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Mennonite Weekly Review - July 2009 

Obituaries are emailed to MennObits before MWR is printed. Wording may vary in printed version.

   Enns, Anna G.;    Good, Nolan K.;   Hein, Ira W.;    Heinrichs, Virginia Rose Barkman;   Hershberger, Kathleen Sill  Hoffman;   Hooley, Nettie J. Classen;    Nachtigal, P.F. Virgil Junior;    Yoder, Floyd Franklin;   Yoder, Rhoda Annabelle;  

Mennonite Weekly Review - July 6, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 26 - p. 9


Enns, Anna G.

Anna G. Enns, 90, of Hillsboro, Kan., died June 20, 2009. She was born July 14, 1918, to David J. and Elizabeth Reddig Enns in Chinook, Mont., but grew up in Lehigh, Kan.
She graduated from Tabor College of Hillsboro and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She then served on the mission field in Africa for many years. When home on furlough, she would teach in day schools, camps, vacation Bible school and be involved in child evangelism. Wherever there was a need, she was available.
After she retired from the mission field, she found places to serve in Hillsboro and other cities and states. She always desired to share God’s love and plan of salvation with others. She was a special blessing to many, having friends and prayer warriors wherever she went. Many times when talking with her she would have a big smile and be so happy and excited about what the Lord had done that she would start singing a chorus or hymn. She had a heart full of praise and thankfulness to her Lord and Savior all of her life.
She spent her last years at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was a member of Parkside Mennonite Brethren Church.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, four nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, William Enns; two sisters, Bertha Enns Schultz and Alice Enns; a stepbrother, John F. Knaak; and two nephews.
Memorial services were held at Salem Home.


Nachtigal, P.F. Virgil Junior

P.F. Virgil Junior Nachtigal died June 19, 2009, at Newton (Kan.) Medical Center. He was born Jan. 27, 1927, to Peter and Agatha (Wiens) Nachtigal at Bethel Hospital in Newton.
He was baptized in his youth at First Mennonite Church, Newton. He was married March 17, 1950, to Viola Mae Woelk at Goessel Mennonite Church.
He and his little brother Harry grew up on a farm near Buhler until the age of 6, when his family moved to Newton. He acquired his love of gardening from his mother. Growing up near Sand Creek, he also acquired his love of fishing. Over the past year he watched with interest the Sand Creek improvement project from his home near the creek, where he lived for 59 years.
His life work was as a printer in Newton for more than 50 years, mainly for Herald Book & Printing and United Printing. For more than 20 years in the era of letterpress printing, he made up the pages of Mennonite Weekly Review, using cast metal type.
He was a major blood donor to the American Red Cross. He was given an achievement award for donating more than 100 gallons.
He was an avid fan of NASCAR and of driver Jeff Gordon. He also was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and University of Kansas basketball.
Survivors include his wife, Viola;  a daughter, Becky Davidson and her husband, Bob, of Newton; two sons, Kelly Nachtigal and his wife, Gale, of Newton and Lonny Nachtigal of Melbourne, Fla.; a brother, Harry Nachtigal and his wife, Emily, of Hutchinson; stepmother-in-law Ruth Schmidt of North Newton; two step-granddaughters and five step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Randyln (Randy), at the age of 14.
Memorial services were held at First Mennonite Church, Newton. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery of Newton.


Good, Nolan K.

Nolan K. Good, 76, of Westover, Md., died June 2, 2009, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center of respiratory failure. He was born June 2, 1933, to Kenneth and Kathryn Brunk in Harrisonburg, Va.
A lover of life, music and people, he was a longtime member of Holly Grove Mennonite Church in Westover. Actively involved, he was an elder, congregational leader, song leader and music committee member. In the broader Mennonite church, he was a conference delegate, a member of the mission board and evangelism commission. He was also a member of Rotary International, Kiwanis, Gideons, Somerset County Department of Planning and Zoning, Salisbury Choral Society and various coffee clubs. He was also founder and charter member of Encore, a music department support group for Eastern Mennonite University.
He graduated from Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg, Va., in 1952. His social nature led him early into his lifelong career in sales. He was involved in the electronics and appliance industry for 56 years, recently retiring from White Consolidated Industries, where he trained sales personnel at new stores.
He was known as an encourager and mediator, and one who had the gift of hospitality. The warmth of his personality and his acceptance of others will be a larger loss than all the official roles he played.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mildred Detwiler Good; two sons, Kenneth V. Good and his wife, Donna, and Nolan “Keith” Good and his wife, Karen, all of Westover; a daughter, Kendra G. Rittenhouse and her husband, Jim, of Green Lane, Pa.; a brother, Edwin Good of West Point, Va.; a sister, Betty Shenk of Sarasota, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Sara Detwiler; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mennonite Weekly Review - July 13, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 27 - p. 13


Heinrichs, Virginia Rose Barkman

Virginia Rose Heinrichs, 85, of Lindsborg, Kan., died April 17, 2009. She was born Feb. 4, 1924, to Peter Hart Barkman and Rose Myrtle Galusha Olsen Harder Barkman.
When she was 3 her family moved to Reedley, Calif. She became a Christian at age 10 and joined Zion Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1941 she went to Tabor College in Hillsboro. There she met Abe Heinrichs. They were married on Aug. 1, 1943, at Zion KMB Church in California.
They moved to Wolf Point, Mont., and lived near his family for a year. He was then called to do his conscientious objector service at Glacier National Park, and they were there for more than two years. They then moved back to Hillsboro so he could complete his schooling at Tabor. They returned to Montana for Abe to teach at Lustre Academy, and they spent 10 years there.
They spent six years at Meade (Kan.) Bible Academy. In 1966 they moved to Ulysses, where Abe taught high school and she substitute taught. They were both active in Ulysses Mennonite Brethren Church, where she taught Sunday school. Besides being a homemaker, she sold Tupperware for several years. She later worked at the Wagon Bed Inn as a desk manager and helped Abe manage the motel for many years. She also worked at the Peddlers Inn. In 2002 they moved to McPherson, where he preceded her in death in 2006. She then moved to Bethany Home in Lindsborg. She is remembered for her infectious smile, her zest for life, her love for family and friends and her love for the Lord.
Survivors include seven children, Roger Heinrichs and his wife, Gail, of Denver, Ralph Heinrichs and his wife, Kathy, of Wichita, Rosann Carter and her husband, Robert, of Ulysses, Jack Heinrichs and his wife, Janet, of Emporia; Robert Heinrichs of Ulysses, Phillip Heinrichs and his wife, Debbie, of Hillsboro, Ore., and Cindy Harris and her husband, Kevin, of McPherson; a sister, Vicki Barkman; 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Burial was in Gnadenau Cemetery.


Hein, Ira W.

Ira W.. Hein, 86, of Hillsboro, Kan., died July 1, 2009, at Via Christi St. Francis Burn Unit. He was born Dec. 8, 1922, to Henry W. and Tina Duerksen Hein in rural Hillsboro.
On March 14, 1944, he married Hilda Suderman in Hillsboro.
He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church
Survivors include a son, Rodney Hein and his wife, Susan, of rural Hillsboro; a brother, Emice Hein of rural Hillsboro; a sister, Viola Reeves of Wichita; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda, in 2005; and a brother, Irvin Hein.
Services were held at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. There was a private family burial.


Yoder, Floyd Franklin

Floyd Franklin Yoder, 89, of Wellman, Iowa, died July 4, 2009, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He was born April 13, 1920, near Kalona, to Chris A. and Barbara (Troyer) Yoder.
He graduated from Kalona High School in 1940. He served in Civilian Public Service for four years and was a smoke jumper for two years in Oregon and Washington.
On Feb. 24, 1946, he married Marjorie Yoder at Wellman Mennonite Church.
He lived and farmed in the Kalona community all of his life. He was a member of Wellman Mennonite Church, where he served as an elder, Sunday school superintendent and taught Sunday school. He served on Brush #8 school board for many years, the Iowa Mennonite School school board for six years, helped with the organization of the Washington Township School, served on the Iowa-Nebraska Conference Leadership Board for six years, and volunteered with Mennonite Disaster Service.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marjorie of Wellman; four sons, Leland Yoder and his wife, Cammie, of Kalona, Galen Yoder and his wife, Dixie, of Hydro, Okla., Curtis Yoder and his wife, Lois, of Wellman, and Calvin W. Yoder and his wife, Judy, of Kalona; a daughter, Rhonda Yoder  and her husband, Danny Graber, of Elkhart, Ind.; a brother, Kenneth A. Yoder of Wheaton, Ill.; two sisters, Leola White of Kalona and Minerva Yoder of Glendale, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Yoder; a sister, Geneva Yoder; and three brothers, Lester W. Yoder, Delmar Yoder and Cecil Yoder.
Funeral services were held at Wellman Mennonite Church. Burial was in Wellman Mennonite Cemetery.


Yoder, Rhoda Annabelle

Rhoda Annabelle Yoder, 86, of Edgewood Vista in Minot, N.D., died May 19, 2009. She was born Oct. 31, 1922, to Jesse and Edna (King) Yoder near Surrey.
She was reared on the family farm and attended rural schools for eight years prior to graduating from Surrey High School in 1942. After graduation she moved to Minot, where she attended and graduated from the Sisters of St. Francis School of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1947. Then she was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Sarasota, Fla., Hagerstown, Md., and at the Air Force Hospital at Minot as a registered nurse for more than 40 years prior to her retirement in 1984. She served as a caregiver to her sister for several years.
She was a member of Fairview Mennonite Church and Prairie Peace Fellowship Church, both of Surrey, prior to their closure, where she served as Sunday school teacher, librarian and member of the church council for many years. She had been attending the Bible Fellowship Church for the past four years. She was a member and past president of the Women’s Missionary and Service Commission. She was a member of and past president of St. Joseph’s Hospital Alumni Association and a member of Heart to Heart. Her special interests included reading, traveling, crocheting afghans and knitting stocking caps.

Mennonite Weekly Review - July 20, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 28 - p. 9


Hershberger, Kathleen Sill  Hoffman

Kathleen Sill Hoffman Hershberger died on June 28, 2009, after a battle with breast cancer. She was born in Lyons, N.Y., on Sept. 11, 1942, and lived in Syracuse. Most of her early years were spent in Cape Vincent on the St. Lawrence River.
She spent a lifetime doing volunteer work beginning as a Camp Fire Girl leader, Meals on Wheels driver, North Syracuse Lionette, room mother and Sunday school teacher. She was a volunteer tutor with the Cross Roads Tutoring Program. She served on the board of directors of the North Area YMCA and on it’s building committee. She was named the first “Woman of the Year” by the Metropolitan YMCA. She served on the board of the North Area Volunteer Center and volunteered at the downtown office. She served on the Community General Hospital Auxiliary Board, where she edited the Auxiliary Newsletter and handled publicity. She was a longtime buyer for the Hospital Gift Shop.
She was an active member of Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church and its Hope Circle. She served as Enrichment Time coordinator, Sunday school teacher and as financial secretary. She was also an associate member of Cape Vincent United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed spending time visiting their children and grandchildren at her homes in Clayton, N.Y., and Sarasota, Fla.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 26 years, Gordon; a son, Jeffrey Hoffman and his wife, MaryEllen, of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Karen Beatty and her husband, Rob, of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepchildren, Heidi Kovarik and her husband, Dave, of Syracuse, Amy Hershberger and her husband, Paul Monsour, of Pasadena, Calif., and  Jonathan Hershberger and his wife, Roopal Patel, of Tampa, Fla.; three siblings, Elsie Visser, Stewart Sill and Steven Sill; a stepmother, Jeanne Welt; a stepsister, Nancy Bennett; and eight grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a grandson, Matthew Beatty; and a sister, Suzanne Sill.
Services were held at Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church.  Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Cape Vincent.


Hooley, Nettie J. Classen

Nettie J. Hooley, 89, of North Lawrence, Ohio, died May 23, 2009, at Shady Lawn Health Care Community in Dalton following complications from a stroke. She was born March 12, 1920, to John L. and Mary Reimer Classen near Meade, Kan.
She attended Meade Bible Academy, Tabor Academy and Omaha University, and graduated from Goshen (Ind.) College with a degree in secondary education.
In 1947, she married Clarence D. Hooley and moved to Pleasant View.
She taught for a year at Pleasant View School and then worked in the occupational therapy department of Massillon State Hospital. After 16 years raising three sons, she returned to school at Kent State University to renew her teaching certificate and subsequently taught English and German at Central Christian High School for 16 years.
She was a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church, where she served in a variety of roles including as a Sunday school teacher, Girls Club sponsor, Women’s Missionary and Service Commission member, on the board of elders, and as mentor and friend to many of all ages. After retirement, she and Clarence gave a year of voluntary service to Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., and three months to the Choctaw Christian Church in Louisville, Miss. They served on the Ohio Inter-Mennonite Council on Aging, and they also traveled extensively, visiting family and friends around the world and spending many hours with their six grandchildren.
Survivors include three sons, David J. Hooley and his wife, Jane, of Leola, Pa., Donald E. Hooley and his wife, Mary Ina, of Bluffton, and Daniel R. Hooley and his wife, Julia, of Canton; a sister, Selma Ulbrich of Henderson, Nev.; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, in 2005, and by four brothers.
Funeral services were held at Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery.

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