Mennonite Weekly Review - July, 2002

Mennonite Weekly Review
July 8, 2002
80th Year, No. 27, p. 8

Joseph R. Buzzard
Joseph R. Buzzard, 94, of Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 25, 2001, at Greencroft Retirement Community. He was born July 30, 1907, to A.L. and Cora Shoemaker Buzzard in Washington, Ill.
He grew up in central Illinois, graduated from Metamora High School in 1925, attended Goshen College one year and taught country school for two years. He moved with his family to Indiana and began working in the office of Elkhart Packing Company, where he became head bookkeeper and office manager for 24 years.
He married Nellie Nusbaum in 1932.
He was active at Prairie Street Mennonite Church and many civic and churchwide organizations. He was on the Elkhart Symphony board and the Exchange Club of Elkhart. In 1954 the family moved to Scottdale, Pa., where he was treasurer of Mennonite Publishing House until he retired.
In Scottdale he was president of the Rotary Club, was on the Scottdale YMCA board and the Frick Community Hospital board. He served Scottdale Mennonite Church as treasurer, sang in the choir and was on the board of trustees. He served on the Mennonite General Board and Mennonite Board of Missions, the Little Eden Camping Association and was treasurer of the Laurelville Mennonite Camp Association and Allegheny Mennonite Conference.
In 1978 he moved to Greencroft Retirement Community. His hobbies included reading, travel, photography, woodcarving, painting and music. He combined these in his slide/tape programs using slides with Scripture, poetry and music. He sang in men's quartets in college, at Prairie Street, Scottdale and with the Singing Grandpas at Greencroft.
Survivors include two children, Gerald and his wife, Nina, and Eileen Roth and her husband, Royce; two sisters, Lois Yoder and Ruth Hemingway; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie, in 1999; an infant son, two sisters and two brothers.

Minnie Wenger Roth
Minnie Wenger Roth, 91, of Wayland, Iowa, died April 8, 2002, at Parkview Home. She was born Oct. 24, 1910, in Henry County, Iowa, to Edward and Elizabeth Good Wenger.
She was baptized Sept. 23, 1923, at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. She married Elmer G. Roth on Dec. 30, 1930, at her parents' home. He died June 25, 1992.
Survivors include five children, Willard and his wife, Alice, of Elkhart, Ind.; Royce and his wife, Eileen, of Crawfordsville; Larry and his wife, Mary Lou, of Wayland; Karen Watson and her husband, Gordon, of Washington; and Janice Lindner and her husband, Roger, of Keokuk; two sisters, Margaret Richard of Mount Pleasant and Frances Wyse of Wayland; a brother, Clarence Wenger of Wayland, 15 grandchildren; a foster grandchild; 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and three foster great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother and a grandson, Steve Custer.
She will be remembered as a loving and helping neighbor, a skilled and productive gardener and cook, and a caring and praying mother, grandmother and sister in the church and community.

Noah G. Good
Noah G. Good, 97, of Lancaster, Pa., died June 26, 2002, at Mennonite Home. He was born to Milton and Fannie (Gehman) Good in Mohnton in Berks County.
He married Ella K. Shank, who died in 1973. He then married Mary Elizabeth Lutz in 1974.
He was dean at Lancaster Mennonite High School from 1942 to 1970. He continued to teach there until his retirement in 1977. Prior to his tenure at LMHS, he was a teacher and principal at Caenarvon Twp. High School in Morgantown.
He was ordained in 1937 and served several churches in the Reading area, at Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster and retired from Ephrata Mennonite Church in 1978. He served on several committees for the Mennonite Church at large.
He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., and received a bachelor's degree in biology from Elizabethtown College and a master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.
He served as pastor for the Pax program in Europe in 1957-58. He was a translator for the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society until 2001.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Mary; a son, Milton of Elizabethtown; three daughters, Lois Stockheim of Harrisonburg, Doris Baumberger of Harrisonburg and Ruth Denlinger of Fulks Run, Va.; a brother, Arthur; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ella; three brothers, a grandson and a great-granddaughter.
Services took place at Ephrata Mennonite Church. Burial was in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery in Lancaster.

Mennonite Weekly Review
July 15, 2002
80th Year, No. 28, p. 8

Dagmar Krehbiel
Dagmar Krehbiel, 71, of Mountain Lake, Minn., died at her rural home June 14, 2002, after a yearlong battle with leukemia. She was born Aug. 29, 1930, to Herman and Myrtle (Thompson) Kroeker in Mountain Lake.
She graduated from the Mountain Lake High School. She was baptized upon confession of her faith on May 25, 1947, at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake. She continued her education at Freeman (S.D.) Junior College, Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., and Mankato (Minn.) State University. In high school she was noted for her musical talent, especially for her ability to play drums. In college she actively participated in operettas and choir.
It was in college that she met Philip Krehbiel Jr., and they were married on Sept. 28, 1952, at Freeman. Many consider themselves part of her family because her kitchen table was available to all who needed to talk.
She was a teacher, and in later years, a teacher's aide. She loved all children and was a devoted mother, always putting her needs last. Her memory is not noted by the honors and awards she received, but instead by the great sense of loss felt by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband, Philip, of Mountain Lake; two daughters, Christine Krehbiel of Butterfield and Allison Krehbiel Baskfield and her husband, Patrick, of Madelia; a son, Bradley and his wife, Beth, of Lake City; a brother, Ellsworth Kroeker; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Kroeker Preheim.
Services were held at Bethel Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Mountain Lake Cemetery.

Maynard B. Ressler
Maynard B. Ressler died May 6, 2002, at his home in Plainview, Texas. He was born in Orrville, Ohio, to Milo and Anna Burckhart Ressler.
He farmed in the Wadsworth, Ohio, area until 1952, when he became a helper in a mission outpost in Fairpoint. He then became a superintendent of a church south of Newcomerstown and served as lay preacher for two years. In 1956 he was ordained as pastor of Flat Ridge Mennonite Mission in Newcomerstown, where he remained until 1963, when he moved Harrisonburg, Va., to further his education.
In 1966 he was asked to pastor the Chippewa Mennonite Mission in Powell, where he stayed for the next 19 years. He served as chaplain of the York Rescue Mission in York, Pa.,for more than 11 years before retiring due to ill health.
He married Edna Martin in 1946. She died June 24, 1999. He married Fannie Marie Miller Stoltzfus on Sept. 15, 2001, in Tijeras, N.M.
Survivors include his wife, Fannie; four sons, Everett Ressler of Geneva, Switzerland; Dale Ressler of Lancaster; Lawrence Ressler of North Chili, N.Y., and Wilbur Ressler of Berkley, Calif.; three daughters, Wilma Wood of Fort Thompson, S.D.; Wanda Turner of Westerville; and Twila Ressler of Verona, Va.; five stepsons, Jerry Stoltzfus of Quakertown, Pa., Jeff Stoltzfus of Narvon, Pa., Jon and Jay Stoltzfus of Tijeras, N.M., and Joel Stoltzfus of Las Cruces, N.M.; a stepdaughter, Julie Brashear of Plainview, Texas; a sister, Kathyrn Horst of Olive Hill, Tenn.; 18 grandchildren, six foster grandchildren; 15 step- grandchildren, and three step-great grandchildren.

Milton Schrag
Milton Schrag, 95, died June 15, 2002, in Lynchburg, Va. He was born Oct. 28, 1906, in rural Moundridge, Kan., to Elias and Lydia Wedel Schrag.
He grew up on the family farm between Moundridge and Halstead. He graduated from Halstead High School in 1927 and attended Pittsburg State Teachers College in Pittsburg, where he met his future wife, Lilly Studer. They were married on May 26, 1929, at First Mennonite Church of Christian in Moundridge.
He served in the Augusta school system for a period of 40 years, teaching manual arts, woodworking, metalworking, auto mechanics and driver's education. He was a master craftsman, building many pieces of furniture from walnut lumber he cut from trees on the Studer farm at Cedar Vale. That walnut was also used for interior trim in his house that he built in Augusta. He collected and repaired clocks.
Survivors include his son, Vernon and and his wife, Sue, of Penhook, Va.; a brother, Robert, and a sister, Elda Littlejohn, both of Wichita; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held in Augusta, Kan. Burial was in Cedar Vale, Kan.

Erma Hess Brunk
Erma Hess Brunk, 62, of Harrisonburg, Va., died June 14, 2002, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. She was born June 24, 1939, in Landisville, Pa., to Mervin and Ella Good Hess.
She married George R. Brunk III on June 10, 1961. She graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite University. After three years as an elementary school teacher, she served as a missionary for six years in Italy. Subsequently, she worked in various positions as an acquisitions librarian and administrative assistant. Most recently she was employed as assistant to the director of Mennonite Media in Harrisonburg.
Survivors include her husband, George R. Brunk III; a son, Douglas; a daughter, Valerie Brunk Hertzler; four brothers, Mervin Hess, J. Daniel Hess, J. Harold Hess and Kenneth Hess; and a grandson.
The memorial service was held at Lindale Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Lindale Cemetery.

Ralph Graber
Ralph Graber, 74, of Goessel, Kan., died June 17, 2002. He was born Aug. 31, 1927, to Peter and Frances Kaufman Graber in rural Freeman, S.D.
He graduated from Freeman Academy, Freeman Junior College, Bethel College of North Newton, Kan., and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary of Elkhart, Ind.
He was baptized on Oct. 31, 1943, to Salem-Zion Mennonite Church in Freeman. He was a member of Eden Mennonite Church of Moundridge, Kan.
He served Bethel Mennonite Church of Marion, S.D., from 1955 to 1963 while also farming. He was ordained to the Christian ministry on Aug. 11, 1957. He did interim pastorates at the Presbyterian church in Marion and at Salem Mennonite Church in Freeman. From 1974 to 1977 he served Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna, Mo. He also had interim pastorates at Bethel Mennonite of Hydro, Okla., Peace Mennonite of Fort Worth, Texas, First Mennonite of Hutchinson, Kan., and West Zion of Moundridge.
He married Mary Nachtigall on Aug. 29, 1953, at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church.
He was devoted to the youth of the church and community. He was chair of the Swan Lake Christian Camp Committee and the North District Conference Peace Committee. He also assisted in Christian education through Freeman Academy and Junior College.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; children and spouses, Douglas and Nancy, Donovan and Jill, Warren and Lisbeth, Joan and Darrell, Corbin and Tonya, and Anita; a brother, Floyd; a sister, Marge; and 16 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Blanche.

George Bartel
George Bartel, 67, died June 22, 2002, at his residence near Morris, Man. He was born Aug. 8, 1934, at Meade, Kan.
He married Lena "Lillie" Loewen of Rosenort, Man., on Oct. 24, 1954. Their first three years were spent in Denver, Colo., where he served as a conscientious objector.
In 1957 they moved to Riverside to take up cattle and grain farming. In 1984, due to a tornado and hailstorm, God opened the doors to begin a grain hauling business, which is now Bartel Bulk Freight.
At a young age he made a profession of faith, followed by baptism in his teenage years. His faith was important to him, as was evident by his regular church attendance, reading Daily Bread and being an MCC representative and EMC delegate.
Because of his compassion for people, he went on several mission trips, including Lithuania, Little Rock, Ark., and Nicaragua.
He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995. In January 2001 he was diagnosed with colon cancer, which was followed by surgery and six months of chemotherapy treatments. At that time he was given a clean bill of health. In February 2002 he was admitted into Morris Hospital for three weeks due to a blood clot. At this time tests revealed that the cancer has spread and he was given less than a year to live. He went home, where his family took care of him until his death.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Lillie; his children, Marcy Kornelsen and her husband, Abe, of Steinbach; Clare Nernberg and her husband, Allan, of Sabetha, Kan.; Chester Bartel and his wife, Ruth, Lynn Bartel and his wife, Betty, Arletta Boulton and her husband, James, and Gaylene Siemens and her husband, Leighton, all of the Morris area; three sisters, Marie Bryant, Sara Reimer, Margaret Bartel; two brothers, John and Dick; 19 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dudley, and a granddaughter.

Mennonite Weekly Review
July 22, 2002
80th Year, No. 29, p. 12

Esther Zimmerly
Esther Louise Zimmerly, 58, of Orrville, Ohio, died May 27, 2002, at Massillon Community Hospital after a long period of declining health. She was born April 24, 1944, to Aldine and Velma (Steiner) Zimmerly in Wooster.
She was a member of the first graduating class at Central Christian High School in 1962. She attended Wooster Business College, Wayne College in Orrville and Kent State University.
She had been employed as a clerical worker at United Telephone Company and Crown Steel Company in Orrville.
She was a member of the Dove Outreach Center in Wooster, an Orrville garden club and the American Poetry Association. She enjoyed working with flowers and interior decorating, and enjoyed Scrabble.
Survivors include two sisters, Anna Lois Copeland of Elyria and Eileen Mae Loeffler of Sherwood Park, Alta.; and a brother, Glenn Zimmerly of Wooster.
Funeral services were held at Crown Hill Mennonite Church near Rittman. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Martha Zimmerly
Martha L. Zimmerly, 67, of Wooster, Ohio, and formerly of Orrville, died May 18, 2002. She was born Nov. 12, 1934, to Earl and Esther (Showalter) Miller in Sterling.
She was a 1952 graduate of Smithville High School and a 1956 graduate of Manchester (Ind.) College.
She married Glenn E. Zimmerly on Aug. 18, 1956, in Creston.
She was a schoolteacher at Marshallville Elementary and at Caledonia and Groveport. She and her husband served with Mennonite Central Committee in Indonesia 1959-63 and with Eastern Mennonite Missions in Albania 1994-2001, where she served as a licensed pastor.
She was an active member of Orrville Mennonite Church. She was a volunteer with FISH and the Lao community.
Survivors include her husband, Glenn Zimmerly; a son, Miles Zimmerly Wiederkehr and his wife, Ruth Isaac, of Guelph, Ont.; a daughter, Jeanne Jantzi and her husband, Dan, of Salatiga, Indonesia; four sisters, Arlene Heiks of Ashland, Donna Rehm of Smithville, June Nettleton of Wooster and Emilie Bogner of Huntsville, Ala.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Ann Miller, in 1996, and an infant sister, Doris Miller, in 1926.
Services were held at Orrville Mennonite Church. Burial was in Crown Hill Mennonite Church Cemetery near Rittman.

Katherine E. Wiest
Katherine Elizabeth (Buxman) Wiest, 93, died May 19, 2002, in Reedley, Calif. She was born March 10, 1909, to Carl and Maria (Weber) Buxman in Windsor, Colo. Her parents came to the United States in 1902 from the German settlements on the Lower Volga River near Saratov, Russia.
She grew up in Colorado and in 1929 married William Walter Wiest. She was valedictorian of her Johnstown, Colo., high school class and was awarded a scholarship to Colorado State Teacher's College in Greeley. In 1934 they settled in the Reedley area.
Her parents were devout Volga German Lutherans in Russia, and as a youngster she was confirmed in the German Congregational Church. Later the family joined the Mennonite Brethren church in Loveland, Colo., where she was baptized became a member.
She worked for a few years as a nurse's aide at Pleasant View in Reedley and for several years as a teacher's aide in the Cutler/Orosi schools. She was an avid gardener, belonging to the Orosi Garden Club. She was a member of the National Arbor Society and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.
She was a member of Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church, where she and her husband served as deacons for many years. To her family she was a model of quiet and prayerful devotion. Like Micah 6:8, she pursued justice, loved mercy and walked humbly with her God.
She enjoyed writing letters and continued active correspondence with family and friends for many years. She lived happily at Palm Village Retirement Community during the last years, where her cheerful disposition endeared her to both staff and fellow residents.
Survivors include four children, Adena Warkentin of Reedley, William of Portland, Ore., Raymond of Winnipeg, Man., and Kathryn Sytsma of Farmington, Maine; two brothers, Albert Buxman of Dinuba and William Buxman of Reedley/Parlier; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Walter Wiest; two sisters, Marie and Esther; and two brothers, Samuel and Fredrick.

Mennonite Weekly Review
July 29, 2002
80th Year, No. 30, p. 12

Roy W. Harnish
Roy W. Harnish, 81, of Hagerstown, Md., died June 30, 2002. He was born June 10, 1921, to Jacob T. and Ella Weaver Harnish in Lancaster County, Pa.
He earned a master's of social work in psychiatric social work from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1956. He moved to Hagerstown in 1958 to establish the department of social work at Brooklane Psychiatric Center. After 10 years at Brooklane, he established a private practice, which he continued until his death.
He provided clinical supervision for graduate students of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and carried supervisory responsibilities for the first professional medical social worker at Cedar Ridge Children's Home. He served as a consultant for the first professional medical social worker at Washington County Hospital. He taught at Hagerstown Community College and Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.
He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers and was a diplomate in clinical social work. He was on the board of directors of the International Conference for the Advancement of Private Practice and held the office of secretary-treasurer. He served on the board of directors of Family Service Agency in Hagerstown. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
He was a member and teacher for fifty years in the Mennonite Church and most recently was a member of Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.
Survivors include his wife, Dora Engle Hamish, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 20; three sons, R. Melvin Harnish of Hagerstown, Joseph E. Harnish of University Park, Fla., and Merle D. Harnish of Greencastle, Pa.; four sisters, Anna Ranck of Lancaster, and Elizabeth Graybill, Stella Clymer and Mary Hess, all of Lititz, Pa.; two brothers, John of Millersville, Pa., and Henry of Enid, Okla.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Myer and Ada Graybill; and two brothers, Jacob and Clarence.
A memorial service was held at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.

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