Yoder-Sidney Ray, infant son of Jesse and Edna (King)
Yoder, was born near Surrey, N. Dak.; died Dec. 13; aged 1 m.
2 d. Our darling only suffered a short time with heart trouble
until God called him home. He leaves a sorrowing father and mother,
two sisters, two brothers, grandmother, one uncle and five aunts.
Services were conducted on Dec. 15, by L. S. Glick at the house
and at the Fairview Mennonite M. H. by D. T. Dierdorf of the Brethern
Church and the writer. Interment in the joining cemetery.
However painful it may be
To know that he is gone,
The thot is sweet that we may see
Him in that Heavenly home."
L. S. Glick.
Cressman.-Joseph Cressman was born near Breslau , Ont., on March 27, 1852; died at his home in Breslau, Dec. 20, 1925; aged 73 y. 8 m. 23 d. In 1880 he was united in marriage with Lydia Wenger, who with one son (Milton), and one daughter (Elvina), with five grandchildren, remains to mourn her loss. Two daughters Ada and Annie Marietta), and one son (Lercy), preceded him to the great beyond. Bro. Cressman was converted in his early married life, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained loyal to his death. He suffered nearly three years with paralysis, and during the last year it was his constant wish to depart and be with his Lord. Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at the Cressman Mennonite Church. Services in charge of E. Sievenpipher and O. Burkholder.
Sala.-Solomon Sala of near Johnstown, Pa., was born Jan. 14, 1853 died Dec. 15, 1925; aged 72 y. 11 m. 1 d. He. with two brothers ( Levi and Moses), had his home with his brother Joseph Sala. These three brothers preceded him. He remained in the home of his sister-in-law (Kate, widow of Joseph Sala), and Harvey M. Gindlesperger. When his sister-in-law died, he wished that he might soon go too. His wish was granted, as just a few hours after the return from the funeral he peacefully fell asleep. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He was the third member of the Stahl congregation to pass away in two days. "Wishes" formed a basis for a sermon by S. G. Shetler, and this was followed by appropriate remarks by W. C. Hershberger. Services were held in the Stahl Church and interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Landis.-Bro. Henry E. Landis was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Feb. 13, 1844; died at the home of his son near Bainbridge,
Pa., Dec. 1, 1925; aged 81 y. 9 m. 18 d. In his younger years
he confessed Jesus as his personal Savior and united with the
Mennonite Church in which faith he passed over. He is survived
by the following children: Annie, wife of Elias Risser; Lizzie,
wife of Peter N. Gish; Mary, wife of John J. Ebersole; Alice,
wife of Benjamin Westenberger; and one son, Jonas, with whom he
resided. Funeral services were held at Good's Mennonite Church,
conducted by Bro. Noah Risser, Bro. Simon Garber, and Bro. Ira
Miller. Burial in cemetery adjoining the Church.
"His tears and pains are o'er,
His weary journey's done,
He's reached the land where crowns are given,
And crosses are laid down."
Conrad.-John W. Conrad was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 8, 1842; died at his home near Marshallville, Ohio, Dec. 11, 1925; aged 83 y. 10 m. 3 d. He was united in marriage to Catherine Leichty Dec. 3, 1868. She preceded him in death July 24, 1915. To this union were born 4 children (Jacob, William, Mrs. Hettie Barch, and Mrs. Fanny Zeigler, who also preceded her father in death). There remains his 2 sons, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren; also 2 brothers and 1 sister, 3 half-brothers, 2 half-sisters, with many relatives and friends. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful brother in the Master's work, looking forward with hope when the final summons should come to step across the portals of time, "and be at rest." Services conducted by Jesse Smucker and J. S. Gerig. Text, Psa. 39:7. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mishler.-Sarah Yoder Mishler, wife of Bro. Samuel Mishler, was born near Johnstown, Pa., Sept. 4, 1854; died Dec. 13, 1925; aged 71 y. 3 m. 9 d. She was married to Samuel Mishler, June 30, 1870. She was a member of the Stahl congregation of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by her husband, one brother (L. L. Yoder), one sister (Mrs. Moses Mishler), and the following children: Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Croyle; Polly, widow of the late John Horne ; Mary, wife of Elmer Hoffman; Sarah, wife of Andrew Kauffman; Adda, wife of Abe Blough; Emma, wife of Ammon Sala; Levi, married to Katie Thomas; Walter, at home. One son (John Mishler), and one daughter (Lydia), preceded her to the spirit world. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Services were opened at the Stahl Church by W. C. Hershberger. After a sermon by S. G. Shetler, James Saylor made some additional remarks. A large concourse of relatives and friends had assembled for the service. Interment in the Stahl Cemetery.
Sala.-Kate (Blough) Sala, widow of the late Joseph Sala of near Johnstown, Pa., was born Feb. 3, 1846; died Dec. 13, 1925; aged 79 y. 10 m. 10 d. She was married to Joseph Sala Jan. 14, 1872. Not having any children of their own, they adopted James Blough, who died after lingering quite awhile from an accident. She also helped to care for two brothers-in-law, Levi Sala and Moses Sala. Both have passed away. Another brother-in-law, (Solomon Sala) remained in her home and died on the day of her funeral. Her cares were more than those of many a mother. Though she was afflicted for some years, yet her death was caused by pneumonia which terminated in a few days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by two brothers, (Pre. Levi A. Blough and Jacob A. Blough). Some years ago Harvey M. Gindlesperger and family moved into the home to help to take care of the farm. Funeral services were conducted at the Blauch Church by Bro. S. G. Shetler assisted by Bro. W. C. Hershberger. Interment in Blough Cemetery.
Byler.-David Byler was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Nov. 22, 1853; died Dec. 24, 1925; aged 72 y. 1 m. 1 d. He was married to Rebecca Berkey Dec. 22, 1878. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. His life companion preceded him in death, Oct. 4, 1884; also three children, (John, Andrew, and Mary). On Feb. 17, 1886; he was united in marriage to Leah M. Yoder. To this union were born two children, (Cera and Alvin). His life companion again preceded him in death Dec. 28, 1900. On Mar. 27, 1919, he was married to Aramenta Eckerd, who survives him; 1 son, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 1 sister, with many other relatives and friends. He accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of about 19, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. As long as health permitted his place in the public service was seldom vacant, being interested in the activities of the Church and work of his Master. In his suffering he was patient and resigned, awaiting the final summons when his Lord should call. Services conducted by C. Z. Yoder, J. S. Gerig, and others. Text, Isa. 38:1, Jno. 14:1-3.
Cender.-Barbara Cender (nee Jenny) was born June 24,
1829, at Jetta, France; died Oct. 30, 1925 at the home of her
granddaughter near Abbyville, Kans.; aged 96 y. 4 m. 6 d. When
she was 15 years old she united with the Amish Mennonite Church
at Grand Ancourt, France. She remained a faithful member in that
faith unto the end. In 1852 she was united in marriage to Christian
Cender at Grand Ancourt. To this union was born one son (Joseph).
In 1867 they came to America and settled north of Peoria, Ill.,
her husband being a miller. In 1873 they moved to a farm near
Roanoke, Ill., then in 1888 they moved near Abbyville, Kans. On
Feb. 10, 1895, death called her companion and April 1, 1915, her
son Joseph died. Grandma Cender stayed on the home place until
a few years ago she moved to Hutchinson, Kans., to live with one
of her grandchildren, but she moved back again to her home on
the farm with her other grandchild where she passed away peacefully.
She leaves one daughter-in-law (Mary Cender), two grandchildren
(Matilda King and Emil Cender), and two great-grandchildren, besides
a host of relatives and friends.
By a Nephew.
Flisher.-Mary A. Shank was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 2, 1857; died in City Hospital, La Junta, Colo., Dec. 18, 1925; aged 68 y. 1 m. 17 d. She remained in Indiana until she grew to young womanhood, and on Oct. 15, 1882, was united in marriage to D. F. Flisher. Two years later they removed to Harvey Co., Kans., and in 1886 to Finney Co., Kans., near Garden City. In the fall of 1904 the family moved to La Junta, Colo., where she has lived continuously ever since, with the exception of time spent visiting her children. The surviving children are Jacob A. Flisher, Mrs. J. C. Swartz, and Mrs. Mary Brenneman. Surviving brothers and sister are John Shank, M. E. Shank, and Elizabeth Shank. Sister Flisher united with the Mennonite Church as a young woman, and lived a devoted Christian life until the end. In the early days on the plains of Western Kansas, when doctors were far away and trained nurses unknown, many of her days and nights were spent in caring for some sick neighbor, her only reward being the sense of duty performed and the approbation of the Master she served. Funeral services were held from the La Junta Mennonite Church Dec. 22nd, conducted by the brethren Earl Showalter and Jacob A. Heatwole. Interment in the East Holbrook Cemetery.
Troyer.-Catherine Elgi was born in Stark Stark Co., Ohio, Oct. 19, 1937. When ten years of age she moved with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind. While still a young girl she gave herself to her Lord and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. On Jan. 9, 1859, she was married to John D. Troyer who preceded her in death in 1911. To them were born eleven children, four of whom preceded her in death (Daniel J., Mary E. Garber, Emma J. Whitney, and Sarah Alice Young). Those still living are Mrs. Anna E. Mizer, Mrs. Lydia. M. Brown, Joseph E., David F., Mrs. Ella C. Shaw, Mattie A., and John E.). Besides her children there are twenty great-grandchildren to mourn her departure. In May, 1888, Bro. and Sister Troyer with their four youngest children came to Plattsmouth, Neb., where they lived until December of the same year, when they moved to Seward Co., and have lived in and near Milford since then, until death claimed them. Sister Troyer laid down the burdens of this life after a brief illness of three days, on Saturday, Dec. 19, 1925, at her home, in Milford at the age of 88 y. 2 m. To all who knew her, her life was an unparalleled example of faithful service to her family and her home, and now she has accepted that gracious invitation, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give ye rest." Funeral services were held at the East Fairview Church and interment was at the Church Cemetery. Services by the home ministers. Text, Psa. 91 Heb. 11 :10.
Note: born in 1937 seems incorrect, but that is what the obit says.
Weaver.-Lucinda Ella Neuhouser was born at Gridley, Ill., March 15, 1880; died at Harper, Kans., Dec. 18, 1925; aged 45 y. 9 m. 3 d. When she was but five years of age her parents moved from Illinois to Larned, Kans. When she came to the age of accountability, she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the same until her death. In 1895 she came with her parents to Harvey Co., Kans., living in the vicinity of Hesston until on Nov. 30, 1899, when she was united in marriage to Reuben M. Weaver. To this union were born fourteen children, the two oldest having preceded her to the spirit world about twenty years ago. The twelve remaining children are Joseph, Ernest, Myrtle, Tillman, Truman, Samuel, Ella May, Bertha, Dale, Edith, Alta, and Anna Ruth, the oldest being twenty-one and the youngest a little over a year old. Sister Weaver was a model mother, an earnest Church worker, and the primary superintendent of the Pleasant Valley Sunday school at the time of her death. She was sick only two days with flu-pneumonia. Her sudden death was a shock to the entire community and to all relatives and friends. Bro. Weaver being a minister, she was always very helpful by doing her part as a minister's wife. She was willing to make sacrifices and even helped him to get out some of his sermons, At the time of her death she helped Bro. Weaver get out a series of Bible lessons and sermons for a meeting at the Pennsylvania Church, their old home, to be given during the week between Christmas and New Year. She expected to accompany him and remain a few days. She is also survived by her parents, Christian and Isabelle Neuhouser, and four brothers. and sisters. The funeral was held at the Pleasant Valley Church, three miles east of Harper, Dec. 20, conducted by T. M. Erb of Hesston, assisted by Henry J. King, of Wichita. Despite the cold and stormy weather, the Church was filled to its capacity.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 42 - January 14, 1926 - pages 862, 863
Oyer-Darline Mae, infant daughter of Joe and Bertha Oyer, died Dec. 22, 1925; aged 3 mo. 22 d. Her death was due to an acute attack of pneumonia of less than a week's duration. She leaves father, mother, four brothers, four sisters, two grandfathers, one grandmother, many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Church at Fisher, Ill., by Bros. A.A. Augspurger and J.A. Heiser.
Null-Sister Frances Null was born Mar. 22, 1847; died at Pinesburg, Md., Dec. 4, 1925; aged 78 y. 8 m. 11 d. She was received into church fellowship about five years ago from another denomination. She was faithful to the end. The funeral was held at the home of her son Robert, who is at this time afflicted. She was buried Dec. 6. Her only son (Robert) and four grandchildren survive. Funeral was conducted by Bro. Geo. S. Keener. Text, Heb. 9:27.
Vance--Phoebe Jane Vance was born July 22, 1965; died Dec. 19, 1925; aged 60 y. 4 m. 27 d. She was given in marriage to Elijah Vance on March 29, 1883. To them were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter preceded her in death. She united with the Roaring Creek congregation of the Mennonite Church many years ago, to which she held to the time of her death. Services were conducted in the Roaring Creek Church Dec. 20, by R.W. Benner, assisted by Bro. E.K. Ziegler. Her body was laid to rest in the family graveyard on the old Vance homestead.
Brenneman-Melvin Eben, son of M.E. and Orpha Brenneman, Albany, Oreg., died Dec. 21, 1925; aged 2 y, 8 mo. 19 d. Death was due to heart failure. He leaves his parents, four brothers, and two sisters. His eldest brother (Orval) died less than three months ago. Little Melvin was of a very happy, cheerful disposition, and a source of much joy and blessing to the home where he made his brief abode and where he will be greatly missed. Funeral services conducted at Albany Mennonite church by Bro. L.J. Miller, Garden City, Mo., assisted by the home and neighboring ministers. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.
Shenk-Daniel Martin, infant son of Daniel D. and Nancy Shenk, died Dec. 7, 1925, in Warwick Co, Va., aged fourteen days. His sickness was yellow jaundice. He leaves his parents, one sister, grandparents, and many other relatives living in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Short services were held at the house by Bro. Geo. R. Brunk. Text, II Kings 4th chapter. Burial in cemetery adjoining the Mennonite Church.
"Our darling is not dead, but sleeping
Safely in our Father's care;
Some sweet day again we'll meet him
In that blissful land so fair."
Kuhns-Magdalene Slabaugh was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 16, 1847; died Dec. 20, 1925, at her son's home near Manchester, Okla.; aged 78 y. 6 m. 4 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her young years, and continued a faithful member until her departure. She was married to Samuel Kuhns in 1864. To this union were born ten children. The husband and one son preceded her. She leaves two brothers and one sister, three sons, six daughters, 42 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Samuel Kuhns by J.J. Zimmerman, of Harper, Kans. Text, Rom. 8:8.
Baer-Sister Lydia, wife of Bro. Martin H. Baer, near Spring Grove, Pa., was buried Sept. 30, 1925; aged 54 y. Services at the Garber Church, conducted by Bro. John H. Mosemann and Bro. Denton Martin. She was sick 2 weeks of pneumonia. She was a kind and affectionate wife, always ready to do favors, took a great interest in sewing circle; but she was ready to leave this world, and said good-bye to all that were around her.
"We weep for her; no tenderer wife
E'er made man's fireside bright;
No more devoted mother-love
E'er kept home altar fires alight.
She is with the angel host,
With sinless heart and stainless hand,
Waiting to meet the friends who come
To that bright and happy land."
Erb-Sister Barbara Streicher, beloved wife of Menno G. Erb of Wellesley, Ont., died at Kingman, Alta., Aug. 13, 1925; aged 54 y. 10 m. 24 d. Sister Erb was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church and had gone on a trip for her health, but did not get very far, having only been away two weeks, when her body was brought home for burial. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 1 sister (Mrs. Daniel Lebold) and 1 brother (Christian R. Streicher). Funeral was held Aug. 19, from the residence of Bro. Daniel Lebold. Interment in the Third Line A.M. Cemetery.
"Death has called away dear Auntie,
In the lonely grave to lie;
May we all prepare to meet her
In that home beyond the sky." A Niece.
Warfel-John, son of Eli and Barbara Warfel, Conestoga, Pa., was born April 15, 1879; died Nov. 25, 1925. His death was due to complications of 24 years' standing. He had been in the hospital fourteen times. He is survived by his wife and following children: Mrs. David Rankin, Henry, Olive, Lester, Mary, Stella, Lois-all at home. He also leaves his parents (Eli Warfel and wife), and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Fred Sickman, George Warfel, Mrs. Annie Huber, Mrs. Emma Ressel, Mrs. Barbara Creamer, Walter, Mrs. Harry Bortzfield. He had been a sufferer for many years, but bore it for Christ's sake, in whom he had put his trust for many years. Funeral on Sunday, Nov. 29, at the River Corner Church, conducted by Bro. Maris Hess and Bro. Carmichael. Burial in the River Corner Cemetery. Father.
Gingrich-David G. Gingrich was born near Thompsontown, Juniata Co., Pa., April 22, 1857; died Dec. 29, 1925, at the home of his brother near Ayr, Nebr.; aged 68 y. 8 m. 7 d. He leaves to mourn his departure 1 brother (John, of Ayr), 1 half-brother (Marshall, Albany, Oreg.), and 3 half-sisters ( Mrs. Ida Snyder, Ayr, Nebr., Mrs. Lydia Martin, and Emma, Albany, Oreg.); also many other relatives and friends. About a week previous to his death he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized. In his early manhood he came to Elkhart, Ind., and later went to Toledo, Ohio, where he was engaged in business for a number of years. About 20 years ago he came to Nebraska where he has since made his home. Funeral services were held Dec. 31, at the Roseland Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. D.G. Lapp. Text, Rom. 6:23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Martin-Joseph W. Martin died at his home in Voganville, Pa., Nov. 17, 1925, after two weeks' illness from a complication of diseases. He was formerly a resident of New Holland, Pa. He was a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church and was 65 years of age. Besides his widow, who was Dora Wright before marriage, the following children survive: Fannie, wife of Edward Burger; Earl; Verna, wife of Edgar Taylor; Metta, wife of Noah Steffy; Milo, Emma, Harland, and Kenneth. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Isaac, Samuel, Jacob, Mrs. Fannie Clinger, Mrs. Sarah Snader, Mrs. Lizzie Degler, and Daniel. One half-sister also survives. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon with private services from his late home and public services at Weaverland Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Greider-Charles A., son of the late Amos Greider, was born May 12, 1847; died Dec. 8, 1925; aged 51 y. 6 m. 26 d. He leaves a devoted wife (who is a faithful sister in the church and teacher in the Chestnut Hill Sunday school), also one son with his companion, living at home, as well as three brothers (Howard, Frank, and Christian). Bro. Greider was one of our assistant superintendents in the Sunday school at Chestnut Hill. He also taught a township school, which he entered Tuesday morning, Dec. 8, and did not leave it while in this life. After the day's work was done he went to the cellar to fix the fire in the furnace, and not returning when night came, his wife and brother-in-law went to find where he might be. They found him at the coal bin, lying on his face, and lifeless. Services conducted at the house on Friday, Dec. 11, at 2 P.M., by H.E. Longanecker and at Landisville (Pa.) Mennonite Church by I.B. Good and S.E. Ebersole. Text, Rev. 22:14. Remains laid to rest in the Landisville Cemetery. S.E.E.
Swartzendruber-Maud, daughter of Isaac and Barbara Swartzendruber, was born in Iowa, Co., Iowa, Jan. 21, 1901; died Dec. 17, 1925; aged 24 y. 10 m. 26 d. She accepted Christ in her youth and remained faithful until death. Seven years ago she passed through a very serious illness of the influenza from which she never fully recovered. On Dec. 9 she was taken to the Williamsburg hospital, where her condition w as found to be serious, her chief ailment being high blood pressure and dropsy. No human effort was spared to restore her, but the time of her departure rapidly approached. She was fully resigned to the Lord's will. She was preceded in death by her oldest brother (Ray), and by her father. She leaves her mother, one sister, two brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral at the West Union Church, conducted by the home ministers. Text, Job 1:21. Remains laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.
"Oh, we feel so sad and lonely,
Sorrow fills our heart to-day;
But we hope 'ere long to meet her,
Where all tears are wiped away."
Moser-Edith Lorene, daughter of Martin and Bertha Moser, of Orrville, O., was born July 2, 1917; died Dec. 11, 1925; aged 8 y. 5 m. 9 d. Two infant brothers, Carl and Lawrence, preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her early departure a father, mother, three brothers and two sisters-Virgil, Dorothy, Helen, Claire, and Warren; also one grandfather, David Bixler, with many other relatives and a host of friends. The heavenly Father blessed her with a beautiful, attractive childhood of sunshine and cheer, winning her way into the hearts and lives of all who knew her. Her smiles will be remembered by old and young. May we say with Jesus as He passed through His darkest hours, "Not my will, but thine be done." for knowing that the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, we can also say, "Blessed be the name of the Lord." A brief service was held at the home on Dec. 13. Services were further conducted at the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, where about a thousand people gathered to show their sympathy and respect. Ministers were C.N. Amstutz and I.W. Royer. Burial in cemetery near the church.
Linder-John Linder was born near Barryville, Stark Co., Ohio, Jan. 21, 1873; died at his home near Bellefontaine, Ohio, Oct. 9, 1925; aged 52 y. 8 m. 18 d. He was one of a family of 14 children. He was married to Anna Roth, November 13, 1900. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, Lawrence and Harvey. One son, one daughter, one foster-daughter, three brothers, and three sisters, preceded him in death. The seven brothers remaining are: Chris, Joseph, Samuel, David, Daniel, Amos, and Eli, all living near Louisville, Ohio. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death. He was a kind, loving husband and father, always ready to help his neighbors and friends. He will be sadly missed in his home and community. He was so patient in his suffering. Always resigned to God's will even though the path was not always bright. Funeral services Oct. 11, at S. Union Church, in charge of A.I. Yoder and Levi Plank. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear father is at rest."
Horst-Solomon S. Horst of Shippensburg, Pa., was born Dec. 4, 1854; died Dec. 31, 1925; aged 71 y. 27 d. His death came as the result of a paralytic stroke from which he suffered for about four weeks. Bro. Horst spent nearly all his life in the vicinity where he was born and was for many years an active Christian. On Jan. 18, 1881, he was united in marriage to Mary Wenger of Intercourse, Pa., who preceded him to the other world Sept. 12, 1920. To this union were born three daughters, two of whom survive: Cora, at home, and Mrs. Rueben Ebersole, of the same community. The other daughter, Mrs. Christopher Sollenberger, died a number of years ago. Bro. Horst is also survived by 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and 4 grandchildren, as well as many other relatives who mourn the loss of one whom they dearly loved. On Nov. 2, 1912, he was ordained to the office of deacon for the Rowe congregation, near Shippensburg, the duties of which position he faithfully discharged. He will be greatly missed in the circles of the home, church, and community. Funeral was held Jan. 3 from his late home and at the Rowe Church. Services were conducted by the brethren, C.V. Martin, D.E. Kuhns, J.S. Burkholder, and Denton Martin. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
"One by one, the tender Shepherd
Gathers loved ones to His fold,
And He draws them to His bosom
With a tenderness untold."
Nofziger-Emanuel Nofziger was born near Archbold, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1872. On the morning of Dec. 24, 1925, while loading gravel, suddenly a large mass of gravel gave way, covering him up, which caused instant death. He was aged 53 y. 1 m. On March 20, 1894, he was united in marriage with Louisa Stutzman. To them were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 1 sister, also a large circle of relatives and friends. His parents, 4 brothers and 1 daughter preceded him in death. The death of his mother and daughter and his own were all within the last seven months. At the age of 26 he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Brethren Church. About ten years ago he transferred his membership to the Amish Mennonite Church, of which he was a member until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A.M. Church, Dec. 27, conducted by S.D. Grieser, Eli Rupp, and Eli Frey. Texts, Isa. 38:1; Jno. 5:24. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
"Dear Father so suddenly passed to yonder shore;
Here on earth we shall greet him no more.
Though our hearts do ache, till they nearly break
For one whom Jesus saw fit to take,
We humbly to God's sweet promises cling,
Which to our lonely hearts does comfort bring."
Hershey-Rhoda, daughter of John K. and Mary Hershey, was born near Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 27, 1901; died Dec. 11, 1925: aged 24 y. 10 m. 14 d. Funeral Dec. 15, conducted at the home by Bro. J.B. Senger, and at the Paradise Church by C.M. Brackbill and A.L. Martin, the house being crowded to the doors. Although never very strong, Rhoda was always active and often deplored the fact that she did not have more endurance; but we never suspicioned any serious trouble until early in the past summer when she began to lose strength and weight very rapidly and we discovered that she had a small goitre and it had become toxic. By August 17 she was so weak she could not leave her bed and all efforts to build up her strength to prepare her for an operation proved futile. Finally the doctors decided that her last and only chance was to go ahead and remove it and although she had often said she is ready and willing to go she also had a desire to be well and useful; she thought she had accomplished so little in her short life and was willing and even anxious to take the risk and have the operation. The day before she said, "If I can't get well I wish I could just slip off when no one is looking"-and her wish was granted as she stood the operation finely till they were about through, when suddenly her heart just stopped. They tried every means known to science to revive her, but she was gone and her dream of the night before was realized-when she thought she had wakened with no pain or sickness and all was over and she wondered why we ever dreaded it so much if it was not more than this. Words fail us when we try to tell how much we miss her, but we want to be submissive to the Father's will and thank Him for the experience and the beautiful memories we have.
"No sorrowing thought can reach her there,
No pain is hers to-day;
God gives her joy for suffering,
Her tears are wiped away."
Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire
Yoder. - Wilbur, son of Daniel C. and Bertha Yoder,
died Jan. 7, 1926; aged 8 days. Funeral services at the home on
the 8th by Harry A. Diener (Text, Job 1:21), and laid to rest
in the cemetery at Yoder, Kansas.
"Budded on earth to bloom in heaven."
Grieser. - On Dec. 25, 1925, at Hadley, Minn., occurred the death of an infant son of Bro. and Sister Simon Grieser, being one of twins born Tuesday, Dec. 22. Funeral service conducted by the writer. Body laid to rest in cemetery at Hadley, Sunday, Dec. 27. C. J. Garber.
Crane. - Pearly George Crane was born Dec. 24, 1902; died Dec. 28, 1925; aged 23 y. 4 d. He not being very strong, having tuberculosis, he had a very weak heart and a spell with his stomach which overcame him. He was a boy that every one liked and was well spoken of, especially for his untiring help in the sickness of his younger sister and mother, who died with tuberculosis, his sister one year earlier. He never made a profession till on his death-bed. He leaves a little brother (William), and his father, many relatives and friends. Funeral at Little Union Church, Dec. 29, by Bro. Ira Buckwalter, Palmyra, Mo.
Immel. - John Immel was born was born July 5, 1854, at Walnut Creek, Ohio; died the last day of 1925; aged 71 y. 5 m. 26 d. December, 1879, he was married to Anna Hostetler. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. On Oct. 8, 1893, his wife died, which was a great loss to the family. On Jan. 13, 1895, he was married to Amanda Hostetler. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters. He leaves wife, 17 children (all were at the funeral), 3 sisters, and 31 grandchildren. His funeral was held at the Union Church, Sugarcreek, conducted by S. H. Miller and Mr. Hoffman, and was buried at the East Lawn Cemetery, Shanesville. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.
Blosser. - Ward W., son of Rudolph and Anna Blosser, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., May 19, 1901; died at the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1925; aged 24 y. 7 m. In 1918 Ward came with his parents to Mahoning Co., Ohio, and in the same year united with the Mennonite Church. April 11, 1925, he was united in marriage to Lavine Leibert. He leaves his wife, parents, 2 brothers, 7 sisters, and many relatives and friends, who keenly feel his early departure, he being the first one to break the family circle here below. The funeral was held Dec. 22 at the Midway Church by J. H. Graf and E. M. Detweiler. Text, Luke 2:11. Buried in the cemetery nearby.
Yoder. - Ruby Luella, infant daughter of Elba J. and
Erma Yoder of near Garden City, Mo., died Jan. 6, 1926; aged 5
m. 5 d. Complication of diseases was the cause of her death. She
suffered intense pain for a few days but was very patient. She
leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandfathers, 2
grandmothers, and many other relatives and friends. Services at
the Sycamore Grove Church by I. G. Hartzler. Text, II Kings 4:23
(latter clause), and 26 (latter clause). Budded on earth to bloom
"Beautiful hands of a little one see
Baby voice calling loved ones to thee;
Rosy cheeked darling, the light of our home,
Tenderly beckoning, Come!"
Phillips. - Pollie Amanda, wife of Bro. Allison Phillips, was born Jan. 27, 1880, near Shelbyville, Mo.; died Jan. 4, 1926, at her home near Lynn, Mo.; aged 45 y. 11 m. 8 d. She leaves her husband, 5 sons, 4 daughters, father, brothers, sisters, with other relatives and friends. Our sister's departure came very unexpectedly. She appeared to be in usual health and enjoyed a hearty dinner; but, lying down in the afternoon for a rest with her 11 months' old baby girl, she fell asleep to awaken in the beyond. Her remains were laid away at Lane, Mo., Jan. 6. Funeral services conducted by J. M. Kreider of Palmyra, Mo., assisted by E. C. Bowman of Freedom, Mo. Text, "There is but a step between me and death."
Goss. - Elizabeth (Hackman) Goss, widow of Benj. M.
Goss, was born July 14, 1839; died Dec. 24, 1925; aged 86 y. 5
m. 10 d. She is survived by 4 sons, 2 daughters, and 1 step-daughter.
Three daughters preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite
Church in early life, and was faithful until death. She was a
kind and affectionate mother, and was very patient during her
hours of long affliction, saying, "We must wait until our
time comes." Funeral services at the home Dec. 27 by Bro.
Aaron B. Harnish and at the Byerland, Pa., Mennonite Church, by
Bros. Maris Hess and Jacob Thomas. Text, John 19:27; II Tim. 4:6-8.
Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sweetly sleeps dear mother,
With loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet her
On yonder peaceful shore."
Aschliman. - John Aschliman was born near Stryker, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1851; died at his home in Sherwood, Ohio, Dec. 31, 1925; aged 74 y. 9 d. On Dec. 30, 1875, he was united in marriage with Clara A. Kunkle, of Stryker. To this union were born four children, all of whom are living. He leaves his wife, 1 son, 3 daughters, 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives. Three brothers preceded him in death, also 2 grandchildren. In former years he gave his heart to the Lord and united with the United Brethren Church; and during his sickness he again renewed his covenant with the Lord. Funeral services were held at the Lockport A. M. Church Jan. 3, conducted by J. S. Neuhauser, Leo. Ind., and S. D. Grieser of Archbold, Ohio. Text, Job 30:23. Interment in Lockport Cemetery.
Hartman. - Ethel Josephine, daughter of George and Mahala
Hartman, was born near Waynesboro, Va., and died near Petersburg,
Va., after an illness of one week of pneumonia; aged 12 y. 2 m.
7 d. Father, mother, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, an aged grandfather,
and other relatives deeply mourn their loss. She was the youngest
of the family, possessed a quiet, lovable disposition, and will
be much missed. Her body reached Waynesboro, Va., on New Year's
Day, the funeral being held on Sunday, Jan. 3, at the Springdale
church, (where she once attended S. S.). A well filled house of
sympathizing relatives and friends met for the sad service, conducted
by the brethren, J. R. Driver and E. C. Shank, Text Mark 5:42.
Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Dearest Ethel, how we miss thee,
O how sad and lone 'twill be,
When we to our home return
There no more your face to see.
Lantz. - Rebecca Zook, daughter of the late Bishop D. J. Zook, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 17, 1850; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. A. Braden, Hutchinson, Kans., Dec. 22, 1925; aged 75 y. 1 m. 5 d. On March 14, 1868, she was married to Christian F. Lantz, at Allensville, Pa. To this union were born six sons and two daughters. Her husband, one son, and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world several years ago. Besides the remaining children, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one brother and four sisters survive. In her early years she united with the Amish Mennonite Church but at the time of her death was a member of the East Emmet Church six miles northwest of Newton, Kans. Her funeral was held at the Pennsylvania Church conducted by J. M. R. Weaver. The text used at the services was Psa. 116:15. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Roth. - Nancy (Goldsmith) Roth was born in Butler Co., Ohio, April 5, 1841, coming to Henry Co., Iowa, with her parents (Pre. Joseph Goldsmith's) in 1857. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church and remaining true until death claimed her on Jan. 2, 1926, at the home of her daughter in Wayland, Iowa; aged 84 y. 8 m. 27 d. On March 25, 1858, she was married to Michael Roth, who preceded her in death 22 years. This union was blessed with four sons and six daughters, of whom three daughters preceded her in death. The following children survive her: Joseph, Otto, Frank, William, Mrs. Bertha Wood, Mrs. Katie White, Mrs. Amelia Egli; also twenty-six grandchildren, fifty-three great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, her twin brother (Jacob Goldsmith), and one sister (Mrs. S. Gerig). Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Jan. 5, conducted by Bro. Daniel Graber. Interment in cemetery nearby.
King. - Abraham King was born Dec. 1, 1860; died at
his home northeast of Stryker, Ohio, Jan. 5, 1926; aged 65 y.
1 m. 4 d. On Aug. 19, 1883, he was united in marriage with Fannie
Stutzman. To them were born 8 children. He leaves wife, 6 children
(all of whom were present at the funeral except Eddie, the youngest
son), also 25 grandchildren and a host of friends. He was the
last of the family to be called to the great beyond. His parents,
his only brother, 2 children, and 3 grandchildren, preceded him
in death. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his younger years
and united with the A. M. Church, in which faith he died. Funeral
services were held Friday, Jan. 8, at Central A. M. Church, conducted
by Henry Rychener, assisted by S. D. Grieser. Text, Jas. 4:14.
Burial in Eckley Cemetery.
"His tears and pains are o'er,
His weary journey's done;
He's reached the land where crowns are given,
And crosses are laid down."
Shafer. - Ella, beloved wife of Pre. Wm. A. Shafer, was born Dec. 1, 1884; died of bronchial pneumonia Dec. 26, 1925; aged 41 y. 25 d. This couple was married Jan. 13, 1905, to which union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters, all of whom survive. She united with the Mennonite Church twenty-one years ago, and remained faithful unto the end. She was afflicted for about eight years. During the last seven years of her life she was confined to her bed nearly all the time, being paralyzed in the lower part of her body and unable to move it. During the last two years she was blind. She suffered much at times, but bore it all patiently and was always cheerful. She often expressed a desire to depart and be with her Savior. When her end drew near and she was asked if she was ready to go, she said, "O yes, surely I am ready. Everything is all right." Funeral services were conducted Dec. 30, by Bro. Ammon Brubaker at the home and Bros. Wm. Graybill and Harry Longenecker at the church. Interment was made in the Susquehanna Cemetery, Port Trevorton, Pa.
Schmitt. - Jacob B. Schmitt was born in Wilmot Twp., Ont., Nov. 28, 1845; he was married to Magdalena Snyder Oct. 20, 1867. This union was blessed with 9 children, three of whom died in infancy. His companion died July 25, 1885. On Oct. 31, 1886, he was married to Catharine Shantz. This union was blessed with three children, of whom only one survives. On Oct. 16, 1924, his second wife was also laid to rest, whose loss he felt keenly. He died Dec. 20, 1925, after a brief illness of heart trouble and dropsy; aged 80 y. 22 d. He leaves 7 children, 35 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren, and one sister. The family has lost a loving father, the Church a faithful pillar, the community a kind neighbor, one who was ever ready to be of service to others. Bro. Schmitt was born on the farm, where he lived all his years, and reached the ripe old age of four score years. On Nov. 28 it was his desire that his family and a few others help celebrate his 80th, and as it proved, his last birthday. "This shall be my last birthday," he said, and he lived just 22 days longer. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 24th, by Orphen Wismer, Manassah Hallman, and C. F. Derstine. Text, Eccl. 12:5.
Sauder. - Bertha Mae, daughter of Martin G. Sauder, was born at New Holland, Pa., Oct. 19, 1911, died Nov. 21, 1925; aged 14 y. 1 m. 2 d. She was a member of the little Sunday school at New Holland, from the day of its beginning nearly eleven years ago, starting in the infant department, missing very few Sundays, always there with a helpful smile and a cheerful turn of mind, ending her connection with the school only, when her failing health did not permit her attendance. She was for several years a member of the junior Bible class, and a regular attendant of the junior sewing circle; she attended Sunday school and church services for the last time on September 20, nine weeks before she died. She accepted her Savior during the fall of 1923; received baptism and was received into the Church Feb. 10, 1924. She was a patient sufferer, fully resigned to the will of the Lord. Besides her father, she leaves a step-mother, and two older sisters. Funeral was held at the New Holland Meeting house, Nov. 23, conducted by Bro. Noah H. Mack, assisted by Bros. John W. Weaver, Noah N. Sauder, and I. B. Good. A touching feature of the funeral was the attendance of the high school pupils (all of the members of the grade to which she had belonged) in a body.
Blosser. - Barbara Printz Blosser was born Jan. 29, 1834, near Columbiana, Ohio; died Dec. 16, 1925; aged 91 y. 10 m. 17 d. On Nov. 3, 1859, she was united in marriage to Jacob Blosser, to which union three children were born (Lydia A. Burkholder, Henry Blosser, Susan Guy, with whom she had her home the past years and where she passed away). Besides her three children she leaves five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, together with a host of friends. About fifty-five years ago she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. In all these years she missed only one communion and that time because of an accident in which one of her limbs was inured so that she was forced to remain at home that day. The last few years she was unable to go to church, so the bishop served communion in the home. The last communion observed a few months ago was her 104th. With great pleasure and a longing to go to her eternal home she partook of the sacraments the last few times. Even though she was well up in years, she retained a remarkable memory and was able to read her Bible to the close of life's journey. Brief funeral services were held at the home on Dec. 18 and later at the Midway Mennonite Church, with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Funeral services in charge of the brethren A. J. Steiner and E. M. Detweiler. Text (which was her own selection) II Tim. 4:6.
Overholt. - Martin J., son of Joseph S. and Hannah (Wagler)
Overholt, was born in Daviess Co., Ind., April 6, 1903; died in
Emergency Hospital, Buffalo, N. Y., Nov. 30, 1925; aged 22 y.
7 m. 13 d. Death was due to injuries received through an accident
which occurred Nov. 29. He, accompanied by his sister and three
other friends, was returning from the hospital where they had
been to visit a sick brother. At a cross road about nine miles
from home, a car was coming toward them from the east and one
which was going very fast from the north. The two cars crashed
into Martin's car and threw the three girls in the back seat out,
and turned the car over with the two boys underneath. Martin and
one of the girls were taken to the hospital. Martin suffered a
great deal of pain, but God called him away from this world of
sin and care about 10 o'clock the following morning. His last
desire was to see his mother and family. He realized the state
he was in and said he would put his trust in the Lord. He confessed
Christ as his Savior when he was 19 years old and remained true
to the end. He leaves father, mother, 7 sisters (Fannie, Mary,
Magdalena, Delilah, Amanda, Catherine, and Nancy), 4 brothers
(William, Henry, Joseph, and John); also one grandmother, uncles,
aunts, cousins, and a host of friends. He was of a loving disposition,
a friend to all who learned to know him, and will be greatly missed
by all, especially in the home and church. Funeral services at
the Brick Church Dec. 1 by Bros. John
Bontrager and Lewis Eichorn. Body was conveyed to Hartville, Ohio, where funeral services were held at the Walnut Grove Church Dec. 4 by Bros. Joshua King and Joseph Wagler. He was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. Peace to his ashes!
"Today we are thinking, dear Martin,
Of the grief that has come to our home;
How you left us in silence and mourning,
All so lonely in sorrow and gloom."
Weaver. - Israel H., son of the late Aaron G. and Mary Horst Weaver, died at St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 10, 1926, (from the effects of falling a distance of 20 feet from a house roof, three days before); aged 55 y. 6 m. 18 d. He leaves a widow, one daughter (Esther), two sisters, and two brothers. He was born deaf, was educated in the Pennsylvania Institution for the deaf (Mt. Airy, Philadelphia), where he became an expert jeweler; but after his graduation he preferred to be a carpenter, and became favorably know over a large scope of country. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Weaverland and at Goodville many years where he and his wife (also a mute), often attended services, and received a partial benefit of the services when some brother kindly wrote the main features of the sermons as they were delivered and handed the written pages over to Bro. Weaver, who always took them home and re-read them and searched the scriptural references in his Bible, requiring a good knowledge of the Bible and its interpretations. He also attended lectures and sermons in the neighboring cities at regular periods, given by ministers for the advancement and religious instruction for the deaf, and by God's help he made a success in life beyond some who have no hindrances. He was an indulgent father, a kind husband and of a kindly disposition, having many friends of all classes of people, especially among his associates who had the same misfortune as he had. There were a large number of deaf friends in attendance at his funeral, who were favored by a sermon by the sign method by Franklin C. Smielau, a minister and teacher, of Selins Grove, Pa., who being deaf himself, has wrought a great work among his people. The text for the deaf people was, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Bros. Benjamin Weaver, I. B. Good, and A. A. Landis, gave short talks to the hearing part of the congregation from Matt. 24:44, and I. Sam. 20:3.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana
Schwartz-Elizabeth Schwartz was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 20, 1848; died of dropsy Jan. 7, 1926; aged 83 y. 3 m. 17 d. She leaves her son (Solomon), 5 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and a host of other relatives. In her youth she joined the Swiss Mennonite Church where funeral services were conducted Jan. 9, by C.N. Amstutz and I.W. Royer.
Schrock-Esther, daughter of Bro. Tobe and Sister Martha
Schrock, died Dec. Dec. 24, 1925; aged 3 m. 9 d. She leaves father
and mother, 2 sisters, 1 brother, grandfather and grandmother,
and many relatives and friends. Short was the stay of this little
flower that budded on earth to bloom in heaven. Funeral services
at the home of the grandparents by Samuel Hostetler and D.J. Johns.
"Though cast down we're not forsaken,
Though afflicted, not alone;
Thou didst give and Thou hast taken,
Blessed Lord, Thy will be done."
Martin-Grace Henrietta, infant daughter of Irvin and
Carrie Martin, died Jan. 13, 1926; aged 10 m. 6 d. Her death was
due to pneumonia and convulsions. She leaves father, mother, four
sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services on Jan.
15, at the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church near Greencastle, Pa.,
conducted by Brethren Burkholder and Risser. Burial at Greencastle,
"Dearest Grace, how we miss thee,
Since thy voice we hear no more;
Yet again we hope to meet thee
Over on the golden shore."
Gsell-Mary F. Gsell died of complications near Clearspring, Md., Jan. 8, 1926; aged 55 y. 10 m. Her health not being normal for some time, yet her affliction was about 10 days, during which time she retained her consciousness, comforting herself and others of her hope in Jesus. She was a member of the Clearspring congregation. Surviving are her sister (Almeda) and brother (Clinton), with whom she had her home, and sister Mattie Hege and sister Fanny Parmer. Services Jan. 11 by Bishop Geo. Keener at the house, and at the church by Bros. C.R. Strite and S.R. Eby. Text, Rom. 14:12. Buried in cemetery adjoining.
Hershberger-Sylvia Martha, daughter of Bro. Manassas
M. and Sister Anna Hershberger, was born at Kenmare, N. Dak.,
Nov. 6, 1910; died at the home of her parents in Goshen, Ind.,
Jan. 11, 1926; aged 15 y. 2 m. 5 d. She died of bronchial pneumonia,
which set in after she had been ill for about ten days with influenza
and an abscess in the throat. She leaves parents, 4 sisters, 3
brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. Services at the
house by D.J. Johns and at the Grieser Church by Samuel Eash in
German and D.J. Johns in English.
"Dearest Sylvia, thou hast left us,
Thy voice is forever stilled;
Thy chair is now vacant
And can nevermore be filled."
Gockley-Ruth Amanda, little daughter of John and Amanda
B. Gockley, died Jan. 3, 1926; aged 8 m. 2 d. Her death was due
to measles and whooping cough, followed by pneumonia. She had
been sickly all summer and was just beginning to pick up before
she took sick. She leaves father, mother and these brothers and
sisters: Mary, Clarence, Earl, Harry, Samuel, and Naomi, her grandfather
Landis and grandfather and grandmother Gockley, and many relatives
and friends. Private funeral services at the house by Bro. Benj.
Wenger, with further services at the Groffdale Mennonite Church
by Bro. Benjamin Weaver. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child;
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled."
-- Aunt Alice
Shupp-Ann Savilla Shupp was born in Washington Co., Md., Nov. 18, 1854; died Jan. 7, 1926; aged 71 y. 1 m. 19 d. Sister Shupp was of a friendly disposition, a good neighbor, and an affectionate companion to her afflicted husband who has been paralyzed for more than 16 years, and for whom she cared almost like a helpless child. She was an ideal mother. It seemed to all who knew her that no task was too great nor long but she was glad to do it for her neighbors. She was buried Jan. 10, 1926. A short service was held at her late home and the body conveyed to the Clearspring Church where she was a consistent member for over forty years. She leaves her afflicted husband, five sons, two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many friends. Services conducted by C.R. Strite and Geo. S. Keener. Text, Psa. 118:17:18. Peace to her ashes.
Zaugg-Anna Liechty Zaugg was born in Switzerland May 30, 1849; died of pneumonia Jan. 12, 1926, at the home of her son David near Orrville, Ohio; aged 76 y. 7 m. 13 d. She was married to Christian Zaugg, who preceded her in death several years ago. To this union were born 7 children. One daughter died in infancy. On April 16, 1883, they came to this country. In her youth she joined the Mennonite Church in Switzerland and had been a faithful member of the Sonnenberg Church ever since they lived in this country. Three sons and three daughters survive her; also 25 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She also leaves 3 sisters and 1 brother residing in Switzerland. Funeral Jan. 15, conducted by Austin Kaiser at the home and by C.N. Amstutz and Lewis Amstutz at the church. Text, II Cor. 5. Her last words were, "With Jesus will I fall asleep, In Jesus will I rise again."
Landis-Hannah, wife of Jonas A. Landis of Franconia,
Pa., was born May 8, 1901; died July 23, 1926: aged 24 y. 2 m.
15 d. Her health failed for a few months, but at first no one
thought that her departure was so near. But after a while she
grew serious, and soon God called her home. She leaves a husband,
1 daughter, parents, 6 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives
and friends. Funeral services were held on July 27, 1925. Interment
in the Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.
"Dear cousin and comrade has passed to yonder shore,
Here on earth we shall greet her no more,
Though our hearts do ache, till they nearly break
For one whom Jesus saw fit to take,
We humbly to God's sweet promises cling,
Which to our lonely hearts does comfort bring."
-- By a cousin, M.S.D.
Hooley-Levi K. Hooley was born May 2, 1847, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died Dec. 26, 1925, at Fairview, Mich., aged 78 y. 7 m. 24 d. He was a member of a family of 11 children, six of whom have preceded him to the grave, leaving two brothers (Stephen and Joseph), two sisters (Fanny and Sarah), also his widow to mourn his departure. For the past four years Levi and wife have had their home with their nephew, Frank A. Pletcher and family, where he died. He always enjoyed good health until a few months preceding his death, when his heart did not function right. In the morning there was no response from him when he was called, so on further examination it was discovered that life had passed away. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church Dec. 28, 1925, conducted by Bro. M.S. Steiner, where a large audience had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one who had remained faithful to his accepted Savior until the time came to say "Good Night" to earthly things but "Good Morning" up there.
Martin-John Aldus Martin was born Sept. 2, 1914; died
Jan. 4, 1926, in Lancaster General Hospital, after an operation
for appendicitis. A little infant brother preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sorrowing parents, John D. and Mabel Hershey
Martin, also one sister (Evelyn). He was of a loving disposition
and had special talents. His greatest pleasure was in making his
young life useful. His sudden death was a shock to the entire
community, yet we are mindful of the words he whispered to his
sorrowing parents while by his beside: "I am not afraid."
Funeral services were conducted Jan. 6 at Hershey's Mennonite
Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Yes, we'll strive to meet dear Johnnie,
And join the saints on yonder shore
Where there's no debate nor folly,
But peace shall reign forevermore."
-- Aunt Esther
Wismer-Bro. Abram Wismer was born in Bedminster Twp.,
Pa., Oct. 14, 1829; died at the home of his son-in-law, Bro. Joseph
Tyson, near Doylestown, Pa., Jan. 2, 1926; aged 96 y. 2 m. 18
d. He was afflicted for the past three months but endured it patiently
to the end. He was married to Catherine Bishop, who preceded him
in death twelve years ago. To this union were born 4 sons and
4 daughters. Two sons and 2 daughters preceded him in death. He
leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, 33 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren,
3 great-great-grandchildren; also 1 sister. Funeral services were
held at the Deep Run Mennonite Church Jan. 7, 1926, conducted
by the brethren, Wilson Overholt, Jacob Rush, and Joseph Ruth.
Text, Rom. 4:3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"He was toiling yet at sunset,
But his race was almost o'er;
God grant that we all may meet him,
On that bright, celestial shore."
-- By his granddaughter.
Mullet-Owen, son of Alvin and Ada Mullet, was born near
Topeka, Ind., June 7, 1910; died Jan. 8, 1926; aged 15 y. 7 m.
1 d. Owen became ill about three years ago and gradually strength
failed. He was confined to his bed since last May but endured
his suffering with patience and cheerfulness. On Nov. 11, 1925,
he acknowledged Christ as his personal Savior and became a member
of the Mennonite Church. Owen was of a kind disposition and an
obedient boy, and his memory will always be cherished. He leaves
father and mother, two brothers (Melvin and Claud Ivan), two grandfathers,
and many close relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed,
especially in the home. Funeral services were held from the Maple
Grove Mennonite Church Sunday afternoon conducted by Oscar Hostetler
and E.J. Berkey. Burial at Maple Grove Cemetery.
"Noiselessly an angel came
And gently touched his hand,
Silently He spoke his name
And led him to a better land."
Glick-Barbara D. (Miller) Glick was born in Somerset
Co., Pa., Feb. 26, 1840; she came with her parents to LaGrange
Co., Ind., in 1841, where she always lived on the same farm. Her
youngest daughter stayed with her until the last ten days, when
she became helpless and speechless; she was then taken to the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Levi Eash, where she quietly departed
this life Nov. 21, 1925; aged 85 y. 8 m. 26 d. She was married
to David Glick in 1861, who preceded her in death 29 years ago.
To them were born 1 son and 4 daughters (Daniel, Fannie, Polly,
Rachel, and Barbara). She is survived by 2 daughters, 2 grandchildren,
and 3 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Amish Church
from her youth, and was deeply interested in the spiritual welfare
of the Church and her family. Funeral services were conducted
by Y.C. Miller and D.D. Miller. Her chosen text was II Timothy
"Her many tears are o'er,
Her weary journey's done;
She's reached the land where crowns are given,
And crosses are laid down."
Lugbill-John C. Lugbill was born in France July 2, 1857;
died at his home near Grabill, Ind., Jan. 10, 1926; aged 68 y.
6 m. 8 d. At the age of 15 years he came with his parents to this
country and settled in Allen Co., Ind., where he lived the rest
of his life. On June 24, 1880, he was united in marriage with
Anna Yoder. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 4 daughters.
He leaves a sorrowing widow, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 3 grandchildren,
4 sisters, and a number of relatives and friends. One son and
one grandchild preceded him in death. He accepted his Savior in
his youth, and united with the Mennonite Church. He served the
Church as a deacon for a number of years. His counsel and advice
will be greatly missed. In his affliction of nearly 9 months he
suffered much pain and distress, yet patiently endured it all
for Jesus' sake. He expressed peace with God, and as being ready
for his departure. Funeral services Jan. 13, at the Leo Mennonite
Church, by S.D. Grieser and A.S. Miller. Text, Isa. 60:20,21.
Interment in cemetery near his home.
"His tears and pains are over,
His weary journey's done;
He reached the land where crowns are given,
And crosses are laid down."
Engel-Christian Engel was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Aug. 27, 1840; died at the home of his son-in-law, J.J. Sommer, Washington, Ill., Jan. 8, 1926; aged 85 y. 4 m. 11 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Nafziger Feb. 6, 1873. She preceded him in death June 1, 1915. To this union were born three sons and four daughters (John, George, Mrs. Ida Hartman [who died Dec. 29, 1916], Mrs. Tillie Sommer, Mrs. Alvina Brenneman [who died Mar. 19, 1919], and Mrs. Lucy Shoemaker. One son died in infancy. He leaves 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves three sisters (Mrs. Peter Switzer, Mrs. Catherine Stuckey, and Mrs. Bena Unsicker). He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church and for many years was a faithful brother in the Master's service. As long as health permitted he seldom failed to be present at public services, being interested in all the activities of the Church. In his later years he often expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ, looking forward with hope when the final summons should come to step across the portals of time and be at rest. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 11 at the Union Mennonite Church by H.R. Schertz and A.L. Buzzard. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Burkholder-Noah S. Burkholder, a lifelong resident of Wayne Co., Ohio, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1860; died Jan. 8, 1926; aged 65 y. 10 m. 19 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth A. Hostetler Dec. 20, 1883. No children were born to this union. Bro. And Sister Burkholder out of kindness opened their home and reared 4 children. There remain to mourn his sudden departure his beloved wife, two adopted daughters (Minnie and Alice), one grandson (Warren Horst), also one brother (S.D. Burkholder), and a large circle of near relatives and friends. Bro. Burkholder early in life accepted Christ and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where he always worshiped and was a faithful and devoted brother. For many years he was a faithful Sunday school teacher, which responsibility he always reluctantly assumed, realizing the importance of living and teaching the message of his Church. He served the Church in various other capacities and was always a willing worker in the Master's service. He will not only be missed in the home, but also in the Church and community at large. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Services conducted by Brethren C.Z. Yoder, Cleophas Amstutz and J.S. Gerig. Text, II Kings 20:1. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Yoder-Menno Peter Yoder was born near Weilersville,
Ohio, May 24, 1856; died at his home near Wooster, Ohio, Jan.
9, 1926; aged 69 y. 7 m. 15 d. He was united in marriage with
Veronica Yoder Jan. 22, 1878, and together with his life companion
resided ever since at the home from which he has just been called.
Five brothers and three sisters have preceded him in death. He
is survived by his dear wife, one brother (John A.) and one sister
(Martha, wife of Amos Smucker), with many nephews and nieces.
For 35 years he had not known perfect health, yet during all this
time he was very patient. When weaker in body than usual he would
resort to singing the Gospel hymns he loved so well. During the
early years of his life he confessed his Lord and joined the Oak
Grove Mennonite Church where he has remained a faithful member.
There was no activity of the Church in which he did not manifest
a deep spiritual interest. For about forty years he has been a
constant Sunday school teacher of boys and young men, whom he
loved so deeply and understood so well. Not only was his own place
filled at religious services whenever physically possible, but
he wanted others to share the same blessing and so constantly
brought others along who had no other means of coming. His kindly
and cheerful disposition, his loving smile, his unselfish helpfulness,
as well as his wise Christian admonition and counsel will be greatly
missed from our midst. Services were conducted by Brethren C.Z.
Yoder, J.S. Gerig and Jesse Smucker. Texts, Psa. 27:4,5; Isa.
26:1-4. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Life is real, life is earnest,
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul."
Metzler-Sister Nancy Metzler, daughter of Valentine and Mary Hartman, was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, March 10, 1845. At the age of four years she came with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage on Dec. 24, 1874, to Noah Metzler. To this union were born 7 children, namely: John Alvin, William Henry, Sarah, Lizzie, Ella, Annetta, and Emma. In the year 1902 they moved with their family to Nappanee, Ind., where she has since resided. She was preceded in death by her son (William Henry, who died in infancy), her companion, who died eighteen years ago, and her daughter (Annetta), who died the following year. She united with the Mennonite Church when but a young woman and remained a faithful member to the end. It was always her greatest desire to be engaged in the work of the Master and she was very much concerned about the welfare of her Church. All through her Christian life she attended church services whenever possible and was always present and willing to do her part until about six weeks ago when she was deprived of this opportunity on account of her illness. Through her suffering she prayed much, asking God to take her home. Her prayer was answered Thursday afternoon at the Elkhart Hospital. She was aged 80 y. 10 m. 4 d. She leaves to mourn one son (John), four daughters (Mrs. E.P. Bleile, Mrs. Jonas Umbaugh, Mrs. Ella Housouer, and Mrs. M.E. Mullett), one brother (Samuel Hartman), one sister (Mrs. D.A. Anglemeyer), 18 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She was a kind, loving mother, always interested in her family and her demise is very keenly felt by all. Services conducted at the Nappanee North Church on Jan. 17, by D.D. Troyer, assisted by D.J. Johns. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire