Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1997

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Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 31 - August 5, 1997

Hartzler, Bertha A. Yoder, 78, Belleville, Pa. Born: July 25, 1918, to Samuel K. and Katie C. Peachey Yoder. Died: July 4, 1997, Belleville, Pa. Survivors - children: Kathryn Mast, Joyce Kenepp, Frank J.; 9 grandchildren, 7 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Chester S. Hartzler (husband) and an infant son. Funeral and burial: July 8, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by Max Zook and Erie Renno.

Landes, John T., 93, Hatfield, Pa. Born: Aug. 1, 1903, Skippack, Pa., to John T. and Mary Tyson Landes. Died: July 12, 1997, W. Rockhill Twp., Pa., of a stroke. Survivors - children: J. Clyde, Roland, Jerry, Glenn, Larry, Lois Ann Boaman; sisters: Florence Landes, Alice Nase, Martha Landes; 11 grandchildren, 5 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Hannah Godshall Landes (wife). Funeral and burial: July 17, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, by Bill Detweiler and David A. Stevens.

Lauver, Mary A., 91, Richfield, Pa. Born: Oct. 19, 1905, Monroe Twp., Pa., to John H. and Magdalene Brubaker Lauver. Died: July 10, 1997, Lewistown, Pa., of a heart attack. Survivor-sister: Edna Kratzer. Congregational membership: Boyer Mennonite Church. Funeral: July 14, Sheaffer Funeral Home Chapel, by Norman W. Moyer and Paul Bender. Burial: Lauver Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Mast, Glenn, 85, Orrville, Ohio. Born: Jan. 22, 1912, Walnut Creek, Ohio, by Emery A. and Clara Gerber Mast. Died: July 12, 1997, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Sarah Mennom Mast; sons: H. Linn, Eric L., Randall G., Kevin D.; 9 grandchildren. Funeral: July 15, Orrville Mennonite Church, by John and Barbara Lehman. Burial: Paradise Cemetery .

Sauder, Erie J., 92, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Aug. 6, 1904, Archbold, Ohio, to Daniel and Anna Souder. Died: June 29, 1997, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Orlyss Short Sauder; sons: Delmer, Maynard, Myrl; stepdaughter: Elaine Graber; sisters: Lucretia Rupp, Herma Rychener; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Leona Short Sauder (first wife) and a stillborn daughter. Memorial service: July 3, Pine Grove Mennonite Church, by Terry Shue. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Slagel, Alien C., 82. Born: Jan. 22, 1915, Wayland, Iowa, to Elmer J. and Sarah Conrad Slagel. Died: July 11, 1997, Wakarusa, Ind., of pancreatic cancer. Survivors - children: Shirley Ann Litwiller, Mary Ellen Bessigner, Eugene A., Lynn J.; brothers and sisters: Warren, Roger, Max, Ruby Slagel, Carol Hershberger, Fern Yoder , Ann Walker , Betty Snyder, Evelyn Sharrick; 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Maryane Ropp Slagel (wife). Funeral: July 15, Waterford Mennonite Church, by Martha Kolb Wyckoff and Steve Slagel. Burial: Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Zook, Emma M. Knopp, 75, Columbiana, Ohio. Born: July 22, 1921, Washingtonville, Ohio, to Ezra S. and Susie M. Horst Knopp. Died: June 30, 1997, Salem, Ohio. Survivors - husband: David M. Zook; stepchildren: Mary Louise Uchida, Rhoda, Marlin, and Herbert Zook; brother and sisters: David Knopp, Esther Horst, Mable Weaver; 6 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 3, Midway Mennonite Church, by Larry Rohrer and Harvey Weaver.

Zook, Irene Harshbarger, 98, Orrville, Ohio. Born: Apr. 8, 1899, Matawana, Pa., to Reuben and Mary Yoder Harshbarger. Died: June 4, 1997, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors - children; Dorothy McGrew, Louise Cheshier, Eugene, Allen; sisters: Effie Markley, Bertha King; 14 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren, 6 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Albert W. Zook (husband). Funeral and burial: June 7, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Leon Shrock.


- Volume 90, Number 32 - August 12 - no obituaries in this issue


August 19 - no issue on this date


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 33 - August 26, 1997

Bearinger, Melvin Earl, 86, Cambridge, Ont. Born: July 17, 1910, Waterloo, Ont., to Ephraim and Annie Shantz Bearinger. Died: June 29, 1997, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors-children: Joanne Durst, Robert, Sharon Cooper, Janet Buchholtz, Douglas, Beverely; brothers and sisters: Howard, Willard, Reta, Beulah Weber, Mabel Martin, Aleda Stanburg, Olive Brubacher, Violet Pitts; 11 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Margaret Ruby Bearinger (wife). Funeral and burial: July 3, Erb Street Mennonite Church, by Renee Sauder and Doug Snyder.

Burkholder, J. Harold, 84, Goshen, Ind. Born: Aug. 8, 1912, Carlisle, Pa., to Henry and Mary Seitz Burkholder. Died: July 16, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-wife: Gladys Schertz Burkholder; son: John S.; brother and sisters: J. Lawrence, Evelyn Kreider, Verna Troyer; 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 19, College Mennonite Church, by Ellis Croyle and Nancy Kauffmann. Burial: Violet Cemetery.

Culp, Ivan Ray, 87, Elkhart, Ind. Born: Feb. 14, 1910, Elkhart County, Ind., to Ezra and Magdelena Billman Culp. Died: Mar. 19, 1997, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors-wife: Hazel Perry Culp; children: Donna Thompson, Ivan R. Jr., Marlin J.; 4 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Prairie Street Mennonite Church. Funeral: Mar. 22, Hartzler Guternuth-Inman Funeral Home, by Russell Krabill. Burial: Olive Cemetery.

Drudge, Mildred B. Shoemaker, 79, Goshen, Ind. Born: Sept. 12, 1917, Dakota, III., to Arthur and Lucy Engel Shoemaker. Died: July 10, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-husband: WaIter Drudge; daughters: Carolyn Strnad, Myrna DeAgostino, Judy Engel; brothers: Eugene, Donald, and Kenneth Shoemaker. Funeral: July 14, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann and Ellis Croyle. Burial: Violet Cemetery.

Hershberger, Clara Hooley, 100, Goshen, Ind. Born: July 22, 1896, LaGrange County, Ind., to Simon P. and Martha Eash Hooley. Died: July 15, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-son: Paul; brother and sister: George Hooley, Florence Kurtz; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Guy Hershberger (husband), Elizabeth Bauman (daughter), and James, Philip, and John (sons). Funeral: July 19, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann and Millard C. Lind. Burial: Prairie Street Cemetery.

Hostetler, Elizabeth Burkholder, 89, Smithville, Ohio. Born: Mar. 30, 1908, Smithville, Ohio, to Amos and Emma Yoder Burkholder. Died: July 15, 1997, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors-children: Ellen Sprunger, Charles; 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Loyal Hostetler (husband). Funeral and burial: July 18, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, by Norma Duerksen.

King, Anna Mary Roth, 96, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Feb. 26, 1901, West Liberty, Ohio, to Benedict and Nancy Hartzler Roth. Died: July 17, 1997, West Liberty, Ohio. Survivors-daughter : Martha; stepchildren: Margaret Hornbeck, Eldon King; 23 stepgrandchildren, 52 stepgreat-grandchildren, 12 step great- great- grandchildren. Predeceased by: Nelson King (husband) and Martin Luther (son). Funeral and burial: July 20, South Union Mennonite Church, by Randy Reminder.

Miller, Ida B. Kauffman, 81, LaJunta, Colo. Born: June 25, 1916, Minot, N.D., to Joseph and Agnes Andrews Kauffman. Died: July 7, 1997, LaJunta, Colo. Survivors-husband: Lewis Miller; children: Lorna Sterner, Adrian; brothers and sisters: Jesse, Alvin, and Clarence Kauffman, Zola Irwin, Alice Lewis; 3 stepgrandchildren. Congregation al membership: East Holbrook Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: July 10, Fairview Cemetery, by Michael Yeakey and Merritt Welty.

Miller, Jennis Norene Hershberger, 61, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Feb. 24, 1936, Kalona, Iowa, to Samuel W. and Cora Brenneman Hershberger . Died: July 25, 1997, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors-husband: Ervin J. Miller; children: Randy, LaMar, Byron, Lola McAndrew, Coletta Bontrager, Janette Miller; brother and sister: Sam Hershberger , Ardith Ropp; 15 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 29, East Union Mennonite Church, by Jay Miller and Noah Helmuth.

Nitzsche, Dan, 101, Beefier, Neb. Born: Jan. 11, 1896, Fulda, Minn., to Julius and Barbara Oswald Nitzsche. Died: July 12, 1997, Beefier, Neb. Survivors--children: Delmar, Ruth Coffman, Edna Zook, Fern Hooley; brother and sisters: Elmer, Clara Roth, Lillian Erb; 23 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 5 great greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Emma Birky Nitzsche (wife) and William (son). Funeral: July 16, Beefier Mennonite Church, by Roger Hazen and Wayne Nitzsche. Burial: Beefier Cemetery.

Ressler, Grace B. Vining, 89, Orrville, Ohio. Born: Jan. 5, 1908, McKees Rocks, Pa., to Horace Elvin and Lula Rebecca Harvey Vining. Died: July 20, 1997, Orrville, Ohio, of a stroke. Survivors-stepdaughter: Carol Botkin; 10 stepgrandchildren, 9 stepgreatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: George A. Ressler (second husband) and Oscar Amstutz (first husband). Congregational membership: Martins Mennonite Church. Funeral: July 23, Gresser Funeral Home, by Randy Murray. Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery.

Schrock, JoAnn Erb, 63, Elkhart, Ind. Born: Oct. 1, 1933, Beefier, Neb., to Omar and Mary Ann Roth Erb. Died: July 17, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-children: Anna Holt, Pamela Todd, John L.; mother; brother and sisters: Paul, Arlene, and Linda Erb, Donna McKelvey, Ruby Van Amburg, Dorothy Kingsley, Lola Rosenberger, Margy Wendorf; 4 grandchildren. Predeceased by: John D. Schrock (husband). Funeral and burial: July 20, Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, by Roger Farmer and Ruben Chupp. Memorial service: July 22, Prairie Street Mennonite Church, by Daniel Z. Miller.

Schweitzer, Gladys Schlegel, 87, Milford, Neb. Born: Apr. 15, 1910, Milford, Neb., to William and Sarah Stutzman Schlegel. Died: July 27, 1997, Crete, Neb., of congestive heart failure. Survivors - daughter: Darlene Hershberger; sister: Esther Oswald; 7 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren, 6 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Harry E. Schweitzer (husband) and Robert (son). Funeral: July 30, Beth-El Mennonite Church, by John C. King and Dale Oswald. Burial: Milford Mennonite Cemetery. Shank, Robert Franklin, 74, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Oct. 12, 1922, Rockingham County, Va., to Daniel G. and Irene Heatwole Shank. Died: July 13, 1997, Harrisonburg, Va., of a heart attack. Survivors - wife: Helen Rhodes Shank; daughter: Delores Ann Lakes; brother and sisters: Orvin, Norma Deputy, Evelyn Heatwole, Dorothy Showalter; one grandchild. Congregational membership: Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: July 16, Weavers Mennonite Church, by Samuel R. Janzen and Beryl Jantzi.

Shank, Robert Franklin, 74, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Oct. 12, 1922, Rockingham County, Va., to Daniel G. and Irene Heatwole Shank.  Died: July 13, 1997, Harrisonburg, Va., of a heart attack.  Survivors - wife: Helen Rhodes Shank; daughter, Delores Ann Lakes; brother and sisters: Orvin, Norma Deputy, Evelyn Heatwole, Dorothy Showalter; one grandchild.  Congregational membership: Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.  Funeral and burial: July 16, Weavers Mennonite Church, by Samuel R. Janzen and Beryl Jantzi.

Shoup, Owen E., 66, South Bend, Ind. Born: Feb. 23, 1931,Orrville, Ohio, to AlIen and LeNora Rothe Shoup. Died: July 21, 1997, South Bend, Ind., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Eleanor Davidhizar Shoup; son: Steven; brothers and sister: Ira, Arthur, Harry, WaIter, Roy, Ethel Miller; 2 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Michael (infant son). Memorial service: July 25, Kern Road Mennonite Church, by David and Janice Yordy Sutter and Andre Gingerich Stoner. Burial: Olive (West) Cemetery.

Smoker, Mary Ann Umble, 70, Ronks, Pa. Born: Feb. 6, 1927, Atglen, Pa., to John G. and Ada Kauffman Umble. Died: July 16, 1997, Ronks, Pa., of cancer. Survivors - husband: Vernon D. Smoker; children: Wanda Creeger, Rose Olsen, Ronald, Paul, Dan, Barbara Dolinger , Glenn, Timothy; brothers and sister: Leon, John, Leroy, and Samuel Umble, Ada Ruth Lapp; 18 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 21, paradise Mennonite Church, by Mark Leaman, Robert Zook, and Clarence Neff.

Steiner, Lee, 69, Goshen, Ind. Born: Mar. 25, 1928, Kidron, Ohio, to Homer and Bertha Zurcher Steiner. Died: July 8, 1997, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors-wife: Vera R. Kauffman Steiner; children: Rhoda Mininger, Debra Fetzer, Terry, Roger, Phillip, Samuel, Eugene; brothers and sisters: Elno, George, Marion, Roy, Kenneth, Clayton, Viola Kuhns, Dorothy Miller, Norma Jean Eberly; 17 grandchildren. Funeral: July 12, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann and Ellis Croyle. Burial: Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.

Troyer, Charles Franklin, 95, Richardson, Tex. Born: Jan. 31, 1902, Kalona, Iowa, to Abraham and Anna Maria Mueller Troyer. Died: July 18, 1997, Richardson, Tex. Survivors-sons: Carl, Ray, Corlyn, Milton; brothers and sister: Raymond, Willis, Orval, Dorothy Martin; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mildred E. Zuercher Troyer (wife). Congregational membership: Bayshore Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: July 22, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, by George Hansen and Dean Swartzendruber .

Trussel, Heather Marie, 10, Graymont, Ill. Born: Sept. 26, 1986, Danville, Ill., to Frank and Joyce Winters Trussel. Died: July 11, 1997, Flanagan, Ill., of injuries from being hit by a truck. Survivors -fosterparents: Paul and Linda Stalter; brothers: Christopher Winders, Francis and Jesse Trussel; foster brothers and sisters: David and Mark Stalter, Rosemary Bakewell, Sarah Krominga. Funeral: July 15, Waldo Mennonite Church, by Lester Zook and Edwin Stalter. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery .

Vannoy, Vyral E. Miller, 80, Souderton, Pa. Born: July 7, 1917, Milford, Neb., to John and Lena Hauder Miller. Died: July 15, 1997, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-children: Sharon Winter, Kent A., David L., John R., Brian L.; brothers: Earl and Roland Miller; 8 grandchildren. Predeceased by: DeWard B. Vannoy (husband). Funeral: July 21, Souderton Mennonite Homes Chapel, by James C. Longacre and John L. Ruth. Burial: Salford Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Wenger, Donald A., 75, Akron, Pa. Born: June 27, 1922, Marion, Ohio, to William and Mary Shantz Wenger. Died: July 1, 1997, Akron, Pa. Survivors-wife: Ferne Lehman Wenger; daughter: Carol A. Earle, brothers and sisters: Eldon, Kenneth, Marion, Hazel Lehman, Mary Elizabeth Carpenter, Ruth Stickrod; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: July 3, Gilead Mennonite Church, by Glenn Martin and Murray Krabill. Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery.

Whitehead, Muriel Elizabeth Parmelee, 77, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Dec. 26, 1919, Elmira, N.Y., to George and Grace Knapp Parmelee. Died: June 22, 1997, Cambridge, Ont., of an aneurysm on the brain. Survivors-husband: Donald Whitehead; children: Anne Elizabeth Andrew, Gordon Lee, James Arthur; sisters: Norma Utter, Grace Travis, Carol Morrison; 4 grandchildren, one greatgrandchild. Memorial service: July 12, Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, by Carrie E. Harder. Cremated.

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