Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Elsie M. Brubaker

Elsie M. Brubaker, age 89 years, 3 months, 9 days of Plymouth, Ohio died Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital.

She was born July 9, 1928 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Ervin and Anna (Horst) Martin. On May 30, 1957 she married Lester G. Brubaker and he preceded her in death on March 6, 2015. Elsie was a homemaker and a member of Chester Wisler Mennonite Church in Wooster.

Elsie is survived by her 7 children: Eugene (Mildred) Brubaker of Kinzer, PA, Ervin (Mary Ellen) Brubaker of Bloomville, OH, Earl (Barbara) Brubaker of Shelby, OH, Mary Ann (Jere) Zimmerman of Narvon, PA, Ray (Joy) Brubaker of Greenwich, OH, John (Susan) Brubaker of Plymouth, OH, and Linda (Ross) Martin of Denver, PA; 37 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Alta Leid of Shelby, OH and Nora (Elam) Hoover of Ephrata, PA; brother-in-law: Paul Snyder; 3 sisters-in-law: Lucy Martin, Anna Martin, and Martha Martin. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, grandson: Mark R. Brubaker, 2 great grandsons: Scott Garman and Evan Nolt, and 5 siblings: Earl H. Martin, Miriam M. Snyder, Elvin H. Martin, Ammon H. Martin and Adin H. Martin.

Friends and Family are welcome on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Buckeye Community Center, 79 Noble Road, Shiloh, OH from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10 AM at Chester Wisler Mennonite Church, 7243 Lattasburg Road, Wooster, OH conducted by Bishop Paul Zimmerman. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted.

Care for Elsie and the Brubaker family by Catherine, Bob and Jake at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, OH. To send a message of sympathy please visit

Memories & Condolence

  1. Marie says:

    My heart goes out with deepest sympathy to the family of Elsie. I know that your grief in losing such a special loved one must be overwhelming. God promises that he will give you support at this time at 2 Corinthians 4:7 which says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal,” to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that you will no longer cry or that you will forget, but it means you will recover. You will recover because of the hope he had written down. Jesus Christ talked about this hope in John 5:28, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out.” Jesus was referring to the resurrection, this is the amazing hope! The Bible likens hope to an anchor. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, hope will stabilize you, keep you from drowning in overwhelming sadness. 2 Corinthians 1:3 describes our Creator as, “… the God of all comfort.” Another way that God will comfort you is by moving people who care about you to give you words of encouragement that you need to hear. When he brings the reality of his promised resurrection of Elsie, he will replace your tears of pain with tears of joy.

  2. Frank Garber says:

    Ray, sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  3. Pifher Trucking says:

    We wanted to pass on our condolences for the Brubaker family.

  4. Jim Russell says:

    I just want to say what a joy it was to have known Elsie, Lester, and the entire Brubaker clan. We were very grateful for the care they showed our daughter Taylor and for making her a part of the brood. I pray that her memory will be shared for generations to come.

  5. Jeanette and ron brown says:

    To the Brubakers, We were sorry to hear of you Mom’s passing. I remember her when they came to country star. So hard to see time go by so fast but we remember all those nice people who have been in our lives some way or some point. And recently seeing Ray brought back a lot of memories.
    Its hard but we have to let them go and now we move on. In our prayers
    and thoughts Ron and Jeanette Brown

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