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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  M1

Martin, Colleen J. Kauffman ; . . Martin, Dallas L. ; . . Martin, Edna M. Reed ; . . Martin, Ephraim B. ; . . Martin, Harold S. ; . . Martin, Hershey Z. ; . . Martin, Irvin Lee ; . . Martin, Joseph B. ; . . Martin, Joyce Louise ; . . Martin, L. Eugene "Gene" ; . . Martin, Laura Grace ; . . Martin, Lena B. Shirk ; . . Martin, Leon E. ; . . Martin, Martha H. Newswanger ; . . Martin, Mary Ann Martin ; . . Martin, Mary Jane "Janie" Horst ; . . Martin, Mervin H. ; . . Martin, Nathan L. ; . . Martin, Nora Z. ; . . Martin, Richard Allen ; . . Martin, Rosetta Riegsecker ; . . Mast, David D. ; . . Mast, Florence "Flo" Martin ; . . Mast, Ira L. ; . . Mast, Lloyd ; . . Mast, Mervin Lavern ; . . Maust, Lowell D. ; . . Maust, Wilmetta M. Yoder ; . . Metzler, Alta Leaman ; . .


Martin, Colleen J. Kauffman
February 16, 1954 - February 16, 2024

Colleen J. Martin, 70, of Delavan IL, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 10:27 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

She was born on February 16, 1954, in Omer, Michigan to Delmar and Ruth (Swartzentruber) Kauffman. She married Ronald W. Martin on July 24, 1976. He passed away on August 10, 2014.

She is survived by her children, Phil Martin of Metamora, IL, Alissa (Myron) Swantz of Kalona, IA, Greg (Kathy) Martin of Delavan, IL, and Dana (Dani) Martin of Eureka, IL; eleven grandchildren, Jessica (Luke) Birkey, Elizabeth, Lincoln, and Rebecca Martin, Micah, Kaitlynn, and Andrew Swantz, and Easton, Barrett, and Payton Martin, and baby boy on the way. Also surviving are her stepmother, Mildred Kauffman of Turner, MI, as well as sisters, Rhoda (Willie) Gonzales of Yantis, TX, Bonnie (Bill) Hartwick of Saginaw, MI, Kimberly Kauffman of Saginaw, MI, and Lynette (Joel) Hartzman of Flint, MI, brothers, Keith (Linda) Kauffman and Eugene (Carol) Kauffman, both of Au Gres, MI, and sister-in-law, Nancy Kauffman of Middlebury, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Dean Kauffman.

Colleen was a homemaker. She loved sewing, quilting, baking, and keeping herself busy. After Ron's passing, she continued to be active. Colleen was a member of Linn Mennonite Church, and even though she lived an hour away, she rarely missed a service.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 10:00 am at Linn Mennonite Church in rural Roanoke, with church ministers officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, at the church from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and also one hour prior to her service on Thursday. Burial will be in Stewart Harmony Cemetery in rural Metamora. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Linn Mennonite Church, 1594 County Road 1700 N, Roanoke, IL 61561.

Mason Funeral Home - Metamora, IL
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Martin, Dallas L.
March 20, 1949 - May 1, 2024

Dallas L. Martin, 75, formerly of Topeka, died Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at ShorePoint Health, Port Charlotte, Florida.

He was born March 20, 1949 in Elkhart to Monroe and Emma (Kulp) Martin, Jr.

On July 11, 1970 he married Sandra Glass in Paris, Ohio. She preceded him in death on August 1, 2013. He later married Linda Hooley on January 13, 2018.

She survives along with his children, Sharon (Keith) Shiltz, LaGrange, Christina (Peter) Carpenter, Goshen, and Kenneth (Tina) Martin, LaGrange; four step-children, Brenda (Bill) Gordon, Bronson, Michigan, Brent Hochstetler, Indianapolis, Lori Rewa, Middlebury, and Lisa (Darren) Gottschaulk, Sturgis, Michigan; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, Clark, Conner, Nicole, Ashley, Audri, Derrick, Jordan, Alyson, Kevin, Laci and Skylar and three great-grandchildren, Georgia, Olivia and Hannah.

Six siblings also survive, Marciel (Dean) Martin, Nappanee, Melba (Luke) Hoover, Goshen, Lucinda (Burnell) Martin, Shelton, Wisconsin, Delores (Arthur) Bechtel, Marlette, Michigan, Donald (Esther) Martin, Decker, Michigan and Verlin (Charlotte) Martin, Bristol.

A long-time member of the Topeka community, Dallas was a livestock auctioneer for 50 years at the Topeka Livestock Auction. He was also a cattle dealer and owner of Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Real Estate.

Dallas was previously an active member at Maple Grove Church, Topeka, and was currently a very involved member of Pine Creek Chapel, Arcadia, Florida. He was also a member of the Topeka Lions Club, Topeka Chamber of Commerce, and the LaGrange County 4-H Fair Association.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday, May 10, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. A 10 a.m. funeral service will be held Saturday, May 11, at Maple City Chapel.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Helping Hands SW FL LLC., Gator Wilderness Camp School, Florida, Gospel Echoes Team, Goshen.

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


Martin, Edna M. Reed
May 25, 1933 - January 1, 2024

Edna M. Martin, 90, of Womelsdorf, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2024, at Wyomissing Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Ephrata, daughter of the late David and Edna (Gress) Reed and was the wife of the late Henry L. Martin, Jr. who passed away in 2006.

She was a member of Reinholds United Zion Church and also attended Bridge of Hope, Womelsdorf.

Edna worked in egg processing for the Pennfield Corp. for many years prior to her retirement.

Edna is survived by a daughter, Lori Kreiner.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Kreiner, Jr. and a brother, Edwin Reed.

A viewing will be held on Monday, January 8, 2024, from 6 to 8 PM at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut Street, Denver. An additional viewing will be held Tuesday, January 9th from 10 to 11 AM at the funeral home. Funeral services will follow at 11 AM with Pastor John Leisey and Pastor Leon Eberly officiating. Interment will take place in the Swamp Cemetery.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 1/7/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Ephraim B.
October 3, 1948 - May 18, 2024

Ephraim Martin, 75, of Apollo Beach, FL, passed away at 10:15 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at Hawthorne Village, Sarasota, FL. He was born on October 3, 1948 in Goshen, IN, to Daniel and Katherine (Brubacher) Martin. On June 5, 1971 in Hayward, WI, he married Loretta Mae Hostetler, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are son, Kevin (Jessica) Martin of Apollo Beach, FL; a daughter, Andrea Martin of Indiana; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ida (Carl) Weiler of Edina, MO, Elizabeth "Betsy" (John) Troyer of British Columbia, Canada, Barbara (Glen) Zimmerman of Nappanee, Lavina (Larry) Kauffman of Hayward, WI; two brothers, Joseph (Gladys) Martin of Hayward, WI, Emmerson "Mike" (Evelyn) Martin of Hayward, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Manasseh Martin; a niece, Twila Weaver.

Ephraim was an HVAC Technician and was a co-owner of Crystal Valley Heating and Air Conditioning, Middlebury, he was also a dairy farmer.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 30, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main Street Middlebury, IN. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:30 am Funeral service on Friday, May 31, at Griner Church, Middlebury, IN. After the funeral service, burial will be at Griner Cemetery, with a luncheon to follow.

Opening and burial prayer will be led by his cousin Ben Shirk. Services will be conducted by his brother-in-law, John Troyer. Memorial contributions may be given to the Dementia Society of America by donating in person at the services or online at Online condolences may be offered at

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


Martin, Harold S.
August 7, 1930 - January 5, 2024

Harold S. Martin died, peacefully, Friday, January 5, 2024, at the Lincoln Christian Home, Ephrata. He was born in Ephrata, on August 7, 1930 to the late Noah and Helen (Sheaffer) Martin. At the age of twelve, Harold accepted Christ as his Savior and later was called to be a minister of the Gospel, serving at the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren for sixty-two years.

Harold conducted Bible teaching sessions and revival meetings in several hundred congregations located in forty -three states and in numerous foreign countries.

Harold married Priscilla Miller on August 31, 1950. They were married for nearly seventy years when she passed away in June, 2020.

After teaching junior high school mathematics at Spring Grove, for twenty-six years, Harold took an early retirement to be able to devote more time to preaching and writing Bible commentaries. Over the years, he also wrote many articles for Bible Helps and publications.

Surviving are three sons: Stephen, husband of Martha (Minnich) Martin, Lititz, Stanley, husband of Fannie Sue (Kegerreis) Martin, Lebanon, Sherwood, husband of Sandra (Nell) Martin, Hanover, two daughters, Christine, wife of Dale Newcomer, Bowdoin, ME; Delphine, wife of Wesley Ramer, Gleason, WI, twenty-three grandchildren and thirty-nine great-grandchildren, and two sisters: Janice Martin, Lancaster, Jean, wife of Ralph Deckard, Lititz.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents and wife, are his youngest daughter-Berdene Walmer; three grandchildren: Rachel Martin, Lynette Martin, and Samuel Walmer and two sisters, Esther Martin and Elva Kaucher;

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Harold's Funeral Service at the White Oak Church, 1211 North Penryn Road, Manheim, on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 10:30 AM. There will be a viewing at the White Oak Church on Friday evening from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM with additional viewing at the church on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. Private burial for the family will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Spring Grove. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Bible Helps, P.O. Box 391, Hanover, PA 17331. To send the family on-line condolences, please visit our website at Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, in charge of arrangements.

Lebanon Daily News - 1/6/2024
Lebanon, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Hershey Z.
November 17, 1932 - January 13, 2024

Hershey Z. Martin 91, Lebanon, passed away on Saturday January 13, 2024 in the Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital. He was the husband of Anna H. (Martin) Martin. He was born in Bareville, PA on November 17, 1932 a son of the late Ezra S. and Anna B. Zimmerman Martin.

He was a retired farmer who also worked in later years for Automatic Farm Systems. He was a member of Mt. Zion Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Arlene (Martin) wife of Kenneth Nolt, Lebanon; 5 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother: Willis Z. husband of Alta (Horning) Martin, Lebanon; sisters: Edna Z. Sensenig, Myerstown; Alta Z. wife of Alvin Musser, Memphis, MO. He was preceded in death by siblings: Lester Z. Martin, Ruth Z. Brubaker, Ezra Z. Martin, AnnaMary Z. Burkholder, Eva Z. Brubaker, James Z. Martin, Nora Z. Horst.

Viewing will be Thursday January 18, 2024 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM in the Fairview Reception Center 141 Jackson Rd., Myerstown, PA 17067. Funeral will be held on Friday January 19, 2024 at 9:30 AM in Mt. Zion Mennonite Church, 204 Deep Run Rd., Myerstown, PA 17067. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/17/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Irvin Lee
January 3, 1943 - April 26, 2024

Irvin Lee Martin, 81, of Lititz, passed away on Thursday, April 26th, 2024, at Landis Homes Senior Living Community. A son of the late Paul Z. and Ella (Weber) Martin, and the loving husband of Louise M. (Benner) Martin.

Irvin graduated from Reading High School, class of 1961. Irvin owned Martin's Custom Kitchens and worked as a kitchen designer for 25 years. He was ordained as pastor for Gehman Mennonite Church in June of 1986, and Bishop of the Bowmansville and Reading Districts in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference in June of 2000 until his retirement in 2008. Inspired by his experience being adopted, Irvin published a book in 2019 called "Chosen & Adopted". In his free time, Irvin loved riding his Gold Wing Motorcycles, and spending time at the cabin in the Wellsboro mountains. His kind spirit will be deeply missed.

Along with his wife, Louise, Irvin is survived by two sons; Michael L. (Nikki) Martin of Manheim & Patrick L. (Cynthia) Martin of East Earl; three grandchildren, Samantha (Dillan) Enck, Taylor (Stefphan) Hake, & Joshua Martin; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Nancy Martin of Osceola.

Viewing and visitation time will be held on Monday, April 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Landis Homes, 1001 E Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543. Service will be held on Tuesday, April 30th at 11:00 a.m. after a 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. viewing at Gehman Mennonite Church, 127 Witmer Rd., Reinholds, PA 17569. Irvin's final resting place will be at Gehman Mennonite Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are appreciated to Landis Homes Benevolent Fund, 1001 E Oregon Rd, Lititz, PA 17543.

Arrangements by Gravenor Sipler Funeral & Cremation Centre, Inc., 100 W. Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/28/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Joseph B.
August 10, 1948 - June 28, 2024

Joseph "Joe" B. Martin, 75, of Narvon, passed away on June 28, 2024 at Wellspan Ephrata Hospital.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Paul W. and Ada (Brubaker) Martin.

He was a member of Bowmansville Mennonite Church (Lancaster Conference) and was employed as a truck driver for many years until his retirement and then was a taxi driver for the Mennonites.

Joe is survived by his sisters, Mabel B. Martin of Narvon and Mary B. Martin of Narvon.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, John B. Martin.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, July 4, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Churchtown Mennonite Church (Groffdale Conference), 2207 Main Street, Narvon, PA 17555. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 345 Shirktown Road, Narvon, PA 17555.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Joural - 7/1/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Joyce Louise
September 13, 1942 - March 12, 2024

Joyce Louise Martin, age 81 years, died March 12, 2024, at the Maugansville Mennonite Home surrounded by members of her family.

Born September 13, 1942, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Joyce was the daughter of the late Roy H. and Isabel Diller Martin.

Until her retirement, Joyce was employed at Lehman's Egg Service. In later life, she worked as a domestic and for Glenwood Foods at Greencastle.

Joyce was a member of Rowe Mennonite Church, Shippensburg, PA.

The oldest of 11 children, Joyce is survived by John D. Martin and wife Patricia of Chambersburg, PA, Miriam E. Shank and husband Wayne of Chambersburg, PA, sister-in-law Sallie A, Martin of Greencastle, PA, Betty M. Heatwole and husband Don of Denmark, SC, Lois Ann Eby and husband Jonas of Clear Spring, MD, Mary Ellen Martin and husband Marvin of Greencastle, PA, brother-in-law Arlin Diller of Hagerstown, MD, Gerald R. Martin and wife Charlene of Greencastle, PA, David S.

Martin of Port Republic, VA, and Daniel S. Martin and wife Meredith of Warrenton, VA. She was preceded in death by a brother, Luke A. Martin, husband of Sallie, a sister, Esther L. Diller, wife of Arlin, and a sister-in-law, Marlene J. Martin, wife of David.

Joyce will be remembered by her family, friends, and fellow residents at Maugansville Mennonite Home for her steadfast commitment to her faith and family, her cheerful spirit, and her sense of humor.

The family thanks friends who have supported them with prayer and love during this time. Special gratitude is expressed to Maugansville Mennonite home for giving Joyce excellent care during the last months of her life and to Rowe Mennonite Church members for blessing Joyce through the years with their thoughtful gestures of inclusion and kindness.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Rowe Mennonite Church, 754 Pinola Road, Shippensburg, PA, with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Rowe Mennonite Church Friday, March 15, 2024, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Maugansville Mennonite Home, 13434 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, PA, is assisting with funeral arrangements.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Inc.
Waynesboro, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Martin, L. Eugene "Gene"
December 26, 1939 - January 19, 2024

L. Eugene "Gene" Martin, 84, of Stevens, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Ephrata Manor. Born in Ephrata Twp., he was the son of the late Henry S. Martin and the late Mary (Martin) Martin Eby.

After farming for 25 years in West Cocalico Twp., he owned and operated Martin Sawing Service for over 25 years, retiring in 2021. He enjoyed woodworking, trips to the mountains at Cedar Run, snowmobiling, gardening and yard work. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family. Gene was a member of Dove Westgate Church, where he formerly served as a greeter and was active in Day Timers small group. His quiet presence and unassuming leadership will be greatly missed.

Gene was the husband of Anna W. (Wenger) Martin, whom he married on April 25, 1964. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 3 children, Dale A. (Brenda Weaver) Martin, Ephrata, Jonathan L. Martin, Lititz, and Christopher L. (Ronà Umbenhauer) Martin, Terre Hill; 6 grandchildren, Joshua (Rebekah Landis) Martin, Andrea (Shawn) Sauder, Aaron "A.J." (Kayla Duty) Martin, Hannah (Nathan) Moyer, Neil Martin and Jackson Martin; 6 great-grandchildren, Eliana (Ellie), Haley, and Andrew "Drew" Martin, Avery and Olivia Sauder, and Evelyn Martin; 3 sisters, Edith Weaver, Ella Mae Martin, and Susan (Patrick) Malin, a brother, Harlan (Kathryn) Martin; a sister-in-law, Gwyn Martin, 2 brothers-in-law, Titus (Pearl) Kurtz and Leon (Priscilla) Fox.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Esther Kurtz and Laura Fox, 2 brothers, Arthur Martin and Melvin Martin; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ezra Weaver and David Martin.

The excellent care given to Gene by the staff at Ephrata Manor and Hospice and Community Care is greatly appreciated by the family.

A viewing will be held at Dove Westgate Church, 1755 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522, on Monday, January 29th at 9:00 AM, followed by his funeral service at 10:30 AM. Following the interment at Springville Mennonite Cemetery, a luncheon will be served at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gene's memory may be made to Dove Westgate Church at the above address. Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/24/2023
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Laura Grace
July 11, 2022 - January 27, 2024

Laura Grace Martin, 18 months old, of East Earl, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, January 21, 2024.

Born in Ephrata, she was the daughter of Michael R. and Savannah Munniksma Martin.

Laura was a happy little girl who was loving and always had a smile on her face.

Surviving besides her parents is a brother, Vincent Martin; a sister, Maddison Martin; paternal grandmother, Karen Martin of East Earl, a maternal grandmother, Hester Morgan of NJ, a paternal great grandmother, Carolyn Martin of Lititz, and maternal great grandparents, George T. and Maryann Munniksma of Washington, NJ.

She was preceded in death by a paternal grandfather, Lonnie Martin and by a maternal grandfather, George A. Munniksma.

Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 27, at 1:00 P.M. at the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, 209 E. Main St., Terre Hill, PA. Interment in Lichty’s Mennonite Cemetery. A Viewing will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service.

Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Lena B. Shirk
June 12, 1958 - January 30, 2024

Lena B. Martin, 65, of Ephrata, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at her residence. She was born in Brecknock Township to the late Amos S. and Magdalena (Brubaker) Shirk and was the wife of Paul Martin.

She was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference). She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed by many.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five children, Leonard, husband of Sarah Martin of Akron, Alvin, husband of Emily Martin of Dundee, NY, Arlene, wife of Erny Beiler of Quarryville, Joanne, wife of Craig Zimmerman of Mohnton, Glenn, husband of Bethany Martin of Newport; sixteen grandchildren; ten siblings, Daniel, husband of Loretta, John, husband of Lydia, Mary, wife of Harvey, Annie, wife of Aaron, Ivan, husband of Mary, Eli, husband of Lydia, Isaac, husband of Lydia, Paul, husband of Frances, Emma, wife of Raymond, Luke, husband of Betty and a sister-in-law, Lizzie Shirk.

In addition to her parents, Lena was preceded in death by brother, Amos Shirk.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, February 4, 2024, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, at Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Rd., Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 9 AM. at the Fellowship Center, with further services at 9:30 AM, from Martindale Mennonite Frame Church, 905 Martindale Road, Martindale, with Bishop Amos G Martin officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

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


Martin, Leon E.
January 1, 1949 - February 11, 2024

Leon E. Martin, 76, of Leola and loving husband of nearly 54 years to Marlene, passed away on the evening of February 11, 2024, surrounded by his family.

He was the son of the late Elvin M. and Mary A. (Weaver) Martin

He began his career in construction working as a crewman. He recently retired from his position as co-owner at ACI Construction. He enjoyed sharing his construction knowledge by serving with MDS and YWAM in various places. His life was one of service and this included helping his family with whatever building remodeling projects going on and building furniture to fill their homes. He enjoyed traveling, especially when it included his family. Time spent at Tuckahoe Acres Campground fishing and clamming were the highlights of the summer.

He was a member of Indiantown Mennonite Church and was involved with projects there as well.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Melanie Long (Steve) and Amy Musser (Shawn). He is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Mara Horst (Glendon), Joshua, Aaron, Nate, Grace, Chloe, Lukas, Kathleen Lopez (Ryan) and Caleb, and two siblings, J. Elvin (Vera) Martin and Mary Ann (John) Martin.

He was preceded in death by a sister Mabel (Allen) Martin.

His funeral will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at Indiantown Mennonite Church, 255 Indiantown Rd., Ephrata with Roger Zimmerman and Jay Weaver officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at the church on Thursday from 6 8 p.m. and Friday from 1:30 -2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 or The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/13/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Martha H. Newswanger
February 8, 1979 - May 7, 2024

Martha H. Martin, age 45, a resident of Meadville, Missouri, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at her home.
Martha was born on February 8, 1979, in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Wilmer and Edna (Hoover) Newswanger. She was united in marriage to Aaron Eugene Martin on May 4, 2000, in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania. Martha was a member of the Prairie View Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.

Survivors include her husband, Aaron Eugene Martin of the home; three sons, Wendall Eugene Martin, Joshua Lynn Martin, Devon Lamar Martin; five daughters, Roselle Louise (Jonathan) Burkholder, Lynette Diane Martin, Luanna Beth Martin, Kayla Dawn Martin and Kendra Joy Martin; her parents, Wilmer and Edna Newswanger; two brothers, Nathan (Regina) Newswanger and Nelson Newswanger; one sister, Minerva (James) Hoover; and one granddaughter, Quintina LaFaye Burkholder.

She was preceded in death by one son, Josiah Lee Martin.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 9:30 a.m. at the Prairie View Mennonite Church. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the home, 21803 Berry Drive, Meadville, Missouri 64659.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Martin, Mary Ann Martin
November 7, 1940 - June 20, 2024

Mary Ann Martin, 83, of Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

She was born in Ephrata, the daughter of the late Elvin M. and Mary Ann (Weaver) Martin and was the wife of John B. Martin, with whom she just celebrated 63 years of marriage on June 17th.

Mary Ann was a member of Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Ephrata. She was a homemaker and also worked for many years in the family business at Martin's Country Market, Ephrata.

In addition to her husband, Mary Ann is survived by 4 children, Darryl Martin, husband of Sue of Denver, Dianne, wife of David Sensenig of Manheim, Karen, wife of Barry Beiler of Fredericksburg, PA, Dennis Martin, husband of Linda of Adamstown; 20 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and a brother, J. Elvin Martin, husband of Vera of Farmersville.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Carla Faye; 2 grandsons, Darren Sensenig and Devon Sensenig; a sister, Mabel, wife of Allen Martin, and a brother, Leon E. Martin, husband of Marlene.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the New Haven Mennonite Church, 225 Crest Road, Lititz. An additional viewing will be held on Friday, June 28, 2024, from 9 to 10 AM at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, 140 Pleasant Valley Road, Ephrata, followed by funeral service at 10 AM, with Pastor Larry Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the Springville Mennonite Church Cemetery, Ephrata.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 6/22/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Mary Jane "Janie" Horst
August 21, 1957 - April 27, 2024

Mary Jane "Janie" Martin, 66, of York, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy, PA. Born in Millway, she was the daughter of the late Leroy D. Horst and Esther (Bowman) Horst. She was the wife of Ray L. Martin, with whom she celebrated 48 years of marriage on April 17, 2024.

She was a graduate of Warwick High School, class of 1975, and York Technical Institute, graduating with a degree in interior design. She attended Elevate Church, in Erie, prior to returning to York.

Janie lived to love and serve her Lord, which she demonstrated to all of us throughout her life. She was always sweet, patient and kind. Her concern was not for herself, but for others. Her family was first, but she considered everyone to be family, and this was felt by all whom she touched. Janie was a person who exuded beauty in everything she said and did. From her sweet, kind, and gentle spirit, beautiful smile, tremendous hospitality, the food she cooked and artwork she created, all was remarkably beautiful. Everyone loved Janie because she loved everyone and lived to make them feel special. She taught us that the most important thing in life was what we did for others, and this is how she served her Lord Jesus Christ.

Janie was a special gift from God to all of us. She faithfully modeled to all of us what was truly important in life. What a legacy she has left to us! We are grateful to God for the time we had with her and will always hold her memory near and dear in our hearts. We grieve her loss but rejoice that she is finally free from the last 19 months of pain and sickness. She is resting in glorious peace!

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Sheri Golembiewski of Robesonia, Nathan, husband of Terra (Causin) Martin of Baltimore, MD, Heidi Martin, wife of Christian Klaus Haus of Lancaster, Rodney Martin of York; the loves of her life which were her six grandchildren, Owen Scot Moore, Alex Bruce Golembiewski, Friedric Russell Haus, Hans Maximilian Haus, Adrien Jay Martin, Valerie Jean Martin; six sisters, Elsie Horst, Edith, wife of Lloyd Sauder, Janet, wife of Roy Martin, Judy, wife of Glenn Hoover, Karen, wife of Donald Weber and Chris, wife of Jay Good.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Florence Horst, (infant) Doris Gerber, Edwin Horst and Richard "Dick" Horst.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life, at a yet to be determined time and location.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Janie's memory may be made to 4 GIRLS ON A MISSION, 106 S. Elm Street, Robesonia, PA 19551.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 5/2/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Mervin H.
March 28, 2024 - March 28, 2024

Mervin H. Martin, stillborn, Thursday, March 28, 2024, Nemour's Children's Hospital, Wilmington, DE.

He was the son of Samuel H. and Mabel H. (Hoover) Martin of East Earl.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings: Marlin H. Martin, Timothy H. Martin, Lavern H. Martin, Lisa H. Martin, Kayla H. Martin, Michael H. Martin and twin brother; Matthew H. Martin, all at home.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Reidenbach Mennonite Church, Martin Road, New Holland, PA 17557 with Bishop Mark Martin officiating.

C. Stanley Eckenroth Home for Funerals is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/1/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Nathan L.
May 26, 1945 - March 23, 2024

Nathan L. Martin, 78, of Ephrata, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at his residence. He was born in East Cocalico Township to the late Noah O. and Susie G. (Landis) Martin and was the husband of Anna H. (Martin) Martin.

He was a member of Muddy Creek Mennonite Church (Groffdale Conference). Nathan worked as a farmer, and later went on to own a wholesale grocery business.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by nine children, Karen Martin of Ephrata, Janet Martin of Ephrata, Dean, husband of Linda Martin of Ephrata, Joan Martin of Stevens, Dale, husband of Luella Martin of Ephrata, Judy, wife of Mark Zimmerman of East Earl, Marlene, wife of J. Ivan Hoover of Ephrata, Nathan, husband of Martha Martin of Stevens, Luanne, wife of Roy Martin of Stevens; twenty-three grandchildren; a brother, Noah, husband of Ida Mae Martin; a sister, Naomi, wife of Melvin Horst; a brother-in-law, Jesse Brubacher and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Martin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Simeon Martin; five sisters, Irene Martin, Pheobe Weaver, Mamie Rissler, Sarah Brubacher and Susie Habegger.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, at the late residence, 549 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 8:30 AM, at the residence, with further services from 9:30 AM, at Muddy Creek Church, 531 S. Muddy Creek Road, Denver, with Bishop Leon Zimmerman officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 3/26/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Nora Z.
December 14, 1947 - February 22, 2024

Nora Z. Martin, 76, formerly of Fleetwood, died peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2024 in the Lincoln Christian Home, Ephrata, where she was a resident for two years. Born on December 14, 1947, Nora was a daughter of the late Harvey W. and Mary Ann (Zimmerman) Martin, and was a member of Walnuttown Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Nora is survived by four sisters, Anna Ruth (Martin), widow of Allen Burkholder, Newmanstown, PA, Frances Z. (Martin), wife of Paul Shirk, Cayuga, NY, Arlene Z. (Martin), wife of Elmer Burkholder, Dorchester, WI, Grace Z. (Martin), wife of Richard Snyder, Port Byron, NY; five brothers, Lester Z., husband of Evelyn (Ramer) Martin, New Paris, IN, Titus Z., husband of Alma (Martin) Martin, Denver, PA, Luke Z., husband of Mary (Rice) Martin, Ernest Z., husband of Louella (Brubacher) Martin, both of Fleetwood, PA, and Irvin Z., husband of Thelma (Snyder) Martin, Kutztown, PA; brother-in-law, James Feeg, widower of predeceased sister, Helen Z. (Martin) Feeg, Robesonia, PA; brother-in-law, Melvin Hoover, widower of predeceased sister, Mary Ella (Martin) Hoover, Stevens, PA; brother-in-law, Linford Snyder, husband of Audrey (Zimmerman) Snyder and widower of predeceased sister, Vera Z. (Martin) Snyder, Lebanon, PA; sister-in-law, Mattie (Burkholder) Martin, widow of predeceased brother, Wilmer Z. Martin, Seneca Falls, NY; and 103 nieces and nephews. Nora was also predeceased by brother Harvey Z. Martin and sister-in-law, Orpha (Musser) Martin.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. at Walnuttown Mennonite Church, 1219 Pleasant Hill Road, Fleetwood. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Monday, February 26, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the church.

Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made in Nora's memory to Lincoln Christian Home, 1307 Apple Street, Ephrata, PA 17522.
Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., Kutztown, PA are in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/24/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Richard Allen
September 20, 1954 - February 16, 2024

Richard Allen Martin, 69, of Rockingham, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2024.

Mr. Martin was born Sept. 20, 1954, and was a son of the late Oscar Jay and Blanche Virginia Knicely Martin.

He was a lifelong farmer, ordained as a minister on May 27, 1990, and a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church.

On Nov. 4, 1976, he married Bernice Amanda Wenger, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Aaron Martin and wife, Miriam, and Fred Martin and wife, Julie, all of Rockingham; eight grandchildren, one great-grandson; one brother, Roy L. Martin of Rockingham; and two sisters, Ellen (David) Horst and Mary Martin, both of Dayton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter and a sister-in-law, Lois Martin.

Ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service Tuesday, Feb. 20, 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 his home at 478 Muddy Creek Road, where the family received friends Sunday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 2/20/2024
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Martin, Rosetta Riegsecker
May 17, 1935 - June 5, 2024

Rosetta Martin, 89, of Goshen passed away peacefully at home, Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

She was born May 17, 1935 in Middlebury to Benjamin and Nancy (Roth) Riegsecker.

On May 11, 1957 she married Eugene M. Martin in Middlebury. He died June 20, 2010.

Survivors include three children, Rosalyn (Lavern) Cross of Middlebury, Rhonda (Smith) Noel of Narvon, Pennsylvania, and Jeff (Bonnie) Martin of Hicksville, Ohio; a daughter in law, Teresa Martin-Gay of Silver Lake; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Marie Riegsecker of Goshen, Wilma (Ivan) Leichty of Ligonier, and Herman (Ida) Riegsecker of Middlebury.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Randy Martin and a sister, Lorene Riegsecker.

Mrs. Martin was currently attending Living Water Mennonite Church. A loving homemaker, she and her husband, Eugene, worked together on their dairy farm for 30 years near Goshen and then moved to the Silver Lake area in 1998, where they continued farming. They retired in Goshen in 2008.

Rosetta enjoyed gardening in her flower beds, crocheting projects, and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 9, 2024 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Living Water Mennonite Church, 2815 Dierdorff Rd., Goshen, followed by 5 p.m. funeral service.

Burial will be Monday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m. at Griner Cemetery, Middlebury.

Memorial gifts may be directed to World Missionary Press, P.O. Box 120, New Paris, IN 46553.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


Mast, David D.
January 30, 1941 - February 26, 2024

David D. Mast, 83, of Apple Creek died on Monday, February 26, 2024 surrounded by family following a stroke.

He was born on January 30, 1941 in Wayne County to Daniel D. and Sarah Yoder Mast. He had worked as a machinist for Regal Ware for 26 years.

David attended Fairlawn Mennonite Church. He enjoyed raising ponies and Haflinger horses, gardening, building and selling coffee tables, growing beautiful flowers, selling blue barrels and viewing antique cars. David was very sociable and loved spending time with his family and many long-time friends.

He is survived by his four daughters Linda Aiken of Wooster, Erica (Lewis) Graham of West Augusta, VA, Clara (David) Miller of Wooster and Rhonda (Rodney) Ling of Millersburg; grandchildren Shaunette Perez, Troy Aiken, Luke and Caleb Graham, John Miller, Misty and Miranda Ling; several great grandchildren; brothers Eli (Sarah) Mast, Chris (Ruth) Mast and Daniel D. Mast, Jr.; sisters Susie (Mose) Miller, Saloma (Calvin) Anderson and Emma (Joe) Daughtry along with many nieces and nephews. David shared a special relationship with his loving companion of 20 years, Marceil Steiner.

David was preceded in death by his parents; sister Katie Yoder; brother Paul Mast; stillborn infant daughter Debra Marie Mast; granddaughter Sierra Mast.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Fairlawn Mennonite Church, 8520 Emerson Rd., Apple Creek with Pastor Steve Bixler officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the church.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation for the love and care expressed by Ohio's Hospice LifeCare to David in his final months.

Contributions may be directed to MCC Connections, P.O. Box 19, Kidron, OH 44636 or to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Posted online on February 27, 2024
Published in The Daily Record
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Mast, Florence "Flo" Martin
November 3, 1942 - April 28, 2024

Florence "Flo" Martin Mast, 81, of Broadway, Va. passed away peacefully and went to be with her Lord on April 28, 2024. Flo was born in Lancaster County, Pa. on Nov. 3, 1942, to Edwin and Elizabeth Martin. She was one of 10 children.

Flo graduated from Rockingham School of Nursing in Harrisonburg, Va. She worked as an operating room nurse at RMH for 40 years. Shortly after Flo graduated nursing school, she was introduced to her husband of over 52 years, Harry Mast. Flo and Harry were blessed with two children, Craig and Lori. They were the light of her life. Their family enjoyed taking cross country trips over summer break, camping and biking.

An important part of Flo's life was also her church family at Grace Mennonite Fellowship. Flo was very active in volunteering and also traveled many times to Central America on mission trips, where she used her valuable nursing experience to assist in surgeries there. After her retirement, Flo enjoyed making stain glass creations and sewing.

She was the most gentle, loving and caring "Mom" and "Grandma." Everyone wanted to be at Grandma and Grandpa's home, where Flo would make such delicious home-cooked meals and iced mint tea. She treasured many ice cream dates with her grandchildren! Those who knew and loved Flo cherished her giving spirit, her quiet wisdom, and her unending patience. She leaves the example of a life well lived through times of joy as well as through times of difficulty.

Flo is survived by her husband, Harry; son, Craig Mast and wife, Melissa, of Salisbury, Md.; daughter, Lori Schuit and husband, Rod, of Broadway, Va.; seven grandchildren, Alicia, Kenny and Hannah Mast, Oliver Schuit and wife, Brooke, Elizabeth, Isaac and Jake Schuit; and one great-granddaughter, Scarlett Schuit.

A Celebration of Flo's Life will be at noon Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Grace Mennonite Fellowship, at 209 Lacey Spring Road, Harrisonburg, Va. There will be a reception at the church following the service. Flo's family would like to give special thanks to Legacy Hospice, as well as nurse and friend, Sarah Campbell, for their exceptional care of Flo. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami FL 33131 or

Daily News Record - 4/30/2024
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Mast, Ira L.
August 28, 1949 - February 19, 2024

Ira L Mast, 74, of Myerstown, loving husband of Louise (Shank) for over 53 years, passed away on the evening of February 19, 2024. He was the son of the late Levi and Ella (Schrock) Mast.

He was a member of Swatara Mennonite Church. He served faithfully as a deacon for over 50 years. Throughout his life he filled a role on various boards and committees. He began his career in 1971 installing overhead doors. Later he became co-owner of Shank Door Company, where he continued to work up until his death. His insight, generosity, and commitment to Jesus Christ and the church were an inspiration to many.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his six children: James D. husband of Katie (Fisher) Mast of Myerstown, Wilma J. wife of Matthew Brunk of Elida, OH, Judith M. wife of LaVern Miller of Estacada, OR, David R. husband of Joan (Martin) Mast of Myerstown, Christina J. wife of Jolan Martin of Reinholds, and Darvin B. Mast of Lancaster; 27 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brother Philip Mast; and sisters Rosa wife of Wayne Martin, Lorene Mast, and Louella wife of David Lehman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter Rosebud Miller.

His funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Swatara Mennonite Church, 10 Camp Swatara Rd., Myerstown. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. There will be a viewing at the church on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pilgrim Mennonite Missions, 180 Greble Rd., Myerstown, PA 17067.

Lebanon Daily News - 2/21/2024
Lebanon, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Mast, Lloyd
December 16, 1944 - June 3, 2024

Lloyd Mast, 79, a resident of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Jefferson Frankford Hospital, in Philadelphia, PA after a brief illness.

Lloyd was born on December 16, 1944, in Arthur, IL, to the late Menno M. and Minnie Beachey Mast. After leaving the home farm to complete 1W service in Cincinnati, he used his ability to connect and engage with people in various management roles, including starting and owning three businesses in Smithville, OH.

On November 24, 2001, he married Donna Rohrer Mast, who survives.

In addition to his wife, Lloyd is survived by his children, Jeremy Mast of North Canton, OH, Brian Mast and wife Cheryl, of Goshen, IN, Tonya Kuhn and husband Adam, of Columbus, OH; step-children, Colin Sauder of Bethlehem, NH, Alexis Rutt and husband Jason, of Harrisonburg, VA, Derek Sauder and wife Kierra, of Philadelphia, PA; siblings, Ora Mast and wife Rhoda, of Lancaster, PA, EllenYoder of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Mackenzie Mast, Tristan Mast, and Tobias Mast, and step-grandchildren, James Rutt, Quinn Rutt and Lucy Rutt.

In addition to his parents, Lloyd was preceded in death by his siblings, Lydia Mast, Henry Mast, Alva Mast; and his brother-in-law, Glen Yoder.

Lloyd loved music of all kinds and enjoyed singing in choirs and in a men’s quartet. Lloyd had a true zest for life, was curious about everything, and never met a person he couldn’t talk to. He was known for his love of breakfasts, playing games, pottery, working on creative projects, buying gadgets, and ice cream.

A service celebrating Lloyd’s life will be held at 11 am on June 21st at Park View Mennonite Church with Phil Kniss officiating. Additional service details and the live stream of the service may be viewed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lloyd’s honor to Dance for Parkinson's,

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Posted online on June 05, 2024
Published in The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Mast, Mervin Lavern
May 10, 1938 - May 18, 2024

Mervin Lavern Mast, 86, of Goshen, died on Saturday, May 18, [2024] at Goshen Hospital. He was born on May 10, 1938, in Topeka, to Henry and Edna (Yoder) Mast. On November 11, 1960, in Goshen, he married Naomi Schrock, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three sons, Ron (Wilda) Mast of Millersburg, Don (Doreen) Mast of White Pigeon, MI, Gary Mast of Molino, FL; daughter, Denise Mast of Marysville, OH; eight grandchildren, Breanne (Matt) Hakey, Danica Mast, Jordan (Vanessa) Mast, Kayci Mast (Jovanni Lara), Alex (Shawna) Mast, Micah Mast, Sydney Mast, Emma Claire Mast; nine great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Decklan, Canon, Bliss, Houston, Elliot, River, Shepherd, and Claire; four sisters, Mary Troyer of Goshen, Mabel (Lynn) Slabaugh, Marlene (Elvin) Delegrange both of LaGrange, Margaret Miller of Phoenix, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Ken Miller and Ora Troyer.

Mervin attended Middlebury High School through the 10th grade before he earned his GED. He then graduated from Goshen College with his nursing degree. He worked as the Director of Nursing at Greencroft and as the Administrator at Hudson Memorial Nursing Home in El Dorado, AR. In 1974, Mervin was ordained as a minister at Griner Conservative Mennonite Church. He served in Voluntary service in Meridan, MS and loved helping with Habitat for Humanity. He was currently a member of Siloam Fellowship.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, at Siloam Fellowship, 61616 CR 35, Goshen. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10:30 am on Friday, May 24, also at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Vern Hostetler and Pastor Ben Snyder. The family will hold a private burial in Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to Rosedale International or Habitat for Humanity.

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


Maust, Lowell D.
October 26, 1934 - April 21, 2024

Lowell D. Maust, of Goshen, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 21, 2024.

He was born on October 26, 1934, in Goshen to Edward and Emma (Kauffman) Maust.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Etta “Fern” (Stutzman) Maust. They were married on December 12, 1953, in Nappanee. Surviving children are Stephen (Vonda), Michael (Lisa), seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edward and Robert, and four great-grandchildren.

Lowell was a member of Clinton Frame Church all his life where he served as a Trustee for many years and ran the soundboards for 30 years. He went on several short mission trips to Brownsville, Texas and Puerto Rico. He was mechanically minded and worked as a carpenter. He worked for Aurora Cabinet Company making countertops for 21 years and retired in 1998. Lowell loved photography, music, and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren.

The viewing will be held at Clinton Frame Church on May 2, 2024, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. The burial will immediately follow at Clinton Union Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Yoder-Culp Funeral home.

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


Maust, Wilmetta M. Yoder
November 21, 1941 - February 7, 2024

Wilmetta M. Maust, 82, of Goshen passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at her home surrounded by family.

She was born November 21, 1941 in Topeka to Gerald and Maggie (Yoder) Yoder.

On June 2, 1962 she married Norman A. Maust in Goshen.

He survives along with three children, Janell Maust of Goshen, Joy (Rodney) Holmes of Middlebury, and James (Crystal) Maust of Boise, Idaho; four grandchildren, Grace (Sam) Johnson of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Isaac, Rachel and Karis Maust of Boise, Idaho; two sisters, Waneta (Stephen) Riegsecker of Sturgis, Michigan, and Wealtha (Dave) Helland of Rockford, Illinois; and two brothers, Warren (Janet) Yoder and Wes (Ruthie) Yoder, both of Goshen.

Mrs. Maust was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She attended Goshen College for one year and then worked in Elkhart at the Mennonite Board of Missions office. Following marriage, she and Norm served with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Colorado.

Wilmetta made many lasting relationships at Bethany Christian High School, where she worked for many years in the front office, often the first person greeting students in the mornings.

In retirement she enjoyed time with her family, volunteering at The Depot in Goshen, and exercising with friends at Beacon Health. She expressed her love for her family and others through baking, cooking, sewing, knitting and crocheting.

Visitation will be Friday, February 16, from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 17 at Pleasant View Church, 58529 C.R. 23, Goshen, where Wilmetta was a long time member.

A private burial will take place at Pleasant View Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Mennonite Central Committee; or Pleasant View Church;

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


Metzler, Alta Leaman
November 22, 1933 - January 10, 2024

Alta Leaman Metzler, 90, of Springville, AL passed away at her home on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. She peacefully entered into the presence of Jesus, whom she worshiped and adored.

Alta was born on November 22, 1933 in Lancaster County, PA. She married John Metzler, an LMHS classmate, in 1955. They answered God's call to a life of pastoral ministry. They have served at Straight Mountain Mennonite Church, in AL since 1966. John and Alta were faithful partners in ministry, serving their community together for 69 years, while farming, and raising a family: Gerald (Fern) Metzler; Linda (Richard) Maust; Marilyn Metzler; and Bob (Lisa) Metzler. They were blessed with 4 grandchildren: Erica (Tim) Bartlett; Jonathan (Hannah) Metzler; Krista (Timothy) Huber; and Stephanie (Brady) Gaither, and 4 great-grandchildren: Titus Huber, Janey Metzler, Eden Huber, and Joelle Metzler.

Alta had a bright smile and will be remembered for her kindness, gentle demeanor, and loving heart. She had beautiful spiritual gifts of encouragement, service, and prayer which she used to point others to Jesus. Her number one aim was to give God glory, and her life will remain a testament to His goodness.

Alta was preceded in death by: parents, Ivan D. and Ethel Leaman, and her infant son, Kenneth E. Metzler, and survived by siblings: Lois (Jay) Garber; Marian (late husband Earl) Neff; Ivan B. (Mary Ellen) Leaman; Esther (late husband David) Kniss; Ethel (Glen) Sell; Mary (Abraham) Zuniga; and Jim (Beth) Leaman.
The service will be at Lemley Funeral Home in Oneonta, AL on Sunday, January 14th at 2pm. Jim Leaman and Bob Metzler will officiate.

Intelligencer journal - 1/13/2024
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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