Gospel Herald Obituaries - April, 1915

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Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 1 - April 1, 1915 - pages 15,16

Hostetter. - Fannie Hostetter, widow of Aaron H. Hostetter, was born Jan. 27, 1867; died Feb. 5, 1915; aged 48 y. 9 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves to mourn her departure 4 step children, 1 sister, and 4 brothers. Funeral services at the Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Abram Herr, D. N. Lehman and D. N. Gish. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13.

Bricker .- Bro. George Bricker was born Aug. 12, 1834; died at his home near Sugarcreek, Ohio, March 18, 1915; aged 80 y. 7 m. 6 d. He was married to Celina Snyder and lived in holy matrimony 55 years. He leaves an aged widow, 12 children living (all but one were present at funeral), 34 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren to mourn his departure. Funeral March 20. Services at house by J. K. Hooley and at Union Hill Church by Bro. Shepfer, assisted by Bro. Hooley. Text, Job 5:26.

Shutt. - Mary Ann Shutt was born near Baltic, Ohio, May 3, 1851; died March 11, 1915; aged 63 y. 10 m. 8 d. She was married to George H. Shutt Feb. 6, 1870. Three children were born to this union. One died in infancy. She leaves husband, a son, a daughter, 4 brothers, and a host of friends. Her sickness started over a year ago. She was a member of the Brethren Church since 1876. Funeral services at Walnut Creek A. M. Church, conducted by Ed. Shepfer and S. H. Miller. Text, I Sam. 20:18, latter clause.

Nesselrodt. - Martha R., wife of Bro. C. T. Nesselrodt of Miles, W. Va., was born Apr. 5, 1882; died March 15, 1915; aged 33 y. 11 m. 10 d. The departure of this sister leaves a sorrowing husband, 5 small children, a brother, and a host of friends. She is gone, but we remember the prayers she offered for her family shortly before she died. Her request was that God might take her home. The day before she died Bro. George Showalter, minister, and Bro. Ben Turner, deacon, held short services in her home. The family request the prayers of the brotherhood in their behalf.

Nelson. - Joseph E. Nelson was born Oct. 2, 1859, in La Grange Co., Ind.; died March 17, 1915; aged 55 y. 5 m. 15 d. He became a member of the Mennonite Church at Shore at the age of 20 years, and remained faithful to the end. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Eash in 1881. Eleven children were born to this union, two of whom preceded him to eternity. The wife, 3 daughters, 6 sons and 10 grandchildren, together with an aged father, 4 brothers and 4 sisters survive him. Our brother has gone to his reward after a life of toil. The last few years were especially accompanied by suffering and pain but we have reasons to believe that he is at rest indeed. Funeral services on the 19th at the Shore M. H. by the brethren, A. S. Cripe (Rev. 14:13) and Y. C. Miller (I Cor. 4:4) in the presence of a large congregation.

Miller. - Gordon, son of John and Catharine Miller, was born near New Paris, Ind., Jan. 19, 1895; died at the home of his father and mother, Feb. 14, 1915, after an illness of one week of bronchial pneumonia and pleurisy; aged 20 y. 25 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure a sorrowing father and mother, 1 sister (Mrs. Noah Moneyheifer), 1 brother (Albert), 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, and a host of relatives and friends. Two sisters preceded him to the spirit world. He suffered great pains but bore them patiently till his spirit took its flight. He united and was baptized to the Progressive Church about three weeks before his death. He prayed much while he was sick. A few minutes before his death he said to his father, "Papa, come and pray with me. If we can't be together on earth we want to be together in heaven." Funeral services were conducted by __ DeLoizer. Interment was made at Maple Grove Church.

Foreman. - Charles Foreman was born March 22, 1834: died at his home near Camargo, Pa., March 9; aged 81 y. 11 m. 18 d. About the middle of November he had a stroke and from that on until his death he had spent most of the time in bed. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and the following children: Annie (at home), and Mrs. Daniel Harkins (near New Providence). One sister also survives (Mrs. Lizzie Simmons, Lancaster), and 7 grandchildren. We believe our loss is his eternal gain. The funeral was held March 14 at the New Providence Mennonite Church of which he was a member. Services conducted by Bro. Abram Brubaker. Remains were laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
Dear grandfather we will miss thee,
In this world below,
Yet we believe thou art sweetly resting,
On Jesus' loving arms.
Granddaughter.

Berkey. - John C. Berkey was born in Starke Co., Ohio, March 26, 1838; died at the home of his son-in-law, Bro. Silas Litwiler of Middlebury, Ind., March 10, 1915; aged 76 y. 11 m. 24 d. In 1869 be was united in marriage to Fannie Kauffman of Middlebury, Ind. To this union were born 6 children, 3 of whom preceded him to the spirit world. There are left to mourn his departure his beloved companion, 3 daughters, (Lavona, Ella, and Della), and 10 grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and often expressed the desire to his family that he had a longing to go home. Several days before his death he remarked to his companion that he was so glad that he had no ill-feeling toward any one. His wish was granted on Wednesday night, when he passed away so quietly, almost before the family was aware. We have the assurance that he has gone to the better land, where there is no death, neither sighing, and where God Himself shall wipe all tears from our eyes. Funeral services were held from the house by Bro. D. J. Johns, and at the church by the brethren, A. J. Hostetler and S. S. Yoder.

Miller. - Anna Stutzman (nee Bontrager) was born Feb. 11, 1842; died Mar. 2, 1915; aged 73 y. 21 d. Dec. 8, 1861 she was married to Jacob C. Stutzman, who died on Mar. 15, 1895. To this union were born 10 children, 7 of whom are living. On Feb. 23, 1904, she was again married to Bish. Andrew Miller who died on Dec. 15, 1908. Mother took sick quite sudden with la grippe which soon turned into lung fever, of which she died, being sick only about 8 days. Funeral on Mar. 4 and burial in the old home cemetery. Preaching in German by Bros. N. P. Beachy, and Sol. Schlabach from Jno. 5:20-29, and I Thes. 4:13-18. While we miss our dear mother very much we still have the blessed hope of meeting her in our heavenly home. We as children should continually strive to follow her admonitions to live for Christ and at peace with God and man. Not long before she expired she was heard to repeat part of her daily prayer wherein she committed herself and her children and families into the hands of God and prayed that He would protect and guard them by His holy angel, so that we could all live and die happy and finally be taken into heaven.
The Children.

Transcribed by: Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 2 - April 8, 1915 - pages 30,31

Stider. - Joseph, son of Henry and Katie Stider of near Shickley, Nebr., died March 19, 1915; aged 1 day. Buried at the Salem Cemetery. Funeral services by Bros. Jacob Swartzendruber and Ben Slegel. May God comfort the bereaved parents.

Schumacher. - Vera Ester, daughter of John and Cora Schumacher, was born Feb. 14, 1915, at Hubbard, Oreg.; died Feb. 25, 1915, aged 11 days. Funeral services at the Smyrna Church by Bro. A. P. Troyer. Text, Isa. 11:6, latter clause. The remains were laid to rest within the cemetery near by.

Berkey. - Barbara (Christner) Berkey was born in Indiana, Sept. 14, 1882; died near Hubbard, Oreg., March 22, 1915; aged 32 y. 6 m. 8 d. She was a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Christner, and united in matrimony to Noah E. Berkey Sept. 24, 1907. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter who remain with the husband, to mourn her early departure; also 3 brothers of Pigeon, Mich., and a host of friends. She accepted her Savior in youth and remained faithful until death. Funeral services at the Zion A. M. Church by the brethren, A. P. Troyer and E. Z. Yoder. Text, Jno. 11:25. The remains laid to rest within the cemetery near by.

Moyer. - Mary M. (Landis), wife of Michael K. Moyer, was born Feb. 6, 1862; died at her home at Souderton, Pa., March 6, 1915; aged 53 y. 1 m. She was sick only about 4 days, starting with lagrippe, which developed to pleurisy, which caused a sudden bereavement to the family. Jan. 1, 1881, she was married to Bro. Moyer. To this union were born 3 children. One son and 1 daughter survive, with the grief stricken husband, 3 brothers and 4 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. She was a member of the Souderton Mennonite Church and was called away just two weeks before she had intended to again commune with us. But we believe our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held March 10, at the Souderton M. H. by Bros. J. C. Clemens and Jacob M. Moyer. Interment in the cemetery near by. Kaylor. - John W. Kaylor died at his home in Elizabethtown, Pa., March 23, 1915: aged 36 y. 4 m. 11 d. He was sick only about 4 days of erysipelas which went to his heart. He will surely be missed very much. In the home he was a loving husband and father, in the church and Sunday school a faithful worker, in Bible reading always willing to take his part. This should surely bring us closer together and make us more earnest in working for the Master. His class of boys should always remember what he has taught and try to take him as an example. He leaves to mourn a wife, 1 son, father and mother, and 2 sisters. But we trust that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral March 26 at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, conducted by Simon Garber, Simon Landis in the English, and Jacob Martin in the German. Text, Jno. 18:37, middle clause.

Brubacher. - Katherine Beechy was born Sept. 5, 1841. On July 22, 1860, she was married to David Brubacher. This union was blessed with 9 children, of whom 8 are still living; also 38 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. From early youth she was a member of the Mennonite Church and always attended services when she could, but being subject to attacks of gall stones, there was many a time in the last 10 or 12 years when she could not leave home. She had a very active mind and when not suffering too much, always found great pleasure in reading her Bible and the Gospel Herald. She bore her sufferings patiently, but had no desire to recover from her late illness which was a complication of rheumatism and pneumonia. She died Mar. 20, 1915; aged 73 y. 6 m. 15 d. Her husband preceded her about 10 years. Funeral services March 22, at the Conestoga Church, conducted by Ezra Martin and Tobias Martin. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Rohrer. - Mary E., daughter of Pre. Peter and Esther Landis, was born at New Pittsburg, Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 20, 1855. She was sick about two weeks with rheumatism which developed into uraemic poisoning which caused her death Mar. 21, 1915, aged 59 y. 5 m. 1 d. She was married to Isaac W. Rohrer Nov. 27, 1884. To this union were born a daughter and 2 sons. The husband died Nov. 14, 1907, and the daughter April 1, 1908. She leaves to mourn their loss 2 sons, John and Charlie, 1 step-daughter (Nettie Kauffman) 1 grandson, 2 brothers besides many relatives and friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church 19 years, living a consistent Christian life. Funeral at her home at Rittman, Ohio, and from the lower Mennonite Church near Wadsworth, on March 24 by Benj. Good of Dalton, O., (Text, Phil. 1:21-23), assisted by Henry Hursh and Isaac Good. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

Myers. - John B. Myers entered into rest March 12, 1915. He was born Sept. 20, 1836, and resided all his life in Lancaster Co., Pa., where he died. Fifty-two years ago he married Martha B. Herr who with the following children survive: Daniel H., at home, Ada, wife of Frank Bausman, Anna, widow of David Bausman; both of Lancaster Twp.; Martin H., of West Willow; Elam H., of Lampeter Twp.; Henry, of Rothsville. One brother, Amos, and 10 grandchildren also survive. He was an active member of the Mennonite Church over 50 years. He had a kind and pleasant disposition and during his illness exercised extreme patience. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. On Monday morning short services were held at the home by Bro. Aaron Harnish, at the Mennonite Church at New Danville, Pa., by Bros. Jacob Thomas and Henry Haverstick.

" 'Lo, I am with you,' saith the Lord,
I will never forsake my own,
Then let our mourning hearts revive
And calmly say, "Thy will be done., "

Snavely. - Anna Burkholder was born in Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 20, 1832; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Gzell, Shannon, Ill., March 28, 1915; aged 82 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was married to Christian Snavely March 15, 1853. She with her husband and 5 children came west in the year 1865 and settled in Carroll Co., Ill. To his union were born 9 children of whom 7 are living to mourn the loss of a loving mother. Eleven grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren also survive her. Her husband Pre. Christian Snavely, preceded her to the spirit world 10 years. Sister Snavely united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, of which she was always a faithful and loyal member. She was very devoted to her family, and was ever filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice for the good of others. Funeral services were held at the Brethren Church in Shannon, Ill., and her body laid to rest beside her husband in the cemetery near by. The services were conducted by S. E. Graybill, Pre. Roland of the Brethren Church, and J. S. Shoemaker. Text. Matt. 25:34.

Rohrer. - Abraham Rohrer was born in Washington Co., Md., Mar. 10, 1825: died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Abraham Brubacher, near Seville, O., Mar. 22, 1915; aged 90 y. 12 d. He had been confined to his bed but one week before his death, and passed away without any pain. He came to Ohio with his parents at the age of 7, the trip being made in wagons. He was married Feb. 28, 1861, to Mary Kapp, who preceded him in death 28 years. To this union were born 5 children, 4 of whom are yet living, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He was of a family of 11 children, of whom 1 brother, Jacob, aged 94 years, and 2 sisters, Margaret Lehman 97, and Susan Lehman 85, are still living. Those who preceded him in death were Abraham 90 yrs., Elizabeth 90, David 74, Michael 83, Isaac 82, Mary 86, and Sarah 73. Their father, Bish. Abraham Rohrer, died in his 90th year. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and served as deacon 41 years. Funeral was held from the Brubaker home and at the lower Mennonite Church on Mar. 25, by Henry Hursh, (Text, Job 7:9, 10), assisted by Isaac Good and Benj. Good. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Weirich. - Ada Weirich was born near Pashan, Ind., Oct. 15, 1898. In the spring of 1914 she gave her heart to Jesus, uniting with the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind., and proved faithful to the end. She was the second one of a class of 13 that united with the Church at that time to pass into the great beyond. She was afflicted with typhoid pneumonia and passed away March 13, 1915; aged 16 y. 4 m. 27 d. She was of a kind and loving disposition, making friends with every one with whom she chanced to meet, and will be sadly missed in the home and by her many friends, but we trust she has attained to a better home, and to a purer and a nobler friendship in the kingdom above. Bro. and Sister Weirich have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. The funeral was held March 15 at the Shore Mennonite Church, where Bro. 0. S. Hostetler preached in the English, followed by Bro. A. S. Cripe in the German language, to a large and attentive audience. Text, Psa. 39:3-5 selected by the parents. Buried in the Pashan Cemetery. Peace to her soul.

"Oh, what is life? Oh what is man,
Our life at most is but a span,
'Tis sweet to live, but Oh how soon,
We have to go to our long home."

Stahly. - Elizabeth, daughter of Adam and Susannah Sunthimer, was born Nov. 14, 1874, in La Grange Co., Ind. Her mother died while Elizabeth was but a young girl. She united with the Mennonite Church in her young years and continued a faithful member until she answered the death summons. She was married to Daniel J. Stahly Oct. 9, 1892. To this union were born 6 sons and 6 daughters, 10 of whom are living (Ernest, Mabel, Charles, Elizabeth, Beulah, Albert, Ruth, Franklin, Samuel, and the infant Daniel). These children have united with the church of their parents' faith, as many as have arrived at accountability, and are working in the Church. She departed this life March 25, 1915, at her home in La Grange Co., Ind.; aged 40 y. 4 m. 21 d., leaving her sorrowing husband, children, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her departure. She had expressed herself as being ready to go, seemingly worrying about nothing save that she wished to see Ernest, who found it impossible to reach home before her death. She passed away with a smile upon her countenance uttering the words, "How beautiful". In the community and church she will long be remembered for her many deeds of kindness exercised toward all and particularly to the sick and unfortunate. May her children rise up and call her blessed. Funeral services were held at the Forks Church on March 28, conducted by D. D. Miller and S. E. Weaver. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Nebel. - Barbara Stucky Nebel was born in Alsace, Germany, Nov. 12, 1841; died March 13, 1915, at the home of her son-in-law, John Kauffman (where she made her home for 6 years); aged 73 y. 4 m. 1 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and in that faith she died. She emigrated to America in 1865 and was married to Martin Nebel the same year. To this union were born 4 sons and 8 daughters. Her husband, 1 son, and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sisters, 1 brother, 6 daughters, 3 sons, 28 grandchildren, and a host of friends. She was sick with pneumonia only 8 days. The weakened condition of her heart hastened her end. During her sickness she would say at different times, "I am going home now." She was a kind and loving mother, always willing to lend a helping hand to the sick, the poor, and the needy. She lived in lonely widowhood 22 years, raising a large family and had the privilege of seeing all her children unite with the church of her faith, often remarking that she prays daily that not one of them should perish. In her last moments she offered a prayer in behalf of her children. Funeral services were held at the Sugarcreek Church near Wayland, Iowa, by S. Gerig, Daniel Graber, S. Gingerich, and John Wagler. Text, Rom. 14:8; II Tim. 4: 7,8. Many friends and relatives were assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the aged grandmother. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Transcribed by: Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 3 - April 15, 1915 - page 47

Ressler. - Elizabeth Herr Ressler, wife of Bro. Simon J. Ressler of Refton, Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Feb. 11, 1838; died April 5, 1915; aged 77 y. 1 m. 24 d. A sorrowing husband and 7 children survive. Funeral April 8. Interment at the New Providence, Pa., burying ground.

Spiegel. - Jacob Spiegel was born April 27, 1833; died near Boswell, Pa., March 26, 1915; aged 81 y. 10 m. 27 d. He was married to Mary Saylor in 1856. To this union were born 11 children, 8 preceded their father to the spirit world. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted on the 28th at the St. James Lutheran Church by E. J. Berkey and L. A. Blough. Interment in cemetery near the church.

Lehman. - Samuel Lehman was born Feb. 8, 1833; died at Windber, Pa., March 21, 1915; aged 82 y. 1 m. 14 d. He was married to Hannah Lohr 51 years ago. To this union were born 11 children (9 living and 2 dead), 30 grandchildren (29 living and 1 dead), and 5 great-grandchildren (4 living, 1 dead). He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 48 years, and was faithful unto the end. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Church by L. A. Blough, E. J. Berkey and Alex. Weaver. Interment in cemetery near the church.

Buckwalter. - Ida E. Buckwalter (Smith) was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 9, 1890; died March 20, 1915; aged 25 y. 1 m. 11 d. She was married to Menno S. Buckwalter April 8, 1914. She was a patient sufferer at the Lancaster General Hospital. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, an infant son, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 3 stepbrothers, and 4 stepsisters. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by Bro. John B. Senger at the house and Bro. C. M. Brackbill at the church. "Gone but not forgotten."

Snyder. - Sister Elizabeth Snyder, widow of Bishop Herman Snyder of Bedford Co., Pa., peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on the night of March 31. Funeral on Saturday, April 3. Services were held at the Brethren Church near her late home, conducted by Abram Metzler and J. N. Durr, assisted by Bro. Stayer of the Church of the Brethren. Our aged sister was a member of the Mennonite Church (Martinsburg congregation) for many years. She longed to go to her heavenly home. She has only gone before, leaving 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter to mourn her departure. May they be comforted in the hope of meeting over there.

Shantz. - Lauretta Alzina, daughter of deacon Daniel and Susanna Shantz, was born Dec. 6, 1893; died March 27, 1915; aged 21 y. 3 m. 21 d. The circumstances surrounding her death were especially sad. While on her way home from Berlin on Saturday evening she was struck by the trolley near Freeport station. Friends carried her to a nearby house and a physician was immediately summoned. But the injuries sustained were such that she never regained consciousness and passed away three-quarters of an hour afterwards. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure a sorrowing mother and father, 3 sisters and 4 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. Lauretta united with the Mennonite Church at Hagey's 6 years ago, during Bro. Noah Blosser's meetings, and has remained a faithful member since. Especially during the last year did she become more interested in the welfare of the Church, trying to persuade her companions to a more consecrated life. Funeral services were held March 30, at the house by Bro. Noah Hunsberger and at the Hagey Church by Bros. Oscar Burkholder and Noah Hunsberger. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Miller. - Barbara E. Byler was born in Union Co., Pa., June 24, 1844; died at her home in Greensburg, Kans., March 19, 1915; aged 70 y. 9 m. 25 d. In 1955 she moved with her parents to Noble Co., Ia., and at the age of 18 united with the Amish Mennonite Church. She was a faithful member until death. She was married to Jacob S. Miller Jan. 7, 1868. To this union were born 8 children, 3 of whom died in infancy. The following are still living: Mrs. Amanda Seeley, Jesse W., Ellis P., Alvin B., Calvin J. In August, 1876, she with her husband and children moved to Pawnee Co., Kans., where they resided until six years ago, when they moved to moved to Greensburg. During all this time she faithfully braved the pioneer's life. She has had poor health for 25 years, but through all these years of suffering she bore it faithfully and with courage. She was a patient and loving wife and mother. She leaves her husband, children, grandchildren, besides 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church March 23, __ Cross, formerly of Greensburg, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery.

"Weep not for dear mother who's gone,
Our loss is her infinite gain;
Her soul is from trouble released,
And freed from its bodily pain.
And when life's work is over,
We hope to meet mother once more."

Transcribed by: Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 4 - April 22, 1915 - pages 53,54

King. - Annie E. King (nee Yoder) was born May 27, 1836, in Wayne Co., O.; died Mar. 28, 1915; at her home near Garden City, Mo.; aged 78 y. 10 m. 1 d. She united with the A. M. Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. She was united in marriage to John C. King, Oct. 25, 1860, to which union were born 5 children, of which 4 remain. Her companion, 1 son (Menno), and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. She leaves 4 children, 28 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and many friends to mourn their loss which we hope is her eternal gain.

King. - Riley H King was born in Ionia Co., Mich., Dec. 18, 1865; died near Big Rapids, Mich., April 2, 1915; aged 49 y. 3 m. 14 d. He was married to Winnie Lee, April 16, 1893 . To them were born 8 children. They with the wife are left to mourn the kind father and husband. He is also survived by 7 brothers and 2 sisters and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral April 6 at the Bowne Mennonite Church, where a large concourse of people paid the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved. Service by J. P Miller. Text Jno. 14:1,2.

Kohler. - John Kohler was born July 13, 1913. He peacefully fell asleep in the quiet hours of night, when the angel came and bore the spirit to yonder shores of immortality, April 9, 1915; aged 1 y. 9 m. 25 d. He was the first one of this family to leave this earthly home. He leaves father, mother, 4 sisters and a brother. As our loss is his gain, we are resigned to the will of Him who doeth all things well. Services at the Oak Grove Church near Smithville, Ohio, conducted by J. S. Gerig and C. Z. Yoder. Text, Isa. 11:6, Matt. 18:3.
"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."

Brubaker. - Elizabeth Louisa, daughter of Samuel Brubaker, was born Jan. 21, 1865, in Juniata Co., Pa.; died at Ephrata, Pa., April 8, 1915 aged 50 y. 3 m. 6 d. Funeral services at the house by J. W. Smith of Ephrata, Pa., and at the Lost Creek Church near Mifflin, Pa., by Samuel Leiter and Menno Brubaker. Text, II Cor. 5:1. God bless the bereaved. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by. She is survived by her mother, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers.
"Sister, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy sufferings all are o,er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Huber. - - Caroline Huber, nee Doner, wife of David B. Huber, residing at Fruitville, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on April 3, 1915, from a paralytic stroke. She had been in apparently good health until suddenly stricken after supper Friday evening. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. She was in her 75th year, and was married 50 years. Her husband and the following children survive: David D., Mrs. M. G. Brubaker, Levi B., and a stepson of Landis Valley; also 17 grandchildren. Bro. Chr. Lefever preached at the house and Bro. Peter R. Nissley at the East Petersburg Church. Buried in the adjoining graveyard.
By a sister.

Beck. - Alfred, infant son of Emanuel and Rose Beck of Spencerville, Ind., was born March 11, 1915; died March 24, 1915. His stay on this earth was but short, however much loved by the parents and little brothers. He budded on earth to bloom in heaven. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers and a number of friends. One brother preceded him to the spirit world. Services conducted at the home by J. C. Lugibiel and A. S. Miller.
"Though cast down, be are not forsaken,
Though afflicted, not alone;
Thou hast given, thou has taken,
Blessed Lord, Thy will be done."

Zimmerly. - Silas, son of Peter and Mary Ann Zimmerly was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 20, 1895; died March 19, 1915; aged 19 y. 4 m. 27 d. He was sick only a few weeks with rheumatism and measles, followed by pneumonia. He was an obedient and loving son, had a kind and pleasant disposition, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was an active member of the Swiss Mennonite Church, faithful in Sunday school and in Bible meeting, always willing to take his part. Funeral services were held the 22nd at the Sonnenberg meeting house by Jacob Nussbaum and C. N. Amstutz. Texts, II Cor. 5:1; 6:20. Many friends and relatives assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters to mourn his early departure.

Sparks. - Fannie S., daughter of George and Polly Patterson, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., March 13, 1877; died at her home near Emma, Ind., March 29, 1915; aged 38 y. 16 d. She was married Dec. 26, 1906, to George Lewis Sparks. To this union were born 4 children. She was a kind and loving wife and mother. At the age of 14 she united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a true and faithful member until her sudden death. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, 3 children, her mother, a step-father, 6 sisters, and 3 brothers. Her father and 1 brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held March 31 at the Emma Mennonite Church, conducted by D. D. Miller and 0. S. Hostetler, where a large number of people met to pay their last tribute of respect.

Lehman. - Samuel Lehman was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 8, 1833; died after an illness of a few months incident to old age, at his late home at Windber, Pa., March 21, 1915: aged 82 y. 1 m. 14 d. On March 24, 1864, he was married to Hannah Lohr. who preceded him in 1912. They were both faithful members of the Mennonite Church for many years. To this union were born 6 girls and 5 boys, of whom 9 survive, as follows: Mrs. Julia Wahle, Mrs. George Bailey, Mrs. M. E. Horne, David A., Henry G., Herman H., Mrs. Hiram Kinsey, Uriah S., and Ida; also 30 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother and 4 sisters. Funeral services at the Weaver Mennonite Church, March 24, by Bros. L. A. Blough and E. J. Berkey. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in Church Cemetery. Father suffered much weakness and pain, not being able to walk for several weeks, but only confined to bed one week. He bore his suffering patiently, often expressing his desire to depart and be at rest, requesting that we should all prepare to meet him, choosing his ministers and making all things ready. He was a quiet and peaceable and devoted father.
"We miss thee, father, dear,
From your old familiar place;
We do not hear your foot steps,
Nor see your smiling face."
By daughter at home.

Thut. - Abraham Thut was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 24, 1839; died at his late home near Bluffton, Ohio, April 6, 1915; aged 75 y. 4 m. 5 d. He was married to Elizabeth Steiner Jan. 27, 1866. To this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters. One son and his life companion preceded him in death. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in his early years and remained a faithful member until death. He leaves 5 sons, 3 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 5 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He lingered one year and six months and bore his suffering patiently. He was laid to rest in the Zion cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Services by __ Rupp in German - "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places" - and by Bro. J. M. Shenk in English - "I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep."

Meyer. - Elizabeth Sullivan, widow of the late John Meyer, died at her home at Ringwood, Ont., April 9, 1915, of the infirmities of old age. She was in her 80th year. Her husband died about five months ago. For many years she was a devoted disciple of the Lord, and a member of the Mennonite of Church. Funeral was conducted April 12 at the Wideman Church by E. Sievenpiper and L. J. Burkholder.

Hartzler. - Elizabeth Hartzler, nee Miller, was born near Kalona, Iowa, July 24, 1884; died near Upland, Calif., April 7, 1915; aged 30 y. 8 m. 14 d. She grew to womanhood in the community in which she was born, and those who remember her as a girl and young woman think of her as a friend and one whom they loved. At the age of l5 she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a devoted member until death. In the autumn of 1907 she went to Hubbard, Oreg., where she was married to N. D. Hartzler on Oct. 17 of the same year, with whom she lived happily until death separated them.
"Alas! how changed this lovely flower
That bloomed and cheered my heart,
For fleeting comfort of an hour,
How soon we were called to part."
She leaves husband, father, mother, 8 brothers, and 5 sisters (all of whom were present at the funeral) and a host of friends. Her remains were shipped to her former home in Iowa for burial. Services were held at the East Union Church, April 13, where a large concourse of friends assembled to pay their last tribute to her whom they had loved. Services in German by Joe Hershberger (Text, Psa. 39:4), and in English by D. J. Fisher and S. C. Yoder (Text, Jno. 5:28,29). Buried in cemetery nearby.

Eshleman. - Adam B. Eshleman was born in Washington Co., Md., in 1881: died April 5, 1915. He was the only son of Jacob and Maria Eshleman. At the age of 17 he united with the Church in which he remained faithful until death. On Aug. 23, 1900, he united in marriage with Sister Nettie Grove and took charge of the farm upon which he was reared and spent his life. Their union was blessed with 1 son and 2 daughters. Jan. 15, 1905, his companion was called to try the realities of an unseen world. After spending several years off the farm, on Jan. 24, 1907, he married Sister Cora Grove and again took the same farm. Their union was blessed with 1 son and 1 daughter. Besides serving as superintendent of the Paradise Sunday school, he faithfully discharged his duties as deacon of Miller's Mennonite Church, to which office he was called Sept. 30, 1912. Notwithstanding his usefulness as well as the qualifications he possessed so necessary as a deacon, God saw fit to allow the lingering disease known as consumption to afflict him. After spending several months at the Sanitorium and resorting to every effort medical science and human hands could administer, he was convinced of his condition and took his bed just six weeks prior to his death. While his body was being weakened his mind remained clear and strong. But God granted him sufficient grace to set his house in order, both spiritually and temporally. Being very conscious to the last, he arranged his temporal affairs in every detail and gave each member of the family good advice as to how they should build their characters and live after he is gone. Having selected the text for the funeral services as well as other bequests, he bade all in the house farewell, expressing his hope to have them meet him in heaven, upon which golden streets he was waiting to walk. On Easter Monday morning he closed his eyes in death; aged 33 y. 8 m. 4 d. Besides his wife and 5 children, he is survived by his parents, 2 sisters and 1 grandmother. Funeral April 7. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Geo. S. Keener, at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Bros. Denton Martin and C. R. Strite. Text, "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." Interment in cemetery adjoining.

Transcriber's note: "Sanitorium" is as spelled in the original

Transcribed by: Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 5 - April 29, 1915 - pages 76, 77

Ressler. - Mary Alice, twin daughter of C. L. and Anna Ressler of Nappanee, Ind., was born Dec. 12, 1914; died of bronchial pneumonia Mar. 20, 1915; aged 3 m. 8 d. Funeral text, Luke 18:15, 16.
"We miss thee, dear darling, from thy place,
Thy blue eyes and thy smiling face;
But thou hast joined the angels' band,
With Jesus in that heavenly land."

Coble. - Mary Coble was born Aug. 14, 1827; died April 16, 1915; aged 87 y. 8 m. 2 d. She was a widow for about 30 years and was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for about 50 years. She was faithful to the end. She died at Highspire, Pa., where she lived the last 30 years as a widow. May her example long be remembered. Funeral services held at the late home and then at Risser's Church, conducted by Henry L. Longenecker and John G. Ebersole. Interment at Risser's Cemetery.

Yoder. - Elmer H., son of Moses and Amanda Yoder of Wakarusa, Ind., was born Jan. 4, 1912; died of pneumonia April 12, 1915; aged 3 y. 3 m. 7 d. He was young, tender, innocent, too pure for this cold, sinful world, so the Lord took him hence. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 1 sister, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, 1 aged great-grandmother and a large number of relatives. Funeral conducted at the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church, by D. A. Yoder. Burial in the Olive Cemetery.

Blough. - Florence Barbara, daughter of Pre. E. J. Blough of Davidsville, Pa., was born Aug. 26, 1901; died April 10, 1915: aged 13 y. 7 m. 14 d. She united with the Mennonite Church Mar. 10, 1912. She was faithful and happy in the Master's service. She suffered a great deal through her last sickness, but was very patient and was fully prepared and resigned when the death summons came to her. She leaves her parents, 1 sister, and 1 brother. She was preceded to the glory world by 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church the 12th, by E. J. Berkey, James Saylor, and L. A. Blough. Text, Gen. 50:20.

Strite. - Mary, wife of John B. Strite, of Maugansville, Md., peacefully fell asleep in Jesus April 13, 1915; aged 54 y. 10 m. 15 d. She was afflicted for years with Bright's disease; and for the last six weeks was bedfast. Being resigned to the Lord's will, she endured her affliction patiently, arranging for her departure. She was a member of Reiff's congregation. Two infant sons preceded her, leaving her husband and only brother, Pre. H. H. Loose, of Menges Mills, Pa., and many friends to mourn her departure. She was buried at Reiff's on April 16. Services by Henry Baer and Denton Martin. Text, Isa. 40:7,8.
Christ Strite.

Stutzman. - Barbara, wife of Noah Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 6, 1853; died at her home near Wood River, Nebr., April 4, 1915; aged 61 y. 6 m. 25 d. She suffered with dropsy for several months, but bore it patiently. She was united in marriage to Noah Stutzman, Jan. 17, 1874. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. One son preceded her in his youth. She accepted Jesus as her Savior in her youth and remained faithful unto the end. Funeral services were held at the Wood River Church Apr. 6, conducted by J. E. Zimmerman. Texts, I Cor. 15:43-58; II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to her ashes.

Canen. - Edward Leroy, son of Alpha and Grace Canen was born March 4, 1915; died April 10, 1915; aged 1 m. 6 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, and many relatives. Although his stay on earth was very short, we trust that the influence of this little life may be far reaching in its effects.

"Wherefore should I make my moan
Now the darling child is dead?
He to early rest is gone,
He to paradise is fled!
I shall go to him but he
Never shall return to me.
God forbids his longer stay,
God recalls His precious loan!"

Funeral conducted at the Olive Church, Elkhart, Co., Ind., by A. B. Yoder and D. A. Yoder.

Christner. - Barbara Egli Christner was born in Alsace, Germany, May 21, 1839; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Hirschey, April 3, 1915; aged 75 y. 10 m. 12 d.; came to Canada with her parents when 8 years of age; moved with her parents to Iowa when 16 years old; united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, of which she was a faithful member till death. Oct. 18, 1860, she was united in marriage to Jacob Christner, who preceded her to the spirit world 11 years ago. To this union were born 8 sons and 2 daughters of whom 1 son died in infancy. Nine children, 36 grand-children, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 1 sister with a host of friends remain to mourn her loss. Funeral services were conducted at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, by S. Gerig (German), Simon Gingerich (English). Texts, Heb. 13:14; II Cor. 5:1,2. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.

Karr. - Barbara Lehman was born in Indiana, May 26, 1857; died April 17, 1915; aged 57 y. 10 m. 21 d. She was married to Amos Karr Nov. 14, 1876. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter. Of these 4 survive (Frank, Enos, George, and Mrs. Nora Hackman), also 1 sister (Mrs. Nancy Shoemaker), and 1 brother (Jonas Lehman). Sister Karr had been in failing health for a number of years and recently submitted to an operation in a hospital in Chicago, after which she lived only a few days. The remains were brought to her home at Sterling, Ill., where funeral services were conducted at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church by A. C. Good in the presence of a large number of neighbors and friends who gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. Sister Karr was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She bore her suffering with much patience, looking forward to the rest that is promised to the people of God.

Erb. - Fannie Kennel Erb was born in Ontario, Canada, July 22, 1860; died April 6, 1915, at her home near Joy, Nebr.; aged 54 y. 8 m. 14 d. She was united in marriage with Bro. Jacob Erb in March, 1882. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters (Mrs. J. W. Oswald, Mrs. William Oswald, Mrs. L. A. Ott, Albert, and John). Harry, the infant son, and her parents preceded her to the spirit world. She united with the A. M. Church in her youth, and was a faithful member until death. She was a kind and loving wife and mother. The cause of her death was pneumonia and dropsy. Funeral services were held April 9 at the house by Bro. John Beller and by Bro. C. K. Ernst at the Holt Co. Mennonite Church. Remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Lapp. - Rebecca, daughter of Daniel and Leah Lapp, was born July 1, 1908; died April 17, 1915; aged 6 y. 9 m. 17 d. On the 16th little Rebecca was helping her little brother to burn brush when her clothes caught fire and the lower part of her body was burned to a crisp. Everything human aid could do for the little sufferer was of no avail. She lingered till 1:20 a. m., when she peacefully passed away. She leaves to mourn her death father, mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the whole community. Funeral services were conducted at her home by Christian King and John A. Stoltzfus. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Many friends and relatives were assembled to pay the last tribute of respect and follow little Rebecca to her last resting-place near Gordonville, Pa.
All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now Rebecca is at rest.
Her aunt.

Rick. - Christian Rick was born near Rothenberg, Wurtzenberg, Germany, May 29, 1847; died at his home near Morrison, Ill., April 15, 1915; aged 68 y. 10 m. 15 d. He emigrated to America in the year 1869 and settled in Whiteside Co., Ill. Six years later he returned to Germany, and on his return to America brought with him his parents, a brother and sister, and Anna Stortz, to whom he was married Oct. 28, 1875, soon after landing in America the second time. To this union were born 8 children, all of whom with the devoted wife and mother are left to mourn the loss of a faithful husband and father. In early life Bro. Rick had been a member of the Lutheran Church. In the year 1895 he united with the Mennonite Church near Morrison, Ill., of which church he was a faithful member until death called him to his reward. He was buried April 18 in the Mennonite cemetery near Morrison. Short services at the house by John McCulloh, and preaching service at the Mennonite Church by John Nice and J. S. Shoemaker. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8.

Transcriber's note: Given age is not consistent with birth and death dates.

Nice. - Mary L., daughter of Bro. John S. Nice, was born in Harleysville, Pa., Oct. 29, 1895; died at her home in Souderton, Pa., April 14, 1915; aged 19 y. 5 m. 15 d. Mamie's sudden departure has cast a gloom over the community. She retired well and happy about 10 o'clock at night. At 3 o'clock the family was awakened by the sister who found her in great agony. Physicians were summoned, but could give no relief and until 8:15 same morning she passed away. They pronounced it cerebro hemorrhages with convulsions. In our grief we still feel grateful that our Father called one who had been prepared for the great change. Oct. 18, 1914, she was baptized to the Mennonite Church at this place, and has been attending great interest in the services since. Her kind and loving disposition has won so many friends who sympathize with the grief-stricken father, step-mother and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at Franconia M. H., April 18, by Bros. Menno Souder and Abram Clemmer. At the home by Bros. A. Z. Derstine and J. M. Moyer. Text, Eccl. 12:1. Burial in cemetery nearby.

" 'Tis only such a narow line,
Twixt this world and the other,
That almost every day we miss
A sister or a brother.

" 'Twas only such a little while,
For Mamie to be with us;
So let us try as she has tried,
To meet her God in heaven."

Transcriber's note: "cerebro" and "narow" are spelled as in the original.

Weaver. - David, son of David and Susan Mishler Weaver, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Jan. 9, 1832; died April 8, 1915; aged 83 y. 2 m. 29 d. He was the last one of a family of 13 children to be called by the "silent messenger." Dec. 5, 1861, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Yoder. To this union were born 5 sons and 6 daughters. The children are all living except Willis, the youngest son, who preceded him to the spirit world. In 1869 they moved to La Grange Co., Ind., and located on a farm in Newbury Twp., near the Amish Mennonite Church. In 1873 they located on a farm south of Shipshewana at which place his wife died July 10, 1886, and which farm continued to be his until his death - living on said farm for 42 years. Nov. 26, 1889, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Christena Ream, she departing this life in Aug., 1910. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and as long as health permitted was always found at his place of worship. He was a kind father and husband, accommodating neighbor, faithful Christian, and loyal citizen. He leaves to mourn their loss 10 children (Mrs. J. Farver, Mrs. G. E. Nelson, Mrs. H. J. Hostetler, Mrs. Milo Miller, Mrs. William Hoffman, Mrs. L. A. Blough, Daniel D., Mahlon D., Valentine D., Silas D.), 40 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

"A soul has been called from among us
To a home that has no end,
And the angels are chanting their anthems
To a father - a friend."

Funeral April 11, at the Shore Church, where a large congregation met to pay the last tribute of respect to one of the oldest members in the Church, conducted by the brethren, S. E. Weaver (Rev. 21:1-4) and Y. C. Miller (II Tim. 4:6,7).

Transcribed by: Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


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