Martin. - Orvan B., infant son of Paul and Lizzie (Burkholder) Martin, was born near Lititz, Pa., May 5, 1929; died May 10, 1929; aged 5 days. He is survived by his parents and two sisters (Esther and Arlene). One brother preceded him in death. Short funeral services were held at the Hess cemetery by Bro. John S. Hess.
Hess. - Anna, infant daughter of Elvin and Anna Amanda
Hess, was born and died April 17, 1929, at her home near Strasburg,
Pa. She is survived by her parents, 1 sister, and 1 brother. Short
services were held at the grave by Bro. C. M. Brubaker. Interment
in the Strasburg Mennonite cemetery.
"Somewhere back of the sunset,
Where loveliness never dies,
Lives our dear little Anna,
'Neath the blue and gold of the skies."
Linhoss. - Conrad Linhoss, youngest son of Philip and Barbara Ross Linhoss, was born in Kassel, Germany, Dec. 24, 1852; died April 17, 1929, at Waynesboro, Va. He came to America with his parents when eighteen months of age. He is survived by his widow (Rebecca Heatwole), 4 sons, 7 daughters, 12 grandchildren, 1 brother (Adam Linhoss), and 1 sister, Mrs. C. J. Weese). He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Services were held at the Springdale Mennonite church by the brethren, David Garber, A. P. Heatwole, and E. C. Shank. Text, Jno. 5:28.
Mellinger. - Jacob K. Mellinger was born April 3, 1871; died May 13, 1929; aged 58 y.1 m. 11 d. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. He was a useful man in the community, a devoted husband and father, and a faithful member of the New Danville Mennonite Church. Our confidence is in God that while we sustain a loss, it is gain to him. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Aaron Harnish and at the New Danville church by John K. Charles. Text, Heb. 11:16.
Rhodes. - Lena Rhodes, daughter of John and Lena (Gingerich) Rhodes, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Jan. 25, 1857; died May 21, 1929; aged 72 y. 4 m. 26 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in which faith she remained true to the end. She was of a family of eleven children. She leaves 1 brother and 1 sister, besides many other near relatives and friends to mourn her departure, but not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held at the home of her brother, conducted by Isaac Smith, S. J. Kemp, and C. M. Yoder.
Schumaker. - Menno, son of Adam and Sarah Schumaker,
was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, June 11, 1902; died of pneumonia
at the home of his wife's parents, April 1, 1929; aged 26 y. 4
m. 10 d. On March 29, 1918, he was baptized and received into
the Sonnenburg Mennonite Church. On Feb. 7, 1921, he was married
to Tamar Gerber. To this union three children were born (Urie,
Mildred, Don). He leaves his companion, 3 children, parents, 4
brothers, and 2 sisters (John and Henry, of Oregon; Homer, Stanwood,
Ohio; David, Pandora, Ohio; Mrs. Llewellyn Zimmerly, and Mrs.
Earl Gerber, of Orrville, Ohio). He leaves many other relatives
and friends to mourn his early departure but not as those who
have no hope. Two sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services
were held from the Sonnenberg Mennonite church by Bro. C. N. Amstutz
in German and Bro. J. S. Gerig in English. Text, Jno. 11:28.
"Tis lonesome here without him,
And sad the weary way,
For life is not the same to us,
Since he is called away."
Handrich. - Eddie Handrich, son of Jacob and Eliza Handrich,
was born in Davis Co., Ia., Jan. 11, 1901; died May 14, 1929;
aged 28 y. 4 m. 3 d. He moved with his parents to this place in
the year 1907. His sudden death was caused by trying to stop a
run-away team. Seeing his efforts were in vain, he dropped down,
but the horses turned and ran over him. He was carried several
rods by the wagon and was seriously hurt. He lived about a day
and was conscious until the last but could not talk very much.
He leaves his parents, 4 brothers, 1 sister, his intended companion,
and many friends. We have the hope that he has only gone on before
and is beckoning his loved ones over yonder. One sister preceded
him in death. He united with the Fairview, Mich., church in his
youth and remained faithful until the end. He will be missed very
much in the home and in the Church. Funeral services were held
from the Fairview church, conducted by the home ministers, Esch
and Steiner. Text, I Sam. 29:3.
"We miss thee from our home, dear,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
Blough. - Joseph P. Blough was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 23, 1833; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lydia Mast, Middlebury, Ind., May 13, 1929; aged 96 y. 2 m. 20 d. In 1860 he was united in marriage to Christina Stayrook in Mifflin Co., Pa. To this union were born 3 sons and 7 daughters. His wife, 1 son, and 2 daughters preceded him in death. He is survived by 2 sons (Samuel and Chancy), 5 daughters (Mrs. Lydia Mast, Mrs. Nannie Ziegler, Mrs. Orilla Plank, Mrs. Mamie Lantz, and Mrs. Elsie Treesh), all of Elkhart Co., Ind. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, besides may other relatives and friends. In 1863 he with his wife accepted Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining faithful till the end. In 1865 they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where they spent the rest of their life. As long as strength permitted he was active in the service of the Master. When a young man he was a leader in song, in which he greatly delighted. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Middlebury Mennonite Church by J. H. Fike and D. J. Johns.
Nissley. - Anna N. Hostetter Nissley, wife of
Benjamin L. Nissley, was born Dec. 29, 1858; died at her home,
Landisville, Pa., May 8, 1929; aged 70 y. 4 m. 10 d. Death was
due to complication of diseases. She was a faithful member of
the Mennonite Church for 21 years. Her place at the Sunday school,
church, and sewing circle was seldom vacant. She will be greatly
missed at these places, also in the home. She was a faithful companion
and a kind, loving mother. Besides her husband she leaves the
following children: Elizabeth H., wife of John E. Forrey, Mountville,
Pa.; Samuel H., Landisville, Pa.: Anna H., wife of Henry B. Erb,
Manheim, Pa.; Frances H., wife of Geo. W. Cutrell, Scottdale,
Pa.; Ellen H., and Benjamin H., at home. She is also survived
by ten grandchildren and these brothers and sisters: Reuben N.
Hostetter, Landisville, Pa.; Christian N. Hostetter, Manor, Pa.;
Mrs. Lizzie N. Engle, David N. Hostetter, Mrs. Milton N. Miller
and Abram N. Hostetter, all of Mt. Joy, Pa. Funeral services were
held Saturday, May 11, at two o'clock at the Landisville Mennonite
church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and pain,
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into Heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep,
After long years with life's struggles
Mother has fallen asleep."
Yake. - Baby Miriam, infant daughter of Clayton F. and
Martha E. Yake of Scottdale, Pa., was born, asleep in Jesus, on
May 27, 1929. She is survived by her parents and three sisters,
Marnetta, Ethel, and Lois. Brief services were held at the home
and at the grave at the Alverton cemetery by Bro. J. A. Ressler.
"In that beautiful place He has gone to prepare
For all who are washed and forgiven --
And many dear children are gathering there,
'For such is the kingdom of Heaven.'"
Bender. - Dewitt, son of John and Anna Bender, was born at Conquest, Sask., Oct. 1, 1918; died at the Bay City Hospital, May 6, 1929, after an operation for appendicitis; aged 10 y. 7 m. 5 d. As his father preceded him in death, he made his home with his grandparents, Noah C. Miller, Au Gres, Mich., most of his life. He leaves to mourn his departure, grandparents, mother, step-father, (Mr. and Mrs. Amos Gingerich, Mio, Mich.), besides many uncles, aunts, and friends who will sadly miss him. Funeral services were held at the Delano church in charge of Sol. Swartzendruber and Menno Esch. Text, Matt. 18:10-13. The body was taken to Mio, Mich., for burial.
Geist. - Evelyn Rose Geist, daughter of Samuel and Mayme
Geist, died of pneumonia and Bright's disease, at the home of
her parents, Maugansville, Md.; aged 12 years. She had been afflicted
since her birth and was a great care for her mother, who so faithfully
and tenderly ministered unto her. She will be greatly missed by
her parents as she was their only child. But God does all things
well and we know that Rose is now where she has no more pain.
We know her parents calmly say, "Thy will be done."
Funeral services were held on May 11, from her home, in charge
of C. Clever and G. I. Rider. Interment in Rose Hill cemetery,
Miller. - Martha Ann, daughter of David O. and Gertrude
Miller, was born Aug. 4, 1928; died May 22, 1929; aged 9 m. 18
d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 1
sister (Mary Jane), 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother, 1 step-grandmother,
2 great-grandmothers, 8 uncles, 7 aunts, and many friends. A little
blossom budded on earth to shed forth its fragrance in heaven.
Services were held in the home by Bro. D. J. Johns and at the
Clinton Frame church by Bro. Ira S. Johns, assisted by D. J. Johns.
"God needed one more angel child
Within His shining, happy band;
So reaching down with loving arms,
He clasped our darling's hand."
Wiker. - Leah A. Wiker, wife of Martin Wiker, was born
Oct. 30, 1847; died May 17, 1929, at her home in Strasburg, Pa.;
aged 79 y. 6 m. 17 d. She is survived by her husband and the following
children: Thaddeus R., Lampeter, Pa.; Edith, at home; Harry, Strasburg,
Pa. She was in failing health for about eight months, bearing
her affliction with Christian patience. She was a member of the
Mennonite Church for many years. She was of a quiet and unassuming
nature. We believe she lived out the Gospel of our Lord and Savior
in a practical everyday life of service to those about her. Mother's
chair is vacant, but comfort and peace come from knowing that
our loss is her eternal gain. "Blessed are the dead which
die in the Lord." Funeral services were held in the home,
conducted by Frank M. Herr and C. M. Brackbill. Text, Jno. 11:25.
Interment in Strasburg Mennonite cemetery.
"One by one the links are severed,
From the golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above."
Schwartzentruber. - Elizabeth (Litwiller) Schwartzentruber,
beloved wife of Jacob Schwartzentruber, was born near St. Agatha,
Ont., April 12, 1873; died at the same place March 31, 1929; aged
55 y. 11 m. 18 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Schwartzentruber,
Feb. 21, 1893. To this union were born three children. She is
survived by her bereaved husband, 2 sons, and 1 daughter (Moses,
Rachel, wife of Milton Litwiller, and Clarence). She is also survived
by 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of other
relatives and friends. She united with the A. M. Church in her
youth and remained a faithful member until death. The immediate
cause of her death was apoplexy. She passed away unexpectedly
after an illness of three days, being unconscious all but the
first three hours. She was a kind and loving wife and mother,
always willing to help others. We feel our loss sadly, but we
know that our Father doeth all things well. Funeral services were
held at the home by Peter Nafziger and at the A. M. Church by
Daniel Steinman, Wm. Lauver, and Daniel Jutz. Interment in adjoining
"Somewhere back in the sunset,
Where loveliness never dies,
Mother lives in the land of glory,
'Mid the blue and the gold of the skies."
Zehr. - Jacob Zehr, eldest son of Daniel and Katherine
Heiser Zehr, was born Nov. 29, 1875, near Deer Creek, Ill.; died
at the Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Ill., May 21, 1929; aged
53 y. 5 m. 22 d. After three months of failing health, he was
taken to the hospital where it was found that he had cancer of
the liver. He was kept at the hospital where he was given the
best of care. His wife was with him almost continually. By God's
grace, he bore his pain and suffering with much patience. One
of his greatest comforts was the 23rd Psalm. He was married to
Elizabeth Wolber of Deer Creek, on Jan. 25, 1900. To this union
were born eight children: Esther, Martha, Edna, Florence, Arthur,
Robert, Howard, and Mildred. To mourn his departure, he leaves
his wife and children, his aged father, and the following brothers
and sisters: Mrs. Jacob Oyer, Peter Zehr, Amos Zehr, Matilda Zehr
of Deer Creek vicinity, and Mrs. Joseph Birkey and Daniel Zehr,
Jr. of Fisher, Ill. His mother preceded him to our heavenly home
eighteen years ago. He accepted Christ as his Savior, and united
with the Goodfield Mennonite Church in 1892, at the age of 17
years. On June 2, 1912, at which time he was Sunday school superintendent,
he was ordained to the ministry. He faithfully [filed] that office,
until his sickness prevented. Although unable to attend services
in person, he was really present in spirit. He often spoke of
being homesick for heaven and he had a great desire to meet his
Savior face to face. He expressed his willingness and readiness
to go, but he regretted leaving his family and the Church; nevertheless,
God's will was his will. He was always greatly concerned about
the Church and his family. The family suffers the loss of a faithful
and loving husband and father, the Church a humble and faithful
minister. His life on earth was an exemplary, upright one, and
it is the desire of those who knew him best to follow his example,
as he followed his Lord and Savior. Funeral services were conducted
by Bro. J. D. Hartzler of Gridley, assisted by Bro. Samuel Gerber
of Tremont. Interment in the Mt. Zion cemetery.
"Father has gone where joys begin;
Why wish him back in a world of sin?
God knows what is best though we can't see,
So let us bear with patience whate'er the trials may be,
And we shall have joy throughout eternity."
Transcriber's Note: [filed] as in original.
Hege. - William W. Hege was born Mar. 4, 1859; died of paralysis May 19, 1929; aged 70 y 2 m. 15 d. Bro. Hege had a paralytic stroke about three years ago from which he never fully recovered. On the evening of May 19 he started to go to church but, feeling ill, turned back. He fell over before he reached the house of his daughter, Mrs. Funk, where he died in about a half hour. He had been at Sunday school in the morning. He seemed to be expecting the end and made some of the funeral arrangements just a short time before. His is survived by his wife and four children: John M., Mrs. Raymond Smith, Mrs. Paul Funk, and Ira M., also by a half sister and two half brothers. He was ordained to the ministry at the Marion Church in 1907 and preached the Gospel with no uncertain sound until three years ago, when his speech was affected by a stroke. He was an aggressive worker in the vineyard of the Lord, often mentioning that we have no armor for the back. Eph. 6:11-18. He was one of the instigators of Sunday school work at Marion, which was one of the first Sunday schools in the conference. He also strongly advocated Sunday school meetings which were started twenty-four years ago. He was a pioneer of mission work in our conference, not only in theory but in practice. Many were the denials and sacrifices he made for the cause he loved so much. It was through him that the Pond Bank Mission Station was started and he was one of the founders of the Mission Board of the Franklin Co., Pennsylvania and Washington County, Maryland, Conference. He was largely responsible for building the church houses at Pleasant View and at Pond Bank. He did some evangelistic work and officiated at more than 100 funerals. He always had a deep concern for the young people. He was an ardent defender of the faith. He also took an interest in the work of the Church outside of his home district and was a member of the Mennonite Publication Board until his health failed. In all his activities his motto was Eccl. 9:10. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his son by Christian V. Martin and at the Marion church by Harvey E. Shank. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to his ashes, and may his work go on.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
Martin. - Simeon Paul Jr., third son of Simeon and Ruby
Martin, was born Sept. 13, 1919, near McBride, Mich.; died at
the Butterworth Hospital, May 5, 1929; aged 9 y. 7 m. 22 d. He
leaves to mourn his departure, his parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister,
and many other relatives. Funeral services were held from the
home, May 8, conducted by W. E. Regan. Interment in McBride cemetery.
"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."
Lechlitner. - Oscar, son of Charles and Cora Lechlitner, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 13, 1924; died May 14, 1929; aged 4 y. 6 m. 1 d. On Wednesday, May 8, he had been out playing. When he entered the house he stated that he was not feeling well. His illness developed into brain fever, causing intense suffering. He leaves to mourn his departure, father, mother, 1 brother, and 3 sisters (Virgil, Myrtle, Viola, and Anna), besides his paternal grandparents and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank at the Olive church. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Swartz. - Fannie Mae Swartz, daughter of Samuel D. and the late Mertie E. (Wenger) Swartz, was born Nov. 17, 1908, in Allen Co., Ohio; died at her home near Spring City, Pa., April 21, 1929, after an illness of a week with pleuro-pneumonia; aged 20 y. 5 m. 4 d. In her early years she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Vincent Mennonite church. She is survived by her father, step-mother, 4 brothers and 5 sisters (Paul, Jonas, Chester, Charles, Ruth, Anna, Laura, Beulah, and Edith). Funeral services were held on April 24, at the Vincent church, conducted by Bros. Amos Kolb and Warren Bean. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Ramer. - Erma Fern, daughter of Clifford Jay and Martha
Leona Ramer, was born July 2, 1928; died at the home of her grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ramer, May 10, 1929; aged 10 m. 18 d. She was
a patient sufferer, but we believe she has passed on to be with
her mother, who died Dec. 13, 1928. She leaves her father, 2 grandparents,
1 great-grandfather, and many other relatives. Services were held
from the home of Bro. and Sister Ramer, conducted by Ray Yoder,
John Bare, and Silas Weldy. Interment in the Union Center cemetery,
near Nappanee, Ind.
"A sweet little flower, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the Lord above."
Barkley. - Tobias Barkley was born April 2, 1852; died at the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., June 2, 1929; aged 77 y. 2 m. He was a man of strong physique but began to fail last winter. He was taken from his home near Jerome, Pa., to the hospital and died a few days after. He was married to Annie Keim and to this union were born two sons and one daughter. He is survived by his widow, one son, one daughter, six grandchildren, three sisters and many other relatives and friends. He was an active member of the Church of the Brethren for many years and served as a deacon for a number of years. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Maple Spring church near his home by N. H. Blough and S. G. Shetler. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church plot. The funeral services were so largely attended that a number had to remain on the outside during the service.
Horst. - Amon Hoover Horst, eldest son of Francis W. and Margaret E. Horst, deceased, was born Jan. 12, 1886; very unexpectedly passed away at Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., on May 24, 1929; aged 43 y. 4 m. 12 d. He resided on the home farm where he was born and reared. While engaged in putting up hay he fell in the mow, and sustained injuries which resulted in death a few hours later. At the age of twenty, Amon confessed the Savior and joined the Pennsylvania Mennonite church, where he held his membership at the time of his death. Besides a large number of relatives and friends, he leaves to mourn his departure three sisters and five brothers (Mrs. Ada S. Reiff, Rocky Ford, Colo.; Tillie H. Diener, Canton, Kans.; Lena, Titus F., and Gaius A., of Newton, Kans.; Silas J., South English, Ia.; Rufus P., Kansas City, Kans.; and Clayton I., Wellman, Ia.). All of these were present at the funeral services. One sister, Mary, preceded him in death eleven years ago. Funeral services were conducted on May 27 at the home by J. M. R. Weaver and at the Pennsylvania church by Paul Erb, assisted by D. D. Zook. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Rockey. - Susanna A. Rockey, daughter of Samuel and
Lydia Goodyear, was born in Darke Co., Ohio, Jan. 15, 1859;
died at the home of her daughters, South Bend, Ind., May 14, 1929;
aged 70 y. 4 m. In 1877 she was married to David Rockey, who preceded
her in death nineteen years ago. To this union wre born eleven
children: Mrs. B. L. Boyer, South Bend, Ind.; Louis Rockey, Mason,
Mich.; Fred Rockey, Charlotte, Mich.; Mrs. Almeda Redding, South
Bend, Ind.; William Rockey, Cherubusco, Ind.; Warren Rockey, South
Bend, Ind.; Mrs. Lillie Bennett, South Bend, Ind.; Mrs. Norman
Hobbs, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Ross Stiner, Jackson, Mich. Two sons
died in infancy. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and
1 great-grandchild. A short time before her death she was visited
by Bro. Reiff and other workers from Elkhart, Ind. She accepted
Christ as her Savior and was ready to be called to her heavenly
home. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Reiff, Elkhart,
Ind. Text, II Cor. 5:1, 2. Interment in Wolf Lake cemetery.
"Somewhere back of the sunset,
Where loveliness never dies,
Mother lives in the land of glory,
'Mid the blue and gold of the skies."
King. - Mary A., daughter of the late Emanuel J. and Margaret Hostetler, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 2, 1872; died at her home near Harper, Kans., May 23, 1929; aged 56 y. 6 m. 21 d. In her youth she with her parents moved to Cass Co., Mo., where she grew to womanhood, and where she spent the most of her life, moving to Harper with her family in March, 1917. At the age of 15 she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member to the end. On Dec. 23, 1890, she was united in marriage to Christian K. King. To this union were born 9 children, 6 sons and 3 daughters: Henry J., Viola, wife of L. E. Troyer, Marvin H., Clara, wife of Joe Zimmerman, Adelia, Arami, Hubert, and Clarence, all of Harper, Kans. One son died at the age of 5 years. Besides her husband and children she is survived by 8 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 6 sisters and 3 half-brothers, besides many other relatives and friends. We keenly feel the loss of a faithful companion and loving mother, but bow to Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were conducted at the home by D. Y. Hooley and at the Pleasant Valley church, by R. M. Weaver, assisted by J. J. Zimmerman. Text, Psa. 116:15, chosen by the family. Burial was made in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Widmer. - Benjamin Widmer was born in Switzerland, Oct. 18, 1848; died at the home of his son Chriss near Wayland, Iowa, May 21, 1929; aged 80 y. 7 m. 3 d. He was the youngest and last survivor of a family of fifteen children. Bro. Widmer accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth and was received into the Mennonite Church at Basel, Switzerland, but later transferred his membership to the congregation in the community of his mountain home. When he came to America he again affiliated himself with the same denomination, in which faith he died. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Catharina Graber. This union was blessed with ten children, four of whom preceded him in death. In 1888 his wife also passed away. In 1893 he came to America and in 1896 he was married to Elizabeth Conrad Graber. In 1910 she passed away. He leaves six children (John, in Switzerland; Chriss and Benjamin, Wayland, Iowa; Peter, Washington, Iowa; Mrs. P. J. Alvine, Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Omer Seabergh, Mr. Pleasant, Iowa), twenty-two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek church near Wayland, Iowa, conducted by the home ministers, Ellis Zook, Daniel Graber, and Simon Gingerich. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26; Eccl. 12:1-7. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Gochenaur. - Le Roy Gochenaur, son of Harry and Lizzie
Gochenaur, died of pneumonia after seven days of illness, at his
home near Hessdale, Lancaster Co., Pa., May 28, 1929; aged 32
years. He was united in marriage twelve years ago, to Elsie Burkey.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his sorrowing wife and two children
(Robert and Reba), his parents, and a host of friends. One brother,
Earl, died ten years ago. In early life he accepted Christ as
his Savior, united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful
until death. He was active in church work and at the time of his
death, was assistant superintendent of the Sunday school, chorister,
and teacher of the young men's class. He was always willing to
work and exert his influence for the Lord's cause. His departure
was crowned by a blessed testimony. A few hours before he passed
away, he sang with power the hymn "More than Conqueror."
What a blessed hope and comfort for the loved ones! He will be
missed in the church, and especially in the home; but we believe
our loss is his gain. Funeral services were held on May 31 from
the New Providence Mennonite church, conducted by Bros. Frank
Herr and C. N. Hostetler. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery
Stauffer. - John Rohrer Stauffer was born at Bird-in-Hand,
Pa., Sept. 3, 1844; died at his home near Nickel Mines, Pa., May
27, 1929; aged 84 y. 8 m. 24 d. During the winter months he contracted
influenza from which he never fully recovered but was able to
be up a while each day until one week before his death when complications
set in and he peacefully fell asleep to awaken in the better world.
On Sept. 5, 1868, he was united in marriage to Margaret Landis
of Sterling, Ill., who survives him. This union was blessed with
10 children, 33 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The
following children, all living in Lancaster Co., Pa.: Clayton
L.; Ora, wife of George Peffley; Anna, wife of Howard Pickell;
John Jr., Adda, and Celia, at home; Elvin H., and Emma, wife of
Elmer Herr. Two little sons preceded him to the spirit world.
One step-sister, Mrs. David Kreider Sr., of East Lampeter Twp.,
and one step-brother, Benjamin Stauffer, of Mechanicsburg, also
survive. Funeral services were conducted May 31, 1929, at the
home by Bro. C. M. Brackbill and at the Stumptown Mennonite church
by Bros. Jacob H. Mellinger and C. M. Brackbill. Interment in
the cemetery adjoining the church.
"Death has robbed us of our father,
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was father, yes, dear father,
Can we help but shed a tear?"
Oyer. - Christian Oyer, son of Christian and Anna (Smith) Oyer, was born in Washington, Ill., May 23, 1852; died suddenly of cancer and heart trouble at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Unzicker, Fisher, Ill., May 20, 1929; aged 76 y. 11 m. 28 d. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. On Aug. 26, 1876, he was united in marriage to Katherine Zehr. To this union were born 6 sons and 6 daughters. His wife and two daughters preceded him in death. He is survived by the following children: Jacob, Mackinaw, Ill.; Joseph, Manuel, Samuel and John, Foosland, Ill.; Mrs. J. E. Birkey, Manson, Iowa; Mrs. Levi Birkey, Clarksville, Mich.; Mrs. William Unzicker, Elsie Oyer, Fisher, Ill. He is also survived by 53 grandchildren and 2 brothers (Peter, Eureka, Ill.; John, St. John, Mich.). One half-brother and sister preceded him in death. He with his family made his home near Roanoke, Ill., until 1902, when they moved to a farm five miles north of Fisher, Ill. Here they lived until the death of his wife eight years ago. Although in failing health for three years, his death came as a shock to his family and friends. He bore his suffering with great patience and faith in his Lord, often expressing a desire to be taken where all sufferings are ended. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite church by Bro. J. A. Heiser. Text, I Pet. 1:3, 4. Interment in East Bend cemetery.
Lauber. - Christian Lauber was born Aug. 28, 1868, at
Gridley, Ill.; died at his home at Shickley, Nebr., May 23, 1929;
aged 60 y. 8 m. 25 d. His mother died when he was five years old.
At sixteen years of age he came to Seward Co., Nebr., with his
father. He gave his heart to Christ in his youth, uniting with
the East Fairview Mennonite church, near Milford, Nebr. On Nov.
18, 1890, he was united in marriage to Phoebe Stauffer. He with
his family moved to a farm near Shickley, Nebr., in 1905. In 1927
he moved to Shickley, where he lived at the time of his death.
He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing wife, 4 daughters
(Katie Eichelberger, Saloma Noel, Fannie Kennel, Lydia Springer),
4 sons (John, Elmer, Henry, and Melvin), 1 daughter-in-law, 4
sons-in-law, 15 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, besides
a host of other relatives and friends. One daughter (Emma), 4
grandchildren, 1 brother, and 1 sister preceded him in death.
He was a sufferer from leakage of the heart for a number of years,
being almost bedfast the last four months. He often expressed
a desire to be called home but was very patient in his suffering.
He was a faithful husband and a loving father. He will be missed
by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted at the church
by Milo Stutzman, assisted by George Miller and the home ministers.
Text, Deut. 32:29.
"All is quiet, all is still,
The place is vacant, 'tis God's will,
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
Blough. - William K., second son of Henry and Catharine (Keim) Blough, was born April 13, 1853; died of dropsy, March 25, 1929; aged 75 y. 11 m. 12 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. He was married to Lydia Hershberger, who died more than twenty years ago. To this union six children were born. He is survived by 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Middlecreek, Pa., in charge of Bro. G. D. Miller. Interment in cemetery near by.
Burkholder. - Frank, son of Henry and Barbara (Bally) Burkholder, was born near Cullom, Ill., July 25, 1883; died at his home near Goshen, Ind., May 29, 1929; aged 45 y. 10 m. 4 d. His death was caused by a complication of diseases resulting from an attack of the influenza. He leaves his aged mother and his brother, John, near Goshen, with whom he made his home, and his brother, Henry, near Elkhart. His father preceded him in death. Bro. Burkholder grew to manhood in the community of Cullom, Ill., where he spent the greater part of his life. In 1921 he, with the rest of the family, moved to Goshen, where he since resided. He united with the Mennonite Church at Cullom early in manhood and continued faithfully in that communion till his death. Funeral services were conducted from the home by A. L. Buzzard and S. C. Yoder, after which the remains were interred in the Elkhart cemetery.
Wambold. - Lizzie F. Wambold (nee Mininger),
wife of Abram A. Wambold, was born Dec. 27, 1885; died at her
home near Harleysville, Pa., April 29, 1929; aged 43 y. 4 m. 2
d. She is survived by her husband and 2 foster children (Enos
P. Delp and Esther K. Ruth). She also leaves her parents (Bishop
and Mrs. Jonas Mininger), 1 sister (Mrs. Robert Hedrick), 3 brothers
(Jonas, Isaiah, and Raymond), and two half-brothers (Henry and
John). She was a faithful member of the Plain Mennonite church
until death. Funeral services were conducted on May 4 at the home
by Bros. C. Warren Moyer and Isaac Kulp and at the church by Bros.
Jacob C. Clemens and Warren Dean. Text, Phil. 1:23, 24.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
By the family.
Sommers. - Clara Shank Sommers was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 8, 1872; died at her home in Goshen, Ind., May 22, 1929; aged 57 y. 3 m. 14 d. The cause of her death was a paralytic stroke from which she suffered a week before she passed away. Early in her youth she moved from Ohio to Howard Co., Ind., where she grew to womanhood and spent the greater part of her life. On Dec. 24, 1900, she was married to John Sommers, to which union were born 11 children, 4 of whom preceded their mother in death. She leaves her sorrowing husband and  children (Frank, William, Melvin, Monroe, Maud, Mable, and Lula). Besides her immediate family she leaves one sister, 3 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and continued faithfully in its fellowship until her death. Funeral services were conducted at their home in Goshen by S. C. Yoder of Goshen and J. C. Clemens of Lansdale, Pa., after which the remains were taken to her former home near Kokomo, Ind., where a service was held on Sunday, May 26, conducted by J. S. Horner of the home church and S. C. Yoder.
Transcriber's Note:  as in original.
Hoylman. - Amanda Hoylman was born at Silver Lake, Ind., Sept. 15, 1858; died at her home near Albany, Oreg., April 21, 1929; aged 70 y. 7 m. 6 d. She came to Nebraska with her parents at the age of twenty-one years. She was married to W. R. Hoylman. To this union were born ten children. She leaves her husband, 8 children (Walter, Mrs. Emanuel Schiffler, George, Victor, Samuel, William, Mrs. Chris McCann, and Mrs. Marshall Gingerich), thirty grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Two children preceded her in death. Of her immediate family there remain five brothers (Ben, Logan, Samuel Carper, of Nebr.; Andrew, and George). She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1891. She remained loyal to the faith until death. On Dec. 2, she broke her right limb and later developed pneumonia which caused her death. She was a great sufferer for many weeks, but peacefully passed away. Funeral services were conduced from the Albany Mennonite Church, in charge of Geo. J. Lapp and the home ministers. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery.
Metzler. - Henry B., son of the late John and Mary (Burkholder) Metzler, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 21, 1854; died at his home in Farmersville, Pa., May 12, 1929; aged 74 y. 10 m. 21 d. His departure was rather sudden, although he had been in failing health for a few years - was bedfast only a few days, the immediate cause of his death being a cerebral hemorrhage. He united with the Mennonite Church at Metzlers 40 years ago and had been a faithful member until the end, being a regular attendant until the last half year of his life, when health would not permit, and lived nearly all his lifetime in that vicinity. He leaves his life companion, son (Harvey), one grand-daughter, one brother (Samuel), and one sister (Mrs. Samuel Bucher). Two sons and two daughters preceded him in death. He had expressed his desire to go home to meet those who had gone before. He was a kind and loving husband and father. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at Metzlers church by Bros. Benjamin Wenger and Noah H. Mack. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Myers. - Lizzie, daughter of the late Pre. Isaac and Salome Rickert, widow of the late Harvey M. Myers, was born June 22, 1856; died April 22, 1929, at her home near Danboro, Pa.; aged 72 y. 10 m. Her death was due to complications, having had a weak heart for a number of years. She peacefully fell asleep in Jesus after an illness of almost six months. On Jan. 20, 1883, she was married to Harvey M. Myers, who preceded her in death almost four years ago. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters (Ezra, Isaac, Bertha, wife of Edward Chittick, and Laura, wife of Harrison Haldeman); also a niece (Hannah Swope). She also leaves 10 grandchildren and a brother (Isaiah Rickert). She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by all. Her life was a life of service. She found pleasure in doing many things for her family as long as she was able. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her younger years, and united with the Doylestown Mennonite church, to which she remained a faithful member unto death. Funeral services were held April 25, at the home by Bro. A. O. Histand and at the Doylestown Mennonite church by Bros. Enos Wismer and Mahlon Gross. Texts, Hebrews 4:9 and Psa. 132:14. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Gochnauer. - Leroy S., son of Harry and Elizabeth (Hess)
Gochnauer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 21, 1896; died
May 28, 1929; aged 32 y. 6 m. 7 d. For more than twelve years
he shared the joys and blessings of a wedded life with Elsie Burkey,
this union being blessed with two children, Robert and Reba. Being
sick only one week with pneumonia, early one morning his spirit
fled. He leaves his sorrowing wife, children, and parents. Why
God called him home so early in life, when he was needed so very
much here, we surely can not understand. We ask God for grace
to say, "Thy will by done." At the ago of seventeen
he gave his heart to God and united with the New Providence Mennonite
Church, in which he remained a faithful member and a willing worker
till called to service above. The young men in his Sunday school
class will never know in this life the deep concern he had for
them, and of his earnest prayers in their behalf, especially for
the unsaved ones. God grant (though he is gone) that his prayers
be answered yet. Funeral services were held May 31, at New Providence
Mennonite church by Brethren Frank Herr and C. N. Hostetter Jr.
Text, Rom. 8:37. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Not now but in the coming years,
It may be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears
And there some time we'll understand."
Royer. - Urias C., son of Gabriel and Anna Conrad Royer,
was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., July 17, 1840; died May 28, 1929,
at his home in Orrville after an illness of about one week; aged
88 y. 10 m. 11 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Schrock
Dec. 9, 1869, this being a happy life together for nearly sixty
years. To this union were born two sons, Isaiah W. and William
J., both of Orrville. His companion, two sons, seven grandchildren,
two brothers, one sister, and many relatives and friends remain
to mourn his departure. He was the second of a family of thirteen
children, only three of whom survive, Adam, Nathan, and Anna Eschleman.
At the age of seven he moved with his parents from Lebanon Co.,
Pa., to Stark Co., Ohio, and in 1860 to Wayne County near Orrville
in which vicinity he spent the remainder of his life. He with
his wife were received into the Church of the Brethren in 1873.
He was elected to the office of deacon in 1895 and served very
actively and efficiently to the end over a period of thirty-four
years. He manifested a great love for the Church and for it he
sacrificed much in time, prayer, and means. He was a devoted husband,
a kind father, an affectionate grandfather, and a helpful neighbor.
His life was crowned with a calm trustfulness and with the peace
of God which passeth understanding. His was a simple and unshakable
faith. To know him one day was to know him always. Services were
conducted at the East Chippewa Church by D. R. McFadden assisted
by A. I. Heestand, T. S. Moherman, C. Z. Yoder, and D. M. Brubaker.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
Knoco. - Mrs. Paul Knoco died June 13, 1929; aged 37 years. She is survived by her father, mother, 2 children, and several brothers and sisters. She was a member of the Church of God. Several years ago she attended Sunday school at the Mennonite church at Pond Bank, Pa. Funeral services were held in the home, conducted by Bro. Harvey E. Shank. Text, I Cor. 1:16. Interment in the Mont Alto cemetery.
Lehman. - Charles S. Lehman was born Dec. 18, 1867; died at his home near Chambersburg, Pa., June 13, 1929; aged 61 y. 5 m. 25 d. He was in his usual health when he retired in the evening, but was soon stricken with a fatal heart attack. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons (Garnet C., Carl R., and C. Loren), also 1 brother, Dr. Edwin Lehman, Middletown, Pa. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by J. Irvin Lehman and Henry Anstadt. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Good. - Mary Esther Good (nee Gantz) was born Dec. 22, 1906; died June 12, 1929; aged 22 y. 6 m. 10 d. In tender years she accepted Christ and was faithful till the end. On Nov. 29, 1928, she was united in marriage to Earl Good. On the day of her death, the horses with which she was working became frightened and ran away, causing injuries from which she died at the hospital a few hours later. Funeral services were held from her late home, near Manheim, Pa., and at Rissers church, in charge of Bros. Noah W. Risser and Isaac Brubaker. Text, Job 17:11. Interment in Milton Grove cemetery.
Moyer. - Titus L., son of Ulysses K. and Ella M. Moyer,
was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., March 27, 1928; died May 21,
1929, after an illness of four weeks with pneumonia; aged 1 y.
1 m. 24 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters
(Mrs. Marvin Godshall, Lizzie, Norman, Ada, Harold, and Ezra).
Funeral services were held at the Towamencin church in charge
of Isaac Kulp and C. Warren Moyer. Text, I Pet. 1:24, 25.
"There's another little angel
Singing with the saints above,
But our sad hearts should not mourn,
For we know that God is love."
Shifflet. - Andrew C. Shifflet was born Oct. 29, 1859; died May 30, 1929; aged 69 y. 7 m. 1 d. Some years ago he moved to Pennsylvania from Virginia. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, who has been an invalid for some years and has lost her power of speech, also 3 daughters, 1 son, and a number of grandchildren. His death came as a shock to his many friends. On account of the condition of his wife, he was unable to do manual labor. He began to work on the day of his death and took sick, passing away in a short time. Funeral services were held from the home of his son-in-law and at the Brethren Church, Palmyra, Pa., by Bro. Noah W. Risser and Frank Carper. Interment in Stauffers cemetery.
Eby. - Sarah Eby (nee Grumbine), widow of Jonas Eby, was born Jan. 30, 1846; died May 18, 1929; aged 83 y. 3 m. 18 d. She was of a kind and loving disposition. She will be greatly missed in the home, the Stauffers Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death, and in the community. Our loss is her gain. She is survived by 2 daughters (Mrs. Mary Howards and Mrs. H. M. Hartz, with whom she made her home). She also leaves 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and 1 brother. Her husband and 2 sons preceded her in death. Funeral services were held in the home, Palmyra, Pa., and in the Reformed Church, Campbelltown, Pa., by Bros. Noah W. Risser and John W. Hess. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Cook. - Jacob Cook was born June 16, 1844; died at his home, Woodstock, Pa., June 9, 1929; aged 84 y. 11 m. 23 d. He is survived by his widow and 9 children. One son died several years ago. He is survived by nearly 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On March 17 of this year, Bro. and Sister Cook were baptized in their home by Bishop Burkholder and received into the Mennonite Church. They at one time held membership in another church but were not satisfied. Bro. Cook had worked for Mennonite people for many years and liked the ways of plain people. We believe that this together with the life and prayers of a devoted granddaughter influenced them to unite with us. Funeral services were held in the home by Bro. Harvey E. Shank. Text, I Pet. 1:3, 4. Interment in the cemetery at Shippensburg.
Rhodes. - Solomon E. Rhodes was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Dec. 2, 1848; died at his home near Harrisonburg, Va., June 4, 1929, after a lingering illness of over two years' duration. His wife, Susanna Heatwole, preceded him in death forty-three years ago. This union was blessed with three sons and three daughters. One son preceded him in death. He was later married to Rebecca Burkholder, who died Aug. 13, 1926. Those surviving are Amos, of Colorado; Annie Brunk, Lyman, Miss.; Samuel, Ada, and Ella, Harrisonburg, Va. One step-daughter and 2 sisters also survive. He was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church. His quiet, unassuming life shed abroad a testimony for his Master. Funeral services were held at the Weavers church by Bros. Lewis Shank, H. B. Keener, and L. J. Heatwole. Text, Psa. 17:15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Shantz. - Levi S. Shantz was born May 8, 1841; died
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Daniel Rudy, Preston, Ont.,
May 6, 1929; aged 87 y. 11 m. 28 d. He was married to Lydia Rosenberger,
who died March 28, 1918. This union was blessed with a large family.
There remain 2 sons, 2 daughters, 38 grandchildren, and 49 great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Mennonite Church. The Scripture says, "Blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord." Funeral services were
conducted at the A. M. Church in charge of Orphen Wismer and Manasseh
Hallman. Interment in the Shantz cemetery.
"One by one the links are severed
From the golden chain of love,
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above."
Schmucker. - Ada (Maurer) Schmucker was born near Maximo, O., Sept. 16, 1888; died at her home near Louisville, O., May 15, 1929; aged 40 y. 7 m. 29 d. On Dec. 22, 1910, she was united in marriage to Elmer Schmucker. To this union were born 5 children, 4 sons and 1 daughter. She leaves her husband, 5 children (Vernon, Elden, Lorin, Leonard, and Agnes), 2 brothers (Alvin and Harvey Maurer), 2 sisters (Mrs. D. H. Miller, N. Canton, O.; Mrs. Truman Miller, Wauseon, O.), besides many other relatives and friends. Her parents preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of fifteen and remained faithful till the end. She was a regular attendant at church and always willing to lend a helping hand in the work of the Lord. Death was apparently due to apoplexy, which came upon her without any warning, while she was engaged in her regular duties in the home. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. O. N. Johns, J. A. Liechty, and J. S. Gerig. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Weaver. - J. M. R. Weaver, son of David and Anna Weaver, was born at New Holland, Pa., Oct. 29, 1859; died at Newton, Kans., June 11, 1929; aged 70 y. 7 m. 12 d. On Nov. 4, 1880, he was married to Anna B. Miller. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. One son and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. At the age of 32 he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. Five years later he was ordained to the ministry. Bro. Weaver had splendid gifts as a speaker. He was somewhat of an emotional nature and usually carried his audience with him. He was one of the pioneer evangelists of the Mennonite Church in the west. Bro. Weaver had difficulty at times to fully adjust himself to some of the standards of the church, yet in his later years he became fully reconciled and was a staunch defender of the faith until called home. His last illness was of short duration, he having suffered but five days from bronchial pneumonia. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, three children, ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Earl Buckwalter, and at the Pennsylvania Church by D. H. Bender and D. D. Zook. Text, I Cor. 15:54.
Landis. - Barbara Ann Landis (nee Groff), only
child of the late Abram and Catharine Groff, was born Nov. 2,
1839; died May 15, 1929; aged 89 y. 6 m. 13 d. She was married
to Benjamin B. Landis, who preceded her in death fifteen years
ago. They were the parents of 12 children, 5 of whom survive.
After the death of her husband she lived among her children. She
made her home with her daughter (Mrs. L. K. Leslie) at the time
of her death. She was a member of the Stumptown Mennonite church.
She is survived by 5 children (Mrs. L. K. Leslie; Mrs. Catharine
Evans, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Alice Hummell, Lancaster Pa.; John
and Benjamin, Bareville, Pa.), 14 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was a patient sufferer and though nearly blind for a number
of years, she never complained. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
We feel that she lived her allotted time here and would not wish
her back in this sinful world. Funeral services were held at the
home of L. K. Leslie, in charge of Mr. Nicholas and at the Groffdale
church in charge of Bro. Abram Martin.
"Sweetly sleep, dear grandmother,
With loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet you
On yonder peaceful shore."
By a granddaughter.
Good. - Lewis G. Good, son of Joseph and Annie (Gehman) Good, was born near Bowmansville, Pa., Sept 8, 1860; died June 9, 1929; aged 68 y. 9 m. His death came as a shock to the community. He was ailing for some time, yet he was able to attend services on Sunday before he died. All his life he stood a pillar of faith. He was one of the pioneer Sunday school workers in the Bowmansville congregation. On Jan. 29, 1893, he was chosen the first leader of the school, which place he filled faithfully for eleven years. As a gifted teacher he left his impress on the minds of all who had the privilege of associating with him. He leaves his wife (Sarah Zeiley), 3 children (Howard, Joseph, and Sadie Martin), 31 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister (Monroe and Ezra, Bowmansville, Pa.; Harry, Columbus, Ohio; Hettie Ann Weber, Bowmansville, Pa.). Three children preceded him in death (Jennie, Charles, and Anna). He lived a life of usefulness. He had an open heart and hand for those in need. He made his home with his son Howard, near Terre Hill, Pa. Here with his bosom companion by his side he had all the comforts that tender hands could provide. Funeral services were held at the Bowmansville church, in charge of Bros. Isaac Geigley and Geo. Horning. Texts, II Kings 20:1; Eccl. 12:13, 14; Rev. 2:10.
Zeigler. - Minnie Alice [Ziegler] (nee King) was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 12, 1881; died May 30, 1929; aged 47 y. 7 m. 18 d. On Dec. 15, 1914, she was united in marriage to Amos J. Zeigler. No children were born to this union. They opened their home to a foster son, John Frederick Zeigler, who with father keenly feels the loss they have sustained in the loss of mother. Her parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 1 son, 4 brothers, and 1 sister (Elmer D. King, Orrville, Ohio; Chauncey King, Eustice, Fla.; Mrs. D. P. King, Edwin, and Solomon, Orrville, Ohio). She also leaves one uncle (D. L. King, Sterling, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. She confessed Christ at the age of seventeen and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite church. She always took an active part in the work, supporting the mission interests by her prayers and means, also helping in the sewing circle work and other Christian activities in the community. She possessed a spirit of kindness and helpfulness toward all that only radiates from the life of a true and devoted Christian. She put her trust in God and in the hours of sorrow looked to her Savior and was patiently resigned to His will. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. J. S. Gerig and David McFadden. Text, Prov. 10:7. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Transcriber's Note: [Ziegler] spelled as in original.
Hershey. - Susan E. Hershey, daughter of the late Jacob
and Lydia Leaman, was born in Leaman Place, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., May 3, 1845; died at her home near Gap, Pa., June 11, 1929;
aged 84 y. 1 m. 8 d. On Jan. 1, 1867, she was married to Ephraim
Hershey, who is still living. To this union were born 7 sons and
1 daughter. The youngest son (Aldus) preceded her in death. Those
left to mourn her departure are 6 sons and 1 daughter (Ira L.,
Mrs. John Wenger, Omer E., Elam W., Jacob R., all of Gap, Pa.,
Frank B., Leaman Place, Pa.; Ephraim K., Woodstock, Ill.), 34
grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (Jacob Leaman,
Ezra, Elam, and Frank). She was a member of the White Horse Mennonite
church, but owing to failing health was not able to attend services
for a number of years. During the past winter she contracted influenza
from which she never fully recovered, but was able to be up until
two weeks before her death when complications set in which caused
her death. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Amos
Hoover and at Hershey Mennonite church by Bros. C. M. Brackbill
and Abram Martin. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
The following poem grandmother repeated several times a day during
her last months on earth:
"Oh, do not be discouraged,
For Jesus is your Friend,
He will give you grace to conquer,
And keep you till the end."
Kropf. - David D. Kropf, son of David and Magdalena
(Oesch) Kropf, was born in Ontario, Can., Oct. 12, 1857; died
of carcinoma and heart trouble at his late home, Garden City,
Mo., June 9, 1929; aged 71 y. 7 m. 27 d. He had been in failing
health for several years and after two weeks of intense suffering,
God called him to Himself. In 1867 he came with his parents to
Missouri where he spent the rest of his life. On March 5, 1889,
he was married to Catharine Mayer. This union was blessed with
8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters. He leaves his wife, and 7
children (Edward G., Ida M., Mrs. N. E. Yoder, Orvie D., Mrs.
Marvin Yoder, Marvin D., and Anna R.). One daughter died in infancy.
He also leaves 3 grandsons, 1 brother (C. J. Kropf), 3 sisters
(Mrs. D. J. Schrock, Mrs. Dan Hershberger, and Nancy Hostettler),
besides many other relatives and friends. He accepted Christ in
his youth and united with the A. M. Church. He desired to depart
this life and go home. He was always interested in the work of
the Lord and was concerned about the welfare of others, especially
of his family. Funeral services were conducted at the home by
Bro. I. G. Hartzler from Job 14, and at the Sycamore Grove church
by Bro. L. J. Miller from Luke 2:28, 29.
"Father has gone where joys begin,
Why wish him back in a world of sin?
God knows what is best tho' we can't see,
So let us bear with patience whate'er the trial may be,
And we shall have joy throughout eternity."
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.