Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1995

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Gospel Herald - Volume 88, Number 44 - November 7, 1995

Adams, John E., 50, Saint Joseph, Mo. Born: Feb. 5, 1945, Sarasota, Fla., to Raymond and Mary Smith Adams. Died: Aug. 8, 1995, Saint Joseph, Mo. Survivors- wife: Dena Carper Adams; sons: Mark, Marlin E., Micah J. H.; mother; brother and sisters: Stanley, Mary L. Mast, Barbara Alderfer, Shirley Tabor. Memorial service: Aug. 12, Christ Episcopal Church. Cremated.

Cressman, Lucinda Brubacher, 89, Cambridge, Ont. Born: March 30, 1906, Woolwich Twp., Ont., to Menno and Almeta Good Brubacher. Died: Oct. 12, 1995, Cambridge, Ont., of cancer. Survivors-children: Ronald, Carol Steinman; brother and sisters: Elizabeth Martin, Ada and Curtis Brubacher; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Abner H. Cressman (husband). Funeral and burial: Oct. 15, Nith Valley Mennonite Church, by Harold Schilk and Amzie Brubacher.

Dunford, Lennie Hayton, 82, Newport News, Va. Born: July 2, 1913, Tazewell, Va. Died: Sept. 3, 1995, Newport News, Va. Survivors-children: Martha Akermanis, Robert, Joseph Leonard; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Virginia, Allen (daughter). Funeral: Sept. 6, Huntington Mennonite Church, by Lloyd Weaver. Burial: Warwick River Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Hochstetler, Ora Yoder, 90, Bremen, Ind. Born: July 12, 1905, Millersburg, Ohio, to Benjamin and Amanda Mullet Yoder. Died: Oct. 14, 1995, Milford, Ind., of a heart attack. Survivors-children: Carol Grace Rhea, Harold, Fred, Willis; brother and sister: J. Paul Yoder, Florence Zelk; 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Elmer M. Hochstetler (husband), Phyllis Hochstetler and Esta Slabaugh (daughters), and Jim and Rollis (sons). Congregational membership: Bourbon Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 18, North Main Street Mennonite Church, by Kenneth Bontreger. Burial: South Union Cemetery.

Hostetler, Nettie Pearl, 86, Albany, Ore. Born: Nov. 28, 1908, Hubbard, Ore., to Simon G. and Emma Kropf Hostetler. Died: Oct. 16, 1995, Albany, Ore. Survivors- brother: Les Hostetler. Funeral and burial: Oct. 20, Zion Mennonite Church, by John Garber and Louis Lehman.

Reed, Edward, 67, Bristol, Ind. Born: April 9, 1928. Died: Sept. 29, 1995, Goshen, Ind. Congregational membership: First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, Ind. Funeral: Oct. 3, Miller Funeral Home, by Joe Slabach. Burial: Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Rhodes, Frank Earl, 96, Kalona, Iowa. Born: Nov. 23, 1898, Johnson County, Iowa, to Chris J. and Eliza Ann Gingerich Rhodes. Died: Oct. 12, 1995, Kalona, Iowa. Survivors- children: Robert, Margaret Bontrager, Marjorie Gingerich, Wanda Miller, John; brothers and sisters: John, Emery, Eldon, Katie Frey, Alta Marner; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Lavanda Preston Rhodes (wife). Funeral: Oct. 16, East Union Mennonite Church, by Michael Loss and Noah Helmuth. Burial: Sharon Hill Cemetery.

Schrock, Edna Eichorn, 94, Seffner, Fla. Born: May 9, 1901, Kalona, Iowa, to Lewis and Mary Ratzloff Eichorn. Died: Oct. 13, 1995, Seffner, Fla., of congestive heart failure. Survivors-children: Marcille Bull, Mary Yousey, Sanford, Ruth Geddes; brothers and sisters: Rhoda Swartzentruber, Wila Gingerich, Mary Ferguson, Salome Saver, Clara Steul, Paul, Mark, and Herman Eichorn; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ezra Schrock (husband). Congregational membership: Bay Shore Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 14, Romaine Funeral Home, by Howard S. Schmitt and Rocky Miller. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.

Stalter, Edna K. Yordy, 95, Chenoa, Ill. Born: Oct. 19, 1899, Livingston County, Ill., to Jacob K. and Katie King Yordy. Died: Oct. 10, 1995, Chenoa, Ill. Survivors-sons: Glenn E., Gordon R.; sister: Erma Guth; 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: William E. Stalter (husband) and Lyle (son). Funeral: Oct. 14, Waldo Mennonite Church, by Jack Stalter and Lester Zook. Burial: Waldo Twp. Cemetery.

Stalter, Nora, 85, Glendale, Ariz. Born: Oct. 26, 1909, Livingston County, Ill., to John D. and Ida Yoder Stalter. Died: Oct. 2, 1995, Glendale, Ariz. Survivors-brothers: Roy, John, Earl. Congregational membership: Trinity Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 5, Waldo Mennonite Church, by Jack Stalter and Lester Zook. Burial: Waldo Twp. Cemetery.

Studer, Martin, 95, Orrville, Ohio. Born: 1900, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, to Gottlieb and Aureria Scheufler Studer. Died: Sept. 1, 1995, Walnut Creek, Ohio. Survivors-wife: Edna Blough Studer; sons: Gerald C., Robert W.; brother: Earl; 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild. Funeral and burial: Sept. 4, Smithville Mennonite Church, by Glenn Steiner and Richard Ross.

Wagler, John S., 101, Wayland, Iowa. Born: July 25, 1894, Germany, to John and Anna Schertz W Wagler. Died: Oct. 13, 1995, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Survivors-children: Myndell Boshart, Earles, Esther Boshart, Ruth Miller , Dorothy Wenger, Lois Short, Ardith Eigsti, Mary Ellen Stolzfus, Verla Conrad, Kaye Schweitzer; 54 grandchildren, 140 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ada Marie Hirschy Wagler (wife) and Elmer (son). Funeral and burial: Oct. 17, Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, by Roger Farmer, Dean Swartzendruber, and Ruben Chupp.

Yoder, Dorothy Kauffman, 86, Kalispel, Mont. Born: July 19, 1909, to L. A. and Nettie Sharp Kauffman. Died: Sept. 29, 1995. Survivors-daughters: Sally Hepburn, Wilma Roberts; brothers and sisters: Ernest, Leslie, Clifford, Civilla Steckley, Belle Mullet, Lucille Eickelburger, Nellie Mishler. Predeceased by: Neil Yoder (husband) and Delbert and Thomas (sons). Funeral: Central Bible Church, by Ron Youde.

Yoder, Edna Esther Miller, 76, Plain City, Ohio. Born: May 19, 1919, Greentown, Ohio, to Samuel and Susanna Troyer Miller. Died: Oct. 4; 1995, Dublin, Ohio. Survivors-children: Marjorie Schlabach, Ruth Ann Beachy, Loretta Miller, Miriam Beachy; brothers and sisters: Marian Miller, Lydia Kurtz, Ann Hughes, Erma Noland, Martha Kramer, Alta Miller; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: David M. Yoder (husband). Funeral and burial: Oct. 7, Sharon Mennonite Church, by Elvin Sommers.


Gospel Herald - Volume 88, Number 45 - November 14, 1995

Clymer, John M., Sr., 80, Mount Joy, Pa. Born: April 5, 1915, Salisbury Twp., Pa., to Martin D. and Mabel Winey Clymer. Died: Oct. 23, 1995. Survivors-wife: Stella Harnish Clymer; children: J. Paul, John, Jr., Erma, Ruth, David, James, Arlene, Esther, Elaine; brothers and sisters: James, Abram, Sarah Nafzinger, Esther Martin, Mildred Martin, Miriam Stoltzfus, Rhoda Sauder, Lois Bender, Catherine Holt; 35 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 27, Blue Rock Mennonite Church, by Stanley Heisey, Ben Eshbach. Earl Zimmerman, and David Wadel. Burial: Mechanic Grove Mennonite Cemetery.

Eilers, Eleanor Valjean Johnson, 70, Hesston, Kan. Born: Nov. 23, 1924, Meno, Okla., to Ben J. and Gertrude Penner Johnson. Died: Oct. 22, 1995, Halstead, Kan., of cancer. Survivors-husband: Wesley Eilers; brother and sister: Arthur Johnson, Frieda Eck. Congregational membership: Central Heights Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 25, Hesston Mennonite Church, by David W. Mann and Cheryl Hershberger. Burial: Peace Valley Cemetery.

Fahndrich, John Albert, 96, Albany, Ore. Born: Aug. 27, 1899, Red Cloud, Neb., to Carl and Anna Wobberminn Fahndrich. Died: Oct. 6, 1995, Albany, Ore., of a stroke. Survivors-wife: Elizabeth Rediger Fahndrich; children: Dale, Richard, Muriel, Verdella Slagell; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial: Oct. 9, Fairview Mennonite Church, by Al Burkey and Don King.

Faus, Samuel W., 91, Manheim, Pa. Born: Oct. 7, 1904, Manheim, Pa., to William W. and Mary M. Wenger Faus. Died: Oct. 12, 1995, Danville, Pa. Survivors-children: Abram H., Samuel H., Elizabeth H. Lehman; sister: Mary E. Frey; 25 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Anna M. Hernley Faus (wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 16, Hernley Mennonite Church, by George M. Hurst, Jay Peters, and Donald Nauman.

Godshall, Katie C., 85, Souderton, Pa. Born: June 28, 1910, Souderton, Pa., to Howard G. and Sallie L. Clemmer Godshall. Died: Oct. 12, 1995, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-brothers and sister: Howard C., Russell C., Ida Moyer. Funeral: Oct. 16, Souderton Mennonite Homes Chapel, to Steven C. Nyce and Russell M. Detweiler. Burial: Oct. 17, Towamencin Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Horst, Rhoda, 89, Dalton, Ohio. Born: Sept. 25, 1906, Wayne County, Ohio, to David and Emma Burckhart. Died: Oct. 8, 1995, Dalton, Ohio. Survivors-children: Leonard, Vanita Tadeo, Willis, Mervin, Emma Grace Kauffman; 29 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ray Horst (husband). Congregational membership: Chester Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 11, County Line Mennonite Church, by Harvey Weaver and Elmer Good. Burial: County Line Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Richer, Gene Edward, 52, Toledo, Ohio. Born: July 23, 1943, Lancaster County, Pa., to Orville and Velma Stuckey Richer. Died: Oct. 21, 1995, Toledo, Ohio. Survivors-father; stepmother: Shirley Richer; brothers and sisters: Joe, Jim, Ned, Margaret Richer Smith. Funeral: Oct. 23, Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, by Gary Blosser and Margaret Richer Smith. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Rohrer, Esther V. Kreider, 84. Born: Jan. 1, 1911, Medina County, Ohio, to Arthur and Elizabeth Shoup Rohrer. Died: Oct. 19, 1995, Rittman, Ohio, of heart failure. Survivors-sons: David, Myron, Dennis, Larry. Predeceased by: Paul Rohrer (husband) and Linford (son). Funeral: Oct. 23, Bethel Mennonite Church, by Leonard D. Hershey. Burial: Lower Mennonite Cemetery.

Rufenacht, Wanetta Mae Fielitz, 69, Archbold, Ohio. Born: March 27, 1926, Stryker, Ohio, to John and Verna Graber Fielitz. Died: Oct. 26, 1995, Archbold, Ohio. Survivors-husband: Willard Rufenacht; children: Richard, Rex, Randon, Gary, Judith Short, Lynette King, Gloria Roth; brothers and sisters: Gaylord, Dale, Archie, John Fielitz, Jr., Orpha Klopfenstein; 9 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 29, West Clinton Mennonite Church, by James Roynon and Edward Diener. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Schrock, Ceaphus C., 80, Archbold, Ohio. Born: Dec. 15, 1914, Wauseon, Ohio, to Ira and Sarah Beck Schrock. Died: Oct. 18, 1995, Archbold, Ohio, of cancer. Survivors- wife: Fern Frey Schrock; children: Cara Steiner, JoAnne Alderfer, Phyllis Hostetler , Rebecca Schrock-Herdeck, Mary Schrock, Julia Schrock Rosenfeld; sisters: Vera Rupp, Velma Grieser; 11 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 21, Zion Mennonite Church, by Ellis B. Croyle and Dee Swartz. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Shirk, Melba F. Brenneman, 70, Sarasota, Fla. Born: Oct. 26, 1925, AlIen County, Ohio, to Earl and Viola Breneman. Died: Oct. 8, 1995, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors-husband: Mervin F. Shirk; children: Merlin L., David M., James R., Dorothy Weaver; brother and sister: Myron J., Norma Plank; 6 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 12, Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, by A. Don Augsburger. Burial: Palms Memorial Park.

Yantzi, Henry, 81, New Hamburg, Ont. Born: Dec. 12, 1913, East Zorra Twp., Ont., to Daniel R. and Catherine Schlegel Yantzi. Died: July 12, 1995, Kitchener, Ont., of a stroke. Survivors-wife: Lily Mae Schwartzentruber Yantzi; children: Eunice, Elva Jutzi, Paul, Mark, Lois Steckley; foster sons: Brian Smithers, Richard Yantzi; 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Beulah (daughter) and Wilbur (son). Congregational membership: Hillcrest Mennonite Church. Funeral: July 15, East Zorra Mennonite Church, by Mary Schiedeland Maurice Martin. Burial: 16th Line East Zorra Cemetery. He became a minister in 1947 and pastored several Mennonite churches in Ontario.

Yoder, Alpha J., 93, Goshen, Ind. Born: Nov. 3, 1901, Garden City, Mo., to Joseph and Anna Miller Yoder. Died: Oct. 12, 1995, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-sons: Donald, Richard; sister: Ella Bickel; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Eula A. Yoder (wife). Funeral: Oct. 16, North Goshen Mennonite Church, by Art Smoker, Russell Krabill, and Dean Slagel. Burial: Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Zehr, Evan Daniel, 2 1/2 months, Carthage, N.Y. Born: July 14, 1995, Carthage, N.Y., to Vern and Christine Walseman Zehr, Jr. Died: Sept. 30, 1995, Carthage, N.Y., of sudden infant death syndrome. Survivors-grandparents: Vern and Susan Zehr, Clinton and Nancy Walseman; great-grandparents: Walter and Ramona Zehr, Joe and Norma Anderson, Vernon and Reata Walseman, Dorothy Winkler; great-great-grandmother: Adah Lyndaker. Funeral and burial: Oct. 2, First Mennonite Church of New Bremen, by Ed Steckly and Lester Bauman.

Zehr, Lydia Bender, 77. Born: Oct. 9, 1918, East Zorra Twp., Ont., to Moses and Catherine Roth Bender. Died: Oct. 12, 1995, Stratford, Ont. Survivors--children: Lester, Gerald, Dayle, Paul, Ross, Peter, Bill, Marilyn Hyde, Dianne Kropf, Betty Horan, Joyce Barker; brothers and sisters: Arthur, Alvin, Nelson, Katie Zehr; 22 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Mahlon Zehr (husband), one infant son and three infant daughters. Church membership: Tavistock Mennonite Church. Funeral and burial: Oct. 15, East Zorra Mennonite Church, by Darrel Toews and Glen Zehr.


Gospel Herald - Volume 88, Number 46 - November 21, 1995

Engle, Lillie E. Shelly, 88, Manheim, Pa. Born: April 26, 1907, Rapho Twp., Pa., to Amos and Ella Earhart Shelly. Died: Oct. 3, 1995, Manheim, Pa. Predeceased by: John Engle (husband). Funeral: Oct. 7, Erb Mennonite Church, by Lester L. Zimmerman and Lloyd B. Keller. Burial: Hernley Mennonite Cemetery.

Gingerich, Mary Edna Owen, 87, Sarasota, Fla. Born: April 4, 1908, Payne, Ohio, to Elijah and Maude Mae Owen. Died: Oct. 21, 1995, Sarasota, Fla. Survivors-children: Robert, Owen; brothers and sisters: Frank and Ray Owen, Edith Sims, Ella Good; 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ed Gingerich (husband) and Kenneth (son). Memorial service: Oct. 25, Bay Shore Mennonite Church, by Rocky Miller. Burial: Manasota Memorial Park.

Good, John W., 65, Armington, Ill. Born: June 25, 1930, to Alvin and Bessie Kaufman Good. Died: Oct. 26, Pekin, Ill., of cancer. Survivors- first wife: Pearl Bieler Good; children: Craig Allan, Cheryl Annette Fatigati; stepchildren: Francis, Jr., James, and Christopher White, Timothy Winch, Juliandra Hall; mother; brothers and sisters: Walter, Marcella Kossen, Oleta Bachman, Eileen Nafziger, Lola Kauffmann, Helen Mumaw, Marilyn Kauffmann; one grandchild, 11 step grandchildren. Predeceased by: Arlene Straitt Good (second wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 28, Hopedale Mennonite Church, by H. James Smith, Ivan Kauffmann, and Robert Nafziger.

Landes, Mary Alice, 94, Souderton, Pa. Born: Aug. 5, 1901, Harleysville, Pa., to Joseph M. and Alice Delp Landes. Died: Oct. 19, 1995, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-brother and sister: Walter D., Sara D. Alderfer. Funeral: Oct. 24, Souderton Mennonite Homes Chapel, by John L. Ruth and Craig D. Morton. Burial: Salford Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Miller, Alton A., 91, Corry, Pa. Born: Dec. 1, 1903, Sugarcreek, Ohio, to Benjamin D. and Martha Miller. Died: Oct. 2, 1995, Corry, Pa. Survivors-children: Ellis D., Joyce Mast, Shirley Meabon, Linda Knoblock; sister: Laura Yoder; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Lucinda Troyer Miller (wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 4, Beaver Dam Mennonite Church, by Herman Meyers and Leonard Adams.

Miller, Clara Yoder, 79, Goshen, Ind. Born: Nov. 24, 1995, Chouteau, Okla., to Levi M. and Fanny Thomas Yoder. Died: Oct. 20, 1995, Elkhart, Ind., from an automobile accident. Survivors-husband: Sam Miller; children: Katie Mae Troyer, Marvin R.; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 23, North Goshen Mennonite Church, by Art Smoker and Jerry Wittrig. Burial: West Goshen Cemetery.

Nolt, Harry M., 81, Lititz, Pa. Born: July 27, 1914, Bareville, Pa., to Joseph H. and Nettie Martin Nolt. Died: Oct. 8, 1995, Lancaster, Pa., of a stroke. Survivors-wife: Ruth Dagen Nolt; children: Louise Kreider, Leonard, Gladys Boettcher, Charlotte Smoker, Wesley; brothers: Amos, Aldus; 10 grandchildren. Predeceased by: E. Luella Hershey Nolt (first wife). Funeral and burial: Oct. 12, Groffdale Mennonite Church, by Curvin Buchen, Timothy Herr, and Charles Wert.

Richer, Gene E., 52, Toledo, Ohio. Born: July 23, 1943, Lancaster County, Pa., to Orville E. and Velma Stuckey Richer. Died: Oct. 21, 1995, Toledo, Ohio, of respiratory failure. Survivors-father; stepmother: Shirley; brothers and sisters: Joe, Jim, Ned, Margaret Richer Smith. Funeral: Oct. 23, Wauseon, Ohio, by Gary Blosser and Margaret Richer Smith. Burial: Pettisville Cemetery.

Sherrill, Micah Thomas, stillborn, Oct. 6, 1995, Elkhart, Ind., to Mike and Teresa Thompson Sherrill. Congregational membership of parents: Upper Milford Mennonite Church. Funeral: Oct. 10, Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount, by Willard Roth, Jeni Hiett Umble, and Janeen Bertsche Johnson. Cremated.

Stoltzfus, Ada, 85, Honey Brook, Pa. Born: Sept. 28, 1910, Morgantown, Pa., to Sylvanus and Lydia Stoltzfus. Died: Oct. 28, 1995, Honey Brook, Pa. Survivor- sister: Ida Stoltzfus. Funeral and burial: Nov. 1, Conestoga Mennonite Church, by Nathan Stoltzfus, Ron Armstrong, and Harvey Stoltzfus.

Swartzendruber, Jacob F., 86, Goshen, Ind. Born: July 19, 1909, Kalona, Iowa, to Daniel B. and Annie Guengerich Swartzendruber. Died: Aug. 15, 1995, Elkhart, Ind. Survivors-wife: Emily Slaby Swartzendruber; children: Sanford, Shirley Roth; brother: A. Lloyd; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Aug. 18, College Mennonite Church, by James Waltner. Burial: Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.

Welty, Ray, 84, Granger, Ind. Born: April 11, 1911, Nappanee, Ind., to Noah and Saloma Lienbach Welty. Died: Oct. 26, 1995, of a heart attack. Survivors-wife: Dorothy M. Myers Welty; children: Janet Carpenter, Barbara Eiler, Lowell J.; stepchildren: Jean M. Soliman, Glen M. Myers; brother and sister: Everett, Viola Keim; 7 grandchildren. Predeceased by: Ethel Welty Miller (second wife) and Edna Mae Oswald Welty (first wife). Funeral: Oct. 30, North Goshen Mennonite Church, by Russell Krabill, Jerry Bell, and Art Smoker. Burial: Violett Cemetery.

Winey, Lois Esther, 85, Goshen, Ind. Born: Aug. 13, 1910, LaJunta, Colo., to Samuel Graybill and Minnie Good Winey. Died: Aug. 19, 1995, Goshen, Ind. Survivors-sister: Mabel Drinnon. Funeral: Aug. 23, College Mennonite Church, by James W Waltner. Burial: Violett Cemetery.

Yoder, Nina M. Shumaker, 85, West Liberty, Ohio" Born: Oct. 3, 1910, Champaign County, Ohio, to Addison and Saloma Hartzler Shumaker. Died: Oct. 25, 1995, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Survivors- children: Richard L., J. Wesley, Lowell E., Alona Kauffman; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by: Harold L. Yoder (husband). Funeral: Oct. 28, South Union Mennonite Church, by Randy Reminder. Burial: Yoder Cemetery.


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