Mennonite Weekly Review - November, 2004

Mennonite Weekly Review, November 1, 2004, 82nd Year, No. 44, p. 12

Doris S. Shenk

Doris S. Shenk, 83, of Goshen, Ind., died Oct. 13, 2004, at Greencroft Healthcare after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for seven years. She was born Feb. 23, 1921, to Clarence and Elizabeth (Alderfer) Sell in Philadelphia, Pa.
She married Stanley C. Shenk on June 20, 1942, at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church.
She was baptized at Souderton Mennonite Church. She was a 1938 graduate of Souderton High School, a 1986 graduate of Goshen College and obtained a teaching degree at Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va.
She taught school in several settings in the 1940s. From 1958 to 1965 she taught at Franconia Mennonite School, now Penn View Christian School, in Souderton. From 1965 to 1975, she was administrative assistant to the dean of Goshen College. From 1949 to 1957, she was a homemaker, serving as a pastor's wife at South Union Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Ohio.
She was a member of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen and the Mennonite Church's Women's Missionary and Service Commission. She served as an instructor of Keystone Bible Institutes and, with her husband, co-directed 10 tours to the Holy Land from the 1970s to the 1990s.
She enjoyed making family scrapbooks, reading church periodicals, playing Scrabble, singing and traveling. She was known for her organizational ability, for her children's stories while in ministry with her husband, and her deep love for family and church.
Survivors include her husband, Stanley; four children, Dave and his wife, Shirley, of Elkhart, Dan and his wife, Vera, of Goshen, Rhoda Keener and her husband, Bob, of Shippensburg, Pa., and Phil and his wife, Alice, of Bookhnog, Dagestan, Russia; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Blanche Sell; and a brother, Clarence Sell Jr.
A memorial service was held at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. A family graveside service was held at Violett Cemetery in Goshen.


Alva Yoder
Alva Yoder, 88, of Hydro, Okla., died Oct. 15, 2004, at his home in the same room he was born in. He was born April 11, 1916, to Joni and Susan (Miller) Yoder 13 miles west of Hydro.
He was raised northwest of Hydro, where he attended Mulberry School. As a young man he accepted Christ and became a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church.
He worked on the farm alongside his father. In 1942, he served in Civilian Public Service in Fort Collins, Colo., and Terry, Mont., as a surveyor for four years. He returned to the Hydro area and on April 21, 1946, married Ellen Marie Slagell in Pleasant View Mennonite Church. He continued to farm until he retired in 1994.
He was a volunteer for Choice Books for 10 years and in later years was a volunteer at the Et Cetera Shop. He was active in his church, serving as elder, participant in Bible school, Sunday school and other offices.
He enjoyed traveling as a family in the United States, Bangladesh, India and Lebanon. He enjoyed his cattle and his grandchildren. He also wrote in a diary for more than 35 years until he couldn't see any longer, writing about his memories and stories for children. Reading his Bible and listening to Bible tapes was a favorite pastime.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen; a son, Bob Yoder and his wife, Becky, of Hydro; two daughters, Phyllis Miller and her husband, Ralph, of Chouteau and Karen Kendall and her husband, Terry, of Greentown, Ind.; three sisters, Fannie Stutzman of Topeka, Ind., Barbara Ann Thomas of Hydro and Lizzie Chupp of Adair; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Amos; and three sisters, Mary, Delilah and Susan.
Funeral services were held at Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Burial was in Pleasant View Mennonite Cemetery.


Elva L. Goering
Elva L. Goering, 91, of North Newton, Kan., died Oct. 14, 2004. She was born May 25, 1913, to John B. and Jessie Schrag Goering on a farm northwest of Moundridge, the first of 16 children.
She was baptized June 16, 1929. She graduated from Moundridge High School in 1932. In 1935, she enrolled in Bethel College for training to become a nurse, but her plans were interrupted when her mother died in April 1936. There were offers of adopting the six younger siblings, ranging from age 6 to infant twin brothers. She and her sister, Frieda, decided to give up their plans so as to care for the family. They moved to a farm north of Canton in August 1936. The Depression severely impacted their finances, so in 1942 she took a job as a cook in the dietetic department of McPherson Hospital. She worked there until 1950.
She married Dan Goering on June 10, 1955. He died Jan. 6, 1980.
Her church membership was transferred from Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge, to Zion Mennonite Church in Elbing, to First Mennonite Church at Pretty Prairie. She served in different capacities in Women's Mission Society and taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school. After they retired from farming, she worked as a part-time cook at Prairie Sunset Home and worked there until 1982.
She moved in 1994 to Schowalter Villa in Hesston. Her church membership was transferred to First Mennonite Church, Newton. She moved to Kidron Bethel Retirement Home in October 1999.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Lola Miller of Moundridge and LaVera Ayers and her husband, Phillip, of Portland, Ore.; a stepson, Donald Goering and his wife, Sherry, of Hugoton; two sisters, Martha Sundgren of Denver, Colo., and Joan Epp of Goessel; six brothers, Arthur Goering of Newton, John Goering of Gresham, Ore., Leonard Goering of Newton, James Goering of Dayton, Va., Harry Goering of Menifee, Calif., and Larry Goering of Ayden, N.C.; seven step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren and a step-great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; a step-son-in-law, Leo Miller; six brothers, Walter, Alvin, Willard, Daniel, Herbert and Ralph; and a sister, Frieda Regier.

Mennonite Weekly Review, November 8, 2004, 82nd Year, No. 45, p. 8


Ralph Shetler
Ralph Shetler, 84, of Scotts Mills, Ore., died Oct. 18, 2004. He was born Feb. 15, 1920, to Milton and Ada (Miller) Shetler in Cheraw, Colo.
In 1931, his family moved to Hesston, Kan. He graduated from Hesston Academy in 1938. He took one semester of college at Hesston.
On May 30, 1943, he married Margaret Pursley in the Hesston College chapel. They moved to Oregon immediately afterward.
He was drafted and opted for Civilian Public Service in lieu of military service. He served nearly two years at CPS Camp #55, in Belton, Mont., and the final six months on a dairy farm at Tracy, Calif. After CPS, they returned to Oregon.
He became a Christian and a member of Hesston Mennonite Church at a young age. Since 1967 he was a member of Zion Mennonite Church of Hubbard, Ore.
He worked in sawmills in Oregon and spent about 15 years caring for research animals and working as a storekeeper at the medical school and Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. In 1976-77, he and Margaret spent time in voluntary service in eastern Kentucky.
He enjoyed computers, genealogy and figuring out family connections. He was active with Oregon Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society and helped put the obituaries from Gospel Herald and Herald of Truth on the Internet. They traveled quite a bit in later years, including a trip to Europe.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; six children, Marvin and his wife, Shirl, of Aumsville, David and his wife, Susana, of Coral Gables, Fla., Howard and his wife, Rosie, and Jerold and his wife, Joan, both of Scotts Mills, Ruby Honan and her husband, Tim, of Carbondale, Colo., and Lawrence and his wife, Flo, of Lakeside, Mont.; 10 siblings, Leland of Mountain Home, Idaho, LaVerne Horst of Warden, Wash., Helen Reeder of Marysville, Wash., Floyd of Kelso, Wash., Eldon of Wamic, Walter of Moses Lake, Wash., Paul of Filer, Idaho, Ruth Stutzman of Kimberly, Idaho, Harold of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Lois Decker of Montrose, Colo.; 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a stillborn son, Daniel, in 1956.
Memorial services were held at the Zion Mennonite Church east of Hubbard. Burial was in Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review, November 15, 2004, 82nd Year, No. 46, p. 12


