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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.

 2005 - L

  Landis, Esther M. Forry;   Landis, Faith Miriam;   Landis, Ralph C.;   Lawrence-Janzen,  Iva Bauman;   Lehman, Dorothy Burner;   Lehman, Vesta Metzler;   Leichty, James Herman;   Long, Esther Mae Eby; 

Landis, Esther M.
, 88 of Lititz, PA, formerly of Reamstown,PA died March 16, 2005 at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA. She was born in Manor Township, Lancaster Co., PA to John C. and Anna M. Hess Forry. She was the wife of the late Raymond E. Landis who died in June of 2002.

She was a member of Ephrata Mennonite Church, Ephrata, PA

Surviving are daughters, Esther Mae & Calvin Kurtz, Elverson, PA; Lois Elaine & John Shenk, Lancaster, PA; and sons, John Ray Landis, Lancaster, PA, and Dean & Deborah Landis, York, PA; 12 Grandchildren, and 11 Great Grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Forry, Philadelphia, PA
She was preceded in death by brothers, Jonas Forry, Abram Forry and John Forry.

Funeral services were held March 28, 2005 at the Ephrata Mennonite Church, 510 Stevens Road, Ephrata, PA with Pastor Jeff High officiating with burial in Metzler's Mennonite Cemetery, West Earl Twp., Ephrata, PA
 She was a member of Mennonite Church USA
 Submitted & Edited by Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH

Landis, Faith Miriam
, 66, of Lititz, Lancaster CO, PA died November 6, 2005 at Lititz, Lancaster, PA of complications from diabetes.  She was born March 24, 1939 at Lititz, Lancaster, PA to Ira D. & Mabel (Book) Landis. 

The funeral was held November 10, 2005 at Landis Homes, Lancaster Co., PA with burial in the Landis Valley Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster Co., PA.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Mary Smith, Intercourse, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Landis, Ralph C
., 68, of Wadsworth, Medina, OH died August 11, 2005  at Medina, Medina Co., OH of Alzheimer’s disease.  He was born August 18, 1936 at Lancaster, PA to Clarence & Marjorie (Rohrer) Landis, who are deceased.  On January 18, 1958 he was married to Shirley A. Veney, who survives.

Surviving are children, Diann (Ray) King, Joyce (Douglas) Byler, Brian Landis, and 5 grandchildren.

The funeral was held August 15, 2005 at Bethel Mennonite, Rittman, Wayne Co., OH with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Rittman, Medina Co., OH.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Tim Short
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lawrence-Janzen,  Iva Bauman
, 86, of Mountain, MN died September 21, 2005 at Mountain Lake, MN of.  She was born October 30, 1918 at Sibley, IA to Carl & Ida (Nachtigal) Bauman. 

On June 10, 1936 she was married to Raymond Russell Lawrence who died on December 18, 1988.  On November 7, 1981 she was married to John Janzen, who survives.

Surviving are children, Beverly June (Ben) Taylor Middleton; Raedelle Jeanne (Scott)
Lawrence-Wallace; Ronald James (Karen) Lawrence; Jack (Margaret) Janzen; Deborah Janzen (Terry Shoptaugh); and Jerry (Robin) Janzen; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Also surviving is a sister, Eva Faye Mishler.

Predeceased by grandson, David Lawrence Wallace.

The funeral was held September 24, 2005 at First Mennonite Church, Mountain, MN with burial in Memory Gardens, Worthington, MN.

Submitted by: Elaine Kauffman, Mountain Lake, MN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lehman, Dorothy Burner, 84, of Bluffton, OH died April 8, 2005 at Toledo, OH.  She was born October 2, 1920 at Blanchard Twp.,Hancock Co., OH to Floyd & Bessie (Wittenmyer) Burner.  On June 24, 1945 she was married to Leland C. Lehman, who survives.

Surviving are children, Stephen Lehman, Philadelphia,Pa; Barbara (Ed) Boldt, Reedley, CA; Cynthia (David) Linscheid, Newton, KS; and 4 grandchildren.

Predeceased by siblings: Harry Burner, Ralph Burner, Ray Burner, Howard Burner, Lois Burner Light, and Ruth Collert.

The funeral was held April 13, 2005 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Allen Co., OH with burial at Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton, Allen Co., OH.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Dale Hochstettler Midland, MI
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Lehman, Vesta Metzler
85, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died October 25, 2005 of heart failure.  She was born April 8, 1920 at Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., IN to Forest & Vera (Holdeman) Metzler. 

On September 1, 1940 she was married to Verl O. Lehman, who survives.

Surviving are children, Larry Lehman, Jean Moyer, Carol Lehman Kampen, Ruth Ann Yoder, and David Lehman; 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held October 28, 2005 at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN with burial in the Yellow Creek Brick Cemetery, Elkhart Co., IN.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Unknown
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Leichty, James Herman,
70, of Wayland, Iowa died July 5, 2005 at Washington, Iowa of an infection.  He was born May 4, 1935 at Wayland, Iowa to Herman & Florence (Christner) Leichty. 

On June 4, 1955 he was marrried to Dorothy Schrock, who survives.

Surviving are children Joyce Schrock and husband Norman, Loran Leichty and wife Chris, Janice Hostetler and husband Lynn, Brenda Roth and husband Tom, Barbara Jones and husband Ron, Edward Leichty and wife Amy and 12 grandchildren.

Predeceased by siblings: Vernon Leichty and wife Karen, Clarence Leichty and wife Julie, Ronald Leichty and wife Karen, Leland Leichty and wife Esther, Alice Roth and husband Mel, and Jeanene Roth.

The funeral was held July 8, 2005 at the Bethel Church, Wayland, Iowa with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.

Submitted by: Brenda Slabaugh
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Long, Esther Mae Eby
, 91, of Goshen, IN died November 20, 2005, at Americare of Goshen.  She was born November 30, 1913, in Litiz, PA, to Elias and Anna (Yake) Eby.  On April 3, 1964, she married C. Warren Long.  He died January 22, 1969.  On June 23, 1979, she married Raymond Long.  He died September 22, 1987.

She was a member of College Church. From 1932 to 1945 she worked with abused children in Philadelphia and worked as a Nanny for wealthy families, including the DuPonts.  Mrs. Long established the Goshen College kindergarten in 1959 and taught there until 1962.  She then established and taught in a kindergarten in Tiskilwa, Illinois from 1964 to 1980. She also served as a volunteer for MCC in Belgium and France in children's homes.

Survived by a stepdaughter, Thelma Long Gibson of Goshen, IN a stepson, William R. (Rosealene) Long of Middlebury, IN, eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchidlren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by a brother, Wilmer Eby, a sister, Janet Eby Miller and a stepdaughter, Althea Albright.

A memorial service was December 10, 2005 at the College Mennonite Church.  Pastor Klaudia Smucker of College Mennonite Church will officiate. Burial was in the Willow Springs Mennonite Church Cemetery, Tiskilwa, Illinois.
Source: Obituary files of Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

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