Mennonite Weekly Review - April, 2010

  Eichelberger, Juanita Reeder Stutzman;   Frederick, Sara Lu Graber;   Graber, Marjorie Ann Ewert;    Hess, Lila B. Buckwalter;  Shenk, Kenneth M.;   Stucky, Irene Hagen 

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 5, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 13 - p. 13

Eichelberger, Juanita
Reeder Stutzman

Juanita Stutzman Eichelberger, 84, of Buhl, Idaho, died March 16, 2010. She was born Dec. 17, 1925, to Harold and Myrtle Reeder in Cheraw, Colo., the second of eight children.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior as a teenager and became a member of the Mennonite church.

She married Eldon Stutzman on June 15, 1945. Together they enjoyed 50 years of marriage. To this union eight children were born — Douglas, Roger, Shirley, Dwight, Gordon, Byron, Barbara and Curtis.

She was a people-oriented individual whose home was always open to anyone. There was always room at the table for one more or a bed available. Having all of the family together for various occasions was a delight.

On July 28, 2001, she married Warren Eichelberger, and together they enjoyed seven years, spending winters in Arizona and summers in Idaho.

Survivors include six sons, Douglas Stutzman and his wife, Lyn, Roger Stutzman and his wife, Mary, Dwight Stutzman and his wife, Deb, Gordon Stutzman and his wife, Elaine, Byron Stutzman and his wife, Heidi, and Curtis Stutzman and his wife, Jeanne; two daughters, Shirley Eichelberger and her husband, Gary, and Barbara Unruh and her husband, Mark; stepchildren Darlene Christner and her husband, Jim, Donna Harland, Ron Eichelberger and his wife, Sharon, and Shirley Hamilton; two sisters; four brothers; 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eldon Stutzman, and her second husband, Warren Eichelberger; and one brother.
Funeral services were held at Filer Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Filer Cemetery.


Frederick, Sara Lu Graber

Sara Lu Frederick, 78, of Eugene, Ore., formerly of Wellman, Iowa, and Iowa City, Iowa, died March 23, 2010, of age-related causes. She was born Feb. 7, 1932, to Joseph and Barbara Graber in Wayland, Iowa.

She graduated from Wayland High School and attended Goshen (Ind.) College. She married Charles Frederick II on Aug. 8, 1953. She was an elementary school teacher, homemaker, and co-owned Unto Others, a gift store in Kalona, Iowa.

Survivors include her husband, Charles; two sons, Charles Frederick Jr. of Bloomington, Ind., and Peter Frederick of Hamilton, Mont.; three daughters, Catherine Roth of Eugene, Christine Frederick of Jasper and Mary Frederick of Panama City, Panama; four sisters, Rachel Wyse of Wellman, Iowa, Berniece Roth of Laguna Woods, Calif., Lois Swartzendruber of Wellman, Iowa, and Beulah Mae Swartzendruber of Wayland, Iowa; nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Burial will be in Sugar Creek Mennonite Church cemetery in Wayland.
A memorial service will be held May 2 at First Mennonite Church in Iowa City.


Stucky, Irene Hagen

Irene Stucky, 85, of Moundridge, Kan., died March 11, 2010, at Mercy Hospital. She was born May 3, 1924, to Henry S. and Augusta Hagen in Collinsville, Okla., the sixth of 12 children.

The family moved to different locations before settling in the Reedley, Calif., area, where her parents worked in the fruit-packing business.

In 1943, she received a letter from a gentleman from Kansas who was in Civilian Public Service with her cousin. She answered that letter, and soon a courtship started. On Nov. 26, 1943, she married Winton Stucky in Reedley. They moved to Moundridge.

She enjoyed being a homemaker, grocer, seamstress, nurse’s assistant and ward clerk, and a great cook. She was well known for her wedding dresses. In 1955 she and Winton moved to Hesston, Kan., to run a grocery store. There they became involved with the international students at Hesston College. What started as a small group soon became a group of 30 to 40 college students.

After Winton’s death in 1991, she met Howard Yoder, a United Methodist minister, teacher, missionary and administrator. They were married almost six years before Howard died in 2005.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Stucky and his wife, MinWei, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Randy Stucky and his wife, Rita, of Halstead; a daughter, Joan Goering and her husband, Russ, of Inman; two brothers, Robert Hagen and Elvie Hagen, both of Kingsburg, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Stucky of Moundridge and Violet Voran of Hutchinson; four grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

There were no obituaries in the April 12, 2010 issue of Mennonite Weekly Review

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 19, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 15 - p. 17

Shenk, Kenneth M.

Kenneth M. Shenk, 97, died March 19, 2010, at Willamette Valley Medical Center, McMinnville, Ore. He was born Dec. 30, 1912, to Daniel F. and Fannie (Schrag) Shenk, the second of four children, at Hubbard.

In 1922 his family moved to Whiteson and then to Sheridan, where he completed grade school and attended high school.

He married Frances Kilmer on Nov. 19, 1933.

He worked in the logging industry for 44 years. The last 25 years he operated Shenk Logging Company, and retired in 1974. In August 2008 he and Frances moved to Valley View Retirement Community. He was a member of the Evangelical Bible Church, Dallas, Ore.

At age 86 he published his memoirs, Go Ahead On ’er, a 370-page book of stories with which he regaled family and friends throughout his life. He and Frances enjoyed the many people who came to visit them in response to the book.

Survivors include his wife, Frances; four children, Wilbert Shenk and his wife, Juanita, of Elkhart, Ind., Myron Shenk and his wife, Carol, of Albany, Byron Shenk and his wife, Ina, of McMinnville, and Donna Cross and her husband, Allen, of Lynnwood, Wash.; a sister, Mildred Schrock; a daughter-in-law, Mariellen Shenk of Sun City, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Russell Shenk and David Shenk; a daughter-in-law, Lavina Shenk; and by two brothers.

Mennonite Weekly Review - April 26, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 16 - p. 9

Graber, Marjorie Ann Ewert

Marjorie Ann Graber
, 77, died March 11, 2010, at Freeman (S.D.) Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 3, 1933, the only child of Alfred and Bertha (Tieszen) Ewert, in rural Marion.

She graduated from Marion Public High School in 1951 and went on to attend Southern Teachers College in Springfield and Freeman Junior College. After college, she went to work as a medical secretary in the pathology department at Avera St. Lukes in Aberdeen and at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.
On Aug. 8, 1959, she married Cleon Graber. Together they built their lives on the family farm east of Freeman. From their union they were blessed with two children, Teresa and Linden.

These years were spent watching her children grow, spending time with family and friends and helping on the farm. They continued to farm until 1991, when they retired and moved to their present home in Freeman. She then spent many hours working as a volunteer at the Et Cetera Shoppe in Freeman. After several years of volunteering at the Et Cetera Shoppe, she took an assistant manager position, which she loved. She took great joy in helping customers find what they needed in the shop.

Her greatest joy in life came when she could spend time with her family. She spent hours of time with her grandchildren, watching them in sports and church activities. They were precious to her.

Upon her confession of faith, she was baptized at Bethel Mennonite Church in rural Marion. After her marriage, she joined Salem-Zion Mennonite Church of rural Freeman, where she remained a faithful member until her death.

Survivors include her husband, Cleon; daughter Teresa Dick and her husband, Jim; son Linden Graber and his wife, Judy; a brother-in-law, O’Ray Graber and his wife, Edith; a sister-in-law, Rita Graber; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Palmer Graber.


Hess, Lila B. Buckwalter

Lila B. Hess, 87, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and formerly of Rocky Mount, Va., and Atglen, Pa., died March 27, 2010. She was born to Park and Malinda Smoker Buckwalter in Coatesville, Pa.

She married John R. Hess Jr. on Jan. 27, 1945. They owned and operated the former Spring Grove Dairy of Atglen for 21 years.

She attended West Fallowfield schools and graduated in 1940 from Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Va. She graduated from the former Coatesville Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. She was a member of Fountain Faith Fellowship of Fountain, Colo., and in the past was a member of Blue Ridge Chapel, Rocky Mount, Va., former Caln Fellowship, Downington, Pa., Sandy Hill Mennonite Church of Coatesville, Pa., and Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen. In the past she worked as a night supervisor at the former Morris Hall of Parkesburg, Pa., as a nurse for Dr. Johnson of Christiana, Pa., and retired from Harrison House of Christiana as a night supervisor nurse in 1990. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, knitting and quilting.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, John R. Hess; a son, John R. “Jack” Hess III and his wife, Ann Crandall Hess, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Rhoda Umble of South St. Paul, Minn.; five granddaughters and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by six siblings, Blanche Umble, John, Nathan, Nevin, Galen and Park Buckwalter Jr.

Funeral services were held at Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen, Pa. Burial was in River Corner Mennonite Cemetery, Conestoga, Pa.

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