Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 23 - September 6, 1923
KAUFMAN Lester Ray Kaufman, son of Allen Webster and Annie C. Kaufman, was born Oct. 13, 1920; died Aug. 18, 1923; aged 2y. 10m. 5d. He is survived by his father and mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Thomas Mennonite Church, Somerset Co., Pa., by L.A. Blough and Joseph Saylor. Interment in adjoining cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved family.
BRUNK Elizabeth Hartman Brunk was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Feb. 27, 1845; died at the home of her son-in-law, Bro. H.B. Keener, on Aug. 12, 1923; aged 78y. 5m. 16d. She was of a family of 12 children, only one of whom survives, Bro. P.S. Hartman, of near Harrisonburg, Va. On Aug. 22, 1871, she was married to David Brunk, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for fifty-two years. Five children survive this union: Timothy, of South English, Iowa; Emanuel, of Denbigh, Va.; Bettie M. Keener of Harrisonburg; Lydia Harmon, of South Boston, Va.; and Rose Weber of Maugansville, Md. She united with the Mennonite Church in youth and remained faithful until the end. She was a devoted companion and mother and greatly interested in the work of the church. She bore her suffering with patience, but longed "to be at home with the Lord." Funeral services were held from Weaver's Church Aug. 14, conducted by Bishops S.H. Rhodes and L.J. Heatwole. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. May God bless the bereaved.
MARTIN Sarah (Wisterman) Martin was born near Lockport, N.Y., Mar. 9, 1839; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Ella Ricker) near Roseland, Nebr., Aug. 11, 1923; aged 84y. 5m. 2d. She was married to Jacob Martin of Clarence Center, N.Y., in 1862. To this union were born 4 children, 1 son and 3 daughters, all of whom survive her. They are Delbert of Toledo, Ohio; Mary Carper of Hildreth, Nebr.; Ella Ricker and Emma Auer of Roseland, Nebr. She also leaves 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In the spring of 1866 they moved to Michigan, where they resided till 1871 when thy moved to Sterling, Ill., and in 1886 they moved with the family to Adams Co., Nebr., where they resided till they were called to their reward by death. Her husband preceded her in death 12 years. In 1890 she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a member at her death. Funeral services were held at the Roseland Mennonite Church Aug. 14, 1923, conducted by Bro. D.G. Lapp, assisted by Bro. J.W. Shank. Text, I Cor. 15:21,22. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
ALLEBACH Harvey K. Allebach was born at Hilltown,
Penna., Oct. 10, 1869; died at his home in Philadelphia, Aug.
8, 1923, after an illness of about two weeks, having been a sufferer
from diabetes; aged 53y. 10m. 28d. He was the son of the late
Henry and Hannah (KOOKER) ALLEBACH of Hilltown. Besides the widow
(nee Rose LANDIS) there survive five children: Hattie (wife of
Harry MOORE), Irene, Lorraine, Clayton, and Walter of Phila. Four
sisters and a brother survive: Mrs. Henry A. GROFF of Souderton,
Mrs. Jacob BISHOP of Souderton, Mrs. Irwin CLYMER, Mrs. (Pre.)
Mahlon D. SOUDER of Sellersville, and Jacob K. ALLEBACH of Souderton.
Services were held and interment was made Sunday, Aug. 12, at
the Blooming Glen Mennonite Meetinghouse by Bros. Frank Swartz
and Enos Wismer. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Weep not for me, since 'tis in vain,
In heaven I hope we'll meet again,
Where we can together be
Forever in eternity.
OBERHOLZER Jacob G. OBERHOLZER was born in Franklin
Co., Pa., Oct. 21, 1867; died in Washington Co., Md., July 29,
1923; aged 55y. 9m. 8d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church
and remained faithful until death. In 1895 he united in marriage
to Annie SHANK. To this union were born three children: Aaron,
Mary C., and Jacob S. He had been afflicted with heart trouble
for two and a had years but recovered somewhat, and seemed to
be enjoying fairly good health at the time of his death which
came very unexpectedly. On Saturday evening he retired as usual
and on Sunday morning he was found dead in bed. He leaves a sorrowing
companion, 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, and
many friends. The funeral was held at the Paradise Church, conducted
by Brethren Henry Baer and John Risser. Burial in the adjoining
cemetery. Text, Psalms 144:3,4.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright,
Since the spirit of our loved one
Took its happy homeward flight."
By the Daughter.
LICHTI Catherine LICHTI (nee JANTZI) was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Feb. 21, 1836; died July 30, 1923; aged 87y. 5m. 9d. On Oct. 5, 1858, she was married to Joseph B. LICHTI, living in matrimony over 23 years and in widowhood almost 42 years. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 sons, 5 daughters, 48 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren. One son (Rudy) died in 1912, and 1 daughter in infancy. She is also survived by 1 brother (Chr. JANTZI), 1 hald brother (David RISSER in Nebraska), and 2 hald sisters, Mrs. Chr. BRUNK and Mrs. Annie BRUNK in Ontario. She always was in good health until this spring when she had an attack of broncho-pneumonia which returned again in June and left her too weak to recover. She was eagerly waiting to be taken home. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church when a young girl and remained faithful until death. Her Bible was her main pastime in her old age. Service at house was conducted by D. Lebold and at Wellesley A.M. Church by C.S. Zehr, Chr. Gascho, and J.R. Bender. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
OSBORNE Helen Pearl OSBORNE, born Mar.
21, 1922, took her departure from this life Aug. 4, 1923, after
a brief stay on this earth of only. 4m14d. She leaves to mourn
her departure besides her parents, three brothers (Herbert, Chester,
Ralph), and two sisters (Margarie and Marcelle), eight uncles,
six aunts, one grandparent (Menno L. FREY), one cousin (Kenneth
TULLIS), and a host of friends that will greatly miss her. During
her illness of 13 days, she bore her lot with a spirit that might
well be an example for all of us. During her brief stay she showed
continual spirit of content, and her life seemed to be filled
with an unusual amount of cheerfulness and brightness. She found
a warm spot in the hearts of all who knew her. In our memories
she has a cherished place that will never be forgotten. Our greatest
hope will be to so live that we may be reunited with her in the
Like a flower she came to us,
Increasing daily in loveliness,
But like a flower she faded away,
To bloom again on the golden way.
Funeral services at the Mennonite Church on Monday Aug. 6, 1923, conducted by J.S. Horner, Greentown, Ind., and Bish. Mast from Mark 10:13,14. Interment in Shrock cemetery.
HERSHEY Samuel B. HERSHEY was born near Manheim, Pa., Aug. 2, 1864; died Aug. 10, 1923; aged 59y. He is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters, he was a devoted husband, a devoted father and a faithful church member. Funeral services at the home were conducted by Bro. Jos. Boll, Jr., with further services at Kauffman's M.H. by Bros. Jacob Hershey and Frank Kreider. He was laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
BAUMAN Lydia, beloved wife of Moses S. BAUMAN, Elmira, Ont., died Aug. 12, 1923, of a complication of diseases; aged 62y. 1m. 14d. In early life she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. She was the mother of 13 children, all living. She was buied in the cemetery in Elmira. Funeral services were conducted by Agingerich, Oliver Snider, and Urias Martin. May God comfort the bereaved.
MILLER Mark Edmund, son of Harry E. And Luella M. MILLER of Springs, Pa., died after only one day's illness, Aug. 8, 1923; aged 1y. 5m. 24d. Besides his parents he is survived by 4 brothers, grandfather, two grandmothers, great-grandfather and other relatives. The funeral was held at the Springs Mennonite Church on the afternoon of Aug. 10. Brethren G.D., M.B. and N.E. Miller conducted the service, after which the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
KEMP Samuel KEMP was born Dec. 31, 1853; died July 10, 1923; aged 69y. 6m. 9d. Bro. KEMP was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from his youth. He was united in marriage to Arminta FOLK Dec. 26, 1880. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. One daughter died June 4, 1895, the mother died Feb. 9, 1898. Bro. KEMP was married to Dora HANING Apr, 12, 1914. Bro. KEMP was the son of Moses and Sarah KEMP andd was the oldest of a family of two sons and six daughters. His brother (Lenos) the youngest in the family, died a few months prior to Bro. KEMP'S death. Two sisters survive him (Lydia and Anna). He is also survived by three children (Irwin, Bertha, and Wilson). Funeral services at the Springs Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren J.F. Bressler and G.D. and N.E. Miller.
McDONALD Martin, son of Mr. And Mrs. John McDONALD, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 2, 1855; died June 30, 1923; aged 68y. 2m. 28d. When a young man he was united in marriage with Sarah BECHTEL, who died 16 years ago. April 24, 1915, he was united in marriage with Lena MICHAEL, who survives him; as also two sisters (Mrs. Harvey WISE and B.H. ROHRER) and three brothers (Charles, Frank, and Thomas). He was converted in 1918 and united with the Mennonite Church. His membership was with the Yellow Creek congregation, and he was faithful to the time of his decease. Funeral services conducted by C.A. Wright and D.A. Yoder.
STAHL John STAHL was born Nov. 10, 1860, in Somerset Co., Pa.; moved to the old homestead in Bowne Twp., Kent Co., Mich., at the age of 6 where he resided until 24 years of age. On Jan. 15, 1884, he married Eliza BLEAM. They moved to Campbell Twp. And has lived at the present home for 38 years. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter, all of whom are living. He united with the Mennonite Church May 10, 1891, with the Bowne congregation of which body he was a faithful member until death. He died Aug. 11, 1923; aged 62y. 9m. 1d. He leaves his bereft companion, 6 children, 7 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 1 sister, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted by Aldus Brackbill and D.A. Yoder.
DICKEY - Omer, son of John DICKEY, was born in
Lancaster City, Pa., died in Harrisburg, Pa., July 1, 1923; aged
18y. His father found him dead in bed from heart trouble. Besides
his father, a brother (Oliver) and a sister (Elizabeth) survive.
At the time of his death he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad
in Harrisburg. His mother died when he was about 2 years old.
Then he lived the greater part of his life in East Lampeter Tp.,
Lancaster Co., Pa., at the home of Martin W. DENLINGER. Funeral
services were held in the funeral parlors of Hoover and Son,
Amos W. Stamets, pastor of the Augsburg Lutheran Church, officiated.
Burial in the East Harrisburg Cemetery.
"Teach me to live that I may dread,
The grave as little as my bed.
Teach me to die, so that I may
Rise glorious at the judgement day."
ROHRER Elizabeth EBY ROHRER, widow of Abram ROHRER,
died Aug. 30, 1923, at her home in East Petersburg, Pa.; aged
81y. 4m. Among those who mourn her departure are the following
children: Mary, Lizzie, Daniel, Amos, Anna (wife of Fred B. KELLER),
Fanny (wife David D. HUBER), Noah and Ira; also thirteen grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at her
late home on Monday, Sept. 3, 1923, conducted by Bro. Frank Kreider
(Text I Cor. 15:40-57) with further services at the East Petersburg
Mennonite Church (of which she was a member for many years), conducted
by Bro. John H. Gochnauer (Text II Tim. 4:7) and C.E. Rice (Text
Rev. 2:10). Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
How we'll miss her gentle welcome,
As he opened wide the door;
And the interest she has taken,
In the task that each one bore.
By her granddaughter.
EBERLY Florence K., oldest daughter of Alvin and
Fannie EBERLY died Aug. 19, 1923; aged 3y. 6d. She has
budded on earth to bloom in heaven. She was sick for 3 months
with pernicious-anemia, and all that time bore her suffering with
great patience, often laying on her bed of affliction singing,
"Jesus, Jesus, how I love Him." The last hours of her
life were of intense suffering, but Jesus called her home on a
calm Sabbath eve. Her being called away has cast a deep shadow
over the home, but she is now singing with the angels above. She
leaves father, mother one sister (Lena), two grandfathers, one
grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral Aug.
22, at the Guilford Church, conducted by David Wenger of Burton
City, O., and Harvey Horst of Washingtonville, Ohio. She was a
bright sunbeam in the home and the rays will keep shining therein.
"Oh, Florence, how we miss your smiles,
Your loving, tender voice;
How we longed to keep you with us,
But God has made His choice."
WELDY Sister Mary (SHEETS) WELDY was born
in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 16, 1873; died July 15, 1923; aged 50y.
1m. 29d. She was married to Joseph WELDY on Nov. 3, 1892. To this
union were born 13 children all living (Nora RICHER, Anna LICHTY,
Golda WENGER, Charley, Irvin, William, Harvey, Mabel, Nina, Bernice,
Kenneth, Ramon, and Lola). She was converted in the winter of
1894, united with the Mennonite Church at the Holdeman congregation.
She lived a consistent Christian life until death, was a kind,
affectionate mother, was always willing to lend a helping hand
to the needy, and had opened her doors to 7 fatherless children
who had their homes with them from 2 to 7 years. She was much
concerned for her children, instructed them to live good Christian
lives. She leaves husband, 13 children, 13 grandchildren, 3 brothers,
2 sisters, 3 half-brothers and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services conducted by D.A. Yoder and Joe Neuhouser.
'Tis hard to part with mother dear.
No more to see no more to hear,
A nobler mother could not be
Found this side eternity.
But yet we're glad, if God thought best,
To end her troubles and give her rest.
In heaven, to sing with angels fair.
May our names, too. Be written there?
That we again may mother meet,
And walk with her thru golden streets.
Written by one of family.
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MYERS Samuel C. MYERS was born Nov. 24, 1843; died Sept. 1, 1923; aged 79y. 9m. 7d. He leaves to mourn his departure, his companion, one son (Norman) and two daughters (Mrs. Jacob HESS and Mrs. Annie SNAVELY) a number of grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Risser's Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Tuesday Sept. 4, at Risser's Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., conducted by Bishop John G. Ebersole and Noah W. Risser. Interment in Milton Grove Cemetery. Text II Tim. 4:6-8.
FUNK Mary (DETWILER) FUNK was born Sept. 15, 1836, died at the home of her son-in-law, E.L. FORCE, near Spring City, Pa., Aug. 23, 1923; aged 86y. 11m. 8d. On Nov. 10, 1857, she was married to Henry FUNK. To this union were born 1 son and 5 daughters. One daughter, Annie FORCE, surviving her. She suffered greatly for several months from Gangrene. Funeral services were held at the Vincent Mennonite Church (of which she was a member) on Monday, Aug. 27, conducted by H.S. Replogle of the Green Tree Brethren Church and Amos Kolb of the Vincent Church. Text, Heb. 13:14. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
BAER Gilbert, eldest son of Moses and Adeline BAER, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 4, 1901; died Aug. 13, 1923; aged 22y. 3m. 9d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, Father, Mother, 1 sister, 1 foster sister, 1 brother, grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. He confessed his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church about six years ago and remained true to the end. He was resigned to God's will when he saw he could not get well again. The funeral service was held on Aug. 16, by Bro. M.H. Shantz at the home and at the Blenheim Mennonite Church by Bro. M. Hallman. Text, Jer. 9:21. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
GOOD John F. GOOD was born in Rockingham Co.,
Va., March 19, 1853; died at South English, Iowa, Aug. 29, 1923;
aged 70y. 5m. 10d. After the death of his first wife (Hannah B.
RALSTON) he moved with his four boys to Keokuk Co., Iowa, in 1893.
In 1895 he was married to Ida PARNELL, who with four sons (George,
David, James and William) survive. He had been in rather poor
health for several months, but his sudden death was caused by
apoplexy. It is common to say good things about our friends after
they are gone, but here was a life that had many words of praise
for its good qualities while being lived among us. He possessed
many noble qualities the influence of which will live in the lives
of those who associated with him. In youth he united with the
Presbyterian Church and lived an exemplary life.
CHARLES John D. CHARLES was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 29, 1878; died at Newton, Kans., Aug. 30, 1923; aged 45y. 2m. 1d. On May 3, 1906, he was married to Amelia CHARLES. To this union were born 4 sons and one daughter, all of whom with their mother survive him. He was superintendent of the Kansas City Mission from 1906-1909, when he was elected as a member of the first faculty of Hesston Academy and Bible School in which capacity he served during the fourteen years the school has been in existence. At the time of his death he was serving both as registrar and dean of what is now known as Hesston College and Bible School. On May 4, 1908, he was ordained to the ministry and preached the Word faithfully for the remaining years of his life. While a malignant cancer of the internal organs was preying on his vitality for some time , it was not known until his health gave way less than two months before his death. As soon as his real condition was known, hopes for his recovery were abandoned. He was fully resigned and met the end with Christian fortitude and passed away in peace. Funeral services were held at Hesston, Kans., Sept. 2, 1923; by T.M. Erb, P.A. Friesen, and D.H. Bender. Texts used were Num. 23:10; Psa. 116:15; Phil. 1:21, and I Cor. 15:24. His remains, followed by the family, were taken to his former home at Millersville, Pa., where funeral services were held on Sept. 6, by D.N. Lehman, and S.M. Kanagy. Interment in the cemetery at the Millersville Church.
YODER David P. YODER was born in Wayne Co., Ohio,
Nov. 12, 1830. He was a resident of this county all of his life,
with the exception of a few years when he resided with his daughter,
Mrs. C.K. HARTZLER, of West Liberty, Ohio. He died of infirmities
of old age , Sept. 7, 1923; aged 92y. 9m. 25d. He was united in
marriage to Barbara ZOOK in 1854. To this union were born 4 children
(Sarah, Hiram, Mary Ann, and Fanny). His beloved life companion,
one son and two daughters preceded him in death. There remains
to mourn his departure one daughter, 3 grandchildren, and 4
with a large circle of near relatives and friends. At the age
of 17 he confessed and accepted Christ as his Savior and united
with the A.M. Church. He was a loyal and faithful brother, a worker
and wise counsellor in the church, interested in her activities,
supporting the work by his prayers and means, continuing steadfast
in the faith he held so dear. His place in the church services
was seldom found vacant and his delight was to mingle with both
young and old as he passed through life. He was resigned to the
will of God and looked forward with confidence and hope, trusting
in the promises of his blessed Savior. He leaves to the family
and the church, the memory of a beautiful Christian life. Services
were conducted by the brethren, Jesse Smucker, J.S. Gerig, and
David Hostetler, from Prov. 3:1,2 and II Kings 20:1. Interment
in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
When the cares of life have ended,
And I cross the silent stream,
As I reach the heavenly portals
And its glories on me beam:
I shall sing the song of Welcome
As I pass within the wall,
I shall see the Savior coming,
And shall know his loving call.
THOMAS Mary Catherine THOMAS, daughter of Curtis
and Hattie THOMAS, was born near Holsopple, Pa., Sept. 3; died
Sept. 5, 1923. Funeral services at the Maple Springs Church of
the Brethren, conducted by Charles Blough. Burial in the Church
God needed one more angel child,
Amid His shining band.
And so upon the earth He smiled,
And grasped our darling's hand.
SCHROCK Maynard Junior SCHROCK, infant son of Bro. and Sister Clarence SCHROCK, was born July 8, 1923, at White Pigeon, Mich. He departed this life Sept. 9, 1923; aged 2m. 1d. In departing this life he leaves 2 brothers and 1 sister Leonard, Donald, and Elva; his parents, his grandparents Mr. And Mrs. Miles HATHAWAY and Mr. And Mrs. Noah SCHROCK and many other relatives. Services were conducted at the home by W.W. Oesch of Bristol, Ind. Burial at the Middlebury Cemetery.
MUSSER Bro. Isaac MUSSER was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and died in Berks Co., Pa., Sept. -, 1923; aged 72y. 9m. 3d. While on the way to his mail box, which was some distance from his home, he was struck by a touring car and instantly killed. From early life he was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran Church, Sept. 17, by Brethren Benj. Weaver and I.B. Good, assisted by Pre. Snyder of the Lutheran Church. Texts, Psa. 39:4 and Jas. 4:14. He was well known. Peace to his ashes.
BLOUGH Richard Wesley, son of Pre. Harry C. and
Sister Freida BLOUGH, was born Feb. 26, 1922; died of cholera
infantum Sept. 10, 1923; aged 1y. 6m. 15d. Little Richard suffered
severely for about 20 hours, and then peacefully fell asleep in
Jesus. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 1 little sister,
2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, 2 great-grandfathers, and 4
and many other relatives and friends. (Truly a well preserved
family). Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church
near Holsopple, Pa., on Sept. 11 by S.G. Shetler and L.A. Blough.
Interment in cemetery near the church. May God's richest blessing
rest upon the family in their bereavement. The following lines
were selected by the parents:
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.
MILLER Isaac R. MILLER of Lancaster County, Pa.,
was born Nov. 14, 1878; died Sept. 11, 1923; aged 44y. 9m. 27d.
He is survived by his wife, who was Barbara NISSLEY before marriage,
and six children: Abram, Andrew, Raymond, Isaac, Amos, and John;
also four brothers and six sisters. His death was the result of
a fractured skull from a fall in his barn. Deceased with his wife,
his brother and wife and Bro. Levi SAUDERS of Millersville Children's
Home, just five days before the accident returned from a two weeks'
journey to Canada, attending General Conference and visiting the
brotherhood at several places along the way. We know not why one
so much needed should be taken so soon but sometime we shall
"What is our life; it is even as a vapor which passes away."
Soon the evening shades will gather,
Soon we will turn our joylit eyes,
To the mansions of the Father,
To our blessed home on high.
PIERSON Barbara SCHLONEGER LIECHTY PIERSON
was born east of Louisville, Stark Co., O., Sept. 27, 1847. Early
in her teens she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained
a faithful, consistent member until her death which occurred after
a siege of sickness covering a period of more than 3 years. She
fell asleep Aug. 28, 1923, at the ripe age of 75y. 11m. 1d. She
was married first to Peter LIECHTY who has long ago gone to his
reward. To this union were born 2 daughters, Anna Mary and Amanda
May. Later she was again married to Isaac R. Pierson who passed
away more than 11 years ago. She leaves to mourn her departure
one daughter, Amanda May INDERMEHLE, two grandchildren (Julius
F. MILLER of Canton, O., and Mrs. Catherine Miller OBERER of Columbus,
O., also one step-son. Forrest PIERSON, one step daughter Mrs.
Geo. LEATHERMAN (both of Canton, Ohio), step-grandchildren, one
brother Daniel SCHLONEGER of Bellefontaine, O., one sister Fannie
BONTRAGER of West Liberty, O., 13 nephews and neices and many
The funeral services were held at the home of her daughter Mr. And Mrs. E.H. INDERMEHLE, Canton, O., and were conducted at the house by E.P. Herbrunk (an old friend of the family) and at the Beech Church by Brethren Daniel Schmucker (Ger. Ps. 23) and J.A. Leichty (Eng. I Cor. 15:58). Burial was made in Amish Mennonite Cemetery adjoining the Beech A.M. Church. Peace to her ashes.
HILTY John H., son of Christian and Magdalina
HILTY, was born in Allen County, Ohio, March 2, 1848. He was the
second of six children, of whom the youngest brother (Jacob) is
still living. Jan. 10, 1871, he united in marriage with Mary Anne
THUT of near Bluffton, Ohio. To this union twelve children were
born, six of whom survive (Christ, Rhoda, Elmer, Clara, Reuben,
and Nora). Before his marriage he had accepted Christ as his Savior
and made his church home in the Mennonite Church. When he moved
to this community there was no church of their choice nearer than
15 miles. He with a number of others with the same faith undertook
the great task of organizing and building a church for the benefit
of themselves, their children and the community. This present
organization and structure, known as the Chapel Mennonite Church,
is the result of their persistent effort. Of the original charter
members of this church, only one besides sister HILTY (his wife)
survive. Every movement that was for the benefit of the church
and the community and especially for the young people received
his hearty moral and financial support. He succeeded in leaving
to his family, church and community the great legacy of a life
of truthfulness, of honesty and devotion to God and the best interests
of his fellowmen.
With the hope of improving his sight, which was greatly impaired, he underwent an operation on the eye about a week ago. The operation was an apparent success but complications developed from which he fell asleep peacefully on the evening of September 12, at the age of 75y. 6m. 10d. He leaves his loving companion, three sons, three daughters, twelve grandchildren, and one brother, besides many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the Chapel Church, Sept. 15, by Bro. Paul F. Whitmer assisted by Bro. Anglemeyer of the Brethren Church.
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