The Mennonite - June 2015

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, June 2015, pages 48-49, Vol. 18, No. 6.


Ashley.- Cecil Arthur, 84, Harlingen, Texas, died April 24, following a lengthy illness. Spouse: Margaret Pearl Brubacher. Parents: Lawrence and Gladys Ashley. Cecil received his ministerial license and was ordained in the Mennonite Church and to the Overseas Mennonite Board of Missions. He spent over 53 years in Brazil serving and church planting. He served under Mennonite Board of Missions and then as independent missionaries building and ministering at the Shalom retreat center. He also ministered through the Presbyterian Church for many years. Cecil is survived by his wife, Margaret Ashley; granddaughter, Titiana Correa Ashley; great-granddaughter, Giovanna Ashley Silva; sister, Verdie Land; brother, Lorne Ashley; nephew and niece, Michael and Joanne (Brubacher) McCulley and many more much loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Marcos, brother, Lonny and a sister, Connie. Memorial services were held at the First Baptist Church in Harlingen on April 28, with Pastor Wade Hood officiating.

Fast.- Naomi Brubaker, 94, Hesston, Kan., died May 8. Spouse: Menno Fast (deceased). Parents: Jacob and Barbara Brubaker. Children: Catherine Everingham, Elisabeth Beels, John Fast; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 12 at Schowalter Villa, Hesston.

Greaser.- Lawrence Henry, 93, Goshen, Ind., died April 29. Spouse: Frances Bontrager Greaser. Parents: Charles and Pearl Hershberger Greaser. Children: Galen Greaser, Daniel Greaser, Joseph Greaser, Rachel Good, David Greaser; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 5 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Householter.- James P., 56, Wheaton, Ill., died April 1 0, of cancer. Spouse: Karen Householter. Parents: Robert and Madeline Householter. Children: Emily Householter, Peter Householter. Funeral: April 17 at Lombard Mennonite Church, Lombard, Ill.

Jantzi.- Marvin Kennel, 96, Medina, N.Y., died March 18. Spouse: Violet May Zehr Jantzi (deceased). Parents: Christian and Anna Kennel Jantzi. Children: Dawn Jantzi, Gail Brunk, Donald Jantzi, Beryl Jantzi, Kerry Jantzi. Funeral: July 11 in Medina.

Kratzer.- LaVon Wade, 66, Dalton, Ohio, died April 13 of a heart attack. Spouse:
Janice Witmer Kratzer. Parents: Loyal and Rosa Nussbaum Kratzer. Children: Angela Zuercher, Derek Kratzer, Melanie Schlabach; four grandchildren. Funeral: April 18 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron, Ohio.

Landes.- Anna Derstine, 95, Souderton, Pa., died April 19. Spouse: Henry Landes (deceased). Parents: Rufus and Flora Moyer Derstine. Children: Larry D. Landes, Merrill D. Landes, Henry D. Landes, Joanne Hostetter; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 24 at Souderton Mennonite Homes.

Landis.- Grace G. Derstine, 90, Harleysville, Pa., died April 6. Spouse: Abram C. Landis (deceased). Parents: Herbert A. and Lillian Godshall Derstine. Children: Phyllis Goshow, Sarajane Kulp, Alan Landis, Brenda Sauers, Dwight Landis, Bruce Landis, Jeffrey Landis; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 12 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville.

Lehman.- Freeman A., 82, Kidron, Ohio, died Oct. 18, 2014. Spouse: Eileen Hartzler Lehman. Parents: Aaron and Edna Amstutz Lehman. Children: Eric Lehman, Joel Lehman, Emily Miller; eight grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 25 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron.

Lind.- Millard Charles, 96, Goshen, Ind., died April 25. Spouse: Miriam Sieber Lind (deceased). Parents: Norman A. and Sarah Flohr Lind. Children: Dan Lind, Jonathan Lind, Timothy Lind, Matthew Lind, James Lind, Sarah Lind, Dirk Vardaman; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 9 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Martin.- Nelson, 81, Heidelberg, Ontario, died May 5, of cancer. Spouse: Vera Metzger Martin. Parents: Nelson and Mary Ann Westfall Martin. Children: Richard Martin, Gary Martin, Michael Martin, Marilyn Weber, Denise Martin; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 8 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs, Ontario.

Maust.- Joseph J., 72, Pigeon City, Mich., died April 30. Spouse: Diane Ruby Maust. Parents: Joseph and Emma Fisher Maust. Children: Joseph Scott Maust, Renee Read, Tiffany Jackson; one grandchild. Funeral: May 6 at Michigan Avenue Mennonite Church, Pigeon.

Miller.- Ardis Jane Phillips, 80, Denver, Colo., died April 17 of injuries sustained in a fall. Spouse: Mark Milton Miller (deceased). Parents: Kenneth D. and Anna M. Clark Phillips. Children: Kay Miller, Evan Miller; one grandchild. Funeral: May 2 at First Mennonite Church, Denver.

Neufeld.- Ernest Wiens, 82, Mountain Lake, Minn., died April 13. Ernest was born June 12, 1932, in Chicago to John T. and Catherine Wiens Neufeld. Ernest grew up in the Windy City and graduated from Kelly High School in 1950. Ernest loved the diversity of city life and sought out opportunities to serve others. He began preparing for the ministry by attending Bluffton (Ohio) College ('54) and continuing at Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. Pastor Ernie as he was known by many, served in Mennonite congregations in Summerfield, Ill.; Philadelphia; Allentown, Pa.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Freeman, S.D.; Fargo, N.D., and Meridian, Miss. He served for eight years as Northern District Conference minister. Grandpa Ernie loved his children and grandchildren and shared his love of trains, sports, radios and thrift stores. He enjoyed volunteering at Care and Share, Heritage Village and hospice in Mountain Lake, Minn. Preceding him in death were his parents and his sisters, Esther (Jack) Kressly, Elvina (Rudy) Martens and Helen Coon. Ernest is survived by his wife of over 56 years, Lila (Penner), his sister, Edith (Steve) Michalovic, and a brother-in-law, Robert Coon. His children, Randy (Susan Geil), Laurel Neufeld Weaver (Paul), Sheryl Fast (Rodney), Rachel Neufeld-Schultze (Albrecht). His 10 grandchildren, Erin Kerns (Jason), Jonah, Jeremy, Hannah, Mitchell, Justin, Katelyn, Ann-Katrin, Ana and Jan-Christoph. Memorial services were held on April 20.

Shearer.- Evelyn M. Nice, 83, Telford, Pa., died March 28. Spouse: John William Shearer, Sr. (deceased). Parents: Warren and Miriam Moyer Nice. Children: Lori Shearer, John William, Jr., Karen Marie Simmons; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 2 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford.

Thomas.- Mary I., 80, Orrville, Ohio, died March 4. Parents: Elmer F. and Elda Livingston Thomas. Funeral: March 9 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron, Ohio.

Wambold.- Lamar A., 76, Scottsdale, Pa., died March 21, of pancreatic cancer. Spouse: Anna Yoder Wambold. Parents: Raymond and Marie Agar Wambold. Children: Jackie Miller, Jennifer Gasbarra; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 23 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, Pa.

Yoder.- Nicole M., 42, Harrisonburg, Va., died May 5. Parents: Paul R. Yoder, Jr., and Carol Detwiler Yoder. Funeral: May 9 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

Zook.- Alvin Elmer, 90, Garden City, Mo., died April 10. Spouse: Ruth Evelyn Yoder Zook. Parents: Edward K. and Nancy Edith Hershberger Zook. Children: Darrell Zook, Duane Zook, Velma Yoder, Delvin Zook; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 14 at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, Garden City.

Zook, Eli S., 94, Leola, Pa., died April 23. Spouse: Esther High Zook. Parents: Isaac F. and Lydia Stoltzfus Zook. Children: Eli E. Zook; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren: Funeral: April 29 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Pa.

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