THOMAS. - Emanuel Thomas of the Johnstown, Pa., district, was born May 6, 1836; died Nov. 14, 1917; aged 81y. 6m. 8d. He was married to Hannah Stutzman who died 22 years ago. He was the father of 11 children, four of whom survive. He was from a family of nine children, and was the last one to depart this life. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 59 years.
HERSHBERGER. - Nora Almeda, daughter of Bro. Norman
and Sister Linnie Hershberger, of the Johnstown, Pa., district,
was born Oct. 26, 1917; died Nov. 2, 1917; aged 8 days. Funeral
services at the home by Bro. S.G. Shetler.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile,
To clasp our darling's hand."
LANDIS. - John N. Landis of Lancaster Co., Pa., died Dec. 16, 1917, in his 82nd. year. Death overtook him while sitting in church, of which he was a member. He was a son of David G. Landis, one of a family of 10, of whom there are still 4 living. On Nov. 28, 1862, he was married to Elizabeth L. Rohrer. To this union there are 6 children (Jason, Ella, David, Moses, John and Martin), and all were present at the funeral. Funeral on the 20th. at Mellinger's Church.
UNTERNAHRER. - Frank Christian Unternahrer was born at Thurman, Colo., Feb. 7, 1892; died of pneumonia at his parental home Dec. 16, 1917; aged 25y. 10m. 9d. He leaves a sorrowing father, step-mother, 1 sister, 2 half-brothers, 2 half-sisters, relatives and many friends to mourn his departure. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 15 years and was a faithful brother until the end. His mother preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services Dec. 18 at the house conducted by N.M. Birky. Interment in Mennonite burying ground near Thurman.
DANNER. - Selinah Jane, wife of Wm. Danner, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 20, 1872; died Dec. 9, 1917; aged 44y. 4m. 19d. In 1885 she, with her parents, D.E. and Susanna Stutzman, moved to Nebraska. Here at the age of 17 she united with the A.M. Church, being a faithful member unto death. In 1891 she was married to Wm. Danner. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters. She leaves to mourn her untimely departure husband, father, mother, 5 brothers, 10 children, 6 grandchildren and a host of friends; but we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services by F.J. Gingerich and Will Schlegel. Interment in cemetery adjoining East Fairview Church, near Milford, Neb.
NULL. - Sarah Webb was born Mar. 11, 1855, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died Dec. 17, 1917; aged 62y. 8m. 6d. She leaves to mourn their loss husband, 7 children and a host of friends. The children are all living near Morrison, Ill., except one son in Iowa and one son in the navy. She was married to Daniel Null on Oct. 6, 1874. After their marriage they lived in Pennsylvania two years, one year in Minnesota and after that they lived near Morrison, Ill. In the year 1909 they united with the Mennonite Church of which she has been a faithful member till death. Funeral services were held in Morrison Dec. 19, by J.W. McCulloh and John Nice, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Morrison Cemetery. Text, Psa. 37:37.
MUSSELMAN. - Samuel J., son of Bro. S.Z. and Sister
Nora Musselman of Akron, Pa., was born March 5, 1917; died Nov.
5, 1917; aged 8 months. Samuel was a bright, loving little baby,
a great favorite in the home and community where he lived, scattered
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 one brother (Richard) are
left to mourn the loss of little Samuel. Funeral services were
held at the house by Banks Winey and at the Groffsdale Church
by I.B. Good. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
"Our blessed Lord had need of one
To join His angel band,
And so He stooped with loving smile,
And clasped our darling Samuel's hand."
SNAVELY. - Bro. B.H. Snavely, Lancaster, Pa., was born May 29, 1846; died of valvular heart trouble Nov. 17, 1917; aged 74y. 5m. 18d. He died very suddenly, death overtaking him in less than ten minutes after the attack which ended his life. Three days later he was laid away. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, J.H. Mosemann and C.M. Brackbill. His body was laid away in the Willow Street Cemetery. Bro. Snavely was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was faithful, large-hearted, filling his place in home, community, and Church to the glory of God and the strengthening of the cause of Christ. After many years of faithful service in the cause of the Master, the Lord touched him with the finger of death and lovingly called him home. His influence among us still lives, and our prayer is that all his children and neighbors may follow him as he followed Christ.
GROFF. - Elizabeth R. Groff of near Lancaster, Pa.,
was born Jan. 9, 1834; died Dec. 8, 1917; aged 83y. 10m. 29d.
She was patient in her sickness, which was infirmities of old
age, and lasted for six months until death relieved her of her
suffering, and she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Her husband,
Martin W. Groff, preceded her twelve years ago, as did also a
daughter seven months old. She was of a very quiet, gentle, disposition,
and ever willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed. She was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Landis Valley for
thirty years. The following children survive to mourn her departure:
Saloma B., Clayton B., and Mary M. Landis, all at home. The funeral
was held from her late home on Dec. 11 conducted by Bros. Noah
L. Landis and John Lefever. Text, Rev. 13:14. Her remains were
laid to rest in Mellinger's grave yard. Peace to her ashes. Rest
to her soul.
WENGER. - Catherine Bender Wenger was born in Oxford Co., Ont., May 2, 1853; died at her home near Wayland, Iowa, Dec. 9, 1917; aged 64y. 7m. 7d. When 16 years old she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until called by death. She grew to womanhood in Canada but came to Iowa with her parents when 19 years old where she lived ever since. Dec. 19, 1879, she united in marriage with Daniel Boshart. This union was blest by two sons. On Oct. 4, 1889, the messenger of death called away her husband. Jan. 15, 1905, she was married again to Ben Wenger. She was an affectionate wife and mother. During her last sickness she called her children to her bedside admonishing them. Her grandchildren she kissed and told them to be obedient children and never to use profane language. She leaves husband, two sons (Elmer T. and Omar D. Boshart), one foster daughter, Mrs. Mary Hartzler, one half-brother, C.M. Roth, two half sisters, Lydia and Emma Roth, one foster sister, Fannie Eiman, nine grandchildren and a large concourse of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, conducted by S. Gingerich and Daniel Graber. Interment in Sugar Creek Cemetery.
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GREEN. - Barbara Ellen (Zook) Green died Dec. 1, 1917. She was born near Thurman, Colo., July 11, 1898. She grew to womanhood in the same neighborhood and was married to Cecil R. Green on July 12, 1916. She leaves a husband, 1 son, father, mother, 5 sisters, 1 brother, 1 adopted brother, and many friends to mourn her early death. Age, 19y. 4m. 19d.
MILLARD. - Bro. Jacob D. Millard was born Sept. 10, 1842; died Dec. 10, 1917. Aged 75y. 3m. He is survived by an aged companion. Bro. Millard died at the Mennonite Home near Oreville, Pa. Funeral on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Slate Hill Church. The services were conducted by Bros. Daniel Kauffman and Samuel Hess. Text, I Cor. 15:51-58. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
SHENK. - Paul F., son of Bro. Albert and Sister Mary Shenk of near Lititz, Pa., died Nov. 25, 1917; aged 2m. 14d. Death was caused by pneumonia. Besides his parents he leaves a brother and 3 sisters (Ella, Amos, Edna, and Irene). One little sister (Susan) was called home before. Funeral Nov. 28 at Erb's Church conducted by John Lefever and Jos. Boll, Jr. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
HOLSOPPLE. - Mary Amanda (Yoder), wife of Christian Holsopple, was born Oct. 28, 1888; died near Holsopple, Pa., Dec. 25, 1917; aged 29y. 2m. 27d. She is urvived by father, mother, one child, five brothers and four sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church by - Good of the U.B. Church, of which she was a member, and L.A. Blough. Buried in the Cemetery near the church.
ERNST. - Sister Lydia Rickert, beloved wife of Bro. Louis Ernst, was born Dec. 31, 1855; died of apoplexy at her home in Kitchener, Ont. Dec. 25, 1917; aged 61y. 11m. 24d. She was the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters, who mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. The funeral was held Dec. 29, 1917, at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., by the brethren, Samuel Bowman and U.K. Weber. Text, Rev. 21:4, last clause. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
THOMAS. - Kate (Blough) Thomas was born Mar. 19, 1840; died near Holsopple, Pa., Dec. 16, 1917; aged 77y. 8m. 27d. She was married to David Thomas, March 4, 1866. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter who, with her husband, 2 brothers, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild survive her. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church about 50 years. Funeral services were conducted on the 18th. at the Thomas Church by S.G. Shetler, James Saylor, and L.A. Blough. Buried in cemetery near the church.
SHANTZ. - Bro. Menno M. Shantz was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 4, 1850, died at his home in Kitchener, Ont., dec. 11, 1917; aged 67y. 8m. 7d. On Nov. 27, 1877, he was united in marriage with Susannah Bowman, to which union were born 4 sons, and 2 daughters, 4 of those survive. In August, 1878, he was received into the Mennonite church, of which he has remained a faithful member till his death. Funeral Dec. 15 at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, conducted by the brethren, David Wismer and U.K. Weber. Text, I John 2:17. His body was laid to rest in the Breslau cemetery.
MILLER. - Ora Franklin Miller was born Nov. 21, 1891 near Wellman, Ia.; died Dec. 25, 1917, at the home of his grandparents M.D. Millers near Kalona, Ia.; aged 19y. 1m. 4d. The cause of his death was diabetis (sp?), from which he suffered for 3 years. In the fall of 1913 he went with his parents to St. Elizabeth, Canada. In Jan. 1915 he united with the Mennonite Church at Surry, North Dakota, and was a faithful member until death. His early death is mourned by his father and mother, two brothers (Roy and Leslie), two adopted sisters (Gladias and Margrete), grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. Ora will be much missed in the home, as he was always a cheerful and obedient boy. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the East Union Church, conducted by J.L. Hershberger in German, and S.C. Yoder and D.J. Fisher in English. Interment in cemetery nearby.
LANDIS. - Sister Maria Hess Landis (nee Bomberger) wife of Bro. H. Reist Landis, of Lititz, Pa., died Dec. 28, 1917, at her residence after an illness of only four days, from the effects of pleuro-pneumonia. She had joyfully prepared for Christmas day, for this was to be the annual reunion of her family. But on Christmas morning she could not remain out of bed and before the echoes of the Christmas bells had died away at night Sister Landis was tossing painfully on her bed with pleuro-pneumonia, and the following morning she was nigh to death's door. She rallied slightly but by Friday morning she gradually sank until at 7:40 P. M. The immortal soul slipped from its earthly prison to that "building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." Funeral services at her late home Jan. 1 and at the Lititz Mennonite Church. Interment in the cemetery of Erb's Mennonite Church. Bros. Jonas Hess, Jacob Hershey, and John Lefever conducted the services. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. She was an extraordinary sister in this that though she entered not much into public activities yet her simple sweetness, her winning smile, her pure humility, won for her the affections of hosts of friends near and far. This fact was amply attested by the overflowing church in which the services were held. Sister Landis was from the time of her early youth a member of the Mennonite Church and consistently remained such up to the time of her death. In 1874 she was married to Bro. H. Reist Landis who survives her. They resided on a farm 2 miles northwest of Lititz until 1907, when they removed to her late home in Lititz. She leaves 5 children and six grandchildren to mourn her loss, as well as one brother and one sister. Her children are: Sister Catherine Erb, Jacob B., Sister Emma B. Newcomer, Sister Ellen B. Landis, and Sister Elizabeth B. Bomberger. She must have had a premonition of the passing, for on the first day of her illness she told a daughter she could not survive. Within the two weeks previous to her death she would frequently be seen in tears, and on the day of her departure she was heard to say, "I want to go away." She had also expressed a desire to be with her daughter who had "crossed over" some years before. Her death bed scene was such as one would rejoice over and preserve as a rich legacy in one's memory. She was surrounded by her family; her husband with whom she had toiled and struggled together for forty-three years, her children whom she had borne and reared to manhood and womanhood, her grandchildren and sons-in-law. She had spoken her last word, the spirit had gone out of her and from four o'clock until seven forty only the intermittent flutter of breathing until finally it ceased and slowly the cold chill came creeping over her. Yes, we rejoice that she has fallen asleep in Jesus; that she has only passed over; that "there is no death; what seems so is transition;" that, "this life of mortal breath is but a suburb of the life Elysian, whose portals we call death." "But, oh, for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is still." "A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive."
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STALTER. - Jacob Stalter was born in Livingston Co., Ill., May 30, 1869; died in the hospital at Peoria, Ill., Dec. 19, 1917; aged 48y. 7m. 20d. The cause of his death was pellagra. He leaves 2 brothers, 1 sister, 5 nephews, and nine nieces. Funeral services were held at the home of his brother John near Flanagan, Ill., and at the Waldo Church, by Bros. D.W. Slagel and Geo. Summer. Burial in the Waldo Cemetery.
BOWMAN. - Viola, infant daughter of Bro. Levi M. And Sister Elizabeth (Gingerich) Bowman, was born Nov. 30, 1917 and died Jan. 1, 1918; aged 1m. 2d. Only a weak little child, and yet a strong cord to draw us towards the paradise which she is now helping to beautify. Funeral services Jan. 3, at St. Jacob's (Ont.) Mennonite Church, where the bishops Abr. Gingerich and Jonas Snider preached impressive sermons to a full house.
LINT. - Peter Lint was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 20, 1837; died at his home near Scottdale, Pa., Jan. 6, 1918; aged 80y. 3m. 16d. In early life he united with the Presbyterian Church but later transferred his membership to the Methodist Protestant Church. He was sick for nearly a year preceding his death, and frequently expressed a desire to go to his long home. He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons, and two daughters, and leaves four sons and four daughters to mourn their loss. Funeral at the home, conducted by Daniel Kauffman. Text, II Cor. 5:8. Burial in Cochran Cemetery near Dawson, Pa.
HESS. - Sister Barbara M. (Eshelman) Hess, wife of Maris W. Hess, died at her home in New Danville, Pa., Jan. 2, 1918, from a complication of diseases, her illness having been of two years' duration; aged 23y. 12d. There remains to mourn her departure her husband and baby daughter, Helen, her parents, aged grandparents, and also 3 brothers and 6 sisters survive. Funeral services on Sunday, Jan. 6, 1918, at the Byerland Mennonite Church with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Aaron B. Harnish and Jacob H. Thomas. Texts, Mark 12:11 and Rev. 14:12,13.
WITMER. - Jacob E. Witmer was born in East Donegal, Pa., Sept. 26, 1835; died of a complication of diseases Dec. 26, 1917; aged 82y. 3m. He had long been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. We miss him, as his place can never be filled. We feel to say, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." He expressed a willingness to depart this life as he had put his trust in the Lord. He was conscious to the last. Funeral services by Bro. Henry Longenecker in German and Bro. Peter R. Nissley in English from II Tim. 4:6-8. The remains were laid to rest in the Kraybill Cemetery. "Dearest father, thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel, But tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrow heal."
STUTZMAN. - Bro. Abraham B. Stutzman died near Middlebury, Ind., of the infirmities of old age; aged 77y. 1m. 9d. On Dec. 19, 1861, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Kauffman. Soon after they together united with the Mennonite Church and lived together in their relation for about 56 years, continuing faithful in the faith they accepted. He was in feeble health for some time, at times suffering severely but bearing it with Christian fortitude until he fell peacefully asleep in Jesus, leaving to mourn his departure his wife, 1 son, 3 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. Buried in the Forest Grove burying ground. Funeral services at the Greiner meeting house by Silas Yoder and D.J. Johns.
FREED. - Lydia K., widow of Wm. G. Freed, was born Dec.
2, 1830; died Dec. 23, 1917; aged 79y. 21d. Death was due to weakening
of the heart. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early
life and remained a faithful member until death. Her funeral took
place Dec. 27 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herman Delp of
near Mainland, Pa. Burial at Towamencin Mennonite Church. Services
conducted at the house by Bros. Jonas Mininger and Menno Souder
and at the church by Bro. Warren Moyer and Isaac Kulp. Text, II
Tim. 4:8, and II Cor. 4:17.
"The Gospel was her joy and song
E'en to her last breath,
The truth she had proclaimed so long
Was her support in death."
BENNER. - Mabel, youngest daughter of David R. and Sarah
Benner of near Intercourse, Pa., was born Jan. 30, 1906; died
Dec. 26, 1917; aged 11y. 10m. 26d. She was sick for almost one
week, when she was taken to the Lancaster hospital where an operation
for appendicitis was performed. She then lingered for two weeks
longer when she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. Mabel was a bright
and intelligent girl. Though young in years she was very patient,
her suffering being great. She never murmured nor complained,
realizing a better place was awaiting her. We believe she is "not
dead but sleepeth." She leaves to mourn her early departure
parents, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a number of friends. Funeral
services at the house by Bro. Abram martin and at Hershey's Church
by Bros. John Senger and C.M. Brackbill. Text, Matt. 9:24. Remains
were laid in the cemetery adjoining.
"Dear parents, sisters, cease to weep,
Though your loved one has gone to sleep;
The time is short till life is o'er,
And we may meet to part no more."
WEAVER. - John W. Weaver was born near Harrisonburg, Va., July 3, 1881. Death came to him very suddenly on the morning of Dec. 24, 1917. He had taken his brother-in-law to Goshen early on Monday morning where he was to take a New York Central train for the east. While he was crossing the Lincoln Ave. crossing to return home he was struck by a fast train and instantly killed. He was carried to Elkhart on the pilot of the engine before the train crew discovered what had happened. The only wound was a small fracture of the skull. His death was a shock to all that knew him. He leaves to mourn, his wife, an only son (Ray), his father (A.D. Weaver, living near Elida, Ohio), three brothers and two sisters in Virginia, besides a host of friends. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in Wayne Cop., Ohio, in 1906. His age was 36y. 5m. 19d. Funeral services Dec. 27, 1917, at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Ind., by the brethren, B.B. King, S.S. Yoder, and Andy Hostetler, where a large number of people gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. Interment in the Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.
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MARTIN. - Luke, son of Bro. Aaron and Sister Lily Martin of Hummelstown, Pa., died Dec. 20, 1917. Funeral was held at Hummelstown Dec. 23. Buried in the cemetery near by. He is survived by father, mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
ERB. - Sister Barbara Erb died Jan. 9, 1918, near Hetherford's Station, Pa.; aged 52y. 1m. 1d. She was ready to die. She was residing with her sister, both living together happily, and was a devoted sister of the Mennonite Church for about thirteen years. Funeral was held at Shopes Church near Highspire, Pa., Jan. 12, 1918. Services were conducted by Bros. Harry Longnecker and John Mosemann. Text, Jno. 14. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
MERIOTT. - Josephine Sue, infant daughter of Bro. Speed
and Sister Lelia Meriott, died Dec. 24, 1917, aged 17 days. Apparently
the little one was not healthy from the start and hence knew little
of this world except affliction. As we looked upon its little
form, cold in the embrace of death, we remembered that some one's
hope had been blasted as the little bud withered, and the tender
ties formed even for a brief few days on earth are painful to
sever. But we know that the spirit is at rest in a brighter land
and the loved ones are beckoned on to the better land. Funeral
service at the house conducted by the writer. Scripture from Matt.
18: 1-14. Burial in the Purvis graveyard near Purvis, Mo.
BAUMGARTNER. - Sister Elizabeth Baumgartner (nee Gerber) was born Oct. 14, 1831; died Jan. 6, 1918, at her home near Dalton, Ohio. She was married to Jacob Baumgartner May 18, 1854, and on May 18, 1904, they celebrated their golden wedding. Her husband died Nov. 11, 1906. She is survived by 3 sisters, one brother preceding her in death. No children were born to this union, but they accepted four of his brother's children who were orphaned at a young age. She was a faithful Christian and lived to a ripe old age of 86y. 2m. 22d. Her kindness and good deeds will not be forgotten by her many friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 9 at the Swiss Mennonite Church by the brethren, Jacob Nussbaum and C.N. Amstutz.
WENGER. - Elizabeth (Roth) Wenger was born in Logelbach, Alsace Lorraine, Germany, Aug. 16, 1842; died at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. Jacob Leichty, near Noble, Iowa, Jan. 11, 1918; aged 75y. 4m. 25d. She immigrated to Canada in 1852 but later came to Iowa where she lived until she died. On Feb. 19, 1863, she was married to Joseph Wenger. To this union were born 11 children. Two died in infancy. On Feb. 18, 1917, the matrimonial ties were broken by the death of her husband. When yet a young woman she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until called by death. She leaves four sons, five daughters, fifteen grandchildren, besides friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. Funeral services at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, Jan. 14, conducted by Daniel Graber, S. Gerig, S. Gingerich, and S.M. Musselman. Texts, Mark 4:39 and II Cor. 5:1-9.
Brubaker. - Elizabeth Brubaker died at her home near
Landis Valley, Pa., Jan. 5, 1918, after a three weeks' illness
due to infirmity of age. Sister Brubaker almost reached the 90th.
mile stone of her life. She was the oldest member of the Landis
Valley congregation, where she will be missed as well as in her
home. She was of a quiet, loving disposition, and as long as health
permitted she attended the church services. She became a member
of the Mennonte Church many years ago; and remissed as well as
in her home. (NOTE: typed as written the firmer and following)
She was of sister of the late Pre. John B. Landis, who expired
in his carriage in a funeral procession a few years ago. Her husband,
Peter Brubaker, preceded her to the spirit world some years ago.
There remains to mourn her departure two children (Henry L. and
Annie L.), 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. One sister
(Mrs. Peter Hershey) also survives. Funeral Jan.9 at the Landis
Valley Church where a number of relatives and friends had gathered
to pay the last tribute of respect to an age mother in Israel.
The services were conducted by Bros. Noah L. Landis and John Lefever.
Text, Jno. 14:3. Her remains were buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Peacefully sleep, till that morning.
R. H. H.
WEAVER. - Isaac Weaver was born in (NOTE: spelling) Cahmbria Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1847; died at his home near Bowne Center, Mich., Dec. 27, 1917; aged 70y. 11m. 19d. He was united in marriage to Anna Speicher, Oct. 16, 1867. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. Two sons died in infancy. His wife preceded him in death two years ago. He leaves to mourn 2 sons and 4 daughters (William, John, Mrs. Jennie Flynn, Mrs. Warren Ervin, Mrs. Hiram Kauffman, Mrs. Howard McDaniels), two brothers (Hiram and Alex Weaver), and 1 sister (Mrs. John Henry Blough), all of near Johnstown, Pa., 16 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Bro. Weaver was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 46 years. He was ordained to the ministry by Bishop J.P. Speicher on May 10, 1891. Oct. 20, 1873, Bro. Weaver with his family moved from Pennsylvania to Kent Co., Mich., where they have since resided. Bro. Weaver had suffered for the last few years from a complication of diseases from which he gradually grew weaker, until Dec. 24, he had a light stroke of paralysis, of which he never fully recovered. He was a man of mild disposition, willing to do what he could for the cause of Christ, and the apbuilding of the Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Bowne Mennonite Church near Elmdale by Aldus Brackbill. Text, Heb. 9:27. He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
HESS. - Sister Mary Ann, wife of Bro. Peter B. Hess,
was born Sept. 16, 1854; died at her home near Lititz, Pa., Dec.
22, 1917; aged 63y. 3m. 6d. She was sick only five days, of pneumonia.
It seemed as though death was at the door even from the first
day of her illness. She was very patient in her sickness, having
the desire to depart and be with Christ. There is an hour to be
remembered when the spirit slowly and silently passed from this
earthly house to the mansion above. She leaves husband (whose
loss will be the greatest as she was a loving companion, ever
giving her life to the care of her husband and children, even
her last desire on her death bed was that he be well cared for
when she is gone), two sons (Jacob S. and John S.), and four grandchildren
also feel a great loss. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church. The funeral was held Dec. 26, 1917, at Hess, Mennonite
Church, which had been filled with neighbors and friends who expressed
themselves that her motherly love, her sweet smile, her kind word,
and her ever abounding care, had reached them sometime in their
life. Bros. John Lefever, Noah Landis, and Jacob Hershey conducted
the services. Texts, Phil. 1:21 and Deut 33:27. The remains were
laid to rest in Hess' Cemetery adjoining the church. Peace to
"Day after day we think what she is doing,
In those bright realms above.
Year after year her tender steps pursuing
Behold she has grown more fair."
BIXLER. - John S. Bixler was born in Fayette Co., Pa., Mar. 11, 1846. With his parents he removed to Mercer Co., Pa., later to Columbiana Co., Ohio, and at the age of eighteen years he again removed to Holmes Co., Ohio, where with the exception of one summer, he lived until August, 1882, when he with his family removed to the present homestead and one-half miles north of Wakarusa, Ind. He was united in marriage to Barbara Huber of Putnam Co., Ohio, Nov. 20, 1873. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. The oldest son, John Henry, died at the age of nearly four years. He had not been in good health for several months, having been troubles with heart failure; but yet the end was nearer than the family expected. On Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, while sitting in a chair he was stricken with paralysis and fell heavily to the floor. He spoke but a few words since but remained conscious till Tuesday afternoon and passed away on Wednesday 11 A.M., Jan. 9, 1918; aged 71y. 9m. 28d. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, two sons (Jacob K. And Frederick E.), two daughters (Anna J. Bixler and Matilda E., wife of Lloyd I. Hershberger), all except Jacob residing on the homestead, one granddaughter, three sisters (Mrs. Mary Witmer, Mrs. Susanna Rummell, and Mrs. Catherine Lowe), one brother (Benjamin Bixler), and many other relatives and friends. At about the age of 26 years he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith he adhered to the end. The funeral services were to be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, but on account of the severe storm raging in this part of the country and the impassable roads, these services had to be postponed till Monday afternoon, Jan. 14. Services were conducted at the Olive Church by the brethren, Henry Weldy and John L. Stauffer, from the text, "Man goeth to his long home" (Eccl. 12:5). Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
FUNK. - Salome, elder daughter of Jacob and Mary (Myers) Kratz, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Aug. 30, 1839. Her Swiss ancestors fleeing from the religious persecutions in Europe, settled in Pennsylvania, the refuge of many of our forefathers, two and more centuries ago. On Jan. 19, 1864, she was united in wedlock to John F. Funk, also a native of Bucks county, but at that time engaged in the lumber business in Chicago. Three years later, Bro. Funk, having in the meantime begun the publication of the Church periodical, the "Herald of Truth," she came with her husband and eldest daughter, Martha, to Elkhart, Ind., where she spent the remainder of her life. To this union were born one son and five daughters of whom two (Martha and Phoebe) survive. Besides these and her aged husband she leaves a brother and sister, both residing in Bucks Co., Pa., and also four grandchildren. Sister Funk united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and for sixty years has been a devoted member. Her quiet, unassuming, consistent Christian life bore daily testimony to her faithful discipleship. Her home life, although so quiet, was an extremely alive one. Many of the older members of the Church and other friends throughout the country, Canada and Europe, well remember her hospitality. For many years hardly a day passed but that she entertained brethren, sisters, and friends passing East and West through Elkhart. During the Russian Mennonite migration in the early 70's, Bro. and Sister Funk cared for many hundreds of travel-weary, homeless refugees from the Russian intolerance of that time. As an instance of their experience, in this connection, one Sunday morning in the 70's, after a long night of tearful watching over the dying form of an infant daughter, just at dawn, two men, who proved to be the Russian brethren, Bishop Jacob Wiebe and Franz Sawatzky, came to the home, stating that thirty-seven families of them were at the station with bag and baggage, weary and fatigued with two days and nights of travel from the seaboard. In the midst of sorrow and death, the hearts of the host and hostess were opened, the tired, hungry travelers were sheltered and fed. Although never of robust physical build, Sister Funk's failing health was first noticed about two years ago. Since then her strength gradually waned, notwithstanding every kindly ministration that love could devise. Finally on the evening of Sept. 5, 1917, with her loved ones about her, she fell quietly asleep in Jesus, at the age of 78 years and 6 days. The home she graced so long with her kindly helpful presence, is robbed of its brightest jewel, but her soul is at rest with the redeemed. We mourn for her, not as lost, but only gone before.
Translated by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), CA
ALKETER. - Anna Alketer (nee Schrock). Widow of Adam Alketer, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Jan. 14, 1847; died at Shanesville, Ohio, Jan. 6, 1918; aged 70y. 11m. 22d. She was sick only a few hours of acute indigestion. She lived in widowhood 22y. 5m. 3d. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 sons, 4 daughters, 1 sister, and grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the A.M. Church of Walnut Creek in her younger years and staid a faithful member to her end. Buried at the Walnut Creek A.M. Church. Services by S.H. Miller from Acts 20:36-38.
MOSER. - Elizabeth Honderich was born in Fulton Co., O., Jan. 8, 1845; died at her home near Goshen, Ind., Jan. 14, 1918; aged 73y. 6d. She united with the Mennonite Church when about twenty years old and as long as health permitted her seat was seldom vacant in the church services. In 1873 she was married to Emanuel Moser, who preceded her to the spirit world 7 months. To this union were born 2 sons, who, with 8 grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters, survive her. For several years she was failing from a weakness of the heart and gradually became weaker until on Jan. 14 she fell peacefully asleep to await the sound of the trumpet when the dead in Christ arise. Services at the Clinton Frame M.H. by D.D. Troyer and D.J. Johns. Texts, Job 14:14 and II Cor. 5:1
SHARER. - Henry H. Sharer was born in Centre Co., Pa., Dec. 8, 1840; died at his home near Airlie, Oreg., Dec. 17, 1917; aged 77y. 9d. In April, 1861, her was united in marriage to Susannah Shilling. To this union six children were born of which three survive him. She preceded him to the spirit world Oct., 1881, and then he remarried on Nov. 1, 1881, to Mary Jane Weaver. To this union were born six children of whom four survive. The surviving children are Elmer, Ambrose N., Milo M., Clarence, Virgie Penrose, Martha Crosby, Susie Fuller. One sister survives; also 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A short service was held at the home conducted by Bro. G.D. Shenk as Bro. M.E. Brenneman could not get over on account of high water. On Dec. 30 Bro. Brenneman held memorial services. We mourn not as those who have no hopes for he left bright hopes of his home above. Remains were laid to rest in the Mennonite graveyard near Firdale.
MAST. - Will Mast was born at O'Neill, Neb., Jan. 3, 1886; died at his present home near Woodriver, Neb., Jan. 13, 1918; aged 32y. 10d. He united in marriage with Sarah, daughter of Aaron Stutzman, Sep. 16, 1905, near Milford, Nebr. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (Alta, Lester, Wilma, and Delmer). He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and four children, father, mother, four half-brothers, three half-sisters, and a host of friends. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 18 years and remained faithful until he was removed to a better world. Peace to his ashes. Funeral near Woodriver, Neb. Services at the home by A.E. Stoltzfus from John 11, and at the Church by J.E. Zimmerman. Text, Num. 23:10. His sickness was pneumonia and heart failure. He was not well for several days, but was only serious the last few hours. His departure was very unexpected.
KUHNS. - Samuel Kuhns was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 20, 1843; died Jan. 12, 1918; aged 74y. 5m. 22d. In 1863 he was married to Magdalene Slabaugh. To this union were born 4 sons and six daughters. One son preceded him to the spirit world, leaving wife, three sons, six daughters, 37 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren to survive him. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1871, of which he was a member until death. Funeral services were conducted by S.C. Miller of Jet, Okla. Funeral attended by all the members of the family but three. His departure leaves a vacant place which earth cannot fill. The family lived in Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, and in 1892 moved to Oklahoma where they still lived at the time of his death. On Jan. 2 he became seriously sick and upon the advice of different physicians as the only hope of recovery was taken to the hospital at Anthony, Kans. An operation greatly relieved his intense suffering, which he bore almost uncomplainingly, but his stay after the operation was short, being only one week and one day after which he quietly passed away.
ROHRER. - Henry S. Rohrer of near Strasburg, Pa., entered into rest Dec. 16, 1917. Heart trouble caused his failure of health for several years. He was a very patient sufferer until God relieved his intense suffering by taking him into His arma. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, six children, Ross, Alice R. Shaubach, John, Frank, Anna M. Ranck, and Henry G. And nine grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years; also a teacher in the Paradise Sunday school since it was organized, as long as his health permitted him to attend; a kind, loving husband and will be greatly missed and those left behind will often think of the many good advices he had given. He lived all his life on the old homestead, and had he lived until Jan. 12 he would have been 70 years of age. He was laid to rest in the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery Dec. 19. The services at the house were conducted by Jacob Mellinger and at the church by Frank Herr and C.M. Brackbill. Text, II Tim 4:7. "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." His daughter
ORENDORFF. - Daniel Orendorff was born near Spring Bay, Ill., Nov. 8, 1848; died at his late home near Flanagan, Ill., Jan. 14, 1918, where he has resided since 1873; aged 69y. 2m. 6d. He united with the A.M. Church in his youth. He served as Sunday school superintendent for a number of years, and in June, 1890, was ordained to the ministry. He performed his duties faithfully. He was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Mary Yordy near Roanoke, Ill., Feb. 15, 1872. They lived together happily for nearly 46 years. To this union were born 5 daughters and 2 sons. One daughter, 2 sons and 1 grandson preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves his faithful companion, 4 daughters (Lizzie Roeschley, Katie Conrad, Emma Conrad and Ada), 2 brothers (Jacob and Christian), 27 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by the family, neighbors, and by the whole congregation, where his seat was seldom vacant. He was on time and with a kind word and smile for everyone. Funeral services at the house by A.H. Leaman and at the church by D.W. Stagell, A.H. Leaman, and Geo. Summer. He chose his own funeral text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Buried in the Waldo Cemetery. "Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord, from henceforth. Yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them."
SHOUP. - Mary E. Shoup, daughter of Michael and Susannah Bixler, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 11, 1840; died in her home in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 4, 1918; aged 77y. 7m. 23d. She was united in holy matrimony to Geo. Shoup Feb. 8, 1884. No children were born to this union, but they received into their home and brought up two girls from the Fairmount Children's Home, Clara McGrew and Goldie Wiles. Sister Clara has been united in marriage to Charles Herman. Sister Goldie cared for her foster mother until death removed her from this present evil world. Sister Shoup has been a member of the Mennonite Church for a long time, to which faith she remained true until death. Husband, Clara and Goldie, two sisters, many relatives, with a host of friends survive her and keenly feel their loss but have the assurance that it is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the Longenecker Church, Jan. 7, conducted by Benjamin Good and D.M. Friedt. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. The words of the song sung at the funeral are especially appropriate. "Sister thou wast mild and lovely Gentle as the summer breeze. Pleasant as the as the air of evening When it floats among the trees."
BAUMAN. - Enoch S. Bauman, eldest son of Martin H. and
Rebecca (Shantz) Bauman, was born July 18, 1860; died Jan. 16,
1918; aged 57y. 5m. 29d. In 1883 he was married to Veronica Martin,
which union was blessed with 11 sons and 2 daughters, of whom
3 sons have preceded him. For several months he had been failing
in health, and on Nov. 21 an operation was attempted but not performed,
because the number of cancers they found at once showed that it
would be of no avail. From that time on he gradually failed until
the end. He took it all very patiently, was completely resigned
to the will of the Lord, and looked forward with joy to the glad
reunion with the many loved ones gone before. Nearly 24 years
ago he was ordained to the ministry, and filled his office faithfully,
preaching the Word with great earnestness and power. He occupied
a place that will be hard to fill, and a sorrowing congregation
craves the prayers of the Church at large. A sorrowing companion,
8 sons, 2 daughters, step-mother, 5 brothers, 1 sister, with a
large number of relatives and friends remain to mourn his departure.
Funeral Jan. 19, 1918, conducted at the house and grave by Abram
Gingerich, and at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church by Oscar Snider
and Jonas Snider.
Menno M. Brubacher
Transcribed by: Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), CA