The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 29, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013


Ester Louise Pitzer

LONG BOTTOM, Ohio — Ester Louise Pitzer, 78, of Long Bottom, Ohio, a native of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

The family will receive friends at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy, Ohio on Saturday, August 31, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Pastors Wayne Dunlap and Tim Throckmorton officiating. Burial will be in the Meigs Memory Gardens.

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Joni M. Shetler

GAP MILLS — Joni M. Shetler, age 79 years, three months, of Gap Mills, W.Va., went home to Glory on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at 2:10 a.m., unexpectedly at the home of his daughter, Rachel and Mark Stoltzfus of St. Thomas, Pa.

Joni was born on May 27, 1934, in Apple Creek, Ohio, son of the late Moses M. and Mary J. Miller Shetler and Barbara J. Miller Shetler.

He was senior bishop of Gap Mills Christian Fellowship. He was ordained a minister June 2, 1968, and as bishop May 10, 1970, at Mission Home, Va.

In 1977 he moved to Gap Mills, where he helped establish the church. He was also instrumental in establishing churches in the US and foreign missions. Joni and his wife, Anna served in missions in Honduras and Central America. He faithfully served  His Lord in service to his church. Joni was a farmer and carpenter all his life and in his retirement years enjoyed many hours in his woodworking shop. He loved spending time with his children, twenty-six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Surviving are four sons, James (Janet Nisly) Shetler of Hutchinson, Kan., Jason (Jeanette Grove-Heline) Shetler of Navarre, Ohio, Jadon (Charlene Rutter) Shetler of Phoenix, Ariz., Jesse (Marianne Petre) Shetler of Gap Mills, W.Va. and four daughters, Arlene and (Jerry) Miller of Freidens, Pa., Leona and (Alvin Stoltzfus) of Romney, W.Va., Rachel and (Mark) Stoltzfus of St. Thomas, Pa. and Naomi Shetler of Gap Mills, who lovingly cared for her Dad at the home; four brothers, Lewis (Marilyn) Shetler of Millersburg, Ohio, Levi (Amanda) Shetler of Holmesville, Ohio, Eli (Fannie) Shetler of Apple Creek, Ohio, Norman (Carole) Shetler of Mt. Eaton, Ohio; five sisters, Elizabeth Petersheim and Martha (Ernest) Schrock, both of Oakland, Md., Ada Swartzentruber, Mary Shetler and Ella Shetler, all of Apple Creek, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Rachel Shetler of Farmville, Va.; one aunt, Barbara Miller of Brown City, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anna, with whom he lived 55 happy years, a daughter, Elmina May Shetler, his parents; a sister, Emma Shetler and a brother, Uria Shetler.

Calling hours are form 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Groves Funeral Home, 715 Sweet Springs Road, Union, WV 24983 and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Gap Mills Mennonite Christine Fellowship, Gap Mills, W.Va.

Services are 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Gap Mills Mennonite Christian Fellowship, Gap Mills, with Pastors William Beiler and Tim Miller officiating. Interment is at Gap Mills Mennonite Christian Fellowship Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the missions Joni served, Honduras Missions, 2514 Gold Creek Road, Gold Creek, Mont. 59733.

Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home, Union.

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