Joyce E. Kuhns
Joyce E. Kuhns, 66, of Souderton, Pa., and most recently of Wayland, Iowa, died Nov. 3, 2004. She was born to Park N. and Mary (Detweiler) Eberly in Mount Joy, Pa.
During high school, she was a summer staff member at Laurelville Mennonite Camp. She graduated from Donegal High School in Mount Joy, and from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. After graduation from EMU, she taught in the Donegal school district for three years. She then served in Araguacena, Brazil, as a missionary school teacher, where she met her husband, Dennis Kuhns.
After their marriage in 1970, the pastoral couple served in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio and Iowa churches. Her ministries included being a Sunday school teacher, youth pastor, Bible study leader and song leader. In recent years she was involved in prison ministries through Gospel Echoes, as well as leading Bible studies in a women's prison. Her hobbies were birdwatching, gardening and the woodcarving of birds. But she most of all enjoyed being a grandmother.
Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Dennis; two daughters, Jennifer K. Hershberger and her husband, Marc, of Lansdale, and Kris Anne Swartley and her husband, Jon, of Souderton; four siblings, Jean Eberly of Lititz, James Eberly of East Petersburg, Jay M. Eberly of Mount Joy and Donna Lambert of Hampton, Va.; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Galen, Ronald and LeRoy Eberly.
Memorial services were held at Souderton Mennonite Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.


Frances M.T. Swartzendruber
Frances M. T. Swartzendruber, 73, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Oct. 29, 2004, after a seven-year battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 21, 1930, in France.
In 1949, she joined the Mennonite Central Committee team in a children's home in the suburbs of Nancy, France, as a secretarymonitrice. There, in 1950, she met her future husband, H. Dwight Swartzendruber, an MCC volunteer. They were married on May 19, 1952, and she accompanied him to his home in Iowa.
In 1957, the family moved to Karachi, Pakistan, where her husband began a career in international relief and development work with Church World Service. For nine years, while he was working in the New York headquarters, she worked with United Methodist Board of Global Ministries' Africa and Medical Offices.
In 1979 they moved to Reston, Va., and began a second career, often working as a team providing consultant services to a number of agencies, mostly in Africa, which engaged in emergency relief.
In 1993 they moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where she retired while her husband continued to work half-time in a number of consulting assignments in Africa. Her main interest in her retirement years was her family, staying in contact with her granddaughters, although from a geographic distance. She and her husband also engaged in extensive travel, both to explore new places and to return to some of their favorite spots.
Another of her interests was helping to launch Artisans Around the World, which will open a new Ten Thousand Villages store in Glendale.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, H. Dwight; three sons, Fred of Reston, Va., Dan of Ashland, Mass., and David of Broadway, Va.; and five granddaughters.
Services were held at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale and at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va.


Rosa Bartel Thimm
Rosa Bartel Thimm, 82, of Beatrice, Neb., died Oct. 26, 2004. She was born Nov. 6, 1921, to John and Susie Bartel in Hillsboro, Kan.
She graduated from Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton, Kan., in 1947 as a registered nurse. She worked in Newton as a nurse for physician Eugene Enns for a number of years. In 1955, she worked at Brook Lane Farm, a psychiatric hospital near Hagerstown, Md.
She married Randolph Thimm of Beatrice on Aug. 30, 1959. Together they farmed in the Beatrice area. He preceded her in death in 1987.
Survivors include a daughter, Sheryl Stewart and her husband, Jon, of Lincoln; a son, Randolph William Thimm Jr. and his wife, Amy, of Firth; two sisters, Elda Bartel of Goessel, Kan., and Helen Bargen of North Newton, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Myrta Bartel of Hillsboro, Kan.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph; a sister, Wanda Swanson; and a brother, Johnnie M. Bartel.
Services were held at First Mennonite Church of rural Beatrice. Burial was in the church cemetery.


Jeannette Isaac
Jeannette Irene (Rutschman) Isaac, 83, of Whitewater, Kan., died Oct. 15, 2004, of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was born Jan. 11, 1921, to David and Elise (Zuercher) Rutschman at Newton.
She graduated from Whitewater High School and the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. It was at BIOLA that she met Frank Isaac, who sang in a quartet with her brother, Laverne. They were married on July 5, 1942, and resided in California for several years.
In 1949, they moved to the Zuercher homestead near Whitewater to help her father with the farm. They worked together on that farm for more than 50 years.
At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized and became a lifelong member of the Swiss Mennonite Church of Whitewater. A committed Christian, she served the Lord with a sweet and humble spirit in such endeavors as the Gideons, Berean Academy, the Grace Missionary Home, church choir, Missionary Circle and teaching vacation Bible school and Sunday school.
An excellent homemaker and caregiver, she always put the needs of her family first and prayed for them daily.
Survivors include four children, Gary Isaac and his wife, Jean, of Newton, Sherry Fisher and her husband, Norm, of Prairie Village, Nancy Klassen and her husband, Stephen, of Mountain Lake, Minn., and Cindy Kurr and her husband, Gary, of Newton; a brother, Laverne Rutschman of North Newton; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; a sister, Evelyn Langenegger; and brothers Waldo, Orrin, Henry and Pete.


Robert William Milne
Robert William Milne, 85, of Glendale, Ariz., died Oct. 17, 2004. He was born Oct. 12, 1919, to George and Almeda (Bowman) Milne in Mannheim, Ont., the third of six children.
He grew up on a farm in Mannheim, milking cows and making cheese to sell in the local market. He loved to play hockey and softball. He also loved music, playing a harmonica and singing tenor.
As a conscientious objector to military service, he worked in a road construction camp near Lake Superior, where his main task was to bake bread for 180 men every day. He attended Ontario Mennonite Bible School, where he met Freda Mae King. He married her on Oct. 26, 1944, at Elida, Ohio.
His life was filled with a wide variety of experiences, which included two years in Beltsville, Md., working at the government agricultural station. He also spent six years in Denbeigh, Va., as plant manager of Colony Farms Dairy and owner/operator of a small restaurant and two years in Fortuna Ledge, Alaska, under Mennonite Board of Missions, where he managed a general store and a regional Standard Oil outlet. He also lived 20 years in Goshen, Ind., where he was plant manager for Eby's Dairy in Elkhart and later helped build boats for Starcraft. For two years he lived in London, England, where he helped maintain and renovate the London Mennonite Centre. He also spent 27 years in Glendale, Ariz., where he worked in maintenance and renovation projects for Trinity Mennonite Church for eight years before he retired.
After retirement, he was a volunteer handyman, doing odd jobs for many people. He volunteered many hours at Habitat for Humanity, Faith House and Glencroft Retirement Community. His greatest fulfillment came from serving others.
Survivors include two children, Ronald Milne and Beverly Hershberger; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mennonite Weekly Review, November 22, 2004, 82nd Year, No. 47, p. 8


Theodor A. Goossen
Theodor Andrew "Ted" Goossen, 92, of Beatrice, Neb., died Oct. 29, 2004. He was born Oct. 9, 1912, to Andrew P. and Helen Penner Goossen on a farm north of Hoag.
After elementary school he attended two years of Mennonite Bible School. He was baptized and became a member of First Mennonite Church of rural Beatrice on May 24, 1931.
On May 27, 1941, he married Dorthy Claassen.
He spent his days milking cows and tending crops. He shared implements and work with his brother Bill, though they lived on opposite sides of Beatrice.
He was deeply involved in the life of First Mennonite Church. Over the years he held almost every position, including deacon. He had a strong bass voice and sang in a quartet that provided worship music for Sunday morning and many funerals. He was a dignified, gracious and gentle man.
His hobbies were photography and playing cards. He kept a picture history of the family that fills many photo albums. After son Harvey began to help on the farm, he and Dorthy were able to travel to California and Oregon to visit family. After retirement he regularly played cards with cousins and friends on Tuesday afternoons.
Ten years ago, they bought an apartment in the Regency. In the fall of 2001, Dorthy needed more care and moved into Homestead House. He joined her there in the spring of 2002. Several weeks ago they moved into a room at Good Samaritan, where he died.
Survivors include his wife, Dorthy; a son, Ron, of California; a daughter, Darlene of Beatrice; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Harvey, on Oct. 11, 2000.
Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church of rural Nebraska. Burial was in Mennonite Cemetery.


Margaretha Ediger
Margaretha Ediger, 78, of Mission, B.C., died Oct. 28, 2004. She was born Feb. 2, 1926, in the Crimea in Russia.
She lived in Brazil as a child, then immigrated to the United States to attend college and seminary, where she met and married Menno Ediger.
They worked side-by-side in churches in Turpin, Okla., and Sudbury and at the Welcome Inn drop-in center in Hamilton. She became ordained in the Mennonite church, and together they served churches in Markham, Ill., and Boise, Idaho. After working with Mennonite Central Committee in the Mennonite colonies in Bolivia for five years, they settled in Mission, B.C., in 1990.
They became faithful and loved members of St. Stephens Christian Community. She was involved in many volunteer activities in British Columbia, most recently with MCC, Mission Hospice Society and Hidden Treasures Thrift store in Abbotsford. She was a passionate advocate for peace and social justice and served on the MCC Peace Committee for many years. She had a gift for friendship and hospitality, sharing freely her legendary baking, flowers and produce from her garden, and countless meals with friends.
Survivors include five children, Stephanie, Elizabeth Hildebrand and her husband, Lloyd, Mike Ediger and his wife, Diane, Mary Ross and her husband, Robert, and Evelyn; two sisters, Elizabeth and Trude; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Menno, in 2002.
Funeral services were held in Mission, B.C.


Mattie E. Schertz
Mattie E. Schertz, 103, of Goshen, Ind., died Oct. 12, 2004, at Greencroft Health Care, where she had been a resident the past two years. She was born May 19, 1901, to John A. and Bertha Schertz Imhoff near Roanoke, Ill.
On Jan. 15, 1929, she married Peter H. Schertz, and for 44 years they lived on the family farm near Lowpoint, Ill. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1973.
She was a lifelong member of Metamora Mennonite Church, where she was involved in the Sunday school program and the Women's Missionary and Service Commission. She will be remembered for her hospitality, her willingness to help in any situation, and her deep commitment to the Mennonite Church, her family and a wide circle of friends.
After living all her active years in Woodford County, Ill., she moved to Greencroft Retirement Community in Goshen at age 95.
Survivors include two daughters, Marjorie Liechty and her husband, Russel, of Goshen, and Ardith Wilson and her husband, Ralph, of Minneapolis, Minn.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter H; five sisters, Elsie Imhoff, Ada Kennell, Freda Reiff, Clara Battler and Wilma Stealy; and one brother, Clarence Imhoff.
Services were held at the Greencroft Meeting House and at Metamora Mennonite Church. Burial was in Stewart-Harmony Cemetary, Metamora, Ill.

Mennonite Weekly Review, November 29, 2004, 82nd Year, No. 48, p. 12


Loyd Edwin Schlabach
Loyd Edwin Schlabach, 88, of Greenwood, Del., died Nov. 9, 2004. He was born Oct. 8, 1916, to Lorenzo and Polly Miller Schlabach in Thomas, Okla.
He was a farmer and a member of Greenwood Mennonite Church.
Survivors include his wife, F. Josephine Schlabach; two sons, Jay E. Schlabach and Allen E. Schlabach, both of Milford; four stepchildren, Clifford D. Baker and Daryl E. Baker, both of Oregon, and Berta K. Kauffman and Carla J. Yoder, both of Greenwood; five brothers, Paul Schlabach of Souderton, Pa., Fred Schlabach of Seaford, and Timothy Schlabach, Titus Schlabach and Evangel Schlabach, all of Greenwood; two sisters, Martha Tucker of Lima, Ohio, and Pollyanna Eby of Bellville, Pa.; and 15 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna E. Zook Schlabach; a brother, Walter Schlabach; and a sister, Mary Bender.
Services were held at Greenwood Mennonite School. Burial was in Greenwood Mennonite Church Cemetery.

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