Mennonite Weekly Review - February, 1987

Mennonite Weekly Review
64th Year ­ No. 6 ­ Page 8
February 5, 1987


Agnetha V. Thieszen Linscheid, 89, of Reedley, Calif., died on Jan. 27 at Sierra View Homes, Reedley, where she had lived since 1979. She was the mother of Rosemary Moyer of North Newton. Graveside services were held on Jan. 29 at the cemetery in Reedley, with Ben Rahn officiating. Memorial services are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at First Mennonite Church, Reedley, with Ralph Bowman and Rahn in charge. A native of Marion, S.D., she taught school for several years and was a homemaker in Butterfield, Minn., and Freeman, S.D., where she also served as cook for the dining service at Freeman Junior College. Other survivors include one son, two sisters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death in 1985 was her husband, Louis H. Linscheid.

Funeral services for Feodora L. Stucky Mueller, 69, of Halstead, were held on Feb. 2 at First Mennonite Church, Halstead, with John W. Gaeddert and Roland Goering officiating. She died on Jan. 30 at her home. A native of Moundridge, she was a retired food service supervisor and had lived in Halstead 47 years. Survivors include her husband, Paul G. Mueller; three sons, Rod and Dan, both of Halstead, and Joel of Bolivia; five daughters, Pam Unruh and Priscilla Talbot, both of Wichita, Nancy Oursler of Arkansas City, Jane Mueller of Halstead and Polly Weesner of Anchorage, Alaska; one brother, Ransom Stucky of Burrton; one sister, Evelyn Frey of Newton; 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

64th Year ­ No. 7 - February 12, 1987 ­ Page 8


Funeral services for Anna Buller, 87, of Goessel, were held on Feb. 6 at Goessel Mennonite Church, with Roland Goering and David C. Wedel officiating. Burial was in Goessel Cemetery. A retired elementary school teacher and Goessel Post Office clerk, she died on Feb. 4 at Bethesda Home, Goessel. A native of Lehigh, she had been a Goessel resident since 1985, when she moved there from Overland Park. Survivors include four sisters, Sophia Unruh of Goessel, Ella Gaeddert of Newton, Esther Elbl of Shawnee Mission and LaWanda Burkett of Overland Park.

Edward Unruh, 94, of Moundridge, who was the father of Roberta Boeckner of Newton, died on Feb. 5 at Moundridge Manor. Funeral services were held on Feb. 9 at the Lone Tree Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, near Galva. Roger Unruh and Herman Nightingale officiated. Burial was in the Lone Tree Church Cemetery. Additional survivors include two daughters, Imogene Goosen of Ganado, Ariz., and Lola Ratzlaff of Galva; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Lena Johnson, in 1979.

Esther I. Bechtel, 74, of Deer Creek, Okla., died on Feb. 7 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was the mother of Wanda Ratzlaff of Newton. Funeral services were held on Feb. 10 at Deer Creek Mennonite Church with Miller Stayrook officiating. Burial was in Bayard Cemetery, Deer Creek. Other survivors include her husband, Harold; one son, one daughter and three brothers.


John D. Schmidt, 79, of Buhler, the brother of Rubena Friesen of Hesston, died on Feb. 9 at his home. Funeral services were scheduled for Feb. 12 at Buhler Mennonite Church, with Bob Dalke officiating. Burial will be in Buhler Municipal Cemetery. He was a retired teacher and farmer. Other survivors include his wife, the former Rubena Voth; two sons, two daughters, two brothers, one sister, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Robert T. Roth, 67, of Whitewater were held on Feb. 10 at Swiss Mennonite Church, Whitewater, with Don Den Hartog officiating. Burial was in Whitewater Cemetery. A retired carpenter, he died on Feb. 6 at Halstead. Survivors include four sons, Stanley, Gary and Ken of Whitewater and Larry of Newton; two daughters, Janice Miller of Elmdale and Patti Warren of Perryton, Texas; one sister, Betty Janzen of Wichita; two brothers, Wilford of Oklahoma and Theodore of Whitewater; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mennonite Weekly Review Obituaries
64th Year ­ No. 8 ­ February 19, 1987 ­ page 11


Christian L. Zehr was born to Christian Y. and Barbara Lichti Zehr on Dec. 24, 1893, near Thurman, Colo., and died Dec. 23, 1986, at the Geneva (Neb.) Hospital at the age of one day less than 93 years. His parents were natives of Ontario.

The eldest of three children, he moved with his parents to Longmont in 1895 and to Shickley, Neb,, in 1904. His public school education included two years of high school.

As a young man he worked in his father's blacksmith shop, but for most of his life he was a farmer. He moved to Shickley upon his retirement in 1962. Then for 20 years he worked in his son-in-law's retail lumber and building supply business.

He was married to Lydia Rediger of Milford, Neb., on Jan. 29, 1922. Three children blessed the home.

In his youth he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and united with the Salem Mennonite Church near Shickley.

His quiet, uncomplaining disposition never disclosed the sorrows and loneliness he experienced or his physical limitations during his latter months.

He is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Eunice and Norris Sintek of Lincoln and Bernette and Merlin Erb of Shickley; one granddaughter; two step-granddaughters; one niece; three great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dellas, in 1930; his wife in 1943; a sister, Nancy; and a brother, Aaron.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 26, 1986, at Salem Mennonite Church with Lee Schlegel and Wilton Detweiler officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.


Mathilda Wedel Goertzen was the second child born to Benjamin B. and Elizabeth Unrau Wedel on Jan. 15, 1898. Her mother died when she was 11 years old, an event of which she often spoke.

She received her elementary school education at Good Hope School. She attended Bethel Academy for two years, after which she taught school in the Goessel, Kan., area until her marriage to Henry Goertzen on May 25, 1922. They established their home in Newton, where she lived 62 years.

In her youth she was baptized upon confession of faith in Jesus Christ by Elder Heinrich Banman and became a member of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel. In 1939 she transferred her membership to First Mennonite Church, Newton, where she enjoyed fellowship until her death.

She loved music, and often sang as she worked about the house and in church groups. In
later years, she found much comfort in singing at night when she couldn't sleep. She also loved flowers and spent many hours tending them.

She was active in the sewing and kitchen committees at the church, the Bethel College Women's Auxiliary and Bethel Hospital Senior Auxiliary.

In November 1984 she moved to Schowalter Villa, Hesston. In May 1985 she suffered a heart attack. On Dec. 2, 1986, she suffered a stroke; she died on Dec. 24, 1986.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children and their spouses, Edna Ruth and Marlo Graber, Irvin and Elaine Goertzen and Helen and Donovan Bachman; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ben Wedel, and his wife, Helen; and three sisters, Marie Banman and Tina and Arpa Wedel.


Melinda Liechty Erb was born to Christian S. and Mary Witmer Liechty on July 22,
1888, at Leo, Ind. She died Jan. 7, 1987, at Schowalter Villa, in Hesston, Kan., at the age of 98.

At the age of 19 she confessed Jesus as her Savior and was baptized at Leo Mennonite Church. Her life was characterized by faithfulness to Christ and the church and loyalty to family, friends and profession.

Her family moved to North Dakota in 1913. In 1917 her brother, Noah, developed tuberculosis, and she took him to the tuberculosis sanitarium operated by the Mennonite Church in La Junta, Colo.

After her brother's death, she entered nurses training at La Junta Mennonite Hospital and Sanitarium. After graduation in 1920, she went to her home near Wauseon, Ohio, to practice nursing and to help her aging parents. Twice she returned to La Junta to relieve the director of nursing while she was on sick leave and to fill in after the director's death. She also trained to work in the X-ray department.

She was a member of Central Mennonite Church, Wauseon, and cared for the sick in Fulton County for more than 40 years. Her keen interest in world events and her knowledge of the Bible and the church also strengthened her witness for Christ.

She was married to Allen H. Erb on July 30, 1964. They spent 11 years together, retiring at Schowalter Villa. He died on April 3, 1975.

Her survivors include two sisters, Mary (Mrs. Benjamin) Schneider of Archbold, Ohio, and Ruth (Mrs. Thurlo) Nofziger of Toledo; and two brothers, Edward of Toledo and Chris W. of Wauseon.

She was a member of Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston; services were held at Schowalter Villa on Jan. 9, 1987, with Wesley Jantz in charge, and at Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio, on Jan. 11, with Charles Gautsche and Dale Wyse in charge. Interment was in Pettisville Cemetery.


Berniece N. Maust, 55, died Jan. 7, 1987, at her home in Pigeon, Mich.

She was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Pigeon to Herbert and Katie E. (Swartzendruber) Albrecht. On April 20, 1951, she was united in marriage to Clayton R. Maust in Pigeon. She was a member of the Pigeon River Mennonite Church.

She is survived by her husband; one son, Jerry L. Maust of Pigeon; four daughters, Cheryl (Mrs. Larry) Yoder of Sherwood, Lynette (Mrs. Darrel) Yoder of Bay Port, Debra (Mrs. Barry) Graber of Kalona, Iowa, and Lorene (Mrs. Lester) Beachy of Kokomo, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; her mother, Katie E. Albrecht of Pigeon; her grandmother, Lena Swartzendruber of Pigeon; one sister, Carol (Mrs. Arnold) Miller of Monument, Colo.; three brothers, Duane Albrecht of Pigeon and Virgil Albrecht and Herbert Albrecht, both of Vassar; and several aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 10, 1987, from the Pigeon River Mennonite Church, with Luke Yoder officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.


John S. Friesen, son of Jacob J. and Eva Loeppky Friesen, was born in Mt. Lake, Minn., on Feb. 23, 1893.

On June 30, 1912, he was baptized and received into the membership of Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake, where he remained a faithful member.

He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Toews in Mt. Lake on Oct. 18, 1916. After their marriage they homesteaded in Montana for several years. They returned to the Mt. Lake area, where they farmed until their retirement in 1964, when they moved into Mt. Lake. His wife died there in 1978.

He held offices in the Mt. Lake Christian Day School and served on the Midway Township Board. His hobbies included reading and he loved nature, especially trees.

He died on Jan. 3, 1987, at Henderson, Neb., where he had been visiting his daughter. He was 93.

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Dora and Henry Schierling of Dallas, Ore., and Leona and Ben Sawatzky of Henderson, Neb.; one son and his wife, J. Herbert and Cleo Friesen of Mt. Lake, 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Rosella Friesen of Windom.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, one infant daughter, one brother and two sisters.


Deloris Vineta Jantz Koehn was born July 14, 1932, at Copeland Kan., to Henry and Matilda Jantz. She died at her home near Walker, Mo., on Dec. 18, 1986, after a lingering illness. She was 54.

As a child she moved with her parents to a farm near Fairview, Okla. At the age of 11, she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior. On March 1, 1944, she was baptized on the confession of her faith by Min. George Nichols. She remained faithful to these vows until death.

On March 9, 1952, she was married to Vivan Koehn. They farmed near Fairview, Okla., until 1957, when they moved to a farm near Walker, Mo.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Vivan; two sons, Everett and wife Pat and Ronald and wife Bonnie, all of Walker; one daughter and her husband, Karen and Maynard Schmidt of Atmore, Ala.; seven grandchildren; her parents, Henry and Matilda Jantz of Fairview, Okla.; five sisters, Betty (Mrs. Richard) Kahn of Isabella, Okla., Geneva (Mrs. Cecil) Nightengale and Viola (Mrs. Paul) Smith, both of Leland, Miss., and Jaletta (Mrs. Howard) Yost and Mrs. Marlyn Johnson, both of Macon, Miss.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 22, 1986, at Living Faith Mennonite Church, Walker, with Mins. Linwood Koehn and Ben Becker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, with Min. Abe Koehn officiating.


Abe J. Unruh was born April 26, 1895, to John S. and Elizabeth Deckert Unruh near
Silver Lake at Marion, S.D. He died on Jan. 20, 1987, at Bethel Home in Montezuma,
Kan., at the age of 91.

He was four years old when his parents moved to McPherson County, Kan., where he received his education.

He sought the Lord and found forgiveness of his sins when he was a young man and was baptized by Elder Tobias A. Unruh in March 1916 at Lonetree, becoming a member of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. He cherished his faith and remained steadfast and faithful to this conviction to the end.

He married Lizzie Unruh on May 28, 1917, at Galva, Kan. They moved to rural Montezuma in 1920 and spent the rest of their life in that area. They retired to Montezuma in 1957.

He had many interests, including an appreciation of church history and the struggle of his forefathers who had left Russia. He spent 30 years collecting data for his book, "The Helpless Poles," and other books.

He was instrumental in establishing the Mennonite Union Aid program and served as its secretary for many years. Together with G.W. Giesbrecht, he established home Bible schools for children before the Montezuma Sunday school was organized.

He was Sunday school teacher and served on various boards and committees throughout his life.

In 1985 he moved to the self-care unit at Bethel Home, where he lived until two weeks before his death.

Left to treasure his memory are four sons and their wives, John B. and Corine, Dave R. and Vadalene, and Frank D. and Donita all of Montezuma, and Bob H. and Donna of Sun City, Ariz; three daughters, Lillian (Mrs. John R.) Koehn of Montezuma, lnez Unruh of Greeley, Colo., and Mrs. Esther Unruh of Montezuma; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ike Unruh of Greensburg and Dave Unruh of Galva.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lizzie, in January 1971, a son, Vernon, two granddaughters, a great-granddaughter, three brothers and six sisters.


Martha Jane Gerber, 63, of Dalton, Ohio, died at her home on Jan. 13, 1987, following an extended illness.

She was born near Orrville in 1923 to Chester and Grace Gerber Myers and had lived most of her life in the Dalton area.

She joined Salem Mennonite Church near Kidron on April 1, 1945, and was an active member, serving for many years as youth group adviser as well as sharing her leadership abilities in a wide variety of other church and community activities.

On July 3,. 1943, she married Cletus G. Gerber, who survives.

Also surviving are four children, Carolyn (Mrs. Robert) Fitzwater of Kidron, C. Gene of Medford Lakes, N.J., Randall G. of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Ted A. of Kidron; six grandchildren; and. a brother, Richard Myers of Dalton.

She was preceded in death by a grandson.


Homer J. Zerger, youngest son of David J. and Anna Kaufman Zerger, was born on March 31, 1924, near Moundridge, Kan. He died Jan. 18, 1987, in a Wichita Hospital following a short illness.

Following graduation from Bethel College, he began teaching at Burdett High School and
moved to the Salina Public Schools to teach science for 25 years. He was a gifted and successful educator, able to communicate with and motivate students of all abilities and backgrounds.

Throughout these years, he also did some farming. He loved the land, animals and nature, taking special pleasure in the wonders of geology and astronomy.

He had an abiding curiosity for life's experiences and took immense pleasure in knowing people of all persuasions and walks of life. He loved good music and sang in the Eden Men's Chorus.

He was an active member of the Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, and had a strong dedication to education and relief work. He encouraged his children to pursue a life and career based on the values of hard work, honesty and peacemaking. At the same time, he wished to have his children closer to their "roots," and welcomed the times in the farm cycle such as harvest and seeding that brought them home.

He is survived by his children, Fred Zerger of Belmont, Mass., Kirsten Zerger and Sandy Nathan of Berkeley, Calif., and Rebecca Ann Zerger and Chip Parker of Dallas, Texas; a brother, Paul, three sisters, Irene Fudge, Elsie Kaufman and Doris Stucky; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Walt, and a granddaughter.

Graveside and memorial services were held Jan 21, 1987, at Eden Mennonite Church, with pastors Don Longbottom and Edwin R. Stuckey officiating.


Agnetha V. Linscheid was born to Derk P. and Helena (Deckert) Tieszen near Marion, S.D., on May 19, 1897. She was baptized by her father upon confession of faith in Jesus Christ on June 1, 1914, and became a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church, Marion.

She obtained a teaching certificate from Freeman (S.D.) Junior College, after which she taught in rural schools for several years. In 1926 she graduated from Bethel College at Newton, Kan., and took one year of nurses training at Bethel Hospital, Newton.

Following her marriage to Louis H. Linscheid on Aug. 7, 1927, at Butterfield (Minn.) Mennonite Church, she and her husband joined the staff at the Bible academy in Hillsboro, Kan. Later he was called to serve his home church at Butterfield.

In 1938 the family moved to Freeman, where her husband served as pastor of Bethany Mennonite Church. For several years she was a staff member at Salem Home in Freeman and also served as a cook for the dining service at Freeman Junior College.

Growing up in a pioneer farm family, she learned the necessities of frugality and hard work, becoming an avid gardener as a way to provide food for the family.

She enjoyed good health until her activities gradually became limited due to Alzheimer's disease. In 1979, she and her husband moved to Reedley, Calif., and she became a resident of Sierra View Homes, Reedley, where she died on Jan. 27, 1987.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 6, 1985; six brothers, Peter, Wilhelm, Abraham, John, Derk and Benjamin; and four sisters, Maria, Helena, Susanna, (Mrs. Tobias) Becker and Eva (Mrs. Oswald C.) Krehbiel:

Survivors include a son and his wife, Allen and Georgia (Sommer) Linscheid of Reedley; a daughter and her husband, Rosemary and J. Harold Moyer of North Newton, Kan; two sisters, Anna (Mrs. Daniel A.) Becker and Amelia (Mrs. John D.) Unruh of Freeman; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held on Jan 29, 1987, at Reedley Cemetery. A memorial service was held at First Mennonite Church, Reedley, on Feb 8.


Raymond S. Sauder of New Holland, Pa., died unexpectedly on Jan. 9, 1987, from an
apparent heart attack. He was 60.

He had been a faithful member of New Holland Mennonite Church since his youth. He attended Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va., for one semester and then was called into Civilian Public Service for four years. He had served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent.

He was a partner in the former Sauder Brothers farm equipment business in New Holland from 1946 to 1977. He was a former volunteer driver for the New Holland Ambulance Association. For the past five years he worked part time for True Precision Plastics Co., Leola, did volunteer work at the Re-Uzit Shop and was a member the Day Care Center Board.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Buchen Sauder, two daughters, Janice D. (Wilmer) Esbenshade of New Holland and Phoebe A. (Mrs. Kenneth) Nafziger of Mt. Wolf; six grandchildren; four sisters, Elva Rutt of New Holland, Anna of Leola, and Ruth Denlinger and Betty Eshleman, both of Paradise; and two brothers, Paul and Isaac, both of New Holland. He was preceded in death by a son, Ray, who drowned at the age of 19.

Funeral services were held at New Holland Mennonite Church on Jan. 22, 1987, with
Frank Shirk and Pastor Charles Good officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.


George S. Stoneback, 74, of San Luis Obispo, Calif, died Dec. 27, 1986, at his home. A memorial service was held on Jan. 4 at the United Church of Christ in San Luis Obispo. A private graveside service was held at the Los Osos Valley Memorial Park cemetery.

He was born on June 8, 1912, at Quakertown, Pa., and graduated from Quakertown High School in 1931. He graduated from Bluffton (Ohio) College in 1935, majoring in philosophy, history and literature. He continued his studies at Hartford (Conn.) Theological Seminary, where he received his bachelor of divinity degree.

He was awarded the William Thompson Fellowship for two years of study abroad. World War II made it necessary for him to use it in America. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, in the graduate school of sociology and at Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., while serving the Fairfield Mennonite Church as pastor.

He served eight churches in nearly 50 years of ministry, one of which was Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita, Kan. In California, he served at Fresno Mennonite Church and as associate pastor of the Congregational United Church of Christ, San Luis Obispo.

He served several churches in the area as guest pastor and never passed up the opportunity to assist in numerous special projects. He was active in the ministerial association and the S.L.O. Meals on Wheels program. He was also a past member of the S.L.O. Lions Club.

He was also manager of the Lamplighter Motel of S.L.O. for more than four years after retiring from active ministry in 1973. Until 1986 he was relief manager for several different local motels.

His ministry never ended. His last official duty was the consecration of his youngest grandchild, Kathryn Gail Stoneback, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in San Luis Obispo on Dec. 14.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Kathryn Kulp Stoneback; three daughters, Georgianna Kathryn Sheffler of Kirkland, Wash., Cynthia Rosanna Wheeler of Portland, Ore., Elaine June Skinner of McPherson, Kan.; one son, Edwin Henry Stoneback of San Luis Obispo; two sisters, Ida M. Stoneback of Cleveland, Ohio, and Marion Stoneback of Bluffton, Ind.; and eight grandchildren.

Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon


64th Year ­ No. 8 ­ February 19, 1987 ­ Page 6

Veteran Church Worker Dies At Hagerstown At the Age of 83

Hagerstown, Md.-Retired Mennonite Church worker Amos A. Miller died Jan. 30 at Washington County Hospital here. He was 83. He and his wife, Lydia, began their married life as Sunday school teachers and church workers at Pinesburg Mennonite Church, Williamsport, Md., in 1926. In the 1950s they moved to Atmore, Ala., where they helped in community and church work with the Poarch Mennonite Congregation. In the 1960s they commuted to Stephen City Mennonite Church, Winchester, Va., to help in summer Bible school and church work. In their later years they helped at Lanes Run Mennonite Church, Clearspring, Md. Miller's commercial asparagus cannery was used for many years as a meat canning center for Mennonite Central Committee. His survivors include his wife, four children, 16 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

64th Year ­ No. 9
February 26, 1987 ­ Page 8

Funeral services for Max Regier, 68, of Wichita, formerly of Newton, were held on Feb. 25 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, with D.C. Wedel and Darrell Fast officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. A retired attorney, he had practiced law in Wichita and Newton. Survivors include his wife, the former Malinda Lingenfelder; four sons, Stewart of St. James, Mo., Steven of Whiting, Robert of Derby and Mark of Wichita; three daughters, Rosalind Scudder of Newton, Mary Regier and Melissa Keenan, both of Wichita; two sisters, Ruth Woods of Newton and Mary Lou Stirling of San Francisco; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Louise F. Ensz, 85, of Inman, died on Feb. 23 at Moundridge Manor, Moundridge. She was the sister of Pete Fleming and Rachel Buller of Newton. Funeral services will be held Feb. 27 at Zion Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, near Inman, with Maynard Koehn and Abe R. Toews officiating. Burial will be in Zion Church Cemetery. A native of Hillsboro, she had lived in Inman since 1957. Other survivors include three sons, six daughters, one brother, four sisters, 30 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death in 1979 was her husband Isaac K. Ensz.

Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon


64th Year ­ No. 9 ­ February 26, 1987 ­ Page 6


Long-time Reedley Physician Succumbs; Had 50-Year Career

Reedley, Calif.-Long-time Reedley physician Menno Simon Gaede died Feb. 8 at Sierra Kings Hospital. He was 85. A native of Hillsboro, Kan., Gaede received his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1928. He settled in Reedley in the mid-1930s. In 1937 he helped form the Reedley Hospital Corporation. The next year the group opened a hospital in the old, remodeled high school building. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Sierra Kings Hospital District and the building of the present facility where he served as Chief of Staff. He also served on the board of directors for many years. He was mayor of Reedley from 1954 to 1956. He was a member of the board of Higher Christian Education for the Mennonite Brethren Conference for 24 years and a member of the Reedley MB Church. He served in the U.S. Navy as Lt. Commander in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Anna (Frantz); a son; two daughters; five sisters; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Reedley MB Church. Burial was in the Reedley Cemetery.

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