Detweiler.- Mabel, daughter of Frank and Rosa Lee (Newell) Kitchen, was born in Lacon, Ill., Apr. 30, 1901; died of a heart attack at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill., June 12, 1981; aged 80 y. On Apr. 22, 1923, she was married to Roscoe Baldwin, Jr, who died on Dec. 30, 1970. On Oct. 27, 1979, she was married to Joseph Detweiler, Sr., who survives. Also surviving are one son (Walter E. Baldwin), 2 daughters (Rosalie-Mrs. Wendell Shafer and Bernice Borsheuer), 2 stepsons (James and Joseph Detweiler), 2 stepdaughters (Barbara-Mrs. Jan Gleysteen and Lola-Mrs. Chris Miller), 8 grandchildren, 11 stepgrandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild, one brother, and 2 sisters. She was a member of Whitestone Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Lenz Memorial Home, in charge of Gary Hazlett, James Detweiler, and Valentine Swartzendruber; interment in Lacon City Cemetery.
Gingerich.- Gary Lee, son of Clarence and Marjorie (Rhodes) Gingerich, was born in Iowa City, Iowa, May 2, 1955; died in a car-semitruck collision, north of Iowa City, July 13, 1981; aged 26 y. Surviving are one brother (Ed Gingerich) and grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rhodes). He was a member of East Union Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 16, in charge of Lonnie Yoder and J. John J. Miller; interment in East Union Cemetery.
Gingerich.- Katie I., daughter of Isaac and Barbara (Yoder) Helmuth, was born at Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 11, 1903; died at her home in Kalona, Iowa, June 22, 1981; aged 78 y. She was married to Jonas Gingerich, who survives. Also surviving are 5 sons (Mose, Fred, Nelson, Duane, and Firman), 4 daughters (Jean-Mrs. Morris Yoder, Mary-Mrs. Clifford Gingerich, Lovina-Mrs. Carl Rutt, and Carol-Mrs. Bernard Bowman), 2 sisters (Ida-Mrs. Dennis J. Miller and Emma-Mrs. Joe Hershberger), 23 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Fairview Conservative Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on June 24, in charge of John L. Hershberger and Perry M. Miller; interment in Fairview Cemetery.
Hartnett.- Mary Ann, daughter of Raymond and Ella (Stauffer) Nice, was born in Sellersville, Pa., Sept. 3, 1943; died at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., July 14, 1981; aged 37 y. Surviving are her parents, 2 daughters (Laurie Kolleen and Beverly Kaye), one son (Thomas Eric), and 2 brothers (Glenn S. and Donald S. Nice). She was a member of Souderton Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 16, in charge of Glenn Egli and Russell B. Musselman; interment in Souderton Mennonite Cemetery.
Hoover.- Herman L., son of William George and Anna (Clark) Hoover, was born on Nov. 23, 1911; died of a heart attack at Lancaster, Pa., June 29, 1981; aged 69 y. On Oct. 3, 1932, he was married to Beatrice __, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Betty Jane Wingerd and Ella Mae), 2 sons (LeRoy and Kenneth), 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was a member of Charlotte Street Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Fred E. Groff Funeral Home on July 2, in charge of Harold E. Reed and Marvin Weaver; interment in Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster, Pa.
Hostetler.- Donna Jean, daughter of David and Eva (Steiner) Kornhaus, was born near Orrville, Ohio, July 7, 1933; died of cancer at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind., May 12, 1981; aged 47 y. On Sept. 1, 1957, she was married to Meredith Hostetler, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children (Brian, Laurie, and Eric), her parents, one brother (Wayne Kornhaus), and one sister (Nonna Mast). Funeral services were held at the Missionary Church, Mooresville, Ind., May 14, in charge of Willard Williams; interment in Fairfield Friends Cemetery, Camby, Ind.
King.- Joseph S., son of Isaac L. and Katie (Stuckey)
King, was born at Atglen, Pa., Sept. 1, 1890; died at Lancaster,
Pa., July 10, 1981; aged 90 y. On Mar. 2, 1922, he was married
to Ada Stoltzfus, who died on Jan. 20, 1926. On Mar. 22, 1932,
he was married to Leah Engel, who died on Sept. 28, 1969. Surviving
are one daughter (Esther M.-Mrs. Elmer Hertzler), 5 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (Simon, Isaac S., Valentine
S., and Ruben S.), and 3 sisters (Priscilla Glick, Martha R.,
and Ella-Mrs. Ira Mast). He was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite
Church. Funeral services were held at Millwood Mennonite Church,
in charge of Herman Glick; interment in Millwood.
Noel.- Sterling, son of Henry and Saloma (Lauber) Noel, was born at Strang, Neb., Jan. 8, 1921; died on July 10, 1981; aged 60 y. On Oct. 31, 1946, he was married to Hilda M. Eichelberger, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Merle and Marlyn), one daughter (Sherith), 4 grandsons, and one. sister (Shirley-Mrs. Vernon Kennel), and one brother (Duane). He was preceded in death by an infant son (Sheldon Lee), one brother (Walter), and one sister (Felda). He was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 14, in charge of Lee Schlegel, Leland Oswald, and Glen Birky; interment in the Salem Cemetery.
Rohrer.- E. Esther, daughter of Amos and Lizzie (Huber) Rohrer, was born in Lancaster, Co., Pa., Dec. 21, 1899; died at Landis Homes, Lititz, Pa., July 3, 1981; aged 81 y. She was a member of Millersville Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, in charge of J. Herbert Fisher and John B. Shenk; interment in the church cemetery.
Schertz.- Mary Etta, daughter of Eli D. and Sarah (Hooley) Yoder, was born at Lagrange, Ind., July 6, 1887; died at Goshen, Ind., July 8, 1981; aged 94 y. On Dec. 9, 1920, she was married to Manuel D. Schertz, who died on Nov. 19, 1970. Surviving are one daughter (Carol-Mrs. John Oyer), 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 daughters (Lois-Mrs. John D. Byler and Elmira-Mrs. Peter Imhoff). She was a member of College Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 10; in charge of Arnold C. Roth; services were also held at Metamora Mennonite Church on July 11, in charge of Gail Fisher; interment in Washington, Ill.
Sutter.- Minnie, daughter of Sebastian and Magdalena (Goldsmith) Gerig, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Feb. 10, 1890; died at Parkview Home, Wayland, Iowa, June 5, 1981; aged 91 y. On Nov. 16, 1910, she was married to Amos Conrad, who died on Mar. 13, 1911. On June 20, 1918, she was married to Samuel J. Sutter, who died on Aug. 25, 1925. Surviving are one son (Joe Sutter), 3 daughters (Aldine-Mrs. Harold Meyer, Estella-Mrs. Vincent Krabill, and Ruth-Mrs. Dallas Rediger), 10 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. She was a member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on June 5, in charge of Ed Miller; interment in Sugar Creek Cemetery.
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Blough.- Martin V., son of John A. and Emma Jane (Gashaw) Blough, was born in Jenner Twp., Pa., Mar. 1, 1898; died at Somerset Community Hospital on July 20, 1981; aged 83 y. He was married to Adda Burle Yoder, who survives. Also surviving are 4 sons (Vernon, Friedens, John, and James), 3 daughters (Jane-Mrs. William Moss, Norma-Mrs. Carl Fisher, and Grace-Mrs. Vance Sloan), 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters (Nora Yoder, Edith Weaver, Irma Black, and Ruth Stoltzfus), and 2 brothers (Paul and Merle). He was preceded in death by one daughter (Genevieve 'Dolly" in 1946), one sister (Naomi Holderman), and one brother (Harry C.). He was a member of Blough Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 23, in charge of Sanford Shetler, Carroll Ringgold, and David Mishler; interment in the church cemetery.
Charles.- Cora E., daughter of Martin and Martha (Eshleman) Risser, was born in Washington Co., Md., Oct. 7, 1891; died at Landisville, Pa., May 22, 1981; aged 89 y. On Mar. 8, 1917, she was married to Jacob L. Charles, who died on Nov. 1969. Surviving are one son (H. Raymond), one daughter (Anna Ruth-Mrs. Donald Jacobs), 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Mary E. Martin), and one stepbrother (Edward Coss). She was a member of Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held on May 26 at the Nissley Funeral Home, Mt. Joy, in charge of Landis Sangrey, John Groff, and Clarence Nolt.
Clemens.- Helen S., daughter of Clayton K. and Lillian Freed (Schueck) Gotwals, was born on June 12, 1917; died of rheumatic heart disease at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., July 15, 1981; aged 64 y. On June 12, 1937, she was married to Marcus A. Clemens, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Donald G., Orrie G., and Richard G.), 3 daughters (Leanne G.--Mrs. Dale Wentorf, Jane G.-Mrs. Henry D. Landes, and Carolyn G.-Mrs. Philip Bontrager), 8 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Jacob S., Robert S., and William S.), 2 sisters (Lorraine S.- Mrs. Wilmer M. Landis and Beulah S.-Mrs. Howard L. Kulp), one stepbrother (Floyd G. Kulp), and one stepsister (Myrtle G.-Mrs. Steward Heebner). She was a member of Plains Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 19, in charge of Gerald C. Studer and John E. Lapp; interment in Plains Cemetery.
Graber.- Ada, daughter of Peter R. and Fanny (Richard) Graber, was born at Wayland, Iowa, Sept. 13, 1909; died at Parkview Home, Wayland, Iowa, July 8, 1981; aged 71 y. She was a member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held, in charge of Ed F. Miller, Glen Richard, and Orie L. Roth; interment in the church cemetery.
Hochstetler.- Hazel, was born on Mar. 2, 1908; died in the Goshen General Hospital, Goshen, Ind., June 18, 1981; aged 73 y. On Dec. 25, 1932, she was married to Simon Hochstetler, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Lydia Hochstetler), 3 sons (Herman, Russell, and Paul), 9 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 3 sisters (Beulah Hoover, Anna-Mrs. Roy Davidhizar, and Martha-Mrs. Raymond Troyer), and one brother (Warren Wenger). She was a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on June 20, in charge of John Steiner and Randy Miller.
Lehman.- Rhoda, daughter of Abraham and Lizzie (Burkholder) Frey, was born at Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 19, 1901; died at Menno Haven Nursing Home on Apr. 26, 1981; aged 79 y. On Aug. 12, 1920, she was married to Samuel Lehman, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Dorothy-Mrs. Wilmer Hunsecker, Erma-Mrs. Walter Burkholder, and Jean), one son (Harold), 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Norman B. Frey). She was preceded in death by 5 sisters and 5 brothers. She was a member of Chambersburg Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held in the Sellers Funeral Home on Apr. 29, in charge of J. Mark Stauffer, Walter Burkholder, and Wilmer Hunsecker; interment in the Norland Cemetery.
Miller.- Lovina L., daughter of John B. and Mary (Naffziger) Klopfenstein, was born in Holden, Mo., Nov. 6, 1895; died at Showalter Villa, Hesston, Kan., July 22, 1981; aged 85 y. On Apr. 4, 1918, she was married to Arthur H. Miller, who died on Apr. 15, 1918. She was a member of Whitestone Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 23, in charge of Paul D. Brunner; interment in Clearfork Cemetery, Garden City, Mo.
Mishler.- Carrie B., daughter of Jacob G. and Ellen (Speicher) Stahl, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 23, 1895; died at Memorial Hospital on Mar. 2, 1981; aged 85 y. She was married to Oscar N. Mishler, who died on May 25,1963. Surviving are one son (Lee Nelson) three stepchildren (Harold K.. Retha-Mrs. John Alger, and Pauline Kreider), one granddaughter, 2 great-granddaughters, 5 step-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Emma-Mrs. Lloyd Croyle and Ruth Brant), and one brother (Howard H.). She was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 4 brothers. She was a member of Seanor Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Blough Mennonite Church on Mar. 5, in charge of Clayton Shetler and Sanford Shetler; interment in the church cemetery.
Myer.- Paul B., son of John and Lizzie (Burkhart) Myer, was born at Mechanic Grove, Pa., June 8, 1911; died at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., June 16, 1981; aged 70 y. On Mar. 22, 1933, he was married to Ruth Hess, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (John H., David H., and Jay P.), 4 daughters (Mary-Mrs. Paul Stoltzfus, Miriam-Mrs. Fred Martin, Naomi-Mrs. Larry Davis, and Rhoda-Mrs. Howard Smoker), 22 grandchildren, one brother (Amos Myer), and 2 half sisters (Mrs. Ursulla Bechtold and Mrs. Iva Bashore). He was a member of the Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church, where he served as minister for 40 years, interment in the Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery on June 19. A memorial service was held at the church the following day in charge of Paul Stoltzfus and Fred Martin.
Nauman.- Jacob W., son of Milton and Fannie (Wenger) Nauman, was born in Manheim, Pa., Apr. 17, 1911; died of cancer at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., May 13, 1981; aged 70 y. On Oct. 30, 1930, he was married to Florence Shearer, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (J. Richard, Kenneth, and Donald), one sister (Bertha-Mrs. John Randler), and 2 brothers (Norman and Frank.) He was preceded in death by one brother (Henry). He was a member of Hernley Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on May 17, in charge of Paul Witmer, Howard Witmer, and Levi Mumma; interment in Hernley cemetery.
Neff.- Ella, daughter of A. Clayton and Annie (Lane) Bowers, was born in East Hempfield Twp., Pa.; died at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., July 16, 1981; aged 80 y. She was married to John S. Neff, who died in November 1976. Surviving are one son (John W.), 3 daughters (Arlene-Mrs. Aaron Brubaker, Evelyn-Mrs. Harry Rohrer, and Verna-Mrs. Burnell Siegrist), 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, one sister (Lillie Mae-Mrs. Harry Shenk), and one brother (Norman L. Bowers). She was a member of Landisville Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Home chapel on July 18, in charge of Chester Kurtz and Ralph Ginder; interment in Landisville Cemetery.
Remmers.- Roger W., son of John and Elta (Stanton) Remmers, was born at Freeport, Ill., July 1, 1932; died of a heart attack at Freeport, Ill., July 4, 1981; aged 49 y. On Nov. 9,1952, he was married to Phyllis Wolf, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Walden) and 2 daughters (Yvette-Mrs. Gregg Afflerbaugh and April-Mrs. Michael Schneider). He was a member of Freeport Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 7, in charge of Paul 0. King; interment in church cemetery.
Rohr.- Samuel M., son of Samuel B. and Elizabeth (Moyer) Rohr, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Feb. 14, 1894; died at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., July 10, 1981; aged 87 y. On Mar. 4, 1925, he was married to Emma H. Cassel, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Elizabeth-Mrs. Paul Reily, Emma C-Mrs. Roland Bechtel, and Marjorie C.-Mrs. Raymond Swartley), 3 sons (Paul E., John S., and Robert C.), 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 4 sisters (Laura-Mrs. Walter Souder, Mrs. Mabel Bergey, Kathryn-Mrs. Clarence Alderfer, and Mrs. Anna Cope). He was a member of Line Lexington Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 14, in charge of Kenneth Seitz and Floyd Hackman; interment in Line Lexington Mennonite Cemetery.
Roth.- Jesse R., son of Christian H. and Ella (Roth) Roth, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Feb. 26, 1892; died on Mar. 9, 1981; aged 89 y. On June 19, 1928, he was married to Erna Christner, who survives. Also surviving are 7 children (Mildred-Mrs. D. H. Freeman, Arnold Roth, Aldine-Mrs. Donald Roth, Mrs. Arline Neff, Ruth-Mrs. Gene Ridenour, Mary-Mrs. Dennis Roth, and Charles Roth), 24 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother (Seth), 2 sisters (Mrs. Lena Nofzinger and Mrs. Mary Krabill), and 2 grandchildren. He was a member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Mar. 12, in charge of Ed F. Miller; interment in the church cemetery.
Schultz.- Florence Edith, daughter of Alvin and Nora (Loucks) Selzer, was born near Canton, Kan., July 3, 1904; died in the Protection Valley Manor Rest Home, Protection, Kan., May 6, 1981; aged 76 y. On Oct. 30, 1947, she was married to Harry Schultz, who died on Feb. 11, 1979. Surviving are 11 stepchildren (]oe, Virgil, Elmer, Robert, Roy, and Gladys Schultz, Osie Danielson, Goldie Anderson, Viola Schumaker, Luella Stutzman, and Ruby Brown), 4 sisters (Opal Bontrager, Berta Miller, Nellie Schultz, and Mary Ann Miller), and 5 brothers (Glenn, Truman, Lester, Roy, and Ernest). Funeral services were held on May 9, at the Protection Mennonite Church in charge of Tom Norman and Orlin Loucks; interment in the Protection Mennonite Cemetery.
Stutzman.- Lulu, daughter of Harvey and Pearl (Miller) Stutzman, was born in Oscoda Co., Mich., Apr. 8, 1916; died of cancer at Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Ind., July 11, 1981; aged 65 y. Surviving are 5 sisters (Velma Delagrange, Mildred-Mrs. Duane Eichelberger, Esther-Mrs. John Grover, Agnes-Mrs. Laurence Wenger, and Doris Stutzman), and one brother (Clem). She was a member of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 14, in charge of Vernon E. Bontreger; interment in Forest Grove Cemetery.
Widmer.- Edna, daughter of Peter and Sarah (Eicher)
Boshart, was born near Noble, Iowa, Dec. 28, 1896; died
at Parkview Home, Wayland, Iowa, Jan. 29, 1981; aged 84. On Dec.
3, 1919, she was married to Edward G. Widmer, who died on July
22, 1938. Surviving are 8 children (Oletha-Mrs. Vernon Birkey,
Delmar B., Verdella-Mrs. Maurice Krabill, Duane, Evelyn-Mrs. Rex
Roth, Darwin, Norman B., and Larry B.), 24 grandchildren, 22
one brother (Arthur), and one sister (Edith-Mrs. Carl Bohn, Jr.).
She was preceded in death by one son (Donnie), 3 brothers, 2 sisters,
one grandson, and one great-grandson. She was a member of Sugar
Creek Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Jan.
23, in charge of Ed F. Miller; interment in the church cemetery.
Yoder.- Hazel Edna, daughter of Daniel L. and Amanda (Spiker) Kauffman, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Oct. 31, 1908; died at Jameson Memorial Hospital on June 24, 1981; aged 72 y. On Sept. 27, 1935, she was married to Kenneth A. Yoder, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Dorothy Bruner), 2 sons (Cletus D. and Daniel L.), 2 sisters (Mamie K. Hartzler and Saloma Miller), and one brother (Emmett D. Kauftman). She was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on June 27, in charge of Paul D. Reitnauer and Herbert Zook; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.
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Geiser.- Lester P., son of Peter F. and Lydia (Steiner) Geiser, was born July 19, 1909, died at Doctors Community Hospital, Massillon, Ohio, July 29, 1981; aged 72 y. On June 6, 1937, he was mamed to Grace Brenner, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Carl, Alfred, and Roland), 3 daughters Ruth--Mrs. Clayton Steiner, Irene-Mrs. Dean Miller, and Pearl Geiser) 11 grandchildren, 2 brother (Allen A. and Melvin), and one sister (Pearl--Mrs. Ezra (Lehman). He was preceded in death by 2 brothers (Leeman and Tillman) and one infant sister (Emma). Funeral services were held at the Kidron Mennonite Church on Aug. 2, in charge of Bill Detweiler and Reuben Hofstetter; interment in the church cemetery.
Hill.- William, son of Frederick and Caroline (Cramer) Hill, was born in Walnut Creek Twp., Ohio, in 1891; died at Walnut Hills Nursing Home on July 10, 1981; aged 90 y. He was married to Carrie Flinner, who survives. Surviving are one daughter (Virgillia-Mrs. Harold Sundheimer), 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He was a member of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 13, in charge of Paul R. Miller; interment in Walnut Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Kauffman.- Donna, daughter of Marion and Barbara (Yoder)
Kauffman, was born in Indiana on Dec. 5, 1960; died as a result
of an automobile accident at Oceana Hospital, Hart, Minn., July
26, 1981; aged 20. Surviving are her father, 3 brothers (Ronald,
Craig and Loren), and her maternal grandfather (Menno J. Yoder).
Her mother preceded her in death on Apr. 4, 1981. She was a member
of Marion Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on
July 29, in charge of Paul Lauver; interment in Shore Cemetery.
Leatherman.- Miriam, daughter of Jonas and Clara Detweiler, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Sept. 9, 1903; died in Seattle, Wash., Mar. 10, 1981; aged 77 y. In 1934, she was married to Quintus Leatherman, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Lois Yake and Rachel Graber), one son (Philip), 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Paul and Warren), and 2 sisters (Esther Detweiler and Ruth Wenger). One brother (David) preceded her in death. She was a member of the South Seattle Mennonite Church.
Linder.- Harry D., son of Joseph J. and Elta (Conrad) Linder, was born at Canton, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1914; died in a boating accident at Loring, Ont., July, 18, 1981; aged 66 y. He was married to Esther Yoder, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Joanne-Mrs. Ralph Shick and Julie-Mrs. David Gingerich), 4 sons (Walter C. Russell H., Joseph J., and John M.), one sister (Mary-Mrs. Walter Schrock), and one brother (Ralph 0.). He was preceded in death by one sister (Annabel Linder). He was a member of Beech Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 23, in charge of Richard Leonhart and Wayne North; interment in Beech Mennonite Cemetery.
Mininger.- Walter C., son of Raymond F. and Bessie (Cassel) Mininger, was born in Franconia Twp., Pa., Oct. 12, 1928; died in Montgomery Hospital on July 5, 1981; aged 52 y. On Oct. 25,1952, he was married to Grace Moyer, who survives. Also surviving are 4 sons (Ronald L., Darwin R., Walter Dale and Nevin), 2 daughters (Cheryl and Charlene), and 3 grandchildren. He was a member of Salford Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 8, in charge of Willis Miller, John Ruth and Loren Swartzendruber; interment in Salford Mennonite Church cemetery.
Nelson.- Ethel Frances, daughter of Charles and Ida
(Tyas) Smothers, was born near Foosland, Ill., Dec. 21, 1906;
died at Mercy Hospital, Champaign, Ill., July 15, 1981; aged 74
y. She was married to Alton Nelson, who survives. Also surviving
are 2 sons (Harold and James) and one brother (Charles Smothers).
She was preceded in death by one son (Charles Peter). She was
a member of East Bend Mennonite Church. Funeral services were
held at Lux Memorial Chapel on July 17, in charge of Theodore
Wentland and Don Wilkin; interment in Bellflower Cemetery, Bellflower,
Rodriquez.- Epifania, was born on June 15, 1911, died at Aibonito, Puerto Rico, July 22, 1981; aged 70 y. Surviving are the following children (Angel Luis, Carlos Roberta, Carmen, Rosin, Gloria, Mercedes, Virgenmina, Aida). Funeral services were held at Iglesia Menonita de Aibonito on July 25, in charge of Enrique Oritz; interment in Barrio Rabanal Cemetery, Aibonito, P.R.
Schlabach.- Joseph Randall, infant son of Dan G. and
Kathleen (Gerber) Schlabach was born at Pomerene Memorial Hospital,
Millersburg, Ohio, July 21, 1981; died of kidney malfunction at
Akron Children's Medical Center on July 22, 1981; aged 1 d. Surviving
are 2 brothers (Karl and Sheldon), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs.
Gideon D. Schlabach and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gerber, Jr.),
(Mrs. Albert Schrock and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gerber, Sr.). Graveside
services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery
July 24, in charge of Alvin Kanagy.
Smith.- Nina, daughter of Clarence and M. Alice (Miller) Belnap, was born at Springfield, Ill., July 6, 1893; died at Maple Lawn Homes, Eureka, Ill., July, 26 1981; aged 88 y. She was married to--- Smith who preceded her in death. Five children also preceded her in death. She was a member of Highway Village Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 28, in charge of Robert Harnish and Clarence Sutter; interment in Fondulac Cemetery.
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Gnagey.- Barbara A., daughter of Mahlon T. and Mary (Yoder) Yoder, was born in Johnson County, Iowa, June 18, 1898; died at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, on July 29, 1981; aged 83 y. On Jan. 14, 1926, she was married to Howard Gnagey, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Allen, C. Robert, and James), 2 daughters (Doris and Mary-Mrs. Jon Potter), one brother (Herman Yoder), and one sister (Ida M. Yoder). She was preceded in death by an infant daughter and two brothers. She was a member of the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Kalona Mennonite Church on Aug. 1, in charge of Dean Swartzendruber and Robert K. Yoder; interment in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
Goldfus.- J. Ross, son of Wayne A. and Frances V. (Martin) Goldfus, was born in Lancaster, Pa., May 24, 1891; died in Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa., July 29, 1981; aged 90 y. On Apr. 7, 1912, he was married to Lizzie H. Martin, who preceded him on July 6, 1940. He is survived by 3 daughters (Esther, Margaret-Mrs. Roy Nissley, and Frances Brubaker), one son (Ross M.), 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was ordained to the ministry on Sept. 22, 1935, to serve the E. Chestnut St. cong., where he was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the E. Chestnut Street Mennonite Church on Aug. 1, in charge of James M. Shank and James R. Hess; interment in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lancaster.
Hooley.- Clara Grace, daughter of Eli B. and Ella (Yoder) Stoltzfus, was born in Hartford, Kan., Mar. 30, 1886; died at her home in Goshen, Ind., June 2, 1981; aged 95 y. On Jan. 22, 1913, she was married to Orlando Hooley, who died on Dec. 23, 1965. Surviving are 3 daughters (Joy-Mrs. Harry Schrock, Ella Mae, and Rosalie-Mrs. Richard Yoder), a son (Max), 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, a sister (Gladys-Mrs. James Hostetler), and a brother (Elmer). A son (Edison) died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1977 and two sisters also preceded her. She was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Topeka, Ind., where memorial services were held on June 5, in charge of Joe Swartz and Levi Hartzler; interment in church cemetery.
Miller.- Daniel Joseph (Dan H.), son of Joseph D. and Catherine (Johns) Miller, was born in Middlebury, Ind., Jan. 23, 1880; died at St. Paul Homes, Greenville, Pa., Aug. 2, 1981; aged 101 y. On June 7, 1900, he was married to Lena Egli, who preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 1963. He is survived by 6 daughters (Mrs. Maude Shetler, Kate-Mrs. Albert Birky, Mrs. Goldie Oyer, Silda-Mrs. Harvey Birkey, Myrtle-Mrs. Willis Myers, and Alice-Mrs. John Oswald), 2 sons (Joseph and Sanford), 45 grandchildren, 104 great-grandchildren, 35 great-great-grandchildren, a sister (Edna-Mrs. Claude Miller), and 2 brothers (Ira and Perry). He was a member of the Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Conneaut Lake, Pa., where funeral services were held on Aug. 5, in charge of Edward "Ike" Porter; interment in church cemetery.
Rhodes.- Grace Edith, daughter of William H. and Laura (Shupe) Snyder, was born at Newton, Kan., Sept. 26, 1904; died at La Junta, Colo., May 26, 1981; aged 76 y. In 1927, she was married to ____ Rhodes, who died in 1968. Surviving are 2 sons (Leland and William), one daughter (Evelyn- Mrs. Stanley Haarer), 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, one brother (Bert Snyder), and one sister (Jennie-Mrs. Marion Hartzler). She was preceded in death by one son (Edward). She was a member of First Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on May 29, in charge of Daniel D. Otto; interment in Fairview Cemetery.
Ruth.- Maggie K. daughter of Wm. and Emma Jane (Kratz) Fulmer, was born in Bucks County, Pa., Sept 9, 1895, died at Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., July 28, 1981; aged 85 y. She was married to Isaac L. Ruth, who preceded her in death in 1966. She is survived by 3 daughters (Naomi, Ruth, Esther-Mrs. Ezra L. Moyer, Dorothy-Mrs. Clarence Beiler) and 2 sons (Clarence and Ernest). She was a member of the Line Lexington Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Eastern Mennonite Home, in charge of Paul Glanzer and Floyd Hackman; interment in church cemetery.
Shrock.- Henry, son of Henry and Sara (Weaver) Shrock, was born in Mantua, Ohio, May 10, 1908; died of cancer in North Canton, Ohio, July 29, 1981; aged 73 y. On Apr. 26, 1927, he was married to Mary Ann Miller, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Melvin, Noah, and Henry, Jr.), 6 daughters (Mrs. Sarah Miller, Mrs. Martha Beachy, Mrs. Emma Beachy, Mrs. Edna Wittmer, Mrs. Mary Helmuth, and Mrs. Erma Beachy), 30 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Lizzie Yoder and Mattie Kuhns). A son Raymond and also a grandchild (Thomas Helmuth) predeceased him. He was a member of the Hartville Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on July 31, in charge of Richard F. Ross; interment in church cemetery
Thomas.- Lorraine, was born in Ind., Feb. 22, 1906 died in Sarasota, Fla., July 12, 1981; aged 75 y. She was married to William 0. Thomas, who survives. Also surviving are one son (William C), 2 daughters (Betty Jean McLean and Ruth Mae Fauver), 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a brother (Paul Spurgeon). She was a member ot the Bay Shore Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held on July 15, at the Hawkins Funeral Home Sarasota, Fla.; interment in Manasota Memorial Park.
Yoder.- Elnora, daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Martin) Horst, was born in Dalton, Ohio, Nov. 22, 1891 died in Dunlap Hospital. Orrville, Ohio, Aug. 4, 1981; aged 89 y. On July 17, 1917, she was married to Alpheus D. Yoder, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Chester, Melvin, and Ivan), 6 daughters (Vera-Mrs. Irvin Kurtz, Effie-Mrs. Lawrence Geisinger, Mrs. Luella Leichty, Helen E. Yoder, Stella-Mrs. Emerson Blosser, Margaret-Mrs. Richard Oyer), 20 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 7, in charge of Noah Hilty, Lester L. Sutter, and David Yoder; interment in church cemetery.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana
Gospel Herald, August 25, 1981, pages 644-646.
Nelson E. Kauffman by some of his friends
A man who loved the Lord
A great and beautiful man died on June 18. His name was
familiar to me for years, but I first knew Nelson Kauffman about
seven years ago when he came to help get a church started in
If I were to compile the titles he's held in various church assignments, I would probably need to do some long-distance calling and other research to make the list complete.
If I were to describe him, I could copy what others have said and add a few adjectives of my own. Some of the descriptions at his memorial service were: "the kindest man in the world," his wife Lois said this; "a man who was continually learning," his daughter-in-law, Jan Kauffman gave this opinion; "a man who loved the Lord with all his heart," was his sister-in-law, Catharine Leatherman's contribution. I would agree with these and add: intelligent, innovative, and an administrator.
But the titles and the descriptive words are not enough. I would prefer telling about Nelson Kauffman's impact on my family, because I feel that in his seventy-six years he most likely had a similar impact on many other families.
I especially appreciated his influence on my children. At nine my oldest daughter, Jeanine, would become so wrapped up in his sermons that she would answer the rhetorical questions aloud, forgetful of all the others in the audience. Nelson would sometimes stop his sermon to react to the little voice coming from the front seat. I was embarrassed, but realized that it was an accolade to his preaching. He did not have to rant and rave. His words had impact because of his intensive study and the commitment to living them he exhibited between sermons.
I remember his dedicating my youngest to the Lord. A father himself four times, you could tell his caring just by the way he held the baby. With his sense of timing, he suggested Mother's Day as a good day for the service. It is fixed in my mind forever.
In my photo album is a picture of Nelson reading to my children. My handicapped boy on one side, the youngest on the other, both wrapped in the story. Nelson gave it the same dedication as he did to the more important services he performed for his church.
My husband died when our youngest child was three, leaving me with an eleven-room house, large yard, and four children to care for. For the first few months after his death, the church showered me with attention: window-washing, a birthday party, help with painting. And then most seemingly forgot us. But not Nelson and Lois! With all the duties and responsibilities he had as minister of our congregation, for work in the Southeast Convention, for his own eleven grandchildren, every few weeks this great man would ask me if there was anything around the house that needed a man's skill. A few days later he would come in to install a mailbox, fix a broken bed, or replace a handle on a drawer.
One of my happiest memories of this repair work is the time that Lois, Nelson, and I put together a pedal-type riding toy tractor for my boys to share at Christmastime. Everyone who has struggled with the complicated assembly of Christmas toys will be sympathetic. We would just complete a complicated maneuver and were ready to go on to the next step when we would discover we had omitted an important part of the previous step and had to take it apart again! We joked about what it must be like for people who did not have four college degrees among them! Later we went to a Greek restaurant for lunch and Nelson sampled some Greek sausage with all the zest of someone with a younger stomach.
Nelson and Lois could be counted on for spur-of-the-moment entertainment, too. One night five MCC trainees from Uruguay, India, Germany, and Holland found themselves in our small town with no place to spend the night. I was lucky enough to get them for the night, but felt it would be selfish to keep them all to myself. "This is fantastic," I thought, "a miniature United Nations!" The next morning I called other church members and found that my enthusiasm was not shared. All that most could think of was the drudgery of cooking for them. It was an angle I hadn't considered. But then I called the Kauffmans, who had no hesitation at all. After some sightseeing I brought the group to the Kauffman's, who had a meal prepared and fed seven extra people as though it were an everyday occurrence. After the meal, we sang around Nelson's autoharp. Then we sat in the living room where Nelson gave each a turn to share his attention. Later he sent them off with gifts of the books his first wife, Christmas Carol, had written. Neither Lois nor Nelson complained about the interruption of their schedule. I never learned what they had planned for that day.
Nelson had more creative techniques for involving the young people in the life of the congregation than any other minister I have known. One was to announce a topic for the Sunday evening service and ask each of us to bring something on that topic. "If you can't write yet, draw a picture," he would advise the youngsters. So they would. Their pictures received just as much attention as an adult's essay or a teenager's poem. Tucked away in a safe place are some of those pictures my daughter Joy drew when she was four or five. Another technique was having the Sunday evening service during the summer in the park.
Last year Nelson wished to honor the large percentage of youth from our congregation of about 30 who were attending church schools. He had each of them come forward to stand together, tell where they were going to school (Eastern Mennonite College, Eastern Mennonite High School, Lancaster Mennonite School, and Hesston were represented), and tell why. After each had spoken. Nelson reached out his hand to shake their hands. My daughter Jeanine was first in line and reached out both arms to give him a hug instead of a handshake. All the others did, too. Some observers might have reacted with distaste, I'm sure, but I felt it was a fitting tribute to a man who had spent his three-quarters of a century showing his Christlike love for others.
On June 18 at 3:00 p. m. Nelson suggested that Lois do some errands that were necessary. Then he sat down to write letters. He remembered an evangelism seminar in Kansas Dave Kniss had called him about and felt that Tony Hostetler, pastor of the Peace Mennonite Church, could benefit by attending. He offered to pay Tony's way if he decided to go. He composed a letter concerning a Christianity Today article he was invited to write. His work finished, he put down his pen.
God called him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." When Lois returned from her errands he was already marveling over the wonders of heaven. It was 5:00 p. m. -Jean S. Pfeiffer, Palm Harbor, Florida
A life well lived
It was my privilege to have known Nelson E. Kauffman for about five decades. He always made the same impression on me: He loved the Lord and abounded in the fruit of the Spirit. There was a certain joyful optimism of faith about him which lifted and inspired others.
An earnest disciple. Brother Nelson saw the Christian life as serious discipleship to Christ, a life that cost everything in order to follow Christ. When he and Carol served in the Hannibal, Missouri, mission, they had to get gas for cooking by putting a quarter into a meter. One time they could not have had any fuel for cooking had Carol not sold something she had made with her skilled hands as a seamstress. But such sacrifices were taken in stride, for they were serving a great cause: that of making Christ and his gospel known.
He loved the church. In the life of our brother one organization, more exactly one fellowship of faith, stood out above all others: it was the church of our Lord. Whether one was a factory worker, a physician, a farmer, or a schoolteacher, the great cause for which one lived and served was the body of Christ, those who followed what the early disciples called, "the way."
He cared for people. All around Nelson were thousands of people for whom Christ had died. And yet so many of that vast multitude lived as if there never had been a Savior who died to reconcile them to God and to one another. Winsome witnesses were needed to show by life and in words that Christ loved them, and so did Christ's people. Nelson was a good incarnation of divine love. He cared for the total person, not just for the "soul"-if indeed there is such a "spiritual" love which is genuine! Nelson wanted to help the poor with both groceries and the gospel.
He won converts. There was no greater joy for Nelson than to see people enlist under the banner of the cross, to become dedicated disciples of the Lord Jesus. Missions were not an effort on the part of a few "full-time church workers" but were the natural effort of Christ's regenerated followers. So all his life Nelson was concerned to see believers witness to their uncommitted neighbors and friends. Thinking that God would honor his Word in the task of evangelism, he memorized much Scripture so that he could sow the seed far and wide. The Word thus memorized in turn enhanced his own growth in Christ.
He strengthened the church. During his long life of service Nelson served on many commissions and committees designed to build up the congregations of the denomination. Among these were the Commission for Christian Education and Young People's Work, the Board of Education (president), the Board of Missions (secretary of home missions and evangelism), along with his basic responsibilities as pastor and bishop. He not only tried to get others to devote themselves to evangelism, he himself took the lead.
Inter-Mennonite cooperation. Today it is a fact of life that the so-called Old Mennonites and the General Conference Mennonites are cooperating widely and well, using the same Sunday school materials, using speakers across the denominational lines which formerly divided them, singing from the same hymnbook, and even having congregations affiliated with both groups. The publication of the Mennonite Encyclopedia in the 1950s was a major milestone in inter-Mennonite cooperation. And one of the most successful projects to date has been the creation of the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in 1958. One of the architects of this cooperative effort was Nelson E. Kauffman, president of (the Old) Mennonite Board of Education.
Graceful retirement. When Nelson was 64 his first wife, Christmas Carol (Miller) Kauffman, died. One of the more successful authors of the church, she died far younger than her father, A. R. Miller, who died at Elkhart in 1968 at the age of 100. For his second wife Nelson chose Lois (Garber) Keener, daughter of the longtime president of the Lancaster Mission Board. Lois is still living. In recent years the Kauffmans lived in Florida, and even at the time of his death he was a member of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Southeast Mennonite Convention.
Still joyful at 76. Nelson prepared well for old age by being a happy and trustful believer while he was younger. He remained deeply concerned about the evangelism of society, and the nurture of the church in Christ and his Word, as long as he lived. Blessed be God for raising up such a faithful evangelist, teacher, and overseer as Nelson E. Kauffman: a human disciple like the rest of us: fallible and limited. Yet a man filled with the Spirit and with divine love, one who rejoiced in divine forgiveness and in the amazing grace of God through Christ.
-J. C. Wenger, Goshen, Ind.
Education and missions were his business
Kauffman's church service included 22 years as pastor, 15 years
as secretary for Home Missions and Evangelism of Mennonite Board
of Missions, and 11 years as president of Mennonite Board of Education,
serving on that agency's executive committee from 1945 to 1966. He
served also as an evangelist and was a member of the Conrad
Grebel Projects Committee which he was instrumental in founding. In
retirement years Kauffman pastored congregations m New York,
Oregon, and Florida.
Kauffman was serving as a home missionary in Hannibal, Missouri--where in 1934 he began his ministry with one member-when the Mennonite Board of Missions called him to the home missions post. He began the assignment part time in 1955, wanting to stay in Hannibal, "but during that first year I was away too much as a pastor and finally said, 'Yes, I'll come to Elkhart;'" he said in an interview a few years ago.
J. D. Graber, MBM general secretary, "gave me a page of things to do," he said. The list included Hebrew Christian work, bringing some home missions to maturity, evangelism promotion, and other special projects. Graber had carried the administrative load to that point. "There were only a dozen people in the office when I came and the offices were in one building and it wasn't full," he said.
In his first annual report, for the year 1955-56, Kauffman said, "A revival of New Testament evangelism and Anabaptist simplicity and passion is necessary for us today if we are to survive and grow." Looking ahead to the next year he wrote, "We must explore the possibilities of colonization [lay] evangelism . . . build congregations . . . learn the principles of indigenous church building at home as well as abroad. We must not cheapen discipleship nor follow techniques that fail to build men and women into a congregational fellowship."
Witness workshops and literature resources for witnessing received a lot of attention under Kauffman's leadership. "If we're going to have any success, what we do needs to be routine. It's like learning to play the piano. You learn to play, then do some playing. The same is true for evangelism."
From weeklong witness workshops at the YMCA in Chicago he took his methods, materials, and enthusiasm to Mennonite communities across North America. His last witness workshop before retirement took place in West Liberty, Ohio. Here he spent six weeks in helping train members for everyday witness.
-John Bender, Elkhart, Ind.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana