The Mennonite - July 2018

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, July 2018, pages 36-37, Vol. 21, No. 7.


Balzer.- Pauline Anna Schroeder, 95, Whitewater, Kan., died May 22. Spouse: Raymond Balzer (deceased). Parents: David H. and Helena Peters Schroeder. Children: David Balzer, Kaye Schroeder; four grandchildren; two great- grandchildren. Funeral: June 2 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater.

Blessing.- Nelson R., 70, New Holland, Pa., died May 6, of complications related to cancer. Spouse: Susan Hess Blessing. Parents: George and Mazie Hackman Blessing. Children: Natalie Blessing Schaeffer, Nelson R. Blessing, Jr.; step-children: Michael Hurst, Steven Hurst, Christina Dirks; one grandchild. Funeral: May 16 at Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, Pa.

Boyts.- Harold "Hal," 81, Hesston, Kan., died March 28. Spouse: Bernita Martin Boyts (deceased). Parents: Earl and Marie Boyts. Children: Mike Boyts, Michelle Boyts, Eric Boyts; two grandchildren. Funeral: April 3 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Friesen.- Marcille G. Roth Stutzman, 90, Milford, Neb., died Feb. 24. Spouse: Henry Friesen (deceased). Aden Stutzman (deceased). Parents: John W. and Lydia Danner Roth. Children: Marcia Troyer, Dave Stutzman, Cheryl Bontrager, Darla Armstrong; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 3 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

Friesen.- Wilma Wenger, 93, Hesston, Kan., died March 9. Spouse: Paul Friesen. Parents: Homer and Velma Cook Wenger. Children: Kelvin Friesen, Janice Roth West, Eric Friesen, Gregg Friesen, Jon Friesen, Jennifer LeFevre; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 17 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Graybill.- J. Lester, 86, New Holland, Pa., died April 27. Spouse: Eileen Rutt Graybill. Parents: John L. and Bertha Brubaker Graybill. Children: David Graybill, Beth Graybill, John Graybill; two grandchildren. Funeral: May 5 at Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, Pa.

Harder.- Edgar John, 89, Whitewater, Kan., died May 9. Spouse: Agnes Wiebe Harder. Parents: John S. and Emilie Harder. Children: Diana Thiessen, Kenton Harder, Stanley Harder; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 14 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater.

Hochstetler.- Dale Eli, 92, Hesston, Kan., died March 17. Spouse: Lucile Conrad Hochstetler. Parents: Earl and Mary Krabill Hochstetler, Children: Thomas Hochstetler, Jay Hochstetler, Deanne Losey, Jerome Hochstetler; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 24 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Horst.- Lina Ruth Horst, 93, Hagerstown, Md., died March 5, of pneumonia complications. Spouse: Abram S. Horst (deceased). Parents: Samuel H. and Martha Martin Horst. Children: Thomas E. Horst, Marvin S. Horst, Rachel E. Mobley, Rhoda L. Matthews, Rebecca S. Clever, Ruth Koontz; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 10 at Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, Hagerstown.

Johnson.- Mary Lind, 85, Scottdale, Pa., died May 19. Spouse: Rev. Robert N. Johnson. Parents: Harry E. and Elin E. Gustafson Lind. Children: Paul L. Johnson, Sharon J. Lamont, Stephen M. Wiebe-Johnson, Timothy Martin Johnson, Cynthia J. Nutter, Cheryl J. Cummings, John R. Johnson; 21 grandchildren; three great- grandchildren. Funeral: May 22 at Scottdale Mennonite Church.

Miller.- Lela Marie Reeb, 92, Wayland, Iowa, died May 10. Spouse: Harold Joseph Miller (deceased). Parents: Fred C. and Nellie Detweiler Reeb. Children: Lila Benedict, Ron Miller, Sheila Fort, Jim Miller; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 14 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland.

Miller..- Paul K., 80, Dublin, Pa., died May 20. Spouse: Arlene Landes Miller. Parents: John and Edna Kulp Miller. Children: Brenda Krupp, Brian Miller, Kenneth Miller; two grandchildren. Funeral: June 2 at Deep Run East Mennonite Church, Perkasie, Pa.

Moyer.- Jacob C., 92, Souderton, Pa., died March 14. Spouse: Neva Groff Moyer. Parents: Jonas W. and Anna Clemens Moyer. Children: Karen May, Evangeline Clemens, Marsha Martin, Thomas Moyer, Joshua Moyer; 13 grandchildren; l7 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 20 at Souderton Mennonite Homes.

Schmidt.- Orville A., 77, Newton, Kan., died April 9. Spouse: Nancy Ann Franz Schmidt. Parents: Arnold T. and Marie Flaming. Children: Russell Schmidt, Jennine Busenitz, Missy Richardson; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 16 at Newton Bible Church, Newton.

Schroeder.- Bernice L. Detwiler, 101, Goshen, Ind., died April 10. Spouse: Leander Schroeder (deceased). Parents: Elmer and Lorena Miller Detwiler. Children: Susan Rhoades, Richard Schroeder, Dan Schroeder, Jeffrey Schroeder; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 14 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Shrock.- Edward, Jr., 83, Middlebury, Ind., died Dec. 20, 2017, of cancer. Spouse: Joann Graber Shrock. Parents: Edd Shrock, and Fannie Yoder Shrock. Children: Dale Shrock, Denise Wilkerson, Diane Lizon, Donavan Shrock; four grandsons. Funeral: Dec. 23 at Bonneyville Mennonite Church, Bristol, Ind.

Skiles.- Virginia Weldy, 93, Wakarusa, Ind., died May 5. Spouse: Harold C. Skiles (deceased). Parents: Clarence Jay and Ella Mullett Holaway. Children: Susan Weaver, Sara Reynolds, Sandra Weldy, Michael Weldy, Dan Weldy; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 11 at Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa.

Smoker.- Russell "Rusty" Kenneth, 63, Harper, Kan., died Jan. 23, of complication from pneumonia. Spouse: Rita Kay Troyer Smoker. Parents: Kenneth and Rhoda Newswanger Smoker. Children: Reannon Everhart, Reyna Smoker; one grandchild. Funeral: Jan. 27 at Crystal Springs Mennonite Church, Harper.

Stoltzfus.- Lynette Clare Harris, 86, Loveland, Colo., died May 6. Spouse: Floyd Stoltzfus (deceased). Parents: Staniforth and Helen Ames Morrison Harris. Stepsons: Galen Stoltzfus, Jim Stoltzfus; six step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 10 at First Mennonite Church, Denver.

Trissel.- D. Lloyd, 98, Rockingham County, Va., died May 27. Spouse: Alice Virginia Blosser Trissel. Parents: John H. and Lillie Hess Trissel. Children: Larry Trissel, Dennis Trissel, Greg Trissel, Ronald Trissel, David Trissel; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 31 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community and Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va.

Wenger.- Sara Jane Weaver, 95, Lancaster, Pa., died March 23. Spouse: Chester Lehman Wenger. Parents: M. Lloyd and Sara Oberholtzer Weaver. Children: Betty Wenger Good-White, Margaret Wenger Johnson, Jewel Showalter, Chester Wenger, Sara Wenger Shenk, Mark Wenger, Philip Wenger, Thomas Wenger; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 31 at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, Lancaster.

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