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Mennonite Weekly Review - August 2006
  Andres, Marie Malinda;   Ensz, Elmer;   GlickHerman N.;    Heinrichs, Robert Earl;   JuhnkeLeonard J.;   Lehman, Donna Jean   Livengood, Betty T.;   Musser, Stella G.   Regier, Herman L.;   Schantz, Alta Alfreda;    Slabach, Melvin;   

Mennonite Weekly Review - August 7, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 32 - p. 8


Melvin Slabach, 73, of Naples, Fla., died July 17, 2006, at Hospice House. He was born March 8, 1933, to Bill and Edna Slabach in Goshen, Ind.
He moved to Sarasota from Goshen with his parents in 1951. In 1991, he moved to Naples, where his children and grandchildren live.
He married Marilyn Litwiller on Sept. 13, 1952, at Clinton Brick Mennonite Church of Goshen.
He worked in construction all his life and was a Florida state-certified building contractor since 1972. He owned Slabach Construction in Sarasota for 16 years, and for eight years was associated with The Troyer Group of Mishawaka, Ind.
He was an active member of Bay Shore Mennonite Church in Sarasota. In Naples, he was a charter member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marilyn; three sons, Ron, Ken and Jim Slabach and their families, all of Naples; three siblings, Irv Slabach and Mary Miller, both of Sarasota, and Ruby Schrock of Middlebury, Ind.; and in-laws Morris Litwiller of Sarasota, Kathryn Miller of Millersburg, Ind., and Doris Webber of Orlando.
Services were held at Cornerstone United Methodist Church.


Robert Earl Heinrichs, 78, of Kingsburg, Calif., died May 18, 2006. He was born Dec. 5, 1927, to Frank and Sara Heinrichs in Canton, Kan.
On Aug. 12, 1949, he married Lenora Bartell. He was a member of Kingsburg Mennonite Brethren Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Lenora; two sons, Jim and his wife, Carole, of Clovis, and Ron and his wife, Michelle, of Visalia; two daughters, Norma Claassen and her husband, Stuart, of Santa Clara, and Janet Nachtical and her husband, Jon, of Harvard, Neb., a brother, Franklin; three sisters, Geneva Inman, Eunice Senner and Rachel Harder; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.


Elmer Ensz, 80, of Inman, Kan., died July 30, 2006, at Pleasant View Home. He was born Nov. 17, 1925, to Gerhardt D. and Lena Klassen Ensz in McPherson County.
He married Katherine Neufeld on July 27, 1947, in Inman.
He graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro and Grace Bible Institute with a degree in pastoral studies. He was a pastor at Fayetteville, Ark., Deer Creek and Enid, Okla., Lustre and Wolf Point, Mont., Weatherford, Okla., Ulysses and Inman, Kan. He had been visitation pastor at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman for 17 years. He was a member of Zoar MB Church.
Survivors invlude his wife, Katherine; five sons, Orie of Topeka, David of Sylmer, Calif., Marion of Shoreview, Minn., Mark of Corn, Okla., and Steve of Garden City; a daughter, Christine Ensz of Hutchinson; a brother, Arnold Ensz of Whitewater; a sister, Irene Sullivan of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Dick, Levi and Roy; and two sisters, Marie Jost and Ruth Jost.
Services were held at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in Zoar Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - August 14, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 33 - p. 8


Leonard J. Juhnke, 85, of Sedgwick, Kan., died July 13, 2006, at Newton Medical Center. He was born June 29, 1921, to Karl and Katharine (Goering) Juhnke at Moundridge.
He married Erma Decker on Sept. 8, 1942, at Galva.
He was a member of First Mennonite Church of Newton. He served for four years in Civilian Public Service as a mechanic. He spent nearly 60 years in farming and crop development in rural Sedgwick.
Survivors include his wife, Erma; a son, Morris Juhnke of Sedgwick; three daughters, Verona Entz of Whitewater, Shardelle Dirks of Sedgwick and Berdene Barta of Mitchell, S.D.; a brother, Quinton Juhnke of Inman; two sisters, Twila Wedel of McPherson and Joyce Kaufman of Palo Alto, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery at Sedgwick.


Betty T. Livengood, 75, of Keyser, W.Va., died May 22, 2006, after a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis. She was born Aug. 15, 1930, to Thomas H. Taylor and Lillian (Osborne) Taylor in Galax, Va.
She was a member of Pinto (Md.) Mennonite Church, where she was a Sunday school and Bible school teacher, Bible study leader and acted as chair of the Christian education committee, drama committee and pastoral search committee. She served for 12 years on the Mennonite Board of Education, now Mennonite Education Agency, 1981-93, and as adjunct staff member from 1993-97. In Allegheny Mennonite Conference, she was a member of the executive committee and chair of the Christian education committee. She authored several articles for the former Builder periodical.
During her professional career, she was an elementary schoolteacher, supervisor of instruction, personnel director, staff development coordinator, county reading administrator, director of curriculum and director of general instruction for Mineral County Schools until her retirement in 1989. She served on the boards of the West Virginia Association for Curriculum and Development, as well as the National Association of Curriculum and Development. She was a presenter at many educational conferences, a consultant to area school systems and an adjunct instructor for West Virginia University. In 1985, she was the recipient of the West Virginia Leader of Learning award, West Virginia’s Department of Education’s highest award. She was known throughout the state as the “Mother of the Middle Schools” for her dedication to the concept and development of middle school education in West Virginia.
To honor her years of service and her numerous contributions to the field of education, the Betty T. Livengood Scholarship was established in 1993. This is awarded to students of Mineral County Schools who pursue a career in education.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Paul M. Livengood; a daughter, Judith L. Brenneman and her husband, Lawrence, of Keyser; a son, Paul T. Livengood and his wife, Janice, of Keyser; a sister, Norma J. Harsh of Keyser; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Howard Taylor Jr.
Funeral services were held at Pinto Mennonite Church. Burial was in Pinto Mennonite Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - August 21, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 34 - p. 12


Marie Malinda Andres, 83, of Newton, Kan., died Aug. 5, 2006, at Newton Medical Center. She was born Nov. 25, 1922, to Eva (Buller) and John Thomas in Ringwood, Okla.
She married Irvin R. Andres on June 11, 1961, in Ringwood, Okla. He preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2002.
Survivors include a son, Steve D. Andres and his wife, Marci, of Elbing; a daughter, Janice Harvey and her husband, Jeff, of Potwin; a brother, Alvin H. Thomas of Miami, Okla.; two sisters, Louise Finke of Friendswood, Texas, and Helen Unruh of Enid, Okla.; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin; and a brother, Emil Thomas.
Services were held at Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite Brethren.


Herman L. Regier, 79, of North Newton, Kan., died July 30, 2006, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital. He was born Nov. 7, 1926, to P.A. and Marie Regier in Henderson, Neb.
At age 12 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior after attending evangelistic meetings. He attended Madrid schools and spent his senior year at Freeman (S.D.) Academy.
In 1947, he joined the United Nations relief cattle boat to help relieve the starving people in China. Throughout his life, he served in various capacities with Mennonite Disaster Service, Mennonite Central Committee, the Red Cross and the Lions Club.
In 1950 he married Sarah Boehr in Henderson, and they were blessed with 56 years of marriage. They enjoyed traveling and attending family events. Texas was their winter home for eight years.
He was self-employed as a farmer all of his life. He was a pioneer in developing self-propelled irrigation. Most of his children farmed with him at one time. Recently he was excited to be involved with the ethanol plant near Madrid.
He was a member of the General Conference First Mennonite Church in Madrid and the Mennonite Brethren church in Grant. In 1992 they moved to North Newton and joined Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite Brethren in Newton.
Three years ago he made an adjustment when his physical health deteriorated. Many hours on dialysis replaced his busy, active life.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah; three sons, Leon and his wife, Marilyn, of Grant, Neb., Dale and his wife, Teresa, of Abbotsford, B.C., and Larry and his wife, Kristi, of Independence, Mo.; two daughters, Marilyn King and her husband, Craig, of Hesston, and Karen Deaver and her husband, Terry, of Augusta; two brothers, Peter and Ivan, both of Madrid, Neb.; two sisters, Marian Doerksen Brundage of Camp Verde, Ariz., and Ruth Preheim of Freeman, S.D.; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl.
Funeral services were held at Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite Brethren of Newton. Burial was in Madrid (Neb.) Cemetery.


Stella G. Musser, 101, of Ephrata, Pa., died June 11, 2006, at Fairmount Homes. She was born Dec. 2, 1904, to Jacob M. and Hettie Ann Good Musser.
She was the oldest member of Bowmansville Mennonite Church and was active in its sewing circle. When she moved to Fairmount Homes in 1998, she continued to assemble comfort tops for the sewing circle. In the last 10 years she assembled more than 200 comfort tops each year. They were then completed by the sewing circle and given to Mennonite Central Committee for distribution.
Survivors include four daughters, Rachel Gingrich and her husband, Lloyd, of Mercersburg, Ruth Bowman and her husband, Clair, of Denver, Alice Sauder and her husband, D. Clinton, of Carlisle, and Edith Graybill and her husband, Conrad, of Navron; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family.
A memorial service was held at Fairmount Homes. Burial was in Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery.


Herman N. Glick, 86, of Lititz, Pa., and formerly of Atglen, died July 15, 2006, at Landis Homes. He was born to Reuben and Mary Engel Glick in Atglen.
Soon after his birth his family moved to Newport News, Va., where they stayed until his mother died when he was 5. He then returned to Pennsylvania to live with his Uncle Sam and Aunt Lizzie Miller. He attended West Fallowfield High School and Lancaster Bible College and became active in the Mennonite church.
He married Mary Umble on Oct. 14, 1944.
Within the Mennonite church, he held the offices of pastor, overseer, conference moderator and chair of numerous commissions. He served as pastor at Wesley Chapel, Christiana Mennonite and Maple Grove Mennonite churches from 1955-85. In 1989, he became chaplain at Tel Hai Retirement Community, retiring in 2000. He was a founder of Tel Hai Camp of Honey Brook in 1956. He was active in revival meetings, Bible conference preaching and traveling to various churches serving as administrator.
He began his farming career in 1945 near Parkesburg, then moved to a farm near Atglen in 1953, retiring from farming in 1975. Then he and his wife, Mary, moved into Atglen, where they lived until April 2006.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary; four children, James Glick and his wife, Meimon Hsu, of Silver Spring, Md., Ann Derrick and her husband, Ted, of Manheim, J. Virginia Graybill and her husband, Frank, of Hershey, and Susan Ruth and her husband, Thomas, of Lancaster; nine grandchildren and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond, who died in infancy, and Mahlon Glick.

Mennonite Weekly Review - August 28, 2006 - 84th Year, No. 35 - p. 12


Donna Jean Lehman, 66, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died July 26, 2006, at Lutheran Hospital. She was born Feb. 14, 1940, to Berniece (Liechty) and Edison Lehmann in Adams County.
She married Michael Lehman on Oct. 4, 1959, in Berne.
She graduated from International Business College of Fort Wayne. She was a freelance writer and wrote for various publications, including being a congregational correspondent for Mennonite Weekly Review. She was author of the book What on Earth Can You Do. She was co-chair of the Fort Wayne Parkinson’s Support Group, a member of the Fort Wayne Christian Writers Group, a former editor of the “Women in Mission” publication, and co-author of Maplewood Roots, the history of Maplewood Mennonite Church.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be dearly missed by her family. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, sewing, baking and serving others. She was a member of Maplewood Mennonite Church of Fort Wayne.
Survivors include her mother, Berniece Lehmann of Berne; two sons, Bruce Lehman and Carl Lehman, both of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Pamela Pulliam and her husband, George, of Fort Wayne; four siblings, Shirley Prentiss of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Karen Lehman of Berne, Wanda Smith of Columbus Grove, Ohio, and Arlene Lehmann of Denver, Colo.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Maplewood Mennonite Church in Fort Wayne. Burial was at M.R.E. Cemetery of Berne.


Alta Alfreda Schantz, 88, lifelong resident of Hydro, Okla., died Aug. 19, 2006, at Corn Heritage Nursing Center in Weatherford. She was born Feb. 2, 1918, in San Antonio, Texas.
Her father died in a railroad accident south of Wichita, Kan., in late 1917. Her mother died when she was born, leaving her in the care of an aunt. For reasons not known for certain, her aunt left her at an orphanage in Oklahoma City.
In June 1918, she was adopted by John J. and Catherine Stutzman Johns and grew up on a farm five miles northwest of Hydro. Her adopted father died of typhoid on Aug. 31, 1918, leaving her mother to raise her and her older brother Paul.
She attended Hopewell school through the eighth grade. As a youth, she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized by Bishop Alva Swartzendruber on May 3, 1931. She became a lifelong member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church.
She married William C. Schantz on Feb. 20, 1953. They lived on the farm with her mother until she died in June 1954. That summer they moved to the farm where her husband grew up and raised their family there.
Survivors include her children,  Joe Johns and his wife, Glenna, of Weatherford, Eddie Schantz of Oklahoma City, Mary Ralston and her husband, Steve, Stanley Schantz and his wife, Orvilla, and Carol Wichert and her husband, Steve, all of Weatherford; a niece, Fern Bachman of Kalona, Iowa; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2000, and a brother, Paul, in 1976.

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