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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.

2023  S1

Sauder, Arlene Martin ; . . Sauder, Ivan M. ; . . Schlabach, Anna Miller ; . . Schlabach, Jonathan R. ; . . Schlabach, Susie Mast ; . . Schmucker, Homer Eugene ; . . Schmucker, Levi ; . . Schmucker, Tony "Bud" ; . . Schrock, Earl L. ; . . Schrock, Edward C. ; . . Schrock, Edna J. Chupp ; . . Schrock, Emma H. Schwartz ; . . Schrock, Lester Tobias ; . . Schrock, Miriam Ellen Hochstetler Graber ; . . Seibel, Emma B. Martin ; . . Sensenig, Melvin S. ; . . Sensenig, Mervin M. ; . . Sensenig, Pauline M. ; . . Shanholt, Edith D. Slabaugh ; . . Shank, Ivan W. ; . . Shank, Orval Miller ; . . Shenk, Charles E. ; . . Shenk, David W. ; . . Shenk, Jean Kraybill ; . . Shertzer, Henrietta M. Martin ; . . Shirk, Elvin M. ; . . Showalter, William Earl, III "Wes" ; . . Shumaker, Evelyn Irene Horst ; . . Slough, Barbara Miller ; . . Smoker, Wilmer J. ; . . Smucker, Glen D. ; . .


Sauder, Arlene Martin
January 18, 1938 - January 12, 2023

Arlene M. (Martin) Sauder, 84, of East Earl, passed away on January 12, 2023 after a short illness.

Born in Denver, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Edna B. (Burkholder) Martin.

She was the loving wife of Earl W. Sauder, with whom she married on January 31, 1959 and shared sixty three years of marriage.

Arlene was a member of Goodville Mennonite Church and was a homemaker. She enjoyed photography, crafts, bird watching, traveling to lighthouses, and collecting them. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her husband and her family and she will be remembered most as being a people person.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Donna D. wife of Galen R. Gockley of Carthage, NY, Roger E. husband of Karen L. (Horning) Sauder of Denver, PA, Renita R. wife of Delmar L. Martin, Stevens, PA, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, her siblings, John B. husband of Maryann Martin, Elvin B. husband of Barbara Martin, Ervin B. husband of Joyce Martin, Anna B. wife of Vernon Weaver, brother-in-law, Amos Hoover and sisters-in-law, Esther Mae Martin and Edna Martin.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her son Gary L. Sauder, a stillborn son and her siblings, Weaver B. Martin, Amos B. Martin, Nora B. Hoover, Lester B. Martin, Franklin B. Martin and Harold B. Martin.

A funeral service will be held on January 17, 2023 at 10:00 AM at Goodville Mennonite Church, 1556 Main Street, East Earl, PA 17519 with Pastor Bruce Sauder officiating. Burial will be held in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at the church on Monday, January 16, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the church at the address above.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 1/14/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Sauder, Ivan M.
June 22, 1936 - January 4, 2023

Ivan M. Sauder, 86, a resident of the Lincoln Christian Home, passed away at the home on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. He was the husband of Susie N. Leinbach Sauder, also a resident of Lincoln Christian Home. Born in Caernarvon Township, he was the son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Martin Sauder.

Ivan was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Churchtown Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Surviving besides his wife are three children, Marian L. wife of Raymond Zeiset of Elizabethville, Eugene L. Sauder of Ephrata, and Susan L. wife of Eugene Stauffer of Riceville, IA; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Karen L. Sauder, a grandchild, three brothers, John M., Noah M. and Paul M. Sauder; and by two sisters, Edna M. Sauder and Laura M. Good.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 9, at 9:30 AM at the Churchtown Mennonite Church, 2207 Main St., Narvon, PA with Bishop Leon S. Zimmerman officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A Viewing will be held on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Farm Crest Chapel at Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, PA.

Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/5/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Schlabach, Anna Miller
April 8, 1942 - February 14, 2023

Anna Schlabach, 80, of LaGrange, (district: 9), died at 4:33 pm on Tuesday, February 14 [2023] at her residence. She was born on April 8, 1942, in LaGrange County, to Tobias U. and Lizzie Ann (Miller) Miller. On December 5, 1963, in LaGrange, she married Raymond Schlabach, he survives.

Survivors in addition to her husband are caregivers, a nephew, LaVern and Mattie Yoder of LaGrange; four sisters, Mattie (Abe) Mast of Ridgeway, OH, Elizabeth Hochstetler, Mary (Ervin) Miller, Wilma (Eli) Miller all of LaGrange; brother, Elmer (Anna Ruth) Miller of Goshen; three brothers-in-law, Daniel Bontrager, Clarence Miller both of LaGrange, Ora Beechy of Brown City, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Katie (Alvin) Gingerich, Ida Bontrager, Ella Miller, Edna Beechy; two brothers-in-law, Elmer Yoder, Harley Hochstetler.

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

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 15 and all-day Thursday, February 16 at the LaVern Yoder residence, 5420 W. 100 S., LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Friday, February 17 at the David Yoder residence, 5375 W. 100 S., LaGrange. Services will be conducted by Bishop Larry Hochstetler and the home ministers. Burial will be in Beechy Cemetery, LaGrange.

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


Schlabach, Jonathan R.
June 5, 2003 - March 8, 2023

Jonathan R. Schlabach, 19, of Shipshewana, (district: 49-1), died at 5:37 pm, on Wednesday, March 8 [2023] at his residence. He was born on June 5, 2003, in Topeka, to Richard R. and LeAnna (Yoder) Schlabach.

Surviving in addition to his parents are four brothers, Matthew (Elizabeth) Schlabach of White Pigeon, MI, Dennis Schlabach of Sturgis, MI, Daniel Schlabach, Benjamin Schlabach both of Shipshewana; three sisters, Dorcas (Derek) Miller of Goshen, Nora (Calvin) Bontrager of Shipshewana, Carrie (Kenny) Hershberger of Middlebury; five nieces and seven nephews; grandparents, Alvin J. and Miriam Yoder of Middlebury.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roman E. and Katie Schlabach.

Jonathan worked for Flying Eagle Concrete and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Friday, March 10 and all-day Saturday, March 11 at the family residence, 7885 W. 675 N., Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Sunday, March 12 at the John Yoder residence, 7335 W. 650 N., Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Bishop Joe Bontrager and the home ministers. Burial will be in Scott-Seybert Cemetery, Shipshewana. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


Schlabach, Susie Mast
March 14, 1934 - April 30, 2023

Susie Schlabach, 89, of Berlin, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at Majora Lane Care Center in Millersburg following a short period of declining health. She was born in Millersburg on March 14, 1934 to the late Daniel A. and Bertha Mae (Miller) Mast and married Abe Schlabach on February 21, 1958 and celebrated 65 years together this year. He survives.

Susie worked in the bakery at Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek for 30 years. She attended Moorehead Mennonite Church at Shreve. She was a very good seamstress, crocheter and cook, enjoyed working in both her flower and vegetable garden and feeding the birds. She had a love for babies and children of all ages.

In addition to her husband Abe, she is survived by her 5 daughters, Norma (Delbert) Schlabach of Berlin, Kristine (Jerry) Raber of Millersburg, Kathleen (Wes) Kandel of Berlin and Cheryl Schlabach and Cynthia (Gary) Raber both of Sugarcreek; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and her siblings, Eli (Clara) Mast of Mt. Eaton, Dan Jr. (Esta) Mast of Dundee, Ada Schlabach of Apple Creek, Ida Mast of Dalton, and Dorothy (Dave) Siegrist of Lancaster, PA.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her twin sister Sarah Pauline and brothers, LeeRoy Mast, Ivan Ray Mast, and Amos Mast.

Services will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 10 AM at Pleasant View Mennonite Church with Pastors Roger Hartman and Chad Stutzman officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Arrangements are being handled by Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek. Memorials may be made to Moorehead Church PO Box 270, Holmesville, Ohio 44633 to be directed to the Mongolia Missions.

Posted online on May 01, 2023
Published in The Daily Record
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Schmucker, Homer Eugene
October 14, 1939 - April 18, 2023

Homer Eugene Schmucker, age 83, of Milford, passed away at 2:04 a.m., Tuesday, April 18, [2023] at Elkhart General Hospital after a short illness. He was born October 14, 1939 in Nappanee, IN to Oscar and Kate (Schmucker) Schmucker. On June 30, 1961, he married Karen Erb at Benton Mennonite Church. Homer was a lifetime area resident and was a committed, longtime member at North Main Street Mennonite Church in Indiana, serving on the church council and teaching adult Sunday school classes.

Homer was a teller of wild stories, stirrer of pots, mischief maker, a touch cantankerous, lover of honky tonk music and road trips, a businessman till the end, fiercely proud and supportive of his family, super fan of wrastling, hunter of morrell mushrooms, and possesser of the loudest laugh you've ever heard. Homer loved to talk on the phone, engage in hearty debates, and had an outrageous sense of humor.

Homer E. Schmucker, as he liked to sign anything remotely official, was a proud business owner until his retirement. His business, Gary’s Mobile Home Sales was part of a fast-paced industry. It was not only the source of joy and fulfillment for him but he also fostered a family atmosphere. He had a particular compassion for the underdog and was quick to extend second and third chances. He was generous to a fault and his Christmas parties, featuring dirty bingo and door prizes for his employees, was a lavish affair.

Gary’s was truly a family affair. Each of his children and their partners was eventually employed at Gary’s, and the office was frequently inhabited by the grandchildren. While Homer forbade them from touching any computers, they built tree forts outside and spent time harassing him in his office with the notoriously messy desk.

Homer enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family. He was known to take them on wild shopping sprees to Sam’s Club, mostly for office supplies but also the stray gallon of pickles, and provided opportunities for family vacations together. Homer not only held a deep love for his children and grandchildren but also for his siblings and extended family, desiring unity and deep connection – a love that would transcend differences.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 61 years, Karen Schmucker, Milford; children, Rod (Norma) Schmucker, Los Fresno, TX, Tim Schmucker (special friend Marci), Albion, IN, Lorraine (Kevin d 2019) Cole, Lyons, IL, Lisa (Brian) Showalter, Tucson, AZ, Nancy Schmucker, Etna Green, IN; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Raymond Schmucker, Farmville, VA; Esther Miller, Millersburg, IN, Oscar (Laura) Schmucker, Jr, Nappanee, IN, Vera (Ola) Yoder, Nappanee, IN; Lamar (Lois) Schmucker, Ligonier, IN and Gary (Susan) Schmucker, Nappanee, IN. He was preceded in death by sisters, Frieda Stutzman, Clara Schmucker, Velma Miller and infant sister, Margaret Schmucker.

Homer, you have hauled your 16 tons, St. Peter called, you, you had to go. You’ve left your mark on this world. You are loved and you will be missed.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2023 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Burial will take place at 9 a.m., Friday, April 21st in South Union Cemetery, Nappanee, IN. Funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 21st at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN. Memorial contributions may be given to Mennonite Central Committee.

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


Schmucker, Levi
November 14, 1933 - April 15, 2023

Levi Schmucker, 89, died on Saturday, April 15, [2023] at 4:57 a.m. He was born on November 14, 1933, to Emmon and Salina. On December 22, 1956, he married Millie Jones.

Levi loved the Lord and attended Clinton Frame Church. He spent many years as an elder and Sunday school teacher. He was in 1W service in Westville. Levi began working in the RV industry starting at StarCraft for 19 years. He spent 3 years at Blue Fin Industries and finished his last 19 years at Jayco. He spent many retirement years mowing and doing lawn care services. Levi loved working with wood and created many unique artwork pieces that are cherished by many.

He is survived by his wife Millie and his children Rodney (Judy), Rhonda Florian, and Ronald (Laura); 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and a sister Mahalah (John) Troyer.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Jeffrey Florian; four brothers, Monroe, Freeman, Harvey, and Marvin; four sisters, Edna, Melinda, Jemima, and Salina.

Friends may call from 3:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 20 at the Clinton Frame Church Gym, 63846 CR 35, Goshen. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, April 21 at Clinton Frame Church. Services will be conducted by Pastors Sebastiano Rosa and Julie Lehman. Burial will be in Clinton Frame Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to Promedica Hospice.

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


Schmucker, Tony "Bud"
August 30, 1928 - February 17, 2023

Tony “Bud” Schmucker, age 94 of Nappanee, IN, died at 4:10 am on Friday, February 17, 2023 at Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw, IN. He was born on August 30, 1928 in Nappanee to Daniel and Florence (Basinger) Schmucker. Bud attended the Bucknell Country School and lived his entire life in the Nappanee area. On December 20, 1946 Bud married Eleanor Stout in Nappanee. She preceded him in death on October 6, 2017.

Bud worked for many years at Comfo Sleep in Wakarusa before retiring from Holiday Rambler. Bud was a member of the Nappanee First Mennonite Church and worked for many years as the church’s groundskeeper. He was active in helping lead the Nappanee Neighborhood Watch program. Bud enjoyed wintering with Eleanor for many years in Florida. He worked to help restore a red Willy’s Jeep and he enjoyed driving it in local parades. Bud loved supporting his wife Eleanor as she traveled and shared her yodeling talents; he loved listening to her yodel. Most of all, Bud loved his family.

Surviving are 3 children: Alan (Romona) Schmucker of Nappanee, Connie (Kai) McLaughlin of Indianapolis, and Tod (Laurie) Schmucker of Nappanee; 7 grandchildren: Tony (Jen) Schmucker, Nathan Schmucker, Tonya (Eddie) Logan, Tina (Jesse) Wilson, Chad Schmucker, Grace Schmucker, and Gabe Schmucker; 7 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Dinehart of Mishawaka, IN.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and 4 siblings: Milo Schmucker, Chancey Schmucker, Herb Schmucker, and Julia May Brewer.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 4-8 pm and on Wednesday morning from 10-11 am, both at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. A funeral service will begin Wednesday morning at 11am, also at the funeral home. Pastor Cami Coffin will officiate and burial will take place at South Union Cemetery, Nappanee. Memorial contributions in Bud’s name can be given to the Nappanee First Mennonite Church.

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


Schrock, Earl L.
December 17, 1930 - April 17, 2023

Earl L. Schrock, 92, of Harrisonburg departed this Earth for his Heavenly home on April 17, 2023.

Earl was born on December 17th, 1930, in Hutchinson KS to the late Samuel & Katie Schrock. Earl was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College. He worked for 22 years as the CEO of Virginia Mennonite Home. He then drove tractor trailer for IDM Trucking for 27 years. He drove over 1.6 million miles until he fully retired at age 85.

Earl was a dedicated member of Weaver’s Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir at special events. Earl’s beautiful baritone voice could be heard in numerous Church and family functions, and he especially enjoyed singing with his brothers.

Earl married his first wife, Janette Berkey, who passed away April 13, 1981. On December 18, 1982, Earl married Ruth Shank, who survives.

In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by his children, Janine Ketner, Bryan Schrock (Lori), Jerilyn Schrock, and Kimberly Schrock Armentrout. Grandchildren Justin Rogers (Belle), Katie Rogers, Jonathan Schrock (Emma, fiancé). Also surviving are siblings Gene Schrock (Carol), Doris Yoder, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Earl was preceded in death by his siblings: Leroy, Susie Ellen, Allen, and Herman Schrock.

A memorial service will be held at Weaver’s Mennonite Church Shady Oak on Sunday April 23 at 3:00pm. The family will receive people starting at 2pm. A reception will follow the service.

A private burial will be held at Weaver’s Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Daily News Record- 4/19/2023
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Schrock, Edward C.
October 30, 1931 - March 18, 2023

Edward C. Schrock, 91, Arthur, Illinois passed away at 1:05 P.M. on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at the HCK West Building, 1 mile south of Arthur, Illinois. Bishop Ervin E. Plank will officiate. Burial will be in the Yoder Cemetery in rural Arthur, Illinois. Visitation will be any time after 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 19, 2023 and any time after 10:00 A.M. on Monday, March 20, 2023 all at the HCK West Building. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Edward was born on October 30, 1931 in Arthur, Illinois, a son of Christian A. and Annie D. (Yoder) Schrock. He married Clara J. Chupp on October 3, 1957 in Arthur, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife, Clara; four sons, Ezra Schrock and his wife Linda of Arthur, IL, Lewis Schrock and his wife Stephanie of Lerna, IL. Levi Schrock and his wife LeAnna of Arthur, IL, Eli Schrock and his wife Arlene of Arthur, IL and two daughters, Arlene Stutzman and her husband Nathanael of Worthington, IN, and Ruthann Herschberger and her husband Mervin of Arcola, IL; 38 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; one sister, Alta C. Schrock of Arthur, IL; two step-sisters-in-law, Marie Schrock of Ohio and Frances Schrock of Arthur, IL, and one step-brother-in-law, Andy Schrock of Florida.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Christian and Annie Schrock, stepmother, Sovilla two sisters, Lydia Miller and Elizabeth Schrock, one grandchild LeAnna Stutzman, and 3 great grandchildren, four step brothers, John, Dan, Levi and Abe Schrock and one stepsister, Anna Helmuth.

Edward was a retired carpenter.

Edward was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Schrock, Edna J. Chupp
June 17, 1932 - May 16, 2023

Edna J. (Chupp) Schrock, 90 years, 10 months, 29 days, of Arcola, Illinois passed away at on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at her daughter's residence in Windsor, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Marcus Gingerich’s residence, 370 North CR 270 East, Arthur, Illinois. Bishop Ervin E. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Yoder Cemetery in rural Arthur, Illinois.

Visitation will be held anytime after 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 18, 2023 and any time after 10:00 AM on Friday, May 19, 2023 at Marcus Gingerich’s residence. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Edna was born on June 17, 1932 in rural Arthur, Illinois. She was the daughter of Jacob M. and Mattie A. (Herschberger) Chupp. She married Fred D. Schrock on November 25, 1954 in rural Arthur, Illinois. He passed away on August 18, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Ann Schrock of Arcola, IL, Mary Jess and her husband Willard of Arthur, IL, Mattie Marie Gingerich and her husband Marcus of Arthur, IL, Ada Fern Herschberger and her husband Andy Ray of Windsor, MO, Clara Mae Yoder and her husband Wilmer of Reed City, MI, Omer Schrock and his wife Wilma of Stoneboro, PA, Sara Schrock and her husband Ernest of McBain, MI, Samuel Schrock and his wife Christina of Reedsville, WI and Joseph Schrock and his wife Treva of Arthur, IL, one daughter-in-law, Rosemary Schrock of Arthur, IL, 83 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 115 great grandchildren, 27 step great grandchildren, 2 step great great grandchildren, one brother, Lewis Chupp and his wife Mary of Arthur, IL, two sisters, Clara Schrock of Arthur, IL and Wilma Yoder of Crab Orchard, KY, and three sisters-in-law, Anna Chupp of Millersburg, IN, Verna Chupp of Arthur, IL and Lorene Chupp of Tuscola, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Paul Schrock, 4 brothers, Joas, Eli, Edward and Omer Chupp, 1 sister-in-law, Esther Chupp, 2 brothers-in-law, Edward Schrock and Eli Yoder, 3 grandchildren, 1 step grandchild, 1 great grandchild, 1 step great grandchild.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Schrock, Emma H. Schwartz
October 10, 1938 - January 20, 2023

Emma H. Schrock, 84, of Goshen (district: 71), died at 8:45 pm, on Friday, January 20 [2023] at her residence. She was born on October 10, 1938, in Monroe, IN, to Noah E. and Mary (Schwartz) Schwartz. On November 29, 1962, in Middlebury, she married Ernest S. Schrock, he died August 20, 2016.

Surviving are daughter, Debra E. (Levi) Stutzman of Goshen; three grandchildren, Aaron Dale Stutzman, Eileen Jo (Nate) Lehman, Janay Rose (Gerald) Yoder; four great-grandchildren, Logan Ray Lehman, Lucas Lee Lehman, Seth Kylan Lehman, Emma Rose Yoder; two sisters, Elizabeth (Larry) Miller of Millersburg, Edith (Eli) Miller of Nappanee; two sisters-in-law, Lydiann Schwartz of Kingston, WI, Anna Schwartz of Middlebury; brother-in-law, Mose Yoder of Shipshewana.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; four brothers, John, Albert, Levi, and Amos Schwartz; four sisters, Rosina Miller, Catherine Byler, Margaret Yoder, Caroline Byler.

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

Visitation will be after 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 21 and all-day Sunday, January 22 at the family’s residence, 14513 CR 38, Goshen. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Monday, January 23 also at the family’s residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Paul Hochstetler and the home ministers. Burial will be in Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen.

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


Schrock, Lester Tobias
June 2, 1932 - April 15, 2023

Lester Tobias Schrock, of Macon Mississippi, went to his eternal home on April 15, [2023] at his home at Macon.

Lester was born in Goshen, Indiana on June 2, 1932, to Ezra and Clara Schrock.

He married Louise Knepp on December 12, 1954.
During the early years of their marriage the couple made their home in Goshen, Indiana where he was employed at the Star Tank Boat Company.

In 1963, they moved to Macon, Miss. where they joined in partnership with his father and brother-in law, Edwin Knepp, in the Macon Ready Mix Concrete Company. Lester remained co-owner in the concrete business until his retirement in 1998.
During his retirement, Lester and Louise volunteered with the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) with relief services and cleanup work following natural disasters in areas stretching from West Virginia to south Florida to Oklahoma.
They traveled a lot and learned to know and befriend many people throughout their retirement years.

