Nittero. - Sarah (McDannis), wife of Samuel Nittero, was born in Reading, Pa., March 6, 1822; died of cancer near Wakarusa, Ind., Sept. 19, 1912; aged 90 y. 6 m. 13 d. To this union were born 12 children. Her husband died 14 years ago. The surviving members are 7 sons, 1 daughter, 32 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at North Union M. H. Sept. 21, 1912, by J. H. McGowen. Text, Rev. 2:10: "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
Greenly. - Galen E., son of John C. and Barbara Greenly was born March 13, 1912, and died Sept. 15, 1912; aged 6m. 2 d. It seems strange that Galen was called away so soon, but God thought it best to take him home, and we are glad for those blessed words which Jesus said, "Of such is the kingdom of heaven." The funeral was held at Bossler's Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 18, conducted by Simon Landis. Text, II Kings 4:26, latter clause. May God comfort the sorrowing parents, and may this affliction be a means of leading them into a closer walk with God.
Erb - Mary Elva Erb, daughter of T. M. and Lizzie Erb of Hesston, Kans., was born March 28, 1905; died Sept. 17, 1912; aged 7 y. 5 m. 19 d. Little Elva was fatally burned by gasoline explosion the evening before, in which her father was also severely burned. She lingered during the night, but in the morning her spirit took its flight, and we are confident she is now safe with Jesus. Funeral on Sept. 19. Services at the house by J. M. Brunk and at the Pennsylvania Church by D. D. Zook and D. H. Bender. Text, Matt. 18:14. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Yoder. - Jacob Yoder was born in Holmes Co., O., April 12, 1838, was married to Susan Stull Oct. 4, 1869. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. His wife died April 22, 1897. Four daughters have preceded him to the spirit world. The deceased was a member of the A. M. Church for 50 years; died in Nappanee, Ind., Sept. 11, 1912; aged 74 y. 4 m. 29 d. Funeral services were held at the A. M. Meeting house Sept. 13, 1912. Preaching by J. H. McGowen from Matt. 25:10: "And the door was shut." Burial at the Union Cemetery besides his wife and children. Peace to his ashes.
Palmer. - John A. Palmer was born at Aumeaut, Ohio, April 9, 1842; died near Wakarusa, Ind., Sept. 5, 1912; aged 70 y. 4 m. 26 d, of a complication of diseases. He married Mary E. Carter Jan. 17, 1868. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter, all of whom are yet living. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren and his is the initial inroad upon the family ties. Toward the close of his life Bro. Palmer became concerned about his soul's salvation, as well as of his family and on Aug. 25, 1912, he, with his wife, was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church and he died with bright prospects of eternal life. Buried in the Yellow Creek Cemetery on Sept. 7, 1912. Funeral services by J. W. Christophel. Text, Job 14:14.
Kurtz. - Abram S. Kurtz was born June 13, 1855, in Berks Co., Pa., where he remained a respected and life long resident of the vicinity of Morgantown. He died Sept. 15, 1912, of heart failure; aged 57 y. 3 m. He attended church services as usual though he complained of not feeling well when he started to church on Sunday morning. Shortly after the congregation was dismissed he walked to the open air and while speaking a few words to a friend he suddenly sank to the ground and before his wife came to the scene life had already peacefully expired. He was married to Susanna Yoder of Millersburg, O., on Jan. 3, 1878. To this union were born 6 children of whom all are living except one daughter who was summoned to the spirit world in the prime of her youth, also 2 grandchildren are living. Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at the house by Bro. Solomon Schlabach of Millersburg, O., and Bro. J. Stoltzfus of Elverson, Pa. Interment at Pine Grove, Cemetery near Elverson. Pa.
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Stahl. - Gertrude, wife of Bro. John Stahl, died at her home near Davidsville, Pa., Sept. 12, 1912; aged 64 y. 4 m. 28 d. She was sick with cancer for about four years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, fully resigned to the Lord's will, bearing her affliction patiently. Many were the good advices she gave the Church and her neighbors. May God bless the bereaved husband and children. She was the mother of 6 children, 4 living, 2 preceded her to the glory world. Funeral was conducted by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough it the Stahl Church. She was buried in the cemetery adjoining.
Hochstetler. - Sarah (Stutzman) Hochstetler was born March 17, 1849; died at her home near Farmerstown, Ohio, Sept. 22, 1912; aged 63 y. 6 m. 5 d. She was married to Alexander Hochstetler Dec. 22, 1870; lived in matrimony 41 years. Four sons and four daughters were born to this union. One daughter and infant son preceded her to the great beyond, leaving to mourn her departure 6 children, 15 grandchildren, 6 brothers and 4 sisters. She united with the A. M. Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. She suffered much during the last year but was always cheerful and bore it with Christian patience and often expressed her readiness to depart to a better world. Services were conducted by S. H. Miller. Text, Phil. 1:21. She was laid to rest in the Walnut Creek A. M. cemetery.
Lehman. - Katharina (Neukomm) Lehman was born June 17, 1851, died at her home near Mt. Eaton, Ohio, July 27, 1912; aged 61 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was married to Isaac K. Lehman in the year 1872. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters. Two sons preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her loss 2 sons and 7 daughters, and 11 grandchildren. Her death came rather unexpectedly, only her husband and 2 daughters being present when death came, which was caused by heart failure. She lived to see all her children unite with the Mennonite Church. She was a faithful member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church from which place the funeral was held in the afternoon of July 29. Services conducted by Cleophas Amstutz and David Amstutz in the German language and Benjamin Good in the English language. The funeral was largely attended.
Lesher. - Grace Viola, daughter of I. I. and Ida Lesher,
died of typhoid fever Sept. 24, 1912; aged 19 y. 11 m. 7 d. Grace
was sick only a few weeks, she had been helping to take care of
her mother when she too contracted the disease from which she
died. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 13 years,
and was a faithful member until death. She will be greatly missed
at church and Sunday School where she was always present. Funeral
services were held at the Marion (Pa.) Mennonite Church, conducted
by W. W. Hege (text Eccl. 12:1) and C. R. Strite (text, Isa. 64:6).
The family of Bro. Lesher is greatly afflicted, father, mother
and five children are suffering with typhoid fever. On Sunday,
Sept. 22. 1912, Edna Blanche, the 13 months old baby, also passed
away. A bud that just blossomed for a little while. May this be
a warning to all dear young people to "Remember their Creator
in the days of their youth." May the prayers of God's people
ascend to the throne in behalf of the afflicted family.
S. E. M.
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Blough - Bertha Leora, daughter of William S. and Lizzie Blough, was born near Hollsopple, Pa., March 27, 1911; died Sept. 30, 1912; aged 1 y. 6 m. 2 d. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 1, at the Blough Church by L. A. Blough. Buried in the cemetery near the church.
Musser. - Hannah Musser, widow of David Musser in Mohnton, Pa., of cancer; aged 74 y. 10 m. 17 d. Buried at the Mennonite M. H. near Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 8, 1912. Her maiden name was Gehman. One brother, Daniel Gehman, survives. Services by H. G. Good in German and Benj. Weaver and Pre. Hangon in English. Peace to her ashes.
Gingerich. - Elizabeth, wife of John Gingerich, was born Sept. 13, 1823; departed this life Oct. 3, 1912; aged 89 y. 20 d. To this union were born 8 children, 4 of whom are living. Twenty grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral was held at Lauver's Church, Juniata Co., Pa., services conducted by Wm. Graybill and Samuel Leiter from Heb. 4:9.
Brounsberger. - Noah, son of Bro. Samuel Brounsberger, of Ringwood, Ont., died of heart affection in Vancouver, British Colombia, Sept. 22, 1912; aged 52 y. 3 m. 8 d. Deceased was in reasonable good health until about 2 weeks before his death, during which time he was in the hospital. Burial took place at the Wideman Church, Markham, Ont., Oct. 1st, in the presence of a large gathering of friends. The service was conducted by John G. Hoover and L. J. Burkholder. Text, Heb. 9:27.
May. - James H. May died at his home near Mt. Clinton, Va., Sept. 2, 1912; aged 67 y. 8 d. He confessed Christ as his Savior about the first of June while a series of meetings were in progress at the Peake school house, but was not willing to be received into the church till the day before his death he was received into the Mennonite Church by baptism. Funeral services were held at the Singers Glen Church on the 4th, conducted by C. Good and J. S. Martin, from John 5:24-29, when his body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Miller. - Elnore S., wife of Bro. Henry C. Miller, of Rohrerstown, Pa., was born Nov. 14, 1855; died Sept. 21, 1912; aged 56 y. 9 m. 7 d. She had been in failing health for several years but was seriously afflicted only a few days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure a bereaved husband, 1 daughter, wife of W. Scott Bushong, and one granddaughter. Funeral services were held on Sept. 24, at the Mennonite Church at Rohrerstown, by Bros. Abram Herr, Daniel Lehman and D. N. Gish. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Peace to her ashes.
Roadcap. - Margaret Roadcap died at the home of her daughter near Gospel Hill Church, in Virginia, Aug. 30, 1912; aged 81 y. 3 m. 20 d. She had a fall about eight years ago which resulted in a broken hip. She has not been able to walk since. She also suffered much during that time. She could not read but on being visited she requested reading and prayer. The last time she was visited by the writer which was only a few weeks before her death she expressed herself fully resigned to the will of the Lord, ready to go at any time the Lord should call for her, with the hope of a glorious resurrection. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Gospel Hill Church, Sept. 1, by C. Good from Rev. 14:13. Buried in the cemetery nearby.
Hause. - Edward C. Hause, son of Elmer and Susan Hause, of Lansdale, Pa., died at the home of his father-in-law, Henry B. Kulp, Souderton, Pa., about 3 o'clock on Tuesday morning. The young man had been employed at Blank's restaurant for some months, and last Thursday complained of feeling ill, and went to his home. His condition became worse and after suffering intense pain for many hours the end came as above stated. Since coming to town he made many friends and his death is deeply deplored. The cause of death was indigestion of the bowels. He was born April 19, 1890, his age being 22 y. 4 m. 29 d. He was married to Sallie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kulp, and the union was blessed with a daughter, Verda. There also survive the following brothers and sisters: Walter, William, Russel, Elmer, and Florence. The funeral was held on Saturday forenoon at 10 o'clock. Services and interment at the Souderton Mennonite meeting house.
Driver. - John C. Driver was born in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., March 24, 1843; died near Versailles, Mo., Sept. 26, 1912; aged 69 y. 6 m. 2 d. He was married to Catharine Banner in 1866. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters, of which 5 sons and 3 daughters survive him. His wife died about 3 years ago. Bro. Driver was a member of the Mennonite Church for more than forty years. He served the Church in various capacities. Besides being a member of the local mission board from its organization several years ago, he served the Church in the capacity of deacon for more than a quarter of a century. The only member of his father's family now alive is one brother, Pre. Dan Driver of Versailles, Mo. Bro. Driver suffered for several years from paralytic affection and this finally resulted in his death. The end was peaceful. He fell into a natural sleep, apparently, and awoke in eternity. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Zion Church on Oct. 1, conducted by D. H. Bender of Hesston, Kans., and Amos Gingerich of the home congregation. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
Kreider. - Jason Eby, son of Bro. Elmer and Sister Mary Kreider of Gordonville, Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Feb. 26, 1912; died Oct. 6, 1912; aged 7 m. 10 d. He was sick only a few days with brain fever, then passed to his resting place, to that house which Job says is appointed for all living. He was only a bud in this life to bloom in heaven. Funeral on Oct. 8, conducted by Bro. Jacob H. Mellinger at the home and also at Paradise Mennonite Church. Text, Job 1:21. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Christopher. - Sister Eliza Christopher, widow of the
late Bro. Riley Christopher, was born April 11, 1830; died Oct.
5, 1912, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. N. Johnson of Masontown,
Pa.; aged 82 y. 5 m. 25 d. She is survived by 9 children, her
husband having passed away about four years ago. She was a member
of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted by Bro.
E. D. Hess on the 8th. Interment at the Greendale cemetery.
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King. - Menno S. King was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., June 22, 1848; died at his home in West Liberty, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1912; aged 64 y. 3 m. 8 d. He was married to Lydia Stutzman of Campaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 18, 1879. They had no children. He united with the A. Mennonite Church in his youth and lived a devoted Christian life. He is survived by his wife and two sisters. Funeral services at the Bethel Church, West Liberty, O., Oct. 3, in charge of S. E. Allgyer and A. I. Yoder.
Witmer. - Elizabeth Bucher was born Sept. 27, 1835; died Oct. 1, 1912; aged 77 y. 4 d. In 1861 she was united in marriage with David Witmer, who died five years ago. Four children were born to this union, of which two are dead. Since the death of her husband she was living with her son Daniel. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 50 years. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church, North Lima, Ohio, conducted by A. J. Steiner, Allen Rickert and David Lehman.
Yoder. - Jacob Yoder was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 11, 1831; died near La Grange, Ind., at his son's home, Oct. 1, 1912; aged 80 y. 9 m. 21 d. Funeral was held Oct. 3 at the Shore Mennonite M. H. Services conducted by D. D. Miller from I Cor. 15:35 and Y. C. Miller from II Tim. 4:6, 7. Bro. Yoder leaves to mourn one brother, Samuel, who lives in McPherson Co., Kans., 4 sons, and 5 daughters. All were present at the funeral but one son, George, who lives in Oregon. A number of grandchildren also survive. Bro. Yoder has been a member of the A. M. Church for many years. The remains were laid to rest in the Miller Cemetery.
Wambold. - Angeline, beloved wife of Deacon Abram H. Wambold, died at her home 11 miles northeast of High River, Alta., Oct. 10, 1912; aged 47 y. 10 m. 24 d. Two weeks before her death Sister Wambold, while in a conversation over the telephone, was stricken with heart failure and later suffered a stroke of paralysis, and last of all pneumonia set in which resulted in her ultimate death. Funeral services took place Oct. 12, at the Mount View Mennonite Church, eight miles northeast of High River, Alta., conducted by I. Miller, N. R. Weber and N. B. Stauffer. Text, Prov. 31:28-31. In her death the family suffers the loss of a kind and faithful mother, the community a good neighbor and the church a consistent member.
Hopkins. - Bro. James W. Hopkins was born May 12, 1842; died Sept. 22, 1912; aged 70 y. 5 m. 10 d. He was sick for about four months, being with his son George of Long Green, Md., and his daughter Susie of Baltimore, Md. About five years ago he and his wife united with the Mennonite Church at Long Green, Md. Both were true, devoted followers of Christ until death, as far as man's knowledge can judge, she having preceded him to the beyond over four years. He is survived by 3 sons, a daughter, 2 step-sons and a number of grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. His children are, Richard, George W., and Rezin Hopkins, and Mrs. Susie Sisson, all married. Only one of his children make any profession of religion. Bro. Hopkins was buried in the cemetery close the church on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Bro. E. J. Berkey of Warrenton, Va., conducted the services. Text, Job 5: 26. We miss him greatly in our services. As our number is so small, we feel the loss very much when one of our number is called home; but we rejoice that he is now "at rest."
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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 31 - October 31, 1912 - page 494, 495, 496
Troyer. - Dwight, infant son of Bro. and Sister Calla Troyer, was born near Plevena, Ind., Oct. 13, 1912; died at the age of 5 days. Buried on Oct. 18. A short service at the house by Bro. J. S. Horner.
Purson. - Sister Rose Anne Purson died Oct. 13, at the
Lancaster County (Pa.) Hospital, from cancer, in her 60th year.
She had resided the greater part of her life on the Nickel Mine
Hills. She had been a patient sufferer for years, struggling for
existence until nine months ago, when she could not work anymore.
She was taken to the hospital and remained there until death claimed
her. She was patient and cheerful through all her trials, doing
the best she could for her Master, never once complaining, even
though she had an idiot daughter and 3 small grandchildren to
provide for. She was laid away Oct. 15, in Mt. Eden Cemetery,
Bish. C. M. Brackbill conducting the services.
White. - Jacob A. White was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 19, 1855, and died at the Axteel Hospital, Newton, Kans., a few days after an operation for tumor of the bladder, Oct. 13, 1912; aged 56 y. 9 m. 24 d. At the age of 13 he moved with his parents to Washington Co., Md., where he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a member until the time of his death. He was married to Elizabeth Horst in 1879. Bro. White moved to Harvey Co., Kans., in the year 1886 and was connected with the Pennsylvania congregation the remainder of his days. He seemed to realize the danger of his condition and was ready and willing to meet the end. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 5 daughters. and 9 grandchildren, also 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. Funeral services were conducted on Oct. 17, 1912, by J. M. R. Weaver, D. H. Bender and D. D. Zook. Text, Num. 23:10. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the Pennsylvania Church.
Everest. - James Everest was born in Oswego Co., N. Y., Sept. 8, 1825; died at the home of his son William a few miles south of Elkhart, Ind., Oct. 18, 1912; aged 87 y. 1 m. 10 d. He came to Ashland Co., O., when a young man and was there married to Mary Ann Heffner. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters, who survive him, besides 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He came to Elkhart Co. Ind., in 1853 and resided here until death. As death drew near he became interested in his soul's salvation. Prayer was offered in his behalf and on the eve of Oct. 15 he was baptized and received into fellowship in the Mennonite Church. He claimed peace with God. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20, 1912, at the Olive M. H. conducted by I. P. Moore and Jacob K. Bixler. Text, Psa. 90: 12.
Myers. - Sister Barbara Myers was born in Germany, Oct. 20, 1836; died Oct. 7, 1912; aged 76 y. 11 m. 13 d. Sister Myers, with her husband and family, moved from western Pennsylvania to their farm about three miles east of Palmyra, Mo., soon after the close of the Civil War. They then were members of the Winebrennarian Church. After our people organized a church in their neighborhood they united with it and were earnest workers. Her husband preceded her to the spirit-world about two years ago. Her funeral was held in the Mennonite Church near Palmyra, Mo., in the presence of a large congregation of friends and neighbors. Services Oct. 9 by J. M. Kreider Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the family lot at Palmyra. May the children and grandchildren all accept the God of their mother and grandmother, so that they can meet her in that home where death is not known.
Weaver. - Lydia Lauver was born in Perry Co.. Pa., Sept. 25, 1835; died at her home in Albany, Oreg., Oct. 13, 1912; aged 77 y. 18 d. She was married to Isaac Winey in 1857. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. Her first companion, 2 sons and 2 daughters have preceded her to their eternal reward. In 1831 she was married again to Emanuel C. Weaver, who with 1 daughter, 5 stepchildren and 12 grandchildren remain to mourn her departure. Sister Weaver united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until death. She will be missed in the community by her friends, the Church loses a devoted and faithful member, and in her home her departure is keenly felt by her aged companion. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church, Albany, Oreg., conducted by Bro. J. P. Bontrager assisted by Bro. J. D. Mishler of Hubbard, Oreg. Text, Psa. 116:15. Burial in Albany Cemetery.
Roth. - Christian Roth was born near Logelbach, Alsace, Germany, Feb. 17, 1845; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rose Strubar, near Aurora, Oreg., Oct. 13, 1912; aged 67 y. 7 m. 26 d. United in marriage to Catharine Rich Sept. 2, 1869. To this union were born 13 children - 2 boys and 1 girl preceded him to the heavenly home. His companion was called up higher 3 months ago. He leaves to mourn his departure 4 sons, 6 daughters, 29 grandchildren, all living in Oregon; 3 sisters living in Iowa. Sunday, Sept. 1, 1912, while Bro. Roth was attending church services at Zion, he was seriously injured by a spirited horse which he was driving. One week before his death pneumonia developed, being the direct cause of his death. During his sickness he expressed the desire to be called over yonder. Funeral services were held at the Zion Amish Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member, conducted by Bros. A. P. Troyer and Edward Z. Yoder. Text, John 11:25. The former in German and the latter in English. He was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Steiner. - David D. Steiner was born in Wayne Co., O.,
Sept. 9, 1831; died Oct. 21, 1912; aged 81 y. 1 m. 12 d; his entire
life having been spent in Wayne Co. He was married in 1860 to
Catharine Fike, and to this union was born one son, who died in
infancy, and she, the wife and mother, died in 1864. He was married
to Margarite Reiser, in 1866, and to this union was born 1 son,
who died in infancy. His second wife died in 1896. He united with
the Mennonite Church in youth, and was a member of the Salem Mennonite
Church at the time of his death. He fought the battles of life
to the best of his ability with the talents given him, and on
Mar. 20, 1906, he found it necessary to take up his abode at the
Mennonite Old People's Home, where his remaining days were spent
in rest from the serious battles of life. We, his only brother,
his nephews and nieces, hereby extend our grateful thanks, to
the superintendent, matron, board of management and inmates, for
their kind attention and treatment accorded the departed brother.
Brother, nephews and nieces.
Schertz. - Nicholas Schertz was born in Alsace, Lorraine, France, Oct. 21, 1829; died at his home Oct. 17, 1912; aged 82 y. 11 m. 27 d. In 1846 he with his mother, 3 brothers and 2 sisters came to America, and landed at Chicago. They remained in Chicago about one year, then moved to Lake Co., Ill., near Waukegan, where they lived until the spring of 1852, when they moved near Tiskilwa, and lived there 14 years. In the year l866 he went to Livingston Co., and lived there about one year, and in 1867 moved to Bureau Co., near Tiskilwa. On Oct. 3, 1877, he was married to Louisa Ioder. In the spring of 1873, they moved to Walnut Twp., where he lived to the time of his death. To this union 3 children were born: Theodore, Edgar and William. He accepted Christ as his Savior and became a member of the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. He leaves to mourn 3 sons, 1 grand-daughter, and 1 sister, Mrs. Caroline Schwarzentraub of Morton, Ill., and a host of relatives and friends. His wife was called away Aug. 21, 1896. The funeral was held at his home on Sunday, conducted by Joseph Buerkey of Tiskilwa in German and S. E. Allgyer of West Liberty, O., in English.
Bender. - Bro. David Bender was born May 2, 1832, in
Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at his home near Milford, Nebr., Oct.
10, 1912; aged 80 y. 5 m. 8 d. He was married to Lydia Miller
Jan. 29, 1855, who died May 7, 1873. To this union were born 4
sons and 4 daughters; 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him to the
spirit world. On April 1, 1875, he was again married to Lydia
Miller. Grandpa Bender was a faithful and an active member of
the Amish Mennonite Church, from his youth, and his place was
seldom vacant. His death was caused by several strokes of paralysis,
being confined to his bed but 2 days. With a smile, he fell asleep
in Jesus, where he so much longed to be. He is survived by wife,
3 sons, 3 daughters, 34 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services Oct. 12 at the East Fairview Church, conducted
by Jacob Stauffer and Sanford C . Yoder. Text, Isa. 38: 1, latter
"God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."
By a grandchild.
Wenger. - Christian Wenger was born in Basel, Switzerland, Oct. 28, 1833. He came to this country with his parents in 1835, at the age of two years, and settled in Canada. He lived there until 1851, when with his parents he came to Iowa, where they made their home 3 miles north of Wayland. In 1857, on Dec. 31, he entered in holy matrimony with Lizzie Goldsmith, a daughter of the pioneer Amish minister of this section. This union was blessed with 8 sons and 2 daughters. One son preceded him in death in 1892. This community has ever since been his home, first three miles north of town, then for about 36 years a mile east, and the last 11 years here in town. At the age of 16 he was baptized on his confession of faith and received into the Amish Mennonite Church, in which he remained a faithful member until death. He died Oct. 14, aged 78 y, 11 m. 17 d. He leaves to mourn his loss, 7 sons, 2 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Bro. Daniel Graber conducted the services at the house in German and Bros. Corson, Stucky and Musselman at the church. Interment in North Hill cemetery.
Willson. - Maggie Willson (nee Earnest) was born July
31, 1845; died Oct. 9, 1912; aged 67 y. 2 in. 8 d. She was married
to Robert B. Willson July 31, 1869. To this union were born 2
children John and Mary. Her husband died Nov. 5, 1872, and her
son John lived to manhood, married and left a family at his death
which occurred April 25, 1910. She was married a second time to
Samuel P. Willson on Sept. 19, 1878. He still survives to mourn
her departure. To this union were born 2 children, both of whom
have passed to the land beyond. In her young womanhood she united
with the Methodist Church, of which she was a member at the time
of her death. Her gentleness and patience in meeting the trials
of life commended her to her friends as a woman of Christian character.
Let those who follow after heed her exemplary character and prepare
to meet her in eternity. Funeral services in the home of her daughter,
Mary Collier, conducted by the writer. Text, Job 14:14. Assisted
at the grave by Daniel Kauffman. Laid to her last resting place
in the Willson graveyard.
J. R. Shank.
Bender. - Simon, son of Joseph H. and Mary Bender, was born near New Hamburg, Waterloo Co., Ont., in 1890; died at his home on Oct. 23, 1912; aged 22 y. A sister, brother, father, mother, and 2 grandmothers, with a host of friends survive to mourn his early departure. His last and only sickness, appendicitis, continued for only eight days when he was relieved by death. He bore his sickness with much patience and was resigned to the will of God. Previous to his death he said to his loving sister who was standing by his bedside that if she would see such a beautiful glory as he does she would not mourn. About four years ago he accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the A. M. Church and was a faithful member until his death. Is this not true as the psalmist says, "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over and it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more" (Psa. 103: 15, 16). Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra Church by D. H. Steinman and J. M. Bender. Interment at the 19th Line Cemetery.
Plank. - David, son of Samuel and Julia Plank, was born
in Mifflin Co., Pa., May 15, 1833. In 1845, he with his father's
family moved to Union Twp., Logan Co., 0. Here he lived until
the final summons came Oct. 4, 1912, and he passed away at the
advanced age of 79 y. 4 m. 19 d. On Feb, 14, 1856, he was united
in marriage to Mary Hertzler. To them were born 10 children, 7
of whom, with their mother, are left to mourn the departure of
a loving father and husband. Besides his immediate family he leaves
1 brother, 4 sisters, 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in early manhood. In
1859 he was called to the ministry, and in 1895 was ordained bishop
of the Church of his choice. Father Plank, as a man, was inclined
to look on the bright side of life, rather than brood over ills
that were beyond his control. He loved flowers and the beautiful
in nature. He loved children and frequently had correspondence
with young people of his acquaintance. Through his interest in
young people he won their respect, confidence and obedience. As
a citizen he endeavored to have peace with all men and was eminently
successful. To learn to know and converse with him meant to have
higher ideals of life and character. All classes of people seemed
ready to say, "He is a fine man." His faith in God and
His Word was an inspiration for him to labor earnestly in His
calling as a minister. To hear him preach meant to remember some
truth he presented. Much of his success as a minister and church
leader may be ascribed to his devoted prayer life, he many times
resorting to the closet for the solution of some difficult problem.
He had great respect for the opinion of others but had convictions
of his own from which he was not easily moved. He was firm yet
kind, had "charity for all, with malice toward none."
"Swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath." On
a certain occasion in referring to a co-laborer he said, "We
labored together for many years we differed on some things but
we never quarreled." He helped organize the first permanent
Sunday school in the Mennonite Church of America in 1863 and had
been an active worker in the school ever since it was organized.
He read and appreciated good literature and often recommended
a good book to a friend. Among his last acts in this line was
to send a copy of "Our Blessed Dead" to a widowed mother.
He sometimes expressed himself as not being weary of life yet
ready to go at the Master's call. Thus "he came to his grave
in a full age like as a shock of corn cometh in his season."
"I am not weary of Thy work,
From earth I would not flee;
But while I walk and while I serve,
Oh, lift me up to Thee."
-From one of his favorite hymns.
Funeral services w ere held at Walnut Grove Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Amos I. Yoder, assisted by S. E. Allgyer and John M. Shenk.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana