Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 1 - April 6, 1922, pg 15
Gehman:--Howard, son of Silas G. and Kate C. Gehman, died Mar. 26, 1922; aged 1 y. 1 m. 2d. Services were held at the Bowmansville, Pa. Church. Bro. N. B. Bowman had charge of same. Psalm 90 was used as scriptural foundation for the message.
Woolner.--Howard Clare, son of Bro. Addison and Sister
Mary Ann Woolner, died of spinal meningitis Mar. 15, 1922; aged
6 m. 1 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister,
and grandparents on both sides. Funeral at the First Mennonite
Church, Kitchener, Ont., conducted by Bro. U. K. Weber.
"The Lord needed one more angel
Amid His shining band
And so He bent with loving smile
And clasped dear Howard's hand."
Widmer.--Clinton Peter, son of Daniel and Viola Widmer of Wayland, Iowa, died March 20, 1922; aged 1 y. 10 d. He had contracted a cold from which he seemed to be recovering nicely when suddenly his condition became worse and turned into pneumonia. His life on earth was short, yet it was made more intense and interesting by that of his twin brother. He leaves his loving and sorrowing parents, two brothers, and a large number of relatives and friends. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at the Sugar Creek Church, conducted by the home ministers. Text, Matt. 19:14. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Weldy.--Vernall Genevieve, daughter of Cornelius and
Goldie Weldy, Wakarusa, Ind., died March 23, 1922; aged 6 m. 13
d. Leaves father, mother, 2 sisters (Vivian and Paulene), 1 brother
(Harold), 4 grandparents, and many relatives and friends. Funeral
was held the 28th at Olive Church, conducted by David A. Yoder
and J. H. McGowen. Texts, II Kings 4:26; Matt. 18:3. Burial in
cemetery near by.
"Peacefully lay her down to rest
Place the turf kindly o'er her breast.
Sweet be the slumber 'neath the sod
While the pure soul is resting with God."
Horst.--Alice M., daughter of Martin E. and Anna K.
Horst of Reid, Md., died March 18, 1922; aged 11 m. 4 d. Death
was due to bronchial pneumonia. She was sick only one day. She
is survived by her parents, one brother and sister (Paul and Fannie).
May God bless the bereaved parents. Funeral services were held
at Reiff's Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. J. D. Risser and
C. R. Strite. Text, II Kings 4:26.
"Jesus wanted another bud,
So He came to this home thru love.
And took dear little Alice, with Him to stay.
If we obey His commands, we can go that way,
Happy there together be, forever in Eternity."
Goldsmith.--Barbara (Schloneker) Goldsmith was born in Butler Co., Ohio, April 22, 1841; died at her home in Wayland, Iowa, March 9, 1922; age 80 y. 10 m. 17 d. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with the Amish Mennonite church when seventeen years of age. On March 1, 1874 she was united in marriage with John Goldsmith, who died April 11, 1914. This union was blessed with four children; viz., William, Frank, Mollie, and Emma (Mrs. Fred. S. Miller). She leaves her two sons and two daughters, one step-daughter, one step-son, and a large concourse of friends and neighbors. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church, conducted by Bros. Daniel Graber and _____ Samp. Interment in the Finley cemetery.
Aschliman.--Peter Aschliman was born Mar. 6, 1850, near Stryker, Ohio; died Mar. 22, 1922, at his home in Hicksville, Ohio; age 72 y. 16 d. He was married to Hannah Graber June 3, 1881. To this union were born 5 sons and 6 daughters, two having died in infancy. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 4 sons, 5 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 3 brothers, a sister, together with a host of relatives and friends. When he was about twenty years of age he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church near Archbold, O., of which faith he was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church Mar. 25, 1922, conducted by S. D. Grieser and E. L. Frey. Texts, I Pet. 1:3-5; Psa. 144:3,4. Interment in Lockport cemetery.
Snyder.--John B. Snyder was born in Waterloo county,
Ont., Aug. 1, 1848 died at his home in Kitchener, Ont., Mar. 20,
1922; aged 73 y. 7 m. 20 d. In 1877 he was married to Isabella
Cassel to which union 4 daughters and 2 sons were born, one girl
dying in infancy. After his first wife's decease he was married
to Lucinda Cressman in 1900. To this union one son was born. He
leaves his sorrowing widow, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 3 brothers, and
3 sisters, and many friends. Bro. Snyder has been a member of
the Mennonite Church for many years, to which he remained faithful
till the end. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite
Church, Kitchener, Mar. 23, conducted by the brethren Jonas Snider
and Manasseh Hallman.
"Gone to his reward."
Schmucker.--Franklin Dale, son of Amos and Amanda Schmucker, was born near Stryker, O., Mar. 11, 1909; died at the same place Mar. 20, 1922, at the age of 13 y. 9 d. Just one week before his burial he had a fall which fractured his skull and after several days of intense suffering God in his infinite mercy called him home. Franklin was a bright student and was loved by his teachers and schoolmates. His untimely death was a great shock to all. He was the youngest of a family of 15 children, and leaves father, mother, 7 brothers, and 5 sisters. One sister and one brother preceded him in death. He will be sadly missed by the family and relatives. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church, Mar. 25, conducted by E. L. Frey, S. D. Grieser assisting him. Interment in Lockport Cemetery.
Kennel.--Lizzie Shrag was born July 28, 1854, near New Hamburg, Ont.; died at her home near Goehner, Neb., March 11, 1922; aged 67 y. 7 m. 13 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, to which she remained faithful until the Lord called her away. Feb. 3, 1878, she was united in marriage to John Kennel. She was the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters, who all survive her, together with her husband. Six brothers and three sisters preceded her into eternity. One brother only remains. She was grandmother to 23 children, one having gone before. She leaves, besides relatives, many friends and acquaintances who have learned to know and love her. Funeral services were conducted March 16 at the home by Wm. R. Eicher and at the church by Peter Kennel in German (text, Rev. 14:13) and Joe Zimmerman in English (text, II Cor. 5:7). Interment in cemetery nearby.
Miller.--Maurice Dale, youngest son of Christ J. and Laura Miller, died at the home of his grandfather Mar. 15, 1922; aged 3 y. 11 m. 14 d. On Jan. 1, 1922, Maurice took sick with scarlet fever. Of this he seemingly recovered, but never regained the necessary strength to resist disease. On Mar. 14 he was as well as usual and the family with him went to the home of his grandfather where towards evening he was attacked with coup. By the following day the brittle thread of life was severed. The family very keenly fell the loss of their darling child, who was here just long enough to become very dear to them, but is now enjoying the glories of heaven where pain and sickness can never come. He leaves father, mother, grandfather, two brothers, besides a host of relatives and friends. On account of it being suspicioned that the disease was diphtheritic croup, a short open air service was held Mar. 17, conducted by E. I. Frey. Text, Ps. 16:6.
Strickler.--Bro. J. Edwin Strickler was born July 7, 1868; died Mar. 10, 1922; aged 53 y. 8 m. 3 d. He leaves his wife and 3 daughters (Mrs. Jacob Neisley, Mrs. Nevin Wilson, and Clara Sticker); also 2 sisters (Mrs. Alpha Engle and Mary Strickler). He was in his usual health, arose on Friday morning, Mar. 10, went to the barn to do the chores, came to the house for breakfast, conversed with his wife, sat down on a chair and expired. His sudden death is a great shock to his family and to the community in which he lived. The Church also feels the loss, as he has been the superintendent of our Sunday school for a number of years. How applicable the words, "Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not, the son of man cometh." Funeral services were held from his late residence near Churchtown, Pa., on Mar. 14, and the Churchtown, Pa., Mennonite Church. Interment in Mt. Zion cemetery. Services by Brethren Reuben Cockley and Samuel Hess. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Roth.--Rosa Zimmerman, wife of J. C. Roth, was born
Aug.23, 1889, near Milford, Nebr.; died of bronchial pneumonia
March 22, 1922, at her home near Milford, Nebr.; aged 32 y. 6
m. 29 d. On Feb 15, 1906, she was married to J. C. Roth. To this
union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. One son preceded her to
the home above. Her sickness was of short duration. In early youth
she accepted Christ, and joined the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining
a faithful member until death. She was a faithful wife, loving
mother, of a sympathetic disposition, always ready to help anyone
in need. She leaves a loving husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, mother,
step-father, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 3 half-sisters, 2 half-brothers,
4 step-brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends.
"More and more we miss thee,
Friends may think the wound is healed;
But they little know the sorrow,
That lies within our hearts concealed."
Funeral services by Geo. S. Miller in English and Jacob Stauffer in German.
Shantz.--Esther Eileen, daughter of Milton and Mary Shantz, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 16, 1907. When six years old she, with her two brothers (Paul and Luke) and her sister (Ruth), came to the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Horning and lived with them since. She had a very pleasant disposition, making friends wherever she went. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in the summer of 1919. She was a faithful attendant at nearly all the services held at the Olive Church which was her church home. She attended services just two weeks before her death. On Wednesday evening she came home from school not feeling well and on Thursday took her bed with pneumonia, which proved fatal. She was a patient sufferer. Peacefully passed away Sunday morning Mar. 5, 1922; aged 15 y. 1 m. 19 d. She leaves 2 brothers, sister, her uncle and aunt where she made her home, and five other uncles and aunts, besides many other relatives and friends. Esther will be greatly missed in the home, Sunday school, Church and school. Services conducted at the Elkhart Mennonite Church, March 8, by J. K. Bixler and C. A. Shank. Text (chosen by family) Eccl. 12:1.
Groff.--Nancy (Brubacher) Groff was born near Waterloo,
Ont., Jan. 7, 1852; died Mar. 16, 1922; aged 70 y. 2 m. 9 d. She
found her Savior in her early teens, joined the Mennonite Church,
and was a loyal, faithful member till her departure. She was married
to Bro. Levi Groff on Oct. 10, 1876. To this union was born one
daughter, Magdalene. There were also two daughters adopted. She
leaves her husband, one daughter, 2 adopted daughters, 11 grandchildren,
3 brothers and 4 sisters. Her health had been failing for nearly
a year. She bore her affliction patiently and was always cheerful.
When she was asked by friends regarding her health she used to
say, "Es geht gut" (All is well). She underwent a critical
operation on March 14, and fell peacefully asleep in Jesus with
a smile on her face. The funeral which was largely attended was
held at the family residence near Bloomingdale on Mar. 19. Funeral
services were conducted by Bro. H. Stevanus at the house, and
Bro. Jesse Martin, assisted by Bro. W. Newberg and Bro. J. H.
Williams at the East End Mennonite Church at Kitchener. Text,
"Victory of God's children."
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
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Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 2 - April 13, 1922, pg 46, 47
Garber.--Paul Edward Garber was born Dec. 18, 1921, near Harper, Kans.; died Dec. 20, 1921; aged 2 days. The Master had need of one more little jewel. Funeral services held at the home by Bro. R. M. Weaver. Text, Job 14:1-5.
Witmer.--Elise, daughter of Samuel and Lavina Witmer, was born Oct. 30, 1920; died March 31, 1922; aged 1 y. 5 m. 1 d. Services were held in Bowansville Church (Lancaster Co., Pa.) conducted by Bro. Ben Weaver and M. G. Gehman. Text, Jno. 13:33, first clause.
Yoder.--Albert Kenneth, son of Delas F. and Sadie Yoder, of Harper, Kans., was born June 15, 1920; died Feb. 24, 1922; aged 1 y. 8 m. 9 d. Death was caused by bronchial diphtheria. He leaves parents, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 grandmother, 1 grandfather, uncles and aunts. One brother preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services held Mar. 19, conducted by R. M. Weaver. Text, Matt. 18:1-4.
Stauffer.--Martha L. (Hoover) Stauffer, Bareville, Pa., was born Oct. 26, 1860; died Mar. 14, 1922; aged 61 y. 4 m. 18 d. She is survived by her husband (B. F. Stauffer and the following children: Abraham, Susan E. Veit, Mrs. E. H. Zimmerman, Mrs. R. S. Zimmerman, Mrs. W. E. Kling, and Mrs. R. M. Weaver; also the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Amos Brackbill, Mrs. David Hershey, Mrs. E. L. Hershey, John C., Abraham, and Mrs. Frank Hurst (deceased). Funeral services were held from her late home Mar. 17, and at Stumptown Mennonite Church of which she was a member, conducted by Sanford Landis and I. B. Good. Text, Phil. 1:21-23. Burial in cemetery adjoining church.
Gehman.--Howard, son of Bro. Silas and Sister Katie Gehman, died March 26, 1922; aged 1 y. 1 m. 2 d. He leaves father, mother, one sister, one brother, one foster brother, grandparents on both sides, uncles, aunts, and many other relatives and friends. God in His allwise providence saw fit to call him home. We humbly submit and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held March 28 in the Bowmansville, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Bowman and Moses Gehman. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Call not back the dear departed,
Anchored safe where storms are o're;
On the border land we left him,
Soon to meet and part no more."
Unzicker.--Christian Unzicker was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Feb. 18, 1857; died March 25, 1922 at his home in Goshen, Ind., aged 65 y. 7 d. He was married to Elizabeth Hahn Jan. 20, 1881. To this union were born 10 children of whom 8 are living. Sister Unzicker died Dec. 16, 1915. On Oct. 3, 1918, he was married to Eva Richmond of South Bend, Ind. About 4 years ago he was operated on for cancer by the Mayos of Rochester, Minn., but has been in ill health since that time. He professed Christianity from the time of young manhood until his death, expressing a desire to "depart and be with Christ which is far better." Funeral services at the home by I. R. Detweiler and J. S. Hartzler. Text, John 14:2,3.
Kraybill.--Daniel S., son of Pre. B. Lehman and Sister Bertha S. Kraybill, was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., Apr. 26, 1921; departed this life Mar. 16, 1922; aged 10 m. 20 d. He leaves his parents and one brother (Arthur) who keenly feel their loss; also grandparents and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren, Henry Longenecker, Isaac Brubaker, and Henry Lutz. Text Mark 10:14.
Our little one has gone to bloom with the Father above
We miss his loving smile which was rich and sweet with love
We dearly loved him, but God knew what was best,
And took him home to that haven of rest.
Charles.--John Melvin, son of David H. and Anna Charles, died March 22, 1922; aged 4 m. 23 d. The short time that God permitted little Melvin to be with us passed by so soon. But God knows best and doeth all things well. "Thy will be done." He leaves his sorrowing parents with many relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. Funeral services at Habecker's Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., March 25, 1922, conducted by Bro. Christ Lehman and Bro. David Mosemann. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with him, dear Melvin,
He who always had a smile.
Yet again we hope to meet him,
"Twill only be a little while."
Plank.--Mary Jane Stutzman was born in Holmes Co., O., July 26, 1872; died at her home near Harper, Kans., Mar. 14, 1922; aged 49 y. 7 m. 18 d. She accepted Christ in her youth and united with the Amish Mennonite Church near Milford, Neb., where she lived with her parents. In Oct., 1893, she was united in marriage to Solomon B. Plank. To this union were born 6 children--4 daughters and 2 sons--who with the father survive her. She was the youngest of a family of 11 children. Her parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister preceded her. She was a kind, loving mother, always devoted to her family and thinking of others before herself. Funeral services Mar. 16 by R. M. Weaver assisted by J. W. Hess. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful I thy grave so low;
Thou no more shalt join our number.
Thou no more our songs shalt know.
Eckenrode.--Wm. Eckenrode of near Fayettville committed
suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun in the
woodshed at his home on March 29. Despondency over ill health
is believed to have caused him to end his life. He was aged 63
y. 8 m. 9 d. He was ill for a number of years. It is thought that
a cold settling in his spine caused his illness. He had been a
professor of religion for many years, but during his illness he
thought he had been so bad that God wouldn't accept him anymore.
This thought gave him much concern and worry. He is survived by
his wife and these children: Edward, Mrs. Geo. Lesher, Mrs. Oscar
Heckman, Mrs. Ira Brookens, and Lloyd. Private funeral services
were held on March 31 at his home by Abram Martin and Harvey E.
Shank. Text, Phil. 4:19. Interment at the Covenanter Cemetery
at Fayetteville. May God comfort the bereaved friends.
H. E. S.
Good.--Anna, adopted daughter of Bishop Noah H. and Lizzie Mack and wife of Monroe Good, died March 25, 1922; aged 28 y. 8 m. 25 d. Those left to mourn her early departure are, her husband and three children (Lester, Arlene and Ethel), foster parents, and a step-sister (Mary). From the very beginning of her sickness she felt that it was God's will to take her to her eternal home. She expressed herself that she was willing to do what God's will was for her. She said her family was near to her but she knows that God will have a way for her husband and the children, as she prayed that God should take care of them. Her cheerful and kind disposition endeared her to those whom she met. Funeral services were held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church March 28 and the body was laid away in the adjoining cemetery. Services were in charge of the Brethren Ebersole, Martin Stoner and Kilhefner, ministers of the Church of the Brethren of which she was a faithful member. May her memory remain in our hearts to His praise and glory.
Ebner.--Alois Ebner was born in Fuschel, Saltzburg, Austria, June 8, 1865; died in the Cook County Hospital at Chicago, Ill., March 26, 1922; aged 56 y. 9 m. 18 d. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He was married to Frances Lienhartner in Saltzburg Oct. 19, 1896. Eight children were born to this union. He came to America in 1902 and three years later made arrangements for his family and brother to join him in America making their home in Chicago for seven years. In 1912 they moved to a country home near Wayland, Iowa. He was a cabinet maker by trade and for the last fourteen years was employed by the same firm in Chicago but would spend his vacations with his family in Iowa. It was while at work in Chicago that he took sick, when his condition became serious he was taken to the hospital where he died of pneumonia. He leaves his wife, 5 daughters, 3 sons, 2 brothers and a number of friends to mourn their loss. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church near Wayland, Ia., conducted by the brethren, Daniel Graber and Simon Gingerich. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Boyer.--Ira Sylvester, son of David K. and Susanna Boyer, was born in Emmet Co., Mich. May 26, 1884; died at the home of his parents south of Middlebury, Ind., March 21, 1922; aged 37 y. 9 m. 25 d. He came to Indiana with his parents, when about one year of age, and resided in Elkhart Co. ever since. He had been a patient sufferer from diabetis for over fifteen years. The last nine weeks he sufffered intensely, never complaining, always cheerful and happy. He united with the Mennonite Church at Clinton Brick about sixteen years ago, and was a faithful member until death. He leaves father, mother, two brothers (John D. and William H.) two sisters (Mrs. Albert Cripe and Mrs. Henry Honderich); also a host of relatives and friends. He was of a cheerful disposition, making friends with all he met.
"Oh can it be that Ira has left us?
He who always had a smile,
Yes he's gone but we'll soon meet him
'Twill only be a little while."
Funeral services were held at the Clinton Brick Church March 26, conducted by Bros. Amos Nusbaum and Amos Cripe. Text, Rev. 21:4. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Hower.--Samuel H. Hower was born in New Paris, Ind., Dec. 15, 1872; died near Foraker, Ind. Feb. 27, 1922; aged 50 y 2 m. 12 d. He was afflicted for one year. He was operated on in Nov. 1921, for mastoid abcess. At this time they found he also had a growth in his head. This growth was the cause of his death. During his sickness he found peace with his God, and he was anxious to go home where there will be no more pain or sorrow. When 4 years old his father died. He then was taken into the home of Joel Swoveland, where he grew to manhood. On Aug. 8, 1896, he was married to Lucy T. Werner. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter, all living. He was of a kind and a quiet disposition. Surviving him are his faithful wife and 5 children (Mrs. Melvin Weber, George, Lewis, Joseph, and Orlando), his aged mother, a sister, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Union Center Church, conducted by C. K. Curtis and P. J. Kaufman.
"'Tis hard to part with you, dear father,
We can only wonder why
Thou hast left us grieved and lonely,
May we meet thee bye and bye."
--Written by a Sister-in-law.
Osborne.--Frances Vivian (Stevens) Osborne was born
Aug. 18, 1898, at La Junta, Colo. She was married to Glen M. Osborne
Aug. 21, 1914. To this union there were born three children (Frances
Ellen, Thomas Edward, and Opal Maxine) who with their father survive
her. She is also survived by her father and mother and five sisters.
She died at the La Junta City Hospital Feb. 4, 1922, of a complication
of troubles. She had been brought to the hospital the third time.
All that medical skill and loving care could do was not sufficient
to keep her to her family. During the last days of her earthly
life she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was
received into the Church by water baptism. She gave abundant evidence
of her acceptance and assurance of salvation before she passed
away. There were times when her face gave expression to heavenly
visions and celestial music. She spoke of the fact that the only
chance she had to know of the will and way of the Lord was when
a child she attended Sunday school and preaching services at the
Fairview school house where some of the brethren carried on the
good work. Services at Ustick's funeral home, Rocky Ford, Colo.,
by the writer assisted by A. H. Erb. Text, Jas. 4:14. Remains
laid to rest in the city cemetery. Tho her form is absent from
us her testimony still remains.
----------- Jacob A. Heatwole
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois
Domer.--Annie S. Domer was born July 25, 1861; died Mar. 7, 1922; aged 61 y. 8 m. 14 d. She had pneumonia a few days, but death was caused by heart trouble. She leaves 3 sisters, 1 half-sister, and 1 brother (Lizzie S., Emma Brenner, Sue S. Grim, Mary, David S.). The funeral was held from her sister' s home (Mrs. Jacob L. Grim) Mar. 11, 1922; conducted by Bro. Noah L. Landis. Text, James 4:14. Burial in Salunga Cemetery.
Schrock.--Peter Schrock was born, Aug. 1, 1839; died at his home in Fisher, Ill., April 5, 1922; aged 82 y. 8 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Anna Garber Jan. 8, 1860, who preceded him in death twenty years ago. To this union 8 children were born. Two preceded him in death. He leaves 6 children, 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother. He accepted Christ as his Savior while young and united with the Mennonite Church. He was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted April 7, by Bro. S. S. Zehr and Bro. Sam Gerber. Text, Gal. 2:20.
Graybill.--John Calvin, son of Pre. Thomas Graybill was born near Richfield, Pa., Oct. 6, 1852; died near Mc Alisterville, Pa., Feb. 24, 1922; aged 69 y. 4 m. 18 d. He was married to Lydia Kauffman. To this union were born 2 daughters and 1 son. One son and a daughter died in infancy. He is survived by his wife and one daughter (at home), his step-mother, and four brothers. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was a kind father and is missed in his home. Funeral services were held at the house by William W. Graybill and Samuel Leiter. He was buried in the Kauffman graveyard.
Layman.--Mary Magdalena Layman, a pioneer resident of Allen Co., O., was born in Fairfield Co., O., Oct. 21, 1832; died Mar. 28, 1922; aged 89 y. 5 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph Layman, Oct. 10, 1853. To this union were born 9 children. Four sons and 2 daughters survive her. There are 39 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren. She also leaves 1 brother, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and remained in the faith of her choice to the end. Funeral services were conducted at Salem Church, Mar. 30, by Geo. Ross, assisted by Moses Brenneman. Text, Num. 23:10. Burial in Salem Cemetery.
Swartzendruber.--Jacob Swartzendruber was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 5, 1837: died Mar. 5, 1922; aged 84 y. 4 m. He was unmarried. He fell some time ago and injured his hip, and pneumonia set in later. He leaves 5 half-brothers (Joseph, Joel, Christian, John, Daniel) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Joel Roy and Mrs. Chris N. Roth). Funeral was held from the home of his brother, Daniel, Petersburg, Ont., Mar. 7, with services at the home by Bro. Chris Litwiller, thence to the St. Agatha A. M. Church, with services by Brethren J R Bender and D. H. Steinman. Peace to his ashes.
"Farewell, my dear brothers and sisters,
My savior has now called me;
At the gates of the city, Eternity,
I'll watch and wait till you come."
Martin.--Mary, wife of Adam Martin, died suddenly of heart trouble, at her home in Detroit, Mich., on March 24, 1922; aged 57 y. 10 m. 29 d. Prior to their removal to Michigan about twenty years ago, she and her husband were consistent members of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. Since residing in Detroit, there being no Mennonite church there, they affiliated themselves with the Methodist church, of which she was a member at the time of her death. Surviving are her husband, one son, one daughter, four brothers, one sister and a large number of relatives and friends. The body was brought to the home of her brother, Amos Martin of Chambersburg. Funeral services at the Chambersburg Church conducted by W. W. Hege, assisted by D. E. Kuhns. Text, Rom. 8:6.
Denlinger.--Maria G. (Wenger) Denlinger was born May 16, 1845; died Mar. 29, 1922; aged 76 y. 10 m. 13 d. Her husband, Benj. K. Denlinger preceded her to the spirit world 15 years ago. She is survived by 1 daughter (Katie wife of Elmer Landis with whom she had her home) and 5 sons (Benj., Abram, Harry, Martin, and Joseph), 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Sister Maria lived the greater part of her life near Mellinger's Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member for 55 years and was present at the service whenever health permitted. Funeral services were held at Mellinger's Meeting house April 1 by Bro. David Landis and Bro Sanford Landis. Text, Rev. 14:12-13.
"Mother thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy cares and toils are o'er;
Pain and sickness death and sorrow,
Never can distress the more."
Weaver.--Mary (Mishler) Weaver was born Aug. 14, 1842, in Somerset Co., Pa. When a young girl she was baptized into the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member at the West Liberty congregation in Mc Pherson Co., Kans., when she died. She was united in marriage to Jeremiah Weaver in Cambria Co., Pa., Jan. 29, 1863. There were two children born to this union, Nathaniel and Ida, the latter having departed this life in 1899. The family moved to New Cambria, Kans., in 1877, living there ever since. Her son, 1 grandson, 1 sister (Mrs. Polly Wingard), 4 brothers (Moses, Joseph, Samuel, and Tobias) remain. Her husband preceded her in September 1915. Having suffered over 15 weeks from a complication of diseases, she died Apr. 1, 1922; aged 79 y. 7 m. 17 d. She suffered much, but bore it all patiently. Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran Church by C. D. Yoder and L. W. Nordsich. Text II. Cor. 5:1-5.
Steffen.--John C. Steffen was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 28, 1855; died near Medway, O., Apr. 1, 1922; aged 66 y. 6 m. 3 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Rathfon, Jan. 19, 1882. He with his wife united with the Mennonite Church a number of years ago where he was recognized as a faithful member at the time of his death. He was seldom absent from church services as long as he was able to go and was deeply interested in the welfare of the Church. The Church feels the loss of one of its faithful members. His bereaved wife is mourning the loss of a kind husband. His wife, 2 brothers, and 1 sister survive, besides many other relatives and friends. We have good evidence that he died in the triumph of a living faith. He was resigned to the will of God, ready and willing to go when called. Funeral services were held from the home of Levi Hartzler and the Medway, O., and C. Byler. Text, John 14:1-3. Burial in the Reformed cemetery, near Medway.
Kaufman.--Elisabeth Ellen Kaufman (nee Young) was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Jan. 10, 1860; died at her home in Milford, Neb., Mar. 25, 1922; aged 62 y. 2 m. 15 d. She was united in marriage to Andrew Kaufman Mar. 15, 1878. To this union was born 1 daughter (Lavina) who died at the age of 9 years. Then having no children of their own, they brightened their home by taking 2 of her sister's children, Monroe Best and Rosa Earl. She had 10 brothers and sisters, of whom only one survives--Martha Schultz. She was a member of the A. M. Church and remained faithful to the end. Death was caused by pneumonia. She leaves her husband and 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Wm. Schlegel, and at the church by Bros. Joseph Zimmerman and Geo. S. Miller. Texts, Jno. 5:28, 29; Isa. 38:1. Interment in East Fairview Cemetery.
The lights are out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
She quietly slipped o'er the threshold of night,
To make her abode in the city of light."
Zook.--Emma R. (Hooley) Zook, wife of Abia R. Zook, was born at Milroy, Pa., Nov. 5, 1848; died at her home in Goshen, Ind., April 6, 1922; aged 73 y. 5 m. 1 d. She was ill a little more than one year from cancer. On Feb. 26th., 1874 she was married to Abia R. Zook. They lived at Topeka, Ind., until 1908, when they moved to the present home in Goshen. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from youth until death. Her interest in others was a prominent feature in her life. The written and spoken messages she received were sources of great comfort and encouragement during the five weeks she was confined to her bed. She bore her suffering patiently in the thought of the future glory. She made but one request, that we might all meet her in the mansions over yonder. A beautiful life ends not in death. She leaves her husband, one daughter (Mrs. Irvin R. Detweiler), a foster son (Harry Hostetler), three grandchildren (Mark, James, and Emma Detweiler), one sister (Mrs. John J. Wenger), a step-mother (Mrs. Sarah Hooley), two step-sisters, and a step brother. One infant daughter preceded her in death. The funeral services were held at the home, with burial in the Alwine Cemetery. Brethren J. S. Hartzler, Wm. R. Weaver and J. Kurtz officiating.
Kratz.--Barbara Kratz (nee Houser) was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., July 19, 1840. In her childhood her parents moved to Haldimand Co., Ont., where she resided until her marriage with David Fretz, of Lincoln County on August 30, 1859, and resided with him on the homestead near Jordan Ont. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters, all of whom survive their parents, their father having died in 1878. A few years later the widow united in marriage with Andrew Kratz who preceded her in death nearly twenty years. Sister Kratz was always active and earnest in her Christian life, enjoying Christian associations and the service of the Church and Sunday school in which she was active for many years. Her sympathetic spirit made her a minister to those who were in need or in affliction. Her pleasant disposition and friendliness endeared her to all who knew her. Her Christian experience was real and her life was devoted to her Savior whom she loved and served and for whom she always had a faithful witness. Until the last few months of her life her place was seldom vacant in the congregation and her voice was heard in the service of song. Her frequently expressed desire to meet with Jesus, her Lord, whom she often saw in her dreams and visions, was rewarded in the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 1922. She suffered for some time with lingering cold, which terminated in pneumonia. Funeral services were held on Jan. 15. Services were conducted in the Mennonite Church by S. F. Coffman. Text, Col. 1:27. Interment in Vineland Cemetery.
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Hoover.--Fanny, wife of the late Bro. Simon R. Hoover, died at the home of her son Albert, near Altona, Ont., Sunday, Apr. 9, 1922. Sister Hoover came into the Mennonite Church many years ago and lived a devoted and faithful life for her Master. She was loved and respected by those who knew her. Her husband preceded her four years ago. A son and daughter survive. Burial took place at the Wideman Church on the 11th. The services were conducted by L. J. Burkholder.
Reist.--Catherine S. Reist was born Dec. 19, 1833; died at the home of her daughter Annie Eby, where she had her home, March 13, 1922; aged 88 y. 2 m. 24 d. It was just 43 years ago on the same day that Grandfather passed away. She was a kind Grandmother. She leaves 6 children, 24 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Joy, Pa., Mennonite church March 17, conducted by Bros. Isaac Brubaker and J. H. Mosemann. Text, Heb. 4:9. The remains were laid to rest in Kraybill Cemetery.
Kurtz.--Abraham K. Kurtz was born at Lewisburg, Union Co., Pa., died Apr. 9, 1922 at Milton, Pa., while on a visit to his old home. His remains were sent to Oyster Point, Va., for burial. For the past 8 years he lived in Virginia, making his home with his sister, Mrs. Sallie Zook. Brother Kurtz died quite unexpectedly of pneumonia. He was a consistent member of the A. M. Church since his youth. He was 67 years old. Funeral services were held at Providence Church. George M. Hostetler (assisted by George R. Brunk) conducted the funeral services. M. B. Glick
Ream.--Noah Ream was born Aug. 26, 1847; died Apr. 6, 1922; aged 74 y. 7 m. 11 d. He is survived by his widow, 6 children, 23 grand-children and 6 great-grandchildren. Also by 2 brothers and 6 sisters. One son preceded him to the glory world. Funeral services were held at Sealp Level in the Brethren Church by E. J. Blough and Jas. Saylor. Bro. Ream was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He died of cancer. He was very patient and resigned to God's will. May the Lord bless and comfort the family. We trust their loss is his eternal gain.
Baer.--Lewis Edwin, son of Henry M. and Ella F. Baer, died Apr. 3, 1922; aged 8 y. 3 m. 7 d. He took sick very suddenly. His limb pained him so it was necessary to take him to the hospital to have an operation. They found focus infection of the bone right below the knee, with fever soaring at 103 degrees. A blood sample revealed the worst stage of blood poisoning. He was a great sufferer, being sick only a week when the spirit took its flight. He spent much of his young life singing. "Some time we shall understand." He leaves parents and 3 brothers (Norman, Lehman, and Russell). Services and burial at Paradise Church near his home (Hagerstown, Md.).
Wismer.--Sister Esther E. Shantz, wife of Pre. David Wismer died at her home in Kitchener, Ont., Apr. 5, 1922; aged 54 y. 6 m. Sister Wismer was an invalid for the past several years but she bore it all with Christian fortitude. She leaves to mourn her sorrowing husband, 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 adopted daughter, 7 brothers and two sisters. One brother Jacob E., died only 4 days previously. Funerals services were held on Apr. 8, at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchner, where a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed one. Bro. U. K. Weber was in charge and used as his text, Matt. 17:8.
Zerphey.--Henry K. Zerphey was born April 5, 1842; died at his home near Milton Grove, Pa., April 4, 1922; aged 79 y. 11 m. 29 d. He was afflicted with bladder trouble. He was a consistent member of Risser's Mennonite congregation for a number of years, always being present at the services whenever possible. He is survived by his wife, 5 sons, 2 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a number of friends. Funeral services April 7 at his last home by Bro. Samuel L. Oberholtzer and at Mt. Joy Mennonite M. H. by Bros. John G. Ebersole, Noah Risser, and Isaac Brubaker. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment at Eberley's Cemetery. May we long remember his exemplary life.
Hertle.--Herman Hertle was born in Waterloo Twp., Ont.; died at his home near Freeport Ont., Apr. 5, 1922; aged 73 y. 1 m. 16 d. He was a carpenter, contractor and many a barn throughout the country was built by him. Nearly 30 years ago he had the misfortune to lose one arm. His wife who was a member of the Mennonite Church died nearly 7 years ago. Shortly after that he became concerned about his soul's salvation, was converted and received into the Church. He suffered much during his last illness, not being able to partake of food for 66 days. They had 10 children, 7 of whom survive; also 27 grand children, 4 great-grand children, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. The funeral was held at the First Mennonite church, Kitchener, conducted by Brethren Isaiah Wismer and U. K. Weber. Text, Hosea 9:5.
Miller.--Lydia, daughter of Jacob and Fannie Miller, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 14, 1841; died at the home of her eldest daughter, Mrs. Jonathan C. Miller of Holmes Co., O., Mar. 28, 1922; aged 81 y. 2 m. 14 d. She was married to Moses Shetler, April 14, 1859. They later moved to Ohio. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters of whom 2 daughters preceded her in death. Her husband died Apr. 29, 1877. On Mar. 10, 1898, she was married to Elias P. Miller who died a little more than 2 months later. Funeral services at the Miller home by Daniel S. Yoder and Bish. Noah F. Peachy, after which the body was taken to the Shetler home for burial. She is survived by 1 brother and 4 sisters. Her eyesight had been gradually failing and the last year she was nearly blind. She joined the Amish Church in her youth, was always cheerful, and never complained.
Herr.--Fannie L., wife of John L. Herr, was born in
Rohrerstown, Pa., Aug. 13, 1837; died near Rohrerstown March 20,
1922; aged 84 y. 7 m. 7 d. She had been in failing health for
several months and last two weeks had been confined to her bed.
During her sickness she felt that it was God's will to take her
to her eternal home. She expressed a desire to "depart and
be with Christ which is far better." She called her family
to her bedside shortly before she died, and bade us all farewell.
She leaves her husband, 3 children, and 6 grandchildren. Her cheerful
disposition endeared her to all who knew her. She was a kind and
loving Mother and a dear grandmother. Funeral services were held
at the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church March 23, of which she was
a faithful member
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Miller.--Mary Miller (nee Hochstetler) was born near Trail, Ohio Oct. 23, 1853; died near Mylo, N. Dak., April 7, 1922; aged 68 y. 5 m. 15 d. She had a stroke of Apoplexy which resulted in her death seventeen days later. She was married to Jonas D. Miller April 18, 1875. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. Three died in infancy. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 3 sons and 4 daughters (Daniel, Henry, Harry, Anna wife of M. M. Hershberger, Polly Ann, wife of Garfield Marcott, Lydia, wife of David A. Schrock) 30 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 6 sisters. She moved with her family to Kenmare, N. Dak., in 1900, and in 1906 they moved to Mylo, where they have lived since that time and where she died. Funeral at the home of her son Daniel, April 10, conducted by Joseph C. Gingerich in English and Moses M. Yoder in German. She was a faithful member of the Old Amish Church from her youth. Interment in Amish Cemetery. Texts, Job 14:2 and Rev. 21. Peace to her ashes. By a son.
Miller.--David H. Miller was born in Conestoga, Pa., June 28, 1850; and died at his late home near Quarryville, Pa., April 7, 1922; aged 71 y. 9 m. 9 d. He passed away in a peaceful sleep without a struggle. His death was due to heart trouble and complication of diseases. He is survived by his wife 2 children (J. Milton and Fannie M., wife of Benj. F. Crouse with whom he made his home for the past year), 3 grand children, and a brother (John Miller). Bro. Miller was a member of the Mennonite Church and he tried to be faithful until death. He had a desire to go home he said. He suffered a great deal but did not complain--but we could see for ourselves the end was coming close. Funeral services were held from the home of his son-in-law, Tuesday, and at New Providence Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Brethren Abram Metzler and David H. Moseman.
"Some sweet day when life is o'er,
We shall meet above;
We shall greet those gone before,
In that home of love.
Some sweet day Some sweet day."
Zook.--Emma R. (Hooley) Zook, wife of Abia R. Zook, was born at Milroy, Pa., Nov. 6, 1848; died at her home in Goshen, Ind., April 6, 1922; aged 73 y. 5 m. 1 d. She was ill a little more than one year from cancer. On Feb. 26, 1874, she was married to Albia R. Zook. They lived in Topeka, Ind., until 1908, when they moved to the present home in Goshen. They lived happily together for over 48 years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. Her interest in others was always a prominent feature of her life. She saw the good in people and in the Spirit of Christ overlooked their faults. The many gifts of flowers, also the written and spoken messages she received during her last illness, were a source of great comfort and inspiration for the five weeks she was confined to her bed. She bore her suffering patiently in the thought of the future glory. She made but one request, that we might all meet her in glory. Her oft repeated prayer was "Lord Jesus, come quickly, quickly." She leaves her husband, one daughter (Mrs. Irvin R. Detweiler) a foster son (Harry Hostetler) 3 grandchildren (Mark, James and Emma Detwiler), a sister (Mrs. John J. Wenger), a step-mother (Mrs. Sarah Hooley) 2 step-sisters, a step-brother, a foster sister, and many friends. An infant daughter preceded her in death. The funeral services were held on Saturday at two P. M. at the home with burial in the Alwine Cemetery, two miles south east of Goshen. Brethren J. S. Hartzler, Wm. B. Weaver, and Jonathan Kurtz conducted the funeral. Text, "So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." We keenly feel our loss, but we desire to submit all to our Father and to keep with us the inspiration given through the life of our loved one--A beautiful life ends not at death.
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