Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1927

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 45 - February 3, 1927, pages 959

King.--Ella Mae and Ellen Fay, infant daughters of Marvin and Florence King, were born at Harper, Kans., Dec. 23, 1926; died Dec. 24. God saw best to take these precious jewels unto Himself so we bow to His will. May heaven be nearer and dearer to the parents and little brother who remain.

Hershey.--William Hooley Hershey, son of Earl and Selina Hershey, of near Bowdil, Ohio, was born Mar. 22, 1926; died Jan. 23, 1927; aged 10 m. 1 d. His father departed this life Jan. 5, 1926. Little William was a strong and healthy boy but a servere attack of pneumonia ended his life after only a few days of sickness. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his mother, four brothers (Joseph, Paul, Howard, and Ralph), and two sisters (Ruth and Gladys). Funeral services were conducted Jan. 25, 1927, at the Pleasant View Church by C. J. Buckwalter from Mark 10:16, assisted by Pre. Moody of the U. B. Church. Interment in Pleasant View cemetery.

Horst.--Abram L. Horst died at his home near Marion, Franklyn Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases Jan. 10, 1927; aged 72 y. 6 m. 12 d. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Marion Mennonite Church for more that 49 years. He was a kind husband and father and will be missed in the home and in church, where his seat sildom was vacant until health did not permit. Altho his health was failing for some time, he was only seriously ill a few days. He is survived by his wife (Martha Hege), 10 children, 14 grandchildren, and 5 sisters. Father and mother were married 50 years ago on Oct. 31, 1926, at which time all the children and grandchildren were at home. Funeral services, which were largely attended, were held at the Marion Mennonite Church on Jan. 13, 1927, by Brother Geo. Ernst and J. Irvin Lehman. Text. Psa. 91:16.
By the Children

Sommers.--Samuel W. Sommers, son of Jacob and Magdalene Sommers, was born Oct. 9, 1870, at Pettisville, Ohio; died Jan. 19, 1927, at Pryor, Okla.; aged 56 y. 3 m. 10 d. In 1891 he united with the church, and about 1899 he was ordained to the ministry and continued faithful until death. He moved with his parents to Stuttgart, Ark., in 1884, and in January, 1920, he moved to Pryor, Okla., where his family now resides. On April 6, 1893, he was united in matrimony to Anna Nofziger who survives him; also 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers and one sister who mourn, but not as those who have no hope. His father, mother, and one brother, preceded him in death. Funeral services Jan. 23, by the home ministers at the A. M. Church. Burial in Fairview cemetery east of Pryor.

"All is over, hands are folded,
O'er a quiet peaceful breast,
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear father is at rest."
The Family.

Weber.--Samuel M. Weber was born in Waterloo Township, Ont., Jan. 12, 1859; died on Jan. 10, 1927; aged 67 y. 11 m. 29 d. On Mar. 8, 1881, he was married to Susanna Shantz who predeceased him two years ago. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure 5 children; Mrs. David Snider; Mrs. Oliver Snider; Mrs. Dilman Snider; Mrs. Jeremiah Shantz; and Angus; also 12 grandchildren. Bro. and Sister Weber after their marriage moved to a farm near Floradale, Ont., where they lived until a few years ago when Sister Weber died. The last two years Bro. Weber had his home in Elmira where he peacefully passed away after a short illness of about half a day, due to heart failure. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Moses Brubacher and at the church by Bro. Oscar Burkholder, Text, II Cor. 5:1. Bro. Jesse Martin also conducted services in the basement.

A bitter grief, a shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear,
Our loss is great, we'll not complain,
But hope in heaven to meet again.

Wenger.--Geo. Wenger was born near Intercourse, Pa., June 2, 1857; died Dec. 17, 1926; aged 67 y. 6 m. 15 d. Bro. Wenger had been in failing health for several years and became quite feeble during the last few months of his life. He died af a complication of diseases. He was a member of the Kinzer Mennonite Church where he was a regular attendant while his health permitted. He was a teacher in Sunday school for many years and took active interest in church affairs. He is survived by his wife, who was Magdalena Horst of Shippensburg, Pa., and two sons, William, of Van Nuys, Calif., and Wayne, at home. Two daughters, Anna Katherine and Rhoda M. and two small children preceded him to the glory world. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held on Dec. 21 with a brief service at the home conducted by Bro. Jacob Mellinger and funther services at Kinzer Church by Bros. Ira Hershey and John Senger. Interment in Hershey's cemetery.

"Father, thou are sweetly resting,
Here they toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can disturb thee more."

Garber.--Amos E. Garber was born Sept. 22, 1856; died Dec. 28, 1926, at his home in Rheems, Pa., after an illness of 6 days; aged 70 y. 3 m. 6 d. He is survived by the following children: Mary, wife of Jacob M. Carper, Manheim; Susie, wife of Amos H. Musser, Mt. Joy; Jacob and Paul of Elizabethtown; and Dorothy at home; ten grandchildren and 5 brothers and sisters (Henry, Simon, John, Kate, and Mrs. Harriet Nissley), also survive. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Florence, wife of Walter A. Herr of Elizabethtown, and his companion only 6 months ago. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Services conducted at the late home and at Bosslers Church on New Year's Day by Bros. Noah Risser, Isaac Brubaker, and Jacob Martin. Text, Rev. 21:4, which the deceased selected. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"The parting here was full of pain,
But we shall never part again,
When we go home;
Although it was so hard to part,
Held us to say with all our heart,
Thy will be done."
The Family

Harshbarger.--Pearl (Kauffman) Harshbarger, wife of J. Emmet Harshbarger of Coalridge, Mont., and daughter of Levi C. and Rebecca Kauffman of Kenmare, N. Dak., was born near Garden City, Mo., Dec. 6, 1896; died Jan. 8, 1927; aged 30 y. 1 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to Bro. Harshbarger May 23, 1926. Her death was caused by leakage of the heart. She was the mother of one child who preceded her in death, having only lived one day. she died in the Kenmare Hospital. Sister Pearl was a member of the Mennonite Church and consistently and faithfully labored with the congregation at Coalridge, Mont., for the good of the Cause. Her presence will be greatly missed by all both in the home, Sunday school and church, for she was seldom absent from her place of duty. She leaves her sorrowing husband, father, mother, five brothers (Milo, John, Archie, George, Edward), one sister (Lina). and one adopted sister, Eva May. Funeral services were conducted at the Spring Valley Church near Kenmare, N. Dak., in charge of Bro. Eli G. Hochstetler assisted by Bro. L. S. Glick. Text, Job 14:5. Interment in cemetery near by.
Our dear Sister's tasks are finished,
Labors o'er and victories won,
Now she's gone to be with Jesus,
Beckons to us all to come.

Nusbaum.--Ida Catherine, daughter of Samuel and Catherine Nusbaum was born near Middlebury, Ind., October, 13, 1862; died Jan. 21, 1927, at her home just north of Middlebury after a short illness of pneumonia. She was aged 64 y. 3 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to Samue C. Eash, June 6, 1885. To this union were born one daughter and one son. She was preceded in death by her daughter Della May, father, mother, and one sister, Mrs. Frances Schrock. She leaves her companion, one son, Clayton, two grandchildren all living on the home place, two sisters (Mrs. Lewis Troyer of Middlebury, Ind., and Mrs. Clara Eash of Goshen, Ind.), two brothers (Orvie Nusbaum of Chicago, Ill., and Samuel Nusbaum of Walkerton, Ind.), and many relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for some forty years always a faithful worker in Church, Sunday school and young people's meetings. Funeral serivces were held at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Ind., with a large body of people in attendance. Services were conducted by Silas Yoder and D. D. Miller. Burial at the Forest Grove cemetery.

"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angel sweetly whispered:
Come and live with us at home."

Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 46 - February 10, 1927, pages 991, 992

Nissley.--Edna Jane Nissley, infant daughter of Bro. John Nissley and wife died Jan. 27, 1927; aged 6 d. she was buried on Jan. 29, in Landisville, Pa., cemetery. Truly as soon as we are born we are ripe for death. Mark 10:13.--S. E. E.

Wenger.--Mrs. Elizabeth (nee Landis) Wenger wife of the late John Wenger, was born, Nov. 1, 1841; died Jan. 29, 1927, at the Oreville Mennonite Home; aged 85 y. 2 m. 28 d. Death was the result of a stroke. She leaves one sister-in-law, Mrs. Jacob Landis, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services were held Feb. 1, 1927, at the Manheim Mennonite Church. She was a faithful member and defender of our faith for many years.

Troyer.--Fanny (Bontrager) Troyer, wife of Jerry Troyer, was born in Indiana, June 22, 1870; departed this life at Chotean, Okla., Jan. 25, 1927, of bulbular paralysis; aged 56 y. 7 m. 3 d. She was the mother of 14 children, 8 sons and 6 daughters, all living and all but 3 at the funeral, which was held at the home, Jan. 30, by Brethren John Yoder and John Miller, Weatherford, Okla., in German, assisted by B. F. Hartzler in English. She united with the O. O. Amish Church in her young years, and remained faithful until death. She had a great desire to depart this life and be with Christ.
(Transcriber's note: "bulbular" transcribed from original obituary. RJS)

Miller.--Jeff Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 28, 1850; died near Fairview, Mich., Dec. 24, 1926; aged 70 y. 8 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage to Kathryn Stutesman Sept. 17, 1885. To this union were born ten children. One son (Harry), preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by his wife, six sons, three daughters, two half-brothers, twenty-two grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite faith in 1891 and remained a faithful member until death. He was always a kind and loving husband and father.

Mast.--Robert Lowell Mast was born Mar. 12, 1925; died Jan. 16, 1927; aged 1 y. 10 m. 4 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure his father and mother, five sisters, one brother and a host of relatives and friends,"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" Services were conducted by Bros. Calvin Mast and J. S. Gerig. Interment in the Martins Creek cemetery.

"Not now but in coming years,
It may be in the better land.
We know the meaning of our tears.
And there sometime we'll understand"

Zehr.--Barbara Lichti was born Nov. 7, 1867, at St. Agatha, Ont.; died at her home in Shickley, Nebr., on Jan. 19, 1927; aged 59 y. 2 m. 11 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. On Jan. 5, 1893, she was united in marriage to Christian Y. Zehr who with 2 sons, 1 daughter, 1 daughter-in-law, 3grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters survived her. Her father and mother, 2 sisters, and 1 brother preceded her in death. She also leaves many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held on Jan. 22, 1927, at the Salem Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. George Miller and Bro. Joe Zimmerman of Milford, Nebr.
"More and more we miss thee.
Friends may think the wound is healed,
But they little know the sorrow.
That lies within our hearts concealed"

Eash.--Sadie, daughter of Aberaham and Martha Mast, was born March 14, 1893, near Goshen, Ind., died at her home near Shipshewana, Ind., Jan. 23, 1927; aged 33 y. 10 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Raymond E. Eash, March 4, 1917. To this union were born two sons and two daughters, the baby being only 10 days old. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member till death. She leaves to mourn her early departure a loving husband, four little children, a father, a mother, two sisters, and a host of friends. Two sisters (Mrs. Elmer Miller and Mrs. Howard Mishler) preceded her in death. She was a kind and loving mother and wife and will be greatly missed in the house, church, and community. The funeral was held at Forks Church on Jan. 25, where a large audience had assembled. Services by Amos Nusbaum and D. D. Miller.

Stauffer.--Leah M., daughter of Amos N. and the late Barbara Stauffer, was born Dec. 1, 1897; died of pleuro-pneumonia, at her home near Mt. Joy, Jan. 11, 1927; aged 29 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was a faithful and obedient member of the MT. Joy and Kraybill congregations. She allowed herself to be used in the work of the Church and Sunday school, being greatly interested that her friends be gathered onto the fold of Christ. Leah was of a friendly disposition and will be greatly missed in her own family as well as by many friends and acquaintances. She is survived by her father and these brothers and sisters, Norman M., Bertha M., wife of B. Lehman Kraybill (deceased), Mary M., wife of Ezra R. Garber, and David M. Funeral services were held on Jan. 14, condicted at the home of Bro. Amos Hess and at the Mt. Joy Church by the Brethren Henry Lutz, Isaac Brubaker and Noah Risser. Text Heb. 12:2 and Ruth 2:12.

Short.--John S., son of Daniel and Anna Short, was born near Archbold, O., Oct. 24, 1873; died Jan. 23, 1927, on the farm where he was born and spent his entire life; aged 53 y. 2 m. 29 d. On Jan. 12, 1905 he was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Short. This union was blest with 6 children, 3 son and one daughter. He leaves to mourn his early departure his sorrowing wife, 6 children, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Bro. Short accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services held Jan. 27, 1927, conducted by Bro. S. S. Wyse, and at the Lockport Church by Bros. Henry Rychener and S. D. Grieser. Text, Psa. 17:15; II Kings 20:1. Burial in Lockport cemetery.

Nyce.--Dora May (Funk) Nyce died at Episcopal Hospital. Philadelphia, on Jan. 14, at midnight. She entered the hospital for an operation on Jan. 7, in apparent good health, and her death came as a grate shock to all who knew her. She was a daughter John B. Funk and the late Sallie S. Funk. She was born at Fountainville, Pa., Oct. 9, 1884. She is survived by her husband, Joseph D. Nyce of Doylestown, and two sons, Lawence F. and John David Nyce, her father, a sister, Ella Myers, Fountainville, and a brother, Clayton J. Funk, Philadelphia. Services were held at her late home and the Doylestown Mennonite Church on Jan. 19, conducted by Bro. Mahlon G. Gross and A. O. Histand of Doylestown, and John F. Bressler of Lancaster, Pa. The text were "Not so, Lord;" "Even so Lord." Interment was made in cemetery adjoining the church.
"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."

Herr.--Ada H. Groff, wife of Henry R. Herr, West Willow, Pa., was born Feb. 16, 1875; died Dec. 19, 1926, at the home of her daughter; aged 51 y. 10 m. 3 d. She attended services in the morning of Dec. 19 and the went to the home of her daughter to visit. At about noon she was overtaken by a stroke of apoplexy. At 4:30 P. M., the Lord called her home. She had accepted her Savior in early life and was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church until death. Her death was a shock to the church and the community. She was married to Henry R. Herr dec. 29, 1897. To this union were born 7 children. She leaves her husband, 7 children, her aged mother, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters. She was much concerned about the welfare of her family and her cheerful disposition will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Aaron Harnish, at New Danville Church by Bros. John H. Mosemann and Joseph Boll. Text, Rev. 7:14; Job 14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee;
We miss thee everywhere."

Karcher.--George Karcher was born Sept. 4, 1861, in Oxford Co., Ont.; died at his home in Kent Co., Mich., Jan. 1, 1927; after a brief illness of bronchial pneumonia; aged 65 y. 5 m. 7 d. Bro. Karcher came to Kent Co. Mar. 4, 1803. He worked foe Bro. John Speicher until late the next fall when he returned to his old home in Ontario. He again came to Kent Co. in the spring of 1894 where he resided since. Bro. Karcher was baptized and united with the United Brethren Church at Freeport in the year 1894. In 1903 he presented his church letter at the Bowne Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member there until death. He was united in marriage to Lydia Speicher Dec. 5, 1896. He leaves a sorrowing widow, two brothers, three sisters, and many other friends. He will be missed by all who knew him and especially by Bro. S. J. Speicher who depended upon him for care for many years. Funeral services were held at the church near Elmdale and largely attended by neighbors and friends. One question asked by many people was, "What will Sammy do?" The answer invariably was, "I do not know". Bro. Karcher had spent his life caring for his invalid brother-in-law, S. J. Speicher. Bros. Aldus Brackbill and D. A. Yoder had change of funeral services.

Speicher.--Samuel J. Speicher was born May 24, 1866, Kent Co., Mich. When 2 years old Samuel had the whooping cough which left him with an affection of the spine. Until the age of 18 Samuel was able to go about with others and do some work on the farm. In 1891 he did his last out of doors. From then on he was compelled to remain in doors a grate deal of the time. since 1894 his physical condition was such that he was compelled to set in a wheel chair whenever he was not in bed. He was a very patient sufferer and when his friends came to see him he always had a smile for them and a hearty, "God bless you." Bro. Speicher accepted Christ in the year 1891 and united with the Mennonite Church in which he was an active member until death called him away. As long as he was able he was taken to the house of worship. He last attended services at the church in the year 1919. In June, 1926, was the last time he was out of the house. One of Bro. Speicher's pleasures was sending birthday postcards to people. He had a large mailing list and whenever there was a birthday anniversary of those on his mailing list he remembered them with an appropriate card. For many years he was correspondent to the Gospel Herald and also wrote articles for the Sugar Creek Budget. When Bro. Karcher died Bro. Samuel wondered what he would do as he had no one in mind whom he thought would come and take care of him as did Bro. Karcher. The question was answered when hr peacefully passed away Jan. 19, 1927. His age was 60 y. 7 m. 25 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his sister and many other relatives and friends. Services were held at the Bowne Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Aldus Brackbill and D. A. Yoder.

Denlinger.--Mary D. Denlinger was born about 2 mile north of Strasburg, Lanc., Co., Pa., Oct 15, 1856; died Jan. 23 , 1927, at the home of her son-in-law, Abram B. Landis, 3 miles east of Lancaster. She was married to Abram S. Denlinger Nov. 22, 1880. To this union were born 4 children, an infant daughter having preceded her to the world beyond. She is survived by her aged husband, who is an invalid, unable to move about without the aid of a wheelchair for over a year, and whom she faithfully cared for as long as she was able. The following children also survive: Fannie, wife of Abram B. Landis; Lizzie, wife of Jacob D. Denlinger, and John L. Denlinger. 16 grandchildren also survive while 3 preceded her in death. Her sickness lasted foe a period of about 6 weeks, during which time she suffered intense pain, which she bore very patiently, often expressing the wish to go home. She lapsed into unconsciousness about 3 days before the end. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 48 years, and a kind and loving wife and mother. Funeral services were held Jan. 26, 1927, at Mellingers Church, conducted by Bros. David L. Landis and Abram Martin. Text, I Cor. 15:54. By the family.

Hirstein.--Peter Hirstein was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, April 30, 1848; died at his home in Cullom, Ill., Jan. 23, 1927; aged 78 y. 8 m. 24 d. At the age of two years he moved with his parents to Tazewell Co., Ill., in a covered wagon. He grew to manhood in Tazewell Co. He was married Dec. 12, 1871, to Magdalena Butler of Mahaska, Co., Ia. The wedding took place in a log cabin. In the spring of 1872, he and his wife moved to a farm in Livingston Co., Ill., near the place where Cullom is now located. He was one of the early pioneers who developed the surrounding country. In 1904 he moved from his farm to Cullom where he lived until his death. He united with the Mennonite Church in early manhood, and remained an active member until death. When he was a young man, he often walked seven miles to church when the roads were too bad to drive. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, one son, Aaron of Cullom, one daughter, Mrs. Amelia Grove, of Garden City, Mo., 8 grandchildren, one brother, Samuel of Fairbury, Ill., one sister, Mrs. Lena Welk of Morton, Ill., and many other relatives and friends. A daughter, a son, and two sisters preceded him in death. His family has lost a loving husband and father, and his neighbors a kind friend. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 25, at the Cullom Mennonite Church by Bros. A. H. Leaman of Chicago and S. Jay Hostetler. Bro. Leaman preached on Psalms 90:12. Burial at West Lawn cemetery.

Stauffer.--Abram L. Stauffer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 7, 1845; died Jan. 14, 1927; aged 81 y. 7 m. 7 d. On Dec. 3 he had a stroke of paralysis which affected his left side and made him helpless. He was conscious and very patient and bore his affliction with Christian fortitude. He expressed himself as having his faith anchored in the atoning merits of the blood of Christ and as being prepared to meet his savior. On Dec. 15, 1870 at Sterling, Ill., he was united in marriage to Susan Martin. In the spring of 1875 they moved to Adams Co., Nebr., where they resided on the farm that they developed till they moved to Roseland, Nebr., 12 years ago. In 1888 they were converted and gave their lives to the service of Christ and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was always a faithful member. He was a God-fearing man with a sunny disposition. He always saw the bright side of life which made him a friend of all who had the privilege to know him. In 1892 he was ordained to the ministry but on account of failing health he was relieved of active preaching, but his counsel was always held as one of the ministry. He was always deeply concerned about the welfare of the church. He leaves to mourn his departure an aged and very feeble widow, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of nieces and nephews. His father was Benjamin Stauffer and his mother Catherine Buckwalter. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Roseland Mennonite Church Jan. 17, 1927, by Bro. D. G. Lapp, assisted by Bro. Waas. Text, Num. 3:10, last clause: II Tim. 4:7, 8.The body was laid to rest in the Adjoining cemetery.

Bergey.--Christian Bergey was born in Pennsylvania on June 10, 1846; died at the home of his son Abram, in Kent Co., Ont., Jan. 1, 1927; aged 80 y. 6 m. 21 d. He spent the early years of his life in Waterloo Co., Ont. In 1869 he was married to Barbara Getz. This union was blessed with twelve children, 6 sons and 6 daughters. Soon after his marriage he moved to Elgin Co., Ont., and then a few years later to Kent, Co., Ont., where he resided the grater part of his life. He had a name for thrift, industry and honesty in the community in which he lived. He united with the Mennonite Church in early manhood and took an active interest in the work of the Church, being Superintendent of the Mosa S. S. for a number of years. He was zealous in the training of his family. His wife predeceased him seventeen years ago. He spent the latter years of his life with his youngest daughter, Mrs. Herbert Eby at Listowel, Ont., then later at Hanover, Ont. About three months before his death he came back to reside with his oldest son, Abram, on the old homestead. He seemed to be back again amongst the old scenes and associations but it was not for long. The day before Christmas he fell and broke his leg and early on New Year,s morning his spirit took flight. He leaves to mourn his departure five sons,-- Abram, Norman, Nathaniel, Frank, and John-- and three daughters--Mrs. James Goodbrand, Mrs. Wilkie Taylor, and Mrs. Herbert Eby. His wife, one son, and three daughters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the residence of his son, Abram, on Jan. 4, 1927. Bro. S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Ont., preached the funeral sermon from II Tim. 4:7, 8. He was assisted by Pastor Windus of the local Baptist Church. Interment in the Purcell cemetery.

By a son.

Transcribed by Robert Stauffer, Missouri

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 47 -February 17, 1927, pages 1007, 1008

Charles.--Abram U. Charles was born Apr. 6, 1847; died Jan. 30, 1927; aged 79 y. 9 m. 26 d. Services were held Tuesday morning Feb. 1, by the home ministers. Burial at Millersville, Pa.

Herr.--Lizzie C. (Herr) Charles, wife of Willis Charles, was born May 24, 1875; departed this life Feb. 1, 1927; aged 51 y. 6 m. 7 d. Services and burial at Millersville, with the home ministers in charge.

Weaver.--Harry S., infant son of Bro. Abram and Sister Alta Weaver, died Jan. 30, 1927, near Morgantown, Pa., after a short illness; aged 2 m. 11 d. Funeral services were held at Goodville, Pa., Feb. 3, by Bros. I. B. Good and John W. Weaver. May God comfort the bereaved parents.

Oyer.--Richard Ray, infant son of Bro. John and Sister Mary Oyer, was born Jan. 30, 1927, near Fisher, Ill.; died the same day. He leaves father, mother, and one brother. One sister preceded him to the better world. Short funeral servics were held at the home March 31, by Bro. J. A. Heiser.

Kauffman.--Reuben M. Kauffman was born Jan. 28, 1838; departed this life Jan. 28, 1927; dying on his birthday at the age of 89. As Sister Kauffman was not able to attend the public funeral, Bro. Jacob Hess conducted the services in the home. Further services were held at the Millersville, Pa., Church by Jno. K. Charles and D. N. Gish. Burial at Masonville, Pa.

Bowman.--Sister Alice, wife of Bro. Benj. Bowman, and daughter of Bro. Martin B. and Sister Catherine Good, died at her home near Union Grove, Pa., after considerable distress and suffering of cancer; aged 46 y. 4 m. 20 d. Funeral services were held Feb. 5, at Bowmansville, Pa., in charge of Bros. I. B. Good and Geo. Horning. Sister Bowman was of meek and quiet spirit, and bore her suffering patiently. Her life has been an inspiration. She leaves her sorrowing husband, two sons, three daughters, her aged parents, and a host of friends to mourn her early departure. The text, Heb. 11:10, was her own choice.

Hostetler.--Susan Hostetler was born near Sugar Creek, O., Oct. 27, 1846; died near Walnut Creek, O., Jan. 18, 1927; aged 80 y. 2 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Benjamin R. Hostetler of Peru. Ind., Nov. 10, 1866. He died Nov. 1, 1871. To this union were born two sons. One sons died nine years ago. Her sickness, lobar pneumonia, lasted only a few days. She died at the home of one of her grandchildren. She leaves 1 son, of Nappanee, Ind., 7 grandchildren, 8 greatgranchildren and 3 brothers. She united with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in her young years and remained faithful to the end. Services at the Walnut Creek Meetinghouse. Burial in cemetery nearby. Services conducted by Alvin W. Miller, Ed Shepfer, and S. H. Miller.

Lefever.--Ruth F., daughter of Israel B., and Stella F. Lefever, died Feb. 2, 1927 at the home of her parents near New Danville, Pa.; aged 2 y. 1 m. 23 d. Little Ruth was sick two weeks with pneumonia and we had hopes she would recover but other complications set in causing her death. She is survived by her parents, two brothers (Jacob and Robert), a sister (Grace); also her four grandparents. Funeral services Feb. 5, conducted privately in the home of E. B. Knowles, pastor of the Millersville M. E. Church. Further services in Salem Reformed Church, Hellers, Pa., Text, Matt. 5:4.

"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there sometime, we'll understand."
A Friend.

Benner.--Elizabeth Mary (Weaver) Benner was born Sept. 30, 1872; died Jan. 22, 1927; aged 54 y. 3 m. 22 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years, and was faithful until death. She was married in 1898 to Samuel Kauffman. To this union were born six children. After the death of Bro. Kauffman she was married to Bro. David Benner. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, two sons, two daughters, one step-son, 1 step-daughter, one brother and two sisters. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Menno Brubaker and further services at Lauvers Church by by Bros. William Graybill and Jacob BruBaker.

Mother thou hast left us lonely,
In this world of joy and care,
But we hope sometime to meet you,
In heaven above, so bright and fair.
By the Family.

Gingerich.--Raymond Glenn, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben G. Gingerich, of near Kalona, Ia., was born June 3, 1917; died July 24, 1926; aged 9 y. 1 m. 21 d. His death was caused by Bright's disease, following scarlet fever. He was preceded in death by his mother Nov. 29, 1918, and by a half-sister, Ella Mae, Dec. 2, 1921. He leaves to mourn his early departure his father, step-mother, a sister (Mildred), two half-brothers (Floyd and Delmar), two grandfathers, a grandmother, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 25, conducted by A. C. Swartzendruber, G. A. Yoder and Noah Miller. Interment in East Union cemetery.

"There's a land far away, 'mid the stars we are told,
Where Jesus will gather His own,
Where the innocent children forever are blest,
As they gather around the white throne."

Bender.--Cletus Samuel, only son of Samuel and Gertrude Bender, was born at Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 22, 1925; died Jan. 30, 1927; aged 1 y. 11 m. 8 d. When the death angel summoned little Cletus it laid a heavy toll of grief upon the stricken parents. The cause of his death was heart failure due to the after effects of scarlet fever. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure his parents, grandparents on both sides, his great grandparents, and many other relatives and friends.

"All is dark within our home,
Lonely are our hearts to-day,
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away."

Funeral services were held at the East Union Church Feb. 2, 1927, conducted in German by Amos Swartzendruber from Luke 7:11-15, and in English by D. J. Fisher from Job 1: 21.

Yoder.--Edna D. Yoder (nee Gehman), wife of Wilmer R. Yoder, was born Apr. 23, 1902; died Dec. 17, 1926; aged 24 y. 8 m. 6 d. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, a two-year-old daughter, father, mother, and 3 brothers. On account of her short illness of typhoid fever death came as a shock to a wide circle of relatives and friends. She united with the Blooming Glen, Pa., Mennonite Church in her youth and lived a consistent life until death. Funeral from the late residence of Samuel Yoder (father-in-law). Interment at Blooming Glen. Services at the house were conducted by Bros. Jacob M. Moyer and Frand Swartz. Services at the church were conducted by Bros. Wilson Moyer and Joseph Ruth.

"God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon His love has given,
And tho'the body moulders here,
The soul is safe in heaven."

Good.--Jacob B. Good was born Aug. 18, 1941; died Jan. 1, 1927, at his home in Bareville, Pa., of general debility due to advanced age; aged 85 y. 4 m. 13 d. He is survived by his wife, who was Anna Wenger, and the following daughters; Mary, wife of Adam W. Rohrer, near Lancaster; Barbara, widow of Wm. R. Burkholder, at home; Laura, wife of Amos Musselman, near New Holland; 8 grandchildren and 1 foster granddaughter also survive. He was preceded in death by 2 small sons and a daughter, Nora, wife of Sam'l Z. Musselman of Adams Co., Pa., and 6 grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for over 60 years. Services were conducted at the home and at Stumptown Church by Bros. David L. Landis and Abram Martin. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Loving friends, weep not for me;
I long to be at rest.
How happy, happy I shall be
When pillowed on my Savior's breast."

Loucks.--Alma May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Frederick, wife of Chester Loucks of Wakarusa, Ind., was born near Birds, Ill., April 23, 1907, where she resided with her parents until she was 14 years of age when she went to work for an aunt, Mrs. F. A. Huffman of Kokomo, Ind., remaining here for several years. Later she was employed to take care of Mrs. Marvin Holdeman, of Bremen, Ind. She was married to Chester Loucks on Sept. 16, 1926. They had planned to engage in farming on his father's farm, but Providence saw fit to change their plans, and after an illness of five weeks of acute dropsy she passed away on Jan. 31, 1926; at the -- (Transcriber's note: I think this should be 1927, but it has 1926 in the obit) -- early age of 19 y. 9 m. 8 d. This marriage, tho of short duration, attended with bright prospects for the future is after all symbolical of our short say here where we wait with fond anticipation for a more enduring habitation. She is survived by her husband, parents, who reside at Duncansville, Ill., five brothers and five sisters, all at home, and many Friends. Alma May had a way of befriending strangers to her which was remarkable. The funeral was conducted by Bro. Silas Weldy speaking from Jno. 1:29. Burial at the Olive cemetery where a large concourse of friends and neighbors met to pay respect to one much loved.

Stuckey.--Peter C. Stuckey was born Jan. 5, 1846; died, Jan. 21, 1927; aged 81 y. 16 d., having spent his entire life on the old homestead where he was born. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful unto the end. June 30, 1870, he married Anna Short. To this union were born 10 children, 4 dying in infancy. His wife, Anna, died May 17, 1887. June 21, 1888, he married Catherine Richer. To this union 7 children were born, all of whom survive. He leaves to cherish his memory his faithful wife, 13 children, 41 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother, and one sister, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild preceded him in death. A little over four years ago he had his first stroke of paralysis, from which he never fully recovered. But all throught his ailment he took it patiently and was fully resigned to the will of the Lord, always saying, "The Lord's will be done, for He knows what is best."

"God hath called away our father,
In his earthly bed to lie,
Yet his soul is sweetly resting,
In that home beyond the sky."

Funeral services were held Jan. 24, 1927, conducted by Bro. S. S. Wyse, and at the Lockport Church by Bro. A. S. Miller of Leo, Ind., and Bro. S. D. Grieser. Text, Psa. 89:48; Jno. 8:51. Interment in Lockport cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 48 - February 24, 1927, pages 1022, 1023

Becker.--Sister Lizzie Becker, wife of Ben. Becker, Millersville, Pa., was born Aug. 9, 1865; departed this life Jan. 29, 1927; aged 61 y. 6 m. 20 d. Her husband preceded her one year ago. She is survived by her aged mother, Sister Shank aged 88 years.

Strycker.--John Henry Strycker, son of John and Catherine Strycker, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind. He always resided at the same place and died Feb. 5, 1927; aged 68 y. 21 d. He was the last of a family of 7 children. He leaves one brother-in-law John D. Rohrer at whose home he resided, besides nephews and nieces and other relatives. Peace to his ashes. Funeral services were conducted by D. A. Yoder.

Yoder.--Edna (Gehman) Yoder, wife of Wilmer Yoder, was born Apr. 13, 1902; died Dec. 17, 1926; aged 24 y. 7 m. 24 d. Sister Edna was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. She had a loving disposition, which won her a host of friends. She was much needed here, but the Lord saw fit to take her to Himself. She leaves a sorrowing husband, father, mother, 3 brothers, and a darling little daughter (Ruth). Brethren W. R. Moyer, Frank Swartz, and Jacob Moyer conducted the funeral services. Text, John 16; 16.

Shaddinger.--Jennie Shaddinger, wife of Griffith Shaddinger, was born Apr. 7, 1878; died Feb. 9, 1927; aged 48 y. 10. 2 d. Sister Shaddinger is missed very much in the home as well as by the church and Sunday school. She was of a friendly disposition and had many friends. She died of internal cancer in a Philadelphia Hospital. It is believed that she had a vision of the glory awaiting her, because of the smiles that her attendants noticed before her departure. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, and two sons, Earl and Warren. She was buried in the Blooming Glen Cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. I. Frank Swartz, Enos B. Wismer, and A. O. Histand.

Gruber.--Sarah (Flory) Gruber widow of the late Peter C. Gruber, was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., Sept. 22, 1848; died Feb. 4, 1927; age 78 Y. 4 m. 12 d. She was the victimof a stroke of paralysis Jan. 30. Since the death of her husband, about eight years ago, she lived most of the time with one of her daughters, married to Deacon Edward Rutt of Swatara Hill. She is survived by 5 sons, 4 daughters, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 44 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral, Feb. 8, at Rissers Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. John G. Ebersole, David Zellers, and Morris Landis. Text, Rev. 7:14. Interment in the adjoining burial ground.

Welty.--Fannie Welty was born in Wayne Co., O., Jan. 30, 1864; died of cancer at her home near Orrville, O., Feb. 11, 1927; aged 63 y. 12 d. She was baptized in her youth and received into the Swiss Mennonite church. Later she joined the Wisler Mennonite church and remained a faithful member until the end. She was a great sufferer for many weeks, but bore her affliction with Christian patience, and was fully resigned to the will of God. She manifested a cheerful disposition and a heart filled with gratitude for the kindness shown her by her friends. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 14 at the Swiss Mennonite Church by Bros. Daniel Martin, Daniel Brubaker, Jacob Burkhart, and C. N. Austutz.

Lehman.--Peter A. Lehman was born in Wayne Co., O., Jan. 12, 1845; died of dropsy at his home near Mt. Eaton, Ohio, Feb. 7, 1927; aged 82 y. 20 d. In March, 1864, he was baptized by Bishop C. Sommer and received into the Swiss Mennonite Church, and he was a consistent member until his death. Nov. 17, 1881, he was married to Sister Barbara D. Baumgartner. Six children were born to this union: Reuben, Waldo, Levina, Sarah, Mrs. Aldis Gerber, Anna, Mrs. Ivan Gerber, and Ella, Mrs. Amos Nussbaum, who died a few years ago. He leaves his wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 17 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. One sister Judith, is a missionary among the Jews in Chicago. Funeral services were held by C. N. Austutz, and J. S. Moser, Feb. 9. Burial in the cemetery at the Sonnenburg church.

Brubaker.--Lucinda Brubacher Reil, was born Oct. 30, 1896; died Feb. 5, 1927; aged 30 y. 3 m. 6 d. She was a daughter of John and Catherine Brubacher of Brutus, Mich. On March 15, 1926, she was married to Bro. Joseph Reil of Tofield, Alta. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, a little foster-daughter, father, mother, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of friends. She united with the Mennonite Church when quite young and remained a member until God called her home. Funeral services were held at the Maple River Church, Brutus, Mich., by Bro. Clyde X. Kauffman. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Further services were held at Tofield, Alta., where burial was made.

"More and more we miss thee,
Friends may think the wound is healed:
But they little know the sorrow
That lies within our hearts concealed."

Hernley.--Alvin H. Hernley was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 3, 1879; died Jan. 29, 1927; aged 47 y. 8 m. 26 d. Bro. Hernly's death was caused by softening of the brain. During his sickness, which lasted about two weeks, he was very much concerned about heaven, his future home, strongly admonishing those that waited on him and those that visited him to make sure of heaven, and be sure that they have the keys to the heavenly mansions. He is survived by his wife, his parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, and a host of friends. He was a consistent member of Risser's Mennonite congregation for a number of years. Funeral services were held Feb. 2, 1927, at his late home, conducted by Bro. Henry O. Musser, and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah W. Risser and Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in the Shaeffer cemetery.

Moyer.--Mary (Clemens) Moyer, widow of the late Abraham M. Moyer, died at her home where she lived all her married life; aged 87 y. 1 m. 17 d. One son preceded her in death. She leaves four sons, Wilson C., Henry C., Horace C., and Morris C., with whom she resided; also 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Services were conducted by Bros. A. G. Clemmer, M. B. Souder and Jonas Mininger at her late home and at the Franconia, Pa., Mennonite Church, Jan. 27, 1927. She was a member of the Franconia Church from her youth. Text, Rev. 14:13.

"Grandmother, thou are gone to rest,
And this shall be our prayer,
That when we've reached our journey's end
Thy glory we may share."
---A. G.

Baer.--Henry Baer was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Oct. 21, 1842; died Jan. 22, 1927; aged 84 y. 3 m. 1 d. In 1867 he was united in marriage to Leah Bowman. To this union were born 14 children of whom 4 preceded him in death. He leaves his sorrowing widow, 6 sons, 4 daughters, 50 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Soon after their marriage they moved to Hay Township, Huron Co., where they resided for 10 years. From there they moved to Waterloo Co., where they resided till his death. In 1872 he was ordained Deacon in the Latschar Mennonite Church near Manheim, Ont., which office he filled faithfully for 55 years, when the Lord called him to his eternal reward. On Jan. 25 short funeral services were held at his late residence by Bro. J. W. Witmer. Further services were held at the Latschar Church by Bishop Mannasseh Hallman. Texts, Gen. 5: 24; Heb. 11:5. His remains were laid in the adjoining cemetery.

Stichter.--Goldie May (Hygema) Stichter, wife of Fred Stichter, was born April 16, 1902, in St. Joseph County, Ind., departed this life Feb. 9, 1927; aged 24 y. 9 m. 24 d. She gave her heart to the Lord in 1920 and united with the Mennonite Church worshiping at the Holdeman congregation. She was married to Fred Stichter May 30, 1925. To this union was born one daughter, Esther Leona. She was a very faithful wife and devoted mother, and was sick of blood poisoning, only two weeks in which time she was a patient sufferer and expressed her willingness to go home and be at rest. Those left to mourn her death are husband, daughter, mother, three brothers (Walter, Elmer, and Joseph), and a host of relatives and friends. Her father, John Hygema, a minister in the Mennonite Church and one brother preceded her to the glory world. It was a sad funeral because of the nature of the disease. No public services could be held, only a short service was held at the house conducted by Henry Weldy and a similar one at the grave.

" 'Tis hard to part with Goldie dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But we are glad, if God saw best
To end her trouble and give her rest."

Miller.--Moses P. Miller, son of Joseph and Nancy D. Miller, was born July 28, 1845, at Johnstown, Pa.; died Feb. 3, 1927, at his home near Lagrange, Ind., after a short illness of asthma and heart trouble; aged 81 y. 5 m. 5 d. He moved with his parents to Indiana when a boy only 12 years old. On Jan. 24, 1865, he was united in marriage to Eva Hostetler, who preceded him in death 42 years. To this union were born 11 children: Josiah Miller, Moses Miller, Uriah Miller, and Mrs. Urvan Troyer, all living near his home. He also leaves 32 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren preceded him. He also leaves 2 sisters (Mrs. Moses Miller, Mrs. John Miller) and 1 brother (Jacob P. Miller), besides a host of relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Forks, Ind. He was very seldom absent from church services, when health permitted. As a father he was much concerned about the welfare of his children. His greatest desire was to leave this world and join that happy throng above. During his sickness he never complained and bore his suffering patiently. He knew the time of his departure was near at hand, so he made preparations for his funeral and burial. Funeral services were conducted by D. J. Johns and D. D. Miller.

"Father thou are sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er.
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can disturb thee more."

Bender, Solomon M. Bender fifth son of John and Catherine (Miller) Bender, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., June 14, 1854; died at his home on Nov. 16, 1926, near Tavistock, Ont., at the age of 72 y. 5 m. 2 d. On Dec. 12, 1876, he was joined in holy wedlock to Sister Veronica Steinman of Waterloo Co., Ont., and moved to the farm in East Zorra where they lived until his death. This union was blest with eight children of whom three preceded him in death. Bro. Bender always took an active part in Sunday school work and young people's meetings. His seat in church was seldom vacant. He was always able to attend to the very last as the call of death came very sudden. He leaves to mourn his death his beloved wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters (Noah of New hamburg, Ont.; Simon, of Tavistock, Ont.; Mary, wife of Eli Ruby in California; and Katie, wife of Amos Baechler on the homestead). Daniel, the oldest son, has not been heard from for eighteen years . 25 grandchildren (3 preceded him), and 2 brothers (Samuel and Daniel) also survive. Services at the home were conducted by Bro. Menno Kipfer and by Bros. Dan Leobold, Osiah Cressman in English, and Bro. Dan S. Jutzi in German, at East Zorra A. M. Church where a large concourse of friends and relatives gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to our departed brother. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

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