Longanecker- Sarah Elizabeth Longanecker, wife of John W. Longanecker, was born in Dauphin Co., Pa, Jan. 12, 1865: died very suddenly from the effects of a hemorrhage, Dec. 7, 1930: aged 65 y. 11m. 25d. She is survived by her husband, 3 stepsons, 1 step-daughter, 2 brothers, and a host of friends. She was a consistent member of Stauffers Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Samuel F. Fry, Samuel L. Oberholtzer, John Ebersole, and Noah W. Risser. Text, Luke 23:28. Interment in Mt. Tunnel cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Martin - John S., Son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Horst
Martine, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio. March 23, 1847: died in
the same community, Dec 13, 1930; aged 83y. 8 m. 20 d. He was
united in marriage to Martha Hursh in 1874. He was preceded in
death by his wife in 1890, and by a son who died in infancy. One
son, Elmer, survives, with whom he made his home, also 4 grandchildren,
1 brother and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held from the Pleasant
View Church Dec 16, 1930. Burial in the cemetery near by at the
side of his wife and son.
By a niece.
Gehman- Sister Susanna B. Gehman, was born June 2, 1850, near Angelica, Berks Co. Pa.: died Dec. 18, 1930: aged 80 y. 6 m. 16 d. She spent her lifetime on the old homestead, now the home of Peter L. Gehman, a nephew of the departed. She was never married. She was a faithful member of the Bowmansville congregation. Her kindly disposition and unassuming manner made her many friends. Five brothers and two sisters preceded her to the spirit world. Ther remain. 1 brother, Peter, and 1 sister, Hannah (Gehman), of this family of 10 children. Many nephews and nieces also remain, with a host of friends who will miss her Christian sociability. Services were held on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, 1930, in the Allegheny Mennonite Church. Interment was made in the adjoining burial ground. Bro. Isaac Geigley served at the house. Bish. John M. Sander and Bro Geo. Horning preached in the Church. Text, Heb. 4:9.
Good- Sister Sarah G. Good, was born near Angelica, Berks Co., Pa., Jan 19, 1851; died Dec, 21, 1930; aged 79 y. 11 m. 2d. She was never married. She lived a consistent life in the Lord. Her place in Church was always filled when health permitted. Her integrity in supporting the Church by her presence is a strong sermon to all who knew her. In her declining days she was cared in the home of Bro. Phare Good of near Bowmansville (Sister Good being a niece of the departed). Three brothers, (preacher Henry Good one of them) and 5 sisters preceded her to the spirit world.. There remain, 1 sister, Mattie (Horning), of this family of ten children. Many nephews and nieces also miss their aunt. On Saturday evening she was at the supper table and toward morning of Dec. 21, she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. Services were held Dec 23, 1930, at the Bowmansville Mennonit Church. Bro Geo Horning served at the house. Bishop John M. Sauder and M. G. Gehman in the Church. Text, Phil. 1:21-25.
Zook- Isaac F. Zook was born near Greenland, Pa., June
22, 1877: died of typhoid fever at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster,
Pa., Dec. 4, 1930: aged 53 y. 5 m. 12 d. He united with the church
when a young man and was much interested in church and Sunday
school work till called by death. On Dec. 1, 1897, he was united
in marriage to Sarah E. Lapp. To this union the following children
were born: Christian L., Elizabeth L., Fannie L., Jacob. He was
preceded in death by his wife and 2 daughters. On April 4, 1912
he was united in marriage to Lydia F. Stoltzfus. To this union
the following children were born: Aaron S., Isaac S., Noah S.,
Rebecca S., Eli S., and Rachel S. Funeral services held Sunday,
Dec 7, at the Overly funeral parlor by Bro. John A. Kennel, with
further services at the Stumptown Church by Bros. Abram Martin,
John A Stoltzfus, and Elmer Martin. Text II Cor. 4:8-10: Rev.
14:12. Bro Stoltzfus preached in German and Bro. Elmer Martin
in English Burial in Bielers cemetery near Ronks.
"We shall sleep, but not forever.
There will be a glorious dawn:
We shall meet to part, no never,
On the resurrection morn."
Zook- Sarah S. Zook, daughter of Isaac F.(deceased)
and Lydia F. Zook, was born March 18, 1914: died of typoid fever
at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Dec 19, 1930: aged
16 y. 9 m. 1 d. She is survived by her mother, grandparents, and
the following brothers and sisters: Christian L., Jacob E., Aaron
S., Isaac S., Noah S., Rebecca S., Eli S., Rachel S. She became
weaker until called by death. When she was very sick she desired
to be baptised. This rite was administered by Bishop J. H. Mosemann.
Funeral services were held Dec. 22, 1930, at the Overly funeral
parlor by Bro. Elmer Martin, with further services at the Stumptown
Church conducted by Bros. David Landis and J. H. Mosemann. Text
Jno. 14:1-6. Burial in Beiler's cemetery.
"Sister, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees,
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of fife is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Transcribed by Barbara Shock, Ohio
Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIII, No. 41 - January 8, 1931, page 879
Ault--- Horace P., son of William and Elizabeth Ault, deceased, was born June 10, 1874, near Silver Springs, Lancaster County, Pa.; died Dec. 17, 1930, at his residence 2301 Fourth Ave., Altoona, Pa. He leaves his sorrowing widow, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 3 sisters, and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Dec 20, at the residence, in charge of Bros. Joseph M. Nissley and J. N. Durr, Martinsburg, Pa. Brother Ault was received into church fellowship by water baptism Dec 7, 1930. Text, II Tim. 4:6 and Jno. 14:1-3.
Stoll, Fannie Shindler, daughter of Daniel and Katherine Shindler, was born in Hickory, Mo., May 25, 1873; died at her home in Garden City, Mo., Dec. 22, 1930; aged 57 y. 6 m. 27 d. At the age of 16 she was converted, and for the past years she has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church. On Jan. 29, 1891, she was married to Peter J. Stoll, who with their three daughters (Mrs. James Shelton, Mrs. Fred Plank, and Mrs. Melvin Yoder) and their five sons (Floyd D., Daniel J., Joe., Clyde W. , and Harold) survive her. One son, Earl, and one grandson preceded her in death. She also leaves to mourn her departure 18 grandchildren, her aged mother, four sisters, and two brothers. Besides these many relatives and friends mourn the departure of a good friend and neighbor.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day,
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be washed away."
Services were conducted at the M. E. Church in Garden City, Mo., on Dec. 24, by J. R. Hartzler of the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church. Text, Matt. 7:16. Also Psa. 90.
