Mennonite Weekly Review - April 2011

Obituaries are emailed to MennObits before MWR is printed. Wording may vary in printed version.

    Benner, Stanley Longacre;   Ebersole, Lester O’Neil;   Good, Edwin Paul;   Peachey, Lois R. Hostetler;   Scott, Sarah Yoder;   Smucker, Paul M.;   Stucky, Ransom Roy;   Tschetter, Mary D. Quiring;   Wenger, Rhoda H. Campbell;   

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 4, 2011 - 89th Year, No. 13 - p. 9


Benner, Stanley Longacre

Stanley Longacre Benner, 65, of Cambridge, Ont., died March 7, 2011, in the ICU of Grand River Cancer Centre in Kitchener of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was born May 30, 1945, as one of six children to Paul and Margaret Benner, then of Souderton, Pa.

He was married to Marg Janzen of Leamington, Ont., for 35 years.

After graduating from Eastern Mennonite College of Harrisonburg, Va., in 1968, he was a volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee at Warden Woods in Toronto, a low-income housing development, after which he earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto. He worked as a counselor for several social agencies in the greater Toronto area as well as in Calgary, Alta., in the late 1980s.  He most recently worked as a family counselor at Mosaic Counselling and Family Services in Kitchener.

Loving music, he was a member of Menno Singers, a 45-voice choir that performs seasonal concerts in the Kitchener-Waterloo area featuring secular and accompanied works, hymns and oratorios. As an active member of Rockway Mennonite Church, Kitchener, he was most recently on a pastoral advisory committee. He loved gardening, hiking, photography, motorcycling and travel.

Survivors include a son, Nathan Benner of Cambridge; four siblings, Beatrice Benner of Vanderhoof, B.C., Richard (Dick) Benner of Waterloo, Ont., Florence Witmer and her husband, Samuel, of Harrisonburg, Va., and Louise  Baerg and her husband, Marvin, of Langley, B.C.; and a stepmother, Vivian Martin Benner, of Dayton, Va.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest.

Funeral services were held at Rockway Mennonite Church, Kitchener. Burial was in the Detweiler Mennonite Meetinghouse cemetery in nearby Roseville, Ont.


Stucky, Ransom Roy

Ransom Roy Stucky, 87, of Moundridge, Kan., died March 14, 2011. He was born Jan. 9, 1924, to John E. Stucky and Katie E. (Friesen) Stucky at the Alta Mill in Harvey County.

He attended Liberty Grade School and Moundridge High School. In 1941 he entered Bethel College, but school was interrupted by World War II, and he took a farm deferment for four years. He returned to Bethel after the war. In high school and college, he was a record-setting athlete, playing basketball, running track and studying physics and math.

He met Mary Kathryn Yoder at Bethel, and on Oct. 24, 1948, they were married in the Bethel College Chapel. They raised five children. Their lives centered around farming, church life, music and sports.

He and Mary Kathryn built a homestead from the ground up and established a dairy farm near the Alta Mill. They farmed for 49 years until 1997, when they moved to Pine Village at Mound­ridge
Over the years he served in leadership positions on several community boards including Memorial Home and numerous church boards. He volunteered many years in landscape planning and care for the Memorial Home campus. He was a lifelong member of First Mennonite Church of Christian, Moundridge.

He will be remembered as a faithful husband, loving father and grandfather, and a humble servant of God. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kathryn; five children, Diana F. Graber and her husband, Charles, of Newton; Clinton D. Stucky and his wife, Kim Lockwood, of Wichita, Brian D. Stucky and his wife, Nancy, of Goessel, Annette K. Epp and her husband, Don, of Buhler, and Janice L. Hershberger and her husband, Dale, of Clay Center; a sister, Evelyn Frey of Newton; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Fedora Mueller and Melba Nachtigal; and an infant brother, Jacob.


Tschetter, Mary D. Quiring

Mary D. Tschetter, 97, of Smolan, Kan., teacher and homemaker, died March 25, 2011, at her residence. She was born April 15, 1913, to Peter F. and Sarah (Duerksen) Quiring at Newton.

On Aug. 6, 1940, she married Paul W. Tschetter at Goessel.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; three sons, Alan Tschetter of Shelbourn Falls, Mass., John Tschetter and his wife, Linnea, of Nashau, Iowa, and Thomas Tschetter and his wife, Susan, of St. Louis, Mo.; four daughters, Evelyn Tschetter of Salina, Lois Hoyt and her husband, Bruce, of Oamaru, New Zealand, Martha Holder and her husband, Ronald, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Irene Totel and her husband, David, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Herbert Quiring and his wife, Akiko, of Sedalia, Colo.; a sister, Susan Wedel of Laramie, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Tschetter; a daughter, Wilma Tschetter; and four brothers, Karl, Paul, Frank and Ralph Quiring.

Graveside services were held at Halstead Cemetery. A memorial service was held at First Covenant Church of Salina.

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 11, 2011 - 89th Year, No. 14 - p. 9


Rhoda H. Campbell

Rhoda H. Campbell Wenger, 95, of Willow Street, Pa., died March 12, 2011. She was born Oct. 4, 1915, to Martin F. Campbell and Annie Hess Campbell.
She was a member of Lyndon Mennonite Church and a former member of Red Run Mennonite Church, Shady Pine Mennonite Church, Blairs Mills Brethren-in-Christ Church and Byerland Mennonite Church.

She was a nurse-midwife, a member of the Mennonite Nurses Association, and was active in her profession until 2001. She received her RN degree at the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing in 1943, her bachelor’s degree from Goshen (Ind.) College in 1949, and her midwifery certification from Preston Maternity Hospital, Philadelphia, in 1949.

Married in 1950, she served with Mennonite Board of Missions, operating a rural health clinic in Culp, Ark., from 1951 to 1958. She then worked as a health teacher and nurse at Lancaster Mennonite High School, and as an obstetrical nurse at Lancaster General Hospital and Ephrata hospital. Upon retirement in 1983, she moved to Juniata County to serve as a midwife in the Path Valley area. She was highly skilled and deeply loved. Her family, colleagues and friends are honored by her example of perseverance in Christian charity and rejoice in her entry into the joy of her Lord.

Survivors include a daughter, Annie E. Wenger-Nabigon and her husband, Herb Nabigon, of Ontario; two sons, Hans D. Wenger and his wife, Ann Shenk Wenger, of Lancaster, and O. Martin Wenger and his wife, Diane Secker Wenger, of Minnesota; two brothers, John Campbell and Raymond Campbell; 13 grandchildren; a grandson-in-law and two granddaughters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David S. Wenger, in 1993; a sister, Anna Mae Campbell; and a brother, Paul Campbell.

Burial was at Byerland Mennonite Church.


, Edwin Paul

Edwin Paul Good, 75, of Murphy, Idaho, died March 3, 2011. He was born March 16, 1935, to Abraham and Anna Good in Nampa.

As a young man he memorized Matthew 5, 6 and 7 and believed that the Sermon on the Mount was not a suggestion but a directive on how to live one’s life. So in 1954 he went to Germany as a conscientious objector with Mennonite Central Committee to build homes for the German refugees from Russia.

He married Betty Hochstetler on Dec. 27, 1957. They farmed in the Nampa, Kuna, Melba and Grandview communities and enjoyed being a part of each one.
They moved to Murphy in 1985, where he continued his love of God’s good earth by nurturing his garden and sharing his flowers and vegetables with others. His innovative gardening skills were useful at the Kagisong Refugee Center in Botswana and Bukuumi, Uganda, where he and Betty volunteered with MCC from 1992 to 1995.

Family was important to him, and he enjoyed family gatherings and the annual family hunting-camping trips in the high mountain country. He had many friends in Germany, Africa, across the U.S., and among fellow members of the Idaho Mennonite churches. He was a member of Emmaus Mennonite Church, Meridian.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; two sons, H. Nathaniel Good and his wife, Lavonne, of Grandview, and Jeffrey D. Good and his wife, Vivian, of Melba; three sisters, Elizabeth Kauffman, Martha Yoder and Esther Vi Good; three sisters-in-law, June Good, Marie Hauder and Elvera Hochstetler; a brother-in-law, Howard Wilson; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four siblings, Henry, Miriam, Rhoda and James A. Good.

Memorial services were held at the Brethren Church in Nampa. Burial was in the Melba cemetery.


Paul M.

Paul M. Smucker, 84, of Bird-in-Hand, Pa., died March 29, 2011. He was born July 30, 1926, to John E. and Anna M. Smucker.

He was the husband of Elma Glick Smucker, to whom he was married for 62 years.

After farming the family farms for many years, he and his siblings founded the Bird-in-Hand Motor Inn in 1968 and the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant in 1970.
During his adult life, he volunteered with Mennonite Disaster Service, Habitat for Humanity and Projecto Azteca in Florida, the Gulf States and Texas. He and Elma helped to repair and build new homes for those in need, often with the help of their children and grandchildren.

He was a 50-year member of the Bird-in-Hand Fire Co. and held many positions, including president and fire chief. He was a past member of the Paradise Rotary Club and served on the board of Lancaster Mennonite School for 10 years.

A charter member of Sandy Hill Community Church, he was active in Sunday school, church and pre-school. He also helped to establish Birch Grove Mennonite Church in Port Allegany.

He enjoyed traveling, hunting, woodworking, being at his mountain cabin and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Elma Glick Smucker; six children, Barbara Mitchell and her husband, Gerry, John Smucker and his wife, Myrna, Jerry Smucker and his wife, Kathy, Ruth Smucker, Jim Smucker and his wife, Anna, and Jeff Smucker and his wife, Faith; five siblings, John Smucker, Marcus Smucker, Levina Huber, Sara Ann Landis and Mary Ellen Dowling; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a stillborn son and a brother, Jonathan Smucker.

Memorial services were held at Ridgeview Mennonite Church.

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 18, 2011 - 89th Year, No. 15 - p. 17


Peachey, Lois R. Hostetler

Lois R. Peachey, 91, of Belleville, Pa., died March 11, 2011, at Valley View Haven. She was born Oct. 3, 1919, to Jefferson D. and Maude (Harshbarger) Hostetler in Mattawana.

She married LeRoy L. Peachey on Aug. 5, 1945. He preceded her in death on March 27, 2008.

She was a 1937 graduate of McVeytown-Oliver High School. She was primarily a homemaker. She was a member of Barrville Mennonite Church. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.

Survivors include four children, Shirley Roth of Rockville, Md., Dwight Peachey and his wife, Brenda, of Milroy, Dean Peachey and his wife, Melissa, of Winnipeg, Man., and Gayle Shank and her husband, Terry, of Reedsville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy; three brothers, David, John and Russell Hostetler; two sisters, Alice Bratton and Grace Anderson; a son-in-law, Jay Roth; and a daughter-in-law, Margaret Peachey.


Scott, Sarah Yoder

Sarah Yoder Scott
, 86, of Ephrata, Pa., died March 27, 2011, at Fairmount Homes. She was born Sept. 19, 1924, to David S. and Emma Stoltzfus Yoder near Morgantown.

On July 28, 1973, she married William I. Scott of Newark, Del. He preceded her in death Jan. 20, 1999.

She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Mennonite College and a master’s degree from James Madison University, both in Harrisonburg, Va.

She was a capable school teacher in a variety of situations. She taught all eight grades at Maxwell Hill near Morgantown, junior high at Oley Mennonite School, a Mexican migrant kindergarten in Mathis, Texas, Navajo Indian children on the re­servation at Ganado, Ariz., second grade at the American School in Campinas, Brazil, and at Caernarvon Elementary in Churchtown, and migrant children in Kennet Square, Pa.

She was baptized Sept. 11, 1938, at Conestoga Mennonite Church, where she was still a member at the time of her death, although with all her moving around she attended many other churches. Many children and young people were blessed by her Sunday school and summer Bible school teaching. In Delaware she was involved at Green Hill Presbyterian Church.

After retirement, she and Bill enjoyed attending Elderhostels. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and provided transportation for cancer patients at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center.

Survivors include six children, Carolyn Arnold and her husband, Norris, Susan Scott and her husband, Frank, Linda Reed and her husband, Harry, and William Scott and his wife, Donna, all of Wilmington, Del., Robert Scott and his wife, Cheryl, of Newark, Del., and Sharon Dilks of Heyworth, Ind.; five siblings, Ruth Stauffer of New Holland, Phebe Bell and her husband, Al, of Fort Wayne, Ind., Mark Yoder and his wife, Alice, of Morgantown, Julia Yoder of Morgantown, and Dorcas Rolon and her husband, Samuel, of Stevens; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Conestoga Mennonite Church. Burial was in Green Hill Presbyterian Cemetery.


Ebersole, Lester O’Neil

Lester O’Neil Ebersole, 88, of Greeley, Colo., died April 11, 2011. He was born July 24, 1922, to Roy A. and Bessie (Brenneman) Ebersole in Tuleta, Texas.
He grew up in Elkhart, Ind., and graduated from Elkhart High School in 1940. After working a year, he attended Goshen (Ind.) College for one year. Because of World War II, he expected to be drafted before he could finish another year of college.  He served in Civilian Public Service with various assignments in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nebraska.

He married Fern Katherine Yoder on Aug. 8, 1943. After his release from CPS, they lived in the Elkhart area for several years before moving to Phoenix, Ariz., for the health of their oldest child. They later lived in Colorado until retirement, then moved to Sun City, Ariz. After his wife died in the spring of 2006, he lived in Sun City for one more year and then for two years at Glencroft Retirement Center in Glendale, Ariz. He moved to Colorado in 2009 to be closer to his family.
He was employed in sales, accounting and construction. He also painted houses after retiring. He was always interested in music and was active in church as a song leader. He also sang in various organizations, including the Phoenix Orpheus Male Chorus that toured and performed in Europe.
He lived in Colorado at Bonell Good Samaritan Society in Greeley from July 2009 until his death.  While at Bonell, singing continued to be an important part of his life.  He was often heard singing for the residents of Rosewood Assisted Living.

Survivors include two sons, Greg of Cali, Colombia, and Ken of Lafayette; a daughter, Karen Thomason of Evans; a sister, Ethel Lind of Hesston, Kan.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Fern.

Funeral services were held in the chapel at Bonell Good Samaritan Society in Greeley. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

There were no obituaries in the April 25, 2011 issue of Mennonite Weekly Review.

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