Mennonite Weekly Review - May, 2010


  Grenville, Winifred Marie Regier;   Nice, Mary Virginia Yoder;   Rupp, Kenneth E. ;   Stoesz, Gladys Dick;   Unruh, Anton "Tony";   
Mennonite Weekly Review - May 3, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 17 - p. 9


Nice, Mary Virginia Yoder

Mary Virginia Yoder Nice, 94, died April 6, 2010, at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, Ill. She was born June 7, 1915, to Irene (Hertzler) and J. Harvey Yoder in Denbigh, Va., the sixth of 10 children.

She completed one year of college. She married Cecil D. Nice. In 1946 they moved to the farm in Morrison, where they lived most of their lives. Together, they had seven children, and she was a spirited and passionate homemaker.

She was a member of the Sewing Circle. She loved to read books and her Bible, to write and read letters.  She also enjoyed Scrabble, storytelling and singing hymns. She had great faith in God and was a member of Science Ridge Mennonite Church in Sterling.

Survivors include six children:  Harvey Nice of Morrison, Elaine Nice of Lynchburg, Va., Steven Nice and his wife, Rachel, of Holmen, Wis., Dolores Nice-Siegenthaler and her husband, David Siegenthaler, of Oakland, Calif., Eldon Nice and his wife, Lisa, of Morrison, and Mike Nice of Greenville, S.C.; a sister, Helena Wells of Harrisonburg, Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, Morris Yoder and Janet Yoder of Harrisonburg; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil, in 2004; a daughter, Vivian; two brothers and five sisters.

There were no obituaries in the May 10, 2010

Mennonite Weekly Review - May 17, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 19 - p. 9


Rupp, Kenneth E.

Kenneth E. Rupp, 69, of Olathe, Kan., died April 27, 2010, at KC Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo., after a short struggle with cancer. He was born April 23, 1941, to Emil and Marie Rupp in Mountain Lake, Minn.

He graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 1959, Bethel College in North Newton in 1963 and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., in 1966. He later earned a degree in computer programming from ECPI in Wichita in 1987.

He married Anne Neufeld in 1966, and they were preparing to celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary in September.

He served as lead pastor at Turpin (Okla.) Mennonite Church and then at Beatrice (Neb.) Mennonite Church. In 1974 he began a team ministry with his wife, Anne, at Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Ind., and continued to do so at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Goessel.
Upon retirement he focused on his many hobbies, including woodworking, camping and photography. A skilled woodworker and craftsman, he built cribs and furniture for his two grandsons. He also lent his woodworking skills to his church, his siblings and his son in a variety of projects.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Neufeld Rupp, of Olathe; a son, Byron K. Rupp and his wife, Alyssa, of Andover; two brothers, Robert Rupp of Minnetonka, Minn., and Lester Rupp of Mountain Lake, Minn.; a sister, Marylin Franz of Minneapolis, Minn.; and two grandsons.

Memorial services were scheduled for Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton.


Unruh, Anton "Tony"

Anton “Tony” Unruh, 79, of Pryor, Okla., died April 20, 2010. He was born Aug. 15, 1930, to David D. Unruh and Justina (Janzen) Unruh in Goessel, Kan.
He married Joann Funk on Nov. 24, 1956, at Eden Mennonite Church in Inola. They spent 52 years together.

He worked for Oklahoma Fixture Company as a millwright. After his retirement, he was an independent building contractor, and examples of his work can be seen around the community. He was a member of Eden Mennonite Church in Inola, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, member of the building committee and trustee.

He loved being outdoors, especially fishing. He was also a great kitchen helper to his wife, Joann. In his younger years he traveled to Germany as a group leader with the Mennonite organization Pax to build homes for refugees escaping the Communist sector. He was a humble person, whose expertise in building and carpentry was second to none. His favorite saying was “Well, let’s get on with it,” and that’s what he did with great skill and determination to do a job well. He loved his Lord and his family and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Survivors include his wife, Joann Unruh; a son, David M. Unruh and his wife, Rhonda; two brothers. Lee Unruh and his wife, Elaine, of Eagan, Minn., and John Unruh and his wife, Eileen, of Hillsboro, Kan.; three sisters, Tina of Goessel, Kan., Norma Schrock and her husband, Levi, of Elkhart, Ind., and Adella Gabel of Denver, Colo.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Louise Juarez; and two sisters.

A celebration of life service was held at Eden Mennonite Church in Inola.


Stoesz, Gladys Dick

Gladys Dick Stoesz, 78, of Akron, Pa., died April 20, 2010. She was born March 19, 1932, to Henry G. and Maria Dick in Mountain Lake, Minn.
She married Edgar Stoesz on June 3, 1952.

She loved serving others and leaves a legacy of people she touched. She was a founding member of Akron Mennonite Church and served her church, Mennonite Central Committee, The Re-Uzit Shops, Meals on Wheels, Coats for Kids, and the many Haitian children who received her hand-sewn comforters. Books were always important to her; she volunteered in numerous libraries and was a member of Friends of the Ephrata Public Library for more that 20 years. She moved to Akron in 1956 and lived there continuously except for a study year in Ithaca, N.Y., and a two-year MCC service assignment in Germany. She had a gift of empowering others to go out in service and has friends near and far. Even so, her main devotion was to her family.

Survivors include her husband, Edgar; four children, Susan Stoesz Bauman of Lancaster, Dean Stoesz and his wife, Marcia, of Akron, Randy Stoesz and his wife, Ellen, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kris of Washington, D.C.; three sisters, Adeline Klassen and Matilda Friesen, both of Mountain Lake, Minn., and Adella Sawyer of Central City, Neb.; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Dick.

Memorial services were held at Akron Mennonite Church.

Mennonite Weekly Review - May 24, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 20 - p. 9


Grenville, Winifred Marie Regier

Winifred Marie (Regier) Grenville, 95, of Salem, Ore., died April 10, 2010. She was born Feb. 24, 1915, to John Milton and Elizabeth (Lohrentz) Regier in Versailles, Mo.

During her youth she lived in Freeman, S.D., Pandora, Ohio, Reedley, Calif., and Newton, Kan., where her father served as a pastor of Mennonite churches. She attended Reedley Junior College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., in 1937. In 1938 she attended Washington School of Nursing in St. Louis, Mo., and the next year the University of California, Berkeley.

Her real calling and passion was office work, and she was employed as an executive secretary for many years. She retired from Northern Natural Gas Co. in Omaha, Neb., in 1972. While in Omaha she met John Grenville, whom she married May 4, 1956.

They loved to travel, and also knew they wanted to eventually retire on the west coast. Vacations were spent touring different areas along the Pacific Ocean. By the time they retired they knew they wanted to live in the Salem/Woodburn area, and they bought a home in Woodburn Senior Estates. In 1976 they moved to Salemtowne, a retirement community in Salem. In 1992 they moved to Capital Manor in Salem, where she lived until the time of her death. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Salem.

Survivors include a brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, five nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, on July 30, 2001; and by two brothers, Robert B. Regier and John Stanley Regier.

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