Brubaker. - Reuben Harold, infant son of John and Lizzie
Brubaker, of near Lititz, Pa., died Aug. 9, 1931; aged 10 days.
Surviving are the parents, 1 step-brother John Henry, and 1 step-sister
Marian B. Little Harold lived to blossom only a short time and
has gone to bloom forever in heaven. Services were held at the
home Aug. 10, conducted by Bro. John S. Hess. Text, Song of Solomon
6:2. Burial in Hammer Creek Cemetery.
"Oh sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God in His mercy took our darling away;
Not from our memory and not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
Martin. - Walter E., son of Elam G. and Bertha Martin
of Bareville, was born Feb. 1, 1910; died July 31, 1931 in the
Lancaster General Hospital. He was called in the best years of
youth; aged 21 y. 5 m. 30 d. His death was caused by blood poisoning,
from the infection of a bruised hand. During his sickness he confessed
Christ as his Savior and was baptized by J. Albert Reichert, pastor
of the Christ Lutheran Church of Lancaster. He is survived by
his bereaved parents, a sister, an aged grandfather, and a host
of friends. Funeral services were held at the home by Eli Sauder
and at the Groffsdale Mennonite Church by Benj. Wenger and J.
Albert Reichert. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Oh dear Walter, how we loved him,
Oh, how hard to give him up!
But an angel came down for him
And removed him from our flock.
Garber. - Jacob M. Garber, son of Abraham Garber and Fannie (Martin) Garber, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1848; died in the Elkhart General Hospital July 31, 1931, as a result of a paralytic stroke which he suffered on Sunday afternoon, July 25; aged 82 y. 9 m. 29 d. He was married to Elizabeth Schrock and the surviving children from this marriage are Jennie McClintic and Harvey Garber. Sister Garber died in Emmett Co., Mich. Soon after this Bro. Garber moved back to Elkhart Co., Ind., and was married later to Catherine Stutzman who died about 12 years ago. From this marriage are Lula Summer and Arvilla Yoder. Bro. Garber spent the larger part of his life in Elkhart Co., Ind. Besides his children he is survived by 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, John, Abraham, and David, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Nancy Schrock, Mrs. Anna Lehman and Mrs. Lizzie Smeltzer. Funeral services were held Aug. 2 at the Clinton Brick Church, Goshen Ind., by Bro. Amos Nusbaum. Text, Job 14:15. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Ranck. - Anna B. Ranck was born Nov. 5, 1839; died Aug.
8, 1931; aged 91 y. 9 m. 3 d. She had been in failing health for
several years and was confined to her bed almost three months.
She endured her suffering very patiently, never complaining, and
is now resting with her loved ones who have gone before. She lived
a Christian life and was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church.
She is survived by 1 son, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 11
Our loss is her gain and we bow in humble submission to God's
will and calmly say, "Thy will be done. Funeral services
were held at the home Aug. 11 by C. M. Brubaker and at the Strasburg
Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Mellinger. Text, John 9:4. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"It seems that when you went away the sunshine left our home.
We miss your kind and willing hand, your sweet and loving care;
We miss you, oh dear Mother,
We miss you everywhere."
Rouner. - Emma Mae Reber Rouner, daughter of J. J. Reber of Fairview, Mich., was born in Oklahoma, July 21, 1896; died at her home in Iowa City, Ia., Aug. 15, 1931, after an illness of 2 years. When she was nine years old she moved with her parents to Fairview, Mich. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church but later on she transferred her membership to the Methodist Church. In 1919 she was married to Jacob Rouner of Iowa City. To this union 2 children were born, Eveline Irene, age 10, and Richard Gene, age 5, who with their father mourn the loss of a loving and devoted wife and mother. She is also survived by her parents. 7 sisters and 3 brothers: Lizzie Ann Kauffman, Esther Stahl, Elmer, Lena Douglass, Laura Mabel, Ida Clarke, Katie Chesler, Tillie Young, Willis, and John"and a host of other near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Oathout funeral home in Iowa City in charge of Bro. D. J. Fisher of the East Union congregation. Interment in Oakland cemetery.
Burkholder. - Etta M., daughter of the late Abram and Mary Swartz, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., June 22, 1872; died in the same community Aug. 13, 1931; aged 59 y. 1 m. 22 d. On Dec. 8, 1896 she was married to Martin L. Burkholder. She is survived by her husband, 5 sons, 5 daughters: Clifford A., Marion D., Paul, Esther, Eva, Ruth, Herman, Irene, Pauline (twins) and Clayton, 1 little granddaughter Ruth, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. At the age of 16 she united with the Weaver's Mennonite Church and remained faithful until the Lord called her home. She had the welfare of the Church at heart and was always present at Church services when her health permitted. She was devoted to her family and counted no sacrifice too great for them. She often admonished her children to live true Christian lives and to prepare for a better world. She had the privilege of seeing the last of her 10 children unite with the church of her choice. She had been in failing health for the past two years, but was bedfast only three weeks before her death. She suffered intensely the last few days of her life but never complained and bore her suffering patiently waiting to be delivered from her misery and pain. It was her desire to get well and remain with her family a few more years but she was ready to go. All was done that loving hands could do for the restoration of her health, but to no avail. Mother was the first of our family circle to go and it was hard to part but we hope soon to meet her where parting is unknown. Funeral services were held from Weaver's church near Harrisonburg, Va., on Aug. 16 by Bros. David Garber, S. H. Rhodes and A. B. Burkholder. Texts, Psa. 17:15 and 116:15. Burial in cemetery near by.
"There are no sighs of worry,
And bitter tears no more;
When we think of our dear Mother
Who has gone to yonder shore."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
September 10, 1931 - Vol. XXIV, No.24 - page 542, 543
Porzelious.- Fred Porzelious was born at Reinsburg, Germany, Aug. 13, 1864; died Aug. 11, 1931. He came to America at the age of nineteen. In the year 1892 he was united in marriage with Caroline Stahley of Flanagan, Ill. To this union were born 7 children (Christian, William, Mrs. Elnora Smizer, Walter, and Stephen), who with the widow are left to mourn his departure; two children (Freddie and Lilly) having preceded him in death. Bro. Porzelious started his farming career on a farm near Flanagan, later moving to a farm near Secor, where he died. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and was a faithful member all his life, always ready to help those who were in need and encouraging the discouraged. Beside his immediate family he leaves 8 grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services held at the Waldo Church on Aug. 13. Burial in cemetery near by.
Shaub.- Annie M., widow of Elias Shaub, was born Aug. 28, 1852; died Aug. 16, 1931, after a short illness of dilation of the heart; aged 78 y 11 m. 19 d. She had been ill for a number of years but her death came to her family unexpectedly. She was a daughter of the late John and Hannah Ranck and was the last of a family of 6 children. Her husband died Jan. 7, 1893. Two sons also preceded her in death. She is survived by 1 daughter (Lavina E., wife of Christian Neff and with whom she resided); also 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. Grandmother will be greatly missed in the home but we could not wish her back for we know her suffering is ended. She is now at rest. Funeral services were held at the home Aug. 19, by Bro. John B. Senger and at the Strasburg, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bro. C. M. Brubacker and Abram L. Martin. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman. - Andrew F. Kauffman was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 23, 1845; died Aug. 16, 1931, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Garber of near Goshen, Ind., following a long illness of complications; aged 85 y. 11 m. 23 d. He came with his parents to Elkhart Co., at the age of 2 years and lived in the nearby community the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. On Jan. 5, 1882, he was married to Amanda Kauffman. To this union were born six children: Mrs. Harley Yoder, Mrs. Atlee Weaver, Mrs. John Weaver, Mrs. Ed Maust, Mrs. Earl Garber, and one son. Clyde X. Kauffman. He left his wife, six children, nine grandchildren, two sisters (Mrs. Washington Haberstick and Mrs. Lydia Schrock) and one brother (Frank Kauffman). Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church in charge of D. J. Johns and D. D. Troyer. Text (selected by the family), Psa. 90:10.
Weaver.- Alma Delia, daughter of Peter B. and Celia Camp, was born near Washington, Ill., Jan. 27, 1898; died in the hospital at Alma, Mich., Aug. 28, 1931; aged 33 y. 7 m. 1 d. The funeral services, held at the Bethel Mennonite Church near Ashley, Mich., were in charge of the brethren Milo Kauffman, George Sommer, and Daniel Oyer. Sermon by Milo Kauffman, Text, Jno. 14:1-3. The music included her favorite song, "Oh that I had wings like a Dove." Sister Weaver was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, having united at an early age with the congregation at Metamora, Ill. She was an alumnus of Hesston College, graduating from the Academy in the class of 1920. On April 10, 1921, she was united in marriage with Lester Roy Weaver of Hesston, Kans. To this union were born three daughters and one son (Marjorie Mae, Phyllis Elaine, Dorothy Joan, and Donald Eugene). She leaves her husband, four children, parents, and one sister (Melinda Kathryn), besides many other relatives and a large number of friends. She was a devoted wife and mother, a loving daughter and sister, and a kind neighbor.
Sauder. - William S., son of John and Margaret Sensenig Sauder was born March 26, 1887, near Farmersville, Pa.; died Aug. 18, 1931 at Lancaster, Pa.; aged 44 y. 4 m. 22 d. His sorrowing widow, father, 7 brothers and 3 sisters remain (Daniel, Levi, Anna"wife of Jacob Sweigart, Martin, John, Clayton, Noah, Margaret"wife of Aaron Martin, Mary"wife of Huber Oberholtzer and Samuel). William was a patient sufferer from internal cancer, but never complained. Nine months ago his doctor advised him to undergo an operation for temporary relief, but he said he would trust the Lord for healing. On Monday, Aug. 17, he called his wife, father, and brothers to his bedside and requested father to pray with him once more. He said, "I'll have to leave. When I was younger I sang, 'When the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there;' now I'll soon be there." He lingered until the following morning, when he peacefully fell asleep. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. His testimony in his days of affliction is a great comfort to his many sorrowing friends. Funeral services were held from Groff's funeral parlors, Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 20, E. L. Wessinger, pastor of the Lutheran Church and Noah H. Mack, New Holland, Pa., conducting the service. Text, Isa. 21:12. A brother.
Lapp. - Daniel Z., son of John and Elizabeth (Zook) Lapp, was born in Union Co., Pa., Mar. 6, 1841; died at his late home, near West Liberty, Ohio, following a short illness of pneumonia, in the early morning of Aug. 20, 1931; aged 90 y. 5 m. 14 d. He was the last remaining member of a family of eleven children. He spent his early life in Pennsylvania, coming to Ohio at the age of twenty-one years. On Mar. 29, 1866, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth H. Yoder. They spent the early part of their married life in Logan Co., then moved to Wayne Co., where they lived for a period of five years and, returning to Logan Co., settled in the late home, where they both passed away, the family home for forty-one years. They were the happy parents of a family of four boys and ten girls. Those who remain are: Jacob A., Fannie, John H., Mrs. Elmer Magoon, Mrs. O. C. Harmon, Mrs. George W. Harmon, Mrs. A. F. Yoder, Mrs. W. E. Shumaker, Mrs. E. B. Kauffman, Mrs. J. A. Zook, David A., and Alvan D. Two daughters (Mrs. W. B. Crockett and Mrs. J. H. Musser) with their mother and five grandchildren preceded Father Lapp in death. There are twenty-nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren remaining. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful as long as life lasted. He daily exemplified the life of service of his Savior, in the principles of true Christian character. By his cheerful disposition he won many friends who will sadly miss him. As he lived, so he passed away with his faith intact in his Lord. He was always patient and cheerful, and often expressed his desire of being reunited with her.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead"he is just away.
He is gone through the gate to another land
Led by the Master's hand."
Funeral services were held at South Union Church in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial in Fair View Cemetery, West Liberty.
Greenawalt. - Emanuel K., son of Adam and Catharine Greenawalt, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Nov. 18, 1853; died at his late residence, 1225 S. 8th St., Goshen, Ind., Aug. 24, 1931; aged 77 y. 9 m. 6 d. Death came with scarcely a moment's warning and was due to an attack of myocaulitis, the effects of a diabetic condition with which he was a sufferer for years. When he was but a small boy he moved with his parents to La Grange Co., Ind., near Topeka where he grew to manhood and lived until the fall of 1903, when he moved with his family to Goshen, Ind. He has resided continuously at his late home since that time. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his early youth. He lived a quiet, consistent and peaceable Christian life, in full confidence of the merit which was his through Jesus Christ our Lord. He united with the Mennonite church and remained a faithful member until God called him home. He served as chairman of the trustees of the College Church for a number of years and was only relieved of this office a year ago, when, because of declining years and strength, he felt another should succeed him. He was united in marriage to Mary A. Smoker on Nov. 16, 1880. They lived happily together for over 50 years, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary last Nov. 14. This union was blessed with one daughter and two sons. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, his daughter (Mrs. H. Frank Reist), two sons (Elva and Leland), eight grandchildren, one brother (Jonathan), as well as a large host of other relatives and friends. His material wants were simple and easily satisfied. He did not glory in the possession of the material things which God so abundantly showered upon him, but used them to help the poor and the needy and to extend the kingdom of Christ. His friends were many and are found in all stations and walks of life. He loved the birds and the flowers and was a special friend of the children. His faith was simple and his devotion sincere. He was a faithful and regular attendant at all religious services. He prized highly the material and spiritual blessings at the hand of the Lord. Funeral services were held from the late home and the College Mennonite Church on Friday afternoon, Aug. 28. Services were in charge of C. L. Graber, assisted by I. W. Royer, J. S. Hartzler and Sandford C. Yoder. Interment in Alwine Cemetery south of Goshen.
Haning. - William Ernest, son of the late Adolph and Louisa (Steipher), was born Sept. 7, 1879; died at his home near Springs, Pa., Aug. 12, 1931; aged 51 y. 11 m. 5 d. At the age of 15, on May 19, 1894, he united with the Springs Mennonite Church, rendering faithful service until death removed him yonder. He was married to Amanda Slabaugh, Oct. 16, 1904. There remain to mourn his departure, his wife (who also lost her father by death a little less than a month prior), four sons and one daughter (Norman, Ray, Paul, Alta, and Samuel) two sisters (Mrs. Theodore Johnson and Mrs. Ed. Detweiler) and one half-brother (Lewis Eichorn). Bro. Haning spent most of his life in this and nearby community. His interest in nature often led him over the fields and to the woodland, many times seeing and learning new truths that others passing the same way would overlook. This interest evidently was one of the reasons of him becoming a farmer; his home for recent years being what was known as the D. W. Maust farm. As a school teacher he made many friends in both Garrett Co., Md., and Somerset Co., Pa. His quiet, unassuming nature, connected with a firmness of doing what he thought to be right, had much to do with making his life a success. As a Sunday school teacher his appreciation was manifest, not by flowers on his casket but during his illness, when he could appreciate them and as he remarked concerning their beauty and grandeur, noting the little details of their construction and thus we believe the more able to appreciate the gift as his S. S. class gave them. His interest in missions extended over his entire lifetime. His service as member of the local mission board meant much to the mission in India, South America and in the home land. When it was his duty to thus care for the offerings as they were lifted for mission causes in our congregation, some few of us who had access to such information know that when the offering of the congregation for a certain cause in which he was especially interested was less than ten dollars, this same offering increased ten dollars in his hands. He was a man not to let his left hand know what his right hand did along this mentioned line. He was ordained to the office of deacon Dec. 29, 1929. His short life thereafter and failure in health, he had but begun what he had hopes of being more years in the Master's service. Even up to the approach of death he had hopes of recovery. All plans were made should the Lord deem otherwise. When asked whether there was anything yet to be done his answer was he had made ready years before. When his end was near and he was asked what message he would send to the conference then in session at Springs, his answer was, "Tell them to live near the teaching of God's Word." That certainly seemed to have been his motto in life. The funeral services were conducted in the Springs Mennonite Church Friday afternoon (Conference closing at noon and many conference members remaining for the funeral services). The services were in charge of Brethren S. G. Shetler, J. Irvin Lehman, and J. A. Ressler, Bro. Shetler preaching the sermon. Interment in the Church Cemetery at Springs.
"Thus another friend up yonder,
Other friends we're seeking;
Oh the joy that ours shall be,
When yonder, all, we're meeting."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
Marks. - Willis LeRoy, son of Edward and Edith Marks, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 19, 1928. After an illness of three and one half weeks of pneumonia he departed this life July 22, 1931; age 3 y. 1 m. 3 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, 4 grandparents and many other relatives and friends. One brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church by Bros. D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank.
Harter. - Anna, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Lechlitner, was born April 6, 1865, on a farm near Wakarusa, Ind.; died June 8, 1931, at her home in Wakarusa; aged 66 y. 2 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to John Harter on Dec. 31, 1889, who preceded her in death May 7, 1922. Five children were born to this union"2 daughters and 3 sons. She is also survived by 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 15 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She attended S. S. at the Methodist Church whenever she could. Her entire life was spent in and near Wakarusa. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church in charge of E. E. Kauffman of the M. E. Church and D. A. Yoder.
Correction. - In the obituary of Sister Etta Burkholder,
Harrisonburg, Va., in the issue of Sept. 3, a part of the stanza
of poetry was omitted. Since this changed the sense somewhat we
are printing the entire stanza here so that the sentiment of the
bereaved family may be more accurately expressed.
"If we could hear her singing,
As we think she is singing now;
If we could see the brightness
Of the crown upon her brow;
There would be no sighs or worry,
And of bitter tears no more;
When we think of our dear mother
Who has gone to yonder shore.
Steiner. - Urias, oldest son of Ulrich and Barbara Steiner, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 2, 1866; died Sept 4., 1931 at Fairview, Mich.; aged 65 y. 4 m. 2 d. In 1871 Urias accompanied his parents to Morrison, Ill., remaining there until 1908, after which date his home was in Fairview, Mich. Urias leaves 2 sisters and 5 brothers (Mrs. Sarah Miller, Samuel, Mrs. Caroline Entwhistle, Meno, John, David and Moses), also many other friends and relatives. Internal injuries received by a fall from the hay loft caused him two weeks of suffering which was borne patiently, after which he was taken home. Urias was a member of the Church for many years. Funeral at Fairview Church Sept. 7, conducted by Menno Esch. Text, I Cor. 15:53.
Scott. - Sarah S. Scott, daughter of John and Sarah Culp, was born near New Salem, Ohio, Jan. 4, 1851. She came to Elkhart Co., Ind., with her parents when only four months old. The family traveled by ox team and took six weeks for the journey. She was one of a family of 14 children. In 1875 she was united in marriage to Christian Scott, who passed away in 1914. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 son Charles, 1 brother Alpha B. Culp, 1 sister, Mrs. Aaron Miller, and many nieces and nephews. For many years Mrs. Scott was affiliated with the M. B. C. church, but during the last year transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by H. E. Miller of the M. B. C. Church and D. A. Yoder, at the Yellow Creek Church.
Woolner. - Hannah (Clemmer) Woolner was born near Breslau,
Ont., Feb. 24, 1857; died Aug. 31, 1931, after a brief illness,
at the home of her son-in-law, Bro. and Sister Geo. A. Weber,
near Kitchener, Ont.; aged 74 y. 6 m. 7 d. She was the last member
of the late Abraham Clemmer family. Sister Woolner was converted
and joined the Mennonite Church 46 years ago and remained faithful
to the end. She was married to Bro. John Woolner who predeceased
her over six years ago. Seven children were born to this union,
six of whom survive. There are also 29 grandchildren and 2
Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener,
Sept. 4, with Brethren C. F. Derstine and Eli S. Hallman in charge.
Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Culp. - Aura B., son of Mr. and Mrs. Lorin Culp, of Foraker, Ind., was born Feb. 16, 1901; died at his home near Foraker, Aug. 8, 1931; aged 30 y. 5 m. 23 d. On June 11, 1927, he was married to Erma Holdread of near Goshen, and to this union 1 son was born. Previous to his illness which resulted from a tonsil operation on May 26, and terminated in pernicious anemia, Aura was employed at the Foraker Elevator for 11 years. He was cheerful and ambitious and made friends with every one. He was bedfast for 11 weeks and during this time he made his peace with God, was baptized and united with the Salem Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, small son, Robert Dean, father, mother, an aged grandmother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. D. A. Yoder, and John Senger of the M. B. C. Church.
Schantz. - Margaret Elizabeth Schantz, oldest daughter of Bro. Chris and Sister Lizzie Schantz, was born near Wisner, Nebr., Dec. 19, 1919; died of peritonitis at the Beemer Nebr., Hospital, Aug. 27, 1931, after a brief illness of about one week; aged 12 y. 8 m. 8 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 4 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, 12 uncles, 7 aunts, 56 cousins, and a host of friends. Thus ends the short earthly life of one who won a place in our hearts by her quiet, gentle and friendly way. Our hearts are greatly saddened by our loss of her, but we mourn not as for those that have no hope. Margaret budded on earth to bloom in heaven. Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 30, at the home by Bro. Peter Oswald (text, Psa. 90, German) and at the church by Bro. Dan Birky and Bro. Joe Zimmerman (text, John 14:1,2). Interment was made in the Beemer Cemetery.
Kauffman. - Barbara, daughter of John and Fanny Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., O., July 12, 1885; died at her home in Fairview, Mich., Sept. 5, 1931; aged 66 y. 1 m. 23 d. She moved with her parents to Howard Co., Ind., April, 1873. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 16 and remained a faithful member until death. She was united in marriage to Levi Kauffman Sept. 18, 1887. To this union were born 7 children (Fred, Mrs. Clara Sharp, Mrs. Alice Reber, Charles, Kathryn, Mrs. Frieda Troyer). One son preceded her to the glory world in infancy. She leaves her husband, 6 children, 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 1 brother and a host of relatives and friends. She was a kind and loving mother, and will be greatly missed in the home and by all who knew her. Funeral services were held Sept. 7 from the Fairview Church. Sermon by Menno Esch. Text, II Cor. 5:1. The remains were laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.
Transcriber's Note and a "correction":
"In the obituary of Barbara KAUFFMAN, I am positive it
says she was born on July 12, 1885, and moved with her parents to Howard
Co., in April 1873 ... married 1887. Is this how you read it?"
"Correction": Yes, this IS the way it is printed
in the magazine. A check in DBH, page 738, family #11037
shows the same Barbara Kauffman, born July 12, 1865. This birth date makes the move date
and the marriage date make sense. Some type-setter was having a bad day! ddk
Miller. - Malinda, daughter of the late William and Fanny Gerber, of Walnut Creek, Ohio, was born June 5, 1930; died at Union Hospital, Dover, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1931; aged 61 y. 2 m. 26 d. In the last few weeks of her illness she underwent two operations. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek since her youth. She was united in holy matrimony, Feb. 26, 1888, to Jacob A. Miller of Shanesville, Ohio. To this union were born four children, one child dying in infancy. Surviving are her mourning husband, one daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Stutzman, of Mantus, Ohio; two sons, Lawrence at home, and Roy of Shanesville; four grandchildren, one sister Mrs. John Suntheimer of Shanesville, and five brothers, Emmanuel, Levi, and Manassas Gerber of near Shanesville, Abraham of Walnut Creek, and Henry of near Dundee, Ohio, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Three sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek church Friday, Sept. 4, in charge of A. W. Miller and D. M. Friedt. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"In Mrs. Miller's obituary (right after Mrs. Kauffman's) the birth date seems quite clearly to be June 5, 1930; yet her age was 61 y. etc. Is this how you read it?"
Correction: Yes, this IS the way it is printed in the magazine. In DBH, p. 552, family# 7910 the birth date is June 5, 1870. ddk
Noll. - Sarah M., widow of the late Grant W. Noll,
Pa., and daughter of the late Benjamin and Martha Musselman Harnish
of Ridgeway; died Aug. 27, 1931; aged 59 y. 10 m. 22 d. She passed
away very suddenly at 2:30 o'clock in the morning of a heart attack.
Her husband preceded her in death seven moths ago. She lived with
her sister and was in excellent health until two weeks before
her death. All was done that loving hands could do, but the Lord
saw fit to call her home. She will be sadly missed in Sunday school
and church services which she attended regularly. She had a motherly
disposition which won her many friends in the community. She is
survived by 4 sons: Earle H., Grant H., B. Harnish, and Harry
H., and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home
in Rohrerstown Saturday, Aug. 29, 1931, by Bros. Jacob Hess and
Daniel Gish, and at Rohrerstown Mennonite church by bros. John
H. Mosemann and Landis Shertzer. Text, Matt. 24:44; 25:6.
God knows the way.
He holds the key,
He guides us with unerring hand;
Sometime with tearless eyes we'll see;
Yes, there, up there, we'll understand.
Hartman. - Mrs. Christiana Hartman, wife of the late Samuel Hartman, was born Oct. 22, 1842, in Wayne Co., Ohio. She was the daughter of George and Anna Holdeman. She was united in marriage to Samuel Hartman on June 26, 1864. To this union seven children were born, four sons and three daughters. Sister Hartman united with the Mennonite Church in her early youth and peacefully passed away in this faith on Aug. 20 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Boyd Miller, aged 88 y. 9 m. 28 d. She leaves to mourn her departure four sons and two daughters: Joseph of Goshen, Mrs. Oliver Wise of Wakarusa, Christian, Cornelius, Elias and Mrs. Boyd Miller of near Elkhart. Her husband and one daughter preceded her in death. She is also survived by one brother, Elias Holdeman of Rector, Ark., and two sisters, Mrs. Catherine Grenert of Walkerton, Ind., and Mrs. Susanna Miller of Nappanee, Ind., besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in accordance with her request, from the old home on the Prairie St. road, in charge of Bro. D. A. Yoder. Services at 1:30 P. M., Sunday at the home of Elias Hartman, followed by services at the Yellow Creek church.
Mayer. - Mary Jutzi Mayer, wife of John L. Mayer, was born Nov. 26, 1860 in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died at her home near Pigeon, Mich., Aug. 29, 1931. On Dec. 4, 1883, she was united in marriage to John Mayer who preceded her to the glory world about five months ago. She leaves to mourn her departure: 4 children, two daughters, Mrs. Ben Gingerich of Kalona, Ia., and Lydia at home; two sons, Solomon and Ezra of Windsor township; 14 grandchildren; 1 brother, John Jutzi of Ont., Canada; and a host of relatives and friends. One daughter Emma, Mrs. Joel Widrich of N Y., preceded her in death 13 years ago. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She was a faithful member to the end. Her chief aim and desire was to see her children faithful in the Lord, which was her daily prayer. By her departure we keenly feel our loss of a mother's devoted prayer life. In her last days she often expressed her desire to go home but always was resigned to the Lord's will. Her health failed the last two years and her death was caused by a sudden attack f dropsy of which she became a victim seven weeks before she died. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River Church, August 31, conducted by Edwin Albrecht in English, text, II Pet. 1:14, 15; and in German by M. S. Zehr. text, II Tim. 3:6-8. Ben Swartzendruber of California also took part in the services.
Sommer. - Jacob P. Sommer, son of Peter and Anna Gerber Sommer, was born near Kidron, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1869, and after a brief illness, fell asleep in Jesus at his home in Kidron, Sept. 3, 1931; aged 61 y. 11 m. 15 d. After accepting Christ as his Savior and upon the confession of his faith, he was baptized and received as a member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church near Dalton, Ohio, on April 19, 1889. From that day until the day of his death he remained a faithful member. As the years passed by he seemed to take an increasing interest in the Church and its activities. Mar. 6, 1896, he was united in marriage to Anna, daughter of Deacon Jacob J. and Fannie Moser. They happily shared life's joys and sorrows for 35 years, 5 months, and 27 days. This union was blessed with two sons and seven daughters. One son, Oliver, and two daughters, Celesta and Sylvia, preceded father to the glory world. Thus he leaves to mourn his unexpected departure his deeply sorrowing wife, 1 son Lloyd, 5 daughters Ellen (Mrs. Allen Bixler), Irene (Mrs. Benjamin Amstutz), Alma, Rose and Esther; also 4 grandsons, his aged parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters, as well as a host of relatives and friends. For about forty years he very successfully served the public as a thresher, sawyer, and grain and feed dealer. Funeral services were held Sept. 6 when a large crowd had gathered to pay their last respects. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in this church. Services were conducted by J. S. Moser and Lewis Amstutz and Otis Johns of Louisville, Ohio. Text, Luke 12:40.
Zook. - Mrs. Lizzie Zook, daughter of Moses W. and Barbara
Yoder, of Johnstown, Somerset Co., Pa., passed to the Great
Beyond at the home of her son, Samuel Zook of Whitehall, where
she resided the last four weeks of her life. Her illness was brief.
She was confined to her bed only a few days with a paralytic stroke.
She came to Kishacoquillas Valley at the age of 17 years and took
up the domestic duties at the home of David Hartzler for many
years. She was later married to John B. Zook. To this union were
born 4 boys: Henry M., Samuel, David and John, all of Belleville
and vicinity. She joined the church of her faith in early youth
to which she remained faithful until death. She always attended
services when her health permitted. She was a member of a family
of 9 children, 3 of whom preceded her in death"Sarah Yoder
of Johnstown, Jonas W. Yoder of Allensville and David Yoder of
Johnstown, the latter having died in infancy. Those surviving
are Tobias M., Moses M., and V. M., of Allensville, Polly Nieswanger
of Indiana Co., Pa., Samuel M., of Clarksville, Mich.; also her
4 sons and a host of relatives and friends. Those attending the
funeral from a distance were: Jonas J. and Tobias J. Yoder, Henry
J. Miller and Emanuel Miller, Sarah Miller, Mrs. Mary Hepler,
Charles Hepler and John Thomas of Johnstown; Crist Zook and daughter
of Myersdale, and Benjamin Byler of Lancaster Co., Pa. Funeral
services were held at the Sallie Peachey home. Samuel Yoder and
John Peachey officiated. Interment in Allensville Cemetery. Mrs.
Zook was aged 70 y. 7 m. 4 d. Her husband died March 11, 1902.
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Pickell. - Anna M. Pickell, wife of Ralph Pickell, was born at Herrville, Lancaster Co., Pa., April 29, 1900; died Aug. 3, 1931; aged 31 y. 3 m. 4 d. She was in perfect health and no one expected this wife and mother to meet with the tragedy which cost her life. She was burning weeds and in some way her clothing became ignited and she was immediately enveloped in a mass of flames. She was rushed to the Lancaster General Hospital, but being beyond all medical aid, God relieved her suffering by taking her home to glory. She is survived by her husband, 1 son Howard, her father and 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held in Byerland Mennonite Church, of which she was a member, in charge of Bros. Maris Hess and Jacob Harnish.
Herr. - Alma Arlene, daughter of Earl L. and Nora M.
Herr, was born at Lampeter, Pa., July 22, 1924; fell asleep Aug.
14, 1931; aged 7 y. 23 d. She was ill for six months but was always
cheerful and kept singing the little songs that she had learned
in Sunday school., and repeating her little prayer until the end.
She is survived by a brother Earl L. Jr. and the maternal and
paternal grandparents. Funeral services were held in the Willow
Street Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Frank Herr, Jacob
T. Harnish, and Elmer G. Martin.
Darling Alma, how we miss you,
Lonelier grows each dawning day.
But we're praying, Alma darling,
To come and live with you some day.
Roth. - Leroy Martin Roth, only son of Paul N. and Velma V. Roth, was born Jan. 10, 1926; died Aug. 21, 1931; aged 5 y. 7 m. 11 d. His illness was of short duration, but we did not realize that he was critically ill until just before he passed away. He leaves to mourn his sudden and early departure, father, mother, 2 sisters, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, 1 great-grandfather, 1 great-grandmother and many other relatives and friends. By his cheerfulness and sunny disposition Leroy endeared himself to all with whom he came into contact. His last illness was borne without complaint and just before he passed away a beautiful smile was on his face. We thank God our darling boy, though absent in the flesh, is truly alive and near us in the realm of the spirit. Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 22, 1931, in the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery overlooking the city of Portland, Oreg., with Allan Good in charge.
McClintic. - Barbara, widow of Eston McClintic, was born near Ashland, O., Sept. 3, 1844; died Aug. 27, 1931, at the home of her son-in-law, Henry Neely, 710 Wolf Ave., Elkhart, Ind., where she resided since the death of her husband, about three years ago; aged 86 y. 11 m. 24 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. On Aug. 24 she was stricken with paralysis from which she never regained consciousness. She was the daughter of Christian and Catharine Nusbaum, being the last surviving member of a family of ten children. A daughter and a son preceded her in death. She leaves 4 sons and 1 daughter: Ed of Goshen, Ind., Charles W., Oliver O., George C., and Mrs. Henry Neely all of Elkhart, Ind. She also leaves 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive Church by Bros. I. B. Witmer and J. S. Hartzler.
Woolner. - Hannah (Clemmer) Woolner was born near Breslau, Ont., Feb. 24, 1857; died after a brief illness at the home of her son-in-law, Bro. and Sister Geo. A. Weber near German Mills on Aug. 31, 1931; aged 74 y. 6 m. 7 d. Sister Woolner was the last of the seven children of the Abram Clemmer family. She was married to John Woolner who predeceased her over 6 years ago. Seven children were born to this union, one of whom (Luanna) died in infancy. Those surviving are, Malinda (Mrs. Geo. A. Weber) of German Mills; Elmina (Mrs. Levi Cressman) of Breslau; Addison and Nelson of Natchez; Irene (Mrs. Herbert Burkhart) of Breslau, and Vernon of Manheim. There are also 29 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Sister Woolner was converted and united with the Mennonite Church about 46 years ago and remained faithful to the end. The services were conducted at the First Mennonite Church, by C. F. Derstine and E. S. Hallman, a former pastor. Texts, Hebrews 12:23; John 12:3.
Horst. - William S. Horst of Shippensburg, Pa., was
born Oct. 27, 1861; died Aug. 17, 1931; aged 69 y. 9 m. 20 d.
He was a lifelong resident of Franklin Co., Pa., and always lived
in the vicinity in which he was born. He united with the Rowe
Mennonite Church in the spring of 1888, having been baptized by
Bishop John Hunsecker. He lived a consistent Christian life and
remained faithful until death. On Jan. 19, 1901, he was united
in marriage to Sister Mary Caufman of the Chambersburg, Pa.,
He is survived by his widow, 3 children (Anna, wife of Paul Keener,
Lewis C., and Esther), 1 grandchild, 1 brother (Michael Horst),
and 3 sisters (Lydia Horst, Sadie B. Horst, and Magdalene Wenger).
His death was unexpected, having been ill less than 1 day. Funeral
services were held at the home by Bro. J. S. Burkholder and at
the Rowe Church by Bro. C. V. Martin. Text, I Cor. 5:1. Interment
in the cemetery near the Rowe Church.
He is gone and we are lonely,
Yes, we miss him everywhere,
But we hope again to meet him,
And there'll be no parting there.
Metzler. - Bro. Daniel S. Metzler was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., March 5, 1858; died at his late residence near Manheim,
Pa., Sept. 10, 1931; aged 73 y. 6 m. 5 d. Death, which was caused
by neuralgia of the heart, came very unexpectedly and without
a moment's warning. He had retired from his former occupation
of farming 22 years ago and spent the greater part of his time
in the work of the Church. He was a deacon in the Mennonite Church
for the past 30 years, and a trustee of the Oreville Mennonite
Old People's Home for 22 years. He united with the Church in his
early youth, and lived a quiet, consistent and peaceable Christian
life. His kind deeds and consideration won for him many friends
in all stations and walks of life. He was united in marriage to
Lizzie Erb Oct. 9, 1879. They lived happily together until she
passed away 11 years ago. There remain to mourn his departure
1 daughter (Mrs. Minnie Kreider), 2 sons (Harvey E. and John E.),
11 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Hernley), and a brother
(Elias). Funeral services were held at his late home and at Erismans'
Mennonite Church Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12. Services were conducted
by Bishops Isaac Brubaker and Henry Lutz. The text of Bishop Lutz's
sermon was one found marked in the pages of Bro. Metzler's Bible
(Matt. 23:13). Interment at Erismans' cemetery.
A sudden change, he in a moment fell,
He had not time to bid his friends farewell;
Think this not strange, death happens to us all,
This day was his, to-morrow you may fall.
Oswald. - Jacob Oswald was born in Bavaria, Germany,
Oct. 30, 1858; died at his home in Beaver Crossing, Nebr., Aug.
27, 1931; aged 72 y. 10 m. 17 d. On Feb. 9, 1880, he was united
in marriage to Elizabeth Rupp of Hopedale, Ill. To this union
were born 10 children. He leaves to mourn his departure 5 sons
and 5 daughters: Chris, Peter, Jacob, and John of Beaver Crossing,
and Menno of Miller, S. D.; Mrs. Susie Roth of Shedd, Oreg.; Mrs.
Lena Stutzman, Elizabeth, Anna, and Mrs. Katie Vance of Beaver
Crossing. His wife preceded him in death by nearly 4 years. He
also leaves 2 brothers, Peter of Beemer and Christian of Shickley,
Nebr.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Barbara Nitchi, and Mrs. Anna Grieser of
Beemer, Nebr. One sister, Mrs. Lena Martin, preceded him into
the great beyond; 35 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and
many other relatives and friends also survive. At the age of 12
years he came with his parents to America, locating with them
near Hopedale, Ill. Here he grew to manhood and established a
home of his own. Later he moved with his family to Beemer, Nebr.,
and still later to Beaver Crossing, where he resided until his
death. In his early youth he gave his heart to God and united
with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he lived and died, leaving
this testimony behind that he was accepted of Him. Death came
as a result of sarcoma of the bone, from which he suffered for
the past 4 years being confined to his bed continually for the
past year. At times he suffered much pain, but he bore it patiently
to the end. He found the Lord a present help in time of trouble
and often expressed the desire to be with Him.
Father now thy place is empty,
And you now we see no more;
But we hope some day to meet you,
Over on the other shore.
Funeral services were held Aug. 30, at the West Fairview church in charge of Wm. R. Eicher, assisted by Ezra Roth, D. D. Miller, and Geo. Miller. Interment in West Fairview cemetery.
Bender.- Lewis, son of Christian W. and Ida (Hershberger)
Bender, was born near Salisbury, Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 25, 1900;
died in the Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md., Aug. 25, 1931;
aged 30 y. 9 m. On Aug. 14, 1924, he was united in marriage with
Anna J. Yoder. To this union were born 1 son and 2 daughters,
Lela, Martin and Ella Dorcas, who are left to mourn the loss of
a kind and loving husband and father. There also remain to mourn
his early departure, parents, 3 brothers and 5 sisters (Floyd,
Omar, Lena wife of Ernest Yoder, Myra wife of Omar Maust, Harvey,
Verda, Della wife of Ivan J. Miller and Fannie). He united with
the Amish Mennonite Church in the fall of 1915 and remained faithful
unto the end. He was of a quiet disposition, yet endeavored to
live faithful to said faith. His smiling face will be missed among
the family circle. His illness at first was thought to be flu.
Later symptoms of typhoid fever and after an illness of ten days,
other symptoms developed when he was taken to the hospital where
it was pronounced encephalitis (sleeping sickness). A few days
later he silently passed away. After he was 21 he taught school
three winters in succession at the A. M. Children's Home, with
the exception of a few months on account of sickness. Afterwards
he farmed for a period of 3 years. In June, 1928, he was elected
assistant Supt. of the A. M. Children's Home, taking his place
the following October. The next June he was elected Supt. of the
Home in which role he faithfully labored until he was called away.
Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at the Maple Glen M. H. near
Grantsville, Md., by Bro. Jonas D. Yoder of Belleville, Pa., and
Jonas B. Miller in German and by Shem Peachey in English. Bro.
Miller used II Peter 1, it being one of the deceased brother's
favorite chapters. Interment was made in the cemetery at the Oak
dale Church. May we again meet him in the "Sweet Bye and
"There's a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar,
For the Father waits over the way,
To prepare us a dwelling place there."
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