WENGER. - Amanda Reed was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 1, 1878. She was united in marriage to Menno Wenger Dec. 22, 1903, and departed this life Nov. 29, 1912; aged 34y. 5m. 28d. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, her son Russel, her parents, Aaron and Magdalena Reed, two sisters, one brother, and a host of friends. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 18 years and remained faithful to the end. The funeral was conducted by Brethren Martin Ramer and Christian Ressler at Yellow Creek Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery, Dec. 1.
MILLER. - Anna Miller (nee Schmucker) was born Aug. 1, 1849; died Nov. 27, 1912; aged 63y. 3m. 26d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church of Louisville, O., in her youth and was a faithful member until called to her reward. She was united in the bonds of matrimony in 1883. Said union was blessed with 6 children. Five children preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure her life companion, 1 daughter, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted by J.E. Hartzler, assisted by Bros. Leichty and Sommers. Text, Matt. 24:44.
THOMAS. - Sarah Thomas was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 22, 1822; dies Dec. 6, 1912; aged 90y 14d. Buried in the Kaufman Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. S.G. Shetler. The deceased is survived by two sons and some grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
ESHLEMAN. - Mary Ann Eshleman was born Dec. 23, 1850; died Dec. 13, 1912; aged 61y. 11m. 20d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early girlhood. Sister Mary was willing to give assistance in spiritual and temporal work and whenever the writer came to visit her she always desired prayer and scripture reading before he left her home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the home by the brethren David Lesher and C.R. Strite and at the church by G.S. Keener and Daniel Kauffman. Text, I Cor, 15:57.
GRABER. - Christian C. Graber was born Dec. 15, 1844; died Dec. 16, 1912; aged 68y 1d. He was born in France and came to America in 1872. He confessed Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 15 years and united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Montbiliard, France, and was always a true follower to the end. In 1874 he was united in marriage with Fanny Conrad. This union was blessed with 1 son and 2 daughters. Services and interment at the Pleasant Hill Church, Wayne Co., Ohio.
BERKEY. - Caroline Berkey was born Apr. 10, 1854; died at the home of her sister near Lattysburg, Wayne Co., O., Nov. 26, 1912; aged 58y. 7m. 16d. For many years she was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, exemplifying in her life the Christ-like spirit, seeking not her own good only, but also the good of others. Although dead yet she liveth in the lives of those who knew her. Funeral held at the Guilford Mennonite Church, Medina Co., O., Nov. 29, 1912, conducted by Jacob Burkhart and Edward Koppes in German, and Daniel Martin in English. Text, Rev. 14:12,13. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
TROYER. - Frances Ella (Miller) Troyer, was born June 5, 1890; in La Grange Co., Ind.; died Nov. 27, 1912; aged 22y. 5m. 22d. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, 1 little daughter, a father, step-mother, 7 brothers and 1 sister, to deeply mourn their loss; but we trust their loss is her eternal gain. She was a member of the Shore Mennonite Church for some years, and proved to be a faithful sister. Shortly before she passed away she kindly admonished her relatives to be true and faithful to God. Funeral was held Nov. 30 at the Shore Church, where a large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to one that was held in esteem by those who knew her. Services were conducted by A.S. Cripe and O.S. Hostetler from I Pet. 5:4, selected by the husband.
RISSER. - Jacob Risser was born in Germany Feb. 6, 1835; died Sept. 29, 1912; aged 77y. 7m. 23d. He came with his parents to America in 1845; settling down in Ashland Co., O., where he lived for about four years, then moved to Wood Co., O., where they lived till the beginning of the Civil War, when he came to Elkhart Co., Ind. March 1, 1866, he was married to Barbara Stauffer. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. One son and 2 daughters preceded him to the spirit world, leaving 2 sons, 3 daughters, and a beloved wife, together with 3 brothers, 3 sisters and 7 grandchildren to mourn his departure. He was received into fellowship with the Mennonite Church Aug. 12, 1912. He was buried at the Olive Church followed by a large concourse of friends and neighbors. Funeral services were conducted by David Yoder and Jonas Loucks. Texts, Rom. 14:12, and Luke 23:28.
SCHERTZ. - Ruth Irene, beloved and only child of Benj. J. and Emma Schertz, was born near Eureka, Ill., Dec. 27, 1903; died Nov. 26, 1912; aged 8y. 11m. She was sick only a few days, with tonsilitis and bronchitis, and her condition was not considered serious until shortly before her death, when membranous croup set in, and on the evening of above named date she quietly passed away into that "blessed sleep from which none ever wake to weep. Funeral services were held on Thanksgiving day, at the Roanoke Church but owing to the contagious nature of the disease, her parents and others who cared for her during her illness, were not present. Ruth was a loving and obedient daughter, a kind friend and playmate, and is sadly missed by her parents and a large number of relatives and friends. May He who knows all our griefs, comfort and sustain the sorrowing ones.
AMSTUTZ. - Sophia Amstutz (nee Culp) was born Feb. 24, 1849, in Fairfield Co., O. She moved with her parents to Allen Co., O., in 1851, where she resided until she united in marriage with Jacob Amstutz, April 7, 1877, when they moved to Allen Co., Ind. - first on another part of the home farm where they resided about two years, after which they moved to the present home, where they spent the remnant of their days. Eight children were born to them, six daughters and two sons, all of whom survive her. Her husband departed this life Aug. 13, 1896, thus she lived in widowhood 16 years with the care and responsibility of rearing the children. She united with the Mennonite Church when a young woman and lived a faithful, devoted life to the end. She departed this life Dec. 12, 1912; aged 63y. 9m. 18d. She leaves to mourn, 8 children, 13 grandchildren, 1 brother, 5 sisters, with many friends and relatives. One sister in infancy and two brothers preceded her to the future realm. Funeral services were conducted by N.O. Blosser of Rawson, O., assisted by B.B. King of Ft. Wayne, Ind.
KREIDER. - Isaac Kreider was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 28, 1822; died Dec. 16, 1912; aged 90y. 3m. 18d. He was united in marriage to Anna Denlinger Aug. 6, 1844. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. His wife and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He married his second wife, Anna Rohrer, Sept. 2, 1850. To this union were born 7 children. One son preceded him to the spirit world. Besides his wife he leaves to mourn 9 children, 43 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and remained steadfast to the end. He lived what he professed and by his pious Christian life and loving disposition toward all he met he won many warm-hearted friends. Up to about a year ago he appeared to enjoy good health, but during the last year he had been failing, was in bed 3 months and 3 days. He was very patient, never complaining. When visiting brethren were to see him he always wanted scripture read and prayer. He seemed to be conscious that his end was drawing nigh. He was the last one of his family to pass into the great beyond. The funeral was held Dec. 19, with short services at the house by Bro. Sanford Landis and at Mellinger,s Church by Bro. Frank M. Herr. Text, Rev. 2:7, last clause. Many sad friends met to pay the last tribute of respect to grandfather.
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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 41 - January 9, 1913 - page 654, 655, 656
HURST. - Sue Ada, wife of Amos Hurst, died at her home in Ephrata, Pa., Dec. 13, 1912; aged 35 years. He was a member of the Evangelical Church. She was the daughter of Bro. Daniel S. and Sister Magdalena Keller, of Ephrata, Pa. Seventeen years ago she was married to Amos Hurst of Terre Hill. Besides her husband and parents she leaves 2 sons, 4 daughters and 5 brothers. The funeral was held Dec. 17 with services at the home and in the Mennonite M.H. at Ephrata. Interment in Bergstrause Cemetery. Pre. J.M. Walters of the U.B. Church officiated, assisted by Bishop Benj. Weaver.
KANAGY. - Bro. Joseph H. Kanagy was born Aug. 26, 1858; died at his home 1 miles east of New Wilmington, Pa., Nov. 29, 1912; aged 54y. 3m. 3d. Bro. Kanagy was taken ill on Nov. 26 with pneumonia which lasted but three days. He was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church, a good neighbor, a kind and loving husband and father. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, 2 sons, 8 daughters, 5 brothers and 4 sisters, besides a host of friends who wish to extend their sympathy to the bereaved family. Funeral services were held at his late home on Dec. 1, conducted by Allen Rickert of Columbiana, O., and J.R. Byler. May God comfort the bereaved family.
SWARTZENDRUBER. - Harvey, son of Bro. Chris and Sister Mary Swartzendruber, was born April 23, 1905; died at his home near Pidgeon, Mich., Dec. 23, 1912; aged 7y. 8m. He took sick with infantile paralysis in the summer and was helpless most of the time to the end. Diptheria set in a few weeks before he died. On account of the family being quarantined burial took place the 24th. And funeral services were conducted by Bros. S.J. Swartzendruber and M.S. Zehr. Texts, Matt. 19:13-15; II Sam. 12:18-23. He leaves father, mother, and 4 brothers but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for he is now where there are no cripples, pain nor sickness.
