Mennonite Weekly Review - December 2006
Mennonite Weekly Review - December 4, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 49 - p. 12


Mildred I. Zehr,
82, of Bartlesville, Okla., died Oct. 27, 2006. She was born to John and Marie Zehr in Calhoun County, Iowa.
She accepted the Lord and was baptized at Manson (Iowa) Mennonite Church. She attended Hesston Mennonite School  and graduated from Manson High School. She was employed by Phillips Petroleum in the marketing department and worked in Des Moines, Iowa, Memphis, Tenn., and Bartlesville for 30 years.
She enjoyed traveling and her many dogs. It was a joy for her to visit her nieces and nephews and their families. She and her friend, Frances Pearson, were faithful church members and gave generously to those in need.
Survivors include two brothers, Marvin Zehr and his wife, Florence, of Manson, Iowa, and Melvin Zehr and his wife, Lois, of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and nine nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held at Manson Mennonite Church.


Ralph Kenneth Kaufman,
87, of Fonda, Iowa, died Aug. 18, 2006, at the Fonda Nursing & Rehab Center. He was born Feb. 20, 1919, at Havelock, Iowa.
He graduated from Havelock High School in 1937. For two years after high school, he worked as a farm hand for his neighbors. He farmed before registering for the draft. He chose Civilian Public Service as an alternative to going to war. He was assigned to Belton, Mont., and worked as a truck driver hauling wood and fighting forest fires. He was also a foreman of a crew for two years and two months. He then went to Monroe, Mich., as a dairy tester, going to the University of Michigan at Lansing for about six weeks to learn to be a dairy tester. He was in Michigan 18 months.
He drove truck for Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, Pa., one winter. He went to war-torn Poland on a Horses for Humanity Mission trip sponsored by the Brethren service and the UNRRA. He was one of 100 cowboys/seamen caring for 1,600 horses on the ship. Farmland opened in rural Fonda, so he moved to Fonda and started farming on his own.
He married Arnetta Detweiler in January 1956.
At Manson Mennonite Church he served on the church board, as an elder and as Sunday school superintendent. He enjoyed raising livestock and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Arnetta; a son, Peter Kaufman and his wife, Janel, of Fonda; two daughters, Teresa Simpson and her husband, Roscoe, of Lytton, and Christina Kauffman and her husband, Lyle, of Manson; two brothers, Will Kaufman of Bartlesville, Okla., and Wayne Kaufman of Hutchinson, Kan.; two sisters, Marie Kaufman of Glendale, Ariz., and Bernice Johnson of Minier, Ill.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marcille Davidhizar.
Funeral services were held at Manson Mennonite Church. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Manson.


Mennonite Weekly Review - December 11, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 50 - p. 12


Frank G. Woelk Jr., 50, of Newport, Wash., died March 25, 2006, after a battle with cancer. He was born April 6, 1955, to Frank G. and Edna V. (Fast) Woelk.
He attended Newport schools and was raised on a dairy farm in Spring Valley. He was a member of Spring Valley Mennonite Church.
He loved cars and was an auto mechanic for many years, including operating his own business. In 1989 he felt the Lord calling him into pastoral ministry. In 1999, he became the pastor of Spring Valley Mennonite Church, which he remained until his death.
He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and touched many lives with great impact. He is greatly missed by his family, church family and community.
Survivors include his wife, Mollie; four children, Sam Woelk and his wife, Maria, of Goshen, Ind., Ben Woelk of Newport, JoAnna Boe and her husband, Gabe, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Suzi Weldon and her husband, Josh, of Rathdrum, Idaho; three stepchildren, Rob Cox and his wife, Jenny, Jason Cox and his wife, Cindy, and Dorothy Kaveshan and her husband, Joe, all of the Newport area; 13 grandchildren; a brother and five sisters.


Floris S. Miller, 85, of Hesston, Kan., died Nov. 24, 2006, at Schowalter Villa. She was born Nov. 26, 1920, to Emil and Sarah (Holdeman) Jantz in Goessel.
On June 19, 1952, she married Ivan Miller of Iowa City, Iowa, in Hesston.
She attended Hesston College and graduated from Goshen (Ind.) College with a bachelor of science in home economics and business. She taught school in a variety of elementary and secondary settings and business and home economics at the secondary level. Her final teaching position was with Goessel High School, where she taught business courses. She also co-owned the Miller Funeral Homes of Goessel and Hesston with her husband, and together they provided services to Goessel and Hesston and the surrounding communities for nearly 50 years.
She was an active member of the Goessel and Hesston communities, where she was a member and leader in the Goessel YWCA and GWCA and the Goessel Book Club. She was a lifelong member of Hesston Mennonite Church and active in the Dorcas Circle. Even with these many roles, her role as loving wife and mother and the making of a home mattered most to her. She spent many hours in her later years making quilts and comforters for Mennonite Central Committee.
Survivors include her husband, Ivan; a daughter, Phyllis J. Miller of Arlington, Va.; a brother, Kerwin Jantz of Newton; and a sister, Beryl Isaak of Inman.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Milferd Jantz and Winston Jantz.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 18, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 51 - p. 11


Elizabeth M. Longacre, 93, of Souderton, Pa., died Nov. 13, 2006, in Sellersville. She was born to Henry and Katie (Moyer) Goshow in Towamencin Township.
She married Horace W. Longacre in 1930. They celebrated 76 years of marriage in June.
She assisted her husband in the early years of their business, Longacre Poultry, and was a seamstress all her life. She was known as a woman devoted to her family. She was a member of Swamp Mennonite Church in Quakertown, where she was active with the sewing circle.
Survivors include her husband, Horace; two sons, Kenneth Longacre and his wife, Cora, and Henry Longacre and his wife, Carol, all of Franconia; seven grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a grandson and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at Swamp Mennonite Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.


Herman Ruldoph Voth, 86, of Newton, Kan., died Nov. 3, 2006, from injuries sustained in a fall Nov. 1. He was born May 20, 1920, to Henry H. and Katie Buhler Voth near Goessel.
When he was 7, his family moved to a farm near Elbing. He attended Newton High School. His family attended Emmaus Mennonite Church near Whitewater, where he was baptized and became a member.
In 1941 he was drafted as a noncombatant, eventually serving in Europe. During the occupation he was assigned to the regimental glee club and traveled in France and Germany entertaining the troops. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Newton. He was employed at Kroger grocery store and Goodyear Tire store and attended Pittsburg State College.
On May 16, 1947, he married Dora Harder.
They lived in Newton, where he was employed with the Chrysler and International Harvester dealership. When this closed, he was transferred to the Wichita IH dealership and they moved to Wichita.
In 1954 he transferred his membership to First Mennonite Church in Newton, where he remained a member the rest of his life. He enjoyed working in the cassette taping ministry, the welcoming committee and Homemakers Sunday School Class. While in Wichita he attended Open Bible Mennonite Church near his home. When they moved to a home near Whitewater in 1967, he was active in Emmaus Mennonite Church. He sang with the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus.
They moved back to Newton when he retired. He continued small motor repair and the restoration of tractors and enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Dora; two sons, James Voth and his wife, Barbara, of Newton, and Thomas Voth and his wife, Pamela, of Wichita; his twin sister, Helen Claassen of Whitewater; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Busenitz and Anna Penner; and two infant siblings.
Memorial services were held at First Mennonite Church of Newton.


Etril J. Leinbach, 96, of Goshen, Ind., died Nov. 14, 2006, at Goshen General Hospital. He was born Feb. 8, 1910, to Leander Garber and L. Anna Leinbach in Nappanee.
He married Wilma Pearl Pletcher on Oct. 7, 1933, in Middlebury.
He attended New Paris High School, audited at Goshen College and took classes at Goshen Biblical Seminary. He was a member of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church.
He served on almost every committee of Indiana-Michigan Conference and attended six Mennonite World Conference assemblies. He visited 47 states in the United States and 17 foreign countries.
He worked at Western Rubber in Goshen from 1930 to 1939 and had a bread route in Millersburg, Benton, Syracuse and North Webster. In 1939 he purchased half interest in Pletcher Dairy in Middlebury. As a pastor he worked part time wallpapering and painting and drove a mail truck from White Pigeon to Kalamazoo, Mich. He also drove a school bus for 15 years and worked in a cabinet shop for eight years.
He became an ordained minister in 1948 and served a total of 40 years. He served 20 of those years at Moore Park Mennonite Church in Michigan, eight years at Valparaiso Mennonite Church and retired in 1976. He was an interim pastor for three years at Benton Mennonite Church and six-and-a-half years at Emma Mennonite Church.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Wilma; two sons, Keith Leinbach and his wife, Vi, of Haven, Kan., and Dale Leinbach and his wife, Edie, of Toccoa, Ga.; three half-sisters, Dorcas Snyder, Violet Kaufman and Cora Askrin, all of Goshen; two half-brothers, Verlin Garber of Boston and Keith Anglemyer of Wakarusa; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three half-sisters, Myrtle Shaum, Lovina Hershberger and Hazel Toney; and a half-brother, Leroy Garber.
Memorial services took place at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. Burial was in Clinton Union Cemetery in Goshen.


Stanford E. Ressler, 78, of Wooster, Ohio, died Oct. 12, 2006, at Wooster Community Hospital. He was born Sept. 5, 1928, to Charles and Marian (Lintern) Ressler in Akron.
He was a resident of the Wayne County Care Center in Wooster for a number of years. He was a member of Wooster Mennonite Church.
Survivors include his sister, Carol June Hiner of Dalton, and a niece and nephew.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Ressler.
Services were held at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Dalton. Burial was in Dalton Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 25, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 52 - p. 8


Roma J. Eicher, 64, of Albany, Ore., died Dec. 9, 2006. She was born Nov. 21, 1942, in Harper, Kan.
Her life was filled with music, church, community and family, including the Mennonite Church General Board, Mennonite General Assembly planning, Mennonite Mission Network board, the music committee at Lebanon Mennonite Church, Music Teachers National Association and president-elect of Oregon Music Teachers’ Association. Her community positions included Greater Albany Public School Board, YMCA Board, and co-managing the Linn County Fair on short notice in the mid-1970s.

She painstakingly built a career in music throughout her life. She founded the Conservatory for Music in 1986, creating a professional music and arts center for her community. She was active as a teacher, performer, adjudicator and presenter. An active member of MTNA since 1966, she held a national certification in piano. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She married Sam Eicher on June 14, 1963.
Survivors include her husband, Sam; three daughters, Marisa Jo De Masi, Dani Kaye Lack and Jaqui Lyn Forney; two adopted sons, Tyson Samuel Ezra and Travis John Albert; a brother, Don Diller of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at Lebanon Mennonite Church.

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