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Koehn, Nancy Schmidt; Landis, Paul R.; Nauman, Kenneth E.; Schmidt, Ethel Richert; Steiner,
obituaries in Oct. 5, 2009 issue
Mennonite Weekly Review - October 12, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 38 - p. 9
Nauman, Kenneth E.
Kenneth E. Nauman, 72, of
Arcadia, Fla., died Sept. 15, 2009, of cancer. He was born May 2, 1937,
to Jacob W. and Florence Shearer Nauman in Lancaster, Pa.
He married Miriam Weaver and moved to Florida to serve in Mennonite
Voluntary Service with migrant ministries in 1958.
He pastored churches for 40 years in Homestead, Sarasota and Arcadia
until his retirement. He also served as conference minister for
Southeast Mennonite Conference in recent years. He was a member of Pine
Creek Chapel in Arcadia. He was a charter member in the formation of
the Redlands Christian Migrant Association and a charter member of the
Arcadia chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Miriam; a son, Dale Nauman of
Bradenton; two daughters, Donna Weaver of Sarasota and Bonnie Ropp of
Kalona, Iowa; and seven grandchildren.
Services were held at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota and at
Hernley’s Mennonite Church in Manheim, Pa. Burial was in the Hernley’s
Schmidt, Ethel Richert
Ethel Schmidt, 89, of North
Newton, Kan., died Sept. 10, 2009. She was born Dec. 18, 1919, in
Newton to David H. and Edith Richert.
She grew up on the Bethel College campus, where her father was a
professor and her mother a homemaker. She had one brother, Roland, who
was an archeologist for the National Park Service in Arizona.
She graduated from Newton High School and Bethel College, and the day
after graduation, May 28, 1942, she married Roland Schmidt.
After her marriage, she lived on a farm in the Pawnee Rock area for 47
years, raising five children there. She was an active
member of Bergthal Mennonite Church of Pawnee Rock. She did much
volunteering in the church and the community, including the Women’s
Mission Society, Larned State Hospital, 4-H clubs and County Extension
clubs. She was also a substitute teacher in the Pawnee Rock
In 1989, she and Roland moved to North Newton. She was a member of
Bethel College Mennonite Church and especially appreciated her Sunday
school class. She enjoyed the activities of the Kidron Bethel, Bethel
College and Bethel College Mennonite Church communities. She was a good
cook, an avid reader and had a marvelous sense of humor. She enjoyed
people, and new acquaintances quickly became friends. Her sense of
humor, optimistic outlook and faith aided her greatly in coping with
the pain and disabilities associated with multiple sclerosis. She was
an inspiration to many.
Survivors include her husband, Roland; five children, David
Schmidt and his wife, Rita, of Great Bend, Steven Schmidt and his
wife, Wanda, of Newton, Donald Schmidt and his wife, Debbie, of Newton,
Meribeth Buhr and her husband, Bruce, of Wichita, and Susan Grasse and
her husband, Joel, of Bella Vista, Ark.; 11 grandchildren and 12
She was preceded in death by a brother, Roland Richert.
Funeral services were held at Bethel College Mennonite Church.
obituaries in Oct. 19, 2009 issue
Mennonite Weekly Review - October 26, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 40 - p. 9
Elno Willis Steiner, 84,
of Goshen, Ind., died Oct. 16, 2009, at Elkhart General Hospital. He
was born Nov. 28, 1924, to Homer and Bertha (Zuercher) Steiner in
Kidron, Ohio, the eldest of 11 children.
He married Mabel Smeltzer on June 14, 1947, at Olive Mennonite Church,
He received a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Goshen College in 1950
and a bachelor of theology degree in 1951 from Goshen Biblical
Seminary. He was ordained as a minister in 1951. He served as a pastor
at the following Mennonite churches: Olive in Elkhart; Waterford,
Goshen; Pleasant View and Chestnut Ridge, Orrville, Ohio; Grand Marais,
Upper Peninsula, Mich.; Sonnenberg, Kidron, Ohio; and Salem, Wooster,
Ohio. He retired after 50 years of pastoral ministry in 2002.
He had a genuine pastor’s heart and was an encourager to many. He
devoted his life to serving others, and did volunteer service in
Pinckney, Mich., and Des Allemands, La. He was precious to his family,
and they treasured him. He loved gardening and was a writer and
poet. He was admired, respected and beloved by his family, friends and
congregational members alike.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mabel; three children, Charlie
Steiner and his wife, Cheryl, of Goshen, Carol Scheerer and her
husband, Dan, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Gloria Hood and her husband,
Mike, of Indianapolis; five brothers, Roy Steiner of Mission, Texas,
George Steiner of Wooster, Ohio, Marion Steiner of Temperance, Mich.,
Clayton Steiner of Kidron, Ohio, and Kenneth Steiner of Orrville, Ohio;
three sisters, Viola Kuhns of Goshen, Dorothy Miller of Wilmot, Ohio,
and Norma Eberly of Jeromesville, Ohio; five grandchildren and two
He was preceded in death by three children, David Lee, of a heart
condition, Timothy Bay, stillborn, and Donald Lynn, killed in a car-
train accident; a brother, Lee Steiner; and a sister, Arlene Nussbaum.
Funeral services were held at Olive Mennonite Church. Burial was in
Olive West Cemetery.
Paul R. Landis, 82, of Milton,
Pa., died Sept. 21, 2009. He was born July 31, 1927, to Elvin M. and
Sarah (Root) Landis in Leola.
On Sept. 3, 1949, he married Evelyn Wenger.
He farmed in the Limestoneville area for 35 years and also was a farm
equipment salesman. Later in life, he worked in maintenance for Turbot
He loved meeting many guests and sharing their faith in the Lord as he
and his wife served through Pau-Lyn’s Country Bed-and-Breakfast on
Broadway Road in Milton, which they owned and operated for 21 years. He
also enjoyed serving with various fire companies over the years and
A faithful member of Community Mennonite Fellowship in Milton, he
served as a deacon for 33 years. He also served as a song leader and
was active in many roles at the church. He enjoyed Bible school and
Bible study groups there.
He enjoyed hunting in God’s great creation and singing praises to his
maker. He loved being with all his family and invested in their lives
and spent much time in prayer for them.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Evelyn; four children, James L.
Landis and his wife, Carolyne, of Milton, Jean Sensenig and her
husband, John, of Watsontown, Daryl Landis and his wife, Nancy, of
Milton, and P. Dennis Landis and his wife, Joan, of New Columbia; two
brothers, Robert Landis and his wife, Rhoda, and John Landis and his
wife, Gladys, all of Lancaster; and a sister-in-law, Jane Landis, widow
of C. Elvin Landis.
Nancy Schmidt Koehn, 60, of
Cordell, Okla., died Sept. 26, 2009. She was born March 21, 1949, to
Louis and Elvera Schmidt in Cordell.
She attended Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, where she met her
husband-to-be, Robert Koehn, and then attended Southwestern College in
She married Robert Koehn on Aug. 17, 1968. They started their life
together in Enid, finishing college at Phillips University with a
degree in elementary education. They moved to Elkhart, Ind., where Bob
attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and she taught fifth
grade. After seminary they moved to Reedley, Calif., where Bob
ministered at First Mennonite Church from 1974 to 1978. Along with
helping Bob at the church, she worked at a day care.
Moving back to Cordell, they started working on the farm. Bob pastored
several Cheyenne churches. She taught at Lincoln Elementary in Cordell
and earned a master’s degree in elementary counseling. She developed
the position of elementary counselor for Cordell Public Schools and
continued in that role until her retirement in September 2009.
She was a faithful member of Herold Mennonite Church, where she made
her confession of faith and was baptized on June 2, 1963. She served as
a Sunday school teacher, education committee member, Christmas program
writer and director and in many other positions. She was a member of
the education committee for Western District Conference. Probably one
of her greatest joys was being a writer for Jubilee Sunday school
material and for Venture Clubs.
Survivors include her husband, Robert; her parents, Louis and Elvera
Schmidt of Cordell; her mother-in-law, Ruby Koehn of Meno; two sisters,
Valora Unruh and her husband, Elroy, of Meno, and Arlene Epp and her
husband, David, of Sayre; and 13 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the Cordell High School
Auditorium. Burial was in the Herold Mennonite Church Cemetery near
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