The Mennonite - June 2014

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, June 2014, pages 47-49, Vol. 17, No. 6.


Amstutz.- Judy Ebersole, 80, Wheat Ridge, Colo., died April 5, of cancer. Spouse: Mahlon Amstutz. Parents: Clarence and Ruth Ebersole. Children: Lynn Amstutz Ferguson, Lori Campbell, Rita Sommers, Rod; six grandchildren. Funeral: April 15 at First Mennonite Church, Denver, Colo.

Auernheimer.- LaVeta Sasser, 79, Reedley, Calif., died March 26. Spouse: Bruce Auernheimer. Parents: Munroe and Ruth Sasser. Children: Eldon Nasalroad, Beccy and Bill Howard, LaNette and Richard Maioreollo, Tim and Stacy Nasalroad, Jayna and Roger Howard, Kelly Nasalroad; step-children: Robert and Kim Auernheimer, Caroline and Gerald Savage, Christine Abraham; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Memorial service: April 26 at First Mennonite Church, Reedley.

Burkholder.- Paul Herbert, 87, Stouffville, Ontario, died March 29. Spouse: Eva Alvina Reesor Burkholder (deceased). Parents: Rev. Lewis Joseph and Emma Meyer Burkholder. Children: David, Robert, Mary Friesen, Nancy, Laura Trauzzi, Barbara Pauls; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 2 at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, Markham, Ontario.

Friesen.- Henry Z. Friesen, 90, Milford, Neb., died April 21. Spouse: Marcille Roth Friesen Stutzman. Parents: Jacob R. and Katie Classen Friesen. Children: Wendell, Orv, Ele Siemens; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: four step-children; 12 step-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 23 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

Friesen.- William "Bill" L., 97, died March 26, 2014, at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton. He was born July 9, 1916, to Bernhard A. Friesen and Katie (Abrahams) Friesen on a farm near Henderson, Neb. A resident of North Newton most of his life, Bill taught at Bethel College, managed the college farm, served as the business manager and treasurer of the General Conference Mennonite Church, and as president to Showalter Foundation. On Nov. 30, 1944, he married Margaret Reimer in Beatrice, Neb. She survives. Other survivors include: two sons, Randall and Warren; daugbter, Michelle Friesen-Carper; brother, Elmer; sisters, Martha Friesen and Nina Heiser; six grandchildren; and four great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Alma; and sister, Goldie Peters.

Gering.- Vernon W., 95, Freeman, S.D., died April 16. Spouse: Irene Graber Gering (deceased). Parents: John C. and Maria Miller Gering. Children: Don, Nancy Halvorson, Charles, Crystal Nelson, Randall; nine grandchildren; six great-grand-children. Funeral: April 16 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Geiser.- Bonnie June Lehman, 60, Orrville, Ohio, died April 21 of leukemia. Spouse: Ron Geiser. Parents: Willis and Sarean Amstutz Geiser. Children: Travis, Darren, Andrew. Funeral: May 24 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron, Ohio.

Good.- Avon Jean Yoder, 74, Grantsville, Md., died April 11. Spouse: Paul Edward Good (deceased). Parents: Alva Roy and Ruth E. Eash Yoder. Children: Michael Eby-Good, Carol Good-Elliott; four grandchildren. Funeral: April 15 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Goshow.- Miriam A. Detweiler, 95, Souderton, Pa., died March 27. Spouse: Abram M. Goshow (deceased). Parents: Irwin and Edna Anglemoyer Detweiler. Children: David, James, Carroll, Karen Henrichsen; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 5 at Souderton Mennonite Church.

Gross.- Janice R. Ruth, 73, Perkasie, Pa., died April 13. Spouse: Richard L. Gross. Parents: Norman and Mildred Moyer Ruth. Child: Kenneth S.; three grandchildren. Funeral: April 17 at Bernard Suess Funeral Home, Perkasie.

Heidebrecht.- James, 82, Hesston, Kan., died April 16. Spouse: Bonnie Zerger Heidebrecht. Parents: Gus and Helen Friesen Heidebrecht. Children: Jan Worley, Glen; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 26 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Heinrichs.- Schmidt Susanna, 102, Altona, Manitoba, died May 1. Spouse: Peter W. Schmidt (deceased). Spouse: Henry L. Heinrichs (deceased). Parents: John G. and Susanna Rempel. Children: Mary Janzen, Harry Schmidt, Clara Rempel, Harvey Schmidt; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; five stepchildren and families. Funeral: May 7 at Bergthaler Church.

Hershberger.- DeElda L. Eicher, 95, Milford, Neb., died March 12. Spouse: Edgar A. Hershberger (deceased). Parents: Warren A. and Anna Kremer Eicher. Children: Gordon, Gregory, Ray; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 16 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

Hofer.- Sarah Mendel, 84, Freeman, S.D., died April 13. Spouse: LeRoy D. Hofer. Parents: Jacob H. and Sarah Wollman Mendel. Children: Carlos, Bruce, Geraldine Palumbo; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 19 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Jones.- Catherine Horrisberger, 94, Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Marshallville, Ohio, died March 17. Spouse: Albert Jones (deceased). Parents: Albert and Lydia Kolb Horrisberger. Children: Phyllis, Janice Ebersole, Karen Jones, Don; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 29 at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home, Wauchula, Fla.

Kauffman.- Paul S., 97, Kalispell, Mont., died Feb. 27. Spouse: Esther Borntrager Kauffman (deceased). Parents: Norman Leroy and Anna Grace Snyder Kauffman. Children: Elaine, Daniel, Kenneth, Stephen, Brenda Younger, Alice Arneson, Eileen, Arlene, Rebecca; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 8 at Mountain View Mennonite Church, Kalispell.

Kehler.- Ruby Warkentin, 92, Reedley, Calif., died April 14. Spouse: Frank Kehler (deceased). Parents: Herman and Susie Warkentin. Children: Cathleen Durham, Sharon Nikkel, Ruth Hill, Mark; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 21 at Reedley Cemetery.

Kennedy.- Arvilla "Janey" Grieser, 89, Archbold, Ohio, died April 7. Spouse: Amos "Ed" Kennedy. Parents: Harvey and Ilva Stuckey Grieser. Children: Lisa Wisse, Mike; six grandchildren. Funeral: April 11 at Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold.

Klempel.- Howard Gustav, 88, Aberdeen, Idaho, died April 10. Spouse: Joyce Ann Ruff Klempel. Parents: Frank Joseph and Elsie Hunsinger Klempel. Children: Donald, Russell, Kelly; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 22 at First Mennonite Church, Aberdeen.

Knutson.- Anna Miriam Dunn, 37, Dalton, Ohio, died Nov. 17, 2013, of cancer. Spouse: Joe Knutson. Parents: Peter and LeAnna Gerber Dunn. Funeral: Nov. 23 at Kidron Mennonite Church, Kidron.

Kohfeld.- Ruth Peters, 95, Reedley, Calif., died April 13 following a brief illness. Spouse: Walt Kohfeld. Parents: John and Kate Beese Peters. Children: D. Bruce, Ray; two grandchildren. Funeral: April 22 at Reedley Cemetery.

Leatherman.- Mary L., 73. Hatfield, Pa., died May 1. Parents: Samuel D. and Ada B. Lewis Leatherman. Funeral: May 7 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, Pa.

Luther.- Frances M. Birky Whitmer, 88, Hesston, Kan., died April 9. Spouse: Martin R. Luther (deceased). Charles Walter "Walt" Whitmer (deceased). Parents: William and Anna Bechler Birky. Children: Gerald Whitmer, Virginia Nunemaker, Karen Bachman, Lyle Whitmer; step-children: Betty Jennings, Vera Kirby, Richard Luther, Gene Luther; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 14 at Open Door Fellowship, Kouts, Ind.

Martin.- Karen Joyce Nofziger, 68, Evanston, Ill., died April 21 of early onset Alzheimer's Disease. Spouse: Richard Eugene Martin. Parents: Alfred E. and Marjorie Ellen Gerig Nofziger. Children: Matthew, Janna Martin, Joy Manduno; two grandchildren. Funeral: May 3 at Evanston Friends Meeting House.

Miller.- Ruth D. Yoder, 86, Goshen, Ind., died April 25. Spouse: Marvin J. Miller (deceased). Parents: Menno and Catherine Schlabach Yoder. Children: Sandra Miller-Givan, Dallas, Nathan, Arnold, Anthony; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 29 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, Ind.

Mishler.- Evelyn Regina Miller, 89, Shipshewana, Ind., died April 25, of complications of Alzheimer's disease. Spouse: Paul Mishler. Parents: Clarence E. and Audra Crampton Miller. Children: Sharon Schrock, Judith Mishler, Carol Piper, Steve; honorary sons: Rubin Lozano, Rene Lozano; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 29 at Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana.

Mohr.- Ron, 61, Elkhart, Ind., died April 29. Spouse: Annie Troyer Mohr. Parents: Louis F. and Lurline Mae Frommel Mohr. Children: Michael, Marlene Mohr Marks; four grandchildren. Funeral: May 3 at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, Elkhart.

Musselman.- Homer Drissel, 93, Souderton, Pa., died April 29. Spouse: Grace L. Schlosser Musselman (deceased). Parents: Melvin and Ella Drissel Musselman. Children: Linda Gehman, Roy, Betsy McCrorie; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 2 at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Pa.

Odour.- Castro Ochieng, 20, South Bend, Ind., died April 18. Parents: Leonard Amouk and Eunice Odour. Siblings: Sylia Odour, Wendy Odour, Brian Otieno. Funeral: April 26 at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend.

Paden.- Roxanne, 52, Belleville, Pa., died April 1, of cancer. Parents: Tom and Freida Paden. Funeral: April 4 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville.

Payne.- Lydia Jean Banwart, 80, Pulaski, Iowa, died April 22. Spouse: Donald William Payne (deceased). Parents: Nathan Alfred and Esther Ruth Kropf Banwart. Children: Debra Knapp, Donnita Payne Hostetler, Daniel, Dwayne David; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 25 at Pulaski Mennonite Church.

Rice.- Alverda Leatherman, 82, Pipersville, Pa., died April 17. Spouse: Noah S. Rice. Parents: Jacob G. and Bessie Detweiler Leatherman. Children: Laverne; Jacob, Donald, David, Delores Nice, Beth Imchen; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grand-children. Funeral: April 22 at Deep Run East Mennonite Church, Perkasie, Pa.

Rittenhouse.- Brenda Feusner, 74, Lansdale, Pa., died May 3. Spouse: David M. Rittenhouse. Parents: Ernest and Emma Knipe Feusner. Children: David A., Debra Cribbs, Dayle, Denise Wismer; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: May 8 at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Pa.

Springer.- Melvin, 72, Hopedale, Ill., died April 21. Spouse: Patty Staker Springer. Parents: Elmer J. and Anna B. Stalter Springer. Children: Rebecca Meissner, Cindy Lawhorne, Sally Griffith; three grandchildren. Funeral: April 25 at Hopedale Mennonite Church.

Stauffer.- Frances Lucile Christophel, 102, Goshen, Ind., died March 16. Spouse:
Earl R. Stauffer (deceased). Parents: Elmer and Mary Hartman Christophel. Children: Norman Clair, Loren Alan; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 31 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Tyson.- Ruth Lucille Bixler, 91, Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 26, 2013. Spouse: Raymond Tyson. Parents: Fred and Martha Beutler Bixler. Children: Becky Tyson Blosser, Brenda Buller, Kerm; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Dec. 30 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Unruh.- Douglas LaMonte, 59, Perryton, Texas, died March 27. Spouse: Patsy Ann King Unruh. Parents: Eli Winifred and Inez Marjorie Holdeman Unruh. Children: Monte Lee, Lisa Marie Unruh Beun, Catherine Jade "CJ" Unruh Byler; four grandchildren. Funeral: April 1 at Perryton Mennonite Church.

Weldy.- Ruth E. Stahly, 76, Nappanee, Ind., died April 26. Spouse: David Weldy. Parents: Paul and Elsie Hostetler Stahly. Children: Michelle Oliver, Mark; six grandchildren. Funeral: April 30 at North Main Street Mennonite Church, Nappanee.

Wheeler.- Steven Arthur, 57, Aberdeen, Idaho, died March 20, of cancer. Spouse:
Rhonda Cluff Wheeler. Parents: Marvin and Norma Wheeler. Children: Stephanie Snyder, Mallory Wheeler, Mathew Wheeler; two grandchildren. Funeral: March 25 at Aberdeen Mennonite Church.

Williams.- Dorothy Louise Locher, 94, Bluffton, Ohio, died April 2. Parents: Christian and Clara Suter Locher. Children: James D., Ronald J.; two grandchildren. Funeral: April 26 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

Wysong.- Elva B. Miller, 89, Goshen, Ind., died May 9. Spouse: Burdette "Ike" Wysong (deceased). Parents: Daniel R. and Ida R. Schrock Miller. Children: Diane Fisher, Jolene Coates; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. Funeral: May 13 at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Yoder.- Gerald J., 98, Goshen, Ind., died April 10. Spouse: Maggie Yoder (deceased). Parents: Edwin J. and Molly Stoltzfus Yoder. Children: Wilmetta Maust, Warren, Wes, Waneta Riegsecker, Wealtha Helland; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 14 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Yoder.- Lester S., 76, Goshen, Ind., and Sarasota, Fla., died April 25. Spouse: Lucy Weirich Yoder. Parents: Sol and Sarah Stutzman Yoder. Children: Brenda Wilkinson, Lori Martin, Neal; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Memorial service: May 9 at North Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen.

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