The Mennonite - June 2009
"for the record" - Deaths:
The Mennonite, June 2, 2009, page
28, Vol. 12, No. 11.
Balzer.- Waldo Irvin, 98,
Newton, Kan., died May 1. Spouse: Ruth Mosiman Balzer (deceased).
Parents: Peter and Mary Schmidt Balzer. Children: Mike, Janet Franz,
Larry; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: May 5 at
Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, Kan.
Flaming.- Helen Adeline Reimer Goerzen,
93, Reedley, Calif., died March 14. Spouse: Hinshaw "Hank" Flaming
(deceased). Spouse: Jacob Goerzen (deceased). Parents: Abraham and
Julia Reimer. Children: Bill Goerzen, Myrna Schneider, Walter Goerzen,
Richard Goerzen; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral:
March 23 at First Mennonite Church, Reedley.
Gable.- Lorene Smith, 80,
Orrville, Ohio, died May 1 following a short illness. Spouse: Chester
W. Gable. Parents: William and Layona McDorman Smith. Children: Gary
W., Cathy Gable, Barb Steiner; three grandchildren. Funeral: May 7 at
Orrville Mennonite Church.
Gerber.- Earl E., 88, Hastings,
Neb., died April 20. Spouse: Helen A. Oswald Gerber. Parents: Joseph
and Ida Yoder Gerber. Children; Susanne Smith, Pat Pauls, Carole
Denlinger, Terry; nine grandchildren. Funeral: April 25 at Holechek
Funeral Home, Chappel, Neb.
Groom.- Nelson Joe, Sr., 67,
Linden, Tenn., died April 28. Spouse: Faith Strickland Groom. Parents;
William F. and Olivia D. Groom. Children: Kelly G. Dumire, Sharon F.
Groom, Nelson J., Jr.. Funeral: May 4 at Huntington Mennonite Church,
Newport News, Va.
Hassan, William Richard "Dick,”
87, Goshen, Ind., died April 28. Spouse: Hazel Nice Hassan. Parents:
Clair and Bertha Franz Hassan. Funeral: May 1 at College Mennonite
Helmuth.- Fern Zehr, 91,
Arthur, Ill., died April 19. Spouse: Orva Helmuth. Parents:
Daniel and Katie Zehr. Children: Harold, Elizabeth Schulz, Maurice,
Omar; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 22 at
Arthur Mennonite Church.
Housman.- J. Harold, 81,
Lititz, Pa., died April 25 of Parkinson's disease. Spouse: Miriam
Miller Housman. Parents; Ricardo L. and Anna Mae Stehman Housman.
Children: John Pierre, Ina Sue Fox, Heidi Jean Oberholtzer. Funeral:
April 29 at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, East Petersburg, Pa,
Keeler, Laverne M., 77,
Souderton, Pa., died April 22. Parents: Henry and Florence Moyer
Keeler. Funeral: April 26 at Souderton Mennonite Home.
Lyndaker, Warren Glenn, 75,
Croghan, N.Y., died April 17 of cancer. Spouse: Nancy Yvonne Dennison
Lyndaker. Parents: Reuben and Adah May Lehman Lyndaker. Children:
Scott, Todd, Brett; six grandchildren. Funeral: April 20 at First
Mennonite Church of New Bremen, Lowville, N.Y.
Moyer.- J. Edward, 94,
Lansdale, Pa., died May 12. Spouse: Frances Apple Moyer (deceased).
Parents: Theodore F. and Lucy Moyer. Child: Jay; four grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 16 at Dock Woods Community
Moyer.- Mary Jane Ziegler, 72,
Harleysville, Pa., died May 5. Spouse: Herbert Lee Moyer. Parents:
Raymond H. and Sally Clemens Ziegler. Children: Beth Ann Wierwille,
Eric Z., Clark Z., Dean Z., Todd Z.; six grandchildren; one
great-grandchild. Funeral: May 8 at Salford Mennonite Church,
Norr, Carol M., 68, Berne, Ind.
and Goshen, Ind., died May 12 of A.L.S. Parents: Merlin and Trella
Liechty Norr. Funeral: May 16 at First Mennonite Church, Berne.
Olson.- David, 72, New
Holland, Pa., died April 24 of a stroke. Spouse: Shelba Sandiford
Olson. Parents: David and Miriam Garland Olson. Children: Bobbi Schenk,
David, Jr., Kimberly Olson, Jason, Christopher, Richard Wong; nine
grand-children. Funeral: May 9 Hershey Mennonite Church, Kinzers, Pa.
Oyer.- Pauline, 95, Goshen,
Ind., died May 5. Parents: Edward and Ellen Smith Oyer. Funeral: June
13 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Philipp.- Luise Janzen Lebedeff,
98, Reedley, Calif., died April 1. Spouse: Paul Philipp (deceased).
Spouse: Victor Lebedeff (deceased). Parents: Henry and Susana Janzen.
Step-children: Agnes, Walter, Bob, Calvin. Funeral: April 7 at Reedley
Schrag.- Paul J., 99, Marion,
S.D., died April, 20. Spouse; Ada Gering Schrag (deceased). Parents:
Rev. John J.A. and Katie Miller Schrag. Children: Mary Tecklenburg,
Judy Rechnagel. Doug; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral: April 24 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, S.D.
Stutzman.- Thelma F. Stutzman,
74, Beaver Crossing, Neb., died May 4. Spouse:
Richard Stutzman. Parents: Clarence and Ethel Jantzi Stutzman.
Children: Gordon, Vickie Roth, Jeri Knapp; 10 grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 8 at Bellwood Mennonite Church,
Suzuki.- Henry I., 89,
Lansdale, Pa., died April 24 of head injuries sustained in a fall.
Spouse: Ryoko Kitamura Suzuki (deceased). Parents: Jusaburo and Nobu
Itakura Suzuki. Children: Yumi, Lester; four grandchildren; one
great-grandchild. Funeral: May 1 at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield,
Vanderveer.- Ruth Markley, 95,
Leo, Ind., died April 30. Spouse: Merrill Vanderveer (deceased).
Parents; William and Vera Burns Markley. Children: Marcia Neuhouser,
Lowell, Loyal; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral:
May 3 at North Leo Mennonite Church.
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Mennonite, June 16, 2009, page 28, Vol. 12, No. 12.
Bechtel.- Lowell, 90, Goshen,
Ind., died May 15. Spouse: Sarah "Betty" Whirledge Bechtel (deceased).
Parents: Ira and Rosa Rensberger. Children: Jane Troup, Thomas, Edward;
six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 18 at Eighth
Street Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Bender.- Paul E., 83,
Belleville, Pa., died May 13. Spouse: Leona Miller Bender. Parents:
Lewis and Barbara Miller Bender. Children: Lois A. Arnold, John Paul,
L. Roy, Titus W., Miriam D. Ferguson, Loren E., Kevin Ray; 14
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 18 at Maple Grove
Mennonite Church, Belleville.
Burkholder.- Gertrude Evelyn Martin,
82, Waynesboro, Va., died May 22. Spouse: Merlin A. Burkholder.
Parents: William H. and Florence Hershey Martin. Children: Eddie,
Robert, Perry, Philip, Cindy Houff, Sara Showalter, Jay, Wendell M; 22
grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 25 at Springdale
Mennonite Church, Waynesboro.
Dyer.- Shirley Pankratz, 66,
Henderson, Neb., died Jan. 1. Spouse: Jim Dyer. Parents: Oliver and
Susie Friesen Pankratz. Children: Rick, Teri Walker, Tammie Maaske,
Tricia Sander; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four
step-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 5 at Bethesda Mennonite Church,
Enns.- Peter H., 81, Altona,
Manitoba, died April 29. Spouse: Helen Enns. Parents: Abram S. and
Helena Heinrichs Enns. Children: Myrla Friesen, Angela Friesen; seven
grandchildren. Funeral: May 2 at Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church,
Franz.- George F., 83,
Henderson, Neb., died April 30. Spouse: Cleola Pankratz Franz. Parents:
George G. and Marie Epp Franz. Children: Greg, Kathy Ripley;
step-children: Verlene Garber, LaVerne Epp, Dr. Galen Epp; four
grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 5 at Bethesda
Mennonite Church, Henderson.
Friesen.- Marie Friesen, 95,
Henderson, Neb., died April 11. Spouse: John T. Friesen (deceased).
Parents: Gerhard E. and Katharina Huebert Friesen. Children: Rubena
Hiebner, Myrna Johnson, Mary Claassen, Donald, Amanda Rempel, Melvin,
LaVerne; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 15 at
Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson.
Klassen.- Selma Strausz, 94,
Schowalter Villa, Hesston, Kan., died April 7. Spouse: Rudolph “R. A:”
Klassen (deceased). Parents: Peter J. and Anna Flickner Strausz.
Children: Donald, James, Vernell Miller, Cynthia Goerzen; eight
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 10 at
Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel.
King.- Dorothy M. Hartzler, 98,
West Liberty, Ohio, died May 21 of complications from surgery. Spouse:
Loren King (deceased). Parents: Joseph M. and Martha E. Zook Hartzler.
Children: Beverly Stoltzfus, Linda Hostetler, Mary Boldman, David,
Dwight, Alvin; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May
24 at Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty.
Martin.- Lucille Hattie Mitten,
85, Columbiana, Ohio, died April 30 of congestive heart failure
complications. Spouse: Herbert L. Martin (deceased). Parents: Hebert
and Amelia Feikert Mitten. Children: Judy Cutler, Loretta Ammons, Cindy
Noling, Delores Rankin, Suzie Brady, Donald; 22 grandchildren; 34
great-grandchildren, Funeral: May 6 at Leetonia Mennonite Church,
Martin*.- Ralph E., 88, Goshen,
Ind., died April 10. Spouse: Ellen Rose Martin Mast. Parents: Elijah
and Ella Good Mast. Children: Alice Jane Gesse, Linda Farmwald; six
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 14 at Hopewell
Mennonite Church, Kouts, Ind.
*Name correction - should be Ralph E.
Mast - see May 2009 or LP 2009 M
Miller.- Belle Ruthann,
Cincinnati, Ohio, was stillborn on May 21. Parents: Joel Russell and
Abbie Bauman Miller. Siblings: Eve Miller, Lillian Miller.
Miller.- Erma M. Miller, 102,
Topeka, Ind., died May 27. Spouse: Ivan M. Miller (deceased). Parents:
James Elmer and Ida Eash Miller. Children: Carol Zehr, Evelyn Byler,
Gaylord, Maurice, Larry, Delmar, Ronald; 19 grandchildren; 32
great-grand-children; three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 30
at Emma Mennonite Church, Topeka.
Mosimann.- Ella Barbara, 99,
Chesterfield, Mo., died Feb. 26. Parents: Andrew and Barbara Rocke
Mosimann. Funeral: May 16 at Prairieview Mennonite Church, Flanagan,
Peters.- Bertha Regier, 83,
Henderson, Neb., died April 18. Spouse: Carl D. Peters. Parents: John
A. and Nettie Siemens Regier. Children: Joe, Linda Heisey; three
grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 25 at Bethesda
Mennonite Church, Henderson.
Sommers.- Wesley W., 84,
Bluffton, Ohio, died May 21. Spouse: Betty Edinger Sommers. Children:
Bruce N., John, Philip, Kevin L., Mark; 11 grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 23 at Chiles and Sons Laman Funeral
Stauffer.- Melvin P., 74,
Mendon, Mich., died May 23 of a heart attack. Spouse: Clara Jean Yoder
Stauffer. Parents: Peter and Amanda Stoltzfus Stauffer. Children:
Ernie, Carol Kotva; four grandchildren. Funeral: May 28 at Calvary
Chapel, Sturgis, Mich.
Zehr.- Agnes L. Zehr, 101,
Hopedale, Ill., died May 25. Spouse: Albert H. Zehr. Parents: Amos and
Pearl Zehr. Children: Loretta Simmons, Marcella Zehr; three
grandchildren. Funeral: May 28 at Hopedale Mennonite Church.
Ziegler.- Mae C., 97, Sarasota,
Fla., died May 22 of complications from a broken hip. Funeral: May 27
at Toale Brothers Chapel, Sarasota.
Transcribed by: John Ingold
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