Baumgartner, Dorothy May Hilty

Dorothy May Baumgartner, 89, died Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles, Missouri.

She was born Dorothy May Hilty on May 21, 1926, in Versailles, a daughter of Rev. Peter P. Hilty and Barbara Koller Hilty.

Dorothy married Edmond D. Baumgartner on August 22, 1948, at Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna, Missouri.

She and Ed were active members of the Bethel Mennonite Church. Dorothy was involved in Women In Mission, Children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.

As well as being an avid member of the church, she was also active in the local community. Dorothy taught sewing and cooking for the local 4H. She was a columnist for the Versailles Leader-Statesman for 60 years writing the ‘Bethel News’ depicting life in the community and a story or two describing the days she grew up.

Dorothy began writing poetry at a very young age and it grew to be one her hobbies. She enjoyed writing poems about the people she knew and for many occasions. Dorothy was known as a great storyteller. Her stories held little lessons, created on the spot.

She was a gracious, thoughtful person who connected with both young and old and whomever passed through her life. She always had a cheerful disposition and seemed to have never met a stranger. She was cared about by relatives, the church and the community at large.

Dorothy was completely devoted to her husband over many years, caring for him, her family, and all those around her.

She is survived by a son David Baumgartner and his wife Marsha, two daughters, Diane Bruemmer and her husband Ed and Debbie Baumgartner. Also surviving are three granddaughters, Christy, Erin, and Kay and great-grandson, Owen.

The visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 17th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. at Kidwell Garber Funeral Home, Versailles, MO.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church, Fortuna, MO.

Any donations to be given to Bethel Mennonite Church, Fortuna, MO.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Holsopple, John Raymond

John Raymond Holsopple, age 87, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday morning, September 23, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles. He was born July 24, 1928, in Morgan County, a son of the late Lewis and Anna (Shantz) Holsopple.

John spent many years working with his family’s farming operation. He attended the Mt. Zion and Cornerstone churches and most recently the Bethel Mennonite Church.

He enjoyed putting together puzzles and picking walnuts in the fall.

John is survived by many cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Walter W. Holsopple and his sister, Clara A. Holsopple.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 28th, at the Bethel Mennonite Church with Pastor Dave Zapf officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Association.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Wenger, Mary Ida Driver

Mary Ida (Driver) Wenger, age 87, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at her home. She was born April 27, 1928, in Rockingham County, Virginia, a daughter of the late Wayne and Sophie (Swope) Driver.

On April 25, 1948, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she was united in marriage to Norman Wenger, who preceded her in death on June 6, 2006.

Mary was a former member of the Mt. Zion/Cornerstone Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. Later, she attended the Bethel Mennonite Church.

Mary was employed by various local establishments, including Lehman’s Restaurant for twenty years, Barncraft, Save-A-Lot grocery store and was a cook at Morgan County R-II school for many years. She served as GMSA club leader for several years, was a youth sponsor with her husband, Norman, worked with YWAM for many years, was secretary for Lakeside Mennonite Camp, served as vice-president for WMSC of the South Central Conference of the Mennonite Church, worked in the prison ministry for many years and took part in mission outreach at the Coffee School. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, baking and quilting.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Ulrich of Dayton, Virginia; her foster son, James Pryor and wife Kathy of Elm Springs, Arkansas; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Willard Driver and wife Betty of Bridgewater, Virginia and Lewis Driver of Franklin, West Virginia; sisters, Florence Heatwole and husband Nelson of Onego, West Virginia, Hannah Burkholder of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Ruth Kauffman of Portland, Oregon and Beulah Francis “Bootsie” Kenegy and husband Carroll of Portland, Oregon; several nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dan Driver, Roy Driver and John Driver.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 24th, at the Bethel Mennonite Church with Pastor Dave Zapf officiating. A private family graveside service will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Association or Women in Mission Society at Bethel Mennonite Church.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Aeschbacher, Ruth Elizabeth Lehman

Ruth Elizabeth Aeschbacher, age 100, of Jefferson City, formerly of the Versailles and Laurie area, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Adams Street Place in Jefferson City. She was born on July 10, 1914, the daughter of Thomas and Alpha Lehman, who preceded her in death.

On December 3, 1939, on the family farm near Versailles, she was married to Herbert Aeschbacher, who preceded her in death on April 5, 2000.

Ruth was an active member of the Bethel Mennonite Church near Fortuna and for many years graced the altar every Sunday morning with a beautiful bouquet of roses from her rose garden. She was also an active member of the Women’s Missionary Society sewing many comforter and quilt tops. She was an avid quilter and also enjoyed gardening. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived on the family farm near Versailles until 1978, when she and her husband sold the farm and moved to Laurie to be close to her eldest daughter Myrna and son-in-law Dave Sherman.

She is survived by one daughter, Elaine Ernst and her husband Don of California, Missouri; four grandsons, Mark (Melaine) Sherman of Laurie, Kirby (Angel) Ernst of Holts Summit, Missouri, Jay (Lisa) Ernst of New Bloomfield, Missouri and Scott Sherman of Kansas City, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Madisen Sherman, Connor, Max, Macee, Alisa and Delainey Ernst and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Myrna Sherman and son-in-law, Dave Sherman and two brothers, Tilman Lehman and Eldon Lehman.

A visitation will be held at the Bethel Mennonite Church near Fortuna on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., with graveside services and interment to follow in the Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to Bethel Mennonite Church or Adams Street Activity Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.