KUHNS-- LEROY, infant son of Wm. and Amanda Kuhns, was born Dec. 24, 1931; died 2 days later. He is survived by his parents, 1 brother (Henry), and 3 sisters (Fannie, Susanne and Lida May). Although his stay on earth was only a few days, God saw fit to transplant him into His garden above where he will bloom throughout eternity. Funeral services were held at the home in Nappanee on Dec. 28 by H. F. North. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
FREY--Sister ADALINE HUNSECKER, wife of Bro. Aaron Frey, died at the home of her son in Lancaster Co., Pa., December 13, 1931; aged 78 y. 10 m. 22 d. She was a member of the Chambersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church for many years and a regular attendant at the services. Her husband died 13 years ago. She is survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by J. S. Burkholder and D. E. Kuhns. Text, Luke 23:28; which had been selected by the departed.
McDORMAN--LUELLA ROSE, infant daughter of Austin and Sadie (HEATWOLE) McDorman, died of whooping cough Dec. 3, 1931; aged 3 m. 4 d. Luella's stay here was a short one. She only budded on earth to blossom in heaven. God in His infinite wisdom saw fit to take her to Himself before she became contaminated with sin. She has only gone before. Surviving are her parents, 5 sisters, 1 brother, and 3 grandparents. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Clinton, Va., Church conducted by the brethren, S. H. Rhodes and L. H. Jones. Text, Rom. 8:28. She now sleeps in the adjoining cemetery, awaiting the resurrection.
GIBSON--DELLA MAY, infant daughter of Jacob and Ida
(SUTTER) Gibson, Creston, Mont. was born Dec. 24, 1931; died one
day later. She leaves father, mother, one sister (Frances), and
many other relatives and friends to mourn her early departure.
Her stay on earth was short but our memories shall long retain
her. Short funeral services conducted at the home and at the grave
near by, by the home minister. Text, Job 1:21.
"Oh sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God in His mercy took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
SNYDER--Sister SNYDER, wife of Jacob Snyder, died at her home in Lititz, Pa., of a heart attack on Sunday morning, Nov. 22, 1931. She was preparing to go to Church when she died so suddenly. Aged 56 years. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children: Alma, Martha and Alice (at home), and Guy of near Lititz; also by 2 sisters (Annie N.Stauffer and Mrs. Gabriel Risser). The funeral was held at the Hess Church near Lititz on Nov. 25. A large concourse of people gathered to pay their tribute of respect to the dear sister who will be sadly missed. Our loss is her gain. Bros. N. L. Landis and John S. Hess preached on the fitting text found in Isa. 51:11.
HELMUTH--JOAS D. HELMUTH was born near Walnut Creek, O., Oct 15, 1868; died near Trail, O., Dec. 16, 1931; aged 63 y. 2 m. 1 d. He was united in marriage to Rachel Lapp 12 years ago. He leaves his widow, 2 adopted children, 2 brothers and many relatives and friends. He was in the Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, for a few weeks. Here he was operated on for an inward goiter, but he had sarcoma which closed his throat. In his younger years he united with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church where the services were held. He was buried in the cemetery nearby. The service was opened by Bro. Venus Hershberger, assisted by A. W. Miller and C. F. Derstine of Kitchener, Ont. Texts, II Cor. 5; I Cor. 15:20-22; Psa. 23; Phil. 1:21.
HESS--ANNA K., widow of Ben Hess, died Nov. 15, 1931,
at her home in Ephrata, after a long illness. Burial took place
in the Hammer Creek Cemetery after services in the Hammer Creek
Church on Nov. 19. The services were in charge of Bros. N. L.
Landis, John S. Hess, and John Bucher. Text, Psa 73:26. She was
the last surviving member of her family, and a member of the Mennonite
Church. The following children survive: Lizzie (wife of Hiram
Bomberger), Tillman and Phares in California, Sue (wife of John
N. Wissler), and Anna at home. Fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren
"Why do we mourn departing friends,
Or shake at death's alarms?
'Tis but the voice that Jesus sends
To call them to his arms."
WALMER--SOLOMON, son of John and Sarah Walmer, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 25, 1856. He married Mary Schriner on Dec. 13, 1877. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. One son and one daughter preceded him in death. On July 2 he suffered a sun-stroke and had been in poor health since then, and he recently suffered heart trouble and dropsy. He passed away on Dec. 18; aged 75 y. 5 m. 23 d. He is survived by his companion, 1 son (Noah), 3 daughters (Mrs. Henry Nunemaker, Cora Walmer and Mrs. Lloyd Myers, all of near home). He united with the Mennonite Church and remained in that faith until death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church where Bro. Walmer was a member. Services were conducted by D. A. Yoder, C. A. Shank, and Frank Kreider.
STAHL-- LOREN, son of Josiah and Ella Stahl, was born in Kent Co., Mich., Sept 23, 1897. He was united in marriage to Alma Post of Clarksville, Mich., Nov. 5, 1924. To this union 4 children were born (Jean, Janet, Joe Willis and Joan). His entire life was spent in the community where he was born. He had the ability of making friends with those with whom he came in contact. In the early part of October he took sick of influenza and later it turned into streptococcic infection which proved fatal Nov. 27, 1931; aged 34 y 2 m.. 4 d. Last Sunday night he realized the need of a personal Savior and yielded his life to Him. He was baptized and received into fellowship with the Mennonite Church. He leaves his beloved companion, his children, father, mother, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Bowne Mennonite Church, conducted by D. A. Yoder of Elkhart, Ind., and Tobe Schrock of the Bowne congregation.
FORRER--Sister ELVINA FRANCES FORRER, daughter of Samuel
and Nancy Martin, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Dec. 25,
1853; died Dec. 24, 1931; aged 77 y. 11 m. 29 d. She was united
in marriage to Bro. George Forrer. To this union were born four
children: (Mrs. Nancy Rehm and Mrs. Ida Geiser of Orrville, O.,
and Mrs. Charlotte Buckwalter and Leroy Forrer of Dalton, O.).
She united with the Martin Mennonite Church about 50 years ago
and remained faithful to the end. The last years of her life were
spent in her home near Dalton. Her husband, 1 son, 3 daughters,
1 sister, 1 brother, 14 grandchildren, and many relatives and
friends remain to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held
Dec. 27 at the Martin Church in the presence of a very large concourse
of people, conducted by I. J. Buckwalter and others. Text, Psa.
"The family circle's broken now,
Since Mother's gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say: 'God thought it best.'"
YODER--MAGDALINE, daughter of Christian and Fanny Stahly, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., near what is now Nappanee. Nov. 10, 1851; died of complications at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Aaron Hartman) near Wakarusa, Dec. 22, 1931; aged 80 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Yost Yoder on April 23, 1873. Together they spent most of their married life in the vicinty of Nappanee and moved to the Hartman home only a few years ago. Surviving her are her husband, 4 daughters (Mrs. Aaron Hartman, Mrs. Amos Hershberger, Mrs. Aaron Gerig and Mrs. Minnie McNaughton), 5 sons ( C. I., M. I., R. O., L.S., and J.M.), 34 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Samuel and Solomon Stahly). Sister Yoder was a kind and loving wife and mother. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith she lived and died triumphantly. Funeral services were held at the North Main St. Mennonite Church at Nappanee on Dec. 26, by H. F. North and J. W. Christophel. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in the Union Center Cemetery.
HOSTETLER--ALEXANDER HOSTETLER was born near Farmerstown,
Holmes Co., O., Aug. 27, 1846; died Dec. 20, 1931; aged 85 y.
4 m. 23 d. He spent the greater part of his life in this community
with the exception of a few years. He made his home with his daughter
(Mrs. Albert Farve of Orrville, O.,). On Dec. 22, 1870, he was
united in marriage to Sarah Stutzman, who preceded him in death
Sept. 22, 1912. A daughter and a son also preceded him in death.
He is survived by 6 children (Mrs. Farver, Abner Hostetler, Mrs.
William Beachy, Alvin, Lloyd, and Iva), 17 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren,
1 sister, and 3 brothers. Bro. Hostetler accepted Christ as his
Savior, was baptized and received into the Walnut Creek Mennonite
Church in September, 1867. He remained a faithful and loyal brother
in the Master's service until His call came. Services were conducted
by Bros. J. S. Gerig, Jesse Smucker, and Alvin Miller. Interment
in the Walnut Creek Cemetery.
"One by one the links are severed,
From the golden chain of love
One by One may each be gathered
In our Father's home above."
RABER--ANNA (KLOPFENSTEIN) RABER was born in Canton Basel, Switzerland, Oct. 4, 1850. She with her parents moved to Alsace Lorraine, France, where she lived until fourteen years of age. In the spring of 1865 she was converted and baptized in the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith she remained faithful until death. In 1865, at the age of 14, she came with her parents to America, locating in Henry Co., Iowa, where they lived for one year. She then moved to Hickory Co., Mo., where in 1871 she was married to Christian W. Raber. In 1882 they moved with their family to Johnson Co., Mo., and in 1911 to Cass Co. To this union were born 10 children. Six died in infancy, also one adopted son who died at the age of 14. Four children remain to mourn her departure: Daniel J., Maggie (Mrs. D. W. Kennel), Mary (Mrs. S. G. Yoder) and Anna (Mrs. L. F. Yoder); also 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Her companion passed away Feb. 16, 1923. Since then she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. L. F.. Yoder. During the last few years of her life she endured much suffering; the last few months being very intense. Although the end had been expected it came very suddenly. Her constant longing and desire was to be at rest. During the last week she said she wanted Heaven for her Christmas present. On Dec. 18 her prayer was answered, when she peacefully fell asleep. Age 81 y. 2 m. 14 d. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. L. J. Miller. Text, II Cor. 5. Burial in the Clearfork Cemetery.
HERSHEY--EMMA G. HERSHEY, daughter of Amos and Barbara
Ranck, was born near Paradise, Pa., Feb 1, 1883; died Nov.
17, 1931; aged 48 y. 9 m. 16 d. She was married to Jacob Hershey
of Intercourse, Pa. To this union were born 5 children: Raymond,
Park, Elvin, Ada, and Emanuel who died in infancy. All are living
near Strasburg, Pa. Her aged father and step-mother, 2 brothers,
1 sister, 1 half-brother and 1 grandchild also survive. A girl
whom she raised, now Mrs. John Welk, also survives. She joined
the Mennonite Church at the age of 13 years. She remained a faithful
member until the end. She was of a loving disposition and had
a smile for all she knew. Her last illness was of 3 months' duration
and she suffered very much, but bore it patiently. In recent years
she had many sleepless nights and often expressed to her husband
her desire that she might go first. The Lord granted her request.
As the Lord had blessed her with one talent, that of song, after
her long day's work was over, tired as she was, she could not
retire until she sang praises to almighty God. The motto that
hangs on the wall--"What is Home without a Mother"--is
only too true. She is greatly missed in the home and Church. She
was a Sunday school teacher and was greatly attached to the small
children whom she taught. Services were held at the home by Bro.
Jacob Mellinger (Text, Jno. 14:1) and at the church by Bro. Christian
Brackbill (Text, I Cor. 12:14), and Bro. Abram Martin (Text, Psa.
23). Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest mother, thou art not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory thou art with us
As you always were before."
STOLTZFUS--BENJAMIN BYLER STOLTZFUS was born Aug. 30,
1861, near Lewisburg, Pa.; died Dec. 6, 1931; aged 70 y 3 m. 6
d. He was the next to the youngest child born to Deacon Christian
Stoltzfus. He was one of 12 half-brothers and sisters and 6 full
brothers and sisters. Of this large family only 2 remain: Mrs.
Lizzie Stoltzfus and Bishop E. B. Stoltzfus. When 23 years of
age he was married to Emma Rich of Kansas. He was always actively
interested in the work of the Church, conducting mission Sunday
schools and did lay-preaching in the hill country near Bremen,
O. At the age of 47 (1908) he was ordained to the ministry. For
sixteen years he was superintendent and pastor of the Mennonite
Gospel Mission in Lima, Ohio. Illness handicapped his usefulness
in later years, but his eagerness to witness for Christ was ever
young. His hold on the boundless mercy of God was firm when other
powers wrestled with his spirit. Pouring out his heart to God
was his greatest consolation and his great strength. Out of the
immediate family one child (Lawrence David) preceded him in death.
Those who yet remain are his wife (Emma); Lydia (Mrs. E. B. Snyder).
Fanny (Mrs.. W. B. Weaver), Rose (Mrs. O. R. Byler), Will (ordained
missionary, Aleppo, Syria), Frank (ordained missionary, Bulgaria,
home on furlough), Eli, and Lena. Besides these, 20 grandchildren
share our loss. We mourn not as those who have no hope. We treasure
the spirit of a dear one who has left us a good example of an
abiding faith, of a glorious hope, and of a deep redeeming love.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 9 at the home by N. E. Troyer
and at the Bethel Mennonite Church by S. E. Allgyer and John Y.
King. Burial in Hooley Cemetery.
AUGUSTINE--DEAN HAROLD, son of John and Ella (BIRKY) Augustine of Shickley, Nebr., was born and died Dec. 22, 1931, at the Geneva Fillmore Hospital. "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord." Services were held at the home of Simon Augustine by the home ministers. Interment in the Salem Cemetery near Shickley, Nebr.
YODER--AMANDA SUNTHEIMER YODER, wife of Joseph H., Yoder,
was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Jan 4, 1879; died in the Elkhart
General Hospital after a serious illness of several days., with
cancer and Bright's disease, June 29, 1931; aged 52 y. 5 m. 25
d. Funeral services were held at the home July 1, 1931 by Mose
M. Miller and Eli Bontrager. Burial in the Yoder Cemetery. She
leaves her husband, 8 children, 1 grandchild, 1 sister and many
relatives and friends.
"Rest on dear mother, your labor is o'er;
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
By a daughter.
MELLINGER--REBECCA B., daughter of the late Simon and Mary Mohler, was born Dec. 25, 1847, near Ephrata, Pa;. died Dec. 27, 1931, at the home of her son Harvey, Leacock, Pa., of age infirmities. She was married to Abram W. Mellinger who preceded her in death a number of years; also 3 sons and 1 daughter. Surviving her are 4 sons, 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Age, 84 y. 2 d. She was a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at the home of her son, and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, in charge of Brethren N. L. Landis and Eli Sauder. Texts, Psa. 116:15; II Cor. 5:1-5. Burial in cemetery adjoining.
SHANTZ--ALLEN B., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendel E. Shantz,
Kitchener, Ont., died Nov. 14, 1931, in the K. W. Hospital in
Kitchener, aged 59 years. He was a member of the Sterling Ave.
Mennonite Church of Kitchener, and is survived by his wife, 4
sons, and 3 daughters, namely:
Mervin, Russell, Edward, Frank, Erma (Mrs. M. Bingeman), Florence, and Anna; also by five grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Sidney, Mrs. E. G. Lang, Mrs. W. Durham, and Misses Bertie and Susie Shantz. One brother (Dr. U. B. Shantz) predeceased him some six years ago. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 from his late home and at the Sterling Ave. Church, conducted by U. K. Weber, pastor of the congregation, and S. F. Coffman, of Vineland, Ont.
SUNTHEIMER--EDWARD J. SUNTHEIMER, youngest son of Frederick
and Rachel Suntheimer, was born on the old Suntheimer farm in
La Grange Co., Ind. He died at the wheel of his truck while hauling
ice. He was 50 years old. In 1907 he was married to Pearl A. Yoder.
Two children were born to this union: Pauline who preceded him
in death, and Charles who is at home. He is survived by his wife,
son, and two sisters (Mrs. Joe Yoder and Mrs. Jacob Rheinheimer).
He was a member of the First M. E. Church of Goshen. Funeral services
were conducted by ----Fike at the home in Goshen. Burial in the
Lupold Cemetery east of Shipshewana.
"All is ended; hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast.
All is over; suffering ended,
Now dear brother is at rest."
CRITZER--ETHEL M. (BRIDGE) CRITZER was born June 22,
1886; died at the King's Daughter's Hospital, Stanton, Va., after
a serious operation, Dec. 22, 1931; aged 45 y. 6 m. At the age
of 14 she united with the Mt. View Mennonite Church of which she
was a faithful member until she was married to A. L. Critzer of
Staunton, Va. At that time she and her husband united with the
First Baptist Church of Staunton. She leaves her husband, 3 children
(Geraldine, Juanita and Edith), her mother, 3 brothers ( D. R.,
E. R., and J. B. Bridge), 2 sisters (Mrs. Osa Henderson and Mrs.
Elizabeth Brongeman), and a number of relatives and friends. She
was a loving wife and mother, and was loved by all who knew her.
"As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so you must be;
Prepare for death and follow me."
J. B. Bridge
LAPP--DANIEL L., son of the late Michael and Rebecca
Lapp, Smoketown, Pa., was born Feb 27, 1868; died Nov. 12, 1931
of heart failure; aged 63 y. 8 m. 15 d. On Dec. 17, 1901, he was
united in marriage with Leah K. Smoker, who survives him; also
the following children: Amos, Barbara, Jacob and Daniel, Jr. One
daughter (Rebecca) preceded him into eternity Apr. 16, 1915. He
is also survived by one sister (Lizzie Lapp of near Intercourse,
Pa.). "Dannie" was of a peaceful, quiet disposition,
with a smile for everyone and was loved by all who knew him. He
was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Short services were
conducted at his late home Nov. 14, by George W. Beiler, with
further services at Weavertown Amish meeting house conducted by
Moses P. Riehl and John A. Stoltzfus. Text Rev. 14:12, 13. Interment
in Gordonville Cemetery.
"One by one the links are severed
From one golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above.
NUSSBAUM--JACOB J. NUSSBAUM was born Feb. 7, 1862, near Bluffton, Ohio; died Dec. 24, 1931 near Kidron, O.; aged 69 y. 10 m. 14 d. While he was young the family moved to Berne, Ind. In his youth he was baptized upon confession of faith and united with the Mennonite Church. On Aug. 6, 1887, he was married to Anna Neuenschwander, with whom he shared joy and sorrow until Feb 11, 1928, when death removed his beloved companion. This union was blessed with 17 children. His wife and 6 children preceded him to the beyond. He leaves 6 sons, 5 daughters, 39 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and a large number of other relatives and friends. In March, 1902, they moved from Berne, Ind., to Sonnenberg, O., at which time they transferred their church membership to the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church where he was a faithful member until death. He suffered from dropsy for nearly 10 years, when death came as a welcome relief to him. It was reported many times during his long illness that he would not live much longer, but he would rally again and again. Bro. Nussbaum was a hard working man and when his neighbors needed help he was always ready to lend a helping hand. Funeral services were held Dec. 26, in charge of C. N. and Louis Amstutz, J. S. Moser, and S. W. Sommer of Millersburg. Text, 1 Tim. 1:15.
SMITH--Gerald Richard, infant son of Henry and Verle
(Steiner) Smith, died Jan. 3, 1932; aged 7 days. He leaves parents,
1 brother (Harold), 1 grandmother and grandfather, and 1 great
grandfather. Uncles, aunts, and other relatives also survive.
Short funeral services were held at the home Jan 4, in the presence
of near relatives and neighbors, with Bro. Menno Esch officiating.
Text, Job 1:21. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
"Oh, sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God in His mercy took our Gerald away;
Not from our memory, and not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
WEAVER--Sister Mary Ann Weaver, widow of the late Henry Weaver of Newtown, Pa., was born July 22, 1855; died Jan. 2, 1932: aged 76 y. 5 m. 10 d. Her husband preceded her 6 _ months ago. There remain to mourn her departure 11 children as follows: Anna Snyder, Samuel, Elizabeth, Emanuel, Abner, Harry, Carry, Fred, Violet, Irene, Milton, and Mamie (wife of Peter Greenewalt). David preceded mother a few years. Services were held from her late home in Newtown and at the Newtown U. B. Church by Bros. I. H. Brubaker and Seth Ebersole. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Burial in the Newtown Cemetery.
HACKMAN--Kate S., wife of Samuel F. Hackman, was born
July 20, 1863; died Dec. 12, 1931; aged 68 y. 4 m. 22 d. She was
taken with zerebral eboena plus hypertension and after lingering
for four days, fell asleep in Jesus, which was her sincere desire.
She is survived by her husband, 6 sons, and 18 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at her home and at the Franconia, Pa.,
Mennonite Church, of which she was a member for many years, by
Abram Derstine, Menno Souder and Abram Clemmer. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"The family circle's broken now,
Since mother's gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say: 'God thought it best.'"
METZ--Anna B. Metz, widow of the late George H. Metz, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Swartley at Franconia, Pa., after being ill some time. Age, 86 y. 7 m. 29 d. She is survived by 6 children, 22 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. The children are Mrs. Henry R. Landis and Abram Metz, of Mainland; Mrs. Henry Godshall and Herman Metz, of Harleysville; Mrs Swartley and Wilson Metz of Franconia. Two sisters also survive (Mrs. Malinda Godshall and Mrs. Deborah Orr). Funeral services were held on Tuesday from her late residence, with further services and interment at the Towamencin Mennonite church. Text, Isa. 59:1.
SHETLER--Abraham Shetler was born near Davidsville, Pa., Oct. 5, 1853; died at the same place Dec. 25, 1931, from a heart attack. He died very suddenly, as he had been well and spent Christmas with his son and family at the home of his grandson, Harry M. Shetler. He became sick that evening and died about 30 minutes later. He is survived by a son, David H., who resides on the home farm, and 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. His wife, Malinda Stayrook, died May 30, 1925, a son John died about 40 years ago and a daughter, Emma, died June 9, 1911. He was the son of Christian and Franica Nisley Shetler, and was the last one of a family of 11 children. He was a member of the Amish Church. He was buried Dec. 28 with services in the Kaufman Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Jonas Yoder, John Mast, and L. A. Blough. Interment in the Kaufman Cemetery.
HALTEMAN--Elizabeth W. (Schatz), wife of Israel N. Halteman,
was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Dec. 22, 1858; died at the home
of her son where she lived for the past seven years; aged 72 y.
11 m. 16 d. For two weeks she suffered from the effects of a stroke,
when the Lord called her home. She is survived by her sorrowing
husband, 5 sons, 1 daughter and 28 grandchildren. The surviving
children are Henry, Elmer, Melvin, Joseph, Benjamin and Lizzie
at home. Four sons and one daughter preceded her in death. Her
only surviving sister (Mrs. Harry Grubb) died ten days later.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services
were held Dec. 12 at the Lower Salford Church, conducted by Rhine
Alderfer and Jonas Mininger. Text, Phil 1:21. The body was laid
in the adjoining cemetery.
"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache,
That lies behind it all the while."
MILLER -- Howard Oscar, son of Emil and Sarah (Steiner) Miller, was born near Morrison Ill., Dec. 17, 1898; died at the home of his parents near Fairview, Mich., Dec. 14, 1931; aged 32 y. 11 m. 28 d. Howard met his death through the accidental discharge of a shot-gun which he was removing from a load of wood. The charge entered his right chest, passing entirely through his body. Fatally wounded, he walked to the door of the house, telling his parents he was shot. The doctor was immediately called but the wound was of such a nature that the death reaper claimed him within an hour. Besides his parents, he leaves 1 sister (Barbara), 1 brother (Amos). 3 sisters and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He accepted God in his teen age and was a member of the Fairview congregation. He also leaves many relatives and friends.. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Church, Dec 16, with Bro. Menno Esch officiating. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
OTTO--Milton J., son of Jonas D. and Lydia Otto, was
born June 24, 1911 in Johnson Co., Iowa; died at his parents'
home near Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 15, 1931; aged 20 y. 5 m. 21 d. He
united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church in 1930, in which
faith he was an obedient member, always attending church and S.
S. whenever health permitted, although he was of a frail nature
since childhood. The cause of his death was heart failure, following
a light siege of influenza. He had leakage of the heart since
1918. He also had curvature of the spine and sinus catarrh in
later years. He was always patient and seldom complained. He leaves
his father, mother, 1 brother (Daniel), 6 sisters (Tillie, Lizzie,
Cora, Mary--a twin sister, Alta and Amy). One brother Emanuel
preceded him in death, Sept 18, 1910. Funeral services were held
Dec. 18 by Isaac Helmuth and Samuel Kemp. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"Dearest Milton, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
BAKER--Katie, only child of Chris and Anna Widmer, was
born in Germany, Jan 2, 1893; died in the Albany General Hospital,
Nov. 12, 1931; aged 38 y. 10 m. 10 d. At the age of 9 she came
to Washington Co., Iowa, with her parents. In 1908 the family
moved to the Willamette Valley, where Katie has ever since made
her home. On Sept. 14, 1911, she was united in marriage to Mose
Kennel who preceded her in death on Jan 17, 1929. July l, 1930,
she was united in marriage to A. L. Baker, living in this union
until death. She leaves her mother (Mrs. C. H. Roth) in Iowa,
her husband, infant daughter (Shirley Ann), 2 adopted children
(Blanche and Wilbur Kennel), and 3 step-children (Susan, Robert
and Cyrus Baker). She was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church
from her youth. She was a loving wife and mother and will be sadly
missed by her family and friends. Funeral services at the home
were conducted by F. H. Barr and N. A. Lind. Text, Psa. 90; Jno.
14:1; Jer. 15:9. Interment in Riverside Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast.
All is over, pain is ended,
Our dear mother is at rest."
MUTHARD--Milton M. Muthard was born Feb. 16, 1861; died
near Weiss Curve, Pa., Jan. 1, 1932; aged 70 y. 10 m. 15 d. He
was the son of the late Henry and Elizabeth (nee Miller) Muthard
and has been residing at the old homestead for the last 40 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary S. L. (Nee Reiter) and the following
children: Susanna, wife of Anthony Weller; Elizabeth wife of Harvey
Heacock; and Edwin. One brother, Edwin, also survives. He was
in failing health for a few years and had been suffering from
the effects of a stroke of apoplexy, but was able to move around
the house until a short time before he expired. Funeral services
were held on Jan., 7, with services at the house by Elias Kulp
and John Kriebel and further services at Boyertown Mennonite Church
by Elias Kulp, assisted by John Kriebel. Texts, Psa. 39:4 and
Psa. 17:15. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Bro. Muthard was a member
of the Mennonite Church at Boyertown. He remained faithful until
death called him home., He is missed in the home and in the Church.
Jesus Christ our Lord can lead us in sorrow and help us in our
time of need as nothing else will when Jesus calls us home.
By a Niece.
RISSER--Jacob Stauffer Risser was born Mar. 26, 1856,
on the homestead farm where he died Jan. 2, 1932; aged 75 y. 9
m. 6 d. About six weeks before his death he was confined to his
bed and waited patiently until called to his heavenly home. On
Oct. 21, 1880, he was united in marriage to Sarah Graby. He leaves
his widow, 4 sons and 4 daughters (George, Floyd, Edna, Mrs. Dorothy
Nissley, Mrs. Ruth Kirkland, Mrs. Frances Newgard, Elmer, and
Ben Homer); also 13 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 1 brother. One
daughter and one grandson preceded him. In 1883 he joined the
Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member. In his kind and
quiet way he was always ready to help all who were in need. There
is an empty rocking chair by the window and another hoary head
missing at the S. S. and church services. Funeral services were
conducted Jan. 6 in the home and at Risser's Church by Bros. Noah
W. Risser and Walter Oberholtzer. Text, Luke 23:28. 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 its loving tone,
By the loved ones left 'round his own hearthstone.
He has gone, he has gone! To his home afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are."
LEAMAN--Jacob B. Leaman was born Aug. 17, 1853; died
Nov. 22 at his home at Bridgeport, Pa., in his 79th year. He was
a son of the late Jacob and Lydia Leaman, and resided in the vicinity
of Gordonville, engaged in farming most of his life. He is survived
by his wife, who before her marriage, was Anna B. Hershey. They
lived happily together for 58 years. He leaves the following children:
Edith, wife of Edwin Keene; J. Clayton; A. Hershey, a minister
in Chicago; Esta, wife of Harry Brackbill; Ellis B.; Anna, wife
of Charles Frey; and Ivan B. Two daughters (Alma, wife of Jacob
Frey; and Lila E. an infant) preceded him in death. Two brothers
survive (Elam W. and Frank K.). Services were held at the home
on Thanksgiving day at 1:30. Bro. Jacob Mellinger spoke on Jno.
11:28. Services also at the Paradise Mennonite Church. Bro. Christian
Brackbill conducted these services from I Sam. 20:18. Interment
at Hershey's Cemetery. Many friends and relatives attended the
services. He was a kind and loving husband, father, and neighbor
and was loved by all who knew him.
"Passing out of the shadow
Into eternal day--
Why do we call this dying,
This sweet going away?"
By the Family.
KREIDER-- Elias R. son of Elias S. And Margaret Rohrer
Kreider, was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, Jan 2, 1869; died at his
home in Guilford Twp., Dec. 29, 1931; aged 62 y. 11 m. 27 d. On
Dec. 24, 1903, he was united in marriage to Nettie May Loehr to
which union were born 3 children who, with their mother, mourn
his death. The children are Harvey Lester, Hilda Leona, and Alma
Ruth, all at home. Three brothers also survive (Noah, David and
Henry), and 2 sisters
(Amelia Kreider and Elizabeth Horsh), all of this vicinity. His father, mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He confessed his Savior in his early life and united with the Lutheran Church. About seven years later he transferred his membership to the Bethel Mennnonite Church, remaining faithful to the time of his death. He was ordained to the office of deacon by Brethren I. J. Buckwalter and John Blosser, Nov. 4, 1917, serving faithfully in that capacity until health failed. About 7 years ago he lost his eyesight and soon other complications followed which ended his useful career on earth. He bore his afflictions quietly and patiently. He expressed himself as ready to go to his heavenly home at God's bidding. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at Bethel Mennonite Church on the afternoon of Jan. 1, in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner, assisted by Brethren I. J. Buckwalter, S. Rohrer, Aaron Mast, and Enos Hartzler. Burial in Wadsworth Cemetery.
"Dear Father, thou art not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more,
Still in memory thou art with us
As you always were before."
SEITZ--Elizabeth J. Seitz, only daughter of Pre. Samuel and Annie (Metzler) Hess, was born Oct. 3, 1883; died Dec. 29, 1931; aged 48 y. 3 m. 10 d. She passed away at the Keystone Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa., where she was admitted Dec. 23. She submitted to an operation which appeared to be successful, but in a few days all concerned were surprised because of unfavorable conditions which caused great suffering and proved fatal. She leaves a bereaved husband, 2 sons, and 2 daughters (Miriam, Marlin, Kenneth and Anna, the youngest, 10 years of age). Sister Seitz had the pleasure of seeing these children confess Christ and unite with the Mennonite Church. An infant daughter (Dorothy) preceded her mother to the realms of glory. There also survive her aged parents and 2 brothers (Abram and Isaac Hess). Elizabeth publicly confessed Christ as her Savior during a series of meetings conducted by A. D. Wenger and united with the Mennonite Church at Slate Hill in the spring of 1897. In 1906 she was united in marriage to Deacon John B. Seitz of the Newville congregation. Her father officiated. Sister Seitz was a loving, affectionate mother and a consistent member of the Church. By this permission of providence a home is bereft of wife's counsel, a minister's helpmate, a Christian mother's advice and influence. The church will miss an active, interested member, the S. S. an able teacher, the young people's meeting a truthful instructor, and the community a respected Christian woman. Bro. N. H. Mack had charge of the funeral service assisted by Bro. Paul Huddle. After a brief service at the home, her remains were conveyed to the Slate Hill Church, where appropriate service was continued. Bishop Mack used John 14:19 as a text--"Because I live, ye shall live also." The remains of our departed sister were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
MILLER, Veronica, beloved wife of Henry L. Miller, Baden, Ont., passed away Jan. 8, 1932; aged 67 y. 2 m. 16 d. She lived in matrimony for 44 years. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters. She is survived by 4 sons, 6 daughters, 1 adopted daughter, 19 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, 1 brother and a host of relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. Christ Gascho, and at the church by Brethren D. H. Steinman, P. Nafziger, and Jacob R. Bender. Texts, II Cor. 5:18-21; Heb. 9:25-28.
GROSS--BRO. WILLIAM GROSS was born Feb. 15, 1854; died Dec. 11, 1931; aged 77 y. 9 m. 26 d. He was a member of the Landisville, Pa., congregation for 26 years. He was a hardworking man all his life, and was returning from work ten days before his death. When he was seized with a stroke. He fell on the road but got to his feet again. When he reached home he fell again and was helped to bed. Just ten days later he fell asleep in Jesus with no struggle. He, no doubt, had another stroke. His bosom companion departed this life 11 years earlier. He leaves 2 daughters (Annie and Elsie), 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 14 from his late home near Centerville, Pa., and further services at the Silver Spring U. B. Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Text, Jno. 5:24, 25 (by Hiram Kauffman) and Mark 13:33-37 (by Seth Ebersole).
SHENK--SAMUEL, son of Amos M. and Annie Shenk, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 16, 1904; died Jan. 14, 1932; aged 27 y. 4 m. 28 d. There remain to mourn his departure his widow(Elizabeth), 2 sons (Glenn and Mahlon), his father, 1 sister, 3 brothers, and a host of devoted neighbors and friends. Bro. Samuel gave his heart and life to Christ in youth and we can surely say as far as we know he lived a true Christian life. He will be missed very, very much in his home, because his home was Christian and ideal. He was regarded in the church and community as a fine Christian man. His death was a shock to us all. He was in good spirits all day, busy at work, singing hymns while about his work, and died of heart affection at 5 o'clock in the evening. Surely there is but a step between life and death. Funeral Jan. 17 at River Corner Mennonite Church by J. H. Mosemann and Maris Hess. So ends this earthly life of one we greatly loved.
LAPP--ANNIE (SMOKER) LAPP was born Oct. 10, 1870; died
Jan. 9, 1932; aged 61 y. 2 m. 30 d. On Jan. 15, 1891, she was
united in marriage to Isaac Lapp. This union was blessed with
10 children. Two sons and one daughter preceded her in death.
She leaves her husband, 3 sons, and 4 daughter: (Mrs. David King,
Christian, Mrs. Simeon Beiler, Mrs. Amos Blank, David, Samuel,
Mrs. Aaron Lapp); 4 brothers (Isaac, Menno, Daniel and Elias),
and 19 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Amish Church
and was always present when health permitted. She was kind and
loving, and will be greatly missed in the home and community.
Short services were held at the home Jan. 13 with further services
at the home of her son, conducted by Daniel Soltzful and Christian
King., Interment in the Gordonville Pa., cemetery.
"Rest on, dear Mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
WEAVER--SISTER ANNA (HOOVER) WEAVER was born May 8, 1840, near Selkirk, Ont. At the age of 14 years she came, with her parents, to Elkhart Co., Ind. In less than a year her father died, after which the mother again returned to Canada with her family, where Anna united in marriage with Joseph W. Weaver, of Wayne Co., Ohio, on Mar. 9, 1858. She came with her husband to Elkhart Co., where they settled on a farm six miles east of Goshen. After about 10 years they sold this farm and moved to another four miles east of Goshen where they resided until the death of her husband in 1904. After this she sold the farm and moved to Goshen where she made her home with her children. She confessed Christ when quite young and remained true to her baptismal vow unto the end. Six boys and eight girls were born to this union. Two boys and three girls preceded her in death; 62 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren also survive. Grandma, as she was generally called, had a wide circle of friends. She was of a friendly dispositioin and made friends with everyone whom she met. She was very appreciative of even the smallest favor. She enjoyed singing and quoted much poetry. On Sunday morning, Dec. 27, she had the misfortune of falling. She fractured the large bone in her right leg below the hip, from which she suffered much until Jan. 3, 1932, when she passed away; aged 91 y. 7 m. 25 d. May all her descendants profit by her example and prepare for eternity while it is yet day. The funeral was conducted Jan. 6 from the home of a daughter, Mrs. O. G. Lehman, and at the Clinton Brick Church. Bro. D. A. Yoder preached the sermon.