Mennonite World Review - April 2013

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Beachy, Nora M. Miller ; . . Dyck, Elva Mae "Evie" Hershberger ; . . Galle, Oswin "Karmie" Jr. ; . . Harms, Andy J. ; . . Moshier, Elton G. ; . . Pauls, Gerhard "Gary" ; . . Penner, Katherine Nickel Hiebert Schmidt Penner ; . . Schmidt, Randolph A. ; . . Slagell, Carl Dean ; . .Teague, Norman H. ; . . Wiser, Arthur ; . .

Mennonite World Review - April 1, 2013 - 91st Year, No. 7 - p. 15

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Beachy, Nora M. Miller

Nora M. Beachy, 90, died March 18, 2013, at Hutchinson (Kan.) Regional Medical Center. She was born June 19, 1922, on the family farm west of Yoder to Daniel N. and Elizabeth J. (Fry) Miller.

She was a member of Journey Mennonite Church and had taught Sunday school at Pershing Street Mennonite Church. She was a homemaker.

On Aug. 2, 1944, she married Vernon Mahlon Beachy in Yoder. They were part of the Salt City Squares and State Fair Promenaders and volunteered together at the Et Cetera Shop for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon Beachy, of South Hutchinson; three sons, Bill Beachy of Topeka, Dan Beachy and his wife, Tina, of Harrisonburg, Va., and Joe Beachy of South Hutchinson; a daughter, Susan Beachy of Yoder; two sisters, Alice Beachy of Sarasota, Fla., and Cora Miller of Clarence Center, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Becky Beachy Felton; three brothers, Alvin, Joe and Ray Miller; three sisters, Katie Schrock, Mary Headings and Mamie Miller; and two infant siblings, Barbara and Roy Miller.

Graveside services were held at Yoder Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at [email protected]

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Slagell, Carl Dean

Carl Dean Slagell, 82, of Hydro, Okla., died Feb. 25, 2013. He was born June 2, 1930, to Dan and Jane Waters Slagell on the family farm near Hydro.

He attended Hopewell Rural School. While attending Pleasant View Mennonite Church of rural Hydro, he received Christ as his Savior. He served his country through 1-W service in Pueblo, Colo., and Reedley, Calif.

He married Roberta Myers on Aug. 12, 1956, at Sweet Home (Ore.) Mennonite Church.

His family will miss the vast knowledge of their beloved patriarch. He was intent on sharing memories of his life and childhood for the younger generation, writing many stories and poems for his family. His faith was strong to the end, and he never failed to share the love of Jesus and the need of salvation with all he met. He enjoyed music, farming, mechanics, photography and frequent picnics. An important part of his life was the ministry he shared with the Slagell Quartet. He began singing with the quartet at age 14 and sang at more than 400 funerals.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta; six children, Joyce Switzer and her husband, Randall, of Big Sandy, Texas, Lonnie Slagell and his wife, Susan, of Hydro, Anna Hatfield and her husband, Brian, of Oklahoma City, Karla Troyer and her husband, Don, of Hydro, Kevin Slagell and his wife, Kesia, of Weatherford, and Julie Slagell of Hydro; four siblings, Beulah Switzer, Layman Slagell and his wife, Dorothy, Daniel Slagell and his wife, Josie, and Maxton Slagell and his wife, Verdella, all of Hydro; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina, and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Bethel Mennonite Church of Hydro. Burial was in Pleasant View Mennonite Church Cemetery north of Hydro.


Mennonite World Review - April 15, 2013 - 91st Year, No. 8 - p. 15

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Wiser, Arthur

Arthur "Art" Wiser, 92, a much-loved pastor of the Bruderhof communities and advocate for interfaith reconciliation, died March 26, 2013, at the Maple Ridge Community in Ulster Park, N.Y. The first child of American missionaries, he was born on July 22, 1920, in India.

He finished high school in India. This childhood instilled in him an abiding commitment to the downtrodden and to Gandhi's way of nonviolence. He met his wife, Mary, at Cornell University, where both were students. He refused military service in World War II for reasons of conscience, serving three years in an alternative service camp and then seven months in federal prison for his principled noncompliance with conscription laws.

After his release, he and Mary set out to build a positive alternative to the materialism they saw as the root cause of violence. They helped found the Macedonia community in Georgia, where with others they sought to help poor Appalachian farmers. But after 10 years, despite apparent successes, they felt their humanist ideals had failed. They searched for an answer to their own disillusionment and to society's ills, finding it through faith in Jesus. Shortly afterward, they joined the Bruderhof community.

He always retained his passion for justice, marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. He spent countless hours visiting prison inmates and working for the homeless and poor. For decades he participated in the Ulster County Religious Council, which encourages cooperation among all faiths.

As an ecumenical leader, he promoted Christian unity, especially ties between Roman Catholics and Anabaptists. With the support of his friend Cardinal O'Connor, he helped launch an official Bruderhof-Catholic dialogue that culminated in a 2004 private audience with Pope John Paul II.

Survivors include his children, Alan, Rae, Stephen, Dana, William and Helen; and many grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held May 18 in Ulster Park.

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Moshier, Elton G.

Elton G. Moshier, 87, of Garden Spot Village, New Holland, Pa., died March 27, 2013, at his residence. Born in New Bremen, N.Y., he was the son of Aaron E. and Fannie Gingerich Moshier. He was the husband of Rosa Yoder Moshier for 58 years. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and earned a master of education degree at Temple University. He taught economics and social studies at Lancaster Mennonite High School from 1952 to 1982.

He was a member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster.

Throughout his life, he was involved in a variety of ministries within the Mennonite church, both in the United States and Central America. He and his wife enjoyed nature and spent a number of years traveling and camping in their RV. He enjoyed photography and bird watching.

He held a stand at Central Market where he sold New York Maple Syrup from his hometown in Lewis County, N.Y. He enjoyed telling the story of the maple syrup process.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa; two brothers, Arnold and Ed; and three nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held April 1 at Garden Spot Village Chapel in New Holland.

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Pauls, Gerhard "Gary"

Gerhard "Gary" Pauls, 90, of Dallas, Ore., died March 18, 2013. He was born Feb. 9, 1923, to Jacob and Anna Funk Pauls at their farm in Corn, Okla.

He graduated high school from Corn Bible Academy in 1942. In 1943, he obtained conscientious objector status and served in Civilian Public Service. He was stationed at Fort Collins, Colo., for two years working with ranchers and farmers on land conversation and irrigation issues. He was then sent to Three Rivers, Calif., where he worked in Sequoia National Park in forest conservation, clearing trails for fire mules, and in building and maintaining diversion irrigation ditches so that farmers in the San Joaquin Valley would have a dependable source of water.

After completing CPS, he settled in Dallas in 1947. There he met Matilda "Tillie" Kliewer. They were married on Aug. 2, 1948.

They purchased a 60-acre farm south of Dallas, where they raised wheat and cattle. In 1956 they purchased a 100-acre farm north of Dallas, where they grew cherries, prunes and hay and enjoyed views of the Coastal and Cascade mountains. He was a member of the Oregon Cherry Growers Co-op and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Association.

His wife, Tillie, died on June 23, 1980. He found love again with Gladys Fast Epp, and they were married on Nov. 21, 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys; five children, JoAnne Pauls, Bob Pauls, Jim Pauls and his wife, Linda, Jeannie Trapani and Suzi Siveria; a stepson, Mark Epp; two brothers, Henry Pauls and Edwin Pauls; four grandchildren and five great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Tillie; an older brother, Herbert, who died at birth; his sister Bertha Pauls; and a stepdaughter, Jean Epp.
Memorial services were held at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Burial was in the Dallas Cemetery.


Mennonite World Review - April 29, 2013 - 91st Year, No. 9 - p. 22

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Dyck, Elva Mae "Evie" Hershberger


Elva Mae (Evie) Hershberger Dyck, 88, of Hesston, Kan., died April 7, 2013, at Schowalter Villa. Her love and appreciation of the Kansas prairie inspired the creation of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, which she and her husband, Harold P. Dyck, founded. She was born Aug. 19, 1924, and raised on a dairy farm near Zimmerdale.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Dyck and his wife, Teresa, of Frankston, Texas, and Tom Dyck and his wife, Regina, of Hesston; two daughters, Joycelyn Cooley of Newton and Julia Roupp and her husband, Brad, of Ashland, Ore.; a sister, Marjorie England of Spokane, Wash.; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and 10 siblings.

Memorial services were held at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. Burial was in Eastlawn Cemetery.

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Penner, Katherine Nickel Hiebert Schmidt Penner


Katherine “Katie” Nickel Hiebert Schmidt Penner, 100, of Hillsboro, Kan., died April 4, 2013, at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She was born Sept. 9, 1912, near Clinton, Okla., to Peter E. Nickel and Elisabeth Froese Nickel, the youngest of 12 children.

She was baptized and joined Herold Mennonite Church near Clinton in 1928. She moved to Newton in 1934 and met Dan S. Hiebert, whom she married on April 2, 1938. She transferred her church membership to First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro.

They established their home on the Hiebert family farm near Hillsboro. He died suddenly on Feb. 28, 1957. She continued to farm, working nights at Salem Home for the Aged in Hillsboro and later at Tabor College as a night cook. She married Harry Schmidt on Jan. 2, 1960. He died on May 26, 1966.

In 1975, she moved to Hillsboro. She married Paul M. Penner on Feb. 14, 1976. They traveled and enjoyed life together until his death on June 17, 1982.
She was a gracious hostess and loved having her family and friends around her dining room table. Her flower gardens and comfortable home personified how important her family was to her. She loved to quilt and embroider and quilted with the First Mennonite Church ladies quilting group. For many years she helped make verenike for the MCC sale and peppernuts for the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair.

She moved to Park Village Congregate at Parkside Homes in 2008 and spent the last 10 months as a resident at Parkside Homes.

Survivors include four sons, Robert (Eddie) Hiebert of Abilene, Paul (Marilynn) Hiebert of St. Louis, Mo., Charles (companion Letty Fleetwood) Hiebert of Alexandria, Va., and Larry (Karen) Penner of Newton; a daughter, Mary (Albert) Beck of Velva, N.D.; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by all of her siblings and her husbands.

Memorial services were held at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Burial was in Haven of Rest Cemetery east of Hillsboro.

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Harms, Andy J.


Andy J. Harms, 89, of Moundridge, Kan., died March 18, 2013, at Pine Village. He was born July 21, 1923, to Henry R. and Margaret Thiessen Harms in Meade County.

He was a farmer and quality control inspector for AGCO in Hesston. He married Lillian Just on June 2, 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian; four children, Roger Harms and his wife, Cindy Holman, of Edmond, Okla., Larry Harms of Houston, Texas, James Harms and his wife, Michelle, of Wichita, and Margaret Knoll and her husband, Tom, of Chandler, Ariz.; four siblings, Vernon Harms and his wife, Judy, of Green Valley, Ariz., Harold Harms and his wife, Joyce, of Dallas, Ore., Ann Fast of Dallas, Ore., and Elizabeth Zistel and her husband, Walt, of Medford, Ore.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in Hesston City Cemetery.

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Galle, Oswin "Karmie" Jr.


Oswin “Karmie” Galle Jr., 81, of Lawrence, Kan., died April 8, 2013, at Presbyterian Manor. He was born Feb. 11, 1932, to Oswin Karmie and Sara Schmidt Galle in Valley Center.

He was employed as a senior scientist for 40 years at the Kansas Geological Survey for the University of Kansas. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and several terms as Clerk of Session. He served on several committees of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas. He was involved in bell and chancel choir.

He was a member of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies and served as governing board chair. He wrote the FACSS Operational Manual, and in 2012 he received the Distinguished Service Award for exceptional long-term service to FACSS. He was a member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, charter member of the Kansas City section of SAS, served as president and parliamentarian, was the co-managing editor of Applied Spectroscopy publications, and receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 1996 for his dedication and service to SAS.
His hobbies were model-railroading, gardening and traveling. The most memorable trips were the visit to Weierhof, Germany, home of his paternal great-grandparents, and Ukraine, home of his maternal great-grandparents, before they all emigrated to America.

He married Edna M. Thieszen on June 1, 1957, in Henderson, Neb.

Survivors include his wife, Edna; a daughter, Suzanne Marie Galle of Lawrence; two sisters, Lillian Galle and Darlene Wynn and her husband, Ted, and a brother, Omer Galle and his wife, Zona, all of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Lee Galle, in 2001; and three sisters, Marianna Hall, Kathryn Vogt and Lorraine Galle.

Memorial services were held at First Presbyterian Church. Private inurnment took place at Pioneer Cemetery.

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Teague, Norman H.


Norman H. Teague, 88, died April 3, 2013, at Mount View Nursing Home in Aroda, Va., after suffering a stroke. He was born Jan. 17, 1925, to Harry and Maude (Reeves) Teague in Kansas City, Mo.

At age 8, his mother placed him in the Mennonite Children’s Home in Kansas City, Kan. He lived in several foster homes. He attended Bible school at Hesston, Kan. In 1941 he registered as a conscientious objector and was assigned to the Civilian Program Service camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. He went to Hesston College and received an associate’s degree in 1948.

He married Fannie Troyer on Aug. 14, 1949, at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church in Chesapeake.

He was ordained in the Mennonite church and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Goshen (Ind.) College. He taught school in Pigeon, Mich., and Johnstown, Pa., and served churches in Elton, Pa., Grantsville and Bittinger, Md., Casselton, N.D., and in Virginia. He also served as a jail chaplain. He was a skilled woodworker and cabinet maker and sold Stanley Home Products. He was a pastor at the New Life Center in Fargo, N.D., which provided shelter and spiritual support to the poor and needy. He helped Fannie open and manage for six years The Teague Home in Fargo, a residential facility where they cared for 20 young male special needs residents.

They moved to Chesapeake in 1977, where he founded Norm’s Woodworking. In 1996 they moved to Linville. He was active there through Living Waters Ministries, All Saints House Fellowship and prison ministries, including Kairos Ministries. He will be remembered most as a prayer warrior.

Survivors include his wife, Fannie; a sister, Naomi Jean Teague of Harrisonville, Mo.; three daughters, Sharon Vincent and her husband, David, of Hattiesburg, Miss., Carole Schumacher and her husband, Ken, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Wanda Alger and her husband, Bobby, of Winchester; a son, David Teague of Richmond, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Diane Rich Teague of Austin, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His eldest son, Samuel, predeceased him in 2003.

Memorial services were held at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church, Chesapeake, and at Cornerstone Church of Broadway.

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Schmidt, Randolph A.


Randolph A. Schmidt, 91, of Goessel, Kan., died April 18, 2013, at Bethesda Home. He was born Jan. 6, 1922, to Simon F. and Margaret Unruh Schmidt in Goessel.

He was a dairyman and farmer in Harvey County and a member of Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church of rural Goessel. On Dec. 14, 1944, he married Malinda Reimer in Goessel.

Survivors include a son, Dick Schmidt of Newton; three daughters, Jolene Yoder and her husband, Allen, of Hutchinson, Susan Ramberg and her husband, Frank, of Forney, Texas, and Leona Adrian and her husband, Byron, of Wichita; a sister, Alda Wedel and her husband, Lee, of Hesston; a brother-in-law, Roland Brown of Newton; a sister-in-law, Esther Schmidt of Goessel; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Malinda; a brother, Lester Schmidt; a sister, Sophie Brown; and an infant great-granddaughter.

Memorial services were held at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Burial was in Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery.


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