Gospel Herald - Volume XVI,
Number 5 - May 3, 1923, page 95
Gingerich.--John C. Gingerich was born Feb. 23, 1854; died Apr. 2, 1923; aged 69 y. 1 m. 9 d. He was united in marriage Oct. 3, 1878, to Lydia Winey, who preceded him in death about 26 years. To this union were born 5 daughters and 1 son. He is survived by 4 daughters and 1 son, 6 grandchildren, and 2 brothers. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church to which church he remained faithful until death.
Schmidt.--Joseph H. Schmidt was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., on Apr. 18, 1856; died at the home of his son John, near Petersburg, Ont.; aged 66 y. 11 m. 24 d. He was married to Elizabeth Rohr who predeceased him several years ago. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over 30 years. He leaves to mourn his departure 1 son, 3 daughters (3 children having died), a number of grandchildren, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. The funeral was held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., on Apr. 14, conducted by Brethren Manasseh Hallman and U. K. Weber. Text, John 21:22.
Whitmer.--Susanna Metzler Whitmer was born Dec. 30, 1848, in Springfield township, Mahoning County, Ohio; died April 8, 1923; aged 74 y. 3 m. 9 d. She was not sick longer than about a week with pneumonia. She bore her sickness with patience and expressed herself anxious and ready to go to her everlasting home. In her early youth she united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member till the end. About 40 years ago she was united in marriage to William Whitmer, to which union was born one son, Henry, who with his father in the year 1912 preceded her in death. One grandson, Edward, and 3 brothers, together with a number of other relatives, remain to mourn her death. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her brother, Joseph Metzler, at North Lima, Ohio, Tuesday, Apr. 10, and at the Midway Mennonite Church, by A. J. Steiner, I. B. Witmer, and M. C. Lehman. Text, I Cor. 2:9, 10.
Bergey. -- Katie K. (Moyer) Bergey, wife of Frank K. Bergey, was born Sept. 21, 1875; died Mar. 10, 1923, at her late home near Telford, Pa.; aged 52 y. 5 m. 28 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 3 sons and 3 daughters (Howard M., Vernfield; Harry M., Earlington; Marietta, wife of Wilmer B. Souder, Morwood; Sallie, wife of Roland D. Destine*, Franconia; Willard M. and Katie M. at home), 1 sister (Mary K. Moyer, Kulpsville) and 10 grandchildren. She had a stroke of paralysis on Oct. 15, and later had an attack of grippe followed by another stroke. She was only in bed two weeks. She was a kind and loving mother and wife and a faithful member of the Mennonite church until death. Funeral services Mar. 19, 1923, at the Franconia Mennonite church. Text, Phil. 1:23. Now we long to cross the river, Where the holy city stands; There to see and know and love her, When we are gathered over there.
* Transcriber's note: probably "Derstine"
Pellman.--Barbara Pellman was born Feb. 22, 1832; died Mar. 14, 1923; aged 91 y. 20 d. She was a daughter of Christian and Barbara Graybill, and was the last surviving member of a family of 11. On Feb. 26, 1857, she was united in marriage to Charles Pellman to which union were born 6 children, 5 sons and 1 daughter. The husband and 3 sons preceded her in death. She is survived by 1 daughter (Mrs. Annie Graybill), 2 sons (Charles and John), 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. In her youth she consecrated her life to the service of her Master and united with the Mennonite Church to which she remained a faithful member until death. Owing to her extreme age she was confined to her room for a year, but she bore her affliction patiently and peacefully fell asleep, trusting in her Savior. Her selected text was John 16:33. Funeral was held in the Mennonite Church at Cross Roads, near Richfield, Pa., by W. W. Graybill, and _____ Rowland of the Brethren Church. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Yoder.--Sadie Yoder, wife of Jesse J. Yoder, died April 1, at the Lancaster Hospital. After a lingering illness she was taken to the hospital where she underwent an operation. Her condition gradually grew worse until death claimed her. Her death came as a great shock to her many friends and to her immediate family. She leaves her husband and six children to mourn the loss of a dear mother and companion. Two children preceded her in death. She was aged 40 y. 6 m. 20 d. The funeral services were held at the Locust Grove Church, conducted by J. B. Zook, in English, and J. D. Yoder, in German. Bro. Yoder and the remaining children have the sympathy of the entire community during their trying hour, and may they take comfort in the words of the Lord, wherein He said: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." We believe that such faith was manifested during the life of the sister, as in early life she united with the church and was a devoted member until death.
Snyder.--Bro. John G. Snyder was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 14, 1844; departed this life very suddenly at his home at Mt. Joy, Pa., April 13, 1923; age 79 y. 1 m. 29 d. He was twice married. His first wife, Fianna Eby, preceded him to the spirit world 37 years. His second wife, Annie Risser, died 15 years ago. He was a faithful member of Erisman's congregation for many years. He leaves to mourn his departure 2 sons, 3 daughters, 26 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and many other relatives, neighbors and friends. Funeral services were conducted at his home April 16, 1923, by Bro. Henry Lutz: at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church by Bro. Henry Longanecker and Bishop Isaac Brubaker. Text, "There is but a step between me and death." (I Sam. 20:3) Keep me faithful Lord until that day, When Thy voice shall call from earth away, That at last by Thy good grace, I again may see his face, The dear grandfather who prayed for me.
Shank.--Sister Nealia (Crown) Shank, wife of Bro. J. Luther Shank, was born near Weyer's Cave, Va., June 14, 1882; died at her home near Dayton, Va., March 12, 1923; aged 40 y. 8 m. 28 d. 20 years ago Sister Shank was united in marriage to Bro. Shank. Sister Nealia was sick about 2 weeks of influenza and pneumonia. They had three Doctors with her one night. While everything was done to relieve her it seemed to be in vain, until the Lord took her home with Him where pain and sorrow never come. She leaves a sorrowing husband, and 9 children, 2 having gone before to that beautiful home. An infant died only a few hours before the mother. She also leaves her aged parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. She united with the A. M. Church a few years ago. Sister Shank was ready to go and spoke of this being a sinful world. She will be missed at home and in the neighborhood. She won friends wherever she went. Her life should be an example for us. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Church on Mar. 13, by Bros. John Wenger and Lewis Good. Text, John 14:1. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Can it be that she 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.
Kanagy.--Jonathan D. Kanagy was born near Port Royal, Juniata Co., Pa., Dec. 27, 1871; died near Belleville, Pa., Apr. 15, 1923; aged 51 y. 3 m. 18 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Yoder, Feb., 1902. To this union were born 9 children, 8 of whom are living: 3 boys, Mandas, Aaron, Jonathan; 5 girls, Lina, Manda, Lizzie, Mary and Vernie. The youngest is less than two years old. Jonathan, or "Yonie," as we love to think of him, moved in early life with his parents to near Milroy, Mifflin Co., where he resided a number of years, later purchasing a farm near Belleville where he has resided since. He united with the A. M. Church early in life and lived a loyal, devoted life to his God and church, living separate from the world in appearance, conversation and from the fascinating things of this life which are so alluring to many Christians. The home has lost a loving husband and father, one who was very much devoted to his children. The church and Sunday school have lost a faithful worker. Being gifted to sing he used his talent to God's glory. He served in the capacity of Asst. S. S. Supt. for several years, and for many years as a teacher, for which work he was especially qualified. Although we cannot always see God's guiding hand and the reason such workers are called from the work and from the home yet we humbly submit to the will of Him who doeth all things well, and say with Paul, "Oh God, how unsearchable are thy judgments, and thy ways past finding out." "Yonie" was sick about 10 days but had been ailing for some time previous and probably thought it might prove serious as the day he took sick he wrote to a brother and sister that he was failing and that it might prove more serious than was thought of at that time. He died of typhoid pneumonia, suffering very much pain in the 10 days he was sick. The day before his death he seemed better and hopes were expressed for his recovery, but we believe he realized his serious condition, as he at this time arranged things to depart. Sunday, Apr. 15, things grew more serious until 4 o'clock, P. M., when the gentle voice said, "It is enough, come Home." Besides his family he leaves to mourn his loss two brothers (Bishop Eli of this place, and Simon of Hesston, Kansas; three brothers preceded him in death), four sisters (Rebecca of Goshen, Ind.; Amelia of Greenwood, Del.; Mollie of N. D.; and Lydia of this place). A number of other relatives and friends will miss him. His funeral was held at Locust Grove Church conducted by Joshua B. Zook, in English, and J. D. Yoder, in German. His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. The bereaved ones have our deepest sympathy.
One that will miss him.
Transcribed by : Martha E Heath, Indiana
Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 6 - May 10, 1923, pages 126, 127
Lehman.--Peter R. Lehman was born April 21, 1842; died April 16, 1923; aged 80 y. 11 m. 24 d. Bro. Lehman was a consistent member of Stauffer's Mennonite Church always being present when health permitted. He is survived by his aged wife and one son Aaron (with whom he resided) and 13 grandchildren. Two sons preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held on April 20 at Stauffer's Church near Bachmansville, Pa., by Bros. John G. Ebersole and Noah Risser. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Phil. 1:21.
Varnes.--Jefferson Varnes was born July 17, 1854; died near Beck's Mills, Ohio, April 26, 1923; aged 68 y. 9 m. 9 d. In August, 1876, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth A. Fair. To this union were born 3 sons: Elmer J., of Holsopple, Pa.; Willis, of Clark, O.; and Russell at home. Mother and 3 sons survive him. He suffered a stroke of paralysis in Jan., 1921. During his affliction he was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church at Martin's Creek. Funeral services were held at his home on April 22, conducted by S. H. Miller. Burial was made in Berlin cemetery.
Hershberger.--Cinda Stutzman Hershberger was born Dec. 30, 1857; died at Walnut Creek, Ohio, April 17, 1923; aged 65 y. 3 m. 17 d. She was married to E. A. Hershberger Feb. 24, 1884. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 1 adopted son, 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister. She was a consistent member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church conducted by the home ministers. "Mother, thou art sweetly resting, Free from sorrow, pain and care."
Riehl.--Sister Fannie Riehl of Morgantown, Pa., was born March 30, 1836; died Mar. 1, 1923; aged 86 y. 11 m. 2 d. She was married to John Riehl and lived in matrimony for sixty-one years. Death came suddenly, due to heart failure and old age. She had been almost blind for the last several years. She leaves to mourn her departure an aged husband; one son, Christian; one adopted son, Charles; (one son preceded her to the spirit world); eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her son on Mar. 6 with further services at the Amish Mennonite Church by Amos B. Stoltzfus in German, and J. S. Mast in the English language. Interment in the Pine Grove cemetery.
Huber.--Susan D. Huber (nee Deels) was born Sept. 18,
1843; died April 25, 1923; aged 79 y. 7 m. 7 d. She was mother
of 8 children, 4 of whom preceded her in death, leaving 2 sons
and 2 daughters to mourn her departure; also 8 grandchildren.
For 45 years they lived near Strasburg, Pa., then they moved to
their son Elam's home at Witmer, where they lived for 6 years.
She had gone to her daughter on a visit and was attacked by heart
trouble, from which she never recovered. Funeral was held April
28, 1923, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Enos Herr, near Lampeter.
She was buried at the Brick Mennonite Church. Services were conducted
by Frank Herr and Sanford Landis.
Zook.--Elizabeth Yoder Zook was born in Juniata County, Pa., Oct. 14, 1845; died April 5, 1923; aged 77 y. 5 m. 21 d. With her parents, Jacob and Anna Yoder, she moved from Pennsylvania to Mahoning Co., Ohio, and later to Cass Co., Mich. There she was married to John S. Zook, of the same locality Oct. 10, 1876. To this union were born three sons and two daughters: Mrs. D. E. Lantz, of Oak Harbor, Ohio; Sidney, residing at home; John, of Denbigh, Va.; Milo, of Sturgis, Mich.; Edith, who died June 4, 1899. She leaves beside her husband and children, one step-daughter, Mrs. Harvey Miller of Goshen, Ind.; one foster daughter, Mrs. Melvin Lilley of Wooster, Ohio; four sisters (Mrs. Maria Smucker of West Liberty, Ohio; Mrs. Lydia Yoder and Mrs. Magdalena Smucker of Smithville, Ohio; Mrs. Abi Miller of Denbigh, Va.); two brothers (Simon of Denbigh, Va.; Gideon of Meridian, Ida.), and seventeen grandchildren. For over five years she suffered with paralysis and often longed to be at rest. Her last request for prayer was for patience to wait until she could go. Funeral services were conducted at the Clinton Frame Church near Goshen, Ind., April 8 by D. J. Johns. Burial in Union Chapel cemetery.
Miller.--Annie P. Miller was born July 4, 1854; died Apr. 11, 1923; aged 68 y. 10 m. 7 d. Sister Miller's health had been failing for some time. The immediate cause of her death was an attack of grippe, from which she failed to rally. Her brother, Daniel P. Miller, was laid to rest several weeks previously. Sister Miller was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church near Grantsville, Md. She was of a modest nature and agreeable disposition. She is survived by a brother and a sister. She and her sister lived together in the village of Springs, Pa., for a number of years. Funeral services were held in the Springs Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren C. W. Bender and Noah Brenneman. The sermon was followed by remarks by N. E. Miller.
Yoder.--Sarah E. Yoder was born Feb. 17, 1864; died Apr. 21, 1923; aged 59 y. 2 m. 4 d. She was the daughter of Elias and Elizabeth Hershberger and was united in marriage with Jonas D. Yoder on Dec. 10, 1893. To them were born a son and one daughter, both of whom and the husband are living at Springs, Pa. Sister Yoder was suddenly taken ill on the morning of Apr. 21, and by noon had passed into eternity. She had in early life united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she was a member at the time of her death. The funeral was held at the Springs Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren Gideon Yoder of Wellman, Ia., John Mast of Belleville, Pa., J. B. Miller and Noah Brenneman, of Grantsville, Md., and N. E. Miller, Springs, Pa.
Burkholder.--Ernest Lee Burkholder, infant son of Brother
and Sister Wilson and Amelia Burkholder, was born Jan. 21, 1923;
died at their home north of Kalona , Ia., Feb. 26, 1923; aged
1 month and 6 days. He is survived by his parents, three brothers,
one sister, and his grandparents. His stay on earth was brief,
yet long enough to endear him to the hearts of his parents and
while his bright days on earth were few, he has gone to where
there is joy unspeakable and full of glory. Funeral services were
held at the East Union Church, Feb. 27, and the body laid to rest
in the East Union cemetery. Services were conducted by Joe C.
Brenneman and D. J. Fisher.
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.
Kauffman.--Moses M. Kauffman, of Middlebury, Ind., died April 12, 1923. Though he had been ailing for some time his death came unexpectedly. He arose, dressed himself and was found dead sitting in his favorite chair. He was born in Logan Co., Ohio, on May 9, 1847. With his parents he came to Middlebury in 1850 and lived in this vicinity ever since with the exception of about four years when he lived in Missouri, where his only child, Ira S. Kauffman, of Elkhart, Ind., was born. He was twice married: first to Annie Stutzman, who died after a few years of married life; and on Nov. 10, 1874, he was married to Sarah Kurtz, who preceded him in death, Oct. 14, 1919. He was of a family of twelve children, of whom but two remain. In early life he joined the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Middlebury Mennonite Church by S. S. Yoder on April 14, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Forest Grove cemetery.
Wenger.--Sarah, daughter of Pre. Peter and Maria Basinger, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Sept. 7, 1840; departed this life at her home near Concord, Tenn., April 27, 1923; aged 82 y. 7 m. 20 d. She was married Nov. 26, 1857, to Noah C. Wenger of Dayton, Va., at which place they lived until Dec., 1889, when they with their family moved to Tennessee. Her husband died Nov. 5, 1900. Since his death her son-in-law, daughter, Barbara, and family lived with her. Since Barbara's death (2 years ago) her only daughter faithfully helped care for the home and grandmother. During grandmother's illness since the middle of March Mrs. Jesse Brenneman, Newton, Kans., and Mrs. Mary Anne Lehman, Waverly, Ia., her only living children were by her bedside. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life, lived in a meek, submissive life which manifested itself all the more in her last days. She was very patient. When asked how she is, she generally replied, "Oh I don't suffer, I am not sick." A few days before she passed away her voice became very weak but she expressed her confidence in the Lord, and asked for prayer and singing as at previous times--and joined in singing. She also leaves 2 brothers, 2 sisters in Ohio, 20 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 29, at the Concord Mennonite Church, conducted by Wm. Jennings. Text, Rev. 7:13, 14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Albrecht.--Barbara Nafziger was born in Rheinbayern, Germany on Aug. 28, 1851; died at her late home in Champaign, Ill., April 9, 1923; aged 71 y. 7 m. 12 d. In 1870 she came to America with her parents, living with them near Bloomington, Ill., for four years, when she was married to John Albrecht of near Flanagan, Ill. This happy marriage terminated when her husband died in Feb., 1900, but by her courage and faith in God she carried on the family responsibilities. Her life was ever guided by the prayer that she might be given the ability to see the right and have the strength to follow it. For several years she made her home in Flanagan. The last ten years were spent in Champaign, where she moved for the purpose of educating her two younger sons. It was said that she was ever ready to help a good cause along by giving of her means. She leaves 4 sons and 3 daughters: Mrs. Joseph Ingold, Mrs. P. L. Guth, Mrs. E. J. Gable, P. D., and S. A., of Flanagan, Ill.; W. A., of Columbiana, Mo.; and D. A. of Champaign, Ill. One daughter, Mrs. S. J. Sutter of Flanagan, preceded her to the great beyond. A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, besides many friends also survive. Short services were held at her home in Champaign, April 10, after which her remains were brought to the home of her son S. A., at The Homestead, where services were held April 12 by D. W. Slagel (I Pet. 1:3-25) and at the Waldo Church by Bros. J. D. Hartzler (Acts 9:36-42) and C. F. Derstine (Acts 13:36 and Heb. 11:16). Many friends and relatives had assembled. Interment in the Waldo cemetery.
Reinbold.--Catherine (Yoder) Reinbold was born March 30, 1854; died near Youngstown, Alta., at the home of her son, James J. Reinbold, on April 10, 1923; aged 69 y. 11 d. She had been helpless the greater part of the winter, rheumatism being her trouble, but towards spring she had improved to such an extent that preparations were made to send her to Michigan as the doctor had advised a change of climate. However, the Lord had a better change in store for her, for before she was able to travel, hardening of the liver set in and on April 10 she quietly passed away. In 1874 she was married to John N. Reinbold, who answered the last call a little more than five years ago. To this union were born 11 children. Three died in infancy. The following remain to mourn the loss of a mother: Jacob J., of Osceola, Mich.; Mary Ann Seymore, of Elkhart, Ind.; Lovina Taft, of Bellington, Wash.; Wm. J., Harbor Springs, Mich.; James J. and Reuben J., Youngstown, Alta.; Adelphia Lucretia Newell, Sullivan, Mich.; and Emma Elizabeth Musselman, Eldersley, Sask. Seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. For many years the father and mother lived a faithful Christian life and in 1897 Bro. Reinbold was ordained as deacon for the flock at Brutus, Mich., where they lived and labored faithfully in that office till 1909 when they moved to Alberta and settled in a district where there was no Mennonite congregation. When he again moved among those of like faith, poor health did not permit him to take up his former work but he remained true to the end. Services were conducted at the house of A. Reist of Youngstown, Alta., and at the schoolhouse near the cemetery by N. B. Stauffer of Aldersyde, Alta. May God comfort the bereaved.
Zimmerman.--John Zimmerman was born June 15, 1843, in
Baden, Germany; died near Argonia, Kansas, April 10, 1923; aged
79 y. 9 m. 25 d. His fatal illness was only for a few days. He
united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and was a
faithful member to the end. His great desire was to fill his place
in the church. He came to America in 1856, locating in Butler
County, O. A year or so later he came to the state of Illinois.
He was married December 19, 1864, to Catherine Zimmerman in Livingston
county, Ill., and came to Johnson County, Iowa, in 1865. In 1873
he was ordained minister of the Gospel, in which service he worked
faithfully for fifty years. They moved to McPherson County, Kansas,
in 1877. They were the first Mennonite family in that part of
Kansas. In 1883 his wife departed to the great beyond. To their
union were born 7 sons and 6 daughters. June 8, 1885, he was married
to Drusila Mishler; to them were born son and daughter. He leaves
to mourn his death his sorrowing wife, four sons, five daughters,
42 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many friends and
neighbors. It can be truthfully said of him, "He hath laid
up for himself treasures in heaven." The surviving children
are: J. J. Zimmerman, Harper, Kans.; P. J. Zimmerman, Inman, Kans.;
Philip Zimmerman, Jet. Okla.; Mrs. A. N. Troyer, Hesston, Kans.;
Mrs. J. C. Brenneman, Kalona, Ia.; S. J. Zimmerman, Los Angeles,
Calif.; Mrs. M. A. Troyer, Harper, Kans.; Lavina Zimmerman, Argonia,
Kans.; Mrs. William Hershberger, Argonia, Kans. Funeral at his
home by Christian Troyer. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
"Father's chair is vacant,
And his voice is stilled,
But his place o'er yonder,
Now, we hope, is filled."
Wenger.--Abraham Wenger was born in Rockingham county, Va., Dec. 14, 1857; died at his home near Versailles, Mo., April 24, 1923; aged 65 y. 4 m. 10 d. In 1869 he accompanied his family to Morgan county, Mo., which has since then been his home. Dec. 23, 1883, he was married to Caroline Lehman, who survives him. To them were born six children: William, Bessie, Daniel, Jesse, Edward, and Oakley. The first and the last died in early manhood, the rest are still living. There remain to mourn their loss a sorrowing widow, a daughter, three sons, an adopted daughter, an adopted son, 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers, a sister, and many relatives and friends. About thirty years ago he united with the Bethel Mennonite Church, but later he and his companion transferred their membership to Mt. Zion Church. He was a loyal member, a good counsellor, of deep convictions, and his overflowing love endeared him to practically every one who knew him. A pillar in the faith, his departure is severely felt not only in his home but also in his home community, his home congregation, and in the home conference district where his services were valuable and appreciated. During the past few years his health failed him, and an attack of the influenza followed by a carbuncle was more than his enfeebled frame was able to stand. He passed away in fill faith of a better world to come. Funeral services at Mt. Zion Church, conducted by Joe C. Driver, Amos Gingerich, C. B. Driver, and Daniel Kauffman. Text: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Schlegel.--Mary Miller was born Feb. 14, 1847, near
New Hamburg, Ont.; died April 25, 1923, at the home of her daughter,
Lena Kremer, Milford, Nebr.; aged 76 y. 2 m. 11 d. At the age
of 9 years she with her parents immigrated to Davis County, Iowa,
at which place she accepted Christ. She joined the Amish Mennonite
Church and remained a loyal and faithful member until she peacefully
fell asleep in Jesus. On Aug. 25, 1863, she was married to the
late Bishop Joseph Schlegel. To this union of 50 years, were born
13 children, 8 sons and 5 daughters. Her husband and 2 daughters
preceded her in death. She is survived by 8 sons, 3 daughters,
37 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, one brother, Mike Miller
of Pulaski, Iowa, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mother's gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain and care,
And if thru life we live for Him,
We'll meet her over there.
Funeral services by Joseph Rediger, Geo. S. Miller and Joseph F. Zimmerman.
Transcribed by : Martha E Heath, Indiana
Betzner.--David Leo Betzner, son of Mr. and Mrs. David B. Betzner, was born July 28, 1914; passed away at his home in Kitchener, Ont.; aged 8 y. 8 m. 27 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents and a sister, Helen. He was taken ill of an acute attack of appendicitis and in about twenty-eight hours passed peacefully away. Leo was a member of the First Mennonite Sunday school, where he learned and stored in mind many of the gems of the Bible, which he repeated during the last hours of his life.
Wambold.--Sister Annie C. Wambold, wife of Bro. Enos Wambold, was born Sept. 30, 1847; died April 16, 1923; aged 75 y. 6 m. 16 d. She was willing to fulfil all the known will of God, so 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. Funeral services were conducted at the Franconia Church on April 21, 1923, by the Brethren Warren Moyer and Henry Clemmer at the house, and at the Meetinghouse by Bros. Menno Souder, Abram Clemmer, and Jacob Clemmer. May her Savior be the Savior of those she has left behind.
Stuckey.--Jonas Stuckey, son of the late Bishop Christian and Lydia Stuckey, was born in Williams Co., O., Jan. 14, 1866; died suddenly at the home of his brother near Elmira, Fulton Co., O., Apr. 24, 1923; aged 57 y. 3 m. 10 d. He leaves to mourn his loss one brother, one nephew and one niece; also a large number of relatives and friends. His parents, one sister and one brother preceded him to the great beyond. A number of years ago Bro. Jonas gave his heart to Jesus and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and lived an exemplary Christian life until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, O., Apr. 27, conducted by Henry Rychener. Text, Amos 4:12. Interment in Eckley cemetery.
Gnagey.--Barbara (Hostetler) Gnagey was born in Somerset
Co., Pa., Jan. 18, 1832; died near Bay Port, Mich., Apr. 29, 1923;
aged 91 y. 3 m. 11 d. She was married to Elias Gnagey in 1853.
To this union were born 6 sons and 6 daughters. Her husband, 4
sons, and 4 daughters preceded her to the glory world. She had
57 grandchildren (21 deceased), 66 great-grandchildren (7 deceased);
also one brother who is yet living. Grandmother was patiently
and faithfully waiting for her time to go home. She suffered from
a paralytic stroke. She had to lie just one way for over 18 months.
She united with the A. M. Church in her youth and remained true
to her faith till death.
Zook.--Daniel L. Zook was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 8, 1877; died April 15, 1923; aged 45 y. 8 m. 7 d. After a short illness of only a few days an operation was performed which proved unsuccessful. He was united in marriage to Rebecca Kauffman. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters. One daughter preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, 1 son, 2 daughters, 1 sister, and a host of friends and relatives. He was a faithful member of the A. M. Church, a loving husband, a good neighbor, and loved by all who came in contact with him. Funeral services were conducted at his late home near Atglen, Pa., by J. M. and A. B. Stoltzfus (text Jno. 11:11) and at Millwood Church, by Jno. A. Stoltzfus and Jno. S. Mast. Text, I Sam. 20:18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Schwartzentruber.--Jacob Schwartzentruber was born in
Waterloo Co., Ont., Aug. 4, 1841; died at the home of his son,
Jacob, at St. Agatha, Ont., April 3, 1923; aged 81 y. 7 m. 29
d. He was united in marriage to Phillipine Erb on Oct. 28, 1862.
She preceded him in death July 10, 1909. To this union were born
7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters. One daughter died in infancy.
He leaves to mourn his departure 6 children, 17 grandchildren,
5 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and a host of relatives and
friends. Two great-grandchildren died in infancy. Funeral services
were held at the Amish Mennonite Church near St. Agatha, conducted
by Brethren Christ Shultz, Christ Gascho, and Daniel S. Steinman.
Interment in cemetery nearby.
The old home now is vacant,
Another voice is stilled,
But his place over yonder,
With his loved ones now is filled.
Plank.--Jacob C. Plank was born in Stark Co., Ohio,
Jan. 13, 1847. When a small boy he moved with his parents to LaGrange
Co., Ind. Dec. 31, 1863, he was married to Margaret Close, who
preceded him in death Jan. 28, 1912. To this union were born 5
children: George, of Bannister, Mich.; Mrs. Ed. Dixon, of St.
Louis, Mo.; Mordica, of Newaygo Co., Mich.; Mrs. Bert Allen, who
lives near Ithaca, Mich., with whom he made his home and where
he was living at the time of his death; and Emma Plank, who died
Aug. 9, 1875, at the age of two years. He also leaves to mourn
his death two brothers of La Grange Co., Ind., 17 grandchildren,
14 great-grandchildren and a host of friends.
Dearest father thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who calls our loved ones,
He will all our sorrow heal.
M. H. P.
Transcriber's note: -- two styles of "LaGrange" and "La Grange" are used
Kemp.--Bro. Byard Linus Kemp was born in Garrett Co., Md., May 18, 1871; died at Fentress, Va., April 24, 1923; aged 51 y. 11 m. 6 d. He was united in marriage to Malinda Hochstetler, Nov. 4, 1894. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters, all of whom survive. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters. Bro. Kemp suffered from a stroke of apoplexy about a year ago but was able to go about his duties nearly all of the past year until a second stroke came upon him suddenly and in about eight hours his life had fled, without his having regained consciousness. While his death was sudden his condition was such that it was constantly looked for. He often talked of it and had made the necessary preparations for the great change. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from his youth and his seat in church was seldom vacant. His cheerful presence in the home and among his many friends will be greatly missed. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. C. D. Bergey from II Cor. 5:1, assisted by Bro. S. H. Brunk. May we all live so as to meet him in glory.
Witmer.--Mary (Bixler) Witmer was born in Fayette Co.,
Pa., Jan. 10, 1836; died on May 1, 1923, at her home near Wakarusa,
Ind., of pneumonia and old age. Her age was 87 y. 3 m. 21 d. She
was united in marriage to Samuel Witmer in the year 1854. To this
union were born 6 children: Mrs. Eli Wenger, Miss Mary Witmer,
Mrs. Geo. Weldy, Jno. H. Witmer, all of Wakarusa, Ind.; and Isaac
B. Witmer, of Leetonia, O. One son (Samuel) died in infancy. Her
husband preceded her in death about 8 years ago. In the year 1865
they moved to Indiana, locating near Wakarusa. They resided in
the same community ever since. She was the oldest of a family
of ten. One sister, Katie Lowe, of Winesburg, O., survives her.
There are also 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Early
in life she accepted Christ. She was a kind and loving mother
and was especially interested in her grandchildren. Services conducted
by the Brethren Henry and Silas Weldy. Text, Job 5:26. Burial
at Olive cemetery.
Sweetly she sleeps; she does not know,
The grief, sadness, and pain we feel.
But to God we must our sorrow take,
For He, and He alone, can heal.
By a grandchild.
Shearer.--S. W. Shearer was born May 29, 1851, at Canal Winchester, Franklin Co., Ohio; died at his home near Jackson, Minn., May 3, 1923; aged 71 y. 11 m. 4 d. In 1867 he with his parents moved to Cullom, Ill. In the year 1877 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Grabill. To this union were born ten children. Three, James, Grace, and Fred, preceded him in death. His wife and seven children (Byron, Harry, Charles, Olive, Russel, Mary, Wesley), a brother (John), a sister (Emma), 25 grandchildren, other near kin, and a host of friends mourn the loss of a kind husband, father, and friend. In the year 1887 he was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church remaining an active member till his death. In the year 1894 he with his family moved to Jackson Co., Minn., where he resided his remaining days. In the church his interest, sympathy, and staunch support will be greatly missed. Funeral services were conducted at the church where a large number of sympathizing friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect, the home ministers, N. E. Landis and C. J. Garber, having charge of the services, assisted by Bro. Henry Fast of Mt. Lake, Minn. The body was laid to rest in the Riverside cemetery to await the great day when Jesus comes. The opening scripture, Psa. 1, and Eccl. 12:1 and Jno. 3:16, texts used, were said to be great favorites of his. As a last thought Rev. 14:13 and 22:14-17 were used, emphasizing the last great invitation. Peace to his ashes.
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Auker.--Caleb C. Auker was born Aug. 7, 1864; died Apr. 25, 1923; aged 58 y. 8 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage to Belle Landis. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter. The daughter preceded him in death seven years ago. Funeral services were held at the Delaware Church by Samuel Leiter. Interment in the Auker family cemetery, in Foutz Valley, Pa.
Albin.--Vearl Eugene, son of Bro. Jesse and Sister Elsie Albin, was born Aug. 14, 1921; died May 11, 1923, at the home of his parents 2-1/2 miles southeast of Nappanee, Ind.; aged 1 y. 8 m. 27 d. After having the measles, peritonitis set in, which lasted two days, attended with intense suffering until he fell asleep in Jesus. He is now enjoying the bliss of a home in heaven. He is survived by his parents and grandparents and many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the residence, May 14, by J. H. McGowen and at the West Market St. Mennonite Church by Ray Yoder. Text, Job 14:1, 2. Burial at South Union.
Andrews.--Francis P. Andrews, son of Benjamin and Priscilla Andrews, was born Dec. 19, 1881; died May 6, 1923; aged 41 y. 4 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage to Josie C. Truax. To this union were born 10 children, 4 preceding their father in death. Mother and 6 children and other near relatives survive. Bro. Andrews confessed His Savior in the fall of 1922, and gave good evidence of an unfaltering faith in Him who said, "He that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out." In such an event as this let us remember Jas. 1:27. Text, Tit. 2:11-14. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. S. G. Shenk, Elida, O., and Bro. G. H. Brunk, Continental, O.
Myers.--Barbara K. Myers, widow of Pre. Samuel B. Myers, was born October 30, 1835; died at the home of Daniel and Annie Bair at Hanover, Pa., on April 16, 1923, in her 88th year, after a lingering illness. She bore her affliction patiently and peacefully fell asleep with a hope of a glorious resurrection. Funeral services were held at the Hanover Church by Bros. Benjamin Weaver, Peter Shenk and Harvey Grove. Text, Malachi 3:16, 17.
Whittig.--Permelia Whittig, daughter of Thomas and -------- Shuey, was born in Mercer county, O., Jan 8, 1841. Her husband, Samuel Whittig, died in Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 9, 1909. Sister Whittig died on Thursday, May 10, 1923; aged 82 y. 4 m. 2 d. She leaves 6 sons, 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and one sister to mourn her death. She was a member of the U. B. Church, and suffered with a lingering disease about one year. She was buried on May 12. Funeral services were conducted at the home by John F. Funk. Peace to her ashes.
Mast.--Freddie Mast, son of Abe and Sarah Mast, was
born Feb. 26, 1921; died May 8, 1923, near Goshen, Ind., (at the
age of 2 y. 2 m. 12 d.) of croup and bronchial trouble. Little
Freddie was seriously ill only about 2 days, altho he had not
been very well for nearly a week. He is survived by father, mother,
1 brother, Henry, 1 sister, Gertrude, 4 grandparents, and a host
of other relatives and friends. Funeral was held at the home May
11. The home circle truly feels that
"A loving one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Lantz.--Jonas Lantz was born in Fulton Co., O., July 23, 1845; died near Nappanee, Ind., Feb. 21, 1923; aged 78 y. 7 m. 28 d. He was united in marriage to Lucyann Hochstetler March 30, 1879, by J. P. Smucker. He lived in matrimony over 48 years. He united with the Mennonite Church in June, 1876, remaining a constant member until God in His own appointed time called him to Himself. Two brothers, Amos of Detroit, Mich., and Stephen of Chicago, 1 sister, Fanny Speicher of Middlebury, Ind., and 2 adopted children, Almira Rhodes and Trella Holinsky survive him. The funeral was held at the residence by J. H. McGowen and at the Mennonite Church by D. J. Johns. Text, II Pet. 3:13-15. Burial at South Union.
Shotzberger.--Samuel Shotzberger was born Apr. 5, 1844. He was married to Elizabeth Shellenberger, July 1, 1866. They lived a happy married life for 57 years. They were blessed with eleven children, 9 sons and 2 daughters; also 33 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He entered into rest May 6, 1923; aged 79 y. 1 m. 1 d. He was a brother in the Mennonite Church for 33 years, having been baptized by Bishop Jacob N. Brubacher of Lanc. Co., Pa. He leaves to mourn his loss 7 sons, 2 daughters and a bereft widow. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Samuel Leiter and at Lauver's Church by Simon Auker and W. W. Graybill. His selected text was Rev. 14:13. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
Miller.--Fred S. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 10, 1871; died April 6, 1923; aged 51 y. 6 m. 26 d. At the age of six years he came to Henry County, Iowa, in which county he lived ever since. On Oct. 30, 1901, he was united in the bonds of sacred marriage to Emma Goldsmith, to which union were born four children: Helen, Mildred, Max and Glenn, all of whom are still at home. Besides his immediate family he leaves to mourn his departure his aged mother, Mrs. Stephen Miller, two brothers, Dr. Sam T. Miller of Elkhart, Ind., and Dr. Levi S. Miller of Richmond, Ind., three sisters, Emma of Mt. Pleasant, Ia., Mrs. C. R. Wyse of Wayland, Mrs. Joe G. Gerig of Springdale, Ark., and a host of friends.
Stauffer.--Catherine (Stoner) Stauffer was born Aug.
9, 1839; died March 23, 1923; aged 83 y. 7 m. 14 d. She is survived
by her aged husband (John D. Stauffer) and three children: Annie,
wife of Jacob Weaver, Bridgeport, Pa., with whom she resided for
the last twelve years; Isaiah S., of Millersville; and John, of
Lancaster, Pa. Eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren
also survive. Her death was due to general debility, caused by
her advanced age. She often expressed a desire for Jesus to take
her home and in His own good time the Lord answered her prayers.
Brief services were held at the home by Bro. Sanford Landis and
further services at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bro.
David Landis. Text, John 11:25, 26. She was laid to rest in the
churchyard adjoining, there to await the resurrection morn.
O! Dear Grandma, how we miss thee,
Since to Jesus thou has gone;
But thy longings have been granted,
And we say, "His will be done."
Zook.--Barbara Yoder Zook, wife of Mose F. Zook, passed
peacefully away on April 7. She was aged 70 y. 10 m. 19 d. The
cause of her death was heart trouble. She leaves a sorrowing husband
and one daughter, Mrs. John K. Yoder, and a host of friends. Her
son, Levi, preceded her in death. 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 at rest. The funeral was held at the Locust Grove
Church. Services were conducted by J. D. Yoder, in English, and
S. T. Yoder, in German.
Mother's gone to live beyond this vale,
Of sorrow pain and care;
And if through life you live for Him
You'll meet her over there.
Stauffer.--Benj. K. Stauffer of near Stonybrook, York Co., Pa., was born Aug. 7, 1850; died May 8, 1923; aged 72 y. 9 m. 1 d. Bro. Stauffer was born in the vicinity where he lived as a farmer nearly all his life. He left his farm last August to live in his house, just completed (close by the Stonybrook Church), wherein he died. For some time his health was failing, but he attended church and taught his Sunday school class regularly. To be a member of his class was a privilege to enjoy a real blessing. He was exceptionally well informed in God's Holy Word, and he believed it, lived it, and taught it, with grace, meekness, and in the fear of the Lord. To know him was to love him, and his meek spirit taught the Christ life as well as his words. Bro. Benj. K. Stauffer was married 47 years ago, to Lydia Stump, sister of Pre. Daniel Stump, of Hanover, Pa. His uncle was the late Bish. Stauffer and Pre. Moses Stauffer of Stonybrook is his nearest kin. He leaves no children, but his widow and all who know him mourn his loss. Funeral services were held May 11, from his late residence and in the Stonybrook Church. Those officiating were Bros. D. N. Lehman, John W. Weaver, J. C. Habecker, and Jos. Forry. Text, Jno. 14:2. Interment was made in the Stonybrook cemetery. Ten ministers attended his funeral. We are confident that he being dead yet speaketh.
Yoder.--Robert Aaron Yoder, son of Levi D. and Laura
(Eash) Yoder, was born May 24, 1897; died May 7, 1923; aged 25
y. 11 m. 13 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, three
brothers (Nelson, Morgan, Moses); four sisters (Nellie, Linnie,
Mary, Anna, all at home), and a host of relatives and friends.
Bro. Robert was not well for almost a year. He was bedfast only
three weeks and bore his suffering patiently until the end. A
little while before he died he called his parents, brothers, sisters,
and one who was very near to him, gave all a hearty "Good-bye"
and said, "All is well" and peacefully passed away.
He united with the Mennonite Church early in life and lived a
loyal, devoted life to his God and church. The family has lost
a loving son and brother. The church and Sunday school have lost
a faithful worker. He served as a Sunday school teacher for several
years, and for seven years as a school teacher, for which work
he was especially qualified. We cannot understand why such needed
ones are taken from the home and community yet we can believe
that our loss is his gain. The funeral services were conducted
at the Kaufman Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa., by Bro. E.
D. Hess of Masontown, Pa., E. J. Blough, L. A. Blough, and James
Saylor. A large concourse of friends assembled to pay the last
tribute of respect.
By the family.
Burkholder.--Rosina (Baker) Burkholder was born in Alsace
Lorraine, France, Aug. 25, 1866; died on May 1, 1923, near Tofield,
Alberta; aged 56 y. 8 m. 8 d. She came to America with her father
when eight years old and had her home with her uncle in Allen
county, Ind. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her personal
Savior and remained faithful to the end. In 1890 she was married
to Moses M. Burkholder, Marshall county, Ind. To this union were
born nine children, six sons and three daughters of whom eight
survive. One son, also her parents, preceded her to the spirit
world. The sister was confined to her home since Christmas suffering
from Bright's disease and dropsy, but bore it patiently to the
end. She leave to mourn her departure husband, five sons and three
daughters, all present at the funeral. Eight grandchildren, and
two step-grandchildren and a brother, Joseph Bacher of Wolford,
N. Dak., also survive. In 1892 she moved to Hubbard, Oreg., with
husband and family, and in 1913 they moved to Tofield, Alberta,
where she resided until death. She often expressed a desire to
be with Christ. Services were held May 3, at the Salem Mennonite
Church, by Bro. J. K. Lehman. Burial in cemetery nearby.
"When we leave this world of changes,
When we leave this world of care,
We shall find our missing loved ones
In our Father's mansion fair."
--Husband and Children.
Transcriber's note: Mrs. Burkholder's maiden name is given as "BAKER"; her brother is given as "BACHER"
King.--Mattie J. King, daughter of Jacob and Catherine
King, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., April 6, 1861; died of dropsy
at the home of her daughter, Fannie Stehman, near Ste. Elizabeth,
Man., April 29, 1923; at the age of 62 y. 23 d. On March 9, 1886,
she was married to Jacob Troyer. He preceded her to the spirit
world on May 12, 1905. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters.
Two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. One son, Ora J.
Troyer, of Garden City, Mo., and two daughters, Fannie C. Stehman
and Mattie Ann Troyer both of Ste. Elizabeth, Man., are left to
mourn her departure; also 5 grandchildren. One granddaughter died
Nov. 8, 1922. A number of relatives and friends also survive.
During her sickness of four months, she never complained, was
very patient, and longed for the time to enter her heavenly home.
By her request on April 15, 1923, she was anointed by Bro. I.
S. Mast. She said, "The Lord's will be done." She united
with the Mennonite Church in early years and remained faithful
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
She was brought to Garden City, Mo., for burial in the Clear Fork cemetery by the side of her husband. Services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church by W. E. Helmuth and L. J. Miller from a text chosen by the children, Rom. 8:18, 28.
Transcriber's note: in this obituary "KING" is the maiden name; "TROYER" is the married name.
Landis.--William M. Landis was born near Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., and was married to Salome Detweiler, sharing the joys and sorrows of life nearly thirty years. About six years ago he had a stroke which disabled him for some time so that he could not perform his ministerial duties, but he recovered again to the extent that he was well able to fill his charge. On May 2, shortly before supper, in the presence of visiting brethren who had come to hold services in the evening, very suddenly, unexpectedly, the Lord called by another stroke. Calmly, almost without a struggle, he yielded to the summons and fell asleep about one hour later, at his late residence near Telford, Penna. Age, 53 y. 9 m. 28 d. He is survived by a bereaved wife, his mother, and three sons. One son and daughter preceded him in death. Three brothers, one sister and many relatives and friends also survive. His remains were brought to the Rockhill Mennonite Church on May 7, after brief services at the home by his former colaborers Bro. Mahlon Souder and Bishop Mininger. Services at church, by Bishop A. G. Clemmer and Bro. J. G. Ruth. Text, Matt. 25:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of colaborers, relatives and friends. Bro. Landis united with the Mennonite Church about thirty years ago and served his charge willingly at the Rockhill congregation for thirteen years. He has passed from time to eternity--a kind, loving father, and a faithful shepherd. The Church keenly feels the vacant seat behind the sacred desk. How soon his eyes were closed to earthly scenes! "In this lone hour of deep distress, When heavy sorrows round me press, Encouraged by thy gracious word I trust thee as the widow's God."
Fry.--Emmanuel Fry was born Sept. 3, 1847, on a farm near York, Pa. When nineteen years old he came west, locating at Burlington, Iowa, where he found ready employment as a carpenter. On June 30, 1869, he united in marriage to Miss Hannah J. Messenger. They made their home in Burlington until the building of B. C. R. & N. Railroad when they cast their lot with the new town of Mediapolis. He was engaged as contractor and builder until 1881 when he opened a furniture and undertaking business, which he pursued until Jan. 1, 1919. His wife died July 12, 1917, and his daughter, Mrs. Lulu McDonald, came into the home to look after his interests and welfare. After retirement from business he decided to visit once more the scenes of his childhood in Pennsylvania. While there he met one of his friends of former days and later they decided to cast their lot together. On February 27, 1919, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Fannie Kendig, of Millersville, Pa. In his youth he united with the Salem church of Windsor, Pa. Upon the establishment of the Presbyterian church in Mediapolis, Iowa, he became one of its members. Mr. Fry was of a stern religious character and when it came to matters of right and wrong there was no compromising. He was a deacon in his church for many years. For some months his health had been failing and all that could be done proved of no avail. He died April 30, 1923. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lulu McDonald, of Burlington; two sons, Arthur C. and Clarence D. Fry, of Mediapolis; nine grandchildren, and one sister and one brother at York, Pa. The funeral was held at the home on Wednesday afternoon (May 2), conducted by his pastor, Richard Roberts, assisted by Simon Gingerich of the Mennonite Church near Wayland, Iowa. Interment in the cemetery at Kossuth.
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Ritter.--Alpheus Ritter, who died in Elkhart Co., Ind., Mar. 18, 1923, at the County Infirmary, was buried in the Rice Cemetery on May 16, 1923. Funeral services were conducted at the Mortuary Chapel by J. F. Funk. The body had been placed in a receptacle of the Chapel on March 23.
Steiner.--Mary Ann Amstutz Steiner was born in Wayne Co., O., July 27, 1858; died of sarcoma of stomach, April 21, 1923; aged 64 y. 8 m. 24 d. Dec. 27, 1884, she was married to Manasses C. Steiner. Two daughters were born to this union. One preceded her in death in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure husband, one daughter, Barbara, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. Services were held at the Swiss Mennonite Church April 24. She was a faithful member of this church. C. N. Amstutz, Jacob Nussbaum and Jacob Haas of Pandora, O., conducted the services.
Yoder.--Noah S. Yoder was born at Berlin, Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 2, 1840; died May 16, 1923; aged 82 y. 7 m. 14 d. On Dec. 24, 1863, he was united in marriage to Fanny Glick, who preceded him in death on Dec. 22, 1901. He lived in the vicinity of Middlebury, Ind., for a number of years till his health failed, and having no children to care for him, he decided to go to the Mennonite Old People's Home at Marshallville, Ohio. When that Home burned he was moved to Souderton, Pa., and later to Eureka, Ill., where he died in the faith which he accepted when a young man. He leaves one aged brother who is blind and feeble, and a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral at the Forks Church conducted by D. J. Johns, assisted by Y. C. Miller.
Pletcher.--D. Jay, son of S. J. and Luella Pletcher,
was born Nov. 29, 1922; died May 3, 1923; aged 5 m. 4 d. A little
flower budded on earth to unfold and bloom and shed forth its
sweet fragrance in heaven. This little jewel leaves to mourn his
early departure father, mother, one brother, three sisters, two
grandfathers, two grandmothers, and many other relatives. Ours
is the blessed assurance of his eternal rest and joy.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile,
And clasped our darling's hand."
Funeral services were conducted at the Clinton Frame Church May 5 by D. D. Troyer and Silas Yoder. Text, Job 14:1, 2. Interment in the Union Chapel cemetery nearby.
Babcock.--George Babcock was born in 1866 and was killed
May 4, 1923. He was accidentally electrocuted while drilling a
well. The pipes came in contact with the electric wires and he
was instantly killed. His intention was to be baptized soon. His
wife and the following children remain to mourn his loss: Henry,
Mrs. Myrtle Noals, Oren, Charles, Mae, Bertha, Bennie, Hattie,
and Maggie. His wife and 4 of the children are members of the
Mennonite Church. Services were conducted at the house, also at
the church by C. X. Kauffman of Brutus, Mich. May God comfort
Father's chair is vacant,
And his voice is stilled;
But his place o'er yonder,
Now we hope is filled."
Heiser.--Harold Jacob Heiser, infant son of Bro. and
Sister Manuel and Barbara Heiser, was born near Fisher, Ill.,
May 8, 1923; died May 10, 1923; aged 2 d. He is survived by his
parents, one brother, two sisters, one grandfather, two grandmothers,
and many relatives and friends. His stay on earth was brief, yet
long enough to endear him to the hearts of his parents and while
his bright days on earth were few, he has gone to where there
is joy unspeakable and full of glory. Funeral services were held
at the home, May 12. Services were conducted by home minister.
Interment in the East Bend Cemetery.
Now we are calmly waiting
For the Father's call, come home,
There we shall see our lily
And praise Him around his throne.
Haverstick.--Amos Haverstick was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 24, 1865; died at his home, south of Rock Falls, Ill., May 15, 1923; aged 57 y. 3 m. 2 d. In the year of 1887 he came to Illinois and on Feb. 5, 1890, was united in marriage to Addie Delp. To this union four children were born. One died in infancy and Earl was struck by a fast mail train while on his way to work Oct. 26, 1911. The living are Roy, of Chicago, and Fay, at home, who with their mother, are left to mourn his death. Bro. Haverstick was a member of the Mennonite Church. In his death the Church loses an esteemed member, the home a kind, loving husband and father, and the neighborhood a helpful and accommodating neighbor. Funeral services were conducted on May 18, at the Mennonite Church, in charge of A. C. Good. A large number of relatives, neighbors, and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect.
Hartzler.--Barbara May Widmer Hartzler, born Feb. 19,
1893, near Wayland, Iowa, died at her home near Ryley, Alberta,
Can., on May 9, 1923; aged 30 y. 2 m. 20 d. She leaves a sorrowing
husband, 3 sons, father and mother, three sisters, five brothers,
and a host of friends to mourn her departure. The funeral was
conducted by N. A. Lind of Albany, Ore., and Allan Good of Portland,
Ore., at her parents' home and the Mennonite Church near Albany,
Ore. At a early age she united with the Mennonite Church and was
a faithful member until death. In her last hour she sang, "Jesus
loves me, this I know." There was a funeral service at Tofield,
Alberta, thence to Albany, Oregon.
Come too, my friends, and join that band
And meet me on the other shore,
There to sing songs of eternal bliss,
And praise for evermore.
Hartzler.--Jacob Y. Hartzler, son of David and Barbara Hartzler, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Oct. 1, 1846; died April 7, 1923, at the Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, Ohio; aged 76 y. 6 m. 6 d. His death was caused by a fall from a wagon, which fractured his skull, and hemorrhage of the brain followed, causing his death within a few hours. He leaves to mourn his departure four brothers and two sisters: Joseph D., Christian K., and Mrs. Gideon Zook of West Liberty, Ohio; Jonathan B., of Marshallville, Ohio; Mrs. Jonathan Schrock of Smithville, Ohio; and Menno S., of Volant, Penna. His brother David preceded him in death in 1916. His cheerful presence in the home and among his friends will be greatly missed as he was always helping those who needed help. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted by A. I. Yoder from Psa. 37:37. Interment was made in the South Union cemetery.
Toms.--Benjamin Toms was born near Waynesboro, Franklin Co., Pa., July 5, 1847; died at Goshen, Ind., May 11, 1923; aged 75 y. 10 m. 6 d. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Charlotte E. Mentzer, also of Pa. A few year later they came to Elkhart Co., Ind. To this union were born 7 children. Mrs. Toms and 4 children preceded him in death. Surviving him are: 1 daughter, Mrs. Ida Berkey, of Elkhart, and 2 sons, Harry, also of Elkhart, and Charles, of New Paris, Ind.; 6 grandchildren; and 1 sister, Mrs. Cephus Judd, Dowagiac, Mich. He was a member of the Mennonite Church but did not confess his Savior until he was past three score and ten. But the few years of service were given gladly. Although he had a hard struggle to fight the battle of the Lord, he looked to Him for grace to help him. Funeral services were conducted at New Paris, Ind., May 13, at the M. E. Church, by Silas Yoder. Burial at the Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.
Yoder.--Nancy A. Yoder, daughter of David and Mattie Reames Yoder, was born near Smithville, Wayne county, Ohio, March 20, 1849; departed this life March 30, 1923; aged 74 y. 10 d. In 1874, when yet a young woman, she, with her mother and older brother, came to Logan county, Ohio, settling on a farm where the greater part of her life was spent. On Jan. 11, she came to the home of Mrs. Malinda Yoder, sister-in-law, in West Liberty, and was there until the end came, quietly and peacefully near midnight, March 30. During the summer of 1921 she made the good confession of faith in Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. While her last illness was accompanied by much suffering she expressed her readiness and willingness to depart and be at rest. Jacob D. Yoder, who died a number of years ago, was a brother. One other brother and sister died when quite young. Dropsy and heart trouble were the immediate cause of death. Funeral services were held Mar. 31 at the home in West Liberty in charge of Bro. A. I. Yoder, and burial at the Yoder cemetery.
Grove.--Erma Mummau Grove, daughter of Bro. and Sister
Norman Grove, was born Jan. 10, 1917; died at her home Mar. 10,
1923; aged 6 y. 2 m. 1 d. She is survived by her parents and 1
brother, Lester. Erma died very suddenly of diphtheritic croup.
While her sickness was short she suffered much. Funeral services
held at her home by Samuel Fry. She had to be buried immediately.
Relatives and friends could see her by looking in thru the window.
She was a very intelligent little girl, and was so motherly to
her little brother. The last few weeks before her death she wondered
how it is in heaven and wished she could go and see. Her stay
on earth was but a few years but we believe God saw best to call
her home to Glory. She was laid to rest in the cemetery belonging
to the Elizabethtown Mennonite church, near her home.
"Can it be that Erma left us
She who always had a smile?
Yes, she's gone and we'll soon meet her,
'Twill only be a little while."
Wadel.--Samuel Wadel was born May 23, 1853; died April 24, 1923; aged 68 y. 11 m. 1 d. He was married to Sister Barbara Martin. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters, John, Adam, Annie, Lydia, and Fannie. Sister Wadel died a number of years ago. Later he married Mrs. Mary Kyner, who with all the children, survives him. Brother Samuel united with the Mennonite Church in his youth but finally fell from grace, but the good Lord still remembered him, often letting sore affliction take hold of his body. A second affliction came which caused his death. A few days before his end came he gave up and was again received into membership and according to his confession left this world with a bright hope for the spirit world. May his soul rest in peace. Funeral on April 27, with services at the Row meetinghouse in charge of the Brethren Geo. S. Keener of Hagerstown, Md., and John S. Burkholder, from a text selected by the family, "Be ye therefore also ready." Interment in the Horst burying ground nearby.
Leaman.--A. Hershey Leaman, son of Bro. Elmer D. and
Sister Nettie A. Leaman, was born Nov. 12, 1906; died at the home
of his parents, Ronks, Pa., May 3, 1923, from a lingering illness
of one year; aged 16 y. 5 m. 21 d. Hershey a few years ago united
with the Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful unto the end.
During sickness he was very patient, and expressed to his mother
that he was ready to go. He leaves his sorrowing parents, two
sisters, one brother and many relatives and friends to mourn his
loss. May his departure so early in life, be a loud call to many
of his friends. Funeral services were held May 6, at the home
by Bro. J. B. Senger and at the Paradise Mennonite Church by the
Bros. J. H. Mellinger and C. M. Brackbill. Text, Luke 21:19. The
body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery, to await the
great day when Jesus comes.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand."
Maust.--Kathryn Elizabeth Maust, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Maust, was born July 15, 1916, at Nappanee, Ind.; died
May 11, 1923; aged 6 y. 9 m. 26 d. Kathryn was the oldest of a
family of four children and was of a very sunny disposition, making
friends everywhere she went. She attended Sunday school at the
North Main Street Mennonite Church. She was sick of the "flu,"
then of measles, which were followed by complications resulting
in death, after a three weeks' sickness. She is survived by the
parents, three sisters: Gertrude, Margaret, and Virginia; Mr.
and Mrs. Will Wise of Wakarusa, Ind., and Bro. and Sister Frank
Maust of Nappanee, Ind., as grandparents; also a great-grandfather,
Levi Wise of North Liberty, Ind., and others. On account of the
measles at the home the funeral was held at the home of Bro. Frank
Maust at Nappanee, Ind., in the afternoon of May 13. Funeral was
conducted by Brethren J. W. Hess and Silas Weldy. Burial at South
"Gertrude's chair is vacant,
And her voice is stilled,
But her place o'er yonder,
Now, we believe, is filled."
Transcriber's note: -- "Gertrude's chair is vacant, --( i really don't think they meant to put Gerty in Kathryn's chair or Kathryn in Gerty's.)
Hartman.--Fannie Weaver Hartman, wife of P. S. Hartman, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 13, 1845; died May 5, 1923; aged 77 y. 5 m. 22 d. On Oct. 6, 1867, she was married to P. S. Hartman, who survives with the following children: J. D. Hartman, Mrs. Jno. E. Heatwole, Mrs. W. H. Rhodes, all of near Harrisonburg. Two children have preceded her in death. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sol. D. Heatwole and Mrs. Mary Kiser, both of near Harrisonburg, and a brother, Pre. D. S. Brunk, of Gulfport, Miss., 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She united with the Mennonite church at the age of 15 and remained faithful until death. About Feb.1, she was taken ill with cancer and for three months suffered intense pain. All was done to relieve her suffering that kind hands could do. Although ready and anxious to go to her Lord, she bore her suffering with much patience. She was a kind and loving mother in the home, and many poor will long remember her charity and hospitality. Funeral service was held from Weaver's Church May 7, conducted by Bros. A. D. Wenger and S. H. Rhodes. Text, Rev. 21:3, 4. May God comfort the bereaved. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Schertz.--Phebe (Gingrich) Schertz was born Feb. 5, 1849, near Metamora, Ill., died at her home near Eureka, Ill., May 18, at the age of 74 y. 3 m. 13 d. She confessed her Savior in her early youth and united with the Mennonite Church. She remained a faithful member until her death. She was united in marriage to Christian S. Schertz Jan. 7, 1875. To this union were born 3 sons: Samuel, Louis C., and Benj. J. Although she had no daughters she fostered two Mrs. Edward King, Hutchinson, Kans., and Mrs. Frank Sharick, Ashley, Mich. One son and wife, and one granddaughter, Ruth, preceded her in death. She was the youngest of six sisters of whom only two remain, Mrs. Christian Schertz of Metamora, and Mrs. Christian Nafziger of Washington, Ill. Mother Schertz gave us a true example of endurance and hopefulness and bore the trials and annoyances of sickness quietly and calmly with a prayerful heart and faith in the Almighty. Short services were conducted at the home by Bro. Andrew Schrock, using for his text Ps. 23 and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church by Bro. C. F. Derstine, using as his text II Cor. 5:1; Heb. 11:16. A large body of sympathizing friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. May we all live so as to meet her in glory.
Detweiler.--John Detweiler was born in Mifflin county, Pa., Feb. 2, 1839, at which place he grew to manhood, and came to Logan county, Ohio, at the age of 21 years. He was married to Barbara Plank, Jan. 13, 1863, with whom he lived happily for more than 60 years. Of the ten children born to them, four preceded him in death. The first sorrow came to the home when David, John Nelson, and Clarabell were called away, their deaths being caused by diphtheria. Samuel died later in Oscoda county, Michigan. Those remaining are Mrs. Mary Umble, of Urbana; William, of Connersville, Indiana; Edward, of Wellman, Iowa; Clarence, of DeGraff; Elizabeth and Emma, at home with their mother. He was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church, and was loyal to his church and true to his convictions. He served the church in the capacity of janitor, for many years. He was a kind husband and father, and kindness and thoughtfulness of others extended beyond the borders of his home, to many friends and neighbors, who showed their appreciation of his counsels and advice in many many ways. He was a great reader, in which manner he kept posted along many lines, the Bible being his favorite book. Four years ago he was stricken with paralysis, which affected his memory and speech. He manifested a wonderful degree of patience and appreciation of every little kindness shown him during all the years. He was stricken a second time about five weeks ago and was confined to his bed until the end, which came on May 6, 1923. His age was 84 y. 3 m. 4 d. Funeral services were held at the home May 6, in charge of A. I. Yoder, assisted by N. E. Miller, of Springs, Pa. Burial was made in the Alexander cemetery.
Transcribed by: Martha E Heath. Indiana