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Mennonite Weekly Review - August 2008
  Frey, Adelia Klassen;   Wyse, Ruby Yoder;   Yoder, Paton; 

Mennonite Weekly Review - August 4, 2008 - 86th Year, No. 29 - p. 13

Wyse, Ruby Yoder

Ruby Yoder Wyse
, 86, of Archbold, Ohio, died June 25, 2008. She was born Aug. 30, 1921, to Daniel and Magdalena Bontrager Yoder in Elkhart County, Ind.
She proudly accepted Christ Jesus as her Savior at the age of 14. Despite frequent family relocations, she graduated from Shipshewana (Ind.) High School in 1940.
She met her future husband, Ora, in May 1939. After an engagement that was prolonged due to World War II, they were married Jan. 1, 1943. The marriage lasted 58 years until Ora’s death in 2001.
They were blessed with four children, and lived a busy, productive life on the family farm in the Archbold area. After 26 years of farming, they moved into Archbold for their remaining years.
She was a tireless caregiver for many people, including her younger siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her optimism and beautiful spirit were an inspiration to many people. She loved to serve others and did volunteer work for many years with local organizations. Her favorite hobbies were sewing, quilt making and gardening.
Survivors include four children, Larry Wyse and his wife, Donna, of Archbold, Gene Wyse and his wife, Karianne, of Kearney, Neb., Anna Fisher and her husband, Bill, of Syracuse, Ind., and Susie Wyse of Milan, Ohio; four sisters, Catherine Miller, Maggie Yoder, Mary Bontrager and Lucille Blue; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ora; two brothers, John and Orva; and three sisters, Alta Yoder, Ida Mae Yoder and Elma Stauffer.
Burial was in the Pettisville cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - August 11, 2008 - 86th Year, No. 30 - p. 9

Yoder, Paton

Paton Yoder, 96, of Goshen, Ind., formerly of Hesston, Kan., died Aug. 3, 2008. He was born March 9, 1912, to Silvanus and Susanna (Troyer) Yoder on a farm between Goshen and Middlebury, Ind.
In 1936 he married Hazel Smucker, his sweetheart from early childhood. They were married for more than 72 years.
He graduated from Goshen College in 1935, and in 1941 he received his doctorate in history from Indiana University. He taught American history for 40 years: three years at Northwestern Junior College in Iowa; 10 years at Westmont College in California, where he is now honored as a founder; 11 years at Taylor University in Indiana; 10 years at Hesston College and six years at Malone College in Ohio. At Hesston from 1961 to 1970, he served as academic dean. During his tenure the college achieved its first North Central accreditation, built a new library and initiated the two-year nursing program. In 1970-71, he and Hazel supervised three Study-Service Term units of students in Haiti and Guadalupe for Goshen College. Retirement in 1977 brought them back to Goshen.
He accepted Christ as his Savior at 12 years of age. He grew up in the Clinton Frame congregation in Goshen and later was a member at Calvary Mennonite in California, Howard-Miami Mennonite in Indiana, North Canton in Ohio and College Mennonite in Goshen.
In 1967-68 he served as visiting professor of history on the Indiana University campus, resulting in the publication of his book, Taverns and Travelers; Inns of the Early Midwest. In his retirement years, his published books and articles included Tradition and Transition; Amish Mennonites and Old Order Amish, 1800-1900; Proceedings of the Amish Ministers’ Meetings, 1862-1878 (along with Steven R. Estes); two volumes on his great grandfather, “Tennessee John” Stoltzfus, an Amish Mennonite leader; and most recently (2007) an article on Bishop John K. Yoder in the Mennonite Historical Bulletin.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel; five children, Devon and his wife, Marcia, of Goshen, James and his wife, Phyllis, of Hesston, Susan and her husband, Reid, of Goshen, Ken and his wife, Ferne, of Elkhart, Ind., and Kathy and her husband, Ed, of Akron, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at College Mennonite Church in Goshen.

Mennonite Weekly Review - August 18, 2008 - 86th Year, No. 31 - p. 13

Frey, Adelia Klassen

Adelia Frey, 87, of North Newton, Kan., died Aug. 4, 2008, at Kidron Bethel Village. She was born March 14, 1921, to Frank H. and Katherine (Krause) Klassen in Hillsboro.
She married Edward H. Frey on Jan. 14, 1972, at First Mennonite Church of Newton. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1989.
She spent her childhood in Lehigh and Elbing, Kan., as well as in Texas. When she was 7, the family moved to Newton. In 1936, she was baptized and became a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton. A devoted student of the Bible, she served as church librarian, taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school. Friendships formed through the Dorcas Sunday School Class added much joy to her life.
As a young woman, she worked in a variety of jobs, including a short term of voluntary service in Hamilton, N.Y., among migrant workers. In 1952 she began a 33-year career as secretary/receptionist at Mennonite Weekly Review. She was a member of the National Secretaries Association.
After retirement, she did extensive volunteer work at the Etcetera Shop and Mennonite Central Committee.
Survivors include a sister, Myrta Bartel of Hillsboro; a stepson, Marlin Frey and his wife, Deane, of Newton; two stepdaughters, Earla Critchfield of Hesston and Nyla Chambers and her husband, Duane, of Wichita; a stepdaughter-in-law, Luetta Frey of Goessel; four nephews, Ronald Bartel and his wife, Brenda, Marlin Bartel and his wife, Cheryl, Douglas Bartel and his wife, Pam, and Bradley Bartel and his wife, Rita, all of Hillsboro; a niece, Kathleen Zimmerman and her husband, Joe, of Harper; and numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; and a stepson, Raymond Frey.
Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church of Newton. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

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