The Mennonite - July 2017

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, July 2017, pages 36-37, Vol. 20, No. 7.


Brenneman.- Ruby A., 81, Kalona, Iowa, formerly of Ventura, Calif., died April 15 at Pleasant View Home. She was born Dec. 2, 1935, to Norman and Katie Swartzendruber Brenneman in rural Wellman, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa Mennonite School in 1954 and Eastern Mennonite College in 1961. In 1961-1962 she volunteered through Mennonite Board of Missions where she taught school in a migrant camp at Stanfield, Ariz. In 1965-1967 she served as hostess at Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, Pa. She made her home in Ventura where she was active in church by serving in many capacities. She was known for sharing her delicious food, her hand-written letters and cards to her many friends, infectious laughter, love of singing and a joyous life of unceasing prayer of thanksgiving. In 2013 she moved to Iowa to be near her family. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, E.C. Berger. She is survived by a brother Keith (Mary) Brenneman, Peoria, Ariz., and a sister, Nedra Berger, Missouri City, Texas, six nieces and nephews and 10 great-nieces and -nephews. A celebration service was held June 10 at Upper Deer Creek Church, Wellman.

Hofer.- Larry J., 75, Bridgewater, S.D., died May 19, of cancer. Spouse: Brigitta Rademacher Hofer. Parents: Joe E. and Erna Gross Hofer. Children: Kelly Hefti, Stephanie Burgeson, Robin Jaspers; six grandchildren. Funeral: May 24 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman, S.D.

Hostetler.- Esta, 82, Middlebury, Ind., died May 29. Spouse: Eldon Hostetler (deceased). Stepchildren: Mary Etta Yoder, Ruby Wittmer, LeAnn Hochstetler, Dale Hostetler, Robert Hostetler, Eldon Hostetler, Jr. Funeral: June 3 at North Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Lehman.- Areta Graber, 94, Goshen, Ind., died May 20. Spouse: Earl S. Lehman (deceased). Spouse: Galen Johns (deceased). Parents: Christian L. and Mina Roth Graber. Children: Esther Kawira, Joseph Lehman, Benjamin Lehman, Jonathan Lehman, Samuel Lehman; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 30 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Nafziger.- Eunice E. Yoder, 84, Hopedale, Ill., died April 23. Spouse: Lloyd E. Nafziger (deceased). Parents: Levi C. and Eva Yoder Yoder. Children: Rodney Nafziger, Kent Nafziger, Marla Walker, Gail King, John Y. Nafziger; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 29 at Hopedale Mennonite Church.

Nolt.- Marilyn Louise Peifer, 71, Souderton, Pa., died on May 23, of lymphoma. She was born on Jan. 27, 1946 and she left us grateful for the 25 years of full life following her first occurrence of cancer. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Larry E. Nolt, three children and eight grandchildren. M. Bradford Nolt is husband to Nicole Fasano with children Keri, Madelyn and Elise; Jill Nolt is wife to Angelo Phillos with children Lambrini, Mariel and Georgina; Todd Nolt is husband to Jessica Bencsik with children Bencsik and Jackson. She is also survived by her brother Dale, married to Joyce Esbenshade, and her brother Daryl, married to Jane Hoober. Marilyn is preceded in death by her father, Wilbur S. Peifer, and her mother, Elva E. Peifer Martin. Marilyn was born in Manheim, Pa. She graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 1963, and James Madison University, summa cum laude, in 1987. During her years in Harrisonburg, Va., she became a professional photographer, having many of her images published in periodicals and her photos displayed in gallery shows. Her recent art explorations focused on altered books and mixed-media. After moving to Souderton, Marilyn also trained to be a certified doula and attended over 300 births. She found much joy in gardening, traveling with Larry and spending time with her grandchildren. Marilyn has been a member of Mennonite churches all of her adult life. She most recently was an active member of Perkasie Mennonite Church, PA, where she coordinated worship arts and was a worship leader. Memorial service was June 3 at Souderton Mennonite Church.

Nunemaker.- Marion Grace Eigsti, 97, Sterling, Ill., died May 9. Spouse: Weldon Owen Nunemaker (deceased). Parents: William and Anna Hartzler Eigsti. Children: Carol Shank, Dale Nunemaker; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Graveside service: May 25 at Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling.

Peters.- Lelyn G., 71, Castle Rock, Colo., died May 1. Spouse: Jessie Miller Peters. Parents: John and Margaret Hiebner Peters. Children: Eric Peters, Trisha French; four grandchildren. Funeral: May 6 at First Mennonite Church, Denver, Colo.

Roth.- Edwin L., 90, Hesston, Kan., died May 24. Spouse: Marianna Mae Gerig Roth (deceased). Parents: Ben R. and Mary Graber Roth. Children: Ted Roth, Tim Roth; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 29 at Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston.

Troxell.- Paul J., 66, Goshen, Ind., died May 17. Spouse: Sandra Mullett Troxell. Parents: Dillard and Evalee Foster Troxell. Children: Loretta Penney, Paul Troxell, Jr., Tadd Troxell; five grandchildren. Funeral: May 23 at Silverwood Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Troyer.- Irma E., 99, Goshen, Ind., died May 23. Parents: Jeptha S. and Ada Yoder Troyer. Funeral: May 26 at North Goshen Mennonite Church.

Tyson.- Raymond L., 94, Goshen, Ind., died May 18. Spouse: Ruth L. Bixler Tyson (deceased). Parents: Elmer and Cora Mumaw Tyson. Children: Becky K. Tyson, Brenda S. Buller, Kerm R. Tyson; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Funeral: May 22 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Witmer.- Warren Isaiah, 86, Archbold, Ohio, died May 3. Spouse: Lucille Mae Detwiler Witmer (deceased). Parents: Ezra and Lulu Shaum Witmer. Children: Dennis Witmer, Joyce Nafziger, Marlene Wilhelm, Gerald Witmer, Cheryl Wenger; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 13 at Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold.

Yost.- Carolyn Schnell, 82, Phoenix, Ariz., died May 29. Spouse: Jerry Yost (deceased). Parents: Russell and Helen Schnell. Children: David Yost, Robert Yost, Ellen Kaufman; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Memorial Service: June 10 at First Mennonite, Phoenix.

Yost.- Vernon Schmidt, 88, Arvada, Colo., died May 13. Spouse: Joyce Yoder Yost. Spouse: Delores Jean McHugh Yost (deceased). Parents: E.M. and Emma Yost. Children: Richard Yost, Tom Yost, Cindy Keesis; step-children: Jeff Yoder, Scott Yoder; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: May 18 at Mount Olivet Mortuary, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Transcribed by: John Ingold



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