Gospel Herald Obituaries - May, 1994

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Gospel Herald - Volume 87, Number 18 - May 3, 1994

Birky, Warren William, 82, Sarasota, Fla. Born: Oct. 2, 1911, Beemer, Neb., to Jacob and Emma Oswald Birky. Died: April 9, 1994, Sarasota, Fla., of heart failure. Survivors - wife: Florence Danielson Birky; children: Roger, Larry, Judy Barnhart, La V onne Bennett; brothers: Clifford, Paul, Kenneth, Homer; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: April 12, Bay Shore Mennonite Church, by Howard S. Schmitt. Burial: Palms Memorial.

Erb, Bertha Kulp, 94, Doylestown, Pa. Born: Nov. 21, 1899, Bedminster, Pa., to Abraham L. and Emma Jane Rohr Kulp. Died: March 16, 1994, Sellersville, Pa., of cancer. Survivors - daughter: Doris E. Lee; sisters: Anna Landes, Elsie Freed, Ethel Wismer. Predeceased by: Howard C. Erb (husband). Funeral and burial: March 19, Deep Run Mennonite Church East, by Timothy D. Weaver.

Fellman, Paul D., 89, Lansdale, Pa. Born: Jan. 8, 1905, Silverdale, Pa., to Leidy B. and Annie B. Detweiler Fellman. Died: April 2, 1994, Lansdale, Pa. Survivors - daughters: Lois, Ruth E. Rogers; 2 grandchildren. Predeceased by: E. Pauline Fellman (wife). Memorial service and burial: April 5, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, by David A. Stevens and Glenn Alderfer.

Histand, William L., 82, Fountainville, Pa. Born: June 12, 1911, Doylestown, Pa., to Samuel S. and Susie Landis Histand. Died: March 25, 1994, Doylestown, Pa. Survivors - wife: Mary Bergey Histand; children: Thomas S. Blake, Timothy B., Leonard B., Lowell B.; brother and sisters: James L., Elizabeth H. Gross, Mary H. Alderfer, Ruth H. Mosemann; 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: March 29, Doylestown Mennonite Church, by Duane Bishop.

Lehman, Douglas, 61. Born: Feb. 16, 1933, to Austin and Edna Bruder Lehman. Died: April 5, 1994, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors - wife: Carole Metcalf Lehman; children: Stephen, Mark, Elizabeth Brubacher, Mary Martin, Sarah Martin; brothers and sisters: Elizabeth Cohen, Albert, Catherine Chivers, David; 3 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 9, Conestoga Mennonite Meeting House, by Paul Martin and Doug Snyder.

Marner, Omar L., 85, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Aug. 1, 1908, Johnson County, Iowa, to Jacob and Elizabeth Brenneman Marner. Died: March 30, 1994, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - wife: Lot tie Mae Brenneman Marner; children: Gordon Dean, Larry Lee, Kenneth Dale, Jane Ann Kopsa; brother: Chris; 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 2, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, by Robert K. Yoder and Dean Swartzendruber.

Reber, Ada F. Keller, 85, Eureka, Ill. Born: Aug. 19, 1908, Roanoke, Ill., to John S. and Anna Ulrich Keller. Died: April 1, 1994, Eureka, Ill. Survivors - daughters: Lorene Hodel, Marjorie Schrader, Roberta Kennell; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ray Reber (husband) and one daughter. Funeral and burial: April 4, Roanoke Mennonite Church, by Rick Troyer and Elmer Wyse.

Rushly, Ralph Daniel, 82, Garden City, Mo. Born: Dec. 28, 1911, Medford, Mo., to Chris W. and Susie Anna Raber Rushly. Died: March 24, 1994, Garden City, Mo., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Vera Frances Hartzler Rushly; children: Martha S. Powell, Roger, Don; brothers: Rolla, Lawrence; one grandchild. Funeral: March 27, Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, by Dennis W. Ernest. Burial: Clearfork Cemetery.

Springer, Carl R., 71, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Feb. 13, 1923, Pryor, Okla., to Jacob C. and Ida Sommers Springer. Died: April 11, 1994, Archbold, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors - wife: Fannie M. Troyer Springer; children: Karleen Holland, Nancy Rupp, Robert, Edwin; sister: Elinor Conrad; 8 grandchildren. Funeral: April 14, Zion Mennonite Church, by Ellis Croyle and Dee Swartz. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery .

Zaerr, Steven J., 35, Archbold, Ohio. Born: June 18, 1958, Fremont, Ohio, to Eugene and Arlene Beck Zaerr. Died: April 7, 1994, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Tammy Roberts Zaerr; children: Michael, Katelyn; brother and sisters: Diane, Ron, Rachel Hook. Funeral: April 10, Central Mennonite Church, by Wilmer Hartman, Lois Hartman, Randy Nafziger, and Dale Wyse. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume 87, Number 19 - May 10, 1994

Bontrager, Ruby Marie, 91, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Dec. 22, 1902, Middlebury, Ind., to Menno S. and Magdalena Swartzendruber Bontrager. Died: April 10, 1994, Kalona, Iowa. Funeral: April 13, Kalona Mennonite Church, by David Groh and Scott Swartzendrub er. Burial: East Union Cemetery.

Brenneman, Gordon Dale, 45, Wellman, Iowa. Born: March 14, 1949, Washington, Iowa, to Dale and Idella Schlabaugh Brenneman. Died: April 2, 1994, Iowa City, Iowa. Survivors - wife: Lucinda Yoder Brenneman; children: Elizabeth, Cody; brother and sisters: Richard K., Carolyn, Elaine, Joyce Bender. Funeral: April 5, West Union Mennonite Church, by Mervin Birky and Dean Swartzendruber. Burial: Gingerich Cemetery.

Clemmer, Mary Emma Rappold, 104, Elroy, Pa. Born: Feb. 11, 1890, Hilltown Twp., Pa., to John Adam and Wilhemina Hoffman Rappold. Died: April 2, 1994, Souderton, Pa. Survivors - children: Esther C. Kratz, Paul R., Abram R., Marcus R.; sister: Margaret Ruth; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Hiram M. Clemmer (husband). Funeral and burial: April 6, Franconia Mennonite Church, by Floyd Hackman and John Ehst.

Hartzler, Glenn J., 76, Minonk, Ill. Born: June 26, 1917, Minonk, Ill., to J. Roy and Martha Saltzman Hartzler. Died: April 16, 1994, Minonk, Ill. Survivors - -brothers and sisters: Alan, Edwin, Duane, Robert, Fred, Jon, Paul, Melvin, Helen Bachman, Leona Janssen, Mary Kirkton. Congregational membership: Waldo Mennonite Church. Funeral: April 19, Froelich Memorial Home, by Lester Zook. Burial: Waldo Cemetery.

Heatwole, Lewis John, 75, Elida, Ohio. Born: Aug. 29, 1918, Allen County, Ohio, to William and Dora Powell Heatwole. Died: March 25, 1994, Lima, Ohio, of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: Dora Brunk Heatwole; children: Karen Wenger, Wilma Hofstetter, John, Carl, Steven; brothers: Raymond, Vernon; 5 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: March 28, Pike Mennonite Church, by Mervin Miller.

Lambright, Clarence, 80, Middlebury, Ind. Born: June 14, 1913, LaGrange County, Ind., to Michael and Susannah Yoder Lambright. Died: March 23, 1994, Middlebury, Ind., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Dorothy Gustafson Naugle Lambright; children: Delores Pettingill, Maredith Yoder, Wayne, Warren, Glenn, Michael; brothers and sisters: Cleo, Harold, Matilda Gage, Grace Leer; 13 grandchildren. Funeral: March 26, First Mennonite Church, by Harold Yoder, David Helmuth, and Ron Adams. Burial: Miller Cemetery.

Metzler, Minnie B., 95, Mount Joy, Pa. Born: Oct. 6, 1898, to Clayton H. and Annie K. Metzler. Died: April 5, 1994, Lancaster, Pa. Congregational membership: Mount Joy Mennonite Church. Funeral: April 8, Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa., by Shelley Shellenberger and Ralph G. Ginder. Burial: Henry Eberle Cemetery.

Opel, Melda Schrock, 85, Accident, Md. Born: Sept. 28, 1908, Pinto, Md., to Asa and Amanda Bender Schrock. Died: April, 1994, Accident, Md. Survivors - children: Bernice Baker, Park, Erma Stephens, Nora Evans, Thelma Yoder, Eva Miller, Viola Yommer, Don, Marie Eisentrout, Jean DeWitt, JoAnn Bender, June Holman, Hazel Maust; brother and sisters: Elvin and Salome Schrock, Iva Yoder; 50 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: John Herman Opel (husband) and Vernon (son). Funeral and burial: April 13, Glade Mennonite Church, by Carl Opel and Alan Kauffman.

Peters, Ida Good, 92, New Hamburg, Ont. Born: March 20, 1902, Wilmot Twp., Ont., to Jeremiah and Angeline Schmidt Good. Died: April, 1994, New Hamburg, Ont. Survivors - husband: Russell Peters; children: DonaId, Gloria Richardson; sisters: Verna Hunsberger, Rita Strome; 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 14, Nith Valley Mennonite Church, by Harold Schilk.

Pfister, Cletus W., 84, Sugarcreek, Ohio. Born: Dec. 30, 1909, Walnut Creek, Ohio, to Alvin C. and Mary Gerber Pfister. Died: April 17, 1994, Sugarcreek, Ohio, of a heart attack. Survivors - children: Karolyn Lee; Bea Visintainer, William C.; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Bernetha Hockstetler Pfister (wife). Congregational membership: First Mennonite Church. Graveside services: April 20, East Lawn Cemetery, by Melvin D. Leidig.

Slabach, Bertha Hartman, 62, Baltic Route, Ohio. Born: Nov. 4, 1931, Elida, Ohio, to Jacob and Esther Diller Hartman. Died: April, 1994, Columbus, Ohio, from an automobile accident. Survivors - husband: Albert C. Slabach; stepdaughter: Gloria Mullet; brother and sister: Wilmer, Beulah Snider; 4 stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Myron Slabach (stepson). Funeral and burial: April 15, Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, by Ross A. Miller.

Stoltzfus, Cora A., 91. Born: May 8, 1902, Mifflin County, Pa., to Christian and Mary Blank Smoker. Died: April 11, 1994, Honeybrook, Pa. Survivors - children: Norman W., Paul D., lra R., Earl R., Willis, Melvin, Arlene, Ethel; sister: Mamie Wagner; 23 grandchildren, 52 greatgrandchildren, 9 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Paul B. Stoltzfus (husband). Funeral and burial: April 15, Maple Grove Mennonite Church, by Rick Umble and Herman Glick.

Weldy, Eldon Joseph, 88, Goshen, Ind. Born: June 1, 1906, Wakarusa, Ind., to J. J.* and Rhoda Landis Weldy. Died: April 10, 1994, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - children: Norma Jean, Karen Kaufman, Theron J ., Verlyn R.; brothers: Myron, Dwight; 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Lucile L. Martin Weldy (wife). Funeral: April 13, Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, by Clare Schumm and Wes Bontreger. Burial: Olive Mennonite Church Cemetery.
{*Research note: Name is J.I. Weldy - The name is still visible on his farm, south of Wakarusa, IN - See GH May 19, 1953 - Thelma Hoover Martin]


Gospel Herald - Volume 87, Number 20 - May 17, 1994

Barge, Willard J., 78, Hesston, Kan. Born: April 20, 1916, Sterling, Ill., to Frank and Lillie Millinger Barge. Died: April 17, 1994, Hesston, Kan., of leukemia. Survivors - wife: Elizabeth Shetler Barge; children: Henry, Barbara Jantz, Bernell, Emma Gunden, Rosemary Akradi, Nathan; brother: Loren; 9 grandchildren. Funeral: April 22, Hesston Mennonite Church, by Miriam Lind, Paul Friesen, and Wesley Jantz. Burial: East Lawn Cemetery.

Barry, Mary Jane Geberin, 74, Sarasota, Fla. Born: Jan. 29, 1920, Peru, Ind., to Frank D. and Matilda McNichols Geberin. Died: April 17, 1994, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors - daughter: Sue Purcell; 4 grandchildren, 4 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: William Barry (husband). Congregational membership: Bahia Vista Mennonite Church. Funeral: April 21, Sunnyside village. Burial: Sarasota Memorial Park.

Birkey, Ruth Marie Yoder, 85, Manson, Iowa. Born: July 26, 1908, LaGrange County, Ind., to Gabriel and Orpha Cripe Yoder. Died: April 23, 1994, Fort Dodge, Iowa, of a stroke. Survivors - children: Doris Achterhof, Dale, John, Norman; brothers and sisters: Roland, Roy, Robert, Rachel Stoody, Ruby Holderman; 10 grandchildren, 7 greatgrandchildren; stepmother: Ida Yoder. Predeceased by: Edward Birkey (husband). Funeral: April 26, Manson Mennonite Church, by Curt Kuhns. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.

Bontrager, Maude Yoder, 86, Goshen, Ind. Born: April 22, 1907, Middlebury, Ind., to Abe and Lizzy Miller Yoder. Died: April 18, 1994, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - children: Mary Mohler , Edna Schrader, Willis, Charles, David; siblings: Ervin, Truman, Elmer, Mabel Kauffman, Edna Mast; 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Joe D. Bontrager (husband). Funeral: April 21, North Goshen Mennonite Church, by Dean Slagel and Art Smoker. Burial: Shore Cemetery , Shipshewana, Ind.

Harley, Claude L., 88, Chalfont, Pa. Born: May 14,1905, Chester County, Pa., to Isaiah and Ida Lockard Harley. Died: April 21, 1994, Chalfont, Pa. Survivors - wife: Eva D. Garis Harley; children: F. Louise Garis, Fern Ruth, R. Jeanette Garges, Ray G., Kenneth G., Linford Lee G.; brothers: Paul, Isaiah; halfsisters: Elizabeth Gilmore, Ida Flewelling; stepsisters: Mary Freed, Katie Rosenberger; 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 26, Line Lexington Mennonite Church, by Lowell H. Delp. Burial: Silverdale Brethren in Christ Church Cemetery.

Kropf, Dale Kenneth, 64, Moialia, Ore. Born: Sept. 1, 1929, Hubbard, Ore., to Ivan and Pearl Kropf. Died: April 21, 1994, Oregon City, Ore. Survivors - wife: Karen Neuschwander Kropf; children: Darlene Anderson, Kenneth; sisters: Bonnie Burck, Claudia Lapp, Judy Hall, Helen Grove; 4 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 25, Zion Mennonite Church, by Richard Regier, Marcus Lind, and Kelly Kenagy.

Longacre, Edna Stauffer Mowere, 87, Bally, Pa. Born: Oct. 3, 1906, Phoenixville, Pa., to David Elwood and Mary Lizzie Stauffer Mowere. Died: April, 1994, Coatesville, Pa., of a heart attack. Survivors - husband: Paul E. Longacre; children: Rhoda M. King, David M., Mark M., Aaron M., Paul M., Anna Mary Brubacher, James C.; brother and sister: Adele S. and Chester Mowere; 27 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 14, Bally Mennonite Church, by Roy K. Yoder.

Metzler, Minnie B., 95. Born: Oct. 6, 1898, Rapho Twp., Pa., to Clayton H. and Annie Becker Metzler. Died: April 5, 1994, Manheim Twp., Pa. Congregational membership: Mount Joy Mennonite Church. Funeral: April 9, Mennonite Home Chapel, by Shelley R. Shellenberger and Ralph G. Ginder. Burial: Henry Eberle Cemetery, Mount Joy, Pa.

Ruth, Miriam Rittenhouse, 76, Lan1!dale, Pa. Born: May 13, 1917, Towarnencin Twp., Pa., to Norman Alderfer and Ellen Derstine Rittenhouse. Died: April 21, 1994, Lansdale, Pa., of hardening of the arteries. Survivors - husband: Alpheus L. Ruth; children: Esther R. Shisler, Mary Ellen Lehman, Samuel R., Joseph R., Phoebe R. Bitler; brothers and sisters: Ruth D. Hunsberger, Mary D., James D., and Norman D. Rittenhouse, Eva D. Alderfer; 7 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 24, Plains Mennonite Church, by Richard J. Lichty and Michael A. Meneses.

Slagel, Maryane Ropp, 87, Goshen, Ind. Born: July 19, 1906, Bay Port, Mich., to Christian and Anna Roth Ropp. Died: April 5, 1994, Elkhart, Ind., of congestive heart failure. Survivors - husband: Allen C. Slagel; children: Shirley Ann Litwiller, Maryellen Bessinger, Eugene Allen, Lynn Jay; 15 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Congregational membership: Waterford Mennonite Church. Funeral: April 8, Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, by Lloyd L. Miller and Steve Slagel. Burial: Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Thomas, Kenneth R., 86, Thomas Mills, Pa. Born: Feb. 15, 1908, Thomas Mills, Pa., to Edward E. and Polly Blough Thomas. Died: April 16, 1994, Windber, Pa., of a stroke. Survivors - wife: Mildred Hammer Thomas; children: Louise Cullar, Lila Rae Stetter, Elsie Fetterman; brother: Harold E.; 11 grandchildren, 21 greatgrandchildren; stepbrothers and sisters: Erma Short, Elvin, Paul, Samuel, and Emory Holsopple. Predeceased by: Lucinda Holsopple Thomas (stepmother). Funeral and burial: April 20, Thomas Mennonite Church, by Donald Speigle, Homer Schrock, and Marvin Kaufman.

Troyer, Alfred, 71, Goshen, Ind. Born: Midland, Mich. Died: April 25, 1994; Elkhart, Ind. Survivors - wife: Anna Mae Stutzman Troyer; children: Allen, Pat Weaver, Randy; 8 grandchildren; stepbrothers: Elmer, Lloyd, and Leroy Miller. Funeral: April 28, Belmont Mennonite Church, by Duane Beck, Phil Mininger, and Calvin King. Burial: Olive West Cemetery.

Troyer, Cleo Robert, 69, Kalona, Iowa. Born: April 29, 1924, Johnson County, Iowa, to Chris and Cora Miller Troyer. Died: April 19, 1994, Iowa City, Iowa, from a blood clot. Survivors - wife: Feme Fisher Troyer; children: Richard, Ron, Randy, Beverly Strother; father; brothers and sisters: Paul, Keith, Wilbur, Donald, Harold, John, Lois Birky, Wava Reschly, Carolyn Van Drager, Mary; 8 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 22, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, by Wayne Bohn and Robert K. Yoder.


Gospel Herald - Volume 87, Number 21 - May 24, 1994

Gindlesperger, Nelson "Pegley," 82, Hollsopple, Pa. Born: Oct. 6, 1912, to Christopher and Fannie Gindlesperger. Died: Jan. 24, 1994, Hollsopple, Pa., of a heart attack. Survivors - son: Donald N.; 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Esther Eash Gindlesperger (wife). Funeral and burial: Jan. 26, Kauffman Mennonite Church, by Donald Sharp.

Good, Wilmer Samuel, 83, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: May 25, 1910, Harrisonburg, Va., to Gabriel and Annie Heatwole Good. Died: April 17, 1994, Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors - wife: Ruth Shelly Good; children: Velma G. Campbell, Ruby G. Turner, Shirley G. Shank, James M., Charles R.; brother and sisters: Robert, Fannie, Mary Gingerich; 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 19, Weavers Mennonite Church, by Joseph C. Shenk, Edith Shenk, and Nelson Burkholder.

Hochstetler, Ollie L., 83, Kalona, Iowa. Born: July 23, 1910, Hall County, Neb., to Peter and Lovina Stutzman Beckler. Died: April 26, 1994, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - children: Pearl Ropp, Rozetta Doolin, Myrna Knepp, Harlan, Leo, Paul, Clyde, Milford, Merlyn: 24 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ora Hochstetler (spouse). Funeral and burial: April 30, East Union Mennonite Church, by Noah Helmuth and Robert K. Yoder.

Metzler, Mae Groff, 91, Landisville, Pa. Born: April 26, 1903, Salisbury Twp., Pa., to F. David and Annie Leaman Groff. Died: April 28, 1994, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors - children: Everett, Clair, Elvin, Glenn, Virginia Ebersole, Joyce Petro, Nancy, Orpha Leaman, Ella Jean Kopczynski, Carol Ann Harnish; stepchildren: Mildred Marshall, William, I. Harold; brothers and sisters: Martin, Hershey, Earl, Lenora Jones, Alice Crouse, Ruth Burkholder; 24 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 17 stepgrandchildren, 37 stepgreatgrandchildren, one stepgreatgreat-grandchild. Predeceased by: Isaac J. Metzler (husband). Funeral: May 2, Landisville Mennonite Church, by Sam Thomas, Robert A. Martin, Halph G. Ginder. Burial: Kinzer Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Miller, Samuel E., 82, Goshen, Ind. Born: March 3, 1912, Middlebury, Ind., to Moses and Elizabeth Yoder Miller. Died: April 23, 1994, Goshen, Ind., of a massive heart attack. Survivors - wife: Rachel E. Reinheimer Miller; children: Carol Kramer, Rosemary Gonzales, Gloria Johnson, Donovan J., Mervin D., Lynn E; sisters: Edna Schlabach, Susie Fry; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 26, Waterford Mennonite Church, by Willis L. Breckbill, Lloyd L. Miller, and Sylvia Shirk Charles. Burial: Violett Cemetery.

Miller, S. Wayne, 67, New Paris, Ind. Born: Oct. 9, 1926, Fair Oaks, Ind., to Noah D. and Sarah Frey Miller. Died: April 29, 1994, New Paris, Ind. Survivors - wife: Millie Anderson Miller; children: Carolyn Hochstetler, Corrine Slabaugh, Christine Fisher, John, Don; brothers and sister: Marvin, John, Noah, Jr., Wilma Harrison; 13 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 2, Benton Mennonite Church, by Etril Leinbach, Galen Johns, Jim Chupp, and Mildred Mumaw.

Smoker, Kenneth I., 71, North Newton, Kan. Born: March 5, 1923, Lancaster County, Pa., to Alfred and Irene Russell Smoker. Died: March 17, 1994, Newton, Kan. Survivors - wife: Rhoda Newswanger Smoker; children: Russell, Guy, Rosalie Allen, Carolyn, Lucille Thomas, Charlotte Claassen, Ellen Janssen; brothers and sister: Edward, Forrest, Donald, Grace; 10 grandchildren, 2 greatgrandchildren. Memorial service: March 21, First Mennonite Church, by Verney Unruh. Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery. He was ordained in 1950 in Oronogo, Mo., and pastored churches in Louisiana, Missouri, and Kansas.

White, James Garlene, 84, Sarasota, Fla. Born: May 22, 1909, LaCenter, Ky., to John Blackburn and Mattie Lillian Holman White. Died: April 22, 1994, Sarasota, Fla., of pneumonia. Congregational membership: Bay Shore Mennonite Church. Graveside service: April 25, Palms Memorial Gardens, by Howard S. Schmitt.

Yutzy, Ernest 0., 61, Iowa City, Iowa. Born: Nov. 30, 1932, Hutchinson, Kan., to Oliver J. and Elta Miller Yutzy. Died: April 26, 1994, Iowa City, Iowa, of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: Marilyn Brenneman Yutzy; children: Greg, Bryan, Geneva Thoman, Charlotte Yoder, JoAnn Hershey, Susan Martin; brother: Oliver O.; stepsisters and brothers: Opal Reschly, Mary Jane Troyer, Stanley and Donald Burkholder; half brother: Roger Burkholder; 11 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 29, East Union Mennonite Church, by Michael Loss and Noah Helmuth.

Gospel Herald - Volume 87, Number 22 - May 31, 1994

Counts, Janet Shank, 66, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: March 26, 1928, Rockingham County, Va., to John W. and Grace Irene Hess Shank. Died: April 18, 1994, Harrisonburg, Va., of cancer. Survivors - husband: Stewart V. Counts; children: John Curtis, Danny Lou, and David Edward Rothwell, Kemper Smith; stepchildren: Joyce Fischer, Robert Rothwell; brothers: Ralph and Mark Shank; 6 grandchildren. Funeral: April 20, Ridgeway Mennonite Church, by John Kiblinger and Daniel Smucker. Burial: Weavers Cemetery.

Crawford, Mary Magdalene Blair, 90, Rocky Ford, Colo. Born: Nov. 25, 1903, Lexington, Okla., to Thomas Elmer and Lillian Alford Blair. Died: May 4, 1994, LaJunta, Colo. Survivors - son: Paul. Predeceased by: Louis S. Crawford (husband). Funeral and burial: May 7, Rocky Ford Mennonite Church, by Paul Isaak.

Detweiler, J. James, 67, Goshen, Ind. Born: May 10, 1926, Thomas, Okla., to Joseph and Polly Swartzendruber Detweiler. Died: Apri129, 1994, Goshen, Ind., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Phyllis Barkey Detweiler; children: Jay, Rodney, Phil, Rebecca Zehr; brother and sisters: Barbara Gleysteen, Lola Miller, Joseph; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: May 3, College Mennonite Church, by Ronald Diener, Ronald Kennel, Simon Gingerich, and David Helmuth. Burial: Pleasant View Mennonite Church Cemetery. He served as a Mennonite minister for 40 years in Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. At his death, he was serving as overseer for six congregations in Indiana. In addition, he served as president of Illinois Mennonite Conference and on the boards of Mennonite Board of Missions and Mennonite Central Committee.

Glick, Willis C., 87. Born: Dec. 8, 1906, Mifflin County, Pa., Amos B. and Matie Esch Glick. Died: May 3, 1994. Survivors - wife: Ruth Thuss Glick; children: Wesley, Titus, Caleb, Lena Steiner, Ethel Brosius, Esther Glick; brother and sisters: Vernon, Ruth Kerling, Mina Cashman, Ida Kanagy; 32 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Noah (son), and Myra and Nancy (daughters). Funeral and burial: May 7, Bethel Mennonite Church.

Graber, Maggie Swartzentruber, 71, Goshen, Ind. Born: March 4, 1923, Loogootee, Ind., to John H. and Amanda Wagler Swartzentruber. Died: April 29, 1994. Goshen, Ind., of a heart attack. Survivors - husband: John Graber; children: Lydia Kauffman, Abe L., Ben C.; brother and sisters: Lydia Stoll, Mary Catherine Stoll, Daniel; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 3, Pleasant View Mennonite Church, by Ronald Diener.

Knox, Earl H., Jr ., 63, Paxton, Ill. Born: July 19, 1930, Fisher, Ill., to Earl H., Sr., and Catherine L. Ingold Knox. Died: May 10, 1994, Gibson City, Ill. Survivors - wife: Marta J. McGinty; children: Jeannie, Danny; sisters: Patricia Darling, Amanda Osborn; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: May 12, East Bend Mennonite Church, by Cal R. Kaufman. Burial: East Bend Memorial Garden.

Mann, Clifford E., 86. Born: May 20, 1907, Elkhart, Ind., to Levi and Delila Bontrager Mann. Died: May 1, 1994, Goshen, Ind., of a stroke. Survivors - wife: Helen C. Ebersole Mann; children: Lois Eberly, Margaret Steiner, John, Larry; 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Robert J. (son). Funeral: May 4, Waterford Mennonite Church, by Lloyd L. Miller, Sylvia Shirk Charles, Willis L. Breckbill, and Dorsa J. Mishler. Burial: Prairie Street Cemetery.

Oswald, Ruth Elizabeth Reimer, 79, Albany, Ore. Born: Feb. 9, 1915, Hoag, Neb., to Abe and Marie Penner Reimer. Died: May 3, 1994, Albany, Ore., of cancer. Survivors - husband: Harold Oswald; sons: Dean, Paul; brother and sisters: Oscar Reimer, Louise Penner, Margaret Friesen; 4 grandchildren. Funeral: May 5, Lebanon Mennonite Church, by Brent Kauffman and Louis Lehman. Burial: Fairview Mennonite Cemetery.

Roth, Betty Lou Nice, 36, Souderton, Pa. Born: Feb. 22, 1958, Sellersville, Pa., to Henry S. and Mary Barbara Benner Nice. Died: April 30, 1994, Sellersville, Pa. Survivors - husband: Sherwood H. Roth; mother; foster sons: Anthony Weedon, Kyon Robert Scott; siblings: Paul B. Nice, Mary Ellen Detweiler; foster sister: Sharon Ann Moyer. Funeral and burial: May 4, Souderton Mennonite Church, by Gerald A. Clemmer and Steven C. Nyce.

Schrock, Ilda Belle Stauffer, 84, Smithville, Ohio. Born: Oct. 8, 1909, Orrville, Ohio, to Welker and Mellie Gerber Stauffer. Died: April 24, 1994, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors - children: John, Dan, Nancy Schrock; sisters: Marie Smemo, Ruth Coaker; 7 grandchildren, 3 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Dwight Schrock (husband) and three infant sons. Funeral and burial: April 27, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Jim Schrag and Norma Duerksen.

Siegrist, John Robert, 50, Intercourse, Pa. Born: July 11, 1943, Lancaster, Pa.. to John and Ruth Rohrer Siegrist. Died: April 27, 1994, Intercourse, Pa., of lung cancer. Survivors - wife: Mary Elizabeth Landis Siegrist; children: Richard Scott, Rosemary Sheryl; brothers: Jay DonaId, James Marvin. Funeral and burial: April 30, Landis Valley Mennonite Church, by Tom Horst, George Hurst, and Nelson Martin.

Wyse, Ella Mae Roth, 96, Archbold. Ohio. Born: April 3, 1898, Elmira, Ohio, to Joseph and Mary Merillat Roth. Died: May 2, 1994, Wauseon, Ohio. Survivors - daughters: Blanche Nafziger, Kathryn Grieser; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Clarence L. Wyse (husband). Funeral: May 6, Central Mennonite Church, by Wilmer Hartman, Lois Hartman, and Dale Wyse. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Zook, Willie B., 83, Kalona, Iowa. Born: July 16, 1910, Iowa County, Iowa, to Lewis D. and Clara Stutzman Zook. Died: May 8, 1994, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - wife: Mabel Swartzendruber Zook; daughter: Georgeann Zook; foster daughter: Pam Maher; siblings: Leroy, Vernon, Barbara, Mary Ellen. Funeral and burial: May 10, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, by Wayne Bohn, David L. Yoder, and Robert K. Yoder.

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Used with permission by the Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, INDIANA
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