Mennonite Weekly Review - September, 1987

Mennonite Weekly Review
64th year - No 36 - page 11
September 3, 1987


Abram D. Wall, son of Jacob H. and Agatha (Buhler) Wall, was born at Mt. Lake, Minn., on Feb. 26, 1897. He received his education at a rural school in District No. 33 near Mt. Lake.
On May 28, 1917, he was baptized upon confession of faith and became a member of First Mennonite Church, Mt. Lake. He taught Sunday school for a period of time, served as deacon and on the building committee. His faith in God and his love for the church was an inspiration to all who knew him.
He was united in marriage to Mary Hiebert in Bingham on Sept. 15, 1921. After their marriage they farmed southeast of Mt. Lake. In 1948 they retired from farming and moved into Mt. Lake. He served on the country school board and the Mt. Lake Christian School board for a period of time.
He was found in his home at Mt. Lake on May 7, 1987. He attained the age of 90 years.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Arthur E. and Norma Wall of Mt. Lake and Elmer and Winifred Wall of Freeman, S.D.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Justina and her husband, John L. Derksen, of Mt. Lake and Anna Stoesz of Mt. Lake.
He was preceded in death by his wife on July 30, 1981, two infant daughters, one brother and one sister.
Funeral services were held May 11 at First Mennonite Church, Mt. Lake, with Lorne Friesen officiating. Interment was in Mt. Lake Cemetery.

Rollin Hostetler, son of Bishop Oscar and Fannie (Yoder) Hostetler, was born April 30, 1899. He died of an apparent heart attack June 23, 1987, in the house in which he had been born. He was 88.
On Dec. 24, 1922, he was married to Irma Oesch. She died July 21, 1986. They had been married 63 yeas.
He was a member of Emma Mennonite Church. He served as Sunday school teacher since his youth and had taught his class the Sunday before he died. He also served the church as Sunday school superintendent, as elder and as member of many committees. He was a choir director and taught singing classes. He directed the Gospel Messengers, a men's singing group, for 36 years.
He was secretary of Mennonite Aid Association from 1949 to 1977.
For more than 50 years he served as clerk at public auctions. He was active in the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale.
He is survived by three sons, Merrit, J. Richard and Norman "Bud," all of Topeka; a sister, Ruth (Mrs. Milo S.) Miller of Emmatown; two brothers, Amos and Paul, both of the Emmatown area; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. A grandson precede him in death.
Funeral services were held at Emma Mennonite Church, with Etril J. Leinbach, Ivan Miller and Roger Smith in charge. Burial was in the Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Martha H. Nikkel, daughter of Peter H. and Susanna (Voth) Franz, was born in Mt. Lake, Minn., on June 30, 1908. She attended country school near Mt. Lake and also Mt. Lake Public School, graduating in 1927.
She was baptized upon confession of her faith on June 7, 1925, in the Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake. Later she became a member of the Fruitvale Community Church in Bakersfield, Calif.
She married Abe S. Dick on July 17, 1927, in Mt. Lake, and they lived in Mt. Lake. Abe died July 12, 1956, and Martha continued to live in Mt. Lake until 1971. She married Albert Nikkel on June 30, 1971., in Shafter, Calif., and they lived in Shafter. Albert died Dec. 12, 1983, and Martha continued to live in Shafter.
She had been in failing health for a month when she died July 28, 1987, at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., at age 79.
Survivors include one step-son and his wife, Jack and June Nikkel of Shafter; one step-granddaughter, Janet Alexander of Shafter; two step-great-granddaughters, Joanne and Debbie Alexander of Shafter; one brother and his wife, John P. and Agnes Franz of Mt. Lake; and one brother-in-law, Peter P. Eitzen of Oregon. Preceding her in death, in addition to her first and second husbands, were her parents, six sisters, four brothers, and one step-grandson.

Alvina (Kaufman) Krehbiel was born Feb. 3, 1902, to Jacob P. and Katharine (Schrag) Kaufman in Turner County, Marion, S.D. She was the youngest and last surviving member of this pioneering family of five sons and six daughters.
Her formal education to church membership was through baptism in the Salem-Zion Church, by Pastor Alfred P. Waltner, on Aug. 31, 1919. She remained a faithful member until death.
She attended a rural school and upon graduation from Freeman (S.D.) Junior College normal course, she found teaching in a one-room school a rewarding experience.
She married Philip Krehbiel on May 13, 1923. They shared 64 happy years together and had two sons and a daughter.
She was a devoted mother and mother-in-law, always concerned with the happiness and welfare of her family. She used her time wisely and had several projects which kept her busy in later years. She enjoyed writing and made a major contribution in recording her family genealogy. She spent much time repairing dolls.
Her last year of life was spent in the Freeman Nursing Home. She died June 25, 1987, at age 85.
Survivor's include her husband, Philip; her children, Ray and Lillian Krehbiel, Janis and Walter Siemens, and Philip Jr. and Dagmar Krehbiel; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Alma G. Wert, 86, Cocolamus, Pa., died July 16 at Lewistown (Pa.) Hospital.
Born May 22, 1901, in Cocolamus, she was a daughter of the late Jacob M. and Emma (Graybill) Lauver. Her husband, Michael W. Wert, died Aug. 12, 1985.
Surviving are two sons, Harold W. Wert of Manheim, Pa., and J. Lloyd Wert of Coatsville, Pa.; six daughters, Orpha (Mrs. J. Lloyd) Gingrich of Cocolamus, Alene (Mrs. Mark) Yoder of Greenwood, Del., Gladys (Mrs. Jesse) Yoder of Dover, Del., Freda (Mrs. Vernon) Zehr of Wilmington, Del., Alma Jean (Mrs. Harvey) Yoder of Broadway, Va., and Ruth Ann (Mrs. Allan) Shirk of Lancaster, Pa; two sisters, Mary E. Lauver and Gladys Lauver, both of Cocolamus; 37 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Lauvers Mennonite Church, Cocolamus, where funeral services were held July 19 with Carl Graybill, Donald Lauver and Allan Kauffmann officiating. Interment was in Lauvers Church Cemetery.

Cora B. Good, 77, Sterling, Ill., died of an apparent heart attack July 17, 1987, at Community General Hospital in Sterling.
She was born at South English, Iowa, the daughter of Samuel B. and Kate Ebersole Lapp. She was the sixth of seven children.
She took nurses training at the same hospital where she died and was a member of the Mennonite Church. She married Lloyd D. Good on Dec. 23, 1933.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd; one daughter, Lois Olson of LaGrange, Ill.; three sisters, Ruth Troyer of Albion, Ind., Ada Litwiller of Wooster, Ohio, and Helen Steele of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, one daughter and three brothers.
Funeral services were held July 20, 1987, at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. Officiating were Pastor Roy S. Kaufman and Mark Miller, associate pastor of First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, Ind., who is a grandson by marriage. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Harold Christian Baughman, 86, Bloomfield, Iowa, died July 16, 1987, at Davis County Hospital, Bloomfield.
He was born March 28, 1901, in Davis County to William Christian Baughman and Anna Augspurger Baughman. He grew up on a farm south of Pulaski, Iowa, graduated from Pulaski High School and attended Iowa State University in Ames. He married Gladys Mae Meredith on Jan. 3, 1929, in the home of his sister, Edna Swartzendruver, rural Pulaski. They were lifelong farmers in the Pulaski and Bloomfield area.
He was a member of the Pulaski Mennonite Church, a past member of the board of trustees of Bluffton (Ohio) College and a lifetime member of the president's club of Bluffton College. He was a past soil conservation district commissioner, past president of Citizens Mutual Telephone Co., a member of Independent Telephone Pioneer Association of Southeast Iowa and lifetime member of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Association.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Mae; three sons, James M. Baughman and wife, Carol, William C. Baughman and wife, Barbara, both sons of Pulaski, and Glenn R. Baughman and wife, Ann Marie, of Des Moines, Iowa; two daughters, Mary Ann Fisher and husband, Lloyd, and Joy Evans and husband, Steven, of Bloomfield; two brothers-in-law, Bayard Fordemwalt of Pulaski and Orville Litwiller of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Warren W. Baughman, three sisters, Esther Fordemwalt, Edna Swartzendruver and Helen Litwiller; an infant child and an infant granddaughter.
He was a devoted worker in his church. He served as church trustee for 29 years, and often attended the Central District Conference sessions as a delegate from Pulaski Church. He represented Central District on the Bluffton College board for many years.
He is fondly remembered in the community for years of singing with close friends in a men's quartet and for his commitment to four-part singing and its value in worship. He supported and advised many young, first-assignment ministers of the Pulaski Church, seeing their inexperience as an opportunity for the congregation to set a positive course for their ministries. He was committed to decision-making in the congregation by consensus and waiting for the Holy Spirit to work.
He believed in stewardship in its broadest sense and taught family members to regard the land and its gifts not as possessions to be exploited, but entrusted to man by God for a brief time to leave in better shape for future generations.
He had a consuming interest in preserving the family farm through conservation of soil and protection of environment. In 1966 he was recognized as Outstanding Soil Conservation District Commissioner in Iowa by "Wallaces Farmer" magazine and also received recognition from the State Soil Conservation Committee of Iowa for devoted service as district commissioner
Funeral services were held July 18 at Pulaski Mennonite Church, with burial in Pulaski Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Pulaski Mennonite Church Library or Davis County Hospital Long-Term Care Center.

Emma N. Croyle was born Aug. 25, 1898, the daughter of Jacob G. and Ellen Speicher Stahl in Quemahoning Township, Somerset County, Pa. She died July 4, 1987, at the Apostolic Christian Home, Rittman, Ohio, at age 88. She had resided there 11 days after several days of hospitalization at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
She married Lloyd S. Croyle on June 29, 1918. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1982. She also was preceded in death by three sons, Alan in 1919; Carl in 1927 and Dwayne in 1975, and a daughter, Sara, in 1937. Her parents, four brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, Denton E. of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Ellis B. of Archbold, Ohio; a daughter, E. Louise (Mrs. Douglas) Wigle of Vista, Calif.; a brother, Howard Stahl of Sabin, Minn.; a sister, Ruth Brant of Somerset, Pa.; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church in the Johnstown, Pa., area, where she lived until July 1985. She taught Sunday school at the Cambria Fuel Mission, now Carpenter Park Mennonite Church, near Thomas Mills, where she was a member at the time of her death.
Funeral services were held July 8 at the Thomas Mennonite Church with Ellis B. Croyle and Aldus J. Wingard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Helen (Mrs. Leonard J.) Franz, 91, died July 1, 1987, at Salem Home, Hillsboro, Kan. Services were conducted July 5 at the Hillsboro MB Church with Clarence Hiebert and Arthur Flaming officiating. Burial was in the MB Cemetery.
She was born Nov. 28, 1895, at Bingham Lake, Minn., the daughter of John and Katarina (Thiessen) Reimer. Her education included studies in an elementary, one-room school, Mt. Lake (Minn.) Preparatory School, Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton, Kan., and Tabor College, Hillsboro.
She married Leonard J. Franz of Inman, Kan., on May 20, 1920. They lived in Hillsboro since 1920, where he was superintendent of schools in Hillsboro. He later served as Tabor College president, academic dean and professor of history.
She served as a nurse during the flu epidemic in Minnesota. She taught German in the Hillsboro Public School in the 1930s and elementary school for three years during World War II. She was assistant to the librarian of Tabor College, 1962-65.
She was one of the founders of the Hillsboro Public Library in the 1930s. She served as the corresponding secretary for the Fourth District of the Kansas Women's Federated Club in the 1940s, was president of the YWCA, and was a member of the Marion County Farm Bureau, FISH, Senior Citizens Club and Federated Women's Club.
In 1978 she was given the Kansas Merit Mother of the Year award in recognition of her service to the family and community. She helped found Tabor Women's Fellowship during her husband's term as Tabor president, 1956-62.
She had been a member of the Hillsboro MB Church since 1924. She taught Sunday school for 52 years and had served as president of the Southern District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Women's organization.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1972.
Survivors include two daughters, Elfrieda Hiebert and husband, Erwin N., Belmont, Mass., and Laura Hiebert and husband, Talmage, Ann Arbor, Mich.; one brother, Frank Reimer, Mt. Lake, Minn.; one sister, Susan (Mrs. P.R.) Lange, Reedley, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
A memorial fund has been established at the Tabor College Library.

Paul Dayton Byler, 26, the son of Pollard and Lois (Dayton) Byler, Colorado Springs, Colo., died May 17, 1987.
He was born Jan. 17, 1961, in Colorado Springs. He is survived by his parents and one sister, Jill Byler.
He was a member of Beth-El Mennonite Church, Colorado Springs. Funeral services were held May 18 at the First Presbyterian Church, with Cleon Nyce and John Stevens officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs.

Wilma Lichti Jantzen was born Dec. 17, 1905, at Lucien, Okla., the youngest of four children born to John and Levina Lichti. She learned to know her Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized at Deer Creek Mennonite Church as a teenager.
She graduated from high school at Medford, Okla., and later graduated from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. She taught high school in Kansas for four years.
At Bethel College she met Albert Jantzen, and on June 2, 1934, they were married in Medford, Okla. They lived together for 53 years. The Lord blessed them with two children, Grace and Lyman, and three grandsons.
They served the Lord in several churches and mission schools in China and on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. In 1970, they moved from Hopiland to Flagstaff, where they served 10 more years at Mt. Eden Christian Conference Center.
In November 1979, they moved to Glencroft, where they enjoyed their life together until the Lord took her home on Aug. 8, 1987.
She always expressed a cheerful, friendly and positive attitude. No person was a stranger around her for long. She enjoyed good health until the last few months of her life, during which time she remained steadfast in her Christian faith.

Duane "Bud" Schowalter was born May 30, 1925, to Elmer and Suzanne Regier Schowalter. He graduated from North High School, Wichita, Kan., in 1943. Following graduation he entered the U.S. Navy and was in the service of the Navy for three years.
Following his Navy service, he attended Wichita University for two years, then transferred to Kansas State University, Manhattan. He graduated from KSU with a degree in electrical engineering in 1950, and in mid-July of that year began his vocation with Boeing Aircraft Co., where he continued as long as his health permitted.
He was baptized upon his confession of faith and joined the Riverside Christian Church.
On May 26, 1951, he married Marjorie Fast of North Newton. During their two-year stay in North Newton, he transferred his membership to Bethel College Mennonite Church. When they moved to Wichita in 1953, both transferred their membership to Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita, where they continued their membership.
Surviving his early departure on Aug. 24, 1987, are his wife, Marjorie; two sons and their wives, Tim and Catherine Schowalter of Corvallis, Ore., and Steve and Marna Schowalter of Park City; two daughters, Cynthia of Milwaukee, Wis., and Stephanie of Chicago, Ill; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Aug. 26, 1987, at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, with Don Steelberg, Loris Habegger and Albert Gaeddert officiating.

Albert "Bert" Kliewer, 77, died July 28, 1987, at his home at Johnson, Kan. A retired farmer, he had been a resident of southwest Kansas since 1927.
He was born Feb. 14, 1910, at Fairview, Okla.
On July 29, 1937, he married Edna N. Harms at Ulysses, Kan.
He was a member of Ulysses Mennonite Brethren Church and Gideons International.
Survivors include his wife, Edna; two sons, Larry of Edmonton, Alta., Canada, and David of Ulysses; three daughters, Carolyn Ashauer of Layton, Utah, Connie Vohs of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Deborah Bate of Rumford, R.I.; four brothers, John of Topeka, Henry of Shafter, Calif., Leonard of Downey, Calif., and Archie of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters, Susan Neufeld of Shafter, Calif., Edna Kliewer of Reedley, Calif., and Luella Pauls of Corn, Okla.; and 15 grandchildren.

Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon

Mennonite Weekly Review

64th Year ­ No. 36 ­September 3, 1987 ­ Page 7


Penn View Teacher Dies Unexpectedly On Camping Trip

Souderton, Pa.-David Klahre, 29, a fourth grade teacher at Penn View Christian School, died Aug. 23 of an apparent heart attack while on a camping trip in Quebec, Canada. An official report on the cause of death is pending.

Klahre, a 1979 graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College, had taught at Penn View almost continually since 1979. His extracurricular activities included PFT Committee and in-service projects such as "Teaching Peace to Children."

He is survived by his parents, a brother and a sister. A memorial service was held Aug. 30 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Church of the Brethren, Everett. Klahre was a member of Perkasie Mennonite Church.

A memorial fund is being established to purchase computer hardware and video equipment for Penn View School.

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Funeral services were held Sept. 1 in Houston, Mo., for Grace Rodgers Zook, 91, who died Aug. 29 in Licking, Mo. A native of Newton, she was a longtime member of Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston. Survivors include two sons, Norman Zook of Houston, Mo., and Kenneth Zook of Peabody; a daughter, Eleanor Hackenberg of Hesston; three brothers, Tillman Rodgers of Newton, Walter Rodgers of Florence and Sam Rodgers of Iowa City, Iowa; three sisters, Bertha Zook and Nina Miller, both of Hesston, and Myrtle Widowsky of Newton; seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Duane "Bud" Schowalter, 62 of Wichita, a former North Newton resident, died Aug. 24 at Riverside Hospital in Wichita. Funeral services were held Aug. 26 at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two sons, Tim Schowalter of Corvallis, Ore., and Steve Schowalter of Park City; two daughters, Cynthia of Milwaukee, Wis., and Stephanie of Chicago; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, for Kaete Justina Dyck, 75, Whitewater, who died Aug. 30 at Axtell Christian Hospital, Newton. She was a retired librarian at Frederic Remington High School near Whitewater. Survivors include five sisters, Gertrude Schmidt of Newton, Louise Dyck of Whitewater, Esther Schmidt of Wichita, Irene Claassen of Holmesville, Neb., and Lydia Dyck of Wichita; and three brothers, Walter Dyck of Essex Junction, Vt., Arthur Dyck of Whitewater and Herbert Dyck of Manchester, Mo.

Lifelong Goessel area resident Daniel Guhr, 67, died Aug. 29 at his home in rural Goessel. He was a farmer. Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, with Ray and Brenda Martin Hurst officiating. Burial was in Tabor Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Velma; three sons, Clayton Guhr of Versailles, Mo., Marlin Guhr of Walton and Rena Guhr of Newton; three daughters, Elfrieda Schmidt of Wichita, Wilma Boller of Kalona, Iowa, and Delia Duerksen of Hillsboro; five brothers, Sam Guhr of north Newton, Adolf and Arnold Guhr, both of Newton, Otto and Milton Guhr, both of Potwin; two sisters, Rose Flaming of Peabody and Edna Stucky of rural Newton; 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Funeral services for Sarah Enns Unruh, 83, of Goessel and formerly of Hesston, were held Sept. 15 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, rural Goessel, with Dennis Schmidt and Orlando Waltner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. She died Sept. 13 at Bethesda Home for the Aged, Goessel. Survivors include four sons, LaVern and Harland, both of Newton, Darrell of Hillsboro and Marlow of Hesston; one daughter, Melba Woelk of Newton; one sister, Betty Lehrman of Goessel; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, Henry G., preceded her in death in 1974.

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Graveside services for Mary Rempel Friesen, 96, of Bethel Home for Aged, Newton, were held Sept. 19 at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Hillsboro. Later that day memorial services were held at First Mennonite Church, Newton, with Floyd Bartel officiating. A native of Hillsboro, she died Sept. 16 at the home. She lived in Newton from 1936 to 1942 and in Mt. Lake, Minn., from 1942 to 1973, when she moved to Newton. Survivors include a stepson, Willard Friesen of Butterfield, Minn.; one sister, Ella McLees of LaMesa, Calif.; one foster-daughter, Justina Neufeld of Newton; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband, J. John, preceded her in death in 1972.

Marie Schierling, 76, of Inman, the sister of Lillian Zuercher and Neoma Boersma, both of Newton, died Sept. 19 at Eastview Villa, Inman. A native of Hooker, Ala., she was a Lindsborg Senior Center employee and lifetime McPherson County resident. Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman, with Gary Janzen officiating. Burial was in North Inman Cemetery. Additional survivors include one son, three daughters, three brothers, four other sisters, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Isaac, preceded her in death in 1967.

Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon

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