Johns. - Esther Anna, oldest daughter of Bro. and Sister Otis Johns of Columbiana, Ohio, formerly of Goshen, Ind., was born Oct. 1, 1911; died Jan. 14, 1916; aged 4 y. 3 m. 13 d. She was sick only a few days her death being caused by indigestion. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Midway Church and she was buried in the adjoining cemetery. The sermon was preached by A. J. Steiner from Jas. 4:14. He was assisted by A. M. Eash and E. M. Detwiler.
Martin. - Sister Hetty Martin died at the home of her son, Samuel Eby, near Blue Ball, Pa., Jan 17, 1916; aged 72 y. 9 m. 25 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and was always present when her health permitted. Her remains were laid to rest in the Weaverland Cemetery on the 21st. Funeral services in the church by Bros. I. B. Good and Benj. Weaer. Text, Rom. 8:1. She leaves to mourn 1 son, 1 sister, and a number of grandchildren and friends, but not without hope.
Wanner. - May W., wife of Daniel S. Wanner, died in New Holland, Pa., Jan. 19, 1916; aged 55 y. 4 m. 12 d. She was formerly a member of the Mennonite Church, but left the Church some years ago and united with the United Brethren Church. The funeral services were held in the Weaverland Mennonite Church on the 22nd inst., conducted by J. R. MacDonald of the U. B. Church. Text, II Tim. 4:18. Her remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. She leaves to mourn besides her husband, 2 sons, 4 daughters, her aged mother, 1 brother and 3 sisters.
Eichelberger. - Christian Eichelberger was born in Bavaria, Germany, Jan. 1, 1889. His parents, with their family, moved to Illinois in 1893 and to Gratiot Co., Mich., in 1910. Christian died at the home of his parents, south of Elwell, on Jan 5, 1916, as a result of an accident; aged 27 y. 4 d. We are glad to say that Bro. Christian gave his heart to the Lord in his youth. He with other members of the family had decided to transfer their membership from the East Bend Amish Mennonite Church near Fisher, Ill., to the Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Vestaburg, Mich. The funeral was held at the home of his parents Jan. 8, 1916, and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near Alma, Mich. Funeral was conducted by John M. Yoder, assisted by Aldus Brackbill
Zook. - Jan. 18, 1916, Sister Rachel Zook died at her home near Mattawana, Pa., of infirmities of old age; aged 78 y. 10 m. 16 d. She was a daughter of Shem and Veronica Zook, and is well known by a goodly number of people in different states, as in her younger years she was engaged in teaching public school. She was a member of the A. M. Church for many years and was much devoted to the service of the Lord, especially in helping the poor. She was also much interested in the church and Sunday school work, taking her place as a teacher and always on duty as long as health permitted. She will be missed. She leaves to mourn her departure, 1 brother, and 3 sisters. Three sisters, 4 brothers and parents, preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral on the 20th. Services conducted by John E. Kauffman from Psa. 17:15. Interment in the Mattawana Cemetery.
Detweiler. - Henry M. Detweiler was born Oct. 26, 1835, near East Lewistown, Ohio; died Jan. 16, 1916, at his home near Sterling, Ill.; aged 80 y. 2 m. 20 d. On April 1 he came west and located in Whiteside Co., Ill., where he resided until the time of his death. On Dec. 21 he was married to Magdalena G. Detweiler, in Philadelphia, Pa. To this union were born 6 children, William, Eliza, Amelia, Frank, Maggie, and Uriah. His second marriage occurred June 12, 1912, when he was united in matrimony to Mrs. Barbara Cullar of North Lima, Ohio. Bro. Detweiler united with the Mennonite Church in 1872, and was a consistent member until the time of his death,. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, 6 children, 26 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother. Funeral services were conducted on the 19th at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, by A. C. Good, when a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they had know so long.
Shetler. - Sister Amelia Kaufman Shetler, wife of Bro. Jacob Shetler, was born July 13, 1850; died Jan. 23, 1916; aged 65 y. 6 m. 10 d. Deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for about forty-five years. While her last years in this life were lived in pain mostly, she left evidence that her soul now is beginning to enjoy the bliss of eternal glory. What will be loss to the home, to the neighborhood, and to the church, will be her gain. "Blessed are they which endure to the end." She is survived by her husband, her 2 children (Bro. S. G. Shelter and Louisa Shetler Hostetler), 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters - David of Shipshewana, Ind., Jonas K., of Akron, O., Katie Yoder and Gertrude Detwiler of Allensville, Pa., Kore and Barbara Yoder of Johnstown, Pa. Her parents, 6 brothers and sisters, and 3 grandchildren preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted at the Stahl meeting house, Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 25, by Bro. Noah Miller of Springs, Pa., and Bro. L. A. Blough of the home district. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Geiger. - Frederick Geiger was born in Riley Tp., Putnam Co., Ohio, Oct. 17, 1838; died Jan. 17, 1916; aged 77 y. 3 m. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Geiger. He was married Feb. 22, 1864, to Elizabeth Hilty. To this union were born 11 children, 9 of whom, with the mother, are still living. He spent some years as a farmer but most of his life as a carpenter and contractor. He was a faithful member of the Zion Mennonite Church from his early manhood, having been a deacon for some thirty years. Bro. Geiger seemed to be in fair health Monday and spent the evening pleasantly with the family, retired at 10 o,clock and his wife soon saw that something was wrong, tried to restore him but failed, and after going across the street to call a son found him dead when she came back. They found a slip of paper in his German Bible on which was written Psa. 90 as a lesson and I Tim. 6:11, 12 as a text. These preparations with the conversation with friends, etc., seems he had a premonition of his death. The funeral services were conducted at the Zion Church where many of the brotherhood and friends met to pay their last tribute of respect. The welfare of the church and the peace of the community was always dear to his heart. He was a man greatly devoted to his family and friends and highly respected in the community where has lived during his long life. He is survived by his wife, 9 children, and 25 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by John Blosser assisted by Bro. Gottshall and Rupp, using the chosen text with Rev. 14:13, also Job 34:20 and Prov. 14:32 in the German language. He was laid to rest in the Zion burying ground.
Maust. - Martha Elizabeth Grady was born in Germany,
Jan. 3, 1833; died at the home of her daughter, Lizzie Bender,
near Locke, Ind., Jan. 18, 1916; aged 83 y. 15 d. She was received
into the Lutheran Church in Germany when 14 years old and at the
age of 21, when she came to America, she united with the Mennonite
Church and continued faithful unto death. She never had any trouble
in the church or with her children or neighbors, was a kind loving
mother and cared well for her children. She made her own shroud
about 10 years ago. She suffered much for the last few years of
her life, but endured it all with Christian resignation and was
ready and had a desire to depart and be with Christ. During her
illness she had a great delight to have the Bible read to her
with prayer. She was well posted in the Bible and as long as she
was able a regular attendant of Sunday school and church. She
was conscious up to within about 10 minutes of her death. About
7 hours before this she said, " I hear angels sing,"
She was married to Benjamin Maust about 61 years ago, who died
4 years ago. To this union were born 10 children, 5 of whom preceded
her to the spirit world. She is survived by 5 children (Bernard,
Frank, Lizzie, Anna, and Nelson), 28 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren;
also 1 brother. The children who are living were all present at
the funeral except Bernard. Funeral services were held on Jan.
21 at the Nappanee Meeting house conducted by Abraham Yoder in
English and the writer in German. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment
at South Union Cemetery,
Transcribed by Rose Burkholder, Ohio
Gindlesperger. - Beatrice Irene, daughter of Bro. Cloyd and Sister Dora Gindlesperger of near Hollsopple, Pa., died Jan. 13, 1916; aged 1 day. Funeral services at the Blough Church on the 14th, conducted by L. A. Blough, buried in cemetery near the church.
Ebersole. - Mary Amanda, infant daughter of Bro. Ammon and Sister Amanda Ebersole, was born Oct. 2, 1915; died Jan. 17, 1916. Parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters survive. Funeral services were conducted at Gingerich's Church, Lebanon Co., Pa., by Bros. David Westenberger, Martin Reesor. Text. II Sam. 12:22, 23. May we be ready at all times for the messenger of death.
Shenk. -Sarah, wife of Henry Shenk, near Shipshewana, Ind., died at the home of her sons, from an attack of grip which developed into pneumonia. She was enroute home from attending the funeral of her sister in Mansfield, O., when taken ill. She was born in Fairfield Co., O., June 26, 1841, died Jan. 24, 1916; aged 74 y. 6 m. 28 d. She is survived by her husband and by 4 sons. Funeral services were conducted the 27th at the Shore Mennonite Church, by Josiah J. Miller and Y. C. Miller. Text, "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live."
Underwood. - Lois Elizabeth, daughter of Walter and Katie Underwood, was born Jan. 22, 1915, died of pneumonia of one week's illness on Jan. 23, 1916; aged 1 y. 1 d. She was a loving little jewel in the home. She is survived by father, mother, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral the 25th at the Pennsylvania Church near Newton, Kans., conducted by C. Reiff from Job 1:21, latter clause.
Barber. - Elizabeth Endsley Barber was born June 11, 1854; died Jan. 17, 1916; aged 61 y 7 m. 6 d. She was sick only a short time. Her heart was weak and when she contracted the grippe it soon affected that organ causing her death. She is survived by her husband, Jacob Barber, 9 sons and daughters, 15 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 4 brothers and sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends who mourn her departure. She was a member of the Masontown, Pa., Mennonite Church for many years. Services conducted at the church by E. D. Hess, assisted by -------- Sloan. Text, Prov. 16:25. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
Schermehorn. - Robert Schermehorn was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Jan. 2, 1848; died at his home in Ontario, Ind., Dec. 29, 1915; aged 67 y. 11 m. 27 d. He was first married to Mary Hostetler. To this union were born a son and 2 daughters. His first wife and 2 daughters preceded him in death. Feb. 9, 1879, he was married to Louisa Geisen, who with 2 children survive. Seven grandchildren and many nephews and nieces mourn their loss. Robert had neglected to accept Christ. He built on his own goodness, which will not stand at the great day. Funeral services at the Bethel Church by Y. C. Miller. Text, I Cor. 19:15.
Smith. John Henry, little son of Bro. Jasper Smith, died Jan. 21, of spinal meningitis at the home of Bro. And Sister H. B. Keener near Dale Enterprise, Va.; aged 8 m. 9 d. Sister Smith, the mother of the little one, who was very much concerned about her children, died Dec. 19. The parting of mother and child was of short duration, and we believe there was a happy reunion in the world of spirits. Funeral services were conducted at the Bank Church on the 22nd by S. H. Rhodes and Jos. W. Coffman from the text, 'It is well with the child,' after which its body was laid to rest by the side of its mother in the cemtery* near by.
Stutzman. - Elizabeth Stutzman (Christner) was born Mar. 14, 1860, in Holmes Co., O.; died at her home near Beaver Crossing, Nebr., Jan. 20, 1916; aged 55 y. 10 m. 6 d. She was married to W. J. Stutzman Oct. 20, 1881. To this union were born 9 children, 2 having preceded her to the spirit world in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren, mother, 3 sisters, 5 brothers, besides other relatives and friends. She accepted her Savior in her youth, became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member. Her health had been failing for about a year, caused form heart trouble. Death was due to an attack of pneumonia from which she suffered only 8 days. But bore all her suffering patiently.
Byler. - Samuel E. Byler was born in Noble Co., Ind., Nov. 20, 1862; died of heart failure at Long Cliff, Ind., Jan. 22, 1916; aged 53 y. 2 m. 2 d. On Nov. 2, 1884, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Yoder. To this union were born 4 children. One son, Allen J., has preceded him to the spirit world,.* He leaves to mourn his widow, 2 sons (Fred S. and Clarence R.), 1 daughter (Mrs. Ray O. Johns), 2 brothers, 4 sisters, 3 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. In his young years he united with the Mennonite Church and took much interest in the welfare of his family. Buried on the 25th. Funeral services at the Clinton Frame Church by Jas. H. McGowen of Nappanee, from Rom. 8:6.
Coakly. - Bro. Charles H. Coakly died near Hinton, Va., Jan 17; aged 62 y. 5 m. 14 d. He had a stroke of paralysis about three weeks before his death, from which he did not rally. He, like many others depended on morality for his salvation; but in the evening of his life, when the shadows began to gather around him, he considered his condition more seriously and found that there was still something lacking. About five months ago he united with the Mennonite Church, after which time he trusted in the blood of Christ. He was never married. Funeral services were conducted at the Mt. Horeb Church by J. S. Martin, Clayton F. Derstine, and M. J. Heatwole from Heb. 2:6, on the 19th after which his body was committed to the earth from whence it came in the cemetery near by.
Wenger. - Solomon Oakley, youngest child of Abraham and Carrie Wenger, Versailles, Mo., was born Nov. 5, 1898; died Jan. 27, 1916; aged 17 y. 2 m. 22 d. He united with the Mennonite Church Dec. 25, 1912. He entered the student roll at Hesston Academy at the beginning of the school year 1915-16, but took pneumonia during Christmas vacation at home, where he died. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister, relatives and many friends to mourn the loss of a life just budding into promising manhood. One brother preceded him to the spirit world. He was ready and anxious to go to the heavenly home, but expressed deep concern for those who were careless about their soul's welfare. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 30 at Mt. Zion Church by Bro. D. H. Bender from the text, "I am the resurrection and the life." May God bless and comfort the bereaved ones.
Miller. - John T. Miller was born in Holmes Co. Ohio, Feb 28, 1836; died Jan. 17, 1916; aged 79 y. 10 m. 19 d. He confessed Christ as his Savior at the age of 19 and was received into the Amish Mennonite Church where he served his Master faithfully until he was called to his eternal reward. He was married to Catharine Mast Oct. 10, 1861. This union was blessed with 1 son. On Oct. 27, 1865, this union was severed by death. In 1868 he was united in marriage to Fanny Zook. This union was blessed with 5 sons and 1 daughter. Death again severed this union, Oct 15, 1899. On Dec. 24, 1903, he was married to Fanny Kropf, who with his 5* sons and 1 daughter, also 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends remain to mourn his departure. Services conducted at the Martin Creek Church and the body laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. *as written
Kauffman. - Barbara S. Kauffman departed this life Dec. 30, 1915, at the home of her widowed daughter, Amelia Brubaker, after almost three weeks ailment of la grippe; aged 84 y. 4 m. 7 d. Deceased with her bosom companion, joined the Mennonite Church in their early married life. Brief services at the house on Jan. 3, with services at the Masonville Church by J. C. Habecker at the house, J. F. Charles and H. H. Haverstick. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in cemetery adjoining by the side of her husband who preceded thirteen years ago. She was a daughter of the late Barbara and Jacob Huver, and was the last of the family. She is survived by 3 children (Annie, wife of G. W. Mann, Ephraim, and Amelia Brubaker), 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Oh! dear mother, how we miss thee; but some day we hope to meet again where there will be no parting. Amelia H. Brubaker.
Good. - Leah Bertha, daughter of Emanuel and Emma Good, was born near Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 31, 1898; died near Continental, Ohio, Jan. 28, 1916; aged 17 y. 11 m. 28 d. She leaves to mourn a bereaved father and mother, a sister, and 3 brothers besides a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in September 1915, and gave a good evidence of having a real Christian experience. She remained faithful to the end, and seemed to be very happy in her last days. Just one hour before her departure she sang the hymn, "In the sweet by and by." Her health began to fail over a year ago, her disease being consumption. She bore her sufferings patiently, having the blessed hope that she would soon be free from suffering. She has fallen asleep in Jesus. May all prepare to meet her in heaven. Funeral services in the Forest Grove Church, conducted by Moses Brenneman and Gabriel Brunk. Text, Luke 8:52. Buried in cemetery near by.
Miller. - Sylvia Cora, daughter of Bro. And Sister Rudolph Miller, was born June 5, 1896; died of measles Jan. 24, 1916; aged 19 y. 7 m. 19 d. At the age of 13 she confessed her Savior and was received into church fellowship and thus lived for six years, like many do, without yielding full obedience to God and His Word. But when meeting the great Judge became a reality she became alarmed and said, "I am a sinner, I am lost and I must die; I can not die this way, send for a minister." This was done as quickly as possible, she was admonished to lay hold on His promises. Prayer was offered for her and though she was weakened that she could hardly be understood she yet confessed peace and in a few minutes fell asleep, we trust in Christ Jesus. May this be a loud call to all who are satisfied with church membership, without the Spirit of Christ, She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, 1 sister, 2 brothers, 1 sister having gone before. Buried on the 26th, services at the Forks Church near Middlebury, Ind., By D. J. Johns from Job 14:14, assisted by J. Y. Hooley.
Brubaker. Pre. Abram Brubaker, of Willow Street, Pa.,
was called to rest Jan. 21, 1916, having succumbed to pneumonia
after a short illness. He preached in the Strasburg Mennonite
meeting house at the last regular service before his burial at
that place. He gave 40 years of his life to active work in the
ministry. This seems a good while, and although he had reached
the allotted age of man we feel that he might have been of much
sevice*, both in his home and in the church, had he been permitted
to stay with us. His beloved wife with 6 children (Christ, Jacob,
and Martha, married, and Annie, Fannie and Martin at home) mourn
his loss, as does the whole community and the church. Being of
strong personality and good judgement made him a staunch pillar
for the principles of righteousness. The text used by Bishop C.
M. Brackbill in the funeral service, II Tim. 4:7; "I have
kept the faith," was very characteristic of our brother.
We believe that he is wearing that crown of righteousness which
the Lord the righteous judge has given, and will give also to
all them that love his appearing. Bishop Abram B. Herr had part
in the funeral services. The bearers were Elias Groff and Frank
M. Herr, his co-ministers, and preachers Sandford Landis, Daniel
Leaman, Aaron Harnish, and Jacob Thomas.
H. H. S. *as written
Hershberger. - Christena Hershberger (nee Sprolli was
born in Miami Co., Ind., Feb. 13, 1867; died of lung fever Jan.
16, 1916; aged 48 y. 11 m. 3 d. She was united in marriage to
Seth Hershberger, Mar. 18, 1888, in which relation she lived 27
y. 9 m. 26 d. To this union were born 4 sons, and 3 daughers.
One daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Sister Hershberger
united with the Mennonite Church in her young years in which faith
she lived a consistent Christian life to the time of her departure.
Her sickness was of short duration. The last day of her life she
called the family to her bedside and admonished them to live for
Christ. She told them all was well; that she could go home and
be with Christ, which was far better. The family loses a kind
and loving mother, and the neighborhood a kind neighbor. She leaves
to mourn her departure, a husband, 6 children, 1 brother, 2 sisters,
and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral on the 18th at the
Mennonite Church, where a large concourse of people had gathered
to pay their last tribute of respect. Services by Bro. J. S. Horner
from II Kings 20:1. Buried in the Schrock Cemetery. N.
"Our dear mother, thou hast left us,
Lived in faith and trusted in God,
We hope to meet you in heaven,
Praising God in endless days."
* as written
Transcribed by Rose Burkholder, Ohio
Aeschliman. - Noah Eugene, son of Samuel and Martha Aeschliman, was born Aug. 16, 1910; died Jan. 22, 1916; aged 5 y. 5 m. 6 d. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers. Noah took sick with the measles. A few days later he took sick with pneumonia which caused his death.
Souder. - Wilmer, infant son of Wallace and Ella Souder,
Sellersville, Pa., was born and died Dec. 14, 1915. Brief services
at the house and grave Dec. 16, 1915. Interment at the Rockhill
"Parents, sister, though you loved me
Yet I could not with you stay;
For the angels that hovered o'er me
Called and summoned me away."
Wismer. - Sister Amanda B. Wismer, daughter of Sister
Sarah Wismer, Kulpsville, Pa., died of pneumonia, aged 32 y. 6
m. 20 d. Funeral Jan. 15, conducted by Bros. Warren G. Bean and
Christian Allebach at Skippack Church.
"Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low;
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shalt know."
Weaver. - Sister Esther Weaver, widow of Martin Weaver, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hettie Weaver, of Blue Ball, Pa., Jan. 29, 1916; aged 75 y. 10 m. 24 d. She was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Survived by 2 sons, 3 daughters, and a number of friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services Feb. 1 at the house conducted by Bro. I. B. Good, and in the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bros. Benj. Weaver and John Sauder. Text, II Tim. 6:7,8. Her remains were laid to rest in the Weaverland Cemetery.
Ressler. - Naomi L., wife of Joseph A. Ressler of Mountville, Pa., died Dec. 15, 1915, at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa. Few days prior to her death she underwent an operation, after which she became weaker and weaker and at last we believe fell asleep in Jesus, her age being 51 y. 1 m. 9 d. She leaves to mourn a sorrowing husband 2 sons, and 1 daughter; also 3 brothers, and many warm friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral, Dec. 18, at the Mountville Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Jacob Habecker and John H. Mosemann. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. Interment in Mountville Cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Burkholder. - Sister Lydia C. Burkholder died Jan 27, 1916, at the home of her son-in-law, Bro. Henry Hunsecker, at Sollenberg, Franklin Co., Pa., after a short illness aged 85 y. 8 m. 18 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and she gave to others many goodly admonitions. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world about 4 years ago. She is survived by the following daughters: Mrs. Mary E. Frey, Mrs. H. L. Snyder, Mrs. B. F. Gelwicks, Mrs. Rebecca Christophel, Mrs. Henry Hunsecker; also 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral Jan 31 at the Chambersburg Church. The services were conducted by the brethren, Henry Bricker and W. W. Hege, from Rev. 14:12,13.
Brubacher. - Beulah G., only daughter of Simon and Melinda Brubacher, was born Nov. 19, 1915; died Feb. 6, 1915;* aged 2 m. 18 d. She was sick only a few days, and passed away almost before her condition was thought to be serious. Funeral services were conducted at the Martin Mennonite Church by E. S. Bauman in German, from Mark 10:13-16, and Noah Hunsberger in English from Job 14:1,2. Interment in adjoining cemetery. God needed one more angel child, Amidst His shining band, And so He bent with loving smile, And clasped our darling's hand.
*Transcriber's note: these dates seem wrong as written - ???
Steele. - Mary Elizabeth Long was born in Highland Co., Ohio, June 18, 1873; died in Midland Co., Mich., Jan. 30, 1916; aged 42 y. 5 m. 12 d. She was married to Calvin Steele April 24, 1894. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters. She suffered from blood poisoning about two weeks. She was deeply concerned for the welfare of her children. She leaves to mourn a sorrowing husband, 3 sons, 6 daughters, 2 grandchildren, father, mother, 2 brothers and a sister. She was a member of the Evangelical Church. She is greatly missed at home and in the neighborhood. Funeral Feb. 2 at the district school house conducted by J. J. Yeunium. Text, Rev. 21:4-6. Buried in township cemetery of North Bradley, Mich.
Ruth. - Lloyd, youngest son of Bro. Titus and Sister
Sallie Ruth, was born Sept. 13, 1915; died Jan. 31, 1916; aged
4 m. 18 d. Death was due to an attack of pneumonia, from which
he suffered 4 days. He is survived by father, mother, a brother,
a grandmother, besides many other relatives and friends. His life
was brief, but we know that his interests are now in a world where
afflictions can never come. Funeral services at the Souderton,
Pa., Mennonite Church Feb. 5 by Bro. Jacob M. Moyer and J. C.
Clemens. Text, Job 1:21. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"We miss thee, dear darling, from thy place,
Thy blue eyes and thy smiling face;
But thou hast joined the angel band,
With Jesus in that heavenly land."
Weaver. - Bro. Samuel M. Weaver died on the 4th inst. at the home of his son, Abraham G. Weaver of Blue Ball, Pa., where he resided; aged 81 y., after a short illness due to old age. While relatives and friends were assembling to attend the funeral of Esther Weaver, mother-in-law of Abraham G. Weaver, the spirit of Samuel M. Weaver took its flight to the eternal world there to be with Jesus, and those gone before. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church of Weaverland. He is survived by 2 sons (Abraham G. and John G.) Funeral services were held on the 5th in the Weaverland Church by Brethren Benj. Weaver and John Sauder. His remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. His smiling face will be seen no more on earth, but we hope to meet him on the other shore.
Stemen. - Roy, son of Samson and Catherine Stemen, was born in Allen Co., O., June 19, 1892; died Feb. 6, 1916; aged 23 y. 7 m. 4 d. He was afflicted with rheumatism since the age of 13. For more than 7 years he has been confined to his invalid chair and for more than 4 years has been deprived of his eyesight. During his years of pain and affliction he never uttered a murmur of complaint and when deprived of his eyesight be accepted this calmly like a man and engaged in various things to pass away time. He was baptized and received into the Middle River Christian Church. His last message was "I would like to stay but can not. I am going to a better place." He leaves to mourn his loss father, mother, sister, brother, a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at Salem Church conducted by B. A. Hartley. Burial at Salem Cemetery.
Weaver. - Bro. Jonas A. Weaver died at his home near Terre Hill, Pa., Feb. 3, after a short illness of pleurisy; aged 64 y. 4 m. 14 d. He was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. He was twice married, his first wife died 11 years ago, leaving no children. On Dec. 11, 1911, he married Lizzie Martin, a widow, who survives, with one child, also 3 stepchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a number of friends, to mourn their loss which is his eternal gain. Funeral services from his late home on Monday the 7th, conducted in the house by Bro. John Sauder and in the Weaverland Church by Bros. I. B. Good and John W. Weaver. Text, Psa. 90:12. His remains were laid to rest beside his first wife in the Weaverland Cemetery. This makes the 6th funeral in the Weaverland Church since Jan. 1. Truly, we are going down the valley one by one.
Roth. - Barbara Roth was born in Allen Co., Ind., July 21, 1857; died at her home near Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1916; aged 58 y. 6 m. 8 d. At the age of 8 years she, together with her parents, came to Ohio and located on a farm near Pettisville, Ohio. Aug. 10, 1876, Sister Roth was united in marriage to Peter P. Roth, living in holy matrimony 39 y. 5 m. 19 d. To this union were born 2 sons, and 2 daughters, of which 1 son (Levi) preceded mother in death. She leaves to mourn their loss a sorrowing husband, 1 son (Daniel) and 2 daughters (Mary and Katie); 7 grandchildren, also 1 brother and 4 sisters, with a host of friends and relatives, 2 brothers and 1 sister having preceded her in death. At the age of 18 years she confessed the Lord as her Redeemer and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful and consistent member until death called her to the great beyond.
Weaver. - Anthony Weaver was born April 21, 1862, in Cambria Co., Pa. When about four years of age he came to Michigan with his mother and his grandparents. Moses Livengood and wife, and settled on a farm in the northern part of Bowne township. He grew to manhood in the home of his grandparents, and has lived in this neighborhood ever since. Two years ago he chose Christ as his personal Savior and united with the M. E. Church at Bowne Center, remaining an active member ever since. He possessed a cheerful disposition, always having a pleasant smile and word of greeting for old and young. He is survived by his mother and step-father, John Kauffman, 6 half-brothers, and 7 half-sisters; also a very large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church near Elmdale Feb. 4, attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. He met his untimely death at his home near Bowne Center Feb. 1, aged 31 y. 9 m. 11 d. He had intended to take some stock to Alto and among the rest was a large bull which became enraged and attacked him and killed him instantly before any assistance could be rendered to save him from his awful fate, by those that were near by. Services were conducted by R. C. Parshall, and Aldus Brackbill. Text, Eccl. 12:6,7.
Saltzman. - Barbara Schmidtt was born in Alsace, Germany, April 29, 1826; died Jan. 12, 1916, at the home of her daughter, Christiana Leuschner, Normal, Ill., aged 89 y. 4 m. 13 d. She was the third in a family of six sons and daughters. She came with her parents to this country in 1832, first settling in Lancaster Co., Pa. Five years later they moved to Butler Co., Ohio. In 1856 they moved to Tazewell Co., Ill. In 1867 she with her husband moved to McLean Co., which has been her home ever since. She was united in marriage to Andrew Saltzman in 1851. To this union were born 6 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. There were 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She died of the infirmities of old age. She was an earnest Christian, a member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. Hers was a life lived above reproach. Quiet and unassuming, her heart went out in tender sympathy towards the needy. She enjoyed extensive acquaintance and was always a welcome visitor in the homes of friends and relatives. Funeral Jan. 14 was conducted at the house by Bros. Peter Shantz and Lee Lantz, and at the East White Oak Mennonite Church by I. Shantz, J. H. King, and Valentine Strubhar. Interment in the Shantz Cemetery near Carlock, Ill., where lies her husband who preceded her in death more than 25 years.
Horst. - Bro. Joseph H. Horst died Feb. 1, 1916, at the home of his son, Martin Horst, near New Holland, Pa., after a short illness of pneumonia; aged 76 y. 15 d. He was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, and active in Sunday school and church work, gifted with a good voice and a love for singing. For a long time he acted as a leader in song service in church. He is survived by one son (Martin, with whom he made his home), 2 brothers, 1 sister, and many friends to mourn their loss which is his eternal gain. He was twice married, his first wife having died 11 years ago, and his second wife seven years ago. The funeral took place in the 4th inst with services in Lichty's Church, by Bros. Benj. Weaver and John Sauder. Interment in a cemetery near by.
Burkholder. - Benjamin Burkholder was born Sept. 25, 1837; died Feb. 3, 1916; aged 78 y. 4 m. 9 d. Dec. 28, 1869, he was married to Frances Metzler who preceded him in death nine years ago. To this union were born 5 children but three of them died in their infancy or childhood. He is survived by 1 son and 1 daughter, and their families. there being 6 grandchildren. He was for many years a member of the Midway Mennonite Church of Mahoning Co., Ohio, where he resided. He was of a quiet and peaceable disposition. Funeral services were held Feb. 5 from the home of Bro. And Sister Charles Frankford, Mrs. Frankford being his daughter. Services at the home by A. J. Steiner and at the Midway Church by Allan Rickert. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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- Volume VIII, Number 48 - February 24, 1916 - page 782-784
Schipf. - On Dec. 19, 1915, of the effects of a fall, Mary Schipf, widow of the late Godfrey Schipf, Chester Co., Pa.; aged 83 y. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Dec. 23, at the house by Bro. Amos Kolb, and at the Vincent Mennonite Church by Bro. J. B. Hunsberger. Interment in graveyard adjoining.
Musser. - Bro. Jacob R. Musser of near New Holland, Pa., departed this life Feb. 5, 1916, aged 80 y. 3 m. 18 d. Bro. Musser was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was somewhat feeble for over a year but was confined to his bed for only 9 days. His widow, 2 sons and 2 daughters survive. His remains were interred in the Groffdale Cemetery.
Faus. - Bro. Elias H. Faus was born June 3, 1831; died Feb. 1, 1916; aged 84 y. 7 m. 28 d. His death was caused by the infirmities of old age. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, a daughter, and a sister. Funeral on Feb. 4. Services at the house conducted by Samuel L. Oberholtzer and D. N. Gish, and at Risser's Mennonite Church by S. L. Oberholtzer and John G. Ebersole. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the adjoining graveyard. Peace to his ashes.
Latshaw. - On Jan. 13, 1916, in Spring City, Pa., of pneumonia, Elizabeth Latshaw, aged 83 y. 4 m. 22 d. She was the widow of the late Elias Latshaw. While they were not blessed with any children, they had a good share of this world's goods and by their liberality gained many friends. She was a faithful member of the Vincent Mennonite Church, at which place the funeral was held Jan. 18. Services by Bros. Amos Kolb and Henry Bechtel. Interment in graveyard adjoining.
Andersohn. - Harold Harman, only child of Herman and Dorothy Andersohn, was born in Chicago, Oct. 3, 1915, and died Jan. 8, 1916. Little Harold was permitted to remain in the home just long enough to endear himself to his parents and to make strong the bond that now draws them to the one into whose presence he has gone. The funeral service was held at the home of the parents and burial was made at Mt. Greenwood Cemetery. It was conducted by A. M. Eash with Mark 10:14-16 as a text.
Zuercher. - Abraham Zuercher was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, Mar. 21, 1828; died of dropsy at his home near Apple Creek, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1916, aged 87 y. 10 m. 11 d. He was married to Elizabeth Tschantz in 1857, and lived with her nearly threescore years. To this union were born 3 children. He leaves to mourn his departure his feeble companion, a son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. He was the oldest member of the Swiss Mennonite Church near Dalton, Ohio. Services were conducted by Bros. C. N. Amstutz and Jacob Nussbaum.
Baumgartner. - Christina. Daughter of Bishop John Thut, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 10, 1848; died Jan. 24, 1916; aged 67 y. 9 m. 14 d. She moved with her parents to Allen Co., Ohio, in her infancy. She was married to Joel Baumgartner Jan. 10, 1871. To them 10 children were born 8 of whom are living: John, Moses, Ezra, Raymond, Frank, Ella, Harry and Earl. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, 7 sons, and 1 daughter; also many friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted by J. J. Anglemyer.
Zook. - Lucinda Zook was born Feb. 21, 1853; died Jan. 20, 1916, at the home of her son near Jet. Okla. She was a sufferer from diabetes for a good many years. She was married to John Zook of LaGrange, Ind., in 1876. To this union 8 children were born. Her father, mother, 1 brother and 6 children preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure husband, 2 children (Dan and Clara), 6 grandchildren and 1 sister; also a large number of relatives and friends. She was a member of the Brethren Church. Funeral services were held at the Brethren Church Jan. 22, 1916, conducted by Brethren Wyne and Cripe. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. E. M. M.
Musser. - Katie G., daughter of Israel L. and Susie Musser, near Bowmansville, Pa., was born Oct. 9, 1899; died Jan. 21, 1916; aged 15 y. 3 m. 22 d. She was sick about 4 weeks with typhoid fever, and seemed somewhat improved when pneumonia set in and caused her death. She was one of the first to accept Christ during the meetings conducted by Bro. Mack about a year ago, and now is the first to be called up higher out of the class. May her early death be a loud call to those who have not yet accepted Christ. She leaves parents, grandparents, 1 brother, 4 sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral Feb. 3 at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. N. H. Mack and Benjamin Weaver. Text, Luke 8:52. Burial in cemetery nearby.
Kuhens. - Barbara (Slabach) Kuhens of near Freeport, Kans., died from a severe attack of pneumonia, Jan. 5, 1916; aged 1 day less than 79 years. She was married to Leonard Kuhens to which union 11 children were born, of whom 4 with her husband survive her. They are Emma Glassburn, Lizzie Fendly, Albert, Mary Dohring. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth. During her short illness she expressed her desire to go home to Jesus. Although she will be greatly missed in her home we have the confidence that our loss is but her gain. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. R. M. Weaver, assisted by Bro. J. J. Zimmerman, at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, after which she was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.
Wenger. - Margaret Wanner was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 31, 1831, died Jan. 28, 1916; aged 84 y. 2 m. 27 d. She was married to Henry Wenger in the fall of 1848. To this union were born 12 children (Samuel, Maria, Anna, Elizabeth, Susan, Daniel, Henry, Abraham, David, Martha, Mary and Margaret.) She leaves to mourn her departure 10 children, 62 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, Daniel of Goshen, Ind., John of Lancaster Co., Pa., and 1 sister, Maria Weaver of Lancaster Co., Pa. She was a faithful member of the Wisler Mennonite Church for about 54 years. Funeral services conducted by John Martin in German, and D. A. Yoder. Texts, Heb. 4:8, 9; II Cor. 5:1. Burial in cemetery adjoining the Olive Church.
Rosenberger. - Bro. Abraham B. Rosenberger died at his home in Hilltown Tp., Pa., Sunday morning, Jan. 16, 1916, after a lingering illness brought on principally by a tubercular affection of the lungs; aged 62 y. 9 m. 20 d. He was married to Mary G. Godshalk of Doylestown, Pa., Jan 10, 1880. This union was blessed with 6 children, one of whom preceded him in death. He leaves his wife, 5 children (Isaac, Anna, Emma, Martha, and Henry), and 5 grandchildren to mourn their loss. Also 2 brothers: Bishop Henry B. Rosenberger of Perkasie, and Jacob of Dublin. Funeral services were held by Bro. Aaron Freed at the house, and Bros. Joseph Ruth and Jacob Rush at the Blooming Glen meeting house. Text, Rom. 8:18. Interment in the adjoining buryingground. We trust that our loss may be his eternal gain.
Hershey. - Bro. Henry Hartman Hershey was born near Intercourse, Pa., died at Paradise, Pa., Jan, 3, 1916; aged 73 y. 2 m. 7 d. Almost one year ago the brother was stricken with a stroke, at which time he came very ill, but God saw fit to restore his health again so that he was able to be about. Almost one week before his death he was taken with another stroke and the Lord saw fit to call him home. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, as well as an active laborer in the cause of Christ. He leaves to mourn 3 sons and a number of grandchildren as well as many relatives and friends. His companion preceded him 3 years ago, also a daughter six weeks ago. Funeral services at the Paradise Mennonite Church on Feb. 2, 1916. Conducted by Bros. Sanford B. Landis and C. M. Brackbill. Text, I Pet. 1:3, 4. Interment in the Mellinger Cemetery. Peace to his ashes. --- Nephew.
Schertz. - Pauline Barbara, daughter of Bro. and Sister Joseph Naffziger, was born near Minier, Ill., Mar. 22, 1878; died at her home near Manson, Ia., Feb. 2, 1916; aged 37 y. 10 m. 11 d. She was united in marriage with Peter Schertz Feb. 24, 1898. To this union 13 children were born, 4 of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 9 children, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Sister Schertz united with the North Danvers Independent Mennonite Church at the age of 15 and she remained faithful to the end. The funeral was held Feb. 5 in the Mennonite church in Manson conducted by Bro. D. D. Zehr. Text, I Thes. 4:13, 14.
"When Jesus with His angel band,
Shall rend the starry skies,
In sweet obedience to His call,
Her body will arise,
With its own soul to reunite,
No more to parted be,
Clothed with unfading youth to dwell
Kauffman*. - Edward F. Kauffman was born in Tiskilwa, Ill., Feb 8, 1872; died Feb. 10, 1916; aged 44 y. 2d. Bro. Kauffman undertook to cross the railroad where there were three tracks and after waiting a few moments for a freight train to move out of his way started to cross, when a fast mail going in the opposite direction struck him, killing him instantly. At the age of 30 he confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Willow Springs Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful and active member, serving his church at different times in the capacity of Sunday school superintendent, assistant superintendent, and was at the time of his death a teacher in the Sunday school. On June 22, 1908, he was married to Alma Ringenberg who died Oct. 8, of the same year. On June 27, 1912, he was married to Eda L. Albrecht, to which union were born two children, Mary Elizabeth, and Lawrence Henry. He leaves to mourn his untimely death, a wife, 2 children, father, mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister, besides a large number of friends and acquaintances who keenly feel their loss Funeral services at the Willow Springs Church, conducted by C. A. Hartzler from I Sam. 20:3 and A. H. Leaman from Isa. 38:1. *Note: Name is often spelled 'Kaufmann' including on his tombstone. - tlm
Lefever. - Anna Herr Lefever was born near Lampeter, Pa.,
Sept. 22. 1890; died Dec. 31, 1915; aged 25 y. 3 m. 9 d. She was
the oldest daughter of Frank S. and Hettie Herr Lefever. She was
in ill health for nearly a year with tuberculosis after spending
three months at White Haven Sanitarium, where she did not recover
as rapidly as expected, and another three months at home, she
fell asleep in Jesus the last day in the old year. Sister Anna
was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, being a faithful
worker and teacher the Willow Street Sunday school. None knew
her but to love her, none named her but to praise. She was patient
and submissive during her illness, placing her trust and confidence
in Him who doeth all things well. In one of her frequent letters
while away from home she spoke of her physical weakness but rejoiced
in the fact that she could feel the touch of His hand upon hers.
What a consolation to the bereaved when those who leave us, leave
such bright assurances that all is well with the soul. Funeral
services were held at the home Jan. 4, by Frank Herr and at Mellinger's
Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., by Abram Brubaker. Text, Job 14:10
"We shall meet but we shall miss her,
There shall be one vacant chair;
We shall long again to see her
Over on the other shore."
Bender. - Sister Mary Bender was born in Perth Co., Ont., Feb. 10, 1845; died in Oxford Co., Ont., at the home of her son-in-law, John B. Schwartzendruber, Feb. 2, 1916; aged 70 y. 11 m. 2 d. In early youth she united with the East Zorra A. M. Church and remained faithful to the end. She was a daughter of the late Bishop Joseph Rudy. Oct. 11, 1864, she was married to Jacob M. Bender and lived in matrimony 49 y. 9 m. 3 d. To this union were born 4 sons and 8 daughters, 2 daughters having died about 30 years ago. The sons are John, Joseph, Jacob, David; the daughters, Katie, Mary, Christena, Annie, Lydia, Sarah, all living in South Easthope and East Zorra. July 14, 1914, her husband died, and since that time she made her home with Sister Lydia, having lived nearly all her life on the farm owned by her father and at present owned by her son, Pre. Jacob R. Bender. She lived a widow 1 y. 6 m. 19 d. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 sons, 6 daughters, and 35 grandchildren, also 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral from the home of her son Jacob was held on Feb. 6, where she was laid to rest at the side of her husband in the East Zorra A. M. Cemetery. Funeral services by Bro. Dan Jutzi at home and in the meeting house by Bros. D. H. Steinman and Chris. Kropf. Texts II Cor. 4:13-81 and II Tim. 4:6-8. A large number of friends were gathered to pay their last tribute to the departed.
"My children, do not mourn for me;
In heaven I hope you all to see,
Where parting words are heard no more
But dwell forever on Canaan's shore."
By a son.
Shoup. - Agnes (White) Shoup was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 28, 1859, and died at the home of her son Allen near Orriville, O., Feb. 2, 1916; aged 56 y. 2 m. 4 d. She was the fourth of a family of 9 children and the fourth of the family to leave for the realm beyond. In childhood she moved with her parents to Hagerstown, Md., where her father died, and in 1878 the mother with the family moved to Ohio where the remaining years of her life were spent. From the early age of 9 years she lived among strangers and was deprived of a father's strong arm to provide. While quite young she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined the Mennonite Church, to which fellowship she remained true. She was married to William Shoup Nov. 11, 1880, to which union were born 3 sons - William Franklin, David Ira, and Allen W. They also took into their home Myrtle Spidle and reared her to womanhood. Her husband and son, David Ira, preceded her in death, meeting with a fatal accident at a P.R. R. crossing near their home Oct. 18, 1912. Bro. Shoup was a deacon in the Martin's congregation. Sister Shoup has been failing in health for over ten years and when it seemed as though her companion was needed most he was so suddenly and unexpectedly taken away, the responsibility of caring for mother was assume by devoted children and their companions. For nearly two years she was largely deprived of the use of her mind and was dependent on the care of others. Her death was due to pneumonia. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sons, 11 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Services conducted by David Hostetler, I. W. Royer, and Aaron Eberly.
Brenneman. - Sister Rebecca (Rife) Brenneman was born Feb. 15, 1832. She was 83 y. 11 m. 27 d. of age. She came with her parents from Pennsylvania to Orrville, O., in 1835. In 1850 she married Abraham Brenneman. They lived on a farm just south of Orrville until 1870, when they moved to Orrville and occupied the brick house on South Main St. which was her home until 2 years ago. Bro. Brenneman died in 1888. For the past 28 years she had spent her winters with Mrs. Ella Sharpe, and for 2 years had made her home in Indianapolis with Mrs. Sharpe, who was her adopted daughter. She died at the Indianapolis home Feb. 12. Sister Brenneman was a person of great activity, and up to two weeks ago enjoyed unusually rugged health. Her last sickness was of two weeks' duration, and death resulted from myocarditis. Bro. And Sister Brenneman had no children, but they took under their care 3 little children, a boy and 2 girls, and gave them every advantage of a Christian home. The familiar name, "Aunty Brenneman," by which the deceased was well known in Orrville, followed her to her new home, where she made many pleasant acquaintances, especially among the young people. Her last hours were without pain, and were spent in listening to the reading of the Word from the Great Book and recalling pleasant memories of the past. She then gently fell asleep in the Jesus whom she loved. Funeral services at the Orrville Mennonite Church and burial at the Martin's Cemetery. Scriptures used, Psa. 16:11 and Jno 14:6. I. W. Royer, minister.
Transcribed by Rose Burkholder, Ohio