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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.

2013  T to V

Tamm, Rachel R. Rosenberger ; . . Teague, Norman Harry ; . . Thiessen, Albert D. ; . . Troyer, Allen R. ; . . Troyer, Darda P.; . . Troyer, David N. ; . . Troyer, Eli C. ; . . Troyer, Ella Riegsecker ; . . Troyer, Emmerson Earl ; . . Troyer, Jethro Lavon ; . . Troyer, Leander Dale ; . . Troyer, Josephine Huser ; . . Troyer, Wilbur E. ; . . Tyson, Jeanette Moyer ; . . Tyson, Ruth L. Bixler ; . . Umble, Martha G. Engel ; . . Unruh, Vera C. Matthies ; . . Unzicker, Elaine S. Yoder ; . . VanLake, Virginia "Ginny" Sue Bloom ; . . Vogt, Dorothy "Verle" Hershberger ; . . Voth, Anna Mae Gross ; . .

Tamm, Rachel R. Rosenberger
, 95, of Allentown, PA died February 4, 2013 at the same place. She was born September 28, 1917 at Hosensack, PA to Clayton and Alma (Ruth) Rosenberger. She was married to Albert W. Tamm, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Clayton (and Pat) Tamm, AZ; and Marlene (and William) Royse, NC; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, Roberta Craft and her husband Richard of Burlington, NJ; and a brother, Donald Rosenberger and his wife Anna of Macungie.

A daughter, Serena Garrison preceded her in death.

She was a member of First Mennonite of Allentown, which is no longer open. She was an expert quilter and designed 2 of the worship wall hangings, which are in the historical center now.

Memorial services were held February 8, 2013 at Stephens Funeral Home, Allentown, PA with burial in Springfield Mennonite Cemetary, Coopersburg, PA.

Submitted by: Rose Bender Allentown PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Teague, Norman Harry

The Rev. Norman H. Teague slipped peacefully into Jesus arms on April 3, 2013 at Mt. View Nursing Home in Aroda, VA after suffering a stroke. He was 88. Norman was the eldest son of Harry and Maude (Reeves) Teague. He was born in Kansas City, MO on January 17, 1925. At the age of 8 during the Great Depression, his mother placed him in the Mennonite Children's Home in Kansas City, KS, along with his younger siblings, Naomi Jean and Billy. He never returned to his boyhood home, and lived in several foster homes during his teen years. He then attended Bible School at Hesston, KS. In 1941 he registered as a conscientious objector and was assigned to the 5th Civilian Program Service (CPS) Soil Conservation Camp in Colorado Springs, CO where he fulfilled his military service obligation. He returned to Hesston College and received an Associate of Arts Degree in 1948. Just prior to graduation, he toured the country as a Hesston College ambassador with the Conqueror's Quartet. His harmonious tenor voice was rarely silent. He married Fannie Troyer on August 14, 1949 at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. They began their married life in Hickory, VA.

Norman was ordained into Christian ministry in the Mennonite Church, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Goshen College. He taught school in Pigeon, MI and in Johnstown, PA. Rev. Teague served numerous churches in Elton, PA, Grantsville and Bittinger, MD, Casselton, ND and in Virginia. In addition to his church ministries and teaching, he served as a jail chaplain. He was a skilled woodworker and cabinet maker. He sold Stanley Home Products and was a top sales producer for the McNess Company.

Rev. Teague was a pastor at the New Life Center in Fargo, ND which provided shelter and spiritual support to the poor and needy. He also assisted Fannie with opening and managing The Teague Home at 514 University Drive in Fargo for six years. The Home was a residential facility where they cared for 20 young male trainable special needs residents who attended the Vocational Training Center in Fargo.

Norman and Fannie moved to Chesapeake, VA in 1977 and lived on Land of Promise Road where he founded Norm's Woodworking and helped Fannie with Fannie's Bakery. In 1996, they moved to Linville, VA where Rev. Teague continued his woodworking services. He was active in the community through Living Waters Ministries, All Saints House Fellowship, and numerous prison ministries, including the Kairos Ministries. During this period of time he made caring for Fannie a priority when her health was declining.

For the past five years, Norman resided with his wife at Mt. View Nursing Home in Aroda, VA. Norman and Fannie sang together frequently with him playing guitar and Fannie on the autoharp or accordion.

Norman will be remembered most as a prayer warrior, who prayed for every family member individually, by name, daily. He talked to any stranger that he could about how he could help them or pray for them. As a young man, he hitchhiked more than 25,000 miles from the Gulf of Mississippi to lumber camps in the western U.S. While woodworking he would give customers with financial difficulties discounts. He enjoyed prison ministry. Numerous letters from prison inmates expressed their deep appreciation for Chaplain Teague's open heart.

Norman was never short on words. No matter where the family lived, he wrote articles to the local newspapers with the consistent theme of social justice. He began writing a book "Homeward Bound" that imparts his life story from the streets of Kansas City during the Depression to an orphanage, to foster homes where he was mentored in the Christian faith, which ultimately launched his life ministry. His daughter, Carole, plans to publish the work.

Rev. Teague is survived by his wife, Fannie; three daughters, Sharon (David) Vincent, Hattiesburg, MS, Carole (Ken) Schumacher, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Wanda (Bobby) Alger, Winchester, VA; one son, David Teague, Richmond, OH; and daughter-in-law, Diane Rich Teague, Austin, TX. He was most proud of not only his children, but his grandchildren: Andrea (Matthias) Haeusel, Amie Teague, Daniel Vincent, Hannah Vincent, Dillon (Jolene) Simmons, Justin Schumacher, Lisa (Kelly) Koehmstedt, Katie Teague, Kyle Teague, Christopher Teague, and foster granddaughter, Michella (Charlie) Compton. Surviving great grandchildren are Isabella, Emma, Moselle and Hudson Haeusel; Paige, Zander, Brayden and Madison Simmons; Nicolette, Hunter and Hayden Koehmstedt, and Taylor Caravello. His eldest son, Samuel, predeceased him in 2003.

Memorial services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, Chesapeake, VA at 3 pm on Saturday, April 20, and at Cornerstone Church of Broadway at 4 pm on Sunday, April 21. At Norman's request, he asked that services be dedicated to the homeless and needy children of the world. He had a special passion for Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse and the Operation Christmas Child project of that organization.

Those desiring to do so may send memorial contributions to Norman Teague Memorial Fund, c/o Bobby & Wanda Alger, 1616 Woodstock Lane, Winchester, VA 22602
## For further information, contact Carole Schumacher, [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> / 303.908.4097

Submitted by: Carole Schumacher, Highlands Ranch, CO

Thiessen, Albert D.
, 90, of Butterfield, Minnesota died October 7, 2013 at Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota.

He was born June 1, 1923 in Midway Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, to David H. and Elisabeth J. (Harder) Thiessen. David was born November 28, 1896 and died November 29, 1980. Elisabeth was born April 9, 1900 and died April 11, 1981.

On April 5, 1951 at Mountain Lake he was married to Matilda J. Duerksen, who was born November 5, 1926 and died December 11, 2008.

Surviving are children, Ivan (Sherrill); Darwin (Virginia); Lauren; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Earl D. Thiessen; and Elvin D. Thiessen.

A granddaughter, Cherie Thiessen preceded him in death.

Albert was born in Midway Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to David H. and Elizabeth (Harder) Thiessen on June 1, 1923.

He attended Butterfield Public Schools from 1929 to 1939, and in 1979 he took a basic machine shop course at Mankato Vocational Institute to learn how to operate a lathe his father had purchased.

A lifelong member of First Mennonite, Albert was baptized on May 24, 1942 by I.J. Dick. He entered the US Army in 1948 but, due to poor vision, was soon honorably discharged.

On April 5, 1951 Albert married Matilda J. Duerksen at the Gospel Mennonite Church, Mt. Lake.

In addition to farming, Albert did corn shelling, and saw sharpening. He enjoyed tinkering, building, making 3-dimensional puzzles, and flying his plane.
In retirement, Albert loved to be on the move, visiting people and places. He was especially fond of meeting with friends for coffee and a bite to eat.
Albert worked for 25 years in the broom factory at the Butterfield Threshing Bee. He was joined by his son, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren, in working there. He would start in the spring, making brooms ahead of time, because "you can't sell brooms if you haven't got them made."

Albert was dedicated to the Mennonite Central Committee Meat Canning project being present whenever the meat canner came to Mountain Lake.

He made many trips to Newton, Kansas, to deliver canned meat, and also a number of trips to deliver clothing an other material goods.

