The Mennonite - December 2015

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, December 2015, pages 48-49, Vol. 18, No. 12.


Armstrong, Jesse J., 96, Archbold, Ohio, died Nov. 2. Spouse: Beulah Beck Armstrong (deceased). Parents: Clifford "J.C." and Barbara Short Armstrong; children: Donna Shumaker, Grace Coon, Marvin Armstrong, Esther Fae Armstrong; 10 grandchildren;12 great-grandchildren. Memorial service: Nov. 7 at Central Mennonite Church, Archbold.

Beyler, Gladys Arlene Graber, 91, Goshen, Ind., died Oct. 24. Spouse: Clayton V. Beyler (deceased). Parents: C.L. and Mina Roth Graber. Children: Betsy Beyler, Mary Beyler, Roth Conrad, John Beyler, Jean Beyler, Richard Beyler; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 15 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Byler, Lois Eileen Garber, 88, New Paris, Ind., died Oct. 15. Spouse: Glen L. Byler (deceased). Parents: Joe and Frieda Cordes Garber. Children: Tracy Byler, Linda Byler. Funeral: Oct. 19 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Detweiler, Grace Alderfer Swartley, 86, Blooming Glen, Pa., on Oct. 11, of a heart attack. Spouse: Raymond Detweiler (deceased). Parents: Elias and Mary Ann Swartley Alderfer. Children: Laverne Detweiler, Dean Detweiler. Funeral: Oct. 15 at Deep Run East Mennonite Church, Perkasie, Pa.

Detweiler, Miriam Delp, 87, Plumsteadville, Pa., died Sept. 11. Spouse: Wilmer Detweiler (deceased). Parents: Samuel and Anna Delp. Children: Donald Detweiler, Joanne Zwickel, Nancy Meyers, six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: Sept. 15 at Souderton Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa.

Fahlsing, Rozella Edna, 95, Topeka, Ind., died Oct. 16, of a severe stroke. Spouse: Ernest H. Fehlsing (deceased). Parents: Menno and Martha Smith Yoder. Children: Kathy Fahlsing, Roger Fahlsing; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: Oct. 22 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, Ind.

Friesen, Jerry, 62, Altona, Manitoba, died Nov. 5. Spouse: Gwendolyn "Wendy" Friesen. Parents: John A. and Margaret Hamm. Children: four children; nine grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 12 at Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Altona.

Grove, James, 76, Mill Creek, Pa., died Oct. 26. Spouse: Donna Grove. Funeral: Oct. 30 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa.

Hofer, Gordon Glenn, 80, Bridgewater, S.D., died Nov. 5, of cancer. Spouse: Alvina Siebert Hofer. Parents: Peter J.S. and Adina D. Hofer Hofer. Children: Donita Davis, Stewart Hofer, Vincent Hofer; six grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 11 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman, S.D.

Hofer, Kathryn, M. Stahl, 91, Freeman, S.D., died Oct. 30. Spouse: Marvin P. Hofer (deceased). Parents: Mike J. and Katie Gross Stahl. Children: Donald Hofer, Priscilla Hofer, Ann Marie Reiling; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 4 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Horst, Ruth I., 86, Goshen, Ind., died Oct. 27. Parents: John and Ida Weaver Horst. Ruth worked as an administrative assistant at Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, Pa., from 1951 to 1954; Menno Travel Service in Newton, Kan., from 1954 to 1960 and in Amsterdam, Holland, from 1960 to 1963; Goshen College from 1963 to 1986; and Mennonite Board of Missions in Elkhart from 1986 until her retirement in 1997. She is survived by a brother, John (Elsie) Horst of Sarasota, Fla., and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, whom she loved and appreciated. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother James and a sister, Vera Witmer. Memorial service: Oct. 31 at North Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Kauffman, Frank Morris, 89, Goshen, Ind., died Oct. 1. Spouse: Evelyn Hostetler Kauffman (deceased). Parents: William and Elma Harris Kauffman. Children: Pat Yoder, Maryann Shultz; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 5 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Kratz, David, 78, Clarksville, Md., died Aug. 26. Spouse: Annabelle Zuercher Kratz. Parents: Edgar and Evelyn Bonekemper Kratz. Children: David Kratz Mathies, Holly Kratz McEnaney; three grandchildren. Funeral was a private family service.

Kreider, Rachel Weaver, 106, Goshen, Ind., died Oct. 31. Spouse: Leonard Cale Kreider (deceased). Parents: Samuel E. and Laura Johns Weaver. Children: Emil Kreider, Anna Kreider Johnke, Sara Kreider Hartzler; Nov. 7 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Lapp, John H., 83, Port Allegany, Pa., died Sept. 30. Spouse: Floy L. Zook Lapp. Parents: Moses and Rachel Blank Lapp. Children: Lester Lapp, Joy Lapp, David Lapp, Mark Lapp, Ruth Ann Lapp, Paul Lapp; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 3 at Birch Grove Mennonite Church, Port Allegany.

Litwiller, B. Willis, 88, Hopedale, Ill., died May, 20. Spouse: Marilyn Zehr Litwiller. Parents: Ervin T. and K. Vietta King Litwiller. Children: Myra Raab, Marge Weaver, KaEllen Schrag, Wes Litwiller, Delmar Litwiller, Darwin Litwiller, Kevin Litwiller, Doyle Litwiller; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grand-children. Funeral: May 25 at Hopedale Mennonite Church.

Mendel, Gladys Angeline Hofer, 83, Freeman, S.D., died Oct. 7, of a heart attack. Spouse: Jonathan Mendel. Parents: Paul E. and Anna L. Hofer Hofer. Children: Stephen Mendel, Charmaine Ries, Milton Mendel, Cynthia Mendel; seven grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 31 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Miller, Majora M. Short, 87, Archbold, Ohio, died Oct. 21. Spouse: Lawrence J. Miller. Parents: Daniel L. and Malinda Stuckey Short. Children: Keith Miller, Nevin Miller, Julia Gorrell, Brent Miller, Ross Miller, LaRita Robinson, Eric Miller; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 24 at West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio.

Riegsecker, Richard D., 73, Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, died Oct. 13. Spouse: Loraine Fay Friesen Riegsecker. Parents: Theophilus and Dorothy Mack Riegsecker. Children: Linda Gabino, Shawn Riegsecker, Greg Riegsecker, Justin Riegsecker; five grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 17 at West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio.

Roth-Yousey, Thomas Eldon, 64, Buffalo, N.Y., died Oct. 15, of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Spouse: Lori Roth-Yousey. Parents: Joseph and Onalee "Donna" Frey. Children: Aaron Yousey, Lisa Sorriento, Carlos Roth-Yousey, Joe Roth-Yousey, Onalee Roth Yousey, Sophia Roth-Yousey. Funeral: Oct. 21 at the Harris Covenant Church in Harris, Minn. Memorial service: Oct. 22 at the Wayland Mennonite Church, Wayland, Iowa.

Smith, Justina P. Peters, 89, Wichita, Kan., died Oct. 9. Spouse: Dale W. Smith (deceased). Parents: Jacob C. and Anna Ott Peters. Children: Colleen Smith, Debra Davis, Candace Day, Angela Smith, Rebecca Smith; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 16 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, Kan.

Smoker, Abner David, 84, Gap, Pa., died Oct. 27. Spouse: Esther M. Friesen Smoker. Parents: Abner B. and Fannie E. Fisher Smoker. Children: Darrell Smoker, Levon Smoker; three grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 31 at Landis Homes West Bethany Chapel, Lititz, Pa.

Unruh,Wilbur A., 90, Hesston, Kan., died Nov. 3. Spouse: Donna Vogt Unruh (deceased). Parents: William and Linda Enz Unruh. Step-children: Royce Saltzman, Shirley Saltzman Bauer. Funeral: Nov. 10 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Weaver, James Oliver, 95, Elkhart, Ind., died Nov. 9. Spouse: Mae Troyer Weaver. Parents: Amzey D. and Bessie Fay Grosh Weaver. Children: Jon Weaver, Roger Weaver, Larry Weaver; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 13 at The Meetinghouse at Greencroft, Goshen, Ind.

Weber, Norma Eileen Shoemaker, 90, Floradale, Ontario, died Oct. 24, of Alzheimer's. Spouse: Edgar Weber(deceased)-. Parents: Irvin and Edna Shoemaker. Children: Carolyn Burkhardt, Phyllis Dietrich; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 29 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs, Ontario.

Wengerd, Jennifer Lee Roth, 47, Goshen, Ind., died Sept. 11, of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. Spouse: Doug Wengerd. Parents: Paul and Caroll June Hostetler Roth. Children: Benjamin Park Wengerd, Isaiah Steven Wengerd. Funeral: Sept. 20 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Widmer, Helen Yoder, 98, Wayland, Iowa, died Oct. 4. Spouse: Dr. Glen Widmer (deceased). Parents: Ervia and Fannie Neuenschwander Yoder. Children: Gwen Widmer, Theodore Widmer, Jane Widmer Yoder, Jean Clark, James Widmer, Janice Hadley; former exchange student and family member: Madjid Nader; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 10 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland.

Yoder, S. Glenn, 80, Goshen, Ind., died Nov. 9. Spouse: Doris Detrow Yoder. Parents: Harold C. and Sadie M. Miller Yoder. Children: JoAnn Neff; two grandchildren. Funeral: Nov. 14 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Transcribed by: John Ingold

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