Weekly Review -
Coon, Helen Catherine; Goering, Lillie Krehbiel; Hostetter, Isaac Eby;
Jantzen, Richard W.; Koehn, Jacob C.;
Albert H.; Wenger, Norman Walter;
Yoder, David S.;
Yoder, Ruth Elizabeth.
Review - June 5, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 23 - p. 8
Clayton Peters, 74, died
May 19, 2006, in Stillwater, Okla. He was born Sept. 1, 1931, to David
C. and Lena (Bartel) Peters near Corn.
He graduated from Corn Bible Academy in 1949. He graduated from Tabor
College in Hillsboro, Kan., in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in
He met Frieda Dick of Ferndale, Wash., at Tabor, and they were married
on July 14, 1953. She preceded him in death in 2005.
They lived at Manhattan, Kan., from 1953-57, while he attended Kansas
State University and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in
entomology. After teaching at Tabor College in the spring of 1957, he
became assistant professor of entomology at the University of Missouri.
In 1959 they moved to Iowa State University, where he worked in the
department of zoology and entomology. On Jan. 1, 1971, he became
professor and head of entomology at Oklahoma State University. He left
administration in 1984 and focused on greenbug research until his
retirement in 1997.
He was baptized and joined Corn Mennonite Brethren Church in 1945. He
was a member of First United Methodist Church of Stillwater at the time
of his death. He served on the Oklahoma Conference Board of Higher
Education and the Board of Global Missions. He served as dean of the
Conference School of Christian Missions.
He joined the Entomological Society of America and served on the
governing board from 1973-76. The Society elected him Honorary Member
in 1999. The Southwestern Branch recognized his lifetime contribution
with the Te Que Ne Whap Award in 2002. He served as president of the
Central States Entomological Society and the Rocky Mountain
Survivors include three children, David Peters and his wife, Sara, of
Stillwater, Kathryn Dagestino and her husband, Barry, of Anaheim Hills,
Calif., and John Peters and his wife, Susan, of Plano, Texas; a
brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church.
W. Jantzen, 83, of
Topeka, Kan., died May 20, 2006. He was born July 30, 1922, in
Beatrice, Neb., the son of Jacob and Helen Jantzen.
He attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., and served in
Civilian Public Service. He worked at the Veterans Administration
hospital in Topeka for more than 32 years. He was a member of Beatrice
Mennonite Church and attended Southern Hills Mennonite Church in
Topeka. He was a great handyman and loved history, genealogy and
photography. He volunteered at the Topeka Public Library.
He married Hilda L. Penner on June 14, 1948, at the Bethel College
chapel in North Newton. In retirement, he cared for Hilda for nearly 15
years at their home before her death on Aug. 19, 1997.
Survivors include a son, Steven Jantzen and his wife, Janis, of
Plymouth Minn.; a daughter, Karen Zeug and her husband, Leon, of
Delano, Minn.; two brothers, Paul Jantzen of Hillsboro, Kan., and Carl
Jantzen of Seven Mile, Ohio; a sister, Helen Ruth Unruh of North
Newton; and five grandchildren. A brother, Theodore Jantzen, preceded
him in death.
A funeral service was held at Southern Hills Mennonite Church. Burial
was at the Beatrice Mennonite Cemetery.
Mennonite Weekly Review - June
12, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 24 - p. 7
Koehn, 97, of Goessel,
Kan., died May 25, 2006, at Bethesda Home. He was born Jan. 20, 1909,
to Cornelius C. and Agnes (Goertz) Koehn in Marion County.
He married Irma Voth on Sept. 22, 1934, at Tabor Mennonite Church of
He was an electrician and farmer. He was a member of Tabor Mennonite
Church and had been a member of Goessel Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Irma Koehn of Goessel; a son, John Koehn
and his wife, Jill, of Dighton; two daughters, Margaret Hiebert and her
husband, John, of North Newton, and Linda Buller and her husband, Paul,
of Wichita; a son-in-law, Kermit Nikkel of Canton; four brothers,
Cornie Koehn of Hesston, Frank Koehn of Newton, John Koehn of Newton
and Irwin Koehn of Blaine, Wash.; two sisters, Nellie Esau of Goessel
and Martha Penner of Emporia; eight grandchildren and 12
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Nikkel; a brother,
George Koehn; and a sister, Margaret Revel.
Services were held at Tabor Mennonite Church of rural Goessel. Burial
was in Tabor Mennonite Cemetery.
Eby Hostetter, 99, died
April 28, 2006, at Fairmount Homes near Ephrata, Pa., where he made his
home for the past six years. H was born to David B. and Mary Eby
Hostetter in Gap.
He was married to Ruth Martin Hostetter, who preceded him in death in
He lived in the Gap area most of his life, farming for 41 years. He was
active in the community. He attended Hershey Mennonite Church and later
the Meadville church, where he was involved. In later years he was a
member at Kinzer Mennonite Church. He maintained an interest in his
family, in the church and in farming throughout his years.
Survivors include four daughters, Rhoda Clemens and her husband, Edgar,
of New Holland, Grace Weaver and her husband, Robert, of Staunton, Va.,
Mary Alice Hostetter of Charlottesville, Va., and Nancy Gourley and her
husband, Gerry, of Ashburn, Va; eight sons, Abram and his wife, Pat, of
Charlottesville, Va., Isaac E. and his wife, Elizabeth, of Kirkwood,
James and his wife, Pat, of McVeytown, Milton and his wife, Barbara, of
Stony Brook, N.Y., Charles of San Francisco, Calif., Ray and his wife,
Jane, of Hopewell, N.J., Dale and his wife, Mae, of Fogelsville, and
Sanford and his wife, Tera, of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Elizabeth Neff
of Calvary Homes; 27 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and a
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; four brothers, Ellis,
Galen, Jay and David Hostetter; and two sisters, Mary Denlinger and
Memorial services were held in the chapel at Fairmount Home and at
Kinzer Mennonite Church.
Yoder, 85, of
Lancaster, Pa., died May 7, 2006, at Lancaster General Hospital.
He was born July 24, 1920, to Abraham and Laura Yoder in Hatfield.
He was married to Pauline (Gehman) Yoder, with whom he celebrated 56
years of marriage on April 9, 2006.
He graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in 1942 and entered
Civilian Public Service in the same year. He served for four years in
the United States and other countries.
He was employed by Moyers’ Chicks for 20 years and worked for four
years at Hatfield Packing. He retired in 1986 and moved to Lancaster in
1995. He was a member of Swamp Mennonite Church for 70 years and served
as a song leader, Sunday school teacher and in various church
assignments. He was also a member at Landisville Mennonite Church,
where he participated in many activities.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline; a son, Dale W. Yoder and his wife,
Audrey Siegrist Yoder; a daughter, Karen Gyger and her husband, John
P.; four sisters, Miriam Anders and Ester Moyer, both of Sellersville,
Dorothy Derstine of Denver, Pa., and Gladys Allebach of Telford; three
brothers, Herbert Yoder of Perkasie, L. Donald Yoder of Souderton and
Daniel Yoder of Lansdale, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul S. Yoder and infant
brother Timothy; and two sisters, both infants, Grace and Gloria.
Funeral services were held at Landisville Mennonite Church. Burial was
in Swamp Mennonite Cemetery, Quakertown.
Mennonite Weekly Review - June 19, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 25 - p. 20
H. Warkentin, 99, of
Inman, Kan., died May 7, 2006, at Pleasant View Home. He was born Nov.
1, 1906, to Abraham and Matilda Hinz Warkentin in Harvey County. His
father died when he was 8 months old.
A lifetime resident of the Buhler and Inman areas, he was a farmer and
had worked as a custodian at Willis Grade School and Buhler High
School. He belonged to Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church.
He married Thelma A. Froese on Sept. 25, 1932, in Inman. She preceded
him in death on April 6, 2000.
Survivors include a son, Darwin Warkentin and his wife, Betty, of
Buhler; two daughters, Rose Diasio of Hutchinson and Betty Krehbiel and
her husband, Larry, of McPherson; nine grandchildren; 19
great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Karl, Herman, Ted and
Julius; and four sisters, Hannah Warkentin, Elizabeth Regier, Emma
Siemens and Kathryn Regier.
Funeral services were held at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church. Burial was
in Hoffnungsau Cemetery.
Schantz, 76, of Corn,
Okla., died May 29, 2006, at Corn Heritage Village. She was born Aug.
6, 1929, to Pete and Barbara (Detweiler) Schantz in Hydro.
She was raised and attended school in Thomas. Her father was killed in
an accident, so she never finished high school as she helped her mother
take care of a baby brother. When she was 21 she got a job at Thomas
Memorial Hospital, where she worked as supervisor in the dietary
department for 43 years.
She became a member at Pleasant View Mennonite Church when she was 12
years old. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and cooking. She loved
baking cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies.
Survivors include five brothers, Ernest Schantz and his wife, Letha, of
Enid, John Schantz and his wife, Marg, of Albany, Ore., Willis Schantz
and his wife, Virginia, of Lawton, Donald Schantz and his wife, Carol,
of Thomas, and Vernon Schantz of Thomas; a sister, Alma Duke and her
husband, Jimmy, of Yukon; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Schantz of
Mennonite Weekly Review - June 26, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 26 - p. 7
Catherine Coon, 72, of
Topeka, Ind., died May 30, 2006, of liver failure. She was born April
2, 1934, to John T. and Catherine Neufeld in Chicago.
She grew up in Chicago. Upon confession of Christian faith, she was
baptized at Chicago Mennonite Bible Mission in 1945. She attended North
Park University in Chicago and Bluffton (Ohio) College, where she
received her bachelor’s degree in May 1956.
On June 24, 1956, she married Robert R. Coon at Grace Mennonite Church
in Chicago. During her last days, friends and family celebrated her and
Robert’s 50th wedding anniversary in their home.
She lovingly and diligently served with her husband throughout his 40
years of pastoral ministry in five states and nine churches. She was
active in church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and
helping with vacation Bible school.
They served as hosts of Menno-Hof Visitors Center in Shipshewana, Ind.,
1993-94. For many years, they performed “Faith of Our Fathers and
Mothers,” sharing Anabaptist history in story and song. In recent years
both were active in Topeka (Ind.) Mennonite Church. She also enjoyed
several winters at Traveler’s Rest Resort near Dade City, Fla., where
Robert served as chaplain. She worked as a teacher, reading instructor,
church secretary and bank teller. In 2000 she retired from Wells Fargo
Bank of Topeka.
She loved to write and had poetry published in various church
publications. She was an adviser for the Foundation Series Sunday
school curriculum series. Her book, House at the Back of the Lot, was
based on her childhood in Chicago. She recently published Oskar and
Sarah: A Congo Love Story about her great-aunt and uncle in the mission
field. Her warm and open personality earned her friends wherever she
lived or traveled.
Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Topeka, Ind.; three children,
Russell Coon and his wife, Kathryn, of Goshen, Catherine Bitikofer and
her husband, Mervin, of St. George, Kan., and Dorothy Coon of Avilla;
five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Kressley.
Walter Wenger, 83, of
Versailles, Mo., died June 6, 2006, at Capital Region Medical Center in
Jefferson City. He was born March 24, 1923, to Jesse Walter and Ella
Barbara Lehman Wenger in Versailles.
On April 25, 1948, he married Mary Ida Driver at Weavers Mennonite
Church in Harrisonburg, Va.
He was a farmer in the Versailles community for most of his life. He
attended Prairie Valley School and Versailles High School and graduated
from Hesston (Kan.) Academy in 1943. He accepted Christ and was
baptized when he was 12 years old. He was a lifetime member of the
Mount Zion/Cornerstone Church. In March 1962 he was ordained a deacon
of the Mount Zion church and remained one for 30 years. He was a Sunday
school superintendent, church council chairman, youth leader and served
for three months with Youth With A Mission in Richmond, Va. He served
as MCC meat canning chairman for 30 years and was also active in the
prison ministry for 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Wenger; a son, James Pryor and his
wife, Kathy, of Fayetteville, Ark.; a daughter, Joyce Ulrich and her
husband, Lowell, of Dayton, Va.; two brothers, Albert Wenger of
Versailles and Paul Wenger of Hesston, Kan.; a sister, Bertha Swarr of
Richmond, Va.; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Emmanuel Wenger; and
two sisters, Viola Ramer and Barbara Wenger.
Funeral services were held at the Cornerstone Church of
Versailles. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery in Versailles.
Krehbiel Goering, 84, of
Hesston, Kan., died June 14, 2006, at Showalter Villa. She was born May
1, 1922, to Felix J. and Katie Goering Krehbiel in McPherson County.
She was baptized on May 30, 1937, at Eden Mennonite Church of rural
She graduated from Moundridge High School in 1940. She graduated with
honors from Bethel College in North Newton in 1963 and completed her
master’s degree at Emporia State University in 1967. She continued
learning through summer school and participation in three summers of
International Children’s Literature Study Tours, which involved
visiting foreign lands.
On June 21, 1942, she married Lloyd Goering at Eden Mennonite Church.
They lived on a farm west of Moundridge. In 2000 they moved to
Showalter Villa in Hesston. She struggled for 20 years with Parkinson’s
She was a member at Eden Mennonite Church and served as a Sunday school
and Bible school teacher. She was active in Christian Endeavor
leadership, organized the church library and served on the library
She taught elementary school and served as a librarian for 25 years,
first in rural McPherson County schools and later in Moundridge
elementary and middle schools. After retirement in 1986, she
volunteered at Kauffman Museum in North Newton.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Goering of Hesston; a son, Jan
Craig Goering and Abigail Hubbard of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Judy
Jantz and her husband, Merle, of North Pole, Alaska; a brother, Reuben
Krehbiel of Moundridge; two sisters, Tillie Schrag of Moundridge and
Ruth Beck of Hesston; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Art Krehbiel; and two sisters,
Lizzie Schrag and Ruby Krehbiel.
Memorial services were held at Eden Mennonite Church. Burial was in the
Eden Church Cemetery.
Elizabeth Yoder, 82, of
Glendale, Ariz., died June 9, 2006. She was born Oct. 16, 1923, to John
M. Yoder and Nancy Guengerich Yoder in Iowa County, Iowa.
At age 21, she began her post-grade school education at Hesston (Kan.)
High School, where she completed the four-year program in three years.
She received her teaching certificate from Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1948,
then went on to graduate from Goshen (Ind.) College in 1953 and from
Iowa State University with a master’s in special education in 1959.
After moving to Arizona in 1959, she became a teacher in the Phoenix
elementary school system, where she taught special education for 28
She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite church. She was baptized at
age 12 at West Union Mennonite Church near Parnell, Iowa. She
transfered her membership to Sunnyslope Mennonite Church upon moving to
She loved to read, travel and take pictures. She stayed active in the
church as librarian, Sunday school and Bible school teacher. We will
miss her calm demeanor, quiet sense of humor, cheerful optimism and
spirit of generosity.
Survivors include two sisters, Hazel C. Yoder and Doris Spicher; a
brother, Edward J. Yoder; and a sister-in-law, Ellen Yoder.
She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Samuel Spicher.
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