Sommer. - Christian C. Sommer was born in Wayne Co., O., Mar. 27, 1848; died of apoplexy Nov. 19, 1915 at the home of his son Peter, near Dalton, O.; aged 68 y. 8 m. 28 d. He leaves to mourn his departure 2 sons, Noah and Peter, 1 daughter, Mrs. Jacob M. Gerber, 7 grandchildren, 1 brother and sister and a host of other relatives. His companion preceded him to the spiritual world some years ago. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for years. Funeral services Nov. 21, at the Swiss Mennonite Church.
Frey. - Lizzie Frey was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 11, 1843; died Oct. 21, 1915 at her home in Sterling, Ill. She was married to Henry B. Frey in Lancaster city Nov. 23, 1868. To this union were born 12 children. Besides her husband and children she leaves to mourn her departure 44 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted on the 24th by John Nice at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church where a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect.
Frank. - Amanda, daughter of the late John and Ann Fortney was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 18, 1864. She resided in the city of Elkhart for the last 18 years previous to her death. She was married to George Frank. She is survived by her husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 brother and 4 sisters. She was afflicted for several years, and confined to her bed some four or five months. She died Nov. 4, 1915; aged 50 y. 11 m. 16 d. She had selected for her funeral service the 25th Psalm. She was buried on the 7th. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk, Elkhart, Ind.
Sullivan. - At the home of his daughter, Mrs. George King of Clinton, Iowa, of infirmities of old age, Daniel D. Sullivan. He was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, March 23, 1828; died Nov. 18, 1915; aged 87 y. 7 m. 25 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He passed away with the bright hope of entering immortal glory. He was married to Elizabeth Baughman, who survives him. To this union were born 7 boys and 6 girls, 3 preceded him to the spirit world. Ten of the children, with his aged companion and other friends remain to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter in Clinton, Iowa, on Sunday afternoon, conducted by John Nice. Text, Num. 23:10. His body was laid away in the City Cemetery.
Musser. - John Musser was born Oct. 16, 1839, in Wayne Co., O. In 1852, when he was 13 years of age, he with his brother Solomon and two sisters, Margaret and Catharine, and their parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., and settled in Harrison township. In 1881 he moved to a farm of his own. The last four years of his life he lived in Goshen, where he died on Oct. 15, 1915, in his chair, of heart failure, no one being present in the room to witness his sudden death. He died at the age of 75 y. 11 m. 29 d. He was never married. He is survived by 3 nieces and 2 nephews and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the Old Mennonite meeting house at Yellow Creek by John F. Funk, assisted by Martin Ramer and C. L. Ressler, from Matt. 24:44. He enjoyed the esteem and respect of all who knew him.
Baldwin. - Leah (Witmer) Baldwin of near New Providence,
Pa., died Nov. 7, 1915; aged 58 y. 11 m. 26 d. Death was due to
pneumonia. She was married to Franklin Baldwin. This union was
blessed with 6 children; Edgar W., Raymond W., George W., Ralph
W., Franklin and Mabel. She is also survived by a sorrowing husband,
2 grandchildren, and 3 sisters. She was a faithful and consistent
member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She will be greatly
missed by the family and relatives. She was of a cheerful disposition.
Funeral services Nov. 10 at the home of Pre. Elias Groff and at
the New Providence Church by Pre. Abram Brubaker. Burial in the
cemetery adjoining the church.
Dearest mother, thou has left us
Here our loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Eby. - On Nov. 17, 1915, at the home of her grandson, John Eby, in Elkhard, Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Mary Bingaman, widow of the late Jacob Eby, aged 95 y. 5 m. 8 d. Her husband died about 19 years ago. She was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., on 9th of June, 1820. She was married to Jacob Eby, April 7, 1840. to this union were born 8 sons, of whom the husband and 5 sons passed over to the spirit world before her. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and was beloved and respected, by a wide circle of friends and relatives. She had an earnest and longing desire to depart and be with Christ, "which", as the apostle says, "is far better", and often said that she wanted to go home; the change finally came and her oft repeated prayer was answered. Funeral services were held at the Olive M. H. on Nov. 20, by John Martin in the German language, and John F. Funk in English, from 1 Pet. 1:24,25. The burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.
Betzner. - Bro. Jacob B. Betzner was born Sept. 5, 1818, in one of the early settlements of Waterloo Co., Ont.; died at the home of his son, Bro. Aaron Betzner, in Berlin, Ont., Nov. 1, 1915; aged 97 y. 1 m. 26 d. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. On April 15, 1842, he was married to Magdalena Scheirick. This union was blessed with four children, all of whom are yet living. She died in 1849. On Sept. 28, 1851, he was married to Maria Bretz, which union was blessed with 6 children, all living except one. His second wife died in 1899. He leaves a posterity of 10 children, 9 of whom are living; 45 grandchildren, 42 whom are living; 53 great-grandchildren, of whom 7 died, and also 2 great-great-grandchildren. Bro. Betzner was a member of the Mennonite Church from his youth. The funeral was held on Nov. 3. Services at the house by Bro. Isaish Wismer and at the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau by Bro. Jonas Snider. (Text, Dan. 12:13) and Bro. Isiah Wismer. (Text, Job 19:25). Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Fridy. - Fannie N., wife of Amos C. Fridy, was born
Aug. 3 1859; peacefully fell asleep Nov. 7, 1915, at her home
in Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 56 y 3 m. 4 d. She was married Nov.
11, 1879, living in matrimony within four days of 36 years. The
union was blessed with 4 sons and 3 daughters. She also leaves
5 grandchildren, 1 sister and 1 brother. One sister preceded her
to rest in the month of August.
She was a faithful worker in the Mennonite Church and is missed by many who knew her by her smiling face and cheerfulness. Even in sickness she did not complain but was patient and looked to the Lord to help her in her sufferings. As a mother she more than filled her place in the home, and will be greatly missed in the family circle; but her desire was to meet them all again some day in that heavenly home where there will be no more parting.
Funeral services were held Nov. 10 from her late residence on South Market Street to the Mennonite Church for services and interment at Bossler's Cemetery. Bro. Simon Landis and Simon Garber preached impressive sermons from Rev. 14:13, which was selected by her.
Miller. - Volney C. Miller was born in Kent Co., Mich., May 8, 1876; died in Oscoda Co., Mich., Nov. 17, 1915; aged 39 y. 6 m. 9 d. In his youth he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. Feb. 15, 1901, he united in marriage with Mary Richards. To this union were born 10 children, 3 of whom preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Miller leaves to mourn his early and unexpected departure a sorrowing companion, 7 children, father, mother, 6 brothers, 6 sisters, besides a host of relatives and friends and neighbors. At the time of his death he was a faithful member of the Sunnyside congregation in Montmorency Co., Mich. Funeral was preached by E. A. Boutrager. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3, latter clause. A large audience came to pay the last respect to Bro. Miller. His death was caused by being shot by some hunters. He was working on the road, he met Bro. Harry Mast, they stopped and talked a few minutes, and while they talked they heard some one shoot. The bullet passed through the lower part of his body. This happened about 9 o'clock in the morning. Dr. Ablett of Fairview and Dr. McKinnon of Lewistown were called, but of no avail. Bro. Miller suffered everything imaginable until about midnight, when death only could relieve him from his suffering. Burial took place Nov. 19 in the Sunnyside Cemetery.
Miller. - Joel J. Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., near the present site of Springs, Dec. 14, 1844; died at his home near Grantsville, Md., Nov. 14, 1915; aged 70 y. 11 m. His death was due to heart failure complicated with dropsy. On Good Friday he was sick with "grip" and later was threatened with pneumonia and his health was greatly impaired, leaving a quite weakened heart; dropsy set in and toward autumn his condition became worse and he endured much pain and suffering finally ending in death. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church early in life and remained steadfast in the faith unto the end. He was chosen by lot and ordained to the ministry of the Gospel May 23, 1880. On Nov. 13, 1887, he was chosen by lot and ordained as bishop. Personally as well as officially he was modest and unassuming, inclined to be conservative and very patient and peace-seeking. In his sermons he was appealing in address rather than aggressive. He expressed a willingness to submit to the Lord's will, whether it be unto restoration of health or whether it be unto death; and we believe and hope he was at peace with God. Funderal was held at the Maple Glen or Miller meeting house, Nov. 17. Services by Sol. J. Swartzendruber from Bay Port, Mich., from 1 Cor. 5:1-8 in German and by Noah J. Brenneman from Rev. 14:13 in English. John L. Mast of Belleville, Pa., and Christian W. Bender also spoke, briefly and appropriately in German. The widow, 3 sons, 3 daughters and 32 grandchildren; 2 brothers and 1 sister, and a number of more distant relatives and friends survive to mourn the departure of one who was kind and ready ever to sympathize.
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Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 37 - December 9, 1915 - Page 607, 608
Bender. - Bert, son of Joe and Ella Bender, was born
Nov. 8, 1915, and died Nov. 24, 1915. He leaves his father and
mother to mourn his departure.
His little bed is empty now,
His little clothes laid by;
A place is vacant in our home,
We'll meet him by and by.
Custer. - Lewis Custer of near Boswell, Pa., was born Oct. 24, 1855; died Nov. 19, 1915; aged 60 y. 26 d. There remain to mourn their loss his beloved companion and two sons. Two preceded him to the spirit world. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He was buried at the Thomas Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, L. A. Blough and James Saylor.
Martin. - Elizabeth Martin, widow of Henry Martin, died Nov. 21, 1915, at the home of her son, Christian S. Martin near Terre Hill, Pa., after a week's illness of pneumonia; aged 72 y. 9 m. 6 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by 4 sons and 4 daughters and a number of grandchildren and friends, who will miss her. Funeral services at Weaverland Church on the 24th interment in adjoining cemetery. Bro. John Sauder preached in German and Bish. Weaver in English. Text, 1 Pet. 1:24,25.
Kraft. - Margaret Hagey, widow of the late Moses Kraft, was born June 1, 1839, at Preston, Ont.; died Sept. 7, 1915 at Bridgeport, Ont.; aged 76 y. 3 m. 6 d. Their union was blessed with 8 children, 33 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Sister Kraft united with the Mennonite Church many years ago. She was of a quiet disposition, but through her exemplary life and testimony she has left a bright evidence of the faith she had in her Savior. Her body was laid to rest in the Cressman Cemetery. Services conducted by Jacob S. Woolner, Jr., in English, and Jonas Snider in German.
Hoover. - Annie Wideman, beloved wife of Bro. Jacob G. Hoover died at her home, Mt. Joy, Markman, Ont., Nov. 27, 1915; aged 61 y. 4 m. 15 d. Sister Hoover was afflicted with cancer for several years but bore her trials with remarkable patience. As a faithful wife, a devoted mother, and a quiet church member she daily manifested those sterling Christian qualities which she possessed. During the closing weeks of her life she often expressed a strong desire to depart and be with Christ. A bereaved husband, a son and 2 daughters survive. The funeral was held at the Wideman Church on the 29th and was very largely attended. The service was conducted by L. W. Hoover and L. J. Burkhold. The text (Jno. 3:16) was selected by the sister some time before her death.
Martin. - Bro. Jacob W. Martin was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Feb. 24, 1864; died Nov. 9, 1915 at his home near Broadway,
Va.; aged 51 y. 8 m. 16 d. When three years old his parents moved
to Washington Co., Md. When grown to manhood he came to Broadway,
Va. He married Lizzie Rhodes, to which union were born 4 children,
1 of whome (little Anna) preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral
services were conducted at Zion Church on the 12th. Interment
in the cemetery nearby.
Silently, silently, sweet is his sleep,
Silently, silently, for him we weep.
Oh! How we mourn and how sad are our hears.
When from the body the spirit departs,
But 'tis Jesus who is calingl,
Calling, come home.
Perry E. Shank.
Hoffman. - Christopher Hoffman was born in Germany, June 14, 1842; died Nov. 21, 1915; aged 73 y. 5 m. 7 d. He came with his parents to Pennsylvania at the age of six years. He came to Michigan in the year 1865. He was married to Sallie H. Livingston, Mar. 3, 1868. To this union were born 4 boys and 5 girls, the oldest and the youngest preceded him to the spirit world. There remain to mourn his departure a devoted wife and 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and 1 brother, William of Johnstown, Pa., and a host of friends. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over 42 years. Another of the older members has passed away and will be missed in the home and in the church but we can say that our loss is his eternal gain. Services Nov. 24 at the M. H. near Elmdale, by Bish. J. P. Miller, Isaac Weaver, and Aldus Brackbill. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Long. - Sister Lizzie Long died at the home of her brother, David Long, in Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., of paralysis on Nov. 27, 1915; aged 57 y. 5 d. Sister Long has been in feeble health for some time having had a stroke in the spring, from which she had not fully recovered until about a week ago she had another which rendered her unconscious until death came to her relief. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves her aged mother and one brother to mourn her loss. Her father preceded her to the spirit world about 29 years. Funeral on 30th from her late home with services at the Mennonite Church north of Chambersburg, conducted by the brethren, Daniel E. Kuhns, John S. Burkholder and Denton Martin of Washington Co., Md., from the text, Rom. 14:8. Buried in the graveyard adjoining. May her body rest in peace and her soul enjoy the happiness of the spirit world.
Jutzi. - Leah, daughter of Samuel Bender, New Hamburg,
Ont., was born Jan. 30, 1884, in Waterloo Co., Ont. She united
in marriage with Jacob Jutzi Jan 4, 1906. to this union were born
2 sons and 3 daughters. She died at their home in Perth Co., Ont.,
Nov. 22, 1915; aged 31 y. 9 m. 23 d. She leaves to mourn her early
departure a sorrowing husband, 4 children, father, mother, 1 brother,
2 sisters. In 1901 she accepted Jesus as her Savior and united
with the A. Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end.
Sister Jutzi was of a gentle and peaceful nature. She was confined
to her bed for four weeks through which time she bore her suffering
patiently, always submissive to the Lord, talking much of the
joy to be with the Lord till she passed away, peacefully and quietly
to be with Jesus. Funeral on Nov. 24 at the house by Christian
Kropf and at the Poole A. M. Church by Christian Gascho (opening
services) and sermon by the writer (Text, Psa. 16:11; 11 Cor.
5:1) The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel.
But 'twas God that came and took thee,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Davis. - Mary M. Davis was born April 21, 1849, in Haldimand
Co., Ont.; died July 4, 1915, near Santa Fe, Kans.; aged 66 y.
2 m. 13 d. She was the youngest of a family of 6 children of the
late Isaac and Charlotte Hoover of near Selkirk, Ont. She was
in her usual health and had gone to one of her neighbors, where
she had a stroke of paralysis, which rendered her unconscious.
She only lived 3 hours until death came. She united with the Mennonite
Church about 43 years ago, near Bronson, Branch Co., Mich. and
was strong in that faith until death. In March, 1866, she was
married to Jacob Davis of Greenville, Mich. To this union were
born 7 sons and 3 daughters. She leaves to mourn her departure
a sorrowing husband, 5 sons, 1 daughter, several grandchildren
and great-grandchildren, 1 brother Tillman Hoover of Winfield,
Kans., and one sister, Anna Weaver of Goshen, Ind., and a host
of friends. May they all take heed to the kind of advice she gave
them. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jones. Burial at
Santa Fe, Kans.
Weep not that her toils are over
Weep not that her race is run,
God grant we may rest as calmly
When our work like hers is done.
Till then we yield with gladness
Our mother to Him to keep
And rejoice in the sweet assurance,
He giveth His loved one sleep.
Shantz. - At. Berlin, Ont., on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1915, Esther Erb, relict of the late Samuel Y. Shantz. She was born April 6, 1827. She was the daughter of Peter Erb, who was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 13, 1787. Dec. 14, 1806, he was married to Susannah Bomberger of the same place. In 1807 they with others moved to Canada, Waterloo Co. Esther, being the youngest of 11 children, was married to Samuel Y. Shantz Mar. 11, 1845. To them were born 8 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 2 daughters preceded her. Sister Shantz was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and leading an exemplary Christian life. She had her home with her daughter, Susannah, wife of Pre. Moses C. Bowman. It was a pleasure to visit her and hear her give her testimony of her faith in her Redeemer. She was conscious to the end and left a bright evidence of going home to the mansions above. Age, 88 y. 7 m. 12 d. Service at the home by Noah Stauffer reading from 11 Thes. 4:13-18, and singing one of her favorite German hymns:
O Jerusalem du schone,
Ua man Gott bestandig ehrt,
Und das himmolische getone,
Heilig, heilig, heilig hort;
Ach wann komm ich doch einmai,
Hin zu deiner Burger Zahl.
Services at the Berlin Church Nov. 22, by U. K. Weber from Jno. 18:17, and Noah Stauffer from Rom. 14:7,8. Funeral was largely attended. Bro. and Sister Shantz were of those who were readers of the Gospel Herald from its first publication, told his then married children he would pay for the paper if they would do the reading. They have a posterity of 13 children, 50 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
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Bomgardner. - Jonathan Bomgardner of Walnut Grove, Johnstown, Pa., died Dec. 2, 1915; aged 82 y. 7 m. 29 d. He was married to Hannah Weaver. He is survived by 7 children, 21 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services Dec. 4 by James Saylor and Hiram Wingard at the Weaver Mennonite Church. Job. 14:14.
Musser. - John W. Musser was born in Chippawa tp., Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 15, 1865. On the morning of Nov. 26, 1915, he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus; aged 50 y. 3 m. 11 d. In early life he confessed Christ as his Savior and was born into the Kingdom of God. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church and served his Master faithfully until God called him to his reward, always being interested in the Church and in the cause of His Master. His last and only sickness was a complication of diseases. He bore his affliction and suffering patiently, and realizing his time near at hand expressed a desire and readiness to depart. He was married to Elizabeth Felix, Nov. 18, 1886. This union God blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter; Theodore, Ernest, Orie and Gladys; also 2 grandchildren. His dear loving wife, 4 children, 2 grandchildren, also his aged mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of relatives and friends remain to mourn his departure. But may our loss be his eternal gain. Funeral services and burial at the Oak Grove Church near Smithville, Ohio.
Millhouse. - Jacob Millhouse was born Mar. 1, 1828,
in Lancaster Co., Pa.; Died Dec. 2, 1915; aged 87 y. 9 m. 1 d.
He moved from his native state to Whiteside Co., Ill., and was
one of the pioneer settlers there. He was joined in holy wedlock
to Mary Eshleman Sept. 23, 1852. To this union were born 3 children;
Lydia, departed wife of Jerry Hess, Amanda Hackman, and Frank
Millhouse, who survive to mourn their loss.
He is survived by 3 brothers, 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. In 1882 he joined the Mennonite Church of which he has been a faithful and devoted member to the end of his life.
Not only in this loss confined to the immediate members of the household, but the entire community will in more than an ordinary degree share in it, not merely because he was so widely known, but because of the largeness of his heart in extending a helping hand to every one who needed his assistance. As a neighbor none could be better; as a Christian he lived beyond reproach and his closing hours were hours of confidence and trust in his Savior in whom he never wavered. He has left us to mourn our loss, but our loss is his gain.
Funeral services were conducted by A. C. Good, assisted by _____ Ourman at the home and at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church near Sterling, Ill., where a large number of relatives and acquaintances gathered to show a last tribute of respect.
Stahley. - Peter H. Stahley was born Nov. 24, 1847;
died Nov. 26, 1915; aged 68 y. 2 d. Born and reared on his father's
farm on what is now the Northeast quarter of Nappanee, Ind. He
in his life was interested and saw this thriving village rise
from a few houses in marsh and swamp to one of the busiest and
most prosperous towns in northern Indiana. He united with the
A. M. Church while a young man and continued as an active and
consistent member until death. He will be remembered by many as
an efficient visiting brother for a number of years. He was not
a public speaker but his life showed that he had at heart the
welfare and progress of the Church. Many of his leisure hours
were spent in the reading and study of his Bible.
Nov. 12, 1872, he married Kathryn Yoder of Wayne Co., Ohio. To this union were born 2 children, Franklin and Ida May, wife of Geo. Hartman. This wife and both children preceded him to the spirit world.
Nov. 3, 1878, he married Fannie Yoder, sister to his first wife. To this union were born 4 children; Cora, wife of John C. Weldy, Nora, wife of Elwin Lape, Erwin who lives on his father's farm and Ivy, wife of Tim H. Bosser of Rawson, Ohio. Of these Nora preceded him.
He located on his farm 1 mile north of town in the year 1876 and lived there until 6 years ago when he retired from active farm work and moved to his present home.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his companion, 3 children, and 6 grandchildren, 5 having preceded him, and a large circle of friends and relatives. The family will always remember him as a kind and loving companion and father. He was always particularly interesed in the welfare of his children. One of his desires and fervent prayers was that his children should all be Christians. He lived to see all of them accept Christ and become members of the church of his choice.
Funeral was held Nov. 29 at the Nappanee West Church where Bro. J. E. Hartzler preached from Job 14:14 to a large and attentive audience.
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Yoder. - Robert, son of Elmer Yoder of near Hollsopple, Pa., died Nov. __, 1915; aged 1 y. 6 m. 24 d. He was buried at the Blough Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Foust of the Church of the Brethren, and L. A. Blough. Text, 11 Kings 20:1.
Shoup. - Clyde Shoup was born July 20, 1895; died Oct. 29, 1915; aged 20 y. 3 m. 9. His death was due to an accident on the railroad. His wife, parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends mourn his early departure. Funeral Nov. 1 by I. J. Buchwalter and others.
Cocklin. - Bro. Joseph Cocklin was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec 7, 1846; died at his home near Orrville, Ohio, Dec. 4, 1915; aged 68 y. 11 m. 27 d. He was the last but one of a large family. He united with the Mennonite Church about a year ago. Funeral at Martins Church Dec 6, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by Benj. Good and Aaron Eberly. Text, Heb. 6:18,19.
Sharp. - Noah Sharp was born June 17, 1837; died Dec.
8, 1915; aged 78 y. 5 m. 21 d. He died just 5 months and 6 days
after his Sister Mattie's death. These two had lived together
for more than 26 years. Pneumonia and a weak heart were the cause
of his death. Neither brother nor sister was ever married. They
had many warm friends and are greatly missed in the home and in
the community, but we trust our loss is their eternal gain, and
may our end be as theirs.
Zimmerman. - Mrs. Myrtle Zimmerman, wife of Jacob B. Zimmerman, of Middletown, Pa., died Oct. 29, 1915; aged 22 y. 5 m. 12 d. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church about 5 months before her death. Funeral was held on Nov. 1 with an overflowing house at the Shope's Church conducted by Bro. J. W. Weaver of Union Grove, Pa. Texts, Gen. 16:13, "Thou God seest me," in connection with heb. 10:35. She leave to mourn her untimely death her husband, father, mother and all her brothers and sister and a host of relatives and friends.
Charles. - Bro. John F. Charles was born Jun 5, 1843, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at his home in Millersville, Pa., Dec. 2, 1915; aged 72 y. 5 m. 27 d. His death was due to a complication of diseases. He passed peacefully to his reward. He leaves his widow and 2 sons, Harry D., of Lancaster, Pa., and John D., of Hesston, Kans. He is also survived by 4 brothers, 2 sisters and a number of grandchildren. The funeral was held on Dec. 6 at his late home in Millersville and at the Millersville Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. The services were conducted by Bros. Abram Herr, D. N. Lehman, and D. N. Gish. Text, Psa. 119:165.
Stahl. - George Stahl of Davidsville, Pa., was born Dec. 20, 1850; died Nov. 28, 1915; aged 64 y. 11 m. 8 d. His death was very unexpected at the time; he had been seriously ill some months ago, but had recovered so that he was able to attend church and we expected that he might be with us for a number of years; but in a few hours' time after he commenced to complain he was dead, teaching us the importance of being ready at all times for the messenger of death. He was married to Caroline Mumaw in November, 1869. To this union was born one son who lived with his father at the time of his father's death He is survived by a sorrowing widow, 1 son, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Two grandchildren and daughter-in-law preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Stahl was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, so the family need not mourn without hope. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church by L. A. Blough and Jas. Saylor, Text, 1 Sam. 15:32. Buried in the cemetery near church.
Brenneman. - Catharine Slaubaugh Brenneman was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 5, 1839; died Dec. 10, 1915; aged 76 y. 10 m. 5 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her early days and remained a consistent member until her death. She was joined in holy matrimony with Christian P. Brenneman Jun 11, 1863, who departed this life June 5, 1900. To them were born 7 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 1 son and 2 daughters preceded her. She leaves to mourn 3 brothers and 5 sisters, 9 chldren, 52 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She was attacked with a light stroke of paralysis last spring, from which she had fully recovered, but on the morning of Dec. 9 A. B. Gingerich, her son-in-law with whom she had made her home the last five years, went to her room to build a fire as usual and found her seeminly nothing wrong, but a few hours later was found to have another stoke which left her in a speechless and helpless condition in which she remained until her death which was about 18 hours later. The children all had the privilege of being at her bedside. The funeral was held Dec. 12 in the Lower Deer Creek Church in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Services were conducted by J. S. Hershberger, J. S. Yoder, and David Reber in German, and J. K. Yoder in English.
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Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 40 - December 30, 1915 - Page 654, 655
Schrock. - Noah Schrick was born Sept. 26, 1850; died Nov. 29, 1915; aged 65 y 2 m. 3. He was married to Thersa Gerber, Sept. 10, 1870. Lived in matrimony 40 y. 2 m. 14 d. No children were born to this union, but they adopted six children. He leaves to mourn his departure companion, and relatives and friends. He was a member of the Walnut Creek, Ohio, A. M. Church. Buried on Dec. 2. Services by S. H. Miller and M. A. Mast. Texts, Psa. 73:25-28, Heb. 4:1-3.
Transcriber's note - name is spelled two different ways - Shrock/Shrick
Zuercher. - Rebecca, wife of Christian I. Zuercher, nee Zimmerly was born in Green Tp., Wayne Co., O., Nov. 9, 1861. On Dec. 11, 1915, she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus; aged 54 y. 1 m. 2 d. Her last sickness was dropsy, she also suffered with asthma for several years, but bore her affliction and suffering patiently. She leaves husband, 7 daughters, 4 sons, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, to mourn her departure. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Jacob Moser Dec. 15, at the Swiss Mennonite Church near Dalton, O., of which she was a faithful member.
Regal. - Catharine M. Regal (nee Lauver) was born Sept. 17, 1854; died Dec. 18, 1915; aged 61 y. 3 m. 1 d. In early life she united with the Mennonite Church, in which her father served as deacon, and remained faithful to the end. She was the mother of 14 children, 4 of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by her husband, 10 children, 18 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral was held at Lauver's Church near Richfield, Pa., and interment in nearby cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Wm. Graybill and John F. Bressler. Text, Phil. 2:11.
Unzicker. - Elizabeth Haun Unzicker, wife of Bro. Christian Unzicker of Goshen, Ind., was born at Washington, Ill., Dec. 5, 1858; died Dec. 16, 1915; aged 57 y. 11 d. She was married to Christian Unzicker Dec. 20, 1881. To this union were born 10 children of whom 8 survive; Mrs. M. R. Coclow, Mrs. Joe Newhauser, Cora, Mrs. Clinton Zollinger, Daniel, Mabel, Paul and Leslie. She united with the Mennonite Church in her girlhood and has been a faithful member since. Twenty-one weeks ago she underwent an operation for cancer. Since then she has been a constant but patient sufferer. She welcomed death as a release from long and severe suffering. She was a good wife and mother whose death is an inestimable loss to her husband and children. Our sympathies go out to Bro. Unzicker and his family. The funeral was conducted on Sunday afternoon at the family home by the brethren Paul E. Whitmer and I. R. Detweller.
Newschwanger. - John Newschwanger was born in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 4, 1844, came to Canada with his parents when a child; was united in marriage with Catharine Lavina Wambold in 1869. To them were born two children, a boy and a girl. In 1871 they emigrated to Osborne Co., Kans. His first wife died in 1872. June 27, 1878, he was again married to Mary Elizabeth Shellenberger who died June 15, 1915. To them were born 5 sons and 7 daughters, 1 dying in infancy. They came to Colorado last April, to make this their future home, where he passed away Nov. 30, 1915; aged 71 y. 26 d. His children were all present but two daughters, who could not attend. One brother from Red Oak, Iowa was present. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He was laid to rest beside his wife in Eckley Cemetery near Eckley, Colo. Funeral services were conducted by ____ Breckenridge of the Presbyterian Church.
Beck. - Mary Beck (nee Short) was born Jan. 10, 1855, near Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 9, 1915; aged 60 y. 10 m. 29 d. She was united in marriage to Christian Beck June 3, 1875; lived in happy matrimony 40 y. 6 m. 6 d. To this union were born 10 children. Three preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and a host of friends. But we need not mourn as those that have no hope, for we believe she was prepared to die and often said she longs for the time to come when she can depart and be with Jesus. She was a loving wife and mother and was very much attached to her children and it was a source of great pleasure to her to have all her children and grandchildren gathered around her. In her young years she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. Funeral at the Central Church where appropriate remarks were made by H. Rychener and S. D. Grieser.
Kulp. - Bro. Isaac L. Kulp was born in Bedminster Tp.,
Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 25, 1849. He was married to Catharine Bergey
Dec. 23 1871. To this union was blest with 4 sons and 4 daughters.
His wife and 3 sons preceded him to eternity. He departed this
life on Dec. 14, 1915 at the home of his son-in-law, Pre. Aaron
M. Leatherman in East Holbrook, Otero Co., Colo. He was sick for
six weeks, with cancer of the stomach. He suffered a great deal
during his last illness, but bore his sufferings with Christian
fortitude and said he was willing and ready to go home at the
Lord's appointed time. Last summer he requested of his daughter
that after his death the remains be taken back to Doylestown,
Pa., his former home. A funeral service was held at the East Holbrook
Church on the evening of Dec. 14, where the Brethren J. M. Nunemaker
and Geo Ross spoke from 11 Tim. 4:6-8. After the service his remains
were taken to La Junta and sent to Kansas City Mission, the home
of his daughter Hettie, wife of J. D. Mininger, where a second
funeral service was held on the evening of Dec. 16, where Joe
C. Driver preached from Rev. 14:13. After the service the body,
accompanied by two of his daughters, Katie B. Kulp and Lizzie
Leatherman and her husband, were taken to Doylestown, Pa., where
a third funeral service was held at the Doylestown Mennonite Church
on Dec. 20, 1915, where a large concourse had assembled to look
for the last time on the form of one who had lived and labored
among them for many years. A. O. Histand and Frank Swartz spoke
from Phil. 1:21-23 in the English language and David L. Gehman
in the German from 1 Cor. 15:58, referring to the time when Bro.
Kulp labored there in Sunday school work. The remains were laid
to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
In early life he united with the Mennonite Church at Deep Run, Pa. After his marriage he moved to Danboro, Pa., where he lived until 1906, when his wife died on Jan. 18. The following summer he with his daughter, Katie, moved to La Junta, Colo., and later to East Holbrook. His age was 66 y. 10 m. 19 d. The following children survive him; Lizzie, wife of A. M. Leatherman; Sallie, wife of Timothy Thut, and Isaac B. of East Holbrook, and Hettie B., wife of J. D. Mininger and Katie B. Kulp of Kansas City, Kans., and 1 brother and 2 sisters in Bucks Co., Pa.
Horst, Horst. - Pre. Michael E. Horst was born near Hagerstown, Md., Jan. 8, 1854; died near Peabody, Kans., Dec. 1, 1915; aged 61 y. 10 m. 23 d. Mary E. Horst, nee Stauffer, was born near Manheim, Pa., April 22, 1854, died near Peabody, Kans., Dec 1, 1915; aged 61 y. 7 m. 14 d. The above were married at Maugansville, Md., Dec. 31, 1872. To this union were born 14 children, 9 of whom survive their parents. They are also survived by 11 grandchildren. Both gave their hearts to God and united with the Mennonite Church in their youth and remained loyal to the faith until death. Bro. Horst was ordained to the ministry at the age of 36 and served the Church faithfully in that capacity for nearly a quarter of a century, Sister Horst supporting her husband in his high calling. They were married, young, always lived close to each other in association as well as in mutual interest, and they were not long parted in death. Bros. Horst's death was very sudden and unexpected. He had spent the forenoon in town on business, returned for late dinner, ate a hearty meal as usual and while in the act of pushing his chair back from the table preparatory to going to the barn to finish the noon chores, he dropped from his chair into eternity. He had a weak heart and the engine of life simply ceased to go and the physical machinery of life stopped. But he was ready and anticipated such an end. Sister Horst had been in failing health for some time, suffering from tuberculosis, although she had attended the services at the house of God, but two weeks before her death and on the day of her husband's funeral seemed better and in good spirits; but as the reaction set in the day after the funeral, she began to sink and before the day closed she had gone to be reunited with him in the world beyond. The family have lost their loving parents, the Church a faithful minister and the community two of its Godly citizens, but we feel assured that our lost is their eternal gain. May God comfort the bereaved ones. The funeral of Bro. Horst took place on Dec. 5 and was conducted by Caleb Winey, D. S. Brunk, J. M. Brunk, and D. H. Bender. Text, Psa. 116:15. Sister Horst was laid away on Dec. 9, and the services were conducted by J. M. Brunk, Caleb Winey, and D. H. Bender. Text, Rev. 14:13.
(Transcriber's note: The death dates in the Obit showed that both Horst died on Dec. 1, 1915, but the article states that Mary Horst died the evening after the day of his funeral which was held on Dec 5, so this calculates that her death would have been Dec. 6.)
Transcribed by: Marie Fogelsinger, Michigan