The Mennonite - September 2016

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, September 2016, pages 34-35, Vol. 19, No. 9.


Benner.- LeRoy Yoder, 96, Souderton, Pa., died June 12. Spouse: Norma Halteman Benner. Parents: Henry and Leah Yoder Benner. Children: Duane and Karen Hunsberger, Stevin and Beverly Hoffman, Orrin and Sandra Benner, Cedric and Sarah Benner; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 16 at Souderton Mennonite Homes.

Bishop.- Suzanne Harnish, 95, Goshen, Ind., died July 16, of congestive heart failure. Spouse: C. Franklin Bishop (deceased). Parents: Frank and Esther Schertz Harnish. Children: David F. Bishop, John K. Bishop, Lawrence A. Bishop, Bruce E. Bishop; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 23 at East Goshen Mennonite Church.

Brenneman.- Merle Dean, 76, Goshen, Ind., died July 20, of metastatic melanoma. Spouse: Eunice Beyeler Brenneman. Parents: Ezra and Sylvia Yoder Brenneman. Children: Lorena Swantz, Mary Grieser, Dortha Marshall. Memorial services: July 30 at Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, and Aug. 13 at First Mennonite Church, Denver, Colo.

Brubacher.- Sarah Martin, 98, St. Jacobs, Ontario, died Aug. 15. Spouse: Emanuel Brubacher (deceased). Children: Mark Brubacher, Jim Brubacher, Mary Kaiser, Martha Wynn; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 18 at Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira, Ontario.

Charles.- Miriam Stalter, 96, State College, Pa., died June 11. Spouse: Howard Charles (deceased). Parents: James and Bertie Swartz Stalter. Children: J. Robert Charles, Thomas Kopp Charles; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorial service: June 18 at East Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Denlinger.- Ruth Naomi, 77, Lancaster, Pa., died July 27. Parents: Tobias and Mabel Harkins Denlinger. Loving aunt, to her 10 nieces and nephews; 32 great-nieces and nephews. Funeral: July 30 at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Lancaster.

Glanzer.- Aaron, 88, Freeman, S.D., died Aug. 1. Spouse: Marcella Gross Glanzer. Parents: Joseph P. and Theresa Kleinsasser Glanzer. Children: Debra Buck, Ronald Glanzer; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 5 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Krabill.- Alta Snyder, 90, Fredericktown, Ohio, died July 3. Spouse Murray Krabill. Parents: Bert and Gladys Zook Snyder. Children: Ruby Payne Bowman, Chester Krabill, Sharon Swartzendruber, John Krabill, Wesley Krabill, Ruth Weirich. Funeral: July 7 at Gilead Mennonite Church, Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

Krabill.- Murray W., 93, Frederickton, Ohio, died July 15 (12 days after his dear wife Alta of 67 years). Spouse: Alta Snyder Krabill (deceased). Parents: Elmer and Mary Ann Roth Krabill. Children: Ruby Payne Bowman, Chester Krabill, Sharon Swartzendruber, John Krabill, Wesley Krabill, Ruth Weirich. Funeral: July 17 at Gilead Mennonite Church, Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

Kramer.- Bernice June Preheim, 90, Freeman, S.D., died July 29. Spouse: Glendon Kramer (deceased). Parents: Henry J. and Ella Heckenlaible Preheim. Children: Wallace Kramer, Anita Preheim, Marlene Flamming; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 8 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Loucks.- LaMar Emerson, 97, Elkhart, Ind., died July 31. Spouse: Vera Mae Blosser Loucks. Parents: Oliver and Anna Weldy Loucks. Children: Loren Loucks, Lynn Loucks; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 4 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart.

Loucks.- Lowell K., 96, Elkhart, Ind., died July 14. Spouse: Evelyn Canen Loucks (deceased). Parents: Oliver and Anna Weldy Loucks. Child: Sharon Stutsman; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 19 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart.

Neumann.- LuEtta K. Nafziger, 89, Delavan, Ill., died July 4. Spouse: Roger Neumann. Parents: Eldon and Sadie Sutter Nafziger. Children: Ted Neumann, Paula Ream, Joy Landis; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 7 at Hopedale Mennonite Church, Hopedale, Ill.

Ries.- Marvin Gene, 91, Freeman, S.D., died July 19. Spouse: Jane Kaufman Ries. Parents: Jonathan and Rose Preheim Ries. Children: Murray Ries, Karl Ries, Lynelle Andal, Susan Bot; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 13 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Schmidt.- Earl Alvin, 93, North Newton, Kan., died July 18. He was born Nov. 9, 1922, to Cornelius H. and Katharina (Voth) Schmidt in Walton, Kan. The youngest of 10 children, Earl ("Bud") was the only child in his family to be born in a hospital. lt is likely he began developing his ornery streak at an early age.
After graduating from high school in Walton, Earl attended Bethel College in North Newton. Due to the circumstances of World War II, he had to leave college after only two years and return home to help on the family farm. It was during that time in college that Earl met the love of his life, Maxlyn Smith, in German class. They were married in Pawnee Rock, Kan., on Oct. 12, 1946. Earl and Maxlyn had two children, Ann and Robert, and made their home in rural Pawnee Rock.
Earl was a farmer for many years. He also worked as an occupational therapist at Larned State Hospital for six years and helped build the Pawnee Rock school. After returning to Bethel to complete his degree, Earl taught junior high in Pawnee Rock and Larned. His memorable demonstrations and projects were just as much fun for Earl as they were for his students.
Earl was part of the Bergthal Mennonite Church throughout his life. He was involved with many singing groups, led youth groups and taught Sunday school, volunteered with Mennonite Disaster Service, attended and helped at Camp Mennoscah, assembled Christmas bundles, school kits and comforters for Mennonite Central Committee, visited and assisted the elderly members of the congregation and pulled lots of taffy to benefit MCC.
Travel was important to Earl, and his travel adventures began early. When he was 18, Earl, his brother and three other young men took off on a one-week adventure to the Ozarks in an old Model T, which Earl later restored. Throughout his life, he enjoyed traveling. He also enjoyed rock hounding and science, fishing, photography and tinkering in the shed.
Earl is survived by his daughter, Ann Pasnick of Elmhurst, Ill., his son, Robert Schmidt (Jean) of Roswell, Ga., five grandchildren: Katy Pasnick (Matt Nelson), Susan Pasnick (Jake Brinton), Geoff Schmidt, Nicholas Pasnick (Daniela) and Alex Schmidt; two great-grandchildren: Anna and Alexandria Brinton; and two brothers-in-law: Kenneth Kaufman (Joyce) and Erwen Graber. He was preceded in death by his nine siblings, his wife, Maxlyn, and a son-in-law, Ray Pasnick.

Showalter.- Dorothy Lucille, 84, Kalona, Iowa, died Aug. 12. Parents: Harry P. and Lala M. Bender Showalter. Funeral: Aug. 16 at Kalona Mennonite Church.

Stutzman.- Ethel L. Miller, 89, Goshen, Ind., died Aug. 1. Spouse: W. Dale Stutzman (deceased). Parents: D.D. and Maggie Kuhns Miller. Children: Carmen Thompson, Rose Baldridge, Dexter Stutzman; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 14 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Sutter.- Clayton, 96, Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 7. Spouse: Elsie Sutter (deceased). Parents: Christian and Idella Miller Sutter. Children: Sem Sutter, Miriam Lapp, Beth Sutter, Ruth Sutter. Funeral: Jan. 11 at East Goshen Mennonite Church.

Swartzendruber.- Lois Irene Graber, 88, Wellman, Iowa, died July 27. Spouse: Wilbur Swartzendruber (deceased). Parents: Joseph and Barbara Rich Graber. Children: Joyce Swartzendruber, Douglas Swartzendruber, Scott James, "Jim" Swartzendruber; three grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 1 at Wellman Mennonite Church.

Troyer.- James L., 75, Manistique, Mich., died April 18, following declining health due to cancer, Parkinson's disease and heart failure. Spouse: Anna Marie Conrad Troyer. Parents: Clarence and Wavia Troyer. Children: Conrad L. Troyer, Douglas Troyer, Matthew Troyer, Timothy Troyer, Andrea Wikerd; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 23 at Zion Lutheran Church, Manistique.

Underwood.- Rebecca Joy Deshotel, 55, Stuarts Draft, Va., died April 22. Spouse: Gary Underwood (deceased). Parents: Dorcenus and Bertha Deshotel. Children: Dorcenus Daniel Underwood, Jacob Gregory Underwood, Martha Serenity Underwood. Funeral: May 4 at Springdale Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, Va.

Wyse.- Virgie Lucille Schmucker, 93, Archbold, Ohio, died July 15. Spouse: Mahler J. Wyse (deceased). Parents: Myron and Herma Short Schmucker. Children: Sana Stalter, Jeannie Stuckey, Tom Wyse, Edwin Wyse, Anne Bok, Philip "Fox" Wyse; 21 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 19 at Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, Ohio.

Yoder.- Esther L. Eash, 89, Goshen, Ind., died March 1. Spouse: Henry Yoder (deceased). Parents: Sem and Susie Blough Eash. Children: Roger Yoder, Kathy Holsopple, Rachel Yoder; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 5 at East Goshen Mennonite Church.

Transcribed by: John Ingold

Copyright 2004 - All rights reserved - Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, PA
Used with permission by the Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, INDIANA
Permission granted to private family researchers to use selected portions of these files to tell their family stories.
May not be mass-produced in any form for commercial purposes.