The Mennonite - May, 1999

"for the record" - Deaths:

The Mennonite - Volume 2, Number 17, May 4, 1999 - page 13

Alderfer, Elizabeth, 83, Hatfield, Pa., died March 9. Spouse: John Alderfer. Parents: Joseph and Elizabeth (Ruth) Hange (deceased). Other survivors: children Sylvia Derstine, Phyllis Heckler, Betsy, Rose Gehman Morton, Murrey, Brian, John; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 12 at Line Lexington (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Bechler, Ida, 93, Sarasota, Fla., died March 24. Spouse: Albert Bechler (deceased). Survivors: son Albert Jr.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 31 at Bay Shore Mennonite Church, Sarasota.

Beck, Ronald, 58, Archbold, Ohio, died March 25 of a heart attack. Spouse: Carol Kauffman Beck. Parents: Dale (deceased) and Meredith Beck. Other survivors: daughter Lori Coressel; three grandchildren. Funeral: March 29 at Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold.

Graber, Kathryn Rohn, 96, Fargo, N.D., died April 3. Spouse: Paul Graber (deceased). Parents: Peter and Katherine Rohn (deceased). Survivors: children Howard, Richard, Harold, Norman; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 7 at Swiss Mennonite Church, Alsen, N.D.

Hege, John Allen, 46, Lancaster, Pa., died April 5. Parents: Nathan and Arlene Landis Hege. Funeral: April 10 at Willow Street (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Heuvel, Steven, 33, Albany, Ore., died March 29 of complications from pneumonia. Spouse: Liza Heuvel. Parents: Harold and Dolores Heuvel. Funeral: April 5 at Albany.

Lapp, Arthur, 87, Harleysville, Pa., died April 3. Spouse: Lizzie Mae Alderfer Lapp. Other survivors: children Arlin, Harley; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 7 at Line Lexington (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

McElmurry, Elsie McGregor, 88, Hesston, Kan., died April 3. Spouse: Webster McElmurry (deceased). Parents: George Edwin and Mary Turner McGregor (deceased). Survivors: children Wilma Hamner, Argie, Leon, Cora Belle Shenk, Patricia Murphy, Claudia Miller, Terry; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Funeral: April 12 at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston.

Miller, Evelyn Esch, 85, Goshen, Ind., died March 16. Spouse: (1st) David Esch (deceased); (2nd) Harold Miller. Parents: John and Grace Plank Emmert (deceased). Other survivors: children Elinor Surgener, Ora Miranda, Karen Patrick, Carl, Thomas; stepchildren Margaretha Brubacher, Genevive Kehr, Eva Burroway, Daniel; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 24 stepgrandchildren; 28 stepgreat-grandchildren; four stepgreat-great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 20 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Miller, Gretchen Walters, 78, Sun City, Ariz., died March 19. Spouse: Lloyd Miller. Parents: Alvin and Lois Walters (deceased). Other survivors: children Kenneth, Lois Kauffman, Margaret Nisly, Nadine Wenger; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Memorial service: March 24 at Martins Mennonite Church, Orrville, Ohio.

Mumaw, Mary, 81, Sarasota, Fla., died April 5 of heart complications. Spouse: Harvey Mumaw. Other survivors: children Kay Schlabach, Kathy Gebbee; six
grandchildren. Memorial service: April 7 at Bay Shore Mennonite Church, Sarasota.

Reichenbach, David, 80, Columbus Grove, Ohio, died March 20. Spouse: Anna Schumacher Reichenbach. Other survivors: children Randall, Douglas, Trina, Lisa; seven grandchildren. Funeral: March 23 at Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora, Ohio.

Rohrer, Lloyd, 72, Lancaster, Pa., died April 1. Parents: Daniel and Ada Hollinger Rohrer (deceased). Funeral: April 5 at East Petersburg (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Short, Grace, 90, Wauseon, Ohio, died March 12. Spouse: Harold Short (deceased). Parents: Aaron and Anna Frey (deceased). Survivors: children Merrill, Everett, Arnold, Geraldine Cooper, Ernestine Lehman, Brenda Shelby, Roslyn; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 17 at Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio.

Troyer, Barbara, 80, Goshen, Ind., died March 17. Parents: Eli and Rebecca Good Troyer (deceased). Funeral: March 21 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Troyer, Perry, 78, Kokomo, Ind., died March 18. Spouse: Nora Bontrager Troyer. Parents: Noah and Mary Schlabach Troyer (deceased). Other survivors: children Cecil, Delores, Sheila; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: March 22 at Howard-Miami Mennonite Church, Kokomo.

Wall, Alma Kroeker, 77, Henderson, Neb., died April 1 of cancer. Spouse: Aaron Wall (deceased). Parents: Frank and Anna Toews Kroeker (deceased). Survivors: children Elmer, Jerry, Homer, Lorrain Nielsen, Dale; 17 grandchildren. Funeral: April 6 Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson.

Zook, Ruby Martin, 90, Goshen, Ind., died March 27. Spouse: Ira Zook (deceased). Parents: Ben and Ida Kauffman Martin (deceased). Survivors: stepchildren Vera Schmucker, Ira Jr.; four stepgrandchildren. Funeral: March 31 at Greencroft Meetinghouse, Goshen.

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The Mennonite - Volume 2, Number 18, May 11, 1999 - pages 16,17

Albrecht, Roy, 76, Pigeon, Mich., died April 3. Spouse: Katie Bontrager Albrecht (deceased). Parents: Emanuel and Katie Shetler Albrecht (deceased). Survivors: children Donna Burkholder, Janet Kazlusky, Betty Birky, Bonnie Crawford, Glen, Galen; 13 grandchildren. Funeral: April 7 at Pigeon.

Banman, Paul, 72, Newton, Kan., died April 11. Spouse: Irene Bender Banman. Parents: Samuel and Selma Schmidt Banman (deceased). Other survivors: children Sharon Fox, Paula Steele; three grandchildren. Funeral: April 15 at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton.

Delp, Robert Henry, 41, Manheim, Pa., died April 18, of cancer. Spouse: Wanda Byler Delp. Parents: Henry (deceased) and Joyce Landis Delp. Other survivors: children Tracy, Sharon, Joshua. Funeral: April 21 at East Petersburg (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Fretz, Jacob Millard, 86, Wichita, Kan., died April 11. Spouse: Evelyn Sheppard Nicholson Fretz. Parents: Jacob Rittenhouse and Mary Rickert Fretz (deceased). Other survivors: children David, Donna Voth, three grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: April 14 at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita.

Haldeman, Irene, 85, Ephrata, Pa., died April l. Spouse: Carl Haldeman (deceased). Parents: Pierce and Cora Getz Hellinger (deceased). Survivors: children Clyde, Dorothy Herr, Romaine Wolf; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 6 at East Cocalico Township, Pa.

Honsaker, John, 81, Martinsburg, Pa., died April 14 of complications from surgery. Spouse: Elizabeth Wolgemuth Honsaker (deceased). Parents: Ray and Nora Metzler Honsaker (deceased). Survivors: children Ann Munoz, Jean Yoder, Peggy Bechtel, Karl, Judy Walter; 13 grandchildren. Funeral: April 19 at Martinsburg.

Hunsberger, Ada Keller, 81, Souderton, Pa., died April 14. Spouse: Franklin Hunsberger (deceased). Parents: Milton and Mae Delp Keller (deceased). Survivors: children Ronald, Donna Garis, Bryan; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 19 at Souderton.

Hutchison, Catharine, 95, Goshen, Ind., died April 6. Spouse: Erie Hutchison (deceased). Parents: Abram and Ada Loucks Martin (deceased). Survivors: children Patricia Abild, Marilyn Thordarson; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 9 at Greencroft Meetinghouse, Goshen.

Keim, George, 88, Bay Port, Mich., died April 12. Spouse: Ida Mishler Keim (deceased). Parents: Joseph and Lucretia Swartzendruber Keim (deceased). Survivors: children Mary Maarsen, Wayne, Charlene Neer, Howard; eight grandchildren. Funeral: April 15 at Pigeon, Mich.

Klopfenstein, Harry, 68, Tucson, Ariz., died March 9. Spouse: Kate Klopfenstein. Other survivors: children Pat Brackney, Norma Salinger, Mary Irwin, Cindy Frazier, Tom, Philip; 17 grandchildren. Funeral: March 12 at Tucson.

Leister, Franklin, 80, Quakertown, Pa., died April 9 of a brain tumor. Spouse: Elsie Fair Leister. Parents: George and Martha Barndt Leister (deceased). Survivors: children Kenneth, Carol Nase. Funeral: April 11 at West Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown.

List, Carl, 83, Washington, Ill., died April 6 of cancer. Spouse: Mildred List. Parents: Benjamin and Clara Cooper List (deceased). Foster parents: George and Lavinia Keil (deceased). Other survivors: children James, Elaine Hicks, Donna Wiegel, Gaylene Martin, Neva Rynerson; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 9 at Washington.

Miller, John, 91, Berlin, Ohio, died April 17 of cancer. Spouse: Erma Mable Miller (deceased). Parents: Melva and Malinda Mast Miller (deceased). Survivors: children Bruce, James; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 20 at Berlin (Ohio) Mennonite Church.

Miller, Larry, 48, Goshen, Ind., died April 9 of a heart attack. Spouse: Carolyn Roth Miller. Parents: Perry (deceased) and Kathern Litwiller Miller. Other survivors: children Lana, Lori Ann, Stephanie. Funeral: April 13 at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Ratzlaff, James, 60, Enid, Okla., died April 11 from a farm accident. Spouse: Dianna Ratzlaff. Parents: Alvin and Vera Ratzlaff (deceased). Other survivors: children Jamie Koehn, Jason; one grandchild. Funeral: April 14 at Enid.

Roth, Darlene Mae Leis, 51, Exeter, Ont., died April 6. Spouse: Sherman Ray Roth. Parents: Oscar (deceased) and Anna Mae Leis. Other survivors: children Bradley, Michael; one grandchild. Funeral: April 10 at East Zorra Mennonite Church, Tavistock, Ont.

Schmidt, Theodore, 86, Newton, Kan., died March 18. Spouse: Agnes Hiebert Schmidt (deceased). Parents: Henry and Katherina Reimer Schmidt (deceased). Survivors: children Janice McAllister, Bobby; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 22 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton.

Schmidt, Theresa Frey, 86, Goessel, Kan., died April 11. Spouse: Harlow Schmidt (deceased). Parents: Peter and Agnes Reimer Frey (deceased). Survivors: children Ardith Pankratz, Stan, Harlow, Ava Lipp; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 14 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, Kan.

Shank, Dorothy Smith, 87, Goshen, Ind., died April l. Spouse: Lauren Shank (deceased). Parents: John and Catherine Smith Smith (deceased). Survivors: children Joan, Susan, Richard, James; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 3 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Short, Alta Wyse, 79, Archbold, Ohio, died April 5. Spouse: Lester Short (deceased). Survivors: children Gerald, Wayne, Ruth Ann Yancey, Gloria Rutt, Ward; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: April 8 at Pine Grove Mennonite Church, Stryker, Ohio.

Yoder, Levi, 83, Middlebury, Ind., died April 1. Spouse: Mary Miller Yoder (deceased). Parents: John and Edna Yoder Yoder (deceased). Survivors: children LaVerda McGowen, LuEtta Culp, Ron; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 4 at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury.

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The Mennonite - Volume 2, Number 19, May 18, 1999 - page 14

Byler, Glen, 73, Goshen, Ind., died April 20. Spouse: Lois Garber Byler. Parents: Thomas and Nancy Schrock Byler (deceased). Other survivor: daughter Tracy. Funeral: April 24 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Erb, Mildred Bender, 77, Tavistock, 0nt., died March 16. Spouse: Lloyd Erb (deceased). Parents: Peter and Lydia Bender (deceased). Survivors: children Peter, Roy, David; four grandchildren. Funeral: March 18 at Tavistock.

Kauffman, Mary Bohn, 98, Goshen, Ind., died April 2. Spouse: Rollo Kauffman
(deceased). Parents: Henry and Rosina Zoss Bohn (deceased). Survivors: children Margaret Sutter, Rosina Litwiller, Robert, Richard; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial service: April 6 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Leichty, Dallas, 56, Wayland, Iowa, died April 19 of a machine accident. Spouse: Wilma Graber Roth Leichty. Parents: Leonard and Ruth Swartzendruber Leichty. Other survivors: stepchildren Steve Roth, Carmine Boal, Rhonda Taylor; seven grandchildren. Funeral: April 22 at Wayland.

Magdefrau, Waunita Kauffman, 66, Wayland, Iowa, died April 19 of cancer. Spouse: James Magdefrau. Parents: John and Katie Schlatter Kauffman. Other survivors: stepdaughter Sandra Bear; 2 grandchildren. Funeral: April 22 at Wayland.

Martin, Maryann Hoffman Good, 88, Cambridge, Ont., died March 9. Spouse: (1st) George Good (deceased); (2nd) Abraham Martin (deceased). Parents: Menno and Susanah Eby Hoffman (deceased). Survivors: stepchildren Laverne Martin, Martha Martin, Edmund Martin, Ellen Dettwiler, Lorene Bean, Howard Martin, Maurice Martin, James Martin, Alice Brubacher, Elmer Good, Lorene Brubacher, Eleanor Buehler. Funeral: March 12 at St. Jacobs (Ont.) Mennonite Church.

Mooberry, Glen, 76, East Peoria, Ill., died April 17. Spouse: Dorothy Ropp Mooberry. Parents: Harry and Viola Oetzel Mooberry (deceased). Other survivors: children Keith, Steven, Joan Cashdollar; eight grandchildren. Funeral: April 20 at First Mennonite Church, Morton, Ill.

Ropp, Joseph, 81, Albany, Ore., died April 20 of congestive heart failure. Parents: Daniel and Barbara Ropp (deceased). Funeral: April 26 at Fairview Mennonite
Church, Albany.

Yoder, Mildred Kinsinger, 81, Kalona, Iowa, died April 14. Spouse: Harold Yoder. Parents: John and Katie Gingerich Kinsinger (deceased). Other survivors: children Marcus, John, Ruby Miller, Rachel Schwarzendruber, Della Gascho; 10 grandchildren. Funeral: April 16 at West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa.

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The Mennonite - Volume 2, Number 20, May 25, 1999 - pages 16,17

Becker, Helen, 88, Inman, Kan., died April 9. Spouse: George Becker. Parents: Henry and Helena Thiessen Regehr (deceased). Other survivors: children Eldon, Vivian Stucky, Doris Frick; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: April 13 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman.

Bixel, James, 85, Freeman, S.D., died March 17 of pneumonia. Spouse: Phyllis Newton Bixel. Parents: Samuel and Fannie Amstutz Bixel (deceased). Other survivors: children Sara Schrag, Mary Waltner; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorial service: March 28 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman; May 2 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio.

Bricker, Sarah Lee, 23, Iowa City, Iowa, died April 19 of injuries in an auto accident. Parents: Dennis and Melinda Michalske Bricker. Grandparents: Verneille Bricker and Doris Michalske. Other survivor: brother Matthew. Memorial service: May 1 at First Mennonite Church, Iowa City.

Detwiler, Anna Mary Detweiler, 92, Souderton, Pa., died April 26 of a cerebrovascular accident. Spouse: Henry Detwiler (deceased). Parents: Eli and Stella Detweiler (deceased). Funeral: April 29 at Souderton, Pa.

Dick, Richard, 82, Buhler, Kan., died March 23. Spouse: Dorothy Giddings Dick. Parents: Dietrich and Justine Dick (deceased). Other survivors: children Connie Rueck, Diane Romans, Mark; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 27 at Buhler Mennonite Church, Buhler.

Diener, Savilla Taylor, 79, Akron, Pa., died April 19. Spouse: Menno Diener. Parents: Elam and Mary Horst Taylor (deceased). Other survivors: children Grace Tyson, Elaine Taylor, Nevin, Arlen, Claude; seven grandchildren. Funeral: April 22 at Akron (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Ehrisman, Alice Roth, 82, Beemer, Neb., died April 27. Spouse: Walter Ehrisman (deceased). Parents: Calvin and Emma Boshart Roth (deceased). Survivors: children Karen Hathaway, Warren; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 29, at Beemer Mennonite Church.

Friesen, Willie, 83, Inman, Kan., died March 13. Spouse: Ella Toews Friesen. Other survivors: children Charles, Jonas, Otis, Benjamin; eight grandchildren. Funeral: March 16 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman.

Hershberger, Hazel, 89, Goshen, Ind., died April 23. Spouse: John Hershberger (deceased). Parents: Allen Winfred and Anna Inez Shupe Kuhns (deceased). Survivors: children Allen Tice, Robert Hershberger; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 26 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Hershey, Nora, 89, Lititz, Pa., died April 29. Spouse: Jacob Hershey (deceased). Parents: Benjamin and Cora Eberly Snavely (deceased). Survivors: children Carrie Strickler, Jean Buckwalter; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 3 at Lititz, Pa.

Hilty, Herman, 88, Bluffton, Ohio, died April 27. Spouse: Celia Sprunger Hilty. Parents: Philip and Rhoda Niswander Hilty (deceased). Other survivors: children Ann, Judith Kingsley, Rachel Friesen, Suzanne Lind; 11 grandchildren. Funeral: May 8 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

Matz, Allen, 78, Leola, Pa., died April 24. Spouse: Elsie High Matz. Parents: Jacob and Mary Kissinger Matz (deceased). Other survivors: children Esther Erb, Ruth Buehler; stepdaughter Judy Smoker; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: April 27 at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa.

Maust, Grace, 35, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, died March 11 of cancer. Spouse: James Maust. Other survivor: child Grace Felicity. Funeral: March 20 in Taiwan.

Richard, Princess Basinger, 82, Bluffton, Ohio, died April 28. Spouse: Cecil Richard (deceased). Parents: Jeremiah and Anna Diller Basinger (deceased). Survivors: children Daryl, Randall, Marlene; two stepgrandchildren. Funeral: May 2 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

Roth, Lois Irene Kauffman, 83, Hesston, Kan., died April 21. Spouse: Vernon Roth (deceased). Parents: James and Mabel Erb Kauffman (deceased). Survivors: children Joanne, Becky, Lowell, Marci Huxman; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Memorial: April 24 at Hesston.

Shannon, Marie Saunders, 91, Phoenix, died April 26. Spouse: Ben Shannon (deceased). Parents: Ora and Malinda Short Saunders (deceased). Survivors: children Donna Haydock; stepchildren Patricia Rosener, Mary Benita West, Benson; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 29 at Phoenix.

Weaver, Ralph Conrad, 49, Harrisonburg, Va., died April 15 of cancer. Spouse: Anne Duncan Weaver. Parents: Richard and Virginia Weaver. Other survivors: children Kimberly, Scott; stepdaughter Tracey Duncan. Funeral: April 18 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

Weaver, Vernon, 61, North Canton, Ohio, died March 29. Spouse: Ida Mae Weaver. Other survivors: children Bobby, Connie Waggoner; two grandchildren. Funeral: April 1 at Hartville (Ohio) Mennonite Church.

Weldy, Levon Ray, 80, Wakarusa, Ind., died April 27 of complications from multiple sclerosis. Spouse: Grace Bixler Weldy. Parents: Charles and Pearl Hygema Weldy (deceased). Other survivors: children Bonnie Miesel, Fred, Frank; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral: May 1 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Widrick, Loyd, 80, Adams, N.Y., died April 30. Spouse: Leona Jutzi (deceased). Parents: Joel and Emma Widrick (deceased). Survivors: children Clifford, John, Robert, Douglas, Rodney, Terrance, Ortha Georgakis, Cynthia, Brenda Richer; 28 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral: May 3 at First Mennonite of New Bremen, N.Y.

Yoder, Amos Jay, 87, Barhamsville, Va., died March 13. Spouse: Mabel Smucker Yoder (deceased). Parents: Luman and Melissa Ralston Yoder (deceased). Survivors: children Margaret Fries, Harold, Marion Delagrange, Dorothy Miller; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral: March 17 at Warwick River Mennonite Church, Newport News, Va.

Yoder, John, 85, Ephrata, Pa., died April 10. Spouse: (1st) Agnes Kauffman (deceased); (2nd) Ada Kurtz. Parents: Jesse and Sadie Yoder Yoder (deceased). Other survivors: children Vernon, John, Glenn, Gladys Martin, Carol Jean Beiler, Fern Bauman, Janie Yutzy; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 13 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Atglen, Pa.

Zook, Benjamin, 76, Belleville, Pa., died April 25. Spouse: Martha Byler Zook. Parents: Israel and Katie Mae Yoder Zook (deceased). Other survivors: children Thomas, Raymond, Benjamin, Paul, Lois Peachey; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral: April 28 at Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa.

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