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Mary Nussbaum, 101

ORRVILLE — Mary Nussbaum completed her 101 year life on Saturday as a steadfast model of love and family-based peace building. Raising 10 children on her Mennonite homestead, Mary faithfully grew most of her fresh fruits and vegetables until she was well into her 90s.
Grandma Nussbaum or Grandma Mary as she was affectionately called always had time to hold a child on her cozy lap, or give a strong hug to whoever was visiting her.  All of her family members have hand-quilted covers that remind us of how much Grandma loved her family.
Instead of piling up treasures on earth, Grandma Mary focused her time on building good relationships with her family, praying for each daily, and caring for her large garden.  She faithfully sent handwritten letters to each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on their birthdays, and regularly corresponded by email until May 21st. of 2023.
She died peacefully at home of old age on June 3, 2023, at her residence in Orrville, surrounded my family members.
Mary was born on June 30, 1921, in Marshallville, Ohio, to the late Ira and Effie (Steiner) Ebersole, attended Smithville High School, and married Aaron I. Nussbaum on October 21, 1943, in Rittman. Aaron died on May 13, 2009.
She worked in housekeeping for a nursing home, provided in-home care, and made a home for her family.  Mary was a long-time member of Crown Hill Mennonite Church, where she was very active piecing and quilting for Women Serving Christ.
Surviving are ten children, David (Eldina) Nussbaum of Orrville, Paul Nussbaum of Rittman, Esther Walthour of PA, Samuel (Maggie) Nussbaum of PA, Earl (Rebecca) Nussbaum of PA, Nathan (Judy) Nussbaum of PA, Ruth Suter of VA, Lois (Bob) Bixler of MO, John Mark (Lisa) Nussbaum of IN, and Rose Mary Hackman of PA; 25 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren; 16 step great grandchildren; 4 step great-great grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, Anna Blackmore, Ferne Conrad, Earl Ebersole, and John Paul Ebersole; two grandchildren, Matthew Walthour and Larissa Nussbaum; and two great grandchildren, Abigail Nussbaum and Ezra Nussbaum.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Crown Hill Mennonite Church, 9693 Benner Road, Rittman, with Pastor Thomas Dunn officiating. Burial will take place at the Crown Hill Mennonite Cemetery in Rittman.
Friends may call on Friday, at Crown Hill Mennonite Church, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm or on Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:45 am, prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Crown Hill Mennonite Church (memo: “Mission Fund” OR “Women serving Christ”), 9693 Benner Road, Rittman, OH 44270,
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at

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