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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.

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Garber, Pauline M. Horst ; . . Gehman, David K. ; . . Gehman, E. Olive Graybill ; . . Gehman, Elton Paul ; . . Gingerich, Jonas D. ; . . Gingerich, Mary Ann Lambright ; . . Gingerich, Mary E. Beachy ; . . Gingerich, Wilma Jean Beachy ; . . Glazener, Wilma Bontrager Yoder ; . . Good, Melvin G. ; . . Graber, Joshua David ; . . Grieser, Marilyn Jean Liechty ; . . Grieser, Willard "Bill" ; . . Groff, Marian S. Sangrey ; . . Groff, Mary Louise Yoder ; . . Groff, Ruth H. Miller ; . . Gross, Irene E. Geiser ; . .

 

Garber, Pauline M. Horst
July 8, 1935 - January 29, 2024

Pauline M. Garber, 88, of Lititz, died peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2024 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. Born in New Holland, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Horst. Pauline was the loving wife of Paul E. Garber, and they observed their 67th wedding anniversary in December.

For many years Pauline worked alongside her husband on the family farm. She was a member of the former Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church, Columbia. Her interests included needle work, vegetable gardening and puzzles. Pauline had a life-long passion for her family, and she cherished the time she could spend with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband Paul are four daughters: Grace wife of Daryl Heagy of East Petersburg, Jane wife of Philip Roth of Blooming Glen, Linda wife of Ron Kauffman of Dallastown, Mary Lou Garber of East Petersburg, four grandchildren, a sister, Mary wife of Charles Sauder of Ephrata, and a brother, Lloyd husband of Barbara Ann Horst of Akron. Preceding her in death is a sister, Anna May Weaver.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Pauline's memorial service in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, on Monday, February 5, 2024 at 11:00 AM. Friends may visit with the family in the chapel on Monday morning beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private in East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Please omit flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Pauline's memory to: Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

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


 

Gehman, David K.
July 20, 1927 - May 28, 2024

David K. Gehman, 96, of Orrville, moved to his eternal home on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at OrrVilla Maple Terrace.

He was born in Montgomery County, PA on July 20, 1927 to the late Abraham and Mary (Kulp) Gehman and married Ellen Louise Miller on December 10, 1954. She died March 5, 2015.

He is survived by sons, Dale (Kendra) of Grottoes, VA, Daniel (Kristine) of Morton, IL, Stan of Albuquerque, NM, and Wayne (Carmen) of Harrisonburg, VA; 7 grandchildren, Jacob Gehman, Hannah (Jonathan) Towels, Keri Gehman, Hans (Mika) Gehman, Katrina Gehman, Christian Gehman and Nathan Gehman; and 2 great grandchildren, Digory and Clare.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Kaleb Gehman; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 10:30 AM at the Kidron Mennonite Church in Kidron. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Seville. Friends may call on Friday from 6-8 PM at the Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton or one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Transport for Christ.

Posted online on May 29, 2024
Published in The Daily Record
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Gehman, E. Olive Graybill
November 20, 1932 - March 31, 2024

E. Olive Gehman, 91, formerly of Thompsontown, passed away at 10:55 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2024 at UPMC Lititz Hospital.

Born on November 20, 1932 in Delaware Twp., Juniata County, she is a daughter of the late William D. and Hazel S. (Shelley) Graybill.

On January 31, 1953, she married her surviving husband, H. Jacob Gehman, with whom she was blessed to share over 71 years of marriage before her passing.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Harry Gehman and his wife Miriam of Thompsontown, Virgil Gehman and his wife Irene of Ewing, IL, and Myron Gehman and his wife Mary of Mifflintown; three daughters, Iva Lynn Kreider and her husband Jerry of Manheim, Hazel Yoder and her husband Samuel of Ewing, IL, and Faith Yoder and her husband Mark of McVeytown; one daughter in law, Grace Gehman of Thompsontown; fifty one grandchildren; one hundred eighteen great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline Weaver and Helen Hoffman; one brother, William Graybill Jr. and his wife Lois; and many generations of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Elton P. Gehman; one foster son, Larry Stevens; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother and sister in law, Elvin Graybill and his wife Ruth; and two brother in laws, David Weaver and James Hoffman.

Before marriage, Olive was employed at the East Salem Shirt Factory and after she was married, along with her husband, they became lifelong farmers.

Mrs. Gehman was a member of and attended the Goodwill Mennonite Church in Thompsontown and, in later life, had attended the White Oak Mennonite Church in Manheim. Along with her husband, they served three terms of missionary work in the Bahamas serving as house parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at the Millerstown Mennonite Church, 731 Raccoon Valley Road, Millerstown with the Local Ministry officiating. Interment will follow at Delaware Mennonite Church Cemetery, Thompsontown.

A viewing will take place at the Millerstown Mennonite Church from 1-4 PM and 6-8 PM on Friday, April 5, 2024.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.

Brown Funeral Homes, Inc.
McAlisterville, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Gehman, Elton Paul
May 31, 1957 - March 24, 2024

Elton Paul Gehman, 66, a lifelong resident of Thompsontown, entered into rest at 12:46 PM, March 24, 2024, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born on May 31, 1957 in Lewistown, Mifflin County, he is a son of Jacob and Olive Gehman of Manheim, PA.

Elton leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Grace (Kreider) Gehman. Also surviving are two sons, Gerald, husband of Melinda (Deemer) of Mifflintown, PA; and Elton, (fiancé of Norleen Brubaker) of Metter, GA; three daughters, Phyllis of Newmanstown, PA; Barbara, wife of Jason Hostetler of Kenton, OH; and Crystal, of Manheim, PA; four grandchildren; three brothers, Harry (Miriam) of Mifflintown, PA; Virgil (Irene) of Ewing, IL; and Myron (Mary) of Mifflintown, PA; three sisters, Iva Lynn (Jerry) Kreider of Manheim, PA; Hazel (Sam) Yoder of Ewing, IL; and Faith (Mark) Yoder of McVeytown, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, J. Russell Gehman.

Mr. Gehman was a lifelong dairy and crop farmer and was a member of the Millerstown Mennonite Church.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at the Millerstown Mennonite Church, 731 Raccoon Valley Road, Millerstown, with local ministers officiating. Interment will follow at the Delaware Mennonite Church Cemetery, Thompsontown.

A viewing will be held from 1-4 PM and 6-8 PM on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at the Millerstown Mennonite Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.

Brown Funeral Home, Mifflintown, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Gingerich, Jonas D.
November 28, 1934 - January 12, 2024

Jonas D. Gingerich, 89, of Mt. Hope, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2024 at Majora Lane Care Center in Millersburg following a period of declining health.

He was born in Mt. Hope on November 28, 1934 to the late Daniel J. and Ada (Miller) Gingerich and married Mary Weaver on October 26, 1961.

He was a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Berlin.

Jonas was a farmer, excavator and had previously served as a Salt Creek Township Trustee. He provided taxi service in his later years. He enjoyed baseball, fishing and antique cars.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Merlin (Rhoda) Gingerich, Karen (Ivan) Mast, Danny Ray (Gina) Gingerich, Arlene (David) Stutzman, Ruth (Ervin) Miller and Judie (Steven) Erb; 15 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Clara Gingerich.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie; son-in-law, Tom Miller; and siblings, Wayne and Anna (twins).

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 10:00 am at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Berlin with Pastor Dan Byler officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, January 14, 2024 from 2-5:00 pm at the church. Spidell Funeral home in Mount Eaton is handling the arrangements.

The family expresses their gratitude to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare and the staff of Majora Lane for their care and assistance during this time.

Posted online on January 13, 2024
Published in The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Gingerich, Mary Ann Lambright
December 3, 1935 - April 9, 2024

Mary Ann Gingerich, 88, of Middlebury (district: 68-5), died at 11:10 pm, on Tuesday, April 9, [2024] at her residence. She was born on December 3, 1935, in LaGrange County, to Valentine V. and Mary Ann (Yoder) Lambright. On February 24, 1954, she married Daniel P. Gingerich, Daniel died August 1, 2002.

Surviving are five daughters, Alice Yoder of Sarasota, FL, Barbara Gingerich of Middlebury, Mary Ann Yoder of Goshen, Elsie (Joe) Yoder of Middlebury, Leanna Hershberger of North Point, FL; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Kidd of Elkhart; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one grandson; one great-grandson; five sisters; five brothers; one half-sister; one half-brother; 14 nephews; nine nieces; many aunts and uncles.

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

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, and after 10:00 am on Friday, April 12, at the Sam Lehman Residence: 13159 CR 14, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 13, at the CYC Building: 59321 Nottawa Rd, Centreville, MI 49032. Services will be conducted by Bishop John O. Miller, Bishop Ervin Bontrager, Bishop Mahlon Lambright, and the home ministers. Burial will be in Amish Community Cemetery: 24261 Truckenmiller Rd, Centreville, MI 49032. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


 

Gingerich, Mary E. Beachy
October 2, 1922 - February 11, 2024

Mary E. Gingerich, age 101, passed away February 11, 2024, at Walnut Hills Nursing Home.

She was born in Kokomo, Indiana, October 2, 1922, to the late Andrew M. and Elizabeth (Beachy) Beachy. She was married to Mose J. Gingerich on February 6, 1945. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2017.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Esther, Fannie Miller (Ora), Verna Yoder (David), her brothers, Floyd (Mattie), Moses (Ada), Alvin (Edna), and her son, Raymon.

She is survived by her sons, Lee (Mary) of Portland, Oregon, Gareth, and Joe both of Kalona, Iowa; daughters, Clara Byler (Nolan) of Mt. Eaton, Ohio and Pam Campbell (Jim) of West Virginia, grandchildren, Cheri, Shannon, Darren, Sonya, Dustan, Dorvan, Sherilyn, Sheila, Donovan, Sophia, Joyce, Randall, Melissa, Caleb, Joshua, Andrew, Danielle, Anthony, and Danae; 26 great grandchildren; sisters, Bertha of Goshen, Indiana, Wilma (Ray), and Clara (Edwin) both of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Friends and relatives are welcome to calling hours on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. There will be viewing at 9-10 am prior to the funeral on Friday, February 16, at 10:30 am, both at Light of Truth Mennonite Church in Wilmot, Ohio. Arrangements are being handled by Spidell Funeral Home in Mt. Eaton.

Mary enjoyed gardening and piecing quilts. In her latter years she made hundreds of small comforters for CAM. Mary and Mose were foster parents for many years. She sacrificially loved and mothered 37 children, some of whom had special needs.

We thank Walnut Hills Nursing Home for their love and care over the last several years. We also thank Life Care Hospice for their aid.

Posted online on February 13, 2024
Published in The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Gingerich, Wilma Jean Beachy
October 22, 1934 - May 19, 2024

Wilma Jean Beachy Gingerich died on May 19, 2024, at Woodland Park in the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, Virginia. The ninth of ten children, she was born on October 22, 1934, to Amish parents, Andrew and Elizabeth (Beachy) Beachy, on a farm in the small community of Wawpecong in Miami County, Indiana.

When Wilma was six years old, the Beachys moved to Kalona, Iowa. The family enjoyed stories, laughter, and church community life. Her father was a song leader in the Amish church. Her mother was known to read Josephus and Shakespeare and Newsweek, displaying a love for reading that Wilma would come to share. A lifelong fascination with birds began for Wilma with use of Arm & Hammer bird cards on long buggy rides and at picnics with her sisters and friends on their farm.

Through eighth grade Wilma attended Snake Hollow, a one-room school, and later took a General Educational Development (GED) Test to get her high school diploma. She took pride in having been runner-up in the county spelling bee one year. When she was a teenager, she would move in with her older sisters’ families for a time to assist with newborn care and household tasks. On one occasion, she helped out after a sister had a serious accident.

On August 26, 1956, Wilma married Ray C. Gingerich, also of Kalona, and they joined the Conservative Mennonite Church. During their courtship, Wilma and Ray memorized and recited selections from 101 Famous Poems for each other. (Several weeks before her death, she could still recite much of “The Present Crisis,” by James Russell Lowell.) One week after they married, Wilma and Ray left for Eastern Mennonite College (now University) in Harrisonburg. In November 1958 she gave birth to twin boys, James and John. She completed an associate in arts at EMC in 1960; she had wanted to study nursing, but that was not an option for married women there at the time.

In 1961, after Ray finished college and a year’s study at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, they moved to Luxembourg to work as missionaries with the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions. There, two more sons, André and Pierre, joined the family, and Wilma learned to hold her own in her male-dominated household. Reading with her children and eating meals together were family practices that she tended.

In Luxembourg, in addition to caring for home and family, Wilma worked with women’s groups, supported Ray in his roles as pastor and as founder/manager of a bookstore in Luxembourg City, and hosted many Mennonite missionaries who traveled through the city en route to other parts of Europe and to Africa. The family returned to the States in 1968, where Ray finished seminary studies at Goshen (Indiana) Biblical Seminary. When he undertook doctoral work in Nashville, Tennessee, Wilma supported the family of six on a meager nurse-aid income, and she deployed her grit and resourcefulness to ensure that her family did not go hungry.

When the family moved to Goshen, Indiana, in 1973, Wilma worked nights as a nurse aid while studying at Goshen College, where in 1976 at the age of 41 she finally realized her dream of earning a bachelor of science in nursing. She, Ray, André, and Pierre moved to Harrisonburg in 1977, where Ray had accepted a teaching position at EMC. She worked as a registered nurse at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and later in nursing administration at Virginia Mennonite Home (1977–86) and Camelot nursing home (1986–89). She commuted to Charlottesville to earn a master’s degree in community health nursing from the University of Virginia in 1984. The last years of her career she spent working as a hospice nurse, traveling to see patients in homes throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Upon her retirement (and before Ray’s), Wilma traveled to Comer, Georgia, where she volunteered for five months at Jubilee Partners, assisting in refugee resettlement and community life. At home in Harrisonburg, she continued to engage in a variety of volunteer activities, including working with school-age children and people experiencing incarceration, teaching English to immigrant neighbors, reading to people with impaired vision, and visiting friends in nursing care. People described her as courageous, determined, and sometimes feisty.

For more than thirty years, Wilma and Ray were active participants in small group and
congregational life at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Together they enjoyed gardening, birding, hosting friends and family, leading and participating in international tour groups, and engaging in various forms of activism. Wilma was an enthusiastic member of several book groups and liked to assemble jigsaw puzzles. She and Ray cultivated strong relationships with their grandchildren, who all lived at a distance, by hosting them for a memorable week each summer.

After their move to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in 2018, Wilma enjoyed walking and visiting with many neighbors there. She and her family have deeply appreciated the care of VMRC staff at Park Gables, Crestwood, Oak Lea, and Warsack House; of her church community; and of many friends and family members. Connie Morris provided essential emotional support and companionship through the many changes and losses Wilma experienced in recent months.

Preceding Wilma in death were Ray Gingerich, her husband of 61 years; her parents, Andrew and Elizabeth (Beachy) Beachy; and her older siblings Esther, Floyd (Mattie Miller), Mary (Mose Gingerich), Fannie (Ora Miller), Moses (Ada Miller), Verna (David Yoder), and Alvin (Edna Miller). Surviving her are sisters Bertha Beachy and Clara (Ed) Yoder, and four sons and eight grandchildren: James (Barbara) Nelson Gingerich with children Jonathan Nelson Gingerich (Jyoti Bock) and Daniel Nelson Gingerich (Meagan Parisi); John Gingerich (Eva Mengelkoch); André Gingerich Stoner with children Tobias (Cecilia) Pessoa Gingerich, Miriam Stoner (Willa Childress), Matthew Stoner (Nicolle Flores Donaire), and Martin Stoner; and Pierre (Lori) Gingerich-Boberg with children Simone Gingerich-Boberg and Josette Gingerich-Boberg.

Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, July 14, at Community Mennonite Church, 70 South High Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m., with refreshments and storytelling afterward.

Memorial donations can be made in Wilma’s honor to Jubilee Partners, PO Box 68, Comer, GA 30629.

Daily News Record - 5/22/2024
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Glazener, Wilma Bontrager Yoder
May 15, 1936 - April 10, 2024

Wilma Yoder Glazener, age 87 of Sarasota, Florida, transitioned to her new heavenly home on April 10, 2024, at Tidewell Hospice. She was born on May 15, 1936, to Abraham and Sylvia (Yoder) Bontrager at Kokomo, Indiana. The family also included three brothers (Allen and Dewey (now deceased), and Ralph) and one sister (Miriam).

On November 5, 1955, Wilma married Joseph M. Yoder, who preceded her in death. Born to them was one son, Anthony Wayne Yoder, who survives, married to Arlene. Their children include Christopher Ryan and Jessica Nicole.

Having been alone for twenty-one years, Wilma then married Bruce Glazener on July 9, 2005. He preceded her in death on June 8, 2017, after twelve beautiful years together.

Surviving family members include two sisters-in-law (Elizabeth Mast and Susan Yoder). Also surviving are siblings Ralph (Polly) Bontrager of Middlebury, Indiana and Miriam Warren of Kokomo, Indiana. Surviving also, is son Anthony (Arlene) Yoder and grandchildren Christopher Ryan and Jessica Nicole. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Throughout Wilma’s life, she has continually trusted the Lord, and has been very thankful for God’s care. She has memorized Psalm 91, and many other scripture passages, to include Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”

The family will receive friends Friday, April 12, 2024, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota, Florida. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:30 am funeral service on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury, Indiana. Services will be conducted by Rev. Mel Shetler. Burial will be in Miller 8 Square Cemetery, Goshen.

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


 

Good, Melvin G.
January 19, 1934 - June 9, 2024

Melvin G. Good, 90, of Ephrata, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2024, at Lancaster General Hospital- Penn Medicine. He was born in East Earl Township to the late Mahlon and Edna (Good) Good and was the husband of Sylvia M. (Sensenig) Good.

He was a member of Denver Mennonite Church. Melvin worked in electrical maintenance for Tyson for 50 years. In his free time, he enjoyed bird watching and reading.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 5 children, Donna, wife of Dennis Birky of Belle Rive, IL, Norma, wife of Paul Reinford of Schwenksville, Glenn, husband of Karen (Martin) Good of Ephrata, Nancy, wife of Faron Martin of Shippensburg, Merle, husband of Dianne (Martin) Good of Harrison, AR; 31 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren and a sister, Willa Mae, wife of Luke Sauder of Ephrata.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Good; a sister, Arlene Eberly and a great-grandson, Rodney Good.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, at Denver Mennonite Church, 95 Monroe Street, Denver. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 10 AM, with Bishop Harold Good officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 6/13/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Graber, Joshua David
June 25, 2024 - June 25, 2024

Joshua David Graber, stillborn son of Lyle Dean and Nora Sue (Miller) Graber of Ligonier, (district: 28-5), was delivered at 7:22 pm, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

Surviving in addition to his parents are three brothers, Jeremy Dale Graber, Lyndon Wayne Graber, Karlin Jay Graber; three sisters, Janie Renae Graber, Jeneva Diane Graber, Julianna Marie Graber; grandparents, Neal and Wilma Graber of LaGrange and Stanley and Edna Miller of Kimmell.

Graveside services will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2024 at Perry Cemetery, Ligonier. Services will be conducted by Bishop Victor M. Yoder and the home ministers of the Old Order Amish Church. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury is in charge of arrangements.

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


 

Grieser, Marilyn Jean Liechty
November 4, 1936 - April 23, 2024

Marilyn Jean (Liechty) Grieser, age 87 years, passed from this life to her eternal home on April 23, 2024. She was born November 4, 1936 in Grabill, Indiana to Peter A. Liechty, Jr. and Martha (Yoder) Liechty. She married Willard “Bill” Grieser on February 26, 1956 and had nearly 68 years together, before he stepped into Heaven February 2, 2024.

Surviving are their children, Debra (Randy) Short of West Unity, Michael (Elisabeth Smucker) Grieser of Goshen, IN, son-in-law, Steve Neuenschwander of Archbold, 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and a brother Herbert (Geri Christner) Liechty of Goshen, IN. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beth Anne Neuenschwander, a granddaughter, Hannah Hostetler, her parents, and several siblings and in-laws.

She lived most of her life in the Pettisville-Wauseon area before moving to Archbold in 2014.

She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at age 12 and was baptized at Leo Mennonite Church, Leo, IN. When she married, she transferred to Central Mennonite Church in Archbold, where she was an active member, teaching Bible School and Sunday School and serving as Sunday School Superintendent.

Marilyn enjoyed life watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and follow the Lord. She faithfully prayed for her family every day.

Services will be held on Friday, April 26, at 11 AM at Central Mennonite Church with Pastor Ron Kauffman officiating. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery at 10 AM. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 4-7 PM. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family suggests that memorials be given to Gideons International, Mennonite Disaster Service or CHP In-Patient Center.

Short Funeral Home, Archbold, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Grieser, Willard "Bill"
August 4, 1933 - February 2, 2024

Willard “Bill” Grieser, son of Charles J. and Sophie (Rupp) Grieser, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by family, on February 2, 2024. He is survived by his wife Marilyn of nearly 68 years, daughter Deb (Randy) Short, son Michael (Elisabeth), son-in-law, Steve Neuenschwander, 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, sisters Virginia Lee and Berneda Wyse.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Beth Neuenschwander, granddaughter Hannah Hostetler, parents, brothers Herb, Paul, and Glenford, and a sister Lueen Riegsecker.

Bill accepted Christ as his savior at a young age and was a member of Central Mennonite Church. He was a hard worker to provide for his family and enjoyed them very much. He was still working part-time at the age of 89 until he became ill. He lived in the Pettisville/Wauseon area until moving to Archbold in 2014.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 7, at 3:00 PM at Central Mennonite Church with Pastor Ron Kauffman officiating. Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 10 – 1 with the interment following in the Pettisville Cemetery. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family suggests that memorials be given to Gideon’s International, Mennonite Disaster Service or Community Health Professionals.

Short Funeral Home, Archbold, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Groff, Marian S. Sangrey
June 20, 1933 — March 10, 2024

Marian S. Groff, 90, of Lititz, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at United Zion Retirement Community. Born in Neffsville, she was the daughter of the late David and Elmyra Stehman Sangrey. She was the loving wife of Donald S. Groff, and they observed their 70th wedding anniversary in October of last year. Marian was a member of East Petersburg Mennonite Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, Donald E. husband of Shirley Groff of Lititz, James L. husband of Ada Groff, Joanne Walker and C. Douglas husband of Lisa Groff all of Manheim, fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by two siblings, Ruth Miller and Mervin Sangrey.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Marian's Memorial Service at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main Street, East Petersburg on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM. Friends may visit with the family at the church immediately following the service. Private interment in adjoining church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Marian's memory to United Zion Retirement Community, Benevolent Fund, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/13/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Groff, Mary Louise Yoder
December 10, 1954 - March 11, 2024

Mary Louise Groff, 69, of Lewisburg, entered into eternal rest, in the arms of her husband and surrounded by her family, at 6:55 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2024, at her home.

She was born Dec. 10, 1954, in Lancaster, a daughter of the late Norman and Sadie (Smoker) Yoder. On June 18, 1977, in Millmont, she married David N. Groff, who survives.

Mary was a graduate of Penn View Christian Academy, Penns Creek.

She was an active member of the Buffalo Community Church, Lewisburg.

Mary dedicated her life to raising her children and caring for her family and later in life cared for others in private home healthcare.

She enjoyed scrapbooking with her friends, motorcycle riding with her husband, and playing with her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 46 years, are four sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Crystal Groff of New Columbia, Alan and Karolyn Groff of Williamsport, Chad and Kristy Groff of Lewisburg, and Dwayne and Sarah Groff of Colorado Springs, Colorado; one daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Jairus Martin of Philadelphia; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, N. Daryl and Sarah Yoder of Mattawana, Veryl Yoder of Lancaster, and Wayne and Lillian Yoder of Winfield; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Randy Tice of Lewisburg, and Joy and James Weaver of Lewisburg; and 15 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Glen Elden Yoder in infancy.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at the Buffalo Community Church, 4445 Hoffa Mill Road, Lewisburg, where the funeral will be conducted at 11, with Pastor Eddy Hostettler officiating.?

Burial will be in the Buffalo Community Church Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Buffalo Community Church, 4445 Hoffa Mill Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

Arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.

Sunbury Daily Item - 3/12/2024
Sunbury, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Groff, Ruth H. Miller
September 11, 1933 - June 6, 2024

Ruth H. Groff, 90, of New Providence, entered into rest on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at her home with her family by her side. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Norman D. and Emma (Herr) Miller. She was the loving wife of the late Jacob R. Groff for 42 years at the time of his passing in 1996.

Ruth was a member of New Providence Mennonite Church. In her later years, she worked in the deli at both Mussers and Darrenkamps. She enjoyed flower gardening and canning, as well as spending time with her family.

Ruth is survived by 5 children: Don Groff, Gerald (Debra) Groff, Jean (Jay) Hurst, Ann (Bob) High, Lynne (Tim) Redcay; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Miller.

A Memorial Service will take place at New Providence Mennonite Church, 121 Main St., New Providence, PA on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 4:30 PM. The family will greet friends at the church from 3:30 4:30 PM. Traditional interment will be private in the adjoining cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/9/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Gross, Irene E. Geiser
June 20, 1933 - April 4, 2024

Irene E. Gross, 90, of Goshen, passed away peacefully at Goshen Hospital on April 4, 2024.

Irene’s extraordinary gift was connecting with people. She embraced every moment with a spirit of adventure, infusing joy and warmth into the lives of those around her.

Born on June 20, 1933 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland to Walter and Jeanne (Geiser) Geiser, Irene embarked on a remarkable journey that included marrying T. Leonard Gross on April 9, 1957 in Switzerland.

Leonard survives her, along with their daughters, Suzanne (Robert Kirchner) Gross of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Valerie (Tri Nguyen) Gross of Berkeley, California. Irene's legacy lives on through her cherished grandchildren, David (Emmeline) Nguyen, Miriam (Stephen) Milton, and Naomi Gross. She also leaves behind her younger sister Liliane (Paul) Widmer of Geneva, Switzerland, and brother Jean Walter (Marie-Christine Nabben) Geiser of Cabrières d'Aigues, France.

Blending her Swiss heritage with the welcoming embrace of American life, Irene was active in the Goshen community since 1957.

Irene shared her passion for languages and cultures as a beloved German teacher at Bethany Christian High School for 29 years, where she was fondly known as “Frau Gross.” She also taught French at Goshen College for three years.

A member of College Mennonite Church (CMC) in Goshen, IN, Irene shared her time and talents, serving on various committees. She exemplified the spirit of service and compassion.

She demonstrated her commitment to strengthening community by dedicating a decade to serving on The Window's board, with a three-year tenure as President.

A visitation will be held on May 24, 2024 from 4 to 7 pm at College Mennonite Church, followed by a "Celebration of Life" service on May 25, 2024 from 10:30 to 11:30 am, with a Memorial Garden ceremony and lunch to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to The Window (thewindowofgoshen.com) or Mennonite Central Committee (MCC.org).

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


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