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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  N to Q


Nissley, Clair R. ; . . Nolt, John Jacob ; . . Nolt, Julia Ann Hess ; . . Nolt, Lois Jean Witmer ; . . Nolt, Lucy Landis ; . . Nolt, Paul Z. ; . . Nussbaum, Evan Dale ; . . Oberholtzer, Martha N. Leinbach ; . . Otto, Jephtha D. “Jeff” ; . . Otto, Leah Schrock ; . . Otto, Sarah J. ; . Penner, Leonard ; . . . Petersheim, Huldah Marie Graybill ; . . Petre, Chester Allen ; . .

 

Nissley, Clair R.
March 27, 1931 - January 14, 2022

Clair R. Nissley, 90, of Middletown, went home to be with the Lord peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, January 14, 2022 at home. Born Friday, March 27, 1931 in Hershey, he was the son of the late Earl E. and Dorothy G. (Risser) Nissley. He was married 66 years to Ruth G. (Leaman) Nissley.

Clair was a member of Goods Mennonite Church, Bainbridge, and served as a deacon from 1987-2001. From the early 1990’s through 2018, he made more than 15 mission trips to Africa, Russia, Ukraine, Bolivia, China and Honduras. While on those trips, Clair accumulated many additional “grandsons”, especially from Africa that he kept in contact with till his time of passing. He was caring and generous to many as he built relationships from those trips. He was also a Gideon for many years and even went to China to secretly hand out Bibles on one mission trip.

A poultry farmer all his life until he retired in 1999; he continued to work part time as an egg packer until he was 87 years old when he bid farewell to the chickens! He also made many comforters for MCC and Christian Aid preferring to “wear out rather than rust out!”

Surviving in addition to his wife Ruth are four children: Dale E. Nissley and wife Anna Frances (Rutt); J. Melvin Nissley and wife Marilyn (Rutt); and Gerald C. Nissley and wife Mary (Weiler); all of Middletown; and a daughter Sharon J. Kurtz and husband Gerald of Charleston, SC; 20 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, and a brother-in-law David G. Miller.

Clair was predeceased by a daughter, Sylvia Ruth Nissley, a sister Fern Miller, a brother Luke Nissley and a sister-in-law Verna (Zeager) Nissley.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 21st, 2022 at Goods Mennonite Church, 4374 Bossler Road, Bainbridge, PA 17502 at 11:00 AM. Viewing will take place at the church on Thursday, January 20th from 6:00-8:00 PM and on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will be in Goods Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Clair’s memory may be made to Living Love Ministries, PO Box 571, Morgantown, PA 19543.

Arrangements entrusted to Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Elizabethtown.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/17/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Nolt, John Jacob
September 28, 1941 - March 21, 2022

John Jacob Nolt, 80, of Ephrata, passed away on March 21, 2022, at Reading Hospital. Born in New Holland, he was the son of the late Harvey S. and Elizabeth H. (Horst) Nolt. He was the loving husband of the late Lena N. (Zimmerman) Nolt whom he married on May 12, 1963 and shared fifty six loving years of marriage until the time of her passing on November 2, 2019.

He was a member of Weaverland Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference). He was the former owner of John J. Nolt Oil Co.

John is survived by a son-in-law; Bishop Curvin Z. Zimmerman, six grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings; Samuel husband of Florence (Martin) Nolt of East Greenville, Ervin husband of Ada (Lauver) Nolt of Missouri, Marian wife of Paul Rissler of Missouri, Elma wife of Melvin Sensenig of Fivepointville, Elmer husband of Lena (Sommers) Nolt of Florida, Anna Mary Zimmerman of East Earl, Melvin husband of Miriam (Mullet) Nolt of South Carolina, sister-in-law Miriam (Sensenig) Nolt of Ephrata, and thirty-nine nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he is predeceased by a daughter; Susanne Z. Zimmerman, a sister; Alda Weaver, a brother; Homer Nolt and two brothers-in-law; Elmer Zimmerman and David Weaver.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 28, 2022, at 9:30 AM at Weaverland Mennonite Church, 1120 Weaverland Road, East Earl, PA 17519 with Bishop Amos G. Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Martindale Reception Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata PA 17522.

Kindly omit flowers.

Groff High Funeral Home in New Holland is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/24/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Nolt, Julia Ann Hess
February 27, 1957 - January 10, 2022

Julia Ann (Hess) Nolt, 64, of Lancaster died peacefully at home with her husband by her side on Monday, January 10, 2022. She was married to Joseph E. Nolt, Jr. Born in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late C. Herbert Hess and Eunice (Bergey) Hess.

Julia was a lifeguard for much of her adult life. She was an avid swimmer, biker, beach lover, and stayed active with many outdoor activities. She also had a passion for music and played many instruments. She was a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church where she played in the Bell Choir.

Julia spent most of her extra time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed many trips with her family and was always there for everyone with a beautiful smile on her face.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Jodi Trauger and Janelle Nolt; grandchildren, Alexis, Alyssia, Tyler and Austin; and a great-grandchild, Jaivon. She is also survived by siblings, Jerry Hess, Dan Hess, Carol Martin, Kathleen Shuman and Twila Sauder.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. BOX 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center, 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 or Johns Hopkins University of Medicine 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1722, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Service will be private and at the convenience of the family with burial in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/16/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Nolt, Lois Jean Witmer
March 31, 1965 - January 15, 2022

Lois Jean Nolt, 56, of Hyde Park, VT entered eternal rest on January 15, 2022, surrounded by her family after a battle with cancer. She was born on March 31,1965 in Ephrata, PA to the late Paul E. Witmer and Marie (Gehman) Witmer of Denver, PA. She was the wife of Calvin Nolt, the son of Lloyd &Mary Jane Nolt of Lititz, PA. They enjoyed 36 years of married life together.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by 11 children: Phyllis Wadel (Nevin) of Morrisville, VT; Clinton Nolt (Rhonda)of Wellsboro, PA; Dorcas Nolt of McGaheysville, VA; Rachel LeBlanc (Jonathan) of East Hardwick, VT; Rebecca Martin (Andrew) of Scipio Center ,NY; Audrey Bauman (Reynold) of Manheim, PA; Mary Ellen Nolt of Denver, PA; Edith Gehman (Jesse) of Lebanon, PA; Stanley, Mariah, and Caleb all at home; and 14 grandchildren.

She is also survived by 2 brothers, Eugene Witmer (Bernice) of Wolcott, VT and Daniel Witmer of Emerado, ND; and 2 sister, Joyce Martin (David) of Ephrata, PA, and Carol Auker (Jay) of Denver, PA.

She was a member of the Wolcott Mennonite Church. Viewing was held at the church on Friday, January 21, 2022. Her funeral service was held at 10 AM on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Wolcott Mennonite Church, 1337 VT Rte. 15, Wolcott, VT 05680. Burial followed the church service at the church cemetery.

Faith Funeral Home, Morrisville, VT
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Nolt, Lucy Landis
June 18, 1931 - January 12, 2022

Bethel - Lucy Landis Nolt, 90, of Bethel, died in her home on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. She was the wife of the late Clarence M. Nolt. She was born in Port Treverton, Snyder County on June 18, 1931, a daughter of the late Paul and Amanda Brubaker Landis. Lucy was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference.

She is survived by children, Delores wife of Leon Eberly of Fredericksburg; Lorene wife of Gerald Nolt of Peach Bottom; Galen husband of Betty Nolt of Bethel; Marvin Nolt of Bethel; John David husband of Ruth Nolt of Port Royal; 19 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; siblings, Annie wife of Melvin Gehman; Paul husband of Ella Mae Landis Jr.; Warren husband of Darla Landis; sisters in law, Lynn Landis and Ruth Landis. She was preceded in death by brothers, John Landis and Alvin Landis.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 9:30 am in Bethel Mennonite Church, 231 School 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 her arrangements.

Lebanon Daily News - 1/15/2022
Lebanon, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Nolt, Paul Z.
September 21, 1932 - March 29, 2022

Paul Z. Nolt, 89, of East Woodcorner Road, Lititz, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

He resided at the Lincoln Christian Home, Ephrata, for the last six months. Paul was the loving husband of Lydia W. (Hurst) Nolt till her death on January 25, 2018, after 64 years of marriage. Born in Earl Township, he was the son of the late Frank B. and Alta H. (Zimmerman) Nolt.

He was a member of Meadow Valley Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference.

His occupation was farming, liquid waste, and lime hauling.

Paul Z. is survived by four sons, Carl H., husband of Karen (Sensenig) Nolt of Ephrata, Lamar H., husband of Lois (Hostetter) Nolt of Lititz, Nelson H., husband of Jane (Weaver) Nolt of Lititz, Gerald H., husband of Gloria (Martin ) Nolt of Newport; a daughter, Earlene H., wife of Leroy Sauder of Lititz; 25 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Melvin Z., husband of Miriam (Seibel) Nolt, Lloyd Z., husband of Mary Jane (Martin) Nolt and Raymond Z., husband of Mildred (Martin) Nolt.

He was preceded in death by two daughters-in-law, Edna (Nolt) Nolt, Miriam (Huber) Nolt and a grandson, Roy Lester Nolt,

A viewing will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2022, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Midway Mennonite Reception Center, 210 Lexington Road, Lititz. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022, at 9:30 AM at Meadow Valley Mennonite Church, 200 Meadow Valley Road., Ephrata, with Bishop Quinton Wenger officiating.

Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Nussbaum, Evan Dale
August 21, 1954 - March 5, 2022

Evan Dale Nussbaum, 67, of Goshen, died March 5, 2022, at Goshen Hospital following a brief illness.

Evan was born in Goshen, on August 21, 1954, to Nathan and Ruby (Glick) Nussbaum. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1972 and then attended Goshen College for four years where he majored in science and business. Through a work-study program at Goshen College, he spent the summer of 1975 in Poland which also gave him the opportunity to travel in Europe.

Evan held a variety of jobs throughout his life, including working in the RV industry, and also doing odd jobs and lawn care. He worked at Professional Place Real Estate for 16 years in maintenance. He was a hard worker and never without a job.

Evan had many challenges in life, but there were two constants, his faith and his family. He was not a member of a specific church but could often be found visiting different Mennonite churches throughout the area. He cared about family and made sure to be present at birthday parties, family gatherings and other important events.

Evan is survived by his mother; five siblings, Ethan (Carol) Nussbaum, Leesville, South Carolina, Rebecca (Don) Rohrer, Elkhart, Jonathan (Becky) Nussbaum, Union, Michigan, David Nussbaum, Osceola, and Rachel (Rick) Eby, Goshen; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father in 2016.

Cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory. Private burial will be in Violett Cemetery.

A memorial service will take place on March 25, 2022 at North Goshen Mennonite Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Moser officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Central Committee.

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


 

Oberholtzer, Martha N. Leinbach
July 4, 1931 - May 12, 2022

Martha N. (Leinbach) Oberholtzer, 90, of Millmont, entered into rest at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022, at her residence.

She was born July 4, 1931, in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, a daughter of the late Clement B. and Annie (Newswanger) Leinbach. On Dec. 25, 1952, in Bowmansville, she married Ivan W. Oberholtzer who preceded her in death on March 5, 2019.

She was a member of Mountain View Old Order Mennonite Church.

Surviving are five sons and six daughters, Harry L. and Alta Oberholtzer of Millmont, Ben and Eva Oberholtzer of Winfield, Ruth and David Hoover of Mifflinburg, Anna and David Kilmer of Elkhart, Ind., Levi and Susan Oberholtzer of Millmont, Amos and Rhoda Oberholtzer of Denver, Pa., Nancy Brubacker of Liberty, Ky., Martha and Lester Nolt of Lewisburg, Ellen Oberholtzer of Millmont, Eva and Erwin Zimmerman of Mifflinburg, Ivan Jr. and Esther Oberholtzer of Penn Yan, NY; 59 grandchildren; 143 great-grandchildren; seven siblings and spouses, Emma and Eli Huber of Narvon, Christian Leinbach of Tamaqua, Susie and Ivan Sauder of East Earl, Enos and Katie Leinbach, Fannie Horst of Denver, Anna and Verle Payne of Okanogan, Wash., and Mabel and Loyd Martin of Myerstown.

She was preceded in death by infant son, David Oberholtzer; two sons-in-law, Alvin M. Martin, George Z. Brubacker; daughter-in-law, Edna M. Oberholtzer; one brother, David Leinbach; and one sister, Katie Leinbach.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Oberholtzer residence, 1186 Cold Run Road, Millmont, where funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, with further services at 9:30 a.m. at Mountain View Order Mennonite Church, Kaiser Run Road, Millmont, with Bishop Lloyd Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will be in the Mountain View Old Order Mennonite Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals · Cremations · Monuments, 16 Walnut St., Mifflinburg.

