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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.

2010 C to F


  Campbell, Paul H.;   Cassel, Naomi H. Hendricks;   Charles, Martha Newcomer;   Christner, Sue L. Christner;   Chupp, Drucilla A.;   Chupp, Ella S. Miller;    Chupp, Ervin M.;   Chupp, Fannie H. Kauffman;   Chupp, Lydia J. Miller;   Claassen, Kathryn D. Linsenmeyer;   Clemens, Leonard G.;   Coleman, Nathanael Allen;   Conrad, Nancy Rebekah Hernley;   Covington, Robert Jean;   Cripe, Floyd H.;   Cross, Daniel E.;   Cross, Katie Yoder;   Cutrell, Samuel N.;   Davidhizar, George Kenneth;   Davidhizar, Grace E. Marks;   Davidhizar, Virgil S.;   Deckert, Ronald L.;   Delp, Ada G. Moyer;    Denlinger, Clifford E.;   Denlinger, Dorothy I. Mellinger;   Denlinger, Harold D.;   Deputy, Lelia Esther Eberly;   Deputy, Norma Virginia Shank;   Derstine, Chester T.;   Derstine, Esther Garges;   Derstine, Marvin;   Derstine, Mary Ellen M. Clemmer;   Derstine, Noah T.;   Derstine, Ruth L. Detweiler;   Derstine, Samuel Nyce;   Derstine, Stuart K.;   Detweiler, Alvin T.;   Detweiler, Lori Ann Godshall;   Detweiler, Paul G.;   Detweiler, Rudy J.;   Diller, Ivan R.;   Dintaman, Walter;    Drawbond, Mary Anna;   Dyck, Peter;   Early, Nellie Virginia Keller;   Eash, Donald E.;  Eash, Elon Henry;   Ebeling, Justina Anna Dick;   Eberly, Betty Ann Heatwole;   Eberly, Ivan R.;   Eberly, Lloyd R.;   Eberly, Timmaya R.;   Ebersole, Lorrain J. Good;   Eby, Lorraine F. Strite;   Eicher, Elta Vinetta North;   Eicher, Millie A. Chupp;   Eichorn, Virginia Rae;   Eigsti, Agnes Weaver;   Eklich, Robert J.;   Eller, Barbara Ann Butler;   Emerson, R. D.;   Erb, Verna MarieEsbenshade, Lamar Roy;    Esh, John-Family   Eshleman, A. Viola Landis;   Farmer, Leon;   Fisher, Annie F. Blank;   Fox, Lena Brubaker;   Fox, Ruth E. Winey;   Frankhouser, Vernon S.;   Frederick, Sara Lu Graber;   Freed, Elsie K. Kulp;   Fretz, Asher Benner;   Freyenberger, Janice Carolyn Roth;    Friesen, Gladys Huebert;   Frye-Miller, Mary "Etta" Yoder;   Funk, Francis John;   Funk, Ronald Peter;   Gingerich, Joel 

Campbell, Paul H.
92, of Conowingo, MD, died July 2, 2010 at his home. He was born November 22, 1917 in West Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., PA to Martin Fehl and Annie (Hess) Campbell.

He was preceded in death in 2004 by his wife of 64 years, Alma (Burkholder) Campbell.

Mr. Campbell was a member of Byerland Mennonite Church until he was asked to help establish Oakwood Mennonite Church in Conowingo, MD area in 1955. He served as Deacon there since 1956. Paul loved music and sang in a men's quartet for many years.

Survived by two daughters: Doris, wife of J. Clyde Deiter of Lancaster, PA and JoAnne, wife of J. Kenneth Hershey of Willow Street, PA; two sisters: Rhoda Wenger of Willow Street, PA and Mabel Pickel of Lancaster, PA; two brothers: John Campbell of New Holland, PA and Raymond Campbell of Farmersville, PA; eight grandchildren, twenty two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

Paul was preceded in death by Alma his wife, two infant sons, Paul and Edward, a sister, Anna Mae Campbell, and one great-grandson, Joshua Hershey.

Funeral service was July 7, 2010 at Byerland Mennonite Church, Willow Street, PAwith Pastors Richard Frank, J. Kenneth Hershey, Raymond Harnish and John Harrison taking part in the service.
Source: LOL July 5, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Cassel, Naomi H. Hendricks
, 97, died September 30, 2010 in the Souderton Mennonite Homes.  She was born 1913 in Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co., PA to Abram H. and Ella C. (Smith) Hendricks.

She was the wife of almost 70 years to Chester R. Cassel, who died in 2002. Former long time residents of Ridge Road in Salford Twp., the couple lived in Hidden Springs before moving to the retirement community. She and her husband also cared for foster children in their home. She was a member of Finland Mennonite Church and taught 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school for 45 years, as well as Bible school for over 30 years.

Surviving are six children, Paul H. Cassel, and his wife, Mary, of Telford, PA; Esther H. Long and her husband, Paul W., of Ambler, PA; David H. Cassel and his wife, Gerry, of Harleysville, PA; Richard H. Cassel and his wife, Esther, of Souderton, PA; Chester H. Cassel, Jr. and his wife, Mary Ann, of Souderton, PA and Rachel H. Reinford and her husband, Marvin, of Pennsburg, PA; 21 grandchildren; 54 great- grandchildren; and 5 great- great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Chester, she was also preceded in death by a stillborn daughter, Ruth H. Cassel; a stillborn great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Joy Cassel; a foster daughter, Barbara, who resided with the family for 10 years; three brothers, Warren, Clarence and Paul Hendricks; and two sisters, Martha Histand and Ruth Hendricks.

Services as follows: Friends may attend the interment service October 4, 2010 at 9AM in Line Lexington Mennonite Cemetery, Line Lexington, PA followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30AM in Finland Mennonite Church, Pennsburg, PA.
Source: The Daily Reporter, Lansdale, PA Oct 1, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler
  

Charles, Martha Newcomer,
97, of Lititz died January 26, 2010 at Landis Homes, Lititz, Lancaster Co., PA.  She was born August 7, 1912 at Salunga, Lancaster Co., PA to Jacob W. and Sarah (Witmer) Newcomer.  On August 7, 1943 she was married to Christian E. Charles, who was born December 6, 1902 and died December 29, 1990.

Three sisters, Alice, Barbara, and Esther, and two brothers, Elmer and Oscar  preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held January 30, 2010 at Landis Homes East Chapel, Lititz, PA with burial in Salunga Mennonite Cemetery, Salunga, PA.

Submitted by: Christy Kauffman, Landisville PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin
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Charles, Martha Newcomer,
98 of Lititz, PA died January 26, 2010, at her home at Landis Homes. She was born 1912 in Salunga, PA to Jacob W. and Sarah Witmer Newcomer. She was married to Christian E. Charles.

Martha was a faithful companion to her husband on his many teaching trips to Mennonite congregations throughout Pennsylvania. Martha was a member of the Landisville Mennonite Church and a long-time member of the Mennonite Historical Society.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Alice, Barbara, Esther and brothers, Elmer and Oscar.

Funeral service was January 30, 2010 at the Landis Homes East Chapel, Lititz, PA. Interment: Salunga Mennonite Cemetery. 
Source: LOL January 27, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Christner, Sue L. Christner
, 91, of Millersburg, IN died November 12, 2010 at the same place.  She was born August 5, 1919 at Topeka, IN to Levi D. and Goldie (O'Niel Eash) Christner.  On April 25, 1942 at Goshen, IN she was married to Carl I. Christner, who died April 9, 2005.

Surviving are two sons, Steve (Tracey) Christner and Larry (Anita) Christner,
4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Samuel Christner.

Her brothers and sisters, Lizzie Ann Miller, Emma Hostetler, Edith Lyon, Goldie L. Christner, Mary Fereva, Menno L. Christner, Christian L. Christner, Amos L. Christner, John Levi Christner, David A. Christner, Levi Lee Christner, and Arthur L. Christner preceded her in death.

A homemaker and lifelong resident of the Topeka/Millersburg area, Mrs. Christner was a longtime member of North Goshen Mennonite Church. Mrs. Christner sold Dutchmaid clothing from 1967 to 1972. In 1975, she started her own quilt business, selling old and new quilts all over the U.S.A. She had a number of quilts put into the national quilt registry, and her mother's quilt called "Jonnie Round the Corner" was displayed at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, and appeared on the cover of the Indiana Historical Society magazine "Traces." She loved flowers and plants and had a great interest in genealogy.

Memorials may be given to North Goshen Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held November 15, 2010 at Maple Grove Church, Topeka IN with burial in Town Line Cemetary, Topeka, IN.

Submitted by: Cheryl Beachey, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Chupp, Drucilla A.
, 84, of Goshen, IN died  February 16, 2010, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen.  She has lived in Goshen since 1929.  She was born on December 3, 1925, to Andrew and Anna (Yoder) Chupp, in Arthur, Illinois. She was a member of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church and Mennonite Disabilities Committee, and the founder of Project Promise.  

Survived by six sisters, Emma Chupp, Goshen, In; Katie (Paul) Swartzentruber, Kalona, Iowa; Ann Yoder, Moses Lake, Washington; Dema (John) Mishler, Bridgeville, Delaware; Millie Eicher, Topeka, IN; Mattie Schrock, South Bend, IN; one brother, Andrew (Dema) Chupp, McMinnville, Oregon; three step-sisters; Ida (James) Riddle, Ruth Miller, both of Goshen, IN; Margaret (Francis) Miller, Nappanee, IN; and many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by one sister, Lizzie Chupp; and three brothers, Benjamin, Isaac, and Levi Chupp.  Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Saturday, February 20, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, and from 2-3 p.m., Sunday, February 21, at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church.  Funeral service was February 21, 2010, at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, Goshen.  Pastor Jeff Mumaw of Clinton Frame will officiate. Burial was February 22, 2010, in Naylor Cemetery near Shipshewana, IN.  
Source: Obit files of Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler
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Chupp, Drucilla A., 84, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died February 15, 2010 at the same place from heart failure.  She was born December 3, 1925 at Arthur, IL to Andrew L. and Anna B. (Yoder) Chupp.

Surviving are brothers and sisters, Emma D. Chupp, Goshen, IN; Katie (Paul) Swartzendruber, Kalona, Iowa, Ann Yoder, Moses Lake, WA; Dema (John) Mishler, Bridgeville, Del; Millie Elcher, Topeka, IN; and Mattie Schrock, South Bend, IN; one brother, Andrew (Dema) Chupp, McMinnville, OR; three stepsisters, Ida (James) Riddle and Ruth Miller, both of Goshen, IN and Margaret (Francis) Miller, Nappanee, IN.

Three brothers, Benjamin, Isaac, and Levi Chupp; and a sister, Lizzie Chupp preceded her in death.

Drucilla's hobbies were reading, traveling, singing and teaching Bible School at various locations and also teaching Sunday School.  She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and working in her greenhouse with the flowers.  She also enjoyed taking naure walks with her sister, Emma, and their pet dogs.

With God's majestic power, in 1974, Drucilla and Emma co-founded a program for the handicapped people in the area named Project Promise.  In 1976, with the generous help of others, the work became a local mission under the umbrella of MDC Goldenrod.

Memorial services were held February 21, 2010 at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in Naylor Cemetery, Shipshewana, LaGrange Co., IN.

Submitted by: Karen Troyer
Clinton Frame Mennonite Church
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Chupp, Ella S. Miller


MIDDLEBURY -- Ella S. Chupp, 88, of Middlebury died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at her home.

She was born Jan. 17, 1922, in Goshen to Samuel and Lydia Mae (Troyer) Miller.

On Nov. 25, 1943, she married Eli S. Chupp in Goshen. He died July 2, 2006.

Surviving are three sons, Earl (Irma) Chupp of Manton, Mich., Samuel (Lydia) Chupp of Freemont, Mich., and David (Arlene) Chupp of Hillsboro, Wis.; two daughters, Esther (Simon) Borkholder of Brighton, Iowa, and Mary (Delbert) Miller of Middlebury; 44 grandchildren; and 125 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, four sisters and a great-grandchild.

She was a homemarker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be all day today, Nov. 13, at the family's home. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Ernie Lehman's residence, C.R. 33, Middlebury. The service will be conducted by Bishop Nelson Gingerich and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.

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

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
11/13/2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Chupp, Ervin M.

 
Ervin M. Chupp, 72, of Arthur passed away at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, August 4, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Friday morning at the former Mast Harness building in rural Arthur with Bishop Eli Schlabach officiating. Burial was in Otto Cemetery in rural Arthur. Visitation was anytime prior to the funeral at Mast Harness Shop. Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola, assisted the family with arrangements.
           
Mr. Chupp was born September 28, 1937, in Arthur. He was a son of Menno J. and Sarah C. (Gingerich) Chupp. He married Elizabeth Hos tetler on September 27, 1956, in Arcola. She survives.
           
Also surviving are eight children, Katie Viola Ging erich and husband Lester of Arthur, Elva E. Chupp and wife Alta of Humboldt, Dorothy Marie Farmwald and husband John of Sullivan, Willis E. Chupp and wife Fannie Mae of Arcola, Carolyn Kay Mast and husband Reuben of Campbell Hill, Bertha Lorene Diener and husband Larry of Arthur, Glen Ray Chupp and wife Betty of Sullivan, and Loretta Ann Herschberger and husband Marlin of Humboldt; 44 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Elva Chupp and wife Bertha and Daniel Chupp and wife Dorothy, all of Arthur; four sisters, Dorothy Otto and husband Levi of Sullivan, Barbara Ann Schrock and husband Omer of Lovington, Bertha Beachy and husband Freeman of Arthur, and Elnora Miller and husband Marvin of Arthur; and a brother-in-law, Junior Otto of Arcola.
           
Mr. Chupp was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Anna Marie Otto; and three grandchildren, Wilbur Leroy Gingerich, Leanna Mast, and Ervin Ray Chupp.
           
He was a member of the Old Order Amish Faith.

The Arthur Graphic, Arthur, IL
08-10-2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin
 

Chupp, Fannie H. Kauffman


STURGIS, Mich. -- Fannie H. Chupp, 95, of 30994 U.S. 12, Sturgis, died at 12:20 a.m. Monday (July 26, 2010) at her residence.

She was born July 17, 1915, in Shipshewana, Ind., to Harvey and Lovina (Kauffman) Kauffman. On Nov. 7, 1936, she married Levi S. Chupp. He died March 3, 1990.

Surviving are daughters Wilma (Kenneth) Gillette of Sturgis and Mary Levitz of Angola, Ind.; sons Elmer (Pat) Chupp of O'Brien, Fla., Daniel (Jann) Chupp of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Edward (Lola) Chupp of Sturgis; sister Elizabeth Hochstetler of Nappanee; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three grandsons; one great-grandson; brother Edward Kauffman; sisters Laura Miller, Katie Eicher and Mattie Pothoof; and half-brothers Henry and David Kauffman.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Shore Mennonite Church. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Sturgis Home Health Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
7/28/2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Chupp, Lydia J. Miller


GOSHEN -- Lydia J. Chupp, 88, of Goshen, died at her home Monday (July 26, 2010).

She was born Aug. 27, 1921, in LaGrange County to John D. and Rosa (Zehr) Miller. On June 29, 1941, in Middlebury, she married William M. Chupp. He died Nov. 14, 2008.

Surviving are daughters Mary Etta (Stanley) Yoder and Leann (Elmer) Wingard, both of Goshen, Lora Mae (Lloyd D.) Miller and Leola (Elva) Yoder, both of Middlebury, and Leora (Freman) Wingard of Shipshewana; sons Mervin (Trudy), Glen (Carolan) and Floyd (Edna) Chupp, all of Goshen, and Delbert (Sarah) and Leroy (Lorene) Chupp, both of Millersburg; 57 grandchildren; 101 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by infant children Vernon and Verna; one granddaughter; four brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today and all day Thursday at the Floyd W. Chupp home, 62376 C.R. 41, Goshen. A funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Mervin Dean Hostetler home, 11641 C.R. 30, Goshen. Bishop Perry S. Miller and the home ministers will officiate. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
7/28/2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Claassen, Kathryn D. Linsenmeyer
, 84, of Goshen, IN died May 13, 2010, at Greencroft Healthcare. She was born February 9, 1926 to Fredrick and Agness (Riley) Linsenmeyer in Blue Springs, Nebraska.  On June 5, 1947 she married Edward Claassen in Beatrice, Nebraska. He died January 9, 1985.

She was a member of College Mennonite Church, Goshen. She volunteered at Greencroft and for MCC.

Survived by two children, Shirley (John) Dick of New Paris, IN and Dennis (Joyce) Claassen of Estes Park, Colorado; five grandchildren Brent and Brooke Claassen, Alison (Tim) McCormick, Sarah and Laura Dick; four sisters Alma (Wayne) Spier of Beatrice, Nebraska, Helen Burger of DeWitt, Nebraska, Marie Kitt of Beatrice, Nebraska, Elsie Claassen of Goshen, IN; and a brother, Kenneth (Pat) Linsenmeyer, Lincoln, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by a sister Lela Linsenmeyer and two brothers, Alfred L. and Ernest L. Linsenmeyer.

A memorial service was May 20, 2010, at The Meetinghouse, at Greencroft.  Pastors Betty Hochstetler and Arlin Claassen officiated.

Friends gathered 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 22, at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Nebraska with a graveside service to follow in First Mennonite Cemetery.  An 11:00 a.m., memorial service was conducted by Rev. Gale Cross.
Source: Obit files of Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler
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Claassen, Kathryn D. Linsenmeyer, 84, of Goshen, IN died May 13, 2010 at the same place.  She was born February 9, 1926 at Blue Springs, NE to Frederick and Agness (Riley) Linsenmeyer.  On June 5, 1947 at Beatrice, NE she was married to Edward Claassen, who was born January 2, 1919 and died January 9, 1985.

Surviving are a daughter, Shirley (John) Dick, a son, Dennis (Joyce) Claassen, 5 grandchildren, four sisters, Alma (Wayne) Spier, Helen Burger, Marie Kitt, Elsie Claassen, and a brother, Kenneth (Pat) Linsenmeyer.

A sister, Lela Linsenmeyer, and two brothers, Alfred L. Linsenmeyer, and Ernest L. Linsenmeyer preceded her in death.

Kathryn was a homemaker and a member of College Mennonite Church.  She volunteered at Greencroft and for MCC.

Memorial services were held May 20, 2010 at Greencroft Meetinghouse, Goshen, IN and on May 22, 2010 at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, NE with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Clemens, Leonard G.
, 75, of Souderton, PA died April 15, 2010, at Abington Health Lansdale Hospital. He was born in Sellersville, PA to the late George and Catherine (Gehman) Clemens. He was the beloved husband for 40 years to Sheridan L. (Fargo) Clemens.

He attended Zion Mennonite Church of Souderton, PA.
 
Leonard was a 32nd degree mason who belonged to the MacCalla Masonic Lodge No. 596 F&AM for 48 years.

Survived by his wife, Sheridan and two sons, Douglas Clemens and wife, Ann of Stanford, CT and Jonathan Clemens and wife, Dawn of Hatfield, PA; two daughters, Stephanie Marinari and husband, Robert of Telford, PA and Bonnie Wilkins and husband, Gene of Hellertown, PA; 11 grandchildren, Patti, Ben, Eric, Michael, Heather, Phillip, Melissa, Taylor, Shane, Chelsea and Shelby; and three great-grandchildren, Paul, Marie and Holly.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Landis and a sister, Jeanette Clemens.
        
A graveside service was April 24, 2010 at Zion Memorial Gardens, Franconia, PA.
Source: The Reporter, Lansdale, PA Published: April 19, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler


Coleman, Nathanael Allen
, was stillborn December 30, 2010 at Orrville, Wayne Co., OH to Chip Allen and Martha Rose (Kratzer) Coleman.  Chip was born December 11, 1976 and Martha was born February 18, 1980.

Surving besides his parents are two brothers, Silas Coleman and Ezra Coleman

Memorial services were held January 7, 2011 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron, OH with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Ellen Nussbaum, Kidron, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Conrad, Nancy Rebekah Hernley
, 91, of Goshen, IN died August 29, 2010 at the same place.  She was born March 18,1919 at Scottdale, PA to Henry and Daisy (Cutrell) Hernley.  On January 24, 1946 at Nazareth, Ethiopia she was married to Paul L. Conrad, who was born September 23, 1918 and died July 17,2008.

Surviving are children, Glenn (Peggy) Conrad; Mary (Mathew) Lo; and Paul (Marti) Conrad; 8 grandchildren, and three sisters, Ferne Savanick; Catherine Lundberg; and Martha Heath.

A son, John Conrad, a sister, Lillian (?last name); and two brothers, Marshall Hernley; and Ralph Hernley preceded her in death.

Nancy attended Goshen College and La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing (Colo.)  She served with MCC in Egypt, Palestine, and Nazareth, Ethiopia.  In Nazareth she met and married Paul Conrad.  She helped found the first hospital in Nazareth.  She served as a Mennonite missionary with Mennonite Board of Missions in Dhamtari, India.  For ten years she had a private practice as a psychiatric/mental health nurse clinician in the Scottdale, Pa., area.  During that time she served on the board of Mennonite Mutual Aid and also as Vice President, then President of the Mennonite Nurses Association, which named her Nurse of the Year in 1994.

Memorial services were held September 4, 2010 at Greencroft Meetinghouse, Goshen, IN with burial in Pennsville Mennonite Cemetery, Scottdale, PA.

Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Covington, Robert Jean
, 77, of Goshen, IN died July 5, 2010 at the same place.  He was born December 28, 1932 at Arlington, SD to Blaine and Beulah (Nettleton) Covington. 

On February 8, 1956 he was married to Willie Melancon, who died July 2, 2007.   Robert then married Ruth Bertsche, Dec. 28, 2008.  She survives.

Surviving are children, Lynn (Jim) Smith; Cindy (Roger) Woods; Connie (Fred) Jacober; and Carla (Daniel) Oplinger; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and three sisters, Beverly Berkey; Donna Fry; and Bonnie (Bill) Kintigh.

A sister Ruth Troyer preceded him in death.

Robert was an airman second class in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War, being discharged in 1956.  He had been a supervisor at Starcraft in Goshen.

Memorial services were held July 8, 2010 at Rieth Rohrer Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, IN with burial in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, IN.

Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Cripe, Floyd H.


WAKARUSA -- Floyd H. Cripe, 94, Wakarusa, formerly of C.R. 42, died at 9:42 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Miller's Merry Manor, Wakarusa.

He was born June 10, 1916, to Jacob and Laura (Miller) Cripe in Nappanee. On April 5, 1944, he married Ruth (Hunsberger) Cripe. She died June 15, 1996.

Surviving are son Max E. (Phyllis) Cripe of Elkhart; daughter Jane M. (Adlai) Schrock of Goshen; grandchildren Jody (Troy) Barber of Bristol, Mark (Katy) Cripe of Dublin, Ohio, Jeff (Ann) Schrock of Elkhart and Marla (Brian) Current of Indianapolis; and great-grandchildren Madelynn, Jacqueline, Benjamin, Sophia, Carter and Elizabeth.

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Mary Royer and Wilma Crist; and one brother, Delbert Cripe.

He was a farmer, seed corn salesman and a member of Salem Mennonite Church.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, 117 W. Waterford St., Wakarusa, where the funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. Home ministry will officiate. Burial will be in Olive (West) Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Christian Witness Mission in Haiti, 17494 C.R. 48, New Paris, IN 46553. Online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
9/1/2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Cross, Daniel E.


Dec. 27, 1924 - Dec. 4, 2010

GOSHEN -- Daniel E. Cross, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the Maples at Waterford Crossing, Goshen.

He was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Nappanee to Enos and Mattie (Yoder) Cross. On May 14, 1944, in Middlebury, he married Beulah Gingerich. She survives.

Also surviving are daughters Joyce Miller and Darlene (Vernon) Plank, both of Goshen, and Gloria (Mike) Schrock of Millersburg; son Marvin (Deanna) Cross of Elkhart; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters Mary (Jonas) Schrock and Anna (Irvin) Yoder, both of Goshen, and Rosa (Calvin) Borntrager of Middlebury; and brothers George (Verna) Cross of Middlebury, Elmer Cross of Millersburg and Vernon (Arlene) Cross, LeRoy (Esther) Cross and Joe (Alpha) Cross, all of Goshen.

Preceding him in death were his parents, stepmother Sarah Ann Cross and sister Fannie Mae Cross.

A lifetime resident of this area, he was a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church. He was employed by Honey Crust Bakery, Fuller Brush, Goshen Farm Dairy, J & K Oil Burger Dairy, Pine Manor and G & R Transport.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, where the funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. Pastors Ron Diener and Tyler Hartford will officiate.

Burial will be in Miller 8 Square Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to Pleasant View Mennonite Church.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Dec. 5, 2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Cross, Katie Yoder


Nov. 21, 1923 - Aug. 4, 2010

GOSHEN -- Katie Cross, 86, of Goshen, died at 9:58 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 4, 2010) at Goshen General Hospital.

She was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Reno County, Kan., to William and Susie Yoder.

On June 8, 1944, in Haven, Kan., she married Harry Cross. He died Oct. 12, 2004.

Surviving are daughter Sue Ellen (Michael) Randolph of Marion; sons Jay Devon (Pam) and Steven Ray (Darlene) Cross, both of Middlebury; five grandsons; sisters Polly Fry, Anna (Glen) Fry, Edna Miller, Vera (Mervin) Miller and Ruby (Elmer) Byler; and brothers Felty (Ruby), Albert (Rosa), William (Lora), David (Ida Mae) and Merle (Ottie) Yoder.

She was preceded in death by daughter Shirley Ann Cross; a stillborn son and a stillborn daughter; seven brothers; and four sisters.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Life Fellowship, S.R. 5, Topeka. The Rev. William Yoder, brother of Katie, will officiate.

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to Sonshine Day Care, Millersburg.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
8/6/2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Cutrell, Samuel N.
, 80, of Lakewood, CO died November 9, 2010 at the same place.    He was born June 26, 1930 at Scottdale, PA to George W. and Frances (Nissley) Cutrell.  On December 16, 1951 at Karval, CO he was married to Waneta Louise Sommers, who was born February 25, 1927 and died October 11, 1997.

Surviving are two sons, Sam S. Cutrell and wife Angela, and Scott M. Cutrell, also one grandchild.

Two daughters, Sandra Kay Cutrell and Merrie Lynn Cutrell preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held November 18, 2010 at First Mennonite Church, Denver, CO with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver, CO.

Submitted by: Linda Welty, Denver, CO
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Davidhizar, George Kenneth


Nov. 4, 1918 - Oct. 26, 2010

WAKARUSA -- George Kenneth Davidhizar, 91, Martindale Road, Wakarusa, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Wakarusa.

He was born Nov. 4, 1918, in Elkhart County to Fred and Nora (Kehr) Davidhizar. He married Grace Evelyn (Marks) Davidhizar on June 6, 1942. She died Jan. 24, 2010.

Surviving are daughters Jean (Dan) Griffin of Bristol and Carolyn Bitikofer of Hesston Kan.; son Alan (Janice) Davidhizar of Wakarusa; brother Paul (Ellen) Davidhizar of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Virgil and Raymond Davidhizar, are deceased.

George worked for Ayr Cabinet, Nappanee. and at Amish Acres in the broom shop.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Olive Mennonite Church. Pastors Kevin and Sharon Yoder will officiate. Burial will be in Olive (East) Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Olive Mennonite Church, where George was a member.

Online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
10/27/2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin
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Davidhizar, George Kenneth, 91, of Wakarusa, IN died October 26, 2010 at the same place.  He was born November 4, 1918 in Elkhart Co., IN to Fred and Nora (Kehr) Davidhizar.  On June 6, 1942 he was married to Grace Evelyn Marks, who died January 24, 2010.

Surviving are children, Jean (Dan) Griffin, Alan (Janice) Davidhizar, and Carolyn Bitikofer, 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Paul (Ellen) Davidhizar.

Two brothers, Virgil Davidhizar and Raymond Davidhizar preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held October 30, 2010 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Dina Miller, Elkhart, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Davidhizar, Grace E. Marks
, 86, of Wakarusa, IN died January 24, 2010 at the same place.  She was born October 14, 1923 in Elkhart Co., IN to Ed and Edith (Hunsberger) Marks.  On June 2, 1942 she was married to George Davidhizar, who survives.

Surviving are two daughters, Jean (Dan) Griffin, and Carolyn Bitikofer, a son, Alan (Janice) Davidhizar, 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and two sisters Lois Hahn, and Leona (Kenneth) Eckert.

Two sisters, Ethel Hahn, and Ruth Davidhizar, and two brothers, Clyde Marks, and Lowell Marks preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held January 27, 2010 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Dina Miller, Elkhart, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin
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Davidhizar, Grace Evelyn Marks

WAKARUSA -- Grace Evelyn Davidhizar, 86, of Martindale Road, Wakarusa, died Sunday (Jan. 24, 2010).

She was born Oct. 14, 1923, to Ed and Edith (Hunsberger) Marks in Elkhart County. On June 6, 1942, she married George Davidhizar.

She is survived by her husband along with two daughters, Jean (Dan) Griffin of Bristol and Carolyn Bitikofer of Hesston, Kan.; one son, Alan (Janice) Davidhizar of Wakarusa; two sisters, Lois Hahn of Goshen and Leona (Kenneth) Eckert of Osceola; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Hahn and Ruth Davidhizar; and two brothers, Clyde Marks and Lowell Marks.

Mrs. Davidhizar retired after 18 years from Jones Furniture in Wakarusa and was a member of Olive Mennonite Church in Elkhart.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, 117 W. Waterford St., Wakarusa, and one hour prior to Wednesday's 11 a.m. funeral service at Olive Mennonite Church, 61081 C.R. 3, Elkhart. Pastors Kevin and Sharon Yoder of Olive Mennonite Church will officiate. Burial will be at Olive East Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to MCC for Haiti or Olive Mennonite Church. Online condolences may be sent at rrefh.com.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Jan. 25, 2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Davidhizar, Virgil S.


GOSHEN -- Virgil S. Davidhizar, 81, of Goshen, died Tuesday (April 20, 2010) at Goshen General Hospital.

He was born Dec. 6, 1928, in New Paris, the youngest son of the late Calvin and Lizzie Davidhizar of Wakarusa. He was preceded in death by siblings Roy Davidhizar, Ethel Hershberger and Ruth Davidhizar.

Virgil spent many years as a painter before delivering motorhomes cross-country. He especially enjoyed his 49 trips to Alaska, retiring in 1998. He graduated from Wakarusa High School in 1947.

He is survived by his daughters Judy (Michael) Holmes of Clawson, Mich., June Davidhizar of Elkhart and Joyce Johnson of Goshen; sons John (Kathy) Davidhizar of Altoona, Pa. and Jerry (Janet) Davidhizar; seven beloved grandchildren, Daniel (Kelly), Andrew (Megan), Adam (Stephanie), Thomas, Curtis, Nicholas and Kirsten; and two adored great-granddaughters, Addie and Shelby.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen. A service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Elkhart Truth - 4/22/2010
Elkhart, IN
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Deckert, Ronald L.
, 67, of Freeman, Hutchinson Co., SD died March 9, 2010 at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD.  

He was born September 1, 1942 at Dolton, McCook Co., SD to Herman Deckert and Delilah Ratzlaff Deckert, Kaufman.  Delilah was born April 22,1919and died January 3,1986.

On August 9, 1970 in Hutchinson Co., SD he was married to ElVera Hofer, who was born February 13, 1946 and survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Melissa Deckert, a son, Darren Deckert, a brother, Gary (Muriel) Deckert, and a sister, Verlyn Deckert.

Memorial services were held March 13, 2010 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Edie Tschetter, Freeman, SD
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Delp, Ada G. Moyer
, 84, of Souderton, PA died July 23, 2010 at the same place.  She was born August 5, 1925 at Franconia Township, Lancaster Co., PA to Harry and Sally (Godshall) Moyer.  On September 28, 1946 she was married to Alvin D. Delp, who was born June 14, 1921 and died August 18, 2008.

Surviving are three sons, Arlin M. Delp, and his wife Darlene; Laverne M. Delp, and his wife, Beverly; Durrell M. Delp, and his wife Dawn; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Norman Moyer.

Her siblings: Richard Moyer, Edith Souder, Esther Bechtel, Mary Moyer, Ella Detweiler, and Harold Moyer preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held July 31, 2010 at Rockhill Mennonite Church, Telford, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Unkown
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Denlinger, Clifford E.
, 83, formerly of East Petersburg, PA died January 26, 2010 at the Mennonite Home, Lancaster, PA. Born in Paradise,PA to Irvin and Mary Hostetter Denlinger. He was the husband of the late Anna Martha Groff Denlinger who died in 2009.

He was a member of East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Clifford was a self-employed building contractor, who built more than 100 homes in Lancaster County.

Surviving are three children, Charmayne married to Omer Brubaker, Lancaster, PA; Philip Denlinger married to Joan Urban, Monsey, NY and Bethany Denlinger married to Leonard Moses, Chesterfield, VA; six grandchildren; a sister, Jane married to Clarence Siegrist, Neffsville; PA; three brothers, Leon married to Donalene Denlinger, York, PA; Carl Denlinger married to Arcenia Rosal, Philadelphia, PA; Nelson married to Ruth Denlinger, Bethesda, MD.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Martin, and a son, Steven Denlinger, whose fiancée, Gayle Orczyk, with her two children, remains part of the family circle. Funeral service was January 30, 2010 at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, Interment was in the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery, East Petersburg, PA
Source: LOL January 28, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Denlinger, Dorothy I. Mellinger
, 87, of Fairmount Homes, East Earl, PA, died June 13, 2010 at Ephrata Community Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ellis R. Denlinger.  

A member of Grace Point Church of Paradise, PA she was active in the sewing circle.  

Survived by her husband Ellis and four sons, Eugene, husband of Barbara, Lititz, PA; Wayne husband of Nikki, Bay Village, OH; Rodney, husband of Cindy, Gordonville, PA; Curvin, husband of Kathleen, Millersville, PA; a daughter, Joyce, wife of Roger Bascue, Eugene, Oregon, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  A brother Parke Mellinger, Baumgardner, and a sister-in-law, Ruth Mellinger, Lititz, also survives.  

She was preceded in death by two brothers Mervin and Benjamin Mellinger.
Source: Obit files of Bachman Funeral Home Strasburg, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Denlinger, Harold D.,
92, formerly of Paradise Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, died  March 15, 2010at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, Quarryville, PA. He was born in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, to Martin and Alice (Diffenbach) Denlinger. He was the husband of Miriam (Neff) Denlinger. They were married for 69 years last October.

He was member of Grace Point Church of Paradise, formerly Paradise Mennonite Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, trustee and custodian..

Survived by his wife Miriam and three children: Carl married to Ruby (Hampton), Stanley married to Nedra (Kauffman) and Rhoda married to Allen Blank; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Rohrer and Ruth Denlinger and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Landis, and four brothers, Roy, Clarence, Martin and Daniel Denlinger.

Funeral Service was March 18, 2010 at Grace Point Church of Paradise, with Pastor Fred Martin officiating. Interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, Paradise, PA. .

Source: LOL March 16,2010    
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Deputy, Lelia Esther Eberly
, 70, a resident of Singers Glen, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. Mrs. Deputy was born on April 13, 1940, in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Marion Israel and Reba Rosalie Rhodes Eberly.

She graduated in 1958 from Turner Ashby High School, and Massanutten Technical Center. She was employed as an LPN at Rockingham Memorial Hospital and Bridgewater Retirement Community for 26 years. She was the former president of the Singers Glen Ruritan Club. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, cooking and spending time with her family. She was a member of Weavers Mennonite Church.

On Sept. 5, 1959, she married Ronald LeRoy Deputy Sr., who survives.  Also surviving are her children, Ronald "Ronnie Lee" LeRoy Jr. and wife Nancy Ann (Nieling) of Charlotte, N.C., Reba Rosanne Deputy and husband David Black Heizer of Fairfield, Anthony Lynn Deputy, Raleigh Jay Deputy and wife Shandra Dawn (Matters), all of Harrisonburg; brothers and sisters, Ava Catherine Griffin of Stuarts Draft, Frederick Ellsworth Eberly of Harrisonburg, Robert Neil Eberly of
Mount Crawford, Marion "Buddy" Raleigh Eberly of Dayton, Mandell Lillian Shank of Dayton; and grandchildren, Megan Renee Deputy, Matthew William Deputy, Benjamin Preston Heizer, Leah Heizer-McCown, Emily Jane Heizer, Levi David Heizer, Fae Valentine Deputy, and Ronin Tyler Deputy.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William Rhodes Eberly.

Pastor Phil Kanagy will conduct a memorial service on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at 4 p.m. at Weavers Mennonite Church.

Daily News Record - 8/13/2010
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Deputy, Norma Virginia Shank
, 89, of Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., VA died September 2, 2010 at the same place.  She was born September 3, 1920 in  Rockingham Co., VA at to Dan G. and  Irene (Heatwole) Shank.  On March 15, 1938 she was married to John Jacob Deputy, who was born February 14, 1917 and died December 19, 2005.

Surviving are two daughters, Betty Holder (Thomas) and Lois Huffman, 2 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and a sister, Dorothy Showalter (Mark).

Memorial services were held September 4, 2010 at Crestwood of VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA with burial in Weaver's Mennonite Church Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA.

Submitted by: Ann B. Hensley, Harrisonburg, VA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Derstine, Chester T.
, 9l, of Dublin, PA died November 23, 2010 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA.  He was born January 28, 1919 at Bedminster, PA to Samuel and Lizzie (Trauger) Derstine.  On May 8, 1940 he was married to Ruth L. Detweiler, who was born April 17, 1919 and died November 28, 2010.

Surviving are James Derstine (son) & wife, Ruth Ann, Sarasota,FL; David Derstine (son) & wife Lynn, Perkasie, PA; Elaine Clemmer (daughter) & husband James,
Dublin, PA, 7 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, Ruth F. Derstine (sister-in-law) Sellersville, PA; and Mary F. Derstine sister-in-law) Souderton, PA.

A son, Clyde Derstine, a grandson, Luke Ryan Clemmer, two sisters, Martha Landis and Clara Derstine, & five brothers, Willis, Noah, Isaac, Harold and Samuel Derstine preceded him in death.

A joint funeral service was held for Chester and Ruth on December 1, 2010 at Rockhill Mennonite Community Chapel, Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA with burial in Deep Run Mennonite Church East cemetery, Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA.

Submitted by: Lois Ann Wismer, Perkasie, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Derstine, Esther Garges
, 91, of Souderton, PA formerly of Silverdale, PA died, March 24, 2010 at Souderton Mennonite Homes She was born in Chalfont, PA to Howard and Mamie (Anglemoyer) Garges. She was the wife of the late Chester H. Derstine.

Esther was a life member of Doylestown Mennonite Church of Doylestown, PA.

Survived by her two daughters, Joan Y. Landis and  husband, Roy, of Blooming Glen, PA and Sharon L. Gingerich of Berthoud, CO; her son,  Donald W. Derstine and wife, Judy, of Line Lexington, PA; a brother, Arthur A. Garges of Doylestown, PA; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carroll  A. and John A. Garges.

Funeral service was March 27, 2010 at Souderton Mennonite Homes Summit View Auditorium,  Souderton, PA. A private burial will took place at Doylestown Mennonite Cemetery, Doylestown, PA.
Source: The Reporter, Lancdale, PA Mearch 24, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler


Derstine, Marvin
, 86, of Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA died March 26, 2010.  He was born July 23,1923 at Franconia, Montgomery Co., PA.  On February 25,1945 he was married to Beulah Landis, who was born February 25, 1923 and survives.

Surviving are children, Keith Derstine and Wife Pam; Suzanne Young and husband Allen Mcallister; Christine Derstine and husband Philip Martin, 5 grandchildren,  1 great-grandchild, and two sisters, Anna Landes and Betty Landis.

Memorial services were held March 31, 2010 at Souderton Mennonite Homes, Souderton, PA with burial in Salford Mennonite Cemetery, Harleysville, Montgomery, Co., PA.

Submitted by: Brad Alderfer, Harleysville, PA
Salford Mennonite Church
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin
 


Derstine, Mary Ellen M. Clemmer
, 88, of Franconia, PA died July 7, 2010 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA from respiratory failure.  

She was born March 22, 1922 at Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA to Allen L. and Alice (Moyer) Clemmer.  Alice was born May 9, 1893 and died December 24, 1986.

On April 25, 1942 she was married to Dayton A. Derstine, who died April 29, 1981.

Surviving are four daughters, Gladys Kolb and husband Daniel; Mary Derstine and husband John; Florence Hunsberger and husband Merle; and, Lourene Bergey and husband Glenn; 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, a sister, Alice Rittenhouse and husband Norman, and a brother, Marvin Clemmer.

A sister, Betty Kupeerus, and five brothers, Norman M. Clemmer, Jacob M. Clemmer, Joseph M. Clemmer, William M. Clemmer, and Cyrus M. Clemmer preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held July 11, 2010 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



Derstine, Noah T.
, 96, of Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA died May 13, 2010 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA from arteriosclerotic heart disease.  He was born January 9, 1914 in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., PA to Samuel and Lizzie (Trauger) Derstine.  On September 2, 1939 he was married to Ruth Freed, who survives.  Noah and Ruth were married more than 70 years.

Surviving are children, Jeanette Baum (husband, Richard) Perkasie; Bette Aukerman (husband, Larry) Castle Rock, CO; Carolyn Godshall (husband, Ernie) Newburgh,IN, 5 grandchildren,  5 great-grandchildren and a brother, Chester T. Derstine (wife, Ruth) Sellersville.

Four brothers and two sisters, Willis, Isaac, Clara, Harold and Sam Derstine and Martha Landis preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held May 17, 2010 at Chapel of the Rockhill Mennonite Community, Sellersville, PA with burial in Deep Run Mennonite Church East,
Perkasie, PA.

Submitted by: Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Derstine, Ruth L. Detweiler
, 91, of Dublin, PA died November 28, 2010 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA.  She was born April 17, 1919 at New Galena, PA to Harvey and Lizzie (Lapp) Detweiler.  On May 8, 1940 she was married to Chester T. Derstine, who was born January 28, 1919 and died November 23, 2010.

Surviving are James Derstine (son) & wife Ruth Ann, Sarasota, FL; David Derstine (son) & wife Lynn, Perkasie, Pa.; Elaine Clemmer, (daughter) & husband James, Dublin, PA; 7 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

A son, Clyde Derstine; a grandson, Luke Ryan Clemmer; a brother Abram Detweiler; and 4 sisters, Katie Meyers, Cora Meyers, Hannah Gahman and Elizabeth Gahman preceded her in death.

A joint funeral service was held for Chester and Ruth Derstine on December 1, 2010 at Rockhill Mennonite Community Chapel, Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA
with burial in Deep Run Mennonite Church East cemetery, Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA.

Submitted by: Lois Ann Wismer, Perkasie, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Derstine, Samuel Nyce
, 89, of Souderton, PA died March 17, 2010 at Grand View Hospital. He was born in Lower Salford Twp.,Montgomery Co., PA to Abram and Minnie (Nyce) Derstine. He was the husband of the late Alma D. (Kulp) Derstine.

He was a member of Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, PA where he was as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, church council member and sang in a men's quartet. Sam was a member of the Christian Business Men's Committee (Pennridge Chapter) and served in the leadership of the former Bux-Mont Youth Center in Harleysville. He was a member of the Christopher Dock Mennonite High School Board of Trustees. From 1942 to 1946, Sam served in Civilian Public Service in Virginia and Pittsburgh.

Survived by a daughter, Emilie D. Walson and husband, Robert, of Indianapolis, IN; three sons, Leon K. Derstine and wife, Elaine, of Hatfield, PA;Harley K. Derstine and wife, Dolores, of Harleysville, PA and Rodney K. Derstine and wife, Rachel, of Schwenksville, PA; two sisters,  Kathryn Beckham of Carlsbad, CA and Miriam Gingerich of Iowa City, IA;  14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Galen K. Derstine; brothers, Abram, Wilmer and Ezra Derstine; sisters, Ruth Loux and Susan Landis. 

Funeral service was March 23, 2010 at Salford Mennonite Church., Harleysville, PA. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.
Source: The Reporter, Lansdale, PA March 23, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler


Derstine, Stuart K
., 92, of Sellersville, PA; formerly of Souderton, PA passed away on Monday, February 8, 2010 at Rockhill Mennonite Community. He was born March 25, 1917 in Souderton, PA to the late Edwin and Elizabeth (Krupp) Derstine. He was the husband of the late Arlene R. (Roth) Derstine.

Stuart was a member of Souderton Mennonite Church where he served as a former treasurer, council member, trustee, usher, pastoral committee member and Sunday school team leader and sung in the Men's Quartet. Stuart was the co-founder of Bear Mountain Hunting Club in Sullivan County, PA.

Survived by: Nancy Greaser (Daughter) & husband, Leroy of New Columbia, PA; Lee Derstine (Son) & wife, Annetta of Franconia, PA; John Derstine (Son) & wife, Elaine of Souderton, PA; David Derstine (Son) & wife, Marilyn of Souderton, PA; Diane Detweiler (Daughter) & husband, Glen of Silverdale, PA; Phyllis Moyer (Sister) of Souderton, PA; Floyd Kulp (Brother-in-Law) of Richmond, VA; 13 Grandchildren; 24 Great-Grandchildren; 7 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Kulp and a brother-in-law, Jacob Moyer.

A funeral service was February 14, 2010 at Souderton Mennonite Church,. Burial was February 15, 2010 in the Souderton Mennonite cemetery, Souderton, PA

Source: Obit files of  Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home Souderton, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Detweiler, Alvin T.
, 93, of Plumsteadville, Bucks Co., PA died April 12, 2010  at Peter Becker Community, Harleysville, PA.  He was born November 1, 1916 in Plumstead Twp, Bucks Co., PA to Abram and Sarah (Tyson) Detweiler and married to Anna R. Rosenberger.

Surviving along with his wife are Carol Ann Gross (daughter) & Husband, Hiram Jr. of Harleysville, PA; Ronald (Son) & wife Cindi of Okemos, MI; Gerald (Son) & wife Karen of Kintnersville,PA; 4 grandchildren; Irma Detweiler, sister of Souderton, PA; Elizabeth Rush, sister of Dublin,PA; Dorothy Keeler(sister & husband, Earl of Sellersville,PA; Garwood Myers (brother-in-law) of Perkasie, PA; and Miriam Detweiler (sister-in-law) of Souderton, PA.

A son, James Detweiler & an infant stillborn, a brother, Wilmer Detweiler; and 2 sisters, Miriam Myers & Mildred Clemmer preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held April 16, 2010 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin
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Detweiler, Alvin T., age 93, of Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., PA died, April 12, 2010 at Peter Becker Community. He was born November 1, 1916 in Plumstead Twp., PA to the late Abram and Sarah (Tyson) Detweiler. He was the husband for 68 years to Anna R. (Rosenberger) Detweiler.
 
Alvin was a life member of Deep Run Mennonite Church East of Perkasie, PA where he served as the former church trustee, S.S. Superintendent and teacher and a choir member. He often sang in a men's and mixed quartet.

Survived by his wife, Anna, and Carol Ann Gross (Daughter) & husband, Hiram, Jr. of Harleysville, PA; Alvin Ronald Detweiler (Son) & wife, Cindi of Okemos, MI; Gerald R. Detweiler (Son) & wife, Karen of Kintnersville, PA; Irma Detweiler (Sister) of Souderton, PA, Elizabeth Rush (Sister) of Dublin, PA, Dorothy Keeler (Sister) & husband, Earl of Sellersville, PA Garwood Myers (Brother-in-Law) of Perkasie, PA, Miriam Detweiler (Sister-In-Law) of Souderton, PA 4 Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, James Detweiler & an infant stillborn; a brother, Wilmer Detweiler; two sisters, Miriam Myers & Mildred Clemmer.

Funeral service was April 16, 2010 at Deep Run Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Deep Run Mennonite Cemetery, Perkasie, PA. 
Published in Montgomery News from April 13 to April 15, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Detweiler, Lori Ann Godshall
, 47, of Telford, PA died December 14, 2010 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA from cancer.  She was born May 23, 1963 at Sellersville to Elmer and Marian (Moyer) Godshall.  On June 25, 1988 she was married to Wesley S. Detweiler, who was born March 10, 1965 and survives.

Surviving are two sons, Tanner and Austin Detweiler and her siblings: Arlen Godshall and wife, Norma of Phoenix, AZ; Larry Godshall and wife, Linda of Lansdale, PA; Ray Godshall and wife, Mary of Telford, PA; Durrell Godshall and wife, Sherry, of Harleysville, PA; and a sister, Darlene Knox and husband, Ed of Lebanon, OR.

Her parents, mother in 2010, preceded her in death.

In the 1990's Lori was part of the local singing group known as the BASICS.

Memorial services were held December 18, 2010 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Franconia, Montgomery Co., PA.

Submitted by: Elaine Derstine, Harleysville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Detweiler, Paul G.
, 93, died Friday, January 08, 2010 at his residence in Franconia Twp., PA. He was born in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., PA to Edward W. and Mary (Gross) Detweiler. He was the husband of the late Beulah A. (Kulp) Detweiler.

Paul was a member of the Indian Creek Mennonite Church, Franconia, PA.
 
He is survived by a daughter, Evelyn E. Detweiler of Franconia Twp., PA; two sons, Ernest Paul Detweiler and wife Janice of Jonestown, PA; J. Eldon Detweiler and wife Nancy of Elkton, MD, 13 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law; Sara A. Detweiler of Souderton, PA and Ella Mae Detweiler of Blountstown, FL.

He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Philip Mark Detweiler and Gerald Dale Detweiler, two sisters, Marie G. Detweiler and Edna G. Detweiler, two brothers, Willis G. Detweiler and Harvey G. Detweiler.

Funeral service was January 14, 2010 at  Indian Creek Mennonite Church  with burial was at the Indian Creek Cemetery, Franconia, PA
Source: Published in Montgomery Co., PA Newspapers  January 13, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler


Detweiler, Rudy J.
, 86, of Burton, Geauga Co., Ohio died May 29, 2010 at the same place from congestive heart failure.  He was born to Joseph and Lydia (Yoder) Detweiler. He was married to Ann Marie Zimmerly, who survives.

Surviving are children, Barbara Ann (Cleo) Miller, Mary (George) Dunn, Sadie (Don) Buckwalter, Tim (Carol)Detweiler, Martha (Leland) Earnest, Lois (Everett) Earnest, Tom (Cheri) Detweiler, and Rudy Lee (Tania) Detweiler, 23 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held June 3, 2010 at Maple View Mennonite Church, Burton, Ohio.

Submitted by: Judy Hilty, Rittman OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Diller, Ivan R.,
87, of Hesston, Harvey Co., KS died July 18, 2010 at the same place from congestive heart failure.  

He was born January 23, 1923 at Hesston to Jacob R. and Grace D. (Cooprider) Diller.  Jacob was born January 12, 1882 and died September 11, 1973.  Grace was born June 11, 1890 and died May 8, 1972.

On March 16, 1947 at Greensburg, Kiowa Co., KS he was married to Doris M. Jantz, who was born April 26, 1924 and survives.

Surviving are children, Althea (Ron) Harvey; Steve (Janelle) Diller; Betty Jo (Barth) Hague; and Jeanie (Greg) Martin; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and two brothers, J. Robert (Marcella) Diller; and R. Eugene (Donna) Diller.

Two brothers, John A. Diller and Allan S. Diller and a sister, Lois (Diller) Hershberger preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held July 23, 2010 at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston, KS with burial in Eastlawn Cemetery, Hesston , KS.

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



Dintaman, Walter
, 81, of Elkhart, IN died November 10, 2010 at the same place.  He was born December 9, 1928 at McBrides, MI to William and Susan (Seidner) Dintaman.  On June 2, 1962 he was married to Clara Wideman, who survives.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Jim) Martin and Lisa (Gregg) Skinner, 4 grandchildren, a sister, Inez Lauber and two brothers, Lester Dintaman and Glen Dintaman.

Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Walter graduated from Vestaburg High School (Mich.) and then from Michigan State University in 1950. He was inducted into the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi that year. He served his 1W alternate service with Mennonite Central Committee's PAX in Germany from 1952 to 1954. He retired as plant engineer from NIBCO in Elkhart, where he worked for 39 years and was an Indiana licensed wastewater treatment plant operator and registered environmental manager.

Walter was a member of North Goshen Mennonite Church, where he taught adult Sunday school for many years. He also served on the grounds and landscape committee.

Memorials may be given to Wycliffe Bible Translators or North Goshen
Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held November 15, 2010 at North Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN with burial in Rice Mausoleum, Elkhart, IN.

Submitted by: Cheryl Beachey, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Drawbond, Mary Anna
, 85, of Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ died March 9, 2010 at the same place.  She was born February 24, 1925 at County Divide, North Dakota to Joseph Samuel and Ella May (Harshbarger) Drawbond.

Her siblings, Hettie Melby, Ruth Elvert, Joseph Drawbond, Amos Drawbond, Emmett Drawbond and an infant sister and brother preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held March 15, 2010 at Glencroft Chapel, Glendale, Maricopa Co., AZ.

Submitted by: Shari Zwick, Phoenix, AZ
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Dyck, Peter


Robert Kreider reflects on the life of MCC colleague Peter Dyck
By Robert Kreider

One contemplates in awe the story of Peter J. Dyck, his life with Christ, a journey of peace and compassion through the most violent century in human history.

In 1987 over a three-month period I conducted twice weekly a series of interviews with Peter and Elfrieda on their service with Mennonite Central Committee, 1941 to 1949. This yielded a volume of almost 600 pages.

Peter was born in 1914 in a village in the Am Trakt settlement of Czarist Russia, land on the upper reaches of the Volga River that flows down to the Caspian Sea. His was a devout Mennonite family - nine children - that endured war, revolution, civil war, famine, epidemic and flight as refugees.

Six-year-old Peter almost died of typhoid and famine, but he survived, benefited from gifts of food from Mennonites in Canada and the United States. Indelibly etched into Peter's being was an awareness that to be a disciple of Christ means ministering to others who hunger, suffer and live in fear.

The MCC story and Peter merge again in 1941 when Peter was a 26-year-old lay pastor in two United Church of Canada congregations in Sudbury, Ont. Out of the blue came a telegram from family friend C.F. Klassen, who invited Peter to serve with MCC in England, then at war. After modest hesitation he responded, "Yes." And so began Peter's journey of almost 70 years in the ministries of MCC.

Recognizing Peter's long, gifted career as richly multidimensional, we focus here on Peter's servant ministry in MCC. Embedded in Peter's being were core motifs that are at once essential characteristics of MCC identity: operating frugally, living in hope and expectancy, empowering youth as leaders, nourished by story, leadership as servanthood, serving in the name of Christ, and much more.

The Akron headquarters Peter encountered in 1941 was one of lean frugality: the Main House, two telephones, staff furnishing their own typewriters, Peter sent off to New York to find his own ship passage to England. After a month, he found an ex-whaling ship, the Hektoria, and then the 28-day trip in convoy to Liverpool.

In an England threatened by invasion, Peter joined a small MCC team where he was expected to find his job - in time, a mobile canteen serving in air raids, projects with the Quakers, a home at Taxal Edge for war-scarred boys. As a Civilian Public Service man based at Akron, I vividly remember reading the flow of upbeat reports from this resourceful young Peter Dyck. For us CPS men - forbidden to serve abroad - the English program glowed with hope and expectancy. The team was poised for that moment when MCC could cross the Channel into war-devastated Europe.

Add to it romance. At Taxal Edge arrived a young nurse from Manitoba, Elfrieda Klassen. A friendship merged into romance. With V-1 rockets flying overhead and air-raid sirens sounding, Elfrieda responded "yes" to Peter's request to be his bride. Barriers were breached as a General Conference Mennonite boy married a Mennonite Brethren girl. Here lies another MCC theme: the hundreds of marriages born of MCC: Henry and Beatrice, Cal and Frieda, Paul and Nancy, Lois and Robert.

In 1945 with the surrender of Germany, Peter and Elfrieda entered the Netherlands to launch under 30-year old Peter's direction a carefully designed program that brought food and clothing to one in 10 of the 10 million Dutch citizens - a people who had suffered four years of Nazi occupation. Reports of the Dutch program were electrifying to Mennonites on the home front in North America - donors hearing that their meat canning, flour processing and clothing gathering was now meeting critical human need.

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Dyck 'home before dark'
By John Longhurst
Mennonite Publishing Network
 
Peter Dyck prayed God would let him die before old age robbed him of his ability to be kind, trusting, loving and generous.

 Peter Dyck, who died Jan. 4 [2010] at the age of 95, prayed "Lord, let me get home before dark."

"Grouchy old men and women make life difficult for others and themselves," he wrote in his book of mediations about aging gracefully, Getting Home Before Dark.

"Once they were young and strong, kind and loving, but something happened. Their generous spirits shriveled, their minds became suspicious, and they became something we thought existed only in horror stories, not in reality ... O Lord, please, don't let that happen to me. Let me get home before a darkness like that overtakes me."

Dyck, who died Jan. 4 [2010] at the age of 95, had his prayer answered.

"Peter continued to be a supportive presence at church," said Donna Mast, co-pastor of Scottdale Mennonite Church, where he attended. "Even though he was living with pain, he continued to be positive and encouraging, and his mind was clear.

Another MCC theme writ large in the Peter Dyck story was the way MCC entrusted and empowered youth in leadership. In August 1945 at Maastricht at the south tip of Holland 33 refugees stumbled across the border and said that they, after 400 years, had "come home." Peter and Pastor Hylkema visited them and confirmed that they were Mennonite brothers and sisters fleeing Soviet Russia. Peter immediately contacted authorities in The Hague to gain assurance of Dutch protection for this forlorn group. In one of the most ambitious actions in MCC history, Peter immediately printed in three languages 5,000 copies of a Menno Pass pledging to verified Mennonite refugees a safe border crossing, care in Holland and emigration overseas. Just like that, the young Peter had made a multimillion-dollar commitment for MCC. Before the border was closed, 450 refugees crossed to freedom.

After five years of MCC service, Peter and Elfrieda had planned to return home. But they - once refugee children themselves, and obedient to Christ - had no choice but to stay in Europe another three years to help lead in the resettlement of 12,000 refugee brothers and sisters in the New World.

In the twentieth century no story out of the Mennonite experience has captured the hearts and minds of our people as the story of the Berlin Exodus in 1947. This miraculous departure from Berlin in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 1947, of 1,200 Mennonite refugees from Russia brings to memory the biblical narrative of that first Exodus.

I can see it now: I was standing in Berlin's Lichterfelder West railway station, watching those 40 boxcars slowly move out into the darkness and perils of the Russian Zone, with Peter and Elfrieda aboard. A thousand prayers rose seeking the protective presence of the Good Shepherd. Lois [Robert Kreider's wife] remembers the following morning at the port of Bremerhaven the train's dramatic arrival, helping refugees going up the plank and serving each a mug of hot chocolate. Minutes later the Volendam slipped out to sea en route to Paraguay.

I remember that 16-millimeter movie camera Peter purchased in England. With his narrated films of refugees and war destruction, he introduced thousands of Mennonites to the once-forbidden technology of movies - Peter, thus, an agent of modernity. In a deeper sense his listeners began to talk about "our" refugees, "our" settlements in South America and "our" people in the Soviet Union. A sense of peoplehood emerged.

Like his Master, Peter went about telling stories. No speaker addressed more of his people than Peter. For him MCC and the life of discipleship was more than program, strategies and budgets; it was a web of winsome narrative for young and old. Peter radiated joy and drama in serving in the name of Christ. In his storytelling, he allowed the intrusion of a bit of hyperbole, which at times evoked from Elfrieda a gentle reminder, "But Peter, I remember it differently."

The years passed. Peter became pastor of the large Eden Mennonite congregation at Moundridge, Kan. There he joined in the delights of a Mennonite people bursting with energy in the postwar 1950s - sharing and leading in a surge of creative activities: Mennonite Disaster Service, voluntary service, Pax, relief sales, relief canning, Mennonite mental hospitals. He had returned to the church's generous giving base.

In the last of our series of interviews in 1987 I asked Peter to reflect on the biblical story of Exodus. This was his response:

"The major lesson to be learned ... could be distilled into two words that C.F. Klassen said so often: 'Gott kann!' - God is able, God can! I think that's probably the bottom line when you read Exodus. And I would hope that when children and grandchildren hear about the Berlin exodus in which Elfrieda and I were privileged to have a part, they also come to the conclusion that with God nothing is impossible. God can!"

Historian Robert Kreider, of North Newton, Kan., shared this reflection at the memorial service for Peter Dyck on Jan. 9 at Akron (Pa.)?Mennonite Church.

Source: Mennonite Weekly Review
Newton, KS - p. 12
Jan. 18, 2009

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"He got home before dark."

Dyck's son-in-law, Jack Scott, echoed that sentiment.

"There were some difficult days, but he didn't succumb to darkness," Scott said. "He sometimes struggled with memory, but he was able to recognize family and friends. He was gracious right to the end. He had a peaceful passing."

In addition to Getting Home Before Dark, Dyck also wrote children's books for Herald Press. But he is best known for Up From The Rubble, which he co-authored with his wife, Elfrieda, who died in 2004. That book, which sold more than 18,000 copies, details their experiences of helping Mennonite refugees to escape from war-torn Europe to find new homes in South America and Canada.

"He was an outstanding and influential Christian Mennonite," said Levi Miller, former Herald Press editorial director. "He had a deeply committed and authentic Christian faith. The staff at Mennonite Publishing Network loved him for his stories."

In Getting Home Before Dark, Dyck wrote: "I'm not afraid of death. I have peace with God. I can say with Paul, 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith' (2 Tim. 4:7)."

Source: Mennonite Weekly Review
Newton, KS
Jan. 18, 2009
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Early, Nellie Virginia Keller
, a resident of Dayton, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at her home. Mrs. Early was born on April 13, 1916, in Dayton, and was the daughter of the late William and Sallie Simmers Keller. She was a homemaker and spent her entire life in the Dayton community. She was a member of the Dayton Mennonite Church. On Sept. 28, 1938, she married Byard Early, who preceded her in death on March 19, 2008.

Surviving are two sons, Allen K. Early of Harrisonburg, Roy W. Early and wife, Phyllis, of Dayton; a daughter, Phyllis E. Kauffman and husband, Lowell, of Harrisonburg; two sisters, Lelia Eberly of Harrisonburg, Lorene Layman of Dayton; six grandchildren, Kristine Rosolina, Brenda Layton, Vicki Simonetti, Keith Kauffman, Joseph Early, Andrea Knight and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Early was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Donna Early, two brothers, Harry Keller and Warren Keller, and two sisters, Evangeline Showalter and Orpha Keller.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Bank Mennonite Cemetery. Pastor Daryl Driver will conduct a memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the Dayton Mennonite Church. McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 8/27/2010
Harrisonburg, VA
Robert Fish



Eash, Donald E.
, 82 died October 6, 2010 at Parkview Manor in Wellman, IA. He was born August 22, 1928 near Wellman, Iowa to Wallace and Laura (Doolin) Eash. On September 9, 1951 he was united in marriage to Fern Swartzendruber at the West Union Mennonite Church.

Don was a lifetime member of the West Union Mennonite Church where he served as Trustee and Sunday school teacher. He was an Iowa County Soil Commissioner for 10 years.

Survived by his wife Fern of Wellman; 3 children - Michael Eash and wife Marie of Arcadia, CA; Merridy Leichty and husband Allen of Wellman, IA; Martin Eash of North Liberty, IA; 5 grandchildren - Dominique Eash of Sierra Madre, CA; Dawn Eash of Santa Monica, CA; Lauren Eash of Arcadia, CA; William Leichty and wife Kate of Goshen, IN; Christina Leichty of Iowa City, IA; a sister Carley June Brubaker of Williamsburg, VA; and a brother Arthur Eash of Naples, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 brothers - Robert Eash and infant Russell Dean Eash.

Celebration of Life Service was October 9, 2010 at the West Union Mennonite Church with Pastor Martha Yoder and Pastor Ray Reimer will officiate. Burial will be in the West Union Mennonite Cemetery, Parnell. IA

Source: Powell Funeral Home, Wellman, IA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler
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Eash, Donald E., 82, of Wellman, Washington Co., Iowa died October 6, 2010 at the same place.  He was born August 22, 1928 at Wellman, Iowa to Wallace and Laura (Doolin) Eash.  On September 9, 1951 at West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa he was married to Fern Swartzendruber, who survives.

Surviving are children, Michael Eash and wife Marie; Merridy Leichty and husband Allen; and Martin Eash, 5 grandchildren, a sister, Carley June Brubaker and a brother, Arthur Eash.

Two brothers, Robert Eash and Russell Dean Eash preceded him in death.

Donald was a graduate of Hesston Academy.  At age 17 he worked as a seafaring cowboy.

Memorial services were held October 9, 2010 at West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa Co., Iowa with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Anita Miller Beachy, Parnell, IA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Eash, Donald E., 82, of Parnell, Iowa died October 6, 2010 at Wellman, Iowa. He was born August 22, 1928 at Wellman, Iowa to Wallace and Laura (Doolin) Eash. On September 9, 1951 at Wellman, Iowa he was married to Fern Swartzendruber, who survives.

Surviving are children, Michael Eash and wife, Marie; Merridy Leichty and husband, Allen Martin Eash, and five grandchildren.

Memorial services were held October 9, 2010 at West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: West Union
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eash, Elon Henry
, 87, of Archbold, Fulton Co., OH died January 22 2010 at the same place from cancer.  He was born July 31, 1922 at Archbold, OH to Ervin and Ada (Aeschliman) Eash.  He was married to Lorene Nofziger, who is deceased.

Surviving are two sons, William (Esther) Eash; and Neal (Lori) Eash; a daughter, Marybeth (Greg) Watterson, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held February 14, 2010 at Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, Williams Co., OH.
Submitted by: Barb Crossgrove, Stryker, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Ebeling, Justina Anna Dick
, 89, of Saint James, Watonwan Co., Minnesota died May 16, 2010. 

She was born October 11, 1920 at Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Abram B. and Susan (Susanna Heppner) Dick.  Abram was born April 25, 1895 and died March 28, 1968.  Susan was born October 6, 1892 and died December 6, 1988.

On June 24, 1949 at Mountain Lake, Minnesota she was married to Mayo J. Ebeling, who was born October 28, 1911 and died August 21, 1997.

Surviving are a daughter, Susan (Larry) Anderson; a son, Paul (Phyllis) Ebeling; 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Justina raduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1939.  She worked as secretary to the superintendent of the school for 5 years, completed the Senior Executive
Course at the Minneapolis Business College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and worked for local newspapers: Mountain Lake Observer for 2 years; St James Newspapers, full and part time, for 30 years. Proofreader, even after retirement. Election judge for the city of St James. Justina baked bread in the Summer Kitchen at the Butterfield Threshing Bee and helped produce a series of cookbooks sold by the Summer Kitchen as a fundraiser for the Threshing Bee Association. Served on the board of directors of the Watonwan County Historical Society, volunteered with the Hospice program. She played organ for First Mennonite Church and was the organist for many weddings in Mountain Lake.

Burial was on May 21, 2010 in Mountain Lake Cemetery, Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

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



Eberly, Betty Ann Heatwole
, 57, a resident of 1307 Muddy Creek Road, Harrisonburg, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at her home. She had been in failing health.

Mrs. Eberly was born on March 23, 1952, in Dayton, and was a daughter of the late John V. and Alice Rohrer Heatwole.

She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.

On Oct. 4, 1972, she married Willis R. Eberly, who survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Joyce Horst and husband, Galen, Lydia Good and husband, Ross, all of Dayton, Annette Horst and husband, Steven, Dorthy Good and husband, Aaron, all of Harrisonburg; one son, Norlyn Eberly and wife, Barbara, of Harrisonburg; four sisters, Wanda Shank and husband, Harold, of Bridgewater, Susan Wenger and husband, Alvin, of Mount Crawford, Ruth Rhodes and  husband, Nolan, of Harrisonburg; Doris Rohrer and husband, Eldon, of Dayton; two brothers, Kenneth Heatwole and wife, Mary, of Harrisonburg, Ray Lynn Heatwole and wife, Lucille, of Dayton; nine granddaughters and nine grandsons.

Bishop Marion Wenger and ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service on Friday, March 12, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Her body has been taken to her home, where friends may call until 7:30 Thursday evening.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Register - 3/11/2010
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Eberly, Ivan R.
, 78, of 269 Yellow Hill Rd., Narvon, died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Miriam S. (Zimmerman) Eberly. Born in Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Phares and Annie (Rissler) Eberly. He was a retired farmer and a member of Bowmansville Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 10 children: Ruth married to Menno Shirk, Latham, MO; Sarah married to Henry Leid, Elkton, KY; James married to Mary Eberly, Dundee, NY; David married to Irene Eberly, Dundee, NY; Elva married to James Martin, Narvon; Lucy married to Edward Hoover, Dundee, NY; Ivan married to Miriam Eberly, Penn Yan, NY; Marvin married to Kathryn Eberly, Penn Yan, NY; Alma married to Mervin Martin, Riceville, IA and Miriam married to Elvin Martin, New Holland; 67 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister Mary married to Ivan Hoover, Shippensburg; and two brothers: Phares married to Ella Eberly, Withee, WI and John Eberly, TN.

He was preceded in death by four grandchildren; a sister Alice Martin and a brother Jonas Eberly.

His funeral will be held on Monday, October 18 at 9 AM at the home of James Martin with further services at 9:30 AM at Bowmansville Mennonite Church with Bishop Titus Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at the home of James Martin, 1190 Oaklyn Dr., Narvon on Sunday from 2 - 4 PM and 6 - 8 PM. Kindly omit flowers. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 10/15/2010
Lancaster, PA
Submitted By: Robert Fish



Eberly, Lloyd R.


ORRVILLE -- Lloyd B. Eberly, 87, Orrville, passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 4, 2010, at his home following a period of declining health.

He was born in Orrville on April 10, 1923, to the late Clayton and Carry (Burkhart) Eberly and married Dorothy Martin on Oct. 8, 1944. She died Oct. 26, 1951. In August 1954, he married Mary Imhoff. She survives.

He accepted Christ in his youth and was a member of Valley View Mennonite Church at the time of his death.

He is also survived by children Clifford and Lydia Eberly of Barwick, Ont., Canada, Eugene and Ann Eberly of Loyal, Wis., Wayne and Marcia Eberly of Goshen, Ind., Mark and Sandra Eberly of Clay Pool, Ind., Martha, Sarah and Roy Eberly, all of the home; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters Albert Eberly of Roanoke, Ill., Dr. Wain Eberly of Dalton, Edna Eberly of Rittman, Dorothy (Carl) Steiner of Stratton, Ontario, Canada, Homer Eberly of Orrville, John Eberly of Blountown, Fla., Wilma (Tilman) Steiner of Columbiana, Clarence Eberly of Dalton, Ray Eberly of Mount Pleasant Mills, Pa., and Glenn Eberly of Townville, Pa.

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by two sons, Franklin in 1992 and Elmer in 1984; a daughter, Mary Ann in 1948; a grandson; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Earl Eberly; and sisters Mildred Eberly and Ethel Amstutz.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the County Line Mennonite Church with the Valley View Ministry officiating. Burial will be in the County Line Mennonite Church Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the East Union Mennonite Church near Orrville.

Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is assisting the family with arrangements.

The Daily Record.com, OH
August 5, 2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eberly, Timmaya R.
, 3, of  Newville, PA died  November 16, 2010 from the result of a farm accident. Born October 22, 2007 in Lancaster County, PA; she was a daughter of Timothy J. and Ruth B. Nolt Eberly.

In addition to her parents she is survived by four brothers; Javon, Steven, Cyrus, and Ronald Eberly, one sister, Hope Frishman, paternal grandmother Mary Eberly of Martinsburg, PA, and maternal grandparents, Floyd and Jane Nolt of New Holland, PA.

Funeral service was November 19, 2010 at the Meadowview Old Order Mennonite Church, Officiating will be Bishop Isaac Weaver. Burial was in the Old Order Mennonite cemetery, Newville, PA   

Source: Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home Inc., Shippensburg, PA
Subitted by: Leon Hertzler
  

Ebersole, Lorrain J. Good
, 61, of Ephrata, entered into rest at her home on Thursday, November 4, 2010. Born in Bowmansville, she was the daughter of the late Amos B. and Viola (Good) Good and was the wife of Thomas C. Ebersole. They were married 42 years this past July.

She attended Speedwell Heights Church where she was an active church participant. Lorrain was also a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and she loved riding her own motorcycle. An avid reader, bargain hunter and gardener, she especially loved her three grandchildren. She worked at Fulton Financial.

In addition to her husband, Lorrain is survived by two daughters: Heidi, wife of Dennis Stauffer; and Melissa, wife of Bradley Burg. Also surviving are her three beloved grandchildren: Sophia, Cecilia and Carter. Surviving as well are her siblings: Rosene, wife of Keller Sensenig; Amos, husband of Arlene Good; Viola, wife of Robert Hostetter; Carl, husband of Lydia (Stoltzfus) Good; and Charlotte, wife of Alvin Burkholder.

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Marlin and Darrel Good.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 7 PM on Wednesday, November 10th at the Speedwell Heights Church, 413 W. Brubaker Valley Rd., Lititz, followed by a memorial service at 7:00 PM with Pastor Adam Forry officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Lorrain's memory to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

Intelligencer Journal - 11/7/2010
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Eby, Lorraine F. Strite


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Lorraine F. Eby, 65, of 5871 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, passed away at 12:02 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at her home following a nearly four-year battle with cancer. Born July 28, 1944, in Washington County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Edna (Peck) Strite. She was a homemaker and a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church near Chambersburg, Pa. She and her husband, Lester E. Eby, were married Aug. 19, 1965.

Surviving family in addition to her husband are four daughters, Lavone D. Kreider, East Berlin, Pa., Lanita D. Kuhns, Ghent, N.Y., Leanne D. Martin,
Hagerstown, Md., and Leona D. Rhodes, Patriot, Ohio; four sons, Lynn D. Eby, Pendleton N.C., Lewayne D. Eby, Gettysburg, Pa., Levin D. Eby, Chambersburg, and Larry D. Eby, Shippensburg, Pa.; three brothers, Elwood Strite, Hagerstown, David Strite, Clear Spring, Md., and Harold Strite, Waynesboro, Pa.; and 24 grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Larvin D. Eby.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 28, at 10 a.m. from Mount Olive Mennonite Church in Maugansville, Md., with the Strasburg Mennonite Church Ministry officiating. Burial will be in Reiff Mennonite Church Cemetery near Cearfoss, Md. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and one hour before the service Friday. Arrangements are being handled by Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home of Greencastle, Pa.

Herald-Mail - 5/26/2010
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Eicher, Elta Vinetta North
, 92, of Sarasota, FL died December 15, 2010 at the same place.  She was born January 20, 1918 at Nappanee, IN to Homer Franklin and Bertha Inez (Bechtal) North.  On February 17, 1940 she was married to Olen Leander Eicher, who was born March 14, 1910 and died April 28, 1991.

Surviving are children, Jan Brunk, Caralee Eicher, and Alice (Jared) Massanari, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a brother, Wayne North (Doris).

A memorial service for Elta V. Eicher will be held January 17, at 2:30 PM in the Eicher Auditorium at Sunnyside Village, 5209 Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota, Florida.

Elta was born January 20, 1918, in Nappanee, Indiana, to Homer and Bertha North. She died at age 92 at in the gentle care of Sunnyside Nursing Facility. She was married to Olen Eicher in 1940 and briefly resided in Archbold, Ohio, before moving with their very young family to Sarasota in 1944 to farm celery.
 
Elta was a full-time homemaker with brief employment as a telephone operator. She assisted in the family business, Bil-Jax Scaffolding Rental Equipment. She was a gifted musician, participating with music programs, first at Bayshore Mennonite Church where she and Olen were charter members; then at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, where her membership remained until her death.
 
Preceding Elta in death were her husband, Olen, granddaughter, Michelle, grandson, Caleb. Surviving are her brother, Wayne North (Doris) of Harrisonburg, VA, daughters Jan Brunk of Asheville, NC, Caralee Eicher of Roanoke, VA and Alice Massanari (Jared) of Asheville, NC. She is also survived by grandchildren, Ingrid Brunk Wuerth, Andrew Brunk , Nicole Litwiller, Adrienne Massanari and six great grandchildren.
 
Donations in honor of Elta's memory may be made to Sunnyside Foundation, 5201 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL 34232, Mennonite Central Committee, donate @MCC.org, 21 South 12th Street, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500 or a charity of your choice. Interment at Palms Memorial Park will be handled by Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home.

Submitted by: Jan Brunk, Asheville, NC
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Eicher, Millie A. Chupp


TOPEKA - Millie A. Eicher, 87, died at 2:15 p.m. Friday.

She was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Yoder, Kan., to Andrew I. and Katie (Bontrager) Chupp.

She married John S. Eicher Sept. 26, 1946 in Shipshewana. He died July 23, 2009.

She is survived by four sisters, Dema (John) Mishler, Bridgeville, Del., Ann Yoder, Moses Lake, Wash., Katie (Paul) Swartzentruber, Kaloma, Iowa, and Emma D. Chupp, Goshen; and a brother, Andrew (Dema) Chupp, Dayton, Ore.

She was preceded in death by both parents; three brothers, Levi, Benjamin and Isaac Chupp; and three sisters, Lizzie Jones, Mattie Schrock and Drucilla Chupp.

The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. Sunday and all day Monday at the Orva E. Lehman home, 3755 W. 500 South, Topeka, where a funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Bishop LeRoy Troyer will conduct the service.

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.

The Goshen News, Goshen, IN, 10/9/2010
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eichorn, Virginia Rae
, 87, of Grantsville, Garrett County,  Maryland died February 28,2010 at the same place.  She was born January 11, 1922 at Cumberland, Maryland and was married to Alvin B. Eichorn, who is deceased.

Surviving are a son, Dwight Eichorn; two daughters, Donna Winters and Janet Blocher; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two half-brothers, George and Charles Leith; and a half-sister, Ora Mae Wilkes.

Four sons, Arthur, Leonard, Keith and Robert Eichorn; two grandsons, John and Martin Eichorn, and a great-granddaughter, Kathleen Kay Eichorn preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held March 13, 2010 at Nemans Funeral Home, Grantsville, Maryland.

Submitted by: Springs Mennonite Church, Springs, PA.
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eigsti, Agnes Weaver
, 99, of Goshen, IN died February 16, 2010 at the same place.  She was born October 10, 1910 at Goshen, IN to Joseph H. and Anna (Stuzman) Weaver.  On May 22, 1936 at Akron, Ohio she was married to Orie J. Eigsti, who was born July 23, 1908 and died May 3, 2003.

Surviving are two sons, Karl Weaver and Nicholas Weaver, three grandchildren,  four great-grandchildren, and a brother, Robert Weaver.

Agnes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goshen College in 1932.  Because of her husband's work they lived in many places: Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, NY; Norman, Oklahoma; and Evanston, Normal, and Chicago, Ill.  Agnes was head of the Parasitology Laboratory at General Biological Supply House in Chicago before retiring to the Weaver family farm, one mile east of Goshen.  The Eigstis were benefactors to Goshen College, donating the Eigsti Track and Field Complex, and contributing to the construction of the Goshen College Music Center.  Agnes was also a benefactor to the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen
College.

Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eklich, Robert J.
, 36, of North Canton, OH died unexpectedly October 5, 2010 at Canton, Stark Co., OH.  He was born August 24, 1974 in Heilbronn, Germany to Frank and Mary Eklich, Sr.  On October 16, 2004 at Hartville, Stark Co., OH he was married to Maria Sommers, who was born May 9, 1980 and survives.

Surviving besides his wife and parents are a four-year-old son, Kyle Benjamin Eklich, a sister, Michelle, three brothers, Frank Jr., James and Kelly, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ben and Marie Sommers of Hartville.

Memorial services were held October 8, 2010 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church Hartville, OH with burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Hartville, OH.

Submitted by: Cindy Fleming, Hartville, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eller, Barbara Ann Butler
, 69, of Coopersburg, PA died June 5, 2010 at the same place.  She was born April 3, 1941 at Philadelphia, PA to Harry Earl and Marion (Lauer) Butler.  She was married to Nile G. Eller, who survives.

Surviving are her mother, children Kimberly Stancato and husband Philip; David Eller and wife, Heather; Mark and wife, Becky, 4 grandchildren, and a brother, Harry Butler.

Her father preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held June 9, 2010 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church Blooming Glen, Bucks Co. PA. Her body was donated to science.

Submitted by: Peggy Buzzard, Blooming Glen, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Emerson, R. D.
, 92, of Fisher, Champaign Co., IL died April 24, 2010 at Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN from congestive heart disease.  

He was born March 3, 1918 at Irvin Store, Kentucky to Enoch and Ruth Ellen (Wilkerson) Emerson.  Enoch was born June 24, 1887 and died March 8, 1969.  Ruth was born July 8, 1889 and died April 3, 1980.

On November 23, 1938 at Fisher, IL he was married to Mildred Genevieve Heiser, who was born May 5, 1918 and died December 4, 1992.

Surviving are children, Ruth (James) Horsch, Mary Lou (Don) Kelley, Anna Kay (Delbert) Friesen, Phyllis (John) Mishler, 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Ruby Anderson.

A son, John, an infant granddaughter, and siblings, Spencer Emerson, Bonnie Evans, Erie Evans, Eva Eads, and Eula Evans preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held May 1, 2010 at Fairhaven A.M. Church, Goshen, IN. Service and burial of cremains in Illinois on September 4, 2010, 2:30 pm, at East Bend Mennonite Cemetery, Fisher, IL.

Submitted by: James E. Horsch, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Erb, Verna Marie
, 55, of Apple Creek, OH died October 23, 2010. She was born in Millersburg, OH on November 27, 1954 to Sam P. and Mary R. (Yoder) Erb. Verna was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron, OH.

Survived by her siblings, Clara Erb of Wooster, OH; Fannie (Ed Miller) Erb-Miller of Millersburg, OH; Peter (Louisa) Erb of Mount Eaton, OH and Leona (Dave) Hershberger of Millersburg, OH; nephews, Michael Hershberger and Han Erb; and nieces Meea Erb, Abby and Audrey Hershberger.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial service was October 31, 2010 at the Salem Mennonite Church. Family graveside services were held at Salem Mennonite cemetery near Kidron, OH.

Source: The Budget, Sugarcreek, OH
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Esbenshade, Lamar Roy
, age 72 died on June 1, 2010 at his home of the past 8 years in Waymart, PA. Lamar was born on November 29, 1937, in New Holland, PA, the eldest son of the 6 children of Aaron and Ella (Weaver) Esbenshade.

Lamar is survived by his wife, Nancy Jane Esbenshade, and children, Linda Bomberger, wife of David Bomberger, Lebanon, Fred Esbenshade, husband of Donna (Garman), Lititz, Roger Esbenshade, husband of Melissa (Charles), Lititz, Jodi Rodriguez wife of Julio Rodriquez, Guatemala, Steve Esbenshade, husband of Kimberly (Abell), California, Scott Esbenshade husband of Melinda (Dourte), Lititz, Lamar Jr. Esbenshade husband of Malina (Paugh), Ohio, Jose Esbenshade husband of Danielle (Patterson), Lititz, Terry Esbenshade husband of Janelle (Sensenich), Mohnton, and 38 grandchildren. Lamar and Nancy celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary September 12, 2009.

He is further survived by his mother, Ella Rutt, brothers Aaron Esbenshade Jr. and Jacob Esbenshade, sisters Julia Disney, Joyce Peifer and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Aaron Esbenshade and sister Joan Swope.

Lamar loved building, gardening, water sports, hunting and fishing, but most of all spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He shared his success as a greenhouse business owner by serving numerous church and community organizations. As a member of DOVE Christian Fellowship he was serving as co-pastor to God's Mountain Fellowship home church in Waymart. He was currently a member of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, serving on the board of the Greater Carbondale Community Development Corporation, and was an advisory to the AHDC. A life-long passion was financial support of missions and traveling to support missionary efforts in countries such as Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Guatemala and here in Pennsylvania. Lamar was a past member of the boards of Teen Challenge and House of His Creation. Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata.
 
Intelligencer Journal - 6/4/2010
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish
 
Esh, Anna
Esh, Jalen
Esh, John
Esh, LeRoy
Esh, Naomi Peight
Esh, Rachel
Esh, Rose
Esh, Sadie Stoltzfus
Gingerich, Joel

Esh, John Family and Joel Gingerich .........John Esh age 64, Sadie [Stoltzfus] Esh age 62, LeRoy Esh age 41, Naomi Esh age, 33, Jalen Esh age 4 months, Anna Esh age 33, Rose Esh age 40, Rachel Esh, age, 20, and Joel Gingerich age 22,
all died March 26, 2010 in a traffic accident* in Hart Co., near Mumfordville, KY.

John and Sadie are survived by their children, Betty Esh of Marrowbone, Ky.; Elmer Esh of Marrowbone, Ky.; Benuel Esh of South Dakota; Alvin Esh of South Dakota; Abner Esh of Brazil; Verna Krieder of Texas and Amos Esh of Marrowbone, Ky.
 
Joel Gingerich age 22 is survived by his parents, Lester and Ruth Miller Gingerich of Burkesville, KY, his siblings, Anna Rose Kauffman of Marrowbone, KY; Benjamin Gingerich, Lynette Gingerich, Japheth Gingerich, Chad Gingerich, Jaden Gingerich and Tristen Gingerich, all of Burkesville, Ky.
 
Naomi Esh wife of LeRoy Esh, is survived by her parents Ezra and Leah Kanagy Peight of Pennsylvania, two sons, Josiah Esh and Johnny Esh of Marrowbone, Ky; her siblings, Ephriam Lee Peight of Missouri, David Peight of Ohio, Monroe Peight of Maryland, Saloma Coblentz of Maryland, Wilma Luthie of Michigan and Ruth Ann Peight of Pennsylvania.
 
Joint funeral service was conducted on March 30, 2010 at the Carhart Building in Marrowbone, Ky. with burial in the Marrowbone Christian Brotherhood Church Cemetery Marrowbone, KY. 
Source: Obit files of Norris-New Funeral Home of Burkesville, Ky.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

 
Note: John Esh was the assistant Minister at the Marrowbone Christian Brotherhood Church, Marrowbone, KY.(A Beachy Amish Mennonite Church).  Sometime before moving to KY the Esh family were of the New Order Amish Church and lived near Newville, PA. Joel Gingerich - was engaged to Rachel Esh A Jul 2010 wedding was planned.
 * Ashlie Michelle Kramer killed in same accident



Eshleman, A. Viola Landis
, 94, formerly of Lititz, entered into rest at The United Zion Home, Warwick Township, on Monday, November 1, 2010. She was born in Denver, a daughter of the late William G. and Elsie (Brubaker) Landis. She was the wife of the late Chester R. Eshleman, who died in 1999.

Viola was a lifetime member of Bergstrasse Lutheran Church, Ephrata. She worked for Luther Acres in the food service industry until retiring in 1983. In early years, she volunteered at the Mt. Airy Fire Hall and the Mt. Airy Chapel. She enjoyed cooking and family gatherings.

Surviving are her son, Earl R., husband of Sandra (Haldeman) Eshleman of Lititz; 2 daughters, Fay Boyd, and Joyce, wife of Richard P. Good, both of Lebanon; 9 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn wife of Paul Michael of Brownstown; and foster brother, Adam, husband of Joyce Ansel of Ephrata.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Esther wife of the late Charles Lawrence.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 PM, Thursday, November 4th, at the Stradling Funeral Home, 201 Church Ave., Ephrata, and from 9 to 10 AM, Friday at the Bergstrasse Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Rd., Ephrata.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, with Pastor Herbert A. Lohr officiating. Interment will follow in the Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery, Ephrata Township. Flowers are welcomed or memorial contributions in Viola's memory may be sent to Bergstrasse Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, PA 17522, or Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604. Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

Intelligencer Journal - 11/3/2010
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Farmer, Leon
, 45, of Adams, Oklahoma died February 9, 2010 at Amarillo, Texas from a brain tumor.  He was born to Alwane and DeeDee Farmer.

Memorial services were held February 12, 2010 at Turpin Mennonite Church, Turpin, Oklahoma.
Submitted by: Peter Emery, Turpin, Oklahoma
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Fisher, Annie F. Blank
, 96 of Gap, PA died December 22, 2010. Born in Bareville, PA, daughter of the late John K. and Lizzie Fisher Blank. She was the wife of the late Levi U. Fisher who passed away on May 10, 2000. She was a member of the Gap View Mennonite Church.

Survived by Nancy B. Fisher of Bridgewater, VA, Allen B. husband of Joan Seace Fisher of Todd, PA, David B. husband of Delores Eisenberger Fisher of Paradise, PA; Sally A. Fisher of Philadelphia, PA. 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, sister: Savilla Beiler of Kinzers, PA.

She was preceded in death by a brother Amos Blank.

She was a mother to several foster and Fresh Air children, as well as host mother to several international students.

Funeral service was December 28, 2010 at the Gap View Mennonite Church with Pastor Mervin Fisher and Pastor Amos King officiating. Interment was in   Gap View Mennonite Cemetery, Gap, PA

Source: Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era,
Lancaster, PA December 24, 2010
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Fox, Lena Brubaker
, 78, of 545 Saw Mill Road, East Earl, went home to Jesus Thursday, December 9, 2010, at Lancaster Regional Medical Center, following a brief battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Harold G. Fox. Born in Jackson Twp., Lebanon Co., she was the daughter of the late Levi and Leah (Bauman) Brubaker. She was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church. A homemaker, Lena loved serving others, making goodies for her family and playing games with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her husband; her daughters, Kay L., married to Timothy Weaver, East Earl, and Sherry L., married to Kenneth Weaver, Ephrata; her sons, Terry L., married to Paula (Martin) Fox, Mohnton, and Randy L., married to Arlene (Martin) Fox, Reinholds, 21 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth L., and Gary L. Fox, four brothers and three sisters.

Her funeral will be held on Monday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m. at Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held on Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m. and 6 -8 p.m. at the Church. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be given to Christian Aid Ministries, 2412 Division Hwy., Ephrata, PA 17522. Arrangements are with Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.

Intelligencer Journal - 12/10/2010
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Fox, Ruth E. Winey
, 91, of  Pequea, PA died May 6, 2010 at Hospice of Lancaster County - Mt. Joy, PA. She was born 1918 in Bareville, PA to Albert B. and Beulah (Graybill) Winey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel H. Fox, in 1986.

She was a member of Rheems Mennonite Church Rheems, PA.

Survivied by three daughters: Esther B. Fox, Pequea, PA; Millie Kilmer, Jefferson City, MO; Beulah married to G. Scott Weston, Lancaster, PA; six grandchildren: Lisa married to Chris Hartman, Ontario, Canada; Christy married to Jason Schultz, Las Vegas, NV; Dani married to Brian Warren, Campbell, CA; Justin married to Tammy Kilmer, California, MO; Anthony Mall, New York City, NY; Andrew Mall, Lancaster; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was  May 11, 2101 at the Centerville Mennonite Church, Martindale, PA with Bishop Glenn Sensenig, James Kreider, Mervin Martin, and Steven Zook officiating. Interment will be in New Holland Mennonite Cemetery.
Source: Lancaster OnLline May 8, 2010
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Frankhouser, Vernon S.
, 86, of Ronks, PA formerly of New Holland, died December 23, 2010 at Lancashire Hall, Lancaster, PA. Born in Paradise, PA to Daniel M. and Sophie (Strauss) Frankhouser. His wife, Ruth A. (Townsley) Frankhouser, died in Dec. 24, 2006. He was a member of Weaverland Mennonite Church and the Woodland Lodge in Lycoming Co., PA.

Surviving is a son, Donald Frankhouser of Williamsport, PA; two daughters, Mary, married to Bryan Nagle of Ephrata, PA and Carol Ann, married to Jon Knosp of Ronks, PA; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a sister, Irene, married to G. Harold Zimmerman of Akron, PA; and a brother, Glen Frankhouser of Lancaster, PA.

Preceding him in death is a son, Kenneth Frankhouser; a sister, Faye Martin; and a brother, Diller S. Frankhouser.

Funeral service was December 27, 2010 Weaverland Mennonite Churhch with the Bishop C. Kenneth Martin, the Reverend Brian Martin, and the Reverend Leon Hurst officiating. Interment was in   Weaverland Menno nite Cemetery, East Earl, PA.   

Source: Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler
  

Frederick, Sara Lu Graber
, 78, of Eugene, Lane Co., OR died March 23, 2010 at the same place. 

She was born February 7, 1932 at Wayland, Henry Co., IA to Joseph and Barbara Ann (Rich) Graber.  Joseph was born March 1, 1887 and died in 1988.  Barbara Ann was born August 17, 1891 and died in 1971.

She was married August 8, 1953 at Wayland, Iowa to Charles Richard Frederick II, who was born July 12, 1925 and survives.

Surviving are children, Charles Richard Frederick Jr and wife Cynthia Brubaker, Catherine F. Roth and husband Luke S. Roth, Christine Lu Frederick and husband Tom F. Urban, Mary Jo Frederick and husband Doug Reimer, Peter G. Frederick and wife Rebekah Stamp, 9 grandchildren,  1 great-grandchild and four sisters, Rachel Wyse of Wellman, IA; Berniece and Max Roth of Laguna Woods, CA; Lois Swartzendruber of Wellman, IA; and Beulah Mae and Dale Swartzendruber of Wayland, IA.

One sister, Welma Nelson (Mrs. Boyd Nelson); and four brothers, Raymond Graber, Clarence Graber, Willis Graber, and Virgil Graber MD preceded her in death.

She was an elementary school teacher, homemaker, and co-owner of Unto Others, a gift store in Kalona, IA.

Memorial services were held May 2, 2010 at First Mennonite Church of Iowa City, Wayland with burial in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Wayland, IA.

Submitted by: Catherine Roth, Eugene, OR
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Freed, Elsie K. Kulp,
101, of Souderton, PA formerly of Lansdale, died May 08, 2010, at Souderton Mennonite Homes. She was born in Bedminster Twp., to Abram and Emma (Rohr) Kulp.

She was the wife of the late Ervin L. Freed.

She was an active lifetime member of Deep Run Mennonite Church West, Perkasie, PA.

Survived by son, Ronald L. Freed of Lansdale, PA; granddaughter, Kim Holsonback and husband, Bill, of Green Lane, PA; grandson, R. Todd Freed of Colorado; great-granddaughter, Jennifer Holsonback, of Lansdale, PA; great-grandson, Scott Holsonback, and wife, Shannon, of East Greenville, PA; and great-granddaughter, Madeline Freed, of Lansdale, PA.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank, Hiram, Freeman and Warren Kulp and four sisters, Katie Schmell, Bertha Erb, Anna Landes and Ethel Wismer.

Funeral service was May 12, 2010 at Deep Run Mennonite Church West,. Burial was in the Deep Run Mennonite Church West cemetery Perkasie, PA.

Source: The Reporter, Lansdale, PA
Published May 09, 2010

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler


Fretz, Asher Benner
- 90, of Souderton, PA died December 20, 2010 at Lutheran Community at Telford, PA. Born August 21, 1920 in Lederach, PA to Reuben and Katie (Benner) Fretz.  He was the loving husband of 64 years to Verna B. (Derstine) Fretz.

Survived by his wife, Verna and  Sheila Tittle (Daughter) of Lansdale, PA; Kerry Fretz (Son) of Phoenixville, PA; Lonnie Fretz (Son) of Troy, PA; 2 Grand children - Jennifer & Kent; a great-grandson - Asher Joseph.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Milton Fretz and a twin sister, Ada Groff.  

Funeral service was December 23, 2010. at Souderton Mennonite Summit View Auditorium., Souderton, PA. Burial was at Haycock Mennonite Cemetery in Quakertown, PA.

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


Freyenberger, Janice Carolyn Roth
, 77, of Wayland, Henry Co., IA died August 12, 2010 at the same place.  She was born December 29, 1932 at Archbold, OH to Joseph Nicholas and Sarah (Short) Roth.  On October 28, 1961 at Archbold, OH she was married to Joe Freyenberger, who survives.

Surviving are four daughters, Barbara Freyenberger of Iowa City, Michelle (Douglas) Frederick of Kalona, Carmen Martinez of Berwyn, IL, Maria (Michael) Roth of Wayland, 8 grandchildren, Anthony, David and Kellie Frederick, Adriana and Joseph Martinez, Abigail, Christian and Jackson Roth, and
one great-granddaughter, Isabelle Frederick, a sister, Clela Helm of Trenton, NJ and a brother, Herbert (Charlotte) Roth of Newville, PA.

An infant daughter, one brother, Dorwin Roth and two sisters, Verda Jetmore and Vera Roth. preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held August 15, 2010 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland, IA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Laurie Miles
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Friesen, Gladys Huebert
, 98, of Henderson, York Co., NE died February 15 2010 at the same place.  She was born April 17, 1911 at Henderson, NE to Peter E. and Marie (Pankratz) Huebert.  On August 2, 1931 at Madrid, NE she was married to Herman I. Friesen, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Janice Siebert, Marlene (Walt) Ott, Joan (E. James) Friesen, and Lloyd Friesen, 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held February 19, 2010 at Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, NE with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Tanya Thieszen, Henderson, NE
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Frye-Miller, Mary "Etta" Yoder
, 89, of Goshen, IN died August 25, 2010 at Courtyard Of Goshen, where she had stayed for a month. She was born March 12, 1921 in Kosciusko County, IN., to Eli S. and Savilla (Schmucker) Yoder. In 1941 in Elkhart County she married Daniel Frye, he died November 6, 1971, she then was married in 1982 in Elkhart County to Leander Miller, he died November 3, 2005.
 
She was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, IN. Survived by three daughters, Rose Mary Newton of LaGrange, IN; Treva "T.J." Yoder and
Danette (Gerald) Miller both of Goshen, IN; eight grandchildren, six great-grand-children; a great-great-grandson; sister, Laura Miller of Goshen, IN. 

She was preceded in death by both parents; a granddaughter, Jenessa Miller; four brothers, Manas, Melvin, Eli and Irvin Yoder and three sisters, Fannie
Yoder, Lydia Mae Eash and Elizabeth Dunlap. 

A private family burial was at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury, IN. A memorial service was August 28, 2010 at 11:00AM at First Mennonite Church Middlebury, IN conducted by Rev. Linford Martin and Rev. Pamela Yoder.
Source: Obit files of Miller-Stewart Funeral Home Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler
 

Funk, Francis John
, 77, of Newton passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday (July 28, 2010) at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

He was born on April 24, 1933, in Hillsboro to Arnold E. and Edna Ruth (Loganbill) Funk. On Aug. 28, 1954, he married JoAnn Krehbiel
at Eden Mennonite Church in Moundridge. She survives at their home in Newton.
  
Francis was an active member of the Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton where over the years he served as a trustee, deacon, and usher.  One of Francis' greatest passions was his work as coordinator for the General Auction of the yearly Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale.  He believed fervently in the mission of MCC.  In addition to his church activities, Francis was a member of the Lions Club, the Midwest Tool Collectors Club and the Southwest Tool Collectors Club.
  
He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1951 and from Bethel College, North Newton in 1957. In both high school and college Francis stood out as a premier athlete, excelling most famously in football where he once broke four different helmets with his hard-hitting style.Francis continued his education obtaining his master's degree from Emporia State University. He taught industrial arts and coached in Lehigh for 5 years and 30 years in Newton, retiring in 1992.  In retirement, Francis began his dogged quest for antique tools, attending weekly local and out of state auctions. He was an avid woodworker whose creations, especially his reproduction wagons, have brought joy to many a home.  In their nearly 56 years of marriage, JoAnn and Francis enjoyed extensive traveling as well as some spirited square dancing.
   
Family was very important to Francis and whenever possible he attended his children's and grandchildren's activities, whether they were in New York, Tennessee, Colorado, Manhattan, KS, California, or Idaho.  Francis touched many lives and leaves many friends.  His loss to us all is immeasurable.  
   
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Keith and Retha Funk of Lakewood, Colo., Mark and Cathy Funk of Newton, and Scott and Mary Ann Funk of Lewiston, Idaho; daughters, Michelle Funk of Shawnee, and Elyse and Mark Boston of Newton; grandchildren Tyler Funk, Melissa Funk, Jacob Funk, Katie Dyck, Henry Funk, Samuel Funk, Jana Boston and Luke Boston; great-grandchildren, Liberty and Brian Brigman; brother, Frederick and Joyce Funk of Viroqua, Wis; and sisters, Marjorie Schroeder of Mountain Lake, Minn., Shirley and Paul Harms of North Newton, and Barbara and Dean Reimer of Fort Collins, Colo.
   
He was preceded in death by his parents and his eldest grandson, Levi Funk.
   
Internment was held at Haven of Rest Cemetery in Hillsboro.

Memorial services were held August 2, 2010 at Bethel College Mennonite Church North Newton, Harvey Co., KS

Submitted by: Monica Lichti, North Newton, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Funk, Ronald Peter
, 94, of Aberdeen, Bingham Co.,ID died March 22, 2010 at Pocatello, Bannock Co., ID from natural causes.  He was born March 16, 1916 at Aberdeen, ID to Peter F. and Maria (Wiebe) Funk.  On April 2, 1939 at Aberdeen he was married to Elva Enns, who survives.

Surviving are a son, Ronald Kent (Sherry); a daughter, Connie Shelley (Robert); 4 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A brother, Alvin L. preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held March 26, 2010 at Aberdeen First Mennonite Church, Aberdeen, ID with burial in Homestead Cemetery, Aberdeen, ID.

Submitted by: Anne Hege, Aberdeen, ID
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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