The Mennonite - October, 2001

"for the record" - Deaths:

theMennonite, October 2, 2001, page 13, Vol. 4, No. 37.

Amstutz.- Florence Badertscher, 93, Goshen, Ind., died Sept. 5. Spouse: H. Clair Amstutz (deceased). Parents: John and Ida Sprunger Badertscher (deceased). Survivors: children Barbara Hodel, Vivian Headings, John, Carolyn Patterson, Mabel Blunk, Mary Gilbert; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 9 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Bender.- Elvera (Vera) Schlegel, 96, Tavistock, Ont., died Sept. 4. Spouse: Abner Bender (deceased). Parents: Joseph and Leah Schlegel (deceased). Survivors: children Dorothy Yantzi, Joanne Curran; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 7 at East Zorra Mennonite Church, Tavistock.

Bickel.- Ella Mae, 94, Rocky Ford, Colo., died Sept. 2. Spouse: Fred Bickel (deceased). Parents: Anna and Joseph Yoder (deceased). Funeral: Sept. 5 at Rocky Ford Mennonite Church.

Ebersole.- Martha Yeager, 91, Chambersburg, Pa., died Sept. 4. Spouse: (1st) Henry R. Ebersole (deceased); (2nd) Samuel K. Ebersole (deceased). Parents: Edward and Annie Ernst Yeager (deceased). Survivors: children Ralph, Esther Wadel; stepchildren Fannie Strite, Raymond; 10 grandchildren; 12 step-granchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 24 step-great-grandchildren.

Hostetler.- John A., 82, Goshen, Ind., died Aug. 28. Spouse: (1st) Hazel Schrock Hostetler (deceased); (2nd) Beulah Stauffer Hostetler. Parents: Joseph and Nancy Hostetler Hostetler (deceased). Other survivors: children Ann, Mary Hoyt, Laura Liechty; five grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 31 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Leischner.- Helen Tallon, 88, Normal, Ill., died Aug. 24. Spouse: Aaron Leischner (deceased). Parents: John and Stella Tallon (deceased). Survivors: children Erma Taylor, Esther Brown, Herman; 12 grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 28 at Mennonite Church of Normal.

Schweitzer.- Roselyn "Belva" Johnson, 76, Milford, Neb., died May 28. Spouse: Burdette Schweitzer (deceased). Parents: Oscar and Rosa Johnson (deceased). Survivors: children Richard, Carol Toovey, Kathleen; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 31 at Beth-El Mennonite Church, Milford.

Siemens.- Herman, 88, Buhler, Kan., died Aug. 22. Spouse: Clara Siemens. Parents: John P. and Helena Nachtigal Siemens (deceased). Other survivors: children Loretta Kuehny, Janice Albertson, Ellen Malloy, Larry; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 25 at Buhler Mennonite Church.

Smucker.- Blanche Hillman, 90, Goshen, Ind., died Aug. 31. Spouse: Orrin Smucker (deceased). Parents: Henry and Lillian Mueller Hillman (deceased). Survivors: children Mary Ann Roth, Carolynn Underwood, Ronald, Richard, Ralph; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 3 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Zehr.- Edith, 74, Normal, Ill., died Aug. 29 of cancer. Parents: Harold and Alma Zehr (deceased). Funeral: Sept. 1 at Mennonite Church of Normal.

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Beck.- Mary Yedica, 98, Archbold, Ohio, died Sept. 12. Spouse: Oscar Beck (deceased). Parents: Fred and Leah Nofziger Yedica (deceased). Survivors: children Robert, Don, Rollin, Laura Austin, Lois Jackson, Dorothy Miller; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept.15 at Fairlawn Haven Chapel, Archbold.

Byler.- Sarah Miller, 82, Walnut Creek, Ohio, died Sept. 16. Spouse: Edward Byler (deceased). Parents: Abraham and Fannie Weaver Miller (deceased). Survivors: children Alfred, John, Edward Jr., Janet Miller, Sally Kanagy, Frances Martin, Sandra Ardelian; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 20 at Berlin (Ohio) Mennonite Church.

Conrad.- Mary, 99, Reading, Pa., died Aug. 26. Spouse: Percy Conrad (deceased). Survivors: daughter Leah Mae Freed; two grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 30 at Gilbertsville, Pa.

Dorsey.- William L., 46, Telford, Pa., died Sept. 12. Parents: Thelma Hassinger Coe and Stephen Dorsey Jr. Funeral: Sept. 23 at Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Drawbond.- Amos, 82, Glendale, Ariz., died Sept. 3 of Parkinson's disease. Spouse: Lois Hauder Drawbond. Parents: J. Samuel and Ella Mae Harshbarger Drawbond (deceased). Other survivors: children Douglas, Jeffrey, Donna Yutzy; two grandchildren.

Enz.- Jacob J., 82, Elkhart, Ind., died Sept. 9. Spouse: Joan Veston Enz. Parents: Henry and Lydia Enz (deceased). Other survivors: children John, David; three grandchildren. Memorial service: Sept. 13 at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart.

Herschberger.- Gerald "Gary," 45, Shipshewana, Ind., died Aug. 29 in a grain silo accident. Spouse: Rose Hershberger Herschberger. Parents: Perry and Annabelle Yoder Herschberger. Other survivors: children Jared, Joel, Jessica. Funeral: Sept. 2 at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, Ind.

Kaufman.- Mary Dintaman, 82, Topeka, Ind., died Aug. 27. Spouse: Vernon Kaufman (deceased). Parents: William and Susan Seidner Dintaman (deceased). Survivors: children Ronald, Bonnie Schultz, Roger, Birdene Ringenberg; 11 grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 31 at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, Ind.

Kiehl.- Sharon Long, 58, Delavan, Ill., died Sept. 17. Spouse: Robert G. Kiehl. Parents: Curtis and Geraldine Crawford Long (deceased). Other survivors: children Bobbie Litwiller, Kelly Taylor, Teresa Miller; seven grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 20 at Hopedale, Ill.

Landes.- Edna Bishop, 82, Souderton, Pa., died Sept. 10. Spouse: Daniel M. Landes (deceased). Parents: Henry and Clara Gross Bishop (deceased). Survivors: children D. Richard, R. Dale, Gerald, Judy Garrido; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 12 at Doylestown (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Leichty.- Lavina Roth, 90, Wayland, Iowa, died Sept. 5. Spouse: Simon Leichty (deceased). Parents: Ben and Mary Graber Roth (deceased). Survivors: children Esther Marner, Rachel, Orlin, Lorene, Anna Lewis, Russell, Roger, Kenneth, Phyllis Schlatter, Wilbur; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 8 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland, Iowa.

Longacre.- Susan Gehman, 45, Quakertown, Pa., died Aug. 17. Spouse: Horace A. Longacre. Parents: Addie and Robert Gehman. Other survivors: children Gregory, Nathan, Brandon. Funeral: Aug. 22 at Quakertown.

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Freeburg.- Verne A., 85, Great Bend, Kan., died Sept. 1. Spouse: Laura Mae Unruh Freeburg. Parents: David and Agnes Sjogren Freeburg (deceased). Other survivors: children Sandra Darcy, Patricia Hankin; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 4 at Great Bend.

Froese.- Letha Marie Evers, 81, Cheraw, Colo., died July 6. Spouse: Harry Froese. Other survivors: children Marcia Beachy, David, Kathleen Froese, Ann Froese-Fretz, Kevin, Julia, Lori; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Memorial service: July 10 at East Holbrook Mennonite Church, Cheraw.

Jantzi.- Donald D., 83, Goshen, Ind., died July 31. Spouse: Doris Schaefer Jantzi. Parents: Michael and Alma Zehr Jantzi (deceased). Other survivors: children Cynthia Bell, Barbara McFall, Carol Montgomery, Glenda Hooley, Lowell, Donald; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: Aug.4 at East Goshen (Ind.) Mennonite Church.

Lawler.- Maryann B. Wedel, 82, Reedley, Calif., died Aug. 28. Spouse: Maurice Lawler. Parents: Peter and Emma Wedel (deceased). Other survivors: children Monty, Merle, Mark; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Memorial service: Sept. 4 at Sierra View Homes, Reedley.

Louden.- M. Ruth Myers, 96, Lancaster, Pa., died Sept. 14. Spouse: Albert D. Louden (deceased). Parents: William and Emma Martin Myers (deceased). Survivors: daughter Virginia Stauffer; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 18 at Mennonite Home Chapel, Lancaster.

Moyer.- Wilmer R., 75, Bechtelsville, Pa., died Sept. 13. Spouse: Ruth Stapleton Moyer. Parents: LeRoy and Erna Moyer (deceased). Other survivors: children Michael, Lois Fronheiser; four grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 18 at Hereford Mennonite Church, Bally, Pa.

Penner.- Gertrude Fast, 92, Beatrice, Neb., died Sept. 13. Spouse: Louis B. Penner. Parents: Gerhard and Helene Andreas Fast (deceased). Other survivors: children Harold, Marilyn Epp; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 17 at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice.

Siebert.- Clayton, 98, Kitchener, Ont., died Sept. 11. Spouse: Mabel Weber Siebert (deceased). Parents: Edward and Wilhelmina Siebert (deceased). Survivors: children Margaret Hoffmann, Joyce Rooney, Sharon; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 14 at First Mennonite Church, Kitchener.

Thomas.- Ella, 65, Goshen, Ind., died Sept. 9. Parents: Samuel D. and Lizzie Yoder Thomas (deceased). Funeral: Sept. 12 at North Goshen (Ind.) Mennonite Church.

Troyer.- Dorothy King, 83, Hesston, Kan., died Sept. 19. Spouse: Mervin Troyer. Parents: Henry and Anna Hartzler King (deceased). Other survivors: children Elnor Stutzman, Ronald, Donald; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 22 at Schowalter Villa, Hesston.

Yoder.- Anna Bontrager, 97, South Hutchinson, Kan., died Sept. 4. Spouse: Fred R.Yoder (deceased). Memorial service: Sept. 8 at South Hutchinson Mennonite Church.

Zook.- Mary Kurtz, 80, McVeytown, Pa., died Sept. 13. Spouse: Jesse M. Zook (deceased). Parents: Enos and Mary Kurtz (deceased). Survivors: children Lena Lakjer, Floyd, Marlin, John, Mary Banker, Kathryn Breon, Alan; 21 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 16 at Valley View Amish Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa.
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Crooks.- Doreen Rudiger, 75, Great Bend, Kan., died Sept. 24 of a heart attack. Parents: Ed and Myrtle Rudiger (deceased). Survivors: children Bob Campbell, Mikael, Linda Ford; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Graveside service at Mennonite Cemetery, Pawnee Rock, Kan.

Fehr.- Justina, 91, Steinbach, Man., died Sept. 8. Funeral: Sept. 13.

Hilty.- Celia Sprunger, 89, Bluffton, Ohio, died Sept. 13. Spouse: Herman E. Hilty (deceased). Parents: Albert and Elma Sprunger (deceased). Survivors: children Ann, Judith Kingsley, Rachel Friesen, Suzanne Lind; 11 grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 23 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

Iwanowski.- Katharyn Dashkiewich, 74, Wayland, Iowa, died Sept. 26 of cancer. Spouse: Leon Iwanowski. Parents: John and Maria Dashkiewich (deceased). Other survivors: children Wesley, Victor; two grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 29 at Bethel Mennonite Church,Wayland.

Long.- Howard M., 72, Washington Boro, Pa., died Aug. 14 of a stroke. Spouse: Betty J. Swisher Long. Parents: Charles and Mamie Eberly Long (deceased). Other survivors: children Glenn, Gary, Galen, Gordon; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: Aug. 18 at Habecker Mennonite Church, Washington Boro.

Martin.- Norman, 87, St. Jacobs, Ont., died Sept. 24 of cancer. Spouse: Gladys Koch Martin. Parents: Norman and Magdalena Bowman Martin (deceased). Other survivors: children Winston, Raymond, Isabel Bauman, Bernice Brubacher, Elaine Stoltzfus, Edith Edmiston; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 27 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

Miller.- Helen Erb, 88, Marshville, N.C, died Sept. 19. Spouse: Ira E. Miller. Parents: David and Minnie Witmer Erb (deceased). Other survivors: daughter Loretta Miller Helmuth; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: Sept. 29 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg,Va.

Miller.- Icie Dora Yoder, 97, Sterling, Ohio, died Sept. 13. Spouse: Dan W. Miller (deceased). Parents: Amos and Amanda SmuckerYoder (deceased). Survivors: children Clifford, Gerald, Carol Nolt; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 17 at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio.

Minnis.- Carlton, 71, Philadelphia, died Sept. 26 of heart failure. Spouse: Hattie Ellis Minnis. Parents: Carl Minnis (deceased) and Kathrin Minnis Green. Other survivors: son Carlton Anthony Minnis; four grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 6 at Second Mennonite Church, Philadelphia.

Nissley.- Ruth Newcomer, 90, Lancaster, Pa., died Aug. 25. Spouse: Roy R. Nissley (deceased). Parents: Jacob Brubaker and Sarah Greider Newcomer (deceased). Survivors: children Wilber, Sara Ann Howard, Mary Jane, Barbara; two grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 29 at Habecker Mennonite Church,Washington Boro, Pa.

Penner.- Ella Jantzen, 93, Beatrice, Neb., died Sept. 24. Spouse: Henry W. Penner. Parents: Alexander and Helen Ensz Jantzen (deceased). Other survivors: son John; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 27 at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice.

Correction: In the obituary for Ella Jantzen Penner (Oct.23 issue), spouse Henry W. Penner is deceased.

Reynolds.- Elsie M. Rupp, 89, Archbold, Ohio, died Sept. 23. Spouse: Albert Reynolds (deceased). Parents: Simon and Emma Wyse Rupp (deceased). Survivors: children Roger, Ron, Jerry, Shirley Hochstedler, Marlene Weaver, Susie Norris; 25 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 27 at West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio.

Shoemaker.- Eugene E., 87, Eureka, Ill., died Sept. 23. Spouse: Eda Shoemaker. Parents: Arthur and Lucy Engel Shoemaker (deceased). Other survivors: children Alice, Marilyn Longfellow, Leola, Geneva Swartzentruber, Loren, Ivan, Merle, Ronald, Jerald; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: Sept. 27 at Freeport (Ill.) Mennonite Church.

Tarvin.- Elma, 90, Dewey, Ill, died Sept. 20. Spouse: Wayne Tarvin (deceased). Survivors: son Richard. Funeral: Sept. 22 at East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, Ill.

Zook.- Manie Hochstetler, 100, Walnut Creek, Ohio, died Sept. 26. Spouse: Ralph D. Zook (deceased). Parents: Alexander and Mary Jane Miller Hochstetler (deceased). Survivors: seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 29 at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church.

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Buller. Hilda Epp, 80, Henderson, Neb., died Sept. 26. Spouse: Henry H. Buller (deceased). Parents: Jacob F. and Sarah Dalke Epp (deceased). Survivors: children Arnold, Henry, Ronald, Marlys Oestreich; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 29 at Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson.

Eichelberger.- Alie, 81,Wayland, Iowa, died Oct. 1. Spouse: Barbara Eichelberger. Parents: William and Katie Eichelberger (deceased). Other survviors: children Roger, Dean, Lynn, Sharlene Reichenberger, Lisa; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 4 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland.

Horning.- Grace Nissly, 84, Lancaster, Pa., died Sept. 27. Spouse: Titus H. Horning. Parents: Christian and Barbara Herr Nissly (deceased). Other survivors: children Barbara Weaver, Nancy; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren. Burial in Lancaster.

Roth.- Violet Stutzman, 77, Milford, Neb., died Oct. 3 of complications following heart surgery Spouse: Delmer Roth. Parents: David and Phoebe Stutzman (deceased). Other survivors: children Yvonne Bontrager, Russell, Lenore Meyer, Cecil; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 6 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

Scott.- Susie Petersheim, 71, Honey Brook, Pa., died Oct. 4 of pneumonia. Parents: Samuel and Ada Zook Petersheim (deceased). Survivors: children Deborah, Clarence (C.J.); two grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 8 at Conestoga Mennonite Church, Morgantown, Pa.

Stroud.- Marion, 79, Wadsworth, Ohio, died Oct. 4 of cancer. Spouse: Robert Stroud. Other survviors: children Christine Breeze, Allis Simpson, Lucy Cliburn, Sara Grimm, Robert Jr., James, David; eight grandchildren. Memorial service: Oct. 8 at First Mennonite Church, Wadsworth.

Unternahrer.- Ralph, 60, Wayland, Iowa, died Sept. 30. Spouse: Martha Speake Unternahrer. Parents: Jacob and Mayme Leichty Unternahrer (deceased). Other survivors: children Jason, Cynthia Hammen, Rita Colover; eight grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 3 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland.

Wiens.- Elmer J., 80, North Newton, Kan., died Sept. 27. Spouse: Leola Siebert Wiens. Parents: Jacob and Katie Siemens Wiens (deceased). Other survviors: children Pamela Hodson, Timothy, Keith, Nancy Wiens Graf; seven grandchildren. Memorial service: Oct. 1 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton.

Yoder.- F. Berneice Reber, 85, Milford, Neb., died Oct. 1 of cancer. Spouse: Paul Yoder. Parents: Cora and Noah Reber (deceased). Other survivors: children Robert, Carolyn, Steven; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: Oct. 4 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

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