Sunbury Daily Item - 5/16/2022
Sunbury, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Otto, Jephtha D. “Jeff”
October 27, 1934 - February 11, 2022

Jeff D. Otto age 87 of Novelty, Missouri passed away Friday, February 11, 2022, at his home rural Novelty. He was born October 27, 1934, in Arthur, Illinois the son of Daniel E. and Susanna G. Kauffman Otto.

He was united in marriage to Leah Schrock on April 14, 1957 in Arthur, Illinois.

Surviving are his wife Leah Otto of Novelty, MO, six children, Peggy Sue (David) Ward of Siloam Springs, AR, Anita Rose (Chris) Wolvin of Burlington, N.J., Judith Ann (Michael) Schneider of Wiley, CO, Pamela Kay Ausmus of Edina, MO, Mark Wesley Otto of Newton, KS, and Connie Jo (Lonnie) von Thun of Leonard, MO, thirteen grandchildren, Grandchildren , Rachel (Austin)Maxwell, Bethany (Craig) Gallaway, Ryan Ward, Emily (Daniel)Hemple, Megan Wolvin, Heidi (Ty) Hartigan, Reuben (Melissa) Schneider, Maggie (Codey) Schmeiser, Karie (Jeremy) Holman, Katie (Jason)Wayman, Amber (Andy) Greenley, Taylor (Curtis) Weaver, Colton (Alex) von Thun, seventeen great grandchildren, Ellie, Adeline and Juliet Hemple Brooklyn Sheer, Saigeley and Liam Hartigan. Mia and Madalyn Schneider, Roan Schmeiser, Jace, James, and Joellyn Holman, Alivia and Westin Wayman, Lee and Miller Greenley, Georgia von Thun, sisters-in-law, Edna Mae Otto, Leonard, MO., Edna Otto, Newton, KS and many nieces and nephews.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, John, Eli, Duane, Amos and Simon, and three sisters, Magdalena “Lena” Yoder, Elizabeth, and Polly Ransome.

Jeff attended rural schools in Arthur, IL. Jeff and Leah moved from Illinois to Novelty in 1959 where he was engaged in farming. Jeff was an avid conservationist and was involved with soil and water conservation. He was one of the founders and board member of the local ethanol plant in Macon, MO. Jeff served on the Knox County R1 School Board, was actively involved with Gideons International, was a supporter of Growing Hope Globally (Food Resource Bank), was involved with Day Springs Out Reach Orphanage Ministry in Mexico and was also involved in many mission trips globally. Jeff was a member of Mt. Pisgah Mennonite Church Cherry Box, MO.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in Mt. Pisgah Mennonite Church in Cherry Box, Missouri. Officiating the services will be Pastor Mike Schneider and Pastor Tim Worstell.

Casket bearers will be Colton von Thun, Ryan Ward, Reuben Schneider, Andy Greenley, Jeremy Holman, Jason Wayman, Codey Schneider, Curtis Weaver. Honorary bearers will be Austin Maxwell, Craig Gallaway, Tynan Hartigan, and Daniel Hemple.

Visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. Burial will be in the Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Gideons International or Growing Hope Globally (Food Resource Bank). Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


 

Otto, Leah Schrock
August 12, 1934 - February 18, 2022

Leah Otto, age 87 of Novelty, Missouri passed away peacefully with all of her six children surrounding her Friday, February 18, 2022, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. She was born August 12, 1934, in Arcola, Illinois the daughter of Elmer J. and Fannie (Plank) Schrock.

She was united in marriage to Jephthah (Jeff) D. Otto on April 14, 1957 in Arthur, Illinois.

Surviving are six children, Peggy Sue (David) Ward of Siloam Springs, AR, Anita Rose (Chris) Wolvin of Burlington, N.J., Judith Ann (Michael) Schneider of Wiley, CO, Pamela Kay Ausmus of Edina, MO, Mark Wesley Otto of Newton, KS, and Connie Jo (Lonnie) von Thun of Leonard, MO; thirteen grandchildren, Grandchildren, Rachel (Austin) Maxwell, Bethany (Craig) Gallaway, Ryan Ward, Emily (Daniel) Hemple, Megan Wolvin, Heidi (Ty) Hartigan, Reuben (Melissa) Schneider, Maggie (Codey) Schmeiser, Karie (Jeremy) Holman, Katie (Jason)Wayman, Amber (Andy) Greenley, Taylor (Curtis) Weaver, Colton (Alexandra) von Thun, seventeen great grandchildren, Ellie, Adeline and Juliet Hemple Brooklyn Scherer, Saigeley and Liam Hartigan. Mia and Madelyn Schneider, Roan Schmeiser, Jace, James, and Joellyn Holman, Alivia and Westin Wayman, Lee and Miller Greenley, Georgia von Thun; three sisters, Alta Miller of IL, Christena Hanson of KS, and Erma (Monroe) Yoder of IN and many nieces and nephews.

Leah was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and siblings Edwin, Katie Ann, Melvin, Clarence and Vernon.

Leah attended country school in Illinois. In 1959 she and her husband moved from Illinois to Novelty where they were engaged in farming and to raise their family. Leah was an avid gardener, seamstress and quilter. She made well over 100 quilts for family and friends. She enjoyed accompanying her late husband to Sarasota, FL to spend the winters. Among other travels they visited Paraguay, Alaska and Hawaii. Leah was a member of Mt. Pisgah Mennonite Church of Cherry Box, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2022, in Mt. Pisgah Mennonite Church, in Cherry Box. Officiating the services will be Pastor Mike Schneider.

Casket bearers will be grandsons and honorary bearers will be granddaughters.

Visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. Visitation also from 10 a.m. till time of services on Wednesday, February 23th at the Mt. Pisgah Mennonite Church, Cherry Box, Missouri.

Burial will be in the Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Cherry Box, Missouri.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Hospice of Northeast Missouri. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri 63537.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


 

Otto, Sarah J.
February 19, 1951 - April 22, 2022

Sarah J. Otto, 71 years, 2 months, and 3 days of Arcola, IL passed away at 7:40 P.M. on Friday, April 22, 2022, at her residence in rural Arcola, Illinois.

Funeral Services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the family residence, 150 N CR 200 E, Arcola, Illinois. Bishop Daniel Rocke will officiate. Burial will be in the Yoder Cemetery in rural Arthur, Illinois. Visitation will be held any time after 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the family residence. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Sarah was born on February 19, 1951, she was a daughter of Jonas D. and Sarah D. (Mast) Otto.

Sarah is survived by nine siblings, Ada Miller of Tuscola, IL, Daniel Otto, and his wife Fannie (Miller) of Tuscola, IL, Ella Otto, Lydia Otto, Mary Otto, Susanna Otto, Miriam Schrock, and her husband Jonas all of Arcola, IL, Verna Herschberger and her husband, Monroe of Sullivan, IL and David Otto and his wife Christina (Stutzman) of Arcola, IL.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, Jonas, and Sarah (Mast) Otto, two sisters-in-law, Anna Mae (Kauffman) Otto and Marilyn Jean (Kauffman) Otto and a brother-in-law Harvey Miller.

Sarah was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Sarah had worked in the Bakery at Yoder’s Kitchen in Arthur for the past several years.

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


 

Penner, Leonard
June 6, 1937 - May 17, 2022

Leonard Penner, 84, died in Goshen May 17, 2022. He was born in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada to Henry and Eva Penner.

On July 23, 1960, he married Lorena Detwiler in Westover, MD.

He is survived by his wife Lorena Penner, Goshen; three sons, Lee (Debra) Penner, Lowell (Leah Lichtenberger) Penner, Lauren (Hilary) Penner; seven grandchildren, Ariel Penner (Jason Comotto), Jordan Penner, Christian Penner (Nicole Shartzer), Trae (Derek) Church, Breana Penner, Thea and Greta Penner; and four siblings, Edwin (Lynne) Penner, Evangeline (Ken) Watson, Kathy (John) Klassen and Bill (Anna) Penner in Manitoba, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a stillborn grandson, Cody Penner.

In 1958 Leonard committed to one year of voluntary service with Mennonite Central Committee at Junior Village in Washington, D.C.

As a Conscientious Objector, he served from 1960-1963 in alternative service at Brooklane Hospital, Hagerstown, Maryland.

After attending Goshen College, Leonard was employed for 22 years at Yoder Popcorn as Manager, later becoming a partner.

In retirement, Leonard spent many hours of volunteer work with Mennonite Disaster Service.

In 2007 to 2008, he served as Community Coordinator for Mennonite Disaster Service in New Orleans where he connected MDS with other city and charity organizations to help homeowners rebuild. He also joined volunteers that came to rebuild homes.

Leonard loved his family dearly. Friends and neighbors inspired him. He was an avid reader and lifelong learner. He loved telling stories of his life experiences.

He was an active member of College Mennonite Church where he was involved in handyman service projects and re-entry ministry.

Visitation will be held July 8 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at College Mennonite Church, where a memorial service is planned for July 9 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations can be made to Mennonite Mission Network, P.O. Box 370, Elkhart, IN 46515; https://www.mennonitemission.net/ or Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Rd., Lititz, PA 17545; https://mds.org/.

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


 

Petersheim, Huldah Marie Graybill
November 24, 1937 - March 1, 2022

Huldah Marie Petersheim, 84, of East Earl, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. She was married 44 years to Isaac B. Petersheim. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late J. Paul and Phebe M. Martin Graybill.

Huldah was a homemaker and had also worked at Good's Store earlier in life. She was a member of the Cambridge Mennonite Church. Her interests included reading, genealogy, flowers and gardening.

Surviving besides her husband are nieces and nephews, Rachel (Moon) wife of Daniel Kutcher, Daniel husband of Pamela (Phillips) Moon, Lois (Moon) wife of Samuel Mannhardt, Elisabeth (Moon) wife of Darrell Crofutt, Sheryl (Graybill) wife of Anthony Swanson, Dean husband of Cathy (Herman) Graybill, and Donavon husband of Beth (Livesey) Graybill, and 26 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Naomi M. wife of Ivan D. Moon, Rhoda Mae Graybill, and Ann Lois Graybill, by a brother, Paul C. husband of Verna G. Kreider Graybill and an infant brother, James Graybill, by a nephew Larry N. husband of Susanne (Homsher) Graybill and by a niece Donna (Kreider) Graybill.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 4, at 10:30 A.M. at the Cambridge Mennonite Church, 2906 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook, PA. Interment in the Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery, East Earl, PA. Viewings will be held at the church on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and 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 Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Arrangements by the Groff High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/2/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Petre, Chester Allen
June 9, 1956 - January 9, 2022

MT. PERRY - Chester Allen Petre of Mt. Perry, Ohio entered into rest on Sunday, January 9, 2022. He was born on June 9, 1956. He accepted Christ in his youth and was a loyal member at Calvary Bible Fellowship at the time of his death. He married Myrtle A. Witmer on February 28, 1979.

Chester was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle, his father Calvert, his mother Ada, his sister Rhoda and his son-in-law, Ezra Troyer.

He is survived by five children, Sylvia (Donald) Yoder of Somerset, Ohio, Ben (Josephine) Petre of Somerset, Ohio, Joseph (Leanne) Petre of Glenford, Ohio, Dorcas (Caleb) Miller of Somerset, Ohio and Edith Troyer of Mt. Perry, Ohio; 18 broken hearted grandchildren, four sisters, Eunice Martin of Rock Springs, Tennessee, Ellen (Elmer Enos) Witmer of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Aletha Petre of Sparta, Tennessee and Ada Marie (Charles) Witmer of Smithville, Tennessee and three brothers, John (Miriam) Petre of Manton, Michigan, Glen (Priscilla) Petre of Altamont, Tennessee and Ivan (Lillian) Petre of Crosshill, South Carolina and mother-in-law, Mary Catherine Witmer of Sparta, Tennessee and many nieces and nephews.

He spent many hours in his shop working on vehicles and farm equipment for neighbors and friends and hauled many loads of grain and gravel for local farmers and friends in his dump truck. When anyone needed anything, they called Chester and he dropped whatever he was doing and went to help. His big hearted love for his children and grandchildren created deep and lasting memories. His love for travel and people made him lots of friends far and wide.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the many that reached out and helped through this time of grief.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Cornerstone Church, 4905 Jacksontown Rd., Heath, Ohio 43056. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday January 13, 2022 at Cornerstone Church. Burial will be at Calvary Bible Fellowship Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Calvary Bible Fellowship, c/o Dave Troyer, 4255 Twp. Rd., Somerset, Ohio 43783.

Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset, Ohio entrusted with the arrangements.

Www.bopethomasfuneralhome.com

Posted online on January 10, 2022
Published in Times Recorder
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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