Sarah Ellen Nofziger, 95, Archbold, went home to be with her Lord and Savior very suddenly Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at her home.
She was born Sept. 28, 1916, near Archbold to Fred P. and Emma (Smucker) Roth.
She married Olen Nofziger May 27, 1937. They were married 49 years before his death in April 1986.
She is survived by four children: Janice Kreider and husband Wendell, Palmyra, Mo.; Corwin “Cork” and wife Patsy, Archbold; Allen and wife Joyce, Wauseon; and Mark and wife Glenda, of West Unity.
Sarah had 13 grandchildren: Wendell “Gene” Kreider, Arlington, Va.; Anne Quinn, Arlington, Va.; Doug Kreider, San Jose, Calif.; Beth Sedmak, Falls Church, Va.; Charles Nofziger, Archbold; Paula Moore, Napoleon; Kristina Eicher, Archbold; Jodi Nofziger, Wauseon; Sheri Schnitkey, Wauseon; Jamie Nofziger, West Unity; Charity Nofziger, Salzburg, Austria; Jill Nofziger and Allison Nofziger, both of West Unity; 21 greatgrandchildren, many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Olen; a son, Marlin; an infant daughter, Judith Ann; a granddaughter, Pamela; three brothers, Harvey Roth, Earl Roth and Glen Roth; three sisters, Ilva Stuckey, Alice Beck and Irene King.
Sarah accepted Jesus as her Savior in her youth and faithfully and joyfully served him all her life.
She helped her husband minister to several Mennonite congregations in the local area during her lifetime. She was a charter member of the North Clinton Mennonite Church.
Their home was never locked and people came for prayer, for counseling, to visit, for laughter– whatever the need or some homemade pie, etc.
Sarah loved to cook for her family, her friends and their church family. The kitchen was her favorite part of the house.
She attended Zone School for the first part of her education and then graduated from Archbold High School.
She had a gift for writing and was sought out as a highly regarded speaker at many church functions throughout her later life.
She worked as a bookkeeper for ME Miller Tire Co. for a number of years and also at Sauder Museum.
She was an avid quilter, taught Sunday School and Bible School; was a very active member of the Mennonite Women’s Auxiliary; corresponded with many family members, college students, and friends; was a mentor in the Stephen’s Ministry; was a volunteer for various community organizations and was active in several small groups until the time of her death.
She also served several terms as an elder at North Clinton Church and was a fervent prayer warrior for her family and church whom she loved very much.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m., at North Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, with Pastors Glenn Coblentz, Brad Faler and Wendell and Melanie Nofziger officiating. A private burial at Pettisville Cemetery will precede the service.
Friends may call at North Clinton Church from 2-8 p.m. Friday.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers: Gene Kreider, Doug Kreider, Charles Nofziger, Kyle Moore, David Eicher, Greg Nofziger and Jamie Nofziger.
The family suggest memorials be given to North Clinton Building Fund.
Short Funeral Home, Archbold, has been entrusted with arrangements. www.ShortFu neralHome.com.