Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1991

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Gospel Herald - Volume 84, Number 32 - August, 6, 1991 - page 14.

Beachy, Clyde L., 78, Springs, Pa. Born: May 1, 1913, Grantsville, Md., to Christian A. and Mary Ann (Keim) Beachy. Died: June 30, 1991, Meyersdale, Pa. from pneumonia. Survivors-sister: Ethel Maust. Funeral: July 3, Springs Mennonite Church, by Steven Heatwole. Burial: Springs Cemetery.

Climenhaga, Marion S., 84, Stevensville, Ont. Born: May 25, 1907, Stevensville, Ont., to Emerson and Frances Climenhaga. Died: June 26, 1991, Clarence Center, N.Y., from leukemia. Survivors-wife: Mamie N. Dise; children: Doris E. Booker, Maynard M., Marilynn L. Fox, Eleanor F. Miller, Pauline R. Hostetler; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister: Dale, Bert, Catherine Moll. Predeceased by: Eva L. Hoover (first wife). Funeral: June 29, Clarence Center-Akron Mennonite Church, by W. Roy Walls, Jr. Burial: Stevensville, Ont.

Groff, Martin R., 86. Born: Nov. 17, 1904, to Aaron and Annie (Kurtz) Groff. Died: April 27, 1991, Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-children: Irene G. Noll, Jay M.; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. One sister: Edna G. Hershey. Predeceased by: Edna Martin (wife). Funeral: May 1, Stumptown Mennonite Church. Burial: Stumptown Cemetery.

Herschberger, Eli A., 88, Middlebury, Ind. Born: March 25, 1903, Kokomo, Ind., to Abe and Polly (Eash) Herschberger. Died: July 3, 1991, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-wife: Lydia Miller; children: Perry, Omer, Ida Mae Lehman, Mary Alice Yoder, Pauline Schrock, Fannie Kauffman, Lovina Miller; 34 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Fannie Schrock, Lovina Mast, Lizzie Kauffman. Predeceased by: Alma Miller (first wife). Funeral: July 6, First Mennonite Church, by Harold Yoder and Joe
Slabach. Burial: Miller Cemetery.

Hockman, Eva H. Detweiler, 89. Born May 29,1902, Bedminister Twp., Pa., to Henry G. and Katie (Bergey) Detweiler. Died: June 24, 1991, Rockhill Mennonite Community, West Rockhill Twp., Pa. Survivors-children: Miriam H. Detweiler, Kathryn K. Clemens, Ruth M. Senior, Russell D., Warren D.; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: George L. Hockman (husband). Funeral: June 27, Perkasie Mennonite Church, by Wilson Kratz and Richard Detweiler. Burial: Perkasie Cemetery.

Horne, Nellie E., 86, Shirleysburg, Pa. Born: May 30, 1905, Huntingdon Co., Pa., to William A. and Etta M. (McMullen) Horne. Died: July 2, 1991, Shirleysburg, Pa. Survivors-children: Dorothy Houser, Herbert L., Eugene S., Marlin E., Rhoda Baldwin, Sr., Jane James, Barbara Vaughn; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by: William Sherman Horne (husband), 2 sons and 2 daughters. Funeral: July 5, Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mt. Union, Pa., by Stanley R. Freed. Burial: Otelia Mennonite Cemetery.

Krabill, Elizabeth Yoder, 90. Born: Jan.24, 1901, Logan Co., Ohio, to Isaac J. and Saloma Yoder. Died: April 30, 1991, Wooster, Ohio. Survivors-children: Marvin, Gerald. Predeceased by: Fred Krabill (husband). Funeral: May 3, Smithville Mennonite Church, by Glenn Steiner and Richard Ross.

Landis, John E., 102, Lancaster, Pa. Born: June 28, 1889, Elizabethtown, Pa. Died: July 1, 1991, Lancaster, Pa. Surviving-children: Maurice W., Raymond W., David W., Dorothy W., Naomi W. Bair; 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; brothers and sisters: Chester E., Anna Zeager, Grace Lamp, Mabel Wert, Ruth. Predeceased by: Ellen Fry Weidner (wife). Funeral: July 8, Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, by Chester Wenger, Scott Fisher, and Frank Zeager. Burial: Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

Ross, Stanley James, 49, Hampton, Va. Born: Nov. 15, 1941, Harrisonburg, Va., to Robert R. and Clara Ross. Died: July 2, 1991, Newport News, Va., from a viral infection. Survivors-brothers and sisters: Myron E., Dean, Charles W., Helen R. Burkholder, Gloria R. Flagg. Funeral: July 5, Warwick River Mennonite Church, by Gordon Zook. Burial: Warwick River Cemetery.

Shoemaker, Carl David, 69, Springs, Pa. Born: Nov.11, 1921, Springs, Pa., to Roy and Susie (Maust) Shoemaker. Died: May 20, 1991, Springs, Pa. Survivors-wife: Thelma Rembold; children: David E., Craig D., Sharon Urban; 4 grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Dorothy Miller, Leora Briskey, Markle. Funeral: May 22, Springs Mennonite Church, by Steven Heatwole. Burial: Springs Cemetery.

Steiner, Elva Bernice Rafeld, 80, Akron, Ohio. Born: April 10, 1911, Dalton, Ohio, to Herman J. and Emma (Wenger) Rafeld. Died: July 7, 1991, Akron, Ohio, from cancer. Survivors-children: Doyle, Mahlon, Emma Hicks; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by:
Dennis Steiner (husband). Funeral: July 19, Martins Mennonite Church, by Vince Frey. Burial: Martins Cemetery.

Swartzendruber, Clarence M., 82, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Sept 18, 1909, Wellman, Iowa, to Mahlon and Barbara (Hershberger) Swartzendruber. Died: June 27, 1991, of cancer. Survivors-wife: Edna; children: Treva Stutzman, Verlin, C. Ardell; 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Mabel Zook, Cordell Yoder, Genevieve Yoder, Emerson. Funeral: June 30, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, by Orie Wenger and Wayne Bohn. Burial: Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.

Troyer, Mildred E., 81, Richardson, Tex. Born: Oct.27, 1909, Elida, Ohio, to Elmer and Anna
(Howard) Zuecher Died: July 1, 1991, Richardson, Tex. Survivors-husband: Charles F.
Troyer; children: Carl, Ray, Corlyn, Milton; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; brother:
Harold. Funeral: July 6, Wellman, Iowa, by Dan Johnston and Dean Swartzendruber. Burial: Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.

Weir, Emma Pearl Kaltenbaugh, 83, Davidsville, Pa. Born: Sept. 29, 1907, Conemaugh Twp., Pa., to Charles, Sr., and Mary (Eash) Kaltenbaugh. Died: June 4, 1991, Somerset, Pa. Survivors-children: Barry R.; brothers and sister: Leroy, Charles, Jr., Velma Gindlesperger. Predeceased by: William S. Weir (husband). Funeral: June 8, The Hill Church of the Brethren, by Stanley R. Freed and Jack Rupert. Burial: Stahl Cemetery.

Zehr, Violet Bender, 68, Hesston, Kan. Born: Nov. 18, 1922, Ont., to Jacob R. and Veronica (Schwartzentruber) Bender. Died: July 13, 1991, Halstead (Kan.) Hospital. Survivors-husband: Elmer Zehr; children: Farrel, Paul, John, Dennis, Timothy, Carol Brown, Wanda Doig; 16 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister: Cleason, Wallace, Annie Leiss. Funeral: July 16, Hesston Mennonite Church, by Fred Obold. Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery.

Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon


Gospel Herald - Volume 84, Number 33 - August 13, 1991.

A report of Oregon 91:
Mennonite Church General Assembly and Churchwide Conventions
Eugene, Oregon, July 30 ­ Aug. 3, 1991.

No Obituaries in this issue.


Gospel Herald ­ August 20, 1991. --- No issue published on this date.


Gospel Herald ­- Volume 84, Number 34 - August 27, 1991 ­ page 15

Boese, Anna Steffen, 88, Wayland, Iowa. Born: Aug. 28, 1902, to John and Elizabeth Steffen. Died: July 13, 1991, Wayland, Iowa. Survivors-children: Alberta Miller, Carol Garret, Arley; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren Predeceased by: Albert Boese (husband). Funeral and burial: July 15, Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, by Dean Swartzendruber and Ruben Chupp.

Byler, Benjamin, stillborn, Camp Verde, Ariz. Born: July 15, 1991, Camp Verde, Ariz., to Chester and Karen (Yoder) Byler. Died: July 15, 1991, Camp Verde, Ariz. Memorial service: July 21, Grace Mennonite Church, by James L. Kropf. Burial: Camp Verde.

Clark, Florence Fenton, 73, Philadelphia, Mo. Born: Nov. 23, 1917, Palmyra, Mo., to Clyda M. and Emma (Shank) Fenton. Died: June 29, 1991, Philadelphia, Mo., of cancer. Survivors-daughter: Elma Summers; brothers and sisters: Walter, Helen Coleman, Mary Clark, one grandchild. Predeceased by: Elmer Clark (husband). Funeral: July 2, Monroe City, Mo., by LaMar Bender. Burial: Philadelphia Cemetery.

Coffing, Betty Fletcher, 43, Elkhart, Ind. Born: Nov. 6, 1947, Elkhart, Ind. to LaMar and Donnabelle (Goodman) Fletcher. Died: July 27, 1991, of cancer. Survivors-husband: Kenneth R.; children: Lorie Turpin, Gregory Turpin; sister: Gloria Bollinger; one grandchild. Funeral and burial: July 31, Prairie Street Mennonite Church, by Ruth Yoder and Russell Krabill.

Cronk, Olive Fern Troyer, 58, Fairview, Mich. Born: Aug. 16, 1932, Mio, Mich., to Levi and Stella (Detweiler) Troyer. Died: July 25, 1991, at home, of cancer. Survivors-husband: Dean; stepdaughter: Janet; 6 step-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Emmerson, Cleta Troyer, Perry, Forest, Janet Zook. Funeral and burial: July 29, Fairview Mennonite Church, by Randy Detweiler and Thomas E. Voth.
Denlinger, Betty Jane, 57. Born: May 29, 1934, Kinzer, Pa., to Earle H. and S. Margaret (Krieder) Denlinger. Died: July 14, 1991, Lititz, Pa., of cancer. Funeral and burial: July 18, Paradise Mennonite Church, by John Denlinger, Fred Martin.

Derstine, LeRoy M., 74, Hatfield, Pa. Born: April 25, 1917, to Rufus and Flora (Moyer) Derstine. Died: July 16, 1991, Sellersville, Pa. Survivors-wife: Margaret M. Landis; children: James L., Ivan L., Gerald Lee, Margaret Ann Conrad; brother and sisters: Marvin M., Betty Landis, Anna Landes; 9 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Louise L. (child). Funeral and burial: July 20, Franconia Mennonite Church, by Floyd Hackman, Curtis Bergey, Russell Detweiler, and Paul M. Lederach.

Ealy, Elejah Eloise, 11, Los Angeles, Calif. Born: May 20, 1980, Los Angeles, Calif., to Mikal and Tanya (Grogan) Ealy. Died: June 24, Louisiana, in an auto accident. Survivors-sister: Khalilah. Funeral: June 29, First Church of God, by James M. Isaacs. Burial: Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Ealy, Sam, 69, Los Angeles, Calif. Born: Sept. 19, 1921, Dothan, Ala., to Dennis and Mamie Ealy. Died. June 24, 1991, Louisiana, in an auto accident. Survivors-wife: Dorothy Davenport; children: Connie L. Ealy, Mikal, Dennis, Carolyn M. Chambers (adopted daughter); brothers: Ulace Ealy and John Wilshire; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Charles (son). Funeral: June 29, First Church of God, by James M. Isaacs and Hubert Brown. Burial: Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Elias, Wilbur, 81, Markham, Ont. Born: June 10, 1910, Scarborough Twp., Ont., to Mary (Reesor) Elias. Died: June 10, 1991, Markham, Ont., of a stroke. Survivors-wife: Mary Nighswander; children: Donald, Glenn, Keith, Lynn; sisters and brothers: May, Annie, Joe, Frank, Ada; 3 grandchildren. Funeral: June 12, Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, by Steve Drudge. Burial: Reesor Mennonite Cemetery.

Ernst, Chester, 73, Albany, Ore. Born: March 14, 1918, Chapel, Neb., to Tillis J. and Lydia Stutzman. Died: July 11, 1991, Albany, Ore. Survivors-wife: Myrta M. Beckler; children: Gary, Kenny, Joan Kuhns, Charlotte Tracy, Shelly Ernst, Donna Maurer; brothers and sisters: Earl, Hugh, Dean, Stan, Pearl Roten, Alice Stutzman, Alva Unrau; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 15, Plainview Mennonite Church, by Dennis Stauffer and Rick Showalter. Burial: Fairview Mennonite Cemetery.

French, Sarah E. Miller, 69. Born: Nov. 5, 1921, Mattawana, Pa., to Ira E. and Mabel E. (Miller) Miller. Died: July 11, 1991, Juniata Co., Pa. Survivors-husband: Paul French; children: Larry, Daryl, William, Thomas; brother and sisters: Floyd, Margaret Kauffman, Alice Dunmire, Esther Ritchey, Marie Harshbarger, Betty Reninger. Predeceased by: Norman Dale (son) and 2 infant sons. Funeral: July 14, Pine Glen Church of the Brethren. Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery.

Gingrich, Mary Hunsperger, 85, Cambridge, Ont. Born: May 13, 1906, Cambridge, Ont. Died: July 10, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors-husband: Cecil Gingrich; children: Jeanne Weber, Doris Gascho; sister: Edna Bowman; 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 13, First Mennonite Church, by Rudy Baergen.

Henninger, Mary E., 81, Morton, Ill. Born: Aug. 26, 1909, Providence, R.I. Survivors-children: Phyllis Miller; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: William Henninger (husband). Funeral: July 8, Trinity Mennonite Church, by Mike Schneider. Burial: cremation.

Hershey, Blanche B. Brubaker, 80, East Petersburg, Pa. Born: Oct. 21, 1910, Manheim Twp., Pa., to Ephriam and Minnie (Buckwalter) Brubaker. Died: July 14, 1991, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-stepsons: John L., James L., David L. Hershey; brother and sister: Paul B., Barbara Hauck Hershey; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: John H. Hershey (husband). Funeral and burial: July 17, East Petersburg Mennonite Church, by Karl E. Steffy and John B. Shenk.

Horsch, Esther Nafziger, 85, Fisher, M. Born: Nov. 29, 1905, Delavan, Ill. Survivors-children: James, LuEtta Friesen; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brother: Ammon Litwiller. Predeceased by: Henry L. (husband); Richard, Galen (children). Funeral and burial: Aug. 1, East Bend Mennonite Church, by Millard Osborne and Glenn Coblentz.
(Transcriber's note: Esther's maiden name was Litwiller. Her mother's maiden name was Nafziger.)

Correction: In the Aug. 27 issue under deaths, the correct name for Esther Horsch should be Esther Litwiller Horsch.

Hostetler, Daniel L., 73, Canby, Ore. Born: July 27, 1918, Tillamook, Ore., to Daniel and Elizabeth (Troyer) Hostetler. Died: July 28, 1991, Canby, Ore. Survivors-wife: Florence Lemery; children: Ron, Fritz, C. Sue, Hap, Summer Dell; 12 grandchildren; sisters: Lila Jones, Alice Kyllo, Betty Kraxberger. Funeral: July 31, Zion Mennonite Church, by Richard Stoltzfus. Burial: St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Huber, Mamie L., 89, Lancaster, Pa. Born: July 31, 1901, Manheim Twp., Pa., to Abraham K. and Fannie K. (Landis) Huber. Died: July 7,1991, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-sister: Lizzie L. Huber. Funeral and burial: July 11, East Petersburg Mennonite Church, by Karl E. Steffy, John B. Shenk, and Ralph Ginder.

Moyers, Bradley Carroll, 17, Bergton, Va. Born: Oct. 28, 1973, Rockingham Co., Va., to Carroll and Lois (Showalter) Moyers. Died: June 25, 1991, Fulks Run, Va., in an auto accident. Survivors-parents; sister: Laura Ann Moyers. Memorial service: June 30, Valley View Mennonite Church, by H. Michael Shenk. Burial: Caplingers Cemetery.

Transcribed by Dave Hein, Texas

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