Mennonite World Review - August 2019
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Bauman, Alice Nikkel ; . . Bender, Nevin James ; . . Duerksen, Walden Henry ; . . Funk, Alice Ruby Goerzen ; . . Hostetler, George Milton ; . . Kaufman, Eleanor Wismer ; . . Lerch, Annabelle Lee Stuckey ; . . Metzler, Mary "Ethel" Yake : . . Miller, Berta Irene Selzer ; . . Moyer, Rosemary June Linscheid ; . . Neufeld, Harry Dean ; . . Sekiguchi, Linda Hiebert ; . . Wiebe, Raymond Francis ; . .
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Funk, Alice Ruby Goerzen
Alice Ruby Goerzen Funk, 92, of Goessel, Kan., died July 17, 2019, at Bethesda Home. She was born April 20, 1927, to Jake and Sarah Goerzen in Goessel. She grew up on a farm with her three brothers and graduated from Goessel High School in 1946.
She was baptized at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, and was a faithful member all her life. She sang in the choir, taught children’s Sunday school and was active in Willing Helpers, now Tabor Mennonite Women. She was employed as the church custodian for 25 years.
She married LeRoy Funk at Tabor Mennonite Church on March 16, 1948. They raised six children on a farm south of Goessel. She tended a garden with her children, canning vegetables, freezing corn and picking strawberries. She enjoyed sewing, watching birds, growing flowers, traveling to visit her children when they lived far away and attending music and other activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In retirement, she and LeRoy enjoyed trips to Branson, Mo. She babysat her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and neighbor children. Hand quilting became a beloved activity and prayer time. She quilted several hundred quilts and made lasting friendships with her many customers. She was especially proud of the quilts donated to the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale that included her handiwork.
In 2013, she and LeRoy moved to a duplex in Goessel. After suffering a stroke on June 29, in her last days she sang hymns, expressed her love for family and friends and declared her longing for heaven.
She is survived by her husband, LeRoy; six children, Sharon (Duane) Adrian of Goessel, Barb (Keith) Banman of rural Canton, Denise (Elton) Nickel of Goessel, Darwin (Kimberly) Funk of rural Canton, Gayle Funk (Brian Voth) of rural Newton and Wendy (Paul) Schrag of Newton; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Thelma Goerzen.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alvin (Martha), Milton (Alice) and Willis Goerzen.
Memorials are for Tabor Mennonite Church and Bethesda Home.
Kaufman, Eleanor Wismer
Eleanor Wismer Kaufman, 86, of North Newton, Kan., died July 13, 2019, at Kidron Bethel Healthcare. She was born June 24, 1933, to Norman and Laura Gross Wismer in Doylestown, Pa.
She graduated from Bluffton (Ohio) College in 1955. In 1957 she graduated from Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago with a master’s degree in religious education. She spent a summer in voluntary service at Cleveland State Mental Hospital. She earned a master’s in organ performance from Wichita State University in 1980. She began her career as a minister of music at Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge from 1957 to 1959.
She married Donald Kaufman on Aug. 30, 1958. Beginning in 1960, she and her husband served the people and churches of Indonesia for seven years under Mennonite Central Committee. This was a formative influence for the rest of their lives.
She was an active member of Mennonite congregations, beginning with Deep Run Mennonite Church, Bedminster, Pa., at age 12. At Bethel College Mennonite Church she served as a co-organist for 35 years and directed the bell choir for 10 years. Challenged by the needs of families in Asia, she made a career change and devoted herself to selling crafts produced by families through the Ten Thousand Villages program of MCC.
With generosity, integrity and vibrancy, she was a wonderful cook, an enthusiastic hostess, avid gardener, compassionate promoter of justice for the deprived and exploited, and an admirer of the arts, literature and music.
Survivors include her husband, Donald; three children, Kendra Kaufman of Wichita, Galen (Rachel) Kaufman of New Braunfels, Texas, and Nathan (Jill) Kaufman of North Newton; two sisters, Jean Friesen of Abbotsford, B.C., and Nancy Hilty of North Newton; a brother, Donald Wismer (Sue Hoadley) of Corralis, N.M.; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Wismer.
Memorial services will be Aug. 10 at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. Memorial gifts may be sent to Bethel College Mennonite Church, MCC or Ten Thousand Villages.
Moyer, Rosemary June Linscheid
Rosemary June Moyer, 88, of North Newton, Kan., died June 26, 2019, at Kidron Bethel Village. She was born Oct. 30, 1930, to Louis H. and Agnetha (Tieszen) Linscheid in Mountain Lake, Minn.
When she was 8, they moved to Freeman, S.D., where her father became pastor of Bethany Mennonite Church. She graduated from Freeman Junior College in 1950 and Bethel College in 1952. Then she served as registrar and bookkeeper at Freeman Junior College for three years. There she met J. Harold Moyer, who was on the music faculty. They were married Aug. 30, 1955, at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman.
Their first home was in Iowa City, Iowa, where he pursued graduate studies in music at the University of Iowa and she worked as a secretary in the president’s office. They then moved to Indiana, where he completed his doctorate and taught music at Goshen College. In 1959 they moved to North Newton, where he began a long tenure as a professor of music at Bethel College.
She focused on caring for her family, worked hard to maintain the home and large garden and taught by example a life of love and service. While their girls were growing up, she was a homemaker and active in community and college organizations. She was a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church, where she had numerous roles, including editor of the church newsletter.
In 1981, she became photo archivist at the Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College. This job drew on her gifts of organization, attention to accuracy and knowledge of Mennonite community.
They moved to Kidron Bethel Village in 2004. She lived independently until entering health care in 2012 after an unexpected hospitalization and diagnosis of normal-pressure hydrocephalus.
Survivors include two children, Janet (Dwight) Regier of rural Newton and Rachel (Clayton) Harrison of Kirtland, N.M.; a brother, Allen (Georgia) Linscheid of Reedley, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Anna Moyer of Newton; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold.
Memorial services were held at Bethel College Mennonite Church.
Duerksen, Walden Henry
Walden Henry Duerksen, 91, of Goessel, Kan., died July 18, 2019. He was born Jan. 21, 1928, to Gustav and Emma (Schmidt) Duerksen at Bethesda Hospital, Goessel.
At age 5 he moved to a farm just north of Goessel, where he lived his entire life before moving to a Bethesda Home duplex.
He was baptized on May 20, 1945, at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. After his marriage, he joined Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, where he served as a trustee, Sunday school treasurer, auditor and usher.
He attended Goessel High School until his mother died in 1944. He stayed home his senior year to help build the dairy barn and help his father care for his younger sisters. He returned to high school the next year to graduate. After high school, he went to work in the oil fields in Kansas and Wyoming.
On Oct. 24, 1950, he married Susan Schmidt at Tabor Mennonite Church. They began life together on the farm where he had grown up. He was a hard worker and farmed all of his life but also worked at a trailer factory for nine years and at Hesston Corp. for 27 years.
Restoring old tractors was his passion, and he restored and collected more than 33 John Deere tractors and stationary engines.
He and Susan taught their children the value of work well done, and also of play. Colorado was their vacation destination for many years. They often rented a cabin at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp or camped in the nearby campground.
On May 24, 2019, he and Susan moved to Bethesda Home. He experienced a decline in health, and after a brief hospitalization returned to Bethesda.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; four children, Tamara (Cal) Jost of Hillsboro, Kimberly (Darwin) Funk of Goessel, Londell (LeNora) Duerksen of Goessel and Russell (Sandra)?Duerksen of Hillsboro; a sister, Emmalyn (John) Hiebert of Beatrice, Neb.; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Oliva Duerksen (at age 5 months) and Ruth Linscheid.
Memorial services were held at Tabor Mennonite Church.
Bender, Nevin James
Nevin James Bender, 81, of Harrisonburg, Va., died July 22, 2019, at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. He was born July 13, 1938, to Nevin V. and Esther Lauver Bender.
He grew up on a small dairy farm in Greenwood, Del. Eager to learn the skills needed on the farm, he spent many days planting and harvesting baby lima beans. He was director of the Greenwood Mennonite Youth Chorus and was an active youth leader and congregational music leader at Greenwood Mennonite Church.
On June 24, 1961, he married Lourene Godshall.
He graduated from Eastern Mennonite College in 1961 and earned a master of divinity degree at Hartford Seminary. He became pastor at Bethany Mennonite Church in Vermont, and a few years later he established Bethany Birches Camp, where he was the camp director for 15 years.
His pastoral career ended in 1979 when he suffered a brain aneurysm. He and his family moved to Harrisonburg in 1983, where he began working in the maintenance department of EMC. This second career lasted for the next 25 years. He was known as a positive, reliable and energetic member of the grounds crew. He and Lourene were active participants at Broad Street Mennonite Church, where he was on the music team, playing guitar and leading music.
After his retirement from EMC, he spent 10 years at Friendship Industries, working in contract packaging, and did volunteer work at Gift and Thrift.
He demonstrated a remarkable ability to adapt to his evolving capacities, reinventing himself repeatedly to take advantage of his skills and talents.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lourene Godshall Bender; four children, Nevin Bender, Conrad Bender, Marcia Bender and Angela Bender; five siblings, Miriam Jantzi, Paul Bender, Hilda Swartz, Emma Myers and Don Bender; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three siblings, Lura Benner, Titus Bender and Mildred Bender.
Donations may be sent to Bethany Birches Camp, Plymouth, Vt.
Wiebe, Raymond Francis
Raymond F. Wiebe, 92, of Hillsboro, Kan., died June 17, 2019, at Salem Home. He was the eldest of three sons and a daughter born to David and Martha (Frantz) Wiebe.
At age 12 he accepted Jesus as his Savior during an evangelistic meeting in the Springfield KMB Church. His grandfather, Peter A. Wiebe, was a leader in the 1874 migration of Mennonite families from Russia to Kansas. His father, author of several books chronicling the Mennonite story, led him into a life of research and collection of historical materials.
At age 18 he was drafted into Civilian Public Service, serving in forestry and conservation camps at Downey, Idaho, and Placerville, Calif. Upon release from CPS he began his college education while working on the family farm in Reedley, Calif.
In 1948 his parents bought a dairy at Abbottsford, B.C., where he bore major responsibility. Living among immigrant Russian Mennonites resulted in practice of the German language. After the three-year adventure in Canada, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Tabor College and an MBA from Kansas State University.
From 1953 to 1963 he served Tabor College, including nine years as business manager, overseeing the building of the varsity gym, student center, library and Cedar Hall. From 1965 to retirement in 1993, he enjoyed faculty rank at Wichita State University. A 1974 sabbatical involved research for the Kansas Wheat Commission on the Mennonite Turkey Red wheat story.
He authored books chronicling the Wiebe and Frantz families and the centennial book for the city of Hillsboro. He was a life member of the Kansas State Historical Society, the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum and a board member of the American Society of Germans from Russia and the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies. It was said that his mind was like an encyclopedia.
Survivors include a sister, Connie (Don) Isaac; and sister-in-law Caryl Wiebe.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, David and John.
Lerch, Annabelle Lee Stuckey
Annabelle L. Lerch, 84, of Goshen, Ind., and formerly of Pocatello, Idaho, and Jackson, Wyo., died July 19, 2019. She was born July 18, 1935, to John W. Stuckey and Bertha Frey Stuckey.
In an era when most young women did not go to college, she was the third woman to earn a chemistry degree from Goshen College. She earned a master’s degree from Idaho State University in 1976.
She married Robert D. Lerch in 1957.
During her career she taught chemistry in Freeman, S.D., Las Cruces, N.M., and Pocatello. Her love of science and teaching inspired many students, including her children, who all claim her as their chemistry teacher.
She received many awards highlighting her as teacher and scientist: Teacher of the Year in Pocatello; Presidential Science Teacher Award for Idaho; American Chemical Society Outstanding Teacher; Woodrow Wilson and National Science Teach fellowship and Idaho Education Association.
Upon retirement she moved to Jackson, Wyo. Her love for art inspired her to volunteer at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. She started her own antiques business.
Through her life she was an active leader in her church and was a woman of strong faith. She shared her beautiful soprano voice in choirs everywhere she lived.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Robert D. Lerch; four children, Robbin (Mike) O’Leary, Laura (Randy) Horst, Robert A. (Jennifer) Lerch and Barb (Mark) Weaver; siblings, Allen Stuckey, Louise Rudo; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Orlene Mason.
Memorial services were held at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen. Memorial gifts may be sent to Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen College Alumni Scholarship Fund, Mennonite Central Committee or Greencroft Foundation.
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Metzler, Mary "Ethel" Yake
Mary Ethel Yake Metzler, 95, of Goshen, Ind., died July 27, 2019. She was born Dec. 19, 1923, to Martha Erb Eby Yake and C.F. (Clayton Franklin) Yake, in Scottdale, Pa.
She completed a double major in chemistry and religion at Goshen College in 1946 and returned to Scottdale to work at Mennonite Publishing House. She served as director of girls camps at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center.
On June 10, 1951, she married Edgar Metzler. In 1954 they moved to Washington, D.C., where she managed the Mennonite Central Committee guesthouse.
In 1957 they moved to Canada, where Ed was minister of First Mennonite Church of Kitchener, Ont. In addition to her roles as pastor’s wife and deaconess, she was a writer and editor for Herald Press.
In 1962 they moved to Akron, Pa., where she helped train MCC volunteers and continued writing and editorial work. In 1967, Ed was appointed by the Peace Corps to be a director in Nepal. From 1967 to 1974 they lived in Nepal, India, Thailand and Iran. She became immersed in Nepali and Indian art, history and religion, worked with women-directed welfare agencies and organizations and helped train Peace Corps volunteers.
Returning to Goshen in 1974, she earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology. At Family Counseling Services in Elkhart for 12 years, she developed a program for families who experienced sexual abuse. From 1989 to 1998, they returned to Kathmandu, where she continued in private practice as a psychotherapist and consultant.
Active in Mennonite Church discussions about women’s empowerment and human sexuality, she served on the planning committee of the first Women in Ministry conference and on the Listening Committee on Sexuality and wrote for the MCC Women’s Concerns Report. In 2006 she was honored by Goshen College with the Culture for Service Award.
Survivors include her husband, Edgar; four children, Michael (Maaret Koskenalho), Mary Martha (Gordon Prieb), Peter (Kathryn Rowedder) and Philip (Sandra Anstaett); two brothers, Stanley and Byron; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by siblings Lois Kenagy, Marnetta Brilhart and Clayton Paul.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 16 at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen.
Hostetler, George Milton
George Milton Hostetler, 91, of Rocky Ford, Colo., died July 23, 2019. He was born Sept. 22, 1927, to George Milton and Mary Belle (Smucker) Hostetler in Westover, Md.
When he was 18 he began agriculture, carpentry and office work. He made a commitment to follow Christ at age 19. He had an agricultural deferment during the Korean War. In 1950 he started Mennonite Voluntary Service in Kansas City, Mo., working as an orderly at Kansas City General Hospital.
He married Leona Gerber on Aug. 18, 1951, at the Hesston (Kan.) College chapel.
He wanted to go into medicine and received encouragement from Milo Kauffman, president of Hesston College. He obtained his GED, went to Eastern Mennonite College and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth Medical School in 1959.
He practiced medicine at Halstead (Kan.) Clinic for two years. From 1962 to 1968 he practiced medicine in Rocky Ford. In 1968 they moved to Harper, Kan., where he practiced with Dr. Ralph Bellar. He also bought the Gerber homestead and started a hog operation with brother-in-law Emery Gerber.
In 1975 he returned to Rocky Ford and resumed private medical practice. In 1985 he began work at Fort Lyon VA Hospital, where he practiced for 11 years. He retired in 1996 and cared for his herd of cattle. In 1997 he returned to his home community of Westover, Md., and taught science and math at Holly Grove Christian School, then returned to Rocky Ford. He was an elder at Rocky Ford Mennonite Church and for a time delivered a sermon every month. He loved to sing and was an avid reader.
Survivors include eight children, Nina Hostetler of Spokane, Wash., Rachel (Les) Stockton of Winchester, Okla., Robert (Clarice) Hostetler of Dodge City, Kan., Nancy Hostetler of Albuquerque, N.M., Calvin (Deanna) Hostetler of Rocky Ford, Catherine Joy of Albuquerque, N.M., Leon Hostetler of La Junta and Ken Hostetler of Rocky Ford; four siblings, Marie Detwiler of Harrisonburg, Va., Joe Hostetler of Lititz, Pa., David Hostetler of West Liberty, Ohio, and Sara Grace Miller of Harrisonburg; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona, in 2018; four siblings, Mabel Overholt, Susie Kurtz, Mark Hostetler and Elmer Hostetler; and a daughter-in-law, Susannah Gries.
Miller, Berta Irene Selzer
Berta Irene Selzer Miller, 98, of Hesston, Kan., died June 29, 2019, at Showalter Villa. She was born Jan. 29, 1921, to Alvin and Nora Selzer on a farm south of Protection.
Her father donated the land for the frame church and the cemetery to the new Mennonite settlement in Protection. She was baptized at the church on June 4, 1931.
An avid learner, she was the first in her family to go to high school, attending Hesston Academy.
On Dec. 28, 1941, she married Sanford Miller at the Selzer home.
During World War II, Sanford served in Civilian Public Service at Fort Collins, Colo., Clearsprings, Md., and Murdock, Neb., and she was able to be with him. After the war, they moved back to the farm.
He milked cows and raised cattle, wheat and cattle feed. She raised chickens, sold eggs and canned produce. They moved to Hesston and North Newton so that Sanford could complete his college degree. They moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he was pastor in a Mennonite church and he completed his master’s degree in social work. They then settled in Topeka.
She graduated from Washburn University in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught at Rice Elementary School in USD 501, where she was a reading specialist. She completed her master’s degree in 1969 at Emporia State Teacher’s College. She then taught at Boy’s Industrial School and Seaman USD 345, where she taught students with learning disabilities.
In retirement, she was involved in church and community activities in North Newton and Hesston. They were members of Bethel College Mennonite Church. She volunteered at Kauffman Museum and Dyck Arboretum Gift Shop. She was blessed with many artistic talents.
Survivors include four children, Stanley E. (Marianne) Miller of North Newton, Barbara M. (Larry) Callahan of Topeka, Rebecca L. (Michael) Frederick of Sandia, Texas, and Stephen D. (Shawn) of Protection; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Sanford; nine siblings, Florence Schultz, Glen, Truman, Lester, Roy, Opal Bontrager, Ernest, Nellie Schultz and Mary Ann Miller; and a great-grandson.
Bauman, Alice Nikkel
Alice Nikkel Bauman, 90, of Elkhart, Ind., died June 15, 2019, at the Green House Village in Goshen. She was born Sept. 7, 1928, in Bakersfield, Calif. She married Clarence Bauman of British Columbia in 1954 in Shafter, Calif.
Clarence was professor of theological ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart from 1961 to 1990, with numerous breaks for further study. They spent portions of the years from 1969 to 1981 living an eremitical life at the Hermitage at Camp Squeah in British Columbia.
She studied at the Biola School of Missions and at UCLA with majors in English literature and psychology. She studied at the music academy in Detmold, Germany, and later at DePaul University, Chicago, specializing in piano. She assisted her husband for six years in Bonn, Germany, in east-west peace relations. At Edinburgh University, Scotland, where Clarence did his second doctorate, she studied history. Later, in Jerusalem, she joined the Martin Buber Dialogical Society. She taught piano in British Columbia, Bad Godesburg, Germany, and Elkhart.
In Elkhart, she was involved in the Great Books Discussion Club and Silent Worship. She lived at the edge of the campus of AMBS in a unique hermitage house, a place for silence and worship, after the manner of the Russian poustinia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, in 1995.
Memorial services were held in the AMBS Wadsworth Room.
Sekiguchi, Linda Hiebert
Linda Hiebert Sekiguchi of Minden, Nev., died May 15, 2019.
She came from a Russian Mennonite community outside Newport, Wash. Despite physical limitations from birth, she had the determination, intelligence and desire to stand up for those who had no voice and to advocate for women, especially in education. She was overtaken by blindness and scoliosis, with surgery that left her crippled for life. But if a cause meant enough to her, she would go, whether to the United Nations in New York or an international symposium in South Africa.
She graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. She taught school in Topeka, Kan., then joined the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Mannheim and Frankfurt, Germany, and in the Philippines, where she met and married Christopher Sekiguchi. She taught in private schools in Hawaii and worked with medically fragile students at Agnews in California. Chris preceded her in death after a heart transplant in California.
She then met her partner of 28 years, Bruce Mitchener. She and Bruce traveled to 80 countries, making trips throughout the world with Friendship Force. She made hundreds of school kits each year for Mennonite Central Committee. She and Chris set up a scholarship fund for women to get a higher education in the United States.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women, was on the board of VGIF, which advocates for women’s education worldwide, and worked with the World Association of University Women.
She went to Israel and Palestine several times on a Compassionate Listening Project for the United Methodist Church. She bought a bus for Palestinian schoolchildren so they wouldn’t be harassed at the border. She was active in Carson Valley United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her partner, Bruce Mitchener Sr.; Bruce’s children Michelle, Cheryl, Leslie, Bruce Edward II and Kevin; four sisters, Eva Klink, RuthAnn Hiebert, Elsie Dickerson and Erna Haskins; a brother, David Hiebert; and eight grandchildren.
Neufeld, Harry Dean
Harry Dean Neufeld, 84, of North Newton, Kan., died July 24, 2019. He was born Sept. 13, 1934, to Abe and Agnes (Doerksen) Neufeld in a farm house near Inman.
He had a thirst for adventure that propelled him from raising Russian watermelons during the Great Depression to his first experience with mental health work at Brook Lane Farm in Maryland and then to two years of Mennonite Central Committee work in Paraguay.
His fluency in Spanish, curiosity, penchant for remembering facts and faces and positive attitude enabled him to relate to people in all walks of life. He loved the diversity of the human experience and treasured his Low German roots.
While a student at Bethel College, he married Donna Kaufman on June 13, 1959.
They earned master’s degrees in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. His concern for others led to a 34-year career in social work at Prairie View Mental Health Clinic. He contributed to the church and broader community as a youth group sponsor, city council member, Mennonite Central Committee meat canner and volunteer with Health Ministries and the homeless shelter. A regular blood donor, he was a member of the “100-Pint Club.” For many years he sang in the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus.
He and Donna nurtured their two children in a family marked by love, music and adventure. His gentle demeanor, sense of humor and devotion to family led to many treasured experiences.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughter Kristi (Jonathan) Neufeld of Lawrence; son Scott (MaryBeth) Neufeld-Wall of St. Louis; five siblings, Elsie Miller, Leana (Orval) Regier, Irma (Don) Gerbrandt, Naomi Neufeld and Paul (Barbara) Neufeld; a brother-in-law, Arlan Kaufman; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 3, 2020, at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. Memorials may be sent to MCC and New Hope Shelter, Newton.