The Mennonite - August 2018

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, August 2018, Pages 36-37, Vol. 21, No. 8.


Burkholder.- James Aaron, 84, Mechanicsburg, Pa., died June 13. Spouse: Marian Grace Longenecker. Parents: Aaron and Ruth Driver Burkholder. Children: Kathleen Grace Dudero, Karen Ruth Good, Kristen Rachelle Burkholder; five grandchildren. Celebration of life service: July 7 at Slate Hill Mennonite Church, Camp Hill, Pa.

Cavanaugh.- Rodney "Jerry," 81, Scottdale, Pa., died June 9. Spouse: Jean Hertzler Cavanaugh. Parents: Charles Donald and Dorothy Ellen Williams Cavanaugh. Children: Timothy Cavanaugh, Stephen Cavanaugh; two grandchildren. Funeral: June 18 at Scottdale Mennonite Church.

Cooper.- Tina Marie Nunemaker, 39, Goshen, Ind., died June 8, of a stroke. Spouse: Joshua "Josh" Cooper. Parents: Robert "Bob" and Gwen Wenger Nunemaker. Children: Cameron Comadoll, Genesis Comadoll, Khristian Comadoll, William Cooper, Charlie Cooper. Funeral: June 15 at Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa, Ind.

DeSanto.- Norma A. Michener, 92, Fort Wayne, Ind., died March 29. Spouse: Charles P. DeSanto (deceased). Parents: Norman and Nora Michener. Children: Stephen DeSanto, Deborah DeSanto Mitchell, Susan Prendergast, Tym DeSanto; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 5 at North Leo Mennonite Church, Leo, Ind.

Gingerich.- Ray C., died on June 17 after a long struggle with metastatic prostate cancer. Ray was born to Amish parents, Chris and Susie Anna (Miller) Gingerich, near Kalona, Iowa, on Aug. 26, 1933. Ray was reared in a frugal, hard-working and conscientious extended family; his Conservative Mennonite maternal grandparents lived in an attached Daadi Haus. By the time Ray was 16, his parents had joined the recently established Beachy Amish Church, where he was baptized. When he was 19, Ray served as leader of the national Beachy Amish youth organization. Ray attended school through the eighth grade and then spent his adolescence working on the prosperous family farm. He relished all aspects of farming but was exposed to a larger world when he was drafted into 1-W (alternative military) service during the Korean War. He was assigned to work at Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital and subsequently volunteered for a summer teaching Bible school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, N.Y. On Aug. 26, 1956, he married Wilma Beachy, also of Kalona. One week after they married, Ray and Wilma left for Eastern Mennonite College (now University) in Harrisonburg, Va. After Ray completed college and a year at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, they went to Luxembourg as missionaries under Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions, now with 2-year-old twin sons. Two more sons were born during their seven years in Luxembourg (1961-1968), where Ray pastored a small Mennonite congregation and started a Christian bookstore. Questions about mission and the way of Jesus emerged through his experiences and ecumenical encounters in post-war [and increasingly post-Christendom) Europe. After returning from Europe, Ray continued his studies, at Associated [now Anabaptist) Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. His engagement there with Anabaptist peace theology and his interactions with missionaries returning from interreligious and cross-cultural settings led to what he called a "second conversion. Ray continued doctoral studies in historical theology at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn. His dissertation explored the mission impulse ofthe 16th-century Anabaptist movement. In 1977, Ray began teaching at EMU in the Department of Bible and Religion. He helped develop a peace and justice minor at the college and for years team-taught with colleagues Vernon Jantzi and Titus Bender. These courses had a deep impact on many students, who went on to serve the church and their communities. Ray also regularly taught courses at EMS. For many years, Ray was faculty sponsor for an active peace fellowship on campus. He helped recruit faculty and envision programs that developed into the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He also provided critical support for the Center for Interfaith Engagement. After concluding his teaching career in 2004, Ray helped found the Anabaptist Center of Religion and Society, which among other things has gathered and shared the faith stories of many teachers and elders in the church. For more than 25 years, Ray and Wilma were active participants in small group and congregational life at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Preceding Ray in death are his parents, Chris and Susie Anna (Miller) Gingerich, and his older sister, Mary (Lewis) Swantz. Surviving him are his wife of 61 years, Wilma Jean Gingerich (daughter of Andy and Lizzie Beachy); sisters Clara (Harley) Miller and Esther (Jacob) Yoder; four sons and eight grandchildren: James (Barbara) Nelson Gingerich with children Jonathan Nelson Gingerich (Jyoti Bock] and Daniel Nelson Gingerich (Meagan Parisi); John Gingerich (Eva Mengelkoch); Andre Gingerich (Cathy) Stoner with children Tobias (Cecilia) Pessoa Gingerich, Miriam, Matthew, and Martin Stoner; and Pierre (Lori) Gingerich-Boberg with children Simone and Josette Gingerich-Boberg. Ray's body was donated to the Virginia State Anatomical Program for scientific research. A memorial service was held at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg on June 29.

Gleysteen.- Barbara Detweiler, 89, Goshen, Ind., died June i3. Spouse: Jan Gleysteen. Parents: Joseph and Polly Swartzendruber Detweiler. Children: Linda Gleysteen, David Gleysteen; two grandchildren. A memorial service was held in Goshen on July 21.

Hertzler.- Allen Glen, 97, Harrisonburg, Va., died March 31. Parents: Moses Levi and Anna Belle Wenger Hertzler. Children: Leslie Allen, Kathryn Joyce Seward, Marie Alice Hertzler, Ashton Lee, Willis Ray, Lloyd Kenneth; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Memorial service: April 4 at Strite Auditorium at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg.

Hochstetler.- Catherine Cathy Schloneger, 78, Goshen, Ind., died May 26, of cancer. Spouse: Russell Hochstetler. Parents: Irvin and Irene Falb Schloneger. Children: Jay Hochstetler, Jerry Hochstetler, Beth Smucker, Dawn Gerber; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 16 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen,

Hurst.- Matthew Martin, 24, Gordonville, Pa., died April 30 in a vehicle accident. Parents: Ray and Brenda Martin Hurst. Child: Meara Storm Zurlo. Brother: Zachary Martin Hurst, husband of Alicia Hertzler Hurst. Celebration of Life: May 5 at Frazer Mennonite Church, Frazer, Pa.

Lengacher.- Viola Marie, 91, Spencerville, Ind., died April 12. Spouse: Victor C. Lengacher (deceased). Parents: Samuel and Clara Hochstedler Miller. Children: Dianne Eager, Joyce Lehman, Tony Lengacher, Janeen Lengacher, Stanley Lengacher; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 19 at North Leo Mennonite Church, Leo, Ind.

Miller.- Dale R., 64, Goshen, Ind., died June 11. Spouse: Darlene Thomas Miller, Parents: Roscoe R. Miller and Charlene R. Knafel Trainer. Children: Matthew Miller, Kayla Baker; two grandchildren. Funeral: June 15 at Yoder Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.

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, and Jim Miller; six grandchildren, l2 great grandchildren. Funeral: May 14 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland.

Roth.- Leonard "Len" Roy, 79, Glendale, Ariz., died Jan. 29. Spouse: Joy Roth. Spouse: Elsie Roth (deceased). Parents: Irvin and Lena Roth. Children: Karen Leichty, stepson Darren Fry; six grandchildren; two step-granddaughters, three great-grandchildren. Memorial service: Feb. 3 at Trinity Mennonite Church, Glendale.

Sears.- Earl Ray, 83, Goshen, Ind., died April 6, of Myelofibrosis. Spouse: Jane Louise Falb Sears. Parents: Harvey David and Dina Belle Camp Sears. Children: Cameron Sears Logue, Kevin Logue, Jeanette Sears, Roger Stryker, Jennifer Sears; five grandchildren. Funeral: April I4 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen.

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

Yoder.- Emil John, 90, Glendale, Ariz., Hesston, Kan., Kalona, Iowa, died March 12, of pneumonia and kidney failure. Spouse: Minerva Yoder. Parents: Mose P. and Anna Yoder. Children: Keith Yoder, Royce Yoder; eight grandchildren; 18 great~grandchildren. Memorial service: April 7 at Trinity Mennonite Church, Glendale.

Transcribed by: John Ingold

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