Weekly Review - May 17, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 19 - p. 9
Rupp, Kenneth E.
Kenneth E. Rupp
, 69, of Olathe,
Kan., died April 27, 2010, at KC Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo., after
a short struggle with cancer. He was born April 23, 1941, to Emil and
Marie Rupp in Mountain Lake, Minn.
He graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 1959, Bethel College in
North Newton in 1963 and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary,
Elkhart, Ind., in 1966. He later earned a degree in computer
programming from ECPI in Wichita in 1987.
He married Anne Neufeld in 1966, and they were preparing to celebrate
their 44th wedding anniversary in September.
He served as lead pastor at Turpin (Okla.) Mennonite Church and then at
Beatrice (Neb.) Mennonite Church. In 1974 he began a team ministry with
his wife, Anne, at Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Ind.,
and continued to do so at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Goessel.
Upon retirement he focused on his many hobbies, including woodworking,
camping and photography. A skilled woodworker and craftsman, he built
cribs and furniture for his two grandsons. He also lent his woodworking
skills to his church, his siblings and his son in a variety of projects.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Neufeld Rupp, of Olathe; a son, Byron
K. Rupp and his wife, Alyssa, of Andover; two brothers, Robert Rupp of
Minnetonka, Minn., and Lester Rupp of Mountain Lake, Minn.; a sister,
Marylin Franz of Minneapolis, Minn.; and two grandsons.
Memorial services were scheduled for Bethel College Mennonite Church in
Unruh, Anton "Tony"
Anton “Tony” Unruh
, 79, of
Pryor, Okla., died April 20, 2010. He was born Aug. 15, 1930, to David
D. Unruh and Justina (Janzen) Unruh in Goessel, Kan.
He married Joann Funk on Nov. 24, 1956, at Eden Mennonite Church in
Inola. They spent 52 years together.
He worked for Oklahoma Fixture Company as a millwright. After his
retirement, he was an independent building contractor, and examples of
his work can be seen around the community. He was a member of Eden
Mennonite Church in Inola, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school
teacher, member of the building committee and trustee.
He loved being outdoors, especially fishing. He was also a great
kitchen helper to his wife, Joann. In his younger years he traveled to
Germany as a group leader with the Mennonite organization Pax to build
homes for refugees escaping the Communist sector. He was a humble
person, whose expertise in building and carpentry was second to none.
His favorite saying was “Well, let’s get on with it,” and that’s what
he did with great skill and determination to do a job well. He loved
his Lord and his family and will be missed by all whose lives he
Survivors include his wife, Joann Unruh; a son, David M. Unruh and his
wife, Rhonda; two brothers. Lee Unruh and his wife, Elaine, of Eagan,
Minn., and John Unruh and his wife, Eileen, of Hillsboro, Kan.; three
sisters, Tina of Goessel, Kan., Norma Schrock and her husband, Levi, of
Elkhart, Ind., and Adella Gabel of Denver, Colo.; and three
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Louise Juarez; and two
A celebration of life service was held at Eden Mennonite Church in
Stoesz, Gladys Dick
Gladys Dick Stoesz
, 78, of
Akron, Pa., died April 20, 2010. She was born March 19, 1932, to Henry
G. and Maria Dick in Mountain Lake, Minn.
She married Edgar Stoesz on June 3, 1952.
She loved serving others and leaves a legacy of people she touched. She
was a founding member of Akron Mennonite Church and served her church,
Mennonite Central Committee, The Re-Uzit Shops, Meals on Wheels, Coats
for Kids, and the many Haitian children who received her hand-sewn
comforters. Books were always important to her; she volunteered in
numerous libraries and was a member of Friends of the Ephrata Public
Library for more that 20 years. She moved to Akron in 1956 and lived
there continuously except for a study year in Ithaca, N.Y., and a
two-year MCC service assignment in Germany. She had a gift of
empowering others to go out in service and has friends near and far.
Even so, her main devotion was to her family.
Survivors include her husband, Edgar; four children, Susan Stoesz
Bauman of Lancaster, Dean Stoesz and his wife, Marcia, of Akron, Randy
Stoesz and his wife, Ellen, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kris of
Washington, D.C.; three sisters, Adeline Klassen and Matilda Friesen,
both of Mountain Lake, Minn., and Adella Sawyer of Central City, Neb.;
and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Dick.
Memorial services were held at Akron Mennonite Church.
Weekly Review - May 24, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 20 - p. 9
Grenville, Winifred Marie Regier
Winifred Marie (Regier) Grenville
95, of Salem, Ore., died April 10, 2010. She was born Feb. 24, 1915, to
John Milton and Elizabeth (Lohrentz) Regier in Versailles, Mo.
During her youth she lived in Freeman, S.D., Pandora, Ohio, Reedley,
Calif., and Newton, Kan., where her father served as a pastor of
Mennonite churches. She attended Reedley Junior College and graduated
with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bethel College, North
Newton, Kan., in 1937. In 1938 she attended Washington School of
Nursing in St. Louis, Mo., and the next year the University of
Her real calling and passion was office work, and she was employed as
an executive secretary for many years. She retired from Northern
Natural Gas Co. in Omaha, Neb., in 1972. While in Omaha she met John
Grenville, whom she married May 4, 1956.
They loved to travel, and also knew they wanted to eventually retire on
the west coast. Vacations were spent touring different areas along the
Pacific Ocean. By the time they retired they knew they wanted to live
in the Salem/Woodburn area, and they bought a home in Woodburn Senior
Estates. In 1976 they moved to Salemtowne, a retirement community in
Salem. In 1992 they moved to Capital Manor in Salem, where she lived
until the time of her death. She was a member of First Presbyterian
Church in Salem.
Survivors include a brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, five nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, on July 30, 2001; and
by two brothers, Robert B. Regier and John Stanley Regier.