Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1997

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Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 34 - September 2, 1997

Geiser, Elaine Neuenschwander, 56, Orrville, Ohio. Born: Jan. 7, 1941, Dalton, Ohio, to Menno J. and Elda Steiner Neuenschwander. Died: July 31, 1997, Massillon, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors - husband: Carl Geiser; children: Lisa Keegel, Darrel, Marleen Reinhardt, Brian; brothers and sisters: John, Wayne, Dean, Sherm, Curt, Art, and Beulah Neuenschwander, Mim O'dell, Jan Amstutz; 10 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Aug. 4, Kidron Mennonite Church, by Terry Shue and Herman Myers.

Gingerich, Grace Marie Smith, 83, Kouts, Ind. Born: July 25, 1914, Kouts, Ind., to Somers and Alice Conrad Smith. Died: Aug. 3, 1997, Valparaiso, Ind. Survivors - husband: Irvin Gingerich; children: Kay Gusler, Phil; sister: Esther Long; 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 6, Hopewell Mennonite Church, by John F. Murray and Chris Birky. Burial: Graceland Cemetery.

Gingerich, Kathryn H. Kauffman, 82, Kalona, Iowa. Born: June 16, 1915, Plain City, Ohio, to Henry and Fannie Miller Kauffman. Died: Aug. 1, 1997, Kalona, Iowa, of cancer. Survivors - husband: Rollin Gingerich; children: F aye Brenneman, Warren, Lois Beck, Orval; brothers and sister: Abe Kauffman, Harley and William Miller, Anna Miller, Elizabeth Yoder; stepsisters: Christy Miller , Katie Crow, Lizzie Troyer; 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Don (son). Funeral: Aug. 4, Kalona Mennonite Church, by Scott Swartzendruber, Mick Murray, and David Groh. Burial: Sharon Hill Cemetery.

Gingerich, Ollie J. Miller, 95, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Jan. 6, 1902, Johnson County, Iowa, to Joseph D. and Mary Knepp Miller. Died: July 30, 1997, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors - daughter: June. Predeceased by: Omer Gingerich (husband) and Lois and Burdette (daughters). Funeral: Aug. 2, Kalona Mennonite Church, by Scott Swartzendruber and David L. Yoder. Burial: South Gingerich Cemetery.

Graber, Peter Henry, 76, Delavan, Ill. Born: May 14, 1921, Deer Creek, Ill., to Peter and Marie Roth Graber. Died: June 23, 1997, Lincoln, Ill., of a stroke. Survivors - wife: Viola Litwiller Graber; children: Richard W., David D., Mark W., Susan Wheeler, Sandra Sears; brothers and sister: Clarence, Chris, Emanuel, Elsie Sutton; 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by an infant daughter. Funeral and burial: June 28, Hopedale Mennonite Church, by H. James Smith.

Hershey, Susan S. Martin, 58, Manheim, Pa. Born: May 23, 1939, New Holland, Pa., to Elmer H. and Anna Mary Sauder Martin. Died: Aug. 3, 1997, Manheim, Pa., of cancer. Survivors - husband: David T. Hershey; children: Joyce Horst, Doris Neff, Don; brothers and sisters: Lester S., Robert S., Elmer R., and Dorothy S. Martin, Miriam S. Metzler, Ruth Ann Zimmerman; 7 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Aug. 6, East Petersburg Mennonite Church, by Karl E. Steffy, John B. Shenk, and Glen Sell.

Hochstetler, Clyde Wayne, 62, Shipshewana, Ind. Born: Sept. 10, 1934, Kalona, Iowa, to Ora and Ollie Beckler Hochstetler. Died: July 21, 1997, Fort Wayne, Ind. Survivors - wife: Shirley Yoder Hochstetler; children: Cheryl Marks, Carla Mishler, Debbie Hillen, Brent, Brian, Brad; brothers and sisters: Harlan, Leo, Milford, Paul, Merlyn, Pearl Ropp, Rosetta Doolin, Myrna Knepp; 6 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 25, Shore Mennonite Church, by Carl Homer and Brent Eash.

Kauffmann, Katy, 96, Hopedale, Ill. Born: Feb. 4, 1901, Minier, Ill., to Christian and Barbara Nafziger Kauffmann. Died: July 21, 1997, Eureka, Ill. Survivor-sister: Anna Litwiller . Funeral and burial: July 24, Hopedale Mennonite Church, by Michael W. Knowles.

Layman, WiIma Mae HeatwoIe, 74, Harrisonburg, Va. Born: Sept. 5, 1922, Harrisonburg, Va., to Calvin T. and Effie Barnhart Heatwole. Pied: July 30,1997, Harrisonburg, Va., of a cerebral aneurysm. Survivors - children: Eldon L., Carolyn F., Betty Jo Hottinger; sister: Lola V. Showalter; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Jennings Layman (husband). Funeral: Aug. 2, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, by Beryl Jantzi and Kathy Hochstedler. Burial: Weavers Mennonite Cemetery.

Miller, Ethel Shoup, 83, Berlin, Ohio. Born: May 27, 1914, Orrville, Ohio, to AlIen W. and Lenora Rothe Shoup. Died: July 30, 1997, South Bend, Ind. Survivors - children: Linus, Elaine Liechty; brothers: Ira, Arthur, Harry, WaIter, and Roy Shoup; 6 grandchildren, one greatgrandchild. Predeceased by: Vernon D. Miller (husband) and Duane Eric (son). Funeral: Berlin Mennonite Church, by Emest J. Hershberger and Richard Polcyn. Burial: Berlin Cemetery.

Rothrock, Robert L., 70, Winston-Salem, N.C. Born: Apr. 20, 1927, Forsyth County, N.C., to Clarence Eugene and Annie Lee S hut t Rothrock. Died: July 1, 1997, WinstonSalem, N.C. Survivors - sisters: Laura Butco, Evelyn Lopez. Predeceased by: Ramona Bousman Rothrock (wife) and Darrell Jay (son). Congregational membership: Oak Hill Mennonite Church. Graveside service: July 3, Westlawn Gardens of Memory, by David Kindy, Marlin Yoder, and Ivan Friesen.

Schlabach, Beulah Catherine Schrock, 89, Sarasota, Fla. Born: Feb. 12, 1908, Grantsville, Md., to Lewis and Mary Schrock. Died: July 20, 1997, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors - children: Clara Yoder, Mildred Miller, David, Alva; brothers: Mark and Ray Schrock; 26 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Elias Schlabach (husband). Congregational membership: Bahia Vista Mennonite Church. Funeral: July 24, Romaine-Sarasota Funeral Home, by Barry Loop. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.

Stoltzfus, Harold A., 77, Atglen, Pa. Born: Sept. 5, 1919, Atglen, Pa., to Ammon and Lillie Smoker Stoltzfus. Died: July 7, 1997, Atglen, Pa. Survivors - wife: Hanna B. Kauffman Stoltzfus; children: Ann L. Hawk, E. K ay Hurst, Vernon, Jeffrey H.; brothers and sister: Mark, William, Elizabeth, Mabel, Lavern Petersheim, Vilma Lapp, Violet Yoder; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: July 11, Maple Grove Mennonite Church, by R. Clair Umble and Herman N. Glick.


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 35 - September 9, 1997

Blosser, Albert E., 68, Columbiana, Ohio. Born: Feb. 2, 1929, Fairfield Twp., Ohio, to Stelvin and Margaret Bieber Blosser. Died: July 25, 1997, Salem, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors - wife: Carol Schloneger Blosser; children: Lynn Mayo, Krissy Boss, Joanne Mercer, Terri WetheraId, Rick; stepbrother and stepsister: Lowell Schloneger , Ruthann Horst; 11 grandchildren. Funeral: July 28, Leetonia Mennonite Church, by Robert D. Yoder. Burial: Midway Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Gingrich, Almeta Good, 98, Cambridge, Ont. Born: July 26, 1898, New Hamburg, Ont., to Eli and Nancy Good. Died: May 28, 1997, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors - children: Orrie, Eilene Huber, Doris Cressman, Florence Bolander; brother: Joseph Good; 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Angus Gingrich (husband). Funeral and burial: June 1, Wilmot Mennonite Church, by Glyn Jones.

Kanagy, Willis M., 97, Manitou Springs, Colo. Born: Oct. 7,1899, Champaign County, Ohio, to George W. and Anna Detweiler Kanagy . Died: July 8, 1997, Orrville, Ohio. Survivors - children: Alien, Martha Ann, Barbara Miller; 9 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Matilda Umble Kanagy (wife), Paul (son), and an infant son. Funeral: July 16, Beth-El Mennonite Church, by Willard Conrad. Memorial service: Aug. 3, Chestnut Ridge Mennonite Church, by Elno Stiener. Burial: Manitou Springs, Colo.

Landis, Fannie Nyce, 99, Harleysville, Pa. Born: May 2, 1898, Lower Sal ford Twp., Pa., to Garret S. and Sallie Nyce Clemens. Died: Aug. 5, 1997, Souderton, Pa. Survivors - children: Levi C., Abram C., Susan C. Frankenfield, Mary C. Clemens, Martha C. Blank, Elizabeth L. Musselman; 30 grandchildren, 58 greatgrandchildren, 7 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Levi A. Landis (husband) and Sara (daughter). Funeral and burial: Aug. 10, Salford Mennonite Church, by James C. Longacre and John L. Ruth.

Lehman, Ruth E. Plank, 75, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Feb. 5, 1922, Logan County, Ohio, to Joe L. and Addie Yoder Plank. Died: Aug. 7, 1997, West Liberty, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors - husband: Wilfred J. Lehman; children: Joyce, Beth Miller, Sharon Kendall; brothers: John C. and J. Lee Plank; 6 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Winfred Jo (infant daughter). Funeral: Aug. 11, Bethel Mennonite Church, by Duane Beck. Burial: Fairview Cemetery.

Roth, Kendra Lee Hershberger, 44, Milford, Neb. Born: May 16, 1953, Friend, Neb., to David and Mary Ann Stutzman Hershberger. Died: Aug. 13, 1997, Milford, Neb., in an automobile accident. Survivors - husband: Dwight L. Roth; children: Dina, Mindy, Molly; sisters: K ay King, Karen Roth, Karrol Beckler. Funeral and burial: Aug. 16, East Fairview Mennonite Church, by Anthony Troyer, William Saltzman, and Lloyd Gingerich.

Vannoy, Vyral F. Miller, 80, Souderton, Pa. Born: 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. Burial: Salford Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Witmer, Agnes Graber, 76, Leo, Ind. Born: Dec. 8, 1920, AlIen County, Ind., to Ben and Anna Leichty Graber. Died: Aug. 6, 1997, Leo, Ind., of renal and heart failure. Survivors - husband: Ralph W. Witmer; daughters: Deloris Martin, Lois Schwartz, Donna Miller, Karen Jacquay, Janice Kimes; brothers and sister: Glen, Harry, and Marie Graber; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 2 stepgrandchildren, 4 stepgreatgrandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 9, North Leo Mennonite Church, by Douglas J. Zehr and Charles DeSanto. Burial: Leo Cemetery .

Witmer, Vinetta Rose Shantz, 94, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Aug. 24, 1902, Berlin, Kitchener, Ont., to Wendel R. and Priscilla Swartz Shantz. Died: Aug. 2, 1997, Cambridge, Ont. Survivors - children: Marjorie Shantz, Margaret Hoover, Robert, Ross, Fred, Dorothy Phillips; brother and sister: Clayton Shantz, Dorothy Snyder; 23 grandchildren, 48 greatgrandchildren, 3 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Vernon Witmer (husband). Funeral: Aug. 6, Preston Mennonite Church, by Paul Martin. Burial: Mannheim Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Yoder, Frieda Christner, 70, Sarasota, Fla. Born: July 3, 1927, Topeka, Ind., to Ira and Sylvia Christner. Died: July 16, 1997, Sarasota, Fla., in a bicycle accident. Survivors - husband: Merrill Yoder; children: Phyllis Aboulfadl, Thomas J., Paul R.; brother: Carl Christner; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Funeral: July 20, Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, by Barry Loop. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.


Gospel Herald, - Volume 90, Number 36 - September 16, 1997

Kauffman, Chancey, 81, LaGrange, Ind. Born: June 23, 1916, Kenmare, N.D., to Alpha A. and Elma Nusbaum Kauffman. Died: Aug. 8, 1997, LaGrange, Ind., of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Mildred Miller Kauffman; children: Dorothy Mast, Dennis, Wylie, Dwight; stepchildren: Dorene Kauffman, Doris Loy; Don, Deldon, and Dean Miller; brothers and sister: Menno, Harold, Esther Bontrager; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ella Miller Kauffman (first wife). Funeral: Aug. 12, Emma Mennonite Church, by John C. Murray and Dwight Kauffman. Burial: Shore Cemetery.

Mayman, Ernest, 66, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Feb. 13, 1930, GaIt, Ont., to James Edward and Winnifred Mort Mayman. Died: Jan. 18, 1997, Hamilton, Ont., of an aneurysm. Survivors-wife: Lillian Kinzie Mayman; children: Shiela Huygens, Ron; brothers and sisters: Joe, Albert, Mona, Ivy, Donna; 4 grandchildren. Funeral: Wanner Mennonite Church, by Eric Hiebert Rempel. Burial: Zion Cemetery.

Trimborn, Frederick Peter, 84, Cambridge, Ont. Born: Oct. 28, 1912, Pulkeim, Germany, to Peter and Sophia Wilhelm Trimborn. Died: J an. 2, 1997, Cambridge, Ont., of cancer. Survivors-wife: Dorothy Beaudry Trimborn; children: Eberhard, Burckhard; sister: Margarete; 3 grandchildren, 2 stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Hildegarde Trimborn (first wife) and Ariel Trimborn (second wife). Congregational membership: Wanner Mennonite Church. Funeral: Jan. 5, Barthel Funeral Home Ltd., by Eric Hiebert Rempel. Burial: Ayr Cemetery.

Yoder, Chris Arthur, 105, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Feb. 22, 1892, Washington County, Iowa, to Jacob B. and Malinda Werye Yoder. Died: Aug. 12, 1997, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors-children: Lester, Floyd, Delmar , Cecil, Kenneth, Leola Hershberger, Minerva Yoder; 23 grandchildren, 51 greatgrandchildren, 13 great-greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Barbara Troyer Yoder (wife) and Geneva Yoder (daughter). Funeral: Aug. 14, East Union Mennonite Church, by Jay Miller, Noah Helmuth, and David L. Yoder. Burial: Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 37 - September 23, 1997

Crossgrove, Florence, 80, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Mar. 28, 1917, Archbold, Ohio, to Jacob and Edna Wyse Crossgrove. Died: Aug. 24, 1997, Wauseon, Ohio, of pneumonia. Survivors - sisters: Mabel Zehr, Doris Schlabach, Lueen Fetterman. Funeral: Aug. 28, Central Mennonite Church, by Randall Nafziger and Charles Gautsche. Burial: Eckley Cemetery.

Detweiler, Paul F ., 64, Telford, Pa. Born: Apr. 19, 1933, Souderton, Pa., to Howard A. and Lizzie L. Freed Detweiler. Died: Aug. 27, 1997, Telford, Pa. Survivors - wife: Louise Delp Detweiler; children: Reita F ., Kate D. Bush, Philip, Christopher; brother: Harold F .; 4 grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 31, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, by William Brand and Gerald Clemmer. Burial: Souderton Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Garber, Phyllis Arlene Ramer, 63, Goshen, Ind. Born: Sept. 4, 1933, Goshen, Ind., to Clifford and Mildred Wagner Ramer. Died: Aug. 20, 1997, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors - husband: Marion J. Garber; children: Pam Hooley, Gary, Chuck, Greg; brothers and sisters: Dale and Dennis Ramer, Nila Kauffman, Alpha Mae Mumaw, Marilyn Miller; 12 grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Aug. 23, Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, by Wesley J. Bontreger and Kent Miller.

Obituary correction: Phyllis Arlene Ramer Garber (Sept. 23, 1997, Gospel Herald) is survived by a sister, Rosemary Martin.

Horst, Ruth H. Shultz, 85, New Holland, Pa. Born: Jan. 12, 1912, Strasburg, Pa., to Witmer J. and Annie Weaver Shultz. Died: July 20, 1997, Lititz, Pa. Survivors - husband: Abram S. Horst; children: Joyce Kreider, Reba Umble, Clyde W., J. Nelson; 18 grandchildren, 43 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by: Abram S. Horst Jr. (son). Funeral and burial: July 24, New Holland Mennonite Church, by Clyde G. Kratz, Melvin B. Shultz, and Donald W. Good.

Hostetler, Beulah E. Yoder, 73, Belleville, Pa. Born: Aug. 15, 1924, Reedsville, Pa., to Joseph Y. and Nannie E. Byler Yoder. Died: Aug. 21, 1997, Lewistown, Pa. Survivors - son: Dale L.; brother and sisters: Thomas E. Yoder, Ella Shirk, Hannah Hassinger; 2 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Joseph M. Hostetler (husband) and Chester L. (son). Funeral and burial: Aug. 24, Allensville Mennonite Church, by Philip Barr and Luke Weaver.

Puckett, Mary E. Newland, 87, West Liberty, Ohio. Born: Aug. 20, 1910, Bellefontaine, Ohio, to Rufus G. and Minnie 0. Focht Newland. Died: Aug. 25, 1997, West Liberty, Ohio. Survivors - brother and sisters: Fred W. Newland, Uretha J. Rupert, Helen L. Burnside. Funeral: Aug. 28, Kauffman Funeral Home, by Randy Reminder. Burial: South Union Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Ramer, Bonnie L., 14, Smithville, Mo. Born: Nov. 15, 1982, Goshen, Ind., to Steve and LuAnne Gross Ramer . Died: Aug. 7, 1997, Kansas City, Mo. Survivors - parents; sister: Chrystal. Funeral: Aug. 12, East Goshen Mennonite Church, by David B. Miller. Burial: Yellow Creek Mennonite Cemetery. Memorial service: Aug. 17, Rainbow Mennonite Church, by Frank G. Ward.

Shirk, Peter N., 105, East Earl, Pa. Born: May 29, 1892, Caernarvon Twp., Pa., to John G. and Annie Newswanger Shirk. Died: Aug. 12, 1997, Ephrata, Pa. Survivors - children: Anna C., Evelyn Longenecker, J. Raymond, Paul R., WaIter H., AlIen, Warren M., Frank E., James H., Jay H.; 31 grandchildren, 53 greatgrandchildren, 8 greatgreat-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Johanna S. Hoover Shirk (wife) and G. Ernest (son). Funeral: Aug. 15, New Holland Mennonite Church, by Clyde G. Kratz and Amos H. Sauder. Burial: Weaverland Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Troyer, Clarence, 90, Engadine, Mich. Born: Feb. 5, 1907, to Calvin and Matilda Lambright Troyer. Died: July 9, 1997. Survivors - children: Calvin, John, James, Stanley, Kenneth, Lois Miller, Esther Saum, Janice Wagner, 39 grandchildren, 30 greatgrandchildren. Predeceased by Wavia Troyer (wife) and David (son). Funeral and burial; July 13, Wildwood Mennonite Church, by Virgil Hershberger and James Gerber.

Yoder, Jerry T., 85, Goshen, Ind., to Tobias A. and Sarah Yoder Yoder. Died: Aug. 6, 1997, Goshen, Ind., of a heart attack. Survivors - children: Edna Mast, Arlene Wenger, Esther Burkhart, Orville L., Glenn R., Wayne D., Ervin L., Jerry T. Jr.; stepbrothers and sisters: Ralph and Clarence Yoder, Edna Miller, Alta Sommers; 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Anna E. Yoder (wife). Funeral: Aug 11, North Goshen Mennonite Church, by Art Smoker and Jerry Wittrig. Burial: Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume 90, Number 38 - September 30, 1997

Buskirk, Neil C., 77. Born: June 10, 1920, Vestaburg, Mich., to Royal and Sarah Martin Buskirk. Died: July 24, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - wife: Ethel Buskirk; children: Philip N ., Anna, Shary Elkins, Sharon Guldner; brothers and sisters: Luke, Philip, Naomi E by, Esther, Ruth Smith, Joanna Babcock; 7 grandchildren. Funeral: July 27, Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church, by Paul Hershberger, Willard Martin, and Ezra Miller. Burial: Clinton Union Cemetery.

Haldeman, Esther Kauffman, 93, Nampa, Idaho. Born: Nov. 7, 1903, Nampa, Idaho, to David and Anna Kauffman. Died: Aug. 8, 1997, Nampa, Idaho. Predeceased by: Levi Haldeman (husband). Memorial service: Aug. 12, First Mennonite Church, by Duane Oesch and Robert Garber. Burial: Kohlerlawn Cemetery .

Keens, William Garrison "Garry", 10, Day ton, Va. Born: Nov. 29,1986, Lancaster, Pa., to J. Edwin and Judy Rut t Keens. Died: Aug. 17, 1997, Atlanta, Ga., of injuries received in a traffic accident. Survivors - parents; brother: Geoffrey. Funeral: Aug. 21, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, by Beryl Jantzi, Kathy Hochstedler, and Steve Yoder. Burial: Weavers Mennonite Cemetery .

Miller, Clara Irene Terwilleger, 75, Goshen, Ind. Born: Aug. 31, 1921, White Cloud, Mich., to Roy and Katie Hochstedler Terwilleger. Died: Aug. 5, 1997, Goshen, Ind. Survivors - husband: Lloyd R. Miller; children: Norene Chesebro, Lana, Joyce, Richard, John, Lynn, Philip; brothers and sister: Raymond, Otis, and Leroy Terwilleger, Prances Shetler; 13 grandchildren. Congregational membership: Walnut Hill Mennonite Church. Funeral: Aug. 9, Waterford Mennonite Church, by Stephen Thomas. Burial: Violet Cemetery.

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