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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  I to K

Janssen, Kathleen Karen Hernley ; . . Janzen, Anna Stutzman ; . . Kauffman, Emma E. Weaver ; . . Kauffman, Esther Miller ; . . Kauffman, Glenn Dale ; . . Kauffman, Joseph "Paul" ; . . Kauffman, Levi Joshua ; . . Kauffman, Nathan Ray ; . . Kauffmann, Lola Mildred Good ; . . Knepp, Katie Mae Bontrager ; . . Knicely, Amos Daniel ; . . Koerner, Emma F. Fisher ; . . Kounlavong, Sirivanh ; . . Kreider, Nevaeh Danielle ; . . Kuhns, Deanne K. "Dee" Gisel ; . . Kuhns, Susie Irene Shrock ; . . Kulp, Justus Rhodes ; . .


Janssen, Kathleen Karen Hernley
August 8, 1952 - April 16, 2024

Kathleen Karen Janssen, 71, of Goshen passed away peacefully April 16, 2024 after living with renal disease for many years.

She was born August 8, 1952 in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania to Charles and Betty Hernley.

She met the love of her life, Gail Janssen, at Goshen College. They married on April 27, 1974 at College Mennonite Church and settled in Goshen for the next 50 years together.

Kathi is survived by her husband; two children, Geoffrey (Tara Eary) Janssen of Bristol and Aimee (Jon) Weishaupt of Goshen; and three grandchildren, Rylee, Isaiah, and Isabelle.

Also surviving are her six siblings, Steve (Tammy) Hernley of LaGrange, Georgia, Pam (Bob) Reedy of Goshen, Cindy (Bob) Clayton of New Paris, Doug (Gwen) Hernley of Goshen, Jeff (Lisa)Hernley of Milford and Ron Hernley of McMinnville, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents.

Kathi worked at Provident Bookstore, Coachmen industries, and Essenhaus all while loving her family. She spent many years teaching Sunday school and Bible School at Silverwood Mennonite Church and 8th Street Mennonite Church where she shared Jesus with many children over the years.

Family has always been important to Kathi whether it be her siblings and their children, her husband and children or her grandchildren. She knew how to make time with all of them special. She was a lover of music, theater, baking, and making holidays a time that were not forgotten.

Visitation will take place Sunday, April 21 from 5-8pm at Silverwood Mennonite Church. A memorial service will take place on Monday, April 22 at 11am at Silverwood Mennonite Church.

Memorial donations may be given to the American Kidney Fund.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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


Janzen, Anna Stutzman
February 23, 1950 - March 19, 2024

Anna Stutzman Janzen, passed away at age 74 on March 19th, 2024 surrounded by her family, friends, and neighbors in Newport News, Virginia.

Anna is survived by her husband of 28 years, Jay Milton Janzen; step-daughter Erika Janzen, Kaneohe HI; step-son Jacob (Tressy) Janzen, Arlington VA; granddaughter Alyssa (Adam) Picadura and great-daughter Addison Gail Picadura, Honolulu HI; sisters, Viola Stutzman, Arthur IL; Mary Ellen (Danny) Rowe, Louisville KY; Sarah (Virgil) Kauffman, Arthur IL; brothers, Willis Stutzman, Arthur IL; Paul (Carol) Stutzman, Arthur IL; and Nelson (Karen) Stutzman, Conrath WI; and, in-laws Lois (Lyle) Preheim, Freeman SD; Ruthanne (Leo) Heatwole, James Melvin Janzen, Carla (Sherwin) Jacobs all of Harrisonburg VA; Rebecca Becky (Jack) Fullmer, Nampa ID, Deanna (Marlo) Kauffman, Goshen IN; and Margaret (Mustapha) Abderrahmane, Oakland CA; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her nephew Justin Kauffman, and sister-in-law Betty (Willis) Stutzman.

Anna was born in Arthur, IL on February 23, 1950 to Mr. Levi W. and Mrs. Lydia D. (Yoder) Stutzman and happily grew up on a dairy farm. Her memories of helping on the farm gave her plenty of material for storytelling. Following her graduation from Arthur High School, she attended Rosedale Bible Institute in Irwin, OH, and then volunteered as part of the Mennonite Voluntary Service in Jackson, MS. After her term of service, she resided in Jackson to become a licensed Respiratory Technician. These skills and experiences helped support her through college at the Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, VA earning a degree in Elementary Education. She felt called to service as a teacher at the Warwick River Christian School in Newport News and her loving spirit, gentle voice, and infectious humor endeared her to hundreds of school children and their parents, giving her delight as a teaching professional.

She joined the Huntington Mennonite Church and found life-long Christian love and support from the congregation. Their encouragement helped her to pursue a degree in a Masters of Arts of Theological Studies (MATS) at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN. She faithfully used her new found knowledge and training for a life of service. This service included time as a youth minister at Warwick River Mennonite Church and as the Associate Pastor at Huntington Mennonite Church. She also served as a member with the Eastern District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference as well as VMC’s Faith and Life Commission. A highlight of her ministries was baptizing young girls when they came to Christian faith.

Anna was a very engaging, loving, and forgiving wife and friend. She was certainly courageous in undergoing a liver transplant in 2002. The 22 years since then gave her fulfillment in returning to the teaching profession and time to enter pastoral work. As a teacher, understanding her students and individualizing their learning experiences gave her special joy. Her ministry legacy will include what she believed was the participatory engagement of church members in the life of the church, especially in praise and worship. Her absence will be keenly felt.

Anna’s friendships kept her emotionally balanced through thick and thin, offering a listening ear, words of encouragement, and a shoulder to lean on when needed. These friendships were a source of strength and joy for her, helping her navigate the ups and downs of life with grace and resilience. Whether celebrating achievements or consoling each other during tough times, their bond was unbreakable and filled her heart with gratitude. She knew she was lucky to have such amazing friends by her side, and she cherished every moment spent with them.

Visitation is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13th, followed by a celebration of life at the Huntington Mennonite Church, Newport News, VA.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Huntington Mennonite Church or to the Warwick River Christian School.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Kauffman, Emma E. Weaver
March 13, 1934 - April 22, 2024

Emma E. (Weaver) Kauffman 90, of 4131 CR 229, Fredericksburg, passed away at her residence on Monday, April 22, 2024 after a period of declining health. She was born on March 13, 1934 to the late Ervin L. and Mary (Miller) Weaver. On September 20, 1962 she married Ben B. Kauffman who preceded her in death on July 22, 2008. Emma was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She is survived by her five sons and three daughters, Mary (Ammon) Troyer of Newcomerstown, Mattie (Reuben) Troyer of Apple Creek, Andy (Rosanna) Kauffman of Apple Creek, Atlee (Esther) Kauffman of Apple Creek, John (Ella) Kauffman of Apple Creek, Malinda Kauffman of Massillon, Dan (Mary) Kauffman of the home, Eli (Marie) Kauffman of Wooster; daughter-in-law, Susan (late Jr.) Kauffman of Fredericksburg; 60 grandchildren; 90 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ellen (Isaac) Yoder of Millersburg, Levi (Ada) Weaver of Sugarcreek, Mose (Arie) Weaver of Fredericksburg, Paul (Rebecca) Weaver of Fredericksburg; sisters-in-law, Lydiann (late John) Weaver of Millersburg, Lydia Ann (late Ervin Jr.) Weaver of Fredericksburg and Sue (late Eli) Weaver of Sugarcreek.

