Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 48 - March 1, 1923, pages 942-943
Millhouse.-- Anna N. Millhouse, 6 months' old daughter of Bro. David and Sister Ella Millhouse, died Feb. 14, 1923, at Mountville, Pa. She was a bright and cheerful daughter in the home and her serious illness and death caused much sorrow to father, mother, grandfather and grandmother, all of whom lived in the same house. A number of brothers and sisters also survive. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. John H. Moseman and J. C. Habecker at the Brethren Church at Mountville. Text, Luke 18:16. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Sensenig.-- Raymond H. Sensenig, son of Bro. Harry Sensenig, died Jan. 30, 1923, at the age of 20 y. 4 m. 18 d. He was born in the River Corner church district and removed to the Masonville district with his parents. He suffered from a sudden serious attack of pneumonia that terminated his life in a week's time. Surely health and life are very uncertain even for those who are in the very prime of young manhood. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services were conducted at Masonville, Pa., Church by Bros. D. N. Lehman and J. C. Habecker. Text, Eccl. 12:1. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Morningstar. -- Melvin Lewis Morningstar was born May 5, 1921, near Washington, Ill.; died Feb. 8, 1923, at the home in the same place; aged 1 y. 9 m. 3 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 5 brothers and 5 sisters. Two little brothers preceded him to the Home in Heaven. The exact cause of his death is not known. He only lived 48 hours after taking sick. Little Melvin took sick while Bro. Morningstar was loading his goods in the car to move to Michigan. When ready to leave Melvin seemed to be better, but about two hours after arriving at his destination he received a message that Melvin was dead. The family arrived at Ashley, Mich., Saturday morning, Feb. 10 with the body. Funeral Sunday afternoon at the church. Buried in cemetery nearby.
Witmer. -- Daniel Stehman Miller [transcriber's note: obituary says "Miller"] was born in Manor Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mar. 17, 1923 [sic]; died Dec. 26, 1922; aged 73 y. 9 m. 9 d. Bro. Witmer was the son of a minister and united with the Mennonite Church many years ago. He was ordained to the office of deacon, Feb. 3, 1898, and served the congregation as [sic] Masonville almost 25 years. His age and failing health caused him to call for help and on June 3, 1920, Bro. J. N. Stauffer was ordained to assist him. He is survived by 2 sister, 4 sons, 1 daughter and a number of grandchildren. As a deacon he was sincere and faithful, conservative, prayerful, and devoted to the Church. The physical ailment that terminated his life was termed as blood pressure. Funeral services were conducted at Masonville Church by Bros. D. N. Lehman and J. C. Habecker. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Otterbein. -- Rose Otterbein was born June 14, 1900, at Hartley, Iowa; died at Blackie, Alta., Feb. 6, 1923; aged 22 y. 7 m. 22 d. After a lingering illness she was called home to her Savior, leaving her parents (Levi and Minnie Otterbein, formerly of Kitchener, Ont.), 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Mrs. M. L. Burget, Amsterdam, Ida.; Elmer, of Nampa, Ida.; Alice, Clarence, Serena, and Kenneth, at home). Though young in years Rose gained for herself many friends, and her Christian life will count for good. She had a deep concern for the cause of the Lord. The last month of her life she was confined to her bed but she bore her lot patiently and had a longing at the close of her life to go home to her Savior whom she loved and served sincerely. She was buried at the Mount View Mennonite cemetery near Mazeppa, Alta., Feb. 10. Services were conducted by Isaac Miller using Rev. 14:13 as a text.
Miller. -- Manasses S. Miller was born near Charm, O., June 1, 1854; died north of Sugar Creek, O., on Feb. 10, 1923; aged 68 y. 8 m. 9 d. He was married to Drusilla Farmwald May 30, 1878. To this union were born 3 sons. Two died in infancy. She died May 3, 1882. He was married again Jan. 19, 1884, to Amanda Formwald, Sister to his first wife. He leaves his widow, 7 sons, 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, 4 half sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He lived in these different states: Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota. He united with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. At the time of death he was a member of the Portage Co. A. M. Church. He was always early at the church house. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church, Feb. 13, 1923. Buried in cemetery nearby. Services by Eli B. Stoltzfus of Portage Co., O., and S. H. Miller. Text, Job 14:14.
Transcriber's note: wives' maiden names spelled both "Farmwald" and "Formwald" in obituary]
Miller. -- Orville Jay Miller, son of John S. and Nora Elizabeth Sunthimer Miller, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., on March 27, 1918; departed this life Feb. 13, 1923; aged 4 y. 10 m. 16 d. He was preceded in death by his mother who died Jan. 29, 1920. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, stepmother, 2 brothers (John and Payson), 1 sister (Bernice), grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. Orville was sick only four days, of pneumonia. While we miss him so much we know that our loss has brought to him his eternal portion with the Lord and the loved ones gone before. Funeral services were conducted at the Shore meetinghouse by Bros. Y. P. Miller (Psa. 16:5, 6) and V. C. Miller (Psa. 17:15).
"Sleep on in thy beauty, thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted, by sin undefiled;
Like the dove of the ark, thou has flown to thy rest,
From the wild sea of strife to the home of the blest."
Litwiller. -- Magdalena (Nafziger) Litwiller was born in Boynton township, Ill., Nov. 23, 1865; died on Dec. 25, 1922; aged 57 y. 1 m. 2 d. She was married to C. A. Litwiller, Jan. 4, 1885, and moved to the farm where she lived until her death. To this union were born 8 children, 5 sons and 3 daughters. One son died in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, four sons and three daughters: Simon, Manson, Iowa; Leah Albrecht, Tiskilwa, Ill.; Silas, Christian, Ammon, Barbara, Esther all at home. Also 5 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful and loyal to the end. Funeral services were held on Dec. 28 at the A. M. Church near Hopedale, Ill., conducted by Bro. Samuel Garber of Tremont, Illinois, and the home ministers.
"Just a rest for weary footsteps,
Just a folding of tired hands,
Just a glimpse across the river,
Where the holy city stands."
Breighner. -- Lewis Breighner was born Oct. 14, 1854; died at his home near Millersville, Pa., Feb. 3, 1923; aged 68 y. 3 m. 19 d. He was in his usual health, having had heart trouble for about a year. He retired in the evening and about an hour later he was stricken and died in a half hour. He was a member of the Masonville Mennonite Church. He is greatly missed in our home but we have that blessed hope that our loss is his eternal gain. He is survived by his wife and two children, two children having preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held Feb. 6, with brief services at the house by Bishop D. N. Lehman, text, Psalm 23, and at the Masonville Mennonite Church by Bro. J. C. Habecker and Bishop D. N. Lehman. Text, Rev. 22:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Father thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today,
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Shenk. -- Catherine (Harnish) Shenk wife of Amos G. Shenk and daughter of Pre. John B. and Catherine Harnish, died of pneumonia on Jan. 10 at her home near Conestoga Centre, Pa., at the age of 54 years. Her husband was afflicted on Nov. 26, and had been severely sick with pleural pneumonia and was just recovering about New Year, when on New Year's day Katie also became seriously sick and her condition became worse until the morning of Jan. 10 when she entered peacefully into rest. She endured her suffering with patience. Her loss will be keenly felt but we bow submissively to the will of Him who knows what is best. She is survived by her husband, 5 step-grandchildren and three brothers. Katie was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and took an active interest in all Church and Sunday school work, having taught a Sunday school class at Byerland for many years. She kept a record of all important events and also had a complete record of the membership of the entire district. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 13 at the River Corner Church by Bros. Jacob Thomas and D. N. Lehman. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Schultz. -- Pearly Marie, infant daughter of Enos and Mary Schultz, was born Aug. 18, 1921; died Jan. 30, 1923; aged 1 y. 5 m. 12 d. After a few days' sickness and patient suffering she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Her life on earth was short, but full of sunshine. She was so happy and a joy in the home. It was hard to give her up. We can only say with Job, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." She leaves to mourn her early departure, sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Mahlon), and aged grandmother and many friends and relatives. One brother (Earl) preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 2, at the home by C. Zehr, at Pool Amish Mennonite Church by C. Brunk, (Psa. 103: 15-17), Dan. Jutzie (Lam. 3:24, 32), Peter Zehr (Luke 12:35). The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Pearly Marie, thy smile was fair,
Thy lips and eyes so bright,
Because they loving cradle-care,
Was such a dear delight.
By A Sister.
Orendorff. -- Mary Yordy was born near Pekin, Ill., Oct. 19, 1848; died at her home near Flanagan, Ill., Feb. 8, 1923; aged 73 y. 3 m. 20 d. She was united in matrimony with Daniel Orendorff, Feb. 15, 1872. He preceded her to the life beyond, Jan. 14, 1918. To this union were born 7 children, 5 daughters and 2 sons. Two sons and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 daughters (Mrs. C. M. Conrad and Mrs. J. D. Conrad of Sterling, Ill.; Mrs. J. D. Roeschley and Miss Ada Orendorff of Flanagan, Ill.), 25 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many [transcriber's note: begin page 943] relatives and friends. Bro. and Sister Orendorff moved to their late home in 1872, at which place they resided until the Lord was pleased to call them to their long home. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful and consistent member until death. Sister Orendorff was a kind and loving wife, mother, and neighbor and was loved and respected by all who knew her. Short services were held at the home Feb. 11, by Bro. D. W. Slagel (Text, Psa. 16), and at the church by Bros. J. D. Hartzler and Samuel Gerber. Texts, I Cor. 15:35-38; Phil 1:21. Interment in the Waldo cemetery.
Graber. -- Fanny Graber was born in Canton, Berne, Switzerland, Dec. 16, 1847; died at her home near Noble, Iowa, Feb. 12, 1923; aged 75 y. 1 m. 26 d. In the year 1856 she immigrated to this country with her parents. For three years they lived on the farm now owned by Valentine Schaad after which they moved to the farm which has been her home since. For the past twenty-five years she was constantly suffering. She was unable to walk or even stand for thirteen years, and was utterly helpless, being unable to take her own food or even brush a fly from her face the last five years of her life. The above condition was the result of rheumatism. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior when fourteen years of age uniting with the Sugar Creek (Amish Mennonite) congregation remaining a loyal and faithful member until called by death. Her parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She leaves 1 brother, Daniel, with whom she lived not being married, 1 sister, Katie wife of Joseph Alliman, and a number of relatives and neighbors to mourn her loss. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, on Feb. 14, conducted by Bro. Simon Gingerich. Text, II Cor. 5:4. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Shearer. -- Fred Samuel Shearer, son of S. W. and Elizabeth Shearer, was born Aug. 25, 1890, in Ford Co., Ill. With his parents in 1894 he moved to Jackson Co., Minn. On Jan. 20, 1918 he was united in marriage to Ella Carlson. Later he and his wife were received into the Mennonite Church. On the afternoon of Feb. 9, 1923, while returning home from Alpha, Minn., with a load of hogs, his team became frightened and he was thrown from the wagon, inflicting injuries from which he died in a very few minutes. He and his wife were making arrangements, expecting soon to move to another farm near his parents, and also near the church to which they looked forward with great anticipation. But He who doeth all things well planned otherwise. To His will may we bow in holy submission. Bro. Fred, tho encountering hard struggles in the warfare, seemed desirous of standing for Christ and the right. He leaves his wife Ella, little son Stephen W. (two years), father and mother, 5 brothers, Byron, Harry, Charles, Russel, Wesley; two sisters living, Olive Miller of Kansas and Mary Harder of Versailles, Mo. One sister preceded him in death. He also leaves many friends who are deeply interested in this sad bereavement. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers, Noah Landis and C. J. Garber. Texts, Gen. 27:2; Mk. 13:35; Jno. 4:14. Body was laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery. The Lord bless those bereaved.
Kennel. -- Peter Kennel was born Aug. 12, 1862, at Vauconlurs, France; died at his home near Strang, Nebr., Feb. 11, 1923; aged 60 y. 5 m. 29 d. His death was caused by heart failure. His condition did not seem so serious until the last few days before his death but he bore his sufferings patiently. He accepted Christ when a young boy. He was reared in France and educated in the French language. In the year 1881 at the age of 19, he sailed for America, locating at Ontario, Canada. About three years later he went to Milford, Nebr., where he was united in marriage to Katie Roth, March 27, 1887. This union was blest with 9 sons and 1 daughter, two sons having preceded him to the heavenly home. In 1905 he moved again and located near Strang, Nebr. In the fall of 1905 he was ordained minister at the Salem Church, near Shickley, Nebr., and in 1913 he was ordained to the office of bishop, in which capacity he labored faithfully to the end. He was also District Bishop the last eight years, of Nebraska and one church in Colorado. He was greatly concerned about the welfare of the Church, as well as every member of his family. He was conscious almost to the end, was fully resigned to God, and in the last days before passing away he said, "All is well." A number of times during his last illness he expressed himself as being happy in the Lord, willing to go or stay as the Lord willed. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, 7 sons, 1 daughter and 9 grandchildren; also 1 brother and 1 sister in France, and a host of relatives and friends. Shortly before passing away he sang, "To My Happy, Happy Home," and admonished his family to live for the Lord so as to meet him in heaven. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Jos. Birky at the house. Meeting opened at Church by Bro. Jos. Zimmerman reading II Cor. 5:1-10. The funeral sermon was preached by Bro. D. G. Lapp. Text, Rev. 14:13. Services were closed at grave by Bro. Levi Schrock.
Cassel. -- Veronica Biehn was born near Strasburg, Ont., on Nov. 18, 1842; died at her home in Kitchener, Ont., on Feb. 5, 1923; aged 80 y. 2 m. 18 d. In 1870 she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a member ever since. Thirty-five years ago she was married to Bro. Jesse Cassel of New Dundee, Ont. Bro. Cassel died about 17 years ago, since which time she has made her home with her aged sister, Mrs. Geo. Histand in Kitchener. For the past few years she had been afflicted with a nervous malady but the immediate cause of death was pneumonia. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services at the First Mennonite Church by Brethren U. K. Weber and M. C. Bowman.
Transcribed by : Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania
Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 49 - March 8, 1923, pages 974-976
Hossler. -- Sister Mary Ann Hossler, wife of Stephen Hossler, died Jan. 20, 1923; aged 81 y. 11 m. 27 d. Funeral was held Jan. 23, 1923, at Shenk's Church. Services were conducted by Bros. John Ebersole and Noah W. Risser, both of Hershey, Pa. May our loss be her eternal gain.
Steiner. -- Clair Leo, son of Bro. Homer and Sister Bertha Steiner, was born in Wayne Co., O., Dec. 15, 1922; died Feb. 22, 1923; aged 2 m. 7 d. He was buried Feb. 25. Services at the Swiss Mennonite Church, conducted by J. S. Moser and C. N. Amstutz. Text, John 16: 22. He leaves to mourn his early departure his parents, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, and a host of other relatives.
Garber. -- Mildred N. Garber, infant daughter of Bro.
Elias and Sister Ada Garber, was born Jan. 29, 1923; died Feb.
22, 1923; aged 24 d. Funeral services were conducted at their
home Feb. 24, 1923, by Bish. Noah W. Risser of Hershey, Pa.
Such a little break in the sod,
So tiny to be a grave!
Oh! how can I render so soon to God
The beautiful gift he gave?
Buchter. -- Henry E. Buchter was born Nov. 12, 1836; died Feb. 19, 1923; aged 86 y. 3 m. 7 d. He was ill for five months. His wife preceded him in death thirty- three years ago. He leaves to mourn his departure nine children, all married. He was living with his son, Harry near Lititz, Pa. Funeral services were held Feb. 22, at the Hess Mennonite Church, conducted by Noah Landis and John Hess. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Landvater. -- Pearl T., wife of Roy Landvater, was born Dec. 21, 1895; died at her home near Mt. Joy, Pa., Feb. 11, 1923; aged 27 y. 1 m. 20 d. She is survived by her husband and 1 child; also her father, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of friends. She was a consistent member of Risser's Mennonite congregation and Sunday school and we shall miss her very much. Funeral services were held private on Feb. 14, conducted by Bros. Samuel L. Oberholtzer and Bishop Noah Risser. Interment in Good's Cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Shearer. -- Sister Harriet W. Shearer, wife of Bro.
Samuel Shearer, was born Mar. 18, 1862; died Feb. 23, 1923; aged
60 y. 11 m. 5 d. Funeral services were held at Stauffer's Mennonite
Church, Dauphin Co., Pa., Feb. 26, 1923, by Bro. John G. Ebersole
and Noah W. Risser. Sister Shearer leaves to mourn her departure,
husband 1 daughter, 1 grandchild, her aged mother, 2 brothers,
and 1 sister.
There are some things we cannot know
Some things we cannot understand
But this one thing, we hope to go
To mother in that heavenly land.
[transcriber's note: the above is punctuated as obituary was printed]
Metzler. -- John H. Metzler was born Sept. 24, 1849; died Feb. 15, 1923; aged 73 y. 4 m. 21 d. He died after an illness of five days of grippe. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and three children: Frank E., John E., and Louise. The daughter is at home. He was a faithful member of the Hess Mennonite Church where his seat was sure to be filled if health permitted. Funeral services were held Feb. 18, at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by John Hess, Jacob Hershey and Cyrus Gibble. Text, Rev. 21:4.
Helmuth. -- Amos, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Helmuth, was born at Charm, Ohio, May 16, 1865; died Jan. 3, 1923; aged 57 y. 7 m. 17 d. He died suddenly near Millersburg, O., when his automobile which he was driving skidded on the ice, and turned over onto him, killing him instantly. On Jan. 14, 1906, he was married to Fanny Yoder, who survives him. Early in youth he became a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful member until the end of his life. Funeral services were held at Martins Creek Mennonite Church, where a large concourse of people had assembled for the occasion. Services were conducted by Calvin Mast and S. H. Miller.
Shultz. -- William Shultz, son of Eli and Cassie Shultz was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Dec. 19, 1890; died in Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 18, 1923; aged 32 y. 2 m. When he was six years of age his parents moved to White Cloud, Mich., where he grew to manhood. He leaves to mourn his departure, 3 children, (2 daughters and a son), parents, 2 brothers and a sister, besides a host of friends. He had been sick for several years. During his illness he came to know his Savior in whom he found much relief in his time of sickness. He was ready and anxious to go to meet his Savior. Funeral was held Feb. 21, conducted at the house by Y. U. Nelson and at the M. E. Church in Newaygo, Mich., by Mr. Leitch.
Kaltenbaugh. -- Mada Alberta Kaltenbaugh was born near Holsopple, Pa., March 6, 1917; died Feb. 18, 1923; aged 5 y. 11 m. 12 d. She died of diphtheria after about 28 hours' illness, at the home of her parents, Bro. Charles and Sister Mary (Eash) Kaltenbaugh. She is survived by her parents, 4 sisters and 6 brothers. Two sisters have preceded her in death. Short services were conducted at the home by Bro. E. J. Blough. Interment in the Stahl cemetery. Mada will be missed in the home. The Lord has plucked a tender flower for His garden "over there." May the influence of her brief stay here, remain in our hearts and lives and help to make us good, noble, and true, so that some day we shall meet those gone before.
Helmuth. -- On Aug. 13, 1920, there came to the home of Bro. and Sister Elmer Helmuth of Rolette Co., N. Dak., a little son, Frederick, who from the first brought sunshine and happiness to the home. But the great Creator saw fit to call him to the great Home in heaven on Feb. 20, 1923, at the home of Bro. and Sister Joseph Helmuth in Howard Co., Ind. He was aged 2 y. 6 m. 7 d. The death of this loving little lad brings sadness to the host of people who knew him. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, besides relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Howard-Miami Church on Feb. 21 in charge of Brethren E. A. Mast and J. S. Horner. Text, Mark 10:13-15. Burial in the Mast cemetery.
Saylor. -- Sister Hannah Catherine Saylor, widow of the late Levi Saylor, was born June 10, 1837; died at Claridge, Westmoreland Co., Pa., Feb. 18, 1923; aged 89 y., 8 m. 6 d. Her husband died March 14, 1898. The deceased had been a member of the Scottdale, Pa., congregation since 1895. She is survived by the following children: W. H. Walker of Ruffsdale, Pa.; D. C. Saylor, Yukon, Pa.; J. A. Saylor, Monessen, Pa.; Mrs. D. A. Baird, Youngwood, Pa.; Mrs. Lyman Dayton, Masontown, Pa.; and by two sisters: Mrs. Christanna Keck of Iowa and Mrs. Elizabeth Mull of Somerset, Pa. The funeral was held on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Middle Lutheran Church, near Mount Pleasant, Pa., conducted by Aaron Loucks and J. A. Ressler. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Flueckiger. -- Caroline (nee Neuenschwander) wife of Theophil Flueckiger, was born near Berne, Ind., Jan. 12, 1892; died near Dalton, O., Jan. 16, 1923; aged 31 y. 4 d. The cause of her immature departure from the great responsibility of wife and mother was blood poison following the birth of a baby boy a week before. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband with whom she shared joys and sorrows since Feb., 1917. She also leaves 3 little sons, father, mother, 5 sisters, and 6 brothers. One infant son preceded her a year ago. Funeral services were held Jan. 19, at the Salem Mennonite Church by M. A. Niswander in English and C. N. Amstutz in German. Text, Rev. 14:13. She was a faithful member of the Swiss Mennonite Church, a devoted Christian, of a loving and kind disposition, and was loved by all who came in contact with her.
Winey. -- Mary (Grabill) Winey, wife of Pre. Caleb Winey of Peabody, Kans., was born near Richfield, Juniata Co., Pa., Feb. 22, 1851; died at the home of her son-in-law, Charles Cooprider, near Windom, Kans., of the infirmities of old age and dropsy, Feb. 22, 1923; aged 72 y. She was united in marriage to Caleb Winey, Jan. 1, 1874. To this union were born two sons and five daughters, one son having died in infancy. She is survived by her sorrowing husband, 6 children, 19 grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters She united with the Mennonite Church in 1876 and remained faithful to the end. In 1879 she and her husband moved to the then unsettled region of Western Kansas and located in Osborne County, where they suffered the privations of pioneer life, moving later to Marion Co. where they resided during the last thirty years of her life. Funeral services were conducted at the Catlin Church on Feb. 24, 1923, by J. F. Brunk and D. H. Bender. Text, John 17:24.
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King. -- Carrie Anna, wife of William King, was born near Archbold, O., May 16, 1891; died near Stryker, O., Feb. 22, 1923; aged 31 y. 9 m. 6 d. On April 3, 1915, she was united in marriage with William King. To this union were born 6 children, 3 sons (Harold, Emerson, and Morris) and 3 daughters (Mable, Dorothy, and Helen). Sister King leaves a sorrowing husband, 4 children, parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister, also a large host of relatives and friends. Two daughters preceded her to the great beyond. A little over a year ago Carrie accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she remained a member until death. On Feb. 24, 1923, the funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Henry Rychener and S. D. Greiser. Text, II Cor. 5:1-4. Interment in Eckley cemetery. [transcriber's note: "Mable" is spelled as printed]
Frey. -- Magdalena Frey was born in Fulton Co., O., Jan.23, 1854; died at her home in Henry Co., O., Feb. 21, 1923; aged 69 y. 28 d. She was united in marriage with Christian Frey Apr. 8, 1875, with whom she lived in happy wedlock 23 years. She was a widow 24 years. This union was blessed with 5 children, 2 sons, (Joseph and Samuel) and 3 daughters (Esther, wife of Menno Nofsiger, Sarah, wife of Silas Leighty and Mary, deceased). Of her immediate family she leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, and seven grandchildren, together with 3 brothers and 2 sisters to mourn her loss. Sister Magdalena accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Eli Rupp and S. D. Greiser. Texts, Matt. 6:19, 20; Rev. 7:13-17. Interment in the Eckley cemetery.
Delp. -- Isaiah L., son of Abram K. and Mary L. Delp,
was born May 18, 1916; died Jan. 21, 1923; aged 6 y. 3 m. 8 d.
He leaves to mourn his early departure, parents, 3 sisters and
2 brothers: Irma, Anna, Priscilla, Oscar, and Abram. Funeral services
were held at the Plain Mennonite meetinghouse by Brethren Jonas
Mininger and J. C. Clemens. Text, Gen. 43:11. Interment in adjoining
cemetery. Isaiah first had the measles which developed into double
pneumonia later into cerebral meningitis. Isaiah suffered intense
pain being in a grand unrest of which he bore it all patiently.
He passed peacefully away on Sunday noon.
A sweet little flower too tender to stay,
But God in His mercy took our brother away
Not from our memory and not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in Heaven above.
Gerber. -- Elizabeth Lehman Gerber was born in Wayne Co., O., Feb. 3, 1842; died at her home near Mt. Eaton, O., Jan 18, 1923; aged 80 y. 11 m. 15 d. She was a sufferer for a number of years but bore it all with Christian patience. In her youth she joined the Swiss Mennonite Church, of which she was a member until the Salem Mennonite Church was established where she since held her membership. She was faithful until the end. In 1871 she was married to C. U. Gerber, who preceded her in death 4 years ago. She leaves 2 sons, 1 daughter, 1 step-daughter, 1 grandson, and 3 granddaughters. Funeral services were held Jan. 20, conducted by M. A. Niswander in English and C. N. Amstutz in German at the Salem Mennonite Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother and her demise will be keenly felt by the family, but their loss is her gain as she departed this life strong in the faith of her Master.
Clemmer. -- Evelyn B. Clemmer, daughter of Bro. Norman
L. and Sister Sara R. (Beyer) Clemmer, was born Nov. 18, 1921;
died at the home of her parents at Souderton, Pa., Feb. 17, 1923;
aged 1 y. 3 m. She is survived by a brother, Paul. Funeral services
at the Soudertown Mennonite Meetinghouse, by Brethren Jacob and
Elmer Moyer. Text Job 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Evelyn's
sickness started Jan. 18 with the measles. After recovering she
was well for a few days, then took sick with a cold which seemed
to draw through her body and left her in a weakened condition,
which later developed into bronchial pneumonia causing her death.
She is sadly missed.
"Not now but in the coming years,
It may be in the better and,
We'll reap the meaning of our tears,
And there sometime we'll understand."
N. L. C.
Cooper. -- Rachel Cantwell Cooper, daughter of Marvin
and Etta Cantwell, and wife of John Cooper, was born July 29,
1897 near Purvis, Mo. She died in the home of her sister, Mrs.
Minnie Hayes, at Eldon, Mo., Feb. 15, 1923. She was married to
John Cooper Nov. 28, 1915, to which union were born 2 sons, Gerald
and Harold, and one daughter, Hope. She made a profession of faith
in her Savior in Oct., 1917, but having been undecided as to church
relations never united with any church. A few weeks before her
departure she felt the need of a deeper consecration and yielded
herself in purpose to fulfill all the known will of God as far
as she was able and passed from time to eternity fully resigned
to the Lord's will with a living hope in an eternal home with
God. She was buried in the Geo. Purvis cemetery, near Purvis,
Mo. Funeral services conducted by Bro. J. R. Shank, (text II Cor.
5:9) in the presence of a number of relatives, friends, and neighbors.
May her Savior be the Savior of those she has left behind.
J. R. S.
Hege. -- Naomi (Martin) Hege, wife of Henry E. Hege,
died at her home near Maugansville, Md., Feb. 9, 1923; aged 25
y. 5 m. 25 d. She was the daughter of Sister Amanda Martin, Maugansville,
Md. She was united in marriage to Bro. Henry E. Hege Aug. 3, 1918.
To this union were born three daughters and one son; Rachel, Retha,
Elvin, and Naomi (aged two weeks). She accepted Christ as her
Savior and became a member of Reiff's Mennonite Church when 16
years old. She leaves to mourn her early departure a sorrowing
husband, mother, 6 sisters, 4 brothers, and many relatives and
friends. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro.
Geo. Keener and at the church by Bros. David Lesher and Jno. Grove.
Text, Jer. 15:9. Her sun is gone down while it was yet day.
"Thou art gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain and care,
And if through life we live for Him
We'll meet thee over there."
By her Bro. N. H. M.
Hackman. -- Catharine Hackman (nee Eicher) was born in Wayne Co., O., Sept. 8, 1857. On Nov. 21, 1882, she was married to Henry Hackman. To them were born three children. The family circle was first broken by the passing away of their only son, Elmer, in 1895. The next to answer the summons was Emma, wife of Claude Wanner, who fell asleep Mar. 13, 1916. One daughter, Mrs. Ezra Horst, survives. On Feb. 15, 1923, Mother Hackman, after several months of illness went Home, having spent 65 y. 5 m. 7 d. here in this world. At the early age of 18 she united with the United Brethren Church near Bowdil, O. About 24 years ago she transferred her membership to the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Bowdil., O., where she was known as a faithful member until death. As a wife, her husband praiseth her, as a mother her children respected her, as a child of God she was faithful to her Master. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View church, Feb. 17, in charge of her home ministers, J. J. Buckwalter and Aaron Eberly. Text, "She hath done what she could." Interment in cemetery nearby.
Troyer. -- Mark Owen Troyer, son of Glenn L. and Katie
(Frey) Troyer, was born at West Middleton, Howard County, Ind.,
April 15, 1922; departed this life Feb. 10, 1923, at the place
of this birth; aged 9 m. 25 d. Mark was sick for a short time
only. His sickness starting with Influenza and developed into
Spinal Meningitis, which was the immediate cause of his death.
One brother (Charles Woodrow) and two sisters (Eva Marcile and
Carrie Eileen) preceded him to the glory world. He leaves to mourn
his departure, his father, mother, 3 grandparents, 2 great-grandparents,
8 uncles, 5 aunts, 12 cousins, and a host of friends. Mark was
like a sunbeam to his parents, making life brighter for them,
but alas, the clouds cut off the sunbeam, and now it is beaming
with the hosts of others in the Celestial Realm of our Maker,
Though our heads in sorrow bow,
And our hearts are filled with grief,
In trusting faith we turn to God,
With loving hands, He'll give relief.
Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church of the Howard-Miami congregation, on Feb. 12, in charge of N. M. Slabaugh ad J. S. Horner from Psa. 73:24. Burial in the Mast cemetery.
Miller. -- Catherine (Gingerich) Miller, widow of the late Bishop C. J. Miller was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, on Feb. 15, 1844; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Manasses Brenneman, in Johnson Co., Ia., on Feb. 23, 1923; after an illness of only a short duration, at the age of 79 y. 8 d. She came to Washington Co., Ia., with her parents in the spring of 1851. She grew up to womanhood in the northern part of the county at her parental home. In her young days she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. On Dec. 15, 1864, she was united in marriage to C. J. Miller and lived with him in happy wedlock until he was called home on Sept. 12, 1909. Their marriage was blessed with 10 children, three of whom died in their childhood. The others grew up and were married yet two of these preceded their mother to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 brothers (Geo. J. and Dan J. Gingerich); three sisters (Mrs. Magdalena Yoder, Mrs. Amelia Miller, and Mrs. Barbara Slaubaugh); 1 son (A. C. Miller, Wellman, Ia.); 4 daughters (Lizze, wife of John C. Bender, Katie, wife of Milton J. Brenneman, Asenath, wife of Peter B. Miller, and Lydia, wife of Manasses J. Brenneman); 35 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home place by J. F. Swartzentruber and Chris Yoder. Texts, Psa. 90; II Pet. 3.
Heiser. -- Jacob Heiser, son of Jacob and Kathrine Heiser,
was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., on April 22, 1856; died at his
home in Fisher, Ill., on Feb. 19, 1923; aged 66 y. 10 m. 28 d.
He was married to Elizabeth Bachman on Feb. 20, 1883. To this
union were born 12 children, of whom the following survive: Manuel,
Alvin, Samuel, Katie, Jake, Mrs. Alvin L. Burkey, Roy, Jesse,
and Esther. Barbara preceded him in death about 6 years ago, and
two died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved
wife, 9 children, 12 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters.
He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church since his youth,
and was one of the first Mennonite settlers in the East Bend congregation
and worked faithfully unto the end. He expressed his readiness
to go home and called the family to his bedside. He bade farewell
leaving words of warning and comfort which will long be remembered.
It was indeed hard to say goodby to one we all loved so well,
one who meant all a father could mean to us. But we feel assured
that our loss is his eternal gain. Therefore we humbly say, "Lord,
thy will be done." Funeral services were conducted on Feb.
21 by Samuel Zehr from Psalm 39 and Samuel Gerber of Pekin, Ill.,
from Col. 2:8-10.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angels sweetly whispered,
'Come and live with us at home.' "
Stauffer. -- Minnie Engle Stauffer was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., Jan. 16, 1862; passed away at Elizabethtown, Pa., Feb. 22, 1923; aged 61 y. 1 m. 6 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Stauffer. Her husband and son Jay preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by three children; Harry of Worcester, Mass.; Sara, wife of Abram Breneman, [NOTE: begin p. 976] of Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Minerva, wife of P. N. Fridy with whom she resided. One sister, Mrs. Martha Groff, and a brother, S. P. Engle, both of Elizabethtown, and 4 grandchildren also survive. Many years ago Sister Stauffer united with the Mennonite Church. Until her departure the interests of the church and Sunday school were her interests. She was secretary of the Elizabethtown Sunday school since its organization. During the last hours of her life she spoke of the work in which she was always so faithful. She was employed in the office of the Mennonite Publishing House at Elkhart, Ind., for a number of years. She was early widowed and in the cares of life she always found her strength and helper in our heavenly Father. She will be missed not only by her family but by the Church, Sunday school, and a host of friends; for to know her was to love her. For many years she was ailing in health but she bore it all patiently, fully resigned to God's will. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 25, at Elizabethtown. Interment at Landisville cemetery. The sermon was preached by Bro. S. B. Landis from a text of her own choosing. Psa. 16:11 "Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore."
Smucker. -- Jonas Smucker was born in Wayne Co., O.,
June 1, 1840; died at his home after a brief sickness which lasted
about two weeks. He bore his affliction patiently, realizing that
the end was near at hand. He peacefully fell asleep Feb. 24, 1923,
at the ripe age of 82 y. 8 m. 23 d. On Jan. 12, 1864, he was united
in marriage to Sarah Yoder. To this union were born 11 children,
5 daughters and 6 sons. Mother was called to her reward Jan. 23,
1889. Also 1 son, 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren preceded him
in death. On Jan. 6, 1891, he was united in marriage to Mattie
Yoder of Cass Co., Mo. To this union were born 5 daughters. There
remain to mourn his departure mother, 5 sons, 7 daughters, 31
grandchildren, and a large circle of near relatives and friends.
Early in life he gave heed to the voice of the heavenly Shepherd
and accepted Christ as his Savior. He united with the A. M. Church
and was always deeply interested in its activities, giving his
support to the work freely and liberally in prayers and means.
He continued loyal to the Faith which he held so dear. His place
was seldom vacant in all the various church services. Being a
man of vision his counsel was often sought. He leaves to his family
and the church the memory of a beautiful Christian life. "Blessed
are the dead that die in the Lord." Funeral services were
conducted by the brethren, Jesse Smucker, J. S. Gerig, and C.
Z. Yoder. Texts, I Cor. 16:13, 14; I Cor. 11:1. Interment in the
Oak Grove cemetery.
Farewell, dear father, sweet thy rest,
Weary with years and worn with pain,
Farewell, till in some happy place,
We shall behold thy face again.
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Hunsecker. -- Bro. John S. Hunsecker died of bronchitis
on Feb. 25, 1923, at the home of his daughter Lydia Besore, and
granddaughter, Mrs. Lunetta Witmer. He is survived by the following
children: Henry, Amos, and Lydia. He was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years and remained faithful to the end. Funeral
on Mar. 1, with services at the Chambersburg, Pa., Church by Brethren
W. W. Hege and Jno. S. Burkholder from Rev. 14:12, 13; 22:14,
selected by the children. He lived to reach the age of 80 y. 3
m. 16 d. May he rest in peace.
Father's chair is vacant,
And his voice is stilled,
But his place o'er yonder,
Now we hope is filled.
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Lesher. -- Effie (Calvin) Lesher died at her home near Columbiana, O., Feb. 25, 1923, aged 37 y. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Harmon H. Lesher Nov. 29, 1911. At the age of 14 she united with the Baptist Church at Locust Grove and remained faithful until death. Funeral was held at Locust Grove on Feb. 27. Services conducted by E. M. Detwiler. Text, Rev. 7:9.
Custer. -- John M. Custer was born June 7, 1868; died Feb. 4, 1923; aged 54 y. 7 m. 27 d. He was united in marriage to Sister Mary Beachy. To them were born 12 children. A son met his death some years ago in the burning building when their dwelling was destroyed by fire. There remain his wife, 4 sons, and 7 daughters. He passed away without having made a public profession of religion. Funeral services at the Casselman Mennonite Church Feb. 6, conducted by Brethren N. E. Miller and M. B. Miller.
Birkey. -- Aldine, infant daughter of Silas and Amanda
Birkey, was born Jan. 22, 1923; died Feb. 21, 1923; aged 4 weeks
and 2 days. She leaves to mourn her early departure her bereaved
parents, 2 sisters (Leota and Marie), 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother,
1 great-grandfather and many relatives and friends. Funeral services
were held at the home, Feb. 23, conducted by the home ministers.
Interment in the Waldo cemetery.
God needed one more angel child,
Amid His shining band,
And so upon the earth He smiled,
And grasped our darling's hand.
Snavely. -- David H. Snavely was born June 12, 1838;
died Feb. 24, 1923; aged 84 y. 8 m. 12 d. His illness was of about
seven months duration, having been blessed with exceptionally
good health before this. He lived in wedlock for fifty- three
years. His wife, who was Annie Gingrich, survives; also one son,
Jacob of Murrell, Pa., and two brothers, Jonas and Samuel. He
was a faithful member of the Lititz Mennonite Church, where funeral
services were held Feb. 27, conducted by Bros. Noah Landis, John
Hess and Jacob Hershey. Interment was made in the Hammer Creek
cemetery. Texts, Phil. 1:21; Deut. 34:7.
Miller. -- Daniel P. Miller was born Aug. 30, 1856; died Mar. 1, 1923; aged 66 y. 6 m. 1 d. Bro. Miller was taken ill with grippe or influenza, which developed into congestion of the lungs.' [sic] He was confined to his bed only about a week until he passed into eternity. Bro. Miller's companion died about 5 years ago. An infant daughter and a son also preceded him to the eternal world; also 2 brothers and 2 sisters. There are remaining 2 sons, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Bro. Miller was a member of the Springs Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the Springs Church, Mar. 4, conducted by Brethren N. E. Miller and H. M. Gelnett. Text, Eccl. 8:8
Horst. -- Sister Martha M. Horst, daughter of Bro. David
and Sister Alice Horst, died of a complication of diseases at
the home of her parents near Upper Strasburg, Franklin Co., Pa.,
on Feb. 19, 1923; aged 37 y. 24 d. Funeral on Feb. 23 with services
at the Chambersburg Church in charge of Brethren Jos. E. Lehman
and Jno. S. Burkholder. Text, Rev. 21:4, selected by the family.
Interment in the graveyard adjoining. She was a consistent member
of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by her
parents, 4 sisters and 5 brothers.
"Dearest Martha, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Mast. -- Lorene Mast, twin daughter of Pre. Corsan and
Cora Mast was born Jan. 1, 1923; died, after an illness of 16
days of influenza and bronchial pneumonia, Feb. 26, 1923; aged
1 y. 1 m. 25 d. She leaves to mourn her departure, parents, 3
brothers, 6 sisters, 2 grandfathers, and a host of relatives and
friends. Three brothers and one sister preceded her to the spirit
world. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church
by S. H. Miller and Lester Hostetler. Texts, Luke 4:20. Matt.
8:26. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Can it be that Lorene has left us,
She who always had a smile?
Yes she's gone and we'll soon meet her,
'Twill only be a little while.
Yoder. -- Sarah Byler Yoder was born Nov. 21, 1843;
died in her home Feb. 19, 1923; aged 79 y. 2 m. 29 d. She was
the youngest daughter of Bishop Solomon Byler. She was married
to Moses P. Yoder. To this union were born two sons and two daughters.
Her husband and daughters preceded her to the spirit world. The
two sons, Amos of Orrville, Ohio, and Reuben of Belleville, Pa.,
survive her. She was of a friendly disposition, meeting every
one with a smile. Even in her last sickness she tried to be cheerful
when suffering intense pain. Our loss is her eternal gain. She
will be greatly missed. In her youth she united with the A. M.
Church and remained faithful to the end. The funeral was held
at the Belleville Church, conducted by J. D. Yoder and J. H. Byler.
Herr. -- Abram. B. Herr was born July 10, 1850; died
very suddenly on the morning of February 23, 1923, at the age
of 72 y. 7 m. 15 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church for many years, being sexton for 34 years. His seat was
never vacant, when health permitted him to be present. He was
a kind father and neighbor and will be greatly missed in the home
and church as well as the entire community in which he lived.
His wife preceded him in death five years ago. He is survived
by one son, 2 adopted children, 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters and
1 brother. One sister preceded him in death a month ago. Funeral
services were held on Feb. 27, by Bro. David Landis at the home
and Bros. C. M. Brackbill and Sanford Landis at the Stumptown
Mennonite Church. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining.
May our loss be his eternal gain.
Handrich. -- Agnes Marie Handrich, daughter of Elmer
and Verna Handrich, was born near Fairview, Mich., April 23, 1921;
died Feb. 18, 1923; aged 1 y. 9 m. 25 d. She leaves to mourn her
departure parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. One brother preceded
her in death 9 years ago. She is also survived by 3 grandparents,
and uncles, aunts, and many friends and relatives. Agnes suffered
very much and while everything was done to relieve her suffering
it proved to be in vain. After a few weeks of suffering, peritonitis
set in and she at last quietly fell asleep and passed to where
all suffering is over. Funeral services were held on Feb. 20 by
Brethren Menno Esch and Moses Steiner. Text, II Sam. 12:23. The
remains were laid away in the cemetery nearby, in the presence
of many sympathizing friends and neighbors.
Go, little pilgrim, to thy home,
On yonder blissful shore;
We miss thee here, but soon will come,
Where thou hast gone before.
Metzler. -- John H. Metzler, son of the late Henry and
Anna Metzler, was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., Sept. 24, 1849. He was
united in marriage to Mary Ann Diffenderfer, Oct. 31, 1872, with
whom he shared joys and sorrows for 50 years. This union was blessed
with 3 children. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He peacefully
fell asleep in Jesus Feb. 15, 1923, at his home 3 miles east of
Lititz, Pa. He died of a complication of diseases, after an illness
of 5 days. He was aged 73 y. 4 m. 21 d. He leaves to mourn his
departure his wife, 3 children (Frank. D., Middle Creek; John
D. Hammer Creek; Louisa D., at home; an adopted son, Amos H. Metzler,
Brunnerville), 5 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, besides
many relatives and friends. Funeral services, Feb. 18, were conducted
at the home by Bro. John Hess (Psalm 90) and at the Hammer Creek
Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Hershey and Cyrus Gibble (Rev.
21:4). The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Father thou are sweetly resting
Here our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Miller. -- Emma Eyman Miller was born May 7, 1884, in
Columbiana, Co., Ohio, died in Warwick Co., Va., Feb. 9, 1923;
aged 38 y. 9 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage Mar. 26, 1910,
to Ernest C. Miller. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing
husband, three small children (Edward, Cora, and the baby, only
about two months old), and two sisters, Anna Eberly, Dalton, Ohio,
and Saloma Weaver, Columbiana, Ohio. Her death was caused by pneumonia.
Though she suffered long she bore it all patiently, and before
she died she said the Lord had answered her prayer. While she
had a desire to be restored to her place in the home, she was
resigned to the Lord's will. It is hard to understand why one
so much needed in the home should be called away, but the Lord
knoweth all. Funeral services were conducted at the church Feb.
11 by Bro. Geo. R. Brunk. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the adjoining
Her faithful trust in God
Has left an influence rare,
To point those left behind,
To mansions "over there."
Stahly. -- Fannie F. Stahly, daughter of Joseph and Mariah Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 5, 1849. Since the time of her marriage, she has lived in the immediate vicinity of Nappanee, Ind., where, on Feb. 5, 1923, her birthday, she answered the summons of death. Aged 74 years. On Nov. 3, 1878, she was united in marriage to Peter Stahly. To this union were born four children. Her companion and her second oldest daughter, Nora, preceded her in death. She is survved [sic] by three children: Cora, now Mrs. John Weldy; Irvin; Iva, now Mrs. Timothy Blosser; seven grandchildren; one brother, Emanuel Yoder, Spokane, Wash.; and one sister, Susan Yoder, Smithville, Ohio. She was a member of the Mennonite Church to which she always remained faithful. During her sickness she at times suffered intensely but she bore it all very patiently. Even in her worst condition she seemed more concerned about the physical comforts of those about her than for her own welfare. At various times she talked to the children and grandchildren urging them to live right so that she might some time meet them all again in heaven. All these things are great comforts to the family and they need not mourn as those that have no hope. Funeral services were held from theW. Market St. Mennonite Church on Feb. 7, conducted by I. R. Detweiler and E. S. Mullett. Interment in the Union Center Cemetery near Nappanee, Ind.
Whisler. -- Benjamin Herr Whisler was born in Lancaster county, Pa., on Dec. 3, 1877; died Jan. 18, 1923; aged 45 y. 1 m. 15 d. Bro. Whisler united with the Mennonite Church when 17 years of age, and remained faithful to the church of his choice. He was unted [sic] in marriage to Sister Mary Ebersole Myers in 1910, at the Old People's Home at Orville, Pa., where Sister Myers was one of the nurses at the time. He is survived by his companion and 4 children: Mary, Benjamin, and Martha and Elizabeth, twin baby girls nearly five months old. Three children preceded him to the realms above. His aged mother also survives, and 1 brother and 1 step-sister. Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Isaac Brubaker, Lehman Kraybill, Samuel Frey and Henry Musser. Burial in the family plot in Kraybill's cemetery. Bro. Benjamin was a great sufferer for many years, and bore his affliction with great fortitude. He was by a fall from a colt when 16 years old and his spine was affected. Two years later his bones locked and he was a cripple for the rest of his life. He suffered greatly at times and could only work at intervals, but he had great fortitude and would work when his friends thought impossible. He learned watch and clock repairing and make a living at that until his nerves would not allow it, and later made toys for which he had a ready sale. For the last two years he was not able to do much at anything and was suffering most of the time.
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Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 52 - March 29, 1923 - pages 1019-1020
Stotler. -- John E. Stotler was born July 5, 1861; died Feb. 4, 1923; aged 61 y. 6 m. 29 d. He is survived by 3 daughters and 1 son. No doubt Bro. Stotler like many more was often warned and convicted of the Holy Spirit, but he did not heed until the last day of his life when he confessed peace with Christ and gave testimony that his sins were forgiven. Fifteen minutes after he was baptized he passed into eternity. Peace to his ashes.
Swartz. -- Mary C. Swartz, widow of the late Abraham F. Swartz, formerly of Blooming Glen, Pa., died at the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., from a paralytic stroke Feb. 18, 1923; aged 75 y. 18 d. She is survived by one son (Norman, of Philadelphia), two step sons (Pre. I. Frank Swartz of Blooming Glen, Pa., and A. Lincoln Swartz, Fricks, Pa.,) and one step-daughter (Susan, wife of H. B. Lapp, Fricks, Pa.). Services and interment at the Rockhill Mennonite meetinghouse, Feb. 24, at 2 o'clock. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Batterman. -- William Batterman was born July 12, 1839; died of a complication of diseases at his home in Hanover, Pa., Feb. 23, 1923; aged 83 y. 7 m. 11 d. He leaves to mourn his departure 1 son, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren. He suffered much the last nine months of his life. He often expressed a desire to depart to that home above where suffering and sorrow are unknown. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Bair Church by the brethren, Peter Shank, Harvey Grove and Amos Myer. Text, Heb. 4:9. The body was laid to rest in the Cemetery nearby.
Souders. -- Jacob. H. Souders was born Nov. 26, 1848; died March 9, 1923; aged 74 y. 3 m. 16 d. His death was due to infirmities of old age. He was a consistent member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite congregation for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, 1 brother, 1 son, 2 daughters, and 15 grandchildren. He was of a quiet and gentle disposition and to know him was to love him. Funeral services were held March 12 at the Brethren Church, Rheems, Pa., conducted by Bro. Samuel L. Oberholtzer and Bro. Samuel Shearer of the Church of the Brethren. Text, Psalms 116:15. Interment in Shaeffer's cemetery. May our loss be his eternal gain.
White. -- Fanny G. White was born April 15, 1842; died at the home of her son Elmer near Mt. Joy, Pa., March 14, 1923; aged 80 y. 10 m. 25 d. She had been suffering with dropsy for some time. She was a consistent member of Risser's Mennonite congregation for a good many years, always attending services whenever she could. She is survived by 1 son, 1 grandson, 2 sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held March 16, from her late home and at Risser's Meetinghouse, conducted by the Brethren John B. Snavely, Samuel L. Oberholtzer, and Jacob Ginder of the Brethren in Christ. Texts, Psalms 90; 12 and Deu. 34:7. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Beiler. -- Sarah J. Beiler (nee Blank) was born near Spruce Hill, Juniata Co., Pa., Oct. 17, 1841; died at the home of her daughter near Mechanicsburg, Pa., Mar. 7, 1923; aged 81 y. 4 m. 18 d. Her husband John W. Beiler, preceded her in death 26 years. She was a daughter of Addai and Elizabeth Blank of Juniata Co., Pa. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite faith, with which she united in her early years. The following children survive: Joseph, of Cleveland, Ohio; Gideon of Conshohocken, Pa.; Rebecca, wife of David B. Blank of Leola; Annie, wife of John K. Mast, Gap, Pa.; and Reuben of California. Funeral services were conducted at the house by John A Stoltzfus and Christian King. Interment in cemetery near Gordonville.
Landis. -- Esta M. (Buckwalter) Landis, wife of Elmer R. Landis, passed peacefully away on Nov. 29, 1923 [sic], in Los Angeles, Calif. The cause of her death was heart trouble. She was aged 31 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was a member of St. Paul's Reformed Church of Lancaster, Pa. She served and worshiped her Master faithfully. She is survived by her bereft husband, and 2 children, Harold and Helen also her father, mother, 1 sister, 3 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. She was a kind and loving mother, and ever ready with that smile that cheers the heart, and was always ready to do an act of kindness. We have the blessed assurance that she is a rest. Brief funeral services were held at the home of Bro. Frank Buckwalter of Greenland, Dec. 10, 1922. Further services were held at the Reformed Church at Lancaster by David Landis (Psa. 90:15) and Titus Alspach (Jer. 15:9). Interment at Mellinger's cemetery.
A precious one from us had gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in the home,
That never can be filled.
Zimmerman. -- Mrs. Alice R. Zimmerman, widow of the late John P. Zimmerman, died March 14, 1923, at her home in Mechanicsburg, Pa.; aged 65 y. 3 m. 23 d. She was ill only four days, which reminds us of Rev. 22:12, "Behold, I come quickly," and Matt. 24:44, "Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." She is survived by an aged father, 1 sister, 1 brother, and 7 children: Dr. S. M., Mrs. Reuben Eberly, Mrs. Clarence Nickey, Mrs. Loy Hare, Merle R., Bertha F., Mrs. Esther Henry. Funeral services were held March 17 at her late residence, conducted by P. R. Koontz and W. W. Hege. Interment at Slate Hill. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Mother's gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain and care,
And if through life we live for Him,
We'll meet her over there.
Sanderson. -- Ida Minerva Sanderson, daughter of Jerry and Rebecca Stahl, was born September 25, 1892, near Pashan, Ind., and died at her home near Topeka, Ind., March 11, 1923; aged 30 y. 5 m. 14 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 13 years and remained faithful to the end. She was united in marriage to Fred Sanderson on March 18, 1915. To this union were born five children, three sons and two daughters, who with her husband are left to mourn her loss. She also leaves a father, mother, four brothers, and two sisters. One brother preceded her in death. She was always of a kind disposition and kept the marriage vows to the fullest extent, being a very kind mother, faithful to the betterment and interest of her family. Funeral was held at the Shore Church near Shipshewana, Ind., conducted by Y. C. Miller and O. S. Hostetler, in the absence of the husband and children who at the time were stricken with sickness..
Stauffer. -- Elizabeth B. Stauffer was born May 12, 1846; died Jan. 11, 1923, with complication of diseases at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Levi F. Eby; age 76 y. 7 m. 29 d. She was married to Abraham H. Stauffer who preceded her in death six years ago. She is survived by one brother (Abram Kreider of Salunga), two sons and one daughter (Clayton of Rowenna, Catherine wife of Levi F. Eby, Manheim, and Jacob of Mt. Joy). Two sons and one daughter preceded her. Six grandchildren also survive. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church of the Mt. Joy and Kraybill's congregation. Her greatest pleasure was to meet with God's people. Her seat was never vacant unless on account of sickness. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Henry Lutz, Isaac Brubaker, and John W. Weaver. Interment was made in Kraybill's cemetery.
Oberholtzer. -- Nathan R. Oberholtzer was born March 26, 1864; died at his home on March 11, 1923; aged 58 y. 11 m. 15 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, taking a deep interest in Sunday school work and other activities of the church. Death came after an illness of three weeks. He contracted a cold and pneumonia set in, causing him to be confined to his bed the last two weeks. He was a farmer by occupation residing at Sun Hill, Penn township, Lancaster Co., Pa., for many years. He was twice married, his first wife being Anna Kauffman who died 24 years ago. His second wife was Martha Bucher, who survives him. These children survive: Harry, May, Martha, Nathan, Christian, Anna and Esther, all at home; also the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. John Stauffer, of Snyder Co.; Samuel, of Maryland; Jacob, of Bareville; Mrs. Martin Stauffer, of Ephrata; Mrs. Joseph Sensenig, of New Holland; Mrs. Joseph Boll, Jr., of Penn Twp.; Mrs. Daniel Burkholder, of Ephrata. Funeral services were held March 14 from the late home. Further services were held in the Manheim Mennonite Church with burial in Kauffman's cemetery, in the presence of many sympathizing friends and neighbors. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Aaron Wenger and Isaac Brubaker, using Phil. 1:21 as the basis of their remarks. By a Nephew.
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Bishop. -- Bettie (Christian) Bishop, a daughter of James and Salina Christian, wife of Wm. Bishop, of Sagrada, Mo., was born April 18, 1865; died March 13, 1923; aged 57 y. 10 m. and 25 d. She was married to Wm. Bishop Jan. 11, 1893. To this union were born six children, one of whom preceded her in death, Oct. 9, 1900, namely Tessie May aged three years. The remaining children, who with their father mourn the loss of a loving companion and mother are: Viola Henderson, Henry Bishop, Emma Vest, Georgia Vest, Dewey Bishop, and Vinna Bishop. Six grandchildren were born, four of whom are living. Her brothers, John and Edward Christian, and sisters, Ida Bowers and Kate Wall, also survive her as also her aged mother. She united with the Baptist Church in early womanhood, about 40 years ago. She has been known for her kind Christian Spirit in the home and community, always ready to minister to the needy or sick, in which service she laid down her life in behalf of friends and loved ones. Her last moments were moments of concern for the welfare of her friends and loved ones. She approached the hour of death with confidence of one having a hope beyond the grave. May those who wait on this side of the crossing prepare to join the ranks of the redeemed to in glory. Funeral service at the Lumpee graveyard in the presence of the family who were able to be present with a number of neighbors and friends. Service conducted by J. R. Shank, assisted by Willis Butts. Text, II Cor. 5:9.
Yoder. -- Daniel S. Yoder of Johnstown, Pa., died Mar. 17 at his residence, death being due to anemia, of which he suffered for the last year. He was a prominent farmer and minister. The deceased was born in Somerset County on October 3, 1856. He was aged 66 y. 5 m. 14 d. He was a son of the late Samuel Yoder, who died October 17, 1892, and Nancy (Johns) Yoder, who died November 7, 1891. His mother was a granddaughter of Joseph Johns, the founder of Johnstown, and a sister of Joseph Johns III, who died several years ago. Bro. Yoder's early life was spent on the farm of his father and in teaching school. He married Polly Hershberger on April 27, 1980. His wife died May 16, 1906. He is survived by the following children: Newton, of Windber; Oscar D., of Richland Township; Florence A., Myra and Norman, all at home. One grandson, Rufus Wayne, aged 15 months, the child of Newton and Gladys Yoder, also survives. Two children died in infancy. Bro. Yoder taught school for 26 years and was one of the first teachers in Cambria County to hold a State permanent certificate. The deceased was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. He was ordained a deacon on July 29, 1900, and was ordained a minister on May 26, 1907. He was active in the ministry until about one year ago when his health became impaired. He was the last of the three brothers to pass away. The funeral was held from his late residence on Mar. 19 with services at the Weaver Mennonite Church. The services were in charge of Elmer J. Blough, assisted by Alexander Weaver and Hiram Wingard. Interment was made in the Richland Cemetery, adjoining the church.
Transcribed by Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania