Mennonite Weekly Review - January, 1987

Mennonite Weekly Review
Obituaries - January 1987
64th Year No 1 - 1 Jan 1987 p. 8

Funeral services for Weldon J. Rupp, 78, of North Newton, were held on Dec. 30 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, with Darrell Fast and Don Kaufman officiating. Burial was in Hebron Cemetery near Buhler. A retired farmer and former employee of Hesston Corporation, Moridge Manufacturing Company and the Mid-Kansas Co-op, he died on Dec. 27 at Axtell Christian Hospital, Newton. Following his retirement, Rupp and his wife, the former Linda Balzer, who survives him, entered voluntary service assignments: one year in Arvada, Colo., as resident managers of Yarrow Gardens, a low-income housing complex; Bethel College staff volunteers as maintenance staff and campus hosts for Krehbiel House, Bethel's guest house, from 1978 to 1980, and again since 1985. Other survivors include four sons, Glenn of Nashua, N.H., Robert and Timothy of Lima, Ohio, and Mark of Moundridge; one daughter, Bernell Mueller of Grinnel, Iowa; one brother, Clarence of Manhattan; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death in 1949 was one son, William.

Mathilda Goertzen, 88, formerly of Newton, died on Dec. 24 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. Funeral services were held on Dec. 27 at First Mennonite Church, Newton, with Floyd G. Bartel officiating. Burial was in Restlawn Gardens of Memory. Survivors include one son, Irvin E. Goertzen of Hillsboro; two daughters, Edna Ruth Graber of Hesston and Helen Bachman of Newton; one brother, Ben Wedel of Newton; three sisters, Marie Banman of North Newton and Tina and Arpa Wedel, both of Hutchinson; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death in 1973 by her husband, Henry S. Goertzen.


Nappanee Woman, Child Die in Sunday Crash

Nappanee, Ind.-Sheryl J. Bontrager, 28, and her daughter, Lori, 3, were fatally injured Dec. 21 in a two-vehicle accident as they were on their way to church. Police said the crash occurred when Bontrager failed to stop at an intersection. She and her daughter were thrown from their vehicle upon impact. A second daughter, Trisha, 5, was admitted to Elkhart General Hospital with internal and other injuries. The five people in the other vehicle-a woman and her four daughters-were treated and released from the Elkhart hospital. In addition to her daughter, Trisha, Bontrager is survived by her husband, Kevin, her parents, maternal grandparents, two sisters, and two brothers. Lori Bontrager is survived by her father and sister, maternal and paternal grandparents, and maternal great-grandparents. Funeral services were held at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, where Bontrager was a member and sponsor for Mennonite Youth Fellowship.


Pioneer Steinbach Businessman Dies

Steinbach, Man.-Pioneer Steinbach businessman Cornelius P. Hiebert died Nov. 18 at the age of 91. He owned a dry goods store and livery stable from 1932 to 1961. The restaurant at Mennonite Village Museum near Steinbach is a replica of Hiebert's livery stable. Funeral services were held at Sommerfelder Mennonite Church. He is survived by five daughters, 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

64th Year No 2 - 8 Jan 1987 p. 8

Arnold A. Linscheid, 86, of Arlington, a retired farmer and brother of Ted Linscheid of Newton, died on Dec. 31 at Cedar Crest Nursing Home, Kingman. Services were held on Jan. 3 at Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman, with Rick Ashley officiating. Burial was in the Arlington Cemetery. Other survivors include one son, Kenneth, of Arlington; one daughter, Mrs. Delbert Brooks of Arlington; three brothers, John of Hutchinson, Harold of McPherson and Elmer of Arlington; one sister, O'tillie Schmidt of Wichita, six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife, the former Alice Webster, in 1973.

Memorial services for Sara Unruh, 96, of Newton, will be held on Jan. 9 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, with Darrell Fast and Renee Sauder officiating. She died on Jan. 5 at Friendly Acres Home for the Aged, Newton. Graveside services and burial were held on Jan. 7 at Hoffnungsau Cemetery near Inman, with Darrell Fast and Renee Sauder officiating. Survivors include three sons, Orlando of El Paso, Texas, Wilbur V. of Overland Park and Jean R. of Coquille, Ore.; one brother, Frank L. Penner of Hesston; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, John G. Unruh, in 1972.

8 Jan 1987 p. 11


Malinda Mae Siebert Schmidt was born near Dundee, Kan., on Oct. 27, 1898, and died of an apparent heart attack while attending a Mission Workers meeting at her church, Bergthal Mennonite Church, near Pawnee Rock on Nov. 5, 1986. She celebrated her 88th birthday nine days before her death. Her parents were Benjamin and Susan Ewert Siebert.

She attended Barton County Schools and graduated from Great Bend High School, where she prepared to become a teacher. During her high school years, she and her siblings. Viola and Chester, rode the train from Dundee to Great Bend, where they lived while attending school. Weekends they returned to their home: She taught school for two years.

On Sept. 30, 1922, she married Otto C. Schmidt from the Whitewater area, where they lived for several years until their house burned. They then moved to the Pawnee Rock community where they farmed until his death on May 3, 1966. She remained in the farm home.

She was baptized by G.N. Harms in July 1922 and remained an active member of the church for the rest of her life. Always fond of music, she and her husband sang duets for many occasions in the church and community. She also sang solos and participated in various ensembles. She was a member of the Happy Harmony Club and the Pawnee County Grange, of which she once served as chaplain.

She and her husband also were faithful in visiting the sick and shut-ins, for whom they sang and played recorded music.

Throughout her life, she memorized many songs and poems, and her friends were amazed at her ability to recall words learned many years ago. She maintained a pleasant, sunny outlook.

Family ties were important to her, and she cherished her nieces and nephews. She was especially thrilled to be able to visit and hold her niece's newborn granddaughter at her last birthday celebration.

She is survived by a sister, Viola Unruh of Great Bend, and six nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, Chester, a sister, Addie Harms, three nephews and one niece.

Funeral services were held at the Bergthal Mennonite Church, Pawnee Rock, on Nov. 8, 1986, with Perry and Eleanor Beachy officiating. Gary Harms, a nephew, assisted. Interment was in the church cemetery.


Lloyd Garber was born June 30,1902, in Enterprise Township near Jackson, Minn., to Leonard H. and Sarah "Addie" (Grove) Garber. He attended school in Enterprise Township.

He married Nettie Hartzler on April 22, 1924, in Garden City. Mo. They lived in Jackson for awhile and then moved to Manson, Iowa. They returned to Jackson in 1940. He farmed most of his life.

He entered the Good Samaritan Center in Jackson in May 1980, where he died on Nov. 14, 1986. He was a member of Hilltop Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Nov 17, 1986, with Norman Geisinger in charge.

He is survived by his wife, Nettie, of Jackson; a son Peter H. Garber of Jackson; two daughters, Rosalie (Mrs. Daniel) Stoltzfus of South Bend, Ind, and Verne Faye (Mrs. Earl Greaser of Harrisonburg, Va.; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three brothers, Ernest of Albany, Ore., and Edd and John, both of Jackson; and a sister, Mrs. Irene Gascho of Harrisonburg, Va.


Anna Goering Ortman, daughter of Jonathan R. and Rosa (Kaufman) Goering, was born Nov. 5, 1910, at Pretty Prairie, Kan. She was baptized Aug. 2, 1926, by N.W. Bahnmann at Pretty Prairie and later became a faithful member of the Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, S.D.

She received her early education at Pretty Prairie and attended Bethel College, North Newton, Kan.

On June 4, 1933, she married William J. Ortman of Freeman, S.D. They established their home on the family homestead in Turner County, where she enjoyed her role as devoted wife and homemaker. She was widowed on Oct. 6, 1976.

Those who knew her well will remember her as a loving mother and grandmother and one who shared a genuine concern for others. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed flowers and gardening.

She enjoyed health until the last few years. She passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 30, 1986. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, and one brother, Dan J.

She leaves to cherish her memory three sons and their wives, Arlen and Ellen, Mario and Mavis and Orville and Janelle, all of Marion; one daughter and her husband, Virginia and Gene Kaufman of Parker; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Peter J. and Jacob L Goering of Pretty Prairie, Kan.; and two sisters, Hulda (Mrs. Herman) Krehbiel and Della (Mrs. Willard) Wedel, both of Pretty Prairie.


Simon Leichty, 76, of Wayland, Iowa, passed away Nov. 12, 1986, at the Henry County Health Center.

He was born March 10, 1910, at Noble, Iowa, the son of Jacob R. and Emma Wenger Leichty. On July 30, 1931, he married Lavina Roth at Noble.

He was a lifetime member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. A retired farmer, he had farmed in the Finley community for more than 40 years.

Leaving to mourn his passing are his wife; five daughters, Esther (Mrs. Gerald) Marner of Kalona, Rachel Leichty of Winslow, Ariz., Lorene Leichty of Wayland, Anna Leichty of West Liberty, and Phyllis (Mrs. Emil) Schlatter of Mt. Pleasant; five sons, Orlin of Wayland, Russell of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Roger of Washington, Kenneth of Wellman and Wilbur of Wayland; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard, a sister, Mrs. Mamie Unternahrer, and eight infant brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Nov.15, 1986, at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, with Edmond Miller and Glen Richard officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.


Sara A. Harder, 74, died Nov. 30, 1986, at Meade (Kan.) District Hospital. Born July 18, 1912, in Inman, she married H.M. Harder on April 5, 1933, in Meade. She was a resident of Meade since 1916.

She was a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church in Meade.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; two sons, Dean of Littleton, Colo., and Duane of Los Alamos, N.M.; a daughter, Darlene Harder of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Harold Enns of Seattle, Wash.; four sisters, Tillie Sargent of Hutchinson, Martha Leman of Pueblo, Colo., Stella Randle and Anna Vokland, both of California; four, grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at the Meade EMS Church, with Paul Boeker and Wil Hayworth officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.


Carrie A. Neuenschwander was born near Kidron, Ohio, to Silas C. and Bertha Nussbaum Lehman on Dec. 3, 1921. She died Nov. 6, 1986, at Brenn-Field Nursing Center. Orrville, after being in a coma for more than three years.

At a young age she committed her life to the Lord. She lived out her commitment by being involved in her church as well as serving Him in day to day contacts with people. Her radiant smile always expressed warmth and caring to anyone she met.

She grew up on a farm. but willingly changed those interests when she married. On May 2, 1942, she married Pau1 A. Neuenschwander. They lived in Kidron most of their married life. Together they put much of their energies into Kidron Electric, Inc. She spent many hours cleaning, running errands and doing secretarial work for the company.

For about 10 years during the 1950s and early 1960s she and her husband traveled for several months each year with Christian Laymen's Tent Evangelistic Association. This experience gave her a lifetime of cherished friends.

On Sept. 12, 1983, she fainted in her kitchen and struck her head on the edge of a countertop. She underwent brain surgery twice, but never regained consciousness. She spent six months in hospitals and then was moved to Brenn-Field Nursing center.

She was a member of Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, where she was active in WMSC and homemakers prior to her accident. She was also a quilter.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; four daughters, Kathleen (Mrs. Glenn) Zendt of Staunton, Va., Norma (Mrs, Olen) Burkholder of Dayton, Va., and Shirley (Mrs. Vern) Hochstetler and Janet (Mrs. Vern) Hostetler, both of Kidron; two sons, Ken of Kidron and Art of Apple Creek; 14 grandchildren; and three sisters, Idella Geiser, Bessie (Mrs. Willis L.) Nussbaum and Mary Lehman, all of the Apple Creek area. She was preceded in death by a brother, Sylvan.

Graveside and memorial services were held Nov. 9, 1986, at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, with David Gerber and Delvin Nussbaum officiating.


Arthur Penner was born on Pentecost Sunday, May 18, 1902, in Tiege, West Prussia, to Franz and Maria (Rahn) Penner. He was the seventh of nine children. He received little more than an eighth grade education because of his country's involvement in World war I when he would have wanted to go on to school.

He was baptized on his confession of faith by Elder Johannes Penner on Pentecost Sunday in 1918. He joined the Mennonite Church in Ladekopp.

He worked on his father's farm and neighboring farms until he and his brother, Erich, emigrated to the U.S. in 1927. He became a naturalized citizen. He worked as a dairy tester in northern Kansas and also ran a produce station in Whitewater. He became a member of Emmaus Mennonite Church near Whitewater.

In 1934 he rented a farm. About 13 years later he bought his own farm near Furley and lived there until he retired.

On Aug. 30, 1949, he married Rachel Harms. Together they farmed, tended livestock and built a new home. On Feb. 20, 1977, she died suddenly after they had enjoyed more than 27 years together. In 1980 he sold his farm and moved to Newton to live with his sister, Lotte.

For nearly two years before his death, he was an invalid at the Friendly Acres nursing home, Newton. He died on Dec. 5,1986.

Survivors include his sister, Lotte; one brother, Erich and his wife, Frieda, of Whitewater; three sisters-in-law, Metha Penner of Whitewater, Helene Penner of Bad-Olaasloe, West Germany, and Amanda Harms of Newton; and two brothers-in-law, Waldo Harms and Jake Harms and his wife, Edith, of Newton.


Richard H. Graber, son of Henry P. and Lydia (Miller) Graber, was born near Freeman, S.D., on Jan. 2, 1908. He passed away peacefully on Nov. 27, 1986, at the age of 78.

He was baptized and received into the membership of the Salem Mennonite Church on May 31, 1925, by William S. Gottshall. He remained an active member until his death.

After graduating from Freeman Academy with a teacher's certificate in 1926, he taught rural school for one year. He then chose farming as his life's occupation, working together with his brother, Eldon, until 1936.

On Aug.16, 1933, he was united in marriage to Leone Ortman, and together they made their home on the family farmstead in Childstown township. After semi-retirement in 1973, he continued to enjoy farm work and other interests until slowed by failing health in his final months.

He shared his leadership abilities in a wide variety of church, conference and community activities. He was especially interested in music, serving for many years as congregation song leader and director of the young men's chorus and mixed choir at Salem Mennonite Church. He sang in many church and community groups.

He will be remembered for his strong religious convictions, good judgment, friendliness and sense of humor, devotion to family and friends and love of life.

Remaining to celebrate his life and memory are his wife, Leone; three sons and their wives, DeLayne and Rita, Kenneth and Ruth and James and Muriel; five grandchildren; one brother, Peter H., and his wife, Laura; one sister, Celia, and her husband, Chris Preheim; and one sister-in-law, Lucille Walter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eldon.


Esther V. Smucker, 82, died at Goshen (Ind.) General Hospital on Dec. 5,1986, where she had been a patient since Nov.18. She was born Jan.19, 1904, near Freeport, Ill., the daughter of Aaron J. and Emma Shoemaker Mack.

On Sept. 4,1935, she married Silas J. Smucker of Goshen.

She attended Hesston and Goshen colleges and was a former school teacher and homemaker. She lived with her husband in Morristown, N.J., for many years. She served with Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti and with her husband in Laos under the U.S. Department of State. She retired in Goshen in 1976, moving from Rensselaer, Ind.

She was a member of the College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Oaklawn Auxiliary, Mennonite Board of Missions Auxiliary, Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference Auxiliary and the Elkhart County Genealogical Society. She enjoyed music and was active with a cappella choral music throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband, Silas; two sons, George A. of Goshen and Glenn R. of Haiti and Milwaukee, Wis.; two grandchildren; and one brother, Titus T. Meck of Freeport, Ill. She was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence C. Meek.

A memorial service was held at college Mennonite Church on Dec. 8, 1986, with James Waltner and Nancy Kauffman officiating. Burial was in the Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.


John W. Gingerich was born April 8, 1898, to Henry F. and Anna M. Yoder Gingerich in Iowa County, Iowa. He died at Pleasantview Home, Kalona, on Dec; 13, 1986, at the age of 88.

He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized on Aug. 30, 1914, at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Kalona, where he was a faithful member all his life.

On Sept. 4, 1932, he was married to Maude (Swartzendruber) Bender. They lived on their Iowa County farm until 1951, when they moved to Frytown, where he did woodworking and saw filing.

He was active in the neighborhood and his church. He served many years as teacher, superintendent and Bible study leader.

He was interested in church history and served for many years as conference historian for the Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference. He was instrumental in organizing the archives at the Mennonite Historical Society of Iowa, of which he was a life member. In 1973, he was appointed archivist, a position he held for seven years. He was assistant archivist until 1983.

He was interested in the church here and worldwide. He attended many Mennonite conferences and mission meetings in different parts of the U.S. and Canada.

For 15 years he conducted Sunday school at The University Hospital in Iowa City. He also made monthly visits to the men's reformatory at Anamosa and to the prison at Ft. Madison.

His survivors include his wife, Maude; two sons, Harold R. Bender of Wellman and Daniel E. Bender of Kalona; two daughters, Beulah (Mrs. Marvin) Miller and Marianna (Mrs. Alvin J.) Miller, both of Kalona; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary A. Gingerich of Kalona. He was preceded in death by a grandson, one brother, Joseph, and two sisters, Vera Schrock and Edna M. Gingerich.

He is also survived by Leroy Baker, who came to stay with him and his wife and was cared for as a member of the family.

Funeral services were held Dec. 15, 1986, at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite church. Burial was in the nearby cemetery.

64th Year No 3 - 15 Jan 1987 p. 8

Funeral services for Jacob Reimer, 93, a former Goessel resident who died on Jan. 8 at Bethel Home for Aged in Newton, were held on Jan. 12 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel. Orlando Waltner officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Survivors include three sons, Milferd of Newton, Elmer of Loveland, Colo., and LeRoy of Hesston; two daughters, Alice Goerzen of near Newton and Helen Dyck of Portland, Ore.; two brothers, Rudolph of Dallas, Ore., and Herman of North Newton; one sister, Mary Wiens of Inman; three half-brothers, Karl Reimer of Hillsboro, Waldo Reimer of Hutchinson and Arnold Reimer of Reedley, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Agnes Unruh, in 1978.

Mary I. Detwiler, 76, of Hesston, a former Kansas City, Kan., day care center operator, died on Jan. 9 at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. Graveside services were held on Jan. 12 at Eastlawn Cemetery near Zimmerdale, with Wesley Jantz officiating. Memorial services were also held on Jan. 12 at Schowalter Villa Chapel. A native of Birch Tree, Mo., she was a member of the Hesston Mennonite Church. Survivors include three brothers, John of Hesston, Milton of Wichita and Albert of Birch Tree Mo.; and two sisters, Mae Larew of Beaver, Ore., and Alice Detwiler of Birch Tree.

64th Year , No 4 - 22 Jan 1987, p. 8

Jacob Mendel, Jr., 82, of Freeman, S.D., father of Doris Schmidt of North Newton, died on Jan. 13 at his home. Funeral services were held on Jan. 16 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman. Burial was in the church cemetery. A retired farmer, he was a native of Freeman. Survivors include his wife, the former Katie Hofer; one son; an additional daughter; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 1956 by his first wife, the former Kathryn Hofer.

Funeral services for Ellen Marie Krehbiel Grieschar, 85, of Hesston, a former nurse, were held on Jan. 16 at Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston. Graveside services were held later that day at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Emporia with David Habegger and Wesley Jantz officiating. She died on Jan. 13 at Schowalter Villa. A native of Deer Creek, Okla., she lived in Emporia until moving to Hesston in 1972 and was a member of the General Conference Mennonite Church. Survivors include one son, Lafayette C. Grieschar of Emporia; one brother, Abe Krehbiel of Ephrata, Wash.; two sisters, Susan Penner of Hesston and Irma Loganbill of Needville, Texas; and five grandchildren. she was preceded in death in 1961 by her husband, Lafayette Grieschar.

Pete W. Koehn, 84, of Moundridge and the father of Arnold Koehn of Newton, died on Jan. 18 at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge. Funeral services were held on Jan. 21 at Gospel Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, with Doyle Johnson and Kenneth Koehn officiating. Burial was in Lone Tree Church Cemetery, rural Galva. A Swedish massage practitioner and a retired farmer, Koehn had been a Moundridge resident for 12 years, moving from McPherson. Also surviving are five additional sons, Arthur of El Dorado Springs, Mo., Louie of Texline, Texas, Chester of Walker, Mo., Kenneth of Rich Hill, Mo., and Willard of Detroit, Texas; five daughters, Norma Jean Koehn of Halstead, Vesta Koehn of Rich Hill, Mo., Doris Koehn of Lehigh, Bernice Nichols of Isabella, Okla., and Vada Fern Boyer of McPherson; 42 grandchildren; and 50 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death in 1980 was his wife, the former Clara Nichols.


Mennonite Weekly Review
64th Year ­ No. 4 ­ Page 3
January 22, 1987

Former China Doctor Dies at Age of 91

Newton, Kan. (GCMC)-Charles Lloyd Pannabecker, 91, died Sunday evening, Jan. 18, in Florida after a short illness. Born April 15, 1896, in Petoskey, Mich., he was an ophalmologist, and served in China for 15 years. He returned to Peoria, Ill., where he served as a physician. He was a twin brother to Samuel Floyd (S.F.) Pannabecker. He is survived by his wife Clara, of the home; one son, Donald Pannabecker of Bluffton, Ohio; two daughters, Betty Jean Pannabecker of Denver, and Anita Bohn of Newton; and two brothers: Ray Pannabecker of Elkhart, Ind., and Carl Pannabecker of Los Gatos, Calif. His first wife, Lelia Roth Pannabecker, preceded him in death in 1956. A son, Daniel, also preceded him in death. Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg, Fla. Graveside services will be held in Peoria, Ill., later in the week.

64th Year No 5 - 29 Jan 1987 p. 8

Mabel G. Egy Rodgers, 86, of Newton and a member of Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, died on Jan. 23 at Kansas Christian Home, Newton. Services were held on Jan. 26 at Draper Cannon Funeral Home Chapel, Newton, with Mel Short officiating. Burial was in Hesston Cemetery. A homemaker and longtime Newton resident, Rodgers was a native of Hesston. Survivors include three sons, Morris Barker and David Barker, both of Newton, and Duane Barker of Hesston; three daughters, Betty (Mrs. Ralph) Fultz of Eunice, N.M., Jean (Mrs. Dale) Work of El Dorado and Joan (Mrs. Leroy) Siebel of Tempe, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Alvin A. Barker and George L. Rodgers, four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church near Whitewater for Marie Harms, 84, of Bethel Home for Aged, Newton. James Voth officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. A homemaker and former teacher, she died at the home on Jan. 20. A native of Whitewater, she had lived most of her life in the rural Whitewater area, moving to the Bethel Home in 1978. Survivors include a son, Myron, of Salem, Ore.; a daughter, Mary Beth Ensz of Granger, Utah; and two sisters, Sister Theodosia Harms of Bethel Home and Ruth Harms of Seattle, Wash. She was preceded in death in 1964 by her husband, William Harms.

Marie F. Goering, 86, of Moundridge, died on Jan. 20 at Moundridge Manor. She was the mother of Delia Graber and sister of Menno Kaufman, both of North Newton. Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 at Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge, with Don Longbottom and Tim Lehman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. A homemaker and sales clerk, she was a lifelong resident of Moundridge. Additional survivors include three sons, Olin F. and Homer D. of Moundridge and Gene A. of Hudson, Mich.; two other daughters, Erna Stucky of Moundridge and Lola Ediger of Angel Fire, N.M.; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death in 1965 by her husband, Christian S. Goering.

Funeral services for Agathe Toevs Piper, 90 of Schowalter Villa, Hesston, were held on Jan. 28 at First Mennonite Church, Newton. Officiating were Andrew Shelly, Robert Suderman and Wesley Jantz. A retired registered nurse, she died on Jan. 25 at Schowalter Villa. Survivors include one son, Henry, of Mt. Lake, Minn.; one daughter, Greta Ruge of Denver; two brothers, John L. of Des Moines, Iowa, and Edgar E. of Hamilton, Mont.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death in 1970 by her husband, William A. Piper.

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