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Mennonite Weekly Review - October 2009
   Koehn, Nancy Schmidt;   Landis, Paul R.;   Nauman, Kenneth E.  Schmidt, Ethel  Richert;   Steiner, Elno Willis;    
No obituaries in Oct. 5, 2009 issue

Mennonite Weekly Review - October 12, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 38 - p. 9

Nauman, Kenneth E.

Kenneth E. Nauman, 72, of Arcadia, Fla., died Sept. 15, 2009, of cancer. He was born May 2, 1937, to Jacob W. and Florence Shearer Nauman in Lancaster, Pa.
He married Miriam Weaver and moved to Florida to serve in Mennonite Voluntary Service with migrant ministries in 1958.
He pastored churches for 40 years in Homestead, Sarasota and Arcadia until his retirement. He also served as conference minister for Southeast Mennonite Conference in recent years. He was a member of Pine Creek Chapel in Arcadia. He was a charter member in the formation of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association and a charter member of the Arcadia chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Miriam; a son, Dale Nauman of Bradenton; two daughters, Donna Weaver of Sarasota and Bonnie Ropp of Kalona, Iowa; and seven grandchildren.
Services were held at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota and at Hernley’s Mennonite Church in Manheim, Pa. Burial was in the Hernley’s cemetery.


Schmidt, Ethel  Richert

Ethel Schmidt, 89, of North Newton, Kan., died Sept. 10, 2009. She was born Dec. 18, 1919, in Newton to David H. and Edith Richert.
She grew up on the Bethel College campus, where her father was a professor and her mother a homemaker. She had one brother, Roland, who was an archeologist for the National Park Service in Arizona.
She graduated from Newton High School and Bethel College, and the day after graduation, May 28, 1942, she married Roland Schmidt.
After her marriage, she lived on a farm in the Pawnee Rock area for 47 years, raising five children there.   She was an active member of Bergthal Mennonite Church of Pawnee Rock. She did much volunteering in the church and the community, including the Women’s Mission Society, Larned State Hospital, 4-H clubs and County Extension clubs.  She was also a substitute teacher in the Pawnee Rock school system.
In 1989, she and Roland moved to North Newton. She was a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church and especially appreciated her Sunday school class. She enjoyed the activities of the Kidron Bethel, Bethel College and Bethel College Mennonite Church communities. She was a good cook, an avid reader and had a marvelous sense of humor. She enjoyed people, and new acquaintances quickly became friends. Her sense of humor, optimistic outlook and faith aided her greatly in coping with the pain and disabilities associated with multiple sclerosis. She was an inspiration to many.
Survivors include her husband, Roland; five children, David Schmidt  and his wife, Rita, of Great Bend, Steven Schmidt and his wife, Wanda, of Newton, Donald Schmidt and his wife, Debbie, of Newton, Meribeth Buhr and her husband, Bruce, of Wichita, and Susan Grasse and her husband, Joel, of Bella Vista, Ark.; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Roland Richert.
Funeral services were held at Bethel College Mennonite Church.

No obituaries in Oct. 19, 2009 issue

Mennonite Weekly Review - October 26, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 40 - p. 9

Elno Willis

Elno Willis Steiner, 84, of Goshen, Ind., died Oct. 16, 2009, at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born Nov. 28, 1924, to Homer and Bertha (Zuercher) Steiner in Kidron, Ohio, the eldest of 11 children.
He married Mabel Smeltzer on June 14, 1947, at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Goshen College in 1950 and a bachelor of theology degree in 1951 from Goshen Biblical Seminary. He was ordained as a minister in 1951. He served as a pastor at the following Mennonite churches: Olive in Elkhart; Waterford, Goshen; Pleasant View and Chestnut Ridge, Orrville, Ohio; Grand Marais, Upper Peninsula, Mich.; Sonnenberg, Kidron, Ohio; and Salem, Wooster, Ohio.  He retired after 50 years of pastoral ministry in 2002.
He had a genuine pastor’s heart and was an encourager to many. He devoted his life to serving others, and did volunteer service in Pinckney, Mich., and Des Allemands, La. He was precious to his family, and they treasured him.  He loved gardening and was a writer and poet. He was admired, respected and beloved by his family, friends and congregational members alike.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mabel; three children, Charlie Steiner and his wife, Cheryl, of Goshen, Carol Scheerer and her husband, Dan, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Gloria Hood and her husband, Mike, of Indianapolis; five brothers, Roy Steiner of Mission, Texas, George Steiner of Wooster, Ohio, Marion Steiner of Temperance, Mich., Clayton Steiner of Kidron, Ohio, and Kenneth Steiner of Orrville, Ohio; three sisters, Viola Kuhns of Goshen, Dorothy Miller of Wilmot, Ohio, and Norma Eberly of Jeromesville, Ohio; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three children, David Lee, of a heart condition, Timothy Bay, stillborn, and Donald Lynn, killed in a car- train accident; a brother, Lee Steiner; and a sister, Arlene Nussbaum.
Funeral services were held at Olive Mennonite Church. Burial was in Olive West Cemetery.


, Paul R.

Paul R. Landis, 82, of Milton, Pa., died Sept. 21, 2009. He was born July 31, 1927, to Elvin M. and Sarah (Root) Landis in Leola.
On Sept. 3, 1949, he married Evelyn Wenger.
He farmed in the Limestoneville area for 35 years and also was a farm equipment salesman. Later in life, he worked in maintenance for Turbot Township.
He loved meeting many guests and sharing their faith in the Lord as he and his wife served through Pau-Lyn’s Country Bed-and-Breakfast on Broadway Road in Milton, which they owned and operated for 21 years. He also enjoyed serving with various fire companies over the years and enjoyed photography.
A faithful member of Community Mennonite Fellowship in Milton, he served as a deacon for 33 years. He also served as a song leader and was active in many roles at the church. He enjoyed Bible school and Bible study groups there.
He enjoyed hunting in God’s great creation and singing praises to his maker. He loved being with all his family and invested in their lives and spent much time in prayer for them.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Evelyn; four children, James L. Landis and his wife, Carolyne, of Milton, Jean Sensenig and her husband, John, of Watsontown, Daryl Landis and his wife, Nancy, of Milton, and P. Dennis Landis and his wife, Joan, of New Columbia; two brothers, Robert Landis and his wife, Rhoda, and John Landis and his wife, Gladys, all of Lancaster; and a sister-in-law, Jane Landis, widow of C. Elvin Landis.


, Nancy Schmidt

Nancy Schmidt Koehn, 60, of Cordell, Okla., died Sept. 26, 2009. She was born March 21, 1949, to Louis and Elvera Schmidt in Cordell.
She attended Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, where she met her husband-to-be, Robert Koehn, and then attended Southwestern College in Weatherford.
She married Robert Koehn on Aug. 17, 1968. They started their life together in Enid, finishing college at Phillips University with a degree in elementary education. They moved to Elkhart, Ind., where Bob attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and she taught fifth grade. After seminary they moved to Reedley, Calif., where Bob ministered at First Mennonite Church from 1974 to 1978. Along with helping Bob at the church, she worked at a day care.
Moving back to Cordell, they started working on the farm. Bob pastored several Cheyenne churches. She taught at Lincoln Elementary in Cordell and earned a master’s degree in elementary counseling. She developed the position of elementary counselor for Cordell Public Schools and continued in that role until her retirement in September 2009.
She was a faithful member of Herold Mennonite Church, where she made her confession of faith and was baptized on June 2, 1963. She served as a Sunday school teacher, education committee member, Christmas program writer and director and in many other positions. She was a member of the education committee for Western District Conference. Probably one of her greatest joys was being a writer for Jubilee Sunday school material and for Venture Clubs.
Survivors include her husband, Robert; her parents, Louis and Elvera Schmidt of Cordell; her mother-in-law, Ruby Koehn of Meno; two sisters, Valora Unruh and her husband, Elroy, of Meno, and Arlene Epp and her husband, David, of Sayre; and 13 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Cordell High School Auditorium. Burial was in the Herold Mennonite Church Cemetery near Bessie.

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