The Mennonite - July 2015

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, July 2015, pages 48-49, Vol. 18, No. 7.


Aeschliman.- Galen H., 94, Wauseon, Ohio, died April 23. Spouse: Lois L. Nofziger Aeschliman (deceased). Parents: Enos and Dora Neuhouser Aeschliman. Children: Gloria Gingerich, Shirley Crossgrove, Charlene Roth, Linda Stuckey, John Aeschliman, Phil Aeschliman, Brian Aeschliman; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 27 at Central Mennonite Church, Archbold.

Allen.- Louise Isabelle Snyder Lehman, 87, Croghan, N.Y., died March 26. Spouse: Carl Allen (deceased). Spouse: Andrew Lehman (deceased). Parents: Christopher and Anna Peebles Snyder. Children: Everett J. Lehman, Leslie Lehman, and three step-children; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. A spring burial is planned for First Mennonite Cemetery, New Bremen, N.Y.

Bartel.- Linda Ruth Friesen, 100, Aberdeen, Idaho, died May 8. Spouse: Milton Bartel (deceased). Parents: Abraham and Susanna Penner Friesen. Funeral: May 12 at First Mennonite Church, Aberdeen.

Clymer.- Elaine Marie Longenecker.- 69, Linville, Va., passed away April 6 at home. Elaine was born in Dauphin County, Pa., on Aug. 6, 1945, and was a daughter of the late Henry Z. and Rachael Metzler Longenecker. A stepmother, Nancy Frey Longenecker, Lancaster, Pa., survives her. On Sept. 4, 1965, she married James Clymer Jr., who survives along with her children, James Clymer III, Salinas, Calif., and Lisa Renee Clymer, Fresno, Calif. She and her family moved to Fresno in 1980. Elaine graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School in 1963, from Goshen (Ind.) College in 1967, from Western Michigan University with a master's degree in education, and from Fresno State University with an administrative credential. She taught home economics at Bethany Christian High School, Goshen, for 13 years, taught parenting and directed a nursery for at-risk mothers and children in the Fresno Unified School system and held a vice principal role in Fresno Adult School, where she directed the program for adults with disabilities. Elaine served as executive director of Central California Mennonite Residential Service, a program for adults with developmental disabilities, for two years. Elaine held administrative roles in the churches they attended through the years: Belmont Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.; College Community Mennonite Brethren Church, Clovis, Calif., and Mennonite Community Church, Fresno. She was very active in the Mennonite Community Church: on worship committee and care committee, taught Sunday school for teens and adults, active in music groups and as greeter-her smile and hugs welcomed all to the congregation. Elaine is survived by her sisters, Marian Burkholder and husband, Jim, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Carolyn Horst and husband, Lowell, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Gloria Lehman and husband, Galen, Singers Glen, Va.; and Nancy Pellegrini, Exton, Pa. As the first "in-law" in her husband's family, she was dearly loved as a daughter and sister. She thrived on extended family connections. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Elaine was a woman of grace and selflessness who showed compassion and caring for others beyond herself. Her warm love and acceptance of a wide variety of people endears her to all of us. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service was held on April 19 at Zion Mennonite Church, Broadway, Va.

Crilow.- Irma E. Blosser, 98, Wakarusa, Ind., died May 15. Spouse: Melvin G. Crilow (deceased). Parents: Oscar and Mabel Martin Blosser. Children: Shirley Albrecht, Dorothy Schreck, Ernest Crilow, Larry Crilow; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 19 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Engel.- Eleanor Carol Burkey, Tiskilwa, Ill., died Feb. 16, of complications following a stroke. Spouse: Wallace Carl Engel (deceased). Parents: Noah and Francis Ebersol Burkey. Children: Sharon Royer, Jason Engel; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: Feb. 21 at Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa.

Graber.- Leo J., 86, Freeman, S.D., died May 2. Spouse: E. Arybelle Tschetter Graber. Parents: Jonathan F. and Kathryn Graber Graber. Children: Kendall Graber, Kathryn Greve; five grandchildren. Funeral: May 6 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Keller.- Frank R., 88, of Souderton, Pa., passed away on May 31 in the Souderton Mennonite Homes. He and his wife, Lorraine (Hollenbach) Keller, would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in November. Born Oct. 25, 1926, in Sellersville, Pa., he was a son of the late Frank A. and Suetta (Reller) Keller. He earned his bachelor's degree from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and went on to earn his master's degree at Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary and his doctorate in divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Keller served as assistant pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton for two years. He then moved to Kansas to serve at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, Inman, and then as the Western District Conference minister of the General Conference Mennonite Church. In his earlier years, he worked as a butcher for his family's business, Keller's Meats, in Souderton. He was a member of Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton. A true people person, he enjoyed getting to know people and spending time together with friends. In his free time he also enjoyed playing golf. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Thomas E. Keller and his wife Elizabeth of Washington, Maine, a sister, Marlene Benner, and her husband, Richard, of Ontario. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Keller, and a brother, Claude Keller. Memorial Services were held on June 2 in the Summit View Auditorium of the Souderton Mennonite Homes. Interment will be private in Zion Memorial Gardens.

Kempf.- Orpha Kanagy, 99, Iowa City, Iowa, died May 28. Parents: Emra Kanagy Kempf and Barbara Schlabaugh Kempf. Funeral: May 30 at First Mennonite Church, Iowa City.

Lind.- Ethel Marie Ebersole, 101, Hesston, Kan., died April 24. Spouse: Ivan R. Lind (deceased). Parents: Roy and Bessie Ebersole. Children: Kermit Lind, Don Lind, Ralph Lind; 18 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 24 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Miller.- George Samuel, 89, Goshen, Ind., died June 4. Spouse: Emma Kramer Miller. Spouse: Grace Stewart (deceased). Parents: Vernon and Rosa Metzler Miller. Children: Georgia David, Glenda Miller, Gerald Miller, Gordon Miller, Gina Coburn, Galen Miller; step-children: Roger Beachy, Veronica Denlinger, Phillip Beachy, Jeffrey Beachy, Kenneth Beachy; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 8 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.

Miller.- John Adolph, 95, Reedley, Calif., died May 14. Spouse: Wilma Huetta Unrau Miller (deceased). Parents: Adolph and Mary Miller. Children: Larry Miller, Randy Miller, Timothy Miller, Charlene Arnst, Nora Schwartz, Cora Varan, Cindy Epp; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 21 at First Mennonite Church, Reedley.

Moyer.- Nevin Ray, 65, Perkasie, Pa., died June 7. Spouse: Louise Derstine Moyer. Parents: Orville K., and Laura Mae Myers Moyer. Children: Gail D. Wireman, Rhonda L. Moyer; two grandchildren. Funeral: June 12 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie.

Nafziger.- Maurice Earl, 88, Archbold, Ohio, died May 14. Spouse: Dorothy A. Christner Nafziger (deceased). Parents: Alfred J. and Ruth Eicher Nafziger. Children: Ed Nafziger, Ken Nafziger, Annette Erbskorn, Darlette Cavin; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 18 at Tedrow Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio.

Penner.- Gustav Adolph, 89, Reedley, Calif., died April 25. Spouse: Mary L. Bartlett Penner. Spouse: Mary "Joyce" Gehrer (deceased). Parents: Adolph G. and Anna S. Janzen Penner. Children: Herbert Penner, David Penner, Peter Penner; step-children: Dan Tatum, Nathan Tatum; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 1 at First Mennonite Church, Reedley.

Preheim.- Jess Branton, 93, Reedley, Calif., died Jan 22. Spouse: Evaline Heppner Preheim. Parents: Jacob and Lydia Preheim. Children: Kristy Preheim Boers, Scott Preheim; four grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 30 at First Mennonite Church, Reedley.

Schrag.- Ricky Owen, 66, Akron, Pa. and Freeman, S.D., died April 3, of pancreatic cancer. Spouse: Barbara Baird Schrag. Parents: Orlando and Verda Preheim Schrag. Children: Adam Schrag, Charles Schrag; one grandchild. Funeral: April 8 at Salem Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, S.D.

Schrock.- Cora E. Yoder, 90, Goshen, Ind., died May 17. Spouse: Raymond Y. Schrock (deceased). Parents: Edward J. And Annie Gingerich Yoder. Children: Julie A. Gunden, Janet S. Carney, Gail K. Neumann, Marcia J. Hershberger, Meril D. Schrock, Alan Schrock, Timothy R. Schrock; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 22 at Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa.

Shelly.- Elsie Eshleman, 99, New Holland, Pa., died May 13. Spouse: Harold E. Shelly (deceased). Parents: Henry D. and Katie Hershey Eshleman. Children: Theodore Eshleman, Janice Pomraning, Joyce Chance, Edith Folker; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 16 at Hershey Mennonite Church, Kinzers, Pa.

Snyder.- Kenneth E., 87, Goshen, Ind., died April 30. Spouse: Celesta Gascho Snyder. Parents: Bert and Gladys Snyder. Children: Merle Snyder, Miriam Snyder, Lester Snyder, Dale Snyder; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 16 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Waltner.- Orville, 89, Freeman, S.D., died May 1. Spouse: Audrey Preheim Waltner (deceased). Parents: Adolph L. and Julia Kaufman Waltner. Funeral: May 19 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Witham.- Donna "Diann," 63, Topeka, Ind., died May 23. Parents: John E. and Donnabelle Lower Witham. Funeral: May 28 at Carney Frost Funeral Home, Lagrange, Ind.

Yoder.- Doris Arlene Lahman, 87, Shipshewana, Ind., died May 12, of congestive heart failure. Spouse: Orris W. Yoder (deceased). Parents: Byard Earl and Ethel Fannie Heatwole Lahman. Children: Regina Yoder, J. Byard Yoder, Paul J. Yoder, Rachel Elizabeth Yoder; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 16 at Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana.

Transcribed by: John Ingold

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