Hartz. - Bro. Moses Hartz, an aged veteran of the cross, also a preacher of the Gospel for a long period in earlier years, passed to his eternal reward May 17, 1916, at the late residence of his son near Morgantown, Pa. Funeral held at the Conestoga A. M. Church May 20.
Yoder. - Moses W. Yoder of near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., was born March 29, 1834; died March 31, 1916; aged 82 y. 2 d. Was buried in the family graveyard on the old Yoder place. Funeral services by the Brethren Beachy and Gnagy from Mifflin Co., Pa., of which congregation the deceased was a faithful member for many years.
Spaetzel. - William Herbert Spaetzel was born April 5, 1915; died April 11, 1916; aged 1 y. 6 d. He was a son of Isaiah and Elmira Spaetzel. Services were conducted at the Latschar Church by Bro. Manasseh Hallman; text, last clause of Job 1:21; and Bro. Simon Swartz of the U. B. Church, Berlin; text, Isa. 11:6. He leaves to mourn father, mother, and 1 brother.
Hilgartner. - Henry Hilgartner was born April 1, 1836; died March 20, 1916; aged 79 y. 11 m. 20 d. He united with Latschar Mennonite Church near Manheim, Ont., in Oct., 1915. His wife preceded him to the great beyond. He leaves to mourn 5 sons, 6 daughters, and 3 sisters. Services were held at the Latschar Church by Bro. Manasseh Hallman. Text, Isa. 38:10; and Mr. Burn of the Evangelical Church, Waterloo, Ont. Text, Job 16:22.
Hooley. - Lucile Esther Hooley was born near North Lawrence, Ohio, April 7, 1912; died April 18, 1916; aged 4 y. 11 d. She was taken ill with diphtheria and on account of quarantine on home funeral services could not be held until May 14. She was of a bright sunny disposition and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Church in the presence of a large assemblage of people by I. J. Buchwalter and Wm. Myers.
Horner. - Daniel Horner was born Mar. 18, 1845, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died near Hooversville, Pa., Feb. 25, 1916; aged 70 y. 11 m. 8 d. Death was caused by rheumatic neuralgia going to his heart. He was a son of Solomon and Barbara Horner. He was the next to the youngest of 11 children. The surviving are Henry and George, two brothers of near Hooversville, Pa., and Mrs. Ella Yoder, and 7 grandchildren of near Brandon, Colo. Interment in Horner Cemetery. Funeral services conducted by Frank Wetzel of the Reformed Church, of which he was a member.
Riley. - Harry, son of Bro. and Sister Ruel Riley, was born Aug. 26, 1911; died May 16, 1916, at the home of his parents near Wood River, Nebr.; aged 4 y. 8 m. 20 d. His death was caused by measles and pneumonia. His condition was not considered serious until just a few hours before he died. He leaves to mourn his father, mother, his twin brother Perry, 4 other brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held May 18, at the home by Bro. A. E. Stotzfus from Psa. 90, at the A. M. Church near Wood River, Nebr., by A. D. Stutzman from Mark 10:13-16 and I Thes. 4:13-18, and by J. E. Zimmerman from Psa. 39:5. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman. - David Kauffman of Martinsburg, Pa., died April 21, aged 76 y. 1 m. 21 d. Bro. Kauffman had been afflicted with Bright's disease for several years. He patiently endured his affliction till God in His providence saw fit to take Him to Himself. He will be missed in the community, and the church, but most of all by the sorrowing widow. May God comfort and sustain her. Two sons and 3 daughters, and a number of grandchildren will see his smiling face no more in this world. May they all meet in the glory world, is our prayer. The funeral of our departed neighbor and brother was held at the Pleasant Grove Church April 25, conducted by Abram Metzler, assisted by J. N. Durr. Text, Deut. 31:14, first clause. Interment in cemetery near the church.
Steiner. - Katharine Friedt Steiner was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Aug. 11, 1842; died at her home near Wadsworth, Ohio, May 14, 1916; aged 73 y. 9 m. 3 d. In 1864 she was married to Peter Yoder who died the following years, leaving her a widow with 1 child. In 1874 she was married to Peter J. Steiner, who died 8 years later. Five children resulted from this union, 4 of whom survive her. In 1900 she was married to C. D. Steiner, who preceded her to the spirit world. She had 3 sisters and 8 brothers, all of whom have passed to the great beyond but 2 brothers and 1 sister. She has been an invalid for about 5 years, during which time she suffered very much yet she was very patient. She united with the Mennonite Church at 23 years of age and spent one-half century as a faithful member of the Church. Sixteen grandchildren, 18 step-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister and many relatives and friends mourn her departure. Funeral services were held May 16 at the Crown Hill Church near Rittman, Ohio, in the presence of a large concourse of people by I. J. Buchwalter, N. A. Lind, and E. F. Hartzler.
Hoover. - Jacob G. Hoover was born Jan. 13, 1857, in Markham Tp., York Co., Ont.; died May 9, 1916, at his late home in Markham village, of heart failure; aged 59 y. 3 m. 26 d. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and will be greatly missed because of his ready mind in helpfulness and his worthy example. His companion had preceded him in death about 5 months ago. He leaves to mourn 1 son, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Funeral took place on May 11. Services at the house by I. A. Wambold and at the Wideman Church by L. W. Hoover. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Witmer. - Levi Witmer died May 7, 1916, on the farm near Preston, Ont., where he was born May 23, 1844, and spent his entire life; aged 71 y. 11 m. 14 d. He was married May 14, 1878, to Mary G. Cober, who survives. To them were born 3 sons, and 1 daughter. Two sons, the daughter, and 2 grandchildren are surviving. He became a member of the Mennonite Church about 25 years ago, and has since endeavored to live a consistent life. About one year after joining the church he was ordained as a deacon. A few hours before his departure, he spoke of the next Sunday being communion services, and expressed a desire to have communion in the home on that day. He was buried on May 9, at Wanner's near Hespeler, where services were conducted by Benj. Shantz and David S. Wismer. Text, I Thes. 4:18.
Martin. - Bro. John B. Martin of New Holland, Pa.. departed this life March 8, 1916; aged 72 y. 5 m. 11 d. He suffered for many years with bowel trouble. He strove to bear his pains as patiently as he could. He was bedfast four weeks, during which his 11 children were all permitted to come to his bedside to comfort him. The beloved wife and youngest daughter ministered to his comfort till the Lord called him to his rest as was his wish and prayer. Bro. Martin was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and always enjoyed to attend the services of the Lord. He is survived by his loving companion, 4 daughters, 7 sons, 3 brothers, and 1 sister, besides many friends. Funeral services were held Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Benj. Weaver, Noah H. Mack, and Banks Winey. Text, Rom. 6: 16-18. By Twins.
Greenwood. - Noah L. Greenwood was born in Norton Co., Kans., Jan. 14, 1892. After intense suffering for 7 months he departed this life May 18, 1916; aged 24 y. 4 m. 4 d. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, and 1 sister, besides other relatives and friends. His sickness was caused by getting internally hurt last harvest. He was oiling the header and the horses started up throwing him across an iron beam. His injury did not trouble him until the fore part of October. Then the doctors thought it was nothing serious. He was operated on March 6 and it was found a tumor had developed. He was baptized March 27, by Rev. Kentigh of the U. B. Church and left bright hopes. The funeral was held May 20, at the Maple Grove Church at which place the body was laid to rest. Rev. Kentigh officiated using for his text Jno. 11 :13.
"Since it is God's holy will,
We must be parted for a while
In sweet submission all in one,
We say our Father's will be done."
Herr. - Ivan K., son of Chas. M. and Elizabeth K. Herr, was born Oct. 21, 1914; died May 6, 1916, of pneumonia and heart trouble, following an attack of the measles; aged 1 y. 6 m. 15 d. His stay on earth was of a short duration, yet long enough to become endeared to his parents, brothers, and sister. He has but budded on earth to blossom in heaven. He leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, 2 brothers (Ira and Herbert), 1 sister (Mildred), both grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services May 8 by Theodore Forry at the house and by Theodore and Joseph Forry at the Stony Brook Church. Text, Matt. 19:14: "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
Dear is the grave, where Ivan is laid,
Sweet is the memory that never can fade.
Roses may wither, leaves fade and die,
Other forget him, but never will I.
Shantz. - Susannah Snider, wife of the late Moses Shantz, was born in Waterloo, Ont., April 4, 1830; died May 14, 1916; aged 86 y. 1 m. 10 d. The deceased was married to Moses Shantz Mar. 18, 1849, who preceded her 19 years ago. This union was blessed with a family of 12 children, of whom 11 are still living. There are 50 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren of whom nearly all are living. She was the last of the Snider family. Her brothers and sisters have all preceded her. By her passing away, the family loses a kind and patient mother, the church a consistent member, and the fruits of her exemplary and devoted Christian life, will never be forgotten. Funeral services on May 17, conducted at the house by Bro. Noah Stauffer, and at the Waterloo Mennonite Church by Bro. Stauffer and Noah Hunsberger, from Job 5:26. Burial at the Matin Cemetery.
Miller. - David Miller was born near Montreal, Canada, Jan. 4, 1848; died at his home near Garden City, Mo., after 15 weeks of severe suffering with sciatica and complications, May 12, 1916; aged 68 y. 4 m. 8 d. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since his youth. He was united in marriage to Sister Katie Hauder Mar. 15, 1887, who preceded him to the great beyond a little more than 6 years ago. Bro. Miller leaves to mourn his departure 2 daughters and 1 son (Lela, Maude, and Arthur H.), 1 sister, and other relatives as well as a host of friends and neighbors, while his parents and 4 brothers have welcomed him to the other shore. Funeral services conducted at the home by Bro. W. E. Helmuth and at the Bethel Church by Bros. J. C. Driver and L. J. Miller. Text, Matt. 11:30: "My yoke is easy and my burden is light" - which was repeated a number of times by the departed one while on his bed of affliction. Interment at the Clearfork Cemetery.
Weaver. - Barbara, wife of Benjamin Weaver, bishop of the Weaverland district, Lancaster Co., Pa., entered into rest on Sunday night, April 30, at her home near Union Grove after a lingering illness of a few weeks of a complication of diseases; aged 64 y. 10 m. 23 d. She leaves to mourn a sorrowing husband, 5 sons, 1 daughter, 1 brother, 3 sisters, 27 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and many friends. She will be missed in the community, in the family circle, in the church, but most of all in the home. But we need not mourn as those who have no hope, as she had her name written in the Lamb's book of life, and held out faithful unto the end - in simplicity, in modesty in the service of the Master. Funeral services were held on May 4, short services at the house by Bro. Noah Mack. Further services in the church by Bro. Noah Landis, and Abram Herr. Closed by brief, touching remarks by Bro. John Sauders. Text, Rev. 14:13. Her remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Wenger. - Mattie Roth Wenger was born in Canada, Nov. 17, 1863; died May 1, 1916; aged 52 y. 5 m. 14 d. She was about 1 year old when her parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. At the age of 7 she came with her parents to Iowa. The rest of her life was spent in the vicinity of and in Wayland, Ia. At the age of 15 she united with the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. On Oct. 23, 1888, she was united in marriage to Jacob Wenger. This union was blessed with a son and a daughter, both of whom died in infancy. She opened her heart and home to other homeless children, and 2 boys and 1 girl grew to manhood and womanhood under her loving ministrations and learned to call her mother. She found her great delight in the work of the Sunday school where she was a diligent teacher as long as her health permitted. In this work she never failed to avail herself of any opportunity to improve herself as a teacher. No sacrifice was too great to make for her class. She leaves to mourn her loss her deeply bereaved husband, 3 foster children, 3 sisters, 1 brother. Funeral services at the Sugar Creek Church by her ministers, and S. M. Musselman. Text, I Cor. 15:57; Rev. 14:13; Heb. 11:4. Interment was made at the North Hill Cemetery.
Stauffer. - Fannie W., only daughter of Bro. Benjamin and Sister Fannie Stauffer, was born Sept. 8, 1907; died May 16, 1916; aged 8 y. 8 m. 8 d. She suffered greatly with rheumatism and heart trouble, and a nervous breakdown. All that loving hands could do for her, was done, but of no avail; but may we say, "Thy will be done and not ours," for some day we shall understand. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, and 4 brothers, namely Henry, Walter, Elam and Benjamin. Little Fannie was a very bright child and of a kind disposition and loved by all who knew her. She had a smile for everybody and lived long enough to make many friends. Funeral services were held from Erisman's Church May 19, and was conducted by Bishop Peter R. Nissley, John Snavely, and Isaac Brubaker, using as a text Jno. 16:33, "In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Thy days, my little one, were few;
An angel's morning visit,
That came and vanished with the dew.
'Twas here - 'tis gone - where is it?
Yet didst thou leave behind thee
A clue for love to find thee.
Yoder. - Levi D. Yoder was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 5, 1844; died near Tofield, Alta., April 11, 1916; aged 71 y. 4 m. 6 d. His untimely death was caused by a runaway team, as he was walking in the lane that leads towards the road. He tried to get out of the way, but failed to do this on account of the fence. The horses and wagon went over him, with the result that he died 12 hours after the accident. He left Somerset Co., Pa., at the age of about 18 years, went west, stopped at Middlebury, Ind., for 3 years, then moved to Johnson Co., Ia., where he made his home till 1912, when he moved with his family to Alberta, Canada. He was married to Katherine Lehman in the year 1868, to this union were born 3 children. They all preceded him to the spirit world. In Feb., 1878, he married Lydia Swantzendruber. This union was blessed with 8 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, 10 children, 13 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Bro. Yoder was a faithful member of the A. M. Church from his youth, his place was seldom vacant, being at the church the Sunday previous to his death. In the lonely days to come we shall listen in vain for the familiar foot fall we loved to hear. Funeral services were held at the Salem Mennonite Church on the 13th, the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. His trials are past, his work is done, and he fully blest, he has fought the fight, his victory won, and entered into rest.
Schrock. - Magdalena Troyer Schrock was born in Holmes Co., O., on April 28, 1859; died at Chappell, Nebr., May 11, 1916; aged 57 y. 13 d. At the age of one year her parents emigrated to Elkhart Co., Ind. When 17 years old she united with the Mennonite Church. In her twentieth year she was united in marriage to Aaron Schrock. To this union were born 5 children, 1 of them dying in infancy. Three sons, Frank and Perry of Chapell and Levi of Wood River, and 1 daughter, Mrs. John Roth of Chappell, who with the husband, 2 sisters, Mrs. V. L. Schrock of Corning, Calif., and Mrs. M. D. Miller of White Cloud, Mich., 1 brother, Noah Troyer of Goshen, Ind., and 3 grandchildren are left to mourn her departure. After marriage the family moved to southern Michigan, where they resided a short time and then moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., where they lived three years. In the year 1883 they moved to McPherson Co., Kans., where they lived for three years, and then returned to Elkhart Co., Ind. In the spring of 1894 the family again came west locating in Johnson Co., Ia., where they lived until the fall of 1910, when they moved to Chappell, where the deceased passed away. The funeral services were conducted in the Mennonite Church northeast of Chappell on Monday. Services in the German language by N. E. Roth of Lexington and in English by A. E. Stoltzfus of Wood River, and by John Ernest, the home minister rendered Text, II Tim. 4:6,9, and I Cor. 15:12-23. 'Peace be with her ashes." Interment was made in the cemetery near the Mennonite Church.
Transcriber's note: "Chapell" would seem to be a misspelling of Chappell.
Transcribed by: Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana
Yoder. - Levi E. Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 22, l866; died at Stanthias, Ohio, May 16, 1916; aged 50 y. 2 m. 29 d. He was married Dec. 13, 1896, to Minerva A. Martin, to which union were born 3 daughters (Ruby Ellen, Edith Mary, and Effie Venora) all of whom survive. He leaves besides an aged mother, 5 brothers, 1 sister, and many friends who mourn his untimely departure. Funeral at Midway Church, near Columbiana, Ohio, in charge of A. J. Steiner and Allen Rickert.
Leaman. - A little daughter was born to Bro. and Sister A. H. Leaman of the Chicago Home Mission, May 29, but only lived a few hours and then returned to God who gave it. Bro. and Sister Leaman are resigned to God's will, and feel that this experience will make them more sympathetic with the people with whom they are called to labor. Let us pray that they may be comforted through Christ who loved us and gave Himself for us.
King. - Levi J. King was born Aug. 20, 1844, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died May 17, 1916, of heart trouble of which he suffered for many years; aged 71 y. 8 m. 17 d. He came to Logan Co., Ohio, in 1869 and was united in marriage to Barbara E. Yoder in January, 1870. To this union were born 11 children. His companion and 3 children preceded him in death. He leaves the following children: David B., Parnell, Iowa; Lora A., Mayme, John Y., and Lelilah J., West Liberty, O.; L. Oliver and Siddie B., Hesston, Kans.; Ben B., Ft. Wayne, Ind.; also a brother (Isaac B.) and a sister (Lydia Yoder); also 11 grandchildren. Funeral services by John Blosser. Text, Job 14:4.
Brunk - Melvin M., son of Emanuel and Martha Brunk, Denbigh, Va., died April 28, 1916; aged 1 y. Little Melvin was sick about 9 days with diphtheria and cerebral meningitis. Why such an innocent little baby had to suffer so intensely is hard to understand; but we know that he is sweetly resting with his little brother Homer who died just 5 weeks previous, and also his little sister Mary who died about 12 years ago.
"Will there ever come a morning,
When, with our tears all dried,
Resting in fair green pastures,
The river of life beside,
We shall know, beyond all doubting,
Just why the baby died."
Weaver. - Martin Weaver was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Aug. 16, 1836; died May 21, 1916; aged 79 y. 9 m. 5 d. He was the son of Margaret and Jacob Shirk Weaver. He was one of a family of 4 children, 2 of whom survive (Tobias of Elkhart, Ind., and Susanna of Mifflintown, Pa.) He was married to Anna Musser Dec. 31, 1861. To this union were born 7 children, 5 of whom are living (Mrs. Rebecca Maurer, who died July 2, 1908, Josiah, Noah, Christian, Mrs. Phoebe Hammack, Mrs. Jane Stout, all being present at the funeral. He leaves to mourn, his wife, 5 children, 13 grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church of Lost Creek Church, Pa., being a faithful member until death, this being the third death in 52 years. He was only confined to his bed one week, gradually growing weaker till the end came, which was only a peaceful sleep. He moved to Lincoln Co., Kans., Oct., 1877, where he resided till Dec., 1887, when he came to Greenfield, Ill., at which place he lived till death. Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church in Greenfield. Interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Helmuth. - Beulah Ellen, daughter of Daniel D. and Emma Helmuth, was born in Garden City, Mo., Aug. 7, 1906; died in Kansas City, May 12, 1916; aged 9 y. 8 m. 23 d. She has always been of rather a frail nature. Last December, when about her daily duties (as Beulah always thought she had her duties about the home), she fell while crossing a fence and bruised her right femur bone. She rallied from this but just gradually had to give up the use of that limb. The doctors did all in their power to stay the disease, but Friday, May 12, decided that amputation was the last resort. She underwent the operation bravely but her condition was too weak to stand reaction and she died about noon. Beulah bore her suffering most patiently, always being cheerful even to the very last, when God called her to come up higher. Let us not mourn like those who have no hope for Jesus says, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." In her early departure she leaves behind 3 brothers, 6 sisters, father, mother, and many friends. The funeral was held at the Bethel Church near Garden City on the 14th where many were gathered. Services were conducted by L. J. Miller and J. C. Driver. Text, Mark 5:35-39. Burial in Clearfork Cemetery.
Transcribed by: Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana
Eicher. - Mary Motishka, wife of John Eicher, was born May 24, 1889, in Hayes Co., Nebr.; died near Cresston, Mont., May 24, 1916; aged 27 y. She leaves husband, 4 children, 3 step-children, a mother, 7 brothers, and 2 sisters. Services by D. D. Kauffman at the Chapel. Interment in cemetery near by.
Ginglespurger. - Elizabeth Ginglespurger was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 23, 1874; died at Scalp Level, Pa.. May 28, 1916; aged 41 y. 10 m. 5 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 21 years. Funeral services were conducted at the Scalp Level Lutheran Church, May 31, 1916, by S. G. Shetler and Hiram Wingard. Text, I Cor. 15:35.
Wine. - John A. Wine died at the home of his sister near Lyndhurst, Va., May 26, 1916; aged 53 y. 4 m. 17 d. For quite a while he was a great sufferer from rheumatism; could not turn his head or scarcely move a hand or foot. He united with the Mennonite Church about 4 years ago and seemed to be faithful until the end came. Funeral services were held at Springdale on the 27th, Bro. A. P. Heatwole officiating. Text, Rom. 8:28.
Cloud. - Theodore Cloud came to the Mennonite Old People's Home near Marshallville, Ohio, from Philadelphia in October. 1904. He made this his home until death claimed him May 26, 1916. Funeral services at the Home, May 28, conducted by Bro. I. W. Royer. Aged, 80 y. 4 m. 1 d. Theodore had a stroke of paralysis nearly two years ago and was almost helpless ever afterward. He was converted at the Philadelphia Mission. P. R. Lantz.
Brinson. - Anna Brubaker, daughter of Amos and Mary Ann Brubaker, was born April 23, 1890, at Brutus. Mich.; died at Carstairs, Alta., Feb. 25, 1916; aged 25 y. 10 m. 2 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 4 children, parents and grandparents, 2 brothers. and 6 sisters. Anna was baptized a member of the Maytown Mennonite Church. Poor Anna! We miss her, for this is the time of the year when she always came home to her parents. She was of a quiet and mild disposition. She is now alseep in the arms of Jesus awaiting the resurrection day when the graves shall give up their dead.
Transcriber's note: "alseep" is spelled as in the original.
Lantz. - Nancy Lantz was born Nov. 7, 1863; died May 16, 1916; aged 52 y. 6 m. 9 d. She was married to Jonathan Lantz Dec. 3, 1885. She leaves to mourn her departure husband, 1 son, 2 daughters, and 2 grandchildren. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful member. Funeral services at the Maple Grove Church near Volant, Pa., conducted by Bros. Joshua King, Enos Detweiler, and J. R. Byler. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
"Her trials are past, her work is done,
And she is fully blest;
She has fought the fight, her victory won,
And entered into rest."
Wingard.- Jacob J. Wingard was born April 24, 1834; died June 2, 1916, at his home near Scalp Level, Pa.; aged 82 y. 1 m. 8 d. He was married to Catharine Blough, who survives him; also a posterity of 10 children, 29 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. For nearly 3 years he was confined to his bed, but he bore it all patiently. On the day of his funeral (June 4) a very large number of relatives and friends gathered at the Weaver Mennonite Church to pay a last tribute of respect. Funeral services by S. G. Shetler and D. S. Yoder. Texts, II Tim. 2:12 and Acts 13:36. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Zook. - Sarah (Morrel) Zook was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, June 17, 1838; died June 1, 1916, at Topeka, Ind.; aged 77 y. 11 m. 14 d. She was one of 7 children of whom only one (Ezra Morrell of Ligonier, Ind.) survives. In early life she came with her parents to Noble Co., Ind., and later was united in marriage with Simon J. Zook. To this union were born 6 children, of whom 3 survive. Aside from those she leaves 1 grandson and numerous other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She had been a widow for nearly 39 years, her husband having died July 4, 1877. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for more than 60 years. Funeral services at the Maple Grove Church, near Topeka, Ind., by Charles Light and J. S. Hartzler. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Transcriber's note: The family name is spelled both "Morrel" and "Morrell".
Hess. - Daniel Hess was born Aug. 6, 1831; died May 18, 1916; aged 84 y. 9 m. 12 d. The funeral which was held May 21 from the New Providence (Pa.) Church, of which he was a member. Conducted by the brethren C. M. Brackbill and Abram Hess. Text, Psa. 8:4. Elias Groff conducted services at the house and read the twenty-third psalm. Grandfather had been in rather feeble health the last year, but only the last ten days was he confined to his bed. He seemed reconciled to God's will and bore all patiently, having a desire (which he expressed) to go home. His presence in this home is missed but we trust our loss is his eternal gain. The weeks we spent in grandfather's home in our childhood are pleasant memories never to be forgotten. He leaves his aged companion, 3 sons, 2 daughter, 20 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. May the kind heavenly Father let His presence be felt in this family circle as well as with all others everywhere.
Hartman. - Sister Lydia Hartman died of heart trouble in Harrisonburg, Va., on May 26, aged 51 y. 4 m. 11 d. She was never married and at the time of her death was staying with her brother-in-law, Samuel Brunk and daughter. She united with the Mennonite Church when about 17 years old and remained faithful and consistent during her whole life. When she was nearing the end of her earthly pilgrimage a brother thinking probably the way might seem dark before her and wishing to encourage her, told her to look on the bright side. She replied that the way before her was the brighter side. She died in the hope of a glorious resurrection. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Church on the 28th, conducted by L. J. Heatwole and J. S. Martin from Psa. 17:15: "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness, I shall be satisfied when I awake, with they likeness," her own selection for a text. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Transcriber's note" "with they" in the next to last sentence is as in the original.
Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana
Slatter. - Harold John, infant son of Bro. John and Sister Ella Slatter, died June 6, 1916. Short service at the home by Bros. C. Gerig and Daniel Erb. May God comfort the bereaved parents. He budded on earth to blossom in heaven.
Bontrager. - Gerald Amos, son of Neri and Flora Bontrager, was born Dec. 12, 1915; died after a short siege of pneumonia May 27, 1916; aged 5 m. 15 d. She leaves father, mother, a sister, 2 grandmothers, a grandfather, besides other relatives and friends. Funeral services at Forks Church near Middlebury, Ind., by S. E. Weaver and D. D. Miller.
Kauffman. - Leah Kauffman, widow of Jonas Kauffman, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, July 20, 1836; died June 5, at her home in Goshen, Ind., (living with her oldest daughter, Mrs. Simon Gresser); aged 79 y. 10 m. 15 d. Six children and 13 grandchildren survive. The children are Harry, Milo, Byron, John F., Mrs. Simon Gresser, and Mrs. David Lehman. Sister Kauffman was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted June 8 by Paul E. Whitmer and L. J. Kimmel.
Newcomer. - John Newcomer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 13, 1827; died at the home of his daughter, Mary E. Evers, near Peabody, Kans., May 19, 1916; aged 88 y. 8 m. 6 d. He was married to Susanna Cockley Jan. 1, 1852. To this union were born 7 children, of whom 4 died in infancy and 1 daughter at the age of 20 years. Two remain to mourn the loss of a father. A few weeks before his death he attended the communion services and partook of the sacred emblems. Funeral services held by Bros. J. F. Brunk and John Hoover.
Metzler. - Mildred Arlene, daughter of Bro. and Sister Amos Metzler of North Lima, Ohio, was born Oct. 23, 1915; died May 30, 1916; aged 7 m. 7 d. She was first affilicted with whooping cough and later pneumonia set in and caused her death after a few days' illness. Funeral services were held at the home and later in Midway Church on Thursday afternoon. A. J. Steiner and David Lehman officiated. May the Lord sustain Bro. and Sister Metzler in this hour of real sorrow.
Transcriber's note: "affilicted" is spelled as in the original.
Egli. - Marguerite Myrtle, daughter of Bro. and Sister Abner Egli, was born Mar. 7, 1916; died suddenly June 3, 1916; aged 2 m. 26 d. Funeral services Monday, June 5, conducted by Bros. J. C. Eigsti and D. D. Zehr. Text, Job 1:21. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Manson, Ia. May God comfort the grief stricken parents.
"Peacefully lay her down to rest,
Place the turf kindly o'er her breast;
Sweet be the slumber 'neath the sod,
While the pure soul is resting with God."
Blosser. - Mary Saloma (Hershberger) Blosser was born in Howard Co., Ind., Feb. 12, 1886; died in Walnut Creek, Ohio, May 21, 1916; aged 30 y. 3 m. 9 d. She was married to Fred Blosser Mar. 3, 1906. To this union were born 4 children. Two preceded her. She leaves her early departure husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of friends. She was sick only one week of erysipelas. She was a member of the Walnut Creek Amish Mennonite Church. Buried at the same place on the 23rd, where many people gathered to pay the last respect to her. Services by Carson Mast, Lester Hostetler, and S. H. Miller.
Miller. - Peter, son of Christian and Lydia Miller, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 10, 1842, and came to Indiana with his parents while he was quite young. He died at the home of Bro. John H. Mishler in La Grange Co., Ind., May 26, 1916; aged 73 y. 8 m. 16 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and continued in that faith until his death, having his home in the Forks Church. He had 8 brothers and sisters, of whom 4 survive. They are, Mrs. N. Roth of Nebraska, Mrs. John Eash of Oklahoma, Menno C. Miller and Mrs. Alvin Frey of La Grange Co., Ind. Funeral services at Forks Church by S. F. Weaver, Y. C. Miller, and D. D. Miller.
Nofziger. - Christena Yordy was born in Germany, Sept.
29, 1845; died near Pryor, Okla., June 11, 1916; aged 70 y. 8
m. 22 d. She united in matrimony with David Nofziger in 1867.
To this union were born 9 children. Her companion and 4 children
preceded her in death. She emigrated to Fulton Co., Ohio, in 1881,
and to Stuttgart, Ark., in 1885. Here her companion died in 1886,
and she moved to Pryor in 1913. June 9 she went to draw coal oil
from a barrel through a rubber tube and drew it into her lungs,
which caused her death in about 32 hours. She leaves 2 sons, 3
daughters and 18 grandchildren. Her youngest daughter has been
living with her. Funeral services June 11 at the house by the
writer. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. On the 12th her body was taken to
Stuttgart, Ark., for burial.
B. F. Hartzler.
Clemmer. - Kathryn, daughter of Bro. Harvey and Sister Martha Clemmer of Kulpsville, Pa., was born Aug. 10, 1914; died April 20, 1916; aged 1 y. 8 m. 10 d. She suffered from measles and catarrhal fever followed by convulsions. She received the best of care that human hands could give but all to no avail. God knew best. We do not understand, but His ways are not our ways. "Thy will be done." Kathryn was a very bright little girl, and loved by all who knew her. She is survived by father, mother, a sister, a brother, an adopted sister, 2 grandfathers, a grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services April 25 at the Lower Salford Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Jacob Moyer, Henry Clemmer, and Rhine Alderfer.
"Dearest Kathryn, thou hast left us,
We have taken the last farewell
Of our dear and loving darling;
Why it was we cannot tell.
We loved, yes no tongue can tell
How much we loved her and how well;
God loved her too, and thought best
To take dear Kathryn home to rest."
Moyer. - Sallie N. Moyer (nee Clemens), wife of Harvey D. Moyer, was born Nov. 8, 1895; died May 5, 1916; aged 20 y. 7 m. 27 d. Sister Moyer was married one and a half year ago, and had given her heart to God a year ago. Thank God that she had accepted Christ as her Savior and Redeemer for this short time she could only be with us. She was always bright and cheerful. She died of convulsions of the brain. She leaves to mourn her untimely death husband, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, 4 sisters, a brother, and an infant son, Homer. Funeral services at the house by Bro. Abram Clemmer and at the Lower Salford Mennonite Church, Montgomery Co., Pa., by Bros. Rhine Alderfer and Henry Clemmer.
"Oh, can it be dear Sallie is gone?
Yes, hard it is to part;
Perhaps we should not grieve or mourn,
But sorrow fills our heart.
In love she lived and in
Sweet Christian peace she died;
In love our Father called her home,
And she is with Him glorified."
Gibbons. - Sarah A. Gibbons, daughter of Perry and Amanda Coleman (deceased) was born in York state July 20, 1845. She was married to Orville Fenton in 1861. To this union were born 8 children, 3 dying in infancy and 1 son, Grant Fenton, who died a few months ago. Her first husband died in 1874. In 1884 she was married to Isaac N. Gibbons, who still survives her. There are two sons (George and Stanley Fenton) and 2 daughters (Lena and Mary Coleman) who still remain to mourn her departure. There still remain of her brothers and sisters: Almyra Hitt, Arvilla Cady, William Coleman, Charley Coleman, Lafayette Coleman and Perry Coleman. Sister Gibbons was converted in early life and united with the Baptist Church, but later she became identified with the Mennonite Church at Pearidge, near Palmyra, Mo., to which church she was a member at the time of her death. She was stricken with paralysis June 7 and breathed her last June 9, 1916; aged 70 y. 10 m. 19 d. Sister Gibbons expressed hope in the home beyond and desired the services of the Word and prayer during her days of affliction. May we all take comfort in the thought that she now rests in the Savior. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church in Philadelphia, Mo., by J. R. Shank and J. W. Hess. Her body was laid in the Coleman Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Were her daughters really named Coleman?
Lapp. - Samuel G. Lapp was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Oct. 23, 1869. His parents moved to Roseland, Nebr., in March 1878, where Samuel grew to manhood. He was converted in March, 1893. He united with the Mennonite Church and became an earnest worker for the Lord, manifesting an earnest zeal from the beginning which was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was united in marriage with Kate Ebersole Jan. 25, 1899. To this union were born 7 children (Myron E., Barbara Ruth, Amos E., Ada S., Helen M., Cora B., and Harry E.) His father, Samuel W. Lapp, who for some years since the death of his companion has made his home with his son Samuel, still lives to mourn the loss of a faithful and devoted son. His mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Gross, died about 14 years ago. Samuel is the fourth child of a family of 11 children, of whom there were 7 sons and 4 daughters. Three sons and 3 daughters died in infancy. There yet remains to mourn their loss 3 brothers (Bishop Daniel of Roseland, Nebr., Bishop Mahlon and Pre. George, missionaries in India), also one sister (Anna Hill of Hastings, Nebr. He was ordained to the ministry Feb. 10, 1901. He was called to serve in the Liberty congregation near South English, Iowa, and was ordained in his home congregation near Roseland, Albert Schiffler being the officiating bishop. After moving to South English and serving as pastor for a little more than a year, he was ordained a bishop to serve in the northern portion of the Missouri-Iowa Conference district. He continued to serve as pastor of the Liberty congregation until the death summons came on June 2, 1916. While journeying to Alpha, Minn., to look after the needs of the little flock and officiate in the communion service, his train was suddenly plunged into a swollen stream when a bridge gave way near Packard, Iowa. His body was found about 36 hours later some little distance below the place of the disaster. His age was 47 y. 5 in. 29 d. In his home relationship he was ever known as a devoted son, a loving husband, a tender and compassionate father, and a kind brother. In his friendships he was true and loyal. He was highly esteemed as a neighbor and citizen. In the death of Bro. Samuel the Church keenly realizes a great loss. As an executive he was wise and tactful. He possessed the rare quality of seeing all sides of the questions and the issues coming before him. With keen wit and sound judgment he took a position from which he rarely needed to retract. He was a man of strong conviction of right and wrong, and stood unshaken on what he believed to be right. In conference work his judgment was regarded as weighty. As a pastor of the congregation, he was regarded as a father in Israel. His tenderness and compassion in all his work drew the hearts of his people to him as the hearts of children to a tender father. All mourn and weep because a precious one has been taken from among them. While he is no longer present with us his influence and good counsel will still be felt perhaps with greater emphasis than ever before. James O. Nisewander was the first member of the Liberty Church to pass away. He was baptized on his death bed by Bro. Lapp. Bro. Lapp is the first of the congregating members to be summoned by death. It seems strange that the shepherd whose services seemed so necessary to all should be among the first summoned to his eternal reward. Perhaps it is that they might more earnestly heed the truth which he labored to impress upon them. His last sermon was preached on Sunday evening, May 28, from the text Jer. 3:19: "How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? And I said thou shalt call me, My Father; and shalt not turn away from me." His theme was our goodly heritage. He impressed the thought that people do not always appreciate their divine heritage. Bro. Lapp expressed to those near to him a special burden for the careless and unsaved souls. He often said he would give his life if it would be the means of their salvation. His burden may be answered by his congregation and community and all those under his care if they will strive to live out his earnest admonitions. His last sermon comes to us with double force when we hear our brethren say that "Bro. Sam was like a father to us." Funeral before a large concourse of people conducted by Bro. Sanford Yoder, assisted by Bro. W. D. Graue and J. R. Shank.
Transcriber's note: The "(" in front of Anna has no partner in the original.
Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana
Hetrick. - Bro. Simon P. Hetrick came to the 0. P. Home near Marshallville, O., from Jet, Okla., Feb. 10, 1916. He took sick June 2, 1916, and died three days later. Funeral services at the 0. P. Home conducted by Bros. D. C. Amstutz and P. R. Lantz. He was a very devoted Christian, living according to I Jno. 3:3.
Tossey. - Theodore Tossey was born Oct. 11, 1911; died near Milford, Nebr., June 8, 1916; aged 4 y. 7 m. 27 d. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother, grandparents and other relatives to mourn his early departure. One brother preceded him to the spirit world, where he, with many others, awaits our coming.
Mast. - Elsie Clara, daughter of Elijah and Ellen Mast, died May 6, 1916; aged 3 m. 27 d. Little Elsie leaves father, mother, 2 grandfathers and grandmothers, and a number of other relatives to mourn her death. Funeral services conducted by Bro. J. S. Horner at the Mennonite Church near Greentown, Ind. Text, II Kings 4:26. Buried in Mast Cemetery.
Kauffman. - Daniel Floid, son of Bro. Daniel B. and Mattie Kauffman of Kenmare, N. Dak., was born Nov. 30, 1915; died of pneumonia June 11, 1916; aged 6 m. 12 d. Little Daniel was sick only about one week when the Lord, who doth all thing well, called his spirit from the body. He leaves father, mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were held in the Spring Valley Church by Bro. I. S. Mast, assisted by Bro. G. I. Michael. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Floid" is spelled as in the original.
Fox. - David B. Fox died of bowel trouble June 9, 1916; aged 69 y. 7 m. 1 d. He had been ailing about a year. For ten years he had many severe trials, as he often expressed himself, they were almost above that which he was able to bear. Two years ago he was received in the Groffdale congregation, where be was a consistent member. During his sickness he became very patient and resigned to God's will. The services were held at the house and at the Pike Mennonite Church by Noah Mack and Benj. Weaver, all in German, from I Pet. 3:12-14. He was buried in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
Yoder. - Agnes, daughter of Gabe and Anna Yoder, was born Nov. 11, 1898: died at her home in Iowa Co., Ia., May 30, 1916; aged 17 y. 6 m. 19 d. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters to mourn her departure, all being present at the funeral, Agnes being the first to break the family circle. She united with the A. M. Church at West Union when 14 years of age and was a faithful and consistent member until called to her reward. Funeral services at the West Union Church June 1, where a large number attended. Sermon by A. G. Yoder, assisted by J. K. Yoder. Text, "Prepare to meet thy God."
Wolfer. - Bro. Charles Wolfer was born in Jasper Co., Mo., Oct. 8, 1882; died June 2, 1916; aged 33 y. 7 m. 25 d. He was married to Nina V. Mayberry at Albany, Oreg., Sept. 13, 1908. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. One son preceded him in death. He leaves his companion, 2 sons, a daughter, father, mother, 6 brothers and 2 sisters. Soon after marriage the brother and sister united with the Baptist Church but later united with the Mennonites, and became members of the Hopewell Mennonite Church. Funeral June 4 at Hopewell Church near Hubbard, Oreg., in charge of Bro. J. D. Mishler assisted by Bros. William Bond and J. K. Lehman. The brother died in full assurance of faith.
Miller. - George, son of EIi and Anna Miller, was born near Kalona, Ia., Aug. 25, 1913; died at Iowa City, Iowa, April 25 1916. Little George had a severe attack of croup last winter during which his throat closed up entirely. He was operated on at home and was seemingly on a fair way to recovery. Later on complications resulting from the operation followed and he was taken to a specialist at Iowa City, where it was found that another operation was necessary. He was taken to the Mercy Hospital where he died on the operating table. He leaves father, mother, and a little brother to mourn his death. Funeral services were held at the home, April 27, conducted by Chris Yoder and Isaac Helmuth.
Hofer. - Samuel Hofer was born in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, Sept. 19, 1849; was found dead in a hayfield, on his farm June 10, 1916; aged 66 y. 8 m. 21 d. He came to America with his parents at the age of 3 years and resided in the state of Ohio. He came to the vicinity of Kalona, Iowa, in 1868, where he lived till death. In l869 he was married to Susie Yoder, who died 6 months after their marriage. In 1871 he was married to Catherine Hostettler. To this union were born 10 sons and 4 daughters of whom 9 sons and 3 daughters with their mother survive. Funeral services were held at East Union Church June 11 conducted by Sanford Yoder. Text, Gal. 6:7,8. The circumstances surrounding his death were among the saddest that the community has ever experienced and no one but an all-wise God can realize the sorrow his death has caused his wife and children.
Mast. - David Lawrence, son of David C. and Mamie Mast, Cochransville, Pa., was born Nov. 27, 1916; died May 15, 1916, of a complication of diseases; aged 5 m. 18 d. He leaves father, mother, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, 1 great-grandfather, and 1 great-grandmother to mourn their loss, his sister Luella having preceded him to the spirit world. Lawrence was a bright and happy boy, loved by all who knew him. He was sick nine days. All that human hands could do was done but of no avail. Why our little lamb was taken from us so soon we cannot understand. We loved him, but God loved him better. May we then say, "Thy will, not ours, be done."
Little Lawrence was our darling,
Pride of all the hearts at home,
Put the breezes floating lightly,
Came and whispered," Lawrence, come"
Transcriber's note: The birth year should likely be 1915.
Short. - Daniel D. Short was born in the village of Lacate, France, Feb. 24, 1835; died June 12, 1916; aged 81 y. 3 m. 18 d. In 1836 he with his parents and thirteen others came to America and settled in Fulton Co., 0, and was the last of that number to depart from this world. He accepted Christ in early life and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Fulton Co., remaining true and faithful to the end. During his eleven weeks of sickness, the last five of which he suffered much pain, he patiently awaited the call to join his loving companion, who preceded him in death only five weeks. On May 15, 1862, he was married to Anna Stuckey and lived in matrimony nearly 54 years. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters. He leaves to mourn his departure 4 sons, 3 daughters, a brother, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. His loving companion, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 3 brothers. and 5 sisters preceded him in death.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that bereft us,
He can all Our sorrows heal."
Transcriber's note: "Fulton Co., O, " is as in the original.
Short. - Anna Short (nee Stuckey) was, born in German Tp., Fulton Co., Ohio, May 26, 1841; died May 8, 1916; aged 74 y. 11 m. 18 d. She accepted Christ in her early life and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Fulton Co., of which she remained a faithful member until death. About five years ago she had a paralytic stroke. Being an invalid most of the time ever since, she endured it all patiently to the end. On May 15, 1862, she was united in marriage with Daniel D. Short. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 34 grandchildren, 2 brothers, a sister, and a host of relatives and friends. Services May 11 at Lockport Church, Fulton Co., Ohio, conducted by S. Grieser (Text, I Pet. 1:3,4) and H. Rychener (Text, I Cor. 15:51). Remains laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
"We shall meet, but yet we'll miss her,
Yet there'll be one vacant chair;
We shall long again to see her
Over on the other shore."
Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana