The Mennonite - August, 2013

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, August 2013, pages 47-49, Vol. 16, No. 8.


Alderfer.- Abram Hagey, 90, Telford, Pa., died June 5. Spouse: Marian Kerr Alderfer. Parents: Mahlon D. and Martha Hagey Alderfer. Child: Paul; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Funeral: June 9 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pa.

Amstutz.- Frances Elizabeth Schroeder, 94, Bloomfield, Iowa, died June 4. Spouse: John Edward Amstutz. Parents: Herman and Elise Wickersheim Schroeder. Children: Karen Spurgeon, Dean, Keith; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 7 at Pulaski Mennonite Church, Rural Pulaski, Iowa.

Basinger.- Lola May Schertz, 96, Bluffton, Ohio, died March 3. Spouse: Lowell Eugene Basinger (deceased). Parents: Rudolph and Matilda Stalter Schertz. Children: Doug, Deborah Stechschulte, Jerome; five grandchildren; one grandchild. Funeral: March 8 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

Birkey.- Ruby Belle Oyer, 93, Rantoul, Ill., died June 16. Spouse: Harlan Birkey (deceased). Parents: Joseph and Bertha Zimmerman Oyer. Children: Joy Marie Birkey, Joe. Funeral: June 16 at East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, Ill.

Boshart.- Don Wyse, 78, Wayland, Iowa, died June 22, of cancer. Spouse: Eldora Marie Roth Boshart. Parents: Elon Martin and Eldora Mae Wyse Boshart. Children: Mark, Jan Shelman; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 29 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland.

Delp.- Dale N., 72, Harleysville, Pa., died June 18. Spouse: Arlene Landis Delp. Parents: Norman and Hannah Nyce Delp. Children: Michael, Todd; five grandchildren. Funeral: June 22 at Towamencin Mennonite Church, Kulpsville, Pa.

Detweiler.- Pearl Swartley, 85, Harleysville, Pa., died May 27. Spouse: Wilmer Benner Detweiler. Parents: Jacob D. and Lizzie Swartley Detweiler. Children: Carolyn Hallman, Wilmer, David, Faith Ann Detweiler; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 31 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville.

Diener.- Menno, 93, Akron, Pa., died June 7. Spouse: Savilla Taylor Diener (deceased). Parents: Edward and Mary Buckwalter Diener. Children: Grace Tyson, Elaine Taylor, Nevin, Arlin. Funeral: June 13 at Akron Mennonite Church.

Ediger.- Anna R. Pauls, 91, Inman, Kan., died June 15. Spouse: Henry M. Ediger (deceased). Parents: J.T. and Anna Regehr Pauls. Children: Lois Taylor, Allen, Paul; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 19 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman.

Enns.- Rachel Martha Nickel, 93, Inman, Kan., died March 8. Spouse: John F. Enns (deceased). Parents: Willia B. and Susie Schmidt Nickel. Children: Irvin, Velma Busenitz, Marilyn Smith; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 12 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman.

Fisher.- Ruth Amelia, 98, Kalona, Iowa, died May 27. Parents: Daniel J. and Ida Miller Fisher. Funeral: June 1 at Kalona Mennonite Church. Franz, Bernice Pearl

Franz.- Bernice Pearl Borthwick.- 90, Reedley, Calif., died June 1. Spouse: Earl Franz (deceased). Spouse: Dick Borthwick (deceased). Funeral: June 6 at Smith Mountain Cemetery, Dinuba, Calif.

Froese.- Doris Jan Thiesen, 76, Inman, Kan., died Feb. 15. Spouse: Waldo C. Froese (deceased). Parents: Jacob S. and Marie Dirksen Thiesen. Children: Jay, Ray, Larry, Gary, Dale, Bill; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: Feb. 18 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman.

Harder.- Irma Fast, 95, Hesston, Kan., passed away on May 27 at Schowalter Villa Health Care in Hesston. Irma was born on May 20, 1918, to Katherine Schultz Janzen Fast and John N. Fast in Mountain Lake, Minn. She was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church. Irma graduated from Mt. Lake High school in 1936, and then attended the University of Minnesota, studying home economics and business. She worked for Northwestern Bell before she returned to Mt. Lake to marry Clarence W. Harder on Aug. 7, 1949. After he passed away suddenly in 1962, Irma completed the building of a Standard Oil Station, which was to be the family business. Soon after she began as the Public Librarian, and eventually led the way for a new library building to be constructed. She was also instrumental in developing the Heritage Village Museum as a way of preserving buildings, artifacts, and history for future generations. Irma served her community and church in a variety of ways: historian, church librarian, quilter, gardener, and good neighbor. Irma was known for her ready smile and gracious presence and she will be deeply missed. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Clarence, infant daughter Deborah, sisters Leone Fast and Kay Johnson. Cherishing her memory are her daughters Becky Harder (Doug) of Monument, Colo., Marlene Harder Bogard (Mike) of Newton, Kan.; four grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service was held at the Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston, on June 22.

Gingrich.- Leonard G., 89, St. Jacobs, Ontario, died May 24. Spouse: Doris Burkhart Gingrich (deceased). Parents: Amos and Susanna Gingrich Gingrich. Children: Gary, Marlin, Wendy Gingrich, Kevin; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 31 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

Hess.- Martha C. Hoffer, 89, Terre Hill, Pa., died June 10. Spouse: Robert Buckwalter Hess (deceased), Parents: Irwin S. and Floy S. Crouthamel Hoffer. Children: Susan A. Huest, Martha A. Kelley, Robert B., Jr., Thomas I., Rebecca F. Good, Philip D.; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 15 at Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, Pa.

Jantzi.- Violet Mae Zehr, 89, Medina, N.Y., died May 22. Spouse: Marvin Kennel Jantzi. Parents: John and Susan Gascho Zehr. Children: Dawn Jantzi, Gail Brunk, Larry, Don, Beryl, Kerry; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 9 in Medina.

Kauffman.- John Kurtz, 80, Harrisonburg, Va., died May 10. Spouse: Marie Wenger Kauffman. Parents: John Esch Kauffman and Malinda Kurtz Kauffman. Children: Jill Misto, Kent; five grandchildren. Funeral: May 15 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

Kehler.- Menno, 73, Altona, Manitoba, died June 12. Spouse: Anne Kehler. Parents: Martin and Maria Kehler. Children: Tim, Dan, Leigh-Anne; five grandchildren. Funeral: June 17 at Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona.

Leatherman.- Della M. Meyers, 83, Perkasie, Pa., died June 15. Spouse: Richard D. Leatherman (deceased). Parents: Joseph and Edna Meyers. Child: Dale R.; three grandchildren. Funeral: June 21 at Deep Run East Mennonite Church, Perkasie.

Litwiller.- Fred, 72, Goshen, Ind., died June 6. Spouse: Faye Newcomer Litwiller. Parents: Oliver and Vera Slabaugh Litwiller. Children: Vonda, Laura, Matt; five grandchildren. Funeral: June 10 College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Nafziger.- Laura Erb, 98, Stratford, Ontario, died May 10. Spouse: Harvey Nafziger (deceased). Parents: Daniel S. and Nancy Gerber Erb. Children: Rae, Nancy Ellen Nafziger, Ronald, Linda Nafziger; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 16 at Maple View Mennonite Church, Wellesley, Ontario.

Peachey.- Harvey L., 81, Belleville, Pa., died June 2. Spouse: M. Delores Wilson Peachey. Parents: Harvey L., Sr., and Anna Hartzler Peachey. Children: Barry L., Randal L., Gregg A., H. Willis; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 5 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville.

Ramseyer.- Lois Kathryn Hecker, 88, Bloomfield, Iowa, died June 16. Spouse: Charles Samuel Ramseyer (deceased). Parents: Nicholas Reason and Hazel Vera Worley Hecker. Children: Larry, Dennis, Paul; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 19 at Pulaski Mennonite Church, Rural Pulaski, Iowa.

Rempel.- Edith Helmer, 92, Hillsboro, Kan., died June 9. Spouse: Elmer Rempel (deceased). Child: Courtney; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorial service: June 18 at Greeley Senior Center, Greeley, Colo.

Roggie.- Verna Lehman, 81, Lowville, N.Y., died April 27. Spouse: Howard Roggie (deceased). Parents: Erwin Z. and Lena H. Zehr Lehman. Children: Wayne, Benjamin, Glenn, Bradley, Joan Lehman, Judy Wood; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 30 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, N.Y.

Roth.- Phyllis Aschliman, 93, Archbold, Ohio, died Feb. 6, of lung cancer. Parents: Cletus and Elizabeth Wyse Aschliman. Children: Daryl, Charlene May, Paul, Rod, Larry, Joyce Schaffner; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Feb. 10 at Fairlawn Nursing Home Chapel, Archbold.

Schmucker.- Clifford, 58, Lebanon, Ohio, died May 26, of injuries sustained in a skydiving accident. Companion: Karen Dean. Parents: Earl and Dorothy Yoder Schmucker. Children: Nathan, Adam. Funeral: June 1 at Beech Mennonite Church, Lousiville, Ohio.

Smith.- Arlene Mabel Lantz, 81, Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 2, of cancer. Spouse: James Smith. Parents: Lewis and Alice Lantz. Children: Michael, Linda Teske, James, Jr.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 5 at Inlet Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio.

Strite.- Ethel Showalter, 90, Harrisonburg, Va., died May 15. Spouse: Lewis E. Strite (deceased). Parents: D.H. and Flora Mae Grove Showalter. Children: L. Gerald, Elaine Strite Viste, Carmen Strite Miller; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 17 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

Tyson.- Jeanette Moyer, 93, Silverdale, Pa., died May 28. Spouse: Millard M. Tyson. Parents: Theodore and Lucy Moyer Moyer. Children: Donna Greene, Mary Lou Davenport, Cynthia Ann Hause; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 8 at Rockhill Mennonite Community Chapel, Sellersville, Pa.

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