The Mennonite - March, 2013

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, March 2013, pages 47-49, Vol. 16, No. 3.


Alderfer.- Wilbur L., 92, Tiskilwa, Ill., died Dec. 31, 2012, of pneumonia. Spouse: Gratice L. Eichelberger Albrecht. Parents: John V. and Leah Eichelberger Albrecht. Children: Curtis, Carson; five grandchildren; one step-grandchild; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 12 at Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa. (Note: Name should be Albrecht - see ..... May 2013 tlm)

Brubaker.- Raymond S., 82, Lancaster, Pa., died Nov. 4, 2012. Spouse: Ruth Brubaker. Parents: Levi and Anna Brubaker. Children: Ray, Cheryl Buser, Lucy Brubaker; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 8 at Erisman Mennonite Church, Manheim, Pa.

Clemmer.- Jean D. Delp, 90, Souderton, Pa., died Jan. 25. Spouse: Roy C. Clemmer (deceased). Children: Jonathan, Justine Pletcher, Robert, Janice Kaufman, Lisa Yoder; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 31 at Souderton Mennonite Community.

Eby.- Joyce Lavonne Rutt, 71, Dillsburg, Pa., died Nov. 24, 2012, of cancer. Spouse: John Wilmer Eby. Parents: Clarence Henry and Elva Sensenig Sauder Rutt. Children: Carol Eby-Good, Scott Stoner-Eby; four grandsons. Funeral: Nov. 22 at Slate Hill Mennonite Church, Camp Hill, Pa.

Ellison.- Chris, 58, Hesston, Kan., died Jan. 23. Spouse: Ruth Taylor Ellison. Parents: Cleve and Carolyn Ellison. Children: Isaac Ellison, Kaeli Ellison. Funeral: Jan. 29 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Gingrich.- Ann Keener, 81, Goshen, Ind., passed away on Jan. 19, at her home. She was born April 15, 1931 in Little Britain, Pa., to the late Clayton and Martha Gish Keener. She married Paul Musser Gingrich Aug. 11, 1951, in Mechanic Grove, Pa. He survives. Also surviving are four sons, Larry P. (Sheila Kline) Gingrich, Birdsboro, Pa.; J. Robert (Joyce) Hooley-Gingrich, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa; Jon L. (Rita) Gingrich, Goshen and Michael L. (Bonnie) Gingrich, Elkhart; a daughter, Lynda (Brent) Troyer, South Bend; a son-in-law, Tim (Candy) Cleary, Williamsburg, Va.; a daughter-in-Iaw, Pam Dintaman, Ariz.; three sisters, Barbara (Harold) Shenk, Lancaster, Pa.; Betty (John) Drescher, Quakertown, Pa. and Marie (E. Daniel) Riehl. Lancaster, Pa.: a sister-in-law, Floss Keener and a brother-in-law, Rohrer (Mabel) Eshleman, Lancaster, Pa. Nine grandchildren also survive her. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Gingrich Cleary, Aug. 9, 1992; a sister, Ellen Eshelman; and a brother, Robert Keener. A 1948 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School, Lancaster, Pa., Ann attended Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., in 1952. She attended Hartford Seminary Foundation, Hartford, Conn., 1958-59. In 1971 she received her BA in secondary education from Goshen College and in 1987 her MA in Theology and Ethics from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) Elkhart, Ind. She attended Selly Oak College, Birmingham, UK in 1991. She taught grades 1-8 at Brick Hill Elementary school 1950-51. Along with her husband, Paul, she served as a missionary, teacher and counselor in Ethiopia and Kenya from 1954-69. She opened and operated a guesthouse in Nairobi 1964-65. From 1971-75 she worked as a substitute teacher in the Goshen and Middlebury schools and in 1976 she taught at Goshen College Laboratory Kindergarten. In 1976-77 she served as co-director of Goshen College's Study Service Trimester program in Belize, Central America, and from 1976-1982 she helped Goshen College with exit interviews and retention study. Ann worked at the Mennonite Historical Library from 1981-82, before serving as Pastoral Counselor at AMBS from 1983-90. In 1994-97 she and Paul served as Peace Evangelists for Mennonite Church USA and most recently were serving as overseers for College Mennonite Church. Ann and Paul were recognized by Eastern Mennonite University and Seminary with the 1993 "Distinguished Service Award" in recognition of their lifetime of service. In 2005, AMBS honored Ann with the "Alumni Ministry and Service Award." This was given in honor of her work with victims of abuse. An active member of Belmont Mennonite Church, Ann has facilitated worship leading, sexual abuse survivor groups and done some occasional preaching. She has also served on the Mennonite Stewardship Commission, the Personnel Committee of Mennonite Board of Missions and has led retreats on marriage and family, women's issues and human sexuality in addition to serving as a resource person for Intentional Communities and Christian growth groups. From 1974-91 she was involved with Assembly Mennonite church as a pastoral counselor, elder, worship leader, trustee and occasional preacher. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, home decorating, scrap booking, women's empowerment and her grandchildren.

Graber.- Daniel J., 83, Goshen, In., died Sept. 30, 2012. Spouse: Mary M. (Marge) Soldner Graber. Parents: Peter P. and Magdalena Wenger Graber. Children: Stephen, Peter, Jeanne Mielke, Julia LaFrance Graber; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 13 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Hershberger.- Edgar Allen, 93, Milford, Neb., died Dec. 15, 2012. Spouse: DeELda Lucille Eicher Hershberger. Parents: John A. and Susan Rediger Hershberger. Children: Gordon, Gregory, Ray; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 20 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

Horst.- Ruth Ellen King, 90, Shillington, Pa., died Jan. 13. Spouse: Luke L. Horst. Parents: Abraham and Alice Hartzler King. Children: Naomi Weaver, Esther Martin, Ellen Helmuth, Margaret Forst, Nancy Perkins, Thomas, Dorcas Cyster; 21 grand-children; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 20 at Bowmansville Mennonite Church, Lancaster County, Pa.

Janzen.- Orlin C., 83, Goessel, Kan., died Dec. 21, 2012. Spouse: Mary Jane Schmidt Janzen. Parents: Dietrich and Lena Schmidt Janzen. Children: Matthew, James. Funeral: Dec. 28 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, Kan.

Kauffman.- Janet Arlene Byler, 90, Lititz, Pa., died July 9, 2012, of congestive heart failure. Spouse: Ammon S. Kauffman (deceased). Parents: Elsie Mae Kauffman Byler and Jesse J. Byler. Children: Mary Ellen Martin, Richard; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 16 at Neffsville Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa.

Kaufman.- Dolores May Graber, 84, Marion S.D., died Jan. 27, of cancer. Spouse: Delbert Kaufman (deceased). Parents: Julius J. and Caroline Kaufman Graber. Children: Kathy Kleinsasser, Arden. Funeral: Jan. 31 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman, S.D.

Kempf.- Wayne Daniel, 87, Shickley, Neb., died Jan. 17, of a heart attack. Spouse: Esther Lapp Kempf. Parents: Roy H. and Barbara Troyer Kempf. Children: Don, Ellen Miller, David, Dale, Margaret Swartzendruber, Anita; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 21 at Salem Mennonite Church, Shickley.

Kilheffer.- John Henry, 87, Millersville, Pa., died Dec. 27, 2012. Spouse: Mary Ellen Thomas Kilheffer. Parents: Abram and Dorothy Amand Kilheffer. Children: Dennis E., J. David, J. Edwin, Thomas L.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 31 at Willow Street Mennonite Church, Willow Street, Pa.

Lefever.- Grace Buckwalter, 99, Harrisonburg, Va., died Oct. 4, 2012. Parents: Abram K. and Lettie Buckwalter Lefever. Funeral: Oct. 13 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

Martin.- Arthur, 81, St. Jacobs, Ontario, died Jan. 8, of cancer. Spouse: Mary Metzger Martin. Parents: Alfred and Irene Sitler Martin. Children: Ron, Randy, Jenny Martin; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 13 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

Mellinger.- John Henry, 82, Ontario, Calif., died Nov. 13, 2012. Spouse: Annetta Mellinger. Parents: John D. and Vera Denlinger Mellinger. Children: Brenda Bewley, William, David, Rosa Lee Price; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 20 at Mountain View Mennonite Church, Upland, Calif.

Miller.- Eleanor Elizabeth Warner, 88, Leo, Ind., died Jan. 7. Spouse: Willis Andrew Miller (deceased). Parents: Albert and Audrey Day Warner. Children: Gary Lee, Danny Ray, Gloria Smith; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 12 at North Leo Mennonite Church, Leo.

Miller.- Robert J., 88, Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 4. Spouse: Ellene Long Miller. Parents: Lee and Priscilla Oswald Miller. Children: Steve, Bruce, Beth Miller Kraybill; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorial service: Jan. 12 at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.

Moyer.- Henry Alderfer, 93, Souderton, Pa., died Dec. 27, 2012. Spouse: Elsie Yothers Moyer (deceased). Parents: Ammon and Lizzy Alderfer Moyer. Children: Laverne, Bob, Nancy Freed; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 2 at Souderton Mennonite Homes.

Nafziger.- Joyce Lynn Link, 61, Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 18, of cancer. Spouse: George W. Nafziger (deceased). Parents: Ralph and Patricia Andrews Link. Children: Eric, Ryan, Jena, Joyclyn; six grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 22 at West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon.

Nickel, Bertha A. Ewert, 89, Goessel, Kan., died Dec. 26, 2012. Spouse: Arnold Nickel (deceased). Parents: John A. and Bertha Wiebe Ewert. Children: Leo, Harriet DeLay, Elton, Donovan; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 8 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Goessel.

Nyce.- Carl M., 87, Telford, Pa., died Dec. 24, 2012. Spouse: Eva B. Bergey Nyce. Parents: Howard and Mary Moyer Nyce. Children: Steven C., Sharon Bishop, Karen Reichart, David Lee; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: Dec. 30 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pa.

Ramseyer.- Lois A. Kuhns, 94, Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 19. Spouse: J. Woodrow Ramseyer. Parents: Allen W. and Anna Inez Shupe Kuhns. Children: Elizabeth Robie, Sharon Sivanich, Robert; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 23 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Shetler.- Lyle D., 80, Pigeon, Mich., died Dec. 29, 2012, of heart failure. Spouse: Betty Burkholder Shetler. Parents: Omar and Katie Kipfer Shetler. Children: Kent, Karla Nussbaum, Ron; five grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 6 at Michigan Avenue Mennonite Church, Pigeon.

Snyder.- Arlene Brenneman, 86, Kalona, Iowa, died Jan. 25. Spouse: John Snyder. Parents: Erlis and Martha Marner Brenneman. Children: Steve, Daniel, Rita Wimberly; eight grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 28 at First Mennonite Church of Iowa City.

Stamm.- Jeanne M. Foust, 85, Archbold, Ohio, died Jan. 10. Spouse: Denver Stamm (deceased). Parents: Marion and Lodeema Gee Foust. Children: Mark, Tina Lange, Tana Sauder; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 13 at Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, Ohio.

Steckley.- Anna Marie Shetler, 95, Harrisonburg, Va., died Jan. 12. Spouse: Floyd Steckley (deceased). Parents: Jacob and Anna Guengerich Shetler. Children: Robert, Reynold, Joanna Mae; foster daughter: Betty Oberholtzer Kreider; three grandchildren; three foster-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 16 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

Swartley.- Miriam K. Landis, 97, Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 16. Spouse: G. Merrill Swartley (deceased). Parents: Allen M. and Mattie Kulp Landis. Children: Alan, Barbara Swartley, David; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 22 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Tamm.- Rachel R. Rosenberger, 95, Allentown, Pa., died Feb. 4. Spouse: Albert W. Tamm (deceased). Parents: Clayton and Alma Ruth Rosenberger. Children: Clayton, Marlene Royse; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Feb. 8 at Stephens Funeral Home, Allentown.

Voran.- Paul Stanley, 89, Hesston, Kan., died Dec. 31, 2012. Spouse: Ellen Ruth Lohrentz Voran. Parents: Jacob J. and Christina K. Voran Child: Roxie Voran; two grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 5 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Weaver.- Joseph, 90, Lancaster, Pa., died Jan. 17. Funeral: Jan. 22 at Bareville Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Bareville, Pa.

Weldy.- Dwight E., 95, Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 12. Spouse: Marjorie Conrad Weldy (deceased). Parents: Jacob I. and Rhoda P. Landis Weldy. Children: Cheryl Martin, Dave, Mary Clasen, Ruth Fitz-Gerald; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 19 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Wiebe.- Vera Mae Yoder, 85, Beatrice Neb., died Jan. 13, of complications from a stroke. Spouse: Edgar Gerhard Wiebe (deceased). Parents: Henry and Velma Miller Yoder. Children: Rebecca Sue Jobman, David Wendell, Deborah Jean Wiebe Wooding, Miriam Joan Wiebe Oliva; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 17 at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice.

Yoder.- Lee I., 86, Fort Wayne, Ind., died Jan. 3, of complications of Alzheimer's disease. Spouse: Ruth E. Glick Yoder (deceased). Parents: Levi and Lydia Peachey Yoder. Children: Judith Yoder Alger, Jerry, Jess; seven grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 12 at Church of the Good Shepherd, Leo, Ind.

Yoder, Samuel L., 92, Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 23, 2012. Spouse: Lillian Zook Yoder. Parents: Levi M. and Gertrude Yoder Yoder. Child: John, Michael Lee. Funeral: Dec. 27 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

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