WISLER. - Sarah, daughter of Isaac and Anna Kilmer, was born June 14, 1844, in Ashland Co., O.; died Dec. 16, 1912, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; aged 68y. 6m. 2d. She was united in marriage to Jacob H. Wisler Jan. 23, 1868, who preceded her in death Nov. 21, 1908. To this union were born 3 children, Isaac S., Harvey F. (who died when small), and Mrs. Alvin Housour, at whose home she died. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 son, 1 daughter, and 11 grandchildren; also 1 step-son, 1 step-son,s wife and her 2 children and 3 grandchildren, and 1 foster daughter, 2 brothers, 1 sister, with a host of friends and relatives. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years and remained a faithful member until death. Although deprived of her hearing she always had a desire to go to the house of worship when health permitted. She was a kind, loving mother, and a friend of all who formed her acquaintance. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church conducted by J.S. Hartzler. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
BLOUGH. - Elizabeth, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Plank, was born near Wooster, O., July 21, 1823; died Dec. 21, 1912; aged 89y. 5m. In 1840 she was married to Christian Nofsinger, who was called away Mar. 24, 1892. To this union were born 6 children, of whom 4 survive, Mrs. Nancy Hartzler of East Lynn, Mo.; Mrs. Lydia Ziegler of Garden City, Mo.; Mrs. Martha Keim of Faron River, and C.K. Nofsinger of Noble; also 28 children (probably meant grandchildren) and 24 great-grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Jacob Grady of Springfield, and 1 brother, C.J. Plank of Lagrange Co., Ind., and a host of friends mourn her loss. In 1894 she was married to David Blough of Middlebury, Ind., who died in 1910, after which she lived with her son and daughter. She sustained a severe fall and continued to grow worse until the Master released her from her pain. She was a patient sufferer and concerned about the poor and needy. From her youth she was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services by S.E. Weaver at Pretty Prairie, Lagrange Co., Ind.
RISCH. - Almira Blough Risch was born May 28, 1861; died Dec. 28, 1912; aged 51y. 7m. Deceased was a daughter of Susanna Blough, who survives her. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 2 daughters, a son, 4 brothers, 4 sisters and a host of friends. Funeral services at the Kaufman Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa., by Bros. S.G. Shetler and James Saylor. Buried in Kaufman Cemetery.
TAYLOR. - Edwin Taylor died at his home near Dale Enterprise, Va., Dec. 27; aged 74y. 7m. 20d. Her had been in failing health for some time from a complication of diseases, which he bore patiently. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church for nearly 40 years. He was of a quiet, peaceable disposition, unassuming in his nature, esteemed by those around him. He felt that the time of his departure was near at hand and was fully resigned to his fate, even longing for the summons, "Come home." He was twice married and leaves his wife, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Funeral services were conducted before a large audience at the Weaver Church Dec. 29, from II Cor. 5:1, by S.H. Rhodes and H.A. Young, after which his body was interred in the nearby cemetery.
HOLDEMAN. - Mary, daughter of Isaac and Anna Kilmer, was born in Ashland Co., O., May 24, 1841; died at her home 5 miles north of Wakarusa, Ind., of pneumonia, Dec. 23, 1912; aged 71y. 6m. 29d. She was one of a family of 4 children of which there now remain two brothers. Her sister preceded her the previous week. She came with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1852, where she resided until death. On Sept. 15, 1861, she united in marriage with Abraham B. Holdeman, who departed this life June 18, 1905. To this union were born 7 children. She leaves to mourn their loss 1 son, 4 daughters, a step-daughter, a foster-daughter, 30 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. She accepted Christ in 1865 and remained faithful until death, her seat at church seldom being vacant. She was greatly interested in the spiritual welfare of children. The funeral services were held at the Olive M.H., being largely attended, on Dec. 26, conducted by Jacob K. Bixler, assisted by A.C. Good, from the text, Phil. 1:21.
EVERS. - Ervin Samuel Evers was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Jan. 22, 1894; died near Elida, O., Dec. 23, 1912; aged 18y. 11 m. 1d. Ervin had been working on the railroad and on Wednesday morning went to his work as cheerful as usual. He and another man worked a short distance from the others and just had their work finished when a freight came along slowly and he attempted to have a short ride and failed and was caught and badly mangled. He lived but a short time. Ervin was a helpful, industrious, obedient boy in the home and about three years ago, during a series of meetings he made a confession and seemed to be in deep meditation for some time, then decided that for the present he would go no farther and so never was received into any church organization and thus suddenly ended the career of a young man in the bloom of life. He leaves a father and mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and many friends to mourn his sad departure. Bro. and Sister Evers are members of the Mennonite Church and have sympathies of the entire community. Funeral at Salem Church Dec. 27, by S.F. Coffman and D.D. Miller.
BERRY. - William Berry died in Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 9, 1912; aged 90y. 6d. He was paralyzed some years ago. Later his speech became affected but his death was no doubt caused by the infirmities of old age. He was married three times. After the death of his first wife he made his home with his son where he died. He had been a consistent and respected member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was a man of a quiet disposition, upright in business, and of strict integrity having the confidence and esteem of those he came in contact with. While he was ripe in years we believe he was ripe in Christian experience. He expressed a willingness and desire to depart this life and enter into the joys of the eternal world, feeling that he was prepared for the change. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, S.E. Allgyer of West Liberty, O., and L.J. Heatwole. Text, Psa. 37:37. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
HUBER. - Rosa Forest Huber was born in Perry Co., O., Nov. 11, 1899; died Dec. 13, 1912; aged 13y. 1m. 2d. Rosa was a kind and affectionate child, obedient to her parents, beloved by all who knew her, always present in her Sunday School class when health would permit. About a year ago she was afflicted with a spell of pneumonia, from which she never fully recovered. A complication of diseases set in and her life slowly ebbed away until the messenger came and summoned her up higher. She bore her suffering with much patience, never murmuring but greeting her loved ones with a pleasant smile. She had a desire to depart and be with Christ. About one day previous to her demise she requested to be given possession of a drawer in the bureau. After having her request granted she emptied the drawer, going through the house gathering up her books, dools, and belongings and carefully placing them in the drawer. She was the eldest child of Amos and Rilla Huber and leaves father, mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters to mourn her early departure. Funeral services were conducted on the 15th. at the Turkey Run Church by J.J. Warye (text Mark 5:39), where a large company of people had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect after which the body was laid away in the cemetery adjoining the church.
SHAUB. - Henry Shaub of West Lampeter, Pa., was born
Dec. 30, 1840; died Dec. 24, 1912; aged 71y. 11m. 24d. He was
married to Fanny Landis Dec. 3, 1867. He had a stroke of paralysis
some ten weeks ago which deprived him of the use of his left side.
From that time on he gradually kept losing strength until God
thought it best to call him home. All that tender hands could
do were done, but it was of no avail. He often expressed his desire
to depart and be with his Savior. We believe his wish was gratified,
and can truly say, "Thy will be done." He was a kind
husband, and father, a good friend and neighbor, always more willing
to give than to receive. After they were married they united with
the Mennonite Church and remained faithful members until God thought
that his grave would be a safe wardrobe for His saint and his
body would lie until the morning of the resurrection. He leaves
to mourn his departure his wife, 8 children, 9 grandchildren and
1 brother. Funeral services were held at Strasburg Church, Dec.
27, by Bros. Frank Herr and Abram Brubaker. Text, Rev. 3:21.
His sins and sorrows, strifes and fears,
He bid them all farewell;
High up amid eternal years,
With Christ, his Lord, to dwell.
BACHEMUHL. - Sister Anna Mast Bachemuhl was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 20, 1834. She removed with her parents (Pre. John Mast) to Baltimore Co., Md. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and was married to Christian Kennel. She later went west, was united in marriage to Bernhard Bochemuhl. They reside in Lichfield, Ill., for a number of years. They then removed to Washington, living there for a number of years. She later became desirous to return again to her friends and home of her childhood. At the advanced age of 72 years she decided to make the extended trip of almost 3,000 miles alone. She was of a family of ten children. All except one sister (Susanna, wife of Bishop Gideon Stolzfus of Gap, Pa.) have preceded her to the spirit world. She renewed her covenant with the Church of her early choice. Although her voyage through this vale of tears has not always been a smooth or pleasant one, we hope she has landed safely in that blissful home above where all tears shall be wiped away. She was in her 80th. year. Services at the A.M. Church near Morgantown, by John M. Stoltzfus and John S. Mast. Text, Num. 23:10.
HEATWOLE. - Sister Susanna, wife of Bro. Perry X. Heatwole, died at their home in Dayton, Va., Dec. 25, 1912; aged 57y. 2m. 20d. She had an operation performed on her head about a week before her death. The operation seemed successful, but her death was thought to be due to spinal meningitis and blood poisoning. About two years ago she spent some time in North Carolina for the benefit of her health. The house in which she was staying caught fire and in order to escape with her life she was compelled to jump from a second story window, and it is believed that the injuries sustained at that time were the cause of later troubles which caused her death. Her health was not good since that time. She fully realized that her end was near and gave some directions about her temporal affairs and also had a great desire that her spiritual house should be set in order. She requested the prayers of the Church in her behalf, and also asked for forgiveness for any wrong she might have done. She also expressed herself as being resigned to the will of her Master. She had been a faithful and devoted member of the Mennonite Church from early childhood. She was the second child of a family of eleven children and the first one to be removed by death. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband, 2 sons and her aged mother, besides her brothers and sisters to mourn their loss which we believe is her gain. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Church Dec. 27, conducted by the brethren, C. Good and S.H. Rhodes, from I Thes. 3:13, 14, after which her body was committed to the earth in the cemetery nearby.
PROWANT. - Mary Myers Prowant, daughter of Joseph and
Elizabeth Myers, was born June 8, 1841, in Putnam Co., O.; died
at her home in Perry Twp., Putnam Co., O., Dec. 24, 1912; aged
71y. 6m. 16d. She was united in marriage Feb. 15, 1863, to Ephraim
Prowant. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter, who, with
the husband and father, survive to mourn the loss of a kind and
loving wife and mother. There are also 20 grandchildren and 4
sisters living. She was united with the Mennonite Church in August,
1868, and lived a faithful Christian life until called to her
eternal home. She enjoyed making home pleasant and no task seemed
too great for her. Her good deeds and kindness have been equally
distributed, always faithful to her Christian duty, giving advice
to those in trouble, sympathy to those in sorrow, and aid to the
unfortunate. She was loved and esteemed by all her neighbors,
who share the sorrow of her bereaved family and relatives. She
was the first one of the family (including grandchildren) to be
called by death, and as we have such good evidence that she had
peace with God and is now resting from her labors, may all prepare
to meet her in heaven. Funeral services were conducted at the
Mount Zion Church Dec. 26, by Moses Brenneman. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Burial in cemetery nearby.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
That never will be filled."
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REXRODE. - James Rexrode of Rockingham Co., Va., departed this life Jan. 5, 1913; aged 38y. 4m. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years, was unmarried and lived a rather secluded life. Funeral services were held at the Bank Church on Jan. 7, conducted by Jos. W. Coffman and Amos D. Heatwole.
ZOOK. - Laura May, infant daughter of John G. And Phoebe A. Zook of New Wilmington, Pa., was born Mar. 21, 1911; died Oct. 31, 1912; aged 1y. 7m. 9d. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, 3 sisters and 4 brothers, her mother having preceded her to the spirit world 2 months before. Funeral services Nov. 1 by Bro. J.R. Byler from II Kings 4:26. Budded on earth to bloom in heaven.
LONG. - Martha Long died at her home in Chambersburg, Pa., Dec. 29, 1912; aged 76y. 3m. 2d. She was sick for about 3 months, during which time she was a great sufferer, but bore it with Christian patience to the end. Sister Long was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and was faithful to the end. Funeral services at Chambersburg, Pa., by Daniel E. Kuhns and John S. Burkholder from II Tim. 4:6-8. She is survived by one sister, Barbara, at home, who has the sympathy of all friends and neighbors.
LANDIS. - Mary, beloved wife of John R. Landis was born Oct. 7, 1883; died at Portal, N.D., Dec. 27, 1912; aged 29y. 2m. 20d. The remains were brought to the home of her parents, Bro. and Sister E.W. Bricker, of Aldersyde, Alta., and funeral services took place from here and were held at Mount View Church on Dec. 31, 1912., conducted by N.B. Stauffer. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 3 little ones, father, mother, 5 brothers, 1 sister, and many friends and acquaintances. May God comfort the bereaved.
LEHMAN. - Verona Lehman was born in Switzerland April 14, 1826, and emigrated to Wayne Co., O., with her parents in 1831. In 1843 she was married to Isaac Lehman, who preceded her in 1892. No children were born to this union. She was loved by all who knew her, and was a loyal church member. She died on Christmas, 1912, after a short illness from pneumonia, at the age of 86y. 8m. 11d. She was one of the oldest members of the Swiss Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Jacob Nussbaum and C.N. Amstutz. All her brothers and sister had preceded her in death.
KING. - Christian J. King was born Aug. 12, 1837, near Orrville, O.: died Dec. 28, 1912; aged 75y. 4m. 16d. He was the eldest son of Jacob and Rebecca King. On Jan. 24, 1861, he was married to Fanny Leichty, daughter of Peter and Fanny Leichty. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves to mourn his departure a widow, 6 children and many friends. He lived on the farm adjoining the one where he was born, from the time of his marriage until his death. He gave his heart to God in his youthful days, and was a faithful member of the A.M. Church. He was blessed with health and strength, all through life, up to the moment of his death.
ALLEBACH. - RUTH - A double funeral took place at the Rockhill Mennonite Church, Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1913, when Bro. John B. Allebach (son of the late Pre. John Allebach who so faithfully stood on the walls of Zion until the age of 96) and Sister Lovina Ruth (sister of Mrs. John B. Allebach) were laid to rest. Bro. Allebach is survived by a sorrowing widow and two brothers, Pre. Christian Allebach of Towamencin, Pa., and Dea. Joseph Allebach of Rockhill. Bros. William Landis and J.C. Clemens, assisted by other ministers, officiated. Text, Job 19:25. Though the day was dark and rainy a large concourse of people witnessed the lowering of the two coffins.
ZOOK. - Viola M. Zook was born in Johnson Co., Mo., March 3, 1894; died at the home of her father near Garden City, Mo., Dec. 31, 1912; aged 18y. 9m. 28d. Sister Viola was a life-long sufferer of asthma and tuberculosis. Her life was one of patience adorned with a meek and quiet spirit. Funeral services Jan. 2, 1913, at the home by J.C. Driver, at the Sycamore Church by J.J. Hartzler, W.C. Helmuth and J.D. Mininger of Kansas City. Text (chosen by her before her death) Rev. 14:13. She was a consistent member of the Sycamore Grove Church. She is survived by an aged grandmother, Fanny Yoder of Oregon, father, step-mother, 1 sister, 2 half-sisters, 1 half-brother and many other relatives. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery, by the side of her mother.
HARTMAN. - Henry, son of Peter and Agnes Hartman, was born near Washington, Ill., Dec. 14, 1839; died at his home in Morton, Ill., Dec. 20, 1912; aged 73y. 6d. On Dec. 14 he was taken ill with infection of the heart and some complications which six days later ended in death. His brother Emanuel preceded him to the spirit world just two months before. At the age of 18 years he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member for 18 years. Later he united with the German Apostolic Church (New Amish) in which he lived an exemplary life. Feb. 16, 1864, he was married to Barbara Hirstein who survives him. He leaves 2 sons, 4 daughters and one brother, Elias.
SHOUP. - Sarah Kilmer Shoup was born near Winesburg,
O., Jan. 4, 1850; died at home of her son-in-law, Harvey Eshleman
near Orrville, O., Dec. 31, 1912; aged 62y. 11m. 27d. She united
with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until
death. She had been in feeble health for a number of years and
died of a complication of diseases. On Oct. 13, 1867, she was
united in marriage to Joseph Shoup, who preceded her to the spirit
world 21 years ago. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters,
all living but one son who died 11 years ago; 11 grandchildren,
all living but one. Two sisters also survive. Funeral services
were conducted by I.W. Royer and I.J. Buckwalter at Martin,s Mennonite
Church. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
SCHROCK. - Cornelius Schrock passed away at his home on Dec. 22. About eight months ago he had a stroke of paralysis and had been in a helpless condition from then on. He was born in Wayne Co., O., June 11, 1830. In 1842 he moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. They were among the very first people settling in that part of Indiana. In 1860 he moved to Lagrange county, and until his death lived at the same place where he first built his home. He was married to Magdalena Bontrager Nov. 17, 1849. To this union were born 12 sons and 1 daughter. He joined the Amish Mennonite Church when young and has always been a faithful member of the same. Our hearts go out in sympathy for Grandmother Schrock, who cared for and watched over the departed during his long illness and who more than any one else will miss him. Besides grandmother Schrock, there are left to feel sad by his leaving, 4 brothers, 8 children, 41 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and a large number of more distant relatives and friends.
MISHLER. - Catharine Mishler was born in Howard Co., Ind., July 8, 1858; died Dec. 31, 1912, near Nappanee, Ind.; aged 53y. 4m. 23d. She was sick only two days. Her disease was diabetes. She was married to Bro. Frank Maust May 20, 1882. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. One son and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves a husband, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 2 grandchildren, an aged mother-in-law and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her departure; but they mourn not as others who have no hope. She gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Church when she was about 16 years old and remained a faithful and consistent member until the end. Funeral services were held Jan. 2 in the Nappanee M.H., conducted by A.D. Wenger, Jonas Loucks and David Burkholder. A large concourse of neighbors and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of love and respect to one who is greatly missed in the home, Sunday School and church. Interment at the South Union Cemetery. The bereaved family have the sympathies of friends and neighbors. Peace be to her ashes.
ALDERFER. - Henry S. Alderfer was born March 14, 1844; died at his home in Souderton, Pa., Dec. 31, 1912; aged 68y. 9m. 17d. He was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Detweiler Nov. 1869. She preceded him to the spirit world Feb. 29, 1904. Having no children, they cared for three homeless girls, who are now married and have erected homes of their own. One was seriously ill at the time of his sickness and death, and passed to her eternal reward Jan. 5, 1913. On Jan. 10, 1906, he was again married to Annie C. Burkholder of Harrisonburg, Va. To this union was born one son. This companion and little son are mourning the loss of one who was constantly mindful of all their temporal needs. He is also survived by 2 brothers and 1 sister. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and his place was seldom vacant, being at the services on Christmas eve. He had been a sufferer from diabetes for some time and only three days prior to his death was afflicted with pneumonia which caused his death. Funeral services were held Jan. 4, 1913, with short services at the house, and further services at the Souderton Mennonite Church by Bros. J.C. Clemens in English and Christian Allebach in German. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
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SMITH. - Mary Ann Smith was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.; Nov. 12, 1831, was married to John A. Smith Feb. 19, 1850. Eleven children were born to them, 9 daughters and 2 sons; one son and one daughter survive her. The family removed to Indiana in 1865 and to her late home in Bango twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1868. Funeral at Olive Church South of Elkhart, Ind., conducted by J.E. Hartzler in charge. Text, I Cor. 15:55-57.
MILLER. - Elizabeth Troyer was born in Holmes Co., O., July 30, 1848; died Jan. 11, 1913; aged 64y. 5m. 11d. She was united in marriage to Bro. Stephen Miller May 5, 1853, who preceded her to the spirit world 5 years and 1 day. In her young years she united with the A.M. Church and there finished her course by keeping the faith and living a quiet, consistent life to the end. After considerable suffering and patient enduring she fell peacefully asleep in the living hope of awakening in a glorious eternity. She is survived by 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 1 brother and 3 sisters. Funeral services were held at the Clinton A.M. Church near Goshen, Ind., by Silas Yoder in English and D.J. Johns in German from II Tim. 4:6-8.
GINGERICH. - Magdalena (Fisher) Gingerich was born Oct. 21, 1865; died at her home near Wellman, Ia., Jan. 10, 1913; aged 47y. 2m. 20d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 17 and remained a faithful member to the end. She was married to Jacob C. Gingerich Dec. 2, 1886. There were no children born to this union. They adopted two little girls. One of them preceded her to the spirit world. Her affliction was cancer of the bowels and her sufferings at times were intense, but she bore them patiently. She knew that her days upon earth were few, consequently she was prepared to die. Part of her last days were spent in giving counsel to loved ones and to believers, also warning those who were careless and indifferent to their soul's salvation. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, an adopted daughter, father, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held at the West Union Church Sunday, Jan. 12, by Bros. Andrew Schrock of Metamora, Ill., and J.K. Yoder from Psa. 23, which was the text chosen by the departed. She was buried in the cemetery one mile east of the church.
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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 44 - January 30, 1913 - page 703
HERSHBERGER. - Henry Hershberger of Hooversville, Pa., was born May 17, 1834; died Jan. 15, 1913; aged 78y. 7m. 3d. Funeral services were conducted on the 19th. at the Foustwell U.B. Church by L.A. Blough. Interment in the Foustwell Cemetery. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.
HERNLEY. - Marshall Jonas, infant son of Henry R. and Daisy C. Hernley, was born and died Jan. 21, 1913. A short funeral service was held at the home the next day conducted by Bro. J.A. Ressler. Interment in the Scottdale Cemetery. It is hard to understand, but there is comfort in the thought that the little one is "Safe in the arms of Jesus."
MILLER. - John K. Miller of near Johnstown, Pa., was born Nov. 1, 1844, died Jan. 14, 1913; aged 68y. 2m. 13d. Funeral services were conducted on the 16th. at the home of the departed by Brethren Jas. Saylor and L.A. Blough. Interment in the family graveyard. He is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters, and a number of other relatives and friends. His wife died nearly a year ago. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years.
KINZIE. - Moses Kinzie of Breslau, Ont., was born March 7, 1840, and died at his home Jan. 8, 1913, at the age of 72y. 11m. 1d. He suffered from spinal disease for 22 years, but he bore it all with remarkable patience and fortitude. He united with the Mennonite Church in early manhood and remained faithful to the end. He leaves to mourn his departure a widow, 2 children, 3 grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted at the Cressman Church by Jonas Snyder and Noah Stauffer. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
EBY. - Florence, infant daughter of Bro. Frank and Sister
Fanny Stehman Eby, was born Jan. 12, 1913, and died Jan. 21, 1913;
aged 10 days. The parents and one sister, Anna, aged 4 years,
survive. It was a bright, healthy child. She died very suddenly
after an illness of but a few hours. Although her stay on earth
was short yet we believe she has had her mission even though it
be only to draw us nearer to Him who is our All in All. May God
bless the family.
"Weep not for her, there is no cause for woe,
But when a few short years have flown,
She'll meet thee at heaven's gate -
And lead thee on."
HARSHBARGER. - Menno Harshbarger was born Oct. 26, 1858; died Jan. 16, 1913, at the home of his brother Joshua Harshbarger, of typhoid pneumonia after an illness of eight days. He contracted his sickness by being exposed to a heavy rain and not properly caring for himself. He was of a kind and loving disposition and always ready to do a kind favor whenever opportunity afforded. He was a member of the A.M. Church for many years. He leaves to mourn his departure 6 brothers and 1 sister. One sister preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral Sunday the 19th., conducted by Michael Yoder in German from John 5:25,28, and John E. Kauffman in English. Interment in the Mattawana Cemetery.
HALE. - William Hale of Ore Hill, Pa., died Jan. 9,
1913, at the age of 83y. 8m. 9d. Funeral on the 11th at the Ore
Hill Union Church, conducted by the writer, assisted by Bro. Stern
of the River Brethren Church. Bro. Hale had been confined to his
bed for some time with a complication of diseases, but had improved
and was able to be up and around again, but on the morning of
his death when Sister Hale went to his bedside she found him in
the cold embrace of death, having passed away some time in the
early morning, seemingly without a struggle. He left the evidence
that he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. When we visited him in
his sickness, he expressed peace with God, and longed to depart
this life to be with Jesus. He left to mourn his departure a loving
wife, several sons and daughters, and a number of grandchildren.
May they be comforted by Him who has promised to be the widow's
God, and father to the fatherless. He had been a member of the
Mennonite Church for some years. We will miss him but we trust
our loss is his gain.
HALTEMAN. - Sophia Halteman, daughter of Bishop John
and Mary Latshaw, deceased, and widow of the late Benjamin B.
Halteman, was born in Chester Co., Pa., Mar. 2, 1840; died at
the home of her son-in-law, Charles S. Sypherd, Spring City, Pa.,
Jan. 16, 1913; aged 72y. 10m 14d. Three sons and 2 daughters survive
her. She had been in feeble health for some time and died of a
complication of diseases. She was gifted in song. The alto voice
we heard in our home and church we hope is now heard among the
redeemed before the throne "which came out of great tribulation
and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood
of the Lamb" (Rev. 7:13-17). Funeral services were conducted
by Bro. Amos Kolb and the writer at the home and continued at
Coventry Mennonite Church and cemetery where Bro. Jacob B. Hunsberger
spoke from the text II Cor. 4:17,18.
HERSHBERGER. - Sister Hershberger, wife of Levi Hershberger, was born in Holmes Co., O., Dec. 10, 1851; died at her home, 2 miles East of Bristol, Elkhart Co., Ind., on Sunday morning, Jan. 12, 1913. Her death resulted from cancer from which she suffered more or less during the past year. She came from Ohio to Indiana when only 6 years of age, and spent the remainder of her life in this state. Besides her husband she is survived by 3 children, Albert of Elkhart, and John and Clara at home. Also by 2 brothers, Isaac Eash of Shipshewana, Ind., and John Eash of Somerset Co., Pa. Also one sister, Mrs. John Yost of Lancaster Co., Pa. When she was about twenty years of age she united with the Mennonite Church at Shore, Ind., and remained a devoted and faithful member to the time of her death. She was a patient sufferer, never complaining, but always speaking encouragingly and commending those who tried to do something for her. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and her pleasant smiles and her kind words will be missed by all who knew her, especially will her vacant place in the home be missed by her family. During her sickness she especially enjoyed the reading of God,s Word and prayer. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk of Elkhart, assisted by Harvey Friesner of Vistula, at the Barker Street M.H. on Jan. 15, and her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
MARTIN. - Abram Dorsey Martin was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Oct. 17, 1878, and died at his home near Greencastle, Pa.., Jan. 19, 1913; aged 34y. 3m. 2d. Bro. Martin united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 14. On Nov. 28, 1900, he came to Scottdale, Pa., to assist in the work of the Lord in a needy field. There was a small congregation of the Mennonite people at that time in this place. He was ordained to the ministry March 10, 1901, and from that time on he was in the active work of spreading the Gospel message by tongue and pen as long as strength of body and mind permitted him to be so engaged. He was chosen as Secretary-Treasurer of the Mennonite Book and Tract Society soon after coming to Scottdale and was energetic in pushing that organization into successful work until its work was merged with that of the Mennonite Publishing House. When the Gospel Witness was launched Bro. Martin was one of the most active workers in promoting the new paper. Later he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Mennonite Publishing House. He held this position, until failing health compelled him to relinquish his post as Treasurer in the fall of 1911, though he still retained the position of Secretary until the time of his death. The disease which carried away our brother is classed by the doctors as pernicious anaemia. He suffered intensely during the last few weeks of his life but was conscious almost to the last. Bro. Martin was married April 3, 1902, to Sister Ada Loucks of Scottdale, Pa. To this union were born four children, Catherine, Clifford, Lloyd, and Floyd, the last two mentioned being twins. His sorrowing companion, his four children, his father (Bro. Samuel H. Martin), three brothers - Harvey, Alva, and Elmer, and one sister, Martha, survive to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1913. Bro. Henry Baer conducted the service at the home. At the Cedar Grove Church services were conducted by Geo. S. Keener, C.R. Strite, and E.S. Hallman. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
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