Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1997

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Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 43 - November 4, 1997

Bensinger, Martha N. Miller, 66, New Holland, Pa. Born: July 17, 1931, Manheim, Pa., to Christian and Esther Newcomer Miller. Died: Sept. 27, 1997, New Holland, Pa., of a brain tumor. Survivors - husband: Robert J. Bensinger; children: Linda Faherty, Sharon Martin, LaMar and Barry Geib; stepdaughter: Lynda Bensinger; brothers and sister: Amos, Earl, Irvin, and Mahlon Miller, Anna Mary Smucker; 13 grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 30, New Holland Mennonite Church, by Frank E. Shirk, Clyde G. Kratz, and J. Clair Hollinger. Burial: Groffdale Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Bolton, Charles W., 93, Silverdale, Pa. Born: May 25, 1904, Hatfield, Pa., to John H. and Lydia W. Bolton. Died: Sept. 23, 1997, Silverdale, Pa. Survivors - wife: Alice S. Moyer Rosenberger Bolton; children: Lydia L. Landis, A. Irene L. Dorville, Charles L., Edgar L., David P., Ray L.; stepchildren: Shirley M. Rush, Merrill M. Rosenberger; sisters: Ella Slotter, Ruth Leatherman; 21 grandchildren, 32 greatgrandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchild. Frede ceased by: Alice M. Landis Bolton (first wife) and John L. (son). Funeral: Sept. 28, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, by David A. Stevens, David F. Derstine, Floyd M. Hackman, and Lowell H. Delp. Burial: Line Lexington Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Byler, Amanda E. Yoder, 85, Belleville, Pa. Born: Jan. 3, 1912, Belleville, Fa., to Jesse and Sadie Yoder Yoder. Died: Sept. 15, 1997, Belleville, Pa. Survivors - children: Sara Jane Helmuth, Barbara Rogers, Mary Grace Rinehart, Mildred King, Jean Byler, Joseph, Joann Plank; brothers and sister: Chester, John, and Norman C. Yoder, Barbara Peachey; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Jesse W. Byler (husband), an infant son and an infant daughter. Funeral and burial: Sept. 18, Locust Grove Mennonite Church, by Max Zook and Erie Renno.

Moyer, Abram M., 92, Jamison, Pa. Born: Oct. 7, 1904, Blooming Glen, Pa., to William Henry and Lillie Moyer Moyer. Died: Sept. 30, 1997, Doylestown, Pa., of respiratory failure. Survivors - sons: David, Samuel Lloyd; brother and sisters: Wilson, Edna Baum, Stella Alderfer, Lorraine Moyer; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, Predeceased by: Martha M. Overholt.; Moyer (wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 5, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, by Benjamin S. Stutzman and David A. Stevens.

Myers, Abraham H., 74, Harleysville, Pa. Born: Dec. 10, 1922, Bedminster, Pa., to Aaron C. and Mary M. High Myers. Died: Oct. 7, 1997, Franconia Twp., Pa. Survivors - children: Merrill M., Marvin M.; stepchildren: Ronald L., Darwin R., W. Dale, and Nevin S. Mininger, Cheryl L. Bergey, Charlene F. Kershaw; sister: Edna Moyer; 12 grandchildren, 16 great. grandchildren. Predeceased by: Grace B. Mininger Myers (second wife), Beatrice C. Detweiler Myers (first wife), and Marilyn M. Myers (daughter). Funeral and burial: Oct. 11, Salford Mennonite Church, by James C. Longacre and John L. Ruth.

Nafziger, Delmar J., 78, Jackson, Minn. Born: Sept. 23, 1918, Hopedale, Ill., to Daniel B. and Eva Mae Sutter Nafziger. Died: June 30, 1997, Jackson, Minn., of Alzheimer's and pneumonia. Survivors-wife: Willa Layne Garber Nafziger; children: Clark, Craig, Carita Pudwill; brothers and sisters: Herbert, Donald, James, Vietta Heffner, Fannie Urish, Irene Frakes, Ruth Mason; 7 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral: July 3, Hilltop Community Church. Burial: Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

Short, Donovan G. Cederic, 66, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Sept. 15, 1931, Stryker, Ohio, to Leland and Ruth Beck Short. Died: Sept. 29, 1997, Toledo, Ohio, of heart failure. Survivors - children: Scott, Mary Jo Miller; brothers and sisters: LaMar, Arlo, Arva Beck, Romaine Beck; 2 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Verda Eash Short (wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 3, Lockport Mennonite Church, by AlIen Rutter, Mark Miller, Wendy Miller, and David Voll.


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 44 - November 11, 1997

Beck, Frances Klopfenstein, 92, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Jan. 25, 1905, Tedrow, Ohio, to Aaron and Jemima Aeschliman Klopfenstein. Died: Oct. 5, 1997, Wauseon, Ohio. Survivors - husband: Harley Beck; children: Charles, Arlene Zaerr, DonaId, Vern; brother and sisters: Arthur Klopfenstein, Mabel Stuckey, Doris Klopfenstein; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Fern Beck (daughter). Funeral: Oct. 9, Central Mennonite Church, by Wayne Pip kin, Diane Zaerr, and Charles Gautsche. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Krabill, Elva Mast, 85, Louisville, Ohio. Born: Dec. 26, 1911, Benton, Ohio, to Samuel and Elizabeth Crilow Mast. Died: Sept. 27, 1997, Canton, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Marion Krabill; children: Donald, Marilyn Krabill Herris, Elvin; sister: Ila Mast Weaver; 8 grandchildren. Fu neral and burial: Sept. 30, Beech Mennonite Church, by Ronald Blough.

Lehman, Edna Amstutz, 99, Kidron, Ohio. Born: May 10, 1898, Orrville, Ohio, to Jacob and Verena Gerber Amstutz. Died: Sept. 28, 1997, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors - children: Vernon, Freeman, Nathan, Martha Geiser, Louis; 15 grandchildren, 32 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Aaron J. Lehman (husband). Funeral and burial: Oct. 2, Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, by Louis Lehman (son) and Dennis R. Kuhns.

Ludholtz, Charles Edward "Ed" Jr., 70, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: June 30,1927, Middletown, Va., to Casper and Virgie Lemma Ludholtz. Died: Sept. 16, 1997, Charlottesville, Va. Survivors - wife: Elnora Sites Ludholtz; children: Ruth Lantz, Susan Caldwell, WaIter, Larry; brother and sister: Harold, Maudie Pittington; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 19, Ridgeway Mennonite Church, by Dan M. Smucker Jr., Lee Ebersole, and John Kiblinger. Burial: Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Ulrich, Emanuel Sr., 102, Eureka, Ill. Born: June 8, 1895, Metamora, Ill., to David and Anna Reeser Ulrich. Died: Oct. 4, 1997, Eureka, Ill. Survivors - children: Wilfred, Kenneth, Emanuel Jr., Harold, Franklin, Mildred Reeb, Geneva Meyer; 25 grandchildren, 56 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Mathilda R. Schertz UIrich. Funeral and burial: Oct. 8, Roanoke Mennonite Church, by Elmer Wyse, Rick Troyer, and Robert Hamish.


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 45 - November 18, 1997

Bender, Ezra Joseph, 72, New Hamburg, Ont. Born: May 7, 1925, Wellesley Twp., Ont., to Noah S. and Magdalena Ruby Bender. Died: Oct. 17, 1997, Stratford, Ont. Survivors - wife: Eileen Bender; children: David, Kristine Wagler, Jennifer; brother and sisters: Ervin, Fanny Gingerich, Mary Gingerich; 3 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Oct. 20, Steinmann Mennonite Church, by Herb Schultz.

Cutrell, Waneta Louise Sommers, 70, Lakewood, Colo. Born: Feb. 25, 1927, Kokomo, Ind., to Willard and Norma Sommers. Died: Oct. 11, 1997, Lakewood, Colo., of cancer. Survivors - husband: Samuel M. Cutrell; sons: Samuel S., Scott M.; sisters: Mary Erb, Bonnie Ratzlaff, Idella Troyer; one grandchild. Predeceased by: Merrie and Sandy (daughters). Funeral: Oct. 15, First Mennonite Church, by Vern Rempel and Sandy Altman. Cremated.

Ebright, Marilyn E. Wiand, 32, Spring City, Pa. Born: Feb. 11, 1965, Phoenixville, Pa., to Robert P. and Mary E. Baker Wiand. Died: Oct. 11, 1997, Lorain, Ohio, of pancreatic cancer. Survivors - husband: LeRoy F. Ebright; son: William A. Graydus; brothers: J. David, Robert P., Stephen L., Daniel L., and James S. Wiand. congregational membership: Pottstown Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Oct. 16, Vincent Mennonite Church, by Allan Patterson and Garland L. Meyers.

Gingerich, Eldon, 83, New Hamburg, Ont. Born: Feb. 17, 1914, Wilmot Twp., Ont., to Benjamin and Katie Steinman Gingerich. Died: Sept. 30, 1997, Kitchener, Ont. Survivors - wife: Eva Jutzi Gingerich; children: Elaine HoIst, Boyd; brother and sister: Melvin, Christina Steinman; 7 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Oct. 3, Steinmann Mennonite Church, by Scott Brubaker-Zehr.

Kaufman, Malva "Mal", 93, Sarasota, Fla. Born: July 16, 1904, Holmes County, Ohio, to Moses and Bena Raber Kaufman. Died: Oct. 15,1997, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors - wife: Charlotte S. Kaufman; children: Don, Ken, Darlene Kapodio; stepchildren: K aye Williams, Marilyn Shamblen, Johanna D'Eprio, Bonnie Helmuth, James, Larry, and Mark Friend, Dennis Myers; 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: EveIyn Friend Kaufman (second wife) and Irene Kaufman (first wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 21, Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, by Ross A. Miller.

Landis, Emma Nolt Martin, 85, Lititz, Pa. Born: Jan. 12, 1912, East Earl Twp., Pa., to Harry H. and Emma Nolt Martin. Died: Oct. 20, 1997, Lititz, Pa., of cancer. Survivors - husband: John Myers Landis; children: Glenn, John Jr., Joyce Hostetter, Doris Herr; brothers and sisters: Allen and Lester Martin, Edith Weaver, Grace Good; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 23, Landis Valley Mennonite Church, by Thomas Horst, Lester Hoover, and Donald Good. Burial: Metzler's Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Oberlin, Loren E., 86, West Unity, Ohio. Born: Jan. 17, 1911, West Unity, Ohio, to Theodore F. and Julia E. Peugeot Oberlin. Died: Aug. 29, 1997, Bryan, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors - wife: Sarah Rhodes Blosser Oberlin; children: Robert F., Ella Mae; stepson: David R. Blosser; 3 stepgrandchildren, 5 stepgreat-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Freda Penny Oberlin (fIrst wife). Congregational membership: Inlet Mennonite Church. Funeral: Sept. 1, Central Mennonite Church, by Homer Yutzy, Brad Faler, and Rick Jones. Burial: Shiffler Cemetery.

Shoup, Michael Do, 17, Dundee, Ohio. Born: Aug. 19, 1979, Millersburg, Ohio, to Lester and Janet Gerber Shoup. Died: Aug. 3, 1997, Cleveland, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors - parents; brothers: Jerry, Curtis; grandparents: Dean and Grace Gerber and Melvin and Fannie Shoup. Funeral and burial: Aug. 6, Longenecker Mennonite Church, by Glenn Coblentz.

Underwood, Florence E. Clymer, 83, Morton, III. Born: Aug. 14, 1914, Eureka, III., to Crawford and Ella Metz Clymer. Died: Oct. 2, 1997, Eureka, III. Survivor-sister: Ellen AlIen. Predeceased by: Herbert Gail Underwood (husband). Congregational membership: First Mennonite Church of Morton. Funeral: Oct. 4, Otto-Argo Funeral Home, by Doane Brubaker. Burial: Olio Cemetery.

Yordy, Charles David, 87, St. Johns, Mich. Born: Dec. 24, 1909, Milford, Neb., to David and Sarah Stauffer Yordy. Di.d: Aug. 25,1997, St. Johns, Mich., of congestive heart failure. Survivors - children: Doris, Kenneth, Bertha Stevens; sisters: Ada Litwiller, Grace Brauher; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mary Kauffman Yordy (wife). Funeral: Aug. 27, Bethel Mennonite Church, by Joseph Pendleton. Burial: Washington Twp. Cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 46 - November 25, 1997

Aschliman, Virginia I. Rupp, 67, Wauseon, Ohio. Born: Jan. 28, 1930, Pettisville, Ohio, to Lawrence and Lucretia Sauder Rupp. Died: Oct. 16, 1997, Wauseon, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors - husband: Ralph Aschliman; children: Cara Lou Grieser, Robert, Daryl, Jane Schwind, James, Larry; brothers and sisters: Marlin, Glenden, Geneva Wyse, Mable Ann Kauffman, Janette Yoder; 18 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral: Oct. 20, Tedrow Mennonite Church, by Randall Nafziger and Dale Wyse. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Balser, Mamie Viola Rowe, 82, Waynesboro, Va. Born: Mar. 29, 1915, Greenville, Va., to James 0. and Lillian McBride Conners Rowe. Died: Oct. 11, 1997, Fishersville, Va. Survivors - daughter: Mary Belle Cline; brothers and sisters: Marvin and James E. Rowe, Geneva Grove, Catherine Balser, Gladys Hayes, Mary Ellen Showalter; 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Joseph A. Balser (husband), Benny C. (son), and Thelma (daughter). Funeral and burial: Oct. 14, Springdale Mennonite Church, by Mark R. Wenger and Richard Showalter.

Kulp, Louella M. King, 89, Archbold, Ohio. Born: June 21, 1908, Wauseon, Ohio, to Samuel and Ida Lantz King. Died: Oct. 23, 1997, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors - children: Richard, Virgil, Lowell, Virginia Dalu, Marlene Yoder; sister: Myrtie Terrill; 14 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Samuel Kulp (husband). Funeral: Oct. 27, West Clinton Mennonite Church, by James Roynon and Edward Diener. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Mast, Levi L., 87, Hartville, Ohio. Born: Apr. 1, 1910, Goshen, Ind., to Levi and Anna Yoder Mast. Died: Oct. 23, 1997, Hartville, Ohio. Survivors - wife: Ellen Byler Mast; children: Anna Hershberger, Esther Castello, Debra Yoder, Amos, Earl; brother and sister: Amos, Barbara Lapp; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Wayne Mast (son). Funeral: Oct. 27, Hartville Mennonite Church, by Dave Hall, Henry Shrock, and Homer Zook. Burial: King Church Cemetery.

Micholick, Sophie L. Kantz, 65, Davidsville, Pa. Born: July 27, 1932, Jazza Hill, Pa., to Anthony and Virginia Nardecchia Kantz. Died: Oct. 25, 1997, Windber, Pa. Survivors - husband: John Micholick; children: Rose Ann Fox, Albert, Christina Dull, John A.; brother and sisters: Fabio Kantz, M. Alma Todero, Esther Kantz; 9 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 28, Carpenter Park Mennonite Church, by Marvin L. Kaufman and Steve Kriss. Burial: St. Anthony's Cemetery.

Ott, Kurt Paul, 60, Ephrata, Pa. Born: Sept. 23, 1937, Grove City, Fa., to Frederick F. and Dora E. Loar Ott. Died: Oct. 23, 1997, Ephrata, Pa. Survivors - wife: Brenda L. Hornsby Ott; children: Yvonne E. Peifer, Kurt P. II; brothers and sisters: Frederick F. Jr., David H., Mary Ott, Becky Franciscus, Stauna Arbella; 5 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 27, Akron Mennonite Church, by Urbane Peachey. Burial: Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Schmidt, Gerald Lee, 68, Goessel, Kan. Born: June 23, 1929, Newton, Kan., to Abr. F. and Agnes Klassen Schmidt. Died: Oct. 3, 1997, Lakewood, Colo., of Lou Gehrig's disease. Survivors - wife: Lola Voth Schmidt; children: Greg, Barry, Andrea Schmidt Andres; brother and sister: Clinton, Edythe Leek; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 7, First Mennonite Church, by Vernon K. Rempel. Body donated to medical science.

Stealy, Louis D., 84, Goshen, Ind. Born: May 4, 1913, Elkhart, Ind., to Rufus and Martha Culp Stealy. Died: Sept. 2, 1997, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors - wife: Wilma Imhoff Stealy; daughters: Lorraine Birkey, Judith Stuckey; sister: Ruth Boyer; 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Sept. 6, Prairie Street Mennonite Church, by Daniel Z. Miller, Russell Krabill, and Dorsa J. Mishler.

Yoder, Mary Miller, 82, Middlebury, Ind. Born: Oct. 29, 1914, Haven, Kan., to Crist and Lydian Bontrager Miller. Died: Sept. 30, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - husband: Levi Yoder; children: LaVerda Miller, LuEtta Culp, Ran; sisters: Ida Stutzman, Anna Miller; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 2, First Mennonite Church, by Linford Martin and Jeff Kauffman. Burial: Grace Lawn Cemetery.

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