Mennonite Weekly Review - February,
"Betty" M. Goering; Entz,
Kauffman, Sadie Miller; Miller,
Erma Kaufman Snyder;
Phyllis E. Egli; Schroeder,
Emma Loewen; Stutzman, Howard Eldon; Unger, George S. Waltner, LaVerne; Weaver,
Iona Kraybill Souder; Wyse, Roger W.;
Weekly Review - February 1, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 4 - p. 13
Oswald, Voyce Jean Waltermeyer
Voyce Jean Oswald, 57, of
Kalona, Iowa, died Jan. 9, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. She
was born Aug. 13, 1952, to Max and VonDell (Hasenkamp) Waltermeyer in
She graduated from high school in Beemer, Neb., and received her
associate of arts degree from William Penn University in Oskaloosa. She
married Lonny Oswald on June 14, 1970, in Beemer.
They lived in Nebraska until 1984, when they moved to Manson, Iowa.
They moved to the Kalona area in 1987. She was a teacher’s associate in
the Mid-Prairie school system, working at Washington Township for 22
years. She was a member of Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church.
Survivors include her husband, Lonny, of Kalona; three sons, Corey
Oswald and his wife, Dana, of Montezuma, Kevin Oswald and his wife,
Gwen, of Winterset, and Clark Oswald and his wife, Libby, of Newton,
Kan.; her mother: VonDell Waltermeyer of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers,
Rick Waltermeyer and Wade Waltermeyer, and a sister, Gina Fisher, all
of Omaha, Neb.; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Kalona. Burial
was in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
Crabb, Elizabeth "Betty" M. Goering
Elizabeth “Betty” M. Crabb, 83,
of Lawrence, Kan., and formerly of Moundridge, died Dec. 21, 2009, at
Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence. She was born Feb. 10, 1926, the
youngest of 16 children, to John J. and Elizabeth Zerger Goering in
She attended Bethel College in North Newton. She was a homemaker and a
piano teacher. She was a member of Eden Mennonite Church of rural
Moundridge and had served as an accompanist there.
She married Harry Edward Crabb on June 21, 1945, in Moundridge.
Survivors include her husband, Harry; a son, R. Paul Crabb and his
wife, Ginny, of Columbia, Mo.; two daughters, Janeal Crabb Krehbiel and
her husband, Randall K., and Marilyn Epp and her husband, E. Laverne,
all of Lawrence; a brother, Lloyd V. Goering of Hesston; seven
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Eden Mennonite Church. Burial was in the
Eden Mennonite Cemetery.
Kauffman, Sadie Miller
Sadie (Miller) Kauffman, 96, of
Kalispell, Mont., and formerly of Condon, died Dec. 28, 2009. She was
born Nov. 15, 1913, to Daniel F. and Sarah (Coblentz) Miller in
On Sept. 22, 1940, she married Reuben S. Kauffman of Creston. In 1947
they moved to the Swan Valley, where she resided until 2004. She then
moved to Kalispell, where she resided first at Prestige Assisted Living
and later at Immanuel Lutheran Home.
She was a devoted wife and mother. She loved children, and after
raising her own, babysat for many neighbor children over the years. For
a time she worked for the U.S. Forest Service planting trees in the
summer months. Besides cooking, baking and sewing, she liked to take
pictures and was known far and wide for the buggy-rim rugs she made.
She was a devout Christian, and for more than 30 years she and her
husband traveled the 60 miles to Creston to attend Sunday school and
worship services at Mountain View Mennonite Church.
Survivors include two sons, Lowell Kauffman and his wife, Pauline, of
Missoula, and Nathan Kauffman and his wife, Fern, of Condon; two
daughters, Myrene Iverson and her husband, Jerry, of Long Lake, Minn.,
and Carol Kauffman and her husband, Dennis, of Lebanon, Pa.; a brother,
Nathan Miller and his wife, Kathryn, of Sidney; a son-in-law, Paul
Kauffman of Wolford, N.D.; 19 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben S. Kauffman, a
daughter, Gwendlyn Kauffman; an infant son, Jere; five brothers and six
Services were held at Mountain View Mennonite Church of Creston. Burial
was in Creston Cemetery.
Weaver, Iona Kraybill Souder
Iona Kraybill Souder Weaver,
92, of Collegeville, Pa., and more recently of Lansdale, died Jan. 19,
2010, in Lancaster. She was born Jan. 6, 1918, to Edwin Allebach Souder
and Ruth (Longenecker Kraybill) Souder in Sellersville.
She married Harold Kolb Weaver on Oct. 4, 1939, at Rockhill Mennon-ite
Meetinghouse in Telford. They lived in Harleysville from 1940 to 1943,
Collegeville from 1943 to 1989 and Lansdale from 1989 to 2008.
She worked as a seamstress, homemaker, nursing assistant and as a
community volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels, the Montgomery County
Geriatric Center, Crossroads Gift and Thrift Shop in Norristown, the
Dock Woods Retirement Community and the Mennonite Historians of Eastern
Pennsylvania. After their children left home, she and Harold took in
boarders, providing a home for college students and others.
She attended First Mennonite Church of Norristown, now known as
Norristown New Life Mennonite Church, where she was active in women’s
service activities and the Sunday school, in addition to serving 40
years of partnership with her deacon husband. She enjoyed gardening,
reading, writing, music, handwork, Scrabble and visiting. She and
Harold toured the U.S., including Alaska, as well as Canada, Mexico,
Europe and Australia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, on July 6, 2006; and
by six of her nine siblings: Grace Kolb, Elizabeth Allebach, Gladys
Kolb, Mahlon Souder, L. Kraybill Souder and Norman Souder.
Survivors include nine children, Harold L. Weaver of Baker City, Ore.,
Richard E. Weaver of Bernville, Mary Lou Weaver Houser of Lancaster,
James L. Weaver of Wilderville, Ore., Donald E. Weaver of Trappe,
Marjorie A. Nafziger of Broadway, Va., Sylvia J. Weaver of Lancaster,
Lucille J. Martin of Middlebury, Ind., Stephen S. Weaver of Willow
Street, plus “daughter” Pearl P. Schrack; three siblings, Irene Bechtel
of Souderton, Eugene K. Souder of Grottoes, Va., and Stanley K. Souder
of Morwood; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Strasburg Mennonite Church. Burial was
in the Vincent Mennonite Church cemetery in Spring City.
Schmidt, Phyllis E. Egli
Phyllis E. Schmidt, 76, of
South Hutchinson, Kan., died Jan. 13, 2010, at St. Francis in Wichita.
She was born April 17, 1933, to Emery and Edna Peterson Egli in Manson,
She married Kenneth H. Schmidt on Aug. 17, 1955, in Manson, Iowa.
She attended Hesston College and then graduated in 1955 from La Junta
(Colo.) Mennonite School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She was a
former resident of Greensburg, Rocky Ford, Colo., and Middlebury, Ind.
After the tornado in Greensburg, they moved to an apartment at
Mennonite Manor in South Hutchinson in 2008, not because their home was
destroyed but due to her need to be closer to medical care.
She attended South Hutchinson Mennonite Church. She and Kenneth enjoyed
travel and took mission trips to Mexico. She was very involved in the
annual Mennonite relief sales in both Kansas and Colorado, sometimes
donating handiwork for auction. Fishing, biking, skiing and family
vacations included a lot of activity, and she was always in the center
of all of the fun.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Kenneth; a son, Arlin
Schmidt and his wife, Stephanie, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; three
daughters, Rita Martin and her husband, Bryan, of Kansas City, Mo.,
Nancy Magliery and her husband, Mark, of Denver, Colo., and Susan Funk
and her husband, Clif, of Hutchinson; two brothers, Ken Egli and his
wife, Judy, and Harris Egli, all of Barnum, Iowa; and seven
She was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Egli.
Memorial services were held at South Hutchinson Mennonite Church.
Burial was in Yoder Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Wyse, Roger W.
Roger W. Wyse, 88, of Wellman,
Iowa, died Dec. 16, 2009, at Parkview Manor in Wellman. He was born May
16, 1921, to Arthur and Lillian (Weaver) Wyse in Wayland.
He farmed with his father, taught rural school, and graduated from Iowa
Wesleyan College. He received a degree in administration from the
University of Iowa. He was an elementary principal at Davis County
School for 20 years. He was a Mennonite Weekly Review congregational
correspondent for Wayland Mennonite Church for many years.
He married Rachel Graber on Aug. 7, 1949, at Wayland Mennonite Church.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rachel; two daughters,
Priscilla Clemens and her husband, Thomas, of Baltimore, Md., and
Ramona Wyse Miller and her husband, James, of Wellman; three sons,
Arthur Wyse of Kalona; Jeffrey Wyse and his wife, Sheila, of Chicago,
and Jerome Wyse and his wife, Lori, of Glendale, Ariz.; a sister, Betty
Farrier of Brighton; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Rae.
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LaVerne Waltner, 81, of
Freeman, S.D., died Jan. 15, 2010, of heart failure in hospice care at
Freeman Community Hospital. He was born June 10, 1928, to Edward J.B.
and Anna Tschetter Waltner.
On Aug. 20, 1952, he married LaNae Eisenbeis.
He retired from banking in 1995 after 27 years at Merchants State Bank
in Freeman. He loved life and had many hobbies, including stained glass
creations, woodworking, spinning wheels, and clock building and repair.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, LaNae; three children, Susan
Zurawski of DePere, Wis., Michael Waltner of Lochbuie, Colo., and Lynda
Stucky of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, LaMar Waltner; and a brother, Homer
Memorial services were held at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church of Freeman.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Stutzman, Howard Eldon
Howard Eldon Stutzman, 80, of La Junta, Colo., died Dec. 18,
2009. He was born Aug. 17, 1929, to Samuel E. and Barbara (Slagell)
Stutzman near Hydro, Okla.
He attended Kansas City General Hospital School of Nursing, obtaining
an R.N. degree. After graduating from Bethel College in North Newton,
Kan., he attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he
received his M.D. degree. In 1965 he moved to La Junta, where he
practiced general medicine until his retirement. He was active in
community organizations and instrumental in helping to establish Casa
del Sol, an independent living retirement facility. He was a member of
Emmanuel Mennonite Church in La Junta.
In 1955 he married Carolyn Frost.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; a son, Mark Stutzman
and his wife, Diana, of Westminster; a grandson and two
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Myron; and three
sisters, Dorothy Mast, Ruth Miller and Lois Waters.
Memorial services were held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church.
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2010 - 88th Year, No. 6 - p. 9
Nancy "Gladyne" Baumgartner
Nancy Gladyne Becker, 102, of
Glendale, Ariz., died Jan. 9, 2010, after
suffering a stroke. She was born May 27, 1907, to Abraham and Elizabeth
Baumgartner near Bluffton, Ohio.
Her family moved to Aberdeen, Idaho, in October 1907, the same year the
Mennonite church there began. They moved back to Ohio soon after that.
Her mother died in 1916, so the children went to Upland, Calif., for
three years to be cared for by her father’s sister. After he remarried
in 1919, the family moved back to Idaho.
She attended junior college in California. An uncle offered to pay her
college expenses if she attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kan.,
which she did. There she met Dietrich Becker, and they were married on
May 25, 1930.
They moved to Wellington, Kan., in 1942, where Dietrich opened an
optometry practice. That year they adopted two daughters, Lee and
Velma. Upon retirement, they moved to Phoenix in 1973 and later to
Glencroft Retirement Center. She became an avid quilter and was active
in Glencroft’s annual quilt auction. She was a member of First
Mennonite Church of Phoenix.
Survivors include a daughter, Velma Becker Frank and her husband, Neil;
a son-in-law, Jim Saner; a niece, Nancy Baumgartner and her husband,
Chester, of West Liberty, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 32
great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at Skinner Memorial Chapel at Glencroft in
Schroeder, Emma Loewen
Emma Loewen Schroeder, 89, died
Jan. 8, 2010, in Inman, Kan. She was
born on April 25, 1920, in Steinbach, Man., the fourth daughter of
seven children of Maria Ratzlaff and Isaac T. Loewen.
On Sept. 4, 1964, she married David J. Schroeder of Moundridge.
She attended school in Nebraska and Steinbach before joining Mennonite
Central Committee. She began overseas work in England in 1945 and
continued with the refugee resettlement programs in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands; Kiel, Germany; Belgium and England.
She attended Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg and received
her bachelor’s degree from Tabor College while working as secretary to
the president. She received her master of social work degree from the
University of Nebraska in 1964 and began her career as a federal social
worker at the Eagle Butte Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
In 1964 she married widower David J. Schroeder and settled on the
family farm near Moundridge. She continued her social work career,
first at Prairie View mental health center in Newton and then at the
Mental Health Institute in Hutchinson, retiring in 1985.
She and David supported the Mennonite Brethren church and Tabor College
and helped many others financially and spiritually. She was always
willing to listen to people and give counsel. In 1984 they moved to
Buhler and opened Nine Gables Bed and Breakfast in their home. She
continued to host guests until age 85.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, David J. Schroeder; a
stepson, Duane Schroeder and his wife, Lois, of Orinda, Calif.; a
stepdaughter, Katherine Marshall and her husband, Harley, of
Moundridge; three sisters, Anna Reimer, Elsie Bergen and her
husband, Jake, and Irene Neufeld and her husband, Abe; a sister-in-law,
Mary Loewen; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial
was in the Buhler Municipal Cemetery.
Oscar R. Entz, 89, of North
Newton, Kan., died Jan. 8, 2010, at Kidron
Bethel Healthcare. He was born May 12, 1920, to W.H. and Magdalene
(Regier) Entz in Newton.
On July 29, 1960, he married Helen M. Ensz in Newton.
He was a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton. He was raised in
Elbing and attended Zion Mennonite Church as he grew up. He graduated
from Hesston Academy and attended Bethel College in North Newton.
He was a farmer and stockman. He greatly enjoyed working on his farm
and caring for the livestock. He loved to be outside and watch the
beauty of the pastures in the Flint Hills. He was a lifelong bird lover
and enjoyed their song and beauty. Family was very important to him,
and he enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; a son, Alan Entz and his wife, Joan,
of Newton; two daughters, Mary Kulp and her husband, Joel, of Fort
Worth, Texas, and Ruth Buller and her husband, Eric, of Inman; and
He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Entz.
Services were held at First Mennonite Church of Newton. Burial was in
Greenwood Cemetery of Newton.
Kathryn Grace Elnora Yoder
Kathryn Grace Elnora Yoder Miller,
86, died Jan. 19, 2010, in Salem,
Ore., of heart failure after surgery. She was born April 8, 1923, the
youngest child of Edward Z. and Alice Troyer Yoder.
In the fall of 1945 she left the Willamette Valley in Oregon for Goshen
(Ind.) College. World War II was just over, and she finally earned
enough money to attend Goshen. There she flourished. She majored in
American history. She was an energetic person, active in many projects.
She became the first president of the GC Women’s House Government.
After graduation in 1949 she married Warren Miller.
After their marriage they moved to Holmes County, Ohio, where they
lived for more than 20 years, farming, adopting three children and
teaching school. Warren was ordained pastor of Martins Creek Mennonite
Church. She was creative in the church’s youth program, where she
helped many people to active service in the church.
They then moved back to Oregon, where she taught at Whiskey Hill
school, back in her childhood community of Hubbard. There she was known
as a champion berry picker. All her life she was an avid reader, often
in book clubs, a Bible teacher in a variety of groups, a captivating
public speaker and storyteller. She was known for her cooking and
authored an Oregon best seller, The Yoder Sisters Cookbook. Known as a
great hostess, she often hosted friends and family at their ocean
cottage and in their home. She was an active New Testament Christian, a
convinced Mennonite, loyal church worker and a woman of action and
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Warren; three children,
Edward, Edwin and Pamela; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Paul, Charity, Lois,
Ed, Sandy and Marge.
Memorial services were held at Zion Mennonite Church. Burial was in the
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Unger, George S.
George S. Unger, 84, of Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 29, 2010, at
Courtyard Healthcare Center. He was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Niverville,
Man., to Peter N. and Helena (Stoesz) Unger.
Before coming to Goshen College in 1952, he received the bachelor of
religious education degree from Mennonite Brethren College, Winnipeg,
Man. At Goshen College he received the bachelor of arts degree in
sociology in 1954, and the bachelor of divinity degree from Goshen
Biblical Seminary in 1957.
On Sept. 8, 1956, he married Dorothy J. Keller of Eureka, Ill. He
and his wife served at Prairie View Hospital, a mental health hospital
under Mennonite Central Committee health services, in Newton, Kan.,
from 1956 to 1959. In the fall of 1963, he entered Washington
University, St. Louis, Mo., and received the master of social work
degree in 1965. Until his retirement in 1989, he worked as a social
worker at Illinois State Hospital, Peoria, Ill., and as a special
education social worker in Tazewell County, Ill. He received the Social
Worker of the Year Award from both the Illinois Association of School
Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers of the
Peoria area. In 1989, he and his wife moved to Goshen to retire. He
worked part time at Park Pharmacy after moving to Goshen.
He was a member of College Mennonite Church, served in many
church-related volunteer activities, taught Sunday school classes, and
serving on committees in churches in Illinois. In retirement, he
volunteered at Goshen College, Indiana-Michigan Conference and Oaklawn.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a son, Ben and his wife, Debra, of
Center Valley, Pa.; four sisters, Kay Martens, Helen Ploegman,
Elizabeth Dueck, all of Manitoba, and Mary Peters of Saskatchewan; and
a brother, Cornelius of Manitoba.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
Memorial services were held at College Mennonite Church of Goshen.
Burial was in Pleasant View Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Miller, Erma Kaufman Snyder
Erma Kaufman Snyder Miller, 97,
formerly a longtime resident of Filer, Idaho, died Feb. 10, 2010, at
Springfield, Ore. She was born on Sept. 11, 1912, to Harry and Anna
Kaufman in Crystal Springs, Kan.
She graduated from Hesston (Kan.) High School. She married Kenneth W.
Snyder of Roseland, Neb., in 1933.
After their marriage they moved to Idaho, where they lived for 56
years. After Kenneth died in 1989, she moved to Filer and married Floyd
Miller in 1992. He preceded her in death in 2004. In 2006 she moved to
Kenmore, Wash., to live with her daughter, Carol John.
She was active in Filer Mennonite Church during her 73 years in Idaho.
She enjoyed her family, her flowers and vegetable garden and sewing.
She often brought her flowers to church on Sundays.
At age 51, she completed the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Twin
Falls Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed working at Harral’s Nursing Home
in Buhl, Idaho, until age 75, when she retired. She was a kind and
loving mother and grandmother, a gracious hostess and a faithful
servant to her Lord.
Survivors include three children, Joyce Yost and her husband, Vernon,
of Denver, Colo., Dale Snyder of Winnemucca, Nev., and Carol John of
Eugene, Ore.; eight stepchildren, Nadine Miller, Floyd Miller Jr., Bill
Miller, Edward Miller, Rita Miller, Keith Miller, Bonnie Gerig and
Connie Anderson; two brothers, Floyd Kaufman of Buhl, Idaho, and Glenn
Kaufman of Elk Falls, Kan.; a sister, Fern Bontrager of Hutchinson,
Kan.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Snyder,
in 1989; her second husband, Floyd Miller, in 2004; a son, Wayne
Snyder, in 1953; and a sister, Alta Graber.
A graveside service for the family was held at Sunset Memorial Park in
Twin Falls, Idaho. Memorial services were held at Filer Mennonite
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