Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1996

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Gospel Herald - Volume 89, Number 39 - October 1, 1996


Boshart, Dorothy Milletta, 75, Wellesley, Ont. Born: Jan. 1, 1921, Wilmot Twp., Ont., to Noah S. and Victoria Wagler Boshart. Died: Sept. 1, 1996, Kitchener, Ont., of cancer. Survivors-brothers and sister: Roy, Orlin, Melvin, Verna Wagler. Funeral and burial: Sept. 4, Steinmann Mennonite Church, by Ingrid Loepp Thiessen and Herb Schultz.

Coon, Victor E., 73, Archbold, Ohio. Born: May 2, 1923, Wauseon, Ohio, to Cecil and Ella Grieser Coon. Died: Sept. 8, 1996, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Pauline Nofziger Coon; children: Clinton, Roland, Clifford, Cecilia Hughes; sister: Emagene Yingling; 13 grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 11, Central Mennonite Church, by Wilmer Hartman and Lois Hartman. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery .

Flanagan, Agnes Lee Nines, 78, Dryfork, W.Va. Born: Dec. 14, 1917, Laneville, W.Va., to Ella Nines. Died: Aug. 26, 1996, Warrenton, Va. Survivors-children: William Franklin, Alan, Betty Sue Wardrope; half sister: Virginia Branagan; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Kermit Flanagan (husband). Congregational membership: Laneville Mennonite Church. Funeral: Aug. 30, Dryfork, W.Va., by Phil Kanagy. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.

Geiser, Anna Jean Amstutz, 64, Kidron, Ohio. Born: Feb. 22, 1932, Kidron, Ohio, to Amos D. and Velma K. Amstutz. Died: Aug. 19, 1996, Kidron, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors-husband: Clayton Geiser; children: Sharon Amstutz, Les; stepchildren: Thomas, Keith, Norman, William, Anita Weaver; brother and sisters: Gordon Amstutz, Evelyn Jane Amstutz, Elaine Boyer; 2 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Clayton W. Gerber (first husband). Funeral and burial: Aug. 22, Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, by Dennis R. Kuhns and Richard Ross.

Landis, Alvin M., 79, Telford, Pa. Born: Oct. 16, 1916, Telford, Pa., to Samuel D. and Pearl Miller Landis. Died: Sept. 3, 1996, Sellersville, Pa., of heart failure. Survivors-wife: Ruth D. Frankenfield Landis; children: Ray, Marilyn Garges; brother and sister: Ernest, Edna Clemmer; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Rodney (son). Funeral and burial: Sept. 6, Rockhill Mennonite Church, by Mike Derstine and Merrill Landis.

Metzger, Stanley, 64, Waterloo, Ont. Born: Jan. 5, 1932, to George and Nancy Metzger. Died: Aug. 29, 1996, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors-wife: Alice Heintz Metzger; children: Fred, Stuart, Darcy; brothers and sisters: Vernon, John, Emmanuel, Ernie, Vera Martin, Rebecca Cressman, Erma Baker, Marie Fretz, Marlene Baker; 4 grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 1, St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, by Don Penner. Burial: Hawkesville Cemetery .

Miller, Dale D., 71, Milford, Neb. Born: Dec. 22, 1924, Milford, Neb., to John and Lena Hauder Miller. Died: Aug. 16, 1996, Milford, Neb. Survivors-wife: Betty Troyer Miller; children: Layne, Todd, Amy Bellefeuille; brothers and sisters: Earl, Roland, Vyral Vannoy; 4 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Nancy Lee (infant daughter). Congregational membership: Beth-El Mennonite Church. Funeral: Aug. 19, Bellwood Mennonite Church, by John King. Burial: Blue Mound Cemetery.

Miller, Melvin, 60, Sarasota, Fla. Born: April 14, 1936, Arthur, Ill., to Aaron and Magdalena Miller. Died: Sept. 6, 1996, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors-wife: Mary C. Yoder Miller; children: Jean Versakos, Caroline Potter, Deborah Wyckoff, Roger; brothers and sisters: Jeff, Henry, Katie, Susan, Lovina; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 9, Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, by Barry Loop and John Otto. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.

Mullins, Sharon Gerber, 43, Apple Creek, Ohio. Born: July 15, 1953, Orrville, Ohio, to Leo and Pauline Gerber. Died: Sept. 8, 1996, Apple Creek, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors-husband: David Mullins; children: Jessica, Nicholas; mother; sisters: Jean Steffen, Connie Zuercher, Linda Miller, Sandy Gerber, Darlene Groves, Renee Himes, Kenis Steffen. Funeral and burial: Sept. ll, Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, by Michael Amstutz and Richard Ross.

Schertz, Rose Wagner, 94, Eureka, Ill. Born: July 10, 1902, Eureka, Ill., to Christian and Barbara Sauder W agner . Died: Aug. 7, 1996, Eureka, Ill. Survivors-daughter: Thelma Zehr; brother and sisters: E. Sanford Wagner , Pearl Yoder , Celestia Stalter; one grandchild, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Christian A. Schertz (husband). Funeral and burial: Aug. 11, Roanoke Mennonite Church, by Elmer Wyse, Wilford Ulrich, and Robert Harnish.

Schultz, Elizabeth Lichti, 87, Ellice Twp., Ont. Born: Sept. 21, 1909, Wellesley Twp., Ont., to David and Barbara Schultz Lichti. Died: April 4, 1996, Tavistock, Ont. Survivors-children: Rita Schumm, Mary Ropp, Herbert, Alvin, Katherine Snyder, David, Phyllis Gropp; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mahlon Schultz (husband). Funeral and burial: April 7, Poole Mennonite Church, by Dave Rogalsky.

Schultz, Mahlon, 87, Ellice Twp., Ont. Born: March 22, 1909, North East Hope Twp., Ont., to Enos and Mary Jutzi Schultz. Died: March 22, 1996, Stratford, Ont. Survivors-wife: Elizabeth Lichti Schultz; children: Rita Schumm, Mary Ropp, Herbert, Alvin, Katherine Snyder, David, Phyllis Gropp; sister: Vera Yantzi; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: March 25, Poole Mennonite Church, by Dave Rogalsky.

Shank, Mary Elizabeth Holsinger, 92, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: July 7, 1904, Edom, Va., to Henry and Elizabeth Cline Holsinger. Died: Aug. 21, 1996, Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors-children: Lucille Shank Allen, Elizabeth Shank Histand; brother and sisters: Justus Holsinger, Martha Browder, Catherine Miller; 9 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: E. Clayton Shank (husband). Funeral and burial: Aug. 27, Lindale Mennonite Church, by Loren Horst and Howard Miller.

Short, Ivan J., 78, Archbold, Ohio. Born: May 22, 1918, Archbold, Ohio, to John and Martha Wyse Short. Died: Sept. 3, 1996, Wauseon, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Dorothy Short; son: Wendell; sisters: Louella Bender, Arlene, Zelma Sieler; 1 grandchild. Funeral: Sept. 6, West Clinton Mennonite Church, by James Roynon, Dan Young, and Edward Diener. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Streicher, Michael, 77, Stratford, Ont. Born: Jan. 1, 1919, Wellesley Twp., Ont., to Enoch and Annie Wagler Streicher. Died: Aug. 13, 1996, Stratford, Ont., of Alzheimer's disease. Survivors-wife: Esther Kuepfer Streicher; children: Ervin, Raymond, Eunice Baker, Michael, Ruth Stemmler, Robert, Debbie Drumm; brother: Rudy; 13 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Aug. 16, Riverdale Mennonite Church, by Glenn Zehr.

Vink, Gabriel Austen, Chambersburg, Pa. Born: July 11, 1996, Chambersburg, Pa., to Gregory R. and Charlotte J. Jones Vink. Died: July 11, 1996, Hershey, Pa., of a congenital heart defect. Survivors-parents; grandparents: Anna P. Jones, Gordon D. and Martha E. Vink. Graveside service: July 16, Marion Mennonite Church Cemetery, by Cleon Nyce.

Weirich, Milo E., 81, Middlebury, Ind. Born: April 25, 1915, AlIen County, Ind., to Levi and Elizabeth Zehr Weirich. Died: Aug. 25, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-wife: Verda Bollman Weirich; children: Loretta Hostetler, Janet E by, Don, Dean; brothers and sisters: Harvey, Eli, Ida Miller, Rose Yutzy, Margueriette Lengacher, Naomi Schrock, Verna Helmuth; 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Geraldine Esch (daughter). Funeral: Aug. 28, First Mennonite Church, by Harold Yoder and Linford Martin. Burial: Grace Lawn Cemetery.


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Alderfer, Anna Keller, 90, Sellersville, Pa. Born: July 27 , 1906, Pipersville, Pa., to Newberry and Katie Swartz Keller. Died: Sept. 22, 1996, Sellersville, Pa., of acute pulmonary edema. Survivors-children: Marion Meyers, Anna Meyers, Evelyn Meyers, A. James; brothers: Norman S. and Howard S. Keller; 22 grandchildren, 50 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Arthur L. Alderfer (husband) and Arlene Histand (daughter). Funeral and burial: Sept. 25, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, by David A. Stevens and Truman H. Brunk Jr.

Amstutz, Pauline, 75, Orrville, Ohio. Born: July 10, 1921, Kidron, Ohio, to Gideon and Caroline Amstutz. Died: Sept. 7, 1996, Orrville, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors-brother and sister: Willis, Edith. Congregational membership: Chestnut Ridge Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Sept. 10, Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, by Elno Steiner and Richard Ross.

Benner, Edna Lydia Bolton, 75, Hatfield, Pa. Born: Jan. 27, 1921, Hatfield, Pa., to John H. and Lydia Alice Cressman Bolton. Died: Sept. 24, 1996, Sellersville, Pa., of a heart attack and stroke. Survivors-children: Mary Jane Chavez, Sally Ann Bauer, Christine Heller, Ella Black, David Christian; brother and sisters: Charles Bolton, Ruth Yoder, Ella Slotter; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Christian C. Benner (husband). Funeral and burial: Sept. 28, Souderton Mennonite Church, by David Greiser and Gerald Clemmer.

Fretz, Lillian G. Ruth, 87, Schwenksville, Pa. Born: Nov. 7, 1908, Franconia Twp., Pa., to Norman G. and Alverda Godshall Ruth. Died: Sept. 21, 1996, Telford, Pa. Survivors-children: Norman R., Peggy Joan Hood; brothers and sisters: Leroy and Merrill Ruth, Helen Landis, lda Ruth; 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Henry M. Fretz (husband). Congregational membership: Franconia Mennonite Church. Funeral: Sept. 25, R. L. Williams Jr., Funeral Home, by John M. Ehst, Steven E. Landis, and Floyd M. Hackman. Burial: Upper Skippack Mennonite Cemetery.

Gingerich, Isaiah, 91, New Hamburg, Ont. Born: Nov. 18, 1904, Wilmot Twp., Ont., to Aaron and Susannah Wagler Gingerich. Died: Sept. 15, 1996, New Hamburg, Ont. Survivors-children: Stanley, Catherine Rudy, Margaret Ruby, Mildred Roth, Edith, Stephen; sister: Lavina Gingerich; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Marian Gingerich (wife) and Leighton (infant son). Funeral and burial: Sept. 18, Steinmann Mennonite Church, by lngrid Loepp Thiessen and Herb Schultz.

Horst, Tilman, 82, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Sept. 21, 1914. Died: Sept. 23, 1996, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors-sons: Mark, Grant; brothers and sisters: Cleason H., Nelson H., Hettie Shoemaker, Selina, Mary Bechtel, Lena Nafziger; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Lucinda Snyder Horst (second wife) and Verna Cressman Horst (first wife). Funeral and burial: Sept. 26, Breslau Mennonite Church, by Laurence Martin.

Hostetler, L. Paul, 85, Belleville, Pa. Born: July 6, 1911, Belleville, Pa., to Ezra S. and Katie Yoder Hostetler. Died: Sept. 6, 1996, Lewistown, Pa. Survivors-wife: Katie Yoder Hostetler; children: Paul A., Betty K.; sister: Lena Yoder. Funeral and burial: Sept. 10, Allensville Mennonite Church, by Phil Barr and Paul Bender.

Kapper, Melvin J., 75, Hartville, Ohio. Born: Dec. 20, 1920, Kent, Ohio, to Lewis and Catherine Eberhardt Kapper. Died: Sept. 17, 1996, Akron, Ohio, of leukemia. Survivors-wife: Bernice Hershberger Kapper; children: Charlene Fausnight, Dennis, David; brothers and sisters: Raymond, Marion, LaVern, Alfred, Cyril, Ethel Carr, Catherine Henderhan; 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Sept. 20, Beech Mennonite Church, by Wayne Brockway and Melvin Leidig.

Metz, Mamie F., 97, Sellersville, Pa. Born: Oct. 29, 1898, Montgomery County, Pa., to Henry and Catherine Frederick Kulp. Died: Sept. 16, 1996, Sellersville, Pa., of congestive heart failure. Survivors-daughter: Jean M. Kraybill; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, one step great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Aaron B. Metz (husband). Funeral and burial: Sept. 19, Plains Mennonite Church, by Michael A. Meneses, Wellington K. Alderfer, and Daniel W. Lapp.

Myers, Paul John, 98, Greentown, lnd. Born: Jan. 13, 1898, Miami County, Ind. Died: Aug. 28, 1996, Greentown, Ind., of heart failure. Survivors-children: Dorwin C., Evonna King; brother: Ralph R.; 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Lona Shrock Myers (wife) and Paul Dale (son). Funeral: Aug. 31, Howard-Miami Mennonite Church, by T. Lee Miller and Floyd Sneary. Burial: Mast Cemetery.

Roth, Druscilla Bender, 86, Tavistock, Ont. Born: Sept. 30, 1909, East Zorra Twp., Ont., to Jacob B. and Magdelina Ramseyer Bender. Died: Aug. 1, 1996, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors-children: Laurene Roth, Nelson Zehr, Catherine Zehr; brother: Clayton Bender; 9 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren, 3 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Noah Roth (third husband), Michael Jutzi (second husband), and William Zehr (first husband). Funeral and burial: Aug. 4, East Zorra Mennonite Church, by Gerald Schwartzentruber and Orland Gingerich.

Sommers, Willis T., 79, Louisville, Ohio. Born: April 24, 1916, Louisville, Ohio, to Harvey and Mary Miller Sommers. Died: Jan. 20, 1996, Louisville, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Alice Miller Sommers; children: Ruth Wenger, Miriam W ion, Paul, Mae Diller, Joyce Nussbaum; brother and sisters: Dean, Goldie Geiser, Ruby Sommers; 18 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Congregational membership: First Mennonite Church of Canton. Funeral and burial: Jan. 23, Beech Mennonite Church, by Daniel Hooley.

Obituary correction: Willis T. Sommers (Oct. 8, 1996, Gospel Herald) is also survived by these children: Rhoda Bowman and Galen.

Stever, Paul Freeberg, 61, Huntingdon, Pa. Born: July 21, 1935, Huntingdon, Pa., to Joseph and Louise Freeberg Stever. Died: Sept. 9, 1996, State College, Pa. Survivors-wife: Tallulah McEuen Stever; children: Joseph P., Susan N. Ogden, Patricia L. Dills; stepson: John Wright; sister: Joanne Haire; 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Paula Ann Stever (daughter) and Skipper Wright (stepson). Memorial service: Sept. 15, Allensville Mennonite Church, by Philip Barr. Cremated.

Tracy, David Columbus, 86, Hagerstown, Md. Born: July 15, 1910, Smithsburg, Md., to Columbus E. and Martha Kline Tracy. Died: Sept. 9, 1996, Hagerstown, Md. Survivors-children: lrene E. Kline, Mary Jane Greathouser, Hazel Bryan; stepchildren: C. O., James, and Leroy Smith; brother: Mark; 27 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Edna E. Tracy (wife). Congregational membership: Community Mennonite Church. Funeral: Sept. 12, Doug Fiery Funeral Home, by Roger Martin and Lewis M. Coss. Burial: Mt. Zion Mennonite Cemetery.

Wells, Herbert Marshall, 69, Newport News, Va. Born: April 23, 1927, White stocking, N.C., to Vernie F. and Bertie C. Hanchey Wells. Died: Aug. 26, 1996, Newport News, Va., of congestive heart failure and a pulmonary embolism. Survivors-wife; Helena Yoder Wells; sisters: Charlotte Frances, Violet Mae Wells Williams. Funeral and burial: Aug. 29, Warwick River Mennonite Church, by Gordon Zook, Daniel Smucker, and Nelson Burkholder.

Zook, Paul David, 83. Born: Dec. 17, 1912, Sterling, Ohio, to Simon P. and Mary Ann Yoder Zook. Died; Aug. 30, 1996, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Leatha Richard Zook; brother and sister: Roy, Mary Esther Schmid. Funeral; Sept. 3, Smithville Mennonite Church, by Glenn Steiner and Richard Ross. Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


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Headings, Elva Mae, 73, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Born: Dec. 2, 1922, Bellefontaine, Ohio, to Frank and Lydia Hilty Headings. Died: Sept. 19, 1996. Survivors-sisters: Mary Helen Headings, Alma Fern Plank. Funeral and burial: Sept. 23, South Union Mennonite Church, by Randy Reminder.

Hostetler, Frieda A. Reed., 66, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Born: March 22, 1930, Bellefontaine, Ohio, to Loren C. and Gladys L. Patrick Reed. Died: Sept. 21, 1996, Columbus, Ohio. Survivors-husband: Robert Hostetler; stepsons: James R. and Donald Hostetler; 4 stepgrandchildren, one step greatgrandchild. Funeral: Sept. 25, Eicholtz Funeral Home, by Randy Reminder and William Zeller. Burial: Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Hostetler, Loyal, 89, Smithville, Ohio. Born: Nov. 24, 1906, Farmerstown, Ohio, to Alvin A. and Ellen S hut t Hostetler. Died: Aug. 9, 1996, Canton, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Betty Burkholder Hostetler; children: Ellen Sprunger, Charles; sister: Lola Hutchinson; 5 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral and burial: Aug. 12, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Norma Duerksen.

Kapper, Melvin J., 75, Hartville, Ohio. Born: Dec. 20, 1920, Kent, Ohio, to Lewis and Catherine Eberhardt Kapper. Died: Sept. 17, 1996, Akron, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors-wife: Bernice Hershberger Kapper; children: Charlene Fausnight, Dennis, David; brothers and sisters: Raymond, Marion, La V Vern, Alfred, Cyril, Ethel Carr , Catherine Henderham; 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Sept. 20, Beech Mennonite Church, by Melvin Leidig and Wayne Brockway.

Kaufman, Mattie Jane Kennel, 102, Manson, Iowa. Born: Jan. 8, 1894, O'Neill, Neb., to Chris and Mary Kennel. Died: Sept. 1, 1996, Manson, Iowa. Survivors-children: Bernice Johnson, Marie, Ralph, Will, Wayne; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Joseph W. Kaufman (husband) and Marcille Davidhizer (daughter). Funeral: Sept. 5, Manson Mennonite Church, by Curt Kuhns. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery.

Kresse, Florence Anna Meyer, 83, Bedford, Ohio. Born: Sept. 22, 1912, Pittsburgh, Pa. Died: Sept. 9, 1996, Stow, Ohio. Survivors-husband: John P. Kresse; children: John, Jr., Robert, Marianne McMichael, Patricia Stepnicka; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Congregational membership: Friendship Mennonite Church. Funeral: Sept. 12, St. John Funeral Home, by David Orr. Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Miller, Nettie M. Glick, 89, Walnut Creek, Ohio. Born: Nov. 4, 1906, Holmes County, Ohio, to Christian C. and Maggie Yoder Glick. Died: Sept. 21, 1996, Walnut Creek, Ohio. Survivors-stepchildren: Vernon, Vern, and Duane Miller; brothers and sisters: Leon, Lester, and Grace Glick, Carol Kaufman. Predeceased by: John P. Miller (husband). Funeral and burial: Sept. 24, Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, by Ross A. Miller and Vern Miller.

Price, Timothy Charles, 29, Allensville, Pa. Born: Aug. 14, 1967, Johnstown, Pa., to James A. and Sally Sinclair Price. Died: Sept. 22, 1996, Allensville, Pa. Survivors-brothers and sisters: James A. Jr., Brian M., Matthew C., Janice Johnson, Judy Peachey. Funeral and burial: Sept. 25, Allensville Mennonite Church, by Paul Bender and Edward Sinclair.

Roth, Luetta M. Gautsche, 87, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Sept. 6, 1909, Archbold, Ohio, to Henry and Mary Grieser Gautsche. Died: Sept. 20, 1996, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors-husband: Truman Roth; children: Roger, James, Mabel Ann Klinger, Marlene Graf; sister: Selma Sauder; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 22, Zion Mennonite Church, by Ron Guengerich and Dee Swartz. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Teuscher, Lydia M., 84, Pigeon, Mich. Born: May 17, 1912, Pigeon, Mich., to Joseph and Anna Hochstetler Shetler. Died: Sept. 19, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-children: Carol Beachey, Wilma Mast, Ruth Rice, Marjorie, Patricia Gascho, Wayne; brother and sisters: Daniel, Mary Bollen, Agnes Swartzendruber; 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Harry W. Teuscher (husband) and Mary Joan (daughter). Funeral and burial: Sept. 24, Michigan Avenue Mennonite Church, by Luke Yoder.

Yoder, Verda L. Maust, 90, Springs, Pa. Born: Feb. 18, 1906, Springs, Pa., to Ed and Mable Dennison Maust. Died: Sept. 16, 1996, Grantsville, Md. Survivors-son: Edward D.; 3 grandchildren, 4 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: George E, Yoder (husband) and Jay Yoder (son). Funeral: Sept. 19, Springs Mennonite Church, by Steven J. Heatwole. Burial: Springs Cemetery.


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Leatherman, Howard D., 75, Plumsteadville, Fa. Born: July 25, 1921, Bedminster Twp., Fa., to John G. and Mary Derstine Leatherman. Died: Sept. 15, 1996, Doyles town, Pa., of pneumonia. Survivors-wife: Margaret Yothers Leatherman; children: Margaret Troyer, Mary Ruth Derstine, Joanne Ruth, Geraldine Schmidt, Bruce, Daniel, Richard, John Paul, Dean, Duane; brothers and sisters: Wilson, Richard, Earl, Margaret Myers, Marie Hange, Reda Litzenberger, Della Gross; 25 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Sept. 19, Deep Run Mennonite Church East, by Timothy D. Weaver, Arnold C. Roth, and Mark Baumgardner.

Oswald, Alica Ann Schrock, 69, Albany, Ore. Born: Sept. 11, 1927, Albany, Ore., to William and Mary Steckley Schrock. Died: Sept. 13, 1996, Albany, Ore. Survivors--children: Walter, David, Anita Snider, Mary Alice Trammel; brother and sister: Marvin Schrock, Lillian Kenagy; 6 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Robert Oswald (husband). Funeral and burial: Sept. 20, Fairview Mennonite Church, by Roy Hostetler and Al Burkey.

Pletcher, Harriet Marie, 77, Goshen, Ind. Born: Aug. 23, 1918, Middlebury, Ind. Died: Aug. 14, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-brother and sister: Kenneth, Edith. Congregational membership: Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Funeral: Aug. 18, Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, by Ron Diener and John Troyer. Burial: Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Rice, Edna, 86, Souderton, Pa. Born: Oct. 16, 1909, to Ervin Y. and Sallie Gehman Rice. Died: Sept. 4, 1996, Souderton, Pa., of congestive heart failure. Survivors-brother and sisters: Howard G., Sara G. Moyer, Mary G. Landis. Funeral: Sept. 8, Souderton Mennonite Home Chapel, by Arnold C. Roth. Burial: Deep Run Mennonite Church East Cemetery.

Schlabach, Vivian Johns, 93, Goshen, Ind. Born: Jan. 3, 1903, Goshen, Ind., to Ira and Elizabeth Rickert Johns. Died: Sept. 12, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-children: Ruth Shaum, Richard, Dorvin, Theron, Eudean Broni, Dale, Areta Kilmer; brother and sisters: Galen, Vesta Kauffman, Mary Berkey, Pauline Horst; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ezra Schlabach (husband). Funeral: Sept. 16, Benton Mennonite Church, by Brenda Meyer, Jim Chupp, and Galen Johns. Burial: Benton Lutheran Cemetery.

Schmucker, Joseph D., 75, Apple Creek, Ohio. Born: Nov. 20, 1920, Wolford, N.D., to Andrew and Katie Ann Gingerich Schmucker. Died: Sept. 20, 1996, Apple Creek, Ohio, of congestive heart failure. Survivors-wife: Emma Slabaugh Swartzentruber Schmucker; children: Katie Rowe, Mary Alice Yoder, Shirley Ann Gerber, stepchildren: Walter Swartzentruber, Anna K. King, Donna M. Miller, Dorothy Hershberger, Ruth E. Nussbaum, Norma J. Kirchner, Elizabeth J. Cooper; brothers and sisters: Abe, Elmer; half brothers and sister: Nathaniel E., Joni E., Adam E., David E., and Milo E. Hershberger, Katie Miller; stepbrothers and stepsisters: Levi E., Sam E., Eli E., and Henry E. Hershberger, Mary Miller, Barbara E. Hershberger, Rebecca Schrock, Sarah Hostetler; 7 grandchildren, 17 stepgrandchildren, 10 stepgreat-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Sarah Stutzman Schmucker (first wife) and Henry (son). Funeral: Sept. 24, Martins Mennonite Church, by Randy Murray and Homer Kandel. Burial: Gray Ridge Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Shank, Nancy Eva, 89, Stouffville, Ont. Born: May 11, 1907, Markham Twp., Ont., to William and Mary Byer Shank. Died: Aug. 31, 1996, Stouffville, Ont. Funeral: Sept. 4, Wideman Mennonite Church, by Lawrence E. Burkholder. Burial: Byer Cemetery.

Smith, Dode M., 87, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Oct. 26, 1908, Ohio City, Ohio, to Fred and Nellie Spahr Smith. Died: Sept. 26, 1996. Survivors-wife: Mary Vaughn Yoder Smith; sister: Glee Smith. Predeceased by: Kathryn Ann Smith (daughter). Funeral: Sept. 30, South Union Mennonite Church, by Randy Reminder and Elmer Neufeld.

Spencer, Louise "Ruth," Bedford Heights, Ohio. Died: Sept. 11, 1996, Bedford, Ohio. Survivors-sons: Kenneth R., Charles E., Calvin R.; 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Russell K. Spencer (husband). Congregational membership: Friendship Mennonite Church. Funeral: Sept. 14, Johnson Romito Funeral Home, by Leo J. Miller and David Orr . Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Stutzman, Clarence D., 88, Wood River, Neb. Born: May 1, 1908, Milford, Neb., to Abraham and Sarah Miller Stutzman. Died: Sept. 19, 1996, Wood River, Neb. Survivors-wife: Ethel Jantzi Stutzman; children: Paul, Ralph, Loretta Boshart, Thelma Stutzman, Merna Boshart, Phyllis Bauman; siblings: Florence Schweitzer, Arla; 17 grandchildren, 38 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by an infant daughter. Funeral and burial: Sept. 23, Wood River Mennonite Church, by Denton R. Jantzi and Michael Stutzman (grandson).

Teuscher, Lydia Shetler, 84. Born: May 17, 1912, Pigeon, Mich., to Joseph and Anna Hochstetler Shetler. Died: Sept. 19, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-children: Carol Teuscher Beachy, Wilma, Ruth Rice, Marjorie, Patricia Gascho, Wayne; brother and sisters: Daniel Shetler, Mary BoIler, Agnes Swartzendruber. Predeceased by: Harry W. Teuscher (husband). Funeral and burial: Sept. 24, Michigan Avenue Mennonite Church, by Luke Yoder and Melvin Leidig.

Thomas, Harley L., 54, Johnstown, Pa. Born: Sept. 18, 1942, Jenner Twp., Pa., to Freeman and Fannie Kaufman Thomas. Died: Oct. 6, 1996, Johnstown, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Maretta Kaltenbaugh Thomas; sons: Arlan, Shane; brother and sisters: Floyd, Ethel Dorsey, Grace Stayrook; stepmother: Cora Hostetler Thomas; one grandchild. Funeral: Oct. 8, Henderson Funeral Home, by Richard Mininger. Burial: Blough Mennonite Church Cemetery .

Troyer, Grace E. Smucker, 93, Smithville, Ohio. Born: July 25, 1903, Smithville, Ohio, to Noah and Kate Gerig Smucker. Died: Aug. 28,1996, Smithville, Ohio. Survivors-children: Mary Jean, Willis, James, Charles; 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Abner J . Troyer (husband). Funeral and burial: Sept. 2, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Norma Duerksen.

Yeackley, Orvin, 85, Milford, Neb. Born: June 9, 1911, Milford, Neb., to Fred and Lydia Saltzman Yeackley. Died: Oct. 4, 1996, Milford, Neb. Survivors-children: Edna Miller, Myrna Roth, Keith; brother: Ray; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Elsie Schweitzer Yeackley (wife) and Arlene Schweitzer (daughter). Funeral and burial: Oct. 8, East Fairview Mennonite Church, by William J. Saltzman and Lloyd Gingerich.

Yoder, Rose Marie, 47, Sarasota, Fla. Born: May 21, 1949, Hicksville, Ohio, to Sam and Leah Delagrange Yoder. Died: Sept. 25, 1996, Fort Myers, Fla. Survivors-brother and sisters: James, Jean Yoder, Bonnie Percival, Evelyn Inlow. Congregational membership: Bahia Vista Mennonite Church. Funeral: Sept. 29, Central Mennonite Church, by Don Delagrange.


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Bender, Dorcas Anna, 57. Born: June 4, 1939, Meyersdale, Pa., to Floyd C. and Anna Maust Bender. Died: Sept. 2, 1996, of heart failure. Survivors-mother; brothers and sisters: Philip, Paul, Naomi, Sarah, Lois. Funeral and burial: Sept. 4, Oak Dale Mennonite Church, by Joe Byler and John Yoder.

Chapple, Anna Sommerfeld, 93, Hesston, Kan. Born: Sept. 4, 1903, McPherson County, Kan., to Henry and Elva Smith Sommerfeld. Died: Oct. 4, 1996, Hesston, Kan. Survivors-children: Verna Harder, Hazel Wiebe, James; brother: Ed Sommerfeld; 11 grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: George Chapple (husband). Funeral: Oct. 7, Whitestone Mennonite Church, by Louise Wideman. Burial: Halstead Cemetery.

Grove, Annie Byer, 97, Stouffville, Ont. Born: July 22, 1899, Markham, Ont., to Jesse and Emma Haacke Byer. Died: July 23, 1996, Stouffville, Ont. Survivors-children: Marion Wideman, Thelma Hoover, Pearl Wideman; brother and sister: Lorne Byer, Grace Avis; 17 grandchildren, 39 greatgrandchildren, 4 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Russel R. Grove (husband), Elmer and Merlin (sons). Funeral and burial: July 28, Wideman Mennonite Church, by Laurence Burkholder.

Hochstetler, Mary Maust, 97, Nappanee, Ind. Born: March 27, 1899, Nappanee, Ind., to Nelson B. and Susan Burkholder Maust. Died: Sept. 1, 1996, Nappanee, Ind. Survivors-children: Dean, Alan, Mary Ellen Kaufman, Miriam Hochstetler; 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 stepgrandchildren, 4 stepgreat-grandchildren. Predeceased by: William Hochstetler (husband) and Eugene (son). Funeral: Sept. 4, North Main Street Mennonite Church, by Ken Bontreger. Burial: South Union Cemetery.

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

Landis, Bessie R. Yothers, 84, Franconia, Pa. Born: Jan. 13, 1912, Dublin, Pa., to Abram and Annie Rice Yothers. Died: Sept. 29, 1996, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-husband: Arthur H. Landis; children: Harold Y., Ruth M. Willouer; brothers and sisters: Henry and Warren Yothers, Anna M. Yoder, Elsie R. Moyer, Ruth R. Moyer, Florence Hunsberger, Marion Zischang, Naomi Morton; 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Funeral: Oct. 3, Souderton Mennonite Homes Chapel, by John M. Ehst, Steven E. Landis, and Floyd M. Hackman. Burial: Franconia Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Martin, Ellen Petre, 66, Washington, D.C. Born: June 30, 1930, Maugansville, Md., to John Mark and Ada Horst Risser Petre. Died: Sept. 17, 1996, Washington, D.C. Survivors-husband: Donald E. Martin; children: Judith Ann, Rowena Quinones Martin, Douglas Eugene; sisters: Ethel F. Martin, Mary F. Wilfong; 2 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Hebron Mennonite Church. Funeral: Sept. 20, Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, by Emmanuel Martin, William Wilson, and Allen Goetcheus. Burial: Reiffs Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Rogie, Alvin D., 85, Albany, Ore. Born: June 22, 1911, Needy, Ore., to John and Sarah Yoder Rogie. Died: Sept. 24, 1996, Albany, Ore. Survivors-wife: Pauline Gingerich Rogie; children: Muriel Radabaugh, Melvin, Glenn; sisters: Martha Schultz, Alice; foster sister: Dorothy Good; 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 27, Brownsville Mennonite Church, by Amos Kropf and Arlen Krabill. Burial: Hopewell Mennonite Church Cemetery.

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 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Luetta Gautsche Roth (wife). Funeral: Oct. 14, Zion Mennonite Church, by Ron Guengerich and Dee Swartz. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Stutzman, Cordon Calvin, 82, Albany, Ore. Born: March 17, 1914, Woodriver, Neb., to Ora and Lydia Boshart Stutzman. Died: Oct. 3, 1996, Albany, Ore. Survivors-wife: Gladys Roth Stutzman; daughter: Yvonne Kropf; brothers and sisters: Harry, Percy, and Alios 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.

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-grand children. 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.

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.

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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