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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.

1998  W to Z

  Waidelich, Leon J.;   Weaver, Nathan Ray; . . Wyse, Brittany Nicole; . . Yoder, Henry M. ; . .    Zimmerman, Ernest S. ; . .
Waidelich, Leon J.
Leon J. Waidelich, 61, rural Archbold, died Monday evening, Aug. 3, 1998, in the emergency room at Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon, after suffering an apparent heart attack at home.
    Born Oct. 18, 1936, near Archbold, he was a son of Otis and Caroline (Roth) Waidelich, and married Wynemia Klopfenstein on Aug. 16, 1958. A lifelong resident of the Archbold area, he farmed, and worked at Sauder Woodworking Co., Archbold, about 20 years. He was a member of the Central Mennonite Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Wynemia; four daughters, Rhonda Waidelich, Pettisville; Denise Waidelich, Archbold; Mrs. Bill (Beth) Holsopple, Pettisville; and Mrs. John (Rachel) Horning, Pettisville; three grandchildren; one brother, Donald (Barbara) Waidelich, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; three sisters, Mrs. Paul (Louella) Kanagy, Mt. Gilead; Mrs. Lawrence D. (Doris) Short, Archbold; and Mrs. Eldon (Rosa) Zehr, Sandy Springs, S.C.
    Memorial services are Friday, 11 a.m. at the Central Mennonite Church with John Horning, Charles Gautsche, and Lester Roth, as the officiating pastors. Burial will precede the service in the Pettisville Cemetery. Calling hours at Short Funeral Home, Archbold, is from 7-9 p.m., today, Wednesday, and from 1-9 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 1998
Submitted by: Mona Mann

Weaver, Nathan Ray
, 38, of Boiling Springs, PA died Sept. 17, 1998, after a farming accident in South Middletown Township, Pa. Born May 12, 1960, in Carlisle, Pa., to Paul M. and Ruth Petre Weaver of Boiling Springs, PA. His wife, Thelma Jean Martin Weaver. He was a farmer. He was a member of Churchtown Mennonite Church Carlisle, PA.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Thelma Jean Martin Weaver; two daughters, Susan E. Weaver and Sylvia M. Weaver; four sons, Jonathan L. Weaver, Mervin R. Weaver, Philip N. Weaver and Roger D. Weaver, all at home; six sisters, Anna Lois Weaver, Priscilla Weaver and Rachel Weaver, all of Boiling Springs, PA; Rebecca Diller of Sparta, Tenn., Eunice Gordon of Bedford, Pa., and Rhoda Burkholder of Hagerstown, MD; four brothers, Daniel Weaver and John Weaver, both of Boiling Springs, PA; Timothy Weaver of Newburg, Pa., and Jacob Weaver of Rimersburg, Pa.; and his maternal grandparents, Russel and Emma Petre of Hagerstown, MD.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Philip Weaver.

Services were Sept. 21, 1998 at Churchtown Mennonite Church. David Wadel, Noah Rudolph, John Brubaker and Wendell Eberly will officiate. Burial was in Churchtown Mennonite cemetery. Arrangements are by Gibson-Hollinger Funeral Home, Mount Holly Springs, Pa.

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

Wyse, Brittany Nicole

Brittany Nicole Wyse. 14. and Michael Taylor Wyse, nine, both of rural Fayette, died Monday evening, Nov. 16, 1998. from injuries received in a van and farm tractor accident, near West Unity.
    Born, Feb. 28. 1984, at Wauseon, Brittany was a daughter of Scott and Carla (Short) Wyse, and was a freshman at Gorham-Fayette High School. She was active in the performing band, pep band, baskettball, track, and cross country. She was a six-year member of the Franklin Blue Ribbons 4-H Club. She attended the Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker, where she was active in MYF.
    Born March 12, 1989, at Wauseon, Michael was the son of Scott and Carla (Short) Wyse, and was a fourth grader at Franklin Elementary Gorham-Fayette School, and was active in 4-H. He attended the Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker, and was in Torchbearers.
    They are survived by their parents, Scott and Carla Wyse; one sister, Danielle Marie Wyse at home; maternal grandfather, Doyle Short, Archbold; paternal grandparents, Melvin and Eloise (Lucas) Wyse, Fayette; paternal great-grandparents, Leonard and Audrey Lucas, Fayette.
    Memorial services were 11 a.m., Saturday at the Lockport Mennonite Church with Allen Rutter, Mark Miller, and Wendy Miller the officiating pastors. Burial in Lockport Cemetery preceded, the service.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 25 Nov 1998
Submitted by: Mona Mann


Yoder, Henry M., was born June 29, 1913 in Bay Minette, Alabama the son of Moses and Hannah Graber Yoder. At the age of 3 he moved t,o Wolford, North Dakota with his family. He attended school in North Dakota and in Hesston, Kansas. On June 1, 1939 he was united in marriage to Kathryn Miller at her parents home in rural Kalona.

He farmed in the Kalona area until moving to the Lone Tree area on February 3, 1950 where he farmed and was an ordained minister of Swank Church. In June of 1987 he retired and moved back to Kalona. He was a member of the East Union Mennonite Church and the Iowa Valley Antique Car Club.

Henry died on Friday. April 17, 1998 at the Parkview Manor in Wellman following a lengthy illness. He was 84 years old.

Henry is survived by his wife Kathryn of Kalona; three daughters: Eileen Gooch and husband Ray of Grand Junction, Colorado; Mary Grimm and husband Dennis of Kalona; Corrine Walker and husband Dennis of Riverside; three sons: Merle Yoder and wife Leah Anne of Topeka, Indiana; Loran Yoder and wife Diane of Lone Tree; Kent Yoder and wife Rhonda of Lone Tree; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; 3 sisters: Fanny Mast and Rose Bender of Kalona: and Katie Troyer of Middlebury, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren: Joanna Grimm and Brad Walker; and three brothers: Albert. Sylvan and Pete.

Submitted by Mary Grimm, Kalona, IA

Zimmerman, Ernest S.

Our father, Ernest Zimmerman, was born to Peter and Jemima Slabach Zimmerman on February 10,1900 in McPberson County, Kansas. He was the fifth of eight children.

At an early age he became a member of the West Liberty Mennonite Church near Inman. Dad was an active participant in his church. He served as church janitor and church cemetery sexton. He served on committees and volunteered when needs arose. A great joy of his was using his singing ability. He led singing in the worship services of his congregation where there were no musical instruments and the hymn singing was unaccompanied. Dad and two younger brothers and a brother-in-law formed the Zimmerman Quartet and provided music for church services as well as for social functions in the community. The children have many good memories of Sunday evening get-togethers of the Zimmerman families while the fathers rehearsed quartet music and the children played together. He remained an active member of tbe Mennonite Church Conference until be transferred his membership to Reedley First Mennonite Church.

Dad lived and farmed in the Inman community, within three miles of his birthplace, until he moved to California. He was a typical small farmer of those early years who raised chickens, pigs, and cattle. In later years he worked out at various jobs in addition to the farming. He enjoyed raising cattle and took pride in having quality animals. He sold his herd prior to coming to Reedley.

In 1927 he married Susan Cooprider and they celebrated fifty-eight years of marriage prior to her death in l985. To this union were born four children. His survivors include his son Wayne and wife Martha and their children, Roger, Lance, and LeAnne Quenzer; Erna Chittenden of Mesa, Arizona, and her sons Mark and Scott; Mary Gardner and her husband, Guy, of Sandia Park, New Mexico, and their daughters Mary Lois Callahan and Gayle Allen; and Karen Zimmerman of Upland, California. Also surviving are eleven great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was pre-deceased by his son-in-law, Gordon Chittenden, and all of his brothers and sisters.

Dad was a man of determination. This strong will carried him through the Great Depression when he experienced falling farm prices, drought which scorched his wheat crop, and grasshoppers which stripped his field bare.

When he was seventy-eight the church which he had served with a lifetime of devotion closed its doors. When he was eighty he stood and watched all his possessions burn and he and mother were left with only the clothes on their backs. In 1982 he and mother moved to the Reedley conununity where they knew no one except for their son and his family. How they enjoyed living in the Sierra View apartment complex and being part of that caring community. When mother died we were amazed by his ability to carry on and continue living in the apartment.

Finally this same determination and strong will made it difficult to move into Residential Care. When eventually his failing body and mind required his move into the Nursing Home, his strong spirit could not make an easy adjustment to the limitations placed on him by his frailty and the subsequent loss of his independence. He died Saturday, March 21, [1998]. As a family, we grieve, but we rejoice that he has been freed from his life here on earth.

At Dad's request he is being buried in a suit that Mother made for him prior to her own death.

The family wishes to express their thanks for the care given him at Sierra View.

Submitted by: Don Stutzman

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