Mennonite Weekly Review - February, 2010


  Becker, Nancy "Gladyne" Baumgartner;   Crabb, Elizabeth "Betty" M. Goering;   Entz, Oscar Reynold;   Kauffman, Sadie Miller;   Miller, Erma Kaufman Snyder;   Miller,  Kathryn Grace Elnora Yoder;   Oswald, Voyce Jean Waltermeyer;   Schmidt, Phyllis E. Egli;   Schroeder, Emma Loewen;   Stutzman, Howard Eldon;    Unger, George S.    Waltner, LaVerne;   Weaver, Iona Kraybill Souder;   Wyse, Roger W.;  

Mennonite Weekly Review - February 1, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 4 - p. 13


Oswald, Voyce Jean Waltermeyer

Voyce Jean Oswald, 57, of Kalona, Iowa, died Jan. 9, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. She was born Aug. 13, 1952, to Max and VonDell (Hasenkamp) Waltermeyer in Pender, Neb.

She graduated from high school in Beemer, Neb., and received her associate of arts degree from William Penn University in Oskaloosa. She married Lonny Oswald on June 14, 1970, in Beemer.

They lived in Nebraska until 1984, when they moved to Manson, Iowa. They moved to the Kalona area in 1987. She was a teacher’s associate in the Mid-Prairie school system, working at Washington Township for 22 years. She was a member of Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church.

Survivors include her husband, Lonny, of Kalona; three sons, Corey Oswald and his wife, Dana, of Montezuma, Kevin Oswald and his wife, Gwen, of Winterset, and Clark Oswald and his wife, Libby, of Newton, Kan.; her mother: VonDell Waltermeyer of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, Rick Waltermeyer and Wade Waltermeyer, and a sister, Gina Fisher, all of Omaha, Neb.; and five grandchildren.

Services were held at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Kalona. Burial was in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.


Crabb, Elizabeth "Betty" M. Goering

Elizabeth “Betty” M. Crabb, 83, of Lawrence, Kan., and formerly of Moundridge, died Dec. 21, 2009, at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence. She was born Feb. 10, 1926, the youngest of 16 children, to John J. and Elizabeth Zerger Goering in Moundridge.

She attended Bethel College in North Newton. She was a homemaker and a piano teacher. She was a member of Eden Mennonite Church of rural Moundridge and had served as an accompanist there.

She married Harry Edward Crabb on June 21, 1945, in Moundridge.

Survivors include her husband, Harry; a son, R. Paul Crabb and his wife, Ginny, of Columbia, Mo.; two daughters, Janeal Crabb Krehbiel and her husband, Randall K., and Marilyn Epp and her husband, E. Laverne, all of Lawrence; a brother, Lloyd V. Goering of Hesston; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Eden Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Eden Mennonite Cemetery.


Kauffman, Sadie Miller

Sadie (Miller) Kauffman, 96, of Kalispell, Mont., and formerly of Condon, died Dec. 28, 2009. She was born Nov. 15, 1913, to Daniel F. and Sarah (Coblentz) Miller in Bloomfield.

On Sept. 22, 1940, she married Reuben S. Kauffman of Creston. In 1947 they moved to the Swan Valley, where she resided until 2004. She then moved to Kalispell, where she resided first at Prestige Assisted Living and later at Immanuel Lutheran Home.

She was a devoted wife and mother. She loved children, and after raising her own, babysat for many neighbor children over the years. For a time she worked for the U.S. Forest Service planting trees in the summer months. Besides cooking, baking and sewing, she liked to take pictures and was known far and wide for the buggy-rim rugs she made. She was a devout Christian, and for more than 30 years she and her husband traveled the 60 miles to Creston to attend Sunday school and worship services at Mountain View Mennonite Church.

Survivors include two sons, Lowell Kauffman and his wife, Pauline, of Missoula, and Nathan Kauffman and his wife, Fern, of Condon; two daughters, Myrene Iverson and her husband, Jerry, of Long Lake, Minn., and Carol Kauffman and her husband, Dennis, of Lebanon, Pa.; a brother, Nathan Miller and his wife, Kathryn, of Sidney; a son-in-law, Paul Kauffman of Wolford, N.D.; 19 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben S. Kauffman, a daughter, Gwendlyn Kauffman; an infant son, Jere; five brothers and six sisters.

Services were held at Mountain View Mennonite Church of Creston. Burial was in Creston Cemetery.


Weaver, Iona Kraybill Souder

Iona Kraybill Souder Weaver, 92, of Collegeville, Pa., and more recently of Lansdale, died Jan. 19, 2010, in Lancaster. She was born Jan. 6, 1918, to Edwin Allebach Souder and Ruth (Longenecker Kraybill) Souder in Sellersville.

She married Harold Kolb Weaver on Oct. 4, 1939, at Rockhill Mennon-ite Meetinghouse in Telford. They lived in Harleysville from 1940 to 1943, Collegeville from 1943 to 1989 and Lansdale from 1989 to 2008.

She worked as a seamstress, homemaker, nursing assistant and as a community volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels, the Montgomery County Geriatric Center, Crossroads Gift and Thrift Shop in Norristown, the Dock Woods Retirement Community and the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania. After their children left home, she and Harold took in boarders, providing a home for college students and others.

She attended First Mennonite Church of Norristown, now known as Norristown New Life Mennonite Church, where she was active in women’s service activities and the Sunday school, in addition to serving 40 years of partnership with her deacon husband. She enjoyed gardening, reading, writing, music, handwork, Scrabble and visiting. She and Harold toured the U.S., including Alaska, as well as Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, on July 6, 2006; and by six of her nine siblings: Grace Kolb, Elizabeth Allebach, Gladys Kolb, Mahlon Souder, L. Kraybill Souder and Norman Souder.

Survivors include nine children, Harold L. Weaver of Baker City, Ore., Richard E. Weaver of Bernville, Mary Lou Weaver Houser of Lancaster, James L. Weaver of Wilderville, Ore., Donald E. Weaver of Trappe, Marjorie A. Nafziger of Broadway, Va., Sylvia J. Weaver of Lancaster, Lucille J. Martin of Middlebury, Ind., Stephen S. Weaver of Willow Street, plus “daughter” Pearl P. Schrack; three siblings, Irene Bechtel of Souderton, Eugene K. Souder of Grottoes, Va., and Stanley K. Souder of Morwood; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Strasburg Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Vincent Mennonite Church cemetery in Spring City.


Schmidt, Phyllis E. Egli

Phyllis E. Schmidt, 76, of South Hutchinson, Kan., died Jan. 13, 2010, at St. Francis in Wichita. She was born April 17, 1933, to Emery and Edna Peterson Egli in Manson, Iowa.

She married Kenneth H. Schmidt on Aug. 17, 1955, in Manson, Iowa.

She attended Hesston College and then graduated in 1955 from La Junta (Colo.) Mennonite School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She was a former resident of Greensburg, Rocky Ford, Colo., and Middlebury, Ind. After the tornado in Greensburg, they moved to an apartment at Mennonite Manor in South Hutchinson in 2008, not because their home was destroyed but due to her need to be closer to medical care.

She attended South Hutchinson Mennonite Church. She and Kenneth enjoyed travel and took mission trips to Mexico. She was very involved in the annual Mennonite relief sales in both Kansas and Colorado, sometimes donating handiwork for auction. Fishing, biking, skiing and family vacations included a lot of activity, and she was always in the center of all of the fun.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Kenneth; a son, Arlin Schmidt and his wife, Stephanie, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; three daughters, Rita Martin and her husband, Bryan, of Kansas City, Mo., Nancy Magliery and her husband, Mark, of Denver, Colo., and Susan Funk and her husband, Clif, of Hutchinson; two brothers, Ken Egli and his wife, Judy, and Harris Egli, all of Barnum, Iowa; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Egli.

Memorial services were held at South Hutchinson Mennonite Church. Burial was in Yoder Mennonite Church Cemetery.


Wyse, Roger W.

Roger W. Wyse, 88, of Wellman, Iowa, died Dec. 16, 2009, at Parkview Manor in Wellman. He was born May 16, 1921, to Arthur and Lillian (Weaver) Wyse in Wayland.

He farmed with his father, taught rural school, and graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College. He received a degree in administration from the University of Iowa. He was an elementary principal at Davis County School for 20 years. He was a Mennonite Weekly Review congregational correspondent for Wayland Mennonite Church for many years.

He married Rachel Graber on Aug. 7, 1949, at Wayland Mennonite Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rachel; two daughters, Priscilla Clemens and her husband, Thomas, of Baltimore, Md., and Ramona Wyse Miller and her husband, James, of Wellman; three sons, Arthur Wyse of Kalona; Jeffrey Wyse and his wife, Sheila, of Chicago, and Jerome Wyse and his wife, Lori, of Glendale, Ariz.; a sister, Betty Farrier of Brighton; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Rae.

Mennonite Weekly Review - February 8, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 5 - p. 9


Waltner, LaVerne

LaVerne Waltner, 81, of Freeman, S.D., died Jan. 15, 2010, of heart failure in hospice care at Freeman Community Hospital. He was born June 10, 1928, to Edward J.B. and Anna Tschetter Waltner.

On Aug. 20, 1952, he married LaNae Eisenbeis.

He retired from banking in 1995 after 27 years at Merchants State Bank in Freeman. He loved life and had many hobbies, including stained glass creations, woodworking, spinning wheels, and clock building and repair.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, LaNae; three children, Susan Zurawski of DePere, Wis., Michael Waltner of Lochbuie, Colo., and Lynda Stucky of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, LaMar Waltner; and a brother, Homer Waltner.

Memorial services were held at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church of Freeman. Burial was in the church cemetery.


Stutzman, Howard Eldon

Howard Eldon Stutzman
, 80, of La Junta, Colo., died Dec. 18, 2009. He was born Aug. 17, 1929, to Samuel E. and Barbara (Slagell) Stutzman near Hydro, Okla.

He attended Kansas City General Hospital School of Nursing, obtaining an R.N. degree. After graduating from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., he attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. degree. In 1965 he moved to La Junta, where he practiced general medicine until his retirement. He was active in community organizations and instrumental in helping to establish Casa del Sol, an independent living retirement facility. He was a member of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in La Junta.

In 1955 he married Carolyn Frost.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; a son, Mark Stutzman and his wife, Diana, of Westminster; a grandson and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Myron; and three sisters, Dorothy Mast, Ruth Miller and Lois Waters.

Memorial services were held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church.

Mennonite Weekly Review - February 15, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 6 - p. 9

Becker, Nancy "Gladyne" Baumgartner

Nancy Gladyne Becker, 102, of Glendale, Ariz., died Jan. 9, 2010, after suffering a stroke. She was born May 27, 1907, to Abraham and Elizabeth Baumgartner near Bluffton, Ohio.

Her family moved to Aberdeen, Idaho, in October 1907, the same year the Mennonite church there began. They moved back to Ohio soon after that. Her mother died in 1916, so the children went to Upland, Calif., for three years to be cared for by her father’s sister. After he remarried in 1919, the family moved back to Idaho.

She attended junior college in California. An uncle offered to pay her college expenses if she attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., which she did. There she met Dietrich Becker, and they were married on May 25, 1930.

They moved to Wellington, Kan., in 1942, where Dietrich opened an optometry practice. That year they adopted two daughters, Lee and Velma. Upon retirement, they moved to Phoenix in 1973 and later to Glencroft Retirement Center. She became an avid quilter and was active in Glencroft’s annual quilt auction. She was a member of First Mennonite Church of Phoenix.

Survivors include a daughter, Velma Becker Frank and her husband, Neil; a son-in-law, Jim Saner; a niece, Nancy Baumgartner and her husband, Chester, of West Liberty, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at Skinner Memorial Chapel at Glencroft in Glendale.


Schroeder, Emma Loewen

Emma Loewen Schroeder, 89, died Jan. 8, 2010, in Inman, Kan. She was born on April 25, 1920, in Steinbach, Man., the fourth daughter of seven children of Maria Ratzlaff and Isaac T. Loewen.

On Sept. 4, 1964, she married David J. Schroeder of Moundridge.

She attended school in Nebraska and Steinbach before joining Mennonite Central Committee. She began overseas work in England in 1945 and continued with the refugee resettlement programs in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Kiel, Germany; Belgium and England.

She attended Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg and received her bachelor’s degree from Tabor College while working as secretary to the president. She received her master of social work degree from the University of Nebraska in 1964 and began her career as a federal social worker at the Eagle Butte Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

In 1964 she married widower David J. Schroeder and settled on the family farm near Moundridge. She continued her social work career, first at Prairie View mental health center in Newton and then at the Mental Health Institute in Hutchinson, retiring in 1985.

She and David supported the Mennonite Brethren church and Tabor College and helped many others financially and spiritually. She was always willing to listen to people and give counsel. In 1984 they moved to Buhler and opened Nine Gables Bed and Breakfast in their home. She continued to host guests until age 85.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, David J. Schroeder; a stepson, Duane Schroeder and his wife, Lois, of Orinda, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Katherine Marshall and her husband, Harley, of Moundridge; three sisters, Anna Reimer,  Elsie Bergen and her husband, Jake, and Irene Neufeld and her husband, Abe; a sister-in-law, Mary Loewen; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in the Buhler Municipal Cemetery.


Entz, Oscar Reynold

Oscar R. Entz, 89, of North Newton, Kan., died Jan. 8, 2010, at Kidron Bethel Healthcare. He was born May 12, 1920, to W.H. and Magdalene (Regier) Entz in Newton.

On July 29, 1960, he married Helen M. Ensz in Newton.

He was a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton. He was raised in Elbing and attended Zion Mennonite Church as he grew up. He graduated from Hesston Academy and attended Bethel College in North Newton.

He was a farmer and stockman. He greatly enjoyed working on his farm and caring for the livestock. He loved to be outside and watch the beauty of the pastures in the Flint Hills. He was a lifelong bird lover and enjoyed their song and beauty. Family was very important to him, and he enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; a son, Alan Entz and his wife, Joan, of Newton; two daughters, Mary Kulp and her husband, Joel, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ruth Buller and her husband, Eric, of Inman; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Entz.

Services were held at First Mennonite Church of Newton. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery of Newton.


Miller,  Kathryn Grace Elnora Yoder

Kathryn Grace Elnora Yoder Miller, 86, died Jan. 19, 2010, in Salem, Ore., of heart failure after surgery. She was born April 8, 1923, the youngest child of Edward Z. and Alice Troyer Yoder.

In the fall of 1945 she left the Willamette Valley in Oregon for Goshen (Ind.) College. World War II was just over, and she finally earned enough money to attend Goshen. There she flourished. She majored in American history. She was an energetic person, active in many projects. She became the first president of the GC Women’s House Government. After graduation in 1949 she married Warren Miller.

After their marriage they moved to Holmes County, Ohio, where they lived for more than 20 years, farming, adopting three children and teaching school. Warren was ordained pastor of Martins Creek Mennonite Church. She was creative in the church’s youth program, where she helped many people to active service in the church.

They then moved back to Oregon, where she taught at Whiskey Hill school, back in her childhood community of Hubbard. There she was known as a champion berry picker. All her life she was an avid reader, often in book clubs, a Bible teacher in a variety of groups, a captivating public speaker and storyteller. She was known for her cooking and authored an Oregon best seller, The Yoder Sisters Cookbook. Known as a great hostess, she often hosted friends and family at their ocean cottage and in their home. She was an active New Testament Christian, a convinced Mennonite, loyal church worker and a woman of action and prayer.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Warren; three children, Edward, Edwin and Pamela; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Paul, Charity, Lois, Ed, Sandy and Marge.

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

Mennonite Weekly Review - February 22, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 7 - p. 9


Unger, George S

George S. Unger
, 84, of Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 29, 2010, at Courtyard Healthcare Center. He was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Niverville, Man., to Peter N. and Helena (Stoesz) Unger.

Before coming to Goshen College in 1952, he received the bachelor of religious education degree from Mennonite Brethren College, Winnipeg, Man. At Goshen College he received the bachelor of arts degree in sociology in 1954, and the bachelor of divinity degree from Goshen Biblical Seminary in 1957.

On Sept. 8, 1956, he married Dorothy J. Keller of Eureka, Ill.  He and his wife served at Prairie View Hospital, a mental health hospital under Mennonite Central Committee health services, in Newton, Kan., from 1956 to 1959. In the fall of 1963, he entered Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., and received the master of social work degree in 1965. Until his retirement in 1989, he worked as a social worker at Illinois State Hospital, Peoria, Ill., and as a special education social worker in Tazewell County, Ill. He received the Social Worker of the Year Award from both the Illinois Association of School Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers of the Peoria area. In 1989, he and his wife moved to Goshen to retire. He worked part time at Park Pharmacy after moving to Goshen.

He was a member of College Mennonite Church, served in many church-related volunteer activities, taught Sunday school classes, and serving on committees in churches in Illinois. In retirement, he volunteered at Goshen College, Indiana-Michigan Conference and Oaklawn.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a son, Ben and his wife, Debra, of Center Valley, Pa.; four sisters, Kay Martens, Helen Ploegman, Elizabeth Dueck, all of Manitoba, and Mary Peters of Saskatchewan; and a brother, Cornelius of Manitoba.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Memorial services were held at College Mennonite Church of Goshen. Burial was in Pleasant View Mennonite Church Cemetery.


Miller, Erma Kaufman Snyder

Erma Kaufman Snyder Miller, 97, formerly a longtime resident of Filer, Idaho, died Feb. 10, 2010, at Springfield, Ore. She was born on Sept. 11, 1912, to Harry and Anna Kaufman in Crystal Springs, Kan.

She graduated from Hesston (Kan.) High School. She married Kenneth W. Snyder of Roseland, Neb., in 1933.

After their marriage they moved to Idaho, where they lived for 56 years. After Kenneth died in 1989, she moved to Filer and married Floyd Miller in 1992. He preceded her in death in 2004. In 2006 she moved to Kenmore, Wash., to live with her daughter, Carol John.

She was active in Filer Mennonite Church during her 73 years in Idaho. She enjoyed her family, her flowers and vegetable garden and sewing. She often brought her flowers to church on Sundays.

At age 51, she completed the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Twin Falls Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed working at Harral’s Nursing Home in Buhl, Idaho, until age 75, when she retired. She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother, a gracious hostess and a faithful servant to her Lord.

Survivors include three children, Joyce Yost and her husband, Vernon, of Denver, Colo., Dale Snyder of Winnemucca, Nev., and Carol John of Eugene, Ore.; eight stepchildren, Nadine Miller, Floyd Miller Jr., Bill Miller, Edward Miller, Rita Miller, Keith Miller, Bonnie Gerig and Connie Anderson; two brothers, Floyd Kaufman of Buhl, Idaho, and Glenn Kaufman of Elk Falls, Kan.; a sister, Fern Bontrager of Hutchinson, Kan.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Snyder, in 1989; her second husband, Floyd Miller, in 2004; a son, Wayne Snyder, in 1953; and a sister, Alta Graber.

A graveside service for the family was held at Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls, Idaho. Memorial services were held at Filer Mennonite Church.

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