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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  S1

Sadler, Ada W. Zimmerman ; . . Sark, Betty Lou Arnold ; . . Sauder, Amos M. ; . . Sauder, Anna Mary Sensenig ; . . Sauder, David ; . . Schlabach, Adah J. Yoder ; . . Schlabach, Dan J. J. ; . . Schlabach, Daniel ; . . Schlabach, Esther Fern J. Lee ; . . Schlabach, Paul L. ; . . Schmucker, Mary J. Miller ; . . Schrock, Edwin N. ; . . Schrock, Kadin M. ; . . Schrock, Kenton Joel "K.J." ; . . Schrock, Levi M. ; . . Schrock, Lyndon Joe ; . . Schrock, Orvan A. ; . . Schwartz, Gertie Mae Kaufman ; . . Sensenig, Alayne Yeakley ; . . Sensenig, Arlan H. ; . . Sensenig, John N. ; . . Sensenig, Lydia N. High ; . . Shank, Duane ; . . Shank, Esther May Eberly ; . . Shank, Thelma Jean Trumbo ; . . Shank, Wilma E. Hollopeter ; . . Shenk, John Burnell ; . . Shenk, Paul R. ; . . Shirk, Ralph Knicely ; . . Showalter, Daniel J. ; . . Showalter, Dwight Rohrer ; . . Showalter, Harry Heatwole ; . . Shreiner, Robert Lee ; . . Shrock, Paul John ; . . Siegrist, E. Jane Witmer ; . . Slabach, Fred ; . . Slabach, J. Leroy ; . . Smucker, Mary S. Petersheim ; . .


Sadler, Ada W. Zimmerman
July 27, 1934 - April 3, 2022

Ada W. Sadler, 87, of Myerstown, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022 in her home. She was the wife of Thomas I. Sadler and were married on August 3, 1957. She was born on July 27, 1934 in Lancaster County, daughter of the late Henry M. and Susan H. Weiler Zimmerman.

Ada was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church of Weaverland Conference.

Surviving in addition to her husband are children, Leon Sadler and wife Arlene of Bethel; Mervin Sadler and wife Darla and Earl Sadler and wife Aletha both of OH; Elvin Sadler and wife Jessica of Denver; Ellen Sadler and Esther Sadler both of Myerstown; Joan Martin and husband Lloyd of Loysville; 32 grandchildren; 11 step grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; brother, Amos Zimmerman of Ephrata.

She was preceded in death by infant son, David Sadler; daughter, Verna Sadler; siblings, Martha Nolt, John Zimmerman, Eva Zimmerman, Aaron Zimmerman, Nettie Martin, Eli Zimmerman and Ray Zimmerman.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 9:30 am in Martin’s Mennonite Church, N. Church Road, Womelsdorf, PA. Burial in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing on Monday from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm at Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon, PA. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling her arrangements.

Clauser Funeral Home Inc.
Schaefferstown, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Sark, Betty Lou Arnold
August 31, 1940 - April 10, 2022

Betty Lou Sark, 81, of Goshen, died at 1:30 am on Sunday, April 10, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL from injuries that she had sustained from a fall approximately a week earlier. She was born on August 31, 1940, in Middlebury to John and Rachel (Hooley) Arnold. On August 20, 1960, in White Cloud, MI she married Dana "Dwight" Sark, he survives.

Survivors in addition to her husband are two daughters, Connie (Sylvan) Eash of Goshen and Cindy (Danny) Matson of Newton, IL; two grandchildren, Micah Miller and Trinity (Ian) Brinckman, who are expecting the delivery of Betty’s first great grandchild; adopted children, Carlos and Celina Romero of Goshen; adopted grandchildren, Elise and Cristian Romero; a sister, Nancy Hitts of Romulus, MI; a brother, Terry (Nancy) Arnold of White Cloud, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Wanda Jones; and a brother, Richard Arnold.

Betty had worked for 34 years at Abitibi in Middlebury as a print group leader and supervisor. She and her husband had wintered in Sarasota, FL for many years and were members of Clinton Frame Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working in her flower gardens. After retirement her ministry was sending sympathy and birthday cards of encouragement.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 5:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Saturday April 23, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 3:00 pm funeral service on Sunday, April 24, at Clinton Frame Church, Goshen. Services will be conducted by Pastor Sebastiano Rosa. Burial will be in Clinton Frame Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to Clinton Frame Church or Time to Revive. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of the arrangements.

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


Sauder, Amos M.
March 22, 1941 - May 18, 2022

Amos M. Sauder, 81, of 301 E. Farmersville Road, Ephrata, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Lancaster General Hospital- Penn Medicine.

Born in East Earl Township, he was the son of the late Martin and Elizabeth (Martin) Sauder. He was the husband of Katie W. (Zimmerman) Sauder.

He was a member of Conestoga Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.

Amos was a farmer and owner of Sauders Shoe Service.

In addition to his wife, Amos is survived by five sons, Amos, married to Annetta (Hurst) Sauder of New Holland, Kenneth, married to Lena Mae (Zimmerman) Sauder of East Earl, Jason, married to Vera Mae (Sauder) Sauder of Charles City, IA, Lamar, married to Rebecca (Fox) Sauder of Dorchester, WI, Titus, married to Esther (Nolt) Sauder of Ephrata; four daughters, Grace, married to Aaron Shirk of Shippensburg, Lucy, married to Eli Shirk of Ephrata, Eunice, married to Edwin Martin of Ionia, IA, Martha, married to Paul Zimmerman of New Holland; 94 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Adam, married to Lena (Reiff) Sauder of Penn Yan, NY, Mahlon Sauder of East Earl, Eli Sauder of East Earl and a sister-in-law, Alta Sauder of Leola.

He was preceded in death by one grandchild, three brothers, and five sisters.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the late residence. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 9:30 AM at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 313 N. Farmersville Road, Ephrata, with Bishop Ammon Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 5/20/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Sauder, Anna Mary Sensenig
July 17 1934 - April 13, 2022

Anna Mary (Sensenig) Sauder, 87, of Lititz, passed away on April 13, 2022 as a resident of Landis Homes. Born in Ephrata, she was the daughter of the late Aaron L. and Emma M. (Martin) Sensenig. She was the loving wife of the late Christian W. Sauder, who she married on February 12, 1955 and shared sixty-two loving years of marriage until the time of his passing on December 23, 2017.

Anna Mary was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church. She worked for S. Clyde Weaver at Green Dragon Market for many years. She volunteered for many years at the Ephrata ReUzit Shop, was a seamstress, enjoyed taking bus trips and vacations to Spruce Lake Retreat in the Poconos with her family.

She is survived by her children; Cindy, wife of Sid Good, of Ephrata and Galen, husband of Twila (Hess) Sauder, of Lancaster; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Jeanette (Burkholder) Sauder of Stevens, PA. In addition to her parents and her husband, she is predeceased by her son; Calvin Sauder, who passed away on December 19, 2017 and her siblings; Earl, husband of Dorothy Sensenig and Esther, wife of Wilmer Martin.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Landis Homes for their wonderful, loving care of our mother for so many years.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata, PA 17522. Viewings will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the church and on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Anna Mary's memory to Landis Homes, 1001 E Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Eckenroth Home for Funerals in Terre Hill is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/15/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Sauder, David
December 21, 1941 - January 20, 2022

Gentle, kind, thoughtful, and considerate until the end, David Sauder’s earthly sojourn concluded on January 20, 2022, at Lancaster General Hospital-Penn Medicine, from complications of COVID-19. As he joyfully adds his voice to the heavenly song, we who remain grieve deeply but are comforted by our shared hope in the gospel of Christ and our shared commitment to continuing the service and compassion that characterized his life.

David was born on December 21, 1941 to Amos and Barbara Sauder. As the son of a minister, his devotion to the church and its work began at a young age, eventually transforming into a call to serve the broader community by becoming a teacher and principal at Ephrata Mennonite School for 41 years. While both church and school offered him the opportunity to exercise his gifts in teaching, they also afforded countless ways for him to share his love for music. David sang in more choirs than most people realize exist, most recently the Heritage Chorale of Lancaster. He conducted the Ephrata Area Mennonite Chorus for 20 years, introduced hundreds of students to a strong choral tradition, and trained many churches and individuals to become proficient in congregational hymn singing. Music was the medium through which he united people from all walks of life, giving glory to God for music’s ability to transcend difficult or mundane circumstances. In retirement, David was able to more fully indulge his love of history and genealogy, working for nine years at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, organizing the annual Bookworm Frolic and other rare book auctions.

While studying at Millersville State College, David met his perfect life partner, Joanne Marie Longenecker. Together they shared 53 years of marriage, supporting and encouraging each other through everything on their path. Their family expanded to include Christopher, Sharon (and her husband John Muhlfeld), and Matthew (and his wife Jennifer Bowman Sauder) as well as five grandchildren: Maya, Ty, and Luke Sauder and Amy and Jasmine Muhlfeld. As a father and grandfather, David spent hours reading stacks of books, encouraging musical pursuits, and perhaps most importantly, valuing each child’s unique gifts, interests, and personality. He was also blessed and strengthened by close relationships with his surviving siblings: Daniel Sauder (Lois), Marvin Sauder (Betty), Marian Sauder Egli (Orville, deceased), Anna Mary Sauder, and Evelyn Sauder. In heaven he will rejoice to be reunited with his sister Grace Sauder Good and his loving parents.

Memorial gatherings to recognize the Lord’s work in David’s life will be held at Metzler Mennonite Church, 515 West Metzler Road, Ephrata, PA 17522. There will be a viewing on Friday, January 28 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Saturday, January 29 will begin with a viewing hour from 12:45-1:45 followed by the funeral service promptly at 2:00 pm. Interment will take place in the Metzler Church Cemetery. Due to the widespread presence of Covid, the family requests that masks be worn at all services.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 1/23/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Schlabach, Adah J. Yoder
April 30, 1972 - March 1, 2022

Adah J. Schlabach 49, of 3891 CR 70, Sugarcreek, passed away at the Akron General Hospital on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born on April 30, 1972 to Jacob A. and Clara (Raber) Yoder. On May 23, 1991 she married David J. Schlabach who survives. Adah was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she is survived by her 8 children, Malena, Esther Marie, James, Brian, Clara, Marlin, Rosetta, and Anne Elizabeth all of the home; siblings, Katie (Ivan) Troyer of Fresno, Miriam (Robert M. C.) Yoder of Sugarcreek, Abe (Laura) Yoder of Charm, Jacob Jr. Yoder of Sugarcreek and Edward Yoder of Sugarcreek; and parents-in-law, John D. and Esther Schlabach of Becks Mills.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday, March 4, at 9:00 a.m. with Bishop Ivan Raber officiating. Burial will follow in the Miller Cemetery. Friends may call at the home after 2 p.m. on Wednesday and any time on Thursday.

A special thank you on behalf of the family to the church and neighbors for their support during this difficult time.

Miller Funeral Care – Walnut Creek, OH 330-893-2273.
Posted online on March 02, 2022
Published in The Daily Record
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Schlabach, Dan J. J.
December 15, 1933 - April 5 2022

Dan J.J. Schlabach, 88, of 9231 Township Road 609, Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at his home from an injury due to a fall.

He was born on Dec. 15, 1933 at Millersburg to the late Jacob and Ada (Wengerd) Schlabach and married Mattie J. Yoder on Dec. 19, 1963. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish. He was ordained minister in 1972 and later Bishop in 1991.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Mattie of 58 years, 9 children, Anna (Mahlon) Miller of Millersburg, Ada (Ervin ) Miller of Apple Creek, Lizzie Ann (Perry) Yoder of the home, Esther (Mose) Weaver of Fredericksburg, Monroe (Mary Ann) Schlabach of Fredericksburg, William (Elsie) Schlabach of Fredericksburg, Clara (Raymond) Schlabach of Apple Creek, Edna (Atlee) Mast of Fredericksburg and Eli (Iva) Schlabach of Millersburg; 75 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, a brother, Joe (the late Irene) Schlabach of Apple Creek and a sister, Edna (Monroe) Chupp of Fredericksburg. He was preceded in death by a son, Joe, a daughter, Erma, a grandson and two sisters, Betty Troyer and infant Mary.

Services will be Friday, April 8th at 9:30 a.m. at the residence with Minister Roy Swartzentruber officiating. Burial will be in the Hershberger Cemetery, Salt Creek Township. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Murray Funeral Home in Fredericksburg is handling arrangements.

Posted online on April 06, 2022
Published in The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Schlabach, Daniel
August 7, 1939 - February 2, 2022

Daniel Schlabach, 82, of Atwood, Illinois passed away at 7:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the Otto Center, 1 miles south of Arthur, Illinois. Pastor Larry Rocke will officiate. Burial will be in the Sunnyside Mennonite Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, February 4, 2022 and from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Otto Center. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Daniel was born on August 7, 1939 in Arthur, Illinois. He was a son of Fred D. and Mary A. (Yoder) Schlabach. He married Verna Miller on January 20, 1966 in Arthur, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife Verna; six children, LaMar, Ronnie and his wife Lorene, Lori, Gary, Larry and Terry Schlabach all of Atwood, IL; two granddaughters, Gayle and Jamie Schlabach, three grandsons, Waylon, Wyatt and Callahan Schlabach; five siblings, Sadie Plank and her husband Harvey, Eli Schlabach and his wife Rebecca, Harley Schlabach and his wife Mary Etta, Annie Ellen Otto and her husband Melvin and Fannie Marie Schlabach all of Arthur, IL

He was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, Lena (Ben) Schrock, Lewis (Mattie) Schlabach, Abbie (Jake) Beachy and Willard (Esther Fern who passed away one day after Daniel) Schlabach.

Daniel was a member of the Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Arcola, Illinois. Daniel was a hog farmer most of his life. He had also worked in a cabinet shop and at CHI.

He enjoyed being with his family and listening to music, especially the music his children made.

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


Schlabach, Esther Fern J. Lee
November 9, 1938 - February 3, 2022

Esther Fern J. Lee, 83 of Ava, Illinois formerly of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 6:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at her son’s residence in rural Tuscola, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at the Shawnee Amish Church-East, Campbell Hill, Illinois. Burial will be in the Shawnee Amish Church Cemetery-East, Campbell Hill, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at the HCK West Building 1 mile south of Arthur, Illinois and any time after 10:00 A.M. on Monday, February 7, 2022 at the Richard Schlabach residence, 213 Foss Road, Ava, Illinois. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Esther Fern was born on November 9, 1938 at Arthur, Illinois to James Edwin and Sarah (Miller) Lee. She married Willard F. Schlabach on August 28, 1958 in Arthur, Illinois. They lived in Holy Matrimony for 62 years, 2 months, and 20 days. Willard passed away on June 17, 2021.

Esther Fern is survived by; eight children, Doris (Gerald) Yoder of Arthur, IL, Clyde (Treva Herschberger) Schlabach of Arthur, IL, LaVern (Dorothy Diener) Schlabach of Tuscola, IL, Gary (Dorothy Miller) Schlabach of Williams, IN, Richard (Mary Ellen Schrock) Schlabach of Ava, IL, Duane (Andi Conlin) Schlabach of Monticello, IL, Marilyn Otto of McBain, MI, and Ervin (Heidi Martin) Schlabach of Mattoon, IL; thirty-one grandchildren and seventy-nine great-grandchildren; twin brother Lester LaVern (Mary Ellen) Lee of Arthur, IL and three sisters, Alta (John) Yoder of Arthur, IL, Anna (Velvon) Miller of LaGrange, IN, Bertha Yoder of Arthur, IL

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Edwin and Sarah (Miller) Lee, her husband, Willard F. Schlabach, two grandchildren, Marcus Schlabach, Rachel (Schlabach) Gingerich, one stillborn great-grandson, Johnathan Schlabach, one son-in-law, Kenneth Otto, one sister, Edna Otto and one brother, Ervin Lee

Esther Fern was a member of the Shawnee Amish Church-East, Campbell Hill, Illinois.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Schlabach, Paul L.
July 19, 1946 - April 5, 2022

Paul L. Schlabach, 75, of 3841 Graber Rd., Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, April 5, 2022 after suffering a massive heart attack.

He was born in Hadley, PA on July 19, 1946 to Lester V. and Sylvia (Yoder) Schlabach. He married Amanda E. Shetler on March 28, 1968 and she survives. He was a member of the Amish Church.

Surviving are his wife, Amanda; seven children, Lester and Edna Mae Schlabach of Fredericksburg, William and Nioma Schlabach of Holmesville, Eli and Esther Schlabach of Fredericksburg, Linda and Dan Shetler of Holmesville Sylvia Schlabach, Marie Schlabach and Miriam Schlabach all of Wooster; 37 grandchildren and brothers and sisters, Mary and Simon Lee of Centerville, PA, Rebecca and Enos Miller, Emma Hostetler, Ella and Atlee Hershberger, Jonas and Fannie Schlabach, Fannie and William Hostetler and Nancy and Ervin Hilty all of Apple Creek, Andy and Laura Schlabach of New Concord and Lydia and Melvin Yoder of Sandy Lake, PA.

He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, a son, Andy, 2 brothers, Nelson and Johnny, an infant sister, Betty, brother-in-law, Jacob Hershberger and step-brother-in-law, Levi Hostetler.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 8th at 9:00 a.m. at the residence with Bishop Joe Hostetler officiating. Burial will be in the Graber Road Cemetery. Friends may call anytime after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Murray Funeral Home in Fredericksburg is handling arrangements.

Posted online on April 06, 2022
Published in The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Schmucker, Mary J. Miller
June 4, 1936 - March 8, 2022

Mary began her life-long residency in Elkhart County on June 4, 1936. She was the daughter of John and Susie (Hershberger) Miller. Her siblings included Melvin (Iva) Miller of Goshen, Alvin (Marcella) Miller of Elkhart and Polly Miller of Goshen; and a brother-in-law, Alvin (Missy) Hochstetler. She was preceded in death by a sister Darlene Hochstetler.

On April 10, 1999, Mary Miller married Abraham Schmucker. He died May 2, 2004. Through his marriage she became the stepmother of two boys and three girls, all currently living in the great Goshen area. Mary also valued the relationship with her nieces and nephews along with their children. She appreciated her extended family’s visits and phone calls.

Mary’s career included hard work on her parents’ farm. A family illness called on her to provide some extra roles as a mother figure. She was employed for numerous years at Keens of Middlebury. Later, she was employed by Goshen Hospital as a nurse’s aide. That led her into the home health care field for various people in the Goshen community. In retirement, she utilized her sewing skills to construct quilts, face masks and garments. She crocheted hundreds of baby caps, donating them to the hospital maternity ward.

Mary was a member of Roselawn Conservative Mennonite Church, Middlebury. When mobile, she attended various church sewing groups. She also had great interest in piecing jigsaw puzzles, playing Rook and other games with friends at Greencroft of Goshen where she resided.

On March 8, [2022] Mary succumbed to death at Goshen Hospital. Viewing will be Sunday, March 13, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Fair Haven Amish Mennonite Church, SR 4, Goshen, and on Monday from 9 until the 10 a.m. funeral service. Pastor Thad Lechlitner of Roselawn Conservative Mennonite Church will officiate.

Burial will follow in Thomas Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial donations may be given to Goshen Hospice and Home Care.

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


Schrock, Edwin N.
October 23, 1935 - February 10, 2022

Edwin N. Schrock age 86 of rural Arcola, Illinois passed away at 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at the HCK West Building, 2004 CR 1800 E, Illinois (1 mile south of Arthur, Illinois). Bishop Raymond Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2:00 P.M. on Friday, February 11, 2022 and all day on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at the HCK West Building. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Edwin was born on October 23, 1935 in Arthur, Illinois to Daniel J and Nancy D (Schlabach) Schrock. He married Viola Elizabeth C Yoder on December 05, 1957.

He is survived by his wife, Viola, of 64 years, children, Margaret Miller, Harold (Penny) Schrock, Jacob Schrock, David (Nicole) Schrock all of Arthur, IL, Marcus (Pamela) Schrock of Bement, IL, and Wilma (Dave) Schwartz of Nappanee, IN, daughter-in-law, Michelle Schrock of Arthur, IL, 20 grandchildren, 8 step grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 18 step great grandchildren, brothers, Daniel (Dena) Schrock of McBain MI, Jerry (Magdalena) Schrock of Kalona, IA, sisters, Martha (Lonnie) Yoder of Arthur, IL, Elizabeth Ann (Roy) Beachy of Kalona, IA, sisters-in-law, Edna Schrock, Esta Schrock, Nancy Schrock, Lizzie Ann Schrock, Susie Ellen Schrock, step brothers, and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sons, Stephen Schrock and Philip Schrock, son-in-law Enos Miller, step grandson, Ross Taylor, stepparents, John “JR” and Ada (Schrock) Yoder, and brothers, Fred, Henry, Perry, Jacob, David and Samuel Schrock.

Edwin was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

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


Schrock, Kadin M.
October 10, 2005 - May 15, 2022

Kadin M. Schrock, 16, of Syracuse, died Sunday, May 15, 2022 due to a swimming accident.

He was born October 10, 2005, in Goshen to Darin and Jennifer (Stepek) Schrock.

They survive along with six siblings, Myra, Lia, “Gator”, “CC”, “PJ”, and Jax, all at home; grandparents, Ernie and Gail Schrock of Milford, and Mike and Betty Stepek of Boonville; and uncles and aunts, Mike and Kristin of Ligonier, and Jessica and Brad of Terre Haute.

A sophomore student at Fairfield High School, Kadin was active in baseball and football.

He enjoyed being with friends and loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Kadin was a beloved, son, brother, grandson, nephew, and faithful friend who will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Maple City Chapel, Goshen, and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the 10 a.m. funeral on Monday, May 23, also at Maple City Chapel. Pastor Joe Miller will officiate.

Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery, Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Outpour;, serving people in Southeast Asia.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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


Schrock, Kenton Joel "K.J."
June 18, 1966 - January 9, 2022

KJ Schrock, age 55, of North Lewisburg, Ohio went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, January 9, 2022.

He was born Kenton Joel Smucker in Bellefontaine, Ohio June 18,1966, a son of Ralph Morris Smucker of Austin, Texas, and Janet Irene (Schrock) Smucker of West Liberty, Ohio.

KJ is survived by his sister-in-law, Julie Smucker; a niece, Emily Smucker; a nephew, Austin Smucker and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rev. Jerry D. Smucker M.D.

KJ was a 1984 graduate of West Liberty-Salem High School. He went on to attend Ohio University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. KJ worked as a self-employed voice actor and was a licensed minister with The Apostolic Church Fellowship. A sports enthusiast, he was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and Dallas Cowboys. KJ enjoyed hunting and fishing, driving on back country roads with his windows down, but most of all spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Bethel Mennonite Church in West Liberty, where Pastors Rebecca Kauffman and Alvin Yoder will officiate the funeral service beginning at 1:00 p.m. The family requests guests in attendance be symptom-free and wear a mask.

Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of the donor’s choice or Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home 101 Zanesfield Rd. West Liberty, Ohio 43357 to offset funeral expenses.

The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty is honored to serve the Smucker family.

Submitted by: Secretary of Bethel Mennonite Church
West Liberty, OH


Schrock, Levi M.
July 3, 1942 - January 16, 2022

Levi M. Schrock, 79 of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 11:57 A.M. on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at the Otto Center, South of Arthur, Illinois. Bishop Larry R. Diener will officiate. Burial will be in the Otto Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. on Monday, January 17, 2022, and 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Otto Center. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Levi was born on July 3, 1942 in rural Arthur, Illinois. He was a son of Menno A. and Sovilla J. (Mast) Schrock. He married Edna Mae Gingerich on September 25, 1962 in rural Arthur, Illinois, and they lived in Holy Matrimony 58 years, 3 months, 26 days. She passed away on January 20, 2021.

He is survived by six children: Larry Jay Schrock and his wife Delores (Herschberger) of Tuscola, IL, Kenneth Lynn Schrock and his wife Melissa (Yoars) of Arthur, IL, Roger Keith Schrock and his wife Jeannette (Kauffman) of Arthur, IL, Richard Lee Schrock and his wife Tina (Walker) of Chatham, IL, Carol Ann (Schrock) Gingerich and her husband Robert of Arthur, IL and David Alan Schrock of Cooks Mills, IL; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother Andrew M. Schrock of Bowling Green, FL; two sisters-in-law, Marie (Dan) Schrock of Warsaw, OH and Frances (Abe) Schrock of Arthur, IL; and two stepsiblings, Edward C. (Clara) Schrock and Alta Schrock both of Arthur, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, John, Dan and Abe Schrock; sister Anna Helmuth; stepfather Chris A. Schrock, and two stepsisters, Lydia Miller and Elizabeth Schrock.

Levi was a grain and dairy farmer for many years. He also worked at several local businesses over the years. In retirement he could often be found spending time with friends at local coffee shops and enjoyed wintering in Pinecraft, FL. Watching his grandchildren grow up was one of his greatest joys.

Levi was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Schrock, Lyndon Joe
January 25, 2002 - January 7, 2022

Lyndon Joe Schrock, age 19 of Nappanee, IN, died at 12:20pm, Friday, January 7, 2022 at his residence. Lyndon was born on January 25, 2002 to Lavonne and Barbara (Stutzman) Schrock in Elkhart, IN.

Surviving are his parents; sister, Valerie (Joseph) Hochstetler, Nappanee, IN; brother, Luke (Jane) Schrock, Nappanee, IN; 3 nephews, Kenlan Schrock, Austin Schrock, and Jamin Hochstetler; maternal grandparents, Ervin and Ida Mae Stutzman, Nappanee, IN; paternal grandmother, Edna Schrock, Colon, MI.

Lyndon was preceded in death by a paternal grandfather, Adlai Schrock.

Friends and family may call after 10am on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the family residence (25510 A CR 50, Nappanee, IN). A funeral service will be at 9:30am on Sunday, January 9, 2022 also at the family residence. Burial will be at West Union Center Cemetery. Officiating will be the Old Order Amish Church Ministries. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, IN.

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


Schrock, Orvan A.
December 11, 1981 - February 23, 2022

Orvan A. Schrock, 40, of Wolcottville, died at 2:54 pm on Wednesday, February 23, at the scene of a tree cutting accident in Middlebury. He was born on December 11, 1981 in LaGrange County to Alvin and Katie (Miller) Schrock. On April 16, 2003 in LaGrange County, he married Martha Beechy, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are seven sons, Alvin Lee Schrock, Jerry Wayne Schrock, LaVon Jay Schrock, Josiah Schrock, Nathaniel Schrock, Timothy Schrock, and LaVern Schrock all at home; four daughters, Lori Ann Schrock, Sue Etta Schrock, Wilma Kay Schrock, and Hannah Ruth Schrock all at home; father and stepmother, Alvin and Edna Schrock of Middlebury; eight brothers, Daniel (Mary) Schrock of Middlebury, Leroy (Darlene) Schrock of Topeka, Jacob (Susan) Schrock of LaGrange, Amos Schrock of Middlebury, Samuel Schrock of Middlebury, Paul (Cheryle) Schrock of Wolcottville, Levi (Diann) Schrock of Middlebury, Nathan Schrock of Middlebury and special friend Jolene Lehman; three sisters, Mary Ann (Dennis) Miller of LaGrange, Lovina Sue (DeWayne) Shrock of LaGrange, Ruth Etta (Ernest Jay) Yoder of LaGrange.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Orvan was a farmer and tree logger. He was a 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 Amos A. Beechy residence, 4870 S. 200 W. Wolcottville. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Sunday, February 27, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Glen Troyer, Jr. and the home ministers. Burial will be in Sandhill Cemetery, LaGrange. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury is in charge of arrangements.

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


Schwartz, Gertie Mae Kaufman
November 1, 1929 - March 5, 2022

Gertie Mae Schwartz, 92, of Goshen, died at 7:30 pm, on Saturday, March 5 at her residence. She was born on November 1, 1929, in Shipshewana, to David J. and Mary Ann (Weirich) Kaufman. On December 16, 1954, in Shipshewana, she married Amos L. Schwartz, he died February 25, 2020.

Surviving are two sons, Daniel (Yvonne) Schwartz of Wolcottville, David (Mary Lou) Schwartz of Goshen; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; great-grandson, Lyndon Jay Schwartz; four brothers, Amos, Daniel, Eli, and Joe Kaufman; three sisters, Sovilla Helmuth, Alpha Whetstone, and Elizabeth Kaufman.

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

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 6 and all day Monday March 7 at the family residence, 10362 CR 32, Goshen. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, March 8 at the Brian Hochstetler residence, 10399 CR 32, Goshen. Services will be conducted by Bishop Faron Lehman and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller 8 Square Cemetery, Goshen.

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


Sensenig, Alayne Yeakley
November 8, 1940 - March 16, 2022

Alayne Sensenig, 81, formerly of Manheim, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at The Oaks of Carrollton. She was born in Kenhorst to the late Robert and Florence (Delgado) Yeakley and was the wife of the late Leon B. Sensenig who passed away in 2018.

She was a member of the former Evangel Assembly of God.

Alayne, along with her husband, previously owned Blue Bell Mobile Home Park. She enjoyed singing, attending church and was an animal lover. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Alayne is survived by two sons, Robert A., husband of Marlene (Fernandez) Sensenig of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Joseph L., husband of Melissa (White) Sensenig of Carrollton, GA; two granddaughters, Tatianna, wife of Doug Ogden of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Maggie Sensenig of Carrollton, GA and a great-granddaughter, Marina Ogden.

In addition to husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Yeakley.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 6 to 8 PM at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church, 590 Hammer Creek Road, Lititz. An additional viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, from 10 to 11 AM at the church, followed by her funeral service, at 11 AM, with Pastor Kevin Sylvester officiating. Interment will take place in the Hammer Creek Mennonite Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions in Alayne's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Greater PA Chapter-Lancaster, 2595 Interstate Drive Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA, 17110.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 3/19/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Sensenig, Arlan H.
October 6, 1982 - January 21, 2022

Arlan H. Sensenig, age 39 years, 3 months and 15 days, of Withee, passed away on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Mo.

Services were at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at Clark View Mennonite Church in the Town of Longwood. His final resting place will be at the church cemetery. Elvin Hoover, Kevin Martin, Randall Martin, Paul Wesley Oberholtzer and Jerry Brubaker presided. Pallbearers were Leroy Sensenig, Landis Sensenig, Elam Ray Sensenig, Stephen Burkholder, Leonard Burkholder and Larry Burkholder. Visitation was on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the CAM Center (corner of Pine and Gorman Ave Thorp). The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Owen is assisting the family with arrangements.

Arlan was born on Oct. 6, 1982, in Clark County, to Melvin S. and Alma H. (Hoover) Sensenig. He attended school until eighth grade. Arlan was united in marriage to Margaret B. Burkholder on Sept. 1, 2007, in the Town of Hoard. He owned and operated Black River Spray Foam LLC. He is remembered as a loving husband and father and was a good friend to many. Arlan also greatly enjoyed spending time in the joys of the outdoors.

Arlan is survived by his wife, Margaret; children: Adella Marian, Larren Melvin, Arlan Latrell, Angella Margaret, Logan Darrell and Ashley Mabel; father, Melvin S. Sensenig; brothers: Leroy of Lancaster, Pa., Landis (Rhoda), Elam Ray (Esther Mae) and Vernon; sisters: Darlene (Leon) Eberly and Louella Sensenig, all of Clark County.

He was preceded in death by a stillborn brother, Darrell; mother, Alma H. Sensenig; grandparents: Elam and Alta Sensenig and Frank and Rebecca Hoover.

The Star News, Medford, WI
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Sensenig, John N.
June 15, 1939 - May 21, 2022

John N. Sensenig, 82, of Nottingham, PA passed away May 21, 2022, in the Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA. He was the husband of Pauline B. (Weaver) Sensenig to whom he was married for 62 years. He was born in Gordonville, PA on June 15, 1939, a son of the late John B. Sensenig and Mary M. (Nolt) Sensenig.

John was a member of the Fairmount Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference and a retired farmer.

Surviving in addition to his wife are six children: Lynda Jane and husband Gerald L. Hoover of Myerstown, PA; John W. and wife Marilyn (Burkholder) Sensenig of Cato, NY; Harold R. and wife Darla (Martin) Sensenig of Manheim, PA; Nelson L. and wife Karen (Burkholder) Sensenig of Red Creek, NY; Franklin W. and wife Louann (Martin) Sensenig of Lititz, PA; Paul David and wife Marian (Martin) Sensenig of Nottingham, PA; 51 grandchildren; 123 great-grandchildren; brothers Noah N., husband of Esther Sensenig of Ephrata; Melvin N., husband of Phoebe Ann Sensenig of Terre Hill; and sisters Francis M., wife of Harlan Martin of New Holland; Evelyn M. Snyder of New Holland; Verna E., wife of Leon Burkholder of Ephrata and Esther N., wife of Lloyd Fox of East Earl.

He was preceded in death by brothers Milton N. (Susan), and F. David (Betty) Sensenig and sisters Anna N. (Titus) Burkholder, Barbara N. (Paul) Hursh, Mary Etta (Harland) Weaver, Ruth N. (Paul) Hoover, and Erma J. (Ellis) Martin, one grandchild, and two great grandchildren.

His funeral will be held on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. at Fairmount Mennonite Church with Bishop Curvin Zimmerman, Harlan Martin, Delmar Nolt and Clair Hurst officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at the Little Britain Fellowship Center on Thursday from 2 4 p.m. and 6 8 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/23/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Sensenig, Lydia N. High
August 12, 1927 - April 4, 2022

Lydia N. Sensenig, 94, a resident of Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, passed away at the home on Monday, April 4, 2022.

She was married January 27, 1951 to the late Amos Z. Sensenig who died in 1997. Born in Ephrata, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Z. and Mary Nolt High.

Lydia was a homemaker and a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. She enjoyed sewing comforters and quilts. Lydia had been a volunteer at Fairmount Homes for over 20 years.

Surviving is a son, Marvin H. husband of Rhoda Martin Sensenig of Ephrata; five daughters, Laura Mae wife of Noah K. Weaver of Terre Hill, Marian H. wife of Paul A. Chupp of Paynesville, MN, Velma H. wife of David S. Leid of Nashville, OH, L. Jane wife of Maurice E. Boss of Colton, OR, and Elaine H. wife of Glen M. Horning of Reinholds; 37 grandchildren, 77 great grandchildren; and three sisters, Esther N. Nolt of Ephrata, Vera N. Zimmerman of New Holland, and Laura N. Martin of Ephrata; a daughter-in-law, Donna Bauder Sensenig of New Holland, and a son-in-law, Lloyd W. Martin of Blain, PA. She was preceded in death by a son, Edward H. Sensenig, a daughter, E. Marie Martin, three sisters, Mary Hoover, Emmaline Reiff and Ada Long, and by brothers, Melvin, Aaron Edwin, Elmer, John, and Ivan High.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 11, at 9:30 A.M. at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 905 Martindale Road, Ephrata, PA with Bishop Amos G. Martin officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewings will be held at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, PA on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/6/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shank, Duane
January 18, 1952 - April 20, 2022

Duane Shank, 70, died April 20, 2022, at his home in Goshen, Indiana. The cause was complications of COPD, said his wife, Ellen L. Kennel.

He was born January 18, 1952, in Chambersburg, Pa., to Luke J. and Anna Elizabeth Metzler Shank, and was raised in Lancaster, Pa. He graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School and attended Eastern Mennonite University.

Duane was a resident of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in Washington, D.C. from 1973 to 2015 before moving to Goshen, Ind., in late 2015. He was an organizer and administrator in the peace and justice movement for more than 40 years, beginning with resisting the Vietnam-era draft. He worked as a community organizer in the rural South, in interfaith coalitions, in the nuclear weapons freeze and Central America solidarity movements of the 1980s, and as an anti-poverty activist. He had worked for the Virginia Community Development Organization, the Center on Conscience and War, the Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy, the Institute for Policy Studies, among other organizations. He retired in 2014 from the progressive faith-based organization Sojourners, where he served as Senior Policy Advisor and Associate Editor of Sojourners magazine.

A longtime member of the Community of Christ ecumenical congregation in Washington, and then Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, he was passionately committed to working toward the coming of God’s reign on earth. Duane was a fan of Washington Nationals baseball and Notre Dame football and basketball. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed barbecuing and playing softball. He loved music, especially blues (Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan) and bluegrass (Ralph Stanley), and played guitar for many years.

Duane is remembered as a man of integrity and humility who was known for his gentle thoughtfulness, steadying calmness, and principled commitment to peacemaking. He was a good listener and enjoyed mentoring young people, who saw in him a gentle spirit and bold faith.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Celeste Grace Kennel-Shank and son-in-law Josiah Groff, two sisters—Calliope and Debbie (Terry) Miller, and a brother, Dan. He was predeceased by his parents.

The family expresses our thanks to Dr. Michelle Shelly, and all of the staff members of Goshen Home Care & Hospice who provided excellent care for more than two years, especially Mary, Claire, and Kim.

A private burial was held at Violett Cemetery in Goshen. A memorial service will be held at Assembly Mennonite Church at a later date. Remembrances may be sent to Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes, 1013 Division St, Goshen, Ind. 46528 or the Center for Healing and Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, Ind. 46527.

Arrangements by Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.

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


Shank, Esther May Eberly
January 9, 1941 - March 11, 2022

Esther May Eberly Shank, 81, formerly of Harrisonburg, went to her eternal home on March 11, 2022. She had relocated to Port Republic to be closer to her daughter, Krista Rodes, and her husband Allen, where she received family care.

She was born on January 9, 1941, to the late Edwin and Martha Eberly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Louis Shank Jr, on October 16, 2020; a brother Harold Eberly; a sister-in-law, Betty Eberly; and a brother-in-law, Jake Wenger.

Esther May and Leonard were blessed with four children, Richard (Linda) Shank, Steve (Angie) Shank, Bruce Shank, and Krista (Allen) Rodes. They were also blessed with ten grandchildren, Quentin Shank, John Shank, Katie (Kelton) Warner, Carson (Charlotte) Shank, Erin Shank, Kyle Shank, Erica Rodes, Lorna (Gordon) Knicely, Brady Rodes, and Corina Rodes. She treasured each of her grandchildren dearly. She is also survived by her siblings, Mary Lou Wenger, Wayne (Marilyn) Eberly, Ruth (Ralph) Shirk, Edith (Sam) Good, Elsie (Willard) Wenger, Willis Eberly, David (Martha) Eberly, and Lois (Paul) Wenger.

Esther May had a strong faith in God as she faced many life challenges. Her positive attitude was a true inspiration. She was an encourager and led by example. She made many friends as she worked at Woodland Plants Greenhouses. She was a member of Bank Mennonite Church.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022, at Bank Mennonite Church with the Ministers of the Church officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The casket will be open prior to the service.

Those wishing may view and sign the register book from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Bank Mennonite Church.

Mom, you were loved dearly, and we will follow your advice…taking one day at a time.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 3/12/2022
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shank, Thelma Jean Trumbo
August 13, 1931 - April 25, 2022

Thelma Jean (Trumbo) Shank passed over into the arms of her Loving Father on April 25, 2022, at age 90, at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, where she had been a resident since 2016. Thelma was born on Aug. 13, 1931, to Sarah (Myers) Trumbo and Norvell Preston Trumbo Sr. of Broadway, Va. She was one of triplets, along with her identical twin sister, Alma (Jane) Trumbo, with the third child having died at birth.

Thelma was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah (Myers) Trumbo; father, Norvell Preston Trumbo Sr.; uncle, John Myers; aunt, Lydia Myers; brother, Norvell Preston Trumbo Jr.; sister-in-law, Doris (Showalter) Trumbo; sister, Helen (Trumbo) Shank; and brother-in-law, Stuart Shank.

She is survived by her husband, Rowland W. Shank Sr.; her twin sister, Alma (Jane) Alderfer; brother-in-law, Joe Alderfer (Harrisonburg, Va.); son, Rowland W. Shank Jr.; daughter-in-law, Donna (Burkhart) Shank (Broadway, Va.); son, Don W. Shank (Broadway, Va.); daughter-in-law, Marian Shank, and son, Eric Grossman Shank (Palmyra, Pa.). She is also survived by two granddaughters, Sarah Amanda Shank (Seattle, Wash.) and Emily Virginia Shank (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Thelma grew up in Broadway, Va., where she and her identical twin were known as “the Trumbo twins” and where she and her sister could frequently be seen roller-skating the sidewalks of Broadway during the 1930s and 40s. She also loved to spend time on the next-door farm of her uncle, John Myers, who farmed with work-horses on land where the Walnut Ridge housing development is currently located.

Thelma graduated from Eastern Mennonite School, followed by enrolling in the RMH School of Nursing in 1950. She began dating her then boyfriend and fiancé, Rowland Shank Sr. at the beginning of her nursing program, which at that time did not permit female nursing students to be married while being a student. As a result, she and Rowland waited three years to be married, following her graduation from nursing school in 1953. They were married for 68 years.

Thelma’s interest in nursing began during her employment with Dr. Charles Hertzler at the Green Valley Clinic in Bergton, Va., where her duties included driving Dr. Hertzler to his house calls. She later served as a nurse at RMH in the early 1960s. She made a mid-life career change and attended Philadelphia School of Art for courses in Interior Design and Decorating. She then began her own business in Interior Decorating and enjoyed working with many clients in the Lebanon, Lancaster, and Dauphin County, Pa. areas, where she and the family lived at the time. She brought her own brand of perfectionism and love of beauty to her interior decorating.

Thelma was a devoted, emotionally intense, and loving mother who willingly sacrificed much for her children and family. She was a devout Christian who sang in the Mennonite Hour choir, along with her husband and her sister-in-law, Audrey Shank. She was a member of Harrisonburg Mennonite church. She was the consummate ‘Southern woman’ with an emphasis on politeness, manners, and social propriety. However, she was also the holder of strong opinions which she was never shy about sharing, and was a benefactor of the legendary “Trumbo temperament”, accurately described in their family history book as: “Trumbo women are not easily angered, but when they are, they are best left alone.” Her family members (and others) were acutely aware of that, and conducted themselves accordingly.

Thelma was deeply loved and appreciated by her family and all who knew her, and she will always be missed and remembered.

A memorial service will be held at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Saturday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be for members of the family at Zion Mennonite Church in Broadway, Va.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Daily News Record - 4/29/2022
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shank, Wilma E. Hollopeter
May 30, 1924 - March 31, 2022

Wilma E. Hollopeter Shank, age 97, died peacefully in her sleep on March 31, 2022, after complications from an incapacitating fall. She was born May 30, 1924, in the home of Ray and Velma Spicher Hollopeter at Boneta in Medina County, Ohio.

After 12 years at Sharon Center schools, she graduated valedictorian (1942). In her first semester at Goshen College, she formed close friendships with seven freshman women and one David Shank. She majored in Home Economics, minoring in English and French. After her B.A. (1946), Wilma returned to Sharon Center to teach high school for two years and married David Shank in 1948. In 1950, the Mennonite Board of Missions invited the couple to re-establish, 400 years after its decimation, an Anabaptist community in Belgium, where they worked as a team for 23 years. Teaching and study took them back to Goshen College and to the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). For the next decade, Abidjan (Ivory Coast) served as their base for relating to African Independent Churches and establishing a Documentation Center about AIC history. In retirement, they built a home near Amigo Centre (Sturgis, Michigan) that drew fond gatherings of family and friends. In 2010, Goshen College honored them with its "Culture for Service" Award.

Wilma outlived her husband David and her four siblings (Sheldon, Carl, Phoebe Yoder, and Glenn). She is survived by her children Rachel (Jim) Shenk (Goshen), Crissie (Tim) Buckwalter (Goshen), Stephen (Brussels, Belgium), Mike (Carol) (Madison, Wisconsin), her former daughter-in-law Jean Gerber (Singers Glen, Virginia), four sisters-in-law, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and their progeny, as well as three of the seven college friends who for 76 years corresponded by circle-letter. Her letter writing did not spare the politicians who were supposed to represent her peace position.

Wilma wishes to be remembered for living her life with conviction, continual challenge, and joy exercising her gifts of homemaking, parenting, witnessing, and working with David for more than 62 years. Many guests on three continents enjoyed her gracious hospitality. Her family and friends also remember her as a woman of deep Christian faith, a gracious and caring presence, an avid reader, a lover of diverse music, an exemplar of good taste, and an eternal optimist.

Following Wilma's wishes, her burial in Violett Cemetery will be private. A celebration of her life with music and memories is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2022, venue to be announced.

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


Shenk, John Burnell
June 5, 1930 - March 28, 2022

John Burnell Shenk, 91, of Lititz, and formerly of East Petersburg, died March 28, 2022 at Landis Homes where he and his wife, Myrtle resided for over 14 years. Born in Penn Township; he was the son of the late Elam K. and Rhoda Charles Shenk, and the husband of Myrtle Mann Brenneman Shenk for 65 years.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Myrtle are two sons: Carl E. Shenk husband of Lorna Beth Shantz of Reinholds, Alan L. husband of Sharon Burkholder Shenk of Waynesboro, VA, a daughter, Audrey J. Shenk, Harrisonburg, VA; three grandchildren: Christopher J. S. Shenk, Ranita J. Shenk, and Rachel J. Shenk wife of Andry Stutzman, a brother, Charles E. Shenk of Goshen, IN, and two sisters: Alma J. wife of E.J. Albrecht, Forest Grove, OR, and Dorothy A. Shenk, of Lititz.

John graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School in 1948 and from Eastern Mennonite College in 1954. He was ordained in 1963 and served as a minister at East Petersburg Mennonite Church for 35 years. He also worked as Administrator and Counselor for the Sharing Programs of Lancaster Mennonite Conference for 36 years.

John's interests outside of work were gardening, reading, and home repair. He did everything with care, always wanting to do a task well, rarely in a hurry. He enjoyed visiting with many people and always gave them his careful attention. Whether as an employee or volunteer, his greatest passion was serving Jesus and others with humility through the church and numerous church agencies.

The family extends their gratitude to the devoted staff at Landis Homes who cared for John's healthcare needs over the past two years.

Memorial services for John will be announced at a future date. Interment will be at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John's memory to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543

Intelligencer Journal - 4/3/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shenk, Paul R.
November 29, 1953 - March 3, 2022

Myerstown - Paul R. Shenk, age 68, of Myerstown, PA, loving father and grandfather, passed away from complications related to bladder cancer on March 3, 2022 in the Hershey Medical Center. He was born November 29, 1953 in Kitchener, ON Canada, the son of the late Harold and Edna Shantz Shenk. Paul was a member of Lebanon Valley Mennonite Church. He enjoyed spending time with family, camping and playing Rook. Paul was a salesman for Martin Appliance for many years and was a bus driver. He married Rachael High on April 5, 1975 and she passed away on March 30, 2014.

He is survived by 1 son and 4 daughters. Edwin R. (Joanne), Womelsdorf, Glenda (Steven) Sensenig, Millersville, Sheila (Andrew) Burkholder, Reading, Edith (Wendell) Troyer, Myerstown, Melissa (Andrew) Schreiber, Lebanon; 22 grandchildren; brothers: Nathan (Betty), Wilmer (Mary Kate), Dwight (Ellen), David, and Eldon (Esther); sisters: Reba Shenk and Elizabeth (Ammon) Weaver and lots of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Stanley and a sister Miriam Shenk and a sister-in-law Mabel Shenk.

There will be a viewing on Sunday March 6, 2022 in Lebanon Valley Mennonite Church, 7821 Lancaster Ave., Myerstown, PA 17067 from 1-3pm and 5-7pm. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 am in the church with interment in the adjoining church cemetery.

Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Shirk, Ralph Knicely
June 17, 1948 - April 12, 2022

Ralph Knicely Shirk, 73, a resident of Rockingham, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at his home. Mr. Shirk was born June 17, 1948, in Dayton, Va., to the late John Paul and Martha Ruth Knicely Shirk.

He worked as a farmer and a licensed neuromuscular therapist. He was a member of Pleasant View Old Order Church.

On Oct. 2, 1968, he married Ruth Eberly Shirk, who survives.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Shirk is survived by his daughter, Brenda Knicely of Rockingham and husband, Eldon Knicely; siblings, Helen Harold, Marion Shirk, Virginia Ann Cook, of Bridgewater, Arlene Atkins and husband, Steve, of Dayton, Stella Knott and husband, Jake, of Hinton and Leroy Shirk and wife, Patricia, of Harrisonburg; grandchildren, Kendra Stoltzfus and husband, Christopher, of Weyers Cave, Lisa Knicely, Donna Sue Knicely, Krystal Knicely and Amber Knicely, all of Rockingham; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Shirk was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Lenford Harold, Larry Cook, Harold Eberly, Jake Wenger and Leonard Shank Jr. and sisters-in-law, Betty Eberly and Esther May Shank.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2022, at Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends and family may call at the McMullen Funeral Home Chapel from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14, and from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 15. The family will be present from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on both days.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 4/14/2022
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Showalter, Daniel J.
May 31, 1978 - February 3, 2022

Daniel J. Showalter, 43, of Reinholds, passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

He was born in Ephrata to Harold Showalter of Denver and the late Jane (Good) Showalter.

A man of faith, Daniel was a lifetime member of Hinkletown Mennonite Church, where he was an assistant pastor for 6 years. Dan enjoyed cycling, theology and historical books, had a prodigious library and was an avid reader. He also loved a good cup of coffee.

In addition to his father, Daniel is survived by 5 siblings, Jonathan Showalter, husband of LouAnn, Nathan Showalter, husband of Cheri, Jesse Showalter, husband of Jennifer, Aaron Showalter, and Abigail, wife of Randall Zimmerman. He is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by sister, Sarah Showalter.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hinkletown Mennonite Church, 2031 28th Division Highway, Ephrata. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m., with Glenn Sauder and Jared Weaver officiating. Interment is private in the Hinkletown Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Daniel's memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/6/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Showalter, Dwight Rohrer
July 23, 1963 - January 6, 2022

Dwight Rohrer Showalter, 58, of Bridgewater, passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Dwight was born July 23, 1963, a son of the late Grace Magdalene (Rohrer) and Claude Rohrer Showalter.

He worked as a truck driver. He was a life member of the Bridgewater Fire Department and was a member of Summit Church of the Brethren.

On May 14, 1992, he was united in marriage to Brenda (Shipp) Showalter, who survives.

Dwight is also survived by a son, Coleman Showalter and wife, Kelly, of Staunton; grandson, Silas Avery Showalter; sisters, Arlene Esh of Ephrata, Pa., Annie Wenger and husband, Leonard, of Mount Crawford and Martha Knicely and husband, Everett, of Dayton; brother-in-law, Warren Shank and sister-in-law, Eunice Shank Showalter.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Carolyn Shank and Evelyn Shank; brother, Stephen C. Showalter; and brothers-in-law, David Esh and John Robert Shank.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at Summit Church of the Brethren in Bridgewater with The Rev. Tim Craver and Pastor Cole Scrogham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bridgewater Fire Department, 304 North Main St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.

Daily News Record - 1/7/2022
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Showalter, Harry Heatwole
March 13, 1925 - March 30, 2022

Harry Heatwole Showalter, 97, a resident of Dayton, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at his home.

Mr. Showalter was born March 13, 1925, in Dayton and was a son of the late Michael R. and Fannie Bell Heatwole Showalter.

He was a farmer and a member of Riverdale Old Order Mennonite Church.

On July 12, 1951, he married Lydia Mae Rohrer Showalter, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Wayne Showalter and wife, Lydia, of Criders, Frances Wenger and husband, Dwight, Judy Witmer and husband, Carl, Karen Wenger and husband, Franklin, Harry Lee Showalter and wife, Michelle, all of Bridgewater and Linda Showalter and husband, Boyd, of Dayton; siblings, Margaret Cline and husband, James, of Harrisonburg, Joseph Showalter and wife, Frances, of Timberville, Fannie Bell Good and husband, Willis, of Dayton, S. Frank Showalter and wife, Cathy, of Timberville; sister-in-law, Orva Showalter of Bridgewater; 28 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Showalter was preceded in death by his siblings, Edward Showalter and wife, Miriam, Marvin Showalter and wife, Ruth, Harold Showalter and wife, Melva, Dan Showalter and wife, Marie, Mary Rhodes and husband, Norman, William Showalter and wife, Mary Ellen, John Showalter, Eunice Knicely and husband, Edward; and two great-grandchildren, Jeremy Wayne Showalter Jr. and Taylor Faith Zimmerman.

Ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at Riverdale Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

The body will be taken to the home where friends may call on Friday, April 1, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 4/1/2022
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shreiner, Robert Lee
July 11, 1942 - April 1, 2022

Robert Lee Shreiner, age 79, born July 11, 1942, in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, died April 1, 2022 of complications from Lewy Body Dementia in Goshen, Indiana.

Bob spent the first 23 years of his life working on the family farm with his mother, Fannie, her sister, Anna, and his three siblings: John, Lois, and James. His father, Lester, died in an untimely farm accident when Bob was seven years old. The local Mennonite community helped support the family through the challenging years of operating the farm after the loss of their husband and father. Bob’s gratitude for God’s love shown through the support of his local church community led him to a 45-year career in pastoral ministry.

He graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in Pennsylvania. He studied bible and religion as an undergraduate at Messiah College and received a graduate degree in religion from Eastern Mennonite University. He was licensed and ordained in pastoral ministry in 1969. He served at churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Indiana. He finished his career as a chaplain at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center in Goshen, Indiana.

Bob volunteered in many leadership positions over his career including Chair of the Board of Directors of Brook Lane Psychiatric Hospital, Board of Directors of Mennonite Central Committee, Executive Secretary of the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church, and on the Goshen College Board of Overseers. He enjoyed travel to Africa, the Caribbean, and throughout North America for church work. A volunteer highlight was working on a Vietnamese refugee resettlement committee in Pennsylvania after the war.

He was a committed Rotarian and believed in their motto, Service Above Self. He was a member of Rotary Clubs in Gettysburg, PA, Bladensburg, MD, Souderton, PA, and Goshen, IN. He was named Gettysburg Rotarian of the Year and served as President of the Souderton Rotary Club and Goshen Rotary Club.

Bob married Mary Ann Hershey, whom he treasured to the end, in May 1964. They had five children: Robert Shreiner II (Katharine), Timothy Shreiner (Cheryl), Lori Shreiner (Jude), William Shreiner (JoAnn) and Cheryl Shreiner (Wendel). They have 12 grandchildren: Conrad Shreiner, Evan Shreiner, Noah Shreiner (Maggie), Rachel Shreiner, Jacob Shreiner, Benjamin Shreiner, Nicole Caugherty Han (Harry), Ian Shreiner Barger, Raina Shreiner Barger, Michael Shreiner, Quinn Shreiner Landes, Cora Shreiner Landes, and a great-granddaughter, Sage Annalee.

Bob loved people, including their imperfections, and strived to model Christ’s love towards all. He experienced profound loss at an early age, but kept the faith, remained optimistic, laughed a lot, and used those experiences to serve others with compassion. He enjoyed spending time with family on camping trips, gatherings at the northern Pennsylvania family cabin, and attending his children and grandchildren’s academic and athletic events. He will be profoundly missed.

Bob will be buried at Bossler Mennonite Church in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held at the church. The family asks that any memorial contributions go to The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund to support Ukrainian refugee relief efforts.

Goshen services are pending at the moment.

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


Shrock, Paul John
April 1, 1937 - January 21, 2022

Paul John Shrock, 84, of Goshen, passed away, Friday, January 21, 2022, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born April 1, 1937, in Goshen to John E. and Ruth K. (Yoder) Shrock.

On August 26, 1956, he married Lucille Bontrager in Goshen.

She survives along with three sons, Stephen (Marcia) Shrock and Wesley (Donna) Shrock, both of Louisville, Kentucky, and Weldon (Jenell) Shrock, Rosedale, Ohio; seven grandchildren; Bryon (Jenna) Shrock, Louisville, Tim (Ashley) Shrock, Jeffersonville, Indiana, Brooke (Scott) Swartzentruber, Columbus, Ohio, Natalie (Zak) Bushon, Louisville, Brittany (Isaac) Fisher, Rosedale, Ohio, Krista Shrock, Marysville, Ohio, Greg Shrock, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Marion (Diane) Shrock, Goshen and Carl (Judy) Shrock, Middlebury.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Franklin P. Shrock; a daughter, Grace Y. Shrock; and a sister, Rosetta R. Shrock.

After graduating from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia he worked as a medical technologist in Louisville, Kentucky for 37 years at the University of Louisville - Jewish Hospital, retiring in 2002 and moving back to Goshen.

He was part of planting a church, (Louisville Mennonite Fellowship), to support the ongoing voluntary service program of Rosedale International, (formerly known as Rosedale Mennonite Missions) which served the Louisville community, assuming the role of CMC licensed/ordained pastor for 13 years. In his retirement years he was an active member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana

In 1975 he and his wife purchased a 50-acre retreat, “The Farm” in southern Indiana where he enjoyed spending time in nature experiencing many times of spiritual refreshment. It was also a place they welcomed their family and friends, hosting many retreats and outings

Friends may call Friday, January 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. There will also be one hour of calling Saturday, January 29, beginning at 12:30 p.m. prior to the 1:30 p.m. funeral service at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 120 N. 23rd Street Goshen. Pastor Ben Shirk will officiate.

Burial will follow at Miller 8 Square Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Mount Joy Mennonite Church for mission programs.

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


Siegrist, E. Jane Witmer
July 10, 1937 - February 24, 2022

E. Jane Siegrist, 84, of Leola (formerly of Strasburg) peacefully entered her heavenly home on Thursday, February 24, 2022. She was the devoted wife of Elvin E. Siegrist for over 59 years until his passing in May 2017. Even through her recent 2 month health challenges, her mission and testimony was sharing Jesus with others.

Born in West Lampeter Township, she was the daughter of the late Frank A. and Minerva Kreider Witmer.

She was actively involved in the family business, Miller and Siegrist Auctioneers LLC for over 45 years.

She was a strong and faithful woman of God. She deeply loved her family and others and was a prayer warrior for all she knew. She was an active member of Stumptown Mennonite Church. She made the most of every day by inspiring and encouraging those around her. Jane enjoyed many things in life, her flower garden, mountain cabin, travel and reading. Her greatest enjoyment was time spent with her cherished family and friends from the oldest to the youngest.

She is survived by 3 daughters, Judy wife of Marlin Smoker of Strasburg, June wife of Jeff Hollinger of Leola, Rhonda wife of Bernard Nissley of Mount Joy; five grandsons, Todd (Jennifer) Smoker, Anthony (Brooke) Smoker, Eric (Leah) Hollinger, Chad (Vanessa) Hollinger and Justin Nissley; 7 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. She is survived by a brother Raymond (Shirley) Witmer and preceded in death by 6 siblings.

Funeral Services will be held at Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird-In-Hand, PA on Monday, February 28 at 11 AM. Family and friends are invited to attend viewings at the church on Sunday from 6-8 PM and again on Monday from 10 AM until the time of service.

Contributions may be made in Jane's memory to Stumptown Benevolent Fund or to the Mennonite Central Committee, 21 South 12th Street, Akron, PA 17501. Arrangements entrusted to Murray A. Miller with Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Home, Quarryville, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/27/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Slabach, Fred
September 29, 1922 - April 6, 2022

Fred Slabach, 99 ½ years, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 6, 2022, in Oklahoma City, OK. He passed away in the hospital with family by his side. Fred was born September 29, 1922, in Midland, Michigan, to Joseph J. and Fannie M. (Miller) Slabach. He was the last living survivor of all his brothers, sisters, and their spouses. He grew up as the youngest of 10 children, spending his early years in Michigan, Illinois and then to Indiana where he lived the rest of his life. He met Lillian Riegsecker in the Middlebury, IN area and they married in 1946, celebrating 75 years together before she passed away May 25, 2021. Within a few years of their marriage, they purchased a farm north of Middlebury where they lived for 70 years, raising 6 children and caring for his elderly parents until their passing. He joined the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church as a young man and remained very active in the church for his entire life.

Fred was a tireless and dedicated farmer, always providing for his family despite the many difficulties of farming life. His farming ranged from raising crops to milking cows, hogs, and the various pet goats, sheep, rabbits, and horses for his children. He was an accomplished carpenter, and particularly enjoyed cabinet woodworking and making toys for his children, but also built and remodeled numerous buildings on the farm in addition to teaching his children carpentry. He kept bees and had an extensive orchard that he cared for and produced many bushels of fruit over the years for canning and freezing. He had a school bus route for many years and took many of the sports teams to different school events. He loved to travel and managed to take his young family on many trips over the years including to Chicago museums, zoos, aquarium, planetarium, Barnum and Baily Circus, and we all loved the annual Livestock and Rodeo show at the Coliseum. Other favorite trips to various locations in Michigan included Deerfield Park, Ford Motor Plant and Museum, Kellogg factory, etc. In addition, after the children were grown, he and his wife took numerous trips around the country visiting nearly every state. They traveled by car, train and air. He particularly enjoyed attending air shows and taking plane rides. When he was 98 years old, he had one of the highlights of his life to fly a small plane. He collected and restored John Deere tractors, participated in many parades and the Elkhart County Fair and belonged to the Northern Indiana Two Cylinder Club.

He enjoyed taking his many friends in the Amish community to their various appointments, events and shopping trips as an “Amish Taxi Driver” and continued to do so into his 90’s. In his spare time, he could be found doing any number of things such as reading a good book, playing board games with visiting family, putting puzzles together, fishing, feeding the wild birds and identifying what types came to the feeder. He was particularly fond of the Hummingbirds and the Bluebirds which came to his feeders year-round and nested in nearby boxes. He started quilting and made quilts for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Fannie, 7 brothers and their wives: Roman (Maymie), Daniel (Amelia or Millie), Abner (Barbara), William or Bill (Mary Edna), Albert (Nellie), Joseph or Joe (Betty), Irvin (Elma) and 2 sisters and their husbands, Amanda (Victor) Hochstetler and Mary Anne (Ira) Good, and a son, Daniel (Danny) Slabach.

He is survived by 5 children, Sharon (Keith) Bender of Oklahoma City, OK, Robert Slabach of Fountain Hills, AZ, Ruth Slabach of Brownsburg, IN, David (Ginger) Slabach of Norco, CA, Carol (Eldon) Thomas of Middlebury, IN. 9 grandchildren, Angela Bender Linzey (Jeremy), Karla Bender, Lynn Bender Jones (Scott), Sarah Slabach Webb (Nathan), Esther Slabach, Rachel Slabach Sanderson (Rich), Aaron Slabach, Lily Thomas, Seth Thomas, and 3 Step-Grandchildren, Donald Krause (Tiffanie), Nicole Krause, Kelly Krause Neal (Gary), 24 great- grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great- grandchildren.

Visitation will be April 15th, 4-8 pm at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. Visitation will also be from 10-11 am prior to funeral service at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 16th at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home. Burial Service will be at Clinton Union Cemetery, 63576 CR 35, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI or Heartland Baptist Bible College, OKC, OK or a charity of your choice.

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


Slabach, J. Leroy
January 3, 1935 - May 16, 2022

J. Leroy Slabach, age 87 of Nappanee, IN, passed away at 10:16am on Monday, May 16, 2022 at his residence after a sudden decline due to cancer. He was born on January 3, 1935 in Goshen, IN to Daniel and Amelia (Graber) Slabach.

Leroy grew up on his family’s farm in Goshen and then moved to the Nappanee area after marrying Marietta Hochstetler on October 6, 1956 at the North Main Street Mennonite Church in Nappanee. She preceded him in death on January 31, 2018. Leroy married his second wife, Judy Fisher, on February 2, 2020 at the Living Gospel Church in Nappanee. She preceded him in death on November 11, 2021.

Mr. Slabach was a long-time member at the North Main Street Mennonite Church before attending the Living Gospel Church later in life. He worked most of his life as a farmer and loved to work in his metal shop. He enjoyed restoring old garden tractors and especially liked to work on 2-cylinder John Deere tractors. Leroy was an active member of the Northern Indiana Johnny Poppers Club up until the time of his death.

Mr. Slabach is survived by his 4 children: Phil (Diane) Slabach of Nappanee, Brian Slabach of Goshen, Marcia (Steve) Hooley of Lagrange, IN, and Karen (Norman) Cender of Elkhart, IN; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and 6 siblings: Martha Weirich of Goshen, Fannie (Richard) Melton of Goshen, Ruby Hochstedler of Goshen, Jean Mattison of Elkhart, Fran Bingaman of Elkhart, and Merv (Carol) Slabach of Goshen.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; 2 wives; and 2 siblings, Daniel Slabach Jr and Betty Miller.

Friends and family may call from 4-8 Friday, May 20, 2022 at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and from 9-10am Saturday, May 21, 2022, also at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 10 am Saturday, with Pastor Jim Kintigh of the Living Gospel Church officiating. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Leroy’s name can be given to the Living Gospel Church Building Fund.

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


Smucker, Mary S. Petersheim
October 28, 1928 - April 3, 2022

Mary S. Smucker, 93, wife of the late Reuben G. Smucker, went home to be with the Lord peacefully April 3, 2022 with family by her bedside in Greeneville, TN. She was formerly of New Holland, PA, attended the Anchor of Hope church in Greeneville, TN and was the daughter of the late Jacob and Sally Petersheim.

She is survived by three sons, John (Ruth) Smucker of VA, Elmer (Anna) Smucker of OH, Reuben (Sue) Smucker of TN and 2 daughters, Sadie (Omar) Stoltzfus of TN, Lydia Ruth (Amos) Allgyer of PA. In addition to her children, she is survived by 40 grandchildren, 146 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren, one brother, Jake Petersheim, 2 sisters, Fannie Fisher and Amanda Lantz, 1 brother-in-law Amos Smoker, and 2 sisters-in-law, Betty Petersheim and Alta Petersheim.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Leah (Ben) Fisher, 3 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Andy and Elam Petersheim, and 1 sister, Lydia Smoker.

The viewing will be Friday, April 8, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM at West Haven Amish Mennonite church, 837 Peters Road, New Holland, PA. The funeral will be Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 10:00 AM at West Haven Amish Mennonite church. Interment will be at the adjoining cemetery. Furman's-Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 4/6/2022
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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