Knavel. - Bro. Chas. Knavel (aged 38 years) of Windber, Pa.; died of a complication of diseases on Sunday, June 14, 1925. Through his long illness of more than two years he passed through intense suffering, but he bore it all patiently, never murmuring nor complaining. He is survived by his widow and 2 daughters; also by his mother, 2 sisters and 4 brothers.
Zeck. - Phebe Clay Zeck of Gardner, Me., has laid aside the toils of life and has gone to her reward. She remembered her Creator in the days of her youth and had an unfaltering faith in the Bible, believing that God's Word would be fulfilled while her body was at rest in the "silent city." "I cannot say, and will not say, My sister is dead; she's just away; Some day we'll meet, and a wave of the hand, Will show that she lives in a pleasant land." -By her sister, Aezelia C. Clay.
Roth. - Lydia, wife of Samuel Roth, was born in Henry Co., O., July 17, 1884; died at the Wauseon Hospital, June 11, 1925, where the day previous to her death she underwent an operation for appendicitis; aged 40 y. 10 m. 17 d. On Feb. 27, 1902, she was united in marriage with Samuel Roth. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 1 foster daughter, 1 sister, 1 foster brother, step-mother, her aged mother-in-law, and many relatives and friends. In her young years she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the A. M. congregation, to which faith she held until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church, June 14, conducted by Eli Rupp, E. L. Frey, and S. D. Grieser. Burial is Eckley Cemetery. Dear Mother, how we miss you. Miss you more than tongue can tell; Jesus sent His angel for you, Now we bid a sad farewell."
Weber. - Peter M. Weber was born Nov. 1, 1839, on the old Weber homestead which was then a farm but at the present time the Canadian Goodrich Tire factory is built where the old farmhouse stood. In 1860 he was married to Leah Schmitt who predeceased him some years ago. Two children were born to this union of whom one survives -Geo. S., with whom he had has home. Two children were adopted by them - Mrs. Leah Cressman and Mrs. Abram Wambold. He also leaves 1 brother, 4 sisters, 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Bro. Weber was converted in his youth and joined the Mennonite Church, which faith he kept to the end. He died near Kitchener, June 13, 1925, at the ripe old age of 85 y. 8 m. 13 d. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, June 16, Bros. Orphen Wismer and Manasseh Hallman conducting the services.
Roth. - Fannie, wife of Enos Roth, was born near Pettisville, Ohio, Sept. 23, 1884; died at the Wauseon Hospital, June 14, 1925, where she underwent an operation for appendicitis four days previous to her death; aged 40 y. 8 m. 21 d. On Jan. 10, 1910, she was united in marriage with Enos Roth. This union was blessed with 2 sons (Truman and Clarence) and 1 daughter (Lucille). She leaves her sorrowing husband, 3 children, her mother, aged mother-in-law, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, and many relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the A. M. Church, June 17, conducted by S. D. Grieser and Henry Rychener. Interment in Eckley cemetery. "We have lost our darling mother, She has bid us all adieu, She has gone to live in heaven, And her form is lost to view."
Gnagey. - Daniel E. Gnagey was born near Meyersdale, Pa., Sept. 3, 1864; died near Pigeon, Mich., June 7, 1925; aged 60 y. 9 m. 3 d. In 1883 he was married to Eva Maust. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters (Simon, Elias, Ada, Amelia, Melvin, Joseph, Howard, and Jonas). He also leaves 7 grandchildren, 1 adopted granddaughter, 1 brother (Jacob), 2 sisters (Mrs. Savilla Ophel and Mrs. Katie Bowman), and 1 uncle (David Hostetler). The twins (son and daughter) and two grandsons preceded him to the world beyond. He was buried June 10 in the Pigeon River cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by S. J. Swartzendruber and M. S. Zehr. "Father, dear, thou art gone above, to the dear Savior whom we all love; Although thou wast taken away so soon, As though it were but afternoon, We rejoice, although it costs us grief, For our heartfelt loss was thy relief." -The Family.
Barge. - Sister Emma Barge was born June 9, 1851; died at the home of her niece, Mrs. John K. Meck, Strasburg, Pa., April 24, 1925; aged 73 y. 10 m. 5 d. She was in her usual health till she took sick a little over a week before her death. Heart failure was the cause of her death. Her departure leaves a vacant place in the home, but God's ways are best. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and left for us a noble example of unselfish service in her quiet way. She cheerfully gave of her means to the Church to be used for missionary work and we believe in that day she shall hear the commendation of her Savior. She leaves an only sister, 3 sisters and a brother having preceded her to the spirit world. She was laid to rest April 27 at the Strasburg Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the Brick Church were conducted by Bro. Frank Herr; at the house by Bro. C. M. Brubaker. "The golden gates were opened wide, A gentle voice said, 'Come;' And angels from the other side, Welcomed her to that glad home." -A Niece.
Nofziger. - Herma, daughter of Emanuel and Louisa Nofziger, was born near Archbold, O., July 6, 1897; died in the same vicinity, June 9, 1925; aged 27 y. 11 m. 3 d. She was the first of a family of 8 children to answer to the death call. Her sickness was of short duration, which at first was though not serious, but gradually she became worse. She suffered intensely the last few days from blood poisoning, which caused her death. She was fully resigned to the Lord's will, and expressed peace with God and said that she was ready to go. She leaves her parents, 4 brothers (Walter, Ira, Irvin, Wilson), 3 sisters (Elsie, Lillie, and Bertha), her aged grandparents, and a large circle of friends and relatives. In her teens she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the A. M. Church, and remained a member until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church June 12, conducted by Henry Rychener and S. D. Grieser. Burial in Eckley Cemetery. "Herma is gone, but not forgotten, Never will her memory fade; Loving thoughts will always linger, Round the grave where she is laid."
Yoder. - Noah C. Yoder was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Nov. 4, 1853; died at Fairview, Mich., June 1, 1925; aged 71 y. 6 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage to Terace Stutesman Jan. 20, 1878. To this union were born six sons and five daughters. His wife, one son, and one daughter, preceded him to the world beyond. The surviving children are: Mrs. Ella Kaufman, Mrs. Nettie Esch, Mrs. Lily Miller, Ira, Chris, Lora, John, Mrs. Artie Bontrager, and Jesse. He leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Sarah Stayrook) 1 brother (John Yoder), forty-four grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and friends. Since the death of his wife eleven years ago, he has lived with some of his children. Two years ago he had a stroke of paralysis which rendered him almost speechless. Since that time he became more and more helpless, but was not confined to his bed much of the time until about two weeks previous to his death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained a member of that faith. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. M. S. Steiner, June 2, 1925. Text. Matt. 25:31-34. He was laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery.
Lehman. - John Hardman Lehman, eldest son of Samuel and Nancy Lehman, was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Mar. 13, 1845; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Daniel F. Hahn, North Lima, Ohio, June 12, 1925; aged 80 y. 3m. For many years he was successfully engaged in farming on the place now owned by his son, Edward. Having retired from farming some years ago, he moved to North Lima, where he has resided ever since. The end came on Friday evening, after a lingering illness covering several years. He suffered considerable pain but bore his affliction patiently. He was married to Mary Y. Gehman, to which union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters, 2 sons and his wife having preceded him in death. There remain to mourn his departure 5 sons, 3 daughters, 27 grandchildren 4 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Owing to scarlet fever being in the home of Bro. D. F. Hahn, where he was making his home, the body was removed to the home of his son, Edward, where, on June 15, brief funeral services were held. Further services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church (of which he was a faithful member) in charge of Brethren A.J. Steiner and E. M. Detwiler. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Stalter. - Joseph Stalter, Sr., was born Mar. 31, 1840, in Alsace-Lorraine, France; entered into rest June 3, 1925, at his home near Meadows, Ill.; aged 85 y. 2 m. 2 d. At the age of 17 he came to America and located near Hamilton, Ohio, with his father and brother. Remaining there 2 years they moved near Pekin, Ill., where they lived 7 years. In 1865 the family moved near Meadows, Ill. In 1871 he was united in holy matrimony to Mary Stalter and moved on the farm where he died, living there 54 years, with the exception of four months which he spent in St. Petersburg, Fla., last winter. To this union were born four sons and four daughters. His companion preceded him to the home beyond Dec. 11, 1917. Two sons died in infancy. He leaves 2 sons (John and Chris) 3 daughters (Mrs. E. A. Rediger, Barbara, and Lena), 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Daniel), and one sister (Magdalena Rocke). He accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained faithful and loyal until God called him home. "Dearest Father, thou hast left us, How we miss thee everywhere; But we hope again to meet thee, On yonder heavenly shore." Funeral services were held at his late home June 7, by Bro. D. W. Slagel, and at the church by Bro. Joe Heiser, Fisher, Ill., who preached the funeral sermon. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the Waldo cemetery.
Smucker. - Maria, daughter of Jacob and Anna Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., June 30, 1836; died at her in West Liberty, Ohio, June 3, 1925; aged 88 y. 11 m. 3 d. She was united in marriage with Gideon Y. Smucker in December, 1854, in Mahoning Co., Ohio. Her husband passed away 31 years ago. Four sons and five daughters were born this happy union. Two sons and three daughters went on before to welcome her to the spirit world. Those remaining are Jeptha, Joseph, Kathryn, and Phoebe, who tenderly cared for her in her last days. She is also survived by two brothers and three sisters (Gideon Yoder, Simon P. Yoder, Abbie Miller, Lydia Yoder, and Mattie Smucker). Besides these there remain sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Reared by God-fearing parents she accepted her Savior in her girlhood days and united with the Mennonite Church. Her life was a life of service for her Master, and for those around her. Afflicted in her younger years, she spent a few years as a shut-in, after which she was again blessed with good health and spent busy years until old age impaired her sight, and her physical strength gave way. She spent eight years in a wheel chair. Her last illness was of short duration, and when the summer sun was sinking in the west her spirit departed and went to its Maker from whence it came. Mother is at rest. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer assisted by Bro. N. E. Troyer. Interment in the Hooley cemetery.
Troyer. - Caroline Troyer (nee Schrock) was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 5, 1848. When quite young she came with her parents to Miami Co., Ind., where she grew up to womanhood, and where she spent the remaining days of her life. She died June 2, 1925; aged 76 y. 7 m. 27 d. On April 10, 1870, she was married to Simon Kendall who died March 12, 1872. On Dec. 13, 1874, she was married again to John Troyer, who died March 5, 1912. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in her younger years, in which faith she remained steadfast until death, always desiring to do that which was noble and wise and right in the sight of God and man, and always was ready to give God and man, and always was ready to give counsel and good advice to all who asked for such favors. She leaves two sisters (Barbara Mast and Sarah Zook), 11 children, 6 step-children, 91 grand- and step-grandchildren, 57 great- and step-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Her youngest son (George) is a medical missionary in India. The death of this gentle, kind and loving sister brings sadness to the people who knew her for her good and womanly qualities without a trace of selfishness. She was devoted to her friends and associates. Universal sympathy is felt and expressed toward the family and friends, whose grief has touched the hearts of those who witnessed it. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Amboy, Ind., by E. A. Mast and David Yoder of Elkhart. "A precious one from us is taken, A voice we loved is stilled; A place is vacant in this home, Which never can be filled."
Hershey. - Entered into rest May 8, 1925, Josiah Hershey, Sr., husband of the late May Ann Hershey, at the home of his son, Dr. George B. Hershey, Gap, Pa., in his 86th year. He was the son of the late Pre. Jacob R. Hershey, and Margaret, his wife, who was the sister of the late Bishop Isaac Eby. He was the eldest of a family of seven and the first to break the circle of these aged brothers and sisters. Grandfather is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Magdalena Buckwalter, Mrs. Mary Metzler, Mrs. Susanna Rohrer, Ephraim, Peter E., and Jacob E. 72 of 87 descendants are grouped as follows: Of a family of 12, the following four children survive: Magdalena, wife of Isaac S. Rohrer; Elizabeth, wife of Addison M. Groff; Peter E. Hershey, and Dr. George B. Hershey. There are 22 grandchildren living, 38 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Grandfather was dearly beloved by his family to whom he was beautifully devoted, and he was held in high esteem by all who knew him. It is hard to realize that the bright light of his welcoming smile has left us to shine elsewhere, for, up to two weeks before his death, he seemed to be well, excepting an increasing feebleness A faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 64 years, he never missed a communion service unless prevented by sickness, and he was one of the first Mennonite Sunday school workers in Lancaster County, being appointed the first Sunday school superintendent at White Horse. He was a subscriber to the Gospel Herald since its publication as the Herald of Truth. His faith in Christ remains a shining light to his succeeding generations, and Oh, how joyous he must be in the continual presence of Jesus Christ, his daily refuge. -A Granddaughter.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana
Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 15 - July 9, 1925 - pages 319
McDorman, John Wesley, son of John and Catherine McDorman,
was born June 19, 1871, near Normal, Ill.; died at his home in
East Lynne, Mo., June 24, 1925; aged 54 y. 5 d. He moved with
his parents from Illinois in 1881. His parents and one sister
preceded him to the great beyond. He was never married and lived
with his two sisters, Ida and Sadie, who are left to mourn his
departure. Funeral services at his late home by the brethren,
Isaac Hartzler and L. J. Miller, Text, Jn. 14:1,2.
Ebersole.---Martha R. Staffer Ebersole was born Oct.
25, 1866; died June 20, 1925;; aged 58. y. 7 m. 25 d. She married
Seth E. Ebersole (now minister of the Chestnut Hill congregation)
Oct. 25, 1889. This union was blessed with 7 children, all in
the Church: Henry, Barbara, wife of Pre. Jacob F. Bru baker, grandson
of the late Jacob N. Brubaker, Benjamin, Christian, Mary A., and
Bertha. She also leaves 6 grandchildren. Four days before she
passed away when all the children were called home, she spoke
to all of them, telling them that she was going to a better home
and that they can not go with her now, but they should obey their
father and make no trouble in the Church. Whenever she was able
to accompany her companion she did, and encouraged him to go after
his work in the interest of the Church. She was a dear friend
of children in helping them, as well as the grandchilren. She
will be greatly missed in the home as well as the Church where
her seat was seldom vacant. Private services at the home on Tuesday,
June 23, with public services at the Landisville Mennonite Church,
conducted by Henry Longenecker, Isaac Brubaker, and Hiram Kauffman.
Text. Luke 22:15. Saturday previous to her death an appointment
had been made to serve her with communion at home, but she was
too weak and the appointment was postponed. Therefore this text
was chosen for use at her funeral: "With desire I have desired
to eat this passover before I suffer."
Neuenschwander.---Abr. M. Neuenschwander was born Jan.
29, 1851, near Canton Berne, Switzerland; died June 16, 1925,
at his home near Orrville, Ohio; aged 74 y. 4 m. 26 d. He with
his parents, brothers and sisters, came to America in March, 1876,
and made his home near Berne, Ind., from which place he moved
9 years ago, to Orrville, Ohio. On May 14, 1881, he was married
to Miriam Moser. This union was blessed with 7 sons and 7 daughters.
One son was called home and one daughter, almost 21 years old,
followed the little brother while they were living in Indiana.
Two years ago another daughter was called away with only a few
days sickness, and his youngest son (Benjamin) died Feb. 2, last.
The father had more or less heart trouble, and from that time
on he seemed to fail much, and the last four weeks he longed to
go home and meet the loved ones up yonder. He suffered from dropsy
of the heart, and could not be in bed, but could help himself
until a a few minutes before his death. On June 19 he was laid
away to await the coming of the judgment day, leaving his sorrowing
widow, 5 sons, 5 daughters 27 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters,
and many relatives. On March 24, 1925, as his health failed a
brother was ordained to his place as deacon for the Sonnenberg
congregation, in which capacity he had faithfully served. The
funeral was held by the home ministers, Jacob Moser, Louis Amstutz,
and C. N. Amstutz.
"Leaf by leaf the roses fall,
Drop by drop the spring runs dry;
One by one, beyond recall.
Our friends depart and die."
Cassel.---Milton M. only son of Henry and the late Anna
Cassel, died at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., aften an
illness of one week and following two operation for appendicitis.
He was born Oct. 21, 1865, on the Cassell Homestead. He is survived
by his sorrowing widow (who was Fanny Longenecker before marriage),
his father (Henry Cassel), 6 sons, 4 daughters (3 sons are at
rest), 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He was a
member of the Mennonite Church. Many a visit was made by the ministering
brethren and many a prayer was made for him but he was not willing
to make a surrender until two days before his death, when he confessed
the Lord, made a full surrender, and was received into church
fellowship by Bishop Isaac Brubaker and Bro. John Snavely. He
was then ready to say, "The Lord's will be done." The
night before his departure the family was called in, he spent
most of the time in prayer and song to God--a wonderful witness
we had of the love of Jesus. Funeral services were held from the
late home and at Kauffman's Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Bros. Isaac Breubaker and John Snavely preached in the church,
and since the crowd was so large, Bro. John Hess conducted services
outside of the church.
"Dearest papa, thou hast left us.
Here thy loss we deeply feel."
May this be an occasion for us who have started to serve the
Lord to draw nearer to Jesus, and the remaining daughter and 3
sons to prepare to meet their God, and then we can all meet papa
the the little brothers in heaven some sweet and glorious day.
Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida
King. - Nola, daughter of Samuel and Ida King, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, July 29, 1912; died June 27, 1925; aged 12 y. 10 m. 28 d. She leaves her father, mother, aged grandmother, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and many relatives and friends. One sister preceded her about 5 years ago. Funeral services were held at Central A. M. Church on June 30, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Burial in Eckley Cemetery. "Only a little while Of walking with weary feet, Patiently over the thorny way That leads to the golden street."
Roth. - Rebecca Kathryn, only daughter of Joseph and Barbara Roth, Bellefontaine, O.; died June 22, 1925, having lived only ten short days to bless this home. Father, mother, 5 brothers, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home June 23, 1925, conducted by Bro. A. I. Yoder. Text, Psa. 103:15, 16. Burial in the South Union Cemetery. "Budded on earth to bloom in heaven." We humbly submit to the will of God and with the prophet of old say, "The Lord gave, the Lord has taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord."
Barr. - Henry Barr was born Oct. 8, 1944; died June 12, 1925, at the home of his daughter at Lyndo, Pa.; aged 80 y. 8 m. 4 d. His companion died ten years ago. Also two sons and one daughter preceded him in death. He leaves 3 sons, one daughter, one brother and an aged sister. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until God suddenly called him home. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Aaron Harnish and at the church by Bros. Frank Herr and Jacob Thomas. "All is over, hands are folded On a quiet, peaceful breast; All is over, pains are ended, Now dear father is at rest."
Martin. - Bertha, daughter of Moses and Emma Martin, was born near Goodville, Pa., Feb. 7, 1918; died July 2, 1925; aged 7 y. 4 m. 25 d. She leaves her father, mother, 3 sisters, 5 brothers. Death was due to paralysis of the brain of which she lingered for four months. Although she suffered no pain, she gradually weakened away. She was of a loving disposition and will be sadly missed in the home. Funeral services were held July 6 at Lichty's Church, conducted by Bros. John M. Souders and I. B. Good. Text, Mark 10:14. Burial in adjoining cemetery. "A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled; A place is vacant in our home Which never can be filled."
Charles. - Harry D., son of Bro. John and Sister Anna Denlinger Charles, was born May 31, 1871; died June 28, 1925; aged 54 y. 27 d. He is survived by his grief-stricken mother, the widow, Sister Hettie Charles, and the following children: J. Milton, H. Omer, J. Lloyd, Marian, Rhoda, Daniel, and Nelson. The deceased was an ardent worker in the Millersville, Pa., Sunday school and served as superintendent for a number of years. His untimely death was a great shock to the family, the Sunday school and church and the surrounding community. Private funeral services were held at the house by the brethren D. N. Gish and John H. Mosemann. Text, Rom. 14:12. Burial in Millersville Mennonite Church.
Brenneman. - Oren Eugene, infant son of Bro. and Sister Simon Brenneman, died June 9, 1925; aged 4 days. His death is mourned by his parents, 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers, 4 great-grandmothers, and one great-grandfather, besides many other relatives. His life lasted only four days, while the last two were spent in intense suffering, from which he is now peacefully resting in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Bro. D. J. Fisher, and interment in the East Union Cemetery near Kalona, Iowa. "Go to thy rest, fair child, Go to thy dreamless bed, While yet so gentle, undefiled, With blessings on thy head."
Reist. - Joel W. Reist was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Aug. 8, 1853; died at Pontiac State Hospital, Michigan, June 26, 1925; aged 71 y. 8 m. 18 d. He was married to Magdalena Wideman in 1880. To this union were born seven children. One daughter and two sons preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves his companion and the following children: Mrs. Lydia Swartzendruber, Mrs. Malinda Bauman, Mrs. Lucy Eckensviler, and Emanuel. His health failed him about four years ago and it became necessary to have an operation. Later on it became necessary for him to go to the State Hospital at Pontiac, Mich., where he died suddenly. Funeral services were conducted by Eli A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Text, Rom. 14:12.
Brentson. - Carrie, wife of Andrew Brentson (deceased), was born Mar. 13, 1836; died at her home near Westby, Mont., June 23, 1925; aged 89 y. 3 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage, in Norway, to Andrew Brentson. To this union were born six children: P. D. Brentson, Antone Brentson, Fred Brentson, Mrs. Carolina Richey, and Casper Brentson. All these remain to mourn their death. Her husband died 14 years ago. Funeral conducted at the home by L. A. Kauffman. Burial in the Lutheran Cemetery near by. She was a much-loved mother and neighbor, and frequently expressed a desire to go to her eternal reward. "Though thy years of toil were many, Mother, thou art now at rest; For thy deeds of love and kindness May thy portion now be blessed."
Riehl. - Mary Stoltzfus Riehl was born Sept. 28, 1834, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at the home of her son John, Leetonia, Pa., May 10, 1925; aged 90 y. 7 m. 12 d. She was married to Jacob E. Riehl in 1863, who died 6 years later, leaving her with 3 small children. She was stricken with paralysis about 3 years and 6 months ago, and was bedfast after that and had to be cared for like a child; but she was very patient, always had a smile for all who came to see her, and often expressed a desire to go to her heavenly home. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and served her Master faithfully throughout her life. Surviving are her three sons (John S., Jacob E., and Levi S.); also four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral was held at Leetonia Mennonite Church conducted by I. B. Witmer and David Lehman. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in the Oakdale Cemetery.
Oesch. - Anna Bernice, youngest daughter of Joseph C. and Artie E. Oesch, died at her home near Kent, Ohio, March 3, 1925; aged 1 y. 11 m. 22 d. On account of the nature of the disease she was given a private burial March 4. Memorial services were conducted by Bro. E. B. Stolzfus July 5, at the grave in the presence of the family and a few others. Although her life was brief, we are thankful to the One who gave her to us even for so short a time and though we were loath to part with her we trust in the One who doeth all things well. She leaves her four grandparents, parents, three brothers and six sisters to join a sister, Ruth, who preceded her to that happy home, where we know we shall sometime meet them again. We feel our loss deeply. "Beautiful hands of a little one see Baby voice calling O loved ones to thee; Rosy-cheeked darling, The light of our home, Tenderly beckoning, Come!" --The Family.
Fischer. - Henry G., son of Henry and Veronica Fischer, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Dec. 14, 1851; died June 28, 1925; aged 73 y. 6 m. 14 d. He came to Indiana in the fall of 1878 and was united in marriage to Mary Anne Lechlitner in November, 1879. There were born to this union seven children - Sarah, Lydia, Susanna, David, Emma, Veronica, and Margaret. David and Margaret preceded him in death in May, 1894. At the age of 18 he confessed his Savior, and was received into fellowship with the believers in the Mennonite Church in Ontario. He lived a quiet and peaceable life, always, if possible, at his place in the church services. He had a lingering illness, lasting four years. The end came as he lived, being conscious to the last. We surely do miss Bro. Fischer. He leaves wife, 5 daughters, 4 sisters, 8 brothers, besides grandchildren, relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church where a large concourse of friends gathered to pay respect to one they so well knew. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Silas Weldy.
Rhodes. - David Rhodes was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 20, 1849; died at his home in Johnson Co., Iowa, June 4, 1925; aged 75 y. 9 m. 15 d. When but a little boy he emigrated with his parents to Iowa, where he remained all his life. He was a pioneer of Johnson County and had gone through many hardships. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. He was never married, his sister Lena keeping house for him a number of years. Six years ago he sold the farm, built a house in his brother John's yard, and moved there, Lena remaining with him till death. His parents, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded him to the better home. He leaves 1 brother (John), 3 sisters (Lena, Barbara, and Anna), 4 nephews, 3 nieces, and many distant relatives and friends. He had been ailing for some time, but was bedfast only two days with heart trouble. Funeral services were held at the home on June 6, conducted by Isaac Helmuth and C. M. Yoder in German (Text, Rev. 20: 11-15), and D. J. Fisher in English (Text, II Col. 5:1). Many people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed brother. A niece.
Kauffman. - Jacob A., son of Joel and Mary Kauffman, was born at Allensville, Pa., Dec. 8, 1845; died June 28, 1925; aged 79 y. 6 m. 20 d. He was married to Leah King, Feb. 8, 1870. This union was blessed with nine children, two of whom (Mary and Manuel) have gone on before. Those remaining are: Samuel, Mrs. J. Y. Smucker, Anthony, Mrs. John Y. Hartzler, Levi, Loma; and Mrs. Alvin M. Brenneman. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. A year or so after the death of the faithful wife and mother, he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. J. Y. Smucker, at whose home he died. His last sickness was of only two weeks duration when death was caused by uremic poisoning. He was patient in his illness, and expressed his peace and willingness to go. How often in the years before his death have we found him praying and reading his Bible or whiling away his time with his little granddaughter, Esther. His it was to know life's joys and sorrows; and ours it is to mourn his loss; Heavenly Father, Thy will be done. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, conducted by S. E. Allgyer, assisted by N. E. Troyer. Burial in South Union Cemetery.
Kropf. Madgalena Lichti was born near Wellesley, Ont., Oct. 15, 1850; died at the home of her son David near Milverton, Ont., May 23, 1925; aged 74 y. 7 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to David Kropf Dec. 28, 1869, who preceded her in death about 30 years ago. This union was blessed with 5 sons and 6 daughters. Two daughters preceded her in death. She leaves 5 sons, 4 daughters, 30 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 1 sister. She accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior in her youth, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was faithful to the end. She was a strong, healthy woman till about a year ago when it was discovered that she had cancer under her arm. She took electric treatment which proved a success. She suffered very much of the burn of the last treatment, but was healing nicely when light paralytic strokes set in, one after another, which ended her life in a short time. Funeral services May 26, conducted at the house by Daniel Lebold, and at the Poole Mennonite Church by Christian Zehr and Christian Schultz. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. P. B.
Schultz. - Catherine Boshart was born near Wellesley, Ont., June 7, 1856; died in Baden, Ont., June 7, 1925; aged 69 years. She united in marriage with John L. Schultz, Dec 31, 1878. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 4 daughters. One son died in infancy. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 1 son, 4 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of friends and relatives. Her health was failing the last few years, but she was always willing to yield to the will of the Lord and was glad when the time was nearing that she could go over yonder to her long-desired home. She accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, and was faithful to the end. Funeral was held June 10. Services at the house by J. R. Bender and at the St. Agatha Church by D. S. Jutzi, Daniel Steinman, and Osias Cressman. Laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. "We miss her, O how sadly, None but aching hearts can tell; We have lost her, Heaven has found her, Our Father doeth all things well." P. B.
Shrock. - Joel Schrock was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Dec. 29, 1890; died at the St. Francis, Peoria, Ill., July 1, 1925; aged 34 y. 6 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage to Laura K. Garber on Jan. 23, 1913. Immediately after their marriage they engaged in farming in Woodford Co., Ill., and continued until the time of his death. To this union were born three children (Mearl, Esther, and Milton). He is survived by his wife, children, parents, 5 brothers (Emanuel, Will, Daniel, David, and Andrew), and 2 sisters (Lizzie and Cathrine). He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. Although he longed to remain with his family, he was fully resigned to the Lord's will and expressed himself as being ready to go if it was God's plan for his life. His cheerful, patient, and unassuming disposition was admired by all who knew him. During his suffering he manifested a calmness of spirit and peace of soul and heart that only those can who are standing upon the solid Rock, Jesus Christ. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Peter Garber, at the Metamora Church by Bro. A. L. Buzzard. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in Harmony Cemetery.
*Transcriber's Note: Schrock is spelled both ways in document.
Finkbiner. - Lillie May, wife of Samuel Finkbiner, was born in Washington Co., Md., Feb. 16, 1874; died at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., June 16, 1925; aged 51 y. 4 m. On Dec. 4, 1897, she was united in marriage to Samuel Finkbiner. She leaves her husband, three children (Samuel, Lovina, and Christian) at home, one sister, one brother, an aged mother, and a host of other friends. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in her younger years, in which faith she remained steadfast until death. She was a kind and loving mother. Just previous to her death she nursed her husband and son through a siege of typhoid fever, and her oldest son (Samuel) was down with the fever at the time of her death. The death of this loving mother and sister brings sadness to all who knew her. Funeral services were held June 19, at the New Providence Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Chris Leaman at the home and by Bro. John W. Weaver at the church. Text, Jno. 17:24. "I cannot say, I will not say, My sister is dead; she's just away; Some day we,ll meet, and a wave of the hand Will show that she lives in a pleasant land." By her sister.
Hinkle. - Leah Gerber Hinkle was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, March 9, 1871; died after an operation, at Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., June 6, 1925; aged 54 y. 2 m. 28 d. When a young woman she came with her parents to Harper, Kans., and in 1897 she was married to Henry C. Hinkle. To this union were born six children. One infant child preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her departure, her husband, three daughters, and two sons (Amos, Mrs. John F. Kreider, Mrs. C. R. Zinn, Glenn, and Olive); also five grandchildren, one brother, and three sisters. In her youth she united with the Swiss Mennonite Church and later joined the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member. She was a very loving, kind, and affectionate mother. She was always cheerful and always looked on the bright side of life and always was contented. In 1920, she with her family moved to Hesston, Kans., and three years later moved to Newton, Kans. Funeral services were conducted at Newton, Kans., June 9, by Bro. J. M. R. Weaver. The body was then taken to Harper, Kans., for burial. Funeral services were conducted June 10 at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church by Bro. R. M. Weaver. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in the cemetery nearby. Many are those who were encouraged by the sweet, cheerful life of this beloved mother and sister. "Dearest mamma, thou hast left us, Keenly do we feel our loss; But we know our Father called thee To abide with Him forever." By a daughter.
Weaver. - Anna Grace Weaver was born Sept. 18, 1898, near Newton, Kans.; died at the city Hospital, La Junta, Colo., June 29, 1925; aged 26 y. 9 m. 11 d. Her departure from this life is mourned by her father and mother (Bro. and Sister M. M. Weaver), one sister, five brothers, and many other relatives, and a multitude of friends. At a very early age Grace became a Christian and a member of the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, living a Christian life that was more than ordinarily true and devoted. She graduated in 1921 from the academy department of Hesston College and Bible School. Because of her talents, especially as a soprano singer, she filled a large place in the school and her home community. At the close of her course she went to La Junta, Colo., to take up a nurse's training course in the Mennonite Nurses' Training School there. Though hindered in her work by sickness, she received her diploma with the rest of the class in May, 1924. After a vacation at home she returned to La Junta to complete some unfinished work. About four months ago, weakened by an attack of influenza, she succumbed to typhoid, which disease, with a number of complications, finally proved fatal. During her long and painful illness she often expressed a desire to go to the home of her parents, but when it became apparent to all and to herself that she could not get well, she prayed fervently that she might be taken home to her Lord. Now she is with Him, and we are left to cherish her memory, to be rebuked and inspired by her example of consecration, and with opportunity to prepare to meet her again in glory. Funeral services were conducted at La Junta by Allen Erb and J. A. Heatwole, after which the body was sent home, where the funeral was held at the Pennsylvania Church by M .A. Yoder. Interment in the Pennsylvania Cemetery.
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Villiard.--- Sarah Mary Elizabeth, infant daughter of Bro. John and Sister Sarah Villiard, died June 26, 1925; aged 1 m. While her stay on earth was short she suffered much in her little body. But the Lord has seen fit to take her to Himself, where there is no more suffering. She leaves father, mother, two sisters, and five brothers. Funeral services conducted by Bro. J. C. Gingerich and Bro. I. S. Mast. Burial in the Baptist Cemetery near Florin, Minn.
Shetler.--- Lucy (Weaver) Shetler was born June 29, 1879; died July 3, 1925; aged 46 y. 4 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel N. Shetler May 3, 1908. To this union were born four children (Clayton W., Alma Ruth, Erma Almeda, and Dwight Willis). These children and a sorrowing father survive, also mother, two brothers, and four sisters. Sister Shetler united with the Mennonite Church in her early years and continued faithful unto the end. She was buried in the Kaufman Cemetery near Davidsville, Pa.
Weidman.--- Sarah Weidman was born in Huron Co., Ont., May 17, 1891; died at Bern, Mich., July 10, 1925; aged 34 y. 1 m. 23 d. Sister Sarah united with the Mennonite Church June 16, 1917, and was a faithful member until the Lord called her home. Her last words were, "My Lord, My Lord, O how nice." She read her Bible through as many times as she was years old. She was an invalid for about 20 years. She leaves father, four brothers, three sisters, and many friends. Funeral Services were held at the Bern Mennonite Church July 13. Services conducted by the brethren, S. W. Sommer of Imlay City and E. A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Texts, II Tim. 4"6-8; Rom. 8:18.
Redcay.--- Abram D. Redcay of Ephrata, Pa., was born March 7, 1870; died at the home of John Zimmerman of near Hinkletown, Pa., of the effects of a stroke, May 22, 1925; aged 55 y. 2 m. 15 d. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Lizzie Stoner), a son (Mahlon), a daughter (Minnie, wife of Clarence Stauffer), three brothers, and one sister. He was a member of Metzler's Mennonite Church.
"O, dearest one, we miss thy voice,
No more we'll see they face;
For thou hast found a home above,
Before the throne of grace.
We'll meet in heaven some sweet day,
Forever to remain,
Where we will join in joy and love,
And never part again."
Erb.--- Sister Ida B. (Pfautz) Erb, wife of Bro. Amos H. Erb, was born June 27, 1866; died June 1, 1925, after an illness of eight days of which she suffered from a stroke; aged 58 y. 11 m. 4 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. This union was blessed with nine children living and three who died when quite small. Beside her husband she is survived by her aged mother (Mrs. Amanda F. Pfautz) and these children; Howard, Lillian, Edna, wife of Harry W. Wenger, John, Daniel, Alvin, Agnes, Mary and Emma. Funeral services were held June 4, at Erb's Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Joseph Boll, Sr., at the house and at the church by Bro. Isaac Brubaker, and Bro. Joseph Boll, Jr. Text. Psa. 116:15. Psa. 116:15 A friend.
Sutter.--- Barbara Sutter (nee Zehr), wife of Christ Sutter, was born on Sept. 7, 1864, in Livingston Co., Ill., where she was baptized, schooled, and confirmed in the Christian faith. From thence she came to Seward Co., Nebr. There she was united in holy wedlock on Sept. 1, 1892, with her surviving husband. From here they moved to Chappell, Nebr., and thereafter removed to Seward Co., Nebr. In 1900 they came to Hershey, where they have lived ever since. She has been a member of the Lutheran Church all her life. Only under the most pressing circumstances did she fail to make her regular appearance in the house of God. And herein she has been a good example for us. She remained faithful to the end. Her last words were, "Jesus, take me home." After an illness of some duration, she peacefully fell asleep June 11, 1925; aged 60 y. 9 m. 4 d. She leaves her aged husband, one son (Christ), three brothers (Nick Zehr, Pete Zehr, and Joe Zehr), and a number of distant relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home and at Trinity Lutheran Church. Services by A. H. Gebner. Interment in the Lutheran Cemetery.
Hostetler, Christian J., son of Joseph H. Hostetler, was born near Johnstown, Pa., Nov. 6, 1830; died of old age at his home near Shelbyville, Ill., July 5, 1925; aged 94 y. 7 m. 29 d. In his father's family there were grown up 5 sons (of whom he was the oldest) and 6 daughters. Joseph, of Haven, Kans., is the only surviving member of the family.
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Black. - Clinton E. Black, Jr., son of Clinton E. and Martha W. Black, died July 8, 1925; aged 5 days. Death was due to heart trouble. Funeral services were conducted at the Vincent Church, near Spring City, Pa., by Amos Kolb and Henry Bechtel. Text, Job 14:1, 2. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Schultz. - Lloyd Brian, only son of Simon and Clara Schultz, Thurman, Colo., passed away at the home of his parents July 15, 1925; aged 6 y. 6 m. 11 d. He leaves parents, a baby sister, grandparents, three aunts, six uncles besides a hosts of other relatives and friends. Funeral the 16th at the Thurman Church conducted by Bro. N. M. Birkey. Texts, Job 1:21 (last clause) and Matt. 19:14.
Hoover. - Delilah, widow of the late Enos Hoover, died at the home of her daughter near Markham, Ont., June 4, 1925. She, with her husband, was converted and united with the Church in 1892. He died 14 years ago. A son also preceded her. An only daughter (Mrs. Wm. I. Smith) with her husband and two grandsons, are left to mourn this loss. She was laid to rest in the family plot at the Wideman Church on the 6th. The sermon was preached by S. G. Shetler of Johnstown, Pa. A. L. Fretz and L. J. Burkholder assisted in the service.
Miller. - Aaron Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov., 10, 1844; died near Holsopple, Pa., July 11, 1925; aged 80 y. 8 m. 1 d. He was married to Maria Weaver. To this union were born 7 children, 3 of whom preceded him in death. His first wife died in 1900. He was again married to Fannie Eash. To this union were born 5 children. He is survived by 2 brothers and 3 sisters; also by his wife and 9 children, 31 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonnite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church, on the 13th, by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
Hartzler. - Lydia Schrock was born in Howard Co., Ind., Feb. 21, 1872; died at Constantine, Mich., May 30, 1925; aged 53 y. 3 m. 7 d. In 1896 she was united in marriage with Abraham Hartzler. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. One daughter preceded her to the world beyond. She leaves her bereaved companion, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 foster son, and many relatives and friends. She left her home on May 28 in company with her son Russel to visit her brothers and sisters in southern Michigan and Indiana, but while at the home of her brother at Constantine she was stricken with paralysis which rendered her speechless, in which condition she lingered till the next day about 4 o'clock when the spirit took its flight. Her remains were brought to her home near Fairview, Mich., June 2. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Her life was a life of service for her Master and for those around her. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Church June 3, conducted by Bro. M. S. Steiner assisted by Bro. M. S. Steiner assisted by Bro. Menno Esch. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
Brooks. - Sister Elizabeth Brooks died of old age May
6, 1925, at her home in Waynesboro, Va. She passed her 87th milestone
April 1. She was a mother of 14 children, all of whom reached
the age of manhood and womanhood, except one who died in infancy.
One son and one daughter preceded her to the grave about four
years ago. All married but one daughter and one son who took care
of her in her declining years. She was very active for one of
her age until several months before her death. She was little
concerned about the things of this life, and was ready to leave
this world. She lived in widow-hood forty years, and endured many
trials to bring up her children, which she nobly did, and they
can all call her "blessed", for she truly was one of
the mothers in Israel. Besides the 11 children who are left to
mourn, there are 52 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for a number
of years, possessed a meek and quiet spirit, and was always the
same. Her funeral was largely attended at the Bethlehem Lutheran
Church. Services conducted by brethren J. R. Driver and A. P.
Heatwole. Text, Psa. 91:16. Her body was laid beside her husband
in the cemetery near by.
"Mother, dear, how sad and lonely,
When we see your vacant chair,
But its for a short while only,
Till we hope to meet o'er there."
-Maggie M. Driver
Fellenbaum. - Reuben E. Fellenbaum was born July 28,
1861, in Lancaster, Pa.; died in the Lancaster General Hospital
April 1, 1925, following an illness of 3 weeks of blood poisoning
and gangrene which came from a small scratch he received on his
leg; aged 63 y. 8 m. 3 d. At first little was though of it, but
in a few days it became very sore, bloodpoison set in, and 10
days later gangrene, when he was removed to the hospital in great
suffering, desiring his limb amputated. That was not done however,
until 5 days later when only his foot was removed but he never
made any improvement and after lingering another week in great
pain he passed away. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church for many years. He was chorister in Church and Sunday school
at Strasburg, Pa., for 20 years and then moved to Ephrata, Pa.,
7 years ago. Last year he served as assistant chorister in the
Ephrata S. S. and was about to be elected chorister when the Lord
saw otherwise. He is sadly missed. He was the last of his family,
having only two nieces of his own blood relation surviving. He
is survived by his widow (who was Lizzie Bally), and three children;
Lottie (wife of John E. Hollinger), Raymond, and Clyde; also 10
grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Willow Street
Mennonite Church April 4, by Bro. Frank Herr and Bro. Abram Landis.
Burial in the cemetery at the Strasburg Mennonite Church.
"Father dear, thou art gone above
To the dear Savior whom we all love
Although thou wast taken away so soon
As though it were but afternoon
We rejoice, although it costs us grief
For our heart-felt loss was thy relief."
Landis. - Susie Grace Landis was born Nov. 19, 1887,
at Stony Brook, Pa., died at her home near this place July 11,
1925; aged 37 y. 7 m. 22 d. She is survived by her parents and
9 brothers and sisters: Claudia (wife of Howard Kaltreider), Edna
(wife of Curvin Newcomer), Clarence, Ruth (wife of John Masmer),
Earl, Harry, Chester, Helen and Anna. Two brothers and one sister
preceded her to the Great Beyond. They are: Grover, Raymond, and
Virgie. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united
with the Mennonite Church at the age of 18 years and was faithful
until death. She desired communion which was granted May 16. Her
illness was a complication of diseases. She was a very patient
sufferer, as those who cared for her during her last illness of
about eight weeks, can testify. During this time she gradually
grew physically weaker and the last two weeks she was practically
helpless. But her faith in her Savior did not waver. She passed
thru many trials, but trusted in the Lord, who helped her to bear
her burdens so many times when they seemed almost too heavy to
bear. She was always in church when possible, but was so often
deprived of this privilege. She has now gone home to await our
coming, and what a happy meeting that will be in a land where
there are no sorrows or disappointments. Concluding services were
held at the Stony Brook Mennonite Church July 14, by Brethren
John W. Weaver and Frank Hursh. Text, I Thess. 4:13-18. What a
call to all of us and especially to those of the family who are
as yet unsaved. She often prayed that they might seek salvation
before too late.
"Oh! we feel so sad and lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But we hope, ere long to meet her,
Where all tears are wiped away."
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana