Gospel Herald Obituaries - May, 1912

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 5 - May 2, 1912 - page 79

Whisler.- Clayton E. Whisler was born in York Co., Pa., April 16, 1887; died at the home of his step-mother in Hanover, Pa., April 13, 1912; aged 24 y. 11 m. 27 d. He was a son of the late Pre. Martin Whisler of Hanover. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, having given up the world and was ready to die. Funeral services April 17. Services at the home and continued at Baer's Church by Bro. Daniel Stump of New Baltimore. Text, Rom. 8:18.

Stayrook.- Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. Francis Stayrook, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 27, 1885; died April 20, 1912; aged 27 y. 2 m. 24 d. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church, April 22, by S. G. Shetler, James Saylor and L. A. Blough. Sister Satyrook was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, father and mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and 6 children. Two children dead- one little infant was buried with her in the same coffin. This is indeed a trying time for Bro. Stayrook to give up his faithful wife and be left with the family of small children, but he has the promise in God's Word, that "all things work together for good to them that love God."

Sala.- Joseph Sala of Hollsopple, Pa., died April 12, 1912; aged 64 y. 9 m. 13 d. Funeral services were conducted April 14, at the Blough Church by S. G. Shetler, James Saylor and Simon Layman. Text, Acts 7:60. Bro. Sala was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He is survived by a sorrowing widow, 6 brothers and 1 sister. Three of his brothers had his home with him. One is crippled, confined to his bed and one is a lunatic. So if we look to the surroundings of the home we think that Bro. Sala was much needed in the home, but God knows what is best, so we say, "Not our will but God's be done." But the friends need not sorrow without hope. He expresses himself to the writer and others that he is ready and willing to go.

Flinchbaugh.- Walter H., son of Bro. and Sister Sadie (Hertzler) Flinchbaugh of near Mt. Joy, Pa., was born April 21, 1911; died April 19, 1912; aged 11 m. 28 d. He was in good health to a week before his death when diphtheria set in, and Jesus called him home. Baby Walter was an exceptionally good child and we realize that the Lord's ways are not always as our ways would be. May these dear parents in faith believing say, "The will of the Lord be done." The Lord comfort the bereaved parents.
He was buried in Erisman's Cemetery where brief services were held.
Go, little pilgrim, to thy home
On yonder blissful shore,
We miss thee here, but soon will come
Where thou hast gone before.
Aunt Charlotte.

Riesser.- Fannie Riesser of Hagerstown, Md., died April 16, 1912; aged 77 y. 7 m. 19 d. Funeral services at *he house by Bro. Christian Strite and at Reiff's Church by Bros. George Kenner (Text, Phil. 1:21) and David Lesher (Text, Matt. 24:42). She leaves to mourn her departure 2 daughters, 3 sons, 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and one surviving brother. She was the widow of Pre. Jaocb Reisser, who preceded her in death 20 years ago. She was sick eleven days with erysipelas, suffering much but bearing it patiently. She was fully resigned and expressed a bright hope to meet her loved ones gone before.
Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
Her work on earth is o'er;
But in memory she is with us
Till we'll meet her on the other shore.
A Granddaughter.


Transcriber's note: *he is spelled as written

Good.- Simon S. Good was born Oct. 27, 1867 died Mar. 14, 1912; aged 44 y. 4 m. 16 d. In March 1894, he was married to Lizzie Smith, with whom he lived in matrimony twenty years. This union was blessed with 6 sons of whom 1 died in infancy. For the last twenty years he was a member of the Mennonite Church, and lived an exemplary Christian life and we have every hope that he is now resting from his labors. Besides the loss to the family, the community loses a kind neighbor, the Sunday school its superintendent, and the Church one of her ablest *counsellors. Buried at Martin's cemetery Mar. 18. Services by the home minister, E. S. Bauman, and Bishop Jonas Snider, of Waterloo.
During the last few weeks the family of Sister Good all had an attack of measles of a rather severe type. Other families have also had them, and some have them now. Several who had them were dangerously ill. A young brother of this congregation is down with an affection of the throat which is feared may cause his death. So we see the Lord is calling yet. Pre. J. B. Smith of Hesston, Kans., is Sister Good's only brother.


Transcriber's note: *counsellors is spelled as written and punctuation's are as in the obituary.

Witmer.- A very sad accident occurred in this community when Henry, the only son of Bro. William Witmer and wife, four miles north of Columbiana, O., lost his life almost in as instant. Henry was nearly 28 years old, was married about three years ago, and for some time had been living in Columbiana, but as his father was sick and not able to be out of bed, with no prospects of doing any work this summer, Henry with his family moved home about a month ago, intending to do the farming this coming summer. This being a backward spring he had gotten work on a sawmill, intending to work there until the weather became favorable to do farm work.
Last Friday, April 19, he left home in his usual health and early in the forenoon, while doing some work just in front of the saw with his back turned toward it, the saw teeth caught his coat and pulled him into the saw and cut him from his left hip to the right shoulder, cutting off his spine, causing instant death. His body would have been cut in two, had not the stream been nearly all shut off and the saw running slowly.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at Midway Church where several hundred more people came together than the house would hold. The services were in charge of Bro. E. M. Detweiler and A. J. Steiner, assisted by ____ Moore of the Methodist Church of Columbiana, of which his wife is a member. Henry had not made a public confession and this makes it so much harder for the family. His young wife, a son two years old, and his father and mother survive him. This indeed is a loud call, and it should be the means of bringing us all to the sense of our duty.

Krieder.--On March 12 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. David L. Groff, near Mellinger's Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Hettie A. Kreider, passed away to her eternal reward, aged 66 y. 3 d. Her home was at Paradise. She resided at that only a few months, suffered no pain, only weakness and passes away rather suddenly, her daughter being the only one with her when her spirit took its departure to the better world. Sister Kreider was beloved by all who knew her, was of a kind and loving *disopsition, always ready to help in time of need. Those who are left to mourn are 4 sons, 2 daughters, 23 grandchildren. One daughter, Susan, wife of Samuel Bookwalter, of Peabody, Kans., was able to attend the burial of her mother. The father, Tobias Kreider, was called to his reward about 17 months previous to the mother's death. Sister Kreider also leaves 4 brothers and 1 sister. Mrs. Susanna Denlinger of Rohrerstown, who died Oct. 3, 1911 was a sister. These two sisters were very attached to each other. Their parting here was short. We believe they are now reunited in that home where there will be no more parting. The surviving sister is Bro. Jacob B. Lehman's wife, and mother of A. H. Lehman, superintendent of the Chicago Home Mission. Short services at the house by Bro. Sanford Landis, continued at the Paradise Mennonite Church (of which our sister was a faithful member and Sunday school teacher for many years) by Bro. C. M. Brackbill, followed by Bro. John B. Senger and Jacob Mellinger. Midst flowing tears and sorrowing hearts our loved one was laid to rest in the Paradise Cemetery. But God who doeth all things well has called and may we humbly submit and say what He has done is well done.
"Oh ye weary, sad and tossed ones,
Droop not, faint not by the way;
Ye shall join the loved and just ones
In the land of Perfect Day.
Harp strings touched by angels' *fiingers
Murmured in my raptured ear,
Evermore their sweet song lingers
We shall know each other there."
A sister.


Transcriber's note: *disopsition and *fiingers are spelled as written

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 6 - May 9, 1912 - page 95

Miller. - On April 28, 1912, funeral services were held at Walnut Creek (Ohio) A. M. Church for Claude Miller. This was the first time that funeral services were held there without the corpse being taken into the house. Services by M. A. Mast, S. H. Miller and Corson M. Mast. Text, Psa. 23:4; Matt. 5:4.

Culp. - Magdalena Culp was born in Medina Co., O., April 10, 1837; died April 26, 1912; aged 75 y. 16 d. She was united in marriage with Henry B. Culp March 28, 1858, who preceded her in death July 31, 1905. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until death called her to her reward.
Six sons and three daughters are left to mourn the loss of a kind mother.
Funeral services conducted at the Yellow Creek Church by D. A. Yoder. Text, Eccl. 12:7, 13, 14.

Duxa. - Barbara Duxa was born in Holmes Co., O., April 10, 1877; died at the same place April 28, 1912; aged 35 y. 8 d. She was a daughter of Gottlieb and Mary Gardner of Trail, O., where she stayed at the time of her death. She was married to August Duxa Feb. 27, 1905. He was accidently killed Sept. 20, 1911, which left her in distressed circumstances with 3 daughters. A son was born to her a few days before she died. She leaves these children, her parents, 6 brothers, 3 sisters and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral at Walnut Creek, A. M. Church where a large number had gathered to take the last view of her remains. Services conducted by M. A. Mast, J. F. Mast of Martin's Creek and S. H. Miller. Text, I Cor. 15:35-58.

Nahrgang. - Sister Cathrine (Bricker) Nahrgang, died at Berlin, Ont., April 11, 1912; aged 67 y. 3 m. 8 d. She was married to Bro. Isaac Nahrgang who preceded her 11 years ago and her daughter preceded her 14 years ago. She leaves to mourn 3 sons, 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother and 4 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. A devoted and loving mother, she was greatly esteemed and loved by her neighbors, had a smile and a word of comfort for every one.

"Farewell, dear family, I am at rest;
My voice no more you'll hear;
Live faithfully and you'll be blest,
And death you need not fear."
By one of the family.

Sauder. - Mabel Magdalena, daughter of Daniel and Annie Sauder, Archbold, O., was born Oct. 24, 1905; died April 14, 1912; aged 6 y. 5 m. 20 d. Her death was due to rheumatism, of which she suffered a few weeks, but she had so far recovered that she could go visiting. She played all day Saturday, as usual, but the disease went to her heart and in the evening she took very sick and suffered intensely until death relieved her on Sunday evening. She was conscious to the last. She leaves to mourn her early and unexpected death her parents, a brother, a sister, (one brother had preceded her in death, grand-parents, a great-grandparent, uncles, aunts and many friends. It almost breaks our hearts to give our dear little ones, yet we know that God doeth all things well.

"My youthful mates, both small and great,
Stand here, and you shall see
An awful sight, which is a type,
Of what you soon shall be.

"When you unto my grave do go,
The gloomy face and see,
I say to you who stand and see,
'Prepare to follow me' "
By her parents.

Kanagy. - Anna M., daughter of Moses and Magdalene Stutzman, was born July 14, 1861, in Fairfield Co., O. She was married to Jacob S. Kanagy in Champaign Co., Dec. 25, 1879. To this happy union were born 3 children. These, together with 4 grandchildren, an only sister, 2 step-sisters and step-mother, besides many relatives and friends survive her. At the tender age of 13, she gave her life to Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, living a beautifully consecrated Christian life for Christ and the Church, exemplifying a self-sacrificing devotion for the good, the pleasure, and the happiness of the family, friends and acquaintances.
The father and the children are left to mourn the infinite loss of a most precious mother, wise counsel, and a presence which was the source of continuous sunshine and cheerfulness in the home. The sister likewise suffers a heartfelt loss of a sympathizing and loving sister. The community also experiences the loss of one who was interested in the welfare of all, in things spiritual as well as temporal, so that we can truthfully say, "She being dead, yet speaketh." Her dreams of loved ones gone before has become a reality since the morning of April 17, 1912, at the age of 50 y. 9 m. 3 d., when her earthly career was quietly and peacefully but suddenly brought to a close, by an affliction of the heart, at her home near Kennard, Ohio.

A sudden change, she in a moment fell,
She had not time to bid her friends farewell;
Think this not strange, death happens to us all,
This day was hers, tomorrow you may fall.

Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Church, April 19, conducted by Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. J. J. Warye. Interment at the Hooley Cemetery.

Yoder. - Jacob K., son of Solomon and Sarah Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Aug. 28, 1828; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Peachy, West Liberty, O., April 9, 1912; aged 83 y. 7 m. 11 d.
He was married to Nancy Lantz in 1850. To this union were born 6 children, S. L. Yoder of Springfield being the only surviving child. The wife died in December 1860. He remarried in 1862, to Nancy Yoder, who died in 1889. This union was blessed by the birth of one child, Mrs. Elizabeth Peachy.
Bro. Yoder with his family came to Ohio in 1854, locating in Champaign Co., near Mt. Tabor. He lived in that vicinity for a number of years, moving to Logan Co., in 1885. Since the death of his wife he had made his home with his daughter a greater part of the time, at times visiting among his relatives and friends.
He leaves a son, a daughter, a sister, 4 step-sons, 1 step-daughter, 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, besides a wide circle of friends.
He became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and lived a faithful Christian life to the end. He could truthfully say, "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith," and for this he is receiving the reward of the faithful. He lived a long and useful life, having passed the four score mark, and was at all times ready to assist in the cause of his Master.
The prime cause of his death was heart trouble, from which he had been confined to his home for about three months, suffering greatly at times. God's children need not look upon death as being terrible, but as a happy transition into a fuller life beyond.
Funeral services April 11, were held at the home and at Oak Grove Church, conducted by Bro. J. J. Warye and S. E. Allgyer. Interment in the Hooley Cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 7 - May 16, 1912 - page 111

Troyer. - Stephen, son of Abram and Lizzie Troyer Troyer, died Feb. 16, 1912, of paralysis; aged 13 y. 3 m. 20 d.

Custer. - John, son of Bro. Joseph and Sister Lydia Custer, was born Oct. 28, 1885; died April 29, 1912; aged 26 y. 6 m. 1 d. He leaves to mourn his departure, father, mother, 2 sisters and many friends. He will be missed as a faithful brother in the church, and his seat will be empty in the home, church and Sunday school. Buried May 1, in the Kauffman Cemetery near Davidsville, Pa. Funeral services by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Text, Psa. 17:15.

Miller. - Bro. Eli Miller died at his home near Ramona, Okla., of a complication of diseases. He was born in Ohio May 3, 1841; died April 22, 1912; aged 70 y. 11 m. 19 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1876 and lived a consistent Christian life. He leaves his companion, 6 sons and 6 daughters to mourn the loss of husband and father and brother in the church. But we mourn not as those who have no hope, believing that our loss was his gain. His last days were of rejoicing, desiring to be with the Lord. Peace to his ashes. Funeral services were preached by Pre. Griffets of the Society of Friends. Text, John 17:4.
A brother.

Brenneman. - Anna Brenneman of Pequea Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., widow of the late Jacob Brenneman, was born April 17, 1825; died April 30, 1912; aged 87 y. 13 d. She is survived by 4 daughters, 17 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was the last and oldest of a family of 9 and was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral was held May 3 at Byerland Church. Services conducted by Bro. Aaron Harnish at the house, and at the church by Bros. David Mosemann and Noah Hess of the Church of the Brethren.

Myers. - Alice, wife of the late David Myers, died of diabetes at her home near Stephenson Va., April 25; aged 59 y. 2 m. 11 d. She had been in declining health for several years, but was confined to her bed only a few weeks. She had been a member of the Winchester Mennonite Church from the time of its organization and was one of the few that remained and continued faithful. On being visited by a brother and the writer a few days before her death she expressed herself as being resigned to her Master's will, having a hope of an eternal blessedness. Funeral services were conducted on the 27th by C. Good of Dayton, Va. And - - Cromer. Text, Eph. 1:23. Her body was taken to Winchester for burial.

Harshbarger. - Bro. Jacob Harshbarger of near Mattawana, Pa., was born April 16, 1834; died April 29, 1912, at the home of his son, Reuben A. Harshbarger. A few days over five weeks ago his companion preceded him to the spirit world. Not being very well at that time he continued to grow weaker till the time of his death. He leaves 1 brother, 4 sons, 1 daughter, and 8 grandchildren to mourn his departure. Six brothers, 2 sisters and 1 daughter, preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral took place May 1, when a large concourse of relatives and friends met to pay their last respects to the departed one. Services conducted by S. K. Yoder, from Eccl. 12:5, latter clause, and John E. Kauffman, from Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Mattawana Cemetery.
J. H. Byler.

Butters. - George F. Butters was born in Concord, N. H., Sept. 22, 1839. When about 15 years of age he began life as a machinist. He was a soldier in the Civil War and after the war worked for many years in the Lake shore shops as a machinist. He came to Elkhart, Ind., soon after these shops were built. He was united in marriage with Julia Streely Jan. 20, 1886. In the latter part of his life he was retired from active service at the shops and pensioned by the L. S. Ry. Co., and had since lives a retired life. He died of heart trouble at his home in Elkhart, on April 22, 1912, at the age of 72 years and 7 months. He is survived by his sorrowing companion and several distant relatives in the East. Funeral services were conducted at the home on April 25, by John F. Funk.

Firestone. - Catharine Myers Firestone was born in Cloumbiana Co., O., Nov. 24, 1833; died at her home in Elkhart, Ind., April 28, 1912, of hemorrhage of the brain, with which she was attacked only 2 days before she died; aged 78 y. 5 m. 4 d. She is survived by 4 sons, 2 daughters, a brother, and a sister. She came to Wakarusa, Ind., when about 18 years of age and to Elkhart in 1880. In later years she united with the Congregational Church and remained a faithful and devoted Christian to the end of her life. She was for many years a regular attendant at the Mennonite Church in Elkhart, and her quiet devotion and the deep interest she took in the services was indeed an inspiration to all. We have reason to believe that she has overcome and has gone to the blessed rest of the children of God. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church in Elkhart on May 2 by John F. Funk, from I Cor. 5:1.

Hoover. - Martin G. Hoover was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 3, 1860; died at the home of his sister in Elkhart, Ind., April 28, 1912; aged 52 y. 3 m. 25 d. He was the son of David W. Hoover who died in 1883. He prepared himself for the profession of law and practiced his profession in Salt Lake City, Utah, for seven years. He returned to his native county and lived in Goshen, and later resided in Middlebury. When after a time his health failed, so that he was unable to attend to business, he came to Elkhart and for the last year and half, lived with his sister. He suffered for many years from heart trouble and during the last two weeks of his life had no less than four attacks, the last on the day he died. He was unmarried and is survived by 4 sisters and 1 brother. Two sisters residing in Salt Lake City, were unable to attend his funeral. He was a man of brilliant mind and of a very kind and benevolent disposition. His chief delight was to make others happy. He was buried at the Clinton Mennonite Church on May 1, where services were conducted by John F. Funk, from I Peter 1:24,25. Peace to his ashes.

Hershey. - Christian S. Hershey of Lancaster, Pa., died April 27, 1912; aged 59 y. 8 m. 11 d. He was son of Abram and Barbara Hershey, both deceased. He was born and lived in Paradise until a year ago when he with his family moved to Lancaster. He was a faithful member of the Reformed Mennonite Church in which church he held the office of deacon. His wife who was Elizabeth Kreider, survives; also 4 sons, 1 daughter, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. The family have lost a kind, loving husband and father, he was loved by all who knew him. The young, middle aged and old, all found in him a friend. Although he had been in failing health a few years he was able to be about, until a few days before his death. Funeral services were held on April 30, conducted at the house by Pre. Jacob Kreider and at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Pre. John Kohr. Text, I Pet. 1:24. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Although we shall never see him again,
In this dark vale of grief and gloom,
But if in Christ's service we faithfully remain,
We shall meet him in that heavenly home.

Kinports. - Pre. Daniel Kinports was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., Nov. 18, 1830. He died of cancer of the face, in Clay City, Ind., Jan. 21, 1912. He was united in marriage with Anna Orth, who survives him, Nov. 30, 1854. He united with the Mennonite Church about 40 years ago, and proved himself a faithful and acceptable member during these years. Some years later he was called to the ministry and was an earnest and zealous advocate of the tenets and doctrines of the Church and we believe that in his death he received the crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give to all them that love His appearing. He suffered many months with the terrible disease which finally caused his death, and in his suffering plead earnestly with his heavenly Father that he might be taken home and released from the terrible suffering and misery which he was called to endure, but was quite patient through it all. His surviving companion is in feeble health. May God comfort her in lonely life through this vale of tears and at last bring her also to himself where husband and wife, now separated by death, may be reunited to rejoice in never ending joys at the right hand of God.
J. F. Funk

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 8 - May 23, 1912 - page 126, 127

Schmitt. - John Maynard, youngest son of Bro. Moses and Sister Leah Schmitt, of Carstairs, Alta., was born July 7, 1911; died May 3, 1912; aged 9 m. 25 d. He died of blood poisoning. Buried May 4 at the West Zion Mennonite Church near Carstairs. Funeral services conducted by Noah R. Weber, assisted by Norman Snyder. Text, Jas. 4:14. May the Lord bless the bereaved family.

Nafziger. - Peter J. Nafziger was born in Wayne Co., O., June 23, 1839; died in Fulton Co., April 4, 1912; aged 72 y. 9 m. 11 d. Bro. Peter was one of our quiet, unassuming brethren, beloved by all, and without enemies. He was a widower for a number of years and died childless. His end came suddenly by apoplexy, just after retiring in the evening. Funeral services April 7. Text, Psa. 90:12 and Matt. 24:44.

Zook. - Sallie M., wife of Thomas E. Zook, died May 3, 1912; aged 38 y. 2 m. 17 d. She took cold last July which developed into consumption, causing much suffering, which she bore patiently. Her home surrounding was such in every way that made life pleasant, which makes the battle with death harder than where these conditions are not favorable, yet she was fully given up to the will of God and able to say, "Thy will be done." She selected John 14:2 for a text for her funeral sermon. She was of a loving disposition and much respected by all. She leaves a sorrowing husband, mother and 2 brothers to mourn her early departure. She was a daughter of the late Moses P. Yoder who preceded her one year and six months to the spirit world. Funeral on the 5th after which her remains were laid to rest.

Richardson. - On May 6, 1912, John Richardson died of summer complaint; aged 1 y. 5 m. 15 d. Buried May 8 in the cemetery at the Salem Church near Elida, Ohio. Funeral services by J. M. Shenk and Moses Brenneman.
"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."

Fravey. - Ella (Smiley) Fravey, daughter of Samuel and Mary Smiley, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 6, 1865; died at her home in Millersburg, Ind., April 28, 1912; aged 46 y. 11 m. 22 d. She was united in marriage to John Fravey in 1890. To this union were born 6 children. Four have preceded her in death. She leaves a husband, 1 daughter, Bessie, one son, Ralph, 4 sisters, 1 brother, and a host of friends. Funeral at the Berkey Church by John Weaver and Silas Yoder.

Forry. - John K. Forry of Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., was born April 3, 1816; died May 5, 1912; aged 96 y. 1 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Newcomer. To this union were born 10 children. His companion, 10 children, 1 sister, and 40 grandchildren survive him. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at his late home Wednesday morning at 8:30 and at 9:30 at the Silver Springs Church. Interment in the cemetery near by.

Springer. - Bertha E., daughter of Valentine and Kathrine Springer, was born Sept. 19, 1896; died May 8, 1912; aged 15 y. 7 m. 19 d. Bertha accepted her Savior and was received into the A. M. Church by water baptism March 31, 1912. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, grandparents and many relatives and friends. She was buried at the A. M. burying ground near Hopedale, Ill., May 10, 1912. Sermons by Samuel Gerber, Daniel Nafziger and John C. Birkey.

Harris. - Bro. John J. Harris was born Sept. 29, 1833, at Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., O., died at his home in Milford, Nebr., Mar. 31, 1912; aged 78 y. 6 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage to Caroline Mutchelnouse, Sept. 15, 1855, at Walnut Creek, O. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 7 daughters. His wife and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Harris is survived by 3 sons, 6 daughters, 1 sister, 48 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
His death was caused by a paralytic stroke. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and expressed that he was ready to meet God. Interment at the East Fairview Church. Services conducted by Jacob Stauffer in German and Joe Whitaker in English. Peace to his ashes.

Stauffer. - Christian R. Stauffer was born Feb. 28, 1852; died May 7, 1912, of Bright's disease, from which he suffered much until the last, when his pains were gone and he seemed ready to go home where sorrow is unknown; aged 60 y. 2 m. 9 d. He was twice married. His first wife was Anna L. Kreider of West Lampeter, Pa. His second wife was Barbara M. Landis of Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. One of his daughters, Mrs. David B. Groff, was too feeble to be present at her father's funeral, but was taken in an automobile to his home to view her father for the last time. Such partings are hard to bear here, but we hope to meet again in heaven. Short services at the house by Bro. John L. Landis and at the church by Bro. Sanford B. Landis (text, Rom. 8:18) and Bro. C. M. Brackbill (text, Jno. 11:25).
One of the family.

Sears. - Arthur Lewis, eldest son of Dan and Elizabeth (Springer) Sears, of Tiskilwa, Ill., was born Dec. 29, 1887; died April 2, 1912; aged 25 y. 3 m. 3 d. At the age of 15 years he joined the Amish Church and was a faithful member to the end. He spent the past few years in the west. As his health gradually failed he went to the Mennonite Sanitarium at La Junta, Colo., where he took treatment for several months. Being prepared to pass to the great beyond, he expressed a desire to return to his home at Tiskilwa, Ill., and accordingly was brought home March 30, where he passed away April 2. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, and brother Homer, also many relatives and friends.

He left us we least supposed,
To cross over Jordon's waves;
But who would dare God's Word oppose,
The mighty one to save?
An Aunt.

Short. - Mary Short, nee Stucky, was born in Fulton Co., O., Oct. 5, 1849; died May 1, 1912; aged 62 y. 6 m. 26 d. She was married to Peter C. Short, Feb. 17, 1870, with whom she lived in happy matrimony 22 y. 2 m. 23 d. To this union were born 5 children, Enos, Eli, Simon, Peter and Katie. Katie preceded her mother in death about five years. She leaves 4 sons, 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and many friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Sister Mary was a widow twenty years. She had many afflictions in her life, but bore all, together with her last years illness, very patiently, ever trusting in Jesus as her help and stay. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior when yet in her youth and united with the A. M. Church, of which she was a faithful member to her end. Funeral May 4. Text, Gen. 47:9.
Weep not that her toils are over;
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like hers is done.
Till then we yield with gladness,
Our mother to Him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance,
He giveth his love one sleep."

Myers. - Sister Susann, wife of Bro. Samuel Myers, died at her home at Groffdale, Pa., Sunday, May 5, from diabetes; aged 60 y. 11 m. 19 d. She had been ailing for a number of years but was able to be about until three weeks before she died. She bore her sickness with Christian fortitude. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Her husband and the following children survive; Mrs. C. O. Mull, Edwin C. and Elmer E., of New Holland, Pa.; Mrs. Enos F. Binkley and p. Harry of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Mrs. Phares L.Shreiner of Groffdale, Pa.; Mrs. George M. Steffy of Springville; Edith F. and Susan E., at home. May we as children never forget the wise counsel and good advice of mother and may we one and all prepare to meet her in heaven where all will be joy through all the ceaseless ages of eternity. The funeral was held May 8 at the Groffdale Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Bros. Benjamin Weaver and Noah Mack conducted the services. Text, II Cor. 4:16.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
By a daughter.

Brubaker. - Abraham B. Brubaker, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., and died Jan. 4, 1912; aged 77 y. 5 d. He was married to Leah Sittler, also of the same place. In the spring of 1871 he moved to Middlesex Co., Ont., at which place he was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Church (Wisler), at which place he served until the spring of 1880, then he moved with his family to Columbiana Co., Ont., at which place all but one of his boys live. One lives in Alberta, Canada. In the spring of 1907 he moved back to Waterloo Co., Ont., living with his daughter Leah, and the evening of Jan. 4, 1912, he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, leaving to mourn his departure his companion, 6 sons, 5 daughters, 47 grandchildren and about 21 great-grandchildren, and many friends, but not without hope. He was a good husband and father, and always had a word of encouragement for all that came in contact with him. The last year he was too feeble to fill his place in God's house in person, but in mind and spirit he was with all God's people.
By a son.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 9 - May 30, 1912 - page 143

Wise. - On May 11, 1912, in Millersville, Pa., Anna Mabel, daughter of Bro. and Sister Christian Wise; aged 5 m. 29 d. Funeral services at Millersville Church by D. N. Lehman and John Mosemann, from Matt. 19:14.
A little bud gone to bloom eternally in paradise among the redeemed in glory.

Becker. - Fannie H., wife of Bro. John H. Becker, died May 13, 1912, at the home of her son in Lancaster Co., Pa., near the Millersville Mennonite Church, at the age of 57 y. 4 m. 15 d. She was on a visit when stricken with paralysis. She was in her usual health up to the time when stricken only seven hours before her death when she became unconscious. She was a kind and loving mother and leaves to mourn at this sudden loss, her husband and the following children; Amos, Christian, Fannie, Harry and Anna. She was a faithful member of the Millersville Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held May 15 at the church, conducted by Bishop Abram B. Herr, and Bros. Daniel Lehman and Daniel Gish. Text, Rev. 27:7: "Behold, I come quickly."
"A sudden change, she in a moment fell,
She had no time to bid her friends farewell.
Think this not strange, death happens to us all,
This day was hers, tomorrow you may fall."
"Mother thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today,
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."
Family.

Hershey. - On May 12, 1912, Sister Emma S., only daughter of Bro. Ephriam H. Hershey of Millersville, Pa., died at the General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., after
undergoing three operations. For some time her case seemed hopeful but after the third operation they soon realized that in her extreme weakened condition her case was hopeless and all human help unavailing, when she peacefully fell asleep while her loved ones were gathered around her.
She leaves a father, 1 brother, and an orphan girl (whom she had raised from childhood) to mourn her departure. She was of a kind, peaceful, amiable disposition, liberal and helpful to the needy and the various causes in Church work. She will be sorely missed in the home, in the Church and Sunday school as well as in the community.
About twenty-five years ago she gave her heart to God. At that time she passed through deep sorrow caused by the death of one whom she chosen as a life companion and a year later the death of her dear mother. Since then she has been a faithful companion to her father.
In her deep sorrow we heard her say that she found much comfort in the lines of the following hymn and we frequently heard her sing them:


"What are our light afflictions here
But blessings in disguise?
They only make for us a home,
Of rest beyond the skies.
"What though we oft are wearied now
With burdens hard to bear?
"Twill only make the crown more bright
When we that crown shall wear.
"O, cast your every care on Him,
Thou weary, burdened one,
And raise to heaven the trusting prayer
"Thy will, not mine be done."


Her age was 49 y. 8 m. 10 d. Funeral was held May 15, at Millersville Church. Services by Abram Herr, Daniel Lehman, and Daniel Gish, from Rev. 21:1-5; I Sam. 20:18.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


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