Bair.-Annie E. Bair was born Feb. 16, 1867, died in the Lancaster General Hospital March 8, 1934, a few days after having received injuries in an automobile accident; aged 67 y. 20 d. The last 13 years she lived in the home of Bro. and Sister Aaron H. Wenger. She was a member of the Manheim Mennonite church fro many years. Funeral services were held March 11, at the home of Bro.Wenger and at the Manheim Mennonite church conducted by Bros. Henry Lutz and Samuel Lehman. Text, Jas. 4:13-15. Interment in Hernley Cemetery.
Wyss.-Vilas Herman, son of Frank and Ella Wyss,
was born in Kidron, Ohio, Aug. 25, 1928; died at the Wooster Hospital,
April 12, 1934. He was ill a short time with pneumonia. He leaves
his parents, 1 brother (Clayton), 1 sister (Mardell), 2 grandfathers,
1 grandmother, and many other relatives. Funeral services were
held April 15 at the Sonnenberg Church by J. S. Moser and J. Neuenschwander.
"The golden gates were open wide,
A gentle voice said, "Come,"
And angles from the other side
Welcomed dear Vilas home."
Bardall.-Ellen V. (Grissinger)
Bardall was born June 15, 1881, passed to her reward April
8, 1934. She served her Lord faithfully for forty years; was a
faithful member of the Churchtown, Pa., Mennonite Church, and
her desire was to depart and be with Christ. Surviving her are
her husband, (Bro. J. Tolbert Bardall), daughter (Mary), 4 sisters,
and 2 brothers. Brief services were held April 12 at the home
and at the Slate Mennonite Church, by C. B. Hess and Paul T. Huddle.
Text, I Thes. 4:12-14. Burial in Slate Hill Cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Hostetler.-Bro. Abram Hostetler, member of the Weaver Mennonite church near Johnstown, Pa., was born Oct. 17, 1866; died April 11, 1934; aged 67 y. 5 m. 24 d. He had a perfect record of attendance in Sunday school and church services for 17 years, missing only 2 Sundays previous to his death. On April 7 he called for the anointing with oil (Jas.) 5) which was administered and on the 11th he peacefully passed away. He is survived by his widow, 1 daughter, and 4 sons; one son preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home of R. L. Wingard son-in-law and daughter, by W. H. Schaeffer and at the Weaver Church by Hiram Wingard assisted by W. H. Schaeffer and Alex. Weaver. Text, Jas. 4:14. Body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Horner.-On Sept. 24, 1932, a little sunbeam came to
the home of Anson G. and Susie Horner of Greentown, Ind. Clairce
Ellen was received into the home with joy by parents, a sister
Martha, and two brothers (Joseph and Leslie). For almost two years
she filled her place well, spreading happiness and sunshine in
her path. On April 17, 1934, she passed away, after nine days
of intense suffering from rheumatic fever and its complications.
Her brief stay will always be cherished in the hearts of the family
and will also be missed by two grandmothers, a grandfather, uncles,
aunts, cousins, and friends. She was preceded by death by a sister
(Evidene) who died about the same age. Funeral services were conducted
from the home and the Howard-Miami Church on April 19, by Brethren
Niles M. Slabaugh and Jacob K. Bixler. Text, Job 14:2. Interment
in the Mast Cemetery.
Frankhouser.-Diller S., son of Daniel M. and Sophia I. (Strauss) Frankhouser, died of bronchial pneumonia at his home in Hinkletown, Pa., April 19, 1934; aged 4 y. 8 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, one brother (Vernon), one sister (Fay), three grandparents, four great-great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, and a host of friends. Our heavenly Father allowed us to have Diller four happy years. The sunshine of his smiles will always stay with us to give us courage to go on. Funeral services were conducted at the home by I. B. Good and at Weaverland church by J. W. Weaver. Text, II Sam. 12:23, latter part. Body was laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
"Darling, thou hast left us lonely;
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Weaver.-Jacob W., son of John M. and Mary Weaver,
was born near Farmersville, Pa., Dec. 26, 1853; died at his home
at Martindale, Pa., March 29, 1934; aged 80 y. 3 m. 3 d. On Jan.
25, 1872, he was united in marriage to Magdalena S. Auker, who
died Feb. 23, 1910. To this union were born 4 children (Michael
A., Pre. John A., Mary A., and Levi A.). On Dec. 26, 1912, he
was united in marriage to Maggie Wanner Fox. He is survived by
his companion, 4 children, 21 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren,
1 sister (Mrs. Mary Weaver) and 2 step-sons (Clayton and Daniel
Fox). He was a member of the Mennonite Church since his youth
and remained faithful to the end. He served the Church as chorister
for many years, until his voice failed him. Funeral services were
held April 2 at the Pike Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Peter
L. Weaver. Text, Jas. 1:12. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"In the bright eternal city
Death can never, never come
In His own good time He'll call us
From our rest, to home, sweet home."
Sill.-Agnes Mullin was born in Aurora, Mo., Dec.
7, 1890; died at her home in Quapaw, Okla., April 16, 1934; aged
43 y. 4 m. 9 d. On Sept. 10, 1911, she was united in marriage
with Charles Sill, who survives her. One son having died in infancy,
she leaves 3 daughters (Mrs. Homer Rose of Quapaw, Zelma and Vera,
at home), and a young son (Charles Jr.); also many other relatives
and friends. About twenty years ago she and her companion were
converted and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith
they have continued. Sister Sill was a member of the White Hall,
Oronogo, Mo., congregation, but had lived much of her life outside
the direct influence of the home church. Funeral services were
conducted at the Methodist church in Quapaw, by bishop Andrew
Shenk and son Perry. While there were but a few Mennonite people
at the funeral a large concourse gathered to pay their last tribute
to one whose consistent Christian life had won their respect.
Her life and testimony carried a definite influence for the Church.
Burial was in Miami, Okla., Cemetery.
Bixler.-John, son of John J. and Eliza Bixler,
was born near Kidron, Ohio, Jan. 20, 1920; died at his father's
home, April 18, 1934, after a linger illness of pneumonia; aged
14 y. 2 m. 28 d. During his stay at the Wooster Hospital, he realized
that life was short, accepted his Savior and by request was baptized
by Louise Amstutz. Johnny, as everybody called him, was known
for his pleasant and cheerful disposition and will be greatly
missed by his friends, at home, neighbors, teacher, and schoolmates.
Surviving are his father, four brothers, two sisters, and one
niece (Alvin and daughter of Orville, Verona, Leonard, Lester,
George, and Lillian at home). Three sisters, two brothers, and
his mother preceded him to eternal rest. Funeral services were
held April 21 at the home by J. Neuenschwander, and at the church
by J. S. Moser, P. R. Lantz, Louis Amstutz, and S. W. Sommer.
Texts, Amos 4:12 and Phil. 2:20.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over, hands are folded,
And our Johnny is at rest."
Cotterman.-Gilbert Leroy Cotterman was born at
Somerset, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1854. In 1878 he went to Branch Co. Mich.,
where resided some of his near relatives. In the fall of the year
1882 he went north to Mancelona, Mich., where he spent much time
working in the timber. He also had a small farm, where he spent
a part of his time clearing and breaking the virgin soil. There
in the year 1891, April 12, he was united in marriage to Charlotte
Garber. They resided at Mancelona till March, 1915, at which time
they moved to Alpha, Minn. To this union was born a son (Urbane
Glen), who preceded his father in death in 1918. In 1924 Gilbert
and wife moved to Bristol, Ind., later moving to Elkhart. In 1932
they again came to Minnesota where they resided till on Wednesday
morning, April 18, he answered the call of his heavenly Father
at the home of C. J. Garber, being 79 y. 4 m. 19 d. Since July,
1912, he was a member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves wife,
grandson (Urbane Glen), a foster daughter (Leah Miller), two brothers
(William of Minneapolis, Minn.; Elmer of Glenford, Ohio), and
other near relatives and many sympathizing friends. Funeral services
were held at the Mennonite church on Friday afternoon, April 20,
conducted by Simon Gingerich of Wayland, Iowa. Interment in the
cemetery at Jackson, Minn. Text, Heb. 13:14.
Thomas.-Samuel J., son of the late Jacob and Rachel (Blough) Thomas, was born Sept. 22, 1861; died at the old homestead near Thomas Mills, Somerset Co., Pa., April 13, 1934; aged 72 y. 6 m. 21 d. He was married to Amanda Horner who died two years after their marriage. To this union 1 son (J. Earl) was born. He was married the second time to Susan Hershberger, to whom were born the following children: Nora E., married to Ammon Kaufman; Harry S., Owen W., Levi S., Newton H., John N., Stella M., married to Harry Y. Shetler, and S. Robert, all of Conemaugh Township in which the deceased lived. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by 20 grandchildren, 1 brother (Harry J.) and many other relatives and friends. A number of years ago he united with the Mennonite Church and was quite active, serving as superintendent of the S. S. and also as a teacher. Later he was drawn away and stood aloof from the church. When sickness laid hold on him, he was again received into the Church. He enjoyed the reading of the Word and prayer. The evening before he died he expressed a willingness and desire to depart, and the next morning he peacefully fell asleep. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and at the Thomas church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Joseph Saylor, N. S. Litwiler, and L. A. Blough. The body was laid away in the Thomas Cemetery.
Brunk.-David, son of Daniel and Frances (Showalter)
Brunk, was born near Broadway, Va., Dec. 26, 1847; died at the
home of his daughter (Mrs. H. B. Weber, Maugansville, Md.), April
5, 1934; aged 86 y. 3 m. 10 d. Aug. 22, 1871, he was married to
Elizabeth Hartman who preceded him in death eleven years. Of their
7 children 2 preceded him in infancy and 5 are waiting to be reunited
with them when the Lord calls (Emanuel of Denbigh; Timothy of
Sterling, Ill.; Mrs. H. B. Keener of Harrisonburg, Va.; Mrs. E.
S. Harman of Halifax, Va., and Mrs. H. B. Weber of Maugansville);
also 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A service was
held at the home of H. B. Weber on Sunday evening, conducted by
Brethren Moses K. Horst, Denton Martin, and by many who sang some
of his favorite songs. He was buried at Weavers church near Harrisonburg,
Va., on Monday, April 9, where Brethren S. H. Rhodes, L. H. Jones,
and David Garber had charge of the services. Text, John 14:1.
His quiet, unassuming life was appreciated most by those who knew him best. He loved his church (Mennonite) and reverenced the Lord, spending much of his time alone with Him and His Word. His conscience was tender, and he felt that life was so serious a matter that he trembled at the thought of the frailty of man, and how scarcely the righteous are saved. But as death drew near he was so anxious to go, and in 10 days from the attack of sickness he quietly passed on to be with the Lord.
Troyer.-Samuel E., son of Jeremiah and Mary Troyer,
was born Sept. 8, 1850, in Howard Co., Ind.; died very suddenly
after a brief illness of neuralgia of the heart April 18, 1934;
aged 74 y. 7 m. 10 d. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Fanny
Eash. Surviving are his wife and the following children: Mrs.
Harvey Yoder, Mrs. Earl Miller, Mrs. David Yoder all of Middlebury,
Ind.; Urvan Troyer of La Grange, Ind.; Mrs. C. J. Miller and Mrs.
Lamar Cripe of Elkhart, Ind.; and 1 daughter Bertha (deceased);
also 4 brothers (Jeremiah and Moses of Oklahoma, John of La Grange,
Ind., and David of Millersburg, Ind.), 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren,
and a host of other relatives and friends. He united with the
Mennonite Church when a young man and remained a faithful member
until death. His place in God's house was seldom vacant when health
permitted. He was a loving husband and a devoted father, a wise
counselor, and was much concerned about the welfare of his children
and grandchildren, and often expressed his desire to meet them
all over yonder. He will be greatly missed by all. Plans had been
made by the children and their families to celebrate the fifty-sixth
wedding anniversary of their parents at the parental home, but
our ways are not God's ways, and we were willing to submit to
"Dear father so suddenly passed to yonder shore;
Here on earth we shall greet him no more,
Though our hearts do ache
Till they nearly break.
For one whom Jesus saw fit to take
We humbly to God's promises cling
Which to our lonely hearts do comfort bring."
Funeral services on April 21 at the home by Amos Nussbaum and at the Forks Church by Early Bontrager and D. D. Miller.
Miller.-Joel J., one of a family of 9 children, 8 sons and 1 daughter, son of Jacob B. and Anna (Shoenbeck) Miller, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 22, 1852, died in Berwyn, Ill., April 14, 1934; aged 82 y. 1 m. 22 d. As a small child he came with his parents to Washington Co., Iowa, where he grew to manhood. He received his education from the country schools and at Troy academy, which was well known in pioneer days. He taught school in Johnson Co., Iowa, for several years. Later he went to Davis Co., Iowa, where he taught school in winter time and worked at the carpenter trade in summer time. On Dec. 25, 1877, he was united in marriage to Lavina Miller, who preceded him in death. To this union were born a daughter and four sons, all of whom survive him. They are: Mrs. Maude Baldwin of Berwyn, Ill.; Irvin G. Miller of Kansas City, Mo.; Emery J. Miller of Marion, Ia.; Harry O. Miller of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Forrest E. Miller of Minneapolis, Minn. Other near relatives are a sister (Mrs. Lydia M. Brenneman of Kalona, Iowa), a brother (Daniel J. Miller, Wellman, Iowa) four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His ancestors were all Mennonites, in their peace-loving, non-resistant belief, and he was brought up and was a member of that faith. A grandfather and a brother were bishops in that church. After the death of his wife nine years ago he made his home with his daughter (Mrs. E. H. Baldwin, Berwyn, Ill.) and identified himself with the Berwyn Methodist Church. Here in spite of the deep uprooting of home ties and his advanced years he made a real place for himself in the affection of many friends which his character and gracious spirit called for. Last July he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage from which he made a partial recovery, but after the first of the year he failed rapidly. Since Feb. 27 he was confined to his bed, until the Lord in His wisdom and mercy released him from his sufferings, going quietly to sleep. On Tuesday afternoon at Pulaski, Iowa, a large concourse of friends gathered at the church, where W. W. Miller conducted final service assisted by Geo. H. Smith. Text, Eccl. 7:1, last clause.
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Dombach.-Sister Miriam B. Dumbach was born Oct. 9, 1862; died April 25, 1934; aged 71 y. 6 m. 16 d. She is survived by 5 sons and 3 daughters. The brethren, Maris Hess, Aaron Harnish, and John H. Mosemann, conducted the services at the New Danville Church. She was buried in the adjoining cemetery. May the Lord sustain the sorrowing hearts.
Bechtold.-Annie M. Bechtold was born near New Danville, Pa., Nov. 27, 1883; died April 12, 1934; aged 50 y. 4 m. 15 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by her father, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. The brethren, Maris Hess and John H. Mosemann, had charge of the funeral services, which were held at the New Danville Mennonite Church. Interment in cemetery adjoining. May the Lord comfort the bereaved.
Funk.-Lena Funk (nee Mosemann) was born in Germany Sept. 15, 1855; died in Lancaster, Pa., April 11, 1934. She is survived by her husband (Henry Funk) and one daughter (Emma). The funeral was held at the Groff Undertaker parlors at Lancaster. The funeral service was in charge of J. O. H. Meyers of the Reformed Church, and John. H. Mosemann. Interment took place at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. The sister was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. May the Lord comfort the husband and daughter.
Keener.-John S., son of George and Fannie (Stouffer) Keener, was born May 2, 1856; died March 24, 1934, being sick less than three weeks with bronchitis. In 1879 he was united in marriage to Mary, daughter of Frank and Catherine (Hemberger) Bally. To this union were born 5 children: George, Franklin (deceased) Henry of Harrisonburg, Va., John of Paramount, Md., Martin B. of Hagerstown, Md., and 1 daughter: Anna Mary, wife of Denton T. Martin, Paramount, Md.; also 11 grandchildren. "Gone, but not forgotten." By his companion.
Ebersole.-Mary M., widow of Pre. Levi Ebersole, Elizabethtown, Pa., was born July 19, 1848; died April 15, 1934; aged 85 y. 8 m. 26 d. Her husband preceded her about 13 years. Since his death she resided in Elizabethtown till the last few years, when she had her home with her daughter and son-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nissley). She is survived by these children: Amos, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Martin, Bainbridge, Pa.; John of Richmond, Va.; Emma, wife of Addison Martin, Elizabethtown; and Fannie, wife of Joseph Nissley. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Joseph, Martin, and Amos, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Good and Mrs. Fanny Demmy, Elizabethtown, Pa.). Funeral at Goods Church, April 18, conducted by Ira Miller, Simon Garber, John Landis, and Noah Risser.
Headrick.-Floyd Ferdinand, son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. H. Headrick, died April 25, 1934; aged 5 m. 18 d. He leaves
father, mother, 2 sisters (Dorothy and Marjorie Ruth), 4 brothers
(Melvin, Harold, Clifford, and his twin brother Lloyd Mason),
grandparents, and a number of uncles, aunts and cousins. A brother
(Howard) preceded him in death in 1927. His stay was short, but
long enough to endear himself to those round about him.
"A sweet little flower, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Funeral services were held at the E. Holbrook Mennonite Church in charge of Allen H. Erb and A .H. Leatherman. Text, Mark 10: 13-16.
Witmer.-Henry E. Witmer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Mar. 9, 1852; died at his home at Mt. Joy, Pa., Mar. 13, 1934; aged 82 y. 5 d. His wife and one son preceded him in death. He is survived by 11 children: Mrs. Samuel Christophel, Lansdale, Pa.; Mrs. John Shenk, at home; Simon, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Clayton, a missionary, Philippine Islands; Mrs. Harry Lump, Landisville, Pa.; Lydia and Joseph, Mt. Joy; Mrs. Wm. Adolph and Minnie, missionaries in China; and Harry of Downer's Grove, Ill.; also 24 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Fannie Sanders). Funeral services were conducted March 16 at the home by Bro. Amos Hess, with further services at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, by Bros. Henry Garber and Henry Lutz. Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery.
Miller.-Wilma Arlene, infant daughter of Bro. Elmer and Sister Rosa Miller, was born near Shipshewana, Ind.; died April 20, 1934; aged 6 weeks and 4 days. She leaves her sorrowing father and mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, 5 half-brothers, 3 half-sisters, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 6 nephews, 3 nieces, and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. She was a healthy child until she contracted a cold and later bronchial pneumonia set in. All was done that human hands could do to relieve her of her suffering and restore her back to health again, but the Lord peacefully took her home to Him to join the happy band in heaven. She was a very sweet and loving little baby, and her smile will be greatly missed, especially in the home, but we humbly bow to His will and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were conducted at the Shore Mennonite Church by O. S. Hostetler and Silas Yoder.
Hostetler.-John F., son of Daniel and Magdalena Hostetler, was born Dec. 25, 1873, in La Grange Co., Ind.; died April 24, 1934; aged 60 y. 3 m. 29 d. His father, mother and 4 brothers preceded him in death. The first twenty-one years of his life were spent near his birth-place and the next nine in Michigan, where on Dec. 24, 1903, he was united in marriage to Silvia D. Farver. To this union were born 3 boys and 6 girls. The last half of his life was spent in Michigan and Indiana. He never was in perfect health and has suffered and endured many sick spells. He was only bedfast the past week and was very patient and obedient as long as conscious. He was a kind and loving husband and father. He leaves his widow, 9 children (Steward and LaRue of Joliet, Ill., Breden of near Topeka, Fayme, Woodrow, Thelma, Vada, Mary and Norma at home), and 1 grandson. Funeral was held at the Shore Mennonite Church in charge of O. S. Hostetler.
Witmer.-Sister Emma Witmer of Newton, Pa., was born July 27, 1866; died April 25, 1934; aged 67 y. 9 m. 8 d. She was a faithful member of the Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church for some thirty years. Her husband (John Witmer) preceded her to the Spirit world nearly eight years. They reared a large family. Remaining are the following children: Henry H. Witmer, Amos H., Mrs. Walter Brandt, Irvin H., Mrs. Charles Fogie, William H., Oliver H., Mrs. Harry Weaver, and Mrs. Albert Myers. The following children preceded her: Mamie H. Witmer, John H. Witmer, and Martha, first wife of John Gibble. All of the vicinity of Newtown, also 26 grandchildren mourn her departure. She suffered great pain at times from rheumatism, later from complications, but said that what the Lord does is all right. Services at the home on April 28 by Seth E. Ebersole, and further services at the Newtown U. B. church by its pastor and Bros. Henry Lutz. Text, Phil 1:21. Burial in the Newtown Cemetery.
Hunsberger.-Estella (Detweiler) Hunsberger, wife of Earl Hunsberger, was born June 21, 1894; died April 10, 1934; aged 39 y. 9 m. 20 d. She was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen, Pa., Mennonite Church, having been converted during a revival meeting held by J. W. Weaver about twenty years ago. She was an active teacher in S. S. and also taught a Jr. Bible study class of about 65 pupils. She was burdened for lost souls, and to her joy saw most of her class of girls in their teens come into the Church last summer. (In her desk was found an unfinished article for the Herald, which you can find in next week's issue.) With an infant son in her arm (the cause of her death) she was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery April 15, with a large concourse of people present. A grief-stricken husband and 4 children survive (Earl, Jr., Harold, Kathryn, and Willard), also 3 brothers. Bro. Elmer Moyer preached at the house and Bro. Melvin Bishop at the church. Text, Phil. 1:20-25. The Church lost a faithful member and much needed worker.
Ernst.-Katie Mosher was born Dec. 20, 1858, in Lewis Co., New York; died at her home in O'Neil, Nebr., April 26, 1934; aged 75 y. 4 m. 6 d. She was converted in her young years and joined the Mennonite Church, which faith she held to the time of her death. On Nov. 11, 1877, she was married to Christian K. Ernst. To this union were born 8 sons and 3 daughters; 3 sons and 1 daughter preceded her in death. Her husband passed away Dec. 27, 1929. She leaves 5 sons and 2 daughters as follows: John, William, Mrs. Morris Graham, of O'Neil, Nebr.; Christian M. of Milford, Nebr.; Mrs. Chris K. Kennel of Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Albert and Edward of Norfolk, Nebr.; also 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister living in New York, and other relatives and friends. Funeral April 29 from her home and the Presbyterian Church in charge of J. W. Oswald assisted by H. D. Johnson pastor of the Presbyterian church. Text, Jno. 14; Psa. 90; Rev. 14:13. Buried in the cemetery near the Mennonite church, beside her husband.
Byler.-Absalom L., son of Eli and Esther Sharp Byler, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Oct. 11, 1862; died at the home of his son, Raymond Byler, of Wooster, Ohio, April 12, 1934; aged 71 y. 6 m. 1 d. He was united in marriage to Libbie Detwiler Nov. 12, 1894, who preceded him in death Feb. 22, 1925. He is survived by 3 children: Raymond E., Orie J., and Saloma M. Byler, all of Wooster, Ohio. Also 1 foster daughter, Gladys Zook, 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister: Jeptha Byler of New Wilmington, Pa., Jonah Byler of Edenburg, Pa., and Gertrude Yoder of West Liberty, Ohio. Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Bro. Byler accepted Christ as his Savior in early life, and united with the Mennonite Church. He remained a faithful and loyal brother, worshiping with the Oak Grove congregation until his call came and his spirit was wafted into the great eternity of God. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." Services were conducted by the brethren Jesse Smucker and J. S. Gerig. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Brackbill.-Mary Ellen, wife of Amos H. Brackbill
of Gordonville, Pa., was born Nov. 17, 1856; died April 8, 1934;
aged 77y. 4 m. 21 d. She was a daughter of the late Abraham and
Mary Hoover, and a member of the Mennonite Church for many
years. She continued faithful till the end. She had been in failing
health for 3 years, being confined to her bed for 2 years. She
endured it all patiently, and at the end slept peacefully away.
Besides her husband, she is survived by these children: Mary M.,
Enos H., and Emma S., wife of John H. Rohrer. Two daughters preceded
her in death. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, and these brothers
and sisters: Mrs. David Hershey of Intercourse, Pa.; Mrs. Ephraim
Hershey and John C. Hoover of Gordonville, Pa.; and A. F. Hoover
of Lancaster, Pa. Funeral services were conducted April 12 at
the home by Bro Jacob Mellinger, and at Hershey's Mennonite Church
by Bro. Mellinger and Bro. Abram Martin. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"In our hearts her memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake her
From her peaceful, quiet sleep."
By the family.
Byler.-Benjamin F., son of Rudolph and Mary (Hartzler) Byler, was born near New Wilmington, Pa., March 20, 1861. He was married to Fannie L. Zook Dec. 3, 1891. Having no children of their own, they reared one child (Mrs. Jesse Shantz). They moved near Hydro, Okla., in 1906 and lived in this community until his death. He had been in failing health for about 3 years, but was bedfast only 13 days. He peacefully passed away near Thomas, Okla., April 23, 1934; aged 73 y. 1 m. 3 d. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 27 years and remained a faithful member until his death. He leaves his loving companion, one foster child (Lizzie, her husband and 4 children who loved him as father and grandfather); also 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Malinda Lantz, Volant, Pa.; Rebecca Sipes, near Erie, Pa.; Mary Byler, Eureka, Ill.; Jacob Byler, Clarence Center, N. Y.; and Rudolph Byler, Union, O.), and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death, namely: Fannie Byler, who died in infancy; Salina Detweiler Kreider, who died at the age of 72 years; and Asa, who died in 1906. He was a regular attendant at services as long as his health permitted, and was especially concerned about the welfare of the Church and the salvation of souls. He seemed to ripen for the time of his transition. Funeral services were held April 25, conducted at the house by Jno. Slagell, and at the church by Joseph Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Algyre.-After a brief illness of a few days with a bad
cold, Mary Algyre, widow of David Algyre (deceased), passed
away at the home of Mrs. Sadie Hartzler, who resides with Jonathan
Hartzler of Allensville, Pa., April 6, 1934, aged 80 y. 4 m. 8
d. As we pen these few lines of obituary we can not trace any
of her relatives as she was taken into the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Reuben Kauffman, an orphan, when a child in Juniata Co., still
residing with them when they moved to Belleville. Some years later
she was taken into the home of Elizabeth Peachy, being employed
in many farm homes. Later she was married to David Algyre, who
preceded her in death 2 years ago. Four years ago it became necessary
for them to hire help or break up house-keeping; so the latter
was decided the best and Mr. Algyre was cared for by his only
daughter (Ella) Mrs. Rufus Harshbarger of Mattawana and Mrs. Algyre
was cared for in the home of Bro. and Sister Eli Kanagy, until
15 months ago, since which time she was tenderly cared for in
the home of Mrs. Sadie Hartzler. Although no relatives have been
traced the deceased won for herself many close friends. Funeral
was held at the Allensville A. M. Church; burial in Locust Grove
Cemetery, Bros. Jonas D. Yoder and Joshua B. Zook officiating.
One step-daughter and several step-grandchildren survive, who
were present at the funeral from Mattawana. She was a faithful
member of the Allensville Mennonite church.
"Peacefully lay her down to rest;
Place the turf kindly o'er her breast;
Sweet be the slumber 'neath the sod,
While the pure soul is resting with God."
Peachy.-Christian David, son of John S. and Sarah
(Zook) Peachy, was born Oct. 2, 1864; died at his home in Belleville,
Pa., April 14, 1934, after having been confined to his home for
the last two years with a lingering illness; aged 69 y. 6 m. 12
d. His health had been failing for the last five years, having
suffered a stroke of paralysis in May, 1932, and again in May,
1933, and another in March of this year. The cause of his death
was dropsy and heart trouble. He leaves his wife (Nancy Yoder),
and the following children: John H. of Belleville; Mrs. Orie Samuel
Yoder, Reedsville; Mrs. Rudy Kanagy, Belleville; and Christian
Y. of Reedsville. There are 16 grandchildren living; 3 deceased.
Bro. and Sister Peachy were married 43 years last Christmas day.
On May 6, 1900, he was ordained a minister of the Gospel in the
Peachy Old Order Amish Church, of which he was a faithful member
to the end. He served his church faithfully and willingly, which
was shown by the many calls he had to preach in Lancaster Co.
and other places. Especially was he in demand to preach funeral
sermons. While he preached but once in the last three years, the
desire to preach remained with him until the end. Just a few days
before his death he said, "I wish I could preach one more
sermon. May be I can yet." But his bodily strength was too
far spent. He complained of a slight pain across his breast a
half-hour before the end. When his daughter (Orie) administered
some medicine, suddenly he turned his eyes heavenward, laid back
his head, and life had fled without a murmur. He was the last
one to died in his father's family; 6 brothers and 4 sisters having
preceded him. Father was the last member of the fifth generation
on his father's side who came to this country from Switzerland
in 1746. He lived his entire life in the Valley and was engaged
in farming until five years ago, when he built a home on Valley
St., where he died. The high esteem in which he was held was shown
by the great number of people that visited him in his illness
and the large number who gathered to pay their last respects at
the funeral. Those attending the funeral numbered between four
and five hundred. Funeral services were held April 16 at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Rudy J. Kanagy, with interment in the Locust
Grove Cemetery. The services were in charge of Bishop John A.
Stoltzfus, Lancaster Co., and Pre. Samuel W. Peachy, Belleville,
"Bright the dawning of that mourn;
Night returned to day;
Parted friends no farewells know;
Tears be wiped away."
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Shertzer. - Verna L., daughter of Melvin and Anna (Lehman) Shertzer, died April 29, 1934; aged 2 y. 7 m. 9 d. There remain 2 sisters, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents to mourn their early loss. "There is no flock however watched and tender, But one dead lamb is there; There is no fireside however defended But has one vacant chair." --- D. N. Gish
Dridy. - Sister Lucinda Folk Dridy was born April 18, 1944; died at her home near Listonburg, Pa., May 3, 1934; aged 90 y. 15 d. Hr death was due to old age and a complication of other conditions. She was a member of the Springs Mennonite Church. The funeral services were conducted by M. B. Miller, Grantsville, Md., assisted by Roy Otto, Springs, Pa., at her late home, and interment in the Addison Cemetery. Texts, Heb. 9:27; Rev. 14:13.
Miller. - Jacob R., son of the late Isaac D. and Mary (Hochstetter) Miller, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 15, 1882; died at his home near Shipshewana, Ind., Apr. 13, 1934; aged 51 y. 10 m. 28 d. He was baptized and taken in as a member of the O. O. Amish Church in North Dakota, and lived an ideal, consistent, and well balanced Christian life. It because evident about six months ago that he was afflicted with the dreaded disease, tuberculosis. He was married to Anna Hochstetter on Oct. 29, 1907. To this union were born four daughters and one son. The son, however, died at birth. His widow and four daughters survive. The funeral was held on April 15, conducted by Eli J. Bontreger and John D. Miller. Interment in Bontreger Cemetery.
Ingold. - Wilma Ruth, infant daughter of Roy and Sadie Ingold of Fisher, Ill., died April 24, 1934; aged 1 m. 3 d. She leaves father and mother, 2 brothers (Paul Richard and Leroy Daniel), 1 sister (Virginia Mae), and her grandparents. One sister (Katherine Burndetta) preceded her in death six years ago, also having died in infancy. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. J. A. Heiser of Fisher, Ill., and Bro. J. W. Davis of Flanagan, Ill. Interment in East Bend cemetery. "No one heard the footsteps Of the angel drawing near Who took from earth to heaven The one we loved so dear." --- The Parents
Vance. - Sarah Morral was born May 3, 1870; died at her home at Roaring, W. Va., May 4, 1934; aged 64 y. 1 d. She was united in marriage to Sylvester Vance. To this union were born 8 sons and 3 daughters (Mason, Jason, Arthur, Mrs. Wlater Milery, Alston, Mrs. Adam Vance, Denis, Denver, Mrs. Early Arbogast, Frank, Blake). She united with the Mennonite Church in 1913 and remained faithful until death. Her influence will be greatly missed in the Church, home, and community. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother, a wise counsellor, and was much concerned about the welfare of her children and grandchildren and expressed a desire to meet them all over yoder. Funeral services were conducted at the Roaring Mennonite Church by Bro. Leonard Jones and Bro. James Shank. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Dombach. - Miriam (Brenneman) Dombach was born Oct. 9, 1862 , in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at her home in the village of Lyndon near Lancaster, Pa., April 25, 1934; aged 71 y. 6 m. 16 d. She united with the New Danville Mennonite Church at an early age, remaining faithful until the end. She was the last of her family to go. On Feb. 10, 1887, she was united in marriage to Abram H. Dombach, who preceded her in death June 3, 1932. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters, 2 of whom preceded her in death. Those remaining are: Christian, Martin, Ralph, Emma, Lloyd, Mrs. Samuel Harnish, Chester and Mrs. Harry Sensenig; also 14 grandchildren, 2 step-brothers and 3 step-sisters (Abram and Amos Burkholder of California, Mrs. Elmer Hess, Mrs. Herbert Groff and Mrs. Isaiah Stauffer of Lancster Co., Pa.). Funeral services were conducted April 28 at New Danville Church, conducted at the home by Bro. Maris Hess (Prov. 31:10-31) at the church by Bro. John Mosemann (Rev. 21:5, 6, 7). Burial in the adjoining cemetery, Bro. Aaron Harnish officiating at the grave. "In our hearts her memory lingers But we know 'Tis vain to weep. Tears of love can never wake her From her peaceful quiet sleep." --- By the Family
Graybill. - Mary Ellen Graybill, aged 87 y. 5 m. 22 d., widow of Pre. Solomon S. Graybill, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.Ursula Shelley, in Richfield, on April 5, 1934. She was the daughter of Amos and Barbara (Graybill) Winey. Her maternal grandfather, Bishop John Graybill, was a son of the first settler in this vicinity, and was the first bishop in the Mennonite Church in Juniata County. She was the last survivor of a family of 13, 3 sisters and 9 brothers, four of whom were ministers of the Gospel. In December, 1863, she was married to Solomon S. Graybill, to which union were born two children, Pre. Elmer W. Graybill (who died 15 years ago) and Ursula Shelley, with whom she lived since the death of her husband, more than 19 years ago. She was a faithful member of the Richfield Mennonite Church for many years. "Aunt Mary," as she was lovingly known to so many, will be greatly missed in the Church, the home, and the community, for her unselfish deeds of kindness and love shown to everyone. She is survived by her daughter, 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Brief services were held at the home on Sunday morning, April 8, followed by services in the Richfield Mennonite Church, Pre. B. S. Graybill, her pastor, officiating. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Good. - Leah Good was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 18, 1851; died at the home of Grant Smith, her nephew, with whom she lived, near Bareville, Pa., after 3 months' illness of advanced age. Her age was 82 y. 9 m. 11 d. She is survived by one sister and 8 nieces and nephews. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was not able to attend church service for some time. She spent many hours in reading her Bible and learning more of God,s Word. We believe she was ready to go, as she had a great desire to leave this world and be at rest. She was of a kind and loving disposition. She endeared herself to many and was ready to help in time of need. She cared for her aged mother and her father who was afflicted for a year and took much care, and also a cousin who was afflicted for many years. She never complained of being too much trouble to care for the sick. We believe she has now received the reward that was awaiting her. Funeral services were held at Hersheys Church by Bros. Jacob Mellinger and Abram L. Martin. Text, I Thess. 4:13, 14. Burial in adjoining cemetery. "All is over, hands are folded. On a quiet, peaceful breast; All her toils and trials are ended, And our loved one is at rest." --- A Friend
Denlinger. - Anna Mary (Hoover), wife of Geo. H. Denlinger, was born July 19, 1856, near Intercourse, Pa.; died at her home in Paradise, Pa., April 24, 1934; aged 77 y. 9 m. 5 d. Mother had not know good health for the past 27 years, but was never bedfast until stricken with a heart attack Feb. 17, after which she was again able to mingle with her family. Communion was shared with her at home on Easter Sunday, but April 18 the second attack came and she grew weaker. Calling us to her bedside, she told us this time she would not get well but soon would leave us. Before she passed away she told us of that beautiful home over there and those gone before, a testimony we will always remember, for happy are they who die in the Lord. She leaves a bereaved husband and daughter (Martha - wife of Clarence E. Hershey), at home. Services were held April 27 at the home by Bros. Abram Martin and Jacob Harnish. Interment at Strasburg Mennonite cemetery. "Rest, tired feet, now forever; Dear wrinkled hands are so still, Blasts of the earth shall no longer, Throw over our loved one a chill. "Angel throngs will guide her, Jesus will still bless and keep; Not for the world would we wake her Mother has fallen asleep." --- The Family
Schultz. - John L. Schultz was born neat Petersburg, Ont., Jan. 25, 1859. On May 3, 1934, early in the morning, by chance with a truck he left at the home of his son-in-law and daughter in Wellesley, (where he was residing the last few years), for Shakespeare, about 15 miles from the home, to see a doctor for some minor ailments. Just before entering the house of the doctor he dropped down and in a few minutes expired; aged 75 y. 3 m. 9 d. He was married to Catherine Boshart in 1878, who preceded him June 7, 1925. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. One son died in infancy. There remain Moses of Baden, Ont.; Mattie (Mrs. Moses Leis) of Wellesley, Ont., where he was residing; Katie, Lizzie (Mrs. Bingaman) of Kitchener, Ont.; Anne (Mrs. Dan Schlabach), Guernsey, Sask. He had a sister who died a number of years ago, who was the mother of Bro. Amos Swartzentruber, missionary in S. America. In his youth he was baptized and received into the Amish Mennonite Church, by his grandfather, the later Peter Litwiller, bishop then of the Wilmot Church, who was the great-grandfather of Bro. Nelson Litwiller, also of S. America, and was faithful to the end. Funeral services May 6, by Bro. Dan Lebold at the home and at the Wilmot church by Bro. Chris Gascho, and Bro. Dan Jutzi. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. "In the bright eternal city, Death can never, never come; In His own good time He'll call us From our rest to home, sweet home." --- P. B.
Weaver. - Amanda L., widow of Levi G. Weaver (who preceded her in death 24 years ago) was born April 7, 1853; died at the home of her daughter near Greenland, Lancaster Co., Pa., April 14, 1934; aged 81 y. 7 d. She was a daughter of the late Abram and Elizabeth (Landis) Kreider, and lived in the vicinity her entire life, being a member of the Mellinger's Church for many years at which her place was seldom vacant till within the past two years, when her health did not permit her to attend. She always had a desire to attend church services and was especially fond of singing. She is survived by two sons and 3 daughters (Clayton, Eugene, Edna K., Mrs John M. Dochterman, with whom she resided, and Mrs. J. S. Kreider, all of Lampeter Twp.), 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Eli Kreider), 3 sisters (Mrs. Annie Burnheimer, Mrs. Barbara Denlinger and Mary A. Kreider) and a large number of nieces and nephews to whom she was always known as Aunt Amanda. She had been in declining health for the past two years. Her delight was to do patchwork and quilting until last November, when she laid her work aside as her eyesight failed. She bore her afflictions patiently, realizing her departure would be soon. She planned all funeral arrangements and kept up courage to the last and died a peaceful death. Funeral services were conducted April 18 at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Dochterman) by David L. Landis and at the Mellinger's Mennonite Church by Bros. Elmer Martin and Abram Martin. Texts, II Tim. 4:6-8 and Heb. 10:35-37. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. "We all did part with Mother dear, No more to see her here; But yet we're glad if God thought best Her troubles end and give her rest. Her room is empty and 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." --- The Family.
Smoker. - Lizzie Z., daughter of the late Joshua and
Lydia (Zook) Beiler, was born near Vicksburg, Pa., Jan. 11, 1857;
died April 23, 1934, at her home with her adopted daughter (Mrs.
Daniel M. Glick of Smoketown, Pa.; also being her granddaughter;
aged 77 y. 3 m. 12 d. When "Grandma" was about 12 years
old the family moved to Lancaster County. On Jan. 4, 1881, she
was united in marriage with Benj. K. Smoker, who died June 10,
1917. During this time they had lived in Virginia about 17 years
(first at Bealeton, Fauquier Co., and later near Norfolk), returning
to Lancaster County during the summer of 1910. Three children
were born to their home; 1 daughter (Maud Hathaway of Good Samaritan
Mission, who survives), and 2 sons (Israel and Bennie) who preceded
the parents to eternity. She is also survived by her adopted daughter,
and another grand-daughter (Evaline Hathaway of Talmage, Pa.);
also by 1 brother (Jacob Y. Beiler) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Menno
Beiler and Lydia Z. Lapp) all of Lancaster County, and many relatives
and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, uniting
with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until called
away. Although crippled somewhat with rheumatism for a number
of years, she was seldom absent from church or Sunday school,
attending services regularly up to about a week before her sudden
departure. In the laying away of "Grandma" to await
the morning of the resurrection, we are made to feel the loss
of a devoted mother whose selfsacrificing spirit was ever ready
to help others, and we shall keenly miss her smiling face and
friendly counsels, - but we believe she has attained her desire
(Psa. 27:4, which was practically the last verse Grandma memorized
for Sunday school) and that she is now enjoying the rest prepared
for the people of God. Funeral services were conducted April 25
at he late home by John A. Stoltzfus (Text, Psa. 73:23-26); with
further services at the Weavertown A. M. meeting house by Amos
B. Stoltzfus in English, and John A. Stoltzfus in German. Text,
Rev. 14:12, 13. Interment in Myers Cemetery.
"We mourn for you, dear Grandma,
But not with outward show,
For the heart that mourns sincerely
Mourns silently and low.
'Tis not the tears of the moment shed
That tell how we loved the soul that fled,
But the silent tears thru the long years wept,
And the fond remembrance kept."
Transcribed by: Debbie Flanagan, Florida
Mullen.-Sister Mary Mullen died at the Western State Hospital in Staunton, Va., Mar. 22, 1934; aged 86 y. 2 m. 11 d. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for some eighteen or twenty years. Surviving are her husband, 3 daughters, and 1 son. Funeral services were held at the home of her son in Harrisonburg, Va., March 25, conducted by Bro. A. B. Burkholder, assisted by Bro. William Brubaker. Text, Isa. 38:1. Interment in the Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg.
Swartz.-Sarah, daughter of John and Catherine Swartz, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1861; died at her home in Dalton, May 8, 1934; aged 73 y. 2 m. 12 d. At the age of 17 she united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Later she transferred her membership to the Martin Church. During the past few years she was a communicant member of the Pleasant View Church. One brother (Daniel) survives. Funeral services were held at the Sonnenberg Church, May 10, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by Jacob Moser and Lewis Amstutz. Interment in cemetery near by.
Brunk.-Dorothy Belle, daughter of Jas. E., and
Alice (Yoder) Brunk, Biglerville, Pa., died March 2, 1934; aged
9 y. 2 m. 20 d. Dorothy was ill one week with scarlet fever, when
the summons came to "come up higher," where we believe
she is joining in the music of heaven. The parents, 2 brothers
(Ivan at Goshen College, and Milton), 2 sisters (Adella and Mabel),
and many friends and schoolmates miss her cheery presence. A short
service was conducted by A. W. Geigley and H. M. Sternat at the
Biglerville Cemetery where she was laid to rest March 3.
"She is not dead-the child of our affection-
But gone into that school
Where she no longer needs our poor protection,
And Christ Himself doth rule."
Charles.-John B. Charles was born Mar. 8, 1870;
died Jan. 4, 1934; aged 63 y. 10 m. 27 d. He leaves his wife (who
before her marriage was Fannie S. Herr), 3 children (David, Elizabeth,
and Elam), 5 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters. He was
a member of the Mennonite Church for 38 years. His death came
as a great shock to the family and the surrounding community.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 7, at the home
conducted by John K. Charles and Christian Lehman. Interment at
"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
Who can realize the bitter cost."
Ruby.-Daniel, son of Christian Ruby, was born May 12, 1882 in Oxford Co., Ont.; died April 22, 1834; aged 51 y. 11 m. 10 d. He spent his younger years on his father's farm in East Zorra. In 1905 he began to work at the carpenter trade. While in this trade he had the misfortune to fall from the roof of a barn, which resulted in the loss of his arm and hand on Oct. 12, 1908. On Dec. 21, 1920, he was united in matrimony to Mary Lichti (nee Roth). They made their home near Tavistock, Ont. He was a member of the East Zorra A. M. congregation from his youth. He leaves his bereaved companion, 5 brothers, and 1 sister. Services at the home by M. Kuepfer, and at the East Zorra A. M. Church by Brethren Chr. Schrag, Jacob R. Bender, and D. S. Jutzi. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
Kreider.-Mary Ann, widow of Geo. H. Kreider,
was born Sept. 29, 1860, passed away April 17, 1934, at the home
of her daughter and son-in-law, Clayton Andrews of Willow St.
Surviving her are 3 daughters (Mrs. Lizzie Caldwell of Holtwood,
Mrs. Clayton Andrews, and Mrs. Benj. Gochnauer, of near New Danville),
14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Chr. Kreider),
2 half-sisters (Mrs. Annie Mellinger and Mrs. Chr. Dombach). She
had been bedfast for the last 11 months, becoming ill on Mother's
Day. She was very patient, never complaining. Father was helping
with the care of Mother, and was suddenly taken away Feb. 24,
"Mother's 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 knows what is best."
Shertzer.-Vera L., daughter of Melvin R. and
Anna M. Leaman Shertzer of near Millersville, Pa., died April
29, 1934, in the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital, after an ten
weeks' illness; aged 2 y. 7 m. 9 d. Besides her parents, she is
survived by 2 sisters (Arlene L. and Anna Lois); her grandparents
(Mr. and Mrs. Landis M. Shertzer and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Leaman,
both near Millersville); several uncles and aunts, and 6 cousins.
She went to join her little brother (Parke L.). Funeral services
were held at the home and at the Millersville Mennonite Church
May 3 conducted by Bros. John H. Mosemann and D. N. Gish. Burial
in the adjoining cemetery.
"In our hearts her memory lingers,
But we know 'tis in vain to weep,
Tears of love can never wake her
From her peaceful quiet sleep."
Grove.-Aaron H., son of Michael and Martha Hostetter
was born Oct. 21, 1856, near Maytown, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died
March 27, 1934; aged 77 y. 4 m. 6 d. Grandpa was blessed with
good health most of his life, until the last two weeks. The last
week he could talk very little because of paralysis. We miss Grandpa
more as the days pass for the place we call home is no more. They
have all left and gone to the great beyond. We are looking forward
when we shall go to that home above where we shall never part.
He left his 4 sons and their companions, also 6 grandchildren.
Grandpa was a member of the Kraybills and Mt. Joy Mennonite church
for many years.
One by one the links are broken,
From the golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's house above.
Services were held on Good Friday, Mar. 30 at the home of his son Michael, by Bro. Amos Hess and Henry Lutz. Text, Psa. 17:15. Burial in East Donegal Cemetery.
Clemmer.-Merrill B., son of Bro. Norman and Sister
Sara Beyer Clemmer, Hatfield, Pa., died April 29, 1934; aged 1
y. 6 m. 8 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1 brother, and 2
sisters. One sister and one brother preceded him in death. He
also leaves his grandparents and a number of uncles and aunts.
He was a healthy child until he contracted a cold and pneumonia
set in. He was sick 8 days. The Lord peacefully took him home
to Him to join the happy band in heaven. He was a bright and happy
child. His stay was short, but long enough to endear himself to
those round about him. He will be greatly missed, especially in
the home; but we humbly bow to His will and say, "Thy will
be done." Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite
church by Elmer B. Moyer and Jacob M. Moyer. Text, 11 Sam. 12:22,
"A dear little son, but short was his stay;
God in His wisdom took him away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Ranck.-Annie E., widow of the late Harry M. Ranck,
was born near Wabank, Pa., Oct. 4, 1863; died April 5, 1934, of
a heart attack after being ill only 12 hours. Her husband preceded
her in death 8 1/2 years, and her eldest son (John) 5 years. She
was a faithful member of the Mennonite church since youth. She
is survived by one sister (Alice) and 2 brothers (John and Ephraim
Stoner). Two children mourn her departure (Benjamin and Stella,
wife of Amos Weaver with whom she resided); also 4 grandchildren.
The funeral was held at Paradise Church (with burial at Strasburg)
by Jacob Mellinger and Jacob Harnish. Text, Psa. 62:5.
"Her willing hands will toil for us no more,
Her voice is still;
Fond hopes are shattered, hearts are sore,
Yet, 'tis His will.
God called dear mother home to rest,
Away from pain and care,
Some day, oh happy time, 'twill not be long,
We'll meet her there." The Daughter.
Bender.-Wm. C., son of Christian and Mary
(Kemp) Bender, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 20, 1854; died
near Kalona, Iowa, March 18, 1934; aged 79 y. 3 m. 28 d. On Jan.
1, 1882, he was married by Bishop Abner Yoder to Rebecca, daughter
of Seth and Lizzie (Kempf) Kauffman. To this union were born 4
sons and 2 daughters. One son (George) died in infancy. Rebecca
died near Exeland, Wis., Sept. 15, 1920. On March 25, 1923, he
was married to Anna (Schrock) Coblentz. He leaves his beloved
wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and a
host of friends. In youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, uniting
with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful
to the end.
"I've a picture in my memory
Which was stamped some time ago;
Father in his chair sitting,
Gently rocking to and fro.
By the stove the fire kept burning,
To keep his feeble body warm;
Now methinks he's with the angels,
Singing with that happy throng."
Transcriber's note: "methinks" as in the original.
Bender.-John H., eldest son of Christian and Catherine (Honderich) Bender, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Aug. 5, 1849; died April 27, 1934; aged 84 y. 8 m. 22 d. He was a member of the A. M. Church from his youth. In January, 1872, he was married to Barbara Brenneman of Perth Co., Ont. This union was blessed with 3 children (Jacob B. Bender and Lydia at home, and Mattie-wife of Christ R. Iutzi), all of East Zorra. His wife preceded him in death more than two years. He leaves 1 son, 2 daughters, 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. After his marriage in 1872, he had his home on the 16 line of East Zorra Township, and in all these years he never missed being home a night, except two years ago when he made a trip to Clarence Center, N. Y., for a few days. Services were held at the home by Jacob R. Bender, and at the church by D. D. Lebold, Chris Schultz, and D. S. Jutzi. A large host of friends gathered to pay the last respects to the departed. Burial on May 1 at East Zorra A. M. Church.
Wisseman.-Sister Mary G., wife of Bro. Conrad C. Wisseman, was born Aug. 18, 1876; died May 10, 1934; aged 57 y. 8 m. 22 d. Preceding her in death was an infant son and an infant daughter. Left to mourn are her bereaved husband, Walter (at home), Mrs. Nevin Miller of Grantsville, Mrs. Foster Speicher of Friendsville, Mrs. Walter Otto of Springs, Paul of Washington, D. C., Marion of Goshen College, and Helen (at home). Besides these there are 5 grandchildren. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. William Tressler and Mrs. Val. Bender of Greenwood, Del.; Daniel Gingerich of Grantsville and Lewis Gingerich of Frostburg; also a multitude of other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and during her entire lifetime this church was near her heart. This fact, and her many good deeds, will remain as a loving memory. Funeral services were conducted at the Springs Mennonite Church on Sunday afternoon, May 13, by Bro. J. A. Ressler assisted by Bros. M. B. Miller, Roy Otto, and G. D. Miller. Interment in Springs Mennonite Cemetery.
Myers.-Margie D. (Kreider) Myers
of Ronks, Pa., was born Aug. 18, 1893; died April 19, 1923; aged
40 y. 8 m. Her sudden death was a shock to all who had known her.
On Dec. 20, 1924, she was united in marriage to Marvin L. Myers.
To this happy union were born two sons (Marvin Jr. and Norman).
She leaves her husband and 2 children, 1 brother (Benjamin H.
Kreider of Intercourse), 3 sisters (Bessie R. Byers of Lenover,
Ruth H. Kreider of Lancaster, and Esther M. Denlinger of Paradise).
God saw fit to take her home. The Lord makes no mistakes. On April
1 I heard her say, "Some day we will understand God's way's.
She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite
Church, remaining faithful to the end. She will be greatly missed
in the home and by all who knew her. Services were held April
22 at Brown's Funeral Parlor at Paradise, Pa., by Jacob H. Mellinger.
Text, Psa. 46. Further services at the Paradise Mennonite Church
by Bro. Abram Martin.
"One by one the links are broken,
From the golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded,
In the Father's home above."
By a sister.
Driver.-Cassie, daughter of the late Preacher Jacob and Annie (Beery) Driver, was born at Timberville, Va., Oct. 21, 1856; died of complications at the home of her brother at Mt. Clinton, Va., Mar. 18, 1934; aged 77 y. 4 m. 25 d. She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, continuing in this faith to the end. She was of a quiet nature, and of a kind and loving disposition, which won for her many friends. She was not so strong physically, yet she kept house for her brother William a number of years, neither of them ever having been married. About two years ago her health began to fail, and she became unable to perform her duties in the home. Since Christmas she gradually grew worse, and about a week prior to her death she became helpless. She was preceded in death by her sister (Mrs. Fannie Smith) about five months. She is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Bettie Beery of Mt. Clinton, and Mrs. Ida Miller of Lima, Ohio) and 3 brothers (William of Mt. Clinton, and Abe and Jacob of La Junta, Colo.). Funeral services were held from the Mt. Clinton Church, conducted by Bro. J. S. Martin, assisted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes. Text, "I am the resurrection and the life" Jno. 11:25). The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Weaver.-Nathan, son of Aaron and Mary (Baer)
Weaver, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 7, 1875; died April
25, 1934, after an illness of one week of pleural pneumonia; aged
59 y. 18 d. On July 13, 1895 he was united in marriage to Clara
Holdeman. To this union were born 5 children (Floyd W. of Rensselaer,
Ind., Mrs. Oscar Troyer of Goshen, Ind., at whose home he died;
Mrs. John Gingerich of Elkhart; Mrs. Herman Schrock of Mishawaka;
and Christine at home). He leaves, besides his wife and children,
1 foster-son (Samuel Weaver of Shipshewana), and 10 grandchildren.
One granddaughter (Beatrice Gingerich) preceded him in death.
He also leaves 2 sisters (Mrs. Isaiah Shawn* of Harrison Twp.,
Mrs. Isaac Wagner of New Paris), a brother (Henry B. of Harrison
Twp.), a half-brother (Elias of Mishawaka), and a number of other
relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church at
Yellow Creek in 1907 where he remained until the end.
"God called dear father home to rest,
Away from pain and care.
Some day, oh happy time, 'twill not be long,
We'll meet him there."
Funeral services were conducted by D. A. Yoder, D. D. Troyer, and Ira Johns at the Yellow Creek Church.
*Correction - name is Shaum - Researcher Thelma Hoover Martin
Darr.-John, son of Henry and Hannah Darr, was born near Kitchener, Ont., Nov. 17, 1849, the oldest of a family of 15 children. In his early youth he came to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he resided most of the time since. He spent his life as a thresher, saw-miller, and farmer. He with his brother Isaac had the distinction of owning the first steam traction engine in this and surrounding communities. He was in failing health for several years and became bedfast about seven weeks ago. Death was due to ailments due to old age. He passed away on Friday morning, April 6, 1934, aged 84 y. 7 m. 11d. He was married to Anna Godshalke in 1890. She preceded him in death Oct. 29, 1926. To this union 5 children were born (John, Mrs. Earl (Hannah) Pletcher, Mrs. Amos (Anna) Loucks, James and Mrs. Ralph (Sarah) Pletcher, all living on or within two miles of the home place in Harrison Tp., Elkhart Co., Ind. Surviving him are his children, 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Isaac of Indiana and Christian of Kansas), 2 sister (Mrs. Brenneman and Sarah Derr). Two brothers (Peter and Amos) preceded him in death. In his earlier life Bro. Darr was baptized on confession of faith and in April, 1924, he united with the Olive Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by D. A. Yoder and Bro. L. L. Rassi at the Olive Church.
Troyer.-Susie, daughter of Gideon and Elizabeth (Lehman) Marner, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Dec. 12, 1865; died at Kalona, Iowa, April 26, 1934; aged 86 y. 4 m. 14 d. She became a Christian early in life, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, to which she was a faithful member until called home. On Nov. 25, 1890, she was united in marriage to John S. Troyer who died Oct. 30, 1928. To them were born 4 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom are living (Arden, of St. Louis, Mo.; Samuel of Abbeyville, Kans., Gideon of Burrton, Kans.; Jerry of Waitsburg, Washington; Elizabeth of Hutchinson, Kans., and Mrs. Mose Schrock of South Bend, Ind.). The deceased with her family left this community about thirty years ago, residing in the vicinity of Hutchinson, Kans. Besides her children there are 12 grandchildren, 5 brothers and 1 sister (Isaac of Wellman, Gideon and Eli of Parnell, Jacob, Elmer, and Alice of Kalona), together with many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, a sister (Mrs. A. B. Miller), and 1 brother. The Everlasting Arms which sustained her through life, received her in that blessed eternal rest. Funeral services April 28 at the Timber church conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber and J. L. Hershberger. Text, Job 14:1, 2. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Good.-Henry Good, of near Elida, Ohio, was born
in Rockingham Co. Va., Aug. 7, 1851; died May 4, 1934; aged 82
y. 8 m. 27 d. On Sept. 22, 1873, he was united in marriage with
Sister Elizabeth Culp. To this union were born 13 children, of
whom 6 preceded him in death. Those surviving him are his sorrowing
companion, Christian, Mrs. Fanny Ross, Abraham of Nampa, Idaho;
Mrs. Elizabeth Berry, Mrs. Salome Stalter, Aaron, and John Good
of near Elida, O.; also 1 brother (Jacob Good of Bremen, O.),
1 sister (Mrs. John Mumaw of Goshen, Ind.), 45 grandchildren,
and 26 great-grandchildren. At the age of about 15 years he yielded
his life to Christ and united with the Mennonite Church at the
Salem congregation. He served as trustee of the church for about
35 years and was always recognized as a defender of the faith
and a pillar in the Church to the end. For some time he had been
suffering from a complication of asthma, bronchial and heart trouble;
but he bore his sickness with much patience. He had a desire to
depart this life and to be with Christ. Funeral services were
held at he Salem Church, May 7, by Ben B. King, assisted by J.
B. Smith and Geo. Ross.
"Oh, how vain; we would have kept thee,
Dearest father, gone to rest.
Yet a living faith in Jesus
Tells us that He knoweth best."
Shenk.-Simon G., son of Bishop J. M. and Fanny
Shenk, was born Oct. 5, 1875, near Elida, O.; died May 8, 1934;
aged 58 y. 7 m. 3 d. On Mar. 1, 1896, he was united in marriage
to Mary Elizabeth Shank of Missouri. He leaves his sorrowing wife,
4 daughters and 3 sons (Mrs. Estella Augsburger and Mrs. Ada Kirkendall
of Elida, O.; Alma and Mary at home; Ralph of Doylestown, Pa.;
Wilbur of Bell Center, O.; and John of Elida, O.). Two sons preceded
him in infancy. He also leaves his aged father, one sister (Rebecca
of Denbigh, Va.), and 7 brothers (Daniel of Oregon, Moses of Kansas,
Jacob of Colorado, Levi of Virginia, John L. of Pennsylvania,
Ruban and Amos of Idaho). Abraham preceded him in death. At an
early age he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite church,
where he remained until death, serving as Sup't. of Sunday school,
and in other activities when called upon. In 1918 he moved his
family to Continental, O., and labored with the Mt. Pleasant congregation,
where he was ordained to the ministry and where he labored until
death. It was his Redeemer living in him when he said just recently
to a sister, "I would willingly give my life for the work
of God." In all his labors he always looked up and followed
every step of the way. He always felt and gave expression to the
beauties of God and nature. Many times in the spring he would
point to us the beauties of the workmanship of God, in the blooming
trees and the starry heaven. In a recent sermon he said, "If
we love Christ much, surely we will trust Him much." On the
morning of May 8 he went to a neighbor's in his machine to get
a wagon box, and as he was returning he drove directly in front
of a freight train, and was carried down the track about seven
hundred fifty feet. When the train stopped he fell out of the
machine and was instantly killed in the wreckage. Funeral services
were held at Mt. Pleasant congregation by Ben B. King, and at
the Salem congregation by S. E. Allgyer. Buried at Salem Cemetery.
"Dear father, so suddenly passed to yonder shore;
Here on earth we shall greet him no more,
Though our hearts do ache
Till they nearly break,
For one whom Jesus saw fit to take;
We humbly to God's promises cling,
Which to our lonely hearts to comfort bring."
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Lehman.-Sarah Ida Lehman was born July 12, 1866; died April 29, 1934, at her home near Chambersburg, Pa.; aged 67 y. 9 m. 17 d. She is survived by her husband, 1 brother, and 1 sister. She will be remembered by her nephews and nieces as a kindly dispositioned aunt. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Church on May 2, 1934, by J. S. Burkholder and Harvey E. Shank. Text, Jno. 20:29-31. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.
Helmick.-Eliza, wife of L. H. Helmick died April 26, 1934, at the home of her son in Kelso, Somerset Co., Pa., aged 92 y. She was first married to Calvin Smith. Both husbands preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, Fred Smith with whom she lived at the time of death and Joe Smith of Petersburg. W. Va. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Stahl church by Sanford G. Shetler. The body was laid to rest in the Stahl Cemetery.
Troyer.-Milo, son of Levi R. and Amanda (Schlabach) Troyer, was born Aug. 7, 1933; passed away May 4, 1934. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Atlee), 2 sisters (Mattie and Esther), 4 grandparents, 4 great-grandparents, 5 uncles and 10 aunts. They were all present at the funeral except one great-grandfather. He was an exceptionally strong child, but God saw fit to take him home. His illness was pneumonia. Services were conducted on May 6, 1934 by Bros. Menno Schlabach and B. D. Troyer. Texts, Mark 10:13-15; Rev. 21. Grandparents.
Calimer.-G. Washington Calimer was born near Sharpsburg, Md.; died at his home in Pond Bank, May 10, 1934; aged just one day less than 83 years. He united with the Mennonite Church here about 8 years ago. We trust he is now at rest. He suffered much but said he brought it all on himself in his younger years. Sometimes we must suffer in this life for our sins even though forgiven. He is survived by 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his daughter and only child, Mrs. John Patterson, May 14, by his minister. Text, 1 Kings 6:7. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mont Alto.
Myers.-Claude M., son of Samuel A. and Clara (Moyer) Myers, was born June 1, 1909; died May 6, 1934; aged 24 y. 11 m. 5 d. Bro. Claude had a quiet disposition, had accepted Christ in his teens, and his only joy was in Sunday school and sacred services. He was the only child, and what made it doubly sad was that the services had to be strictly private on account of the contagious disease he died with (measles). However, words of comfort to the bereaved family were given by Bro. A. O. Histand at the home, and Bro. W. R. Moyer at the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church (outside). Text, Phil. 1:21. Burial in adjoining cemetery. By his Uncle.
Emmert.-Harold Dean Emmert was born Jan. 22, 1931; died May 7, 1934; aged 3 y. 3 m. 15 d. He leaves his parents, two sisters (Virginia and Caroll Jean), two brothers (Donald and Robert), 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, and many other relatives. His last request before becoming unconscious was to ask his mother to sing, "Jesus Loves He, This I know." He also told his mother he did not want to get well. Funeral services were held at the home, in charge of Bro. D. F. Shenk, and at the Hopewell Church, in charge of Bros. H. A. Wolfer and G. D. Shank.
"Harold was with us just a little while,
Cheering us with his dear, sweet smile;
Blessing us from morning until even;
But God needed him
To fill a brighter spot-in Heaven."
Transcribers note: "Jesus Loves He" as in the original.
Croyle.-Lovina, daughter of the late Emanuel and Elizabeth (Blough) Kaufman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 2, 1869; died May 8, 1934, of a complication of aliments, being bedfast since last November; aged 64 y. 10 m. 16 d. She was married to Daniel Croyle, Aug. 26, 1894, and the same year she was received into the Mennonite church and remained a faithful member until death. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Minnie, wife of L. E. Croyle; Edgar, and Clarence, all living in Conemaugh Twp. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Daniel Kaufman, and 3 brothers, Josiah, Edward, and Andrew, all of Conemaugh Twp. Funeral services were conducted at the home by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Harry C. Blough. The services were largely attended. The body was laid to rest in the Thomas Cemetery.
Frey.-Sister Anna Landis, wife of Bro. Christian Frey of Chambersburg, Pa., was born Jan. 17, 1869; died May 6, 1934; aged 65 y. 3 m. 19 d. She went about as usual and was visiting friends during the day and while washing the dishes after the evening meal passed away very suddenly. She was a member of the church many years and manifested a fine Christian spirit. She was a kind and devoted wife and mother who was loved by all who knew her. She was interested in the activities of the church and was a regular attendant at services when possible. She will be missed in the home and church. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Church where a large number of people assembled to manifest their love and respect for one whom they loved. Services were conducted by Bros. H. E. Shank and D. E. Kuhns. Text, Zech. 14:7. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Gone but not forgotten.
Emmert.-Jacob W. Emmert, son of Leonard and Katherine Emmert, was born in northern Indiana, Dec. 21, 1861; died May 9, 1934, at Fairview, Mich.; aged 72 y. 4 m. 18 d. He was married to Katie Glick, March 2, 1884. Mother died in November, 1918. To this union were born 11 children. Four of these preceded him in death, two in infancy. Surviving him are, Frank, Edward, George, Clara, and Bertha of Indiana, and Joseph and William of Flint, Mich. Bro. Emmert was again married, Nov. 29, 1922, to Mrs. Rebecca Stutesman of Fairview, Mich., from which time he lived at Fairview. She survives him. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life, of which he was a member until the end. As long as strength permitted he was always busy. Occupation, farmer and carpenter. In his passing the Church loses one of its regular attending members, the village a hard working man and good citizen. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church on May 11, conducted by Bro. Menno Esch. Text, Psa. 90:10. He was assisted by Bro Eli A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich., after which the remains were taken to Midland for burial.
Erb.-Mahlon Erb was born Dec. 13, 1908, at Wellesley, Ont., Can.; died May 10, 1934; aged 25 y. 4 m. 27 d. He leaves his father (Michael), 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. On Feb. 27, 1929, while an employee of a Construction Company, he fell, resulting in a broken back, for which he was confined in the General Hospital in Buffalo for nine months. He, however, sufficiently improved so that he was able to be up, and attended church services when health permitted, but at intervals had to return to the hospital. His last stay at the hospital was for 11 days, when the Lord called him home. In his later life he was deeply concerned for the welfare of the church, of which he became a member (Alden, N. Y. congregation) by water baptism in September, 1925. He gave sufficient testimonies that we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held at the Alden meeting house, May 13, conducted by the home ministers, assisted by Bro. Birky of the Sand Hill congregation.
Lichty.-Sanford R., son of Israel and Anna (Rutt) Lichty, of Goodville, died at the Lancaster General Hospital, March 28, 1934, of complications, after an illness of two weeks. Aged 21 y. 1 m. 6 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Harry of Blue Ball), 4 sisters (Katie, wife of Alvin W. Weaver of East Earl; Cora of Paradise; Emma and Elsie at home), and many other relatives and friends. Two sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. He endured his suffering with much patience. He had left a good testimony, so we need not sorrow as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday afternoon, March 31, by John Sauder at the house and John W. Weaver, assisted by B. Frank Martin at the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Text, Eccl. 12:1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"O, the bliss of that mourn
When our loved ones we meet;
With the songs of the ransomed
We each other shall greet;
Singing praise to the Lamb
Though eternity's years,
With the past all forgotten,
With its sorrow and tears."
Shotzberger.-Jacob Shotzberger was born in Evandale, Pa., June 7, 1873; died May 13, 1934, at the Bacton Mennonite Chapel at West Chester, Pa., while giving an interesting message on Mother's Day; aged 60 y. 11 m. 25 d. He was married to Lillian M. Knisely of East Salem, Pa. To this union were born 9 girls and 5 boys. Three girls and one boy died in infancy. Remaining to mourn are Salome (Mrs. Enck), Anna (Mrs. Musser), Daisy (Mrs. Heilman), Samuel, Paul, Mark, Dorothy (Mrs. Hufford), Mae (Mrs. Schlotzhaver), and Hazel and Lester at home. His latter years were devoted to the Lord's service. He took an active part in the work of the Lancaster Mennonite Mission, and in addition to this was called to many places to speak. Funeral services were held May 16 by Bro. Krady and Bro. Bressler at the house, and at the church by Bro. Mosemann. Interment at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
"Our dear father now has left us,
No one else can take his place;
And his memory shall be with us,
Though we cannot see his face.
But we know the Lord has claimed him
And has promised us His grace."
Good.-Mary Ann Good (nee Sensenig), wife of Moses W. Good, was born Aug. 5, 1873; died May 3, 1934; aged 60 y. 8 m. 28 d. Mother took sick March 4. She died at her home of complications, after suffering severe pain for two months. However, she said that God knew best. Mother was converted in her early years, and was a faithful member of the Weaverland congregation until God called her to her eternal home. On Jan.1, 1905, she was united in marriage to Moses W. Good. Besides her sorrowing husband, she leaves to mourn, one daughter Anna at home, and two brothers (Joseph M. and Henry M. Sensenig). A mother in Israel has gone. A light has dimmed and gone out. There is a vacant chair; an empty void; and we wonder why. But God doeth all things well. Mother is greatly missed at home, at church, and in the community. The funeral was held from her late home May 7, 1934. Bro. George N. Good officiating. Further services at the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Bros. John M. Sauder and B. Frank Martin spoke on the text, Luke 10:42.
"Rest on, dear Mother, your labor's o'er;
Your loving hands will toil no more.
A faithful friend so true and kind,
No more on earth like you we'll find."
Leid.-Magdalene R. Leid, daughter of Levi and Anna Burkholder, was born near Martindale, Pa., Feb. 4, 1898; died May 14, 1934; aged 36 y. 3 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage to John G. Leid of Red Run, Jan. 31, 1929. To this union were born 4 children: Amos (who preceded her in death), Elmer, Emma, and Susanna (aged 8 days). Also these step-children: Ella, Ivan, Mabel, John J., Lizzie, and Paul; her parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Elam, Henry, Leah, and Emma of New Holland, Pa., R. D.; Mrs. Reuben Martin and Noah of Ephrata, Pa., R. D.; Samuel of Bird-in-Hand, and Amos of Denver, Pa. She united with the Weaverland Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. She was seriously ill with scarlet fever and complications for a short time, but was thought to be improving when she suddenly passed away while eating her evening meal. Why God called her away in her usefulness we cannot understand, but humbly we submit to Him who doeth all things well and say, "The Lord hath given, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." Private services were held at the Weaverland Cemetery, May 15, where interment was made, Bro. Aaron Burkholder officiating.
"No one heard the footstep
Of the angel drawing near,
That removed from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Gregory.-Edyth Marie Gregory, daughter of John and Sadie Kosier was born in Knoxville, Tenn., May 22, 1887; died May 16, 1934; aged 46 y. 11 m. 24 d. On May 22, she would have celebrated her 47th birthday, on which day her second daughter graduates from high school. Early in life she accepted Jesus as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church at Concord, Tenn. Later she transferred her membership to the Martins and Pleasant View congregation, near Orrville, Ohio. She was united in marriage to Robert Gregory on March 21, 1912. To this union were born 2 sons (George and Robert Jay) and 3 daughters (Lois, Margaret, and Nellie), all at home. She leaves to mourn her early departure her husband, 5 children, 3 sisters (Mrs. W. H. Barnum, Mrs. Albert Bere, and Mrs. J. B. Wright), 2 brothers (Arthur and French Kosier), all of Sterling, Ill., and a host of relatives and friends. In her last days she suffered much, but was patient and resigned to the will of Him who doeth all things well. The funeral services were conducted from the home and the Martins Church. Scripture Lesson-23 Psalm. Text, 1 Pet. 1 and Phil. 1:21. Ministers, I. W. Royer, Stanford Mumaw, and A. J. Steiner. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
-By the family.
Barge.-Clara M. Barge, daughter of Edwin and Anna Myers, was born Jan. 22, 1914; died May 2, 1934; aged 20 y. 3 m. 10 d. Several years ago Clara accepted Christ as her personal Savior and has ever since been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was much interested in the young people and taught a class of young girls at the Groffdale Mennonite Church. On March 30, 1930, she was united in marriage to Raymond R. Barge of near Strasburg, Pa. For only a short while did God permit them to enjoy their happy Christian home. The immediate cause of her death was meningitis of the spine. Realizing that her stay on earth was short, she expressed a desire to go if by her death she could win more souls than by her life. She was of a kind and loving disposition. Oh, how we miss her. She leaves a sorrowing husband, her parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, a grandfather, and a grandmother. She was laid to rest on May 6. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Christian Brubaker, and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Eli Sauder and Abram Martin. A host of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. Clara had chosen her text, Matt. 9:24. Interment was made in the adjoining 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."
By the Family.
Swope.-Maggie F. Burkholder Swope was born near Harrisonburg, Va., April 9, 1872; died May 9, 1934, at her home near Columbiana, O., aged 62 y. 1 m. She is survived by her husband, 8 sons and 3 daughters-Ira, John, and Emanuel Jr. of North Lima; Mrs. C. N. Steiner of Sterling, Ill.; Oliver of Salem; Herman of Leetonia; Mrs. Arden Lehman and Paul of Columbiana; Joseph of Belleville, Pa.; Cleo and Margaret at home. She was preceded by one son, who died at the age of 4 with diphtheria. She is also survived by her father, Pre. Abram B. Burkholder, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, and 11 grandchildren. On Oct. 1, 1891, she was united in marriage to E. J. Swope at Harrisonburg, Va. She has always been a very devoted wife and mother. She united with the Mennonite Church when she was a young woman, and remained faithful to the end. She was actively engaged in church work, being for many years a teacher in the Sunday school, and a leader in activities of the Ladies Sewing Circle. She will be keenly missed in the home, church, and by those who knew her. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Midway Church, May 12, in charge of Bros. A. J. Steiner, E. M. Detwiler, and Paul Yoder. Text, Psalm 23, a favorite scripture of the deceased. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
O, Father, grant Thy children faith
In sorrow's hour,
To trust and cling abidingly,
To Thy great power.
White.-James Clayton White, son of Clayton M. and Florence (Eager) White, died at the Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 3 y. 2 m. 16 d. He had a lateral ear condition and bronchial pneumonia, having had measles previously. He peacefully fell asleep in Jesus May 9, 1934. In these short years he brought much sunshine into our lives which will never be forgotten. He was exceptionally bright for his age, being able to sing many songs he learned in Sunday school by memory, never missing a word. One he loved so well was "Precious Jewels." We would, oh, so gladly, have kept him with us, but our heavenly Father saw fit to take him home. We are glad that we have the blessed hope of meeting him again. He leaves his parents, one sister (Ruth Emma), maternal grandparents (D. J. Eager and wife), parental grandmother (Elizabeth White), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted privately at the home by Bro. Jacob E. Brubaker, followed by public services at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church by Bishop John H. Mosemann. Text, Mark 10:14. Burial in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery.
A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant at our hearth
That never can be filled.
Unto our Father's will alone
One thought has reconciled,
That He whose love exceeds our own
Hath taken home our child.
Miller.-Elizabeth M. Miller, daughter of John L. and Elizabeth (Keller) Brenneman, was born near Elida, O., Jan. 6, 1865; died May 13, 1934; aged 69 y. 4 m. 7 d. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church where she remained faithful until the end. On Oct. 7, 1886, she was united in marriage to John D. Good. To this union were born 3 sons: David, a minister at Nampa, Idaho; Henry, South Bend, Ind.; and John D. of Elida, O. Her husband died May 6, 1894. On March 24, 1903, she was united in marriage to Yost C. Miller of Shipshewana, Ind. After her marriage she moved to Indiana, where she resided until death. She had been in failing health for four years. In September, 1931, she had an operation for inward goiter, and for a while seemed to be gaining in health, but again lost health and strength. For the last year she was unable to do anything, being bedfast for the last two weeks. Her last illness seemed to be dropsy and hardening of the arteries, for which it seemed all medical help was of no avail. She leaves her aged husband, 3 sons, 6 step-sons, 1 step-daughter, 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers (George of Elida, O., and Abraham of Mansfield, O.), 2 sisters (Caroline Diller and Nancy Diller of Elida, O.), and a number of nephews and nieces and friends. Funeral was conducted at the Shore congregation by Bros. D. J. Johns, Josiah Miller and O. S. Hostetler, and at the Salem congregation at Elida, O., by Bros. Ben B. King and Josiah Miller.
"Our beloved had departed,
While we tarry broken-hearted
In a dreary, empty house.
She has ended life's brief story,
She had reached her home in glory,
Over death victorious."
Lehman.-David S. Lehman of Chambersburg, Pa., was born Oct. 22, 1859; died April 27, 1934; aged 74 y. 6 m. 5 d. He was born in Lancaster Do., Pa., and moved with his parents to Franklin Co., Pa., when but a boy four years old. He lived almost his entire life in the vicinity of Chambersburg and was busily engaged as a farmer until the spring of 1911, when he quit farming and moved onto a small property of six acres, where he lived until his death. He, with his wife, united with the Mennonite Church, and was always interested in the work of the Church. He had been in poor health since last October and died of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife (who was Miss Annie S. Burkholder) and the following children: Harry L., Mrs. Ira Eby, Daniel B., David L., and Mrs. Reuben H. Lehman of Chambersburg, Mrs. Harry H. Witmer of Shippensburg, and a daughter-in-law (Mrs. Stella Lehman of North Dakota). One son (Joseph L.) and 1 daughter (Barbara B.) preceded him in death. Also surviving are 40 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Samuel L. Longenecker of Dauphin Co., Pa.). Funeral services were held April 30 at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. J. E. Lehman and J. Irvin Lehman had charge of the services. He selected his own text: Luke 23:28, 46.
Eby.-Reuben Eby was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Feb. 13, 1860; died at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, May 4, 1934; aged 74 y. 2 m. 21 d. He was married to Mary Ann Brubacher in October, 1884. They resided on a farm in Peel Tp., for 37 years. Twelve years ago they moved to St. Jacobs. About a month ago he came to Elmira, making his home with his daughter, Mrs. Orton Weber. He had been enjoying a fair degree of health until about ten days ago, when he took seriously ill, and died at St. Mary's Hospital. His wife and two children preceded him. He leaves 6 children (Angus of Drake, Sask.; Mrs. Oliver Lichty of Kitchener; Mrs. Alvin Biehn, Harvey, Clara of Guernsey, Sask.; Mrs. Orton Weber of Elmira); 20 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters (Absalom, Jesse, Noah, Jacob, Elias, Mrs. Enoch Burkhardt, Mrs. Noah Good, and Mrs. Emerson Morrison). A number of years ago he became a member of the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until his death. He was a loyal Christian, a devoted husband, and a faithful father. Funeral services and burial at the Elmira Mennonite Church, conducted by Oliver Snider and Moses M. Brubacher.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over; hands are folded,
And dear father is at rest."
Felpel. -Theodore Lewis, son of the late William and Elizabeth Felpel, was born in Germany Oct. 6, 1870; died April 28, 1934; aged 63 y. 4 m. 22 d. At the age of 2 years, he with his mother and four brothers, sailed to America to join the father who had crossed before to choose a locality to settle in and make their future home. He grew to manhood in Lancaster Co., Pa. Nov. 27, 1892, he united in marriage with Lizzie Snader, who preceded him in death only a few months. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 4 daughters. Two sons preceded the parents in death. There remain to mourn the loss of parents: 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 23 grandchildren, and 1 brother (William Felpel of North East, Md.) Father suffered much the last year of his life, but bore it all with Christian fortitude, until the Lord saw fit to call him home. He died of cancer, following an operation July 1933, for glandular trouble. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held May 1 at the home by Hershey Sensenig, and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Frank Hurst and Amos Martin. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Now the old home is vacant;
Father and mother have gone to rest.
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say: God thought it best."
Reist.-Julia Ann Reist was born Dec. 29, 1859 in Grant City, Mo.; died at Blaine, Oreg., at the home of her youngest son, Frank Larrew, on April 15, 1934, after an illness of almost 3 months, due to a stroke of paralysis which rendered her helpless; aged 74 y. 3 m. 17 d. She was married to John Wesley Larrew, and to this union were born 4 children, 3 of whom survive. On Aug. 18, 1925, her husband passed away. She then made her home with her son, Frank, till April 8, 1928 when she was again married to Elias E. Reist. In early life she united with the Christian Church, but in later years she united with the Mennonite Church. She lived a faithful Christian life. She left a bright testimony that the Lord was very precious to her, and that she was ready to go home to meet her Savior and loved ones gone before. She peacefully fell asleep. Her husband, her son and family were present at her death bed. She made her own funeral arrangements. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons (Joe Larrew of Taneyville, Mo., and Frank Larrew of Blaine, Ore.) , 1 daughter (Mae Cowan of Birch Tree, Mo.), 12 grandchildren, 7 step-children, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 2 uncles, 2 aunts, and a large host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in a Grange hall near Blaine, Oreg., on April 18, by G. D. Shenk of Sheridan, Oreg. Text 1 Cor. 9:24 (latter clause). She was laid to rest in the Blaine Cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved and help all to be ready for the great change awaiting.
Lantzi*.-Annie Lantzi (nee Schwartzentruber)
was born in East Zorra, Ont., Feb. 11, 1869; died May 1, 1934;
aged 65 y. 2 m. 20 d. She was the fourth child of John and Anna
(Sommer) Swartzentruber. She lived her entire life in this community.
In her younger years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior
and became a member of the East Zorra A. M. congregation, remaining
faithful until death. On Dec. 18, 1888, she was united in marriage
to Noah M. Bender, and lived with him until his demise
Sept. 18, 1894. To this union were born 4 children (John S. Bender
of East Zorra; Nancy, wife of Christ Lantzi of North Earthope;
Katie, wife of Christ K. Bender of East Zorra; and Mary, wife
of Joseph Z. Baechler of East Zorra). On Feb. 15, 1900, she was
united in marriage to Joseph K. Lantzi* of East Zorra, and lived
with him until his death on June 27, 1926. To this union were
born 2 sons (Joseph S. and Aaron Lantzi*, both of East Zorra).
There also survive, 2 step-children (John B. Lantzi* of Flagler,
Colo.; Fannie, wife of Amos Birky of Thurman, Colo.), 29 grandchildren
(26 in Canada and 3 in Colorado), also 1 sister (Lina, wife of
Joseph Leiss of Wellesley). Death was due to a paralytic stroke.
She had attended the funeral of Dan Ruby. At the close of the
service, after she had gone out of the church, this stroke came
upon her. She lingered six days. Services were held at the home
of Joseph Baechler by Jacob R. Bender, and at the church by Bro.
Jacob R. Bender and D. S. Jutzi.
*[Transcriber's note: the surname printed in the Gospel Herald as "Lantzi" throughout this obituary should have been printed as "Yantzi." - Correction from Joe Springer, Goshen Historical Library] - tlm
Ranck.-Hettie, wife of Enos G. Ranck of Strasburg, Pa., was born Oct. 15, 1874, fell asleep April 23, 1934; aged 59 y. 6 m. 8 d. She was a faithful Christian and member of the Mennonite Church and was seldom absent from God's house when strength permitted her to attend. She was of a pleasing personality, a kind and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and was concerned about the welfare of her children and grandchildren, hoping to meet them all over yonder. She is greatly missed by all. She leaves her companion and these children: Chester D., Earl D., and Elsie D. (wife of Paul R. Newswanger) all of Paradise Twp. Also 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister survive: John and Christ Denlinger and Mrs. Jacob Eby. Many other relatives and friends also survive. Mother had been in failing health for a number of years; never was very strong, but was able to go about her home until a short time before she passed away. She became ill with influenza. She expressed her gratitude to all who remembered her in her affliction; also expressed her desire to depart and go home to glory. Sweet memories and her influence will live on in the lives of us all. The funeral was held April 26, by Bro. C. M. Brubaker, at the home, and Bro. J. T. Harnish, F. M. Herr, and A. L. Martin, at the Strasburg Church, Text, Psa. 73:24, selected by father. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dear mother, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before
Our family circle's broken now,
Since you have gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say: God thought it best."
Borntrager.-Manasses J. Borntrager was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 28, 1843; died in LaGrange Co., Ind., April 30, 1934; aged 90 y. 5 m. 2 d. He joined the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church in 1863. He was married to Lydia Yoder on Feb. 5, 1865. She died Nov. 19, 1926. He lived a widower 7 y. 5 m. 11 d. To this union were born 12 children-7 sons and 5 daughters. His wife, 1 son, and 2 daughters preceded him in death. He leaves 6 sons, 3 daughters, 76 grandchildren, 140 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He came with his parents from Pennsylvania in the spring of 1844, where his father bought a farm, mostly timber, with a little house on it. He helped to clear this farm and spent his lifetime there. He was always willing to do what he could to build up the church, and on Oct. 14, 1883 he was ordained minister of the Gospel, serving faithfully as long as health permitted. For the last 10 months he was confined to his bed as his legs were too weak to walk. He often expressed a desire to leave this world but never had much pain, and was blessed with a good memory until the last two weeks of his life when he became feeble minded so that no conservation could be held with him, which made it sad as he wished to talk be could not be understood. We hope he can now rest in heaven where there is no pain and sorrow, as he had many dark and dreary hours here. Funeral services were held on May 3 at the old homestead (where his son, Noah, is now living), in charge of Manasses J. Yoder and Bishop Joseph Yoder. Texts, 11 Tim. 4:1-10; 1 Pet. 1. A large number of people paid their last respects. Burial on the old home place cemetery.
"His room is empty, all is still;
His place is vacant, it was God' will;
So long he waited for his rest-
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
By a granddaughter.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana