Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Rev. Newton Laverne Gingrich

Male 1924 - 1979  (54 years)


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  • Name Newton Laverne Gingrich 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 13 Oct 1924  Drake, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1967  Tavistock, East Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Eby ID Number dnf-25988 
    Died 1 Aug 1979  Drumbo, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried East Zorra Amish Mennonite Cemetery, East Zorra Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I25988  Generations
    Last Modified 19 May 2022 

    Father Ozias B. Gingrich,   b. 24 Oct 1893, Peel Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1967, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Naomi May Schmitt,   b. 24 Oct 1903, Carstairs, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1988, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married Dec 1924  Guernsey, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F5792  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth Sommers,   b. 1925, Kokomo, Howard, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 2003, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Last Modified 20 May 2022 
    Family ID F41133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Newton Gingrich died suddenly; was longtime church leader Newton Gingrich, 53, of Tavistock, Ont., longtime leader in the Mennonite Church and in Mennonite Central Committee, died about noon on Aug. 1. Gingrich was working with his son Daryl at the Emmaus Center, a private retreat center partly owned by the Gingrich family, when he was stricken with a heart attack.Gingrich was chairman of Mennonite Central Committee since January 1977, and had been chairman of MCC (Canada) from 1972 to 1978. He was an MCC executive committee member since 1968.At the time of his death he was employed half time by the General Board of the Mennonite Church as coordinator of local arrangements for Waterloo 79, the Mennonite Church conference set for Aug. 11 to 16.From 1973 to 1975, he was moderator of the Mennonite Church, of which he was moderator-elect from 1971 to 1973. He continued as a General Board member until 1977. He was executive secretary of Region I at the time of his death.In addition, Gingrich was one of three Mennonite Church appointees to the General Council of Mennonite World Conference, and had been elected at the council's meeting in Wichita last year as a member-at-larger of the MWC Executive Committee. On the local conference level, Gingrich was missions chairman of the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference at the time of his death.Execute secretary of MCC William T. Snyder noted that Gingrich was often a bridge between church people of the U. S. and Canada. For one year he was chairman of both MCC and MCC (Canada) and continued to represent the concerns of both countries throughout his years as a leader in the church. "He loved the whole Mennonite Church and had a deep concern for church organizations," Snyder said.Paul Kraybill, executive secretary of Mennonite World Conference, noted that Gingrich was active at every level of church work-local, conference, regional, church wide, and inter-Mennonite. "I remember him as a man of broad vision and an authentic leader," Kraybill said. "His counsel and insight were always very perceptive and appreciated."Gingrich had resigned as pastor of East Zorra Mennonite Church in Tavistock in June. He had earlier pastured church in Elora and Markham, Ont., and was a teacher and principal of Ontario Mennonite Bible School and Institute in Kitchener from 1958 to 1969. An avid supporter of inter-Mennonite cooperation, he chaired the inter-Mennonite Mission and Service Board in Ontario for many years. He attended Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va.Gingrich, born Oct. 13, 1925, in the Drake-Guernsey area of Saskatchewan, was a son of Naomi Gingrich of Cambridge, Ont., and the late Ozias Gingrich. When he was six years of age his family moved to Ontario. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Sommers, three sons, Daryl, Duane, and Dennis, and a daughter Diane.Memorial services were at 10: 00 a.m., Aug. 4, at East Zorra Mennonite Church. The family designated that memorial contributions be made to MCC.

      Gospel Herald - Volume 72, Number 33 - August 14, 1979-page 648, 662

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, Obituary of Newton Laverne Gingrich - August 14, 1979.

    2. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Ozias B. Gingerich - 7 Feb 1967.

    3. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, March 7, 1967 - Obituary of Ozias B. Gingrich.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Oct 1924 - Drake, Saskatchewan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1967 - Tavistock, East Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - East Zorra Amish Mennonite Cemetery, East Zorra Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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