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Mennonite Weekly Review - March 2009
  Aldefer, Evelyn B. Landis;   Baer, Lowell  F.;  Burkholder, Harold E.;   Dick, Anton;    Friesen, Helen Elizabeth Wiebe;   Graber, Ryan Scott;   Hershberger, Irene;   Johns, Edith M. Hoover;   Penner, Luella Esther Tieszen;   
Mennonite Weekly Review - March 2, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 9 - p. 13

Baer, Lowell  F.

Lowell F. Baer, 96, of Sterling, Ill., died Jan. 16, 2009. He was born May 28, 1912.
He married Dorothy Musgrave on Jan. 16, 1937. She preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 1996.
He was educated in the Sterling schools. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for 41 years before retiring in 1975.
He was an active member of Science Ridge Mennonite Church of Sterling, serving in leadership roles. In 1977, he was ordained as a lay minister, serving in Illinois prisons, and as interim pastor at the Christian Church in Polo. He served as a volunteer minister in area nursing homes and church services and for those who had no pastor.
His hobbies included exhibiting Wyandotte chickens at poultry shows. He was a charter member of Rock River Racing Pigeon Club and served on various committees in the community.
Survivors include his wife, Lee Gowan Baer, whom he married on April 19, 1998; five daughters, Barbara Ebersole and her husband, James, of Aurora, Judith Long and her husband, Leonard, of Sterling, Beth Shank and her husband, Philip, of Wellman, Iowa, Dorothy Ulrich and her husband, David, of Denver, Colo., and Lila Miller and her husband, Edward, of Wauseon, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Judy Repass and her husband, Curtis, of Rock Falls, and June Sullivan and her husband, Donald, of Sandwich; 18 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Science Ridge Mennonite Church. Burial was in Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - March 9, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 10 - p. 8


Graber, Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott Graber, 23, of Hurley, S.D., and died Feb. 12, 2009, in a grain bin accident on his family farm. He was born April 15, 1985, to Calvin and Linda Graber of Hurley.

He was baptized May 19, 2002, and received into membership of Salem Mennonite Church of rural Freeman. His faith was nurtured by his family, his church and Swan Lake Christian Camp. He served as an usher at his church.

As a child he demonstrated exceptional aptitude in athletics and academics, especially mathematics. His cheerful and respectful demeanor made him a favorite among his family, teachers and coaches. His pleasant smile and unbending moral character allowed him to unknowingly serve as a role model.
He was a 12-year member of the Golden Rule/Rosefield Feeders 4-H Club of Turner County, where he won many awards, including Turner County 4-H King.
He played in two South Dakota Legion baseball tournaments for the Marion-Hurley teeners. He was an all-conference basketball player for the Hurley Bulldogs, and later played on a state champion slow-pitch softball team for Coca-Cola of Sioux Falls. He enjoyed golf, softball and independent basketball.
He graduated from Hurley High School in 2003 as valedictorian of his class. He graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from South Dakota State University with majors in ag business and ag economics.

He had begun a promising career on the family farm as, together with his father, uncle and grandparents, he was an integral part of Graber Jerseys Inc. of Parker and Hurley. He demonstrated outstanding animal husbandry, crop production and financial management skills. He was the sixth generation of his family to till the rich soils of Turner County, and the fifth generation to raise Registered Jersey cattle.

Survivors include his parents, Calvin and Linda Graber; three sisters, Tracy Petersen, Kayla Graber and Katelyn Graber, all of Hurley; his grandparents, Jerry and Rachel Graber of Parker and Robert Thompson of Hurley; a great-grandmother, Mayme Thompson; and his very special friend, Krista Evenson of Willow Lake. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Geraldine Thompson.


Burkholder, Harold E.

Harold E. Burkholder, 77, of Baltimore, Md., died Jan. 15, 2009, of complications from a stroke. He was born Jan. 27, 1931, to Clarence A. and Blanche (Herr) Burkholder near Lancaster, Pa.

He married Mary Jane Myers on June 16, 1951.

He was baptized at Mellinger Mennonite Church of Lancaster and was a 1948 graduate of East Lampeter High School of Witmer Heights, Pa.
In July 1953, he and his wife moved from near Lancaster to Baltimore to join a mission project, beginning Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church, where he served as a licensed minister and had various other responsibilities. He was active with several other church plants in the Baltimore area and served on the board of Mount Clare Christian School. He was regional director for Mennonite Disaster Service and a board member of Camp Andrews, Holtwood, Pa.
He was employed by Electric Motor Repair Co. of Baltimore as a master electrician for almost 50 years. One of his favorite tasks was working on electric motors aboard ships anchored in the Baltimore harbor.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; two sons, J. Michael Burkholder of Baltimore and David K. Burkholder and his wife, Rosemary, of Woodbridge, Va.; two daughters, Ruth Ann Gochnauer and her husband, James, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Barbara Sue Liberto and her husband, Stephen, of Ellicott City; two brothers, J. Richard Burkholder and his wife, Susan, of Goshen, Ind., and Charles A. Burkholder and his wife, Aleda, of Green Valley, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at Catonsville. Burial was in New Cathedral Cemetery of Baltimore.


Hershberger, Irene

Irene Hershberger, 89, of Walnut Creek, Ohio, died Feb. 25, 2009, at Walnut Hills Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 18, 1920, to Homer and Leora (Hostetler) Hershberger in Walnut Creek.

She graduated from Walnut Creek High School in 1937 and from Goshen (Ind.) College in 1947 with a bachelor of arts degree. She received her master of science degree in education from Indiana University in 1956.

She taught business courses at Goshen College for a number of years and then was executive secretary at Goshen Seminary in Elkhart. She spent a number of years in Germany working with MCC and traveled extensively in Europe while there. After returning to the U.S. she went to Walnut Creek to help her ailing mother. From 1967 to 1987 she taught typing, keyboarding and business at Central Christian High School in Kidron. She was known to make students put away their calculators and use their heads. After retiring from CCHS, she was a tour guide at Yoder’s Amish Home in Trail for a number of years.

Never married and living with her brother Merlin, she always made sure his needs were met. Together they traveled and went to concerts and tours. She was well traveled and an interesting person who always had a story to tell. She had friends all over the world. She was a member of Walnut Creek Fine Arts Club, a charter member of Joel Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary and an active member of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and word searches and playing scrabble and “pick.”

Survivors include a brother, Merlin Hershberger; a sister-in-law, Norma Hershberger of Walnut Creek; and nieces Cheryl Yoder of Wooster, Marsha Snyder of Sarasota, Fla., and Bonnie Mellor of Dover.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard; an infant sister, Marjorie; and a nephew, Ronald.

Services were held at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - March 16, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 11 - p. 8


Friesen, Helen Elizabeth Wiebe

Helen Elizabeth Friesen, 83, of Mountain Lake, Minn., died March 2, 2009, at Sogge Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Windom. She was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Wichita, Kan., and was adopted at the age of three months by John H. and Martha (Claassen) Wiebe of Whitewater, Kan.
After her graduation from Whitewater High School, she continued her education at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. In June 1941, she was baptized at Emmaus Mennonite Church in Whitewater.
On Dec. 2, 1947, she married Willard Friesen, whom she met while at Bethel College, at Emmaus Mennonite Church. They made their home in Butterfield until 1990, when they moved to Mountain Lake.
She was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, where she served as an organist, choir director, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, on the music committee, and was a member of Worship and Sew. She was also active in many areas of the Northern District and General Conference Mennonite Church.
She had a special gift of music. She taught piano, was a member of the Butterfield PTA, participated in the Mountain Lake Choral Society, wrote a weekly column for the Observer/Advocate in Mountain Lake and Butterfield. She had several of her works published. She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, writing letters and music. She became a resident of Sogge Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Windom in August 2005.
Survivors include her husband, Willard Friesen of Mountain Lake; two sons, Douglas Friesen and his wife, Sandra, of Elkhart, Ind., and Alan Friesen and his wife, Charlene, of Webster, S.D.; a daughter-in-law, Patsy Friesen of St. Cloud; a sister, Agnes Harder of Whitewater; a brother, Willard Wiebe of Whitewater; two half sisters and a half brother, whom she met later in life and became friends with; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Friesen, in 2008; and two brothers, Howard Wiebe and Eldon Wiebe.
Funeral service were held at Bethel Mennonite Church of Mountain Lake. Burial was in Mountain Lake Cemetery.


Johns, Edith M. Hoover

Edith M. Johns, 85, of Goshen, Ind., died Feb. 5, 2009, at her home. She was born May 1, 1923, to John Maynard and Mandella (Bachtel) Hoover in Goshen.
She lived in the Goshen area except for six years in Ontario. She was self-employed as a professional quilter and was a pastor’s wife. She was a member of Benton Mennonite Church, active in many church-quilting circles in the area, and a member of the Goshen Aphasia Support Group.
She married Galen Johns on May 16, 1943, at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church.
Survivors include her husband, Galen; four children, Steven Johns and his wife, Debra, of Goshen, Lois Kaufmann and her husband, Jim, of New Paris, Loren Johns and his wife, Rachel, of Goshen, and Lindale Johns and his wife, Melanie, of Benton; a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Johns of Sheridan, Mich.; five siblings, Lowell Hoover and his wife, Velorous, Miriam Bontreger and her husband, Vernon, Arlene Hershberger, and Lucile Chupp and her husband, Menno, all of Goshen; a sister-in-law, Edna Hoover of Goshen; a half sister, Ruth Hoover of New Paris; and a half brother, John Maynard Hoover of Glen Flora, Wis.; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Joe Alan; a daughter, Rachel Nanlee; and two brothers, Norman Richard and Donald Hoover.


Dick, Anton

Anton Dick, 97, of Mountain Lake, Minn., died Feb. 23, 2009. He was born Sept. 1, 1911, to John K. and Helena (Buhler) Dick on a farm between Mountain Lake and Delft.
He was baptized and joined Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, where he was a member until the church closed in 2005. He then joined Community Bible Church in Mountain Lake. He attended the District 80 West country school through the eighth grade.
On July 12, 1938, he married Viola Wiens. They moved to Delft, where he owned and operated a blacksmith shop. In 1942 they moved to his home farm, and he took up farming as his primary vocation. In 1943 he injected new vigor into the farm by diversifying to include a turkey enterprise, which he managed until he retired. Later they moved to Viola’s 160-acre home farm, which he operated until his retirement and initiated a turkey laying hen business. After retirement they spent 10 winters in McAllen, Texas, where he often joined men who went into Mexico to do construction and repair work at an orphanage. He spent time in Italy and Japan assisting with construction projects for relatives of Viola who were missionaries.
For a number of years he was a pianist for the Carson Male Chorus, which had a weekly radio broadcast. At the Carson church he served as a trustee, deacon, Sunday school treasurer and member of the building committee when the church moved from rural Carson Township to Delft.
After retirement he pursued woodworking. He made items for the annual MCC sale in Sioux Falls. At age 82 he developed an interest in leaded glass and took classes in Windom to develop this skill.
Survivors include his wife, Viola; three sons, Mervin and his wife, Jane, of Frederick, Colo., Ronald and his wife, Sandra, of Virginia, Minn., and James and his wife, Diane, of Mountain Lake; a daughter, Loretta Larson and her husband, Bernard, of St. Paul; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Waldo and Orlando; his sister, Agatha Boldt; and a grandson, Perry Dick.


Penner, Luella Esther Tieszen

Luella Esther Penner, 86, of Freeman, S.D., died Feb. 28, 2009. She was born Jan. 12, 1923 to Dr. Henry P. and Aganetha (Ewert) Tieszen on a farm west of Marion.
She graduated from Marion High School in 1941 and Freeman Junior College in 1943. She continued at Bethel Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Newton, Kan., earning a Registered Nurse degree in 1946.
Occupationally, she spent her entire life as a medical record librarian.  She was employed in Kansas and Wisconsin hospitals and worked at regional nursing homes as a self-employed consultant. She retired in 1988. She had been a member of the American Association of Medical Record Librarians, as well as the Wisconsin Association of Medical Record Librarians. She served as president of the latter association.
She married Randy Penner on Dec. 29, 1946, at Bethesda Mennonite Church of rural Marion. They first lived in Kansas, then moved to Hudson, Wis., in 1953. In 1999 they bought a home near Freeman to be nearer her nieces. Randy died on Christmas Eve in 2002, so she moved to Salem Mennonite Home in Freeman in April 2003.
Her vocation related to medicine, but her avocation related to food: cooking, trying new recipes and entertaining. Other hobbies she enjoyed were bird-watching, letter writing, embroidery and knitting.
She was raised in a conservative Mennonite home and was baptized as a teenager. They were members of First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Wis., then House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minn. She became a member of Salem Mennonite Church of Freeman in 2004.
Survivors include seven nieces and nephews: Florence Miller of Freeman; Joanne Hamre of Baltic; Elaine Doell of Elfrida, Ariz.; Judy Glanzer of Bridgewater; LeRoy Tschetter of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Charles Tschetter of Mentor, Ohio; and John Tschetter of Wichita, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Randy; two siblings in infancy, Albert and Nettie; and three sisters, Ida Rose Hofer, Arpa Tschetter and Johanna Hofer.


Aldefer, Evelyn B. Landis

Evelyn B. Aldefer, 84, of Harleysville, Pa., died March 6, 2009, at Peter Becker Community. She was born to Clinton D. and Ellen (Beidler) Landis in West Rockhill Township.
She was a volunteer as a bed maker at Peter Becker and at Grand View Hospital, where she worked in the former Grand View Snack Bar.  She was a member of Salford Mennonite Church, where she enjoyed Sewing Circle and quilting. As a younger woman, she taught summer Bible school. As the wife of a board member of Spruce Lake Retreat, she enjoyed volunteer activities at Spruce Lake. Above all, she was a homemaker, who received special joy from her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Sanford A. Alderfer; four children, Diane L. Kropf and her husband, Eugene, Linda L. Martin and her husband, Vernon L., Sandy L. Alderfer and his wife, Gail E., and Dwight L. Alderfer and his wife, Bev, all of Vernfield; a brother, Merrill B. Landis and his wife, Betty, of Telford; a sister, Catherine B. Derstine of Vernfield; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at Salford Mennonite Church in Harleysville. There was a private burial in the church cemetery.

There are no obituaries in the March 23 issue of MWR.

Mennonite Weekly Review - March 30, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 13 - p. 9


Henry F.

Henry F. Schierling, 92, of Dallas, Ore., died March 13, 2009, at Dallas Retirement Village, where he resided for nine years. He was born June 4, 1916, to Peter and Lena Fast Schierling in Litchfield, Neb.
He married Dora Friesen on July 1, 1941, in Mountain Lake, Minn.
After their marriage, they moved to Portland, where he attended trade school to be a machinist. He worked in the Portland shipyards.  They then settled on a farm in Dallas in 1945. He enjoyed farming. He also worked at Caterpillar in Dallas as a machinist and shop foreman and retired in 1977.
He was an active member of the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas. He and Dora enjoyed travel and taking pictures.
Survivors include four children, Karen Graber and her husband, Larry, Jerald Schierling, Howard Schierling and Sue Olson; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora, in 1999.
Services were held at Evangelical Bible Church.


, Richard M.

Richard M. Kissell, 87, of York, Pa., and formerly of Thomas Mills, died March 12, 2009. He was born Sept. 18, 1921, to Ralph and Agnes (Livingston) Kissell in Davidsville.
He was a member of the first graduating class of Conemaugh Township Area High School. He served in Civilian Public Service during World War II with assignments in Virginia and Rhode Island. He was a master plumber and owner of Richard M. Kissell Plumbing and Heating for 44 years. He served as a missionary with the Mennonite church in Araguacema, Brazil, for 12 years, where he worked tirelessly to improve all aspects of the locals’ lives. He was an original member of and the major driving force behind the steering committee that eventually resulted in building Laurel View Village Retirement Center in Davidsville. He was a member of Carpenter Park Mennonite Church, and he faithfully served in various local and regional church capacities throughout his life.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Novelda (Thomas) Kissell of York; four children, Kathleen Crum and her husband, Peter J., Girven R. Kissell and his wife, Beth, all of Dallas, Texas, Barbara Scott and her husband, Thomas R., of York, and Rebecca Richards and her husband, Jay R., of Harrisonburg, Va.; three sisters, Esther Ems and Ferne Mayak, both of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Ruth Van Wald of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Loraine, and brother Raymond.
A memorial service will be held April 11 at 11 a.m. at Carpenter Park Mennonite Church, Davidsville, Pa. One of Richard Kissell’s many projects while in Araguacema, Brazil, was the founding and building of a K-12 school. In his memory, the RMK Memorial Escola Menno Simons Fund has been established by the family. Checks should be made to RMK Memorial Fund and mailed to Barbara Scott, 189 Highland Road, York, PA 17403-3812.

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