The Mennonite - August 2012
"for the record" - Deaths:
Bitikofer.- Luella Mae Zook, 91, Hesston, Kan., died May 19. Spouse: Henry Bitikofer. Parents: Edward and Nancy Hershberger Zook. Children: LaVera Ollek, Evelyn Zook, Melva Janke, Anita Schimmel, Linda Miles; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 23 at Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston.
Byler.- Verda E. Fisher, 99, Honey Brook, Pa., died May 23, of congestive heart failure. Spouse: Marcus E. Byler (deceased). Parents: Stephen and Barbara Lavina Hooley Fisher. Children: James, John David, Robert, M. Elvin; 12 grandchildren. Funeral: May 26 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Atglen, Pa.
Enns.- George, 86, Altona, Manitoba, died June 19. Spouse: Betty Enns (deceased). Parents: Isaac K. and Agatha Peters Enns. Children: Sheila Scott, Lisa Scott; two grandchildren. Funeral: June 24 at Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona.
Gault.- Patricia J. Joslyn, 67, Dalton, Ohio, died April 2, of cancer. Spouse: Danny Gault. Parents: Donald and Vera Galvin Joslyn. Children: Sharon Odom, Kelly Boyajian, Brian Norton, Janelle Sprague; seven grandchildren. Funeral: April 5 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron, Ohio.
Gochnauer.- John B., 95, Mount Joy, Pa., died June 1. Spouse: Anna Myrtle Bowers Gochnauer. Parents: Adam H. and Myrtle E. Bair Gochnauer. Children: Donald, Anna Mary Knier, John R., David E.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 5 at Landisville Mennonite Church, Landisville, Pa.
Gross.- Adelia M. Kleinsasser, 89, Freeman, S.D., died June 8. Spouse: Erwin R. Gross (deceased). Spouse: Ernest F. Walter (deceased). Parents: Joe K. and Julie Schrag Kleinsasser. Children: Vera Heiman, LaVern, Errol, Derrick; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Step-children: Don Gross, Harley Gross. Funeral: June 12 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman.
Hershberger.- Norma Jean Sommers, 86, Walnut Creek, Ohio, died May 15. Spouse: Howard Hershberger (deceased). Parents: Elmer and Ora Sommers. Children: Cheryl Yoder, Marsha Snyder, Bonnie Mellor, Ronald; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 18 at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church.
Hooley.- Eldon "Ray," 80, Canby, Ore., died March 29. Spouse: Barbara Hooley. Parents: Alvin and Elsie Hooley. Children: Mike, Doug, Sally Burge; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Private burial at Zion Mennonite Church, Hubbard, Ore.
Hunsberger.- Willard Detweiler, 85, Goshen, Ind., died May 16. Spouse: Pauline Farquhar Hunsberger (deceased). Spouse: Virginia Oberly Hunsberger (deceased). Parents: Earl Heacock Hunsberger and Estella Detweiler Hunsberger. Children: Patrice, Terry. Funeral: May 25 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Keidel.- Levi O., 85, Leo, Ind., died April 24. Spouse: Eudene Kine Keidel (deceased). Parents: Levi and Anne Keidel. Children: Paul, Pricilla Miller Perry, Ruth Keidel Clemens; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 16 at Westview Alliance Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Keller.- Mary L., 76, Souderton, Pa., died June 3. Parents: Marvin S. and Fannie F. Landis Keller. Funeral: June 7 at Souderton Mennonite Homes.
Koller.- Dennis Eugene, 77, Freeman, S.D., died May 28. Spouse: Berneda Poppe Koller. Parents: John Koller, Sr., and Maxine Koller. Children: Kim Reed, Kerry Koller, Kecia Christensen; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 2 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman.
Kool.- Rebekah Smith, 30, Orange, Va., died April 18. Spouse: Harm Kool. Parents: Les and Betsy Crockett Smith. Funeral: April 28 in Orange, Va.
Loewen.- Elizabeth Elrose Penner, 93, Mountain Lake, Minn., died June 6. Spouse: Peter N. Loewen (deceased). Parents: Bernhard D. and Maria M. Harder Penner. Children: David Peter, LaDonna Marie Stout, Loretta Jane Gorman, Marjorie Elaine Rasmussen; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 11 at First Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake.
Miller.- Earl J., 88, Rathdrum, Idaho, died May 19. Spouse: Jean C. Hagey Miller (deceased). Parents: John and Lena Hauder Miller. Children: Terry Lee Miller, Pamela Yothers; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 12 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, Pa.
Miller.- Mary Louise Yoder, 77. Goshen, Ind., died April 8. Spouse: Ray L. Miller (deceased). Parents: Samuel and Julia Yoder Peachey. Children: Nancy Damm, Jeffrey S.; four grandchildren. Funeral: April 12 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
Miller.- Melvin "Mel" P., 79, Sarasota, Fla., died June 22, of cancer. Spouse: Lavina Herschberger Miller. Parents: Peter J. and Elizabeth Miller. Children: Myra Lengacher, Richard, Chip; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 30 at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, Middlebury, Ind.
Moyer.- George S., 94, Sellersville, Pa., died May 15. Spouse: Naomi Alderfer Moyer (deceased). Parents: Henry Warren and Ida Smith Moyer. Children: Cleon, Donald, Warren, G. Alan, Susan Frederick; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 19 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, Pa.
Mullet.- Mary Evelyn Brenneman Hostetler, 99, Sarasota, Fla., died June 5. Spouse: Lloyd N. Hostetler (deceased). Spouse: Henry L. Mullet (deceased); Parents: Simeon and Lillie Burkholder Brenneman. Children: Marilyn Eigsti, Jean Paschen, William Lloyd; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 10 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.
Nafziger.- Maxine W. Widrick, 79, Lowville, N.Y., died June 23. Spouse: Vernon Nafziger (deceased). Parents: Leon and Katherine Lehman Widrick. Children: Stephen, Lori Snyder; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 28 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, N.Y.
Peachey.- Gwendolyn Wenger, 78, Lititz, Pa., died April 23 of brain tumor complications. Spouse: Urbane Peachey. Parents: Irvin and Alice Indergaard Wenger. Children: Michael, Kirsten Peachey, Charles; seven grandchildren. Funeral: April 29 at Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, Pa.
Pellman.- Richard L., 90, Lititz, Pa., died May 29. Spouse: Betty Neff Pellman. Parents: LeRoy S. and Elizabeth Lauver Pellman. Children: Phyllis Good, Kenneth; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 2 at West Bethany Chapel, Landis Homes, Lititz.
Rogers.- Ruth Ann Springer, 74, Denver, Colo., died June 13, of cancer. Spouse: Richard Rogers. Funeral: June 16 at First Mennonite Church, Denver.
Rose.- Dr. Earl Forrest, 85, Iowa City, Iowa, died May 1, from complications of Parkinson disease. Spouse: Marilyn Preheim Rose. Parents: Forest and Lena Berhuis Rose. Children: Elise Rose, Cecile Rose, Karen Rose, Miriam Rose, Forrest; 12 grandchildren. Funeral: June 11 at First Mennonite Church of Iowa City.
Rush.- Kathryn Erb Rice, 83, Souderton, Pa., died June 6. Spouse: Howard Wismer Rush (deceased). Parents: Mahlon and Maggie Erb Rice. Children: Sharon R. Owens, Eunice Rush-Day, Michael, Stephen, Philip; 10 grandchildren. Funeral: June 9 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, Pa.
Sauder.- Delmar Jay, 81, Archbold, Ohio, died May 18, of a heart-related illness. Spouse: Evelyn Lee Sauder (deceased). Parents: Erie and Leona Sauder. Funeral: May 22 at Tedrow Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio.
Schantz.- C. Kathryn Yoder, 95, Goshen, Ind., died May 23. Spouse: Stanley Shantz (deceased). Parents: Elmer L. and Bertha F. Yoder Yoder. Step-children: Calvin, Nelson, Elinor Gingerich, Melvin; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 9 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Slaubaugh.- Janette Carolyn, 86, Kalona, Iowa, died June 6. Parents: Lewis and Myrtle Bender Slaubaugh. Funeral: June 11 at Kalona Mennonite Church.
Smith.- Dale W., 83, Wichita, Kan., died June 15. Spouse: Justine Peters Smith. Parents: Donovan W. and Elfreda Daggert Smith. Children: Colleen Smith, Debra Davis, Candace Day, Angela Smith, Rebecca Smith; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 23 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, Kan.
Stauffer.- Anna Mae Stutzman, 87, Seward, Neb., died May 30. Spouse: Leonard Stauffer (deceased). Parents: John and Della Roth Stutzman. Children: Garry, Dennis, Herschel, JoAnn Roth, JoDean Stauffer; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 2 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford, Neb.
Sweigart.- Melvin Glenn, 90, New Holland, Pa., died June 10. Spouse: Gladys A. Stoltzfus Sweigart. Parents: Samuel Good Sweigart and Anna Shirk Garman Sweigart. Children: Philip G., Dirk M., Rebecca K. Boyer, Jon M.; five grandchildren. Funeral: June 14 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Pa.
Walter.- Theodore "Ted" Robert, 83, Penticton, British Columbia, died June 15. Spouse: Arlene Peifer Witmer Walter. Parents: Allen Sampey Walter and Lizzie Kulp Nyce Walter. Children: Michael, Philip, Tony, Celena Titterington; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 22 at Grace Mennonite Church, Penticton.
Weaver.- Naomi Mae Naffziger, 89, Hesston, Kan., died May 25. Spouse: Albert Weaver, Jr. Parents: Christian Lee and Ida Elizabeth Naffziger. Children: Kathleen Ruth, Stanley; five grandchildren. Funeral: June 16 at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston.
Weidman.- Dallas P., 78, Manheim, Pa., died May 30. Spouse: Mary Mowery Weidman (deceased). Parents: Dallas P. and Della Haubert Weidman. Children: Randy Boll, Rick Weidman, Dallas Weidman, Carol Smith, Linda Blauch; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 4 at Landisville Mennonite Church, Landisville, Pa.
Yoder.- Barbara Roth Weldy, 79, Goshen, Ind., died June 3. Spouse: Richard Yoder. Spouse: Loren Weldy (deceased). Parents: John and Alma Yoder Roth. Children: Alan, Stanley; step-daughters: Sanna Yoder Walters, Lisa Caskey; 10 grandchildren. Funeral: June 23 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Yoder.**- V. Ray, was born July 23, 1920, and died May 21, 2012 in Goshen, IN. Ray was born in Minot, N.D. to Ira Levi Yoder and Minnie Pearl Brubaker Yoder, and moved to Clarence Center, N.Y. at an early age. He married Mary Anna Weber on June 19, 1948. Surviving with his wife Mary are his children: Kathryn Yoder (Gary) Ernest, Akron, N.Y.; James (Linda Bertsche) Yoder, Haiti, and John (Joanne Good) Yoder; three grandchildren: Daniel, Wheaton, Ill., Rachael Yoder (Matt) Jarvis, W.Va. and Tim Yoder, Goshen; and siblings: Miriam Jantzi, Glendale, Ariz. and Merle Yoder, Flagstaff, Ariz. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leroy Yoder. Ray worked as a carpenter/contractor all his life and owned his own business, Ray-Mar Construction for many years. He had a passion for woodworking, making many projects out of his well appointed wood shop. Ray and Mary were involved for many years with International Students Incorporated, developing long lasting relationships with individuals, couples, and families from many countries around the world. They were active members of Clarence Center/Akron Mennonite Church for more than 80 years. In retirement, Ray and Mary shared time between Akron, N.Y. and Sunnybreeze Retirement Community in Arcadia, Fla., until 2010 when they moved to Greencroft Retirement Community in Goshen. Ray was a member of Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, 909 N. 6th St, Goshen, where a memorial service was held on May 26.
**Corrections made here provided from page 54.
Zehr.- Kathleen LaJune, 94, Lowville, N.Y., died May 15. Parents: Benjamin Franklin and Susianna Lehman Zehr. Funeral: May 22 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, N.Y.
Zuercher.- Warren H., 80, Grand View, Idaho, died May 4. Spouse: Pansy Zuercher. Parents: Elliott H. and Edna I. Zuercher. Siblings: Delma Brenneman, Shirley Cannon, Katheryn Brubaker, William. Funeral: June 8, Knight Community Church, Grand View, Idaho.
Transcribed by: John Ingold