The Mennonite - October 2019

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite, October 2019, pages 36-37, Vol. 22, No. 10.


Brosz, Donna, 63, Freeman, S.D., died July 31. Parents: Curtis and Phyllis Dewald Brosz. Funeral: Aug. 3 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Eberspacher, Gerald "Gary" J., 67, Milford, Neb., died Aug. 5. Spouse: Debbie "Deb" Haverkamp Eberspacher. Parents: James and Reva Matzke Eberspacher. Children: Jamie Burd, Brad Eberspacher; one grandchild. Funeral: Aug. 11 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

Glick, Melvin R., 79, Wakarusa, Ind., died Aug. 26. Spouse: Sherrill Swartz Glick. Parents: Mahlon R. and Ruth Kennel Glick. Children: Mark Glick, Starla Martinez, Milt Glick; six grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 31 at Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa.

Kenagy, Lois Yake, 92, Albany, Ore., died May 11. Spouse: Clif Kenagy (deceased). Parents: C.F. and Martha Eby Yake. Children: Susan, Peter, Marguerite, Eric; eight grandchildren. Funeral: June 29 at Albany Mennonite Church.

Lehman, Harold Daniel, 98, Harrisonburg, Va., died Aug. 25. Spouse: Ruth Krady Lehman (deceased). Parents: Daniel Webster Lehman and Ada Neff Lehman. Children: Kenneth Lehman, Daniel Lehman, David Lehman, Larry Lehman; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 6 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

Lerch, Annabelle Lee Stuckey, 84, Goshen, Ind., formerly of Pocatello, Idaho, and Jackson, Wy., died July 19. Spouse: Robert D. Lerch. Parents: John W. and Bertha Frey Stuckey. Children: Robbin O'Leary, Laura Horst, Robert "Bob" A. Lerch, Barbara "Barb" Weaver; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorial service: July 21 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Martin, Paul M., 90, Lititz, Pa., died June 7. Spouse: Betty Neff Martin. Parents: David H. and Mary W. Martin. Children: Ruthie Martin, Janie Buckwalter, Doug Martin, Joanne Buckwalter; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 16 at Landis Homes, Lititz.

Metzler, Mary Ethel "EtheI" Yake, 95, was born Dec. 19, 1923, in Scottdale, Pa., to Martha Erb Eby Yake and C.F. (Clayton Franklin) Yake, the second of six children. She died on July 27 in Goshen, Ind. After graduation from Scottdale High School (1941), Ethel studied at Eastern Mennonite College before completing a double major in chemistry and religion at Goshen College in 1946. She returned to Scottdale to work with her father editing the Youth's Christian Companion at Mennonite Publishing House. She served as director of girls' camps at Laurelville Church Center, and she was a member of the first national cabinet of Mennonite Youth Fellowship. On June 10, 1951, Ethel married Edgar Metzler. Their first child, Michael, was born in 1952. In 1954, they moved to Washington, D.C., where Ed was Mennonite Central Committee representative at the National Service Board for Religious Objectors. Ethel managed the MCC volunteer guest house. Their second child Mary was born in 1955. In 1957, Ethel and Ed moved to Canada, where Ed was minister of First Mennonite Church of Kitchener, Ontario. Ethel worked as a writer and editor for Herald Press. She authored "In Praise of Little Things", a chapter in Breaking Bread Together, a book of daily meditations. Peter was born in 1958, Philip in 1959. In 1962, the family moved to Akron, Pa., where Ed was director of MCC Peace Section. Ethel helped train MCC volunteers and continued her writing and editorial work, taught Sunday school and was a Girl Scout leader. In 1967, Ed was appointed a director in Nepal by the Peace Corps. From 1967 to 1974, the family lived in Nepal, India, Thailand and Iran. They returned to Goshen in 1974, and Ethel received an M.A. in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University in 1976. Ethel worked at Family Counseling Services in Elkhart, Ind., for 12 years, where she developed a program for families who experienced sexual abuse, working with both victim and abuser. She was certified as clinical member and approved supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists and as certified therapist and supervisor by the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. From 1989 to 1998, Ethel and Ed returned to Kathmandu, where Ed was executive director for United Mission to Nepal. She was invited by the Japanese foundation Arigatou International to be a consultant at conferences in Japan and Switzerland on "The Welfare of the Child." Ethel was a member of Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen since 1974. She served on the planning committee of the first women in ministry conference, on the listening committee on sexuality, wrote for the MCC Women's Concerns Report and edited issues on incest and sexual abuse. In 2001, Ethel received the Keep the Faith, Share the Peace award from Mennonite Church USA. In 2006, she was honored by Goshen College with the Culture for Service Award. Ethel is survived by Edgar; children Michael (Maaret Koskenalho, deceased); Mary Martha (Gordon Prieb) and their child Eli; Peter (Kathryn Rowedder); and Philip (Sandra Anstaett) and their children Noah, Christopher, and Rachel; and her brothers Stanley and Byron. Ethel is preceded in death by siblings Lois (Kenagy), Marnetta (Brilhart), and Clayton Paul. A memorial service will be held Nov. 16 at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen.

Nyce, Samuel Moyer, 87, Souderton, Pa., died Aug. 21. Spouse: Gladys Moyer Nyce. Parents: Linford and Margaret Moyer Nyce. Children: Barry Nyce, Bonita Janzen, Pamela Miller, Cynthia Nyce, Greg Nyce; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 29 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pa.

Petersheim, LeRoy Kurtz, 89, Morgantown, Pa., died Sept. 2. Spouse: Betty Lou Wingard Petersheim (deceased). Parents: Jonathan and Barbara Kurtz Petersheim. Children: Beth Ann Good, Anna Ruth Gawlinski, Jon Robert Petersheim; six grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 5 at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, Pa.

Pettiford, Lena B. Smeltzer Byler, 91, Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 7, 2018. Spouse: Chester "Chet" E. Pettiford (deceased). Spouse: Levi U. Byler (deceased). Parents: John Olen and Martha Yoder Smeltzer. Children: Lorene Miller, Lorin Byler; two grandchildren. Funeral: Jan. 5 at the Gathering Place at Greencroft, Goshen.

Stahl, Deloris J. Hofer, 89, Freeman, S.D., died Aug. 16. Spouse: John M. Stahl (deceased). Parents:Joseph L. and Anna Kleinsasser Hofer. Children: Jacquelinne Skibine, Marilyn Giseburt, John David Stahl; seven grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 2O at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman.

Stanbrough, Ronald H., 63, Huntington, Pa., died Sept. 1. Spouse: Pearl L. Kauffman Stanbrough. Parents: Leroy and Lucretia Stanbrough. Funeral: Sept. 6 at Maple Grove Mennonite, Belleville, Pa.

Yancey, Lena Catherine Lyndaker, 94, Beaver Falls, N.Y., died June 11. Spouse: Gerald Milton Yancey (deceased). Parents: Paul and Catherine Yousey Lyndaker. Children: Jerry M. Yancey, Dean R. Yancey, Dr. Samuel P. Yancey, Violet Colwell, Merle G. Yancey, Orson P. Yancey, Annette Halko, Paula Zehr, Juanita Rose Yancey; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral: June 18 at Lowville Mennonite Church, Lowville, N.Y.

Transcribed by: John Ingold


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