Weekly Review -
Bandy, Dessie Troyer; Bitikofer, Roberta;
Blosser, Howard Raymond; Dick, Doris M. Weaver, Harlan Lee;
Mennonite Weekly Review - June 4, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 23 - p. 8
Lee Weaver, 56, of Lancaster, Pa., died May 7, 2007. He was born
to David M. and the late Katie Martin Weaver in Denver, Pa.
He was baptized by his father at Carpenter Mennonite Church of Talmage,
where he was a member. He was a 1969 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite
High School and attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg,
Va. His employments included farming, Weavers Poultry, the Garden Spot
and Manheim Auto Auctions.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, David M. Weaver and Martha
Kauffman Coffman Weaver; four sisters, Anna Mary Wenger of Lititz, Pa.,
Elizabeth Bonnar of Bancroft, Ont., Ellen Weaver of Annville and
Kathleen Burger of Lititz.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Katie; two brothers, David and
Harold Weaver; and a sister, Irene M. Weaver.
Services were held at Carpenter Community Church in Talmage. Burial was
in Groffdale Old Order Mennonite Church Cemetery of Leola.
Mennonite Weekly Review - June 11, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 24 - p. 8
Troyer Bandy, 96, of Hesston, Kan., died June 1, 2007. She was
born May 19, 1911, to Abraham N. and Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Zimmerman)
Troyer on the family farm northwest of Inman.
She moved to Hesston in 1920 and has lived continuously in Hesston
longer than any other resident. She joined Hesston Mennonite Church in
1924 and held the longest continuous membership in this congregation.
She married Murray C. Bandy on Sept. 11, 1940, in Hesston.
She graduated from Hesston Academy and began her career as a
switchboard operator and bookkeeper at the Mennonite Hospital in La
Junta, Colo. Returning to Hesston, she was employed at Halstead
Hospital and Bethel Deaconess Hospital of Newton. She was a bookkeeper
at King Motor Co. of Hesston and at the Hesston Mill. She owned and
operated the Village Motel in Hesston with her husband, and was the
bookkeeper and receptionist at Bandy Realty, also in Hesston. She
retired on Jan. 1, 1981.
Survivors include her husband, Murray; a daughter, Sondra Koontz and
her husband, Philip, of Newton; a sister-in-law, Nina West of Grand
Prairie, Texas; three nieces and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen; a sister, Gertrude
Troyer Roupp; two nieces and a nephew.
Memorial services were held at Hesston Mennonite Church. Burial was in
Bitikofer, 86, of Hesston, Kan., died June 3, 2007, at
Schowalter Villa. She was born Aug. 15, 1920, to Harry and Edna (Beck)
Selzer in Peabody.
She was a homemaker. She married Allen Bitikofer on Oct. 10, 1940, at
Spring Valley Mennonite Church in rural Canton.
Survivors include her husband, Allen; three daughters, Joan Yoder and
her husband, Myron, of West Liberty, Ohio, Sonia Tucker and her
husband, Ray, of Kimberling City, Mo., and Marlys Becker and her
husband, Dan, of Canton; three sisters, Ruby Ressler of Alberta,
Canada, Doris Bitikofer of Canton and Gladys Yoder of Harrisonburg,
Va.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Kathryn Shank, Violet
Selzer and Arletta Becker.
Services were held at Spring Valley Mennonite Church. Burial was in the
Spring Valley Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Mennonite Weekly Review - June 18, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 25 - p. 20
Raymond Blosser, 91, of Beavercreek, Ohio, died May 23, 2007. He
was born in 1915.
He graduated in 1939 from Goshen (Ind.) College and received his
master’s degree from Ohio State University in 1955. He served in
Civilian Public Service during World War II, followed by five years of
voluntary church relief service in Europe. After returning to the
United States, he worked at Sherwin-Williams as a paint chemist for 22
years, then was a handyman for 17 years at Carriage Hill Farm, part of
Five Rivers Metro Parks.
He was an active member of Huber Mennonite Church, using his skills
wherever he could. He was the congregational correspondent to Mennonite
Weekly Review for Huber for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eva Blosser; two children,
Philip Blosser and his wife, Penny, and George Blosser; two brothers,
Carl and Don Blosser; three sisters, Lois Amstutz, Doris Witmer and
Velma Blosser; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Evan Blosser; and a
sister, Laura Helfrick.
Funeral services were held at Huber Mennonite Church of New Carlisle.
Burial was in Huber Mennonite Cemetery.
Dick, 86, of Grabill, Ind., died May 30, 2007. She was born Dec.
4, 1920, to William and Mattie Stalter Beller in Graymont, Ill.
On July 12, 1947, she married Waldo Dick in Meadows, Ill.
She was a graduate of Goshen College and taught grade school in
Illinois, Indiana and Kansas. Throughout her life, she was active in
civic and volunteer activities. She was known for her artistic quilts
and other handicrafts. She enjoyed traveling throughout the world with
her husband. She helped her husband publish the two local newspapers,
the Woodburn Booster and East Allen Courier, and served as editor of
both. She was a charter member of Maplewood Mennonite Church of Fort
Survivors include her husband of almost 60 years, Waldo; four children,
James Van Dyke of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Susan Unruh of Wichita, Kan., John
Dick of New Paris and Charles Dick of Spencerville; a sister, Carol
Miller; and six grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at Maplewood Mennontie Church. Burial was
in Yaggy Cemetery in Grabill.
Mennonite Weekly Review - June
25, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 26 -
Anita C. Purugganan, 76, died
June 6, 2007, at Arkansas Valley Nursing Care Center in La Junta, Colo.
She was born Oct. 6, 1930, to Adolph and Cruz (Petrita) Purugganan in
New York, N.Y.
She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va. She
received an X-ray technician license at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver
and worked at both Presbyterian Hospital and La Junta Mennonite
Hospital. She was employed as a nurse to Dr. Richard L. Davis for 21
She was a volunteer with the hospital auxiliary, helping with the candy
cart, delivering mail, water flowers and filling vending machines. She
delivered Meals on Wheels, took people to appointments and shopping and
took care of houses and pets and doing yard work. Her great love was
music. She played the piano and would lead the singing at lodge
meetings and sang for funerals and weddings. She was active in
directing church choirs and singing in community choruses and groups.
She was an active member of First Christian Church of La Junta, serving
as the organist and choir director and in many other capacities.
She was the recipient of the Community Sunshine Award in 1999. She was
chosen the Silver Queen for Arkansas Valley Fair 2006. Her infectious
smile and humor will be greatly missed.
Survivors include four sisters, Emily Shenk of Sarasota, Fla., Grace
Hostetter of Hickory, N.C., Miriam Nissley and her husband, Lowell, of
Sarasota, Fla., and Peggy Shenk and her husband, Michael, of
She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Leasa.
Memorial services were held at First Christian Church of La Junta.
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