Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIII, No. 45 - February 5, 1931, page 958, 959
Nussbaum.-----John. infant son of Simon J. and Sarah
Nussbaum,was born near Kidron,O.,on Jan.7, 1931; died Jan.8 and
was buried the 9 th in the Sonnenberg Cemetery,where short srevices
were held by J.S. Moser. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers,3
sisters (Luther,Nora, Miriam, Irene and Howard), 2 grandmothers
and a hostof other relatives.
Snyder.---- Anna May, wife of Joseph Snyder, was born Aug.16, 1845; died at her home at East Greeville, Ohio, Nov.27, 1930; aged 85 y.3 m.11 d. In early years she united with the Brethren Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at Pleasant View Church, Stark Co., Ohio, by Sam Holl and I. J. Buckwalter.
Snyder---- Joseph S. Snyder was born Jan.18, 1844; died at his home at East Greenville, Ohio, Jan.23, 1931; aged 97 y.5 d. his wife preceded him in death about 2 months. He was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren for a number of years. Funeral services were held Jan.25 at the Pleasant View Church near Bowdil, Ohio, by Sam Holl and I. J. Buckwalter in the presence of a large number of friends.
Frey.---- Elizabeth Martin, wife of Amos Frey, died at her home in Chambersburg, Pa, Jan.7, 1931, after a short illness of pneumonia; aged 69 y.11 m.29 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and remained faithful unto the end. She is survived by her husband, one son, and two daughters. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church conducted by C.V. Martin and D.E.Kuhns. Buried in the cemetery adjoining.
Landis.---- Leon Henry, son of Bro.Henry E. and Sister Lucy Near Landis, was born Dec.31,1916; died of influenza at his home at Chambersburg, Pa.,Jan.22,1931; aged 14 y.22 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and was faithful in the Sunday School and young people's meeting. He is survived by his parents, two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services were held Jan.25, at the Chambersburg Church by Bros. Walter Lehman and D.E. Kuhns. Interment in the cemetery at the church.
Williamson.----Warner W. Williamson was born June 20, 1885; died at the church house door Jan.11,1931; aged 75 y.6 m.3 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church near Greenwood, Del. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons,3 grandchildren,1 sister, 2 brothers. Services were held at the church, Jan.13 in charge of Bros. Nevin Bender and Eli Swartzendruber.
" A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Moose,----- Mary Moose was born Nov.13, 1853; died at Neshannock Falls,Pa., Jan.12, 1931; aged 77 y.2 m. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, worshipping with the Maple Grove congregation near New Wilmington, Pa. She is survived by 1 daughter, 4 sons, 22 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, 2 brothers. Her husband and 1 daughter preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted by the home ministers. Texts,Psa.90; Rom.8:18.
" One by one the links are gathered
To the father's home above
And they are waiting there to greet us
In the sunshine of His love."
Amstutz,----- Demas Lee, son of Albert J. and Della Amstutz,was born in Wayne Co.O., Oct.6, 1925; died Jan.25, 1931. He took sick Jan.23 with aseptic sore throat which turned into blood poison and caused his sudden death. He leaves his sorrowing parents,1 sister (Agnes) and 1 brother (Myron,who was quite sick with pneumonia at the time of the funeral); 3 grandparents (Jacob A. Amstutz, Mr.and Mrs. Jacob P. Gerber), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Sonnenberg Church Jan.28 by C. N. Amstutz and Noah Hilty. Text, Matt.19:13,13
" All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended,
And dear Demas is at rest."
Newcomer,--- Amos W. Newcomer was born near Mt.Joy, Pa., Mar.6, 1861; died at his home in Mt.Joy Jan.11, 1931; aged 69 y.10 m.5 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He had a stroke six years ago, and remained an invalid until his death. The chair is vacant in which we always saw him. Now we think of him in a better land, where there is no sorrow or pain. He was united in marriage to Mary S. Snyder, who survives him, and four children ( Fannie,wife of Frank Hertzler, Ada wife of Elias Garber, Harvey S. and Jacob S.), also twelve grandchildren survive. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Mt.Joy Mennonite Church by Bros.Amos Hess, Isaac Brubaker and Henry Lutz. Text, Rev.3:5. Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery.
Lehman,--- Amanda, wife of Jacob Lehman, was born Sept.14, 1862; died in her home at Elton,Pa., Jan.10, 1931; aged 68 y. 3 m. 28 d. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Mrs. Harvey Horner, Mrs. C.R. Shaffer, Mrs. Mrs. Norman Lehman, Mrs. O. L. Weaver, and Mrs. Frank Kelley, Harry, Dorsey, Emery, and Mrs. Clair Holland. She is also survived by 39 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. During her illness she expressed her willingness to submit to God's will. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S.G. Shelter and in the Evangelical Church by S.G. Shelter, assisted by Hiram Wingard and J.L. Smith. The remains were laid to rest in the Dunmire Cemetery.
Hess,--- Esther Lorraine, twin daughter of Bro. and Sister John G. and Lottie (Diffenbaugh) Hess, was born July 5, 1930; died Jan.24, 1931. Surviving are her parents, a twin sister, besides three other sisters and one brother, three of her grandparents, three aunts,5 uncles, and a number of cousins. Esther Lorraine was a member of the cradle roll of the Mountville Mennonite Sunday School. Her name will now appear with a black star to signify that God removed her from this earth to a better land. We pray that this dispensation of God's providence will draw us all nearer to Him, so that when we are no longer among the living we may be where we know she is. Services conducted by J.C. Habecker, Jacob Hess, and John K. Charles. Text, Psa.128:3, latter clause.
Miller,--- Peter Miller was born near Louisville,O., April 4,1852; died near the same place, Jan.22, 1931; aged 78 y. 9 m. 18 d. His parents and four brothers preceded him in death. He is survived by one sister ( Mrs. Rudy Pflander) one brother ( Jonas Miller), three nephews, three nieces, and many relatives and friends. He united with the Beech Mennonite Church at the age of twenty-one, and continued in the same until the end. He was a member of the Church when the first church was built in 1877. He died at the home of his niece (Mrs. Norman Biery) and had lived on that farm nearly 55 years. Death was caused by arterio-sclerosis. Funeral was held at the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. O. N. Johns and Brethren John D. Miller and Alvin Hostetler, assisting. Text, Prov.14:32. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Hertzler,---- Abner, son of the late Henry M. and Laferna Hertzler,was born May 11, 1878; died Dec.6, 1930; aged 52 y. 6 m. 25 d. On the morning of Dec.6, while engaged in sawing wood at his home, he was thrown by the belt, his head striking the tractor wheel. he lived an hour longer but did not regain consciousness. He leaves his wife ( Sallie Yost ) and two children ( Martha and Henry ); also two brothers and one sister ( John M., David, and Mrs. Elam Hartz). He lived all his life in the vicinity of Morgantown, Pa.,and was a member of the Conestoga A. M. Church. His reserved attitude and agreeable disposition had won and held many friends. Funeral services were held Dec.9, conducted by Amos B. Stoltzfus at the house, and by S. E. Allgyer and John W. Weaver at the church where he held membership. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Weaver,----Louisa, wife of Hiram Weaver (with whom she lived for over 62 years), was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug.30, 1850; died after a long illness, Jan.11, 1931; aged 80 y.4 m. 11 d. She was the mother of the following children: Levi H. ( deacon of the Weaver congregation), David W., Emma ( wife of Stephen Hostetler, in whose home she died). Besides her husband and children, she is survived by 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren preceded her in death. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church over 62 years ago, and lived a very consistant life. Funeral services were held in the home by L.A. Blough and S.G. Shetler. Services were conducted in the Weaver Church by S.G. Shetler, assisted by L.A.Blough. A very large concourse of people assembled in the church. The body was laid to rest in the family plot in the Weaver Cemetery.
Chupp,---- Ella, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kaufman, was born June 5, 1885, in Newton Co., Ind. In 1898 the parents moved to Newaygo Co., Mich. On Dec.21, 1904, she was united in marriage with Moses Chupp and since then has spent most of the time on a farm in Wilcox township. To this union six children were born,one son ( Alvin ) dying in infancy. Surviving her are her husband and the following children: Mrs. Beulah McCloud, Millie, Mabel, Alma, and Ray. Sister Chupp had been ailing for five or six years, during which time she had undergone three operations; the last one just a few days before her death, in Fremont Hospital, on Dec.20, when after a successful operation and was seemingly recovering nicely, had a relapse and died from a heart attack. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, at the home, conducted by T.U Nelson, of Newaygo,Mich. Text, II Tim. 1:12
Kaufman,--- Levi J., son of the late Jacob I. and Christina Eash Kaufman, was born in Somerset Co.Pa., Nov.6, 1856; died Jan.22, 1931; aged 74 y. 2 m. 16 d. He is survived by the following brothers: Isaac J., Jacob,Jr., John E., and Harry J. In early life he was sickly, but later became much stronger and lived to this ripe age. He was a very devoted member of the Mennonite Church for many years. For a number of years he was superintendent of the Kaufman S.S. Much of his time was spent reading God's Word. For 16 years he had his home with Bro. and Sister Harry J. Yoder and was very well satisfied and contented. When he saw his end approaching, he wrote out all his funeral arrangements.Funeral services were conducted in the home by L.A. Blough, S.G. Shetler spoke on II Tim.4:6 ( which was selected by the deceased). L. A.Blough assisted in the services. The body was laid away in the Kaufman Cemetery.
Kiener,----- Frederick Kiener was born Feb.15,1860 in Canton Berne, Switzerland; died of asthma and heart failure at the home of Homer Steiner near Kidron,O., Jan.15, 1931; aged 70 y. 11 m. He was baptized by Peter Schneck April 1,1877, at Sonnenberg, Switzerland; immigrated to America in 1881; was accepted at the Sonnenberg Church by letter April 15,1892. March 4,1897, he was married to Elizabeth J. Amstutz. To this union were born 4 children (Mary Ann, Enos, Ezra, and Matilda ). Jan.14,1905, his wife died. Aug.8,1905, he was married to Anna Falb. To this union were born 4 children ( Samuel who died in infancy, Elias, Paul, and Andrew ). Feb.9,1917, his second wife died. He leaves 7 children, 9 grandchildre, and 1 sister to mourn his departure. Many were his afflictions, troubles and trials, but we are trusting he is now resting with his Saviour in whom he believed. Funeral services were held Jan.18 at the Sonnenberg Church conducted by C.N. Amstutz, I.W. Royer, and H.N. Troyer. Text, Jas.1:14.
Buckwalter,------ Dorous D. was born in Lancaster Co., PA., April 30, 1855; died Jan.5, 1931, at the home of his son Frank near Greenland, Pa.; aged 75 y. 8 m. 5 d. On Nov.20,1930 he suffered a stroke of paralysis and was bedfast and helpless for nearly seven weeks. He bore his sufferings patiently. He was a faithful member of Mellingers Mennonite Church for many years. He was a kind father and will be missed by all who knew him. We will never forget the sound of his voice as he read aloud from God's Word, which he so loved to do. He is survived by 1 daughter , 3 sons, 9 grandchildren,1 sister, and 1 brother. His wife and 3 daughters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Jan.8 at the home and at Mellingers Church by Bros. Elmer Martin, J. C. Clemems, and David L.Landis. Text, II Tim.4:6, 7 ,8.
" Sweetly rest, dear father,
With loved ones gone before,
May we all prepare to meet you
On yonder peaceful shore."
Bergey,---- Louisa, eldest daughter of Pre. Moses S. and Anna Cressman Bowman and beloved wife of deacon David Bergey, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov.28, 1845; died at her home near New Dundee,Ont., Jan.11, 1931; aged 85 y. 1. m 14d. On Dec.31, 1872, she was married to David Bergey. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 3 daughters. Two preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Amelia and Ida ), 3 sons ( Gilbert, Milton, and Herbert), 10 grandchildren,4 sisters,4 brothers. At the age of 25 she confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member to death. She was a regular attendant at church services, seldom missing a service. She was a real help to her husband in his work as deacon in the Church. She enjoyed good health all her life and bore her brief illness with patience; looking forward in happy anticipation for the triumphal entry into the Glory World. Her last desire was to be "where there is fullness of joy and pleasure forever-more." Funeral services were held Jan.14, at the home and at Blenheim Mennonite Church near New Dundee,Ont., by Bros. M.H. Shantz and S.F. Coffman. Text, II Cor.5:9. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Denlinger,----- Martin, Jr., son of Martin and Emma Denlinger, was born in Lancaster Co., died on Christmas Eve in the Lancaster General Hospital following an operation for appendicitis; aged 18 y. 2 m. 18 d. There remain to mourn his sudden departure his parents,2 brothers,2 sisters. At the age of twelve he was baptized and received into the Mellingers Mennonite Church. His sudden call is a loud call and drawing power to others. His funeral services were held Sunday afternoon and the same evening a series of meetings began, conducted by Bro.J.C.Clemens. There were 64 converts. It is hard to realize that we will not see his smile again on earth, but the testimony he left gives us joy. Sometime on Christmas Day he told his nurse that he was going to his beautiful home. The hour of his death about his bedside will never be forgotten, as he begged his older brother to go along. Funeral services were held Dec.28 at Mellingers Church by Bros. David Landis and Elmer Martin.
" One more in heaven, one less at home.
Missed day by day from his usual place.
Never more will his footsteps fall by our home door,
Nor his voice be heard with its living tone
By the loved ones left round his own hearth stone.
He has gone to his beautiful home
Where angels welcomed our dear Martin home."
Evers,---- Barbara, daughter of John L. and Elizabeth Brenneman, was born in Allen Co. Ohio, Feb.24, 1861; died Jan.20,1931; aged 69 y. 10 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to David A. evers, Oct.4, 1888. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. One son ( Irvin S.) preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons ( John D. and Charles O.) and 2 daughters (Mrs.A.J. Burtchin and Mrs. J.E. Rutledge), 12 grandchildren,2 brothers ( George Brenneman and Abraham Brenneman ) 4 sisters ( Caroline Diller,Lydia Diller, Elizabeth Miller and Nancy Diller), and a large circle of relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in September,1888, and remained faithful until death. She patiently endured her affliction, often expressing herself in being ready to go or stay. In the midst of her suffering she sang many songs of praise to God. She recently requested anointing with oil.
" 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."
Funeral services were held Jan.23 at the Salem Church conducted by Bro. E.L. Frey of Wauseon, Ohio, and the home ministers. Text: "So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
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Monn.-David Monn was born near Quincy, Pa., Feb. 15, 1842; died Jan. 21, 1931; aged 88 y. 11 m. 6 d. He held membership in the United Brethren Church of Mont Alto, Pa. He was a mason by trade. Many times he walked 8 or 10 miles to his work and home again in the evening. He did the mason work on our church in Pond Bank. Funeral services were conducted in his home in Mont Alto by John Pentz and at the Mount Zion Church by Harvey E. Shank. Text, Heb. 3:4, 6. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Witmer.-Earl K., infant son of Wayne H. and Mary E.
Witmer, died Dec. 19, 1930; aged 20 d. His parents and one brother
(Warren K.) survive; also his maternal grandmother (Mrs. Anna
Keller) and his paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Isaac B. Witmer).
Funeral services were held from the home Dec. 21, conducted by
Bro. John S. Hess. Text, Zech. 8:5. Interment in Hess Cemetery
near Lititz, Pa.
"A little flower of love,
That blossomed but to die,
Transplanted from above,
To bloom with God on high."
Yoder.-Helen (Edlemen) Yoder was born in Reading, Pa.,
May 17, 1912, died of acute neuritis at the St. Joseph's Hospital
Dec. 30, 1930. She was a member of the Brethren Church in Reading.
On April 16, 1930, she was married to Levi B. Yoder of Elverson.
She leaves her husband and many friends to mourn her sudden and
unexpected death. Services were conducted by Bro. Henry Moyer
at the Brethren Church Jan. 3, 1931. Interment in the cemetery
at the Conestoga A. M. Church.
"Friends may think the wound is healed
When they see us smile;
But they little know the sorrow
That the smile hides all the while."
By a Sister.
Gingerich.-Mary (Zehr) Gingerich was born in Waterloo
Co., Ont., Aug. 27, 1847; died of dropsy at the home of her son,
John Z., Nov. 14, 1930; aged 83 y. 2 m. 17 d. Jan. 19, 1868, she
was married to Rudolph Gingerich, who preceded her in death 12
years. To them were born 5 sons and 3 daughters (Jacob Z., Katie,
Mrs. Moses L. Jantzi, Mattie, Mrs. Christian Z. Steinman, Noah
Z., Benjamin Z., and John Z.), all of whom survive; also 29 grandchildren
and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 11
at the home by Peter Nafziger, and by Christ Gascho and Daniel
H. Steinman at the church.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Stoltzfus.-Mary B., daughter of Mary E. and the late
Samuel B. Stoltzfus, Gap, Pa., died at her home on the morning
of Dec. 15, 1930; aged 16 y. 3 m. 26 d. Death was due to heart
trouble and a complication of diseases of four months' duration.
She was of a quiet disposition and bore her sufferings patiently,
being conscious to the end. Her father, two brothers, and a twin
sister (Malinda) preceded her in death. She is survived by her
mother, two brothers (Aaron J. and John B.), and one sister (Sara
S.). Funeral services were held Dec. 17 from her late home, conducted
by Aaron H. Glick and Aaron R. Glick. Burial in Millwood Cemetery.
"Oh we miss her, how we miss her,
When we see the vacant chair;
She is gone but not forgotten,
May we meet her over there."
Hochstedler.-Andrew Hochstedler was born near White
Cloud, Mich., July 1, 1913; died Jan. 31, 1931, at his home near
Midland, Mich.; aged 17 y. 6 m. 30 d. He confessed Christ as his
personal Savior at the age of 12 years and united with the Mennonite
Church near Midland and remained a faithful young brother unto
the end. His mother, 1 sister and 1 brother preceded him in death.
He leaves his deeply bereaved father, step-mother, and 4 sisters
(Mrs. Roy Terwillegar, Mrs. Sam Miller, Sarah, and Edna), uncles,
aunts, and cousins. Short services at the house, then the funeral
sermon was preached at the Midland Mennonite Church. Text, Rev.
14:13. Services in charge of the home ministers.
"Brother, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whisper,
'Come and live with us at home.'"
Denlinger.-Martin B., son of Martin W. and Emma Denlinger
of Mellingers congregation near Lancaster, Pa., fell asleep on
Christmas evening, 1930, following an operation for appendicitis.
He was 18 years of age, and a member of the Mennonite Church.
He was of a kind and loving disposition, and will be greatly missed
in the home and by his associates. It is difficult to understand
why one should be taken so early in life, but we realize that
God doeth all things well. His last words, "I am going to
my beautiful home," are a comfort to the bereaved ones. Besides
his parents, he is survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Brief
funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Elmer Martin,
with further services at Mellingers Church by Bro. David Landis.
Text, II Sam. 18:32. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled;
There in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Noll.-Grant W. Noll was born May 27, 1873; died at his
home in Rohrerstown, Pa., Jan. 28, 1931; aged 57 y. 7 m. 1 d.
He was in ill health for the past year and suffered a paralytic
stroke Jan. 23. He was for many years a faithful member of the
Mennonite Church and will be greatly missed in the Sunday school,
Church, and community. He was present in Church and Sunday school
whenever possible. He was of a quiet disposition, and a great
lover of Scripture. The family has lost a loving husband and father
and the community a kind neighbor who was ever ready to be of
service to others. He is survived by his widow (Sarah Harnish
Noll), 4 sons, 6 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and a brother. Funeral
services were held from the home Jan. 31 by Bros. Jacob Hess and
D. N. Gish, and at Rohrerstown Mennonite Church by Bros. Landis
Shertzer and John H. Mosemann. Text, Jno. 14:1-7. Buried in Millersville
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will serve no more;
Nor your footsteps fall by the old home door,
But may we all meet on that happy shore."
Good.-John Elmer, son of the late Isaac and Mary E.
Good (deceased), was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Nov. 12, 1888;
died Jan. 14, 1931, at the University Hospital; aged 42 y. 2 m.
2 d. He has been living in Orange Co. for the past 17 years. He
was united in marriage to Nora Wisman just 19 years ago. To this
happy union were born 8 children. One infant preceded him to the
great beyond. He is survived by his devoted companion, and the
following children: Frances, Aubra, Snively, Mildred, Austin,
Edith and Velma, all at home; also by 5 brothers, 4 sisters, and
many relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church
in his youth and remained faithful and steadfast until death.
His unassuming manner and Christian life won for him many friends.
Shortly before he passed away he asked that "Follow the Path
of Jesus" be sung, directing us heavenward. Services were
held at Weaver's Church, Rockingham Co., by Brethren S. H. Rhodes
and L. H. Jones.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in the home,
Which never can be filled."
Egli.-Kathryn, daughter of John and Hannah Minihine, was born near Gilmore City, Ia., Sept. 12, 1895. She lived near that place till Dec. 2, 1914, when she was married to Abner Egli. They lived near Manson, Ia., until 1918, when they moved to a farm near Hadley, Minn., where she died Jan. 21, 1931; aged 35 y. 4 m. 9 d. She leaves her husband, 4 children (Helen, Ruth, Joseph, and James), her mother and step-father, and a host of relatives and friends. One small daughter preceded her in death in June, 1916. Kathryn was of a very lovable disposition, loved by all who knew her, a good wife, a kind mother. In the spring of 1915 she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. Her illness came upon her very suddenly in September, 1930. During her first sickness she had a longing to get well and be with her family; but she was resigned to God's will, whatever He saw fit. She endured much suffering during the last days of her life, and was anxious for the Lord to take her home. A short funeral service was held at the home conducted by Bros. C. J. Garber and George Landis, after which the body was taken to Manson, Ia., where funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, in charge of Bro. C. J. Garber. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery near Manson.
Hinkle.-Reuben Truman, son of Jacob and Susie Hinkle,
was born at Harper, Kans., Nov. 23, 1912; died in Flowers Hospital
in Harper Nov. 21, 1930; aged 17 y. 11 m. 28 d. Reuben received
a fractured skull and other injuries which resulted in his death.
He and his father were coming home from town when their car crashed
into a south-bound Santa Fe motor passenger. His father was very
seriously injured but will recover. Monday before the accident
he and his father were out in the field husking corn. He told
his father how differently he looked at things from what he used
to, and that he wanted to live a different life. We hope and trust
that God has forgiven him, and that he is now safe in the arms
of Jesus. He is survived by his father and mother, 3 sisters and
3 brothers (Sara, Joseph, Mildred, Helen, Elmer, and Immogene).
He was of a loving disposition, a dutiful son, and will be missed
in the home. Funeral services were held Nov. 24 in Pleasant View
Church near Harper conducted by Bros. S. A. Yoder, J. J. Zimmerman,
and R. M. Weaver. Text, Gen. 18:25, latter clause. Buried in Pleasant
"We miss you when the morning comes,
We miss you when the night returns;
We miss you here, we miss you there,
Dear Reuben, we miss you everywhere."
Leaman.-Tobias D., son of Tobias and Elizabeth (Denlinger)
Leaman, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Apr. 4, 1853; died at
his home in West Lampeter Twp., Lanc. Co., Jan. 18, 1931, after
a year's illness; aged 77 y. 9 m. 14 d. On Oct. 25, 1877, he was
united in marriage to Susan L. Groff. To this union were born
3 sons and 3 daughters, 2 daughters having preceded him in death.
He leaves his wife, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren,
1 brother, 1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. He
was converted, accepted Christ as his Savior, became a member
of Mellingers Mennonite Church about 50 years ago, and remained
faithful to the end. His seat at church was seldom vacant when
health permitted, but due to the nature of his illness, he did
not have the privilege of attending church and Sunday school for
the last year of his life. He lived a godly Christian life, and
was always ready to lend a helping hand. He was a devoted, loving,
kind, and sympathetic husband and father, ever seeking the welfare
of his family, it being his great concern to have his children
and grandchildren gathered into the Kingdom. Funeral services
were held Jan. 21 in the home and at Mellingers Mennonite Church,
conducted by Bros. David L. Landis and Elmer G. Martin. Text,
Psa. 37:37. His remains were laid to rest in Mellingers Cemetery
near Lancaster. How we miss our dear father! The house seems so
dreary and lonely, the chair vacant. We miss him everywhere.
Keens.-Sophia, daughter of the late Christian and Mary
Anna Book Binkley, was born in Lancaster Co., Nov. 1, 1864; died
at the Lancaster Hospital Jan. 3, 1931, of pneumonia after eleven
days' illness; aged 66 y. 2 m. 2 d. On Jan. 3, 1888, she was united
in marriage to Samuel Keens. This union was blessed with 1 child.
She was of a kind and loving disposition. In her earlier years
she cared for and partly reared a child of her younger brother,
the baby being bereft of its mother. She had many trials and troubles,
but laid them all at Jesus' feet who was her Comforter. Sophia
was deprived of some of the blessings we enjoy. One was God's
beautiful outdoor life as she was housed in an institution the
last few years because of a mental weakness. But God in His wisdom
saw fit to take her to Himself where she will not be deprived
of the beauties of heaven where she so much longed to be. In her
weakness her Bible was a light to her pathway and a lamp to her
feet. She is survived by her husband (Samuel Keens) and son (Raymond),
3 grandchildren and 3 brothers (Ezra Binkley, Enos Binkley, and
Milo Binkley). Funeral services were held at the home Jan. 6,
by her home bishop, Bro. Noah Landis, and at the Landis Valley
Mennonite Church (of which she was a faithful member), by John
Mosemann assisted by Noah Landis. Texts, Rom. 8:18; Heb. 4:15.
After the services the body was taken to Millersville Cemetery
"Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps;
And the sunbeams love to linger,
Where our sainted sister sleeps."
Steiner.-Martha, daughter of John and Elizabeth Basinger
Moser, was born near Dalton, Ohio, April 5, 1861; died at the
home of her daughter (Mrs. Clarence Troyer, Baltic, Ohio) Jan.
21, 1931; aged 69 y. 9 m. 16 d. On Nov. 7, 1889, she was united
in marriage with Daniel J. Steiner, to whom were born two sons
and one daughter: Allen, Clayton, and Verda (Mrs. Clarence Troyer).
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother (John),
one sister (Emily) and her husband, who died Dec. 14, 1903, leaving
her in widowhood over 27 years. She is survived by her two sons,
one daughter, four grandchildren (Lloyd, Irene, Dale Steiner,
and Mrs. Earl Ott); also one brother (Peter Moser) and three sisters
(Mrs. Aaron Geiger, Mrs. Peter Geiger, and Mrs. Samuel Steiner),
and many other relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted
Jesus as her personal Savior and was received into the Sonnenberg
Mennonite Church. Later she transferred her membership to the
Martins Mennonite congregation because of living near that place
of worship. After moving to Orrville with her son Allen and his
family, she became a charter member of the Orrville Mennonite
Mission Church in which fellowship she continued faithful unto
death. The house of the Lord with all its services and sacraments
and fellowship was her delight and brought her much joy and pleasure
and whenever health permitted she was present to engage in the
service and worship of her Lord. She was a friend to the old and
the young, the children alike; a lover of song and flowers, as
well as the Word of God. She will be missed not only in the home
by her near and dear ones, but also in the church and neighborhood
where she was so favorably known as Grandma Steiner.
"The noblest thought our souls can claim,
The holiest words our tongues can frame;
Unworthy are to praise the Name,
More sacred than all others.
An infant, when her love first came-
We have always found it just the same,
Reverently we breathe her name,
The blessed name of 'Mother.'"
Funeral services were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Troyer of Baltic, Ohio, and the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, on Friday afternoon, Jan. 23. Burial in the Sonnenberg Cemetery. Ministers at the home: Lester Hostetler, I. W. Royer, Pastor Agricol of the Evangelical Church of Baltic. Ministers at the church: Lewis Amstutz, J. S. Gerig, I. J. Buckwalter, I. W. Royer, and A. J. Steiner.
Smucker.-Clarence J., son of Milo and Malinda Smucker,
was born near Smithville, O., Jan. 16, 1892; died at St. Luke's
Hospital, Cleveland, Jan. 11, 1931; aged 38 y. 11 m. 25 d. On
Thanksgiving day, Nov. 30, 1916, he was united in marriage with
Clara May Martin, to whom were born 4 daughters and 2 sons (Pauline,
Richard, Virginia, Carol, Julia and Robert). He has been preceded
in death by 3 infant brothers and is survived by his companion,
6 children, father and mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Alvin,
Raymond, Mrs. Erma Harrison, and Iva Smucker), with many other
relatives, uncles, aunts and cousins. In his early youth he accepted
Jesus as his personal Savior and in June, 1905, was received into
the fellowship of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church and later became
a charter member of the Orrville Mennonite Mission Church, in
which communion he worshiped and served faithfully unto death.
In the past ten years he served almost continually either as S.
S. teacher or S. S. superintendent. Bro. Smucker was a man of
high moral worth. He was clean in his habits, careful in his speech,
honest in his dealings, considerate of the rights of others and
dependable in the performance of known duty. As a Christian he
lived to have a conscience void of offense toward God and man.
He held God and His Word in the highest of reverence and labored
humbly and peacefully with his fellow Christians and continually
manifested a spirit of submission and loyalty to the Church of
Christ. As a husband and father he was loving and true to every
interest that goes with Christian home-making. Home to him was
a sacred place where he sheltered his most precious earthly treasures.
He will be missed most of all in his home, and also in the church,
and in his place of daily labor where he was so favorably known
and where he received many kindly favors. He often confessed his
shortcomings in the performance of his Christian duties and frequently
asked for the prayers of God's people in private and public worship
that he might be more faithful and able in his Master's service.
He truly was a humble, faithful Christian. His sudden departure,
and in a time when we feel he was needed so much, has brought
a deep feeling of sorrow and our sympathies go out in behalf of
his loved ones who are so keenly touched in this bereavement and
for their comfort we commend them into the care and keeping of
our brother's Savior and Lord, who said: "I will not leave
you comfortless; I will come to you."
"Thy day has come, not gone;
Thy sun has risen, not set;
Thy life is now beyond
The reach of death or change,
Not ended-but begun.
O, noble soul! O, gentle heart!
Funeral services were conducted at the home on West Oak Street and at the Oak Grove Church, near Smithville, on Tuesday afternoon, the ministers being I. W. Royer, J. S. Gerig and I. J. Buckwalter. Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Ingold.-Lyle Raymond, infant son of Raymond and Elsie Ingold, was born June 6, 1930; died Feb. 3, 1931. He leaves father and mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Clarence Daniel, Dora Mae, Betty Ilene, and Harold Lloyd), also 1 grandfather and 1 grandmother and a host of other relatives. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church near Fisher, Ill., Feb. 5, by Bro. J. A. Heiser. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Burial in East Bend Cemetery.
Bassler.-Jacob was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 30, 1866; died at his home near Owensmouth, Calif., Jan. 10, 1931; aged 64 y. 2 m. 10 d. Bro. Bassler united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and remained faithful until death. He leaves his wife, 7 sons, and 2 daughters and a host of friends. Two sons and one daughter preceded him in death. Funeral service at the Owensmouth funeral chapel, Jan. 13, in charge of Bro. J. P Bontrager. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in the cemetery in West Los Angeles.
Brenneman.-Fannie M. Brenneman was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 8, 1857; died Jan. 10, 1931, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William R. Burkhart near Willow Street, Pa.; aged 73 y. 5 m. 2 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband preceded her in death almost 9 years ago. She leaves 1 step-daughter, 1 step-son, and 17 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Herr and Jacob Harnish. Texts, II Cor. 4:16; 5:8. Interment in the Creswell Cemetery.
Nissley.-Erma, daughter of Bro. and Sister Lloyd E.
Nissley, was born Oct. 3, 1930; died Jan. 22, 1931. She "budded
on earth to bloom in heaven." She was only with us 3 months
and 19 days, but we loved her dearly. She leaves her sorrowing
parents and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were
held at the home and at Goods Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon
Garber, John Landis, and Noah Risser. Text, Job 1:21. Burial in
"Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartache
That lies behind the smile."
Smith.-Flora J. Smith was born Jan. 15, 1862, in Washington
Co., Md.; died of heart failure at the Old People's Home at Maugansville,
Md., Dec. 30, 1930; aged 68 y. 11 m. 15 d. She was a kind mother
and a devoted member of the Mennonite Church. She worshiped with
the Stouffer congregation for many years. She is survived by 3
sons, 3 grandsons, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Services were held
at Stouffer's Church by Bro. Denton Martin, assisted by Bro. Daniel
Strite. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
"Dear mother has gone to her eternal rest
By faith, through grace, she has done her best.
Her reward is now within her hand
She joins the glorious heavenly band."
Newswanger.-Lusanna, wife of Martin Newswanger, passed
away Dec. 4 at her home at Goodville, Pa., after several months'
sickness. She was the oldest daughter of the late preacher Benjamin
Horning of Alleghenyville, Pa. Two brothers, Isaac and
Aaron Horning, and 3 sisters, Lorah Shirk, Lizzie Good, and Katie
Martin survive her. From her youth she was a consistent member
of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Goodville
Church by Bros. John Souder, George Good, and Franklin Martin.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Good.-Miriam Marie was born to Abraham and Anna Good
at Nampa, Idaho, May 22, 1929; died Jan. 19, 1931, at the Samaritan
Hospital in Nampa of broncho-pneumonia. She leaves father, mother,
three sisters and one brother (Elizabeth, Martha, Rhoda and James),
and a host of relatives and friends. Little Miriam was always
a very patient and loving child. Especially was she patient and
uncomplaining during her last illness. She was laid to rest in
the Kohlerlawn Cemetery Jan. 22, 1931. Bro. E. E. Zuercher had
charge of the services at the Funeral Home and Bro. A. M. Shenk
at the grave.
"A sense of loss meets us at the gate;
Within a place unfilled and desolate,
And far away, our coming to await
One more in heaven!"
Derstine.-Menno L. Derstine was born near Mainland,
Pa., Aug. 27, 1866; died of influenza at his home near Harleysville,
Pa., Jan. 29, 1931; aged 64 y. 5 m. 2 d. He united with the Church
in his younger years and was always much interested in Church
and Sunday school work until called by death. He was of a meek
and quiet disposition, and even during his sickness when in great
distress he always had a word of comfort for those at his bedside.
He often repeated Matt. 5:13, 14 in German. He was preceded in
death by his wife (in 1908) and 4 children. He is survived by
1 son (Allen M.), 2 daughters (Edna M. and Annie M.), and 4 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Franconia Church on Feb. 3,
by Bros. Elmer Moyer (of the Brethren Church), Abram Clemmer,
and Menno Souder. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
By the Children.
Wingeier.-Gale George, son of Fred C. and Rachel Wingeier, was born near Pickerington, O., on New Year's day, 1912. He spent the first six years of his life here, moving with his family to their present home near Pataskala, O., where he grew to manhood, a noble, useful Christian young man. He dared to do right but feared to do evil. He graduated from the Pataskala High School in 1930. He was converted in the fall of 1928 at a series of meetings held in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Soon afterwards he was baptized and received into the church. On Oct. 15, 1930, he was taken to the hospital for an appendicitis operation where he died three days later, aged 18 y. 9 m. 17 d. He is survived by his parents, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters. Funeral services were held in the Pataskala M. E. Church by Leslie Wilcox, --- Smith and --- Swineburne. Burial in the Pataskala Cemetery.
Stemen.-George, son of Benoni and Catharine Stemen, was born near Canal Winchester, O., April 8, 1857; he accidentally met his death Jan. 23, 1931; aged 73 y. 9 m. 15 d. He moved with his parents northeast of Canal Winchester, residing there until the death of his parents. After that he made his home with his sister, Mrs. F. C. Wingeier, residing for a time near Pickerington, O., later moving to a farm near Pataskala, O., where he died. While residing near Pickerington he united with the United Brethren in Christ Church, later affiliating with the Violet Chapel where he was a member until his death. His father and mother were members of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by 3 brothers, 2 sisters, many relatives, and a large circle of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church at Pickerington, O., by S. J. Nihizer, and H. O. Harbaugh. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery near Canal Winchester, O.
Bergey.-Eva, daughter of Pre. Mahlon and Lizzie Souder
(deceased), was born near Sellersville, Pa., Mar. 25, 1902; died
at her home near Telford, Pa., Dec. 31, 1902; died at her home
near Telford, Pa., Dec. 31, 1930; aged 28 y. 9 m. 10 d. On account
of her short illness of the grippe and heart trouble her death
came as a shock to her wide circle of relatives and friends. In
October, 1928, she was married to Willis B. Bergey of near Telford.
She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church till death. Her cheerful, patient,
and unassuming disposition endeared her to the hearts of her friends.
She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, 1 sister, and 4 brothers.
Funeral services were conducted Jan. 5, at the home and at the
Franconia Mennonite Church by Bros. Abram Derstine, Menno Souder,
Wilson Moyer, Abram Clemmer, and Arthur Ruth. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sweetly rest, dear Sister,
With loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet you
On yonder peaceful shore."
Yoder.-J. T. Yoder died Feb. 3, 1931; aged 76 y. 2 m. 22 d. He had been in ill health for several years and in September he was stricken with apoplexy. His right side was paralyzed and his speech lost. He knew his friends but was unable to speak to them. He was a member of the Locust Grove Church near Belleville, Pa., and as long as his health permitted his place in church services was seldom vacant. He desired to depart and be with his Lord. His beloved wife, 4 sons, and 3 daughters, mourn his death. Besides these he is survived by 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Locust Grove Church conducted by Bros. J. D. Yoder, Sam T. Yoder, Elmer Hess, and John Mast. The brother had portions of Scripture marked and several hymns selected. "For all our days are passed away in thy wrath; we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet their strength is labor and sorrow, for we are soon cut off and we fly away."
Roh.-John George, son of John and Anna Marie (Hensler) Roh, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 15, 1857; died at his home, 141 Indiana Ave., Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 2, 1931, after a long period of illness from various complications. He remained in Ohio until he had grown to manhood, then came to LaGrange Co., Ind., where he was married to Katie Roth. To them were born six children. Those preceding him in death are: Otis Earl, Henry J., Ardie Mabel. Those surviving him, aside from his life companion, Katie Roh, are the children (Wilbur, Mrs. Charles Masten, and Mrs. Oscar Oswald), and 2 grandsons. Some thirty years ago, Bro. Roh and family moved to Nappanee, Ind., and served as an employee of the George Lamb Co., as a wood worker, and seven years ago moved to Elkhart, where he died. At the age of seven years he united with the Reformed Church, and in 1907 he united with the Mennonite Church of which he remained a member until death. Funeral services conducted by Chris Reiff and J. S. Hartzler at the Prairie Street Church, Feb. 5. Text, I Pet. 1:3, 4.
Short.-Samuel P., son of Joseph C. and Mary Short, was
born near Tedrow, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1877. On the evening of Jan.
12 he became very seriously ill and suffered much during his short
illness. Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, very suddenly and unexpectedly
he passed out of this life at the age of 53 y. 3 m. 8 d. On Jan.
12, 1899, he was united in marriage to Mary Short who preceded
him in death a little over five months ago. To this union were
born 2 sons (Edwin and Irvin), and 1 daughter (Sarah). He leaves
2 children, 5 grandchildren, his aged mother, 3 sisters, 1 brother,
and many other relatives and friends. His wife, 1 son, and his
father preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ
as his Savior, united with the A. M. Church, and remained true
to the faith till death. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan.
25, at the Lockport Church in charge of Bros. S. S. Wyse and S.
D. Grieser. Text, Phil. 1:21. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright
Since the spirits of our dear ones
Took their happy homeward flight."
Dagen.-Mary A. Lefever, wife of Jacob Dagen was born
Sept. 6, 1870; died Jah. 27, 1931; aged 60 y. 4 m. 21 d. She is
survived by her sorrowing husband, 1 daughter and 4 sons (Edna,
Chester C., Jacob L., Clarence L., Edward L.), 14 grandchildren,
her step-mother, 1 step-brother, and many other relatives and
friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, and her place
in church was seldom vacant. She was a devoted wife and mother,
with a deep concern for her family. During her illness she often
expressed her desire to go to her rest. The evening before she
died she bade us goodnight and said she would meet us in heaven.
When we think of her these words come to our mind:
"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."
Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at the Byerland Church, conducted by Bro. John Mosemann and the home ministers. Text, Rev. 14:13. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Smoker.-Samuel E., son of Elias and Barbara (Esh) Smoker
of near Intercourse, Pa., died Feb. 1, 1931, in the St. Joseph
Hospital at Lancaster. He was called in the best years of youth,
aged 21 y. 4 m. 3 d. His death was caused by peritonitis, followed
by an operation for appendicitis. He is survived by his parents
and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Jonathan Esh, Elam
L., Mrs. Christian Stoltzfus, Mrs. Amos Esh, Mrs. David E. King,
Isaac E., Sadie, Jonas, John, and Lydia. He was a member of the
Amish Church and faithful to the end. He was not well for a week
or so, and a slight pain was against his wish that he could not
go to church the last time before he went to the hospital. For
5 days he lingered between life and death. His good-natured, honest,
hard-working heart will be greatly missed at home and in the community.
A filled house listened, as funeral services were held at his
late home, by Pre. David Fisher and Aaron Glick. Burial in the
"In the best of youth, you left us
And a loud call you did answer,
To go where no pains are felt,
And where no tears are shed.
There we hope to meet thee,
Over yonder, in eternity."
Hostetler.-Malinda, daughter of David and Sarah Smucker,
was born in Wayne Co., O., July 31, 1863; died Jan. 31, 1931;
aged 67 y. 6 m. She was united in marriage to Bro. J. K. Hostetler,
Dec. 22, 1882. To this union were born 8 sons and 4 daughters.
She is survived by her husband, 10 children, 20 grandchildren,
3 sisters, 1 brother, and many near relatives and friends. Her
parents, 2 children, and 3 sisters preceded her in death. Sister
Hostetler accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of sixteen
and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. She was a true,
devoted Christian mother, a faithful sister in the Church, always
interested in the various activities of the Church, giving her
loyal support by her presence, prayers, and endeavors. She possessed
a quiet, unassuming, loving spirit toward all. In her affliction
and suffering she was patient and resigned to her Master's will.
She has passed on to meet her Savior and loved ones, trusting
in the promises of God. Her influence lives and remains with us.
"The golden gates were opened,
A gentle voice said, 'Come,'
And with farewells unspoken
Mother peacefully entered Home."
Services were conducted by Bros. Aaron Heistand, C. Z. Yoder, and J. S. Gerig. Text, Phil. 1:21 and Jas. 5:11. Interment in the Paradise Union Cemetery.
Buerge.-Effie Virginia Goodman was born in Missouri,
Nov. 10, 1878. She married Alfred Buerge April 3, 1901. To this
union 6 sons were born, of whom 5 survive: Maurice E.; Waymon
A.; Lester L.; Lowell R.; and Claude M. The family came to California
Sept. 1, 1922, where they have since resided. Sister Buerge surrendered
her life to the Lord in early childhood and her sweet Christian
life has been a living witness for her Lord and Savior. While
they lived in Missouri she and her husband united with the Mennonite
Church, in which she remained a faithful member the remainder
of her life. She was a patient sufferer, being in ill health for
more than three years; two of which she was confined mostly to
her bed. On her last birthday she wrote a letter to her family,
to be read after she left to be with her Lord, in which she stated
her resignation to God's will and her readiness when He should
call. She wrote to each how she loved them, asked them to live
for Jesus and meet her in heaven, and enclosed the verse with
which I close. Besides her husband and sons, her mother (Mrs.
Emma E. Goodman), 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and 1 granddaughter mourn
her departure. Her Lord in whom she believed and followed called
her to be with Him in that city not made with hands, Sunday night,
Feb. 1, 1931; aged 52 y. 2 m. 22 d.
"Weep not for me, my family dear,
Nor shed for me the sorrowing tear;
I am not dead, but only sleep,
My silent slumber, O how sweet!"
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. P Bontrager. Text, Jno. 14:2, 3. Interment in the Santa Monica Cemetery.
Yoder.-Rudolph S. Yoder was born Feb. 28, 1856, near West Liberty, Ohio, and in this vicinity he spent his entire life. He was the son of Jonathan and Ann Yoder, and of that family of 7 children, there now remains 1 sister, Mrs. Abner Kauffman. On Feb. 6, 1878, he was united in marriage to Frona Smucker of Smithville, Ohio, and in whose companionship he was privileged to live and enjoy for forty-five years. To this union were born 4 children (Mrs. Arthur Hartzler, Mrs. John I. Yoder, J. Arch Yoder and a son who died in infancy). His home was a very happy one and God blessed it in many ways. Many fond memories of it will be cherished by the children, more and more as the years go by and many pleasant hours spent together will be fondly remembered by the grandchildren, of whom there are 15. In youth he united with the South Union Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained faithful all through the years. He will be missed in his accustomed place there, where he enjoyed coming as long as health permitted. His greatest sorrow came when his devoted companion was taken from him on Oct. 10, 1924; and though he enjoyed very much the frequent visits of his children, of his grandchildren, and his friends, and though he was so lovingly and tenderly cared for by his family and very faithful housekeeper, Margaret Plank, during all his illness, yet the heavenly home above held more attraction for him than his earthly home here below. When he realized that the days of his life were few, he was glad that God would have it so. At the age of nearly seventy-five, quietly, peacefully, before the break of day, he passed away Jan. 21, 1931. Funeral services held at the South Union Church conducted by S. E. Allgyer and A. I. Yoder.
White.-Mary C. White died Jan. 20, 1931; aged 52 y. 6 m. 2 d. She had been in failing health for several years. She was taken to the city hospital at Elkins, W. Va., but they said there was nothing they could do for her so she was brought home and only lived one week. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, 4 brothers, and 1 sister. Three daughters preceded her to the other world. Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at the Bethel Church by Hiram Weaver assisted by Jasper W. Smith.
Risser.-Elizabeth B. Risser, aged 60, daughter of the
late Henry S. and Barbara (Brenneman) Risser, died at Dr. Baker's
Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 29, 1930, of complications. She
was born near Hammer Creek and resided in Lititz, Pa. She was
a member of the Mennonite Church from her early youth. Her surviving
brothers and sisters are: C. B. Risser, Lititz, Pa.; Mrs. Jonas
Hernley, Scottdale, Pa.; Mrs. John B. Bucher, Ephrata, Pa.; Mrs.
N. B. Lehman and Elam Risser of Lititz. Services were held Dec.
31, 1930, from the home of N. B. Lehman and at the Lititz Mennonite
Church, conducted by Bros. Noah Hurst and Jacob Hershey. Interment
in the Hammer Creek Cemetery.
On earth there is much that is sorrow and grief;
But when life is over there will be relief.
Rest sweetly, dear sister, thy sufferings are o'er;
Some day we shall meet thee on yon blissful shore.
Metzler.-Sister Hanna Metzler, daughter of Bro. and Sister Rudolph Bassinger, was born Aug. 15, 1859; died Feb. 10, 1931; aged 71 y. 5 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Henry Metzler Dec. 12, 1880, who preceded her in death 25 years ago. Five children were born to this union, the eldest died in infancy. The following are left: 1 son, Eno; 3 daughters, Nettie, Mrs. William Brunk with whom the mother lived for the last 22 years, and Mrs. Elmer Culler, all residing in this vicinity. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 1 brother. Sister Metzler united with the Mennonite Church soon after marriage and remained faithful till death. Her sickness was not of long duration. About three weeks before death she was stricken with paralysis of the throat and gradually grew weaker until relieved by death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Midway Mennonite Church, near Columbiana, Ohio, in charge of Bros. A. J. Steiner and E. M. Detweiler. Text, Josh. 23:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Mast.-Barbara Ann Mast, daughter of John and Barbara (Eicher) Bachtel, was born in Waterloo, Ind., Oct. 13, 1862. In April, 1865, her parents moved near Wakarusa, Ind., where she grew to womanhood. In 1892 she was converted, having espoused the cause of the Lord, and united in fellowship with the Holdeman Mennonite Church. Some years later she called for her church letter and for a number of years held membership elsewhere, but in 1926 she again placed her membership with the Holdeman congregation in which fellowship she peacefully passed to her reward Jan. 24, 1931; aged 68 y. 3 m. 11 d. On June 9, 1906, she was married to Jerry Mast, who survives her. She leaves her husband, a sister (Harriet Bachtel), 8 step-children, and other relatives and friends. Three brothers (Andrew, George, and Daniel) and three sisters (Catherine, Mrs. Mary Schrull, and Mrs. Sarah Berky) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Mennonite Church, Jan. 27, by Bros. Silas Weldy and C. A. Shank. Text, John 11:25, 26. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Eash.-Clara Elizabeth Nusbaum Eash was born near Middlebury, Ind., Feb. 23, 1871; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Hostettler, near Goshen, Feb. 12, 1931; aged 59 y. 11 m. 19 d. On Feb. 21, 1889, she was united in marriage with Mose C. Eash, who preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1903. To this union there was born one daughter, Inez, now Mrs. Charles Hostettler, with whom Sister Eash made her home ever since her daughter's marriage. She united with the Mennonite Church in young womanhood and was always a faithful, earnest and devoted Christian, a kind mother and a sincere friend. She leaves her daughter Inez, two grandchildren with whom she always lived, two brothers (Samuel and Orva Nusbaum) and one sister (Mrs. A. L. Troyer). She had been well as usual up to the last evening before her death, when she suffered an apoplectic stroke, after which she lived till nearly midnight, then passed away. In addition to her family, she leaves a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. A. L. Buzzard and at the church by C. L. Graber and S. C. Yoder. The remains were laid away in the Forest Grove Cemetery near Middlebury.
Fox.-Elizabeth (Culp) Fox, daughter of John and Sarah Culp, was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Sept. 30, 1841. She moved with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1849. In 1861 she was united in marriage to David Fox, to whom were born four children. Her husband died in 1876, leaving the care of the home upon her; but through it all she kept her children at home and later when they were married she made her home with them. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and later she and her husband united with the Church of God in Christ. She always had a deep concern and desire to live true to God and His Word and often expressed her desire that her friends should accept her Christ and departed this life leaving that hope and assurance on Jan. 31, 1931; aged 89 y. 4 m. 1 d. She leaves her four children (Mrs. Gideon Long, Mrs. Emma Billman, Mrs. Martha Smeltzer, and Mrs. Mary Pletcher), one brother (Alpheus Culp), two sisters (Sarah Scott and Lena Miller), 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Feb. 3, by Bros. Milo Gerig and Clarence Shank. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Kurtz.-Susanna, daughter of Henry and Mary (Kurtz) Worst,
was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 11, 1833; died at the home
of her daughter (Mrs. Annie Groff, Bird-in-hand, Pa.), Feb. 6,
1931; aged 97 y. 5 m. 25 d. Her husband and three sons preceded
her in death. She is survived by four sons and two daughters (Franklin,
Mrs. Mary Livingstone, Mrs. Annie Groff, Daniel, Martin, and Benjamin),
55 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She was a member
of the Mennonite Church for many years, lived a Christian life,
and was loyal to her church. In her earlier life she seldom missed
church services. She was always ready to lend a helping hand,
was of a kind disposition, and had a smile and a warm word for
every one. None knew her but to love her. The Lord called her
peacefully to her eternal home where there will be no more suffering
and distress, but happiness at God's right hand. Services were
held at the home of Benjamin Kurtz by Bro. A. L. Martin, with
further services at Hershey's Church by Bros. C. M. Brackbill
and A. L. Martin. Text, Rev. 2:10, latter clause.
"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."
Posar.-Barbara Posar was born in Caslov, Bohemia, July 18, 1860, died at Goshen, Ind., Feb. 13, 1931; aged 70 y. 6 m. 25 d. She came to America when 26 years of age and lived practically all her life since that time in the City of Chicago. At the age of 28 she was married to John Posar, who preceded her in death 30 years ago. She leaves 3 sons and 1 daughter (John, to whom they were unable to convey the message of death; James, who with his wife were at the bedside when death came; Joseph, and Mrs. Daniel Mumaw, who could not attend the funeral because of illness). She also leaves 2 nephews (John Nohejl and wife, and James Nohejl) and a niece (Mrs. Nary Baumrock with whom she resided when death came), 2 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends to whom she had endeared herself by her kindness and friendliness. About 20 years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and retained her membership with the Home Mission at Chicago until three years ago, when she came to Goshen, Ind. She then transferred her membership to the Goshen College congregation. She was faithful in her Christian duties, kind to her friends and patient in her suffering. She took to her bed Jan. 5 and at times suffered greatly from the effects of internal cancer. In all her suffering she was patient and looked for deliverance from the pains of this body to a life in a better world. Funeral services were conducted at the Culp Funeral Home by C. L. Graber and at the College Church by S. C. Yoder and A. B. Christophel. The remains were laid away in the Prairie St. Cemetery, Elkhart, Ind.
Transcriber's note: In the Posar obit a niece is named Mrs. Nary Baumrock. I wonder if this should be Mary, but have no way of checking. I typed it as it appears in the Gospel Herald.
Jenkins.-Benjamin F. Jenkins, of Gravois Mills, Mo.,
died at his home on Sunday morning, Feb. 15, 1931. He was born
March 29, 1848, and just lacked 42 days of reaching his 83rd birthday.
His parents brought him when a child from Licking Co., Ohio. In
1874, he was married to Mary Frances Grilley. To this union were
born 6 children namely: Mrs. Maggie Hibdon, Eldon, Mo.; Wm. H.
Jenkins, Versailles, Mo.; Mrs. L. D. Croy (deceased, June 2, 1910);
Mrs. L. C. Adams, Marshal, Mo.; Frank and Reuben Jenkins of the
home. His wife died in 1929. His brothers and sisters are as follows:
D. W. Jenkins of Lima, Ohio; C. S. Jenkins of California, Mo.;
J. O. Jenkins, California, Mo.; Eliza Clark, Etterville, Mo.;
Mary Thomas, California, Mo.; Katie Williams, California, Mo.
The following preceded him in death: D. C. Jenkins; Barbara Ellen
Melton; two brothers who passed away in infancy. He confessed
Christ about 19 years ago but did not enter into the service nor
unite with any church. On Dec. 27 he was baptized upon confession
of his faith and received into fellowship in the Mennonite Church.
He has been in poor health for more than a year and has been confined
to his home for some months until he passed away Sunday morning.
Funeral services were conducted at the Willson Bend Schoolhouse
by the writer, with burial in the Willson cemetery. Text, Heb.
4:9. Reading, I Cor. 15:40-58. A number of his relatives, brothers,
sisters, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and
old neighbors and friends were present at the funeral. "There
remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God."
J. R. Shank.