Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1992

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Gospel Herald - Volume 85, Number 31 - August 4, 1992 ­ page 14.

Beachey, Melvin, 56. Born: March 1, 1936, Howard County, Ind., to Manasses and Katie (Beachy) Beachy. Died: June 13, 1992, Kokomo, Ind. Survivors-wife: Ada Troyer Beachey; sons: Daryl, John, Gregory, Douglas, Timothy; brothers and sister: Ezra, Menno, Jon, Shirley Roaden; 10 grandchildren. Funeral: June 16, Howard-Miami Mennonite Church, by Mick Sommers and Lee Miller. Burial: Christner Cemetery.

Bender, Verda Catherine, 77, London, Ont. Born: June 6, 1915, Tavistock, Ont., to Noah S. and Magdalena Ruby Bender. Died: June 16, 1992, London, Ont. Survivors-brothers and sisters: Fanny Gingerich, Mary Gingerich, Ervin and Ezra Bender. Funeral: June 19, Valley View Mennonite Church, by
Doris Weber. Burial: Steinmann Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Blosser, Aquila H., 86, Sterling Ill. Born: March 28, 1906, Harrisonburg, Va., to Perry J. and Ada (Lehman) Blosser. Died: July 3, 1992, Sterling, Ill. Survivors-wife: Mabel Frey Blosser; children: Elvin Perry, Darrell Lee, Laverne Daniel, Elaine Stuckey; brothers and sister: Oren, Eugene, Amos, Mary Kay Yoder; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 8, Science Ridge Mennonite, by S. Roy Kaufman.

Derstine, Sara A., 86, Souderton, Pa. Born: Franconia, Pa., to Joseph and Sallie (Alderfer) Halteman. Died: June 21, 1992, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-stepdaughter: Irene Moser; brother and sisters: Horace Halteman, Alice Kratz, Susan Schantz; 7 stepgrandchildren, 22 step-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Isaiah D. Derstine (husband). Funeral: June 24, Souderton Mennonite Homes, by Henry L. Ruth.

Dove, Jerry Duanne, 41, San Francisco, Calif. Born: April 21, 1951, Harrisonburg, Va., to Alden and Violet (Cullers) Dove. Died: June 14, 1992, San Francisco, Calif. Congregational membership: Cross Roads Mennonite Church, Timberville, Va. Graveside service: July 2, Mount Grove Church of the Brethren Cemetery, by Stanley R. Freed.

Golbeck, Flossie May, 83. Born: May 24, 1909, Kitchener, Ont., to Ramond and Annie Emory Golbeck. Died: July 1, 1992, Kitchener, Ont., of heart failure. Congregational membership: Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church. Funeral: July 3, Schreiter Sandrock Funeral Home, by Paul Martin. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery.

Gotwals, Alice C. (Hagey), 60, Souderton, Pa. Born: May 29, 1932, Franconia, Pa., to Jonas G. and Katie L. (Clemens) Hagey. Died: July 6, 1992, Lansdale, Pa. Survivors-husband: William S. Gotwals; children: Bradley H., Joan Yoder; brother and sisters: Jonas C. Hagey, Jean Miller, Elizabeth Hagey, Eva Clemmer; half sisters: Beatrice Ruth and Velma Derstine; 2 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 9, Franconia Mennonite Church, by John M. Ehst and Russell Detweiler.

Hamilton, Phoebe Naomi, 87. Born: Oct. 18, 1904, Oronogo, Mo., to James and Emma (Snyder) Hamilton. Died: June 4, 1992, Harper, Kan. Survivors-brother and sister: Joe, Hannah Hamilton. Funeral and burial: June 6, Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, by Weldon Martens and Leo McCarron.

Obituary correction: Phoebe Naomi Hamilton (Aug. 4, 1992, Gospel Herald) is survived by Ruth Troyer (sister).

King, Paul M., 83, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Jan. 6, 1909, Logan County, Ohio, to Amos and Nannie (King) King. Died: July 11, 1992, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Ida Hartzler King; children: Don, Lorraine Hoover, Donna Walker; sister: Vernane Headings; 7 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Wayne (son). Funeral and burial: July 15, South Union Mennonite Church, by Randy Reminder.

Lehman, Earl S., 71, Goshen, Ind. Born: Feb. 20, 1921, Lancaster, Pa., to George E. and Leah (Martin) Lehman. Died: May 27, 1992. Survivors-wife: Areta Graber; children: Samuel, Joseph, Esther Kawira, Benjamin, Jonathan; brothers and sisters: G. Irvin, Maurice, Claire, Ruth Sensenig, Gladys Kennel, Jane Stoltzfus; 6 grandchildren. Funeral (private): May 21, College Mennonite Church, by James Waltner. Burial: Elkhart Prairie Cemetery. Memorial service: June 28.

Miller, Ken Lynette, 13, Mount Joy, Pa. Born: Sept. 29, 1978, Lancaster, Pa., to Richard and Ann Miller. Died: June 25, 1992, Mount Joy, Pa., of Batten's disease. Survivors-brother and sister: Christopher, Kelly. Funeral and burial: June 29, Erisman Mennonite Church, by Eric Henderson, Norman Shenk, Andrew Miller, and Abram Hoover.

Moyer, Nelson Nyce, 86, Riegelsville, Pa. Born: Aug. 10, 1905, Harleysville, Pa., to Edwin L. and Lizzie Nyce Moyer. Died: July 5, 1992, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-wife: Martha Gehman Moyer; children: Daniel, John, Edwin, Grace Eicher, Beulah Walter; brothers and sister: Willard, D. Edwin, Beulah Clemmer; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 8, Swamp Mennonite Church, by William Brunk and Winfield Ruth.

Shantz, Orville, 79, Kitchener, Ont. Born: Sept. 2, 1912, Petersburg, Ont., to William and Veronica Shantz. Died: June 18, 1992, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors-wife: Kathryn Martin Shantz; son: William; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: June 21, Ratz-Bechtel Chapel, by Brice Balmer. Burial: First Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Yoder, Ethel G., 89, Goshen, Ind. Born: April 25, 1903, Sterling, Ill., to Samuel E. and Mary Ellen (Mamie) Reisner Good. Died: June 20, 1992, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-son and daughter: John Howard, Mary Ellen Meyer; brother: Charles Good; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by:
Howard C. Yoder (husband) and Charles Good Yoder (son). Funeral services: June 23, College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind., by James Waltner and Virgil Gerig, and June 24, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio. Burial: Oak Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume 85, Number 32 - August 11, 1992 ­ page 15.

Baechler, Frieda Ropp, 75, Shakespeare, Ont. Born: Dec. 4, 1916, Easthope Twp., Ont., to Menno B. and Annie Yantzi Ropp. Died: July 1, 1992, Stratford, Ont. Survivors-husband: Wilmer Baechler; children: Gloria, Arlene, Karen, Bruce, Murray; brothers and sisters: Omer Ropp, Barbara Zehr, Edna Schumm, Annie Mae Roth, Erma Lichti, Ada Bender; 3 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 4, East Zorra Mennonite Church, by Vernon Leis.

Birky, Paul Walter, 67, Kalispell, Mont. Born: Feb. 9, 1925, White Sulphur Springs, Mont., to Joe and Amanda Birky. Died: May 27, 1992, Kalispell, Mont., of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Evelyn Lais Birky; children: Dan, Frank, Brian, Luke, Jane Stutzman, Donna Allen, Linda Anderson; brothers and sisters: Jake, Ezra, Mary Ann Benson, Eva Gregg, Emma Ingold, Roy, Elmer, Harry, Vernon, Magdalene, Jonas; 12 grandchildren. Funeral: Mountain View Mennonite, by Dwight Hooley. Burial: Fairview Cemetery.

Geiser, Hilda (Treece), 67, Orrville, Ohio. Born: June 23, 1925, Guerne, Ohio, to Guy and Anna Mae (Rutt) Treece. Died: July 19, 1992, Canton, Ohio. Survivors-husband: Melvin Geiser; children: Loren, Marjorie Byler; brothers and sisters: Lela Mann, Evelyn Weiner, Clifford, Ivan; 4 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Homer Geiser (first husband). Graveside service: July 21, Kidron Mennonite Church Cemetery, by Bill Detweiler.

Gooding, Lorie (Conley), 73, Millersburg, Ohio. Born: May 24, 1919, in Pennsylvania to Harrison and Blanche Conley. Died: June 30, 1992, Millersburg, Ohio. Survivors-children: Kathy Phillips, Raymond, Jr., David, Betty Proper, Joseph, Mary Tish, Christine Hicks, Danna Butler, Matthew; brother and sister: Hudson, Jane Adams; 24 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Raymond Gooding (husband) and twin sons. Funeral: July 2, Millersburg Mennonite Church, by Robert and Enid Schloneger. Burial: Killbuck Cemetery. (Lorie was a poet whose poems appeared in Gospel Herald through the years.)

Hershberger, Bertha Ellen (Guengerich), 91, Parnell, Iowa. Born: Dec. 8, 1900, Wellman, Iowa, to Lewis J. and Mary Hochstetler Guengerich. Died: July 12, 1992, Parnell, Iowa. Survivors-children: Velma Hershberger, Dorothy Miller, Doris Redding; sister: Fern Rensberger; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ora J. Hershberger (husband). Funeral and burial: July 14, West Union Mennonite Church, by Merv Birky.

Magill, Edna M. (Wismer), 90, Bechtelsville, Pa. Born: Aug. 23, 1901, Creamery, Pa. Died: July 8, 1992, of cardiac arrest. Survivors-children: George R., Edward A.; brother: Francis Wismer; 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Robert T. Magill (husband). Funeral and burial: July 11, Lower Skippack Mennonite Church, by Roy K. Yoder.

Wagler, Doris Marie, 63, Tavistock, Ont. Born: Jan. 21, 1929, East Zorra Twp., Ont., to Nicholas and Clara (Erb) Zehr. Died: July 15, 1992, Tavistock, Ont., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Melvin Wagler; children: Betty Green, Brenda Barnes, Larry, Wayne, Janet Nafziger; brothers and sisters: Jean Gascho, Delmer, Curtis, Lorne, Ivan; 7 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July18, East Zorra Mennonite Church, by Vernon Leis.

Yoder, Harold O., 76, Elizabethtown, Pa. Born: April 25, 1916, Wakarusa, Ind., to O. Lloyd and Elsie Good Yoder. Died: July 12, 1992, Elizabethtown, Pa. Survivors-children: Doris Yoder, Marlene Burkholder, Lisa Buckwalter, Jay Yoder, William Schultz, Timothy Duvall; sisters: Leora Yoder, Kathryn Turner. Predeceased by: Mary Gish Yoder (wife). Funeral: July 15, Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, by Richard H. Frank and Lawrence M. Yoder. Burial: Good's Mennonite Cemetery.


Gospel Herald ­ August 18, 1992 ­ No issue on this date.


Gospel Herald - Volume 85, Number 33 - August 25, 1992 ­ pages 14, 15.

Bauman, Warren, 27, Elora, Ont. Born: Oct. 15, 1964, Fergus, Ont., to Henry and Erla (Wideman) Bauman. Drowned: July 19, 1992, Coquitlam, B.C. Survivors-brothers and sisters: Marlene Hornsby, Ron Bauman, Grace Bott, Ken Bauman, Doris Holst, Wayne Bauman, Laurie Bauman. Funeral and burial: July 24, Bethel Mennonite Church, by Art Byer.

Brown, Rebecca Ann, 33, Solon, Ohio. Born: Jan. 3, 1959, Cleveland, Ohio, to Harold and Lorene (Williams) Brown. Died: July 27, 1992, Cleveland, Ohio, of Huntington's chorea. Survivors-brother and sister: Jay and Sandra Brown. Funeral: July 31, Friendship Mennonite Church, by David Orr. Burial:
Roselawn Cemetery.

Foltz, Bessie E., 83. Born: Nov. 13, 1908, Mathias, W. Va., to John and Nancy (Delawder) Foltz. Died: Aug. 2, 1992, Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors- son: Scott Funkhouser; brother and sisters: David Foltz, Eunice Rohrbaugh, Edith Halterman, Lulu Sherman, Orpha Foltz, Nora See. Funeral: Aug. 4, Mathias Mennonite Church, by Linden M. Wenger and Harold Emswiler. Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Gahman, Elizabeth Lapp Detweiler, 83, Franconia, Pa. Born: April 17, 1909, New Britain Twp., Pa., to Harvey H. and Elizabeth Lapp Detweiler. Died: June 14, 1992, Sellersville, Pa. Survivors-children: E. Eileen Derstine, M. Kathleen Groff, E. Dale; sister: Ruth Derstine; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: S. Elmer Gahman (husband). Funeral and burial: June 18, Deep Run Mennonite Church, by James Burkholder, Wilson Kratz, and Beth Yoder.

Godshall, Mae Detweiler, 72, Souderton, Pa. Born: Jan. 28, 1920, Telford, Pa., to Alfred A. and Marietta C. (Freed) Detweiler. Died: July 26, 1992, Souderton, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Norman S. Godshall; children: Paul D., Dorothy G. Beidler, Anna Mae Landis, Norman Lee, Marie Griffith; 15 grandchildren. Predeceased by: David and Kenneth (sons). Funeral and burial: July 31, Plains Mennonite Church, by Richard J. Lichty and Daniel W. Lapp.

Histand, Fannie K. (Good), 89, Souderton, Pa. Born: June 7, 1903, East Petersburg, Pa., to Daniel H. and Anna K. Kreider Good. Died: July 22, 1992, Sellersville, Pa. Survivors-son: Ernest G.; stepchildren: Herbert H., Norman H., Walter H., Robert H., Lena Hunsberger, Mary Reinford, Mabel Detweiler, Nancy Kulp, June Histand; sisters: Anna Becker, Ella Hess; 2 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 25 stepgrandchildren, 18 step-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Daniel L. Histand (second husband) and Abram L. Histand (first husband). Funeral and burial: July 25, Doylestown Mennonite Church, by Duane Bishop and Henry L. Ruth.

Kanagy, Forrest, 88, Goshen, Ind. Born: Sept. 10, 1903, Champaign County, Ohio, to George W. and Anna M. Detweiler Kanagy. Died: July 17, 1992, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-wife: Mabel Roth Kanagy; children: Gene, Dale, Mary Lou Hooley; 10 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Seba Yoder Kanagy (first wife). Funeral: July 19, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann and Robert Shreiner. Burial: Fairview Cemetery.

Miller, David Ebersole, 81, State College, Pa. Born: May 30, 1910, Middletown, Pa., to David Z. and Susie Ebersole Miller Died: March 17, 1992, State College, Pa. Survivors-wife: Susanna Rutt Miller; children: David, Donald, Mary, James; brothers and sister: Ira, Martin, Elizabeth Longenecker; 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 21, Mount Calvary Church, by David Janssen. Burial: Shope's Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Miller, Martin Longenecker, 77, Lititz, Pa. Born: Oct. 10, 1914, Middletown, Pa., to David Z. and Susie Ebersole Miller. Died: March 26, 1992, Lititz, Pa. Survivors-children: Margaret, Kenneth, Miriam, Carolyn; brother and sister: Ira, Elizabeth Longenecker; 7 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Janet Eby Miller (wife). Funeral: March 30, Landis Homes Chapel, by Donald Good and Ira Miller. Burial: Shope's Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Oswald, Samuel "Sam," Sr., 91, Beemer, Neb. Born: April 22, 1901, Beemer, Neb., to Jacob and Margaretha (Wilford) Oswald. Died: July 27, 1992, Beemer, Neb. Survivors-children: Rolland, Ralph, Sam, Jr., Berniece Kaufman; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mary Huebert Oswald (wife). Funeral and burial: July 30, Beemer Mennonite Church, by Roger Hazen and Ivan Troyer.

Penner, Edna Gaede, 88, Goshen, Ind. Born: Nov, 1, 1903, Hillsboro, Kan., to Abraham B. and Anna Duerksen Gaede. Died: June 13, 1992, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors-children: Paul, Howard, Shirley Friesen; sisters: Malenda Groening, Esther Lepp; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Henry Peter Penner (husband). Funeral: June 16, College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind., by James Waltner, and June 18, Valley View Mennonite Bible Church, Cimarron, Kan., by David Froese. Burial: Cimarron Cemetery.

Yoder, Ora M., 85, Shipshewana, Ind. Born: Dec. 17, 1906, Shipshewana, Ind., to Masellas D. and Mary Ann (Berkey) Yoder. Died: July 14, 1992, Goshen, Ind., of a stroke. Survivors- wife: Grace Smeltzer Yoder; children: Janet, Marion; sister: Ruth Grabill; 3 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Leon (son) and Elaine (daughter). Funeral and burial: July17, Shore Mennonite Church, by Barry Loop.

Yoder, Rachel T. (Peachey), 92, Belleville, Pa. Born: Sept. 19, 1899, to Solomon D. and Katie (Spicher) Peachey. Died: July 28, 1992, Belleville, Pa. Survivors-children: Eva Peachey, Kathryn Yoder, Lewis, Glenn, Clara Mae Williams; brother and sister: Eva Kauffman, Raymond R. Peachey; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Samuel M. Yoder (husband). Funeral: July 31, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by Max Zook and Erie Renno. Burial: Allensville Mennonite Cemetery.

Zook, Abner E., 70, Belleville, Pa. Born: Dec. 11, 1921, Lancaster, Pa., to John F. and Emma (Byler) Zook. Died: July 29, 1992, Lewistown, Pa. Survivors-children: Martha Myers, Esther Narehood, Susan Eby, Judy Goss, Abner S.; brothers and sisters: Miriam Brown, Priscilla E. Zook, Enos D. Zook, Urie J. Zook; 8 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Elizabeth M. Kauffman (wife). Funeral and burial: Aug. 1, Allensville Mennonite Church, by Philip Barr, Paul Bender, and Lee Kanagy.

Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon

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