Hershberger. - Anna Kathryn, daughter of Noah and Elsie (Yoder) Hershberger, Holsopple, Pa., April 3, 1925, at the home of her parents, aged seven days. Owing to the serious condition of Sister Hershberger, a very brief service was conducted at the home, after which interment was made in the Kauffman Cemetery. She is survived by her father and mother and by one sister (Mary). Services in charge of E. J. Blough.
Wilson. - James Wilson was born Jan. 1, 1852; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. David E. Hershey, April 22, 1925; of complications; aged 73 years. His wife died 9 years and 8 days previously. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and lived faithful to the end. He was loved by all who knew him. The following children survive; Ella, wife of D. E. Hershey; Ida, wife of Frank Esbenshade; James A., Harry M. and Emma L. The funeral was held at the late home Sunday, the 26th, and services at the Paradise Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Sweetly rests dear grandfather, In the lonely grave to lie; Yet his soul is sweetly resting In that home beyond the sky. By the grandchildren.
Wortinger. - Lucy A. Wortinger was born July 27, 1869; died April 26, 1925, at the Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill.; aged 55 y. 8 m. 29 d. She was an invalid for about 30 years and used a wheel chair for about 19 years. She was very patient in her sufferings. She entered the Home here June 14, 1922, coming here from the Souderton Home. She was bedfast for the last 3 weeks It seemed that her whole body became paralyzed the last few days of her life. She expressed a desire to go home and be with Jesus. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1912 and remained faithful to the end. Services were held at the Home April 28, conducted by Bros. Peter Garber and Ezra Yordy. Text. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.". Burial was made in the cemetery at the Home according to her request.
Schroeder. - Paul F. Schroeder, Drake, Sask., son of Peter D. and Anna Schroeder, was born in Kansas in 1893, moved with his parents to Canada in 1905; died April 21, 1925; aged 31 y. 9 m. 21 . A few years ago while working with a tractor he had an accident in which he was struck in the side by the crank, making it necessary to go to the hospital. During the past two years he has had five operations, but all without any permanent help. He died of actinomycocis. He was baptized in his eighteenth year. Through an associate he was influenced to leave home and began a careless life. A few days before the end he yielded to Christ and rejoiced in his acceptance. Funeral services were held at the North Star Mennonite Church, conducted by John Schmidt in German (Luke 15:24), and E. S. Hallman in English (Luke 15:18), assisted by Henry Bartell and J. Quiring.
Hart. - Lizzie Hart was born Sept 5, 1872, in Camden Co., Mo.; died at her home near Versailles, Mo. April 18, 1925; aged 52 y. 8 m. 13 d. She was married to Aaron Hart (who preceded her in death over two years ago), in 1890. She became the mother of six children, of whom the following survive her; Helen, wife of Ed Houser; Myrtle, wife of Lewis Vogt; and Sherman, the youngest son. In these families there are nine grandchildren of the departed. An adopted daughter, Nellie, is also among those who mourn the loss of a loving mother. In early life she united with the Baptist Church. Some years ago she united with the Mennonite Church at Carver, Co. Funeral services were held at the Carver Mennonite Church, conducted by the writer. Text, Num. 23:10. She was buried in the Wilson Cemetery by the side of her husband. May her friends and loved ones prepare for the great meeting when we all shall stand before God to give an account of our stewardship. J. R. Shank.
Leinbach. - Annie W. (Geigley), wife of Bro. Menno Leinbach, died at her home at Bareville, Pa., Mar. 3, 1925; aged 43 y. 8 m. 1 d. She died very suddenly. She was at work all day and ate a hearty supper, but died a few minutes later. Besides her husband she is survived by 5 daughters and 1 son, all at home; Susanna, Catherine, Anna Mary, Harry, Esther Mae, and Pauline. She is also survived by her mother (Mrs. Susanna Geigley, of Terre Hill) and the following brothers and sisters; John, Isaac, Mrs. Tillie Bowman, Mrs. Susie Musser, and Mrs. Lizzie Good, all of near Bowmansville, Amos of Adams Co., and Harry of Terre Hill. Her father, 2 sisters and 1 brother preceded her to the spirit world. She will be greatly missed in her home and among her many relatives and friends as she always had a smile for everyone she met. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaverland Mennonite Church, of which she was a member. Interment in adjoining cemetery. A niece.
Musser. - Mary, daughter of Jacob Leinbach, was born near Adamstown, Pa., Dec. 1, 1853. She gave her heart to Jesus while young. She was united in marriage October, 1873, to Samuel G. Musser. To this bond the Lord gave 3 sons and 5 daughters (Susanna, Henry, Israel, Lizzie, John, Sarah, Hettie). One preceded her to the spirit world. Her husband (76 years old) and 19 grandchildren survive (including 3 foster-children). Through a period of 51 years they shared together the joys and sorrows of matrimony. She was ailing for two and a half years, being helpless for six months; through all this time she was most tenderly nursed by her oldest daughter, Susanna. Her pitiful condition touched the sympathy of the whole community. On the morning of April 20, 1925, the seemingly tarrying Lord came and released her from a suffering body; aged 71 y. 4 m. 19 d. Services were held in Bowmansville Mennonite Church, of which congregation she was a faithful member. Bishop Weaver preaches from the text, Phil. 1:21-23 in German. Bro. N. B. Bowman followed in English. Thus closed the pilgrim journey of another one of our number. Appropriate to the brevity of life are the words of the poet: Leaf by leaf the roses fall, Drop by drop the springs run dry; One by one beyond recall Our friends depart and die.
Garber. - Isaac H., son of David and Elizabeth Garber, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 10, 1857; died at Goshen, Ind,., April 10, 1925; aged 67 y. 6 m. He was united in marriage to Lovina Susanna Kindy of Selkirk, Ont., Nov. 25, 1877, who died at Elkhart, Ind., July 25, 1921. To this union were born either children of whom one died in infancy. Those surviving are: Mrs. Mary Reinbold, Oscoda, Mich.; David N., Bellevue, Ont.; Mrs. Anna L. Krahwinkel, Reinholds, Pa.; Omer S., Mark L., Leander C., of Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Pearl Shingledecker, of Vicksburg, Mich.; 19 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, two brothers (Leonard H. and Christian Garber, of Jackson, Minn.), one sister (Mrs. Charlotte Cotterman of Bristol, Ind.), and many relatives and friends. Since the death of his wife he had been working in Elkhart, boarding at different places, till five weeks before his death, when not being able to work, he came to Goshen to stay with his son, Omer, where he was stricken with paralysis on April 3. All was done for him that loving hearts and hands could do, but God saw fit to remove him from this world of care to the beautiful home above. He peacefully fell asleep in Jesus April 10. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at Prairie Street Mennonite Church at Elkhart, Sunday afternoon, April 12, by John F. Funk and J. K. Bixler. Burial at the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Byler. - Joseph Hartzler Byler was born in Mifflin
Co., Pa., Aug. 7, 1853; died April 10, 1925, at his home near
Belleville, Pa.; aged 71 y. 8 m. 3 d. He was the second son of
John L. and Elizabeth Byler, and the first of seven children to
depart this life. At the age of 18 he united with the Amish Mennonite
Church, in which he has been a faithful member until death. He
was married Jan. 3, 1878, to Nancy E. Zook, to which union were
born four sons and five daughters, of whom the mother and three
children (David, Titus, and Mrs. J. A. Hartzler) preceded him
in death. He was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Spicher in 1909. He
was ordained to the ministry at the age of thirty years and served
the Church in this capacity for more than 41 years - two years
of which (1889 to 1891) he preached for the Sycamore Grove congregation
in Cass Co., Mo. He advocated Sunday school work and Bible study
classes and was much interested in searching out the deeper truths
of God's Word. He emphasized salvation by faith, the second coming
of Christ, and was a strong believer in the power of an endless
life as a citizen in the community. He believed in civic improvement
and encouraged the things that make life more enjoyable and safe
for righteousness. He never lost touch with the young folks and
made his home and church a place they liked to be. He was a good
father in the home, working with his hands to build up his home,
while his heart was for the furtherance of the Gospel and the
prosperity of the Church. He leaves his companion and six children
(Mrs. J. D. Yoder, Naomi Pleznor, Mrs. S. M. Yoder, Mrs. L. L.
Miller and John I.), 3 brothers (Eli, John, and Christian), 3
sisters (Mrs. Erie Yoder, Mrs. S. H. Plank, and Mrs. J. Z. Hartzler),
and 23 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by E. H.
Kenagy and Jonas D. Yoder. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in Allensville
A. M. Cemetery.
Riehl. - Samuel Riehl was born near Lewisburg, Pa., Feb., 1844; died April 5, 1925, at Belleville, Pa.; aged 81 years. Samuel was never married and was the last to survive of the family of Pre. Elias Riehl, who was a minister for many years. Samuel lived his entire life in Union county, with the exception of the past winter, when he lived with his nephew, Smith Riehl, Pottsville, Pa. Samuel was the last one of the Amish Mennonite Faith and of a once large and flourishing congregation in Union Co., Pa. In November, 1924, his home was broken up, when his housekeeper (widow of his brother, John Riehl) was burned to death in the home by her clothing accidentally catching fire when in the act of lighting an oil lamp. This accident compelled Samuel to make his home with friends. City life never appealed to him, and the past winter while at Pottsville he frequently expressed a desire to be among the brethren and to worship with them, which wish God granted him for a short time. He came to the valley March 31, and seemingly enjoyed himself. Sunday morning, previous to his death, he expressed himself as enjoying unusual good health. The same day he worshiped at Locust Grove Church in the morning, also in the evening at Y. P. meeting, when he gave an encouraging and inspiring talk. At the close of the meeting he expressed himself as not feeling well, and at once was conveyed to the home of G. S. Glick, where he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus ten minutes after arriving at the home. Samuel was a man of strong Christian character and lived true to his convictions, a man of implicit faith in prayer, and when not engaged in conversation seemed to be in deep meditation and communion with God. Funeral services were conducted in the home where he died by J. L. Mast and at Belleville A. M. Church by S. T. Yoder. His body was taken by his friends 65 miles to the Byler Cemetery near Lewisburg, Pa., where it was laid to rest with his parents and relatives, as was his desire. No near relatives survive. A friend.
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Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 7 - May 14, 1925 - pages 142, 143
Knouse. - Samual A. Knouse was born Aug. 3, 1857; died Apr. 5, 1925; aged 67 y. 8 m. and 2 d. He is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters. He was a faithful member of the Lauvers Mennonite congregation for about 28 years. Always active in S. S. work, interested in the young people, and helped along in the singing of the church. Funeral was held at Lauvers Church by Bros. Jacob Brubaker and W. W. Graybill.
Lantz. - Zelma, daughter of Lewis and Alice Lantz, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, July 21, 1924; died April 1, 1925; aged 8 m. 10 d. She leave to mourn their loss father, mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. One sister preceded her in death. The immediate cause of death was spasms, inducted by whooping cough. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church, April 4th, conducted by Eli Frey and Henry Rychener. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
Lauver. - Frederick Lauver was born Oct. 27, 1851; died Mar. 20, 1925; aged 73 y. 4 m. 23 d. He was married to Sarah C. Auker on Dec 23, 1873. This union was blessed with 10 children. One son, one daughter, and his wife preceded him in death. Four sons and four daughters remain to mourn their loss. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 40 years. Funeral services were held at Lauvers Church, conducted by Samuel Leiter and W. W. Graybill. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Lesher. - Sister Mary R. Lesher was born Nov. 25, 1855; died at the home of her brother, Bro. I. I. Lesher, Franklin Co., Pa., April 26, 1925; aged 69 y. 5 m. 1 d. She had been a faithful 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 for the work of the Church and the relief of those in need, and we believe in that glad day shall hear the commendation of her Savior. Funeral services on April 28, conducted at the home by W. W. Hege and at the Marion Church by J. Irvin Lehman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Shiets. - William James, son of Stephen and Katie Orris Sheits, was born at Walsall, Cambria Co., Pa., Dec 2, 1896; died at Somerset, Pa., April 29, 1925; aged 29 y. 4 m. 27 d. A cancerous condition of his nose spread to the base of his brain and thus affected his mind. It became necessary to place him in an institution, where he died, after which his body was taken to the home of his parents at Walsall. Besides his parents, he is survived by three sisters and two brothers. Services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler, and at the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler, and Alex Weaver. The remains were laid away in the Weaver cemetery. Note: in transcribing this obit, the name at the beginning is listed as Shiets, but when it lists his parents, it spells the surname differently as Sheits.
Martin. - Clair S., twin son of Joseph L. and Mary E. Martin, died April 10, 1925; aged 4 m. 12 d. He leaves his bereaved parents and two brothers, Paul and Carl. His stay on earth was short, yet long enough to become dear to his parents and his passing away leaves a vacancy in the home that never can be filled. Funeral services were held at his late home by Bro. John B. Senger, with further services at Hershey's Mennonite Church by Bros. C. M. Brackbill, and John B. Senger. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining. " Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast; There by His love o'er-shaded, Sweetly my soul shall rest."
Hershey. - Barbara A., wife of Benjamin M. Hershey, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 30, 1856; died March 13, 1925; aged 68 y. 9 m. 13 d. Death was due to apoplexy from which she died very suddenly. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a loving wife and mother. She is survived by her husband and three daughters, and two sons; Mrs. Phares B. Buckwalter, Mrs. Edwin H. Good, Mrs. John C. Fenninger, C. Aaron and Benjamin K. Services were held at Paradise Mennonite church Mar. 17 conducted by Bros. C. M Brackbill and Jacob Mellinger. Interment in Hershey's cemetery. "Jesus guide our erring footsteps, As our weary steps we tread, That some day we'll meet our mother, In the palaces of God."
Nofziger. - Susan Nofziger was born in Wayno Co., Ohio, Oct. 22, 1848; died at the home of her daughter in Elmira, Ohio, April 9, 1925; aged 76 y. 5 m. 17 d. She was united in marriage to Valentine Nofziger Jan. 21, 1869. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. Her husband and 5 children preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 sons, 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers and a host of relatives and friends. In her younger years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Amish-Mennonite Church and remained a member until death. "The golden gates were opened wide, A gentle voice said, Come! And angels from the other side Welcomed our mother home." Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, April 12, at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Eli Frey and Henry Rychener. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
Bontrager. - Mary Bontrager, daughter of John M. and Fannie Bontrager, was born in Reno Co., Kans., Nov. 4, 1911; died at the same place on April 26, 1925, of inflammatory rheumatism; aged 13 y. 5 m. 22 d. Last January she confessed Christ as her Savior and was received by water baptism in the Yoder Mennonite Church. Mary was the youngest in a family of seven. One sister died in infancy, leaving father, mother, one sister, four brothers, two grandfathers, and many relatives and friends to mourn for one they so much loved. Mary was of a kind and quiet disposition and was loved by all who associated with her. She will be greatly missed in the home, Sunday school, and church. Funeral services were held April 26 at the Yoder Mennonite Church where a large number of relatives and friends had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed one, conducted by H. A. Diener and L. O. King. Text, Mark 14:8, first clause. Burial nearby.
Roth. - Peter C. Roth was born near Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 25, 1871, and departed this life at his home on Sunday, March 29, 1925, after a number of years of suffering, at the age of 53 y. 7 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Emma Goldsmith, Dec. 10, 1903. To this union were born 7 children, 5 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves his sorrowing widow, 5 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends. His parents and a brother preceded him in death. At the age of 34 years he was converted and became a member of the Amish-Mennonite Church of which he was a member until death relieved him of his suffering. His death to us is a hard blow and the shock is severe. His friends had no idea that death was so near. There was no time to say farewell to those who knew him and loved him so well. "Our aching hearts will always say, The best we had has passed away." Funderal services were held at the Central A. M. Church on Friday, April 3, conducted by Eli Frey and S. D. Grieser. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
Stahl. - Sister Caroline (Mummau) Stahl, widow of Bro. George Stahl, Sr., was born near Shanksville, Somerset County, Pa., Mar. 2, 1849; died at the home of her son, Jacob G., near Davidsville, Pa., April 24, 1925; aged 76 y. 1 m. 22 d. About 1869, soon after her marriage, both her husband and she united with the Mennonite church, and both remained faithful until death. Her husband preceded her in death nine years ago. When in health, she seldom missed church services, and her vacant place will be noticed. When her daughter-in-law died about fifteen years ago, she took the place of mother in helping her son bring up his children, and there has always been a close tie in the home. A few days before her death, she had a stroke of paralysis from which she did not recover. Besides her son, she is survived by eight grand-children and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Blanch church by S. G. Shetler, L. A. Blough, Chas. Blough, and J. N. Kaufman. Services were very largely attended. The remains were laid to rest in the Blanch cemetery.
Swartzendruber. - Catharine Swartzendruber (nee Yoder) was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Jan. 19, 1858; died at the home of her son, Dan, near Bay Port, Mich., April 28, 1925; aged 67 y. 3 m. 8 d. The cause of her death was heart dropsy. She was united in marriage to Daniel Swartzendruber of Wellman, Ia., Dec. 5, 1878. He preceded her in death over 20 years ago. 8 children were born to this union. Two died in infancy, and 1 daughter, Sister Mary, wife of Geo. P. Miller, of Pigeon, Mich., died Sept. 4, 1923. She is survived by 5 children; Mahlon, of Wellman, Iowa; George, Jacob, Dan. and Lucretia, wife of Joe Keim, all of Pigeon, Mich. All were present at the funeral. She also leaves one brother, Moses J. Yoder of Miami Co., Ind., and a host of other relatives and friends. She left ample evidence that she was going to her Savior whom she accepted in her youth. She was a faithful member of the Pigeon River Mennonite Church near Pigeon, Mich., at which place the funeral was held on April 30, 1925, conducted by S. J. Swartzendruber (Rom. 6:23) in German, and M. S. Zehr (John 14:1-3) in English.
Brubaker. - Sister Sarah Leitzle, wife of Abraham Brubaker, was born in Union Co., Pa., Jan 21, 1849; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jake Hinkle, Harper, Kans., April 11, 1925; aged 76 y. 2 m. 20 d. In 1868 she was united in marriage to Abram Brubaker. This union was blessed with nine children. Her husband and five children preceded her in death. She leaves one son (Joseph L.), and 3 daughters (Mrs. J. A. Troyer, Mrs. Jake Hinkle, and Mrs. John Thut), 20 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. In 1902 she moved with her family to Harper, Kans., where she lived at the time of her death. At the age of 23 she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until God called her home. She was a faithful and consistent mother and grandmother and is greatly missed in the home. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Church, April 12, Bros. J. J. Zimmerman and R. M. Weaver officiating and mother was laid to her last resting place in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. "Dearest mother, thou hast left us, How we miss thee everywhere; But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He will all our sorrows heal." By a daughter
Stroman. - Mary Ann Kauffman was born in LaGrange Co.,
Ind., Sept 13, 1861; passed away March 24, 1925, at the home of
her son Ira T. Yoder, with whom she made her home, near Shipshewana,
Ind,; aged 63 y. 6 m. 11 d. She was the second daughter of Tobias
and Barbara H. Kauffman and one of a family of nine children.
Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. She was
married to Jonas H. Yoder Dec. 25, 1881. To this union were born
six children; Mrs. Charles Dieffenbach, Pulaski, Iowa; Mrs. Henry
Hooley, LaGrange, Ind.; Mrs. Clyde Heign and Mrs. Alonzo Cripe,
Goshen, Ind,; and Ira T. Yoder, Shipshewana, Ind. One daughter
died in infancy. Her companion departed this life Feb. 28, 1894.
In 1900 she was again married to F. W. Stroman. She was a member
of the Mennonite Church for many years, always loyal to the Church,
true to her family, and kind to all. Besides her children she
leaves two brothers (Samuel and Abraham of Goshen), one sister
(Mrs. Uriah Miller of LaGrange, Ind.), and many friends and relatives.
Funeral services at the house by J. P. Miller and at the Forks
Church by D. J. Johns and J. P. Miller. Burial in the Forest Grove
"Weep for the day that will come no more, more For the sunbeam flows from hearth to door, For a missing step, for a nameless grace Of a tender voice and a loving face; But not for the soul, whose goal is won. Whose infinite joy is just begun; Not for the spirit enrobed for aye, And crowned where the angels are to-day."
Burkholder. - Amos. J. Burkholder was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 3, 1865; and was suddenly removed from this earthly life by an accident which occurred May 2, 1925; aged 60 y. 3 m. 29 d. He was the second youngest son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Burkholder. He lived on the same old homestead farm where he was born, all the years of his life. He was united in marriage to Emma, daughter of Pre. D. Z. Yoder, Feb. 12, 1899. To this union were born 6 children (Daniel, Glen, Elizabeth, Kenneth, and two infants sons who preceded their father in death). There remain to mourn his departure his beloved wife, one daughter, three sons, two brothers (Noah S. and Simon D.) with a large circle of near relatives and friends. At the age of 18 years he confessed and accepted Christ as his Savior, and united with the Oak Grove A. M. Church, where he remained a loyal and devoted brother always interested in the work of the church and in her activities. His place was seldom found vacant, but he was always at the call of duty. He was a loving husband and kind father, a helpful neighbor, lived a quiet, exemplary Christian life, and will long be remembered by those who knew him. Services were held at the Oak Grove Church by the brethren J. S. Gerig and P. R. Lantz. Text, Matt. 24:42, 44. May we still say, "Thy will be done." "Not now, but in the coming years, It may be in the better land We'll know the meaning of our tears, And then sometime will understand."
Ditzler. - Harvey C. Ditzler, only son of Joseph and Lucy Ditzler, was born June 10, 1869, near Marshallville, Ohio; died April 14, 1925; at the place of his birth; aged 55 y. 10 m. 4 d. On Jan. 10, 1900, he was united in marriage to Mary A. Brenneman. In the year 1908 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite church, in which faith he continued faithful until death. One of the last manifestations of his faith was shown by participating in the communion service on Easter Sunday at the Crown Hill Church, of which he was a member, it being the last Sunday of his life. While plowing in the field on Tuesday afternoon following at about three o'clock, he was struck by lightning, causing instant death, which was a great shock to the entire community. He was of an exceptionally friendly disposition, which won for him a very large circle of friends. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, and an only sister, Mrs. John Ammon of Charlotte, Mich., his parents, and four sisters having preceded him in death. "Though our hears are sorely wounded And the parting made us sad, Yet we know in heavenly mansions Holy angels make him glad; And we would not now recall him To a life of grief and pain. But rejoice to know up yonder Soon we all shall meet again." Funeral was held at Martins Church on Friday afternoon conducted by brethren C. F. Hartzler, Noah Hilty, and I. J. Buchwalter. Text, 1 Cor. 15:51, 52, 58. Burial in cemetery near by.
Howard. - Anna, daughter of Pre. Christian and Elizabeth Culp, was born Sept. 7, 1846, in Fairfiled Co., Ohio; died Feb. 19, 1925, at the home of her daughter, Ida S. Ernst, of Peterson, Ind.; aged 78 y. 5 m. 12 d. She was sick only a few hours of acute indigestion. On Nov. 28, 1867, she was united in marriage with Ephraim Howard, with whom she lived for 41 years. This union was blessed with eleven children. Mother lived to see all her boys and girls grow to maturity and in homes of their own. Three have gone on before; viz., Fanny B. Morden, Benjamin F., and Judith I. Patton. Those living are Crist E., Edwin S., Samuel W., Ida S. Ernst, Elias M., Ephraim D., James E., and Anna E. Zuercher. In her youth mother united with the Mennonite Church. After marriage she with her husband united with the River Brethren Church near Decatur, Ind., of which he was pastor for a number of years. After his death she again cast her lot with the Mennonite Church of which she has been a loyal and consistent member until death called her away. One sister (Betty Good) and one brother (Christian Culp) are still living. She leaves 8 children, 30 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the old River Brethren Church near Decatur, Ind., Feb. 23, by L. E. Wisner and W. Hygema. The text was taken from Romans. Burial in nearby cemetery by the side of her husband. One thing they spoke of was her plain, simple life. Mother passed through many joys and sorrows in life, always bearing it with Christian fortitude. We feel our loss is her gain. Oh! How we miss her weekly letters. May we all be able to meet her in that better world! "Mother, thou art sweetly resting, Here thy toils and cares are o'er; Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, Never shall disturb thee more." A daughter.
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Frey. - Lester F., infant son of Furry H. and Susan Groff Frey, died March 28, 1925; aged 5 days. Brief funeral services were held from the home of the parents by Christ Lehman. Interment in the New Danville (Pa.) Cemetery. Only a little blossom, Plucked for Heaven's shore, Planted by the Master, To bloom forevermore.
Myers. - Sara E., wife of John H. Myers, Continental, Ohio, and daughter of John and Julia Jennings, was born March 27, 1855; died April 27, 1925; aged 70 y. 1 m. On Dec. 22, 1878, she united in marriage to John H. Myers. To this union where born eight children; Mary Ann, Jacob D., Blanch, Fannie, May, Elnora, and John W. Two died in infancy. She was converted in the United Brethren church at Gilboa, Ohio, and later united with the Mennonite church at Blanchard. She leaves her husband, seven grand-children, two sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral conducted by S. G. Shenk and G. H. Brunk. Text, Num. 23:10
Herr. - Barbara Nissley was born July 7, 1855; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. N. Nissley, near Mountville, Pa. She was united in marriage to John D. Herr, who died June 2, 1911. To this union were born six daughters, one of whom preceded her (Annie, wife of Amos K. Musser; Barbara, wife of C. N. Nissley, with whom she resided; Alice, widow of John H. Herr; Mary, wife of Howard G. Greider; Sadie, wife of D. Charles Kauffman; Fannie, wife of C. K. Miller). Twenty-two grandchildren, two great-grand-children, a brother and a sister also survive. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for the last fifty years. After a brief illness she quietly passed away in the early hours of a Sunday morning to enter the enjoyments of her eternal Sabbath wit the Lord. Service were held at the Mountville Mennonite Church, April 22 by J. C. Habecker and C. K. Lehman. Text, Ecel. 12. burial in Millersville Cemetery.
Bishop. - Joseph D. Bishop, member of the Mennonite congregation at Blooming Glen, Pa., was born May 18, 1849. On Feb. 20, 1869, he married Elizabeth Fretz, who preceded him in death. In later years he married for his second wife Annie M. Kratz, who survives him. He is survived by one brother (Howard D. Bishop), and 4 sisters (Mary Ann Stout, Sophia Swartley, Sallie Moyer, and Amanda E., wife of Pre. I. Frank Swartz). He died April 27, 1925; aged 75 y. 11 m. 9 d. Brother, thou art sweetly resting, Gone from all thy toil and pain; Far from earth and all its wrestling, Thou didst now thy crown obtain.
Landis. - Ida E., wife of Abraham B. Landis, died of a complication of diseases at her home at Fruitville, Pa., April 26, 1925; aged 60 y. 2 m. 16 d. Besides her husband she is survived by three children (John, Mrs. Harry Frank, and Sanford), 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held April 30, 1925 at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, of which she was a member for a number of years. Services were conducted by Bros. Frank Kreider, John Gochnauer, and Isaac Brubaker. Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Sweetly rests dear mother, In the lonely grave to lie; Yet her soul is sweetly resting, In the home beyond the sky. One of the family.
Burkey. - Valentine Burkey was born in Morton, Ill, Oct. 1, 1867; died April 27, 1925; aged 75 y. 6 m. 27 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. His sickness was heart trouble, which he patiently bore until death. In 1876, he was united in marriage with Maggie Saltzman. In 1879 they moved to Milford, Nebr., where they remained until 1891, in which year his wife died. To this union were born 7 children, 3 of whom died in infancy. Those remaining are Emil Burkey, Barbara Ehrisman, Mary Teuscher, and Katie Spencer. In 1894 he united in marriage with Lena Schrock. To this union was born one son, Joe Burkey. He also leaves his wife, 1 brother, 3 sisters, 2 step-children, and 12 grandchildren to mourn his loss. Sweetly sleeps dear father, With loved ones gone before; May we all prepare to meet him, On yonder peaceful shore.
Note from a family member: "I checked the obituary for Valentine BURKEY. (May 25, 1925) All of the information fits with other family information that we have, except the birthdate. It should be October 1, 1849, rather than October 1, 1867. The former date is what we have, and fits with the description of 75 years old." -- Virginia.
Eberly. - Susannah Eberly, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Christophel, was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Aug. 16, 1840; died at the home of her son Levi, near Bryan, Ohio, April 24, 1925; aged 84 y. 8 m. 8 d. When eight years old she with her parents moved to Elkhard Co., Ind. After her marriage to Levi H. Eberly (who preceded her in death, about 30 years), in 1866, she came to Williams Co., Ohio, where she spent the rest of her life. To this union were born ten children of whom two preceded her in death. Those surviving are: Adam, Mrs. Libbie Hunsberger, Mrs. Katie Pletcher, Joel, Levi, Mrs. Martha Rupp, Mrs. Maggie Rupp, and Noah; also 3 stepchildren, 35 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Lehman), and one brother (Daniel Christophel). She united with the Mennonite Church in 1865 and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the Brethren Church near Bryan, April 25, by Daniel Koch. Text. Jno. 19:22. Burial in Burkholder Cemetery.
Newcomer. - Anna (Buckwalter) Newcomer, widow of the late Pre. Jacob K. Newcomer, died at her home near Central Manor, Pa., Mar. 27, 1925; aged 86 y. 9 m. 27 d. She is survived by the following children; Susan, wife of Benjamin F. Schertzer; Annie, wife of Amos Martin; Jacob B., Christian B., Ida B., and Mary B.; also 22 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Her husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. For nearly two and one-half years she was bedfast, being almost helpless. But all her needs were tenderly supplied by the loving, tender hearts and hands of the 2 daughters at home. During her long illness she was so patient and there was always a lesson to be learned or some encouragement given by her example. Although she was ready to go, she was also willing to wait until the Lord saw fit to take her home, being fully resigned to His will. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed both in the home and in the church of which she was a faithful member for many years. Funeral services at the home, March 30, conducted by Bro. C. K. Lehman, and at Habecker's Church by Bro. D. N. Lehman and Bro. J. C. Habecker. Text, Psa. 132:14 Sweetly sleeps dear Mother, With loved ones gone before; May we all prepare to meet her On yonder peaceful short. By a granddaughter.
Miller. - Joseph J. H. Miller, was born near Middlebury,
Ind., Dec. 7, 1858; died at his late home in Kalona, Iowa, May
1, 1925; aged 66 y. 4 m. 2 d. On Jan. 14, 1886, he was united
in marriage to Amelia Gingerich. This union was blessed with five
children. One son died in infancy (Jacob J.) six years ago, one
son (Milo J.) lives on the home farm, and two daughters (Mrs.
Lewis Bender and Mrs. Emery Kauffman), with their mother, are
left to mourn his departure. Besides these he leaves one sister
(Mrs. Will Starner), and seven grandchildren, with a host of near
relatives and friends. When a young man he came to Iowa, locating
near Kalona on a farm, where he lived until a number of years
ago when he retired from active life and moved to Kalona.
He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and was a faithful member until death. He always enjoyed good health until about six months ago, when he began to fail, and only a few weeks ago it became apparent that his end was near, while from the very beginning he realized the seriousness of his condition, and was fully resigned to the will of God, and often during his last illness expressed himself as being ready to go. While his suffering at times was intense, yet he never complained; and after making all his funeral arrangements, bidding farewell to his family and friends, he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church in German conducted by brethren Elmer Swartzendruber and G. A. Yoder of the Upper Deer Creek Conservative A. M. church, of which he was a member. Text. Heb. 11:16. Brethren J. K. Yoder, Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher also spoke in the English language. Burial took place in the East Union Cemetery. Dearest father, thou hast left us, Sorrow fills our hearts with pain; But 'tis Jesus hath bereft us, And we soon shall meet again.
Transcriber's note: A knowledgable family member submitted the following comment on this obituary for Joseph J. H. Miller --
"BTW, there is a problem with his obit, It reads FIVE children. "One son died in infancy (Jacob J.) six years ago, one son (Milo J.) lives on the home farm, and two daughters (Mrs. Lewis Bender and Mrs. Emery Kauffman"
That not only is a count of 4 children, but the son in infancy was not Jacob & certainly not six years before (when the parents were 60). That unnamed child was born in 1894.
I've always been interested in Jacob: he was born 1888, attended Goshen College, played the violin, was in WW I, and died in 1918 at Camp Dodge, IA. Buried East Union. (My daughter is a professional musician and started lessons on his violin!) Could this be an error in transcription?? I'm sorry to ask that, but it's almost like something got compressed.
This is not an error in transcription. A double check with the original shows that this obituary is typed exactly as published in the Gospel Herald. Thanks Julie for your additional input. Future researchers should find your comments helpful. (ddk)
Miller. - C. L. Miller was born Mar. 1, 1852; died May 6, 1925; aged 73 y. 4 m. 3 d. He entered the Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill., Aug. 15, 1922 coming at that time from West Liberty, Ohio. He was in ill health ever since coming to the Home, suffering from diabetes and kindred ailments. In the fall of 1924 he fell and broke his right arm in the shoulder socket. This never healed and caused him considerable suffering and inconvenience. He is survived by one brother living in Noble, Ia. Funeral services were held at the Home, conducted by Bros. Garber and Yordy. Burial at the Home cemetery.
Stoltzfus. - John Z. Stoltzfus was born July 9, 1867 ; died at his late home near Gap, Pa., May 3, 1925, of a complication of diseases, aged 57 y. 9 m. 24 d. He was a member of the Amish Church for many years. He is survived by his wife, (who was Barbara L. Petersheim) also one daughter (Sara, wife of Gideon Diener), six grand-children, and aged mother-in-law to mourn his loss. The funeral was held from his late home, May 5. Services conducted by Christian B. Glick and John Beiler. Interment at Millwood. A precious one from us is gone, A voice we loved is stilled A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled.
Stoltzfus. - Lizzie B. Stolzfus (nee Zook) wife of John D. Stoltzfus, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 7, 1882; died at her home near Talmage, Pa., April 19, 1925, of a complication of diseases, aged 42 y. 7 m. 12 d. She leaves her husband and eleven children to mourn her lass (Samuel, Barbara, Bena, Katie, Sara, Lizzie, Mima, Chester, Emma, Mary and Simeon). She was a member of the Amish Church since youth. The funeral was held at her late home April 22. Services conducted by Benuel and Samuel Stoltzfus. Burial in Myers Cemetery. Death has called away dear mother, In the lonely grave to lie; Yet her soul is sweetly resting In that home beyond the sky.
Stoltzfus. - Samuel B. Stoltzfus was born near, New Holland, Pa., June 29, 1875; died at his home near Gap, Pa., Mar. 17, 1925, of bronchial pneumonia; aged 49 y. 8 m. 18 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church nearly 30 years ago and was ordained a minister Oct. 17, 1920, in which capacity he faithfully served till death. He was united in marriage to Mary E. Berkey Dec. 12, 1899 who survives him; also four children (Aaron J., Sara E., Mary B., and B. john), all at home. The funeral was held from his late home March 20. Interment at Millwood. Services conducted by Bros. Gideon K. Stoltzfus and Aaron R. Glick. All is over, hands are folded, On a calm and peaceful breast. All is over, suffering ended, And our loved one is at rest.
Johns. - Lucinda Weaver Johns was born Sept. 27, 1852; died May 7, 1925; aged 72 y. 5 m. 10 d. She was married to Sem K. Johns April 27, 1873. To this union were born six children. She is survived by her husband, and the following children; Fannie, wife of James Saylor; Katie, wife of Simon Alwine; Lydia, wife of Amos Cable; Joseph W. Johns; Lizzie, wife of Lawrence Thomas; and Ella, wife of Alonzo Wingard. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren. Two grandchildren preceded her to the grave. She is also survived by three sisters and two brothers (Louisa, wife of Hiram Weaver, Katie, wife of Daniel Hershberger; Polly, wife of Peter Blough; Moses Weaver and Daniel Weaver). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for the last fifty-two years.
Bissey. - Abraham Bissey was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Feb. 22, 1841; died in his home near Cherry Box, Mo., April 1, 1925; aged 84 y. 1 m. 8 d. He was united in marriage to Saloma Hershey of Whiteside Co., Ill. Jan. 13, 1870. In 1871 they moved to Shelby Co., Mo., where they lived until the time of his departure. To this union where born 5 children one of whom preceded him to the spirit world. The others are; Elias, Ida Swartzendruber, Annie Yoder, and George, living on the home place. He is also survived by one sister, two brothers, 13 grandchildren. Two daughters and one son were at the funeral besides many relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Mt. Pisgah Church on April 2, by Bro. J. M. Kreider of Palmyra, Mo.
Yoder. - Lydia daughter of Adam and Anna Yoder was born near Middlebury, Ind., Aug. 9, 1856; died at the home of her niece, Anna Goodyear, Goshen, Ind., May 3, 1925; aged 68 y. 8 m. 24 d. She united with the Mennonite church in the early years of her life and remained faithful until death. Lydia was the last member of the Adam Yoder family - father, mother, 5 brothers and one sister preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by one sister-in-law, (Mrs. Joseph Yoder) of near Middlebury, 3 nephews and 4 nieces. (Mrs. Anna Goodyear, Mrs. Ada Beckwith, Mrs. Phfrone Gearheart, David, Harvey, Bert, and Mrs. Lonia Mickem). Lydia often felt very lonely, but took comfort to know that some day she could go where the rest of the family was. Her favorite song was "O think of the home over there". She often spoke of the faithful service rendered by the young brother who had worked for her for the last seven years, who tried to lighten her burdens in health and sickness. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Brick Church conducted by Amos Nusbaum and Silas Yoder. The remains were laid to rest at the Forest Grove Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marie Fogelsinger, Michigan