MILLER. - Wayne Marion Abraham, son of Elias and Nettie
Miller, was born Jan. 20, 1921 (NOTE: Probably should read 1911);
died Mar. 21, 1924 (NOTE:Probably should read 1914); aged 3y.
2m. 1d. Funeral held at the Protection (Kans.) Church, conducted
by N.E. Ebersole and __Brubaker, on Mar. 23, 1914.
"It is hard to have one depart
When bound together in heart,
But God is love,
He knows what's best,
So we trust Him in life or death."
SNADER. - Bro. Samuel Snader died at the home of his son-in-law, Theodore Felpel, near Bird-in-hand, Pa., March 7, 1914; aged 78y. 21d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. During the last few years of his life his mind gradually failed and he was not able to go to church. He leaves 2 sons, and 3 daughters and a number of grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Weaverland Church on the 11th. conducted by Bros. Benj. Weaver and John Sauder.
KEENER. - Aden J., son of Bro. __ and Sister Anna Keener
of Cearfoss, Md., was born May 30, 1913; died March 2, 1914. Funeral
services on March 4 by Denton Martin. Text, Job 1:21. May God's
sustaining grace be with the wounded hearts of the young parents.
Little Aden, so loving and dear, Was only nine months with us
here, But, thank Jesus, the blessing He gives, In heaven with
Jesus Aden now lives.
By his Grandparents
ERB. - Bro. Jacob Erb died at the home of his son-in-law, John Weaver, at Terre Hill, Pa., March 16, 1914; aged 79y. 10m. 24d. He was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and attended services at Weaverland on the 8th. inst. A few days afterwards he took sick with pneumonia, which resulted in his death. He is survived by 2 daughters, a number of grandchildren, and many warm friends that will miss him. We hope our loss will be his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Benj. Weaver and W.S. Rehrer of Terre Hill.
NUSSBAUM. - Lizzie, wife of Christian Nussbaum, daughter of John J. and Sarah Lehman, was born in Wayne Co., O., Dec. 12, 1891; died of tuberculosis at the same place March 11, 1914; aged 22y. 2m. 29d. At an early age she joined the Swiss Mennonite Church. On Oct. 3, 1910, she was married to Chr. A. Nussbaum. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter, parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and a host of relatives to mourn her early departure. She expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. C.N. Amstutz.
GERBER. - Sarah (nee Sommer), wife of Elias P. Gerber, was born in Wayne Co., O.; died of tuberculosis and appendicitis March 17, 1914; aged 38y. 7m. 26d. She leaves her husband, 5 children (the youngest only 20 months old), father, mother, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters, besides many relatives and friends, but they need not mourn without hope, as she was ready to depart. One son preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Swiss Mennonite Church, and was a kind and loving mother and will be sadly missed in the home, in the Church, and community. Funeral services were conducted March 20 by the brethren, Jacob Nussbaum and C.N. Amstutz.
MOWRER.- Catharine (Tweed) Mowrer was born Feb. 12, 1830; died at her home 421 E. Clay St., Lancaster, Pa., Mar. 11, 1914; aged 84y. 29d. She was married to Hiram Mowrer in 1855. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 2 daughters. Her husband and 5 children preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sons, 1 daughter, 31 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and lived an exemplary Christian life to the end, and we have reason to console our hearts with the thought that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held March 15, conducted at the house by Bro. David H. Mosemann and at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Herr and John H. Mosemann.
FORRY.- Mary Newcomer Forry was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., April 24, 1832; died in the same community March 19, 1914;
aged 81y. 10m. 24d. More than 50 years ago she married John Forry,
who preceded her to the spirit world 2 years ago. To this union
were born 10 children, all of whom survive, 37 grandchildren,
and 24 great-grandchildren also survive. She was a kind and loving
mother and an affectionate grandmother and will be greatly missed
by her family, but we believe that our loss was her eternal gain.
May the Lord richly bless and greatly reward those who did so
much for her in her declining days, and may her death be the means
of bringing those of the family that are out in sin into the ark
of safety. Funeral March 22 in the U.B. Church at Silver Spring.
Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Funeral services conducted
by Bros. Peter Nissley and Isaac Brubaker. Text, Rev. 13:14.
"We miss her, oh we miss her,
When we see the vacant chair,
And the room is sad without her.
For there is no grandma there."
HOOLEY. - Joseph Edwin Hooley was born near Garden City, Mo., Jan. 8, 1887; died at his home near Hubbard, Oreg., Mar. 17, 1914; aged 27y. 2m. 9d. He was baptized upon confession of his faith at the age of 13 years and was received into the Mennonite Church of which he has been a faithful member until his death. He was united in holy matrimony to Sister Mamie Egli of Hubbard, Oreg., Nov. 22, 1908. To this union were born 3 sons. He leaves to mourn his early departure a beloved wife, 3 sons, father, mother, 5 sisters, 2 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. One sister preceded him to the spirit world. We are again reminded of Isa. 38:1: "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live." We are also reminded that life is uncertain and death is sure. May we all take the warning, as the departed brother was a strong young man and was sick but 7 days, this shows us that we may be called any time, we know not how soon. May God bless the bereaved sister that she may put her full trust in Him who judges all things right, is our prayer. Funeral services were held at the Zion Church Mar. 18, by Bro. S.G. Shetler, E.Z. Yoder, and A.P. Troyer. Terxt, I Sam. 20:18: "Thou shalt be missed because thy seat will be empty." This certainly is true, in the Sunday school and church, as well as in the home.
KING. - David Y., son of John Y. and Nancy King, was born Feb. 17, 1860, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died at his residence near West Liberty, Ohio, Feb. 1, 1914; aged 53y. 11m. 15d. In the spring of 1871 he moved with his mother from Pennsylvania to Champaign Co., Ohio, where he resided until his death. Both parents preceded him to the great beyond; also 1 sister and 1 brother in infancy. David was married in 1884 to Mary L. Zook, whom he leaves to mourn his departure; also 1 full sister, a half sister, and a half brother. He also leaves a large circle of friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life, where he remained a consistent member until death. Dearest, thou art sweetly resting, Cold may be this earthly tomb, But the angels sweetly whispered, "Come and live with us at home." Funeral services at the Bethel Church, Feb. 4, conducted by J.J. Warye assisted by J.Y. King. Buried in Hooley Cemetery.
NUNEMAKER. - Edger N., son of J.M. and Hannah Nunemaker, was born near Morrison, Ill., Oct. 22, 1872; died in La Junta, Colo., March 16, 1914; aged 42y. 4m. 23d. He was married to Emma N. Rutt of Sterling, Ill., Oct. 17, 1895. His wife died Jan. 29, 1908, leaving her husband and 5 children. He united with the Mennonite Church about 16 years ago and remained a consistent and faithful member until death. His one great concern was to bring his 5 daughters up in the nurture of the Lord and 4 have already accepted Christ. He moved from Sterling, Ill., to La Junta, Colo., in 1909, and was strong, conservative, much loved by all. As a father, some have said that he came nearer being a mother to his children. He was positive and firm, yet true and loving. A father, 5 brothers and 2 sisters also mourn the loss. The 5 daughters will be at home with their grandfather, Bro. J.M. Nunemaker of La Junta, Colo. On Jan. 2, Bro. Nunemaker was operated on for a severe case of gall stone and apendicitis (Note: as spelled). He did well for 3 weeks and was recovering nicely when sciatic rheumatism and other complications set in. He suffered intensely for about 3 weeks more. A few days before his death the rheumatism went to his heart. When he was told he could not get well he said, "The Lord's will be done," and a day or so after quietly passed away. He was buried in the East Holbrook graveyard. Text, Rev. 14:13. Funeral services by Jacob A. Heatwole and John Thut.
BRENNEMAN. - Bro. Noah Brenneman was born at Bremen, Ohio, Oct. 31, 1831; died March 14, 1914; aged 82y. 4m. 13d. He was married to Dianna Humes of Allen County about 1852. To this union was born 1 child, who lived only about 4 months. Soon after the death of the child God called the mother also. Bro. Brenneman then married Catharine Stemen, Nov. 28, 1857, at Crossensville, Ohio. To this union were born 3 sons - Henry, who resides on a farm near Canal Winchester; William, who died in the Philippines; James, who lives on the home farm - and 1 daughter, Malinda Guysinger, who lives near Pickerington, Ohio. They were the grandparents of 8 grandchildren, all living but one. Bro. Brenneman was again bereft of his companion in 1883. In December, 1886, he was united in marriage to Lydia Hoover of Fairfield Co., Ohio, who died March 10, 1889. On March 22, 1891, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Rife of Adams Co., Pa., who survives him. He also leaves 4 brothers - Martin and John of Allen Co., Henry of Norborne, Mo., and 1 sister, Nancy Culp of Allen Co., and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss, but his eternal gain. Bro. Brenneman was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, being ordained to the ministry soon after his second marriage. Five years ago last May be became afflicted with paralysis, which caused a lingering illness until he passed to his eternal home. A few days before his departure he was permitted to see beckoning hands inviting him to his eternal home, leaving a bright evidence that he has gone to the beautiful land, the home of the soul. Funeral services conducted by John Blosser of Rawson, Ohio, Mar. 15, 1914, at the Mennonite Church near Pickerington, Ohio. Text, Jno. 11:28.
LANTZ. - Rosa Lantz was born Dec. 22, 1888; died March
14, 1914; aged 25y. 2m. 22d. She was married to Harvey Lantz March
4, 1906. To this union were born 4 children. Two infant daughters
preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn a loving
husband and 2 dear little children, a father, mother, 1 brother,
and a host of friends. She gave her heart to God when 14 years
of age and lived a consistent Christian life until death came
and called her from this to the spirit world. The death messenger
came very unexpectedly, but our sister's life was such that we
believe she was prepared for it, which is a great consolation
to her loved ones. As a wife and mother she was faithful in her
duty. No pains were spared in making the home cheerful. In cherishing
and nursing the sick nothing was too much for her to do. Words
cannot express the deep sympathy the friends and neighbors feel
for Bro. Lantz in these dark hours of sorrow. May God give him
grace to bear this burden of grief, and may it be a warning to
each of us to be ready to go at any time. Funeral services were
conducted at the A.M. Church at Fairview, Mich., March 17, 1914,
by the Bros. E.A. Bontrager and Menno Esch. Interment in Fairview
Cemetery. "Dearest sister, thou hast left us; Here thy loss
we deeply feel; But tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our
SMITH. - Katie E. Smith, daughter of the late Bishop
John and Magdalena Smith, was born in Metamora Twp., Woodford
Co., Ill., June 19, 1879. In 1895 she united with the Amish Mennonite
Church at Matamora. She was married to John J. Smith Dec. 28,
1899. To this union were born 4 children. Her health began to
fail several years ago, and it was beyond the power of medical
skill to prevent her case from developing into pulmonary tuberculosis.
In December, 1913, she entered the Mennonite Sanitarium at La
Junta, Colo., her husband and family leaving their Illinois home
the following January to take charge of the Sanitarium farm. On
March 19, 1914, her spirit took its flight, death hastened by
la grippe. She leaves a husband, 3 sons, Willard, Tillman, and
Milton, and 1 daughter, Dorothy. Is also survived by a step-mother,
4 brother, 2 sisters, and 1 step-sister. Her parents, 2 brothers,
and 1 sister preceded her. She was a faithful worker in the Lord's
vineyard until He ended her labors in death. Her remains were
sent to Metamora, Ill., for burial. On Sunday, March 22, funeral
services were conducted at the home of J.D. Smith, by Bro. Andrew
Schrock, and at the Roanoke Church by Bro. A.L. Buzzard, and Bro.
Allen Erb of McPherson, Kans. The text chosen (Jno. 14:1-4) was
very appropriate for the occasion, being precious words of hope
and encouragement spoken by our Savior, the theme of the sermon
being, "The Heavenly Home." Interment in cemetery nearby.
Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California
HUNSBERGER. - Margaret Hunsberger died at her home in Beamsville, Ont., Mar. 23, 1914; aged 87y. 4m. 23d. She was the widow of Samuel Hunsberger of Jordan, Ont. Two daughters and 1 son survive the parents. Funeral services were conducted on the 25th. by S.F. Coffman, at the Vineyard Mennonite Church where interment was made. Text, Rom. 6:23.
BOMBERGER. - Maria Bomberger was born Dec. 9, 1829; died Mar. 10, 1914; aged 84y. 3m. 1d. Funeral services at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Myars, with whom she made her home. Buried at Cockley's Church by Bro. B.F. Zimmerman and Reuben Cockley.
LEAMAN. - Benjamin Leaman was born May 31, 1844; died at his late residence at Herrville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mar. 3, 1914; aged 69y. 9m. 2d. Bro. Leaman was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Although he had been in failing health for a few years, the final summons came suddenly, and was a great shock to the family and his many friends.
KULP.- Bro. Henry S. Kulp, residing near Salfordville, Pa., died Mar. 16, 1914 of spine disease; aged 61y. 3m. 12d. Bro. Kulp was injured in a fall from a wagon last November from which he never recovered. He was in a pitiable condition, being helpless for 17 weeks. He is survived by his wife, 5 sons, and 5 daughters, also 1 sister. Interment at Lower Salford Church on Mar. 21. Bro. Jacob Moyer and Henry Clemmer oficiated. Text, Psa. 39:4.
PATRICK. - Jessie (Johnson) Patrick was born Feb. 8, 1880, in Wyandotte Co., Kans.; was married to Clay Patrick Aug. 17, 1896. To this union were born 2 boys and 2 girls, all of whom are living. Died Mar. 20, 1914; aged 34y. 1m. 20d. She united with the Mennonite Church Nov. 30, 1913, lived a devoted Christian life, and was ready to meet her God when the angel of death called her home. Funeral services were conducted by J.D. Mininger at the home of the departed sister. Text, Phil. 1:21. Bereaved relatives and friends mourn not as those who have no hope.
MILLER. -Joseph J., son of Benjamin B. and Lydia Miller, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Mar. 10, 1878; died Mar. 12, 1914, at his home in Thomas, Okla.; aged 36y. 2d. He was united in marriage to Lydia Miller. To this union were born 9 children, 2 having preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing widow, 7 children, aged parents, 1 brother, 4 sisters. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the German Baptist Church in Thomas on the 15th., conducted by J. Appleman and J.J. Johns. Text, Num. 23:10.
PLANK. - Joseph Plank was born in Wayne Co., O., Mar. 3, 1834; died Mar. 26, 1914; aged 80y. 23d. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in early life and united with the A.M. Church, worshiping and serving his Master faithfully until his spirit was wafted into the realms beyond. He was united in marriage to Nancy Hostetler, Mar. 18, 1856. To this union were born 2 daughters, Fanny and Elizabeth. His beloved wife and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He was again united in marriage to Elizabeth Hartzler May 30, 1861, and this union was blessed with 2 sons, his wife and 1 son preceding him to the spirit world. One daughter and 1 son, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren remain to mourn his departure. He was buried in the cemetery near Oak Grove Church near Smithville, Ohio.
EASH. - Anna Eash was born July 22, 1843, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died near Shipshewana, Ind., Mar. 17, 1914; aged 70y. 7m. 25d. She was married to Tobias B. Eash Jan. 5, 1864. To this union were born 8 children, all of whom survive her except 1 son who died in infancy. Her husband has also preceded her to the great beyond about 19 years. She was one of the oldest members of our Church at Shore, of which she has been a faithful sister for years. Her seat was seldom vacant when she was able. Services at the Shore M.H. by Bros. Amos Cripe in English and Y.C. Miller in German.
HENDRICKS. - Bro. Isaiah Hendricks of Kulpsville, Pa., died Mar. 15, 1914, of apoplexy; aged 65y. 11m. He received a stroke while attending the funeral of his grandson Wellington Hendricks, three days prior to his death since which time he had been unconscious. He was a carpenter by trade. For a number of years he conducted a farm in Lower Salford township. Deceased is survived by his second wife, nee Mary Alderfer, and 1 son, Isaac, of Lansdale, also 1 grandchild, Ida Oberholtzer. Interment at Towamencin Mennonite Church, Mar. 19. Services were conducted by Bros. C.B. Allebach and Isaac Kulp. Text, Psa. 118:23.
KING. - Peter Y. King died at his home near Allensville, Pa., on Thursday evening, Mar. 26, 1914; aged 77y. 7d. He was a faithful, consistent member of the A.M. Church and was always found in his place at church when health permitted. He had been a sufferer of the infirmities of old age for a number of years. A cold, which resulted in pneumonia, was the direct cause of his death. The funeral was conducted by Bro. John L. Mast in German and Bro. Eli H. Kanagy in English on Sunday. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, 3 sons, 1 daughter, a number of grandchildren and a host of friends. May God comfort and bless the bereaved. Z.
GOOD. - Joseph B. Good was born Aug. 21, 1834; died Feb. 7, 1914; aged 79y. 5m. 17d. He was married to Anna Gehman. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. His wife and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn 4 sons, 1 daughter, 20 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Judith Bowman. He joined the Mennonite Church in his young years and remained faithful to the end. Funeral Feb. 11. Services at the Bowmansville meeting house, conducted by Bro. Benjamin Weaver, assisted by Bros. Moses Gehman and I.B. Good. Text, "In my Father's house are many mansions." Buried in the adjoining graveyard.
LITWILLER. - Joseph Litwiller was born in Butler Co., O., Dec. 12, 1836; died at his home near Hopedale, Ill., Mar. 28, 1914; aged 77y. 3m. 16d. At the age of 14 years he came to Illinois with his parents. He was united in marriage with Katharine Birky Mar. 9, 1863. To this union were born 7 sons, and 3 daughters, 1 son dying in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing widow, 6 sons, 3 daughters, 36 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He accepted his Savior in his youth and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was faithful to the end. He was buried at the A.M. burying ground Mar. 31, 1914. Sermons by Joseph Egli, Jonas Litwiller, and Samuel Gerber. Rest in peace. C.
NEUSBAUM. - Fannie Neusbaum was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 18, 1864; died in Oscoda Co., Mich., Mar. 22, 1914; aged 49y. 5m. 4d. She was united in marriage to John Neusbaum May 27, 1883. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son, of whom Alma, Alta and Ervie survive, also her husband. All were present at the time she passed away, also her father, 2 brothers, 3 sisters were present at the funeral. Funeral at the Fairview Mennonite Church with a large assembly of neighbors and friends to pay the last respect to a loving mother and sister. Services by Eli A. Bontrager. Text, Mark 14:8. She was a patient sufferer and was willing to endure all for Christ's sake.
KING. - At his late home near Allensville, Pa., Solomon S. King passed to his eternal reward Sunday evening, Feb. 22, 1914. He was past 76 years old when he died and was a faithful Sunday school and church worker for many years. His place in church and Sunday school was never vacant when health permitted. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing wife, 1 daughter, and 1 son, together with a number of grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted by Eli H. Kanagy in English and Joshua B. Zook in German, Feb. 25. We are glad to commit his soul to God who doeth all things well. May God bless and comfort the bereaved.
MATHIOT. - Kate J. (nee Pfile) wife of E.H. Mathiot, was born July 9, 1868; died March 25, 1914; aged 45y. 8m. 16d. She was married to E.H. Mathiot Dec. 23, 1893. To this union were born 1 daughter and 3 sons, all of whom with the husband and father are left to mourn their sad loss. Five brothers and 3 sisters are also left to mourn her departure. Sister Mathiot was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since the time of her conversion. Bro. Mathiot and children have the sincere sympathy of the community and the congregation of which they are members. Funeral services were conducted on the 28th., at the Mennonite Church near Freeport, Ill., and interment in adjoining cemetery. S.E. Graybill and J.S. Shoemaker officiated. Text, "Her sun is gone down while it was yet day." (Jer. 15:9).
HONSBERGER. - Daniel Hosnberger, a minister of the Mennonite Church, passed away quite suddenly at his home near Jordan, Ont., Mar. 25, 1914. He had been in failing health for a few years, and owing to his infirmity he was not able to attend church services for some time. His age was 78 y. 8m. 5d. His life was spent in the home of his birth. His beloved companion, Magdalena Sievenpiper, died June 9, 1913. Two sons and five daughters are left to mourn their honored parents. The Church loses one of her most devoted and interested supporters, although Bro. Honsberger was not especially gifted as a public worker. His life and character was a living admonition to all who knew him. He was ordained to the ministry in 1875 by Bishop Joseph Hegy of Preston, Ont. His faithful attendance upon his duties and his fellowship and counsel with the other ministers in the Church were always an encouragement and made his life a useful one, and an example worthy of imitation. Services were held on the 29th. and were largely attended. A short service was conducted in the home and then at the church at Vineland, conducted by Gilbert Bearss and S.F. Coffman. Text, II Tim. 4:7.
PEACHEY. -At his home near Belleville, Pa., Mar. 15, 1914, Jeptha H. Peachey, passed to his eternal reward; aged 62y. 1m. 23d. He united with the A.M. Church when a young man and gave evidence at his death of peace with God. "I know that my Redeemer liveth, I believe it, I know it, I feel it," and "Not my will, O Lord, but Thine be done," were among his dying words. He was an active Sunday school worker and especially interested in the spiritual and educational welfare of young people. The funeral was held at his late home on Mar. 19, and was conducted by the Pastors C.O. Anderson of the Presbyterian Church and J.H. Byler of the A.M. Church, assisted by E.H. Kanagy and Joshua B. Zook. We believe he died in the hope of a glorious resurrection. May God bless the bereaved wife and friends and sustain them through this sad trial is our earnest prayer.
YODER. - At the home of her son David, near Surrey, N. Dak., Salome (Zook) Yoder. She was born near Belleville, Pa., July 29, 1833; died Mar. 23, 1914; aged 80y. 7m. 24d. She was a daughter of Joseph and Martha Zook, the youngest of a family of 10 children and the last one to be called home from the cares and toils of this life. She united with the A.M. Church in youth. In 1852 she was united in marriage with David Yoder who preceded her in December, 1910. This union was blessed with long married life and a family of 5 children, Mattie S., Fannie Zook, John D., Joseph Z., and David F., who with a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other friends are left to sorrow, yet not without hope, for Grandma (as she was familiarly known) was a regular attendant at the services as long and whenever health permitted. The last ten years being spent largely at home she spent much of her time reading. She had some of her favorite verses of her testament marked and loved to speak about them. In the last days while the earthly house was crumbling she often expressed a desire to depart but we believe she waited patiently for the end. The funeral took place from the above named place on March 25. Services at the house by D.M. Shorb, of the Brethren Church and at the meeting house by the home minister, Bro. I.S. Mast, and Daniel Diendorf of the Brethren Church, where many had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. She was borne to her last resting place in the cemetery near by by 6 of her grandsons.
HENDRICKS. - Henry Wellington K., son of Bro. Isaac and Sister Elizabeth Hendricks, of Lansdale, Pa., died of heart trouble Mar. 8, 1914; aged 12y. 9m. 10d. Wellington was a rather delicate child, having a leaking heart. He had passed through some very sick spells before the one that caused his death. Two years ago his life hung at a thread for several weeks, having had dropsy. This time he had been to see his grandfather, on his mother's side. While there he took pluro-pneumonia. The fever left him, but his heart leaked too fast to gain recovery. He was a good Christian boy. He used to save his pennies, and when his box was full, it was used for India mission. He was so much interested in missionary work. Interment at Towamencin Mennonite Church, Kulpsville, Pa., on Mar. 12. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. J.C. Clemmens, at the church by Bros. C.B. Allebach and Isaac Kulp. Text, Psa. 16:6.
Dear Wellington was their only child,
How hard it was to part;
He was so sweet and mild,
How it grieved the parents' hearts.
But Thy will, O Lord, be done,
While in this world we still must roam,
Till we are gathered one by one
To that blissful, happy home.
There to meet Wellington face to face,
Oh, how joyous that will be,
There to be in love's embrace,
And sing God's praise eternally.
MILLER. - Benjamin B. Miller was born in Holmes Co., O., Nov. 26, 1841; died Mar. 19, 1914, at his home near Thomas, Okla.; aged 72y. 4m. 23d. When a boy he came with his parents to Howard Co., Ind. In 1861 he was united in marriage to Lydia Troyer. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. Bro. Miller with his family moved to Kansas and from there moved to Oklahoma and moved to the place where he lived until God called him home. He had been sickly for some time. Then when his son Joseph was called out of time to the spirit world it was too much for him. He was brought home sick from the funeral. He had a desire to leave this world and live with Jesus. He was sick in bed only a few days. He was a member of the A.M. Church. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing widow, 1 son , 4 daughters, and a number of grandchildren. They need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held at the home on the 21st. by Tobias Yoder in German and J.J. Johns in English.
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THOMAS. - Levi M. Thomas of Thomas Mills, Pa., was born Nov. 2, 1858; died April 1, 1914; aged 55y. 4m. 29d. He was the father of 11 children, all living except one; also 10 grandchildren living. He united with the Mennonite Church 34 years ago and was a faithful worker in the church and Sunday school until death. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 10 children, and a host of friends. He was buried at the Thomas Church on April 3. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, L.A. Blough, James Saylor, Simon Lehman, and W.C. Hershberger. Text, Isa. 38:1: "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live."
MILLER. - Christian Miller was born in Dirmstein, Palatinate, Europe, on July 26, 1832. He with his companion came to America in 1892, and settled near Congerville, Ill. In 1906 he removed from Illinois to Michigan and made his home with his son, Christian, in St. Joseph Co., during the remainder of his life. On Nov. 26, 1860, he was married to Elizabeth Eash, who died Jan. 21, 1867, leaving 2 children, a son and a daughter, who are still in Germany. He married as his second wife Catharine Roggy, on Sept. 22, 1868, who survives him. The fruits of his second marriage were 2 sons and 3 daughters. One son preceded him to the world beyond. There are also 29 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, who survive him. During his last illness, he suffered from heart trouble 10 weeks, and while his sufferings were severe, he bore it all with patience and willing submission to God, until the Lord called him to his eternal home, Mar. 31, 1914, at the ripe age of 81y. 8m. 5d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and always manifested the true Christian spirit, leaving an influence for good to all who knew him. He was a liberal contributor to the church and other benevolent causes. He was buried at White Pigeon on the 2nd. of April, where appropriate services were conducted by John F. Funk of Elkhart, and Harvey Friesner, of Vistula, Ind., from II Tim. 4:6-8.
John F. Funk
HARSHBERGER. - Jesse May, beloved wife of Deacon John
F. Harshberger, of near Hollsopple, Pa., was born May 15, 1879;
died of consumption Mar. 24, 1914; aged 34y. 10m. 9d. She was
married to John F. Harshberger Aug. 11, 1901, to which union were
born 1 son and 1 daughter, who survive her. She is also survived
by her husband, father, step-mother, 2 sisters, 1 half-sister
and 1 brother. Her mother, 1 brother, and 2 half-brothers preceded
her to the spirit world. Sister Harshberger was a faithful member
of the Mennonite Church from the age of 17 years. She was fully
resigned to the will of God, desired to fulfill all the commandments
of the Word, requested to be anointed with oil and her request
was granted. She said she would be glad to get well and stay with
her family, but if it was the Lord,s will she was ready and not
afraid to die. Funeral services were conducted on the 26th. at
the Kaufman Church by L.A. Blough, James Saylor, D.S. Yoder, and
Alex Weaver. Text, I Sam. 20;18. Buried in the Kaufman graveyard.
Sister Harshberger will be missed in the church, in the Sunday
school, and especially in the home as help to our dear brother
in his office as deacon. May God,s richest blessing rest upon
all mourning friends.
"Mother is gone, but not forgotten,
Never will her memory fade;
Sweetest thoughts will ever linger
Around the grave where she is laid.
Yet again we hope to meet you
When this weary life is o,er;
And in heaven with joy to greet you
We shall meet to part no more."
LAPE. - Nora M. (Stahley) Lape was born near Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 23, 1833; died Mar. 27, 1914; aged 30y. 7m. 5d. During a series of meetings conducted by Jacob S. Gerig of Orrville, O., she, together with the one who later became her husband, accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of that place. On June 20, 1907, she was united in marriage to Edwin S. Lape, with whom she spent nearly 7 years in most pleasant relationships. To be in the Church meant to her the giving of her life for service and she was always ready to assume obligations for the Master. She was the first superintendent of the separate primary department in their Sunday school and was active in the young people,s meeting work, not only filling her own place but in assisting others in their preparation. Some one has said that their home more than any other in the congregation was the center of the social life of the young people. On June 16, 1911, Bro. and Sister Lape went to the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Chicago to assist in the work, and spent a year in faithful service. Our sister,s ideal of life for herself was Christian motherhood, and it was in her effort to attain to her ideal that she gave her life a sacrifice. Two infant sons preceded her to the spirit world and a third one accompanied her. She left to mourn her departure a husband, parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and a large number of relatives and friends. The following, her "Morning Resolve," is worth many times the space it occupies in this obituary: "I will this day try to live a simple and serene life; promptly dispelling every thought of discomfort, anxiety, discouragement, impurity and self-seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a child-like trust in GOD." Funeral services were conducted at the Amish Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., Mar. 30, by I.W. Royer, A.M. Eash, L.W. Yoder, and others. Texts, Psa. 23, and Rev. 14:13.
(Transcriber's note: Must be a misprint on the year born, or the age)
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HOSTETLER. - Florence Fern, daughter of Amos and Ida Hostetler, was born Oct. 28, 1912; died March 25, 1914; aged 1y. 4m. 25d. Funeral services March 27 at Forks Church conducted by D.D. Miller.
ALDERFER. - Roy S., son of Wilmer and Katie Alderfer,
died at their residence in Souderton, Pa., on Monday morning,
March 20; aged 1y. 5mo. 21d. The child had been suffering from
complications of diseases. The neighbors and friends extend their
sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. The funeral was held
March 23, at the Franconia Mennonite meeting house by Bros. J.C.
Clemmens, A.Z. Derstein, Jonas Mininger, and Abram G. Clemmer.
"This lovely bud so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower,
In paradise doth bloom."
KEAGY. - Sister Elizabeth M. Keagy, widow of John Keagy who died some years ago, died at her home near Mt. Crawford, Va., March 27, 1914; aged 76y. 9m. 21d. Sister Keagy,s health has been failing for some time and she gradually weakened until the end. She united with the Mennonite church in early life. For some years she seldom had the privilege of attending the church of her choice, yet she remained a true and zealous member. She much enjoyed the fellowship of the brethren and sisters. When asked about her loyalty to the Church she would express her willingness to live that devoted and consecrated life becoming those who have accepted the faith taught in the Gospel and the plain, simple truths contained therein. Funeral services were conducted in a church in Mt. Crawford by the brethren, S.H. Rhodes and Christian Good, from Rev. 14:13. Her body laid to rest in the Mt. Crawford Cemetery.
HARTMAN. - Peter S. Hartman was born May 9, 1847, in Ashland Co., Ohio; died at his home in Wakarusa, Ind., March 25, 1914; aged 66y. 10m. 16d. At the age of one year he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. Dec. 8, 1873 he was married to Anna Weldy. To this union were born 5 sons, Aaron, Wm. Amos, John and Abram and 6 daughters, Martha, Amanda, Emma, Mary, Rosa and Cora. One daughter, Rosa, preceded him to the spirit world. Those left to mourn his departure are his companion, ten children, 27 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and many relatives and friends. At the age of 21 he confessed his Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, and always remained true and faithful to the same. Bro. Hartman was very zealous in the cause and when possible could be found in his place in church services. During his 2 weeks of sickness he suffered much. On Sunday, March 22, he called for the elders of the Church and was anointed. When it became evident that he could not recover he manifested an implicit confidence and trust in his God and said that if it was the Lord,s will he was ready and willing to go. A few days before he died he called his children to his bed-side and admonished them to live true and faithful to Christ. He was privileged to see all his children confess Christ and all are in his service at this time but one. The funeral was held Saturday from the Holdeman Church, David A. Yoder and Jacob Christophel officiating. Burial at North Union.
HARNISH. - Elizabeth, wife of Amos D. Harnish, was born June 30, 1844; died at her home in Lancaster, Pa., Apr. 7, 1914; aged 69y. 9mo. 7d. She leaves to mourn her departure, a sorrowing husband, two sons, and four daughters, one daughter having preceded her to the spirit world. She was a constant sufferer for three years, dropsy being her main affliction, though there were other complications. Her patient suffering (which at times was very severe) and Christian for attitude were an inspiration to those who visited her and noticed her sweet, gentle smile, which she bore under it all, thus verifying the words which came to Paul: "My grace is sufficient for thee." She was a faithful member of the Church for more than forty years. She was one of a family of nine children, seven of whom preceded her to the other side. One sister, the wife of Pre. D.N. Lehman, survives. She was a model mother, and her children, who so faithfully ministered to her wants will greatly miss her. She died in the arms of her youngest son, as she was unable to lie down because of difficult breathing. Sometimes in her lonely suffering she would repeat the first line of one of her favorite hymns, ""Let me go where saints are going," which was sung at her funeral. Funeral services on the 10th., conducted at the home by Pre. David Mosemann and at the Millersville church by Pre. John Mosemann. Prayer was offered at the church by Deshong of the Church of God. Text, John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in me."
BURKHARD. - Daniel Burkhard was born Feb. 15, 1846,
in Berks C., Pa.; died at his home near Roseland, Neb., Apr. 8,
1914; aged 68y. 1m. 24d. He was married to Hannah Snyder in December,
1872. To this union were born 11 children of whom 8 preceded him
to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his loss a widow, three
sons, and 4 grandchildren. The home has lost a kind and loving
husband and father, the Church a devoted, faithful, and exemplary
brother who will miss him very much, and the community a man who
was a friend to all. For years he was a member of the Evangelizing
and Benevolent Board and later the Mennonite Board of Missions
and Charities, a representative on this Board of the Kansas-Nebraska
Conference. There never was a place the Church asked him to fill
but that he filled it to the best of his ability. He united with
the Mennonite Church in his young years and has been an ardent
supporter of the cause he espoused, always much interest in the
cause of missions. His oldest son, Jacob, died a missionary in
India. Bro. Burkhard has been in failing health for about 6 months.
He had a serious derangement of the heart, which gave him much
trouble at times. The last attack he had lasted only 20 minutes.
He had been to town the day before and in the evening joined the
family in singing and remarked that he felt better than he had
for some time. The service at the home was conducted by Bro. Albrecht
Shiffler by reading II Cor. 5:1-10 with appropriate remarks. The
sermon was preached in the church by D.G. Lapp from II Tim. 4:7,8.
The remains were laid to rest in adjoining cemetery. The poem
by Alfred Tennyson entitled Crossing the bar was true of his life
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning bar
When I put out to Sea,
For though from time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot's face,
When I have crossed the bar."
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KULP. - Jacob S. Kulp died March 12, 1914; aged 68y. 10m. 19d. He leaves to mourn his departure 5 sons, 3 daughters and 1 sister. His wife departed this life 17 years ago, also 2 sons and 2 daughters have gone before. Funeral was held March 17. Interment at Deep Run M.H. of which congregation he was a member. Text, Jno. 10:27,28. "Dear father, thou hast left us, Here our loss we deeply feel, But tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
SHETLER. - Christian Shetler of Elton, Pa., was born Jan. 27, 1838; died while sitting in a chair, Apr. 15, 1914; aged 76y. 2m. 19d. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow and three children-Mary, wife of David Stull, Amanda and Noah Shetler. He was a brother of Jacob and Abram Shetler of near Davidsville and Lewis Shetler of Lancaster Co. Funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church by L.A. Blough, Alex. Weaver, and D.S. Yoder. Text, Psa. 90:12.
WEIDMAN. - John Weidman of Hinkletown, Pa., was born June 30, 1848; died April 11, 1914; aged 65y. 9m. 11d. He was seriously ill with pneumonia for six weeks. He was baptized by Bro. Noah Mack on his sick bed in the night of March 14. After being received he improved some, but then complications set in. After making the surrender he was concerned about his unsaved friends and said they should not put it off as long as he did. Services and burial at Groffdale conducted by Noah Mack and Benj. Weaver, from Jas. 4:14.
KUNKEL. - Hannah Kunkel (nee Burgey) was born near Mannheim, Ont., July 25, 1857; died after a lingering illness of tuberculosis of the bowels for two years, April 11, 1914; aged 56y. 8m. 17d. At the age of 16 she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful unto death. In July, 1889, she was married to John Kunkel, Waterloo, to which union were born 6 children, of whom 1 son preceded her, leaving to mourn their loss a husband, 1 daughter and 4 sons. She leaves a bright evidence that she has gone to be with Christ, which is far better. Funeral services at the home by Noah Stauffer and at the church by Noah Hunsberger from Heb. 4:9, and by Jonas Snider from II Cor. 4:16-18. Burial in David Eby's cemetery. May God abundantly bless the sorrowing family.
BLESS. - Katie L., wife of Charles Bless, died of consumption at her late home in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 14, 1914; aged 33y. 7m. 13d. She was a sufferer for nearly two years and even before that was in delicate health. She is survived by her husband and parents on both sides, also two brothers and one sister. Her little son preceded her to the spirit world, just about a year previous, died of the same disease. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years, having the "meek and quiet spirit, which in the the sight of God is of great price." She was looking for the time of her departure for nearly a year and had all plans laid out for her funeral. Funeral services conducted at the home by Levi Ebersole and at Good's M.H. by Bros. John Landis, John Mosemann, and S.E. Garber, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
WELDY. - Forrest Mervin, the only child of Bro. Martin and Sister Mary Weldy, was born in Nappanee, Ind., Sept. 21, 1904; died in Elkhart, Ind., April 8, 1914. He was always a healthy, robust child. His death was caused by first having the measles which later developed into diphtheria. He was a good and bright boy, and was interested in Sunday school and mission work. He had a smile for everybody and thus made many friends. Besides his bereaved parents his departure is mourned by many relatives and friends. Memorial services will be held later. "Earth has lost its look of gladness, Heaven seems to us more bright, Since the spirit of dear Forrest Took its happy homeward flight. And we long to cross that river, Long to rest upon that shore, There to see, and know, and love him With the Savior, evermore."
Hager. - Sophia, wife of Frederick Hager, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, May 15, 1846; died in Elkhart, Ind., April 18, 1914; aged 67y. 11m. 3d. At the age of 5 years she moved with her parents to Indiana. She was united in marriage to Frederick Hager, June 26, 1866. To this union were born 9 children, 3 of which preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, 3 sons-Frank, William, and Edward-three daughters-Mrs. Frank Miller, Mrs. O.E. Swinehart, Mrs. J.B. Huffman-together with 17 grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of a loving companion, mother and grandmother. In early life she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until Jesus called her home. Funeral services at Prarie St. Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., Samuel Yoder and J.E. Hartzler in charge, Bro. Yoder speaking at the home and Bro. Hartzler at the church.
DEFRIES. - Jared DeFries was born in Holland, Jan. 8, 1832; died April 14, 1914; aged 82y. 3m. 6d. He came to America in 1854. He was united in marriage to Josephine Fisher Dec. 20, 1860. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter. The latter died many years ago. He died on the old homestead where they lived ever since they were married. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church in 1864 and was a faithful member until death. When the summons came it found him anxiously waiting to depart and be with Christ. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing wife, 1 brother, 5 sons, 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He bore all his sufferings with Christian resignation. Bro. DeFries experienced the hardships of a pioneer life which are usually found in a newly settled country. He was buried on the 17th. Funeral services at the Nappanee Church, Elkhart Co., Ind., conducted by Ezra Mullet and David Burkholder. Peace to his ashes.
LANDIS. - Bro. Edgar S., son of Bro. A.A. Landis, was born Aug. 21, 1895; died at the home of his parents at Ephrata, Pa., April 16, 1914; aged 18y. 7m. 25d. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, 3 sisters, 1 brother and many relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church about six years ago, shortly after they had moved to Virginia, and was a faithful member. He had been ailing since May, 1913, having had malaria and never fully recovered from its effects. Last fall Bro. A.A. Landis and family moved into our midst again. Bro. Edgar had been in bed a few days over a week when at noon April 16, he had a stroke of paralysis, after which he could not speak and died in the evening. He was interested in church work and very patient. The day he died he said, "I,m satisfied just as the Lord makes it." He spoke of God's love as expressed in the beautiful flowers and birds which flew around the windows in the mornings, and claimed the promises of God. Funeral services April 19 at the Ehprata M.H., by Bishop Benj. Wenger and Bro. Benj. Wenger, where a large number of friends had gathered. Interment at Metzler's cemetery.
DOUGHTERY. - Daniel Doughtery was born in Ireland, Dec. 25, 1850; died April 13, 1914; aged 63y. 3m. 19d. He came to America in early childhood and his parents died while he was quite young. In 1874 he was married to Sarah Garver. To this union were born 4 children, Patrick, Mary Ann, William Albert, and Amniah. He lived in the vicinity of Elkhart for the last 34 years, most of which time was occupied in farming. He is survived by a sorrowing companion, 3 sons and 3 grandchildren. The daughter died in 1902. He was afflicted with diabetes about 3 years ago which caused his death. His sufferings toward the last were severe. He united with the Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., something over a year ago. He was a faithful, devoted member, attended worship whenever possible. He much enjoyed religious services and we have the best of reasons to believe he has gone to be with those who have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Services at Elkhart by Bro. J.F. Funk, assisted by Bro. Samuel Yoder, from II Tim. 4:6-8, which he himself selected. Buried at Smith's Cemetery 7 miles N.E. of Elkhart.
GERIG. - Mary (Conrad) Gerig was born Sept. 4, 1857, in Henry Co., Ia.; died Mar. 15, 1914, in Linn Co., Oreg.; aged 56y. 6m. 12d. In youth she united with the A.M. Church of which she was a worthy and consistent member till the time of her death. On Feb. 7, 1878, she was united in marriage to Christian R. Gerig. She leaves a bereaved husband, 6 sons, 3 daughters, 1 brother and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Three children died in infancy. The deceased was a woman of excellent character and noble qualities. As a wife she was faithful and true, proving herself a helpmeet to her husband, especially during his years in ministerial services, doing what she could to lighten his work. The heart of her husband could safely trust in her. As a mother she was kind, devoted, patient, and self-sacrificing, ever ready to sympathize with her children and administer to their needs. Her children have reason to rise up and call her blessed. As a neighbor she was peaceful, kind, and sociable. She is missed in Sunday school and church, because her seat is empty. In her affliction she was resigned to the will of God. May God bless the bereaved brother and children that they may put their full trust in Him who judges all things right is our prayer. Funeral services were conducted at the Fairview Church. Interment at Riverside Cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Daniel Erb, C.C. Steckley, A.P. Troyer. Text, Eccl. 8:8.
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