Kohr. - Mary A. Kohr died Oct. 9, 1915, aged 72 y 11 m. 14 d. She had been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church about 50 years. Funeral was held Oct. 12 at Shope Church near Middletown, Pa. where services were conducted by Bros. John Landis and David Z. Miller. May her example be long remembered. Text, Luke 10:42; Isa. 38:1.
Thomas. - Catherine Thomas of Johnstown, Pa., formerly of Schellburg, Pa., died Dec. 14, 1915; aged 87 y. 4 m. 14 d. She united with the Mennonite Church about 67 years ago and departed this life with the full assurance of meeting her God in peace. She leaves to mourn their loss 8 children, 54 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral services by David Garber at the Weaver Mennonite Church, assisted by Wm. C. Hershberger and Alex. Weaver.
Hunsberger. -Elizabeth Hunsberger (nee Alderfer) was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Feb. 20, 1823. She was married to Joseph Hunsberger. To this union were born 8 children, 5 of whom preceded her to the home beyond. Her husband departed this life 7 years ago. She had her home with her son at Yerkes, Pa. She died from paralysis and old age, on May 8, 1915. Funeral services were held in Mennonite meeting house near Yerkes and interment in adjoining cemetery.
Reesor. -Christian Reesor died at his home near Cedar Grove, Ont., Dec. 26, 1915, in his 83rd year. Deceased had been in failing health for some time but only for a few weeks was he confined to his bed being afflicted with pleurisy. Bro. Reesor was ordained a minister in the Mennonite Church over 50 years ago. During the greater part of this time he also served as bishop. A widow, 1 son, and 3 daughters survive. A bereaved family, the community and the Church mourn his departure. Our loss is but his gain. Buried at the Reesor Church on the 29th where the service was conducted by C. Gehman, Ezra Martin and E. Sievenpipher.
Souder. - Dec. 1, 1915, Ella, beloved wife of Bro. Edwin Souder, Telford, Pa., passed to her eternal reward, aged 30 y. 10 m. 2 d. She had been a sufferer from diabetes for about a year and a half, but bore her sufferings patiently, falling peacefully asleep after being confined to her bed but one day. Sister Souder was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. The house of the Lord was to her a delightful place, and all her burdens were taken to Christ the great burden-bearer. She leaves a grief-stricken husband and 4 small children, who have the sympathy of a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral Dec. 7 at the house by Bros. William Landis and Christian Allebach and at the Rockhill Mennonite Church by Bro. Joseph Ruth. Text, Isa. 41:10.
Byler. Lydia Byler was born Nov. 29, 1862, near Belleville, Pa.; died Dec 24, 1915; aged 53 y. 25 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 Abiah D. Byler Feb. 8, 1883. To them were born 4 sons and 5 daughters of whom one infant preceded her. She leaves to mourn her early departure a sorrowing husband, 8 children, 1 grandchild, and 3 sisters. She was attacked with a stroke of paralysis in October from which she never recovered. She bore her affliction patiently and was resigned to her Father's will. Funeral services were conducted at the Locust Grove Church Dec. 26, by Jonas D. Yoder, E. H. Kenagy, and S. T. Yoder. Buried in the cemetery nearby.
Musselman. - Magdalena Brubaker, widow of the late David Musselman, was born at Berlin, Ont., Mar. 10, 1834, and died at Berlin, Dec. 12, 1915. She lived in holy matrimony over 52 years. To them were born 13 children, 7 of whom are living. There are 8 grandchildren. She lived in widowhood for 11 years. She was converted 64 years ago and joined the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member. She will be especially remembered by her loving and kind disposition. She passed much of her time in her declining years by singing hymns. Not long before she died she sang the hymn, "Sweeping through the gates of the New Jerusalem. Funeral on Dec. 15 at the Berlin Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by Samuel Bowman and S. Tautenshlager of the U. B. Church.
Zook. - Katherine Zook was born Dec. 30, 1826, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died Dec. 15, 1915, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mattie Troyer, Garden City, Mo.; aged 88 y. 11 m. 15 d. In 1856 she was married to Jacob Y. King of Huntington Co., Pa., who died July 14, 1881. Jan. 13, 1886, she was married to J. K. Zook, who died July 29, 1913, at the age of 81 y. 11 m. 6 d. She lived with her step-son, Levi D. Zook, until July, 1914, since then with her daughter, Mrs. Mattie Troyer. She knew her friends to the last day, although she was blind for eleven years. She enjoyed religious services very much, and was a faithful member of the Sycamore Grove Church. She was the last of eight members who participated in the organization of said church 49 years ago. She was the mother of 6 children, of whom 4 preceded her. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 son, Aaron King, 1 daughter, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Services at the Sycamore Grove Church, conducted by the home ministers. Texts, (Sel. by the children), II Tim. 4:6-8, opening chapter I Pet. 1. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
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Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 42 - January 13, 1916 - page 687
Slagell. - Infant son of Joe and Emma Slagell was born Dec. 28, lived only a short time, was buried the 29th. Short services were conducted at the house.
Weaver. - Walter A., son of Bro. Moses and Sister Sarah Weaver, died Dec. 24, 1915; aged 22 y. 6 m. 12 d. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister, 6 half-brothers, 1 half-sister. Funeral services conducted by Pre. Reynolds, E. J. Blough, and D. Garber at the Kaufman Church. Buried in family graveyard.
Koch. - Elizabeth Shaffer Koch was born Aug. 26, 1837; died Jan. 2, 1916; aged 78 y. 5 m. 6 d. She was a member of the German Lutheran Church for many years. Services were conducted at the Thomas Mennonite Church near Hollsopple, Pa., by the brethren, David Garber of Lyndhurst, Va., and James Saylor. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kipfer. - Rachel (Oesch) Kipfer was born near Baden, Ont., Feb. 22, 1883; died near Pigeon, Mich., Dec. 22, 1915; aged 32 y. 10 m. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful to the end. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband and 5 children to mourn her departure. She expressed herself willing to go and ready to meet her Lord. Funeral services at the Berne Mennonite Church, Dec. 25, 1915, by Peter Ropp and D. H. Bender. Text, Psa. 116:15, and Jno. 11:25.
Martin. - Hannah Martin, nee Yoder was born Sept. 2, 1846, in Beaver Tp., Mahoning Co., Ohio; died Dec. 27, 1915; aged 69 y. 3 m. 25 d. Her death was quite sudden and was a shock to her many friends and neighbors. The deceased was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church of Mahoning Co., Ohio. Funeral was held on Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Midway Church and buried in the adjoining cemetery. Funeral services by A. J. Steiner, assisted by David Lehman.
Kollers. - Andrew Kollers was born June 23, 1826; died Dec. 17, 1915; aged 89 y. 5 m. 24 d. He was born on the sea. Parents, 1 brother, 2 sisters preceded him. He was deaf, he was always friendly when some one met him. He never was sick much. He stayed in the home for 39 years. He died very suddenly of apoplexy. This was the only funeral here that we know of that no relatives were at the funeral. He was a member of the Walnut Creek Amish Mennonite Church. Services by S. H. Miller.
Schrock. - Emanuel Schrock was born in Tuscarawas Co.,
Ohio, Dec. 5, 1863; died of Bright's disease in Somerset Co.,
Md., Dec. 27, 1915; aged 52 y. 22 d. He was sick about three weeks,
and when he realized the end was near said to his wife that he
was at peace, had nothing to fear, his only regret being leaving
his family. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 4 sons, (Herbert,
Wilbert, Noah and Willis), 1 daughter (Delcie), mother, 2 sisters,
1 brother, and many friends to mourn his departure. Being a man
of quiet demeanor and sterling qualities he readily won and held
the esteem of those with whom he came in contact. Bro. Schrock
was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church,
but because no minister of that faith was available, the writer,
by request, conducted the funeral services, which were held in
the Green Hill Church of the Brethren, interment in the Quinten
M. P. Cemetery.
N. J. Miller
Allebach. - Vrey S. Allebach (nee Gulick) wife of Bro.
Joseph B. Allebach of near Sellersville, Pa., was born at Kulpsville,
Pa., July 17 1846; died Dec. 27, 1915; aged 69 y. 5 m. 10 d. She
was married to Joseph B. Allebach Sept. 30, 1865. Lived in matrimony
Sept. 50 y. 2 m. 27 d. To this union were born 7 children of whom
5 survive. She leaves husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 13 grandchildren,
1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers, and 1 sister to mourn her departure.
In early life she united with the Mennonite Church, in which her
husband has been serving as deacon for almost the last 40 years,
and remained faithful to the end. She bore her affliction and
suffering patiently. She had been bedfast but for a week with
diabetes, and complication of diseases. On Christmas several of
her grandchildren visited her and sang for her, which was her
desire. They bade her farewell for the last time. She admonished
them not to forget their Savior. She was a good wife, mother,
and grandmother. Funeral Jan. 1. Services at the home by Bros.
Aaron Freed and William M. Landis, continued at the Rockhill Church
near Telford,. Pa., and interment in the nearby cemetery. Services
at the church by Bros. A. O. Histand, Jos. G. Ruth, and Enos B.
Wismer. Text, Jno. 5:24.
Bowers. - A memorial to Joyce Frances, daughter of Susan
G. and the late Jacob S. Bowers, born in Frederic Co., Va. July
22, 1889; entered into rest, Sept. 17, 1915, at the home of her
mother in Mt. Joy, Pa., aged 26 years. Her father and one brother
preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves an aged grandfather,
Daniel H. Mellinger at Winchester Va., besides her mother and
2 brothers and 4 sisters, who feel to praise God and rejoice with
her that in His own good time she could enter into that rest which
she so patiently waited and longed for. She was a bright and happy
child until she was between 9 and 10 years of age when she was
badly stung by bumblebees and the fright and the poison went to
her brain and gradually she became a helpless invalid, unable
to talk or walk for about 15 years, but always seemed to manifest
such implicit faith and trust in her Savior. She loved to gather
wild flowers saying she got them in God's flower-garden where
He planted them. She could read and sing so well. When only 8
years old she would sing at Sunday school, having such a sweet
voice. When she was so she could not talk and we would ask her
to say her prayers, her face would light up with such a sweet
angelic smile and it seemed to be such a comfort to her to hear
them. This was her first Christmas in heaven, singing the songs
of the redeemed. We had many a heartache to see her thus suffer
and deprived of all the pleasures of childhood and many prayers
were offered if it was His will that she might be healed. Now
some day we may understand why this was, for we know our heavenly
Father makes no mistakes and by these means He may draw us closer
to Him and our prayer is we may be a family united over there.
One favorite song she used to sing was Gethsemane, and with so
much emphasis on the chorus, "Oh, Jesus, thou didst pray
for me. In lovely pure Gethsemane,." And the "Golden
Shore." "We shall hear the angels singing, When we reach
the golden shore, Jesus there will rise to meet us, With sweet
loving words to greet us, And beside Him He will seat us. When
we reach the golden shore." "Blessed are the pure in
heart; for they shall see God."
Her mother, S. G. B. .
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Greaser. - Harold Fay, infant son of Charles and Pearl Greaser, was born Jan. 1, 1916; died Jan. 5, 1916; aged 4 d. Services at the home by I. G. Hartzler. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery, near Garden City, Mo.
Zook. - Clarence Daniel, infant son of Edward and Nanny Zook, was born Dec. 26, 1915; died Jan. 5, 1916; aged 10 d. Services at the home by the Brethren I. G. Hartzler and Edward Yoder of Oregon. Scripture lesson, Psa. 39:1-9. Text, Matt. 19:13-15. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery, near Garden City, Mo.
Bergey. - Bro. Henry Bergey died at his home near Mainland, Pa., Dec. 8, 1915; aged 81 y. 1 m. He is survived by his widow, 2 sons, and 5 daughters. Funeral services were held Dec. 13 at the Towamencin Mennonite Church by the brethren, Christian Allebach and Isaac Kulp. Text, Phil. 1:21. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Booher. - Sister Louisa Booher died at her home in Scottdale, Pa., Dec 23, 1915, aged about 60 years. She leaves 3 sons, a daughter, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, besides relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church at Scottdale for a number of years. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 25 at the Scottdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Aaron Loucks and Daniel Kauffman. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Remains laid to rest in Pennsville Cemetery.
Bergey. - Isaac Bergey who lived with his daughter, died of old age. He was the oldest member of the Blooming Glen, Pa., congregation and was 92 y. 5 m. 22 d. old. Three children survive. Deacon Clayton of Virginia, James in Perkasie and Mrs. Henry Detweiler of near Blooming Glen, where he died.
Yoder. - Joseph Yoder was born in Mahoning Co., O., May 29, 1842; died at Ordway, Colo., Dec. 19, 1915; aged 73 y. 6 m. 20 d. He leaves to mourn his death 5 children and 1 brother, a sister having passed away a few days after his death. In this family were once nine children, but the grim reaper of death called eight in a comparatively short time. We are again reminded of the uncertainty of life.
Frank.- Hazel Eloine, daughter of John and Clara Frank, was born Feb. 6, 1910; died at the home of her parents in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec 16, 1915; aged 5 y. 10 m. 10 d. She is survived by her father, mother, and 2 brothers, Millard L. and John E. She was buried on Sunday, Dec 19, at the Chapel near Osceola, where funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk of Elkhart, from Mark 10:14, 15. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Baumgartner. - Lydia Baumgartner of Johnstown, Pa., died Jan. 8, 1916; aged 72 y. 9 m. 17 d. Her husband died 5 years ago. She is survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren; also a brother (Emanuel C. Weaver of Oregon) and 2 sisters and a step-brother. Sister Baumgartner was a life-long member of the Weaver Mennonite Church where her funeral services were conducted by Hiram Wingard and Alex. Weaver. Text, I Pet. 1:17.
Benner. - Sister Susanna, wife of Milton Benner, died at her home in Skippack, Pa., Dec 3, 1915; aged 50 y. She is survived by a sorrowing husband and 5 children. Funeral services at the Towamencin Mennonite Church of which the deceased was a member, after which she was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. "Dearest sister, thou hast left us; Here our loss we deeply feel; But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
Weaver. - Ivan D., son of Samuel E. and Magdalena Weaver, was born Nov 9, 1908; died Dec. 17, 1915; aged 7 y. 1 m. 8 d. He leaves father and mother, 1 sister (Grace) 2 brothers (Merril and Levon) and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He bore the sufferings of the short but severe sickness without murmurings or complaints. When questioned as to how he felt he always answered, "All right." Burial at the Olive Cemetery. Services conducted by D. A. Yoder. Text, Job 1:23, last clause.
Alderfer. - Sister Hannah, wife of John F. Alderfer, died at her home near Harleysville, Pa., Dec 19, 1915; aged 77 y. 10 m. 19 d. She suffered one week from a broken hip. She is survied by a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, and 2 daughters; also by a sister and a brother. Funeral services at the home by Bros. Rhine Alderfer and Henry Clemmer, and at Salford Mennonite Church by Bros. Christian Allebach and Jacob Moyer. "Sister, thou wast mild and lovely, Gentle as the summer breeze, Pleasant as the air of evening, As it floats among the trees."
Good. - Sister Lavina, wife of Amos Good, was married within a few days of 2 years. She was the daughter of Pre. Henry Good who was buried 7 weeks ago. Her sickness was tuberculosis. Only a short time was her sickness. One child survives- 3 weeks old. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 22, 1891; died Dec. 30, 1915, in Bowmansville, Pa.,; aged 24 y. 8 d. She bore her afflictions with great fortitude. A great concourse of people assembled to pay the last respect of her remains. She was buried at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Services by W. D. Marburger in English from Jno. 11: 25, 26 and Benj. Weaver from Rev. 7:16, 17. Peace to her ashes.
Stutzman. - Omer Stutzman was born Nov. 21, 1915, near Beemer, Nebr.; died Dec. 28, 1915; aged 1 m. 7 d. He was the first-born child of Edd and Lydia Stutzman. "Our darling dear was very near, But we must say, yes happy are, the little lambs, Of such the kingdom is, The Lord our praise and thanks demands Who made them heirs of bliss. However painful it may be To know that they are gone, The thought is sweet that we may see Then in that heavenly home."
Pletcher. - William B. W. Pletcher was born at Middlebury, Ind., April 11, 1915; died Dec. 20, 1915; aged 8 m. 9 d. He was the only son of Bro. Merril and Sister Moda Pletcher. His death was caused by catarrhal fever which ended in spinal and brain trouble causing immense suffering. He has left to mourn papa, mamma, 3 little sisters, a foster-brother, 4 grandparents, 2 great-grandfathers, 1 great-grandmother, and a host of relatives and friends. "The little crib is empty now, His clothes are laid aside And loving hearts are mourning For our little pet who died." Funeral services were conducted at the Middlebury Mennonite Church Dec. 23 by the brethren, A. J. Hostetler and S. S. Yoder, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Grace Lawn Cemetery.
Smith. - Sister Dora, wife the Bro. Jasper Smith, died
near Lily, Va., Dec. 19, 1915; aged 29 y. 9 m. 26 d. Most of her
life was spent near Job, W. Va. She had been in failing health
for some time,. * Several months ago they moved on a arm* they
bought near Lily a few years ago, thinking it might be a benefit
to her health, but she continued growing worse until she passed
away. She had been a faithul * and consistent member of the Mennonite
Church for some years, and died in the hope of a glorious resurrecton*.
In conversing with regard to the probability of her departure,
she calmly said she would like to stay with her family until her
children were grown up, but if the Lord saw fit to call her away
she was resigned to His will. She leaves her husband and 4 children
to mourn their loss. Funeral services at the Bank Church on the
21st, conducted by the brethren Christian Good and Jos. W. Coffman
from Phil. 1:23, 24, after which her body was laid to rest in
the cemetery near by.
*Transcriber's note: typed as written, probably should be "farm"
Byler. - Lydia, wife of Abiah D. Byler, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 29, 1862; died Dec. 24, 1915; aged 53 y. 25 d. She was the daughter of Jonas and Barbara Zook. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. She was so unfortunate as to suffer severely for thirteen weeks from the effects of a paralytic stroke and was confined to her chair until death relieved her. She had an earnest and longing desire to depart from this life and be with her Savior, Jesus Christ. She passed away with a bright hope of entering into immortal glory. She was a member of the Locust Grove Church, was always present until she became so suddenly afflicted. The corpse was held in the home over Christmas which seemed doubly sad. The family has the sympathy of the whole community. Funeral services were held from the Locust Grove Church, Dec. 26, services were conducted at the home by John L. Mast and at the church by Jonas D. Yoder, Samuel T. Yoder and E. H. Kanagy, after which she was peaceably laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Myers. - Wm. J. Myers was born March 28, 1836; died
Dec. 29, 1915; aged 79 y. 9 m. 1 d. About 58 years ago he married
Frances Rhodes. To this union were born 7 sons and 1 daughter,
2 sons and the daughter preceding him in eternity. He united with
the Mennonite Church about 23 years ago and remained a faithful
member. He was a strong advocate of the church of his choice and
his cheerful countenance and ready service were found in many
sick rooms. He will be greatly missed by the community, church
and in the home. He had been in failing health for several months,
though for the last couple weeks, apparently, he seemed a little
better, thus his death was very sudden. He was seated by the table
in the afternoon reading his Bible when the call came. He was
sick only a few minutes. His death was due to heart failure. Those
left to mourn the loss of a dear husband, father and grandfather,
are his widow, 5 sons, 30 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
Funeral services by C. H. Good and J. S. Martin. Text, Jno. 5:24.
"In this lone hour of deep distress,
When heavy sorrows round me press,
Encouraged by thy gracious Word,
I trust thee as the widow's God."
Martin. - Henry M. Martin died at the home of his son-in-law,
Ephraim Betzner, near Conestoga, Ont., Dec. 12, 1915. He enjoyed
good health until last June, when he underwent a serious operation
from which he fully recovered. About a month ago he took a cold
and was failing since. A complication of diseases set in later
which turned into Bright's disease, from which he died at the
ripe old age of 72 y. and 25 d. He united with the Mennonite Church
in his youth and has ever since been a faithful member. He left
a bright example of blessed assurance and talked calmly of that
change, anxious to meet his loved ones gone before and to be with
Christ. He was married to Nancy Lichty who preceded him to the
great beyond about a year and a half ago. To this union were born
3 daughters. Two died in infancy. Only one daughter, Selina, the
wife of Ephraim Betzner, and one grandson (one grandson died in
1911) and one brother, David M. Martin, are left to mourn. Burial
Dec. 14 at Snyder's Cemetery. Services by Enoch Bauman and Abraham
Gingerich. However painful it may be to know that father is gone,
the thought is sweet that we may see him in that heavenly home.
Mosier. - Sarah E. Mosier, daughter of John L. and Elizabeth Brenneman, was born near Elida, O., May 21, 1850; died Dec. 24, 1915; aged 65 y. 7 m. 2 d. She united in matrimony with Christian Henry Mosier, Aug. 20, 1874. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters, all living. Her sickness was of a very lingering nature,. * She suffered more or less for about one year and six months. For eight months she was almost helpless. She bore her suffering and afflictions with great patience,. * She was deeply concerned for the welfare of her children and grandchildren and as long as she could talk she would admonish them to be good. During her sickness she wrote the following lines to her children: "Dear children: "In God we trust He can all our sorrows heal If we but gie* our hearts to Him. "Let our lights so shine that the world may see that we are not ashamed of Jesus.* "Mother." She was also much concerned about the Church and often spoke of some of the dangerous evils threatening the Church. She was especially anxious to see her family and the Church stand firmly for the simplicity of the Gospel and the simple Christian life and frequently remarked that if she is permitted to get well she will try to do more in the all-important work of the Lord. Just a few days before she died she said that all is on the altar, the Lord' s will be done. She with her husband united with the Church in the year 1880 and she remained faithful until the end. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 4 daughters, and 17 grandchildren living, 3 having preceded her to the spirit world, 4 brothers and 5 sisters (one sister dead) a sorrowing church and many friends and relatives. To one and all the great comforting thought is: "We mourn not as those who have no hope." Buried the 26th at the Salem Church in the presence of a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Services by Perry J. Shank of Mo., assisted by J. M. Shenk. Text, "Death is swallowed up in victory." * as written
Transcribed by Rose Burkholder, Ohio
Kurtz. - Fannie Kurtz (nee Miller) was born Aug. 23, 1832; died Jan. 8, 1916; aged 83 y. 4 m. 16 d. She was married to Jacob Y. Kurtz Feb. 12, 1857, who preceded her in death Jan. 28, 1903. She confessed her Savior in early life and united with the A. M. Church, lived a faithful and consistent Christian life, until her Father called her to her eternal reward. She was laid to rest at the Oak Grove Cemetery near Smithville, Ohio. Peace to her ashes.
Gross. - Eunice Lydia, fourth child of Isaac and Elidabeth* Gross, was born April 13, 1908; died Jan. 2, 1916; aged 7 y. 8 m. 19 d. She leaves father, mother, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, grandparents, relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. One brother proceeded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the Roseland, Nebr., Mennonite Church, Jan. 4, by Bro. D. G. Lapp. She was buried in the adjoining cemetery. The Lord has given, the Lord has taken, blessed be the name of the Lord.
Transcriber's note:* as written in the magazine
Reesor. - Josephus Reesor departed this life Jan. 12, 1916, at the home of Menno Reesor near Box Grove, Ont., in his 97th year. He was well preserved for a man of this extreme age and died from the infirmities of old age. Deceased became a member of the Mennonite Church in early life but was not an active member at the time of his death. He however had much pleasure in reading the Bible and in his quiet devotions. His wife died Jan. 12, 1910. He had no children. Funeral services were conducted at the Cedar Grove Church on the 15th, by L. J. Burkholder.
Burkey. - Mary Burkey (nee Stalter) was born Mar. 5, 1820, at Munich, Bavaria, Germany; died Jan. 3, 1916, at the home of her son at Raymond, Nebr.; aged 95 y. 9 m. 29 d. Married to Christian Burkey in 1838, came with him to America in 1843. To them were born 12 children, 1 died at birth, 1 in later years and 10 remain to mourn her departure. She also leaves 49 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She has always lived a beautiful Christian life and has enjoyed good health until the last 10 days when she was taken with lagrippe.
Smith. - Nelson Dwight, youngest son of Perry and Susanna
Smith, was born in Allen Co., O., Mar. 29, 1915; died Jan. 9,
1916; aged 9 m. 11 d. Death was due to an attack of pneumonia,
from which he suffered ten days. He is survived by father, mother,
2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 2 grandfathers, 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.
Buried at Salem on the 12th. Funeral services were conducted by
B. B. Stolzfus from Col. 1:27, 28, assisted by Moses Brenneman.
"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."
Rich. - Catharine Klopfenstein Rich was born in Germany May 2, 1831; died Dec, 24, 1915; aged 84 y. 7 m. 22 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful member until death. Was united in marriage to John Rich on Jan. 7, 1851, and came to America with her husband in 1856 and located in Henry Co., Ia. In 1869 they moved to Hickory Co., Mo. There her husband died Sept. 5, 1879. In 1907 she moved to Harper Co., Kans. She was living with her daughter, Mrs. D. B. Nafziger, at the time of her death. She was the mother of 6 boys and 6 girls, 5 children having preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure 7 children, 43 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren; aid* also a host of relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted by J. J. Zimmerman, assisted by J. D. Yoder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hunsaker. - A. W. Hunsaker, son of John and Catherine Hunsaker, was born in Hocking Co., O., Jan, 10, 1857; died suddenly of apoplexy at his home in Allen Co., O., Jan. 6, 1916; aged 58 y. 11 m. 27 d. In 1877 at the age of 20 he became a resident of Allen Co., O., On Mar. 29, 1883, he was united in marriage to Rebecca, daughter of Andrew and Jane Stemen of Allen Co., O. He and his wife became members of the United Brethren Church in 1884. In 1912 they became members of the Middle River First Christian Church. He was ordained a deacon of the Middle River Church June 1913. This office he retained until death. He lived a Christian life and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a useful man in the community and in his church. Father, mother, 1 sister and 4 brothers have preceded him to the world beyond; also Margaret, the adopted daughter and one on whom he had set heart and affections. He leaves wife, 3 brothers, and 1 sister; also a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Funeral services held at the Salem Church, were conducted by ---------- Harley of Defiance and C. J. Hance of Spencerville. Burial in Salem Cemetery.
Sutter. - Anna Albrecht Sutter was born near Flanagan, Ill., Mar. 5, 1879; died Jan. 10, 1916; aged 36 y. 10 m. 5 d. Dec. 14, 1905, she was married to Samuel J. Sutter of Nebraska to which union one child (Aldine) was born. Early in youth she became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church near Flanagan of which she was a faithful and consistent member until death. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 1 daughter, mother, 3 sisters, 6 brothers and a host of relatives and friends. Her illness lasted but six weeks and though every effort was put forth to sustain her life against the inroads of disease it seemed to be of no avail. Through this trying time her Christian fortitude and an unending hope were her greatest consolation. This community, in which she spent most of her life, as well as the immediate family, has suffered a deep loss. Her life was one of service, in which she was never found weary. In the Church she was a willing worker. As a homemaker she was always industrious, employing her keen love and deep appreciation for the beautiful in any manner for the benefit of others. All her noble attributes stand out more prominently now that she is gone and can no longer contribute them for other's happiness. Services at the house by Bro. Daniel Orendorff (reading the 37th Psalm, which was marked in her Bible. Bro. A. H. Leaman from Chicago preached at the church from I Cor. 15:51, followed by prayer led by Bro. D. W. Slagel. Her body was laid to rest in the Waldo Cemetery.
Weaver. - Bro. Henry G., son of Daniel and Lizzie Weaver,
was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 10, 1880. In 1890 he moved
with his parents to Lancaster Co., Pa. Sept. 6, 1903, he was united
in marriage with Anna Mary Sauder. To this union 4 children were
born: Gertrude, Luke, Emma, and Titus. On May 14, 1910, his first
wife died. After the death of his first wife his health began
to fail, and on Jan. 5, 1911, he went to the Mennonite Sanitarium
at La Junta, for the benefit of his health. He soon improved in
health, but the longing for his dear children at home, induced
him to return home in the spring of the year 1912. Sept. 29 of
the same year he was married to Frances Martin. During the summer
of 1915 his health again began to fail, and after lingering a
few months with consumption, he went to rest on Sunday morning,
Jan. 9, 1916; aged 35 y. 3 m. 29 d. He leaves to mourn, as stated,
a sorrowing widow, 4 children, 2 step-children Father and mother,
2 brothers, 3 sisters, and many warm friends. Bro. Weaver was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and active in Sunday
school and church work. He will be greatly missed in the community,
in the church, and most of all in his home. His body was laid
to rest beside his first wife in the Weaverland Cemetery on Jan.
12. Funeral services were conducted in the house by Bro. I. B.
Good and in the church by Bro. John Sauder and Benjamin Weaver.
Text II Tim. 4:6-8.
"How joyful is the thought that lingers,
When loved ones cross death's sea,
That when our labors here are ended,
With them we'll ever be.
No parting words shall e'er be spoken,
In that bright land of ffowers,
But songs of joy, and peace, and gladness,
Shall evermore be ours."
.Lefever. - At Lampter, Pa., Dec 31, 1915, Sister Anna
Herr, oldest daughter of Bro. Frank S. and Sister Hettie Herr
Lefever, entered into rest after a lingering illness, aged 25
y. 3 m. 9 d. Brief services were held from the home Jan. 4, 1916,
by Pre. Frank M. Herr, and at the Mellinger M. H. by Pre. Abram
Brubaker. Text, Job 14:10. She is survived by her parents, 3 brothers
and 3 sisters. A the age of 16 Anna accepted her Savior, and remained
a faithful follower of her Lord. For several years a pupil and
later a teacher in the Sunday school of the Brick Church, she
had endeared herself to many friends to whom the sweet influence
of her virtuous life will ever be an inspiration to purer and
nobler lives. Her quiet, unassuming nature as she moved among
her associates, and her patience in intense suffering, gave evidence
that she counted life not her own, but as a precious trust to
be employed in the service of her Master. There was no fear of
death; she had trusted the great Pilot of her soul, and to such
it is only a quiet crossing of the bar, to see the morning of
eternal glory break on the ocean of eternity. Could her last prayers
be audible to human ears, they would have been like this:
"I leave the world without a tear
Save for the friends I hold so dear,
To heal their sorrows Lord, descend,
And to the friendless prove a friend,
The hour of my departure's come,
I hear the voice that calls me home,
Now O my God! let trouble cease,
And let thy servant die in peace."
L. L. M. .
Coldbath. - Sarah, daughter of David and Emeline Hoover,
was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 17, 1865; died in Salt Lake
City, Utah, Jan. 9, 1916; aged 50 y. 22 d. Nearly twenty years
ago she went to Utah, where she soon after had the misfortune
(while out driving with her sister) of falling down a mountain
from which accident she was made a cripple during the remainder
of her life. In 1900 she united in marriage with Lemuel U. Coldbath.
To this union one son was born in 1902 who died at his birth,
and from that time on she never knew a well day, being a constant
sufferer. She, however, bore it all cheerfully and uncomplainingly.
When financial losses overtook them, six years ago, she took a
position in the office of the Filter Press Co., which proved a
success in every way. The financial manager of the company wrote
her a letter saying that their success was due to her efforts
and efficiency. She loved her work and continued to fill her position
as usual, notwithstanding her bodily sufferings, until Dec . 31,
1915, when the disease which had been preying on her so long overcame
her strength, and she realized that she must yield to its demands.
She passed to her eternal rest only about a week after she gave
up her position in the factory. She is survived by her husband,
who is engaged in mining, and at the time of her death was 90
miles from a railroad and could not be reached in time to attend
the funeral. She is also survived by 3 sisters and 1 brother,
besides a large number of relatives and friends. The remains were
sent from her home in Salt Lake City and arrived in Elkhart on
the evening of Jan. 13 and were taken to the home of her sister,
Mrs. Myers, where a funeral service was held Jan. 14 by A. U.
Ogilvie of the Congregational Church, assisted by John F. Funk
of the Mennonite Church. The remains were then taken to the Clinton
Mennonite M. H. eighteen miles distant, in the vicinity of her
early home, where another service was held by John F. Funk, after
which the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery,
where six members of this family are resting side by side, having
been attended in these last sad services, by the same minister
and same undertaker. May God bless all the surviving relatives
and friends and bring them all to meet where death and parting
are never known.
J. F. F.
Transcribed by Rose Burkholder, Ohio