Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1995

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Gospel Herald - Volume 88, Number 23 - June 6, 1995

King, Nellie Ruth, 87, Harrisonville, Mo. Born: July 8, 1907, Garden City, Mo., to Elmer Monroe and Sarah Elizabeth Blank King. Died: May 12, 1995, Harrisonville, Mo. Survivors-sister: Alice Stutzman. Funeral: May 15, Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, by Dean Swartzendruber and Ken Steckly. Burial: Clearfork Cemetery.

Litwiller, Menno E., 87, Ligonier, Ind. Born: Oct. 12, 1907, Hopedale, lll., to Aaron and Lena Egli Litwiller. Died: May 7, 1995, Ligonier, Ind., of heart failure. Survivors-children: Kathryn J. Miller, Marilyn J. Slabach, Doris Webber, Morris; siblings: Sanford, Harvey, Aaron, Jr., Marie Hummel, Gertrude Goldsmith; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Velma Martin Litwiller (wife). Funeral: May 11, Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, by Robert Lee Shreiner. Burial: Clinton Brick Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Martin, Lester, 68, Baden, Ont. Born: March 20, 1927, Woolwich Twp., Ont., to Alfred C. and Irene Sittler Martin. Died: May 4, 1995, Kitchener, Ont., of cancer. Survivors-wife: June F. Witmer Martin; children: Dennis, Quentin, Karen Musselman; brothers: Arthur, Floyd, Jerry; 7 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 7, Shantz Mennonite Church, by Jim Loepp Thiessen.

Miller, Marion Hostetler, 90, Goshen, Ind. Born: April 22, 1905, LaGrange County, Ind., to Harry and Mary Hostetler . Died: May 4, 1995, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-children: Shirley Haarer, Ronald, Merrill, Lowell; sister: Luella Miller; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Edwin E. Miller (husband) and Truman K. (son). Funeral: May 8, Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, by Willis L. Breckbill. Burial: Prairie Street Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Mumaw, Grace Brenner Geiser, 80, Kidron, Ohio. Born: Oct. 29, 1914, Marshallville, Ohio, to Alfred Louis and Bernice Amanda Brenneman Brenner. Died: May 10, 1995, Tucson, Ariz. Survivors-children: Carl, Alfred, Roland, and Pearl Geiser, Ruth Steiner, Irene Miller; stepchildren: Laverne, John, and Chester Mumaw; sisters: Sylvia Barber, Eunice Keiner; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren. Predeceased by: Clare Mumaw (second husband) and Lester P. Geiser (first husband). Funeral and burial: May 14, Kidron Mennonite Church, by Herman Myers.

Pletcher, Jennie M. Kauffman, 74, Middlebury, Ind. Born: Oct. 1, 1920, Elkhart County, Ind., to Alvin and Alma Showalter Kauffman. Died: May 2, 1995, Middlebury, Ind., of a heart attack. Survivors-husband: Ralph Pletcher; children: Lawrence, Alma Jean, Kenneth; siblings: Dana Kauffman, Loah Miller, Maxine Kauffman, Gladys Hershberger; 3 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 6, Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, by Ron Kennel.

Rheinheimer, Katie Miller, 63, Middlebury, Ind. Born: May 28, 1931, Holmes County, Ohio, to Jonas and Amanda Stutzman Miller. Died: April 20, 1995, Middlebury, Ind., of scleroderma. Survivors-husband: Floyd A. Rheinheimer; children: Dennis, Floyd L., Shirley Riegsecker, Linda, Ronald; sisters: Mary Frye, Betty Yoder; 9 grandchildren. Funeral: April 24, First Mennonite Church, by Harold Yoder and David Helmuth. Burial: Grace Lawn Cemetery .

Saltzman, Alvin, 88, Milford, Neb. Born: June 13, 1906, Shickley, Neb., to Henry and Catherine Steider Saltzman. Died: May 13, 1995, Milford, Neb. Survivors-children: Burdette, Lila Ahrens, Galen; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Emma Springer Saltzman (wife). Funeral and burial: May 17, East Fairview Mennonite Church, by William Saltzman and Lloyd Gingerich.

Schlabach, Laura E. Bontrager, 75, Goshen, Ind. Born: March 18, 1920, LaGrange County, Ind., to Gideon and Fannie Glick Bontrager. Died: May 1, 1995, Goshen, Ind., of a heart attack. Survivors-husband: Eli Schlabach; children: William, Dwayne, Gary, Gerald, Ida Marchand, Elsie Harshberger , Edna Ringler, Thelma Wallace; brother and sister: Bill Bontrager, Sue Knepp; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Earnest (son). Funeral: May 4, First Mennonite Church, by Ron Kennel. Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Sensenig, Luke M., 67. Born: May 23, 1927, Terre Hill, Pa., to Henry and Mary Martin Sensenig. Died: March 28, 1995, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-wife: Thelma Lehman Sensenig; children: Harold, Carol Ann Stauffer, Helen M. Miller, Nancy Yehl; siblings: Titus, Ruth Shirk, Phoebe Wenger, Lena Schnupp; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: April 1, Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, by Richard H. Frank and Luke Brandt. Burial: Gingrich Mennonite Church Cemetery .

Shelly, Ammon E., 84, Lititz, Pa. Born: Jan. 17, 1911, Manheim, Pa., to Amos S. and Ellie Earhart Shelly. Died: May 2, 1995, Lititz, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-children: Mervin B., Wilmer B., Ethel B. Hershey, Reba B. Nolt; sister: Lillie E. Engle; 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Anna Bomberger Shelly (wife). Funeral and burial: May 5, Erb Mennonite Church, by Lester L. Zimmerman, Walter E. Hurst, and Abram Hoover.

Sommer, Chester J., 84, Fisher, Ill. Born: July 18, 1910, Bell flower, lll., to Joseph C. and Barbara Claudon Sommer. Died: May 11, 1995, Gibson City, Ill. Survivors daughters: Betty Hinton, Sharon Leikuoll; brother: Nelson; 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Ethel M. Springer Sommer (wife). Funeral: May 14, East Bend Mennonite Church, by Cal Kaufman. Burial: East Bend Memorial Gardens.


Gospel Herald - Volume 88, Number 24 - June 13, 1995

Bartley, Nelson Grant, 66, Waynesboro, Va. Born: March 22, 1929, Rock bridge County, Va., to Elmer and Judy Painter Bartley. Died: May 16, 1995, Waynesboro, Va., of cardiopulmonary disease. Funeral: May 18, Waynesboro Mennonite Church, by Stanlee D. Kauffman and Charles Ramsey. Burial: Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Brenneman, Harold A., 65, Houston, Del. Born: Jan. 19, 1930, Elida, Ohio, to Samuel A. and Elizabeth Powell Brenneman. Died: May 3, 1995, Salisbury, Md., of coronary artery disease. Survivors- wife: Anna Mae Schrock Brenneman; sons: Richard Dean, Ronald Arthur, Carl Eugene, Paul Wayne; brother: David; 3 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 6, Tressler Mennonite Church, by Millard Benner, Lowell Bechtel, Lester Keihl, and Kenneth Brunk.

Delagrange, H. Marie Miller, 82, Harlan, Ind. Born: Oct. 20, 1912, Midland, Mich., to Peter B. and Josephine Aschlimen Miller. Died: Dec. 14, 1994, Fort Wayne, Ind., of cancer. Survivors-children: Robert, Betty Lou Collins, Judy McKinley; foster son: Lonnie Alien; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Julius Delagrange (husband). Funeral and burial: Dec. 17, Leo Mennonite Church, by Doug Zehr and Charlie DeSanto.

Landis, Edith H. Derstine, 84, Souderton, Pa. Born: Nov. 27, 1910, Franconia Twp., Pa., to Milton and Sallie Halteman Derstine. Died: May 15, 1995, Souderton, Pa. Survivors- husband: Alvin F. Landis; children: Charlotte, Ray, David D.; sister: Susie Bergey; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: June Ruth (daughter). Funeral: May 18, Souderton Mennonite Homes Chapel, by Steven E. Landis and Curtis L. Bergey. Burial: Franconia Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Martin, Paul, 82, Elkhart, Ind. Born: March 31, 1913, Stanton, Mich., to Serenus and Elisabeth Bauman Martin. Died: May 14, 1995, Elkhart, Ind., of lymphoma. Survivors-wife: Beatrice Shaum Martin; children: Jim, Carol Martin-Borden, Donald; sister: Celina Ramer; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Congregational membership: Sunnyside Mennonite Church. Funeral: May 18, Goshen, Ind., by Clare Schumm and Gerald Good. Burial: Violett Cemetery.

