The Mennonite - September 2017

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, September 2017, page 36-37, Vol. 20, No. 9.


Bollman.- Kenneth Wade, 85, of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away on April 29 [2017]. Born on Nov. 28, 1931, in Nappanee, Ind., he was a son of the late Roy A. and Mabel V. Bollman. He was employed in the grocery/food business all his life, from being a stock boy at Kroger as a teenager to selling homemade noodles across the eastern part of the United States until he retired. Over the years, he was a salesman, calling on grocery stores across northern Indiana, Michigan and eastern Ohio and managed a food brokerage in Fort Wayne. He also served on the board of directors of Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, Fort Wayne Food Brokers Association, the local Ten Thousand Villages Store, the Dove's Nest Thrift Shop and Little Eden Camp in Michigan. He was a member of North Leo Mennonite Church, where he was actively involved on the board of directors, teaching Sunday school and facilities management (tackling many maintenance projects). In addition to his church involvement, he was a bass singer for the Burden Lifters southern gospel quartet. He ministered with this group for 16 years, singing in 13 different states and Canada. The Burden Lifters made six albums, including eight-tracks and cassettes. One of his joys was his family. Being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather brought him many blessings. He became an avid Purdue fan after two of his sons graduated from there, and he attended many sporting events with them as well as doing a variety of activities with all family members. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Oleta Bollman; children Myron (Josie) Bollman, Gerry (Pam) Bollman, Rick (Marj) Bollman and Michele Bollman; grandchildren Emily (Joe) Buller, Jill (Dan) Cassidy, Andrew Bollman, Brad (Jessica) Bollman, Erika Bollman, Amy (Bobby) Prieto and Sara Bollman; great-grandchildren Kathryn and Madelyn Cassidy, Ella, Amelia, Jackson, Annabelle and Lila Bollman; sisters Glenwyn (Ken) Vos and Shirley (Dan) Bricker; brother Sherlin (Nadine) Bollman. He was also preceded in death by his sister Charlene Ferguson. Funeral service: May 8 at North Leo Mennonite Church, Leo, Ind.

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.

Brubaker.- J. Lester, 93, Lititz, Pa., died June 15. Spouse: Lois E. Byler Brubaker (deceased). Parents: Levi H. and Anna G. Brubaker. Children: Rose Kennel, Anne Roth, Ed Brubaker, Charles Brubaker; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 16 at Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz.

Detweiler.- R. Glen, 74, Silverdale, Pa., died March 4. Spouse: Diane R. Detweiler. Parents: Roland M. and Margaret Landes Detweiler. Children: Steve Detweiler and Sheryl Moyer; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral service: March 9 at Blooming Glen (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Driver.- Gladys A., 95, Harrisonburg, Va., died June 25. Parents: Rhodes Homer Driver and Anna May Weaver Driver. Graveside service: June 28 at Weavers Mennonite Church Cemetery, Harrisonburg.

Halteman.- Elizabeth G. Freed, 96, Franconia Township, Pa., died July 5. Spouse: Leroy M. Halteman (deceased). Parents:William W. and Mamie Gottshall Freed. Children: Peggy Ann Blosser, Kenneth Halteman; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 15 at Souderton Mennonite Homes, Souderton, Pa.

Helmuth.- Ida Mae Bontrager, 98, Goshen, Ind, died July 30. Parents: Jacob and Fannie Schrock Bontrager. Children: Edna VanDiepenbos, Darlene Mishler, Shirley Lewis, Trennis "Tony" Helmuth, Leland Helmuth, Quinten Helmuth; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 3 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Herr.- Elwood "Woody" L., 81, Obion, Tenn., formerly of Sterling, Ill., died June 1. Spouse: Brenda Boswell Hughes Herr. Spouse: Janet K. Thomas Herr (deceased). Parents: Victor and Ruth Herr. Children: Jaime Herr, Greg Herr, Denise Lyday, Douglas Herr, Philip Herr; stepsons: Scott Hughes, Steve Hughes; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren. A private Celebration of Life was held at Lake Norfolk, Ark.

Kratz.- John D., 78, Souderton, Pa., died Feb. 13. Spouse: Dorothy C. Freed Kratz. Parents: Walter and Hilda Derstine Kratz. Children: Randy and Melissa Kratz, Dr. Richard and Suzanne Kratz, Rodney and Carissa Kratz; six grandchildren. Funeral: Feb. 18 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, Pa.

Landis.- Doris M. Halteman, 88, Telford, Pa., died Feb. 25. Spouse: Henry F. Landis (deceased). Parents: Abram A. and Jennie Becker Halteman. Children: Larry and Glen Landis; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral service: March 1 at Blooming Glen (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Martin.- Gordon, 82, St. Jacobs, Ontario, died July 3, of congestive heart failure. Spouse: Florence Martin Martin. Parents: Ibra and Melinda Martin. Children: Pauline Martin, Murray Martin Marie Martin Strauss, Ken Martin, Cheryl Martin Tavitian, Emma Martin; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 7 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

Martin.- Melvin J., 86, Gap, Pa., died June 30. Spouse: Geneva Kauffman Martin. Parents: Jacob and Elsie Denlinger Martin. Children: Janice Baldauf, Barbara Heisey, Ruth Heatwole, Sheldon Martin; six grandchildren; three great- grandchildren. Funeral: July 3 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Pa.

Myers.- Pearl Long, 93, Souderton, Pa. died March 8. Spouse: Emerson Myers (deceased). Parents: Ervin and Lizzie Etta Weller Long. Children: Philip Dean Myers; three grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 17 at Souderton Mennonite Homes.

Nisly.- Wendell William, 70, Kalona, Iowa, died June 22. Spouse: Muriel Miller Nisly. Parents: William and Edith Swartzendruber Nisly. Children: Brigette Ingersoll, Shane Nisly; four grandchildren. Funeral: June 26 at Kalona Mennonite Church.

Schertz.- Lois M. Schertz, 97, Goshen, Ind., died May 24. Spouse: Russell Henry Schertz (deceased). Parents: Emanuel and Lena Drange Schertz. Children: Deloss Schertz, Dean Schertz, Elaine Schertz; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: July 15 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Schmell.- Stella May, 98, Souderton, Pa., died April 9. Parents: Samuel and Stella Landis Schmell. Funeral: April 18 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, Pa.

Stayrook.- Mildred P. Harshbarger, 94, Belleville, Pa., died April 6. Spouse: Joseph E. Stayrook (deceased). Parents: Edward J. and Margaret "Maude" Miller Harshbarger. Children: Robert E. Stayrook, Cynthia J. Taylor, Sandy Stayrook, Sharon Weaver; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 10 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville.

Yoder.- Jane Louise Yoder, 62, Belleville, Pa., died Feb. 28, of brain cancer. Spouse: Ray L. Yoder. Parents: Paul T. and Cora Hartzler Yoder. Children: Kristina E. Bonson, Jason M. Yoder; three grandchildren. Memorial service: March 4 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville.

Yoder.- Patricia Ann Yoder, 76, West Liberty, Ohio, died April 9, of cancer. Parents: Clarence O. and Grace Brenneman Yoder. Memorial service: April 21 at Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty.

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 Church, Phoenix.

Transcribed by: John Ingold


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