ALLISON. - Odean Francis, son of Martin and May Allison, was born in Marion Co., Mo., April 13, 1915; died Aug. 19, 1915; aged 4m. 6d. His stay on earth was short, but long enough to make it hard to part. Funeral services at house and interment at Palmyra Cemetery conducted by John W. Hess. Text, Ps. 103:15.
MUSSER. - Fanny, widow of John Musser, was born Nov. 3, 1839, in Berks Co., Pa.; died Aug. 19, 1915, in Bowmansville, Pa.; aged 75y. 9m. 16d. Buried at the Mennonite Church. One brother, Henry Weber, and 4 daughters survive. She had a stroke about six months ago, since which time she has been helpless. Services by Bro. N.B. Bowman at the house, and at the meeting house by Bros. Benj. Weaver, Moses G. Gehman, and John B. Senger.
BISHOP. - Raymond, son of Bro. and Sister Daniel Bishop,
died in the hospital at Sellersville, Pa., Aug. 2, 1915; Aged
20y. 5m. 16d. His skull was fractured in a runaway accident two
days before his death. He was found unconscious and taken to the
hospital at Sellersville, where he died. He leaves his grief-stricken
parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister to mourn his untimely death.
The funeral at Line Lexington was largely attended. May God comfort
the bereaved. "Oh, can it be that he has left us!
He who always had a smile;
Yes, he's gone, but soon we'll meet him,
'Twill only be a little while."
HOOVER. - Bro. Samuel L. Hoover, of Markham Township, York Co., Ont., died Aug. 5, 1915, aged 77y. 7m. Bro. Hoover was not a strong man for some years but was able to attend to duties in general, until a week before his death he took a stroke of paralysis which brought him to the close of his life. He was a kind father, loving husband, a beautiful neighbor, and a true brother in the Church. He always had a love for square and righteous dealing, especially in church matters, and never could call wrong right on any occasion, as some do. Funeral services Aug. 8 conducted at the house by I.A. Wambold, at the church by L.J. Burkholder and L.W. Hoover. Text, Job 14:14: "If a man die, shall he live again."
YODER. - Jonas R. Yoder was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 20, 1840, and came to Indiana, 51 years ago, Feb. 20, 1864. He died at the Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Aug. 2, 1915; aged 75y. 3m. 13d. He was married to Barbara Yoder Mar. 10, 1867. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. His wife, 5 sons, and 2 daughters survive, besides 3 grandchildren and 1 brother in Ohio. The surviving children are Venus, Daniel, Susie, Hattie, Gabriel, Melvin, and Jonas. Bro. Yoder united with the A.M. Church at the age of 22 years and lived a consistent member until death. Funeral services were conducted at the Shore Mennonite Church by Bro. Jos. Yoder in German from II Cor. 5 and by Bro. Y.C. Miller in English from II Tim. 4:6-8. These brethren were chosen by the deceased to preach his funeral sermon. He was a kind father, a loving husband, and an obliging neighbor. He will be greatly missed in the community, but most of all in the home.
Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California
GOOD. - Elizabeth Good was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 30, 1830; died in Bowmansville, Pa., Aug. 27, 1915; aged 84y. 11m. 23d. Buried at the old Mennonite Church, where services were conducted by Bros. M.G. Gehman and Noah B. Bowman. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. She was never married, and she and her unmarried brothers kept house. One of them died 22 years ago and other one 4 years ago. She was cared for by a nephew the last days of her life. She had lived a life worth patterning after. Peace to her ashes. Text, II Tim. 4:6,7.
KREIDER. - Catharine, wife of Amos Kreider, was born
in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 16, 1841; died Aug. 2, 1915; aged
74y. 6m. 16d. Husband, 3 sons, 5 daughters, and a host of friends
remain. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for
many years. Funeral services at the house by Bro. Frank Kreider
and at the East Petersburg, Pa., Church by Bros. Noah Landis and
Chris. Lefever. Text, Prov. 14:32, latter clause. She was laid
to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sister, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."
HOOVER. - Jacob Hoover died at his home, O,Brien Ave., Stouffville, Ont., Aug. 5, 1915, in the 91st. year of his life. In 1852 he was married to Fanny Hare who preceded him to the spirit world about 17 years ago. To this union were given 3 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom survive to mourn the loss of a devoted and affectionate father. Bro. Hoover united with the Mennonite Church about 57 years ago and was remarkably well preserved in body and mind until a few weeks before his death. He peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, leaving a bright assurance to those bereaved. The funeral took place on the 7th., was in charge of L.J. Burkholder and L.W. Hoover and was very largely attended.
WEAVER. - Susanna (Detwiler) Weaver was born Jan. 8, 1829; died Aug. 17, 1915; aged 86y. 7m. 9d. She was the daughter of Samuel L. and Marry Ann Detwiler. Oct. 4, 1853, she was united in marriage to Samuel B. Weaver, who preceded her in death about 46 years ago, leaving her with 5 children, the oldest of whom was 14 and the youngest 1 year old. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and highly esteemed by all with whom she came in contact. She is survived by 5 children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at her late home in Columbiana, Ohio, Aug. 19, 1915, by A.J. Steiner. Text, Jno. 12:24. Interment in Columbiana Cemetery.
KINDY. - Jacob Kindy was born in Markham Twp., York Co., Ont.; died at the home of his son, Samuel, 149 Carlaw Ave., Toronto, July 31, 1915; aged 82y. 3m. 14d. He was first married to ___ ___ , which union was blessed with children of whom several survive. His second wife was Sarah Barkey, who died about 4 years ago. Bro. Kindy was for many years a devoted and faithful member of the Mennonite Church. In his life and testimony he endeavored to lift up Christ. Bro. S.M. Kanagy conducted a short service at the late residence on Aug. 3. The corpse was brought to the Wideman Church near Markham, Ont., for burial. The service at the church was in charge of the brethren L.J. Burkholder and L.W. Hoover.
KILMER. - Leah Kilmer was born in Mahoning Co., O., Oct. 10, 1849; died at the home of her son-in-law, A.J. Smith near Hubbard, Oreg., July 23, 1915; aged 65y. 9m. 13d. She was married to Jacob Berkey in the year 1863. Five sons and 3 daughters were born to this union, 1 son and 1 daughter with the father having preceded her to the spirit world. She was again married to C.I. Kilmer in November, 1883, to this union 2 sons and 3 daughters were born; all living. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early youth and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services held at the Zion A.M. Church, conducted by E.Z. Yoder and A.P. Troyer. Text, Psa. 103:15. Remains were laid to rest in cemetery near by. A large concourse of friends were present to pay their respect to the departed one.
ESHBACH. - Catharine B., wife of Benjamin B. Eshbach,
Millersville, Pa., was born May 13, 1856; died Aug. 1, 1915; aged
59y. 2m. 17d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters,
6 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters. Two sisters preceded
her in death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church
for many years. She was a kind wife, mother, and grandmother.
She was ailing for several years, the last three months especially.
She endured her afflictions patiently and was ready to meet her
Savior. She will be greatly missed in home and church. Funeral
services were held at the Millersville Mennonite Church. Text,
"We miss thee, mother, dear,
From your old familiar place;
We do not hear your footsteps,
Nor see your smiling face."
MUSSER. - Fanny Musser, nee Weber, widow of the late John Mussser, was born near Allegheny, Pa., Nov. 3, 1839; died at her home at Bowmansville, Pa., Aug. 19, 1915; aged 75y. 9m. 14d. She died of lingering illness caused by paralysis. She leaves to mourn 4 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 1 brother. Her husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She confessed her Savior in her youth and was a member of the Mennonite Church. During her affliction she seldom complained but patiently waited for the end, oft times expressing her desire to depart and go to that happy home prepared for all who trust and obey Him. She passed away as going to sleep. We believe she now sleeps that blessed sleep from which none ever wake to weep. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 23 at the house by Noah B. Bowman and at the Bowmansville Church by Benjamin Weaver, who spoke from Isa. 33:24 and Moses Gehman from II Kings 20:1. A great host of friends and relatives assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
HOSTETLER. - Lizzie S. Hostetler (nee Eash) was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., May 10, 1870; died in the hospital at Hubbard, Oreg., Aug. 23, 1915; aged 45y. 3m. 13d. She was united in marriage to Moses H. Hostetler, Jan. 23, 1890. To this union were born 6 sons, and 3 daughters. One son, her mother, 1 brother, and 1 sister preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure husband, 5 sons (Christian, Forest, Truman, Pius and Harold), 3 daughters (Mrs. Levi Christner, Mrs. Christian Yoder, and Nora), and 5 grandchildren, all of near Hubbard, Oreg.; father, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters in the East; besides a large host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She accepted her Savior in her youth, united with the A.M. Church and remained faithful until the end peacefully came. She was a faithful companion, good mother and kind neighbor. During the closing hours of life she expressed a desire to be at rest. Funeral services conducted by Bros. C.R. Gerig of Albany, Oreg., and A.P. Troyer of Hubbard, at the Zion A.M. Church. Text, Isa. 35:10. The former preached in the German language and the latter using same text in English language. The remains were laid to rest within the cemetery nearby, where a large concourse of neighbors and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect.
SOMMER. - Pre. John Sommer of Maximo, Stark Co., O.,
was born in Stark Co., O., Jan. 19, 1849; died at the home of
his son-in-law (his home) Bro. and Sister Eli Becher, Aug. 27,
1915; aged 66y. 7m. 8d. In his teens he united with the Amish
Mennonite Church and rendered his Master faithful service until
death. Sept. 25, 1873, he united in marriage with Sister Leah
Ramseyer. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters, 2 daughters
having preceded him to the spirit world. The remainder of the
family, 20 grandchildren, 1 brother, whose home is in Missouri,
many relatives and a host of friends mingle tears of sorrow over
the departure of one who was a kind husband, a loving father and
who had a smile and a kind word for all he chanced to meet. On
May 13, 1888, he was ordained to the ministry in the Beech congregation,
Stark Co., O., in which capacity he served the Church faithfully.
This same year we also organized our first Sunday school and Bro.
Sommer was elected superintendent and served six consecutive years
amid considerable opposition. Convinced of the need of this particular
branch of church work, he continued undaunted in the work. He
was conservative and yet progressive, choosing rather to be right
than popular. The funeral services were conducted by the home
ministers and Bro. J.S. Gerig, who preached the sermon. Text,
Rev. 14:13, was Bro. Sommer,s own choice. There were present 16
ministers and a large concourse of people. Burial in the adjoining
cemetery. The family deeply mourn their loss and we as a congregation
will greatly miss his counsel and his presence. While we as ministers
keenly feel the added responsibilities that come to us, yet we
all bow in humble submission to the will of our heavenly Father
and pray His blessings upon us and especially that God might bless
the bereft family. Thus one by one we pass away and some one else
must take our place. May we also so live that when death comes
we may enjoy the blessing of the righteous who die in the Lord.
Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California
SOMMERS. - Iva Lucinda, daughter of Bro. and Sister H.H. Sommers, of Louisville, Ohio, died Sept. 4, 1915; aged 1y. 3m. 11d. Death was caused by cerebral meningitis. She was the youngest of 6 children. Her lovable disposition and early departure increased the sorrow of her parents. May God comfort them. The funeral services were conducted by J.A. Liechty on Sunday afternoon. Text, Job 1:21.
HOFFMAN. - Sister Hoffman, wife of Englehart Hoffman, was born in Germany in 1833; died Aug. 1, 1915; aged 82 years. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and united with the A.M. Church. She was married some years later. She has been without church privileges, but kept the faith. Funeral Aug. 3 from the home of her son-in-law, Henry Lutz, five miles northwest of New Hamburg, Ont., and at the Methodist Church two miles south of Baden, conducted by Christian Litwiller. Buried in adjoining cemetery.
LICHTY. - Christian Lichty was born in Wilmot Tp., Waterloo Co., Ont., in 1846; died Aug. 3, 1915, at New Hamburg, Ont., aged 69 years. In June, 1867, he was married to Leah Erb, which union was blessed with 4 sons and 2 daughters. He united with the A.M. Church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. He was in failing health the last few years, but endured it with patience to the end, always having a great desire to hear God,s Word. He leaves to mourn 4 sons, 2 daughters, a bereaved wife, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
HERR. - John L. Herr was born in Adams Co., Pa., Apr.
10, 1849; died at his home in Millersville, Pa., Aug. 30, 1915;
aged 66y. 4m. 10d. He was married to Susan B. Myers. To this union
were born 4 children. Ten days before his death he had a slight
stroke, which developed into congestion of the brain and ended
in his death. He was a dear, loving father, a kind husband, a
true brother of the Church. Funeral services were conducted at
the house by Bro. Daniel Gish and at the church by Bros. Daniel
Lehman and Henry Haverstick. Text, Amos 4:12 - "Prepare to
meet thy God."
"Oh can it be that he has left us?
He who always had a smile?
Yes, he's gone, but soon we,ll meet him,
'Twill only be a little while."
SCHAAD. - Jacob Schaad was born in Lure, France, April 1, 1838; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Barbara Wiggins, Aug. 14, 1915; aged 77y. 3m. 14d. He was a faithful member of the A.M. Church since his early youth. He was united in marriage to Francis Dudie Sept. 15, 1860. His wife and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure 3 sons and 3 daughters. 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and 1 brother. He came to America in 1861 and settled in Archbold, Ohio. In 1868 he moved to Iowa where he resided until the time of his death. Bro. Schaad was a kind father, a good neighbor, and a man who will be missed by his many friends, especially by little children. The funeral was held at the Eicher Church near Noble, Iowa, by Bros. Graber, Gerig and Musselman, using as a text II Tim. 4:7,8. He was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
MILLER. - Mary E. Miller was born in Fairfield, Co., Ohio, Sept. 11, 1846; died Aug. 23, 1915; aged 68y. 11m. 12d. At the age of seven she came with her parents (James and Margaret Leib) to La Grange Co., Ind., locating in the vicinity of what is now known as "The Forks." In 1864 she moved with her parents to the state of Illinois, where she made her home until 1896, when she returned to LaGrange Co., Ind., where on Jan. 26, 1897, she united in marriage to Bro. Jacob H. Miller, and in a short time afterward she united with the Mennonite Church at Shore and remained a consistent member until her death. Her sickness was of short duration, lasting only seven hours, after being stricken with apoplexy. She was the oldest of a family of ten children, who all with the exception of one (Lassius M. Leib, of Elreno, Okla.,) preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband and 2 sons (Milo Neely of Seymour, Iowa, and Elmer Neeley who resided near her). Funeral was held at the Shore Church Aug. 26. Services by Y.C. Miller from Rev. 21:1,2, and A.S. Cripe from Matt. 24:44. Buried in the Miller Cemetery.
KAUFFMAN. - Mary Susan Kauffman, wife of Joseph Kauffman,
was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Mar. 11, 1880; died Aug. 28, 1915;
aged 35y. 5m. 17d. She is survived by a sorrowing husband and
an only child. She also leaves mother, 10 full sisters and 1 half
sister and brother to mourn her departure. Her father preceded
her to the spirit world about 10 years ago. She will be greatly
missed in home and church. During her sickness she said she was
alone yet not alone, the angels hovering over her. She was afflicted
with that dread disease, consumption, for several years, bearing
her sickness patiently, and was always smiling and cheerful. During
her sickness she said that the time can not come too soon for
her to depart, telling her sisters that all is well. She accepted
Christ in her young years, and was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church at the time of her death. Communion was given in her home,
also the anointing of oil; but all that human hands could do could
not spare the life of our sister. Funeral services were conducted
Aug. 30 at the home by James Saylor, and at the Thomas Mennonite
Church near Holsopple, Pa., by James Saylor, S.G. Shetler, and
L.A. Blough, where a large concourse of friends had assembled
to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed sister. Interment
in cemetery near by.
"Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California
KING. - Earl Kent, son of Bro. and Sister Abraham King, Jr., was born Oct. 28, 1914, and departed this life Sept. 1, 1915; aged 10m. 3d. Brother King and wife with their little son had gone to Columbus for a short visit, and while there little Earl took seriously sick. In eleven hours he was gone. Funeral services at the South Union Church near West Liberty, Ohio, in charge of S.E. Allgyer, assisted by A.I. Yoder.
BRUBAKER. - Abraham S. Brubaker was born in Snyder Co., Pa., Feb. 2, 1848; died at the home of his son, Joe, near Harper, Kans., Sept. 5, 1915; aged 67y. 7m. 3d. In the year 1868 he was married to Sarah Litzel. They lived in matrimony 47 years. To this union were born nine children. He leaves to survive a wife, 3 daughters and one son. Bro. Brubaker was for many years a devoted and faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services held at the Pleasant Valley Church conducted by Bro. R.M. Weaver. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
SNYDER. - Jacob W. Snyder was born May 4, 1856, in Waterloo Co., Ont. After 6 days of intense suffering he died at his home near Elmdale, Mich., Sept. 9, 1915, aged 59y. 4m. 5d. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Snyder. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters, one son preceding him to the great beyond. 35 years ago he confessed Christ as his Savior and affiliated with the U.B. Church. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, one son, two daughters, two brothers, two sisters, 8 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral the 12th. Services at the home by Jacob P. Miller at the Bowne Church by Charles Deardorff, where a large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved.
DEVOR. - On Sept. 2, 1915, in Elkhart, Ind., of apoplexy, Sophia Malinda Funk Devor, aged 75y. 11m. 23d. She had been in feeble health for a considerable time and some days before her death she had a stroke of apoplexy, which caused her death. Her parents came from Bucks Co., Pa. to Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1836. After the death of the parents she with others of the family moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she spent the rest of her days. She taught school in the states of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan for 19 years. In 1880 she graduated from Hahneman College of Medicine and practiced her profession until her marriage to Joseph Devor, Oct. 7, 1887. Her husband died in 1910. She was one of 13 brothers and sisters of whom Mrs. Samuel Moyer, at whose home she died, is the only survivor. She was buried on the 5th. Services by C.L. Owen.
PENROD. - Ellen Penrod (nee Thomas) was born Sept. 27,
1859. She was married to her surviving husband, Jesse Penrod,
June 8, 1879. She died near Adamsville, Cass Co., Mich., Aug.
28, 1915; aged 55y. 11m. 9d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 1
son, 1 daughter, 2 grand-daughters, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.
She was a member of the Baptist Church, and a faithful attendant
of the services of the congregation as long as she had the opportunity
to do so. For over two years she suffered from a paralytic stroke,
and her sufferings were often so severe that they were almost
unendurable, but she bore her afflictions patiently, looking forward
to the time of her redemption, and we feel that though she has
taken her departure and left us lonely, she is not lost, but only
gone before, and if we are faithful we will meet her again, in
that beautiful home which Jesus has prepared for them that love
Him and keep His Word. She was buried on Aug. 31, on which occasion
appropriate services were conducted by John F. Funk of Elkhart,
Ind., from II Cor. 5:1.
BARTO. - Christian K., son of Jeremiah and Mary (Kauffman) Barto, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 18, 1890; died Aug. 22, 1915; aged 25y. 3m. 4d. He was married to Katie Weaver. To this union were born 3 children John, Ethel and Walter all of whom survive to mourn the loss of a devoted and affectionate father; also her parents, 1 brother, 2 sisters and a large host of friends and relatives to mourn his departure. He was a faithful companion, good father and a kind neighbor. The last year of his life he lived at Wilmington, Del., took sick with typhoid fever Aug. 12; died Aug. 22, at the Delaware Hospital. Funeral services were conducted the 26th. at East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Simon Landis and Hiram Kauffman. Text, Jno. 14:19. The remains were laid to rest within the adjoining cemetery. We kindly bow in submission to the will of our heavenly Father and pray His blessings upon us and especially that God may bless the bereft family. "How blest is our brother bereft Of all that can burden his mind."
YOUNG. - Mary Cary, wife of John H. Young, was born
in Elkhart Co., Ind., March 16, 1867. She had suffered for several
years from valvular heart trouble, when several days before her
death she had an attack of cholera morbus, which aggravated the
former malady and she passed away peacefully a few minutes after
she had told her husband that she was feeling quite "comfortable."
She died shortly after midnight on the morning of Sept. 10th.,
1915, aged 48y. 5m. 24d. Her mother died a number of years ago.
During her single days she was employed, as compositor in the
office of the Mennonite Publishing Company and was a faithful
worker. She was married to her surviving husband June 20, 1909.
She is also survived by her aged father. She was of a kind and
cheerful disposition and ever ready to assist, whenever opportunity
presented itself. These characteristics won for her the esteem
and respect of all her friends and associates. Her funeral was
largely attended. Services were conducted at the home on Sunday
afternoon, Sept. 12, by John F. Funk from John 14: 1-3. She has
finished her course and gone to her reward as we trust and believe,
in the home of the blest, "where the wicked cease from troubles
and the weary are at rest."
Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California
BRUBAKER. - Jacob B. Brubaker was born May 7, 1857; died at his home near Mt. Joy, Pa., Aug. 14, 1915; aged 58y. 3m. 7d. His wife died a number of years ago. A daughter and 2 sons remain. Bro. Brubaker was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He is greatly missed in the Sunday school where he had a class of boys and where he was seldom absent. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 16, at Mt. Joy Church by Bros. Peter Nissley and Simon Landis. Text, Num. 23:10, latter part. Burial in cemetery at the Cross Road Church.
LESHER. - Sister Nora C. Lesher, daughter of Bro. I.I. and Sister Ida Lesher, of near Greencastle, Pa., died after a short illness of typhoid fever on Sept. 14, 1915; aged 17y. 1m. 19d. She is survived by her parents, 9 sisters, and 4 brothers. Sister Nora accepted Christ as her Savior during the series of meetings held at Clay Hill last winter and in her short service she manifested an exemplary Christian life. Her influence was far-reaching. The funeral took place at the Mennonite Church near Marion, Sept. 16, and many sympathies were expressed in behalf of the family by the large gathering of relatives, friends, companions, and Sunday school scholars that were present. Services were conducted by the brethren, George W. Ernst from Psa. 39:5, and W.W. Hege from Luke 8:52.
Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California