Mennonite Weekly Review - April, 2004


Mennonite Weekly Review - April 5, 2004 - 82nd Year, No. 14, p. 12


John Groff Herr, 92, of Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz, Pa., died March 3, 2004, of congestive heart failure. He was born Nov. 2, 1911, to Jacob R. and Mary B. (Groff) Herr in Lancaster.

He married Ellen Hostetter Bucher on Jan. 27, 1931. They began wintering in Naples, Fla., in 1967 and lived there 1980-1998. In 1998 they moved to Landis Homes Retirement Community.

He was a member of East Chestnut Mennonite Church of Lancaster. He was a retired builder and farmer. An avid traveler, he visited New Zealand, Central America, Alaska, Newfoundland, Europe and South Africa. They toured more than 22 countries.

He served as a volunteer at North Naples Community Hospital and Landis Homes Retirement Community. They contributed to the many needs in Immokalee, Fla. He will be lovingly remembered for his keen sense of humor and kind ability to share with all he met.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Ellen; a son, John Bucher Herr and his wife, Martha, of Rawlinsville; a daughter, Barbara Ann Herr Ranck and her husband, John, of Naples, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ellen Herr Brubaker; and three brothers, Jacob G., Benjamin G. and David G. Herr.

A memorial service was held in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes Retirement Community. A private family burial was held at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.


Beatrice M. Nafziger, 96, formerly of Hopedale, Ill., died Jan. 17, 2004, at Maple Lawn Health Center in Eureka, where she was a resident. She was born May 13, 1907, to Niles M. and Sadie J. Huffman Slabaugh in Greentown, Ind.

She married Orrin Nafziger on Aug. 25, 1928, in Greentown. He preceded her in death on Nov. 24, 1992.

She attended Goshen (Ind.) College. She taught junior high school in North Grove, Ind., for two years before becoming a homemaker.

She was a member of Hopedale Mennonite Church and its WMSC, where she taught Sunday school for more than 50 years. She was a correspondent for Mennonite Weekly Review for Hopedale and Boynton Mennonite churches for more than 30 years.

Survivors include two sons, Lloyd and his wife, Eunice, of Hopedale, and E. Wayne and his wife, Elfrieda, of Manhattan, Kan.; a daughter, Lorene Good and her husband, Walter, of Armington, Ill.; a sister, Lola Mast of Kokomo, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orrin; a daughter, Mary Ellen Watson; a sister, Vera Litwiller; and a brother, Truman Slabaugh.

Funeral services were held at Hopedale Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Mennonite Cemetery in Hopedale. 


John D. Peachey, 76, of Wellman, Iowa, died March 14, 2004, after a lengthy illness.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred (Brenneman) Peachey; a daughter, Beth Miller and her husband, Marcus, of Wellman; a son, Robert and his wife, Brenda, of Haines City, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Wooster (Ohio) Mennonite Church.

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 12, 2004 - 82nd Year, No. 15, p. 16


Mildred R. Miller, 89, of Valley View, Pa., and formerly of Belleville, died March 3, 2004, at Valley View Haven. She was born Nov. 25, 1914, to Joseph N. and Mary M. (Yoder) Byler in Belleville.

Her husband, Harvey J. Miller, preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1976.

She served as a missionary in Europe for 25 years. After returning from Luxembourg, she single-handedly canned more than 40 pickup loads of jams and relishes for local bazaars, mostly for the Valley View Auxiliary, and made at least 16 quilts for the MCC sale in Harrisburg. She also graded Bible courses for local prison ministry and was a real prayer warrior. Her special gift was service to others.

She was a member of Locust Grove Mennonite Church and Senior Ladies Sunday School Class and the sewing circle of the church. She was also a member of the ladies auxiliary at Valley View Haven.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; three sisters, Sadie M. Yoder, Annie B. Glick and Amanda E. Hartzler; and a brother, Jesse W. Byler.

Funeral services were held at Locust Grove Mennonite Church of Belleville. Burial was in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 19, 2004 - 82nd Year, No. 16, p. 12


Betty Lou Petersheim, 71, of East Earl, Pa., died of cancer on March 15, 2004, at Landis Homes Retirement Community in Lititz. She was born to Robert E. and Kate Blough Wingard in Johnstown.

She married LeRoy K. Petersheim on Nov. 21, 1953.

She was a registered nurse who held various administrative responsibilities for 20 years at Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook. She retired in 1993 as administrator for health care. After retirement she worked at Friendship Community in Lititz as respite care coordinator.

From 1960 to 1970, she and her husband were fraternal workers with Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions in Tanzania.

She was a 1953 graduate of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital Nursing School in Johnstown.

She was a member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church and Adelphia Sunday School Class. Before her illness she served as an elder.

Survivors include her husband, LeRoy; a son, Jon Robert and his wife, Susan, of Lancaster; two daughters, Beth Ann Good and her husband, Linford, of Mount Joy, and Anna Ruth Gawlinski and her husband, Edward, of Horsham; a sister, Grace Yoder of Harrisonburg, Va.; a brother, Carl Wingard of Morgantown; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Weaver; and two brothers, Glenn and Freeman Wingard.

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 26, 2004 - 82nd Year, No. 17, p. 8


Betty Lou Hamilton Honn, 72, of Wichita, Kan., and previously of Harper, died April 13, 2004, at Via Christi Medical Center. She was born July 12, 1931, in Abilene to Jess and Katherine Plank Hamilton.

She attended Bethel College in North Newton and Wichita State University. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Harper.

On Dec. 12, 1952, she married Harold D. Honn. He preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 1996.

Survivors include a daughter, Katherine Eggert and her husband, Harold, of The Woodlands, Texas; an uncle, Joe Hamilton of Hutchinson; and an aunt, Hannah Hamilton of Harper.

A graveside service was held at the Harper Cemetery.

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