Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1996

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Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 48 - December 10, 1996


Alderfer, Marie N. Derstine, 89, Souderton, Pa. Born: Dec. 22, 1906, Telford, Pa., to Jonas and Stella Nyce Derstine. Died: Nov. 5, 1996, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-children: Geraldine Lapp, Evelyn Godshall, Nancy Mininger, Donna Marie Derstine, Curtis D., Gordon D.; brothers and sisters: Paul, Claude, Linford, and Stanley Derstine, Grace Godshall, Joy Harris; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ralph A. Alderfer (husband) and James D. (son). Funeral: Nov. 10, Souderton Mennonite Homes Chapel, by David Greiser and Gerald Clemmer. Burial: Souderton Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Brubaker, Roy Musser, 90, Cocolamus, Pa. Born: Jan. 22, 1906, McAlisterville, Pa., to Ammon G. and Annie Musser Brubaker. Died: Nov. 5, 1996, Richfield, Pa. Survivors--children: Miriam Kauffman, Doris Martin, Naomi, Arlene Gehman, Thelma Diem, Roy L., Dale; 27 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Elva Auker Brubaker (wife) and Anna (daughter). Funeral and burial: Nov. 9, Delaware Mennonite Church, by Carl Graybill, David Weaver, and Stanley Wine.

Dick, Abram Peter, 92, Lakewood, Colo. Born: March 4, 1904, Landskron, Russia. Died: Oct. 17, 1996, Lakewood, Colo., of a heart attack. Survivors-son: Vernon Dick; sisters: Anne Willems, Katie Wilke; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Petronella Camijn (wife). Funeral: Oct. 22, Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, by Mark Miller. Burial: Crown Hill.

Kohler, Nora Emma Hartzler, 96, Smithville, Ohio. Born: April 11, 1900, Orrville, Ohio, to Albert I. and Amanda Burkholder Hartzler. Died: Oct. 18, Seville, Ohio. Survivors-children: Marjorie Battig, Glenn Smucker; sisters: Elida Beer, Della Burkholder; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by: William Kohler (second husband) and Melvin P. Smucker (first husband). Funeral and burial: Oct. 21, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Norma Duerksen.

Lehman, Sarah E. Zuercher, 95, Kidron, Ohio. Born: March 25, 1901, Kidron, Ohio, to Christ and Rebecca Zimmerly Zuercher. Died: Nov. 2, 1996, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors-children: Diane Callen, James; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Amos C. Lehman (husband). Funeral and burial: Nov. 5, Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, by Michael Amstutz and Richard Ross.

Linder, Anna Rebecca King, 91, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: July 18, 1905, Elkhart, Ind., to Chauncey and Nanny Yoder King. Died: Nov. 3, 1996, Garden City, Mo. Survivors-daughter: Lorna Jane Longenecker; brother and sisters: John King, Alta Plank, Verda Kanagy, Golda King; 3 grandchildren, one greatgrandchild. Predeceased by: Lawrence Linder (husband). Funeral: Nov. 9, South Union Mennonite Church, by Randy Reminder and Stanley Shenk. Burial: Highland Cemetery.

Moyer, John H. Sr., 71, Souderton, Pa. Born: July 7, 1925, Franconia Twp., Pa., to John D. and Anna C. Halteman Moyer. Died: Nov. 7, 1996, Sellersville, Pa. Survivors-wife: Sylvia F. Hackman Moyer; children: Linda H. Quinty, John Jr.; brother and sister: Raymond H., Eva H.; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Dale H. Moyer (infant son). Funeral and burial: Nov. 11, Franconia Mennonite Church, by John M. Ehst, Steven E. Landis, and Floyd M. Hackman.

Moyer, Sarah L. Longacre, 80, Lederach, Pa. Born: April 6, 1916, Spring City, Pa., to Isaac K. and Mary Ada Kolb Longacre. Died: Nov. 6, 1996, Sellersville, Pa., of bone cancer. Survivors-husband: David Edwin Moyer; children: Beula Arlene Peele, Rhoda Moyer Searcy, David W., Daniel Edwin, Ruth Elizabeth Kauffman; brother: Daniel Longacre; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 2 stepgrandchildren. Funeral and burial: Nov. 9, Salford Mennonite Church, by Richard Lewman, Royden Landes, and Larry Bergey.

Roth, Ezra, 89, Seward, Neb. Born: Oct. 1, 1907, Milford, Neb., to Benjamin and Barbara Ulrich Roth. Died: Nov. 6, 1996, Seward, Neb. Survivors-wife: Susan Marner Roth; children: Clifford, Lonnie, Doretta Schweitzer, Imagene Burkey, Julie Hafer; sisters: Mabel Erb, Ester Roth; 21 grandchildren, 25 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Mattie Eicher Roth (first wife) and Kenneth (son). Funeral: Nov. 11, Bellwood Mennonite Church, by Marlin Kym. Burial: East Fairview Mennonite Church Cemetery .

Wolgemuth, Mae Brubaker, 95, Mount Joy, Pa. Born: Feb. 4, 1901, Rapho Twp., Pa., to Clayton S. and Maria Whitmoyer Brubaker. Died: Nov. 6, 1996, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-children: J. Lloyd, John H., Jean W. Breneman, Thelma B., Lois, Lonnie W.; 14 grandchildren, 34 greatgrandchildren, one greatgreat-grandchild. Predeceased by: John Keener Wolgemuth (husband). Funeral: Nov. 10, Mount Joy Mennonite Church, by Joe N. Sherer and Herb Wolgemuth. Burial: Kraybill Mennonite Cemetery.

Yoder, Dorothy Stutzman, 86, Hesston, Kan. Born: Oct. 9, 1910, Brandon, Colo., to Andrew and Fanny Stutzman. Died: Nov.10, 1996, Hesston, Kan. Survivors-sons: Don, Kenneth; sister: Ruth Miller; 2 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Francis Yoder (husband). Congregational membership: Hesston Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 14, Schowalter Villa, by David Mann and Cheryl Hershberger. Burial: Crystal Springs Cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 49 - December 17, 1996


Blauch, James William, 72, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Oct. 22,1924, Short Gap, W.Va., to Earl and Nellie Ward Blauch. Died: Nov. 16, 1996, Harrisonburg, Va., of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Merda Mae Bridge Blauch; children: James William Jr., Lois Blauch Miller; brothers and sisters: Ralph, Glen, Dale, Gladys Garges, Mildred Miller, Irene Moreland; 4 grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 19, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, by Steve Yoder and Beryl Jantzi. Burial: Weavers Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Bowman, Verniece Holst, 75, Petersburg, Ont. Born: Sept. 15, 1921, Waterloo Twp., Ont., to David and Amanda Schlabach HoIst. Died: Nov. 8, 1996, Kitchener, Ont., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Burton L. Bowman; children: Donald, Murray, Roger, Blossom, Vincent; brothers: Lemor and Carlyle Holst; 6 grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 11, First Mennonite Church, by Rudy Baergen. Burial: Wilmot Center Cemetery.

Burkholder, Violet Esther Wright, 85, Stouffville, Ont. Born: Jan. 15, 1911, Ontario, to William and Alice Ablett Wright. Died: Nov. 4, 1996, Stouffville, Ont., of a stroke. Survivors-children: Esther Reesor, Irene Steiner, Sylvia Gallian, Howard; brother and sisters: Floyd Wright, Gladys Wright, Connie Yake; 12 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Lorne Burkholder (husband). Congregational membership: Wideman Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 7, Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, by Lawrence Burkholder. Burial: Cedar Grove Mennonite Cemetery.

Caplinger, Wilda Dove, 94, Broadway, Va. Born: Jan. 10, 1902, Criders, Va., to Joseph and Zerna Dove Dove. Died: Nov. 20, 1996, Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors---children: Ray, Alverta Dove, Velma May, Nola Murray, Lela Crumley, Norma Bowman, Lois Burkholder; brother and sisters: Ralph Dove, Goldie May, Ogretta Nesselrodt; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: I. Franklin Caplinger (husband). Funeral and burial: Nov. 23, Zion Mennonite Church, by Harvey Yoder and Richard K. Early.

Cobb, Daniel Wayne, 52, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Nov. 5, 1944, Oak Ridge, Tenn., to Herschel and Roxie Ball Cobb. Died: Nov. 16, 1996, Archbold, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors-wife: Janice Cobb; children: Theodore, Adam, Lincoln, Janessa; brothers: James, Floyd. Predeceased by: Jerry and Terry (infant sons). Congregational membership: Tedrow Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 20, Central Mennonite Church, by Randy Nafziger and Matt Boyers. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Foreman, David Wayne, 44, Zurich, Ont. Born: Nov. 23, 1951, London, Ont., to William and Flora Foreman. Died: Nov. 17,1996, Sarnia, Ont. Survivors-daughters: DeAnn, Dwana; brother and sister: Michael, Patricia Patterson. Congregational membership: Zurich Mennonite Church. Memorial service: Nov. 19, T. Stephenson and Son Funeral Home, by Julianna Bender. Cremated.

Gerber, Melvena Kamp, 81, Sugarcreek, Ohio. Born: Sept. 2, 1915, Wayne County, Ohio, to Otto and Elizabeth Zimmerly Kamp. Died: Nov. 18, 1996, Dover, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors-husband: Titus Gerber; children: Duane, Joan Miller, Marilyn J. Nussbaum; sisters: Sylvia Jaberg, Verna Raber, Marie Amstutz; 5 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Nov. 21, Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, by Ross A. Miller and Don Hamsher.

Harrington, Neola Swingle, 92, Spartansburg, Pa. Born: May 5, 1904, Great Bend, Kan., to Orley and Eliza Noble Swingle. Died: Nov. 12, 1996, Corry, Pa. Survivors-sons: Dale, Lyle; 15 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Cecil Harrington (husband) and Carolyn Mitchell (daughter). Funeral: Nov. 15, Valley View Mennonite Church, by Carl L. Smeltzer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.

Horst, Marian E. Messner, 88, Goshen, Ind. Born: July 27, 1912, Strasburg, Pa., to John J. and Emma Hess Messner. Died: Nov. 23, 1996, Goshen, lnd. Survivors-husband: Laurence Horst; daughter: Ramona Horst Bailey; brother and sisters: Robert Messner, Dorothy Witmer, Arlene Erb; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 27, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann and Duane Beck. Burial: Violett Cemetery.

King, Bertha Leah Detweiler, 90. Born: April 24, 1906, Harper, Kan., to William E by and Emma Francis Shepp Detweiler. Died: Nov. 2, 1996, Hesston, Kan. Survivors-children: Eldon, Virginia Ediger, Patricia Miller, Phyllis Kauffman, Calvin, Roberta Mathes; sister: Velma Detweiler Dunbar; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Arami King (husband). Funeral and burial: Nov. 6, Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, by Royce Vogt.


Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 50 - December 24, 1996


Baer, Dorothy Musgrave, 79, Polo, Ill. Born: May 6, 1917, Dixon, Ill., to James and Amanda Tyler Musgrave. Died: Nov. 22, 1996. Survivors-husband: Lowell Baer; children: Barbara Ebersole, Judith Long, Beth Shank, Dotti Ulrich, Lila Miller; sisters: Cecile Meyer , Lois Hamilton; 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Nov. 26, Science Ridge Mennonite Church, by James Ebersole.

Breneman, Roy W., 77, Mount Joy, Pa. Born: May 28, 1919, Manor Twp., Pa., to Christian E. and Lizzie Witmer Breneman. Died: Nov. 23, 1996, Mount Joy, Pa. Survivors-wife: Ruth Wenger Breneman; children: Charles, Douglas, Nancy Yoder, Marlane Martin; brothers and sister: Paul, Eli, Clifford, Grace Nolt; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Congregational membership: Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 26, Miller Funeral Home, by Richard H. Frank. Burial: Masonville Cemetery.

Cox, Vivian Burch, 81, Nappanee, Ind. Born: Dec. 2, 1914, Knozell, Mo. Died: Nov. 17, 1996, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors-daughter: Gloria Wilcoxson; brothers and sisters: Herlin and Burlin Burch, Thelma Gateley, Georgie Maynard, Bea Cox; 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Marvin Cox (husband) and Ruby Weldy (daughter). Funeral: Nov. 20, Holdeman Mennonite Church, by Dave Heusinkveld and Vernard Guengerich. Burial: South Whitley Cemetery.

Ebersole, Martha Lehman, 89, Lancaster, Pa. Born: May 6, 1907, Derry Twp. Pa., to Daniel and Lizzie Holdeman Lehman. Died: Nov. 23, 1996, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-children: Jestena Yeagley , Martha, Jay, Glenn; brothers and sister: Daniel, Robert, Elmer, and Clarence Lehman, Elizabeth Brandt; 7 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Jacob R. Ebersole (husband). Congregational membership: Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 26, Mennonite Home, by Richard H. Frank. Burial: Stauffers Mennonite Cemetery .

Frey, Abner, 59, Elmira, Ont. Born: Oct. 23, 1937, Peel Twp., Ont., to Menno and Lizzie Weber Frey. Died: Nov. 15, 1996, Elmira, Ont., of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Florence Metzger Frey; sons: Gerald, Marlin; brothers and sisters: Nelson, Mahlon, Cleason, Alice, Edna, and Lena Frey. Funeral and burial: Nov. 17, Floradale Mennonite Church, by Fred Redekop.

Gautsche, Herma Nofziger, 94, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Sept. 20, 1902, Archbold, Ohio, to Levi and Lizzie Riegsecker Nofziger . Died: Nov. 27,1996, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors-children: Doris Ebersole, Mary Diller, Dale, Delmar, Alice Schmucker, Richard, Glenda Hurst; 32 grandchildren, 62 greatgrandchildren, 2 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Oscar Gautsche (husband). Funeral: Nov . 30, Tedrow Mennonite Church, by Randy N afziger and Charles Gautsche. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Gautsche, Inez Wyse, 87, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Dec. 25, 1908, Archbold, Ohio, to Edwin and Martha Roth Wyse. Died: Dec. 2, 1996, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors-children: Myrl, Lawrence Jr., Valetta Van Valkenburg, Carolyn Fricke, Geneva Miller, Joyce Taylor; brother: Leland Wyse; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Lawrence Gautsche (husband). Funeral: Dec. 5, Central Mennonite Church, by Charles Gautsche. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Kinsie, Archie, 72, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Aug. 4, 1924, Breslau, Ont., to Maurice and Pearl Weber Kinsie. Died: Nov. 17, 1996, Cambridge, Ont., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Nellie Burkholder Kinsie; son: Fred; brother and sister: Alex, Francis Weber; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 20, Breslau Mennonite Church, by Laurence Martin and Rufus Jutzi.

Kornhaus, Eva N. Steiner, 90, Orrville, Ohio. Born: April 21, 1906, Orrville, Ohio, to Peter R. and Anna V. Burkholder Steiner. Died: Nov. 27, 1996, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors-husband: David R. Komhaus; children: Wayne, Norma Mast; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Donna Hostetler (daughter). Funeral and burial: Nov. 30, Martins Mennonite Church, by Randy Murray.

Landis, Anna R., 90, Souderton, Pa. Born: Nov. 28, 1906, Line Lexington, Pa., to Enos and Annie Ruth Barndt. Died: Nov. 23, 1996, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-children: Mildred Moore, Gladys Alderfer, Richard B., Franklin B.; 15 grandchildren, 32 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Paul R. Landis (husband) and Arlene Landis (daughter). Funeral: Nov. 26, Souderton Homes Chapel, by Lowell H. Delp. Burial: Line Lexington Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Lehman, Bessie, 93, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Dec. 5, 1902, Versailles, Mo., to Joel and Martha Basinger Lehman. Died: Nov. 23, 1996, West Liberty, Ohio. Survivors-brothers and sister: Daniel, Wilfred, Kenneth, Pauline Miller. Funeral: Nov. 26, Bethel Mennonite Church, by Ben Eberly. Burial: Fairview Cemetery.

Longenecker, Esther Mattie Habecker, 89, Lancaster, Pa. Born: April 8, 1907, Manor Twp., Pa., to John and Mattie Haverstick Habecker. Died: Nov. 9, 1996, Lancaster, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-daughters: Kathryn Fry, Joanne Sauder; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. predeceased by: Jonas Z. Longenecker (husband). Funeral and burial: Nov. 13, Habecker Mennonite Church, by Norman Shertzer and Randy Martin.

Martin, Delmar W ., 49, Greencastle, Pa. Born: April 10, 1947, Hagerstown, Md., to Phares and Viola Martin. Died: Sept. 4, 1996, of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Mary L. (Martin) Martin; children: Tamara L. Hade, Terry L.; sisters: Arleta and Rayetta Martin; one grandchild. Funeral and burial: Sept. 8, Salem Ridge Mennonite Church, by G. Joseph Martin, Enos Martin, and Merle Cordell.

Massanari, Orva F. Gerber, 76, Goshen, Ind. Born: May 2, 1920, Harper, Kan., to Edward and Bertha Plank Gerber. Died: Nov. 14, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-husband: WaIter S. Massanari; children: Patricia Massanari Beyeler, Kathleen Massanari Mosley; brother: Loren Gerber; 2 stepchildren. Predeceased by: Thomas and Steven Massanari (sons). Memorial service: Nov. 17, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann. Burial: Clinton Brick Cemetery.

Miller, Esther Jean Bontrager, 68, Newton, N.C. Born: Sept. 29, 1928, Glen Flora, Wis., to Felty and Mary Miller Bontrager. Died: Nov. 14, 1996, Newton, N.C., of cancer. Survivors-husband: David Miller; children: David Allen, John Marvin, Kenneth James, Mary Esther, Margaret Ann; brothers and sisters: Bill, Ray, Harvey, Elmer, Ida Mae, Ella, and Elva Bontrager, Malinda Sommers, Eileen Dominguez; 8 grandchildren, one stepgrandchild, one stepgreatgrandchild. Funeral and burial: Nov. 17, Mountain View Mennonite Church, by Edward M. Godshall and Wellington Moyer .

Miller, Joe D., 85, Grantham, Pa. Born: Feb. 21, 1911, Hutchinson, Kan., to Daniel N. and Lizzie Fry Miller . Died: Nov. 16, 1996, of lung congestion. Survivors-wife: Trena Brown Miller; children: Edith, Gilbert, Sharon Herr; brothers and sisters: Alvin and Ray Miller, Mary Headings, Alice Beachy, Cora Miller, Nora Beachy; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 19, Messiah Village Chapel, by Marion J. Heisey, J. Robert Lehman, and Earl E. Herr . Burial: Grantham Memorial Park.

Nissley, Ralph H., 81, Manor Twp., Pa. Born: 1915, Manor Twp., Pa., to Christian and Barbara Herr Nissly. Died: Nov. 10,1996, Akron, Pa. Survivors-wife: Miriam Groff Nissly; children: Ralph G., Melvin G., Glenn G., Marian G. Harnley; sisters: Grace Horning, Barbara H. Nissly; 14 grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 13, Masonville Mennonite Church, by J. Wilmer E by and Aaron H. Souders. Burial: Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

Posar, James Jr., 64, Oklahoma City, Okla. Born: Aug. 27, 1932, Chicago, Ill., to J ames Sr. and Ida Yoder Posar. Died: Oct. 27, 1996, Oklahoma City, Okla. Survivors-wife: Ethel B. Loucks Posar; children: Robert, Veronica Worley; 4 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 29, Joy Mennonite Church, by Moses Mast and Ron Brown.

Schrock, Mary Hosanna Edwards, 76, Spencerville, Ind. Born: March 18, 1920, Akron, Ohio. Died: Nov. 13, 1996, Fort Wayne, Ind., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Albert Schrock; children: Jim, Dennis, Carol Mauck; brother: Martin Edwards; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Jerry (son). Funeral: Nov. 16, North Leo Mennonite Church, by Doug Zehr. Burial: Shore Mennonite Cemetery .

Schwartzentruber, Katherine "Katie" Leis, 92, Elmira, Ont. Born: July 19, 1904, Wellesley Twp., Ont., to Solomon R. and Mary Lichti Leis. Died: Nov. 15, 1996, Elmira, Ont. Survivors-children: Dorothy Sauder, Mabel Snyder; sisters: Ada Krohn, Vanita Leis; 8 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren . Predeceased by: Edwin Schwartzentruber (husband) and Harold (son). Funeral and burial: Nov. 17, Nith Valley Mennonite Church, by Sue C. Steiner.

Shank, Mary B. Strickler, 92, Harleysville, Pa. Born: Sept. 26, 1904, Lancaster County, Pa., to Reuben and Mary Buch Strickler. Died: Nov. 23, 1996, Sellersville, Pa. Survivors-daughter: Gladys S. Cavella; 2 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. predeceased by: Norman Shank (husband). Congregational membership: Stauffer Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 29, Rothermel Funeral Home, by Carl Snavely and Russell Baer. Burial: Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

Smith, Norman O., 88, Elida, Ohio. Born: Aug. 5, 1930, Elida, Ohio, to Perry and Susanna Brenneman Smith. Died: Nov. 10, 1996, New Carlisle, Ind. Survivors-wife: Clara Berry Smith; children: Paul, Kenneth, Marjorie Harms, Glenna Kirkendall; sisters: Clara Damger, Ruth Kraus; 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Nov. 14, Salem Mennonite Church, by Melvin Hathaway. He pastored the Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church.

Smucker, Ruth Adeline, 63, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Oct. 28, 1933, Newport News, Va., to Daniel M. and Vema Mast Smucker. Died: Dec. 4, 1996, Harrisonburg, Va., of cancer. Survivors-brothers and sisters: Daniel M. Jr., Paul C., Mabel S. Yoder, Naomi, Elizabeth. Funeral: Dec. 7, Zion Mennonite Church, by Richard K. Early, Paul C. Smucker, and Robert W. Mast. Burial: Lindale Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Starnes, Albert Lee, 66, Vale, N.C. Born: Dec. 10, 1929, Hickory, N.C., to Claude Edward Bumgarner and Bertie Starnes Hefner. Died: Nov. 15, 1996, Hickory, N.C., of heart failure. Survivors-wife: Annie Mae Starnes; sons: Kenneth, Ronald; brothers and sisters: R.A., James Daniel, and Bobby Hefner, Shirley Holden, Charlotte Canipe; 3 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Nov. 18, Mountain View Mennonite Church, by Wellington Moyer and Edward M. Godshall.

Stutzman, Alice Esther King, 80, Garden City, Mo. Born: Sept. 4, 1916, Garden City, Mo., to Elmer and Sarah Blank King. Died: Oct. 17, 1996, Harrisonville, Mo. Survivors-children: Eldon, Janice Good, Konnie Yoder; 11 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Ralph Stutzman (husband) and Landon (son). Funeral: Oct. 21, Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, by Ken Steckly. Burial: Clearfork Cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 51 - December 31, 1996


Eby, Martha W. Leaman, 87, Lititz, Pa. Born: Sept. 14, 1909, Upper Leacock Twp., Pa., to Benjamin and Mary Wenger Leaman. Died: Dec. 5, 1996, Lititz, Pa., of congestive heart failure. Survivors-husband: Lloyd M. Eby; children: Mary Ellen Leaman, J. Wilmer, John E., L. Marlin; brother and sisters: Daniel W. Leaman, Anna Miller, Mary Graybill; 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grand. children. Funeral and burial: Dec. 8, Stumptown Mennonite Church, by Don Sensenig, Luke Nolt, John Leaman, Don Good, and Paul Zehr.

Esch, Henry D., 93, Glendale, Ariz. Born: Aug. 20, 1903, Centralia, Mo., to Daniel C. and Elizabeth Guengerich Esch. Died: Dec. 7, 1996, Glendale, Ariz. Survivors-wife: Barbara Maust Esch; children: Lelia Schlabach, Victor, Beulah Raber, Myrna Schmidt; brothers: Jacob, Lewis; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 12, Sunnyslope Mennonite Church, by Dennis Stauffer and Ray Reim. Burial: Rest Haven Cemetery.

Kiser, Oren S., 85, Fishersville, Va. Born: June 24, 1911, LaJunta, Colo., to Jacob and Sally Shank Riser. Died: Oct. 5,1996, Fishersville, Va., of heart failure. Survivors-children: Melba Riser Heatwole, Norman, 0. Sanford, Ellen Riser Wyant, Charlotte Riser Rhodes, Alta Sue Riser Gomez, Richard; brother and sisters: Alvin, Ruby Swope, Della Benner, Grace Eshleman; 24 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Thelma Campbell Riser (wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 8, Springdale Mennonite Church, by Mark Wenger, Willard Heatwole, and Richard Showalter.

Martin, Clyde H., 85, Maugansville, Md. Born: Sept. 18, 1911, Hagerstown, Md., to Abram and Susan B. Horst Martin. Died: Nov. 30, 1996, Chambersburg, Pa. Survivors-children: Dorcas Good, Robert L., Victor R., Samuel C.; brothers and sister: John H., Lloyd H., Edna Ruhns; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Fanny R. Horst Martin (wife). Funeral and burial: Dec. 4, Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, by Nelson L. Martin, Robert Cahill, and Mahlon Eshleman.

Mumaw, Mildred Irene Schrock, 83, Smithville, Ohio. Born: 1913, Rittman, Ohio, to David and Leah Meyer Schrock. Died: Dec. 6, 1996, Smithville, Ohio. Survivors-husband: Ralph Wayne Mumaw; children: Janet Klopfenstein, Mary Jane Fast, Wayne, Charles, Steve; sister: Ruth Steiner; 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Dec. 10, Smithville Mennonite Church, by Glenn Steiner and Randy Murray.

Roth, Truman N., 85, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Dec. 9, 1910, Archbold, Ohio, to Enos and Fannie Sauder Roth. Died: Oct. 12, 1996, Archbold, Ohio, of a heart attack. Survivors-children: Roger, Mabel Ann Klinger, Marlene Graf, James; brother and sisters: Clarence, Lucile Beck, Florence Roth; 14 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Luetta Gautsche Roth (wife). Funeral: Oct. 14, Zion Mennonite Church, by Ron Guengerich and Dee Swartz. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Schweitzer, LaVerta Eicher, 82, Beaver Crossing, Neb. Born: Nov. 11, 1914, Beaver Crossing, Neb., to William and Lydia Steckly Eicher. Died: Dec. 9, 1996, Phoenix, Ariz. Survivors-husband: Dan Schweitzer; children: Leonard, Darrel, Anabel Andrews; brothers and sisters: Walter, Floyd, and Lloyd Eicher, Verdella Miller, Teresa Burkey, Violet Troyer; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 13, Bellwood Mennonite Church, by Marlin Kym. Burial: West Fairview Cemetery.

Stutzman, Gordon Calvin, 82, Albany, Ore. Born: March 17, 1914, Woodriver, Neb., to Ora and Lydia Boshart Stutzman. Died: Oct. 3, 1996, AIbany, Ore. Survivors-wife: Gladys Roth Stutzman; daughter: Yvonne Kropf; brothers and sisters: Harry, Percy, and Amos Gerig, Dorothy Detweiler, Clara Krabill, Mary Krabill, Wilma Sanderson; one grandchild, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 7, Lebanon Mennonite Church, by Brent Kauffman, Gordon Miller, and Louis Lehman. Burial: Fairview Mennonite Cemetery.

Swartzentruber, Ethel Colegrove, 89. Born: April 9, 1907, Morenci, Mich., to Philip and Allie Mae Root Colegrove. Died: Nov. 15, 1996. Survivors-children: Hal, Arlene Evers, Shirley Tuttle, Ray Robb; brother and sister: Leslie Colegrove, Marie McCoskey; 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 3 greatgreat-grandchildren. Predeceased by: C. S. Swartzentruber (husband) and one son. Congregational membership: Salem Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 18, by Cliff Brubaker and Earl Stuckey. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery.

Troyer, Elsie M. Eicher, 93, Milford, Neb. Born: April 16, 1903, Milford, Neb., to Martin and Kathyrn Roth Eicher . Died: Oct. 9, 1996, Milford, Neb. Survivors-children: Grace Roth, Lela Benson, Royden, Stanley, Lauren, Cloy, Kenneth; 43 grandchildren, 119 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: John R. Troyer (husband) and Milton (son). Congregational membership: Beth-El Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 12, Bellwood Mennonite Church, by John C. King. Burial: West Fairview Cemetery.

Troyer, Ora, 92, Fairview, Mich. Born: May 11, 1904, LaGrange County, Ind., to Emmanuel and Sarah Miller Troyer. Died: Nov. 21, 1996, West Branch, Mich. Survivors-wife: Freda Kauffman Troyer; children: Marilyn Leland, Marlin, Roger, Richard, Diane Martin; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 25, Fairview Mennonite Church, by Virgil Hershberger and Randy Detweiler. Burial: Fairview Cemetery.

Umble, Roy H., 83, Goshen, Ind. Born: May 11, 1913, to John S. and Alice Landis Umble. Died: Nov. 16, 1996. Survivors-wife: Ethel K. Kambs Umble; daughters: Janet Reedy, Alice Klassen; stepchildren: Judith Flora, William R. Kambs, Kathy-Fackelman; 4 grandchildren, 8 stepgrandchildren, 2 stepgreat-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ferne Smith Umble (first wife). Memorial service: Nov. 20, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann. Burial: Violett Cemetery.

Wagner, Wilma Doris Parks, 73, Toledo, Ore. Born: Dec. 6, 1922, to Solon W. and Doris Small Parks. Died: Nov. 4, 1996, Toledo, Ore. Survivors-husband: Dan Wagner; children: Lorna Steele, Myrna Sieler, Carol Wallace, Sharon Norick, Donna Herndobler, Deanna Gage, Janet Brown, Sheena Wagner, Earl, Michael, Jerry; brother and sisters: Jim Parks, Betty Wise, Jeannie Kaps, Judy Parks; 27 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren. Congregational membership: Logsden Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 8, Bateman Funeral Chapels, by Roy D. Roth. Burial: Eureka Cemetery.

Weaver, Blanche Smith, 96, Pittsfield, Pa. Born: Sept. 11, 1907, Garden City, Mo., to Jacob P. and Ida Schrock Smith. Died: Jan. 1, 1996, Pittsfield, Pa. Survivors--children: Donald, Robert, Janet, Joseph Jr. Predeceased by: Joseph N. Weaver (husband). Funeral: Jan. 5, Beaverdam Mennonite Church. Burial: Lawn Cemetery.

Weaver, Harry H. Jr., 91. Born: Aug. 29, 1905, Lancaster County, Pa., to Harry M. Sr., and Susan Hershey Weaver. Died: Sept. 14, 1996, Lancaster, Pa., of pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Survivors-children: Glenn H., Lois Friesen, Robert L.; 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Lottie Zimmerman Weaver (wife) and Clair R. (son). Funeral: Sept. 19, Hinkletown Mennonite Church, by Glenn Sauder, Warren Good, Donald Good, and Bill Detweiler . Burial: Weaverland Mennonite Church Cemetery.

White, Verda Burkey, 79, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Sept. 2, 1917, Milford, Neb., to Arthur and Amanda Stutzman Burkey. Died: October 1996, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors-husband: Clayton White; children: Gloria Drager, Donna Jones, Karalee Martin; brothers and sisters: Perry and Marlin
Burkey, Alda Swartzendruber , Loretta W olfer , Leann Miller; 5 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Oct. 15, 1996, West Union Mennonite Church, by Merv Birky and Dean Swartzendruber.

Wilcox, Ratherine "Kate" Stauffer, 78, Nottawa, Mich. Born: Jan. 22, 1918, Ossineke, Mich., to Christian and Emily Schwartz Stauffer. Died: Nov. 18, 1996, Nottawa, Mich., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Clyde "Bud" Wilcox; children: Loretta Eicher, Judy Doney, James A., Edward A.; brothers and sisters: Menno, Freeman, Donald, and Virginia Stauffer , Mary Schwartz; 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Nov. 21, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by William Wickey.

Yoder, Dorothy Lorene, 76, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Sept. 11, 1920, Kalona, Iowa, to Joe M. and Ella Miller Yoder. Died: Dec. 3, 1996, Kalona, Iowa. Survivor-sister: Melva Garber. Funeral and burial: Dec 6, East Union Mennonite Church, by Noah Helmuth, David L. Yoder, and Jay Miller.

Yoder, Elmer E., 55, Perkasie, Pa. Born: Nov. 23, 1941, Hutchinson, Kan., to Edward P. and Gertrude Stutzman Yoder. Died: Dec. 7, 1996, Philadelphia, Pa., of respiratory failure. Survivors-wife: Ruth Hockman Yoder; children: Michelle E. Horning, Chad D.; mother; sisters: Esther Kauffman, Ida Mae Miller; 2 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Dec. 11, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, by Truman H. Brunk Jr. and David A. Stevens.

Yoder, Olive Grace (Yoder), 83, Goshen, Ind. Born: Aug 17, 1913, West Liberty, Ohio, to Earl M. and Barbara Ellen Algyer Yoder. Died: Nov. 25 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-husband: Dwight Yoder; children: Judith Denlinger, Barbara Stahly, John E.; brother and sister: Stanley E. Yoder, Ruth Ellen Yoder; 6 grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 29, College Mennonite Church, by J. Lester Graybill. Burial: West Liberty Cemetery.

Zeager, Mildred E., 72, Elizabethtown, Pa. Born: April 3, 1924, Lancaster County, Pa., to Walter L. and Nora W. Ebersole Zeager. Died: Dec. 6, 1996, Elizabethtown, Pa. Survivor-foster sister: Ruth E. Nolt. Funeral: Dec. 10, Mount Joy Mennonite Church, by Joe Sherer and Libby Nissley. Burial: Good Mennonite Cemetery.

Zehr, Mary E., 73, Ludlow, Ill. Born: Aug. 10, 1923, Chenoa, Ill., to George and Ella Stalter Roszhart. Died: Sept. 7, 1996, Champaign, Ill. Survivors-husband: Melvin Zehr; children: Paul, Tom, Philip, Rebecca Moyer; sister: Evelyn May; stepmother: Ethel Roszhart; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 11, East Bend Mennonite Church, by Calvin Kaufman and Michael Dean. Burial: East Bend Memorial Garden.


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