The Mennonite - July, 2011
"for the record" - Deaths:
Arn.- Sarah Eleanor Kratz, 71, Lansdale, Pa., died May 10 of cancer. Spouse: John W. Arn. Parents: Horace Spare Kratz and Sarah Eleanor Wampole Kratz. Children: Christel Boysel, Kendra Hosgood, Nathan; six grandchildren. Funeral: May 14 at Grace Mennonite Church, Lansdale.
Bechtel.- Irene Souder, 99, Spring City, Pa., died March 6. Spouse: Norman Huber Bechtel (deceased). Parents: Edwin and Ella Souder Hackman. Children: Geraldine Stiedle, Eleanor Fuhrman, Lois Shank Gerber, Lorraine Sayre, Doris Schmehl, Harold, Wilmer, Dorothea Ray; 24 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 12 at Vincent Mennonite Church, Spring City.
Disbrow.- Caleb D., 96, Archbold, Ohio, died May 19. Spouse: Estella Grieser Disbrow (deceased). Parents: Ernest and Floy Johnson Disbrow. Children: Elizabeth Uphoff, Kenneth, Shirley Stuckey, Ernest; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren. May 21 at Fairlawn Haven Chapel, Archbold.
Dutcher.- Gertrude Lydia Maust, 86, Hartville, Ohio, died May 19. Spouse: Frank Dutcher (deceased). Parents: Earl and Idella Maust. Children: Jonathan, Ruth Massey, Dan, Naomi Leaman, Titus; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 23 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Hartville.
Godshalk.- Earl H., 84, Blooming Glen, Pa., died May 21. Spouse: Ruth D. Mitman Godshalk. Parents: Horace and Elsie Hockman Godshalk. Children: Beth Ponzio, E. Brent; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: May 25 at Doylestown Mennonite Church, Doylestown, Pa.
Griffin.- John W., Sr., 86, Denver, Colo., died April 26. Spouse: Jan Griffin. Spouse: Elsie Griffin (deceased). Children: Rochelle Griffin, John Jr.; three grandchildren. Funeral: May 21 at First Mennonite Church, Denver.
Hershberger.- Grace L. Gongwer, 84, Goshen, Ind., died May 2. Spouse: LeRoy Hershberger. Parents: Maurice and Olive Stauffer Gongwer. Children: Cheryl Hershberger, Donna Skiles, Dawn Moneyheffer, Jerry; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 6 at Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa, Ind.
Hertzler.- Russel Henry, 90, Dillsburg, Pa., died April 19. Spouse: Agnes P. Bupp Hertzler. Parents: Henry Christian and Annie Elizabeth Harbold Hertzler. Children: Lois Diller, Russel Jr., Evelyn Miller; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 25 at Slate Hill Mennonite Church, Camp Hill, Pa.
Hieser.- Vernon J., 100, Foosland, Ill., died May 28. Spouse: Margaret Ulrich Hieser (deceased). Parents: John E. and Mary E. Cender Hieser. Children: Kenneth, Judith A. Hershberger, Sharon J. Hieser, Sally S. Gaff; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 2 at East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, Ill.
Janzen.- Pearl Mierau, 87, Reedley, Calif., died May 16. Spouse: Victor Janzen (deceased). Parents: John and Lydia Friesen Mierau. Children: Michael, Christina Moyer, Mark, Carolyn Janzen; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorial service: May 21 at First Mennonite Church, Reedley.
Kenagy.- Clifford "Ralph," 89, Albany, Ore., died March 29. Spouse: Lois Yake Kenagy. Parents: Urie Emmet and Bertha Neuschwander Kenagy. Children: Susan Kenagy Schaefer, Peter, Marguerite Kenagy, Eric Yake Kenagy; six grandchildren. Funeral: April 19 at Albany Mennonite Church.
Klaassen.- Donna L. Regier, 86, North Newton, Kan., died May 8. Spouse: Melvin Klaassen. Parents: A.J. and Suzanne Bargen Regier. Children: Linda Harms, Chuck, K. John, Ellen Byergo; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 21 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, Kan.
Kraus.- Mildred Inez Brunk, 84, Harrisonburg, Va., died May 8. Spouse: Dr. Harry Lee Kraus Sr. Parents: Joseph A. and Hannah L. Brunk. Children: Harry Jr., Donna Parrish, Debra Snyder; nine grandchildren. Funeral: May 13 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.
Leatherman.- Willard "Bill" D., 92, Hatfield, Pa., died May 19. Spouse: Alma Moyer Leatherman (deceased). Parents: David G. and Martha D. Leatherman. Children: Janet Yoder, Ray, Darlene Brandis; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 24 at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Pa.
Lehman.- Oleta Miller, 93, Kidron, Ohio, died May 12. Spouse: Marvin Lehman (deceased). Parents: Samuel and Barbara Miller. Children: Joann Erb, John; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 15 at Kidron Mennonite Church.
Miley.- Guy, 89, Harrisonburg, Va., died May 8. Spouse: Christine Heatwole Miley. Parents: Walter and Effie Vance Miley. Step-children: Wayne Eugene Heatwole, Gary Wilson Heatwole; five step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 12 at McMullen Funeral Home Chapel, Harrisonburg.
Miller.- Durward "Butch" Henry, 76, Pigeon, Mich., died May 1. Spouse: Nova Jean Wertz Miller. Parents: Orval and Marjorie Pletcher Miller. Children: Margie Clement, Sheldon, Darlene Hoffman; seven grandchildren. Funeral: May 7 at Pigeon River Mennonite Church, Pigeon.
Miller.- Rachel M. Keim, 90, Goshen, Ind., died April 25 following a two-month illness. Spouse: Dwight Miller (deceased). Parents: Menno and Libbie Rhinesmith Keim. Children: David, Karen Higginbotham, Kathy White, Curtis; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 28 at Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Miller.- Ruth Kathryn Mishler, 93, Shipshewana, Ind., died April 4. Spouse: Ernest Miller. Parents: Homer and Lydia Miller Mishler. Children: Dewayne J., Gerald Keith, Jennifer Kay Miller, Franklin J., Ralph Edward, Dennis Kalb; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 28 at Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana.
Moyer.- Joseph N., 89, Souderton, Pa., died May 27. Spouse: Eva Souder Moyer. Parents: William and Valeria Mood Moyer. Children: Glenda Bergey, Neal J.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 31 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, Pa.
Noll.- Lois Arlene Hershey, 82, Lancaster, Pa., died March 31 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Spouse: Kenneth B. Noll. Parents: D. Paul and Sue B. Snyder Hershey. Children: Jeanette Bontrager, Herb; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 5 at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster.
Nussbaum.- Willis, 88, Dalton, Ohio, died March 21. Spouse: Edna Nussbaum (deceased). Spouse: Elrena Lehman Nussbaum (deceased). Parents: Eli and Hulda Nussbaum. Children: Elton, Arvilla Kaufman, Arden; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Step-children: Virgene Lehman, Karen Garnett, Curt Lehman, Darrel Lehman, Craig Lehman, Lori Napolitan, Joyce Weaver; 10 step-grandchildren. Funeral: March 26 at Kidron Mennonite Church, Kidron, Ohio.
Peachey.- Sue E. Yoder, 97, Goshen, Ind., died May 14. Spouse: Jacob J. Peachey (deceased). Parents: Christian B. and Fannie Kauffman Yoder. Child: Chester R.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: May 16 at Greencroft Meetinghouse, Goshen, Ind., and May 18 at Henderson Funeral Home in Belleville, Pa.
Preheim.- Curtis E., 86, Freeman, S.D., died May 13. Spouse: Ruth Regier Preheim. Parents: Emil and Frances P. Waltner Preheim. Children: Charlene Friesen, Tyrone, Arlan, Donna Beier, Jane Mahoney; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 17 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman.
Rodgers.- Hugh M., 97, Perkasie, Pa., died May 1. Spouse: Hildegard Holb Rodgers. Spouse: Margaret Yoder Crowthers Rodgers (deceased). Children: Ronald Rodgers, Ralph Rodgers, Karl Kimball, Marianne Seastrand, Robert Rodgers; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 5 at Anders Detweiler Funeral Home, Souderton, Pa.
Schell.- James R., 67, Alliance, Ohio, died May 29 of cancer. Spouse: Marilyn Conrad Schell. Parents: Howard and Arlene Bourquin Schell. Children: Laura Wilson, Christine Schell, Shannon Aguero, James, Brian; eight grandchildren. Funeral: June 12 at Beech Mennonite Church, Louisville, Ohio.
Schlabaugh.- Gordon Dean, 76, Wellman, Iowa, died May 17. Spouse: Lois Horrisberger Schlabaugh. Parents: Sam and Nettie Yoder Schlabaugh. Children: Daryl, Lee, Jim, Neil; five grandchildren. Funeral: May 20 at West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa.
Schlegel.- Benjamin T., 92, Coplay, Pa., died May 18. Spouse: Evelyn M. Heffelfinger Schlegel. Parents: Harvey C. and Stella M. Heintzelman Schlegel. Children: Carol Buss, Althea Muffley-Bond, Christine Schlegel-Metz, Benjamin T. Jr., Roy, David; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 18 at Schisler Funeral Home, Inc., Northampton, Pa.
Schmucker.- Mildred Mary Sommers, 91, Louisville, Ohio, died April 29. Spouse: Elden J. Smucker (deceased). Parents: John and Bertha Taylor Sommers. Children: Ruth Anne Bontreger, Marcia Miller, Eunice Miller, Elva Block; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 4 at Beech Mennonite Church, Louisville.
Schrock, Dorothy Gerber, 90, Dalton, Ohio, died May 10. Spouse: David Schrock (deceased). Parents: Grover and Fairy Gerber. Children: Robert, Leah Bishop, Rita Sutter, Judy Miller, Hannah Gehman; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Funeral: May 13 at Smithville Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio.
Showalter.- Gerald W., 74, Newport News, Va., died March 29. Spouse: Evonne Shank Showalter. Parents: Oliver and Frances Miller Showalter. Children: June Hartzler, Joann Morgan, Joyce Brunk, Jonathan; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren. Memorial service: April 2 at Huntington Mennonite Church, Newport News.
Smith.- Nancy M. Roth, 74, Wauseon, Ohio, died May 24. Spouse: John Smith. Parents: Reuben and Norma Switzer Roth. Children: Steve, Kirby, Penny Shultz, Jim, Kamal, Kathy Smith, Carl; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 29 at Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio.
Steiner.- Lucille Zuercher, 94, Kidron, Ohio, died April 1. Spouse: Phares Steiner (deceased). Parents: Christian and Anna Lehman Zuercher. Step-children: Margaret Gerber, Wilford, LaVerne, Mahlon; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 4 at Kidron Mennonite.
Weaver.- Jean Wenger, 83, Waynesboro, Va., died May 4. Spouse: Marion Weaver. Parents: Henry S. and Amy Heatwole Wenger. Children: Maynard, Sidney; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 6 at Springdale Mennonite Church, Waynesboro.
Yoder.- Wilma Cordelle Brenneman, 91, Wellman, Iowa, died April 20. Spouse: Pete M. Yoder. Parents: Erlis and Martha Marner Brenneman. Children: Mary Wenman, Marvin, Dona Kasper; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 23 at Wellman Mennonite Church.
Transcribed by: John Ingold