Grove.-Annie W. Grove was born Sept. 7, 1884;
died Nov. 3, 1933; aged 49 y. 1 m. 26 d. Annie had not been well
most of her life. She leaves her aged father and 4 brothers (Norman
W., Aaron W., Phares W., Michael W.) and their companions, 2 nephews
and 4 nieces. Her mother left this world about 3 years ago.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand."
Hudson.-Clara Eva Kegarice was born Dec. 24, 1901; died Jan. 6, 1934; aged 32 y. 13 d. She was united in marriage to Charles Edward Hudson Dec. 9, 1921. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. One died in infancy. She leaves her husband, 6 young children (the youngest 5 weeks old), her father and mother (Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Kegarice), 2 sisters, 3 brothers, 23 nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. She united with the Christian Church of East Lynne, Mo., and lived in that community all her life. Services at the Christian church at East Lynne, Mo., conducted by I. G. Hartzler. Text, 11 Cor. 5:1-7. Interment in Pitt's Chapell Cemetery.
Herr.-Solomon R., son of the late Jacob and Susanna Myer Herr, died Dec. 17, 1933, at his home in Leacock, Pa., aged 75 y. 2 m. 13 d. His life companion, who before marriage was Lydia A. Landis, preceded him in death about 8 months. His health was reasonably good until about 8 weeks before his death, when realizing that the time of his passing was near, he patiently endured his illness and faithfully awaited to be called home. He was a member of Sumptown Mennonite Church, and is survived by 2 brothers (Samuel M. of Soudersburg, and Abram M., of Parkesburg) and a number of nieces and nephews. Services were conducted Dec. 20 at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin, and at Sumptown Mennonite Church by Bros. Elmer Martin and David Landis. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Geissinger.-Infant son of Bro. Howard and Sister Kathryn (Hurst) Gessinger of Philadelphia, Pa., was born Dec. 16, 1933, and died the day following. He is survived by his bereaved parents and grandparents (Pre. Noah and Lydia Hurst of Ephrata, Pa., and Menno Geissinger of Lehigh Co., Pa.). Although our hearts are broken by the parting, we know he is safe in the arms of Jesus. We laid our darling away Dec. 18 in the Weaverland, Pa., Mennonite Cemetery.
"We lived him, yes, we loved him,
But Jesus loved him more;
And He has quickly called him
To yonder shining shore."
By the parents.
Mellinger.-Melchor M., son of Jacob and Ruth Mellinger, was born in Mahoning Co., Pa., March 24, 1865; died Jan. 7, 1934, in his home at East Lewistown, O.; aged 68 y. 9 m. 14 d., following a brief illness of a little over a week. He united with the Mennonite Church 43 years ago and was an active and faithful member till death. Earlier in life he served as S. S. superintendent and for many years took his place as a teacher in the S. S. He was united in marriage to Ella, daughter of the late Bishop John Burkholder, Dec. 25, 1890. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters (Clark B., Cleveland, O.; Port, East Lewistown, O.; Earl, deceased; Mrs. John Dick, Watrous, Sask.; Mrs. Ray Schloneger, Louisville, O.). Funeral services were held at the home of his son Port on the afternoon of Jan. 10 and at the Midway Mennonite Church, in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner and Paul Yoder. Text, Eccl. 7:14. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Brenneman.-Henry W., eldest son of Adam and Mary (Wenger) Brenneman, was born Feb. 2, 1864; died Jan. 16, 1934; aged 69 y. 11 m. 14 d. He was united in marriage to Miriam Hilty Jan. 26, 1888. To this union were born 5 children (Orris, who preceded him in death 14 yrs.; Bernice A. Brenner of Marshallville, O.; Erma Brenner of Wadsworth, O.; Alice Liechty of Orrville, O; and Alvin G. of Orrville, at home). In the spring of 1889 he and his companion chose to become followers of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and united with the Crown Hill Mennonite Church near Marshallville, Ohio, where he filled his place faithfully until his brief illness brought him to his last resting place. He was a loving husband and father, always ready to counsel and help wherever opportunity presented itself. He lived his entire life in Bachman Twp. except three years which he spent in Kansas. He leaves his wife, 3 daughters, 1 son, 15 grandchildren, and a host of friends.
Conrad.-Mary (Alliman) Conrad was born near Noble, Iowa, Sept. 12, 1861; died at her late farm home near Wayland, Iowa, Jan. 18, 1934; aged 72 y. 4 m. 6 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member of the Sugar Creek congregation until death. Oct. 9, 1874 she was united in marriage with Jacob K. Conrad. This union was blest with 6 sons and 5 daughters. She spent all her married life on the farm where she died. Her husband passed away Aug. 9, 1916. Three sons and two daughters also preceded her in death. She leaves 3 daughters (Ida and Emma at home and Mrs. Ed Springer of Milford, Neb.), 3 sons (Joseph, Crawfordsville, Ia., Jacob, Wayland, Ia., and Ezra, at home), 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 7 grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church Jan. 20 in charge of Bro. Simon Gingerich. Text, 11 Cor. 4:17. Interment in cemetery near the church.
Kauffman.-Joseph Kauffman, born Aug. 11, 1854, in Canton Bazel, Switzerland; died at the Home of the Aged, Eureka, Ill., Jan. 12, 1934; aged 75 y. 5 m. 1 d. Bro. Kauffman was a member of the Mennonite Church and was loyal to the faith he had accepted in his younger years until death relieved him. His bodily suffering began about 4 years ago when his eyesight began to fail him, and in the last two years his eyesight was completely gone. Then cancerous tumors began to trouble him which were the cause of his death. Little is known of his family by the Home people, as they are in the western states. He leaves 4 daughters, married and living in Kansas, none of whom were able to be here for the funeral. He also leaves a number of nieces living in Kansas. One of the nieces is head nurse in one of Newton, Kansas' large hospitals. He also has a step-mother living in Switzerland, 93 years old. He often expressed wishes to see his daughters while awaiting the coming of the call to his long home. Funeral services were held at the Home in charge of Bro. Ezra Yordy, and burial was in the local cemetery.
Livingston.-Mrs. David Livingston, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Kauffman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 19, 1863; died at the Mennonite Home, Eureka, Ill., Jan. 14, 1934. At the age of 18 years she moved to Michigan. She united in marriage with David Livingston Feb. 14, 1886. They lived in different parts of Michigan, finally settling at Clarksville, Mich., where they resided until entering the Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill., July 21, 1928. The couple not being blessed with children of their own, adopted 4 children (Will Kauffman, Roaring, Pa.; Orman Clemens, Goshen, Ind.; Mary Doerring, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and a child, Mary Miller, who stayed with them 6 years, later going back to her former parents). She was the oldest of a family of seven, four of whom preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful. She was afflicted in body since youth. This occasion bespeaks of a future of a happy home life of the two that walked together many years in peace. Funeral services were held Jan. 17, at the Home in charge of Bro. Ezra Yordy. Burial in the Home cemetery.
Diller.-Clarence Samuel, son of Andrew and Mary (Huber) Diller, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Dec. 10, 1894; died at the Mennonite Hospital, La Junta, Colo., Jan. 14, 1934; aged 39 y. 1 m. 4 d. He was married, Feb. 8, 1919, to Ella E. Greider. This union was blessed with 6 children (Richard, Victor, Edwin, Mary, Charles, and Paul). His companion and children survive him; also his parents and 2 sisters living in Ohio, 1 sister living at Scottdale, Pa., 1 brother at Harrisonburg, Va., and other relatives and friends. Bro. Diller was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Elida, Ohio, when seventeen years of age. He was ordained as a deacon in the church at Medway, Ohio, in October 1922. He was active in church service as long as health would permit, always very much concerned about the welfare of the Church, loyal to his Lord, conscientious, consistent, and faithful as a Christian. A kind and loving companion and father in the home, a very patient sufferer during his long affliction, he will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services in La Junta by Jacob A. Heatwole and Allen H. Erb. Text, Psa. 118:10. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Mowry.-John Mowry was born at Logan, Ohio, June 2, 1854; died at his home in Sherburn, Minn., Jan. 11, 1934; aged 79 y. 7 m. 9 d. In young manhood he went to Tama Co., Iowa, and was married in 1876 to Minerva Jane Jeffries. In 1884 they moved near Sherburn where they lived on a farm till 14 years ago they moved into town where he lived till his death. To this union were born 5 children. One son (Lewis) preceded him in death. The remaining ones to sustain their loss are his wife, 2 sons (Harry and Clarence), 2 daughters (Laura Weseman of Fairmont, Minn., and Maud Raud of Chehalis, Wash.), 12 grandchildren. The children, except Mrs. Raud, were at his bedside at the time of his departure. His people in Ohio were of the Dunkard faith. A few weeks before his going he became convicted and wanted to be baptized. After calling Bro. C. J. Garber and expressing his desire, arrangements were made and he was baptized. He seemed to enjoy his new relation very much and his people said he was very happy and said he was ready to go. Services were at the house and at the Federated church in Sherburn, conducted by Bros. N. E. Landis and C. J. Garber. The body lies in the cemetery at Sherburn to await the final call at the last day.
Stoltzfus.-Catherine, daughter of John S. and Catherine Lapp, was born in East Lampeter, Pa., Sept. 3, 1848; died Dec. 20, 1933, at the home of her son John S. near Millwood; aged 85 y. 3 m. 17 d. She was united in marriage with Daniel M. Stoltzfus Dec. 3, 1874. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters (Rachel-Mrs. Ben Umble, Tobias K., John S., Sarah L.-Mrs. Christ King, Daniel F., and D. Ira.). Rachel, Daniel F., and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 brother (Isaac J. Lapp), 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Death was due to effects of a stroke and old age. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and was always ready to attend church when health permitted. Services were conducted Dec. 23, 1933, at the home of her son John by Christian Glick and Aaron R. Glick. Text, 11 Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in Millwood A. M. Cemetery.
"Grandmother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and pain;
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into heaven's mansion she entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles
Grandmother has fallen asleep."
Hostetler.-Merrill Wayne, son of Amos O. and
Thersa Hostetler died Jan. 17, 1934; aged 2 y. 6 m. He suffered
with pneumonia and complications for four and one half weeks.
He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Maurice Lowell and Mervin Dean),
2 foster sisters (Marie Snell and Betty Rhodes), 4 grandparents,
1 great-grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. One
sister (Dorothy Elaine) preceded him, having died in infancy.
Merrill was a cheerful, happy child and brought much happiness
in his short stay here. He leaves a large vacancy in our home.
Everywhere we see reminders of his sunny, happy life, and we miss
his loving actions so much. We would oh, so gladly, have kept
him with us, but our heavenly Father saw fit to take him home.
We submit to His will and say with Job, "The Lord gave, the
Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." We
are glad that we can have the blessed hope of meeting our loved
ones again. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, Menno
J., E. J., and D. A. Yoder. Text, Matt. 14:19.
"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 above."
Gunden.-Magdalena, daughter of Daniel and Anna
(Swartzendruber) Yoder, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Oct.
29, 1861; died at her home in Wellman, Ia., Jan. 15, 1934; aged
72 y. 2 m. 26 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in
her youth and remained a faithful member until death. Most of
her life she was blessed with remarkable health and vigor and
found delight in applying this blessing in being helpful to others.
She was devoted to the happiness of her family and those about
her, especially her companion who was afflicted for many years.
The last few years, however, she had been failing in health and
on Sunday, Jan. 14, she was overtaken with a paralytic stroke
of which she never regained consciousness. She was a member of
a family of nine children, namely: Noah, Barbara, Jacob, Christian,
Catherine (Mrs. John B. Miller), Joseph, Elizabeth, all deceased,
and Mary (Mrs. Jacob Brenneman) who resides near Wellman, Iowa.
Besides her sister she leaves 3 foster children, 7 foster grandchildren
and many other relatives and friends. She was united in marriage
by her uncle Frederick Swartzendruber to Jacob Gunden Oct. 6,
1883, he preceding her to the great beyond in May, 1932. Funeral
services were conducted at the home of her sister by Elmer G.
Swartzendruber and at the Lower Deer Creek Church by John Y. Swartzendruber
assisted by W. S. Guengerich in
English and J. L. Hershberger in German. Text, Jno. 12:24.
Kauffman.-Amanda (Kurtz), wife of Michael Kauffman, was born Jan. 11, 1888; died at her home near Atglen, Pa., Jan. 15, 1934; aged 46 y. 4 d. She was afflicted with dropsy for about 4 weeks. She was in delicate health for many years. Over 18 years ago she has pneumonia, which left her with a draining side. She was in the hospital twice for an operation on her side, but it never healed up. This union was blessed with three children of whom one daughter preceded her in infancy. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful member till death. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Agnes), 1 son (Isaac), 1 foster daughter (Mrs. Aaron Nafziger), 2 foster grandchildren, 4 brothers and 3 sisters (Henry, Ezra, Levi, Isaac, Barbara, wife of David Kennel, Lizzie and Elsie), besides many other relatives and friends. She was always cheerful and patient in all her afflictions and had a smile and kind word for everyone. She was fully resigned to the Lord's will. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 18 at the house by John M. Stoltzfus (text, Job 14:14) and at the Millwood Church by Amos Stoltzfus and J. S. Mast. Texts, Jno. 16:16 and Jno. 17:24. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. She will be greatly missed but we believe our loss is her eternal gain.
"Let your hands be folded, mother,
Of toil they've done their share;
While our lives were young and tender,
How you watched with loving care.
We thank God for such a mother,
And the prayers for us you've prayed;
Great and blessed we shall call you,
May your precepts be obeyed."
Boese.-Jacob, son of Tobias and Susan (Kane) Boese, was born in Ostra, Russia, Jan. 1, 1859. He came to America when 14 years of age, making his home in Wayne Co., Ohio, when he grew to manhood. He was converted in his youth, accepted Christ as his Savior, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. In 1881 he was united in holy matrimony with Mary Roth. This union was blest with 5 daughters and 2 sons. One daughter (Emma) preceded him in death. The remaining children are: Mrs. Joe Kauffman, Mrs. John Imhof, Mrs. Chris Hertig, Mrs. Louie Kauffman, Sam, and Albert, all residing in the community of Wayland, Iowa. In 1887 Bro. Boese moved to Iowa from Ohio, locating on a farm south and east of Wayland where they lived for 13 years when they moved to the Brewery farm one-half mile south of town. In 1931 they moved to their late home in Wayland where he passed away Jan. 10, 1934; aged 75 y. 9 d. He was the second in a family of 4 brothers and 2 half-brothers. He was of a kindly, unassuming, peaceful disposition, and if we were to write the motto for his life it might be summed up as "Peace with Everybody." Much of his leisure time of late years was spent reading the Bible. He leaves his wife, 4 daughters, 2 sons, 15 grandchildren (one, Betty Marie Hertig, having preceded him in death), 2 half-brothers (one living in Kansas and the other in Russia), and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek church near Wayland, Iowa, conducted by Simon Gingerich assisted by J. L. Hershberger of Kalona, Iowa. Text, 1 Cor. 15:55-57. Interment in the cemetery near by.
"Dearer to us than words can tell,
Are the thoughts of father whom we loved so well;
'Tis only those who have loved and lost
We can realize the bitter cost."
Yotty.-Annie, daughter of Jacob and Jacobena Bachman, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Dec. 3, 1858; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Jacob J. Speas) in Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 18, 1933; aged 75 y. 15 d. On Jan. 26, 1882, she was united in marriage to Jacob C. Yotty, who preceded her in death Aug. 23, 1920. To this union were born 2 sons (Christian and Bartholomew) and 2 daughters (Elizabeth, wife of John H. Speas, and Jacobena, wife of Jacob J. Speas) all of Kalona. She lived with her family in Woodford Co., Ill., until 1914, when they moved to Fayette Co., Iowa; where they lived until 1920, when they moved to Washington Co., Iowa, where she remained until death. She accepted Christ in her youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church, and as long as her health permitted, her seat in church was seldom vacant. On Sunday, April 3, 1930, on her way to church she was stricken, since which time she has been confined to her home. About a year and a half ago it became evident that she was suffering from a cancer, which finally caused her death. She suffered a great deal during her illness, never complaining, fully resigned to the Lord's will. She leaves 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, all of Kalona, Iowa; 2 brothers (Christian and Peter Bachman), 1 sister (Mrs. Barbara Schrock of Woodford Co., Ill.) and a host of relatives and friends. Her husband, parents and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church near Kalona, Dec. 19, by Bro. D. J. Fisher (Text, Heb. 9:27), after which the remains were taken to her former home in Woodford Co., Ill., where final services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Church on Dec. 20 by Bro. Ezra Yordy. Burial in the cemetery near by.
"Her room is empty, all is still,
Her place is vacant, it was God's will;
So long she waited for her rest.
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Doll.-Malinda, daughter of Benuel and Elizabeth Bowman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died Nov. 10, 1933; aged 59 y. 10 m. 15 d. On June 10, 1895, she was married to Amos Doll. They lived in Waterloo County till 1911, when they moved on a farm near Guernsey, Sask., where they resided till her death. She leaves 1 son, 1 daughter, and a sorrowing husband. Funeral was held Nov. 12 at Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey, services in charge of Bro. M. H. Schmidt. Text, 1 Cor. 15:55. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Miller.-Mary (Hershberger) Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 17, 1850; died in Berlin, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1934; aged 84 y. 4 d. She lived a widow since 1912. She was united in marriage to Isaac. I. Miller Aug. 27, 1876. No children were born to this union. She leaves 1 adopted son, 1 grandchild, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Her sickness lasted only a short time of chronic bronchitis. She united with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in her younger years and was a faithful member until the end. Services at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church by A. W. Miller and Calvin Mast. Texts, Jno. 11:25, 1 Pet. 1:1-3. Burial in cemetery nearby.
Biehn.-Sylvester, oldest son of Aaron B. and Mary (Bowman) Biehn, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Mar. 26, 1884; died Jan. 4, 1934, at the hospital in Nipawin, Sask.; aged 49 y. 9 m. 9 d. He was married to Cora Smithson who predeceased him 8 years ago. He is survived by 1 daughter (Laura), 1 son (Stanley), both of Saskatoon, Sask., and his father (Dea. Aaron Biehn of Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey), 4 brothers (Freeman, Clayton, Aaron of Guernsey, Sask.; Leander of Nacam, Sask.), 1 sister (Mrs. Clemens Snider of Guernsey, Sask.). The funeral was held Jan. 7 at Sharon Mennonite Church, services conducted by Bro. M. H. Schmidt. Text, Psa. 90:12. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Kilheffer.-Susan S., widow of Jacob Kilheffer,
was born July 27, 1849; died Jan. 20, 1934, at the home of her
son; aged 84 y. 5 m. 23 d. She is survived by 3 children (Willis
S. of East Petersburg, Ellen S. of Lititz, Jerry S. of Lancaster).
She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, but being
deprived of her hearing she did not attend as regularly as we
believe she would have if she had the privilege of hearing what
was said. Memories of her helpfulness in the homes of her children
will long be remembered. Funeral services were held at the home
of her son by Bro. John Gochnauer and at the Millersville Mennonite
Church by Bros. John K. Charles and John Mosemann. Burial in the
"One by one the links are severed
From the golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above."
White.-Martha, wife of Israel White, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 22, 1843. On Feb. 18, 1866, she was married to Israel White and soon after they came to Stark Co., Ohio. To this union were born 7 children, all having passed on but Albert White of Dalton, O., and William White of Chippewa Lake, O. Her last days were spent at the home of her son Albert, where she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus Jan. 25, 1934, at the ripe old age of 90 y. 6 m. 3 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 60 years. By her passing, another rose that had graced the thresholds of many homes in this land for almost a century has been plucked by the Gardener of heaven to help beautify His garden on high for eternity. Funeral Jan. 28 at Pleasant View Church near Bowdil, Ohio, by I. J. Buchwalter assisted by R. G. Pinkerton. Text, 11 Tim. 4:7. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.
Schrock.-Anna, daughter of Menno and Catherine Schultz, was born Mar. 24, 1898, near Thurman, Colo.; died Jan. 23, 1934; aged 35 y. 8 m. 29 d. On Sept. 10, 1919, she was united in marriage to Peter Schrock. To this union 3 children were born: Fern, Ervin and Vernon. She leaves her husband and children, father, 1 brother, and a host of friends. Her mother and 1 brother preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and has been a faithful Christian, a faithful and loving wife and mother, and was a living testimony of her Lord and Savior whom she learned to love and in whom she put all her trust. "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is a able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." Funeral services held Jan. 25 at the Thurman Mennonite Church conducted by N. M. Birky and Henry Kuhns. Texts, Psa. 103:13, 14; Jno. 10:28. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Frank.-Annie S., widow of the late Amos H. Frank,
was born July 4, 1857 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Jan. 12, 1934;
aged 76 y. 6 m. 8 d. She was a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite
Church. Her husband preceded her in death 27 years ago. She is
survived by 1 daughter (Ada N., wife of Charles B. Landis) with
whom she resided; also 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild;
also 3 sisters (Mrs. Amos B. Snavely, Mrs. Fannie S. Miller, Mrs.
Harvey W. Metzler), and 1 brother (David S. Nissley). Brief funeral
services were held at the home on Monday afternoon, Jan. 15, conducted
by Bro. Noah Landis and at East Petersburg Mennonite church by
Bros. John Gochnauer and Ira D. Landis. Text, Job 14:10. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery. During her illness mother suffered
great pain but we can well say with the poet:
"Mother's gone beyond this world
Of sorrow, pain, and care;
Gone to be with Jesus:
Oh will we meet her there?
By her daughter.
Christophel.-Carol Jean, daughter of Carl and
Grace (Hostetler) Christophel, died Jan. 23, 1934, at the Elkhart
General Hospital, Elkhart, Ind., aged 3 y. 1 m. 17 d. She had
been ill for a week, suffering first from influenza, which developed
meningitis which caused her death. In these few short years she
endeared herself to all who came in contact with her. Just a short
time before she passed away she seemed to have a gleam of heavenly
light. Besides her bereaved parents, she is survived by her brother
(Donald), her maternal grandparents (S. S. Hostetler and wife)
and paternal grandparents ( Ira Christophel and wife), two great-grandfathers
(Jonas Loucks and Noah Christophel), a large number of uncles,
and aunts, and other relatives and friends. Because of the disease
the funeral was held at the Hostetler home only with the immediate
relatives attending, D. A. Yoder and J. S. Hartzler officiating.
Burial in the Prairie Street cemetery.
"Thy house is fair,
Thou dost not ask to see
The distant scene,
For it is near to thee."
Weaver.-Martha, daughter of Harry and the late
Susan (Hershey) Weaver, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 5,
1890; died near the same place Jan. 16, 1934; aged 43 y. 11 m.
11 d. She united with the Weaverland Mennonite Church in her youth
and remained a faithful member until death. She was physically
disabled almost her entire life and was never able to do hard
work. Her last illness was heart trouble, which no one thought
especially serious but it proved fatal in a few hours. She leaves
her father, 3 brothers, 1 sister and other relatives and friends,
who may be comforted by the Christian's hope in the resurrection
when she will come forth with a glorified body, and so shall she
ever be with the Lord. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 19
at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Hurst and Hershey
Sensing. Text, Heb. 4:9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Just a closing of the eyelids,
Just a hush-why mourn and weep?
So it is our heavenly Father
Giveth His beloved sleep."
By a friend.
Felpel.-Lizzie (Snader) Felpel was born
at Weaverland, Pa., Mar. 5, 1869; died Dec. 7, 1933 at her home
at Groffdale, Pa.; aged 64 y. 9 m. 2 d. On Nov. 27, 1892, she
was united in marriage to Theodore Felpel. This union was blessed
with 6 sons and 4 daughters. Two sons preceded her in death. There
remain her husband and these children: Harry, William, Lizzie,
wife of Christian Martin; Bertha, wife of Aaron Newswanger; Anna,
wife of Martin Nolt; George; Mary, wife of Jacob Carpenter, and
Aaron; also 22 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. She was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Death was due to complications
of a weak heart, she having been bedfast only one day. She is
sadly missed in the home, especially by her dear husband who has
been in failing health for almost a year. Funeral services were
held Dec.10 at the home by Bro. Frank Hurst and at Weaverland
Mennonite Church by Bros. Moses Horning, Joseph Hostetter, and
Hershey Sensing. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest mother, how we miss you,
Now your place is vacant here.
But you will never be forgotten
By the ones who hold you dear."
By the family.
Hershberger.-Elizabeth Schweitzer was born in
Ontario, Can., Sept. 6, 1866; died at her home in Milford, Neb.,
Jan. 9, 1934; aged 67 y. 4 m. 3 d. Since 1888 she lived in the
community where she died. She was married to John K. Hershberger
May 5, 1887. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. 1
daughter and 1 granddaughter preceded her in death. Her sister
(Katie Nofzinger) passed away the same day as our departed sister.
She is survived by her husband, 9 children (Jerry, Daniel, Elmer,
and John of Milford; Earl of Lincoln; Mrs. Noah Reber, Mrs. Marvin
Danner, and Mrs. John Erb of Milford; and Mrs. Herbert McLein
of Lincoln), 29 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers
(J. J., and M. J., of Milford, and D. J. of Woodriver) and many
relatives and friends. At an early age she accepted Christ as
her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, to which she
remained faithful until the end. She became ill about four weeks
ago and during this time she suffered much pain. Funeral services
by J. E. Zimmerman and Geo. S. Miller. Text, Dan. 12:2 and Rev.
14:13. burial in East Fairview Cemetery.
"We loved her, yes we loved her,
But Jesus loved her more
And He has sweetly called her
To yonder shining shore."
Horst.-Eliza, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Hess, was born near Dalton, Ohio, April 4, 1849, died at the home of her grandson, Oscar Weaver near Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 10, 1934; aged 84 y. 7 m. 26 d. In 1869 she was married to Joseph S. Martin. To this union 4 children were born (Sarah J. Weaver of Harrison Center, Jacob A. Martin of Wooster, O., Reuben S. Martin of Goshen, and John H. Martin of Dalton, O.). Joseph Martin died Aug. 30, 1887. In 1893 she was married to Jonas B. Horst of North Lawrence, O., to which place she moved the following spring, her sons accompanying her. She lived in Ohio about 13 years, after which she again moved to Indiana and lived on her farm until a few years ago. Since that time she has lived with her children and the grandson at whose home she died. She was sick only four days with pneumonia. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for the past 50 years and at the time of her death she was a member of the Olive congregation. Jonas Horst died Dec. 12, 1926, and was buried in Ohio She is survived by her 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Eli R. Hess of Nappanee, Ind.) 1 sister (Mrs. Malinda Martin of Goshen), 5 half-brothers (Amasa and Frank of Elkhart, Charles Hess of Rockford, Ill., Chauncey and Wilson Hess of Goshen). Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church conducted by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text, Psa. 90:10.
Roth.-Magdalena Roth (Nee Wittrig) was
born in Canada March 7, 1851; died at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Chris. Schrock, in Shickley, Neb., Jan. 20, 1934; aged 82
y. 10 m. 13 d. March 31, 1870, she was married to Chris. Roth.
To this union were born 4 sons and 9 daughters. Her companion,
one son (Samuel) and one daughter (Maggie) preceded her in death.
She leaves 3 sons (Joseph, Daniel, and William), eight daughters
(Anna Ropp, Katie Schneider, Lydia Schrock, Barbara Augustine,
Mary Schrock, Mattie Eichelberger, Lizzie Stauffer, and Amanda
Birky), 66 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Daniel
and Peter Wittrig), 2 sisters (Barbara Birky and Susie Augspurger)
and many friends to mourn their loss. Mother's illness was of
long duration, but she bore her afflictions bravely, with a full
resignation to the Master's will. The dear Lord saw best to take
her home where she had a longing to be. Funeral services were
held Jan. 22, conducted by Fred Reeb, Wm. Eicher, Peter Kennel,
and Ben Schlegel. Burial in the Salem Cemetery.
"Beautiful rest for you, dear Mother,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended,
We shall again be with you.
Beyond this world of sin and woes
With Jesus in eternity."
Weaver.-Catharine, daughter of William and Gertrude Mishler, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 17, 1852; died at her late home in Goshen, Ind., Jan. 21, 1934; aged 81 y. 2 m. 4 d. Death came as a result of the infirmities of old age. She had been almost totally blind for the past year, and while she did not suffer a great deal of pain, yet, "to be absent from the body and present with the Lord" is much better for her. When she was two years old, she, with her parents, moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., settling on a farm near Middlebury where she grew to womanhood. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Shore Mennonite Church. At the time of her death she was a member of the Goshen College congregation and all who knew her regarded her as a quiet Christian, always emplifying and adoring her Savior as best she could. She was united in marriage to Josias Weaver at the Big Prairie, Mich., July 9, 1905. They then settled on a farm near Bowne, Mich., where they lived until 1912, when they came to Goshen and built the late residence at 1144 South 8th St. Bro. Weaver preceded her in death May 24, 1917. Since that time she has been living alone with the exception of the last two years, when her sister Barbara came to care for her. She leaves two sisters and two brothers (Mrs. Polly Miller, Nampa, Idaho; Mrs. U. Y. Miller, Topeka, Ind.; Jacob Mishler, Middlebury, Ind.; and John Mishler of Bowne, Mich.). She also leaves a host of friends and neighbors to whom she had endeared herself by her kind Christian disposition. Funeral services were held in the late home Monday afternoon, Jan. 22, in charge of S. C. Yoder. The body was taken to Elmdale, Mich. Funeral services were held at the Bowne Mennonite Church, Tuesday afternoon in charge of C. L. Graber. Interment was made in cemetery nearby.
Transcriber's note: "emplifying" as in the original.
Kauffman.-Abner, son of Eli and Elizabeth (Hooley) Kauffman,
was born near Reedsville, Pa., Nov. 4, 1857; died at his home
near West Liberty, Ohio, Jan. 20, 1934; aged 76 y. 2 m. 6 d. While
yet quite small, his parents moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, where he
grew to manhood, and at the age of 21 came to Logan Co., Ohio.
On Feb. 21, 1884, he was united in marriage with Martha Ellen
Yoder. After sharing the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 48
years she passed away in Nov. 1931. To this union nine children
were born; of these, six remain; Blaine of Pemberton, Sherman
of Bellefontaine; Rhoda (Mrs.Ralph Yoder) of Harrisonville, Mo.;
Artie (Mrs. Marion King) of West Liberty; Harry and Mabel, at
home. An infant son preceded him in death. He also leaves ten
grandchildren, one brother (Lee H.), one half-brother (Jacob),
and four half-sisters (Mrs. Amos Detweiler, Fannie and Sallie,
all of West Liberty, and Mrs. Malinda Detweiler, of Fairview,
Mich.) Since the death of his wife his health failed rapidly.
During this time he was tenderly cared for by the loved ones in
the home, and after a two-day illness of pneumonia, which his
frail body could not withstand, he passed away. He united with
the Mennonite Church in his youth and continued faithfully in
this faith through his life.
"Beyond the doubts and hopes and fears,
Beyond the cares and joys and tears,
Beyond the smiling and the weeping,
Beyond the working and the sleeping,
Our loved one rests in slumber deep,
In silent and eternal sleep."
Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, Tuesday at 2 p. m., conducted by Bros. S. E. Allgyer and J. Y. King. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
Springer.-Marie, daughter of John and Elizabeth
Esch, was born June 27, 1843, in St. Medard, Alsace Lorraine,
France; died Jan. 10, 1934; aged 90 y. 6 m. 13 d. Her father having
passed away before her birth she and her mother lived at the home
of her grandfather. In the year 1861 she was married to Valentine
Springer of St. Medard, France. To this union were born 8 children.
In 1891 she with her family came to America and settled in the
vicinity of Metamora, Ill. They were engaged in farming here for
a time and then moved to Fisher, Ill. When she and her husband
retired they returned to Woodford County and resided in Metamora.
In 1913 her husband passed away and 7 years later she made her
home with her children. Her last years were spent in the home
of her son, Peter Springer, near Metamora. She was preceded in
death by her husband, a son, and a daughter who died in France,
another son (John) and grandson (Benjamin) of Fisher, Ill. Those
who remain are her 5 sons (Andrew, Joseph, and Peter of Metamora;
Valentine of Fisher; Benjamin of Washington), 24 grandchildren,
and 29 great-grandchildren. Sister Springer united with the Mennonite
Church in her youth and remained a constant and faithful follower
of her Savior throughout her entire life. She was of a lively
personality and had a kind heart that won many friends for her.
Children and grandchildren will ever remember her devotion and
tenderness for her own.
"Mother's gone beyond this world of sorrow, pain and care,
Gone to be with Jesus; Oh, will we miss her there?"
Services were held at the home of her son (Peter Springer) on Friday, Jan. 12, in charge of A. A. Schrock and at the Metamora Mennonite Church in charge of H. R. Schertz. Text, Rev. 6. Burial in Harmony Cemetery.
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Kramer.-Annie (Angeny), widow of Henry Kramer, died of general debility at the Eastern Mennonite Home of Souderton on Jan. 4, 1934; aged 82 y. She had been a guest at the Home since the death of her husband about a year ago. In her young years she was a school teacher. She was a lifelong member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. Services were held in the Tohicken Lutheran Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by the Deep Run minister.
Cox. -Sister Mollie Cox died Jan. 14, 1934; aged 75 years. She accepted Christ some years ago and united with the Mennonite Church-with her step-son, Wm. G. Cox. He and his wife both preceded her in death. Her husband had died some years before. At the time of her death she was living with her step-grandson, Robert Cox of Denbigh, Va. She is survived by 1 daughter (Elizabeth of Washington, D. C.), 1 son (John of Richmond, Va.). Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at the Warwick River Mennonite Church conducted by the Brethren Geo. R. Brunk and Daniel Shenk. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Martin.-Abram F. Martin was born March 5, 1877;
died at the home of his sister (Mrs. Aaron B. Weaver) Jan. 5,
1934; aged 56 y. 10 m. He united with the Mennonite Church Jan.
1, 1934. He is survived by his wife, 3 brothers and 2 sisters
(Barton Z., of East Earl, Pa., John J. of Chicago, Eli Z. of Churchtown,
Mrs. Lizzie Marks, and Mrs. Aaron B. Weaver with whom he had his
home for 6 weeks). Funeral services were held Jan. 9 at the home
by Bro. John M. Souder, at the Goodville Pa., Mennonite Church
by Bro. I. B. Good. Text, Isa. 60:20. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet and peaceful breast.
All is over, hands are folded,
And our uncle is at rest."
By a Niece.
Leatherman.-John, son of the late Martin and Annie Leatherman, died Jan. 26, 1934; aged 77 y. 6 m. 7 d. He died on the same farm where he was born, also his father, the farm situated along Deep Run, Pa., which was in the Leatherman family for a number of generations. He suffered over a week with erysipelas and bright's disease. He was a faithful member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church since the youth. He is survived by his widow (Eliza nee Kulp), 1 son (Harvey, living at home), 2 daughters (Anna at home and Sallie, wife of Raymond Rush of Plumsteadville) and 10 grandchildren. One son (Theodore) died about 6 months ago. Services conducted at the home by Jacob Rush and Wilson Overholt, at Deep Run Church by A. O. Histand and Enos Wismer. Buried in nearby cemetery.
Kreider.-Margaret E., wife of Bro. B. Frank Kreider,
was born Feb. 18, 1907; died Jan. 8, 1934, at the home of her
parents, Bro. and Sister Walter Groff of Talmage, Pa., with whom
they resided; aged 26 y. 10 m. 20 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband,
parents, 1 brother (Melvin), and a cousin (Lester Detweiler),
residing with them. At the age of fourteen she united with the
Mennonite Church. Margaret was of a kind and loving disposition
and leaves a host of friends to mourn her early departure. Oh,
how we miss her! Especially in the home. Services were conducted
by Bros. Amos Horst and Eli Souder. The body was laid to rest
in the East Petersburg cemetery.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand."
Stoll.-Joseph S., son of John and Elizabeth (Swartz) Stoll, was born Oct. 28, 1870, in Daviess Co., Ind.; he died very suddenly of heart trouble on Jan. 17, 1934; aged 63 y. 2 m. 19 d. He was married to Annie Gingerich Dec. 24, 1895. To this union were born 12 children (William J., Joseph D., John H., C. Albert, Rose G.-who died in infancy, Abraham J., Levi G., Elizabeth A., Edna S., Roy R., Goldy V., Eli E.). He also leaves 29 grandchildren (one preceding him in death), 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. He moved with his family to Wolford, N. Dak., in Oct. 1903, and remained there until death. He was a member of the Lake View Mennonite Church. His place will be vacant in the church, but he will be missed more at home, especially by his small grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at the Lake View Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Eli G. Hochstetler. Text, Matt. 24:44.
Zook.-Bertha, daughter of Andrew H. and Tillie
Zook, was born May 22, 1920; died following a long illness, Feb.
1, 1934; aged 13 y. 8 m. 10 d. She is survived by her parents
and the following brothers and sisters: Katherine, Lehman, Lester,
Gertrude, Earl, Lee, Edna, Esther, Erma, Donald and Blauch. At
the age of 12 she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with
the Maple Grove Church near New Wilmington, Pa. Her Christian
life was very short and she spent half of it on her bed of affliction.
Yet with all her suffering she was patient and never complained
of her lot but trusted in the Lord. She will be greatly missed
in the home, Sunday school, and community, but we submit to the
will of God and say with Job, "The Lord gave, and the Lord
has taken away' blessed be the name of the Lord." The funeral
was largely attended with services at the home and church, conducted
by Brethren J. L. Lantz, and E. J. Zook. Texts, Psa. 46; Matt.
"We loved her, yes we loved her
But Jesus loved her more;
And He has sweetly called her
To yonder shining shore."
Transcriber's note: In the original there is a coma separating "Katherine" and "Lehman". It probably should read Katherine Lehman.
Godshall.-Ellis K., son of Hannah K. and the
late Frank Z. Godshall, was born near Lansdale, Pa., Oct. 12,
1881. He united with the Mennonite Church in the summer of 1906
and was a member of the Plain Mennonite Church until the time
of his death. In December, 1905, he was united in marriage to
Sallie Romig. To this union 2 children were born (Frances R. and
Herbert R.). He is survived by his wife and children, his mother,
2 brothers (John and Charles) and 1 sister (Annie, wife of Elias
Bergey). He was actively interested in the work of the Mennonite
Mission at Norristown. He was a diligent worker in the Sunday
school of the Plain Church. He was superintendent of that organization
for a number of years and held that office at the time of his
death. Short services were held at the house, Bro. Jonas Mininger
in charge. Funeral services were held at the Plain Church, Bros.
Jacob Clemens and John Lapp conducted the service at that place.
Burial in adjoining cemetery. Text, Psa. 30:5.
Sleep on, dear husband and father, take your rest,
We believe your soul has found sweet rest
With Jesus above.
We hope 'twill not be long
Till we all can stand around the Throne,
Praising our dear Savior.
Wife and children.
Byler.-Menno S., son of Eli and Esther Byler, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Aug. 25, 1856; died Jan. 9, 1934 at Pemberton, Ohio; aged 77 y. 4 m. 14 d. He was married to Dora McMullen who passed away in 1927. To this union were born 10 children, 5 of whom died in infancy. Those who remain are: Charles of West Liberty, William of West Branch, Mich., Joseph and Mrs. Alfred Dressback of Pemberton and Mrs. Bernard Dressback of Sidney. He also leaves 15 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Gertrude Yoder, West Liberty) and 3 brothers (Absalom Blyer of Wooster, Ohio, Jeptha Blyer and Jonas Byler of Lawrence Co., Pa.). For several years after his marriage he lived in Logan Co., afterward moving to Shelby Co., where he spent the remainder of his life. He had been afflicted with dropsy and heart trouble for a number of years but was bedfast only 4 days. He was of a very jovial disposition and in this way he gained many friends among young and old. Funeral services were held at the Bee Hive Church conducted by--Yantis of De Graff. Burial in South Union Cemetery near West Liberty. Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Wm. Byler, South Branch, Mich., Jeptha, Jona, Charles, and Harry Byler of Lawrence Co., Pa.; Alvin Byler and wife, Joseph, Saloma, and Raymond Byler, Mrs. Simon Burkholder, Menno Yoder, Mr. and Mrs. Lehman all of Wayne Co.
Buch.-Harry M. Buch was born Feb. 25, 1887, near
Akron, Pa.; died in the Lancaster General Hospital, Jan. 24, 1934;
aged 46 y. 10 m. 29 d. On Oct. 29, 1912 he was united in marriage
to Nora M. Hackman. The Lord blessed this union with 2 sons and
1 daughter. A few years later, in Dec., 1914, they both confessed
Christ and united with the Mennonite Church at Metzler's where
he was a faithful and loyal member up to the time of his death.
He was treasurer of the Sunday school for years, also trustee
of the church since his aged father resigned years ago. About
2 years ago he started with kidney trouble and on Nov. 1, 1932,
he was shot in the foot while his cousin's gun accidentally discharged
while hunting for rabbits, his foot being badly mangled. He has
intense suffering until it healed. About a week before his death
he was stricken with a nervous stroke and taken to the hospital
where he passed away. He is survived by his wife and 3 children
(Arthur, Arlene, and Roy all at home), also his aged father and
2 brothers. His mother preceded him in death 3 years ago. Funeral
services were held Jan. 28, conducted at the home by Bro. Eli
Sauder and at Metzler's Church by Bros. John Sauder and Benj.
Wenger. Text, Matt. 24:44. Also preaching in the basement to the
overflow number of friends by Bros. Noah Landis and John W. Hess.
The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dear brother, in Jesus' arms thou art resting;
And to us this thought so deeply pressing,
That we all must come to Thee confessing,
If we wish to receive this eternal blessing."
Burkholder.-Lydia A., wife of preacher Abe B. Burkholder, was born Nov. 24, 1860; died on her husband's eighty-fourth birthday, at their home near Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 4, 1934, aged 73 y. 1 m. 11 d. The immediate cause of her death was weakening of the heart and pneumonia complications. She was a native of Lewistown, Ohio. On Jan. 1, 1885, she was united in marriage to Menno Weaver. He was called away Sept. 14, 1909. On Feb. 6, 1919, she was again united in marriage to Bro. Abe B. Burkholder of near Harrisonburg, Va. They lived in North Lima, Ohio, nearly four years after their marriage. On Oct. 20, 1922, they moved to Virginia, locating at the same place where she died. She united with the Mennonite Church in the year 1893, and she had never missed a communion service since she united with the church. She was an example of simplicity and modesty. Her dying request was that her funeral be plain and simple and that there be no flowers. She was confined to her bed only a few days but she seemed to realize that the time of her departure was near. She selected Matt. 5:8, 16 for her funeral text, and also three hymns to be used on that occasion. She was a faithful, devoted companion, and since her chair is vacant, only those who were most closely associated with her realize how well she filled her place in the home. Surviving is her aged companion, 3 step-daughters and 6 step-sons. She is also survived by 1 brother (Henry Blosser of East Lewistown, Ohio), 1 sister (Mrs. Susan Guy, Columbiana, Ohio), 4 nephews, and 1 niece, all of Ohio. Funeral was held from Weaver's Church, conducted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes, assisted by Bro. J. S. Martin. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
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Hudson.-Owen Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hudson, Cass Co., Mo., was born Nov. 28, 1933 and died Feb. 6, 1934. He leaves his father, five sisters, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Will Kegarice and Silas Hudson) six aunts, six uncles, and a host of friends. His mother preceded him in death one month. Funeral conducted at the home by I. G. Hartzler. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Interment in Pitts Chapel Cemetery.
Longenecker.-Harold Wayne Longenecker was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 26, 1898; died in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa., Jan. 21, 1934. He is survived by two brothers and two sisters: Hebert, Chauncey, Pearl, and May. Harold united with the Mennonite Church at Miner's Village Mission, Nov. 12, 1933. Funeral services were held from the home of his brother-in-law, Frank Sonons, and at the Miner's Village Mission, Jan. 25, in charge of Joseph Boll and John W. Weaver. Text, Rev. 7:14. Burial at Compass, Chester Co.
Clauser.-David S. Clauser was born Sept. 3, 1854, at Rockton, Pa.; died Feb. 12, 1934, at the home of his daughter (Mrs. T. J. Platt, with whom he made his home since the death of his wife, Nettie Clauser, fifteen years ago). Hs is survived by the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Mary Platt, Du Bois, Pa.; Mrs. Ferol Murray, Sheffield, Pa.; Lawrence, Girard, O.; Oden, Shawmut, Pa.; Morris, Carlisle, Pa.; Roy, Curwinsville; Floyd, Du Bois. Thirty-three grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren also survive. He united with the Mennonite Church at Rockton many years ago, and was a regular attendant while living in his home community. Funeral services were held at the Rockton Mennonite Church with burial being made in cemetery adjoining the church.
Hedrick.-Oney (Day), wife of Denner Hedrick,
was born June 8, 1902; died at her home near Onego, W. Va., Feb.
2, 1934; aged 31 y. 7 m. 24 d. She had been in ill health for
about a year. She confessed Christ as her Savior and united with
the Mennonite Church in July and was faithful until death. She
leaves her husband, one son (Walter), 2 half-sisters, 2 half-brothers
and a host of friends and relatives. A few hours before her departure
she expressed her desire to be with her Savior. Funeral services
were held at the Brushy Run Mennonite Church in charge of Bro.
Paul Good. The body was laid to rest in a cemetery near Riverton.
"Her room is empty, all is still;
Her place is vacant, it was God's will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Hess.-Mary Kathryn, daughter of Norman and Helen
(Snavely) Hess, died Jan. 15, 1934; aged 21 months. She had been
ill for two weeks, suffering first from pneumonia, which developed
meningitis, causing her death. In the short time she was with
us she endeared herself to all who came in contact with her, as
she had such a sweet disposition. Besides her bereaved parents
she is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Herbert,
Arthur, Edward, Elizabeth, and Jane; her maternal grandfather
(John Snavely) and parental grandparents (Deacon Benj. Hess and
wife). Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at the Landis Valley
Mennonite Church, Bros. Noah Landis and Ira D. Landis officiating.
Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"A little bud of love,
To bloom with God above."
Schrock.-Ira D. Schrock, son of Daniel and Mary (Yoder) Schrock, was born Nov, 14, 1884, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died at Richmond, Ind., Jan. 29, 1934; aged 49 y. 2 m. 15 d. His health had been failing for some time. He was of a quiet disposition. He spent a number of years in the West, working on farms and later learned the barber trade and worked in various places at this trade. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and leaves his parents, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers (Ida-Mrs. Harvey Bontrager of Goshen, Ind.; Annie-Mrs. Rollen Mishler of Middlebury, Ind.; Grant of Howe, Ind.; and Jacob, at home). Two sisters preceded him in infancy. The funeral was held at the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind., by Oscar S. Hostetler and Josiah J. Miller. Text, 11 Cor. 5:10. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Hershberger. -Daniel A., son of Abraham and Anna Hershberger, was born July 6, 1852, in Miami Co., Ind.; died Feb. 7, 1934, at the home of his son Henry at Fairview, Mich.; aged 81 y. 7 m. 1 d. He was united in marriage to Louisa Miller on Feb. 12, 1874, in Holmes Co., Ohio. To this union were born 8 children. His companion and 5 children preceded him to the great beyond. There are left to mourn his sudden departure, 3 children (Henry of Fairview, Earl of Davidson, Mich., and Susie of Fairview), 26 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from his youth. The funeral was held Feb. 10 at the Fairview Mennonite Church. Services conducted by Bro. Menno Esch, assisted by Bro. M. S. Steiner. Text II Cor. 5:1. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
Eicholtz.-Emanuel B. Eicholtz was born near Three Rivers, Mich., July 10, 1857; died in Garden City, Mo., Feb. 2, 1934; aged 76 y. 6 m. 23 d. He was the 3rd son of William and Margaret (Gross) Eicholtz. He grew to manhood at the place of his birth. At the age of 21 years he was married to Effie Ellen Huffman. To this were born five sons and three daughters. Two daughters preceded him in death. He leaves his widow, five sons and one daughter. He is also survived by two sisters. He confessed Christ and united with the Evangelical Church near Garden City in 1888. He was a faithful and loving husband and father and was respected by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted at the Southern Methodist Church with pastor H. C. Green officiating. I. G. Hartzler, friend of the deceased for many years, preached the sermon. Texts, Zech. 1:5; Job 14:14. Interment in Garden City Cemetery.
Yoder.-Levi J. Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 6, 1844; died Jan. 24, 1934, at the home of his son, J. E. Yoder, at Halsey, Oreg. He moved to Oregon 55 years ago and had resided there continuously ever since. At the age of 21 he was married to Mary Mishler. To this union were born 11 children, 9 of whom survive him: Mrs. J. B. Early, Mrs. H. C. Bolling, Mrs. H. H. Hass, D. J. Yoder, L. L. Yoder, J. E. Yoder, W. M. Yoder, Mrs. A. T. Ernstedt, and J. H. Yoder. One daughter died in infancy and another (Mattie) died at the age of 37. Sister Yoder passed away 21 years ago. Bro. Yoder was baptized into the Mennonite Church at the age of 18. In 1893 he was ordained deacon, and 2 years later was ordained to the ministry in which capacity he served faithfully till within the last few years of his life. Funeral services were conducted by A. P. Troyer at Albany, Oreg., assisted by J. E. Walbeck. Interment in Riverside Cemetery at Albany.
Yoder.-Caroline (Paff) Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 15, 1856. When but a child her parents moved to Elkhart Co., where she spent her entire life. She fell asleep Jan. 21, 1934; aged 77 y. 5 m. 6 d. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. She was united in marriage with Amos Yoder Oct. 19, 1886. Her husband and one son preceded her in death. She was united in marriage with Amos Yoder Oct. 19, 1886. Her husband and one son preceded her in death. She leaves 1 daughter (Sallie Shetler, with whom she had her home for the last 16 years), 1 son (Elmer Yoder), 4 grandchildren (Lura and Luther Shetler, Dwight and Mary Louise Yoder), 2 step-children (Mrs. C. R. Eddleman of Dunlaps and Albert Yoder of Las Vegas, N. Mex.) 1 brother (Stephen Paff of Goshen) and a host of friends. She will always be remembered as a good mother and a kind neighbor. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church conducted by Silas Yoder, assisted by D. J. Johns and G. T. Soldner. Burial at the Alwine Cemetery.
Neff.-Robert Ray, son of Henry and Rosa (Zook)
Neff, was born Nov. 25, 1917 at Comins, Mich., where he spent
his entire life; died at McRae Hospital, Alpena, Mich., Feb. 3,
1934, following an operation; aged 16 y. 2 m. 9 d. He leaves his
grief-stricken parents, 2 sisters (Clara and Mae Marie), 5 brothers
(Carl, John, Elmer, Rolla and Curtis, all of Comins, Mich.), and
his Grandmother Neff, 5 uncles, 2 aunts, and many other relatives
and friends. He accepted Christ as his Savior and upon his request
was baptized a few minutes before he departed. His sudden departure
was a shock to all. He was always a willing worker and at hand
where duty called. He was a robust lad, scarcely knowing what
illness was. He left a bright testimony and asked that we all
meet him over yonder. Funeral services were held at the Fairview,
Mich., Mennonite Church, Feb. 6 by Bro. Menno Esch assisted by
Bro. Mitchell of Comins. Text, Psa. 103: 15, 16. Burial in the
"Dearest Robert, you have left us
For a better home on high;
And if we will follow Jesus,
We'll be with you by and by."
Haines.-William P., son of Uriah Haines, was born near New Holland, Pa., Nov. 10, 1855; died Dec. 17, 1933; aged 78 y. 1 m. 7 d. Death was caused by pneumonia, resulting from a fall he suffered while in his home. He is survived by the following children: Lloyd at home; William, Haddonfield, N. J.; Charles at home; Mrs. Ethel Kemp, Merion Park, Pa.; Edna, at home; Edgar, Lansdowne; Helen, at home; Mrs. Mildred Walker, Zieglersville, Pa. Bro. Haines had been very active in Christian work, for many years. He did much personal work, pointing souls to Christ. He enjoyed visiting sick people, but another prominent phase of his work was tract distribution, on the street, in open squares, trolley cars, and among Christian people. He united with the mission congregation in Philadelphia a few years ago. His work, fellowship, and zeal are appreciated. Funeral services were conducted the evening of Dec. 19 by J. Paul Graybill, assisted by the pastor of the family at the Bowen Undertaking Parlor. Further services were held at the Ranck's U. B. Church near New Holland, Pa., by Pastor August, assisted by J. Paul Graybill.
Hostetler.-Noah W., son of N. W. and Lovina (Beechy)
Hostetler, was born June 29, 1906, near Farmerstown, Ohio; died
Feb. 12, 1934, at the home of Bro. and Sister Miller near Smithville,
Ohio: aged 27 y. 7 m. 13 d. He made his home with Bro. and Sister
Miller since the death of his parents. At the age of 14 he confessed
Christ, was baptized, and united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite
church. After moving to Wayne Co., Ohio, he transferred his membership
to the Oak Grove congregation, where he remained a loyal and faithful
brother until death. His father and mother, 1 brother and 1 sister
preceded him in death. He is survived by 1 brother (Melvin W.
Hostetler of near Smithville) and 4 sisters (Mrs. Ura Miller of
Smithville, Mrs. H. E. Oswald, Mrs. John P. Miller, and Sarah
Hostetler all of Portage Co., Ohio), also 5 uncles, 2 aunts, 12
nephews and 3 nieces. Services were conducted by the brethren,
C. Z. Yoder, J. S. Gerig, and Alvin Miller. Texts, Gen. 5:24;
1 Sam. 20:3. Interment in Walnut Creek Cemetery.
"There is no death! The stars go down
To rise upon some other shore;
And bright in heaven's jeweled crown
They shine forevermore."
Mason.-Elizabeth E. (Brunk) Mason was born near Broadway, Va., May 8, 1854; died Feb. 3, 1934; aged 79 y. 8 m. 25 d. She lived her entire life not far from the place of her childhood. In the year 1873, she was united in marriage to Daniel P. Mason, who survives to mourn the departure of his loving and devoted companion of more than 60 Yrs. In early life she united with the Mennonite Church and continued faithful to the end. May we all, who mourn her departure accept this loss as a providence of a kind heavenly Father; realizing it is our privilege to have the same faith in Christ and the same assurance of a home in glory which we feel she had, if we will only accept it. She and been in failing health for several years and at the end slept peacefully away. The following children survive: Mrs. Mary E. Moyers, Lebanon, Pa.; Mrs. Anna Weaver, Knoxville, Tenn.; Mrs. Rebecca Petree, Lima, Ohio; Emma, Cora, George and Perry Mason of Broadway; also one brother Frank Brunk of Maugansville, Md.; two sisters, Mrs. Otis Wilkins and Mrs. Hiram Hoover of Elida, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 6, from Trissels Church by Bro. Perry E. Shank assisted by Bro. Timothy Showalter. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Leaman.-Catharine, daughter of Martin and Catharine
Rohrer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 13, 1856;
died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Harry L. Landis) Jan. 17,
1934; aged 78 y. 4 d. On Nov. 14, 1876, she was united in marriage
to Benjamin D. Leaman who preceded her in death about five and
one-half months. To this union 4 daughters and 2 sons (Lizzie-wife
of David R. Rutt, Ada- wife of John B. Kreider, Mary-wife of Harry
L. Landis, Daniel R., M. Rohrer and Katie-wife of Mahlon S. Hollinger,
all of Lancaster Co., Pa.) Surviving also are 25 grandchildren,
7 great-grandchildren (7 grandchildren preceded her in death),
1 brother (John S. Rohrer of Paradise), 2 sisters (Susan Hershey
of New Holland and Mrs. John Bare of Bareville). She was in failing
health for 4 years, being confined to a wheel chair over 3 years.
She united with the Mennonite Church early in life and remained
faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted at the home
Jan. 20 by Elmer Martin and at Mellingers Mennonite Church by
David L. Landis. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Her room is empty, all is still;
Her place is vacant, it was God's will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Greaser.-Clara Ellen Greaser was born near Bloomington, Ill., June 9, 1865; died Feb. 7, 1934; aged 68 y. 7 m. 28 d. While yet a child her parents (the late Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Plank) moved to a farm near Rantoul, Ill., where Ellen grew to young womanhood. In 1883 she came with her parents to Missouri, settling on a farm near East Lynne, since which time she has lived in this community. At the age of 20 yrs. She united with the Church of the Brethren, later transferring her membership to the Sycamore Grove Church and living a consistent Christian life to the end. On Jan. 10, 1890, she was united in marriage to Henry Ulysses Greaser, who preceded her in death over 40 years ago. Two children were born to this union (Chas. Fay Greaser, with whom she made her home, and Henrietta Ursula Guengerich) both well known members of the Sycamore Church. Ellen never remarried but devoted her life to the rearing of her children and in later years, the caring of her parents, and likewise was ever ready to assist friends and neighbors in time of need and distress. She leaves her son and daughter, 9 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 6 brothers. Funeral at the Sycamore Grove Church by I. G. Hartzler assisted by Bros. Miller and Hershberger. Text, Jno. 2:25, 26. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Troyer.-Lavina Troyer, daughter of Daniel D. and Susan Schrock, was born near Sturgis, Mich., July 22, 1857; died at her late home, Goshen, Ind., Feb. 7, 1934; aged 76 y. 6 m. 15 d. When but five years old, she came with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she grew to womanhood. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth, uniting with the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. After moving to Goshen she united with the Goshen Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. She took pleasure in attending the services of the Church as long as she was able and during the last six years, while unable to attend the services of the Church, often spoke of the joy and blessing that comes to those who are able to attend the services of the church. Death came as a result of an attack of pneumonia and the effects of this disease and her general weakened condition gradually brought her to her end. She expressed willingness to depart and for the last number of weeks has been awaiting to hear the call. She would often say, "Perhaps the Lord will call me home to-day." She leaves 1 son (Jonas Troyer of Orland, Ind.), 1 daughter (Sadie Robinson, Goshen), 1 sister (Mrs. Nancy Pletcher of Middlebury, Ind.), 3 grandchildren, together with other relatives, friends, and neighbors who mourn their loss. Funeral services were held from the Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, and the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church on Saturday, Feb. 10, in charge of C. L. Graber, assisted by S. C. Yoder and Silas Yoder. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
Blum.-Konrad, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blum,
was born in Bavaria, Germany, March 28, 1868; died at his home
near Hydro, Okla., Sept. 25, 1933; aged 65 y. 5 m. 27 d. At an
early age he was confirmed into the Lutheran Church. In 1885 he
moved with his parents from Germany to El Paso, Ill., where he
lived 9 years, going from there to Manson, Iowa. At the age of
28 years he united with the Mennonite Church. In 1895 he was married
to Mary Zimmerman. To this union were born 7 children, all whom
are living except 1 daughter who died in infancy. In 1908 he moved
with his family to Lawton, Okla., remaining there till 1911, when
he moved to Hydro, Okla. After moving to Hydro he united with
the Pleasant View Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful
member till death. By his death the home as lost a loving father
and husband, one who was especially concerned about his family.
During his illness he was a very patient sufferer, keeping his
faith anchored in God. He leaves his wife, 6 children (Mrs. Dave
Switzer, Thomas, Okla.; Mrs. Amos Miller, Mrs. Mervin Crawford,
Lena, Minnie and John all of Hydro, Okla.) 1 sister (Mrs. John
Schaeffer of Ronaka, Ind.), 3 brothers (J. C. and J. P. of George,
Ia., and Phillip of Woodburn, Ind.), 5 grandchildren, and many
other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at
the Pleasant View Mennonite Church by Bros. Alva Swartzendruber
and D. R. Eister.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But we hope ere long to meet thee,
Where all tears are wiped away.
Earnest.-Benjamin Earnest was born near Noble,
Iowa, Oct. 1, 1861; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Peter
Stutzman, Milford, Nebr., Jan. 30, 1934; aged 72 y. 3 m. 29 d.
He was united in marriage to Katie Roth Sept. 28, 1890. To this
union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter. He was preceded in death
by his wife March 18, 1929, also by 1 son (Ora Clarence). Members
of the family that survive him are: Nickolas, Christian, Benjamin,
Elmer and Mrs. Peter Stutzman, all of Milford, Nebr., also 1 brother
(Christian of Wayland, Ia.), and 1 sister living in California,
20 grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. At the age
of 23 he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite
Church at Milford, in which church he labored faithfully, serving
in the capacity of Church trustee for a number of years and for
many years during the latter part of his life as a Sunday school
teacher. He has a great desire to attend church services and was
always filling his place whenever possible. Since the year 1885
he and his family lived in the community of Milford with the exception
of a few years which they spent in the state of Oregon. Since
the death of his companion he lived with his daughter. For a number
of years he was troubled more or less with diabetes, but nothing
serious developed until the last few days of his life when complications
set in from which he passed away in a very quiet, peaceful way.
Funeral services were conducted by Wm. R. Eicher and Geo. S. Miller.
Text, Psa. 17:15.
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
Lesher.-Israel, son of Abram and Susan (Rieff) Lesher, was born Sept. 23, 1854, in Franklin Co., Pa.; died at his home near Kauffmans Station, Pa.; Jan. 28, 1934; aged 79 y. 4 m. 5 d. On Dec. 9, 1875, he was united in marriage to Nancy Horst. She preceded him in death Oct. 18, 1887. This union was survived by the following children: Mrs. Amanda Eberly, Mrs. Anna Carl, Mrs. Florence Crist and Mrs. Mary Beam. Henry preceded him in death 4 years ago. His second marriage was to Ida F. Hicks who preceded him in death March 20, 1923. The following children survive: Joseph, Clara, Irvin, Mrs. Ruth Showalter, Alice, Bertha, and Adam. Five preceded him in death (Grace, Abram, Nora, Ida and Edna). There also survive 31 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (David, Jacob and Abram). He united with the Church soon after his first marriage and remained faithful to the end. He was superintendent and teacher in Sunday school for a long period of years, being one among the number to help in organization of the first S. S. at the Marion Church. His place was seldom vacant in church when health permitted. He was well liked in the community, neighbors and friends often seeking his advice because of long experience in life and many times referred to him as having remarkable memory and of being a broad-minded person. Much of his leisure time was spent in reading, mostly the Bible. He was recovering from an attack of pleuro-pneumonia and had expected to come down stairs in a few days. On Sunday evening he retired as usual and in about 15 minutes called to the family of not feeling well and in a few minutes passed away. Funeral services were held at the Marion Mennonite Church Jan. 31 by J. Irvin Lehman. Text, 1 Jno. 3:2. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "pleuro" as in the original.
Horst.-Eliza (Martin) Horst was born at Dayton, Ohio, April 4, 1849; died at the home of her grandson, Oscar Weaver, near Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 10, 1934; aged 84 y. 9 m. 6 d. She was sick only four days with pneumonia. She suffered much during her short illness but bore it patiently. She was the daughter of Jacob and Nancy Hess, and on Feb. 19, 1871, she was married to Joseph S. Martin of Elkhart Co., Ind. To this union 3 sons and 1 daughter were born (Sarah J. Weaver of Goshen, Ind.; Jacob A. Martin of Wooster, O.; Reuben S. Martin of Goshen, and John H. Martin of Dalton, O.) all of whom were present at the funeral. Joseph S. Martin died Aug. 30, 1887, at the age of 39 years. On Sept. 10, 1893, Eliza Martin was married to Jonas B. Horst of North Lawrence, O., to which place she moved, accompanied by her sons. Later she again returned to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she lived the remainder of her life. Jonas B. Horst died Dec. 12, 1926 at the age of 92 years. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for over 50 years, she and her husband having united with the Church in their early married life. She is survived by her 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Eli R. Hess of Nappanee, Ind.), 1 sister (Mrs. Malinda Martin of Goshen, Ind.), 5 half-brothers (Amasa and Frank Hess of Elkhart, Ind.; Charles Hess Rockford, Ill.; Chauncey and Wilson Hess of Goshen, Ind.; and 5 step-sons (Henry, Abraham, Martin, Harvey and Jonas Horst Jr.), and 1 step-daughter (Mrs. Anna Holt). Funeral services were held Jan. 13. Bro. D. A. Yoder and Clarence Shank had charge. A short service was held at the home of her daughter C. P. Weaver's (to which place the body had been taken) and later at the Yellow Creek Church. She was buried in the adjoining cemetery beside her husband. At the home I Cor. 5 was read as a scripture text, and at the church a portion of Rev. 22, Psa. 90:10 was used as a text. R. S. M.
Bixler.-Katie, daughter of Isaac and Katherine Lehman, was born near Berne, Ind., Dec. 17, 1877; died at her home near Dalton, Ohio, of a complication of diseases Jan. 27, 1934; aged 56 y. 1 m. 10 d. At the age of 2 years she came with her parents to Wayne Co., and lived in this vicinity the rest of her life. On May 21, 1903, she was married to John D. Bixler. To this union were born 8 children. Those who mourn her departure are: her bereaved husband, 6 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Paul Amstutz, Martha-Mrs. Sylvester Lehman, Clara, Selma, Annie and Hilda), 1 son (Reuben), 1 step-son (Allen), 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Dan W. and Jacob P. of Orrville), 5 sisters (Mrs. Ben Geiser of Orrville, Mrs. E. P. Gerber of Kidron, Mrs. Alfred Hauiter and Mrs. Elias Falb of Dalton, Mrs. John Boegli of Orrville) and a host of other relatives and friends. Those who preceded her in death are 1 son (Elmer), father, mother, 1 sister (Mary Ann-Mrs. Noah C. Sommer) and 2 brothers (Isaac and Christian). She accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age and joined the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, remaining a loyal member to the end of her earthly pilgrimage. During her final illness, lasting nearly three months, she bore her suffering with Christian patience, expressed the thought that her days would be but few and showed her interest in young people by special prayer made for her grandchildren. She was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever there was need. As a mother in the home she sacrificed much for her children, working and laboring faithfully for the welfare of her family. Her work did not end here, but extended into the community and even to the far corners of the earth through the work she did in the sisters sewing circle. In the home she will greatly missed by the surviving members who will hear her footsteps no more, nor experience the ministry of her loving hands.
"What is home without a mother?
Tender oft repeated thought;
Yet we know not half its meaning,
Until by experience taught."
Funeral services were held Jan. 30 by J. S. Neuenschwander at the home and Louis Amstutz and S. W. Sommer at the church. Text, Acts 17:28.
Ringenberg.-Maryann Ringenberg was one of eleven
children of Bishop Jonathan and Salome Smucker, and was
born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 21, 1860. Later she came with her
parents to northern Indiana. Of the eleven children, all but two
grew to manhood and womanhood. She united with the Mennonite Church
in her youth and was a devoted Christian in the church of her
choice until God called her away. On Aug. 24, 1879, she was united
in marriage to Henry Ringenberg of Nappanee, Ind. They began housekeeping
on their farm near Nappanee and lived at the same place for 54
years, sharing the joys and sorrows of her devoted companion.
Our sister was very much devoted to her brothers and sisters and
their families, and when four years ago they celebrated their
golden wedding with all the then living brothers and sisters and
other relatives present, her cup of joy was overflowing. Since
that time two brothers, John Smucker of Tiskilwa, Ill., and Menno
Smucker of Smithville, Ohio, have passed to their reward. To Henry
and Maryann Ringenberg were born two children, Ora and Carrie.
Ora passed away at the tender age of eleven years. Those who survive
our sister are, her husband, daughter (Carrie Culp), 2 grandchildren
(Melba and Wade Culp), 1 sister (Mrs. Ida Eigsti, Tiskilwa, Ill.)
3 brothers (Milo Smucker of Smithville, Ohio; Frank Smucker of
Tiskilwa, Ill.; and Jesse Smucker, Goshen, Ind.), and a host of
other relatives and friends. While our sister was not always in
the best of health, yet she bore her afflictions without murmuring.
Just a few days before her death she was calling on some sick
folk in Nappanee. Early on Thursday morning, Jan. 4, she got very
sick and in spite of all that a physician and loving hands could
do she quietly passed away on Saturday, Jan. 6. Funeral services
were held on the 9th and were conducted by David Metzler and Ezra
Mullet at the Mennonite Church on West Main St. in Nappanee. Her
exact age was 73 y. 16 d. Bro.and Sister Ringenberg might almost
be called charter members of the church which was organized in
the fall of 1875 at Nappanee, for they both united with the Church
within 6 months after its organization, and where her father,
Bishop Jonathan Smucker, was pastor for so many years.
"Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast;
We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best,
Good-night, good-night, good-night."
F. I. S.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana