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Mennonite Weekly Review - June 2007 
  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


Harlan 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


Dessie 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 Eastlawn Cemetery.


Roberta 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


Howard 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.


Doris M. 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 Wayne.
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 - p. 8


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 years.
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 Harrisonburg, Va.
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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