Kurtz. - Lizzie Ann, (nee Troyer), wife of Benjamin Kurtz, was born Dec. 24, 1884; died Jan. 20, 1919; aged 34 y. 27 d. Cause of her death was influenza and a little baby 3 days old. She was sick about one week. She leaves husband, 1 son, 4 daughters, 1 sister (Mrs. John H. Miller), mother, stepfather, 1 grandmother, 5 uncles, 4 aunts.
Erb. - Daniel Erb was born in Wilmot Twp., Canada, Apr. 18, 1826; died of old age, Feb. 7, 1919; aged 92 y. 9 m. 20 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member ever since. On Jan. 29, 1854, he was married to Margaret Gingerich, who died April 3, 1918. This union was blessed with 10 children, 2 daughters preceding him to the spirit world. He leaves 5 sons, 3 daughters, 46 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the East Fairview Church near Milford, Neb., conducted by Jacob Stauffer and J. W. Hess.
Roth. - Walter, son of John P. and Mary Roth, was born near Milford, Neb., Feb. 13, 1914; died Feb. 6, 1919. His death was caused by croup. He leaves father, mother, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends.
"The Golden Gates were open wide,
A gentle Voice said 'Come';
And angels from the other side
Welcomed dear Walter home."
Services by Wm. Eicher (from II Sam. 12: 15-23) and John Hess. Text, I Sam. 20:3.
Kreider. - Ada, daughter of the late Benjamin and Catherine
Kreider, quietly passed away at her home in Goodville, Pa., Feb.
15, 1919, (of a complication of diseases followed by influenza);
aged 37 y. 7 m. 7 d. Ada leaves 2 sisters, 3 brothers, and an
aunt who had a tender care over her since the death of Ada's mother.
She will be missed by her many friends. We believe that Ada has
gone to the heavenly home. Funeral services held from her late
home Feb. 18, 1919. Interment in Groffdale Cemetery. Brethren
Benj. Weaver and I. B. Good conducted the services.
Berkey. - Sarah Berkey (nee Blough) was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May, 11, 1855; died Feb. 19, 1919; aged 63 y. 11 m. 17 d. She was married to Jacob Berkey Sept. 14, 1976. This union was blessed with 4 children. Father and two daughters preceded her in death. There remain one son, one daughter, five grandchildren, with a large circle of relatives and friends. She confessed Christ as her Savior in early life and united with the A. M. Church, where she served her Master faithfully. She was a true Christian mother. Laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Services by J. S. Gerig. Jno. 14:18.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting
Here thy toils and cares are o'er; Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can disturb thee more."
Transcriber's note: The date "Sept. 14, 1976" should likely be Sept. 14, 1876.
Mast. - Sarah Kauffman Mast, wife of Amos Mast, was born in Union Co., Pa., Dec. 24, 1843; died very suddenly Feb. 12, 1919, of heart trouble; aged 75 y. 1 m. 19 d. She prepared the evening meal and retired about 11 o'clock as usual; but on the morning of the 19th, when looking why she did not make her appearance, it was found that the spirit had taken its flight which brings to mind the words of the Savior, "Watch ye therefore, for ye know not what hour the son of man cometh." She united with the A. M. Church in her youth and remained steadfast to the end. She was a kind mother, not only to those of her own family but delighted in taking care of orphans, a number of which she took care of after her children were grown up. She was loved by all who knew her and had many friends, which was proved by the multitude which filled the meeting house to overflowing, to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure a husband, 1 daughter, 4 sons, 18 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Services at Millwood by Amos B. Stoltzfus and John S. Mast. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Purvis. - A. J. Purvis was born May 12, 1834, in Montgomery
Co., Mo.; died Feb. 17, 1919; aged 84 y. 9 m. 6 d. He was married
to Hannah Elizabeth Gardner Jan. 25, 1860, to which union were
born 3 boys and 9 girls, all of whom still live, except 1 daughter.
He leaves a companion to mourn his departure. She has manifested
special devotion and faithfulness in caring for her husband in
his affliction which has extended over a period of several years.
He had several strokes in which he was partly paralyzed and became
partially helpless to wait upon himself. She seems to feel special
gratitude for the sparing of her life to do this service for her
loved one. Bro. Purvis and his companion united with the Christian
Church some years ago. But in late years they were without a church
home until the organization of the Mennonite Church in their community,
when they cast in their lot with this church in March 1916. While
Bro. Purvis was still able to speak he expressed a concern to
be ready to meet the summons of death and with the help of his
companion committed himself to the Lord in prayer, she leading
in the petitions at his request. Funeral services were conducted
by the writer assisted by E. C. Bowman at the Purvis graveyard
in the presence of relatives and friends. Text, Ps. 31:5. May
God sustain the faithful companion and all her children and grandchildren
and great-grandchildren, and lead all to make the needed preparation
to meet God.
J. R. Shank.
Wismer. - Abraham B. Wismer was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Nov. 11, 1861; died at the place of his birth near Deep Run church on Jan. 18, 1919 of influenza; aged 57 y. 2 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage Jan. 29, 1885, to Sister Ella Shelly. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 4 daughters, 1 son, 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and an aged father to mourn his departure. He was a faithful member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church and treasurer of the Sunday school at that place for fourteen years. We believe that our loss is his eternal gain. Brief services were conducted at the home Jan. 25, 1919 by Bro. Jacob Rush and Bro. John Leatherman. Text, Rev. 22:12. Interment at Deep Run Mennonite Church. Memorial services were held Feb. 16, 1919, at Deep Run. Sermon by Bro. Jos. Ruth (Text, Psa. 116:15), assisted by Bros. J. Rush and John Leatherman.
"Although I never can return
Let not this grieve your heart;
For you will shortly come to me,
Then we shall never part."
By the family.
Kulp. - Henry W. Kulp of Lancaster, Pa., died Feb. 8, 1919, of complication of diseases. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He was sick in bed almost 4 weeks, suffered much pain, but had a desire to depart and be with Christ which is much better. He is survived by his wife and 2 children (Mrs. Mary Eby and Samuel H. Kulp). Services were held at the East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church conducted by the brethren, John and David Mosemann. Text, I Cor. 15:20-26. Interment in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
Horst. - Lois Esther, daughter of Reuben and Ida Horst, was born June 14, 1917, at Farmersville, Pa. After an attack of bronchial pneumonia which lasted 2 days, she peacefully passed away Feb. 3, 1919, aged 1 y. 7 m. 19 d. She leaves parents, one sister, and relatives that will long remember her cheerful smiles. Buried in cemetery adjoining the Metzler's church, at which place the services were held.
"We shall be parted for a while,
But will not forget her loving smile;
And some sweet day when life is o'er
We'll greet her on the other shore."
Bench. - James Ambrose Bench was born May 21,
1895; died Feb. 18, 1919; aged 23 y. 9 m. 7 d. He was married
to Roxie Annie Herren Dec. 26, 1914. To this union were
born 3 children (Geneva May, Dorothy Virginia, and Charles Allen).
Only two days before the death of James, his companion passed
away. She was born March 1, 1897, and died Feb. 16, 1919; aged
21 y. 11 m. 15 d. Both husband and wife were taken down with the
influenza which developed into pneumonia. The little children
were also afflicted but so far have escaped the summons of death
and seem on the road to recovery. The departed both leave their
parents to mourn their departure. Also each leave 2 brothers and
2 sisters. While on the bed of affliction the husband and wife
each thought of the beyond and made their peace with God according
to testimony which they left with friends. While our hearts rejoice
in the consolation we also feel that there is a loud summons to
all not to wait so long to make this preparation. May God comfort
the bereaved relatives and neighbors and help them to respond
to the heavenly call by a life of service to their master without
delay. Funeral services were conducted at the Cable Ridge graveyard
near Sagrada, Mo., in the presence of a goodly number of friends
and relatives. Texts used for the address were as follows: For
the wife, Psa. 31:5; for the husband, Num. 23:10. The children
will be left in the care of the grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Dan
Bench who deeply feel the loss of their son and daughter in-law
and request an interest in the prayers of God's people. Services
were conducted by the writer
J. R. Shank.
Transcriber's note: The above contains the obituaries for two persons.
Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana
Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 50 - March 13, 1919 - page 902, 903
Johnson. - David Elmer, son of J. Elmer and Minerva Johnson, Masontown, Pa., died Feb. 14, 1919; aged 1 y. 7 m. 29 d.
"0n angel wings of love,
His soul has gone above;
Our vision can behold his flight,
Upward in the heavenly light."
Short services at the home by Elmer Hess.
Ziele. - Bro. John Ziele, inmate of the late Old People's Home, Marshallville, Ohio, died Feb. 19, 1919 ; aged 84 y. 6 m. He was brought to the Home from Cleveland five years ago. He suffered from dropsy for a number of years. Services at the Crown Hill Church, Feb. 21, by Brethren P. R. Lantz and E. F. Hartzler. Text, II Tim. 2:12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Eby. - Peter H., son of H. J. and Sarah Hershey Eby, died at his home near Martindale, Pa., Feb. 11, 1919, after a brief illness following influenza and pneumonia; aged 29 y. 6 m. 22 d. He leaves wife, 3 children, parents, 5 brothers, and 5 sisters. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the Weaverland Church, Feb. 15, conducted by Brethren Frank Horst and Joseph Horning. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Beller. - Roy John, son of Simon and Lucy Beller of near Graymont, Ill., was born Jan. 28, 1919 ; died Feb. 16. He leaves parents, two brothers, and two sisters. One infant brother preceded him to that home beyond. Funeral services at the house Feb. 18, by Bros. Geo. Summer and D. W. Slagel.
"God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile,
And clasped our darling,s hand."
Miller. - Martha Miller (nee Gerber) was born in Strasburg, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1833; died in Milford, Neb., Dec. 3, 1918; aged 84 y. 11 m. 11 d. Nov. 2, 1852, she was married to Daniel Miller. Three boys and four girls blessed this union. Four of them preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves 2 daughters, a son, 41 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren, besides 6 sisters, 3 brothers, and many acquaintances. The last twelve years she had her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jerry Stutzman. Funeral services by L. 0. Schlegel. Text, II Cor. 5:10. Interment in cemetery adjoining East Fairview Church.
Stauffer. - Elizabeth Stauffer (nee Rediger) was born near Milford, Neb., April 1, 1889; died near Tofield, Alta., Dec. 21, 1918; aged 29 y. 8 m. 20 d. She was married to B. F. Stauffer Dec. 28, 1913. She leaves husband, father, 6 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of friends to mourn her early departure. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death called her to higher service. Private services were held at her home near Tofield by M. D. Stutzman. Text. Psa. 90. Her body was brought to Milford, Neb., for internment. Funeral services at East Fairview Church conducted by Wm. R. Eicher. Text, Rom. 6:23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dear Sister, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills on, hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Baecher. - John Baecher was born in Metamora, Ill., Sept. 22, 1884; died at his home in Champaign, Ill., Feb. 11, 1919; aged 34 y. 4 m. 8 d. He was stricken with influenza which developed into pneumonia, causing his death after an illness of about 8 days. He leaves a wife, 1 son, father, mother, 3 sisters, 1 brother. He was a member of the Mennonite Church some years ago. Funeral services were held at the home of his father near Foosland, Ill., by J. A. Heiser. Text, II Cor. 5:10. Burial in East Bend Cemetery.
Wisseman. - Barbara Wisseman (nee Bender) was born in
Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 16, 1845; died near Greenwood, Del., Feb.
13, 1919; aged 73 y. 11 m. 27 d.
She leaves 4 sons, 6 daughters, 44 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral at the Miller or Maple Glen M. H. near Grantsville, Md., Feb. 15, conducted by J. B. Miller in German and English, from Isaiah 66:10-13 and other scriptures. The deceased sister was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church since early in life. She was kind, genial and motherly in disposition.
Kohr. - Bro. Daniel S. Kohr, Jr., was born July 15, l887; died Jan. 24, 1919, at the City Hospital at Harrisburg, Pa., after 14 days' illness from influenza and pleuro-pneumonia. He leaves his widow (nee Susan Walner) and 4 children (Miriam, Ruth, Paul, and John), also father, mother, five sisters and a brother. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. A short service was held at his late home and later at Shop's Church near Middletown, Pa. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by Bros. David Z. Miller and Harry L. Longenecker.
Harder. - Charles Harder was born in Germany, Oct. 4, 1847; died Feb. 25, 1919, near Versailles, Mo. He came to America in 1857 and was married to Helena Witzke in 1878. He united with the Mennonite Church about the time of his marriage. To this union were born 5 boys and 6 girls. His wife died Dec. 7, 1904. The children are all living and not only belong to the Church of his choice but are all genuine Christians, one a missionary in India and one a minister at this place. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Church March 1, conducted by Joe C. Driver of Garden City, Mo.
Detweiler. - Mary Emma, oldest daughter of Bro. Samuel and Sister Barbara Detweiler, was born Jan. 13, 1903; died at her parental home in Souderton, Pa., Feb. 20, 1919; aged 16 y. 1 m. 7 d. She was never strong and did not develop as other girls of her age, so was much company to her mother when the others of the family were to school or play. She always enjoyed to attend church and S. S. and was very anxious to memorize scripture verses as she could not see well enough to read. She leaves parents, four brothers and one sister who will all miss her more so for her dependence on them and being so kind-hearted with all. Funeral services at the Souderton Mennonite Church Feb. 25, 1919, (burial in adjoining cemetery) conducted Bros. J. C. Clemens and Abram Clemmer.
Teuscher. - Daniel B., son of Bro. and Sister William Teuscher, was born Dec. 29, 1895, near Eureka, Ill., died at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., Nov. 17, 1918; aged 22 y. 10 m. 19 d. He leaves his father and mother, 5 sisters, and 1 brother to mourn his early departure. Two brothers preceded him to the spirit world. He united with the Church at the age of 15 years, and remained a faithful member until death. He was called to Government service in October, 1917, to a camp in Texas; later was sent to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas (D.B.), where he remained a faithful witness to his Christ until he was stricken with influenza and later developed into pneumonia which caused his death. Funeral services at the West Bend Mennonite Church conducted by J. A. Heiser. Text, Job 14:1,2. Burial at East Bend Cemetery.
Bender. - Etta Elizabeth, daughter of Frank and Ella Bender, Milford, Neb., was born Dec. 28, 1918, died March 1, 1919, at the home of her grandparents, aged 9 weeks. She leaves father and mother, grandparents, and a host of friends. One brother preceded her to the spiritual world, where she has gone to meet him.
"Gone to heaven is our darling,
Gone to her bright home above;
She has left us here so lonely,
How we miss her whom we love."
Funeral services by L. 0. Schlegel. Text, II Sam. 12:23.
Forbes. - Ida Pauline, daughter of Albert and Ida Forbes, was born April 3, 1907, in Clay Co., Ark.; died Feb. 7, 1919; aged 11 y. 10 m. 4 d. She leaves father, 2 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. Services at the house by J. P. Miller, and at Pashan Ind. school house by 0. S. Hostetler (Text, Jas. 3:4) and J. J. Miller (Text, Mark 10:13-16). Buried in the Hostetler Cemetery.
"We miss thee from thy home, dear Pauline,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
Schrock. - Kathrine Schrock was born in France May 9, 1845; died Jan. 29, 1919; aged 73 y. 8 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage with Andrew Schrock in France in 1862. This union was blessed with 8 children. Her husband and 4 daughters preceded her to the spiritual world. She leaves 3 sons and a daughter, 23 grandchildren, and 7 great- grandchildren, a sister, and a host of friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was a loving and faithful member until God said, "Come home." Funeral services Feb, 1, 1919, with Henry R. Schertz and C. F. Derstine of Eureka, Ill., in charge. Test, Rev. 14:13.
Ernest. - Chance Gilbert Ernest was born Oct. 26, 1889; died Jan. 29, 1919, of complications of diseases at his home in East Freedom, Pa., aged 29 y. 3 m. 2 d. He leaves his widow (Mary Margaret Ernest) to whom he was wedded but a short time; also the parents, one brother, and three sisters. Funeral services Feb. 1, at the Mennonite Church at Roaring Spring in charge of Bro. Jacob Snyder. Laid to rest in the Greenlawn Cemetery of that place.
"Let us not mourn for a dear one gone,
He is free from all burden and care;
He lives in the light of our Father's love,
And sorrow will never reach him there."
Hoover. - Tillman, son of Isaac and Charlotte Hoover,
was born near Selkirk, Ont. He died Feb. 1, 1919, at the home
of his eldest son, Leonard, Wichita, Kans., where his children
did all they could to add to his comfort. He leaves his wife,
4 sons (Leonard, Joseph, George, and Edwin), an aged sister (Anna
Weaver of Goshen, Ind.), and many friends. He was ever helpful
and kind to the poor. Aug. 3, 1858, be was married to Eliza Ann
Grimes. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. A few
years later he united with the Mennonite Church and his whole
aim was to serve the Lord and Master. He died, trusting in His
Oberholtzer. - Miriam, youngest daughter of Bro. and Sister Alta (Burkhart) Oberholtzer, was born Feb. 2, 1918, near Ephrata, Pa., died Feb. 9, 1919 ; aged 1 y. 7 d. Thus another little darling has gone to its beautiful home above. She leaves parents, 1 sister (Esther), grandparents, and many relatives and friends. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases superinduced by laryngitis. Services Feb. 12, at Groffdale Church by Brethren N. H. Mack and Benjamin Wenger. Text, Job 1:21, latter clause. Interment in cemetery near by.
"Gone to heaven is our darling
Gone to that bright home above;
She has left us here so lonely
How we miss her whom we loved."
Heiser. - John E. Heiser was born near Morton, Ill., Dec. 4. 1882; died at his home near Foosland, Ill., Feb. 6, 1919; aged 36 y. 2 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage with Mary Cender Jan. 23, 1906. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 4 daughters. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 6 children, mother, 4 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. His father died about 30 years ago. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 18 and remained a faithful member and an active worker in the church to the end, holding such offices as superintendent, chorister, etc., and will be greatly missed in the church. Death was due to pneumonia following an attack of influenza. Funeral services at his home Feb. 8, conducted by Andrew Schrock. Text, Jno. 11 :28. Buried in the East Bend Cemetery.
Kuhns. - Amanda Nice was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Mach 23, 1859; died at Columbus, Kans., Feb. 28, 1919, aged 59 y. 11 m. 26 d. At the age of fourteen she moved with her parents to Woodford Co., Ill. On Aug. 15, 1876, she was married to Abraham Kuhns. To this union ten children were born of whom four have preceded their mother to the great beyond. She leaves her loving husband and six children (Elijah, A. W., Ida, Arthur, Eva, and Edgar) ; also 4 sisters, 10 grandchildren and a host of friends. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and was loved by all her know her. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1876 and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services at the home, Monday, March 3, conducted by Bro. Andrew Shenk of Oronogo, Mo. Interment in the Beasley Cemetery.
Mast. - Sarah Kauffman Mast was born in Union, Co., Pa., Dec. 24, 1843; died Feb. 12, 1919; aged 75 y. 1 m. 18 d. She was united in marriage to Amos Mast Dec. 15, 1863, thus making a happy home for 55 years. This union was blessed with six sons and two daughters. Two sons and one daughter preceded her in death. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained faithful to the end. She leaves husband, four sons, one daughter, 19 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; besides 17 homeless children who found in her a true mother. Funeral services at Milwood Church Feb. 16, conducted by Amos B. Stultzfus and John S. Mast.
"How many were the silent prayers,
My mother offered up for me;
How many were the bitter cares,
She felt when none but God could see."
Beery. - Mary Elizabeth Beery, daughter of Bro. and Sister Henry G. Good, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., May 2, 1864; married to George W. Beery, March 16, 1884; died at her home near Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 16, 1919 ; aged 54 y. 8 m. 14 d. At the age of 16 years she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she remained faithful until death. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 10 children (Mrs. Aaron Hunsberger, Simon, Delbert M., Rhoda, Ada E., Clara, William, Fred, Charles H., and Ruth); also one step-daughter (Mrs. C. H. Nusbaum), four brothers, one sister, and nine grandchildren. One daughter and one step-daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services Jan. 19, at the North Main St. Mennonite Church by E. S. Mullet. Text, Rev. 2:10 and Prov. 31:10-31. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
In loving memory of Mother.
"Mother, thou wast mild and loving,
Gentle as the summer breeze;
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees.
Dearest Mother, thou hast left us;
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hast bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana
Mertz."Lelia Virginia, youngest daughter of Edward and Maggie Mertz, was born Sept. 2, 1912; died Feb. 19, 1919, of diptheria. Short funeral services were held in the open air by Bro. B. B. King, after which the body was laid away in Lindenwood Cemetery, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Transcriber's note: diptheria.spelled here as in the magazine
Fritz."Arthur Warren, son of Ralph and Viola (Kindy) Fritz, was born Jan 20, 1918, near Vicksburg, Mich.; died Feb 14, 1919; aged 1 y 25 d. Funeral services conducted by Harry Friesner.
"Dearest Arthur, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Bless."Charlie Bless died March 9, 1919, after two weeks illness of pneumonia; aged 56 y. 2 m. 2 d. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and a number of other relatives. Funeral at Bosslers Mennonite Church of which he had been a member. Services conducted by the Brethren Simon Garber, Ira Miller, and John Landis. Text, Heb. 9:27. May God comfort the bereaved. By a neighbor.
Kilmer."John Kilmer was born Oct. 12, 1903; died Dec. 23, 1918, at the home of his parents near Round Hill, Alta., after a short illness of influenza which developed into pneumonia; aged 15 y. 2 m. 11 d. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother, and 4 sisters. He was laid to rest in the Salem Mennonite Cemetery on Christmas day. Memorial services Feb. 23, 1919, conducted by J. K. Lehman (Text, Rev. 19:9), and M. D. Stutzman (Text, Psa. 90:12).
Schrock."Helen Catharine Schrock died March 6, 1919; aged 11 y. 4 m. 18 d. She had been afflicted more or less for the last five or six years. She was of an excellent personality. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, aunts, uncles, and many relatives and friends. Funeral on the 8th at the Howard-Miami Church near Greentown, Ind., conducted by N. M. Slabaugh and J. S. Horner. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Buried in Mast Cemetery.
Eshleman."Merle Violetta, daughter of Christian H. and M. Edna Eshleman, was born April 8, 1917, near Intercourse, Pa.; after an attack of Bronchial pneumonia and catarrhal fever which lasted about one week, she peacefully breathed away March 6, 1919; aged 1 y. 10 m. 28 d. She leaves parents, 1 sister and relatives that will long remember her cheerful smiles. Private services at the home conducted by Bro. John Senger. Text, Mark 10:13-16, continued at Hersheys Church by Bro. C. M. Brackbill, Matt. 18:14. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Meashey."Kate B. Schneitman, wife of John B. Meashey, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 27, 1846; died March 5, 1919; aged 72 y. 5 m. 8 d. She died from the effects of a stroke which she received a few days before she died. She leaves an aged husband, 8 children, 20 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, a sister, and a number of friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 45 years. Funeral on March 9, 1919, at her late home by David Z. Miller, and at the Mennonite M. H. in Elizabethtown, Pa., by Samuel L. Oberholtzer and David Z. Miller. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in the Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.
Risser."Minnie Gruber, wife of Noah S. Risser, was born in Dauphin Co., Pa., April 29, 1881; died Feb. 27, 1919; aged 37 y. 9 m. 28 d. She was suffering with pulmonary troubles for a little over three years, having undergone several operations in that time. She bore her afflictions with great patience and Christian fortitude. Several years ago she united with the Mennonite congregation worshipping at Stauffer's M. H., Dauphin Co., Pa. She was a faithful and consistent member. She leaves husband, mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral March 2, 1919. Services at her late home by John G. Ebersole and at Risser's M. H. by Samuel L. Oberholtzer and John G. Ebersole. Text, Rev. 7:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Blosser."Charles Blosser was born in Germany Dec. 2, 1844; emigrated to the U. S. with his parents when he was a child; died near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Feb. 21, 1919; aged 74 y. 2 m. 19 d. He was married to Martha Sommers Feb. 2, 1873. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters, 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek. He was janitor for many years. The last six weeks he had to sit on the bed with his legs on the floor. His last sickness was gangrene. He leaves his widow, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 3 sisters. Buried at the Amish Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek. Services by the home minister from Psa. 39:4,5 and Isa. 25:8.
Miller."Samuel M. Miller was born March 22, 1883; died March 3, 1919; aged 35 y. 11 m. 9 d. Was married to Catherine J. Bontrager July 27, 1907. To this union were born 7 children, 2 of whom preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves widow, 3 daughters and 2 sons (Fayma Irene, Maud Adline, Freman S., Oscar Moses, and Mary Elizabeth); also an aged father, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Bro Miller was afflicted with consumption for a few years, waiting with patience for the coming of the Lord. He united with the Mennonite Forks Church in young years and has been a faithful member ever since. On June 7, 1918 he with his family left for Colorado for his health which failed, and returned some time in August to his home in La Grange Co., Ind., where he was born and lived all his life time. Services by O. S. Hostetler, Y. C. Miller, and D. D. Miller.
Miller."Mabel Edith, daughter of Bro. Uriah M. and Sister Barbara K. Miller, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Dec. 11, 1897; died at her home Oct. 11, 1918; aged 21 y. 10 m. Death was caused by pneumonia following influenza. She leaves father, mother, 5 sisters, (Susie, Irma, Adeline, Elnora, and Arlen), 2 brothers (Trueman and Uriah Vernon), an aged grandfather, uncles, aunts, cousins, and a host of relatives and friends. Her oldest sister, Mary, preceded her to their home in Glory 23 years ago. Sister Mabel left us a bright evidence that our loss is her eternal gain. Her last words were of hope, love and everlasting joy, telling her friends to prepare and meet her in that beautiful home which is waiting to welcome her in. Her only comfort was to have us pray with her and have the Word of God read to her. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, while yet in youth and was a faithful member until death. Open air services were held at the home Oct. 13, by Brethren O. S. Hostetler, D. D. Miller, and A. S. Cripe. Text, John 16:16. The remains were laid to rest in the Miller Cemetery.
The Savior has taken our Mabel away;
But we know it is not forever.
"Come follow, come follow," we hear her say,
"It is beautiful beyond the river."
By her sister.
Shellenberger."Ephraim M. Shellenberger was born in Juniata Co., Pa., June 21 1837; died Feb. 1, 1919; aged 81 y. 7 m. 10 d. He came west with his parents in the year 1857. He was married at Covington, Ohio, March 22, 1862, to Rebecca Zimmerman. To this union were born 1 son and 7 daughters. Two daughters (Ida and Rhoda) preceded him to the spirit world. His wife and the following children survive: Mrs. D. M. Brubaker, Mrs. R. S. Brubaker, Mrs. L. Klontz, Mrs. M. Biseline, and Mrs. W. Havenor, and Lewis Shellenberger). 27 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren also survive. Father Shellenberger was one of a family of eight children, only two of which survive him, Joseph Shellenberger and Mrs. Hannah Yount.
The deceased was ordained to the ministry in the year 1880, in the capacity of which he labored faithfully over 38 years, during which time he not only served his home congregation, but various congregations in the state of Kansas. He also did much visiting among the various congregations in a number of states. He was of a cheerful disposition, and his greatest joy was to meet with the believers in religious services, enjoying the fellowship of the saints, and breaking to them the Bread of Life. His sunny disposition and words of exhortation and encouragement will continue to be cherished in the memories of those who have lived in close touch with him in Christian fellowship.
Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Freeport, Ill., on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 5, conducted by S. E. Graybill and A. C. Good. Text, Lk. 2:29: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to the word."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
Reist. - David Reist was born Feb. 2, 1846; died Mar. 8, 1919; aged 73 y 1 m. 6 d. Bro. Reist was never married. He united with the Mennonite Church in his 28th year, and retained his membership to the end. Funeral on Mar. 10, Bros. H. Fry, A. B. Snyder, and Oscar Burkholder conducting the services.
Miller. - Martha (Gerber) Miller was born A. D. Dec
22, 1833; died Dec. 3, 1918; aged 84 y. 11 m. 27 d. She was married
to Daniel J. Miller Nov. 3, 1853, was blessed with 7 children
(all of whom died but 2 girls and 1 boy), 43 grandchildren, 68
great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
By her grand-daughter.
Kyner. - Nancy (Weber) Kyner died at the home of her nephew, H. B. Weber in Maugansville, Md., March 7, 1919; aged 85 y. 14 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was unable to walk alone for over a year, but was cheerful and had a smile and welcome for all who visited her. She often expressed her desire to leave this world and go home. Funeral Mar. 9, at Reiff's Church by the brethren, Geo. S. Keener, D. H. Lesher, and C. R. Strite. Text, Rev. 14:13
Helmuth. - Barbara Helmuth (nee Yoder), wife of Isaac
Helmuth, was born Aug. 17, 1865; died at Kalona, Ia., Mar. 9,
1919, of pneumonia, being sick only 7 days; aged 53 y. 6 m. 22
d. Is survived by her husband, 4 sons, 5 daughters, an aged mother,
4 sisters, and 4 brothers. She united with the Old Order Amish
Mennonite Church in her early youth and remained faithful to the
end. Funeral services held at the house by C. M. Yoder and Sam
By a friend.
Landes. - Rachel, daughter of Joseph and Catharine Landes, was born in Holmes Co., 0, Nov. 18, 1838; died Feb. 26, 1919, on the same farm where she was born; aged 80 y. 3 m. 8 d. She spent nearly one-half her lifetime in the service of the Lord; was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She is the last one of a family of five children to be transformed from time to eternity. Rachel never was married. She leaves one isster-in-law, who with her daughter cared for her the last three and one-half years of her life; also 18 nephews and nieces, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Kolb Church March 1, conducted by D. M. Friedt. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "isster-in-law" is as in the original.
Nyce. - Katie A. Nyce (nee Delp) was born Dec. 17, 1863; died in Souderton, Pa., Mar. 12, 1919; aged 55 y. 2 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Henry M. Nyce Mar. 22, 1884. This union was blessed with 3 daughters, all of whom with her companion survive; also 8 grandchildren and 1 brother. Funeral services at the Souderton Mennonite Church Mar. 17, conducted by Bro. Abram Clemmer at the house and Bros. Jacob Moyer and Abram Derstine at the Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Text, Rev. 21 :4. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and proved faithful to the end.
Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Leatherman. - Fiana (Weaver) Leatherman was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 1, 1860; died Mar. 8, 1919, aged 58 y. 10 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage with Levi Leatherman about 24 years ago. There remain her husband, 5 step-sons, 4 step-daughters, a large number of relatives (who mostly reside in Pennsylvania) and many friends. She came into a home that was bereft of a mother, and she so admirably filled the place that the large family of children were endeared to her as a mother indeed. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, and her quiet Christian life will no doubt continue to bear fruit while she is resting from her labors. Buried on the 7th in the Yellow Creek Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by J. W. Christophel and Ray Yoder. Text, Phil. 3:21.
Miller. - Mary J. Miller (nee Hostetler) was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 7, 1879 ; died in Wayne Co., Ohio, Mar. 2, 1919, of influenza and pneumonia; aged 39 y. 8 m. 25 d. At the age of 20 years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the church of her choice. In the year 1902 she was united in marriage with Jacob W. Miller. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. At the age of 7 months the eldest son preceded her in death. She served as a faithful devoted wife and mother. Before she died she spoke of the joy it would be to go to rest. She leaves husband, 2 daughters, 1 son and a large number of relatives and friends. A private funeral was held at the home conducted by E. F. Hartzler. Text, Heb. 4 :7. Burial in the Yost Weaver Cemetery, Holmes Co., Ohio.
Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana