Joseph H. Martin, 87, New Holland, Mennonite Church member

By on January 7, 2015

Joseph H. Martin, 87, of New Holland, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in New Holland to the late Weaver W. and Ruth M. (Hursh) Martin and was the husband of Lydia Ann (Zimmerman) Martin; and the late Ella B. (Hoover) Martin who passed away in 1988.

Joseph was a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.

In addition to his second wife, he is survived by 12 children: Benjamin H., husband of Ethel (Martin) Martin of Mifflinburg; Anna H. Martin of Lititz; Lucy H., wife of Harold Nolt of Mifflinburg; Thomas H., husband of Lydia (Zimmerman) Martin of Mifflinburg; Mary H., wife of Linus Sauder of Plymouth, Ohio; Lydia Ann, wife of Leon Newswanger of Shiloh, Ohio; Edward H., husband of Lucy (Hoover) Martin of Millmont; Emory H., husband of Eva Jane (Sauder) Martin of Lititz; Abram H., husband of Grace (Hoover) Martin of Geneva, N.Y.; Jesse H., husband of Ella (Zimmerman) Martin of Lititz; Arnold H., husband of Irene (Oberholtzer) Martin of Himrod, N.Y.; Obed H., husband of Linda (Oberholtzer) Martin of Dundee, N.Y.; 11 stepchildren: Elsie Z. Nolt of New Holland; Lizzie Z., wife of Ivan Burkholder of Ephrata; Miriam, wife of Noah Burkholder of Rushville, N.Y.; Ruth, wife of Jonas Burkholder of Stanley, N.Y.; Ivan, husband of Ella Mae (Burkholder) Nolt of New Holland; Reuben, husband of Edna (Zimmerman) Nolt of Floyd, Iowa; Wayne, husband of Elva (Brubacher) Nolt of Charles City, Iowa; Melvin, husband of Eva (Sauder) Nolt of Leola; Lloyd, husband of Anna (Leid) Nolt of Osage, Iowa; Peter, husband of Roseanne (Martin) Nolt of Osage, Iowa; Lawrence, husband of Thelma (Nolt) Nolt of Charles City, Iowa; a step daughter-in-law: Alma (Leid) Nolt of Orchard, Iowa; 71 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 87 step-grandchildren; 87 step great-grandchildren; and a sister: Margaret H. Martin of East Earl.

In addition to his first wife and parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter: Ruth H. Martin; a stepson: Aaron Nolt; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and four brothers: Paul, Daniel, John and Weaver Martin, Jr.

Services were held Jan. 3 at Millway Mennonite Church, with Bishop Ammon Weaver officiating. Interment took place in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

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

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