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Lazarus Project

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.

2022  T to V

Troyer, Betty Miller ; . . Troyer, Ella ; . . Troyer, Iva E. Troyer ; . . Troyer, Katie C. Miller ; . . Troyer, Noah J. ; . . VanPelt, Arthur W. ; . . VanPelt, Rebecca Alice Lehman ; . . Voran, Marilyn Helmuth ; . .


Troyer, Betty Miller
June 19, 1940 - March 28, 2022

Betty (Miller) Troyer age 81 of Goshen, passed away at her home on the evening of March 28, [2022] surrounded by family. She was born June 19, 1940, in Goshen, to Joe E.J.K. & Ida (Troyer) Miller. On Dec. 13, 1959, in Middlebury, she married Harley D. Troyer; he preceded her in death on December 11, 2017.

Surviving are three sons, Jim (Shirley) Troyer and Jerry (Corine) Troyer, both of Goshen and Steve (Heidi) Troyer of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Cindy (Allen) Eash of Middlebury and Rose (Jason) Yoder of Bristol; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Fran (Wayne) Miller of Sarasota, Florida; three brothers, Wayne (Pam) Miller, of Sarasota, Dean Miller of Bend, Oregon and Dale Miller of Goshen; a sister-in-law, Tove Miller Bend, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a grandson, Benjamin "Benji" Eash; a sister Edna Godshell; two brothers, Atlee Jay and Glenn Miller.

Betty chose to follow Jesus at an early age and was baptized at the age of 14. She was a member of Living Hope Fellowship in Goshen.

She served beside her husband, who was pastor of Griner Mennonite Church, for 40 years. She spent much time caring for the congregation through various way, including visiting and hosting many people in their home. She was also involved in Women's ministries, writing Bible lessons and leading Bible Studies. During this time and while raising their children, she also began and built a home business which helped sustain her till her last breath. After her mother's passing, she became the caregiver of her handicapped brother Dale and cared for him as long as she was physically able.

She was a homemaker, a mother & grandmother and opened up her heart and home to friends, family and many guests over the years. She loved tending her beautiful flower gardens and hosting garden parties. She also had lots of fun playing table games with her friends, children & grandchildren, and was quite the competitor.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, April 1, at Griner Church, 12418 CR 20 Middlebury. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:00 am funeral service on Saturday, April 2, also at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastors Jason Miller, Josh Berkshire and Mike Troyer. Burial will be in Griner Cemetery, Middlebury.

She was loved and will be missed by many. Memorials may be directed to Village to Village Intl, a ministry Betty's grandson helps to lead, that offers hope and healing to vulnerable children, youth and their caregivers.

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


Troyer, Ella
January 22, 1955 - April 5, 2022

Ella Troyer passed away April 5, 2022 at the West View Healthy Living. Born to the late Abe and Sarah Troyer on January 22 1955 in Fredericksburg Ohio.

She is survived by a son Kaden. Step mother Catherine Troyer, Moundridge Kansas. Siblings, Paul and Mary Troyer Wooster Ohio, Clara Coblentz Jeromesville Ohio, Ada and Dave Lehman Jeromesville, Wayne and Jerelyn Troyer Galva, Kansas, Willis and Cyndi Troyer, Apple Creek.

Those gone on before are her parents Abe and Sarah Troyer and a brother Myron Troyer.

Calling hrs are Saturday evening from 6 to 8 at the Scenic Ridge Mennonite Church 2053 St Rt 89 Jeromesville. Funeral services Sunday morning at 10:30. The family appreciates the care she received at West View Healthy Living. Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville assisted the family with arrangements.

Posted online on April 05, 2022
The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Troyer, Iva E. Troyer
February 4, 1935 - 2022

Iva E. Troyer, 87, of 10459 Harrison Road, Apple Creek, Ohio, passed away peacefully at her home on March 22, 2022 following a period of declining health.

She was born in Wayne County on February 4, 1935 to the late Eli and Emma (Miller) Troyer and married Menno R. Troyer on June 16, 1987. He died on November 17, 2007.

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

She is survived by her step-children, Abe (Emma) Troyer of Fredericksburg, Fannie M. Troyer of the home, the late Jacob M. (Amanda) Troyer of Howard, Lizzie M. Troyer of the home, Amanda (David) Miller of the home and Dan (Anna) Troyer of Millersburg; 34 step-grandchildren; 241 step-great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Eli (Nettie) Troyer of Apple Creek, and David (Miriam) Troyer of Fredericksburg; sister-in-law Ella (the late Levi) Troyer of Fredericktown; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by step-son, Jacob; brothers, Atlee (Effie) Troyer, Melvin (Fannie) Troyer, Levi Troyer, and Dan (Edna) Troyer; sister, Dena (Wyman) Miller.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 9:30 am at the family residence with Bishop Raymond A. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Yoder Cemetery. Friends may call anytime at the family residence. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling the arrangements.

Posted online on March 22, 2022
Published in The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Troyer, Katie C. Miller
March 12, 1932 - October 14, 2022

Katie C. Troyer, 90, of Goshen, formerly of Fairview, Michigan, passed away, Friday, October 14, 2022 at Goshen Hospital.

She was born March 12, 1932 in Johnson, County, Iowa, near Kalona, the 14th of 15 children born to Clemens C.B. Miller and Mattie J. (Miller) Miller.

The family moved to Elkhart County in 1936 where she lived through her teen years, accepting Jesus as her savior and was baptized in the conservative Mennonite church. At age 21 Katie moved to Flint, Michigan and worked in voluntary service for three years.

It was there that she met and married Lloyd D. Troyer. After his 1-W service, they moved to Fairview, Michigan, where they lived for more than 50 years.

Katie was an active member of Fairview Mennonite Church, where she taught Sunday school, Bible school, and served on all kinds of food committees. She also worked as a cook at AuSable Valley Nursing Home for 21 years. Katie returned to Goshen in 2014 where she was an active member of Benton Mennonite Church and volunteering at Greencroft Retirement community.

Katie was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being with family, making meals, and working on jigsaw puzzles. Her special projects included piecing and hand sewing quilts that she would donate to Mennonite Central Committee.

Loving survivors include two daughters, Lorna Troyer of Goshen, and Lunette (Ray) Caples of Middlebury; a daughter-in-law, Syrena Troyer of Fairview, Michigan; six grandchildren, Chad (Bridgette) Troyer, Alyssa Caples, Cody Troyer, Boomer (Anna) Caples, Kelcie (Brent) Rose, and Janae (Caleb) Hall; and four great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Along with her parents and husband, Katie was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois Troyer, a son, Lyle Troyer, and all of her siblings.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. An 11 a.m. funeral service with viewing 1 hour prior, will be conducted Thursday, October 20, at Benton Mennonite Church, 15350 C.R. 44, Goshen. Pastor Doug Kaufman will officiate.

Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Michigan at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501; in Katie’s honor.

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


Troyer, Noah J.
January 8, 1931 - March 19, 2022

Noah J. Troyer 91, of 5525 Evans Creek Road SW, Sugarcreek, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 19, 2022 after a period of declining health. He was born on January 8, 1931 to the late Jonas M. and Katie (Troyer) Troyer. On November 12, 1953 he married Edna Mae Troyer who preceded him in death on June 21, 2013. Noah was a retired farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church where he was ordained as minister in 1968 and later as bishop.

He is survived by his children, Betty (Emery) Beachy of Baltic, Mary (Henry) Miller of Sugarcreek, Esther (Gideon) Raber of Baltic, David (Mary) Troyer of Walhonding, Naomi (Firman) Yoder of Beach City, Reuben (Mary) Troyer of Beach City; 33 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; sister Mary J. (Roy) Miller; and a sister-in-law, Mattie (John) Hershberger.

In addition to his parents and his wife Edna, he was preceded in death by his 2 great-grandchildren, Kristina Troyer, Evan Allen Miller; siblings, Eli (Katie) Troyer, Mose (Mabel) Troyer, Fannie (Jonas) Troyer and Alma Troyer.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Tuesday, March 22, at 9:00 a.m. with Bishop Nelson D. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Yoder Cemetery in Paint Township. Friends may call at the home after 2 p.m. on Sunday and any time on Monday. A special thank you on behalf of the family to LifeCare Hospice for their care and support.

Miller Funeral Care – Walnut Creek, OH 330-893-2273.
Posted online on March 20, 2022
Published in The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


VanPelt, Arthur W.
January 3, 1930 - June 18, 2022

COLUMBIANA – Arthur W. VanPelt, 92, traded time for Eternity early Saturday morning, June 18, 2022. He was born January 3, 1930, the son of the late Franklin Lee and Ida (Witmer) VanPelt. Arthur accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth and strove to live his life in obedience to Jesus' teachings. He was a faithful member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, where he served as a Deacon for many years.

On October 8, 1955 Arthur married Anna Ruth Showalter. She preceded him in death on November 28, 1999. He then married Viola Mae Snyder on March 29, 2002. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2018.

Left to cherish his memory are two daughters Rosanna (Jerry) Martin of Sheldon, WI and Reba (Lloyd Jr.) VanPelt of Columbiana; six sons James (Eugenia), Dwight, Nathan (Charlotte), Lawrence (Lucy), Norman (Marilyn), all of Columbiana, and Sam (Sheila) of Leetonia; 44 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren; two sisters Alice Helmuth of Sarasota, FL and Mary Good of Columbiana; two brothers Willard (Charlene) of Pequea, PA and Albert (Lana) of Columbiana.

Also preceding Arthur in death was a sister Elsie VanPelt and two brothers Perry and Jacob; and a great-grandson Michael Byers.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, 549 Chestnut Street Ext., Leetonia, OH 44431. Funeral services are planned for Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 10:00 am, also at Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church Cemetery. The family has entrusted Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio with the arrangements for their loved one.

Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home - Columbiana, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


VanPelt, Rebecca Alice Lehman
September 27, 1939 - September 19, 2022

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Rebecca Alice (Lehman) VanPelt, 82, of Columbiana, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, September 19, 2022 at her home with her loving family around her.

Rebecca was born on September 27, 1939 in Dayton, Virginia, a daughter of Lester and Margaret (Beery) Lehman.

She was a faithful member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church.

She was well known for her baked goods. She was a hard worker, canning, gardening and embroidering quilts for all 28 of her grandchildren. Rebecca was a wonderful wife and mother and she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

She leaves her husband, Wayne VanPelt, whom she married May 27, 1967; children, Marlene (Paul) Weaver of Amelia, Virginia, Sandra (Lamar) Weaver of Salem, Ohio, Debra (LaRoy) Weaver of Polk, Ohio, Keith (Janelle) VanPelt and Martha (Brent) Rhodes, all of Columbiana and Margaret VanPelt of Canfield; 28 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and sister, Eunice Lehman of Dayton, Virginia.

In addition to her parents, Rebecca was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Ivan and Lester Lehman and grandson, Jonathan Weaver.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, 549 Chestnut Street Ext, Leetonia with the Pleasant View Ministry officiating.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. Friends may also call one hour before the service, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 22.

Donations may be made to Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction, PO Box 98, Walnut Creek, OH 44887.

The family has entrusted Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio with the arrangements for their loved one.

Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home
Columbiana, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Voran, Marilyn Helmuth
December 3, 1930 - April 17, 2022

Marilyn Helmuth Voran, 91, of Goshen died peacefully on April 17, 2022, in her home with the loving presence of her sister and dear friends. She was born December 3, 1930 to Naomi (Oesch) and Atlee Helmuth at Aurora, Ohio.

Marilyn graduated from Aurora High School in 1948 and Goshen College in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics Education. After graduation she taught at Aurora (Ohio) High School. On August 19, 1956 she married Melvin Voran, whom she met during a summer voluntary service assignment in Gulfport, Mississippi. They settled in Goshen, Indiana where Melvin was attending college. There she taught at Bethany Christian High School for three years. After that she enjoyed being a “stay at home Mom” with their three children. Later, Marilyn worked with the Mennonite Central Committee Goshen office writing and teaching about world hunger issues. She also served with the Archives of the Mennonite Church.

Marilyn had a deep appreciation for nature, and especially enjoyed bird watching and family travel to National Parks and other scenic places. She also loved to create beauty--through the visual arts, soul-nurturing indoor and outdoor spaces, and the written word. She was always sustained by her spirituality and faith. These values she generously shared with her family and friends. Many persons hold vivid and fond memories of Marilyn’s presence in their lives through her teaching, worship planning, spiritual direction, writing, hospitality, cooking, intellect, and wit.

Marilyn is survived by her two daughters, Miriam (Andrew Faunce) Voran of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Laurel (Dave Diller) Voran of Empire, Michigan; her son, Stephen (Gwen Grasse) Voran of Boulder, Colorado; her sister, Kathleen (John Hanson) Hartzler of Minneapolis, Minnesota; brothers, Harlan Helmuth of Aurora, Ohio and Keith (Ellen Slabaugh) Helmuth of Debec, New Brunswick, Canada; and granddaughter Elleanna Voran of Boulder, Colorado.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin.

A celebration of Marilyn's life will take place Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 10 a.m., at College Mennonite Church, where Marilyn was a member. Memorial gifts can be made to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Mennonite Central Committee, or College Mennonite Church.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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

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