Gospel Herald Obituaries - April, 1997

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Bender, Bonnie, 43, Wellesley, Ont. Born: Dec. 21, 1953, Stratford, Ont., to Oliver and Inez Gerber Ramseyer. Died: Jan. 14, 1997, Stratford, Ont. Survivors - husband: Raymond Bender; children: Tracey, Grant; sisters: Donna Ballantyne, Colleen Zehr, Valerie Tamblyn. Funeral: Jan. 17, Wellesley Mennonite Church, by Ray Martin. Burial: Rush's Cemetery.

Ebersol, Menno James, 93. Born: Oct. 31, 1903, Kokomo, Ind., to Isaac and Melinda Miller. Died: Jan. 13, 1997, Harrisonburg, Va., of congestive heart failure. Survivors - children: James, Helen Ebersol Pullen, Mary Ebersol Mitschelen, Carmen Ebersol Lehman. Predeceased by: Adah Bechtel Ebersol (second wife) and F aye Ebersol (first wife). Congregational membership: Bahia Vista Mennonite Church. Memorial service: Jan. 15, Virginia Mennonite Home Chapel, by Michael Shenk, Dan Longenecker, and Clayton Sommers. Burial: Mast Cemetery.

Edelman, Samuel A., 81, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Apr. 14, 1915, Philadelphia, Mo., to William and Anna Downs Edelman. Died: Mar. 7, 1997, Iowa City, Iowa. Survivors - wife: Ellen Hershberger Edelman; son: Clayton; 3 grandchildren, 3 stepgrandchildren, 2 step greatgrandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 10, Kalona Mennonite Church, by Scott Swartzendruber, David Groh, and Mick Murray. Burial: Sharon Hill Cemetery.

Gehman, W. Clayton, 72. Born: May 13, 1914, Rittman, Ohio, to Joel and Carrie Hunsberger Gehman. Died: Mar. 9, 1997, Plant City, Fla., of heart failure. Survivors - wife: Anna Eppley Gehman; daughters: Priscilla Lois Weaver, Velma Mae Poffenberger; brother: John; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mabel Naomi Keener Gehman (fIrst wife). Funeral and burial: Mar. 14, Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, by Nelson L. Martin.

Gerber, Megan Lynn, 4, Wellesley, Ont. Born: Dec. 30, 1992, Kitchener, Ont., W Bradley and Kimberly Erb Gerber. Died: Mar. 3, 1997, Hamilton, Ont. Survivors: brother and sister: Matthew, Ashley. Funeral: Mar. 6, Wellesley Mennonite Church, by Ray Martin. Burial: Mapleview Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Hershberger, Clyde, 85, Walnut Creek, Ohio. Born: Oct. 18, 1911, Holmes County, Ohio, to Harvey and Lovina Hostetler Hershberger. Died: Mar. 6, 1997, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Elva Flinner Hershberger; children: Keith, Sandra Hofstetter; brother and sister: Ralph, Sarah Kratzer; 3 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Mar. 9, Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, by Ross A. Miller and Don Hamsher.

Hostetler, Myrtle I. Weaver, 86, Harper, Kan. Born: Nov. 10, 1910, Harper, Kan., to Reuben and Lucinda Neuhauser Weaver. Died: Mar. 9, 1997, Hesston, Kan. Survivors - husband: Leo Hostetler; children: Dwight, Keith, Merle, Bruce, Ardith Steckly, Joyce Landgraf, Lorna Osborne; brothers and sisters: Ernest and Dale Weaver, Ella May Miller, Wanda Good, Bertha Miller, Edith Yoder, Anna Ruth Beck, Alta Fry, Mary Shue; 16 grandchildren, II great-grandchildren. Congregational membership: Hesston Mennonite Church. Funeral: Mar. 13, Schowalter Villa, by David Mann. Burial: Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Laird, GIadys F. Whitmore, 77, Chambersburg, Pa. Born: Apr. 8, 1919, Waynesboro, Pa., to Frank and Carry McLaughin Whitmore. Died: Feb. 20, 1997, Chambersburg, Pa. Survivors - children: Jesse D. III, Jack II, Richard M., Mary M. Zeger; brother: Richard Smith; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Jack Laird (husband). Congregational membership: Marion Mennonite Church. Funeral: Feb. 22, Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, by Cleon Nyce. Burial: Norland Cemetery.

Lehman, Glenn L., 64, Manheim, Pa. Born: Mar. II, 1932, Dauphin County, Pa., to George F. and Jennie V. Longenecker Lehman. Died: Feb. 8, 1997, Lancaster, Pa., of a heart attack. Survivors - wife; Miriam Witmer Lehman; children: Frank E., Dennis W., Glenn W., Hobert A., Carolyn L. Hoover, Charlene K. Shelly, Jennifer M. Witmer, June L. Rohrer; brothers and sisters: Mahlon L., Ammon L., Alice E. Gall, Ruth L. Givens; 19 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Feb. 12, Hernley Mennonite Church, by George M. Hurst, Jay M. Peters, and Donald Nauman.

Myers, Cornelius M., 90, Souderton, Pa. Born: June 29, 1906, Plumstead Twp., Pa., to Eli W. and Barbara Meyers Myers. Died: Mar. 6, 1997, Souderton, Pa. Survivors - sisters: Ida M. Landes, Clara M. Myers, B. Margaret Borneman. Predeceased by: Cora L. Detweiler Myers (wife). Funeral: Mar. II, Souderton Mennonite Home Chapel, by Duane Bishop. Burial: Doylestown Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Nice, Barbara May Yoder, 82, Morrison, Ill. Born: June 4, 1914, Benzonia, Mich., to John and Nancy Hershey Yoder. Died: Mar. 4, 1997, Morrison, Ill. Survivors - husband: Aaron Nice; children: Ruth Carrasco, Richard, David, John, LeRoy; brothers: Paul, Daniel, Jesse, and Vernon Yoder; 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 7, Science Ridge Mennonite Church, by Marlin Thomas and Michael Holmes. Burial: Morrison Mennonite Cemetery.

Peters, Amos S., 66, Manheim, Pa. Born: Oct. 18, 1930, Rapho Twp., Pa., to Jacob R. and Ada Snavely Peters. Died: Mar. 4, 1997, Lancaster, Pa., of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: Mary Geib Peters; children: Gerald N., Nancy A. Ressler, Marilyn M., Shirley K. Yoder; brother and sisters: Benjamin S., Ruth Shellenberger, Elizabeth; 5 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Mar. 8, Hernley Mennonite Church, by George M. Hurst, Jay M. Peters, and Donald Nauman.

Schaefer, Robert Carl Sr., 90, Newport News, Va. Born: Nov. 4, 1906, New York, N.Y., to Robert Karl and Emma Kraus Schaefer. Died: Feb. 17, 1997, Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors - wife: Bessie Hahn Schaefer; children: Robert C. Jr., Wallace L., William E., Gloria Schaefer Good; 13 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Feb. 19, Warwick River Mennonite Church, by Gordon Zook.

Taylor, Eva Gross, 84, Plumsteadville, Pa. Born: Oct. 9, 1912, Bedminster Twp., Pa., to Harvey L. and Rachel Moyer Gross. Died: Feb. 19, 1997, Sellersville, Pa., of lung cancer. Survivors - stepchildren: Robert E. Taylor, Patty Vuono, Barbara Stelle; 8 stepgrandchildren, 10 step greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: William J. Taylor (husband). Funeral and burial: Feb. 24, Deep Run Mennonite Church East, by Timothy D. Weaver and Arnold C. Roth.

Taylor, Glenn E., 82, Morgantown, Pa. Born: Aug. I, 1914, Planebrook, Pa., to Edgar and Verna Taylor. Died: Feb. 22, 1997, Morgantown, Fa., from respiratory arrest. Survivors - wife: Catherine Becker Taylor; children: Donald, Mary Jane Hoffner, Carol Anne Lamond, Susan Shuler; sisters: Dora Taylor, Muriel Mack, Lois Erb, Joyce Mast; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Feb. 26, Conestoga Mennonite Church, by Harvey Stoltzfus and Nathan Stoltzfus. Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery.


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Christophel, Esther M., 89, Goshen, Ind. Born: July 10, 1907, Concord Twp., Ind., to Ira and Emma Loucks Christophel. Died: Dec. 27, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - brother and sister: James, Florence Stauffer. Funeral: Dec. 31, Waterford Mennonite Church, by Leonard Garber and David Brunner. Burial: Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Ebersole, Nellie Mae Miller, 90, Goshen, Ind. Born: May 13, 1906, LaGrange County, Ind., to Harry and Katie Miller Miller. Died: Mar. 8, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - children: Gloria Hostetler, Marilyn Boyer; brothers: Ray, Rollin, and LeRoy Miller; 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: AlIen B. Ebersole (husband) and Carl and George (sons). Funeral: Mar. 11, Waterford Mennonite Church, by Marty Kolb- Wyckoff and Del and Charlotte Holsopple Glick. Burial: Forest Grove Cemetery.

Hershberger, Kenneth, 70, Middlebury , Ind. Born: Oct. 12, 1926, Kalona, Iowa, to Edward and Edna Marner Hershberger. Died: Feb. 27, 1997, Middlebury , Ind., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Virginia Fisher Hershberger; children: John, Galen, Barbara Westerbeek, Kevin, Randy; brother: James; 9 grandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 3, First Mennonite Church, by Linford Martin and David Helmuth. Burial: Grace Lawn Cemetery .

Oswald, Harold William, 86, Albany, Ore. Born: Dec. 22, 1910, Wisner, Neb., to William and Mat tie Erb Oswald. Died: Feb. 14, 1997, Albany, Ore. Survivors - sons: Dean, Paul; brothers and sister: Dan, Robert, Edna Halsey; 4 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Ruth Reimer Oswald (wife). Memorial service: Feb. 18, Lebanon Mennonite Church, by Brent Kauffman. Burial: Fairview Mennonite Cemetery.

Roggie, Lola Zehr, 82, Beaver Falls, N.Y. Born: June 15, 1914, Pigeon, Mich., to Michael and Christina Gerber Zehr. Died: Mar. 6, 1997, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors - husband: Elmer T. Roggie; children: Charlotte M. Ross, Ronald J., Bertha A., Claire F., Orpha A. Wilson, Rhoda J. Snider; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 10, Lowville Mennonite Church, by Richard Zehr and Evan S. Zehr. Burial: Croghan Conservative Mennonite Cemetery.

Roth, Orpha Yutzy, 81, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Nov. 30, 1915, to Joseph and Mary Schrock Yutzy. Died: March 12, 1997, Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors - children: Evelyn Liechty, Cleta Gingerich, Milford, Joy Helmuth; brothers and sisters: Paul Yutzy, Marty Yutzy Jantzen; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Edward Roth (husband). Funeral and burial: Mar. 15, Lindale Mennonite Church, by Loren Horst and Randy Schweitzer.

Rufenacht, Ovene Marie Wallace, 68. Born: May 14, 1928, Birch Tree, Mo., to Ray and Osice Lambert Wallace. Died: March 7, 1997, Garden City, Mo. Survivors - children: Edward AlIen, Linda 0. AlIen Eagleson; brothers and sisters: Raymond, Richard, James, and Michael Wallace, Irene Masengill, Demetra Storz; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Johnnie Hubert Rufenacht (husband). Congregational membership: Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church. Funeral: Mar. 10, Dickey's Funeral Home by Ken Steckly. Burial: Clearfork Cemetery.

Schaefer, Mary Keener, 90, Singer's Glen, Va. Born: Sept. 16, 1906, Rockingham County, Va., to Henry B. and Betty Brunk Keener. Died: Mar. 14, 1997, Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors - husband: Sidney Schaefer; sons: Paul E., John W.; brother and sister: Oliver M. Keener and Eunice K. Hartzler; 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Mar. 18, Lindale Mennonite Church, by Loren Horst and Joseph Bontrager.

Smith, Cyril E., 88, Goshen, Ind. Born: July 31, 1908, Maple Rapids, Mich., to Calvin E. and Lulu B. Osborne Smith. Died: Jan. 12, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivor-wife: Esther R. Oyer Smith. Funeral: Jan. 14, Greencroft Meeting House, by David Brunner. Burial: Colliers Cemetery.

Throne, Robert Hoke, 65, Reston, Va. Born: June 23, 1931, Elkhart, Ind., to Helen Throne. Died: Feb. 22, 1997, Reston, Va. Survivors - wife: M. Joan Throne; children: Linda, Robert, Michael, David, Kenneth; sister: Jacqueline Serge; 7 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Northern Virginia Mennonite Church. Funeral: Feb. 26, Green Funeral Home, by Randy E. Heacock. Burial: Chestnut Grove Cemetery.

Wilkinson, Kathryn Fretz, 87, Roslyn, Pa. Born: Sept. 23, 1909, Perkasie, Pa., to E. Clarence and Katie Derstine Fretz. Died: Feb. 17, 1997, Abington, Pa., of an abdominal aneurysm. Survivors - stepsons: Robert and Edward Wilkinson; foster son: Jason Chang; brother and sister: J. Richard Fretz, Derry Mayer. Predeceased by: Earl R. Wilkinson (husband). Congregational membership: Ambler Mennonite Church. Funeral: Feb. 21, Anders-Detwiler Funeral Home, by Joe M. Haines and David Derstine. Burial: Blooming Glen Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Yoder, Ada M. Linder, 87. Born: July 5, 1909, HarrisbUrg, Ohio, to Eli and Lizzie Schmucker Linder. Died: Mar. 12, 1997, Columbiana, Ohio, of congestive heart failure. Survivors - daughter: Doris Loadman; brothers and sisters: Leonard, Curtis, Earl, Lena, Luella, and Eva Linder; 3 grandchildren, 6 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Rudolph J. Yoder (husband). Funeral: Mar. 15, Leetonia Mennonite Church, by Robert Yoder. Burial: Midway Mennonite Cemetery.

Yoder, Arthur H., 80, Doylestown, Pa. Born: July 8, 1916, Dublin, Pa., to Henry M. and Elizabeth Leatherman Y Yoder . Died: Feb. 19, 1997, Doylestown, Pa. Survivors - wife: Naomi Swartley Yoder; son: Arthur H. II. Funeral and burial: Feb. 22, Doylestown Mennonite Church Cemetery, by Duane Bishop.

Yoder, Ben D., 65, Apple Creek, Ohio. Born: May 5, 1931, Trail, Ohio, to David D. and Arie Troyer Yoder. Died: Jan. 24, 1997, Apple Creek, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Carol Sommer Shaffer Yoder; children: Lori Troyer, Annette Lorenz, Brian; brothers and sisters: Tom, Paul, Esther, Ruth Miller, Emma Weaver; 5 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Wooster Mennonite Church. Funeral: Jan. 27, Kidron Mennonite Church, by Ralph Reinford and Sanford Oyer. Burial: Maple Grove Memorial Park.

Yoder, Joseph P., 93, Sugarcreek, Ohio. Born: Feb. 10, 1903, Middlefield, Ohio. Died: Feb. 6, 1997, Sugarcreek, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Susan Yoder; children: Joe Jr., John, William, Pauline, Kathryn, Ruth; brothers and sisters: William, Daniel, Val, Amanda, Emma. Congregational membership: Hartville Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Feb. 10, Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, by Dave Hall and Henry Shrock.

Yoder, Lori Anne, 35, Morris, Pa. Born: June 4, 1961, Phoenixville, Pa., to Charles and Arlene Kolb Yoder. Died: Feb. 15, 1997, of a heart attack. Survivor- sister: Cheryl Elliott. Funeral: Feb. 19, Shalkop-Grace Funeral Home, by Karl Glick and Paul Benner. Burial: Vincent Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Yoder, Pete M., 78, Wellman, Iowa. Born: Jan. 9, 1919, Wolford, N.D., to Mose and Hannah Graber Yoder . Died: Mar . 15, 1997, Wellman, Iowa. Survivors - wife: Wilma C. Brenneman Yoder; children: Mary Kathryn Wenman, Marvin, Donna Rich; brother and sisters: Henry, Fanny Mast, Rose Bender, Katie Troyer; stepsisters: Lorraine Topness, Marie Holmes; 6 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral and burial: Mar. 18, Wellman Mennonite Church, by Michael Klassen.

Zook, John J., 80, Belleville, Pa. Born: Nov. 19, 1916, Belleville, Pa., to Henry M. and Annie K. Peachey Zook. Died: Mar. 6, 1997, Belleville, Pa. Survivors - -children: John H., Wilmer R., Glenn R., Ruth Evans, Marvin W.; sisters: Lizzie Y Yoder , Lydia Y Yoder , Evalena; 10 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Fronnie S. Peachey Zook (wife), Ethel J., Edith J ., Marjorie S., and Sarah A. Zook (daughters). Funeral: Mar. 9, Allensville Mennonite Church, by Philip Barr and Elam Glick. Burial: Locust Grove Cemetery.


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Barge, Ada Mae Hershey, 81. Born: Mar. 11, 1915, Gap, Pa., to Frank and Lydia Buckwalter Hershey. Died: Jan. 17, 1997, Ronks, Pa., of cancer. Survivors - husband: Melvin K. Barge; children: Melvin H., Kenneth H., Janet B. Hoover, Lois H. Lynn, Norma H. Horst; brothers and sisters: Frank, Ephraim, and Elmer Hershey, Esther Kolb, Ruth Denlinger; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 21, Paradise Mennonite Church, by Clair E by, Mark M. Leaman, Fred W. Martin, and Delmar L. Sauder. Burial: Strasburg Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Butcher, Herman Dewey, 75, Newport News, Va. Born: Oct. 6, 1921, Job, W.Va., to Dewey and Sylvia Pennington Butcher. Died: Feb. 9, 1997, Newport News, Va., of congestive heart failure. Survivors - wife: Gloria Phillips Butcher; children: Herman D. Jr., Joy B. Salsburg, Sylvia B. Newport; brother and sisters: Lawrence J., virginia B. Cunningham, Opal B. Cunningham, Ruth B. Pennington, Lillian B. Hertzler, Juanita Owens, Elsie Bevins; 6 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Providence Mennonite Church. Funeral: Feb. 12, Umphlett Funeral Home, by Lewis J. Kraus, Wesley Boyer, Jim Weston, and Mark Marvuglio. Burial: Peninsula Memorial Park.

Clark, Mary E., 89, Kinzer, Pa. Born: Dec. 22, 1907, Salisbury Twp., Pa., to Jesse P. and Elizabeth Groff Clark. Died: Mar. 20, 1997, Lancaster, Pa. Survivor- sister: Esther A. Clark. Funeral: Mar. 24, Kinzer Mennonite Church, by Benjamin L. Clark, Paul L. Clark, and Jay A. Meck. Burial: Hershey Mennonite Cemetery.

Eigsti, Steven Ladd, 50, Menlo Park, Calif. Born: Dec. 6, 1946, Morton, Ill., to Clayton and Mabel Eigsti. Died: Mar. 8, 1997, Menlo Park, Calif. Survivors - wife: Nancy Hunt Eigsti; son: Taylor. Predeceased by: Shannon (daughter). Congregational membership: First Mennonite Church, Morton, Ill. Funeral: Mar. 21, First United Methodist Church.

Fry, Elmira Horst, 90, Elizabethtown, Pa. Born: June 11, 1906, Dauphin County, Pa., to Jay Christian and Mary Ellen Stroupp Horst. Died: Feb. 7, 1997, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors - children: Paul W., Ruth Rhodes, Mary Groff; 11 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: John W. Fry (husband) and John R. (son). Funeral and burial: Feb. 11, Risser's Mennonite Church, by Ralph Ginder, Russell Baer, and Donald Pickell.

Godshall, Clayton Allebach, 91, Hickory, N.C. Born: Apr. 18, 1905, Montgomery County, Pa., to Enos and Katie Allebach Godshall. Died: Mar. 19, 1997, Lenior, N.C. Survivors - wife: Geneva Cook Godshall; children: Esther Bishop, Ernest, Evelyn Nice, Elizabeth Landis, Edward; brother and sisters: Paul, Kathryn Myers, Ella Mae Detweiler; 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Edna Detweiler Mininger Godshall (first wife). Funeral and burial: Mar. 23, Mountain View Mennonite Church, by Wellington Moyer.

Groff, J. Elvin, 85, Strasburg, Pa. Born: July 25, 1911, East Lampeter Twp., Pa., to Elmer and Edna Meck Groff. Died: Feb. 16, 1997, Lititz, Pa. Survivors - wife: Mary E. Ranck Groff; children: Evelyn Hertzler, Merle, Edna Mueller, Arlene Stewart; brother and sisters: Rohrer, Mary Kunkle, Ruth; 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Feb. 20, Strasburg Mennonite Church, by Raleigh Rhodes, John Meck, and Charles Good.

King, Herman E., 74, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Mar. 1, 1923, Champaign County, Ohio, to Lester and Elsie Detwiler King. Died: Mar. 18, 1997, Columbus, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Velma Headings Plank King; children: V. Dale, Steven J., Rosemary Nunemacher; stepchildren: Robert Jr., and Sam Plank, Becky Tretola, Ann Thornburg; sister: Helen Yousey; 4 grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, one stepgreatgrandchild. Predeceased by: Esther King King (first wife). Funeral: Mar. 21, Bethel Mennonite Church, by Ben Eberly. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery.

Lefever, Anna Mary Huber, 76, Edmonton, Alta. Born: Oct. 4, 1920, Lancaster County, Pa., to David and Elizabeth Huber. Died: Mar. 1, 1997, Edmonton, Alta. Survivors - husband: Leon Lefever; children: David, Dolly, Park; sisters: Alice Chambers, Pauline Shenk, Frances Thomas. Predeceased by: Daniel (son). Funeral: Mar. 5, Holyrood Mennonite Church, by Jean-Jacques Goulet.

Lind, Norman Arthur, 82, Albany, Ore. Born: Apr. 19, 1914, Wadsworth, Ohio, to N. A. and Sarah Flohr Lind. Died: Mar. 21, 1997, Albany, Ore. Survivors - wife: Ethel Hartzler Lind; children: Carolyn Hockman, Phyllis, Curtis; brothers: Millard, Gilbert, Wilbert; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 25, Albany Mennonite Church, by Lynn Miller, Millard, Gilbert, and Wilbert Lind. Burial: Willamette Memorial Cemetery.

Peachey, Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" Hostetler, 85, Belleville, Pa. Born: Aug. 17, 1912, to David and Nancy Hostetler Hostetler. Died: Mar. 26, 1997, Belleville, Pa. Predeceased by: Samuel Y. Peachey (husband). Funeral: Mar. 28, Valley View Haven Chapel, by Philip Barr and Raymond Peachey. Burial: AIlensville Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Sommers, Julia Adonis Garber, 89, Kokomo, Ind. Born: June 29, 1907, Howard County, Ind., to Joseph and Myrtle Littler Garber. Died: Mar. 8, 1997, Arcadia, Fla. Survivors - husband: Albert Sommers; children: Donna Hensler, Glen, Max, Norman, and Dana; sisters: Ruth Antosik, Mary Albright; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 12, Howard-Miami Mennonite Church, by Floyd Sneary and T. Lee Miller. Burial: Mast Cemetery.

Steckley, Flossie P., 92, Calico Rock, Ariz. Born: Nov. 4, 1905, Pigeon, Mich. Died: Feb. 22, 1997, Calico Rock, Ariz. Survivors - children: Don, Linda Miller. Predeceased by: John Steckley (husband). Funeral: Feb. 26, Calico Rock Mennonite Fellowship, by Jonathan A. Smith.

Obituary correction: Flossie P. Steckley (April 15, 1997, Gospel Herald), lived in Calico Rock, Ark., not Ariz.

Stoll, Fanny Mae Yoder, 88, Fargo, N.D. Born: May 8, 1908, Rugby, N.D., to John and Rhoda Yoder. Died: Nov. 22, 1996, of congestive heart failure. Survivors - children: Iva Johnson, Twila Schrock, Joyce Roth, Ardys Wyse, Terrance, John; 27 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: A. J. Stoll (husband). Congregational membership: Casselton Mennonite Church. Funeral: Westminster Presbyterian Church. Burial: Casselton City Cemetery .

Stutzman, Jay, 67, Adair, Okla. Born: Apr. 2, 1929, Haven, Kan., to Joe and Fannie Troyer Stutzman. Died: Mar. 6, 1997, Tulsa, Okla., of heart failure. Survivors - wife: Clara Mae Miller Stutzman; children: Loretta Sherman, Lynette Hamill, Curtis, Steve, Glen, Bob, Earl; sisters: Vera, Edith, Wilma and Lorene Yoder , Edna Miller; 19 grandchildren, 2 greatgrandchildren. Funeral and burial: Mar. 10, Zion Mennonite Church, by Duey Matthews and John M. Troyer.

Strickler, Hiram Nissley, 99, Lancaster, Pa. Born: Feb. 9, 1898, Mount Joy, Pa., to Hiram B. and Barbara Nissley Strickler. Died: Mar. 9, 1997, Lancaster, Pa. Survivorswife: Vera Herr Strickler; son: Hiram H.; 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 15, Landisville Mennonite Church, by Sam Thomas. Burial: Salunga Cemetery .

Sutter, Lula M. Nofsinger, 99, Peoria, Ill. Born: Aug. 5, 1897, Washington, Ill., to Peter W. and Susan Nafziger Nofsinger. Died: Mar. 13, 1997, Havana, Ill. Survivors - children: Emery, Virginia Cole; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 5 greatgreat-grandchildren, one step grandchild, 4 step greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Harvey Sutter (husband). Congregational membership: First Mennonite Church of Morton. Funeral: Mar. 15, Wilton Mortuary, by Doane Brubaker. Burial: Union Cemetery.

Swartz, Dennis Simeon, 59, Stuarts Draft, Va. Born: May 31, 1937, Elida, Ohio, to John and Martha Stemen Swartz. Died: Mar. 8, 1997, Stuarts Draft, Va., of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: Louise Harner Swartz; sons: Jeff, Bruce; brother and sisters: John, Joyce Showalter, Mary Case; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 11, Springdale Mennonite Church, by Mark and Kathy Wenger and Richard Showalter. Burial: Augusta Memorial Park.

Unternahrer, Mary, 78, Cairo, Neb. Born: Aug. 4, 1918, Thurman, Colo., to Joseph and Magdalina Ruby Unternahrer. Died: Mar. 18, 1997, Cairo, Neb., of heart failure. Survivors - brother and sister: Joseph, Elizabeth. Funeral and burial: Mar. 22, Wood River Mennonite Church, by Denton R. Jantzi.

Wideman, Elizabeth Diefenbacher, 88, Elmira, Ont. Born: Apr. 8, 1908, to Leo and Rachel Diefenbacher. Died: Mar. 18,1997 , Kitchener, Ont., of a stroke. Survivors - children: Dorothy Sit tIer, Ruby Weber, Harold, Clare, James, Edgar, Carol Ringer, Erma Martin; sisters: Melvina Gingrich, Ida Weber; 22 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: George Wideman (husband). Funeral: Mar. 21, Hawkesville Mennonite Church, by Don Penner. Burial: Hawkesville Cemetery.


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Bender, Ervin, 84, Tavistock, Ont. Born: Jan. 8, 1913, East Zorra Twp., Ont., to Christian R. and Fannie Erb Bender . Died: Mar. 26, 1997, Tavistock, Ont. Survivors - wife: Rachel Gerber Bender; children; Arthur, Janet Bachert, LaRoyd, Ronald, Leon, Stuart, Mary Lou Holst, Linda Ferguson; 32 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren. congregational membership: Tavistock Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Mar. 29, East Zorra Mennonite Church, by Darrel Toews, Vernon Zehr , and Steve Gerber.

Bolton, John L., 68, Emmaus, Pa. Born: Feb. 18, 1929, Hatfield Twp., Pa., to Charles W. and Alice Landis Bolton. Died: Mar. 22, 1997, Lewistown, Pa., of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: Thelma Moyer Bolton; children: John Lee, Lynette Rheinford; brothers and sisters: Charles L., Edgar, David, Ray, Lydia Landis, Irene Dorville; stepmother: Alice Moyer Rosenberger Bolton; stepbrother and stepsister: Merrill Rosenberger, Shirley Rush; 6 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Mar. 26, Swamp Mennonite Church, by William A. Brunk.

Byler, Miriam L., 70, Brookville, Pa. Born: Nov. 20, 1926, Belleville, Pa., to Joseph D. and Cora M. Glick Byler. Died: Mar. 14, 1997, Brookville, Pa., of pneumonia. Survivors - sisters: Janet Brenneman, Grace Snook, Margaret Beitzel. Funeral and burial: Mar. 17, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by Max Zook and Erie Renno.

Fox, Orin Leonard, 84, Gratiot County, Mich. Born: Dec. 23, 1912, Gratiot County, Mich., to Edgar and Effie Harrier Fox. Died: Mar. 26, 1997, Fairview, Mich., of heart and kidney failure. Survivors - wife: Leah Yoder Fox; children: children: Doris Elliott, Marilyn Flaget, Willard Orin; 7 grandchildren, 9 greatgrandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 9, Fairview Mennonite Church, by Virgil Hershberger and Ellsworth Handrich. Burial: Fairview Cemetery.

Greenly, David E., 86, Mount Joy, Pa. Born: Mar. 5, 1911, East Berlin, Pa., to John C. and Barbara Ebersole Greenly. Died: Mar. 18, 1997, Mount Joy, Pa. Survivors - children: Anna Mae Pierce, David F ., Wayne S., Galen S., Ellen S. Cooper; brothers and sisters: Harold E., John E., Grace E. Geltmacher, Mary E. Enterline; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Elizabeth R. Shenberger Greenly (wife). Funeral: Mar. 22, East Petersburg Mennonite Church, by Karl Steffy and John Shenk. Burial: Salunga Mennonite Cemetery.

Hostetter, B. Charles, 80, Hickory, N.C. Born: May 25, 1916, Lancaster, Pa., to Monroe and Kathryn Charles Hostetter. Died: Mar. 14, 1997, Hickory, N.C., of a stroke. Survivors - wife: Grace Brackbill Hostetter; children: Douglas, Ronald, Darrel, B. Charles II, Phil, Rick, Miriam Hostetter King, Pat Hostetter Martin; brother and sister: J ames, Mildred Longenecker; 24 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Hickory Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Mar. 19, Mountain View Mennonite Church, by Edward Godshall. Memorial service: Mar. 20, Park View Mennonite Church, by Owen Burkholder .

Kolb, Kenneth H., 52, Coatesville, Pa. Born: July 15, 1944, Spring City, Pa., to Arthur and Bertha Kolb. Died: Mar. 31, 1997, Ephrata, Pa., of cardiac arrest. Survivors - sisters: Arlene Yoder, Reba Miller, Millie Harteman, Miriam Queer. Funeral and burial: Apr. 4, Vincent Mennonite Church, by Garland Meyers, Karl Glick, and Omer E. King.

Miller, Floyd H., 79, Louisville, Ohio. Born: Sept. 17, 1917, Louisville, Ohio, to Joseph and Mary Stuckey Miller. Died: Mar. 25, 1997, Pompano Beach, Fla. Survivors - wife: Sandra Miller; children: Cynthia Lanchester , Debbie Maple, Rhonda Rick, Jessica Miller; sisters: Evelyn Moffett, Leona Miller, Lois Warner; 5 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Mar. 29, Beech Mennonite Church, by Melvin Leidig.

Miller, Ivan 1.,75, Elkhart, Ind. Born: Apr. 21, 1921, Miami County, Ind. Died: Mar. 30, 1997, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors - wife: Celesta Bontrager Miller; children: Martha Yoder, Nancy, Lloyd, Stanley; brothers and sister: David, Levi, Mose, Sara; 9 grandchildren. Funeral: Apr. 3, Sunnyside Mennonite Church, by Ray Keim and Gerald Good. Burial: Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Rohrer, Anna Lois, 83, Wadsworth, Ohio. Born: Aug. 11, 1913, Rittman, Ohio, to Samuel and Ella Rohrer Rohrer. Died: Apr. 1, 1997. Survivors - brothers and sisters: Sanford, James, Mable Geiser, Mary Frey. Funeral: Apr. 4, Bethel Mennonite Church, by Leonard Hershey and Jim Mohr. Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery.

Schmucker, Alta Mae Shank, 94, Louisville, Ohio. Born: Apr. 16, 1902, Mahoning County, Ohio, to David and Cora Metzler Shank. Died: Mar. 25, 1997, Louisville, Ohio. Survivors - children: Grace Sommers, Cleo, Roger, Arden; sister: Lauren Shank; 13 grandchildren, 10 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Harmon Schmucker (husband). Funeral and burial: Mar. 29, Beech Mennonite Church, by Melvin Leidig.

Wenger, Martha Lois Detwiler, 83, Hesston, Kan. Born: July 15, 1913, Cherry Box, Mo., to Noah and Orpha Fortner Detwiler. Died: Mar. 30, 1997, Hesston, Kan. Survivors - children: Oneta Wenger Unruh, Kermit, Robert, James, Sherman; brothers; Ralph, Oren, and Russell Detwiler; 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: John Wenger (husband). Congregational membership: Hesston Mennonite Church. Funeral: Apr. 2, Schowalter Villa, by David Mann and Cheryl Hershberger. Burial: East Lawn Cemetery.

Yoder, Andrew J., 82, Smithville, Ohio. Born: Nov. 15, 1914, Smithville, Ohio, to Emmett M. and Kathryn N. Meyer Yoder. Died: Mar. 11, 1997, Cleveland, Ohio, from injuries in a farm accident. Survivors - sister: Mary Helen Wade. Predeceased by: Varna J. Byler Yoder (wife). Memorial service and burial: Mar. 22, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Norma Duerksen.


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Bowman, Jeffrey "Jeff" Dale, 49, Burlington, Ont. Born: May 17, 1948, to Lorne and Ruth Snyder Bowman. Died: Apr. 3, 1997, Toronto, Ont. Survivors - wife: Anne Harris Bowman; children: Tanya, Jordan; brothers and sisters: Terry, Steven, Murray, Jennifer Lapointe. congregational membership: Erb Street
Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Apr. 5, Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens, by Doug Snyder.

Brooks, Harold A., 90, Goshen, Ind. Born: July 12, 1906, Peoria, Ill., to Alfred and Edna Smith Brooks. Died: Mar. 11, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - wife: Maxine Martin Brooks; children: Ronald, Carolyn Blosser, AlIen; sister: Dorothy Knoll; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mae Hiestand Brooks (first wife) and Richard (son). Funeral: Mar . 15, College Mennonite Church, by Ellis Croyle and Nancy Kauffmann. Burial: Elkhart Prairie Cemetery .

Chupp, Ada Miller, 84, Middlebury, Ind. Born: June 15, 1912, LaGrange County, Ind., to Dan and Mat tie Miller Miller. Died: Mar. 18, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - husband: Samuel Chupp; children: Clarence, Mary Edna Miller, Oleta Bontrager, Richard; sisters: Barbara Yoder, Erma Miller; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Mar. 21, First Mennonite Church, by Linford Martin and Ron Adams. Burial: Miller Cemetery.

Ehrisman, WaIter, 83, Beemer, Neb. Born: Aug. 25, 1913, Rolfe, Iowa, to Joseph and Katherine Schantz Ehrisman. Died: Apr. 3, 1997, West Point, Neb., of heart failure. Survivors - wife: Alice Roth Ehrisman; children: Warren, Karen Hathaway; 4 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral: Apr. 7, Beefier Mennonite Church, by Roger Hazen. Burial: Beemer Cemetery.

Enns, Aron, 65, Kitchener, Ont. Born: Mar. 18, 1932, Steinbach, Man. Died: Mar. 24, 1997, Kitchener, Ont., of a massive stroke. Survivors - children: Garth, Bev Jantzi, Sherri; brother and sisters: Bill, Susie, Katie; 3 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Esther Shantz Enns (wife). Funeral and burial: Mar. 27, Breslau Mennonite Church, by Laurence Martin and Jan Steckley.

Enns, Ronald Karl "Ronnie", 58, Cheraw, Colo. Born: Aug. 10, 1938, Cheraw, Colo., to Karl and Mabel Nice Enns. Died: Apr. 9, 1997, Cheraw, Colo., in a farm accident. Survivors - wife: Marilyn K aye Watters Enns; children: Donnie, Kathy Cavinder, Gary, Sherri Brenneman; brothers and sisters: Royce, Ken, Bernice Markle, Karen Vangalder, Carolyn Enns-West; 9 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Apr. 12, East Holbrook Mennonite Church, by Michael Yeakey .

Hallman, William D. Sr., 74, Hatfield, Pa. Born: Feb. 28, 1923, Philadelphia, Pa., to Harry C. and Laura Mae Hallman. Died: Apr. 2, 1997, Hatfield, Pa. Survivors - wife: Bessie Beyer Hallman; children: Barbara Anne Laberti, Bonnie Gay McNealy, William D. Jr., Robert Bruce; brother: Harry C.; 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Apr. 6, Line Lexington Mennonite Church, by Lowell Delp, John King, and Robert WaIters.

Hess, Jody Elizabeth, 15, Homestead, Fla. Born: Apr . 10, 1981, Homestead, Fla., to Dick and Mary Buckwalter Hess. Died: Apr. 4, 1997, Miami, Fla. Survivors - brothers and sister: Chris, Ryan, Charity. Memorial service: Apr. 19, Homestead Mennonite Church, by Mark Akers.

Kratz, Bertha, 95, Lansdale, Pa. Born: July 8, 1901, Plumsteadville, Pa., to Harvey M. and Lydia Wisler Kratz. Died: Mar. 30, 1997, Lansdale, Pa. Survivors - brothers: Alton W., Roland W., Amos W. Funeral and burial: Apr. 3, Rockhill Mennonite Church, by Michael L. Derstine.

Litwiller, Florence Nolder, 93, Hopedale, Ill. Born: J an. 7, 1903, Hopedale, III., to Charles and Iva Nolder. Died: Apr. 6, 1997, Hopedale, Ill. Survivors - children: Duane, Carolee Kirkpatrick; sisters: Martha, Etta French, Lila Mullinax, Gloria Weise, Zola Nulder; 5 grandchildren, 6 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Emery Litwiller (husband). Funeral and burial: Apr. 9, Hopedale Mennonite Church Cemetery, by H. James Smith and Michael W. Knowles.

Miller, Willie Earl, 32, Mifflinburg, Pa. Born: Dec. 1, 1964, Union County, Pa., to Joseph E. and Cora W. Byler Miller. Died: Mar. 16, 1997, Mifflinburg, Pa., of cancer. Survivors - wife: Gloria Denise Nissley Miller; children: Eric Lee, Emily Sue; brothers and sister: Ronald Gene, Kenneth Ray, Dan Jay, Joseph Enos, Janet J. Miller. Funeral: Mar. 19, First Church of the Nazarene, by Samuel J. Yoder, David L. Swartzentruber, and Alvin G . Longenecker. Burial: Boyer Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Moshier, Harold A., 80, Croghan, N.Y. Born: May 1, 1916, Croghan, N.Y., to Samuel C. and Mary Roggie Moshier. Died: Apr. 4, 1997. Survivors - wife: Mildred Moser Moshier; children: Duane, Marilyn Lyndaker, Joyce Zehr; 7 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Apr. 7, Croghan Mennonite Church, by John Martin, Julius Moser, Richard Zehr, and Darrell Roggie.

Ropp, Mary E. Keim, 87. Born: Apr. 9, 1909, Kalona, Iowa, to Joseph B. and Lucretia Swartzendruber Keim. Died: Apr. 4, 1997, Pigeon, Mich. Survivors - children: Catherine Miller, Duane, Harold, Carolyn Moyer, Grace Blair, Leon; brother: George Keim. Predeceased by: Elmer S. Ropp (husband) and Elmer and Lyle (sons). Funeral and burial: Apr. 7, Pigeon River Mennonite Church, by Thomas Beachy, Luke Yoder, and Wayne Keim.

Short, Martha I., 89, Toledo, Ohio. Born: Apr. 11, 1907, Stryker, Ohio, to Christ and Nancy Short Short. Died: Apr. 7, 1997, Toledo, Ohio. Congregational membership: Toledo Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Apr. 9, Lockport Mennonite Church, by Phil Ebersole.

Smith, Delores A. Nofziger, 56, Alvordton, Ohio. Born: Apr. 5, 1940, Wauseon, Ohio, to Clifford and Irene Short Nofziger. Died: Apr. 1, 1997, Alvordton, Ohio. Survivors - husband: Paul Smith; daughter: Joyce Waidelich; brothers and sister: Denver and Dean Nofziger, Donelda Richer; 3 grandchildren. Funeral: Apr. 4, North Clinton Mennonite Church, by Gary Blosser. Burial: West Franklin Cemetery.

Weber, Ivan, 75, St. Jacobs, Ont. Born: Sept. 24, 1921, Waterloo, Ont., to Amos and Lovina Weber. Died: Mar. 8, 1997, Kitchener, Ont., of leukemia. Survivors - wife: Edna Martin Weber; children: Karen Hallman, Janet; brothers and sisters: Amos, Emmanuel Lloyd, Selina Brubacher, Lydia Freeman, Susanna Freeman, Martha Eby; 4 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Mar. 12, St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, by Harold Hildebrand Schlegel and Phyllis Tribby.

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