In addition to her parents and her husband Ben, she was preceded in death by her son, Jr. Kauffman; three grandchildren, Steven, Elsie and Miriam Kauffman; a great-granddaughter, Grace Yoder; brothers, Willis, John, Ervin Jr. and Eli Weaver; and sisters, Lydia Ann (Eli) Bowman, Amanda Weaver and Mary Esther Weaver.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday, April 26, at 9:30 AM with Bishop Levi B. Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in the Miller Cemetery in Salt Creek Twp. Please note that viewing times have been modified to accommodate a family wedding. Friends may call at the home after 5 PM on Tuesday, any time on Wednesday and after 5 PM on Thursday. A special thank you to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare for their assistance.

Miller Funeral Care – Walnut Creek, OH 330-893-2273.

Posted online on April 23, 2024
Published in The Daily Record
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kauffman, Esther Miller
March 9, 1952 - March 7, 2024

Esther Kauffman 71, of 5819 TR 362, Millersburg, passed away at the Pomerene Hospital surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 7, 2024 from heart failure.

She was born on March 9, 1952 to the late Albert and Ada (Wengerd) Miller. On March 9, 1971 she married Raymond Kauffman who survives.

Esther was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She found joy in serving others and will be dearly missed by her family.

In addition to her husband Raymond she is survived by her children, Ada (Andrew) Miller, Robert (Edna) Kauffman, Joe (Mae) Kauffman all of Millersburg, Raymond (Amanda) Kauffman and Freeman (Bena) Kauffman both of the home; 24 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Iva (Alfred) Yoder of Canton, Freeman (Carol) Miller of Holmesville and Ray (Diane) Miller of Navarre.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Saturday, March 9, at 9:00 AM with Bishop Monroe Mast officiating. Burial will follow in the Miller Cemetery. Friends may call at the home after 5 PM on Thursday and any time on Friday.

A special thank you to to the staff at Pomerene Hospital for their exceptional care.

Miller Funeral Care – Walnut Creek, OH 330-893-2273.

Posted online on March 07, 2024
Published in The Daily Record
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kauffman, Glenn Dale
January 15, 1937 - June 18, 2024

Glenn Dale Kauffman, 87, was welcomed into his heavenly home on June, 18, 2024. He was born on January 15, 1937 to Orval and Cora (Short) Kauffman, the oldest of four children. He married Mabel Ann Rupp on May 25, 1956 and together they enjoyed 68 years of marriage.

Glenn graduated from Pettisville High School in 1955.

When in 5th grade, Glenn accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at Central Mennonite Church. After marriage Glenn and Mabel Ann became Charter Members at North Clinton Church in Wauseon, where he shared his natural gift of music. He sang in many different quartets throughout his life, sharing in nursing homes, rescue missions, funerals and weddings. He was the church song leader for many years and most recently participated on the worship team for the traditional worship service. He was also Sunday School teacher with Mabel Ann, teaching grades 3-5 for many years. Together they also served in voluntary service in Lacota, Michigan, working at a daycare for migrant children.

Raised on the family farm, Glenn learned the value of hard work and enjoyed working in his shop. He began his life-long career as a truck driver and enjoyed life on the road, often listening and singing along to gospel music. His time on the road also included traveling on the motorcycle, taking solo and group trips across the country.

Glenn found pleasure in restoring antique tractors and implements after retirement. This hobby also included the Threshers Convention and the annual “Plow Day” with a group of area men and their two-cylinder John Deere tractors. In addition, he enjoyed the tractor show at Sauder Village as well as plowing gardens and fields for anyone who needed his help.

Glenn loved to visit with people and had a gift for telling stories and jokes. It gave him great joy to make people laugh, often making an ordinary day better with his wit. In recent years, his routine included breakfast at Ryan’s with friends and “Union” meetings with cohorts at McDonalds or Wendy’s.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Evelyn Rychener. He is survived by his wife Mabel Ann, and children: Douglas (Norma) and Karen (Marc) Fruth of Archbold, Ronald (Dawn) and Brent (Heidi) of Wauseon, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, brother Donald (Janet) of Omaha, NE, sister Mary (Ronald) Short of Archbold, and brother-in-law, Larry Rychener, of Wauseon.

The family was grateful to spend time by his side during these last weeks – sharing stories and laughter together. They also wish to express thanks to all who visited, prayed and supported them during this time. Friends and family are welcomed to attend his visitation on Friday, June 21st from 3 to 8 p.m. as well as his Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22nd at North Clinton Church, Wauseon. Interment will be held at the Pettisville Cemetery at 9:30 AM on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be given to North Clinton Church or Little Eden Camp – where the family vacationed together for over 60 years. Short Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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


Kauffman, Joseph "Paul"
May 29, 1932 - June 3, 2024

Joseph “Paul” Kauffman, age 92, passed away June 3, 2024, in Harrisonburg, Va. He was born May 29, 1932, in Juniata County, Pa. His parents, both deceased, were John L. Kauffman and Esther Bechtel Kauffman. He was also preceded in death by his only brother, Samuel Kauffman and a stillborn sister.

Paul’s main life occupation was with ceramic tile and floor covering. The first years in retail and installation, then later in wholesale.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Knouse Kauffman; three sons, J. Paul Jr. and wife, Annette, Nathan and fiancé, Leah, Phillip and wife, Kellie. He has seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church 11 a.m. on July 13.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to VMRC Compassion Fund.

Daily News Record - 6/7/2024
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kauffman, Levi Joshua
June 1, 2024 - June 8, 2024

Levi Joshua Kauffman was received in heaven by the loving embrace of Jesus, his Savior and Heavenly Father on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Levi’s name in Hebrew signifies unity and connection, holding a substantial Biblical role as the son of Jacob and Leah and as the father of the Levite Tribe in the Christian Old Testament.

Levi was born to Dana and Josh Kauffman at 9:38 p.m. on June 1, 2024, in Lake Forest, Illinois, and passed away peacefully around 4:30 p.m. – after experiencing catastrophic complications on the third day after birth. Levi was a handsome baby, born healthy, energetic, and curious, weighing 6.7 pounds and standing 19.5 inches long. His precious, short life has had a compounding, everlasting impact on family and friends in Illinois, Oregon, Ohio, Texas, Idaho, South Carolina, Guatemala, and beyond.

Levi was Dana and Josh’s second child and will be remembered through future generations in the Kauffman, Wyse, and Moran families, and by many around the world. Their first child, Judah Morris Kauffman, was born prematurely and passed away on January 13, 2021. Levi and Judah were also brothers in the Holy Bible.

He is survived by his loving mother and father, Dana and Josh Kauffman, Uncle and Aunts: Jared and Andrea, Edin and Nelly, Samuel Jr. and Jennifer, Justin and Beth, Chris and Ana, Luis and Kristina, and Keren. In addition, he is remembered through Grandparents Neal and Roxanne Kauffman, Samuel and Orfilia Moran, and Great Grandparents Antonio and Teresa Lopez.

The Funeral Visitation and Burial Service will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Lockport Mennonite Church in Stryker, Ohio. Short Funeral Home in Archbold, Ohio has been entrusted with the arrangements. Flowers and stuffed animals are welcomed as a remembrance of Levi.

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


Kauffman, Nathan Ray
February 22, 1971 - June 8, 2024

Nathan Ray Kauffman, age 53, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on June 8, 2024, in Jeffersonville, Ind. He was born Feb. 22, 1971. He was adopted by Joseph “Paul” and Mildred Kauffman of Harrisonburg, Va. as an infant.

Nathan was an amazing artist and had a sweet charming personality. He also liked music.

He is preceded in death by his biological mother, Mary “Kat” Katherine Rhine and his father, Joseph “Paul” Kauffman. He is survived by his fiancée, Leah Adkins; his mother, Mildred Kauffman; his brother, Paul Jr. and wife, Annette; his brother, Phillip and wife Kellie; and multiple nieces and nephews.

There will be a double service for Nathan and his father, Paul, on July 13 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church at 11 a.m. This will be available live stream for those who can’t attend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to VMRC Compassion Fund.

Daily News Record - 7/1/2024
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kauffmann, Lola Mildred Good
December 23, 1924 - February 15, 2024

Lola Mildred Kauffmann, 99, of Goshen, died Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Greencroft Healthcare.

She was born December 23, 1924 in Stanford, Illinois to Alvin and Bessie (Kaufman) Good. Lola grew up on farms in central Illinois with her parents and seven siblings. Family, farm, friends and church filled her life. From age 12, Lola felt a call to serve Christ and the church.

On May 23, 1946 she married Ivan J. Kauffmann who became a pastor, so she worked out her call as the wife of a pastor. Lola used her skills to teach Bible classes and children’s Sunday school classes. She participated in the Women’s Missionary and Service Commission, serving as Illinois state WMSC President for two years.

Lola and Ivan moved multiple times: rural Hopedale Illinois, suburban Lombard Illinois, Chicago Illinois, Tinley Park Illinois, and finally Goshen. Lola shared that moving to new locations was not always easy but “they were growing experiences in understanding myself, the world around me, and the church. I was often reminded of the verse in Isaiah 43.19 ‘Behold, I will do a new thing.’” Through the moves, she was active in Mennonite Churches: Hopedale MC, Lombard MC, Oak Park MC and most recently College Mennonite Church in Goshen. In 1989, Lola wrote “Simple living, responsibility and faith in God are my heritage and I am deeply grateful to God, my family and the Church.”

Lola always had some sewing or quilting project going. She sewed clothes, stuffed animals and quilts as gifts for grandchildren. Quilts were her passion, and she pieced and quilted those as well as wall hangings and comforters for family and for Mennonite Central Committee. Gardening was both a passion and a necessity, raising vegetables and fruit for her family of six children, as well as flowers for enjoyment and beauty.

Volunteering was a way of life for Lola. While living at Greencroft Goshen, she volunteered more than 3000 hours, including quilting, Library Committee, and serving evening meals in Manor IV.

She is survived by five children, Paul (Patti Borom) Kauffmann, Columbus, Georgia, John (Suzi Wilgus) Kauffmann, Knoxville, Tennessee, Mary (Jon) Kauffmann-Kennel, Elkhart, Ruth (Brian Roots) Kauffmann, Goshen, and James ( Deb Sawatsky) Kauffmann, Oak Grove, Minnesota; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Geiser Kauffmann, Goshen; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eileen Nafziger, Illinois and Marilyn Kauffmann, South Carolina, and a brother, Walter (Lorene) Good, Illinois.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joel Kauffmann; a granddaughter, Angela Kauffmann; three sisters, Helen Mumaw, Marcella Kossen, and Oleta Bachman, and a brother John Good.

A service to celebrate Lola’s 99 years of life will take place on April 6, 2024, at 2 p.m. at College Mennonite Church, Goshen. The service will be live streamed.

Memorials may be given to Goshen College and designated for The Joel Kauffmann Scholarship Fund in memory of Lola Kauffmann.

Lola’s cremated remains will be scattered at Greencroft Goshen Memorial Garden.

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


Knepp, Katie Mae Bontrager
January 3, 1929 - March 24, 2024

Katie Mae Knepp, 95, of Topeka, (district: 32-1), died at 12:00 noon, on Sunday, March 24, [2024] at her residence. She was born on January 3, 1929, in LaGrange Co. to Mahlon N. and Rosa A. (Lambright) Bontrager. On November 23, 1950, in LaGrange Co. she married Roy J. Knepp, he died June 10, 1992.

Surviving is her daughter, Susie Ellen (Larry M.) Borkholder of Topeka; sister, Susie Lehman of Shipshewana; brother, Elmer Bontrager of Shipshewana; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Bontrager of Middlebury and Wilma Bontrager of Goshen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Mahlon, Wayne, and Mervin Knepp; sister, Clara Bontrager; brothers, Menno and Floyd Bontrager.

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

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Monday, March 25, and all-day Tuesday, March 26, at the Joas Lehman Residence: 8430 West 400 South, Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Wednesday, March 27, at the same residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Vernon Yoder and the home ministers. Burial will be in Bontrager Cemetery, Shipshewana.

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


Knicely, Amos Daniel
June 25, 1925 - February 5, 2024

Amos Daniel Knicely, 98, a resident of Dayton, passed away Feb. 5, 2024, at his home.

Mr. Knicely was born June 25, 1925, in Rockingham County and was a son of the late Daniel Coakley and Mary Etta Jones Knicely.

He was a dairy farmer and member of the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.

On Oct. 12, 1954, he married Anna Grace Wenger Knicely, who preceded him in death Oct. 14, 2018.

Surviving are his children, Dale Knicely and wife, Sharon, of Dayton, Steven Knicely and wife, Michelle, of Rockingham, Everett Knicely and wife, Martha, of Dayton and Margaret Michael and husband, Steve, of Mount Crawford; 17 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Knicely.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Knicely was preceded in death by his siblings, Pauline (Amos) Horst, Marie (Frank) Rohrer, Marvin (Maude) Knicely, Ethel (Marvin) Rohrer, Alice Knicely, Reba (Owen) Shank, David (Mabel) Knicely, Martha (Paul) Shirk, Blanche (Oscar) Martin, Louella (Harry) Wenger and Howard Knicely.

Ministers of the Church will conduct a funeral service Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The body will be taken to the home of Dale Knicely, 1390 Coakley Town Road, Dayton, where the family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 2/7/2024
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Koerner, Emma F. Fisher
November 21, 1927 - April 15, 2024

Emma F. Koerner, 96, Goshen, formerly of Cullom, Illinois, died 2:40 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2024, at Greencroft Healthcare. She was born November 21, 1927, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Benjamin & Annie (Flaud) Fisher. On October 11, 1952, she married Orie Marvin Koerner, and he died April 19, 2021.

Surviving are children, Ruby Miller, Goshen, Sharon (Dennis) Johnson, Chicago, Illinois, Rose (Omar) Riehl, Goshen, Marsha (Lester) Mast, Goshen, Marvin Koerner, Chicago, Illinois, Vera (Ken) Ritter, Chicago, Illinois, Verna (Brady) Abdalla, Johnsburg, Illinois, 21 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and a sister, Lydia Martin, Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, Orie, 9 siblings, John, Amos, Chris, Sarah, Mary, Leah, Ruth, Annie & Eva, son-in-law, Wayne Miller and daughter-in-law, Eileen Koerner.

Emma worked at a Children’s Home and at a Nursing Home as a cook in Chicago, IL. After retiring, she moved from Chicago to Cullum, IL. She was a member of the Kempton Church of the Nazarene, Kempton, IL. Emma enjoyed gardening, reading, puzzles, socializing and baking for others. She loved Jesus and will be remembered for her smile!

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2024, at Rieth Rohrer Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen. Memorial donations may be directed to Greencroft Foundation (for Healthcare), 1721 Greencroft Blvd., Goshen, IN 46526 or MCC (Mennonite Central Committee), 1013 Division St., Goshen, IN 46528.
Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom, Illinois, at a later date.

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


Kounlavong, Sirivanh
May 14, 1954 - April 19, 2024

Sirivanh Kounlavong, age 69, of Dillsburg, PA passed away on Friday, April 19, 2024 at Harrisburg Hosptial. Born May 14, 1954, in Luang Prabang, Laos.

Sirivanh worked as a housekeeper at Messiah Village. She was a member of Slate Hill Mennonite Church. Sirivanh loved to cook. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Sirivanh is survived by her loving husband, Joe Koonlavong; four children, Bounwasania Kounlavong (Van), Jack Kounlavong (Luci), Aenoi Kounlavong (Michelle) and Johnathan Kounlavong (Shana); sister, Bounvanh Rasy (Somdy) and her four grandchildren, Hayden, Paige, Kaden and Vivien.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at Slate Hill Mennonite Church, 1352 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill. Viewing will be held from 2:00 PM until the time of services. Burial will take place at Slate Hill Cemetery.

Source, Malpezzi Funeral Home Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
by Leon Hertzler, Newport, New Hampshire


Kreider, Nevaeh Danielle
March 7, 2024 - March 7, 2024

Nevaeh Danielle Kreider, infant daughter of Daniel Lee and Audrey Lovina (Kuhns) Kreider of Arcola, Illinois was stillborn at 11:29 P.M. on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.

A daughter loved and longed for by her parents and sisters, with dreams of a long and joyous life, she was instead welcomed straight into the arms of Jesus.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at the Pleasant View Church, 155 N CR 300 E in rural Arcola, Illinois.

Funeral services for Nevaeh will be held at 4:30 P.M. on Sunday at the Pleasant View Church. Pastor Matthew Bontrager will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Church Cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Nevaeh is survived by her parents, Dan and Audrey Kreider of Arcola, IL; three sisters, Felicity Spring (6), Roxana Peace (4), and Sarita Hope (2); grandparents Gerald and Esther Kreider of South English, IA, and Howard and Edith Kuhns of Arthur, IL; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends.

Her parents and sisters are left with a hole in their hearts and home, but also the hope that Nevaeh will be the first to welcome them to Heaven when their turn comes to go.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Kuhns, Deanne K. "Dee" Gisel
August 2, 1946 - January 15, 2024

Deanne K. “Dee” Kuhns, 77 of Arthur, Illinois passed away at 10:15 PM on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Carriage Crossing in Arcola, Illinois, with her husband by her side.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at the Arthur Mennonite Church, 710 East Park Street, Arthur, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, January 22, 2024 at the Church. Pastor Glen Rhodes will officiate. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Dee was born on August 2, 1946 in Wauseon, Ohio. She was the daughter of Ralph “Bud” and Violet “Vi” (Rupp) Gisel. She married Willis E. Kuhns on August 19, 1972 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She is survived by her husband, Willis Kuhns of Arthur, IL, two sons, JD Kuhns of Effingham, IL and Mark Kuhns of Arthur, IL, four grandchildren, Laura, Elizabeth, Chris and Ethan, two sisters, Barb Hoth and her husband Phil, and Mary Martin and her husband Steve all of Fort Wayne, IN, her father-in-law, Jerry Kuhns of Arthur, IL, as well as brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, twin sons, Christopher Adam Kuhns and Curtis Andrew Kuhns, daughter-in-law, Kara Kuhns, one sister, Pat Gisel, and her mother-in-law, Ann Kuhns.

Dee graduated from Archbold High School, Archbold, Ohio in 1964. She then pursued her love for teaching by attending Goshen College and later earning her Masters in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1972.

Dee began her teaching journey in the East Allen County School District where she taught 3rd grade until her move to Arthur in 1975. In Arthur, she continued to teach 3rd grade until the time came to raise her family. After the boys were old enough to attend school themselves, Dee became a substitute teacher across Moultrie and Douglas County. Dee’s impact extended beyond the classroom. She spent many years screening children for preschool with the EIASE program all over East Central Illinois and had served as the director for EIASE.

Dee was a devoted member of the Arthur Mennonite Church. Whenever the church doors were open, you could always find her there. She was an integral part of the Church.

Generosity and thoughtfulness defined Dee’s character. She had a heart full of love for everyone around her and never missed an opportunity to show it. Sending cards to friends and family for all occasions became one of her signature ways of expressing her care. In her free time, Dee dedicated herself to visiting friends in the nursing home and shut-ins, hoping to bring joy to their day. Additionally, you could find her volunteering her time at the MCC Thrift Store in Arthur.

Outside of work, Dee enjoyed entertaining guests at home. Cooking delicious meals, playing games and solving puzzles were among some of her favorites. She also had a passion for travel, four cruises with friends, creating cherished memories along the way. Coffee dates with friends were always a delight for Dee, as she cherished the warmth of friendship and engaging conversations, but spending time with her family was her most favorite.

A notable milestone in Dee’s life was her 60th birthday surprise party when she received a little green Volkswagen as a gift, one she loved and cherished.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Transitions Hospice or Arthur Mennonite Church.

Submitted by: William Moreland
Via: Menno Mail


Kuhns, Susie Irene Shrock
July 3, 1963 - April 12, 2024

Susie Irene Kuhns, 60, of LaGrange, (district: 12), died at 7:30 am on Friday, April 12, [2024] at her residence, following a brief battle with cancer. She was born on July 3, 1963, in LaGrange, to Melvin E. and Edna Ellen (Miller) Shrock. On October 7, 1982, in LaGrange, she married John Albert Kuhns, he survives.

Survivors in addition to her husband are three daughters, Edna Fern (Leland) Miller of Topeka, Marilyn Sue Kuhns of LaGrange, Doris Ann (Lavon) Eash of Topeka; four sons, Devon (Inez) Kuhns, Delmar (Maria) Kuhns, Steven (Malinda) Kuhns, Galen (Naomi) Kuhns all of LaGrange; 28 grandchildren; step-mother, Mary Esther (Miller) Shrock of LaGrange; seven sisters, Carolyn (Levi) Schrock of Wolcottville, Mary Etta (Daniel) Bontrager of Markesan, WI, Katie (Mervin) Miller of LaGrange, Ida Anna (Dewayne) Miller of Topeka, Luella (Sherman) Miller of LaGrange, Ruby (Lonnie) Yoder of Shipshewana, Edna Ellen (Wyman) Miller of Middlebury; five brothers, Marvin (Leanna) Shrock, Mervin (Joanna) Shrock, Marion (Ruby) Shrock, Elmer (Emma) Shrock, Ernest (Esther) Shrock all of LaGrange.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 14 and all-day Monday, April 15 at the family residence, 3905 S. 250 W., LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 16 also at the family residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Ervin Bontrager Jr. and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is handling the arrangements.

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


Kulp, Justus Rhodes
July 27, 1961 - January 26, 2024

Mr. Justus Rhodes Kulp, age 62, of The Mount Hermon Community, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2024. Justus was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia on July 27, 1961, a son of the late Paul E. and Hannah Elizabeth (Rhodes) Kulp. Justus was an Agricultural Mechanic and devout member of Monroe County Mennonite Church.

He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Emma Ruth (Showalter) Kulp, his nine children; Jedidah Kulp, Jochebed Zimmerman and husband Christopher, of Canada, Maaseiah Kulp and wife Ida Marie, Andronicus Kulp, Matthias Kulp, Jerushah Kulp, Priscilla Kulp, Obadiah Kulp, and Othniel Kulp. Three sisters; Betty Troyer of Pennsylvania, Amanda Kulp and Rebecca Kulp, both of Mt. Hermon, and three grandchildren, Ivan and Elam Zimmerman, and Manasseh Kulp also survive.

In addition to his parents, Paul E. and Hannah Elizabeth Kulp, he is preceded in death by three sisters; Vada Reber, Mary Mazelin, and Rosalee Kulp, and one brother, George Kulp.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at The Monroe County Mennonite Church, 235 Mt. Hermon Road, Mt. Hermon, Kentucky 42157, with interment to follow at The Monroe County Mennonite Church Cemetery.

The visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Church.

Bartley & Sons Funeral Home considers it an honor to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Justus Kulp and his family at this time.

Bartley & Sons Funeral Home
Tompkinsville/Gamaliel, KY
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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