Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1993

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Gospel Herald - Volume 86, Number 27 - July 6, 1993-page 31

Christy, Paul Wilson, 77, Lansdale, Pa. Born: July 12, 1915, Roxborough, Pa., to Otis Arthur and Laura Johnson Christy. Died: June 2, 1993, Doylestown, Pa. Survivors-wife: Grace Ruth Katzenmoyer Christy; children: Paul W., Jr., Howard Arthur II; brother: Roland J.; 5 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: June 7, Plains Mennonite Church by Richard J. Lichty and Arthur K. Hackman.

Eash, Frank G., 97, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Oct. 9, 1896, Johnson Co., Iowa to George W. and Katie Bender Eash. Died: May 19, 1993, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors-children: George, Arlene Miller; siblings: Samuel H., Amelius M., Mary Fairchild; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Erma Swartzendruber Eash (wife), Amos (son), Evelyn Fisher (daughter). Funeral and burial: May 22, West Union Mennonite Church, by Melvin Birky.

Gisel, Chester "Chet" D., 82, Wauseon, Ohio. Born: July 24, 1910, Fulton Co., Ohio to Albert and Amanda Lehman Gisel. Died: May 11, 1993, Fulton Co., Ohio. Survivors- wife: Ella Short Gisel; son: Merle; brothers: Vern, Ralph, Walter; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: May 14, Central Mennonite Church, by Homer Yutzy, Dale Wyse, and Brad Faler. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Kennell, Ada Imhoff, 89, Goshen, Ind. Born: Jan. 3, 1904, Roanoke, Ill., to John and Bertha Schertz Imhoff. Died: June 8, 1993, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-children: Larry, Sharon Kauffmann; sisters: Freda Reiff, Wilma Stealy, Mattie Schertz; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Simon Kennell (husband). Funeral: June 11, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann. Burial: Roanoke Cemetery.

Nutter, Joanne Lassoline Holt, 62, Front Royal, Va. Born: July 20, 1930, Illinois, to Ward P. and Margaret Lassoline. Died: May 25, 1993, Front Royal, Va., of cancer. Congregational Membership: Big Spring Mennonite Church. Memorial service: May 29, Front Royal Presbyterian Church, by D. Paul Mishler and Bruce Stevens. Body donated to medical research.

Ruth, Henry L., 74, Harleysville, Pa. Born: Oct. 12, 1918, Souderton, Pa., to Henry M. and Mary Landis Ruth. Died: June 7, 1993, Lansdale, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Stella M. Groff Ruth; children: Fern Kraybill, Lois R. Shank, Karl G., Daniel G.; brothers and sisters: Bessie L. Rittenhouse, Eva Kratz, Ella L., Paul L., Alpheus L.; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: June 10, Salford Mennonite Church, by Michael Derstine, Russel Detweiler, and Richard Early. Burial: Rockhill Mennonite Church. He was ordained in 1951 and pastored for over 30 years. He was director of "Life With God" radio broadcast from 1965-1977.

Transcribed by Justyn Hindersman, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume 86, Number 28 - July 13, 1993 - page 15

Bumbaugh, Arlene, 77. Born: March 18, 1916, Pondbank, Pa., to Charles H. and Lydia G. Cook Bumbaugh. Died: March 25, 1993, Chambersburg, Pa., of a heart attack. Survivors-brothers and sisters: Mark, Charles, Jr., John, Martin, Isabel, Grace. Funeral: March 28, Menno-Haven Chapel, by Alvin Kanagy, Nelson L. Martin, and Menno Sollenberger. Burial: Park Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Beachy, Lulu Miller Schlabach, 86, Millersburg, Ohio. Born: June 13, 1907, Holmes County, Ohio, to David W. and Paulina Hostetler Miller. Died: June 13, 1993, Millersburg, Ohio. Survivors-children: Raymond, Alvin, Irene Yoder, LeRoy, Abner, Jr., Martha Coblentz, Mary Bear; stepdaughter: Barbara Beachy Hershberger; sisters: Sylvia Yoder, Arie Miller; 27 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, one stepgrandchild, 3 step-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Norman D. Beachy (second husband) and Abner J. Schlabach (first husband). Funeral and burial: June 16, Zion Conservative Mennonite Church, by Fred Hostetler and Levi Miller.

Birky, Simon G., 85, Hopedale, Ill. Born: July 23, 1907, Hopedale, Ill., to John C. and Elizabeth Grieser Nafziger Birky. Died: June 16, 1993, Hopedale, Ill., of congestive heart failure. Survivors-wife: Ruth Miller; children: Jerold L., John L., Karen Nachtigall; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by an infant son. Funeral and burial: June 19, Hopedale Mennonite Church, by H. J. Smith and Carl Horner.

French, Charles B., 62. Born: April 1, 1931, McVeytown, Pa., to William H. and Ruth M. Kauffman French. Died: June 7, 1993, State College, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Mary E. Kauffman French; children: Charles Lynn, Deborah Elizabeth Conner, Marlene S. Smoker, Douglas Bruce; brothers and sisters: Mark E., Annie Smith, David W., J. Paul, Jesse A., Samuel J., Harry J., Mary Alice, Raymond E.; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: June 10, Maple Grove Mennonite Church, by Ivan Yoder. Burial: Locust Grove Cemetery.

Keller, Mildred K. Wambold, 74, Souderton, Pa. Born: April 22, 1919, Skippack Twp., Pa., to Oswin and Alice Keyser Wambold. Died: June 15, 1993, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-husband: Norman F. Keller; children: Esther Cassel, Robert W., Stanley W., Ray W.; brother: Oswin Wambold; 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: June 19, Franconia Mennonite Meetinghouse, by Russell Detweiler, John Ehst, and Floyd Hackman.

Kreider, J. Landis, 83, Quarryville, Pa. Born: Jan. 1, 1910, Lancaster, Pa., to John M. and Mary M. Lefever Kreider. Died: June 15, 1993, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-children: Mary Denlinger, Norma Phillips, Shirley Mitchell, Joyce Shenk, J. Marlin, Lloyd N., Glenn L.; sister and brothers: Helen Brenneman, Richard, John, Elvin; 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ruth Herr Kreider (wife). Funeral and burial: June 18, New Providence Mennonite Church, by Paul L. Dagen and Robert A. Harnish.

Kunkel, Martin E., 75, Lancaster, Pa. Born: May 10, 1918, Kirkwood, Pa., to Earl G. and Gertrude Thomas Kunkel. Died: June 12, 1993, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-wife: Mary Edna Groff Kunkel; children: Marian, Janet, John, Glenn, Kenneth; brother: Earl; half-sister: Emma Marie Kunkel-Guringe; 6 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: June 16, New Providence Mennonite Church, by Paul L. Dagen, Robert A. Harnish, and Doug Graybill.

Leaman, Elsie Martin, 85, Lancaster, Pa. Born: May 13, 1908, Lancaster Co., Pa., to David and Frances Martin. Died: June 20, 1993, Lititz, Pa. Survivors-children: Benjamin D., Carl M., David M., Norma M. Denlinger, Ray K.; sister: Anna Martin; 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Benjamin D. Leaman (husband). Funeral and burial: June 22, Mellingers Mennonite Church, by Leon Oberholtzer and David Buckwalter.

Rodgers, Lloyd Joseph, 69, Hesston, Kan. Born: April 1, 1924, Hesston, Kan., to Joseph and Helena Groneman Rodgers. Died: May 9, 1993, of pneumonia. Survivors-wife: Pearl Hershberger Rodgers; children: Florence Schloneger, Robert, Bonnie Stauffer, Betty Boettger, Kenneth; 9 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ruth (daughter). Funeral: May 13, Whitestone Mennonite Church, by Ronald Guengerich and Ken Livengood. Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery.

Zehr, Michael Monroe, 73, Fort Wayne, Ind. Born: Nov. 16, 1919, Fort Wayne, Ind., to Sam S. and Elizabeth Stauffer Zehr. Died: May 7, 1993, Fort Wayne, Ind., of heart failure. Survivors-wife: Mabel May Crossgrove Zehr; children: Jerold Lee, James Lamar, Michael Keith, Archie Duane, Lynn Kevin, Joyce Elaine Bowen; brothers: Henry H., Jack J., Samuel S., Elmer E.; 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Congregational membership: Anderson Mennonite Church. Funeral: May 10, D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, by Verlin Haarer. Burial: Leo Cemetery.

Transcribed by Justyn Hindersman, Indiana.


Gospel Herald - Volume 86, Number 29 - July 20, 1993 - page 15.

Grieser, Roy E., 74, Paxton, Ill. Born: July 27, 1918, Dewey, Ill., to George M. and Lena Beacher Grieser. Died: June 24, 1993, Urbana, Ill., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Geraldine B. Noland Grieser; children: Stanley, Stephen, Marlene Stalter, Patricia Grace; brothers and sisters: Melvin, Delmar, Edna, Delilah Massanari; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 27, East Bend Mennonite Church, by Millard Osborne. Burial: East Bend Memorial Gardens.

Hershberger, John D., 60, Arvada, Colo. Born: Oct. 23, 1932, Tofield, Alta., to Owen and Clara Brenneman Hershberger. Died: March 27, 1993, Arvada, Colo., of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Grace Bontrager Hershberger; children: Geneva Cameron, Charlotte H. Koenig, Kay Stalter, Jeff; siblings: Howard, Pearl Rodgers; 3 grandchildren. Funeral: March 31, First Mennonite Church, by Jerry Weaver and Ann Showalter. Burial: Hesston, Kan.

Lapp, Amos M., 90, Lancaster, Pa. Born: Oct. 10, 1902, Leacock Twp., Pa., to Daniel L. and Leah Smoker Lapp. Died: June 11, 1993, East Lampeter Twp., Pa., of congestive heart failure. Survivors-children: Carl, Verna Groff, Edna Wyble, Janet; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Emma Krentz Lapp (wife). Funeral: June 15, Furman Funeral Home, by Chester L. Wenger. Burial: Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

McGinnis, Robert L., 77, Deer Creek, Ill. Born: June 23, 1915, Morton, Ill., to Ralph and Anna Schertz McGinnis. Died: June 21, 1993, Deer Creek, Ill. Survivors-wife: Wilda Conrad McGinnis; children: Rozanna Barnes, Arlynn Baker, Robert, Violet Graber, Marjorie Jantzen; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 24, Congerville Mennonite Church, by Art Simpson and Tim Barnes. Burial: Hillcrest Gardens.

Moreau, Earl, 76, Cambridge, Ont. Born: March 16, 1917, Penetanguishene, Ont., to Samuel and Flora Moreau. Died: June 19, 1993, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors-wife: Audrey Moreau; children: Sandra, Jeanette, Anita Steckly, Miriam, Marlene Drysdale; sisters: Bertha Marchand, Laura, Rita Robillard, Hortense Gignac, Theresa Dilon; one grandchild. Funeral: June 22, Preston Mennonite Church, by Amzie Brubacher. Burial: Hagey Cemetery.

Schrock, Herman, 87. Born: June 24, 1905, St. Joseph Co., Ind., to David and Alice Eby Schrock. Died: June 8, 1993, Wakarusa, Ind. Survivors-children: Harriet Stichter, Devon, Lowell, Marion; sister: Anna Yoder; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Pauline Weaver Schrock (wife). Funeral and burial: June 11, Olive Mennonite Church, by Jason Martin and Dale Shenk.

Snider, Lillian Baer, 85, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Feb. 6, 1908, New Hamburg, Ont., to Simon and Luanna Shantz Baer. Died: June 20, 1993, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors-children: Joy Witmer, Ann Morgan, Glenn; sisters and brothers: Florence Smith, Grace Weber, Ray Baer; 6 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Ronald E. Snider (husband). Funeral and burial: June 23, Erb Street Mennonite Church, by Pat Falk and Doug Snyder.

Stauffer, Glenn E., 79, Goshen, Ind. Born: June 3, 1914, Onekama, Mich., to Harvey and Agnes Denlinger Stauffer. Died: June 15, 1993, Goshen, Ind., of congestive heart failure. Survivors-wife: Elma Yoder Eichorn Stauffer; children: Martha Thompson, Carolyn Krull, Harvey; stepchildren: Barbara, Galen and Lewis Eichorn; brother: John; 8 grandchildren; 8 stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Mary Pepple Stauffer (first wife). Funeral: June 18, Waterford Mennonite Church, by Willis Breckbill, Lloyd Miller, and Roger Eberly. Burial: Violett Cemetery.

Stoltzfus, Kelly Denise, 27, Denver, Colo. Born: Jan. 16, 1966, Iowa City, Iowa, to Clete and Connie Hershberger Stoltzfus. Died: May 10, 1993, Denver, Colo., of pneumonia. Survivors-parents; sisters: Lori Beckman, Vicki. Funeral: May 13, First Mennonite Church, by Jerry Weaver and Ann Showalter. Burial: Fairmont Cemetery.

Warfel, Ida Haverstick, 69, Conestoga, Pa. Born: Oct. 5, 1923. Died: June 25, 1993, Conestoga, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Charles Warfel II; children: Charles III, Richard, Judy Miller. Funeral: June 28, Neffsville Mennonite Church, by Linford King. Burial: New Danville Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Wenger, Bernice Florence Randle, 83, Wayland, Iowa. Born: Nov. 1, 1909, Kingman, Kan., to Guy and Amy Barrows Randle. Died: June 17, 1993, Wayland, Iowa, from a brain tumor. Survivors-children: Lavonne McGuire, Lucille Clingman, Louise Eichelberger; brother and sister: Kenneth Randle, Marguerite Walker; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ralph Wenger (husband). Funeral and burial: June 19, Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, by Dean Swartzendruber and Ruben Chupp.

Yoder, Carl J., 38, Osterburg, Pa. Born: Jan. 12, 1955, Coatesville, Pa., to Jefferson and Reba Stoltzfus Yoder. Died: June 11, 1993, Bedford, Pa., from an accident on his farm. Survivors-wife: Jane Simmons Yoder; children: Jeffrey, Jessica, Jaclyn; sisters: Carol, Linda Martin. Funeral and burial: June 15, Conestoga Mennonite Church, by Nathan Stoltzfus, Paul Schmelzer, and John Davidhizar.

Transcribed by Justyn Hindersman, Indiana.


Gospel Herald - Volume 86, Number 30 - July 27, 1993-pages 14, 15.

Alderfer, Richard Henry, 63, Newport News, Va. Born: Jan. 7, 1930, Hatfield, Pa., to Frank Freed and Hilda Moyer Alderfer. Died: July 2, 1993, Newport News, Va., of cardiomyopathy. Survivors-wife: Lois Ziegler Alderfer; children: Raymond Jay, Twila G. Blume, James Richard, Rachel M. Fields, David William; brother and sisters: Sarah M. Weaver, Dorcas M. Schaefer, Myrna A., Kathryn A. Baer, Harold L.; 6 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 5, Warwick River Mennonite Church, by Gordon Zook and Nelson Baer.

Hartzler, Harold K., 75, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Sept. 6, 1917, West Liberty, Ohio, to Joseph M. and Martha E. Zook Hartzler. Died:June 20, 1993, Columbus, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Rebert Renkert Hartzler; children: Gary, Stanley M., Anita Singer; brother and sisters: Herbert, Dorothy King, Anna Margaret Feather; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 23, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Larry Augsburger. Burial: Fairview Cemetery.

Hostetler, Leon M., 63, Louisville, Ohio. Born: Oct. 23, 1929, Fredericksburg, Ohio, to Asa and Ida Miller Hostetler. Died: June 27, 1993, Cleveland, Ohio, of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Marlene Hostetler; children: Kelley Poyser, Shawna Keefe, Brent, Joel; mother; brothers and sisters: Herma Blosser, Edith Stoltzfus, Nellie Sommers, David, Glenn, Marvin, Elmo; 13 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Robin (son). Funeral and burial: July 1, Beech Mennonite Church, by Dan Graber.

Kauffman, Martha Hershey, 93, Denver, Colo. Born: March 10, 1900, Palmyra, Mo.,to Jacob M. and Mary Emma Eby Hershey. Died: July 1, 1993, Denver Colo. Survivors-daughters: Phyllis, Ruby, Fern Seibert, Mary Ellen Friesen, Shirley Sager, Janice Parks; 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Sherman Kauffman (husband). Congregational membership: Emmanuel Mennonite Church, LaJunta, Colo. Memorial service: July 6, First Mennonite Church, by Ann Showalter, Jerry Weaver, and Merritt Welty.

Kratzer, Loyal W., 72, Dalton, Ohio. Born: Sept. 22, 1920, Orrville, Ohio, to John and Martha Moser Kratzer. Died: July 2, 1993, Dalton, Ohio, of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Rosa E. Nussbaum Kratzer; children: LaVon, Veryl, Doug, Rosemary, Prudy Steiner; brothers and sisters: Carl, John, Edison, Wayne, Stan, Eileen Pounds, Gilda Lehman, Virginia Brooks, Joanna Liechty; 13 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Janice Elaine (still-born daughter). Funeral and burial: July 6, Kidron Mennonite Church, by Bill Detweiler.

Myers, Lona L. Shrock, 93, Greentown, Ind. Born: Oct. 10, 1899, Howard Co., Ind., to Ananias and Susie Frey Shrock. Died: May 16, 1993, Kokomo, Ind. Survivors-husband: Paul J. Myers; children: Dorwin "D.C.," Evonna King; 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Paul D. (son). Funeral: May 20, Howard-Miami Mennonite Church, by Mick Sommers and Lee Miller. Burial: Mast Cemetery.

Nair, Nancy Jane Brown, 89, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Oct. 1, 1903, Elida, Ohio, to Homer C. and Susan H. Brenneman Brown. Died: May 27, 1993, Harrisonburg, Va., of a stroke. Survivors-son: Donald Taft; 2 grand
children, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Raymond Taft Nair (husband). Funeral: June 1, Hyattsville (Md.) Mennonite Church, by Kenneth Good, Joseph Shenk, and Edith Shenk. Burial: Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md.

Schmucker, John Paul, 63, Markham, Ont. Born: March 26, 1930, Toronto, Ont., to Floyd and Lillian Wright Schmucker. Died: June 11, 1993, Markham, Ont., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Rachel Kulp Schmucker; brothers and sisters: David, Grace Biehn, Dennis, Lil Grove, Robert, Kenneth, Alice Wright, Doris Burns. Funeral: June 14, Markham Missionary Church, by David Martin and Gordon Alton. Burial: Wideman Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Smeltzer, Primrose Fern, 69, Indianapolis, Ind. Born: Oct. 19, 1923, Wakarusa, Ind., to John and Ida Culp Smeltzer. Died: June 30, 1993, Indianapolis. Survivors-siblings: Verda Schrock, Kenneth, Berniece Schrock, Thelma Elion, Edith Hyche. Funeral: July 4, First Mennonite Church, by Robert and Margaret Richer Smith. Burial: Washington Park North Cemetery.

Ulrich, Arthur Warren, 72, Harrisburg, Ore. Born: Feb. 16, 1921, Shelbyville, Ill., to David and Magdalene Eigsti Ulrich. Died: June 26, 1993, Harrisburg, Ore., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Marianna Kropf Ulrich; children: John, Warren, Douglas, Craig, Scott, Martha Sheffel, Claudia Garber; brothers and sisters: Chris, Lester, Edward, Josie Unzicker, Pearl Schrock, Ada Nofsinger; 18 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Linda Jean (daughter). Funeral: June 30, Fairview Mennonite Church, by Clarence Gerig, Roy Hostetler, and Don King. Burial: Alford Cemetery.

Wenger, J. Wilmer, 93, Detroit Lakes, Minn. Born: Nov. 2, 1899, Versailles, Mo., to Louis and Mary Lehman Wenger. Died: July 1, 1993, Detroit Lakes, Minn. Survivors-children: Loris, Clair; 4 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Alice Stutzman Wenger (wife) and Daniel (infant son). Funeral: July 5, First Baptist Church, by Wade Duroe and Ottis Yoder. Burial: Strawberry Lake Mennonite Cemetery.

Wyse, Dan B., 87, West Unity, Ohio. Born: May 19, 1906, Rome, Iowa, to Christian and Martha Short Wyse. Died: June 19, 1993, Bryan, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Marjory Werder Wyse; children: Marilyn Short, Martha, Marlene Beck, Mrs. Paul Stuckey; 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Roger (son). Funeral and burial: June 23, Lockport Mennonite Church, by James Groeneweg and Walter Stuckey.

Transcribed by Justyn Hindersman, Indiana.

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