Mishler, Woodrow, 79, Middlebury , Ind. Born: March 26, 1916, Middlebury, Ind., to Rollin and Anna Schrock Mishler. Died: April 20, 1995, Goshen, Ind. Funeral: April 22, First Mennonite Church, by Harold Yoder and Joe Slabach. Burial: Forest Grove Cemetery.

Stoltzfus, Mahlon, 75, Homer, Alaska. Born: Feb. 22, 1920, Morgantown, Pa., to Sylvanus and Lydia Stoltzfus. Died: May 21, 1995, Homer, Alaska, of congestive heart failure. Survivors-wife: Hilda Mast Stoltzfus; children: Guenn Martin, Ruby Nofziger, Karl, Melody Chesley; sisters: Ada, Ida; 4 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Conestoga Mennonite Church. Memorial service: May 26, Homer United Methodist Church. Burial: Homer Cemetery.

Yoder, Russell D., 77, Smithville, Ohio. Born: Feb. 16, 1918, Smithville, Ohio, to Emmett and Kathryn Meyer Yoder. Died: May 3, 1995, Smithville, Ohio. Survivors- wife: Ida Mae Riegler Yoder; sons: Ray, James; brother and sister: Andrew, Mary Helen Wade; 4 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 8, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by James Schrag and Norma Duerksen.

Yoder, Samuel S., 86. Born: Dec. 26,1908, Fairview, Mich., to Daniel P. and Leah Harshbarger Yoder. Died: May 8, 1995, Danville, Pa. Survivors-children: Miriam Y. Stoltzfus, Jason A., Edna Mast, Audrey Siegrist, Linda Grove, Ruth Horst; brother: Emory; 29 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Esther Kolb Yoder (wife). Funeral and burial: May 11, Snow Hill Mennonite Church, by James Kurtz, William Bear, and Alvin Mast.


Gospel Herald - Volume 88, Number 25 - June 20, 1995

Eichler, Lucinda Roth, 90, pigeon, Mich. Born: July 17, 1904, Bay Port, Mich., to Joseph and Magdelena Oesch Roth. Died: May 24, 1995, Pigeon, Mich., of cancer. Survivors-daughter: Doris Dressler; 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Harvey W. Eichler (husband) and Delmer H. (son). Funeral and burial: . May 26, Michigan Avenue Mennonite Church, by Jay Miller.

Guth, Lena E., 95. Born: Dec. 9, 1899, Tazewell County, Ill., to Emanuel and Barbara Sutter Zehr. Died: April 16, 1995, Eureka, Ill. Survivors daughters: Eleanor Allen, Edna Miller; sister: Lylia Ripper; 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren. Predeceased by: Peter L. Guth (husband) and Elmer (son). Funeral: April 21, Maple Lawn Homes, by Robert Harnish and Tom Zobrist. Burial: Hopedale Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Mast, Albert, Jr., 80, Millersburg, Ohio. Born: Dec. 31, 1914, Millersburg, Ohio, to Albert and Elizabeth Mast. Died: March 3, 1995. Survivors-wife: Dorothy Miller Mast; children: Brenda Clark, Randall, Kathryn Hewit, James; sisters: Evelyn Stutzman, Maxine Crilow; 12 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Millersburg Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: March 6, Martins Creek Mennonite Church, by Enid and Bob Schloneger.

Peachey, Mary E., 91. Born: Aug. 4, 1903, Belleville, Pa., to Jonas C. and Arie Peachey. Died: May 24, 1995, Belleville, Pa. Funeral and burial: May 27, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by Max Zook.

Pletcher, Martha Maxine, 75, Goshen, Ind. Born: Jan. 19, 1920, Middlebury, Ind., to Amasa and Maud Hershberger Pletcher. Died: May 24, 1995, Phoenix, Ariz. Survivors-brother and sister: Ralph, Ruth. Funeral: May 31, Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, by Ron Kennel. Burial: Forest Grove Cemetery.

Ramos, Irene Snavely, 64, Biglerville, Pa. Born: Nov. 4, 1930, Brickerville, Pa., to Benjamin and Mabel Witmer Snavely. Died: May 15, 1995, Biglerville, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Rafael Ramos; children: Roger D., Rene Marvin, Janette; sisters: Ruth Frey, Helen Snavely, Miriam Longenecker, Lois Frey. Funeral: May 18, Bethel Mennonite Church, by James A. Burkholder. Burial: Mummasburg Cemetery.

Slagell, Doris Pearl, 59. Born: Aug. 7, 1935, Hydro, Okla., to John and Alice Schantz Slagell. Died: April 12, 1995, Arlington, Tex., of cancer. Survivors-brothers and sister: WaIter, Chester, Harold, Mildred. Funeral and burial: April 15, Pleasant View Mennonite Church, by Joe Wood.

Smith, Homer Lee, 77, Newport News, Va. Born: June 9, 1917, Whiteville, N .C., to Preston C. and Lucinda Carol Smith. Died: May 9, 1995, Newport News, Va., of Alzheimer's disease. Survivors- wife: Josie Katinsky Smith; children: Richard, Paul, Denise; brothers and sisters: Bud, Dick, Howard, Burt Godwin, Jill Godwin, Anne Gurganis; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Nickie (daughter). Funeral: May 12, Peninsula Funeral Home, by Ernest M. Godshall. Burial: Providence Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Homer Lee Smith (June 20, Gospel Herald) was predeceased by his son Nickey.

Zimmerman, Vernon L., 80, Harper, Kan. Born: Nov. 26, 1914, Protection, Kan., to Joseph and Tillie Hostetler Zimmerman. Died: April 12, 1995, Harper, Kan., of leukemia. Survivors-wife: Maurine Troyer Zimmerman; children: Loretta Hawkins, Ila Miller, Orval, Maxine Magri, Joe, Verl, Veva Mumaw; brother and sisters: Roy, Ellen George, Grace Dettweiler; 11 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: April 15, Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, by Weldon Martens and Robert Zehr.


Gospel Herald - Volume 88, Number 26 - June 27, 1995

Bender, Katie Yantzi, 79. Born: Dec. 31, 1915, East Zorra Twp., Ont. Died: May 24, 1995, Ailsa Craig, Ont. Survivors-children: James, Robert, Patricia; brother and sister: Lloyd Yantzi, Nelda Yantzi-Kropf; 5 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Lorne Frederick Bender (husband). Funeral: May 27, Ailsa Craig Christian Fellowship Church, by Eric Hudson. Burial: Nairn Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Brenneman, Nettie V. Miller, 90, Millersburg, Ohio. Born: May 19, 1904, Inman, Kan., to Percaville and Ida Burkholder Miller. Died: May 10, 1995, of pneumonia. Survivors-children: Gladys Gerber, Robert E. Miller, Dorothy Mast, Mary Umstead; 4 stepchildren; brother: Elgin Miller; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 24 step-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Herschel Brenneman (second husband), Howard E. Miller (first husband), and one stepson. Congregational membership: Millersburg Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: May 12, Martins Creek Mennonite Church, by Carl Wiebe and Bob Schloneger.

Charles, Christian Bender, 89, Washington Boro, Pa. Born: July 16, 1905, Manor Township, Pa., to Christian Brubaker and Annie Bender Charles. Died: May 5, 1995, Washington Boro, Pa. Survivors-children: Paul K., Arlene K.; 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Edna Kauffman Charles (wife). Funeral and burial: May 9, Habecker Mennonite Church, by Abram H. Charles and Randall J. Martin. He was ordained to the ministry Nov. 27, 1945, and served Manor District churches for many years.

Gingerich, Aaron W., Sr., 82, Sarasota, Fla. Born: April 13, 1913, Poole, Ont., to John C. and Magdalena Gingerich. Died: May 31, 1995, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors-wife: Mattie Bontrager Gingerich; children: Ilene Bannon, Lana Lengacher, Iona Slaubaugh, Ervin, Aaron E., Jr., Vernon, John, Ernest; sisters and brothers: Fannie Marie Hochstetler, Magdalena Graber, Anna Mae, John, Jr., Abraham L., Jacob W.; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Leona (daughter), Reuben (son). Funeral: June 4, Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, by A. Don Augsburger. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.

Kauffman, Katie Ann Troyer, 100, Middlebury, Ind. Born: Nov. 19, 1894, Fayette Co., Ill., to Levi S. and Savilla Miller Troyer. Died: May 2, 1995, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-children: Nona Miller, Ruby, Magdalena LeCount, Ben, Samuel, Fred; sisters: Barbara Miller, Suzanne Yoder; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Aden Kauffman (husband). Funeral: May 5, First Mennonite Church, by Harold Yoder and Joe Slabach. Burial: Miller Cemetery.

McReaken, Donnie, 75, Michigan. Born: Sept. 9, 1919. Died: May 4, 1995, Glendale, Ariz. Funeral: June 17, Trinity Mennonite Church, by Stan Shantz and Ray Keim. Burial: Michigan.

Neuschwander, Ira, 72, Albany, Ore. Born: Jan. 1, 1923, Albany, Ore., to Edwin and Mary Zuercher Neuschwander. Died: May 27, 1995, Albany, Ore., of cancer. Survivors-brother and sisters: Paul, Lorene, Velma Kropf. Funeral and burial: May 31, Fairview Mennonite Church, by Al Burkey and Clarence Gerig.

Plummer, Laura Marie Beechy, 82, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Aug. 7, 1912, Millersburg, Ohio, to John and Ida Mae Hartzler Beechy. Died: May 17, 1995, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors-husband: Oliver Plummer; children: Arthur, Carol Harding. Funeral: May 19, Fairview Mennonite Home, by Eric Rempel and Paul Storm. Burial: Woodland Cemetery .

Rich, Clarence A., 76, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Oct. 23, 1918, Stuttgart, Ariz., to John and Ellen Nofziger Rich. Died: June 3, 1995, Wauseon, Ohio, of a cerebral hemorrhage. Survivors-wife: Wanda Lugbill Rich; children: Philip, Mary Liechty, Karen Ruth; brother and sister: Lester , Olive; 8 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Douglas (son). Funeral: June 7, Zion Mennonite Church, by Ellis B. Croyle and Dee Swartz. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Clarence A. Rich (June 27, Gospel Herald) was born in Stuttgart, Ark.

Rychener, Velma Mariane, 84, Sarasota, Fla. Born: July 23, 1910, Archbold, Ohio. Died: June 2, 1995, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors-sisters and brothers: Loueen Wyse, Ada Ferguson, Lloyd, Earl. Congregational membership: Bay Shore Mennonite Church. Funeral: June 6, Sarasota, Fla., by Neville Grit t. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.

Smucker, Marjorie F. Kurtz, 85, Smithville, Ohio. Born: Sept. 24, 1909, Smithville, Ohio, to John B. and Gertrude Felix Kurtz. Died: June 2, 1995, Smithville, Ohio. Survivors-sons: Arthur, Thomas; sister: Doris Hahn; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Earl J. Smucker (husband). Funeral and burial: June 6, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by James Schrag.

Tschetter, Bertha E. Nikkel, 88, Denver, Colo. Born: Sept. 20,1906, Joes, Colo., to Bernhard and Katharina Friesen Nikkel. Died: May 14, 1995, Denver, Colo., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Paul G. Tschetter; children: Lois Hjelmstad, Janice Schoonmaker, Paul N.; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 18, First Mennonite Church, by Ann Showalter. Burial: Hampden Memorial Gardens.

Wyse, Maynard C., 81, Lakeland, Fla. Born: April 23, 1914, Wayland, Iowa, to Amos and Luvina Gerig Wyse. Died: May 24, 1995, Lakeland, Fla. Survivors-wife: Bernice Wyse; children: Leland, Douglas' Linda Smucker; sister: Olive G.; 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Berdene Barnes (daughter). Funeral: May 28, Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio, by Ellis B. Croyle and WaIter Stuckey. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Yoder, Carol M., 69, Indiana. Born: May 17, 1926. Died: May 26, 1995, Glendale, Ariz. Survivors-daughter: Kaylene Yoder Majors; sister and brothers: Joyce Dickmeyer, Herb, Louis; one grandchild. Funeral: May 28, Trinity Mennonite Church, by Peter Wiebe and Ray Keim. Burial: Resthaven Cemetery.

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