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Mennonite Weekly Review - May 2007
  Born, Floyd E.;   Buller, John B.;    Dyck, Margaret;    Fadenrecht, George H.;   Hershberger, Clyde;    Schmidt, Ormond (O.D.);   Schultz, Bertha R.;   Unruh, Clarence C.;   Unternahrer, Norman Lee;

Mennonite Weekly Review - May 7, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 19 - p. 9


George H. Fadenrecht, 92, of Ellensburg, Wash., died March 22, 2007. He was born Feb. 27, 1915, to Rudolph E. and Lena Friesen Fadenrecht on a farm in Joes, Colo.
At age 10 his family moved to Hepburn, Sask. His mother died when he was 14. After eighth grade he began full-time work on the farm. After six years of farming he began at Hepburn High School as a 21-year-old freshman. After high school he attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., and received a teaching certificate. He then taught at Rosehill School, a one-room country school.
On Aug. 15, 1941, he was assigned to Civilian Public Service Camp #5 near Colorado Springs, where he worked in soil conservation. He was then transferred to the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital in Denver, where he helped care for the mentally ill. While working there he met Florence Blocher, a student nurse from the Mennonite School of Nursing in La Junta. They were married May 26, 1944, at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Ind.
They moved to Hillsboro, where he received a degree in child psychology. He did graduate studies at the University of Kansas, University of Colorado and University of Michigan. He taught two years at Bluffton (Ohio) University, then worked at Kansas State University in the library department. They moved to Ellensburg, Wash., in 1964, where he was dean of libraries at Central Washington University. He retired from CWU on Jan. 1, 1982.
When he was 19 he accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized and joined the Mennonite Brethren church in Hepburn. Throughout his adulthood he taught Sunday school in two Baptist and two Presybterian churches. He served as a deacon in two Baptist churches and as an elder in the Presbyterian church.
Survivors include four children, Nancy Grant and her husband, Clyde, of Everett, Janice Mirro and her husband, David, of Ellensburg, Beverly Badger and her husband, William, of Honeoye, N.Y., and James Fadenrecht and his wife, Dana, of Everett; a brother, Leander Fadenrecht of Gresham, Ore.; 13 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Florence; three brothers, Jake, Edward and Herman Fadenrecht; and two sisters, Sarah Fadenrecht Willems and Lottie Fadenrecht.
Memorial services were held at First Presbyterian Church of Ellensburg. Burial was in the IOOF cemetery.


Bertha R. Schultz, 91, of Hillsboro, Kan., died April 29, 2007, at Parkside Homes. She was born Jan. 11, 1916, to David J. Enns and Elizabeth Reddig Enns in Chinook, Mont.
On Aug. 18, 1940, she married Harry L. Schultz at Lehigh. He preceded her in death in 1985.
She sold Avon. She was a member of Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Marlene Froese and her husband, Leonard, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dee Goertzen and her husband, Dennis, of Henderson, Neb.; a sister, Anna Enns of Hillsboro; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in Gnadenau Cemetery of rural Hillsboro.

There were no obituaries in the May 14, 2007 issue of MWR.

Mennonite Weekly Review - May 21, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 21 - p. 11


John B. Buller, 82, of Henderson, Neb., died May 8, 2007, in Life Care Hospital, McAllen, Texas, after heart valve replacement and bypass surgery. He was born Oct. 10, 1924, to Benjamin P. and Anna (Regier) Buller in rural York County. 
He was a lifelong resident of York County, growing up farming with his father. He graduated from McCool Junction High School in 1943.
He married Susie R. Janzen on March 17, 1946, at Springfield Church in Lehigh, Kan.
They wintered in Donna, Texas, for the last 27 years. He fell in love with the area after a Mennonite Disaster Service trip there. He enjoying shuffleboard, pool and the activity in the Rio Grande Valley. He loved to travel. When at home in Henderson, they often traveled to visit friends and relatives, visiting 50 states. He drove to all 49 continental states.
He was active in church in Henderson and Texas. He ushered, participated in men’s choir, in Brotherhood and the canner. He also enjoyed working with MDS, working in Texas; Mississippi; Mobile, Ala.; Thompson Canyon, Colo., and Grand Island, to name just a few. He and his wife did volunteer work in Wichita, Kan., Akron, Pa., and at an orphanage in South Texas. He most recently volunteered serving lunches at Heartland School in Henderson and serving meals on wheels.
Survivors include five children, Paul Buller and his wife, Linda, of Wichita, Kan., John Larry Buller of Lincoln, Lois Roberts and her husband, Larry, of Aurora, Rachel Crumly and her husband, John, of Hartington, and Nancy Wren and her husband, Jay, of Grand Island; four sisters, Elsie Block of York, Olga Kliewer of Henderson, Frieda Noel of Boise, Idaho, and Irene Block of Henderson; a brother, Abe Buller of Henderson; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death a brother, Benjamin (Benny) Buller; and three brothers-in-law, Ben Kliewer, John Block and Duane Noel.
Funeral services were held at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Burial was in the Southeast Mennonite Cemetery.


Norman Lee Unternahrer, 62, of Wayland, Iowa, died March 3, 2007, at the Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant. He was born June 21, 1944, to Noah and Barbara (Wenger) Unternahrer in Mount Pleasant.
He graduated from Iowa Mennonite School in 1962 and later attended Iowa Wesleyan College for two years before graduating from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. In 1965 he began a term with Mennonite Central Committee in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where he met his wife, Irene Hortensia Mendez Cabo. They were married on June 7, 1969, in Montero, Bolivia.
He was a member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church of Wayland, where he served in various capacities, including those of Sunday school teacher and elder. He was committed to serving others, and peace and justice issues were very important to him. His involvements over the years included the Iowa Peace Network, Crooked Creek Christian Camp, Just Peace Outreach Group, Habitat for Humanity, Mennonite Disaster Service, Sugar Creek Peace and Social Concerns Committee and in various capacities with MCC. He was employed with LJ Roth Construction in Olds for 26 years.
Survivors include his wife, Hortensia; his parents, Noah and Barbara Unternahrer; three children, Eric Unternahrer of Washington, D.C., Susanna Zook and her husband, Andre, of Houston, Texas, and Jennifer Moreno and her husband, Marco, of Northlake, Ill.; two brothers, David Unternahrer of Wayland and Ronald Unternahrer of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; and three sisters, Rosetta Koerner of Kalona, Kathryn Smith of Nappanee, Ind., and Esther Amstutz of Orrville, Ohio.
Funeral services were held at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - May 28, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 22 - p. 9


Clarence C. Unruh, 95, of Newton, Kan., died May 15, 2007, at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. He was born Jan. 15, 1912, to Jacob P. and Susie (Unruh) Unruh in rural Kiowa County.
On July 23, 1936, he married Grace Schmidt.
He and his wife were engaged in farming south of Greensburg for many years. In 1957 they moved to Newton. He worked as a carpenter and later a printer at Mennonite Press until his retirement. He was  a member of First Mennonite Church of Newton. He enjoyed and looked forward to spending time with his many friends and loving family.
Survivors include a son, Charles Unruh and his wife, Irene, of Oswego, Ill.; two daughters, Carol Kirk-Brockmeier and her husband, Roy Brockmeier, of Herington, and Rachel Clark and her husband, Michael, of Grapevine, Texas; two brothers, Lawrence Unruh of Hesston and Cecil Unruh of Hutchinson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace, on Jan. 1, 2006; three brothers, Otis Unruh, Ed Unruh and Verney Unruh; and two sisters, Anne Bontrager and Ethel Penner.
Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church of Newton. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.


Margaret Dyck, 101, died May 16, 2007, at Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community in Buhler, Kan. She was born Feb. 20, 1906, to John and Maria Adrian Dyck in Corn, Okla. In 1914, she accompanied her family as they settled on a farm near Buhler. She graduated from Buhler High School in 1924.
On July 13, 1924, she was baptized and joined Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church. Her faith was expressed in active church involvement, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and serving in women’s mission societies.
She attended Tabor College, Fort Hays State University and Southwestern State University. She spent seven years as an elementary school teacher. Her first school was in Oklahoma, where she taught one year. From there she went to Lakeside Rural School near Buhler and also taught in the Pretty Prairie and Moundridge school districts.
Her desire to enter the business world led her to Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, where she studied bookkeeping and secretarial work. She then worked at Schneider Oil Company in Buhler for six years and with McNaghten Loan and Investment Co. for 18 years. During World War II she managed the Reno County Rationing Office.
After the war she moved to Anaheim, Calif., where she worked at real estate escrow offices and the F.F. Olds Instrument Co. In 1968 she moved to Cordell, Okla., and later to Hutchinson. Her last move was to Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community, where she was active in the auxiliary.
She always affiliated with a church where she resided. In Hutchinson she was a member of Trinity Methodist Church, in California she joined Fullerton Baptist Church, in Oklahoma she belonged to Cordell Mennonite Brethren Church, and in 1973 she transferred her membership back to Buhler MB. Here she joined the Herrwana Chapter Mission Society, a women’s sewing circle for supporting global missions.
Although she never married, she found great joy in developing close bonds with nieces and nephews. She celebrated significant landmark occasions in her life and theirs.
Those mourning her death are nine nieces and nephews living in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Virginia and the state of Washington.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Susie Warkentin and Selma Atkinson; and three brothers, Henry, Dave and Pete Dyck.
Services were held at Buhler MB Church. Burial was in Buhler Cemetery.


Floyd E. Born, 73, of Newton, Kan., died May 12, 2007. He was born Nov. 24, 1933, to Jacob and Tabea (Goossen) Born in Frazer Valley County, Mont. He was baptized at age of 12 in Lustre Mennonite Brethren Church. In high school he dedicated his life to serving God directly in gospel ministry.
He married Bertha Toews on June 15, 1954, in Lustre, and graduated from Tabor College in 1955. He attended Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, Calif., where he earned a master’s degree in missions in 1957 and a bachelor of divinity degree in 1965.
For 50 years he served the church: as pastor of Mennonite congregations in Marshall, Ark., Dallas, Texas, and Garden City, Ulysses and Elbing, Kan. In 1965 he took his family to Brazil, where he was professor of New Testament and missions at the Mennonite Brethren Seminary in Curitiba and also field administrator from 1968 to 1974. He served as chaplain at Garden Valley Retirement Village and as administrator at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. He held interim pastoral positions at Mennonite congregations in Goessel, Moundridge and Newton, Kan.
He was a faithful husband and excellent father, a skillful builder and craftsman, a wise listener and planner, a counselor to those in suffering and distress, and a thoughtful preacher who stressed service over self. He was gifted in ancient and modern languages, Hebrew, Greek, German and Portuguese. A believer in the importance of learning, he was a voracious reader. He sang in small groups and the Mennonite Men’s chorus.
Survivors include his wife, Bertha; four sons, Daniel and his wife, Mary Classen, of Chicago, Michael and his wife, Jo Ellen Wahl Born, of South Bend, Ind., Bradley and his wife, Diane Kinser Born, of Newton, and William and his wife, Shawna Wedel Born, of Goshen, Ind.; a brother, William Born of Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister, Norma Goentzel of Denver; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Myrtice Schulz.
Services were held at Faith Mennonite Church of Newton.


Ormond (O.D.) Schmidt, 84, of McPherson, Kan., died May 6, 2007. He was born May 20, 1922, to Karl and Helen (Schroeder) Schmidt at Goessel.
He grew up on a farm. He graduated with the class of 1940 from Goessel Rural High School. He was baptized and joined Goessel Mennonite Church on June 5, 1938, where he was a member until his death.
After high school, he began farming with his father. He also did road grading for Spring Valley Township. In the winter of 1946 he worked for Bethel College in North Newton in farm maintenance. He later worked at Unruh Service Station.
He married Emma Ruth Huxman on Sept. 5, 1947, at Calvary Tabernacle Church in Moundridge.
They moved to a small farm without any modern conveniences southeast of Goessel. Later they were offered a larger farm northeast of Canton. Here he shared labor and equipment with his father and brother Roy. When his parents retired from farming, he and his family moved to the home place northwest of Goessel. In 1958, he began working at Hesston Corp. and was employed there for about 30 years.
In 1963, he took flying lessons and got his private pilot’s license. He and his wife joined the International Flying Farmers organization in 1964, which was an inspiration and very dear to their hearts. They retired from farming in 1994 and moved to McPherson.
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Emma Ruth; two sons, Myron Schmidt of Newton and Neil Schmidt and his wife, Virginia, of McPherson; a daughter, Ellen Gilbert and her husband, Larry, of McPherson; a sister, Velora Krehbiel of Lakin; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy.


Clyde Hershberger, 94, of Kalona, Iowa, died April 26, 2007. He was born Nov. 1, 1912, to Ammon and Lydia (Gascho) Hershberger in Dorchester, Neb. He grew up in Nebraska and later moved to Iowa. He married Ollie Brenneman on Sept. 18, 1938, in West Union Mennonite Church of rural Parnell.
He was a farmer most of his life and was also employed at the University of Iowa and the Veteran’s Administration Center in Iowa   City for 30 years. He enjoyed his family, carpenter work, reading, raising turkeys, shuffle boarding and listening to music. He was a member of Kalona Mennonite Church.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ollie; six children, Cecil  Hershberger of Muscatine, Elaine Cole and Bea Knepp, both of Kalona, Herb Hershberger and his wife, Deny, of Wooster, Ohio, Linda Cole and her husband, Sonny, of Cartridge, Ill., and Larry Hershberger and his wife, Marilyn, of Wayland; a brother, Willard Hershberger of Corry, Pa.; a sister, Ruth Troyer of Union City, Pa.; 21 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene Reynolds and Esther Roth; three sons-in-law, Robert Haley, Robert Cole and Ed Knepp; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at Kalona Mennonite Church. Burial was in Sharon Hill Cemetery of Kalona.

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