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Jantzi.--Margarie Magdalene, daughter of Joel and Irene Jantzi of Berlets Corner, Waterloo Co., Ont., died March 2, 1931; aged 6 m. 2 d. She leaves parents, grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. Services at house by Peter Nafziger and Daniel Steinman. Text, Mark 10:13-16 and Rev. 3:19. Interment in St. Agathe Cemetery.
Beidler.--Catharine S., daughter of Henry A. and Sarah Ann (Schantz) Beidler was born Aug. 12, 1863; died March 16, 1931; aged 67 y. 7 m. 4 d. She was the last survivor of her family and was an invalid since she was one year old, due to infantile paralysis. Her joys in life were her visiting friends, singing, and religious services. She was a faithful member of the Swamp, Pa., Old Mennonite Church for many years. Peace to her ashes.
Warfel.--Noah Everett, infant son of Bro. and Sister C. H. and Ella Warfel, died Feb. 27, 1931; aged 30 days. He was sick two days with influenza, complicated by a dilated heart valve. He leaves parents, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Mt. Pleasant Church near Fentress, Va., March 1, by Bros. C. D. Bergey and S. H. Brunk. Text, Psa. 103:14,15. Though we miss him, we know our darling is "safe in the arms of Jesus." "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Bergey.--Eliza Bergey (nee Kulp) was born in Montgomery Co., June 4, 1847; died very suddenly and peacefully of heart failure March 19, 1931; aged 83 y. 9 m. 17 d. She was married to Henry R. Bergey, to which union 8 children were born. Two preceded their mother in death, also her husband nearly six years ago. The following children survive; Franklin K., Elias K., Vincent K., Mrs. Edwin Bergey, Mrs. Henry Rittenhouse, Mrs. Elmer Clemmer; also 24 grandchildren, and 37 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Franconia Mennonite Church of which she was a member all her life.
"Sleep on dear parents, take your rest.
We know your souls have found sweet rest
With Jesus above.
We hope 'twill not be long
Till we all can stand around the throne
Praising our dear Savior." The Children.
Lapp.--John H. Lapp was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 8, 1854; died at the home of his son Moses, near Gap, Pa., Jan 15, 1931; aged 76 y. 3 m. 7 d. He suffered a stroke of paralysis and was bedfast only a few days. He was a faithful member of the Amish Church and served as deacon for nearly 46 years. He was always present at church services when health permitted. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons (David and Moses), 1 daughter (Mrs. David Fisher), 16 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 1 brother (Amos). One son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held from his late home Ja. 17, conducted by Bros. Chritian B. Glick and Samuel M. Stoltzfus. Interment in the Kurtz cemetery.
"One was taken from our number
Who was loved and cherished dear,
Gone beyond the vale of sorrow
Where there is no farewell tear." By a Neighbor.
Lehman.--Jennie Lehman was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1856 and died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Blanch Stauffer), Youngstown, Ohio, March 17, 1931; aged 75 years. Many years ago she was united in marriage with Bro. Eli Lehman of North Lima, Ohio, who proceded her in death six years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. There were born to this union three daughters who, together with 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, remain to mourn the loss of mother and grandmother. Funeral service March 20, at the home and at Midway Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner and Pre. Wolfinger of Youngstown. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Tex, Matt. 24:44, used at the funeral services of the late husband, was by request used at this service also.
Wought.--John K., sone of Joseph and Elizabeth (Sailor) Wought was born at Uniontown, Pa., Aug. 29, 1867; died at Cullom, Ill., Mar. 9, 1931; aged 63 y. 6 m. 20 d. He came to Illinois at the age of 20 years. On Sept. 5, 1901, he was married to Fannie Gingrich at Garden City, Mo. He came to Cullom, Ill., Oct 3, 1901, and moved back to Missouri in November, 1902. The moved back to Cullom in September, 1908, where they resided until the time of his death. To this union were born 3 children (Joseph Jonas, who died in infancy; Alton Jacob and Lillian Elizabeth), who with his widow and one grandson (John Arthur) are left to mourn their loss. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in his youth, of which he was a member at his death. Funeral services were conducted March 11 at the home and cemetery by Bro. J. A. Copeland and at the Cullom Mennonite Church by J. W. Davis and D. W. Slagel. Interment in West Lawn Cemetery.
Gehman.--Sister Maria L., daughter of Bro. Peter B. and Sister Susanna (Longenecker) Gehman, was born, Aug. 28, 1881, near Angelica, Berks Co., Pa.; died Mar. 15, 1931; aged 49 y. 6 m. 17 d. She was unmarried, and lived with her brother, Peter L. Gehman, on the old homestead. Her general health was not quite normal, yet her sudden death was a shock to family and friends. She retired in her usual state of health to awaken in eternity. In 1898 she gave her heart to the Lord and was received into Church fellowship by Bishop Christian Risser, at Bowmansville, with which congregation she communed. There remain; her father, (her mother died 14 years ago), 1 brother (Peter L. Gehman), 1 sister (Emma, in the same home), 1 nephew (Charles Gehman). One older sister (Lydia Ann) preceded her to the spirit world 7 years ago. Funeral services were held Mar. 19 in the Alleghany Mennonite Church. Bros. G. Horning and Isaac W. Geigley served. Texts Mark 14:8 (first clause), and Psa. 90:12.
Litwiller.--Katie R., daughter of Christian and Anna (Zehr) Schertz, was born near Metamora, Ill., May 14, 1862; died March 11, 1931; aged 68 y. 9 m. 27 d. She grew to young womanhood in this vicinity. On Feb. 8, 1887, she was united in marriage to Andrew Litwiller of Tremont, where they made their home until his death in August, 1891. To this union one daughter (Anna) was born, with whom she resided at the time of her death. After the death of her husband she with her infant daughter returned to Metamora, to make their home with her sister, Mrs. Geo. I. Sommer, until the marriage of her daughter. In her early life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful and active member until death. Not being discouraged by her physical disability for the past twelve years, she continued her active Christian service by her generous gifts to those in need. She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother (who died in infancy), her parents, husband, and one grandson (Kenneth J. Sommer). She leaves one daughter (Anna, wife of J. D. Sommer), one sister (Mrs. Geo. I Sommer), two grandchildren, many relatives, and a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held March 13 at the home of her daughter by Bro. E. H. Oyer and at the Metamora Church by Bros. E. H. Oyer and Ezra Yordy. Buried in Pleasant Grove cemetery near Tremont.
"She has gone through the gate to another land,
Led by the Master's hand where everything is kind and good,
Where everything is understood.
So we try to believe that the One above
Has taken her home as an act of love."
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Hertel.-- Bros. Franklin Hertel died at his home near Kitchener, Ont., on March 24 in his 77th year. In 1890 he was converted and joined the Mennonite Church, of which he remained faithful to the end. The cause of his death was dropsy and heart failure. He leaves to mourn his passing away, his devoted wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 13 grandchildren, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine.
Lederich.-- Laura M. Kaser was born Aug. 18, 1887; died March 14, 1931; aged 43 y. 6 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Amos Lederich in 1905. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters. Her son preceded her in death. She leaves husband, 3 daughters, and many friends. She united with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in her youth. Her sickness lasted about six months. Funeral services were conducted at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church by Bros. Corsen Mast and A. W. Miller. Text, Rom. 6:23. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Croyle.-- Annie, wife of Frank Croyle, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 23, 1884; died in the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., March 5, 1931; aged 46 y. 6 m. 12 d. She was the mother of two daughters. The oldest son died a number of years ago. Fannie, wife of Clarence Miller; Sarah, Harry, and Dorsey survive. Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her mother, 1 brother, 1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home by M. J. Weaver and S. G. Shetler. The audience room and the basement of the Kaufman Church were filled. Short sermons were preached by S. G. Shetler and M. J. Weaver. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren for a number of years. The mortal remains were laid to rest in the Grandview Cemetery.
Baker.-- Anna Marie, infant daughter of John Marvin and Anna Kilburn Baker of Harrisonburg, Va., died Feb. 26, 1931. Only five weeks was her span of life. At first the doctor said she had pneumonia, later he said it was acute Bright's Disease and acute meningitis. She suffered much. Her parents, grandmother, and aunt who cared for her during her short life saw that the bud was unfolding. She began to play with her hands, and smiled and cooed. Our disappointment and grief are great, but in God's own good time we will understand why our baby left us. She leaves her parents and one little sister. On account of the contagion there was no service at the church. A short service was held at the grave by Bro. H. B. Keener. Interment in the Bridgewater cemetery.
"God gave this little jewel rare
Awhile into our care,
Then took her to Himself again
Away from sin and pain."
Gilbert.-- Mattie, daughter of the late Isaac and Mattie (Miller) Hostetler, and wife of Daniel Gilbert, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 17, 1880; died March 28, 1931; aged 50 y. 6 m. 11 d. She was married to Daniel Gilbert, Nov. 29, 1914. To this union were born 3 children (Mary Alma, Clyde Forrest, and Charles William). Besides her husband and children, she is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Lydia Lohr, Mrs. Simon Thomas, Mrs. Samuel Holsopple, Mrs. Tobias Eash, Noah, and Isaac. Her parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of the Blauch Mennonite Church for many years and lived a consistent life. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and M. J. Weaver. The services in the Blauch Church were largely attented. S. G. Shetler spoke on I Thes. 4:15. M. J. Weaver assisted in the services. The mother will be very much missed in the home. The remains were laid to rest in the Blauch Cemetery.
Grieser.-- Catherine Grieser (nee Nusbaum) was born
in Fulton Co., Ohio, April 8, 1857, died very suddenly of apoplexy
in her home north of Pettisville, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1931; aged 73
y. 9 m. 28 d. On Feb. 19, 1880, she was united in marriage to
Gideon Grieser, who died Nov. 29, 1914. To this union were born
2 sons (Edward and Albert) and 2 daughters (Clara and Mary). She
leaves her 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2
sisters (Mrs. Fanny Yoder and Mrs. Peter Ziegler), and a large
host of relatives and friends. Her husband, parents, 1 brother
and 1 sister preceded her in death. For nearly five years she
has been ailing with heart trouble and dropsy, but through it
all she always tried to take it patiently, and ever trust in her
Lord, who doeth all things well. In her youth she accepted Christ
as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained
true until death.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
The place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
Kauffman.-- Isaac Raymond, son of Andrew and the late Annie Kauffman, was born in Blair Co., Pa., June 24, 1909; died of pneumonia at Hollidaysburg, Pa., March 4, 1931; aged 21 y. 8 m. 10 d. He was married to Golda Beatty, Feb. 12, 1931, thus having lived in matrimony only a few weeks. His mother was found dead in her bed one Sunday morning about a year ago. Besides his wife, father, one sister (Mrs. Martha Keim), one nephew, and other relatives and friends survive. In his early life, he united with the Mennonite Church. He was sick just about one week, during which time he saw the opportunities he had missed in his life. He was anointed by Irvin Stonerook. All human aid availed nothing. Funeral services were conducted in the home of his father, Curry, Pa., by H. G. Berkey and S. G. Shetler. Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church was filled to its utmost. Jas. S. Cook conducted the opening services. H. G. Berkey read and spoke on the Marriage in Cana and John 14. S. G. Shetler spoke on, "What Is Your Life?" The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the chuch.
Zimmerman.-- Lena Schantz was born in Germany Nov. 3, 1842; died near Hydro, Okla., March 15, 1931; aged 88 y. 4 m. 12 d. She was a member of the Defenseless Mennonite Church and remained a devoted Christian until the end. She was married to Jacob Zimmerman Nov. 29, 1863. This union was blessed with 7 children. One preceded her in death. Her husband passed away Aug. 11, 1885. He was a minister in the A. M. Church at the time of his death. She is survived by the following sons and daughters; Joseph, Jacob, Andrew, Chris, Mrs. Conrad Blum and Mrs. Daniel Schantz. She had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Schantz, for the last 24 years. She was blind for almost 4 years, but was patient and fully resigned to the will of her Lord. It was ever an inspiration to visit her and hear her praise her Lord and Savior. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 8 greatgrandchildren, 1 sister, and a host of other relatives and friends who mourn her departure. Bros. Smucker and Zimmerman of Sterling, Kans., came and observed communion with her. Due to the enforced absence of these brethren the funeral was conducted by Bros. Joseph Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber. Text, Psa. 116: 15. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.
Bontrager.-- Sarah, Milo, Lydia, daughters and son of Bro. and Sister William and Mattie Yoder Bontrager, were born in La Grange Co., Ind., died at their home. Sarah was born March 13, 1914; died March 7, 1931; aged 16 y. 11 m. 24 d. Milo was born Aug. 19, 1916; died March 17, 1931; aged 14 y. 6 m. 28 d. Lydia was born Aug. 11, 1918; died March 18, 1931; aged 12 y. 7 m. 7 d. The Bontrager family had the measles and these three oldest took pneumonia. There were 9 children sick at the same time. It was a great shock for the family, neighbors, and friends; but God's way is not our way, and we know the children are safe in His arms. Their chairs are vacant and our hearts are lonely. Sarah's funeral was held from the home Mar. 9, 1931. Milo's and Lydia's was held from the home of their uncle, Andrew Bontrager March 20, 1931. They leave father, mother, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, 1 great-grandfather and many other relatives and friends. A brother and a sister preceded them in death. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. John Lambright and Moses Lehman. They were buried in the Yoder Cemetery. Milo and Lydia were buried in one grave beside their sister.
"If we could hear the singing
As we think they're singing now
If we could see the brightness
Of the crown upon their brow,
There would be no sighs to worry
And of bitter tears no more,
When we think of our dear children
Who have gone to yonder shore."
Mayer.-- John L. Mayer was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Oct. 15, 1858; died at his home near Pigeon, Mich., Mar. 18 1931; aged 72 y. 5 m. 3 d. On Dec. 4, 1883, he was united in marriage to Mary Jutzi. He leaves his beloved companion, 2 daughters (Mrs. Benjamin Gingerich and Lydia), 2 sons (Ezra and Solomon), 1 brother, an aged aunt and a host of other relatives and friends. A daughter preceded him in death about thirteen years ago. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member to his death. He had been ailing for a number of years. In the summer of 1930 he had a hard attack of influenza, at which time he expressed a great desire to go home and be with the Lord. He had a vision of the glorious crown, but was unable to express the wonderful beauty of it as he saw it. He was able to leave home only once since that time and since his sickness he often expressed himself as being homesick for heaven. Funeral services were held March 21 at the Pigeon River Church by Bros. M. S. Zehr in German ( text, Rom. 6:23) and Edwin Albrecht in English (text, Num. 23:10). The body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
"God saw fit to take him from us,
To that home that knows no pain,
Where no sickness, care and sorrow
Nor distress shall come again."
Hershey.-- Ephraim Hershey, a lifelong resident of Lancaster
Co., Pa., died Sunday morning, March 22, 1931, after a three-months'
illness; aged 86 y. 3 m. 16 d. He was united in marriage to Susan
E. Leaman Jan. 1, 1867. To this union were born 7 sons and 1 daughter.
His wife and youngest son, Aldus, preceded him in death. He is
survived by the following children: Ira L., Mrs. Emma M. Wenger,
Frank B., Omer E., Elam W., Ephraim K., Jacob R.; also 34 grandchildren
and 45 greatgrandchildren. He was a member of the White Horse
Mennonite Church. He was a regular attendant and supporter of
the mission meetings of former days and was appointed by that
body as one of the directors of the Welsh Mountain Mission. A
favorite Scripture was I Pet. 2:18,19. The praise or scorn of
men mattered little to him when it came to a decision or conviction
of right or wrong. He failed to see the thing that is good in
the tobacco business. he was also a pioneer champion of prohibition.
Like his Master it could be said of him: "He loved righteousness
and hated iniquity." He believed that what was born in the
soul would be wrought out in the life. I Jno. 2:29. Funeral services
were held from his late home and at the Hershey Mennonite Church
by Bros. C. M. Brackbill and A. L. Martin. Interment in the adjoining
"Too long the world has looked upon its crosses.
Too long stood impotent before its tombs,
Mourning its vanished dreams, it poignant losses;
With eyes bent earthward, dulled by funeral glooms
It cannot count the three steps of the way--
The Cross, The Tomb, the Resurrection day."
Yoder.-- Mary M. Yoder was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio,
June 28, 1850; died in Warwick Co., Va., March 17, 1931; aged
80 y. 8 m. 17 d. Oct. 5 1880, she was united in marriage to Simon
P. Yoder, who was well known to many Gospel Herald readers through
his contributions to the Church periodicals for fifty years. He
preceded her in death over four years. They moved to St. Joseph
Co., Mitch., to what is known as "Barker Street." They
lived there three years, then moved back to Mahoning Co., Ohio.
In 1902 they with their family moved to Warwick Co., Va., where
they resided until their death. Surviving her are four children
(Homer A., Alice M. Brunk, Amanda M. Shenk, and Harvey). One daughter
(Ella Elizabeth) died Feb. 28, 1904. She is also survived by 25
grandchildren and 1 sister (Leah Metzler), who reached her eighty-seventh
birthday on the day her sister died. Out of a family of thirteen
only one is left. She united with the Mennonite Church in youth
and lived a faithful, consecrated, Christian life. Having lived
an active and useful life in the home and community, it became
a trial to her when failing health forced her to relinquish her
duties, but she expressed herself as only waiting until the Lord's
time came to call her home. She was confined to her bed only a
few weeks. She became weaker day by day until the spirit took
its flight to Him who gave it. Funeral services were conducted
in Warwick River Cemetery. The following lines, written at the
death of Ella by her father, still comfort us at this time:
"In our sorrow, blessed comfort,
Broken ties unite again:
Jesus is the resurrection,
Those who die in Him will meet,
Ne'er to part, in heavely mansions
Where alone is life complete."
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Hostetler.-- Ruby and Ruth Hostetler were born Dec. 16, 1930, and lived 6 and 12 hours respectively. Funeral services were held Dec. 18, conducted by Bros. Levi Kroff, Joe Shank, and J. P. Yoder.
Good.-- Mattie, daughter of Jacob and Annie Good, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alva Feaser of Goshen, Ind., with whom she had been living for the past three years; aged 71 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was born and reared in Allen Co., O. She is survived by her sister Mrs. Feaser and 1 brother, D. B. Good. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church during her sickness. The funeral was held at Culp & Sons Funeral Home, Goshen, Ind., by Bros. Christian Reiff and D. A. Yoder. Text, I Sam. 20:3.
Shirk.-- Paul S., infant son of Bro. Jacob S. and Sister Hattie Shirk of Paradise, Pa., died March 29, 1931, aged 2 days. He is survived by the sorriwing parents and one sister (Mildred). On account of the motherís delicate condition the little body was removed from the home on Monday afternoon to the residence of the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Levi B. Weaver) New Holland, Pa., from whence funeral services were held Tuesday, March 31, 1931. Bro. Noah Sauder officiating. Text, Luke 18:15,16. Interment in Weaverland Cemetery. Though we miss him, we know our darling is safe in the arms of Jesus. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. - - - By a cousin.
Groff.-- Barbara D., wife of John L. Groff, Strasburg, Pa., was born Feb. 21, 1851; died March 22, 1931; aged 80 y. 1 m. 1 d. She is survived by her husband, 1 son (Aaron L.), 1 granddaughter, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (Benj. D. Lehman). Her vitality had been weakening gradually for the past 8 years, mentally as well as physically, due to hardening of the arteries. When her condition became alarming her husband decided they would spend their remaining years at the Mennonite Home at Oreville, where she died. She was a devoted wife and mother and a consistent menber of the Strasburg congregation for nearly 60 years. Her place in church was seldom vacant up to the time of her affliction. In her younger years she had taken an active part in the Sunday school at that place. Brief services were held at the Home on March 26 and at the Stransburg Church by Bros. C. M. Brubaker, Frank M. Herr, and C. M. Brackbill. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Senger.-- Christian G. Senger was born Aug. 10, 1845; died Mar. 22, 1931; aged 85 y. 7 m. 12 d. His wife (who was Evan Johnson Carnathan) preceded him in death 8 years ago. He is survived by the following children: Cyrus, Christian J., and Mrs. Anna Mary Eckman, all of Paradise. A daughter died some thirty years ago. Nov. 29, 1929, he was admitted to the Welsh Mountain Samaritan Home where he spent his last years, and left a bright testimony there for Jesus. He was in bed five weeks. When his mind was clear he would often pray and a week before he passed away he said, "I must go to Jesus". He was a member of the Paradise Presbyterian Church. Funeral services were held at the home of the daughter March 25, conducted by Rev. Hempbill. Burial in Hersheys Cemetery.
"Remember friend, as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I,
As now I am so shall you be,
Prepare for death and follow me."
---------- Workers of the home.
Wenger.-- Berta Pearle, oldest daughter of Bro. and Sister E. C. Shank and wife of Bro. Frank S. Wenger, died at their home near Waynesboro, Va., Feb. 26, 1931; aged 47 y. 2 d. She was sick ten days with pneumonia. We felt we could not give her up, but God does all things well and saw best to take her from us. She united with the Church in her girlhood and was a Sunday school teacher for a number of years. At the time of her passing she had charge of the Beginners Department. She was one of the charter members of the sewing circle. She is missed in the home, Church, and community. Her place can never be filled, but God will fill the vacancies as He sees best if we trust Him. She leaves her husband, father, an afflicted mother, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers. 2 sisters and 2 brothers preceded her in death. The funeral services were held March 1 at Springdale by Bro. J. R. Driver.
"Gone to heaven is my wife,
Gone to her bright home above,
She has left me, oh, so lonely,
But we hope ere long to meet her
Over on the other shore."
Drawbond.-- Susan Drawbond died at her home near Stuarts Draft, Va., March 2, 1931, of the infirmities of old age. She had been failing in body for some time but was strong in spirit, always expressing herself ready to go whenever the Lord called. She united with the Mountain View congregation over thirty years ago and was one of the first members at that place. Later she moved to the home where she died. She possessed a meek and quiet spirit which is of great price in the sight of God. It was largely through her faithfulness that the church at Valley View now exists. The first meetings were held in her home during the sickness of her husband. May her influence long be felt among her friends and neighbors. She leaves 2 sorrowing daughters who cared for her lovingly in her declinging days, also 2 sons. Services were held March 3 at the home and at the church by Bros. J. R. Driver and A. P. Heatwole. The body was laid to rest in the Valley View Cemetery. The following day she would have been 84 years old.
"Dear mother, thou are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory thou art with us
As you always were before."
Slough.-- Adam Slough, a life long resident of Lancaster Co., Pa., died at his home near Martindale on March 18, 1931, after a 4-month illness; aged 68 years 3 days. On November 24 he was working out in the field and came in to the barn to unhitch; and when he was going to climb off the wagon he was paralyzed and fell off. He was carried to his bed by neighbors, entirely helpless, only being able to use his right arm, in which condition he remained. After a few weeks of illness, another sickness developed in his limbs, namely gangrene. He suffered dreadfully, but bore it all very patiently. God blessed him with a remarkable bright memory during his affliction. He was very fond of singing, and would often ask his vistors, of which he had many, to sing and have prayer, and at various times, groups would gather to sing for him, and in all his suffering and weak condition he would help sing. He accepted Christ four years ago at Martindale Mennonite church, where he was a member, and after that he enjoyed such sweet peace in his soul, and was happy in the Christian life, and during his affliction his prayer and desire was to go home to Jesus. He is survived by his wife and one sister. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Frank Martin, and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. I. B. Good and J. W. Weaver. Text, Rev. 14:13. Laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
"Remember friend, as you pass by
As you now are so once was I,
As I now am so you shall be,
Prepare for death and follow me."
Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida
Kuhns.--Stanley, infant son of Lloyd and Silana Kuhns, was born April 5, 1931; died 3 days later. Although his life on earth was short, the few days that he was permitted to be here were a blessing to his parents. An infant brother and sister preceded him in death. He leaves his parents, grandparents, and many relatives. While the family is bereft of a son he represents them in heaven.
Cressman.--Bros. Simon S. Cressman died at his home in Kitchener, Ont., March 9, 1931, in his seventy-ninth year. He was converted in 1879 and united with the Mennonite Church. He was faithful to his God until the end. The cause of his death was a stroke. He leaves his sorrowing wife. One child preceded him in death some years ago. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Sterling Ave. Church by Bro. S. F. Coffman and U. K. Weber. Text, Num. 23:10.
Neidich.--Mrs. Hettie L., widow of the late John Neidich died very suddenly March 1, 1931, at the Oreville Mennonite Home, of a heart attack; aged 86 y. 3 m. 14 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by 1 daughter (Mrs. Roy McCorkle), 1 granddaughter, and 1 brother. Funeral services were held March 4 at Mellingers Church by Bros. David Landis and Elmer Martin.
"We may not know, less understand
What may befall a moment hence,
Why death's stern mystic chilly hand
Demand eternal recompense."
Newswanger.--Raymond S., infant son of Isaac W. and Emma B. Newswanger was born March 2, 1931; died March 25, 1931; aged 23 d. He leaves his parents, 1 brother, and 6 sisters. A brother and a sister preceded him in death. Services were held at the home and at the Weaverland, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bro. Elmer Martin. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
"Let little children come to me;
Our Savior one day told;
And they sing throughout eternity
Upon the streets of gold." By Mother.
Shank.--Warren, son of Walter L. and Susan Linderman Shank, died at his home near New Danville, Pa., March 25, 1931, of acute endocarditis after a two weeks illness; aged 7 y. 1 m. 15 d. He is survived by his parents and 1 sister, Marian. Just a few minutes before he died he repeated the Lord's Prayer. Funeral services were held at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Hess. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"God needed one more angel child
Within His shining band.
So reaching down with loving arms
He clasped dear Warren's hand." By the Family.
Miller.--Fannie, daughter of Levi J. and Mary (Schrock) Miller, was born at Goshen, Ind., Sept. 22, 1909; died Feb. 23, 1931; aged 21 y. 7 m. 1 d. She died of heart trouble and other ailments. She suffered much but never complained. She expressed her readiness to leave this world. She united with the Old Order Mennonite Church at the age of 17 and remained a true and faithful member. She leaves her parents, 2 grandfathers, a grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Two younger brothers preceded her in death.
"Dearest Fannie, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who has bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."
Tyson.--Isaac Henry Tyson was born in Wood Co., Ohio, Sept, 23, 1853; died April 9, 1931, at his home near Alanson, Mich.: aged 77 y. 6 m. 16 d. He was married on June 19, 1883, to Rebecca Cupp, moving soon after their marriage to Alanson, where he homesteaded in 1884. Surviving are the widow, two sons (Jonathan and Ora), and two daughters (Mrs. Don Gilbert and Mrs. Chas. Mundt). One daughter (Mrs. Jas. Dicus) passed away eight years ago. There are 20 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother (Samuel) and one sister (Susan Boyer). He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth in which faith he died. He suffered much in his last illness, but he bore it patiently as seeing Him who is invisible.
Judy.--George Enoch Judy was born June 17, 1865, died March 27, 1931 near Harman, W. Va.: aged 65 y. 9 m. 10 d. His wife was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He was baptized and received into church fellowship on March 23, 1931. His Christian life here on earth was short, but he gave evidence of having peace with God. He married Alice Mallow, Jan. 17, 1889. Nine children were born to this union. Six of them preceded him in death. He leaves his wife, three daughters, (Mrs. Anna Teter, Mrs. Cynthia Harper, and Mrs. Leah Teter), and nine grandchildren. Double pneumonia was the cause of his death. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Hiram Weaver. Texts, Josh. 1:11 (second clause) and Luke 12:40 (first clause).
Plank, Simon P., only child of A. K. and Caroline Plank,
was born near Wooster, O., May 29, 1850; died near Garden City,
Mo., April 4, 1931; aged 80 y. 10 m. 5 d. He came with his parents
to Missouri in 1880. On June 23, 1892, he was married to Caroline
Moore of Henry Co., Mo. To this union was born one daughter, Leona.
They moved to this community in 1903 where they have since resided.
He had been confined to his home for more than 6 years as an invalid.
A few years ago he was baptized on confession of his faith in
his Savior. May the God of all comfort bless the bereft family.
Funeral services were conducted at the Sycamore Grove Church by
Bros. I. G. Hartzler, J. C. Driver and Ralph Markham. Text, Psa.
89:47, 48. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Stewart.-Laura Fern Stewart was born March 22, 1929;
died April 6, 1931. Her death was caused by drowning. She is survived
by her parents (Henry A. and Elizabeth Stewart); 3 brothers (Bert,
Junior, and a baby brother 8 days old): also by her grandparents
(Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Stewart), and numerous aunts, uncles, and
cousins. Funeral services were conducted at the home near Daugherty,
Mo., April 8 by Bro. I. G. Hartzler. Text, Psa. 90:5,6.
"We cast our eyes toward heaven
and say, 'Thou God hast taken only
That which Thou hast given.'
For then we learn to trust Him more;
God's love we hold more dear;
And giving up a precious bud
Brings heaven very near." G. King.
Groff.--Barbara D., wife of John L., died March 22,
1931, of cerebral hemorrhage at the Oreville Mennonite Home; aged
80 y. 1 m. 1 d. She was a daughter of the late Tobias and Elizabeth
Denlinger Leaman. She was a faithful member of the Strasburg Mennonite
Church for many years. She is survivied by her husband, 1 son
(Aaron L.), 1 grandchild, 4 greatgrandchildren, and 1 brother.
Funeral services were held March 26 at the Mennonite Home and
at the Strasburg Church conducted by Bros. Chris Brubaker, Frank
Herr, and Chris. Brackbill.
"As we gather at the table,
And watch each take their place
Our hearts fill with emotion
To see the vacant place.
We may strive to hide our longing
But mother has gone to rest,
But we're thinking, thinking, thinking,
Of the loved--the absent one."
Hostetler.--Sarah, daughter of Jacob and Fannie Miller, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 3, 1839; died at the home of her daughter near Shipshewana, Ind., March 20, 1931; aged 91 y. 5 m. 17 d. One Dec. 2, 1860, she was married to Samuel Hostetler who preceded her in death 41 years. She is survived by 5 sons and 3 daughters (Amanda Yoder, Jacob, Amos, Henry, Levi, Samuel, Fannie, and Sarah Schreck); also 2 sisters, 28 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. A son and a daughter preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, faithful in her attendance at services and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the Forks Mennonite Church March 22, conducted by Bros. Josiah J. Miller and D. D. Miller.
"Dear mother, thou art not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more,
Still in memory thou art with us
As you always were before."
Snyder.--Minnie, wife of John R. Snyder, died at her home in Pond Bank, April 4, 1931; aged 54 y. 1 m. 28 d. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, and 7 brothers and sisters. She was bedfast for eight weeks and her suffering was great, but she bore it patiently. She had been a member of the Episcopal Church, Harrisburg, but during her sickness she expressed a desire to unite with the Mennonite Church when she got well. She made her funeral arrangements, advised her dear ones to meet her in heaven, and said that she had made peace with God. One evening she said; "Oh! Isn't He wonderful," referring to Jesus. She was of a cheerful disposition, usually smiling. She was a kind and generous grandmother and will be missed in home, Church, and community. Funeral services were conducted April 8 in the home and in the Pond Bank Church by Bros. Harvey E. Shank, Oscar Burkholder, and Irvin Lehman. The body was laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mt. Alto.
Mishler.--Isaac, son of Christian and Barbara Eash Mishler, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 24, 1849; died at the home of his son Edward, near Shipshewana, Ind., March 19, 1931; aged 81 y. 7 m. 26 d. He was married to Lydia Kendall May 8, 1870. To this union 14 children were born. He was preceded in death by his wife and 5 children. He is survived by 7 sons and 2 daughters (Abraham, Frank, Mrs. Will Lehman, Enos, Milo, Edward, Wesley, Daniel, and Mrs. Samuel Miller); 44 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Bro. Mishler united with the Mennonite Church in his young years and remained a faithful member till death. Funeral services were held at Forks Mennonite Church March 21, conducted by Bros. O. S. Hostetler and D. D. Miller.
"Today, as I passed over the last mile of the highway,
I tremulously lingered awhile.
Now as I have passed through the gates of eternity
I have met with His own blessed smile."
Pletcher.--Samuel, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Pletcher, was born in Wood Co., Ohio, April 19, 1848; died at the home of his son near Middlebury, Ind., March 29, 1931; aged 82 y. 11 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Boyer. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son. His wife and a daughter preceded him in death. In his young manhood he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, continuing faithful to the end. He lived on the old homestead in Ohio for some years and then moved with his family to Elkhart Co., Ind. During the winter months he had his home with his daughter (Mrs. D. D. Troyer). He had been in failing health for some time but seemed much improved. Three days before his passing away he went to stay with his son, when the end came very unexpectedly. He leaves 2 daughters (Mrs. J. M. Troup and Mrs. D. D. Troyer), one son, J. E., four grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Services were held at the home of his son and at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church by Bros. D. J. Johns and D. A. Yoder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder,--Glenn Ray, son of Harley P. and Mary Yoder, was born near Topeka, Ind., on June 16, 1908; died at the City Hospital, Lockport, N. Y., April 7, 1931; aged 22 y. 9 m. 21 d. Glenn lived in this community until about three years ago when he went to Newfane, N. Y. Some years ago he confessed Christ and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church. About ten weeks ago he suffered an attack of grippe which developed into Bright's disease, from which he never recovered. He was in the hospital eight days before he passed away. His mother preceded him to the great beyond by twelve years and one day. Two brothers (Loyal and Myron) also passed on before. He leaves father, step-mother one grandmother, three brothers, (Elmo, Virgil, and Paul), and one sister (Dorothy), three uncles, five aunts, a number of cousins and a host of friends to mourn his early death.
"Dearest brother, thou hast left us
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral was held April 11, from the Maple Grove Mennonite Church conducted by Edwin J. Yoder and Earl Salzman. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Horning.--Paul B., son of Bro. Barton G. and Sister
Jennie (Good) Horning, was born Sept. 20, 1912, near Terrehill,
Pa.; died April 7, 1931; aged 18 y. 6 m. 17 d. He was a faithful
member of the Bowmansville congregation. His ailment was a complication
that gave him much suffering. Through it all he evinced a remarkable
Christian fortitude. Through his being called home in manhood's
morning the Lord has again shown to the community the wisdom of.
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."
He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Lewis and Sylvin) and 7 sisters
(Ruth, Anna, Miriam, Sarah, Florence, Jennie and Kathleen). One
brother (Eugene) preceded him in death. His maternal grandmother
(Sister Sarah Good) also survives; so do his grandparents on his
father's side (Bro. and Sister Joseph Horning, deacon). A host
of relatvies and friends miss him. He has left a bright testimony
for Jesus in his dying hour, which is a great encouragement for
young and old that remain behind. Services were held April 10,
in the afternoon, with Bro. Isaac Geigley serving at the house
and Bros. I. B. Good and M. G Gehman in the Bowmansville Church.
Texts, Rev. 14:13; Prov. 20:29 (first clause).
"Brother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Wittrig.--Jacob, of Beemer, Neb., son of Joseph and Anna (Gascho) Wittrig, was born in Washington Co., Ia., June 6, 1864; died April 4, 1931; aged 66 y. 9 m. 28 d. While a young boy the family moved from Iowa to a farm in Illinois where they lived till 1888, when they moved to a farm in Decatur Co., Kans. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church when young and remained an active, faithful member till death. April 13, 1889, he was married to Josephine Lund of Decatur Co., Kans., in whom he found a loving, faithful, Christian helpmate who shared with him the joys and sorrows of nearly 42 years. This union was blessed with 4 children (Dave, Edd, Anna, and Mrs. Lydia Stutsman). In 1901 they came from Kansas to a farm near Beemer, Neb., where they resided until 1919 when he retired from the farm. They made their home then in Beemer where he quietly spent the rest of his days. He suffered for many years, bearing it very patiently. On the evening of March 27 he became seriously ill with acute bladder trouble and endured great pain until death relieved him. His parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, and 2 daughters, 16 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 4 sister, and a host of other relatives and friends. In the death of Bro. Wittrig the family keenly feels the loss of a loving and devoted husband and father; the church a faithful member, the community a kind and true friend. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the church by Bros. J. S. Oswald, Amon Egli of Manson, Ia., and J. E. Zimmerman of Milford, Neb. Interment in Beemer Cemetery.
Huber.--Elizabeth C. (widow of the late Jacob B. Huber),
daughter of Abram P. and Rebecca Rhoades Good, was born in Rockingham
Co., Va., Jan. 23, 1847; died at her home near Elida, O., March
29, 1931; aged 84 y. 2 m. 26 d. She was married to Jacob B. Huber
of Putnam Co., O., Dec. 29, 1865. Eleven children were born to
this union, as follows: Rebecca Yoder, John, Anna, Mary Diller
(deceased), Barbara King, Abram, Simon, Joseph, Lydia Lehman,
Jacob (Deceased), Henry. She is also survived by 48 grandchildren,
41 greatgrandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of other
relatives and friends. She was a faithful, devoted wife, a real
mother, a kind neighbor, with an unwavering faith in her God whom
she served faithfully from her youth. She exemplified her faith
in God and the Church by her example and life, striving to do
His will in all things. She was of a quiet nature. You did not
even hear her pray so much but you could feel her prayer no matter
how far away. Mother has passed over the river. We miss her. It
will be sad to go home and not find mother in her accustomed place.
But when we remember what she has gained, and how she waited and
longed and even prayed to go home; then for her sake we are glad--though
it causes sadness in our hearts and brings tears to our eyes.
But why should we mourn? Mother is only asleep; mother is resting--sweetly
resting, and oh, how sweet that rest must be. Yes, we say, "Good
night:" ëtwill soon be "Good morning!" Funeral
services were held April 1 at the home and at the Salem Church
by Bros. G. H. Brunk, Maurice O'Connell, and James Bucher. Text,
Phil. 1:21. Buried in Salem Cemetery.
Wenger.--Noah W., son of Samuel S. and Rebecca (Weaver) Wenger, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 24, 1895. In the spring of 1917, being 21 years of age when the United States entered the World War, it set him to thinking of the condition of his soul and his relationship with God; and under deep convictions he was received into fellowship of the Yellow Creek congregation of the Old Mennonite Church. In July, 1918, he was called to draft to Camp Taylor, Louisville, Ky., and later was transferred to Camp Sherman, Chillecothe, Ohio, where he had various experiences but stood true to the principles and the faith which he professed. Soon after his return from camp he was united in marriage to Sister Anna Ramer, Jan. 5, 1919. This union was blest with two sons and two daughters. On Nov. 2, 1925, he was ordained to the ministry. He fulfilled his calling faithfully and earnestly. His last day of service, Sunday, March 15, filling the pulpit alone, he preached from 1 Cor. 1 for one and one-half hours, holding the interest of most of his listeners to the end of his sermon. In the evening of the same day he was stricken with appendicitis and the following morning was taken to the Elkhart General Hospital where he underwent an operation. He seemingly was recovering nicely, until his heart failed and he peacefully fell asleep on Mar. 20, 1931; aged 35 y. 2 m. 26 d. He leaves his sorrowing companion, four children (Beulah, Lawrence, Norman, and Ruth); also his mother, three sisters, and four brothers (Lydia Zimmerman, Mary Ressler, Emma Reed, David, Enos, Samuel, and Phares), and a host of relatives and friends. His father and one brother (John) preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held March 23 from the home by Bros. Joh Weaver and Abram Good and at the Yellow Creek Frame Church by Bros. Abram Good, Hershey Sensenig, and Moses G. Horst, with services also being preached to the overflow congregation at the Yellow Creek Brick Church by Bros. John Weaver and Benjamin Good. The large number of people assembled for the services seemed to give edivence of the high esteem by which our brother was held in the community as well as in the congregation in which he labored. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
"The lights are all out in this mansion of clay,
The curtains are all drawn, the dweller is away;
But in the midst of all the gloom there is a beacon, a ray
Of hope that we may meet him in glory, some bright sweet day."
Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida
Jones.--Ralph Jones was born May 3, 1901; died Feb.
17, 1931; aged 29 y. 9 m. 14 d. Death was due to an accident.
He leaves his mother, 1 sister, 1 brother, and a grandfather.
He was laid to rest in the Redmen Cemetery, Wilmington, Del.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Snyder.--Levi Snyder was born July 25, 1852; died April 7, 1931; aged 78 y. 8 m. 13 d. On Sept. 17, 1884, he was married to Sarah Reist, who survives him. To this union were born 2 sons and 8 daughters, all of whom are living. He united with the Mennonite Church in his young manhood and was a faithful member to death. Funeral services were held at his home and at the Wanner Church, Hespeler, Ont., by Bros. Oscar Burkholder and C. F. Derstine. Theme: The Desired End and Haven.
Jones.--Ira Elwood Jones was born Nov. 3, 1901; died Mar. 10, 1931; aged 29 y. 4 m. 7 d. He leaves his wife, 2 children, 2 sisters, and many other friends and relatives. After about three months of illness of tuberculosis he quietly passed away. The day before his death he was asked by a minister about his soul. He said that Jesus was taking care of him and that he was going to heaven. He was laid to rest in the Mennonite cemetery near Greenwood, Del. Bro. Nevin Bender preached the funeral sermon.
"Now our brother has left us
In this world here below,
But if we prepare to meet him
Then to heaven we shall go."
Hertel.--Frank Hertel was born May 3, 1854, at Mitchell, Ont.; died March 24, 1931; aged 76 y. 10 m. He was a healthy man until heart trouble and dropsy developed recently, and death ensured. Bro. Hertel had a wide circle of friends and his passing away is mourned by them. He is survived by his wife (Mary Moss Hertel, to whom he was married in 1876), 2 sons, 2 daughter, 13 grandchildren, and 2 sisters. Two sons preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1890 and was a loyal member of the Church. The consolations of the Christian faith sustained him in his last illness. May the Lord sustain the sorrowing ones. The funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., by Bro. C. F. Derstine. Theme: The Doorway to a Better World.
Gantz.--Leander Gantz was born Feb. 26, 1802; died April 12, 1931; aged 69 y. 1 m. 16 d. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 2 brothers, and 6 sisters, 17 grandchildren and a host of friends. He united with Rissers Mennonite congregation April 14, 1894, and remained faithful unto the end, always filling his place in church whenever possible. Funeral services at his late home Apr. 15 and at Rissers church conducted by Bishops Noah Risser and Isaac Brubaker. Interment at Milton Grove Cemetery.
"He sleeps, he sleeps! and never more
Will his footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor his voice be heard with its loving tone,
By the loved ones left 'round his own hearth stone.
He has gone to his home afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are."
Yoder.--Daniel Mast, son on Solomon and Anna (Mast) Yoder of Concord, Tenn., was born at Long Green, Md., June 21, 1868; died April 12, 1931, at a Knoxville, Tenn., hospital a few hours after an operation. When a youth he came with his parents and older brother (Levi) to Knox Co., Tenn. They were of the pioneer Mennonites in this state. The parents and brother preceded him in death many years and are buried in the Concord Mennonite Cemetery. His wife also died in March, 1925. He is survived by his deeply bereaved children (Levi L., Hugh H., Charles C., Annie, now Mrs. H. C. McCammon), and one grandson (Lewis M. Yoder). Dan was a rural mail carrier for 23 years, and served within a few days of his death. The very largely attended funeral held on April 12 was conducted from the Methodist Church in Concord by Wm. Jennings assisted by R. G. Reynolds. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Richard.--Amelia Caroline Richard (nee Jacoby) was born in Erfurt, Germany, Aug. 5, 1856. She emigrated to America in 1876 and located in Wayne Co., Ohio. She peacefully fell asleep in Jesus April 14, 1931; aged 74 y. 8 m. 9 d. She ws married to Christian Richard Feb. 10, 1878. He preceded her in death Feb. 25, 1929. Three children and 4 grandchildren also preceded her. She is survived by 8 children, 24 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She was a kind, loving Christian mother, deeply interested in her children and grandchildren and those about her. She was a faithful member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where she worshipped and served her Lord and Master. She found great comfort and peace in the Word of God, and was looking forward to the time when the Lord would call her home. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Funeral services were conducted by Bros. C. Z. Yoder and J. S. Gerig. Text, Rev. 21:5.
Rohrer.--James Marvin, son of Bro. A. Nissley and Sister Anna Mae (Bomberger) Rohrer, of Lancaster, Pa., passed away on Monday evening April 13, 1931; aged 1 y. 2 m. 7 d. He is survived by his parents, and grandparents (Bro. and Sister Witmer B. Rohrer and Bro. and Sister Hayden H. Bomberger); and one great-grandparent (Bro. John B. Reist). Funeral services from the home on April 16 with further services at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster. Bros. John H. Mosemann and David H. Mosemann officiated. Bishop Mosemann spoke from II Kings 4 pertaining to the Shunamite's son. Interment in Mellinger's Cemetery. Though we miss him, we know our darling is safe in the arms of Jesus.
"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away.
Blessed by the name of the Lord."
"He has gone through the gate to another land
Led by the Master's hand;
Where everything is kind and good,
Where everyone is understood,
So we try to believe that the one above
Has taken him home as an act of love."
Hirschy.--Joseph Hirschy was born near Saarburg, in Lorraine France, March 4, 1848. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church. On July 21, 1874, he was united in marriage with Josephine Hirschy. This union was blest with two daughters. In 1904 he with his wife came to America, making their home near Wayland, Iowa. They transferred their church home then to the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church and he remained a faithful member unto death. The last few years it was noticeable that his health was failing. About a week ago his condition became serious because of the infirmities of old age. At nine o'clock on Wednesday evening April 8, 1931, he peacefully passed away at the age of 83 y. 1 m. 4 d. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, two daughters (Mrs. John Wagler Sr.; Mrs. Victor Isch), one sister in France, one grandchild, and other relatives and neightbors to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held from the Sugar Creek Church April 11, conducted by Bros. Simon Gingerich and Allen Miller. Texts, Job 19:25 and Psa. 91.
Mishler.--Rachel Mishler (nee Miller) was born April 13, 1854, near Nappanee, Ind.; died March 5, 1931, at the home of her son (D.P. Mishler) near Albany Oreg.; aged 76 y. 10 m. 20 d. She with her husband (the late Bishop Peter D. Mishler) came to Oregon 50 years ago, settling first near Hubbard. A few years later they moved to Eugene. Her husband passed away in 1894, after which she with her family moved to Albany. She is survived by 8 children (Dan P., Ben, Mrs. M. E. Brenneman, Mrs. E. G. Lantz, Artemus, Ora, Tobias, and Mrs. E. W. Davidson); also 3 brothers, 4 sisters, 34 grandchildren, a number of greatgrandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends survive. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 14 years. Her life was one of devotion and faithfulness. She spent a number of years caring for the sick and afflicted, thus endearing herself to many. Truly we may say, a good woman has gone from among us. Funeral services were held March 7 from the Albany Mennonite Church, in charge of Paul N. Roth. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Hernley,--Abram. son of the late Peter and Barbara Hernley, died at his home near Hernleys Church near Manheim, Pa., April 9, 1931, of a lingering illness; aged 70 y. 9 m. 17 d. He spent his entire life on the farm on which he was born. He was an active and faithful member of the Hersheys Mennonite Church for many years. he was a Christian with an exemplary character, A loving father and grandfather, and a devoted husband. His large circle of friends will miss him because of his many acts of kindness. He was looked upon as the good Samaritan of the community. He is survived by his wife, and the following children: Mrs. Elmer Stauffer, Mrs. Menno Snavely, Peter Hernley, Mrs. Naaman Hershey, Mrs. Jacob N. Snavely, Mrs. Samuel Faus, and Esther; also by 29 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the home and at Hernleys Church conducted by Bros. Brubaker, Lutz, and Risser. Text, Rom. 8:18.
"Rest on, dear father, your suffering is o'er,
Your smiling lips to us will smile no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
Gone but not forgotten. --Family.
Hostetler,--Ida, beloved wife of Almon P. Hostetler, daughter of Cornelius and Emma Troyer, was born March 19, 1881; died very suddenly of heart trouble April 7, 1931, on the same farm on which she was born; aged 50 y. 19 d. On Sept. 19, 1903, she was married to Brother Almon P. Hostetler. To this union were born seven children. She is survived by her husband and all her children, also a nephew as an immediate member of the family whom they had reared from infancy and loved as a son. She further leaves four grandchildren, a mother, three brothers, five sisters, and many other friends and relatvies. She became a member of the Mennonite Church as a matter of her own choice in early life and remained steadfast in this faith unto death. Even though at times her feeble body would hardly permit she would manage to take opportunity of active religious services, in attendance and assistance, having nearly always been engaged in teaching in the Sunday school. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind., while her membership was with the Emma congregation. Services in charge of Menno J. Yoder and O. S. Hostetler.
Kauffman,--Jacob D. Kauffman was born in Logan Co., Ohio, April 22, 1848; died at his home near Hubbard, Oreg., April 11, 1931; aged 83 years less 11 days. On Jan. 7, 1873, he was united in marriage to Salome Hartzler who died in 1879, leaving two children of whom the eldest remains to-day: On March 22, 1883, he was again married to Mary B. Yoder who departed this life Aug. 26, 1921. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. Of the entire family, there remain three: David H., Frank, and Mrs. Anna Hartzler, together with eleven grandchildren. His is also survived by three of his four sisters: Mrs. Salome Yoder, Mrs. Martha Yoder and Nancy kauffman. Lizzie, his oldest sister, died and was buried at Nampa, Idaho, twelve years ago. In March, 1906, he with his family moved from Logan Co., Ohio, to Nampa, Idaho, and later to Oregon, where he has since resided. Deceased had united with the Mennonite Church in youth, of which he was a faithful member until death. He was a member of Zion congregation. Burial at Zion Cemetery near Hubbard, Oreg. Services at Zion Church in charge of A. P. Troyer, D. F. Shenk and F. J. Gingerich. Texts, Heb. 9:27 and Num. 23:10.
Murry,--Mary A. Murry was born Aug. 26, 1856; died at her home near Millersville, Pa. April 13, 1931, from a stroke of paralysis from which she suffered for more than ten weeks; aged 74 y. 7 m. 18 d. During her affliction she expressed her desire and willingness to go home to the Father. She often asked the family and vistors to sing for her. Her husband preceded her to the glory world a little more than a year ago. She leaves 1 son, 4 daughters, and 20 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild who will greatly miss her for mother had a deep concern for her family. But our loss is her eternal gain. She was a faithful member of the New Danville Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held from her late home and the Masonville Mennonite Church by Bros. Aaron Harnish, Maris Hess, and John K. Charles. Text. 1 Peter 1:13.
"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 sighs to worry
And of bitter tears no more,
When we think of our dear mother
Who has gone to yonder shore." ---The Children.
Elkins,--Rosanna Malin was born in Darby, Pa., Feb.
15, 1940; died near Kalida, Ohio, April 16, 1931; aged 91 y. 2
m. 1 d. In August, 1866, she was united in marriage to John Elkins
in Philadelphia, Pa., who preceded her in death 25 years. They
moved to Putnam Co., Ohio, 1870, and Mrs. Elkins has resided on
the same farm since that date. Surviving her are three sons and
two daughters (Mrs. Anna Smith, Ralph Elkins, Walter, Willard,
and Ella), nine grandchildren and twelve greatgrandchildren; also
one brother who has passed his 84th birthday, and many other relatives
and friends. Twenty-five years ago a broken hip forced her to
relinquish her active household duties for 16 years has been practically
helpless having suffered untold weakness and pain for so many
years. She always manifested patience and resignation to the will
of God and retained her mental faculties until the last hour.
During her illness she told her nurse she wished the angels would
come and get her, and a few days later her request was answered.
Several years ago she became a member of the Mennonite Church
under the ministry of Bro. Simon Shenk.
"Oh dear mother, how we miss you,
Since your place is vacant here;
But you'll never be forgotten
By the ones who hold you dear."
Funeral services were held in the home April 12 in charge of Simon S. Shenk assisted by J. M. Shenk. Burial near the site of the old Blanchard River Church.
Liechty,--Joseph P. Liechty was born near Sterling, Ohio, May 21, 1875. He spent his boyhood days on the farm with his parents receiving a common school education in the neighboring district, and a business education from Akron Business College. On July 14, 1895, he accepted his Savior and was received by water baptism as a member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where he has always remained a faithful and a loyal member. He was a teacher in the Sunday school for more than twenty years and had just entered on his second year as treasurer of the church. In all of these activities he always manifested an unusual interest. Jan. 5, 1909, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Conrad; to this union were born two daughters, the one dying in infancy, and Catherine Amelia, aged 12. Bro. Liechty was afflicted with diabetes for years, and yet always active until a week ago, when he took pneumonia, taking his bed on Tuesday of April 7. The Lord so willed, and he fell peacefully asleep at 5:30 p. m., Sunday, April 12; aged 55 y. 10 m. 21 d. He was a kind, loving husband and father and a congenial neighbor, possessing keen judgment and executive ability, and served his community in various capacities as guardian and administrator of estates. Besides his wife and daughter he leaves 3 brothers and two sisters (J. A. Liechty, P. R. Liechty, J. M. Liechty, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, and Mrs. Lydia Lehman); also many nephews and nieces, including many other relatvies and friends. Services were conducted by the Bros. C. Z. Yoder, I. W. Royer, and J. S. Gerig. Texts: Rev. 2:10; Jno. 14:27. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Byler, Christian H. son of John and Elizabeth Hartzler
Byler, was born in Union Co., Pa., July 3, 1855; died March 7,
1931, at his home near West Liberty, Ohio; aged 75 y. 8 m. 4 d.
He had been in failing health for some time past, being afflicted
with heart trouble. On March 4 he took a cold which terminated
in bronchial pneumonia. This found his body so weak, he was unable
to conquer. Brother Byler knew something about the hardships of
life. At the tender age of 11 years his father died, making it
necessary for him to leave home and work for others. At 19 years
of age he came to Ohio and worked at the carpenter trade. A few
years later he went to Missouri, taking up business in a lumber
yard. From there he went to Harvey Co, Kans., where in the year
of 1887 he was united in marriage to Sadie Y. Zook. To this happy
and peaceful union, ten children were born, who with their mother,
nine survive him (Oliver, Maude, Mrs. S. S. Hostetler, Mrs. D.
C. Kauffman, Paul, Mark, Earl, Milford, and Mildred). One son
(Johnnie) died in Missouri at the age of two years. Many beautiful
and complimentary things could be said about his home, where father
and mother lived an exemplary life of Christian love and patience,
which welded their hearts together in love and unity that nothing
could sever. His one great concern was the salvation of his sons
and daughters, and many are the wise counsels and the affectionate
words, that will sweeten their memories throughout the coming
years. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior,
and united with the Mennonite Church, ever living a true and devoted
Christian life. In 1896 he again came to Ohio to live and in 1898
God called him to West Liberty, Ohio. Of him it can truly be said
he always delivered his messages with a spirit of love and fervency,
although they were given in humility. He never failed to declare
the whole truth and stood for the principles of the gospel. Eternity
alone will reveal the results of his efforts in the Christian
service. He loved much and enjoyed talking about God and the Holy
Ghost. This he tried to impress upon his congregation in his last
two sermons, only a few weeks ago, when he so beautifully expounded
the works of the Holy Spirit through faith in Him. It is hard
for us to realize that Brother Byler will meet with us at Bethel
no more. His cheery presence will be missed, as only time can
reveal. To-day we think of him among the blood washed Saints,
singing the songs of redemption. Besides his family, he leaves
11 grandchildren, two sisters (Mrs. Eri Yoder and Mrs. Hannah
Plank), and one brother (John I. Byler) and many relatives and
friends among whom he will be missed. The feeling of the family
finds expression in the poem entitled "Compensation,"
by Edgar Guest:
"I'd like to think that here and there,
When I am gone, there shall remain
A happier spot that might have not
Existed had I toiled for gain;
That some one's cheery voice and smile
Shall prove that I had been worth while;
That I had paid with something fine
My debt to God for life divine."
Funeral services were held at Bethel Church, in charge of Bros. N. E. Troyer and J. Y. King. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida