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Mennonite Weekly Review - December 2009
   Esau, Elma E.;   Kreider, J. Robert;   Landis, Erma Landis;   Miller, Albert J.;   
Mennonite Weekly Review - December 7, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 46 - p. 9

Esau, Elma E.

Elma E. Esau, 92, of North Newton, Kan., died Nov. 16, 2009, at Kidron Bethel Village. She was born Sept. 14, 1917, to Edward and Clara (Claassen) Esau near Whitewater.

She was a lifelong member of Emmaus Mennonite Church. She graduated from Whitewater High School in 1935 and attended Bethel College for two years.
Prior to World War II she was a school teacher for two years in Logan County and two years in the Whitewater community. She then served with Mennonite Central Committee as a refugee relief worker. She volunteered, worked and lived in Europe, South America, Canada, the United States and Lebanon until 1967, when the Six-Day War between Israel and Arab states forced the closure of the Menno Travel Service Beirut office.

She graduated in 1969 with a bachelor of arts degree in history from Bethel College. She continued her work as a travel agent for MTS, leading tours to many places in the world from the Akron, Pa., office until 1981. She was affiliated with Akron Mennonite Church. She then moved back to her family’s farm, living with her brother Victor until 1991. She then moved to Kidron Bethel Village. She was active in the Remington Area Historical Society.

She traveled in more than 70 countries, was an artist, photographer, painter, woodworker, author, translator, historian, lifelong student and teacher, storyteller, independent woman, advocate for all refugees and for peace in the Middle East, and had a special love for Lebanon.

Survivors include two brothers,  Elbert Esau and his wife, Zola, of Newton and Paul Esau of Jackson, Minn.; and eight nieces and eight nephews; and many grand-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three siblings, Harold, Victor, and Ruth Marie Esau; two sisters-in-law; and two nieces.

Memorial services were held at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. Inurnment was in the Emmaus Mennonite Church Cemetery of Whitewater.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 14, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 47 - p. 13


Landis, Erma Landis

Erma Keim Landis, 88, of Sterling, Ill., died Oct, 23, 2009. She was born June 17, 1921, to Noah and Mary (Immel) Keim in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
She worked at the local hardware store in Sugarcreek before moving to Akron, Pa., and working for Mennonite Central Committee, where she met her husband, Howard Landis. They were married on Nov. 25, 1950. They moved to Sterling, Ill., where they lived on a farm for 40 years.
She was a faithful member of Science Ridge Mennonite Church and served on various church committees. She sewed and quilted many items for MCC and relief sales. She made many cookies, cakes and pies for bake sales, local events and Bible school. In later years she took a few service trips to California and Akron. They opened their home to Mennonite Your Way travelers passing through the area. She was a Mennonite Weekly Review correspondent for many years.
Survivors include four children, Mark Landis and his wife, Corina, of Dixon, Beth Swaim and her husband, Jack, of Eagle, Idaho, Lois Oyer and her husband, Cliff, of Goshen, Ind., and Keith Landis and his wife, Lois, of Sterling; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 2003; and by her sister, Ruth Eshleman.
Funeral services were held at Science Ridge Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Science Ridge cemetery.


Miller, Albert J.

Albert J. Miller, 77, of Hutchinson, Kan., died Nov. 13, 2009, at Promise Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 2, 1931, to John D. and Emma Helmuth Miller in Hutchinson. He was a lifetime resident of Hutchinson with the exception of several years spent in Colorado.

He was the founder and co-owner of Humphrey’s Reno Fabricating & Sales Company from 1956 to 1983. He served with Choice Books of Kansas from 1984 to 2006. He was a member of Gideons International since 1976.

He was a charter member of Cedar Crest Amish Mennonite Church and an associate charter member of Skyline Mennonite Church in Canon City, Colo.
On Feb. 20, 1955, he married Rebecca “Becky” Nisly in rural Reno County. She survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Steven and Austin, both of Hutchinson, and Verlon of Athens, Tenn; three daughters, Susan Chaney of Hutchinson, Karen Snyder of Hillsboro, Ore., and Luann Liljestrom of Halstead; seven brothers, Eli Jay of Hutchinson, Edward E. and David E., both of Partridge, Andrew E., of Canon City, Colo., James J., of Hutchinson, Nathanael J., of Partridge, and Arno, of Hutchinson; two sisters, Barbara Nisly, Hutchinson, and Rebecca Miller, Partridge; 25 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Emma Miller; and a sister, Fannie Miller.

Funeral services were held at Cedar Crest Amish Mennonite Church. Burial was in West Center Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 21, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 48 - p. 1

Kreider, J. Robert

J. Robert Kreider, 89, died on Nov. 30, 2009, at Greencroft in Goshen, Ind. He was born Dec. 30, 1919, the fourth of five children, to Lloyd S. and Adelia (Stover) Kreider in Wadsworth, Ohio.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Goshen College.  He married Virginia Stalter of Flanagan, Ill., on June 10, 1941.
He served for three years in Civilian Public Service in Clearspring, Md., and Medaryville. He was general manager for the Wright Automotive Service in Wadsworth while serving as pastor to Bethel Mennonite Church. As treasurer of the Mennonite General Conference of North America from 1951 to 1963, he encouraged congregations to move to unified church budgets. The remainder of his career was devoted to college administration at Goshen College, where he was director of development (1956-62), director of public relations (1962-71) and business manager (1971-85).  He served for 20 years as the board secretary for Mennonite Mutual Aid and was a member of College Mennonite Church for half a century.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Virginia; five sons, J. Evan Kreider and his wife, Janice, of Vancouver, B.C., Paul Kreider and his wife, Kay, of Springfield, Ohio, Mark Kreider and his wife, Amy Hill, of New York, N.Y., Bruce Kreider and his wife, Charlotte, of North Newton, Kan., and Franklin Kreider and his wife, Lori, of Jackson, Mich.; a sister, Ruth Heatwole of Harrisonburg, Va.; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leonard, Carl and Don.

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