Albert is survived by sons: Ivan (Sherill), Spencer, IA, Darwin (Virginia), Darfur, and Lauren Thiessen, Windom, brothers: Earl, Mt. Lake, and Elvin Thiessen, Butterfield, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a granddaughter, Cherie Thiessen, a daughter-in-law, Lori Thiessen, and sister-in-law, Irene Thiessen.

Memorial services were held October 12, 2013 at First Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake, MN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Troyer, Allen R.

July 19, 1949 - Nov. 13, 2013

ELKHART - Allen R. Troyer, 64, passed away unexpectedly in his home Wednesday evening, Nov. 13, 2013.

He was born July 19, 1949, in Elkhart to Alfred and Anna Mae (Stutzman) Troyer.

On Dec. 20, 1980, he married Joan Estrup in Elkhart.

She survives along with two children, Jessica (Bob) Kogelschatz of Bristol and Andrew Troyer of South Bend; two grandchildren, Austin Troyer and Nicholas Kogelschatz; his mother, Anna Mae Troyer of Goshen; a sister, Pat (Dennis) Weaver of Goshen; and a brother, Randy (Candy) Troyer of Middlebury.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Troyer.

Allen graduated from Bethany Christian High School in 1967, and Hesston College in 1969. He was a pilot for the University of Notre Dame since January of 2002. An exceptional pilot, he was offered two different positions at a recent NBAA (National Business Aircraft Association) convention.

Allen was a band dad at Concord High School from 1997-2004, while his children were involved, and continued to volunteer with the band until 2012. He was a kind and generous man and loved by many.

Allen was a 20-year charter member of the New York Central Railroad Museum, Elkhart. He enjoyed farming and sailing on Lake Michigan out of South Haven, Mich.

Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. A 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, funeral service will be at Belmont Mennonite Church, 925 Oxford St., Elkhart. Following the meal, burial will be in Olive West Cemetery, Elkhart.

Memorial contributions may be given to Water for Life, Haiti.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Nov. 14, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, Darda P.

Feb. 17, 1929 - Jan. 4, 2013

GREENVILLE, Mich. — Darda P. “Dar” Troyer, 83, of Greenville passed away into the arms of Jesus on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in his home.

He was born Feb. 17, 1929, in Elkhart, Ind., the son of Miles and Mary (Reiff) Troyer.

He owned and operated the renowned Hi Delite restaurant for 35 years, where he loved to share the joke of the day. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ, who was his savior, and was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church for 34 years, and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Melba (Mumaw) Troyer; daughter Bonnie (Phillip) Symonds of Greenville; son the Rev. Jerry (Mary Jo) Troyer of Central Lake; daughter-in-law Elaine Troyer of Australia; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Fern Erb of Virginia, Vera (Jim) Weaver of Goshen, Ind., Margaret (Vernon) Miller of Ohio, Becky (John) Bixler of Iowa and Grace Helmuth of Ohio; sisters-in-law Elnora (Truman) Weaver of Indiana and Arlene (Levi) Miller of New Mexico; and brother-in-law Darrel Miller.

He was preceded in death by his son, the Rev. Steven Troyer; infant daughter, Diana Sue Troyer; parents Miles and Mary Troyer; brother-in-law Fred Erb; sister and husband Dorothy and Ron Miller; sisters-in-law and husband Erma and (Paul) Hartman and Carol Miller; and in-laws Aaron and Florence Mumaw.

Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Faith Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jerry Troyer officiating. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Faith Baptist Church, Greenville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a gift in memory of Darda P. “Dar” Troyer to Gideon Bibles or Faith Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Jan. 10, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, David N.
, 82, of Apple Creek, OH, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at his home. He was born near Mount Eaton on September 11, 1930 to Noah D. and Susie (Hershberger) Troyer and married Betty Schlabach on January 1, 1957. She survives. He was a member of the Fairlawn Mennonite Church.

Survived by his wife, Betty and children, Maynard (Lydia) Troyer and Paul (Dawn) Troyer, both of Wooster and Karen (Troy) Schrock of Holmesville; 6 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; a great grandson; a sister, Fannie Keim of Apple Creek; and a sister-in-law, Emma Troyer of Dalton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Atlee, Andrew, Perry and his twin brother Eli.

Funeral service was July 13, 2013 at the Fairlawn Mennonite Church, Apple Creek, OH with Pastor Duane Detweiler officiating. Burial will be in the Apple Creek Cemetery.

Source: Spidell Funeral Home, Mount Eaton, OH.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Troyer, Eli C.

June 9, 1943 - Nov. 16, 2013

SHIPSHEWANA - Eli C. Troyer, 70, of Shipshewana, died at 9:03 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

He was born June 9, 1943, in Topeka to Crist and Susie (Yoder) Troyer. On April 7, 1966, he married Ruby M. Miller, who survives.

Also surviving are five daughters, Susie Beechy, Wilma Hochstetler, Leora Hochstetler, Marlene Lehman and Esther Miller; four sons, Howard Troyer, Vernon Troyer, Crist Troyer and David Troyer; 28 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; a great-granddaughter; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Andrew Troyer and Levi Troyer; and four sisters, Lydia Ann Kauffman, Mary Schrock, Amanda Miller and Fannie Troyer.

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

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, and all day Monday, Nov. 18, at the family home, 6395 W. 200 N., Shipshewana. The funeral will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Roy Yoder home, 6555 W. 200 N., Shipshewana. Burial will be in Yoder Cemetery.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Nov. 17, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, Ella Riegsecker

Sept. 6, 1921 - July 11, 2013

GOSHEN - Ella Troyer, 91, of Goshen, died at 2:40 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at her residence after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 6, 1921, in Middlebury, to Joseph and Katie Ann (Kauffman) Riegsecker. On Dec. 8, 1940, she married Atlee S. Troyer. He died May 5, 1991.

Surviving are her children Glenna (Glen) Bontrager and Marilyn (Lester) Miller, both of Goshen, Ada (Freeman M.) Lambright of Topeka, Kathryn (Paul) Hochstetler of Goshen and Duane (Jeanne) Troyer of Goshen; 21 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Gladys (Lester) Miller of Shipshewana, Lucy Bontrager of Goshen and Mary Riegsecker of Middlebury; and brothers Vernon Riegsecker of Goshen and Glen (Esther) Riegsecker of Middlebury.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Riegsecker, and one granddaughter.

Visitation is all day Saturday, July 13, at the family's residence, 14169 C.R. 30, Goshen. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14, also at the family's residence. Bishop Glen Nisley and home ministers will preside. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery, Goshen.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
July 13, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, Emmerson Earl
, age 83, of Mio, MI died April 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born October 16, 1929 in Fairview, MI to Levi L. and Stella (Detweiler) Troyer. On September 15, 1950 he married Norma Reber, with whom he enjoyed 58 years. He was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church.

Survived by his daughter Ardis (Dean) Miller of Mio; Rodney (Sherry) Troyer of Mio; Brenda (David) Kauffman of Fairview; and Kyle Troyer of Tawas City; seven grandchildren: Brandon Miller, Tonia (Jason) Kaczmarek, Nicolas Troyer, Keith (Jessica) Troyer, Verena (Michael) Williamson, Almanzo and Alex Kauffman; four great-grandchildren: Quinten and Makenna Kaczmarek, Weston and Kylee Troyer. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters: Cleta (Don) Troyer of Fairview, Perry (Alice) Troyer of Fairview, Forrest Troyer of Denver, Pennsylvania, and Janet Zook of Sobannah, Missouri.

Emmerson was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Norma, and his sister Olive.

Funeral Service was April 20, 2013 at the Fairview Mennonite Church, Fairview, MI., with Pastors Phil Bontrager and Virgil Hershberger officiating. Interment at Fairview Cemetery.

Source: Lashley Funeral Home, Mio, MI
and Obit
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Troyer, Jethro Lavon - Troyer, Leander Dale

CARR SETTLEMENT - Jethro Lavon Troyer, age 9, and Leander Dale Troyer, age 7, of Carr Settlement, tragically passed away from a drowning accident, Thursday, August 1, 2013, at their home.

Jethro was born June 24, 2004, in Marion, Mich., and Leander was born March 22, 2006, also in Marion, to Marvin and Savannah (Mullet) Troyer.

They are survived by their parents, Marvin and Savannah Troyer; brothers, Ray Eldon and Tristan Allen; grandparents, Richard and Katie Troyer; and Marvin and Kathryn Mullet. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

They were preceded in death by their grandmothers, Mary H. Troyer and Wilma Mullet, and an aunt.

Services will be 9 a.m. Sunday, August 4, 2013, at the Amish Mennonite Meeting House, with visitation Saturday from 1 until 9 p.m. at the church. Interment to follow at Swan Creek Cemetery, Mason County, Mich. Officiating is Bishop Leon Troyer.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Verdun Funeral Home of Baldwin, (231) 745-4680.
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, Josephine Huser
, 86, of Goshen, Indiana died March 22, 2013 at the same place. She was born July 28, 1926 at Berne, Indiana to Henry and Verena (Schwartz) Huser. She was married to Robert Hartzler, who died in 1994.

Surviving are children, Rebecca (Paul) Christophel; Verena (Larry) Schrock; Mary (Dave) Hoefer; and Mark Troyer, 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several step-great-grandchildren, a sister, Mary Bobear; and sisters-in-law, Carolyn Huser and Freeda Huser.

"Jo" was preceded in death by her children's father, Rudy Troyer. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Sam, Bill, Dale and Merlin Huser; and a sister, Leah Kalb.

Memorial services were held March 26, 2013 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana with burial in LaGrange Indiana.

Submitted by: Sandra Shenk Lapp, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Troyer, Wilbur E.

Jan. 29, 1953 - March 1, 2013

Goshen - Wilbur E. Troyer, 60, of Goshen, died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at Valley View Health Care, Elkhart.

He was born Jan. 29, 1953, in Goshen to the late Harvey M. and Verna (Coblentz) Troyer.

Surviving are three sisters, Irene (Dale) Love of Ocala, Fla., Emma (Sam) Hershberger of Middlebury and Rachel (Kenny) Chronister of Owasso, Okla.; seven brothers, Mose (Connie) Troyer of Union, Mich., Howard (Sheila) Troyer of Riverton, Wyo., Lloyd (Millasa) Troyer of Osceola, Harvey Troyer Jr. of Austin, Texas, Jerry Troyer of Jupiter, Fla., Glenn (Connie) Troyer of Goshen and John (Donna) Troyer of Mishawaka.

He was a graduate of Adair High School in Adair, Okla., where he was an outstanding basketball player and he enjoyed customizing his cars.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Linford Martin. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to Humane Society of Elkhart County.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 3, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Tyson, Jeanette Moyer
, 93, of Silverdale, PA died May 28, 2013 at Sellersville, PA. She was born July 8, 1919. She was married to Millard M. Tyson.

Surviving are children, Donna Greene and her husband, Dale and Mary Lou Davenport and her husband, Gary; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother, T. Carroll Moyer and his wife, Verda.

A daughter, Cynthia Ann Hause and a brother, J. Edward Moyer preceded her in death.

Jeanette was a lifetime member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held June 8, 2013 at Rockhill Mennonite Community Chapel, Sellersville, PA with burial in Blooming Glen Mennonite Cemetery, Blooming Glen, PA.

Submitted by: Michelle, Blooming Glen, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Jeanette M. Tyson
(July 8, 1919 - May 28, 2013)

Jeanette (Moyer) Tyson 93, of Silverdale, PA died on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, PA.

She was the loving wife of the late Millard M. Tyson for 69 years. Jeanette was born in Silverdale, PA to the late Theodore & Lucy (Moyer) Moyer.

Jeanette was employed by C. D. Moyer's Meats, Silverdale, PA for 25 years retiring in 1984.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be remembered for her delicious homemade cookies.

Jeanette was a life-time member of Blooming Glen Mennonite.

She is survived by: two daughters, Donna Greene and her husband, Dale of Telford, and Mary Lou Davenport and her husband, Gary of Sellersville; a brother, T. Carroll Moyer and his wife, Verda of Sellersville, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: a daughter, Cynthia Ann Hause and a brother, J. Edward Moyer.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 am at Rockhill Mennonite Community Chapel, 3250 State Road, Sellersville, Pennsylvania 18960.

Burial will take place at Blooming Glen Mennonite Cemetery on Saturday at 10 AM prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, P. O. Box 238, Blooming Glen, PA 18911.

Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit

Source: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home
Souderton, PA
Submitted by Thelma Hoover Martin

Tyson, Ruth L. Bixler

Nov. 22, 1922 - Dec. 26, 2013

ELKHART - Ruth Lucille (Bixler) Tyson, 91, went to her heavenly home Dec. 26, 2013, with her family by her side.

She was born in Elkhart to Fred and Martha (Beutler) Bixler on Nov. 22, 1922.

She is survived by her loving husband, Raymond Tyson. They were married Dec. 5, 1942, at her parents' home and recently celebrated 71 years of marriage.

Children Becky Tyson (Perc Blosser) of Elkhart, Brenda Buller (Andy) of Goshen, Kerm Tyson (Michele) of Leesburg; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild survive.

Preceding her in death were her parents and sisters Mary Eby, Grace Weldy and Bertha Shantz.

She was a homemaker and librarian at Wakarusa and Nappanee public libraries, teller at First National Bank and assisted with the family business, Shamrock Mobile Home Park. She was a life member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Her love for traveling, reading and nature led her to travel through all 50 states and many international trips. She especially enjoyed the national and state parks. She enjoyed many years of RVing and wintering in Mission, Texas. She was a faithful friend to many persons. She loved volunteering at Greencroft and was a member of the Auxiliary. Ruth was a member of Lady Lions in Nappanee for 10 years and a 1941 graduate of Wakarusa High School.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec, 29, 2013, at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen, and from 9:30 until the 10 a.m. committal service and burial Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. A celebration of life service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Wes Bontreger of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and Margaret Sawatsky, Greencroft Goshen Campus chaplain, will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greencroft Foundation or Yellow Creek Mennonite Church.

Online condolences may be sent at

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Dec. 28, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Tyson, Ruth Lucille Bixler, 91, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN, died December 26, 2013 at the same place. She was born November 22, 1922 at Elkhart, Elkhart Co., IN to Fred and Martha (Beutler) Bixler. On December 5, 1942 at Elkhart, IN she was married to Raymond Tyson, who survives.

Surviving are children, Becky Tyson (Perc Blosser), Brenda Buller (Andy), Kerm Tyson (Michele), 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren.

Four sisters, Mary Eby, Grace Weldy, and Bertha Shantz preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held December 30, 2013 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Gwen Hernley, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Umble, Martha G. Engel
, age 80, of Plant City, Florida, formerly of Atglen, PA died September 25, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Born in Gap, to Nicholas and Carrie Blank Engel. She was the wife of Henry K. Umble, Jr., and they celebrated their 58th anniversary on March 12 of this year. Martha was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Atglen. She volunteered extensively with Mennonite Central Committee and the Reuzit Shop at White Horse, PA.

Survived by her husband Henry and her 2 children, Steven and Carolyn Umble of Plant City, Florida, and Linda Umble of Leola, 2 granddaughters, Danielle and Mikayla Bogulski, and a brother, Harold, husband of Anna Mae Engel, of Atglen.

Preceding Martha in death are 3 siblings, Ruth Ressler, Anna Waite and Joseph Engel.

Funeral service was October 3, 2013 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church Atglen, PA with Pastors Stephen Crane & Harold Engel officiating. Interment was in Millwood Mennonite Cemetery.

Source: Shivery Funeral Home
Paradise and Christina, PA
Submitted by Leon Hertzler

Unruh, Vera C. Matthies
, 93, of North Newton, KS died November 7, 2013 at Newton, KS. She was born February 3, 1920 in rural Buhler, KS to George W. and Mary (Dick) Matthies. On June 11, 1941 at Halstead, KS she was married to Otis D. Unruh, who was born March 22, 1921 and survives.

Surviving are children, Wayne (Laura) Unruh, Daryl (Cindy) Unruh, and Sandy Gauthier, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Lester (Pernie) Matthies, and a sister, Mary Janzen.

Memorial services were held November 12, 2013 at First Mennonite Church, Newton, KS with burial in Restlawn Garden of Memory, Newton, KS..

Submitted by: Daryl C. Unruh, Newton, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Unzicker, Elaine S. Yoder

Oct. 12, 1939 - March 3, 2013

GOSHEN - Elaine S. Unzicker, 73, died at home surrounded by family on Sunday, March 3, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

Elaine was born Oct. 12, 1939, in Aurora, Ill. She graduated from Goshen College in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and received a master's degree in education from Northwestern University in 1967.

On Aug. 12, 1961, she married Roger Unzicker.

In 1972, the couple returned to settle in Goshen after three years working with Mennonite missions organizations in Tanzania. Roger Unzicker, a medical doctor with Middlebury Family Physicians, passed away in 1992.

In 2006, Elaine married Harold Kauffman, a fellow graduate of Goshen College and retired professor of agriculture at the University of Illinois.

Elaine was an elementary school teacher. She taught in Chicago from 1966 to 1967 and later at Jefferson Elementary from 1991 to 2002.

She was a member of College Mennonite Church, where she most recently served on the Nurture Commission, the Life Cycle Committee and taught summer Bible school for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Kauffman; four sons, Eric and his wife, Sheri, Thomas and his wife, Andrea, David and his wife, Jenelle and Jeffrey; a sister, Phyllis Yoder; and five grandchildren, Sophia, Sam, Jacob, Leo and Elena.

Visitation for friends and family is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, in the Koinonia room at College Mennonite Church. A 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013, memorial service will be in the sanctuary at College Mennonite Church.

Memorials may be directed to Mennonite Central Committee and Campus Center for Young Children at College Mennonite Church.

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

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 6, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Unzicker, Elaine S., 73, of Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana died March 3, 2013 at the same place. She was born October 12, 1939 at Aurora, Illinois. In 2006 she was married to Harold Kauffman.

Surviving are children, Eric (Sheri) Unzicker; Thomas (Andrea) Unzicker; David (Jenelle) Unzicker; and Jeffrey Unzicker, five grandchildren, and a sister, Phyllis (Carl) Yoder.

Elaine married Roger Unzicker on August 12, 1961. He died in 1992.

Memorial services were held March 10, 2013 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in College Mennonite Church Memorial Garden.

Submitted by: Sandra Shenk Lapp, Goshen IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

VanLake, Virginia "Ginny" Sue Bloom, 64, of Mishawaka, IN died February 1, 2013 at Morrow, Georgia. She was born December 7, 1948 at South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN. On August 6, 1988 she was married to Gary VanLake.

Surviving are children, Laura Brandenburg; Michelle (James) Shelley; and Angela (Ron) Buck; nine grandchildren, Amanda, William, Jonathan, Steven, Regienald, Branden, Nicole, Guy and Roselyn; two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Kolton; her first husband, Michael Brandenburg; and two sisters, Judy Hampton, and Joyce Avery.

Memorial services were held February 8, 2013 at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend, IN with burial in Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend, IN.

Submitted by: Phyllis Miller, South Bend, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Vogt, Dorothy "Verle" Hershberger

HESSTON - Dorothy "Verle" Vogt, 101, died peacefully on Sept. 20, 2013, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

She was born the first of 11 children on May 6, 1912, to Allen and Katie Beckler Hershberger on a farm near Milford, Neb. She attended Pilot Nob country school in Nebraska through eighth grade, then later came to Kansas to attend Hesston Academy.

On Oct. 12, 1935, she married Willard Vogt, a boy she met in her typing class at Hesston Academy, at a wedding ceremony in her parent's parlor. After their wedding, they took a two week honeymoon to Colorado. A farmer's daughter, Verle brought along half a case of eggs, bacon and enough bread and lunch meat for their meals.

Verle was a Christian homemaker who crafted sewn greeting cards, quilted, and baked hundreds of birthday and wedding cakes from the kitchen in her home. She was active in the Womens Mission and Service Association (now Mennonite Women USA) and for a time served as its conference president.

Verle is survived by son, Gary (Ruth), Hesston. Also surviving are one sister, Edith Roth of Boise, Idaho, and two brothers, Delmar Hershberger of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ivan Hershberger of Vail, Ore.; eight grandchildren, Tim Zook, Kerry Lawandus, Lu Ann Zook, Julie Entz, Brad Vogt, Krista Vogt Troyer, Jane Zook and Kevin Vogt; and 18 great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Josh, Jordan, Aubrie, Angus, Zoe, Emily, Nicholas, Jackson, Lucy, Sophia, Hannah, Kyle, William, James, Willem, Christian and Caroline.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard; and two of their three children, Janet and Richard.

A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kingdom Life Ministries, Hesston. Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, with family present at the Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston. A private family burial is planned in Eastlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Mennonite Women USA and HCJB Global for the ministry of Tim and Renee Zook, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 107 S. Lancaster, P.O. Box 32, Hesston, KS 67062.

Posted in The Kansan, Newton, KS
Memorial Bulletin submitted by: Don Stutzman

Voth, Anna Mae Gross
, 96, of Lititz, Lancaster Co., PA died December 14, 2013 at the same place. She was born February 19, 1917 in Bucks Co., PA to Melvin and Laura (Bishop) Gross. On January 2, 1949 she was married to Arthur Alvin Voth, who died May 22, 2003.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandy Horst (Phil), two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Two daughters, Susan Voth, and Cindy Voth preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held December 20, 2013 at Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, Lancaster Co., PA with burial in Mt Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Akron, Lancaster, PA.

Submitted by: Lloyd Chapman, Akron, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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