Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1997

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Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 5 - February 4, 1997

Baumgartner, Irvin Victor, 93, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Dec. 6, 1904, Pandora, Ohio, to Abe and Elizabeth Habegger Baumgartner. Died: Jan. 5, 1997, West Liberty, Ohio. Survivors-daughter: Nancy Loffer; sister: Gladys Becker, foster sister: Mary Baumgartner . Predeceased by: Fern Headings Baumgartner (wife). Funeral and burial: Jan. 8, South Union Mennonite Church, by Randy Reminder and Dave Murdock.

Bender, Lizzie D. Eichelberger, 93, Lititz, Pa. Born: Jan. 22, 1903, Manheim Twp., Pa., to George and Emma Dumoyer Eichelberger. Died: Jan. 15, 1997, Lititz, Pa. Survivors-daughters: Betty A. Stauffer, Ruth Anne Ginder; brother and sister: Irvin Eichelberger, Mabel Mohn; 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: David S. Bender (husband). Congregational membership; East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Funeral: J an. 17, Landis Homes Bethany East Chapel, by Karl E. Steffy and Donald W. Good. Burial: Landis Valley Mennonite Cemetery.

Byer, Lorne J., 80, Orrville, Ohio. Born: June 10, 1919, Markham, Ont., to Jesse L. and Emma Haacke Byer. Died: Jan. 2, 1997, Orrville, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors-wife: Ida G. Miller Byer; children: Gary, Lorraine Hershberger, Joan Bulebush, Linda Byer; sister: Grace Avis; 6 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Predeceased by: Joyce Cleare Byer (first wife) and Betty (daughter). Congregational membership: Berlin Christian Fellowship. Funeral and burial: Jan. 7, Wideman Mennonite Church, by Art Byer.

Graber, Dennis V., 75, Crawfordsville, Iowa. Born: Feb. 25, 1921, Wayland, Iowa, to Peter J. and Sarah Rich Graber. Died: J an. 2, 1997 , Atlanta, Ga., of injuries from an automobile accident. Survivors-wife: Ruth Freyenberger Graber; children: Judy Kliewer, Rita Steiner, Jerry, Randy, Sid; brothers and sisters: Dillon, Dwight, Doreen, Drusilla Retor , Delilah Deck; 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral and burial: Jan. 6, Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, by Roger Farmer and Ruben Chupp.

Horst, Alice V. Heatwole, 84, Day ton, Va. Born: June 14, 1912, Day ton, Va., to Enos and Clara Shank Heatwole. Died: Jan. 5, 1997 , Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors-husband: Lloyd S. Horst; children: Joseph, James, Amos, Enos, Rachel Schrock, Reuben, Anna Miller; brothers and sisters: David Heatwole, Nelson Heatwole, Hannah Huber, Eunice Wenger; 21 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Jan. 8, Bank Mennonite Church, by John Risser, Eldwin Campbell, Lester Heatwole, Charles Heatwole, and David Burkholder.

Lind, Lloyd Lawrence, 89, Shedd, Ore. Born: May 15, 1907, Wadsworth, Ohio, to Norman Arthur and Sarah Flohr Lind. Died: Dec. 24, 1996, Albany, Ore., of cancer. Survivors~children: Pauline King, Margaret Wyse, Clifford, Norman, Helen Thomas, AlIen, Ruby Scruggs, Kenneth, La Verne Lind, Eilene Snyder, Glenn, Leona Biggs, Lester, Robert; brothers: Norman, Millard, Gilbert Wilbert; 34 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren, 3 step greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Mary Zehr Lind (wife). Funeral and burial: Jan. 3, Fairview Mennonite Church, by James Roth and AlIen Lind.

Mast, Rodney Dale, 17, Morgantown, Pa. Born: April 23, 1979, Ephrata, Pa., to Herbert and Rhoda Martin Mast. Died: Jan. 7, 1997, Morgantown, Pa., of leukemia. Survivors-brothers and sister: Daryl, James, Richard, Maria. Funeral: Jan. 11, Conestoga Mennonite Church, by Nathan Stoltzfus and Harvey Stoltzfus. Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery.

Miller, Martha R., 86. Born: July 20, 1910, Elkhart, Ind., to Noah and Clara May Yoder Long. Died: Dec. 28, 1996, Pigeon, Mich. Survivors-husband: Earl Miller; children: Lowell, Maxine Kauffman, Leland; 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Dec. 31, Pigeon River Mennonite Church, by Thomas Beachy and Luke Yoder.

Noftsier, Romeyn V., 77, Castorland, N . Y . Born: March 17, 1919, Martinsburg, N.Y., to Romeyn and Mollie Moser Noftsier. Died: Jan. 3, 1997, Carthage, N.Y., of a stroke. Survivors-wife: Alice Heans Noftsier; children: Robert, Romeyn, Roberta Blair; brothers and sisters: Arlin, Judson, Newell, Inez Lyndaker, Violet Fairchild, Lila Weber, Shirley Noftsier, Carol Widrick; 4 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Jan. 6, First Mennonite Church, by Eric Buzzell:

Nussbaum, Evelyn Amstutz, 84, Mt. Eaton, Ohio. Born: Aug. 15, 1912, Kidron, Ohio, to Amos B. and Fannie Zuercher Amstutz. Died: Jan. 7, 1997, Mt. Eaton, Ohio. Survivors-children: Howard, Bob, Harry, Phil, Phyllis Gerber; brother and sisters: Evan Amstutz, Sylvia Martin, Mildred Nussbaum, Edith Schrock; 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Harvey Nussbaum (husband) and Harold Dean (son). Funeral and burial: Jan. 11, Kidron Mennonite Church, by Bill Detweiler and Harvey Schrock.

Rhodes, John Roy, 93, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Sept. 17 , 1903, Johnson County, Iowa, to Christian J. and Eliza Gingerich Rhodes. Died: Jan. 11, 1997, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors-sons: Jay, Charles; brothers and sister: Emery, Eldon, Alta Marner; 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Grace Swartzendruber Rhodes (wife) and Charlotte (daughter). Funeral and burial: Jan. 14, East Union Mennonite Church, by Jay Miiller and Noah Helmuth.

Rosier, Bessie Mildred Johnson, 81, Pinto Md. Born: Oct. 31, 1915, Ridgeley, W. Va., to James and Lelia Johnson. Died: Jan. 9, 1997, Pinto, Md. Survivors-children: Mary , Helen Troutman, Lelia Cosner; 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by: WaIter Rosier (husband). Funeral and burial: Jan. 11, Pinto Mennonite Church, by Sven E. Miller .

Roth, Lloyd, 82, Big Prairie, Ohio. Born: Dec. 29, 1914, Milford, Neb., to Joseph and Mary Roth. Died: Jan. 12, 1997, Wooster, Ohio. Survivor-sister: Mary Ann Erb. Funeral: Jan. 15, Shreve Christian Church, by Priscilla E. Jackson.

Roupp, Willard J., 73, Hesston, Kan. Born: May 29, 1923, Hesston, Kan., to John and Lillie Balmer Roupp. Died: Jan. 10, 1997, Newton, Kan. Survivors-wife: Elda Duerksen Roupp; children: J ames, Bradley, Randy, Renae Alison; brothers and sisters: Milford, Delbert, Ruth Yutzy, Elda Guhr; 9 grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 13, Hesston Mennonite Church, by Cheryl Hershberger and Ritch Hochstetler. Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery.

Slaubaugh, Benjamin Cledus "Clet", 88, Morgantown, Ky. Born: Mylo, N.D., to Simon J. and Lydia Swartzentruber Slaubaugh. Died: Jan. 7, 1997, Morgantown, Ky. Survivors-wife: Beatrice Norris Slaubaugh; children: Linda West, Gary, Eddie; brothers and sisters: Tobias, Elmer, Calvin, Vernon, Mary Graber, Sylvia Graber, Dorothy Shrock; 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Jan. 12, Ridgeview Mennonite Church.
He pastored the Ridgeview Mennonite Church.


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 6 - February 11, 1997

Erb, Laura Esther Gashco, 74, Bayfield, Ont. Born: Aug. 25, 1922, Wellesley, Ont., to Ezra and Rachael Boshart Gascho. Died: Jan. 8, 1997, Bayfield, Ont., of cancer. Survivors - sons: Mervyn, Arnold; brothers: John and Lloyd Gashco; 3 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Lee Erb (husband). Funeral: Jan. 11, Zurich Mennonite Church, by Philip and Julie Bender. Burial: Blake Mennonite Cemetery.

Freed, Margaret Moyer, 83, Lansdale, Pa. Born: Dec. 18, 1913, Silverdale, Pa., to Walter Y. and Evelyn Moyer Moyer. Died: Jan. 17, 1997, Lansdale, Pa., of a stroke. Survivors - -children: Samuel M. and Kerry L. Nyce, Lucille M. Detwiler; stepsons: Harvey D. and Howard D. Freed; sisters: Gladys M. Detweiler, Marie M. Moyer, Helen Good; 14 grandchildren, 32 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Howard Freed (second husband), Linford D. Nyce (first husband), and John W. Nyce (son). Funeral and burial: Jan. 21, Salford Mennonite Church, by Willis A. Miller and Craig Morton.

Garber, Sandra K. Nunemaker, 43, New Paris, Ind. Born: April 15, 1953, Elkhart, Ind., to John and Doris Nunemaker. Died: Jan. 15, 1997, New Paris, Ind. Survivors - -husband: Gary Garber; children: Jason, Jamie; brothers and sisters: Dale, Robert, and Brian Nunemaker, Connie Haarer. Funeral: Jan. 19, Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, by Wes Bontreger and Clare Schumm.

Gingerich, Ida Louise Sutter , 68, Portland, Ore. Born: July 5, 1928, Oyster Point, Va., to John Preston and Ada May Hartzler Sutter. Died: Dec. 31, 1996, Portland, Ore. Survivors - -husband: Wayne Gingerich; children: Keith, Janet; brother: David Sutter; 3 grandchildren. Memorial service: Jan. 4, Portland Mennonite Church, by Ralph Lind. Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park.

Hathaway, Cleo Miller, 81, Monroe City, Mo. Born: June 12, 1915, Hutchinson, Kan., to Allen 0. and Fannie Garver Miller. Died: Jan. 3, 1997, Monroe City, Mo., of cancer. Survivors - -husband: Oney Hathaway; children: Sherman, Raymond, Marilyn Claus, Kathy Roland; sister: Elsie Blew; 11 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Kenneth (infant son). Funeral and burial: Jan. 6, Pea Ridge Mennonite Church, by Carl Helmuth and Darrell Zook.

Heath, M. J. Alice Koontz, 88. Born: Sept. 4, 1908, Toledo, Ohio, to John A. and Elizabeth Edith Counts. Died: Dec. 10, 1996, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - -stepdaughters: Harriet Robinson, Caroline Dettmer; sisters: Thelma Ashorn, Lillian Messerschmitt, Ethel Gerhardt; 2 stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Harry E. Heath (husband). Graveside service: Dec. 12, Prairie Street Mennonite Church Cemetery, by Simon Gingerich.

Hostetler, Amos, 85, Kalona, Iowa. Born: April 12, 1911, Miami County, Ind., to Levi and Susanna Troyer Hostetler. Died: Jan. 10, 1997, Iowa City, Iowa. Survivors - -daughter: Phyllis Christner; 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ella Rhodes Hostetler (wife). Funeral: Jan. 14, Kalona Mennonite Church, by Scott Swartzendruber, David L. Yoder, and Mick Murray. Burial: Sharon Hill Cemetery.

lrelan, John A., 47. Born: Dec. 31, 1949, Sturgis, Mich., to Robert 0. and Miriam Hagerty Irelan. Died: Jan. 17, 1997, Elkhart, Ind., of cancer. Survivors - -wife: Kathleen Wenger Irelan; sons: Christopher J., Andrew R.; sister: Sally Stancati. Funeral and burial: Jan. 21, Prairie Street Mennonite Church, by Dorsa J. Mishler and Russell Krabill.

Kauffman, Rosemary Schrock, 50, Garden City, Mo. Born: June 18, 1946, Harrisonville, Mo., to John Floyd and Ruby Bernice Hartzler Schrock. Died: Oct. 22, 1996, Kansas City, Mo., of a brain aneurism. Survivors - -husband: David Kauffman; daughters: Kristen, Karla; sister: Carolyn Watkins. Funeral: Oct. 25, Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, by Darrell Zook and Keith Swartz. Burial: Clearfork Cemetery.

Kinsinger, Loise M., 76, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Aug. 8, 1920, Green Twp., Iowa, to Kores and Emma Martin Kinsinger. Died: Jan. 13, 1997, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - -brother and sister: Russell, Orpha. Congregational membership: Kalona Mennonite Church. Funeral: Jan. 16, Yoder-Powell Funeral Home, by Scott Swartzendruber, Mick Murray, and David L. Yoder. Burial: West Union Mennonite Cemetery.

Kinsinger, Orval Glenn, 90. Born: April 29, 1906, Iowa County, Iowa, to Ananias and Katie Miller Kinsinger. Died: Jan. 12, 1997, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - -wife: Lavanda Swartzendruber Kinsinger; children: Phil, Carolyn Hochstetler, Kate Brenneman, Barbara Miller, Nancy Halder; 17 grandchildren, 16 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Norma Kelting (daughter). Funeral and burial: Jan. 15, West Union Mennonite Church, by David Boshart and Emery Hochstetler .

Kolb, Mary Good, 80, Spring City, Pa. Born: May 29, 1916, Elverson, Pa., to William H. and Emma Groff Good. Died: Jan. 15, 1997, Souderton, Pa., of uterine cancer. Survivors - stepchildren: Homer E. and Wilmer E. Kolb, Ruth K. Essick; brother and sisters: Norman G. Good, Emma G. Minninger, Ruth G. E by, Naomi G. Good; 9 stepgrandchildren, 13 stepgreat-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Jacob F. Kolb (husband). Funeral and burial: Jan. 19, Vincent Mennonite Church, by Garland L. Meyers.

Mast, Barbie J. Kulp, 35, Nappanee, Ind. Born: Dec. 22, 1961, Elkhart, Ind., to Jimmie and Sue Ann Pletcher Kulp. Died: Jan. 15, 1997, Nappanee, Ind. Survivors - -husband: Mark Mast; sons: Derek, Scott; mother: Sue Ann Pletcher Kulp: sister: Brenda Newcomer. Funeral: Jan. 18, Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, by Wes Bontreger and Clare Schumm. Burial: Yellow Creek Mennonite Church North Cemetery.

McLemore, Alleno Garrett, 76, Bedford Heights, Ohio. Born: Dec. 7, 1920, Mt. Sterling, Ky ., to William and Laura Garret. Died: Dec. 18, 1996, Aurora, Ohio. Survivors - -husband: Arlis McLemore; daughter: Claudia; brother: John Smothers; one grandchild. Funeral: Dec. 23, Friendship Mennonite Church, by David Orr . Burial: Evergreen Memorial Park.



Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 7 - February 18, 1997

Boshart, Sarah, 102, New Hamburg, Ont. Born: April 8, 1894, Crosshill, Ont., to Joseph and Lydia Kennel Boshart. Died: Dec. 24, 1996, New Hamburg, Ont. Funeral and burial: Dec. 27, Steinmann Mennonite Church, by Ingrid Loepp Thiessen and Herb Schultz.

Frey, Paul L., 83, Elizabethtown, Pa. Born: Feb. 6, 1913, East Donegal Twp., Pa., to Elias and Fannie Daver Frey. Died: Jan. 12, 1997, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-brothers and sisters: Martin, Elias, Claude, Wilbur, Dorothy, Fannie, Mary Ritchie, Erma Schnauble, Nancy Longenecker. Funeral and burial: Jan. 15, Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, by Richard H. Frank.

Gehman, Paul E., 86, Lititz, Pa. Born: June 4, 1910, Farmersville, Pa., to Jonathan and Ella Martin Gehman. Died: July 31, 1996, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-children: Paul W., Joyce Stoltzfus; brothers and sister: Adam, David, Edna Burkholder; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mary Weaver Gehman (wife). Funeral and burial: Aug. 3, East Petersburg Mennonite Church, by Karl E. Steffy, John B. Shenk, and Norman S. Landis.

Guckes, James, 67, Scottdale, Pa. Born: Oct. 25, 1929, Allentown, Pa., to Otto and Anna Dehner Guckes. Died: Nov. 23, 1996, Scottdale, Pa., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Mary Guckes; children: Susah McCoy, Barry, Karen Mains, Glenn; sister: Betty Rossi; 10 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Kingview Mennonite Church. Funeral: Nov. 26, Ferguson Funeral Home, by Charles Shenk. Burial: Jefferson Memorial Park.

Hershey, Martin Rohrer, 85, Lititz, Pa. Born: Nov. 12, 1911, Leacock Twp., Pa., to Martin R. and Sue E by Hershey. Died: Jan. 20, 1997, Lititz, Pa., of Alzheimer's disease. Survivors-wife: Ruth R. Zimmerman Hershey; children: Donald, James, Kathryn Yost; brothers and sisters: Amos, John, Sanford, J. E by, Emma, Miriam, Elizabeth Leaman, Evelyn Leaman; 8 grandchildren, 11 greatgrandchildren. Congregational membership: Landis Valley Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Jan. 23, Hershey Mennonite Church, by Don Good, Lester Hoover, and Tom Horst.

Horst, Lawrence Ray, 57, Los Angeles, Calif. Born: Aug. 16, 1939, Waterloo County, Ont., to Noah and Barbara Horst Horst. Died: Dec. 27, 1996, Cambridge, Ont., of cancer. Survivors - sisters: Janet Shorten, Barbara Ann, Lois. Funeral: Dec. 30, St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, by Harold Hildebrand Schlegel and Phyllis Tribby. Cremated.

Kurtz, Ada Mae Kauffman, 83, Fleetwood, Pa. Born: July 28, 1913, Belleville, Pa., to Joshua and Rebecca Zook Kauffman. Died: Jan. 7, 1997, Fleetwood, Pa., of Alzheimer's disease. Survivors-husband: Jacob M. Kurtz; children: AlIen, Norman, Raymond, Wayne, Arlene Kreider, Paul, Leon, Kenneth, Samuel, Luke, Floyd; brothers: Raymond and Harvey Kauffman, 32 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren. Funeral and burial: Jan. 11, Oley Mennonite Church, by Michael Mast, Chester Kurtz, and Calvin Kurtz.

Lyndaker, Gerald E., Sr., 76, Croghan, N.Y. Born: Nov. 18, 1920, Croghan, N.Y., to John N. and Anna Yousey Lyndaker. Died: Jan. 14, 1997, of cancer. Survivors-wife: Kathryn Widrick Lyndaker; children: Gerald E., Jo Ann Tabolt; brothers and sisters: Harold, Elmer, Alba Roggie, Eleanor Zehr, Charlotte Noftsier, Loretta Calarco; 10 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Jan. 17, Croghan Mennonite Church, by Julius Moser, Vernon Zehr, John Martin, and Dan Tabolt.

Meyers, Ruby Musselman, 74, Waterloo, Ont. Born: Nov. 18, 1922, Peel Twp., Ont., to Israel and Adeline Gingrich Musselman. Died: Jan. 20, 1997, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors-husband: Arnold Meyers; daughters: Carol Unruh, Julie Stobbe; brothers and sisters: Ervin and Lorne Musselman, Eileen Jutzi, Viola Fretz; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Richard (son) and Betty (daughter). Funeral and burial: Jan. 23, First Mennonite Church, by Rudy Baergen.

Miller, Frances Kathryn Alliman, 77, Wayland, Iowa. Born: Dec. 29,1919, Wayland, Iowa, to Daniel J. and Sarah Wyse Alliman. Died: Jan. 21, 1997, Iowa City, Iowa. Survivors-husband: Paul Miller; children: Ronald, Kenneth, Diane Hess, Duncan; brothers: Gilbert and Wayne Alliman; 9 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Jan. 24, Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, by Roger Farmer and Ruben Chupp.

Miller, Sarah Ellen Slabaugh, 90, Plain City, Ohio. Born: July 8, 1906, Madison County, Ohio, to Cornelius J. and Emma Schlabach Slabaugh. Died: Jan. 15,1997, Marysville, Ohio, of respiratory and kidney failure. Survivors-daughters: Mabel Yoder, Ellen Hershberger; 9 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren, one greatgreat-grandchild. Predeceased by: Monroe E. Miller (husband) and Willis (son). Funeral and burial: Jan. 18, Sharon Mennonite Church, by Howard S. Schmitt.

Mininger, Paul, 88, Goshen, Ind. Born: Jan. 24, 1908, Marshallville, Ohio, to J. D. and Hettie B. Kulp Mininger. Died: Jan. 23, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-children: Grace Bartel, Jon, James; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mary Ellen Erb Mininger (wife). Memorial service: Jan. 25, College Mennonite Church, by Nancy Kauffmann. He was president of Goshen College from 1954 to 1970, president of the Goshen Biblical Seminary, and moderator of the Mennonite General Conference. Mininger also served as pastor of North Goshen Mennonite Church from 1938 to 1954.

Newswanger, John M., 89, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: June 2, 1907, Lancaster, Pa., to Elias and Anna Martin Newswanger.  Died: Dec. 25, 1996, Harrisonburg, Va.  Survivors - wife: Emma Gregory Newswanger;  daughters: Edith Shenk, Edna Reed; brother and sisters: David, Mattie, Susanna Sensenig, Emma Nolt; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.  Funeral: Dec. 31, Brutus Mennonite Church, by James Gerber.  Burial: Maple River Mennonite Cemetery.

Peachey, Miriam P. Hartzler, 83, Belleville, Pa. Born: June 19, 1913, Belleville, Pa., to Jacob J. and Mollie Yoder Hartzler. Died: Jan. 3, 1997, Lewistown, Pa. Survivors - children: J. Lorne Peachey, Donella Clemens; 5 grandchildren.  Predeceased by : Urie S. Peachey (husband). Funeral: Jan. 5, Valley View Haven Chapel, by Max Zook and Erie Renno. Burial: Locust Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Peters, Abe H., 80. Born: Sept. 22, 1916, Henderson, Neb., to Peter and Marie Peters Peters. Died: Dec. 22, 1996, LaGrange, Ind., of congestive heart failure. Survivors - wife: Emma Miller Peters; children; Lois Loflin, Janice Gingerich, Edwin, Galen; stepsons: Lamar, Irvin, Vernon, Delbert, and Clifford Miller; brothers and sisters; Gerhard, Harvey, Ralph, Elsie Friday, Verna Funk; 8 grandchildren, 13 stepgrandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren.  Predeceased by: Martha Schmidt Peters (first wife).  Congregtional membership: Pleasant Oakes and East Goshen Mennonite churches.  Funeral: Dec. 26. Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church by Barry Schmell and Bob Keener.  Burial: Shore Mennonite Cemetery.   He was ordained in 1946 at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, Kan., and pastored numerous churches in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Indiana.  He also served in prison ministry for 35 years.

Springer, Homer Cleo, 90, Meadows, Ill. Born: Jan. 19, 1906, Hopedale, Ill., to Valentine and Katie Litwiller Springer.  Died: Jan. 11, 1997, Pontiac, Ill.  Survivors - wife; Ada M. Stalter Springer; daughters; Ruth Ann Rogers, Joyce Sue Shafer; sisters; Clara Unzicker, Ruth Zehr; 2 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral and burial: Jan. 14, Waldo Mennonite Church, by Lester Zook.

Stutzman, Edgar Dale, 51, Souderton, Pa. Born: June 28, 1945, Sellersville, Pa., to James and Edith Gross Stutzman. Died: Jan. 10, 1997, Fleetwood, Pa.  Survivors - wife: Elaine Alderfer Stutzman; stepsons: Kevin Roy, Mark Jay, and Luke Jed Bergey; brothers and sisters: James, Kenneth, Marlowe, Merle, Mary Ellen Horst, Jeane Fretz, Lorraine Myers; 3 stepgrandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 14, Franconia Mennonite Church, by John M. Ehst, Glenn M. Alderfer, and Earl Anders.  Burial: Salford Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Yoder, Alvin J., 74, Hartville, Ohio. Born: Jan. 8, 1922, Canton, Ohio, to John J. and Emma Miller Yoder. Died: Sept. 25, 1996, Alliance, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Dorothy Bender Yoder; children: Lois Bontrager, Ruth Hills, Julia Reesor, Marcus; brothers and sisters: LeRoy, Paul, Joseph, Wayne, Lizzie Ann, Esther, Leona, Clara Byler; 8 grandchildren.  Predeceased by: James and John (sons).  Funeral: Sept. 28, Cornerstone Mennonite Church, by Jason Yoder,  Eric Horst, Joe Yoder, and Wilbur Bender.  Burial: Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Yoder, David E., 92, Belleville, Pa. Born: Feb. 8, 1904, Allensville, Pa., to David B. and Nancy E. Yoder Yoder.  Died: Jan. 17, 1997, Belleville, Pa.  Survivors - children: Nancy Yoder, Sara Anna Yoder, Charles; 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren.  Predeceased by: Katie E. Yoder Yoder (wife).  Funeral and burial: Jan. 20, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by Max Zook, Erie Renno, and Raymond Peachey.


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 8 - February 25, 1997

Beck, Dale E., 79, Archbold, Ohio. Born: April 2, 1917, Cedarville, Ind., to Simon and Caroline Yoder Beck. Died: Jan. 28,1997, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Meredith Britsch Beck; children: Garold, Ronald, Wendell, Conrad, Marlene; sister: Fern Yoder; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 31, Central Mennonite Church, by Willis Breckbill and Dale Wyse. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Beckler, Clifford D., 76. Born: May 18, 1920, Seward, Neb., to Joseph and Mary Schweitzer Beckler. Died: Oct. 31, 1996, Iowa City, Iowa, from complications during surgery. Survivors-wife: Berdine Stutzman Beckler; children: Bonnie Yoder, Janet Hershberger, Lynn, Richard; brothers and sister: Lyle, Loren, Merle, Berdene Ward; 7 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Nov. 4, Wellman Mennonite Church, by Herb Yoder.

Burkholder, Chris, 90. Born: March 23, 1906, Cloud Chief, Okla., to Nathaniel J. and Mary Ann Reber Burkholder. Died: Jan. 26, 1997, Iowa City, Iowa. Survivors-children: Stanley, Donald, Roger, Opal Reschly, Mary Jane Troyer; stepson: Oliver Yutzy; brothers: Jake, Elmer, Clarence, Charles, Lloyd; 27 grandchildren, 49 greatgrandchildren, 2 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Elta Miller Yutzy Burkholder (second wife), Emma Yoder Burkholder (first wife), John and Daniel (sons), an infant son, and Ernest Yutzy (stepson). Funeral and burial: Jan. 29, Wellman Mennonite Church, by Michael Klassen.

Burkholder, Elta Nora Miller, 89, Iowa City, Iowa. Born: April 20, 1907, Beeville, Tex., to Abner J. and Elizabeth Schrock Miller. Died: Nov. 19, 1996, Iowa City, Iowa. Survivors-husband: Chris Burkholder (died Jan. 26, 1997); sons: Oliver Yutzy, Roger Burkholder, stepchildren: Stanley and Donald Burkholder, Opal Reschly, Mary Jane Troyer; brother and sisters: J. Claude Miller, Ethel Miller, Odena Hostetler, Mary Hochstedler; stepbrothers and sister: Willard and Ivan Brunk, Velma Hartzler; 27 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, 2 great t- great- grandchildren. Predeceased by: Oliver J. Yutzy (first husband); parents, Sue Miller (stepmother), Ernest Yutzy (son), and John and Daniel Burkholder (stepsons). Funeral and burial: Nov. 22, Wellman Mennonite Church, by Herb Yoder.

Clemmer, Edith Alderfer, 83, Telford, Pa. Born: Aug. 9, 1913, Mainland, Pa., to Warren K. and Martha Hendricks Alderfer. Died: Feb. 2, 1997, Franconia Twp., Pa. Survivors-children: Wesley A., Dean, Doris Stoltzfus, Janet A. Zeager, Lucille Gahman; brother and sisters: Warren Alderfer, Erma Rittenhouse, Martha Alderfer; 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Joseph M. Clemmer (husband). Funeral and burial: Feb. 6, Towamencin Mennonite Church, by Glenn Alderfer and Steven C. Nyce.

Cumberworth, Winnifred AIice Weaver, 73, Grantsville, Md. Born: March 13, 1923, Jasper, Mich. Died: Jan. 26, 1997, Cumberland, Md. Survivors-sons: Paul Sr., Charles, Mark, Craig; 8 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Charles Edwin Cumberworth (husband). Funeral: Feb. 1, Glade Mennonite Church, by Alan Kauffman. Burial: Ogden Center.

Detweiler, Anna Mae Leatherman, 82, Bedminster Twp., Pa. Born: Oct. 3, 1914, Bedminster Twp., Pa., to David G. and Martha Detweiler Leatherman. Died: Dec. 19, 1996. Survivors-children: Kenneth Lee, Marian L., Gloria Ann Brunk; brothers and sisters: Elmer D., Willard D., Grace D. Leatherman, Alice D. Myers; 3 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Paul D. Detweiler (husband). Funeral and burial: Dec. 27, Deep Run Mennonite Church East, by Arnold C. Roth, Douglas Jantzi, and John Ehst.

Gable, Lottie Eo Smith, 70, Orrville, Ohio. Born: Oct. 4, 1926, Harrisonburg, Va., to William and Layona McDorman Smith. Died: Jan. 28, 1997, Orrville, Ohio, of a heart attack. Survivors-husband: Ivan Gable; children: Cindy Nussbaum, Ken, Tim; sister: Lorene Gable; 7 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Orrville Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Feb. 1, Kidron Mennonite Church, by Herman Myers and Barbara Moyer Lehman.

Gillis, Lily E. Esch, 89, Palisade, Colo. Born: Feb. 8, 1907, Oscoda County, Mich., to Menno and Nettie Yoder Esch. Died: Jan. 30,1997, Palisade, Colo. Survivors-children: Gene, John, Jesse, Jim, Joy Mesdag, Joan Seger; 17 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren, 2 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Ernest H. Gillis (husband). Congregational membership: Beth-El Mennonite Church. Funeral: Feb. 3, Memorial Gardens Chapel, by Willard Conrad. Burial: Memorial Gardens Cemetery .

Good, Myrtle M., 83, Lancaster, Pa. Born: Aug. 23, 1913, Gordonville, Pa., to George and Mary Myers Steffy. Died: Jan. 9, 1997, Lancaster, Pa. Survivors-children: Mildred Steinbaecher, M. Dale, George M.; sisters: Evelyn Huber, Ruth Zimmerman, Mary Stauffer; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Maurice M. Good (husband). Funeral: Jan. 13, Forest Hills Mennonite Church, by J. Lester Graybill and Douglas D. Kaufman. Burial: Hershey Mennonite Cemetery .

Moyer, Ronald A., 53. Born: Sept. 24, 1943, Doylestown, Pa., to Ralph and Esther Frankenfield Moyer. Died: Jan. 27, 1997, Akron, Pa. Survivors-wife: Kathleen Good Moyer; son: David S.; sisters: Eileen Viau, Elaine Gibbel, Sheila Doerr. Predeceased by: Joyce Gogel Moyer (first wife). Memorial service and burial: Feb. 2, Akron Mennonite Church, by Urbane Peachey.

Short, Melva M., 70, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Sept. 25, 1926, Archbold, Ohio, to Sylvan and Pearl Frey Rupp. Died: Jan. 24, 1997, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors-husband: Doyle Short; children: Kent, Carla Wyse, Lori Carteyn; brothers and sisters: Lowell E. and Roger L. Rupp, Betty Liechty, Bernice Hartzell, Marcile Nofziger, Margaret Smeltzer; 8 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Jan. 30, Lockport Mennonite Church, by AlIen Rutter and Carl Smeltzer.

Showalter, Clayton D., 79, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Dec. 1, 1917, Linville, Va., to Irvin Daniel and Sallie Shank Showalter. Died: Jan. 20, 1997, Harrisonburg, Va. Survivors-wife: Thelma Getz Showalter; children: Samuel, Millie Bennett, Miriam Wenger, Elva Rhodes, Bonnie Greene; brother and sisters: David E., Alma Hartzler, Eula Showalter, Arlene Hartman; 8 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Jan. 23, Zion Mennonite Church, by Dwight Heatwole, David Showalter, and Ric Gullman.

Slabaugh, Erma Yoder, 87, Goshen, Ind. Born: Oct. 1, 1909, Kalona, Iowa, to George P. and Catherine Miller Yoder. Died: Jan. 22, 1997, Goshen, Ind., of heart failure. Survivors-children: Rosemary, Richard, Robert; brother and sisters: Edgar Yoder, Margaret Turner, Vada Sheetz; 2 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Jacob M. Slabaugh (husband). Funeral: Jan. 25, North Goshen Mennonite Church, by Art Smoker and Jerry Wittrig. Burial: Violet t Cemetery .

Trayer, Vivian Rae Stutzman, 81. Born: Jan. 17, 1916, Johnson County, Iowa, to Charles and Clarissa Wagner Stutzman. Foster parents: Louis and Sarah Miller. Died: Jan. 27, 1997, Wellman, Iowa. Survivors-husband: Orval Edgar Trayer; children: Josephine Byersdorf, Clarissa Maench, Jerry, James, Philip, Robert; brother and sister: Carl Stutzman, Evelyn Gatton; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by an infant son. Funeral: Feb. 1, Wellman Mennonite Church, by Michael Klassen. Burial: Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Cemetery.

Yoder, Alpheus J., 80, Belleville, Pa. Born: May 28, 1916, Belleville, Pa., to Crist P. and Lydia A. Sharp Yoder. Died: Feb. 4, 1997, Belleville, Pa. Survivors-children: Janet Shetler, Rita, Carol, Arlene Redcay, Gerald L.; brother and sisters: Joseph W., Lomie, Naomi B.; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ruth N. Hartzler Yoder (wife), and Kenneth E. (son). Memorial service and burial: Feb. 7, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by Max Zook and Erie Renno.

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