The Mennonite - August 2017

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, August 2017, page 36, Vol. 20, No. 8.


Bartel.- Martha Y. Stoltzfus, 90, Gap, Pa., died June 11. Spouse: Marvin D. Bartel (deceased). Parents: Enos and Annie Yoder Stoltzfus. Children: Cindy Sohar, Maggi Freed, Rose Weaver, Albert Bartel, Jane Haught, Marvin W. Bartel; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 15 at Landis Homes West Bethany Chapel, Lititz, Pa.

Blank.- Mary Lou Lauver, 86, Gap, Pa., passed away at home on May 21 to be with her Lord and Savior. She was the loving wife of Dr. Lester Blank with whom she celebrated 63 years of marriage. Mary Lou and Lester served for 12 years as missionaries in Cuba and Mexico, 1959-1972 under Franconia Mennonite Missions. After returning to the States, Mary Lou served as receptionist in her husband's chiropractic office. She was a member of Rossmere Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa., where Lester served as associate pastor for 16 years. Mary Lou taught the younger children in the Sunday schsool classes for many years. She loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Once when asked about her hobbies, she said, "I love people." She was the daughter of early Mennonite missionaries, William G. and Florence Byler Lauver, who served over 25 years in Argentina under the (Elkhart) Mennonite Board of Missions. Mary Lou was born in Argentina on Aug. 14, 1930, where she lived until 15 years of age. She graduated in 1951 from the Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing in Illinois. Surviving besides her husband are six children; Beverly (Clark) Gray of Lancaster; Carol (Duane) Longenecker of Atlanta, Ga.; Nelson (Marilyn Kropf) of Gap; Keith (Brenda Burkhart) of Lancaster; Miriam of Gap and Paul (Marla Burkholder) of Lancaster. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceasing her were her 4 siblings; Lois Lauver; J. Paul Lauver, survived by wife, Lois (Swihart) Lauver; Glenn Lauver and Elton Lauver. Paul served as minister for 28 years at the former Marion Mennonite Church, near Shipshewana, Ind. A memorial service was held May 30 at the Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, with pastors Todd Gusler, Marilyn Kurtz and Lester Denlinger offciating. Burial was at the Kinzer Mennonite Cemetery, Kinzer, Pa.

Brubaker.- Roy Lester, 75, of Mifflintown, Pa., died June 16 in a farming related accident at his family's farm in Cuba Mills, cutting short a life of love and service. He was born on Aug. 22, 1941 in McAlisterville. Son of an early organic farming innovator, Roy spent his childhood establishing deep affections for and commitment to the earth and its inhabitants. An educator, missionary, pastor, and organic farmer, himself, Roy was one of eight children born into the family of Roy M and Elva Brubaker (Auker) of McAlisterville. Roy is survived by his wife, Hope (Anita) Brubaker (Beidler); daughter, Angela Brubaker; son, Roy Dale Brubaker and spouse, Julie Hurst with granddaughters, Frances and Riley; daughter, Phoebe Brubaker; and daughter, Debra Brubaker and spouse, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, with grandchildren, Chandler and Owen. Memorial Services for Roy were held on June 24 from 10-11:30 at Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church in Mif?intown.The earth is a better place and we are better people for Roy's love and stewardship.

Kratz.- Floyd H., 70, Telford, Pa., died May 5. Spouse: Monique A. Moyer Kratz. Spouse: Mary Jane Halteman Kratz (deceased). Parents: Raymond and Alice Halteman Kratz. Children: Scott G. Kratz, Brenda K. Bechler; three grandchildren. Funeral: May 12 at Franconia Mennonite Church,Telford.

Landes.- Curtis H., 90, Franconia, Pa., died May 28 of congestive heart failure. Spouse: Ruth M. Allebach Landes (deceased). Parents: Titus N. and Carrie L. Halteman Landes. Children: David Landes, Jane Leatherman, Marlene Clemmer, Lisa Yoder, Curtis Alan Landes; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 5 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, Pa.

Martin.- Alice Angeline Drudge, 100, Waterloo, Ontario, died June 12. Spouse: Moses Martin (deceased). Parents: John and Lucinda Reesor Drudge. Children: Paul Martin, Shirley Larsen, Carol Weber, Ella Brubacher, Ruth Brenneman, Rhoda Seibert, Richard Martin; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 16 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs, Ontario.

Miller.- Owen Eugene, 84, Kalona, Iowa, died June 5. Spouse: Ruby Bender Miller. Parents: Paris and Lydia Briskey Miller. Children: Deb Kaefring, Larry Miller, Sandy Owens; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 9 at Kalona 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 in Sterling.

Schmidt.- Edward Dennis, 82, Waldheim, Saskatchewan, died May 16. Spouse: Waldtraut Louise Regier Schmidt. Parents: Joel Isaac and Helene Goertz Schmidt. Children: Deborah Bergen, Dwight Schmidt; two grandchildren. Funeral: May 22 at Zoar Mennonite Church, Waldheim.

Schrock.- Nedra Ruth Miller, 86, Kalona, Iowa, died June 1. Spouse: Leo Schrock. Parents: Thomas and Ruth Brenneman Miller. Children: Leon Schrock, John Schrock; 12 grandchildren. Funeral: June 8 at Kalona Mennonite Church.

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