Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1996

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Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 23 - June 4, 1996

Bender, Wallace P., 73, Wellman, Iowa. Born: Oct. 26, 1922, Williamsburg, Iowa, to Irving and Ethel Yoder Bender. Died: May 13, 1996, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - wife: Lois Gingerich Bender; children: Nancy Swartzendruber, Ruth Anne Banks ton, Richard; brother and sister: Delmar, Wilma Gingerich; 9 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 15, West Union Mennonite Church, by Dean Swartzendruber and Emery Hochstetler.

Detweiler, Irene M., 84, Souderton, Pa. Born: Sept. 23, 1911, Franconia, Pa., to Joseph M. and Ellen Moyer. Died: May 10, 1996, Sellersville, Pa. Survivors - children: Marjorie R. Kooker, David K.; 6 grandchildren, 5 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: David D. Detweiler (husband). Funeral and burial: May 13, Souderton Mennonite Church, by Gerald A. Clemmer, David Greiser, and Merlin Hedrick.

Gingerich, Dorothy Luella Horst, 73, Elkhart, Ind. Born: April 28, 1922, Hesston, Kan., to Gaius A. and Maggie Frey Horst. Died: March 12, 1996, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors - husband: Simon G. Gingerich. Funeral and burial: March 14, Prairie Street Mennonite Church, by HaroldJ. Yoder.

Gross, Priscilla L., 90, Souderton, Pa. Born: Dec. 4, 1905, Fountainville, Pa., to Abram G. and Sarah Ann Lapp Gross. Died: May 8, 1996, Souderton, Pa. Survivorsister: Elizabeth L. Funeral: May 11, Souderton Mennonite Home Chapel, by Duane Bishop and Merlin Hedrick. Burial: Doylestown Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Heisey, Jannah Rochelle, 23, Lititz, Pa. Born: Nov. 13, 1972, Lancaster, Pa., to James and Ruth Ann Breneman Heisey. Died: April 28, 1996, Chester County, Pa., in an automobile accident. Survivors - parents; brother and sisters: Joel, Jolynn, Michelle; grandfather: Paul Breneman. Funeral: May 2, Lititz Mennonite Church, by Dennis Emest and J. Clair Hollinger. Burial: Hess Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Lile, Beatrice, 62, Perry ton, Tex. Born: July 21, 1933, Beaver, Okla., to E. C. and Zella Lile. Died: Jan. 24, 1996, Perry ton, Tex. Survivors - mother; brother: Jerry. Fu neral: Jan. 26, Perryton Mennonite Church, by Darwin Hartman. Burial: Gray Cemetery.

Mast, Ruth Ann Kauffman, 60, Sarasota, Fla. Born: Nov. 1, 1935, Plain City, Ohio, to Erwin and Anna Keim Kauffman. Died: May 11, 1996, Sarasota, Fla., of cancer. Survivors - husband: John I. Mast; children: Mary R. Makal, Clifford D., Jerald L., Jon D.; brother and sisters: Edgar Kauffman, Irene Allan, Anna Mae Miller, Jean Swartzentruber, Betty Silks, Mary Plank, Helen Thurmond, Carol Yoder; 5 grandchildren. Funeral: May 14, Bay Shore Mennonite Church, by Norman Yutzy. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.

Reynolds, Alicia Faye Showalter, 25, Baltimore, Md. Born: Aug. 5, 1970, Harrisonburg, Va., to Harley and Sadie Miller Showalter. Murdered, body was found May 7, 1996, Culpeper, Va, Survivors - husband: Mark William Reynolds; brother and sister: Patrick Rene, Barbara Janine. Memorial service: May 12, Park View Mennonite Church, by Shirley Yoder Brubaker, Frank Nice, and Edward Stoltzfus. Burial: May 15, Trissels Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Slabach, Mary Miller, 95, Sugarcreek, Ohio. Born: Dec. 25, 1900, Walnut Creek, Ohio, to Daniel J. A. and Suzanne Weaver Miller. Died: April 12, 1996, Walnut Creek, Ohio. Survivors - children: Albert, Monroe, Ann Hostetler, Edna Ressler, Alta Miller, Sue Mullet, Mary Schrock; brothers: Roy and Roman Miller; 27 grandchildren, 51 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Crist N. Slabach (husband) and Melvin (son). Funeral: April 15, Valley View Community Church, by Chuck Jarvis and Carl Wiebe. Burial: Schlabach Family Cemetery .

Stalter, Ruth Neuhauser, 89. Born: Jan. 17,1907, Eureka, Ill., to Amos and Katie Householder Neuhauser. Died: May 7, 1996, Eureka, Ill. Survivors - sons: Ronald, James; brother and sister: Tim Neuhauser, Martha Pappas; 11 grandchildren, 6 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Lee Stalter (husband) and John (son). Funeral and burial: May 10, Roanoke Mennonite Church, by Elmer Wyse, Rick Troyer, and Robert Harnish.


Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 24 - June 11, 1996

Benner, G. Faye Alderfer, 34, Harleysville, Pa. Born: July 15, 1961, Sellersville, Pa., to Russell L. and Gladys C. Alderfer. Died: May 14, 1996, New York, N.Y., of cancer. Survivors - husband: Neil M. Benner; sons: Chad E., Derek N.; brothers and sisters: R. Brent, Douglas K., Russell Eric, and Audrey J. Alderfer, Christine carpenter, Gayle Angell. Funeral and burial: May 18, Plains Mennonite Church, by Michael A. Meneses and Gerald C. Studer.

Custer, Steven Douglas, 41. Born: June 22,1954, Seymour, Ind., to Richard D. and Katherine Robins Custer . Died: March 30, 1996, Clinton, Mo., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Patricia Roth Custer; children: Michelle K., Shawn D. Funeral: April 3, Washington Mennonite Church, by Tiro Detweiler and Willard Roth. Burial: Bethel Mennonite Cemetery.

Eshleman, Marvin C., 70, Paradise, Pa. Born: Jan. 13, 1925, to Clarence B. and Anna R. Eshleman. Died: July 11, 1995, of congestive heart failure. Survivors - wife: Elizabeth S. Eshleman; children: Robert, Leon, Betty Marie, Nelson; brother and sisters: D. Rohrer, Dorothy, Lois. Funeral and burial: July 15, 1995, Paradise Mennonite Church, by Mark M. Lehman, Clair B. E by, Robert G. Zook, Vernon D. Smoker, and Clarence R. Neff.

Hochstetler, Mary A. Krabill, 92, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Sept. 22, 1903, Muscatine, Iowa, to Michael and Katie Wyse Krabill. Died: May 14, 1996, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - children: Arlene Miller, Dale, Donald, Roger, Mary Brenneman, Orlin; 19 grandchildren, 32 greatgrandchildren, one greatgreat-grandchild. Predeceased by: Earl Hochstetler (husband). Funeral and burial: May 17, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, by George Hansen and Wayne Bohn.

Keffer, John W., 69, Chesapeake, Va. Born: Newport News, Va., to Leroy and Alice Buckwalter Keffer. Died: May 8, 1996, Chesapeake, Va. Survivors - wife: Dana Hochstetler Keffer; children: Alan, Dale, Gary, Dorothea Besso, Marilyn Baker, Deanna Curling, Juanita Harris, Eric, Allene Webb, Lynn; brothers and sisters: Leroy, Jr., Marvin, Freddie, Anna Mae Hertzler, Betta Lee Lowry; 26 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 11, Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, by Dale Keffer, Harold Buckwalter, and Harold Bergey.

Lile, Zella, 82, Perryton, Tex. Born: Feb. 6, 1913, Beaver County, Okla., to L. V. and Minnie Mae Gregory Gross. Died: March 17, 1996, Perryton, Tex. Survivors - son: Jerry; sisters: Lorena Johnson, Lavona Harris, Irene Anderson, Opal Morrison; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: E.C. Lile (husband), Ronald (son), and Beatrice (daughter). Funeral: March 19, Perry ton Mennonite Church, by Darwin Hartman. Burial: Gray Cemetery.

Ness, Reuben, 88, Hanover, Pa. Born: July 21, 1907, Spring Grove, Pa., to William and Elizabeth Bair Ness. Died: April 21, 1996, Hanover, Pa., of a stroke. Survivors - wife: Ruth Kuhns Ness; children: W. Leroy, Mabel Baral, Daniel K., Reuben J., Adam K., Charles A., Marlin W.; 17 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 25, Bair's Mennonite Meetinghouse, by Richard Herr, James Danner, and John Forry. Burial: York Road Cemetery.

Rogers, Durwood E., 62, Spartansburg, Pa. Born: June 22, 1933, Spartansburg, Pa., to Elliot and Gladys King Rogers. Died: May 21, 1996, Spartansburg, Pa., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Helen Nichols Rogers; son: Jeffery Nichols; brother and sister: Reggie, Carol Staskiewicz; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: May 24, Valley View Mennonite Church, by Carl L. Smeltzer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.

Roth, Chris, 92, Nampa, Idaho. Born: March 6, 1904, Nevada, Mo., to Samuel and Mary Schrock Roth. Died: May 16, 1996, Nampa, Idaho. Survivors - wife: Adelia Hostetler Roth; daughters: Darlene, Susan Emry; sisters: Elaine Cooper, Elma Flisher; 2 grandchildren. Congregational membership: First Mennonite Church. Funeral: May 21, Nampa, Idaho, by Duane Oesch and Robert Garber. Burial: Kohlerlawn Cemetery.

Roth, Elvera Gingerich, 86, New Hamburg, Ont. Born: June 5, 1909, Wilmot Twp., Ont., to Benjamin and Katie Steinman Gingerich. Died: May 16, 1996, New Hamburg, Ont. Survivors - children: Eileen Bender, Marianne Schlegel, Armand; brothers and sister: Eldon and Melvin Gingerich, Christina Steinmann; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Moses S. Roth (husband). Funeral and burial: May 18, Steinmann Mennonite Church, by Ingrid Loepp Thiessen and Herb Schultz.

Schrock, Jacob A., 80, Fort Wayne, Ind. Born: Sept. 1, 1915, Phoenix, Ariz., to Ananias and Amanda Miller Schrock. Died: May 10, 1996, Fort Wayne, Ind. Survivors - brothers and sisters: Abraham, Tobias, Millie Miller, Nancy Schrock, Anna Lee Luker, Mary Miller. Congregational membership: First Mennonite Church. Funeral: May 15, MacComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, by Paul D. Leichty. Burial: Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Schrock, Roscoe W., 70, Goshen, Ind. Born: Feb. 7, 1926, Goshen, Ind., to William and Mary Ethel Van Scoik Schrock. Died: April 13, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - wife: Esther Hoover Nader Schrock; children: Thomas, Roger, Michael, Christopher, Jay; stepchildren: Najwa Nader Wimmer, William Nader; brothers and sisters: Herman, Lloyd, Sylvia Martin, Emogene Reed, Mary Hill; 4 grandchildren, 5 stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Doris Hoogeweg Schrock (first wife). Funeral: April 16, College Mennonite Church, by James Waltner. Burial: Prairie Street Cemetery.

Short, Earl, 88, Stryker, Ohio. Born: June 26, 1907, Archbold, Ohio, to Aaron and Sarah Rupp Short. Died: May 18, 1996, Bryan, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors - wife: Lucile Short; children: Roger, Philip, John; sisters: Ruth, Marie; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 21, Pine Grove Mennonite Church, by WaIter Stuckey and Terry Shue. Burial: Lockport Cemetery.

Troyer, Martha Fern Yoder, 90, Wellman, Iowa. Born: March 3,1906, Johnson County, Iowa, to Mahlon E. and Anna Hershberger Yoder . Died: April 30, 1996, Wellman, Iowa. Survivors - children: Carroll, Lynn, Larion; sisters: Leona Miller, Edith Yoder; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ezra Lloyd Troyer (husband) and Donn (son). Funeral and burial: May 3, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, by George Hansen and Wayne Bohn.


Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 25 - June 18, 1996

Becker, Arletta Selzer, 71, Hesston, Kan. Born: Nov. 9, 1924, Canton, Kan., to Harry and Edna Selzer. Died: March 9, 1996, Newton, Kan., of a stroke. Survivors - husband: Edwin Becker; stepchildren: Elizabeth Hershberger, Martha Yoder , Daniel Becker; sisters: Kathryn Shank, Roberta Bitikofer, Ruby Ressler , Doris Bitikofer, Gladys Yoder; 9 stepgrandchildren. Memorial service: Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, by Frank Willems. Burial: March 13, Spring Valley Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Bender, Arthur, 78, New Hamburg, Ont. Born: June 20, 1917, Wilmot Twp., Ont., to Moses J. and Katie Roth Bender. Died: May 8, 1996, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors - wife: Dorothy Zehr Bender; children: Gloria, Bruce, Gary, Randy; brothers and sister: Alvin, Nelson, Katie Zehr; 6 grandchildren, one greatgrandchild. Funeral: May 12, Hillcrest Mennonite Church, by Mary Schiedel and Maurice Martin. Burial: 19th Line East Zorra Mennonite Cemetery.

Diener, Jesse S., 72, Canton, Kan. Born: Sept. 23, 1923, Canton, Kan., to Arthur and Katie Diener. Died: May 15, 1996, Moundridge, Kan. Survivors - wife: Vera Diener; daughters: Phyllis Stutzman, Shirley Granger; brother and sister: Christian, Wilma; 8 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 18, Spring Valley Mennonite Church, by Frank Willems and Chester Slagel.

Groff, Jacob R., 63, Holtwood, Pa. Born: April 19, 1933, Quarryville, Pa., to Clayton and Mary Rohrer Groff. Died: May 4, 1996, Holtwood, Pa., of accidental electrocution. Survivors - wife: Ruth Miller Groff; children: Donald J., Gerald D., D. Jean Hurst, R. Ann High, J. Lynne Redcay; brothers and sisters: Aaron R., John C., Elias R., Elsie Shirk, Mary R. Hershey, Martha R. Weaver; 12 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 8, New Providence Mennonite Church, by J. Kenneth Hershey and Bob Harnish.

Keller-Byrne, Jane Elizabeth, 44, Toledo, Ohio. Born: March 11, 1952, Lindsay, Ca]if., to Frank Jr. and Frances Byrne Keller. Died: May 21, 1996, Toledo, Ohio, in an automobile accident. Survivors - brothers: Frank and Peter Keller. Congregational membership: Bancroft Mennonite Church. Funeral: May 25, Toledo, Ohio, by Phil Ebersole.

Roth, Catherine "Katie" Albrecht, 87, Baden, Ont. Born: Nov. 30, 1908, East Zorra Twp., Ont., to Joseph S. and Lydia Erb Albrecht. Died: March 24, 1996, St. Mary's, Ont. Survivors - daughters: Jean Hammer, Bertha McCurdy; sister: Adeline Stere; 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Josiah Z. Roth (husband). Funeral: March 27, Hillcrest Mennonite Church, by Mary Schiedel and Maurice Martin. Burial: 16th Line East Zorra Cemetery.

Roth, Leonard Christian, 64, Baden, Ont. Born: Oct. 20, 1932, South Easthope Twp., Ont., to Solomon and Amelia Roth. Died: Feb. 15, 1996, St. Mary's, Ont., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Ruth Gerber Roth; children: Karen Tang, Barry, Sharon, Sarryl, Melanie Smith; brothers and sister: Lorne, Vernon, Florence. Predeceased by: Ronald (son). Funeral: Feb. 18, Hillcrest Mennonite Church, by Maurice Martin and Mary Schiedel. Burial: 16th Line East Zorra Cemetery.

Snider, Norman Ronald, 69, Kitchener, Ont. Born: March 5, 1927, Kitchener, Ont., to Kennard and Hilda Moyer Snider. Died: March 28, 1996, of heart failure. Survivors - wife: Irene Uttley Snider; children: Sherry Plourde, Kenneth; 3 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church. Funeral: April 1, Westmount Funeral Chapel, by David T . Martin. Burial: Hagey Cemetery.

Snyder, J, Wayne, 86, Kitchener, Ont. Born: June 19, 1909, Kitchener, Ont., to Jacob and Angeline Groff Snyder. Died: April 2, 1996, Cambridge, Ont., of heart failure. Survivors - children: Jean Gimbel, Carol Anne Hunt, Marion, Bruce, Marjorie; sisters: Beulah Moss, Cora Snyder, Eileen Snider; 12 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Olive Martin Snyder (wife). Funeral: April 5, Fairview Mennonite Home, by David T. Martin. Burial: First Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Stoltzfus, Levi U., 76, Gap, Pa. Born: Oct. 9, 1919, Salisbury Twp., Pa., to Henry U. and Elizabeth Stoltzfus. Died: May 18, 1996, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors - wife: Naomi K. Smoker Stoltzfus; children: Esther M. Stoltzfus, Erma M. Kurtz, Kenneth L., Allen R., Wilmer J., Fannie E. Bowman; brother and sister: David S., Barbara Flaud; 15 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 21, Maple Grove Mennonite Church, by J . Richard Umble, Leroy Umble, and R. Clair Umble.

Stover, Vietta Alvina, 89, Kitchener, Ont. Born: Sept. 2, 1906, Kitchener, Ont., to Ananias Shantz and Ethleen Stover. Died: May 17, 1996, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors - children: Ethleen Martin, Stuart Gerber; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Doreen Erb (daughter). Funeral: May 21, Edward R. Good Funeral Home, by Rudy Baergen. Burial: First Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Wilson, Gertrude Louise, 86, Kitchener, Ont. Born: March 30, 1909, Wingham, Ont., to Eugene and Martha McDonald. Died: March 18, 1996, Kitchener, Ont., of heart failure. Survivors - children: Donna, Louise, Grace, John Jr. Predeceased by: John "Jack" Wilson (husband). Funeral: March 21, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, by David T. Martin. Burial: Listowel Fairview Cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 26 - June 25, 1996

Bauman, Nancy Martin, 72, Elmira, Ont. Born: July 17, 1923, St. Jacobs, Ont., to Levi and Susannah Hoffman Martin. Died: May 5, 1996, London, Ont., of a brain aneurysm. Survivors - sons: Dale, Brian, Steven; brothers and sisters: Cleason, Emmanuel, Leroy, and Melinda Martin, Mary Wideman, Edna Bauman, Eleanor Metzger; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Orton Bauman (husband). Funeral and burial: May 8, Floradale Mennonite Church, by J. Lester Kehl and Art Byer.

Brenneman, Lula M. Martin, 89, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Sept. 30, 1907, to Edward and Barbara Yoder Martin. Died: May 30, 1996, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - children: Marilyn, Lores Hochstetler, Michael, Karen Stalter; brothers and sisters: Emerson, Robert, and Russell Martin, Amy White; 10 grandchildren, 17 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Noah V. Brenneman (husband). Funeral: June 2, East Union Mennonite Church, by Michael Loss, Don Brenneman, and David L. Yoder. Burial: Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Buehler, Sarah Brubacher, 89, Kitchener, Ont. Born: March 29, 1907, Elmira, Ont., to Henry S. and Hannah Brubacher. Died: May 22, 1996, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors - children: Lena McAvoy, Emma Dundon, Zenas Buehler; brothers: Irvine, Emerson; 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Edwin M. Buehler (husband), one son, and three daughters. Funeral and burial: May 28, Floradale Mennonite Church, by Art Byler.

Eberly, Mabel, 86, Glendale, Ariz. Born: April 6, 1910, Wayne County, Ohio. Died: May 24, 1996, Glendale, Ariz. Survivors - husband: David Eberly; children: Alice Mast, Jerald; sisters: Irene Lehman, Mary Kilmer; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 29, Grace Mennonite Church, by Ben Eberly, Brad Eberly, and James Kropf. Burial: Resthaven Cemetery.

Garber, Roy C., 92, Lowpoint, Ill. Born: May 24, 1904, Fisher, Ill., to Christian and Laura Gautsche Garber. Died: June 2, 1996, Metamora, Ill. Survivors - wife: Pearl Stoller Garber; children: Robert C., LeRoy, Ronald, Beulah Fierce, Frances Ulrich; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 6, Metamora Mennonite Church, by Robert Nolt and Dennis Kennell. Burial: Stewart-Harmony Cemetery.

Hostetler, Samuel D., 77, Kouts, Ind. Born: July 19, 1918, Apple Creek, Ohio, to Daniel E. and Mary E. Yoder Hostetler. Died: May 26, 1996, Merrillville, Ind. Survivors - wife: Leila Good Hostetler; children: Linda Dreyer, Pat Agnew, Peg Patel, Sam Jr.; brothers and sisters: Fred, Dan, Jemima Miller, Elizabeth Hershberger; 9 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 29, Hopewell Mennonite Church, by LeRoy Kennel.

Hunsberger, Gordon, 81, St. Jacobs, Ont. Born: Dec. 11, 1914, Bridgeport, Ont., to Abram and Mary Ida Wideman Hunsberger. Died: May 20, 1996, St. Jacobs, Ont., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Matilda Weber Hunsberger; children: Margaret, Robert, Brian; brothers: Albert, Wilson; 4 grandchildren. Predeceased by an infant son and daughter (twins). Funeral: May 26, St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, by Harold Hildebrand Schlegel and Phyllis Tribby. Burial: Erb Street Mennonite Church Cemetery (cremated).

Kanagy, Lloyd E., 80, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Dec. 17, 1915, Champaign County, Ohio, to Darius C. and Ola Mae Yoder Kanagy. Died: May 20, 1996, West Liberty, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Berdena B. Hostetler Kanagy; children: D. Calvin, Myrna Ma. grew, Violet Brunk; 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: May 24, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Larry Augsburger.

Kurtz, Elsie Stoltzfus, 95, Elverson, Pa. Born: Feb. 11, 1901, Church town, Pa., to Elam and Katie Beiler Stoltzfus. Died: May 23, 1996, Lititz, Pa. Survivors - husband: Christian J. Kurtz; children: Elam, John, Lena Carpenter, Paul, Chester, Caroline Plank, Calvin; 38 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 27, Conestoga Mennonite Church, by Harvey Z. Stoltzfus, Nathan Stoltzfus, Harold Carpenter, and James Kurtz. Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery .

Nussbaum, Willis L., 69, Kidron, Ohio. Born: June 27, 1926, Massillon, Ohio, to Lydia Nussbaum. Died: May 29, 1996, Massillon, Ohio, of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: Bessie Lehman Nussbaum; daughters: Dolores Gerber, Aldine, Grace Miller, Goldie Yoder, Glenda Masters, JoAnn Martin; 9 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: June 1, Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, by Dennis R. Kuhns.

Rhodes, Frances Branner, 82, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Aug. 20, 1913, Broadway, Va., to Charles C. and Josephine Brunk Branner. Died: May 25, 1996, Harrisonburg, Va., of cancer. Survivors - sons: Fred B., Edward L.; brother and sister: John R. Branner, Phoebe Branner Brenneman; one grandchild, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Lloyd B. Rhodes (husband). Memorial service: May 28, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, by Wayne North, Catherine Longenecker, and Clarence Moyers. Burial: Lindale Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Schmucker, John S., 60, Spencerville, Ind. Born: June 10, 1935, Harlan, Ind., to Samuel and Rosa Miller Schmucker. Died: April 26, 1996, Spencerville, Ind., of respiratory failure. Survivors - wife: Norma Jean Frisby Schmucker; children: Randy, Cheri Chambers, Karen; brothers and sisters: Ben, David, Lucy Freese, Rosena Caldwell; 4 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ron (son). Funeral: April 29, North Leo Mennonite Church, by Doug Zehr. Burial: Yaggy Cemetery.

Shellenberger, Margaret Miller, 74, Mount Joy, Pa. Born: March 14, 1922, East Donegal Twp., Pa., to Elmer R. and Martha Garber Miller . Died: June 1, 1996, Mount Joy, Pa. Survivors - husband: Shelley R. Shellenberger; children: Eileen Detweiler, Richard M., Donald, Henry, Harold; sisters: Helen Miller, Lois M. Martin; 14 grandchildren. Funeral: June 5, Mount Joy Mennonite Church, by Joe Sherer, Ervin Stutzman, and Clarence Stauffer. Burial: Kraybill Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Stutzman, Reginald Wayne, 49, Milford, Neb. Born: Feb. 8, 1947, Milford, Neb., to Wayne and Maxine Earnest Stutzman. Died: June 4, 1996, Lincoln, Neb., of liver failure. Survivors - wife: Elaine Hake Stutzman; sons: Christopher, Cody; stepdaughter: Shannon Jones; brothers: Kim, Claude; one grandchild. Funeral and burial: June 6, East Fairview Mennonite Church, by Bob Troyer and Lloyd Gingerich.

Troyer, Ethel I. Zook, 92, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Feb. 14, 1904, New Castle, Pa., to Enoch and Mary Spiker Zook. Died: May 13, 1996, West Liberty, Ohio. Survivors - stepchildren: Robert, Fred, Lucille Christophel; brothers and sisters: Orren and Homer Zook, Sarah Eshleman, Mary Emman Barkley; 17 step-grandchildren, 42 stepgreat-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Menno Troyer (husband) and Leonard (stepson). Congregational membership: Oak Grove Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: May 15, Salem Mennonite Church, by Larry Augsburger.

Wenger, John Robert, Sr., 100, Linville, Va. Born: Feb. 2, 1896, Linville, Va., to Jacob C. and Susanna Virginia Suter Wenger. Died: May 31, 1996, Linville, Va. Survivors - children: Evelyn Basinger, Joanna Lehman, Margaret Gale, Emily Peachey, John R. Jr., David; 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Dorothy Mellinger Wenger (second wife) and Bertie E by Wenger (first wife). Funeral and burial: June 4, Lindale Mennonite Church, by Loren Horst and Ralph W. Ziegler.

Yoder, Dorothy E. Esch, 87, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Oct. 6, 1908, Montmorency County, Mich., to Joseph and Eva Plank Esch. Died: May 23, 1996, West Liberty, Ohio. Survivors - children: Carl, Wilfred, Forest, Melvin, Kathy Lowry; sisters: Mildred and Arda Esch; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Elbert Jay Yoder (husband). Funeral and burial: May 27, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Larry Augsburger.

Yutzy, Wayne J., 69, Orrville, Ohio. Born: April 30, 1926, to John N. and Lovina Miller Yutzy. Died: March 24, 1996, Wooster, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Esther Hershberger Yutzy; children: Robert, Waunita Witmer, Richard; brothers and sisters: Irvin, Freeman, and Wilma Yutzy, Mary Mullet, Verna Yoder; 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 27, Wooster Mennonite Church, by Wayne A. Nitzsche and Ray Mullet. Burial: Maple Grove Memorial Park.

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