Mennonite Weekly Review - January, 2010


  Bishop, Anna Dayton;   Delp, Earl R.;   Goossen, Henry W.;    Isaak, Wallace C.;   Shank, Anna B. Bricker;   Shank, Paul William;   

Mennonite Weekly Review - January 4, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 1 - p. 9


Bishop, Anna Dayton

Anna “Ann” Dayton Bishop, 88, of Sellersville, Pa., died Dec. 20, 2009, at Rockhill Mennonite Community, where she was a resident the past 10 years. Before that, she lived 57 years in Doylestown. She was born Sept. 30, 1921, to Robert P. and Rhoda Yoder Dayton Gross near Ridgeley, W.Va.

On April 25, 1942, she married J. Vernon Bishop of Doylestown. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1998.

Over the years, she and her husband served as camp directors at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant; as members of the Parents Council at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., and as leaders of Torchbearer youth programs at their church. She was a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. She hosted many friends and guests in her home and was known for her gift of hospitality.

Survivors include four sons, James V. Bishop and his wife, Anna, of Harrisonburg, Va.; Robert D. Bishop and his wife, Sharon, of Doylestown, J. Eric Bishop and his wife, Linda, of Souderton, and Michael S. Bishop and his wife, Brenda, of Blooming Glen; a daughter, Rebecca A. Swartzendruber and her husband, Daniel, of German Valley, Ill.; two sisters, Virginia Moreland of Pinto, Md., and Lois Byler-Mouraski of Pueblo, Colo.; four brothers, Calvin P. Dayton, Ridgeley, W.Va., David Dayton, Keyser, W.Va., John M. Dayton, Blooming Glen, and Philip N. Dayton, Ridgeley, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.  Burial was in the Blooming Glen church cemetery.


Shank, Anna B. Bricker

Anna B. Shank, 86, of Chambersburg, Pa., died Nov. 23, 2009, at Menno Haven. Born Dec. 1, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Samuel L. Bricker and Anna Wadel Bricker.

She was a member of Pond Bank Mennonite Church and the Menno Haven Auxiliary, where she served as a past president. She enjoyed volunteering and held volunteer jobs at Menno Haven until this past summer, logging more than 27,245 hours in more than 35 years of service. She was a Sunday school teacher and was involved in Christian Bible Ministries (Bible Release Time). In addition, she enjoyed quilting, sewing and reading.

She was an elementary school teacher in the Chambersburg Area School District, where she retired from teaching first grade at Fayetteville Elementary School. She was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and National Education Association.

She is survived by her stepchildren, Leah Horst of Harrisonburg, Va., Miriam Nolt of Chambersburg, Pa., and Esther Lehman of Fayetteville, Pa.; 29 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great- grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey E. Shank; four stepchildren, Eunice Bollinger, Lois Lehman, Luke Shank and James Shank; and two siblings, Martha Rosenberry and Ruth Fleagle.


Goossen, Henry W.

Henry W. Goossen, 93, of North Newton, Kan., died Dec. 26, 2009. He was born Aug. 11, 1916, to Andrew P. and Helen (Penner) Goossen on a farm near DeWitt, Neb.

He spent his formative years near DeWitt and graduated from Beatrice (Neb.) High School. He worked for his uncle before going on to graduate from Bethel College in North Newton and Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago.

He married Edna Marie Ensz on Aug. 19, 1943.

He was a Mennonite pastor in Burns, Hanston, McPherson, Hillsboro, Goessel and Halstead. He and Edna spent 1966 to 1968 serving in South Korea with Mennonite Central Committee. In 1983, after his retirement from the ministry, he joined his son for 12 years in Goossen Construction Inc. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and playing Rook.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Edna; two daughters, Sharon Bartel and her husband, Bob, of McPherson, and LaVonne Sawatzky and her husband, Ron, of Elkhart, Ind.; a son, Duane Goossen and his wife, Rachel Waltner Goossen, of Topeka; a brother, William Goossen and his wife, Marilyn; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude Wiebe; and a brother, Theodor Goossen.

Memorial services were held at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton. Burial was in the Halstead Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - January 11, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 2 - p. 9


Isaak, Wallace C.

Wallace C. Isaak, 89, of Reedley, Calif., died Dec. 8, 2009. He was born Nov. 9, 1920, to Cornelius K. and Lizzie (Duerksen) Isaak in Parlier.

He graduated from Dinuba High School and served in a forestry Civilian Public Service camp near Placerville during World War II. He grew up on a farm in Dinuba and maintained his farm interests in the area as the owner of WMJ Farms Inc. He was a faithful member and active for many years as a deacon and usher at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church.

He married Irma Koop of Hillsboro, Kan., whom he met while attending Tabor College. They were married for 52 years. She preceded him in death in 2003, after which he moved into Palm Village Retirement Community in Reedley.

He was a product of a Russian-Mennonite home in which his father and his grandfather came to America from the Mennonite Ignatyevo Colony in 1913 through Baltimore, Md., and his mother’s family came to Kansas from Russia in the 1870s.

Survivors include two sons, Marc Isaak and his wife, Linda, and Joel Isaak and his wife, Judy, all of Dinuba; two daughters, Becky Warkentin and her husband, Marvin, of Dinuba, and Mary Wiens and her husband, Ron, of San Jose; two sisters, Katherine Kroeker of Shafter and Beverly Klassen of Arlington, Va.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in the Reedley City Cemetery.


Delp, Earl R.

Earl R. Delp, 93, of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center in Harrisonburg, Va., died Dec. 19, 2009. He was born March 14, 1916, to Henry and Margaret (Ruth) Delp in Line Lexington, Pa.

He was an active member of the Mennonite church, serving the church in Pennsylvania and Virginia as a pastor and teacher. He served as bishop of the northern district of Virginia Mennonite Conference from 1975 to 1986.

By trade, he built cabinets and worked for Miller’s Cabinets of Harrisonburg for many years. His fondest pastime was reviewing books (thousands of them), which he did most of his life, first for Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pa., and then for Choice Books Ministries, Harrisonburg.

Survivors include six children, Earl R. Delp Jr. and his wife, Ruth, of Indiana, Earlene Wallick and her husband, Don, of Ohio, Harriet Miller of Indiana, Charles Delp and his wife, Shirley, of Connecticut, Evangeline Yoder of Ohio, and Ronald Delp and his wife, Sabrina, of Alabama; a brother, Herbert R. Delp of Souderton, Pa.; 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death in 2006 by his wife of 67 years, Emma (Shank) Delp; and in 1921 by a brother, Wilmer.

Memorial services were held in the Strite Auditorium at VMRC.

Mennonite Weekly Rebiew - January 18, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 3 - p. 9

Shank, Paul William

Paul William Shank, 97, of Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 21, 2009, at Greencroft Goshen. He was born Dec. 7, 1912, to Clinton and Edith (Rutherford) Shank in Greencastle, Pa.

For 18 years he worked at Hagerstown (Md.) Shoe Co., followed by 20 years of work at Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pa. In December 1977 he retired from Menno Travel Service of Goshen. He was a member of College Mennonite Church of Goshen.

He married Edna Catherine Martin on June 14, 1936, in Hagerstown, Md. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 1991.

Survivors include two daughters, Dottie Kauffmann and her husband, Duane, of Goshen and Carol Wolfer and her husband, Dan, of Middlebury; three sons, Lowell Shank of Bowling Green, Ky., Philip Shank and his wife, Carol, of Fort Wayne, and Stephen Shank and his wife, Donna Snyder, of Goshen; a brother, Lester Shank of Lititz, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna; a sister, Gladys Shank; and a brother, Earl Shank.

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