Eshbach. John B. Eshbach was born Jan. 14, 1865; died April 8, 1932; aged 67 y. 3 m. 24 d. He was a resident of Millerville, Pa., the greater part of his life, and a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife who before her marriage was Emma Herr, and 2 sons (Christian and Edgar). Services were conducted by Bro.Jacob G. Hess and John H. Mosemann. Texts, Psa. 90 and Rev. 7.
"It is not death to die;
To leave this weary road
And with the brotherhood on high,
To be at home with God."
Mourer. Harry Mourer was born Aug. 8, 1875; died Mar. 25, 1932, at his home on the Strasburg Pike, after an illness of over two years. He is survived by his wife, Hettie, also 7 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at Mellinger's church. Tuesday, March 29, 1932. Services were conducted by Bros. Elmer Martin, David Landis, and Abram Martin. Interment in Mellinger's Cemetery. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We greatly feel our loss, but it is his eternal gain. His seat here is vacant, but he has answered the great summons of Jesus to fill the place prepared for him in Heaven. May God comfort our bereaved sister who so patiently attended him during his long illness.
Coffman. Jacob M., son of John S. and Elizabeth (Heatwole) Coffman, was born at Dale Enterprise, Va., Aug. 18, 1873. The family removed to Elkhart, Ind., in June 1879, where the deceased has since resided. On July 1, 1900, he was united in marriage to Vesta Cole DeCamp, who survives him. In his earlier life he was employed in the press room of the Mennonite Publishing Company and later at the Elkhart Review. For thirty years he was employed as a postal clerk in the Elkhart Post Office, and in 1926 had charge of a sub-station in the same city until his retirement owing to ill health. For the past two years he was more enfeebled on account of increasing extension of nervous malady. He passed away April 13, 1932, at his late home on South Prairie Street. He had given evidence of his trust in Christ as his Savior, leaving to his loved ones the hope which comforts the heart in the days of their bereavement. Funeral services were conducted at the home on April 16 by------------Sickerfoose of the United Brethren Church. Interment was made in Prairie Street Cemetery.
Sours. John Sours was born in 1862; died suddenly at his home near Palos, Va., Feb. 8, 1932; aged 70 y. In 1882 he was united in marriage to Mary Susan Roadcap. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters. One daughter (Mrs. Maggie Vanpelt) preceded him in death. Surviving are his widow and the following children: Frank, Mrs. Nettie Conley, and Mrs. Tracy McDorman. He is also survived by 30 grandchildren. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church for about 25 years. Death came very unexpectedly. His wife was at their daughter's home helping to care for the baby which was sick. About 11 o'clock in the night he left his daughter's place and went home. About 8 o'clock the next morning he was found dead in bed. In the sudden passage of Bro. Sours we are again reminded of the great importance of being prepared to meet God at any moment. We know neither the day nor the hour when we shall meet the grim reaper, Death. Oh, how sad to meet him unprepared! Funeral services were held from the Gospel Hill Mennonite Church by Bro. Leonard Jones assisted by the brethren J. Early Suter and M. J. Heatwole. Text, "Prepare to meet thy God." His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Herr. Mary L. (Shaub) Herr, wife of J. Calvin Herr, was born Jan. 21, 1866; died at her home in Lampeter, Pa., April 17, 1932; aged 66 y. 2 m. 27 d. Grandma was ill two months with pneumonia. She had departed this world, leaving to mourn her departure, her husband, 2 sons (Ray M. and Harry J.), and 3 grandchildren; also 1 sister (Mrs. Geo. Parmer), and 2 brothers (Samuel and Harry Shaub). One son preceded her in death about 8 years ago. Grandma accepted Christ in her youth, and lived faithful until her death. She always attended church when health permitted. She was loved by all and always had a kind word for everyone that knew her. She will be sadly missed in the home here, but it was His will to take her home in glory. We hope and pray that we may meet her some day. Funeral services were held at her late home April 20 by Bro. Frank M. Herr, with further services at Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Harnish and Christian Brubaker. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"The family circle's broken now.
Since Grandma's gone to rest;
But we our heads to humbly bow,
And say, 'God thought it best.'"
Stahl. Eliza (Bleam) Stahl was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Sept. 7, 1860; moved with her parents to Kent Co., Mich., in her youth; was married to John Stahl Jan. 15, 1884, to which union were born five boys (Alvin, Ray, John Henry, Floyd, and George) and one daughter (Mrs. Orie Miller). Her husband preceded her in death over eight years. She united with the Mennonite Church May 10, 1891, with the Bowne congregation, of which body she was a faithful member until death. She died March 16, 1932, at the home of her daughter on the old homestead where she had lived for 46 years; aged 71 y. 6 m. 9 d. The last time she was away from home she attended revival meetings in November, 1930. She was confined to her bed over 3 months. She leaves 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and one brother (Henry Bleam), besides many relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted by Bros. D.A. Yoder and Tobe Schrock.
"Oh, dear mother, how we miss thee,
How we miss your loving smile;
But we're glad 'tis not forever,
We're only parted for a while."
Graver. Bro. Martin M. Graver was born in Lancaster, Co., Pa., Nov. 20, 1860; died April 14, 1932; aged 71 y. 4 m. 24 d. He lived in the same community all his life. His death was caused by pneumonia. He was a very patient sufferer for nine days. Father Graver and his companion united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until death. He was a faithful member and taught his children to attend church and Sunday school regularly. He will be missed in the church, our small congregation having lost three brethren since New Year, leaving three widows. Father Graver enjoyed the respect and esteem of his wife and family in a very marked way, which was a beauty to see. But now he has passed on and is waiting to be reunited on the other shore with those whom he loved. Remaining are his widow, who greatly feels her loss, and the following children" Mary (wife of John R. Hess), Harry S. Maude (Wife of Samuel Dagen), and Hattie (wife of John Eshlem), with whom he resided. Short funeral services were held Sunday, April 17, at the home by Bro. Maris Hess. Public services at River Corner by Aaron Harnish and J. H. Mosemann.
"All is over; hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast.
All his toils and trials are ended.
And dear father is at rest."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas
Turner. Jacob C. Turner was born June 20, 1855; died Mar. 28, 1932; aged 76 y. 9 m. 8 d. He is survived by his wife (Lizzie Buchter Turner), and 4 children. Bro. Turner was a faithful member of the Church. Services were held April 1 at the Hess Church near Lititz, Pa., by John S. Hess and Jacob Hershey.
Miller. Emma Miller was born Aug. 11, 1856; died April 17, 1932, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Earhart; aged 75 y. 8 m. 6 d. She accepted Christ April 13 and was received by water baptism the same evening, giving expression to the newly found gladness. She is survived by 2 sons, 4 daughters, 30 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were held April 22 at the Brunnerville, Pa., Church by John S. Hess.
Burkhart. Mary Shughart, widow of deacon Isaac Burkhart, departed this life April 5, 1932 (aged 78 y. 9 m 9 d.), after a few days illness, at the home of her son, Jacob N. Burkhart of Newville, Pa. She was a member of the Diller Mennonite congregation for many years. Possessing a cheery smile and an agreeable word for every one endeared her to a large acquaintance who paid their tribute of respect at her funeral, held April 8. Services by Bro. Charlton. Text, Prov. 12: 28. Interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Churchtown, Pa.
Heuber. Maranda M. widow of the late Samuel Heuber,
was born Dec. 23, 1856; died Mar 18, 1932; aged 75 y. 2 m. 25
d. After a short illness she fell asleep at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Clayton McCreary, where services were held Mar. 21 and also
at the Hess Mennonite Church near Litiz, Pa., of which she was
a faithful member. She is survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter; also
12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted by John S. Hess and Isaac Taylor. Text, Matt. 25: 13.
Burkholder. Rebecca Zimmerman, widow of Pre. Christian Burkholder, departed this life April 12, 1932 (aged 73 y. 11 m. 8 d.) after much suffering caused by dropsical affection. She died at the home of her son, Geo. Z. Burkholder of Newville, Pa. Sister Burkholder was a member of the Diller Mennonite congregataion and spent her last days in prayer, singing hymns, and kindly admonishing those who ministered unto her. Funeral services were held by Bro. Charlton, assisted by S. Eber Vance. Text, II Tim.4: 6-8. Interment at the Diller Mennonite Cemetery.
Shetler. Katie Clara Shetler was born at Mattawana, Pa., Feb. 27, 1881; died near Davidsville, Pa., April 18, 1932; aged 51 y. 1 m. 21 d. Surviving are her husband (Jacob Shetler), 1 adopted son (Paul E. Shetler), 2 grandchildren, 3 brothers (John F. Harshberger, Samuel H., and Reuben A.). A brother (Amos) and a sister (Christina), preceded her to the grave. She had united with the A. M. church at Mattawana in her early youth, and in 1900 she placed her membership with the Mennonite Church of the Johnstown district. She remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted on the 21st, at the Kaufman Church by I. A. Blough and Irwin Holsapple. Burial in the Kaufman Cemetery.
Horst. John S. Horst died at the Old People's Home, Maugansville, Md., April 4, 1932, after a lingering illness of four years; aged 85 y. 6 m. 1 d. He was married to Rebecca Hege who preceded him in death 7 years and 1 day. He was the oldest member of the Reiff congregation, and so long as health conditions permitted was a regular attendant at services. He was of a congenial disposition and his cheerful greeting and smile was an inspiration to his many friends. He is survived by 1 brother (Jacob S. Horst), 1 sister (Mrs. Anna Phillips), and 2 half-sisters (Hettie, wife of Joseph W. Martin, and Lydie, wife of preacher Joseph H. Martin). Funeral services were conducted April 7. Short services were held at the home by Bro. John F. Grove, and at the Reiff Church by Bros. David Lesher and Moses K. Horst.
Huntsberger. Benjamin Huntsberger, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 20, 1847; died April 10, 1932; aged 84 y. 7 m. 20 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Martin on Nov. 5, 1868, to which union were born 2 sons and 6 daughters. His wife and 2 daughters (Susan, and Mrs. Charles Benglesdarf) preceded him in death. He leaves 1 brother (Samuel), 27 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services were held April 13 from the Martin's Mennonite Church near Orrville, Ohio, conducted by Abram Good, Benjamin Good, David Wenger, and Moses Horst.
"Rest on, death Father, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend like you on earth we'll find."
Brubaker. Amanda H. Brubaker of Lititz, Pa., was born Jan. 13, 1867; died on Sunday, April 25, 1932; aged 65 y. 3 m. 11 d. She was a daughter of the late Isaac and Maria Huber Brubaker, was born and reared at Hammer Creek near Snavely's mill, where she resided until 1907, when she with her sister moved to Lititz. She is survived by one sister (Mary) and a number of other relatives and friends, all of whom mourn her departure. She was baptized and united with the Church at Hammer Creek many years ago where she worshipped regularly until she came to Lititz. Here she attended church service and Sunday school whenever possible and as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held April 27, with a brief service at the house and preaching at the Lititz Mennonite Church. Bros. Jacob H. Hershey and John S. Hess had charge of the service. Interment in the Hammer Creek Cemetery.
Kaylor. Aaron A. Kaylor of Lititz, Pa., was born March 4, 1853; died April 9, 1932; aged 79 y. 1 m. 5 d. He was the son of the late Henry and Catherine Aldinger Kaylor born in Dauphin Co., Pa., but later with his parents moved to Lancaster county in the vicinity of Rowenna. On Dec. 8, 1881 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Sherk, and to this union was born one daughter (Maud), both of whom survive him; as well as two granddaughters, Mary and Helen Eby. He is further survived by the following brothers and sisters: Annie, Henry, John, Mrs. Peter Gruber, Mrs. Christian Heistand. By occupation he was a farmer and followed this vocation in the vicinity of Marietta until 1905 when he retired and moved to Lititz. In 1907 he confessed the Lord as his Saviour, was baptized and united with the Lititz Mennonite Church, a relation which he enjoyed here, and which, we believe, is now continued in fuller realization and perfection over there. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 12, with a short service at the house and preaching at the Lititz Church at 2 o'clock, Bros. Jacob H. Hershey and John S. Hess officiating. Interment in Hess Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Saviour," is the spelling used in the obituary.
Allgyer. David N. Allgyer, aged 79 y. 10 m. 12 d., passed away at 3 A.M. April 14, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rufus Harshberger near McVeytown, Pa., after a lingering illness of many months. The deceased was a son of the late Peter and Sara (Headings) Allgyer, and was born June 2, 1852. During his younger life he was a resident of Ohio, where he married Sallie Yoder, who passed away many years ago. He was united in marriage to Mary Queen who survives her husband. He was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church, and in late years joined the Allensville Mennonite Church. His widow and only daughter, and a number of his grandchildren survive him. Also 1 sister, Mrs. I. T. Yoder of Belleville, Pa., and 1 brother, S.H. Allgyer of West Liberty, Ohio. Funeral services were held April 10 at Locust Grove Church, conducted by J. D. Yoder and E. H. Kanagy. Burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
"We are glad if God though best,
To end his troubles and give him rest,
In heaven to sing with angels fair,
May our names be written there,
That we may again our loved ones meet,
And walk with them through the golden street."
--By a friend.
White. Anna White, daughter of Pre. Noah and Lydia (Martin) Hurst and wife of G. Lester White, passed away very suddenly at the Lancaster General Hospital, April 19, 1932; aged 28 y. 4 m. 7 d. She died from a weak heart. She bore her suffering patiently and cheerfully which was characteristic of her life. She was united in marriage to G. Lester White, Nov. 5, 1925. Their short married life was blessed with 2 sons (Paul and David) and a stillborn son the day of her death. She united with the Weaverland Mennonite Church at the age of 15 years, later transferring to the Indiantown Church, and remaining faithful until death. She seemed to realize that her life would be short with her family here below. She daily taught her children about Jesus and the home above, praying that they would gather in an unbroken circle in the home above. Funeral services were held April 23, 1932, conducted by Bro. John Bucher at the home, and at the Hammer Creek Church by Brow. Henry Lutz and John S. Hess. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"No one heard the footstep
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven,
The mother and companion we loved so dear."
Dontrich. Reuben R. Doutrich was born Jan. 27, 1894; died at his home near Strasburg, Pa., of a complication of diseases, after a ten-month illness. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 25 years, having made a confession at the age of 13, and remaining faithful until the end. He suffered a great deal during his illness, going through two operations at the Lancaster General Hospital. Because of his quiet disposition he bore it all very patiently. The last week he spoke several times of his desire to go home to God. He also stated he was ready for his departure, which gives us much consolation in times of sorrow. He was much concerned about his family and worked as long as his strength would allow him to. He leaves a wife (who was Bertha McGinnis), and 2 children (Miriam Anna and Chester Reuben); also a host of relatives and friends which he gained by his willingness to help whenever an opportunity came his way. He also leaves these brothers and sisters: Aldus W. Doutrich, Mrs. Susan Hess, Sylvan Doutrich, Maurice Doutrich, and Mrs. Harry Bachman, John G. Doutrich, Jason Doutrich, and his twin brother, David Doutrich. Funeral services were conducted April 27 at the home by Bro. Geo. Graham, and at Kinzer Mennonite Church by Bro. Ira Hershey. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on deat Father, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful Father, true and kind,
No friend on early like you we'll find."
--By the Family
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Brubaker. Louella S., infant daughter of George and Ruth Brubaker, Duchess, Alta., died April 16, 1932; aged 21 d. She leaves her parents, two brothers, a sister, and her grandparents to mourn their loss. Services were conducted by the home ministers. Burial in Duchess Cemetery.
Yoder. Lloyd Donald, son of Ralph A. and Anna Mary (Esch) Yoder, was born and died April 28, 1932 at Middlebury, Ind. He leaves father, mother, paternal grandparents (Bro. and Sister C. E. Yoder of Fairview, Mich.), and his maternal grandparents (Bro. and Sister Joseph Esch of LaGrange, Ind.). Short services were held at the home, conducted by Bro. Silas Yoder of Middlebury, Ind. Burial in Shore Cemetery. Little Lloyd budded on earth to bloom in heaven.
Auker. Evelyn Rebekah, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Paul Auker of Cocolamus, Pa., was born April 12, 1932; died after 13 days. Her stay on earth was short, but long enough to fasten cords of love to the hearts of the parents. May God bless the bereft ones.
"A loving bud had opened;
A precious one to greet.
The angel came at evening
To claim our darling sweet."
Reiter. Sarah W. Reiter, daughter of Elias and Sarah (Weand) Pennypacker, was born in Berks Co., Pa., April 15, 1868; was united in marriage to George W. L. Reiter Nov. 27, 1886; died Wednesday, May 4, 1932; aged 64 y. 19 d. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons and 4 daughters, and 9 grandchildren. Although a sufferer, more or less, for some years, she was faithfully devoted to the welfare of her family, and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held May 7, conducted by Brethren John S. Kriebel and E. W. Kulp, in Fairview Chapel, Boyertown, Pa. Interment in Fairview Cemetery.
Mikel. Hannah, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mikel, was born Dec. 21, 1849, near Wakarusa, Ind. Oct. 24, 1869, she was united in marriage to Jonas Overholt, who died in 1922. Most of their married life was spent in the community of Wakarusa. She died in Elkhart, Ind., at the home of a son (John) May 7, 1932; aged 82 y. 4 m. 10 d. She is survived by another son (William) and a daughter (Mrs. B.H. Selmer); also 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, and a brother Noah Mikel of Plymouth, Ind. She was a member of the Holdeman congregation near Wakarusa for some years. Funeral services were conducted May 9, at the Olive Church by Jacob K. Bixler.
Zimmerman. Susanna, daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Zimmerman, was born July 10, 1859, near Vogansville, Pa.; died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Amos Sauder, after a two-week illness from pneumonia, April 19, 1932; aged 72 y. 9 m. 9 d. She is survived by 2 aged brothers and 2 sisters (Samuel, Henry, Mrs. Elam Martin, and Mrs. Amos Sauder), also a host of nieces and nephews. At the age of 17 she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her sister and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church, April 22, by Bros. Eli Sauder, John Sauder, and Benjamin Wenger. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery beside her parents.
"God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in heaven."
Martin. Edna M., daughter of Mary M. and Ada Musser Martin, was born near Goodville, Pa., May 27, 1914; died at the home of her parents near Ephrata, Pa., April 24, 1932, of tuberculosis: aged 17 y. 10 m. 27 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 12, living a consistent Christian life and remaining faithful until death. She was of a quiet disposition but had won for herself many friends, as was evidenced by the large number who gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. She is greatly missed by the family, but God saw fit to relieve her from her suffering and taker her to Himself. With her whole family by her side she peacefully fell asleep. She is survived by her sorrowing parents and the following brothers and sisters: Clayton, Alvin, Mabel, Lydia, Paul and Edwin; also by her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandfather, and a number of other relatives. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Weaverland Church by Bros. B. F. Martin, John M. Sauder, and I. B. Good. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery beside a brother who preceded her in death.
"Free from care and from sorrow,
Free from the stain of sin,
Free from all pain and anguish
Resting in peace with Him."
Transcriber's note: Parents name were listed as Mary M. and Ada Musser Martin in original obituary. This is not an error.
Combs. Louis Gartner Combs was born near Annapolis, Md., on his grandfather's farm, Jan. 13, 1911; died at the family home, 437 W. 79th St., Chicago, Ill., April 25, 1932; aged 21 y. 3 m. 12 d. He leaves his mother (Sister Elizabeth Gartner Combs), his twin sister (Lucy G.), Janet H., Mrs. Marian L. Falosky; also 2 brothers (Fred H. and John C.). Many other relatives and friends survive. On April 20, 1924, with a class of five boys, Louis was baptized and taken into church fellowship, although on account of illness, the ordinance of baptism was administered at his home. As a boy, he suffered much with an illness that lingered for three or more years. However, he regained his health sufficiently to resume his high school work, and to graduate with the midyear class of 1931. Louis was optimistic, patient, pleasant in spirit, happy in disposition, good-natured in manner, friendly to every one, and an enemy of none. He will be greatly missed in the home, among his young friends, and older ones as well. He expressed faith and trust in the Savior, and God says: "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be save." We are trusting that Jesus, the great Shepherd, will go with him through the valley of the shadow of death, that he may not experience any evil, but have the comfort of His rod and His staff, and His presence.
Eberly. Mahlon B., son of David Z. And Alice Buckwalter,
was born near New Holland, Pa., July 26, 1910; died May 7, 1932;
aged 21 y. 9 m. While getting ready for the day's work on his
father's farm, May, Mahlon was seized with a weakness; then he
laid down quietly and fell asleep early that afternoon, without
struggle or moan, of acute consumption. Once he bloomed like a
flower, but we may humbly submit and say, "God's way is the
best way." He gave himself to Christ in his early teens and
was a faithful member of the Martindale Mennonite church. Mahlon
was born and died in the same house, lived with us only a short
time. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 3 sisters, 3 brothers (Harvey
B., Phares B., David B., Magdalena, wife of Samuel High, Anna,
wife of Eli Reiff, and Esther); an infant sister preceded him
in death. Two grandmothers, uncles, aunts and a host of relatives
and friends survive. Funeral services were held in parents' home
May 10 near New Holland, Pa., and at the Martindale Mennonite
Text, I Pet. 1: 24, 25. Services conducted by the home ministers. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dear Mahlon, thou art not forgotten.
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory thou art with us,
As you always were before."
Brubaker. Parke W. Brubaker was born near Willow Street, Pa., Dec. 20, 1913; died April 28, 1932, of endocarditis; aged 19 y. 4 m. 8 d. He was for many years a sufferer from leakage of the heart and could not engage in hard work or exercise, although energetic above his ability, and was always of a cheerful disposition and beloved by all who knew him. On Nov. 27, 1931, he became ill and was in bed for eleven weeks; then seemed to improve some and was able to be up and go out some, but his heart was so weak that he could not get well. The last three weeks he was dropsical and was in bed and on the chair most of the time, that he could lie down. God saw fit to take him unto Himself so we humbly bow to His will. He accepted Christ at the age of 14 years and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church unto the end, always patient and bearing his affliction with a smile. His father preceded him to the heavenly home 13 years ago, 2 brothers in infancy, and also his grandparents preceded him. He is survived by his mother and many other relatives and friends by whom he will be greatly missed. Funeral services were conducted May 1 at Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Christian M. Brackbill, John F. Bressler, and Frank M. Herr. Text, Eccl. 8: 8. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh dear Parke, how we miss you,
How we miss your loving smiles;
But we've glad 'tis not forever
We're only parted for a while."
Transcriber's note: Dropsical means edema.
Heatwole. Lydia Magdalena, youngest daughter of R. J. and Margaret Heatwole, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Mar. 2, 1887; died at the Mennonite Hospital, La Junta, Colo., April 21, 1932; aged 45 y. 1 m. 19 d. She is survived by one brother (Henry A.), three sisters (Sarah Holderman, Susanna Yoder, and Martha Hartzler), 32 nieces and nephews, many other relatives, and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. She spent her childhood days near Newton, Kans. At the age of 14 she confessed Christ and became a member of the Mennonite Church. She was a loyal and active member of the Church, always, by precept and example, faithfully and earnestly contending for the faith and doctrines of the church which she dearly loved. Early in life the ambition to minister to the physical as well as the spiritual needs of people became very marked. This ambition grew and developed until she enlisted her life in active service of the church. She spent one year in service at the Old People's Home near Marshallville, Ohio, two years at the Kansas City Mission, 18 years at the Mennonite Sanitarium and Hospital at La Junta, Colo. About 3 years ago she suffered a severe illness from which she never regained her normal health. March 10 of this year she was again confined to her bed from which she never recovered. She was a patient sufferer. While she suffered much she was more concerned about others than herself to the last. It is hard to understand why one so much needed was called to her reward so early in life. We leave it all in the hands of the Lord who knows and does all things well. Funeral services were held April 22, at La Junta, Colo., in charge of Bro. Allen Erb, assisted by Bros. J. A. Heatwole and Earl Showalter. The body was then brought to her home in McPherson Co., Kans. Funeral services at the West Liberty church, April 24. By request of the relatives in the services were in charge of Bro. J. G. Hartzler assisted by Bros. M. M. Troyer and Earl Buckwalter. Text, Psa. 17: 15, latter clause: "I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Snavely. Rhoda Snavely, daughter of Menno and Barbara Snavely, was born July 9, 1921; died April 23, 1932; aged 10 y. 9 m. 14 d. Her illness was of six weeks duration, and she suffered much pain in her head. She is survived by her parents, a brother, Alvin, and a sister, Arlene. Also her grandparents, Pre. John R. Snavely and wife Mrs. Abram Hernley. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 26, at Hernleys Church, near Manheim, Pa., conducted by Bros. Henry Lutz, Isaac Brubaker, and Jacob Ginder. Text, II Kings 4: 19-"My head, my head." 26th verse-"It is well."
"She is blooming, brightly blooming,
'Mid the fairest flowers of light,
In the garden of sweet Eden.
Where the flowers never blight."
Weber. Fannie M. Weber, wife of Edwin Weber
and daughter of Wm. and Susie Good, was born Dec. 22, 1903,
near Bowmansville, Pa. She united with the Mennonite Church at
that place at the age of 15 years and proved a faithful member
until death. She was afflicted with tuberculosis, being bedfast
a few weeks less than a year. She was of a cheerful disposition;
always had a ready smile and bore her afflictions without complaint.
She died May 12, 1932, at the age of 28 y. 4 m. 20 d. Besides her husband she is survived by 1 son and 2 daughters-Grace, George, and Irene; also 4 sisters and 1 brother. Services were held from her late home near Adamstown, Pa., and at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Bros. J. W. Hess and Moses Gehman. Texts, Rev. 14: 13; Psa. 16: 6. She requested her favorite hymn, "I'm going Home." Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Brubacker. Noah Brubacker was born June 30, 1904; died at the home of his father-in-law neat Elmira, Ont., Dec. 23, 1931; aged 27 y. 5 m. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Nancy Hoffman. He departed this world, leaving to mourn, his beloved wife, parents, 1 brother, and 5 sisters. His death was caused by paralysis which had stricken him helpless for eight months. He had suffered a great deal in this time, but bore it all patiently until the reaper came that day. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, remaining true until death. Funeral services were held Dec. 25, 1931, at the South Peel church, Ont., conducted by Bros. Jessie and Henry Bowman. May God comfort the bereaved sister who so patiently attended him during his illness.
"Farewell to all remaining here;
Beloved wife and friends so dear,
Weep not for me, I have gone home,
Never, never more to roam."
Baumgardner. Andrew, son of the late Christian and Lydia Baumgardner, was born Nov. 20, 1863; died in the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., of blood poisoning caused by an infection of the neck, May 1, 1932; aged 68 y. 5 m. 12 d. He was married three times. His first wife, Lizzie Lehman, died May 20, 1892. His second wife, Mary J. Hershberger, died Nov. 4, 1923. He was married to his third wife, Mrs. Polly Mishler Horn, Oct. 29, 1928. Besides his first two wives he was preceded in death by an infant son; a daughter, Carrie, wife of Maurice Lehman; one sister and one brother. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one daughter, eight grandchildren, two sisters and many other relatives and friends. For nearly fifty years he was a member of the Weaver Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home in Johnstown and in the Weaver Church by S.G. Shetler, assisted by Arthur Rummel. The services were so largely attended that many could not get into the church. His body was laid in the Weaver Cemetery.
Custer. Joseph, son of the late John and Fanny Eash Custer, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., June 18, 1856; died in his home near Davidsville, Pa., May 14, 1932; aged 75 y. 10 m. 26 d. On March 20, 1881, he was married to Lydia Blough, who passed away Jan. 11, 1914. To this union were born three daughters and one son. One daughter died in infancy; Sadie, wife of Curtis D. Kaufman, died Jan. 30, 1920; John died twenty-two years ago. Besides the one daughter he is survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Many years ago he and his wife united with the Mennonite Church and both remained faithful until death. As long as health permitted he was very regular in his attendance at Sunday school and church services, saying that the church is his home. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Irvin J. Holsopple and S.G. Shetler and in the Kaufman church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by L. A. Blough and Irvin J. Holsopple. The body was laid in the family plot of the Kaufman cemetery.
Pfantz. Mary S. Pfantz, of Ephrata, Pa., was born Feb. 10, 1874; died of complication of diseases, April 28, 1932; aged 58 y. 2 m. 18 d. She was a daughter of the late Jacob and Barbara Stoner. She was united in marriage to Jacob L. Pfantz, November 25, 1895. To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons. She was in failing health for several months. Because of her quiet disposition, she bore her suffering patiently and cheerfully, which was characteristic of her life. She leaves her bereaved husband, 3 daughters and 2 sons: Anna, Barbara, and Nora at the home, John of Elizabethtown and Paul of Murell. Also her step-mother, Barbara Stoner, of Ephrata. Two children preceded her in death. She was a member of the Metzlers Mennonite church, and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held May 1, with brief services at the house by Eli Souders, followed by services at Metzlers church by John Souder and John W. Weaver. Text, I Thes. 4: 13-18. Interment in Metzlers' 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."
Gehman. Pre. David L. Gehman was born June
5, 1852; died April 24, 1932; aged 79 y. 10 m. 19 d. He was married
to Catherine Proctor Nov. 7, 1874. This union was blessed
with two children-Wm. P. Gehman and Lizzie P., wife of Mahlon
Alderfer. His wife, Catherine, died Nov. 6, 1877. He was married
the second time to Hannah (Moyer) Lapp, Nov. 30, 1878.
This union was blessed with two children-one infant son, and Abram
M. Gehman. He was ordained to the ministry Nov. 14, 1895. His
wife, Hannah, died May 18, 1903. He was married the third time
to Mary Ann K. Smith, Sept. 10, 1904, who survives him.
He is survived by the following sons and daughters: Wm. P. Gehman,
Allentown, Pa. (with whom he lived at the time of his departure),
Mrs. Mahlon Alderfer, Abram M. Gehman, an adopted son (James McDonald);
five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Daniel
L. Gehman), and 1 sister (Lydia Lapp). Funeral services were held
from his late residence on Saturday, April 30. Interment was made
at the Doylestown Mennonite church. Services were conducted by
Bros. Elias Kulp, John Gehman, and P.G. Beer, at the house, and
at the church by Bros. Wilson R. Moyer, A. O. Histand, and Mahlon
Blough. Jeremiah, son of the late John H. and Fannie Blough, was born in Shade Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., June 21, 1857; died at his home near Jerome, Pa., May 5, 1932; aged 74 y. 10 m. 15 d. He was married to Polly Eash Sept. 26, 1880. One daughter, Catherine Stayrook, died 21 years ago. His wife died June 2, 1924. Two sons and three daughters survive: Lydia, wife of Homer Byers; Minnie, wife of Harvey Hershberger, with whom he had his home; Fannie, wife of Orange Saylor; Josiah, and Harry; all living in Conemaugh Township. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Five brothers, Josiah, David, Hiram, John, and William are still living. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years having his membership in the Blauch congregation and very seldom missed services when health permitted. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Blauch church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by L. A. Blough. These services were largely attended by relatives, neighbors, and friends. The body was laid to rest in the family plot in the Blauch cemetery.
Shantz. Mary Ann Hostetler Shantz, daughter of Moses and Magdalene Hostetler, was born in Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., on May 20, 1856; died at the home of her daughter on May 4, 1932; aged 75 y. 11 m. 14 d. On Feb. 5, 1877 she was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Bro. Solomon Shantz, son of Joseph Y. Shantz, who predeceased her over 16 years. This union was blessed with 10 children, 3 of whom died in infancy. She leave to mourn her departure, 2 sons (Moses H. and Ephraim), and 5 daughters (Mrs. C. Habel, Mrs. J. Bingeman, Mrs. F. Kolb, Mrs. J. Salzman, and Mrs. F. Miller). There are also 33 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 brothers, and 1 sister, besides a host of relatives and friends. Soon after her marriage she united with the Mennonite church, to which faith she remained true until death. In October, 1925, she suffered a paralytic stroke, followed by a second one in April, 1926, which left her helpless the remaining days of her life. During her affliction she endeavored to be patient often wishing she might depart and be with the Lord, which is far better. Her wish was granted at 4:15 p.m., May 4. Funeral services were conducted on May 7, at the home by Bro. Osias Cressman, and at the Geiger Mennonite church by Bros. Moses H. Roth and Jonas Snider. Text, Matt. 5: 12. "Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven." The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery, there to await the return of the Lord.
Brenneman. Alta Fern (Miller) Brenneman, was born
near Kalona, Iowa, Oct. 3, 1899, died at her home near the place
of her birth May 8, 1932; aged 32 y. 7 m. 25 d.
Early in her girlhood she united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful and devoted member till death. On Dec. 11, 1918, she was united in marriage with J. D. Brenneman. To them was born a son, Franklin J., who with his father is left to mourn her death. Beside her husband son she leaves her father (M.D. Miller), seven brothers (C.C., Abner, Frank Aaron, Jesse, Edward), and four sisters (Mrs. Seth Miller, Mrs. Chas. Werts, Mrs. Chas. Yoder and Mrs. Chas. Gingerich). Of her immediate family she was preceded in death by her mother, her sister (Lizzie), and her brother (Charley). Beside her family she leaves a host of sorrowing friends to mourn her departure. She was taken sick Feb. 25, from which illness she seemed to recover. On April 19 she suffered a relapse, and in spite of the best medical care and all that her family and friends could do she passed to her reward. In her death her husband loses a faithful companion, her son a devoted mother, the Church of which she was a member an earnest Christian, and the community a helpful friend. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church where Sister Brenneman worshiped practically all her life. Services were conducted by D. J. Fisher at the home and by J.C. Brenneman and S. C. Yoder of Goshen, Ind., at the church. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Transcriber's note: "Worshiped" is the spelling used in the obituary.
Stutzman. Fannie Stutzman, daughter of Bishop Jacob J. and Sarah Stutzman, was born Mar. 4, 1912; died at her home near Millersburg, O., May 3, 1932; aged 20 y. 1 m. 29 d. Ella, also a daughter of Bish. Jacob J. Stutzman, was born 2, 1903; died at her home May 4,1932, in the same room where her sister died; aged 28 y. 7 m. 2 d. The immediate cause of death to these two sisters was measles, which later developed into pneumonia. Both died very unexpectedly in a period of 10 hours. Father, mother, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters survive. Twin brothers and a sister preceded them in death in infancy. Funeral services were held from their home Friday, May 5, conducted by Bros. John Byler and E. A. Troyer. Text, I Cor. 15: 35-58. Many people assembled to show their love and respect to the dear departed sisters, and to sympathize with the bereaved. Both were laid together in one grave, and while it was a pitiful and heart-touching sight to behold, yet the family submissively bows to the will of Him that doeth all things well. Fannie and Ella were both members of the O. O. Amish Mennonite church, and manifested their faith by obedience to their parents and the dictates of the Word. We are again vividly reminded that we have no abiding city here, but seek one to come. God's Word tells us, "Man that is born of a woman, is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow and continueth not." Therefore it is expedient that we should at all times be prepared to meet death and eternity. Jesus says, "Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." Matt. 24: 42.
Heatwole. David S. Heatwole, was born Nov. 11, 1860; died suddenly at his home near Harrisonburg, Va., April 18, 1932; aged 71 y. 5 m 7 d. On Dec. 17, 1884, he was united in marriage to Virginia Myers. To this union were born 1 son and 2 daughters. About 18 years ago he united with the Mennonite Church, continuing this faith till the end. In the spring of 1921, he was appointed Sec.-Treas. Of the Mt. Clinton S.S. in which he served faithfully. He gave the S.S. report the day prior to his death. "Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Bro. Heatwole was a victim of tuberculosis. In 1916 he went to Catawba Sanitarium where he took treatment and recovered to the extent that he was again able to help much with the farm work. The last year or so he was not as active on the farm, but kindly assisted the family in whatever way he could whether in door or out. This with several remarks from the members of the family proved that he was a devoted father and companion. He was also very fond of his grandchildren. About the first of February he had an attack of influenza from which he had recovered. The immediate cause of his death was due to a hemorrhage. He was a lover of sacred music, having spent part of the time in singing on the day of his death. He is survived by his companion, 1 son, 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Pete Swope and Mrs. Sam Heltzel). Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, conducted by Brethren H. B.Keener and J. Early Suter. Text, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness" (Psa. 17:15). His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Plank. Ida Teresa, youngest daughter of Jacob B. and Elizabeth (Peachy) Schrock was born Sept. 24, 1883 near Garden City, Mo., died May 7, 1932; age 48 y. 7 m. 13. Her death was caused by measles followed by pneumonia. She was united in marriage to Oliver J. Plank Jan.11, 1905. The children that blessed this union are 5 sons and 3 daughters. Sister Plank was converted and united with Sycamore Grove Mennonite church and remained a faithful member until death. She was very much devoted to her home and family; and will be sadly missed as mother in the home, neighbor in the community, and member in the church. She fought a brave battle for life and had a true conception of it-living for others. She wanted to live and make others happy. When she had sorrows and sufferings she bore them in silence in order that others might be happy. Her smiles and sunny disposition brought sunshine wherever she went and all who made her acquaintance learned to love her. She leaves a devoted husband and the following children, Clayton, Mrs. Fred Riffle, Roy, Stanley, Alberta, Robert, and Gerald; also her aged father and one sister (Mrs. J. A. Miller), together with many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a daughter (Jewell), her mother, and an infant brother and sister. The following was written by her aged father:
"Now her pains of life are past,
All her warfare are now o'er;
Death and trouble behind her cast,
Grief and suffering are no more.
I'll turn my grief a different way,
I'll sing a new and better song,
Absent from my loving daughter,
I shall not continue long.
I soon shall quit my home of clay
And a better home shall share,
I shall see the realms of day
And meet my happy daughter there."
Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church conducted by I. G. Hartzler and W. E. Helmuth. Burial in Clearfork Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas