December 18, 2003



Rose Stoltzfus

Rose M. Stoltzfus of Fairborn died on Monday, Dec. 8, at Hospice of Dayton. She was 67.

Born March 13, 1936, in Bellefontaine, she was the daughter of Eli and Lena (Smucker) Stoltzfus. Her family also lived in the West Liberty area, Orville, Ohio, where she graduated from high school.

She attended Heston College in Heston, Kan., then transferred to Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., where she received her bachelor’s degree. She graduated from the Springfield City Hospital School of Medical Technology and worked for many years at the Fels Research Laboratory in Yellow Springs.

Later in life, she returned to college and earned a master’s degree from Wright State University and entered the field of counseling.

She was an ordained minister and a minister of the Christ Way to Life Church in Springfield. She was a 40-year member of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC and past master of the Elbert Hubbard Chapter. At one time she played viola with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Yellow Springs Orchestra.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, John and Beverly Stoltzfus of Apple Creek, Ohio; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Donovan Miller of Indianapolis, Carol and Howard Jones of Winona Lake, Ind., and Rowene and John Borntrager of Tipp City; five nieces and six nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Christ Way to Life Church in Springfield.

Marianne Gevirtz

Rabbi Marianne L. Gevirtz of Springfield died of cancer on Dec. 12, in her home with her loving family around her. She was 52.

Rabbi Gevirtz was born on Jan. 3, 1951, in Zwolle, Holland.

Rabbi Gevirtz was a gifted, engaging person who will be missed by family, her friends and the members of Temple Sholom, the congregation that she served with for the past eight years. She came to Springfield as a student rabbi in 1994 and became the full-time religious leader of Temple Sholom in 1995.

She was instrumental in bringing regular Jewish religious services to Yellow Springs via a partnership with the Yellow Springs Havurah.

She studied at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, where she received an MA in Hebrew education and an MA in Judaic studies. She later pursued a doctoral degree in Aramaic languages at Yale University. Following serving as educator at Congregation Adat Shalom in Poway, Calif., she returned to HUC-JIR for her Rabbinic degree.

She was married to the late Dr. Stanley Gevirtz, who was a professor of Bible at HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Gevirtz was involved in many ecumenical and social justice organizations, including Justice Action and Mercy, Clark County Ministerial Fellowship, Rainbow Table II, The Holocaust Awareness Program and Clark State Interfaith Board.

Services were held on Monday, Dec. 15, at Temple Sholom, in Springfield. Memorial donations may be made to Temple Sholom.