Eby. - Samuel Eby of Paradise, Pa., was born Apr. 19, 1833; died Dec. 20, 1911; aged 77 y. 8 m. 1 d. He died of a complication of diseases. He was in business with his son Phares at a feed warehouse for a number of years and was a devout Christian man. Preaching at the church by Bro. C. M. Brackbill.
Ressler. - Samuel N. Ressler of Paradise Pa., was born Nov. 25, 1900; died Dec. 4, 1911; aged 11 y 10 d. Little Samuel was a bright boy in school and at home, very bright for a boy of his age. He was sick only a short time with appendicitis until the death angel took him home. We trust his death is his eternal gain where he is free from pain and sorrow and is with Jesus evermore. Preaching at the house by Joseph Wenger and at the Church by John Kurtz and Jonas Martin.
Yoder. - Willard Franklin, son of Bro. and Sister Jef. G. Yoder, died at their home near Kaolin, Ia., Dec. 2, 1911, of pneumonia; aged 3 y. 5 m. 5 d. Father, mother, and 3 brothers are left to mourn his early departure. While his time on earth was short, yet it was long enough to endear himself into the hearts of his parents and reminds us of the certainly of death. Funeral services were held Dec. 4, at the East Union Church, conducted by Christian Warye in German and D. J. Fisher in English from Psa. 103:15, 16. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.
Unzicker. - Elmer Manuel, infant son of W. M. and Anna
Unzicker of Fisher, Ill., was born Nov. 16, 1911.On Dec. 9, 1911,
after a brief illness of whooping cough, his spirit left the weary
body and went to Him who said, "Suffer little children to
come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom
of heaven." He leaves to mourn his parents, 1 brother and
2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Dec. 10, by
Bro. Peter Zehr who preached from Matt. 19:13,14. Burial in adjoining
Darling Elmer thou hast budded on earth to blossom in heaven.
Massanari. - Lean (Eichelberger) Massanari, was born in Germany, Mar. 11, 1862; died of an operation in a Chicago hospital, Nov. 23, 1911; aged 49 y. 8 m. 12 d. Sister Massanari united with the A. M. Church in earlier years of which she was a member to her end. She was married to Jas. Massanari. She leaves to mourn her departure a bereaved husband, 2 brothers and many friends. Funeral services at the home by A. F. Wiens in English from II Cor. 5:1; and at the church by Dan Grieser in German from John 14: 1 and in English by A. F. Wiens from John 11:35. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Demastus. - Massie Lee Demastus, darling boy and only child of John and Shoma Demastus was born near Sherando, Va., Nov. 10, 1911; died Dec. 19, 1911; aged 1 m. 3 w. 2 d. Massie was a very delicate child, we know that now he can be so much better cared for than by his earthly parents. He leaves to mourn his departure, mother, father, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, and a number of uncles and aunts.
"Thy loved him, yes, they loved him,
But Jesus loved him more,
And He has sweetly called him
To yonder shining shore."
B. B. H.
King. - Paul, youngest son of Bro. David and Sister
Barbara King was born at Tuleta, Tex., Sept. 15, 1910; died Dec.
22, 1911; aged 1 y. 3 m. 7 d. Young Paulie, as he was called in
the family, suffered the greater part of his life with indigestion
and all that loving hands and hearts could do was of no avail.
Although the mother was very much attached to the little one,
the death angel bore his soul away only for bright life in the
world beyond. Funeral on the 23 at the house by Bro. Peter Unzicker
and at the church by Bro. D. Y. Hooley, then laid to rest in the
Only a bud is gone, to blossom in the great beyond.
Calfee. - John R. Calfee, was born Dec. 14, 1864, in
Morgan Co., Mo.; died Dec. 17, 1911, from an attack of pneumonia;
aged 47 y 3 d.
On Sept. 14, 1902, he was united in marriage with Nora Lett who till survives him. To this union were born two children, Gordon and Eula. One brother, Samuel, and two sisters, Mollie Walters and Emma Salkeld, remain of his family ties to mourn his departure. His father, Morgan Calfee, and mother, whose maiden name was Harriet Ivy, one brother, and one sister preceded him to the spirit world.
John united with the Mennonite Church in 1905 and has endeavored to live a faithful Christian life. His home has lost a kind husband and father; his parental home loses a loving brother; the community loses the companionship of a brother in Christ.
He died with the testimony of a living faith in God and a willing submission to His all-wise providence. May the Lord comfort his sorrowing companion and dear ones with the consolations of the eternal hope and may they all prepare to join him in the home of light and glory.
Landis. - Charley Edward Landis was born June 7, 1881,
near Cullom, Ill.; died Dec. 11, 1911, in a hospital in Chicago,
having been overcome with gas in a hotel. He was 30 y. 6 m. 4
d. old when unexpected death overtook him.
Jan. 9, 1906, he was united in marriage to Gertrude Brumitt. To this union were born 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy, aged respectively 5, 3, and 1 years. Besides his family he leaves to mourn his early departure, his father and mother and 1 sister and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the house by S. Honderich and at the Methodist Church by S. Honderich, assisted by the Methodist pastor. Text, "There is but a step between me and death."
Esch. - Peter Esch was born in Metz, France, (now Germany)
July 8, 1830; died Nov. 16, 1911, at his home near South Hermitage;
aged 81 y. 4 m. 7 d. He had been sick only about 7 weeks with
quick consumption. Bro. Esch was a faithful member of the Amish
Mennonite Church for many years. He came to this country in the
year 1854 and was married to Katie Stoltzfus Dec. 2, 1858. To
this union were born 3 daughters and 5 sons. Grandfather was the
last of a family of 5 children to survive. He leaves to mourn
their loss an aged widow, 2 sons, 2 daughters and 26 grandchildren.
Funeral services at the house by John S. Mast (text, Heb. 11:9),
and at the Millwood Church by Isaac Mast and Gideon Stoltzfus.
Beck. - Clara Alice Drake was born at Mandale, O., Aug. 13, 1890; died at Ft. Wayne, Ind., Dec. 17, 1911; aged 21 y. 4 m. 3 d. In 1906 she was married to Charles W. Beck. To this union were born 2 sons, Burl and Rufus; little Burl having preceded her to the spirit world. Clara suffered from tuberculosis for more than a year. On the morning of Dec. 17, a few hours preceding death, she sealed her vow with God by water baptism, leaving the evidence that she was a child of God. May this be a loud warning for others. It is sad to witness the last hours of those who neglect the most important thing of life till the eleventh hour. She leaves father, mother, 1 brother, 4 sisters, a companion and a son and many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services conducted by F. J. Martin. Text, I Thes. 4:13.
Plank. - Bertha Naomi Plank was born Aug. 16, 1895,
and was called home Dec. 8, 1911; aged 16 y. 3 m. 22 d.
Death was caused by tuberculosis from which disease she suffered a little more that a year. From the beginning of her sickness all that the love and prayers of a devoted father, mother, brothers and sister could do for her, were done; but the Father saw fit to take her to Himself. On the day of her death she thought her end was near, and with a smile on her face she bade her loved ones farewell, the peacefully waited for the "death angel" to come.
Bertha accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of thirteen. During her hours of suffering the promises of His Word were precious to her and one of her last requests was that her Bible be given to some girl who had none.
She was the daughter of Jacob and Lydia Plank, who with her sister, Kathryn, and her two brothers, Samuel and Joseph, and a wide circle of friends mourn her early death.
Only the sweet influence of her life can help to fill the vacant place in hearts and home. We cannot understand why a bud of so much promise should be plucked so early in life. Life was sweet to her and she longed to become strong again. But she has shown us a beautiful example of being submissive to His will. So we bow to Him who doeth all things well.
" I cannot say, I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
She has gone to a happier land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It must be since she lingers there."
Funeral services were held at South Union Church near West Liberty, O., on Dec. 11, conducted by S. E. Allgyer, assisted by I. S. Mast. Interment was made in South Union Cemetery.
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Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 41 - January 11, 1912 - page 659
Knerr. - Nicholas Knerr, was born in Switzerland, July
2, 1855; died at his home in Geauga Co., O., Dec. 15, 1911; aged
55 y. 5 m. 13 d.
He was married Feb. 3, 1884, to Fannie Weaver. This union was blest with 2 daughters and 1 son, all whom remain to mourn his sudden departure. Bro. Knerr was a member of the Reformed Church until about 2 years ago, when he united with the Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful member until his death. His seat was seldom vacant.
Funeral services conducted Dec. 18, by Daniel Byler in German and L. L. Hartzler in English. Text, II Kings 20:1.
Eash. - Beulah, daughter of Bro. John K. and Lydia Ann
Eash, died of Tonsilitis at her home, near Jet, Okla., Dec. 27,
1911; aged 9 y. 7 m. 2 d.
Funeral, Dec. 28. Services at the home by S. C. Miller, at the church by R. M. Weaver and D. H. Bender and at the grave by Simon Hershberger. Text, Luke 8:52.
On Christmas day Beulah was at the church and took part in the children's exercises. Two days later her spirit was in the Great Beyond. It was quite a shock to the community and to the school mates. May the Lord comfort the bereaved parents who now have four loved ones in eternity"four on earth and four in heaven.
Transcriber's note: Tonsilitis is not a typo, that is the way
it was written in the page.
Hauck. - David F. Hauck was born near Intercourse, Pa.,
Mar. 25, 1878; died near Intercourse, Pa., Dec. 28, 1911; aged
33 y. 9 m. 3 d. On the evening of Dec. 23, Bro. Hauck was on his
way to the village on horseback. His horse stumbled, throwing
him to the ground. During part of the time he was delirious, but
in his conscious moments he expressed a willingness to go, submitting
himself to God,s will. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.
In the fall of 1904 he was married to Sister Pearl Benner of the
Groffdale congregation. He leaves a companion, 5 children, a father,
3 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn his early departure. Funeral
services at Hershey, Church, Dec. 31, conducted by Bros. N. H.
Mack and J. B. Senger. Texts, Rev. 21:4; Eph. 5:15, 16. Interment
in cemetery adjoining.
Risser. - Anna Farney was born in Beil, France, Apr.
20, 1832; died at El Paco, Ill., Dec. 12, 1999; aged 79 y. 7 m.
She was united in marriage, Mar. 11, 1856, to John Risser. To this union were born 8 children, of whom 5 survive, all being present at time of death. Soon after marriage they moved on a farm near Springbay, Ill., living there a few years and then in 1860 moved on a farm near Roanoke, Ill., and lived there until 1899, when she moved to Roanoke. In 1910 she with her daughter, Mrs. Mattie Belsley, moved to El Paco, Ill. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and has been a faithful and devoted member ever since. She leaves to mourn her departure, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 1 brother, 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services at the Roanoke Church, Dec. 14, 1911. Bro. P. D. Schertz spoke from Psa. 90:15, 16, and Bro. I. W. Royer from Psa. 16:11. Interment in nearby cemetery.
Wagner. - Emma Wagner (nee Steider) was born near Metamora,
Ill., June 18, 1868. She was taken to the St. Frances Hospital
in Peoria, Ill., where she underwent an operation on Thursday
and Sunday morning she fell asleep never to awaken this side of
eternity, making her age 43 y. 6 m. 6 d.
She unites with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 18 years, being a faithful member till death.
Jan. 24, 188, she was united in marriage with David Wagner. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 5 daughters, who with their father survive the death of one whom they loved. She also leaves her father, 1 brother, 1 sister and many friends to mourn her departure.
Funeral services Dec. 27, 1911, conducted at the home by Bro. A. A. Schrock (text, Psa. 39), and at the Roanoke Church by Bro. P. D. Schertz from Matt. 11:26-30, and by Bro. A. A. Schrock from II Cor. 4:16-18. Interment in nearby cemetery.
Zimmerman. - Anna S. Zimmerman, nee Martin, wife of Martin Zimmerman, died at the Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., on Dec. 28, 1911, after an illness of five weeks, during which time she suffered from a complication of diseases, death resulting from dropsy of the heart. Sister Zimmerman was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and was married to her now bereaved husband Sept. 16, 1878, with whom she moved to Harvey Co., Kans., in 1880. She was one of the first members at the organization of the Pennsylvania congregation. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for thirty-three years. She was a model of cheerfulness, helpfulness and faithful service in her sphere. She was perfectly resigned to His will as the end drew near and made arrangements for her funeral. Her age was 55 y. 11 m. 24 d. She leaves a husband, 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers. Two of the latter came from Pennsylvania to attend the funeral, which was held Dec. 31, conducted by D. H. Bender and T. M. Erb. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Speas. - Mary Ann Zoss was born in Bern, Switzerland,
Jan. 3, 1860; died at her home near Cazenovia, Ill., Dec. 14,
1911; aged 51 y. 11 m. 11 d. In the year 1879 she was united in
matrimony with Henry Speas and in 1884 they came to America. In
her youth she unites with the German Reformed Church and in 1899
she with her husband united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of
which she was a faithful member until death. Among the last words
she was heard to speak she gave expression to the thought that
God should have His way with her. She was the mother of 5 sons
and 4 daughters. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters,
5 grandchildren, 1 adopted grandchild and many friends to mourn
Funeral services were held Dec. 17, 1911, at the house. Bro. Andrew Schrock spoke in the German from Psa. 103 and Bro. P. D. Schertz in English from Psa. 103:11,12, 15, 16. At the Harmony Church, Bro. P. D. Schertz spoke of the promises to those who overcome and Bro. Andrew Schrock from the Text, Jno. 11:28. Interment in Harmony Cemetery.
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Gingerich. - Elmer J, son of Andrew and Mary Gingerich, was born Sept. 29, 1911; died Dec. 31, 1911; aged 3 m. 2 d. Jesus says, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." He leaves to mourn parents, three brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held at the East Fairview Church, Milford, Neb., and laid to rest in the Cemetery nearby, Jacob Stauffer and Joe Rediger officiating.
Lininger. - Fred Lininger of Rockton, Pa., was born Oct. 1, 1849; died Jan. 3, 1912; age 62 y. 3 m. 2 d. After a lingering illness for some months he passed to his reward. He was a member of the Mennonite church. He suffered greatly during his illness, and never complained, or lamented, but was fully resigned to the will of God. He leaves a wife and 5 children. Funeral sermon by W. N. Selner. Text, I Sam. 20:3. "There is but a step between me and death" Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Miller. - Minola, daughter of Abraham E. and Abbie Miller, was born July 12, 1895; died Jan. 2, 1912; aged 16 y. 5 m. 20 d. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of friends. Her sickness lasted only a few days her death being caused by appendicitis. She had been at the Bible Conference at Walnut Creek and went to her uncle's home about half a mile from the meeting house where she died. At the age of 14 years she united with the A. M. Church at Walnut Creek and was a faithful member. She was buried on Jan. 5. Services by Bro. Moses A. Mast from Matt. 9:24, assisted by Bro. Corsan Mast (Jas. 4:4), and Bro. Jesse Miller.
Korb. - Israel Korb, of Rockton, Pa., was born Sept.
1858; died Dec. 30, 1911; aged 53 y. He suffered with an injured
backbone for over 32 years. While working in the woods he was
struck by a falling tree, which made him a cripple for life. He
was never able to leave his bed. He was cared for by his aged
mother and two brothers, who mourn his departure. He was a member
of the Lutheran Church. Although he was not permitted to attend
services at the church, we believe he filled his mission on the
Services in the Mennonite church by Pre. W. N. Selner of the Lutheran church. Text, Isa. 64:6. Interment in the Rockton cemetery.
Hunsberger. - Harvey, son of Joseph and Maria Hunsberger,
was born in Medina Co., O., Aug. 23, 1883; died Jan. 3, 1912,
death due to peritonitis. He was the second of five children,
all whom survive him, while his parents have both passed to the
He was united in marriage with Lillian Sahr, Sept. 8, 1909. This union was blessed with one son, Harry H., now 2 years old. Bro. Hunsberger gave his hand to the Church and his heart to God at the age of 21 and was a member of the Mennonite Church at the time of his death.
As a husband and father he held the esteem of his fellows. Why it pleased God to take from the home and community one seemingly so much needed we can not now understand, but humbly bow, saying, "Not our will but Thine be done." Funeral held from Bethel Church, Jan. 6, 1912, conducted by N. A. Lind and G. N. Beam. Burial in Wadsworth cemetery.
Schrock. - Infant son of Manuel and Anna Schrock was born Nov. 7, 1911, died Nov. 8, 1911. Bro. Peter Garber preached the sermon from Psalms 103:15-17.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o,ershaded,
Sweetly thy soul shall rest."
Ramer. - Levi Ramer was born Dec. 20, 1875 near Port Trevorton, Snyder Co., Pa., died Jan. 3, 1912; aged 36 y. 13 d. He met his unexpected death while out in the woods with a helper cutting trees for firewood, when a tree hung itself on another, and in trying to get it down it came down and very suddenly knocking him down and striking his head on a stone, the tree fell on top of him, killing him instantly. He was married to Emma Bowersox. To this union three children were born, one preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, John Ertel at the Paradise U. B. Church, of which he was a faithful member. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hauck. - David F., son of Bro. David and Sister Catherine Hauck, was born in Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., died Dec. 28, 1911; aged 33 y. 9 m. 3 d. When a young man he became a Christian and united with the Mennonite Church and remained consistent and faithful until death. On Nov. 25, 1904 he was united in marriage to Sister Pearl Benner, daughter of Jacob W. and Barbara Benner. He leaves wife, 5 children, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, a father and a host of friends to mourn his early departure. His end came with only five days, illness, a fractured skull resulting from a fall from a horse. Though our tears we can say, "Thy will be done" for we know the Father does all things well. Buried at Hershey's Church. Services by Noah and John Senger. Text Rev. 21:4.
Earnest. - Benjamin Earnest of Proctor, Mo., was born
Apr. 9, 1854; died Jan. 1, 1912; aged 57 y. 8 m. 22 d. He was
married, Oct. 27, 1881, to Mary Roe, to which union were born
five children of which four are now living, one having died in
infancy. The names of these living are Maggie Willlon, Henry Earnest,
May Hughes and Kelly Earnest.
He confessed Christ as his Savior in youth, uniting with the Methodist Church. His place in Church was seldom vacant. He was of a kind and gentle disposition and had many friends. His place in the home, church and community was filled in a way to make his absence felt. Funeral services at the Methodist Church of Proctor conducted by J. R. Shank. Text, Rev. 14:13. Buried in the graveyard nearby.
Schertz. - Elizabeth Schertz was born in Woodford Co.,
Ill., Oct. 5, 1845; died at her late home near Roanoke, Ill.,
Dec. 28, 1911; aged 66 y. 2 m. 23 d.
She united with the Amish Mennonite church in her youth and remained a faithful member to the end. To know her meant to love her because of the kind and loving disposition and Christian life. Jan. 24, 1867 she was united in marriage with John Schertz. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 3 daughters.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 1 adopted grandchild, 3 brothers and many friends.
Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. Sam Gerber from I Cor. 6:1-10 and at the Harmony Church by Bro. A. L. Buzzard in English from I Peter 1:3, 4 and Bro. Sam Gerber in German from Phil. 1:21. Interment in Harmony cemetery.
Gautsche. - Barbara Gautsche (nee Meyer) was born March
1, 1835; died Dec. 10, 1911; aged 76 y. 9 m. 9 d. She was a member
of the Mennonite church from her youth.
She was united in marriage with Henry Gautsche, which union was blessed with 7 sons and 3 daughters, 1 son and 1 daughter, also her husband, preceded her to the realms beyond. She leaves to mourn her death 6 sons, 2 daughters, 25 grandchildren 4 having preceded her, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 13, 1911, at the Union church in Metamora, Ill., by Bros. Andrew Schrock and Val. Strubhar. Texts, Jno. 5:24, 25, and Isa. 35:3-10.
Kendig. - Sister Anna, widow of Christian H. Kendig, died very suddenly on Tuesday morning, Dec. 19, 1911, of paralysis of the heart after a illness of two days; aged 81 y. 2 m. 6 d. She is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren and an aged sister. Services were conducted at her late home at Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 22, by Abram B. Herr, John H. Mosemann and J. W. Meminger. Interment at Strasburg Mennonite Graveyard. The deceased was a regular attendant at the services whenever health permitted. She was a lover of the Word, spending much time in study. We may well say with the poet:
Peaceful by thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low,
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shalt know;
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.
Detweiler. - David, son of Jacob and Arie Detweiler,
was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 6, 1857; moved with his parents
to Logan Co., O., when a small boy, where he spent a greater part
of his life; died Jan. 3, 1912; aged 54 y. 11 m. 27 d. He leaves
to mourn his departure his aged mother, 4 brothers, 2 sisters
and many relatives and friends.
He united with the Amish Mennonite Church when a young boy and remained faithful unto the end. We trust our loss is his eternal gain.
Brother David was a kind and peaceful disposition, bearing persecution rather than harming others.
Loved ones leave us one by one,
Why is it we often wonder;
He who doeth all things well
Help us to say: "Thy will be done."
Funeral services held at the South Union Church, Jan. 5, 1912,
conducted by Bro. J. B. Hartzler of West Liberty, Ohio, and Bro.
J. P. Bontrager of Albany, Ore. Text, Isa. 38:1. Laid to rest
in the cemetery near the Church.
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Berkey.- Nancy Berkey was born in Wayne Co., O., May 24, 1841; died Jan. 9, 1912; aged 70 y. 7 m. 15 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her early life, of which she was a faithful member to the time of her departure. She leaves to mourn her loss here on earth an only brother, a number of nephews and nieces and many friends and relatives.
Paul.- John Marvin, infant son of John C. and Barbara Paul, died Jan. 4, 1912; aged 1 m. 26 d. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Jno. H. Mosemann and Jacob Hershey at the home in Lititz, Pa. Interment in Hammer Creek cemetery. This precious flower had budded on earth to blossom in heaven. May the Lord comfort the bereaved ones.
Lehman.- Sister Mary Y., wife of Bro. John Lehman, died at her home at North Lima, O., Jan. 7, 1912; aged 61 y. 1 m. 1 d. She was ill only a few days, the cause of her death being sciatic rheumatism and heart trouble. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Her husband and nine children survive her. One son preceded her to the spirit world nearly a year ago. Funeral services were held at the Midway Church, Jan. 10. Services were conducted by E. M. Detweiler and A. J. Steiner.
Graber.- Fannie Graber, nee Conrad, was born May 31, 1842; died Jan. 6, 1912; aged 69 y. 7 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Christian C. Graber Apr. 30, 1874. This union was blest with 3 children, also 1 grandchild survives her. She confessed Christ as her Savior in her early life and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, with which body she worshipped her God until relieved by death.
Pyle.- Irena (Garber) Pyle was born in Miami Co., Ind. She was united in marriage to Joseph Pyle of Kokomo, Ind. To this union was born 1 son. Irena died of consumption at the home of her parents, Benjamin and Josephene Garber, in Miami Co., Ind., on Jan. 7, 1912. She leaves a husband, a little son, father, mother, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. She united with the M. E. Church in Kokomo last February. Funeral services conducted by Bro. E. A. Mast and ----White, of the M. E. Church. Text, Matt 5:17.
Shank.- Fredinand H., son of Abraham and Ellen Shank,
was born in Howard Co., Ind., May 9, 1891; died in Nappanee, Ind.,
of tuberculosis, Jan. 13, 1912; aged 20 y. 8 m. 4 d. On Jan. 3,
he confessed his Savior and was baptized and received in fellowship
with the children of God. He lived 10 days in the Christian life.
He was very patient through all his sickness, especially after
he had accepted his Savior. He was satisfied as God directed and
fully resigned to His will.
He leaves father, mother, 4 sisters and one brother to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the A. M. Church Jan. 15, by Levi W. Yoder and J. H. McGowen from Psa. 103:1 and Rom. 8:28. Interment in South Union cemetery.
Kauffman.- Jonas M. Kauffman was born in Holmes Co., O., Apr. 30, 1836; died in Goshen, Ind., Jan. 8, 1912; aged 75 y 8 m. 8 d. At the age of 14 years he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., and on Nov. 30, 1858 he was united in marriage with Leah Stutzman. To this union were born 8 children, 6 of whom survive to comfort mother in her lonely widowhood. In 1859 Bro. Kauffman and wife united with the A. M. Church and he remained faithful to the end. Suffering severely at times for several years, but patiently waiting God,s time to relieve him he fell peacefully asleep in Jesus to awake at the voice of the Son of God and come forth to life eternal. Services at the house by P. E. Whitmer and at the Greiner Church by D. J. Johns.
Kauffman.- Catharine Kauffman, (nee Harshbarger) was born Oct. 9, 1832; died Jan. 8, 1912. She was the wife of Elijah Kauffman, who preceded her to the glory world. Sister Kauffman was born and lived in Bratton Twp. She was widely known as a sociable and kind friend and was much interested in the welfare of others. She was usually of fair good health till she was internally affected with cancer. She lived in her own home till May, 1911, when she became unable to do her work, she made her home with her son, John B. Harshbarger and was confined to her bed since June. She bore her trials as well as could be expected and expressed a readiness to depart. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 brothers, a son, 3 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral Jan. 11, conducted by Eli H. Kanagy. Text, Job 30:23. A large crowd of people had gathered to show their last respects to the departed one.
McCombs.- Sister Jennie McCombs of Philadelphia, Pa.,
in her 22 year, peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, Sunday morning,
Dec. 31, 1911.
Jennie first came to the Mission Sunday school Oct., 1904, and was baptized and received into church fellowship Mar. 15, 1908, remaining faithful until death- in the home, in the factory, and everywhere she went. She is greatly missed at the Mission, by the workers, the children, and old ladies, as she always had a smile and kind word for each.
The family have our sympathy, as a brother was buried a year ago, and a sister is sick in the hospital at present. Funeral services, Jan. 3, by Bros. Amos Kolb and J. B. Senger. Text, "For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come."
"Sister thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Ernest.- Isaac Houston Ernest of Proctor, Mo., was born
Apr. 17, 1847; died Jan. 10, 1912; aged 64 y. 8 m. 23 d. He was
married to Bettie Wilson Sept. 15, 1870. To this union there were
no children born. She died Apr. 27, 1882.
On Aug. 16, 1883, he was married to Elizabeth Snyder, to which union were born 2 daughters still living. His second wife died Dec. 13, 1909.
He was converted when only 14 years old and united with the Methodist Church, in which faith he was brought up of his parents. He continued in faithful work until death. About 10 days before his death he attended the funeral of his brother, Benjamin Ernest, at which time he seemed to bear up in faith, requesting the song, "How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord." In a few days he was taken with pneumonia and died also. He leaves 2 sisters, 1 brother, 2 daughters and friends far and near to mourn his departure.
Funeral at the Proctor Church conducted by J. R. Shank assisted by J. W. Hess and Joe C. Driver. Text, I Peter 4:7. May these seasons of sorrow and separation draw all nearer to God and that they may be ready when the end of all things comes.
Troyer.- Amos, son of Bro. Calvin and Sister Matilda Troyer, was born Oct. 11, 1895; died near Emma, Ind., Jan. 6, 1912; aged 16 y. 2 m. 25 d. He took sick on Tuesday night, Dec. 26, with lung fever, on Wednesday evening following he requested to be baptized and received into the Church. He said he had thought for some time past of uniting with the Church, but for some cause had neglected the matter. On Thursday morning a minister was called and on confession of faith he was baptized. For several days following he was very sick, but in a few days he began to improve and just before his death was thought to be on a fair way to recovery, death being caused by heart failure. Funeral was held on Jan. 8, at the Shore Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by A. S. Cripe in English from Prov. 27:1 and by Y. C. Miller in German from Psa. 39:5, texts selected by parents. Following are lines also given by the parents:
"Amos, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today.
But beyond this vale of sorrow's,
Tears will all be wiped away.
Amos, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angels sweetly whispered,
Come and live with us at home."
Amos was always a good and obedient child, always ready to do papa's and mamma's wishes.
Zook.- Sarah Zook died very suddenly of heart failure
early Wednesday morning, Dec. 13, 1911, at her home five miles
west of Belleville, Pa. She had suffered from a weak heart for
a number of years, but her condition just previous to her death
had not been considered serious. She retired as well as usual
on Tuesday evening. About 1 o,clock the next morning her husband
awakened by hearing her breathe heavily and irregularly. He procured
a light immediately, but she expired before any assistance could
She was a daughter of Peter Allgyer. She was aged 62 y. 3 m. 26 d., having been born Aug. 17, 1849, in Juniata Co. Feb. 2, 1870, she was married to Samuel B. Zook, who, with 1 son, S. Herman and 2 grandchildren, survive her. Three children died in infancy. She is also survived by 2 sisters.
Among a wide circle of friends and acquaintances Sister Zook was known as a woman of exemplary life and character. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church, with which she had united in early youth. In her death, a husband has lost a faithful and affectionate wife, a son a gentle and loving mother, and the community one whose life was noble and uplifting.
Funeral services were held in the A. M. Church Dec. 15, conducted by E. H. Kanagy, assisted by J. B. Zook. Text, Eccl. 9:10: "Whatsoever thy hand fineth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." Interment in the cemetery near the church.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana