The Mennonite - August 2019

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, August 2019, pages 36-37, Vol. 22, No.8.


Burkey.- Phyllis L. Bowen, 95, Milford, Neb., died June 16. Spouse: Arnold Burkey (deceased). Parents: Milo and Violet Snodgrass Bowen. Children: Tim Burkey, Sid Burkey; six grandchildren. Funeral: June 25 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

Christophel, Virginia K. Swartzendruber, 74, Kalona, Iowa, died June 23. Spouse: Levon Christophel. Parents: Morris and Alta Miller Swartzendruber. Children: Todd Christophel, Craig Christophel; four grandchildren. Funeral: June 29 at Kalona Mennonite Church.

Duerksen.- Sylvia, 91, Springfield, Va., passed away peacefully after a brief illness on June 5. Sylvia found her calling in life while taking art lessons at the age of 9 from a neighbor, Flossie Ruhl. Sylvia described Flossie as a superb teacher who taught her "everything she needed to know" to succeed as an artist. Sylvia went on to study at the Corcoran School of Art and George Washington University, obtaining her undergraduate degree. Sylvia enjoyed a distinguished career as an artist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, illustrating countless educational publications. Her retirement certificate sums up her career as follows: "...44 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the U.S. Government as an artist and designer. (Her) artwork has appeared in an untold number of publications that disperse information worldwide. (Her) many drawings of Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl have inspired millions of people to preserve and protect our fragile environment." Sylvia was devoted to her family and extended family. She lived most of her life in her cherished family home in North East Washington, D.C., and cared for her parents and her sister Vera in their later years. In her retirement, Sylvia traveled the world, always with a sketchbook under her arm. in recent years, Sylvia resided at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield, where she made new friends and continued to produce art to share with her community and family. Sylvia is survived by her niece, Christine Saalbach, nephews Fred Saalbach and William Saalbach, and great-nephews and nieces Timothy, Jason, Julia, Rebecca, Mark, Elizabeth and Katherine, all of whom will miss her. Funeral: June 28 at The Chapel at Greenspring Retirement Community, Springfield.

Glick.- Daniel Leroy, 85, Bird-in-Hand, Pa., died June 7. Spouse: Anna Eleanor Dussinger Glick. Children: Gary D. Glick, Dean M. Glick, Teresa J. Glick; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 12 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Pa.

Hahn.- Lois Marks, 93, Wakarusa, Ind., died June 25. Spouse: Willis Hahn (deceased). Parents: William and Edith Hunsberger Marks. Stepchildren: Phyllis Miller Martin, Miriam Shaffer, Maynard L. Hahn; six step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 28 at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.

Helmuth.- Ronald James, 67, Bethlehem, Pa., died April 14 of lymphoma. Spouse: Elena Horst Helmuth. Parents: Elvon and Bertha Yoder Helmuth. Children: Christopher Helmuth, Michael Helmuth, Theo Baer, Jason and Michele Axford; two grandchildren. Funeral: May 1 at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem.

Hostetler.- Richard, 90, Goshen, Ind., died June 3. Spouse: Helen King Hostetler. Parents: Atlee and Nettie Hostetler. Children: Marilyn Jantzi, Jim Hostetler, Dave Hostetler, Mike Hostetler, Bob Hostetler; 23 grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren. Funeral: July 12 at The Meeting House, Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen.

Kaufman.- Dr. LeRoy James, 75, Freeman, S.D., died June 2, of a heart attack. Spouse: Dr. Dawn Crocker Kaufman (deceased). Parents: Sollie and Nellie Preheim Kaufman. Children: Erik Kaufman, David Kaufman. Funeral: June 10 at Salem~Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Martin.- Flora Jean Hostetler, 93, Orrville, Ohio, died May 31. Spouse: John J. Martin (deceased). Parents: James and Gladys Stoltzfus Hostetler. Children: Ron Martin, Wendell Martin, Sharon Martin Ressler, Janis Martin Steigauf; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 8 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron, Ohio.

Newcomer.- Arthur L., 81 , Bellefontaine, Ohio, died June 15. Spouse: Mary Rosenberger Newcomer. Parents: Norman and Ida Leaman Newcomer. Children: Maria Gleason, Sam Newcomer; four grandchildren. Memorial service: June 23 at Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Ohio.

Noftsier.- Rita L. Rassi, 67, Goshen, Ind., died June 17. Parents: Lloyd and Dorothy Haines Rassi. Child: Romeyn A. Noftsier; one grandchild. Funeral: June 28 at Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel, Huntington, Ind.

Smoker.- Esther M. Friesen, 88, Lititz, Pa. and Gap, Pa., died June 28. Spouse: Abner Smoker (deceased). Parents: Henry A. and Margaret L. Friesen. Children: Darrell L. Smoker, LeVon R. Smoker, Darla J. Benner; three grandchildren. Funeral: July 3 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Pa.

Sommerfeld.- Shirley Ann Diller, 77, Orrville, Ohio, died May 14, of cancer. Spouse: Keith Sommerfeld. Parents: Ira and Buelah Brenner Diller. Children: Daryl Sommerfeld, Lisa Sommerfeld Zuercher; two grandchildren. Funeral: May 18 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron, Ohio.

Sutter.- Lela V., 97, Goshen, Ind. and Elmhurst, Ill., died June 11. Parents: Levi and Alma Nafziger Sutter. Funeral: July 26 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Swartz.- Jon Charles "Chuck," 78, West Liberty, Ohio, died June 6. Spouse: Jeanie Davis Swartz. Parents: Samuel C. and Eleanor Reist Swartz. Children: Mark Swartz, Jeremy Swartz, Heidi Swartz; three grandchildren. Celebration of Life: Aug. 3 at Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty.

Thomas.- Maynard Wayne, 90, Kidron, Ohio, died March 13. Spouse: Twila Catherine Yoder Thomas (deceased). Parents: Elmer Franklin Thomas and Elda Elizabeth Livingston Thomas. Child: Esther Tafoya; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 13 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron.

Woolschlager.- Dorothy M. Lehman, 85, Glenfield, N.Y., died June 30. Spouse: Lowaine A. Woolschlager (deceased). Mother: Mildred Lehman Zehr. Children: Sandra Woolschlager, Scott Woolschlager, Suzette Cole; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren. Funeral: July 3 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, N.Y.

Transcribed by: John Ingold


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