Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number
31 - Nov. 2, 1922, page 607
Lehman. - Annie C. Lehman was born Dec. 21, 1881, in
Cumberland Co., Pa., died at the home of her Uncle, Bro. Henry
C. Cockley near Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 16, 1922; aged 40 y. 9
m. 25 d. She is survived by one sister Mrs. Jones. Sister Annie,s
health was failing for some time, but thru all her sufferings
she was always cheerful and had a smile for every one. She was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. The funeral was held
from the home of her Uncle, Oct. 18. Services by the brethren,
H. H. Witmer, D. E. Kuhns, and W. W. Hege, from Psa. 39:4. Services
and interment at the Chambersburg Church.
Reber. - Henry Christian Reber, only child of John and
Irene (Slabaugh) Reber, was born in Iowa county, Iowa, October
25, 1916, and died at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, September 22,
1922; aged 5 y. 10 m. 27 d. He had undergone an operation which
at first was not considered serious, and from which it was thought
he would soon recover. The effects of the anesthetic was such,
however, that he never fully recovered from it, and he gradually
grew weaker until other complications hastened his untimely departure.
He is survived by his father, mother, and many other relatives
and friends. The funeral services were held at West Union Church
Sunday, Sept. 24, conducted by Abner G. Yoder and J. K. Yoder.
Texts, Matt. 18:1-14 and Prov. 27:1.
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan
Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number
32 - Nov. 9, 1922, page 639
Denlinger. - Amanda B, daughter of Martin W. and Emma
Denlinger, was born May 5, 1921; died Sept. 27, 1922, at their
home in Lancaster Co.; aged 1 y. 4 m. 21 d. She leaves her parents,
three brothers (Paul, Martin and Titus). One sister and a brother
are in heaven. She was sick only one week of dysentery, followed
by inward convulsions. Little Amanda was so happy and a joy in
the home. It was hard to give her up, but when God sees fit to
take these jewels we can only say with Job, "The Lord gave
and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Funeral services at Mellinger's Church, Sept. 27, conducted by
Brethren Sanford and David Landis.
Snyder. - Lydia Ann Snyder (Nee Groff) was born near
Waterloo., Ont., March 13, 1872; died at the same home Oct. 11,
1922; aged 50 y. 6 m. 28 d. On Sept. 12, 1894, she was married
to Abram Snyder, to which union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters,
all of whom, with the husband, mourn the loss of a kind wife and
loving mother. Early in life she joined the Mennonite Church,
of which she was a faithful member until death. She underwent
an operation some time in August, which apparently was successful.
She was quite well till about 2 days before her death when inflammation
set in and developed into meningitis. She was unable to speak
anymore, suffered intensely, and seemingly was unconscious most
of the time. She will be greatly missed in the home, as well as
in the church and community, but we trust our loss is her eternal
gain. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Jonas Snider
and at the Waterloo Mennonite Church by Oscar Burkholder, assisted
by Newton Weber.
King. - Nonie Pearl King, daughter of Elmer and Libbie King, was born near East Lynne, Mo., Nov. 30, 1903; died at the home of her parents, near Garden City, Mo., Sept. 18, 1922; aged 18 y. 9 m. 18 d. On Sept. 7, she was taken with diphtheria, from which she suffered much, until Oct. 15. At one time she seemed to be slowly improving, but was suddenly called away. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her parents, six sisters, two brothers, one grandmother, and a large circle of relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Sycamore Grove congregation. She was an obedient daughter, a loving sister and friend, and will be missed by all who knew her. The home circle truly feels that
A loving one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
There were short funeral services at the house on Oct. 19,
conducted by Bro. L. J. Miller of the home congregation, after
which the body was laid to rest in the Clearfork Cemetery nearby.
Mast. - Jacob N. Mast was born at Sugarcreek, Ohio, Jan. 7, 1854; died near Fairview, Mich., Oct. 10, 1922; aged 68 y. 9 m. 13 d. On Jan. 3, 1875, he was united in marriage to Polly Anne Miller. They both united with the Mennonite Church in Aug., 1875. He remained faithful unto death, leaving his bereaved companion, 8 children, 36 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren to mourn his loss. One daughter and two grandchildren preceded him to the great beyond. His sickness which was not long and everything was done for him that willing hands could do, without any help. He was taken to the hospital but was brought home again after a short stay there and in a few weeks God called him to come up higher where pain and suffering are unknown. Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 13, 1922 by Brethren M. Esch and M. S. Steiner, after which he was laid away in the cemetery nearby, in the presence of many sympathizing friends and neighbors. We need not mourn as those who have no hope.
Farewell, dear, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn,
We shall meet to part no never,
On the resurrection morn.
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan
Chambers. - Beatrice Elizabeth Chambers, daughter of
Roy and Orpha Chambers, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 19,
1922, died Oct. 21, 1922; aged 9 m. 2 d. Although she was merely
a bud while in this life, she has gone to her heavenly Father
to blossom in her fullness in the presence of the Father thru
the ceaseless ages to come. She leaves a father, mother, sister
and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her early and unexpected
departure. The parents of the deceased child being mutes, an interpreter
was employed who interpreted the services at the house and at
the church. There were a number of mutes present. Services conducted
by Bro. Silas Weldy from text Matt. 18:1-10. Burial at the North
Stayrook. - Archie Stayrook was born Feb. 15, 1906,
in Somerset Co., Pa. He met with a sad accident in the Jerome
coal mines, Oct. 30, 1922, of the effects of which he died in
the Johnstown hospital the same day. His age was 16 y. 8 m. 15
d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for four years. He
was a bright and healthy boy but it brings to us the fact that
in the midst of life we are in death. This is a loud call to the
careless and the unconverted. He is survived by grandfather, grandmother,
father, stepmother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 3 half brothers, and
2 half sisters. His mother died April 20, 1912. Funeral services
were conducted at the Blough church on Nov. 1, by Bros. Jas. Sayler
and L. A. Blough. Burial in cemetery near the church.
Shaddinger. - Sister Ruth Elizabeth, daughter of Bro.
A. W. and Sister Katie Shaddinger, was born in Bucks Co., Pa.,
June 25, 1899; died at Fentress, Va., Sept. 24, 1922; aged 23
y. 2 m. 28 d. She leaves to mourn, her father mother, 3 brothers,
and many friends. Sister Ruth had been a faithful member of the
Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church near Fentress, Va., since the age
of nine years. For about three years she had been a patient sufferer
from a complication of diseases brought on by an attack of influenza.
Her gentle, loving disposition endeared her to all who met her
and her deep spiritual life assures us that she has gone to be
with her Master. Funeral services were held at the church by Bro.
Clayton Bergey from Isa. 35:10, assisted by Bro. S. H. Brunk.
Mast. - Amos Mast was born near Morgantown, Berks Co.,
Pa., Feb. 12, 1842; died near Gap, Pa., Oct. 8, 1922; aged 80
y. 7 m. 26 d. He was married to Sarah Kauffman in 1863, who preceded
his departure nearly 4 years. To this union were born 6 sons and
2 daughters. Two sons and 1 daughter died in their early years
and the following children survive; Malinda, wife of Jonas Neuhauser;
Samuel, of Parkesburg, Pa.; John of Gap, Pa; Aaron of Westover,
Md.; and Levi, of Gap, Pa.; also one sister who is now nearly
90 years of age. On May 18, while at his daily toils he suddenly
had an attack of paralysis of which he lingered until the time
of his death. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite
faith, to which he united in his youth, and his seat in church
was seldom vacant. The funeral services were held at the home
by Amos B. Stoltzfus, and at the Millwood Church by Jonas D. Yoder
and John S. Mast. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Livingston. - Hiram Livingston was born in Cambria Co.,
Pa., in the year 1848; died Oct. 31, 1922; aged 74 y. 10 d. He
came with his parents to Michigan in 1866. He was united in marriage
with Christina Kauffman, Aug. 18, 1870. To this union were born
8 children, 3 of whom died in infancy, 5 grew to manhood and womanhood.
Louiza preceded him in death 3 years ago. There remain to mourn
his departure his wife and 4 children: Alice of Gladwin, Mich.;
Walter and Austin of Campbel township; and Charley of Grand Rapids,
Mich.; also 22 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and a host
of relatives and friends. He and his wife united with the Mennonite
Church in the year 1873, and he lived a consistent Christian life
to the time of his death. He expressed himself as waiting for
the change to come to be with the Lord. Funeral services were
conducted at the Mennonite Church near Elmdale, Mich., by Bro.
Aldus Brackbill. Text, Heb. 2:6. His body was laid to rest in
the adjoining cemetery.
Martin. - John Jacob, son of John J. and Fannie (Horst) Martin, was born in Lancaster Co., Penna., Sept. 28, 1855; died at his home near Chambersburg, Pa., Sept. 16, 1922; aged 66 y. 11 m. 18 d. In November, 1878, he was united in marriage to Sarah Rife. To this union were born 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters, 1 son (Eber) preceded him to the home above, 13 years ago. There remain to mourn the departure of a kind husband and a loving father and grandfather, his companion, 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 1 brother, and two sisters, with many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church over forty years ago and was a faithful and consistent member until death. He bore his sufferings with much patience and was resigned to the Lord's will and was ready to go to be with Him. His last wish was that the Lord would take him home. Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at the Chambersburg Church conducted by Bros. J. S. Burkholder, Denton Martin, and David Lesher. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18. He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Father, again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed.
Transcriber's note: The funeral date isn't correct, it probably
should be Sept. 18, instead of Sept. 8.
Kreider. - Bro. Martin L. Kreider, son of Michael and Mary Leachy Kreider, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 26, 1865; died in Strasburg Oct. 19, 1922; aged 57 y. 5 m. 23 d. He died of heart trouble and his end came very unexpectedly. The day before his death he was engaged with the help of several others, in excavating the cellars for two hours. In the evening when he retired at about 10 o'clock. About midnight when his companion awoke, she noticed something was wrong. She turned on the lights and saw that he had just died. A loud call to all. He was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church for over thirty years and an attendant from childhood till he was called home. He is survived by a sorrowing companion, who before marriage was Miss Annie L. Ranck, 1 brother, 4 sisters, and 1 step-sister. Funeral services were held on Oct. 23, with brief services at the home by Bro. Frank Herr, and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bro. C. M. Brackbill. Text, "Ye believe in God, believe also in Me." Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Peaceful by thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low,
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shalt know.
Houser. - Sister Sue R. Houser, widow of Bro. Jacob B. Houser was born Jan. 2, 1849, near Strasburg, Pa., entered into rest Oct. 3, 1922, at her home in Lampeter, Pa., aged 73 y. 9 m. 1 d. She was in failing health about four months from general debility. Brief services were held in the home and public services at Strasburg meeting house Oct. 5, conducted by Bro. C. M. Brubaker. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. She is survived by these children: Frank R., Mary (wife of D. B. Book), Lampeter; Lillian (wife of Emanuel Ranck), Strasburg; Ada S. and Jacob R., Lampeter. Eight grandchildren and 1 brother also survive. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, leading a faithful and consistent life. Her patient, gentle nature had endeared her to a host of friends. With a gifted mind and an insight into the beauty of the spiritual, her life was a living example of patience, love and virtue. Her counsel and advice were much sought and valued by those who knew her best.
"Whose love can equal the love of a Mother,
Whose the devotion so loyal and true?
Who suffers so much with such love for another
Who works with such pleasure as Mother for you?
We hail with delight the friendship of others,
We revel in love of the friends we have won,
Yet where do we find a friendship like Mother's,
Unbroken till death calls, and life's work is done?"
L. L. M.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Stauffer. - Daniel W. Stauffer was born in Columbiana
Co., Ohio, Jan. 29, 1843; died at Walton, Kans, Oct. 29, 1922;
aged 79 y. 9 m. He is survived by his wife, who is in feeble health,
and seven children as follows; Frank, Noah, Samuel, Minerva, Mrs.
Tressa Wilson, Mrs. Barbara Harris, and Aaron at Portland, Oreg.:
also eight grandchildren survive. Funeral was held at his home
on the afternoon of the 31st, conducted by J. M. R. Weaver assisted
by D. D. Zook. Text, Heb. 9:27. Interment at the Pennsylvania
Brubacher. - Mrs. Jonas Brubacher was born in Waterloo
County, Ont., March 31, 1847; died Nov. 6, 1922, at Brutus, Mich.
She was a constant member of the Mennonite Church. In 1866 she
married Jonas Brubacher who preceded her to the spirit world 7
years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 sons, 2 daughters, 26
grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were
conducted at Eli Burkhart's where she had her home. Text, "I
have fought a good fight,.I have kept the faith." Interment
in Maple River cemetery.
Toman. - Samuel Toman was born in the County of Waterloo,
Ont., on March 28, 1833; died in the County of Oxford, Ont., on
Oct. 29, 1922; aged 89 y. 7 m. 1 d. He was a faithful member of
the Mennonite Church for sixty years or more, and it is confidently
hoped by his many friends that he fell asleep in Jesus. He was
the father of 16 children of whom 12 survive him. There are also
44 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 1 sister to mourn
his loss. Funeral services largely attended at the Blenheim Mennonite
Church on Nov. 1, 1922, conducted by the brethren M. H. Shantz
and M. Hallman from Heb. 4:9. Interred in the cemetery adjoining.
Grabill. - Ephraim, son of Samuel and Susanna Grabill,
was born in Rockingham Co., Va., March 3, 1848; departed this
life near Hart, Mich., Oct. 30, 1922; aged 74 y. 7 m. 27 d. after
a lingering illness. He was married in 1870 to Helen Grantz, who
died March 31, 1883. Six children were born to them, two of whom
survive. Jan. 1, 1885, he was married to Catharine Christophel
and to them were born 7 children, 6 of whom survive. He also leaves
13 grandchildren, 1 brother, 6 sisters, and many friends to mourn
his loss. Bro. Grabill was a life long member of the Mennonite
Church. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near
White Cloud, Mich., Nov. 1, 1922, conducted by T. U. Nelson, assisted
by Ray Yoder of Wakarusa, Ind. Burial in the Big Prairie Cemetery.
Kauffman. - Anna K., daughter of John E. and Linnie (Kurtz) Kauffman, died at the home of her parents near Elverson, Pa., Oct. 16, 1922; aged 1 y. 11 m. 22 d. She is survived by her parents and one little sister. She was of a quiet and pleasant disposition which made her a blossom in the home and dearly beloved in the family. She was sick about five weeks with a tumor on the spleen, and was very patient in her sickness. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 19 at the house and at Millwood Church in the afternoon by Bros. J. S. Mast and J. A. Kennel. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
We had a little treasure once,
She was our joy and pride;
We love her, ah! perhaps too well,
For soon she slept and died.
All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts today,
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away.
Coffman. - Anna Frances Showalter Coffman was born at
Elkhart, Ind., on Dec. 22, 1895; died Oct. 23, 1922; aged 26 y.
10 m. 1 d. In March, 1915, she was united in marriage with Orlie
Kalb. They lived in matrimony less than a year. To this union
was born 1 daughter. Dec. 3, 1919, she was married to Noble Showalter.
To this union was born 1 daughter. She is survived by her husband,
2 daughters, father, mother, 3 brothers, 7 sisters and many relatives
and friends. We mourn not as those who have no hope. She united
with the Mennonite Church when 13 years of age. She was sick 7
months with a sarcoma of the head. The pressure on her brain caused
blindness. She was blind for 13 weeks. Her hearing was also affected.
She suffered intense pain but bore it with Christian patience.
A week before she died she was partially paralyzed. Funeral services
were held at the Forks Church on Oct. 25, conducted by Bros. John
Garber and D. D. Miller. The body was laid to rest in the Forest
*[Researcher's note: Her full name was Anna Frances Coffman Kalb Showalter - daughter of Daniel H.. & Sarah (Guyer) Coffman - tlm]
Stehman. - Lela Blanche Stehman oldest child of Jacob
B. and Fannie C. Stehman was born in McPherson County, Kans.,
June 28, 1911; died of a complication of diseases Nov. 8, 1922,
near Ste. Elizabeth, Manitoba, Canada; aged 11 y. 4 m. 11 d. She
leave to mourn her early departure father, mother, 2 brothers,
1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. Lela was of a
kind disposition, obedient, and patient in her affliction. She
was a pupil of the Ste. Elizabeth Mennonite S. S. and a regular
attendant whenever health and weather would permit. A bud in its
youth unfolding a flower of usefulness cut down like grass by
the grim monster Death. Lela's life of eleven short years however
was not without leaving many impressions. Her spirit has gone
to its long home but she will be remembered by what she has done.
Several hours before her departure, in the midst of her pain and
suffering, with the uplifting motion of the hand, and following
with a satisfying smile she gave evidence that she was looking
upon brighter things in another home, unseen to those at her bedside.
Funeral services conducted by Bro. I. S .Mast. Text, 1 Pet. 1:4.
Interment in the Morris Cemetery.
Slagel.--Benjamin F. Slagel was born near Pekin, Ill.,
Feb. 8, 1851, died at his home near Wayland, Ia., Nov. 10, 1922;
aged 71 y. 9 m. 2 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior
when a young man, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church and
remaining a faithful member until called by death. On Aug. 31,
1876, he was married to Catharine Steinman. This union was blest
with nine children, four sons and five daughters. One son preceded
him in death. Some six years ago it was discovered that he was
afflicted with diabetes. For a time he seemed to baffle with the
disease successfully but a few weeks ago his condition became
worse and in spite of all that loving hands could do he passed
away. While he still had full control of his mind he realized
that his end was near, and gave instructions for the funeral and
admonitions and warnings to the immediate members of his family.
He leaves his wife, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 1 brother, 3 sisters,
19 grandchildren, and a large concourse of relatives, friends
and neighbors to mourn his loss. The funeral was held at the Sugar
Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, on Sunday afternoon conducted
by the home minister. Text, I Sam. 20:18 the latter clause. Interment
in the cemetery near by.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 35 - November 30, 1922, pages 686, 687
Loman. - Samuel, son of Abraham and Mary Loman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., on Mar. 28, 1833; died on Oct. 29, 1922; aged 89 y. 7 m. 1 d. He leaves to mourn his death 12 children, 44 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, always having a concern for the things pertaining to God and the church. As long as health permitted his place at service was seldom vacant. He was resigned to the will of the Lord and calmly awaited that blessed moment when he could go home and be with the Lord. Funeral was held on Nov. 1 from the home of his son in Oxford Co., Ont., at the Blenheim Mennonite Church. Services at the home by M. H. Shantz, and at the church by M. Hallman. Text, Heb. 4:9.
Overholt. - Jonas Overholt was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, April 3, 1842. He resided in the vicinity of Wakarusa, Ind., at the time of his death. Death was caused by infirmities of old age. He died Nov. 17, 1922, aged 80 y. 7 m. 14 d. He married Hannah Mikel Oct. 24, 1869. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. Three of them preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago. Surviving him are his wife, Hannah, two sons (Wm. H. of Claypool, and John of Wakarusa) one daughter (Mrs. B. A. Selner of Bremen), 18 grand children, 8 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral was held Nov. 19 at the Olive Church, services conducted by Bros. D. A. Yoder and Henry Weldy. Text, I Per. 1:24.
Shaubach. - Amos Shaubach was born Oct. 16, 1850; died at his home at Strasburg, Pa., Sept. 16, 1922, aged 71 y. 11 m. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, and 3 daughters. He with his companion united with the Mennonite church a number of years ago. He remained a faithful member until the time of his death. He had been in feeble health for 7 months, suffering from heart trouble, but was able to be up and about. His death came suddenly after having partaken of dinner with the family. Funeral services were conducted at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Brethren Frank Herr and Christ Brubaker. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
Place is vacant in the home,
Which can never be filled."
Martin. - Nancy (Bucher) Martin was born at Leetonia, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1852; died in Columbiana, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1922; aged 70 y. 1 m. 7 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of twenty years and remained faithful until death. In the year 1889 she was united in marriage to John C. Martin. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, step-son ( Ira Martin), and other relatives and friends. Sister Martin lived a quiet and devoted life. She was a regular attendant at church until her health failed. She had heart trouble for some time but seemingly had been better, and after performing a little errand in the kitchen she retired to her bed and in a few minutes her soul had taken its departure. Funeral at the Midway Church, Brethren A. J. Steiner and E. M. Detwiler officiating. Text, II Kings 4:13, latter clause. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Moyer. - Samuel O. Moyer was born Aug. 2, 1847; died Nov. 10, 1922; aged 75 y. 3 m. 8 d. His death was caused by gastritis, complicated with heart trouble. Tho in failing health for the past few years, he was sick not quite three weeks. In 1874 he was united in married to Katie Clymer, who died in 1877. A son who was born to this union died in infancy. In 1880 he was married to Eliza B. Detweiler. To this union were born 7 daughters, and 3 sons. Six daughters and 1 son preceded him in death. Besides the widow, he is survived by two sons: Ervin, living near home and Samuel residing at present in Vallejo, Calif.; also one daughter, Martha, at home. Most of his life until the fall of 1897, he lived in Hilltown township following the occupation of farming. He then moved with his family to Souderton, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and during his illness simply waited and longed for the summons welcoming him home. Funeral services were conducted at the Souderton Church, Nov. 16, followed by further services at the Line Lexington Meetinghouse where burial took place. Services were conducted by the brethren, J. M. Moyer, E. B. Moyer, and Jos. G. Ruth. Texts, Matt. 11:6: Jas. 5:1-5.
Betzner. - David Betzner, Sr., was born Nov. 14, 1833;
near Doon, Ont., died Oct. 24th at the home of his son, E. B.
Betzner, Kitchener, Ont., aged 88 y. 11 m. 10 d. On April 3, 1855,
he was married to Catherine Brubacher, who predeceased him eleven
years. Besides his two brothers, Noah and Moses and one sister,
Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder, Kitchener; one half-sister, Mrs. Levi Snyder
of Didsbury, Alta., he is survived by four sons, Josiah, Henry,
David and Eliab. Eighteen grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren
also survive him. Funeral services were held Oct. 27 at the First
Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Pre. U. B. Weber of Kitchener, and
Bishop S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Ont., officiating. Brother Betzner
united with the Mennonite Church in early manhood. In his demise
the Church at Kitchener loses one of its old members and the community
an early pioneer, who was a grandson of the original settler of
E. B. Betzner.
Amstutz. - Nicholas Amstutz was born in Wayne Co., O., April 30, 1842; died Nov. 9, 1922, of a paralytic stroke at the home of his son, Bishop Cleophas Amstutz, near Kidron, O; aged 80 y. 6 m. 9 d. In March, 1866 he was married to Maria Tschantz. To this union were born 4 children, 3 sons and one daughter, who all died in infancy with the exception of one son, Cleophas, who with 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and one brother survive. His wife died in 1895. He united with the Swiss Mennonite Church in his early life, and was faithful to his profession during his life. It may well be said of him that he was a conscientious loyal church member. He taught a Sunday school class for a number of years, and his place in the church was seldom vacant until his sickness. June 19, 1922, was the last church service he could attend. He patiently bore his sickness and we believe he is now reaping the rewards of the faithful. Funeral services were held on Nov. 11, by Jacob Nussbaum and J. S. Gerig.
Krieder. - Bro. Isaac Krieder died at his home in Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 11, 1922; aged 87 y. His wife who was Mary Denlinger died fifteen years ago. He is survived by 4 children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His one great desire was always to attend church services. His place in the church was never vacant unless on account of sickness. He was a kind and loving father never wanting to make anyone any trouble. Although he was well advanced in years his death was a shock to his family and friends. He was well and about as usual when he retired for the night, and when the family called him in the morning they found he had passed away. Funeral services were held from the Paradise Mennonite Church by Bros. John H. Mosemann and C. M. Brackbill.
Farewell dear father thou art at rest,
And wilt forever be,
Thou couldst not stay on earth with us,
But we can come to thee.
S. E. K.
Swartzendruber. - Jacob J. Swartzendruber was born near
Grantsville, Md., June 17, 1848; died Nov. 8, 1922, at his home
near Shickley, Nebr., aged 74 y. 4 m. 21 d. In his youth he moved
to Johnson County, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. On Feb. 9,
1873, he was united in marriage to Mary Yoder, living in matrimony
48 years. To this union were born 9 children, 3 of whom died in
infancy. Early in life he united with the Amish Mennonite Church
and on Nov. 17, 1889, he was ordained to the ministry, serving
in that capacity for nearly 33 years. In 1895 he and his companion
moved to Wright County, Iowa, and in 1907 to Filmore County, Nebr.,
where he resided until death. He leaves to mourn his departure,
4 brothers, 3 sisters, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.
The deceased was a sufferer of cancer, bearing his afflictions
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. E. J. Berkey of Oronogo, Mo., and Bro. Clayton F. Derstine of Eureka, Ill. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Father again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed."
Miller. - Maude (Fisher) Miller was born in Iowa county,
Ir., Jan. 20, 1885; died at Wayland, Ia., Nov. 15, 1922; aged
37 y. 9 m. 25 d. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior when
a young woman, uniting with the Mennonite Church and remaining
a faithful member until called by death. On Jan. 10, 1903, she
was married to Anson Miller. This union was blest with four children,
two sons and two daughters. Ferne Pauline preceded her in death.
On Oct. 21, she and her daughter Elta and son Carl with Mrs. John
Conrad and two daughters were on their way to Washington in Conrad's
car. (these two families were neighbors in the town of Wayland,
Ia.) At Wayland Crossing about a mile and one-half from home,
they were struck by a west bound freight train. Mrs. Conrad was
instantly killed while all the rest were injured. Sister Miller's
injuries were considered serious from the first. A broken arm,
several fractured ribs, an injured spine resulting in paralysis
below the waist line, and other bruises caused untold suffering
and pain almost to the last, when she fell peacefully asleep.
With all her suffering and pain she bore it patiently and without
complaint, only concerned that the Lord's will be accomplished
in her. At her request she was anointed on the Sunday following
the tragedy (Jas. 5:14, 15.) She leaves her deeply bereaved husband,
two sons (Clifford W. and Samuel Carl), one daughter (Elta Leona),
three brothers, three sisters, and a large number of relatives,
friends, and neighbors to mourn her loss. The funeral was held
at the Lower Deer Creek Church near Kalona, Ia., on Nov.19, conducted
by Bros. J. Y. Swartzwndruber and Simon Gingerich. Text, II Tim.
4:7, 8. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana