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Mennonite Weekly Review - December 2008
   Buller, Vern C.;   Edelman, Freda Lorene Epp;   Garber, Mary Anne Ruhl;   Goentzel, Ben;   Kaufman, Elmer L;   King, Barbara A. Saltzman;  Linder, Earl Howard;   Mullet, LeRoy;   Richert, Irvin E.;   Sala, Romaine Stahl;  Smucker, Daniel Martin;   Suderman, Edna Koop;   

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 1, 2008 - 86th Year, No. 45 -  p. 13

Kaufman, Elmer L.

Elmer L. Kaufman, 89, died Nov. 19, 2008, at Memorial Home in Moundridge, Kan. He was born April 7, 1919, to Jacob P. and Anna (Goering) Kaufman.

He married Virginia Krehbiel on July 22, 1945, at Moundridge. He was a farmer and co-owner of the Rural Rooster in McPherson.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of McPherson; four sons, Cameron Kaufman of Buhler, Steven Kaufman and Kevin Kaufman, both of McPherson, and Darin Kaufman of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Pamela Gunter of Kansas City, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at Eden Mennonite Church of rural Moundridge. Burial was in the church cemetery.


King, Barbara A. Saltzman

Barbara A. King, 70, of Goshen, Ind., died Nov. 10, 2008. She was born Feb. 27, 1938, to Alvin and Mabel (Albrecht) Saltzman in Flanagan, Ill.

She graduated from Hesston (Kan.) Academy in 1956, Hesston College in 1958 and from the University of La Verne in California in 1960. She married Donald G. King on Aug. 19, 1961, in Upland, Calif.

She received Jesus into her heart as a youth and remained faithful to him the rest of her life. She was a member of the Mennonite church and was kept busy leading children and adult choirs as well as being the church organist for more than 30 years.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Donald G. King; a son, Daryl King of Goshen; a daughter, Cheryl Thomas and her husband, Don, of Middlebury; and two grandchildren, Rose Marie and Amy Joy Thomas.

Funeral services were held at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen. Burial was in Clinton Union Cemetery.


Sala, Romaine Stahl

Romaine Stahl Sala, 83, of Goshen, Ind., died Nov. 17, 2008, at

Goshen Hospital. She was born June 6, 1925, to Ira and Nora Kaufman Stahl near Davidsville, Pa.

On June 15, 1949, she married Ray Sala.

She was a graduate of Goshen

College, where she received her bachelor’s degree, and from St. Mary College, where she received a master’s degree.

She taught vocal music in Cromwell and Middlebury in Indiana and in Paint Township, Pa. In 1965 she was invited by the Commission of Christian Education of the Mennonite Church to do a one-year voluntary service project conducting workshops in children’s music and worship. This resulted in a three-year project servicing more than 60 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

In 1978 the Salas relocated to Pennsylvania, where she began an antique business. In the following years she maintained shops in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Georgia. She also conducted antique shows in these areas as well as in Maryland, Virginia and Kentucky.

She was always active in the church from her early youth. In recent years she was an active member of College Mennonite Church as long as health permitted. For the past several years she was confined to a wheelchair, but she enjoyed sharing in Goshen College programs, especially the music programs.

Her body has been donated to the Indiana University School of Medicine for research. Her hope is that her body could help find cures to congestive heart failure, diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease.

Survivors include her husband, Ray; a sister, Grace Brubaker of New Holland, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

An older brother, Lorraine, preceeded her in death.

Services were held at College Mennonite Church in Goshen.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 8, 2008 - 86th Year, No. 46 - p. 9


Suderman, Edna Koop

Edna Koop Suderman, 86, of Hillsboro, Kan., died Nov. 24, 2008. She was born Dec. 15, 1921, to Peter J. and Anna (Funk) Koop in Hillsboro.

She married Eli J. Suderman on May 25, 1942, in Hillsboro.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church of rural Hillsboro.

Survivors include her husband, Eli, of Hillsboro; two sons, Don Suderman and his wife, June, of rural Hillsboro, and Lyle Suderman and his wife, Julie, of Olathe; two daughters, Carla Koslowsky and her husband, Ken, of Hillsboro, and Krista Bryant and her husband, Steven, of Concordia; a brother, Wallace Koop of Visalia, Calif.; a sister, Lorna Gerbrandt of Sacramento, Calif.; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services were held at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in Ebenfeld Cemetery.


Goentzel, Ben

Ben Goentzel, 90, of Hillsboro, Kan., died Nov. 25, 2008, at Parkside Homes. He was born May 16, 1918, to Peter and Mary (Goertz) Goentzel in Marion.

He married Lenora L. Unruh on Nov. 7, 1943, in rural Durham. She preceded him in death in 2007.

He was a farmer. He was a member of Trinity Mennonite Church of Hillsboro.

Survivors include three sons, Ken Goentzel and his wife, Kathy, of Harrisonville, Mo., Charles D. Goentzel and his wife, Karen, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Bob Goentzel and his wife, Marilyn, of Anchorage, Alaska;  a sister, Ruth Goentzel of Hillsboro; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Trinity Mennonite Church. Burial was in Peace Valley Cemetery of rural Durham.


Smucker, Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin Smucker, 91, of Harrisonburg, Va., died Nov. 19, 2008. He was born Oct. 8, 1917, to Dan and Verna Mast Smucker in Oyster Point.

He grew up in eastern Virginia and married Frances Yoder in 1942.

They moved to Rockingham County in 1943, and in 1946 were asked to found a church, Ridgeway Mennonite, where he pastored for 40 years. He also owned and operated Dan’s Body Service. For him and Frances, pastoring duties took precedence over shop and farm. They served with Mennonite Central Committee in Botswana, 1974-76; with Virginia Mennonite Mission Board in Trinidad, 1981-82; and in interim pastorates, including Ridgeway, Lynside, Powhatan, Stephens City and Zion Hill churches.

He will be remembered as a kind and generous man who loved and listened to others and lived a life of deep integrity guided by God’s presence from the time of his conversion at age 20. He was a solid rock for his family and many others in the community. He was a hard worker and enjoyed learning. In retirement he crafted wooden items for family and to be auctioned at the Mennonite relief sale. He was a member of Lindale Mennonite Church.

Survivors include a son, Gary Smucker of Alexandria; two daughters, Jean Smucker Fisher of Harrisonburg and Karen Shelly Smucker and her husband, James C. Shelly, of Meridan, Idaho; a sister, Elizabeth Smucker of Harrisonburg; a brother, Paul Smucker of Spring Mills, Pa.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in December 1999; and by two children, Elwood and Helen Jo.

Memorial services were held at Lindale Mennonite Church. Graveside services were held at the church cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 15, 2008 - 86th Year, No. 47 - p. 13


, Vern C.

Vern C. Buller, 90, of Glendive, Mont., died Nov. 29, 2008, at Glendive Medical Center. He was born on May 29, 1918, to Isaac and Yettie (Boese) Buller at his grandparents homestead near Richey.

He was raised and educated in the Richey area. He married Violet Richert on Dec. 28, 1941, at Bethlehem Mennonite Church.

They farmed there until 1954, then moved to Paraguay, where he helped clear land and build roads. In 1956 they moved back to Richey. He returned to farming and also worked construction. In 1960 they went back to Paraguay while he developed a rice plantation. In 1965 the call to return to the Richey area brought them back so he could continue farming. He also drove truck and moved houses. In the late 1980s they moved to Lame Deer, where he helped to build Lame Deer Mennonite Church. He was very involved with the Bible camps that were held there. The title of “resident handyman” came natural to him because there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or operate. They moved to Glendive in 2005.

He loved God. He felt God’s calling for him was to be an inspiration and a servant to others, which he did with love and compassion.

Survivors include his wife, Violet, of Glendive; a son, Tom Buller and his wife, Linda, of Glendive; three daughters, Kathy Gadomski and her husband, Doug, of Albuquerque, N.M., Nina Mosier of Republic, Ohio, and Cecilia Jenkins of Albuquerque; two sisters, Gladys Goosen of Billings and Margie Unruh of Glendive; a brother, Marlo Buller of Richey; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by three brothers and an infant granddaughter.

Funeral services were held in the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Burial was in Bethlehem Mennonite Cemetery in Bloomfield.


Garber, Mary Anne

Mary Anne Garber, 65, of Ronks, Pa., died Nov. 22, 2008, after an automobile accident. She was born on July 15, 1943, to Ruth (Buckwalter) Weaver and the late J. Robert Ruhl in Lancaster.

She married Paul L. Garber on May 2, 1964.

She was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church of Lancaster and enjoyed the friendship of the Circle of Love Sunday School Class. She enjoyed collecting teddy bears and loved decorating. She was known for making meals for her church and catering for several local charities. She enjoyed reading and listening to music and especially loved Christmas carols. She enjoyed traveling to the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law. She was employed by Lancaster Mennonite School and also worked until recently with the Stoltzfus Meats firm at their market in New Castle, Del.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Paul; her mother, Ruth Weaver; a daughter, Dawn Darling and her husband, Timothy, of Norma, N.J.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Roy M. Weaver.

Services were held at Mellinger Mennonite Church. Burial was in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 22, 2008 -  86th Year, No. 48 - p. 9


Linder, Earl Howard

Earl Howard Linder, 88, died Dec. 4, 2008. He was born May 30, 1920, to Eli and Lizzie (Schmucker) Linder in Alliance, Ohio.

He married Nannie S. Gnagey of Pigeon, Mich., on March 15, 1947.

He enjoyed reading and sharing his newfound knowledge with his friends and family.

Survivors include five sons, Robert Earl Linder and his wife, Elaine Marie, of Mount Joy, Pa., Dale Howard Linder of Silverwood, Mich., Dennis Jay Linder and his wife, Summer Sheri, of Dexter, Mich., Jonathan Ray  Linder and his wife, Debra Lynn, of Pinkney, Mich., and Dwight Alfred Linder and his wife, Lori Ann, of Silverwood, Mich.; three daughters, Faith Marie Esch of Dexter, Mich., Janet Irene Foster of Oxford, Mich., and Charity Sue Linder of Orion, Mich.,  a sister, Luella of North Canton, Ohio; and 14 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nannie; a son-in-law, Ronald Foster; six sisters, Helen, Margaret, Ada Yoder, Eva, Lena and Jean; and four brothers, Ervin, Ray, Leonard and Curtis Linder.

Funeral services were held at Pineview Mennonite Church, Vassar, Mich. Burial will be in Pineview Mennonite Cemetery.


Richert, Irvin E

Irvin E. Richert, 90, of Souderton, Pa., and formerly of Quakertown, died Dec. 3, 2008, at Grand View Hospital. He was born to Arthur J. and Helen (Regier) Richert in Newton, Kan.

He was married to Shirley I. (Ingalls) Richert for 62 years.

He graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. During World War II, he served in Civilian Public Service in forestry and conservation service in both Colorado Springs, Colo., and Claremont, Calif. His third assignment was as personnel secretary for Civilian Public Program for Mennonite Central Committee in Akron. After World War II, he was in charge of the crew that cared for 750 horses that the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Service shipped to Poland by ship.

He was a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in Chicago with a master of divinity. He then began his ministry at Salem Mennonite in Dalton, Ohio. He was a pastor at Buhler (Kan.) Mennonite Church and West Swamp Mennonite Church in Quakertown. He was an English language editor for the Good News New Testament and Good News Bible for the American Bible Society for 17 years. He was also a book editor for Faith and Life Press in Newton. He served as the Eastern District Conference representative for the board of Bluffton (Ohio) University; on the Commission on Education and Publication for the General Conference Mennonite Church in Newton; as president of the Middle District of GCMC; on the program committee for the GCMC General Assembly; and on many Eastern District committees. He was a member of Grace Mennonite Church of Lansdale.

Survivors include his spouse, Shirley; two sons, Arthur P. Richert and his wife, Michele, of Plymouth Meeting, and Allyn Richert and his wife, Constance, of Fairfax, Va.; a daughter, Kathrine Fry and her husband, Donald, of Stevens; a nephew, Ronald Ewert; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Ewert; a brother-in-law, Walter Ewert; and a niece,          Sylvia Ewert.   

Funeral services were held at Grace Mennonite Church, Lansdale. Burial was in West Swamp Mennonite Cemetery in Quakertown.


Edelman, Freda Lorene Epp

Freda Lorene Edelman, 71, of Henderson, Neb., died Dec. 3, 2008. She was born July 30, 1937, to Isaac P. and Rose C. (Siebert) Epp in York.

She took Jesus Christ to be her savior as a child. She was baptized at Bethesda Mennonite Church on June 6, 1954. She graduated from Henderson Community School in 1956. She was never afraid of hard work. After graduation she saw some early rewards of her labor by choosing to see the country. She traveled to many areas of the United States with friends and family.

She married William Edelman on March 23, 1968, at Henderson.

She was a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. She loved cooking and baking. She was proud of the German ethnic food and traditions that went along with the community she grew up and lived in. She loved people very much, whether by serving them at the Dutch Kitchen or in housekeeping at Henderson Nursing Home. She was devoted to others in the service God provided her to do. She committed her work ethic to God.

She loved to exercise and stay healthy. She enjoyed walking and swimming aerobics. She also loved Husker football and meeting new people. She and Bill would often go for “coffee” to socialize and enjoy fellowship with others. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities. She supported them with her cooking, baking, time and attention.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Bill; a son, Mark Edelman and his wife, Esther, of Sutton; two siblings, Alda Reimer of Henderson and Philip Epp of Newton, Kan.; an aunt, Helena Siebert of Henderson; and four grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by two infant children, Connie Lynn and Timothy Lee; and a sister, Leona Capps-Wolfinbarger.

Memorial services were held at Bethesda Mennonite Church. Burial was in Bethesda Church Cemetery.


Mullet, LeRoy

LeRoy Mullet, 67, of Berlin, Ohio, died Nov. 25, 2008, in Sarasota, Fla. He was born June 12, 1941, to Atlee and Sue (Weaver) Mullet.

He married Susan Slabach on July 1, 1961.

He was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. He was an entepreneur and involved in business-related activity throughout his lifetime. Along with his family business of Dutchland Realty and Construction, he also enjoyed real estate development and was on many business-related boards.

He was a member of Martins Creek Mennonite Church of Millersburg and an associate member of Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota, where he and his wife spent their winters for the past 10 years. He had a heart for missions and was involved in the outreach of the broader Mennonite church, serving on several church-related boards prior to his stroke in 1998.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; two sons, Steven Mullet and his wife, Jill, and Anthony Mullet and his wife, Annelle, all of Berlin; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota, and funeral services were held at Martins Creek Mennonite Church of Millersburg. Burial was in the Martins Creek cemetery.

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