Mennonite Weekly Review - January 2006
Buller, Harold W.;
Claassen, Marie M.; Dyck, Lois Bartel; Esh, Virginia May Smucker; Gaede, Harvey; Gingerich, Letha Slatter; Habegger, Warren H. “Barney”; Janzen, Archie Willard; Martin, J. Horace; Schrock, Truman William; Stehman, Joanne Claire Grieser;
Yoder, John D.;
Review - January 2, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 1 - p. 8
Bartel Dyck, 78, of
Bluffton, Ohio, died Dec. 8, 2005. She was born May 25, 1927, to Hugo
O. and Marie (Funk) Bartel in Nokomis, Sask.
She was a graduate of Rosthern (Sask.) Junior College and Canadian
Mennonite Bible College, where she joined a singing group called
Octette, which toured across Canada.
On Aug. 14, 1952, she married Paul I. Dyck. They were missionaries to
India from 1956 to 1968. She supervised a boarding school for boys
being treated for leprosy. In 1972 they moved to Bluffton, where she
worked as activities director for Mennonite Memorial Home. She retired
from this position in 1983 to take on the work of home health aid under
Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. From 1999 to 2002 she also
managed a bed and breakfast business from her home.
A member of First Mennonite Church of Bluffton, she was an avid quilter
and textile artist. She was an active member of the Bluffton Scrap
Survivors include her husband, Paul; three sons, Rodney Dyck and his
wife, Marie Yoder, of Bluffton, Curtis Weaverdyck and his wife, Shelly,
of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Martin Dyrst and his wife, Elizabeth, of
Chicago; a daughter, Doris Bartel and Su Flickinger of Riverdale, Md.;
a brother, Dennis Bartel of Nanaimo, B.C.; a sister, Mildred Schroeder
of Winnipeg, Man.; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at First Mennonite Church of Bluffton.
Weekly Review - January 9, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 2 - p. 8
Slatter Gingerich, 92, of
Bruneau, Idaho, died Dec. 5, 2005, at a local care center in Mountain
Home. She was born Aug. 16, 1913, to Joseph E. and Edna Kaufman Slatter
in Holstein, Neb.
She met her life companion, Jerry Gingerich, at Hesston (Kan.) College,
and they were married May 2, 1937. They moved to Filer, Idaho, in 1943
to take over her father’s farm. In 1963 they moved to the Bruneau area
to farm and ranch.
In 1960 she was involved in an automobile accident, which left her
partially paralyzed, and she was told she would never walk again. But
with her stubborn determination, she not only proved the physicians
wrong by walking again, but lived a long, productive life, not allowing
her handicap to be a hindrance.
She was always very involved in her church, from teaching Bible school
to working in ladies’ circles. She loved being a hostess and opened her
home and dinner table to many church friends and missionary families
whom she and Jerry met while doing voluntary service for charitable
organizations around the world.
Survivors include four sons, Verlin and his wife, Ella, Rudy and his
wife, Colleen, all of Bruneau, Donell and his wife, Frances, of Nampa,
and Kermit and his wife, Clydene, of Seoul, South Korea; two daughters;
Dolores Brubaker and her husband, Ervin, of Pocatello, and Mary Beth
King and her husband, Loren, of Suffolk, Va.; three sisters, Florence
Sheridan of Filer, Beulah Miller of Eagle, and Iola Lind of Canon City,
Colo.; a brother, Carl Slatter of El Cajon, Calif.; 15 grandchildren
and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Jerry, who died
Sept. 3, 2005; and a brother, Clifford Slatter.
Yoder, 84, of Minot,
N.D., died Nov. 2, 2005, at Manor Care nursing home. He was born July
13, 1921, to Jesse and Edna King Yoder.
He married Kathryn Gregory on June 12, 1955, in Petoskey, Mich. They
farmed south of Surrey, N.D., until they retired and moved to Minot in
He was active in Fairview Mennonite Church, holding a number of offices
there. This later became Prairie Peace Fellowship.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; two daughters, Pamela Metzler of
Gilman, Wis., and Carol Timm of Minot; two sisters, Marian Yoder and
Annabelle Yoder, both of Minot; seven grandchildren and a
Funeral services were held at Prairie Peace Fellowship in Surrey.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
Mennonite Weekly Review - January 16, 2006
- 84th Year, No. 3 - p. 11
Gaede, 91, died Dec. 20,
2005. He was born Aug. 16, 1914, to Henry and Katherine Gaede in
Medford, Okla., a small town near the Kansas border.
His parents moved to Shafter, Calif., in 1921 and bought a small farm.
He attended Maple Elementary School and excelled in sports at Wasco
High School. As the Depression began to subside, he took a job selling
cars at Chrysler-Plymouth.
He married Fern Wendland in 1936, and three years later established
Gaede Pontiac in Shafter. The dealership was sold in 1955, upon which
he entered the real estate business and became a broker for several
years and served on the board of directors for Community National Bank
in Shafter. He became finance chairman for the Boy Scouts of America in
Shafter and served on the city council. In 1962, he was elected mayor,
and in 1967 he was Shafter’s Man of the Year. He was elected Justice
Court Judge for 12 years and was brought to the Municipal Court in
Bakersfield to handle all traffic citations.
He attended baseball school in Los Angeles in 1936 and played
semi-professional baseball in Sam Lynn Park for the Bakersfield
Coca-Cola team. Later he refereed many basketball and football games in
Kern County. He often played golf, scoring two holes-in-one.
A man of great faith, he served as a Sunday school teacher for boys and
adults and served on the board of trustees in Shafter Mennonite
Brethren Church. He was a charter member of Laurelglen Bible Church in
Bakersfield, which celebrated 25 years in 2003.
He and Fern lived in Shafter until 1975, when they moved to Kern City.
In 1999 they moved to Rosewood Retirement Community.
Survivors include his wife, Fern; a son, Ken and his wife, Joanne, of
Fresno; a brother, Harold, of Beverly Hills; a sister, Hulda, of
Wichita, Kan.; and two grandchildren.
A graveside service was conducted at Shafter Memorial Park, followed by
a memorial service at Laurelglen Bible Church, Bakersfield, Calif.
Willard Janzen of Boise,
Idaho, died Dec. 5, 2005. He was born in 1925 to John and Margaret
Janzen in Newton, Kan.
He grew up on a farm outside Hesston, Kan. He married Erma Hershberger
on July 28, 1948.
He began his teaching career in a three-room schoolhouse in Hesston and
continued for 35 years with stints in California, Nampa and Boise in
Idaho. During his teaching career he served as president of Idaho
Classroom Teachers Association. He had a knack for developing athletic
skills in young athletes.
He faithfully served the church in many roles. He was a skilled
carpenter who built homes for his family in California and Idaho. From
his early boyhood he developed a love for baseball and remained a loyal
Cubs fan. Early in life he became a student of nature and longtime
advocate of the Audubon Society. He nurtured both of these in his
well-tended garden. In 1987 he retired from teaching, but remained an
educator the rest of his life.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Erma; five children, Brenda,
Jerald, Monica, Donnel and Thomas; a brother, Samuel Janzen of
Harrisonburg, Va.; a sister, Amy Hershberger of Hesston; nine
grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Waldo; and three sisters, Edna,
Marie and Helen.
Memorial services were held at First Presbyterian Church of Boise.
M. Claassen, 99, of
Salina, Kan., and formerly of Beatrice, Neb., died at Holiday Resort
Adult Care and Rehabilitation Center on Jan. 4, 2006. She was born Nov.
6, 1906, to Cornelius and Anna Ensz Jantzen at Plymouth, Neb.
She attended country school, church school and then Hesston Academy for
two years. She married John Claassen on April 27, 1933, at First
Mennonite Church of rural Beatrice.
They lived and farmed in Gage County, Neb. She was a member of First
Mennonite Church, where she was a member of the women’s mission society
and had taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school. She
was a member of the Mennonite Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading.
Survivors include three daughters, Doris Locke and her husband, Larry,
of Bryan, Texas, Ellen Berger and her husband, Jim, of Pittsburg, and
Judith Goertzen and her husband, Larry, of Salina; a brother, Ernest H.
Jantzen and his wife, Anna, of Plymouth, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Carl
Rice of Dexter, Mo.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, on Oct. 27, 1971; and
by seven sisters.
Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church of rural Beatrice.
Burial was in the First Mennonite Cemetery of rural Beatrice.
Claire (Grieser) Stehman,
77, died Dec. 27, 2005, in Hesston, Kan. She was born April 6, 1928, to
Chris and Catherine Grieser in Beemer, Neb.
She married Glenn Stehman on Aug. 16, 1950, in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
During the next 26 years they raised their family of five children in
North Dakota and Minnesota. Many lifelong friendships were developed
there. In 1976 they moved to Hesston. She worked at Hesston College in
food service from 1983 until her retirement. She enjoyed cooking and
entertaining friends. She was also an avid gardener and a member of the
Harvey County Master Gardeners. She volunteered at the Et Cetera Shop
in Newton for many years. She was a member of Hesston Mennonite Church.
She approached life with enthusiasm, energy and a deep faith. Her
family was a source of great joy to her, and she will be greatly missed
by both family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Glenn; four sons, Randy and
his wife, Christine, of Goessel, Tony of Bemidji, Minn., Rick and his
wife, Cathy, of Lawrence, and Jeff and his wife, Shannon, of
Kabetogama, Minn.; a daughter, Sandra Toews and her husband, Larry, of
Houston, Texas; two brothers, Joel and his wife, Joyce, of Goliad,
Texas, and Don and his wife, Ceil, of Audubon, Minn.; a sister, Susie
Knott of Minnetonka, Minn.; and nine grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at Hesston Mennonite Church.
H. “Barney” Habegger,
77, of Berne, Ind., died Jan. 2, 2006. He was born April 7, 1928, to
Sylvan and Martha (Speheger) Habegger in Adams County.
He was married on Sept. 3, 1950, to Marjorie Rawley.
He was a member of First Mennonite Church. He was a former co-owner of
Habegger Furniture in Berne and Fort Wayne. He was a former vice
president of Mennonite Men-Mennonite Church USA, active on various
committees of the local Mennonite church and a former Sunday school
teacher. He served for five decades in the volunteer service at Camp
Friedenswald and was a former member of the Camp Friedenswald board. He
was a former member of the General Board and Commission on Home
Ministries of the General Conference Mennonite Church and also worked
on projects around the community, the United States, Canada and in
Survived include his wife, Marjorie; two sons, Ron and his wife,
LaDonna, and Gary and his wife, Carla, both of Berne; three daughters,
Janet Schmidt and her husband, Greg, Mary Fox and her husband, John,
and Amy Tumbleson and her husband, Philip, all of Berne; two sisters,
Arlene Sprunger of Berne and Erma Morgan of North Webster; 13
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at First Mennonite Church.
Mennonite Weekly Review - January 23, 2006
- 84th Year, No. 4 - p. 8
W. Buller, 83, of
Beatrice, Neb., died Jan. 4, 2006. He was born Dec. 2, 1922, to Peter
J. and Anna (Wiens) Buller near Chinook, Mont.
He was baptized in 1935 in the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church of
Mountain Lake, Minn. He graduated from Bethel College in North Newton,
Kan., the Biblical Seminary in New York City and Princeton (N.J.)
Theological Seminary, followed eventually by a period of Clinical
He married Anne Wiebe on Aug. 22, 1947. In 1948 they entered post-World
War II relief work for three years in Europe under Mennonite Central
Committee, where he also served as European area MCC director. He was
then pastor at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton and at
First Mennonite Church of Beatrice. In addition to the pastorates and
membership on various conference committees, he served on the
Commission on Education for the General Conference Mennonite Church for
15 years, chairing it for six years, during which time he also served
on the General Conference Mennonite Church Board of Administration.
In 1960 he began a 35-year term as chaplain of Beatrice Community
Hospital and Health Center. During the final 10 years, Anne joined him
as an assistant. He felt he was the church’s representative for Christ
in a healing ministry.
He was a passionate artist. He expressed himself through writing
poetry, articles and meditations, sculpting, writing and performing
dramas, and woodworking. After retirement at age 72, his life continued
to be filled with service in church and community and the joy of
relating to children, grandchildren and many dear friends.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Anne; two sons, Paul and his
wife, Deb, of Goshen, Ind., and Glenn and his wife, Judy, of Bluffton,
Ohio; a daughter, Mary Anne Triller and her husband, Barry, of
Waterloo, Ont.; three brothers, Peter of Goshen, Clarence of Colorado
Springs, Colo., and Henry of Augusta, Ga.; two sisters, Edna Gerber of
Mountain Lake, Minn., and Shirley Newman of Carthage, Mo.; and four
Weekly Review - January 30, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 5 - p. 8
May Smucker Esh, 84,
of Columbus, Ohio, died Dec. 22, 2005, at Thurber Village Care Center.
She was born May 4, 1921, to Clarence Smucker and Clara Martin Smucker
She grew up attending Orrville Mennonite Church. She graduated from
Orrville High School and went on to Goshen (Ind.) College, where she
received a teaching certificate. She returned to Orrville to teach
She married Glenn Esh in 1943. They made their home in Lancaster
County, Pa., where he was the pastor of Monterey Mennonite Church. In
1965, they moved to Columbus, and she began what would become a 40-year
involvement with the community and life of Columbus Mennonite Church,
formerly Neil Avenue Mennonite Church. When the marriage ended, she
returned to school and earned a certificate in occupational therapy.
She worked in this field at Ohio State University Hospital until her
She thoroughly enjoyed travel and took several international
Elderhostel trips during her retirement years. Her volunteer work over
the past 20 years included, but was not limited to, public school
libraries, literacy council, teaching English as a second language, Ten
Thousand Villages at Global Gallery and Columbus Mennonite Church.
Survivors include three children, Samuel Esh, Ellen Wiseman and Steven
Esh; two sisters, Pauline Dulaney and Julia Penner; a brother, Robert
Smucker; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Smucker; a sister,
Carol Powell; a son, Jonathan Esh; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Esh.
A memorial service was held at Columbus Mennonite Church.
Horace Martin, 80, of Landis
Homes in Lititz, Pa., died Aug. 8, 2005, at Lancaster General Hospital.
He was born Dec. 12, 1924, to Adam H. and Sadie (Good) Martin and grew
up in Terre Hill.
He achieved degrees in nursing and professional studies. He served as
administrator of Philhaven Hospital in Lebanon, then as administrator
of Pleasant Hill Retirement Community in Manheim. In retirement, he and
his wife, Arlene E. (Wenger) Martin, did furniture reupholstering as a
hobby and business. He was a longtime active member of Steelton
Mennonite Church and more recently of Mountville Mennonite Church.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Arlene; seven children, Philip
Martin and his wife, Joyce, of Peachtree City, Ga., Miriam Frey and her
husband, Nicholas, of Mountville, Thomas Martin and his wife, Louisa
Weber, of Selinsgrove, Fredrick Martin of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Anne
Martin and her husband, Duane Bontrager, of Harrisonburg, Va., James
Martin of Lititz, and Barbara Martin and her husband, Thomas Hoglund,
of Baltimore, Md.; eight siblings, Harriet Sensenig of New Holland, A.
Eugene Martin of New Holland, C. Lewis Martin of Terre Hill, Laura
Weaver of Lititz, Mildred Horst of New Holland, C. Edwin Martin of
Bowmansville, J. Donald Martin of Lebanon and Lillian Leaman of Terre
Hill; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Mountville Mennonite Church. Burial was
in Weaverland Mennonite Church Cemetery in East Earl.
William Schrock, 85, of
Kalona, Iowa, died Jan. 4, 2006, after a brief illness from acute
leukemia. He was born March 6, 1920, to William and Katie (Schlabach)
He married Nettie Miller on Feb. 15, 1948, at Fairview Mennonite
Church, where he was an active member until his death.
He farmed in the rural Kalona area all his life. He served in Civilian
Public Service from Dec. 9, 1941, to 1945 at Dennison, Iowa, Three
Rivers, Calif., and Mount Rainier, Wash. He enjoyed telling stories to
his children and grandchildren about CPS days.
Survivors include three sons, Dale and his wife, Marlene, and Phil and
his wife, Roberta, all of rural Iowa City, and James of Iowa City; two
daughters, Anna Marie Tillotson and her husband, Jack, of Nashwauk,
Minn., and Lucille Shetler and her husband, Wilbur, of Kalona; 17
grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie, on Nov. 18, 1995.
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