Large.-Samuel Edmund, son of Ambrose and Catherina Large, was born May 1, 1844, at Newark, Ohio; departed this life Aug. 27, 1917, near Shipshewana, Ind.; aged 73 y. 3 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage to Nancy Jane Reichard on Dec. 22, 1863. To this union were born 5 children. His first wife died Dec., 1879. On Aug. 17, 1880, he was united in marriage to Martha Ellen Stewart. To this union were born three children. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, 3 children, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, Joseph Large, of Howe, Ind. He was a blacksmith and lived for many years in La Grange Co., Ind. His death was caused from a broken limb last fall. Funeral conducted at the Shore M. H. by Bro. Y. C. Miller from the text, "Let not your heart be troubled."
Rudy.-Lydia Horst, wife of Christian Rudy, was born Mar. 17, 1838; died Sept. 19, 1917; aged 72 y. 6 m. 2 d. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. She lived in Waterloo Co., Ont., up to about 7 years ago, when she went to visit her daughter, Mrs. Moses Sauder in Pennsylvania. While there she took sick and spent nearly all of the seven years in bed, but death has at last relieved her of all earth's cares and pains. The remains were brought back home where very impressive sermons were preached Sept. 22, at St. Jacob's Mennonite Church, Waterloo Co., Ont., by Noah Hunsberger in English, from Psa. 115.16, and Jonas Snider in German from Psa. 39.4.
Krabill.-Magdaline Krabill was born Dec. 21, 1833, in Alsace, France. Emigrated to America in 1858. She died at the home of her brother, Peter Graber, near Canton, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1917; aged 83 y. 8 m. 18 d. In 1854 she was married to Christian Krabill who preceded her in death. In her early life she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the A. M. Church. She was a faithful and consistent Christian, interested in the work of her Master. She leaves to mourn her departure one brother with many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Wentler Lutheran Church, conducted by the brethren, J. S. Gerig and J. A. Liechty. Text, Rom. 8:18. Interment in cemetery near by.
Bixler.-Magdalena Hofsetter Bixler was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 27, 1844; died Sept. 16, 1917, at her home near Dalton, Ohio, after a lingering illness of enlargement of the liver; aged 73 y. 3 m. 19 d. Oct. 7, 1865, she was married to David Bixler, which union was blessed with 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters. One daughter preceded in infancy. Besides husband she also leaves 1 brother and 2 sisters, 34 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior early in life, joined the Swiss Mennonite Church and was an example of industry, sincerity, and humility that many would do well to follow her example. Nearly two years ago they celebrated their golden wedding. Funeral services were held Sept. 19, by Bro. C. N. Amstutz.
Brubacher.-David M., son of John and Magdalena (Musselman) Brubacher was born Feb. 21, 1848; died Sept. 12, 1917; aged 69 y. 6 m. 19 d. He was married to Susanna Sitler, to which union were born 12 children, 3 of whom died in infancy. Four sons, 5 daughters, 16 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends are left to mourn his departure. During the last months of his life he suffered a great deal from gangrene on one of his feet, and although the pain was at times almost unbearable he was a patient sufferer and waited and longed for the hour that would relieve him from all pain and sorrow, and we have the hope that he is now safe with Jesus. Funeral services Sept. 14, by Pre. E. S. Bauman in German from II Cor. 5:1 and Bishop Jonas Snider in English from Rev. 14:12, 13.
Weaver.-Clara Mae (Kaufman), beloved wife of William Weaver, was born in Nebraska Aug. 12, 1893; died at Calgary Hospital, Alberta, Sept. 18, 1917; aged 24 y. 1 m. 6 d. She was a consistent and loyal member of the Mennonite Church, a devoted student of God's Word and an example of humility, integrity, and fidelity. In her case her everyday action spoke louder, for the cause of Christ, than words. She tried to follow His example. She leaves a kind husband at Duchess, Alta., and parents, 5 brothers, and 1 sister who reside at Denbigh, Va. May God bless the bereaved ones and may it be the means of drawing us all closer to Him. Funeral on Sept. 20. Service at the home. Buried at the Duchess Union Cemetery. Services conducted by Bro. Isaac Miller of Mazeppa, Alta. Text. Rev. 14:13.
Mast.-John Mast was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 26, 1857; died Sept. 19, 1917; aged 60 y. 7 m. 23 d. He confessed his Savior in his early years and was a faithful member of the A. M. Church, worshiping with the Martin's Creek congregation. He was married to Jemima Hooley July 14, 1896. This union was blessed with 4 children. One son (Samuel) was called home to his reward 13 years ago. He leaves to mourn his departure his dear life companion, 1 son, 2 daughters, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, with many relatives and friends. But may their loss be his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the Martin's Creek A. M. Church conducted by J. S. Gerig and C. Z. Yoder. Text, Phil. 4:5. Interment in cemetery near by. Peace to his ashes.
Zeigler.-John Wilmer, only child of Paul and Edith Zeigler,
was born Aug. 31, 1915; died Sept. 14, 1917, of cholera infantum;
aged 2 y. 14 d. Little Wilmer was a bright, lovable little boy.
He was a great favorite in the home and the community where he
lived, scattering love and sunshine wherever he went; but his
stay in this sinful world was short. It was hard to give him up,
but our loss is his gain. The parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents,
and one uncle (Paul), besides other relatives and friends, are
left to mourn the loss of darling little Wilmer. Funeral services
at the Midway Church by A. J. Steiner and David Lehman were largely
"Our blessed Lord had need of one
To join His angel band;
And so He stooped with loving smile
And clasped our darling Wilmer's hand."
By his grandparents.
Nussbaum.-Anna, youngest daughter of Bro. Jacob J.,
and Sister Anna Nussbaum, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 8,
1908; died Sept. 14, 1917; aged 8 y. 5 m. 19 d. Her sickness was
of short duration. Sept. 14 she was taken seriously ill in the
morning, accompanied by violent vomiting. Medical aid was of no
avail and she died the same day at 2:30. A post-mortem-examination
on Saturday did not positively disclose the cause. She was a bright
little girl and will be missed by all who knew her. She leaves
to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 7 brothers, 5 sisters
and an aged grandfather. Funeral services were held Sept. 17,
at the Swiss Mennonite Church, by Bro. C. N. Amstutz. Text, Psa.
23. The songs, "Jesus Loves Me, this I know," and "God
will take care of you," were also sung, which were two of
her favorite hymns.
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.
Hershberger.-Calla Troyer was born in Howard Co., Ind., Oct. 18, 1887; died of typhoid fever with complication of heart trouble, Sept. 16, 1917; aged 29 y. 11 m. 17 d. In 1902 she was converted to God during a series of meetings conducted by Henry Weldy of Wakarusa, Ind., in the Howard-Miama Mennonite Church, and shortly afterwards she united with the Church and remained a true and faithful member until death. On Mar. 30, 1911, she was united in marriage to Daniel N. Hershberger. To this union were born one son and one daughter. Little Dwight soon took his flight to that home above where there is no more death. Little Mildred Idella and her papa are still remaining. Sister Calla was sick only three days, with intense sufferings, but bore it all with Christian fortitude. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, 1 daughter, mother, 7 brothers, 2 sisters, 6 half-brothers, 4 half-sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral on the 19th at the Mennonite Church. The attendance was very large. Services conducted by the brethren, N. M. Slabaugh and F. A. Mast, from Rev. 14:13. Buried in the Mast Cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Transcriber's note: In the Hershberger obit, I think "Howard-Miama Mennonite Church" should read "Howard-Miami Mennonite Church." Error not mine. -- bk
Troxel.-- Geo. Franklin, son of Bro. Norman and Sister
Susan Troxel, was born May 23, 1917; died Sept. 28, 1917; aged
4 m. 5 d. Funeral services were held Oct. 1, at Lincoln, Pa.,
Reformed Church, where interment was made. Services by Benj. Wenger
and John W. Weaver. Text, Psa. 39:4-6. May God comfort the sorrowing
J. W. W.
Martin.-On Sept. 11, 1917, in the village of Goodville,
Pa., Sister Ruth, daughter of Bro. Samuel D. and Sister Mary Martin,
peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, after suffering for some time
of the effects of the dread disease consumption, aged 17 years.
Being so tender in years and of a loving disposition it seemed
hard to give her up. The family has the sympathy of the community.
Funeral services were held at Goodville, where interment was made.
Services by I. B. Good, John M. Souder, and John W. Weaver. Text,
Ruth 1:16-18. Sister Ruth united with the Church at the age of
fourteen years and was a faithful sister unto the end.
J. W. W.
Martin.-Bro. Abraham W. Martin died Sept. 20, in the village of Goodville, Pa., having lived with his son-in-law, Bro. Aaron B. Weaver, for the last three years. He was 85 years of age and a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. His wife preceded him to the eternal world some years ago. He leaves 4 sons and 3 daughters to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held on the 24th at Goodville. Interment at Lichty's Cemetery. Services by Bish. Benj. Weaver and John M. Souder. J. W. W.
Rudy.-Sister Lydia Rudy died at her late home in Goodville,
Pa., after an illness of 7 years, from a complication of diseases.
She was 78 years of age and is survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter.
She was a faithful, true and devoted member of the Mennonite Church.
Funeral services were held at Goodville on the 27th by I. B. Good
and John M. Sauder. In the evening her daughter and others followed
the remains to St. Jacob's, Ont., where further services were
held and interment was made.
J. W. W.
Black.-Sister Margaret Black of Greenwood, Pa., died from the effects of a stroke Sept. 7, 1917; aged 72 y. 1 d. Sister Black was a member of the little flock at Pond Bank, she having united with the Mennonite Church at that place more than 5 years ago. Previous to that time she had been a member of the U. B. Church for many years. She was firm in the faith and gave an unwavering testimony of the doctrine of simplicity. The funeral services were held at the home on Sunday, Sept. 9, and were conducted by W. W. Hege, from Rev. 22:14. Burial in the cemetery at Mont Alto.
Myers.-Katharine (Wisler) Myers was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, June 8, 1840; died Aug. 7, 1917, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Berlin, on N. Main St., Nappanee, Ind.; aged 77 y. 1 m. 29 d. She was married to Jacob D. Myers of Columbiana Co., Ohio, Nov. 28, 1858. To this union were born 2 children-Isaac W. Myers of Marticville, New York, and Leah (Myers) Berlin of Nappanee, Ind. She united with the Mennonite Church about 50 years ago and remained faithful until death. She lived a consistent Christian life and always bore her affliction with patience and fortitude. Funeral services were held at the W. Main St. Mennonite Church, conducted by E. S. Mullet. Text, I Pet. 1:3-5. Interment in the North Union Cemetery.
Mast.-Barbara Troyer was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Mar. 22, 1856; died near Shipshewana, Ind., Sept. 26, 1917; aged 61 y. 6 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel A. Mast, Dec. 9, 1877. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. Sister Mast was sick about 12 months. She suffered much pain but bore it all with Christian fortitude. She leaves to mourn their loss a sorrowing husband, step-mother, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, 7 half-brothers, 2 half-sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral the 29th at 10 o'clock from the Shore Church where a large concourse assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Services by Y. C. Miller and Jacob P. Miller from Jno. 14:1, 2.
Reeb.-Anna (Zoss) Reeb was born in Switzerland Aug. 27, 1859; died Sept. 20, 1917; aged 58 y. 23 d. Cause of her death was heart failure. She united with the Reformed Church in her youth. On Jan. 7, 1888, she united in marriage with Adam Reeb. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. After moving to Nebraska in 1907 she with her husband united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member to the end. Her works spoke louder than her words. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, an aged mother, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Three brothers and 2 sisters have preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 23 by Bro. Peter Kennel in German from last clause of Isa. 38:1, and by Bro. Fred Gingerich in English from last clause of Matt. 19:27. Interment in Salem Cemetery near Shickley, Nebr.
Roth.-Esta Reschley Roth was born in Henry Co., Iowa, Mar. 3, 1885; died at her home near Wayland, Iowa, Sept. 23, 1917; aged 32 y. 6 m. 20 d. Her sickness was of but three days' duration. Realizing the end was near she called her children to her bedside and kissed them. Then she admonished her husband to put his trust in the Lord and He will help him. Then he asked her if she would not like to be with them a little longer, she said she was going where there is no pain nor sorrow. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior in her youth, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until called by death. On Sept. 6, 1908, she was united in marriage to Nicholas N. Roth. This union was blessed with 4 children. She leaves to mourn a deeply bereaved husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, father, step-mother, 3 sisters, 3 brothers, 5 half-brothers, a grandmother, and a large concourse of friends and neighbors to mourn her early departure. Funeral services at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, by S. Gerig and S. Gingerich. Interment in the cemetery near by. God picked out the flower that was blooming and left four little green leaves to be still growing.
Shank.-Sister Annie Shank was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa.; died Aug. 21, 1917; aged 89 y. 8 d. She died at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Wadel, her death being due to old
age. She is survived by 6 children. Her husband and oldest daughter
have preceded her to the spirit world, she being a widow for 34
years. She confessed Christ as her Savior at the early age of
15 and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church to the
end. She had a loving smile for every one. In the closing hours
of her life she gazed toward heaven and smiled and said, "I
have seen father and mother and Moses (her husband) and so many
little children." She was confined to her bed but 11 days
after which she quietly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. All
through the last year her desire was to go home. She would cry
many a time and wonder why we don't let her go home to her father
and mother. But now her wish has been granted. Funeral services
Aug. 24 were conducted at the home of Bro. George Ernst and at
the Chambersburg Church by Bros. Denton Martin and Jacob Bucher.
She was buried in the adjoining cemetery.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Tressler.-Benjamin Franklin Tressler, son of Bro. Irwin Tressler and wife, was born June 12, 1917; died Oct. 5, 1917; aged 3 m. 23 d. Funeral at Springs, Pa., Mennonite Church conducted by P. S. Davis and N. E. Miller.
Tressler.-Ruth Rosella Tressler, daughter of Bro. Irwin Tressler and wife, was born June 23, 1915; died Sept. 23, 1917; aged 2 y. 3 m. Funeral at Springs, Pa., Mennonite Church conducted by P. S. Davis of the Church of the Brethren, and N. E. Miller.
Folk.-Mary Folk, wife of Bro. John Folk, was born May 12, 1863; died at her home at Springs, Pa., of dropsy on Sept. 16, 1917, at the age of 54 y. 4 m. 4 d. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter, and 3 sons. She was a member of the Brethren Church. Her funeral was one of the largest ever held at Springs. Services in the Mennonite Church in charge of E. D. Burnworth of the Brethren Church and N. E. Miller.
Tregilgus.-Mervin Lloyd, son of John and Luella Tregilgus, was born near Kenmare, N. D., Dec. 31, 1916; died at Minot, N. D., Oct. 1, 1917; aged 9 m. 1 d. He leaves to mourn, his parents, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and many relatives and friends. We believe God has taken him home to see two brothers who have gone before. Services were conducted by Bro. Dan B. Kauffman and Bro. Levi S. Glick at the meeting house near Baden, N. D.
Stevanus.-Jonas Stevanus was born Jan. 27, 1853; died Sept. 20, 1917; aged 64 y. 7 m. 23 d. He suffered for some time from an affection of the stomach, probably of a cancerous nature, and was removed to the hospital where he was operated on, but the surgeon did not think it wise to remove the growth. He was brought to his home, where he died about a month later. In his younger days he was a member of the Mennonite Church but for 20 years he was living in gross sin. A few days before his death he was visited by two of the ministers of the congregation of which he was formerly a member. He expressed penitence and a complete surrender to the Word and the Church. He was again admitted to church fellowship. Funeral services at the Springs, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by G. D. Miller and N. E. Miller. Text, "And what will ye do in the end thereof."
Transcriber's note: The Stevanus obit uses the word "affection" of the stomach, which I believe should be "infection." error not mine.
Lohr.-Daniel Milton Lohr was born in Garrett Co., Md., Feb. 3, 1887; was instantly killed in an automobile accident near his place of business in Georgia on Oct. 1, 1917; his age being 30 y. 7 m. 28 d. His body was brought to Springs, Pa., where services were held in the Mennonite Church conducted by F. F. Oney of the Lutheran Church and N. E. Miller. Text, "He shall no more return to his house, neither shall his place know him any more."
Gerber.-Christian M. Gerber was born in Wayne Co., O., Sept. 9, 1839; died Sept. 28, 1917; of pneumonia; aged 78 y. 19 d. At the age of 16 years he joined the Swiss Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member to the end. On Sept. 27, 1860, he was married to Mary Ann Gerber, and lived in peace for 57 years. He leaves his aged companion, 1 son, 3 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held Sept. 30 by C. N. Amstutz, assisted by J. S. Moser and also by D. C. Amstutz of the Old People's Home.
Harnish.-J. Norman, infant son of Bro. John H. and Sister
Bertha S. (Kreider) Harnish, was born Jan. 6, 1916; died Sept.
30, 1917; aged 1 y. 8 m. 24 d. Little Norman was sick 4 weeks
and was very patient for so young a child. His sickness was catarrh
of the bowels, but he died very suddenly of convulsions. Funeral
services were held Wednesday morning, Oct. 3, at the home, conducted
by Bro. H. E. Longenecker, and at the East Petersburg Church by
Bro. Peter R. Nissley and Bro. Christ Lefever. Text, II Kings
"God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile,
To clasp dear Norman's hand."
Summer.-Ralph Summer, infant son of Ed. and Zetta Summer (deceased), was born Oct. 14, 1916, and died Oct. 3, 1917; aged 11 m. 19 d. He was preceded by his mother to the spirit world 7 months and 26 days. Ralph was their only child. He never was strong and was afflicted with stomach trouble which caused his death. Little Ralph leaves a father, a grandfather, a grandmother, and a number of uncles, aunts and cousins to mourn his early departure. His brief stay among us reminds us again of the shortness of life and importance of being prepared for eternity. Beckoning hands are calling us to a home beyond. Let us prepare to meet them. Funeral services at the grave conducted by J. R. Shank. Text, Matt. 18:4. Buried in the Wilson graveyard near Carver, Mo.
Risser.-Mary Ann (Horst) Risser was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 21, 1884; died near Peabody, Kans., Aug. 24, 1917; aged 33 y. 4 m. 3 d. She was married to Ephraim Risser Nov. 24, 1910. To this union were born 5 daughters, one having preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn, a sorrowing husband, 4 children (Ella, Ethel, Beulah, and Margaret), besides her parents, 6 brothers, and 3 sisters. Deceased was a consistent Christian, a devoted mother, and loving wife. We very keenly feel our loss. But our loss is her eternal gain; we mourn not as those who have no hope. We shall again be united never to part. Funeral was held at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, Aug. 26, by D. D. Zook and C. Reiff. Text, Luke 10:42, Eph. 1:4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Leaman.-Reuben B. Leaman was born in Strasburg Tp.,
Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 23, 1863; died in East Lampeter Tp. Sept.
28, 1917, being in his 54th year. He was a member of the Mennonite
Church about thirty years. He was a farmer by occupation, and
was of a kind and cheerful disposition. His illness was diabetes
which he bore very patiently for about 18 months, realizing that
his end was near, he remarked to his family, that he was going
home, and hoped they would all meet him there. He passed quietly
away next morning at 7:45 o'clock. He left to mourn his departure
a kind and affectionate wife and 4 children as follows: Mrs. Rohrer
Leaman of East Lampeter Tp., and Anna, Mrs. Amos Mellinger, and
Harry at home. Two brothers and two sisters also survive. Funeral
services by Sanford Landis at the Home, and Frank M. Herr at the
Strasburg Mennonite Church.
By a brother.
Kauffman,--Bro. Christian Kauffman was born near Martinsburg, Pa., Apr. 21, 1837; died Sept. 19, 1917; aged 80 y. 4 m. 28 d. He lived in the vicinity of and in Martinsburg during his entire life. He was a respected citizen in the community in which he lived and had many friends, but the most needful part was delayed until about two weeks before his death, when he confessed Jesus Christ as his Savior, and found peace to his soul thru the atoning merits of His precious blood, and by his request was baptized and received into Christian fellowship in the Mennonite Church. He passed away with a realization of the hope in the life to come. He is survived by one son and one daughter, and one brother, the only remaining member of a family of 8 children, and a number of relatives to mourn his departure. Funeral on the 22 conducted by J. N. Durr and Abram Metzler. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, of the Church of the Brethren.
Detweiler.-Samuel D. Detweiler was born in Bucks Co., Pa., in the year 1841; died Oct. 3, 1917; aged 76 y. 5 m. 25 d. He was married in 1866 to Annie H. Freed. This union was blessed with 4 children. He leaves to mourn his departure his dear life companion, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 step-sister, 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, with many relatives and friends. The deceased had been mentally and physically affected by a stroke some years ago and his death was due to paralysis of the brain. After a few days of serious illness he calmly fell asleep in Jesus. The church keenly feels the loss of a quiet, faithful shepherd who earnestly warned his flock, prayerfully and with many tears. Let us remember his early and regular attendance, while yet able, his humble, quiet and devoted service in the Lord's vineyard, having served as minister for 36 years; as bishop 17 years. Funeral at Rockhill Meeting House on Oct. 8, 1917. Services by Bishops Jonas Mininger and Abraham G. Clemens. Text, Matt. 25:21.
Quarry.-On Sept. 14, 1917, at her home near Curry, Pa.,
Sister Susannah Zook Quarry, wife of Bro. Reuben Quarry, quietly
fell asleep in Jesus; aged 42 y. 5 m. 19 d. Sister Quarry left
to mourn her departure a husband, 2 daughters, 2 sons, and many
relatives and friends who deeply mourn her death. She was of a
kind and loving disposition, had a deep interest in the spiritual
welfare of her family and the Church. She is missed in the family.
Mother has gone and has joined that part of God's heavenly family
gone before. Our loss is her gain. May the mourning ones be comforted
in the hope of meeting over there. Sister Quarry had been a consistent
member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. The Church
keenly feels the loss of her being called away, yet we submit
all to Him who doeth all things well. The funeral, which was largely
attended, was held on the 19th at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite
Church, the writer and J. N. Durr, assisted by Preacher Miller
of the Church of the Brethren, conducted the services. Text, Jno.
Lefever.-Benjamin E. Lefever was born May 1, 1870; died Sept. 28, 1917, after a lingering illness from a complication of diseases, aged 47 y. 4 m. 27 d. He resided in West Lampeter Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., and was a farmer by occupation. He united with the Mennonite Church in early years and remained faithful until death. Bro. Benjamin will be missed very much, not only in the home, but also in the neighborhood, where he was always ready to lend a helping hand. He was a very patient sufferer and often said he was satisfied just as the Lord made it. We have all reasons to believe that our loss is his eternal gain. Besides his wife, who before marriage was Ella Harnish, he is survived by seven children, also five brothers, and three sisters. Three children preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the New Danville Mennonite Church Sept. 30, conducted by Bros. Aaron Harnish and Jacob Thomas. Text, Rev. 2:10. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The golden gates were open wide,
A gentle voice said Come;
And angels from the other side,
Welcomed our brother home."
Albrecht.-Mary Stecker Albrecht, daughter of Nicholas and Magdalene Stecker, was born near Tremont, Ill., Aug. 26, 1861; died at her home near Tiskilwa, Ill., Aug. 25, 1917, her age being 55 y. 11 m. 30 d. She was united in marriage with Henry V. Albrecht of Tiskilwa, Mar. 4, 1883. This union was blessed with 5 daughters and 2 sons. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 2 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters besides a host of relatives and friends. Two daughters and 2 sisters have preceded her to their eternal home. At the age of sixteen she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death. In her passing the husband was bereft of a true helpmate, the children a loving mother, the community a kind neighbor, and the Church an earnest worker. Though her life was not one of public prominence, she was untiring in her labors for the welfare of the Church, the unfortunate and needy, and the encouragement of "His little ones." Though the last six months of her life were filled with much pain and suffering yet she bore it patiently until her course was finished. The funeral services were conducted at the home and at the church by Bro. C. A. Hartzler.
Ringenberg.-Jacob Ringenberg was born at Englestatt, Germany, Oct. 21, 1848; died at his home near Tiskilwa, Ill., Sept. 28, 1917; aged 68 y. 11 m. 7 d. When 10 years of age he united with the Amish Mennonite Church. In 1888 he was ordained to the ministry, which place he faithfully filled as long as health permitted. In 1875 he was united in marriage with Catharine Albrecht who died in 1877, leaving one daughter. He again united in marriage to Phoebe Sutter in 1882. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 6 daughters. One daughter preceded him in death in 1907. He leaves to mourn, his companion, 6 sons, 5 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 sisters, a host of relatives and friends, besides a sorrowing congregation whose love and esteem he had won and merited. It was his joy and privilege to be permitted to see all his children accept Jesus as their Savior and unite with the Mennonite Church. His great concern was that the Church might remain pure and steadfast and that his loved ones might be faithful to the last. To this end he prayed, admonished and exhorted. Now he has peacefully fallen asleep and his voice is hushed but may his messages never be forgotten. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Willow Springs Church by Bros. C.. A. Hartzler and A. C. Good. He was laid away in the adjoining cemetery.
Snyder.-Vera Viola, daughter of Bro. Jacob B. and Angelina Snyder of near Kitchener, Ont., was born on Jan. 19, 1916, and departed this life on Sept. 27, 1917; aged 1 y. 8 m. 8 d. She leaves to mourn mamma and papa, 4 sisters, and 1 brother; one sister and 1 brother having gone before. Funeral on Sept. 30, at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, conducted by Bro. U. K. Weber. Text, Psa. 23:4. Gone so soon.
Searls.-William Grant Searls was born in Richland Co., Wis., June 21, 1869; died Oct. 10, 1917 aged 48 y. 3 m. 19 d. He is survived by a wife, 3 sons, Clement, Kenneth, Lyle, and 1 daughter, Alice, and 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He came to the Mennonite Sanitarium last June on account of failing health. Several months ago he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. He had a bright Christian experience and died trusting in Jesus as his own personal Savior. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church, in La Junta, by Bro. Allen H. Erb. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
Byler.-Amanda J. Byler, daughter of Jonathan and Lydia
Byler of Volant, Pa., was called into the great beyond Tuesday,
Oct. 9, 1917; aged 24 y. 10 m. 1 d. She had been confined to her
bed for over 5 months with tuberculosis, but bore her sickness
with great patience. She accepted her Savior in early life and
was a faithful and obedient member of the A. M. Church. Amanda
had many friends who came to visit her during her sickness and
they were always greeted with a smile. She will be greatly missed
in the home and by the many friends of the family who have the
sympathy of the entire community. She leaves to mourn her departure,
father and mother and 3 sisters, Mary the wife of Jonathan L.
Byler, Lizzie Ann, and Lena at home. Funeral services were held
on Thursday morning at the home conducted by Jonas Byler. Interment
at the Amish Cemetery.
"Sister thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Kauffman.-Dorothy, daughter of Bro. Abram and Sister
Minerva Kauffman, of Neshannock Falls, Pa., was born Dec. 6, 1910;
died Sept. 5, 1917; aged 6 y. 8 m. 29 d. She suffered from infantile
paralysis about one week. She received the best of care that human
hands could give her but all to no avail. God knew best. We do
not understand but his ways are not our ways. Dorothy was a very
bright little girl and loved by all. She would often talk of Jesus
and heaven when playing. But while we mourn her early departure,
we console ourselves with the words of Jesus, "Suffer little
children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the
kingdom of heaven." She is survived by father, mother, 3
brothers, Clarence, Charles, Kenneth, and 1 sister, Edith. The
funeral was private on account of the disease. Burial at the Amish
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile
To clasp Dorothy's hand."
Geil.-Jacob Geil was born near New Market on the borders of Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties, in Virginia, Aug. 31, 1828; died at his home at Edom, Rockingham Co., Va., of the infirmities of age, on Sept. 2, 1917; aged 89 y. 2 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from early life and a deacon in that denomination for more than 57 years, having been ordained to that office with his home congregation at Brenneman's Church July 24, 1860. Up to the time of his death he was the oldest surviving member of the Virginia Conference by a margin of 17 years over all other members of that body. He was a staunch advocate of all the principles of doctrine held by the Church of his choice and in his modest and inobtrusive manner of life and gentle disposition, he had long become a model to those who are younger than himself. May the Lord comfort all those who most keenly feel the vacancy caused by his death in the Church, and the home in which he so long filled the place of husband, father, and grandfather. L. J. H.
Woolner.-Pre. Jacob Woolner was born on Sept. 25, 1826; died Oct. 6, 1917; aged 91 y. 11 d. He was born in St. Andrew's parish, Suffolk County, England, and emigrated to Canada with his parents in the year 1832, arriving in Waterloo Co., on June 28, where his mother soon died of the cholera. On May 14, 1848, he was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church. On May 30, 1867, he was called to the ministry in which capacity he served the Church as long as health permitted him to do so and was an earnest laborer to help spread the Gospel to all until his end came. He was the oldest minister in the Ontario Conference, being ordained over 50 years ago. On the 30th of May, 1849, he was married with Hannah Shiedel. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters, 2 of whom died in infancy. His first wife died in March, 1897, and in May, 1899, he was united in marriage with Nancy Kramp (whose maiden name was Reist). She died on Apr. 23, 1913. There remain to mourn his loss 5 sons, 46 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held on Oct. 9. Services at the house conducted by Bro. Noah Stauffer and at the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau by the Brethren Jonas Snider and U. K. Weber using the following texts which had been selected by the departed brother, Job 5:26 and II Tim. 4:7, 8. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to his ashes.