MILLER. - Naomi Ruth, only daughter of Edwin and Sadie Miller, was born Dec. 21, 1917; died Jan. 19, 1918; aged 29d. Funeral at Forks Church Jan. 21. Sermon by D.D. Miller.
KNOX. - Florence May, daughter of Herbert and Elizabeth Knox, was born near Fisher, Ill., Sept. 18, 1913; died at the same place Dec. 27, 1917; aged 4y. 3m. 9d. She leaves parents, a brother (Lloyd), a sister (Bertha), an aged grandmother, and a host of friends. Funeral Dec. 28 conducted by Bros. Joseph Heiser and Samuel Zehr.
MILLER. - Orpha, daughter of Bro. and Sister Samuel M. Miller of La Grange, Ind., was born June 12, 1917; died Jan. 8, 1918; aged 6m. 26d. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and a number of relatives and friends. Funeral was held from the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind., conducted by O.S. Hostetler.
HETRICK. - Mary Elizabeth Hetrick was born Mar. 23, 1914; died Jan. 22, 1918; aged 3y. 9m. 29d. She was the daughter of Bro. Samuel and Sister Clara Hetrick. On the evening of Jan. 22 Mary was for a short time alone in the house while the mother was engaged in chores on the outside, the daughter part of the time watching from the window. When the mother returned into the house a few minutes later, Mary was lying unconscious upon the floor, her clothing having caught fire and she was burned so badly that she died a few hours later, having however again regained consciousness and stating that she had wanted to fix the fire. May the Lord bless the bereaved. Funeral at the Springs Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. N.E. Miller.
WEBER. - Anna, widow of the late Benjamin Weber, died of pneumonia at the home of her son, Mechanicsburg, Pa. She was born Oct. 29, 1845; died Jan. 21, 1918; aged 72y. 2m. 23d. She was a member of the Pike Mennonite Church for about nine years. One daughter, one son, one brother, and one sister survive her. Services were conducted at the Pike Mennonite Church by John Weaver in German from Psa. 37:37 followed by Benj. Weaver in English from Mal. 3:16. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
WEIDMAN. - Mary Ann, widow of John Weidman, of Hinkletown, Pa., died of heart trouble while visiting with her sister, Eli Shaeffer, in Lancaster, Pa. She was born Aug. 12, 1848; died Jan. 21, 1918; aged 69y. 5m. 9d. She is survived by three daughters, five brothers, and two sisters. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Noah Mack and at the Groffdale Church by Bros. Benj. Weaver and John Mosemann. Text, Num. 2:10. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
SHOWALTER. - Clara Mabel (Stahley) Showalter was born Dec. 25, 1894, in La Grange Co., Ind.; died Dec. 30, 1917, at the old Shoup homestead (to which place they recently moved and began house keeping); aged 23y. 5d. She united a with the Mennonite Church at the Forks when she was 15 years old and was an active member until death. She was united in marriage to Bro. Noble Showalter Mar. 7, 1917. To them was born one son, Stahley S., Dec. 6, 1917. She was preceded in death by her mother who died mar. 25, 1915. She leaves a sorrowing husband, an infant son, a father, a step-mother, 3 sisters, 6 brothers, an aged grandfather and grandmother, and many relatives and friends, who mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services at the house and at the Forks Church by S.S. Yoder and D.D. Miller.
SNYDER. - Samuel Snyder of Hinkletown, Pa., was born May 2, 1858; died Jan. 15, 1918; aged 59y. 8m. 14d. A widow, son, an adopted daughter, 2 brothers, and 1 sister mourn his departure. Four weeks ago his two limbs were partly paralyzed, when complications set in which caused his death. Bro. Samuel did not yield to his convictions until he saw the end was drawing near when he called for Bishop Weaver who baptized him and gave him bread and wine on Jan. 7, in the presence of Bro. N.H. Mack, near relatives and friends. A few days after he was baptized (as we read Jno. 10:1-5 and Jno. 14:1-5) his countenance brightened as he seemed to take hold of the promises of God. The services were conducted at the house and Groffdale Church by Bros. Benj. Weaver and Noah Mack from the text, "And God will surely visit you" (Gen. 50:24). Buried in the cemetery near by.
GOOD. - Bro. Adam Good was born Nov. 27, 1831; died
Jan. 14, 1918, of the infirmities of old age, at the home of his
son, John R. Good, Conestoga Centre, Lancaster Co., Pa. He was
married to Mary Rice who died fourteen years ago. He was an invalid
for almost three years, during which time he was unable to see.
He bore his affliction very patiently, but often expressed a desire
to depart. He is survived by 5 daughters, 3 sons, and sixteen
grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many
years. Funeral at River Corner Church Jan. 17, 1918. Services
in charge of Bros. Roberts and Jacob Thomas. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
"The golden gates were opened wide, A gentle voice said,
"Come." And angels from the other side Welcomed our
grandfather home." This has been his desire for some time
- to go home and be at rest - and we believe our loss is his eternal
HOSTETLER. - Elizabeth May, youngest daughter of Eldon Hostetler, was born Dec. 8, 1914, and departed this life Jan. 19, 1918; aged 3y. 1m. 11d. She leaves a father, mother, two sisters (Alice and Ruth), and two grandmothers, a grandfather, a host of relatives and friends who will miss her only as a general favorite can be missed. One brother preceded her in death. On Saturday, Jan. 18, in her childish play she accidently set her clothes on fire. The doctor was called who gave little hope for her recovery, which was a great shock to her many relatives and friends. Everything was done that human hands could do to relieve her suffering, but after four hours of intense suffering she quietly slept away. Elizabeth was beautiful in life but now she is more beautiful with the angels of God in Heaven. Funeral was held Jan. 21 in Shipshewana, Ind., M.E. Church, conducted by O.S. Hostetler and __ Martin. "We loved her, yes we loved her, But angels loved her more: And they have sweetly called her To yonder shining shore."
WYSE. - Chauncey Howard, son of Sister Mary Wyse, was born April 29, 1898; died of diabetes Dec. 12, 1917; aged 19y. 7m. 13d. About two years ago they first took notice of Chauncey's ailments and from that time on all efforts were put forth that was in man's power to restore him to his former health but was of little avail. Our ways are not God's ways. Chauncey leaves to mourn his early departure a sorrowing mother, two sorrowing sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Father and one brother preceded him in death. Chauncey was a kind and loving brother and had a smile for everyone he met. In his sixteenth year, he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and tried to live a consistent Christian life unto the end. Funeral was held at the Central Amish Mennonite Church near Archbold, Ohio, by Sameul Grieser and Eli Frey. Text, Jas. 4:14 and Eccl. 12:1. "Dearest Chauncey thou hast left us, Left us, never to return. But those words that have you have spoken, Shall stay with us, Till the Lord shall call us home."
SHELLY. - Margaret Shelly (nee Druschel) wife of Pre. Henry L. Shelly, deceased, at the home of her son-in-law, Oreg., Ill., Jan. 19, 1918; aged 86y. 11m. 4d. She was united in marriage to Henry L. Shelly in Beaver Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1850. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters, all of whom survive their mother except one daughter who died in childhood. The surviving ones are Reinhard Shelly, Elizabeth Hartman, Sarah Hartman, and Matilda Wilde. Mother Shelly was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and was ever faithful in the Master's service. She was ver ready to help those who needed help and sympathy. She had been in ill health for several years, and at times suffered severely, but in times of suffering she was perfectly resigned to the will of the Lord. She was desirous to depart and be with Christ, and enjoy the rest and glory prepared for all who love and serve Him. Funeral services were conducted on the 22nd. in the home where she resided. Bro. J.S. Shoemaker in charge. Text, Job 16:22.
GROFF. - Maria K. Groff of East Lampeter Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Oct. 28, 1846; died Jan. 17, 1918; aged 71y. 2m. 19d. Her husband Jacob H. Groff preceded her to the spirit world 27 years ago. While she was of a cheerful disposition she always had a sweet smile for everyone. She was a daughter of the late Pre. David Burkholder. She was the last of that family and is survived by the following children: David B. (with whom she resided), Mrs. S.H. Burthart, Mrs. Jacob Herr, and Benj. B.; also 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, was raised in a Christian home and brought up a Christian family. Her concern was to see her grandchildren gathered into the fold. Our sister had been in her usual health until the day before her death she complained of neuralgia. On one thought it serious, but the next morning she was found a corpse. Oh, what a shock it was to the family and the neighborhood as well. We could hardly realize it to be true, But God's ways are not our ways. "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour as ye think not." Brief services were held at the home of her son, David B. Groff, Jan. 1, by Bro. David Landis and at the Mellinger's meeting house, where a large concourse of neighbors and friends had gathered to show their last tribute of respect, and where further services were held by Bro. Sanford Landis. Text, Rev. 22:12-14. A German hymn that she often read to her family ("Gute Nacht ihr meine Lieben") was read by Bro. Henry Longenecker. Remains were laid to rest in cemetery near by. "Lonely is the home and sad the hours Since thy sweet smiles are gone; But of a brighter home than ours, In heaven is now thine own."
MARTIN. - Phoebe (Naffsinger) Martin was born near Washington, Ill., Feb. 3, 1852. Died of leakage of the heart, near Garden City, Mo., at the home of her daughter, Sister E.G. Kanagy on Jan. 10, 1918; aged 65y. 11m. 7d. April 3, 1870, she was united in marriage to Christian Martin in Tazewell Co., Ill. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. In the spring of 1875 they left Tazewell Co. and moved to Cass Co., MO., near Garden City. Her husband died at this place Aug. 16, 1907 also two twin daughters (Ida and Phoebe) preceded him. Three daughters and two sons survive to mourn their loss, also 26 grandchildren, two sisters, and one brother amid many other relatives and friends. All but one of the children (Benjamin, of Minot, N.D.) reside in this community and were at the mother's bedside during sickness and death. Sister Martin united with the Amish Mennonite Church early in her youth and remained faithful until death. In her last hours she requested the reading of God's Word and said all was well should the end come. It was always her joy to attend church services, was always cheerful, and ready to lend a helping hand to all. She expressed her willingness to depart or remain - just as the Lord will. Text, (by I.G. Hartzler) Jno. 14:2. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery.
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GASCHO. - Noah Gascho, Wellesley, Ont., was born Oct. 11, 1889; died Dec. 12, 1917; aged 28y. 2m. 1d. Buried in the Amish Mennonite Cemetery of Wellesley. Funeral services by Bros. Christian Schultz. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his mother, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a number of relatives and friends.
BRAND. - Ellen M. Brand was born in Chambersburg, Pa., Aug. 22, 1845, died at the home of Samuel Wideman, Markham, Ont., Jan. 25, 1918, aged 72y. 5m. 3d. She was in reasonable health until about 3 months ago, when she took a stroke. A little later gangrene set in on both feet, which was very painful at times, but she bore it with Christian patience. The God in whom she trusted gave strength to bear it all. She was buried at the River Brethren Church Cemetery. Services conducted by Bro. Heise and Bro. Stump.
HISTARD. - Florence L., daughter of Bro. Samuel and Sister Susie Histand of near Doylestown, Pa., died Jan. 27, 1918; aged 11m. 18d. Death was caused by meningitis. Besides her parents she leaves 7 sisters and 7 brothers. Funeral Feb. 1, at Doylestown Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. David L. Gehman, Jacob C. Clemmens, and Jacob Rush. Text, Luke 8:52. Interment in adjoining cemetery. "Sleep on in thy beauty, Thou sweet angel child. By sorrow unblighted, By sin undefiled."
SOMMERS. - Death has entered the home of Bro. and Sioster John S. and Clara Sommers, near Greentown, Ind., and removed from their family two dear children. Paul Benjamin Sommers; died Jan. 26, 1918; aged 7m. 21d. Carl Earnest Sommers died Jan. 27, 1918; aged 3y. 2m. 3d. Both died of pneumonia. Funeral on the 29th. at the Mennonite Church attended by a very large number of people. Services by Joseph S. Horner and E.A. Mast. Text, Psa. 16:6. Buried in the Shrock Cemetery. Bro. and Sister Sommers have the sympathy of the entire community.
ZOOK. - Nancy, daughter of Simeon K. And Rebecca Zook, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., April 18, 1858; died at Miami, N. Mex., Jan. 16, 1918. She moved to Cass Co., Mo., in 1881 and from there to New Mexico in 1912, where she lived until the reaper called her home at the age of 59y. 8m. 29d. She was a sufferer all her life, and longed to go home to her Master. At the age of 18 she gave her heart to Jesus and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. We don't feel to mourn her death as we have the hope that she is at rest.
GINGRICH. - Dorothy, infant daughter of Bro. Marshall and Sister Jessie Gingrich of near Roseland, Nebr., died Jan. 6, 1918; aged 5 days. Her death was due to bowel infection. All was done that loving hands could do, but God saw fit to take her home. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near Roseland Mennonite Church, Jan. 8. Services conducted by Bro. D.G. Lapp. "Gone to heaven is our darling, Gone to her bright home above; She has left us here so lonely, How we miss her whom we loved."
HOSTETLER. - Barbara (Burkholder) Hostetler wife of Moses W. Hostetler, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 13, 1843; died at Middle bury, Ind., Jan. 20, 1918; aged 74y. 11m. 7d. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and gave evidence in the closing days of her life, of having peace with her God and a hope of entering into His rest. She leaves to mourn her departure, four sons, and four daughters, two brothers, sixteen grandchildren and many friends. Funeral services at the Middlebury Church conducted by S.S. Yoder and D.D. Miller.
HOSTETTER*. - Walter S., son of Simon G. And Pearl Hostetter*,
was born June 20, 1917, near Hubbard, Oreg.; died Jan. 18, 1918;
aged 6m. 28d. Leaves father, mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, grandparents,
uncles, aunts, and besides large circle of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Zion A.M. Church, Jan. 19, conducted
by Bro. Sanford C. Yoder assisted by Bro. A.P. Troyer. Text, John
5:28,29. Remains laid to rest within the cemetery nearby. "Go
little pilgrim to thy home On yonder blissful shore. We miss thee
here but soon will come Where thou hast gone before."
*Correction - Name is Hostetler - Per Royce E. Hostetler, co-author with Margaret Shetler of Zion Mennonite Cemetery Records (1983), p.120. Walter is buried in Plot #12S-3 by his parents and brother.
ZEHR. - Peter Zehr was born in Alsace Lorraine, Germany, Jan. 5, 1847; died Jan. 24, 1918, of heart failure near Quatama, Oreg.; he attained the ripe old age of 71y. 19d. At the age of 10 years he with his parents emigrated to the state of Illinois where he grew to manhood. At the age of 15 years he joined the A.M. Church near Metamora, Ill. He was married To Barbara Ellen Neuhauser June 2, 1872, lived in matrimony 45y. 7m. 22d. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters; 1 son and 2 daughters preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a loving wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Wm. Graf (Text, Heb. 9:27) and at the Mennonite Church by Mose Brenneman of Albany, Oreg., and by Sanford Yoder of Kalona, Iowa, Text, Jas. 4:14. The remains were buried in the Riverside Cemetery at Albany, Oreg.
EBY. - Henry W. Eby, the oldest member of Hershey's Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., died Jan. 22, 1918, at the home of his niece, (Mrs. John B. Harsh near Kinzer) from the effects of a paralytic stroke which he suffered only for a few days. He was in his ninety second year and always lived at the same homestead but was never married. He was a brother of the late Bishop Isaac Eby, who died about seven years ago. Uncle, as he was called by many who knew him, was of a quiet, loving, disposition, having maintained his faculties to the last. We as nephews and nieces will miss him, as we often consulted him for advice which was given very cheerfully. Funeral services Jan. 25, at the home, conducted by Bros. C.M. Brackbill and Jacob Mellinger. His remains were laid to rest in Hershey's Cemetery.
BRUBAKER. - Lloyd G., son of Bro. Jacob S. and Sister Anna May Brubaker, died at his home near Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 30, 1918, after a short illness of pneumonia; aged 7m. 14d. Death has again entered into this family and taken away a bright jewel. He was healthy and looked very happy - but had suffered much the last few days. He leaves to mourn his parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. One little brother went to his rest 10 years ago. It is hard to give up these whom we love, but Christ's desire was to take them home to Himself, which is by far better and His will may be done. Funeral services Feb. 2, at Landis-valley Church conducted by Bro. Noah L. Landis. Text, Mark 10:14. "His little crib is empty now, His little clothes laid by. A father's hope and a mother's joy, In death's cold arm doth lie."
HACKMAN. - John M. Hackman, a faithful brother in the Franconia, Ps. Congregation, passed away peacefully Nov. 14, 1917, after a five weeks illness of typhoid fever. He endured his portion of suffering very patiently, offering many short prayers. He leaves a sorrowing widow and five children. This happy Christian family and their beautiful home is broken up. His voice is stilled, his smiles are past, his presence remains to be remembered as a dear loving husband and a kind father. O what a change in so short a time, but we know it was the Lord's will. Age, 38y. 3m. 4d. "Bloved husband, Father of my five He left us all too soon. He longed to stay, and longed to go, But God claimed him His own. We watched him breathing through the night, His breathing soft and low, As in his breast the tide of life Kept heaving to and fro."
ROPP. - John M. Ropp was born Nov. 30, 1852, in Lumechville, Alsace Lorraine; died Jan. 29, 1918 of heart disease; aged 65y. 1m. 29d. He had been sick for some time and suffered much at times, but he endured it patiently to the end. His desire was to leave this world of pain and sorrow and dwell in the home beyond. At the age of 20 years he came to Toronto, Ont., and while yet a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, united with the A.M. Church, remaining fathful to the end. He was married to Fanny Ropp, Oct. 26, 1873, at Elkhart, Ind., lived in matrimony 44y. 3m. 3d. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters; 2 sons and 1 daughter precededhim, in their infancy, to the spirit world. He leaves a loving wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 1 adopted son, 1 adopted daughter, 5 grandchildren, relatives , friends and neighbors to mourn his departure. Services conducted at the house by Dan Erb and at the church by Dan Kropf of Harrisburg, Oreg., (Text, I Pet. 1:24) by C.B. Gerig, Albany (I Chron. 29:15) Sanford Yoder, Kalona, Iowa, (II Cor. 1:3,4).
DOMMEL. - Elizabeth Dommel of Lancaster, Pa., died Jan. 22, 1918; aged 57y. 9m. 10d. She was a sufferer for about 6 years. She was crippled with rheumatism. The last two weeks of her life she gradually grew weaker, and became willing to confess Christ as her Savior. O how she desired to have others pray with and for her. She always did love singing, ever since we knew her. The evening before she died she was baptized by Bishop Noah Landis and received as a member in the Mennonite Church. She died at 1:30 that night. She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn her departure. She was not able to walk the last three or four years. They had to carry her up and down stairs. Whenever you would visit the home, she would be sitting in her chair, and always welcome you. The family say, "Her chair is vacant." May this Providence of God cause the father and children to turn unto God, accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and prepare to meet God and the dear one gone on before. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. John and David Mosemann, at 112 E. Vine Street. Text, Acts 16:30,31; Acts 10:34,35. Short services were conducted at the home of the departed by Bro. David Mosemann. Interment in the Woodward Hill Cemetery.
BYLER. - Olive Zehr Byler was born at Manson, Iowa, Oct. 18, 1896. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of 12 years, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. She was united in marriage to Joseph N. Byler Jan. 27, 1918. She with her husband started East to visit relatives and friends when the fatal accident occurred which caused her death. (A wreck on the I.C.R.R. near Granger, Ill.) She passed quietly away in the I.C. Hospital in Chicago, Jan. 29; aged 21y. 3m. 11d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her husband, one sister (Ella) and three brothers (Ray, Andrew, and Edwin). Her parents preceded her to the spirit world. The church has lost a faithful member and the community a respected friend. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Mennonite Church at Manson, conducted by Bro. A.H. Leaman. Text, "She hath done what she could." The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery. "Her happy soul has winged its way. To one pure bright eternal day."
SHROCK. - Rachel Shrock (nee Hershberger) was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 19, 1840; died at the home of her son, Daniel W., near Hubbard, Oreg., Jan. 20, 1918; aged 77y. 10m. 1d. She was united in marriage to Jacob J. Shrock, Nov. 26, 1857. To this union were born 5 sons, and 7 daughters. Two sons in their infancy and the husband a number of years ago preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 sons, 7 daughters, 50 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. She accepted her Saviour in early life and remained faithful until death. Funeral services at the Zion A.M. Church, Jan. 21, conducted by Bro. A.P. Troyer assisted by Bro. Sanford C. Yoder. Text, Psa. 116:15. Remains were laid to rest within the cemetery nearby.
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BOYER. - Helen Wilmetta Boyer, only daughter of Joseph and Sister Katie Eppley (now Boyer), died Feb. 4, 1918; aged 1 day. May God bless the sorrowing parents and the little brother that are left behind. Funeral services and burial at the Thomas Church near Johnstown, Pa., by James Saylor.
WITTRIG. - Lillian, infant daughter of Bro. David and Sister Lizzie Wittrig of near Beemer, Nebr., died Feb. 1, 1918; aged 4m. 10d. The little one received injuries in a run-away accident from which it suffered for eleven weeks. At times seemed the suffering was intense until relieved by death. As we looked upon its little form, we remembered that some one's hope had been blasted as the little bud withered, and that the tender ties formed even for such a short time on earth are painful to sever. But its spirit is at rest, and loved ones are beckoned on to that better land where partings are unknown. Funeral services, Feb. 3, conducted by J.H. Birky, Peter Oswald, and J.D. Birky. Burial in Beemer Cemetery.
GARBER. - Lena Gautsche was born May 31, 1863, in Butler Co., Ohio; died near Deer Creek, Ill., Dec. 20, 1917; aged 54y. 7m. 20d. She was married to Christian Garber Sep. 3, 1882. To this union were born six sons and seven daughters. Sister Garber was a faithful member of the Church from her youth; and a devoted wife and mother. She leaves many friends and relatives to mourn her death. Funeral services at Harmony Church, Dec. 23, conducted by Samuel Garber and C.F. Derstine.
GODSHALK. - Matilda B., Wife of Louis B. Godshalk, was born Feb. 1, 1855; died Jan. 25, 1918; aged 62y. 11m. 24d. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services were held from her late home in Salford Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., and further services were held in Franconia Church, of which she was a faithful member for about 41 years. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by Bros. A.G. Clemmer, A.Z. Derstine, and M.B. Souder. Text, Phil. 1:21-24. Peace to her ashes.
SHANTZ. - James Milton, son of Christian S. and Elizabeth Shantz, was born in Livingston Co., Ill., February 21, 1875; died at the home of his father in Elkhart, Ind., Jan. 14, 1918; aged 42y. 10m. 23d. He was married to Mary Cullom two years and then on March 1, 1901 moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. He is survived by his wife, two sons (Paul and Luke) two daughters (Ruth and Esther), father, brother (Charles), sisters (Minnie Horning and Cora); also four nieces, all of Elkhart. Funeral services were held at the Prarie Street Mennonite Church conducted by W.B. Weaver.
MUSSELMAN. - Levi Musselman died Jan. 31, 1918 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jacob Bucher of Mummasburg, Adams Co., Pa. Of the infirmities of old age; aged 89y. 10m. 4d. His wife, Annie Mumma, preceded him to the eternal rest twelve years ago; also 2 daughters. He was in feeble health for some time, at times suffering but bearing it with Christian fortitude until he fell peacefully asleep in Jesus, leaving to mourn his departure 1 daughter, 7 sons, 22 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. Services at Mummasburg by Bro. Brackbill of Lancaster Co., then leaving on early train Sunday morning for Slate Hill, Cumb. Co., Pa., where further services were conducted by Bros. Brackbill, Samuel Hess and Benjamin Zimmerman of the Slate Hill congregation. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
SCHLABACH. - Elizabeth Garber, was born in Strasburg, France, Apr. 3, 1883; died Jan. 31, 1918 at her home near Roanoke, Ill.; age 84y. 9m. 27d. She immigrated to Canada in 1852, later came to Illinois where she lived at time of her death. In 1855 she united in marriage to Christian Schlabach. To this union were born eleven children. Seven preceded her in death. Four are still living, besides 29 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful unto death. She leaves her husband (whose loss will be very great, as she was a loving companion, giving her life to the care of her husband and children). Her last desire was that he will be well cared for when she is gone. Funeral services at the house by Peter Garber and at Roanoke Church by Andrew Schrock and Clayton Derstine.
HURSH. - Sister Eliza Ann Hursh (nee Quickel) was born in York Co., Pa., Dec. 15, 1848; died Jan. 28, 1918; aged 69y. 1m. 13d. On April 4, 1895, she was married to John Hammer of York, Pa. Four years later he was called to the spirit world and on March 21, 1901, she was united in marriage to David W. Hursh. On Dec. 28, 1906, he preceded her to the spirit world. She united with the Mennonite Church in her young years and remained faithful till death. She leaves to mourn her departure 4 step-brothers, 1 step-sister, 4 step-sons, 2 step-daughters, and a host of friends. She was loved by all who knew her. She was a very kind and loving mother and grandmother to those step-children and grandchildren. Funeral services at Salem Union Church, York Co., Pa., by Bro. Noah Mack of Lancaster Co., Feb. 1. Interment near the church. "Gone to heaven is our loved one. Gone to her bright home above; She has left us here so lonely, How we miss her whom we loved."
YORDY. - Catherine King was born Oct. 19, 1858; died suddenly at her late home at Eureka, Ill., Feb. 2, 1918; aged 59y. 2m. 14d. At the age of 17 she united with the A.M. Church and remained faithful to the end. She was united in marriage with Jacob K. Yordy Feb. 3, 1878. To this union were born 5 sons and 9 daughters. Two daughters and 2 grandsons preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure a deeply bereaved husband, 7 daughters, 5 sons, 21 grandchildren, an aged mother, 7 brothers, 2 sisters and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the house of her son-in-law, S.A. Albrecht, near Flanagan, Ill., by D.W. Slagel and at the Waldo A.M. Church by C.F. Derstine. Text, "Man goeth to his long home" (Eccl. 12:5). Burial in Waldo Cemetery. Sister Yordy was one of the committee that looked after the sewing circle ever since it has been in existance until they moved to Eureka about 4 months ago. May the bereaved ones look to Him who alone can comfort.
STUTZMAN. - Bro. Ora Stutzman was born April 26, 1886,
near Milford, Nebr.; died at Norfolk Hospital Sept. 16, 1917;
aged 31y. 4m. 6d. He united with the Mennonite Church when about
16 years old and remained a faithful member until called to a
better world. In Oct., 1909, he was united in marriage to Sister
Lydia Boshart of Milford. To this union were born two sons and
two daughters. He leaves to mourn his departure his loving wife,
two sons, two daughters, father, two brothers, three sisters,
and many relatives and friends. His mother preceded him April
4, 1915, and one brother in his infancy. He grew to manhood in
Denel Co., Neb., and the last 12 years he spent near Wood River,
Hall Co., Neb. Funeral services were conducted at the house by
Bro. Jacob Stauffer (Psa. 39:5) and at the church by Bro. A.E.
Stoltzfus (I Cor 15:55). Buried in the cemetery adjoining. Peace
to his ashes. "Dear one, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
YODER. - Ella Rose (Oesch) Yoder was born in Hickory Co., Mo., July 30, 1885; died near Hesston, Kans., Jan. 18, 1918; aged 32y. 5m. 18d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 13 and remained a faithful member to the end of her life. On Oct. 29, 1912, she was married to Eli T. Yoder, who survives her. She also leaves her mother, 2 sisters, 4 half-sisters, and 2 half-brothers. Not having any living children of their own, they took into their home a little Kansas City girl to whom she was much attached. Sister Yoder underwent an operation and seemed to be doing well until the second day after when she began to sink and no medical skill seemed to be effective. She was fully conscious of the approaching end and conscious to the end. She conversed with her husband and spoke freely of her approaching deliverance. It is a source of much comfort to him and others that she could cross over the river of death with such peace and triumph. Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania Church by D.H. Bender and T. M. Erb from I Cor. 15:54, after which the body was sent to her former home in Cass Co., Mo., and the final services were conducted at the Sycamore Grove church by the ministers, interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
CLEMMER. - Bro. Abraham D. Clemmer of Franconia, Pa., was born Jan. 22, 1834; died of pneumonia, Jan. 27, 1918; aged 84y. 5d. He was ordained a deacon of the Franconia Mennonite Church and served for nearly 39 years. He always tried to be faithful to his calling, and spent much time in visiting the sick, fatherless and widows and wherever he was called to serve. About three years ago he felt the responsibilities resting upon him to be too great, on account of infirmities due to old age. He asked for another deacon to be ordained, and soon after his son Hiram was ordained. During the last year he suffered from the effects of apoplexy and the last six weeks was almost helpless on account of a dislocation of a joint and later from an attack of pneumonia. He bore his affliction very patiently, but often expressed a desire to depart. His wife preceded him in death about thirteen years ago. He is survived by one son (Hiram) and one daughter (Henrietta, wife of Bro. Jacob R. Loux). Funeral Jan. 31, 1918 at Franconia Mennonite Church. Services at the house by Bro. A.Z. Derstine, and Bro. Jonas Mininger; at the church by Bros. Benj. Weaver and Warren Bean. Text, Luke 2:29,30.
BONTRAGER. - Clara Landis was born near Canton, Kansas, Nov. 29, 1881; died of a cancerous tumor, near jet, Okla., Feb. 2, 1918: aged 36y. 2m. 3d. She grew to womanhood at the place of her birth and was married to Noah Bontrager May 6, 1905. To this union were born 5 children, 4 having preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, one son, mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. She accepted her Savior when young in years and has been a devoted member of the Mennonite Church until death. She has been a faithful wife and mother, always cheerful although she endured much suffering in her last few years, having been an invalid for one year, having walked for the last time without a crutch one year ago today and having been in bed and on her invalid chair since June 30. She spent most of her time working with her needle until three weeks before her death. Funeral services were held at the Milan Valley Church, conducted by J.W. Hess of Palmyra, Mo., and S.C. Miller of this place, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. A large congregation had gathered on the occasion to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed one and the bereaved ones.
KREIDER. - Benjamin H. Kreider was born Oct. 29, 1867;
died of pleuro-pneumonia, Feb. 8, 1918; aged 50y. 3m. 9d. He united
with the Mennonite Church at the age of 30 years and remained
faithful until death. Aug. 16, 1906, he was ordained deacon at
the Mountville, Pa. Church, which place he filled and was always
present unless sickness prevented (as Bro. Kreider was never very
strong physically). Bro. Kreider was sick only 6 days. He realized
the end was near, expressed a desire to depart, and bade his children
to live obedient lives, and fell peacefully asleep. There remains
his wife (who was Sister Lizzie Newcomer) and the following children:
Bertha (wife of John H. Harnish), Isaac, Elmer, Benjamin, Abram.
Nora and Jacob. Funeral services were conducted at the home Feb.
11 by Bro. John K. Charles with further services at the E. Petersburg
Church by Bros. Jacob C. Habecker, Peter R. Nissley, and Christ
Lefevre. Text, Matt. 25:21. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
"Rest in peace our dear father,
For God's will we know is done;
Thou art gone but not forgotten
In the mind of everyone."
STAMM. - Mary Stamm (nee Frey) of Fulton Co., Ohio,
was born July 8, 1891; died Dec. 24, 1917; age 26y. 5m. 16d. She
was united in marriage to Bro. Fred Stamm Dec. 24, 1914. Sister
Mary leaves to mourn her early departure a sorrowing husband,
one son (Mahlon) a little over two years of age, mother, two brothers,
two sisters. And a host of relatives and friends. In the year
1915 she confessed her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite
Church, and tried to live a consistent life unto the end. Funeral
services conducted at the house by S.D. Grieser, and at the church
by N.A. Lind of Medina, O., and J.S. Mast of Elverson, Pa.
"Dearest sister thou hast left us
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
"Sweetly rest then, dearest sister
Since our Savior thought it best
Earthly life to change for glory
Cares and pain for sweetest rest."
SHAUBACH. - Reuben Shaubach was born Dec. 31, 1853;
died Jan, 22, 1918; aged 64y. 21d. He was a sufferer from paralysis
for about three years but still being able to be around until
Jan. 13, 1918, he received another stroke from which he never
gained consciousness. He was confined to his bed a little over
a week. He was very patient throughout his suffering until God
saw fit to relieve him of all his suffering by taking him into
His arms. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years
and remained faithful in the Master's service to the end. His
place was seldom vacant in the church as long as health permitted
him to attend. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, one
daughter, three grandchildren, and a wide circle of relatives
and friends. He was laid to rest in the Strasburg, Pa., Mennonite
Cemetery Jan. 25. Brief services at the house by Bro. Frank Herr,
and at the church by Bros. C.M. Brubaker and Frank Herr. Text,
II Tim. 4:7. "We miss thee, dear father From your vacant
chair But thy sufferings are over Yet we hope to meet thee When
the day of life is fled And in heaven with joy to greet thee Where
no farewell tears are shed."
By niece and daughter.
BARGE. - Barbara Barge was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
April 23, 1846; died Jan. 31, 1918; aged 71y. 9m. 8d. She was
in good health as usual until five days before her death she took
a cold which ended in pneumonia and heart failure. The doctor
was called who gave little hopes for her recovery. God saw best
to call her home and relieve her from all suffering. Her departure
leaves a vacant place in the home which earth cannot fill, but
God's ways are not our ways as we know He does all things well.
She united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member
to the end. She leaves to mourn her departure three sisters and
a host of relatives and friends. One sister preceded her to the
spirit world just ten months ago. We believe our loss is her eternal
gain. She was laid to rest in the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery,
Feb. 4. Brief services at the house by Bro. C.M. Brubaker and
at the church by Bro. C.M. Brubaker. Text, John 11:25,26. "Lonely
is the home and sad the hours Since thy sweet face is gone But
of a brighter home than ours In heaven is now thine own."
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SHETTER. - Samuel Shetter of East Lewistown, Ohio, was born June 21, 1849, and died Feb. 2, 1918, aged 68y. 7m. 11d. He is survived by his aged wife who has long been an invalid and a daughter, Mrs. Henry Painter. He united with the Church about five weeks before his death. The funeral services were held at the home, Bro, E.M. Detweiler officiating. Text, St. John 14:6.
NESSELRODT. - Ina Mae, daughter of Bro. and Sister P.E. Nesselrodt of Midland, Va., was born Dec. 27, 1915; died Jan. 23, from bronchial pneumonia and locked bowels. She leaves to mourn her father, mother, one sister, and two brothers. Funeral was conducted by Bro. Joseph Geil of Broadway, Va., at the Brethren Church at Midland, Va. Text, Matt. 19:14. She was laid to rest in the Brethren Cemetery on Jan. 25.
STUTZMAN. - Arthur Lee Stutzman died Feb. 14, 1918; aged 6m. 8d. His parents, Mr. And Mrs. Silas Stutzman, residing near Garden City, Mo., deeply mourn their loss. His mission on earth was short, but we know all is well with his soul; and that he cannot return to us, but we can go see him. Services in the home and at the Sycamore Grove Church by the home ministers. Text, Rev. 21:5, second clause. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
HISTAND. - Florence L. Histand, daughter of Bro. and
Sister Samuel S. Histand of Doylestown, Pa., died Jan. 27, 1918;
aged 11m. 18d. She leaves to mourn her early departure father,
mother, 7 sisters, 7 brothers, and a number of relatives and friends.
She budded on earth to bloom in heaven. The cause of her death
was spinal meningitis. Funeral services conducted by Bro. Jacob
C. Clemmens, and Bro. Jacob Rush. Text, Luke 8:52, latter part.
"An early summons Jesus sends,
To call a child above
And whispers over the weeping friends.
These are the fruits of love."
MARTIN. - Harland, son of Bro. Aaron and Sister Susie
Martin of the White Horse Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., was born
Dec. 28, 1914; died of pneumonia Jan. 27, 1918; aged 3y. 28d.
Harland was a very bright little boy. It was hard to give him
up but our loss is his gain. The parents, 3 brothers, 4 sisters,
1 grandfather, and 2 grandmothers are left to mourn the loss of
little Harland. Funeral services were conducted at the house by
the Brethren Abram Martin and C.M. Brackbill. His little body
was laid away beside one little brother and one little sister
in the White Horse Cemetery.
"We loved him, yes we loved him,
But the Father loved him more;
And so he stooped with loving hand,
And took our Harland to yonder shore."
-By his Grandmother Weaver.
JUTZI. - Bro. Benjamin Jutzi was born in East Zorra,
Oxford Co., Ont., May 14, 1877; died Feb. 10, 1918, at Kitchener
and Waterloo Hospital where he underwent an operation for gallstone
and appendicitis, of which he never rallied. He united with the
Amish Mennonite Church in his early youth. On Feb. 27, 1908, he
was united in matrimony with Sister Lizzie Jantzi, who now survives
him with one daughter. Bro. Ben took a deep interest in church
work. He was superintendent of the Amish Mennonite Sunday school
of Wilmot, for which he had ideal talents. He was laid to rest
Feb. 14, near St. Agatha, followed by a large concourse of relatives
and friends. Peace be to his ashes.
"Far from affliction, toil and care
The happy soul has fled;
The breathless clay shall slumber here,
Among the silent dead."
KEIM. - Catherine (Rhoads) Keim was born in Holmes Co.,
Ohio, Sept. 9, 1839; died at her home near Middlebury, Ind., Feb.
7, 1918; aged 78y. 4m. 28d. At the age of 12 years she emigrated
with her parents to Johnson Co., Iowa, where she grew to womanhood.
Feb. 29, 1872, she was married to John C. Keim of Middlebury,
Ind. To this union were born 4 sons, 1 daughter (Lewis, Ira, Martha,
Andrew, and Menno.) Lewis and 5 grandchildren preceded her to
the spirit world. Husband, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 12 grandchildren,
4 step children, 2 brothers and 3 sisters are left to mourn her
departure. She united with the Old Amish Church in her youth,
of which she was a consistent member until death. Funeral services
were conducted by Eli Bontrager and Joe Mast. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Farewell, dear mother, sweet thy rest Weary with years and worn
with pain; Farewell till in some happy place, We shall behold
thy face again. "Tis ours to miss thee, all our years
And tender memories of thee keep;
Thine in the Lord to rest, for so,
He giveth His beloved sleep.
ESCH. - Velma Pearl Esch was born Aug. 25, 1915; died
Feb. 5, 1918; aged 2y. 5m. 11d. She leaves to mourn her early
departure parents, 3 sisters, 3 brothers, and a host of friends.
Dear little Velma had been the picture of health but was afflicted
with whooping cough and then other troubles set in which were
not thought serious but only lasted a few days until the spirit
took its flight to the host of little children of whom Jesus said,
"Let the little children come unto me and forbid them not,
for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral services were
held on the 7th. at the Fairview Church by Bro. N.Z. Yoder from
Job 1:21, after which the little body was laid away in the cemetery
near by. Only the parents of the family were able to attend the
"Call not back the dear departed,
Anchored safe where storms are o'er,
On the border and we left them,
Soon to meet and part no more."
HOLDEMAN. - John A., oldest son of D.S. and Helena HOLDEMAN,
was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 6, 1848. John A. grew to manhood
in Elkhart Co., Ind., where he married Anna Kilmer. To this union
were born nine children, two of whom preceded him in death. The
oldest daughter, her husband and little babe were killed in a
cyclone in Chase Co., Kan. One daughter died in infancy. He died
peacefully on his homestead in McPherson Co., Kan., Jan. 16, 1918;
aged 69y. 11m. 10d. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters,
23 grandchildren. He became a member of the Church of God in Christ
(Holdeman Mennonite) in 1879 and was ordained to the ministry
in 1822 (MAY BE MISPRINT - mdg) in which office he served as long
as health permitted, ever having a warning voice against drifting
into worldliness away from Gospel simplicity. His last loving
words written by himself to his children entreating them to be
at peace with God, and meet him their father in glory. Funeral
services at the Holdeman Church, Jan. 20, were largely attended.
Opening service by Abraham G. Enzs. Text, Psa. 90:12, by Frank
Wenger in English and Jacob Dirks in German.
Teach us to number our days.
Joy in Heaven is all complete
No grief is there-the thought is sweet.
We sing redemption's song of praise
Harmoniously thru the endless days.
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