Yoder. - Joshua Yoder was born April 9, 1838; died March 23, 1917, at his home near Mattawana, Pa., from the effects of a stroke of paralysis, after which he lived only 9 days. His age was 80 y. 11 m. 4 d. Bro. Yoder had been in fairly good health and able to be out and around. He was a member of the A. M. Church for many years and stood firm in his faith to the end. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 sisters, and 1 brother, besides many relatives and friends. One daughter, 1 son, 2 sisters, and 1 brother preceded him to the spirit world. He will be missed as one of the aged pillars of the Church. May our loss be his eternal gain. Funeral March 27th, at the house, services conducted by Bro. John E. Kauffman. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the Pine Glen Cemetery.
Geiger. - Mrs. Elizabeth Geiger, wife of the late Frederick
Geiger, was born in Riley *Tp., Putman Co., Ohio, Dec. 22, 1842,
and departed this life March 20, 1917; aged 74 y. 2 m. 28 d. She
was the daughter of John and Catharine Hilty.
She was married Feb. 22, 1864, to Frederick Geiger who preceded her to the great beyond by but fourteen months. To this union were born 11 children, 8 of whom are still living. Together with these 8 children she is survived by 2 sisters and 4 brothers.
She was baptized in the spring of 1865 in Paulding Co., O., and has been a loyal and faithful Christian during her long and useful life.
She was accordingly a devoted and faithful wife and mother finding her greatest joy in the service of her household physically and spiritually. Services were conducted at the house Mar. 23, by Bro. John Blosser and at Zion Mennonite Church by T. K. Hershey. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note : *Tp. typed as written.
*Berey. - Mary Ann Schrock was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., March 1, 1841; died March 9, 1917; aged 76 y. 7 d. She emigrated with her mother to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1854; married Jacob K. *Berkey, Jan. 27, 1961, who preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1911. In 1862 they settled on their farm in St. Joseph Co., Ind., where they lived until death. Early after their marriage they united with the Mennonite Church of which they were consistent members until their departure. This union was blessed with 10 children of which one, William, died Dec. 10, 1902. She leaves to mourn her departure, 9 children, 4 daughters and 5 sons, 54 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. May our loss be her eternal gain. Funeral services by C. L. Ressler, assisted by Martin Ramer. Text, Psa. 91:16.
Transcriber's note : Berey is spelled two ways in the obituary, as *Berey and *Berkey.
Raber. - Susanna Raber, nee Nafziger, was born near
Esterbach Prussia, Aug. 2, 1827; died March 21, 1917; aged 89
y. 7 m. 21 d. She with her brother Jacob emigrated to America
in 1846, and located in Wayne Co., Ohio. She was converted to
the Christian faith in her early youth and united with the Amish
Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end.
On Feb. 22, 1848, she united in matrimony with Daniel Raber. In the same year they moved to Lee Co., Iowa, where they experienced all the hardships of pioneer life. In 1858 they moved to Hickory Co., Mo. Here they suffered greatly during the Civil War, in addition to the privations of the pioneer life of that district. They again moved in the year 1890, this time making their home in Johnson Co., Mo., at which place the husband died on Oct. 14, 1905. After his death she made her home with her son Samuel W., until 1912 when she came east. She stayed part of the time with her son Daniel B., of Aurora, Ohio, and part of the time with her daughters Mrs. L. S. Nafziger of Goshen, Ind., and Mrs. Henry Rychener, of Pettisville, Ohio, at whose home she died.
She leaves to mourn their loss 5 sons, 2 daughters, 46 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, and a large number of friends and relatives. Besides her husband, 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren have preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted by E. L. Frey at the Pettisville Union Church, after which her remains were taken to Johnson Co., Mo., to be laid besides those of her husband.
Eby. - Susanna Leatherman Eby was born in Medina Co.,
Ohio, March 9, 1844; died March 18, 1917; aged 73 y. 9 d. She
was the youngest living child of a family of nine children born
to Abraham and Hannah Landis Leatherman and was the last surviving
member of her father's family.
Her early life was spent in Medina Co., Ohio. She was united in marriage to Tobias S. Eby, May 1, 1870, at Wooster, Ohio. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters (Henry W., Clara Eby Steiner, Harvey L., Amanda Eby Leaman, Emma L., Samuel L., Ida L.) There are also 10 living grandchildren.
The family lived in Medina and Wayne counties, Ohio, until the spring of 1887, when they removed to the farm where she lived until her death.
In 1889 she united with the Zion Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until her death. By her example and words she left a lasting influence on her family and those whom she came in contact.
Her last illness was rather brief. She was confined to her bed only two weeks. The cause of her death was pronounced *carcinamo by the attending physician. She suffered very little from pain. She knew that the end was near and expressed to all her readiness to leave this world whenever her Master should call. She was cheerful, calm, and resigned to her Master's will. She was visited in her last days by all her children and gave them words of comfort and counsel. As the end was approaching her thoughts began to turn towards the future and her relatives who had preceded her into the future life and whom she was soon to join.
She leaves a sorrowing husband and family who mourn but not as those without hope.
Services conducted at the house by Moses Brenneman, and at the church by T. K. Hershey and Noah Blosser.
Transcriber's note : *carcinamo is typed as written.
Augsburger. - Malinda Augsburger, daughter of Abraham
and Elizabeth Thut, was born Feb. 20, 1872, near Bluffton, O.;
died March 22, 1917, at her home near Elida, Ohio; aged 45 y.
1 m. 2 d., death being due to tumor and Bright's disease.
She joined the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until death. She bore her sufferings patiently. On Nov. 12, 1891, she was united in marriage to David C. Augsburger. This union was blessed with 8 children. She leaves to mourn her early departure her husband, 5 children (Christian, Elizabeth, Fred, Hulda, and Homer), 5 brothers, 2 sisters, besides a host of relatives and friends. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted during the sickness and death of their wife and mother.
While the unexpected departure of our sister spreads a solemn gloom over the home, the community, and the Church, her life was such that we can with the eye of faith look beyond the clouds and behold her in the glorified state among the faithful and redeemed in the heavenly mansions, wearing the crown of glory promised to all those who love Him, anxiously awaiting our coming. She seemed to realize the uncertainty of her condition and on her last day on earth expressed herself as having her hope and trust in God. She was of a very quiet and peaceable disposition and while she in late years passed through some severe trials which caused her to shed many tears, she made the remark, I can hold on grudge against anyone. She frequently made the remark if it would please the Almighty I would be glad to pass over and be at peace.
A short service was held at Salem Church near Elida, Ohio, Sunday, March 25, by J. M. Shenk, also at Zion Church near Bluffton by Samuel Roup (German). Text, Rev. 14:13, and George Ross (English), text, Rev. 11:12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
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Gospel Herald - Volume X, Number 2 - April 12, 1917, page 39
Bender. - Selma Evalyn, infant daughter of Bro. Daniel J. and Sister Lydia H. Bender, was born Sept. 27, 1916; died March 9, 1917; aged 5 m. 10 d. Funeral services at the Springs, Pa., Mennonite Church on March 11, conducted by N. E. Miller.
Hershberger. - Eugene, son of D. M. and Ida Hershberger, was born March 23, 1917; died March 29, 1917. He budded a few days in the world to bloom in heaven. One brother preceded him. He leaves parents, and 3 grandparents. Services later. He was buried on the 30th at the Walnut Creek, Ohio, A. M. Church.
Wismer. - Clifford Leroy, infant son of Abraham and Lydia Ann Wismer, of near Preston, Ont., died March 28, 1917; aged 4 m. 10 d.. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 3 little brothers and 1 sister. Burial services were held on April 1 at Hagey's Mennonite Church by Benj. Shantz and Absalom B. Snyder. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Koffel. - Elizabeth Mae, only child of Bro. and Sister Morris Koffel, was born near Souderton, Pa., Dec. 3, 1916; died at the parental home March 11, 1917; aged 3 m. 8 d. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite Church March 4 by Bros. Jonas Mininger and Jacob M. Moyer. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"The little crib is empty now,
The clothes are all laid by,
She is not dead, but sleeping well,
Awaiting a crown on high."
Downey. - Linzy Lewis Downey was born in Crawford Co., Ill., Oct. 8, 1866; died in Mennonite Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo., March 23, 1917; aged 51 y. 5 m. 15 d. He was married to Nellie Jane Lewis in Will Co., Ill., Aug. 29, 1891. She died of tuberculosis. He suffered with the same disease. He was at the Sanitarium 4 12 years. In September, 1916, he was converted, baptized, and received into the Church. He leaves 2 brothers (William and Charles), one half brother, and one half sister.
Mast. - Nelson Mast was born Sept. 7, 1909; died March 21, 1917; aged 7 y. 6 m. He was a son of Pre. Corson and Cara Mast. He had whooping cough in the start and then it turned in bronchial pneumonia. He was sick about four weeks. A brother and a sister preceded him. He leave to mourn his early departure parents, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, 3 grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. Was buried Mar. 23 at the Walnut Creek, O., A. M. Church. Services by S. H. Miller from I Cor. 15:35.
Greaser. - Frietta Greaser was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 19, 1861; died at the Old People's Home March 25, 1917; aged 55 y. 5 m. 6 d. She moved with her parents to Cass Co., Mo., in her early life, and returned to the Old People's Home on Oct. 1, 1910, where she resided until called to the eternal shores of immortality. She confessed Christ as her Savior and remained faithful to the Master. Funeral services at the Oak Grove Church and interment in the cemetery adjoining. Peace to her ashes.
Kaufman. - Christiana (Johns) Kaufman was born near Davidsville, Pa., Feb. 11, 1834; died April 1, 1917; aged 83 y. 1 m. 20 d. She leaves to mourn her departure, 4 sons, 2 daughters, and a host of relatives and friends. Her husband (Sem Kaufman) preceded her nearly 7 years ago. Funeral services at the Kaufman Mennonite Church conducted by L. A. Blough and Jas. Saylor. Buried in the Kaufman private cemetery. She was a life-long member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
Witmer. - Katie, widow of Eli Witmer, died in Philadelphia at the home of her son-in-law, John Hanley, after a lingering illness of ten weeks, aged 77 y. 4 m. Her husband died 35 years ago. She is survived by the following sons and 1 daughter: Annie Hanley with whom she resided the last eight years; Martin, Eli, Phares, Levi, John, and Joseph. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held in the Weaverland, Pa., Church in charge of Bros. Benjamin Weaver and I. B. Good. Text, Heb. 4:9. Her remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Schmucker. - Lawrence Edwin, son of Bro. Arthur and Sister Silva Schmucker, was born Aug. 16, *1619; died of bronchitis Feb. 14, 1917, near Archbold, Ohio. Burial service was conducted by Bro. S. Geiser. Little Lawrence had come to gladden this home. His stay was short in this world of sorrow, but we are glad that we can think he is safe in the arms of Jesus.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile,
To clasp little Lawrence's hand."
Transcriber's note : *1619 is a mistake, it should be 1916 since the child was little.
Hess.--Sister Fanny Hess, nee Hursh, was born near Mansfield, Ohio, Jan. 25, 1839; died at the home of her son in Akron, Ohio, March 18, 1917; aged 78 y. 1 m. 22 d. In 1859 she was married to Isaac Hess. To this union 4 sons and 2 daughters were born. Her remains were brought to Orrville, Ohio, March 19, and taken to the Martin Church (of which she was a member) where services were conducted by I. J. Buchwalter and Aaron Eberly. Her husband preceded her to the future world two years ago. Three sons, 16 grandchildren, 5 sisters, and 1 brother survive.
Kooker. - Paul A., only child of Abram and Elsie Kooker, was born Aug. 20, 1916; died at the parental home in Silverdale, Pa.; aged 7 m. 8 d. Little Paul contracted a cold, which rapidly developed into pneumonia, and in three days life was extinct in the small plump little babe. Funeral services were held April 2, at the home by the father's pastor of the Reformed Church near Quakerton, and at the Rockhill Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Swartz and Mahlon Souder.
"Sleep on in the beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled."
Hendricks. - Stanley Ellsworth, son of George and Bessie
Hendricks, was born Nov. 26, 1916; died at the home of his parents
in Topeka, Ind., March 18, 1917; aged 3 m. 21 d. About four weeks
ago he contracted a severe cough which developed into whooping
cough, of which death was the consequence. He is survived by his
parents, grandparents, and foster-grandmother (Mrs. D. J. Hartzler),
uncles and aunts. Funeral services were held March 21 at the residence
by Bro. Raymond Hartzler from II Sam. 12:23.
While *her stay with us has been short, God knows best; so we submissively bow to His will.
"God sought another childish face,
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent with loving hand,
To clasp our Stanley's hand."
Transcriber's note: *her is typed as written, it should be "his"
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Hershberger. - Sarah Hershberger was born May 9, 1822; died in Johnstown, Pa., March 20, 1917; aged 94 y. 10 m. 10 d. She was buried on the 22nd at the Blough Mennonite Church. Funeral services by James Saylor and L. A. Blough. Sister Hershberger was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years.
Shirk. - Earl Witmer, second son of Guy and Sister Fanny Shirk, was born July 11 1912; died April 6, 1917, at the home near Holbrook Center, Colo., as the result of being burned in an incubator lamp explosion. Funeral services at the East Holbrook Church, April 7, 1917, conducted by Bros. John Thut and Jacob A. Heatwole. Text, Rom. 8:20. He was aged 4 y. 8 m. 25 d.
Kennel. - John Christian, infant son of Bro. John and Sister Mary Kennel, was born July 27, 1916; died from pneumonia March 22, 1917; aged 7 m. 23 d. He leaves to mourn his departure, father, mother and 1 foster sister. Funeral services by Bro. Jacob Swartzendruber in German and Bro. Peter Kennel in English. Text, Psa. 11:16. Buried in Salem Cemetery, near Shickley, Nebr.
Troyer. - Sarah Ellen, daughter of Bro. Abraham and Sister Amanda Troyer, was born May 24, 1898; died from the effects of measles March 20, 1917; aged 18 y. 9 m. 26 d. She joined the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 13 years and was a faithful member until the death angel called her home. She will be greatly missed in her home and among her friends and relatives. She leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Two brothers have preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services by Bro. Fred Gingerich in English and Bro. Jacob Swartzendruber in German. Text, Sol. 1:2, 3. Buried in Salem Cemetery near Shickley, Neb.
Rider. - Sarah Jane Rider was born near Newport, Perry Co., Pa., Aug. 31, 1844. She was married to John W. Rider on Aug. 30, 1866. To this union were born 7 children. In 1897 they moved to Galesburg, Mo. In 1908 both united with the Mennonite Church. Two weeks later Bro. Rider died. Sister Rider remained faithful until her death which occurred on April 1, 1917. Her age was 72 y. 7 m. We can not but grieve, not so much for her departure as for ourselves who must continue the work without her beautiful example and cheerful presence. Funeral services were conducted at White Hall on April 6. Burial in Weaver Cemetery.
Brenneman. - Emeline Brenneman, daughter of James and Malinda Coyle, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Aug. 29, 1850; died at her home in Allen Co., Ohio, April 4, 1917; aged 66 y. 7 m. 5 d. She accepted her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in early life and lived a devoted Christian life. She was a loyal member of the Church, remaining faithful until death, and died in the triumph of a living faith in her Redeemer. In 1880 she was married to Levi Brenneman of Allen Co., Ohio, who preceded her to the spirit world about 10 years. In the death of our sister the church keenly feels the loss of a faithful member, the community a kind neighbor. She was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed. During her sickness she manifested a spirit of much patience, though her suffering at times were severe. She seemed to be happy even in her suffering condition, realizing with Paul that "the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be reveled." She frequently requested to have devotional exercises held in her home, which she always enjoyed very much. She leaves to mourn 1 brother, 2 sisters, besides many relatives and friends. We have good evidence that she is now free from pain and sorrow and is enjoying sweet rest in heaven. May we all prepare to meet her in that home over there. Funeral services held at the Salem M. H. by N. O. Blosser, assisted by J. M. Shenk and Perry Brunk.
King. - Fannie Blyer King was born in Mifflin Co., Pa.,
May 22, 1851; died at her late home in West Liberty, Ohio, March
28, 1917; aged 65 y. 10 m. 6 d.
In 1853 she came with her parents, John and Fannie Blyer, to Logan Co., O., and resided nearly all her life on the Blyer farm in Union township. On Jan. 9, 1873, she was united in marriage to Christian Z. King. Their united life was one of faithful service to the Church until he was called to his reward in December, 1914. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. Two sons preceded their parents in death. She leaves to mourn her departure 6 children, Mrs. Jacob Kauffman, Andrew, John R., Mrs. Reuben Zook, Christian, and Fannie, who had resided with her mother. There were also 11 grandchildren, 10 of whom are living, and 7 step-children of her daughters, who recognized in her a grandmother. Of her father's family there remain 3 brothers and 1 sister. Many others realize the loss of a faithful woman.
Early in life she accepted her Savior and *unitel with the Amish Mennonite Church. Her life was one of faithful devotion to her Master and her family. It was her testimony that she was ready to depart in peace, so we need not mourn as those who have no hope.
"God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love has given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."
Funeral services were held at the South Union Church March 30, in charge of A. I. Yoder, assisted by C. F. Derstine. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
Transcriber's note : *unitel is typed as written.
Detweiler. - Erie, daughter of Joel and Lavina Detweiler, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Dec. 12, 1847; died at her home in West Liberty Ohio, March 11, 1917; aged 69 y. 2 m. 29 d. She came with her parents to Logan Co., Ohio, in 1848. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful follower of her Master until He called her home. Being frail from her childhood, she was unable to do hard work, and so became a great lover of reading and was well versed in the Bible, which was a great comfort in her last days, having been gifted with a remarkable memory. In the latter part of June, 1916, she became afflicted with tuberculosis, which caused her death after an illness of over eight months. Frequently during her illness she requested singing, and was always glad when her friends would read and pray with her, even in her last conscious hours, when suffering was most intense, she seemed in part to forget her suffering, while listening to the reading of God's Word and singing which never tired her. She had a desire to depart this life of suffering to be with her Redeemer. She was a true example of patience and submission. Her parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her to the spirit world, while 2 brothers (Emanuel and Menno), and 3 sisters, Mattie, Nancy, and Lizzie, survive.
"Sister, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toil and cares are o,er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more."
Funeral services at Bethel Church in charge of Bro. A. I. Yoder. Burial in South Union Cemetery.
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Hess. - Amy, daughter of Bro. Elmer D. and Sister Mazie M. Hess was born April 14, 1917; died April 19, 1917; aged 5 days. The cause of the death was pneumonia. A short service was conducted at the home by Bro. J. A. Ressler of Scottdale, Pa., and the body was interred in the Masontown Cemetery. May God comfort the sorrowing parents and friends.
Reil. - Woodrow Wilson Reil was born in Seward Co., Nebr., Nov. 1, 1916; died April 5, 1917; aged 5 m. 4 d. He leaves to mourn his death father, mother, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Baby Reil's time on earth is spent, but may his influence go on as a reminder of the blessedness of innocency before God.
Dettwiler. - Pre. Christian W. Dettwiler was born in Canada, Dec. 31, 1844; died at his home near Brutus, Mich., from apoplexy, April 1, 1917; aged 72 y. 3 m. 1 d. He is survived by a widow, 6 children, and 3 *greatgrandchildren. The remains were laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery west of Brutus, April 4, W. P. Mosher officiating. God called him, "Come, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of thy Lord."
Transcriber's note : *greatgrandchildren, typed as written.
George. - Mark Neely George died suddenly of spinal meningitis; aged 7 m. 19 d. He was the only child of Bro. and sister John and Maggie George. Funeral was private. Services at the grave were conducted by Pre. W. F. Charlton.
An early summons Jesus sends,
To call a child above;
And whispers o,er the weeping friends,
These are the fruits of love.
Stepler. - Richard Deail, son of Milton and Bertha Stepler,
was born in Miami Co., Ind., Nov. 23, 1915; died March 28, 1917;
aged 1 y. 4 m. 5 d. Little Richard leaves to mourn father, mother,
2 brothers (Paul and Charles), 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers,
and a host of relatives. May God bless the bereft parents, and
may the Holy Spirit so lead them that they will prepare while
yet in life that they can meet little Richard in yonder glory.
Funeral at the Mennonite Church near Greentown, Ind., on the 30th. Services conducted by J. S. Horner. Text, Job 1:21.
Burkholder. - Pre. Abram Burkholder, near Newville, Cumberland Co., Pa., died Mar. 17, 1917; aged 70 y. 5 m. Bro. Burkholder served the Diller Mennonite congregation for almost 32 years in the ministry. He was a kind father, and a kind neighbor. He was zealous in his Master's vineyard. The church's and family loss is his eternal gain. His second wife (nee Longenecker) preceded him to the spirit world last December, leaving 6 children, 1 brother, and 1 sister to mourn his departure. Funeral at his late residence, Mar. 20. Buried at the Diller Mennonite burying ground, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. W. Zimmerman and at the church by Bro. W. F. Charlton and W. W. Hege.
Wyse. - Stephen Wyse was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, April
7, 1851; died at his home in Henry Co., Iowa, April 3, 1917; aged
65 y. 11 m. 26 d. He came to Iowa as a young man in the fall of
1871 and since that time lived in this community.
On Feb. 23, 1879, he was married to Barbara Schantz. This union was blest with 4 sons and 5 daughters, 1 daughter having died in childhood.
He united with the Amish Church in his youth and remained a faithful and consistent member until death. His wife, 8 children, 1 sister, and a host of neighbors and friends are left to mourn their loss.
Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church, April 6, conducted by S. Gerig, Daniel Graber, and S. Gingerich. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Baer. - Sister Barbara E. Baer was born June 4, 1843; died April 12, 1916, at Smithton, Pa., at the home of her daughter; aged 73 y. 10 m. She had lived at Masontown, Pa, most of her life, but with her husband and daughter and family had moved to Smithton recently, where she died. She had been in feeble health for a number of years. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1864. Buried at Masontown, Pa., April 12. Services conducted by Bro. E. D. Hess. Text, Luke 23:43.
Kolb. - Jacob Kolb was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec. 15, 1833; died April 7, 1917, on the same farm on which he was born; aged 83 y. 3 m. 22 d. He was the oldest of a family of 16 children, of whom 9 grew up to maturity. Two brothers and 2 sisters survive to mourn his departure. When but a young man he accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church, to which cause he remained loyal to the end. Funeral at the Kolb Church Monday, April 9, conducted by David Hostetler, assisted by D. M. Friedt.
Kendig. - Bro. George F. Kendig was born Jan. 28, 1827; died of the infirmities of old age at the home of his son, Geo. K. Kendig, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 25, 1917; aged 90 y. 27 d. He was married to Mary Kreider who died 40 years ago. To this union were born 4 daughters and 4 sons. One daughter and 1 son died in infancy and 1 son 12 years ago at the age of 42. Three daughters and 2 sons survive, also 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was the last of his family and the oldest of his brothers and sisters. He was a member of the Mennonite Church near New Danville for many years. Funeral services were held from his late home, Feb. 28 by Bro. Jacob Thomas at the house and Bro. Abram B. Herr at the New Danville Mennonite Church. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining beside his companion.
"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said, "Come."
And angels from the other side
Welcomed our grandfather home."
This has been his desire for some time - to go home and be
at rest - and we believe our loss is his eternal gain.
Kauffman. - Samuel L. Kauffman was born near Allensville,
Pa., Jan. 24, 1830; died near Gap, Pa., Jan. 23, 1917; aged 87
years, lacking one day. Aug. 29, 1915, he was stricken with paralysis
which left him almost helpless, and he spent most of the time
in bed, sometimes sitting propped up in a chair for a few hours.
A week before his death he was again stricken and the other side
was *paralysed. He also had la grippe, from the effects of which
he died, after being an invalid for almost seventeen months.
He bore his affliction very patiently, but often expressed a desire to depart. At nine years of age he moved with his parents to Union Co., Pa., and nine years later they came to Lancaster Co. and located near Paradise. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained a true and active member. He was a trustee of the Millwood A. M. Church for over 30 years. His seat at church was never vacant when his health permitted his being there. Feb. 3, 1857, he was united in matrimony with Barbara Stoltzfus, daughter of John and Catherine (Hooley) Stoltzfus, who moved to Knox Co., Tenn., in 1871.
They lived together for almost 60 years - ten days less - and after their marriage always lived in the same vicinity of Gap, excepting sixteen years when they lived in Kinzer - only three miles from Gap. He leaves one sister, Sarah, wife of Amos Mast of Gap.
Funeral on the 27th with short services at the house by John S. Mast, and at Millwood Amish Mennonite Church by John S. Mast and Amos S. Stoltzfus. He was buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note : *paralysed typed as written.
Kauffman. - Barbara Stoltzfus Kauffman, widow of the
late Samuel L. Kauffman, was born Feb. 14, 1842; side near Gap,
Pa., March 26, 1917; aged 85 y. 1 m. 12 d. She passed away nine
weeks after the death of her husband. Two days after her husband
was first stricken, she became very ill, and although after some
months she was again able to go about and attend church a few
times last summer, she never regained her health. She was almost
blind for over a year, but still able to go about in the house
until two weeks before her husband died, she too was confined
to her bed, and at the time of his death she was not expected
to live, she seeming more seriously ill than he. Her death was
due to hardening of the arteries and Bright's disease. The shock
of her husband's death seemed to rouse her somewhat, and her mind
was more clear than it had been for months; but about two weeks
after she again grew worse, and gradually grew weaker, until death
relieved her sufferings, after being confined to her bed for over
eleven weeks. Much of that time was spent in prayer, and she had
a longing to leave this world and be with Jesus - but always said
if "He so willed" she should remain here longer, she
would try to wait patiently. She united with the Amish Mennonite
Church in her youth and like her husband, was seldom absent from
church services. Although this union was not blessed with children
they opened their door and hearts to five homeless little ones
- two whom preceded them to the spirit world, and three of them,
all doing well, are left to mourn their loss. She also leaves
three sisters and three brothers; Rebecca Mast, widow of the late
John M. Mast of Morgantown; Rachel, widow of Christian L. Kauffman,
and Malinda, widow of Henry U. Stoltzfus, both of Gap; Christian
H. and John B., of Tuleta, Texas, and Jacob M., of St. Peters,
Chester Co., Pa.
Funeral services were held at the house on March 29 by John S. Mast and at Millwood Church by Amos B. Stoltzfus and John S. Mast, with interment in adjoining cemetery.
Myers. - John W. Myers was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
in 1852; died April 11, 1917; aged 64 y. 4 m. 22 d. He was united
in marriage with Maryann, daughter of Absalom and Barbara Miller,
March 4, 1874. To this union were born William H. and Nettie Myers
Foust. This companion and mother was called to her reward on Nov.
10, 1888. He was again united in marriage with Lizzie, daughter
of Jacob and Marie Schrock, to which union were born Riley I.,
Noah M., John P., Ethel J., and Ralph R.
The departed was a son in a family of nine children, and moved with his parents from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Miami Co., Ind., when but six years of age, in which county he continued to reside until his death.
He leaves to mourn their loss a loving wife, all of the above named children, a brother, a sister, and a host of friends and relatives. Bro. John united with the Mennonite Church in the spring of 1896, of which body he was a consistent member until death.
He suffered much during his affliction and bore it all with patience. Through his death, the family lost a loving, patient father, the church a safe *counsellor, the community an earnest, helpful neighbor.
Funeral on the 13th at the Mennonite Church attended by a large concourse of people. Services conducted by E. A. Mast and J. S. Horner from the 23rd Psalm. This psalm Bro. Myers had a great delight in and had them often to read it to him during his afflictions and much sufferings. Peace to his ashes.
Transcriber's note : *counsellor typed as written.
Landis. - Katie B., daughter of David E. and Susan R. Landis, was born Mar. 4, 1887; died of tuberculosis March 13, 1917 at the home of her parents near Bainbridge, Pa.; aged 30 y. 9 d. She confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church Oct. 19, 1901. Katie was a worker at the Mennonite Home near Oreville, Pa., since April 2, 1914, and was there till last fall when ill health made it impossible to continue the work. She was in ill health one year. She was a patient sufferer during her sickness and I,m so glad it was my privilege to care for her. When spoken to, she was resigned to God's will, but had a desire to return to the Home if health permits and there continue the work. She was losing rapidly and Monday morning papa told her that hope for her recovery was gone. She was satisfied. In the afternoon she told Sister Annie not to worry it will all come right in the end, if we can't be together here, we can when we get over there. Tuesday morning at 7:30 a change took place, she told me to call the others, she thinks the end is near and she can now go home. When gathered around her bedside she said, "Oh, my dear friends, I would like to take you along." In a little while she asked if we see anything? We told her we don,t. If she does? "Yes, I think I see the gates opening for me." After a little she said "It's so sweet to fall in the arms of Jesus, and I think I see the angels coming for me. Tell the Home people I had such a desire to see them and Christophels, whom we have not seen for nearly three years. Oh what consolation to witness such a death. Those precious words spoken by our dying sister will never be forgotten by one of us. No wonder the Psalmist David tells us that "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." For it is but going home. Besides the parents these brothers and sisters survive; Mrs. Samuel L. Christophel, David, Joseph, Mrs. Ephraim Longenecker, Annie, Levi, and Ada; 7 nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral at Good's Church March 17. Services in charge of Bros. Simon Graber, Ira Miller, and John Weaver. Text, Jno. 5:25-29.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana