Vargas.--Helen Vera, daughter of Alfred and Soledad A. Vargas, was born in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 17, 1921; died Oct. 24, 1932; aged 11 y. 8 m. 7 d. She leaves father and mother, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers (Sadie and Ida, Alfred and Rudolph), and 2 grandparents (Miguel Vargas on the father's side and Dolores Avilla on the mother's side). Her stay on earth was brief, yet by her kind and loving disposition she won many friends. We shall miss Helen in our Sunday school. Sadie, Helen's sister, brought another little Mexican girl about Helen's age to Sunday school last Sunday, and said she was to take Helen's place in the Sunday school.
Erb.--Menno G., son of the late John and Bena (Gardner)
Erb, was born June 22, 1866; died at Wellesley, Ont., Oct. 18,
1932. Death was caused by pneumonia, being sick in bed for one
day. He was married to Barbara Streicher Jan. 30, 1900, who preceded
him Aug. 13, 1925, at Kingman, Alta. He was a faithful member
of the Amish Mennonite Church, and is greatly missed by all who
knew him. He is survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral
services were held from his late home by John Wagler and at the
church by C. Zehr and C. Shultz. "Uncle, thou are sweetly
resting, Cold may be this earthly tomb; But the angels sweetly
whispered, Come and live with us at home."
Wagler.--Mary, daughter of Jacob L. and Mary (Schwartzentruber) Wagler, was born in Wellesley, Ont., May 6, 1903; died May 3, 1932, at the K. & W. Hospital, Kitchener, Ont. She was in delicate health nearly her life time and died of pernicious anemia. The day of her death she was taken to the hospital for a blood transfusion--which was no help to her, as she died in the transfusion. We know she went to reap the smiles and kind words she had for others in her sickness and long suffering. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church at Poole. The funeral took place May 6 from her late home at Millbank, Ont., by John R. Gerber and at the church by John Gascho and Nicholas Nafziger. She leaves her parents, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. "Why should our tears in sorrow flow, When God recalls His own, And bids them leave a world of woe For an immortal crown?"
NOTE: "nearly her life time" -- IS COPY
Musser.--Mary C. Musser was born Oct.15,1849; died Nov. 15, 1932; aged 82 y. 1 m. Sister Musser was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Mountville, Pa. Her last illness was of several weeks' duration. Gradually she grew weaker. She was unable to attend the communion services at the church. She partook of the sacred emblems just thirty-six hours before departing this life. Too weak to talk, she whispered her thanks to those who ministered, and we saw her in this life for the last time. Her husband preceded her in death by six years. She leaves 4 children, 2 sons and 2 daughters; 1 sister, and a host of friends. She lived to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren gather round the family fireside. She was a lover of children, and deeply interested in church and Sunday school work. Services were conducted at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amos Rohrer, by J. K Charles, and at the Mennonite meetinghouse by J. H. Mosemann. Text, Heb. 4:9.
Kurtz.--Elizabeth Kurtz was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., March 10, 1852; died at Mishawaka, Ind., Nov. 13, 1932; aged 80 y. 8 m. 3 d. At the age of three years she came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Byler, to Topeka, Ind. In 1878 she was united in marriage to Bro. Jonathan Kurtz, who for many years was a bishop of the Maple Grove Mennonite congregation and who preceded her to the home beyond two and a half years ago. They lived in this community for fifty-one years. Four years ago they made their home with their daughter in Mishawaka. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until the Lord called her to her eternal rest. She is survived by 5 children (Alta of Mishawaka, Ind.; Orvin Of Harrisville, Mich.; Earl of South Bend, Ind.; Lester of Birch Run, Mich., and Alice of Fort Wayne, Ind.). She also leaves 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 15 in the home at Mishawaka conducted by ------ Yoemans and at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, Ind., conducted by Edwin J. Yoder. Text, Dan. 12:3. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Kauffman.--Anna (Stoll) Kauffman, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Swartz) Stoll, was born in Allen Co., Ind., March 19, 1866; died at her home near Fair Oaks, Ind., Sept. 22, 1932; aged 66 y. 6 m. 3 d. In 1869 she with her parents moved to Daviess Co., Ind., where she resided till the year 1911, when she with her husband and family moved to Jasper Co., Ind., where they resided till the time of her death. On March 4, 1886, she was married to Gideon Kauffman, who preceded her in death Sept., 1924. To this union were born 10 children: Lizzie Yoder, Fair Oaks, Ind.; Leah Yoder, Mio, Mich.; Bertha Eicher, of near Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Victor, who died in 1893; John, at home; William, Fair Oaks, Ind.; Maggie, who died in 1917; Amos, who died in 1904; Agnes Stoll, Washington, Ind.; Elmer at home. She also leaves 23 grandchildren. In 1884 she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Amish Church, in which faith she died. Mother will be missed in the home and in the community for her kindly disposition and hospitality, and in the church as a faithful member, but He who doeth all things well saw it best, and we want to submit to His will. Funeral from the home Sept. 25, 1932, in charge of Albert Anderson, David Helmuth, and F. W. Weaver. Burial in the Amish cemetery.
Aeschliman. -- Theophilus Aeschliman was born near Archbold,
Ohio, April 17, 1861; died Nov. 11, 1932; aged 71 y. 6 m. 24 d.
On the morning of Nov. 11 he went to Archbold to transact some
business, started home, and on Main Street on the New York R.
R. tracks his automobile stopped in front of a westbound fast
train and was hurled instantly into eternity. He was united in
marriage with Fanny Vonier April 10, 1883. They were blessed that
they could share the joys and sorrows of life together for nearly
a half century. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 3 daughters
(Mrs. Aaron Klopfenstein, Mrs. Henry Richer, Mrs. Samuel Richer
and Enos Aeschliman of Wauseon, Ohio, and Benjamin Aeschliman
of Archbold, Ohio). He leaves his deeply bereaved companion, 5
children, 24 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother,
3 sisters, and a host of near relatives and friends. Bro. Aeschliman
was of a loving and quiet disposition, loved by all who knew him.
In his younger years he accepted Christ as his Savior and united
with the Defenseless Mennonite Church and later transferred his
membership to the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful
until the end.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services were held Nov. 13 at the Central A. M. Church conducted by S. D. Grieser, assisted by E. B. Frey. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
Henson. -- Alta Kimbell Henson, wife of Clarence Henson, died very suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Truman Bontrager, where she had spent the afternoon. In the evening when she was getting ready to go home she passed away to go to her heavenly home. She died Nov. 5, 1932; aged 55 years. She spent most of her life in Gratiot Co., Mich. She was a member of the Evangelical Church, a kind and loving mother, and an ardent worker. One daughter, Edna Irene (aged two years), preceded her in death. Besides the sorrowing husband she is survived by one son, Jesse, of Lansing, Mich.; one daughter, Clarice (Mrs. Truman Bontrager); one grandson; one brother, Jesse Kimbell of Barryton, Mich.; Mary Sprague, of Pompeii, Mich.; and Vern Henson at home, for whom she has been a mother since their early childhood; besides many relatives and friends. She will be missed much in the home because of her love and kindness. We cannot understand why, but we may pray to God that He will give us grace to say from the heart, "Thy will be done." Although grief-stricken over her departure we feel our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral was largely attended, with services at the home by E. A. Bontrager, of Midland, Mich. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the cemetery near by. "One less at home, A dear face missed day by day from its accustomed place; But cleansed and saved and perfected by grace. One more in heaven."
Shank.--Jonas E., son of the late Andrew and Cathrine
(Harnish) Shank, was born Jan. 30, 1858, near Lancaster, Pa.,
died Oct. 24, 1932; aged 74 y. 8 m. 24 d. He had been in his usual
good health, having attended a singing Saturday evening, and S.
S. and Church services on Sunday morning, at his granddaughter's
home for dinner and called on other relatives. In the evening
he retired as usual and Monday forenoon, while working with others,
he passed away before medical aid could be summoned. Surely "In
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed."
If he had lived another day he and his wife would have celebrated
their 51st wedding anniversary. He was a member of the Mennonite
church for 48 years. His place at Sunday school and church services
was not vacant when he could be present. He is sadly missed by
relatives and a host of friends. He is survived by his widow (Katie
R. Landis) and 3 children (Emma, wife of David Shenk, H. Landis
Shank, and Walter L. Shank), a foster daughter (Adelia H. Lehman),
7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, all of near Lancaster,
Pa. A sister, a twin brother, a son, and 3 grandchildren preceded
him to the spirit world. Funeral services on Oct. 27 at the house
and at Millersville church were conducted by the brethren, Jacob
G. Hess and Jacob Harnish. Texts, I Cor. 15:6 (latter clause)
and Matt. 25:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Like a ship that's left its moorings
And sails bravely out to sea . . .
So someone dear has sailed away
In calm serenity."
NOTE -- "Cathrine" (Harnish) -- IS COPY
Kelson.--Gustavons Cornelius Kelson was born in Beauford
Jamaica (West Indies) Dec. 11. 1847. His parents were Moravian
missionaries to this island. He received most of his education
at Alsace-Lorraine. Sometime in his early life he left home, which
he often regretted in his late years. At the age of 25 he arrived
in America. Living from hand to mouth until he became an elderly
man, he finally was placed at the state poor farm near Salem,
Oreg. Members of the Hopewell Mennonite Church near Hubbard held
semi-monthly service there. Through their efforts, prayers, and
personal interest, Gustavons Kelson was brought to know his Savior.
On Jan. 15, 1926, he was baptized and united with the Hopewell
Church. Since he desired to live with Christian people he was
admitted to the Portland Mission Home. His services around the
premises and in the garden were highly appreciated. In the Church
he was always at his place of worship, doing his part as a true
soldier of the cross. On Dec. 27, 1931, he became a member of
the Portland congregation. Two weeks before his death he became
sick with complications of diseases resulting from old age. During
this time of suffering he often said he longed to go to be with
Jesus. On the morning of Nov. 12, when a few friends gathered
around his bedside, he peacefully passed away, his years numbering
84 y. 11 m. 1 d. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Paul
Roth at the Portland Mission on Nov. 13 (text Job 14:15, 16) and
by Bro. Fred Gingerich at the Hopewell Church on Nov. 14 who spoke
on the mercies of God. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Two lines
from his favorite poem: "Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last."
Unzicker.--Clara Mumaw Unzicker was born in Elkhart,
Ind., Feb. 12, 1880; died Nov. 15, 1932; aged 52 y. 9 m. 2 d.
She was the daughter of the late Dr. Henry A. and Malinda Blosser
Mumaw. She was married Oct. 13, 1923 to Glenn G. Unzicker, and
is survived by her husband, her mother, now nearing her 80th birthday,
and a sister Phoebe, wife of Aaron C. Kolb, of Kitchener, Ont.
Her father died April 1, 1908, and her brother Andrew in 1918.
Of Clara it may be truly said she was an exceptional daughter
in her devotion to her mother, who, whenever absent on a visit,
could always await with assurance the arrival of a letter daily,
while, in the home, there was nothing within the ability of Clara
to bestow in material things or physical comforts, or in dutiful
love and filial affection, that was found lacking. For upwards
of 21 years Clara was employed in Elkhart banks, serving as teller
in the Savings Department of the St. Joseph Valley Bank since
1918, where she won the confidence and loyal friendship of a large
circle of business people. A few years ago she became very ill
from influenza which left her with a weak heart, but she still
gave of her best in the service of her employers, who extended
to her the privilege of many absences in order that she might
build up her strength. Ten days before her death she was still
at her post of duty, but her condition compelled her to take a
rest, and from that time forward she gradually lost ground, until
she quietly slipped away on Nov. 15. She and her husband were
members of the Evangelical Church. Her end came very peacefully,
and she was fully resigned and ready to go. She left a bright
testimony and this helps wonderfully in bearing the burden of
grief. Short services were held at the home in Elkhart, Ind.,
on Friday, Nov. 18, by David A. Yoder, after which a public funeral,
very largely attended, was held at First Evangelical Church, in
charge of the pastor, A. H. Doescher, assisted by D. A. Yoder
and J. S. Hartzler. Among the hymns used was a family favorite,
composed by her uncle, the late Henry B. Brenneman, entitled "There's
a beautiful, beautiful land," which was rendered by special
request at her funeral. Interment was made in the Prairie Street
Cemetery. A beautiful life has gone out, but sweet memory of her
lingers to inspire those who remain.
A. C. K.
Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana
Lantz.--Elizabeth, wife of George Lantz, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 20, 1904; died of tuberculosis at the County Home; aged 28 y. 5 m. 16 d. Besides her husband and 1 child, she is survived by her mother, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted in the Stahl Church by S. G. Shetler. The body was laid to rest in the Livingston graveyard.
Snyder.--Edwin F. Snyder was born July 14, 1859, near Denver, Pa.; entered into rest, Saturday, Nov. 19, 1932; aged 73 y. 4 m. 5 d. He lived with his oldest son Edwin close to Denver. He and his wife Susie, united with the Mennonite Church Oct. 25, 1914. Bishop Ben Weaver received them into fellowship. He was a devoted brother in Christ. His congenial disposition made him many friends. The encouragement he gave to others, by way of precept and example, is worthy of following. He was married to Susie Ludwig on May 24, 1881. This union was blessed with 4 children: Samuel, Stephen, Lizzie (Meckley), and Edwin L. All the children survive. So do the mother, 9 grandchildren, and 1great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at his late home near Denver Nov. 24, followed by services at the Denver Union Church near by. He was a member of the Bowmansville congregation. Bishop John M. Sauder had charge, assisted by Bro. A. A. Landis. Texts, Heb. 9:27, 28; II Cor. 9:15.
Neff.--Elizabeth C., wife of Abram J. Neff, and only daughter of William M. and the late Mary Alice Harpine, was born Nov. 19, 1878, near Broadway, Va.; died Nov. 1, 1932, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital; aged 53 y. 11 m. 12 d. Death was due to complications following an attack of grippe. Her sudden departure was a shock to her family and many friends, as she lived only a few days after her condition was regarded as critical. Thirty years ago she, together with her husband, accepted Christ as their Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. "I am not afraid," were the words she spoke in a moment of apparent consciousness as she lay suffering in the hospital. She was a woman of loving disposition and greatly devoted to her family and friends. She is sorely missed in her home and community. Surviving are her husband, 1 daughter (Mary) at home, father and 1 brother (Joseph Harpine). Funeral services were conducted at the home by P. E. Shank and O. B. Shannon and at the church by P. E. Shank and A. D. Wenger. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Sala.--John M., son of the late John and Mattie Miller Sala, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 15, 1855; died near Johnstown, Pa., Nov. 17, 1932; aged 77 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was married to Mary Anne Berkey, and to this union were born 3 children (Edward J., Maggie Jane at home, and Lydia Anne, married to Curtis Horner). His wife died Jan. 12, 1917. Besides his children, he is survived by 5 grandchildren, 1 brother, and many other relatives and friends. He was one of the oldest members of the Stahl congregation, having united with the Mennonite Church many years ago. His health had been failing for a number of years on account of cancer, but his condition was not critical until about five weeks before his death, and only one week was bed-stricken. Throughout his sickness he did not seem to suffer much pain and he did not complain of his lot in life. He was a very faithful attendant at church as long as health permitted, and served as treasurer of the Sunday school for many years. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and Sanford G. Shetler. Services in the Stahl church were in charge of L. A. Blough, S. G. Shetler, Sanford G. Shetler, and A. B. Stoltzfus. A very large concourse of people met in this service. The body was laid away in the Stahl cemetery.
Miller.--Lydia Miller, daughter of Amos and Catherine Sensenig Stauffer, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, April 12, 1854; died Oct. 22, 1932; aged 78 y. 6 m. 10 d. Feb. 5, 1880, she was united in marriage with Joseph Miller at Canal Fulton, Ohio. To this union were born 9 children. Mr. Miller passed away June 19, 1917, and she was preceded in death also by two children, an infant son Daniel died May 7, 1882, and a daughter 8 years old died April 28, 1898. Soon after their marriage they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where they lived during their married life. About two years after Mr. Miller's death she gave up her home and lived with her children; the last with her son Frank of Elkhart, where she passed away following a 6 weeks' illness. She leaves 7 children (William O. and Amos of Nappanee, Frank F. of Elkhart, Mrs. Charles Haney of Leesburg, Mrs. William Clark of Solomon's Creek, Alpheus of Findley, Ohio, and John of Middlebury). There are 25 grandchildren and 1 sister (Mrs. Martha White of Dalton, Ohio), and 4 brothers (Samuel Stauffer of Wakarusa, Amos Stauffer of Los Angeles, Calif., Daniel Stauffer of Canton, Ohio, and Jacob Stauffer of near Goshen). Funeral was held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Oct. 25, 1932, by Frank Krider and Jonas Loucks. Text, "She hath done what she could." Buried in adjoining cemetery.
Steiner.--Naomi, daughter of D. K. and Susan Swartz Smucker Hartzler, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Oct. 28, 1900; died at her home near North Lima, Ohio, Nov. 23, 1932; aged 32 y. 27 d. Her mother preceded her in death when Naomi was yet at a very early age. She grew to young womanhood in the home of her father near West Liberty, O. She early confessed conversion and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. Her early years of womanhood were spent in teaching school. In this capacity, her students and co-laborers will always remember her for her conscientious attitude and utter devotion to duty. She was united in marriage to David C. Steiner May 10, 1926, to which union were born 4 children (Martha Sue, Paul Edward, David Jr., and Esther), the latter two dying in infancy. She is survived by her husband and the two remaining children, together with her father, one full brother, six half-brothers, and four half-sisters. Sister Steiner's illness was of short duration, but she bore her afflictions bravely with a full resignation to the Master's will. Funeral services were held on Nov. 25 at the Midway Mennonite Church near Columbiana, Ohio, conducted by Bro. Paul Yoder, assisted by E. M. Detwiler and S. G. Shetler. Interment in the adjoining cemetery, with services at the grave conducted by Bro. I. B. Witmer and Bro. David Lehman.
Culp.--Rufus E., son of Henry and Catharine (Weber) Culp, was born near Nappanee, Ind., May 29, 1880; died Nov. 16, 1932, at his home in Elkhart, Ind.; aged 52 y. 5 m. 17 d. He was ill for one year with dilation of the heart. He was married to Carrie M. Ringenberg May 25, 1911. To this union were born 3 children (Ora Henry, Melba, and Wade). Rufus worked at the carpenter trade as long as health permitted. They had lived in La Junta, Colo., three years, until eight and one-half years ago when they moved to 2507 Morton Ave., Elkhart, Ind. He was conscious until a few minutes before he passed on to be with Him who doeth all things well. His mother (Catherine Culp) passed away Sept. 3, 1932, and his father (Henry Culp) died July 2, 1910. His brothers, Henry A. Culp died Feb. 28, 1907; Norman Culp, Dec. 21, 1930. He leaves his wife, 2 children (Melba and Wade), 1 sister (Mrs. Jonas Loucks), 3 brothers (Charles W. Culp, Sterling, Ill.; Vernon S. Culp, Akron, Ohio; and Emanuel I. Culp, Tiskilwa, Ill.); also a host of relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man, and attended services at the West Market St. Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., as long as health permitted. He will be missed in the Sunday school and Church as well as in the home. May we look to Jesus who doeth all things well. Funeral was held at the West Market St. Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 19, 1932, conducted by E. S. Mullet.
Transcriber's note: -- yes his mother's name is spelled both ways -- "cathArine" and "cathErine"
Roth.--Samuel W. Roth was born Feb. 28, 1874, at Noble,
Iowa; died at his home at Shickley, Nebr., Nov. 21, 1932; aged
58 y. 8 m. 26 d. After a lingering illness of about 6 months he
died of heart failure. He was united in marriage to Mary Schrock
on Feb. 27, 1895. To this union were born 2 sons and 8 daughters.
His oldest daughter, 3 grandchildren, father and 1 sister preceded
him in death. He leaves his loving companion, 2 sons, 7 daughters,
3 grandchildren, 3 sons-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, his aged mother,
3 brothers, 9 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He
united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful
until the Lord called him to his reward. All was done that loving
hands could do but the Lord thought better and took him home.
His desire was to go to heaven and that his family follow his
footsteps that they may meet him there.
"Dear Father so suddenly passed to yonder shore;
Here on earth we shall greet him no more,
Though our hearts do ache
Till they nearly break,
For one whom Jesus saw fit to take
We humbly to God's promises cling
Which to our lonely hearts do comfort bring."
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. P. R. Kennel at the house and at the Salem Church by Bro. Benj. Schlegel and at the grave by Bro. F. C. Reeb. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder.--Christena, daughter of David and Nancy Mast,
was born in Meyersdale, Pa., April 16, 1856; died at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Milton J. Mishler, near Shipshewana, Ind.,
Nov. 16, 1932; aged 76 y. 7 m. When a small child, she with her
parents moved to Holmes Co., Ohio, where she resided until she
reached womanhood. They then moved to LaGrange Co., Ind. On April
23, 1882, she was united in marriage to Christian E. Yoder, who
died Feb. 8, 1911. In 1891 they moved to Cass Co., Mo., where
they resided six years, when they again moved to Indiana where
they lived the remainder of their lives with the exception of
a few years in Michigan. She united with the Mennonite Church
at an early age and remained faithful until death. Death came
to relieve her after an illness of five weeks, due to a complication
of diseases. She bore her illness with Christian fortitude, which
was characteristic of her whole life. She leaves 2 sons and 2
daughters: Eli A. Frey, Fanny (wife of Ammon Frey), David C. Yoder,
Mary (wife of Milton J. Mishler), and 2 step-sons, Harley P. Yoder
and Niles P. Yoder. Thirty-three grandchildren and eleven
also survive, with five brothers and five sisters, besides a host
of relatives and friends. Services held at Shore Church by Y.
C. Miller and D. D. Miller.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and pain;
She has left us sad and lonely,
May we all live to meet her again.
Into heaven's mansions she entered,
Never to sigh or weep;
After long years of life's struggles,
Mother has peacefully fallen asleep."
Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana
Shank.--Mary Shank was born July 8, 1869; died Nov. 10, 1932; aged 63 y. 4 m. 2 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since thirteen years of age. She was failing in health for many years, her last illness lasting only ten days. She died of heart trouble. She was the last surviving member of her family for 22 years. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 13 at the home of her nephew, Samuel J. Diller, in charge of Bros. Amos Martin and John Risser and at Millers Church near Hagerstown, Md., by Denton Martin and Daniel Strite.
George.--Edith Sophia, daughter of John F. and Margaret A. George, was born in Carlisle, Pa., Mar. 27, 1918; died at the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 30, 1932; aged 14 y. 7 m. 3 d. She came to Ohio with her parents Nov., 1923, and has resided here since until her death. Oct. 9 she confessed Christ as her Savior, and on Oct. 19 was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. She is survived by her parents, 4 brothers, and 1 sister. A brother and sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted in the Mennonite church, Osborn, Ohio, by E. F. Hartzler, Marshallville, O., and Daniel Augsburger. Text, Job. 1:21. Interment in the cemetery nearby. "Sister, thou art sweetly resting; Here thy toils and cares are o'er; Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, Never can distress thee more."
Beam.--Maggie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hostetler, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., on March 6, 1867; died Nov. 27, 1932; aged 65 y. 8 m. 21 d. She was married to David J. Beam Jan. 17, 1889. To this union were born 3 children (Lauretta, who died in infancy, Lydia at home, and Grace, wife of Frank Harrer, Shipshewana, Ind.). She leaves, besides the above mentioned, 7 grandchildren, 1 twin sister (Mrs. Levi Wingard of near Johnstown, Pa.), and other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and lived faithful until the end. Her life was associated with much suffering on account of sickness, which she bore with patience, waiting till God should call her to a better home. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church, where she held membership, conducted by Josiah J. Miller and O. S. Hostetler.
Poynter.--Alma Tena Poynter was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., April 10, 1890; died Nov. 21, 1932; aged 42 y. 7 m. 11 d. At the age of eighteen she united in marriage to Clarence Poynter. To this union were born 4 children, 2 of them having preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter (Wanita), 1 son (Ralph), and many other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her early life, having been a member of the Evangelical Church until July, 1925, when she decided to transfer her membership to the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind., in which faith she continued until death. During her life she endured much pain and suffering. Through all of this she was always cheerful, trusting in her Savior that everything would be for the best. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind., conducted by M. J. Yoder and O. S. Hostetler.
Oberholtzer.--Lois Jane, infant daughter of Isaac and
Ellen (Martin) Oberholtzer, died very suddenly Oct. 19, 1932;
aged 24 days. Though her stay on earth was short she had endeared
herself to us, but by God's grace we calmly say, "God's will
be done." She is survived by her sorrowing parents, 4 grandparents
(Bro. and Sister Esrom Martin, and Bro. and Sister Israel Oberholtzer),
and a great-grandmother, Sister Annie Huber. Brief services were
held at the home of her parents near Brunnerville, Pa., Oct. 21,
conducted by Bro. John S. Hess and Bro. Ira Landis. Texts, Gal.
2:3 and I Jno. 1:9. Her little body was laid to rest in the Hammer
Creek Mennonite Cemetery.
"Her little bed is empty now,
The voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it is God's will."
Boyer.--Abraham, son of Abraham and Elizabeth Boyer, was born in Columbiana Co., O., May 8, 1854; died at Dunlop, Ont., Oct. 7, 1932; aged 78 y. 4 m. 29 d. He was married to Mary Tyson Dec. 24, 1871. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. One son died in infancy. The daughter, Sarah, died Aug. 29, 1932. One son, William, survives. His wife died Aug. 9, 1904. Oct. 20, 1904, he was married to Mary E. Tyson. To this union were born 2 daughters and 1 son: Mrs. Ivan Hochstetler, Mrs. Henry Baker, and Ervin Boyer. His second wife died Nov. 21, 1918. Besides his children, he is survived by 1 brother (Samuel), 1 sister (Mrs. Samuel Troup), 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church at Middlebury, Ind., conducted by D. J. Johns and Silas Yoder. Burial at the Grace Lawn Cemetery.
TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE -- interesting fact that he married Mary
Tyson in 1871 and Mary E. Tyson in 1904 ! ! !
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The first wife was Mary Ann Tyson, b. Jan. 2, 1852, d. Aug. 9, 1904, daughter of Isaac & Susanna (Snider) Tyson.
The second wife was Mary Ellen Tyson, b. Sept. 8, 1884, d. Nov. 21, 1918, daughter of John H. & Isadora "Dora" Norwood (Cupp) Tyson
Myer.--Lydia, daughter of the late John B. and Eliza (Houser) Kreider, was born Sept. 26, 1863; died Nov. 28, 1932; aged 69 y. 2 m. 2 d. She had been ill for several weeks when death terminated a life of service and devotion to her family and her passing brings sorrow and grief to her loved ones. She will be sadly missed by a large host of friends. She was a faithful member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church and rarely missed being present at its services when her health permitted her to go. Funeral services were held Nov. 30, conducted by David Landis and Elmer Martin, -------- Comly assisting at the services in the home. In 1885 she was married to Abram M. Myer, and for the past 21 years resided at Leola, Pa. Besides her husband, she is survived by these children (Elmer K. of Pasadena, Calif.; John K. of Chicago, Ill.; Elsie M., wife of Nevin H. Hillegass of Leola, Pa.; Mabel K., at home); also 2 brothers (Ezra H. Kreider and Nickel Mines). She is also survived by 7 grandchildren. "Mother, thou has left us lonely, Here thy loss we deeply feel ! But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
Blosser.--Bro. Herbert Edward Blosser, son of Bro. and Sister Vernon Blosser, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Oct. 24, 1912; died at the home of his parents in North Lima, O., at the age of 20 y. 1 m. 3 d. Three years ago, when a Junior in high school, he was forced to drop his work, due to ill health. Even though he had to discontinue his high school studies, he spent much of his time reading and studying the Scriptures, and many other valuable religious books. This led him into a deep, devotional, and spiritual life. He had an unwavering faith and a clear conception of the plan of salvation. He spent many hours in prayer with the Lord. He was received into the Mt. Olivet Reformed Church at the age of thirteen, and four years later, united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end, which came quietly and peacefully in the forenoon of Nov. 27, 1932. It seemed he had gone so far with the Lord that he just quietly slipped away and went on home. He leaves father, mother, and 1 sister (Ruby). Another sister (Gladys) died some years ago at the age of 6 months. Funeral services were held briefly at the home, and then at the North Lima Mennonite Church, Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29, in charge of the brethren, A. J. Steiner, E. M. Detwiler, and Paul Yoder. Text, I Jno. 5:4, 5. Burial in the Midway Cemetery.
McDorman.--Jessie Lee (Amentrout) McDorman was born Nov. 4, 1869; died Nov. 23, 1932, of complications, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., where she had undergone an operation for gallstones and appendicitis on Nov. 1. After nurses and doctors did what they could to save her life, her physician said, "I have done all I can do." Her nurse called him again for the satisfaction of the family; but she objected, saying, "Don't call the doctor. I want to go home." She expressed herself as being ready to go, not fearing death. "Be ye therefore ready also." She was a member of the Methodist Church from girlhood, until about 20 years ago when she united with the Mennonite Church, continuing in this faith to the end. On Jan. 1, 1890, she was united in marriage to Adam McDorman. To this union were born 8 children. Surviving are her afflicted companion and the following children: Austin C., James S., Olen S., E. Crawford, Winfield L., and Mrs. J. Paul Martin, Mrs. R. T. Joseph, and Mrs. Claude Smith. She is also survived by 30 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 5 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted from the Mt. Clinton Church by Bro. J. S. Martin, assisted by the brethren S. H. Rhodes and J. E. Suter. Texts, Luke 13:34; Eccl. 7:1-4; Rev. 21:1-4. Laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. "Mother dear, your wish is granted; Sorrow, pain, and grief are o'er. By the grace of God we'll meet you, Over on the peaceful shore."
Zimmerman.--Joseph, son of Jacob and Susan Zimmerman, was born near Harper, Kans., April 12, 1887; died as the result of an automobile accident, Oct. 17, 1932; aged 45 y. 6 m. 5 d. On Feb. 6, 1913, he was united in marriage to Tillie Hostetler. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters, 3 sons having died in infancy, leaving 1 son and 3 daughters (Ellen Mae, Vernon Lloyd, Arleta Idell, and Grace Nilene). On Oct. 27, 1921, the death angel entered the home and claimed the mother and took her to her eternal reward. On Sept. 10, 1922, he was united in marriage to Clara King. To this union were born 1 son and 2 daughters, 1 daughter having died in infancy, leaving Roy Elvin and Mary Frances. There remain to mourn his sudden departure, his faithful companion and 6 children, his mother, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. In his early life he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, and in this faith and practice he lived a faithful and consistent life. He lived the most of his life near Harper, Kans., where he by his friendly and generous life made a large circle of friends and acquaintances to whom his life was a life of helpfulness and his sudden death a shock. We bow to Him who doeth all things well and with trust and confidence say, "Thy will be done." Short services were held at the home by D. D. Miller of Protection, Kans., after which the funeral was held at the Pleasant Valley Church in charge of R. M. Weaver (Text, Psa. 90:5, 6) assisted by S. C. Miller of Jet, Okla. Burial in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Mecum.--Fannie Mae (Tyson) Mecum, daughter of John H. and Dora N. Tyson, was born Sept. 30, 1888, in Emmet Co., Mich.; moved to Indiana at the age of four weeks, where she spent the remainder of her life; died Nov. 29, 1932; aged 44 y. 1 m. 29 d. She was united in marriage to John W. Mecum Oct. 25, 1906. To this union were born 4 sons, all of whom preceded her in death. Remaining to mourn her departure, are a husband, 2 adopted daughters (Mrs. Viola Mae Nusbaum and Bettie Rose Mecum), 1 brother, and 5 sisters (Reuben J. Tyson, Middlebury, Ind.; Mrs. Alonza Overholser, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Arthur Miller, Middlebury, Ind.; Mrs. Clyde X. Kauffman, Brutus, Mich.; Mrs. Ezra Brubaker, Middlebury, Ind.; and Mrs. Ellis Witmer, Middlebury). Two sisters and one brother preceded her in death (Mrs. Abe Boyer, Anna Viola, and Jess Tyson). Also surviving are nieces, nephews, and friends. She bore her illness patiently for nearly six months when she peacefully fell asleep. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 19 years, during which time she was a faithful and devoted worker until death. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church at Middlebury, conducted by Earl Miller and Silas Yoder. Burial in the Grace Lawn Cemetery. "Oh! there at last life's pains are past; We miss thee, oh dear Mother! It seems that when you went away The sunshine left our home; No one heard the footsteps Of the angel drawing near, Who took from earth dear Mother, The one we loved so dear."
Yoder.--Amos Israel, son of C. K. and Catherine (Plank)
Yoder, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Jan. 5, 1866; passed away
Nov. 27, 1932, after a few days of intense suffering with heart
trouble; aged 66 y. 10 m. 2 d. On Dec. 3, 1899, he was married
to Saloma Yoder of Kalona, Iowa. To this union 9 children were
born. Two boys (Mark Truman and Jason Elwood) preceded their father
to the glory world. Surviving are Ruth (Mrs. Thomas Yoder); Elsie
(Mrs. J. Milton Brunk); Mary (Mrs. Newton Yoder); Esther, Estella,
Sanford, and Lois at home. Bro. Yoder was converted under the
preaching of the late J. S. Coffman, accepted Christ as his personal
Savior, and the Mennonite Church as his church home, when a young
man. He early consecrated his life in devoted and self-sacrificing
service to the Lord and His Church, and served faithfully in the
Church in various capacities until his Lord called him home.
Ordained as a minister in Tennessee in 1895, he served the Church, as missionary, evangelist, pastor or bishop, as God gave grace, in Tennessee, at the Chicago Mission, in Iowa, in Texas, and finally for 21 years at the South Union congregation, Logan Co., Ohio.
As a bishop ordained by the late Bishop Christian Warye in the church near Kalona, Iowa, about thirty years ago, his counsel was sought and freely given in many of the activities of the Church throughout the congregations and conferences. At the time of his death, in addition to the care of his home church and several other congregations as bishop, he was Moderator of the Joint Eastern A. M. and Ohio Conference; Vice President of the Mennonite Board of Education; a member of the General Problems Committee of the Mennonite General Conference; and of the Publishing Committee of the Mennonite Publication Board.
In his passing he leaves, besides the sorrowing wife and children, 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters; also many near relatives and friends to mourn their loss here on earth.
They have reasons to rejoice in the fulfillment of his desire expressed in his dying hours, of being at rest and in his being with those gone before. The family has lost a kind and loving husband and father; the Church an earnest preacher and faithful bishop, as well as a true brother and wise counsellor; the community an intercessor and friend.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at South Union Church, near West Liberty, Ohio, in charge of bishop S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Daniel Kauffman, S. C. Yoder and others. Burial in cemetery nearby.
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Yoder.--Stephen Yoder was born Aug. 22, 1917; died Oct. 20, 1932; aged 15 y. 1 m. 28 d. Stephen became sick rather suddenly with appendicitis, and was taken to the St. Joseph's Hospital in Lancaster, where he underwent an operation and died ten days later. He leaves his parents (Benjamin and Sadie Yoder), 2 brothers (Eli and David), 6 sisters (Erie, Sylvia, Annie, Katie, Mary, and Lizzie). Three sisters passed on before. Funeral services were held by Christian King, David Fisher, and Menno Fisher.
Harder.--Leonard Charles, infant son of Grace L. and John C. Harder, was born in Didsbury, Alta., Sept. 3, 1932; died Nov. 21, 1932. His stay with us was only eleven short weeks, but we are glad God let us enjoy him that long at least. Our hopes for him were high when suddenly he was snatched from us. We trust that our disappointment is God's appointment. He leaves his parents, one brother (Richard), one grandmother, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral was conducted Nov. 22 by Bro. Isaac Miller of Mazeppa, Alta.
Rutt.--Cyrus R., son of the late Abraham and Esther
Reist Rutt, was born Feb. 28, 1868, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died
of heart disease Dec. 2, 1932, at his home at Lancaster Junction,
Lancaster Co.; aged 64 y. 9 m. 4 d. He was a member of Kauffman's
Mennonite Church. Oct. 24, 1893, he was married to Minnie S. Miller
who preceded him in death 15 years. He is survived by two children
(Grace E., wife of Fred R. Hahn; and J. Roy, both at home). Funeral
services were held from the late home Sunday afternoon, with further
services at Kauffman's Mennonite Church, by Bros. Isaac Brubaker
and William Heisey. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest father, thou has left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal."
Fisher.--Hannah, daughter of the late Jonas and Catherine
Stoltzfus, died at the home of her daughter, Katie, from
infirmities of old age, Nov. 24, 1932; aged 72 y. 2 m. 15 d. She
was united in marriage to Levi Fisher, who preceded her in death
8 years. The following survive: 4 sons (John, Daniel, Jonas, and
Levi), 2 daughters (Mrs. Levi Stoltzfus, and Mrs. Joel King),
all of near Intercourse, Pa. Also 26 grandchildren, 2
1 brother (Amos J. Stoltzfus), and 1 sister (Mrs. Samuel Zook).
She was a faithful member of the Amish Church. Funeral services
were held from the home of her son, Levi, Nov. 26, by Benuel M.
Stoltzfus and Jonas E. Stoltzfus. Interment in Ronks Cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions she entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years of life's struggles,
Mother has peacefully fallen asleep."
Lehman.--Ray Lehman was born near Kitchener, Ont., March
12, 1914; died in the Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, Ont.,
at the age of 18 y. 8 m. 5 d. He lived at Breslau until a few
months ago when, with his parents, he moved to Arthur, Ont., where
he was accidentally shot while hunting, and died within a few
hours. He is survived by his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lehman),
1 sister (Ruth), and 3 brothers (Warren, Lloyd and Gerald). Ray's
last testimony was that, if he should not get better, that he
was ready to go, if it was the Lord's will. The last couple weeks
of his life he was often heard singing, "My heavenly home
is bright and fair."
"In health and strength he left our home,
Not thinking of death so near,
It pleased the Lord to bid him come
And in His sight appear.
The call was short, the shock severe,
To part with him we loved so dear,
Our hope's in heaven that we may meet
And then our joy will be complete."
Hunsberger.--Mary (Horst) Hunsberger was born Oct. 29, 1867; died Dec. 1, 1932; aged 65 y. 1 m. 2 d. She was united in matrimony to Mose Hunsberger Oct. 2, 1895, with whom she shared the joys of a happy life for 37 years. Sister Hunsberger had been in failing health quite a while, but always was patient and contented with her lot. She gave her heart to the Lord in her youth and lived a faithful Christian life. Though silent in word, she is still yielding her influence upon those who remain. She leaves her sorrowing husband and 1 sister Susannah (wife of Bishop Jonas Snider); also a host of relatives and friends. The services were held Dec. 4 at the Waterloo, Ont., Mennonite Church. The funeral was conducted by Bros. Newton Weber and Jesse B. Martin. Scripture reading and text, I Cor. 15 and Psa. 23. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery, waiting for the resurrection, when Christ shall descend from heaven and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
King.--Eli Z., only child of Samuel and Barbara (Zook)
King, was born Jan. 25, 1866, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Oct.
28, 1932, near Ronks, Pa.; aged 66 y. 9 m. 3 d. On Mar. 1, 1891,
he was married to Annie Rote of Ontario. He is survived by his
wife and a large number of friends. When he was baptized and united
with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church, with a class of 17
boys and girls, his aged grandfather, Bishop Eli Zook, officiated.
Eli was the first one of five boys to be called home by our heavenly
Father. He was always of a kind disposition and was well liked
by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed in the community
where he lived. His seat was seldom vacant in church when health
permitted. His funeral was largely attended, with services at
the home of Pre. Christ King, by Bros. John Beiler and Ben Beiler.
Interment in Beiler's Cemetery near Ronks, Pa.
"Dearest Eli, thou has left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
By a friend.
Stoltzfus.--Mattie, daughter of Daniel and Rebecca Esh,
died at her home Nov. 21, 1932; aged 67 y. 9 m. 24 d. Death came
following an attack of heart trouble. Her children and some
gathered at her bedside part of the time, singing hymns, and after
she had given them all good-bye she passed away. She was united
in marriage to Daniel Stoltzfus, who preceded her in death 15
years. The following children survive: Jonas E., Daniel M., Levi,
Mrs. Henry Stoltzfus, Mrs. John King, Mrs. Samuel Smoker, Mrs.
John F. Stoltzfus, and Mrs. Amos Kauffman; also a number of
1 great-grandchild, and the following brothers and sisters: John,
Jacob, Samuel, Mrs. Samuel Stoltzfus, Mrs. Abraham King, Mrs.
Amos M. Stoltzfus, and Mrs. Benuel M. Stoltzfus. Funeral services
were held from the home of Daniel Nov. 25, by Stephen Stoltzfus
and Aaron Esh. Interment in Morgantown Amish Cemetery. She was
a faithful member of the Amish Church.
"Mother, dear, your wish is granted;
Sorrow, pain, and grief are o'er.
By the grace of God we'll meet you
Over on the peaceful shore."
Kirchhofer.--Rosina, daughter of John and Katherina Baumgartner, was born in Wayne Co., O., June 17, 1863; died Nov. 26, 1932. With three sisters and one brother, she was early in life bereft of her parents. She grew to womanhood in the home of her uncle, Jacob Baumgartner. On Aug. 9, 1896, she was married to Daniel Kirchhofer. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (Roy, Delvin, Stella, and Dora). In the spring of 1882 she was baptized by Christian Sommer, uniting with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, and in the same year transferred her membership to the Salem Mennonite Church, where she remained an active and loyal member to the time of her death. Rosina will be missed in the home as a loving and sympathetic mother, in the neighborhood as a friendly and devoted Christian. She was a great sufferer for many weeks, of cancer, gallstones, and other complications, but she bore it all patiently. On Thanksgiving evening she bade her husband good-bye. In the morning of Nov. 26 she passed away, where we hope to once more meet her in glory. She is survived by her husband, children, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. Also a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services took place Nov. 28, and were conducted by her pastor, A. R. Kaiser, assisted by I. W. Royer of Orrville.
Herr.--Jacob H., son of the late George and Elizabeth
(Harnish) Herr, was born Mar. 14, 1875, in Lancaster Co., Pa.;
died Dec. 1, 1932; aged 57 y. 8 m. 19 d. He was a member of the
Mennonite Church, much beloved and very active in Church work.
He is greatly missed by all. On Jan. 25, 1900 he was married to
Barbara Huber. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters
of whom 1 son preceded him in death. He leaves his bereaved companion
and these children: J. Landis of Landis Valley, George K. of New
Providence, Elizabeth H. at home, John H. of Lampeter, Aaron H.
of West Willow, Henry H. and Edith H. at home. He was a kind and
loving father and deeply concerned in the welfare of his children.
He has lived to see all his children accept Christ. Funeral services
were held Dec. 4, at Byerland Mennonite Church. The funeral was
largely attended, services were conducted inside by Bros. John
H. Mosemann and Maris Hess and outside by Jacob T. Harnish and
Landis Shertzer. Text, Isa. 38:1. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"He sleeps, he sleeps, and never more
Will his footsteps fall by the old home door;
Nor his voice be heard with his loving tone,
By the loved ones left, round his own hearthstone.
He has gone, he has gone to his house afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are."
Zimmerly.--Peter Zimmerly, oldest son of John and Elizabeth Basinger Zimmerly, was born three miles northwest of Orrville, O., near the Crown Hill Church, Oct. 8, 1857; died of kidney trouble and heart failure at his home near West Lebanon, O., Dec. 1, 1932; aged 75 y. 1 m. 23 d. In his youth he was baptized and received into the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, and after his marriage transferred his membership to the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful member until the end. His place in Sunday school and church was never vacant when he could be present. On Jan. 17, 1888, he was united in marriage to Mary Anne Steiner. This union was blessed with six children. Silas died at the age of 19 years, in 1915. Those living are John, Edwin, Lizzie (Mrs. Otto Kassefels), Lydia (Mrs. Samuel Neuenschwander), and Melinda at home. He is sadly missed by his companion and sons and daughters. Also survived by 21 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Christian, John, and Jacob), 4 sisters (Mrs. David Zuercher, Mrs. John D. Steiner, Fanny, and Leah). One sister (Elizabeth) died in her youth, and Rebecca (Mrs. Chr. Zuercher) at the age of 54 years. He was a loving father, kind neighbor, and was of a peaceful and quiet disposition. He was bedfast for nearly five weeks and bore it with Christian fortitude. Funeral services Dec. 3 were in charge of Jacob Neuenschwander, J. S. Moser, and Louis Amstutz, home ministers; also J. D. Mininger of Kansas City. A large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect.
Mast.--Priscilla, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Buser, was born at New Bedford, Ohio, Sept. 14, 1866. In her youth she united with the Church of New Bedford. In 1888 she had her membership transferred to the Martins Creek Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until death. On Oct. 25, 1888, she was united in marriage to David Mast of Millersburg, Ohio. To this union were born 2 children (Sadie and Frank). In the year 1910, at the age of sixteen, Frank passed to his reward. Years passed by and she faithfully filled her place as a true wife, mother, and grandmother. On July 19, 1930, her husband died. She has been failing in health for several years, but only within the last year has her disease shown its true seriousness. Throughout this time she bore her affliction with Christian fortitude and wholly retained the unselfish, patient nature that was such a great part of her. However, on Dec. 2, 1932, after weeks of severe suffering, accompanied by this God-given spirit of submission to His will, the Master saw fit to take her to her reward; aged 66 y. 2 m. 18 d. Her kindness and loving nature shall always leave their deep impression on the hearts of all who knew her. She leaves 1 daughter (Mrs. Melvin Miller, at home), 6 grandchildren, 1 step-sister, 2 aunts, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Dec. 5 at the Martins Creek Church, conducted by Calvin Mast, text Phil. 1:21, assisted by S. W. Sommers and C. Z. Yoder. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.
Musser.--Elizabeth, daughter of Adam and Anna Felix, was born at Burton City, Ohio, Feb. 7, 1868; died Dec. 8, 1932 at Orrville, O.; aged 64 y. 10 m. 1 d. On Nov. 18, 1886, she was united in marriage with John W. Musser. To them were born 3 sons and 1 daughter (Theodore H., Ernest R., Orie W., and Gladys M. (Mrs. Howard Kauffman), all of Orrville. She is survived by all her children, 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Frank of Marshallville, O., Peter of Orrville, O., William of Smithville, O.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. John B. Kurtz of Smithville, Mrs. Solomon Goon of Perrysville, O., and Mrs. Nicholas Stempfli of Columbiana, O.). Her husband died Nov. 26, 1915, leaving her in widowhood over 17 years. She confessed her faith in Christ as her Savior in her youth and was received into the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, later becoming a charter member of the Orrville Mennonite Mission Church, in which fellowship she worshiped until death. The services of the house of God were her delight, and the keeping of the Christian ordinances brought her much joy. In her last illness, which deprived her of meeting in public worship for about seven months, she appreciated very much the ministries of friends in song, reading of Scripture, and in prayer. She suffered much distress in her affliction, but bore it with Christian patience. Again and again she expressed her full resignation to the Lord's will, but had a strong desire to depart and be at rest with the Lord. She was a helpful neighbor, a loving and self-sacrificing mother, and a quiet and devoted Christian. Her life was a life of service for others and in turn her days of lingering affliction were blessed by the loving service of others who provided every possible comfort for her. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Oak Grove Church on Dec. 11, 1932, by I. W. Royer, assisted by A. L. Scherry, J. S. Gerig, and C. Z. Yoder. The 23rd Psalm was used by request of Sister Musser for the scriptural meditations.
Stoltzfus.--Martha Etta, daughter of Elias and Sarah Swartzendruber, was born near Eagle Grove, Iowa, Feb. 26, 1904; died at her late home in Manson, Iowa, after a brief illness due to pneumonia; aged 28 y. 9 m. 11 d. In 1909 she moved with her parents to Versailles, Mo., where she grew to womanhood. She attended school at Hesston College, graduating with the Academy class of 1923. She developed the talents with which God had endowed her for the greater usefulness which this development made possible for her in the home and in the Church. On Feb. 26, 1927 she was united in holy matrimony to Chris Stoltzfus, Jr. This union was an unusually happy one. It was an inspiration to see the devotion which Martha showed as a wife and mother. This union was blessed with one son (Floyd Eugene) who, with his father, is now left without a mother's love to mourn a distinct loss. While attending school at Hesston College she heard the call of Jesus to yield her life to Him. She answered the call and dedicated her life to God and His service. She lived and passed on in the faith and hope which came to her at conversion. Besides her deeply bereaved husband and her little son, thirteen months old, she leaves her father and mother, 3 brothers (Henry of Marathon, Ia., Edwin of Manson, Ia., and Ernest of Palmer, Ia.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Edw. Pletcher and Mrs. Orva Wenger of Manson, Ia., and Mrs. Joseph Graber of Dhamtari, India). She also leaves a host of relatives and friends to whom she had endeared herself by her personal charm and Christian graces. Truly we have all suffered a great loss. The husband has lost a devoted wife and companion, the little son a Christian mother, all of us a real sympathetic friend and helper. We bow our wills to Him who doeth all things well, and who makes no mistakes in His dealings with His children. Her bright Christian testimony in word and life is a comfort to us all in this hour. Funeral services were held Dec. 10 from the late home in Manson, Ia., and from the Mennonite Church in charge of C. L. Graber of Wayland, Ia., assisted by Milo Kauffman of Hesston, Kans., and Ammon Egli of Manson, Ia. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery near the city.
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Gerber.--Donna Louise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Gerber, died Dec. 17, 1932; aged 1 month. She is survived by her parents and one brother (Arnold Gene). An infant sister (Irene Marie) preceded her in death four years ago. Although we knew her stay on earth would be short, she endeared herself to us all. God saw fit to take her from us for He had need of her Over There. A short service was held on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 18, at the home, near Ligonier, Ind., conducted by Bros. Edwin Yoder of Topeka, and H. F. North of Nappanee, Ind. Burial in the South Union Cemetery near Nappanee.
Bontrager.--Willis, son of Dan and Fannie Bontrager, Fairview, Mich., died Dec. 4, 1932; aged 28 d. Death was caused by measles followed by pneumonia. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and other relatives and friends. Little Willis' stay in this world was very short. But in such times the comforting words of our Master come to us, where He says "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Willis has gone where pain and sickness are no more, awaiting loved ones to follow. Short services were held at the home by Bro. Menno Esch, from Job 1:21, after which the remains were laid away in the Kittle Cemetery.
Adams.--Jeanette, widow of the late George Adams, was born at Lafayette, Ind., Nov. 28, 1864; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Richard Young, Hannibal, Mo., where she lived for 12 years. The surviving relatives are 3 children (Mrs. Richards of Maywood, Calif.; Clarence Andrews of Ilasco, Mo.; and Mrs. Young of Hannibal, in whose home she passed away). Her husband preceded her in death 12 years . Sister Adams united with the Mennonite Church in Hannibal just a few months ago. She gave evidence of a strong faith in God and said she loved the plain, simple Gospel way. She suffered several years with asthma and contracted a bad cold which caused her death. Funeral services were held at Schwartz's funeral home, conducted by Harry Buckwalter of Palmyra, Mo. The remains were laid to rest in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Hoover.--Vera W., infant daughter of Daniel Z. and Susanna
(Weaver) Hoover, died Dec. 2, 1932, after a two-weeks illness
of pneumonia; aged 8 m. 1 d. Besides her parents, she is survived
by the following brothers and sisters: Ammon, Noah, Martha, Mary,
Emma, David, Daniel, John, Amos, Alta, Anna, Ella, and Aaron,
all at home; also many other relatives and friends. Two brothers
preceded her to the great beyond. Though her life here was short
it had brought much happiness to the home. Her departure has left
sorrow, yet we have the blessed hope and assurance that she is
safe with Jesus, for He said, "Of such (little children)
is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral services were held Dec.
12 by Bro. Menno Zimmerman at the home, with further services
at the Weaverland, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren
J. O. Wenger and Aaron Burkholder. Text, Matt. 19:14. Burial in
"Vera's journey here is ended,
She is now among the blest;
Within the golden gates of heaven
With her Savior, she's at rest."
Lapp.--Kate K., daughter of John D. and Mary (Krupp) Clemmer, was born at Lansdale, Pa., Jan. 8, 1869; died at her home Nov. 26, 1932; aged 63 y. 10 m. 18 d. On Oct. 1, 1892, she was united in marriage to Isaiah L. Lapp who preceded her in death in October, 1913. To this union were born 4 children (Lester, who was killed by a trolley in 1901; Mary M. Rittenhouse of Franconia, Pa.; John and Wilbur of Lansdale). There is also one grandchild. She united with the Plain Mennonite Church after marriage, and was a faithful member for nearly 40 years. During her 19 years of widowhood, with a family of 3 children, many problems arose, but her faith in God and her dauntless courage carried her through these years. She will be missed in the community and by the family who have enjoyed the Christian training in the home. All are now members of the same church. We cannot understand why Mother should be called so soon, but the family feels that God's way is the best way. The funeral was largely attended, with services at the home and the Plain Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by J. C. Clemens and Jonas Mininger. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Hochstetler.--Susan, daughter of Benjamin and Lydia Hershberger, was born in Howard Co., Ind., Jan. 7, 1860; died of heart trouble at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Neal Phillips, near Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 13, 1932; aged 72 y. 11 m. 6 d. In her youth she came to Elkhart Co. and worked in the vicinity of Nappanee. She was united in marriage to Albert Hochstetler of near Burlington on Nov. 27, 1879. They lived on a farm 4 miles west of Nappanee until about 12 years ago, when they moved to Nappanee, where they resided until the death of Bro. Hochstetler in November, 1931. A few months later she made her home with her daughter until her demise. To this union were born the following children: Martin Hochstetler of Huntingdon, Ind.; Mrs. Neal Phillips of Nappanee; Harvey of Garrett, Ind.; Alvin of Elkhart, and Fred of Constantine, Mich. Also her niece, Susie Mishler, was taken into the home when a baby and remained until her marriage to Harold Alexander of Elkhart, Ind. Besides her children she is survived by 19 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She with her husband united with the Amish Church in early married life. Some time later they united with the West Market St. Mennonite Church, and about 8 years ago transferred their membership to the North Main St. congregation, where she held her membership until death. She was of a quiet and unassuming nature, yet very much interested in the work of the Church and her family, taking an active part in the sewing circle as long as health permitted. In her last illness she was very patient and submissive, always desiring that the Lord's will might be done. She being dead yet speaketh. Services were held at the house and also at the North Main St. Church, Nappanee, conducted by Bro. H. F. North. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
Kauffman.--Samuel, son of Tobias and Barbara (Hershberger) Kauffman, was born near Middlebury, Ind., July 14, 1858; died at the home of his step-daughter (Mrs. Ray O. Johns) near Ligonier, Ind.; aged 74 y. 4 m. 23 d. On Sept. 13, 1879, he was united in marriage to Cathrine Eash. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. One son died in infancy and the wife passed away on Dec. 14, 1910. On Jan. 25, 1917, he was married to Elizabeth Byler who survives him; also 3 sons (Milton of La Grange, Ind., Ora of Goshen, Ind., and Clarence of Bronson, Mich.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Bertha Sommers of Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. Clara Sommers of South Bend, Ind.), 19 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Three grandchildren preceded him to the great beyond. He also leaves 1 brother (Abraham of Ligonier, Ind.), 1 sister (Mrs. Barbara Miller of Emma, Ind.); 2 step-sons (Fred and Clarence Byler of Goshen, Ind.), and 1 step-daughter (Mrs. Fannie Johns, with whom they had their home for the last several years) and a host of relatives and friends. When a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, and endeavored to live a life true to his profession. A good neighbor, a kind husband, a loving father, a faithful Christian taking an active interest in all the activities of the Church (although he was not strong physically for several years), his seat in church services was seldom empty. He attended services on Saturday evening. At 3 o'clock, Sunday morning he took very sick, on Monday he went into a coma and never regained consciousness, and on Wednesday evening he fell peacefully asleep in Jesus. "Servant of God, well done; Rest from thy loved employ; The battle fought, the victory won, Enter thy Master's joy." Funeral services were held on Dec. 9 from the Maple Grove Church in charge of D. J. Johns, D. D. Miller, and E. J. Yoder. Text, Prov. 14:12 chosen by the deceased. Burial in Forest Grove Cemetery.
Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana