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July 26, 2012

(9/11/1921 - 7/21/2012)

Martin N. Hoover, 90, of Leola, PA, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at home. He was the husband of Martha H. (Fox) Hoover.

Martin was born in West Earl Township on August 11, 1921, a son of the late Levi N. and Ellen B. (Newswanger) Hoover. He was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Martin was a self employed machinist, having operated his own machine shop and was also a taxi driver for the plain sect in the area.

He is survived by his wife and 11 children, Levi F., husband of Marie (Graybill) Hoover of Denver, PA, Sarah F., wife of Sam Petersheim of Arbovale, WV, Esther F., wife of Edwin Brubaker of Memphis, MO, Carl F., husband of Lydia (Shirk) Hoover of Gorin, MO, Rebecca F., wife of George Brubaker Jr. of Landisburg, PA, Raymond F., husband of Janet (Martin) Hoover of Newville, PA, Chester F., husband of Lena Mae (Musser) Hoover of Leola, PA, Edna F., wife of the late Ezra Sensenig of Stevens, PA, Ada F., wife of Curvin Nolt of Hurdland, MO, Frances F., wife of Irwin Weaver Jr. of Memphis, MO, Ella F., wife of David Musser of Newmanstown; 62 grandchildren; 107 great- grandchildren; four brothers, Aaron, Daniel, Joseph and Ivan Hoover; and two sisters, Ada and Emme Hoover.

Martin was preceded in death by a son, Harry F., husband of Vera (Redcay) Hoover of Leola; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three sisters, Anna Mary Sauder, Katie Reiff and Susanna Gehman.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference, Leola, with Bishop Curvin Zimmerman and Ministers Paul Newswanger, Edwin Reiff and Richard Burkholder officiating. Interment followed in the adjoining church cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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