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Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

 2002  - S

Sauder, Mary;  Seiler, Delilah Anna;    Sensenig, Ezra G.;   Shertzer, Alta H.;   Shirk, Aaron Zimmerman;   Shirk, Anna Z.;   Shirk, Lydia B.;   Short, Berniece Maust;   Short, Erma J.;   Siegrist, Abram B. ; . . Slatter, Clifford ; . .  Smith, Florence D. Groff;   Smoker, Katie L.;   Smoker, Wilmer S.;   Spitler,  Emily L.;   Stahl, Willis "Bill" Leroy ; . . Stiffel, Lillian M.;   Stoltzfoos, Samuel A.;   Stoltzfus, Andrew Lee;   Stoltzfus, Christian K.;   Stoltzfus, Rev. David K.;   Stoltzfus, Gideon S.;   Stoltzfus, Louise;   Stoltzfus, Samuel M.;   Stoltzfus, Steven M.;  Stuckey, Orville D. "Shorty";    Swanger, Ray N.;    Swartzentruber, Raymond ; . .

Sauder, Mary

Born: 8-19-1935, East Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.   Died: 9-21-2002, Dunkard Brethren Home, Manheim, Pa.

Wife of: Paul M. Sauder, died 1977.  Daughter of: Morris and Dorothy Landis Ressler

Mary was a former member of Pilgrim Mennonite Church, Grantville, Pa.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors: Daughters, Pauline Montania of Ronks, Pa. and Martha Alvarez of New Holland, Pa.  Son: Jacob (Cheryl) Sauder of Berks
Grandchildren: 11.  Great-grandchildren: 4.  Brothers, Morris Ressler of Manhiem, Pa. and David Ressler of Lititz, Pa.

Preceded in death by: Sisters, Blanche Kathryn and Dorothy Mae Ressler; Brother: John Ressler.

Services: Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church, Bird-In-Hand, Pa., with Paul Freed, John U. Lapp and Norman Kauffman officiating.  Time 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2002.  Family being served by: Furman Funeral Home, Leola, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Monday,
Sept. 23, 2002, Lancaster, Pa
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Delilah Anna

Delilah Anna Seiler, 87, died in her Auburn, Ind. home, Friday, Aug. 23, 2002.
Born in Henry County, Ohio on Dec. 28, 1914, she was a daughter of Silas and Sarah (Frey) Liechty. She married Ralph Seiler in 1939 and he preceded her in death in 1997.
She was a lifelong homemaker and a member of the North Leo Mennonite Church, Leo, Ind.

Surviving are five sons, Ed (Carol) Seiler; Larry (Donna) Seiler, Roland(Teresa) Seiler, and Ralph (Charlene) Seiler, Auburn; and Ronald (Michelle) Seiler, Spencerville, Ind.; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jesse Liechty and Reuben Liechty, Spencerville; and Richard Liechty; Fort Wayne; three sisters, Mildred Graber,  Archbold; Mary Stuckey, Spencerville; and Ruth Shue, Sarasota, Fla.
Services were yesterday, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at the church. Doug Zehr was the officiating pastor. Burial was in Leo Memorial Park Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 28 Aug 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Sensenig, Ezra G
Born: 9-27-1961, Clay Twp. Died: 11-4-2002, Ephrata, Pa. 

Survivors: Wife Edna F. Hoover Sensenig.  Parents, David O. and Esther H. Good Sensenig of Ephrata, Pa. 
Sons, David H., Jason H., Merlin H., Timothy H.   Daughters, Sylvia H. (Kevin D.)  Martin of Pine Grove, Pa., Anita H., Julia H., Delphine H., Rosalyn H. Sensenig, all at home. Brothers, Carl G. (Erma Martin) Sensenig of Denver, Pa., Mark G. (Irene Shirk) Sensenig Waterloo, NY Sisters, Ruth G. Sensenig of Ephrata, Pa., June G. (Leon) Burkholder, both of Lebanon, Pa., Fern G. (Harlan) Nolt of Richland, Pa.

Ezra was a self-employed farmer, and died in a farming accident. He was a member of Springville Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Pa.

Services: From the  residence of Carl G. Sensenig, 1050 Steinmetz Road, Denver, Pa., on Friday at 9:00 a.m. and further services at 9:30 a.m. at the Springville Mennonite Church with Bishop Lester B. Martin amd Ministers Lester Souder, Walter Zimmerman, and Wilmer Martin officiating.  Interment in adjoining Church cemetery.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer
Journal, published
Wednesday, Nov. 6. 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by Peggy Reichard

Shertzer, Alta H

Born: 7-23-1919, Millersville, Lancaster County, Pa.  Died: 11-1-2002, Lititz, Lancaster County, Pa.

Daughter of: Benjamin N. and Laura Haverstick Shertzer.  Survivors:  Sisters, Hilda H. (Noah M.) Brubaker of Lewisburg, Pa., and Susan H. Shertzer of the Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa. Brothers, Benjamin H. (Edith) Shertzer of Millersville, Pa., and Raymond H. (Marian) Shertzer of Earlington.

Miss Shertzer was a member of Millersville Mennonite Church and Sunday School.  She was a homemaker and a volunteer worker for the Re-Uzit Shop, Columbia, Pa.

Services: Millersville Mennonite Church, 437 Manor Blvd, Millersville, on Thursday, November 7, 2002 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Delbert L. Kautz, Bishop Abram H. Charles, and Pastor Donald W. Good officiating.  Burial in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Tuesday, November 5, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Shirk, Aaron Zimmerman
Born: 8-13-1930, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; Died: 3-28-2002, Ephrata, Pa.

Son of: late Joseph W. & Martha E. Zimmerman Shirk

    Sisters: Suzanna Z. (Amzie L.) Zimmerman of East Earl, Pa., Esther Z. (Ivan N.) Hoover of Narvon, Pa.
    Brothers: Menno Z. Shirk of Lancaster, Pa., Paul Z. Shirk of Narvon, Pa., Joe Z. (Mabel Rissler) Shirk of Mt. Crawford, Va.,
    Edwin Z. (Martha W. Horning) Shirk of Ephrata, Pa. 

Predeceased by: Brothers Israel Z. & Elam Z. Shirk

Member of: Martindale Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Pa. Burial: Martindale Mennonite Cem., Ephrata, Pa.

Original obituary can be found:
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Published
Saturday, March 30, 2002, Lancaster, PA.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Shirk, Anna Z.

454 Brown Road, East Earl, Lancaster Co., Pa. Born: 3-22-1909, Brutus, Michigan. Died: 4-16-2002, East Earl, Pa.

Wife of: Benjamin W. Shirk, died 1970

Daughter of: Isaac and Katherine Zimmerman Kilmer

Member: Bowmansville Mennonite Church.

Survivors: 3 stepdaughters, Lydia M. Brubacher, Eva M. Shirk, And Annie M. (Reuben) Weaver; 3 stepsons, Elias M. (Nancy Weaver) Shirk of Ky, Menno M. (Martha Kilmer) Shirk, Titus M.(Katie Leinbach) Shirk. 82 stepgrandchildren, 451 step great-great grandchildren; and a brother Harvey Kilmer of East Earl.

Preceded in death by: 3 stepsons, Aaron, Samuel and Benjamin; 3 sisters, Alma Eby, Amanda Newswanger, Leah Hursh; and five brothers, Clayton, Ezra, Martin, Christian & David Kilmer.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday 4-19-2002, at Weaverland Mennonite Church, East Earl, Pa. With Bishop Titus H. Martin officiating.

Burial in Weaverland Mennonite Cem., East Earl.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published Thursday,
April 18, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Shirk, Lydia B.

Born: 8-25-1916, Brutus, Michigan. Died: 8-26-2002, Ephrata, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Wife of: (1) Eli S. Stauffer who died in late 1960's (2) Christian S. Shirk, died 2-27-2002

Daughter of: Peter and Sarah Ann Brenneman Brubacher

Survivors: Stepdaughters, Mary Etta Hoover and Ruth Kay (Robert D.) Good, both of East Earl, Pa., Mabel I. (Floyd W.) Martin of Barrett, Mo., Edith Marie Henry of Singers Glen, Va., Reba May (Gary) Kline of Harrisonburg, Va., Miriam Louise ( David P.) Trunk of Rome, Pa.

Stepsons: Edwin B. (Ruth Martin) Shirk of Ephrata, Pa., Christian B. (Gail L. Gossert) Shirk of Bowmansville, Pa., Paul Leon (Jessie L. Witmer) Shirk of New Holland, Pa., John Jacob (Ada N. Zimmerman) Shirk of Denver, Pa.  Stepgrandchildren: 45  Stepgreat-grandchildren: 28

Sisters: Amanda B. Shirk of Narvon, Pa., and Katie B. (Daniel S.) Martin of Nappanee, Ind.

Preceded in death: Stepdaughter, Lois Virginia Rhodes.  Stepson, Noah Ward.  Brothers: Henry, Jacob, Gideon, Silas and Joshua Brubacher. Sisters: Mary Kilmer and Elizabeth Kilmer

Lydia was a member of Churchtown Mennonite Churc (Groffdale Conference). She was a homemaker.

Services: From the home, 265 S. Churchtown Rd., Ephrata, Pa. on Friday, August 30, 2002, at 12:30 p.m., and further services at 1 p.m. At the Churchtown Mennonite Church, Narvon, Pa. with Bishop Ben F. Martin officiating.  Burial in adjoining cem.

Original obituary may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Wednesday,
August 28, 2002, Lancaster, Pa
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

, Berniece Maust

Berniece Short, 91, Archbold, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in her home.
Born May 27, 1910, near Goshen, Ind., she was a daughter of Douglas and Amanda (Martin) Maust.  She married Henry E. Short on Oct. 24, 1946, and he preceded her in death on May 28, 1985.
A resident of the Archbold area since 1946, she moved to the village in 1983.  She was a homemaker, a charter member of Zion Mennonite Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Anna Marie) Dinius, Archbold; and Mrs. Dick (Jane Louise) Yoder-Short, Kalona, Iowa; nine grandchildren; one brother, Herb (Rosemary) Maust, Goshen; and one sister, Anabel Hartman, Elkhart, Ind.
Services were today, Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Zion Mennonite Church.  Jeff Wintermote and Mons Sauder officiated.  Burial followed at the Pettisville Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 30 Jan 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann

, Erma J.

Erma J. Short
, 84, Wauseon, died Sunday, June 23, 2002, at the Fulton County Health Center,
Wauseon, where she was admitted Friday, having been in failing health.
Born June 22, 1918, near Holsopple, Pa., she was a daughter of Emory and Lucinda (Lehman) Holsopple, and married Elden Short on June 12, 1943. A resident of the Wauseon area since 1946, she was a homemaker, and worked in housekeeping at the Heller Memorial Hospital, Napoleon, for 15 years before retiring in 1986.  She was a member, of the West Clinton Mennonite Church, near Pettisville.
Surviving are her husband, Elden who resides at Fulton Suites, Wauseon; five sons, Leon (Janice) Short, Archbold; Richard (Pamela) Short, Pettisville; Robert G. (Sara) Short, Wauseon, James (Mary Jo) Short and Eugene (Rebekah) Short, Goshen, Ind.; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Darlene) Ramon, Amelia, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Elvin (Rena) Holsopple, Holsopple, Pa.; Paul (Julie) Holsopple, Sarasota, Fla.; Samuel (Ida) Holsopple, Pettisville;· and Emery (Mary) Holsopple, Goshen, Ind.
Memorial services are today, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. at the West Clinton Mennonite Church.  James Roynon, Edward Diener, and Jeff Shull are the officiating pastors. Burial will precede the service at the Pettisville Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 26 Jun 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Siegrist, Abram B
Born: 7-10-1930, East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 11-27-2002, Manheim, Pa.

Husband of: Theda J. Landis Siegrist,   Son of: Late Henry E. and Ursula Rohrer Siegrist

Survivors: Son, Timothy M. (Lucy J. Stauffer) Siegrist of Manheim, Pa. Daughters, Julia M. (Glenn R.) Harnish of Bethel, Pa., Karen M. (Ivan L.)
Hurst of Lebanon, Pa. Grandchildren: 11. Great-grandchildren: 4.  Brother, James Siegrist, of Myerstown, Pa. Sisters, Mary (Martin) Heistand of Manheim, Pa., Emma Ebersole of Lancaster, Pa., and Grace Shultz of Willow Street, Pa.

Preceded in death: Son, Leon L. Siegrist.  Brothers, Elmer J., Henry, and Jacob Siegrist.  Sisters, Frances Harnish and Esther Deiter

Abram was a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Manheim, Pa. Services: East Petersburg Mennonite Church ofn Sunday, Dec., 1, 2002, at
2 p.m. with Ministers Luke E. Martin, David J. Sensenig and Leroy G. Martin officiating.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Friday, November 29, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard


Slatter, Clifford
January 11, 1924 - May 31, 2002

Clifford Slatter lived in Filer, Idaho for most of his life but his education, Civilian Public Service, and sense of adventure took him to many places in the world. He was born at his parent's home near Filer on January 11, 1924. He died at the age of 78 on Friday, May 31, 2002 at Magic Valley Regional Medical Center.

He married Grace Friesen on May 25, 1947 in Greensburg, Kansas. They recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Clifford taught school at Twin Falls High School, worked as a financial advisor for Waddell and Reed, and owned and operated the Lazy A Motel in Arco in his retirement after farming for most of his life. He was an active member of the Filer Mennonite Church where he served as deacon, taught Bible School and Sunday School and was otherwise involved in many ways. He was a hiker, a philosopher, a tinkerer and an adventurer. He loved the Lord and his wife and family. He was curious, playful, loyal, caring and made every effort to be involved in his grandchildren's activities and education. He characteristically overcame life's difficulties with humor and dignity.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Joe and Edna Slatter and one grandson, Lowell Jacob "Jakie" Slatter.

Surviving are his wife, Grace Slatter of Filer, Idaho, and five children: Virginia Buerge of Yukon Territories, Canada, Pat Losser of Filer, Idaho, Lowell Slatter of Dayton Ohio, Evelyn Slatter of Seoul, South Korea and Lois Hooley of Filer, Idaho; eleven grandchildren, Jennifer Buerge, Hannah Kimball, John Buerge, Jessica Seely Michael Buerge, Emmeli and Rachel Slatter and Becky, Isaac, Andy and Sarah Hooley and five great-grandchildren, Jesse, Nathan and David Kimball and Ryan and Daniela Buerge. Also surviing are his brother, Carl Slatter of El Cajon, California and sisters, Letha Gingerich of Mountain Home, Idaho, Beulah Miller of Eagle, Idaho, Florence Sheridan of Filer, Idaho and Iola Lind of Canon City Colorado.

Funeral services for Clifford will be held at 2 pm Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at the Filer Mennonite Church 109 5th, Filer ID. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may call at White Mortuary on Monday, June 3, from noon to 5 pm. The family suggests memorials be given to the Filer Mennonite Church building fund.

Times News, Twin Falls, ID
Submitted by: Sarah Hooley

Smith, Florence D. Groff

Born: 6-29-1912, Marticville, Pa. Died: 4-20-2002, Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: (1) Irvan W. Groff, died 1951 (2) late Grant Smith.

Daughter of: Joseph C. and Lydia Dull Miller

Survived by: daughters, Violet M. Forrey, Lancaster, Pa., and Norma I. (John M.) Gehman of Leola; sons, Irvan M. Groff, Charlestown WV, John H. (Ruth) Groff, Lancaster, Pa., And Carl R. (Brenda) Groff of Washington Boro, Pa.; 17

Grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; sisters, Anna Miller of  Lititz, Pa., and Miriam (Donald) Hershey of Conestoga, Pa.; and brothers, Claude D. Miller of Millerstown, Pa., John Miller of Skyler WV, and Joseph Miller of Lancaster, Pa.

Florence was a member of Masonville Mennonite Church, Washington Boro, Pa. She was homemaker all her married life.

Services: Orville Chapel, Mennonite Home, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, Pa., Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., April 24, 2002, With Pastor Aaron H. Souders, Pastor J. Wilmer Eby, and Chaplain Dorcas J. Martzall officiating.  Burial: Mellinger Mennonite Cem., Lancaster, Pa.

Original Obituary and Photo may be obtained
from Intelligencer Journal, published Monday
April 22, 2002, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Smoker, Katie L.

Age 62 yrs.  Born: Bird-In-Hand, Lancaster County, Pa.  Died: 10-10-2002, Kirkwood, Pa.

Wife of: Stephen K. Smoker.  Daughter of: Late Amos N. and Rebecca Lapp Beiler

Katie was a homemaker and a member of Old Order Amish Church

Survivors: Three stepdaughters, Matti (Amos) Zook of Loganton, Pa., Mary (Simeon) King, and Rachel (Daniel) Ebersol, both of Delta, Pa.
Six stepsons, Jacob (Fannie Hertzler) Smoker of Poland, NY, Abraham (Susie Stoltzfus) Smoker of Pembroke, Ky., Aaron (Annie Miller) Smoker of Christiana, Pa., Enos (Susan Miller) Smoker, and John (Annie King) Smoker, both of Kirkwood, Pa., and Isreal (Katie Stoltzfus) Smoker of Oxford, Pa. Stepgrandchildren: 65.  Stepgreatgrandchildren: 34.

Brothers, Jospeh (Rebecca King) Beiler of Lancaster, Pa., Stephen (Fannie Stoltzfus)
Beiler, and John (Sylvia Glick) Beiler, both of Christiana, Pa., Isaac (Malinda King) Beiler Quarryville, Pa., Amos (Sarah King) Beiler of Bird-In-Hand, Pa., Levi (Rachel Stoltzfus) Beiler of Montgomery, Pa., Samuel (Sarah Stoltzfus) Beiler of Kirkwood, Pa., and Jonas M. (Rebecca Stoltzfus) Beiler of Danville, Pa.  One sister, Mattie Stoltzfus of Nottingham, Pa.

Preceded in death by a brother, Noah Beiler, and a sister, Mary Beiler.

Services: Funeral from the home, 33 Oak Road, Kirkwood, Pa. on Saturday, 10-12-2002, at 9:00 a.m. EST,  Burial in Fairmount Amish Cem.
Arrangements by Shivery Funeral Home, Christiana, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, publishe Friday,
October 11, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Smoker, Wilmer S

Born: 4-6-1930, Leola, Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 12-25-2002, Atglen, Pa.

Husband of: Ruth L. Smoker Smoker, who survives.  Son of: Levi and Annie Stoltzfus Smoker.

Survivors: Daughters, Anne L. (David J.) Crawford of Gap, Pa., Gladys R. (Robert J.) Brown, Jr. of Atglen, Pa. and Lorraine F. (Gerald) Stoltzfus of Atglen. Sons, Carl D. (Susan Hardy) Smoker and Daryl K. (Paris Aberts) Smoker, both of Atglen. Grandchildren: 13. Brothers, Levi Sr. (Wilma Leaman) Smoker of Alberta, Canada, John Smoker of Escondido, Calif., Ervin (Patti Shenk) Smoker of Conestoga, Pa., Alvin (Esta L. Leaman) Smoker of Ronks, Pa. and Omar (Dorcas Kauffman) Smoker of Parkesburg, Pa. Sisters, Marian Dise of Lititz, Pa., Anna Mae (Harold) Engel of Parkesburg and Lillie Swartz of Escondido.

He was preceded in death by son, Wayne C. Smoker Sr.

Wilmer was a member of Andrews Bridge Mennonite Church.

Services: Millwood Mennonite Church, 441 Amish Road, Gap, Pa. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Gehman officiating.  Interment in Andrews Bridge Mennonite Church Cem.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Smucker, Mary Liechty

Mary Liechty Schmucker
*, 85, Goshen, Ind., died Sunday , May 26, 2002, at Greencroft Healthcare.
Born Jan. 12, 1917, at home near pettisville, she was the daughter of Joseph C. and Emma (Frey) Liechty. She married Ernest E. Smucker in Archbold on Aug. 30, 1941, and he preceded her in death.
She graduated from Pettisville High School and received a registered nurse degree at La Junta, Colo.,. and earned her bachelor's of science in nursing from Goshen College.
Her family lived in Fisher. Ill., Evanston, IlL, and finally settled in Goshen, Ind.
In 1976 she along with her husband spent a year in Nav Jivan Hospital in India.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John (Elaine) Harley; Goshen; Mrs Michael (Julia) Baccash, Evanston, Ill.;, and Mrs. Dan (Mary) Lemons, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; four sons, Jon (Jan) Smucker, Goshen;. Ernest Craig Smucker, Larned, Kans.; Mark (Vicki) Smucker, Granger, Ind.; and Pau1Smucker, Bloomington, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Wyse, Archbold; and four brothers, Herman, Harold, Wayne, Archbold; and Russel Liechty, Goshen.
A memorial service was held Thursday, May 30, 11 a.m. at Colllege Mennonite Church. Burial in Violett Cemetery preceding the service. 
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 12 Jun 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann
*Error - name is Smucker

Spitler,  Emily L

Born: 1-18-1913, Mt. Joy Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 10-15-2002, Lititz, Pa.

Wife of: (1) Jerry P. Hossler (8-11-1908/5-1974)   (2) Jonas L. Spitler (7-14-1918/9-1983)
Daughter of: Henry B. and Susan L. Longenecker Hess

Survivors: Stepdaughter: Mary Elizabeth (James) Zeller of Stevens, Pa. Stepson: Thomas C. (Jean Koser) Spitler of Millerton, Pa.
Stepgrandchildren: 2 Stepgreat-granchildren: 2
Sister: Fannie H. (Jacob) Landvater of Elizabethtown, Pa.

Preceded in death by:  Borther Henry L. Hess and sister, Suie Ebersole.

Emily was a member of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church where she participated in the Sewing Circle.  She was a homemaker.

Services: Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, South Spruce Street, Elizabethtown, Pa. on Friday, October 18, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. David K, Martin officiating.  Burial in Elizabethtown Mennonite Cem., Elizabethtown, Pa.

Original obiturary and photo may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal,
published Wed.,
October 16, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.

 Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stahl, Willis "Bill" Leroy

WEST UNITY - Willis "Bill" Leroy Stahl, 84, West Unity, died Wednesday [April 17, 2002] morning in Community Hospital of Williams County-Bryan.

He was born Feb. 21, 1918, in Fairview, Mich., the son of Charles and Esther (Reber) Stahl. In 1945, he married Agnes Kathleen Prough, who survives. He was a mechanic and maintenance employee at Lugbill Brothers Corp., Archbold, for 42 years. He was a member of Salem Mennonite Church, Waldron, Mich., and served in the Civilian Public Services in Iowa during World War II.

Also surviving are a daughter, Joyce Yoder, West Unity; a brother, Carl, Pigeon, Mich.; two sisters, Priscilla Harrison of Standish, Mich., and Alene Rabold, Lawrenceville, Ga.; and a grandson.

Preceding him in death were two sons, Wendell and Gary.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, with Wilmer Hartman, Brad Faler and Ned Wyse officiating. Burial will be in Lockport Cemetery, Stryker. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Handling arrangements is Hollingshead Funeral Home, West Unity.

Preferred memorials are to Salem Mennonite Church, Gideons International or a charity of the donor's choice.

The Cresent News, Defiance, Ohio
April 18. 2002
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Stiffel, Lillian M.

Born: 2-10-1918, Lancaster, Pa.; Died: 3-30-2002, Willow Street, Lancaster County, Pa.
Wife of: George D. Stiffel, Sr.*   Daughter of: Joseph C. Woods and Grace May Bushong Woods

Mother of: Judy M. (Roy) Rineer of Willow Street, Pa., George B. Jr. (Peggy) Stiffel of Lancaster, Pa.
2 granddaughters, a great-granddaughter
Sister: Doris C. Bertz of Lancaster. Brother: Paul H. Woods of Lancaster

*Note: Dates for George D. Stiffel Sr.  Born: 3-25-1912 and Died 3-1977
Burial: Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa.

Original obituary can be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster, Pa.,
published Monday, April 1, 2002.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfoos, Samuel A.

Born: 5-7-1922, Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster County, Pa.  Died: 5-2-2002, Bird-In-Hand, Pa.

Husband of: Hilda E. Beiler Stoltzfus, born 10-20-1923 and died 5-23-1999

Son of: Aaron B. and Annie Stoltzfus Stoltzfoos

Member of: Mine Road Amish-Mennonite Church, Kinzers, Pa.

Survivors: sons, George (Esther) Stoltzfus of Tampa, Fla., Dennis (Alicia) Stoltzfoos of Seffner, Fla., Glendon (Barbara) Stoltzfoos of New York, Gerald (Julie) Stoltzfoos of New Oxford, Pa., Roman (Lucy) Stoltzfoos, and Sam Allen, both of Kinzers, Pa.
Daughters, Rosanna (Elam) Stoltzfus of Kinzers, Linda (Erwin) Miller of Bird-In-Hand, Pa., Sharon Lantz of Lancaster, Pa., Mary Ellen (Mel) Stoltzfus of Cochranville, Pa., and Joyce (Ed) Bley of Willow Street, Pa.  Grandchildren: 53.  Great-grandchildren: 15.

He is also survived by a brother, Simeon (Fannie) Stoltzfoos and a Sister, Sarah Stoltzfoos of Leola, Pa.

Preceded in death by brothers, Moses, George, Thomas and James.

Services:  Mine Road Amish-Mennonite Church, Mine Road, on Monday, May 6,  2004, at 1 p.m.  Interment in adjoining Cemetery
Original obituary may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Friday,
May 3, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Andrew Lee
, Infant
Born: 10-24-2002, Jennersville Hosp., West Grove, Pa. Died: 10-24-2002, Jennersville Hosp., West Grove, Pa.  Son of: Daniel and Katie Lapp Stoltzfus of 274 Cains Rd. Gap, Pa.

Survivors: His parents Brothers, His twin, Albert Stoltzfus, Mahlon D., Lewis, all at home.  A sister, Fannie, at home

Paternal Grandparents, John E. and Edna Stoltzfus of Kinzers, Pa. Maternal Grandparents, Jacob H. and Fannie Lapp of Gap, Pa.
Maternal Great-grandparents, Christ S. & Katie Lapp of Gap, Pa. and Jacob M. and Elizabeth Riehl of Lancaster, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published

Saturday, October 26, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Christian K.

Born: 12-19-1944, Caernarvon Twp.  Died: 4-19-2002, Ephrata, Pa.

Son of: Leroy K. and Leah Stoltzfus Stoltzfus

Member of: The Worship Center of Lancaster, but former member of Old Order Amish Church

Christian was a truck driver for Weaver Precast, Ephrata

Survived by son, Neil D. Stoltzfus of Blue Ball and daughter Nadine D. Stoltzfus of Lancaster.  Six sisters, Katie S. (Moses) Lapp of Lancaster, Emma K. Stoltzfus of Ronks, Malinda S. (Abram) Petersheim of Ronks, Ada L. (Samuel) Miller of Fountain City, Ind., Leah (Aaron) Zook of Strasburg, and Sylvia S. (John) Lantz of Gap, and a brother Paul B. (Katie) Stoltzfus.

Preceded in death by a brother, Ammon Stoltzfus

Services: Thursday, April 25 at the Worship Center,  with Rev. Lewis H. Hixon officiating, following with burial in Mellinger Mennonite Cem., Lancaster, Pa.
Original obituary may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published Monday,
April 22, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Rev. David K.

Born: 3-13-1931 Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster County, Pa. Died: 8-17-2002 Ephrata Hosp., Ephrata, Pa.

Husband of: (1) Sadie S. Smucker Stoltzfus, died 1968 (2) Betty Lou Stoltzfus Stoltzfus.  Son of: Daniel B. & Fannie King Stoltzfus.

Served as: Pastor of Zion Mennonite Church, York, from 1973-1988. Zion Mennonite Church, Birdsboro, Pa.  Congregational oversee For Conestoga Mennonite Church, Morgantown, Pa. and in other Atlantic Coast Conference churches in Pa., Maryland and Virginia.  He was Pa. coordinator for Growing Families International.

Before entering ministry he operated Dave's Amish Bake Shop In Allentown, Pa.

Survivors: Daughters, Arlene (Dr. Wolfram) Andrews of New Holland, Pa., Diane (Rev. Randal) Price of Cedar Brook, NJ, Julie (Rev. Mark) Hammer of Narvon, Pa. Son: Rev. Jeffrey David (Candace Esh) Stoltzfus of Narvon, Pa.  Grandchildren: 9

Sisters: Fannie (Leroy) Fisher of Atglen, Pa., Leah (Amos) Esh of Lancaster, Pa., Mary (Mark) Stoltzfus of Narvon, and Mattie (Neil) Stoltzfus of Johnson City, Tn.

Brothers: Daniel K. (Betty) Stoltzfus of Lancaster, Joseph K. (Dorothy) Stoltzfus of Quarryville, John K. (Sarah E.) Stoltzfus of Ronks, Pa. and Reuben K. (Rachel) Stoltzfus of Talmage, Pa.

Preceded in death by brothers, Jesse, Christian, Moses, and sisters, Annie Humphries and Rebecca Nissley.

Services: Bethany Grace Fellowship, 400 Reading R., Terre Hill, Pa. On Aug. 21, 2002, at 7 p.m. with Revs. Leon Shirk, Randal Price, Todd Hanley, Mark Hammer officiating.  Interment Aug. 22 at 10:00 a.m. in Eby Cemetery, 53 w. Eby Rd. Leola, Pa. Family being served by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, Pa.

Original obituary and photograph may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Monday,
August 19, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Gideon S.

Born: 10-21-1917, Leacock Twp., Lancaster, County, Pa.  Died: 4-26-2002, Lancaster General Hosp., Lancaster, Pa.

Husband of: Elizabeth Lapp Stoltzfus, for 63 years

Son of: Abram E. and Priscilla Stoltzfus Stoltzfus

Father of: John (Sally) Stoltzfus, of Mammoth Lake, Calif.;  Daughters Ann Taylor of Lancaster, Pa., and Sue (Tom) Gamble of  Leola, Pa.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Member of: Weavertown Amish-Mennonite Church, Bird-In-Hand, Pa.
He was a retired farmer, and meat dept. manager of Leaman Store.  He And Elizabeth operated a Tourist Home for 20 years.

Surviving are four sisters, Sadie Stoltzfus, of Gordonville, Ann Smucker of Lancaster, Miriam Stoltzfus of Gap, and Priscilla (John O.) Stoltzfus of Leola; and four brothers, Ben and Amos of Intercourse, Pa., Dan (Marjorie) Stoltzfus of Mt. Joy, and David (Linda) Stoltzfus of Highland Park, Kansas.

Preceded in death by: a daughter, Priscilla Knutsen and three brothers, Samuel, John and Aaron.

Services held at Weavertown Amish-Mennonite Church, 2900 Church Road, Bird-In-Hand, Pa. at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2002.  John Lapp and Aaron Lapp officiated.  Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Original obituary can be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published
April 29, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Louise
, age 50 yrs.
Born: Lancaster, Pa.  Died: 11-21-2002, Baltimore, Maryland,  Daughter of: Jonathan Daniel and Miriam Mary Lantz Stoltzfus of Ronks, Pa.

Survivors: Brothers, Amos (Marrianne) Stoltzfus, Vernon (Kimberly) Stoltzfus,  both of Lancaster, Pa., Edwin Stoltzfus of Ronks, Pa., David (Karen) Stoltzfus of Whittier, NC, Jonathan Jr. (Lydia) Stoltzfus of New Holland, Pa.,Alpehus (Kathryn) Stoltzfus of Sarasota, Fla.  Sisters, Rebecca (Galen) Miller of Bourbon, Ind., Elma Stoltzfus of Ronks, Pa., Esther (Wayne) Wagler of Washington, Ind., and Linda Stoltzfus of Gordonville, Pa.

A graduate of Conestoga Valley High School and University of South Florida.  Author of 12 books about the Amish life.  She was a member of Blossom Hill Mennonite Church where she had been a lay speaker and Sunday School teacher.  Raised in an Amish home, she taught in a one room Amish School for three years.

Services: James Street Mennonite Church, 323 W. James Street, Lancaster, Pa. on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev.James H. Peifer officiating. 
Interment, Mellinger Mennonite Cem., Lancaster, Pa.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained for
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,

published Friday, November 22, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Samuel M.
Born: 1-26-1931, Honey Brook, Pa. Died: 8-27-2002, Honey Brook, Pa.

Husband of: Rebecca Stoltzfus Stoltzfus. Son of: John L. and Annie Stoltzfus Stoltzfus

Survivors: His wife.  Daughters: Anna (Steven K.) Stoltzfus, of Narvon, Pa., Susie (David) Stoltzfus of Paradise, Pa., Sadie (Amos) Petersheim of Gordonville, Pa., Lizzie (Jonas) Stoltzfus, Rebecca (Jonas) Zook, both of Honey Brook, Miriam (Benuel) Beiler of Drumore. 

Sons: Melvin (Fannie Beiler) Stoltzfus of Narvon, Pa, John (Salin Beiler) Stoltzfus of Gordonville, Levi (Susie Esh) Stoltzfus and Samuel (Susie Fisher) Stoltzfus, both of Honey Brook, Daniel (Annie Kauffman) Stoltzfus of Paradise, Henry (Linda Lapp) Stoltzfus of Ronks, Pa. and Amos (Ruth Lapp) of Gap, Pa. Grandchildren: 84. Great-grandchildren: 12.

Brothers: Daniel Z. (Mary King) Stoltzfus, Enos S. (Mary Stoltzfus) Stoltzfus, Isaac S. (Marian Stoltzfus) Stoltzfus, all of Lancaster, Pa., And Benjamin S. (Naomi Stoltzfus) Stoltzfus of Leola. Sisters: Mary (John ) Glick of Quarryville, Emma (Reuben) Fisher of Paradise, Annie (Ephraim) Miller, and Barbara (Daniel) Petersheim - All of Christiana.

Preceded in death by: Brother, Levi Stoltzfus, Sisters: Lizzie Beiler, Rachel Stoltzfus and Sarah Stoltzfus

He was a retired farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Services: Family home, 3406 Horseshoe Road, Honey Brook, Pa. On Thursday August 29, 2003, at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Stoltzfus Cemetery, Honey Brook, Pa. Family being served by Labs Funeral Home, Honey Brook, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, published Thursday,
August 29, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Stoltzfus, Steven M.
, infant

Born: 9-26-2002, Hershey, Dauphin Co., Pa.  Died: 9-26-2002, Hershey, Dauphin Co., Pa.
Son of: Eli and Elizabeth Fisher Stoltzfus of Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

Orville D. "Shorty"

Orville D. "Shorty" Stuckey. 85, Archbold, died Wednesday morning, April 24, 2002, at the Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon, where he was admitted Friday.
Born June 21, 1916, near Archbold, he was a son of Peter J. and Anna (Short) Stuckey, and married Sadie Heishman on Oct. 12, 1944. A lifelong resident of the Archbold area, he was a retired farmer, and a Gutwein Seed Dealer for over 50 years. He was a charter member of the Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker.
Surviving are his wife, Sadie; two sons, Terry (Anne) Stuckey, Somerset, Mich.; and Randy Stuckey, Archbold; one daughter, Jane Stuckey, Wauseon; two grandchildren; one brother, Chauncey (Pearl) Stuckey, Archbold; and one sister, Mary Stuckey, Archbold.
Services were Saturday, 10;30 a.m. at the church. Allen Rutter, Mark Miller, and Anne Stuckey were the officiating pastors. Burial followed in the Lockport Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 1 May 2002
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Swanger, Ray N

Born: 4-1-1925, Mt. Joy Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 12-23-2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Husband of: Mabel Whisler Swanger, who survives.  Son of: Irvin G. and Elizabeth B. Sweigart Swanger.

Survivors: Son, Paul A. (Linda F. Gall) Swanger of Bainbridge, Pa. Daughter, Rachel M. (David C.) Myers of Manheim, Pa.
Grandsons: 2. Great-granddaughter: 1.  Brother, Elmer S. Swanger of Morrisville.

Preceded in death by son, James S. and three sisters, Erma, Erla and Florence.

Ray was a custodian for the Elizabethtown School System.  He formerly worked for the former Gerbrich-Payne Shoe Company in
Mt. Joy, Pa.   He was a member of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church and the 60 plus fellowship group.

Services: Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, 300 S. Spruce Street, Elizabethtown, Pa. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. with
Pastor Conrad Kanagy and Pastor John M. Myers officiating.  Interment in Elizabethtown Mennonite Cem.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Wed., Dec. 25, 2002, Lancaster, Pa
Submitted by Peggy Reichard


Swartzentruber, Raymond
April 11, 1918 - August 10, 2002

Swartzentruber, Raymond, 84, of Millersburg, Ohio, died Aug. 10, 2002, at the Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg, following a short illness. He was born April 11, 1918, in Holmes County to Abner J. and Elizabeth (Hershberger) Swartzentruber. On Nov. 30, 1939, he married Anna Stutzman and she survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are five children and their spouses, Betty and Abe Mast of Millersburg, Joan and Jacob Mast of Walnut Creek, David and Irene Swartzentruber of Benton, Elsie and Wallace Sommers Jr. of Millersburg and Wanda and Dave Byler of West Jefferson; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four brothers and their spouses, Alvin and Sarah Swartzentruber of Dalton, Ivan and Geneva Swartzentruber of Wooster, Eli and Lula Swartzentruber of Berlin and Junior and Fannie Swartzentruber of Berlin, and three sisters and their spouses, Verna and Emmanuel Weaver of Holmesville, Erma and David Stutzman of Sugarcreek and Viola and Emmanuel Barkman of Fredericksburg.

Funeral services were Aug 10, 2002 at the Gospel Haven Church, Benton, with the Rev. Levi Miller officiating. Burial will be at the Zion Conservative Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Source: Wayne County, Ohio Obituary Collection - 2002 - 13
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

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