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The Niagara Mutual Funeral Society (also known as the Virgil Mutual Burial Society), Virgil, Ontario, was an outgrowth of the Vineland Burial Society, forming a separate organization in 1942. As of March 1956 it had 2,146 members from various Mennonite branches in all areas of Canada. It covered total funeral expenses and in 1953 paid out $1,329.75.

In 2003 the leadership of both societies explored merger options, since matters of distance and communication were no longer issues. On 10 May 2008 members present at a special joint meeting voted unanimously to merge the Vineland and Virgil Burial Societies into one society, the Mennonite Burial Society. Peter Janzen (Virgil) and Tim Siemens (Vineland) were presidents of the societies at the time of merger; Siemens served as the first chair of the new society.

See also Mennonite Burial Society

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2009

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MLA style

Gingerich, Melvin and Sam Steiner. "Niagara Mutual Funeral Society (Virgil, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2009. Web. 27 Jun 2017.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=66852.

APA style

Gingerich, Melvin and Sam Steiner. (December 2009). Niagara Mutual Funeral Society (Virgil, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 June 2017, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=66852.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1112. All rights reserved.

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