Weekly Review -
Marie Malinda; Ensz, Elmer; Glick, Herman N.; Heinrichs, Robert Earl; Juhnke, Leonard J.; Lehman, Donna Jean; Livengood, Betty T.; Musser, Stella G.; Regier,
Herman L.; Schantz, Alta Alfreda;
Mennonite Weekly Review - August 7, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 32 - p. 8
Slabach, 73, of Naples,
Fla., died July 17, 2006, at Hospice House. He was born March 8, 1933,
to Bill and Edna Slabach in Goshen, Ind.
He moved to Sarasota from Goshen with his parents in 1951. In 1991, he
moved to Naples, where his children and grandchildren live.
He married Marilyn Litwiller on Sept. 13, 1952, at Clinton Brick
Mennonite Church of Goshen.
He worked in construction all his life and was a Florida
state-certified building contractor since 1972. He owned Slabach
Construction in Sarasota for 16 years, and for eight years was
associated with The Troyer Group of Mishawaka, Ind.
He was an active member of Bay Shore Mennonite Church in Sarasota. In
Naples, he was a charter member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marilyn; three sons, Ron, Ken
and Jim Slabach and their families, all of Naples; three siblings, Irv
Slabach and Mary Miller, both of Sarasota, and Ruby Schrock of
Middlebury, Ind.; and in-laws Morris Litwiller of Sarasota, Kathryn
Miller of Millersburg, Ind., and Doris Webber of Orlando.
Services were held at Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
Earl Heinrichs, 78, of
Kingsburg, Calif., died May 18, 2006. He was born Dec. 5, 1927, to
Frank and Sara Heinrichs in Canton, Kan.
On Aug. 12, 1949, he married Lenora Bartell. He was a member of
Kingsburg Mennonite Brethren Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lenora; two sons, Jim and his wife, Carole,
of Clovis, and Ron and his wife, Michelle, of Visalia; two daughters,
Norma Claassen and her husband, Stuart, of Santa Clara, and Janet
Nachtical and her husband, Jon, of Harvard, Neb., a brother, Franklin;
three sisters, Geneva Inman, Eunice Senner and Rachel Harder; 12
grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
80, of Inman, Kan.,
died July 30, 2006, at Pleasant View Home. He was born Nov. 17, 1925,
to Gerhardt D. and Lena Klassen Ensz in McPherson County.
He married Katherine Neufeld on July 27, 1947, in Inman.
He graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro and Grace Bible Institute
with a degree in pastoral studies. He was a pastor at Fayetteville,
Ark., Deer Creek and Enid, Okla., Lustre and Wolf Point, Mont.,
Weatherford, Okla., Ulysses and Inman, Kan. He had been visitation
pastor at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman for 17 years. He was
a member of Zoar MB Church.
Survivors invlude his wife, Katherine; five sons, Orie of Topeka, David
of Sylmer, Calif., Marion of Shoreview, Minn., Mark of Corn, Okla., and
Steve of Garden City; a daughter, Christine Ensz of Hutchinson; a
brother, Arnold Ensz of Whitewater; a sister, Irene Sullivan of Oak
Ridge, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Dick, Levi and Roy; and two
sisters, Marie Jost and Ruth Jost.
Services were held at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in
Mennonite Weekly Review - August 14,
2006 - 84th Year, No. 33 - p. 8
J. Juhnke, 85, of
Sedgwick, Kan., died July 13, 2006, at Newton Medical Center. He was
born June 29, 1921, to Karl and Katharine (Goering) Juhnke at
He married Erma Decker on Sept. 8, 1942, at Galva.
He was a member of First Mennonite Church of Newton. He served for four
years in Civilian Public Service as a mechanic. He spent nearly 60
years in farming and crop development in rural Sedgwick.
Survivors include his wife, Erma; a son, Morris Juhnke of Sedgwick;
three daughters, Verona Entz of Whitewater, Shardelle Dirks of Sedgwick
and Berdene Barta of Mitchell, S.D.; a brother, Quinton Juhnke of
Inman; two sisters, Twila Wedel of McPherson and Joyce Kaufman of Palo
Alto, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church. Burial was in
Hillside Cemetery at Sedgwick.
T. Livengood, 75, of
Keyser, W.Va., died May 22, 2006, after a long struggle with rheumatoid
arthritis. She was born Aug. 15, 1930, to Thomas H. Taylor and Lillian
(Osborne) Taylor in Galax, Va.
She was a member of Pinto (Md.) Mennonite Church, where she was a
Sunday school and Bible school teacher, Bible study leader and acted as
chair of the Christian education committee, drama committee and
pastoral search committee. She served for 12 years on the Mennonite
Board of Education, now Mennonite Education Agency, 1981-93, and as
adjunct staff member from 1993-97. In Allegheny Mennonite Conference,
she was a member of the executive committee and chair of the Christian
education committee. She authored several articles for the former
During her professional career, she was an elementary schoolteacher,
supervisor of instruction, personnel director, staff development
coordinator, county reading administrator, director of curriculum and
director of general instruction for Mineral County Schools until her
retirement in 1989. She served on the boards of the West Virginia
Association for Curriculum and Development, as well as the National
Association of Curriculum and Development. She was a presenter at many
educational conferences, a consultant to area school systems and an
adjunct instructor for West Virginia University. In 1985, she was the
recipient of the West Virginia Leader of Learning award, West
Virginia’s Department of Education’s highest award. She was known
throughout the state as the “Mother of the Middle Schools” for her
dedication to the concept and development of middle school education in
To honor her years of service and her numerous contributions to the
field of education, the Betty T. Livengood Scholarship was established
in 1993. This is awarded to students of Mineral County Schools who
pursue a career in education.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Paul M. Livengood; a
daughter, Judith L. Brenneman and her husband, Lawrence, of Keyser; a
son, Paul T. Livengood and his wife, Janice, of Keyser; a sister, Norma
J. Harsh of Keyser; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Howard Taylor Jr.
Funeral services were held at Pinto Mennonite Church. Burial was in
Pinto Mennonite Cemetery.
Weekly Review - August 21, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 34 - p. 12
Malinda Andres, 83, of
Newton, Kan., died Aug. 5, 2006, at Newton Medical Center. She was born
Nov. 25, 1922, to Eva (Buller) and John Thomas in Ringwood, Okla.
She married Irvin R. Andres on June 11, 1961, in Ringwood, Okla. He
preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2002.
Survivors include a son, Steve D. Andres and his wife, Marci, of
Elbing; a daughter, Janice Harvey and her husband, Jeff, of Potwin; a
brother, Alvin H. Thomas of Miami, Okla.; two sisters, Louise Finke of
Friendswood, Texas, and Helen Unruh of Enid, Okla.; and four
She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin; and a brother, Emil
Services were held at Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite Brethren.
L. Regier, 79, of North
Newton, Kan., died July 30, 2006, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital.
He was born Nov. 7, 1926, to P.A. and Marie Regier in Henderson, Neb.
At age 12 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior after attending
evangelistic meetings. He attended Madrid schools and spent his senior
year at Freeman (S.D.) Academy.
In 1947, he joined the United Nations relief cattle boat to help
relieve the starving people in China. Throughout his life, he served in
various capacities with Mennonite Disaster Service, Mennonite Central
Committee, the Red Cross and the Lions Club.
In 1950 he married Sarah Boehr in Henderson, and they were blessed with
56 years of marriage. They enjoyed traveling and attending family
events. Texas was their winter home for eight years.
He was self-employed as a farmer all of his life. He was a pioneer in
developing self-propelled irrigation. Most of his children farmed with
him at one time. Recently he was excited to be involved with the
ethanol plant near Madrid.
He was a member of the General Conference First Mennonite Church in
Madrid and the Mennonite Brethren church in Grant. In 1992 they moved
to North Newton and joined Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite
Brethren in Newton.
Three years ago he made an adjustment when his physical health
deteriorated. Many hours on dialysis replaced his busy, active life.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah; three sons, Leon and his wife,
Marilyn, of Grant, Neb., Dale and his wife, Teresa, of Abbotsford,
B.C., and Larry and his wife, Kristi, of Independence, Mo.; two
daughters, Marilyn King and her husband, Craig, of Hesston, and Karen
Deaver and her husband, Terry, of Augusta; two brothers, Peter and
Ivan, both of Madrid, Neb.; two sisters, Marian Doerksen Brundage of
Camp Verde, Ariz., and Ruth Preheim of Freeman, S.D.; 19 grandchildren
and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl.
Funeral services were held at Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite
Brethren of Newton. Burial was in Madrid (Neb.) Cemetery.
G. Musser, 101, of
Ephrata, Pa., died June 11, 2006, at Fairmount Homes. She was born Dec.
2, 1904, to Jacob M. and Hettie Ann Good Musser.
She was the oldest member of Bowmansville Mennonite Church and was
active in its sewing circle. When she moved to Fairmount Homes in 1998,
she continued to assemble comfort tops for the sewing circle. In the
last 10 years she assembled more than 200 comfort tops each year. They
were then completed by the sewing circle and given to Mennonite Central
Committee for distribution.
Survivors include four daughters, Rachel Gingrich and her husband,
Lloyd, of Mercersburg, Ruth Bowman and her husband, Clair, of Denver,
Alice Sauder and her husband, D. Clinton, of Carlisle, and Edith
Graybill and her husband, Conrad, of Navron; 11 grandchildren and 26
great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family.
A memorial service was held at Fairmount Homes. Burial was in
Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery.
N. Glick, 86, of Lititz,
Pa., and formerly of Atglen, died July 15, 2006, at Landis Homes. He
was born to Reuben and Mary Engel Glick in Atglen.
Soon after his birth his family moved to Newport News, Va., where they
stayed until his mother died when he was 5. He then returned to
Pennsylvania to live with his Uncle Sam and Aunt Lizzie Miller. He
attended West Fallowfield High School and Lancaster Bible College and
became active in the Mennonite church.
He married Mary Umble on Oct. 14, 1944.
Within the Mennonite church, he held the offices of pastor, overseer,
conference moderator and chair of numerous commissions. He served as
pastor at Wesley Chapel, Christiana Mennonite and Maple Grove Mennonite
churches from 1955-85. In 1989, he became chaplain at Tel Hai
Retirement Community, retiring in 2000. He was a founder of Tel Hai
Camp of Honey Brook in 1956. He was active in revival meetings, Bible
conference preaching and traveling to various churches serving as
He began his farming career in 1945 near Parkesburg, then moved to a
farm near Atglen in 1953, retiring from farming in 1975. Then he and
his wife, Mary, moved into Atglen, where they lived until April 2006.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary; four children, James
Glick and his wife, Meimon Hsu, of Silver Spring, Md., Ann Derrick and
her husband, Ted, of Manheim, J. Virginia Graybill and her husband,
Frank, of Hershey, and Susan Ruth and her husband, Thomas, of
Lancaster; nine grandchildren and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond, who died in infancy,
and Mahlon Glick.
Mennonite Weekly Review - August 28,
2006 - 84th Year, No. 35 - p. 12
Jean Lehman, 66, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died July 26,
2006, at Lutheran Hospital. She was born Feb. 14, 1940, to Berniece
(Liechty) and Edison Lehmann in Adams County.
She married Michael Lehman on Oct. 4, 1959, in Berne.
She graduated from International Business College of Fort Wayne. She
was a freelance writer and wrote for various publications, including
being a congregational correspondent for Mennonite Weekly Review. She
was author of the book What on Earth Can You Do. She was co-chair of
the Fort Wayne Parkinson’s Support Group, a member of the Fort Wayne
Christian Writers Group, a former editor of the “Women in Mission”
publication, and co-author of Maplewood Roots, the history of Maplewood
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be dearly
missed by her family. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, sewing,
baking and serving others. She was a member of Maplewood Mennonite
Church of Fort Wayne.
Survivors include her mother, Berniece Lehmann of Berne; two sons,
Bruce Lehman and Carl Lehman, both of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Pamela
Pulliam and her husband, George, of Fort Wayne; four siblings, Shirley
Prentiss of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Karen Lehman of Berne, Wanda Smith
of Columbus Grove, Ohio, and Arlene Lehmann of Denver, Colo.; and four
Funeral services were held at Maplewood Mennonite Church in Fort Wayne.
Burial was at M.R.E. Cemetery of Berne.
Alfreda Schantz, 88,
lifelong resident of Hydro, Okla., died Aug. 19, 2006, at Corn Heritage
Nursing Center in Weatherford. She was born Feb. 2, 1918, in San
Her father died in a railroad accident south of Wichita, Kan., in late
1917. Her mother died when she was born, leaving her in the care of an
aunt. For reasons not known for certain, her aunt left her at an
orphanage in Oklahoma City.
In June 1918, she was adopted by John J. and Catherine Stutzman Johns
and grew up on a farm five miles northwest of Hydro. Her adopted father
died of typhoid on Aug. 31, 1918, leaving her mother to raise her and
her older brother Paul.
She attended Hopewell school through the eighth grade. As a youth, she
accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized by Bishop Alva
Swartzendruber on May 3, 1931. She became a lifelong member of Pleasant
View Mennonite Church.
She married William C. Schantz on Feb. 20, 1953. They lived on the farm
with her mother until she died in June 1954. That summer they moved to
the farm where her husband grew up and raised their family there.
Survivors include her children, Joe Johns and his wife, Glenna,
of Weatherford, Eddie Schantz of Oklahoma City, Mary Ralston and her
husband, Steve, Stanley Schantz and his wife, Orvilla, and Carol
Wichert and her husband, Steve, all of Weatherford; a niece, Fern
Bachman of Kalona, Iowa; eight grandchildren and nine
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2000, and a brother,
Paul, in 1976.
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