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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.

2024  A to B1


Alderfer, Jane Trumbo ; . . Armstrong, Martha Lynn "Marti" Wilson ; . . Bauman, Robert S. ; . . Beachy, David D. ; . . Beachy, Elsie Mae Miller ; . . Beechy, Dora Grace ; . . Beiler, Clarence W. ; . . Beiler, Elizabeth A. "Betsy" ; . . Beiler, Elvin L. ; . . Beiler, Ruth B. Zook ; . . Bender, Dale Edward ; . . Bender, Kathryn Marie "Kay" Shaum ; . . Benner, Barbara Ruth Stoltzfus ; . . Berkey, Cecelia Yvonne Miller ; . . Boll, Homer B. ; . . Boll, Krystal J. ; . . Boll, Mark B. ; . . Bomberger, C. Martin ; . . Bontrager, Christy Joe ; . . Bontrager, David L. ; . . Bontrager, Elijah Kade ; . . Bontrager, Emery Dale ; . . Bontrager, Ezekiel Marc ; . . Bontrager, Lucas Allen ; . . Bontrager, Lydiann D. ; . . Bontrager, Manas, Jr. ; . . Bontrager, Mattie W. ; . . Bontrager, Rodney Lee ; . . Bontrager, Samuel E. ; . . Bontrager, Seth Caleb ; . . Bontrager, Wilma Miller ; . . Borkholder, Elizabeth ; . . Borntrager, Daniel I. ; . . Bowman, Leroy H. ; . .

 

Alderfer, Jane Trumbo
August 13, 1931 - January 9, 2024

Jane Alderfer, age 92, passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2024. Jane was born Alma Jane Trumbo as a triplet on Aug. 13, 1931, in Harrisonburg, Va. She grew up in Broadway, Va., the daughter of Norvell Preston Trumbo I and Sarah Meyers Trumbo.

Jane was creative and loved beauty, art and music. She was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Va. and Goshen College in Indiana. In 1975, she earned an MA in cultural studies from Governors State University in Illinois. She also studied Typography at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pa. and print-making at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was an employee for many years in the editorial and later, the design department of the Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pa.

In 1960, she married Joseph E. Alderfer. The couple moved from Pennsylvania to Chicago with their young son, Max, in 1967. Here, Jane continued her graduate studies and obtained her National Securities and real estate licenses. She was employed by the University of Chicago Press’ Astrophysical Journal as a graphics specialist for eight years and also worked for an investment firm in Chicago. She taught art and design for several semesters at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill.

Jane was an advocate for social justice and progressive politics and was often heard having conversations with the TV when the news was on! She had good friends. Many of them have preceded her in death. Jane loved plants and perennial gardening. Her Illinois garden was a masterpiece. She was a member of the Crete, IL garden club as well as the Crete Women’s Club, a philanthropic organization. Jane and her husband retired to Harrisonburg, Va. in 2000. Here, she gardened, volunteered with an elementary school reading program, participated in JMU’s Life-long-Learning Institute, was active in a book club and the Park View Mennonite Church.

Jane is survived by her husband, Joseph E. Alderfer; a son, Max J. Alderfer; his wife, Jackie, and a granddaughter, Amanda Marie Alderfer. Jane and Joe have four great-grandchildren. Jane was preceded in death by a grandson, Nickolas Allen Alderfe; her identical twin sister, Thelma Jean Trumbo Shank; her infant brother, John Trumbo; her sister, Helen Trumbo Shank; and brother, Norvell Trumbo II.

A private blessing will be held following cremation. A private memorial gathering will take place at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VMRC Compassion Fund, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or to the Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, PA 17501-500.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 1/12/2023
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Armstrong, Martha Lynn "Marti" Wilson
December 25, 1943 - April 16, 2024

Martha Lynn "Marti" Wilson Armstrong, 80, passed away in her sleep on April 16, 2024, at Mennonite Home Communities in Lancaster, PA. She was born Christmas day, December 25, 1943, in Mercer Cottage Hospital in Mercer, PA. She was the daughter of Carl A. L. "Spike" Wilson and Tressa (Doyle) Wilson. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1961 and went on to earn a B.S. degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in 1965.

During her high school years, she was active as a cheerleader and acted in many dramatic and musical productions. In college she continued her theater interests and was an editor for the IUP Penn newspaper. She was also crowned ROTC queen and an active member of her sorority, Phi Mu.

After graduating college, she married Gibson Edward Armstrong from Huntington, PA. After his time in the USMC, they moved to Lancaster in 1969, where they raised their four children on their farm in Refton, PA. They would have celebrated 59 years of marriage this June.

Marti continued her active roles in theater at The Fulton Opera House and Ephrata Play House, bowling leagues, the Historical Preservation Society of both Lancaster and Strasburg, Women's Club and Lampeter Strasburg Booster Clubs. She attended Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA.

Those who knew Marti remember her for her playful sense of humor, quick wit, high energy, and outgoing personality. She loved her flower gardens, decorating her 1770 farmhouse, collecting antiques, and spending time with friends and family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Gibson Armstrong; sons, Gibson Carl Armstrong, husband of Amanda of Annapolis, MD, Erik Wilson Armstrong, husband of Trina of New Providence, and Kristian Burns Armstrong, husband of Maridol of Airville; a daughter Erin Armstrong Vinelli, wife of Chad Vinelli of Willow Street; grandchildren: Courtney, Kelly, Gibson Connor, Kara, Wyatt, Olivia, Amalia, Brooke, and Mitchell, as well as a sister, Elaine L Wilson, one niece, and four nephews.

A Celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery, 399 E. Penn Grant Rd., Willow Street, PA 17584. The family will receive guests from 1 PM until the time of service. Interment to follow in the church's cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/19/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Bauman, Robert S.
February 17, 1934 - January 30, 2024

Robert S. Bauman, 89, of Reinholds, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at his residence. He was born in Ephrata Township to the late William S. and Edna (Stauffer) Bauman and was the husband of Eva (Eberly) Bauman, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.

He was a member of Mohler Church of the Brethren. In his personal shop, Robert enjoyed woodworking, often making furniture. He was also an avid hunter, hunting in Bradford County at family camps.

Robert worked as a roofing foreman for Gooding, Simpson & Mackes.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Randall, husband of Christine Bauman; a daughter, Rhonda, wife of David Burkholder; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Bauman, Amy Bauman, Brittany, wife of Alex Hill; a great-grandson, Hudson Hill; a sister Loretta Kreider; a brother, Richard, husband of Terry Bauman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Bauman, Donald Bauman; two sisters, Lily Mackey and Violet Bauman.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 10 to 11 AM at Mohler Church of the Brethren, 21 E. Mohler Church Road, Ephrata, followed by his funeral service at 11 AM, with Pastor Cody Schwanger officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 2/1/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Beachy, David D.
October 9, 1935 - February 22, 2024

David D. Beachy, 88, of Middlebury, passed away at 2:26 pm on Thursday, February 22, [2024] at his residence. He was born on October 9, 1935, in Millersburg, to Daniel C. and Susan (Miller) Beachy. On October 13, 1955, he married Mary Ellen Miller, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are four daughters and one son, Linda (Phil) Beiler of New Holland, PA, Marilyn (Wilbur) Miller of Middlebury, Leon (Robin) Beachy of Marcham, England, Joyce (Dean) Miller of Goshen, and Lynette (Ben) Fisher of Strasburg, PA; 24 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Esther (Arthur) Martin of Goshen, Sarah (Jake) Stoltzfus of Goshen, and Barbara Bender of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by parents; siblings, Katie Ann (Manas) Jones, Ida (Henry) Yoder, Alvin (Barbara) Beachy, Eli (Margaret) Beachy, Harvey (Marie) Beachy, Cornelius (Alma) Beachy, Anna (Dan) Gingerich, Daniel (Irene) Beachy, and Susie (Ray) Miller; two grandsons, Stephen Beiler and Jared Miller; two great-granddaughters, Eleni Beiler and Arshia Beiler.

David was a devoted Christian and a faithful member at Woodlawn Church. He worked as a finish carpenter for Miller Brothers Builders for 37 years. After retirement he and Mary Ellen enjoyed volunteering at Calvary Bible School in Arkansas and Penn Valley Christian Retreat in Pennsylvania. He enjoyed working in his shop using his creative handy work in building wood projects and working in the yard and flower beds. He thoroughly enjoyed his work as an Amish taxi driver for the last 10 years.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Sunday, February 25, at Woodlawn Church, 62861 CR 41 Goshen. There will be one hour of viewing prior to the 10:00 am funeral services on Monday, February 26, at the same location. Services will be conducted by Pastor Steve Miller and the sons-in-law. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Goshen.

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


 

Beachy, Elsie Mae Miller
August 31, 1944 - January 26, 2024

Elsie Mae (Miller) Beachy of Nappanee, Indiana, died peacefully in her home on January 26, 2024, after a series of strokes caused her health to deteriorate rapidly.

Elsie was born on August 31, 1944, in Holmes County, Ohio, to John H.N. and Sylvia (Mullet) Miller. On September 5, 1964, she married Roy S. Beachy in Berlin, Ohio. Together they moved to Elkhart County, Indiana, in 1966 and raised their eight children there. Elsie was a faithful member of Bethel Mennonite Church for many years, and more recently of Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church. She was a homemaker who loved to cook for her family and try new recipes. She valued her Irish roots and enjoyed making traditional Irish food. She also treasured her first language, Pennsylvania Dutch, and was passionate about teaching her children correct pronunciations and obscure PA Dutch words. She had a love for birds and created a bird haven on her back deck for more than 40 years, teaching her children bird calls and delighting in feeding and watching her birds daily. She enjoyed reading and appreciated a wide variety of music. She mentored young mothers over the years, and her own daughters and daughters-in-law value her wisdom. Her grandchildren say she gave the best hugs.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Floyd Miller, Orpha Miller, Melva Wengerd, and James Miller; and two infant grandsons and several angel babies. She is survived by her brother Willard Miller, New Philadelphia, Ohio; her loving husband Roy; her children Maria (Lawrence) Weaver of New Paris, Sara (David) Miller of Maysville, WV, Lena (Daryl) Hershberger of New Paris, Joel (Rebecca) Beachy of Charlevoix, MI, Jason (Judy) Beachy of Nappanee, Judah (Melessa) Beachy of Shipshewana, Sylvia (Chris) Stoltzfus of Lancaster, PA, and Lorna (Richard) Troyer, Monterey, TN; twenty-seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Visitation will be at Bethel Mennonite Church on from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, 2024 and for one hour prior to a 10:30 a.m. funeral on Monday morning, January 29, 2024, also at Bethel Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in Bethel Mennonite Cemetery.

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


 

Beechy, Dora Grace
April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024

Dora Grace Beechy, stillborn daughter of Joseph and Joanna (Yoder) Beechy, of LaGrange, was delivered at 10:30 pm on Tuesday, April 23, [2024] at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors in addition to her parents are grandparents, Freeman and Wilma Beechy, Martin and Dora Yoder both of LaGrange; great-grandparents, Alvin and Wilma Beechy of LaGrange, Alvin and Miriam Yoder of Middlebury; ten uncles, nine aunts, and two cousins.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Abe and Anna Ruth Bontrager, Abe and Wilma Yoder.

Visitation will be from 10:00 - 11:00 am on Thursday April 25 followed by an 11:00 am funeral service at the Martin Yoder residence, 0570 W. 200 N., LaGrange. Services will be conducted by Bishop Joe Schrock. Burial will be in Mast Cemetery, LaGrange.

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


 

Beiler, Clarence W.
January 19, 1934 - January 23, 2024

Clarence W. Beiler, 90, of Mifflinburg, entered into rest Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 19, 1934, in Elverson, Chester County, a son of the late Issac and Fannie (Weaver) Beiler. On Nov. 17, 1956, at Line Lexington Mennonite Church, he married the former Dorothy F. Ruth, who survives.

Clarence and his wife moved to Mifflinburg in 1958 and began dairy farming until 1996. After farming, he drove truck for a number of years. In his retirement he provided transportation for the Old Order Mennonite community.

He was a member of Boyer Mennonite Church, Middleburg, where he served in various positions in the church. He sang with Susquehanna Valley Men's Chorus for many years. Clarence served in the Pennsylvania Holstein Association and DHIA, as well as many other farm organizations.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Dorothy, are five adult children and spouses, Janet (Sam) Miller, Ephrata, Linda Beiler, West Milton, Marilyn (Brian) King, Denver, Pa., Ken (Karen) Beiler, Mifflinburg, JoAnn (Ken) Blank, Middleburg; eight grandchildren and spouses, Ryan (DiAnne) Beiler, Middleburg, Jay Beiler, Raleigh, NC, Yvette (Patrick) Burr, Clinton, NC, Jeanette (Curt) Stackhouse, Bellefonte, Nathan (Sarah) Blank, Middleburg, Janelle Blank, Elk Grove, Calif., Amanda King, and Darren King, both of Denver, Pa.; five great-grandchildren, Colton Beiler, Jacob Beiler, Madison Burr, Colt Stackhouse, Adley Blank; four sisters and spouses, Martha Deitrich, Bellefonte, Naomi Keiper, Winfield, Verna Mae (Ken) Buckwalter of New Holland, Arlene (Ron) Gipe of Greencastle; and brother-in-law, Herbert Hoover of New Carlisle, Ohio; and brother and sister-in-law, Elam and Charlotte Beiler of Middleburg.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Anna (Fisher) Beiler; three sisters, Ada Ginder, Anna Mary Hoover, Irene Beiler; four brothers-in-law, Carl Deitrich, Warren Keiper, Tom Miller, Benjamin Ginder; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Beiler.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Boyer Mennonite Church, 1472 W. Ridge Road, Middleburg, where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Matt Schrag officiating.

Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Clarence's memory may be sent to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

To share in Clarence's online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com

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

Sunbury Daily Item - 1/24/2023
Sunbury, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Beiler, Elizabeth A. "Betsy"
August 29, 1953 - March 27, 2024

Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Beiler, 70 years of Narvon, passed away at the Wellspan York Memorial Hospital in York, on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. She was born in Lancaster on Wednesday, August 29, 1953. Besty was the daughter of the late Jonas K. and Elizabeth F. (Stoltzfus) Beiler.

She was a foster mother for fourteen years. Her foster son John Chuko and his family still have a loving relationship with Betsy and Sarah. Betsy worked at Tel Hai Retirement Community for many years in the housekeeping department. She later worked at Garden Spot Village for 20 years.

Betsy enjoyed traveling, embroidery, reading, her cats and interacting with nephews and nieces, and was like a grandmother to John's children, Karliegh, Kylah, and Anya. She was a member of the Pequea Amish Mennonite Church in Narvon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Aaron, and Mary Beiler.

Betsy is survived by her siblings, Ben and Sarah Beiler of Narvon, Priscilla (Daniel) Fisher of Elverson, Fannie (Gideon) Petersheim of Narvon, Jonas and Wanda Beiler of Coatesville, Edwin and Judith Beiler of New Berlin, PA. and numerous nephews and nieces.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 10 AM from the Pequea Amish Mennonite Church, 115 Blank Road, Narvon, PA. 17555. Interment will follow at the adjoining cemetery. A calling hour will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 PM and on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 AM. At the church.

Arrangements by The Labs Funeral Home, Inc. of Honey Brook.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/29/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Beiler, Elvin L.
August 6, 1935 - April 16, 2024

Elvin L. Beiler, 88, of Kinzers died at his residence on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 after a brief illness. Born in Leacock Township, he was the son of the late Christian E. and Rachel S. Lapp Beiler.

He was married 68 years on January 14th to the love of his life, Ruth B. Zook Beiler. Surviving in addition to his wife are six children, Clair E, husband of Verna Glick Beiler, Paradise; Loretta J. wife of Eugene Smucker, New Holland; Robert L. husband of Linda Brubaker Beiler, Gap; Lyndon S. husband of Evonne Groff Beiler, Rexville, NY; Galen D. husband of Marcella Hess Beiler, Kinzers; Delbert B. husband of Kristi Nissley Beiler, Millersville; 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; one brother, Roman, husband of Fannie Stoltzfus Beiler, Paradise, four sisters, Minerva Beiler Kauffman, Washington County, Mary wife of David King, Mifflinburg, Erma Beiler Zook, Gap, Alta Beiler, Ronks, a brother-in-law, Floyd Stoltzfus, husband of Marilyn Miller Stoltzfus, Gordonville, and sisters-in-law, Lillian Kauffman Beiler and Anna Mary Stoltzfoos Beiler, both of Paradise. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Beiler, four brothers, Aaron Beiler, George Beiler, Calvin Beiler, Kenneth Beiler and one sister, Lillian Beiler Stoltzfus.

Elvin was a member of Life Fellowship Church in Willow Street. He was a life member of Gap Fire Company for over 50 years and served as assistant chief and sale committee chairperson.He was a hog farmer for many years. In later years, he was a delivery driver for Gap Power and Paneling Sales, a Pioneer Seed salesman and a driver for the Amish Community.

Elvin was always ready to serve others in whatever way he could. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed hunting and singing. No family gathering was complete without singing his favorite song, “To God Be the Glory!”

Memorial service will take place from the Grace Point Church, 10 South Singer Avenue, Paradise on Friday, April 19th at 3 p.m. There will be a viewing at Ridgeview Mennonite Church, 3723 Ridge Road, Gordonville, on Thursday, April 18th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Private interment will take place in the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery. There will be no viewing on Friday, the family will greet friends following the service.

Shivery Funeral Home
Paradise, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Beiler, Ruth B. Zook
July 13, 1934 - June 13, 2024

Ruth B. Zook Beiler, 89, of Kinzers, passed away at her home on Thursday, June 13, 2024. She was born in Gap, daughter of the late Amos and Rebecca Beiler Zook. Her husband of 68 years, Elvin L. Beiler, passed away on April 16, 2024.

She is survived by her six children, Clair E. husband of Verna Glick Beiler, Paradise; Loretta J. wife of Eugene Z. Smucker, New Holland; Robert L, husband of Linda Brubaker Beiler, Gap; Lyndon S. husband of Evonne Groff Beiler, Rexville, NY; Galen D. husband of Marcella Hess Beiler, Kinzers; Delbert B. husband of Kristi Nissley Beiler, Millersville; nineteen grandchildren and thirty-seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Beiler, and all her siblings, John Zook, Elizabeth Zook, Emanuel Zook, Mary Zook, Amos Zook, Phares Zook, Jonas Zook, Esther Zook Esh and Miriam Zook Miller.

Ruth was a member of Life Mennonite Fellowship Church in Willow Street. She cared well for her family and was an accomplished seamstress for many years. She loved spending time with her family, hunting, playing harmonica and singing. Even when she could no longer carry on a conversation, she could remember the tunes to many songs. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The Beiler family would like to thank Galen and Marcy Beiler, with whom she lived, and other caregivers for the wonderful support that was given to Ruth the past few years. Willow Tree Hospice provided loving care as well in the last 2 months of Ruth's life.
Memorial service will take place at Millwood Mennonite Church, 441 Amish Road, Gap, PA, on Monday, June 17th at 11 a.m. There will be a viewing at Millwood Mennonite Church on Sunday, June 16th from 5 to 8 p.m. A private interment will take place in the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/14/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Bender, Dale Edward
May 30, 1952 - February 26, 2024

Dale Edward Bender, 71, of Shipshewana, passed away unexpectedly while working at 9:30 am on Monday, February 26, 2024. He was born on May 30, 1952, in Elkhart County, to Omer and Barbara (Bontrager) Bender. On October 8, 1977, in LaGrange, he married Wanda Schrock, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three children, Tarrah (Ben) Smith of Fishers, Chad (Tiffany) Bender of Shipshewana, and Brooke (Christian) Stuetzle of Carmel; six grandchildren, Finley, Braxton, and Sawyer Smith, Makenna and Colton Bender, and Piper Stuetzle; two brothers, Omer (Kristi) Bender of Knoxville, TN and Mark (Esther) Bender of Middlebury.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Duane and John Bender.

Dale installed carpet for over 25 years in the surrounding areas and even after “retiring” he continued to work as that was something he greatly enjoyed. He also enjoyed working outdoors in his yard and spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren. Dale was an active member of Shore Church.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, March 1, at Shore Church, 7235 W 100 N Shipshewana. Family and friends may gather at Shore Cemetery for a 10:30 am graveside service on Saturday, March 2, prior to the 11 am memorial service, also at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastors Nic Raber and Lance Miller. Memorial contributions may be given to Shore Mission and Service Commission.

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


 

Bender, Kathryn Marie "Kay" Shaum
August 27, 1941 - April 8, 2024

Kathryn Marie “Kay” Bender, 82, of Grantsville, MD, died Monday, April 8, 2024, at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland, MD.

Born, August 27, 1941, in Columbiana, OH, she was the daughter of the late Harvey & Susannah (VanPelt) Shaum. She was preceded in death by one brother, Nelson Shaum and one sister, Edith Heatwole.

Mrs. Bender was a homemaker. She was a member of Maple Glen Mennonite Church and very active with the food committee and sewing circle.

She is survived by her husband, Martin R. Bender; three sons, Eugene (Lori) Bender and Dana (Krystal) Bender, all of the Grantsville, Kevin (Crystal) Bender, Fairfield, MT; one daughter, Vonda Bender, Grantsville; six brothers, Jason Shaum, Virgil Shaum, Elvin Shaum, Raymond Shaum, all of Ohio, Melvin Shaum, Michigan, Kenneth Shaum, Indiana; one sister, Esther Shaum, Ohio and fourteen grandchildren.

Friends will be received at Maple Glen Mennonite Church, 74 Maple Glen Drive, Grantsville, on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 5-8 pm. Services will be conducted in the church on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Merv Brenneman & Pastor Phil Moser officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Maple Glen Youth Group,74 Maple Glen Drive, Grantsville, MD 21536.

Newman Funeral Homes, PA, Grantsville , MD
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Benner, Barbara Ruth Stoltzfus
October 20, 1941 - January 21, 2024

Barbara Ruth Benner, 82, of Mount Joy, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at home, surrounded by family. Born in Morgantown, she was the daughter of the late Job and Mary (Glick) Stoltzfus. Wife of Dr. John Nolt Benner.

Barb grew up riding horses on her parents' farm in Morgantown. She raised her children while living in Philadelphia, Allentown, and Tunkhannock. In Chambersburg, Barb enjoyed hosting guests from around the world in their "Elisha" guest house. Barb and John moved to Mount Joy to be close to their daughter and grandchildren for the last 17 years of her life.

Some of her many passions included gardening, houseplants, sewing for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), reading and feeding her family. She was a woman of prayer, a Master Gardener and a member of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, where she served on the Kitchen Committee for many years.

She will be lovingly missed by her husband of 62 years, Dr. John N. Benner; her daughter, Laurel (Lolly) Kratz (Ron Kratz) of Mount Joy; her daughter-in-law, Brenda (Lehman) Benner (Randy Benner) of Friedens; her son, Eric Benner (Marie Benner-Rhoades) of Trumansburg, NY. Also missed by her grandchildren: Brandon Kratz (Eugenie Quan) of Roanoke, VA, Nathaniel Kratz (Brooke Witmer Kratz) of Philadelphia, Josiah Kratz (Katie Ashley Kratz) of Pittsburgh, Hannah Kratz Smith (Joey Smith) of Quarryville, Morgaine Benner and Job Benner of Trumansburg, NY. Survived by her brother, Melvin (Nancy Yoder) Stoltzfus; sisters-in-law, Martha (Kurtz) Stoltzfus, Esther (Kurtz) Stoltzfus, Marian (Glick) Stoltzfus and Sylvia Stoltzfus.

Preceded in death by her sons, Dr. John Randall (Randy) Benner and Keith David Benner; and her brothers, Wayne Stoltzfus, Merle Stoltzfus, Nathan Stoltzfus and Harold Stoltzfus.

A Celebration of Life service will be held graveside for family and friends at Groffdale Mennonite Church, 168 N. Groffdale Rd., Leola on Friday, February 2, 2024 at 10:00 AM followed by a time to greet the family in the multi-purpose room. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mennonite Central Committee (mcc.org). Furman's Leola.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/25/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Berkey, Cecelia Yvonne Miller
March 16, 1936 - March 29, 2024

Cecelia Yvonne Berkey, 88, of Goshen, passed away Friday, March 29, 2024, at Greencroft Healthcare.

She was born March 16, 1936 in Sturgis, Michigan to Milo S. and Ruth (Hostetler) Miller.

On April 7, 1957, she married Maurice F. Berkey at the Emma Mennonite Church.

He survives along with two daughters, Debra (Daniel) Williams and Joy (Brent) St. Germain, both of Goshen; three sons, Craig (Rosy) Berkey of Bedford Heights, Ohio, Dean (Joitta) Berkey of Sarasota, Florida and Dennis (Connie) Berkey of Topeka; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and a sister, Kathleen Peterson of Elkhart.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard L. Miller.

She worked with Dr. Allen Martin for 18 years and at the Essenhaus from 1991 until her retirement.

Mrs. Berkey loved her family and was very involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren – supporting them in all of their various activities.

Visitation will be Friday, April 12, 2024, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shore Church, Shipshewana, where a 10 a.m. funeral service will be held Saturday. Pastors Nic Raber and Lance Miller will officiate.

Burial will follow in Shore Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to Rainbow Years Learning Ministry at Shore Church.

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


 

Boll, Homer B.
October 1, 1937 - April 22, 2024

Homer B. Boll, 86, of Lebanon, loving husband of Shirley (Weaver) Boll for over 65 years, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2024, at the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was born Oct. 1, 1937, in Lititz to the late Noah and Viola (Benner) Boll.

He was a member of the Shirksville Mennonite Church. He loved the Lord and wanted to live for Him in all of life. He enjoyed meeting people and never met a stranger. He will be remembered by many for his love of good congregational singing and the energy and inspiration with which he led it. He was kind and compassionate, reaching out to the spiritually needy and unfortunate. He was a farmer for many years. After moving off the farm, he worked at Good’s Store, where he enjoyed interacting with customers, and in later years he restored mini-barns.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children: Jay (Janet) Boll of North East, Kaylene (Gerald) Weaver of Lebanon, Karla (Gardell) Strite of Bluford, IL, Karisa (Lavon) Hochstetler of Virginia Beach, VA, and Sheldon (Liza) Boll of Jonestown; twenty-eight grandchildren and forty-one great grandchildren; three brothers: Roy (Lois) Boll of Manheim, Elvin (Clarene) Boll of Lancaster, and Lester (Dorothy) Boll of Lititz; three sisters: Ruth (late Victor) Weaver of Lancaster, Irene (late Richard) Haller of Lititz, and Esther (Stanley) Wine of Lebanon.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Kolleen (Kevin) Seibel; four brothers: Sanford (late Helen) Boll, Joseph (Esther) Boll, Luke (Sara Ann) Boll, and Titus (Lois) Boll; and two sisters: Rhoda (late Robert) Sensenig, and Anna Mary (late Melvin) Kreider.

Homer's dying testimony was "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Swatara Mennonite Church, 10 Camp Swatara Rd., Myerstown. There will be a viewing at 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2024, at the church. Burial will follow the service at Shirksville Mennonite Church Cemetery, Jonestown.

Lebanon Daily News - 4/23/2024
Lebanon, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Boll, Krystal J.
December 21, 1975 - June 15, 2024

Krystal J. Boll, 48, of Manheim, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Krystal was born in Seoul, South Korea; and at 10 months old she was adopted by Roseanna Eberly Boll and the late Mark B. Boll. Krystal graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1994, where she enjoyed playing on the girls' softball team. Her constant companion was her beloved Dachshund, Coco.

Surviving in addition to her mother, Roseanna; is a sister Kimberly Ann wife of John Fasig of Manheim, and a nephew, Mark Aaron Fasig of Manheim.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Krystal's Memorial Service at the Buch Funeral Home, 21 Market Square, Manheim, on Friday, June 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 PM until the time of service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family at Hess Mennonite Church Cemetery, Lititz.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/17/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Boll, Mark B.
October 17, 1941 - February 26, 2024

Mark B. Boll, 82, of Manheim, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 26, 2024 following a 4 years battle with cancer. Born in Lititz, he was the son of the late Norman and Naomi Burkholder Boll. Mark was the loving husband of Roseanna E. Eberly Boll and they would have observed their 60th wedding anniversary in June of this year.

In his early years, Mark worked for the SICO Co., Ephrata. He started as an oil burner technician, later was a salesman and then promoted to assistant plant manager.

In 1979, Mark was ordained as a Mennonite Minister, and he pastored the Hess Mennonite Church for eleven years. Mark was one of the founding members of Lititz Area Mennonite Schools (LAMS); and served on the School Board for many years. While full time pastoring, he attended Lancaster Bible College and received and associate degree in Bible. After graduating, Mark pastored Derry Mennonite Church, Montour Co., and Hernley Mennonite Church, Manheim. During most of his years as pastor, Mark was a bi-vocational pastor. Mark attends Speedwell Heights Church, Lititz. Mark also worked at Lancaster Mennonite High School for 27 years, as the head custodian until his retirement in 2019. Mark and Roseanna enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Columbia County with friends and family.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Roseanna, are two daughters: Kimberly Ann wife of John Fasig, Krystal J. Boll all of Manheim, a grandson, Mark Aaron Fasig, a twin sister, Martha wife of Dr. Marlin Nissly of Lititz, and two brothers: John husband of Anna Lois Boll of Bolivar, NY, Ray husband of Verna Boll of Ephrata. Preceding him in death are two sisters: Reba Sensenig, Verna Brubaker, and two brothers: Warren and Paul Boll.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Mark's funeral service from the Speedwell Heights Church, 413 West Brubaker Valley Road, Lititz on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 AM. There will be a viewing at the church on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will be in Hess Mennonite Cemetery, Lititz.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/28/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Bomberger, C. Martin
October 15, 1923 - June 13, 2024

C. Martin Bomberger, 100, formerly of Lititz, PA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 13, 2024, at Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim. Born in Penn Township on October 15, 1923, he lived all of his years in the same community. He was the youngest of seven children born to the late Cyrus M. and Lydia Double Bomberger. He was the husband of the late Verna A. Heller Bomberger, his loving wife, with whom he shared 73 years of marriage before her death in 2016.

He is survived by two daughters, Lois, wife of the late David L. Landis, of Manheim, and Linda, wife of J. Marlin Boll, of Lititz; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 11 great, great grandchildren.

Martin was a longtime member of Erb Mennonite Church, Lititz where he served as trustee and was on the cemetery board. He farmed his father's farm for 25 years. After moving off the farm, he was employed by Bomberger's Store, installing flooring. He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, hunting and spending time at Hemlock Haven, their cabin he built in Perry County. He also constructed their house situated on the family farm and created many wooden items for the family through the years.

The family thanks the wonderful, caring nurses and staff at Pleasant View Retirement Community for their excellent care given to Martin while he was a resident.

In addition, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Phares Bomberger; and four sisters, Elizabeth Groff, Anna Shelly, Amy Heisey and Kathryn Wenger.
A funeral service will be held on Friday afternoon, June 21, 2024, at 3:00 PM at Erb Mennonite Church, 567 West Lexington Road, Lititz, PA 17543 with Pastors Lew Wagner, Mike Zimmerman, and David Schrock officiating. There will be a viewing at the church on Friday afternoon from 2:00 PM until the time of the service. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Martin's memory may be made to Pleasant View Benevolent Fund, 544 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545 or to Erb Mennonite Church.

Intelligencer Jounal - 6/16/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Bontrager, Christy Joe
November 29, 1990 - June 16, 2024

Christy Joe Bontrager, 33 years, 6 months, and 18 days, passed away at 5:11pm Sunday, June 16, 2024 at Goshen Hospital. He was born on November 29, 1990 in Bremen to Floyd and Mary Sue Bontrager. He was a resident at Pleasant Haven in Goshen, Indiana the last 14 years.

Surviving is his parents, Floyd and Carolyn Bontrager; 2 brothers, Brandon (Brittany) Bontrager of Leesburg, and Kevin (Carolyn) Bontrager of Bremen; 3 sisters, Sheila (Amos) Bontrager of Bremen, Emily (Lucas) Miller of Bremen, and Diane (Karl) Miller of Bremen; 8 nephews; 7 nieces; 1 grandmother, Katie Elizabeth Slabaugh; step grandparents, Raymond and Clara Yoder.

Christy was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue (Slabaugh) Bontrager; grandfather, Marvin L. Slabaugh; and grandparents, Samuel and Ada Bontrager.

Visitation will be held after 2pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, and all day Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at the Floyd Bontrager residence (30038 CR 56, Nappanee). Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 9:30am also at the Floyd Bontrager residence. Home Ministries of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will follow at Weldy Cemetery.

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


 

Bontrager, David L.
August 26, 1942 - May 1, 2024

David L. Bontrager, 81, of Middlebury (district: 60-1), died at 12:25 pm on Wednesday, May 1, [2024] at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, after a farming accident occurring on the Thursday before. He was born on August 26, 1942, in Elkhart County, to Joe A. and Ida (Miller) Bontrager. On November 22, 1962, in Middlebury, he married Anna Miller, she died August 7, 2009. On October 2, 2010, in LaGrange County, he married Linda Yoder-Herschberger, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are eight daughters, Wanda (Robert) Schmucker of Goshen, Mary (Larry) Schlabach of Goshen, Vera (Howard) Helmuth of Millersburg, Marilyn (Gerald) Nisley of Goshen, Ida Sue (Galen) Eash of Middlebury, Dorothy (Ralph O.) Bontrager of Middlebury, Lorene (John D.) Bontrager of Middlebury, Ruby (Marlin) Burkholder of Millersburg; five sons, Marlin (Loretta) Bontrager of LaGrange, Harley (Carolyn) Bontrager of Middlebury, Rudy (Wilma) Bontrager of Millersburg, David (Luetta) Bontrager Jr. of Middlebury, Daniel (Sue Ann) Bontrager of Panama City, FL; four stepdaughters, Etta Fern (Andy E.) Bontrager of Goshen, Marlene Kay (John Ray) Mishler of Shipshewana, Ruby Arlene (Marlin Dean) Miller of Goshen, Waneta Sue (Joseph) Bontrager of Middlebury; four stepsons, Nelson O. (special friend Karen) Yoder of Sturgis, MI, Paul O. (Brittany) Yoder of Mill Spring, NC, Joseph O. (special friend Rhoda) Yoder of LaGrange, Alvin O. Yoder of Elkhart; 96 grandchildren; 44 step-grandchildren; 115 great-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Vernon (Katie - dec.) Bontrager of Topeka, Daniel (Alice) Bontrager of Goshen; seven sisters, Anna Mae (Omer) Schlabach of Middlebury, Sarah (Ervin) Chupp of Shipshewana, Katie (David) Bontrager of Shipshewana, Mary (Orva) Lehman of Middlebury, Velda (Ed) Miller of Goshen, Edna (Clarence) Mast of Goshen, Betty (Richard) Miller of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; parents; son-in-law, LeRoy O. Yoder; stepson, Matthew Yoder; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Ida Ilene Bontrager.

David was a retired farmer, carpenter, and member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 2, all-day Friday, May 3, at the Family Residence: 10138 Cr 18, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 4, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Atlee Troyer and the home ministers. Burial will be in Forks Cemetery, Middlebury. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


 

Bontrager, Elijah Kade
April 9, 2024 - April 22, 2024

Elijah Kade Bontrager, was born on April 9, 2024 in Indianapolis, he passed away on Monday, April 22, 2024 at Riley Hospital.

He is survived by his parents, Marcus and Marla (Kuhns) Bontrager, Nappanee; sibling, Javan Andre Bontrager; paternal grandparents, Clarence and Ruth Ann Bontrager, Etna Green; maternal grandparents, Alvin and Marilyn Kuhns, Bremen; paternal great grandmother, Edna Miller, Kokomo; maternal great grandmother, Liddy Ann Kuhns, Nappanee, maternal great grandfather, Sam Kaufman, Bremen.

He was preceded in death by his twin Ezekiel Marc Bontrager; paternal great grandparents, Eli Miller and Melvin and Laura Bontrager; maternal great grandparents Edwin Kuhns and Miriam Kaufman.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at Maynard Kuhns Residence (7057 W. 900 N., Nappanee). Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 25th also at Maynard Kuhns Residence. Burial will follow at Graber cemetery. Bishop Devon Kuhns will officiate. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

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


 

Bontrager, Emery Dale
February 6, 1930 - March 28, 2024

Emery Dale Bontrager, 94, of Leesburg, passed from this world to the arms of Jesus March 28, 2024.

He was born February 6, 1930 in Kokomo, the son of Levi and Fannie (Miller) Bontrager.

On August 14, 1948 he married Emma “Maxine” Mast and they enjoyed many years together before her death in 2007.

Emery was a long time member of Howard-Miami Mennonite Church where he served in several different capacities through the years. He loved Jesus, his Lord and Savior, and his church family.

Emery provided for his family as a farmer and a truck driver. Following his retirement, he and Maxine spent several winters in Sarasota, Florida where they developed many close friendships with other snowbirds. They often took summer trips to other states and northern Indiana to visit these friends.

Survivors include two daughters, Theresa (Wayne) Overman, Goshen and Peggy (Clint) Coon, Leesburg; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Yoder, Pettisville, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Matthew Overman, Zachary Coon, Sarah Ponsler, Lauren Frey, Ashlyn Dunlap, Jordan Bontrager, Aaron Bontrager, and Carly Dobson; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Martha Sommers and Clara Keim both of Goshen.

Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Bontrager; a grandson, Andrew Overman; and four siblings, Ruby Hershberger, Celesta Miller, Alvin Bontrager, and Lloyd Bontrager.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 9:30 until the 10:30 a.m., funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Rev. Bob Jarboe will officiate.

A private burial will take place at Christner Cemetery, Kokomo.

The family will receive friends Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Howard-Miami Mennonite Church.

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


 

Bontrager, Ezekiel Marc
April 9, 2024 - April 9, 2024

Ezekiel Marc Bontrager, was stillborn at 3:42 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Riley Hospital.

He is survived by his parents, Marcus and Marla (Kuhns) Bontrager, Nappanee; siblings, Javan Andre Bontrager and twin Elijah Cade Bontrager; paternal grandparents, Clarence and Ruth Ann Bontrager, Etna Green; maternal grandparents, Alvin and Marilyn Kuhns, Bremen; paternal great grandmother, Edna Miller, Kokomo; maternal great grandparents Alvin and Marilyn Kuhns, Bremen; maternal great grandmother, Liddy Ann Kuhns, Nappanee, maternal great grandfather, Sam Kaufman, Bremen.

He was preceded in death by paternal great grandparents, Eli Miller and Melvin and Laura Bontrager; maternal great grandparents Edwin Kuhns and Miriam Kaufman.

Graveside services will begin at 3 p.m. Graber cemetery. Bishop Devon Kuhns will officiate. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

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


 

Bontrager, Lucas Allen
April 2, 2024 - April 2, 2024

Lucas Allen Bontrager, stillborn son of Allen L. and Norene C. (Yoder) Bontrager of LaGrange, (district: 3), was delivered at 5:24 pm, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

Surviving in addition to his parents are brother, Joshua Lamar Bontrager; grandparents, Laverne and Miriam Bontrager of Shipshewana and Clayton and Carolyn Yoder of Topeka; great-grandparents, Ida Mae Bontrager of Shipshewana, Omer and Anna Mae Schlabach of Middlebury, and Rosa Yoder of Topeka.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Ervin Bontrager, Albert Yoder, and Ora and Ada Nisley.

There will be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:30 am funeral service on Saturday, April 6, at the John and Ruby Bontrager Residence: 1735 N. 400 W., LaGrange. Services will be conducted by Bishop Andrew Mast and the home ministers of the Old Order Amish Church. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Shipshewana.

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


 

Bontrager, Lydiann D.
November 18, 1960 - January 25, 2024

Lydiann D. Bontrager, 63, of Topeka (district: 22-1), died at 8:00 am, on Thursday, January 25, [2024] at her residence. She was born on November 18, 1960, in LaGrange County, to Daniel N. and Susie L. (Miller) Bontrager. She died after a battle with cancer that originated in March of 2020.

Surviving are two brothers, Wayne D. (Dorothy) Bontrager of Topeka, Leroy Bontrager of Wolcottville; sister, Irene Bontrager of LaGrange; three nieces, Marla (Larry) Miller, Beth Bontrager, Kaylene (Nelson) Hochstetler; two nephews, Lavern (Lou Anna) Bontrager, Lavon Bontrager; six great nephews; 3 great nieces; and many cousins and single girlfriends.

She was preceded in death by her father, both sets of grandparents, Levi and Lydia Ann Miller and Noah and Lena Bontrager.

Lydiann worked many years for Tiffany's Restaurant and ended her working career at her family’s business, Bontrager Feed. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Friday January 26, and all-day Saturday, January 27, at the Wayne Bontrager Residence: 2290 W. 700 S. Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Sunday, January 28, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Daniel Lambright and the home ministers. Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery in Topeka. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


 

Bontrager, Manas, Jr.
March 29, 1931 - January 8, 2024

Manas Jr. Bontrager, 92, of Topeka, (district: 40-1), died at 4:46 am on Monday, January 8, [2024] at his residence. He was born on March 29, 1931, in LaGrange County, to Manas A. and Elizabeth (Miller) Bontrager. On December 18, 1952, in Topeka, he married Mary Irene Miller, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three sons, Glen (Katie) Bontrager of Shipshewana, Devon (Nettie) Bontrager of Topeka, Gerald (Joanna) Bontrager of Shipshewana; two daughters, Ruby Yoder of LaGrange, Vera (Marvin) Gingerich of Shipshewana; 22 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren; brother, Joni Bontrager of Shipshewana; three sisters, Neomah Bontrager, Betty Wingard both of Shipshewana, Edna Yoder of LaGrange; sister-in-law, Ruth Bontrager of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Mervin Yoder; four brothers, Ervin, Mahlon, Levi, and John Bontrager; two sisters, Martha Schrock, Amanda Yoder.

Manas was a retired farmer and worked at Lambright Woodworking for 15 years. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 9 and all-day Wednesday, January 10 at the family residence, 7905 W. 100 S., Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, January 11 at the Devon Yoder residence, 7720 W. 100 S., Topeka. Services will be conducted by Bishop Vernon O. Lambright and the home ministers. Burial will be in Yoder Cemetery, Shipshewana. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


 

Bontrager, Mattie W.
December 26, 1936 - June 24, 2024

Mattie W. Bontrager, 87, of LaGrange (district: 39-2), died at 9:53 pm, on Monday, June 24, [2024] at her residence. She was born on December 26, 1936, in Shipshewana, to William J. and Ada (Miller) Bontrager.

Surviving are two sisters, Anna W. Kauffman of LaGrange and Emma (Daniel) Beechy of Topeka; brother, Enos (Anna Marie) Bontrager of Shipshewana; nephew and caretakers, Larry (Freda L.) Bontrager of LaGrange; many nieces and nephews; many great & great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ada W. Bontrager; four brothers, Elmer, Amos, Ervin, Daniel Bontrager; brother-in-law, Daniel Kauffman.

Mattie was a long time employee of Starcraft and member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 3:00 pm on Tuesday, June 25, and all-day Wednesday, June 26, at the Family Residence: 7055 W 050 S, LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, June 27, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop David Weaver and the home ministers. Burial will be in Yoder Cemetery, Shipshewana. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home in Middlebury is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


 

Bontrager, Rodney Lee
September 18, 1956 - February 18, 2024

Rodney Lee Bontrager, 67, of LaGrange, died Sunday, February 18, 2024, at his residence surrounded by family after a year and a half long battle with anaplastic thyroid cancer.

He was born on September 18, 1956, in LaGrange to DeWayne C. and Mertice D. (Yoder) Bontrager.

Rod grew up in Topeka and was a 1975, graduate of Westview High School. He went on to further his education at Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio, graduating in 1983 with a degree in business and accounting.

He worked in the mobile home and RV industries for 40+ years. The majority of his career was spent as a purchasing agent at Redman (Champion) Homes in Topeka, Indiana with the later years test driving RVs at Forest River, Inc. in Middlebury, Indiana.

Rod was an active member of Shore Church in Shipshewana. He had a passion for youth sports and helping others. He especially enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Surviving are his three daughters, Christina (Logan) Smith of Hudson, IN, Tiffany (Cody) Hostetler of Sturgis, MI, and Brittany (Joshua) Collyer of LaGrange, IN; six grandchildren, Mack Collyer, Allison Collyer, Judah Hostetler, Amos Smith, Roy Smith, and Baby Hostetler; and a brother, Terry (Cindy) Bontrager of Topeka, IN.

Preceding Rodney in death were his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Shore Church, 7236 W – 100 N, Shipshewana, IN with a viewing an hour prior to the service time.

The Pastors Nic Raber and Lance Miller will officiate the services and burial will take place in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana, IN.

A viewing will be held at the church on Friday, February 23rd from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Memorials may be donated in Rodney’s memory to the Rainbow Years Learning Ministry.

Frurip-May Funeral Home, Lagrange, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Bontrager, Samuel E.
February 27, 1936 - April 15, 2024

Samuel E. Bontrager, 88, of Middlebury (district: 53), died at 12:15 am, on Monday, April 15, [2024] at Goshen Hospital. He was born on February 27, 1936, in Middlebury to Ezra and Susie (Lehman) Bontrager. On September 26, 1957, in LaGrange County, he married Ada Raber, Ada died September 7, 2019.

Surviving are three sons, Joe (Rosemary) Bontrager of Ligonier, Floyd (Carolyn) Bontrager, Mervin (Mary Esther) Bontrager, both of Nappanee; four daughters, Katie Ann (Wayne) Bontrager of Shipshewana, LeEtta (Lonnie) Lambright, Vera Bontrager, both of Middlebury, Edna (Vernon) Bontrager of Topeka; 36 grandchildren; 117 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Wilbur (Esther) Bontrager of Shipshewana; two sisters-in-law, Esther Bontrager of LaGrange, Edna Bontrager of Topeka.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Bontrager; six brothers, Harley, Daniel, Levi, Monroe, Andy, and Joe; three sisters, Amelia Yoder, Ella Nisley, and Lizzie May Bontrager.

Samuel was a farmer, worked at the Deutsch Kase Haus in Middlebury and was a senior Bishop of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16, and all-day Wednesday, April 17, at the Loren Lambright Residence: 1910 N. 1150 W., Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, April 18, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Norman Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in Mast Cemetery, Middlebury. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


 

Bontrager, Seth Caleb
February 23, 2024 - February 23, 2024

Seth Caleb Bontrager, stillborn son of Andrew and Rhonda (Miller) Bontrager of Rome City (district: 22-1), was delivered at 7:53 pm on Friday, February 23, [2024] at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

Survivors in addition to his parents are siblings, Marcus Jay, Galen Dean, and Karla Faye; grandparents, Samuel and Wilma Bontrager of Wolcottville and Amos and Mary Ann Miller of LaGrange; great-grandparents, John and Katie (Ora N. Miller, dec.) Hochstetler of LaGrange and Elmer and Katie Mae (Levi A. Miller, dec.) Miller of LaGrange.

There will be one hour of visitation prior to the 2:30 pm funeral service on Sunday, February 25, at the family’s home residence: 1819 West 1200 North, Rome City. Services will be conducted by Bishop Daniel O. Lambright and the home ministers of the Old Order Amish Church. Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery, Topeka.

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


 

Bontrager, Wilma Miller
March 1, 1931 - June 29, 2024

Wilma Bontrager, 93, of Goshen, formerly of Honeyville (district: 31-2), died at 7:50 am, on Saturday, June 29, [2024] at Hope Springs Manor. She was born on March 1, 1931, in Shipshewana, to Chris and Elma (Eash) Miller. On November 20, 1951, in Honeyville, she married Floyd M. Bontrager, Floyd died December 18, 2013.

Surviving are daughter, LeAnna Yutzy of Sturgis, MI; four grandchildren, Marcus, Julie, Darin, and Bethany; one great-granddaughter, Riley; son-in-law, Eli Yutzy; two brothers, Elvon "Bill" (Louida) Miller of Honeyville, Cletus (Mary) Miller of Middlebury; sister, Ruby (Jerry) Miller of Shipshewana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters, Mary Miller, Nettie Mast, Katie Miller; brother, Perry Miller; two infant sisters, Leanna and Ida Mae Miller.

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

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 30, and all-day Monday, July 1, at the Lavern Ray Miller residence: 3905 S 900 W, Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 2, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Ervin Yoder and the home ministers. Burial will be in Honeyville Cemetery, Topeka.

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


 

Borkholder, Elizabeth
April 29, 1934 - April 29, 2024

Elizabeth Borkholder, age 90 of Nappanee, IN, died at 5:45 am on Monday morning, April 29, 2024 at her residence. She was born on April 29, 1934 in Nappanee to Peter and Sylvia (Bontrager) Borkholder.

She lived her entire life in the Nappanee area and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Elizabeth was a quilt maker and also worked for the Pletcher family in Nappanee for 44 years.

She is survived by 4 sisters: Katie Borkholder of Nappanee, Rosa Slabaugh of Bremen, IN, Alma (Norman H.) Miller of Kalona, IA, and Mary (Perry) Mast of Weatherford, OK; a brother, Amos Borkholder of New Paris, in; 2 brothers-in-law: Henry Mast of Nappanee and Allen Mullet of Plymouth, IN; 9 nieces; 23 nephews; and 1 step nephew.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters: Ada Mast, Lydia Mast, and Anna Mae Mullet; sister-in-law, Betty Borkholder; 2 brothers-in-law, Elmer Slabaugh and Eli Mast; niece, Dorothy Slabaugh; 2 nephews, Devon Slabaugh and Timothy Mast; 3 step-nieces: Lareeta Mast, Rhonda Mast, and Elaine Lee.

Visitation will be held after 2 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, and all-day Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the James Schwartz Residence (30580 CR 56, Nappanee, IN 46550). A funeral service will be held at 9:30 am on Thursday, May 2, 2024, also at the James Schwartz residence. Bishop Richard Mast and Home Ministries of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will take place in Weldy Cemetery, Nappanee. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

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


 

Borntrager, Daniel I.
March 20, 1962 - May 15, 2024

Daniel I. Borntrager, age 62, of Milford, IN, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, May 15, 2024 in Goshen, IN. He was born on March 20, 1962 in Blair, WI to Isaac and Millie (Lambright) Borntrager. On June 3, 1982, Daniel married Barbara Ann Borntrager in Amherst, WI. They lived in matrimony for 41 years, 11 months, and 13 days.

Daniel loved driving truck and he owned and operated 4 Acre Transport for over 17 years. Five years ago, he started driving bus and opened Blue Bird Express in hopes of driving bus trips as a retirement plan. He totally enjoyed driving bus.

Daniel is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Ann Borntrager of Milford and 10 children: LaVern (Jolena) Borntrager of Milford, Felty (Lisa) Borntrager of Nappanee, IN, Melvin (Brittany) Borntrager of Leesburg, IN, David (Emily) Borntrager of Warsaw, IN, Fannie Mae (Justin) Ramer of Goshen, IN, Mary Ann (Alson) Burkholder of Wakarusa, IN, Sarah Borntrager of Milford, Amanda Borntrager of Goshen, Daryl Borntrager of Milford, and Larry Borntrager of Milford; 24 grandchildren; father-in-law, Toby Borntrager of Etna Green, IN; 2 brothers: Menno (Dawn) Borntrager of WI and Felty (Lydia) of MT; 3 sisters: Mary (Henry) Yoder of MN, Mattie (Edwin) Yoder of NE, and Fannie (Freddie) Borntrager of MN.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Mary Borntrager; 2 brothers: Levi Borntrager and Roy Borntrager; 2 sisters: Lizzie Kurtz and Katie Yoder; and sister-in-law, Fannie Mae Bontrager.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Friday, May 17, 2023; and 2-4 pm and 5-8 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2023 at Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church (13483 CR 38, Goshen, IN 46528) . A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 19, 2023 at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery.

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


 

Bowman, Leroy H.
July 7, 1928 - April 6, 2024

Leroy H. Bowman, 95, died peacefully Saturday, Apr. 6, 2024 after a day filled with visits from sons and grandchildren.

He was born in 1928 in Brecknock Township to the late Martin B. and Maggie Horst Bowman, then married Lydia Ann Horst in 1946.

Leroy was a farm boy, who left school after eighth grade to work on the family farm. But his profound respect for education showed when he earned his GED late in life; he would even do some college courses.

Leroy was an ordained deacon for many years at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, where he was renowned and respected for his love of people and his community work until the day he died.

Growing up in the country, Leroy had a lifelong passion for the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing, catching his final fish at 95. He spun tales of youthful exploits about trapping skunks, opossums and muskrats.

He particularly loved deer hunting as much for the family and communal aspects as the hunting. He loved trout fishing in the Pennsylvania mountains, especially on White Deer Creek and Pine Creek. He found solace in the mountains, as the place where he could grab a tree and cry out to God or sit by a spring at the old family cabin and contemplate life.

Much of his working life, Leroy worked in limestone quarries or concrete plants, where he was adept at working with the machinery. He found joy in showing and explaining big earth-moving equipment to his children, grandchildren or anyone who would listen.

He volunteered for more than 10 years in Lancaster County's Volunteers in Probation and Parole program and earned Volunteer of the Year in 1993. In retirement, he was well known for piecing and sewing more than 1,000 comforters for Mennonite Central Committee.

Leroy was a long-time resident at Brethren Village Retirement Community in Lititz, where he volunteered for less-able residents.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lydia Ann, their daughter Janet Elbalghiti, brothers Eugene, Paul, Martin, Melvin, Walter and Dallas and sisters Mabel Burkholder and Blanche Polychronis. He is survived by his sister Anna Mae Miller of Elizabethtown, his sons James married to Linda (Hoober) of Hacks Point, Md., Richard married to Elsie (Hamilton) of Harrisonburg, Va., Elvin "Bo," married to the late Consuelo (Inesta) of San Antonio, Texas, Dale married to Karyn (Hirschberg) of Manteno, Ill., and Leon married to Debi (King) of Strasburg, and 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, send donations in his memory to MCC (mcc.org/donate) or Tenfold (wearetenfold.org/beth-shalom/).

Leroy's Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. April 20, 2024 at Wolfe Auditorium, Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Furman's Leola.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/9/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


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