Brackbill.-John C. Brackbill was born near Kinzer, Pa., June 16, 1838; died Oct. 7, 1918; aged 80 y. 3 m. 21 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for about fifty years and lived an upright and consistent life. His wife, Hettie Frantz Brackbill, preceded him to the spirit world about a year and a half ago. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. John H. Mosemann at the house and by Bro. C. M. Brackbill at the Paradise burial ground, where interment was made. He leaves 2 sons, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters to mourn his departure.
Yoder.-Ira J. Yoder of Belleville, Pa., was born May 28, 1883; died Oct. 26, 1918; age 35 y. 4 m. 28 d. He united with the A. M. Church at the age of 20 and was a member of that faith until his death. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure father, mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Buried Oct. 27. A short sermon was preached at the home of his parents by Samuel T. Yoder. Text. Psa. 103:13. A little later at the Locust Grove cemetery, where many friends had gathered, a short sermon was preached by Jonas D. Yoder. Text Job 14:1.
Gehman.-Enos S. Gehman was born near Bally, Pa., Sept. 1, 1855; died Sept. 26, 1918, aged 63 y. 25 d. Death was due to diabetes complicated with kidney trouble, with which he suffered for about 4 years. He had diabetic cataract and was blind six months but had his eyesight restored by an operation on one eye last November. Buried Oct. 1, in the Hereford Mennonite Cemetery at Bally. He was married to Sarah Histand, Sept. 23, 1880. To this union was born 4 sons and 6 daughters. One daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by 6 grandchildren also one brother David. On Oct. 25, 1906 he was ordained deacon of the Herford Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the house conducted by Bro. Jacob Clemens and at the meeting house by Bros. Warren Bean, Jonas Mininger, and Abraham Clemmer. Text II Cor. 5:8.
Transcriber's note: Hereford in one place and Herford in another
Lehman.-Frances S., daughter of Benjamin and Susan Lehman, was born in Williams Co. Ohio, April 3, 1845; died at the home of her sister, Mrs. B. F. Letherman, in Goshen, Ind., Oct. 16, 1918; aged 7 y. 6 mo. 13 d. She leaves one sister and three brothers (D. A. Lehman, J. H. Lehman, G. B. Lehman), besides a host of relatives and friends. She with her parents moved on a farm two miles north of Wakarusa, Ind., in 1853, where she lived the greater part of life. She gave her heart to God and united with the Mennonite church at an early age and lived a devoted Christian life, being strong in her faith in God and ever ready to sacrifice her personal comfort to oblige and help those in need. Funeral services at the home of B. F. Letherman, Goshen Ind., conducted by E. S. Mullet and I. R. Detweiler. Interment at the Olive Church.
Kurtz.-Rebecca (Hartzler) Kurtz, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Aug. 27, 1839; died Oct. 26, 1918, aged 79 y. 1 m. 29 d.; was married to John Y. Kurtz in 1862, after which they moved to Wayne Co., Ohio. To this union were born 2 son and 4 daughters. Her husband and two infant daughters preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sons, 2 daughters, 14 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 2 brothers, besides many relatives and friends. In early life she confessed Christ as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was devoted Christian sister until death. She bore her sickness (paralysis, which lasted over a period of two years) with much patience and Christian fortitude, waiting for the Master's call to her eternal reward. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, J. S. Gerig and C. Z. Yoder, from Jno. 12:23 and Jno. 14:16. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Eby.-Jacob W. Eby was born Oct. 16, 1851, in Canada. In his early youth he came to St. Joseph Co., Ind., with his parents who settled on the farm which has since then been his home. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Wenger Sept. 16, 1872. She preceded him in death Feb. 21, 1896. To this union were born three daughters and five sons. He is survived by two daughters,(Mrs. John Eby and Mrs. Sam Hunsberger), and 5 sons (Walter, Jacob, Mervyn, Ralph, and Ira). All of them are living within a few miles of the old home place. He also had two brothers living. He had many other relatives besides a host of friends. In the winter of 1910 he confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church and the Olive congregation. During the last year or more he was afflicted in such a way that at times he was robbed of his mental powers. Sometimes his affliction was much worse than at others and during one of these periods he took his own life, Sept. 14, 1918; age 66 y. 10 m. 28 d. Funeral at the Olive Church, Sept. 16, conducted by C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder.
Karrer.-Elizabeth Kauffman was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 7, 1844; died Oct. 11, 1918, at her home in Kent Co., Mich.: aged 73 y. 10 m. 4 d. She came to Michigan from Pennsylvania, with her parents about fifty years ago. She was married to John Karrer of Caledonia, Nov. 10, 1870. Her husband preceded her about eighteen years ago. To this union were born two sons and one daughter. Those who remain to mourn her are two sons and two daughters (Jacob Arthur, Michael Joseph, Mrs. Clara Scott, Mrs. Walter Shepard), 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and two sisters, besides many other relatives and friends. She was a faithful and devoted mother. Although in very poor health for a year past, she accepted her lot with patience and was ever ready with a smile and pleasant greeting for all. She was a devoted Christian and a faithful member of the Mennonite church for several years. Services were conducted at the Brethren meeting house near her home by Aldus Brackbill, assisted by the home minister of that local church. Text, Psa. 34:5. Interment in Clarksville Cemetery.
By Nancy Regan
Kohr.-Daniel, son of David and Bertha Kohr of Middletown, Pa., was born May 29, 1917; died Oct. 22, 1918. A private funeral was conducted by Bro. David Z. Miller and Bro. Harry L. Longenecker. Buried at Shope's Mennonite Cemetery near Highspire, Pa.
Lauver.-John H. Lauver of Evendale, Pa., was born April 16, 1894; died Oct. 24, 1918; aged 24 y. 6 m. 8 d. He was married to Katie Gearhart and was father of two children. He leaves father, step-mother, brother, and a host of friends. Buried at Lauver's Church. A short service was held at his father's home, conducted by Bro. Simon P. Acker.
Gamber.-Grace N., daughter of Henry and Annie Gamber of near Landisville, Pa., (aged 21 y. 5 m. 15 d.), died Oct. 12, from the effects of influenza. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Anna, Selena, Benjamin, Harry, and Ada. At the age of fourteen Grace accepted Christ as her Savior. Funeral services by Bro. Hiram Kauffman. Text, Phil. 1:21.
Martin.-Lydia, wife of Harry Z. Martin, died of influenza Oct. 29, aged 26 y. 6 m. 2 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 3 children, and many friends. She was a member of the church at Weaverland, Pa., and her body was laid to rest on the 28th.
Stauffer.-Joseph H. son of Sister Mary A. and Bro. Irvin
B. Stauffer of New Providence, Pa., was born Jan. 29, 1913; died
Oct. 10, 1918, aged 5 y. 8 m. 11 d. He leaves father, mother,
2 sisters, and 2 brothers. Little Joseph has gone to join hands
with his grandfather, and they will wait for their loved ones
on the other shore.
"God needed one more angel child
Amid His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile
And clasped little Joseph's hand."
Stutzman.-Fanny Mae, daughter of Bro. Alvin and Sister
Barbara Stutzman, was born near Milford, Nebr., May 13, 1907;
died Oct. 19, 1918; aged 11 y. 5 m. 6 d. Her death was caused
by Spanish influenza. She leaves parents, one sister, grandparents
and a large circle of relatives and friends.
"Dear Fannie, with eyes so bright,
Is now laid away out of sight;
She is now in that home so bright and fair,
And, Oh, how we long to meeet her there."
Burkholder .-Sister Alice Mae, wife of Bro. Geo. Z. Burkholder, was born June 12, 1891, died Oct. 25, 1918; aged 27 y. 4 m. 13 d. Surviving are, parents, husband and three small children. Private funeral services were held at the home, Oct. 28, by W. F. Charlton. Text, Mk. 14:8, first clause, selected by the family. Interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Newville, Pa. Her father and mother-in-law were the only members of the immediate family permitted to accompany the remains, the rest being confined to the house with the same disease, Spanish influenza.
Cockley.-Bro. Henry C., son of Bro Reuben and Sister
Anna Cockley, died at the home of his parents near Boiling Springs,
Pa., Oct. 29, of pneumonia, aged 36 y. 9 m. 5 d. Besides his parents,
he is survived by three brothers and three sisters. Nov. 19, 1908,
he was married to Sister Rhoda Landis of near Chambersburg, who
with an infant daughter preceded him to the Spirit world more
than six years ago. Funeral services Nov. 1, conducted by Bros.
B. F. Zimmerman and Samuel Hess. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Kulp.-Henry D., son of Bro. Isaac and Sister Mary (Detweiler) Kulp, was born in Franconia Twp., Pa., July 12, 1898; died at Souderton Pa., Oct. 22, 1918; aged 20 y. 3 m. 10 d. He suffered with influenza ten days when it developed to brain fever which lasted only 12 hours longer. He united with the Souderton Mennonite Church a few years ago, and has been a regular attendant since. Oct. 27, 1917 just five days less than a year of his death he was married to Alverda Swarty. Besides the grief-stricken widow, parents, three brothers, and two sisters survive. Private services were held at the home Oct. 26, conducted by Bros. Jos. Roth and Jacob N. Myer, with short services at the Souderton Mennonite burial grounds, where he was laid to rest.
Boyer.-John Lester, son of Joseph E. and Sister Katie Boyer, died Oct. 15, 1918, aged 2 y. 8 m. 13 d. He was sick only a few days, the cause of his death being membranous croup. Their three children now lie side by side in the Thomas cemetery near Thomas Mills, Pa. On account of the present epidemic in the state the funeral was private. Short services were held on the porch of the home, conducted by Bro. S. G. Shetler assisted by Bro. James Saylor.
Blough.-Sister Susan (Stahl) Blough of Johnstown, Pa., was born July 13, 1843; died Oct. 17, 1918; aged 75 y. 3 m. 4 d. She is survived by three brothers. She was married to Joseph Blough who died a number of years ago. Two sons two daughters, and a number of grandchildren survive. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was laid to rest beside the remains of her husband in the Stahl Cemetery. Short services were conducted at the grave by Bro. S. G. Shetler.
Hursh.-Chester Hursh died at the home of his parents, Bro. and Sister Henry Hursh near Stony Brook, Pa., aged 19 y. 11 m. 27 d. Death was due to brain fever. Ten days before his death he was attacked with influenza. Recognizing that death was near, he desired to be baptized and be received into the Church. This conversion brought great joy to his parents. He leaves parents, three brothers (Paul, Franklin, and Daniel). Funeral services by Bros. Joseph Forrey and John K. Charles.
Houser.-Edward Henry Houser was born at Stony Brook, Pa., Feb. 4, 1864; died at his home in York, Pa., Oct. 8, 1918; aged 54 y. 8 m. 4 d. He united with the Mennonite Church about fifteen years ago and was an active worker and Sunday school superintendent in the York Mennonite Church. We feel the loss of one who was useful both financially and spiritually. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Joseph Forrey and Peter R. Nissley. He leaves his wife, three sisters, and a daughter, Anna. Death was due to kidney trouble. Private funeral. Burial in Stony Brook Cemetery.
Berkey.-Bro. Clarence Berkey, son of Bro. Gabriel and Sister Catharine Berkey of near Johnstown, Pa., died in Pittsburgh of influenza, Oct. 13, 1918, aged 21 y. 9 m. 27 d. He had been working for the Pa. R. R. Co., and thus died away from home. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and has left the monument, "He was a fine young man," as expressed by the many who knew him. Bro. S. G. Shetler, assisted by Bro. James Saylor, conducted a short service on the porch of his father's home, after which his body was laid away in the Thomas Cemetery.
Wenger.-Annie, wife of Harry Wenger, died Oct. 16, of influenza; aged 37 y. 5 m. 4 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and leaves a sorrowing husband, 10 children, and many friends. Her remains were laid to rest in the Weaverland, Pa., graveyard on the 18th inst. On the 20th Paul Wenger of the same family, aged 7 years, died and was laid to rest along side of his mother on the 23rd. And on the 24th, Florence Wenger, aged 14 m. of the same family followed her mother and brother. The stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community. On account of the disease the funerals were private, only short services were held at the grave.
Transcriber's note: three obituaries here
Harter.-Oma Arvilla, daughter of William and Miranda Harter, was born Jan. 1, 1902, died Oct. 9, 1918, after a short illness of influenza followed by bronchopneumonia, aged 16 y. 9 m. 8 d. Two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and numerous other relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. Funeral held at the home conducted by D. A. Yoder. Burial at the Olive Cemetery, Elkhart Co., Ind.
Bast.-Amos Bast was born near Wellesby, Ont., June 1, 1890. On account of lameness incapaciting (sic) him for farm work he came to Kitchener, Ont., some years ago and learned book-keeping, which profession he followed. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. During the recent epidemic of Spanish influenza to which almost one hundred people have succumbed in this city, he also became a victim of the disease which turned into pneumonia. He passed away at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital on Oct. 19, 1918; aged 28 y. 4 m. 19 d. His remains were taken to the Wellesly A. M. Church for services and burial.
Martin.-Elsie, daughter of Bro. and Sister Aaron Martin,
was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 1, 1901. Her death was caused
by a complication of diseases to which she succumbed Oct. 5, 1918;
aged 17 y. 4 m. 5 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1914,
of which she was a faithful member till death. She leaves father,
mother, two brothers (Joseph and Ward) and one sister (Ferne);
besides many relatives and friends.
"We shall be parted for a while,
But will not forget your loving smile,
And some sweet day when life is o'er
We'll greet thee on the other shore."
Funeral services at the Yellow Creek Church conducted by Harvey Schwalm, J. W. Christophel, and D. A. Yoder.
Burkholder.-David L., son of William and Lovina Burkholder, was born near Topeka, Ind., July 17, 1894; died Nov. 4, 1918, aged 24 y. 2 m. 17 d. He contracted acute Brights disease and hemhorrage of the brain which proved fatal. He was in the employ of the New York Central R. R. as signal maintainer. While in this work he was much concerned about his mother as he added much to her support. His father and two sisters have preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves his mother and three sisters (Mary and Susannah Burkholder and Barbara Hartman) also many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Olive Church near Elkhart, Ind., conducted by D. A. Yoder and H. N. Schwalm. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Shantz.-Veretta, daughter of Samuel and Ida Shantz,
was born near Carstairs, Alt., March 9, 1918; died Sept. 18, 1918;
aged 6 m. 9 d. She was ill about six weeks from stomach trouble.
All was done that human hands could do. She was in the hospital
a week and was improving. Was home only a week until she was called
higher. She leaves father, mother, and relatives. Funeral Sept.
20 at West Zion Church. Services at the house by Bro. N. R. Weber,
at the church by Allen Good. Text, I Cor. 15:23,24. Remains were
laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
"I've gone to live with the angels so fair,
I'll look for you parents and wait for you there
Where tears do not flow, where death cannot come;
Together we'll dwell in that beautiful home."
Davidhizar.-John W., son of Jacob and Lydia Davidhizer, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 13, 1892. His mother, sister, and two brothers preceded him in death. He leaves father, stepmother, and four brothers (Elmer, Calvin, Oscar, and Henry), besides a grandmother and a host of relatives and friends. On Sept. 14, 1918, he was called to Camp Taylor, Ky. After only five weeks of service he was stricken with pneumonia, and being sick only a short time, died Oct. 7, at the age of 25 y. 9 m. 24 d. Funeral services held at the father's home, conducted by J. F. Funk and D. A. Yoder. Burial at the Olive cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Davidhizar.- is also spelled Davidhizer in the body of the obituary.
Clipp.-Magdalena Rickert Clipp was born Sept. 21, 1862, in Waterloo Co., Ontario. She came to Indiana with her parents in the fall of 1865. She married Andrew Clipp Dec. 24, 1884. To this union were born nine children (Harley, Carrie, Lloyd, Jasper, Ralph, Wilbur, Mabel, Abbie and Blanche), Wilbur having died in infancy. She also leaves nine grandchildren to whom she was greatly devoted; three sisters and two brothers. She united with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church at the age of 16 and remained faithful until death. Died Oct. 17, 1918, age 56 y. 26 d. Funeral services held at the Olive Church conducted by A. B. Yoder and D. A. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Lehman.-Michael A., son of Bro. and Sister Chris Lehman, died Oct. 20, 1918, at the home of his parents near Beaver Falls, N. Y., after an illness of ten days of influenza-pneumonia. He was born on June 14, 1897, and leaves his father, mother, seven brothers and five sisters one of whom is a twin sister. He was the first one of the large family to go. He was a member of the A. M. Church and was an honest, upright, young man. He was beloved by all who knew him. Funeral services were held by Christian Roggie assisted by Joseph Zehr. Interment in Kirchnerville cemetery.
"Why should we weep, he is at rest
And free from care and pain
And though we sorely miss him here
Our loss is but his gain."
Roth.-Daniel W. Roth was born in France May 14, 1866; died at his home in Henry Co., Iowa, Oct. 21, 1918 aged 52 y. 5 m. 7 d. In 1867 his parents emigrated to America and settled in Wayne Co., Ohio. Here he grew to manhood, but when twenty-one years of age he came to Iowa. On Dec. 27, 1894, he was married to Lena M. Wyse. To this union were born two children, Ezra and Irene. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until he died. On Oct. 11 he received a communication from Camp Dodge stating that his son Ezra was low with pneumonia. He at once went to the bed-side of his son and watched over him until he was out of danger. Not being well himself, the loss of sleep and the anxiety for his son proved too much for him. He was brought home but all that loving hands could do was of no avail. He died soon after noon on Monday. His father, mother, three brothers, and one half-brother preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves wife, one son, one daughter, three brothers, one sister, and many neighbors and friends. A private funeral was held at the home on Thursday morning conducted by Daniel Graber and S. Gingerich. Interment in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.
Nolt.-Annie, daughter of Isaac and Lydia Nolt, Weaverland, Pa., died Oct. 24, in her 18th year. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and her body was laid to rest in the Weaverland graveyard on the 26th inst. Death caused by influenza. Short services were held at the grave. Survived by father, mother, and many brothers and sisters.
Sensenig.-Daniel Sensenig died of influenza Oct. 25; aged 37 yrs. He was a member of the Zion Brethren Church and leaves a sorrowing widow, 8 children and a host of friends to mourn their loss which was his eternal gain. His body was laid to rest in the Weaverland, Pa., graveyard on the 28th.
Keeler.-Edwin H. Keeler of Franconia Tp., Montgomery Co., Pa., died very suddenly on Sunday, Oct. 13; aged 39 y. 7 m. 28 d. He suffered with a severe cold and feeling tired because of work, he retired but could not rest. It proved later that at that time he was already suffering from pneumonia. The disease affected heart action, resulting in his death. He was a son of the late Henry and Mary (Hendricks) Keeler. He leaves his widow and four daughters; also a step-mother, three brothers, three sisters, and step-brother. Funeral Oct. 19, at the Souderton Mennonite burying ground.
"Farewell, my dear wife and children
My Savior has now called me home;
At the gate of the city eternal,
I'll watch and wait till you come."
Roeschley.-Amelia May Roeschley was born near Flanagan,
Ill., April 7, 1894; died Oct. 28, 1918; aged 24 y. 6 m. 21 d.
Her death was caused by influenza, other complications setting
in. At the age of 14 she united with the A. M. Church and lived
a true Christian life. To know her was to love her. She leaves
parents, 8 brothers, 3 sisters, and 1 grandmother. One brother
preceded her. Services at the house by Bro. Geo. Summer. Text,
Psa. 103. Buried in the Waldo Cemetery.
"O the morning happy morning,
That will break on yonder shore.
When the march of life is ended,
And our harvest work is o'er;
When we stand amid the gloaming,
And our hearts with joy are bright,
While we say to those around us,
With a loving smile, Goodnight."
Sommers.-Amon Sommers was born in Holmes Co., Ohio,
Nov. 9, 1881; died at Kokomo, Ind., Oct. 28, 1918; aged 36 y.
11 m. 19 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life,
in which he held his membership until death. He was united in
marriage to Mary Ruby, on Sept. 23, 1916. During the short time
of two years they lived happily together, sharing each others
joys, until the death messenger called at their door to claim
his own. Amon was in good health until about ten days before he
died when he was afflicted with that dread disease, influenza,
which physicians and kind friends could not subdue. He leaves
a loving wife, an aged mother, three brothers, two sisters, and
a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral
at the house on the 31st conducted by J. S. Honer. Interment in
Crown Point Cemetery.
Litwiller.-Jacob B. Litwiller, Sr., was born in Waterloo
Co. Ont., Aug. 22, 1835; died Sept. 18, 1918, at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Lydia Eicher, Ithaca, Mich. He was united in marriage
to Elizabeth Buerge, Jan. 27, 1856. His wife, two children, five
grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers, and three sisters
preceded him to the great beyond. He leaves to mourn their loss,
two sons, four daughters, thirty-four grandchildren, twenty-eight
great-grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters, and many friends.
Funeral services Sept. 20, at the Mennonite Church by H. J. Mininger.
Interment in Naldrett cemetery.
"Weep not, that his toils are over,
Weep not that his race is run,
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like his is done."
Mosier.-Jacob Cless, son of Henry and Sarah E. Mosier, was born May 10, 1889; died Oct. 18, 1918 at Toledo, Ohio; aged 29 y. 5 m. 8 d. On June 2, 1914, he was married to Naomi Harrington of New Haven, Ind. To this union was born one daughter, Norma Virginia. He was preceded in death by his mother and one sister. He leaves his wife and baby daughter, father, three sisters, one brother, and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was a kind and loving husband and father and deeply attached to his home and family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. While our hearts are filled with sorrow we humbly submit to the will of our Heavenly Father. Short services at the home of his sister, Ella Tucker, near Elida, Ohio, conducted by J. O. Mosier, uncle of the deceased, Oct. 21. Buried in the Salem Cemetery.
Kauffman.-Daniel Kauffman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio; died of pneumonia at Camp Custer, Mich., Oct. 12, 1918; aged 31 y. He leaves to mourn their loss his aged mother (whose support he was), three brothers, and one sister. But they have the hope that he has gone before to wait for them on the other shore. He united with the Fairview Mennonite Church a short time before he was called to the camp a few months ago. His remains were brought back and placed in the Fairview Cemetery where short services were held by Bro. Menno Esch on Oct. 15, 1918. This will be a day long remembered since in the morning we held the funeral services of our dear Bro. Noah Z. Yoder, and followed his remains to Cumins for the train and Bro. Kauffman's remains were taken back for burial. We are doubly reminded of the uncertainty of our lives- to be ready at any time when God calls us.
Miller.-Margaret Miller was born in Johnson Co., Iowa,
Feb. 27, 1900 and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jason Boller,
near Kalona, Iowa, Oct. 24, 1918 aged 18 y. 7 m. 27 d. Her father
and mother preceded her in death, and since that time she has
been living with her sister. She leaves to mourn her early death,
six sisters (Mrs. L. O. Gingerich, Mrs. Joe Yoder, Mrs. Jason
Boller, Mary, Cora and Ollie) and a host of friends and relatives.
Early in her youth Margaret accepted her Savior and united with
the East Union Mennonite Church of which she was a member when
she died. She was a member of the Kalona High School, in her junior
year, at the time she was stricken with influenza followed by
pneumonia, which resulted in her death. A short service was conducted
at the home, by S. C. Yoder, after which she was laid to rest
in the East Union Cemetery
. S. C. Yoder.
Weaver.-Chester S. son of Jacob and Anna S. Weaver,
was born May 30, 1898; died at his home near Witmer, Pa., Oct.
25, 1918; aged 20 y. 4 m. 25 d. Chester had been sick a little
over a week with influenza which developed into pneumonia. He
leaves parents, one sister (Miriam), aged grandparents, and a
dear sister in the faith to whom he was betrothed. We cannot understand
why a so young and useful flower should have been plucked from
God's great vineyard, when we think there would be so many more
faded ones, but God does what is best. Chester will be greatly
missed in the Sunday school, Church and Y. P. Meeting at Meilingers
where he was a willing and active worker. Brief services at the
house by Bro. Sanford Landis. and at the grave by Bro. David and
Sanford Landis. May the Lord bless and comfort the bereaved family.
"The day without a cloud hath passed,
And thou wert faithful to the last;
Remembrance of thy deeds gone by
Shine brighter since thou are in high."
Widrick.-Emma (Mayer) Widrick was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Oct. 21, 1890. In 1908 she moved with her parents to Pigeon, Mich., where she had been at home until Nov. 25, 1915, when she was married to Joel Widrick of Lowville, N. Y., to which place she moved and lived there till death. She died at her home near Lowville, N. Y., Oct. 21, 1918; aged 28 y. She leaves her husband, two sons (Milford and Lloyd), a father, mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. She accepted Christ when young, joined the A. M. Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. She had been sick a little over a week with influenza which developed into pneumonia. While on her death bed she expressed herself several times that she is going home and that her aim had been only to build on that solid Rock which will never sink. Services at the house by C. Naftzinger and Joe Zehr. Text (selected by the deceased), Matt. 7:7; I Pet. 1. The remains were laid in Croghan Cemetery.
Yoder.-Sister Cassie Yoder was born Aug. 25, 1880; died Oct. 13, 1918, aged 38 y. 1 m. 18 d. She was the daughter of Samuel J. and Catherine Troyer, one of a family of seven children. About the age of sixteen she accepted Jesus as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until her death. She was united in marriage to Bro. Daniel Yoder, Oct. 14, 1900. Within one day of eighteen years were spent in this happy union. She is survived by husband, mother, step-father, a brother (John W. Troyer), two sisters (Mrs. Silvanus Yoder and Mrs. Simon S. Yoder), one half-brother (Rollo Hostetler), a step-brother (Ed Hostetler), and a host of friends and relatives. During the past years she has suffered much, but bore it patiently, and we trust that her suffering is past and she is waiting with beckoning hands for those who have been left behind. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Yost Miller and Bro. Amos Nusbaum. Burial in Forrest Grove Cemetery near Middlebury, Ind.
Shoemaker.-Benjamin Shoemaker was born near Kitchener, Ont., Jan. 21, 1838; died at his home on King St. E., Kitchener, Ont., on the morning of Oct. 11, 1918; aged 80 y. 8 m. 20 d., the cause of death being cancer of the liver. He was married to Polly Shantz who died many years ago. To this union were born one son and three daughters who survive him, together with a number of grandchildren. Later he was married to the widow of the late Geo. Clemens, who also passed away some years ago. Bro. Shoemaker united with the Mennonite Church in 1864 and in 1890 he was ordained deacon. By his death the Church has lost another faithful pillar, but may God grant that others may faithfully take the places of our aged pilgrims as they leave us. Funeral services were held at the house on Oct. 13, conducted by Noah Stauffer but no services were held at the church on account of the Spanish influenza, the city board of health having ordered the stopping of all public meetings including church services, for the time being. Memorial services will he held later.
Blauch.-Norbert E., third son of Bro. and Sister Elias K. Blauch, was born near Johnstown, Pa., May 24, 1893; died at Goshen, Ind., Oct. 24, 1918; aged 25 y. 5 m. Norbert was graduated from the Aurora High School in 1912. He was beginning his second year at Goshen College. While attending college he was employed in an electric station nearby. At the latter place he was accidentally killed by electrocution. He united with the Mennonite Church near Aurora Ohio, in 1909. Of this church he remained a faithful member. He was a young man of much promise for the Kingdom and for the world of need. The home owes much to his faithful labor. He leaves to mourn his departure his father, mother and the following brothers and sisters: Lloyd, Morris, Omar, Orpha, Clemens, Stella, Clinton, and Minton. Norbert was the first from this home to be called to the home beyond. Funeral services conducted by Bro. I. R. Detweiler of Goshen, Bro. E. B. Stoltzfus of Aurora, and Bro. Enos Hartzler of Marshallville. Text, "There is but a step between me and death."
Gerlach.-Alice (McMullen), wife of Ephraim Gerlach,
Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Feb. 4, 1872; died Oct. 16, 1918;
aged 46 y. 8 m. 12 d. She had been sick with influenza for a week,
and the same developed into pneumonia and death followed 2 days
later. She leaves husband, and the following children: Ada, Clayton,
Charles, Elizabeth, Esther, Katie, Fannie, Harvey, Mary, Alice
and Estella. All of the family had been afflicted with influenza
and but 3 of the children were privileged to be present at the
private funeral in the home. She is also survived by her parents
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McMullen, of Highvile, Pa. She was a kindly
disposed and loving mother, and a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church at Masonville, Pa. for many years. Funeral services conducted
by Bros. John K. Charles and J. C. Habecker. Text, Matt. 25:21.
Interment in the family burial plot in Masonville Cemetery.
"Now the home seems vacant, charms are dull and few;
One dear form is missing, mother kind and true;
Evermore she dwells where pleasure never dies
But we hope to meet her, forever in the skies."
Risser.-Miriam, daughter of Elam H. and Mary Risser died Oct. 14, 1918, from influenza which developed into pneumonia. Aged 9y. 11 m. 26 d. She had a bright, cheerful disposition, will be missed not only in the home but by all who knew her. Besides her grief-stricken parents, she is survived by two sisters, Anna and Lena, and one brother Martin, two Grandmothers and one Grandfather, a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins.
We had a little flower,
Who cheered our home with mirth.
At some unexpected hour,
It dropt into the earth.
Besides a little mound,
Of a sister gone before;
Her body rests under ground
Her soul on the other shore.
Aunt E. M. H.
Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington
Wambold.-At the General Hospital, Calgary, Alta., Sept.
16, Edna, daughter of Deacon A. H. Wambold, died; aged 18 y. 4
m. 18 d. Funeral services on Sept. 19, 1918, at Mt. View Church
near High River, Alta., by Isaac Miller and N. B. Stauffer. May
God comfort the bereaved.
N. B. S.
Benner.-Pearl Benner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wochley was born Aug. 26, 1901; died of diseases following influenza, Oct. 30, 1918; aged 17 y. 2 m. 4 d. She was received into the Mennonite Church, May 4, 1918. Was united in marriage to Abraham Benner March 10, 1917. She is survived by husband, father, mother, and three sisters. Two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Witmer.-Katie, daughter of Annie Witmer of Union Grove, Pa., died of influenza, Nov. 4, aged 21 y. Her remains were laid to rest in the Weaverland Cemetery on the 6th. Short services at the grave. She is survived by her mother, a brother, and many friends. She was a faithful member of the Church at Weaverland. The bereaved mother and brother have the sympathy of the whole community and the assurance of meeting her on the resurrection morn.
Newhauser.-Christian, son of Christian and Anna Newhauser, was born June 4, 1861; died of apoplexy Oct. 4, 1918; aged 57 y. 4 m. He was married to Mary Schlatter Aug. 10, 1884. To this union were born two daughters (Ida and Lillie). He leaves his companion and daughters to mourn their loss. He united with the Mennonite Church when young and remained faithful until death. Funeral services conducted by S. D. Grieser of Archbold, Ohio, and B. B. King of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Knox.-Henry Knox was born Jan. 18, 1843; died Oct. 29, 1918; aged 75 y. 9 m. 11 d. He was married to Sarah Jane Eldridge, Nov. 22, 1877, at Sturgis, Mich. To this union were born four children (Herbert, Albert, Amanda, and Mabel who died in infancy). One brother and 12 grandchildren also survive. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. The remains were taken to Indiana where on Nov. 3 funeral services were conducted at Forest Grove near Middlebury, Ind., by John Garber and D. D. Miller.
Thorp.-John Wesley and Henry Clay, twin sons of Charley and Eula Thorp of Proctor, Mo., were born Aug. 21, 1918. John Wesley died Oct. 28, and a few days later (Oct. 30,), his little twin brother was also called to his eternal home. Death was due to indigestion. How comforting the assurance that they have gone to be with Him who said: "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." This was used as a text at the funeral service held Oct. 31 at the Proctor Church conducted by Bro. Harry A. Diener. Together they are sweetly resting in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: ( there are 2 deaths; twin infants)
Shantz.-Clinton, son of Cleason and Maria Shantz, was born Sept. 18, 1897 at Waterloo, Ont. At the age of 15 years he confessed Christ and was received into the church, and has been a member since. He died Oct. 14, 1918; aged 21 y. 26 d. His death was due to influenza, and after a relapse, developed into pneumonia. May the Lord console the family in their bereavement. Due to influenza, brief services were conducted at the home by Bro. Noah Stauffer. Buried at the Waterloo Mennonite Cemetery.
"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."
Brubaker.-Walter Amon, son of J. H. and Lizzie Brubaker,
was born Dec. 17, 1898, near Port Trevorton, Pa., died Oct. 21,
1918, at the home of his parents, Duchess, Alta., aged 19 y. 10
m. 4 d. Although he has been ailing for several years he was not
seriously ill till about two weeks before death. Death was caused
by leakage of the heart and dropsy. He leaves father and mother,
two brothers, four sisters. He was received into the Mennonite
Church by water baptism at Slate Hill before his parents moved
to Western Canada and remained a faithful member till death. Funeral
services by N. B. Stauffer in the school house. Text, Eccl. 8:8.
Burial in the Duchess Cemetery.
H. B. Ramer.
Miller.-Joseph R. Miller was born April 11, 1851, in Lee Co., Iowa; died at his home near Milford, Nebr., Oct. 30, 1918; aged 67 y. 6 m. 19 d. He gave his heart to God, united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and was a faithful member. He was married to Margaret Eicher Nov. 25, 1875. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. 1 son preceded him to the great beyond. He leaves his loving wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 26 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends and acquaintances. He died of apoplexy. A short funeral service was held at the West Fairview Church Nov. 3, conducted by Bro. Wm. Schlegel (Text, II Cor. 5:1), and Bro. Joe Whitaker (Text, Psa. 89:48). Interment in East Fairview Cemetery.
Miller.-Clara Ramseyer Miller was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 24, 1885; died Nov. 3, 1918; aged 33 y. 2 m. 10 d. She was married to Howard Miller Dec. 22, 1904. This union was blessed with five children (Lloyd, Letha, Luella, Howard Jr., and Leonard). She leaves her husband and children, father, mother, a sister, 2 brothers, and many relatives and friends. She confessed Christ at eighteen and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. She was a faithful sister, eager to keep the commandments, even in her sickness having a desire once more to partake of the sacred emblems in remembrance of Him. Services at the home conducted by Brethren J. S. Gerig and Jesse Smucker. Text, 23 Psalm. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Beachy.-Amanda S., only daughter of Simon C. and Sarah Beachy of Meyersdale, Pa., died Saturday, Nov. 2, 1918, at the age of 16 y. 8 m. 26 d. after a brief illness due to influenza and accompanying complications. She became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church (Old Order), by baptism a little over a year ago and, we believe, always endeavored to live a consistent Christian life. She was obedient and dutiful in the home, always considerate of the wants of the other members of the family. She leaves father, mother, a small brother, a large number of more distant relatives, and many friends. Interment in cemetery near Summit Mills on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1918. Owing to the order of the health authorities, no public funeral service has as yet been held.
Pletcher.-Samuel C. Pletcher was born in Richland Co., Ohio, March 23, 1842. He came to Indiana some 50 years ago and spent the remainder of his life in Elkhart Co. He was married to Catherine Mann Wagner June 16, 1864. To this union were born 8 children. His wife and 3 children preceded him in death. He had been ailing for some time. On Sunday he was about in his usual health. On Monday morning Nov. 11, he did not feel well enough to get up. He sank very rapidly and passed away at 2 P. M. Age 76 y. 7 m. 18 d. He leaves to mourn his departure 3 sons (Daniel, Henry, and Joe), 2 daughters (Mrs. George Marshall and Rosa), and one step daughter (Mrs. Flenner). One brother and one sister also survive him besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Olive Church conducted by D. A. Yoder.
Wismer.-Lydia (Musselman) Wismer was born July 22, 1838, near Conestoga, Ont. In March 1862 was married to Samuel Brubacher, living in matrimony 14 years when he died. After living in widowhood 14 years she was again married to Bishop Daniel Wismer of Kitchener, Ont., living in matrimony 19 years when he died, living in widowhood again for 10 years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. Died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ben Eby, near Waterloo, Ont., Nov. 1, after being bedfast for nearly 11 months, aged 80 y. 3 m. 9 d., leaving to mourn her departure, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Only brief services were conducted at the home on account of influenza epidemic, by Bishop Jonas Snider. Buried at First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Ont.
Hoover.-Magdalena Hoover of South Cayuga, Ont., beloved
wife of Deacon Chris. Hoover, died Oct. 23, 1918, in her 77th
year. She had been in rather poor health for a few years, then
took a stroke of paralysis which lasted two days. She was converted
in her young days and joined the Mennonite Church of which she
was a consistent member. Her life was lonely at times on account
of her hearing being so poor; but we believe she is now in heaven
singing songs with the redeemed. May we all be prepared to meet
her there. She leaves a husband and three daughters at home. The
eldest child died in infancy. She also leaves 1 brother (Abraham
Housser), two sisters (Barbara Fretz and Mrs. David Moyer), and
a large number of relatives. Service in the Mennonite Church by
S. F. Coffman and Howard Stevanus. Text, I John.
Reber.-David Reber was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 20, 1851; died at his residence in Johnson Co., Ia., Sept.19, 1918; aged 67 y. 7 m. 29 d. In his youth he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, was received into the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. Jan. 12, 1873, he was married to Mary Swartzendruber, daughter of Bishop Swartzendruber. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters, of whom all are present today except their daughter Anna who was called to her eternal reward just eleven weeks ago. There were 26 grandchildren of whom 2 have preceded him to the spirit world. In 1878, Bro. David was ordained to the ministry, in which capacity for the last 40 years he has served the home congregation faithfully to the best of his ability, and was much interested in the wellfare of the church and family. He was stricken with paralysis and during the last five weeks needed much care and help which was so kindly ministered by loving hands. Peace to his ashes. Funeral services at the Lower Deer Creek Church Sept. 21, conducted by J. K. Yoder. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Hess.-Benjamin H. Hess was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
March 5, 1861; died at his home in Marto Tp., Lancaster Co., Nov.
1, 1918. Short services were held at the home by Brethren Jacob
Thomas and Aaron B. Harnish, after which the body was laid away
in the Byerland burying ground. He united with the Mennonite Church
in early life and was seldom absent from church, being superintendent
of the Byerland Sunday school for about 5 years. About a year
ago it was discovered that paralysis was creeping upon him. Shortly
before his death he told us that his bodily condition was expressed
in Psa. 22:15-17 but his spiritual condition was described in
II Tim. 1:12. He is survived by his wife, 7 children, and 13 grandchildren.
Benjamin R. Hess was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 1, 1889, and died two days before his father. He was laid to rest in the Byerland Cemetery Nov. 1, Bro. Aaron B. Harnish conducting short services at the home. Brother Ben had united with the Mennonite Church in early life and we feel that he died in the faith. He is survived by his mother and seven brothers and sisters.
By a son and brother.
Transcriber's note: In this obituary, there are 2 indivduals Benjamin H. father, and Benjamin R. son
Metzler.-Abraham Metzler was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, June 25, 1854; died Oct. 27, 1918; aged 64 y. 4 m. 2 d. On Oct. 2, 1875, he was married to Catherine Culp, from which union were born four children as follows: Harvey A., Oliver D., Mrs. Edna Smith, John F. (deceased). About 36 years ago, in the spring of 1882, he gave his heart to God and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death called him to his home above. He was very patient in his lingering illness, often expressing a desire to go to his heavenly home. He was an active and useful member in the Church. The last seventeen years of his life were spent in the interests of the cause at the Orphans' Home at West Liberty, Ohio, serving that institution as superintendent faithfully and competently until a year ago last July, when he suffered a stroke of apoplexy. Last summer he and his companion made their home with their son, Harvey, near Columbiana, Ohio, where he quietly and peacefully fell asleep Oct. 27. Brief services were held at the home, Oct. 29, and at the Midway Church (open air) where many friends and relatives had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to one whose services and work were highly appreciated. Funeral was in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner assisted by D. Lehman and J. Burkholder. Text, Luke 12:15, latter clause.
Byler.-Anna Byler, daughter of John and Barbara Kauffman,
was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Mar. 15, 1835; died of paralysis
at the home of J. H. Kauffman near West Liberty, Ohio, Oct. 30,
1918; aged 83 y. 7 m. 15 d. In the spring of 1872 she was married
to Solomon Byler. After their marriage in Pa., they moved to Ohio,
later to Mo., at which place her husband departed this life about
the year of 1902. At the age of 69 she took up a claim in Okla.,
and improving it lived alone for 7 yrs., after which she spent
a number of years in Kansas. The last year and 10 days she spent
in Ohio and because of her cheerful disposition and remarkable
memory and ability to converse with old and young won to her many
friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church from her youth
and even tho afflicted in her latter years she was much interested
in spiritual things, often speaking of what the Lord had done
for her, and lived a faithful Christian life until the summons
came to come up higher. She was the last one of a family of ten
children. She leaves to mourn her departure three step-sons, a
number of nephews and nieces, and a host of friends.
"Farewell, Aunty, oh Aunty dear,
We'll meet thee soon but not down here,
No, not on earth, but up in heaven
Where sad farewells are no more given."
Funeral services at the house Nov. 1, 1918, conducted by S. E. Allgyer assisted by C. H. Byler. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
Yoder.-Noah Z. Yoder was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Nov.
24, 1847; died Oct. 13, 1918, aged 70 y. 10 m. 9 d. He united
with the Mennonite Church in his youth. As his father died when
he was but fifteen months old he was reared by his aunt and uncle,
Christ Hartzler's of Baltimore, Co., Md. At the age of 24 he was
married to Lydia Hertzler. To this union were born 4 children
(Anna, Levi, Sarah and Elmer). His wife died in 1882, and he was
again married to Mary Waltz, to which union were born 3 children
(Cora, John, and Frank). Bro. Yoder was called to the ministry
in 1895 near Concord, Tenn., where he lived for 32 years. From
there he moved to Fairview, Mich., where he spent the remainder
of his days. His end came unexpectedly on Sunday morning. He took
sick with neuralgia of the heart of which he soon passed away,
leaving a sorrowing companion, 6 children, 4 grandchildren, and
one brother (S. C. Yoder of Tacoma, Wash.). Three brothers preceded
him. Bro. Yoder was a kind and loving husband and father, a consistent
member and minister, always ready to give counsel, and a great
help to the community in which he will be sadly missed. Services
at the house on Tuesday, Oct. 15, conducted by the brethren, Menno
Esch and S. W. Sommers, after which the body was accompanied by
his companion and daughter Anna and son Levi to Ortanna, Pa. for
"Weep not that his trials are over,
Weep not that his race is run.
God grant we may rest as calmly
When our work like his is done.
Till then we yield with gladness
Our Father to Him to keep
And rejoice in the sweet assurance
He giveth His beloved sleep."
Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington
Hursh.-Henry Jeremiah, son of Paul and Mary Hursh, died Nov. 9, 1918; aged 7 m. 22 d. Funeral private. Conducted by Bro. Joseph Forrey. Interment in Stony Brook, Pa., Mennonite Cemetery.
Batterman.-John Martin Batterman was born Nov. 28, 1894; died of influenza Oct. 19, 1918, at Camp Lee, Va. He leaves his widowed mother, two sisters (Ruth and Susan), four brothers (David, Samuel, Jacob and Abraham), and a host of friends to mourn his early departure.
Collins.-Clyde Richard, son of Wesley Collins, near Masontown, Pa., was born Aug. 29, 1912; died Nov. 11, 1918. Cause of death, accidentally shot while playing in the room with his younger brother. A sudden call while in the years of purity. A short service at the home by J. A. Brilhart. Text, Hosea 14:7, first clause. Interment in Masontown Mennonite Cemetery.
Blough.-Joseph D. Blough was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 13, 1828; died in Smithville, Ohio, Nov. 12, 1918; aged 90 y. 28 d. May 19, 1853, he was married to Anna Hostetler. To this union were born 7 children. His wife died Jan. 30, 1909. He leaves 2 sons, 3 daughters, 15 grandchildren, and 15 greatgrandchildren. He accepted Christ in his youth, united with the A. M. Church, and remained faithful to the end.
Witmer.-On Nov. 4, 1918, Sister Katie S. Witmer died
at Union Grove, Pa., aged 21 years, after an illness of a little
over a week from influenza. She was a faithful member of
the Mennonite Church, an example of the believers. She leaves
a sorrowing mother and an only brother. Her father was a
minister of the Gospel and died nine years ago.
J. W. W.
Good.-On Oct. 13, 1918, Sister Hannah Good, widow of the late Peter Good, Lancaster Co., Pa., passed away after a long pilgrimage of 91 y. 6 m. 10 d. She lived with her only daughter, Emma Martin. She united with the Mennonite Church in her young years and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services in the home, with John W. Weaver and M. Glick in charge. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Berkey.-Sarah Berkey (nee Speicher) was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 27, 1853, and died in her home near Smithville, Ohio, Nov. 14, 1918. She was married to Samuel Berkey Feb. 10, 1876. Seven children were born to this union of whom two preceded her in death. She leaves four sons, one daughter, two grandchildren, three brothers, and three sisters. When about 16 she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the A. M. Church, and remained faithful to the end. She was known to be sympathetic and benevolent to the poor and needy.
Hooley.-Timothy James Hooley quietly passed away at the home of his parents, Joseph and Kathryn Hooley, near West Liberty, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1918; aged 20 y. 3 m. 6 d. He suffered from influenza which later developed into typhoid pneumonia. Although Timothy never made a public confession, yet sufficient evidence was given on his dying bed to know that he made his peace with God. He is survived by his parents, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted by S. E. Allgyer, assisted by J. J. Warye, and C. H. Byler. Interment in Fairview Cemetery.
Forry.-Bro. Theo. B. Forry of York Co., Pa., was born Dec 5, 1847; died Oct. 16, 1918; aged 70 y. 10 m. 11 d. He united with the Mennonite Church Oct. 28, 1876, and was ordained to the ministry May 12, 1888. For thirty years he has been a faithful shepherd. Words fail when we would express our profound sorrow over the loss of our brother. It is hard to realize that we shall no more have the privilege of seeing him entering the meeting house, ascend into the pulpit, and proclaim the Gospel. Funeral private at the house, conducted by Brethren John K. Charles and John H. Mosemann. Interment in Mennonite Cemetery. He leaves a widow, 2 daughters (Mabel and Elizabeth), and 2 sons (Harry and Paul).
Reinford.-Annie F., daughter of Bro. and Sister Henry Reinford of near Gratersford, Pa., died of influenza, aged 31 y. 6 m. 24 d. She leaves father, mother, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers. She was received into the Skippach Mennonite Church June 27, 1915, and remained a faithful member ever since. She taught a class of twelve in the Sunday school. As a result of her teaching eight of her class made applications to be received into the Church. Our loss is her eternal gain. What made it doubly sad is that on the day she was buried she was to have been married. We can take knowledge of these happenings that "God works in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform." Short services at the home. Text, II Cor. 5:8. "Peace to her ashes."
Yoder.-John K. Yoder was born Feb. 13, 1865; died Nov. 14, 1918; aged 53 y. 9 m. 1 d. Deceased was born in Juniata Co., Pa., came with his parents to Mattawana, Pa., in 1881, the place of his death. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth. On Sept. 6, 1894, he united in marriage with Annie L. Harshbarger. To this union was born one daughter (Mary). He had not been stout for a number of years. He went to the field to husk corn and was soon overtaken by paralysis. He was soon discovered by his wife and daughter. Help was secured and he was carried to the house, the doctor called, but he only lived about seven hours. He leaves wife and daughter, 2 sisters, many friends and relatives. Funeral on the 16th. Services conducted by John E. Kauffman. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in the Hertzler Cemetery.
Witmer.-John M. Witmer, Jr., was born near Columbiana,
O., April 28, 1897; died Oct. 16, 1918; aged 21 y. 5 m. 18 d;
died of Pneumonia at Camp Sherman. After an illness of about
a week news of his illness was received by his parents.
His father, D. C. Witmer, and Uncle John, went to his bedside
and remained until he passed away and accompanied the body home.
He was a highly respected young man by all who knew him.
He is survived by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters who have
the sympathy of the entire community. Private funeral services
were held from his late home Saturday forenoon, conducted by Bros.
Mart Ravmer of Goshen, Ind., Moses Host and Abram Good of Wadsworth,
O. Burial at Wisler Mennonite Church of which denomination
he was a faithful member. He kept his faith.
A school mate.
Hartman-Tobias Hartman was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, Sept. 7, 1842; died at his home in Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 6, 1918; aged 76 y. 1 m. 29 d. He came with his parents, Adam and Elizabeth Hartman, to Elkhart Co. when he was 6 years old. He was married to Elizabeth Baundage Feb. 14, 1864, who preceded him to the spirit world many years ago. He is survived by 2 brothers (Samuel and Jacob) and 4 children (Daniel, Henry, Mrs. Sarah Walters, and Mrs. Mary Snyder). He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church in his young years but on account of some church troubles he held his membership for only a few years. He attended church with many different denominations but had no church home where he was considered a member. He was buried Nov. 9. Funeral services at Nappanee Mennonite Church conducted by Abraham Yoder and David Burkholder.
Yoder.-Ruth Riddle Yoder, youngest daughter of James and Martha Riddle, was born at Iberia, Ohio. When near seven years of age, she with her family came to Missouri to make their home. The home then established near Quick City was ever hers. Here she grew to womanhood. At the age of 20 she united with the Presbyterian Church and lived a Christian life. On March 24, 1909, she was married to Will Yoder. At the urgent request of her parents she and Mr. Yoder have shared their home with them. One child (James Levi) blessed this union. Possessed of more than usual fortitude, she met disappointments and personal losses with never a tear. An idea of her self control, greatest of all good traits of character, may be had from a statement made by mother and husband: "She never spoke an unkind word to either of us." Of near relatives there are husband, little son, father, mother, 2 sisters. The measure of a human life consists of its efforts and the results therefrom, hers was. "Life, full life, full flowered, full fruited." She died Nov. 1, 1918.
Neff.-Emma S., daughter of John B. and Elizabeth W. Neff, was born June 12, 1901; died at her home near Millersville, Pa., Oct. 30, 1918; aged 17 y. 4 m. 18 d. Death resulted from the effects of influenza after an illness of 9 days. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. J. N. Brubaker, Mrs. J. B. Thomas, Mrs. J. S. Landis, Henry, Ada, John, Elizabeth, Ella, Bertha, and Alice. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Millersville. We have the hope of meeting her when we are all called to come up higher. Funeral services conducted by Bro. D. N. Lehman, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Millersville Cemetery. Text, Psa. 103:2.
"There are loved ones in
Whose dear forms we often miss,
When we close this earthly story
Will we join them in their bliss?
Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, by and by?
Is a better home awaiting
In the sky, in the sky?"
Yoder.-Cassie Troyer Yoder was born Aug. 25,
1886; died Oct. 13, 1918; aged 38 y. 1 m. 18 d. She
died in the same house where she was born, near Middlebury, Ind.
She had Bright's disease and a weak heart. She leaves husband,
mother, step father, 2 brothers, a step brother, and many relatives
and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church when about
16 years old, and remained faithful to the end. Her health
was failing for about 18 months. She suffered much at times,
but did not complain. She was patient in hope that she might
again he restored to health. She prayed much when she was alone.
She would say, "It is all right, if God wants to take me
home." All was done that loving hands could do, but
all in vain. She finally fell asleep to wake again when
that great day will come. Funeral at the home on the 16th.
Conducted by Amos Nusbaum and Y. C. Miller.
"Dearest Cassie, thou hast left us,
And we deeply mourn for thee;
Not as those who have no hope,
With the Savior thou wilt be."
By her mother.
Emmert.Katherine Elisabeth Glick was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., March 11, 1866. She was the fourth child of John and Martha (Hooley) Glick, who moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., when she was about three years old. She was married March 2, 1884, to Jacob W. Emmert. To this union were born nine children (John, Frank, Edward, George, Joseph, Clara, Laura, William and Bertha). These with their father, 13 grandchildren, her mother, 3 sisters, and 5 brothers are left to mourn her departure. At the age of eighteen years she united with the Mennonite Church and has always remained a faithful member of that body. In November, 1910, the family moved to Midland Co., Mich., where they now reside. During the last few years her health has been failing and on April 2, 1918, she was removed to the Traverse City State Hospital where she died Nov. 5; aged 52 y. 7 m. 24 d. Although her place in the home is vacant, we sincerely believe that she has received a crown of life and we submissively bow to our heavenly father and say, "Thy will he done." Funeral services at the Midland Mennonite Church conducted by E. A. Bontrager and O. S. Hostetler of Topeka, Ind. Text Rev 3:20, 21. Burial in the Homer Cemetery.
Beery. Catharine, daughter of John and Catharine Strohm, was born April 29, 1835, at Logan, Ohio; died Nov. 14, 1918; aged 83 y. 6 m. 12 d. She was united in marriage with Jacob Beery Jan. 12, 1860, at Bremen, Ohio. To this union were born four sons and three daughters. Sister Beery is also survived by three sisters. The family lived at Bremen, Ohio, until the fall of 1861 when they located near Columbus Grove, Ohio, where they have resided ever since. On Sept. 2, 1902, her husband died, leaving her to spend the remainder of her life in widowhood. In 1858 she united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. All who knew her were impressed with her devoted Christian life. On Feb 27, 1916, she was stricken with sickness which kept her in bed a constant sufferer until released by death. In all these trials she kept most of her suffering to herself, saying "the harder my suffering the greater my joy" in the Christian faith. In preparation for her departure from this life she selected the minister to officiate at the funeral, the scripture to be used as a text and most of the hymns used in this service. The funeral was held at the Zion Mennonite Church on Sunday morning, Nov. 17, 1918 conducted by John Blosser, Paul E. Whitmer and R. L. Hartzler.
Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington