Fisher.--Rachel, wife of Christian L. Fisher, was born
March 22, 1873, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died of pneumonia April
4, 1927; aged 54 y. 12 d. She is survived by her husband, 5 sons
and 7 daughters (Sarah wife of John Glick, John U., Barbara wife
of Abraham Beller, Rachel wife of Christian Beiler, Christian,
Mary wife of Jonas Zook, Samuel, Amos, Annie, Malinda, Rebecca,
and Henry); also two brothers (Amos M. Stoltzfus and Pre. Benuel
M. Stoltzfus). Funeral services were held April 6, at her late
home by Bros. B. F. Beiler and Christian Glick. She was a faithful
member of the A. M. Church. This family has lost a devoted wife
and a loving mother.
By a Friend.
Ruby.--Mary (Huber) Rudy was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 13, 1855; died at the home of her daughter May 12, 1927; aged 72 y. 3 m. 29 d. For many years she had been a faithful member of the Mennonite faith, and manifested a deep spirit of humble submission during the last months of her life in which she suffered much physical distress, even though she greatly longed to be delivered from the body and to be present with the Lord. There remains the following children: Mrs. Christopher Good, Anna, Mrs. Clayton Nissley, Emma, also 10 grandchildren and a brother and sister. Funeral services were held May 16 from the Manheim Mennonite Church. Bros. Isaac Brubaker, Noah Landis, and Paul Graybill officiating.
Musselman.--Ruth Pearl, daughter of Bro. and Sister Ralph Musselman of Manson, Iowa, died May 20, 1927; aged 2 y. 10 m. 24 d. On May 6 she became ill with scarlet fever complicated with rheumatism and pneumonia, which proved too much for her little body, so she went to be with the Lord. Ruth had suffered much from sickness in her short live, which she bore with great patience. Her winsome ways had endeared her to all who had learned to know her. While we know that she is safe in the arms of Jesus, still it is hard to give her up. She leaves father, mother, two sisters, one brother, and two grandparents, also numerous relatives and friends. Because of the nature of the disease, services were held only at the cemetery, by Bro. Simon Gingerich of Wayland, Ia., on Sunday afternoon, May 22. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Hess.--Clarence H., son of Susan Herr and the late Paul
G. Hess, was born May 6, 1923, at Roseville, Pa.: died April 17,
1927, at the home of his grandparents near Strasburg, from membranous
croup. Friday he was playing about as usual, that night took sick
and 2:30 Easter morn peacefully fell asleep in Jesus to be with
his father who died two and one-half years ago. Oh how we will
miss him! That sweet little tender voice, which we so much loved
to hear singing so many beautiful hymns is hushed forever, but
we know that our loss is his eternal gain, and that some day if
faithful, we can again meet him. He leaves to mourn his early
departure, mother, two sisters (Elizabeth and Marian) also grandfathers
(Hess's and Herr's). Private services, Monday, April 18, at Landis
Valley, Pa., Mennonite Cemetery conducted by Bro. C. M. Brubaker.
Schertz.--Anna M. Schertz was born Aug. 5, 1881 near Metamora, Ill.; died at the home of her parents, Christian H. Schertz, May 7, 1927; aged 45 y. 9 m. 2 d. She had been bedfast since Oct. 30, 1926, enduring her suffering with patience until the end. She united with the Mennonite Church near Metamora in early youth to which she remained loyal until death. She leaves her aged parents, two brothers (Edward and Mark), three sisters (Alvina Imhoff, Lucinda, and Evelyn at home), two neices (Lillie Springer and Elva Schertz). five nephews (Edward Imhoff, Orval, Richard, Chester, and Donald) and one great-nephew (Richard Springer). Two sisters (Lena and Susie) and one brother (Willie) preceded her in death. Her devotedness to her parents, her kindness and presence will be greatly missed by the members of her home and all those with whom she came in contact. Services in the home by H. R. Schertz and at the Metamora Church by H. R. Schertz and A. A. Schrock.
Martin.--Benjamin H. Martin was born Oct. 25, 1891,
near Mason and Dixon, Pa.; died May 15, 1927, near Hagerstown,
Md., of cancer of the liver (from which he was a sufferer for
years but was just confined to his bed six weeks before his death);
aged 35 y. 6 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Emma V. Lesher
Nov. 21, 1912. He is survived by his wife, 4 small children (Lesher,
Viola, Alta, Ezra), father, mother, 3 brothers and 1 sister. He
united with the Mennonite Church when 18 years of age and remained
a faithful member to the time of his death, often saying upon
his bed of afflcition. "Not my will, but they will be done,
O Lord." Funeral services were held May 18, 1927 at Reiff's
Mennonite Church by Bros. Denton Martin and John Grove. Text,
Eccl. 7:1. Burial in cemetery adjoining.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Kurtz.--John R. Kurtz was born in Union Co., Pa., in 1848; died at his home near Mattawana, Pa., May 13, 1927; aged 78 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was a faithful member of the A. M. Church for many years, was of a kind and enjoyable disposition, and was loved by those who learned to know him. In the early part of 1885 he united in marriage with Katie Stayrook of Mattawana, Pa., and moved and lived there since. To this union one child was born, which preceded them to the world beyond. Five years ago his health began to fail. The last three years he was unable to do any work, but his case was not serious. Last November a growth started on the left side of his head, which proved to be cancer and caused death. He leaves one sister, one adopted daughter, and many relatives and friends. One brother, one sister, his wife, father and mother preceded him in death. Funeral on May 17 conducted by Jonas D. and Samuel T. Yoder, S. E. Allgyer, and John E. Kauffman. Interment in the Hertzler Cemetery. We have reasons to believe that he fell asleep in Jesus.
Maurer.--Michael Maurer was born near Maximo, Ohio, Dec. 14, 1852; died near the same place on May 2, 1927; aged 74 y. 4 m. 18 d. In 1879 he was united in marriage to Anna Yoder, of Orrville, O., who preceded him in death eight years ago. To this union were born two sons (Alvin and Harvey) and three daughters (Mrs. Harvey D. Miller, Mrs. Elmer Schmucker, and Mrs. Truman Miller). He leaves all the above named children, 12 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Hossler and Mrs. Barbara Hoover), and many friends and relatives. He united with the Beech Mennonite Church near Louisville, O., in 1870, and remained faithful until the end. He was a faithful attendant at Church when health permitted. His health failed for about a year and death was caused by heart trouble. The Lord permitted him to pass out of this life without a struggle when the end came. Though Bro. Maurer shall be missed in the Church and the community yet we humbly submit to the Father's will. Funeral services were held at the Beech Church, conducted by Bro. O. N. Johns assisted by Brethren Alvin Hostetler, and John D. Miller. Text, I Chron. 22:5, latter clause. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman.--William Delos, oldest son of Thomas and Thursie Kauffman, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, May 27, 1914; passed away April 23, 1927; aged 12 y. 10 m. 26 d. Delos was an invalid, suffering much pain all his life and was never able to enjoy life as other children do. He was stricken with pneumonia during the fatal illness of his father, who preceded him in death just five days, and his frail little body could not withstand the onslaught of the disease. During all his life he was tenderly cared for by his father and mother and in his last illness all that skill could do was done to stay the hand of death, but to no avail. Like some flower that blooms and casts forth its fragrance then withers and dies, so was it with Delos. Delos leaves a sorrowing mother, sister Ruth, and a brother Glenn, with many other relatives and friends. In submission to a will greater than ours we have the assurance given us that our dear ones cannot come back to us but we can go to them, to that beautiful land where there is no more pain and where death cannot enter. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church at West Liberty, Ohio, by the pastor, R. E. Wearly, and his body was laid to rest by the side of his father in the Fairview Cemetery.
Kauffman.--Thomas L., oldest son of Shem (deceased), and Elizabeth Kauffman, was born near Belleville, Pa., March 2, 1883, and was called to his reward, after a six-day siege of pneumonia, April 11, 1927; aged 44 y. 1 m. 16 d. His boyhood days were spent in Pennsylvania and with his parents in 1902 he came to Logan Co., Ohio, where his father died in 1903, leaving the responsibility of caring for his widowed mother and six brothers and sisters, which he did faithfully. He was married to Thursie Buck, and to this union three children were born, Delos, an invalid son of twelve years, Ruth aged ten, and Glenn, aged seven. He is survived by his wife, and three children, his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Zook, and sister, Keturah Kauffman of Hesston Kansas, a sister, Margaret (Mrs. Roy Miller) of Windom, Kansas. One sister Emma preceded him in death in 1919. He also leaves three brothers, Christian of Surrey, N. Dak., J. Chauncey of Philadelphia, Pa., Levi of Detroit, Mich., and many other relatives and friends. The news of his death came as a distinct shock to the entire community where he lived as a respected citizen for so long. He was quiet and unassuming in his life and character and made and held his friends. He was ready and willing to do his part. In his early youth he was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church and after his marriage united with the Christian Church and whenever possible was in his place of worship. It is for us to say "Farewell" with the hope that we shall see him again, for Jesus said, "As I live, ye shall live also." Funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Robert E. Wearly, in the West Liberty, Ohio, Christian Church, Thursday, April 21, 1927. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida
Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 10 - June 9, 1927, pages 223
Shenk.-John H. Shenk was born Jan. 23, 1871. For some time he suffered from bodily afflictions, and departed this life May 16, 1927; aged 56 y. 3 m. 23 d.
Goodman.-Henry N. Goodman was born October 3, 1859, departed this life May 12, 1927; aged 67 y. 7 m. 9 d. Being won over by the graciousness of the eleventh hour invitation, (Matt. 20) he entered the New Birth and continued most seriously and faithfully to serve as a son of God.
Fry.-J. Wesley Fry, lately living with his only child, Harvey F. Fry, Millersville, Pa., was born in Red Lion, York Co., Pa., Oct. 10, 1845; departed this life May 26, 1927; aged 81 y. 7 m. 16 d. Sister Fry preceded him three years ago, both being consistent members of the Mennonite Church.
Miller.-Fanny, daughter of Noah and Susan Miller, was born Jan. 20, 1922; died at her home near Shipshewana, Ind., on May 18, 1927; aged 5 y. 3 m. 29 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 5 brothers, 4 sisters and many other relatives and friends. She had the measles in the early spring and since that she was ailing in health. Funeral services were conducted by John E. Bontrager and Eli J. Bontrager, at the home of M. J. Bontrager, on May 20, 1927. Burial in nearby cemetery.
"All is dark within our home,
Lonely are our hearts to-day;
For the one we loved so dearly,
Has forever passed away"
-By a Friend
Balmer.-Susana G. (Brandt) Balmer was born in Dauphin Co., Pa., Nov. 3, 1848; died May 16, 1927, at the home of her son-in-law, Harvey Garman, at Milton Grove, Pa.; aged 78 y. 6 m. 12 d. She is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, and a number of grandchildren. Her husband, Hiram Balmer, died about 8 years ago. She was a consistent member of Stauffer's Mennonite congregation for a number of years. Funeral services were held May 18, conducted at the home by Bro. Samuel L. Oberholtzer, and at the Shenk's Church by Bros. Noah W. Risser and Henry O. Musser. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the adjoining burial gorund.[sic]
Landis.-Sarah (Eberly) Landis, daughter of Isaac Eberly, and wife of Daniel L. Landis, Jr., died at her home near Chambersburg, Pa., May 23, 1927; aged 56 y. 7 m. 22 d. She is survived by her husband, one son, Menno, and one daughter, Marie. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until the end. She was a worker in the Sunday school from the time of its organization at this place. About a year ago while teaching a Sunday school class she was seized with a stroke, but recovered after some time, and was able to be about her work again, as usual. About 10 days before her death she was again stricken with paralysis while working in the garden and she never regained consciousness. Funeral services were held May 27, conducted by Brethren D. E. Kuhns, H. E. Shank, and John F. Bressler. Services and burial at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church.
Herr.-Jacob H. Herr died May 8, 1927, at the home of his sister, Lizzie H. Herr, West Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., after an illness of five months, aged 86 years. His parents were the late Christian and Susan (Hess) Herr. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Barbara H. Lindemann, and Miss Lizzie H. Herr, with whom he resided. His wife died seven years ago. For 46 years she was a member of the Mennonite Church. The funeral was held May 11 at the New Danville Church. Sermon by John H. Mosemann. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Sad, oh sad, are the partings,
But He knows what is best,
So in the arms of Jesus,
Rest, dear brother, rest."
Carpenter.-Annie Carpenter of Paradise, Pa., widow of the late Alexander Carpenter, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. J. Eby, Lancaster, Pa., after a week's illness of a complication of diseases. She was 78 years old. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church of Paradise, and is survived by 4 sons and 5 daughters, as well as a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Paradise Church, May 25, by Bros. C. M. Brackbill and John B. Sanger. Mother Carpenter had that "splendid manifestation of cheerfulness" which is an outgrowth of Christian grace in the heart.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more,
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend like you on earth we'll find."
Fisher.- Benjamin H. Fisher was born in Jackson Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 23, 1855; died April 25, 1927; aged 71 y. 7 m. 2 d. His early life was spent on the farm. From 1879 to 1885 he engaged in the brick manufacturing business at Nappanee. In 1886 he went to South Dakota, the next year to California, and in 1888 to New Mexico where he remained 13 years. While here he was engaged in farming and general mercantile business, and also for a number of years served as Postmaster at Loving, New Mexico. In 1901 he returned to New Paris where he was engaged in the grain and general mercantile business till 1912, when owing to poor health, he retired from active life and remained in or near New Paris till the time of his death. His parents, 2 half-sisters, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded him to the spirit world. Four brothers, John, Andrew, Peter, and Daniel, all of New Paris, and other relatives and friends remain to mourn his loss. In early life he united with the Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful member till the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted by J. H Bare and D. A. Yoder.
Conrad.-Catherina Conrad (nee Ramseyer) was born near Paris, Stark Co., Ohio, Feb. 2, 1852; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. P. Lichty, Orrville, Ohio, May 22, 1927; aged 75 y. 3 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage to Jno. C. Conrad, Dec. 8, 1870. To this union were born 7 children: Peter R., Amos, Martin J., Daniel, Elizabeth, David, and Amanda. Father preceded her in death Nov. 16, 1925, also three sons and one daughter. There remain to mourn her departure, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; also 2 brothers and 3 sisters, as well as a large circle of near relatives and friends. She confessed and accepted Christ as her Savior early in life, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, where she remained a loyal and devoted sister. Her place in the public service was seldom vacant, until about three years ago, when her health began to fail. While an invalid she always appreciated the visits of her many friends, and especially when they sang songs, and had home devotions. Services were conducted by the bretheren, I. W. Royer, at the home, and J. A. Lichty and J. S. Gerig at the Oak Grove Church. Scripture reading, Matt. 7, which was selected by Sister Conrad, and II Tim. 4:6-8 as a text, which was also selected by her. Interment in adjoining cemetery. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
Weber.-Ellen Stauffer was born near Doon, Ont., July 25, 1866; died at Kitchener and Waterloo Hospital, May 2, 1927, after an illness lasting nearly four months. She suffered from complications of inflammatory rheumatisn and bronchial pneumonia. On March 26, 1890, she was married to Abram Clemmer, who preceded her in death twenty-seven yers. This union was blessed with five children: Byron, Clarence, and Ruby who died in early childhood, and Orvah, of Royal Oak, Mich., and Gordon, of Kitchener, Ont., who survive her. On May 14, 1902, she was married to Noah S. Weber who survives her. To this union were born two daughters, Mary Irma and Eva Mae also surviving. There were five step-children: Austin Clemmer, Mrs. J. H. Fry, Mrs. A. Erb, Mrs. Ivan Groh and Lorne Weber. Sister Weber accepted her Savior about twenty-five years ago and gladly gave her strength to His cause until she found her rest in His everlasting arms. At her conversion she joined the Mennonite Church of which she remained an active member to the last. She had a singularly kind and genial disposition which everywhere won for her a host of friends who share in common with the grief-stricken home an overwhelming sense of her loss. The funeral services were conducted by Noah Hunsberger. J. R. Webb, Jonas Snider, and C. F. Derstine at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener. Interment at adjoining cemetery.
"I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
Transcribed by Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania
Stauffer.--Miriam M., daughter of Bro. and Sister Phares Stauffer of near Millersville, Pa., died (of convulsions) May 24, 1927; aged 1 y. 9 d. She leaves father, mother, two brothers, two sisters, and three grandparents. Funeral services from Masonville Mennonite Church, May 26, Bros. Jacob Habecker, John K. Charles, and Christian Lehman officiating.
Shank.--John H. Shank was born Jan. 23, 1871, near Lancaster, Pa.; died May 16, 1927, near Millersville, Pa., of cancerous tumor (from which he at home suffered a great deal); aged 56 y. 3 m. 23 d. For many years he was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Millersville. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Anne H. Mylin) and the following children; Mrs. Phares Stauffer, Harry, Mrs. John Brenneman, John, Norman, Clayton, Martha, and Verna; also 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 19 from the Millersville Mennonite Church, Bros. John H. Mosemann, Daniel Gish, and Jacob Hess officiating.
Wingard.--Peter, son of the late Bro. and Sister Peter Wingard, was born in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., Oct. 13, 1865; died at the Windber Hospital, May 22, 1927; aged 61 y. 7 m. 9 d. He is survived by his second wife Elizabeth Baumgardner Wingard, 6 sons, 4 daughters, and 21 grandchildren. His first wife, Elizabeth Weaver Wingard, and son, Morris, preceded him to the grave. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Weaver Church by Bros. S. G. Shetler and W. C. Hershberger. A very large concourse of people assembled at the funeral. The body was interred in the Weaver cemetery.
Sage.--Sarah P. Sage, wife of W. Carey Sage, Baptist minister, was born in England and died at Guernsey, Sask., May 27, 1927; aged 65 years. For several years after their marriage she labored faithfully as a pastor's wife on several circuits and mission work among colliers. From England she, with her husband, moved to Ontario, then later to Western Canada. Her last four years were of great suffering, having had one leg amputated, and lately the other leg showed the same symptoms of disease, which proved fatal. She was resigned to the will of God. Besides the husband she leaves one son and one daughter, two children having preceded her. Funeral services was held in Guernsey and conducted by Bro. E. S. Hallman. Text, Rev. 21:2, 11.
(Note: No birth date given.)
Freed.--Elizabeth (Landis) Freed, daughter of the late Abraham D., and Elizabeth (Reiff) Landis, was born in Montgomery, Co., Pa., on Aug. 15, 1856; died June 4, 1927; aged 70 y. 9 m. 19 d. She had diabetes for some years. She was married to Allen A. Freed in the year 1874. She was the mother of 4 children. 3 sons and 1 daughter. One son preceded her in death 13 days ago. She leaves her loving husband and 3 children to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Mennonite church for 53 years. She took communion on May 15, 1927. That was the last time she attended church services. She never missed Sunday school or church services when she was able to be present. She was a kind mother and a true Christian woman. Interment was at the Souderton Mennonite burial grounds. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Jonas Mininger at the house and Bros. Jacob Moyer and Elmer Moyer at the church. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Garber.--John L. Garber was born Feb. 20, 1861; died May 1, 1927, at the home of his son near Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 66 y. 2 m. 11 d. He was stricken with a paralytic stroke, which caused his death. Bro. Garber had been blind for about three and one-half years, but was seldom absent from church services. He served as assistant superintendent of the Bossler's Sunday school for more than twenty years, and maintained an interest in the work of the church and Sunschool until his death even under adverse circumstances. His wife, Amanda, preceded him in death on Jan. 20, 1924. He is survide by three children, Mary, of Allentown, Ezra, and Fannie, wife of Martin E. Risser, both of near Elizabethtown. A brother and two sisters also survive: Eli Garber of Lititz; Mrs. John B. Hess and Mrs. Enos Hess of near Lancaster. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 4, conducted in the home, by Bro. Noah W. Risser and at Bossler,s Church by Bro. John E. Landis, John G. Ebersole, and Noah W. Risser. Text, Mark 13:32-37.
(Note: survide, and Sunschool transcribed from original obituary. RJS)
Thomas.--Mary, daughter of John and Fannie Blough Thomas, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 11, 1846; died at the home of her brother, Silas, near Thomas Mills, Pa., June 3, 1927; aged 81 y. 3 m. 22 d. Her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters preceded her to the grave. Besides her brother with whom she had her home, she is survived by a brother, Daniel, and other relatives and friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 50 years. As long as health permitted she a regular attendant at Sunday school and church. Her quiet disposition and Christian faith won for her the respect of the community. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Thomas Church by Bros. S. G. Shetler and James Saylor. Not nearly all could gain admittance into the church. Interment was made in the Thomas cemetery.
"We miss her now at early dawn,
The morning meal to share,
We miss her now; our Aunt is gone,
For vacant is her chair.
By a Niece
Stauffer.--Mrs. Anna S. Stauffer, widow of the late Benjamin R. Stauffer, East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Jun. 27, 1838; died May 11, 1927, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry H. Franck, near Kissel Hill. Death was due to infirmities of advanced age. She was aged 89 y. 4 m. 14 d. Her husband preceded her in death 13 years ago. She was a faithful member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Anna K. Kreider, and Emma, wife of Henry H. Franck, where she resided the past 9 years and stepson, D. M. Stauffer of California. Two daughters preceded her in death some years ago. Ten grandchildren also survive. Private services were conducted at the home by Jacob Hershey and John S. Hess. At Mellinger's Mennonite Church Bishop Noah Landis preached. Text, Psalm 116. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear Grandmother is at rest.
By a Granddaughter
Weaver.--Mary Ann Stutzman Weaver, daughter of Daniel Stutzman and Polly Hildebrand Stutzman, was born August 14, 1865, near Cramer, Pa., died at home near Geistown, Pa., May 18, 1927; aged 70 y. 9 m. 4 d. Abram C. Weaver and the subject of this notice were married a little more than 53 years. To this union were born 12 children, 7 sons and 3 daughters, together with her husband, survive. Of 11 brothers and sisters, the deceased is survived by one sister, wife of John C. Strayer, Waterloo, Iowa. She is also survived by 53 grandchildren and 13 grate-grandchildren. Bro. and Sister Weaver have been members of the Mennonite Church for 53 years. Sister Weaver was at home alone about her household duties, and in the evening when a roomer returned, he found her sitting in the sitting room, but was unable to talk. Neighbors were sent for, and four physicians were called, but human help failed, and soon after midnight she passed away. Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Weaver Church by Bros. S. G. Shetler and Alexander Weaver. Only about one-half of the people could get into the church for the services. The body was laid away in the family plot in the Weaver Cemetery.
Weaver.--Ida, daughter of Levi and Pollie Weaver was born near Johnstown, Pa., May 25, 1881; died May 20, 1927; aged 45 y. 11 m. 25 d. On May 8, she attended church and took part in the young people's meeting. The following day she took sick of pneumonia, which speedily wore her life away. Her desire was to stay with her widowed mother to take care of her in her declining years, but instead her mother helped to take care of her. Besides her mother, she is survived by one brother and 2 sisters and many other relatives and friends. Services were conducted in the home by Bro. S. G. Shetler, who also spoke in the Stahl Church on the subject, "Cares". Bro. W. C. Hershberger added appropriate remarks. Though every available space was used in the church, several hundred people could not get in. By a previously arranged program her name was placed thereon for the young people's meeting on the evening of her funeral. When her name was read by the leader, a few remarks were made by one of the ministers and a prayer was offered. Her body lies in the Stahl Cemetery to a-wait the return of the Lord.
Zoss.--Frederick, son of Benedict and Anna Gfeller Zoss, was born March 21, 1865, at Ostermungigen, Bern, Switzerland; died May 14, 1927, at his home near Roanoke, Ill. He was united in marriage with Anna Marie Brechbiehl April 30, 1887. Bro. and sister Zoss came to the U. S. in 1888, and have lived in this community since. Bro. Zoss was a member of the Lutheran Reformed Church until some years ago when he joined a Mennonite Church. About 3 years ago his health began to fail some. But he was laid up only a few days and several days before he passed away. He leaves a grief-stricken companion, nine children, (Fred, Christian, Elmer, Mrs. Sol Kennell, Ben, Ray, Mrs. Ed. Holstetler, Anna, and Harold). Six of his children died when small which begun the family circle in heaven and we hope he has gone to join them there. He also leaves nine grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held at the home, and at Linn Township A. M. church, several of the ministering brethren speaking. Burial in Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery on May 16, 1927.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Chambers.--Minerva, daughter of Jacob L. and Anna (Hess) Chambers, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 30, 1904, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Gideon K. Fisher of Bird-in-Hand, Pa., May 17, 1927; aged 23 y. 3 m. 17 d. She was a member of the E. Chestnut St. Mennonite Church and S. S., of which she taught a class of young girls. During the last few months of her life she suffered much physical distress and longed to leave this world and be with Christ. But, then she thought not only of herself but of others. Oh, how she wished that every one would live close to God. She would talk about her class and the unsaved that they would give their hearts to Jesus in their young years. When any unsaved came to see her and she had the strength to speak she would want them to live a different life and meet her in heaven. She leaves her parents, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers (Mary, wife of Gideon K. Fisher, Jacob M., Martha, and David). Funeral services were held May 20 at the home of her parents by Bro. David Mosemann and at the E. Chestnut St. Church by Bros. Jacob Brubaker and John Mosemann. Text, Rom. 8:28: "all things work together for good to them that love God. burial in Melange cemetery.
"Sister, the art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angels sweetly whispered,
Come and live with us at home."
Transcriber by Robert Stauffer, Missouri
Kirkendall.-Gerald Daniel, son of Everett and Ada Kirkendall,
died June 10, 1927; aged 4 m. 3 d. He leaves his parents, grandparents,
and many other relatives and friends. He contracted cold, which
developed into pneumonia being the cause of his death. Tho a life
of but few days, it can be truthfully said of him, that when the
roll is called up yonder he'll be there.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Funeral services were held June 12 at Mt. Pleasant Church, Putman Co., O., by Bro. Geo. Ross. Text, Jno. 14:1. Interment in Salem cemetery.
Sarver.-Fanny, daughter of Yost and Rossana Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 16, 1859; died at her home at White Cloud, Mich., June 9, 1927; aged 68 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was united in marriage with Joseph Benjamin Sarver, Aug. 27, 1882. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter preceded her in death. She leaves her bereft husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 1 sister, 3 brothers, and many other relatives. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her early youth and remained in the Mennonite faith until death. Funeral was preached at the Mennonite church near White Cloud, Mich., June 12, 1927, by E. A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Detwiler.-Dale Robert, infant son of Marcus and Stella Detwiler, near Louisville, O., died June 8, 1927; aged 16 d. He leaves his parents, three grandparents, two great-grandparents, aunts, six uncles, with other relatives and friends. Death was caused by an abcess in the head, with other complications which ended with blood poison. "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services at the Beech Church were conducted by Brethren O. N. Johns, John D. Miller, and Alvin Hostetler. Text, Isa. 11:6. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Landis.-Elizabeth R., wife of Phares B. Landis, was
born Mar. 9, 1871, died at her home near Landis Valley, Pa., June
7, 1927, of complications; aged 55 y. 2. m. 11 d. Her death came
as a shock to the community. She was a faithful member of the
Landis Valley Mennonite Church for many years, and a kind and
loving mother. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following
children: Mrs. Elmer Snavely, Rudy, Elsie, Esther, Clarence, and
Elva. Funeral services were held June 11 conducted by Bros. Noah
[note: begin p. 271] L. Landis and Ira Landis, at the Landis Valley
Church. Text, Mark 13:35, 36. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Not now but in the coming years,
It will be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And then sometime we'll understand."
Springer.-David, son of David P. and Lena Springer, was born July 18, 1919; died June June [sic] 4, 1927, in Hopedale, Ill.; aged 7 y. 10 m. 16 d. His short life was full of suffering. His last illness was measles, which later developed into pneumonia. He suffered much the last few days on earth and all that loving hands could do was of no avail. But we have the assurance that he has gone to a place where there is no suffering such as he endured while here on this earth. He leaves mother, four sisters (Myrtle, Irene, Leta, Imogene). His father and two sisters, Beulah and Eunice, preceded him in death several years ago. Because of the contagious disease funeral services were held private on June 6. Short services at the home by Bro. Daniel Nafziger and at the cemetery by Bro. Simon Litwiller. Burial in the Hopedale Mennonite cemetery.
Springer.-Christian Springer was born May 28, 1872, near Rindenberg, Germany; died at the hospital at Geneva, Nebr., June 1, 1927; aged 55 y. 4 d. His health had been failing for over a year when he suddenly passed away of Bright's Disease and heart trouble. In his youth he came with his parents to Hopedale, Ill., where they remained for a number of years and later went to Stuttgart, Ark., where he spent most of his life, except the last seven years, when he moved with his family to Carleton, Nebr. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. He was united in marriage to Phoebe Lauber at Milford, Nebr., Jan., 7, 1927*. To this union were born nine children, five sons and four daughters, two sons of whom preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved companion, three sons, four daughters, seven grandchildren, one sister, two brothers, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church, June 4, 1927, by Bros. George Miller and Joe Zimmerman of Milford, Nebr.
[Transcriber's note: seems unlikely that this is correct year
*Research note: Date should be Jan. 7, 1897 - see obituary of Phoebe Lauber Springer ..... GH Aug. 8, 1940
Hostetler.-Benjamin Franklin, son of Zacharias and Barbara
Hostetler, was born in Howard Co., Ind., April 11, 1861; died
June 3, 1927; age 66 y. 1 m. 25 d. He came to Kansas in 1890 and
in 1892 was united in marriage with Susan Kuhns. This union was
broken only by death. He leaves his faithful wife, one daughter
Mrs. Lula Klinglesmith), one son (Richard), five grandchildren,
one brother, one sister, and a host of other relatives and friends.
In 1914 he united with the Methodist Church in Argonia, later
joined his wife in membership with the Friends Church. It was
his expressed wish and prayer that he might be a worthy member
of this church and with greatest care he upheld its standards.
A faithful husband, a loving father and grandfather, and a good
neighbor and friend awaits our coming in the better land. Funeral
services were held at the house Sunday afternoon by Mrs. Gordan
and J. J. Zimmerman and at the Friends Church, Argonia, Kans.,
by Mrs. Gordan and Mr. Lyons. Text, Rom. 8:28. Interment in Argonia
Burkhart.- Esther, daughter of John and Esther Burkholder,
was born near Hinkletown, Pa., Feb. 19, 1843; died at her home
near Farmersville, Pa., April 30, 1927; aged 84 y. 2 m. 11 d.
Her husband, David Burkhart, died nearly twenty years ago. A daughter
(Amanda) died Oct. 26, 1896. She was a memeber of the Mennonite
Church (Weaverland Conference) for many years. She is survived
by two children (Mrs. George N. Martin, and John), also by twelve
grandchildren and twenty-one great- grandchildren. Her last affliction
was rheumatism, from which she suffered much, although for over
five years she used an invalid chair, having broken her hip in
a fall. Even though she could not walk after that her hands were
always busy doing like Dorcas of old, much knitting and sewing
for others. Funeral services were held at her late home, May 2,
by Bro. Moses Horning, with further services at the Groffdale
Church by the brethren, Joseph Wenger and Frank Horst. Texts,
Job 5:26. Burial in the ad-[sic] the adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet peaceful breast,
All is over, troubles ended,
And our Grandma is at rest."
- A Granddaughter
Hershey.- Mary Hershey, daughter of Moses and Margaret A. Hershey was born near Intercourse, Pa., on Feb. 23, 1884; died June 8, 1827; aged 43 y 3 m. 15 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a Sunday school teacher several years. She was sick several years with liver trouble, but the last 10 months she suffered intense pain which developed into cancer. She was in bed only 5 weeks. In her affliction she was very patient and resigned to the Lord's will. During the hours of suffering she was anxiously waiting for the summons from on high. She made all her own funeral arrangements. Services were held at the house by Bro. C. M. Brackbill, at the church by Bro. Abram Martin and John Senger. Texts, Amos 4:12; I Cor. 2:9. She was laid to rest at Hershey's cemetery.
Hershey.-Margaret A. (Wanner) Hershey, wife of Moses
Hershey, was born in Salisbury Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., on
May 15, 1849; died June 10, 1927; aged 78 y. 25 d. She was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church for over 50 years. 8 years ago
she was afflicted with paralysis from which she never fully recovered.
Although suffering much pain in her eye she never murmured nor
complained but was fully resigned to the Lord's will. During the
last days of her daughter Mary's affliction, she became ill and
was sick only 4 days. She was unconscious all the time. She had
cerebral hemmorrhage and died 55 hours later than her daughter,
due to the shock. A double funeral was held for both at Hershey's
Mennonite Church on June 13, where there was a large concourse
of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to mother
and daughter. She will be greatly missed in her home and community.
She was a kind and loving mother and had many friends. She leaves
a loving husband, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. The parting here
was full of pain, But we shall never part again When we go Home;
Although it was so hard to part, Help us to say with all our hearts,
"Thy will be done."
Landis.-Magdalena Ebersole Landis, daughter of Christian and Susan Ebersole, was born Oct. 8, 1862, at Chambersburg, Pa. She passed away May 19, 1927, at her home at Sterling, Ill., aged 64 y. 7 m. 11 d. When she was three years of age her parents came West, locating on a farm near Prairieville, Ill. She was married to Henry F. Landis, Dec. 22, 1881. They lived on a farm in the vicinity of Sterling until nine years ago when they moved to their present home on Sixth Ave., Sterling. To this union nine children were born: Essie, wife of C. M. Hess, Olive, who died at three years of age, Mamie, wife of A. C. Good, William, Bertha, wife of C. N. Long, Agnes, wife of Ward Shank, Harry, Raymond, and Pearl, wife of Menno Long. The children all reside in the vicinity of Sterling. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and children (above mentioned), twenty-five grandchildren, three sisters, and two brothers: Mrs. J. F. Weber of Sterling, Mrs. Lee Le Fevre of Dixon, Mary, Henry, and Jacob of Sterling. Thirty-seven years ago she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church during a series of revival meetings conducted by the late Bro. J. S. Coffman of Elkhart, Ind. She remained a faithful member until the time of her departure. Sister Landis was of a quiet disposition. Her unassuming life was to be admired by all whe knew her. An affectionate wife, a devoted mother, and a true Christian could be truthfully said of her. Funeral services were held at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. A. H. Lehman of Chicago.
Transcribed by Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania
Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 13 - June 30, 1927, pages 303, 304
Beiler.--Katie, daughter of Josiah L. and Lydia Beiler, died May 8, 1927, from infant trouble; aged 16 d. Besides her parents she is survived by 2 sisters and 1 brother (Hannah, Elmer, and Meriam).
"The golden gates were opened.
A gentle voice said, "come;"
and with farewells unspoken,
She calmly entered home."
By a friend.
Kisamore.--Jonas Kisamore was born Apr. 1, 1842; died June 3, 1927. at his home near Harman, W. Va.; aged 85 y. 1 m. 22 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for nearly a half century and was ready to talk about His Creator and Savior. He leaves 3 sons, 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and some grate-grandchildren. His companion and 7 grandchildren preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home on June 5 by Bros. Hiram Weaver and Jasper Smith.
Geiser.--Elizabeth Steiner Geiser was born in Wayne Co., O., Jan. 2, 1861; aged 67 y. 4 m. 27 d.; died at her home near Apple Creek, O., May 29, 1927. She had been a sufferer for many months of the dreaded disease, tuberculosis, but bore it with Christian patience. She leaves her aged husband, 2 sons 9John and David), four step-sons, 6 grandchildren, 23 step-grandchildren, 1 brother (Samuel), five sisters, and one uncle (Sam Steiner) also a host of other relatives and friends. One daughter, one son, 2 step-daughters, and one step-son preceded her. Funeral services were held May 30 at the Swiss Mennonite Church where she had been a faithful member from her youth, by Bros. C. N. and Lewis Amstutz.
Copenhefer.--Sue E., daughter of Joseph and Elisabeth Musser, was born near Columbia, Pa., July 14, 1845; died June 9, 1927, at her home in Osborn, Ohio; aged 81 y. 10 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage with John H. Copenhefer in 1865. To this union seven children were born. The husband and four children preceded her in death , leaving two sons, one daughter, 10 grandchildren, and ten grate-grandchildren to mourn her loss. She accepted Christ as her Savior 35 years ago, and united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member till her Lord saw fit to call her hence. Funeral services at the house conducted by the brethren, Daniel Augsburger of Osborn, J. J. Warye of West Liberty, Ohio, and Noah Hilty of Marshallville, Ohio.
Witmer.--Benjamin Franklin, son of Michael and Lovina Witmer, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, Aug. 14 1850; died at Frankfort, Ind., May 31, 1927; aged 677 y. 9 m. 16 d. He was married to Matilda Altop June 2, 1873. To this union were born 10 children. Surviving are his wife, the following children: Mrs. Della Schlarb, Lawrence, Frank, Ray, Vera Hunsberger, Mrs. Vena Castle, Mrs. Bertha Pefferle. Elliot died one year ago and Leroy and Arthur died in infancy. Three brothers and one sister, 13 grandchildren and 3 grate-grandchildren also survive. Mr. Witmer had lived in and near Wakarusa since boyhood until two years ago when he moved to Frankfort. The funeral was held June 4 at the Olive Church. Services were conducted by Silas Weldy and burial in the old family lot in Olive cemetery.
Kennedy.--Fannie, wife of David Kennedy and daughter of Bishop Jacob Hildebrand, was born in Augusta co., Va., Sept. 14, 1842; Died June 4, 1927 (aged 85 y. 7 m. 21 d.), following an illness of a few months from influenza and heart trouble. Her husband preceded her in death 25 years. She is survived by 5 daughters, 1 son, 21 grandchildren, 18 grate-grandchildren, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at Hildebrands's Church by Joseph Driver.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, and peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear Grandmother is at rest."
By a Granddaughter.
Herr.--Elisabeth K. Herr was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 4, 1859; died June 17, 1927, at the home of Christian M. Groff, New Danville, Pa.; aged 68 y. 5 m. 13 d. She was in failing health for nearly 3 years but was only confined to her bed the last 3 weeks. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Whenever She had the opportunity she always visited the sick. 4 brothers and 2 sisters preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by one sister and one brother (Barbara K., wife of John Landis Herr, and Benjamin) and many neices and nephews. Funeral services June 20 by Bro. Aaron B. Harnish at the home and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Thomas and Bro. Maris Hess. Text, Rev. 22:7 and Prov. 14:32
By a Neice.
(Note: neices, Neice transcribed from original obituary. RJS)
Musselman.--Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Tobias E. and Amanda (Gabel) Moyer, was born in Lower Pottsgrove, Montgomery Co., Pa., Sept. 10, 1899; died June 8, 1927; aged 27 y. 8 m. 28 . She was sick one week, from tonsilitis. She was married to William F. Musselman at Telford, Pa., where she died. She leaves her husband and two little daughters (Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Amanda), also her parents (Tobias and Amanda (Gabel) Moyer, Superintendent and Matron of the old People,s Home at Lancaster) and was the last of their children. She was also a sister to Arthur Moyer, whose life was taken by a colored man at the Welsh Mountain Mission in 1924.
All our children have passed over,
Now the last one,s hands are folded,
On quite, peaceful breast,
And gone to eternal rest.
(Note: tonsilitis, transcribed from original obituary. RJS)
Miller.--Ernest E., son of David Z. and Susie F. Miller, near Middletown, Pa., died June 8, 1927; aged 1 y. 3 m. 14 d. Ernest had taken sick with a head cold about a year ago which resulted in complications and gave much suffering for a small child, but with it all his short stay with us shall long be remembered, being so pleasant when feeling a little better. But God saw fit to take him in his infancy, and we know it is well with the child. Surviving are the parents, 5 brothers and 3 sisters (Edith, Menno, Sue, David, Ira, Martin, Samuel, and Elizabeth). Funeral services June 11, at Strickler,s Church conducted by Bro. Noah W. Risser and Harry Longenecker. Text, Luke 18:15, 16. Burial in Goods Church cemetery near Elizabethtown, Pa.
"God needed one more angel child
Among His shining band,
And so he stooped upon the earth,
And clasped our darling,s hand."
Imhoff.--Mary Imhoff (nee Smith) was born in Woodford Co., Ill., March 30, 1845; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Smith, near Eureka, Ill., May 25, 1927; aged 82 y. 1 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage with John Imhoff in the year 1867, who preceded her in death 20 years ago. To this union were born 11 children. She is survived by 10 children; (Mrs. D. H. Schertz, Joseph, Mrs. C. H. Smith, John, Chris, Samuel, Jacob, Mrs. P. B. Schrock, Henry, and Mrs. H. R. Schertz), 41 grandchildren, one adopted grandchild and 9 grate-grandchildren. One daughter and 5 grandchildren have gone before. Mother spent her entire life in Woodford Co., serving the church of her choice and her Master faithfully until death. Her quiet, peace-loving, and sociable disposition won her a multitude of friends. For some time she had felt that her life work was finished and had a longing to be at rest with the Lord. Funeral services were conducted by Andrew Schrock and Ezra B. Yordy.
Harnish.---Martha A. (Hess) Harnish, daughter of the late Adam and Barbara (Graybill) Hess, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on April 28, 1867; died June 10, 1927; aged 60 y. 1 m. 12 d. She was married to Abram G. Harnish, Dec. 22, 1887. This union was blessed with six children: Amos, Enos, Lizzie and Abram, Jr., died when small, which began the family circle in heaven, and we hope mother has gone to join them there. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Barbara E., and Edna M., wife of Harry G. McMichael, 1 grandchild, and 1 sister, all of Pequea Township, Lancaster Co., Pa. She was a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church. She never missed Sunday school or church service when she was able to be present. She is greatly missed in the home, her counsels we can never forget, and we hope to meet her in heaven, "Some Sweet Day."Funeral services were held at the home, June 13, by Bro. Maurice Hess and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bros. John Mosemann and Jacob Thomas. Text, Heb. 4 :9, 10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o,er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend like you on earth we find."
Shantz.--Menno Shantz was born at Waterloo, Ont., 1869; died very suddenly while at work of heart failure, June 16, 1927. In his young manhood he was married to Rebecca Brubacher. 9 children came to bless this union,--Barbara, Johnnie, and Nancy dying in infancy, Maryann and Susanna at the age of 21, 3 boys (Abram, Dan, and Edward) and 1 daughter (Hannah) remain with the devoted wife and mother to mourn the loss of a kind loving husband and father; also 2 brothers (Jacob and Daniel) two sisters (Mrs. Esther Bauman and Mrs. Barbara Allemom) remain. A large number of relatives and friends were gathered together to pay their last respects to the departed. He was buried at the Mennonite Church, of which he was a member since his youth. Henry Brenneman conducted the services. Once more we were made to see that our life is as the grass in the morning it is flourishing and in the evening cut and withered away. We must all appear in the presence of God to give an account of our deeds whether they be good or evil.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over life is ended,
And dear father is at rest."
By the Family.
Mellinger.--Mary, daughter of the late Henry Funk and Anna Kreider Andrews and wife of Ezra H. Mellinger, was born near Strasburg, Pa., Oct. 12, 1865; died at her home at Paradise, Pa., May 23, 1927; aged 61 y. 7 m. 11 d. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Anna E., and Clarence; also two small grandchildren. Three others who shared in the home also mourn a mothers loss. In early life Sister Mellinger united with the Mennonite Church at Strasburg, Pa., and she has all her life been active in the service of the Church, for many years she had charge of the infant department of Paradise Sunday school. In September, 1895, she helped organize the Paradise sewing circle, the first in the Lancaster conference district. After a few years other congregations also began to share in the work and in September 1911, the sewing circles were organized and known as, The Associated Sewing Circles of the Lancaster Conference District. Sister Mellinger gave her very life to this work and when she realized that, for her, the work was finished, her wish was that the work should be continued. We feel that her work is unfinished, but it remains for others to enjoy its privileges and bear its burdens. When asked if it was all right that she was so ill she said, "Yes, the Lord's ways are not our ways." A few hours before passing away she suddenly exclaimed, "Oh, it is so beautiful." Brief services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon, May 25, by Bro. J. B. Senger and continued at the Paradise Church by Bros. C. M. Brackbill and Abram Martin. Interment in the Strasburg cemetery.
Transcribed by Robert Stauffer, Missouri