Lester gave his heart to the Lord at a young age and was a member of the Magnolia Conservative Mennonite Church at Macon until his death.

Lester is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise Schrock; four sons, Kenneth (Miriam) Schrock of Taylorsville, MS, James (Margaret) Schrock of Starkville, MS, Mark (Marie) Schrock of Macon, MS and Tom (Brenda) Schrock of Macon, MS. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and twenty-three great -grandchildren. Four brothers also survive him, Ivan Schrock of Goshen, IN, Calvin Schrock of Atmore, AL., Galen Schrock of Macon, MS and Titus Schrock of Camilla, GA., two sisters-in-law, Shirley Schrock of Traverse City, MI and Rachel Schrock of Dayton, VA and one brother-in-law, Austin Collins of Fredericksburg, MD.

Goshen News, Goshen, IN
April 18, 2023
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Schrock, Miriam Ellen Hochstetler Graber
March 30, 1929 - April 24, 2023

Miriam Ellen Graber Schrock, of Goshen, Indiana passed away at home on April 24, 2023, at the age of 94. A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 29 at 11 AM at East Goshen Mennonite Church, 2019 E. Lincoln Ave, Goshen, IN 46528. Pastor Naomi Yoder and Pastor Merle Hostetler will officiate.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday from 4 - 8 PM at the church, and on Saturday before the service from 9-11 AM. Burial will follow after a luncheon at 2 PM at Violett Cemetery.

Miriam was born on March 30, 1929, in Goshen, Indiana to Elam and Eliza (Bender) Hochstetler. She was baptized at the age of 16. As a teenager, influenced by her father and grandfather Samuel, she became involved in the Amish “mission movement” of the 1950s. She would often go to the Hope Mission Soup Kitchen in South Bend with her father.

She also volunteered at Brook Lane Farms, a mental health hospital, in Hagerstown, MD and later with Northern Lights Mission in Loman, MN where she started a relationship with Harvey Graber. Harvey was also involved in the same mission movement and the two were married on Dec. 21, 1952. They spent five years in Red Lake, Ontario working with the Ojibwe Tribe, providing day school for the Native children who were not allowed to study at the public school. It was also in Red Lake where she met Orie and Ruth Schrock and the two growing families became deeply connected.

Miriam became a pastor’s wife, when Harvey, while studying at Goshen Biblical Seminary, began serving as pastor at Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, IN. After five years as a pastor, her husband came home one day offering the choice to go abroad as missionaries to either Africa or Brazil. Miriam and Harvey, with five children aged 6-12 years, ultimately spent the next ten years in Brazil, living and serving in Ribeirão Preto in São Paulo state under Mennonite Board of Missions.

Their missionary work ended early when Harvey was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. They returned to Goshen where Miriam cared for him for a year until his death in 1978. As a widow at the age of 49, she worked for two years at Wieland Design and then worked for over twenty years as a CNA at Greencroft Health Care. Orie Schrock and Miriam reconnected after his wife Ruth passed away and were married on Oct. 12, 2002. They had 19 happy years together.

Miriam was a world traveler, having been to Mexico, Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Senegal, Zambia and Russia, mainly supporting family or church missions. She was a spiritual mother to many and known as Grandma Graber by countless non-blood relatives, especially in her neighborhood. Over the years, her home was always open for extended periods to anyone in need. She modeled in our family and community Jesus’ Way of Love, as an alternative to Empire. She had continued her support and connections with the Vila Virginia and Vida Nova churches in Brazil with whom she still had regular communication. Miriam took great pride in her beautiful garden and was still seen weeding her flower beds last summer. She was an avid quilter, making hundreds of comforters for MCC over the course of her life. An incredibly compassionate person with a servant heart, Miriam recently encouraged us at her 94th birthday party to “do what’s right, keep loving each other and stay faithful until the end.”

Miriam leaves behind her children, John (Crissie Musselman) of Goshen, IN, Merlin of Goshen, IN, Millard (Sheila Koch) of Goshen, IN, Carol (Bill Frisbie) of Goshen, IN and Galen (Ruth Brenneman) of Wellman, IA. Also, her stepchildren Alan (Pat Keener) of Webster, FL, Anna (Dan Pipek) of Staples, MN, Susan (Curt Martin) of Pillager, MN, and Marlin (Cathy Cole) of Waverly, NY.

She deeply loved her fourteen grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Daniel (Arianne) Hochstetler, Noah (Loretta) Hochstetler , Joseph (Patricia) Hochstetler, sister Marietta (Jonathon) Stoltzfus, sisters-in-law Clara and Frances.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harvey and Orie, brothers Laban, Samuel and Walter, sisters Esther and Rhoda, granddaughter Joyce Graber and great-grandson Joshua Angel.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Mennonite Mission Network, 3145 Benham Ave, Elkhart, IN 46517.
Arrangements are with Rieth Rohrer Ehret Funeral Home where a virtual link for the service will be available on their website

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


Seibel, Emma B. Martin
September 1, 1943 - January 23, 2023

Emma B. Seibel, age 79, of 211 Turtle Hill Road, Leola, PA passed away peacefully at her home on January 23, 2023, after battling cancer for several years.

She was born September 1, 1943 in Brecknock Township to the late Samuel and Annie (Burkholder) Martin.

Emma was married to David Seibel on June 3, 1995. David preceded her in death on July 26, 2012, after 17 years of marriage.

Emma was a member at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church (Mid-Atlantic Fellowship).

She owned Martin's Fabrics for a number of years.

She is survived by one sister, Lizzie, wife of Amos H. Stauffer of Stevens, PA; four brothers, Henry Martin of Elkton, KY; Sam Martin married Anne Martin of Shelby, NC; Lloyd Martin, New Holland, PA; John Martin of Narvon, PA; a sister-in-law, Ella Mae Martin; two brothers-in-law, David Zimmerman, Ephrata, PA, and Ernest Shirk, Thorp, WI; 12 nieces, and 15 nephews.

She is also survived by six step-children, D. Lamar (Janet) Seibel of Vineland, NJ; Marilyn (Frank) Martin of Guatemala; Glenn (Doreen) Seibel of Canon City, CO; Eileen (Lamar) Garmen of Stevens, PA; Jere Seibel of Peyton, CO; Mary Kay (Glen) Fox of Reinholds, PA; 33 step-grandchildren; 164 step great-grandchildren, and 31 step-great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are two sisters, Katie Zimmerman and Anna Mae Shirk, and one brother, David Martin.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 6 to 8:00 PM at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, 140 Pleasant Valley Road, Ephrata. An additional viewing will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023, from 9 to 10 AM, at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, followed by funeral service with Bishop Larry Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 1/25/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

Sensenig, Melvin S.
January 5, 1954 - February 13, 2023

Melvin S. Sensenig, age 69 years, of Curtiss passed away Monday, February 13, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday February 20, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. at Clark View Mennonite Church in the Town of Longwood. Officiating will be Abner Oberholtzer, Jerry Brubaker, Randall Martin , Paul Wesley Oberholtzer and Elvin Hoover. Serving as pallbearers will be Leroy Sensenig, Landis Sensenig, Elam Ray Sensenig, Vernon Sensenig, Lydell Sensenig and Leon Eberly. Burial will be in the Clark View Mennonite Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Green Grove Mennonite Fellowship Center (N12253 County Road P Owen, WI). The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Melvin was born on January 5, 1954 in Lancaster County, PA the son of Elam Z. and Alta H. (Shirk) Sensenig. He was united in marriage to Alma Hoover on April 10, 1975 in Pennsylvania. Melvin and Alma lived in Lancaster County, PA before moving to Wisconsin in 1978, where they farmed. Melvin’s occupation was farming and building silos. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Nobody was a stranger to him. He was friendly, and always had a good story to tell. He liked playing with his grandchildren, who were his heart’s delight. Melvin also loved to go out to eat with his friends.

Melvin is survived by children: Leroy of Lancaster, PA, Landis (Rhoda), Elam Ray (Esther Mae), Darlene (Leon) Eberly, Vernon, and Louella, also a daughter in law, Margaret Sensenig all of Clark County; 32 grandchildren; siblings: Vera Mae (Leon) Martin, Irene (Ammon) Zimmerman, Minerva (Eli) Newswanger, Verna (Aaron) Nolt, and Alta Faye (Marvin) Martin.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elam and Alta Sensenig, wife, Alma Sensenig, son, Arlan Sensenig, a stillborn son, Darrell Sensenig and a brother in law, Melvin Weaver.

Maurina-Schilling Funeral Homes
Owen, WI
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Sensenig, Mervin M.
September 24, 1945 - April 13, 2028

Mervin M. Sensenig, 77, of Denver, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at his home.

He was born in New Holland to the late Paul W. and Verna B. (Martin) Sensenig and was the husband of Cora M. (Eberly) Sensenig.

He was a member of Hebron Mennonite Church.

In addition to his wife, Mervin is survived by 6 children, David E., husband of Edith (Neuenschwander) Sensenig of Orangeville, Mervin E. Sensenig, Jr. of Ephrata, Cora E., wife of Roy High of Manheim, Marlin E., husband of Sara (Halligan) Sensenig of Richland, Warren Jose, husband of Linda (Miller) Sensenig of Murfreesboro, NC, Edwin Nicholas, husband of Abigail (Nussbaum) Sensenig of Columbiana, OH; 23 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 10 siblings, Irene, wife of the late David Ray Martin of Ephrata, Clarence, husband of Grace Sensenig of Apple Creek, OH, Velma, wife of Ervin Wise of Lebanon, Bernice Sensenig of Denver, Paul, husband of Joyce Sensenig of Ronks, Vernon, husband of Debbie Sensenig of Leola, Lamar, husband of Sue Sensenig of Gordonville, Verna, wife of Leroy Esh of Ronks, Matilda, wife of Mike Miller of Ephrata, and Hershey Sensenig of New Holland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant daughter, Lillian E. Sensenig, son, Glenn E. Sensenig, 3 brothers, Warren, Edwin, and Leroy Sensenig.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023, 9:30 AM at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center. Interment will take place in the Springville Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.
Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/15/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Sensenig, Pauline M.
October 25, 1933 - February 26, 2023

Pauline M. Sensenig, 89, a resident of Fairmount Homes, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Born in New Holland, she was the daughter of the late Elmer M. and Lizzie R. Sauder Sensenig.

Pauline had been a certified nurse's aide for many years at Maple Farms and Fairmount Homes. She was a member of the Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community where she had been a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed voluntary service in Michigan and Red Lake, Onatrio, Canada. Her hobbies included traveling, flower gardening and camping.

Surviving are two sisters, Mabel Doggett of FL, and Vesta Ann Watt of Lancaster: and two brothers, Ray S. husband of Opel (Kirby) Sensenig of Strasburg, CO, and Gail S. husband of Carole (Felty) Sensenig of Ephrata. She was preceded in death by siblings, Esther Sensenig, Mary Martin, and Elmer Sensenig.

A Graveside Service will be private and held at the convenience of the family in the Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. To send an online condolence to the family, visit Arrangements by the Groff High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA

Intelligencer Journal - 3/1/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shanholt, Edith D. Slabaugh
October 25, 1945 - April 24, 2023

Edith D. Shanholt, 77, of Elkhart died Monday, April 24, 2023 at home surrounded by family.

She was born October 25, 1945 in Goshen to Vernon E. and Mary (Bontrager) Slabaugh.

On January 1, 1997 she married Jack Shanholt in Elkhart.

He survives along with her sons Jeffrey (Lisa) Bollman of Billings, Montana and Matthew (Bethany) Bollman of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; Jack's daughters, Tammy (Chris) Fardulis of Walkerton and Jennifer Underwood of Elkhart, four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Gary (Deb) Slabaugh of Tucson, Arizona and Marlin (Betty) Slabaugh of Goshen.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma and a brother, Alvin.

A graduate of Bethany Christian High School, Edith worked in the office of College Mennonite Church.

Private burial will be in Little Pine Cemetery, Goshen.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2222 W. Indiana Ave., Elkhart.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Ronald McDonald House, 610 N Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46601; or Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-9989;

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Shank, Ivan W.
December 24, 1952 - February 26, 2023

Ivan W. Shank of East Berlin, Penn., 17316, born Dec. 24, 1952, in Dayton, Rockingham County, Va., died Feb. 26, 2023, at the age of 70 years, 2 months, and 2 days. He was a member of the Churchtown Mennonite Church.

Ivan was a son of the late Mark H. and Mary C. (Gable) Shank and the husband of Rosella P. (Kropf) Shank.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, Paul of East Berlin, Pa., Wilbur (Judith) of Newville, Pa., Titus (Janelle) of Lebanon, Pa., Luke (Cindy) of East Berlin, Pa., Mark (Rosalyn) of Warrensburg, Mo., and Aaron of Elverson, Pa.; five daughters, Alta (Marcus) Burkholder of Newville, Pa., Regina of Mifflinburg, Pa., Martha (Merlin) Diller of Carlisle, Pa., Sara of Uxbridge, Mass., and Anita of Manheim, Pa.; 24 grandchildren; and two sisters, Elsie and Rhoda.

His funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the Mountain View Mennonite Church, 720 Burnt House Road, Carlisle, PA 17015. Interment will follow in the Churchtown Mennonite Church Cemetery. His viewing will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church.

Ivan’s family kindly requests the omission of flowers.

The Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., Shippensburg, has been entrusted with his funeral arrangements.

Daily News Record - 3/1/2023
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shank, Orval Miller
August 14, 1929 - March 22, 2023

Orval Miller Shank, a resident of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. He was 93 years, 7 months, and 7 days old.

Orval was born on Aug. 14, 1929, in Rockingham County, and was the son of Wade Heatwole Shank and Vada Rebecca Swartz Shank. He grew up in the Waynesboro, Va., area and in Rockingham County.

Orval was a follower of Jesus since early in his life. He served others, notably as a leader for several decades at Elkton Mennonite Church with 14 of those years as a pastor. Orval and Dorothy served together in stewardship teaching ministry to Mennonite Church USA and additionally on two trips to Trinidad. Following this ministry Orval led in the area of stewardship planning in his church, Ridgeway Mennonite.

Orval was employed at Rockingham Construction Company for 37 years. He began as a bookkeeper and later was instrumental in the founding and managing of Special Fleet Service until his retirement in 1993. Both at work and in his daily life, Dad’s commitment to honesty and integrity were exemplary.

In retirement, Orval enjoyed woodworking, especially turning bowls on his lathe. Family and friends treasure these gifts made by his hands. On Sept. 30, 1949, he married Dorothy J. Yoder Shank, sharing 73 ½ years, who survives him. He is also survived by his sister, Evonne Shank Showalter; and three sons, David Shank (Cynthia), Richard Shank (Sharon), and Sheldon Shank (Lois).

He is survived by nine grandchildren: Joshua Shank (Sarah), Benjamin Shank (Nadine), Nathaniel Shank, Caleb Shank (Rana), Chip Alger (Michele), Kara Hill (Bill), Andre Shank (Kate), Joel Shank (Lisa), and Mary Shank (fiancé, Ben Cunningham); and 11 great-grandchildren, Micah Shank, Laela Shank, Cody Giampapa, Aiden Shank, Blake Alger, Jackson Alger, Jonah Hill, Bree Hill, Levi Shank, Isaac Shank, and Maddie Shank.

Orval was preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Vada Shank.

There will be visitation hours on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Ridgeway Mennonite Church, 546 Franklin Street. A Service of worship and remembrance will be held at Ridgeway Mennonite Church on Saturday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 245, Bridgewater, VA 22812 or Virginia Mennonite Missions, 601 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Daily News Record - 3/28/2023
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shenk, Charles E.
December 17, 1931 - May 2, 2023

Charles E. Shenk, 91, Goshen, formerly of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, passed away early May 2, 2023. He was born December 17, 1931, to Elam and Rhoda (Charles) Shenk in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

He married Marian H. Martin on New Years Day, 1952. She preceded him in death November 22, 2015. Charles and Marian had three children: Sharon (Doug) Risser of Goshen, Jim (Rachel Shank) Shenk of Goshen, and Jerry (Audra Sprunger) Shenk of Scottdale, Pennsylvania. Charles and Marian enjoyed five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Charles is survived by sisters Alma (E. J.) Albrecht of Forest Grove, Oregon and Dorothy Shenk of Lititz, Pennsylvania. An older brother, John, died in March 2022.

As a child, Charles helped his parents with their small truck farm, growing, preparing, and delivering produce and poultry to local markets. Charles and his father farmed together until Elam’s untimely death at age 52. Charles farmed a couple more years until asked to work at the Provident Bookstore in Lancaster to manage the Christian Education Department. Soon an untimely death led him into leadership there. ln 1971 he was asked to manage all the Provident Bookstores throughout the US and Canada. This involved moving his family to Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

In 1975 Earl Brilhart asked Charles to manage Brilhart Hardware. In 1982 Charles bought Brilhart Hardware, selling stock to family and employees. Jerry and Audra moved from Goshen to Scottdale so Jerry could join his dad in the business. Charles and Marian also owned the thriving Scottdale Fabric and Quilt Shop with Marian providing the creative drive and Charles as business manager.

Charles retired from retail in 1996 ut his work did not end there. The church invited Charles to share his leadership and speaking skills at local Mennonite congregations. He was licensed and ordained by the Allegheny Conference where he served as overseer. He served as interim pastor at Kingview Mennonite and later pastor at Scottdale Mennonite. When those roles ended, he served as interim pastor at Blough Mennonite and Crossroads Mennonite in the Johnstown area.

As Charles needed help caring for Marian, they moved to Waterford Crossing, Goshen, in 2015. Upon moving to Goshen Charles and Marian made Eighth Street Mennonite Church their home church. In Goshen Charles enjoyed more time with his Goshen family. He participated in various men’s Bible studies and discussion groups. In later years Charles enjoyed Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Enzo’s Pizza, watching sports especially his Pirates and Steelers, listening to his son’s band, The Dawg, and watching his daughter’s garden grow on the edge of the property.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, June 4 at, 2023 3:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Waterford Crossing, 1212 Waterford Circle, in Goshen.

Memorial gifts may to MCC.

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


Shenk, David W.
April 18, 1937 - Janurary 31, 2023

David W. Shenk, 85, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 31, at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA.

He married the love of his life, Grace Witmer, in 1959, with whom he shared 63 years of partnership. He was blessed by their children: Karen (Merv), Doris (Caleb), Jonathan (Cynthia), and Timothy (Christine). He loved his seven grandchildren: Chloe, Sofia, Gabriel, Dulce, Vanessa, Amani and Maia. David was predeceased by his parents, J. Clyde and Alta (Barge) Shenk, and his stepmother Miriam (Wenger) Shenk, a brother Joseph Shenk and a sister Anna Kathryn Eby. Two brothers remain, John Shenk and Daniel Shenk, sister-in-law Edith Shenk (Dennis) Kuhns, stepbrothers Daniel (Thelma) Wenger, Wilmer (Miriam) Wenger and stepsister Annetta (Harold) Miller. He was born in Shirati, Tanzania, son of missionaries.

David was a graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School; Eastern Mennonite University with a B.S. in Social Studies and Theology; New York University with an M.A. in Social Studies Education and from New York University with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies Education and Anthropology.

David and Grace moved to New York City (1959) where David was director of the Mennonite Voluntary Service Center for two years, then on to Lancaster Mennonite High School (1961) where he was instructor in Bible and History for two years. In 1963 David, Grace and family moved to Somalia, where David served as Director of Education for ten years under Eastern Mennonite Missions. This is where David and Grace's ministry with the Islamic world began. Beginning in 1973, the family lived in Nairobi, Kenya for six years where David was a Kenyatta University College lecturer, a Nairobi Mennonite Church pastor, and an Islamic Ministries coordinator.

The family returned to the United States in 1979, where David served as Home Ministries director for seven years followed by International Ministries director for eleven years, both at Eastern Mennonite Missions. In 1998, David and Grace moved to Lithuania where David was Academic Dean at Lithuania Christian College, Klaipeda, for four years. In 2002 upon their return from Lithuania, David served as Global Islamic Ministries Consultant with Eastern Mennonite Missions for 19 years. He was author and/or co-author of 18 books. He was a member of Mountville Mennonite Church where he pastored from 1980-1986.

David was a visionary whose lifelong passions were dialogue, witness, peacemaking, and hospitality, all centered in Jesus. He had a welcoming smile that invited conversation. He enjoyed anthropological engagement with Muslim and Christian scholars from around the world and was committed to interreligious dialogue. He loved his family and arranged for his children and grandchildren to visit their roots in East Africa.

Those who experienced David's company saw a man always seeking his fullest life. Eager and enthusiastic for adventure, David loved safaris, stormy weather, morning jogs, and snorkeling with his family in the Indian Ocean. He embraced life with such confidence and faith, little could dissuade him from greeting every person after a crowded church service, from driving to preach during an impending blizzard, from exploring a hippo-filled lake with a faulty motorboat, from churning the homemade ice cream maker until it broke-yet again. His energy and curiosity kept him traveling the world until he was 80 years old-teaching and preaching with gusto. Even in his final days one could hear him mouthing sermons and speeches, his spirit always overflowing.

David's memorial service and visitation will be held at Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602. The visitation will take place on Friday evening, February 17, from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday morning, February 18, from 9:15-10:30 a.m. The memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. The service will also be live streamed on the Funeral Home website on the date of the service. There will be a private viewing and interment.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Eastern Mennonite Missions, P. O. Box 8617, Lancaster, PA 17604 for the David and Grace Shenk Legacy Endowment Fund which supports ongoing Muslim and Christian dialogue.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/5/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shenk, Jean Kraybill
January 12, 1932 - February 19, 2023

Jean Kraybill Shenk, born January 12, 1932, peacefully departed for her eternal home on February 19, 2023 after more than a decade's battle with dementia, and a week of Covid-19. She was 91 years old.

Jean actively lived for others. Wherever she saw unfairness she tried to do her part to put things right. She served as an engaging, animated partner and wife of 70 years to her beloved husband Norman Groff Shenk in his diverse roles as pastor of Erisman Mennonite Church and executive work with Eastern Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Central Committee, and Mennonite Disaster Service. At his side, she hosted countless guests, traveled internationally, and networked widely with many people in support of these ministries. Over the years, she enriched the life and spirit of her beloved Erisman Mennonite congregation.

In the early 1980s, with strong support from Norman, she forged a new path to serve as a hospital chaplain in the Lancaster area, becoming the first woman among her peers in the Lancaster Conference Mennonite church to be formally trained in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and be credentialed (1997) to serve in that role. She supported tens of thousands of families with Anabaptist connections in their time of need in area hospitals, writing pastoral reports on each visit.

Jean was born a preacher's daughter near Elizabethtown. Like her gregarious father, she never met a stranger. As a vivacious high schooler at Lancaster Mennonite School (1950), she sang alto in a women's quartet and caught the eye and gloved hand of her suitor (Norman) while skating on the Mill Pond. Weeks after their marriage in October, 1952, she served as a psychiatric aide at Fairfield State Hospital, Newtown, CT in 1-W alternate service. She sold the World Book Encyclopedia door to door in Rapho and Manheim Townships, interpreted culture and faith for thousands of tourists at the Mennonite Information Center, and retold the Biblical story at the Tabernacle reproduction next door, near Lancaster. Jean delighted in the global scope of the work of her church, adventurously visiting more than forty countries with Norman.

She was the fifth of six children born to Martin Rutt Kraybill and Suie Eby Garber Kraybill. Four of her siblings preceded her in death - Arlene (1919), Wilmer (2004), Simon (2021), and Maribel (2010), and she is survived by Nevin. She is also survived by her husband Norman, who distinguished himself as her faithful companion in health and caregiver in sickness, and her three sons Gerald Shenk married to Sara Wenger Shenk, Philip Baker-Shenk married to Charlotte Baker-Shenk and Steven Shenk married to Kimberly Iliff Shenk.

Jean prayed daily by name for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for many years until dementia eroded that discipline. She is survived by her grandchildren, Joseph Alexander Shenk (Amina Auezova), Timothy Kennel Shenk (Michelle Kennel), Sara Margareta Bucher (Matthew Bucher), Jesse Baker Shenk, Jennifer Ludmilla Baker Shenk (Jordan Hollinger), Tara Mease (Jon Mease) and step-grandchildren Kristen Scanlan (James Scanlan) and Andrew Fritsch. She was blessed with great-grandchildren, Ari and Jacob Shenk, Madeleine and Lydia Kennel Shenk, Samuel and Nathan Bucher, Alexander Mease, and Finnigan Scanlan.

As she sent family members out into the world she loved; Jean always said, "Remember who you are and where you come from." Her family is grateful for the goodness of life we have received from her, and for precious memories of her love for God's work in God's world. Most recently, we have deeply appreciated the supportive work of the kind Health Care staff at Landis Homes and would be grateful for any memorial gifts in her name (in lieu of flowers) to be given to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

All are welcome to attend Jean's Funeral Service at Crossings Community Church, 8 South Erisman Road, Manheim, on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. The funeral service will be live-streamed from the church. To view the live-stream visit Jean's obituary page on the Buch Funeral Home website. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in Erisman Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/26/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shertzer, Henrietta M. Martin
February 7 1943 - April 13, 2023

Henrietta M. Shertzer, 80, of Lancaster, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom she deeply loved, on Wednesday, April 13, 2023 at Lancaster General Hospital. Her husband, John W. Shertzer, survives. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 3rd.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late John S. and Elmeda (Bowman) Martin.

Henrietta was employed as a housekeeper for Bird-In-Hand Family Inn for 20 years.

A member of Groffdale Mennonite Church, she enjoyed flower gardening and cooking for family and friends. Her infectious smile and laughter and her joy for life are remembered by many. She was deeply involved in the lives of all her children and grandchildren, proven by the many, many pictures hanging on the walls of their home.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two children, Teresa married to David Groff, Lancaster and Todd married to Twila Shertzer, Lancaster; five grandchildren, Josiah Groff husband to Casi (Smucker) Groff and Abby (Groff) King wife of Jesse King, Dylan Shertzer husband to Makayla (Horning) Shertzer, Tanner Shertzer fiancé of Megan Rogers, and Sawyer Shertzer; two great-grandchildren; and two step-siblings.

She was preceded in death by three step-siblings.
Her funeral will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Groffdale Mennonite Church, 168 N. Groffdale Rd., Leola. A viewing will be held at the church on Wednesday from 6 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 - 10 a.m. Burial will be private in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorial contributions would be appreciated to Big Picture Soccer, 1914 Longview Dr., Lancaster, PA 17601 or at The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/16/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shirk, Elvin M.
October 21, 1987 - March 8, 2023

Elvin M. Shirk, 35, of 929 Glenwood Dr., Ephrata, died on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in Johnson City, TX as a result of a bicycle/motor vehicle accident.

Born in Ephrata, he was the son of Raymond W. and Lydia H. (Martin) Shirk of Ephrata.

Elvin was employed at AB Martin and was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by eight siblings: Miriam Shirk, Ephrata, Ivan Shirk, Ephrata, Mark married to Esther (Martin) Shirk, Ephrata, Martha Shirk, Ephrata, John David married to Ella Mae (Zimmerman) Shirk, Penn Yan, NY, Mary Etta Shirk, Ephrata, Minerva Shirk, Ephrata and Alvin married to Kathryn (Zimmerman) Shirk, Denver and 16 nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. at Martindale Mennonite Church with Bishop Amos G. Martin, Paul Hurst, Jr., David Martin and James Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at his late home on Thursday from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/13/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Showalter, William Earl, III "Wes"
May 9, 1974 - January 11, 2023

William Earl “Wes” Showalter III, 48, a resident of Rockingham, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.

Mr. Showalter was born May 9, 1974, in Rockingham County and was the son of Barbara Campbell Showalter of Harrisonburg and the late William Earl Showalter Jr.

He was a 1992 graduate of Harrisonburg High School. Wes worked at Red Front Supermarket where he met his wife, Jeanne. He later worked for PSI, Transprint, was a gold smith at Christopher William Jewelers and owned his own scrap metal business. He volunteered with the West Rockingham food pantry and with Open Doors. He loved mission trips, jeeps, his family and friends and spending time with his grand dog, “Oakley.” Even with his health issues, he strived to always help others and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a member of Mt. Clinton United Methodist Church.

On Aug. 26, 1995, he married Jeanne Ann Shifflett, who survives.

Also surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are a daughter, Rachel Showalter Campbell and husband, Christian; mother-in-law, Connie Shifflett; brother-in-law, Jason Shifflett; sister-in-law, Beth Shifflett; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Roger “Tommy” Shifflett.

Pastor Kevin Poeckert will conduct a funeral service Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Clinton Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Clinton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 14, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Rockingham Food Pantry, 4222 Mt. Clinton Pike, Rockingham, VA 22802.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 1/13/2023
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Shumaker, Evelyn Irene Horst
October 12, 1931 - February 28, 2023

Evelyn Irene (Horst) Shumaker, 91, of Lititz, PA went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 while living at Brethren Village, Lititz.

She was born in Ephrata to the late Amos and Mary (Leisey) Horst. The loving wife of Melvin G. Shumaker, they would have celebrated 72 years of marriage on March 25th of this year.

She was a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA for most of her life.

She spent many years employed by Victor F. Weaver, Inc. poultry in New Holland. Later, as owner and operator of Red Maple Guest Home, Ephrata, PA, she and her husband enjoyed meeting new people and making lasting friendships.

As a member of the Camp Lighters Association, she enjoyed camping with family and friends. An avid seamstress she used her sewing skills to create matching outfits when her daughter was small. In her latter years, for residents at Brethren Village she often made pillows, seat cushions, and pocket hangings for those with walkers. This was just a token of her generous heart and loving care for the welfare of others.

In addition to her husband, Evelyn is survived by her son, Bryon, husband of Deborah Shumaker; her daughter, Brenda, wife of Ron Hufford; four grandchildren: Jamie, wife of Tim Ogden, Whitney, wife of Justin Barlup, Cody, husband of Ashely Hufford and Chase Hufford; as well as three great-grandchildren, Paisley Hufford, Levi Ogden and Jude Ogden. She is also survived by seven siblings: Roy, husband of Ruth Horst, Carolyn Brubaker, Marilyn Denlinger, Lorraine, wife of Art Hostetler, Gladys Horst, Gloria, wife of Jim Rosenberger and Galen, husband of Jenny Anne Horst-Martz; along with fourteen nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a service celebrating life eternal, Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 11 AM to be held in the Brethren Village Chapel, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA. A graveside internment will be held at 3:00 PM at the cemetery of Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community (formerly Weaverland Mennonite Church); located at Weaverland Valley Road and Weaverland Road, East Earl, PA.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/5/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Slough, Barbara Miller
September 4, 1931 - May 13, 2023

Barbara Slough, 91, of Goshen, died Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Greencroft Healthcare.

She was born September 4, 1931 to G.E. and Myrtle (Leek) Miller in South Bend.

Following her graduation from Elkhart High School in 1949, Barbara married Leland “Lee” Slough in 1950. They were married until his death in 1986.

Lee and Barbara were among the founding partners of Arrow Tool, a tool and die/precision machining business in 1966. Barbara worked as the shop’s office manager and bookkeeper while raising their three children. She sold the business following Lee’s death and worked as the Minister of Finance and Facilities at College Mennonite Church until her retirement in 1995.

Barbara was a longtime member of College Mennonite Church. She was devoted to volunteering in the congregations where she attended, worked with the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, and served in the Oaklawn Auxiliary for many years. She was a member of the Goshen Healthcare Auxiliary and gave more than 8,000 hours volunteering in the hospital gift shop. She received the Goshen Health’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. She was an avid reader, prolific jigsaw puzzle solver, and a member of multiple game groups. As an active grandmother, Barbara was always present for her grandchildren’s’ concerts, graduations, and life events. She enjoyed her travels with friends and family.

She is survived by her children Rebecca (Joe Miller) and Greg (Linda Richer); grandchildren Tara (Benjamin Brookstone) and Patrick (Sara Sanders); a daughter-in-law, Jocelyne; step-granddaughter Angèle (Michael Mandle) Bernier-Mandle, and three step-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Barbara was predeceased by a son, Jon; a sister, Caryl Wogoman; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Wogoman.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home will host a visitation on Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 3 to 4 p.m. On Monday, May 22, there will be a visitation from 1:00-2:15 p.m. and a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. She will be interred at Violett Cemetery in Goshen in a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen, IN 46526;

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


Smoker, Wilmer J.
February 7, 1966 - January 31, 2023

Wilmer J. Smoker, age 56 of Ronks, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Carolyn King Smoker with whom he celebrated 28 years of marriage on September 24th.

Born in Ronks, he was the son of the late Michael and Katie King Smoker. He was a member of Spring Garden Amish Mennonite Church in Kinzers. He worked at Peaceful Valley in the furniture warehouse and also worked at market. Wilmer loved music, outdoor adventures, and all things western.

Surviving besides his wife is his daughter; Katelyn S., wife of Samuel Stoltzfus of Gap, and 4 siblings: Rueben, husband of Gale Sollenberger Smoker of Gap, Ruth Ann, wife of the late Ben Beiler of Ronks, Hannah, wife of Christ King of Kinzers, and Lester, husband of the late Rachel Stoltzfus Smoker of Ronks.

Funeral service will take place at Spring Garden Amish Mennonite Church, 5157 Old Philadelphia Pike, Kinzers, on Friday, February 3rd at 10 a.m. There will be a viewing time at the church on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/1/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Smucker, Glen D.
November 14, 1949 - May 1, 2023

Orrville -- Glen D. Smucker, age 73, of Orrville, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2023, at his residence in Orrville, following an extended battle with ALS.

Glen was born on November 14, 1949, in Wooster, Ohio, to the late Merl and Grace (Brownson/Schwary) Smucker and graduated from Smithville High School in 1968. He then obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Farm Education from The Ohio State University. He married Lois M. Rittenhouse on May 29, 1971, at the Smithville Mennonite Church, and they have been happily married for nearly 52 years.

He worked as a self-employed dairy farmer on the family farm for years, and later began hydroponic farming before retiring in 2019 due to his deteriorating health.

Glen was a longtime member of Fairhaven Mennonite Church where he taught Sunday School, served as song leader, and as an Elder. He took Practorium Training (Advance Biblical Studies) at Orrville Grace Brethren Church. He enjoyed music, woodworking, carpentry, and helped two of his children build their homes, including one in Papau New Guinea. He sang with his wife in the Akron Symphony Choir, Wayne County Choral Union, Tuscarawas Philharmonic Chorus, sang in the Messiah at Oak Grove, and sang with the Cantata singers. He also played percussion with the Orrville Community Band.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are five children, Sam (Deb) Smucker of Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea, Katie (Jim) Yoho of Port Charlotte, FL, Diana (Eric) Smail of Orrville, Mike Smucker of Orrville, and Debbie (Mitch) Zimmerman of Orrville; 17 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren with 1 on the way; two sisters, Josie (Bob) Smith of Emerald Island, NC, and Gorda DePasqua of Denver, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 5-8pm on Monday, May 8, 2023, at Orrville Grace Brethren Church, 2200 Paradise Road, Orrville.

Services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 9th, at Orrville Grace Brethren Church with Pastor Allen Imhoff officiating. Private family burial will take place at the Smithville Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200, or Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691,

Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, OH.
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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