He was born in Paint Township, Holmes County on October 4, 1924 to the late Andrew and Barbara (Miller) Schlabach and married Amanda Troyer on November 11, 1947. She died December 17, 2012.
He had lived all of his life in the Winesburg area and was a member of the Longenecker Mennonite Church where he had served as an elder, Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He attended the Zion Reformed Church. He was a former farmer and had worked for the Wilmot Mining Company and Spector’s Store.
He is survived by daughters, Mabel Schlabach and Leona (Ted) Miller, both of Winesburg; grandchildren, Lynnette (Scott) Killy of Toledo, Brenda (Mark) Pope of Dundee, Denise (Chris) Bortnik of Warrendale, PA and Kristine Miller of Winesburg; great grandchildren, Anthony, Phineas, Phoebe, Lila, Peter, Mabel, Easton, Nadia, Braden and Jane; a sister, Sarah Beachy of Mount Eaton; and brothers, Martin Schlabach of Orrville and Aden (Rachel) Schlabach of Oregon.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Yoder.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 PM at the Longenecker Mennonite Church Cemetery. A service celebrating Emanuel’s life will be held on Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Zion Reformed Church in Winesburg with Pastor Scott Killy officiating. Following his wishes there will be no viewing and the family will receive friends on Saturday following the service in the church fellowship building. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling the arrangements.
A memorial website has been created by the funeral home and may be accessed at www.spidellfuneralhome.com where you may share a memory or sign the guestbook.
The family would like to thank the staff of Walnut Hills Nursing Home and LifeCare Hospice for their kind and loving care.
Memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, OH 44691.
Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton