Ehst.--John M. Ehst was born March 4, 1844; died May 4, 1923; aged 79 y. 1 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Susanna Gehman Oct. 29, 1867. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters. His wife and two daughters preceded him in death. Bro. Ehst suffered with heart trouble and dropsy for several months. He was ordained to the ministry in 1886 and with other help he served the Bally and Boyertown congregations for nearly 37 years. He realized that his end was not far off so asked for help in his place, but did not live to see his successor. He died nearly two weeks before the ordination.
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Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 11 - June 14, 1923, pages 222, 223, 224
Graybill.--Lydia K. Graybill, widow of Calvin Graybill, who died a little over a year ago, was born Feb. 6, 1851; died May 20, 1923; aged 72 y. 3 m. 14 d. She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter and many relatives and friends. The funeral was preached in the home by Samuel Leiter and W. W. Graybill. Burial in the Kauffman family cemetery on the farm.
Landis.--Esther M., infant daughter of Andrew G. and Sister Bertha E. M. Landis, of Lancaster, Pa., R. 7, died May 22, 1923; aged 32 hours. She is survived by her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Short funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. John H. Mosemann, with interment in the Millersville, Pa., cemetery. Our little darling's stay with us was so short, and we miss her so much, but we believe, as the hymn writer says, "God's way is the best way."
Shotzberger.--Elizabeth Shotzberger was born Aug. 16, 1845; died May 16, 1923; aged 77 y. 9 m. She died just 10 days after her husband, Bro. Samuel Shotzberger. After her husband's death she went to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Samuel Shirk, and was only there two days till she died. She leaves to mourn her departure 9 children, 33 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Shelley.--Sarah Ann Shelley was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Jan 4, 1838; died May 25, 1923; aged 85 y. 4 m. 21 d. Sister Shelley, a daughter of Christian Benner, is the last of the family of 11 children to pass away. Her father also died at the ripe old age of 85. Her husband, Christian Shelley, preceded her in death 20 years ago. She is survived by 3 sons, 2 daughters, 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Kaufman.--Fannie Sala Kaufman was born Feb. 5, 1857; died May 21, 1923; aged 66 y. 3 m. 16 d. Her husband preceded her to the glory world May 9, 1921. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 45 years. She leaves to mourn her departure, 1 son, 1 daughter, 9 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and a host of friends. The funeral service was conducted by Bro. C. Hershberger at the Stahl Church near Johnstown, Pa. She was buried in the cemetery near the church.
Wingard.--John Wingard of Cambria Co., Penna., was born Dec. 19, 1836; died at the home of his son, Jacob, May 30, 1923; aged 86 y. 5 m. 11 d. He was married to Susanna Weaver and to this union were born 15 children 7 of whom preceded him to the Spirit world. He is survived by his aged widow, 5 sons and 3 daughters, and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Mennonite Church in the Johnstown, Pa., district, by Bros. S. G. Shetler, E. J. Blough, and David Garber. Text, Psalm 17:15.
Brown.--Forrest La Verne, son of Florence E. Brown,
was born May 5, 1912; died Feb. 22, 1923; aged 10 y. 10 m. 17
d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his mother, step-father,
one sister, 1 half-sister, 2 half-brothers, 1 step-sister and
many relatives and friends. His sickness was of short duration
but the suffering was great, which he bore with patience. He will
be sadly missed by all. He is not dead but has only crossed over
the river of death to that beautiful land where there is no sorrow
or pain. His father preceded him in death 9 years.
Forrest, you have left us dreary,
And our hearts are filled with grief,
For we love you, Oh, so dearly;
Blessed Jesus give relief.
Swick.--Martha Kauffman Swick was born in Union Co.,
Pa., Fe. 3, 1846; died at her home near Garden City, Mo., May
21, 1923; aged 77 y. 3 m. 18 d. She was married to J. M. Swick
Nov. 26, 1872, in Champaign Co., O. They moved to Cass Co., Mo.,
in 1880 and since 1883 lived in the home where she died. One son,
Joseph P., died Mar. 2, 1906. One daughter, Fannie, died Jan.
16, 1888. The surviving children are Mrs. Rachel Kauffman, Surrey,
N. D.; Mrs. Lizzie Yoder, Garden City, Mo.; and Sadie who still
remained at home and tenderly cared for her mother; also a daughter-in-law,
Mrs. Anna Swick, all of whom were present when she passed away.
Her health began to fail about 6 years ago, and she was helpless
since last December, but bore her affliction patiently. She was
the last one remaining of a family of 13 children. In youth she
united with the Church and remained faithful to the end. Besides
the husband and children she leaves to mourn her departure, 16
grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and relatives and friends.
Four grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild preceded her. Funeral
services at the Sycamore Grove Church, conducted by Bro. I. G.
Hartzler. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
We miss you when the morning dawns,
We miss you when the night returns,
We miss you here, we miss you there,
Dear mother, we miss you everywhere.
Esh.--Nancy Louise Esh, daughter of Bro. Samuel and Sister Catharine (Yoder) Esh, was born Nov. 10, 1921; died May 20, 1923, at the home of her parents in Belleville, Pa.; aged 1 y. 6 m. 10 d. Little Nancy was sick five weeks with pleural pneumonia, yet her illness did not seem so serious, and her leaving was quite a shock to all, especially those who watched over and cared for her. She will be greatly missed by the parents, her little brother, Glenn, and all those who loved her, as she was an exceptionally pleasant little girl, always having a smile for every one. Her short stay with us will leave its impressions and through our tears may we look up Higher, knowing that what our Father in heaven does is well done. Funeral services were held at the home in Belleville May 22, by Bro. Joshua B. Zook, assisted by Bro. J. H. Byler. Burial at the Allensville graveyard.
Wideman.--Menno Wideman was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., July 20, 1867; died at his home at Pigeon, Mich., April 26, 1923; aged 55 y. 9 m. On Sept. 20, 1892, he was married to Lydia Gascho and the following year moved to this vicinity. He had been ailing for some time and again took sick about 2 weeks before his death with pleurisy and pneumonia. In his teen age he united with the Church and became deacon of the Berne Church about 27 years ago. He was not in fellowship for about six months but recently expressed a desire to again be united with the Church. He is survived by a wife and the following children: Allen, Richard, of Imlay City, Mrs. Wm. Erb, Mary Jane, Maggie, and Floyd; also one grandchild, 3 brothers: Elias, Mose, and Henry; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Reist and Mrs. Israel Dettweiler. The funeral service was held at the Berne Church by Mr. Brown of Pigeon, and Peter Ropp of Imlay City.
Keiner.--John Keiner was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland,
Aug. 4, 1855; died at his home near Orrville, O., May 11, 1923;
aged 67 y. 9 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia Musser
Nov. 26, 1881. To this union were born 3 children, one son preceding
him in death May 20, 1898. There remain to mourn his departure,
his beloved wife, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister
(Fred Keiner of Apple Creek, Ohio, and Mary Ann Zimerly of Bluffton,
Ohio), and many near relatives and friends. He confessed and accepted
Christ as his Savior and united with the church, where he served
his Master faithfully to the end. He was resigned to the will
of God, who doeth all things well. Services were conducted by
Brethren I. W. Royer and J. S. Gerig. Interment in the Oak Grove
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today,
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Weaver.--Menno B. Weaver was born in Morgan Co., Mo.,
March 26, 1870; died April 26, 1923; aged 55 y. 1 m. He was united
in marriage to Susanna Dettwiler Nov. 27, 1890. To this union
were born nine children. One (Fannie Jane) preceded him in death.
He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 32 years,
always active in service for the Lord. He was ordained to the
office of deacon Oct. 17, 1920. He had been failing in health
for several years. He was very patient during his suffering, always
putting his trust in his Master, knowing that He doeth all things
well. His death was caused by internal cancer. It was his desire
to remain with his family a while longer, but was resigned to
God's will. Funeral services were conducted at the home by M.
E. Brenneman and at the church by N. A. Lind. Texts, Rev. 21:1-12;
I Sam. 20:18. He leaves to mourn his early departure a wife, 6
sons, 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 4 sisters and many relatives
and friends. He was laid to rest at the Berry Creek cemetery,
near Suver, Oreg., April 29.
By a daughter-in-law.
Hartzler.--Eli S. Hartzler, son of Isaac J. Hartzler, was born Feb. 11, 1865, in Topeka, Ind. In March, 1881, he moved with his parents to a farm near Garden City, Mo. On March 2, 1892, he was married to Miss Mary J. Epley of Missouri and to this union were born 2 sons. On Sept. 13, 1922, while working at the roof of his new barn the scaffold broke and he fell and was seriously hurt. He was in poor health since but it seemed to be more acute the last few months. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth and was His follower till the end. On the day of his death he went to gather the eggs, as that was about all the chores he could do all winter. He carried the eggs to the house and a little later was found dead, sitting in his chair with his hat and gloves on. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, 2 sons (David A., of Deepwater, Mo., Imara J., of H. C.), 1 granddaughter, (Helen Daris), 4 brothers (Amos J. and Noah K., of East Lynne, Mo., Ben F., of Pryor, Okla., and D. D., of Smithville, Ohio) and 1 sister (Sarah E. Hershberger, Latour, Mo.). He was buried Mar. 22, at Clearfork cemetery.
Schrock.--Elizabeth Muser Schrock was born Oct. 3, 1835;
died May 3, 1923; aged 87 y. 8 m. She was united in marriage to
John Schrock of Wayne Co., O. To this union were born 6 children:
Lydia, Samuel, Nancy, Menno, David, and Jonathan. Her husband
and 1 daughter preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her
departure 5 children, a number of grandchildren and many relatives
and friends. May our loss be her eternal gain. In her youth she
confessed and accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united
with the A. M. church. She was a faithful sister and attended
the services regularly until the hand of offliction was laid upon
her, and for many years she was denied of this privilege. But
we are glad we can look forward to the time when the sorrows of
earth have passed away. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
Services were conducted by the brethren C. Z. Yoder and J. S.
Gerig. Text, Heb. 4:9. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Fade, fade each earthly joy, Jesus is mine,
Break every tender tie, Jesus is mine.
Dark is the wilderness,
Earth has no resting place,
Jesus alone can bless,
Jesus is mine.
Stauffer.--Jacob Stauffer was born in Wilmerdingen,
Baden, Germany, Oct. 26, 1850; died May 27, 1923, near Milford,
Nebr.; aged 72 y. 7 m. 1 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite
Church at the age of 15 years and remained a faithful member until
death. He emigrated with his parents from Alsace Lorraine, France,
in the year 1866, and came to Livingston Co., Ill. He was married
to Phebe Guth, Nov. 3, 1872. Later he moved with his family to
Milford, Nebr., in the year 1876, where he remained until death.
He lived in matrimony 50 years. This union was blest with 10 children,
3 sons and 7 daughters. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife,
2 sons, 2 daughters, 23 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister. 1
son, 5 daughters, 1 grandson, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded
him in death. In the year 1886 he was ordained deacon and in 1895
he was ordained a minister of the Gospel in which office he served
faithfully until death. Funeral services by Will Schlegel, Geo.
S. Miller, L. O. Schlegel, Joseph Rediger, Ben Schlegel, and W.
All is over; hands are folded
O'er a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended
Now dear father is at rest.
Miller.--Andrew G. Miller, of Manor Township, Lancaster
County, Penna., was born March 14, 1854; died May 28, 1923; aged
69 y. 2 m. 14 d. He died at St. Joseph's Hospital, where he went
for special treatment two weeks before. He was for many years
a member of the Mennonite Church. Beside his widow who before
marriage was Miss Lizzie Eby, he is survived by two sons: Jonas
E. Miller, Landisville, and Simon E., Harrisburg. One brother,
Henry C., Rohrerstown, and two sisters, Mrs. Adaline Hertzler,
Landisville, and Mrs. Daniel Brehm, Silver Spring, and three grandchildren,
Wm. Bender, Elizabeth, and John Andrew Miller, also suvive. Funeral
services were held May 31, with brief services in the home, and
further services in the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church. Interment
in the Landisville cemetery. Services were conducted by the home
ministers, viz., Bishop Daniel Lehman, Bro. Daniel Gish and Bro.
Jacob Hess. Text, Psalm 39:7: "And now, Lord, what wait I
for? My hope is in thee." This brother's life was the living,
brething spirit of this Hope, the foundation of our faith.
"Father's chair is vacant,
And his voice is stilled;
But his place o'er yonder,
Now we hope is filled."
By the family.
Wenger.--Elias Wenger was born in Green Township, Wayne
Co., O., July 21, 1841. He peacefully passed away at his home
at Orrville, O., May 27, 1923; at the ripe age of 81 y. 10 m.
6 d. He was united in marriage to Fanny Miller of Holmes Co.,
O., March 2, 1871. To this union were born 7 children: 4 sons
and 3 daughters. His beloved life companion preceded him in death
April 29, 1909. There remains to mourn his departure all the children,
12 grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Stephen Miller, Wayland,
Iowa), with a large circle of relatives and friends. Early in
life he gave heed to the voice of the Heavenly Shepherd accepting
Christ as his Savior and united with the A. M. church. He was
deeply interested in all her activities giving his support in
prayers and means and continued steadfast in the faith he held
so dear. His place was seldom vacant in the various services of
the church. He was resigned to the will of his heavenly Father
and looked forward with confidence and hope, trusting in the promises
of his blessed Savior. Services were conducted by the brethren
C. Z. Yoder, J. S. Gerig and I. W. Royer.
Father thou art sweetly resting
Gone from all thy toil and care,
Far from all earth and its wrestling
Thou didst now a crown obtain.
Miller.--Lena (Marner) Miller was born in Johnson County, Iowa, March 31, 1881; departed this life on the morning of May 24, 1923, at the General Hospital in Saginaw, Mich., where she underwent an operation. She was aged 42 y. 1 m. 24 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church at about the age of 12 years. She was united in marriage to Abraham B. Miller Dec. 16, 1906. She leaves her husband and 4 children: Velma, Ammon, Annis, and Marner; also 5 stepchildren: Albert, of Limon, Colo.; Milo and Ernest of Goshen, Ind.; Lydia, wife of Ora Troyer; and Mable, wife of Charles Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Five brothers in Iowa, 2 sisters, Mrs. J. S. Troyer of Yoder, Kans., and the sister who had her home with her at the time of her departure, also survive. But we mourn not as those who have no hope. Her willingness to go or stay, her concern for the eternal welfare of others, her desire for her own to stand by one another and be true to God and His Word, tell of her devotion to God and His cause. Although very sick she said, "This has been a happy week for me." Knowing that Bro. J. K. Bixler was to be here on May 27, she requested before he was here that he should preach her funeral sermon, choosing Rev. 14:13 as her text. She also chose "Safe in the arms of Jesus" as one of the funeral hymns. In great physical misery she waited, without any fear of death, joyfully referring to Father, Mother, and little brother who had gone before. Services were held on May 27 at the church, conducted by Bro. J. K. Bixler, Elkhart, Ind., and Bro. Peter Ropp, Imlay City, Mich. She was laid to rest in the Midland cemetery.
Musselman.--Katie G. Musselman, daughter of Amos and Laura Musselman, was born Aug. 11, 1902; died Apr. 16, 1923; aged 20 y. 8 m. 5 d. She died of tuberculosis. She was not very well for some time, yet she was bedfast only nine days. She bore her suffering without a word of complaint.
"More and more we miss thee,
Friends may think the wound is healed,
But they little know the sorrow,
That lies within the heart concealed."
Not quite a month later her little sister Alta passed peacefully away after an illness of about 8 weeks. Death was caused by tuberculosis. Alta was born Sept. 23, 1917; died May 13, 1923; aged 5 y. 7 m. 20 d. She was like a little sunbeam in the home, and both will be missed very much. They are survived by their parents, a sister, Mary, a brother, David; also grandparents and a host of relatives and friends who mourn their early departure. Funeral services were conducted both times by Bros. N. H. Mack and Benj. Wenger at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, near New Holland. "I cannot say, and I will not say That they are dead--they are just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, They have wandered into a better land."
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Rupp--Cora Marie, daughter of Eli and Caroline Rupp was born near Archbold, O., June 17, 1921; died May 20, 1923, at the age of 1 y. 11 m. 3 d. She leaves to mourn her loss, father, mother, two sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church conducted by Henry Rychener and E. L. Frey. Interment in Aschliman cemetery.
Graybill.--Mrs. Calvin Graybill died near McAlisterville, Pa., May 20, 1923; aged 72 y. 3 m. 14 d. She is survived by one daughter, Lizzie, at home, and four sisters and one brother: Mrs. Hannah Winey, of Kansas; Mrs. Nancy Stover, Goodville, Pa.; Mrs. Jacob Benner, East Salem, Miss.; Mary Kauffman and John Kauffman of Van Wert. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years.
Hochstetler.--Sarah (Hershberger) Hochstetler, widow of D. J. Hochstetler, was born at Walnut Creek, Ohio, on March 2, 1848; died in the same locality, May 26, 1923; aged 75 y. 2 m. 24 d. Her husband died over seven years ago. She leaves to mourn her departure 4 sons, 5 daughters, 53 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in her youth and was a faithful member to the end. Her sickness was chronic carditis. Services at the house were conducted by S. H. Miller and at the church by Corsin Mast (Ps. 90) and S. H. Miller (Heb. 11:8-10). Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Eash.--Cadilla (Blough) Eash was born Sept. 23, 1886; died June 3, 1923; aged 36 y. 8 m. 10 d. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and three daughters. Three sons and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since early life and was faithful until death. Sister Eash had not been in good health for a year or more. We deeply sympathize with the family and though they suffer the loss of a faithful wife and mother, she has gone to her eternal reward awainting their coming. Funeral services were conducted by E. J. Blough, Jas. Saylor and David Garber at the Thomas Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. May the Lord bless and comfort the bereaved family.
Transcriber's note: AWAINTING -- is copy
Goldsmith.--Frank Goldsmith, son of Peter and Alberta Goldsmith, was born in Fulton Co., O., Mar. 5, 1895; died, after a sickness of 18 days, on May 27, 1923; at the age of 28 y. 2 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia Sauder Jan. 9, 1918. He leaves his sorrowing widow, 2 little children (Alberta Mae and Helen M.), his parents, 9 brothers, 6 sisters, together with many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Bro. Frank confessed Jesus as his personal Savior about 6 years ago and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. He remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, O., on May 30, 1923, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Interment in Eckley cemetery.
Warfel.--Minnie G. Warfel, daughter of Amos and Minnie
Warfel, was born March 11, 1912; died May 23, 1923, near Conestoga,
Pa., aged 11 y. 2 m. 11 d. Her death came very unexpectedly to
all. She was burned very badly, and was taken to the hospital.
In a few hours she passed from time to eternity. Minnie was a
regular attendant at S. S. and church. She carried her Bible with
her and knew her lessons well. She is survived by her parents,
1 brother, Clarence, and other relatives and friends. Funeral
was conducted at River Corner on May 26, 1923, by Bros. Jacob
Thomas and Maurice Hess. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Can it be that Minnie left us,
She who always had a smile?
Yes; she's gone and well soon meet her.
'Twill only be a little while.
Her S. S. teacher.
Transcriber's note: THIRD LINE OF POEM -- well -- is copy -- should be -- we'll
Miller.--Christian Miller was born in Rhine Phelty, Germany, Nov. 15, 1833. He came to America in 1855. He was united in marriage to Nancy Brubaker in 1862, in Clearfield Co., Pa., and he also united with the Mennonite Church about this time. To this union 2 sons and 3 daughters were born. His wife and 3 daughters preceded him to the great beyond. His two sons (Samuel of Blackwell, Okla., and Daniel of Carrier, Okla.), 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive him. He and his wife moved to Oklahoma in 1898. Although they lived 12 miles from the church they attended church services quite regularly as long as their health permitted. He died at the home of his son-in-law, W. F. Hittle, near Goltry, Okla., June 1, 1923; aged 89 y. 6 m. 16 d. The funeral was held at the Milan Valley Church on June 3, conducted by D. Y. Hooley (Text, Heb. 9:27, 28) assisted by S. C. Miller and Simon Hershberger. The body was laid to rest in the Milan Valley cemetery.
Mast.--Daniel and Samuel Mast (twins) sons of
Bro. Levi and Sister Amelia (Lehman) Mast were born May 2, 1922.
Samuel died May 29, 1923, aged 1 y. 27 d.; Daniel died June 5,
1923, aged 1 y. 1 m. 3 d. Their sickness was short but they suffered
very much. Daniel was sick 3 weeks, Samuel only 3 days with indigestion
and convulsions. Everything was done that loving hands could do
for them but God saw it best to take them home with Him. These
little flowers budded on earth to unfold and bloom in heaven.
These little jewels leave to mourn their early departure father,
mother, 1 brother, 1 sister, 4 grandparents, and many other relatives
and friends. Samuel's funeral was held at Dan Mast's on May 31,
1923, and was conducted by Enos Mast, Dan Miller and Amos Yoder.
Daniel's funeral was held at the home place June 7, 1923, conducted
by Eli Bontrager and Amos Yoder.
All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts today,
For the two we loved so dearly,
Have forever passed away.
By an Aunt.
Miller.--David W. Miller was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Aug. 18, 1896; died near Farmerstown, Ohio, May 25, 1923; aged 26 y. 9 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage to Orpha Hostetler on Sept. 3, 1921. He accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 15, and united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. He remained a faithful member until death. He leaves to mourn his early departure his young life companion, his father, three brothers, three sisters, besides a number of other relatives and a host of friends. His mother and one infant sister preceded him to the spirit world. David was a patient sufferer throughout the course of his sickness which extended with more or less severity over a period of more than two years. Within the last few weeks of his life he realized that the time of his departure was near and expressed himself as ready to go. He endured much suffering towards the close. He lived an exemplary and consistent Christian life and manifested great interest in the work of the Church and the welfare of the community, especially in the younger people. His presence will be sorely missed not only in the home but in the church and the community and by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by J. S. Gerig, S. H. Miller, and Lester Hostetler.
Schlabach.--Shem Schlabach was born in Marshall Co.,
Ind., Dec. 31, 1854; died May 30, 1923; aged 68 y. 4 m. 29 d.
On Sunday, May 27, he went to church services as usual, but was
taken ill with severe pains in the abdomen so that he was taken
to his home and a physician called and everything done for his
relief that could be thought of, but all to no avail. Greatly
as he suffered he resigned himself into the hands of the Master
until He called him home where there shall be no more pain or
sorrow. He was baptized and received into the Amish Mennonite
Church in 1874 and was called to the office of deacon May 3, 1903.
He was married to Sarah Swartzendruber Mar. 15, 1885. She died
Feb. 27, 1918. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters.
One son and 1 daughter died in childhood in 1903. He was married
a second time Apr. 6, 1922, to Hannah Graybill, who died 34 days
later. He lived in Indiana until the year 1902 when for the benefit
of his health he moved with his family to the vicinity of Thomas,
Okla., where he resided until his death. He is survived by 3 sons,
4 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral
services were held at the old homestead by A. B. C. Miller, Wm.
Yoder of Iowa, and John A. Miller. Text I Cor. 15 and Rev. 14:13.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints"
By the children.
Cripe.--Sister Rebecca A. Nussbaum Cripe, was born near
Ashland, Ohio, Jan 15, 1855. At the age of three years she came
with her parents to Indiana, where she lived until she grew to
womanhood. She united with the Mennonite Church while yet in her
teen age, being one of a class of forty who were baptized at the
Shaum Church south of Elkhart. The family finally located at Elkhart,
where she was married to Amos Cripe. In about 1880 they moved
to LaGrange Co., Ind., where she made her church home. We believe
we can truthfully say that she lived a devoted Christian life
to the end. She was afflicted for a number of years but was able
to be about until April 27 when she took her bed and lingered
until the night of May 23, when she quietly fell asleep. She was
aged 68 y. 4 m. 8 d. During her late illness she frequently expressed
a desire to go home but said too that she was willing to stay
if it is the Lord's will. She leaves her deeply sorrowing husband,
1 daughter (Anna Catherine, at home with her father), two sons
(Benjamin R., of Topeka, and Timothy S., of Hopedale, Ill.), 6
grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Colt of Buffalo, N. Y., and Mrs.
Chas. Teall of Elkhart, Ind.), and 1 brother (Levi H. Nussbaum
of Elkhart, Ind.). One daughter and three sisters preceded her
in death. We deeply feel our loss but we do not sorrow as those
who have no hope. Some day in God's own appointed time we hope
to meet with her around the great white throne in heaven. She
made the arrangemnts for the funeral herself, choosing Heb. 4:9
as her text, and requesting that Bro. Y. C. Miller preach the
sermon. The funeral was held at the Shore Church on May 27. Bro.
Miller was assisted by Bro. O. S. Hostetler in the service.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
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Lehman.--Samuel Lehman, infant son of Samuel Lehman and wife, was born May 28, 1923; died June 4, 1923; age 8 d. Services were held at their home June 6 by Noah Risser. Interment in Deodate cemetery. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Longenecker.--Christian E. Longenecker was born May 7, 1847; died June 14, 1923; aged 76 y. 1 m. 7 d. He is survived by his companion, 1 son, Ephraim, 1 daughter, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Services were conducted at the Elizabethtown Church by Brethren Samuel Fry, Simon Landis, and Noah Risser. Text, Luke 23:28.
Landis.--Bro. Daniel L. Landis died at his home at Chambersburg, Pa., on June 4, 1923; aged 71 y. 2 m. 4 d. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years and his place at church was very seldom vacant. He was a life long resident in the community in which he lived and there remain to mourn his departure, his devoted companion, 3 sons and 1 foster daughter. The funeral was held at the Chambersburg Church, June 7, conducted by Brethren Daniel Kuhns, Joseph E. Lehman, and W. W. Hege. Text, Num. 23:10, selected by the family.
Livengood.--Miriam Rogene Livengood, daughter of Bro. Homer and Sister Effie Livengood, was born Dec. 11, 1922; died June 12, 1923; aged 6 m. 1 d. The frail life took its departure after a brief stay in the home of our brother and sister. We feel that in the great plan of God her life has not been in vain though her life history is brief. Father, mother, sister, brother, 4 grandparents and a number of relatives and friends remain. Funeral services were held at the Springs Church in charge of N. E. Miller. Text, "For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me" (Job 23:16).
Beyer.--Sister Mary Beyer, for many years a resident of Worcester township near Norritonville, Pa., died on May 29, 1923, at the home of Bro. Emanuel Hertzler, Trooper, Pa., where she had been making her home since December, 1922. She was unable to take care of herself. Mary was the oldest of three sisters who lived happily together. She died of infirmities of old age. She bore her suffering patiently and in the faith and hope that a better and more endurable home could be reached. The funeral services were conducted by Bros. Warren G. Bean, Jesse Mack, Irwin Landis, and H. Pennapecker. Age 84 y. 8 m. 19 d.
Risser.--Sarah Herr Risser, wife of Deacon Peter Risser, was born Aug. 5, 1859; died June 8, 1923; aged 63 y. 10 m. 3 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 1 son, Abner, 1 daughter, Lillian Ebersole, and 1 foster daughter, Mary Rutt, 2 grandchildren, and a large circle of relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. She was much interested in church activities, especially the Sunday school and sewing circles. She will be greatly missed but we know our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held on June 12, at the Elizabethtown Church, conducted by Bros. Ira Miller, John Landis, Simon Landis, and Noah W. Risser. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Stutzman.--Myrtle Anna Stutzman was born Sept. 4, 1905, near Iowa City, Iowa; died June 8, 1923, at her home near Filer, Ida., at the age of 17 y. 9 m. 4 d. She came to Idaho in Oct., 1922, from Nebraska. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her father, five brothers, four sisters and many friends. Her mother preceded her in death about four years. Her sickness dates from Mar. 6, 1923. She confessed Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 13 years, and united with the Mennonite Church near Chappell, Neb., of which she was a member until death. Funeral services at the Filer Mennonite Church June 9, conducted by N. A. Lind and S. Honderich, using Matt. 9:18.
Reist.--Sister Leah Reist was born Sept. 8, 1861; died at Breslau, Ont., June 12, 1923; at the age of 62 y. 9 m. 4 d. On March 2, 1880, she was united in marriage to David Gimbel, to which union were born 12 children. Five children: Allen, Myra, Elsie, Marietta and Malinda, preceded her in death. There are left to mourn the departure of a loving wife and mother, the sorrowing husband, 7 children, and 15 grandchildren. The children are: Laura, Irvin, Nettie, Vera and Roy in this community; David, N. Dakota; and Lorne, Alberta. Sister Gimbel, with her husband, confessed Christ during the revival meetings conducted by the late J. S. Coffman. She endeavored to live a faithful Christian life, and departed full of faith and hope and the glad expectation of seeing her Master face to face, as well as the children who have gone before. The funeral was held on June 14, at Breslau, Brethren Jonas Snider, Ephraim Sewenpiper, and Oscar Burkholder conducting the services. Text, Prov. 31:28.
Thomas.--Abraham A. Thomas of Davidsville, Pa., was born Aug. 14, 1840; died June 14, 1923; aged 82 y. 10 m. He was married to Catharine Speicher. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters. Two daughters preceded him to the great beyond. His wife died May 5, 1903. He is survived by 6 sons, 2 daughters, 24 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Bro. Thomas was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church on June 16, by L. A. Blough and Pre. Lubold, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Davidsville. Buried in the cemetery near the church.
Huber.--Susanna D. Huber was born Sept. 18, 1843; died April 25, 1923; aged 79 y. 7 m. 7 d. She is survived by her aged husband, Amos Huber, 4 children (2 sons and 2 daughters), 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She has gone to meet and live eternally with her 4 children who preceded her in death. They lived happily and peacefully on their farm near Strasburg, Pa., for 42 years. Then they retired from farming and lived at their son's home at Witmer, Pa., for 6 years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 40 years. Her greatest desire was to be present at services whenever health permitted. She had an attack of heart trouble and was conveyed to her daughter's home at Lampeter, to be comforted in her affliction. Funeral was held April 28, 1923, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Enos Herr, Lampeter, by Bros. Sanford Landis and Frank Herr. Further services were conducted in the Brick Mennonite Church, Willow Street, Pa. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Miller.--Abner D. Miller was born June 26, 1857, in Howard Co., Ind.; died June 5, 1923, at Hubbard, Ore.; aged 65 y. 11 m. 10 d. He is survived by his loving companion, son and 2 daughters, 2 stepsons, 3 stepdaughters, 20 grandchildren, and a host of friends and relatives, who mourn his departure. He was united in marriage to Ann Ophelia Walker in 1886, with whom he lived until she was called to her eternal reward in 1911. To this union were born three children: Edna, Alva, and Laura. In 1918 he was united in marriage to Sister Lovina Burck. Bro. Miller accepted Christ at about the age of nineteen and was received into the Mennonite Church. He remained faithful until death. His last hours were spent in singing and praising the Lord. He sang, "Blessed be the name of the Lord," shortly before he died, and after he was so weak he could no longer speak, you could still see his lips move. His life was one that should be an example for all. He will be missed in the community as well as in the Church and home. Funeral services were conducted at the Hopewell Mennonite Church near Hubbard, Ore., by Brethren Wm. Bond and Henry Wolfer.
Steeman.--Mary Elizabeth Heatwole Steeman, daughter of Gabriel and Eliza Anne Heatwole wa born in Rockingham Co., Va., April 13, 1868; departed this life June 6, 1923; aged 55 y. 1 m. 23 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member till the end. She was united in marriage to Samuel E. Steemen in 1893. They took up their residence in Lima, Ohio. To this union were born seven children: Clifford, Robert, Alma, Gabriel, Marie, Lydia and John. The father was drowned on May 26, 1906. This placed the responsibility of the family upon the mother. During these years she made many sacrifices and labored faithfully for her children. Her constant interest was the best welfare of those she loved and in a very definite way she gave her life for her family. Every effort was made to give her children the best training. About two years ago she was afflicted with heart trouble and since then suffered much. During short intervals she was able to be about and always expressed a desire to be spared to care for her family and see them all in the church. When she learned that she could not recover she was always cheerful and never complained. Her beautiful life has been an inspiration to those who knew her. About two months ago she was anointed, at which time she, in a special way, expressed her surrender to God's will. There remain two brothers and five sisters besides the children to mourn her departure. There were funeral services at the home in Goshen, Ind., after which she was taken to Elida, Ohio. The funeral services were held at the Elida Church June 9. Bro. I. R. Detweiler of Goshen, Ind., had charge of the funeral services at both places, assisted by Bro. Brenneman at Elida.
NOTE -- the name is spelled two different ways -- STEEMaN (twice) and STEEMeN (once)
Martin.--Mabel (Diffenbach) Martin, wife of Elmer G. Martin, passed peacefully away April 14, 1923, at the home of her parents near Witmer, Pa. She was born July 8, 1893; aged 28 y. 9 m. She was united in marriage Nov. 30, 1916. To the happy union was born one daughter, Gertrude. Early in her life she accepted her Savior, united with Mellinger Mennonite Church and lived a loyal, devoted life to her God and church. We love to think of her cheerful and affectionate disposition. Sister Mabel was in failing health for practically a year when her doctor advised her to seek a better climate. After serious consideration Bro. Elmer, with Mabel and Gertrude, decided to move to Manitou, Colo. After a month's stay very encouraging news of physical improvement came and continued to come, but after about four months' stay, encouragement began waning until conditions compelled them to return home. Sister Mabel realized her condition and expressed her desire to return again where she might once more greet her loved ones before passing to the great beyond. They by the mercy of God, reached home safely just twelve days prior to God's calling her home. Before her departure she expressed her desire to go, and to comfort herself requested prayer and the reading of God's Word from Rev. 21, which so beautifully describes heaven. This chapter is indeed very comforting to those prepared to go Home to Glory. Besides her devoted husband and daughter she leaves to mourn her departure Father and Mother Diffenbach; three sisters: Fannie, Elizabeth, and Alice, the latter being her twin sister; and two brothers, namely Martin and Henry; as well as a host of relatives and friends. She is greatly missed in both home and community. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her parents April 18, by Bros. Sanford and David Landis. Texts, John 14:2, 3 and Ruth 1. Her remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Another home now is vacant; The voice we loved is stilled. But her place o'er yonder Now, we hope is filled.
Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana