Ripple.--Sarah, wife of the late Jacob Ripple, was born in Cambria Co., Pa.; died in Scalp Level, Pa., Jan. 17, 1927; aged 79 y. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren for many years, in which faith she continued until death. She was blind for several years. Realizing that she had no abiding place here, she had made some arrangements for her funeral. She is survived by 4 sons and 1 daughter. Services were conducted in the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by James Ream. Interment in Weaver Cemetery.
Yoder.--Elisabeth Leota, infant daughter of Homer Yoder's, was called away Feb. 10, at the age of 22 days. She leaves her parents, one sister, many relatives and friends to mourn her early death.
"The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away again,
Blessed by the name of the Lord."
Funeral services were held near Mark Center, Ohio, Feb. 12, conducted by Samuel Esch of Shipshewana, Ind., and S. D. Grieser of Archbold, O. Texts, Mark 10:14; Job 1:21.
Shirey.--Jeremiah Shirey was born in Berks Co., Pa., May 2, 1840: died Feb. 20, 1927; aged 86 y. 9 m. 20 d. In 1862 he was united in marriage to Mary Virginia Bruerd. His wife preceded him in death. He leaves 2 brothers, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 26 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. He accepted Christ as his Savior January, 1927. Burial in the Cascade Cemetery.
"Loving friends, weep not for me,
I long to be at rest.
How happy, happy, I shall be
When pillowed on His breast.
Funeral was conducted by S. G. Shenk and David Good. Texts, Job 42:17; Psa. 39:4.
Cook.--Geo. A. Cook was born Feb. 20, 1874; died Feb. 13, 1927, at his home near Fayetteville, Pa.; aged 52 y. 11 m. 22 d. He is survived by his wife (Harriet C. Cook) and the following children; Mrs. Chas. H. Brumbaugh, John F. Cook, Rennes, Earl, and Vernie. Services were conducted by Harvey E. Shank. Burial in Mt. Pleasant cemetery.
"We cannot always understand the Master's rule,
We cannot always do the task He gives in life's hard school,
But we are learning with His help to solve them one by one,
And when we cannot understand, to say,
Thy will be done."
Kaufman.--Joseph I. Kaufman was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 19, 1850; died at his home near Davidsville, Pa., Jan. 22, 1927; aged 76 y. 6 m. 3 d. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and was a member of the Kaufman Church at the time of his death. He was afflicted for some time but peacefully fell askeep without a struggle or visible sign of pain. He was married twice, and both wives preceded him in death. He is survived by 5 sons, 1 daughter, a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, a number of other relatvies and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Kaufman Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Maurice Gortner. Interment in Kaufman Cemetery.
Grove.--James Elvin, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Grove; died Feb. 11, 1927; aged 1 d. Although God has wounded our hearts deeply, we pray that He send His comforting angel to heal the wound. Just a little over a year ago the Lord took his little brother (Jay Wilbur) also to live as one of His angels which makes it still harder to say, "Not my will, but thine be done." He is survived by parents, brother Clarence, sister Ella Mae, both grandparents and 2 great-grandmothers. His body was laid to rest in Elizabethtown Mennonite Cemetery Feb. 12, 1927.
"He walks with me this angel kind,
And whispers gently be resigned,
Bear up, bear on, the end will tell,
The dear Lord ordereth all things well."
By the Parents.
Troyer.--John Ira, son of Abe and Amanda Troyer of Shickley, Nebr., was born Oct. 4, 1906; died Feb. 15, 1927, in the Lutheran Hospital, York, Nebr., of the effects of an operation for appendicitis; aged 20 y. 4 m. 11 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves father, mother, three brothers, three sisters, many relatives and friends. Two brothers and one sister preceded him to the spirit world. On Feb. 18, he was laid to rest in the Salem Cemetery. Funeral services at the house by Bro. Ben Schlegel and at the church by Bro. Fred Reeb amd Bro. W. M. Eicher of Milford, Nebr. This young brother gave us a bright hope of his future.
"Can it be that Ira has left us.
He who always had a smile?
Yes; he's gone and soon we'll meet him.
"Twill only be a little while."
Short.--Clifford Joseph, son of John S. and Sarah Ann Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, July 17, 1908. He had been ailing since last Christmas. On Jan. 24, he became seriously sick with pneumonia and on Monday morning, Feb. 7, the Lord called him home at the age of 18 y. 6 m. 20 d. He leaves his sorrowing mother, four brothers, one sister, an aged grandmother, and many relatives and friends. His father preceded him in death just two weeks before. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his 15th year, united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright,
Since the Spirit of our dear ones,
Took their happy homeward flight."
Funeral services were held Feb. 10, at the Lockport Church, conducted by S. D. Grieser and Henry Rychener. Texts, I Chron. 29:15; Jas. 4:14. Burial in Lockport Cemetery.
Yoder.--Jonathan H., son of the late Herman and Elizabeth Eash Yoder was born June 20, 1852; died near Holsopple, Pa., Jan. 10, 1927; aged 74 y. 6 m. 20 d. On Feb. 23, 1873, he was united in marriage to Lydia Custer, and to this union were born 12 children, 3 of whom preceded him in death. His wife passed away 18 months ago. In his earlier days he united with the Amish Church in Indiana, and after moving to Pennsylvania he transferred his membership. At the time of his death, he was a faithful member of the Blauch Mennonite Church. He is survived by 9 children, 42 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 half-brother. Though he lingered for several years, yet he bore his suffering very patiently. Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Blauch Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Hiram Wingard. The mortal body was laid to rest in the Blauch Cemetery. Many neighbors and friends visited him during his sickness, and many gathered for the funeral services.
Nolt.--On Feb. 16, 1927, Mary L., wife of Christian B. Nolt died in her home near Leacock, after five days of pneumonia; aged 64 y. 20 d. She was the daughter of the late Martin and Hettie Herr, and was a faithful member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church. She leaves her husband, 3 sons and a daughter (Elanor, Martin, Enos, and Norman), also four sisters, and a number of relatives and friends. She was kind and generous with whom she associated. A place is vacant in the home which never can be filled and we deeply feel the loss of her presence. But our loss is her eternal gain, and we have the sweet promise that some day we can meet her again. Funeral service was held Sat. Feb. 19, at the home by Bro. David Landis, and at the church by Bro. Abram Martin. Texts, II Cor. 4:1418; II Cor. 5:1, 2.
"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."
Speigle.--Oscar Charles, son of Lawrence and Sadie Speigle, was born in Somerset Couny, Penna., Nov. 5, 1908; died at his parents' home Feb. 12, 1927; aged 18 y. 3 m. 7 d. On account of tuberculosis, he had been ailing for about two years, but his death was very unexpected and came as a shock to the famile and to the community. Besides the chronic disease, he had an attach of lagrippe. He ate supper with the family. After supper, he got worse, and before morning he was gone. He united with the Mennonite Church, Nov. 20, 1921, and was a faithful member of the Blauch congregation until death. He was preceded in death by his mother and one sister. He is survived by his father, step-mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 half-brother, 1 half-sister, 2 grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Harry C. Blough. At the Blauch Church, S. G. Shetler used as a basis for the subject, "The Morning and Evening of Life." the text, "And behold at eventide trouble; and before the morning he is not." Very appropriate additional remarks were made by Harry C. Blough. Interment in Blauch Cemetery.
Reil, -- Lucinda Reil (nee Brubacher) was born near Brutus, Mich., Oct. 30, 1896; died near Ryley, Alta., Feb. 5, 1927; age 30 y. 3 m. 6 d. On March 16, 1926, she was united in marriage to Bro. Joe Reil at her home near Brutus Mich. Shortly after, they returned to the husband's home until her death. This union was blessed with an infant son. She leaves her loving husband, infant son, an orphan girl (which she adopted from the Mennonite Orphan's Home at West Liberty, Ohio, where she faithfully labored for three years). Also an uncle and aunt, besides the relatives and many friends near Tofield, Alta.; her parents, a grandfather, four sisters, two brothers, besides other relatives and a host of friends near Brutus, Mich. Her early departure is sad and hard for us to understand, but by faith we believe God does all things well. The sister is best remembered as a faithful wife, by her quiet, cheerful, and uncomplaining character and loving service to her Savior. Funeral Feb. 7. Brief services at the home by J. K. Lehman. Services at the church by M. D. Stutzman (Text II Cor. 5:1-6) and N. E. Roth (Text Phil. 1:20-24). They also held memorial services at Brutus, Mich., Feb. 9, with her home family. Interment in Mennonite Cemetery near Tofield.
Witmer.--Barbara A. (Zeigler) Witmer was born May 10, 1866; died at her home near Columbiana, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1927; aged 60 y. 9 m. 2 d. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church Dec. 1886. In 1887 she was married to Joseph B. Shoup. To this union were born three children. One of whom died in infancy. Bro. Shoup died in 1893. In 1903 she was married to Daniel D. Witmer. To this union was born a daughter. She is survived by her husband, a son (Harry), two daughters, Ella (Mrs. Norman Bauman), Mary (Mrs. Levi Horst), and two step-daughters (Vesta-Mrs. Homer Lehman, Mabel-Mrs. Russell Royer); also a sister and two brothers survive. Mother's pathway was strewn with much sickness and many sorrows; but she would quietly say, "This is the way it is to be, and so I want to be satisfied." She never spoke in public, we never heard her offer an audible prayer; but her earnest admonitions in the home, her quiet unassuming life, her unselfish service to her husband and family and any others in need bring to us a very real challenge to faithful Christian service. "She hath done what she could." "There remaineth therefore a rest." The funeral services were held at the North Lima Mennonite Church, Feb. 15, 1927, conducted by Abram Good and Allen Rickhart. Texts, Mark 14:8; Heb. 4:9.
Plank, Magdalina King Plank was born at Salem, Mo.,
Dec. 13, 1842; died at her home in Harper, Kans. Jan. 11, 1927;
aged 84 y. 1 m. 29 d. She was united in marriage to John Yordy
Jan. 5, 1862, at Pekin, Ill. To this union were born 8 sons and
5 daughters. Husband and 4 sons preceded her in death. In 1909
she was married to Jacob Sutter who also preceded her in death.
In 1923 she was again married to John Plank of Harper, Kans.,
who survives her, also nine children as follows: Peter E. Yordy,
John Yordy, David Yordy, Emma Swartzendruber, Bell Schrock, Lizzie
Erb, Simon Yordy, Fannie Yeackley, and Mary Zimmerman. She also
leaves 35 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, 1
and an aged sister (Barbara Lund). In her youth she accepted Christ
as her Saviour and united with the church of her choice, of which
she was a faithful member when she died. She with her first husband
moved west in 1885 living most of the time near Milford, Nebr.
By her cheerful disposition and helpful Christian spirit, she
endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact. She was
laid to rest at the East Fairview cemetery near Milford, Nebr.
"While in the cold tomb mother lies,
Her spirit is resting above,
In that happy and sweet paradise,
There nothing can enter but love."
Wyse.--Magdalena Wyse (Stutzman), widow of the late C. J. Wyse, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Jan. 8, 1955; died at the home of her son-in-law, Simon Rupp, Feb. 14, 1927; aged 72 y. 1 m. 5 d. She was married to Bro. Wyse Aug. 25, 1873. Her husband preceded her in death 6 m. and 28 d. She was the mother of 11 children. The oldest son preceded her in death about one year and ten months; also two grandchildren and one great-grandchild did before her. She leaves four sons (Daniel, the youngest being afflicted of inflammatory rheumatism was not present), six daughters, fifty grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters, together with a host of relatives and friends. Sister Wyse's sickness was double pneumonia, of which she suffered only three and one half days. She bore her affliction with remarkable composure and Christian fortitude. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was a consistent member until death. Funeral services were held at Central A. M. Church near Archbold, Ohio, Feb. 17, conducted by E. L. Frey assisted by S. D. Grieser. Text, Psa. 90:12. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
"We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee every where."
Shelly.--John Shelly was born July 6, 1856; died at
the home of his daughter Mrs. Harry Wyble near Bareville, Pa.,
Feb. 8, 1927; aged 70 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was raised in Bucks Co.,
near Steinsburg. In his young years he went to Juniata Co. He
there united in marriage to Sallie Benner. This union was blessed
with four sons and three daughters. One son died twenty-five years
ago. He remained in Juniata Co., until after the death of his
wife sixteen years ago. He then came to Lancaster Co., accompained
with his three daughters, made his home with Minnie (Mrs. Wyble)
and remained there until his death. His health had been failing
the last six months of heart trouble. His suffering seemed hard
at times. He had a desire to get well or go to the great beyond
where there is no suffering. He had prayed many times that the
Lord's will might be done, he bore his sufferings with Christian
fortitude. He was conscious until the last. He was a member of
the Mennonite Church, remained faithful until the end. He is survived
by three sons, three daughters, twentyfive great grandchildren,
one great-grandchild, and one brother. Funeral services were conducted
at the home of his daughter by Bros. Ben. Weaver, Ben. Wenger,
and John Mosenann. On Friday afternoon the body was taken to Juniata
Co., with services in the Delaware Church, conducted by Samuel
Leiter and Simon Brubaker. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining
By a Daughter
Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida
Nofziger.-- Katie Roth Nofziger, oldest daughter of Christian P. and Barbara Roth, was born on a farm near Archbold, Ohio, Sept. 21, 1877. On Jan. 11, 1927, she was taken seriously ill with influenza which later developed into plural pneumonia. On Monday morning, Jan. 31, 1927 she was called to the great beyond; aged 49 y. 4 m. 10 d. On Jan. 24, 1907, she was united in marriage to Jacob Nofziger, Jr. She spent her entire life in and around Archbold, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and two brothers. She leaves her sorrowing husband and sister (Leah) and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Feb. 3, at Central A. M. Church, conducted by S. D. Grieser assisted by S. S. Wyse. Text, Heb. 9:27. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
Transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana
Landis.--Roberta B., daughter of Harnish H. and Selena
G. Landis, was born Aug. 27, 1917, died of pneumonia, Feb. 21,
1927, at the home of her parents near East Petersburg, Pa.; aged
9 y. 5 m. 24 d. She is survived by four sisters and one brother
(Iva D., Isaac, Vera, Alma June, and Della Ruth). She will be
sadly missed in the home. Funeral services at East Petersburg
Mennonite Church Feb. 24, conducted by Bros. Frank Kreider and
John Gochnauer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"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."
Eash.--Levi, son of Henry and Lydia Yoder Eash (both deceased), was born in Cambria Co., Pa., March 10, 1867; died of apoplexy at the hospital in Johnstown, Pa., Feb. 26, 1927; aged 59 y. 11 m. 16 d. He was married to Ida Mishler and to this union were born 12 children of whom 4 are dead. He worked for the Lorain Steel Co. in Johnstown for 30 years. While at work, he took seriously sick and was taken to the hospital at once, but human help was of no avail. He was a member of the United Brethren Church. He is survived by his wife, 8 children, 18 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted in his home at Walsall, Pa., by S. G. Shetler and the Weaver Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Hiram Wingard. Interment was made in the Weaver Cemetery.
Steiner.--Peter S., son of Daniel and Fannie Steiner, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, July 4, 1837; died Jan. 13, 1927; aged 89 y. 6 m. 9 d. His father was a bishop in the Mennonite church who emigrated from Switzerland in 1825 and settled in Wayne Co. Bish. Daniel Steiner had 12 children, of whom the deceased was the youngest and the last one to leave this world. He was married in April 1858, to Esther C. Locker, to whom were born 5 boys and 1 girl. His wife and 1 son preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite church in April, 1891, in which faith he died. He leaves 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral was held at the Crown Hill Mennonite Church Jan. 16. The funeral was conducted by J. S. Gerig, E. F. Hartzler, J. B. Hartzler and Noah Hilty. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Yoder.--Jonathan H. Yoder was born in Somerset Co.,
Pa., June 20, 1851; died Jan. 10, 1927; aged 75 y. 6 m. 21 d.
On Feb. 23, 1873, he and Miss Lydia Custer were married. And to
this union 12 children were born. Sister Yoder's death occurred
18 months ago. Three children (Joseph, Mary, and Carrie) preceded
her to the grave. Bro. Yoder is survived by 9 children, 42
and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at
the Blough Mennonite Church, of which he was a member for ---
yrs. Services were in charge of Bros. Samuel G. Shetler and Hiram
Wingard. Text, "What is man." Interment in Blough Cemetery.
"Oh how we miss him here below,
We cannot get another;
But then we know that all is well,
He's gone to be with mother."
Eby.--Calmly entered into rest, Jacob Eby (at the home of his son John, with whom he was a short time, having mostly made his home with his daughter Maggie, Lancaster, Pa.), in his 85th year. He was of a very humble and kind disposition, not over anxious about the things of this world, but a strong defender of the faith, loving to associate with and encourage those who upheld the Mennonite doctrine and often saying the innocent children should not be brought up with the fashions of the world. Funeral services were held at Kinzer Church by Bro. Bish. Abram Martin using I Cor. 15. He was sick a short time and was patiently longing to go home. To him death had lost its sting. It could be said of him that he was "stedfast unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord," loving to read and study his guide-book, the Bible. May we all prepare to share in his glory. "O let me die the death of the righteous and let my last days be like his."
Long.--Mary M., daughter of David and Rebecca Shank, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Feb. 6, 1849; died near Elida, Ohio Feb. 18, 1927; aged 78 y. 12 d. She was united in matrimony to William J. Long Feb. 3, 1870. To this union were born 4 children of whom 2 are living and two daughters (Dora Catherine and Alice Elizabeth), preceded her in death, dying in infancy. She leaves her sorrowing husband, two sons (Abraham D. and John W.), 6 grandchildren 4 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. She was the last of a family of 7 to depart this life. She was an affectionate companion, a kind and loving mother and grandmother. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 18 and lived a consistent Christian life, manifesting a great interest in the welfare of the Church and the cause of Christ. Her intense desire was that the Church be kept free from the inroad of worldliness in all forms. Services were conducted at the home by Brethren David Good and Otto Shenk and at the Salem Church by Brethren Geo. Ross and Gabriel Brunk, Bro. Ross preaching from II Tim.4:6-8. Interment in Salem Cemetery.
Weldy.--Ada C. (Shaun) Weldy was born Nov. 8, 1874, near Wakarusa, Ind.; died Feb. 27, at the Elkhart Hospital after an operation for gall stone and bowel obstruction. The operation was performed on Sunday afternoon and she seemed to be doing well until Monday morning, about 2:30, when she became quite sick and died about one and a half hours later. Sister Weldy was a daughter of Aaron and Mary Shaum. On Dec. 20, 1896, she was united in marriage with Daniel S. Weldy in the Prairie Street Mennonite Church, the place where the funeral was preached. To this union were born one son (Clifford) and one daughter (Mrs John R. Piatt), of Ind., both of whom survive her. She also leaves her husband, her mother, two brothers, six sisters, and one grandson. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1894 and has been a faithful member until death. She had a certain time each day which she devoted to prayer, and as her children grew to years of accountability they became the main burden of her prayers. She will be greatly missed in the home, the Church, and the community. Funeral services on the following Wednesday conducted by D. A. Yoder and J. S. Hartzler. Text, 23rd Psalm. Burial in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Byler.--Levi Z., son of John and Fannie Byler, was born Sept. 24, 1844, in Juniata Co., Pa. In Aug. 1852, he moved with his parents to Logan Co., Ohio, where he united with the Amish Church. He stayed at home with his parents until in Jan. 1874, when at the age of thirty years he took a tour thru the West, returning home in 1875. About a year later he went to Wayne Co., Ohio, to work and there on Jan. 30, 1877, he was married to Harriet Yoder. They made their home in Logan Co., Ohio for five years, then returned to Wayne Co., where his wife died in 1898. He traveled much thru the states, at one time spending seven years in Colorado. On Sept. 17, 1923, he came to Indiana, where he made his home with his niece (Mrs. Aaron Hartman) and her family. He stayed here until his death on Feb. 22, 1927, at the age of 82 y. 4 m. 29 d. He is survived by a foster daughter (Mrs. Moses Yoder) a brother (John), a sister (Mary), and a host of relatives and friends. He suffered much for the last three years, but bore it all patiently. On the morning of Feb. 22, he had a stroke and passed away the same evening. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church, Feb. 24, 1927, conducted by J. W. Christophel, assisted by Jonas Loucks. Interment in the cemetery adjoining church.
Gindlesperger.--Sallie, daughter of Joseph and Leah Miller, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 11, 1851; died Feb. 24, 1927; aged 76 y. 12 d. She was the last of a family of eight children to pass away. She was married to Samuel Gindlesperger, July 28, 1867. To this union were born 12 children of whom 3 preceded her to the grave. Her husband, who served as a minister in the Mennonite Church for 31 years, was killed by falling from a cherry tree thirteen years ago. She united with the Mennonite Church fifty-eight years ago and attended the services regularly at the Blauch Church where she held her membership continuously. She had her home with her son Jacob. In the morning she would get breakfast while the others were milking. On the morning of her departure, when the daughter-in-law returned to the house, she found her sitting on a chair and saying that she was not able to do anything. In about fifteen minutes she was gone. Thus her frequent desire to pass quickly was granted. She is survived by 9 children, 37 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and James Saylor. At the Blauch Church, S. G. Shelter spoke on the subject, "The Bright Side of Death," basing his sermon on Psa. 48:14. James Saylor followed with appropriate remarks. The mortal remains were laid away in the Blauch cemetery.
Palmer.--Mary E., daughter of James and Emeline Palmer, was born Oct. 27, 1842, near Ashtabula, Ohio; died at her home near Wakarusa, Ind., Feb. 22, 1927; aged 84 y. 3 m. 23 d. She was the second oldest of a family of nine children of whom only one survives. She was united in marriage to Isaiah Carter, Rochester, Ind., who died in the service during the Civil War. In a second marriage, she united in marriage to John A. Palmer, Jan. 17, 1868, to which three children were born (William T. Palmer, Frank E. Palmer, and Louisa May Dean). Three grandchildren survive (Russell H., Delbert D., and Arthur Palmer). One great-grandchild (Violet Irene Bollman) also survives. Her mother (daughter of Louisa May, died several years ago as the wife of George Bollman), bearing the name Gladys Bollman. The deceased was baptized into the Mennonite Church in 1912. Physical infirmities and declining mental powers due to age prevented consistent church attendance. However, she was much given to Bible study, Christian thinking and prayer. Her children have the faith that mother was at heart a Christian, that her prayers for her own salvation, for the righteous lives of her children, and of those outside her own household will not pass unnoticed or unheeded by the great Father of us all. May God richly bless her for having been a faithful mother, is the prayer of her children. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church, Feb. 24, conducted by J. W. Christophel, assisted by R. F. Yoder. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.
Miller.--Daniel C. Miller, was born in Somerset, Co.,
Pa., Feb. 6, 1844; peacefully passed away at the home of his daughter
(Celestia Troyer), Feb. 24, 1927; aged 83 y. 18 d. At the age
of three months his parents moved to Indiana and located in La
Grange Co. At the age of 20 years he united with the Forks Mennonite
Church, near Middlebury. In 1870 he was married to Nancy Grady.
This union was blessed with three sons and two daughters. One
daughter died in infancy. Jacob, Samuel, Andrew and Fannie Schrock
remain. After nine years of married life his companion was called
to the great beyond. He was a widower eight years then married
Elizabeth Plank in 1887. To this union were born two daughters
(Celestia Troyer and Lillie Miller). In 1893, they moved from
Indiana to McPherson Co., Kans. In 1911 they moved to Harper Co.,
Kans. In 1921 he was again bereft of his companion. The rest of
his days he lived with his three daughters at Crystal Springs,
Kans., Also spent fifteen months in California with his two sons.
He leaves three daughters, three sons, two brothers, three sisters,
twelve grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives
and friends. He made all arrangements for his funeral. Funeral
services were conducted Feb. 27, by Bros. J. J. Zimmerman and
D. Y. Hooley at the Crystal Springs Church. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Interment in cemetery near by.
"Weep not for me, my children, dear,
While I will go and leave you here;
We will meet together in that home beyond,
Where tears and sorrows never come."
Mellinger.--Emeline, daughter of Michael and Magdalena Hess, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 3, 1854; died at her home near Sterling, Ill., Feb. 24, 1927; aged 72 y. 11 m. 21 d. She was of a family of twelve children. At the age of thirteen she with her parents came west and located on a farm near Sterling, Ill. They were among the pioneer settlers of this community. On July 19, 1874, she was married to Henry K. Mellinger. To this union three children were born (Mrs. F. K. Barge, Benj. Mellinger, and Mrs. Anna Bare). Her husband preceded her in death Dec. 12, 1919. Three brothers (Michael, Benj. and Eli), have also preceded her in death. She leaves her children (before mentioned), nine grandchildren, six brothers and two sisters. The sorrowing brothers and sisters are (Ephraim, Emanuel, Zachariah, Jeremiah, Jacob, Theodore, Mrs. Mary Stauffer and Mrs. Jacob Trouth). In 1882, she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith she remained a faithful and consistent member until the time of her death. Sister Mellinger was unassuming in her disposition, ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need about her. To know her was to regard her as a Christian woman in whom the Spirit of Christ was very manifest. Very truthfully could she say with Paul. "For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain." Her affliction was borne patiently, and she often expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ and her loved ones who had gone before. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor from her home, Feb. 27 and at the Science Ridge, Mennonite Church. Text, Psa. 55 :6. For this rest she prayed for and waited patiently until the Master came.
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois
Whitmer.--William C. Whitmer was born Jan. 31, 1837; died at his home near Hinton, Va., Feb. 13, 1927; aged 90 y. 13 d. Six children, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild survive. His wife died 5 years ago. Bro. Whitmer united with the Mennonite Church in 1923 and remained faithful to the end. He enjoyed good health all his li-- until about 18 months before his death. Funeral services were conducted by J. E. Suter and Ben Landis from the Mt. Horeb U. B. Church. Text, I Thess. 4:13.
*It looks like it is probably life but the last two letters are missing.
Rich.--Viola Pauline, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Joseph Rich of Louisville, O., died of heart trouble Jan. 8, 1927; aged 4 days. She is survived by her parents, four sisters (Magdalene, Ruth, Olga, and Christina), five brothers (Peter, Joseph Jr., John, Paul and Herald), one half-sister (Mary Becker), and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Beech Church, on the following Sunday afternoon, in charge of the brethren, O. N. Johns, John D. Miller, and Alvin Hostetler. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Koogler.--Rebecca (Wenger) Koogler was born Jan. 14, 1869; died near Dayton, Va., Jan. 8, 1927; aged 57 y. 11 m. 25 d. She is survived by her husband (Irvin Koogler), 8 children, 7 grandchildrn, 1 brother (Bishop Jno. D. Wenger), and her mother Priscilla (Geil), Wenger, who is now 90 yrs. old. Her father (Jac. Wenger) and one daughter preceded her in death. She was kind and thoughtful and deeply interested in the welfare of her family. Funeral services were conducted from the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member. Funeral sermon was preached from Psa. 90:14 by Emanuel Heatwole.
Shantz.--Wendell Shantz was born in Wilmot Springs,
Ontario, May 4, 1843. He was married to Mary Ann Shantz Nov. 28,
1869. (She died Feb. 13, 1924.) This union was blessed with 10
children. He died after a short illness of pneumonia on Mar. 1,
1927; Aged 83 y. 9 m. 24 d. He leaves 6 children, 3 sons and 3
daughters, 20 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host
of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted March
5, by Orphen Wismer and Manasseh Hallman. Text, II Cor. 5:1, 8.
Interment in the Shantz Cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with Father, dear,
No more to see, no more to hear,
But we are glad, if God saw best,
To end his trouble and give him rest."
Walter.--Ruth Marie, daughter of Allen S. and Lizzie
(Kulp) Walter, Line Lexington, Pa., died March 2, 1927 of complications
of diseases of which she suffered three weeks; aged 3 y. 11 m.
16 d. She leaves her parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister, a grandfather,
2 grandmothers, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Funeral services were
held on March 5, at home by Bro. Aaron Freed and at the Line Lexington
Church by Brethren Arthur Ruth and Joseph Ruth. Text, II Kings
4:26, latter clause. Interment in adjoining 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."
By a Cousin.
Brubaker.--Fannie W., wife of Harry H. Brubaker, died at her home at Lititz, Pa., Feb. 19, 1927, from the effects of a stroke; aged 69 years. She was born at Landisville and was a daughter of the late Jacob G. and Ann Walter Kreider. Before moving to Lititz she resided at Hammer Creek, and was an active member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Anna K., Elam, Elizabeth, H. Clarence, and Mrs. Fannie Bard. A grand-daughter and one brother (Jacob W. Kreider), also survive. Funeral services were held on Feb. 23, at the Lititz Mennonite Church, with interment in the Hammer Creek cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. John Hess and Jacob Hershey.
Steiner.--Verena Steiner (nee Stauffer) was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 20, 1835; died at Berne, Ind., Oct. 11, 1926; aged 91 y. 21 d. She was united to Peter C. Steiner in 1853 and settled on a farm near Linn Grove, Ind. Her husband preceded her 24 years ago. Seven children also preceded her (Jacob, Daniel, Mrs. John Neuhauser, Emma, Elizabeth, Mary, and Mrs. Moses Augsburger). The surviving children are Amos, John, David, Mrs. Peter Bieberstine, and Mrs. Jac. Neuhauser; also 26 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Berne, Oct. 13, by Emanuel Becker in English and Rev. P. R. Schraeder in German. Burial in Linn Grove cemetery. She was a faithful member of the American Mennonite Church to her end.
Liechty.--Fanny Mongey Liechty was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Mar. 12, 1838; died Feb. 21, 1927; aged 88 y. 11 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage to John Liechty Apr. 8, 1864. To this union were born seven children (Catherine, Peter, Mary, Lovina, Fanny, Malinda, and Anna). Father and two daughters preceded mother in death. There remain one son, four daughters, eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother (Jacob Mongey), with many other relatives and friends. In early life she confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church where she remained a loyal and faithful sister in the Master's service. In her affliction she was patient and resigned, awaiting the call of her Lord to come home. Services were conducted by J. S. Gerig and others. Text, Luke 2:36-38. Interment in the Sterling cemetery.
Schloneger.--John Schloneger was born in Stark Co., Ohio, April 20, 1854; died at the same place Feb. 15, 1927; aged 72 y. 9 m. 25 d. He leaves one brother (Joe Schloneger), two sisters (Mrs. Lydia Schloneger and Mrs. Catherine Schmucker), five nephews, five nieces and many friends. His parents and one sister preceded him to the glory world. He united with the Mennonite Church near Louisville, O., in 1874, and remained faithful until the end. His health had been failing for some time, but the sickness which caused his death was only of two weeks duration. For the last fourteen years he had his home with his nephew (Elmer Schmucker) on the same farm on which he was born. Because of the road conditions the funeral services were held at the Brethren Church in Freiburg, conducted by the Brethren O. N. Johns, Alvin Hostetler and J. A. Liechty. Interment in the old cemetery.
Miller.--Ella W. Hernley, wife of Irvin B. Miller of
Lititz, Pa., was born Jan. 20, 1906; died February 8, 1927, of
complications after an illness of 11 days; aged 21 y. 19 d. For
the past several years she resided in Lititz where she was a member
of the Moravian Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by
an 11 day old son (Gerald) her parents (Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hernley),
two sisters (Mrs. Christ Risser, and Mrs. Elmer Weit), and one
brother (Levi Hernley). Funeral services were held from the late
home Feb. 12, with further services in the Moravian Church. Interment
in the Moravian Cemetery. Text, Matt. 24:40. Farewell, my dear
husband, my Savior does call. I bid farewell to parents and all;
To meet again on yonder bright shore, Where sickness and death
and partings are o'er.
E. M. H.
Musser.--Catherine Musser was born in Adams Co., Ind., Aug. 30, 1851; suddenly passed away at her home Feb. 24, 1927; aged 75 y. 5 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Jno. D. Musser July 13, 1871. To this union were born four sons and six daughters. Father and three children preceded mother in death. There remain to mourn her departure 4 sons, 3 daughters, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, also two sisters (Mrs. Danel Musser and Mrs. Jacob Husser), with a large circle of near relatives and friends. She confessed and accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful sister until the hour of her departure came. "Be ye therefore also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh." Services were conducted by the home minister. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in Oak Grove cemetery.
King.--Martha (Beck) King, widow of Daniel J. King, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Mar. 17, 1862; died in her home three miles south of Pettisville, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1927; aged 64 y. 11 m. 10 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, united with the Amish Mennonite Church and lived a consistent Christian life until called by death. On Apr. 29, 1880, she united in marriage to Daniel J. King, who preceded her in death nearly 12 years. To this union were born four sons and three daughters. She leaves 7 children, 26 grandchildren, 6 brothers, 2 sisters and a large number of relatives and friends. Her husband and five grandchildren preceded he in death. "Rest on dear mother, your labor is o'er, Your willing hands will toil no more, A faithful mother, true and kind, No friend on earth like you we find." Funeral services March 2, at the Central A. M. Church conducted by Eli Rupp and Edward Frey. Text, Psa. 16:11. Burial in Eckley cemetery.
Schwartzentruber.--On Feb. 15, 1927, Leah, wife of Moses
Schwartzentruber died in her home at Baden, Ont., after a short
illness; aged 31 y. 3 m. She was the daughter of Christ and Annie
Lichti. She was baptized and received into the A. M. Church in
her youth. On Dec. 1, 1914, she was united in marriage to Moses
Schwartzentruber. This union was blest with 1 son and 2 daughters.
She leaves her husband, 1 daughter (Violet), 1 son (Elmer), mother,
father, 1 brother (Willie Lichti) 1 sister (Edna--Mrs. Chris.
Breneman), and one aged grandmother. One daughter and one brother
have gone before. She was kind and generous to her associates.
"A place is vacant in the home which never can be filled."
We deeply feel our loss. But we have the sweet promise that some
day we can meet again. Funeral services were held Feb. 18, at
the home by Bro. Peter Litwiller, at the church by Bros. Dan.
Lebold, and Dan. Steinman in German and by Peter Nafziger in English.
Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Loving friends, weep not for me,
I long to be at rest.
How happy, happy, I shall be,
When pillowed on his breast."
Martin.--Mary Elizabeth (Reecher) Martin was born Jan.
28, 1876; died at the Washington Co. Hospital, Hagerstown, Md.,
Feb. 28, 1927; aged 51 y. 1 m. At an early age she united with
the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member the remainder
of her life. She was united in marriage to Denton T. Martin, who
was recently ordained Bishop of the Washington Co. district and
who together with 7 sons and 4 daughters, survives her. The Stouffer
congregation near Smithsburg, Md., of which she was long a member,
owed to her their highest respect for her support and devotedness.
She measured up to the qualifications of a faithful keeper at
home, in providing bountifully for her household and making it
an open door to hospitality for all who come within her reach.
The people of her community and the Church in general will greatly
miss her but entertain hopes of her eternal gain. The funeral
services were held from her late home and the Stouffer Mennonite
Church, conducted by Bros. D. M. and C. R. Strite and John H.
Mosemann. Buried in the cemetery adjoining.
"Mother, mother, how we miss thee,
How thy place is vacant her;
But we always will remember
Thou art sweetly resting there."
Yoder.--Catharine, youngest daughter of P. J. and Catherine Miller, was born in McPherson Co., Kans., April 8, 1886. On March 4, 1927, she underwent a serious operation at the Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, and three hours later she passed away; aged 40 y. 26 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at 15, and remained a faithful member until death. She was united in marriage to George P. Yoder Nov. 5, 1908. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. Three sons having died in infancy, the remaining children are Irma, Edgar, and Myrtle who with their father deeply mourn the loss of a loving mother. She also leaves three brothers, four sisters, three half-sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Her father, mother, one sister, and step-mother preceded her in death. She was a devoted Christian woman, especially concerned for the welfare of her family and the Church and a faithful worker for the cause of Christ until the Lord called her and took her to Himself. "Farewell, husband dear, farewell, Adieu, farewell, to thee; And you, my dear children all, Farewell, farewell to you.
"Dearest mother, you have left us,
We our loss most deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services were held at the East Union Church near Kalona, Iowa, conducted by D. J. Fisher and Joe C. Brenneman. Text, Luke 12:40. Interment in nearby cemetery.
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Mast.--Infant son of Gil and Barbara Mast died Feb. 28, 1927; aged 2 days. This was the third son born to them. He leaves parents and 2 grandfathers. Services at the home by Alvin W. Miller. Buried at the Walnut Creek, Ohio A. M. Cemetery.
Mutchelknaus.--Grace, the daughter of Clement and Katie Mutchelknaus, died of cerebral hemorrhage, March 2, 1927; aged 4 days. She leaves parents, 1 brother, 5 sisters, 2 grandfathers and 1 grandmother. Buried in Walnut Creek, Ohio, A. M. Cemetery.
Becker.--Lizzie M. Becker (nee Harnish), wife of Amos Becker, of Millersville, Pa., was born Nov. 16, 1881; died of a nine days attack of pneumonia, March 2, 1927; aged 45 y. 3 m. 16 d. There mourn her loss a husband, three children, and her aged father, as well as her many neighbors and friends as attested by her funeral. Peace to her ashes.
Gardner.--Beulah Fay, daughter of A. F. and Alta Gardner, died March 4, 1927; aged 7 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was sick only a few days of acute broncho-pneumonia. She leaves her parents, 3 sisters, 2 grandfathers, and many relatives and friends. She was the youngest of the family. Services at the Walnut Creek, Ohio, A. M. Meeting House. Services conducted by D. M. Friedt (Luke 8:40-59), Alvin W. Miller (Hosea 13:14), and S. H. Miller (John 13:36). Buried in cemetery near by.
Harbold.--Ruth Anna, daughter of Chester L. and Clara R. Harbold, died Mar. 1, 1927, at the home of her parents near White Hill, Pa., aged 3 y. 3 m. 26 d. She was sick 3 weeks with whooping cough when bronchial pneumonia and other complications set in, causing her death. She suffered intense pain but bore it patiently. God saw best to take this precious jewel unto Himself so we humbly bow to His will. She is survived by her parents, 1 brother, 3 grandparents, 1 great-grandmother, uncles and aunts. Funeral services were held private in the home Mar. 3 by Bros. Samuel and Christian Hess. Burial at Slate Hill Cemetery.
Reist.--Minnie Kalbfeish, beloved wife of Simon Reist,
was born Sept. 1, 1863; died on Jan. 24, 1927; aged 63 y. 4 m.
24 d. She was married to Simon Reist on Dec. 6 1887, who predeceased
her 3 years ago. To this union were born 8 children who deeply
feel the loss of their parents. There are also 11 grandchildren.
The funeral was held at the North Woolwich Mennonite Church. Services
conducted by Brethren Abram Gingerich and Oliver Snider. Burial
in adjoining cemetery.
"Not now, but in coming years,
It may be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And, then sometime we'll understand."
Correll.--Bro. Harry R. Correll died at his home near
New Holland, Pa., Mar. 5, after an illness of nine weeks. He was
a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church. He is survived by
his wife and one daughter (Margaret wife of Bro. Abner Eberly),
two grandchildren, and Vesta Rhoads who came into his home as
an orphan. He was 59 y. 8 m. 18 d. old. Funeral services were
held March 9. A short service was held at the home in charge of
Bro. Benj. Weaver, and at the Weaverland Meeting House, where
the services were in charge of the Brethren N. N. Sauder and John
W. Weaver. Bro. Correll was very much resigned in his sickness,
having a longing to go to the land of blissful rest and peace.
He found much comfort in the Shepard Psalm.
J. W. W.
Funk.--Fannie B. Funk (nee Longacre), wife of Aaron Funk, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa.; died at her home in Spring City, Pa., Feb. 20, 1927; aged 63 y. 4 m. 4 d. She is survived by her husband, two daughters (Anna at home, Mrs. Russell Krout), two grandchildren, her father (John H. Longacre) and step-mother, also the following sisters: Mrs. Jacob L. Stauffer, Mrs. Jacob Funk, and Mrs. Clayton Kolb. She was a member of the Vincent Mennonite Church for many years. About five years ago she was stricken with a stroke of paralysis and had several since. She was bedfast only about three weeks. Her death was caused by the effects of the stroke. Short services were held at the house Feb. 24, with further services at the Vincent Mennonite Church by Brethren Amos Kolb and Henry Bechtel. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Cressman.--Howard Cressman was born near New Hamburg, Ont., April 10, 1897; died where he was born on March 12, 1927; aged 29 y 11 m. 2 d. In Dec., 1924, he was united in marriage with Sister Ida Snyder, Hespeler, Ont., to which union was born one son. Just one week previous to his death he was taken seriously ill with pleuro-pneumonia and God saw best to take him home. During his illness he suffered severely and continuously, but he bore it all much patience and Christian fortitude. At the age of 14 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. In his untimely departure he leaves a sorrowing companion, one son (Keith), father, mother, two brothers (Leander and Curtis), besides a host of relatives and friends. In the home he will be greatly missed as an affectionate companion and a loving father. In the Church his service and counsel can no longer be personally given, but we bow to our heavenly Father, and from our heart's desire to say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held Mar. 14, from his late home to the Bean Church, and burial in the adjoining cemetery. Brethren Ozias Cressman, Manasseh Hallman, Moses Shantz, and Oscar Burkholder conducted the services. Text, Rev. 13:14.
Diller.--Grace Amanda, daughter of Henry B. (deceased) and Amanda J. Diller, was born near Elida, Ohio, July 10, 1911; died Feb. 14, 1927; aged 15 y. 7 m. 4 d. She had an attack of heart trouble three years ago, from which she never fully regained her health, but previous to her last illness (which lasted six weeks) she was attending her studies in high school. She is survived by mother, two sisters (Mrs. Emory Layman and Lois), and two brothers (H. Stemen and Venon). Grace united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 13, remaining true and faithful until death. Her desire was to get well, but by her own testimony expressed herself ready to go or ready to stay, as Lord wills. Her pleasant smile and cheerful attitude will always be cherished by her friends. She endured her affliction with unusual patience never murmuring or complaining. "Some loving souls that my heart held dear In silent sorrow will drop a tear. But I shall have peacefully furled my sail In moorings sheltered from storm and pale. And greeted the friends who have sailed before O're the unknown sea to the seen shore." Funeral services were held at the Salem Church conducted by Bros. Geo. Ross and D. Good. Text, Matt. 9:24. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Blosser.--Mary C. Blosser was born April 1, 1862, near Broadway, Va.; died March 3, 1927, at her home near Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 64 y. 11 m. 3 d. On the evening of Feb. 23, she suffered a stroke of paralysis which affected her entire right side and her speech. She was conscious most of the time but unable to speak. Her condition was somewhat favorable until Monday, when she made a turn for the worse. She had been a sufferer from high blood pressure for some years, but for sometime before the stroke she seemed unusually well. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth Showalter and was married to Daniel A. Blosser July 11, 1886. To this union were born four daughters and three sons, (Mrs. J. E. Suter, Mrs. Elmer R. Brunk, Mrs. Homer Suter, Marie S., Daniel J., Michael O., and Mahlon L.). She is also survived by eight grandchildren, four brothers, three sisters, and many other relatives. Her death was the first in her immediate family circle. She was a consistent and active member of the Mennonite Church since girlhood, serving as deaconess since 1914; also taking active part in Sunday school and the sister's sewing circle of which she was manager for some years. She had a deep concern for the welfare of the Church and the suffering. It was her privilege to see all her children and three grandchildren unite with the church of her choice. She is greatly missed by her surviving companion and family. Funeral services were held March 5. Short services at the home by Bro. A. D. Wenger and by Bros. J. L. Stauffer, S. H. Rhodes, and L. J. Heatwole at Weaver's Church. Text, 23rd Psalm. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near by. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
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Martin.--Donald George, only child of Angus and Saloma (Mussleman) Martin died March 14, 1927; aged 7 m. 14 d. He leaves parents and four grandparents. However painful it may be to know that he is gone, the thought is sweet to the parents and all the friends that there is one more forever safe with the Lord, and we may all again see him where we never need to part. Funeral services March 16, at the house by Jesse B. Martin, and at St. Jacobs, Ont., Mennonite Church by Moses M. Brubacher and C. F. Derstine.
Kelchner.--Sister Martha E. Kelchner (nee Gish) was born Dec. 14, 1864; died March 10, 1927; aged 63 y. 2 m. 27 d. She is survived by her sorrowing husband, one daughter, and five grandchildren. One son preceded her to the spirit world. She was a faithful member of the Stauffer Mennonite congregation. Her sudden death came as a shock to her many friends. Funeral services were conducted from her late home Lawn, Pa., on March 13, 1927 by Bros. Samuel Oberholtzer and at Shenk's Church by Bros. Noah W. Risser and Samuel Oberholtzer. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Johnson.--Sallie, daughter of Nicholas D. and Catherine Johnson, was born near Masontown,Pa., Feb. 20, 1864; died in Masontown March 18, 1927; aged 63 y. 1 m. 28 d. She is survived by two sisters. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1882. She was out of fellowship with the Church for a number of years, but during her late sickness she expressed a desire for a renewal of her covenant. She died of a paralytic stroke, from which she suffered for a number of weeks. She was buried March 20 in the cemetery near the Masontown Mennonite Church, where funeral services were conducted by Brethren J. A. Brillhart and A. J. Metzler. Text, I Cor. 15:53.
Weuthrick.--Lena Bixler Weuthrick was born in Wayne Co., O., Nov. 7, 1899; after a few days of suffering from quinsy, she left this world from the Massilon City Hospital Mar. 14, 1927; aged 27 y. 4 m. 13d. On Jan. 12, 1921, she was married to Elmer Weuthrick. To this union were born three children (Marion Gilbert, Goldie Marie, and Virginia Jane), who with the husband, one brother, two sisters, one half-brother, and many friends are left to mourn her sudden and early departure. Her mother was called from this world when she was 4 years old. Her father and one sister also preceded her. She early in life became acquainted with hardships in ministering to her family. In 1915 she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at that place on the 16th by C. N. Amstutz, Lewis Amstutz, and P. R. Lantz.
Funk.--Amos D., son of Bro. Christ and Sister Mary Funk,
was born Oct. 26, 1899; died Jan. 21, 1927; aged 27 y. 2 m. 25
d. He leaves his grief-stricken wife (who before marriage was
Elizabeth H. Charles), his parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.
He was a member of Habecker's Mennonite Church. His death came
as a great shock to the family and the surrounding community.
Funeral services were held Jan. 24, at the home, conducted by
Bro. Harry Neff and at the Habacker Church by Brethren John K.
Charles, J. C. Habecker, and Christ Martin. Interment in the adjoining
"More and more we miss him,
Friends may think the wound is healed;
But they little know the sorrow,
That lies within our hearts concealed."
Shearer.--Bro. Ephraim E. Shearer was born March 20, 1875; entered into rest at his home, Elizabethtown, Pa., after an illness of a few minutes; aged 51 y. 11 m. 27 d. These sudden departures should certainly lead us to Christian fidelity. He is survived by his faithful companion, and aged father, three sisters, and two brothers. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, worshiping at Elizabethtown, Pa., and was much concerned about the welfare of the Church and such as had not accepted Christ as their Savior. Funeral services were conducted from His late home March 21, by Bro. Jacob Martin and at Elizabethtown Church by Samuel ?e?* and Noah Risser. Interment in Mt. T?nnel** Cemetery. Text, Jas. 4:13-15. "Like mist on the mountain, Like waves of the sea, So quickly the years, Of our pilgrimage flee."
*It could be Pev but the first and third letters are not clear. **It is either an a or u.
Stoltzfus.--John M. Stoltzfus of near Mogantown, Pa.,
died Dec. 20, 1926, from a complication of diseases; aged 64 y.
3 m. 18 d. He leaves his wife (Rebecca Stoltzfus), 6 sons (Jonas
L., Stephen R., John S., Ammon S., Aaron S., and Isaac S.), and
1 daughter (Katie S., wife of David M. Zook, preceded to the great
beyond about 18 years ago. He also leaves 17 grandchildren, 1
brother, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. He was a kind
husband and father, and is missed in the home and church where
his seat seldom was vacant until health did not permit . Funeral
services were held at his home by Benuel M. Stoltzfus and Stephen
F. Stoltzfus of the Amish Church of which the deceased was a member.
Buried in the Stoltzfus Cemetery near Morgantown.
"Peaceful be thy silent slumber--
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shall know,
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Mishler.--Susan, daughter of Levi and Polly Weaver and wife of the late Josiah D. Mishler, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Oct. 18, 1871; died at her home near Johnstown, Pa., Mar. 18, 1927; aged 55 y. 5 m. Her father died 21 years ago. She was married to Josiah D. Mishler Dec. 23, 1894, and her husband died nearly five years ago. Not being blessed with children of their own, they adopted Virginia Smith who died years ago. Later they adopted Helen Rude, who lived with them until the death of her foster mother. Sister Mishler united with the Mennonite Church, Dec. 13, 1890, and remained a faithful member of the Stahl congregation until death. Her ailment was "creeping paralysis", and for several years the disease just slowly weakened her until she more was helpless than a little child. In all her affliction she bore it patiently. She is survived by an aged mother, three sisters, one brother and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler. At the Stahl Church, S. G. Shetler spoke on Burden Bearing basing the discourse on II Cor. 5:4. Very appropriate remarks were made by W. C. Hershberger. Through all available seating and standing space was occupied, yet not all could get into the church. Interment was made in the Stahl cemetery.
Yoder.--Henry B. Yoder was born in Wayne Co., Ohio,
June 2, 1864; peacefully fell asleep at his home Mar. 15, 1927;
aged 62 y. 9 m. 13 d. In his affliction he was patient and resigned
to his Lord. He was married to Fanny C. Yoder Jan. 30, 1890, who
preceded him in death Nov. 27, 1897. On March 22, 1900, he was
united in marriage to Mary Frey of Bellfontaine, Ohio. To this
union were born six children (Edna, Rozella, Leuella, Norma, Merle,
and Lorene), who with mother to-day mourn and keenly feel the
loss by the departure of this dear, kind, loving and affectionate
husband and father. There also remain four brothers and one sister,
with many other near relatives and friends. In early life he found
Christ his Savior. He was a faithful brother in the Oak Grove
Mennonite congregation. His place in worship was seldom found
vacant, and he always took an active part in S. S., Y. P. B. M.,
and in the work of the Church. Again our ranks have been broken
by the home going of one of our loyal workers. Services were conducted
at the home by Bro. C. Z. Yoder and at the Oak Grove Church by
Bros. Jesse Smucker and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Rev. 2:10; II Cor.
"Just a little while before us
Has our precious Father gone.
He will never be forgotten
Deeds are numbered, one by one.
Grieser.--Elizabeth, daughter of preacher John P. Smith, was born in Lee Co., Ia., Aug. 25, 1853. Her parents were united in marriage in Butler Co., Ohio, where they resided 4 years, then moved to Iowa where they remained 12 years, thence moved to their pioneer home in Livingstone, Co., near Gridley, Ill., where the deceased spent many years of her life. She passed away March 8, 1927, at the home of her son Chris, in Minonk Tp., at the age of 73 y. 6 m. 18 d. She was married to Henry Grieser Feb. 22, 1874. 4 sons were born to them. Those who are left to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother are her husband, 4 sons (John, Henry, August, Chris.), 13 grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Sister Grieser was a faithful member of the Waldo Mennonite Church since her youth. By her passing there closes a Christian life of the alloted three score and ten years that were ever filled with the noblest of desires and best of interests. Her life was guided by prayer, and her tireless energy and motherly love went far beyond her immediate family. As a neighbor she was always ready and willing to help any one in need, many times at the expense of her own physical strength. The gentle spirit of this woman will live in the memory of those who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held on Friday the 11th at the home by Bro. D. W. Slagel and at the Waldo Church he opened the services, followed by a sermon by Bro. J. D. Hartzler. Text, Rev. 2:10, latter clause. Interment in the Waldo Cemetery.
Kropf.--Daniel J., son of David and Magdalena Kropf, was born at Baden, Ont., March 3, 1861; died at his home near Harrisburg, Ore., Mar. 12, 1927; aged 66 y. 9 d. He was united in marriage to Sister Anna Hostetler, in 1885. He leaves his wife, 6 sons, 3 daughters, 16 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. One son and two daughters preceded him in death. At the age of 5 yrs. he with his parents moved to Missouri, and in 1880 he with his wife and two children moved to Hubbard, Ore. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior, in his early youth, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. He was ordained to the ministry in 1893 at Hubbard, Ore. In 1911 he with his family moved to Harrisburg, Ore., where he was ordained a bishop in 1914. Death was due to paralysis, with which he was afflicted for a number of years, but was able to attend to his Church duties most of the time until June, 1926, and was bedfast for the last two months. He was very patient in his affliction and often expressed a longing for his heavenly home. As a shepherd and bishop of the flock he labored faithfully among them, and during the trying period of the late war they endured probably more than ordinary persecution for the fact that they still used the German language almost exclusively. The funeral was very largely attended and the following ministers took part in the funeral services; Jos. Schrock, Dan Erb, C. R. Gerig, Fred J. Gingerich, E. Z. Yoder, N. A. Lind. Texts, Isa. 40 :6-10 and Acts 20 :38. Burial in the Alford Cemetery.
Wenger.--Lydia Christine Schrock-Wenger was born near Orrville, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1868; died at her home in Orrville, Ohio, aged 58 y. 5 m. 19 d. She was the eighth member of the nine children of the family of Moses and Christine Schrock. The father, mother, one sister (Mrs. Frederick Wenger) and three brothers (David, Daniel, and Amos), preceded in her death. There remain one sister (Mrs. Andrew Yoder), three brothers (Joseph, Levi, and John Schrock), and many nephews, nieces, and near friends. On Jan. 12, 1911, she was united in marriage with Frederick Wenger and proved herself a faithful and devoted companion. She was bereft of her husband Feb. 6, 1922. She is also mourned in her death by three step-children. She nobly took the place of a mother and grandmother, made the home a place where they all loved to meet. Sister Wenger accepted Jesus as her personal Savior in early life, always taking an active interest in the work of the Church. For many years she was a S. S. teacher, endearing herself to many of the boys and girls in the community, some of whom have now grown to manhood and womanhood. For many days, months and even years she was a faithful attendant of her father and mother in their declining years of life, bringing to them many comforts and joys. She expressed a practical Christian life in home, community and church and entered into rest with a beautiful resignation to the Heavenly Father's will. Funeral services were conducted on March 9 at the home by Bro. J. A. Leichty and at the Oak Grove Church by Bros. J. S. Gerig and I. W. Royer. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Yoder.--Elizabeth Conkle-Yoder was born near Millersburg, Ohio, March 31, 1869. In 1894 she came to Champaign county, Ohio, Nov. 2, 1895, she was united in marriage with Samuel J. Yoder. This union was blessed with four children (John, Gilbert, Mary, and Harmon). In her youth she united with the Evangelical Church. In 1895 she transferred her church membership to the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, in which she has always proven herself to be a cheerful, faithful, and ardent worker for the Lord. In September, 1926, she had undergone an operation for a cancerous growth. She had recovered sufficiently to again partially resume her home duties until within the last month she began to grow weaker, but was able to be about the house. Sunday morning, March 6, she suddenly took seriously ill, and gradually weakening until she peacefuly fell asleep, Tuesday afternoon, March 8, 1927, at the family home. Aged 57 y. 11 m. 9 d. She is survived by her grief-stricken husband, the three sons and one daughter. She had been a faithful teacher in the Oak Grove Sunday school the greater part of the time during her membership here. She taught mostly in the Primary Department. A number of our young men and women, and our boys and girls have some time had the privilege of being under her teaching. She evidently had a premonition that her stay with her family would be very brief. A short time ago she told her companion that she could remain with them only a few more weeks. Without a doubt during this period she pondered many things in her heart. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church Friday, March 11, at 10 o'clock, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial in Hooley Cemetery on the Ludlow road.
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois