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An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
The Mennonite and other newspapers.  
Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

1997 I to K

  Klopfenstein, Arthur B.; . . Kratzer, Earl R., Sr.; . . Kulp, Louella M.; . .   

Klopfenstein, Arthur B.

Arthur B. Klopfenstein, 91, rural Wauseon, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997, at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold, where he had resided since Sept. 29, 1997.

Born Oct. 7, 1906, near Wauseon, he was a son of Aaron and Jemima (Aeschliman) Klopfenstein.  He married Alice Merillat on April 17, 1929, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 1992.  A lifelong resident of the Wauseon area, he was a retired farmer, and a member of the Central Mennonite Church.

Surviving are two sons, Dale (Beverly) Klopfenstein, and Marlin (Marcine) Klopfenstein, both of rural Wauseon; four daughters, Mrs. Delmar (Donna) Gautsche, Coldwater, Mich.; Mrs. Marvin (Pauline) King, Mrs. Nelson (Phyllis) Yoder, and Mrs. Nolan (Linda) Riegsecker, all of Pettisville; 19 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Stuckey, Archbold, and Doris Klopfenstein, Wauseon.

Services were Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at the Central Mennonite Church with Wayne Pipkin and Charles Gautsche as the officiating pastors.  Burial was in the Pettisville Cemetery.  [Obit: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 1997]

Submitted by: Mona Mann


Kratzer, Earl R., Sr.
, 71, of Richfield, PA died Thursday morning, January 9, 1997, at Sunbury Community Hospital, Sunbury, PA. Born January 31, 1925 in Richfield, to Charles Michael & Edna Lauver Kratzer. On February 5, 1944 he married Betty Lou Teats, who survives.

Mr. Kratzer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an Aviation Metalsmith Third Class from his entry, June 18, 1943 to his honorable discharge,
April 13, 1946. His memberships include Richfield Mennonite Church, where he was
a Sunday school teacher for the men's class, served as a church bus driver for the church's children's ministry [AWANA]. He was a member of the camp board, during the summer months, involved with its ministry, Camp Montawagan, Saxton.

He is survived by his mother, wife and two sons, Earl R. Kratzer Jr. of Newport and Michael M. Kratzer of Sunbury; two daughters, Georgianne Stroup, Richfield and Melissa L. Durborow of East Berlin. Also surviving are four brothers, Ernest Kratzer, Millerstown, Harold K. Kratzer, Richfield, Norman Kratzer, Richfield and Elwood L. "Skip" Kratzer, Richfield; a sister, Geraldine Goodling, Mifflintown; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Linda Kratzer, in infancy, and Gail Bollinger in June 1983; and a brother, Clarence Kratzer.

The funeral service was January 12, 1997 from Richfield Mennonite Church, with Pastor Jerry R. O'Connell officiating. Interment was in Richfield Union Cemetery.

The Juniata Sentinel, Mifflintown, PA
January 15, 1997.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Kulp, Louella M.

Louella M. Kulp, 89, Archbold, died Thursday evening, Oct. 23, 1997 at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold, where she had resided since Dec. 6, 1996.

Born June 21, 1908 near Wauseon, she was the daughter of Samuel and Ida (Lantz) King.  She married Samuel Kulp on Sept. 19, 1931, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1956.  A lifelong resident of the Wauseon/Archbold area, she was retired from the Wauseon Wire Factory.  She was a lifelong member of the West Clinton Mennonite Church, near Pettisville.

Survivors include three sons, Richard (Geraldine) Kulp, Denver, Colo.; Virgil (Cheryl) Kulp, Tacoma, Wash.; and Lowell Kulp, Roanoke, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Ziad (Virginia) Dalu, St. Louis, Mo.; and Mrs. Cecil (Marlene) Yoder, Wauseon; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Myrtie Terral, Wauseon.

Services were Monday, 11 a.m., at West Clinton Mennonite Church with James Roynon and Edward Diener the officiating pastor.  Burial followed in the Pettisville cemetery. [Obit: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 1997]

Submitted by: Mona Mann

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