Mennonite Weekly Review - June, 2004


There were no obits in the June 7, 2004 issue.

There were no obits in the June 14, 2004 issue.

Mennonite Weekly Review - June 21, 2004 - 82nd Year, No. 25, p. 16


Herman Klingenberg, 84, of Reedley, Calif., died May 16, 2004. He was born March 13, 1920, to Herman and Elisabeth Klingenberg in Danzig, Germany.

His family immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1923. From New York they traveled to Elbing, Kan., where they established their home and began farming.

He met his wife, Velma Regier, while serving his country in Civilian Public Service, and they were married July 6, 1945.

They moved to Reedley in 1954, where they farmed. He later worked in the educational system for 35 years, first at Windsor School and later at the Fresno County Department of Education.

Church was an integral part of his life. He served in leadership capacities and as a Sunday school teacher. His love for the Lord and the church left an impact on those with whom he served.

In retirement he thoroughly enjoyed his involvement with the retiree unit of CSEA and made many acquaintances across the state through this. He also gave many hours of service to Sierra View Homes and as a volunteer at the Mennonite Central Committee store.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Velma; a son, Eddie and his wife, Candy, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a daughter, Myrna Quinn and her husband, Vic, of Kent, Wash.; a brother, Willie of Peabody, Kan.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in the Reedley Cemetery.


Ada E. Gross, 82, of Goodfield, Ill., died May 10, 2004, at Maple Lawn Health Center in Eureka after a three-month illness. She was born Dec. 21, 1921, to Daniel and Ella Unzicker Hostetler in Shelbyville.

She married Wayne P. Gross on Feb. 14, 1949, in Low Point. He preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1995.

She began her many years working as a practical nurse at Lasance Hospital in Washington, where she worked 1943-49. She later worked for Dr. Victor Jay in Washburn, Roanoke Apostolic Home and Maple Lawn Health Center. In 1973 she graduated from Illinois Central College as an LPN.

She and her husband were 4-H leaders in Woodford County for many years, and she was a longtime member of the Home Economics Association of Woodford County. In her retirement she was an active volunteer with the Et Cetera Shop in Eureka and worked at the Hopper Haus in Eureka. She was active in Congerville Senior Citizens.

She was a longtime member of Cazenovia Mennonite Church, and since 1993 a member of Congerville Mennonite Church.

Survivors include a son, John Gross and his wife, Carol, of Goodfield; two daughters, Marjorie Gross of West Chicago and Luanne Ramer and her husband, Steve, of Smithville, Mo.; a brother, Merle Hostetler of Metamora; two sisters, Edna Kropf of Otterville, Mo., and Ethel Shrock of Sedalia, Mo.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; a granddaughter; and three brothers.

Memorial services were held at Congerville Mennonite Church and Maple Lawn Health Center. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery, rural Metamora.

Mennonite Weekly Review - June 28, 2004 - 82nd Year, No. 26, p. 8


Edwin Stover Alderfer, 82, of Goshen, Ind., died May 21, 2004. He was born March 12, 1922, to Franklin and Maria Stover Alderfer in Blooming Glen, Pa.

He married Helen Verene Wade on Aug. 12, 1944, in Sterling, Ill., after graduating from Goshen College with a biology degree. A divinity degree from Mennonite Biblical Seminary followed. He had a deferment during the war, but his resolve to serve set the pattern for the rest of his life in church service. He and Helen spent a year at the Canton, Ohio, mission, a few months in Civilian Public Service in Florida, and four years in the Philippines with Mennonite Central Committee.

From 1951 to 1955, he was principal and teacher at Bethel Springs School in Culp, Ark. The family then moved to eastern Pennsylvania, where he taught at Christopher Dock High School. In 1959, he received a call to pastor Kingview and North Scottdale Mennonite churches at Scottdale, Pa., where he served 25 years. He started retirement by earning a master’s degree in pastoral counseling at Duquesne University. He continued counseling after moving to Goshen in 1984.

He was a lifelong learner who loved God’s creation. He planted trees and gardens. He was a baker, beekeeper, candy maker, bird watcher and photographer. He enjoyed sports. He read studiously.

He witnessed his steadfast faith in God through his daily life. He made himself available to people in times of need, listening, counseling and supporting them. He was a man of prayer. He was a generous and caring husband and father.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; four daughters, Ann Kauffman and her husband, Ned, of Goshen, Ind., Faith Summer and her husband, Rod, of Littleton, Colo., Mary Synder and her husband, Merle, of Denver, Colo., and Amy Bell and her husband, Steve, of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren; and three sisters, Ruth Hertzler, Esther Moyer and Jane Diseroad, all of Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by a son, Eric Wade Alderfer.

A memorial service was held at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, where he was a member.


Marie Jost, 89, died June 10, 2004, at the Bethesda nursing home in Goessel, Kan. She was born April 26, 1915, to David J. Franz and Tina Reimer Franz in McPherson County.

Her mother died when she was 12, and she took on parenting responsibilities for her younger siblings until her father remarried.

She grew up on the family farm in the Buhler area and attended public schools there. Later she attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, where she met her future husband, Harold B. Jost. After her schooling ended, she taught school at Hope Valley School and the Gnadenau School in the Hillsboro area.            

She married Harold B. Jost on April 25, 1943, at Buhler.           

Throughout her adult life she was a homemaker and mother, and she also served as a Sunday school teacher for adult groups at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, a role which she continued until she was overtaken by health problems in the last half-year. She also worked for a number of years at Mennonite Brethren Publishing House and volunteered at the Etcetera shop in Hillsboro.       

Survivors include her husband, Harold; two sons, Howard and his wife, Shanti, of Calcutta, India, and Loren and his wife, Katy, of Riverton, Wyo.; two daughters, Annette Albrecht and her husband, Wayne, of Richardson, Texas, and Christine Harms and her husband, Sid, of San Mateo, Calif.; two sisters, Margaret Ratzlaff and Rubena Suderman; a brother, Bob Franz; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brothers Elbert and John Franz and stepbrothers Bill and Art Flaming.

Memorial services were held at the Parkview MB Church. Burial was in the old Gnadenau Cemetery, south of Hillsboro.  


Joseph R. Hoover, 70, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died June 2, 2004, at Lutheran Hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1933, to Warren and Nettie Hoover in Elkhart County.

On Dec. 22, 1956, he married Elizabeth Souder.

He graduated from Goshen College in 1955 and served his 1-W term at Prairie View Health Center in Newton, Kan., as a psychiatric aide 1955-57. In 1962 he graduated from Northwestern Medical College. He was a physician with Physicians Plaza for 27 years, retiring in 1990.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Lisa Hnath of Stratford, Conn., and Tina Dahlseid of St. Peter, Minn.; a son, Albert, of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Ernest of Goshen; three sisters, Esther Schrock of Goshen, Florence Hoover of Elkhart and Carol Hoover of Plymouth; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

Services were held in Fort Wayne, and burial was at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in Goshen.

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