Martin. - Katie M., daughter of Wm. E. and Annie F.
Martin, was born Oct. 7, 1900; died June 16, 1917; aged 16 y.
8 m. 9 d. She leaves father, mother, 1 sister, 2 brothers; and
a host of friends and relatives to mourn her early departure.
She accepted Christ at the age of 15, and was a faithful member
until the death angel called her home. Funeral services June 19
at the house by Henry Baer and at the Cedar Grove Church near
Greencastle, Pa., by John Grove, Chr. Strite, and George Keener.
Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"The time is short, when all that live,
Shall hence be called their God to meet;
And each a strict account shall give
At Jesus, final judgement seat."
Teuscher. - Magdalena Teuscher (Rediger) was born Aug. 5, 1838, in Baden, Germany; died July 7, 1917, at Fisher, Ill., aged 78 y. 11 m. 2 d. Death was due to nitral *regurgation, from which she had been a sufferer for the past five years. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church which she joined in her younger years. She was united in marriage to Johannes Teuscher Nov. 13, 1859, and came to Eureka, Ill., in 1873. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter. For the last ten years she has made her home with her son John of Fisher. She leaves to mourn her departure 4 sons, 22 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Amish Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Samuel Garber, assisted by Bro. Peter Zehr. Her selected text was II Pet. 1:12-15. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.
Transcriber's note: *regurgation typed as written.
Peachey. - At her home near Belleville, Pa., Malinda Y. Peachey died of tuberculosis on July 17, 1917. At the time of her death her age was 21 y. 10 m. 16 d. She was the daughter of Pre. Samuel W. Peachey and a faithful, consistent member of the Peachey Brethren Church. She leaves to mourn her sad, early death her father, step-mother, 1 sister (Lomie), and 2 brothers (Samuel and Christian). Although from her youth she seemed to have a strong, robust body, about a year or so ago the dread disease fastened itself upon her, and she was not able to overcome it. All through her sickness she seemed perfectly reconciled to her fate and was ready to go. She gave much evidence of having peace with God and died with a good hope of a glorious resurrection. Funeral services were conducted by Bishops John P. Zook and John Peachey at the home of her older sister. Into the hands of a merciful heavenly Father we are glad to commend her soul, and may His heavenly blessings rest upon the bereaved ones in this hour of trial.
Graff. - Anna Salome Graff, daughter of D. W. and Frances
Kilmer, was born Nov. 17, 1877; died of typhoid fever and a complication
of diseases at the home of her parents, Purcell, Mo., July 16,
1917; aged 39 y. 8 m. They moved to Commerce, Okla., in February,
1916. She had not been home on a visit since they moved to Oklahoma,
until she came home on July 3 and went to bed immediately, where
she stayed until her death.
Anna united with the Church at an early age and was a devoted member all her life. Her last testimony, when asked about her soul, was, "There is nothing between me and God. If I am called away I can say that I am at peace with God, ready to go." She leaves her husband, 6 children, father, mother, 5 brothers (Thomas, Amos, Levi, Odessa, Charles) to mourn her departure. It is hard to give up this dear one at so early a stage in life, but her testimony greatly soothes our sorrow and we are made to exclaim with Job, "The Lord giveth, the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Troyer. - Christina (Gerber) Troyer was born March 20,
1844; died July 18, 1917; aged 73 y. 3 m. 28 d. She was married
to Michel Troyer in La Grange Co., Ind., Dec. 17, 1863. To this
union were born 11 children, 4 of them and husband preceded the
mother to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure
6 daughters, 1 son, 2 brothers (George and Moses) and 1 sister
(Libbie Yoder), 16 grandchildren, and relatives and friends. She
united with the Amish Church in her youth and was faithful until
death. In her last hours she expressed that all was well. She
was a kind and loving mother and will be sadly missed in the home
and community. For several years she suffered from diabetes from
which she gradually wasted away. She was at church yet a few weeks
before she left us. From Stark Co., O., where she was born she
moved with her parents to Indiana in 1854 and then to Johnson
Co., Mo., in March, 1870, and about three years later moved to
Cass Co., Mo., where she remained until death.
Funeral sermon by I. G. Hartzler. Text, Isa. 57:1, 2. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Strong. - Florence (Gotham) Strong (better known in
the community as Grandma Strong) was born Sept. 5, 1854, near
Hermon, N. Y. On April 20, 1975, she was married to Joseph S.
Strong, and soon after they took up home-making on a farm near
Kasota, Minn. This union was blessed with 3 children - 2 have
preceded the mother to the spirit world. In February of 1905,
the family moved to North Dakota, 5 miles northwest of Surrey,
near the place where our sister's spirit took its flight (July
In the summer of 1915 her spiritual condition became a burden to her, and after some struggling with self, and seeking the light, she found the Savior precious to her soul, and sealed he vow by water baptism on July 25 of same summer, having not quite two years in the service of the new-found Master and Lord.
Of late years she was a sufferer from asthma and dropsy of the heart. She bore her sufferings with a Christian grace and expressed herself, the last few days, of the hope she had beyond the grave. "God's will is my will in this matter," were some of the evidences of a surrendered life. To those with whom she bade farewell her wish was that they might be faithful - that the separation might only be for a season. She leaves to mourn, a sorrowing husband, 1 son, living on same farm, 3 grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 half-brother, and many friends.
Services July 5 at the Fairview Mennonite Church near Surrey, N. Dak., by Bros. I. S. Mast and L. A. Kauffman. Interment in nearby cemetery.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Wenger. - Bertha Magdalena, daughter of John and Emma
Wenger, was born at Millwood, Pa., Jan. 20, 1908; died July 23,
1917; aged 9 y. 6 m. 3 d. Bertha was sick but 5 days with infantile
palsy which caused her death. She was a bright little girl, and
will be missed by all who knew her. She leaves father, mother,
6 sisters, 3 brothers, and a large circle of relatives and friends.
Funeral on July 25 with private services at the house by Bishop
C. M. Brackbill. She was laid to rest at Hershey,s Mennonite Cemetery.
"A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant by our hearth,
Which never can be filled."
Shantz. - Aaron Shantz was born near Haysville, Ont., May 27, 1839; died May 27, 1917; aged 78 y. He was twice married. On June 10, 1863, he was united in marriage with Barbara Nahrgang, which union was blessed with 5 daughters. After the decease of his first wife he was again married to Mary Biehn on Dec. 23, 1877. To this union were born 2 daughters. He is survived by a sorrowing widow, 7 daughters, 30 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 4 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Osias Cressman and Manasseh Hallman at the Geiger Church, Waterloo, Ont.
By a daughter.
Johnson. - Frances Kefarver Johnson was born July 5, 1857; died at her home near Masontown, Pa., July 23, 1917; aged 60 y. 18 d. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, a brother, and 3 sisters. She united with the Lutheran Church at the age of 15 and transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church after her marriage. She had been an invalid for a number of years. Services at Masontown Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Aaron Loucks and E. D. Hess. Texts, Rev. 21:4.
Troyer. - Arthur, son of Bro. Daniel and Sister Mary Troyer, was born near Shickley, Nebr., April 11, 1899; died July 14, 1917; aged 18 y. 3 m. 3 d. He was in his usual health, well and happy, when he retired for the night, and the next morning was found dead in bed. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and leaves father, mother, 3 sisters, and 1 brother. Funeral services at the Salem Church near Shickley by Peter Kennel in German and Joe Zimmerman in English. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Schwarey. - Marie Schwarey (nee Sommer) was born in Alsace-Loraine, France, April 13, 1841; emigrated to America May, 1865; died at her home in Smithville, O., July 22, 1917, at the ripe age of 76 y. 3 m. 19 d. She was married to Joseph Schwarey, July 30, 1877. This union was blessed with four sons and one daughter (John, Charles, David, Edwin, Lena-who resided with her parents and whose gentle hands administered to her mother in her declining years of life). Sister Schwarey confessed Christ as her Savior at the age of 13 years and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, where she served her Master faithfully, always loyal to the church of her choice, and to her Christ whom she loved. She bore her affliction which consisted of a complication of ailments, with much patience and Christian fortitude, looking forward with hope to the moment when she would be called yonder. She gave her last farewell to her loved ones and encouraged them to be faithful in their Christian life. Thus ends the earthly life of a kind and devoted Christian mother. Services at the Oak Grove Church by J. S. Gerig in German and C. Z. Yoder in English. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Lindsey. - Ella Mishler was born near Elmdale, Mich., May 18, 1892. There she grew to womanhood and, until she moved to Lansing 3 months ago, had lived her entire, but brief, lifetime in that neighborhood. At the age of 15 years she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to its principles. She was united in marriage with Charles Lindsey, Feb. 10, 1912. To this union were given 2 little daughters, Zona and Elva. From childhood she possessed an affectionate disposition and a gentle manner that endeared her to her family and associates and won her many lasting friendships. She was faithful and devoted to her husband, her children, and to her entire family circle, leaving to them as a lasting consolation, the memory of a pure and noble life.
She passed away suddenly but quietly from heart failure at
her home in Lansing, Mich., July 7, 1917, aged 25 y. 1 m. 18 d.
She is survived by her husband, 2 children, her parents (Joseph
Mishler and wife), 4 sisters and 4 brothers; one sister having
preceded her in death. Besides the immediate family, a very large
circle of other relatives and many associates share in the grief
and sorrow her death has occasioned.
"We look upon life all around us,
We wonder at how brief the stay
Of those we love and cherish,
Today they are here, tomorrow away."
Kime. - John Kime, son of Benjamin and Mary Kime, was born in Virginia April 3, 1840; died in La Grange Co., Ind., July 23, *1918; aged 77 y. 3 m. 20 d. When John was yet small his parents came to Ohio, and when he was 9 years of age they came to Indiana, settling on a small farm on the west seminary road in Clay Tp., La Grange Co. Deceased was thrice married. His first wife was Melissa Donifan. To them were born 2 sons, Thomas and John. His second wife was a cousin to the first, Laura Donifan. To them were born 2 sons, Frank and George. Both these women died young of consumption. In 1883 he married Hattie Chupp and to them were born 12 children, 5 surviving: Annie, Joseph, Thurman, Orie, and Earnest. His wife and 8 children survive him. With the exception of a few years spent in the west, John lived nearly all his life in La Grange County. Sickness and other drawbacks, made the pathway of his life not a pleasant one, yet he usually looked on the bright side of the passing days and was ready to bear his burdens. John wished no man harm and was a good citizen. Death came as a thief at night, and by his sheaf of rye he died alone, his spirit returning to God who gave it, and we trust to a fairer and a sunnier *clime. It is said of him that he never used tobacco nor strong drink, not even tea or coffee. He united with the Mennonite Church a little over a year ago, and as far as is known lived a consistent Christian life. Funeral in the 25th at the Pleasant Ridge Church, services by Josiah J. Miller from Amos 4:12, and Amos S. Cripe from Matt. 24:44. Interment in the Miller Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: The year died is probably 1917 instead of 1918 and "clime" typed as written.
Leichty. - Daniel D. Leichty was born in Washington Co., Iowa, Sept. 15, 1882; died at his home near Noble, Iowa, July 11, 1917; aged 34 y. 9 m. 26 d. His death was caused by an accident. They were putting up hay at his home. He staying at home to mow away the hay in the barn, anxious to see if they were coming with the next load he crawled to the door above and when ready to return he jumped to the hay beneath. Unfortunately he struck the handle of his fork which entered his rectum. All was done that loving hands could do until death came at 10 o,clock Wednesday evening. The accident occurred on Monday afternoon.
His sudden death came as a shock to the family and all who knew him. We are again so forcibly reminded that today we may be well and ere tomorrow we may cut off, as long as we are in this life there is danger if we are not in the arms of Jesus. When the news came that he quietly fell asleep we were made to realize that death to the Christian is truly only a falling asleep.
He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church and remaining a faithful member until called by death. On Jan. 22, 1905, he was married to Eva Gerig. One son was born to this union. He leaves a deeply bereaved wife, 1 son, 1 foster daughter, father, mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and a large concourse of friends and neighbors to mourn his early departure.
Funeral services at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, Bro. Daniel Graber reading a scripture and offering prayer. Bro. J. D. Mininger of Kansas City delivered the funeral sermon. Text, Phil. 1:21. Bro. S. Gingerich who for the past 16 years has been an intimate friend of the deceased, read the obituary and spoke briefly and with deep emotion. Interment in cemetery near by amid the tears and loving remembrance of many friends.
"Gone to heaven is our loved one,
Gone to his bright home above,
He has left us here so lonely,
How we miss him whom we loved."
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Teuscher. - Lester Clarence Teuscher, oldest son of John and Mary Teuscher, died at the hospital at Bloomington, Ill., following an operation for appendicitis; had been ill only a few days. He was born near Fischer, Ill., Nov. 28, 1899; died July 22, 1917; aged 17 y. 8 m. 6 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and many relatives and friends. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his younger years and stood faithful to the end. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon and was the largest one ever held at that place. Bro. Daniel Grieser preached the sermon in German and Bro. Samuel Gerber preached in English.
Oberholtzer. - Abraham Oberholtzer was born in Waterloo Tp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 30, 1834. He was converted and joined the Mennonite Church in 1862. In 1889 he was ordained deacon in the Hagey congregation, which position he filled faithfully. For the last number of years on account of advancing age and failing health he lived retired with his widowed daughter in the city of Kitchener, where he died from the infirmities of old age on July 31, 1917; aged 82 y. 8 m. He was united in marriage with Sarah Erb, who died in 1899. They had 8 children of whom 5 survive. Funeral was held Aug. 3 at the Mennonite Church at Kitchener by David Wismer and Wm. Brown. Text, Heb. 4:9. He was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Erb. - Salome Schmitt, daughter of the late Pre. Geo.
Schmitt, was born in Wilmot Tp., Waterloo Co., Ont., on April
27, 1838; died in Kitchener, Ont., from an internal cancer on
July 3, 1917; aged 79 y. 3 m. 3 d. In 1858 she was married to
Joseph Hallman who preceded her in death. To this union were born
2 children. In 1885 she was married to Pre. Moses Erb who died
in 1901. In 1861 she was converted and joined the Mennonite Church
to which she remained faithful to the end. During her last illness
she longed to depart and be with Jesus. She chose her own funeral
text, II Cor. 5:1.
Funeral Aug. 4 at the Mennonite church at Kitchener, the following brethren taking part: Noah Stauffer, Jonas Snider, and Urias K. Weber. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Lentz. - Jacob Lentz was born in Eisenbach, Prussia,
May 22, 1822, and died at his home in Dakota, Ill., Aug. 1, 1917;
aged 95 y. 3 m. 9 d. He came to America in the year 1840. He spent
three years in the state of Pennsylvania, after which he came
to Freeport, Ill., near which place he has since resided. In the
year 1863 he was married to Elizabeth Anger Lapp, who died Mar.
12, 1915. One son preceded him to the world beyond. He is survived
by 2 sons, 4 daughters, and 2 step-children.
Father Lentz came to his "grave in full age, like a shock of corn cometh in in his season." He was a member of the Mennonite congregation near Freeport, Ill. His life gave evidence of perfect submission to the will of God and the Master whom he faithfully served. His great desire was to depart and be with Christ which he knew was far better. After one day,s illness he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus.
Funeral services were conducted Aug. 5, J. S. Shoemaker, and S. E. Graybill officiating. Text, Tit. 3:5-7.
Habermehl. - Anna Shantz Habermehl was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., July 25, 1871; died July 29, 1917; aged 46 y. 4 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior early in life, joined the Mennonite Church and was an example of industry, sincerity, and humility that many would do well to follow. During the last few months of her life she suffered much from a complication of diseases, and here also as well as in health, she proved what a wonderful measure of grace the Savior can give, by bearing it all in perfect patience and resignation to the will of God. For a little over fourteen years she had lived in matrimony with Albert Habermehl, which union was blessed with 1 son and 5 daughters, who, with the sorrowing husband, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, an aged father, and the entire congregation with whom she worshiped for fourteen years, mourn the departure of one we all loved.
Yes, she has left this vale of tears,
To be with Christ who for her died,
With Him to spend the eternal years,
And praise Him with the glorified.
Funeral services July 31 at the house and St. Jacobs Mennonite
Church by E. S. Bauman in German, followed by Bishop Jonas Snider
in English. Interment at Conestoga Cemetery.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Metzler. - John Abram, son of Clarence and Margaret Metzler, near Martinsburg, Pa., died Aug. 3rd aged 2 m. 23 d. Funeral on the afternoon of the 5th at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church in charge of J. N. Durr assisted by Bro. Zook of the Church of the Brethren. It was a trying experience for Brother and Sister Metzler to give up their dear little boy. Yet the blessed assurance that little John is only gone before and is safe in the arms of Jesus gives comfort and consolation, and while the early departure of the little one causes blasted hopes, and expectations in the home and future life here below, we all feel to praise God as we think of him in heaven. May we all so live, "by God's Grace" that we can meet over there.
While parents weep, and little Sister Lois cannot understand,
Our Lord reveals Himself in tender loving tones,
And beckoning to that far-off Heavenly land
Says, "follow me, and soon you'll all come Home, sweet Home."
Landis. - Joseph T. Landis was born Sept. 29, 1854,
in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at La Junta, Colo., Aug. 4, 1917; aged
62 y. 10 m. 5 d.
He united in marriage with Rosena Messer Oct. 11, 1877. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. One son preceded him in death. Besides the immediate family, 12 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters remain to mourn his death.
He came to Kansas with his family in 1883, locating in McPherson Co. Afterwards he moved to Hesston, being the first to locate on the present townsite. Here he lived for a number of years and again moved to McPherson Co. only to return to Hesston several years ago.
He united with the Mennonite Church a year after his arrival in Kansas, and remained a member until his death. As long as health permitted he was always found present at divine services.
His body was brought to Hesston from La Junta, Aug. 4 Funeral services at Hesston, Aug. 4, conducted by L. O. King and J. L. Brubaker and then taken to the Spring Valley Church near Canton, Kans., where services were held by L. O. King and D. A. Diener. Burial near the Church.
Yoder. - Lydia C. Yoder was born near Shipshewana, La
Grange Co., Ind., Sept. 6, 1853; died of heart-failure at the
home of her son, Noah, at Jet, Okla., Aug. 9, 1917; aged 63 y.
11 m. 3 d.
In 1877 she was married to John C. Bontrager; to this immediate union 8 children were born, four of whom have preceded her to the Spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband and the following children: Mary Hershberger of Blackurel, Okla., Christ Bontrager of Goshen, Ind., Lizzie Hostetler of Topeka, Ind., Katie Miller of La Grange, Ind., Noah Bontrager of Jet, Okla., Lydia Maud Bontrager of Topeka, Ind. Abe Bontrager of Cherokee, Okla.; also 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Having moved from Jet, Okla., to Emma, Ind. A few years ago, her interest as a member was connected with the congregation of the same place for nearly two years, where her presence in service will be greatly missed.
Having met death unexpectedly while visiting with her children and friends in Oklahoma, her body was brought back to her place of residence where funeral services were held, conducted by O. S. Hostetler.
Stalter. - John D. Stalter was born near Chenoa, Ill. Mar. 7, 1882; died of lockjaw in the hospital at Pontiac, Aug. 6, 1917; aged 35 y. 4 m. 29 d. He united with A. M. Church in his youth and remained faithful. Jan. 8, 1905, he was married to Ida Yoder, Lagrange, Ind. This union was blessed with six children, Almon, Ira, Nora, Roy, Orie and Earl. The mother and children keenly feel the loss of a kind husband and father. He also leaves his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Four sisters and one brother preceded him. Services were conducted Aug. 8, at the house by Bro. D. W. Slagel and at the Church by Bro. Geo. Summer and Bro. A. H. Leaman. Funeral text, Psa. 38:15 (selected by the family).
Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast;
We love thee well, but Jesus loved thee best;
Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in the spotless robe He gives His own,
Until we know even as we are known.
Burky. - Joseph Burky was born near Saarburg, Alsace Lorraine, France, Oct. 28, 1837; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Andrew S. Eash, April 25, 1917; aged 79 y. 5 m. 27 d. He emigrated with his parents to America in 1852, settling near Tiskilwa, Illinois, at which place the old family resided for 9 years when in 1861 they moved to Iowa. He united with the A. M. Church at the age of 12 years, was baptized by Bish. Coppersmith and lived a Christian life until death. He was united in marriage to Catherine Bender, Jan. 5, 1868 by Bish. Abner Yoder. To this union six children were born. Two sons preceded him in death. His wife died Aug. 31, 1896. He leaves to mourn their loss four children: Christian of Williamsburg, Iowa, Mrs. John Erb, Mrs. Andrew S. Eash, and Joe Birky of Wellman, Iowa; and 15 grandchildren, 5 sisters, 1 half-brother and 2 half-sisters, and his aged step-mother of Iowa City. Funeral services were held at the Upper Deer Creek Church, April 27, by Gideon A. Yoder in German, Abner G. Yoder and W. S. Gingerich in English. Interment in the upper Deer Creek Cemetery.
Farewell, dear father, sweet thy rest,
Weary with years and worn with pain:
Farewell till in some happy place,
We shall see thy face again.
Transcriber's note: Burky is also spelled as Birky.
Wenger. - The subject of this sketch, Barbara Shank
Wenger, as the second child of Jacob and Magdalene Shank, was
born on the home farm near Harrisburg, Va., Aug. 9, 1842; died
at her residence near Spring Hill in Augusta Co., Va., July 31,
1917; aged 74 y. 11 m. 22 d. In early life she united with the
Mennonite Church and continued as a member of the Weavers congregation
until sometime after her marriage with Martin H. Wenger. On Jan.
2, 1862, she became a member of the Church of the Brethren and
located with her husband near Spring Hill where she made her home
during the remainder of her life. On April 3, 1894, her husband
preceded her to the spirit world, when since Oct. 28, 1898, she
has again been identified as a member of the Mennonite church.
In her last sickness which took the form of Brights Disease, she earnestly requested the ceremony of anointing, but being so distantly located from her people, and because of delay in the message intended for the minister who had been called, she had already lapsed into unconsciousness when he reached her bedside.
She was the mother of two sons and five daughters, all of whom survive her and were present at the funeral, which was held from the home before neighbors and numerous family connections who came from distant points, by L. J. Heatwole from I Thes. 5:10. Interment in the family burying ground near Spring Hill, Va.
L. J. H.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Kauffman.- Albert Reuben, infant son of Ezra S. and
Beulah Kauffman, died Aug. 14, aged 8 m. 5 d. He had a weak and
delicate constitution, had two attacks of pneumonia, and finally
answered the call of a kind heavenly Father to come home, "suffer
little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such
is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral Aug. 16, services by John
E. Kauffman. Text, I Cor 15:49.
J. H. Byler.
Bender.- Lydia Eda Bender was born Sept. 17, 1905; died Aug. 1, 1917; aged 11 y. 10 m. 14 d. She leaves to mourn father, mother, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends. One brother preceded her to the spirit world. She was a very sweet dispositioned child, loved by all who knew her. But their loss is her gain. Funeral services held at the East Fairview Church near Milford, Nebr., conducted by Joseph Rediger and F. J. Gingerich. Texts, I Pet. 1:24, 25; Psa. 123:2.
Beachey.- Daniel Beachey was born near Grantsville, Md., June 18, 1862; died at his home in Shipshewana, Ind., Aug. 18, 1917; aged 55 y. 2 m. Daniel united with the Amish Mennonite Church when a young man and in later years became affiliated with the Mennonite Church of Shore. He leaves to mourn their loss three brothers and five sisters besides a host of friends and relatives. Funeral from the Shore Mennonite Church. Services by Josiah J. Miller and Jacob P. Miller.
Husband.- Irvin LeRoy, son of Elgie and Ethel Husband, died Aug. 14, 1917, aged 2 days. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his parents, four grandparents and one great grandfather, besides many other relatives and friends. A short funeral service was held at the home conducted by D. A. Yoder. Burial at the Olive cemetery.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile,
To clasp dear darling's hand."
Yoder.- Beulah Fae, daughter of John and Lizzie Yoder
was born Aug. 2, 1914, near Fairview, Mich; died Aug. 6, 1917,
at Oscoda Foote Dam where they were staying this summer; aged
3 y. 4 d. She leaves to mourn parents, three sisters and many
friends. Funeral services were held the 8th at the Fairview Church,
after which the remains were laid away in the Cemetery nearby,
Bro. N. Z. Yoder officiating.
Precious darling, thou hast left us,
Left us, yes, forevermore;
But we hope to meet our loved one,
On that bright and happy shore.
Streicher.- Leah Lebold, beloved wife of Bro. John Streicher, died Aug. 14, 1917; aged 55 y. 5 m. 20 d. She leaves to mourn her husband, 2 sons, 1 step-son, her aged mother, 2 sisters, 4 brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss, but not as those who have no hope. Sister Leah united with the A. M. Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. She was submitted to the will of God and expressed a desire to leave this world.
How happy every child of grace
Who knows his sins forgiven;
This earth, he cries, is not my place,
I seek my place in heaven.
Showalter.- Harvey Harold, son of Bro. Amos T. and Sister Rhoda M. Showalter of near Paradise Church, Md., was born Mar. 4, 1917; died Aug. 15, 1917; aged 5 m. 11 d. Death was due to cholera infantum. Previous to that he had whooping cough from which he never fully recovered. He was a patient little sufferer until the Savior called him home. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, two brothers, and three sisters, besides many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Aug. 17, at Paradise Church, conducted by Bro. Daniel Strite and Henry Baer.
God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile,
To clasp dear Harvey's hand.
Billman.- Daniel C. Billman was born May 15, 1866 in
St. Joseph Co., Ind., died at his home near Wakarusa, Ind., Aug.
3, 1917; aged 51 y. 2 m. 19 d. He was married to Emma Fox Apr.
3, 1889. To this union were born three daughters (Lucy Lechlitner,
Bessie Wogerman and Mary Yoder). He leaves to mourn his departure
a sorrowing wife, three daughters, one grandson, his mother, two
brothers, five sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends.
His father, one brother Orla, one sister preceded him to the spirit
"He has gone from his dear ones, his children, his wife
Whom he willingly toiled for and loved as his life.
Oh, God! how mysterious and strange are thy ways
To take from us this loved one in the best of his days."
Purvis.- Esther Naomi, youngest child of Brother Andy
and Sister Desta Purvis, was born March 18, 1916; died Aug. 5,
1917; aged 1 y. 4 m. 17 d.
Little Esther suffered almost two weeks with a bowel trouble, but was relieved when the wise and loving Heavenly Father took her to Himself. "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
Father, mother, brother, sisters, grandparents and other relatives and friends gathered at the Purvis graveyard near Purvis, Mo., to pay the last tribute of respect to the body of little Esther; the funeral services were conducted by the writer, Text, Job 1:21.
Tender ties formed with innocent children seem painful to break on earth, but we know that such a breaking binds our hearts more strongly to the home in heaven. May God lead the loved ones to meet this jewel in the glory world.
J. R. Shank.
Zimmerman.- Jacob Zimmerman of Protection, Kans., was
born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 6, 1858; died Aug. 9, 1917,
at the Wichita Hospital where he had an operation for gall stones.
He was the third son of Jacob and Kathrine Zimmerman. He came to Kansas in 1884 and on May 25, 1886, he was married to Susan Horst. To this union were born 12 children. One son and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 5 sons and 5 daughters, also 8 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 7 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He served the church as a deacon for 14 years. Funeral services Aug. 13, at the Protection Mennonite Church conducted by R. M. Weaver and N. E. Ebersole. Text, Num. 23:10. Thus another pillar of the church has fallen to be greatly missed by his home congregation and otherwise.
The Lord delights in the death of his Saints and gathers them home one by one.
R. M. Weaver.
Wideman.- Dillman Wideman was born in York Co., Ont.,
near Gormley on June 16, 1849; died at his home in Richmond Hill,
Ont., on July 25, 1917; aged 68 y. 1 m. 9 d. He was sick less
than 24 hrs., the cause of his death being indigestion and heart
failure. He was the eldest son of the late Kasper Wideman. He
was married to Esther Burkholder in 1870. Two children, a son
and a daughter were born to them. His wife, both children, and
six grandchildren survive to mourn the loss of a kind husband
and loving father and grandfather. He united with the Mennonite
Church in 1871, being a faithful member until death. Buried at
the Heise Hill Cemetery. Services were held in the River Brethren
church adjoining where a large number of people had assembled.
Service at the home by Fred Elliott and at the church by L. W.
Hoover assisted by D. W. Heise. Text, I Cor. 15:55: "O death,
where is thy sting."
"On the Resurrection morning,
Soul and body meet again,
No more sorrow, no more weeping,
No more pain.
Soul and body, reunited,
Henceforth nothing shall divide,
Waking up in Christ's own likeness,
L. W. H.
Weaver.- John G. Weaver was born near Lititz, Pa., Jan. 13, 1838; died at his residence near Churchtown, Pa., July 10, 1917; aged 79 y. 6 m. 6 d. Death was due to dropsy of which he was ailing for the past year. Deceased was a farmer, and lived in this neighborhood since 13 years of age. He was twice married. His first wife was Lydia Witmer. There were born to this union 4 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter and 1 son died in infancy. His first wife died in 1882. In 1885 he was married to Elizabeth Zimmerman. To this union were born 1 son and 1 daughter. The son died an infant. He leaves to mourn his departure, his widow, 4 daughters, and 3 sons. Fianna, wife of L. Leatherman, Martin W., Eli W., John J., Lizzie Neuswanger, Mary F. Sensenig, and Anna Z. Weaver); also 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers and one sister. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since early life. Funeral services July 23 at the house, by brothers John Sauder in German and J. W. Weaver in English. (Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: After the names of the children is a parentheses, in the original there wasn't one at the beginning.
Nafziger.- John, son of John and Mary Nafziger was born
in Little Mackinaw Tp. April 7, 1868; died at his home south of
Hopedale, Ill., Aug. 12, 1917; aged 49 y. 4 m. 5 d. He had been
in failing health for some time. Until last Thursday he seemed
to be improving, but at that time he began to fail, and death
came as a relief. He was married to Lydia Litwiller, Aug. 28,
1890. Nine children were born to this union, namely, Alma Sutter,
Leah Good, Martha, Amos, Orrin, Mary, Fanny and Agnes, who with
his wife survive him. Edna died in childhood. He is also survived
by his aged mother, two grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers,
other relatives and a host of friends. He was a faithful member
of the Amish Mennonite Church, and will be greatly missed in the
community in which he lived. The funeral was held at the church
Wednesday morning Aug. 15, and was in charge of the home bishop
J. C. Birky and Bro. Andrew Schrock of Metamora. Text, Jas. 4:14.
The services were largely attended by relatives and friends. Interment
was in the Amish cemetery.
"I,m going to live with the angels so fair.
I'll look for you, and wait for you there,
Where tears do not flow and where death cannot come
Together we'll dwell in that beautiful home."
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana