Mennonite Weekly Review - December 2011

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   Baker, Anna Mae Moyer; . . Cullar, Harold Eugene; . . Miller, Andrew A. . .

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 5, 2011 - 89th Year, No. 44 - p. 9


Baker, Anna Mae Moyer

Anna Mae Baker, 93, died Nov. 6, 2011, at IU Health Goshen Hospital, Goshen, Ind. She was born March 23, 1918, to William Culp Moyer and Lizzie (Miller) Moyer in Elkhart.

She married Robert J. Baker on May 16, 1947, in Elkhart. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2006.

She attended and graduated from Concord High School and Goshen College. She was a homemaker and a member of Belmont Mennonite Church, where she served initially as a Sunday school teacher in the 1930s when the church was first established as a plant of Prairie Street Mennonite Church. It was during this period that she met her future husband, Robert J. Baker, who started attending Sunday school at Belmont in 1931.

She had a fine business mind and was an innovator in recording and distributing tapes of Belmont services to members who were homebound and living overseas. She enjoyed genealogy, keeping flowers, was a great lover of music and collected church hymnals. She was involved in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and served as Indiana state treasurer for many years. She was a member and supporter of the Mennonite Historical Society.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Baker of Elkhart and Rebecca Hoyt and her husband, Loren, of Ackley, Iowa; three sons, Douglas Baker and his wife, Cindy Warner, of Goshen, Solly Walker and his wife, Lorinda Palin, of Broadway, Va., and Timothy Baker and his wife, Ann Suloway, of Bellingham, Wash.; a brother, Jonathan Moyer and his wife, Carol, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jonathan Baker, and a brother, David Moyer.

A memorial service and celebration of her life was held at Belmont Mennonite Church. Burial was in Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart.


Cullar, Harold Eugene

Harold Cullar, 83, of North Lima, Ohio, died Nov. 22, 2011. He was born Feb. 14, 1928, to John and Rena (Metzler) Cullar in North Lima.

He graduated from North Lima High School in 1946, attended Goshen (Ind.) College and received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Ohio State University in 1954. He earned a master’s degree in education and administration from Westminster College in Wilmington, Pa., and Kent State.
He began his career as a teacher at Greenford Schools and continued as a teacher and principal at North Lima Elementary School. From 1961 to 1963 he served as principal with the Canfield Schools. Boardman Local Schools benefited from his leadership as a principal from 1963 until his retirement, serving at Market Street Elementary for 22 years and then at Stadium Drive Elementary.

He was president of the Ohio Association of Elementary School Principals and received the Distinguished Service Award.

He had a second career as founding partner and director of personnel for Option Care of Northeast Ohio, a home-infusion pharmacy, from 1986 to 1997.
In 1946 he was a cowboy on a cattleboat sent to Europe to help in repopulating livestock. In 1954-55, he and his wife worked in Puerto Rico with the Ulrich Foundation, in conjunction with Mennonite Board of Missions and local farmers. A member of Midway Mennonite Church in Columbiana, he was active in Ohio Mennonite Conference and a supporter of Mennonite Economic Development Associates.

He married Louise Thomas, whom he met at Goshen College, on June 23, 1951, at Thomas Mennonite Church in Thomas Mills, Pa.

Survivors include his wife, Louise, of North Lima; three daughters, Lynn Swartzendruber and her husband, Karl, of Plano, Texas, Jan Talanoa and her husband, Higano, of Madera, Calif., and Kathy Holman and her husband, Leonard Jr., of Boardman; a son, Kenneth Cullar and his wife, Dawn Weber, of North Lima; a brother, John Allen Cullar of Columbiana; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ardith Blosser; and a grandson, John Talanoa.

Services were held at Midway Mennonite Church in Columbiana.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 12, 2011 - 89th Year, No. 45 - p. 13


Miller, Andrew A.

Andrew A. Miller, 89, died Nov. 20, 2011, at his home in Mashulaville, Miss., from complications of diabetes and old age. He had been under the care of his family and Southern Care Hospice. He was born Nov. 1, 1922, to Andy S. and Lydia (Beachy) Miller near Yoder, Kan.

He and his wife, Sara, came to Noxubee County in Mississippi in 1967, opening a children’s home at the Mashulaville Dormitory. They cared for foster children there into the 1980s. A member of the Mennonite church and a retired farmer, he received his GED diploma when he was 52 years old. He was an organizing member of East Central Federal Credit Union and the Farm Cooperative in Noxubee County. A man of Christian principles, he persevered in the pursuit of racial equality.

Survivors include a son, Larry Miller and his wife, Maxine, of Mashulaville; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Miller of Phoenix, Ariz.; and two sisters, Elva Yoder and Sadie Hochstetler, both of Middlebury, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara (Fry) Miller; and a son, Kenneth Miller, both of whom died in 2003.

Funeral services were held at Mashulaville Dormitory. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery. Attended by the African American churches and many Amish cousins, the services were outdoors and reflected his love of the environment and of Christian diversity. Those of his foster children who attended the funeral were Richard Gillett of Skokie, Ill., Julie (Jones) Gillett of Moss Point, Celia (Polk) Bell, Deanie (Wallace) Ashford and Shirley (Wallace) Grant, all of Philadelphia, Miss., Mary Sue (Farmer) Clark and Maggie Lou (Farmer) Cotton of Louisville, Miss.

Mennonite Weekly Review - December 19, 2011 - 89th Year, No. 46 - p. 9

Hoffman, Rebecca Lou Garber Berg Petersheim

Rebecca Lou (Garber) (Berg) (Petersheim) Hoffman,
86, of Honey Brook, Pa., died Nov. 28, 2011, at Brandywine Hospital. She was born Dec. 10, 1924, to Frank and Christina (Miller) Garber in Alpha, Minn.

She married Ford Berg on July 19, 1946, and they had six children. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1963. On Feb. 10, 1968, she married Ivan Petersheim. He preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 1993. On June 20, 2003, she married Robert Hoffman.

She was a resident of Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook. She accepted the Lord as her Savior at age 11 and sought to serve him. Her Lord and family were a great source of happiness to her. The Petersheim and Hoffman families were loved as her own.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Hoffman; her children, Christina Crabtree and her husband, Timothy, of Aldan, Daniel G. Berg and his wife, Sharon, of Mohnton, John G. Berg and his wife, Cindy, of Terre Hill, Thomas G. Berg and his wife, Carol, of Mohnton, and Timothy G. Berg of Narvon; four sisters, Willa Nafziger of Jackson, Minn., Frances Ewy of Milaca, Minn., Roma Schmidt and her husband, Leo, of Hesston, Kan., and Christina Bachman of Fort Dodge, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ingrid Landis; and a brother, Duane Garber.

Funeral services were held at Hopewell Christian Fellowship of Elverson.

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