marie Yoder ; . . Kauffman, Titus F. ; . . Klink, Claramae Lehman ; . . Knepp, John C. ; . . Knepp, Orva C. ; . . Krall, John Harry ; . . Kreider, Jan Frederick ; . . Kuhns, Henry Benjamin ; . .


Kauffman, Carl B.
April 22, 1956 - March 18, 2022

Carl B. Kauffman, 66, formerly of Bird in Hand, PA, passed away at home on Friday, March 18, 2022. He was born in Lancaster County to the late Raymond S. Kauffman and Minerva (Belier) Kauffman and was the husband of Judy (Martin) Kauffman. Heeding the call of God, he moved to Hampton, CT, where he was part of the Believer's Mennonite Church of Hampton.

Carl is survived by three sons, Albert Kauffman, Marcus Kauffman, and Wendell Kauffman, three daughters Carla (Kauffman) Leinbach, wife of Wilford Leinbach, Alice (Kauffman) Mast, wife of Leon Mast, Sabrina Kauffman, and three grandchildren.

He is survived by his mother and siblings, Norman Kauffman, husband of Wanda (Chupp) Kauffman, Rachel (Kauffman) Stoltzfus, wife of Jon Stoltzfus, Harlen Kauffman, husband of Esther (Eichorn) Kauffman, Nathan Kauffman, husband of Jane (Kauffman) Kauffman, Susan (Kauffman) Raber, married to Jonathon Raber. He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond S. Kauffman and a sister, Pauline Ramos.

The viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 11 a.m. with a public viewing from 10:15-10:45 a.m. The viewing and funeral will be held at the Christian Fellowship Church, 140 Pudding Hill Rd., Hampton, CT 06247.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/21/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kauffman, Lisa Ann G. Plank
June 2, 1988 - April 20, 2022

Lisa Ann (Plank) Kauffman, 33, of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 7:40 A.M. Pacific Time on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at the Rubio Cancer Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.

Funeral Services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Monday, April 25, 2022, at the HCK West Building in rural Arthur, Illinois. Bishop Nelson B. Diener will officiate. Burial will be in the Otto Cemetery. Visitation will be any time after 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at the HCK West Building and any time after 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the HCK West Building. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Lisa was born on June 2, 1988, in Tuscola, Illinois. She is a daughter of Glen and Linda J. (Otto) Plank. She married Kenneth G. Kauffman on April 18, 2008, in Arcola, Illinois

Lisa is survived by her husband, Kenneth, six children, Janelle Diane, Lorinda Grace, Jordan K., Jason K., David K., and James K. all at home; her parents, Glen, and Linda J. (Otto) Plank; her paternal grandparents, Ira L. And Verna (Schrock) Plank; three siblings, Jason Plank Kevin G. Plank, and his wife Loretta Fern (Schrock) of rural Arcola, IL, and Jonathan Plank and his wife Loretta Kay (Hostetler) of rural Arthur, IL; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George S., and Lorene Sue (Miller) Kauffman of rural Arthur, IL

Lisa was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jerry Jr, and Anna Marie (Chupp) Otto, and one brother, Lavern Plank.

Lisa was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Lisa enjoyed sewing, but her greatest joy in life was being a loving wife to Kenneth, and a loving mom to her and Kenneth’s six children.

Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola, IL
Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Kauffman, Mabel Marie Yoder
December 18, 1927 - February 16, 2022

Mabel Marie Kauffman, 94, of New Paris, died Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at home peacefully with family at her side.

She was born December 18, 1927, in Honeyville to Tobias E. and Mattie (Christner) Yoder.

Mabel graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1946. She married Menno Kauffman at East Goshen Mennonite Church on February 12, 1949.

She lived with her husband, Menno, in the New Paris area for 41 years. She was a constant companion to her husband, on the farm and as a secretary of M&M Wood Shavings and Menno Kauffman Trucking. She was a member of Salem Mennonite Church.

Mabel is survived by her six children; three sons, Robert (Donna) Kauffman of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Larry (Lavina) Kauffman of Stone Lake, Wisconsin and Richard (Stella) Kauffman of New Paris; three daughters, Shirley Kauffman of Stone Lake, Wisconsin, Cheryl (Ernest) Shaver of Phoenix, Arizona and Carol (Glen) Ramer of New Paris; 24 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers, Abraham and Alvin; five sisters, Jemima, Ina, Edith, Edna and Mary Jane and a great granddaughter, Emily Grace Kauffman.

Friends may call Sunday, February 20, 2022, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Salem Mennonite Church Cabin and Monday, 9:30 until the 10:30 a.m., funeral service at Salem Mennonite Church.

Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery, New Paris

Memorial donations may be given to Heralds of Hope, Inc. P.O. Box 3, Breezewood, PA 15533.

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


Kauffman, Titus F.
July 17, 1937 - May 22, 2022

Titus F. Kauffman, age 84, of New Holland, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 22, 2022. He was the husband of Barbara Lapp Kauffman, with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage. Born in Leacock Twp, son of the late Simeon & Sarah Fisher Kauffman,

Titus served 23 years as Lead Pastor of Alden Mennonite Church, Buffalo, NY, after which he earned his master's degree in Counseling. For the last 2 decades at Petra Church, Titus enjoyed his role as a counselor and Assistant Pastor of Care. He touched many lives as the Visitation Pastor, Marriage Enrichment Team Leader and, along with his wife, the Grief Share Group Leader. Titus also served as the chaplain for Garden Spot Fire Rescue. He enjoyed riding bike, woodworking, and most of all, spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

Surviving besides his beloved wife are 4 children: Scott Kauffman of Miramar, FL, Sara wife of Doug Colby of New Holland, Beth wife of Kevin Boll of New Holland, Amy Kauffman wife of John Freeborn of San Jose, CA, grandchildren, Devan (Kristen), Drew, Owen, David, Kaiya, and Cheyton, siblings: Fianna wife of the late J. Mast Blank of Gays Creek, KY, Albert husband of Dolly Stoltzfus Kauffman of Dundee, NY. He was preceded in death by his and Barb's daughter Gretchen, siblings: Delilah Swartzentruber, Arthur Kauffman, Elva Burkholder, and his first wife Leah Lapp Kauffman.

A celebration of life service will take place at Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland, on Saturday, May 28th at 11 a.m., with a greeting time from 10 a.m. until time of service. Service may be viewed via live stream at There will also be a greeting time at the church on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will take place in the Petra Cemetery prior to the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Petra Church, with a designation to Lifesprings Counseling or Missions.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/24/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Klink, Claramae Lehman
February 28, 1927 - April 21, 2022

Claramae Lehman Klink, 95, left this earth peacefully on Thursday, April 21, from Greencroft Healthcare.

She was born February 28, 1927, in Castorland, New York, to Samuel and Clara Kennel Lehman. She was the sixth child in a family of 13 children.

She attended Bethel College, Kansas, La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing, Colorado and graduated from Goshen College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She earned her Master’s degree in School Nurse Teaching from Cortland State Teacher’s College, New York.

In June 1953 she married Charles Lee Klink on the Lehman family farm in Castorland, New York. They met at the FFA Camp Oswegatchie where she was the nurse and he was the maintenance man for the summer. They settled and raised their family in Gouverneur, New York, where they were both teachers. Charlie died in 1991. They were married 38 years. She took wonderful care of Charlie with his illness in the last two years of his life. Claramae moved to Goshen in 1992.

Claramae loved to travel. She attended many Mennonite World Conferences. With brothers and sisters, she visited India and China. In Germany and France, they traced their family roots. She went to Ethiopia to meet her adopted grandchildren. While raising their family they traveled to National Parks across the country as well as many trips to Florida, the west and the Outer Banks, North Carolina. She and Charlie constructed a family cabin themselves on Hickory Lake in northern New York that they both loved dearly that remains with the family today.

She loved to volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in New York and Goshen, Oaklawn Auxiliary Board and Gift Shop, Goshen Hospice, Goshen College and Stephen Ministries. As a couple they were Voluntary Service House Parents in Homestead, Florida, where they worked with immigrant children and developmentally disabled adults.

Her hobbies were reading, walking and spending time at their family camp at Hickory Lake, New York. She was also part owner of the Lehman Lodge where her family still makes maple syrup.

Surviving are her children, Ann (Steve) Herendeen, Goshen, Dr. Chuck Klink, Richmond, Virginia and Dr. Paul (Kate) Klink, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Benjamin Herendeen, Dustin (Yibei) Nafziger, Leah (Eric) Blosser, Nathaniel (Jenna) Klink, Jessica Klink, Jersalem Klink, Daniel Klink, Isaiah Fleming-Klink, Rachaelann (Bryce) Yoder Klink and India Fleming-Klink; and great grandchildren, Noelle and Tyson Blosser. Also surviving are her siblings, Jim and Betsy Lehman, Gary and Alice Lehman and Jane Lehman, all of Goshen. Lyle Lehman and Robyn Scharoun, New York, Janice Lehman, Pennsylvania and Bernice and Dewey Hostetler, Dolores Wedel, and Evelyn Lehman, all of Kansas. She was preceded in death by a sister Ilene Adams and brothers, Ralph, Ken, Walter and Curt Lehman.

Claramae was a member of Waterford Mennonite Church and Bahia Vista Mennonite Church when she wintered in Florida. She will be remembered for her charity, smile, gratitude to others and sense of humor. The gift she gave to the world was to be a thankful person.

Claramae and Charlie instilled in their children that the purpose of education was to serve others. It is no coincidence that their children became an educator, a psychologist and a physician.

There will be a family memorial service at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to Mennonite Central Committee.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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


Knepp, John C.
June 17, 1952 - April 8, 2022

John C. Knepp, 69, of Topeka, died at 4:50 pm on Friday, April 8, [2022] at his residence. He was born on June 17, 1952 in LaGrange County to Chris J. and Mary W. (Lambright) Knepp. On November 13, 1975 in LaGrange County, he married Katie Herschberger, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Lonnie Ray (Laura) Knepp of LaGrange; a special family, the David Wengerd family of LaGrange; a step grandson, Michael Miller; step mother, Ella (Elva) Bontrager of Shipshewana; three sisters, Ada Mae (Wilbur) Fry of Topeka, Anna Marie Eash of Goshen, Edna Ellen (Stanley) Miller of Topeka; three brothers, William (Edith) Knepp of LaGrange, Enos (Mary Anna) Knepp of Millersburg, Christy Jr. (Irma) Knepp of LaGrange.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Melvin C. Knepp and Orva C. Knepp; a brother-in-law, Daniel Eash.

John had worked at PalletOne in Shipshewana for 30 years and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 9, and all day Sunday, April 10, at the family's residence, 1315 South State Rd. 5 Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, April 11, also at the family’s residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Vernon O. Lambright and the home ministers. Burial will be in Yoder Cemetery, Shipshewana.

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


Knepp, Orva C.
January 23, 1959 - March 9, 2022

Orva C. Knepp, 63, of LaGrange, died at 7:45 am on Wednesday, March 9, [2022] at Life Care Center, LaGrange. He was born on January 23, 1959, in LaGrange to Chris J. and Mary W. (Lambright) Knepp.

Surviving are three sisters, Ada Mae (Wilbur) Fry of Topeka, Anna Marie Eash of LaGrange, Edna Ellen (Stanley) Miller of Topeka; four brothers, John (Katie) Knepp of Topeka, William (Edith) Knepp of LaGrange, Enos (Mary Anna) Knepp of Millersburg, Christy Jr. (Irma) Knepp of LaGrange; many nieces and nephews; stepmother, Ella (Elva) Bontrager of Shipshewana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Melvin C. Knepp; brother-in-law, Daniel Eash. Orva worked at Pallet One for several years. He also worked at the Blue Gate Restaurant in Shipshewana as a dishwasher for over 15 years and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 10, and all day Friday, March 11, at the Christy Jr. Knepp residence, 1275 S. 375 W., LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, March 12, at the residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Richard H. Bontrager and the home ministers. Burial will be in Beechy Cemetery, LaGrange. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is handling the arrangements.

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


Krall, John Harry
August 20, 1933 - January 19, 2022

John Harry Krall, 88, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at Woodland Park of VMRC.

John Harry Krall was born to the late Elizabeth Ruth Charles Krall and Carl Sumpman Krall of Mount Joy, Pa., on Aug. 20, 1933. He resided in the same house on Market Street from birth until he left home for Eastern Mennonite College in 1951.

John attended Mount Joy School for his elementary, middle and high school education. The longtime principal told his mother that he would wait to ring the morning school bell until he saw John running up the alley.

Before attending EMC, John worked at the Rev. Henry F. Garber farm in Mt. Joy. He worked for Henry and his son, Robert during the summer months for several years. His parents wanted him involved constructively and were also happy for John to have a relationship with respected pastors.

John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Eastern Mennonite College, now Eastern Mennonite University, in 1955. During college John sang with the EMC men’s chorus as well as the touring choir. After graduation John became the director of the Mennonite Voluntary Service Unit in Iowa City, Iowa as his alternative to military service. He served in this capacity from August 1955-August 1957. John also worked as an orderly at the handicapped school which was a part of the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

In August 1957, John married Naomi Moyer from Hatfield, Pa., and began his teaching career at Iowa Mennonite School. During his three-year tenure at IMS he served as teacher, principal and assistant principal.

In 1961, John accepted a position to teach social studies at Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Va. John received his Master of Arts in Education degree from then Madison College, now James Madison University, in 1963. John was elected fourth director of EMHS in 1964 and had the challenging privilege of moving the school to its brand-new facility on Park Road.

In 1969, John was invited to become an instructor in the EMC School of Education program for the 1969-70 school year. John continued to teach at EMC until September 1976 when he suffered a massive stroke.

John’s stroke caused total paralysis on the right side of his body and total aphasia. John began endless hours, days, weeks and years of rehabilitation of his body and the relearning of the simplest of tasks. His mother moved from Pennsylvania to reteach John the alphabet and other elementary skills. With his fierce determination and hard work, John was able to gain almost one hundred percent of his physical mobility during the first year. However, the damage to his left brain was so severe that even 25+ years of speech therapy did not correct the severe aphasia syndrome.

To his great disappointment John never completed the work for his Doctoral degree at the University of Virginia. Even more disappointing to him was his inability to return to his chosen career of teaching. He was, however, able to work in the Sadie Hartzler Library for more than 20 years. He also served as one of the Park View Mennonite Church custodians for many years.

John will always be remembered for his dry sense of humor and his determination to overcome the obstacles he faced. John’s skills in communication with people across the age spectrum and his, albeit short, incredibly successful teaching career and effective school administration tenure will add to John’s education legacy. John served his Lord in many capacities as a lay person early in his life and in his limited way professed his love for God and the church his entire life.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by an older brother, Carl Richard Krall and his wife, Jean Hostetler Krall. In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, John Brian (Dawn Shifflett) Harrisonburg, Va.; daughter, Beth, Harrisonburg and son, Bruce (Christa Gitchell) Broadway Va.; his grandchildren, Tiara Coleman, Harrisonburg, Corbin Krall, Harrisonburg and Keenan Krall, Broadway, as well as his great-grandchildren, LaMya Coleman Will and Jayden Will, both of Harrisonburg. John is also survived by a sister, Ruth Elizabeth Krall, Tucson, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held at Park View Mennonite Church on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, at 3 p.m. The service may be viewed online by visiting Masks will be required to attend the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the EMU Teacher Education Program, Attention Development Office, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 1/26/2022
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kreider, Jan Frederick
December 11, 1942 - January 24, 2022

Jan Frederick Kreider died at his home in Boulder, Colorado, on January 24, 2022, at the age of 79. He was born on December 11, 1942, in Portland, Oregon, to parents Charles Steiner Kreider and Lois Yoder Kreider, and was the grandson of Edward Z and Alice Troyer Yoder of Hubbard, Oregon, and Henry R. Kreider and Clara Steiner Kreider of Wadsworth, Ohio.
Jan lived most of his early life in Wadsworth, Ohio, where he excelled in academic work at Wadsworth Senior High School. Upon graduation, he received a full scholarship to Case Institute of Technology, from which he was graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mechanical engineering. Jan pursued graduate work at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he completed both MS (1968) and PhD (1973) degrees in mechanical and chemical engineering, respectively. Jan’s love of the Great American West kept him in Boulder for the rest of his life. He also traveled extensively throughout the western United States and the world as he pursued professional interests in solar applications for residential and institutional buildings and the use of alternative fuel systems for vehicles.
Jan taught at UC Boulder from 1976 until he retired in 1996 as professor emeritus. He was Founding Director of the Joint Center for Energy Management in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at UC Boulder from 1986 to 1996, and the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards. He authored or co-authored more than 200 articles and 12 books on solar and related applications. In 1992, Jan and his wife spent six months living in France while Jan was a guest professor at the Ecole de Mines in Paris. That was followed by six months on the Lago Maggiore as a visiting professor at the Joint Research Center (JRC) — Ispra, Italy. The time in Italy confirmed Jan as an Italophile, and he carried his love of Italian cars, wine, and food throughout his life. After his retirement from academia, Jan continued high-level consulting work on the uses of alternative energy and fuel sources for companies such as Toyota. He also donated his time and considerable expertise to projects such as working with the World Wildlife Fund and with the government of Ecuador to preserve the sensitive and unique environment of the Galapagos Islands.
Outside of his professional life, Jan hiked, biked, skied, climbed, and drove at top speed throughout the west. Farther. Faster. Higher. Always pursuing the best. His love of fast cars is legendary, and he liked nothing better than to roll up his sleeves and spend hours working on his latest classic car acquisition. Jan is also remembered fondly by those who knew him in a family context and who received his generosity in both time and treasure. He spent many hours with grandchildren helping with science projects and math studies. Modding off-road Toyotas with grandson Jordan was a hobby that spanned years, and he was very supportive of grandchildren Colin and Courteney after the deaths of their parents.
Jan is survived by his wife Dorothy (Dottie) Lang Kreider, her daughter, Valerie Mesch and husband, Gary Mesch, and her grandchildren, Jordan, Ethan, and Kenzie Mesch. Also from Dorothy’s family are grandchildren Colin and Courteney Schwander, children of Dorothy’s deceased daughter Colleen. Immediate family surviving are brother Gerald and wife Karen Kreider and their daughters, Katherine B. Minielly and Emily N. Kreider. Jan’s sister, Susan (b. 10/11/1946; d. 1/7/1952), predeceased him.

Subitted by: Gerald L. Kreider, Brother
via MCUSA Archives, Goshen, IN


Kuhns, Henry Benjamin
July 15, 1935 - May 30, 2022

Henry Benjamin Kuhns 86, of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 30, 2022 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at the Otto Center, 2058 CR 1800 E, Arthur, Illinois 1/2 mile south of Arthur. Bishop Ervin D. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Yoder Cemetery in rural Arthur, Illinois. Visitation will be held any time after 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Otto Center in Arthur, Illinois. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

He was born on July 15, 1935 in rural Arthur. He was a son of Benjamin M. and Sadie A. (Yoder) Kuhns.

He is survived by four brothers, Jerry Kuhns of Arthur, IL, Harvey Kuhns of Tuscola, IL, Abe Kuhns and his wife Dorothy of Arthur, IL and Omer Kuhns and his wife Barbara of Sullivan, IL, one sister, Mary Miller of Arthur, IL and one sister-in-law, Georgia Kuhns and her husband Charles Martin of Fort Wayne, IN, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Menno Kuhns and his wife Esther and Levi Kuhns, one sister, Anna Kauffman and her husband Edward, three sisters-in-law, Ann Kuhns, Verna Kuhns and Verna D. Kuhns and several nieces and nephews.

Henry was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail

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