Ross--Laverne Ray, infant son of Robert and Clara Ross,
died Feb. 17, 1926, near Elida, Ohio; aged 3 days. He leaves father
and mother to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted
at the home by Ben B. King, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and interment was
made in Salem Cemetery.
"Oh, our darling, how we loved him,
Oh, how hard to give him up;
But we know `twas God who took him,
And removed him from our flock."
Eichelberger-On Jan. 20, 1926, near Beemer, Nebr., occurred
the birth and death of an infant son of Bro. and Sister Jos.
Eichelberger. On the same afternoon a short service was held at
the house, conducted by Dan Birky, after which the body was laid
to rest in the Beemer Cemetery.
"Another little lamb has gone
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling babe
Is sheltered in the grave."
Lapp-Fannie, daughter of Christian and Cora Lapp of
near Intercourse, Pa., died Feb. 4, 1926, of catarrhal pneumonia;
aged 2 y. 2 m. 15 d. She leaves parents and 3 sisters (Elizabeth,
Annie, and Barbara), all at home. Funeral services conducted by
Jacob Lapp and Henry Lapp. Interment in Gordonville Cemetery.
"The hands that toiled for you are folded,
Her dear warm heart is stilled;
A place is vacant in your home
That never can be filled."
-- By a cousin.
Yoder-Glen Harvey, only child of Korie and Clara Yoder, near Marshallville, Ohio, died Feb. 19, 1926; aged 1 d. The Lord saw fit to take him home. The darling baby leaves a father and mother, a grandmother, 2 grandfathers, 1 great-grandfather, besides many uncles, aunts, and other relatives and friends. Though it is hard to give him up, yet we know when the dear little jewels are taken away they are safe in the arms of Jesus, and it gives us a new interest in heaven, knowing our reward will be a happy reunion some day. Short services were held at the grave by Bro. E.F. Hartzler. Interment in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Hershey-Feb. 18, a little daughter came to the
home of Bro. Willis and Sister Ruth Hershey near Paradise, Lancaster
Co., Pa., but ere we had time to make her acquaintance the spirit
had gone back to the God who gave it-gone to be with her Aunt
Rhoda who left us only a short time ago and for whom our hearts
still bleed. Besides the parents and grandparents there remain
to share the disappointment three little sisters: Marian, Mildred,
"How joyful is the thought that lingers, When loved ones cross death's sea. That when our labors here are ended, With them we'll ever be."
Culp-Charles Monroe Culp was born in Elkhart Co., Ind.,
May 3, 1875; died Jan. 20, 1926, at his home five miles west of
Goshen, Ind., after an illness of 3 weeks; aged 50 y. 8 m. 17
d. On Sept. 12, 1897, he was united in marriage to Susannah M.
Culp. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. One daughter
(Beulah) died in infancy. Surviving him are his wife, 5 sons (Clifford,
Victor, LaMan*, Austin, and Roy), 1 daughter (Mrs. Nellie Martin),
3 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Rosa Culp and Mrs. Clara Brown);
also a host of relatives and friends. In the year 1908 he with
his companion united with the Old Mennonite Church of which he
was a member. Funeral services were conducted by Bishops John
Martin and D.A. Yoder. [Researcher's note: Should be "LaMar" -
Henning-Hannah, wife of Frederick Henning, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Feb. 4, 1846. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years, lived a consistent Christian to the end of her life, and attained to the ripe old age of 79 years, 11 months, and 27 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband, four children, twenty-one grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Her quiet, unassuming life made a good impression on the Church, home, and community. Her illness (pleura-pneumonia) was only of one week's duration. She expressed her desire to exchange this world for a better one. Funeral services were conducted at the Plain Mennonite Church, Lansdale, Pa., Feb. 6, 1926, the home ministers officiating. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Earhart-Daniel B. Earhart was born Oct. 17, 1856; died
Feb. 14, 1926, at his home near Manheim, Pa., aged 69 y. 3 m.
28 d. He is survived by his wife, one daughter (Lillie), and two
grandchildren (Lillie and Ammon Shelly). Two children preceded
him in death. One died in infancy. He was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years. He had been ailing the last few years of
heart trouble. Funeral services were held at the home, Feb. 17,
by Bro. Martin Metzler, with further services at Hernley's Church
by Bros. John Snavely, Isaac Brubaker, and Joseph Boll, Jr. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"Death has visited our circle,
Robbed us of a father dear;
In the depth of our affliction,
Can we help but shed a tear?"
Yoder-Mary L. Zook was born Nov. 29, 1840; died Feb. 11, 1926; aged 85 y. 2 m. 12 d. Her death was caused by paralysis. On Nov. 27, 1883, she was married to J.S. Yoder, who preceded her in death. She is survived by the following relatives: one brother (J.D. Zook), one sister (Sarah Detwiler), six step-children (Mrs. M.D. Lantz, Mrs. Enos Hartzler, Sylvanus and J.S. Yoder, Mrs. E. J. King, and Mrs. Leah Kropf). She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, to which she was faithful until death. Funeral services at the home of her sister, Sarah Detwiler, Belleville, Pa., in charge of Bros. Eli Kanagy and E.D. Hess. Text, Jas. 1:12. The body was taken to the Oak Grove Cemetery, Wayne Co., Ohio, for burial. Thus passes to her reward one of our oldest members. Our loss is her gain.
Mishler-Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Moses and Elizabeth
Miller, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., April 9, 1870; died Jan.
24, 1926; aged 55 y. 9 m. 15 d. She was united in marriage to
Edward Mishler June 22, 1895. On Aug. 24 she fell from an apple
tree, breaking her back. After five months of intense suffering
which she bore patiently, she calmly passed away. She leaves husband,
four daughters (Mrs. Bertha Hostetler, Mrs. Ida Miller, Fern,
and Mildred), two sons (Howard and Harley); also five grandsons,
her aged parents, four sisters, and one brother. She united with
the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member
until death. Funeral services at Forks Church by O.S. Hostetler
and D.D. Miller.
"Oh, we feel so sad and lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day,
But we hope 'ere long to meet her,
Where all tears are wiped away."
Hiestand-Amos M., son of Christian and Elizabeth (Moore)
Hiestand, was born Dec. 4, 1849; died Feb. 19, 1926; at his home
in Florin, Pa., aged 76 y. 2 m. 15 d. Nov. 7, 1878, he was married
to Mary A. Garber, who preceded him in death Aug. 4, 1883. To
this union were born 3 children (Phares J., Anna May, and Christian
J.) June 5, 1888, he was again married, to Mary A. Springer, who
survives. To this union was born 1 child (John Henry), who died
Sept. 14, 1891. 12 grandchildren also survive, and 1 sister (Mrs.
Samuel Moyer). He was a member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church.
He was confined to his bed only one week. He seemed to be resigned,
was very patient and gentle, and was conscious almost to the las
. (sic) We believe he had finished his course, and had kept the
faith, and his passing out with a smile meant so much to us who
remain. Thank God for a merciful Savior. Buried in the Bossler
-- The family.
Stauffer-Samuel P. Stauffer was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, May 7, 1845; when a child he was brought to Indiana by his parents, Jacob and Anna Stauffer. He married Mary M. Osborne March 25, 1869. To this union 11 children were born, 4 of whom are living, all the others with the exception of Frank, having died in infancy. His companion passed away Feb. 1, 1911. He spent his life in Elkhart Co., Ind., as a farmer, the latter part of his life being spent with his children. On Dec. 23 he became very ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.W. Bemiller. After much suffering he passed away on Dec. 30; aged 80 y. 7 m. 23 d. He leaves 4 children (Mrs. Nort Bane, Lee, Mrs. Frank Smith, and Mrs. A.W. Bemiller), 2 brothers (John and Henry), besides a host of other relatives and friends. A few days before he passed away he confessed Christ and was baptized upon confession of his faith. Funeral services conducted by Bros. C.A. Shank and D.A. Yoder.
Miller-John Milo, son of Isaac and Maria Miller, was
born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 28, 1860. At the age of four years
he moved to Somerset Co., Pa., where he grew to manhood. At the
age of 22 he came to Kent Co., Mich., where he resided since.
He was married to Christina Kime June 5, 1885, who died Nov. 28,
1899. To this union 4 sons were born, one dying in infancy. He
married Susan Weaver Nov. 15, 1911. To this union 3 daughters
were born, one dying in infancy. He united with the Mennonite
Church about 1905, remaining faithful until death. He suffered
a stroke July 4, 1919, and again Dec. 17, 1925, which resulted
in death. Aged 65 y. 3 m. 19 d. He leaves his wife, 3 sons, 2
daughters, 1 sister, 1 brother, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services conducted by Bros. Aldus Brackbill and D.A. Yoder.
"All is over, hands are folded
O'er a calm and peaceful breast,
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Father is at rest."
Burkholder-Samuel M., son of the late Bishop John and Sister Mary Burkholder, was born in Mahoning Co., O., June 2, 1863; died Feb. 7, 1926; aged 62 y. 8 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Lillie D. Mellinger Dec. 31, 1885, who with 5 children (Mrs. Myrtle Lesher, Mrs. Orpha Summers, Mrs. Mary Coy, William, and John), 9 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Isaac Mellinger and Mrs. Melchoir Mellinger), and a host of relatives and friends, survive to mourn his departure. He had been suffering with inward cancer for nearly 2 years. In this time he spent about 8 weeks in the Youngstown Hospital and about 8 months at Springfield, Ohio, Sanitarium, battling for life which seemed so sweet to him. In the last days of his life he gave his heart to God and was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church Jan. 13. These few days were spent much in prayer and devotion with his family and others. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church at Midway, Feb. 10, in charge of Bro. E.M. Detwiler. Texts, I Cor. 7:29 (first c ause); (sic) Psa. 89:47. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Stutzman-John, son of Moses and Elizabeth (Boller) Stutzman,
was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, April 7, 1852; died Feb. 11, 1926,
at his home in Topeka, Ind..; aged 73 y. 10 m. 4 d. He was united
in marriage to Barbara King, with whom he shared life's joys and
sorrows for 54 years. He with his companion early united with
the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until
death called him. To this union were born ten children (Emma Grieser
[deceased], Albert, Samuel, Solomon, Mary Sloan, Menno [who died
in infancy], Daniel, Carolina Waldfogel, Harvey, and Pearl). Beside
the immediate family he leaves 31 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren,
2 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. About
23 years ago he with his family moved from Fulton Co, Ohio, to
LaGrange Col., Ind.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Gone from all thy toil and pain,
Far from earth and all its wrestling,
Thou didst now thy crown obtain."
Funeral services at Maple Grove Church, Topeka, Ind., Feb. 14, conducted by Edwin Yoder and D.D. Miller.
Propst-Mable Teter, wife of Charles Propst of Horton,
W. Va., died Feb. 12, 1926, at the early age of 18 years. She
was married Nov. 11, 1924. Soon after their marriage, Nable contracted
a cold; later she fell victim to pleurisy which developed into
empyemia. Because of lingering illness, she was removed from their
home at Durbin, W. Va., to the home of her father, Walter Teter,
at Horton. Later she was taken to a hospital at Elkins, at which
place she remained but a short time when the Lord called her home.
Kind hands ministered to her through weeks of suffering and as
she expressed it they did it willingly and with a smile. Several
weeks before her death she accepted Christ, and was happy in her
newly found Savior. Her desire was that those near to her by the
ties of nature should also accept Jesus and receive the joy she
was experiencing. She leaves husband, father, step-mother, brothers
and sisters; also two step-sisters. Funeral at Italy school house.
Bro. Jasper Smith spoke from II Cor. 5:1 to a large body of friends,
after which she was laid to rest in the cemetery on the mountain.
She has gone before, she has no care,
We still temptations face;
Lord, give us grace to overcome,
And meet her in that happy place.
Lebold-Mary, third daughter of Jacob M. and Maria (Ruby) Bender, was born in Oxford Co., Ont., Sept. 24, 1871; died at her home in the same township on Feb. 6, 1926; aged 54 y. 4 m. 13 d. In her maiden days she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized and received into church fellowship by her father, the late Bishop Jacob M. Bender, and was a faithful sister till she was called to her reward. On Nov. 30, 1897, she was joined in holy wedlock to John Lebold of Waterloo Co., Ont. This union was blessed with 1 son (Norman) and 3 daughters (Mary, Barbara, and Lucinda), all at home. On March 14, 1919, her husband was called to the great beyond. She leaves 1 son, 3 daughters, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters. Her death was caused by cancer, which she bore in Christian patience and fortitude. She had a hearty desire to be with her Savior, commending her dear children to the heavenly Father's care. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the East Zorra A.M. Cemetery on Feb. 9, when services were conducted Bros. Peter Litwiller of Baden (text, II Tim. 4:6-8). D.H. Steinman of Baden (text, Tit. 2:11-14), and D.S. Jutzi of Tavistock (text, Jno. 14:18). A brother.
Groff-Ezra Groff of Bareville, Pa., was born Dec. 26,
1849; died Jan. 26, 1926; aged 76 y. 1 m. His health had been
on the decline for about one year, but only a few weeks before
his death did his condition become alarming. We felt grateful,
however, that he was permitted to pass away without any suffering.
He had been a member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church for about
50 years, where his seat was seldom vacant. He is survived by
his wife (who was Matilda Lehman before marriage), one daughter
(Mrs. Aaron L. Groff, and one granddaughter (Mrs. James S. Rudy).
He was the youngest and last survivor of a family of six children.
The funeral was held Jan. 29, with brief servcies (sic) a. (sic)
the home conducted by the brethren, Benj. G. Wenger and David
L. Landis, and at the Stumptown Church by brethren Abram L. Martin
and Sanford B. Landis. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But it's God that has bereft us-
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
When in heaven in joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
-- The family.
Neuhauser-Anna Umble Neuhauser, widow of John Neuhauser, was born about Sept. 7, 1824, near Gap, Pa., and passed away on Jan. 18, 1926, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.K. Stolzfus, Leola, Pa. (with whom she resided for 39 years); aged 101 y. 4 m. 11 d. Her husband, 2 sons, and 1 daughter, preceded her in death. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Millwood, near Gap, Pa., in her girlhood and remained faithful and true to her profession until God called her home. Her place in church was seldom vacant until the infirmities of old age prevented her attendance. After she was not able to attend the services, she still had a longing desire to partake of the communion, and our bishop, Bro. John S. Mast, administered it to her. She always enjoyed having any of the brethren visit her and hold services for her. She had a vast number of friends and always appreciated their visits so much. Father died 48 years ago, when we children were young, and the cares of the farm as well as of the home weighed heavily upon her, but her faith in God was never shaken. She was a courageous Christian mother and met the trials of life with the feeling of assurance that God never forsakes His own. Ah, how often she would admonish us to be faithful to God and upright in our different vocations! She was always much concerned about the spiritual welfare of all, and her earnest admonitions will never be forgotten. Thanks to God for such a mother! The last two years of her life her sight failed her (she retained all her other faculties to the end). She was sick for nine weeks, and suffered more than anyone knew, for she bore it all so patiently. She just "fell asleep in Jesus" without so much as a struggle. We are thankful to God for having spared mother to us so long. We find comfort in the thought that God in His mercy has fulfilled her greatest desire in taking her home. She leaves 4 children (Henry, Jonas, Isaac, and Susan, with whom she resided), a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. Services at the house by Bro. John S. Mast and a grandson, Bro. Jacob Mast of Hampton, Va., and at the church at Millwood (where interment was made) by Bros. John S. Mast, Amos Stolzfus, and John Kennel. Text, Job 5:6. The family
Transcriber's note: (sic) = typed exactly as written in the printed obituary
Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire
Reist. - Mary Reist was born near Floradale, Ont., on March 29, 1860; died at the home of her brother-in-law, Benjamin Lichty, German Mills, Ont., Feb. 14, 1926; aged 65 y. 10 m. 15 d. She had not been in the best of health for some time, but death came very suddenly from heart failure. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and lived a quiet, consistent life. Funeral services at the house were conducted by Bro. Oliver Snider and at the North Woolwich Mennonite Church, of which she was a member, by the brethren John Bowman and Henry Bowman.
Hertzler. - Charles Hertzler was born Feb. 10, 1844;
died Feb. 24, 1926; aged 82 y. 13 d. He is survived by his wife,
2 sons, 3 daughters, and 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were
held at the home Feb. 27, conducted by Christian Hess, Mechanicsburg,
Pa., and Samuel Hess, followed by George Fulton. Burial in the
St. John's Cemetery.
"Dearest father, how we miss thee,
Since thy voice no more we hear;
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
Over on the golden shore."
By one of the family.
Yoder. - Lloyd Fay, son of Enos D. and Anna Yoder, died
at his parents' home near Hubbard, Oreg., Jan. 19, 1926; aged
2 y. 6 m. 28 d. Death was due to pneumonia and a weak heart. He
leaves parents, one brother, two sisters, one grandfather, one
grandmother, many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the
Zion Church in charge of D. B. Kauffman and E. Z. Yoder. Text,
Isa. 33:6. Remains laid to rest in cemetery nearby.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear baby is at rest."
Alderfer. - Mary H., twin daughter of Warren and Martha
Alderfer, was born near Mainland, Pa., Sept. 18, 1917; died Feb.
9, 1926; aged 8 y. 5 m. 21 d. Her death was caused by diphtheria.
On account of the house being under quarantine no funeral services
were held. She leaves her twin sister (Martha), her sorrowing
parents, one brother, one sister, and a host of relatives and
friends. Interment in Towamencin Cemetery. "There is but
a step between me and death."
"Although her form is laid to rest
In dreamless, sweet repose,
Mary's memory to our hearts will cling,
Like perfume to the rose."
Bridge. - Sarah J., widow of Joseph Bridge (who preceded
her in death 24 years ago) peacefully fell asleep Feb. 9, 1926.
To their union were born 8 children, three of whom preceded her
in death, three daughters and two sons surviving: Mrs. Ida Bridge,
Mrs. J. C. Snead, L. M. Bridge, O. Z. Bridge, and Mrs. Josie Hewit.
Funeral services were conducted by Bros. A. P. Heatwole and J.
C. Driver at Springdale. Text, Psa. 23. Laid to rest in adjoining
"Mother, dear mother, how we miss thee,
How thy place is vacant here;
But we always will remember,
Thou art sweetly resting there with Jesus."
Yeager. - Ennis Leroy, only child of Bro. Roy and Sister Ada (Shetter) Yeager, died at the home of his parents near Chambersburg, Pa., Feb. 11, 1926, after 4 days' illness of bronchial pneumonia; aged 10 m. 5 d. Little Ennis not only endeared himself to his parents, but was loved by all. But it pleased God to transplant the little flower that budded on earth to bloom in glory. We bow in submission to Him who doeth all things well. He is survived by his parents, 4 grandparents, 4 great-grandparents, and a number of uncles and aunts. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 17 at the home of Bro. J. S. Burkholder and at the Chambersburg Church by the brethren, J. S. Burkholder and J. I. Lehman. Text, II Kings 4:26. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hollinger. - Sister Annie W., widow of Thomas J. Hollinger, died at the home of her daughter, Kate Townsley, of Beartown, Pa., after a lingering illness. In all her months of sickness she bore all very patiently. Sister Hollinger was of a meek and quiet disposition. She was much interested in the welfare of the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member for many years. She leaves two daughters and nine grandchildren to mourn her departure. The funeral was held on Feb. 16, 1926, with preaching and interment at Weaverland. Bro. I. B. Good conducted the services at the home. The brethren, Benj. Weaver and John W. Weaver, at the meeting house. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Sister Hollinger was aged 64 y. 4 m. 22 d. She will be missed in the home and in the congregation.
Lane. - Susan B. Lane was born near Landisville, Pa.,
Feb. 13, 1845; died of complications Feb. 23, 1926; aged 81 y.
10 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for more
than 60 years. About 4 years ago she had a stroke and since then
she has not been able to walk without a cane or help. But she
waited patiently for the end. One daughter (Annie, wife of Clayton
Bowers) and one son (Christian E.), 9 grandchildren, and 12
survive. Funeral services Friday afternoon, Feb. 26, 1926, at
Landisville Mennonite Church, conducted by Isaac Brubaker and
Hiram Kauffman. Remains laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"We miss thee so, our grandmother dear,
Since thou hast gone and left us here;
But we will try by the grace of God
To walk the path that you have trod."
By the granddaughters.
Oberholtzer. - Mary Ann Wismer Oberholtzer was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 20, 1844; fell asleep in Christ Feb. 26, 1926, at her home in Kitchen, Ont.; aged 81 y. 9 m. 6 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, being at least 60 years in church fellowship, and was one of its pioneer Sunday school teachers and lived to see the second generation of those she taught. Grandma greatly enjoyed the blessings of the Christian life until the day she left to be with the Lord, and she was dearly beloved by all who knew her. She was married to Isaac Oberholtzer. This union was blessed with three sons and two daughters, all of whom are living. There are also 27 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren, also 4 brothers and 2 sisters, she being the first of them to go. The date of her death was rather unique in that it fell exactly on the day of the 25th anniversary of her mother's death and the 39th anniversary of her husband's burial. Her funeral which was largely attended was held Feb. 28 at the First Mennonite Church, the services being conducted by Bro. C. F. Derstine from I Pet. 1:3, 4, assisted by Bro. Noah Stauffer. Peace to her ashes.
Brenneman. - Katie Mae Brenneman, daughter of Abram
and Sarah Brenneman, was born Nov. 1, 1891, in Iowa Co., Iowa;
died in Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, Feb. 13, 1926; aged 34
y. 3 m. Her father preceded her in death nine years ago last July.
She leaves to mourn her sorrowing mother, three brothers and their
families, Emery, Erlis and Edward, all of Wellman, Iowa, besides
many other near relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite
Church in her youth, and remained a faithful and consistent member
until death. She had been ailing for several years, and her condition
gradually grew worse, and upon the advice of her doctor she consented
to an operation. On Monday, Feb. 8, she was taken to Iowa City
and operated upon Tuesday morning for gall bladder trouble. This
at first seemed successful, but soon other complications set in,
because of which another operation had to be performed, but all
in vain. Over five hundred people attended the funeral, which
was held at the West Union Mennonite Church, Monday, Feb. 15.
Funeral services were conducted by the ministers of her home
Scripture lesson, Rev. 21. Text, Eccl. 12:1: "Remember now
thy Creator in the days of thy youth."
"Dearest Katie, how we miss thee,
Oh, how sad and lonely 'twill be
When we to our home return,
There no more your face to see."
Egli. - Lena, daughter of Joseph and Mary Rich, was
born near Wayland, Iowa, Dec. 18, 1858. At the age of 15 years
she united with the A. M. Church near Wayland, Iowa, and lived
a faithful and consistent life to the end. Nov. 20, 1879, she
was united in marriage to John Egli near Wayland, Iowa. They started
their home life in Jefferson Co., Iowa. Later they moved to Henry
Co. In 1897 they moved to near Hubbard, Oreg., where they resided
since. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters. Sister
Egli passed away after a short illness, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. A. A. Hostetler, near Aurora, Oreg., Jan. 15, 1926; aged
67 y. 28 d. Her companion, 2 sons, 1 son-in-law, 1 grandchild,
father, mother, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, preceded her to the
home beyond. She leaves to mourn her departure 4 sons (Jacob E.,
Samuel, Noah, and David), and 2 daughters (Mrs. Dan Lais and Mrs.
A. A. Hostetler), 5 brothers, 3 sisters, 30 grandchildren and
a large number of relatives and friends. Although we her children
greatly regret our loss, we are thankful to our heavenly Father
that He has made provision that mother is enjoying better things
than this world could have given her. Funeral services in charge
of the home ministers - A. P. Troyer, E. Z. Yoder, and D. B. Kauffman.
Text, I Sam. 20:18, latter clause. Remains laid to rest in cemetery
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
We thy loss most deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Heatwole. - Quietly, peacefully, and without a struggle, at an early hour on the morning of Feb. 18, 1926, Mary A. Coffman Heatwole of Dale Enterprise, Va., breathed her last from paralysis of twenty-nine hours' duration from the beginning of which she never rallied to speak again. Her place of birth was Spring Creek, Rockingham Co., Va., Feb. 19, 1857. Her death occurring on Feb. 18, she lacked but one day of being 69 years of age. Within the period of a year after she and a twin brother were born, the family moved from Spring Creek and located on a farm near Dale Enterprise. She was the third daughter in the family of the late Bishop Samuel and Frances Coffman and is survived by three brothers and three sisters: Jacob B. and Joseph W. Coffman, Dayton, Va.,; D. H. Coffman, Goshen, Ind.; Anna M. Swartz, Phoenixville, Pa.; Sadie C. Heatwole, Dayton, Va.; and Rebecca S. Hartman, Harrisonburg, Va. On Nov. 11, 1875, she was united in marriage to L. J. Heatwole and for a period of a little more than fifty years she has walked by his side as companion and mother, in which she never failed in words of comfort and good cheer to all about her, while occupying the sphere of a minister's wife. Of her immediate family she is survived by husband, one son and five daughters (Katie Grove, Nellie V. Suter, Bessie P. Wenger, Justus B., Annie L., and Elizabeth M. Grove. She united with the Mennonite Church in her fourteenth year, and in her removal from us, God's will be done. Approximately three years of her life were spent with husband and family at Garden City, Mo., where warm-hearted friendship was established among those whose kindness she has long cherished and held in grateful remembrance; while with comrades, friends and kindred in the land of her birth, she never shrank from sharing with each a full measure of the joys and sorrows of this life. On Feb. 20 she was carried from the home by six ministers, who also acted as pall-bearers at Weavers Church, where an impressive service was conducted by Bishops Lewis Shank of Broadway, Va., and S. H. Rhodes of the home congregation. Text, Jno. 14:1: "Let not your hearts be troubled." By her husband.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana
Garber--Gerald Guy, son of Ed and Iva Garber, was born Feb. 19, 1926; died Feb. 23, aged 4 days. The little body was laid away in Riverside Cemetery. Services at the home of the grandparents, L.H. Garbers, Jackson, Minn.
Sommers--Irene, daughter of Manas Sommers, died of Brights Disease Mar. 6, 1926; aged 7 y. 11 m. 11 d. Her mother died of the same disease 2 years ago. Her father and four sisters survive. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek, Ohio, Mennonite Church, on Mar. 8, conducted by the home ministers. Her remains were laid to rest in the church cemetery.
Mast--Joseph Mast was born near Millersburg, Ohio, and died at the home of his brother David, on the old Mast homestead, Feb. 20, 1926; aged 85 y. 10 m. Bro. Mast was a consistent member of the Martins Creek Mennonite Church from his youth. He never was married. His funeral was held at the Martins Creek Church on Feb. 28, conducted by the brethren, Joe Mast, Calvin Mast, and S.H. Miller. Text, Gen. 50:26.
Kuhns--Benjamin Kuhns was born at Walnut Creek, Ohio, and died at Farmerstown, Ohio, March 4, 1926; aged 83 y. 10 m. 23 d. He was married to Emma Harmon, and to this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom survive him. His funeral was held at the U.B. Church on Sunday at 2 P.M., conducted by S.H. Miller. Jno. 14:6 furnished the basis for the discourse. He was buried in the Farmerstown Cemetery.
Zimmerman--On Friday, Feb. 5, 1926, A little daughter came to the home of Bro. Benjamin B. and Sister Grace M. Zimmerman, near Elizabethtown, Pa., but ere we knew she had gone back to the God who gave it. Parents, grandparents, a great-grandfather, three brothers (Abner G., L. Henry, and Ralph G.) and one sister (Orpha A.) survive. Burial in Good's Cemetery.
"Another little lamb has gone
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling babe
Is sheltered in the grave."
Whipstock--Pauline Adeline only child of Joseph and Edith Whipstock, died Mar. 3, 1926 at the home of her parents in Goshen, Ind., after a ten-day illness of pneumonia and meningitis; aged 10 m. 27 d. She is survived by her parents, grandparents, and a number of uncles and aunts. Her lines are fallen into pleasant places. She has a goodly heritage. Short services at the house by D.J. Johns and at the Clinton Frame Church by D.J. Jones assisted by D.D. Troyer.
"Dearest Pauline, how we miss thee
Since thy voice no more we hear;
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
Over on the golden shore."
Myers--Mary Ann Myers was born Oct. 7, 1838. Her husband, the late Samuel M. Myers, preceded her in death 13 years. She was a faithful member of Stauffer Mennonite Church for over half a century. She leaves two sons and one daughter, also a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She died Feb. 23, 1926; aged 87 y. 4 m. 16 d. Funeral services were conducted by Bishops Jno. Ebersole and Noah W. Risser. Her remains were laid to rest in Stauffers Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
O'er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear grandmother is at rest."
Yoder--Alton John, son of John P. and Ida Yoder, was
born near Harrisburg, Oregon, July 31, 1915, died Feb. 16, 1926,
at the Albany Hospital following an operation for removal of tonsils,
aged 10 y. 6 m. 16 d. He leaves father, stepmother, 1 sister,
2 half-brothers, 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, 9 uncles, 3 aunts,
and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted
at the home by Bro. Jacob Roth, and at the A.M. Church by Bro.
N.A. Lind assisted by the brethren J.C. Hostetler and C.R. Gerig.
Text, II Kings 4:26, latter clause. His schoolmates sang "Nearer
My God to Thee" at the grave. Interment in the Alford Cemetery
by the side of his mother, who preceded him in death March 21,
By his Aunt.
Burkhart--Samuel H. Burkhart, died Dec. 28, 1925, at his home near Lancaster, Pa.; aged 79 y. 11 m. 21 d. He is survived by the following children, Elam L., Mrs. John Seighrist, Mrs. Jacob Witmer, and Hettie; also one sister. He was a man of great physical strength for his age, was able to labor all day without taking a rest, was never known to be bedfast with any sickness. The morning of the day of his death, he awoke feeling well, but soon after he arose he began feeling sick and at evening passed into eternity. "Watch, for we know not the day nor the hour, in which the Son of man cometh." Funeral services were held at home by Bro. David Landis and at Mellinger's Mennonite Church by Bro. Sanford Landis. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin--Samuel H. Martin was born near Hagerstown, Md., Nov. 15, 1851, died at the home of his son, E.L. Martin, of near Greencastle, Pa., Feb. 15, 1926; aged 74 y. 3 m. He was married in 1871 to Catherine Shank. To this union were born seven children. He is preceded by his wife, two infants, and A.D. Martin (formerly of Scottdale), and is survived by Harvey J. of Wilson Md., S. Alvin and Elmer L., of near Greencastle, and Martha of Scottdale, also three brothers and two sisters, seventeen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Bro. Martin was a member of the Mennonite Church since his youth and was much interested in Christian work. He was always ready to help those in need. With little suffering he passed away after a three weeks illness following a paralytic stroke. The services which were held in the Cedar Grove Church were conducted by Bro. John Risser and Bro. David Lesher.
Risser--Martin N. Risser was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 7, 1851. When a young man he moved to Lebanon Co., Pa., and later was ordained to the ministry at Gingrich's Mennonite Church, in which office he served upward of 30 years and until the Lord called him to his reward, only having been sick a few days. His death was due to an attack of apoplexy. He leaves one daughter, two brothers, two sisters, a host of friends, and the church which he served faithfully according to his ability. He died Feb. 26, 1926; aged 74 y. 9 m. 19 d. The funeral was conducted at his home by Bro. Jacob Ebersole and at the church by Bros. David Westenberger and Noah W. Risser. His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery joining Gingerich's Church.
"He has gone before, he has no care,
We still temptations face,
Lord, give us grace to overcome
And meet him in that happy place."
Gut--Marvin Joseph, son of Joseph and Anna (Martin) Gut, was born near Hopedale, Ill., Aug. 8, 1914, died at the Brokaw Hospital at Bloomington, Ill., on Feb. 27, 1926. He submitted to an emergency operation for appendicitis on Sunday, when it was found that the appendix had already bursted and his body was unable to withstand the strain, and he passed on before at the age of 11 y. 6 m. 13 d. Surviving him are father, mother, four brothers (Leonard, Ross, Wilmer, Ralph) one sister (Clara), grandmother, grandfather and one step-grandmother besides many relatives and friends. The body was taken to the home of Emanuel Eash (the family having packed and shipped their household goods to Kouts, Ind., where they will reside) where short services were held and then to the Mennonite Church. Services in charge of Bros. Simon Litwiller and Ben Springer. Burial in the Mennonite Cemetery.
"Allis over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear Marvin is at rest."
Nofziger--Melvin, son of Seth and Lydia Nofziger was born Sept. 21, 1874, in Archbold, Ohio; died at his home in Toledo, Ohio, Jan. 6, 1926; aged 51 y. 3 m. May 6, 1904, he was united in marriage to Emma Brodbeck. He leaves wife, 1 daughter (Gladys), 2 brothers (Alf Nofziger and Abe Nofziger) 5 sisters (Jannie Short, Bettie Beck, Emma Beck, Ella Rupp, Lydia Nofziger), and many relatives and friends. His parents preceded him in death. He was brakeman and conductor on the New York Central Railroad for many years. He was a great sufferer from cancer of the liver and dropsy. How he wished he would have given his heart to Jesus when he was younger. The last day of his life he said his time is short. He prayed that the Lord should hold fast his hand and not let him go. He said his text should be Matt. 24:44. Oh, but that outward adorning and all that followed at the funeral! Funeral services were conducted by Bro. S.D. Grieser and ______ (sic) Kleupfel, which was his request. Interment in the Archbold cemetery.
"Oh our time so near is spent,
Then how earnest should we be,
To prepare for that great day,
Then with Jesus we can be."
Richer--Orland D., son of David and Ida Richer was born near Grabill, Ind., Nov. 17, 1913; died at the Wauseon Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio, Mar. 1, 1926, where he underwent an operation for appendicitis just seven days previous to his death at the age of 12 y. 3 m. 14 d. His sufferings were very intense at times, and with all the efforts put forth by kind hands to make his sufferings lighter and to retain life, it was of no avail. All through his sufferings he looked to Jesus, trusting in Him and was anxiously waiting for His coming. He confessed Jesus as his Savior last August, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was faithful until death. Orland was the second youngest of a family of four children. He leaves his sorrowing parents, one sister (Beulah) two brothers (Lester and Lawrence) his aged grandmother, many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Mar. 4, at the Central A.M. Church near Archbold. Conducted by E.L. Frey, assisted by S.D. Grieser. Text, I Pet. 1:23-25. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Can it be that Orland left us,
He who always had a smile?
Yes, he's gone and soon we'll meet him,
'Twill only be a little while."
Horst--Rebecca Jane Shoup was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 8, 1865; died at her home in Orrville, O., Feb. 26, 1926; aged 60 y. 7 m. 18 d. On Jan. 19, 1888, she was united in marriage to David H. Horst of Stark Co., Ohio, and with her husband spent most of their life in Wayne Co. In the first year of their married life, they agreed together to accept the Lord, and unite with the Mennonite Church in which faith she continued until death. She leaves her husband, one sister, two brothers, and one orphan boy (Leo F. Rice, who spent about 15 years of his life in their home) and a large circle of relatives and friends. During the last few weeks of her life her suffering was intense. But in it all she suffered patiently and her faith in her God was not shaken. In the evening of Feb. 20, she requested the anointing with oil in the name of the Lord, which privilege was granted to her that she might fully perform her Father's will. She many times expressed a sincere desire to go home and be at rest. While it is hard to give up our loved one, yet we rejoice that we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Her father, mother, step-mother, one sister and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Martins Church Feb. 28. Bros. I.W. Royer, Ben Good, E.F. Hartzler, Noah Hilty and J.A. Leichty had part in the service. Text, Num. 23:10. Interment in Martins Cemetery.
Gardner--Frank, son of Peter and Mary (Berkey) Gardner, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., died at his home near Middlebury, Ind., Feb. 19, 1926. Feb. 14, he was with his Sunday school class at the Clinton Brick church and on the 19th he peacefully fell asleep; aged 62 y. 2 m. 13 d. When young in years he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. May 3, 1884, he was united in marriage with Mary Nusbaum, to which union were born one daughter (Mrs. Irvie Mishler) and three sons (Jesse and Noble and John who died in infancy). In 1884 he united with the Mennonite Church with the Clinton Brick congregation and was a faithful and loyal brother to the end. He leaves his grief stricken wife, 1 son, 1 daughter, 11 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends. He is especially missed in the neighborhood, church, Sunday school, and young people's meeting, but most of all in the home. But in our loss we humbly yield to the unerring wisdom of our heavenly Father and say, "Not our will but Thine be done." Funeral services were held Feb. 22, at the Clinton Brick Church, conducted by John Garber, Daniel Coffman, and Silas Yoder. An unusually large gathering of relatives and friends came to pay a last tribute of respect to one they loved so well.
"Not now, but in the coming years
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears and then,
Yes then we'll understand."
Yoder--Worthy A. Yoder, youngest son of Adam and Ocie Yoder, was born Dec. 11, 1907, near Middlebury, Ind., died at the home of his mother in Eklhart, Ind., March 5, 1926, aged 18 y. 2 m. 22 d. He was stricken with Lymphatic Leukema while in the employ of the Standard Oil Co. on board the SS Pawnee Oil Ship and was placed into the Marine Hospital at Mobile, Ala., where he received treatment for 3 weeks. His mother brought him to her home Feb. 1, where he was tenderly cared for. Worthy united with the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church when but 11 years of age, but grew cold and on his sick bed was received into the Prairie Street congregation. During the last few weeks of his life he was much concerned about the spiritual welfare of his friends and especially those of his immediate family, and though at times suffering intense pain, he prayed much for their salvation. He told them of his mistakes in life and of the pardoning love of the Savior, and urged them to accept Him. He had many beautiful visions of the glory world, and expressed his desire to "depart and be with Christ." He is survived by his mother, one brother, Albert, and two sisters, Frances and Gladys. His father died 14 years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Prairie Street Church, Elkhart, Ind., Mar 7, by Bros. J.K. Bixler and J. S. Hartzler. Text, Amos 4:12. Burial at the Forest Grove Cemetery.
There's a place where the heart is still.
And the lips are kissed with peace;
The eyelids droop in dreamless sleep
And the soul has found release.
The hands have unclasped their work
Which the angels of time will test,
That place is a place of shadowless day
The windowless Palace of Rest.
Ulrich--Elizabeth A., daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Schertz, was born near Eureka, Ill., Dec. 13, 1883; died Feb. 22, 1926; aged 42 y. 2 m. 9 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and greatly enjoyed the blessings of the Christian life up until the time her Lord called her home. On Jan. 7, 1904, she was united in marriage with Chris Ulrich, which union was blessed with seven sons and four daughters. She greatly enjoyed her home and family and was blessed with good health until about two years ago, when she had an attack of gall bladder trouble, from which she seemingly recovered, until about three weeks ago she was again stricken. Saturday morning, Feb. 20, she underwent an operation, from which she did not recover, passing away two days later. She leaves her loving husband, and children (Ralph, Loren, Wilmer, Richard, Lorene, Reva, Mona, Robert, Marvin, Clayton and Elizabeth). Her parents preceded her in death about ten years ago. Three brothers (Henry, Andrew, and Amos Schertz) and two sisters (Mrs. John Imhoff, and Mrs. Sam Stieder) remain; also many other relatives and a host of friends. She was a devoted Christian and kind, affectionate mother. She willingly accepted the summons of her Maker, altho desiring, too, to remain with her loved ones. She was dearly loved by all who knew her, her neighbors and friends having often manifested their appreciation of her life in many ways.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day,
But beyond this world of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Church by Ezra B. Yordy, and C.F. Derstine. Text, I Pet. 1:3, 4.
Burkholder--Jacob J. Burkholder was born Dec. 26, 1845, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Schletzbaum near Inman, Kans., Feb. 25, 1926, aged 80 y. 1 m. 29 d. He moved to Howard Co., Ind., with his parents when but a small boy and there grew to manhood. In the year of 1880 he moved to Kansas, where he spent most of his life. When a young man at about the age of 20 years he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with Old Order Amish Church. Later in life he became a member of the conservative branch of Amish to which church he remained a member until death. He was sick about five weeks, and was a patient sufferer. He was in great pain most of the time. The immediate cause of his death was attributed to Chronic ulcerated varicose veins and heart disease. In the year of 1867 he was united in marriage to Catherine Schmucker. To this union were born one son and five daughters (Mary, wife of John Reber, Susan, wife of Joseph Schletzbaum, Nathaniel J., Sarah, Fanny, and Catherine--deceased). His companion died in 1877. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Nettie Unruh in Howard Co., Ind. To this union were born two sons and seven daughters (Ida, wife of Persaville Miller, Callie, wife of William Leitzel, Jacob R., Anna, Elizabeth, Saloma, John, Lydia, and Rosa, wife of Henry Smeltzer). There were 40 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. He leaves his wife, one brother (John W. Burkholder) six children, 33 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren, besides a number of other friends and relatives. Our departed father was fully resigned and waited patiently for the Lord to call him home. The funeral services were held Feb. 28, 1926 at the west Liberty Church. Bro. Jacob J. Zimmerman of Harper, Kans., conducted short services at the home of the daughter of the deceased. Bro. Harry A. Diener of Hutchinson, Kansas officiated at the church and was assisted by Bro. Joe G. Hartzler. The remains were laid to rest in the Union Cemetery north west of Inman.
"Sad ah, sad are the partings,
But He knows what is best,
So in the arms of Jesus,
Rest, dear father, rest."
Transcriber's note: (sic) = typed exactly as written in the printed obituary
Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire
McDaniel. - Infant daughter of William S. and Annie McDaniel was born March 5, 1926, near Johnstown, Pa. This was the eleventh child in the home and the first one to be taken away. The next day a short service was held in the home, conducted by S. G. Shetler, after which the body was buried in the Stahl Cemetery.
Brenneman. - Leslie Wayne, infant son of Bro. Elmer
and Sister Gertrude Brenneman of near Kalona, Ia., died March
11, 1926; aged 7 days. He leaves his parents, 2 grandmothers,
1 grandfather, 1 brother (Eldon), 1 sister (Kathryn), a number
of uncles and aunts, and other relatives. Funeral services were
conducted in the home by D. J. Fisher and Joe C. Brenneman. Interment
in East Union Cemetery.
"This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called home by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In paradise would bloom."
Weaver. - Abraham Weaver was born June 7, 1841, in Mahoning Co., Ohio (about 1 mile from the farm where he died, on which farm he had lived about 80 years); died March 2, 1926; aged 84 y. 8 m. 23 d. Funeral services were held March 4, which were largely attended. He was married to Francis Lesher in December, 1869. She preceded him in death July 29, 1918. To this union were born 3 children (Daniel, Noah, and Mary), all of whom live near home and all were at his bedside when he died. He leaves 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. He was sick but a short time, having been able to be up and around in the house and went to the table until the last day. On that day he was in bed all day, when he passed away at 12:30 that night, his heart and kidneys giving out and his strength gone. He was conscious until a few minutes before he died. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8; Psa. 116:15. Mary L. Weaver
Nice. - George A., son of Philip and Sarah Nice, was born at Sterling, Ill., June 30, 1897; died at the Palmer Sanitarium in Springfield, Ill., March 4, 1926; aged 28 y. 8 m. 4 d. He is survived by his aged mother, two brothers (Joseph and Tobias), five sisters (Mrs. Amelia Showalter, Mrs. William Ferry, Mrs. Daniel Frey, Mrs. Ray Witmore, and Mrs. Roy Ebersole). His father (Pre. Philip Nice) preceded him in death May 10, 1914; also one sister (Susanna) who died Oct. 6, 1918. When but a youth Bro. George confessed Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful member until death. When he realized his illness might be fatal he was resigned to the will of the Lord, even though he could not understand why the Lord should call him so early in life. His suffering was borne with patience and he was never heard to murmur or complain. Funeral services were held March 7, conducted by his pastor, from I Jno. 2:14, when a large gathering of people came to pay a last tribute of respect.
Nissley. - Andrew G. Nissley was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 28, 1853; died Mar. 13, 1926; aged 73 y. 13 d. He leaves a sorrowing wife and the following children: Elmira B., wife of Phares Nissley; Christian B.; Amos B.; Barbara B., wife of the late Isaac R. Miller; John B., and Annie B., at home; also one sister (Annie G. Nissley), who had her home with her brother. He spent all his life on the farm where he was born, united with the Mennonite Church in early life, remained faithful to the end, and was a hard-working man on the farm, as well as a staunch pillar in the Church. His seat was never vacant at the Chestnut Hill Church until of late, when health gave way. The bereaved have the sympathy of all members as well as of the community where he lived. Short services at the house March 16, with further services at the Salunga Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Brubaker and Seth Ebersole. Text, Jas. 1:12. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Graber. - Daniel Graber was Born at Mobiliard, France, March 29, 1854; died at his home in Sterling, Ohio, March 10, 1926; aged 71 y. 11 m. 10 d. He came to America April 18, 1872; he was united in marriage to Mary Richard, to which union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. Four sons and grandchildren have preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife and the following children: Katherine, Fanny, Martha, Joseph, Mary, Esther, and Harvey; also five grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Fanny Conrad), one brother (Joseph Graber), and many other relatives and friends. At the age of 16 he confessed Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. He remained loyal and true in his faith to the end. He was a kind, loving, and affectionate father, deeply concerned in every member of the family; a faithful brother in the Church, interested in the Master's work, and in advancing the cause of Christ. He leaves to his family and the Church the memory of a beautiful Christian life. "Not my will, but Thine, be done." Services were conducted by the brethren, C. Z. Yoder and J. S. Gerig. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Weaver. - Katherine (Yoder) Weaver was born Aug. 14,
1849; died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Simon D. Yoder of
Hubbard, Oreg., March 3, 1926; aged 76 y. 6 m. 19 d. Her husband
and 3 children preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived
by 2 brothers (Simon C. Yoder and Eli C. Yoder), 4 children (David
Weaver, Mrs. Fannie Yoder, Barbara Walkaski, and Esther Weaver);
also 25 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She united with
the Mennonite Church in early life, of which she was a faithful
member to the end. Her place in the church was seldom vacant in
health, and her greatest desire was to see her children all born
into the Kingdom, and many were the prayers she offered in their
behalf. She will be greatly missed in the home, the Church, and
the community. The funeral was conducted at the Hopewell Church
by the home ministers: Bros. N. L. Hershberger, H. A. Wolfer and
Wm. Bond. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother dear, how sad and lonely,
When we see your vacant chair;
But 'tis for a short while only,
Till we hope to meet o'er there."
Livingston. - Bro. Jeremiah K. Livingston was born near Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 29, 1841; died March 11, 1926; aged 85 y. 1 m. 12 d. He was married to Elizabeth Lehman, and to this union were born nine children. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Jacob J.; Nancy, wife of Josiah J. Kaufman; John J.; Lydia, wife of William Blough; Josiah J., and Lizzie, wife of Daniel Blough. He was one of eleven children and only four remain. They are: Moses; Mrs. Peter Thomas, Josiah, and David. He always lived a quiet life. For many years he was a faithful attendant and member of the Mennonite Church. For some cause he absented himself from services for more than twenty years. Within the last year, he requested to be received again into full fellowship with the Church. His request was granted and he again communed. Because his wife could not go along to the service at the Stahl Church, L. A.. Blough conducted a short service in German in the home. After a sermon by S. G. Shetler at the church, L. A. Blough made some very fitting closing remarks. The mortal remains were laid to rest in the family graveyard on the old homestead.
Burkhart. - Esther Ebersole was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 18, 1849; died at her home in Sterling, Ill., after an illness of seven months; aged 77 y. 1 m. 18 d. She was the eldest in a family of nine children, born to Abram D. and Anna Rutt Ebersole. The family moved to Sterling in the fall of 1867. Her father was ordained a minister of the Gospel and served in this capacity for some 20 years. On Dec. 16, 1869, she was married to John J. Byers. To this union two sons were born (John J. and Noah E.). Her husband died April 17, 1874. Oct. 15, 1891, she was married to Abram Burkhart. She is survived by her husband, one son, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson. From the original Ebersole family three brothers and one sister survive, viz.: Abram, Solomon D., Amos, and Sabina Landis. Sister Burkhart was a member of the Mennonite Church for 50 years, serving as deaconess for some 20 years. It was through her efforts that the first Sunday school was organized at Sterling. Funeral services were held on Mar. 11, conducted by her pastor, from one of her favorite texts -- II Tim. 4:6-8. How fittingly can we say, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
Moose. - Jacob Moose was born at McVeytown, Pa., May 9, 1843; died in Lawrence Co., Pa., March 8, 1926; aged 82 y. 9 m. 29 d. As a young man he was converted to Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the Lord and loyal to his church until God called him to his eternal reward. In 1871 he moved with the family to Wayne Co., Ohio, where on Nov. 25, 1873, he united in marriage with Mary Zook. To this union were born two daughters and four sons (Sadie, married to John Zook; Milo G., married to Lizzie Kauffman; Fanny, married to Jacob Gerber; David J., married to Fannie Yoder and after her death married to Hannah Zook; Benjamin B., married to Margarette King; Menno A., married to Salome Lantz). All of the above reside in Lawrence Co., Pa., to which place the family had moved in 1905. There were 25 grandchildren born, two of whom preceded their grandfather to their eternal rest. Also 8 great-grandchildren survive. Besides these children there remain his life companion, one sister, and many other relatives to mourn the departure of a loving husband, kind father, and peaceable neighbor and friend. Funeral services conducted by C. Z. Yoder and the home ministers. Text, Psa. 166:15.
Klopfinstein. - Mary Yotty was born in Bavaria, Germany, April 3, 1836; died Jan. 24, 1926, at her home in Eureka, Ill. She came to America with her parents at the age of 2 years, locating in Woodford Co., Ill. Feb. 26, 1856, she was united in marriage with Joseph Klopfinstein. In 1864 they moved to Eureka, Ill. To this union were born 5 children (Joseph, Josephine - still living - and Katie, Anna, and an infant preceding their mother in death). Her husband preceded her in death December, 1909. She became a Christian in youth and united with the Mennonite Church. Before answering her summons she gave testimony that her desire was to go home and be with the Lord. She lived to a ripe old age, and while among us her usefulness was appreciated. Funeral conducted in the home by J. L. Harnish; at the church by W. S. Barnes and Ezra B. Yordy.
Bellar. - Katie Erb Miller was born Mar. 9, 1880, in
Wellesley, Ont.; died at her home on Feb. 17, 1926, near O'Neill,
Nebr.; aged 45 y. 11m. 20 d. She leaves mother, step-father, 4
children (Ruby, Menno, Manford, and Myrtle), 1 sister (Mrs. Rachel
Grieser), 5 brothers (Chris, John, Dave, Menno, and Dave Erb),
and many friends to mourn her departure. She was united in marriage
to J. E. Bellar Jan. 29, 1909; he preceded her in death in May,
1924. Her death was caused by being severely burned with gasoline,
which caught fire while getting a lamp ready, Feb. 13, from which
she suffered till death came to relieve her. She united with the
Mennonite Church in her youth and was true to God and the Church
until she was called from time to eternity. She met with many
trials and difficulties in life. In all these she performed her
duties as a faithful wife and Christian mother. Funeral services
at the house by C. K. Ernest (I Cor. 15) and at the church by
P. O. Oswald and Geo. Miller. Texts, Rev. 14:13; II Tim. 4:6-8.
Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sister, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this world of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away." By a sister.
Blosser. - Barbara Trissel Blosser, widow of the late Noah Blosser, was born July 9, 1851, near Trissel's Church, Va.; died Feb. 17, 1926; at the home of her brother, John H. Trissel, near Dale Enterprise, Va.; aged 74 y. 7 m. 8 d. On Feb. 6, 1873, she was married to Noah Blosser, who died suddenly about five and one-half years ago. She united with the Mennonite Church in her girlhood and remained faithful until death. Her place in church was seldom vacant, until she was afflicted with heart trouble. On Sunday, Jan. 3, she visited her aged sister who has been ill for some time. That evening she commenced to feel badly, and that was the last time she was out of her house until Jan. 17, when she was moved to the home of her brother. All was done for her that could possibly be done by relatives and friends.. She was sick two days over six weeks but during her illness, although she suffered much weakness, she seldom complained or murmured. She often expressed a desire to go to her heavenly home. She leaves two brothers (J. W. and J. H. Trissel) and two sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Blosser and Mrs. Hettie Wenger). Funeral services were held Feb. 19, from the Weavers Church by Bros. S. L. Rhodes and L. P. Good. She was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. By a niece.
Steiner. - Sarah Ann Kercher was born near Ashland, Ohio, Nov. 13, 1842; died at her home near Hesston, Kans., March 8, 1926; aged 83 y. 3 m. 25 d. She was the oldest of the family of ten children. At eight years of age she moved with her parents in a covered wagon to Elkhart Co., Ind. On Mar. 3, 1859, she was married to Samuel Steiner. To this union were born three sons and two daughters: James C., Abraham L., E. Wesley, Mrs. O. E. McDowell, and Anna. In April, 1884, the family moved to Harvey Co., Kans., on a farm eight miles northwest of Newton. Besides her husband and the five children, there also remain nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also three sisters (Mrs. Catherine Smith, Mrs. Caroline Buzzard, and Mrs. S. F. Croop). In 1862 she was converted and united with the Church of the Brethren, to which she remained a loyal member to the time of her death. She was much interested in her church and always encouraged her family to attend Sunday school and church services. Having lived close to the Mennonite Church, Bro. and Sister Steiner attended quite frequently. The funeral was held at the Pennsylvania Church March 10, conducted by T. M. Erb, assisted by U. S. Royer. Text, Job 19:25, which was selected by the family.
Lind. - Lizzie M. Lind was born in Medina Co., Ohio, May 23, 1855; died Feb. 25, 1926, at her winter home in Dunedin, Fla.; aged 70 y. 9 m. 2 d. About 50 years ago she was united in marriage to Joseph D. Lind, to which union were born five children, two preceding her in death. Those surviving are: Jonas J., William M., and Melvin E. Lind. A number of years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. About 12 years ago she was stricken with paralysis, from which she never fully recovered. The last years she was carried about by those who attended her. The end came quietly and peacefully at Dunedin, Fla., where she with her husband have been spending the winters for some years. Her body was brought to the home of her son William, Akron, Ohio, where brief funeral services were held March 4, and at the Bethel Church, near Wadsworth, Ohio. The services were in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner and Bro. S. D. Rohrer. The body is temporarily placed in a receiving vault at Wadsworth, awaiting the arrival of her husband this spring, when the final committal service is to be held. Owing to failing health the husband and father could not accompany the body and consequently was deprived of attending the funeral service. Text, I Cor. 2:9, 10.
Yoder. - Sallie (Stayrook) Yoder was born near Mattawana,
Pa., Jan. 4, 1856; died at her home near Belleville, Pa., Feb.
19, 1926; aged 70 y. 1 m. 15 d. Deceased was a daughter of Samuel
and Elizabeth (Kauffman) Stayrook. Feb. 9, 1881 she was united
in marriage to David Z. Yoder, who with the following children
survives: Levi K., Mrs. Katie Hostetler, and Miss Lydia Ann. One
daughter, Arie M., preceded her in death. She is also survived
by nine grandchildren, three brothers (John M., J. K., and Eli).
One brother (Isaac) and two sisters (Mrs. Katie Kurtz and Mrs.
Malinda Shetler) preceded her. The following half-brothers and
half-sisters also preceded her: Mrs. Juliann Yoder, Jacob, Nicholas,
Noah, Mrs. Christiana Blough, Mrs. Nancy Wenger, and Mrs. Elizabeth
King. Although in feeble health for a number of years, she was
ever considerate of those about her. Her devotion to her home
and community emphasized that "she hath done what she could."
She was a member of the A. M. Church since early life. During
the past two years of much suffering she was bound still closer
to her God, in prayer and supplication, looking forward and longing
to be with those gone before. Brief services at the home, conducted
by John L. Mast and Eli Kenagy, and at the Locust Grove Church,
conducted by E. D. Hess, John E. Kauffman, and Samuel T. Yoder.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away." The family.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana