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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  L

Lantz, Sarah Lillie Troyer Mast ; . . Layman, Wilbur Clement ; . . Leatherman, Arlene W. ; . . Lehman, Mabel Huber ; . . Lehman, Mary R. Bontrager ; . . Lehman, Mary S. Huber ; . . Lehman, Sara E. Shrock ; . . Livengood, Martha H. ; . .


Lantz, Sarah Lillie Troyer Mast
September 2, 1939 - February 11, 2022

Sarah Lillie Mast Lantz, 82, of Topeka, passed away at 1:41 pm on Friday, February 11, at her residence, while surrounded by her family. She was born on September 2, 1939 in Middlebury to Daniel J. and Pollie (Graber) Troyer. On November 27, 1958 she married Elmer L. Mast, he died May 14, 1966; she was then married on June 23, 1967 to Harold D. Lantz, he died December 15, 2000.

Surviving are 11 children, Dave Lantz, Linda Santos, Steve (Janet) Lantz, Cindy Simmons, John (Shelly) Lantz, Elmer (Kassie) Mast, Sharon Mast, Brenda (Richard) Donat, Samuel Lantz, Grant Lantz, and Charity Berkey; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Fannie Mae Raber, Esther (Levi) Borkholder, Annabelle (William) Bontrager; and a brother, Menno Troyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; a daughter, Pollie D. Mast; a son, Harold Dale Lantz; two brothers, Albert J. Troyer, and Ora M. Troyer.

Sarah was a member of the Townline Mennonite Church and loved spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 16, at Townline Mennonite Church, Shipshewana. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:00 am funeral service on Thursday, February 17, also at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Dean Yoder. Burial will be in Townline Cemetery. Memorials may be given to World Missionary Press.

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


Layman, Wilbur Clement
June 24, 1928 - January 24, 2022

Wilbur Clement Layman, 93, of VMRC in Harrisonburg, passed away and went to be with the Lord on Jan. 24, 2022. He was born in Harrisonburg in 1928 to the late C. Weaver and Nina Heatwole Layman.

The Layman family moved to Denbigh, Va. for several years for employment in the Mennonite community near Newport News. Wilbur took his first years of schooling in Denbigh and continued to remember childhood friends there. After returning to the Valley the Laymans lived near Mole Hill. Wilbur attended Dale Enterprise School and graduated at Eastern Mennonite School. While in high school he especially enjoyed playing basketball.

Just a little too young to be drafted in World War II, Wilbur volunteered with UNRRA as a “sea-going cowboy” soon after the war. He helped care for shiploads of horses sent to replenish livestock in Europe. Wilbur liked to talk about his trips to Greece and Poland.

Mr. Layman worked for most of his adult life as a residential building contractor, including some time in partnership with Abe Hershberger. For many years, he was in used cars sales with West Side Motors and Layman Auto Enterprise. In later years, he shuttled vehicles for car dealers and drove cars through the Harrisonburg Auto Auction.

Mr. Layman took his front-end loader to Nelson County in 1969 to help with clean-up after the devastation of Hurricane Camille. He volunteered with Mennonite Disaster Service, Habitat for Humanity, Gift and Thrift, and Tried and True.

Mr. Layman was a member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. Wilbur enjoyed camping, deer hunting, researching family history, and playing card and board games.

Wilbur was married 73 years to Helen Wenger, daughter of Oliver and Goldie Heatwole Wenger. He is survived by his wife and their four children: Richard Layman and wife, Donna, of McGaheysville, Edith Layman Rhodes and husband, Gene, of Johnson City, Tenn., Glen Layman and wife, Kitty, of Harrisonburg and Kenneth Layman and wife, Debbie, of Harrisonburg.

Also surviving are five grandchildren: Michael Layman and wife, Angela, of Chesterfield, Valerie Rhodes Platt and husband, Adam, of Nashville, Tenn., Kevin Rhodes of Johnson City, Tenn., Matthew Layman and wife, Gwen, of Oak Lawn, Ill., and Jonathan Layman of Harrisonburg; and five great-grandchildren: Justin Layman and wife, Madison, of Bridgewater, Olivia Layman, Alexander Platt, Shannon Platt, and Abigail Platt.

Wilbur was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Yost; foster brother, Charles Comer; and grandson, Jeffrey Layman.

Pastor Craig Maven will conduct a memorial service Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. Masks will be required for attendance.

There will be no viewing or visitation at the funeral home.

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

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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


Leatherman, Arlene W.
January 1932 - January 21, 2022

Arlene W. Leatherman, 89, of Landis Homes, Lititz, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 21, 2022. Born in Perkasie, PA, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Clara Wismer Leatherman.

Arlene was a member of Perkasie Mennonite Church, Perkasie, PA and associate member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, PA. In the 1950’s she served two summers in Chicago, IL in voluntary service with the Mexican Mennonite Church and with the Home Mission.

Arlene was a graduate of the former Sell Perk High School. She worked two years for Ridge Hosiery in Quakertown, PA and four years at Fehl's Meat Packing in Blooming Glen, PA. Arlene received a BS in El Ed from Eastern Mennonite University and a Masters Degree in Humanistic Studies from Marywood College. She taught grades 3-5 her first two years in Elida, OH. Arlene returned to her home community where she taught grades five and six for 32 years at Telford Elementary and West Broad Elementary in the Souderton Area School District, Souderton, PA. During her teaching career Arlene enjoyed watching many of her students play Little League Baseball games.

Arlene invested many hours helping Clara Landis assist local church libraries as well as a library in Tanzania and one in Ethiopia.

She is predeceased by two brothers, James Detweiler and Norman Leatherman and by two sisters, Sadie Leatherman Maugle and Grace Leatherman Hufford. She is survived by nephews and nieces and their extended families.

Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Perkasie Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 or Perkasie Mennonite Church, 320 W. Chestnut St., Perkasie, PA 18944.

Furman’s – Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 1/30/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Lehman, Mabel Huber
October 2, 1941 - April 6, 2022

Mabel H. Lehman, age 80, of Mechanicsburg, passed away at her home on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Born October 2, 1941 in East Earl, PA, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Elva (Sensenig) Huber. Mabel loved animals and especially liked working with them on the family farm for years. She had also worked as an LPN at numerous local care facilities as well as through home care nursing. In her free time, she enjoyed fishing, taking trips to the beach, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband, Carl L. Lehman; her sons, Dean, Brian, and Timothy Lehman; her daughters, Audrey Boyd, Heather Ladd, Kendra Gallina, and Regina Harris; eighteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; and her sisters, Edna Horning and Elva Martin. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lehman.

There will be a viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, April 11 at Slate Hill Mennonite Church, 1352 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill. Funeral services will be held at the church at 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 12 where there will be an additional viewing from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/7/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Lehman, Mary R. Bontrager
June 4, 1948 - May 7, 2022

Mary R. Lehman, 73, of Middlebury, passed away peacefully, at her home after a brief battle with cancer at 11:04 pm on Saturday, May 7, at her residence. She was born on June 4, 1948, in LaGrange County, to Reuben and Mary (Mast) Bontrager. On January 23, 1969, in Middlebury, she married Lester A. Lehman, he Survives.

Survivors in addition to her husband are two sons, Verlin (Marilyn) Lehman of Millersburg, Samuel Ray (Sharon) Lehman of Middlebury; five daughters, Martha (Calvin) Lehman of Middlebury, Carolyn (Calvin) Lambright of Goshen, Ruby Lehman of Middlebury, Katie (Freeman) Miller of Shipshewana, Barbara Ann (Lamar) Yoder of Middlebury; 32 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Orla (Sally) Bontrager of Topeka; three sisters, Elsie (Melvin) Yoder of Bonduel, WI, Martha (Samuel) Schrock of LaGrange, and Lydia Mae (Glen) Miller of Kingston, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Maynard Lehman; brother, Ervin Bontrager; and a sister, Edna Raber.

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

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Sunday May 8, and all day Monday, May 9, at the Calvin Lehman residence, 10405 County Rd. 16 Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 10, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop John Yoder and the home ministers. Burial will be in Naylor Cemetery, Shipshewana.

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


Lehman, Mary S. Huber
November 30, 1935 - January 5, 2022

Mary S. Lehman, 86, of Lebanon passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. She was the wife of the late Peter S. Lehman whom she married on January 5, 1957. She was born in Union Grove, East Earl Township, Lancaster County on November 30, 1935, a daughter of the late John M. and Elva Sensenig Huber. Mary was a member of the Millbach Mennonite Church of Weaverland Conference. She volunteered as an EMT for the Schaefferstown Ambulance for several years and also at Home Health Aide for the GSH.

Surviving are children, Linda J. and husband Jay C. Martin of Reinholds; Wilmer H. and wife Rhoda Horst Lehman of Lebanon; Stephen H. and wife Janice Baker Lehman of Myerstown; Mary Jane and husband Darin T. Burkholder of Newmanstown; Candace F. and husband Dale L. Martin of Newmanstown; Carol A. Lehman of Lebanon; 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; sisters, Edna and husband Moses Horning of East Earl; Mabel and husband Carl Lehman of Mechanicsburg; Elva and husband Wilmer Martin of New Holland. She was preceded in death by an infant son. The family is grateful for all the caregivers who helped serve Mary throughout her journey.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. in Fairview Mennonite Church, 111 Elco Drive, Myerstown. Interment will be made in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing on Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling her arrangements.

Intelligencer Jopurnal - 1/8/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Lehman, Sara E. Shrock
February 15, 1938- February 23, 2022

Sara E. Lehman, 84, of Topeka, died at 8:40 pm on Wednesday, February 23, at her residence. She was born on February 15, 1938 in Geauga County, OH, to Elmer J. and Edna (Miller) Shrock. On February 27, 1958 in LaGrange County, she married Daniel M. Lehman, he died November 12, 2020.

Surviving are five sons, Wilbur (Katie Irene) Lehman and Raymond (Loretta) Lehman both of Topeka, Lavern (Lorene) Lehman of Shipshewana, Floyd (Loretta) Lehman of Topeka, Marvin (Lora) Lehman of Topeka; three daughters, Edna (Ervin) Bontrager of LaGrange, Kathryn (David) Fry of Topeka, Ida Lehman of Topeka; 40 grandchildren; 79 great grandchildren; three sisters, Katie Wickey of Decatur, Fannie (Leroy) Miller of Goshen, Mary (Ezra) Miller of Fremont, MI; a brother, Marvin (Ruby) Shrock of Middlebury; sister-in-law, Mary Esther Shrock of LaGrange; two half-sisters, Erma (Marvin) Miller of Middlebury, Esther Yoder of Hillsboro, WI; a half sister-in-law, Ruby Yoder of Hillsboro, WI; four step-sisters, Orpha (Ora) Miller of Libby, MT, Susie Miller of Kingston, WI, Verna (Owen) Hershberger of Mora, MN, Wilma (Elmer) Beechy of Shipshewana; four step-brothers, Alvin (Katie) Yoder of LaGrange, Toby (Martha) Yoder of Goshen, Christy (Anna) Yoder of Vevay, Milo (Lorene) Yoder of St. Ignatius, MT; a step brother-in-law, Ezra (Edna Mae) Bontrager of LaGrange; a step sister-in-law, Anna Marie (Clarence) Miller of LaGrange.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a grandson, Darrell Lehman; a brother, Melvin Shrock; a half-brother, Clarence Yoder; three step-brothers, Ervin, Elmer, and Perry Yoder; three step-sisters, Beulah Yoder, Rosa Bontrager and Anna Mae Yoder.

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

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Friday, February 25, and all day Saturday, February 26, at the Floyd Lehman residence, 4820 W. 300 S., Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Sunday, February 27, at the Jason Lambright residence, 3220 S. 500 W., Topeka. Services will be conducted by Bishop Perry Lehman and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury is in charge of arrangements.

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


Livengood, Martha H.
March 9, 1928 - May 9, 2022

Martha H. Livengood, age 94, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Landis Homes. She was born in West Lampeter township, daughter of the late Phares W. and Reba Hess Livengood. She was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church.

Martha worked for Hubley Toy Mfg. and later worked at Witmer's Greenhouse for many years. She was an avid flower gardener. She also enjoyed making crafts and making Easter candy.

She is survived by 2 brothers: David husband of Mary Burkhart Livengood of Willow Street and Earl husband of the late Joyce Deiter Livengood of Lancaster. She is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by 4 siblings; Ira, Paul, Rhoda and Mildred Livengood.

A graveside service will take place at the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, 435 Manor Avenue, Millersville, PA, on Friday, May 13th at 11 a.m. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/11/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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