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Aeschliman, Lois L.; Aeschliman,
Viola Frances Rupp; Beck,
Elsie L.; Beck, Ivah R.; Beck, Phyllis A;.
Beck, Ronald E.; Berkey, Lucille Hess; . . Bowers, Lois L.; Buzzard, Nellie Mae Nusbaum
Aeschliman, Lois L.
Lois L. Aeschliman, 75, Wauseon, was fatally injured
Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6, 1999, in an automobile accident near
Born Aug 30, 1924, near Archbold, she was a daughter of
Harley and Fannie (Aeschliman) Nofziger, and married Galen Aeschliman
26, 1945. She lived most of her lifetime
in the Wauseon area, was a homemaker, and worked at the former Vernier
Hardware, Archbold, prior to her marriage.
She was a volunteer at Care & Share, a quilter at Sauder Village
and a member of the Central
near Archbold. She was active in the
church's women's sewing group and other various committees.
Survivors include her husband, Galen; three sons, John
(Lisa) Aeschliman, and Philip (Lisa) Aeschliman, Wauseon; and Brian
Aeschliman, Archbold; four daughters, Mrs. Doug (Gloria) Gingrich,
Mrs. Phil (Shirley) Crossgrove, and Mrs. Ron (Charlene) Roth, Wauseon;
Mike (Linda) Stuckey, Archbold; 20 grandchildren; one
brother, Loyal (Donnabelle) Nofziger, Archbold; three sisters, Mrs.
(Evelyn) Nafziger, Archbold; Mrs. Elon (Lorene) Eash, Marshall, Minn.;
Willard (Valetta) Frey, Archbold.
Memorial services are Friday, 3 p.m., Central Mennonite
Church. Wayne Pipkin and Jeffrey Smith are the
officiating pastors. Burial precedes the
service in the Pettisville
Cemetery. Friends may call in the Central Mennonite
Church Fellowship Hall from 6-9 today, Wednesday, and from 2-9 p.m.,
Buckeye, 10 Nov
Submitted by: Mona
Aeschliman, Viola Frances Rupp
Viola Frances (Rupp) Aeschliman
was born on February 7, 1912 near Archbold, OH, the daughter of Frank
and Lydia (Lugbill) Rupp. She died on January 5, 1999 at her home
at the Glencroft Retirement Community, Glendale, AZ, within 31 days of
turning 87 years.
She accepted Christ as her savior as a young girl and was baptized as a
member of the Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, OH. When her
older brothers left home she became her father's chief helper on the
On June 10, 1931 she was married to John G. Aeschliman. Two
children, Mona and Merlin, were born to John and Viola while they lived
in Archbold. During World War II she supported and cared for the
family for two years while John was in a Civilian Public Service
In 1946 they helped to plant the Bancroft Mennonite Church in Toledo,
OH, moving there in 1948. Here she taught Sunday School, Bible
studies for neighborhood children, and enjoyed singing in various
special music groups, as well as the Toledo Choral Society.
After John's retirement for health reasons in 1976, they moved to
Phoenix, AZ. While here Viola continued her vocation as a
certified nursing assistant until she was 75 years old. In 1982
John and Viola were among the first residents to move into the Towers
at the Glencroft Retirement Community. They greatly enjoyed their
many friends and the community life there.
After moving to Phoenix John and Viola became members of the Sunnyslope
Mennonite Church and Viola enjoyed her friends and involvement there as
long as her health allowed.
She is survived by a daughter, Mona (Mrs David) Mann of Phoenix, AZ,
and a son, Merlin (and wife Kathleen) of Salem, OR; 6 grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren, 3 great, great-grandchildren; and one brother,
Mahlon Rupp of Wauseon, OH. She was preceded in death by her
husband, John; twin grandsons, Stephen and Thomas Mann, and one
great-grandson, Todd Beamer.
A memorial service was held on January 9, 1999 at the Sunnyslope
Mennonite Church, Phoenix, AZ, in charge of Stanley Weaver and Ray Keim.
[Obituary by family]
Submitted by: Mona Mann
Elsie L. Beck, 78, Stryker, died Friday, Aug 27, 1999, at
Community Hospitals of Williams
Born May 2, 1921, in Bryan,
she was the daughter of Erma (Penrod)
and James Eager. She united in marriage
to Floyd Beck on July 27, 1941, and he preceded her in death in 1998. She was a resident of Stryker, and graduated
She was a member of the Lockport Mennonite
Church, a former
scout leader in Stryker, and had written much poetry some of which was
published in The Library of Congress.
Surviving are three sons, James (Margie) Beck, Weston, Ohio;
(Barbara) Beck, and Gregory Beck, Stryker; one daughter, Mrs. Rick
Humes, Hamilton, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 14
Services were Monday, 10 a.m., in Lockport Mennonite
Church. Allen Rutter, Walter Stuckey and Mark Miller
were the pastors officiating. Burial was
Submitted by: Mona
Ivah R. Beck, 88, Archbold, died Friday morning, April
30, 1999, at the Fulton
County Health Center,
she was admitted Monday.
Born May 30, 1910, near Pettisville, she was the daughter
of Aaron and Anna (Rupp) Frey. She
married Kenneth Beck on May 12, 1938, and he preceded her in death on
1978. A lifelong resident of the
Pettisville and Archbold, she was a homemaker.
She was a charter member of the Zion Mennonite
Surviving are two sons, Mervin (Nancy) Beck, Hawthorn
Woods, Ill.; and Richard (Judy) Beck, Wauseon; five grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; three brothers, Elias (Katherine) Frey, Archbold;
(Helen) Frey, Phoenix, Ariz.; and A. Dale Frey, Wauseon; two sisters,
Joseph (Ada) Schrock, Archbold; and Mrs. Charles (Velma) Camp,
Memorial services were Monday, 11 a.m. at the Zion Mennonite Church
Guengerich and Dee Swartz as the officiating pastors.
Burial preceded in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Obit: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 5 May
Submitted by: Mona Mann
Beck, Phyllis A.
Phyllis A. Beck, 62, Archbold, died Thursday morning,
July 22, 1999, at medical College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo, where she was admitted
Born March 10, 1937, at Grand
she was the daughter of Bernard and Gladys (Aumend) Wade, and married
Lee Beck on Oct. 29, 1961. She lived
most of her lifetime in the Archbold area, was a telephone operator at
a homemaker, and head cook at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold, about 15 years. She was a volunteer at the Fulton County
Wauseon, and Sauder
Village, Archbold. Memberships included West Clinton
Surviving are her husband, Delmar Lee Beck; one son,
David (Nancy) Beck, Toledo; one daughter, Mrs. Tom (Deanna) Rupp,
five grandchildren; one brother, Marvin (Phyllis) Wade, Perrysburg;
sisters, Mrs. Kenneth (Esther) Gerdes, McClure, Mrs. Richard (Eileen)
Estes Park, Colo., and Mrs. Roger (Mary Alice) Helberg, Napoleon.
Memorial services were Sunday, 3 p.m. at the West Clinton Mennonite
Church. James Roynon and Edward Diener were the
officiating pastors. Burial was in the
Obit: Archbold (Ohio)
Buckeye, 28 Jul 1999
Beck, Ronald E.
Ronald E. Beck, 58, rural Archbold, died Thursday
afternoon, March 25, 1999, from an apparent heart attack at his home.
Born Nov. 8, 1940, near Pettisville, he was a son of Dale
E. and Meredith (Britsch) Beck, and married Carol Kauffman on Dec. 2,
1961. A lifelong resident of the
Archbold area, he farmed, and worked at Liechty Specialties, Archbold,
years. He was a member of the Zion Mennonite Church.
Surviving are his wife, Carol; one daughter, Mrs. Jeff
(Lori) Coressel, Archbold; three grandchildren; his mother, Meredith
Archbold; three brothers, Garold (Neva) Beck, Archbold; Wendell
Onekama, Mich., and Conrad (Peggy) Beck, Temperance, Mich.; one sister,
(Marlene) Beck, Archbold; and a grandmother, Bertha Britsch, who
Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold.
Memorial services were Monday, 2 p.m. at the Zion Mennonite Church
with Ron Guengerich, Dee Swartz, and Thomas Louis, the officiating
pastors. Burial preceded the service in
Obit: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 31 Mar
Berkey, Lucille Hess
March 30, 1908-Oct. 30, 1999
GOSHEN - Lucille Berkey, 91, of 1225 Greencroft Drive, Goshen died at 11:05 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 30, 1999) at Greencroft Terraces, where she had lived the past two years.
She was born on March 30, 1908, in Goshen, the daughter of Leonard and Florence (Elliott) Hess. She was married to Arthur A. Berkey on July 21, 1928. He predeceased her on Aug. 20, 1986.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Esther Cender of Goshen and Norma Miller of Elkhart; one son, Weldon Berkey of Goshen; one brother, James Hess of Goshen; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Her parents and four brothers, Mark, Paul, Howard, and Vern predeceased her.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. There will also be calling hours one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday at the East Goshen Mennonite Church. Pastor Steve Slagel of the church will officiate at the funeral service. Burial will be at Forest Grove Cemetery, in Middlebury.
Mrs. Berkey retired from F.W. Means Co. in 1973 and after that she worked part time for Jean Lee Originals. She was a member of the East Goshen Mennonite' Church.
Memorials may be made to the church or the Greencroft Foundation.
Source: YODER-CULP Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Mary Martin
Transcribed by: Thelma Hoover Martin
Bowers, Lois L.
Lois (Long) Bowers, 91, Goshen,
Ind., died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999 at Greencroft Care
Center, Goshen, Ind.
Born Oct. 3,  she was a daughter of Noah M. and
Clara (Yoder) Long. On Oct. 3, 1954, she married Ben Bowers, who
in death. They lived in Archbold for 18
years; she worked at Archbold Industries, and was a member of Lockport Mennonite Church.
She is survived by on sister, Mrs. Bill (Lillian)
Aeschliman, rural West Unity.
Services were conducted at a Goshen funeral home by Robert
Vernon Bontreger. Burial was in Clinton Union Cemetery.
Obit: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 8 Dec 1999
by: Mona Mann
Buzzard, Nellie Mae Nusbaum
Sept. 16, 1909-Sept. 29, 1999
Nellie Mae Buzzard, 90, 1300 Greencroft Drive, died at 3:46 p.m. Wednesday in Goshen General Hospital.
She was born Sept. 16, 1909, in Middlebury, to Daniel and Vinnie (Mack) Nusbaum. On Oct. 25, 1932, in Newton, Kan., she married Joseph R. Blizzard. From 1954 to 1978 they lived in Scottdale, Pa., where she worked for Mennonite Publishing House. They moved to the area in 1978.
She was a homemaker and worked in the office for Elkhart Packing Co. She attended Elkhart Business University. She was a member of College Mennonite Church, was a Sunday school and summer Bible school teacher, was active in 4-H leadership in Concord Township, served as treasurer for Laurelville Mennonite Center Auxiliary in Mount Pleasant, Pa., for 14 years, and was secretary of the local Women's Missionary Service Commission.
Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Eileen (Mrs. Royce) Roth, Iowa City, Iowa; a son, Gerald, Greensburg, Pa.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home and from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at College Mennonite Church. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Rev. Firman Gingerich and the Rev. Nancy Kauffmann will conduct the service. Burial will be in Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart.
Memorials may be directed to Greencroft Foundation.
The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN Oct. 1, 1999
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin
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