Review - March 2006
Bucher, Roy C.;
Hodel, Marie Brunk; King, Pauline Clare; Martin, Nelson L.;
Ruth, Henry L.;
Schrock, Edna Troyer; Wesselhoeft, Leota Fern Good;
March 6, 2006 -
There were no obituaries in this issue of MWR.
Mennonite Weekly Review - March 13,
2006 - 84th Year, No. 11 - p. 11
Ruth, 101, of
Souderton, Pa., died Feb. 26, 2006, at the home of his son John and
daughter-in-law Roma Ruth of Harleysville. He was born Jan. 7, 1905, to
Allen R. and Sallie Landis Ruth on a farm in New Britain
After two years of high school he worked on neighboring farms
until marrying Susan A. Landis of Lower Salford in 1929.
They worked as dairy farmers. In 1931 they were founding members of the
Finland Mennonite congregation, where he served as Sunday school
secretary and teacher. In retirement, he worked 14 years as an orderly
at Grand View Hospital. In 1987, they moved to Souderton Mennonite
Homes, where they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on March
Survivors include a son, John L. Ruth and his wife, Roma, of Lower
Salford; daughter Lois Kennel and her husband, Arthur J., of Rochester,
Minn.; son-in-law Donald C. Mast and his wife, Erma, of Woodstock,
Ill.; daughter Martyne Wetzel and her husband, Conrad L., of Champaign,
Ill.; daughter Carolyn Ruth of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and foster son
Siegfried Rebnegger and his wife, Elsie, of Souderton; 14
grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, on Feb. 11, 2005, at age
95; and a daughter, Eunice Mast of Woodstock, Ill.
Services were held in the chapel of Souderton Mennonite Homes. Burial
was in Finland Mennonite Church Cemetery.
(Troyer) Schrock, 97, of
Glendale, Ariz., died Feb. 19, 2006. She was born Jan. 9, 1909, to Mose
and Edna Troyer in Ford County, Kan. They moved to the Yoder, Kan.,
area when she was 7 years old.
She married R.J. Schrock on Feb. 11, 1932. They lived on a dairy farm
She was active in the church and an avid quilter. In addition to caring
for her children, she also looked after three sister-in-laws who lived
on the farm with them. In 1994, she and her husband moved to Glencroft
Retirement Community in Glendale. She helped quilt many quilts for the
yearly Glencroft Benefit Auction.
Survivors include five children, Irene Beckler of Glendale, Susie
Graber of Peoria, Ariz., Glen Schrock of Jessup, Iowa, Orvan Schrock of
Haven, Kan., and Larry Schrock of Woodstock, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 21
great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.J. Schrock; a daughter,
Flossie Stoltzfus; and a grandchild, Cory Schrock. She was the last of
11 brothers and sisters.
Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery in Glendale.
Mennonite Weekly Review- March 20, 2006 -
84th Year, No. 12 - p. 8
Brunk Hodel, 86, of
Garden Spot Village, New Holland, Pa., died March 7, 2006, at Fairmount
Homes after a short struggle with lymphoma. She was born Dec. 25, 1919,
to George and Anna (Holloway) Brunk in Denbigh, Va.
She grew up in Washington, D.C. She attended Eastern Mennonite College
in Harrisonburg, Va., and graduated from George Washington University.
She worked at the Library of Congress for several years. From 1944-52,
she worked for Mennonite Central Committee, then for the World Council
of Churches in Egypt, Holland and primarily Germany, to help relocate
refugees during and after World War II.
She married Walter Hodel. She and her husband were Charter members of
Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Church, where she was actively involved for 40
She was an elementary school teacher and school librarian and taught in
the suburban Chicago area schools for many years before her retirement.
She and her husband enjoyed traveling around the world, which was part
of her husband’s civil engineering job as well as for pleasure.
While living at Garden Spot Village she attended Forest Hills Mennonite
Survivors include three children, Michael Hodel and his wife,
Stephanie, of Egg Harbor Twp., N.J., Anne Niemiec and her husband,
Paul, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Hilda Alajajian and her husband,
Charles, of Williston, Vt.; a sister, Irma Ogburn of Biglerville, Pa.;
a sister-in-law, Elisabeth Koenig; a brother-in-law, Heinz, married to
Dora Hodel, all of Germany; and six
She was preceding in death by her husband, Walter Hodel, in 1995; a
brother, Harold, in 1995; and a sister, Emily, in 2003.
Funeral services were held at the Garden Spot Village Chapel, New
Holland. Burial will be private in Illinois. A memorial service was
held at Lombard Mennonite Church.
Bucher, 86, of Landis
Homes Retirement Community, Lititz, Pa., died March 10, 2006, after a
brief illness. He was born to Elmer and Maria Carper Bucher in
He married Betty Jane Ruppert on June 9, 1945. They observed their 60th
wedding anniversary on June 9, 2005.
A pastor for more than 50 years, he was ordained as a minister at
Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church, East Peoria, Ill., in 1951, where he
served for five years. He was pastor of Metamora (Ill.) Mennonite
Church for 15 years. He served on various committees in Illinois
Mennonite Conference. He served as pastor of Doylestown (Pa.) Mennonite
Church for eight years and as a chaplain of Doylestown Hospital for 7
years. During his years at Doylestown, he served as President of Bucks
County Christian Council of Churches for three years. He was also
active in Franconia Mennonite Conference.
He was a graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College and Seminary. He also earned
a master of arts degree at Le Tourneau summer seminary in Winona Lake,
Ind. He had clinical training for chaplaincy at the University of
Chicago and in Indianapolis, and his advance clinical training at
Bethlehem, Pa. After his retirement he served as interim pastor in
eight congregations in New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. For
15 winters he conducted services in a mobile home park in Sarasota,
Fla. He was an active member of Neffsville Mennonite Church in
Lancaster. His interests included traveling, fishing and golfing.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; two daughters, Judy Hope and her
husband, Samuel, of Fairfax, Va., and Carlene Meyers and her husband,
Gary, of Doylestown; a son, Darrel Bucher of Lampeter; a foster
daughter, Norma Imhoff and her husband, Kenneth, of Chatham, Ill.;
three grandchildren and a greatgrandson.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd and Paul Bucher; and a
sister, Myrtle Zink.
A memorial service was held at Neffsville Mennonite Church. Burial was
in Hammer Creek Mennonite Cemetery of Lititz.
Mennonite Weekly Review -
March 27, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 13 - p. 8
L. Martin, 82, of
Chambersburg, Pa., and formerly of Greencastle, died Feb. 22, 2006. He
was born July 29, 1923, to David L. and Rhoda (Diller) Martin in
He served as pastor for 35 years at Cedar Grove Mennonite Church near
Greencastle. He also was a farmer in his younger years and drove a
school bus for the Greencastle-Antrim School District. He served as a
part-time chaplain while at Menno Haven.
After his retirement, he was honored as pastor emeritus at Cedar Grove
Mennonite Church, where he continued his pastoral visitation of church
and community members. He assisted his wife in operating the former
Martin’s Flower Shop of Greencastle for almost 20 years.
He was a member of Cedar Grove Mennonite Church and served as the
overseer of Atlantic Coast Mennonite Conference.
He continued his pastoral studies through Eastern Mennonite College in
He and his first wife, Naomi P. (Kuhns) Martin, were married Nov. 28,
1942, in Chambersburg. She died on Sept. 20, 2000. He married Janet C.
(Kipe) Hostetter on Aug. 20, 2001, in Chambersburg.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; three daughters, Yvonne E. Martin of
Mechanicsburg, Twila M. Martin of Asheville, N.C., and Freda F. Witmer
of Allentown; a son, Arvid L. Martin of Imlay City, Mich.; two
stepchildren, Joyce D. Cooper of Chambersburg and Warren R. Hostetter
of Hagerstown; four sisters, Isabel Bumbaugh of Maugansville and Lovina
Baer, Wilma Martin and Elva Stauffer, all of Greencastle; two brothers,
Elwood Martin of State Line and Warren Martin of Mercersburg; 10
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Naomi; two infant children,
Don Nelson Martin and Marjorie Ann Martin; and a sister, Vera Kuhns.
Funeral services were held at Cedar Grove Mennonite Church of
Greencastle. Burial was in the adjoining church cemetery.
Clare King, 85, of
Goshen, Ind., died March 10, 2006, at Greencroft Healthcare. She was
born Nov. 5, 1920, to Reuben and Mary (Zook) Yoder in Belleville, Pa.
She married Paul Leonard King on April 1, 1944, in Belleville.
She graduated from Lancaster Business College and worked at Big Valley
Pennsylvania Bank. She moved to Goshen in 1959. She was office manager
for 17 years for the medical practice of Ernest Smucker and Jon
Smucker. She was also a medical secretary for the nursing department of
Goshen College and a transcriptionist in the Goshen College
She served two-and-a-half years in the 1980s with Mennonite Central
Committee at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. She avidly followed
current events in Haiti and continued to support medical care in Haiti.
She enjoyed reading and gardening. She was a member of College
Mennonite Church of Goshen and a member of Phalo Club.
Survivors include five sons, Titus King and his wife, Joy, of Grass
Lake, Mich., James King of Lancaster, Pa., John King and his wife,
Kelli, of Goshen, Daniel King and his wife, Gloria, of Elkhart, and
David King and his wife, Patricia, of Richmond, Va.; a daughter,
Susanne Berlin and her husband, Richard, of Richmond, Mass.; two
sisters, Arvilla King of Belleville and Lucille Gotwals of Souderton,
Pa.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul King, on June 3, 1970;
three brothers, Elton, Elmer and Merle Yoder; and a sister, Lola Goss.
Memorial services were held at College Mennonite Church in Goshen.
Burial was in Elkhart Prairie Cemetery of Goshen.
Fern (Good) Wesselhoeft,
77, died unexpectedly March 13, 2006, from complications following
She lived a full and active life with her husband, Carl, serving 10
years as missionaries in Somalia, Africa, and continued her mission of
giving of herself to the local community and Turkey Run Mennonite
Church, where Carl pastored for about 39 years.
Her life touched many through her strong faith in the Lord, her
cheerful disposition and comforting words. In Somalia, she was
considered the “Tribal Midwife” in spite of no medical training, and
was “Momma Leota” to many Somali children who came and stayed at the
boarding school where Carl taught. She knew no strangers, and her
greatest joy was to share her faith and give of herself unselfishly
Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, Carl J. Wesselhoeft;
six children, Ruby Dunlap and her husband, Bob, of Mount Juliet, Tenn.,
Paul Wesselhoeft and his wife, Marilou, of Blountstown, Fla., John
Wesselhoeft and his wife, Debbie, of Richfield, Ohio, Ruth Bender and
her husband, Mike, of Logan, Ohio, Carol Kempton and her husband, Glen,
of Logan, Ohio, and Conrad Wesselhoeft and his wife, Marcie, of Logan,
Ohio; three sisters, Marcella Fisher of Logan, Ohio, Wilma Yutzy of
Plain City, Ohio, and Evelyn Brenneman of Orrville, Ohio; 25
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Plank; and a six-week-old
daughter, Evelyn Wesselhoeft.
A memorial service is planned for April 8 at Turkey Run Mennonite
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