ENTERLINE.--Mary, wife of Hiram Enterline, was born July 21, 1856; died Nov. 7, 1930; aged 74 y. 3 m. 16 d. She was a faithful member of Rissers Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa. Her sudden death was a shock to her many friends. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Noah W. Risser and Samuel Oberholtzer.
HEISEY.--Martha E. Heisy was born Aug. 19, 1853; died Nov. 10, 1930; aged 76 y. 3 m. 21 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband and only son preceded her in death. She is survived by three grandsons and a number of great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Brethren Noah Risser, Allen Brubaker, and Henry Hess. Interment in Hernley's Cemetery, Lancaster Co., Pa.
SHANK.--Elsie S., wife of Elmer Shank, was born Aug. 16, 1908; died Nov. 13, 1930; aged 22 y. 2 m. 27 d. She is survived by her husband and an infant daughter; also her parents (Clayton Good's), a sister and a brother. One son preceded her in death. She was willing to surrender her life to the Lord, in the last hours of her life. Funeral services were conducted from her late home in Elisabethtown, Pa., and at Good's Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. N. W. Risser and Samuel Oerholtzer. Text, Amos 4:12.
KURTZ.--Sadie Kurtz was born June 12, 1874; died Nov. 4, 1930, after a lingering illness and severe suffering, which was patiently borne, having a desire to be at home with the Father; age 56 y. 5 m. 2 d. She is survived by her father (Abraham Kurtz, her mother having preceded her in death), also by three sisters (Lizzie, Katie, and Susan) and four brothers (Evan, John, Harvey, and Michael). She was a faithful member of Gingerichs Mennonite Church, Lebanon Co., Pa. Funeral services were conducted from her late home at Reittville, Pa., and at the Brethren Church near there, by Brethren David Westernberger, Noah Risser, and Jacob Ebersole. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
MILLER.--Mary Hostetler was born in La Grange Co., Ind., April 21, 1857. She united with the Shore Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. In January, 1884, she was married to Josiah Eash, who died April 20, 1898. On April 29, 1900, she was again united in marriage with Samuel B. Miller, and in this union she remained until death, Nov. 1, 1930; aged 73 y. 6 m. 11 d. Her request was that Christ rather than she, be held up as an example. Funeral services were held at the house and at the Shore Mennonite Church, by Y. C. Miller and J. J. Miller. Texts Job 18:21, 25, 26; Rom. 14:12. Interment in Pashan Cemetery.
RISSER.--Peter S. Risser was born near Bellaire, Lebanon Co., Pa., April 4, 1858; died Nov. 13, 1930; aged 72 y. 7 m. 9 d. He was married to Sarah Herr, who preceded him in death about four years. To this union were born a son (Abner) and a daughter (Lillian, wife of Jonas Ebersole), who survive; also four grandsons. He was ordained a deacon in Good's Church, in which office he was faithful until death. In his departure the family has lost a loving father, the Church a staunch supporter of the faith, and the community a congenial neighbor. Funeral was held from the home of his son Abner, and at Goods Mennonite Church, Nov. 16, conducted by Bros. John Landis, Ira Miller, and Noah Risser. Text, Heb. 4:9.
UNRUH.--Mary Boese Unruh was born Sept. 23, 1859; died at her home in Garden City, Mo., Nov. 18, 1930; aged 71 y. 1 m. 25 d. In her young years she confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. April 7, 1877, she was united in marriage to Peter A. Unruh. To this union were born seven sons and four daughters. Three sons and one daughter preceded her in death. Those left to mourn her death are her husband and the following children: A. M., J. C., D. J., E. E., Mrs. Mary Bayne, Mrs. Anna Hirsh, Mrs. Esther McCrae, one step-son, B. P. Unruh; also 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Short services at the home, and also at the Baptist Church in Garden City, Mo., by the pastor, Pre. Mansur, assisted by I. G. Hartzler of the Sycamore Grove Church. Text, Psa. 90 and I Corr. 13:13.
LAPP.--Isaac Lapp of near Freeport, Ill., was born Oct. 14, 1841; died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Bro. and Sister N. L. Wolf; aged 89 y. 1 m. 6 d. He was a son of Samuel and Esther Lapp, who came from Ontario and were among the early settlers of Stephenson Co., Ill. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Winters, who preceded him in death fifteen years. To this union were born four sons and two daughters. He was a man of cheerful disposition and loved to talk about things spiritual. He leaves his six children, fourteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many friends. He was the last of a family of thirteen children to be called hence. Funeral services were held Nov. 23 from the home and at the Mennonite church by A. H. Leaman, assisted by J. S. Shoemaker and S. E. Graybill. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Oft he spake of his departure.
And our hearts with grief would swell;
He would urge the thought upon us,
Jesus doeth all things well.
So we'll strive to meet our loved ones,
And the King in glory see;
O the joy of His appearing,
What a meeting that will be.
GROFF.--Mary Groff was born in Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 24, 1846; died Nov. 5, 1930; aged 83 y. 10 m. 11 d. She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Groff and the last of a family of seven sisters and four brothers. When but a small child the family moved from Pennsylvania to Ashland, Ohio, where she lived until she was forty years of age. After the death of her father and mother in 1887 she came to Indiana, making her home with her sister, Mrs. Wm. Shriner, until her sister's death and then made her home with her niece and nephew. Anna and Benj. Shriner. At the age of eighteen months she was afflicted with paralysis which left her a cripple, and for the last eight years was practically helpless. In the forenoon of Nov. 5, while she was alone in the house, fire broke out from which she could not escape and was already dead when found by her niece. She united with the Olive Mennonite Church in 1929. She is survived by her niece, Anna Shriner, at whose home she died, a nephew, Benj. Shriner of Goshen, Ind., and other relatives, and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Olive Mennonite Church, Nov. 9, conducted by D. A. Yoder, C. A. Shank, and Frank Kreider. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
BRUNK.--John Miller, son of Daniel S. and Catherine Brunk, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Oct. 15, 1879; died Nov. 12, 1930. Sept. 9, 1900, he was united in marriage to Anna E. Rhodes of Harrisonburg, Va. He was preceded in death by his mother, a brother (Jesse H. Brunk) and two dauthers (Zela Catherine and Ada Mae). Surviving him are his wife, two sons (Wilmer and Orran), two daughters (Grace and Gladys), his father, step-mother, a brother (Jacob B.) and a sister (Anna R. Rhodes). Even though circumstances have found the family scattered and separated they had been anxiously looking forward to a reunion in the near future, but God saw fit to call one from the circle before these plans were fulfilled. On the morning of Nov. 12 he met death by falling from the roof of a two-story building on which he was working. Death followed in a very short time, due to fracture of the skull. He was received into the Mennonite Church in youth. The past year he united with the Dauphin Way Baptist Church Mobile, Ala., and at the time of his death was engaged in the Master's service. Now that he has gone, the family is comforted by statements made in many of his recent letters and feels that he was ready to meet his God. The disappointment is great and yet they humbly submit believing it is God's appointment. The inspiration to live a more Godly life has increased and if followed all may yet be reunited in our heavenly home.
KREIDER.--Anna Kreider was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Dec. 1?*, 1848; died at the home of her daughter (Margie Book,
Soudersburg, Pa.), Nov. 1, 1930; aged 81 y. 10 m. 18 d. She with
her husband, George Kreider, united with the Mennonite Church
early in their married life, and she remained faithful until death.
She lived a consistent Christian life and had a deep concern for
the spiritual and temporal welfare of her family. Her patient
and loving disposition won her many friends. She is survived by
the following children: Bishop John M., Sarah (wife of Pre. Ira
L. Hershey), Benjamin M., Jesse D., Jacob H., Margie (wife of
G. Parke Book), Susan (wife of John R. Bare), and Esther (wife
of Jos. S. Lehman); also by 34 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren
who mourn the loss of a dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Two brothers are left of her immediate family, Elias H. and Josiah
H. Mellinger. Brief services were held at the home by Bro.
Jacob Mellinger and at Paradise Mennonite Church by Bros. C. M.
Brackbill and A. L. Martin. Brother J. M. and wife had the blessed
privilege of visiting Mother four weeks in the summer. Later,
when she took sick and was confined to her bed, they came again
a week, helping to nurse and to care for her, which she appreciated
very much. No one but God knows how sad our hearts are, but we
say, "Thy will be done."
"If we could hear her singing
As we think she's singing now,
If we could see the brightness
Of the crown upon her brow,
There would be no sights to worry,
And of bitter tears no more,
When we think of our dear mother
Who has gone to yonder Shore."
Transcriber's note: *It looks like a 3 but can not be sure.
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GINGRICH.--Beatrice Jeanette, only daughter of John and Mary (Weaver) Gingrich, was born near Elkhart, Ind., June 23, 1929, and died at the same place Nov 24, 1930. She leaves her parents, paternal and maternal grandparents, and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral services on the following Wednesday at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church, conducted by A. L. Buzzard and J. S. Hartzler. Text: "Is it well with thee . . . is it well with the child?"
MARTIN.--Erma B., infant daughter of Ezra and Lydia (Bauman) Martin, Nappanee, Ind., was born Nov. 26, 1930 and lived a short duration of six days. She is survived by her parents, one sister (Lorene), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Ananias Bauman, Mr. and Mrs. Abe Martin), three great-grandparents (Mrs. Lydia Ramer and Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Stauffer), four aunts, five uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home, conducted by Bros. William Ramer and Noah Wenger. Text, Mark 10:13, 17. Burial in Yellow Creek Cemetery.
STEMEN.--Samuel H., son of Samuel and Magdalene Stemen was born in Allen Co., O., April 26, 1854; died in Lima, O., Nov. 10, 1930; aged 76 y. 6 m. 14 d. On April 17, 1875, he was united in marriage to Sarah J. Hall. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters. At his request he was received into the fellowship of the believers at the Lima Mission during his last affliction. He is survived by his companion, 4 children, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. The funeral services were held at the Salem Church, Nov. 13, in charge of Bros. Jonas Bucher and J. M. Shenk. He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
GRAYBILL.--Menno S. Graybill was born Dec. 28, 1857, in Juniata Co., Pa., where he united with the Mennonite Church and lived until 1900, when the family moved to Lancaster County. Recently, because of much suffering, he desired to depart, and on Oct. 31, 1930, he entered the rest that remaineth for the people of God. His wife, two sons, and one brother feel keenly their loss.
"For the faith that keeps us patient
Looking at the things unseen,
Knowing Spring shall follow Winter
And the earth again be green.
For the hope of that glad meeting
Far from mortal grief and pain--
We thank Thee, O our Father,
For the blessings that remain."
BATES.--Sarah A., daughter of John S. and Sarah Good, was born in Hocking Co., O., May 12, 1851; passed away at their home in Shambaugh, Ia., Oct. 8, 1930. She was united in marriage to J. F. Markwell, Nov. 22, 1874. To this union 5 children were born, 4 of whom preceded her in death. Mr. Markwell passed away twenty-five years ago. She was married to J. F. Bates in October, 1907. She was converted in the United Brethren Church and about 47 years ago united with the Free Methodist Church in Shambaugh, Ia., where she remained a faithful member until death. She lived a devoted, consistent Christian life which carried an influence for Christ and the cause she loved so much. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 1 son (Clarence), 1 brother (Joseph Good of Hesston, Kans.), and many other relatives and friends. Her brother Andrew preceded her in July, 1930. Funeral services were held from the Free Methodist Church in Shambaugh by her pastor. Interment in Butler cemetery.
STUTZMAN.--Lester, son of Alex. J. and Cora Stutzman, was born in Portage Co., Ohio, Nov. 23, 1914; died in San Angelo, Texas, on his 16th birthday, Nov. 23, 1930, his twin brother having preceded him in infancy. About two years ago the dreadful disease, tuberculosis, fastened itself upon him and the family left at once for another climate that would be favorable towards a speedy recovery. He seemed to be making headway until lately, but the end came more suddenly than expected. He bore his sickness very patiently. He was continually looking to the Lord for strength to fully surrender to His will whatever it might be. During his sickness he saw more than ever the Lord's vision of the needy field white already to harvest and had dedicated his life to this work should he get well. He leaves his parents, two brothers, one sister, one foster sister, two brothers having preceded him to the great beyond. Besides the immediate family there remains a grandfather and grandmother, ten uncles, seven aunts and a number of cousins and friends. Services and interment, attended by a large number of relatives and friends, were held at the home church, Portage Co., Nov. 30, 1930, in charge of H. N. Troyer and E. B. Stoltzfus.
SHARP.--Levi Jacob, son of Gideon and Salina Sharp,
was born near Belleville, Pa., July 12, 1874; died near is home
at Hubbard, Oreg., Sept. 27, 1930; aged 56 y. 2 m. 14 d. On the
morning of his death he left home as usual to go to his work.
While on the way he met a very sad accident. The truck on which
he was riding upset and he was fatally injured. He passed into
eternity on the way to the hospital. He accepted Christ at the
age of 31 and lived a faithful Christian life. He loved to read
his Bible and while waiting for the truck to arrive he was seen
sitting by the roadside reading the precious Word. He had a kind
and cheerful disposition which won for him many friends. On Nov.
1, 1904, he was married to Cora Emma Byler at Sadalia,
Mo. To this union were born 5 children. On Jan. 26, 1920, he moved
with his family to Hubbard, Oreg., where his wife and youngest
daughter passed into eternity. On Jan. 2, 1930, he was married
to Lydia M. Kropf of Hubbard, Oreg., who is left to mourn
the loss of a dear companion and husband. Funeral services were
held Sept. 30, at the home and at the Zion A. M. Church of which
he was faithful member. Services in charge of Bros. E. Z. Yoder,
N. A. Lind, and Fred J. Gingerich. Texts, Amos 4:12 and Matt.
24:44. Burial in the Lind Cemetery.
"Oh how often we will miss you,
When the shades of evening fall.
And with longing ears we'll listen
For your dear familiar call."
MILLER.--Jeremiah, son of the late John M. and Susanna Miller,
was born in Trail, Ohio, June 8, 1852; died at his home near Sugarcreek,
O., Nov. 23, 1930; aged 78 y. 5 m. 15 d. Death was due to a complication
of diseases. In 1877 he was united in marriage with Magdalena
Mast. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters--Victor
(the oldest son, who preceded his father in death), Mrs. S. G.
Stevanus, Enos, and Mrs. Clay Maust. He accepted Christ as his
Savior in his youth, and united with the Mennonite Church at Walnutcreek.
To the close of his life he was interested in propagating the
faith which he espoused when a young man. When he closed his eyes
for the last time he might well have said with Paul, "I am
now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight. I have finishd my course, I have kept
the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day;
and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
He leaves his wife, one son, two daughters, one foster son (Joseph
Hostetler), 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. The following
brothers and sisters also survive: Moses, Amos, John, and Lee
Miller, Mrs. Emmanuel Troyer, and Mrs. Jacob N. Mast; also other
relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at
the Union Hill Church, Nov. 25, conducted by A. W. Miller, Edward
Shepfer, and D. M. Friedt. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
And in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
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SOUDER.--Katie Souder was born in Germany June 26, 1851;
died at the Oreville Mennonite Home near Lancaster, Pa., Sept.
14, 1930; aged 79 y. 2 m. 19 d. Her husband (Christian Souder)
died twenty years ago. Aunt Katie was an inmate of the Home about
twelve years. She is survived by 2 children (Mrs. Charles W. Round
and David, a deaf mute). She was a member of the Mennonite Church
at Lancaster. Funeral services were conducted at the Home by Bro.
Jacob G. Hess and at Vine Street Mission by Brethren Jacob Brubaker
and Jacob G. Hess.
By her nieces.
MCCORMICK.--Jacob A. McCormick was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, May 13, 1859; died Oct. 16, 1930; age 71 y. 5 m. 3 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Shoup in 1882, to which union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. The oldest daughter preceded him in death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the home and at the North Lima Mennonite Church, Oct. 18. Psa. 23 was selected by Bro. McCormick as a text. The services were in charge of Bros. A. J. Steiner and E. M. Detweiler. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
KLING.--Jacob S. Kling was born Sept. 13, 1857; died Sept. 30, 1930; aged 73 y. 17 d. He died of a complication of diseases. He is survived by his wife (who was Elizabeth Eby), 2 daughters (Anna E., wife of H. Lehman, and May E., wife Martin Diller), and 2 sons (Elmer E. and Wille E.). He had been a consistent member of Hersheys Mennonite Church for 40 years and his place in the Sunday school and church services was seldom vacant. He was a kind and devoted husband and father. Services were conducted at Hershey's Church by Bros. C. M. Brackbill and Abram Martin.
MOHLER.--Ruth Arlene, only daughter of Galen K. and Viola (Weaver)
Mohler, was born Nov. 19, 1930; died Nov. 22. Her stay
here was short, yet long enough to win the affection of her parents.
She leaves father, mother, a foster brother (Donald E.), 4 grandparents,
and many uncles and aunts. Short services were held at the home
near East Petersburg, Pa., by Bro. N. L. Landis, with burial in
the Landis Valley cemetery.
"Our little darling was too pure to stay
So God His wisdom took her away,
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with Him above."
ERB.--Nancy Bast Erb was born in Wellesley, Ont., in 1884; died at the Buffalo General Hospital Nov. 17, 1930. She was sick about 3 weeks, suffering from gallstones and yellow jaundice. She was taken to the hospital on the evening of Nov. 15, where she was to be operated on. When she arrived at the hospital the doctor pronounced her case hopeless. She lingered until the morning of Nov. 17 when she peacefully passed away. She leaves her husband, 5 sons, 3 daughters. She was a member of the Conservative Mennonite Church from which faith she never departed. Funeral services were held at the Alden Mennonite Church by Bros. John Bontrager and John Helmuth. Burial at County Line Cemetery.
KIPFER.--Amanda Kipfer was born in Milverton, Ont., Feb. 10, 1898; died at the General Hospital, Buffalo, N. Y., Nov. 4, 1930; aged 32 y. 9 m. 26 d. Her illness extended over several months, and at times her suffering was intense. She expressed a desire to leave this world if it were the Lord's will. She was united in marriage to Jacob Kipfer, Jan. 5, 1920, who with 2 sons are bereft of wife and mother. Besides these she leaves her mother, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters. Her father and 1 brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Alden Mennonite Church by Bros. Dan Kauffman, and John Helmuth. Burial in County Line Cemetery. She left a testimony that all was well. May we prepare to meet her on the other side.
MILLER.--Thomas, infant son of Alvin W. and Ida Miller,
was born near Walnutcreek, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1930; lived in this world
only a little over two days. His life was short on earth, but
able to draw our minds heavenward. It is hard to part with our
little jewel. But with Job we say: "The Lord gave, and the
Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." He
leaves his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. A short service
was conducted in the home, Dec. 9, in charge of D. M. Friedt.
Burial in the Walnutcreek Mennonite cemetery.
"There is not flock, however watched and tended,
But one dead lamb is there;
There is no home however well defended,
But has one vacant chair."
YODER.--Valentine Yoder was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 16, 1841; died at his home near Yoder, Kans., Nov. 29, 1930, of infirmities of old age; aged 89 y. 4 m. 13 d. In early life he united with the old Order Amish Church in which faith he died. On March 20, 1864, he was married to Mattie Miller. They shared the joys and sorrows of life for more than 66 years. To this union 7 children were born. One died in infancy and Sarah, wife of Eli Schrock died two years ago. He leaves his aged companion, 5 children, 41 grandchildren, 167 great-grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. For 35 years he and his wife have been tenderly cared for in the home of his son Daniel. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Rudy Yoder and Moses Troyer.
WITMER.--Barbara Clark Witmer, wife of Henry E. Witmer,
was born Oct. 3, 1856; died Nov. 16, 1930, at her home in Mt.
Joy; aged 74 y. 1 m. 13 d. She is survived by her husband, 11
children, 24 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister.
Three of her children were unable to be present at the funeral;
Catharine, wife of William Adoph, and Minnie C. on the mission
field in China and Clayton, Philippine Islands. One son preceded
her in death 6 years ago. She was a member of the Mennonite Church
for many years. Funeral services were held at her late home in
Mt. Joy and at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church by Bros. Amos Hess
and Henry E. Lutz. Text, Rev. 14:13. Laid to rest in Kraybills
"The golden gates were opened,
A gentle voice said, "Come,'
And with farewells unspoken
Mother peacefully entered Home."
FISHER.--Peter H., son of Harry A. and Matilda Fisher, was born near New Paris, Ind., Dec. 27, 1865; died from a cerebral hemorrhage Nov. 19, 1930; aged 64 y. 10 m. 22 d. He was a member of a family of fifteen (15) children. One half-brother, two half-sisters, eight brothers, one sister, and his parents preceded him into the spirit world. He is survived by one brother (Daniel) and five nieces and six nephews. Peter was a very kind and dependable boy up to the time he was stricken with a severe attack of typhoid fever from which he never fully recovered and was an invalid for 43 years. He accepted the Christian faith and had made arrangement to unite with the Mennonite Church when he was stricken with the above ailment. Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at the Maple Grove Church in charge of R. F. Yoder. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
NOFZINGER.--Jacob E., son of John and Anna Nofzinger,
was born on a farm near Archbold, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1869; died Nov.
24, 1930, on the same farm where he was born and where he spent
his entire life; aged 61 y. 2 m. 19 d. On March 12, 1890, he was
united in marriage to Katie Nofziger. To this union were
born 1 son (Walter), 2 daughters (Vera and Thelma). He leaves
to mourn his sudden and unexpected departure his sorrowing wife,
3 children, 8 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 1 sister, and a host
of relatives and friends. His parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister
preceded him in death. About 19 years ago he accepted Christ as
his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained
a member until death. Funeral services were held Thanksgiving
morning at the home by Bro. Eli Rapp and at the Central A. M.
Church by S. D. Grieser and Henry Rychener. Text, Psa. 39:4. Burial
in Eckley cemetery.
"Sweetly rest, dear husband and father,
With all the loved ones gone before,
And may we all prepare to meet you,
On yonder peaceful shore."
YORDY.--Jacob K., son of Peter and Mary Yordy, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., March 8, 1853; died at the home of his son Amsa near Flanagan, Ill., Nov. 29, 1930; aged 77 y. 8 m. 21 d. He spent his entire life in Tazewll, Woodford and Livingston counties. On Feb. 3, 1878, he was united in marriage to Kathryn King of Livingston Co., Ill. To this union were born 5 sons and 9 daughters. The surviving children are Edward, Noah, William, Raymond, Amsa, Mrs. S. A. Albrecht, Mrs. Simon Beller, Mrs. Albert Durre, Mrs. Elmer Augsburger, Mrs. Ray Slagell, Mrs. William Stalter, and Mrs. Arthur Guth. The children are all residents of this community with the exception of Mrs. Beller of Wesloco, Tex., and Raymond, of Iowa City, Ia. He also leaves 58 grandchildren and one sister (Barbara Yordy). Those of the family who have preceded him in death are his companion (who died Feb. 2, 1918), also two daughters and four grandchildren. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at the Waldo Church, conducted by the home ministers, D. W. Slagel and J. D. Hartzler. Burial in Waldo Cemetery.
CRESSMAN.--Nelson, son of Daniel and Leah Cressman,
was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 18, 1907; died on his way
to a hospital Nov. 25, 1930; aged 23 y. 7 d. He was visiting in
Lancaster Co., Pa., and in Maryland, and his death was caused
by an automobile accident near Hagerstown, Md. He was married
to Mary Ann Weber, Conestoga, Ont., just twelve days before.
He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 18 years and
lived a faithful Christian life until his death. He leaves his
wife, mother, father, 1 sister, 2 brothers, and many friends.
Funeral services were held at Reiffs Church, Md., by Bros. Frank
Horst, Moses Horst. Text, John 14:1,2. The body was taken from
the church to Maugansville Station where the remains were sent
to his home near St. Jacobs, Ont. On Nov. 29 a short service was
conducted at the house by Bro. Ezra Martin and in the Conestoga
Riverside Church by Bros. Abraham Gingrich and Urias Martin. Text.
Jno. 14:1,2. Buried in adjoining cemetery. It was one of the largest
funerals held for years.
"Rest on, dear Nelson, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful son, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find." Parents.
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ROTH.-Terry, infant son of Bro. and Sister Joe L. Roth, Milford, Neb., was born Dec. 8, 1930; died Dec. 11, 1930. Funeral services were held Dec. 12.
WEAVER.-Mollie Weaver was born Jan. 7, 1867; died Dec. 6, 1930, following an illness of 3 months. There remain to mourn her departure 3 brothers and a large circle of friends. She was a faithful Christian and a devoted Sunday school teacher. Funeral services were held from her home and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 9, 1930, conducted by Bro. John Mosemann. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
BRUBAKER.-Julia Featherstone, wife of John Brubaker, was born in Randolph Co., Mo. She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Featherstone. She died Nov. 23, 1930. She leaves her husband, 3 sisters and other relatives and friends. She was a member of the Trinity M. E. Church of Elkhart, Ind. She was a devoted wife and by her friendliness she won many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Nov. 25 by her pastor, ------ McPheters, and D. A. Yoder of the Mennonite Church.
STOLTZFUS.-Menno K. Stoltzfus was born in Union Co.,
Pa., June 2, 1868; died Nov. 9, 1930. He united with the Amish
Mennonite (Old Order) Church near Belleville in his early years
and remained a faithful member until death. He was married to
Lizzie S. Byler of Belleville, Pa., Dec. 9, 1890. In 1918
he moved to Lancaster Co., Pa., where he lived till he died. He
leaves his wife and 3 sons. Funeral services were held Nov. 12
at the Weavertown Church by Moses P. Riehl and Christ Peachey.
It was his desire to depart.
"Dear father, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before."
GARBER.-Samuel S. Graber was born near Florin, Pa., July 4, 1840; died in Hinton, Okla., Nov. 21, 1930; aged 90 y. 4 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara S. Nissley Oct. 29, 1863. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. In the spring of 1879 he moved with his family to Jackson Co., Kans. After the death of his wife in 1903, he moved to Hinton, Okla., where he has lived for the past twenty-seven years. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful member to the end. He leaves 3 sons, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the funeral home Monday morning, conducted by R. F. Porter. Burial in Holton Cemetery.
BOYER.-Christian, son of Henry B. and Barbara Boyer, was born in Mahoning Co., O., April 19, 1846; died at his home, the old Boyer homestead, at the ripe old age of 84 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was united in marriage to Martha L. Glenn May 22, 1873. To this union were born 3 sons. His wife and 1 son preceded him in death. He was married to Mary Basinger Metzler, daughter of the late Pre. Peter Basinger, May 19, 1891. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and remained faithful to the end. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 1 step-son, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Midway Church near Columbiana, Ohio, in charge of Bros. E. M. Detweiler and A. J. Steiner. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
MILLER.-Elizabeth Lehman, wife of Harrison Miller, was born July 8, 1870, at Cullom, Ill.; died Dec. 9, 1930. She was the daughter of Peter Y. and Lydia Lehman. She came to Elkhart Co., Ind., with her parents when she was 2 years old. She was united in marriage to Harrison Miller of Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 26, 1892. To this union were born 1 daughter and 3 sons. She was converted in her youth, and later united with the Methodist Church at Jamestown where she retained her membership until death. She leaves her husband, and children, 4 grandchildren, 4 sisters, 6 brothers, and many others relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at home by D. A. Yoder and at the Olive Church by ---- Menaugh and Frank Kreider. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
BECK.-Daniel Beck was born near Archbold, Ohio, Oct.
4, 1857; died at his home near Petisville, Ohio, Dec. 11, 1930;
aged 73 y. 2 m. 7 d. On April 13, 1882, he was united in marriage
with Fannie King. To this union were born 4 sons and 7
daughters. He leaves his sorrowing widow, 2 sons, 6 daughters,
20 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of
relatives and friends. His parents, 2 sons and a daughter, 2 brothers,
2 sisters, and 5 grandchildren preceded him in death. In his younger
years he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish
Mennonite Church of which he remained a member until death. Funeral
services were held Dec. 14 at the home, conducted by S. S. Wyse,
and at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Henry Rychener and
S. D. Grieser. Text, I Co. 15:51,52. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh how fain we would have kept thee,
Dearest father, gone to rest;
Yet a living faith in Jesus
Tells us that he knoweth best."
SMUCKER.-Amos Smucker was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug.
13, 1848; died Dec. 18, 1930; aged 82 y. 3 m. 27 d. He was united
in marriage to Magdalena Yoder Jan. 23, 1873. To this union
were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. 1 son, 2 brothers and 2 sisters
preceded him in death. He is survived by his dear wife, 2 sons,
2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 1 sister, and a large circle of
friends. Bro. Smucker early in life accepted Christ as his personal
Savior, united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church where he worshipped
and served his Lord. He was faithful and active in the Master's
work. In his quiet and gentle way he gave a helping hand with
a smile and with cheerfulness wherever help was needed. In his
affliction he was unusually patient and fully resigned. He kept
his faith and trust in the Lord and Christ, which gave him great
comfort as he passed through the changing scenes of many years.
He was a kind, loving husband and father and leaves his family
and the Church the memory of a beautiful Christian life. His final
call came in the evening of life when his spirit was wafted into
the great eternity of God. Services were held at the Oak Grove
Church in charge of Bro. J. S. Gerig. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment
in the cemetery adjoining.
Sleep on, dear father, and take thy rest,
Beneath His watchful eye.
Lay down thy head upon the Savior's breast
And there is perfect rest."
METZLER.-Bertha M., daughter of Susan and the late Levi H.
Brackbill, was born near Gap, Pa., Sept. 15, 1886; died
Nov. 7, 1930, in Lancaster General Hospital from the effects of
an operation; aged 44 y. 1 m. 22 d. She accepted Christ as her
Savior when 16 years of age and united with the Mennonite Church
where she remained faithful until death. Dec. 13, 1910, she was
married to Christian H. Metzler. This happy union was blessed
with four children. She was a faithful and affectionate wife,
a kind and devoted mother, always showing a deep concern for the
spiritual and temporal welfare of the family. She had been in
failing health the past few years but bore it all with a smile.
Her desire was to get well and come home to her family, but if
it was God's will she was ready to go. God saw fit to call her
to Himself. She leaves her grief-stricken husband, 4 children
(Susan, Warren, Elsie, and Christian), her mother, two brothers
(Benjamin R. and Parke R.), two sisters (Anna, wife of Walter
R. Denlinger, and Elsie). Her death came as a shock and a loud
call to the family and community. Funeral services were held Nov.
11 at the home and at Hersheys Mennonite Church by Bros. C. M.
Brackbill, Abram Martin, and Jacob Mellinger. Interment in adjoining
"Sister, thou art sweetly resting,
On the Savior's loving breast;
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly thy soul shall rest."
STAHL.-Jacob G., only child of the late George and Caroline (Mummau) Stahl, was born in Sommerset Co., Pa., Nov. 1, 1870; died about three miles from his home Nov. 25, 1930; aged 60 y. 24 d. On the morning of his death he left home, stating that he would be back for dinner. While enroute to Johnstown with produce he was struck by an auto which instantly killed him. His grandson, who was sitting by his side on the small truck, was just slightly hurt. He was married to Ellen Speicher, who preceded him in death twenty-one years ago. His first wife was the daughter of Jacob Speicher (deceased) and Barbara Speicher Leman of Elmdale, Mich. The surviving children of this first marriage are Carrie, wife of Oscar Mishler; Emma, wife of Lloyd Croyle; Howard; George; Grace, wife of Leonard Naugle; Austin, and Ruth. Two children also preceded in death. There are 14 surviving grandchildren. He was married the second time to Amanda Lohr Yoder, widow of the late Joseph Yoder. Besides the children and his wife, he is survived by one step-son, one step-daughter, and many other relatives and friends. He was a communicant member of the Blough Mennonite Church. The funeral services were not held until Dec. 1, awaiting the arrival of his son Howard from Texas. A large concourse assembled at the Blough Church for the funeral services. Services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler, assisted by L. A. Blough and Harry C. Blough. Buried in Blough Cemetery. The entire community was shocked by this sudden death, which is a loud call for all to be ready to meet God at any time.
SCHROCK.-Mattie Magdalena, a daughter of Peter and Mary Grieser
was born in Wayne Co., O., May 25, 1859; fell asleep in Jesus
Nov. 10, 1930; aged 71 y. 5 m. 15 d. She was united in marriage
to John Schrock of Orrville, O., Dec. 24, 1885. They shared
the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 45 years. No children
were born to this union and they opened their hearts and home
to others. They reared a daughter to womanhood, Mrs. William Brubaker
of Akron, O. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren,
1 great-grandchild, 1 sister and 3 brothers. Her parents, 1 sister,
1 brother preceded her in death. She confessed and accepted her
Christ and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. She was
loyal in her devotion and faithful to Christ. She was partly deprived
of her hearing for many years but always enjoyed mingling with
the people of God in public service. She was a lover of Songs
of Praise and spent much time in reading and meditation. She was
patient in suffering and resigned to her Master's will, looking
forward with confidence and a living hope. Funeral services were
conducted in the home at Wooster by Rev. Nesbitt and at the Oak
Grove Church by Bros. C. Z. Yoder and J. S. Gerig. Text, Psa.
" Somewhere back of the sunset
Where loveliness never dies,
She lives in the land of glory,
Mid the blue and the gold of the skies.
And we who have known and loved her
And whose faring has brought sad tears,
Will cherish her memory always
To brighten the drifting years."
RESSLER.-Levi A., son of Martin B. and Magdalena (Andrews)
Ressler, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 19, 1848;
died Dec. 8, 1930; aged 82 y. 1 m. 19 d. At an early age he united
with the Mennonite Church at Strasburg, Pa., and remained loyal
to the faith he then confessed until death. In the spring of 1870
he went to Allen Co., Ohio, and in the fall of the same year he
went to Elkhart Co., Ind., and made his home with Bro. David Kreider,
whose daughter, Veronica F. Kreider, he married on Mar.
19, 1871. He farmed for his father-in-law until the death of his
wife, which occurred April 13, 1874. To this union were born two
children, David K. and Mary Elizabeth. Mary Elizabeth died May
On April 6, 1876, Bro. Ressler was united in marriage with Sister Susan L. Landis, Elkhart Ind., who died Mar. 21, 1927. To this union were born 7 children as follows: Sarah L. Weaver, who died in 1909; Christian L. Ressler, Magdalena Heatwole, Eliza, Joseph L. Ressler, Noah L. Ressler and Levi L. Ressler, who lives on the home place, where Bro. Ressler had lived since 1875. From November 1929, until his death he had his home with his daughter Eliza. Bro. Ressler was ordained deacon in July 1907, and served faithfully in this capacity. He was a regular attendant at church services until two weeks before his death. Surviving relatives are, 2 daughters, 5 sons, 49 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren; also 2 sisters (Mary Beutler and Anna Aument), and 2 brothers (Amos A. Ressler and Jacob A. Ressler). Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 11, 1930, at the Old Yellow Creek Church near Goshen, Ind., conducted by Brethren Wm. Ramer and Noah Wenger of the home congregation, and Benjamin Good, Orrville, Ohio.
CHRISTOPEL.-Christian H. Christophel was born July 12,
1862, near Nappanee, Ind., died Nov. 26, 1930; aged 68 y. 4 m.
24 d. He lived near Nappanee until he was twenty-one years of
age, going from there to Lima, Ohio, for about one year, then
coming to Cullom, Ill., where on Dec. 15, 1884, he was married
to Mollie Koerner. To this union were born 2 sons and 1
daughter. They continued making their home at Cullom for ten years
then coming to Hartley, Iowa, in 1896 and resided there for two
years, after which they came to Norcorss, Minn., in 1898 and settled
on a prairie farm, near this village, making their home here the
past thirty-two years, during which time they built up a fine
farm home. He was converted in 1886 and joined the Mennonite Church
at Collum, Ill. While in Hartley, Iowa, the family worshipped
with the Evangelical people of that place and upon coming to Norcross,
Minn., they united with the Presbyterian Church. When the Presbyterian
people discontinued services they again joined what is now the
present Evangelical Church of Norcross. He is survived by his
wife, two sons (Charles and Orlin) and one daughter (Mrs. Clifford
Chatwood), and four granddaughters; also three brothers and four
sisters (Daniel, Elias, Samuel, Mrs. Sarah Bullard, Mrs. Mary
Koerger, Mrs.Susan Reedy and Mrs. Salome Wenger). One brother
(Enos) preceded him in death forty-five years ago. He was a kind
and generous husband and father, always patient and considerate.
His main object in life was to make life comfortable and pleasant
for his family. He was a man of quiet character and had many friends
who were fortunate to have known him. It has been truly said of
him that he died as peaceful as he lived.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois