The Mennonite - February 2017

"for the record" - Deaths:


The Mennonite, February 2017, pages 34-35, Vol. 20, No. 2.


Anderson.- Dorothy Ann Thiessen, formerly Dorothy Alpert, Dorothy Xouris, 75, Lawson, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2016. The youngest of five siblings, Dorothy was born to Mennonite missionaries John and Elizabeth Thiessen while on post in Champa, India. She attended Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and Wichita (Kan.) State University before teaching in the Hickman Mills School District in Kansas City, Mo. Dorothy was an inspirational English teacher for thousands of students during her 25-year career and took true joy in their growth and learning. Dorothy loved gardening, attending the Kansas City Symphony, listening to music and traveling. She is survived by John, her husband of 25 years, daughter Maria Hed Xouris (husband Curtis), sons Jeff Xouris (wife Susan) and Matt Alpert, stepdaughters Michelle Rich and Kelly (Anderson) Cox, granddaughters Kaitlin and Emily Xouris, grandsons Broderick and Nathaniel Hed, and Mason Alpert. She was preceded in death by parents John and Elizabeth Wiens Thiessen, brothers Harold and Arthur Thiessen, sisters Eleanor Ewert and Muriel Thiessen Stackley. A celebration of Dorothy's life will be scheduled at a later date.

Breckbill.- David, 59, Lincoln, Neb., died Nov. 19, 2016. Spouse: Anita Stoltzfus Breckbill. Parents: Willis (deceased) and Ina Ruth Breckbill. Children: Hannah and Ben Breckbill. Funeral: Nov. 26 at First Mennonite Church in Lincoln.

Brenneman.- Rollin Dale, 76, Kalona, Iowa, died Dec. 4, 2016. Spouse: Edna Chupp Brenneman. Parents: Ezra and Katie Swartzedruber Brenneman. Children: Rollin Jr., Tracy, Paul, Terry, Eldon and Waylon Brenneman; 22 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 8 at Kalona Mennonite Church.

Burkey.- Sterling L., 79, Albany, Ore., died Dec. 10, 2016. Spouse: Sherry Gross Burkey. Parents: Harry and Katie Rediger Burkey. Funeral: Dec. 16 at Lebanon Men- nonite Church.

Byers.- Marcia Stutzman, 72, Lebanon, Ore., died Nov. 1, 2016. Spouse: Rodney L. Byers. Parents: Daniel and Rachel Stutzman. Funeral: Nov. 13 at Lebanon Mennonite Church.

Engle.- Naomi Ruth, 51 , Wauseon, Ohio, died Dec. 8, 2016*. Spouse: Jesse Robert Engle. Parents: Willard and Elsie Wiebe Epp. Children: Anna Engle, Grace Delp, Marie Engle; two grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 7 at West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon. *Correction - death date was Jan. 1, 2017 - see LP 2017 C-F

Harms.- Willard V., 87, Peabody, Kan., died Dec. 2, 2016. Spouse: Ruby Funk Harms. Parents: Leonard and Martha Penner Harms. Children: Ronnie and Mike Harms; seven grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 5 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, Kan.

Haarer.- Twyla Mae Kauffman, 75, Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 26, 2016. Spouse: Dan Haarer. Parents: Marvin and Susan Bontrager Kauffman. Children: Brad Haarer and Zoann Wall; six grandchildren (three deceased). Funeral: Dec. 30 at Silverwood Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Jantz.- Wallace Ray, 90, Hesston, Kan., died Dec. 29, 2016. Spouse: Sylvia Ruth Andres Jantz (deceased). Parents: Solomon B. and Katie Wadel Jantz. Children: Jeff and Tim Jantz; four grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 4 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Kauffmann.- Ivan I., 94, Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 24, 2016. Spouse: Lola M. Good Kauffmann. Parents: John and Alma Litwiller Kauffmann. Children: Mary Kauffmann-Kennel, Ruth, Paul, John, James and Joel (deceased) Kauffmann; 16 grandchildren (plus one deceased); 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 31 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Krabill.- Estelle Birdene Sutter, 97, Albany, Ore., died Sept. 8, 2016. Spouse: Vincent Joseph Krabill (deceased). Parents: Samuel Joseph and Minnie Gerig Sutter. Funeral: Sept. 17 at Albany Mennonite Village Chapel.

Martin.- Doreen Martin, 76, Elmira, Ontario, died Dec. 22, 2016. Spouse: Floyd Martin. Parents: Emil and Minerva Gingrich Martin. Children: Sharon Bauman, Susan Brubacher and Marilyn Leis; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 29 at St. Jacobs (Ontario) Mennonite Church.

Miller.- Judy K., 64, Archbold, Ohio, died Dec. 2, 2016. Spouse: Terry Miller. Parent: Alice Imler. Children: Chris, Nathaniel and April Miller; five grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 6 at Tedrow Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio.

Moyer.- Esther Y. Yoder, 98, Sellersville, Pa., died Nov. 17, 2016. Spouse: Titus C. Moyer (deceased). Parents: Abram D. and Laura N. Stout Yoder. Children: Althea Derstine, Joyce Leasher and T. Lee Moyer; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchil- dren. Funeral: Nov. 25 at The Community at Rockhill, Sellersville.

Myers.- Garwood, 98, Harleysville, Pa., died Oct. 7, 2016. Spouse: Miriam T. Detweiler Myers (deceased). Parents: Clarence and Emma Keeler Myers. Children: Eric, Gerald and Lee Melinda Myers; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 12 at Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home and Crematory, Souderton, Pa.

Nofziger.- Willard, 89, Lebanon, Ore., died Oct. 2, 2016. Spouse: Bernita Canoy Nofziger. Mother: Amanda Heyerley Nofziger. Funeral: Oct. 9 at Lebanon Mennonite Church.

Steiner.- Mabel Smeltzer, 92, Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 14, 2016. Spouse: Elno Stein- er (deceased). Parents: Calvin and Myrtle Grosh Smeltzer. Children: Charles Steiner, Carol Scheerer and Gloria Hood, David Lee (deceased), Timothy Ray (deceased) and Donald Lynn (deceased); five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Dec. 18 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.

Weidman.- Carolyn Nyce, 77, Bedminster, Pa., died Oct. 22, 2016. Spouse: Drenning Howard Weidman. Parents: Lawrence F. and Irma Bishop Nyce. Children: Sheila Davis, Sherylee James Rethi, John and Gary Weidman; six grandchildren (one deceased). Funeral: Oct. 30 at Blooming Glen (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Correction: Betty J. Krabill died Aug. 21, 2016, not Nov. 21.

Transcribed by: John Ingold

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