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Mennonite Weekly Review - March 2006
   Bucher, Roy C.;    Hodel, Marie Brunk;   King, Pauline Clare;    Martin, Nelson L.;     Ruth, Henry L.;   Schrock, Edna Troyer;   Wesselhoeft, Leota Fern Good;

March 6, 2006 -  There were no obituaries in this issue of MWR.

Mennonite Weekly Review - March 13, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 11 - p. 11


Henry L. Ruth, 101, of Souderton, Pa., died Feb. 26, 2006, at the home of his son John and daughter-in-law Roma Ruth of Harleysville. He was born Jan. 7, 1905, to Allen R. and Sallie Landis Ruth on a farm in New Britain Township. 
After two years of high school he worked on neighboring farms until  marrying Susan A. Landis of Lower Salford in 1929. 
They worked as dairy farmers. In 1931 they were founding members of the Finland Mennonite congregation, where he served as Sunday school secretary and teacher. In retirement, he worked 14 years as an orderly at Grand View Hospital. In 1987, they moved to Souderton Mennonite Homes, where they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on March 29, 2004. 
Survivors include a son, John L. Ruth and his wife, Roma, of Lower Salford; daughter Lois Kennel and her husband, Arthur J., of Rochester, Minn.; son-in-law Donald C. Mast and his wife, Erma, of Woodstock, Ill.; daughter Martyne Wetzel and her husband, Conrad L., of Champaign, Ill.; daughter Carolyn Ruth of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and foster son Siegfried Rebnegger and his wife, Elsie, of Souderton;  14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, on Feb. 11, 2005, at age 95; and a daughter, Eunice Mast of Woodstock, Ill.
Services were held in the chapel of Souderton Mennonite Homes. Burial was in Finland Mennonite Church Cemetery.


Edna (Troyer) Schrock, 97, of Glendale, Ariz., died Feb. 19, 2006. She was born Jan. 9, 1909, to Mose and Edna Troyer in Ford County, Kan. They moved to the Yoder, Kan., area when she was 7 years old.
She married R.J. Schrock on Feb. 11, 1932. They lived on a dairy farm near Yoder.
She was active in the church and an avid quilter. In addition to caring for her children, she also looked after three sister-in-laws who lived on the farm with them. In 1994, she and her husband moved to Glencroft Retirement Community in Glendale. She helped quilt many quilts for the yearly Glencroft Benefit Auction.
Survivors include five children, Irene Beckler of Glendale, Susie Graber of Peoria, Ariz., Glen Schrock of Jessup, Iowa, Orvan Schrock of Haven, Kan., and Larry Schrock of Woodstock, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.J. Schrock; a daughter, Flossie Stoltzfus; and a grandchild, Cory Schrock. She was the last of 11 brothers and sisters.
Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery in Glendale.

Mennonite Weekly Review- March 20, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 12 - p. 8


Marie Brunk Hodel, 86, of Garden Spot Village, New Holland, Pa., died March 7, 2006, at Fairmount Homes after a short struggle with lymphoma. She was born Dec. 25, 1919, to George and Anna (Holloway) Brunk in Denbigh, Va. 
She grew up in Washington, D.C. She attended Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va., and graduated from George Washington University. She worked at the Library of Congress for several years. From 1944-52, she worked for Mennonite Central Committee, then for the World Council of Churches in Egypt, Holland and primarily Germany, to help relocate refugees during and after World War II.
She married Walter Hodel. She and her husband were Charter members of Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Church, where she was actively involved for 40 years.
She was an elementary school teacher and school librarian and taught in the suburban Chicago area schools for many years before her retirement.
She and her husband enjoyed traveling around the world, which was part of her husband’s civil engineering job as well as for pleasure.
While living at Garden Spot Village she attended Forest Hills Mennonite Church.
Survivors include three children, Michael Hodel and his wife, Stephanie, of Egg Harbor Twp., N.J., Anne Niemiec and her husband, Paul, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Hilda Alajajian and her husband, Charles, of Williston, Vt.; a sister, Irma Ogburn of Biglerville, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Elisabeth Koenig; a brother-in-law, Heinz, married to Dora Hodel, all of Germany; and six grandchildren.            
She was preceding in death by her husband, Walter Hodel, in 1995; a brother, Harold, in 1995; and a sister, Emily, in 2003.
Funeral services were held at the Garden Spot Village Chapel, New Holland. Burial will be private in Illinois. A memorial service was held at Lombard Mennonite Church.


Roy C. Bucher, 86, of Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz, Pa., died March 10, 2006, after a brief illness. He was born to Elmer and Maria Carper Bucher in Ephrata. 
He married Betty Jane Ruppert on June 9, 1945. They observed their 60th wedding anniversary on June 9, 2005.
A pastor for more than 50 years, he was ordained as a minister at Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church, East Peoria, Ill., in 1951, where he served for five years. He was pastor of Metamora (Ill.) Mennonite Church for 15 years. He served on various committees in Illinois Mennonite Conference. He served as pastor of Doylestown (Pa.) Mennonite Church for eight years and as a chaplain of Doylestown Hospital for 7 years. During his years at Doylestown, he served as President of Bucks County Christian Council of Churches for three years. He was also active in Franconia Mennonite Conference.
He was a graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College and Seminary. He also earned a master of arts degree at Le Tourneau summer seminary in Winona Lake, Ind. He had clinical training for chaplaincy at the University of Chicago and in Indianapolis, and his advance clinical training at Bethlehem, Pa. After his retirement he served as interim pastor in eight congregations in New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. For 15 winters he conducted services in a mobile home park in Sarasota, Fla. He was an active member of Neffsville Mennonite Church in Lancaster. His interests included traveling, fishing and golfing.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; two daughters, Judy Hope and her husband, Samuel, of Fairfax, Va., and Carlene Meyers and her husband, Gary, of Doylestown; a son, Darrel Bucher of Lampeter; a foster daughter, Norma Imhoff and her husband, Kenneth, of Chatham, Ill.; three grandchildren and a greatgrandson. 
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd and Paul Bucher; and a sister, Myrtle Zink.
A memorial service was held at Neffsville Mennonite Church. Burial was in Hammer Creek Mennonite Cemetery of Lititz.

Mennonite Weekly Review - March 27, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 13 - p. 8

Nelson L. Martin, 82, of Chambersburg, Pa., and formerly of Greencastle, died Feb. 22, 2006. He was born July 29, 1923, to David L. and Rhoda (Diller) Martin in Smithsburg, Md.
He served as pastor for 35 years at Cedar Grove Mennonite Church near Greencastle. He also was a farmer in his younger years and drove a school bus for the Greencastle-Antrim School District. He served as a part-time chaplain while at Menno Haven.
After his retirement, he was honored as pastor emeritus at Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, where he continued his pastoral visitation of church and community members. He assisted his wife in operating the former Martin’s Flower Shop of Greencastle for almost 20 years.
He was a member of Cedar Grove Mennonite Church and served as the overseer of Atlantic Coast Mennonite Conference.
He continued his pastoral studies through Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va.
He and his first wife, Naomi P. (Kuhns) Martin, were married Nov. 28, 1942, in Chambersburg. She died on Sept. 20, 2000. He married Janet C. (Kipe) Hostetter on Aug. 20, 2001, in Chambersburg.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; three daughters, Yvonne E. Martin of Mechanicsburg, Twila M. Martin of Asheville, N.C., and Freda F. Witmer of Allentown; a son, Arvid L. Martin of Imlay City, Mich.; two stepchildren, Joyce D. Cooper of Chambersburg and Warren R. Hostetter of Hagerstown; four sisters, Isabel Bumbaugh of Maugansville and Lovina Baer, Wilma Martin and Elva Stauffer, all of Greencastle; two brothers, Elwood Martin of State Line and Warren Martin of Mercersburg; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Naomi; two infant children, Don Nelson Martin and Marjorie Ann Martin; and a sister, Vera Kuhns.
Funeral services were held at Cedar Grove Mennonite Church of Greencastle. Burial was in the adjoining church cemetery.


Pauline Clare King, 85, of Goshen, Ind., died March 10, 2006, at Greencroft Healthcare. She was born Nov. 5, 1920, to Reuben and Mary (Zook) Yoder in Belleville, Pa.
She married Paul Leonard King on April 1, 1944, in Belleville.
She graduated from Lancaster Business College and worked at Big Valley Pennsylvania Bank. She moved to Goshen in 1959. She was office manager for 17 years for the medical practice of Ernest Smucker and Jon Smucker. She was also a medical secretary for the nursing department of Goshen College and a transcriptionist in the Goshen College Administration Building.
She served two-and-a-half years in the 1980s with Mennonite Central Committee at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. She avidly followed current events in Haiti and continued to support medical care in Haiti.
She enjoyed reading and gardening. She was a member of College Mennonite Church of Goshen and a member of Phalo Club.
Survivors include five sons, Titus King and his wife, Joy, of Grass Lake, Mich., James King of Lancaster, Pa., John King and his wife, Kelli, of Goshen, Daniel King and his wife, Gloria, of Elkhart, and David King and his wife, Patricia, of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Susanne Berlin and her husband, Richard, of Richmond, Mass.; two sisters, Arvilla King of Belleville and Lucille Gotwals of Souderton, Pa.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul King, on June 3, 1970; three brothers, Elton, Elmer and Merle Yoder; and a sister, Lola Goss.
Memorial services were held at College Mennonite Church in Goshen. Burial was in Elkhart Prairie Cemetery of Goshen.


Leota Fern (Good) Wesselhoeft, 77, died unexpectedly March 13, 2006, from complications following surgery.
She lived a full and active life with her husband, Carl, serving 10 years as missionaries in Somalia, Africa, and continued her mission of giving of herself to the local community and Turkey Run Mennonite Church, where Carl pastored for about 39 years.
Her life touched many through her strong faith in the Lord, her cheerful disposition and comforting words. In Somalia, she was considered the “Tribal Midwife” in spite of no medical training, and was “Momma Leota” to many Somali children who came and stayed at the boarding school where Carl taught. She knew no strangers, and her greatest joy was to share her faith and give of herself unselfishly wherever needed.
Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, Carl J. Wesselhoeft; six children, Ruby Dunlap and her husband, Bob, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Paul Wesselhoeft and his wife, Marilou, of Blountstown, Fla., John Wesselhoeft and his wife, Debbie, of Richfield, Ohio, Ruth Bender and her husband, Mike, of Logan, Ohio, Carol Kempton and her husband, Glen, of Logan, Ohio, and Conrad Wesselhoeft and his wife, Marcie, of Logan, Ohio; three sisters, Marcella Fisher of Logan, Ohio, Wilma Yutzy of Plain City, Ohio, and Evelyn Brenneman of Orrville, Ohio; 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Plank; and a six-week-old daughter, Evelyn Wesselhoeft.
A memorial service is planned for April 8 at Turkey Run Mennonite Church.

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