Derstine. - Susanna Bergey Derstine, widow of the late Noah Derstine, was born Feb. 16, 1837; departed this life Jan. 16, 1917; aged 79 y. 11 m. She was the mother of 6 children of whom 4 sons and 1 daughter survive: Allen, Mahlon, Noah, James, and Elizabeth Swartley. A loving mother, kind and pleasant neighbor, and friend has passed away. Services conducted at house by Bro. Wm. M. Landis and Bro. M. D. Souder at Rockhill meeting house by Bros. Jacob Moyer, Jonas Mininger, and A. C. Clemmer.
Yoder. - Solomon Yoder was born in Wayne Co., O., May 20, 1832; died Jan. 22, 1917; aged 84 y. 8 m. 2 d. Since Mar. 31, 1905, he made his home at the Mennonite Old People's Home. Although he was unable to walk for several years, he was patient and cheerful, yet he longed to go to live with his Master. Funeral services on the 24th conducted at the Home by D. C. Amstutz and at the Oak Grove Church by C. Z. Yoder. Text, Col. 3:11, 1. c.
Birkey. Jacob Birkey of Calkins, Mont., was born Sept. 19, 1855, at Morton, Tazewell Co., Ill.; married to Mary Martin, April 12, 1881; died Jan. 12, 1917; aged 61 y. 4 m. 12 d. He was married 35 y. 9 m. To this union were born 10 children who survive him. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 4 sons and 6 daughters who were all present at the funeral; 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters; 1 brother was present. He joined the Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained faithful to his end. Funeral services at the church at White Sulphur Springs, Montana, conducted by D. D. Kauffman.
Mellinger. - Harry K. Mellinger of Rowenna, Pa., formerly of West Willow, Pa., died Jan. 5, 1917, of typhoid fever; aged 38 years. Two years ago he with his family moved to Rowenna. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and we believe he is at rest with his Savior. He was of a kind disposition and loved by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and 3 small children, also an aged father, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. His brother, Amos Mellinger, died very suddenly Jan. 8, 1916. We sorrow not as those who have no hope, but often wonder why God saw fit to call away these two much needed young brothers and fathers in less than a year's time. But God knows best. It may be in the coming years we'll know the meaning of our tears, and then we'll understand. Funeral services were held from the home of the father at West Willow Danville Mennonite church by Brethren Abram Herr and David Barber. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Nafziger. - Barbara Springer Nafziger was born in Germany,
April 28, 1842; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Birky,
near Hopedale, Ill., Jan. 16, 1917; aged 74 y. 9 m. 19d. She was
married to Valentine Nafziger, who preceded her in death in September,
1869. To this union were born 3 children who still survive her,
namely, Mrs. Anna E. Birky, Mrs. Lena Litwiller, and Mrs. Bertha
Schantz, all of near Hopedale, Ill. She also leaves to mourn her
death 17 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and 1
brother, besides many other relatives and friends, but who mourn
not as those who have no hope.
She united with the A. M. Church in her girlhood days, and lived a consecrated Christian life, till death came and she was called home.
Funeral services were held at the A. M. Church near Hopedale, Ill., by J. C. Birky and Daniel Nafziger in the German language, and Simon Litwiller in English. The latter's text was Rev. 14:14. Interment in the A. M. Cemetery. Rest is peace.
Leaman. - Elizabeth Leaman was born Sept. 27, 1829;
died from the infirmities of age Dec. 29, 1916, at her home near
Neffsville, Pa., aged 87 y. 3 m. 2 d.
She was the widow of the late Deacon David Leaman, of the Landis Valley congregation, who departed this life in 1908.
She had enjoyed robust health, the greater part of her life, and was remarkably well preserved for her age, until last July, when her appetite and strength began to fail her, and from that time on, she gradually grew weaker, until the end came. Through all her weakness she always seemed to be cheerful, never was heard to complain and was fully resigned to the will of the Lord.
She leaves to mourn her departure 4 daughters and 1 son. One son who had lived with her and naturally her greatest support, was called home only last March. She is also survived by 1 sister, Mrs. Lydia Groff, who is now the only survivor of a family of 9 children.
The funeral was held at the Landis Valley meeting house Jan. 1, services conducted by Bro. Noah Landis who used Prov. 14:32, and John Lefever who read Psalm 90.
Mast. - John M. Mast was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec.
25, 1845; died of paralysis near Fredericks, Okla., Jan. 13, 1917;
aged 71 y. 22 d. When 8 years old he with his parents and family
moved from Ohio to Howard Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood.
May 22, 1892, he united in marriage with Lizzie Hegner. To this union were born 6 children, all of them preceded him to the spirit world in their infancy. Years ago he united with the Mennonite Church in which communion he lived until about 11 years ago he with his wife placed their membership with the brethren Church (Dunkard) in which faith he lived until death,
He was sick about 8 weeks and suffered greatly but it is said he bore his suffering with much patience, and desired after his departure to be brought back to be buried in the cemetery beside his children on the old home place. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 1 brother and 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held in the Brethren Church at Plevna, Ind. Services conducted by Brethren J. S. Gerig, C. F. Derstine, and ____ Fiphs.
Landis. - Christiana Landis, daughter of Jacob and Margaret Freed, was born near Winesburg, Holmes Co., O., Nov. 9, 1850. She died Jan. 16, 1917; aged 66 y. 2 m. 7 d. At the age of two years she moved with her parents to the farm one and a half miles south of Wakarusa, Ind., where she died. On Jan. 2, 1870, she was married to Joseph Landis, who died Mar. 28, 1909. She united with the Mennonite Church in her teens and in her departure the Holdeman congregation suffers a distinct loss. She had been in failing health about a year. Realizing that her time here was not long she wrote farewell letters to some of her friends and gave many instructions and warnings. She was much concerned for the simplicity of the Church. She was conscious to the end and told different ones that she would soon be in paradise. She leaves 1 daughter, Mrs. J. I. Weldy, 4 grand-children, Arthur, Bertha, Eldon, and Myron, 2 brothers, James Freed nearly 93, and Samuel Yoder aged 81 and 1 sister, Mrs. Nancy Weldy aged 84 years, also many relatives and friends. She chose the words of her text, "Weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children" (Luke 23:28). Funeral services were conducted at the Olive Church on Jan. 19, 1917, by the brethren David A. Yoder and Jacob K. Bixler.
Hershberger. - Orvilla Hershberger, nee Miller, was
born in Holmes Co., O., Aug. 29, 1879; died Jan. 22, 1917, at
their home in Portage Co.; aged 37 y. 4 m. 23 d. She accepted
Christ as her personal Savior in her youth, uniting with the Mennonite
Church and always proved a true and consistent member.
On March 25, 1900, she was united in marriage to our brother and co-laborer A. W. Hershberger. To this union were born 7 children, 3 of whom preceded the mother to the spirit world.
While we cannot understand why God called her at this time, at a time when a mother's guiding hand is so much needed in the home, yet we bow submissively to His will, knowing He will sustain us in our great loss. Her accustomed place in the church is vacant. She will be missed in the neighborhood, but her companionship and tender care for her loved ones in the home is now an aching void. May she rest in peace.
The infant daughter in its mother's arms was born Jan. 16, 1917; died Jan. 20, 1917, aged 4 days.
Sweetly rest then, dearest mother,
Since our Savior thought it best,
Earthly life to change for glory
Cares and pain for sweetest rest.
Funeral services were held at the Plainview Church Jan. 24 by E. B. Stoltzfus, assisted by D. B. Raber. Text, I Sam. 20:18.
Zuercher. - Sister Elizabeth Zuercher, nee Tschantz,
was born in Wayne Co., O., July 25, 1832; died at her home near
Apple Creek, O., Jan. 6, 1917, of pneumonia and old age; 84 y.
5 m. 12 d. She was married to Abraham Zuercher in 1856. To this
union were born 1 son and 2 daughters. She leaves to mourn her
departure 1 son, Benjamin, 2 daughters, Lina and Anna, 6 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister.
Funeral was held Jan. 8 at the Swiss Mennonite Church of which she was a devoted member from her youth. She always had a ready hand to help the poor. Services were held by Jacob Nussbaum and C. N. Amstutz.
Lewis. - Eliza Lewis (nee Musselman) was born Feb. 19
1833; died of infirmities of old age at the home of her son-in-law,
Bro. Abr. R. Detweiler near Harleysville, Pa., Jan. 12, 1917;
aged 83 y. 10 m. 23 d. Her husband died Aug.; 17, 1913. She with
her husband united with the Mennonite Church in earlier years,
remained faithful, lived a consistent life, always rejoicing in
her Redeemer. Even in her last days, though her mind was slightly
deranged, she wept tears of joy that she could soon go to her
heavenly home and be with Christ which would be far better. She
is survived by 2 sons and 6 daughters, 32 grandchildren and 54
great-grandchildren; also 2 sisters, Lena Clemmer 94 years, and
_____ Fretz 89 years old.
Funeral services were held Jan. 17 by Bros. Rein Alderfer and Abr. Derstine at the house and at the Salford Mennonite Church by Bros. A. G. Clemmer and Jonas Mininger. Text Rev. 21:7. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Yoder. - Jonathan D. Yoder was born in Huntingdon Co.,
Pa., Oct. 14, 1845; and died at this home in West Liberty, Ohio,
Jan. 13, 1917, aged 71 y. 2 m. 29 d.
When he was but three yeas old his parents moved to Logan Co., Ohio. His father died when he was but six years old, after which he was among his relatives in Champaign county.
At the age of 21 years, he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, where he remained a consistent and faithful member until death.
Oct. 19, 1869, he was united in marriage with Sarah Lantz, who died Feb. 19, 1875. This union was blessed with 2 children, both of whom died in infancy. On Jan. 11, 1881, he was again married to Malinda Kauffman. This union was blessed with 3 children. One died in infancy, 1 son, Christie, died at the age of 4 years. One daughter, Allie M., together with his companion, 3 brothers, a half-sister, and a number of other relatives and friends are left to mourn his departure.
In November, 1915, he became afflicted with heart trouble and hardening of the arteries. During last August he took worse and from that time on failed gradually until he passed away. He was fully resigned to God's will, and when asked whether he was trusting alone in the merits of Jesus, he firmly said he was.
Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, and burial was made at the Hooley cemetery on the Ludlow road.
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Roh. - Henry Roh, son of John and Catharine Roh, was born Oct. 31, 1884, in Walnut Creek Tp., Holmes Co., O.; died of dropsy Dec. 11, 1916 at the U. S. Naval Hospital, Mare Island, Cal., 32 y. 1 m. 11 d. Remaining relatives are father, mother, 1 brother, Willard; 3 sisters, Hilda, Jenny Oswald, and Ardie, all of Nappanee, Ind. The remains were sent to Nappanee and funeral held at the residence Dec. 20, by J. H. McGowen and L. W. Yoder.
Thompson. - Thomas W. Thompson of Stuart's Draft, Va., aged 35 y. 8 m. 21 d., died Jan. 20, 1917, at the home of his widowed mother. He was many years afflicted and suffered much pain. Bright's disease was his principal ailment. His father and several brothers and sisters preceded him to the spirit world. The father and several brothers and sisters remain to mourn the loss of a loved one. Thomas was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Funeral was held in Rankins Chapel (Methodist). Sermon by Elam Horst. Text, Job 7:9, 10. Interment in cemetery near by.
Weiss. - Lydia Weiss (nee Culp) was born Sept. 14, 1856, in Holmes Co., O.; died at her home near Winesburg, O., Jan. 26, 1917; aged 60 y. 4 m. 12 d. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church, near Orrville, O., and remained a faithful member until death. On Jan. 1, 1888, she was united in marriage to Christian Weiss to which union were born 2 sons, Henry W. of Columbus, O., and Frank F. of Massilon, O. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral on the 28th at the Longenecker Church conducted by D. M. Friedt and P. R. Lantz.
Schieber. - Gottlieb Schieber was born Aug. 15, 1854; died Oct. 24, 1916; aged 62 y. 2 m. 9 d. The deceased was united in first marriage to Elizabeth Knodle. To this union were born 3 sons: John, William, and Albert - Albert deceased. His second marriage was to Laura Kehr. To this union were born 1 daughter and 7 sons: Frank, Arthur, Lawrence, Floyd, Jesse, Forest, and Mervin - the daughter deceased. He was a member of the A. M. Church having made his choice with his companion several years ago. He leaves wife and 9 sons, 15 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church by Frank Kreider and J. H. McGowen. Interment near by.
Drawbone. - Herbert Drawbone, aged 2 y. 7 m. 14 d. died
Jan. 14, 1917, at the home of his parents, William and Lulu Drawbone
of Stuart's Draft, Va.
Little Herbert was almost a constant sufferer during his short stay on earth, pneumonia finally invited death, and the suffering ceased.
One brother and one sister survive with the parents to mourn the loss of this early departure.
Funeral services conducted by Elam Horst. Text, Mark 10:14, 15. Interment in cemetery adjoining Rankins Chapel where the funeral was held.
One of the sad features of this event was the father's absence, and his exact whereabouts unknown, having left about three weeks since in search of work.
Stahley. - Sarah Smucker was born in Greene Tp., Wayne
Co., O., July 19, 1850; came to Indiana with her parents, Jonathan
and Salome Smucker, about the year 1861; she united with the A.
M. Church in 1875, and remained a constant member until God called
her home. She was united in marriage to Daniel Stahley Jan. 1,
1880. To this union were born 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters:
Harvey, Alma, Albrecht*, Ira, Bertha, Roy, Ida, Russell, and Dorothy.
All the children were present except Alma Albrecht of Tiskilwa,
Ill., when mother passed away. Ira died July 1, 1905, aged 17
y. 9 m. 21 d. Sarah Stahley died Dec. 18, 1916; aged 57 y. 4 m.
22 d. She leaves husband, 7 children, 4 grandchildren, 5 brothers,
and 2 sisters.
Funeral services were held at the A. M. M. H., Nappanee, Ind., by J. H. McGowen and Levi W. Yoder. Text, Prov. 31:28.
*transcriptionist's note: probably should not have been a comma placed between Alma and Albrecht.
Dirks. - Paula Marie Dirks, only child of Bro. Harry
and Sister Katie Dirks, Springfield, S. Dak., died Jan. 15, 1917;
aged 1 y. 2 m. 16 d. Her death was caused by pneumonia which ended
in blood poison in her feet caused from the terrible fever. She
was sick 28 days. At times the pains were almost unbearable. During
her short stay on earth her parents had 2 serious operations performed
on her in Rochester, Minn. In all her pain she was at times very
bright but the Lord saw fit to call her home where she is forever
free from all pain.
Funeral service was held in the Mennonite Church south of Avon, S. Dak., Jan. 18, 1917, conducted by W. Diekmann of Brooklyn, N. Y. Text, Rom. 8:28.
Sleep till that morning Paula
All is over, hands are folded,
On a peaceful, quiet breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear Paula is at rest.
Egli. - Jacob Egli was born near Colmer, Alsace, Germany, June 21, 1843; died at his home near Merrimac, Ia., Jan. 17, 1917; aged 73 y. 6 m. 26 d. At the age of 4 years he came with his parents to Canada and about 7 years later to this county, and was a resident of Henry Co., Ia., the last 50 years of his life. On Nov. 27, 1866, he was united in marriage with Barbara Roth and lived in the bonds of matrimony a little over 50 years. To this union were born 8 children. Two died in infancy. His loving wife, 2 sons, and 4 daughters are left to mourn the loss of their loving husband and father. He also leaves 2 brothers, 1 sister, 17 grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors. In his youth he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death called him away. Funeral services at the Green Mount Church near Trenton., Ia., by John Wagler, Daniel Graber, and ____ Beery. Texts, Jno. 17:4 and II Tim. 4:6-8. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Krabill. - Maria Krabill, nee Schloneger, was born in
Washington Tp., Stark Co., O., Dec. 20, 1832; died Jan. 20, 1917,
at the ripe old age of 84 y. 2 m. She confessed Christ as her
personal Savior in her early life and united with the A. M. Church.
She remained and faithful and consistent member, and served her
Master faithfully until she was called to her eternal home. She
was married to Nicholas Krabill May 23, 1854. This union was blessed
with 4 children: Daniel, married to Susan Conrad; Joseph, married
to Katie Conrad; Barbara, married to Peter Miller; Katie, married
to John Miller. Her husband, 1 son, 1 grandchild and 3 great-grandchildren
preceded her in death. She lived in widowhood over 19 years. There
remain to mourn her departure 3 children, 13 grandchildren, and
18 great-grandchildren, with a host of relatives and friends.
But we mourn not without hope, since our loss will be her eternal
gain, and therefore we say, "God's will be done."
Services were held at the Beech Church near Maximo, Ohio, and interment in the old cemetery near by. "Peace to her ashes."
Hess. - Elizabeth C. Hess was born in Fairview Tp.,
York Co., Pa., Oct. 6, 1841; died Jan. 21, 1917, at State Hill,
Cumberland Co., Pa.; aged 75 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was the oldest
of 8 children and leaves 2 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn her
departure. Pre. Samuel Hess, Shiremanstown, Pa., is her younger
brother. In her early life she united with the Mennonite Church
and remained faithful till death.
She possessed no talent for music but as evidence of the trust she had in her Savior she sang as she departed this life, "I am going home to die no more." During the greater part of her active life she took care of the Slate Hill Church house and had a kind word for every one she met in performing her duty. She and her sister Barbara lived together. Their home was open for company at all times and those who visited them received a hearty welcome.
Funeral services were conducted at the Slate Hill Church by Bishops Benj. Zimmerman and C. M. Brackbill, Jan. 25. Text Heb. 10:35.
Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Lantz. - Solomon Lantz was born in Mifflin Co., Pa.,
Oct. 5, 1824; died at his home in Congerville, Ill., Dec. 22,
1916, at the age of 92 years.
In 1850 he moved from Pa. to Ill., and three years later was married to Malinda Yoder who died in 1906. There were 11 children born to them of whom there are 9 living: Mrs. Ben Clark of Hubbel, Nebr.; Ira, of Newton, Kans., Aaron and Mrs. S. L. Stutzman of Carlock, Ill.; Mrs. Eli Sharp of Iola, Kans.; Sam and Mattie of Congerville,Ill.; Lee, of Normal, Ill., and Mrs. Franklin Muir of Spokane, Wash. Mrs. Uree Yoder, the oldest daughter, died in 1885, and Mrs. Lydia Hooley in 1913. Grandfather Lantz also leaves besides his 9 children, 35 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren, 2 aged brothers, John and Levi, both living in West Liberty, Ohio.
He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since his youth.
The funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church of Congerville, Ill., of which he was a member at the time of his death. The services were in charge of G. I. Gundy, the pastor, assisted by Valentine Strubhar of Washington, Ill.
Stahl. - Lydia A. Stahl, wife of George E. Stahl died
Jan. 14, 1917, from a relapse after a serious operation, aged
38 y. 11 m. 5 d. She was the daughter of Christopher and Sallie
Hoffman, and was born in Kent Co., Mich., near Elmdale.
She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful to the time of her death. For a number of years she had charge of the infant class in the Sunday school. Her services as chorister were appreciated very much by the church.
She was married to George E. Stahl Dec. 23, 1913, and by her sudden death leaves to mourn her departure her husband and infant son, Omer, her aged mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters: Andrew of Six Lakes, Mich.; William of Alto, Mich.; Moses, of Freeport, Mich.; Mrs. Louisa Peck of Saranac, Mich.; Mrs. Ella Stahl of Clarksville, Mich., and Mrs. Sadie Slabaugh of Greentown, Ind., and a host of relatives and friends.
The funeral was conducted on Jan. 17 at the Mennonite meeting house near Elmdale, Mich., by Isaac Weaver and Noah Blosser, and Aldus Brackbill. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The golden gates were open wide,
A gentle voice said come;
And angels from the other side,
Welcomed our sister home."
- Selected by her mother.
Miller. - Katie A. Raber miller, wife of Deacon S. P.
Miller deceased, was born in Hickey Co., Mo., Jan. 12, 1863. In
early life she united with the A. M. Church.
On Dec. 25, 1880, she was united in marriage to Bro. S. P. Miller. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. She was spared to see her children all grown and members of the Church of her choice, and all married but the three youngest.
In the spring of 1914 with her family they moved from Oscoda, Co., Mich., to Surrey, N. Dak. The family circle remained unbroken till a year ago last November, when the husband and father was suddenly called home.
Sister Miller was sadly afflicted for several years with nervous attacks which at times affected the mind. In September last she left home to visit among relatives and friends in Indiana and Ohio in hopes of gaining her health and returning again to North Dakota to make her home with some of the children. But God saw different and she was relieved of her affliction on the evening of Jan. 17, 1917, at the home of her sister-in-law in Fulton Co., O. Her age was 54 y. 5 d. She leaves to mourn 8 children, 18 grandchildren, 2 foster grandchildren, 5 brothers, 2 sisters; also her aged mother in her 90th year, with a host of relatives and friends. As a member of the church she was true to her vow; as a mother and wife she was kind and affectionate and much concerned with the future welfare of her children.
The body was shipped to Minot, N. D., where services were held at the home of her daughter, H. J. Glick and at the Fairview M. H. on Jan. 23rd, conducted by J. S. Glick, I. S. Mast, and D. T. Dierdorf. Interment in the cemetery near by. Peace to her ashes.
Hartz. - Moses Hartz was born Dec. 23, 1819; died May
15, 1916, at the home of his son Jacob near Morgantown, Pa., with
whom he had his home for a number of years; aged 96 y. 4 m. 24
Grandfather had not been sick since infancy until about four weeks before his death when he began to grow weaker and weaker until death finally claimed him. Prior to that time he was very active for his years.
We greatly miss him in our home as we were used to seeing him and talking with him every day. He never gave us grandchildren an unkind word.
He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church and was present at church services whenever possible until the last year of his life, being too weak and feeble to go, but the time he thought they were having prayer at church he would kneel and pray in his room at home.
He often wished to depart from the world of care and trouble and enter into the rest which is prepared for all saints.
He was born in Robison Tp., Berks Co., Pa.. His parents died when he was small, leaving five orphans. He came to Conestoga Valley where he united with the A. M. Church and married Sister Magdalena Nafziger, who was born in Germany and came with her parents to America in her youth. She died 15 years ago. These children survive: Rebecca, wife of C. E. Fisher of Atglen, Moses N. of Philadelphia, and David and Jacob of Morgantown. Two children preceded them to the great beyond.
Short funeral services were conducted at the home by J. S. Mast in German and J. W. Weaver in English. The last clause of II Kings 11:22 was used as a text, which he selected long ago. Funeral was largely attended. Interment in cemetery near the church.
Yoder. - Nancy A. Plank Yoder was born June 10, 1867,
near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa. In early life she accepted Christ
as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. Jan.
10, 1889, she was united in marriage to Joseph Z. Yoder. After
marriage they took up their residence on a farm in Mifflin Co.,
Pa. This union was blessed with 3 daughters and 1 son. In the
spring of 1904 with their children they came west and located
on a farm near Surrey, N. D., where Sister Yoder was called home
from this life on Friday evening, Jan. 12, 1917, at the age of
49 y. 7 m. 2 d. She leaves to mourn a husband, 2 daughters, 1
son, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, with a host of relatives and friends.
One daughter preceded her to the heavenly home at the age of 19
in June, 1910. As a wife and other her life was devoted in making
a home especially pleasant for those around her. She was a loving
companion to her husband, a mother that was interested in the
welfare of her children. Her life was one of unselfishness, every
one always finding a welcome at her door.
As a sister and member of the church she was true and faithful to her God and the Church of her choice, a woman of great faith. Several years ago when afflicted with pneumonia she intimated to those present that she believed in keeping all the commandments in which she was commended for her faith not knowing what she had in her mind. The following day she sent word with her husband to her minister that she had a desire to be anointed with oil, which request was granted and we believe through her faith and by prayers she was restored and spared several years. Gradually her strength failed and developed into consumption. Knowing her end was drawing near she bore her affliction in a quiet, patient spirit, waiting for the call to come home. Among her last words were: "Why don,t the Lord take me over." Then requesting her husband and children to pray for her. After prayer she referred to the text II Cor. 5: 1, which was to be used at her funeral, then quietly fell asleep to wake on the judgment morn.
Funeral services at Fairview M. H. on Jan. 16, conducted by _____Erwine, I. S. Mast, and D. T. Dierdorf. Interment in cemetery near by.
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Ruth. - Henry A. Ruth of Creamery, Pa., died on Jan. 27, 1917; aged 70 y. 2 m. 3 d. He leaves a wife and 8 children to mourn his departure. Services were held at Upper Skippack Mennonite Church. Text, II Sam. 12:23.
Longenecker. - Suie G. Longenecker, daughter of Ira R. and Ellen E. Longenecker, was born in West Donegal Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 28, 1905; died of pneumonia Jan. 26, 1917; aged 11 y. 10 m. 28 d. Funeral services Jan. 30, at the home by Bro. Simon Garber and at Bossler's Church by Bros. John Landis and Simon Landis. Text, Rom. 8:31: " What shall we then say to these things?" She leaves to mourn father, mother, 4 sisters, 1 brother, 1 grandmother, and 2 grandfathers, a little brother and sister have gone before.
Grove. - Jacob H. Grove was born Nov. 27, 1861; died Jan. 3, 1917; aged 55 y. 1 m. 6 d. Bro. Grove was a member of the Bossler congregation of West Donegal Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa. For a number of years he served as a superintendent of Bossler's Sunday school. He was also a tactful worker in all phases of church work. He is survived, to mourn his sudden departure, by his wife and the following children: Lizzie, Martin, and Peter, all at home. Funeral services were held at Bossler's Jan. 6, 1917, conducted by the Brethren, John Landis, Israel B. Good, and Simon Garber.
Frey.- Bro. Aaron Frey died at his home at Chambersburg, Pa., on Jan. 25, 1917, after an illness of one week of heart failure. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 6 grandchildren, and 1 brother. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, and remained faithful to the last. The family have lost a devoted husband and father, the community a kind neighbor and the church a loyal support. The deceased was aged 62 y. 3 m. 27 d. Funeral Jan. 29 at the Mennonite Church at Chambersburg, Pa. Services were conducted at the house and at the church by W. W. Hege and J. W. McCulloh. Text, Matt. 24:44.
Martin. - Bro. John Oscar Martin died on Jan. 25, 1917, at Keefer's Store, Franklin Co., Pa., after an illness of six days of pneumonia. He leaves to mourn his early departure a sorrowing wife and 3 small children; also his aged father and mother, 9 brothers, 1 sister, and a large number of relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained an example of faithfulness to the end. The deceased was a kind and devoted husband and was loved by those that knew him and the grief stricken sister has the sympathy of the entire community in her sad bereavement. He was aged 37 y. 10 m. 7 d. Funeral Jan. 27 at Mennonite Church at Chambersburg, conducted by W. W. Hege from Deut. 33:27.
Troyer. - Lena (Gingerich) Troyer was born Oct. 28,
1836; died at the home of her daughter, near Carleston, Nebr.,
Jan. 17, 1917; aged 80 y. 2 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage
to Jonathan Troyer April 27, 1853; lived in matrimony 43 y. 4
m. 10 d. To this union were born 6 sons and 8 daughters. She leaves
to mourn their loss, 5 sons, 5 daughters, 79 grandchildren, and
53 great-grandchildren. Her husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, 13 grandchildren
and 8 great-grandchildren have preceded her to the spirit world.
Funeral services at the house were conducted by Bro. Peter Kennel and at the church by Pro.* Peter Kennel in German and by Bro. Wm. Eicher and Bro. Fred Gingerich of Beavercrossing, in English. Interment in the Salem Cemetery near Shickley, Nebr. *transcriptionist's note: "Pro" is probably a typo and most likely should read "Bro."
Sauder. - Henry Sauder was born in Fulton Co., O., April 12, 1849; died on the old homestead near Archbold, O., Jan. 29, 1917; aged 67 y. 9 m. 17 d. He united in marriage with Jemima Eckley Feb. 24, 1864; lived in matrimony 42 y. 11 m. 5 d. To this union 4 children were born. He leaves to mourn a sorrowing wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 13 grandchildren, 1 sister, 2 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his young years and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and lived a faithful consistent Christian life until called by death. Bro. Henry was in a dropsical condition for almost two years, suffering much for want of breath, yet bearing his affliction patiently and expressed a living hope in Christ until death.
Mast. - Sarah Mast, nee Miller, was born Mar. 13, 1851, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died near White Cloud, Mich., Jan. 28, 1917; aged 65 y. 10 m. 26 d. In 1873 she was united in marriage to Alexander Mast. To this union were born 7 children. Sister Mast gave her heart to Christ in her young years and remained faithful to the end. In 1900 she became affiliated with the Mennonite Church at White Cloud, always being faithful in her Christian duties. She leaves to mourn their loss a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 13 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends of relatives and friends. Funeral services Jan. 31 at the Union meeting house conducted by Harry Walker of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jacob P. Miller of Shore, Ind., where a large concourse of people assembled to pay a last tribute of respect to one they loved.
Bomberger. - Christian H. Bomberger was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Feb. 5, 1848; died Dec. 30, 1916, at his home in Lititz,
Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 68 y. 10 m. 25 d. His health had been
failing for about a year, but the end came rather suddenly. He
had a stroke of apoplexy Dec. 28, and two days later calmly fell
He is survived by his wife, 3 children, 3 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of friends to mourn his departure; but we hope that our loss is his eternal gain.
He was almost a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church.
The funeral services were held at the Lititz Mennonite Church Jan. 2, 1917, by Bros. Jonas Hess, John Lefever, and Jacob Hershey. Bro. Hershey spoke comforting words from Jno. 14:1, to a large assembly of relatives and friends. Interment at Erb's Cemetery.
Miller. - Katie Miller, nee Raber, was born near Wheatland, Hickory Co., Mo., Jan. 12, 1863; died near Pettisville, Fulton Co., O., Jan. 17, 1917; aged 54 y. 5 d. She leaves to mourn their loss 5 sons, 3 daughters, 18 grandchildren, mother, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends. She was united in marriage to the late S. P. Miller Dec. 25, 1880; lived in matrimony 34 y. 10 m. 13 d, and widowhood 1 y. 2 m. 9 d. Besides her husband, her father, 2 sisters, and 1 grandchild preceded her in death. Last September Sister Katie came from Minot, N. D., to Goshen, Ind., to visit with her sister, Mrs. S. L. Nafziger, and in December she came to Pettisville, O., to see her aged mother (who is now in her 90th year) and her sister, Mrs. Henry Rychener at whose home she took sick and died. Funeral services were held the 20th at the Central Church conducted by the home ministers, after which her remains were returned to Minot, N. D., to be laid besides her husband. She was a faithful and consistent member of the A. M. Church.
Yoder, - Cathrina Yoder, nee Rohrer, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 12, 1840; died Jan. 27, 1917; aged 76 y. 9 m. 15 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Heider in 1861. To this union was born 1 daughter. Mr. Heider departed this life April 17, 1864. On Jan. 17, 1866, she was again married to Aaron J. Yoder, who preceded her in death about 7 years ago. To this union were born 7 children - 3 sons and 4 daughters - all of whom are living and all were present at the funeral. She joined with the Mennonite Church in her early life, to which she has held her faith to life's end. She was one of a family of 9 children, 5 of whom preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 8 children, 31 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. The funeral was held at the Bunker Hill Church. The brethren preached a very encouraging discourse from the following Scriptures: Bro. Ed. Shepfer from Phil. 1:21. Bro. Calvin Mast from Jno. 14:27-31. Bro. W. D. Fisher from Rev. 14:13. To which we express our heart-felt thanks for their consoling words.
Kauffman. - Susanna Kauffman (nee Yoder) daughter of
David and Katie Yoder (nee Hostetter) was born Oct. 24, 1850,
near Summit Mills, Pa.; aged 66 y. 2 m. 9 d. Funeral service Jan.
4 at the Zion A. M. Church conducted by Brethren A. P. Troyer
and F. Z. Yoder. Text, Psa. 116:15. Her remains were laid to rest
within the cemetery nearby.
She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 28 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 1 sister, step-mother and 2 half-sisters, besides a large circle of friends.
Two daughters, 1 son, 3 granddaughters, father, mother, 1 brother, 1 half-brother, and 2 half-sisters have preceded her to the spirit world.
She united with the A. M. Church at the age of 18 years and remained consistent and faithful until death.
In 1872 she and her sister emigrated to Douglass Co., Ill., Jan. 18, 1874, she was married to Daniel Kauffman.
Jan. 18, 1879, she moved with her husband, brother and sister and family to Hubbard, Oreg., where they arrived on the 30th of the same month. She lived on the same farm since 1881, the place of her death.
Kraybill. - Fannie Kraybill (nee Snyder) was born June
14, 1828; entered into rest Feb. 1, 1917, at the home of her son
Daniel S. Kraybill where she resided, near Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged
88 y. 7 m. 17 d. She was married to Peter N. Kraybill, who preceded
her to the spirit world on Nov. 5, 1906. She was the youngest
daughter of a family of 9 children and her father was the youngest
son of a large family, consequently she survived all of her generation
of the Snyder family, both in the United States and Canada. She
was for many years a consistent member of the Mennonite Church
and remained loyal until she fell peacefully asleep in the arms
of Jesus. Her entire family of 8 children remain to mourn her
departure as well as 45 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was a kind mother, always looking after the interests and
welfare of her children, much concerned about having them brought
into the fold of Christ. She is now
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep."
If we loved our mother, then let us pray to God for grace, that we may live the rest of our days here upon earth, be they few or be they many, so we can some day meet her in yonder glory world.
Funeral was held at Kraybill's Church, services were conducted by Bish. Peter R. Nissley who spoke on the text, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them" (Rev. 4:13). Bro. Simon E. Garber assisted in the services.
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Senger. - On Feb. 8, 1917, at their home near Canal Fulton, Ohio, Doris, daughter of Levi and Pearl Senger, aged 6 d. Funeral Feb. 10, at the house by Ira J. Buchwalter.
Gascho. - Magdalena Gascho was born July, 1827, near Johnstown, Pa., and died at Poole, Ont., Feb. 4, 1917; aged 89 y. 6 m. Buried Feb. 7, funeral services by Jacob Lichty and Nicholas Nafziger. Text, II Cor. 5:1-10; Luke 2:29-32.
Middaugh. - On Jan. 17, 1917, at her home in East Greenville, O., little Florence Marie, daughter of Bro. and Sister Adam Middaugh; aged 2 m. 2 d. Funeral on the 19th by I. J. Buchwalter at Pleasant View Church.
Holsopple. - Sister Mary Harshberger Holsopple, widow of Bro. Henry Holsopple, deceased, was born Mar. 14, 1840; died near Windber, Pa., Jan. 19, 1917; aged 76 y. 10 m. 5 d. Funeral services were conducted on the 21st in the Church of the Brethren of Rummel, Pa., by L. A. Blough and Peter Knabel.
Steinman. - Solomon Steinman was born April 9, 1884, in Wilmot Tp., Waterloo Co., Ont.; died Jan. 30, 1917; aged 32 y. 9 m. 21 d. On Feb. 9, 1909, he was married to Sarah Albrecht who with one daughter survives him. Buried Jan. 31. Funeral services by Peter Spenler and Nicholas Nafziger. Text, I Cor. 15; Rev. 21:21-27.
Miller. - Reuben E. Miller was born Oct. 14, 1842; died Jan. 9, 1917; aged 74 y. 2 m. 25 d. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, and 3 daughters. The funeral services were held Jan. 13, at his home near Salunga, Pa., and at the Salunga Mennonite Church, conducted by Henry Longenecker, Isaac Brubaker, and Hiram Kauffman. Text, II Kings 20:1.
Bowman. - Sister Susan Bowman (nee Good), wife of Dea. Noah M. Bowman, died at Allegheny, Bucks Co., Pa.; aged 64 y. 7 m. 23 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her young years, was married to Bro. Bowman and this union was blessed with 15 children, 10 of whom survive. Her sickness was a complication, at last it was heart failure. One brother and 4 sisters survive. Funeral was held Feb. 8, 1917, where services were conducted by Bros. Benj. Weaver and Moses G. Gehman from II Tim. 6:7,8. Peace to her ashes.
Eshleman. - Elizabeth Eshleman was born Oct. 29, 1847; died Jan. 24, 1917; aged 69 y. 8 m. 25 d. She was the widow of Jonas Eshleman who preceded her three years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by 2 sons (Andrew and Miller). Funeral services were held on Jan. 27 at her home at Landisville, Pa., and at the Landisville Mennonite Church, conducted by Henry Longenecker, Peter Nissley, and Hiram Kauffman. Text, Heb. 4:9.
Thomas. - Samuel S. Thomas of near Holsopple, Pa., died Feb. 6, 1917; aged 47 y. 6 m. 25 d. He was hurt about 5 weeks ago while handling saw logs, but the people thought he was improving - but it made a very sudden change on Feb. 6 and very unexpectedly the death angel called him away from his family. He is survived by an aged mother, a sorrowing widow, 3 sons, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Maple Spring Church of the Brethren by Samuel Zimmerman and L. A. Blough.
Bachman. - Bro. Henry Bachman was born Mar. 19, 1860; died Feb. 3, 1917; aged 56 y. 10 m. 14 d. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth and was faithful to death. He united in marriage with Emma Speas Dec. 4, 1902. This union was blessed with 2 daughters (Martha and Sarah). He leaves to mourn his death his wife, 2 daughters, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends. She* will also be missed at the Harmony Sunday school as a teacher. Services at the house in Cazenovia, Ill., and at Harmony Church, conducted by Samuel Gerber. Text, II Tim. 4:7. *transcriptionist,s note: "She as written in the Gospel Herald
Sala. - Mary Ann (Berkey) Sala was born Aug. 5, 1856; died Jan. 12, 1916; aged 60 y. 5 m. 7 d. She was married to John M. Sala Nov. 10, 1878. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1879 and lived a faithful member until death. She was sickly for a number of years that she could not attend church regularly but she had a desire to go to the house of worship. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 1 son, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, and 1 brother. May God bless these mourning friends. Funeral services conducted by Bros. W. C. Hershberger and L. A. Blough in the Stahl Church near Johnstown, Pa. Buried in the cemetery near the church.
Good. - Noah Good was born at North Lima, Ohio, July 24, 1842; died Jan. 2, 1917; aged 74 y. 5 m. 8 d. He came to Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1868; was married to Fannie Horst Dec. 1, 1870, and since then they had made their home on the farm where he died. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1871 and has always been a faithful member. His health had been failing for about nine months. About two weeks before his death he contracted a cold which developed into pneumonia and caused his death. He bore his sickness very patiently, and said that he was not afraid to die. He was a kind and industrious husband and father. He is survived by his wife, 5 children (Ezra, Mrs. Emma Heatwole, Benjamin, Mrs. Mary Kreider, and John), also 7 grandchildren. He was the third of a family of 7 of whom 2 brothers and 2 sisters survive (Jesse Good, Samuel Good, Mrs. Lydia Horst, and Anna Good). Funeral services were held Jan. 5, conducted by Bro. David Wenger and Bro. Moses Horst. Text, I Cor. 15:51-58. Interment in County Line Cemetery.
Bishop. - Mary Anne Bishop, widow of the late Enos Bishop, was born Dec. 7, 1827; died Jan. 25, 1917; aged 89 y. 1 m. 18 d. Her husband preceded her in death 37 years ago. Five sons and one daughter mourn her departure. In a lifetime of almost 90 years how many must have been the cares, and trials and temptations; but the Lord hath delivered her out of them all. She remained faithful unto the end, always was of a meek and quiet disposition. She was buried at the Blooming Glen (Pa.) Mennonite Church of which she was a member.
Burkholder. - Mary E. Burkholder, widow of Caleb W. Burkholder, who was killed by a runaway team over 25 years ago, died of Bright,s disease near Dayton, Va., Feb. 5; aged 60 y. 10 m. 7 d. She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church (Wisler) for some years and adorned her profession in a modest, unassuming way. She was a kind neighbor and devoted mother. She leaves to mourn their loss 2 sons and 2 daughters. We believe their loss is her gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Church on the 7th by Bishop J. D. Wenger and Emmanuel Heatwole from Ex. 33:27. She was laid to rest besides her husband in the cemetery nearby.
Loucks. - Rebecca Culp was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Jan. 26, 1840; married to Isaac B. Loucks of Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 1, 1863; resided a few years in Elkhart Co., then moved to Mahoning Co., then to Brown Co., Kans., in 1873, then to Falls City, Nebr., in 1881; died at her home in Falls City Feb. 5, 1917; aged 77 y. 9 d. She had been a member of the Brethren Church for 30 years. She leaves her husband, a son, a sister, 3 brothers, 3 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services at the Brethren Church, conducted by Pre. Stuckman. Buried in Steele Cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of sympathizing friends.
Bellaire. - Effie Hattie, youngest daughter of Willard and Erme Bellaire, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Oct. 5, 1915; died in Shipshewana, Ind., Jan. 1, 1917; aged 1 y. 2 m. 26 d. Her sickness started with whooping cough followed by lung fever and brain fever, from which the frail body could no longer endure and death finally came and claimed it, and relieved the little one's intense suffering. She leaves a father, mother, 4 brothers, 1 sister, grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at Shipshewana before a large audience by Bro. Y. C. Miller. Text, "The maid is not dead but sleepeth." Remains were laid to rest in the Kitely cemetery.
Conrad. - Lydia Conrad was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Mar. 16, 1845; died on the home farm where she lived during her entire life, Feb. 7, 1917; aged 71 y. 10 m. 21 d. The cause of her death was "fecal impaction" Her illness was very short, and she suddenly passed away. She confessed Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 20, united with the A. M. Church, and remained faithful in the Master's service until called to the eternal world. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 brother, 8 nephews and nieces, together with a host of relatives and friends. But may our loss be her eternal gain. She will be missed by her many friends. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near by. Peace to her ashes.
Good. - Joel Good, was born Nov. 22, 1835, in Fairfield Co., Ohio; died near Peabody, Kans., Feb. 3, 1917; aged 81 y. 2 m. 12 d. He was married to Susanna Huber in Perry Co., Ohio. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters. He is survived by 4 sons and 2 daughters (Isaac B., Charles A., John H., Emanuel E., Fannie Brenneman, and Minnie A. Winey). and 16 grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 40 years. After the close of the war he moved to Missouri and in 1885 moved to Peabody, Kans., which had been his home ever since. His companion died July 12, 1900, after which he had his home with his children. Services at the house by L. O. King and at the church by J. F. Brunk, after which he was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Loux. - Sister Eliza Loux, wife of Pre. Peter B. Loux, was born July 1, 1846; died Jan. 10, 1917; aged 70 y. 6 m. 10 d. Sister Loux was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. Her sickness was of such a nature that she knew her end was near, but she was calm and waited patiently till the Lord took her home. She was a loving, kindhearted sister and had a smile for everybody she met. Her only concern was for her husband, and towards the last expressed a desire that the younger sisters should dress as becometh saints. Her favorite hymn, "My faith looks up to Thee," she helped to sing a few days before her departure. The funeral services were conducted by Bros. Christian Allebach and Jesse Mack at the house and Bros. Jonas Mininger and Warren Bean at the church. Text, Phil. 1:21-24. How sad to see these old mothers in Israel depart one by one, but what is our loss, we believe is their eternal gain. Who would wish them back in these last and perilous times when the whole world is engaged in war? A husband, 2 nephews, and 1 niece survive.
Shellenberger. - Susan Shellenberger, wife of J. B.
Shellenberger, died Dec. 3, 1916, at her late home in Walker Tp.,
death due to paralytic stroke of which this was the 7th stroke.
About 3 1/2 years ago, she had a hard stroke which left her entirely
helpless in her right side. She could neither walk nor talk but
she bore it all with patience. She was always so glad to have
brothers and sisters come together to sing and read God,s Word
and oft expressed her longings to be with her Savior. She was
loved by all who knew her. She was a good neighbor and a kind
mother, and although she couldn,t talk she had her way to show
her love to all around her. Her husband preceded her four months
and five days before her death. She was born Mar. 25, 1840; died
Dec. 3, 1916; aged 76 y. 9 m. 8 d. She is survived by 2 brothers
(Daniel Warner and Abram Warner), and a step-daughter, Mrs. John
Berkshire, where she made her home. Services were held in the
Lost Creek Cemetery. Services were conducted at the house by W.
W. Graybill from Psa. 28 and at the church by Bro. Graybill and
Bro. Garber of Virginia from Job 14:14, 15.
Farewell, mother, till we meet thee,
In that heavenly home above
There to sing of God's praises with thee,
In the land of joy and love.
Sumner. - Zetta (Duffer) Sumner was born June 30, 1892;
died Feb. 7, 1917; aged 24 y. 7 m. 7 d. She leaves to mourn her
departure a loving husband and a four month old son, a mother,
sisters and brothers, and a number of other relatives and friends.
Zetta was led to accept her Savior in her 16th year and was received by baptism into the Mennonite Church at Carver, Mo. Having wandered from the fellowship of the Church she was again reinstated into fellowship about a month before her death. In her last hours she seemed happy in the Savior,s love and concern for the salvation of her loved ones.
Funeral services were conducted by J. R. Shank assisted by Harry Diener. Text, Rev. 14:33. While another home is made lonely, and a loved one is gone, we trust that all will so live that here may be no more parting in the home beyond.
Boyer. - Solomon Boyer was born Jan. 21, 1836; died Jan. 25, 1917; aged 81 y. 4 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and son and many relatives and friends. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday afternoon Jan. 28, at the Thomas Mennonite Church near Hollsopple, Pa., by David Garber, Lyndhurst, Va., L. A. Blough, and James Saylor. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Hartman. - David B. Hartman was born Aug. 4, 1853, near Harrisonburg, Va., where she also spent the greater part of his life. He was a son of David and Elizabeth Hartman who were blest with 12 children - only 2 remaining, namely, P. S. Hartman and Elizabeth Brunk. He was married to Sarah Jane Fahrney, to which union were born 2 sons, William and Harry. Thirteen years go he left Virginia and found employment at Dover, Ohio, where he was a number of years a foreman in a factory. He loved the Bible and read it regularly. United with the Church in youth, but for some cause was not in the church in his last years, though he expressed a desire to be reinstated and to commune once more with his home congregation at Weavers. A few months ago he was injured by a fall. In his last few days of suffering he called for his brother to come speedily to his side, which call was answered. They were privileged to talk with one another a few days when at last on Jan. 21, 1917, at the age of 63 y. 5 m. 17 d., he slipped out of his tabernacle of clay, and his spirit went to God who gave it, while his body was brought to the home of his brother at Harrisonburg, Va. The funeral took place Jan. 24, at the Weaver Church, conducted by the Brethren S. H. Rhodes and J. S. Martin, from Job 14:5, 14
Hollinger. - Lydia, wife of Jacob Hollinger died at
her home near Brownstown, Pa.; Feb. 4, 1917; aged 53 y. 2 m. 4
d. Her sickness was diabetes, and of short duration. Death came
very unexpectedly. She united with the Mennonite Church in her
youth, and was faithful until death. She taught the elderly sisters,
class in Sunday school at Landis Valley for some years, and she
will be missed by all. She leaves to mourn her early departure,
husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 1 grandson, 7 step-children, 2 brothers,
5 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. But we mourn not
without hope, since our loss is her eternal gain. Looking through
our tears to the glory world, we see her safe in the arms of Jesus,
and will therefore say, God,s will be done. We are glad that she
lived to see all her children grown up and members of the church
of her choice. May they all continue to serve God faithfully as
mother did, and "some sweet day when life is over they shall
Funeral services were held on the 7th, at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. N. L. Landis and J. W. Weaver. Text, Jno. 17:24.
A large number of people had gathered there to pay the last tribute of respect, and to look for the last time into the face of our dear sister. Her body was carried to the adjoining cemetery by her four step-sons. May God bless our brother and his children in this their sad bereavement.
"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said come,
And angels from the other side,
Welcomed our sister home."
-R. H. H.
Blaine. - Barbara Switzer, daughter of Daniel and Sophia
Switzer, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Aug. 4, 1861; died Jan.
20, 1917; aged 55 y. 5 m. 16 d. In 1879 she was married to Jessie
R. Blaine, and in 1881 came to Allen Co., Ohio, where they had
since resided. To this union were born 12 children of which 10
are living. She leaves to mourn her departure husband and children,
with 19 grandchildren, 3 sisters, and a host of friends. She united
with the Dunkard Church when young and a few years ago united
with the Mennonite Church, her husband not uniting till later,
when by the kind providence of God, prayer in his behalf prevailed
at the Throne and he was directed to his Savior.
Sister Blaine took sick a week before she died but was not considered dangerously ill. The morning of her death the dear ones at home went to their work as usual but were soon called back to find that mother had gone to her eternal reward, having breathed her last in the arms of her husband who 38 years ago had stood beside her and taken the solemn vows together, "till death does us part."
Funeral services were held from the United Brethren Church, conducted by B. B. Stoltzfus assisted by Moses Brenneman. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in Blue Lick Cemetery besides church near Lima, Ohio.
Yoder. - Fannie Kauffman Yoder, daughter of Christian
and Mary Kauffman, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Jan. 30, 1846;
died at her home in Champaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 7, 1917; aged 71
y. 8 d. She accepted her Savior at the age of 17 and united with
the Mennonite Church of Logan Co., under the eldership of the
late Bishop Kanagy in the year 1863 of which she has remained
faithful to her end.
She was married to John R. Yoder Feb. 25, 1869. They walked life's pathway peacefully together almost 48 years. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 6 remain with their father to mourn her departure. One son died in infancy and Mary. E. at the age of 17 yrs. Those remaining are Emma K. King, Amanda A. Zook, Edith M. Harshbarger, Alfred F., Eva B., and Emmett W. Yoder. There were 28 grandchildren of whom 23 are living. Four brothers, 4 sisters, and many other relatives and friends remain. The last two weeks of her life were spent amid intense suffering from rheumatism and varicose veins which caused her death. She was a woman with a remarkable memory and of a kind and loving disposition which won for her many friends. In her last days she expressed her willingness and desire to depart and be at rest.
We loved her, yes we loved her,
But Jesus loved her more,
And He has sweetly called her,
To yonder shining shore.
Funeral services conducted Feb. 11, at Oak Grove Church, by Bro. S. E. Allgyer, from Num. 23:10, assisted by Bro. C. H. Byler. Interment in Hooley Cemetery.
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