Margaret Gratz Detwiler, 94, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Born on July 30, 1920, in Bluffton, Ohio, she was the second of six children born to Homer and Edna Gratz. Margaret grew up in Bluffton on the Gratz family farm. Multi-talented and musically gifted, she “milked the cows in the morning” before going off to class carrying the cherished cello she loved to play in the orchestras of Bluffton High School and Bluffton College. Also well accomplished in piano and voice, she continued to perform in string quartets and choirs throughout her long life.
Rev. Dan U. Dalke, 93, passed away at his home in Inman, Kansas on September 29, 2014. He was born June 27, 1921 to John and Sara Dalke in Inman, Kansas. He married Edna Franz on January 22, 1943 and together they had 7 children. Dan felt the call from God into full time pastoral ministry at the age of 28. After graduating from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951, he was ordained to the ministry and for 63 years conducted numerous pastoral assignments, including 18 years as senior pastor of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church. For the past 12 years he served as Chaplain for Pleasant View Retirement Home where he resided.
David E. Hostetler, age 84, died at the home of his son Marc Hostetler on Sept. 24, 2014, in Reinholds, PA. David was born on Oct. 27, 1929 to Emerson and Luella (Lehman) Hostetler in Orrville, OH, and lived in Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, Brazil, New York, and Pennsylvania. His work was dedicated to the Mennonite Church as pastor, missionary with Mennonite Board of Missions (Elkhart, IN), journalist and editor of Mennonite publications with Mennonite Publishing House (Scottdale, PA), and Laurelville Mennonite Church Center (Mt. Pleasant, PA) program director. David also served as overseer to Mennonite congregations in Pennsylvania.
Mary Emma Triplett of Bluffton, Ohio passed from this life on September 30, 2014. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy of devotion to family, friends, people in crisis, her church, and her community. She was preceeded in death by her husband, William R. Triplett. Mary Emma was born on October 2, 1922 to Joseph and Hettie Cassel of Fairview Village, PA. She joined the US Army Nursing Corps soon after graduation from the University of Cincinnati Nursing School with a nursing degree and RN certification. She and Ropp (William R. Triplett) were married on September 1, 1946 after both having received honorable discharge from the army. Following a brief honeymoon they took up homemaking in Bluffton, Ohio.