Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1992

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Gospel Herald - Volume 85, Number 43 - November 3, 1992 - page 14

Clemens, Henry S., 86, Souderton, Pa. Born: Sept. 25, 1906, Souderton, Pa., to Jacob A. and Elizabeth (Sell) Clemens. Died: Oct. 4, 1992, Sellersville, Pa. Survivors - brother: Melvin S. Clemens. Funeral and burial: Oct. 8, Souderton Mennonite Church, by Gerald A. Clemmer and Steven C. Nyce.

Habecker, Esther G., 99. Born: April 12, 1893, Washington Boro, Pa., to Christian C. and Annie (Gamber) Habecker. Died: June 9, 1002, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors - brothers: John G., Charles G., Roy G. Funeral and burial: June 13, Habecker Mennonite Church, by Christian B. Charles, Elmer F. Kennel, and Landis Myer.

Kauffman, Fannie Ellen (Swarey), 93, Mill Creek, Pa. Born: Feb. 10, 1899, Belleville, Pa., to John G. and Mattie (Kurtz) Swarey. Died: Oct. 3, 1992, Lewistown, Pa., of cardiac arrest. Survivors - children: Sadie Hartzler, Bertha Kanagy, Malinda Sharp; sister: Linda Peachey; 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one foster grandchild, 2 foster great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 33 step-great-grandchildren, 6 step-great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Joseph J. Kauffman (husband). Funeral: Oct. 7, Beth-El Mennonite Church, by J. Elrose Hartzler, Roy L. Yoder, and Foster King. Burial: Allensville Mennonite Cemetery.

Steinmann, Mary (Roth), 99, New Hamburg. Ont. Born: Aug. 16, 1892, Wellesley Twp., Ont., to Joseph and Catherine (Zehr) Roth. Died: July 4, 1992, New Hamburg, Ont. Survivors - children: Mabel Kennel, Reuben, Walter, Irene Bender, Dorothy Schwartzentruber, Arthur, Ervin, Ruth Bender, David; sister Edna Roth; 31 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Abraham Steinmann (husband). Funeral and burial: July 7, Steinmann Mennonite Church, by Ingrid Loepp Thiessen and Fred Lichti.

Zweig, Harry G., 82, Hatfield, Pa. Born: March 14, 1910, Philadelphia, Pa., to Harry F. and Julie (Freas) Zweig. Died: Oct. 2, 1992, Lansdale, Pa., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Carrie Louise (Rahn) Zweig; children: Dorothy Yoder, Robert H., JoAnne Carlson; brother: Edward Zweig; 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 9, Plains Mennonite Church, by Richard J. Lichty.

Transcribed by: Laura Bontrager Dube, Illinois.


Gospel Herald - Volume 85, Number 44 - November 10, 1992, page 15

Bauman, Harvey W., 75, Telford, Pa. Born: July 30, 1917, Lancaster, Pa., to David B. and Emma W. Bauman. Died: Oct 14, 1992, Telford, Pa. Survivors - wife: Veldora (Eshleman) Bauman; children: Wilbur E., Glenn R., Carl R., Leon J., Miriam E. Allison, Ruth Ann Reinford, Ellen; brothers and sisters: Ivan W., David B., Anna Bomberger, Ruth Stoner, Mary Nissley, Dorothy Heller; 16 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Chester Lloyd (son). Memorial service and burial: Oct. 24, Line Lexinton Mennonite Church, by Paul G. Landis and Lowell H. Delp.
He was secretary of the Publication Board of the Mennonite Publishing House from 1950 to 1953. He was principal at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School from 1960 to 1965, and was ordained minister at Line Lexington Mennonite Church in 1968.

Cave, Doris (Omah), 73, Sarasota, Fla. Born: March 12, 1919, Kosciuosko County, Ind. Died: Oct. 7, 1992, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors - husband: Bernard R. Cave; step-daughter: Janice A.; brother: Ralph Omah. Congregational membership: Bahia Vista Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 12, Sunnyside Village, Sarasota, Fla., by A. Don Augsburger. Burial: Venice Memorial Gardens, Venice, Fla.

Erb, Mattie (Kennel), 89, Zurich, Ont. Born: April 28, 1904, to Nicholas and Fannie Kennell. Died: Oct. 3, 1992, Zurich, Ont. Survivors - children: Roy, Margaret Gingerich, Grace Martin, Mary Lou, Pearl Ann Martin; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Edmund Erb (husband). Funeral: Oct. 6, Zurich Mennonite Church, by Ephraim Gingerich and Winston Martin. Burial: Blake Cemetery.

Hershberger, James Arthur, 65, Wellman, Iowa. Born: March 16, 1927, Johnson County, Iowa, to Simon and Barbara (Bender) Hershberger. Died: Oct. 8, 1992, Iowa City, Iowa. Survivors - wife: Ruth (Brenneman) Hershberger; mother: Barbara Hershberger; children: Wayne, Linda Adams, Barbie Bender, Sharon King, Connie Holman; brothers and sisters: Glenn, Paul, Carroll, Verda Miller, Mary Ellen Miller, Norma Hochstedler; 13 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Oct. 10, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, by Elmer Miller and Kevin Holman.

Holdeman, Ivan E., 69, Lakewood, Colo. Born: Hesston, Kan., to Ezra and Anna (Jantz) Holdeman. Died: July 2, 1992, of pancreatic cancer. Survivors - wife: Anna (Theocharides) Holdeman; children: Elizabeth Wessner, Cynthia, Bruce; brothers and sisters: Vesta Eichelberger, Cleda Rixse, Alma Ratzloff, Marge Unruh, Paul, Menno. Funeral: July 9, First Mennonite Church, Denver, Colo.

Kinzie, Della Marion, 77, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Aug. 4, 1915, Preston, Ont., to Ephraim and Nancy (Dettweiler) Kinzie. Died: Oct. 1, 1992, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors - sisters: Verda, Orpha. Congregational membership: Preston Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 3, Fairview Mennonite Home Auditorium, by Amzie Brubacher. Burial: Hagey Cemetery.

Martin, Omar William, 78, Sarasota, Fla. Born: Oct. 22, 1913, Hopedale, Ill., to William and Amelia (Birky) Martin. Died: Oct. 12, 1992, Sarasota, Fla., of heart failure. Survivors - wife: Laura (Miller) Martin; children: Richard A., Allen R., Karen Basinger, Mary Ann Upton; brothers and sisters: Lester, Mary Bachman, Eva Owen, Lila Miller, Verna Johnson, Wilma Reinke; 11 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 15, Bay Shore Mennonite Church, by Howard S. Schmitt and Larry Owen. Burial: Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, Fla.

McElfresh, Anne (Grogen), 77, Jackson, Ohio. Born: Sept. 17, 1915, Parkersburg, W. Va., to Walter and Susan (Grogan). Died: Sept. 22, 1992, Gallipolis, Ohio, from emphysema. Survivors - children: Walter, George, Stephanie Jarvis, Virginia Dorwalt; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Bill McElfresh (husband). Funeral: Oct. 10, Hillside Chapel, by Jim and Isabel Mullett. Body donated to science research.

Stoner, John H., 88, Lititz, Pa. Born: March 21, 1904, Strasburg Twp., Pa., to Ephraim H. and Lizzie (Weaver) Stoner. Died: Aug. 9, 1992. Survivors - wife: Fannie E. (Groff) Peifer Stoner; children: Alrene R. Miller, Erma M. Huber, Violet L. Mowrer, Joanne R. Herr, John D.; stepchildren: Melvin G. Peifer, Chris G. Peifer, Irene J. Miller; 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 14 stepgrandchildren, 26 step-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mary L. (Rutt) Stoner (first wife). Funeral and burial: Aug. 13, Strasburg Mennonite Church, by Donald W. Good, J. Wade Groff, and Charles Good.

Wideman, Noah, 78, Camrose, Alta. Born: Oct. 8, 1913, Mayton, Alta., to William and Sarah (Brubaker) Wideman. Died: Oct. 5, 1992, Camrose, Alta., of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: Margaret (Glasener) Wideman; children: Noelle Sitler, Bonnie Maurer, Becky Pochipinski, Donald, Graham, Dennis, Marshall; brothers and sisters: John, William, Leonard, Sam, Martha Lauber, Eva Brenneman, Lydia, Esther Hansen, Naomi Yoder, Edith, Hazel Martin, Ella May Burnstad; 18 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral and burial: Oct. 8, Salem Mennonite Church, by Levi Smoker.

Yoder, Mabel F. (Myers), 84, Wakarusa, Ind. Born: April 7, 1908, Nappanee, Ind., to Aaron and Clara (Weldy) Myers. Died: Oct. 18, 1992, from a stroke. Survivors - husband: John Yoder; children: Royce, Kenneth, Marlene Miller, Lorene Gross, Theda Mast; brothers and sisters: Bertha Martin, Maxine Newcomer, Kenneth, Roscoe, Forest L., Warren, and Lowell Myers; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Janice E. and Wilda J. (daughters). Funeral: Oct. 22, North Main Street Mennonite Church, by Ken Bontreger. Burial: Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Ziegler, Ada I. (Burkhart), 95, Sarasota, Fla. Born: Feb. 14, 1897, Newton, Kan., to Eli and Fannie (Bare) Burkhart. Died: Oct. 15, 1992, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors - stepchildren: James, Dale; brother and sisters: Calvin, Clara Haner, Gladys Burkhart; 10 stepgrandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Curtis Ziegler (husband), John Ziegler (stepson). Funeral: Oct. 19, BayShore Mennonite Church, by Howard S. Schmitt. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.

Transcribed by: Laura Bontrager Dube, Illinois.


Gospel Herald - Volume 85, Number 45 - November 17, 1992, page 14.

Barnes, Berdine (Wyse), 54, Sugarcreek, Ohio. Born: June 8, 1938, Wayland, Iowa, to Maynard and Bernice (Wyse) Wyse. Died: Oct. 23, 1992, Sugarcreek, Ohio. Survivors - husband: Robert Barnes; daughters: Leslie Fluharty, Rachel; parents; brothers and sister: Leland and Douglas Wyse, Linda Smucker; 2 grandchildren. Memorial Service: Oct. 26, First Mennonite Church, by Melvin Leidig. Burial: Union Hall Cemetery.

Buckwalter, Everett S., 77, Intercourse, Pa. Born: Feb. 14, 1915, Lancaster Co., Pa., to Menno and Ida (Schmidt) Buckwalter. Died: Sept. 17, 1992, in an automobile accident. Survivors - wife: Fannie (Groff) Buckwalter; children: Elva Beach, Paul H., Melvin E., Raymond G., Everett G.; step-brother: Robert. Congregational membership: Hershey Mennonite Church.

Egli, Anna (Nitzsche), 98, Manson, Iowa. Born: Feb. 4, 1894, Fulda, Minn., to Julius and Barbara (Oswald) Nitzsche. Died: Oct. 11, 1992, Lake City, Iowa. Survivors - children: Norma Carver, Irene Mays, Darlene Frahm, Betty Smothers, Donna Struzenberg, Lloyd, Leonard; brothers and sisters: Dan, Elmer, and Bertha Nitzsche, Clara Roth, Lillian Erb; 25 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by: William Egli (husband). Funeral: Oct. 14, Manson Mennonite Church, by Curt Kuhns. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.

Gartin, Thomas Richard, 77, Manson, Iowa. Born: Sept. 20, 1915, American Falls, Idaho, to Orville and Dora (Lewis) Gartin. Died: Oct. 4, 1992, Fort Dodge, Iowa, of heart failure. Survivors - wife: Dessie Juanita (Johnson) Gartin; children: Myra Jane Hamell, Patricia Ann Cutting, Bob Richard; brothers and sisters: Lester, Genevieve Stephens, Ruth Sowards, Ardelle Stephens, Christine Jensen; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 7, Manson Mennonite Church, by Curt Kuhns. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.

Leis, Leroy, 71, Wellesley, Ont. Born: Aug. 11, 1921, Wellesley Twp., Ont., to Amos and Nancy (Steinman) Leis. Died: Oct. 21, Kitchener, Ont., from cardiac arrest. Surivors - wife: Marion (Bender) Leis; children: Wayne, Willard, Wesley, Donna McTavish; stepchildren: Elaine Schuelter, Raymond Bender, Sharon Brown, Ronald Bender; brother: Omer Leis; 13 grandchildren; 7 stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Vera (Gascho) Leis (first wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 24, Maple View Mennonite Church, by Victor Dorsch and Ephraim Gingerich.

Martin, Lydian (Hoffman), 89, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Jan. 9, 1903, to Menno and Suzanna (Eby) Hoffman. Died: Oct. 16, 1992, Cambridge, Ont. Predeceased by: Abner Martin (husband) and Nancy Martin (daughter). Funeral and burial: St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, by Amzie Brubacher.

McLean, Ada Blanche (Murray), 89, Scottdale, Pa. Born: June 6, 1903, to George E. and Ada (Bodenheimer) Murray. Died: Aug. 11, 1992. Survivors - children: Mary Geyer, Samuel, Raymond J., Jr., Charles E., David F., Homer E.; brothers and sisters: Homer E., Sylis F., and Paul A. Murray, Mabel Baird, Irene Boddice, Jessi Mae Knox; 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Margaret Ware (daughter). Funeral: Aug. 14, James Murphy Memorial Home, by Donald G. Cochran. Burial: Scottdale Cemetery.

Michael, Anna M., 88, Scottdale, Pa. Born: Nov. 16, 1903, Grantsville, Md. Raised by Daniel and Lydia Bender. Died: Sept. 29, 1992, Scottdale, Pa. Survivors - daughters: Sandra Johnson, Grace Hill; one grandchild. Predeceased by: S. Vernon Michael (husband). Memorial service: Oct. 2, Mennonite Church of Scottdale, by John E. Sharp. Burial: Scottdale Cemetery.

Ruth, Sadie H., 83, Souderton, Pa. Born: Nov. 7, 1908, Lederach, Pa., to Clayton and Lydia (Hunsberger) Ruth. Died: Oct. 15, 1992, Souderton, Pa. Survivor - sister: Elizabeth Bergey. Funeral: Oct. 19, Souderton Mennonite Home Chapel, by Duane Bishop. Burial: Doylestown Mennonite Cemetery.

Schrock, Alice (Ramer), 55, Wakarusa, Ind. Born: April 16, 1937, Elkhart County, Ind., to Edna Ramer. Died: Oct. 23, 1992, Elkhart, Ind., of cancer. Survivors - husband: Devon Schrock; children: Dan, Matthew, Peggy Stickler; brothers: Richard, Roger, Rex; 3 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 26, Holdeman Mennonite Church, by Dan Schrock, Sam Troyer, and Russell Krabill. Burial: Olive West Cemetery.

Strickland, Frances (Dean), 80, Newport News, Va. Born: Jan 30, 1912, Richmond, Va., to Early and Bertha (Pugh) Dean. Died: Sept. 20, 1992, Newport News. Va. Survivors - children: Ruth S. Allen, Mearle S. Binan, Arthur D., Faith S. Groom; 16 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Arthur Ree Strickland (husband). Funeral: Sept. 23, Huntington Mennonite Church, by Lloyd Weaver, Jr., and Ron Penner. Burial: Peninsula Memorial Park.

Troyer, Fern (Handrich) Gusler, 78, Fairview, Mich. Born: Sept. 12, 1914, Fairview, Mich., to Jacob and Verna (Beachy) Handrich. Died: Oct. 21, 1992, Fairview, Mich., of congestive heart failure. Survivors - children: Owen, Nelson, and Donald Gusler, Dawn Gusler Larrison; brothers: Forest, Willard, and Bruce Handrich; 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: David Troyer (second husband), Basil Gusler (first husband), and Claire Everett Gusler (son). Funeral and burial: Fairview Mennonite Church, by Virgil Hershberger.

Yoder, Fanny J. (Yoder), 72. Born: March 19, 1920, Dodge City, Kan., to Jonas and Anna (Bontrager) Yoder. Died: Oct. 23, 1992. Survivors - children: Donna Schrock, Robert, James; brother and sister: Ralph Yoder, Lydia Overholt; 8 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Jacob E. Yoder (husband). Funeral and burial: Oct. 27, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by Tom Miller.

Transcribed by: Laura Bontrager Dube, Illinois.


Gospel Herald - Volume 85, Number 46 - November 24, 1992, page 14.

Geiser, Melvin, 84, Orrville, Ohio. Born: June 20, 1908, Kidron, Ohio, to Peter and Lydia (Steiner) Geiser. Died: Oct. 30, 1992, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors - children: Harold, Arlene Hershberger; sister: Pearl; 6 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Hilda Geiser (second wife) and Mabel Huff (first wife). Funeral and burial: Nov. 2, Kidron Mennonite Church, by Bill Detweiler.

Hoover, Maribeth, stillborn, Aug. 18, Sellersville, Pa., to Glenn and Loreen (Mininger) Hoover. Survivors - brother: Matthew Paul; grandparents: Willis and Mary Hoover, Elva Mininger. Graveside service and burial: Aug. 20, Franconia Mennonite Church Cemetery, by Russell Detweiler and Jay Delp.

Hostetler, Claud M., 79, Albany, Ore. Born: April 1, 1913, Middlebury, Ind., to Monroe and Katie (Miller) Hostetler. Died: Oct. 28, 1992, Albany, Ore., of congestive heart failure. Survivors - wife: Nora (Horst) Hostetler; children: Philip, Claudia Cline; sister: Margaret Higgins; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Steven (son).
He was ordained May 23, 1948, and pastored Portland (Ore.) Mennonite Church 13 years, and Lake Grove Community Church for 3 years. Funeral: Oct. 31, Fairview Mennonite Church, by Earl Sheats.

Leichty, Simon, 77, Rensselaer, Ind. Born: Feb. 3, 1915, Fair Oaks, Ind., to John and Salome (Chupp) Leichty. Died: Sept. 3, 1992, Lafayette, Ind., of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: V. Alice (Downs) Leichty; children: Walter, Ronald, Philip, JoAnn Maupin; brothers: Jacob, Carl; 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Sept. 6, Burr Oak Mennonite Church, by Jerry Kissinger and Sergio Rivera.

Nafziger, Ora W., 76, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Oct. 1, 1916, Archbold, Ohio, to Charley J. and Malinda (Rufenacht) Nafziger. Died: Oct. 24, 1992, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors - children: Rollin, Gene, O. William, Lou Ann Rupp, Marcine Klopfenstein, Rose Mary, Bonnie Ottmann, Jane Antonacci; brothers and sisters: Earl, Vern, Lillian Sauder, Pauline Rossman; 18 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Dorothy Nafziger (wife). Funeral: Oct. 27, Central Mennonite Church, by Charles H. Gautsche and Mary Jo Rossman-Bray. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Snyder, Gladys D. (Zook), 93, Hesston, Kan. Born: May 9, 1899, Harrisonville, Md., to Jonathon and Carrie (King) Zook. Died: Sept. 25, 1992, Hesston, Kan. Survivors - children: Kenneth, Melvin, Alta Krabill, Lois Birkey, Alma Schloneger; 25 grand children, 39 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Bert D. Snyder (husband) and Alan Snyder (son). Funeral: Sept. 28, Schowalter Villa, by Murray Krabill and Vernon Lohrentz. Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery.

Souder, Emma C., 71, Souderton, Pa. Born: Nov. 19, 1920, Franconia Twp., Pa., to Menno B. And Esther M. (Clemmer) Souder. Died: Oct. 24, 1992, Souderton, Pa. ÝSurvivor - sister: Naomi C. Hackman. Funeral and burial: Oct. 28, Franconia Mennonite Church, by John M. Ehst and Russell M. Detweiler.

Transcribed by Laura Bontrager Dube, Illinois

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