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Elkhart County, Indiana Obituaries

The following Elkhart County Obituaries were donated by Debi Smeltzer. These are from clippings collected by her mother-in-law, Laura Smeltzer.


Funeral services for the Rev. Warren C. Shaum, 79, Elkhart, Route 4, who died Thursday, Aug. 5, at his home, were held Sunday Aug. 8 at the Yellow Creek Brick Mennonite Church. He had been in failing health for 10 years.

The Rev. Harold Myers, the Rev. Floyd Stutzman, and the Rev. William Miller officiated. Burial was in Yellow Creek Cemetery.

The Rev. Mr. Shaum, was born in Olive Township, Aug. 7, 1891, to Leander and Katherine (Holdeman) Shaum. On Dec. 14, 1916, he was married to Amy Good, who survives. He was a retired minister, having served the Holdeman Mennonite Church and a congregation in Manistee, Michigan. He also worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Devon (Florence) Risser, Elkhart Rt. 4, and Mrs. Kenneth (Elsie) Zook, Alberta, Canada; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Masten, Edwardsburg, MI and Mrs. George Smeltzer, Sarasota, Florida. ; a brother, Ralph, Wakarusa; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Valerie, preceded him in death, Dec. 10, 1938.


Ralph R. Shaum, 83, 67352 Ind. 19, Wakarusa, died at 12:45 p. m. Friday in Greencroft Nursing Center, Goshen. He had been in ill health and a resident there for two years.

Born Oct. 4, 1900, in Wakarusa, he married Mabel Hochstetler on March 25, 1925. A lifetime resident of the area, Mr. Shaum was a retired farmer and carpenter.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are a son, Wayne, Wakarusa; three daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Velorous) Hoover, Imlay City, MI; Mrs. William (Ruth) Bradley, Penndell, PA: and Mrs. Merl (Carylin) Chupp, Wakarusa; a sister, Mrs. Laura Smeltzer, Sarasota Fl; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 2-5 and 7-9 pm Sunday at the Thompson & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at North Main Street Mennonite Church of which Mr. Shaum was a member. The Rev. John King, pastor of the church, will officiate. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in South Union Cemetery, Nappanee.


NAPPANEE-Frank H. Shaum, 70, of 308 N. Locke, died Tuesday in Elkhart General Hospital where he was admitted earlier in the day. He was born June 16, 1905 near Nappanee. He married Bertha Goss Aug. 31, 1924. She survives with a daughter, Miss Joan Shaum of Mishawaka, and a sister, Mrs. George Buss of Nappanee.

Friends may call in the Wright-Yoder Funeral Home from 7-9 p. m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p. m. Thursday. Services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Friday in the funeral home. Rev. Harry Spaeth, pastor of First Mennonite Church of which he was a member, will officiate, with burial in South Union Cemetery.

He was a retired employee of Coppes Kitchens, having retired in 1966 after 29 years. He was also an employee of the Huffman Bakery of Nappanee.


ELKHART- Leota M. Neff, 85, formerly of 1910 Stevens Ave. and Cory Lake, died Saturday (Jan. 26, 1991) at 12:30 a. m. in Meridian Nursing Center, Eastlake.

Mrs. Neff was born May 6, 1905 in Washington Twp. As Leota M. Thompson she married G. Henry Neff.

The Neffs were married April 10, 1926 in Elkhart. He died Aug. 26, 1986. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth L. (Betty K. ) Ingram of LaGrange, Ga. ; and one son, Robert L. of Elkhart; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a half sister, Charlyne Luedke of Tavares, Fla; and a brother, Lester Thompson of Elkhart. Two sisters, Edith Yoder, and Myrtle Raber, preceded her in death.

Freinds may call from 6-8 p. m. today at the Hartzler-Gutermuth Funeral Home where private family services will be held Monday at 11:00 a. m. The Rev. Harold Yoder, pastor of Prarie Street Mennonite Church officiating, burial will be in Prairie Street Cemetery. Mrs. Neff was a member of Prairie St. Mennonite Church.


G. Henry Neff, 80, Stevens Ave. Elkhart, and Cory Lake, died at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 26, 1986, at Elkhart General Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born Oct. 16. 1905, in Bristol and was married April 10, 1926 in Elkhart to Leota M. Thompson. In 1971 he retired from H. A. Selmer Co. , where he worked for 21 years and had been employeed 17 years with C. G. Conn. He was a member of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church.

Surviving are Mrs. Neff, a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Betty) Ingram, LaGrange, Ga. A son Robert L. Elkhart, nine grandchildren; three great granchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Dewey (Florence) Bertch, Bristol, Mrs. Calvin (Myrtle) Smeltzer, Goshen, and Mrs. Levi (Ida) Weaver, Kansas City, Mo; and a brother, Lester, Elkhart.

Friends may call from 2-4 p. m. and 6-8 p. m. Thursday at Hartzler-Gutermuth Funeral Home. Private family services will be held at 10 a. m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Charles Cooper will officiate, burial will be in Prairie Street Cemetery.


Services for the Rev. Ralph M. . Holdeman 84, 211 Marshall Blvd. , Elkhart, who died Tues. at Elkhart General Hospital, will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lamar Imes, The Rev. Jack Pavey, the Rev. Kate Lehman and the Rev. Ross Richie will officiate. Burial will be held at Violett Cemetery.

He was born May 8, 1906 in Wakarusa, and was married Jan. 1, 1933 in Goshen, to Mildred C. Chrisman. He was a former secretary of evangelism for both the National Council of Churches, and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, was one of the three founders of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and last October was honored as one of the 40 great evangelists of the Methodist world in the last four decades.

Locally, he served as pastor of Bethel EUB and Albright United Methodist churches, pastored churches in IL and KY, and was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Elkhart Art League, was an accomplished artist, a member of World Poets Association and was scheduled to receive the Golden Poet Award for August.

Surviving are his wife, and a daughter Margaret Rose Holdeman, Elkhart. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Elliott and Alwilda Harris, and two brothers, Russell, and Owen.


Amzey D. Weaver, 74, of 327 W. Wolf Ave. died this morning at the Americana Nursing Hone where he had been a patient the past three weeks.

He was a lifelong resident of Elkhart, born Feb. 26, 1897, in Harrison Twp. and married to Bessie Grosh June 29, 1919, in Elkhart.

He was an employee of the Hossick Bakery, working there for 25 years, and for the past 17 years, was an employee of the Elkhart school system.

He was a member of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church.

Surviving with his wife are five sons; James O. , Howard M. , Harold L. and Donald R. all of Elkhart; and Richard A. of Pueblo, CO. 14 grandchildren; five brothers, Harvey, Evanston, Ill. Samuel, Shipshewana, Harry, Elkhart, Walter, Mishawaka, and Max, Kirkwood, MO. One sister, Mrs. Mabel Brown, Elkhart.


Ida Mae Smeltzer, 90, Rt. 2 Hayward Wis. died at 3:40 a. m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 1989, at Hayward Memorial Hospital.

She was born Dec. 15, 1898 in Elkhart County, As Ida Mae Culp, she married John H. Smeltzer on July 22, 1920. He died Jan. 19, 1966. Surviving are five daughters, Primrose, Indianapolis, Mrs. LeRoy (Verda) Schrock, Hayward, Thelma Elion, and Edith Hyche, both of Goshen. and Bernice Schsrock, Hubbard, Ore. ; a son, Kenneth, Alvordton, Oh, 12 grandchildren; 17 step grandchildren; a sister Agnes Culp, Nappanee; and a brother, Ivan Culp, Elkhart. A daughter, a son, a brother and a grandson are deceased.

Friends may call from 4-8 p. m. Wednesday and Thursday at Yoder Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. Services will be held at 10 a. m. Friday at Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa.

The Rev. Simon Gingerich and the Rev. Sam Troyer will officate. Burial will be in Olive Cemetery.

Mrs. Smeltzer moved to Wisconsin in 1985 from Goshen and was a member of the Holdeman Church.


Services for Mrs. Myrtle M. Smeltzer, 94, 1300 Greencroft Dr. who died Saturday at Greencroft Nursing Center, will be held at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday at Olive Mennonite Church. Two of her sons, the Rev. Carl, and the Rev. Walter Smeltzer, and the Rev. Elno Steiner, a son-in-law, and the Rev. Dale Shank pastor of Olive Mennonite, will officiate at the service.

Pallbearers for burial in Olive Cemetery will be Charles Steiner, John King, Thomas Hartman, and Arnold, Kevin, Sherwyn, and Glennis Smeltzer.

She was born July 23, 1895 and was married July 3, 1923 to Calvin B. Smeltzer. He died in Nov. 1959. She was a homemaker, and a member of Olive Church.

Surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Howard (Lois)King, Goshen and Mrs. Elno (Mabel) Steiner North Lawrence, Oh. two stepsons, Clyde Smeltzer, Middlebury, and Loyal Smeltzer, Alburquerque, N. M. 29 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ida Weaver, Versailles, Mo. She was preceded in death by four grandchildren and two sisters, and two brothers.


Mrs. Anna E. Houser, 74 of Rt. 4, died Friday afternoon at General Hospital where she had been taken earlier in the city ambulance. She was born March 14, 1891 in St. Joseph Co. near Wakarusa. She married Floyd E. Houser Sept. 20, 1910, in St. Joseph, Mi. She lived here all her life.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, Harley M, . Rt. 4, and Fred L. Goshen Rt. 2; a daughter, Mrs. Frank(Mary Ann)Barrett, Elkhart, two brothers, Warren Johnson, Elkhart, and Samuel Johnson, Bristol Rt. 1; two sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Saloma)Green, Elkhart, and Mrs. Ella Duker, New Paris, and two grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Westbrook-Metz Funeral Home after 7 tonight and until noon Monday when the body will be taken to the Elkhart Valley Church of the Brethern to lie in state until services there at 2 p. m. on Monday. The Rev. Ralph R. Petry, pastor of that church will officiate. She was a member of that church. Burial is to be in Olive Cemetery.


Wakarusa-Arthur R. Smeltzer, 602, N. Elkhart St. Wakarusa, died Thursday at his home of a heart attack. He was a machinist at Elkhart Products, Corp.

Mr. Smeltzer was born Aug. 24, 1906 in St. Joseph County. He was married on Oct. 6, 1928 to Goldie Blocker.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Gene (Shirley) Leinbach of Wakarusa, and Mrs. Darrell (Marcile) Yoder, of Miamisbrug, OH; a son Robert of Elkhart; nine grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Francis Freed of Nappanee, and Mrs. Ora Yoder of Shipshewana, and four brothers, John, George, and Joe all of Goshen, and Roscoe, of Highland Ind.

Funeral services will be at the Olive Mennonite Church, Wakarusa, Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Olive Cemetery.


GOSHEN- Mrs. Ray F. (Clara) Yoder, 68 of 433 Westwood Dr. died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Miss Marie Yoder, 3003 S. Main St. She had been ill several years.

She was a resident of Nappanee for many years, coming to Goshen two months ago. She had been at the home of her daughter the past five weeks.

She was born in St. Joseph County on Nov. 8, 1891, , she was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church.

She was married to the Rev. Ray F. Yoder on Feb. 20, 1913.

Surviving with her husband and daughter, Marie, are three other daughters, Mrs. Myron Amstutz, and Mrs. Lester Miller, both of Toledo, and Mrs. Richard Snodey, Washington, D. C.; five sons, Truman Yoder, Swanton, OH, Sanford, Benton, John Mark, Chicago, Clayton, Phoeniz Ariz. And Wayne of Goshen.

Five brothers, John, George, and Joseph Smeltzer, all of Goshen, Roscoe Smeltzer of Highland, Ind. ; and Arthur Smeltzer of Wakarusa; two sisters, Mrs. Francis Freed, Napanee, and Mrs. Ora M. Yoder, Shipshewana, and 16 grandchildren.

One brother, Calvin Smeltzer died several months ago, and another brother Elmer, died last year.

Services will be Friday at 2 p. m. at the Yellow Creek Mennonite church. Burial will be in Yellow Creek cemetery.


J. Olen Holdeman, 71, 313 Middlebury St, died at 5:48 p. m. Sunday at Goshen General Hospital where he had been a patient two days following a heart attack.

Born Deb 12, 1907 in Harrison Twp. He was married Aug. 14, 1936 to the former Mary Bernice Edson who died Nov. 25, 1975.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Irene Elliott , Goshen, and Mrs. George (Alwilda) Harris, Elkhart. And a brother, the Rev. Dr. Ralph M., Elkhart.

Friends may call from 2-4 p. m. and 7-9 p. m. Tuesday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday. The Rev. Richard Dolby, pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church of where Holdeman was a member, will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Mr. Holdeman reitired six years ago after 25 years with Penn Division Johnson Controls, Inc. He was a member of the YM-YMCA, Elkhart, Goshen YWCA, the Senior Ms, and Albright 60 Plus Club.


Elkhart - Devon E. Risser, 77 of 62594 Ind. 19, died at 6:45 p. m. Thursday Sept. 28, 1995 in Elkhart General Hospital.

He was born June 11, 1918 in Harrison Twp. Elkhart, Co. He married Florence M. Shaum on Aug. 5, 1939, in Olive Twp. Elkhart Co. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eric (Connie) Hartstein of Elkhart, and Karen Diaz of Oklahoma City, OK; two sons, Ellsworth Risser, and Wayne Risser, both of Elkhart; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4-8 p. m. Saturday and Sunday at Reith-Roher-Ehret-Leinhart Funeral Home in Wakarusa. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a. m. Monday at Olive Mennonite Church. The Rev. Naaman Martin of Shiloh Mennonite Church, the Rev. Paul L. Newcomer of Toto Mennonite Church and the Rev. Lester Otto of Michigan will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola.

Mr. Risser was employed at Williams Products for 15 years and was a machine operator, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Shiloh Mennonite Church in Goshen.


Constantine - Miss Edith E. Culp 86, died Sunday morning in her home after a 10 day illness.

Miss Culp was born in Constantine, MI March 13, 1966. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S. C. Culp and lived in Constantine all her life.

Miss Culp was a kindergarten teacher for many years both in the city and in rural schools.

The Culp family, one of Constantine's oldest families donated the Barry Memorial Home to the city.

She is survived by one sister, Miss Gertrude E. Culp of Constantine, two nieces and one nephew.

Services will be held in the Geisler funeral Home Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Harry Kellogg, pastor of the Congregational Church will officiate. Burial will be in Constantine Cemetery.


Mrs. Ella M. Merzler, 78 142 Greencroft Dr. died at 8:40 p. m. Monday in Greencroft Nursing Center where she was admitted a week ago.

A native of Wakarusa, she was born Dec. 6, 1909, where she was married Jan 11, 1944 to Forrest F. Metzler. He died Oct. 11, 1967. She was a homemaker and member of Holdeman Mennonite Church and attended Moody Bible Institute Chicago.

Survivors include two stepsons; Raymond Metzler, Wakarusa, and James Metzler, Goshen; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Verl(Vesta) Lehman Goshen; 16 stepgrandchildren; four stepgreatgrandchildren; two sisters, Marie Lehman, Knoxville, Tenn. and Emogene Enck, Stevens, PA; and four brothers, Ellis Martin, Wakarusa, Raymond, Nappanee; and Lamar and Harold, Chuluota, Fla. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Brown.

(from here it is quite torn up) Burial will be in Olive West. Cemetery.


Nappanee - Devon F. "Heinie" Richmond, 74, of 554 N. Clark St. died suddenly at 4:45 a. m. today at his home.

He was a fire chief of the Nappanee Fire Dept. for 14 years and a member of the dept. form 1934 to 1960. He also retired in 1970 after 48 years with Mutschler Bros. Recently he worked part time in maintenance at the Nappanee Municipal Building and with Jim Moore Motors.

He was born June 26, 1904 in Nappanee, he married Hazel Grant Dec. 23, 1922, in Nappanee, she survives with two daughters, Mrs. James (Jean) Stillson, Nappanee; and Mrs. George (Pat) Sheets, Milford Rt. 2; a son Tom, Nappanee; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A son, two sisters, and four brothers preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 2-5 and 7-9 p. m. Wednesday at the Wright-Yoder Funeral Home where services will be at 10:30 a. m. Thursday. The Rev. Alvin Shifflett will officiate. Burial will be in South Union Cemetery. He was a member of the church.

Ruth G. Coy

RUTH G. COY 85, 3409 22nd St. Court W. died May 28, 1988.

She was born April 17, 1903 in Indiana and moved to this area 20 years ago from Dayton, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a charter member of the Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include two sons, Allan, of Bradenton, Fla. ; and Melvin of Enterprise; two daughters, Arlene Ritenour and Carolyn Vertich, both of Bradenton. ; a sister, Fern Helman of Bradenton; 12 grandchildren; including Jill Ritenour, Pam Ritenour, John Vertich, all of Bradenton; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-8 pm. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home. Services will be 10:30 a. m. Wednesday at Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren. Burial will be at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton.


Mrs. Irene Elliott, 87 Greencroft Drive, died at 9 a. m. today at Goshen General Hospital where she was admitted May 14. Note: newspaper dated May 23, 1986.

She was born Oct. 13, 1898 in Harrison Twp. daughter of Albert and Rosa Nina (McDowell) Holdeman. On June 22, 1918, she married Henry Claude Elliott. He died Aug. 5, 1968.

Mrs. Elliott was a homemaker, a lifetime area resident, and a member of City Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are two daughters, Bernita Smith, Sebring, Fla. ; and Patricia Brown, Fort Wayne; a son Claude Robert Elliott, Milford; lnine grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and a brother, the Rev. Ralph M. Holdeman, Elkhart. A grandaughter two brothers and a sister proceded her in death.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p. m. Saturday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 1 pm. Sunday. The Rev. Holdeman and the Rev. Phyllis Carter, pastor of City Church of the Brethren will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in West Goshen Cemetery.


Goshen - Arthur W. Weldy, 74, 9f 509 Cross, died Sunday at General Hospital where he was admitted April 13.

He was born in Wakarusa June 26, 1896, and lived most of his life in the Goshen Wakarusa area. He was married March 14, 1917, to Martha Holdeman in Wakarusa, he was a retired farmer.

The wife survives along with three daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Lois) Marks, and Mrs. Chester (Vivian) Schrock of Goshen and Mrs. George (Verna) Cross of Middlebury Rt. 1; two sons, Mearl Weldy of Elkhart, and Max of Goshen; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, EldonJ of Wakarusa; Myron D. of South Bend,; and Dwight E. of Goshen; and a sister, Mrs. Lee (Bertha) Harter Perry of Wakarusa.

Friends will be recieved after 7 p. m. today at the Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, where the body will lie in state from noon Wednesday. The Rev. John Steiner and the Rev. Harold Myers will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Mr. Weldy was a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church.


Goshen-Harold E. Miller, 56 of Goshen Rt. 7, died early today in Fort Wayne Veterans Hospital. He had been in ill health three months.

Mr. Miller was born Aug. 18, 1915, in Bristol, and married Anna Smeltzer of Wakarusa on Oct. 29, 1939. They lived at their present home 20 years.

His wife survives along with three sons, Keith, Savannah Ga. and Gerald and David, both at home. And a grandson. Also surviving are his stepfather, and mother, Mr. And Mrs. Roy Pletcher, Newton, Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. F. L. Woods; Chowchilla, Calif; and Mrs. David Moore, Kansas City, Mo. and a half-sister, Mrs. Charles Haarer, Newton.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a. m. at the Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church in charge of the Rev. Floyd Quenzer. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Bristol.


New Paris - Mrs. William (Dora) Miller, 80, New Paris, died this morning in Goshen hospital.

She had been ill for a year and entered the hospital Dec. 21 for surgery.

She was born July 27, 1878 in Wakarusa

She was married Nov. 25, 1896 to Albert Werner who died Jan. 26, 1898. She was married Jan. 1, 1900 to William E. Miller, who survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Clyde Werner, Goshen, Eldon Miller, Ligonier, and Ray Miller New Paris; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Gardner, Miami, Fla. ; and Mrs. Joe Brookins, New Paris. A half brother Ray Young, Phoeniz, Ariz. ; two half sisters, Mrs. Bertha Werner, New Paris, and Mrs. Rose Benn, Edwardsburg; 13 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. Friends may call at the Rohrer Funeral Home after 7 p. m.

The body will be taken to the Maple Grove church west of New Paris at 1 p.m. Friday and services will be there at 2 p. m. Friday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Dwight Newcomer, 74, 203 Railroad St. Wakarusa, died at 5 a. m. Sunday in his home. Death was the result of natural causes.

He was born Aug. 24, 1916 in Woodland, and was married March 2, 1941 in Wakarusa to Ruth Smeltzer.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. . Newcomer are two daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Mary Jean) Troyer, Fairview, Mich. And Mrs. Harvey (Carolyn) Hochstetler, Pickle Lake, Ontario, Canada. ; two sons, Rollin, Wakarusa, and Paul Lamar, Toto. ; 12 grandchildren; a sister Mrs. Oscar (Esther)Miller, Shipshewana, and a brother Edgar, Woodland.

He was the owner of Newcomer Roofing and Framing and was a member of Salem Mennonite Church.

Friends may call from 2-8 p. m. today at Reith Tohrer & Ehret Wakarusa Chapel, and from 9; 30 to 10:30 a. m. Tuesday at Salem Mennonite Church. Services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday in the church. The home ministry will conduct the service.

Pallbearers for burial in Olive East Cemetery will be John Gingerich, Don Flora, Devon Schrock, Wendell Troyer, Robert, Kevin, Johnathan, and Stephen Newcomer.


Mrs. Sarah Catherine Hiss, 81, 1425 Greencroft Drive, formerly of Wakarusa, died at 7:07 p. m. Saturday in Greencroft Nursing Center.

She was born July 25, 1907 in Wakaursa to Enos and Martha Davidhizar. On Nov. 30, 1963 in South Bend, she married Frank L. Hiss. He died June 20, 1965.

Survivors include a stepson Bernard J. Hiss, So. Bend; a stepdaughter, Mary Jane Twoney, Arizona; 12 step grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; four brothers, George, Otis, Manford, and Henry Davidhizar all of Wakarusa. and a sister, Bertha Davidhizar, Goshen.

She was a telephone operator for 35 years, retiring in Nov. 1963 and was a member of Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa.

Friends may call from 2-8 p. m. today at Reith, Rohere, & Ehret Funeral Home from 2-9 p. . m. Tuesday at Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, and from 1-2 p. m. Wednesday at Holdeman Mennonite Church. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday in the church. The Rev. Sam Troyer and the Rev. James Davidhizar will officiate. Burial will be in Olive West Cemetery.


Ruth D. Wenger, 85, 1300 Greencroft Dr. Goshen, died at 5:15, p. m. Wednesday in Greencroft Nursing Center where she was admitted Dec. 8, 1989.

She was born Dec. 19, 1906 in Sellersville, PA and was married April 19, 1937 to Bishop John Christian Wenger. Mrs. Wenger was a homemaker, a graduate of Grand View Hospital School of Nursing, Sellersville, and was a member of North Goshen Mennonite Church.

Surviving is her husband; two daughters, Mrs. J. Denny (Mary Lois) Weaver, Bluffton, OH; and Elizabeth Ann Wenger, Goshen; two sons, Daniel, Berne, and John, Detroit Michigan. : 11 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; a sister Esther Detweiler, Landsdale, PA, and a brother, Paul Detweiler, Telford, PA. She was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Dr. J. Warren Detweiler.

Friends may call from 2-8p. m Friday at Reith\Roher-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen. A prayer service will be held at 9:15 a. m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Yellow Creek Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 11 a. m. in North Goshen Mennonite Church. The Rev. James Detweiler pastor of Pleasant View Mennonite Church, the Rev. Harvey Chupp, and the Rev. Jerry Wittrig, of North Goshen Mennonite Church will officiate.


Mrs. Ruby Brenneman 55, of 153 Middlebury St. , Wife of Clyde Brenneman, died at 3:30 a. m. today, July 29, 1949, in General Hospital following an operation performed several days ago.

She was born in St. Joseph County March 20, 1894 a daughter of Mr. And Mrs Frederick Heldeman, and married Mr. Brenneman on March 12, 1912. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Wakarusa, and served for many years as superintendent of the cradle roll department of its Sunday school.

Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Theron, and Clifford, both of Elkhart, ; her stepmother, Mrs. Eliza Sarber of Plymouth; five brothers, Harry Holdeman of Wakarusa, Edwin Holdeman of Mishawake, Cecil of the Navy, and Melvin and Charles Holdeman, both of Bremen; three sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Wise, Mrs. Flossie Werner, and Mrs. Lulcy Brezger all of Elkhart, and five grandchildren.

The body, now at Lienhart Funeral Home, will be returned to the family home at 7 p. m. Saturday, where friends may call. Services will be held at the Girst Christian church in Wakarusa at 2:30 p. m. Monday.

Note: no burial place is listed.


Jones - Mrs. Violet M. Burkey, 57 of Rt. 1 died this morning at her home after an illness of several years.

She was born Feb. 4, 1912 in Locke, Elkhart Co. and has lived in the Jones area most of her life.

She was married Oct. 26, 1929, in Angola, to Melvin Burkey.

Surviving with her husband are three daughters, Mrs. Carolyn Hapner, Elkhart, Mrs. Edna Sentenry, Indianapolis, and Mrs. JoyAnn Miller, Goshen. ; six sons, Max, Bristol, Lauren, Edwardsburg, Kenneth, Elkhart, Richard, Glen and Arthur all of Jones, and 18 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Paul E. Maynew (?) Funeral Home in Edwardsburg.


Mrs. Zelma R. Cook 57, of Elkhart, Rt. 4, died unexpectedly about 10 a. m. Sunday at Elkhart General Hospital. Mrs. Cook, the wife of Bert L. Cook, well known Jimtown farmer, suffered a heart attack about 5 a. m. Sunday at her home and was taken then to the hospital.

She was a member of the Jimtown Methodist Church and was womens leader for the Baugo Twp. Farm Bureau.

A native of Elkhart, Mrs. Cook was born Nov. 9, 1904. She married Mr. Cook on Dec. 30, 1922 in Osceola.

Her husband survives with three sons, Dale, Jimtown, and Jerry and Gary both at home; seven daughters, Mrs. Marquis Clark, Mrs. Leonard Beehler, and Mrs. Robert Miller, all of Jimtown; Mrs. Lawrence Young, Elkhart, Mrs. Dennis Wirt, Osceola, Mrs. Clifford Bender, Goshen, and Miss Geneva Cook, Tuscon, Ariz; 22 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Gordon Crawford, Elkhart, and Mrs. Frank Miles, Osceola, and a brother Fred James, Jimtown. Services were held Wednesday at the Jimtown Methodist Church, the Rev. Roscoe Pheneger officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.


Mrs. Alwilda M. Harris, 66, 201 Troxel Ave. Elkhart, died this morning in her home of natural couses.

A native of Goshen, she was born Nov. 23, 1917 and was married Dec. 31, 1944 in New Paris to George A. Harris. He died Oct. 27, 1983 in Elkhart.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Robert(Nina Jane) Tarman, and Mrs. Howard (Karen J. ) Barrett. Both of Elkhart. ; two sons, Henry A. Elkhart, and John A. Palmdale, Calif. ; nine grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Claude, (Irene)Elliott, Goshen and a brother the Rev. Ralph M. Holdeman, Elkhart. Two brothers, Russell and Olen, preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 2 p. m. Sunday at Walley-Mills_Zimmerman Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a. , m. Monday. Officiating will be the Rev. Ken Overmyer, pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church of which she was a member. He will be assisted by her brother the Rev. Holdeman, pastor of Albright United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Prairie Street Cemetery.

Note: this date written at bottom, most likely death date: July 6, 1984.


Ida Ethel Weaver, 98 Versailles, died Saturday afternoon, July 8, 1995 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Versailles. She was born Jan. 21, 1897 in Goshen, the daughter of Oliver and Emma Garber Grosh.

On Aug. 10, 1921, she married J. Protus Brubaker who preceded her in death on Sept. 26, 1978. On Sept. 15, 1984, she married Levi A. Weaver, who died on Feb. 8, 1989.

Mrs. Weaver was a homemaker and a member of the Cornerstone Church near Versailles.

She is survived by one stepson Allen Weaver, Kansas City, Kansas, one stepdaughter, Edith McCroskie Seattle, WA; one grandaughter, Jean Antes, Avondale, two greatgrandchildren; 26 stepgrandchildren, and 33 step greatgrandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one son, David E. Brubaker; one stepdaughter, Mary Bentch and five brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were at 11 a. m. Tuesday July 11, at the Cornerstone Church near Versailles, with Joe Diener and Rick Martin officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.


Mrs. Ethel M. Husband, 92, 67548 C. R. 1 Wakarusa died at 4:03 p. m. Thursday in Elkhart General Hospital where she was admitted in February.

A native of Elkhart Co. she was born July 24, 1895 and was married Dec. 16, 1916 to Elgie Husband. He died May 26, 1961. She was a homemaker and member of the Olive Mennonite Church.

Susrviving are a son, Earl, L. Wakarusa; three grandaughters, including Mrs. Robert (Evelyn) Buss, Goshen, 10 greatgranchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Bessie Detweiler, and three brothers, including the Rev. George Long and a stepbrother, Foret Holdeman.

Friends may call from 2-9 p. m. Saturday at Lienhart Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dale Shenk will officiate. Burial will be in Olive West Cemetery.

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