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Lahman, Grace Elizabeth Heatwole ; . . Lais, Larry Eugene ; . . Lambright, Derek Devon Lambright ; . . Lambright, Jonathan E. ; . . Lambright, Menno J. ; . . Lambright, Wilma Bontrager ; . . Landis, Clarence Lewis ; . . Landis, Grace W. Delp ; . . Landis, Helen R. Ruth ; . . Landis, Laura E. Weber; . . Landis, Lester G. ; . . Landis, Melvin A. ; . . Landis, Mildred Mae Witmer ; . . Landis, Ralph H. ; . . Landis, Verna M. Hershey ; . . Lantz, Mary Jane Blough ; . . Lapp, Viola Stoltzfus Kauffman ; . . Lauver, J. Paul (Rev.) ; . . Leatherman, Della M. Meyers ; . . Leatherman, Dorothy Rice ; . . Lefever, Helen Z. Zellers ; . . Lehman, Aaron P. ; . . Lehman, Bertha A. ; . . Lehman, Clyde H. ; . . Lehman, David R.; . . Lehman, Freeman M. ; . . Lehman, Jane E. Nelson ; . . Lehman, Mary Naomi Burkholder ; . . Lehman, Mercie D. Conrad ; . . Lehman, Perry Jay ; . . Lehman, Sharon Ann Sacra ; . . Leichty, Wilma Evelyn Ewert ; . . Lelond, Ada Yvonne Vaage ; . . Lengacher, Mabel Miller ; . . Lilley, Charles C. ; . . Linberger, Lamar L. ; . . Litwiller, Elmer G. ; . . Litwiller, Fred ; . . Litwiller, Marguerite A. King ; . . Livengood, Guy W. ; . . Longenecker, Rebecca Hersh ; . . Luginbuhl, Darvin R. ; . . Luginbuhl, Esther Pauline Shoemaker ; . .

Lahman, Grace Elizabeth Heatwole
, 89, a resident of Dayton, passed away March 27, 2013, at her home.

Mrs. Lahman was born March 15, 1924, in Dayton, Va., and was the daughter of the late Calvin and Florence Beery Heatwole.

She worked in the laundry department at Rockingham Memorial Hospital for 10 years. She was also a homemaker and enjoyed gardening. She was a member of the Rawley Springs Mennonite Church.

On March 14, 1946, she married Roy H. Lahman, who preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2010.

Surviving are four children, Mary Grace Mallow and husband, Larry, of Harrisonburg, Dewitt Lahman and wife, Bonnie, of Broadway, Jonas Lahman and wife, Grace, of Weyers Cave, and Nellie Sonifrank and husband, Linden, of Dayton; two brothers, Joseph N. Heatwole of Timberville and Paul S. Heatwole of Dayton; nine grandchildren, Cinde Rodes, Lois Martin, Rebecca Pletcher, Cecil Sonifrank, Dean Sonifrank, Patricia Beery, Grace Glenn, Kendall Lahman and Sherman Lahman; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Ivan Nolt, Robert Mallow, Paul Reed and Peter Hartzler will conduct a funeral service at Bank Mennonite Church Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Bank Cemetery.

The body will be taken to the home at 5814 Gray Squirrel Lane, Dayton, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday and until 4 p.m. on Friday.

The family will receive friends at Bank Mennonite Church Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rawley Springs Mennonite Church, c/o Peter Hartzler, 2886 Slab Road, Dayton, VA 22821.

McMullen Funeral Home

Daily News Record - 3/28/2013
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Lais, Larry Eugene
, 80, of Hesston, Harvey Co., KS died April 30, 2013 at the same place. He was born April 14, 1933 at Portland, Oregon to Mary Lais. On June 4, 1954 at Hesston, KS he was married to Thelma Brenneman, who survives.

Surviving are children, Lynn (Jan) Lais, Cindy Lais, and Randall Lais, and seven grandchildren.

Memorial services were held May 22, 2013 at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston, KS with burial in Eastlawn Cemetery, Hesston KS.

Submitted by: Norma Diller, Hesston, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lambright, Derek Devon

Oct. 15, 1991 - Nov. 22, 2013

SHIPSHEWANA - Derek Devon Lambright, 22, of Shipshewana, died in an auto accident on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

He was born Oct. 15, 1991, to Amos Jay and Rose Mary (Fry) Lambright.

Survivors include his parents; brothers Daryl Lambright (special friend Isabel Miller) of Winesburg, Ohio, and James Lambright (special friend Marlene Mishler) and Kevin Lambright, at home; sisters Jennifer and Eva Lambright, at home; and grandparents Clarence and Polly Anna Fry of Millersburg and Harvey Lambright of Topeka.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Fannie Lambright; and sister, Carolyn Sue Lambright.

Derek was employed at Keystone RV in Goshen.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, and all day Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at the family home, 4915 N. 450 W. Shipshewana. Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013, at the Jerry Troyer home, 4795 N. 450 W. Shipshewana. Bishop Beachy and the home ministers will conduct services. Burial will be in Honeyville Cemetery, Topeka.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Nov. 24, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lambright, Jonathan E.

Nov. 16, 2013 - Nov. 16, 2013

MIDDLEBURY - Infant Jonathan E. Lambright, of Middlebury, died at 10:36 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born at 4:37 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2013, to Ernest and Rebecca (Miller) Lambright.

Survivors in addition to his parents include four sisters, Lorene (Marion) Bontrager of Shipshewana and JoAnn, Lisa, and Grace Lambright, all of Middlebury; five brothers, Bryan, Aaron, Josiah, Benji, and Adam Lambright, all of Middlebury; one nephew, Lucas Paul Bontrager; grandparents Leo and Lorene Miller; and stepgrandmother Mary Katherine Lambright.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Edward Lambright Jr., and grandmother, Esther Lambright.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service, Monday, Nov. 18, at the Ernest Lambright residence, 10276 C.R. 18, Middlebury. Burial will be in Bontrager-Yoder Cemetery, Middlebury. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
November 18, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lambright, Menno J.

June 5, 1926 - Oct. 27, 2013

TOPEKA - Menno J. Lambright, 87, of Topeka, died at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at home.

He was born June 5, 1926, in his current home to the late John V. and Ada Mae (Lehman) Lambright. On Oct. 28, 1947, in Topeka, he married Fanny Mae Schrock.

Survivors include his wife; children Elsie Schrock and Richard (Mary) Lambright, both of Shipshewana, Mary Alice (Manas) Lehman and Cletus (Lorine) Lambright, both of Topeka, and Vernon (Kathryn) Lambright of Wolcottville; son-in-law Larry Yoder of Millersburg; 36 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and brother Mahlon Lambright of Sonora, Ky..

He was predeceased by a daughter, Ruby Yoder; four infant grandchildren; three brothers; and four sisters.

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

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, and all day Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the family home, 6330 W. 100 S., Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, also at the family home. Burial will be in Yoder Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is handling arrangements.

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



Lambright, Wilma Bontrager

Dec. 6, 1928 - May 23, 2013

WOLCOTTVILLE - Wilma Lambright, 84, died at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, in her home.

She was born in LaGrange County to Samuel J. and Fanny I. (Schrock) Bontrager.

She married Daniel J. Lambright on Nov. 30, 1948, in LaGrange County. He died April 3, 2008.

Surviving are children Alvin Lee (Marcia) Lambright, Frieda (Christy) Mast, Nettie Sue (DeWayne) Miller, Ruby Ellen (Devon) Miller, Joas D. (Marsha) Lambright, Irene (Ezra) Bontrager, Mary Anna (Marvin) Schwartz, Fanny Marie (William) Yoder, Ada Mae (Leroy) Miller and Naomi (Mervin) Lehman of Shipshewana; 66 grandchildren; 158 great-grandchildren; eight siblings; and two brothers-in-law.

She was predeceased by son Perry Jay Lambright; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three siblings; two brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.

Visitation will be all day Saturday, May 25, at the Joas Lambright residence, 7735 S. 075 W., Wolcottville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the Mervin Bontrager residence, 821 W. 1200 N-57, Wolcottville.

Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery, Topeka.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
May 25, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Landis, Clarence Lewis
, 86, of Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA died February 14, 2013 at the same place of congestive heart failure. He was born November 9, 1926 at Morwood, Montgomery Co., PA to Weston and Ada (Lewis) Landis. On May 24, 1947 in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., PA he was married to Marie H. Landis, who was born March 7, 1929, and survives.

Surviving are sons - Dennis, Richard, Jon, Weston & Gerald Landis; daughters - Lucy Landis, Lori Westover; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eva Moyer.

A daughter, Lena Leatherman, a grandson, Michael Leatherman and two brothers, an infant, and Ernest Landis; preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held February 19, 2013 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, Montgomery Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Barb Moyer, Telford, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Landis, Grace W. Delp
, 87, of Towamencin Twp., Montgomery Co., PA died April 2, 2013 at the same place. She was born August 2, 1925 at Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA to Ephraim and Grace H. (Wismer) Delp. On April 8, 1944 she was married to Abram A. Landis, who was born April 3, 1924 and survives.

Surviving are children, Barbara L. Miller; Tim D. Landis and wife Norma J.; and daughter-in-law, Laurel A. Landis; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Philip D. Landis preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held April 4, 2013 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Bradley W. Alderfer, Harleysville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Landis, Helen R. Ruth
, 100, of West Rockhill Twp., Bucks Co., PA died September 27, 2013 in the Rockhill Mennonite Community. Born October 15, 1912 in Morwood, PA to Norman and Alverda (Godshall) Ruth. She was the wife of 58 years to the late Enos F. Landis who died in 1991. She was a longtime member of Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton, PA.

She is survived by two sons: Ray R. Landis and his wife Linda V. of Telford, Ronald R. Landis and his wife Diane R. of Telford, six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren, and a brother, Merrill Ruth of Morwood. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters: Lillian Fretz, Hattie Nyce, Ida Ruth, and three brothers: Roland, Willard and LeRoy Ruth.

Funeral Service was October 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Zion Mennonite Church, Souderton, PA 18964. Interment will follow in Zion Memorial Gardens, Telford.

Source: Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, 2013



Landis, Laura E. Weber
, 89, of Jonestown, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at her home. She was the wife of the late John B. Landis.

Born in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., on August 15, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Allen G. and Katie H. Good Weber. She was a member of the Dohner Mennonite Church, N. Annville Twp., Lebanon Co. For 25 years she was involved in the inner-city mission work at the Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, Philadelphia. She was also instrumental in the establishment of a mission work in the Philippine Islands. For 16 years she was a teacher at the Faith Hill Christian School in Crockett, KY and the Berean Christian Day School, Newville, PA.

She is survived by her step-sons J. Marvin (Betty Ann) Landis of Liverpool and James R. (Ruth) Landis of Jonestown; step-daughters Mary Ann (Peter) Zucconi of Orrstown and Nancy E. (James) Witmer of Spring Grove; her adopted-in-love daughter Carol R. (Clyde) Reinford of Crockett, KY and their 6 children and 32 great grandchildren; brother Elmer H. (Orpha) Weber of Wakefield; sister Mabel E. Weber of Shillington; 16 step-grandchildren and 32 step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her brothers Jacob & Edward Weber, a sister Sarah E. Weber and grandsons Aaron Landis and Jayden Reinford.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 10 AM at the Dohner Mennonite Church. Viewing will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the church. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Please omit flowers.

Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home & Crematory, Jonestown, is in charge of the arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/28/2013
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by:: Robert Fish



Landis, Lester G.
, 87, of Pleasant View Retirement Community Manheim, PA, formerly of Lancaster, PA died June 11, 2013. Born in Lancaster, PA to Sanford L. and Susan Groff Landis. He was the husband of the late Mildred Kolb Landis who died in 2010.

He was a lifetime member of Mellinger Mennonite Church Lancaster, PA.

Surviving are: a daughter, Donna J. wife of Bruce E. Horning; four sons, James L. husband of Barbara Shuman Landis, Gerald L. husband of Barbara "Jeannie" Thomas Landis, Jeffrey L. Landis, Douglas L. Landis, all of Lancaster; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, John G. Landis, Mechanicsburg.

He was preceded in death by: two grandchildren, Krista Landis and Timothy Landis; a sister, Ruth Frey.

The memorial service was June 17, 2013 from the Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA Interment was private.

Source: Intelligencer Journal Lancaster, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Landis, Melvin A.,
83, of Goshen, IN and formerly of Harleysville, PA and Schwenksville, Pa., died 28, 2013, at Greencroft Goshen Health Care. He was born Sept. 20, 1929 in Harleysville, Pa., to Elias N. and Sallie M. (Alderfer) Landis.

It was 62 years ago he married Esther W. Alderfer on Sept. 2, 1950 in Souderton, Pa. As newlyweds, they served three months in voluntary service.

Survived by his wife Esther and five children, Steve (Emily) and Mike (Jan), both of Goshen, Flo (Larry) Shetler of Kalispell, Mont., John (Sally)Landis of Pipersville, Pa. and Jayne (Chuck) Eppley of Harleysville, Pa.; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Abram, Betty, Kass, Doris, Mary, Ruth and Jim.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Emma, Curt, Elias Jr., and Susan.

A memorial service was Aug. 9, 2013 at Waterford Mennonite Church Goshen, IN. Additional memorial service was Aug 25, 2013 at the Salford Mennonite Church Harleysville, PA. His cremated remains were placed in the Waterford Mennonite Church Columbarium Goshen, IN.

Source: Yoder-Culp Funeral Home Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Landis, Mildred Mae Witmer
, age 82 a resident of the Village Of Laurel Run of Fayetteville, PA and formerly of Chambersburg died November 14, 2013. Born October 22, 1931 in Greencastle, PA, to Raymond and Mary (Diller) Witmer. She married John Charles Landis on July 21, 1951. He died on November 19, 1994.She was a member of the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church near Greencastle, PA.

Survived by a daughter Cleta F. Conrad and husband Dennis of Waynesboro, VA, one son Linwood G. Landis and wife Marcia of Blue Ball, PA, three grandchildren, Christopher Landis, Jerome Landis and wife Crysti, Shad Conrad and wife Angela, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Dortha Kipe of Greencastle, Retha Keener of Hagerstown, MD, three brothers, Richard Witmer and Clarence Witmer, both of Greencastle and Raymond Witmer of Morgantown, West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, two brothers Nathan Witmer and Kenneth Witmer.

Funeral service was November 19, 2013 at the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church Greencastle, PA with Pastor Wes Boyer officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Source: Zimmerman Funeral Home Greencastle, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler. 2013



Landis, Ralph H.
, 86, of Souderton, PA; formerly of Franconia, PA died July 26, 2013 at Grand View Hospital. He was born in Franconia, PA to Elmer M. & Alverda H. (Hunsberger) Landis. He was the husband of the late Betty Jean (Ziegler) Landis for 59 years. He was a lifelong member of Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, PA.

Survived by two daughters, Linda Landis of Souderton, PA & Betty Ann Clemmer & husband, Gerald of Harleysville, PA; a son, Laverne Landis & wife, Robin of Telford, PA; two granddaughters - Tina Tangert & husband, Michael of Alexandria, VA & Erin Landis of Telford, PA; a grandson, Brett Clemmer & wife, Julie of Perkiomenville, PA; a great-granddaughter, Quinn Tangert of Alexandria, VA; a great-grandson, Lucas Clemmer of Perkiomenville, PA; two brothers, Clayton H. & Elmer H. Landis, both of Souderton, PA; four sisters, Marie H. Landis of Souderton, PA, Naomi Nase & husband, Paul of Red Hill, PA, Alverda H. Hunsberger of Phoenixville, PA and Esther H. Landis of Colmar, PA.

A funeral service was July 30, 2013 at Souderton Mennonite Homes, Souderton, PA. Burial was at Franconia Mennonite Cemetery Telford, PA.

Source: Anders-Detweiler Funeral
Home & Crematory, Souderton, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Landis, Verna M. Hershey
, age 88, of Tel Hai, Honey Brook, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at Brandywine Hospital. She was the wife of Elvin B. Landis with whom she celebrated 68 years of marriage on December 15th. She assisted her husband in the Landis Insurance Agency.

Born in Paradise, she was the daughter of the late Clarence L. and Elnora Metzler Hershey. Verna was a member of Parkesburg Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, played piano, and was active in the church sewing circle where she served in the past as the president. She was involved at Tel Hai where she played piano for the chapel and quilted. Verna enjoyed singing, cooking and making meals for others, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She had the gift of hospitality and had a contagious smile.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by 6 children: Mary Ellen, wife of Harold M. Groff of Gap, Naomi, wife of Rudy Byler of Ozark, AR, Vida J. Landis of Coatesville, Ruthie, wife of Alan Miller of York, Kenneth H. Landis of Ephrata, Herb Landis, husband of Karen Kauffman of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and 2 siblings: Lois Yoder of Belleville, and John L., husband of Helen Herr Hershey of Paradise.

Funeral service will take place at Millwood Mennonite Church, 441 Amish Road, Gap, on Tuesday, December 31, at 11 a.m. with Pastors Elvin Ressler, Dave Gehman and Tim Herr officiating. There will be a viewing on Monday from 6 - 8 p.m. at the church and again on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Verna's memory to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Chester County, PO Box 50, Coatesville, PA 19320 or Parkesburg Mennonite Sewing Circle, c/o Mary Ellen Groff, treasurer, 718 Quaker Lane, Gap, PA 17527. Arrangements by Shivery Funeral Home, Inc., Christiana & Paradise.

Intelligencer Journal - 12/27/2013
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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Landis, Verna M. Hershey, age 88, of Tel Hai, Honey Brook, PA formerly of Coatesville, PA died December 25, 2013 at Brandywine Hospital. She was born in Paradise, PA to Clarence L. and Elnora Metzler Hershey. She was the wife of Elvin B. Landis with whom she celebrated 68 years of marriage on December 15th. Verna was a member of Parkesburg Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, played piano, and was active in the church sewing circle where she served in the past as the president. She was involved at Tel Hai where she played piano for the chapel and quilted.

Survived by her husband and 6 children: Mary Ellen, wife of Harold M. Groff of Gap, Naomi, wife of Rudy Byler of Ozark, AR, Vida J. Landis of Coatesville, Ruthie, wife of Alan Miller of York, Kenneth H. Landis of Ephrata, Herb Landis, husband of Karen Kauffman of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and 2 siblings: Lois Yoder of Belleville, and John L., husband of Helen Herr Hershey of Paradise.

Funeral service was December 31, 2013 at Millwood Mennonite Church, Gap, PA with Pastors Elvin Ressler, Dave Gehman and Tim Herr officiating. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery.

Source: Shivery Funeral Home, Inc., Christiana & Paradise, PA
Submitted by Leon Hertzler, 2013

 



Lantz, Mary Jane Blough
, 93, of Goshen, IN died October 6, 2013 at the same place. She was born November 28, 1919 at Goshen, IN to Henry D. and Salome (Stutzman) Blough. On November 24, 1939 at Goshen she was married to M. Clifford Lantz, who died July 16, 2006.

Surviving are daughters, Susan Jane Lantz, Goshen, Catherine Ellen (Robert) Miller, Syracuse, Nancy Ann (Darrell) Eggers, Bristol, sons, Stephen Morrell (Sandy) Lantz, Syracuse, John Thomas (Jenny Yoder) Lantz, Goshen, daughter-in-law, Sharron Lantz, Syracuse, 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A son, David Blough Lantz preceded her in death.

Private services were held on October 9, 2013.

Submitted by: Jama Brookmyer Graber, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lapp, Viola Stoltzfus Kauffman
age 93, formerly of Gap, PA died February 18, 2013 at Fairmount Homes of Ephrata, PA. She was born in Elverson, PA, to David & Sadie S. Mast Stoltzfus. She was the wife of the late Elmer S. Kauffman, Sr. who passed away on August 12, 1988 and the late LeRoy G. Lapp, Sr. who passed away on January 25, 1998.

She was a member of Millwood Mennonite Church of Gap, PA. She quilted 11 years and quilted a quilt for all of her 25 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.

Surviving are 9 children: David husband of Nancy Weaver Kauffman of Lancaster, Lois Ann Schnupp of Lititz, William Paul husband of Ruth Ann King Kauffman of Quarryville, Samuel Roy Kauffman of Gap, Elmer S. Jr. husband of Carol Mattick Kauffman of Parkesburg, Anita Joyce wife of Raymond High of Lititz, Lila Marie wife of Gregg Dunham of Kouts, IN, Carol Joy wife of Joe Martin, Auburn, PA, Galen James husband of Barb Mattick Kauffman of Coatesville; 25 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren; 7 siblings: Mary E. Grubb of Honey Brook, Omar M. Stoltzfus of Salisbury, MD, Edna Ebersole of Pensacola, FL, Mast husband of Anna Zook Stoltzfus of Atglen, Esther Wilson of British Columbia, Lois Petersheim of Morgantown, Rebecca wife of Paul Leatherman of Lancaster.

Also surviving are 4 stepchildren: Lena DeGuire of Lancaster, LeRoy Lapp, Jr., Deadwood, SD, Virginia wife of Galen Eby of Chambersburg, PA, Galen Lapp of Lutz, FL.

She was preceded in death by 3 siblings: Sarah Fisher, Milo & Stephen Stoltzfus; stepdaughter: Erma Myers.

Funeral service was February 21, 2013 at the Millwood ­Mennonite Church, Gap, PA with Pastors Luke Sensenig and Keith Beiler officiating. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery.

Source: Shivery Funeral Home
Christiana & Paradise, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Lauver, J. Paul (Rev.)

Jan. 12, 1923 - Oct. 10, 2013

LAGRANGE - The Rev. J. Paul Lauver, 90, died peacefully at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, going home to be with his Heavenly Father.

He was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Carlos Casares, Argentina, son of missionaries William and Florence (Beiler) Lauver. On Oct. 14, 1945, he married Lois M. Swihart.

She survives, as do his children, Paul (Marilyn) Lauver of Wolcottville, John (Patti) Lauver of Columbia, S.C., David (Pam) Lauver of Jupiter, Fla., Maggie Glaser of Carmel; daughter-in-law Jan Lauver; 10 grandchildren; and sister Mary Lou (Lester) Blank.

He was preceded in death by his children, James E. Lauver and Ann McMahon, and siblings Lois Lauver, Glen Lauver and Elton Lauver.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Shore Mennonite Church, 7235 W - 100 N, Shipshewana, with Pastors Ron and Char Roth officiating. Burial will follow in Brighton Cemetery, Howe.

Memorials may be made to Marion Mennonite Church, building fund.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Oct. 12, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Leatherman, Della M. Meyers
, 83, of Perkasie, PA died June 15, 2013 at Dublin, PA. She was born December 20, 1929 at Bedminster, PA to Joseph and Edna Meyers. On June 4, 1949 at Bedminster, PA she was married to Richard D. Leatherman, who was born January 25, 1927 and died May 15, 2010.

Surviving are a son, Dale R. Leatherman, three grandchildren, Clayton Myers, brother-in-law; Margaret Leatherman, sister-in-law; Wilson Leatherman, brother-in-law; Reda Litzenberger, sister-in-law; Marie Hange, sister-in-law, Della Gross, sister-in-law, Mary Leatherman, sister-in-law, Charlotte Meyers, sister-in-law, and Belle Meyers, sister-in-law.

Memorial services were held June 21, 2013 at Deep Run East Mennonite Church, Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Deep Run East Mennonite
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Leatherman, Della Meyers, 83 died June 15, 2013. She was born in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., PA to the late Joseph and Edna Meyers. She was the wife of the late Richard D. Leatherman. She was a life-long member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church East where she met her husband Richard who she married in 1949.

Survived by her son, R. Dale Leatherman and Natalie Mucciolo of Dublin, PA as well as her three grandsons, Jacob Leatherman of Brea CA and Cody and Griffin Leatherman of Harleysville, PA. In addition to her immediate family, Della is survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, Margaret Leatherman of Souderton, Clayton Myers of Pipersville, Wilson Leatherman of Sellersville, Reda and Harold Litzenberger of Quakertown, Marie and Ernie Hange of Blooming Glen, Della Gross of Perkasie, Mary Leatherman of Bedminster, Charlotte Meyers of Sellersville and Belle Meyers of Souderton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Richard, her sister, Arlene Meyers (infant), brother Clyde Meyers (child), three step sisters, Emma (child), Grace (child), Marion (Meyers) Weaver, as well as two step brothers, Willard and Merrill Meyers, both formerly of Dublin,PA.

Funeral service was June 21, 2013 at the Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, PA

Source: Anders-Detweiler Funeral
Home & Crematory, Souderton, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Leatherman, Dorothy Rice
, 85, of Sellersville, PA died March 8, 2013 at Rockhill Mennonite Community. She was born in Plumstead Twp., Pennsylvania to Edward & Pearl (Sames) Rice. She was the loving wife of Wilson D. Leatherman for 65 years. She was a life member of Deep Run Mennonite Church East where she and her husband formerly served as Sunday school teachers.

Survived by her husband, Wilson and three daughters, Pearl Shelly & husband, Richard of Sellersville, PA, Darlene Yoder & husband, Sanford of Sellersville, PA, Debra Seuren & husband, Scott of Telford, PA; her two sons, Clifford Leatherman & wife, Beverly of Quakertown, PA, Steven Leatherman & wife, Wendy of Perkasie, PA; her nine grandchildren; her three great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Eleanor Lear & husband, John of Souderton, PA, Alma Hockman & husband, Walter of Perkasie, PA and her two brothers, Frank Rice & wife, Ruth of Sellersville, PA, Linwood Rice & wife, Doris of Dublin, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Owen Rice.

Funeral service was March 13, 2013 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, PA. Burial was in the adjoining church cemetery.

Source: Anders-Detweiler Funeral
Home & Crematory, Souderton, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

 



Lefever, Helen Z. Zellers
, 86, of Lancaster, died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Rheems Nursing and Rehab Center, Elizabethtown. She was married to the late Jay Lefever.

Born December 16, 1927 in Manheim, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lemon and Minnie (Brandt) Zellers.

She is survived by a son, Dennis Lefever, of DE and a sister, Mary Zellers, of Lebanon; a granddaughter, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Abram, Roy, Rufus, Woodrow and Walter Zellers and five sisters, Martha Slick, Viola Miley, Grace Styer, Emma Walton and Edith Landis.

Private Services and Interment will be at the convenience of the family. To submit an online condolence, visit:

www.scheidfuneralhome.com

Intelligencer Journal - 12/21/2013
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Lehman, Aaron P.
, 82, of Myerstown, PA, died Friday, April 26, 2013 in his home. He was the husband of Grace H. Good Lehman. He was born in Myerstown on January 29, 1931, a son of the late Jesse A. and Candidus P. Stahl Lehman. Aaron was a retired farmer and a member of the Martins Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference, Womelsdorf.

Surviving in addition to his wife are children: Delmas married to Mabel Zimmerman Lehman of Lititz; Edward married to Alta Zimmerman Lehman of Newmanstown; Nelson husband of Susan Burkholder Lehman of Myerstown; Lamar married to Wilma Martin Lehman of Bernville; Rose Ann married to Curvin Horning of Ephrata; Earl married to Charlotte Nolt Lehman of Myerstown; Kenneth married to Rachel Martin Lehman of Lebanon; Gerald married to Diane Rutt Lehman of Myerstown; 36 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; sister, Hilda married to Henry Eberly of Richland; brothers, Luke married to Mabel Burkholder Lehman of Martindale; Peter married to Mary Huber Lehman of Lebanon; Jesse married to Minerva Sauder Lehman of Pine Grove.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Lloyd S., Joseph H., and Mark D. Lehman; sisters, Stella B. Martin, Elizabeth M. Lehman, Gladys L. Hoover; a granddaughter and a great granddaughter. F

uneral service will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 AM in the Martins Mennonite Church, Church Road, Womelsdorf, PA. Viewing on Tuesday from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon, PA. Interment will be made in the adjoining church cemetery. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling his arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/29/2013
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by Robert Fish



Lehman, Bertha A.
, 75, of Pratts, Va., passed away peacefully at home after a short illness Monday, April 1, 2013.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Mennonite Church located at 571 Tom Johnson Road, Aroda, Va. The funeral service will be held on April 5, 2013, at Oak Grove Mennonite Church at 10 a.m. Bertha Lehman accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth and strived to fulfill her Christian life till death.

She was born to Paul and Carrie (Horst) Lehman on Sept. 4, 1936*, at Salem, Ohio. After graduating from high school, she pursued a nursing career and received her degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. In her nursing career, she was employed by Wooster Community Hospital in Wooster, Ohio, later in fulfilling God's calling she was led to set her roots in Madison County. She placed her Church membership at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where she acquired a deep love for her church and faithfully served until her death. She had previously worked at Mount View Nursing Home, Culpeper Regional Hospital, and was employed at Child Help in Lignum, Va., at the time of her death. In addition to employment, she reached out to her community with Food Bank, and touched many lives in her church, by opening her home to many young people and sharing of her monetary goods where she had opportunity.

Leaved to mourn her absence are one sister, Clara and her husband, Alvin Nussbuam, of Apple Creek, Ohio; and three brothers, Roy Lehman and wife, Mary Susan, of Cambridge Spring, Pa., Melvin Lehman and wife, Jeanette, of New Waterford, Ohio, and Elmer Lehman and wife, Pamela, of Salem, Ohio. Also grieving her parting are the Vernon and Mary Peachey family and sons, Justin and Naomi Peachey, Jordon and Sarah Peachey and Julian and all of Madison County, who became her family through loyality. Also, are Lidia and Rebecca Jara of whom she motherly loved and had in her home. Also surviving are 13 nieces and nephews, 14 stepnieces and nephews and 42 great-nieces and nephews.

The Lehmans and the Vernon Peachey family wish to extend their heart felt thanks to Oak Grove Mennonite Church that has been supportive in their prayers, deeds of kindness through the years and her illness and death. Also a special thanks to Lorraine Highlander and co-workers who encouraged Bertha in many ways.

Daily News Record - 4/2/2013
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

*This date may be an error. Other sources have her born in 1937, and would make her age 75, as stated above. TLM



Lehman, Clyde H.
, 90, of Chambersburg, PA died August 11, 2013 at his home. Born January 27, 1923 in Chambersburg, PA to late Daniel and Mary Horst Lehman. His wife of 68 years, Mary Naomi Burkholder Lehman, whom he married on November 23, 1944. He was a charter member and building trustee of the present Strasburg Mennonite Church and on the original board of Menno Haven. He was very passionate about the history surrounding the coming of Letterkenny Army Depot.

Survived by his wife Mary and 12 children, Daniel Lehman and wife Eunice, Clair Lehman and wife Eunice, Bertha Ocker and husband Merle, Norma Lehman, Harry Lehman and wife Kathy, Ellen Rife and husband Harold, Rhoda Lehman, all of Chambersburg, Melvin Lehman and wife Shelia of Guys Mills, PA, Lee Lehman and wife Margaret and Clyde Lehman and wife Brenda, all of Chambersburg, Miriam Strite and husband Carl of Broadway, VA, and Naomi Risser and husband Dennis of Lebanon, PA; 61 grandchildren; 145 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Janet Martin of St. Thomas, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary; three sisters, Grace Wadel, Martha Kuhns, and Marian Funk; two grandchildren, Dale Ocker and Patrick Lehman; four great-grandchildren, Rosalie Willis, Cameron Willis, Hosanna Lehman, and Doreen Horst; and a grandson-in-law, Devon Landis.

Funeral service was August 15, 2013 at Chambersburg Mennonite Church, Chambersburg, PA with Ministers Allen Fleagle, Nathan Wadel, Melvin Lehman, and Marvin Musser officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

Source; Public Opinion Chambersburg, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Lehman, David R.
, 81, of Brethren Village of Lancaster, PA, died January 4, 2013, He was the husband of Mary L. (Horst) Lehman, who died in 2009. Born in Franklin Co., PA to Reuben H. and Katie B. (Lehman) Lehman.

Dave was a member of Grace Point Church of Paradise (formerly Paradise Mennonite Church), where he was a member of the Cheer Lenders Sunday School class. He served his country and honored his faith in 1-W service at the Norristown State Hospital during WWII.

Survived by three daughter: Donna L. married to David Reppert of Leesport, Doris A. married to David Kyle of Wellsboro and Diane K. married to William K. Poole of Lancaster; seven grandchildren: Katie (Gerhart) married to Joshua Crowl, Emily (Gerhart) married to Brian Neville, David Gerhart, Madalyn Kyle, Sara (Poole) married to Weston Shertzer, Mary Poole and Caroline Poole; two great-grandsons: Lucas Crowl and David Neville; and four siblings: Helen (Lehman) married to Harvey Martin, Verne I. Lehman married to Jane, Adin L. Lehman and Frances Neil married to James Arrowood.

He was preceded in death by two siblings: Elizabeth M. (Lehman) Yeager, and Preston E. Lehman.

A funeral service was January 8, 2013 at Grace Point Church of Paradise, A private interment was at Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, Paradise, PA..

Source: Bachman Funeral Home, Strasburg, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Lehman, Freeman M.

Jan. 8, 1938 - Dec. 25, 2013

SHIPSHEWANA - Freeman M. Lehman, 75, of Shipshewana, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.

He was born Jan. 8, 1938, to the late Mahlon J. and Annie (Mast) Lehman.

On Feb. 6, 1958, he married Susie Bontrager. She survives.

Survivors include his children, Katie Fern (Mervin) Miller, Mary Esther (Ernest) Beechy, and Daniel (Edna), Floyd (LeEtta), Wilbur (Jennifer), Freeman Jr. (Mary Sue), Joas (Mary Sue) and Norman F. Lehman; 47 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary (Daniel) Yoder, Arlene (Perry) and Ida Mae (Lloyd) Miller; and three brothers, Orva (Mary), Ernest (Ellen) and LeRoy (Joanne) Lehman.

He was preceded in death by his son, Ernest F. Lehman, and two great-grandchildren.

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

Visitation will be all day Friday, Dec. 27, at the family home, 2870 S. 1000 W., Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Levi Lee Beachy's home, 2685 S. 1000 W., Shipshewana. Burial will be in Bontrager Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Dec. 27, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lehman, Jane E. Nelson
, 94, of Lowville, NY died November 15, 2013 at the same place. She was born July 23, 1919 at New York, NY to Edward and Hattie (Kennedy) Nelson. On October 18, 1939 at Lowville, NY she was married to Stanley Merritt Lehman, who died April 6, 1991.

Surviving are children, Sandra & Carl Mondillo; Jerrie Ann & Neil Brownell; Stanley "Jim" & Sandi Lehman; Katherine & John "Tom" Irish; Timothy Lehman & Thomas Howard; Thomas & Michelle Lehman; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

A brother, James Nelson preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held November 19, 2013 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, NY with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Joyce Grau Lowville, NY
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lehman, Mary Naomi Burkholder
, 91 of Chambersburg, PA, died November 20, 2013 at her home. Born October 28, 1922 in Chambersburg, PA to Harry and Mary Burkholder. She was married to Clyde Horst Lehman on November 23, 1944 who preceded her in death on August 11, 2013. She a member of Strasburg Mennonite Church her entire life.

Survived by 12 children, Daniel Lehman (wife Eunice), Clair Lehman (wife Eunice), Bertha Ocker (husband Merle), Norma Lehman, Harry Lehman (wife Kathy), Ellen Rife (husband Harold), Rhoda Lehman, all of Chambersburg, Melvin Lehman (wife Shelia) of Guys Mills, PA, Lee Lehman (wife Margaret) and Clyde B. Lehman (wife Brenda), all of Chambersburg, PA, Miriam Strite (husband Carl) of Broadwater, VA, and Naomi Risser (husband Dennis) of Lebanon, PA; 61 grandchildren, 147 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, one son-in-law Eugene Martin, two sisters, Catherine Lehman and Anna Musser, both of Chambersburg, PA.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husaband, her parents and one daughter, Mary; two grandchildren, Dale Ocker and Patrick Lehman; four great-grandchildren, Rosalie Willis, Cameron Willis, Hosanna Lehman, and Doreen Horst; and a grandson-in-law, Devon Landis.

Funeral service was November 24, 2013 at the Portico Old Order River Brethren Meeting House, Chambersburg, PA with Ministers Allen Fleagle, Nathan Wadel, Melvin Lehman, and Marvin Musser officiating. Interment was at the Chambersburg Mennonite Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA.

Source: Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, 2013



Lehman, Mercie D. Conrad
, 87, of Louisville died March 1, 2013 at Canton, Ohio. She was born June 9, 1925 to Orie and Goldie (Byler) Conrad. She was married to Willis Lehman.

Surviving are children, Diane Preusser, Connie Fenstermaker, Darrell Miller, and Doug (Ann) Miller, two grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and many step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held March 5, 2013 at Beech Mennonite Church, Louisville, Stark Co., OH.

Submitted by: Diana Gruber, Louisville, Ohio
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Mercie D. Lehman, age 87, of Louisville, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2013. She was born June 9, 1925 in Orville, Ohio to the late Orie and Goldie (Byler) Conrad. She was a member of the Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville. Mercie was a retired school teacher, having taught at both Plain Local and Wayne County Elementary Schools.

She was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Warren D. Miller; her 2nd husband, Ervin Linder and her 3rd husband, Willis Lehman; two sisters, Eileen Gingerich and Marvel Schrock; one brother, Lester Conrad.

Mercie is survived two daughters, Diane Preusser and Connie Fenstermaker, both of Canton; two sons, Darrell Miller of Louisville, Doug (Ann) Miller of North Canton; one sister, Twila (Chester) Lehman of Smithville; two granddaughters, Stephanie and Kaitlin Miller; numerous step children; step grandchildren; step great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her family would like to thank St. Joseph Care Center for the kind and compassionate care that was given to Mercie.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville with Pastor Dan King officiating. Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at Stier-Israel Funeral Home in Louisville and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in the Beech Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Stier-Israel Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Source: CantonRep.com
March 3, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lehman, Perry Jay

Oct. 15, 1932 - Feb. 24, 2013

TOPEKA - Perry Jay Lehman, 80 of Topeka, died at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at home.

He was born Oct. 15, 1932, in Topeka to the late Erwin J. and Polly (Miller) Lehman. He married Ida Mae Bontrager on Nov. 23, 1961.

His wife; children Mary Ruth (Stewart) Hochstetler, Velda (Matt) Eash, Marion (Deb) Lehman and LaVerne (Mary) Lehman, all of Goshen, Carolyn (Morris) Yoder and Wilbur "Willie" (Deb) Lehman, both of Nappanee, Norma (Arlin) Miller of Middlebury, Marlin (Norma) Lehman of Millersburg, Ervin (Ruth) Lehman and Maynard and Leon Lehman, both of Shipshewana; 39 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters Katie (Noah) Miller, Ella (Ora) Miller and Elsie (Orva) Bontrager of Shipshewana; and aunt Ella Miller survive.

A grandson and a great-grandson preceded him in death.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, and all day Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the family's home, 7685 W. 700 S., Topeka. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Nelson Schlabach's home, 6810 S. S.R. 5, Topeka. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.

Arrangements are with Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Feb. 25, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lehman, Sharon Ann Sacra
, 54, of Harrisonburg, VA died May 20, 2013 at her home. She was born on September 29, 1958 in Harrisonburg, VA to Carroll and Sandra Hook Sacra of Bridgewater, VA. On June 27, 1987, she married Michael Lehman who survives. She was a member of the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.

Survivied by her husband Michael and three children, Ashley Lehman, Amy Lehman, and Chad Lehman all of Harrisonburg; two sisters, Laurie Hartman of Bridgewater, Mary Morris and husband Bobbie of Grottoes; a brother, David Sacra and wife Julie of Harrisonburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Reverend Craig Maven conducted a memorial service at the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on May 23, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be held privately.

Source: McMullen Funeral Home
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Leichty, Wilma Evelyn Ewert
, 88, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died December 15, 2013 at the same place.

She was born March 23, 1925 at Hillsboro, KS to Henry Sperling and Carrie (Nickel) Ewert. Henry was born April 22, 1894 and died August 7, 1982. Carrie was born July 17, 1893 and died August 27, 1927.

On August 23, 1949 at Reedley, CA she was married to Clarence Nicholas Leichty, who was born June 8, 1922 and died February 25, 2012.

Surviving are children, Paul and Twila Leichty; Bruce and Kathy Leichty; and Cheryl and Ronald Blaum; five grandchildren, and siblings, Annette Dick; Elinor Kliewer; and Calvin and Marian Ewert.

A brother, Alden Ewert (spouse Wilma Ewert survives) preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held December 30, 2013 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in College Church Memorial Garden, Goshen, IN.

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

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Wilma E. Leichty
March 23, 1925 - Dec. 15, 2013

GOSHEN - Wilma E. (Ewert) Leichty, 88, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at The Gables (Greencroft Healthcare) in Goshen.

She was born March 23, 1925, in Hillsboro, Kan., to Henry S. and Carrie (Nickel) Ewert.

After her father completed studies at Tabor College, the family moved back to Mountain Lake, Minn., where she lived most of her childhood years. Following her mother's death, when Wilma was 3, she grew up with a beloved stepmother, Emma (Boese) Ewert.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Alden Ewert.

Surviving are two sisters, Annette Dick of Mountain Lake and Elinor Kliewer of Hillsboro; one brother and his spouse, Calvin and Marian Ewert of Lodi, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Wilma Ewert of Reedley, Calif.

Wilma grew up and became a follower of Christ in the Mennonite Brethren Church. Following studies at Tabor College, she took nurses training at Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton, Kan. While working at the hospital, she met Civilian Public Service worker Clarence Leichty. Following the war, they each decided to finish their bachelor's degrees at Goshen College, where she graduated with a BSN in 1949. They were married Aug. 23, 1949, in Reedley. Clarence preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 2012.

Settling in Elkhart, Wilma and Clarence raised three children, all of whom survive along with their spouses: Paul and Twila Leichty of Goshen, Bruce and Kathy Leichty of Escondido, Calif., and Cheryl and Ronald Blaum of Goshen. Five grandchildren and one spouse also survive: Nathan Leichty of Middlebury, Renita and Matthew Marjan of Lombard, Ill., Julian Leichty of Sacramento, Calif., John Leichty of Pasadena, Calif., and Timothy Blaum of Goshen.

Wilma worked as a receptionist and administrative assistant at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center and Youth Services Bureau in Elkhart during the 1960s and 1970s. She was an active member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart and also served on the boards of HOME (Home Ownership Means Equality) and Church Community Services. As neighbors to their denominational seminary (AMBS), she and Clarence enjoyed extending hospitality to students and guests.

Following Clarence's retirement as an elementary school administrator, the couple moved to Goshen and became members of College Mennonite Church, where visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. According to Wilma's wishes, her body will be cremated and her ashes scattered in College Church Memorial Garden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Accessibility Network (CAN) or Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

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

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Dec. 18, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

 



Lelond, Ada Yvonne Vaage
, 72, of Duchess, Alberta, died May 19, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta. She was born September 23, 1940 at Carmangay, Alberta. She was raised on the family farm near Champion. Yvonne received her education at Champion and after completing her nurses training at SAIT in Calgary she moved to Brooks, Alberta to pursue a career in nursing. It was there she met Jack and on June 3, 1961 they were married in Champion. Yvonne enjoyed volunteering at the church and will be remembered for always being an encouragement to others.

Yvonne was predeceased by her parents Ada and Alfred and is survived by her husband Jack, 2 sons; Warren and his wife Laura, and Lance, 3 grandchildren; Brent, Brock and Kolly, 6 siblings; Lois McCulloch and her husband Angus, Darryl Vaage and his wife Lynn, Diane Lundgren and her husband David, Myrna Tebbutt and her husband Gordon, Alvin Vaage and his wife Faith, Marvin Vaage and his wife Bev and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Funeral Service was May 24, 2013 at Duchess Mennonite Church, Rev. Alvin Penner officiated. Interment followed at Duchess Cemetery, Dutchess, Alberta.

Source: Thom's Funeral Home, Duchess, Alberta.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Lengacher, Mabel Miller
, 96, of Leo, Allen Co., IN died November 25, 2013 at the same place. She was born September 15, 1917 at Cecil, OH to Eli and Sarah (Brenneman) Miller. On October 10, 1938 at Paulding, OH she was married to Jesse T. Lengacher, who was born February 25, 1914 and died August 3, 1980.

Surviving are children, Richard (Jane) Lengacher, Ron (Elaine) Lengacher, Rex (Bonita) Lengacher, Roger (Marie) Lengacher, and Rosemary (Ronald) Stoner; ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and siblings, Albert (Betty) Miller, Edwin (Rosa) Miller, Mary Akerman, and Esther Blair.

One sister, Lena Swartzendruber, and three brothers, Mose Miller, Joe Miller, and Eli Miller preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held November 29, 2013 at North Leo Mennonite Church, Leo, IN with burial in Yaggy Cemetery, Grabill, Allen Co., IN.

Submitted by: Elaine Stuckey, Leo, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Lilley, Charles C.
, 80, of Franconia Twp., PA died February 6, 2013 at Quakertown, Bucks Co., PA. He was born August 3, 1932 at Norristown, Montgomery Co., PA to Norman and Catherine Lilley. On December 27, 1952 he was married to Shirley Ann Bergey, who was born September 24, 1934 and survives.

Surviving are children, Linda A. Martin; Eileen K. Souder and husband Rich; C. Leslie Lilley and wife Terri; and Cheryl Benner; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Marie, Nancy, and Barbara.

Two sons-in-law, Gary L. Martin and Kenneth R. Benner preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held February 10, 2013 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Bradley W. Alderfer, Harleysville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Linberger, Lamar L.
, 80, of Lansdale, PA died February 22, 2013 at the same place. He was born January 19, 1933 at Philadelphia, PA to Edwin J. and Edna G. (Beck) Linberger. He was married to Peggy J. Detwiler, who survives.

Surviving are children, Dennis and Judy; Rick and Sandy; and Carla and Eric Moyer; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

A brother, Ray Linberger preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held February 27, 2013 at Grace Mennonite Church, Lansdale, PA with burial in Salford Mennonite Cemetery, Harleysville, PA the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Ruth E. Delp, Lansdale, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Litwiller, Elmer G.
, 86, of Hopedale, Illinois died December 10, 2013 at Mesa, AZ. He was born January 27, 1927 at Hopedale, Illinois to John E. and Phoebe (Good) Litwiller. On March 6, 1949 he was married to Ethel I. Davis Bachman, who survives.

Elmer's first wife, Maxine Newlin, passed away in 1947 after giving birth to their son, Wayne Dean.

Surviving are five children: Wayne (Diane) Litwiller, Sandra (Rick) Morris, Janice (Darrell) Eck, Nancy (Eddie) Cunningham and Edward (Rosie) Litwiller, eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.

Elmer was a lifelong farmer in the Hopedale-Minier area and also was involved with building several houses in Hopedale. He was a member of Hopedale Mennonite Church in Hopedale.

Memorial services were held December 16, 2013 at Hopedale Mennonite Church, Hopedale, Illinois with burial in Mennonite Cemetery, Hopedale, Illinois.

Submitted by: Mary Lee Springer, Hopedale, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Litwiller, Fred

June 25, 1940 - June 6, 2013

GOSHEN - Fred Litwiller, 72, passed away Thurday afternoon, June 6, 2013, at Greencroft Goshen Health Care.

Fred lived life to the fullest even during his 11 years with multiple myeloma.

He was born June 25, 1940, in Hopedale, Ill., to Oliver and Vera (Slabaugh) Litwiller.

He married Faye Newcomer Aug. 19, 1962, in Wadsworth, Ohio.

He leaves behind his wife; children Vonda (Ref Fransen) Litwiller of Goshen, Laura (Mark Tenekjian) Litwiller of Northampton, Mass., and Matt (Lisa) Litwiller of New Paris; grandchildren Ethan, Zefram, Clayton, Jillian and Bridget; and brothers John (Joan) and Kenneth (Shirley) Litwiller, both of Minier, Ill.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Fred graduated from Minier High School in 1958, Goshen College in 1962 and later earned a master's degree in counseling from Illinois State. He started his professional life in Hesston, Kan., as a coach for all sports teams for three years. He also worked three years as a health and safety manager for King Construction, Hesston. He came to Goshen as a coach and eventually moved into career counseling at Goshen College, retiring in 2000.

Following retirement, Fred and Faye lived and worked at Little Eden Camp for two years.

Fred cherished his church, family and friends. His hobbies included camping, biking, fishing, tennis, golf and woodworking.

Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013, at College Mennonite Church, where an 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013, memorial service will be, officiated by Phil Waite and Rose Widmer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jubilee Fund at College Mennonite Church, Little Eden Camp or Maple Leaf Athletic Club.

Cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
June 8, 2013
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Litwiller, Fred, 72, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., Indiana died June 6, 2013 at the same place. He was born June 25, 1940 at Hopedale, Ill. to Oliver and Vera (Slabaugh) Litwiller. On August 19, 1962 at Wadsworth, Ohio he was married to Faye Newcomer, who survives.

Surviving are children, Vonda (Ref Fransen) Litwiller; Laura (Mark Tenekjian) Litwiller; Matt (Lisa) Litwiller, five grandchildren, and two brothers, John (Joan) and Kenneth (Shirley).

Memorial services were held June 10, 2013 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana.

Submitted by: Sandra Shenk Lapp
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Litwiller, Marguerite A. King
, 92, of Minier, Illinois died August 3, 2013 at Morton, Illinois. She was born February 24, 1921 at Eureka, Illinois to Elmer R. and Lena M. (Kennell) King, Sr.. On August 21, 1948 at Metamora, Illinois she was married to William E. Litwiller, who died October 23, 1998.

Surviving are one son, William E. (Carol) Litwiller; four daughters, Rita Litwiller, Karen (John) Yoder, Rosalie (Richard Starcevich) Semic and Roberta (Roger) Bean; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer King, Jr., and one sister, Virginia Unzicker.

Marguerite worked at Zimmerman Implement in Eureka prior to her marriage. She then became a homemaker until starting work at Hopedale Medical Complex in 1967 until her retirement in 1987. She was a member of Hopedale Mennonite Church and volunteered at the Et Cetera Shop in Eureka. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and making Sunday dinners for her family.

Memorial services were held August 8, 2013 at Hopedale Mennonite Church, Hopedale, Illinois with burial in Mennonite Cemetery, Hopedale, IL.

Submitted by: Mary Lee Springer, Hopedale, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Livengood, Guy W.
, 90, of Springs, Somerset Co., PA died March 16, 2013 at Grantsville, Garrett Co., MD. He was born July 27, 1922 at Somerset Co., PA to Fay and Ressie (Rembold) Livengood. He was married to Harriet Louise Otto, who is deceased.

Surviving are a daughter, Donna and husband, Patrick Booton; son, Noel Livengood and wife, Roxanne Livengood; and daughter, Ann and husband, Dennis Critchfield; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Dorothy Lenhart.

Preceded in death by his second wife, Florence Irene (Eash) Thomas Bough Livengood, three sisters, Marie Llewellyn, Pearl Lantz, and Clara Lichty, and a brother, Clayton Livengood.

Memorial services were held March 20, 2013 at Springs Mennonite Church, Springs, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Felicia Maust, Springs, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Longenecker, Rebecca Hersh
, age 88 formerly of Elizabethtown, PA died December 18, 2013 at the Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Columbia, PA. She was born October 22, 1925 to Phares B., Sr. and Kathryn Hersh Longenecker.

She was an active, life-long member of Bossler Mennonite Church, Elizabethtown, having served on the Stewardship and 200th Anniversary Committees for the church, as well as functioning as the Mennonite Mutual Aid representative for the church. Rebecca's compassionate heart served many through numerous overseas medical mission trips, including two extended stays at Jamama Hospital in Somalia, sponsored by Mennonite Board of Missions. She also spent working vacations with the Christian Medical Society in Honduras, Liberia, Singapore, Taiwan, Guatemala, Nepal, and India from 1974-1982

Rebecca was a world traveler and when asked one time where all she has traveled, she replied, "it would be easier to tell you where I haven't been than to say where I have been." Her travels included visiting the 550-year-old Langenegger ancestral farm in Langau, Switzerland, where her ancestors are still living. She visited Japan, Australia, Scandanavia and Israel.

She is survived by sister, Lois Jean Kreider, and a brother, J. Wilmer Longenecker, Rebecca. She was also aunt to four generations of many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Mae Hiestand; two brothers, J Howard Longenecker and Phares B. Longenecker, Jr.; one nephew, Leslie Kreider; and one niece, Carol Kreider Leigh.

The funeral service was December 30, 2013 at Bossler Mennonite Church, Elizabethtown with Pastor Fred Garber and the Rev. Wilmer Longenecker officiating. Interment was in the adjoining Bossler Cemetery.

Source: Intelligencer Journal and
Lancaster New Era newspapers Lancaster, PA
Submitted by Leon Hertzler, 2013



Luginbuhl, Darvin R.
, 91, of Bluffton, Allen, OH died April 26, 2013 at the same place. He was born December 29, 1921 at Bluffton, OH. On May 26, 1946 he was married to Evelyn Johnson, who was born January 25, 1923 and survives.

Surviving are children, Gregg (Karen) Luginbuhl and Bill Luginbuhl, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services were held May 3, 2013 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, OH
with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton, OH.

Submitted by: Alison King
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Darvin R. Luginbuhl, 91, of Bluffton died the morning of April 26, 2013 at his residence. He was born December 29, 1921 in Bluffton to William and Fannie Steiner Luginbuhl. On May 26, 1946 he married Evelyn Johnson and she survives.

Darvin Luginbuhl taught art in the Wapakoneta Public Schools for eight years after his graduation from then Bluffton College in 1946. During this time, he completed a Master's Degree in Art Education, attending Ohio State University in the summers. He returned to Bluffton in 1954 and taught art in the schools there until 1959, when he joined the faculty at Bluffton College. He served in the Bluffton Art Department 26 years before his retirement in 1984. He made art in a variety of media during and after his teaching career, with ceramic sculpture emerging as his most potent expressive voice. He was an active exhibitor in art exhibitions in Ohio. He was an active member of First Mennonite Church throughout his life, serving the church in many capacities. For a number of years he was crafts director at Camp Friedenswald in Cassapolis, MI. For more than 25 years, he made and sold pottery at Mennonite Relief Sales in Kidron, OH; Goshen, IN; and, Peoria, IL. He served on the board of the Swiss Historical Society. He was an avid Gardener throughout his life, and a member of the Garden Club. Photography was a lifelong avocation. He also cultivated interests in writing and storytelling.

Also surviving are two sons, Greg (Karen) Luginbuhl of Bluffton, Bill Luginbuhl of Chicago, five grandchildren, Alison (Kevin) King of Bluffton, Ben, Ashley, Kristin and Kathryn Luginbuhl all of Portland OR, and a great granddaughter, Milena King.

A sister, Marcille Habegger, preceded him in death.

A memorial services will begin at 11 am Friday at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. Rev. Steven J. Yoder and Rev. Louise Wideman will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton prior to the service. Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11 am Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Luginbuhl Family Scholarship at Bluffton University or First Mennonite Church.

Source: tributes.com
Contributed by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Luginbuhl, Esther Pauline Shoemaker
, 92, of Bluffton, Allen Co., OH died November 28, 2013 at the same place. She was born January 30, 1921 at Mt. Blanchard, OH. She was married to Delbert Luginbuhl, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Diane (Jim) Bleam; Jane (Jim) Weaver; Roger (Pattie) Luginbuhl; and Ron (Cindy) Luginbuhl; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held December 2, 2013 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, OH with burial in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton, OH.

Submitted by: Jane Weaver, Bluffton, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Esther P. Luginbuhl
January 30, 1921 - November 28, 2013

Esther P. Luginbuhl, 92, died at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton on November 28, 2013. She was born January 30, 1921 in Mount Blanchard to George and Naomi Crawford Shoemaker, who preceded her in death. On May 16, 1943 she married Delbert Luginbuhl who preceded her in death on October 22, 1987.

Mrs. Luginbuhl graduated from Pandora High School in 1939. She worked in a variety of places during the years, including Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton University, Urich's IGA, and Triplett Corporation. She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. She enjoyed playing cards and dominoes, and especially spending time with family. She was an excellent cook and always had an endless supply of chocolate cookies on hand.

Living family include two daughters, Diane (Jim) Bleam of Macungie, Pennsylvania; Jane (Jim) Weaver of Bluffton; two sons, Roger (Pattie) Luginbuhl and Ron (Cindy) Luginbuhl both of Bluffton; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Ruth) Shoemaker of Pandora and a sister, Marilyn (John) Beckler of Bluffton.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Shoemaker and a sister, Ruth Williams.

Services will begin at 11 am Monday, December 2, at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. Pastors Louise Wideman and Steven J. Yoder will officiate. Private burial will be in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery preceded the services. Friends may call from 2-6 pm Sunday, December 1, at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton. Memorial contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church or Mennonite Memorial Home.

Chiles-Laman Funeral Home
Bluffton, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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