Mennonite Weekly Review - June, 2010
  Brenneman, Lois Ellen Hege;   Bucher, Samuel J.;   Burkey, Teresa Arvilla Eicher;   Schroeder, David Jasper 

Mennonite Weekly Review - June 7, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 21 - p. 9


Schroeder, David Jasper

David Jasper Schroeder, 96, died May 12, 2010, at Heartland Haven, Inman, Kan., less than five miles from his birthplace. He was born on Aug. 28, 1913, to David H and Mary (Neufeldt) Schroeder in rural McPherson County.

He was a successful and innovative farmer in the Buhler area. In the mid-1940s, he and his brother Milo formed Schroeder Brothers Dirt Contracting, beginning with a mobile crane and caterpillar. The Schroeder Brothers name was well known throughout central Kansas, from digging basements and sewer lines for hundreds of homes and businesses. All of the dirt work for numerous nearby churches, parsonages, clinics and college buildings was donated “in the name of God.”

He married Hilda Schmidt of the Walton community on June 11, 1939. She preceded him in death on April 20, 1963.

He was active as a member of Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church, serving on the board of trustees and the building committee as well as singing in the male chorus. He was a member of the Central Christian High School board of directors and actively supported both Tabor and Bethel colleges. He was also a founding member of the drainage district, responsible for reclaiming several hundred acres of wetlands in the Turkey Creek watershed.

He married Emma Loewen on Sept. 4, 1964. Together they restored the elegant old house on Fourth and Main streets in Buhler and retired to town. For five years they operated the Nine Gables Bed and Breakfast. They traveled the world together, frequently with their children and grandchildren.

Survivors include two children, Duane Schroeder and his wife, Lois, of Orinda, Calif., and Katy Marshall and her husband, Harley, of Moundridge; a sister, Gladys Ashworth of Fresno, Calif.; a brother, Milo Schroeder of Buhler; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hilda; by his second wife, Emma, on Jan. 8, 2010; by two sisters, Tiena Toews and Irma Siemens; and by a brother, Ernest Schroeder.


Bucher, Samuel J.

Samuel J. Bucher, 91, died May 21, 2010, at Cortland Acres Nursing Home, Thomas, W.Va. He was born April 13, 1919, to Mabel Musselman Bucher and Bela L. Bucher at Wrightsville, Pa.

He graduated from Goshen (Ind.) College and Temple University Medical School. He moved to Harman in 1946 and practiced medicine there until his retirement in 1990. He served as medical director of Nella’s Nursing Home, Cortland Acres Nursing Home, Davis Center, Randolph and Tucker County Health Departments. He delivered several thousand babies, including his three grandsons. He made house calls in Randolph and neighboring counties, even delivering triplets at home. He maintained clinics in Harman, Davis and Riverton. He was one of the founding members of the Mennonite Medical Association, serving as both secretary/treasurer and the editor of the Medical Messenger. He was a member of Riverside Mennonite Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Hostetter Bucher, of Cortland Acres Nursing Home; two sons, S. Jonathan Bucher and his wife, Esther, of Morinville, Alta., and J. Daniel Bucher and his wife, Judy, of Harman; two daughters,  Sarah Ellen Myers and her husband, Herb, of Mount Joy, Pa., and Mary Beth Lind and her husband, Lester, of Philippi; a brother, John C. Bucher; two sisters-in-law, Florence Bucher and Eleanor Mininger; three stepbrothers, John Rudy of Lancaster, Pa., Clarence Rudy of Ephrata, Pa., and Paul Rudy of Thomas; two stepsisters, Sarah Sauder of New Holland, Pa., and Nancy Martin of Lancaster, Pa.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Margaret M. Mininger, on March 24, 1987; a sister, Anna Lois Charles; a brother, Harold Bucher; a brother-in-law, Joe Mininger; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Ziegler; and great-granddaughter Nora Myers.

Funeral services were held at Dry Fork Assembly of God Church. Burial was at Laneville in the Hady Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - June 14, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 22 - p. 9

Brenneman, Lois Ellen Hege

Lois Ellen (Hege) Brenneman, 84, of Lancaster, Pa., died May 23, 2010, due to congestive heart failure. She was born March 22, 1926, to Jonas E. and Elizabeth (Baer) Hege in Washington County, Md.

On June 10, 1951, she married John K. Brenneman.

She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va., in 1947. She was an active member of Life Mennonite Fellowship Church in West Willow and a former member of Laurel Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, and East Hanover Mennonite Church, Palmyra. For many years she worked as a tour guide for visitors to the Amish area of Lancaster County. She and her husband were distributors of Golden Neo-Life Diamite nutritional supplements. As a homemaker, she was blessed to entertain many guests.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, John; two daughters, Miriam H. Groff of Manheim and Debra S. Kohl of Minersville; three sisters, Barbara Risser and her husband, Benjamin, Dorothy Groff and her husband, Marvin, and Martha Hossler and her husband, Paul; two brothers, Nathan B. Hege and his wife, Arlene, and David B. Hege and his wife, Arlene; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tamara Lennon, in 1976.
Funeral services were held at New Danville Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - June 21, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 23 - p. 17


Burkey, Teresa Arvilla Eicher

Teresa Arvilla (Eicher) Burkey, 91, of Sun City, Ariz., died May 19, 2010, at her home. She was born Aug. 26, 1918, to William and Lydia Eicher of Milford, Neb.

She married Perry Burkey of Milford on Aug. 26, 1936.

She and Perry moved to Hesston, Kan., in 1954, where they were members of Hesston Mennonite Church. She was a homemaker, bookkeeper, librarian and manager of the Mennonite Central Committee cutting room in Newton, Kan. She loved to sew, piece and then quilt. She also taught quilting at the Newton Adult Education Program. She later moved to Sun City.

Survivors include three daughters, Lillian Laurinec and her husband, Jerry, of Denver, Colo., Margaret Martin and her husband, Dell, of Glendale, and Bonnie Simons of Sun City; a sister, Violet Troyer of Harper, Kan.; twin brothers, Lloyd Eicher and his wife, Eldora, of Denver, Colo., and Floyd Eicher and his wife, Marie, of Redline, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry; two sisters, Laverta Sweitzer and Verdella Miller; two brothers, Doc Walter Eicher and Ellis Eicher; and two grandsons, Christopher and Chad.

Services and the burial were both held at Eastlawn Cemetery.

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