Bontrager. - Marilee Ann, infant daughter of Amos T. and Grayce Miller Bontrager, was born Jan. 22, 1929; died nineteen days later just as the dawn was breaking on Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 1929. Although she was here only a short time, yet she endeared herself greatly to her parents and brother, Maurice James. Funeral services were conducted at the home near Shipshewana, Ind., by Amos O. Hostetler.
Smeltzer. - Charles Warren, 29-day old son of Bro. and Sister Calvin Smeltzer of the Olive congregation, near Elkhart, Ind., died Feb. 21, 1929, after a brief illness of pneumonia. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and grandparents. Funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bros. D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Burial in Olive cemetery.
Graybill. - John S. Graybill of Witmer, Pa., was born Dec. 1, 1855, near East Petersburg, Pa.; died Jan. 6, 1929, at his home after a short illness resulting from a stroke and complications. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. The following children survive: Ammon, Elverson, Pa.; Minnie, Lititiz, Pa.; Mary and Peter, Lancaster, Pa. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. David Landis and at Mellinger's church by Bishop Abram Martin.
Martin. - Mary Louise Martin, daughter of Milo D. and
Ruth Martin, was born Dec. 29, 1925; died at the home of her parents
in Goshen, Ind., Jan. 30, 1929; aged 3 y. 1 m. 1 d. Her intense
suffering of two days' duration was borne patiently. She leaves
her parents, 1 sister, Fern Lucile, grandparents, and a host of
relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Yellow
Creek church, conducted by D. A. Yoder and A. B. Christophel.
"You'll be missed and oh, how sadly
No one here on earth can tell,
But it was the Master's bidding,
He who doeth all things well."
Stoltzfus. - Christian U. Stoltzfus was born near New Holland, Pa., Aug. 3, 1845; died Jan. 21, 1929; aged 83 y. 5 m. 16 d. On Dec. 9, 1873 he was married to Malinda Mast. He is survived by his wife and four children (John II., Sylvanus, Stephen H., and Lydia), 18 grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 half-sister, and 1 half-brother. He served in the ministry for fifty years. His death was due to a paralytic stroke. He realized that the time of his departure was at hand and expressed a willingness to go. Funeral services were held at the Conestoga A. M. Church, conducted by Amos B. Stoltzfus and John Kennel. Texts, II Tim. 7:8; Heb. 4:1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hess. - Susan (Warfel) Hess, widow of Abram H. Hess, was born Dec. 24, 1866; died Jan. 15, 1929, at the home of her son Roy at Conestoga Center, Pa.; aged 63 y. 21 d. Her husband died 9 years ago, also two daughters. She was a faithful member of the Byerland Mennonite Church, but was not able to attend for the past 9 years, having suffered from a stroke which left her an invalid and also affected her speech. She was of a kind and loving disposition and it could be said of her that to know her was to love her. It was always a pleasure to visit her as she always had a smile. Many times she expressed her desire to depart this life. She is survived by 4 sons, 2 daughters, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services at the Byerland Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob C. Habecker and John K. Charles. Text, Rom. 8:18.
Wisler. - Amanda Musser Wisler, daughter of Christian and Mattie Musser of Silver Spring, and wife of the late [------] Wisler, was born Nov. 4, 1856; died Feb. 20, 1929; aged 72 y. 3 m. 16 d. She made her home with her son-in-law, John W. Hoover, Mountville, Pa. The following children survive: Alice, wife of Frank Shenk, Rheems, Pa.; Christian, Lansdale, Pa.; Milton, Silver Springs, Pa. The following sisters also survive: Mrs. Lydia Stauffer, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Ellen, wife of Phares Bowman, Landisville, Pa.; Annie, wife of Albert Strickler, Mt. Joy; Alice, wife of Henry Landis, Telford, Pa.; and Fannie, wife of Jacob G. Habecker, Landisville. Services were held at the home and at the Church of the Brethren, Mountville, Pa., in charge of I. N. Musser and Maurice Seachrist. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18. Interment in Silver Springs Cemetery.
Transcriber's Note: [-----] as in original.
Whitaker. - Joseph Whitaker was born Jan. 18, 1844, at Canton Zurich, Switzerland; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Miller, near Beaver Crossing, Nebr., Feb. 12, 1929; aged 85 y. 24 d. He came to America when a young man. On Jan. 18, 1875, he was united in marriage to Fannie Rich. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters (Joseph E., and John, Albany, Oreg.; Benjamin, Milford, Nebr.; and Mrs. Henry Miller; one daughter preceded him in death). He also leaves 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends who learned to love him. In early life he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. His wife preceded him in death. He was a kind husband and a loving father. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Geo. Miller and Wm. R. Eicher. Text, II Cor. 5; Eccl. 5:12. Interment in West Fairview cemetery.
Hershberger. - Josiah Hershberger, son of Daniel and
Elizabeth Lehman Hershberger, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Oct.
26, 1860; died at his home in Elkhart, Ind., of acute pneumonia,
Jan. 30, 1929; aged 68 y. 3 m. 4 d. He had been in failing health
for the last few years, but passed away very unexpectedly. He
is survived by his wife (Susan Mishler Hershberger), 2 sons (Frank
and Lemon Hershberger, both of Elkhart, Ind.), 1 daughter (Mrs.
Orpha Zook, Goshen, Ind.), 6 grandchildren, 1 brother (Daniel
D., Davidsville, Pa.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie A. Kauffman,
Middlebury, Ind.). He was a member of the Church of the Brethren.
Funeral services were held at the home and at the church in Elkhart
in charge of E. C. Swihart and William Kinsey.
"The room 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."
By a sister.
Minnich. - John Shenk Minnich, only son of the late
John and Magdalena Minnich, was born in West Hempfield Twp., Lancaster
Co., Pa., Oct. 8, 1867; died Feb. 22, 1929; aged 61 y. 4 m. 14
d. He later moved with his parents to Rapho Twp., east of Marietta,
Pa. On Feb. 2, 1893, he was married to Emma Forrey, daughter of
the late John and Mary Newcomer Forrey. He is survived by his
wife and the following children: Mary M., at home; J. Forrey Minnich,
on the home farm; and Esther, wife of Elmer S. Kreider, Donerville,
Pa. He is also survived by six grandchildren. Services were held
at the home and at the Chestnut Hill Mennonite church in charge
of Bros. Isaac H. Brubaker and Seth E. Ebersole. Text, Rev. 13:14,
selected by Sister Minnich. Interment in Silver Springs cemetery.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Gingerich. - Daniel Gingerich, oldest son of Jacob and Marie Gingerich (deceased), was born May 4, 1864; died Feb. 19, 1929; aged 64 y. 9 m. 15 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church to which he remained faithful until death. On Oct. 30, 1894, he was united in marriage to Lydia Gingerich. For a number of years he suffered from heart trouble. This winter he was not very well, but was not confined to his bed. He got up from his chair, walked a few steps, and fell on the floor, thus passing away. This union was blessed with 2 daughters and 2 sons: Mrs. Vallie Gerber, Bayfield, Ont.; Mrs. Moses Gerber, Zurich, Ont.; Aaron on the old homestead; and Edmund of St. Agatha, Ont. These children with his wife survive. Funeral services were held at the home conducted by Bro. Peter Boshart and at the church in charge of Christian Schrag in English and Daniel H. Steinman in German. Text, Psa. 90; Jno. 3:5.
Stoltzfus. - Isaac K. Stoltzfus was born Aug. 13, 1847;
died at the home of Rufus Allgyer, Lancaster Co., Pa., near Monterey,
Jan. 28, 1929; aged 81 y. 5 m. 15 d. On Jan. 20, 1870 he was united
in marriage to Rebecca Zook. To this union were born 6 children.
His wife and the following children survive: Katie, widow of Christian
P. Stoltzfus; Sarah, wife of Levi Beiler, Elverson, Pa.; Noah,
Mifflin Co., Pa.; Fannie, wife of Rufus Allgyer of Lancaster Co.,
Pa.; Rebecca, wife of Simon K. Yoder, Mifflin Co. Mary preceded
him in death. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren
and the following brothers and sisters: Betsy Fisher, Annie King,
Christian, Mary Lapp, and Benuel, all of Lancaster Co., Pa. He
was a faithful member of the Amish Church. He was sick only three
weeks, death being due to old age and complications. Interment
in Myers cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All his toils and trials ended,
And dear father is at rest."
Schweitzer. - Katie Schweitzer, daughter of Chris and Pheobe Springer, was born Dec. 30, 1899, near Stuttgart, Ark.; died Feb. 17, 1929, at the Lutheran Hospital in York, Nebr.; aged 29 y. 1 m. 17 d. She accepted Christ in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church to which she remained a faithful member to the end. In 1920 she with her parents moved to Carleton, Nebr. In 1921 she was united in marriage to Lloyd Schweitzer. To this union were born [four] daughters (Alberta June, Bernetta, DeFawn, Vera Marine, Betty Jean). She gave evidence of having peace with God and her fellow men. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 4 daughters, mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Our loss is her gain. Her desire was to remain here and care for her family but she was fully submitted to the Lord who knoweth and doeth all things well. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. P. R. Kennel and at the church by Bro. D. G. Lapp of Roseland, Nebr. Text, Jno. 17:24.
Transcriber's note: punctuation in list of [four] daughters as in original.
Conrad. - John Conrad was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Mar. 31, 1855; died at his home in the same county, near Canton, O., Feb. 13, 1929; aged 73 y. 10 m. 12 d. He was united in marriage to Susanna Miller, Dec. 12, 1878. To this union were born 9 children, 6 sons, and 3 daughters. Two sons died in infancy. There remain to mourn his departure his life companion, 4 sons (Joseph O., of Wauseon, Ohio; Calvin, at home; Orlando, of Canton, Ohio; and Daniel H., of Canton, Ohio; 3 daughters (Mrs. Martha E. Graber and Mrs. Elta M. Linder, both of Canton, Ohio; and Mrs. Mary Aeschliman, of Archbold, Ohio), 13 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 7 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He united with the Beech Mennonite church in his youth and remained faithful until the end. Death was caused by bronchial pneumonia and old age. The sickness was of short duration. He was given sufficient warning and was able to make arrangements for his funeral. Funeral services were conducted by O. N. Johns, assisted by Alvin Hostetler at the house and by Mr. Warstler at the Warstler church. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Lahm. - Lewis Lahm, son of Simon and Catherine (Miller) Lahm, was born in Bavaria, Germany, June 3, 1846; died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Levi L. Miller, Millersburg, Ohio, Feb. 13, 1929; aged 82 y. 8 m. 10 d. He is survived by 1 sister, Christena Sherer, 16 nephews, and 14 nieces. Two brothers, Henry and Adam Lahm, and one sister, Katie Koontz, preceded him in death. He came to this country with his father and mother at the age of seven. He united with the Reformed Church at Bedford, Ohio, and later transformed his membership to the Mennonite Church at Martins Creek of which he remained a faithful member until death. He was never married, living alone until in October when he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Levi L. Miller, who carefully cared for him in his late illness. Death was caused by cancer of the intestines. He became seriously ill on Jan. 1 and was bedfast until death relieved him. His mind was almost gone. He suffered much, but at times rallied and expressed great peace in God, and desired to depart and be with Him. Funeral services were held at the Martins Creek church, conducted by the home ministers, Bros. Calvin Mast and Simon Sommer. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hochstetler. - David J. Hochstetler was born near Berlin, Ohio, April 3, 1839; died at the home of his son Samuel, with whom he made his home for about eleven years near Goshen, Ind., Feb. 8, 1929; aged 89 y. 10 m. 5 d. In early life he moved with his parents from Ohio to Elkhart Co., Ind. On June 2, 1861, he was married to Magdalena Hochstetler. To this union were born 12 children. One son, Benjamin, died in infancy and one daughter, Lucy, at the age of nine years. Surviving him are 8 sons and 2 daughters (Adam, Hutchinson, Kans.; Lizzie, Nappanee, Ind.; Jonathan, Middlebury, Ind.; Levi, Kalona, Ia.; David, Topeka, Ind.; Samuel at home, Joseph, Kokomo, Ind.; Mattie, Nappanee, Ind.; Daniel, Hubbard, Oreg.; and Amos, Napanee, Ind.), 65 grandchildren, 129 great-grandchildren, and a host of near relatives and friends. He seemed to suffer very little pain and very seldom complained. He was of a kind and loving disposition. His wife preceded him in death in 1920. He was ordained to the ministry about 66 years ago and labored faithfully as long as his strength permitted him. He was one of the founders of the Sunday school in the Amish Church of which he was a member. Funeral services held at the home in charge of Brethren Christ Miller, Jacob Mast, and Nathaniel Miller. Text, Rev. 21, 22.
Yoder. - Lydia E. Yoder (nee Zook) was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., April 17, 1858, peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter, near West Liberty, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1929, aged 70 y. 10 m. In 1863 she moved with her parents to Champaign Co., Ohio, where she grew to womanhood. On Jan. 10, 1883, she was united in marriage to Ezra B. Yoder, who preceded her in death Oct. 13, 1921; since that time she has had her home with her daughter, Mrs. Darius Kanagy. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and was always interested and concerned in the welfare of the church. She spent much time in prayer which was the source of great comfort to her. In her declining years faculties failed her and she often spoke of life as being a burden, and her greatest desire was to go to those who had gone before. For the last 15 years her eyesight had been failing, and for 10 years she was totally blind. It was with much regret that the last four years, because of defective hearing, she was deprived of attending church services and the usual social life. She is the last of a family of 13 children, death being due to declining years and paralysis. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 children (Mrs. Ola Kanagy, Daniel C., and Mrs. Anna Yoder), 2 step-children, (Mrs. Lydia Hartzler, of Garden City, Mo., and Edward Z. Yoder, of Hubbard, Oreg.), 22 grandchildren and a step-mother. Four children preceded her in death, (Phoebe E., Frank H., Fanny P., John J.). She will be greatly missed by those who so tenderly cared for her during her sickness and declining years. Services at the Oak Grove Church, Feb. 19, 1929, in charge of S. E. Allgyer, assisted by N. E. Troyer and J. J. Warye. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
Martin. - Benjamin Elias, son of Samuel and Anna (Sollenberger) Martin, was born June 27, 1875, near Smithville, Ohio; on Feb. 16, 1929, he met instant death, being struck by an automobile while walking along the Portage road near his home in Georgetown. He was on his way to assist an unfortunate traveler whose machine had slipped into the ditch because of the ice on the road. He was aged 53 y. 7 m. 20 d. At the age of 18 he accepted his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained faithful until death. On Jan. 9, 1900, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Landis of near Ephrata, Pa. He is survived by his sorrowing wife and 3 children (Elam Benjamin, Jennie Elnora, and Harry Paul), also 1 sister (Anna F. Martin) and 1 aunt (Mrs. S. B. Weaver, Thompsontown, Pa., besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded by his father, mother, and 3 brothers, two of whom died in infancy and Samuel H., who returned from India 1917, and died Sept. 1924, at Port Huron, Mich. In the year 1902 he with his family located with the Warwick River congregation, Warwick Co., Va., and in 1906 moved to Plainview, Texas, being the first family to locate in the Plainview Mennonite colony. Seeing his inability to make progress in that state, he took a homestead in 1908 near Nolan, N. Mex. In 1910 he was called home to Ohio to care for his aged father and invalid sister, in which vicinity he lived until death. Heb. 11:13, 16, which was found marked in his Bible, was used for his text. He often said he would choose this for his funeral text. His sudden departure was a great shock to the community and may it be a loud warning to all, especially to the unsaved. He was always interested in the work of the Lord and took an active part in the work of the church. Through his death a S. S. class is bereft of a faithful teacher who was nearly always at his post and had the interest of his class. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 19 at the home by Bro. Rudy Stauffer (Psa. 90) and at the Crown Hill church by Bros. Noah Hilty, Enos F. Hartzler, and Ira J. Buchwalter. Text, Rev. 7; Heb. 11:13, 16; Jno. 14:2. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
Gospel Herald - Vol. XXI, No. 50 - March 14, 1929, pages 1054, 1055
Frantz-Bro. John M. Frantz was born at Millersville Pa., Jan. 20, 1845; died March 4, 1929, aged 84 y. 1 m. 14 d. One son, Samuel, preceded him in death 19 years ago, and Sister Cornelius, his wife, 12 years ago. They lived at the Frantz estate for 58 years. Three daughters and one son survive: Mrs. Heistand Fry, Mrs. John Lindeman, Mrs. Lily Dombach, and John, at home.
Transcriber's note: This obituary does not follow the usual pattern, which is to end with a statement of where the funeral was held, who officiated, and where the burial took place. It appears to be truncated, and is presented here as it is in the original.
Rhoyer.-John Rhoyer, son of Bro. and Sister John Rhoyer, was born April 19, 1928; died Feb. 24, 1929; aged 10 m. 8 d. He is survived by his parents and 2 sisters. He had been ill about 6 weeks of influenza, and although all was done for him that loving hands could do, the Lord thought best to take him home, and we humbly bow to His will. Services were held from the home of the parents by Noah Risser and ______ Eshleman. Burial in Green Tree cemetery. Text, Job 1:21.
Hamsher.-James, infant son of Melvin and Anna (Weaver) Hamsher, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1929; died Feb. 18, 1929; aged 7 days. His stay on earth was very short, but he will be sadly missed by parents, two brothers (Rollin and Richard), and grandparents. All was done that loving hands could do, but God thought best to take him home. Services were held at the home, Feb. 19, conducted by Bro. Alvin Miller. Burial was made at the Walnut Creek Mennonite cemetery.
Witmer.-Aaron S. Witmer was born Oct. 18, 1862; died Feb. 20, 1929; aged 66 y. 4 m. 2 d. His death came as a shock to his many friends. His wife preceded him in death some years ago. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ben Longenecker, and 1 granddaughter. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He was of a loving disposition, and will be greatly missed in the home, church, and community, but our loss is his gain. Funeral was held Feb. 23 from his late home and Elizabethtown church. Services were conducted by Bros. Noah Risser and Samuel Fry. Text, Luke 12:40.
Miller - Sara Pauline, daughter of Atlee and Emma Miller, was born July 15, 1928; died Feb 18, 1929, at her home near Canton, Ohio of acute bronchial pneumonia; aged 7 m. 3 d. She was sick only three days. The choicest flower of our garden has been taken but we will submit to his will, knowing that he doeth all things well. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, 4 sisters, 1 brother, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, uncles, aunts, and many others who became friends of hers. Funeral services were held Feb. 20, 1929, at the Canton Mennonite Mission in charge of Bro. O. N. Johns. Interment in Mission cemetery.
Cunninghan.-John Cunninghan was born April 22, 1850; died at his home at East Scottdale, Pa., March 4, 1929; aged 78 y. 10 m. 18 d. He had been suffering for about three months from gangrene which resulted from a prolonged diabetic condition. During his illness he professed faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church on Feb. 14, 1929. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, 1 son, 16 grand children, and 6 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the home and the Scottdale Mennonite Church March 7, in charge of Bros. Aaron Loucks and J. A. Ressler. Interment in Scottdale Cemetery.
Detwiler.-Sarah Kulp Detwiler, widow of the late Jacob Detwiler was born Jan. 18 1847; died Feb. 14, 1929; aged 82 y. 26 d. She is survived by one son and one daughter(D. Melvin, and Esther, wife of Silvanus C. Clemens), also 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was sick nine days, starting with grippe which later turned to pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Isaac Kulp, J. C. Clemens, and Warren Moyer. Text. Isa. 35 :10. Interment in Towamencin cemetery.
"Death has robbed us of our mother,
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, yes, dear mother,
Can we help but shed a tear?"
Lantz.-Benjamin Junior, son of Benjamin and Mamie Lantz
was born Feb 7, 1927; died Feb. 16, 1929; aged 2 y. 9 d. Death
was caused by a complication of diseases. Although his stay on
earth was short, he brought much sunshine and will be sadly missed
in the home. But we know he is safe in the arms of Jesus, for
He said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid
them not: for of such is the kingdom of God". He leaves to
mourn his departure, father, mother, 2 sisters (Minerva and Marian),
1 brother (Melvin), and a number of distant relatives. Funeral
services were held at the home by John Stoltzfus and John A. Kennel.
Interment in Millwood cemetery.
-By his aunt.
Richard.-Christian J. Richard was born in Belfort, France, March 2, 1846; died Feb 25, 1929; aged 82 y. 11 m. 23 d. He came to America in 1852 and located in Wayne Co., Ohio. On Feb. 10, 1878, he was united in marriage to Amelia Jacoby. To this union were born eleven children, three preceding their father in death (Esther, Oscar, and Mary) . He is survived by his wife, 3 daughters, 5 sons, 21 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 half-brother, and 2 half-sisters. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. During his sickness he was resigned to the will of God, looking forward to the future with confidence and hope. Services were conducted by Bros. C. Z. Yoder and J. S. Gerig. Text, Psa. 116:7. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Leaman. John L Leaman, son of John and Mary Landis Leaman, was born March 28, 1841: died at the home of Ezra Zimmerman, Intercourse, Pa., Feb. 25, 1929; aged 87 y. 10 m. 27 d. Death was due to the infirmities of advanced age. He was married twice. His first companion was Annie Hershey, who died in Oct. 1863. His second wife was Mary Landis. He is survived by his wife and two daughters (Violetta, wife of Ezra Zimmerman, and Cecelia, wife of Clayton Groff of Bareville, Pa.). He was a member of the Hershey's Mennonite church for many years, his place being seldom vacant. Funeral services were held at the home Feb 28, 1929, by Christian M. Brackbill, and at Hershey's church by Abram L. Martin. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kulp.--Kathryn, only daughter of Jacob N. and Sarah
Kulp was born at Souderton, Pa., Dec. 19, 1922; died in Mainland,
Pa., Feb. 19, 1929; aged 6 y. 2 m. Her death was due to pneumonia,
previous to which she had suffered from measles and chicken pox.
Her stay on earth was short and all was done for her that loving
hands could do. She will be sadly missed by her parents and grandparents,
besides a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services
were held at the Towamencin Mennonite Church in charge of Bros.
Isaac Kulp, Warren Moyer, and Elmer Moyer. Text, Mark 10 :13,
17. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Her little bed is empty now,
The voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it was God's will.
Keener-Ella Mary Keener was born near Cearfoss, Md.,
Sept. 23, 1917; died at the Washington Co. Hospital, Feb. 27,
1929; aged 11 y. 5 m. 4 d. Ella was a bright little girl, willing
to do whatever was asked of her. She was kind, cheerful. and obedient.
She was afflicted with typhoid fever and suffered much, although
everything possible was done to give her relief. She leaves father,
mother, and the following brothers and sisters (Eldad J., Mabel
N., Adriel I., and Lydia F., all at home), besides a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at Reiff's church, conducted by Bros.
M.. K. Horst and J. F. Grove. Text, Matt. 9:24.
Dear Ella, how we miss you now,
But to Jesus' will we humbly bow,
For in him your rest is sweet,
No pain, no sorrow, but joy complete.
-By her grandfather.
Musser-Mary C. Musser was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 16, 1853; died on the same homestead farm, Feb. 27, 1929; aged 75 y. 2 m. 11 d. She was of a family of nine children, all having preceded her in death except one sister, Mrs. John Keiner. She is also survived by many nephews, nieces, and friends. She made her home with Mr. and Mrs. John Keiner, Jr. who with others kindly cared for her needs. She accepted her Savior at the age of twenty and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, remaining faithful and loyal in the service of her Lord and Master. In her affliction, which lasted a little over two years, she was patient and resigned, bearing her suffering with Christian fortitude and trusting in the promises of God. Services were conducted by Bros. I. W. Royer and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Psa. 23; Jno. 10:10. Her body was laid to rest in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Spear. Lucinda Spear was born in Wayne Co., O., May 7, 1849; died Jan 31, 1929; aged 79 y. 8 m. 24 d. She was united in marriage to William Spear, who preceded her in death in 1926;. She is survived by 7 children (Mrs. Alice Spittler and Elmer Spear, Wooster, O.; Mrs. Della Speicher, Doylestown, O.; O. .J. Spear, Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Bertha Kurtz, Midland, Mich.; Mrs. Mabel Parker, Canton, Ohio.; and M. O. Spear, Mansfield O.), also 5 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Hester Taggart, Lorraine, O., and Mrs. Melissa Spittler, Wooster, O.). She was a devoted mother and deeply interested in the work of her Lord and Master, whom she accepted at the age of sixteen. She united with the Lutheran church, but later transferred her membership to the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. She found great comfort reading and meditating on the Word of God. Services were conducted by Bros. C. Z. Yoder and J. S. Gerig. Text, Psa. 90:14. Interment in Oak Grove cemetery.
Gish.- Lizzie (Landis) Gish, wife of Peter N. Gish, was born Oct. 20, 1875; died near Elizabethtown Pa., Feb. 26, 1929; aged 53 y. 4 m. 6 d. On Nov. 5, 1901, she was united in marriage to Peter N. Gish. To this union were born seven children, of whom the oldest, Enos, preceded her in death ten years ago. Surviving are the deeply bereaved husband, 6 children (Ruth, (Gertrude, Esther, Mary, Abram, and Edith), 3 sisters (Mrs. Elias P. Risser, Mrs. John J. Ebersole, and Mrs. Benjamin Westenberger), and a number of other relatives and friends. Both home and church will keenly feel her loss, but we have the confidence that our loss is her eternal gain. She was a kind and affectionate mother and will be remembered by what she has done. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Abner Martin and at Good's Mennonite church by Bros. Noah Rissser and Ira Miller. Text, II Tim. 4 :6-8. Interment in the church cemetery.
Hauter.- Andrew Hauter was born Oct. 27, 1837 in Claven, France; died Feb. 24, 1929, at the home of his adopted daughter, Mrs. John Sutter, Milford, Nebr.; aged 91 y. 3 m. 27 d. When a young man he came to America, first to the state of Ohio, later to Illinois and Kansas, and in 1902 he moved to Milford, Nebr., where he lived the remainder of his life. On Feb. 8 1862, he was married to Fannie Eigsti, who died Nov. 9, 1921. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Besides his adopted daughter and her husband, who tenderly cared for him the last seven years of his life, he leaves one brother, Joseph Hauter, Tiskilwa, Ill., 5 nephews, 6 nieces, besides many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Milford A. M. Church on Feb. 27, 1929, conducted by L. O. Schlegel assisted by Warren Eicher. Burial in East Fairview Mennonite cemetery.
Wideman.-Daniel Wideman, eldest son of the late Preacher
Jacob and Mary Burkholder Wideman, was born Aug. 25, 1850; died
at his home, Markham, Ont., Feb. 22, 1929, in his 79th year. In
1872 he married Margaret Burkholder. They had four children (Ada,
Mrs. Eli Hoover; William A.; Mary Eva, Mrs. A. C. Barkey; and
Susannah, Mrs. L. W. Hoover). His wife died in 1901. In 1902 he
was united in marriage to Emma Hoover, who with the children and
a large circle of friends survive him. He was a devoted member
of the Church for about fifty years. He had a deep concern for
the Master's cause and gave a clear testimony to the saving power
of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was buried on Feb. 25 at the Wideman
church. The service was conducted by A. L. Fretz and L. J. Burkholder.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast
All his toils and trials are ended,
And our dear one is at rest."
Ackerman.-Mary Ackerman was born in Germany June 14, 1869; died near Hydro, Okla.; aged 59 y. 7 m. 12 d. When 17 years of age she with her parents came to America, locating at Gridley, Ill. On Mar. 17, 1869, she was united in marriage to Andrew Ackerman at Fulda, Minn., where they remained for some time, after which they moved to Rolfe, Iowa, living there 8 years. In 1911 they moved to near Hydro, Okla., where she lived the remainder of her life. She is survived by husband, 3 sons (Henry of Newton, Iowa, George and William at home), 1 grandson, father, mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Mrs. Peter Schantz, Hydro, Okla.; Henry Ackerman, Gridley, Ill.; Anna and William Ackerman, Payne, Ohio), besides many other relatives and friends. In her youth she confessed Christ, was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in Germany, in which faith she lived to the end. Funeral services were held at the house by Ira Nissley in German and at the church by Alva Swartzendruber.
Shank.- Cora Metzler Shank, daughter of Solomon Metzler and wife, died Feb. 27, 1929, of complications following a lingering illness, covering a period of a number of years. She however bore her afflictions patiently and was fully resigned to the will of the Master. She was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Sept. 6, 1874, and reached the age of 54 y. 5 m. 21 d. On Jan. 14, 1892, she was united in marriage to Bro. David Shank, to which union were born five children, one of whom preceded her in death. She was converted during a series of meetings conducted 36 years ago, and united with the Mennonite Church, April 29, 1893, remaining faithful until death. The immediate friends left to mourn her departure are her husband, four children (Walter E., Mrs. Herman Smucker, Lauren and Vera), and four grandchildren. Brief funeral services were conducted at the home March 1, 1929, and at the Midway Mennonite church, with interment in adjoining cemetery. The services were in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner, assisted by Bros. E. M. Detwiler, Paul Yoder, and O. N. Johns. Text, Matt.. 11: 28.
Teague.-Richard Teague was born in Southwest Cornwall, England, Nov 19, 1844; died at his home at Scottdale, Pa., Feb. 25 1929, aged 81 y. 3 m. 6 d. His father died when he was four years old. He had a Christian mother who believed in prayer and the power of the Word of God. When Richard left home as a young man his mother put a Bible into his trunk. He followed the life of a miner, and after his mother's death came to .America where he worked at various places. Thirty years after he left home he had occasion to use a Bible and then remembered his mother's gift and took it out of the trunk, after having neglected to read it all this time. In reading the Bible old memories came back to him and he decided to leave his life of sin and surrender himself to the Lord. He united with the Scottdale Mennonite church in 1912. He remained faithful to the covenant which he made with his Lord and was a regular attendant at the church services. He was always ready to testify to the saving and keeping power of Jesus Christ and his life was an inspiration to all who knew him. Surviving him are nephew and a niece in England. The funeral was held at the Scottdale Mennonite Church on March 1, 1929, with services in charge of Bros. Aaron Loucks and J. A. Brilhart. Interment was made in the Alverton Mennonite cemetery.
Bergey.-Nathaniel E. Bergey was born in Preston, Ont., May 12, 1847; died near Mannheim. Ont., Feb. 23, 1929; aged 81 y. 9 m. 11 d. At the age of two years he moved with his parents to Mannheim, where he resided at the time of his death. He was twice married. On May 12, 1869 he was married to Magdalena Snider, who preceded him in death May 10, 1880. To this union were born 4 sons (John, Ervin, and Joseph of Washington State, and William, deceased). On June 6, 1881, he was married to Leah Shantz. This union was blessed with 10 children, of whom 9 survive (Eldon, Guernsey, Sask.; Simon and Jacob, Guelph, Ont.; Gordon and Sadie, Kitchener, Ont.; Elma, Wesley, Olive, and Lydia, at home). His second wife preceded him in death on June 13, 1926. In 1875 he united with the Mennonite church of which he was a faithful member until death. He was one of the first teachers in the Latschar Mennonite Sunday school, and one of the first to teach English. Four weeks before his death he suffered a stroke from which he never recovered. The end was quiet and peaceful. He leaves 12 children, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Short services were held at the home after which the body was taken to the Latschar Mennonite Church for further services, which were in charge of Bro. J. W. Witmer. Text, I Pet. 1:3-5. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Riley. - Ruel Riley was born Sept. 26, 1871, at Wayland, Iowa; died at Lincoln, Nebr., Feb. 28, 1929; aged 57 y. 5 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia Beckler on Nov. 25, 1891. This union was blessed with ten children, 7 sons and 3 daughters. Two sons and one daughter preceded him in death. He leaves his companion, 5 sons (William, Edward, Rudy, Elmer, and Perry), 2 daughters (Lena and Mary), 12 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He seemed to enjoy perfect health until very suddenly he was called away to the eternal world on the streets of Lincoln, Nebr. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. A. D. Stutzman and Wm. R. Eicher.
Byler. - Mattie Zook Byler, daughter of Jonas and Barbara Zook, was born near Allensville, Pa., March 1, 1854; died Feb. 20, 1929, after a short illness due to old age; aged 74 y. 11 m. 20 d. She was married to Rufus Byler. [He] is survived by one daughter (Mrs. S. H. Hertzler) 5 grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Benjamin Glick). She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and lived a faithful and consistent life. She was of a quiet, unassuming disposition, loved and respected by all who knew her. Funeral services were held in the Locust Grove church near Belleville, Pa., conducted by E. H. Kanagy in English and Jonas D. Yoder in German. Text, Psa. 23:4; Amos 4:12.
Transcriber's Note: [He] as in original.
Landis. - Alda, only child of Bro. Abram and Sister
Susie Landis, suffered for weeks from pneumonia, as she struggled
between life and death. She was cared for by willing hands, and
was called to her heavenly home on Jan. 17, 1929; aged 8 m. 23
d. Many tears were shed by heartbroken parents, grandparents,
and relatives, but we rest in the assurance that our loving Savior
makes no mistakes, and that while she can never come back we may
go to her.
"There's a vacant chair,
Where she was rocking to and fro;
Fair, O little darling,
How we loved her so,
Now she sleeps so calmly
'Neath the snow."
Kilmer. - Katie Beiler was born in Petersburg, Ont., Dec. 6, 1886; died Feb. 26, 1929; aged 42 y. 2 m. 21 d. She came to Michigan about 19 years ago and in February, 1918, she was united in marriage to Alvin Bowman, to which union was born one daughter, Lovina, the father dying on the day of her birth. Nov. 28, 1919, she was married to Owen Kilmer, to which union was born one son, Clyde. She underwent an operation for an inward growth, which was more serious than was expected and proved fatal on the fifth day. Besides her husband and two children she leaves 1 brother, 2 sisters, 3 half-brothers, 3 half-sisters, 2 step-brothers and a step-mother. She united with the Mennonite Church in youth, in which faith she died. We trust our loss is her eternal gain.
Lindeman. - Mrs. Barbara Lindeman, widow of Jacob B.
Lindeman, died Feb. 12, 1929, of pneumonia at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Walter Shank, Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 78 years.
She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is
survived by her daughter, Susan, wife of Walter Shank, and one
sister, Miss Lizzie H. Herr of Lydon. The funeral was held Feb.
15, in the home of her daughter and at the New Danville Mennonite
Church in charge of Bros. Jacob Hess and Frank Hess. Burial in
the cemetery adjoining the church.
"Yet again we hope to meet her,
In that heavenly home so bright,
And sing praises to our Savior
With the saints all robed in white."
By her daughter.
Tyson. - Dinah Baker was born in Wood Co., Ohio, April
8, 1852; died Jan. 8, 1929; aged 76 y. 9 m. She was united in
marriage to Samuel Tyson, Oct. 1, 1876. She confessed Christ in
her youth and united with the Mennonite Church at her marriage,
in which faith she peacefully passed away at the home of her son,
E. W. Tyson, Petoskey, Mich. She leaves besides a sorrowing husband,
1 daughter, Mrs. Nora Brooks of Beulah, Mich., 2 sons, E. W. and
Noah Tyson of Petoskey, 2 brothers, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Interment in Mennonite cemetery near Brutus, Mich.
"God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."
Yoder. - Louise (Miller) Yoder was born in La Grange
Co., Ind., July 17, 1859; died Jan. 20, 1929; aged 69 y. 6 m.
3 d. She was married to Daniel J. Yoder. She was mother of 15
children. Those surviving her are her husband, 7 daughters (Mrs.
Laura Romage and Mrs. Janie Provost of Portland, Oreg.; Mrs. Rose
Fox and Grace Yoder of Gladstone, Oreg.; Mrs. Clara Burkholder
and Mrs. Minnie Bonney of Aurora, Oreg.; Mrs. Wilma Jones of Woodburn,
Oreg.;), and 4 sons (Harvey Yoder of Portland; Willis of Aurora;
Clyde of Woodburn; Raymond of Hubbard). Thirty-three grandchildren
and 11 great-grandchildren also survive. She lived near Hubbard
for 46 years. She was a member of the free Methodist Church. The
funeral was conducted at the Hopewell Mennonite Church by ministers
of the church of her choice. Burial in the Hopewell cemetery.
By a friend.
Roth. - Lena (Zoss) Roth, daughter of Ben and Anna Zoss, was born in Bern, Switzerland, April 9, 1869; died at her home near Eureka, Ill., Feb. 26, 1929; aged 59 y. 10 m. 17 d. She came to America as a young woman. She came from a home with a large family, four of whom survive. In 1899 she was united in marriage to Joseph Roth, who preceded her in death one year ago. This union was blessed with 8 children: Mrs. Amos Roth, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; John, of Deer Creek, Ill.; Mrs. Ora Garber and Mrs. Emil Keller, Eureka, Ill.; and Henry, Joe, and Alma, at home. One son, Elmer, preceded his mother in death at the age of six. Sister Roth accepted Christ in youth, her testimony during her sickness was that she was ready to meet her Lord. She was a faithful mother, and leaves to mourn her departure 7 children, 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. Ed. Riley of Dorchester, Nebr.), and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Ezra B. Yordy and John L. Harnish. Text, Psa. 102:11, 12. Burial at the church cemetery.
Sensenig. - Reuben B. Sensenig was born Apr. 6, 1854, near Reidenbachs, Pa.; died March 9, 1929, at his home at Roseville. He was twice married. Oct. 27, 1879, he was married to Lydia Myers, who preceded him in death seven years ago. One son, Daniel, also preceded him. In August, 1924, he was married to Anna Brubaker who survives him. The following children also survive: John, Reuben, Isaac, Lydia, wife of Samuel Wanner, Mary, wife of Levi Stauffer; also twenty-eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite church for many years, and for the last few years a member of the Landis Valley congregation. His place in church service was seldom vacant when health permitted. During the past year he endured much suffering and pain. He was very patient and put his trust and confidence in God, often expressing his desire to go home and forever be with the Lord. Funeral services were held March 13 at the home by Bro. Noah L. Landis, and at the Landis Valley church by Bros. John Sauder and Noah Mack. Texts, II Cor. 4:17, 18; Phil. 3:20, 21. Burial in the Old Sensenig cemetery near Reidenbachs, on the farm where he was born and raised.
Shifflet. - George M. Shifflet was born in Rockingham
Co., Va., Aug. 14, 1857; died Jan. 30, 1929; aged 71 y. 5 m. 16
d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for the past 30 years.
In 1878 he was united in marriage to Sister Mary Etta McDonelson
who preceded him to the better world nine years ago. To this union
were born 7 daughters and 5 sons: Mrs. Monroe Wenger, Dayton,
Va.; Mrs. Harve Eavers, Mt. Solon, Va.; Mrs. Tom Craun, Weyers
Cave, Va.; Mrs. Horace Cross, Fairfax, Va.; Mrs. Silas Keys, Baltimore,
Md.; Mrs. Leonard Small, Clarendon, Va.; Mrs. John Thompson, Vienna,
Va.; Otis, Mt. Clinton, Va.; Clarence, Avis, Lester, and Willie,
Washington, D. C. Fifty-one grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild,
4 brothers, and 5 sisters also survive. Funeral services were
conducted at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leonard Small at Clarendon,
Va. Text, Psa. 90. He was laid to rest in Falls Church cemetery,
beside the body of his companion.
"Rest on, dear grandfather, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more,
A faithful friend so true and kind,
No one on earth like you we'll find."
By a Granddaughter.
Burckhart. - Henry, son of Jacob and Susanna Burckhart,
was born Aug. 25, 1842; died at his home near Orville, Ohio, Jan.
8, 1929, after a ten days' illness from influenza; aged 84 y.
4 m. 14 d. On Oct. 22, 1863, he was united in marriage to Nancy
Martin. To this union were born fourteen children, six preceding
him in death. Those who survive are his aged companion, 2 daughters
(Fannie Koppes and Susie Kilmer of Wadsworth, O.), 6 sons (Jacob,
West Salem, O.; David, Dalton, O.; John, Wadsworth, O.; Amos,
Akron, O.; Andrew, Orville, O.; and Christian, at home), 1 brother
(Christian, Bowdil, O.), 28 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He will
be greatly missed in the family circle, but we say, "Thy
will be done." Funeral services were held from the home and
at Martin's Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. A. B. Good, M.
G. Horst, Benjamin Good, and David Wenger. Interment in adjoining
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright,
Since the spirit of our loved one
Took its happy homeward flight."
By a granddaughter.
Frey. - Polly (Weirich) Frey, daughter of Philip and
Susie Weirich, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Oct. 1, 1894;
died at her home near Goshen, Ind., Feb. 28, 1929; aged 34 y.
4 m. 27 d. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at the age
of 18, and united with the Shore Mennonite congregation where
she held her membership in full fellowship to the time of her
death. On June 28, 1913, she was united in marriage to Alvin P.
Frey. To this union were born six children. Clarence, Sylvia,
Harry, Cletus, La Vern, and an infant daughter Ruby Marie. She
was the first of a family of 11 children to answer the call of
death. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 4 sons,
2 daughters, father, mother, 5 brothers, 5 sisters, and many other
relatives. She bore her intense suffering patiently and expressed
a readiness to meet her Savior. Funeral services were conducted
in the home by Ira S. Johns and at Shore Mennonite church by Y.
C. Miller in English and D. J. Johns in German from Rom. 6:22,
23, selected by the family.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet peaceful breast;
All her toils and trials ended
And dear mother is at rest."
Wolfe. - Mollie E. (Bontrager) Wolfe, daughter of John and Nancy Bontrager, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Jan. 3, 1853; died at her home in West Liberty, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1929; aged 76 y. 1 m. 16 d. On Dec. 22, 1878, she was united in marriage to Marion Wolfe. Mar. 29, 1882, they moved with her parents to Champaign Co., Ohio, near King's Creek, where they resided until the death of both parents; then moving to the vicinity of West Liberty. Several years later Grandfather and Grandmother Wolfe came to make their home with them and were tenderly cared for during their declining years. In her youth the deceased gave her life to the service of her Master, uniting with the Mennonite Church. She lived a consistent Christian life, remaining true to her faith and her God. During her last sickness, which was of about seven weeks' duration, she was very patient, always greeting those who cared for her in a cheerful manner. Besides her husband, she leaves an aged sister, Mrs. Lydia Lantz, of Elida, Ohio, and one brother, Joseph Bontrager, of Lancaster, Ohio. Short services were held at the home, conducted by C. D. Esch, and at the Bethel Church, conducted by S. E. Allgyer, assisted by John Y. King. Burial was made in the South Union cemetery.
Beery. - Geo. H. Beery, son of Abraham G. and Sarah Ann Keller Beery, was born in Hocking Co., Ohio, May 1, 1848; died at the home of his sons, William and Simon, Nappanee, Ind., March 7, 1929; aged 80 y. 9 m. 7 d. In 1871 he was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Kreider of Bronson, Mich. To this union were born 2 daughters, Mrs. Frank Johnson (deceased), and Mrs. Clarence Nusbaum of Sturgis, Mich. His wife died June 11, 1875. A week before her death they both united with the Mennonite Church at Pleasant Hill, Mich., of which faith he was a member until death. On March 18, 1884 he was united in marriage to Mary E. Good of Putnam Co., Ohio, who died Jan. 16, 1919. To this union were born 11 children, 5 sons and 6 daughters. He is survived by Simon, Rhoda, William and Charles, all of Nappanee, Ind.; Delbert M., Osceola, Ind.; Mrs. Robert Andersohn and Fred of Chicago, Ill.; 19 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Mrs. Wm. Rice, Burr Oak, Mich. He was preceded in death by father, mother, 4 brothers, 6 sisters, and 4 daughters. He enjoyed good health until about 3 years ago when he began to fail. The last two weeks he was bedfast from a complication of diseases. His desire during his sickness was that the Lord might take him home, so we trust that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held on March 10, at the North Main Street Mennonite church, Nappanee, Ind., conducted by Silas Weldy and H. F. North; also a few remarks were made by Bro. J. F. Funk of Elkhart, Ind. Text, Psa. 37:39. Interment in South Union cemetery.
Landis. - Ruth H. Greider, daughter of Howard G. and
Mary Herr Greider, was born June 9, 1906, near Silver Springs,
Pa.; died Feb. 15, 1929, at the Lancaster General Hospital; aged
22 y. 8 m. 6 d. On Oct. 27, 1927, she was united in marriage to
Clayton D. Landis. Why God took her so soon, we cannot understand,
but we can only say, "Thy will be done." About a month
before her death she was taken sick with influenza, but had apparently
recovered. Later complications set in, giving evidence that the
deadly germs had remained in her system. After five days in the
hospital, where all was done that human skill could do, she peacefully
fell asleep in Jesus, leaving an infant son nine days old. Her
desire was to remain with her loved ones, but she repeatedly made
the expression, "If not, I am ready to go." She was
converted at the age of thirteen, and it can truly be said of
her that she faithfully served her Master until death. She is
survived by her deeply sorrowing husband, an infant son (Howard
Greider Landis), parents, and one sister, Anna Mae. Funeral services
were conducted at her late home, Feb. 18, 1929, by Bro. Elmer
Martin, and at Mellinger's Mennonite church by Bro. David Landis
(text, I Sam. 20:18, last clause), and Bro. John Charles (text,
Psa. 30:5, last clause), and Bishop John Mosemann, who united
them in marriage a little over a year ago. A large concourse of
relatives and friends gathered to show their love and sympathy.
Interment was made 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, sometime, we'll understand."
By her husband.
Gingerich. - John C. Gingerich was born Nov. 28, 1846;
died at Kalona, Ia., of heart failure March 5, 1929; aged 82 y.
3 m. 5 d. He emigrated with his parents, Christian and Cathrine
Gingerich, from Fairfield Co., Ohio, to Washington Co., Ia., in
1850. There were 18 people in this party and he is the last one
to answer the final summons. He was married to Elizabeth Mishler
Nov. 22, 1868. She preceded him in death March 16, 1888. To this
union were born 5 sons and three daughters, all living: Aaron
B., of near Kalona; Katie N., wife of Noah R. Bender, of Goshen,
Ind.; Drusilla E., wife of Eli S. Stutzman; Eliza A., wife of
Chriss Rhodes, Lewis, O.; Chriss, Frank, all of Kalona and vicinity;
Jesse, of Gulf Port, Miss. He was married to Elisabeth Guengerich
Jan. 21, 1892. Two children came to bless this union, one dying
in infancy, the other Dr. Geo. W. Gingerich of Bosey, Minn. Also
to mourn his loss is an adopted daughter, Joella, Mrs. Frank Gingerich
of Upland, Calif. Besides the children and aged wife he leaves
40 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, (Chriss
C. and Jacob C. of Kalona; Eli C. of Davenport, Ia.), one half-brothers
(Cornelius C. Gingerich) and one half-sister, (Emma, wife of Enos
J. Miller of Kalona), besides a host of friends and other relatives.
The deceased lived in and near Kalona all his life with the exception
of 17 years in Missouri. On March 5 he was in usual health, going
cheerfully about his work. At noon he ate dinner with all his
children and brothers who are living in and around Kalona, Ia.
At 2 P. M. his spirit took its flight. He had often expressed
a wish that he might go quickly when his time should come. And
God in wisdom and love granted this wish. He accepted Christ as
his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth,
remaining faithful to the end. He lived to see all his children
and most of his grandchildren accept Christ. He was of a quiet
peaceful disposition with a smile for everybody and will be greatly
missed in the home and the church. But our loss is his eternal
gain. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church,
Friday, March 8, conducted by D. J. Fisher and Joe C. Brenneman.
Text, I Peter 1:3, 4. Interment at the Gingerich cemetery.
----- Mother and children.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
Martin. - Jacob Searer Martin, who had been a resident of Elkhart, Ind., since 1872, was born in Thompsontown, Pa., Sept. 24, 1840; died at his home Feb. 22, 1929; aged 88 y. 4 m. 28 d. He came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., when eight years old. On April 24, 1883, he married Elmira Catherine Hoffnagle, of Linglestown, Pa. On March 3, 1895, together they joined the Church of the Brethren at this place. Surviving besides the widow are 2 brothers and 1 sister: Christian Martin of Plymouth, George Martin of Elkhart, and Sarah Jane Mast of Goshen, Ind.
Godshall. - J. Newton Godshall, son of Jonathan B. and
Mamie (Metz) Godshall of Franconia, Pa., was born Feb. 4, 1926;
died of diphtheria, Feb. 19, 1929; aged 3 y. 15 d. His stay here
was short, but we know that God's ways are not our ways. He is
survived by his parents, 2 brothers (Willard and Ernest), 1 sister
(Eva), 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, 1 great-grandmother, and
many other relatives and friends. Because of the nature of his
sickness memorial services were held on March 9 at the Franconia
Mennonite Church, Bros. A. G. Clemmer, A. Z. Derstine, and Menno
B. Souder officiating. Text, Mark 12:11.
"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 angels above."
Peachey. - Norman, son of Ezra J. and Clara (Bender) Peachey, was born Nov. 23, 1926; died Feb. 23, 1929; aged 2 y. 3 m. The occasion of his death was a very tragic one and enlisted the sympathies of the entire community. He and his brother, who was about fifteen months his senior, were left alone in the house for a short time. When the parents returned they found him literally wrapped in flames. Several physicians were summoned but all that professional skill and loving hands could do was in vain. He lived about three hours. The origin of the fire remains a mystery. It is comforting to know that he is of the redeemed throng, "for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral services were held at the home and at the Locust Grove church, near Belleville, Pa., in charge of S. T. Yoder, J. B. Miller, and J. D. Yoder. Interment in cemetery near by.
Groff. - Martin Groff, son of the late David and Elizabeth
Groff, died at his home at Bareville, Pa., March 19, 1929, from
the infirmities of old age. He was in his 84th year. His wife
preceded him in death by one year. To this union were born 9 children,
5 of whom survive him: Hettie, at home; Lizzie, wife of Jesse
Clark; David and John of Kinzers; and Noah of Bareville. He is
also survived by 1 sister, Mrs. Jacob Landis, 1 brother, David
of Lancaster, 34 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He
was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church and passed way
peacefully with the knowledge that his entire family were also
at peace with the Lord. Funeral services were held from his late
home in charge of Frank Hurst. Text, I Sam. 20:18, which was also
used at his wife's funeral. Interment at Groffdale.
Landis. - Peter L. Landis was born Sept. 22, 1841, in Bucks Co., Pa.; died of influenza after a very short illness, Dec. 26, 1928, at the home of his son Norman at Troutdale, a suburb of Portland, Oreg.; aged 87 y. 3 m. 4 d. On Feb. 4, 1866, he was united in marriage to Anna Culp. He moved to near Hiawatha, Kans., and in 1914 to Portland, Oreg., where he remained until death. He was the father of eight children, 4 sons and 4 daughters, all of Oregon and Kansas. He was baptized in the Mennonite faith in his youth and remained faithful till death. Funeral services were held in Portland, after which the body was taken to Hiawatha, Kans., where further services were held and interment was made in the Mt. Hope Cemetery beside his beloved wife who passed away Oct. 18, 1903. A. M. Reitzel officiated at the funeral services.
Walsh. - Sidney Albert Walsh was born May 7, 1925; died
March 15, 1929; aged 3 y. 10 m. 8 d. He came into the world in
a cloud of trouble and sorrow occasioned by domestic infelicity,
which made it impossible for his mother who loved him as her own
soul to keep him in her own personal care. His sweet personality
in its helpless dependence opened wide our hearts and home as
to one of our own, under which love and care he throve and grew
for a brief year and then very suddenly and unexpectedly withered
and died. While we know that it is best as God has chosen, still
we feel it a hard and bitter sweetness to look upon his toys and
empty little clothes and shoes and know that he shall never return
to us though we may go to him. May the Lord give comfort to his
Geo. R. Brunk and family.
Eash. - Christina Eash, daughter of John and Julian Keyser, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., May 18, 1856; died at the home of her daughter in White Pigeon, Mich., March 4, 1929; aged 72 y. 9 m. 26 d. When a child she moved with her parents to La Grange Co., Ind., where she grew to womanhood. In her youth she united with the Church of the Brethren but later transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church, where she was a member in full fellowship at the time of her departure. On July 14, 1872, she was united in marriage to Jacob Eash. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter preceded her in death. She is survived by her aged husband, 8 children, 32 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 3 brothers. Funeral services were held at the home by D. J. Johns and at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., by D. J. Johns and J. S. Hartzler.
Jutzi. - John C. B., son of Samuel B. and Catherine (Brenneman) Jutzi, was born May 9, 1883, in South Easthope, Perth Co., Ont.; died March 9, 1929, in Wellesley Twp.; aged 45 y. 9 m. 26 d. At the age of 16 he accepted Christ and united with the A. M. Church of which he was a faithful member until death. On Oct. 5, 1911, he was united in marriage to Sarah Bender. To this union were born 2 daughters and 3 sons. He leaves his widow, 5 children (Gladys, Clara, Anson, Erlus, and Elmer), 3 brothers and 1 sister (Solomon R., Albany, Oreg.; Daniel R., North Easthope; Jacob B., Baden, Ont.; Mary, wife of Enos Schultz of Ellice). He suffered from heart trouble for some time and while reading the Bible after eating supper he fell from the chair and passed away. Funeral services were held on March 10 at the home by Peter Boshart (text, Jno. 11:1-27), and at the Maple View church, Wellesley, Ont., by Christian S. Zehr (text, Tit. 2:11-14) and Christian Schultz (Matt. 24:42). Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Siegrist. - Lizzie M. Siegrist, wife of the late John
Siegrist, was born April 19, 1867; died March 9, 1929; aged 61
y. 10 m. 20 d. She is survived by the following children: J. Harvey;
Clara, wife of Irvin Diller; Esther, wife of Norman Frey; and
Ruth L. at home. One brother, David B. Lehman, and two sisters,
Mrs. Samuel Frey and Susan Lehman also survive. The children have
truly lost a devoted mother, of whom they pay a beautiful tribute
in the following words, "We have never known her to be angry,
to speak harshly or unkindly to us. Although her feelings may
have often been hurt, she seemed never to murmur, but simply pondered
these things in her heart. In any trial or circumstance her simple
faith knew no wavering." A sister said, "She was a very
dear sister to me." The neighborhood has lost a kind and
considerate neighbor; the church, a faithful and devoted member,
but what is our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were
held March 12, conducted at the home by Daniel Kuhns and at the
Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Bro. Kuhns and Harvey E. Shank.
Text, Rev. 7:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Deep in our hearts lies a picture,
Of a loved one laid to rest;
In memory's frame we will keep it,
Because she was one of the best."
Kauffman. - Abram Huber Kauffman, son of Christian H. and Mary Kauffman, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 6, 1854; died in Hartford, Conn., Feb. 22, 1929; aged 74 y. 6 m. 16 d. He was married to Elizabeth B. Horst. To this union were born 4 children: Harvey H., Mountain View, Calif.; Ada H. Burkholder, Aurora, Oreg.; Elmer H., Hartford, Conn.; Alvin H., missionary, Jerusalem, Palestine. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was converted at the age of 30, and began his ministry when he was ordained in the Mennonite Brethren Church at the age of 35. He continued in active service in the ministry for nearly thirty years. During his lifetime he preached and held evangelistic meetings in more than fifteen states and Canada. He was editor of a religious paper for several years which was circulated in every state in the Union, Canada, and some foreign countries. He was author of two books and published many tracts. He was founder of the Apostolic Holiness Union in Michigan and later was a charter member of the first church of the Nazarene in Michigan. During the last two years of his ministry he was its District Superintendent. He is still on the rolls of the ministry of this church. The closing days of his life were filled with the glory of God, and he testified that they were the most victorious days of his life. His last request was to sing, "Every Day and Every Hour."
Hartzler. - Lydia E. Hartzler, daughter of John and
Sarah Hartzler, was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 3, 1900;
died near Wellman, Ia., March 13, 1929; aged 29 y. 1 m. 10 d.
At the age of 14 she was converted and united with the Mennonite
Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death. At
the age of six she moved with her parents to Plainview, Tex.,
where they lived for ten years, after which they moved back to
Ohio. In 1920 they located at Limon, Colo. Several months ago
she went to Wellman, Ia., hoping to improve her health which had
been failing. While there she stayed with the family of J. S.
Guengerich. The cause of her death was heart trouble and dropsy.
She leaves to mourn her departure father, mother, one full sister,
Ada, who is a missionary nurse in India; 2 half-brothers, Jonas
and Harry Hartzler, La Junta, Colo.; one half-sister, Mrs. May
Leroy, West Liberty, Ohio; one adopted nephew, Donald Hartzler,
and a niece, Pauline Elizabeth Leroy, besides many other relatives
and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Limon Mennonite
Church by Bros. J. A. Heatwole and Paul Hooley, assisted by Bros.
L. C. Miller, Allen Erb and Earl Showalter. Text, Jno. 14:3.
"Our dear Lydia was so mild and lovely,
We miss her everywhere,
But the dear Lord saw best to call her
To that bright home over there."
By her Mother.
Bender. - Daniel C. Bender, oldest son of Christian
R. and Elizabeth Bender, was born in Washington Co., Ia., Jan.
26, 1901; died at his home near Kalona, Ia., March 9, 1929; aged
28 y. 1 m. 13 d. At about the age of eighteen he accepted Christ
and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in which faith he lived
and died. On Dec. 31, 1925, he was united in marriage to Margaret
Hansen, who preceded him in death, May 10, 1926. On Sept. 3, 1927,
he was united in marriage to Maude Swartzendruber. They together
trod life's pathway for the short period of eighteen months. About
a year ago he became somewhat afflicted with leakage of the heart,
but until the last week his condition was not thought serious.
Since then health gradually failed and he suddenly passed away
which was a great shock to the community. He leaves to mourn his
departure his deeply bereaved wife, one son, Harold Roy, aged
six months, father, mother, 1 brother, and 4 sisters (Barbara,
wife of Simon Hershberger; Edwin, Fanny, Ellen, and Nettie of
near Wellman, Ia.), also 2 half-sisters (Mary, wife of Elmer G.
Swartzendruber of Wellman, Ia., and Lydia, wife of Simon Miller
of Grantsville, Md.), and an aged grandmother, besides many other
relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Lower
Deer Creek church March 12, 1929, by J. L. Hershberger and John
Y. Swartzendruber. Text, Prov. 27:1.
"You'll be missed and oh, how sadly,
No one here on earth can tell,
But it was the Master's bidding,
He who doeth all things well."
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.