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Nolan K.; Hein, Ira W.;
Heinrichs, Virginia Rose Barkman; Hershberger,
Sill Hoffman; Hooley,
Nettie J. Classen;
P.F. Virgil Junior; Yoder, Floyd Franklin; Yoder, Rhoda Annabelle;
Mennonite Weekly Review - July 6, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 26 - p. 9
Enns, Anna G.
Anna G. Enns, 90, of Hillsboro,
Kan., died June 20, 2009. She was born July 14, 1918, to David J. and
Elizabeth Reddig Enns in Chinook, Mont., but grew up in Lehigh, Kan.
She graduated from Tabor College of Hillsboro and attended Moody Bible
Institute in Chicago. She then served on the mission field in Africa
for many years. When home on furlough, she would teach in day schools,
camps, vacation Bible school and be involved in child evangelism.
Wherever there was a need, she was available.
After she retired from the mission field, she found places to serve in
Hillsboro and other cities and states. She always desired to share
God’s love and plan of salvation with others. She was a special
blessing to many, having friends and prayer warriors wherever she went.
Many times when talking with her she would have a big smile and be so
happy and excited about what the Lord had done that she would start
singing a chorus or hymn. She had a heart full of praise and
thankfulness to her Lord and Savior all of her life.
She spent her last years at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was a member
of Parkside Mennonite Brethren Church.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, four nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, William Enns; two sisters,
Bertha Enns Schultz and Alice Enns; a stepbrother, John F. Knaak; and
Memorial services were held at Salem Home.
Nachtigal, P.F. Virgil Junior
P.F. Virgil Junior Nachtigal died
June 19, 2009, at Newton (Kan.) Medical Center. He was born Jan. 27,
1927, to Peter and Agatha (Wiens) Nachtigal at Bethel Hospital in
He was baptized in his youth at First Mennonite Church, Newton. He was
married March 17, 1950, to Viola Mae Woelk at Goessel Mennonite Church.
He and his little brother Harry grew up on a farm near Buhler until the
age of 6, when his family moved to Newton. He acquired his love of
gardening from his mother. Growing up near Sand Creek, he also acquired
his love of fishing. Over the past year he watched with interest the
Sand Creek improvement project from his home near the creek, where he
lived for 59 years.
His life work was as a printer in Newton for more than 50 years, mainly
for Herald Book & Printing and United Printing. For more than 20
years in the era of letterpress printing, he made up the pages of
Mennonite Weekly Review, using cast metal type.
He was a major blood donor to the American Red Cross. He was given an
achievement award for donating more than 100 gallons.
He was an avid fan of NASCAR and of driver Jeff Gordon. He also was a
fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and University of
Survivors include his wife, Viola; a daughter, Becky Davidson and
her husband, Bob, of Newton; two sons, Kelly Nachtigal and his wife,
Gale, of Newton and Lonny Nachtigal of Melbourne, Fla.; a brother,
Harry Nachtigal and his wife, Emily, of Hutchinson; stepmother-in-law
Ruth Schmidt of North Newton; two step-granddaughters and five
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Randyln (Randy), at the age of
Memorial services were held at First Mennonite Church, Newton. Burial
was in Greenwood Cemetery of Newton.
Good, Nolan K.
Nolan K. Good, 76, of Westover, Md., died June 2, 2009, at Peninsula
Regional Medical Center of respiratory failure. He was born June 2,
1933, to Kenneth and Kathryn Brunk in Harrisonburg, Va.
A lover of life, music and people, he was a longtime member of Holly
Grove Mennonite Church in Westover. Actively involved, he was an elder,
congregational leader, song leader and music committee member. In the
broader Mennonite church, he was a conference delegate, a member of the
mission board and evangelism commission. He was also a member of Rotary
International, Kiwanis, Gideons, Somerset County Department of Planning
and Zoning, Salisbury Choral Society and various coffee clubs. He was
also founder and charter member of Encore, a music department support
group for Eastern Mennonite University.
He graduated from Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg, Va., in
1952. His social nature led him early into his lifelong career in
sales. He was involved in the electronics and appliance industry for 56
years, recently retiring from White Consolidated Industries, where he
trained sales personnel at new stores.
He was known as an encourager and mediator, and one who had the gift of
hospitality. The warmth of his personality and his acceptance of others
will be a larger loss than all the official roles he played.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mildred Detwiler Good; two
sons, Kenneth V. Good and his wife, Donna, and Nolan “Keith” Good and
his wife, Karen, all of Westover; a daughter, Kendra G. Rittenhouse and
her husband, Jim, of Green Lane, Pa.; a brother, Edwin Good of West
Point, Va.; a sister, Betty Shenk of Sarasota, Fla.; his mother-in-law,
Sara Detwiler; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Weekly Review - July 13, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 27 - p. 13
Heinrichs, Virginia Rose Barkman
Virginia Rose Heinrichs, 85, of
Lindsborg, Kan., died April 17, 2009. She was born Feb. 4, 1924, to
Peter Hart Barkman and Rose Myrtle Galusha Olsen Harder Barkman.
When she was 3 her family moved to Reedley, Calif. She became a
Christian at age 10 and joined Zion Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1941
she went to Tabor College in Hillsboro. There she met Abe Heinrichs.
They were married on Aug. 1, 1943, at Zion KMB Church in California.
They moved to Wolf Point, Mont., and lived near his family for a year.
He was then called to do his conscientious objector service at Glacier
National Park, and they were there for more than two years. They then
moved back to Hillsboro so he could complete his schooling at Tabor.
They returned to Montana for Abe to teach at Lustre Academy, and they
spent 10 years there.
They spent six years at Meade (Kan.) Bible Academy. In 1966 they moved
to Ulysses, where Abe taught high school and she substitute taught.
They were both active in Ulysses Mennonite Brethren Church, where she
taught Sunday school. Besides being a homemaker, she sold Tupperware
for several years. She later worked at the Wagon Bed Inn as a desk
manager and helped Abe manage the motel for many years. She also worked
at the Peddlers Inn. In 2002 they moved to McPherson, where he preceded
her in death in 2006. She then moved to Bethany Home in Lindsborg. She
is remembered for her infectious smile, her zest for life, her love for
family and friends and her love for the Lord.
Survivors include seven children, Roger Heinrichs and his wife, Gail,
of Denver, Ralph Heinrichs and his wife, Kathy, of Wichita, Rosann
Carter and her husband, Robert, of Ulysses, Jack Heinrichs and his
wife, Janet, of Emporia; Robert Heinrichs of Ulysses, Phillip Heinrichs
and his wife, Debbie, of Hillsboro, Ore., and Cindy Harris and her
husband, Kevin, of McPherson; a sister, Vicki Barkman; 22 grandchildren
and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in
Hillsboro. Burial was in Gnadenau Cemetery.
Hein, Ira W..
Ira W.. Hein, 86, of Hillsboro,
Kan., died July 1, 2009, at Via Christi St. Francis Burn Unit. He was
born Dec. 8, 1922, to Henry W. and Tina Duerksen Hein in rural
On March 14, 1944, he married Hilda Suderman in Hillsboro.
He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of Hillsboro Mennonite
Survivors include a son, Rodney Hein and his wife, Susan, of rural
Hillsboro; a brother, Emice Hein of rural Hillsboro; a sister, Viola
Reeves of Wichita; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda, in 2005; and a brother,
Services were held at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. There was a
private family burial.
Yoder, Floyd Franklin
Floyd Franklin Yoder, 89, of
Wellman, Iowa, died July 4, 2009, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He
was born April 13, 1920, near Kalona, to Chris A. and Barbara (Troyer)
He graduated from Kalona High School in 1940. He served in Civilian
Public Service for four years and was a smoke jumper for two years in
Oregon and Washington.
On Feb. 24, 1946, he married Marjorie Yoder at Wellman Mennonite Church.
He lived and farmed in the Kalona community all of his life. He was a
member of Wellman Mennonite Church, where he served as an elder, Sunday
school superintendent and taught Sunday school. He served on Brush #8
school board for many years, the Iowa Mennonite School school board for
six years, helped with the organization of the Washington Township
School, served on the Iowa-Nebraska Conference Leadership Board for six
years, and volunteered with Mennonite Disaster Service.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marjorie of Wellman; four sons,
Leland Yoder and his wife, Cammie, of Kalona, Galen Yoder and his wife,
Dixie, of Hydro, Okla., Curtis Yoder and his wife, Lois, of Wellman,
and Calvin W. Yoder and his wife, Judy, of Kalona; a daughter, Rhonda
Yoder and her husband, Danny Graber, of Elkhart, Ind.; a brother,
Kenneth A. Yoder of Wheaton, Ill.; two sisters, Leola White of Kalona
and Minerva Yoder of Glendale, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and 12
He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Yoder; a sister, Geneva Yoder;
and three brothers, Lester W. Yoder, Delmar Yoder and Cecil Yoder.
Funeral services were held at Wellman Mennonite Church. Burial was in
Wellman Mennonite Cemetery.
Yoder, Rhoda Annabelle
Rhoda Annabelle Yoder, 86, of
Edgewood Vista in Minot, N.D., died May 19, 2009. She was born Oct. 31,
1922, to Jesse and Edna (King) Yoder near Surrey.
She was reared on the family farm and attended rural schools for eight
years prior to graduating from Surrey High School in 1942. After
graduation she moved to Minot, where she attended and graduated from
the Sisters of St. Francis School of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital
in 1947. Then she was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Sarasota,
Fla., Hagerstown, Md., and at the Air Force Hospital at Minot as a
registered nurse for more than 40 years prior to her retirement in
1984. She served as a caregiver to her sister for several years.
She was a member of Fairview Mennonite Church and Prairie Peace
Fellowship Church, both of Surrey, prior to their closure, where she
served as Sunday school teacher, librarian and member of the church
council for many years. She had been attending the Bible Fellowship
Church for the past four years. She was a member and past president of
the Women’s Missionary and Service Commission. She was a member of and
past president of St. Joseph’s Hospital Alumni Association and a member
of Heart to Heart. Her special interests included reading, traveling,
crocheting afghans and knitting stocking caps.
Mennonite Weekly Review - July 20, 2009 - 87th Year, No. 28 - p. 9
Hershberger, Kathleen Sill Hoffman
Kathleen Sill Hoffman Hershberger
died on June 28, 2009, after a battle with breast cancer. She was born
in Lyons, N.Y., on Sept. 11, 1942, and lived in Syracuse. Most of her
early years were spent in Cape Vincent on the St. Lawrence River.
She spent a lifetime doing volunteer work beginning as a Camp Fire Girl
leader, Meals on Wheels driver, North Syracuse Lionette, room mother
and Sunday school teacher. She was a volunteer tutor with the Cross
Roads Tutoring Program. She served on the board of directors of the
North Area YMCA and on it’s building committee. She was named the first
“Woman of the Year” by the Metropolitan YMCA. She served on the board
of the North Area Volunteer Center and volunteered at the downtown
office. She served on the Community General Hospital Auxiliary Board,
where she edited the Auxiliary Newsletter and handled publicity. She
was a longtime buyer for the Hospital Gift Shop.
She was an active member of Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church
and its Hope Circle. She served as Enrichment Time coordinator, Sunday
school teacher and as financial secretary. She was also an associate
member of Cape Vincent United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed spending time visiting their children and grandchildren at
her homes in Clayton, N.Y., and Sarasota, Fla.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 26 years, Gordon; a son,
Jeffrey Hoffman and his wife, MaryEllen, of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter,
Karen Beatty and her husband, Rob, of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepchildren,
Heidi Kovarik and her husband, Dave, of Syracuse, Amy Hershberger and
her husband, Paul Monsour, of Pasadena, Calif., and Jonathan
Hershberger and his wife, Roopal Patel, of Tampa, Fla.; three siblings,
Elsie Visser, Stewart Sill and Steven Sill; a stepmother, Jeanne Welt;
a stepsister, Nancy Bennett; and eight grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a grandson, Matthew Beatty; and a sister,
Services were held at Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Cape Vincent.
Hooley, Nettie J. Classen
Nettie J. Hooley, 89, of North
Lawrence, Ohio, died May 23, 2009, at Shady Lawn Health Care Community
in Dalton following complications from a stroke. She was born March 12,
1920, to John L. and Mary Reimer Classen near Meade, Kan.
She attended Meade Bible Academy, Tabor Academy and Omaha University,
and graduated from Goshen (Ind.) College with a degree in secondary
In 1947, she married Clarence D. Hooley and moved to Pleasant View.
She taught for a year at Pleasant View School and then worked in the
occupational therapy department of Massillon State Hospital. After 16
years raising three sons, she returned to school at Kent State
University to renew her teaching certificate and subsequently taught
English and German at Central Christian High School for 16 years.
She was a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church, where she served in
a variety of roles including as a Sunday school teacher, Girls Club
sponsor, Women’s Missionary and Service Commission member, on the board
of elders, and as mentor and friend to many of all ages. After
retirement, she and Clarence gave a year of voluntary service to
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., and three
months to the Choctaw Christian Church in Louisville, Miss. They served
on the Ohio Inter-Mennonite Council on Aging, and they also traveled
extensively, visiting family and friends around the world and spending
many hours with their six grandchildren.
Survivors include three sons, David J. Hooley and his wife, Jane, of
Leola, Pa., Donald E. Hooley and his wife, Mary Ina, of Bluffton, and
Daniel R. Hooley and his wife, Julia, of Canton; a sister, Selma
Ulbrich of Henderson, Nev.; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, in 2005, and by
Funeral services were held at Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Burial
was in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
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