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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  C to F

Cender, Ruth Alderfer Wismer ; . . Charles, Shirley Amoury ; . . Chupp, Keith K. ; . . Chupp, Loretta J. Jones ; . . Coblentz, Albert B. ; . . Crider, Keith Edwin ; . . Eberly, Clair S. ; . . Danner, Dorcas M. Reed ; . . Eberly, Karen Lou Heatwole ; . . Eby, Marian Thomas ; . . Erb, Peter M. ; . . Eshbach, Jayden Lee ; . . Farmwald, Ruby Arlene Mullet ; . . Freed, Marjorie Yoder ; . . Friesen, Sandra Shoemaker ; . . Fry, Sue Ann Miller ; . .


Cender, Ruth Alderfer Wismer
March 15, 1928 - February 7, 2024

Ruth Alderfer Wismer Cender, with her loving husband, Milton at her side, passed away February 7, 2024 in Goshen, IN at the age of 95 years and 11 months. Ruth's life began in Harleysville, PA on March 15, 1928, the firstborn child to Leroy and Alice Wismer. As a child in Souderton, PA, she became the older sister to Lois (Lowell Bishop), Mary and Paul (Sue). She had a strong faith and commitment to Christ her whole life.

Ruth attended Eastern Mennonite College and graduated from Goshen College in Goshen, IN. She began teaching in Rantoul, IL where she met her future husband, Milton Cender from Dewey, IL. They were married August 18, 1957 and made Gibson City, IL their home. Their family grew to four with the births of Karl and Greta. Ruth taught elementary students at Rantoul, Gibson City and Melvin-Sibley schools during her teaching career of more than 25 years.

Ruth used her talent as an artist to create posters and illustrations for her students and paintings for her home. She was musically inclined, singing in a traveling quartet during her teenage years, in college choirs and at East Bend Mennonite church, Fisher, IL, where she was a member. She used her teaching skills for Sunday School and Bible School instruction of many children. Ruth also participated in the Mennonite Women group at the church. Ruth enjoyed sewing, baking and hosting many people at her home for meals and conversation.

Upon retiring in 1991, Ruth applied her seamstress skills to become an accomplished quilter. Working with others from her chuch, she created many quilts that were auctioned for charities through Mennonite Central Committee. She made quilts, table runners and wall hangings for her home, her children and grandchildren.

Ruth relished time with family, Karl and Wilma (Ressler),Valparaiso, IN, their children, Emily (Matt Burgess), Indianapolis, IN and Eric of Valparaiso, IN and Greta and James (Poplett) of Plymouth, MN, their children, Alicia and Katrina of Minneapolis, MN.

After 51 years of living in Gibson City, Ruth moved with Milton to Goshen, IN in 2008. During her years in Goshen, she enjoyed many musical events at Goshen College. She was also an active member of College Mennonite Church and participated in numerous activities there. In her later years, Ruth suffered from Alzheimer's and then a stroke in June of 2021, after which she was cared for by staff at Greencroft Communities nursing facility until her passing. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Mary Wismer, and her daughter-in-law, Wilma Cender.

A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at College Mennonite Church, 1900 South Main Street, Goshen, IN.

Memorial donations can be made in Ruth's memory to: College Mennonite Church or a charity of your choice.

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


Charles, Shirley Amoury
September 25, 1929 - January 16, 2024

Shirley Charles of Ephrata, PA, formerly of Ocala, FL, died at home surrounded by her family, January 16, 2024, at the age of 94.

She was born September 25, 1929, in Miami, FL, the daughter of the late John Foreid (Fred) and Miriam (Carey) Amoury.

Shirley attended Denver Mennonite Church. Family was at the center of Shirley's heart and she cherished every moment spent with loved ones. She touched many lives by her cheerful friendliness and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet Grover, wife of Philip of Ephrata, PA, and Judy Gulle of Savannah, GA; four granddaughters, Jessica Grover and Amanda Grover, both of Ephrata, PA, Jenna Gulle of Highland Park, IL, and Jordyn Gulle of Cumming, GA; one sister, Kathryn Charles of Ocala, FL; one nephew, Kelly Charles of Salt Springs, FL; two nieces, Karen Cameron of Ocala, FL, and Kim Powell of Astor, FL; eight great-nephews and nieces; and five great-great-nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Kenneth Neil Charles and a nephew Kenneth Boyd Charles.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 5 to 8 PM at the Denver Mennonite Church, 95 Monroe St., Denver, PA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, 10 AM at the church. Interment will take place in the adjoining cemetery.
Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/18/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Chupp, Keith K.
June 15, 1990 - March 19, 2024

Keith K. Chupp, 33 years, 9 months, and 4 days, of rural Tuscola, Illinois passed away at 3:43 PM on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the HCK West Building, one mile south of Arthur, Illinois. Bishop Larry Mast will officiate.

Burial will be in the Otto Cemetery in rural Arthur, Illinois.

Visitation will be any time after 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at the HCK West building, and any time after 10:00 AM on Friday, March 22, 2024, at the HCK West building. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Keith was born on June 15, 1990, in Decatur, Illinois. He was a son of Kenneth L. and Katie Viola (Schrock) Chupp. He married Marilyn Kay Helmuth on May 27, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Kay (Helmuth) Chupp of Tuscola IL; one daughter, Janelle Rose Chupp (11) at home; his parents, Kenneth and Katie (Schrock) Chupp of Tuscola IL; six siblings - Loretta Fern Herschberger and her husband Jason of Arthur IL, Mary Lorene Helmuth and her husband Glen of Arthur IL, Rose Ann Chupp of Tuscola IL, Treva Kay Chupp of Tuscola IL, Verlin Chupp and his wife Corrina (Schrock) of Tuscola IL, and Wayne Chupp and his wife Marlene (Yoder) of Arthur IL; three nieces, five nephews, his paternal grandparents Lewis and Mary Chupp of Tuscola IL and his maternal grandmother, Edna Fern Schrock of Arcola IL.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Reuben J. Schrock, two uncles, Ervin Schrock, and Ernie Yoder and three cousins.

Keith was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Chupp, Loretta J. Jones
June 9, 1937 - February 29, 2024

Loretta J. Chupp, 86, of Nappanee, died Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Goshen Hospital.

She was born June 9, 1937 in Indianapolis to James Warren and Vernie Lou (Griffith) Jones.

On September 3, 1955 she married Melvin Chupp in Goshen. He died December 24, 2020.

She is survived by two daughters, Maralie (Mel) Stutzman of Nappanee and Cindy (Chuck) Somers of Palm Coast, Florida; three sons, Jim (Jen) Chupp of Milford, Mike (Diane) Chupp of Constantine, Michigan and Herbert (Karina) Chupp of Battle Creek, Michigan; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Etta Meadors, Pauline Zook, Juanita DeWeese and Helena Zook; and two brothers, James and A C Jones.

Loretta enjoyed art and was very crafty. She enjoyed drawing cartoon pictures and crocheting. She loved reading especially her Bible. During her working career she worked as a clerk for Snider's Leading Jewelers Inc., Goshen, in the upholster department at Veada Industries Inc., New Paris and as a seamstress at Superior Industries.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Pastor Mel Shetler will officiate.

Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Riley Children’s Hospital.

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


Coblentz, Albert B.
July 15, 1964 - May 22, 2024

Albert B. Coblentz, 59 years, 10 months, 7 days, of LaGrange, (district: 6-1), died at 3:08 pm on Wednesday, May 22, [2024] at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, after a brief battle with colon cancer. He was born on July 15, 1964, in Adams Co., to Benjamin and Elizabeth (Graber) Coblentz. On October 2, 1986, in Adams Co. he married Sarah Irene Hilty, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are six daughters, Elizabeth (Amos) Graber of Bryant, Irene (Levi Jr.) Raber of Wolcottville, Emma (Johnny) Wengerd of Mendon, MI, Leanna (Alvin) Troyer of Howe, Susan Coblentz at home, and Sylvia Coblentz at home; five sons, Benjamin (Ruby) Coblentz of LaGrange, Joseph (Amanda) Coblentz of Cecil, WI, Albert Jr. (Louanna) Coblentz of LaGrange, Marvin (Lori) Coblentz of Kendallville, and Andrew (Special Friend, Diana Eicher) Coblentz at home; 39 grandchildren; five sisters, Leah (Paul) Shetler of Monroe, Verena Coblentz of Burr Oak, MI, Elizabeth (Levi) Wengerd of Geneva, Lovina (Joe) Eicher of Burr Oak, MI, and Emma Schwartz of Burr Oak, MI; sister-in-law, Nancy Coblentz of Berne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Amos Coblentz, sister, Susan Coblentz, brother-in-law, Jacob Schwartz, father-in-law, Joseph Hilty, and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Hilty.

Albert was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He worked at D & L Metal Sales for the past four years building trusses.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, and all-day Friday, May 24, at The Family's Residence: 0725 N. 250 W., LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 25, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Andrew Borkholder and the home ministers. Burial will be in Mast Cemetery, LaGrange. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with making arrangements.

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


Crider, Keith Edwin
July 17, 1959 - January 26, 2024

Keith Edwin Crider, 64, of Strasburg, Va., died Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from a fall. He was born July 17, 1959, to E.S. and Barbara Showalter Crider. On Sept. 9, 1978, he married Eva Burkholder, who survives.

He graduated from Broadway High School in 1977 and worked at Valley Books before teaching school for twelve years. Since 1994 he worked for Christian Light Publications. He served in the ministry of Southeastern Mennonite Conference for 37 years and was a member at Strasburg Mennonite Church.

In addition to his wife, Keith is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Perfect (John) of Strasburg, Va.; four sons, Aaron Crider (Priscilla) of State College, Pa.; Caleb Crider (Lois) of Strasburg, Va.; Andrew Crider (Lauretta) of Guatemala City, Guatemala and Nathan Crider (Clara) of Front Royal, Va.; one brother, Dennis Crider of Harrisonburg, Va.; 20 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Erma Moyers; and a brother, Leonard Crider.

Keith had traveled to Guatemala to help his son’s family move there. Helping with a roof project, he inadvertently stepped on a skylight and fell 18 feet onto concrete. Visitation and funeral plans are pending until transportation from Guatemala is finalized and will be released later. Preliminary plans are for a visitation in the Harrisonburg area and one in the Strasburg area, with the funeral in the Strasburg area. Updates will be posted on the McMullen Funeral Home website (

Memorial contributions may be made to Great Commissions Ministries (Peru Mission), 7384 Hopkins Gap Road, Fulks Run, VA 22830 or to Mennonite Air Missions (Guatemala Mission), 116 Rothsville Station Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 2/1/2024
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Danner, Dorcas M. Reed
November t, 1937 - May 25, 2024

Dorcas M. Danner, 86, of New Oxford, PA, entered God’s eternal care Saturday, May 25, 2024, at the Maugansville Mennonite Home, with family by her side.

Born November 5, 1937, in Brutus, MI, she was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Newswanger) Reed. Dorcas was the loving wife of the late James R. Danner with whom she shared 54 years of marriage until his passing on February 7, 2013.

Dorcas was a member of Hanover Mennonite Church.

Dorcas is survived by four children, Gloria L. Danner of New Oxford, PA, Glenda L. Martin and husband Timothy of Spring Grove, Michael D. Danner and wife Dorinda of Tunas, MO, and Merlin D. Danner and wife Rachel of New Oxford, 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, one sister, Irene Zimmerman and husband Jay of Denver, three sisters-in-law, Barbara Reed of Lititz, Carolyn Reed of Harrisonburg, VA, and Ethel (Reed) Brennaman and husband Elmer of Elizabethtown. She was preceded in death by her husband James, three brothers, Harold Reed, John Reed, and Paul Reed, and two sisters, Anna Mary Reed, and Ruth Reed.

A funeral service will be 10:00AM, Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Hanover Mennonite Church, 563 Broadway, Hanover, PA. Burial will be in York Road Cemetery, Hanover, PA. Viewings will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2024, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, at the Hanover Mennonite Church, 563 Broadway, Hanover.

The family has entrusted the Kenworthy Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 269 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA, with funeral arrangements.

Kenworthy Funeral Home, Hanover, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Eberly, Clair S.
December 10, 1937 - April 12, 2024

Clair S. Eberly, 86, resident of Garden Spot Village, passed away early Friday morning, April 12, 2024. He was the loving husband of Arlene Beam Eberly, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in New Holland, PA, he was the son of the late Melvin N. and Celestine Sauder Eberly.

Clair spent most of his career in the poultry business, retiring from Farmers Pride/Bell & Evans as manager of their live poultry division.

He was a long-time faithful member of Groffdale Mennonite Church, and in recent years attended Christian Fellowship Church.

Clair trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation and served God in various capacities. He raised his children to know and live for the Lord. Clair had many interests, such as hobby farming, gardening, collecting Conestoga wagons, and spending time at his hunting cabin. He loved making chicken BBQ to bless large groups of people and had a special fondness for ice cream.

Surviving besides his wife are four children, Donna wife of Timothy Horst, Leola, Gerald husband of Betty Jean Hertzler Eberly, East Earl, Gary husband of Laura Trent Eberly, Coatesville, and Joanne wife of Matthew Weber, Ephrata; 14 grandchildren,16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Ann wife of Carl Gingrich, New Holland, and predeceased by a brother, Eugene husband of Thelma Eberly.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 2:30 PM at Garden Spot Village chapel with visitation beginning at 1:30 PM. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/14/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Eberly, Karen Lou Heatwole
June 14, 1945 - February 7, 2024

Karen Lou Heatwole Eberly was the second-born to the late James and Lelia (Bowman) Heatwole on June 14, 1945. She died on Feb. 7, 2024, at the age of 78. She had been a resident at VMRC since May of last year, and her health declined quickly after experiencing another stroke in January.

Karen attended high school at Turner Ashby and Lancaster Mennonite, and then graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in 1963. In 1964, she married Frederick Eberly, who preceded her in death on July 8, 2021. They had one daughter, Melissa Joy Eberly.

Karen and Fred made many friends in their travels and among others, gladly hosted folks from Maine, Pennsylvania and Oregon in their home. Karen was a homemaker and gardener, and always had projects going on around their of those being a beautiful stone wall that she and Fred built together at their "big blue house" north of Harrisonburg. Karen loved all things blue, from wall color to pretty dishes and trinkets!

Karen was a member of Lindale Mennonite Church and enjoyed the support and "Teas" that the ladies hosted at VMRC for members who were residents there. Special thanks to Dana and Donna Sommers who were such special helpers and friends to Karen and Fred.

Karen is survived by her daughter, Melissa Eberly, and her siblings, Linda Heatwole of Rockingham, Glennys Shouey and Debra (Alvin) Showalter of Mount Crawford, Daryl (Bea) Heatwole of Weyers Cave and Barbie (Gary) O'Brien of Rockingham, along with numerous well-loved nieces and nephews. Karen very much appreciated the loving support she received from Fred's family, Ava Griffin, Mandell Shank, Robert and Elaine Eberly, Becky Eberly and Buddy and Karen Eberly.

In addition to her parents and husband, Karen was preceded in death by her sister, Janice Pattis and husband, Jim, and her niece, Tiffany Heatwole.

A viewing will be held at Johnson Funeral and Cremation Service in Bridgewater Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

At Karen's request, there will be a graveside service at the Dayton Cemetery Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11:00 a.m.

If desired, in Karen's memory, gifts may be made to the Compassion Fund at VMRC, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral and Cremation Service in Bridgewater.

Daily News Record - 2/9/2024
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Eby, Marian Thomas
October 8, 1930 - February 2, 2024

Marian Thomas Eby, 93, formerly of Gordonville, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2024, after a long illness, at the home of her daughter in Coral Gables, Florida. She was the wife of the late Donald Shearer Eby, with whom she shared 69 years of marriage.

A longtime resident of Lancaster County, she was born on October 8, 1930, to the late Elizabeth Martin Thomas and John Harnish Thomas, Sr. Marian was an active member of Paradise Mennonite Church (now Grace Point Church). Besides sharing the management of Breezy Glen Farm with her husband, she was an avid gardener and dedicated homemaker.

Marian is survived by her three daughters, Carol Berg (Randall C. Berg, Jr., deceased) of Coral Gables, FL, Dr. Nancy Eby (Stephen Pfeiffer) of Schriesheim, Germany, and Dr. Patricia Eby (Dr. Peter Aldea) of Germantown, TN, ; five grandchildren, Randall Berg III (Dr. Julia Berg), Newton, MA, Dr. Gillian Pfeiffer, Berlin, Germany, Dr. Annika Pfeiffer, Berlin, Germany, Thomas Pfeiffer, Tuebingen, Germany and Abigail Aldea, New York City, NY, and one great-grandson, Bennett Berg, Newton, MA. She is preceded in death by her three brothers, John Jr, Martin and Clyde Thomas.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/7/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Erb, Peter M.
June 11, 1957 - March 24, 2024

Peter M. Erb (66) of Mt. Eaton, OH passed away Sunday, March 24, 2024. He was born to Sam & Mary (Yoder) Erb on June 11, 1957. Pete is survived by his wife, Louisa Pirozzi-Erb and son, Samuel Han Erb.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his child, Meea-Lucas Erb; sister, Verna Erb; and father-in-law, Frank G. Pirozzi.

He is survived by sisters, Clara Erb, Fannie (Ed) Miller, and Leona (Dave) Hershberger; and in-laws, Eleanor Pirozzi, Frank M. Pirozzi, Timothy Pirozzi, Gabrielle (Wulf) Reinicke, Martine Pirozzi, and nieces and nephew.

Pete was a carpenter by trade and was known to many in the community through his 30+ years with Dilyard and Erb construction. For the past three years, he worked at Kidron Electric. He and Louisa served with SWAP (Sharing with Appalachian People) as location coordinators in Hindman, KY from 2015 to 2019. He also was involved in many MDS (Mennonite Disaster Service) projects, including leading numerous teams of local youth to assist areas hit by hurricanes and other disasters.

Pete had many interests. He enjoyed backpacking, working on (more so than riding) motorcycles, and telling long, convoluted stories. Pete was known for his creativity, and was artful in everything, from gardening to carpentry to cooking. In all he did, he took as much time as necessary to get it right.

Pete was a man of simplicity and humility. He lived a life of service and was never too busy to help anyone, whether friend or stranger. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Pete was a member at Orrville Mennonite Church, where calling hours will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 6. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 7. The family will be available for visitation for an hour before the service. The address of the church is 1305 West Market Street, Orrville, OH 44667. The family will hold a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, the families suggests contributions to MCC (Mennonite Central Committee), MDS (Mennonite Disaster Service), or Orrville Mennonite Church.

Posted online on March 26, 2024
Published in The Daily Record
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Eshbach, Jayden Lee
February 24, 2007 - January 27, 2024

Jayden Lee Eshbach, 16, of Rush Twp., Danville, PA; went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 27, 2024, due to a tractor accident. He was born February 24, 2007, in Danville, PA; the son of Marvin and Janelle Eshbach.

Jayden loved spending time with the Lord and was a member of the Danville Mennonite Church. He enjoyed details in nature, taking a special interest in birds and flowers, and growing things in the orchard and garden patch.

In addition to his parents, Jayden will be lovingly missed by four brothers, Dwayne, Conrad, Bryan, and Kendric, and two sisters, Jennalyn and Kaylita, all at home in Danville, PA as well as his paternal grandparents: J. Marlin and Irene Eshbach; maternal grandparents, Elton and Lena Mae Eby and his maternal great-grandmother, Mary Ella Eby.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing that will be held Friday, February 2, 2024, from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Danville Mennonite Church, 422 Elysburg Road, Danville, PA 17821. Funeral services will be held at 09:30AM on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the church.

Flowers will not be accepted at the church but gratefully accepted at the Eshbach home if preferred. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.

Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. Danville, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Farmwald, Ruby Arlene Mullet
December 10, 1940 - April 9, 2024

Ruby Arlene Farmwald, age 83, of Goshen, formerly of Nappanee, Indiana, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 2:30 pm, at her residence in Goshen. She was born on December 10, 1940 to Roman and Mary (Yoder) Mullet and lived in Nappanee for nearly 78 years before moving to Goshen. Ruby was a 1959 graduate of Bethany High School and graduated from Vincennes College of Nursing in 1961. Ruby married Kenneth R. Farmwald on September 10, 1961 in Nappanee.

She had worked at Methodist and Bremen Hospitals and at Anglemeyer Family Doctors office in Nappanee for 35 years. She was a long-time member of the North Main Street Mennonite Church and Bourbon Chapel. Ruby loved flowers and watching birds feed at the many birdfeeders she placed in her yard, she loved traveling both domestic and abroad and enjoyed family camping trips. She loved reading, especially books of faith, and was passionate about sharing her faith in the Lord with others. Ruby enjoyed sending hand written notes of thanks, appreciation, and encouragement and of course enjoyed spending time with her family. Ruby never met a baby she did not adore. She went on numerous medical mission trips to Honduras and Africa. Ruby and Ken spent 12 years doing pre-martial mentoring.

Surviving is her husband, Kenneth; 3 children, Tracy (Scott) Farmwald of Goshen, Quinton Ray Farmwald of Nappanee, and Marlis (Eric) Chupp of Goshen; and Tammy Bean, whom Ruby and Kenneth raised just like a daughter of their own; 3 grandchildren, Chase Farmwald, Leah Dumph, Alana Chupp and Sander Bean; 1 great grandchild, Kennedy Dumph; 3 sisters, Freida (Carlyle) Welty of Arden, NC, Betty (Lee) Hochstetler of Goshen, and Carolyn Mullet of Eugene, OR.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Alvin Mullet; and sister-in-law, Kathy (Leichty) Mullet.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at Berea Christian Fellowship Church in Nappanee. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, April 13th at 11 a.m., also at Berea Christian Fellowship. Reverend Brent Liechty will officiate. Memorial contributions in Ruby’s name can be given to Goshen Hospice.

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


Freed, Marjorie Yoder
November 11, 1930 - May 29, 2024

Marjorie Freed, 93, formerly of Goshen, slipped away peacefully Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at Hoosier Village, Indianapolis.

She was born November 11, 1930 in Elkhart to Huber and L. Edith (Thompson) Yoder.

On October 9, 1949 she married Francis Freed in Elkhart, Indiana. Francis passed away September 2, 2018.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl (Randall) Seaman, Brownsburg, Indiana; sons Timothy (Elma) Freed, London, Ontario, and Ronald (Pamela) Freed, Winder, Georgia; six grandchildren, Kirsten Freed, Kristina (George) Barcus, Casey Freed, Sarah (Kyle) McLain, Rebekah (Joshua) Blackwell, Michelle (Trent) Gray; a sister, Lorene McDaniel, Leo, Indiana, and a sister-in-law, Adeline Yoder, Indianapolis. Also, 10 great grandchildren, Adalyn, Sophia, Tristan, Sadie, Kayla, Sydney, Susan, Hensley, Evelyn, Warren. Nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews also were an important part of her family.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Wayne Yoder.

Marjorie worked as a medical assistant for River Oaks OB/GYN for 32 years. She was pleased to have remained in the work force until age 78! She was a member of Belmont Mennonite Church, Elkhart. Sewing was her life-long passion. Over the years she continually supported MCC (Mennonite Central Committee), piecing comforters and sewing countless hygiene and school kit bags. She sewed a thousand masks during the Covid pandemic when requested by healthcare providers and friends. She had a special love for children, teaching Sunday School, volunteering as a tutor for school children to assist with reading, and was always prepared with crafts and fun activities for her grandchildren and then great grands. Music brought much joy to Marjorie. As a young woman she sang in a women’s quartet and continued singing in choirs over the years, including the Evergreen Singers at Greencroft in Goshen.

According to her wishes, cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory. A memorial service for family and friends will be conducted at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen at a date to be announced later.

Private family burial will follow at Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Greencroft Foundation.

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


Friesen, Sandra Shoemaker
November 7, 1952 - May 14, 2024

Sandra Shoemaker Friesen died peacefully on May 14, 2024, from complications of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

She was born November 7, 1952, in Freeport, Illinois to Donald and June (Litwiller) Shoemaker.

Sandra was married on April 24, 1976, in Elkhart, Indiana to Douglas Friesen who survives, along with adaughter, Rachel Friesen English (Shaun) of Portland, Oregon; two sisters: Joyce (John) Yoder of Angola, Indiana, and Nelda (Bill) Wittig of Coralville, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

Sandra’s childhood was spent on a farm in Dakota, Illinois, from which she drew lessons which guided her throughout her life. Her happiest moments were spent around a table of coffee and treats with her family and friends. Her pies were legendary. Period. She was most nourished by the communal frivolity and wisdom attained by listening to and laughing with those who gathered at her table. Sandra had a way with words, and her quick wit and curated puns were enjoyed by all. She is remembered by many who would eagerly await eloquent Christmas letters with hilarious vignettes of life and genealogy. Her spirituality wove through the ordinary, simple, and divine moments shared with others.

Sandra’s education came from a life-long love of reading, supplemented by degrees from Hesston (KS) College, Goshen (IN) College, and the University of Notre Dame.

Vocationally, she worked at ADEC, CAPS, United Way, and Elkhart General Hospital in various positions. But she would say that her favorite job was being one half of a reading/acting duo, the Blue Moon Book-tellers, that performed children’s literature in schools, libraries, and bookstores. She was a member of College Mennonite Church, Horizons Sunday School Class, and a delightful women’s book club.

Sandra noticed and delighted in others’ gifts and talents. What she didn’t like was for someone to notice her, but we did anyway and her spirit will stay with us.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Larry Shoemaker.

Visitation will be at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main Street Goshen, Indiana, on Sunday, May 19 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. A memorial service will be held at College Mennonite Church following the visitation at 3:00 pm and can be live streamed at Her cremains will be scattered in the presence of her immediate family in the College Mennonite Church Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Jubilee Fund at College Mennonite Church (1900 S.Main Street; Goshen, IN 46526) or to Goshen College Music Center (1700 S. Main Street; Goshen, IN 46526). Or just take a friend out for coffee and enjoy each other’s company.

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


Fry, Sue Ann Miller
February 6, 2001 - April 29, 2024

Sue Ann Fry, 23, of LaGrange (district: 6), died at 12:27 pm on Monday, April 29, [2024] at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, after a short illness and experiencing a massive stroke. She was born on February 6, 2001, in Shipshewana, to Wilbur and Ruby (Lambright) Miller. On October 19, 2022, in Shipshewana she married Kevin Fry, he survives.

Survivors in addition to her husband are son, Isaiah Daniel Fry; four brothers, Jerry (Naomi) Miller of LaGrange, Lamar (Loretta) Miller of LaGrange, DeWayne (Dorcas) Miller of Shipshewana, Steven Miller of Shipshewana; grandparents, Eli (Elizabeth) Miller; five nephews, DeWayne, Joel, Andrew, Josiah, and Karl Miller; six nieces, Doris, Hannah, Emma, Lori, Emily, and Elaine Miller; and many aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Chris and Anna Mae Lambright, grandmother, LeAnna Miller, uncle, Freeman Lambright, aunt, Esther Hostetler.

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

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 1, and all-day Thursday, May 2, at the Leonard Bontrager Residence, 0170 S 375 W LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Friday, May 3, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Wilbur Bontrager and the home ministers. Burial will be in Beechy Cemetery, LaGrange. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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