BECHLER. Ellen Margaret, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Henry Bechler, was born near Pigeon, Mich., April 12, 1930; died April 13, 1930. She is survived by her parents, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, 1 great-grandmother, and other relatives. Short services were held by Bro. S. J. Miller. Interment in Berne Mennonite Cemetery.
"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."
MILLER. Emma Louisa Miller was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Sept. 17, 1878; died at her home in Iowa Co., Ia., May 18, 1930; aged 51 y. 8 m. 1 d. On Feb. 17, 1898, she was married to Daniel J. Shetler, living in wedlock 32 years. To this union were born four daughters, Alta, Ida, Ellen and Cordelle, who were at her bedside when her end came, which was caused by heart trouble. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 4 daughters, 1 sister, 5 brothers, and a host of friends, but our loss is her gain. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth, living all her life in Johnson and Iowa Counties, Ia., with the exception of one year which was spent in the state of Washington.
Precious mother thou hast left us
Left us, yes, for evermore;
But we hope to meet you,
On that bright and happy shore.
Funeral services at the West Union Church near Parnell, Ia., conducted by Bros. Abner G. Yoder and J. J. Swartzentruber. Text, I Cor. 15: 21 27.
SCHWEITZER. George Schweitzer was born at Elmira, Ont., Feb. 4, 1842; died at Peabody, Kans., May 20, 1930; aged 88 y. 3 m. 16 d. On April 12, 1869, he was married to Frona Neuschwanger. To this union were born ten children, all of whom survive him. He also leaves 25 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one brother, and two sisters, his wife having died thirty-four years ago. In 1877 he with his wife and four oldest children moved from Canada to Osborne, Kans. In 1917 he went to Pandora, Ohio, and lived with his sister until about two years ago, when he returned to Kansas and spent the great part of his remaining days with his daughter, wife of Pre. Noah Ebersole, at Peabody, until his death caused by hardening of the blood vessels. He united with the New Jerusalem church a year ago, but did not have peace. Soon after he became greatly concerned for his soul, made confession and was received into the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held on May 22, at the house by J. F. Brunk, at the church by D. H. Bender, and at the grave in the Spring Valley Cemetery, by Charles Diener. Text, I Cor. 15: 55.
SMELTZER. Aaron Smeltzer, son of Henry and Elizabeth Smeltzer, was born one mile north of Wakarusa, Ind., March 25, 1867; died at his home in Nappanee, Ind., May 13, 1930; aged 63 y. 1 m. 18 d. At the age of eleven he underwent an operation, effects from which followed him through life and caused him much sickness and pain. At the age of seventeen he united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he died. On Dec. 31, 1890, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Garber. To this union were born 5 children, two of whom (David Ray and Maynard Marland) preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, 3 children (Mrs. L. L. Hershberger, Mrs. G. A. Birkey, and Paul), 11 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Anna Leatherman, Mrs. Edward Gegax, Mrs. John Parcell, Samuel and David). He was always much concerned about the welfare of the Church and was never ashamed to stand for the principles of his faith. He was a kind and loving husband and father, many times sacrificing his own pleasure to make others happy. During his recent illness of thirteen weeks he expressed his desire often to go to his heavenly home. He suffered very much but God has wiped away all tears from his eyes. Funeral services were held at the North Main Street Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., conducted by Bros. D. A. Yoder and H. F. North. Interment in Union Center Cemetery.
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PLETCHER. Mertie Pletcher, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Frank Pletcher, died Tuesday, May 20, 1930, at the home of her parents at the age of 28 years and 11 months. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. John Nusbaum, Mrs. George Hunsberger, Mrs. Ray Blake, Ralph, Earl, Lowell, Treva, Edna, and Celestia. She united with the M. B. C. Church Apr. 8, 1923, and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services held at the Olive Church conducted by A. B. Yoder and D. A. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
PHILLIPS. Henry Phillips was born at Bethlehem, Pa., Jan. 16, 1849; died at his home at Lane, Osage Co., Mo., May 27, 1930; aged 81 y. 4 m. 11 d. He moved with his parents to Rushville, Ill., where he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Jane White, Jan. 16, 1874. She preceded him in death Jan. 8, 1929; also his son Harry. There remain to mourn his departure 2 daughters, 1 son, 23 grandchildren, and about as many great-grandchildren. He was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in Marion Co., Mo., about twenty-five years ago, to which he was faithful till death. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. M. Kreider of Palmyra, Mo. Text, II Cor. 5: 1. Interment in Lane burial ground. E. C. Bowman.
BIXLER. Jacob Bixler was born Aug. 17, 1862; died of dropsy at his home near Dalton, Ohio, May 3, 1930; aged 67 y. 6 m. 16 d. In youth he was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. On Dec. 23, 1886, he was married to Barbara Zuercher, who preceded him in death. He leaves 1 daughter, 1 son, 2 grandchildren, an aged uncle, 2 brothers (David and Daniel), 5 sisters (Mrs. Anna Welty, Mrs. Elizabeth Amstutz, Mrs. W. I. Gerber, Mrs. Lina Moser, and Mrs. Barbara Loganbill). One brother and two sisters preceded him in death. One sister followed him in death May 15. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Pre. Lindsey and at the church by Bros. C. N. Amstutz and Ira Buckwalter.
GERBER. Dennis, youngest son of Joshua and Sarah Gerber, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1920; died at the Massilon City Hospital, May 2, 1930. As he crossed the Lincoln Highway in front of his home on his way from school, he was struck by a car which rendered him unconscious. He passed away a few hours later. He was a brilliant, loving, and obedient boy. He leaves his parents, 1 grandfather, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. One brother and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed at home, in school, and in the Sunday School where his place was seldom vacant. Funeral services were conducted at the Sonnenberg church by Bros. C. N. Amstutz and J. S. Gerig. Text, Psa. 16: 6; Zech. 8: 5.
BENNER. Christian W. Benner was born in Juniata Co., Pa., in 1858; died of pneumonia, May 26, 1930; aged 71 y. 9 m. 7 d. He was always hale and well and became ill only a few days before his death. He was a member of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church for a number of years. He often testified that this world had no attractions for him and before his departure he expressed a readiness and a desire to meet his Lord. He leaves his wife (Helen Cramer Benner), 8 children (five preceded him in death), 30 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Brunner. Text, I Cor. 13: 12. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery at Souderton, Pa.
AMSTUTZ. Fannie Bixler Amstutz was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 15, 1874; died of cancer at her home near Kidron, Ohio, May 15, 1930; aged 55 y. 9 m. In 1892 she was received into the Sonnenberg church by baptism and remained a loyal member until death. She was ill for a number of weeks but bore her suffering with Christian fortitude, always having a pleasant smile for all who visited her. She leaves her husband (Simon Amstutz), 1 son (Harvey), 2 brothers (Daniel and David), 5 sisters, besides many other relatives and friends. Her sister (Mrs. John C. Gerber) preceded her in death in March, 1930, and her brother (Jacob) May 3, 1930. One brother died in infancy and a sister (Mrs. Joel S. Amstutz) died a few years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. C. N. Amstutz and S. W. Sommer. Text Jno. 17: 3; Rom. 8: 18.
ROTH. Catharine Gerig Roth was born May 31, 1838, in Alsace, France; died May 10, 1930, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. P. Slonecker; aged 91 y. 11 m. 9 d. She was a widow of Benjamin Roth who preceded her in death about 13 years ago. To this union were born 10 children. 3 died in infancy and 7 remain to mourn the loss of a kind loving mother. She is also survived by 33 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In March, 1882, the family came from Switzerland to Logan Co., O. to the vicinity where she lived till death. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held May 12 at the home by Bro. Levi Plank and at the South Union Church by Bros. A. I. Yoder and Marion King. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Softly and peacefully mother passed away
From earth to heaven to make her stay.
Long and patiently she waited for the call,
Now in heaven she is waiting for us all." The Family.
Showalter. Moab H. Showalter died at his home near Maugansville, Md., April 1, 1930; aged 76 y. 3 m. 16 d. The cause of his death was kidney and heart trouble. He was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church. His great concern was for his children and the Church. During his retired life he spent most of the time reading the Bible. He often made the remark, "The Bible is my comfort." He leaves his wife and eight children: Mrs. Abram Baer, Alvah M., Amos T., Mrs. Samuel Eby, Martin W., Mrs. Henry Hostetter, Frank, and Bertie. Three sisters and three brothers also survive: namely, Frank, Mrs. J. S. Martin, Mrs. Eurie Hartman, Walter L., Laban S., and Nettie. Funeral services were held at Reiff's Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Lewis Good, Moses Horst, and David Lesher. Text, Luke 2: 29, 30. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Papa's toils are past, his work is done,
And they are fully blessed;
He fought the fight, the victory won,
And entered into rest. Wife and Children.
Yoder. Lydia Swartzendruber Yoder, daughter of George and Mary Swartzendruber was born Oct. 26, 1858, in Johnson Co., Ia.; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. Kauffman near Tofield, Alberta, May 16, 1930; aged 71 y. 6 m. 20 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of sixteen and remained faithful to the end. She was united in marriage with Levi D. Yoder, Jan. 31, 1878. This union was blest with 10 children, all of whom remain to mourn her departure. Her husband preceded her in death April 11, 1916; also 2 step-daughters and 3 grandsons. Besides her 10 children she is survived by 26 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, 1 aunt, 1 uncle, and many other relatives and friends. Her death was a shock to the community, being due to heart failure. She lived in Iowa until 1912, when she moved with her family to Tofield, Alta. She was of a quiet, peaceful disposition; devoted to her family and church; a friend to all who knew her, and by whom she will be greatly missed.
"Oh, dear mother, we will hearken
To thy prayerful, loving call;
How to Jesus we should listen,
Then to come and follow thee."
SOMMER. Mary Ann (Amstutz) Sommer was born in Berne, Switzerland, Sept. 10, 1858; died May 23, 1930; aged 71 y. 8 m. 13 d. She accepted Christ, April 9, 1871, and was received into the Swiss Mennonite Church. In the same year she immigrated with her parents to America, locating in Sonnenberg, Ohio. In 1872 she was received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, remaining faithful and active in the service of the Lord. For many years she taught a Sunday school class, also a singing class. She was president of the Sonnenberg sewing circle since its organization with the exception of one year. Her sincere and unfailing trust in Christ can not but cause us to rejoice in the confidence that she has entered into the peaceful shore. On Feb. 18, 1886, she was married to C. A. Sommer, who preceded her in death June 23, 1929. No children were born to this union. She therefore tried to serve others and did not empty-handed pass away as we have the assurance that "She hath done what she could." She is survived by her oldest and youngest brothers (John and Jacob), besides a number of nephews, nieces and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. J. S. Moser, C. N. Amstutz, and S. W. Sommer.
ZIMMERLY. Glenn A. Zimmerly, son of Jacob and Anna Zimmerly, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Mar. 23, 1908; died in the Massilon City Hospital May 12, 1930; aged 22 y. 1 m. 19 d. On Wednesday afternoon, May 7, while assisting in painting a barn roof at the Jacob Shoup home, he had the misfortune of falling for the roof and fracturing his right hand. He was taken immediately to the Massilon City Hospital where medical aid was given, but on Sunday evening it was found that gangrene had developed and amputation of the arm became necessary. This was done but Glenn survived but a few hours after the operation. Early in life he yielded his life to God, and on Nov. 6, 1920, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church in which faith he continued faithful until death. Since New Year he has been serving the Church as one of the Superintendents of the Sunday school. His life in the home as well as in the Church will be greatly missed because of his beautiful disposition and faithful service, but we keenly feel, as Paul said, that to depart and be with Christ is far better. He is survived by his parents, four brothers, Dennis, Noah, Aldine and Daniel, and one sister, Elma, all of near Orrville, Ohio. Also an aged grandmother, and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Crown Hill Church May 15, by E. F. Hartzler, Noah Hilty, and J. B. Hartzler. Texts, Jas. 4: 12. Burial in Crown Hill cemetery.
Brother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away.
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RUPP. June Eleanor, infant daughter of Harry and Elnora Rupp, died June 3; aged 2 days. She leaves her sorrowing parents, grandparents, and many other relatives. Short services were held at the home in Archbold, O., June 4, by Bro. S. D. Grieser. Burial in Eckley Cemetery.
"Dearest June, thou hast left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God who has bereft us
He can all our sorrow heal."
ALLISON. Ruth H. Allison was born near Peabody, Kans., Feb. 9, 1924; died at her home, Maple Park, North Kansas City, Mo., May 16, 1930; aged 6 y. 3 m. 7 d. While playing by a pond near the house, she evidently lost her balance, fell into the water, and was drowned. In spite of all that scientific aid could do, life could not be restored. Funeral services were held at the Catlin congregation, near Peabody, Kans., conducted by N. E. Ebersole and R. P. Horst. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
SNYDER. Esther Bricker Snyder was born Feb. 7, 1847; died May 4, 1930; aged 83 y. 2 m. 7 d. On Dec. 17, 1867, she was married to Sydney Snyder. This union was blessed with 9 children: Albert, Addie, Nelson, John, Alexander, Edward, Elsie, Harvey, and Annie. She was of a quiet and peaceful nature and exercised a spirit of charity and helpfulness, especially among the sick which will long be remembered. Funeral services were held at St. Jacobs, Ont., church by Moses M. Brubacher. Interment in Martin's Cemetery.
BURKHOLDER. Sister Alice M., wife of Bro. Amos Burkholder of Bareville, Pa., died Tuesday morning, June 3, at the home of her sister, Ada Bushong, Mechanicsburg, Pa. She was sick for about four weeks of heart trouble and spent the last two weeks with her sister. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. She is survived by her husband, one sister, and one brother. Funeral services were held on June 7 at Groffdale, conducted by Martin Ebersole of the Brethren Church and John W. Weaver. Burial at Groffdale. Aged 59 y. 8 m. 16 d.
WEAVER. Abraham Weaver was born in Snyder Co., Pa., May 27, 1850; died May 13, 1930; aged 79 y. 11 m. 16 d. He moved to Canada when a young man. In 1878 he was married to Mary Zeller. To this union were born 8 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. He leaves his widow, 6 children, and 13 grandchildren. He will be missed in the church, where he always was when health permitted and where he was an attentive and prayerful listener. Funeral services were conducted by Abr. Gingerich at the home, by Moses M. Brubacher at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, and by Jesse B. Martin at the grave. Interment in Cressman Cemetery, Breslau, Ont.
KING. Ira F., son of Abraham and Fannie King, was born in Johnson Co., Mo., May 24, 1898; died in the Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, June 1, 1930; aged 32 y. 7 d. He was one of a family of 8 children. He leaves 2 sisters, 3 brothers, and a large circle of relatives and friends. His parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister preceded him in death.
"Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low;
Thou no more will join our number,
Thou no more our sorrows know."
Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, Ohio, June 3, in charge of Bros. S. D. Grieser and S. S. Wyse. Burial in the Eckley Cemetery.
KAUFMAN. Elva, daughter of Noah S. and Katie Kaufman, was born near Pettisville, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1907; died May 22, 1930; aged 22 y. 5 m. 28 d. Elva was a very meek and quiet sufferer for nearly five years as a result of the influenza. She leaves her mother and father, 1 sister, 6 brothers, 1 grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Two sisters and 1 brother preceded her in death. She confessed Jesus as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church when 13 years old. Christ was her hope and stay until her last breath.
"Dearest Elva now is resting
In that happy land above;
By and by we're going to meet her
In that land where all is love."
HOLLINGER. Bro. Aaron Hollinger died at his late home in Goodville, Pa., early in the morning of May 19, after an illness of a number of weeks; aged 64 y. 9 m. 12 d. He is survived by his wife and two sons (John and Wayne). Bro. Hollinger was an earnest and faithful worker in the Church and S. S., at the various places in the Weaverland district, very much concerned in the spiritual welfare of the young people. His influence shall long continue with us. We miss him much. He was very seldom absent from services, and was always a great help to the minister, he being a very attentive listener. We hope to meet him again some sweet day. Funeral was held from his late home May 22. Bro. John Souder conducted the services at the house and Bro. John W. Weaver at Weaverland Church. Text, Phil. 1: 21.
TROYER. Noah J. Troyer was born in Howard Co., Ind., Feb. 2, 1863; died at the Howard Co., Hospital in Kokomo, Ind., June 4, 1930; aged 67 y. 4 m. 2 d. In 1884 he was united in marriage with Amanda Troyer. To this union were born 6 children (Menno, John E., Mrs. J. C. Bontrager, Mrs. A. J. Keim, Mrs. Albert Helmuth). He was preceded in death by one son who died in infancy, and by his wife who died in 1919. In the spring of 1929 he was again united in marriage with Catharine Cripe of Lagrange, Ind., who with the 5 children and 18 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters and many other relatives and friends are left to mourn his departure. He was a member of the Howard-Miami Co., Mennonite Church, where the funeral was held June 7 by Bros. N. M. Slabaugh and J. S. Horner. Text, II Kings 20: 1.
SCHMUCKER. Harold D., oldest son of Harmon D. and Alta Mae Schmucker, was born near Harrisburg, Ohio, Jan. 15, 1927; died at the same place June 1, 1930. He leaves his parents, one brother (Cleo Dean), two grandparents (Mrs. Cathrine Schmucker and David Shank), twelve uncles and aunts, and a host of relatives and friends. Death came quite unexpectedly, and was caused by a tumor, resulting in peritonitis. He was of a loving disposition but,
"God needed one more angel child
Within His shining, happy band;
So reaching down with loving arms,
He clasped our darling's hand."
Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of O. N. Johns, assisted by John D. Miller, Alvin Hostetler, J. A. Liechty, and Paul Yoder. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
PICKEL. Harry A. Pickel was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 17, 1870; died at his home in Strasburg, Pa., June 3, 1930; aged 59 y. 5 m. 16 d. He and his wife united with the Mennonite Church 34 years ago. He was a kind and loving husband and father. He bore two years of ill health with Christian patience, a hearty handclasp, bright smile and kind word for every one. He is survived by his wife (Susan Marron Pickel), 4 children (Chester A., Alice M. Herr, Ray A., and Mary E. Apple), 22 grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Jacob H. and Elmer E.). Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Frank Herr at the house and at the church by Bro. ____ Martin, assisted by Bros. C. M. Brubaker and Jacob Harnish.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorry fills our heart to-day,
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away." --By a Daughter.
LICHTY. Sister Bertha Irene, wife of Bro. Harry R. Lichty, died at her late home in East Earl, Pa., after a long and painful illness ending in complications. She is survived by her husband and her parents (John H. and Emma G. Martin), two brothers (Paul E. and John H. Martin Jr.). Sister Bertha was a faithful and devoted member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church since she was 14 years old, very much interested in the work of the Church and Sunday school, and was of a quiet and modest disposition. During her sickness she suffered intensely at times but bore it patiently, desiring to depart and be with Christ. She fell asleep in Jesus on Tuesday morning, June 10. While we miss her very much, we are confident that our loss is her eternal gain. Aged 31 y. 6 m. 15 d. Funeral services were held on the afternoon of the 13th, at Weaverland. Bro. B. F. Martin conducted the services at the house and Bros. John Souder and John W. Weaver at the church. Text, Romans 8: 18.
MILLER. Olive June Shearer was born near Cullom, Ill., June 26, 1887; died at her home in Hesston, Kans., June 6, 1930; aged 42 y. 11 m. 11 d. When six years of age she moved with her parents to Jackson, Minn., where she grew to womanhood. On Dec. 25, 1912, she was married to Charles D. Miller. To them were born 6 children (Vincent, Victor, Dorothea, Ross, Charles Wesley, and an infant daughter). After marriage the family lived at Hesston, Kans., for 7 years, then at Protection, Kans., for 6 years. After 2 years residence at Jackson, Minn., they moved back to Hesston 3 years ago. In 1913 Sister Miller was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, where she was a faithful member until her death. She leaves besides her husband and 5 children, her mother, 5 brothers (Charley, Harry, Russel, and Wesley), 1 sister (Mary Harder), and many other relatives and friends. The cause of her death was acute yellow atrophy of the liver and acute parenchymatory nephritis. Funeral services were conducted at Hesston by Paul Erb and Earl Buckwalter, and interment was made in the cemetery of the Pennsylvania Church.
LANDIS. Raymond R., son of Samuel O. and Anna Landis, was born near Doylestown, Pa., Jan. 26, 1917; died May 10, 1930; aged 13 y. 3 m. 14 d. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers (Paul and Norman), and 1 sister (Mary). Raymond had gone to the creek close to his home to go fishing and bathing and in some unknown way got into the water beyond his depth and was unable to swim. Before any help could be summoned Raymond drowned. This was a great shock to the parents as well as to the whole community. Why it was that he was so suddenly and unexpectedly called away, we can not understand. He was baptized and received into the Doylestown Mennonite Church a little over a year ago. Although yet young in years and only a babe in the Church, he always by his life and actions showed a great interest in the work of his Lord and Master, loving to talk and study about heavenly things.
"Oh, dear Raymond, how we miss thee,
Since no more thy loving smiles we see;
Neither can we hear thee singing,
Praises to the Lamb for sinners slain." By the family.
WHITE. Walter W., son of C. C. and Mattie White, was born in Rice Co., Kans., April 1, 1876; died at his home near Inman, Kans., June 1, 1930; aged 54 y. 2 m. On April 27, 1900, he was married to Mahala Slabauch of McPherson Co., Kans. To this union were born 1 son and 1 daughter. About 3 years ago his health showed signs of breaking. But after several examinations and some medical treatment he partly recovered, until a year ago when there was a general breaking down of his health from which he never recovered. Several physicians were consulted and he was taken to the hospital 5 times; but he gradually grew weaker until Sunday morning, June 1, when he peacefully passed away. During his recent illness he became much concerned about his spiritual condition and on April 11 he asked for baptism, which was granted. Since that time he was fully resigned to the Lord and ready to meet Him. He left the testimony that he had received forgiveness and was ready to meet his Savior. Funeral services were held June 3 at the West Liberty Church in charge of Bros. J. G. Hartzler and M. M. Troyer. Text, II Kings 20: 1. Interment in West Liberty Cemetery.
ROTH. Catherine Roth was born in Alsace, France, May 31, 1838; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. J. Slonecker, four miles southwest of Bellefontaine, Ohio; aged 91 years. Death was the result of paralysis and the infirmities incident to advanced age. She was the daughter of John and Catherine Gerig. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Roth and the home was made in France until 1882, when with their 7 children they immigrated to the United States. The family came direct to Logan Co., Ohio, locating near the Lake Branch church in which vicinity Sister Roth resided until her death. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and was ever faithful in her duties. In the home she was a devoted wife and mother and was always kind and considerate to those with whom she came in contact. She was deeply appreciative of the acts of kindness bestowed during her declining years. Her husband preceded her in death in August, 1917. The children left to mourn her loss are: Benedict, Joseph, Mrs. Mary Linder, Mrs. P. J. Slonecker, Mrs. Anna Linder, Christian, and John. Thirty-three grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted at the South Union Mennonite Church by Bro. A. I. Yoder, assisted by Marion Y. King. Interment in cemetery near by.
HERSHBERGER. Susanna Miller Hershberger, daughter of Eli and Rebecca Miller, died at the home of a daughter in Kokomo, Ind., June 5, 1930; aged 71 y. 11 m. 22 d. She was born in Ohio and came to Indiana at the age of 17. For more than half a century she has lived a life of service and usefulness in the same vicinity. She was married Jan. 2, 1877, to A. A. Hershberger and for 49 years they lived together sharing the duties of rearing their family. Four years ago death removed the father and husband. The companionship of so many years was broken and left its grief upon the widow. She is survived by 4 children (Noah, Elmer, Mrs. Homer Schrock, and Mrs. Jonas Keim), 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Four children, 4 grandchildren, besides her husband preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church when a young woman and has lived a life of unerring loyalty to the church of her faith. Of an unassuming disposition, she was quite to respond to deeds of service and devotion when sorrow of death entered her community. "She hath done what she could." She had been in ill health for some time but had never complained, only that she was tired and ready to go. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Amboy, Ind., June 8, by Bros. J. S. Horner and Geo. D. Troyer. Text, Matthew 14: 34.
HAMILTON. Benjamin, son of Bishop B. F. and Elizabeth (Naragahn) Hamilton was born in Williams Co., O., Sept. 8, 1849; died at the home of his son James T. in Harper, Kans., June 8, 1930; aged 80 y. 9 m. He spent the greater part of his later years with his son Jesse A. near Harper, Kans. When a young man he moved to Livingston Co., Ill., where he was united in marriage to Ella Harshbarger in October, 1872. A short time after their marriage they united with the Mennonite Church and were faithful members till death. 5 children were born to this union. 2 sons died in infancy and the only daughter at the age of 4 years. His companion died in 1880. About 2 years later he was united in marriage to Fannie Miller of Cherokee Co., Kans. Who died about 2 months after their marriage. He is survived by 2 sons (Jesse A. and James T.), 2 brothers, 1 half-sister, and 5 half-brothers. He was preceded in death besides wives and 3 children, by 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 half-brother, and 2 half-sisters. In 1909 he suffered a stroke of paralysis which left him in a weakened condition. This developed into a complication of diseases which caused his death. He was conscious till the last and expressed peace with God and men. Funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant Valley Church June 9 by Bro. R. M. Weaver. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
KING. David S., son of David H. and Barbara King, was born near Pekin, Ill., July 11, 1865; peacefully passed away at his home near Garden City, Mo., May 29, 1930; aged 64 y. 10 m. 18 d. Having had heart trouble for several years, his death came very suddenly. At the age of 20 he with his parents moved to Larned, Kans. Jan. 26, 1890, he was married to Ella Hetrick, who preceded him in death Jan. 1, 1893. To this union were born two sons who died in infancy. June 9, 1897, he was married to Barbara Kauffman, who preceded him in death 3 years ago. To this union were born 9 children. One son (Paul) died in infancy. In December, 1906, he with his family moved to Tuleta, Tex. In 1917 they moved to Garden City., Mo. Where he resided until death. At the age of 21 he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. He was faithful to its doctrines and teachings to the end. During the year 1892 he was chosen and ordained deacon, and in 1904 he was chosen by the church near Larned, Kans., and ordained to the ministry. He was a faithful and fearless defender of the Word of God. One of his greatest desires was that the Church might remain loyal and true to the teaching of the Gospel. He preached his last sermon on May 18, at his home church. He was always a kind and loving father, and he will be greatly missed in his home, church, and community. He leaves 8 children (Daniel D., Samuel S., Ella, Emery, Mary, Roy W., May, and Ruth), 6 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. S. W. Neuhauser), 4 brothers (S. B., B. J., E. J., and A. E.). One brother (J.H.) preceded him in death in 1914. He also leaves many other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted June 1 by W. E. Helmuth, L. J. Miller, and Joe C. Driver. Texts, Num. 23: 10; I Cor. 2: 9.
"Though our eyes are filled with tears,
We see a city bright,
Where dear father knows no fears
In his home of peace and light."
KAUFFMAN. Franklin Pierce Kauffman was born near Garden City, Mo., April 29, 1875; died May 29, 1930 of apoplexy near Kenmare, N. Dak.; aged 55 y. 1 m. He was one of eight children in the home of Stephen and Mary Kauffman, and is the fourth of the children to pass away. He was married to Lydia King of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1900. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters (Mrs. Elmer Hershberger, Mrs. Raymond Hershberger, Marion who died at the age of 20 months, Vernon F., and Eldora F.). One grandson also preceded him in death. He was converted in his youth and was a faithful member of the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church until death. On May 15, 1930, he and his wife and daughter, Eldora, left their home near Garden City, Mo., for an extended visit with relatives in Minnesota and North Dakota-in the best of health, little realizing he would never return. On May 29 he attended an Ascension day meeting at the Spring Valley congregation near Kenmare, N. D. Just before the close of the meeting at 3:45 p.m. he was called upon to give a testimony. He spoke very clearly and distinctly for about ten minutes. Before he closed his talk he especially addressed the Spring Valley congregation and expressed his pleasure of having been with them and encouraged them to press onward, repeating I Cor. 15: 58 just before he took his seat: "Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." After being seated he gasped three times for his breath and his spirit fled to be with Jesus. He was an active member of the church and always ready and willing to serve in any capacity in which he was called. He served as a visiting brother, church treasurer, and superintendent of the Sunday school for a number of years. He will be greatly missed in the church, home, and community. He leaves his loving companion, 3 daughters, 1 son, 4 grandchildren, two brothers (D. G. and J. L. Kauffman), two sisters (Mrs. Ben Martin and Mrs. Jona King), besides other relatives and a host of friends. Services were held Friday evening May 30, at the Fairview Mennonite Church near Surrey, N. Dak. Before the body was sent home May 31. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church near Garden City, Mo., June 2, conducted by Bros. I. G. Hartzler and L. J. Miller. Text, I Cor. 15: 58, the last words spoken by the departed brother. Interment in Clearfork cemetery.
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BEILER. Rebecca Beiler was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died May 20, 1930; aged 89 y. 6 m. 2 d. She is survived by these brothers and sister: John, Samuel, Benjamin, and Sarah, all of Lancaster County. She was buried in Beiler's Cemetery near Ronks.
YOUNT. Blanche Leona May Yount died June 13, 1930; aged 2 m. 6 d. She leaves her father and mother (Aaron and Josie Yount) and 2 brothers to mourn her early departure. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. P. Brubaker. Interment in Mossy Cemetery near Duroc, Mo.
LANDIS. Susan G., wife of Abram L. Landis, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 5, 1857; died at her home near Mellinger's Church of a complication of diseases, April 16, 1930; aged 72 y. 10 m. 11 d. She is survived by her husband, 1 son (Omer W.), and 2 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. She was the last of a family of ten children. Funeral services were conducted at the Mellinger's Church by Bros. Elmer Martin and David L. Landis. Text, Psa. 39: 4. Interment in cemetery near by.
KAUFFMAN. Esther, widow of Reuben Kauffman, was born July 25, 1844; died June 6, 1930; aged 85 y. 10 m. 11 d. She leaves 1 son (Albert) and 1 daughter (Ida). For many years she was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Her husband preceded her in death three years ago. She leaves many sorrowing friends for she was much loved. Funeral services were conducted from her late home in Millersville, Pa., by Jacob G. Hess and Landis Shertzer and at the church by Landis Shertzer, John K. Charles, and Jacob Hess. Text, I Thes. 4: 13, 14. Interment in Masonville Cemetery.
KIPFER. We were again reminded of the grim reaper, Death, when the wife of Dan Kipfer of Lancaster, N. Y., was taken in the twinkling of an eye, June 12, 1930. She retired for the night in good health. Her husband following her noticed something unusual and calling her by name got no response. Thinking she had only fainted he administered to her but soon saw that it was to no avail. She died of hemorrhage. She leaves her husband and four small children. She was taken to Canada to her parental home, where funeral services were held. Our prayers are for the bereft husband that he may live for God and direct the children in His ways.
SANDERS. James, son of Samuel and Susanna Sanders, was born near Shoerstown, Pa., July 24, 1861; died at his home in Sterling, Ill., May 28, 1930; aged 68 y. 10 m. 4 d. He was married to Mamie Millhouse. To this union two children were born (Irene, who passed away at the age of nine months, and Marie). He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter, 1 brother, and 1 sister. He leaves his wife, 1 daughter (Mrs. H. D. Conrad), and 1 grandson (James Roger Conrad). Three sisters also survive (Mrs. Lizzie Moore, Mrs. Sallie Bowman, and Mrs. Matilda Selzer). He confessed Christ as his personal Savior in the spring of 1904 and united with the Mennonite Church, continuing his membership until death. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. A. C. Good. Text, Rev. 7: 13, 14.
BICKEL. Louisa Bickel, daughter of James and Malinda (Freed) Coyle, was born in Stark Co., O., March 13, 1856; died May 28, 1930, at her home in Middlebury, Ind.; aged 74 y. 2 m. 15 d. She was married to William H. Bickel, Sept. 14, 1879, who preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1927. To this union were born nine children, 8 of whom survive. One son (Ralph) preceded her in death, Aug. 12, 1928. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Frank Murray). She with her companion united with the Mennonite Church soon after they were married and remained faithful until death. Because of failing health she was not able to attend church for about ten years. Funeral services were held at the home by Bros. Silas Yoder, and Earl Miller. Interment in Fairfield Center Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Ind.
MARTIN. Magdalena, daughter of Solomon B. and Susanna (Gingrich) Martin, was born near Hawkesville, Ont., Nov. 30, 1913; died from peritonitis after an operation for appendicitis, June 2, 1930, at the home of David Gingrich, Wallenstein, Ont.; aged 16 y. 6 m. 2 d. She had been in perfect health until May 28, when she took suddenly ill. Her suffering, which she bore very patiently, lasted but five days. All the help that human hands could give was given but to no avail. She leaves father, mother, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Henry Bauman and at the Peel Church by Jesse Bauman. Text, Psa. 103: 15, 16; Psa. 4: 8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Short and sudden was the call,
Of one so dearly loved by all;
And only those who have loved can tell
The pain of not saying a last farewell."
MILLER. Christena (Bender) Miller was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 21, 1907; died in the Elkhart Hospital, May 25, 1930 of a complication of diseases; aged 22 y. 8 m. 4 d. On Feb. 11, 1926, she was married to Joseph B. Miller of Middlebury, Ind. To this union were born 3 children. One son preceded her in death. She leaves husband, 1 son (Vernon Jay), 1 daughter (Ruby Christena) parents (Noah and Kate Bender), 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Mrs. Ira S. Miller, Elmer, John, Mrs. Elam S. Hochstetler, Orus, and Esther), besides a host of other relatives and friends. In her youth she united with the Amish Church. We can not understand why one so much needed in the home should be taken away, but God knoweth best. Funeral services were held at the home of her parents (where over nine hundred people were assembled) by Nathaniel Miller and Chris Miller in German and D. D. Troyer in English. Text, Rev. 3: 7 14; I Thess. 4: 13, 18. Interment in Clinton Union Cemetery.
MAURER. John Maurer was born in Alsace, France, Mar. 13, 1846; died June 8, 1930; aged 84 y. 2 m. 26 d. In 1853, when only a boy 7 years old, he came with his parents to Pulaski, Ia., where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Leah Bender Jan. 29, 1878. This family was blessed with 4 children. His wife preceded him in death June 5, 1901. He is survived by his 2 sons and 2 daughters, 1 sister, 10 grandchildren, and many other friends. They lived at Pulaski until 1892 when they moved to a farm near Milford, Nebr. In 1910 he moved to Milford where he lived until he was called home. He became a Christian in his youth and a member of the Mennonite Church. As long as health permitted he attended the services of the Church faithfully. He had the blessing of observing the Lord's Supper only a few weeks before his death. He had been failing for some time but only recently became ill with a complication of diseases. He passed away with a clear testimony that he was ready to meet Jesus. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. P. R. Kennel and Wm. R. Eicher.
HERR. Sister Lizzie A. Herr was born Nov. 30, 1846; died June 4, 1930, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank R. Houser, Lancaster Co., Pa. These 83 years represent a lifetime of Christian service, and an intense interest in the better things of life. This service included nearly sixty years of teaching in the Willow Street Mennonite Sabbath school where she helped organize one of the first Sabbath schools in the Mennonite Church. Also nearly a score of years was spent in the Willow Street Sewing Circle where she served as president for many years. Her deep love and concern has been felt by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Two of her 4 children survive (Mrs. Frank R. Houser, with whom she lived, and Harry B. Herr), also 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true,
When our life's journey is ended
We shall again be with you.
This helps to quiet our weeping
Hark! Angel music so sweet!
He giveth to His beloved,
Beautiful, beautiful sleep."
HONDERICH. Abraham Honderich was born near Goshen, Ind., Mar. 1, 1851; died April 29, 1930; aged 79 y. 1 m. 28 d. He was the youngest of a family of 8 children. In 1892 he united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a member until death. In 1873 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Kauffman. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. One son died in infancy. He leaves his wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. Having always lived near the place of his birth, his life is well known. During the last 18 months he was afflicted from a fall which closely confined him to his home. He manifested much patience, but often expressed how much better it would be if he could go home. As opportunity afforded he attended public worship and was present at the regular services two days before his death. His quiet disposition, unassuming life, earnest devotion, and intense interest in the cause of righteousness will be greatly missed in the home, Church, and community. Funeral services were held May 4 and were largely attended. The service was in charge of Bros. Amos Nusbaum and John Garber. Text, Heb. 11: 10 and 16 respectively.
YODER. Lydia P., daughter of John and Polly Miller, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., June 30, 1864; died at the same place, May 31, 1930; aged 65 y. 11 m. 1 d. On July 25, 1925, she was married to Wallace Yoder. She is survived by her husband, 1 sister (Amanda Mishler), 2 step-daughters (Mildred and Nona), 2 step-sons (Freeman and Eldon), besides many relatives and friends. She united with the Shore Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful till death. On Oct. 8, 1929, she had a stroke of paralysis which left her left side helpless. She was bedfast for nearly fourteen weeks. Before her last sickness she was able to walk and once more had the pleasure of attending church services. On May 18 her right side was paralyzed and she was unable to talk. Only those who have seen can appreciate the pitiable physical condition of such a one. Her wants were often made known by her ever present smile. One of her great desires was that others might be happy. We believe that our loss is her eternal gain.
"Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'til God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
MARTIN. Catherine (Litweiler) Martin was born in Butler Co., Ohio, May 21, 1834; died at the home of her eldest daughter, Barbara Birky, Milford, Nebr., May 1, 1930; aged 95 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was married to Nicklos E. Martin in April, 1854. He preceded her in death Feb. 19, 1905 at Beemer, Nebr. This union was blessed with 4 daughters and 1 son (Barbara Birky, Joseph, Mary Birky, Emma Birky, and Katie Stoltzfus). She leaves 4 daughters, 37 grandchildren, 92 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren and many friends. She was exceptionally blessed with long life and good health. Even in her last days she could think clearly and see the beauties of nature. The last four years of her life she lived with A. D. Birky's. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for about 78 years. She died trusting in the Lord. It was her desire to depart and be with Christ, and she patiently waited for the call. "Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his abundant mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Tit. 3: 5). Short funeral services were held at the home of Bro. Birky on Sunday afternoon. On Monday her remains were taken to her former home at Beemer, Nebr. Services were conducted by J. E. Zimmerman of Milford, Nebr. Text, I Pet. 1: 4, 24, 25.
MARTIN. Leonard Elwood Martin was born near Greencastle, Pa., April 17, 1905; drowned near Sarasota, Fla., June 12, 1930; aged 25 y. 1 m. 26 d. He confessed Christ at 12 years of age. His education was received chiefly at the Eastern Mennonite School and Bridgewater College, from which institution he received his degree last year. He taught school in four states altogether. On Aug. 28, 1929 he was married to Mary M. Wenger at Fentress, Va. After the wedding we immediately left for our little home in the West Virginia mountains near Whitmer. There through the happiest nine months of our lives we humbly endeavored to hold up Jesus Christ to the souls about us. We felt that the Lord was blessing our labors. Together we had consecrated our lives to the Lord's work, and were O, so happy in our small corner. To our joy, nine souls had confessed Christ in our revival meetings in May. We came to the commencement exercises and to attend the wedding of sister Anna May to Bro. John F. Garber, after which event we four-the two just mentioned, Leonard and myself-started on a trip to Southland. The sad event which followed is described elsewhere in this paper. "Who will go for us" (Isa. 6: 8) ? words which rang in my ears the day after Leonard's death, and Job 7: 10 were used as the basis for a missionary funeral sermon by Bro. John R. Mumaw at Weaver's Church near Harrisonburg, Va., on Sunday afternoon, June 15. Bros. S. H. Rhodes, Henry B. Keener, David Garber, and J. L. Stauffer assisted. He is survived by loving parents (Bro. and Sister Elmer Martin), and brothers and sisters Elsie, Ruel, Elva, Merle, and Elton. He seemed loved as much by my family, Bro. and Sister A. D. Wenger and family. God's wisdom is hard to fathom in this dark hour, but we bow in humble submission. If God raises up other workers and still saves souls by the influence of Leonard's life, the pain of separation and loneliness will be made more tolerable. It is a joy to think my dear one, a lover of music, is now enjoying the music and bliss of heaven. O, young people, "Who will go for us," and tell the glad news to dying souls?
He loved and lived for others here,
His kindly acts, his smile of cheer,
His voice in prayer, speech, and song
Shall live with us and make us strong. Mary Wenger Martin.
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