Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1985

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Gospel Herald - Volume 78, Number 36 -September 3, 1985, page 630.

Blosser.- Mae, daughter of Joseph and Emma (Showalter) Shenk, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Sept. 3, 1899; died at Virginia Mennonite Home, Harrisonburg, Va., June 25, 1985; aged 85 y. On Nov. 1, 1922, she was married to Peter W. Blosser, who died on Aug. 13, 1956. Surviving are one daughter (Alice Trissel), one son (James Blosser), 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Ruth Miller). She was a member of Weavers Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on June 28, in charge of James Stauffer and Eric Kouns; interment in Weavers Cemetery.

Eberly.- Grace S., daughter of Eaby and Ida (Martin) Souder, was born at East Earl, Pa., Apr. 19, 1912; died of cancer at her home in Leola, Pa., June 16, 1985; aged 73 y. On Mar. 9, 1935, she was married to Leroy N. Eberly, who survives. Also surviving are 5 daughters (Miriam, Ruth-Mrs. Donald E. Harnish, Naomi-Mrs. Robert H. Gochenaur, Jr.. Mary-Mrs. Robert Matthews, and Linda-Mrs. David Miller), one son (Robert L.), 8 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Elizabeth Martin, Cora-Mrs. Samuel Sweigart, and Ida Brubaker), and one brother (Alvin Souder). She was preceded in death by an infant brother (Harold). Funeral services were held at Groffdale Mennonite Church on June 19, in charge of Charles Wert, Adam Esbenshade, and Wilbur Lentz; interment in Groffdale Cemetery.

Erb.- Janet M., daughter of Clyde and Lila Mae (Good) Hershey, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 17, 1923; died of cancer in East Lampeter Twp., Pa., July 27, 1985; aged 62 y. On Oct. 31, 1942, she was married to Daniel S. Erb, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Elaine-Mrs. Kermit Rohrer, Carol, and Linda), 6 sons (Daniel, David, Clair, Carl, Clyde, and Gerald), 15 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Edwin, Melvin, and Kenneth Hershey), and one sister (Betty-Mrs. James Frey). She was a member of East Chestnut Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 31, in charge of Glen A. Roth, James R. Hess, and Gerald L. Martin; interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

Hirstein.- Eldon G., son of Aaron B. and Emma (Landis) Hirstein, was born at Cullom, Ill., Apr. 17, 1908; died at Proctor Hospital, Peoria, Ill., Aug. 4, 1985; aged 77 y. On Jan. 18, 1936, he was married to Eileen A. Fritsch, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Roger and Landis), 4 granddaughters, one great-granddaughter, 2 brothers (Marvin and Dale), and one sister (Velma Hirstein). He was a member of First Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Mason-White Funeral Home on Aug. 7, in charge of James Detweiler; interment in Glendale Cemetery.

Lisle.- Dean, son of Glen and Ruth (Elliott) Lisle, was born at Killbuck, Ohio, Nov. 12, 1925; died of heart failure at Akron, Ohio, July 31, 1985; aged 59 y. He was married to Betty Kick, who died in February 1958. On Dec. 30, 1958, he was married to Edith Weaver, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Karen- Mrs. Rick St. John and Joyce-Mrs. Jeff Sigler), 2 grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mary Ellen-Mrs. Charles Bauer, Betty-Mrs. Charles Herold, and Donna- Mrs. William Humrichouser). He was preceded in death by an infant son (Roger). He was a member of Wooster Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 3, in charge of Glen A. Horner; interment in Maple Grove Memorial Park.

Miller.- Geneva S., daughter, of Joseph P. and Palma (Turner) Siever, was born in Pendleton Co., W.Va., Dec. 15, 1907; died at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., Apr. 3, 1985; aged 77 y. On May 22, 1930, she was married to Harold W. Miller, who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters (Edith M. Ritchie, Eva Sonifrank, Alma Hottinger, and Bonnie Hottinger), her stepmother (Ada S. Turner), 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, one brother (Ben F. Siever), one half-brother (Ernest Siever), and 3 half-sisters (Edith Campbell, Ola Tusing, and Neva Getz). She was a member of Zion Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Apr. 6, in charge of Harvey Yoder and John Drescher.

Minnich.- Stephen Joel, son of Abram D. and Marolyn (King) Minnich, was born at Salisbury, Md., Sept. 15, 1958; died of pulmonary edema, at Colmar, France, Aug. 3, 1985; aged 26 y. On July 27, 1985, he was married to Joyce Moore-Bavingron, who survives. Also surviving are his parents, his grandmother (Genevieve Detweiler King), and 2 sisters (Debra Beauchamp and Tina Esley). He was a member of Holly Grove Mennonite Church, where memorial services were held on Aug. 10, in charge of Linford D. King; interment in Holly Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Peachy.- Ethel Malinda, daughter of Uriel S. and Kathryn (Durr) Zook, was born at Allensville, Pa., Feb. 9, 1911; died of a brain tumor at Valley View Haven, Belleville, Pa., July 31, 1985; aged 74 y. On May 29, 1932, she was married to Raymond R. Peachey, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Joyce-Mrs. Jesse Yoder and Darlis-Mrs. John Myer), 6 sons (Ronald, Timothy, Wilbur, Conrad, Dennis, and Kenneth), and 6 brothers (Ellrose, Lester, David, Floyd, Alphie, and Merle Zook), 18 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Allensville Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 4, in charge of Paul Bender and Mark Peachey; interment in Allensville Mennonite Cemetery.

Shantz.- Gordon M., son of Moses H. and Catherine (Martin) Shantz, was born at Haysville, Ont., Apr. 2, 1914; died of Alzheimers disease at Fairview Mennonite Home on Apr. 24, 1985; aged 71 y. On June 22, 1946, he was married to Norma Snyder, who survives. Also surviving are 4 sons (Dale, Arnold, Elgin, and Mark) and 2 sisters (Luella Shantz and Mary S. Jutzi). He was preceded in death by one brother (Vernon). He was a member of Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Apr. 26, in charge of Darrell Jantzi; interment in Blenheim Mennonite Cemetery.

Yoder.- Clara Mae, daughter of D. M. and Susanna (Diener) Schrock, was born at Garden City, Mo., Dec. 27, 1895; died of a stroke at Schowalter Villa, Hesston, Kans., Aug. 6, 1985; aged 89 y. On Jan. 1, 1920, she was married to Elba Reuben Yoder, who died on Sept. 8, 1982. Surviving are one son (Lester), one daughter (Verna-Mrs. Orville Buerge), 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, one brother (Lawrence Schrock), and 3 sisters (Florence-Mrs. Christy Yoder, Ada-Mrs. Jess Hartzler, and Mary Schrock). She was a member of Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 9, in charge of Darrell Zook; interment in Clearfork Cemetery.

Yoder.- Willis R., son of Rudolph and Katie (Yoder) Yoder, was born at Denbigh, Va., Nov. 10, 1902; died at Alliance, Ohio, Aug. 3, 1985; aged 82 y. On Nov. 5, 1932, he was married to Christiana E. Miller, who died on June 21, 1979. Surviving are 2 sons (Harold and Vernon), 5 daughters (Dorothy-Mrs. Earl Schmucker, Gladys-Mrs. Eugene Vernier, Fern-Mrs. David Gerber, Luella, and Frances-Mrs. Edward Denino), 17 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He was a member of Beech Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 6, in charge of Paul D. Brunner and Ernest Martin; interment in Beech Mennonite Cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume 78, Number 37 - September 10, 1985, page 646.

Eshleman.- Hattie S., daughter of Martin M. and Barbara (Sensenig) Graver, was born in Conestoga Twp., Pa., Sept. 24, 1899; died of a cardiac arrest at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 4, 1985; aged 85 y. On June 10, 1925, she was married to John F. Eshleman, who survives. Also surviving are one son (John David), one daughter (Faith G.-Mrs. John L. Nissley), and 3 grandchildren. She was a member of Landisville Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 7, in charge of Chester Krutz and Donald W. Good; interment in River Corner Mennonite Cemetery.

Folk.- Verna E., daughter of Jacob and Etta (Brenneman) Kinsinger, was born at Casselman, Md., Jan. 6, 1907; died of a cardiac arrest at Sacred Heart Hospital on July 10, 1985; aged 78 y. On Dec. 12, 1925, she was married to Daniel J. Folk, who died in January 1971. Surviving are 5 sons (Daniel J., Clair E., Blair A., Elaine R., and Donald F.), 3 daughters (Mrs. Zeltha M. Evans, Mrs. Marlene J. Diehl, and Mrs. Donna K. Otto), 21 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Clarence and Orville Kinsinger). She was a member of Springs Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 14, in charge of Steven J. Heatwole and Walter C. Otto; interment in Casselman Cemetery.

Myers.- Cora L., daughter of Harvey and Elizabeth (Lapp) Detweiler, was born in New Britain Twp., Pa., June 18, 1906; died at Grandview Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., Aug. 8, 1985; aged 79 y. On Mar. 8, 1930, she was married to Cornelius Myers, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sisters (Hannah-Mrs. Melvin H. Gahman, Ruth-Mrs. Chester Derstine, and Elizabeth Gahman). She was a member of Doylestown Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 12, in charge of Ray K. Yoder and Joseph L. Gross; interment in Doylestown Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Rutter.- Cora Lee, daughter of Cyrus and Cathern (McDowell) Miles, was born in Shelby Co., Mo., Feb. 23, 1893; died at Samaritan Memorial Hospital, Macon, Mo., Aug. 6, 1985; aged 92 y. On Aug. 2, 1911, she was married to Emmett Rutter, who died on Aug. 15, 1965. Surviving are 3 sons (Vincil R., Galen I., and Carl H.), 4 daughters (Mrs. Florence Yeackley, Mrs. Viola Dumler, Mrs. Alma G. Jacobs, and Mrs. Minta Miller), 30 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Charlie and Joe Miles), and 3 sisters (Edna Carpenter, Anna Strohm, and Ester Miles). She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 9, in charge of Tim Horst; interment in Brethren/Mennonite Cemetery.

Short.- Edith, daughter of John M. and Rebecca (Nafziger) Roth, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Jan. 30, 1895; died at the home of her son, near Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 1, 1985; aged 90 y. On Jan. 11, 1921, she was married to Adam Short, who died in 1967. Surviving are one daughter (Velma-Mrs. Amos Roth), 2 sons (Richard and Marlin), 7 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son (Russell). She was a member of Central Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 4, in charge of Charles Gautsche, Jim Bartholomew, and Lester Roth; interment in Pettisville Cemetery.

Witmer.- Elizabeth R., daughter of John W. and Elizabeth (Heller) Rohrer, was born in Smoketown, Pa.; died at Brethren Village, Neffsville, Pa., June 13, 1985; aged 81 y. She was married to Caleb W. Witmer, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Eugene R., C. Donald, and Melvin R.), one daughter (E. Marlene-Mrs. David B. Groff), 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Elsie-Mrs. Willis G. Herr and Pauline-Mrs. Ira J. Buckwalter). She was a member of Paradise Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on June 16, in charge of Fred Martin; interment in Paradise Cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume 78, Number 38 -September 17, 1985, pages 660, 662.

Stutzman.- Milo, 99, longtime Northwest Conference leader died on June 13 in Tofield, Alta. He served as president of the conference mission board and as an instructor in its Bible school. He was also a pastor and an evangelist known throughout the Mennonite Church. Stutzman was ordained in 1913 at Salem Mennonite Church in Tofield. A native of Milford, Nebr., he and his wife went to Alberta as pioneer farmers in the early part of the century.

Bowers.- Roger Maynard, son of William H. and Minnie (Reeves) Bowers, was born at Tiffin, Iowa, June 9, 1906; died at Iowa City, Iowa, Aug. 16, 1985; aged 79 y. On July 1, 1930, he was married to Silence Norenberg, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Paul M.), one daughter (Nancy Nissley), one brother (E. Virgil), and two sisters (Wilma McVay and Esther Lucore). He was a member of the First Mennonite Church of Iowa City, where funeral services were held on Aug. 18, in charge of Sheldon W. Burkhalter. Body deeded to University of Iowa for medical research.

Eby.- Ruby Mae, daughter of Melvin and Jessie Winger, was born at Stevenville, Ont., June 16, 1910; died at home in her sleep on Aug. 13, 1985; aged 75 y. On June 3, 1930, she was married to Aden Eby, who survives. Also surviving are two sons (Malcolm and Dwight), two daughters (Allona-Mrs. Keith Higgins, and Elizabeth), 7 grandchildren, and one sister (Grace Winger). She was predeceased by one son (Larry). She was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., where funeral services were held on Aug. 16, in charge of Brice Balmer, Stan Gibson, James Sider; interment in church cemetery.

Linder.- Esther F., daughter of Fred A. and Emma (Miller) Yoder, was born at Berlin, Ohio, June 11, 1915; died as a result of a car accident at Wilmont, Ohio, Aug. 11, 1985; aged 70 y. On Dec. 25, 1936, she was married to Harry D. Linder, who died on July 18, 1981. Surviving are 2 daughters (Joanne-Mrs. Ralph Shick and Julie-Mrs. David Gingerich), 3 sons (Joseph J., John M., and Walter C.), 16 grandchildren, one sister (Ruth-Mrs. Robert Nyce), and one brother (Orville Yoder). One son (Russell H.) predeceased her. She was a member of Beech Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 14, in charge of Paul D. Brunner and John Williams, Jr.; interment in church cemetery.

Meyer.- Alvera Agnes, daughter of John and Louise Magdalena (Springer) Meyer, was born at Milford, Nebr., Mar. 30, 1919; died of heart failure at Seward, Nebr., Aug. 19, 1985; aged 66 y. She is survived by her mother and one aunt (Emma Maretta-Mrs. Alvin Saltzman). She was a member of East Fairview Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 21 in charge of Wilton Detweiler and Lloyd Gingerich; interment in church cemetery.
Neff.- Paul D., son of Christian and Lavina (Shaub) Neff, as born at Paradise, Pa., Dec. 26, 1908; died of cancer at Paradise, Pa., Aug. 14, 1985; aged 76 y. On May 28, 1930, he was married to Clara Hostetter, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Roy C.), 3 daughters (Ruth-Mrs. Nevin Hershey, Mary E., and Helen- Mrs. James Lehman). He was a member of Paradise Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 17, in charge of Clair B. Eby, Fred Martin, and Mark M. Leaman; interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

Rickert.- Emma, daughter of David and Barbara (Lichti) Gascho, was born at Baden, Ont., Dec. 12, 1895; died at Fairview Mennonite Home, Cambridge, Ont., June 11, 1985, aged 89 y. On Jan. 14, 1919, she was married to Lloyd Rickert, who died on Dec. 10, 1981. Surviving are 2 sons (Leonard and Willard) and one daughter (Helen). She was a member of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home on June 15, in charge of Mary Mae Schwartzentruber; interment in St. Agatha Mennonite Cemetery.

Ruth.- Arthur D., son of Isaiah and Amanda (Delp) Ruth, was born at New Britain Twp., Pa., Sept. 10, 1892; died at Dock Terrace, Lansdale, Pa., Aug. 12, 1985; aged 92 y. On Mar. 17, 1917, he was married to Florence Landis, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Marvin, Paul, and Ralph), 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. One son (Harold) predeceased him. He was ordained to the ministry on Nov. 27, 1923, and served as bishop from May 29, 1929, to 1968. In addition to serving as minister at Line Lexihgton, he served as bishop to 7 congregations in the Middle District. He was a member of the Line Lexington Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 16, in charge of John Lapp, Curtis Bergey, Stanley Beidler, and Bob Walters; interment in church cemetery.

Schwartz.- Christ B., son of John P. and Barbara (Schwartz) Schwartz, was born at Bern, Ind., Nov. 18, 1914; died of a heart attack at Sturgis, Mich., Aug. 9, 1985; aged 70 y. On Apr. 11, 1937, he was married to Elizabeth Hostetler, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Barbara-Mrs. John Hooley), 6 sons (Chris B., Jr., Lester, Eli, John E., Raymond, and James E.), 25 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters (Elizabeth-Mrs. George Blount, Barbara, Rose-Mrs. Mahlon Miller, and Rachel-Mrs. Neil Hostetler), 9 brothers (Peter, Abraham, Simon, John, Sol, Samuel, Melvin, Amos, and Joseph), and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, 3 children (Marie, David, and Levi), 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. He was a member of the Locust Grove Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 12, in charge of Dean Brubaker and Abraham B. Schwartz; interment in church cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume 78, Number 39 -September 24, 1985, page 678.

Berkey.- Elsie Callie, daughter of Earl and Jessie (Jones) Loehr, was born in Winterset, Iowa, Mar. 11, 1909; died of cancer at Salem, Oreg., Aug. 23, 1985; aged 76 y. On July 14, 1926, she was married to Oliver Berkey, who died on Apr. 21, 1963. Surviving are 3 daughters (Edith-Mrs. Tom Cyrus, Sherry-Mrs. Lester Steckly, and Ellen-Mrs. Harold Miller), 3 sons (Mervin, Marvin, and Ralph), 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Flossie Shirley). She was preceded in death by one daughter (Jessie) and one son (Norman). She was a member of Salem Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 26, in charge of John Willems; interment in Mennonite Cemetery.

Erb.- Joe W., son of Samuel S. and Elizabeth (Swartzendruber) Erb, was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, Oct. 13, 1901; died of cancer at Wellman, Iowa, Aug. 7, 1985; aged 83 y. On Aug. 19, 1923, he was married to Alta Ropp, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Carol Dickhut), one son (Keith Erb), 7 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Myrtle-Mrs. Peter Friesen and Edna-Mrs. Roy Marner). He was a member of East Union Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 9, in charge of Merv Birky, Norman Derstine, and J. John J. Miller; interment in East Union Cemetery.

Gascho.- Barbara, daughter of John and Mary (Bender) Lebold, was born in Wilmot Twp., Ont., Aug. 6, 1904; died at Kitchener, Ont., Aug. 16, 1985; aged 81 y. On Nov. 9, 1930, she was married to Aaron Gascho, who died on Dec. 7, 1976. Surviving are 2 sons (Lyle and David), 3 daughters (Elaine-Mrs. Mervyn Thomas, Thelma-Mrs. Lee Doer, and Geraldine Gascho), 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Lucinda-Mrs. Milton Boshart). She was a member of St. Agatha Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 19, in charge of Nelson Martin and Laverne Schwartzentruber; interment in St. Agatha Cemetery.

Grieser.- Eva E., daughter of Christian and Anna (Frey) Eicher, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Dec. 19, 1890; died en route to Fulton County Health Center, Aug. 13, 1985; aged 94 y. On Sept. 18, 1917, she was married to Samuel Grieser, who died in August 1980. Surviving are 2 sons (Jesse and Maynard), 2 daughters (Alta and Marjorie), 3 grandchildren, one sister (Ellen Mull), and 2 brothers (Reuben and Olen Eicher). She was a member of Central Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 16, in charge of Jim Bartholomew and Phil Ebersole; interment in Pettisville Cemetery.

Heisey.- Raymond G., was born in 1892; died on Aug. 7, 1985. He was married to Anne Mentwig, who died in 1948. Surviving are 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. One son (Martin) died in 1958. He was a member of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 10, in charge of Walter L. Keener; interment in Elizabethtown Mennonite Cemetery.

Landis.- Paul F., son of Josiah and Mary (Freed) Landis, was born in Souderton, Pa., Aug. 21, 1911; died at Sellersville, Pa., Aug. 13, 1985; aged 73 y. On Dec. 25, 1948, he was married to Lydia Hackman, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Linda-Mrs. David Raber), 2 grandsons, one sister (Fannie Keller), and 3 brothers (Alvin, Howard, and Simon). He was a member of Franconia Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 16, in charge of Curtis Bergey and John Derstine; interment in Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.

Miller.- Mattie A., daughter of Abraham and Mary (Yoder) Yoder, was born in Midland Mich., Feb. 19, 1896; died in Miller's Merry Manor, Lagrange, Ind., Aug. 19, 1985; aged 89 y. On Sept. 23, 1915, she was married to Jacob B. Miller, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Harold and Kenneth), 5 daughters (Mrs. Velma Gorce, Mrs. Ruth Ann McGinnis, Mrs. Phyllis Troyer, Mrs. Lucille Culp, and Mrs. Irene Rheinheimer), 26 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Minnie Kauffman), and one brother (Henry Yoder). She was preceded in death by 2 sons (Glenford Dale and Ora Jay). Funeral services were held at the Marion Mennonite Church on Aug. 22, in charge of Tim Lichti; interment in Shore Cemetery.

Moyer.- Willis S., son of Wilson and Sally (Souder) Moyer, was born in Franconia Twp., Pa., Mar. 28, 1905; died at Norristown, Pa., Aug. 13, 1985; aged 80 y. Surviving are 2 sisters (Eva Swartz and Thelma Derstine), and one brother (Mahlon). He was a member of Franconia Mennonite Church. Graveside services were held in Franconia Mennonite Cemetery on Aug. 20, in charge of Floyd Hackman.

Oberholtzer.- Elmer M., son of Jacob B. and Trianna (Martin) Oberholtzer, was born near Farmersville, Pa., Aug. 9, 1889; died at Lancaster, Pa., June 9, 1905; aged 95 y. On Jan. 14, 1914, he was married to Alta Burkhart, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Aaron Brubaker and Erla-Mrs. Isaac Culp), one son (John Jacob), 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on June 11, in charge of Charles Wert, Curvin Buchen, and Amos Souder; interment in church cemetery.

Roth.- Albert, son of Micheal and Lena (Gasho) Roth, was born at Milford, Nebr., Feb. 12, 1906; died at Seward, Nebr., Aug. 21, 1985; aged 79 y. On Aug. 23, 1928, he was married to Stella Eicher, who survives. Also surviving are 4 sons (Willard, Milton, Arnold, and Merlin), one brother (Edward), and 2 sisters (Alma and Frieda). He was preceded in death by 2 sons (Burdette and Darold). He was a member of East Fairview Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 24, in charge of Jim Williams, Lloyd Gingerich, and Oliver Roth; interment in East Fairview Cemetery.

Shank.- Samuel A., son of Charles and Fannie (Weaver) Shank, was born at Dayton, Va., May 9, 1895; died at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., Aug. 5, 1985; aged 90 y. On Nov. 1, 1923, he was married to Ada Witmer, who preceded him in death on July 28, 1983. He is survived by 2 sons (Charles and Glendon), 3 daughters (Roxie-Mrs. Stanley E. Yoder, Ruby-Mrs. Mervin Sutter, and Rhoda-Mrs. Herman Thompson), 7 grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, and a twin brother (Emanuel). He was a member of the Pike Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Weavers Mennonite Church on Aug. 8, in charge of Eli Slabaugh and Charles Heatwole; interment in Weavers cemetery.

Smith.- Alice R., daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Grant, was born in 1901; died on July 24, 1985. She was married to Harry K. Smith, who died in 1976. She was a member of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 27, in charge of Richard H. Frank and Walter L. Keener; interment in Risser Mennonite Cemetery.

Wagler.- Clayton, son of Menno and Leah (Brenneman) Wagler, was born in Wilmot Twp., Ont., Aug. 22, 1917; died of a heart attack at Petersburg, Ont., Aug. 3, 1985; aged 67 y. He was married to Dorthy Brenneman, who died in 1960. On Apr. 17, 1964, he was married to Frieda Nafziger, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Carol Roth), 2 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Elmina Ruby and Violet Ruby). He was a member of Steinmann Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 6, in charge of Vernon Zehr and Fred Lichti; interment in Steinmann Mennonite Cemetery.

Wert.- Michael W., son of Henry and Katie (Musser) Wert, was born in McAlisterville, Pa., Nov. 15, 1901, died at Lewistown Hospital on Aug. 12, 1985; aged 83. He was married to Alma Lauver, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Harold and J. Lloyd Wert), 6 daughters (Orpha-Mrs. Lloyd Gingrich, Alene-Mrs. Mark Yoder, Gladys-Mrs. Jesse Yoder, Freda-Mrs. Vernon Zehr, Alma Jean-Mrs. Harvey Yoder, and Ruth Ann-Mrs. Allan Shirk), 37 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, one sister (Anna-Mrs. John Zendt), and 4 brothers (Jacob, Paul, Earl, and Boyd). He was a member of Lauvers Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 16, in charge of Donald Lauver and Carl Graybill; interment in the church cemetery.

Yoder.- Joseph M., was born at Nappanee, Ind., July 1, 1926; died at Sarasota, Fla., Aug. 22, 1985; aged 59 y. He was married to Wilma Bontrager, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Anthony Wayne Yoder), his mother (Emma Yoder), 6 sisters (Anna Bontrager, Edna Yoder, Katie Troyer, Emma Eash, Liz Mast, and Sylvia Bontrager), and 3 brothers (Amos, Henry, and Monroe Yoder, Jr.). Funeral services were held at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church on Aug. 24; interment in Miller Cemetery, Goshen,Ind.

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