Zook, Barbara Zook, daughter of Simeon K. and Rebecca Zook, was born in Pennsylvania, Nov., 1847; died at her home in Oscoda Co., Mich., Nov. 28, 1930; aged 83 y. 25 d. Barbara was married to J. J. Zook, Dec., 1883. In the year 1913 her husband passed on to his reward. To this union were born five children: Simeon, at home; Joseph, of Noble, Iowa; Martha Culp, of Nappanee, Ind.; Rose Neff, of this place, and Ed. of Kalona, Ia. There are also eighteen grandchildren. In the year 1905 she with her husband and family moved from Cass Co., Mo., to Oscoda Co., Mich., and this has been her home ever since. Barbara united with the Mennonite Church in her young years, and remained faithful until death. For a number of years she has been an invalid, and suffered much, but in it all she was patient, always trying to so live as to be the least burden to those that cared for her. She often expressed her desire to go home, but was willing to wait the Lord's appointed time. Funeral services were held at the church at Fairview, Dec. 1, 1930, conducted by the home brethren, M. S. Steiner and Menno Esch. Text, II Cor. 5:11. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Berkey---Emanuel, son of the late Emanuel and Lavina Berkey, was born Nov 21, 1881;died at his home near Jerome, Somerset Co., Pa., Dec 21, 1930; aged 49 y. 1 m. He was married to Leah Gindlesperger, and to this union were born three daughters, Blanche, wife of John A. Speicher, Dorothy and Martha, both at home. About ten years ago, he underwent an operation in a Baltimore, Md., hospital, and had since been in good health. About a month ago he was again taken ill and was bedfast until death. About forty years ago, his father was killed on a sawmill, and the deceased was then brought up in other homes. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, his mother, now married to Samuel Berkebile, two grandchildren, one brother, Harry Berkley, two sisters, Mrs. Samuel Donges and Mrs. Howard Brown. Funeral services were held in the home by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blougth after which the remains were taken to the Blauch Mennonite Church of which he was a communicant member. Services were conducted by S. G. Shetler, assisted by L. A. Blough . A large concourse of people were gathered together. The body was laid to rest in the Blough Cemetery.
Harman---Ernest S., son of Charles and Fannie Harman
was born at Mt. Clinton, Va., July 21, 18809; died Dec. 18, 1930;
aged 50 y. 4mo 24d. He united with the Mennonite Church in the
fall of 1903 and remained faithful till death came which was due
to poison from his tonsils. His health had not been good for perhaps
six months, and he was thought to have rheumatism. He was in bed
only six days before his death, and was not known to be seriously
ill until a few days before his death. Which came as a shock to
the family as well as to the community. In 1904 he united in marriage
to Lydia Brunk. Four children were born to this union; Howard
D., John W., Sebe E., and Frank T. In the spring of 1911 the family
moved to Halifax and worshiped with the little congregation known
as Wolf Trap, Va., these twenty years. But the body of our beloved
husband and father was taken back to Rockingham Co., Va., and
buried in the Weaver Church cemetery. Bros. S. H. Rhodes, J. E.
Suter, and J. S. Martin conducted the funeral services. The text
selected by the family was often repeated by the departed: "Come
unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
How we miss our dear one !
The house seems so dreary and empty, the chair vacant, the gathering at the table incomplete.
We miss him everywhere.
Transcribed by Barbara Shock, Ohio
King - Velma and Thelma, infant daughters of Marvin
and Florence King, were born at Protection, Kans., Aug. 4, 1930.
They are survived by parents and two brothers, Ellis Edward, and
Forest Lee. Twin sisters, Ella Mae and Ellen Fay, preceded them
in death. God saw best to take these precious jewels unto Himself,
so we bow to His will.
Lederach - John K., son of John F. Lederach, was born Jan, 24, 1898: died at his home at Lederach, Pa., Dec 7, 1930;survived by his wife (Myrtle Fellman), his parents, 2 brothers (Mark and Willis) and 1 sister (Mrs. Norman H. Hess). Funeral services were held at the Lower Salford Mennonite Church of which he was a member, conducted by Bros. Jonas Mininger, Henry Clemmer, Rhine Alderfer, and Elias Landes.
Eichelberger - George Oliver, son of Louis and Luella Eichelberger, died of pneumonia Dec. 31, 1930: aged 9m. 4d. He never was a strong child, but was sick only 3 days. He was a bud on earth to bloom in heaven. Funeral services were held at the Zion A. M. Church near Pryor, Okla., Jan 1, 1931 by the home ministers. He leaves father, mother 2 brothers, 1 sister, a grandfather, a grandmother and many uncles, aunts, and friends.
Hibdon - James Ivy, son of Ivy and Clara Hibdon, died
Jan. 3, 1931, aged nineteen days less than a year. The dread affliction
of pneumonia took hold of his little body and was more than the
little frame could overcome. The little tabernacle of clay has
again returned to the earth can the spirit has taken its flight
to God who gave it. May the lingering memories of his short life
be a means in God's hands of drawing loved ones to the blessed
Father who gave and who in loving wisdom has taken away. Funeral
services on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 4, conducted by the writer.
Text, Job 19:23-27.
J. R. Shank.
Nissley - Fanny h. Nissley, nee Charles, was born March 18, 1848; died Dec. 30, 1930; aged 82 y. 9 mo. 12 d. She was a faithful member of the Habecker and Masonville congregation, her husband preceded her to the glory world some years ago. Of a family of 9 children who grew to maturity only one remains. Besides her six children she is survived by 1 brother and many nieces and nephews. The Church, neighbors, and relatives mourn her passing; but of her it may truly be said, "Our loss is her gain." Funeral services were held at Habecker's in charge of Bros. John H. Mosemann and John K. Charles. Text, Job 19:10 and 14.
Hershey - D. Paul, Jr., son of D. Paul and Sue (Snyder)
Hershey of near Lititz, Pa., was born Nov. 16, 1929 and passed
away Dec. 9, 1930, after one days illness followed by convulsions.
He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 1 brother (H. Richard),
2 sisters (Mary Jane, Lois Arlene), 3 grandparents (Mrs Emma Snyder,
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hershey), 1 grandmother and many other relatives
and friends. Funeral services were held from the home and at the
Lititz Mennonite Church Dec. 11 by Bros. N. L. Landis, and John
S. Hess. Interment in the Hess Cemetery.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Schrock - Catherine Birkey Schrock was born at the Morton,
Ill., Jan 28, 1852; died Jan. 1, 1931, at the home of her daughter
(Mrs. Dan Lichti) near Davenport, Neb.; aged 78 y. 11 m. 3 d.
She was united in marriage to Christian C. Schrock in 1873. 13
children were born to this union. She leaves 7 daughters, 6 sons,
70 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 brother,
and a host of other relatives and friends. Her husband and 8 grandchildren
preceded her in death. She accepted Christ in her youth and was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church till her death. Funeral
services were held at the home and at the church, Jan. 3, by Bros.
Peter R. Kennel, Ben Schlegel and Fred Reeb. Burial in the Salem
Cemetery near Shickley, Nebraska.
"We have no dear mother now.
There will be one vacant chair,
We shall long to caress her
When we breathe our evening prayer."
Culp - Allen, son of Henry B. and Magdalena Overholt Culp was born April 11, 1870, in Elkhart County, Ind.; died Dec. 15, 1930, at the home of his daughter in Girard, O.; following an illness of about six weeks; aged 60 y. 8 m. 4d. He was united in marriage to Elvira Culp Dec. 24, 1899. She preceded him in death Feb. 23, 1920. To this union 2 children were born. He is survived by 1 son, 1 daughter, and 5 grandchildren. He was a resident of Mahoning Co. for more than 31 years. He was a member of the Christian Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Locust Grove Baptist Church near his former home, Dec. 18. Text, Matt. 24:44, (selected by the children which was also used at their mother's funeral.) The service was conducted by Bro. E. M. Detweiler. Interment beside his wife in the adjoining cemetery.
Kipfer - Nancy, daughter of the late John and Mattie
Nafziger, was born in Perth Co., Ont., Aug. 13, 1930: aged 50
y. 4m. 7d. She was married to Solomon Kipfer Oct. 17, 1898. To
this union were born 10 children, 3 of whom died when young. She
leaves her sorrowing husband, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 4 grandchildren,
4 brothers, 2 sisters. She accepted Jesus as her Savior in her
youth, united with the A. M. Church, and was faithful till the
end. Funeral services were held Dec. 23, at the home and at the
Poole A. M. Church by Bros. Christian R. Brunk, Dan Leobold, Christian
Schultz, and Peter Boshart. Text, Matt. 25:21. Interment in the
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."
Grove - Isaac N. Grove was born Nov. 23, 1851, near
Waynesboro, Va.; died at the home of his son Charles near Lyndhurst,
Va.; Dec 1, 1930; aged 79 y. 8 d. He was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years and served the church as a deacon for a
number of years. He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Lauder, Dec.
25, 1873. To this union 13 children were born. The mother and
3 children preceded him in death. He is survived by 10 children,
47 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother. Funeral services
were held at the Springdale Church. Bros. A. P. Heatwole and E.
C. Shank officiating. Text, "Set thine house in order, for
thou shalt die and not live." Burial at the Union Chapel
Church near Weyer's Cave, Va.
"Sweetly rest, dear father,
With all the loved ones gone before;
And may we all prepare to meet you
On yonder peaceful shore."
Horst - Ada S., wife of Jonas N. Horst of Farmersville,
Pa., was born Aug. 25, 1`87; died Nov. 18, 1930, at her late home
in Farmersville; aged 55 y. 2 m. 24 d. She is survived by her
husband, 1 sister, her stepmother, 2 sons, and 2 daughters. She
suffered with a long and painful illness which ended in complications.
Her desire was to stay a little longer with her children, but
if it was not God's will she was satisfied. She united with the
Church at Mellingers at the age of 21 years and was a member to
the end. She arranged her funeral, which was held at Mellingers
Church and conducted by Bros. Eli and John Sauder. Text, Job 17
:11, 12. She also wrote a poem which was read at the funeral:
"Dear husband, do not mourn for me;
I'm going where all troubles and sorrows are ended,
In a better home above.
Dear children, do not mourn for me.
For I must go and leave you here,
For this is not our home."
Miller - Mattie Esch Miller was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Oct. 26, 1841: died at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Dec 11, 1930: aged 89 y. 1 m. 15 d. She was married to Philip Miller in 1883. She is survived by 3 step-children (Blanche Mininger, Martha Lyre, and Milton Miller). Her husband (Philip Miller) preceded her in death 28 years; also 2 stepchildren. After her husband's death she moved to Belleville, where she lived with her sister until 5 years ago when she came to Morgantown to live with her nieces with whom she spent the remainder of her life. She often expressed the desire to depart this life but was submissive to the Lord's will. Among her many nephews and nieces is C. D. Esch, missionary in India. She was greatly interested in mission work and ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed. She was a member of the Am. M. Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the Conestoga A. M. Church, Dec. 14, by Bros. J. S. Mast and Amos B. Stoltzfus. Burial in the Mast Cemetery.
Gospel Herald, January 15, 1931, page 895
Yoder. Jemima Zook Yoder was born in Wayne Co., O., May 30, 1844; died at her home near Smithville, O., Dec. 27, 1930; aged 86 y. 6 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Bishop John K. Yoder who preceded her in death Aug. 1, 1906. She was the last member of the Joshua and Magdalena Zook family. 1 sister and 4 brothers preceded her in death. She is survived by one step-son (Bro. C. Z. Yoder), 14 nephews and nieces, and a large host of relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized and received into the Oak Grove Church in 1861. She was a loyal and faithful a member and was very much interested in the work and advancement of the cause of Christ. She was permitted to live to a ripe age, and in her pilgrimage passed through many changes as the years rolled on. She clung to the precious promises of God which were her comfort and hope. Services were conducted at the Oak Grove Church by Bros. J. S. Gerig and J. A. Leichty. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana
Wittrig - Samuel, son of Joseph and Anna Wittrig, was born near Washington, Iowa, Nov. 10, 1860: died near Hopedale, Ill., Dec 29, 1930; aged 70 y. 1 m. 19 d. One brother (Joseph), one half-brother (John), and two half-sisters (Kate and Anna) preceded him in death. Other members of the family are Lena Roth, Barbara Birky, Daniel Wittrig, Elizabeth Birky, Susan Augsburger, Jacob Wittrig, and Peter Wittrig. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and continued in the faith until the end. When a young man he came to Illinois and has been here most of the time since. The last thirty years were spent at the home of Anna Birky which he regarded as home, and in turn was almost regarded as a member of the family. His cheerful and kindly disposition won for him many friends, who mourn his sudden departure. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church conducted by Bro Simon Litwiller, assisted Bro. Daniel Nafziger. Text, Job 14:14, First clause. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery.
Swarey - John G. Swarey was born June 2, 1865, near Walnut, Pa.; died very suddenly of heart failure, Dec. 20, 1930, on returning to his home in Belleville, Pa., from a walk: aged 65 y. 6 m. 18 d. He had closed the yard gate and fell backward as he turned. Death came instantly. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the A. M. (Old Order) Church in his youth. Later he transferred his membership to the Locust Grove (Conservative), where he remained faithful until death. On Jan. 18, 1894, he was united in marriage to Mattie Kurtz, who with the following children survive: Mrs. John Y. Yoder, Mrs. Joe y Kauffman, Mrs Homer D. Peachey. One son died in infancy. Ten grandchildren, 2 sisters, many nephews and nieces also survive him besides many other relatives and friends. He always lived a quiet and peaceable life and died as he lived. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 24, at the home and at the Locust Grove Church by Bros. John L. Mast, Jonas D. Yoder, and Samuel T. Yoder. Texts, Psa. 90, Matt 24:44, Prov. 27:1. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Litwiller - Fannie Birky was born near Tremont, Ill.,
Nov 16, 1845; died at the home of her daughter (Lydia Nafziger)
in Hopedale, Ill., Dec. 21, 1930; aged 85 y. 1 m. 5 d. In the
1863 she was united in marriage to John Litwiller who preceded
her in death. To this union were born eleven children, two of
whom died in infancy. She leaves five sons and two daughters to
mourn her departure, as follows: Mrs. Lydia Nafziger, Mrs. Valentine
Springer, Ben, Amos, Mrs. J. W. Springer, Simon, John E., Aaron
and Mrs. Andrew C. Birky; also one brother (A. D. Birky), and
Two sisters (Mrs. Mary Egli and Lizzie Birky). She also leaves
fifty-nine grandchildren and forth-nine great-grandchildren. She
united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained
faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at Hopedale Mennonite
Church Dec. 24, conducted by Bro. J. A. Hieser assisted by Bro.
Ben Springer. Text, I Cor. 15:55. Burial in Mennonite Cemetery.
"Mother's gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain, and care;
And if through life we live for Him,
We'll meet her over there."
Weaver - Elizabeth Weaver was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Feb. 18, 1855; died in the King's Daughters Hospital Dec.
31, 1930; aged 75 y. 10 m. 16 d. Her death followed an operation
for appendicitis. She was operated on the day before Christmas
and seemed to be doing very well. On the morning of the 31st she
seemed to enjoy her breakfast, but shortly after was taken by
a heart attack and passed away before any of her family could
reach her bedside. She was married to S. H. Weaver in 1876, and
moved to Virginia in 1877. There were 8 children born to this
union, 5 sons and 3 daughters, all married and all at the funeral.
She is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren,
1 brother, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. She
served the Church as deaconess for a number of years. Her husband
was a deacon. Her preceded her in death March 8, 1905. Funeral
services were held at Springdale, Jan. 3, 1931, by Bros. A. H.
Showalter, David Garber, A. P. Heatwole, and E. C. Shank. Text
(selected by herself), Psa. 116:15. She had made all things ready
to meet her Lord.
"One less at home;
Missed day by day from her usual place,
But cleansed, saved, perfected by grace,
One more in heaven,
One less on earth."
M. M. D.
Wanner - Leah, daughter of Jacob and Mary Lehman, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, July 7, 1854; died at the home of her daughter, Eva Kreider, near Goshen, Ind., Jan. 1, 1931: aged 76 y. 5 m. 24 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, having remained faithful until death. She often said that the time could not come too soon for her to be relieved of her suffering and that she was ready to leave this world. Her sickness was of a few years duration. She felt that the only reason she was left here was to be with her daughter who is left alone to care for her aged brother who needs much attention. At the age of 21 she moved to Elkhart Co., Ind, Nov. 5, 1876, she was married to Samuel Blosser. To this union were born six children. Her husband died June 27, 1892. March 10, 1899, she was married to Daniel Wanner of Lancaster Co., Pa., who died Feb 10, 1924. Surviving her are the following children: Lizzie E. Blosser, Henry Blosser, Vernon Blosser, Arvilla Buzzard, Selestia Hess, and Eva Kreider: also 10 stepchildren, 12 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, one brother (Joseph Lehman), two sisters (Martha Zeigler and Lydia Hunsberger). Funeral services were held at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Joe Martin, John Martin, and Henry Schrock. Text, Rev 14:13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Charles - Benjamin Landis Charles was born Feb 13, 1880,
near Landisville, Pa., died Dec. 22, 1930, at St. Joseph's Hospital,
Lancaster, Pa., from the effects of a fractured skull when he
fell from a ladder five days before his death; aged 50 y. 10 m.
9 d. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, and 1 daughter. He confessed
Christ as his Savior in early life and united with the Mennonite
Church at East Petersburg where he remained a faithful member
until he was called home. He was kind husband and an indulgent
father and was of a kindly disposition as his many friends show.
His cheerful, patient, and unassuming disposition was admired
by all who knew him and of him it could truly be said: "To
know him was to love him." The family has lost a loving father
and the community a kind neighbor who was ever ready to be of
service to others. It is hard to realize that the bright light
of his welcoming smile will be seen no more on earth, but we believe
he is with the heavenly Father. He loved God and His church and
was faithful in the activities of the Church and Sunday school.
He has been transferred from service and fellowship here to a
more perfect fellowship with his Lord and Master. Funeral services
were held Dec. 26 at the East Petersburg Church conducted by----Palm.
Frank Kreider, and John Gochnauer. Text, II Sam. 1:25.
"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 hearthstone.
He has gone, he has gone! to his home afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are."
Mast - Fanny, daughter of Christian and Catherine Roth,
was born in Alsace Lorraine, France, Jan. 20, 1844. In 1856 her
parents migrated to America and settled on a farm near Wayland,
Iowa, where she grew to womanhood. In April, 1866, she was united
in marriage with Christian P. Wyse. They lived on a farm one mile
south of Wayland. Three sons and two daughters were born to this
union. In January, 1875, her husband died; also one daughter (Mrs.
Michael Krabill) preceded her in death at the age of forty. Two
years after the death of her husband she was married to Joseph
Mast. They moved to the Mast farm near Wayland in the Spring of
1878. This union was also blessed with two sons and three daughters.
One daughter (Caroline, two sons (Joseph and Jacob), and her husband
(in 1887) preceded her in death. She resided on the farm until
1913 when she with her son Jacob and daughter Mary moved to her
present home in Wayland. Here she loved with Mary (who faithfully
cared for her), to the ripe old age of 86 y. 11m. 11 d. Sister
Mast always enjoyed good health until about three years ago, when
she had a fall that impaired her health somewhat. On Monday evening
she retired feeling as usual, but during the night she took ill
with the influenza but her condition was not considered serious,
as she was always up and around. Soon after retiring Wednesday
evening* she suddenly passed away. At the age of twelve she accepted
Christ as her personal Savior and was received into the Mennonite
Church by baptism upon confession of her faith and remained faithful
until death. She leaves three sons and three daughters (Simon,
Christian, and Peter Wyse; Mrs. Fanny Augsberger, Mrs. C. J. Freyenberger,
and Mary), one brother Joseph Roth), nineteen grandchildren, twenty-four
great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held from the Sugar Creek Church Jan. 3,
conducted by Bro. Simon Gingerich assisted by Bro. Ellis Zook.
Text I Cor. 15:41-44. Buried in the cemetery nearby.
*Research note - Date of death would have been Dec. 30, 1930 - tlm
Transcribed by Barbara Shock, Ohio
Kreider.-Lizzie K. Kreider was born Nov. 30, 1863; died Jan. 8, 1931; aged 67 y. 1 m. 8 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, worshiping with the River Corner congregation, in Lancaster Co., Pa. She is survived by 1 daughter, 1 grandchild, 3 brothers, beside a host of friends. Hers was a lovable disposition as was attested by the crowded condition of the church at her funeral services, conducted by Bros. Maris Hess, Jacob Thomas, John K. Charles. Texts, Heb. 4:9; II Tim. 4:10.
Mast.-Lyle Wayne, son of Bro. and Sister Lester Mast,
Duel Co., Neb., was born Nov. 25, 1930; died Jan. 2, 1931. He
leaves his loving parents, grandparents (Bro. and Sister Ed. Roth),
(Bro. and Sister J. P. Yoder). His grandfather (William Mast)
preceded him in death nearly thirteen years ago. Funeral services
were held at the Chappell Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. John
Roth. Interment in the Chappell Mennonite cemetery.
"Baby Lyle, thou are resting sweetly
On the Savior's breast.
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly thy soul shall rest."
Rohrer.-Zelda Rohrer, daughter of Pre. Amos Heatwole, was born April 28, 1904; died at her home in Dayton, Va., Jan. 4, 1931; aged 26 y. 8 m. 6 d. In youth she united with the Mennonite Church in which faith she died. On Jan. 1, 1924, she was married to John Rohrer, who with their 2 sons (Glen and John Jr.) survive. She is also survived by her father, step-mother, 5 sisters, 1 brother, and a half-sister. Her death was caused by neuralgia of the heart. Her death came as a great shock, she having been ill only a few days. Her condition was not thought to be serious until a few hours before her death. Funeral services were conducted at Weavers Church by Bros. S. H. Rhodes, J. D. Wenger, and Perry Shank. Text, Job 5:6, 7. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Baker.-John W., son of Peter and Marguerite Baker, was born Dec. 27, 1865, near Shipshewana, Ind.; died at his home near Middlebury, Ind., Nov. 21, 1930; aged 64 y. 10 m. 24 d. He had a stroke of paralysis nearly 14 years ago and it left him an invalid for the rest of his life. Two weeks ago he had an attack of heart trouble which caused his death. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 25 years and remained in that faith till death. He was married to Esther Hostetler on Jan. 1, 1893. To this union 8 children were born, three preceding him in death. Surviving are his wife, 3 sons (Chris, Henry, and Allen), 2 daughters (Mrs. Claude Weaver and Mrs. Wilmer E. Baker), 4 grandchildren, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held at Forks Church by Bro. D. D. Miller assisted by J. Fike.
Shantz.-Jacob W. Shantz was born in Bloomingdale, Ont., Sept. 3, 1850; died suddenly in Breslau, Ont., on Jan. 6, 1931; aged 80 y. 4 m. 3 d. Fifty-two years ago he was united in marriage to Magdalena Cressman, who with 7 children (Emmanuel, Ananias, Addison, Selina, Hattie, Emma and Fannie), 1 brother (Daniel), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Chris. Allemang and Mrs. Owen Bowman), survive. One son (Nathan) died in Alberta twelve years ago. Bro. Shantz united with the Mennonite Church 45 years ago. He has been a faithful member of the Cressman congregation for about 30 years. He was a man of quiet disposition and exemplary life, and will be missed by a large circle of friends and relatives. The funeral was held on Friday, Jan. 9, in charge of L. S. Pipher and Oscar Burkholder. Text, Psa. 90:10.
Becker.-Eli Becker was born near Maximo, O., Jan. 15, 1864; died at Louisville, O., Dec. 23, 1930; aged 66 y. 11 m. 8 d. In 1895 he was united in marriage to Emma Sommers. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons (Harley and Melvin), 1 daughter (Mrs. Pauline Blanchard), 4 grandchildren, 5 sisters, 4 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. His parents and 2 of their infant children preceded him in death; but he is the first of ten grown children to depart this life. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1891 and continued in the same until death. He was always a hard-working man and lived on a farm until a year ago when they retired and moved to Louisville. His death was caused by pleuropneumonia. He was sick only six days and suffered much, but on the morning of the twenty-third he was permitted to quietly and peacefully pass away. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. O. N. Johns, assisted by A. E. Whitted, Alvin Hostetler, and John D. Miller. Text, Jno. 14:6. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Sutter.-Joseph W. Sutter was born in Gridley, Ill.,
May 26, 1866; died at his home near Milford, Neb., Jan. 9, 1931;
aged 64 y. 7 m. 13 d. Death was due to a complication of diseases.
On April 14, 1888, he was united in marriage to Anna Reck. Having
no children of their own, they adopted three: Helen Saltzman,
Dollie Sutter, and Howard Miller. He leaves his beloved wife,
3 children, 6 grandchildren, 4 sisters, 3 brothers, and many friends.
His parents, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death.
He was converted in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church
in which he faithfully labored as long as he could. He will be
missed in the home, Church, and community. During his sickness
(which lasted only a few weeks) he expressed himself as ready
and resigned to God's will. Funeral services were conducted by
Bros. Geo. S. Miller and Ben Schlegel. Text, Job 7:9, 10.
"Brief life is here our portion,
Brief sorrow, short-lived care;
The life that knows no ending,
The tearless life is there."
Stauffer.-Barbara Alice H. (Gamber), wife of Benjamin
S. Stauffer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 3, 1862; died
Dec. 12, 1930, at her home near Lancaster, Pa., after one week's
illness of pneumonia. She was afflicted with a heart condition
for some time and had a slight stroke six weeks before. She was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, having
attended services whenever possible. She lived a life of service
for others who came into her home, especially caring for the aged
ones. She will be missed by her family, as she was a kind mother
of 9 children, 3 of whom preceded her. She is survived by her
husband and 6 children (all of whom have accepted Christ), also
14 grandchildren and 1 brother. Funeral services were held Dec.
15 at the home by Bros. Jacob Hess and Landis Shertzer, and at
the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Daniel Gish and John
H. Mosemann. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. The house was filled with relatives
and friends who came to pay the last tribute of respect. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"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."
Good.-Lizzie B., daughter of David and Sarah (Bergey)
Wismer, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Mar. 1, 1857; died at her
home near Spring City, Pa., Dec. 17, 1930; aged 73 y. 9 m. 16
d. The departed had been married twice. In June, 1881, she was
married to Peter Conver of Montgomery Co., who died Jan. 28, 1894.
On Mar. 14, 1907, she was married to Solomon Good who survives.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a step-son and step-daughter
of her first marriage, 4 step-daughters of her second marriage,
4 sisters, 2 brothers and a large circle of relatives and friends
who mourn her sudden and unexpected death. The evening before
her death, she visited her physician's office because of a rheumatic
pain in her body. She came home apparently relieved and spent
a pleasant evening with her family. At four o'clock the next morning,
after speaking a few words to her husband, she peacefully passed
away. Funeral services were held Dec. 22, conducted at the home
by John S. Mast and at the Vincent Church, of which she was a
member, by Warren G. Bean, Elmer B. Moyer, John M. Souder and
A. O. Histand. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother's gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain, and care;
And if through life we live for Him
We'll meet her over there."
Haverstick.-Fannie M., daughter of the late Benjamin
and Martha Harnish and wife of John Haverstick, was born March
4, 1878 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Dec. 28, 1930, in St. Joseph's
Hospital, Lancaster; aged 52 y. 9 m. 24 d. She had a stroke several
years ago which made her an invalid. Although not able to be around
she had a pleasant smile and cheery word for everyone. She was
a patient sufferer, and she suffered greatly during the last three
days of her life. She spent a pleasant Christmas but the day after,
Friday, she had two strokes. She was taken to the hospital where
she died. She was the first of ten children to depart this life.
An infant son preceded her. She leaves her sorrowing husband,
8 sisters, 1 brother, and a large number of relatives and friends.
She was a member of the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church. Funeral
services were held Dec. 31 from the home of her sister, Mrs. Grant
Noll, Rohrerstown, and at the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church by
Bros. Jacob Kreider (Reformed Mennonite) and John S. Hess and
Noah Landis. Text, Rev. 7:16. Burial in New Danville Cemetery.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
Then in Heaven with joy to greet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Gelnett.-Harry Milton Gelnett, son of Deacon Samuel
and Mary Ann Gelnett, was born at Rockton, Pa., July 1, 1866;
died in the Hazel McGilvery Hospital, Meyersdale, Pa., Dec. 20,
1930; aged 64 y. 5 m. 19 d. At the age of 19, on Aug. 19, 1885,
he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at Rockton.
He was ordained to the ministry at the same place Dec. 28, 1887.
He was accepted as a minister in the Casselman Valley District,
June 17, 1893. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Otto, Oct. 19,
1892. To this union were born 2 daughters (Elva Grace, wife of
Edwin Kolb, and Twila Edith). Out of a family of 6 sons and 6
daughters, only 1 brother and 2 sisters survive. Besides these
and his family, he is also survived by 5 grandchildren. Funeral
services were held at the Springs Church with Brethren S. G. Shetler
of Johnstown and J. A. Ressler of Scottdale in charge. The building
was filled to overflowing. His kind and friendly disposition made
him friends wherever he went. At the close of church services
there was always a hearty handshake awaiting you even though he
was handicapped by losing his right arm, the left, the one closer
to the heart, made up for this physical defect.
Another minister's chair is vacant,
Another hard to fill;
Memory lingers of his passing,
May his handshake linger still.
Miller.-David Ambrose, son of George and Mary Ann Miller, was born July 24, 1862; died Jan. 2, 1931; aged 68 y. 5 m. 9 d. He was well as usual, as far as his friends knew, and walked to the store about one-half mile for some provision and home again; went into the house and sat in his rocking chair, and was found dead a half-hour later by one of his grandchildren. He and his wife were converted some years ago when D. D. Miller of Middlebury, Ind., was holding meetings and united with the Church at that time. He was much concerned about the welfare of the Church and his family and often advised them to live more consecrated lives. He was one of a family of 5 sons and 3 daughters. He was the last of the sons to pass away. Three sisters survive (Mrs. Rosannah Kauffman, Mrs. Mary Buchanan, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Harshbarger). In his own family 5 children were born. One son died in infancy, one son killed by the cars 18 years ago, his wife died 15 years ago, 1 daughter over 2 years ago. He leaves 3 sisters, 2 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. He was attached to his family, was a kind father, a good and helpful neighbor, and will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted in the Pine Glen Brethren Church by Pre. Jonas D. Yoder, of Belleville, Pre. Charley Hiester of the River Brethren faith, and Pre. Lawrence Ruble of Spring Run. Text, Job 14:14, first clause. Interment in cemetery near by.
Hostetler.-John Henry, youngest son of Henry and Susanna Hostetler, was born near Myersdale, Pa., March 23, 1840; died at Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 21, 1930; aged 90 y. 9 m. 28 d. He with his parents moved from Pennsylvania to Johnson Co., Iowa, in 1855 where he grew to manhood and was married to Anna Mishler in December, 1862. In 1867 he with his family moved to Washington Co., Iowa, where he has since resided. His wife died April 5, 1928. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters, 4 of whom preceded him in death. The children left to mourn the death of Father are Mrs. George Yoder, Mrs. Katharine Doolittle, Lewis, John, Nicholas, Harvey, and Walter. Also 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and a host of near relatives and friends mourn his death. At the time of his death he was being cared for in his home by his grand-daughter Anna Mathews, who by her untiring effort left nothing undone which would have added to his comfort and happiness, nor until his condition was such that he needed special medical attention did she reluctantly consent to his removal to the hospital. Though advanced in years, he has kept quite active and had a remarkable memory for one of his age. He was conscious until the last, speaking to those at his bedside when he passed away. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he was reared and lived his entire life. He was a good neighbor and citizen whose word was above question; quiet and unassuming, but firm and steadfast in the faith. He will be greatly missed in the community where he lived for 62 years. Funeral services were held at Des Moines, Iowa, conducted by --- Stutzman of the Brethren Church, after which the remains were brought to Kalona, Iowa, where final services were held from the Christian church, Dec. 26, and the body laid to rest in the family lot in the Kalona Cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher.
Beachy.-Jonas J., son of John and Christina (Livengood)
Beachy was born near Grantsville, Md., Feb. 6, 1831; died of the
infirmities of age Jan. 2, 1931; aged 99 y. 10 m. 27 d. On Sept.
2, 1864, he was married to Anna, daughter of Daniel and Anna (Brenneman)
Yutzy of Somerset Co., Pa. She died June 6, 1926. The surviving
sons and daughters are: Christena, wife of Peter Unzicker ; Edward,
Katherine, Mary, wife of Simon Orendorff (formerly Mrs. John Custer),
and Elmer. Two sons died in infancy. Joel died in early youth.
Leo died in 1927. Anna, wife of Simon Orendorff, died at the age
of about 52 years. The subject of this sketch was of a large family,
and nearly all his brothers were noted for their manly physical
proportions and sturdy vigor and strength, as had been their father
before them. But the deceased brother had physical infirmities
due to hip-joint disease and also knee-joint trouble which greatly
handicapped him; notwithstanding, he outlived his kin and those
who were contemporaries of his youth by a goodly number of years.
He loved to engage in conversation and especially delighted in
discussion of statistics in which he was well versed. He had many
and varied experiences in young manhood, having gone west with
an ox-train group during pioneer days. He returned to his native
region, married, and settled down in life. Later he located in
the Mt. Nebo region, about three miles southeast of Grantsville,
where he spent the greater part of his long life and where he
died. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his earlier
days, in which membership he died. The funeral was held at the
Maple Glen meeting house, near Grantsville, Md., Jan. 5. And though
weather conditions were very unfavorable and the roads difficult
of travel an unusually large congregation assembled in sympathetic
interest in their old neighbor and acquaintance. Services at the
home were conducted by J. B. Miller. In the public funeral services
opening prayer was offered by C. W. Bender, followed by discourses
by M. S. Zehr, Pigeon, Mich., and by J. B. Miller. We hope the
concluding verse of the departed brother's favorite hymn may now
"And when this feeble, faltering tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save."
Mullennax.-Willim Warren, infant son of Milton and Letha Mullennax of Whitmer, W. Va., was born Dec. 5, 1930, and was buried two days later. Little William's stay on earth was very short. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Hiram Weaver. Text, II Sam. 12:23.
Lapp.-George, son of Emanuel and Lydia Stoltzfus Lapp
of near Intercourse, Pa., was born Jan. 31, 1930; died Jan. 4,
1931, after a week's illness of pneumonia. He leaves his parents
and many relatives. Funeral services were held Jan. 7, at the
Weavertown Amish Church, conducted by John A. Stoltzfus, Moses
P. Riehl, and George Beiler. His body was laid to rest in the
"God needed one more little angel child
To have with His shining band;
So reaching down with His loving arms
He clasped our darling's hand."
By his uncle and aunt.
Bender.-Clair James, infant son of Simon and Mary Bender,
Tavistock, Ont., died Dec. 9, 1930; aged 26 days. He was sick
only a few hours with a weak heart. He is survived by his bereaved
parents, 1 sister (Inez), a grandfather, and 2 grandmothers. Three
brothers and a sister preceded him to the great beyond. We know
not why he was taken from us, but we know our Father doeth all
things well, so we bow to His will.
"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartache
That lies behind the smile."
Witmer.-Joseph, son of Eli and Catharine Witmer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1868; died at the Mishawaka, Ind., Hospital Jan. 9, 1931, aged 62 years. Dropsy and heart trouble were the cause of his death. When a young man he came to Indiana and lived here practically all his life. The winter of 1894 he spent in Pennsylvania with his mother, was converted, and joined the Mennonite Church. He leaves two brothers (John and Phares), one sister (Anna), and many other friends. One brother (Martin) was killed in an automobile accident Jan. 4, 1931, just five days before his death. Funeral services held at the Olive Church near Elkhart, Ind., conducted by Bro. D. A. Yoder.
Sherman.-Henry Sherman, seventy-five, who was a resident of Harrison and Concord Twps., Elkhart Co., Ind., for sixty-six years, died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. George Roush) of Dunlap. He was afflicted with diabetes for six years, and confined to his bed for the past six months. He was born Nov. 12, 1855, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of John and Mary (Clipp) Sherman. He came with his parents to Indiana when a boy of nine years. He was married Jan. 21, 1877, to Catherine Kurtz who died twenty-one years ago. To this union there were born nine children, twenty-seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. There are four sisters living. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. He became a member of the Mennonite Church, and during his sickness he was referred to as having the patience of Job. Many times he asked to have the Bible read to him.
Lantz.--Elizabeth Lantz was born on a farm near Archbold,
O., Nov. 23, 1857; died at her home in Pettisville, O., Jan. 9,
1931; aged 73 y. 1 m. 16 d. On Oct. 28, 1879, she was united in
marriage to John Lantz. They shared the joys and sorrows of life
until Jan. 22, 1919, when her husband departed this world. There
were born to this union, 6 sons and 4 daughters. She leaves 9
children, 33 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and a host of other relatives
and friends. Her husband, 1 son, 1 grandchild preceded her in
death. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, united
with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member
until death. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 12 at the home
and at the church by Bros. Noah Hilty, S. S. Wyse, and Henry Rychener.
Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Miller.-Amanda, daughter of Bishop David and Judith Beechy, was born in Holmes Co., O., near Walnut Creek, May 12, 1864; died at her home in Portage Co., O., Jan. 18, 1931; aged 66 y. 8 m. 6 d. She was united in marriage to A. A. Miller in January, 1891. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter. One son died in infancy. She is survived by the following children: Elden, Adrian, Chester, Sidney, Anna Cipriano. She was also stepmother to 4 daughters and 4 sons. Three step-sons died in infancy, and Fred died about two years ago. She was grandmother of 9 and step-grandmother of 22. She united with the Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., O., in her youth and was a consistent member until death. Her death was caused by heart trouble affected by a goitre. She belonged to a family of 14 children of whom 10 grew to maturity. There were no deaths in the family for more than 44 years, but 4 of them have passed away in less than 2 years. She is survived by 4 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services were conducted by the home ministers. Text, Rom. 14:13. The body was laid to rest in the Plainview Cemetery near Aurora, O.
Rediger.-Jacob Rediger was born in Baden, Germany, Sept.
15, 1839; died Jan. 10, 1931; aged 91 y. 3 m. 26 d. In 1865 he
came to America as a young man, making his home in Eureka, Ill.
In 1879 he moved to Milford, Neb., and in 1890 to Arickaree, Colo.
For the last seventeen years he has made his home with his son
David of Flagler, Colo. In 1865 he was married to Katherine Schertz.
Eleven children were born to this union, 8 sons and 3 daughters.
His wife, 5 sons, 1 daughter, 6 grandchildren, his parents, 1
brother, 3 sisters preceded him in death. He leaves 2 daughters
(Lydia Schrock, Lena Lichti), 3 sons (David, Ben, Peter), 31 grandchildren,
10 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. He accepted
Christ as his Savior in his youth and remained faithful unto the
end, ever seeking the welfare of his family and admonishing his
children in the Lord. Funeral services were conducted by H. Kuhns
on Jan. 13. Text, Heb. 13:14. The body was laid to rest in the
cemetery adjoining the church near Thurman, Colo.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Nafziger.-Lydia Barbara Birkey was born in Decatur Co., Kan., Mar. 3, 1888; died of meningitis at the Samaritan hospital at Nampa, Ida., Jan. 5, 1931; aged 42 y. 10 m. 2 d. She was married to Christian H. Nafziger Dec. 29, 1907, at Hopedale, Ill. She was the mother of 6 children: Wilbert, Melvin, Ada, Howard, Florence, and Mervin. Melvin and Ada preceded her in death. Surviving are, husband, 4 children, her mother, 5 brothers, 2 sisters. While her death was totally unexpected and rather sudden, she being ill only two and a half days, yet we have the assurance that it was a change for the better. Her life was that of a godly, Christian wife and mother whose great concern was to gather her children into the Kingdom. So far three have made the good confession, the other child being too young. She was an example of patience, for she was in poor health for many years yet never complained although she longed to be well so that she might do more for her loved ones as well as for others. She was a member of the Mennonite Church from her youth and always tried to live up to her responsibilities. Funeral services were held at Nampa, Idaho, Jan. 10, in charge of Bro. E. E. Zuercher. Text, Prov. 27:1. Burial in a local cemetery.
Zook.-M. Ernest, son of Andrew and Jemima Zook (deceased),
was born in Miami Co., Ind., Sept. 24, 1899; died Jan. 15, 1931;
aged 31 y. 3 m. 21 d. He was married to Maurine Schrock* Sept.
19, 1925. To this happy union two children were born (Oren and
Mary Louise). When Ernest was about 10 years old the family suffered
the loss of husband and father. The family remained with their
mother on the farm and were taught the way of life, from which
they never departed. Ernest united with the Church when a boy
and remained faithful to death. He was preceded in death by his
father, mother, and an infant brother who bid him welcome to the
eternal home. There is left to mourn his departure his loving
wife, 2 children, 3 brothers, a half-sister, besides a host of
other relatives and friends. Early in married life affliction
overtook him from which he never fully recovered. His last illness
was of about four months. He desired to live for his family's
sake but was resigned to God's will. He was a devoted, loving,
and sympathetic father, always much concerned about his family.
He was also a kind and obliging neighbor, ready to help whenever
needed. Funeral services were held at the Amboy Mennonite Church,
Jan. 17, by Bros. J. S. Horner and Forest Hostettler.
*Note - Name is Verbeta Marine Shrock - correction from grandson, Jeffrey Zook - see GH July 11, 1989
Pletcher.-Peter Pletcher was born Mar. 7, 1857, in Elkhart Co., Ind. He was the son of John and Christina Pletcher, an early pioneer family of the county. He was united in marriage to Catherine Fisgus of LaPorte Co., Ind., Nov. 7, 1878. They resided in said county until the death of his wife, July 22, 1890. To this union one daughter (Emma) was born who also preceded him in death Feb. 27, 1920. After the death of his wife he with his daughter went to his parents' home. When his daughter married Walter Eby, he went with them to their farm home in Harrison Twp. At the death of his daughter he remained in the home and when Walter married Ellen Drake he was welcomed as ever and remained there until death. He was converted in 1914 and united with the Mennonite Church at Olive. He was faithful at his post of duty and ever had a ringing testimony for the Lord. He had been failing in health for several weeks and was stricken while about his daily duty. His death came as a result of valvular heart disease. Age: 73 y. 9 m. 22 d. He leaves his son-in-law and wife, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother, three sisters, and many other friends and relatives. Funeral services conducted by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank, at the Olive Church Dec. 31, 1930.
Rutt.-Catharine, daughter of John and Nancy (Garber)
Longenecker, was born Feb. 6, 1853; died Jan. 2, 1931;
aged 77 y. 10 m. 26 d. In October, 1876, she was united in marriage
to Jacob N. Rutt, who died suddenly Jan. 12, 1924. To this union
were born 10 children. Two sons and one daughter preceded her
in death. She is survived by 4 sons and 3 daughters-John, Anna,
Ida, Albert, Norman, Jacob (missionary to South America), Mary
(wife of Clayton Charles); also 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church in their
early years and remained faithful until death. She had several
paralytic strokes, but was not bedfast until 8 weeks before her
death, at which time her left side became paralyzed. She suffered
much but was resigned to the Lord's will, and was longing for
the time when she could leave this world of suffering and be with
Christ. Her mind was good until the last. Funeral services were
held at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Noah Risser, Samuel
Fry, and Benjamin Keener. Texts, Phil. 1:21; II Cor. 5:1-9. Interment
in the Bossler Cemetery.
"Dear mother, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before."
Kipfer, Kipfer, Zehr.-
Abraham, son of John and Mary Kipfer, was born in Perth Co., Ont., Oct. 30, 1880. He confessed Christ and was received into the Church by Bishop Jacob M. Bender Oct. 7, 1900. On Nov. 5, 1903, he was united in marriage with Fannie Roth, which union was blessed with 3 sons and 4 daughters. He was killed in an accident at a railway crossing in Kitchener, Ont., Dec. 20, 1930; aged 50 y. 1 m. 21 d. He leaves his deeply bereaved companion, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 3 grandchildren. His youngest son, Oliver, also met his death in the same accident with the father.
Oliver, son of Abraham and Fannie Kipfer, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Mar. 16, 1918; died at Kitchener, Ont., in a railway accident Dec. 20, 1930; aged 12 y. 9 m. 4 d. He leaves his widowed mother, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters.
"Brother, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whisper,
'Come and live with us at home.'"
Irvin Zehr was born in Perth Co., Ont., Dec. 19, 1905. In 1920 he accepted Christ as his Savior and was received into Church fellowship by Bishop Dan S. Jutzi. Sept. 19, 1928, he was united in marriage with Viola Kipfer, to which union was born one daughter. Death came suddenly in an accident in Kitchener, Ont., when their car colided with a moving train. Aged 25 y. 1 d.
"A husband lies in death's embrace,
The grave is now his resting place;
Oh, as I pass beneath the rod,
Reveal thyself the widow's God."
The three above named persons were laid side by side in one grave at East Zorra, Ont., A. M. Cemetery near Tavistock, Ont., where an unusually large funeral was held. Services at home by Bro. M. Kipfer and at the church by Bros. Peter S. Zehr, C. Schultz, D. S. Jutzi, Jacob R. Bender, and D. H. Stineman. Texts, Mark 13:33-37; Psa. 39:5, 6; Rev. 14:13; Amos 3:6.