Kraybill. - Samuel Snyder Kraybill was born July 21, 1858, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at his late home in Mt. Joy, Pa., Aug. 26, 1934; aged 76 y. 1 m. 5 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, having served us trustee at the Mt. Joy house for a number of years, and was secretary of the board of trustees at the Children's Home in Millersville since its origin. Surviving are his wife (who before marriage was Mary G. Reist), 4 sons, 2 daughters, 16 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Private funeral services were held at his late home Aug. 29, with public services at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Henry Lutz and Amos Hess. Text, Num. 23:10. Burial in Kraybill's Mennonite Cemetery.
Nissley. - Annie R., wife of Abram L. Nissley, of near Mt. Joy, Pa., was born near Kraybill's church, Lancaster Co., Dec. 21, 1859; died at her late home on the evening of Aug. 20, 1934; aged 74 y. 7 m. 29 d. She was the daughter of the late Deacon Henry S. and Annie Nissley. She died after a lingering illness due to heart trouble. Mother Nissley will be remembered for her motherly interest in every one whom she met, and for her fine Christian spirit and the interest which she manifested in the work of the Church. She leaves a beloved husband, 1 daughter (Ruth, wife of Bishop Henry E. Lutz), 3 grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister (Henry of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Amanda Ruth of Florin). Services were held Aug. 23, from the late home, with further services in the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. The brethren, Noah W. Risser and Amos L. Hess, were in charge. Text, Psa. 27:15. Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery.
Berkey. - Catherine, daughter of Henry and Polly (Kime) Yoder, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 21, 1852; died at the home of her son near Shipshewana, Ind., Sept. 10, 1934; aged 82 y. 1 m. 20 d. On Sept. 24, 1875, she was united in marriage to Eli Berkey. To this union were born 4 children, two of whom with their father preceded her in death. She leaves a daughter (Mrs. Henry Kauffman of Elkhart, Ind.), 1 son (Levi Berkey of Shipshewana, Ind.), 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. In her youth she became a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er
May we all live to meet thee
On that bright and happy shore."
Funeral services were held at the home and Forks Church by Early C. Bontrager, Yost C. Miller, and Josiah J. Miller. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in Yoder Cemetery near Forks Church.
Metzler. - Noah Metzler was born Aug. 18, 1863; died at the home of his daughter near Columbiana, Ohio, on Sept. 17, 1934; aged 71 y. 29 d. On Jan. 4, 1887, he was united in marriage to Susan Metzler. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. One son (Homer) died at the age of 3 years, and Albert died 14 years ago. His companion preceded him in death just one month ago. There remain 1 daughter (Mrs. Harvey Detrow), 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Nelson Lodwick and Mrs. John Blosser of N. Lima, O.), and 2 half-brothers (John of N. Lima and Samuel of Wakarusa, Ind.), as well as other relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, taking an active part in the church and S. S. He was a teacher for many years, and believed in the simple life and Gospel. He attended services on Sunday, Sept. 16, and on Monday morning was found dead in bed, presumably having died about 5 o'clock in the morning. His last day on earth was spent in public worship. He will be missed in the home, as well as in the church and neighborhood. Services were conducted from the Leetonia Church, where he worshiped, by the brethren, I. B. Witmer, A. J. Steiner. and David Lehman. May God comfort the sorrowing ones. I. B. Witmer.
Eigsti. - Anna M., second daughter of Frederick and Mary (Stauffer) Zerlein, and widow of the late Pre. J. C. Eigsti, was born at Tiskilwa, Ill., Feb. 4, 1874; died Sept. 5, 1934; aged 60 y. 7 m. 1 d. She grew to womanhood at Tiskilwa, Ill., and moved to Manson, Iowa, in 1893, making her home for two years with her sister, Mrs. J. 0. Gingerich. On Sept. 12, 1895, she was united in marriage to Joseph C. Eigsti. Into this home were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband preceded her in death about three and a half years ago, and 1 son died in infancy. At the age of 17 years, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and took an active interest in the work of the Lord is long as her health permitted. She keenly enjoyed association with her friends, yet her primary interest was the welfare of her family. She had not known good health for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years she had been suffering more acutely from diabetes and related diseases. About a week ago she was confined to her bed, and the immediate cause of her death was hardening of the arteries following diabetes and Bright's disease. Surviving are 2 sons and 4 daughters: Mrs. Alma Yordy and Rose Eigsti, of Eureka, Ill.; Mrs. Edna Stoltzfus, Walter, Arthur and Eileen Eigsti, of Manson. There are 4 grandchildren (Richard, Edith and James Yordy and Joseph Stoltzfus), also 3 nieces and 2 nephews. Funeral services were held from the Mennonite Church Sept. 7, Bro. Allen H. Erb, of La Junta, Colo., in charge. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Garman. - Susanna (Musser) Garman, wife of Henry Garman, was born April 28, 1884, near Bowmansville, Pa.; died Sept. 19, 1934, near Denton, Md.; aged 50 y. 4 m. 21 d. She was baptized and received into Church fellowship Dec. 1, 1900, by Bishop J. N. Brubaker, as a member of the Bowmansville, Pa., congregation. She was married to Bro. Henry Garman Nov. 17, 1906. This union was blessed with six children: Ivan, Abel, Nora, Lydia, and Pearl. These with the father remain to mourn the loss of a loving mother. One daughter preceded her in death. She was ailing for years of lung trouble; had spent some time in the Rossmere Sanitarium, but only a temporary relief resulted. She was patient and resigned in her suffering. "Jesus will make it well with me, whether I die or live," was one of her last utterances she made to one of her brothers. Circumstances ensuing from her married relation drew her away from the Mennonite community, into a locality and conditions were she was denied the Christian privileges in the church of her choice. The family finally came under the influence of "The Church of God" which pastor ministered to her spiritual needs. The departed also leaves these brothers and sisters: Abraham, Barton, Joseph, Annie (Hahn), Ada (Martin), Fannie (Zimmerman), Lydia (Zimmerman) and Jacob. Her fattier also survives. She was laid to rest on the afternoon of Sept. 23, in the Bowmansville burial ground. Funeral sermon was preached by Ralph A. Poole of Federalsburg, Md. The home ministers gave assistance as requested. Text, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Gingerich. - Jacob C., son of Christian and Catharine Stutzman Gingerich, was born Jan. 13, 1860, in Johnson Co., Iowa, died Sept. 6, 1934; aged 74 y. 7 m. 24 d. He spent his entire life in this community and made many friends, which was evident by the great number who visited at his bedside during his affliction. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man, and was a faithful member of the East Union Church at the time of his death. On Dec. 2, 1886, he was united in marriage with Magdalena Fisher, who passed away Jan. 10, 1913. On May 17, 1917, he was united in marriage with Mary Bontrager who for 17 years shared with him his joys and sorrows. He realized that the end was near and made all his funeral arrangements some time before his departure. He longed to be relieved from his intense pain and suffering, and be restored to health and to those he loved best, but was fully resigned to the will of the Lord. He calmly and peacefully passed away on the evening of Sept. 6. He leaves his devoted companion, 1 adopted daughter (Mrs. Ervin Hostetler of White Pigeon, Mich., 1 brother (Criss), 1 half-brother (Cornelius), 1 half-sister (Mrs. Enos Miller), all of near Kalona, Iowa; and a brother, Eli, of Davenport, Iowa, besides many other relatives and friends, all of whom deeply feel their loss. But we all hope our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church on Sunday morning, Sept. 9, conducted by the home ministers, assisted by C. F. Derstine of Kitchener, Ont.
"Farewell then for a while, dear one of my heart;
It cannot be that long we'll be thus torn apart,
Time's shadows like a shuttle flee,
And dark however life may be,
Beyond the grave I'll meet with thee."
Camp. - Christian W., son of Christian and Magdalena Camp was born near Metamora, Ill., Oct. 5, 1868; died Sept. 6, 1934, at the home of his son near Pompeii, Mich.; aged 65 y. 11 m. 1 d. The cause of his death was attributed to a blood clot on his brain. He became a member of the Metamora Mennonite Church at the age of 15 years and remained a faithful member the remainder of his life. He was married to Delia Gingerich on Feb. 7, 1895. To this union was born 1 son (Alvin) who now resides on the home place. He was of a quiet disposition. But his presence was appreciated by all with whom he came in contact. His advice was often sought by his neighbors and friends, and he kindly gave his services. He had a keen appreciation for good music, and was one of the pioneers of organized singing in the Mennonite Church, especially in the Metamora congregation. Among his activities in this direction he will be remembered by many friends for the singing classes which he directed in various communities. On the evening of his death he seemed to he in normal condition. After spending some time playing with his little granddaughter, he retired as usual after bidding good night to the members of the family. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at about 7 :30 the next morning. He leaves his son Alvin and daughter-in-law Frieda, 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Andrew Springer, Mrs. Valentine Garber, and Anna), 3 brothers (Peter, John, and Samuel), and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife (Delia) Sept. 22, 1931, and by a brother (Joseph) in 1922. Funeral services were held Sept. 9 at the Mennonite Church near Ashley, Mich., by Dan Oyer (reading I Thess. 4:13-18) and E. A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
"We think God for such a father,
And the prayers for us you've prayed;
Great and blessed we shall call you,
May your precepts be obeyed."
Balmer. - Lina, daughter of Abraham and Magdalena Gerber, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 10, 1866; died at her home near Harper, Kans., Sept. 6, 1934; aged 67 y. 11 m. 26 d. In 1890 she with her parents came to Harper Co., where she has since resided. On March 26, 1893, she was united in marriage to Bro. Ferdinand Balmer by Bishop S. C. Miller, and together they started their home on the place where they have since lived and where she died. To this union were born 6 daughters : Lavina ( wife of A. P. Hartzler) of Wichita, Kans.; Lillie (wife of John Roupp,) of Hesston, Kans.; Della (wife of Ura Hostetler), Harper, Kans.; Dessie (wife of Henry Headrick, La Junta, Co.; Ruth (wife of Amra Hostetler), Harper, Kans. ; and Rena at home. She leaves her husband, 6 daughters, 20 grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Sarah Beyler of Harper). Three sisters (Mrs. Salome Beyler, Mrs. Leah Hinkle, and Mrs. Rebecca Chatelain), and 1 brother (Ben Gerber) preceded her in death. In her youth she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church and since has lived a devoted and consistent Christian life, teaching her children the value of true obedience and of a conviction based upon God's Word to guide them through life. In the last fifteen years of her life she passed through much suffering from the effects of diabetes, which she bore with Christian fortitude, always looking forward with hopefulness that tomorrow would be a better day, being able to be about most of the time, passing away very unexpectedly with a heart attack. To know her was to love her, and although she will be missed in the home, church and community, we believe our loss is her gain, and we bow to Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held September 8 at Pleasant Valley Church, conducted by Bros. H. J. King and S. A. Yoder. Burial in Pleasant Valley cemetery.
"Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile,
But little they know the heartache,
That the smile hides all the while."
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Miller. - Elma, daughter of Jacob and Katy (Beechy) Miller, was born July 13, 1911; died near Hartville, Ohio, Sept. 24, 1934; aged 23 y. 2 m. 11 d. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers (Lloyd and Edward), 1 sister (Lydiann), grandfather and grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. She was a sister in the Am. Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. She was patient in all her suffering, which was inward cancer. The young folks would often come there to sing for her, which she enjoyed very much. Funeral services were held on the 27th by Jonas Helmuth, Dan J. A. Miller, and R. M. Troyer. Burial in the Amish cemetery near Hartville.
Hoover. - Mrs. Anna R. Hoover, wife of Abraham N. Hoover, died at her home near Vogansville, Pa., of short illness of heart trouble. She peacefully passed away on Aug. 20, aged 62 years. She leaves her husband and the following children to mourn her departure: Harry 0. of Bareville, Barbara (Mrs. Noah Rutt), Ada (Mrs. Harry Weaver) and Joseph 0. all of Vogansville, Martin 0. of Farmersville, and Allen O. of Brownstown. A daughter preceded her in death. She is also survived by a brother (Joseph R. Oberholtzer near Vogansville). Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at the Groffdale Frame Mennonite Church by Bros. Moses G. Horning, Hershey Sensenig, and Abraham Good of Ohio. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Noffsinger. - Susannah, wife of William Franklin Noffsinger, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., March 12, 1861; died at their home near Elkhart, Sept. 18, 1934; aged 73 y. 6 m. 6 d. She had been confined to her bed since 5 years ago last July. Her marriage to Mr. Noffsinger took place Feb. 13, 1882. Surviving beside the husband are 5 sons (Charles F., Clyde B., George E., James W., and Orba A., all of Elkhart), 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 4 brothers and 1 sister. A son (Claude), died in 1918. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sept. 20, by D. 0. Wise of the Evangelical Church, Gerald Skidmore of Calvary Methodist Protestant Church, and C. A. Shank of the Olive Mennonite Church. Burial in the Noffsinger Cemetery.
Pletcher. - Samuel Henry, son of Samuel and Catherine Pletcher, was born Dec. 16, 1870, in Elkhart Co., Ind. He never married and always lived at the same place. About a year ago he was afflicted with dropsy and gradually grew worse, departing this life Sept. 14, 1934; aged 63 y. 8 m. 29 d. All his life was spent working in the community where he lived and thus became widely acquainted around Jamestown. He leaves a sister (Rosa), and a brother (Joseph) with whom he had his home, and another sister (Mrs. Martha Marshal), also of Jamestown. A few months ago he saw the need of accepting Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Olive Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at the Olive Church, in charge of Irvin Weaver. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Nolt. - Anna H., widow of John W. Nolt, was born Oct. 8, 1850; died Sept. 26, 1934; aged 83 y. 11 m. 18 d. She was a daughter of the late Henry H. and Hattie (Hershey) Hess. She had her home with her daughter, Mrs. Eli L. Landis, Brownstown, Pa. Besides her daughter with whom she resided, she is survived by the following children: Henry H. and Elmer H., both of Leacock, Mrs. Amanda Snavely of Manheim, Phares H., Hill Church Lebanon Co., Clayton H. of Oreg.; also 1 brother (Benjamin H. Hess of Neffsville), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at the home of her daughter, followed by services at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. John Sauder, Benjamin Wenger, and Eli Sauder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Alderfer. - Allen R. Alderfer, of Souderton, Pa., died at his home Aug. 5, 1934, after an illness of about 6 months, being bedfast for 5 weeks, of complications; aged 53 y. 2 m. 14 d. He was married Sept. 1, 1900, to Katie H. Freed. To this union were born 9 children, 7 of whom survive (Alice - wife of Howard M. Landis of Dublin, Mary Ann - wife of Elias F. Swartley of Doylestown, Frank of Denbigh, Va., Titus of Souderton, Orpha - wife of Milton Kolb, Spring City, Ruth and Irene at home), 2 daughters (Eva and Margaret) preceded him in death; 3 brothers and 1 sister also survive (Hiram R. Alderfer of Upland, Calif., Henry R. Alderfer of Souderton, Frank R. Alderfer of Lansdale and Clara R. - wife of Jacob Kulp of Silverdale), and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Aug. 9 conducted by Bro. Jacob Moyer at the home and by Bros. Elmer B. Moyer and Jacob Moyer at the Souderton Mennonite Church. Text, II Kings 4:1. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Weaver. - Malinda Weaver was born near Plain City, Ohio, July 28, 1898; died Aug. 23, 1934, in the Massilon City hospital (after a serious operation of tumors of which she suffered greatly but bore it all patiently, only longing to dwell in that better land); aged 36 y. 26 d. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike J. Miller and was married to Benjamin T. Weaver. She leaves a sorrowing husband, an adopted son, grandparents, father, mother, 6 brothers and 8 sisters (John of near Hartville, O., Andrew of Belleville, Pa., Fannie - wife of Abraham Miller of Wilmot, O., Joseph, Lizzie - wife of Dan Gingerich, Ida - wife of Lester B. Miller of Hartville, Verna, Silvia, Mary, Lester, Daniel, Ada, Emma and Milo all at home). A brother (David) preceded her 19 years ago. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. Her funeral was largely attended at the home of her parents near Hartville. Services by Jonas Helmuth, J. J. Mast and R. M. Troyer. Burial in the Amish Cemetery.
Bearss. - Louisa Doan, beloved wife of Gilbert Bearss, was born in Welland Co., Ont., July 6, 1848; died at the home of Warren Sutton, Welland, Ont., Aug. 9, 1934; aged 86 y. 1 m. 13 d. She was married to Gilbert Bearss March 9, 1869. To this union were born 3 sons: Albert of Vineland, Ont., Harry (deceased), of Niagara Falls, N. Y., and Warren of Campden, Ont., and one daughter Flossie, (Mrs. Warren Sutton) with whom the parents resided for the past number of years. Bro. Bearss was ordained a minister of the Mennonite Church in Bertie Tp., Welland Co., Ont., in 1883, serving there and at the Moyer Church in Lincoln Co., Ont., in turn. Deprived of the companionship all these many years, and with increasing infirmities of age, our brother has the sympathy of all. The loving hands that ministered to her, and the family circle will miss her. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 12, in the undertaking parlors at Welland and at the Moyer Church at Vineland, where interment was made. Services conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, Jno. 14:2.
Martin. - John W., son of Elias Z. and Barbara (Wenger) Martin, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 22, 1869; died Sept. 16, 1934; aged 65 y. 4 m. 25 d. On Feb. 4, 1894, he was united in marriage to Emma Snider. Together they united with the Mennonite Church in May, 1894, in which faith they have since lived. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers (Eli and Henry Martin) and 2 grandsons (Adin Elmer Hoover and Burton Ray Wenger). Surviving him are his wife and 3 daughters (Mrs. Samuel Wenger, Mrs. Warren Hoover, and Mrs. Warren Bechtel), 4 grandsons and 8 granddaughters. Funeral services were held in Yellow Creek Mennonite (Frame) Church on Sept. 19, with Brethren Wm. Ramer and Paul Hoover in charge.
By the crystal river flowing,
Grows the tree of life so fair;
Many loved ones wait our coming
In the upper garden there.
We shall meet them some bright morning
By the tree of life so fair,
They are waiting for our coming
In the upper garden there."
Kaufman. - David M., son of Moses and Mary Kaufman, was born near Goshen, Ind., Feb. 9, 1869; died at his home near Midland, Mich., Sept. 22, 1934; aged 65 y. 7 m. 13 d. On Jan. 22, 1893, he was married to Lydia Bumgardner of near Goshen, Ind. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters (Mabel - wife of Leonard Kindey, Nobel, Mahlon, Edith - wife of Leon Wooden, Maynord, and Mary at home). He was confined to his bed for seven weeks with complication of diseases, but bore everything patiently. He leaves his companion, 6 children, 21 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Elsie Cender Of Pigeon, Mich., and Mrs. Alice Hostetler of Midland, Mich.), besides relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. His father and mother, 3 brothers and 1 sister preceded him to the spirit world.
"Remember, friends, as you pass by,
What you are now so was I;
What I am now so you must be,
Prepare to meet eternity."
Funeral was held Sept. 24 at his home, conducted by F. F. Bontrager, and at the Midland, Mich., Mennonite Church by Albert Wyse and E. A. Bontrager. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the Midland Cemetery.
Herr. - Annie E., widow of Pre. Jacob M. Herr, was born
Dec. 3, 1849; died at her home in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Sept. 23,
1934; aged 84 y. 9 m. 20 d. She had been in failing health the
past year. Two weeks before she passed away, she suffered great
pain, but bore it all patiently and at the end she peacefully
fell asleep. Her husband preceded her in death 27 years ago. She
was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Churchtown, Pa.;
was the mother of 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters. Surviving
are the following children: Maurice L., Staten Island, N. Y.;
Mrs. Mary E. Longenecker, Lititz, Pa.; Mrs. Geo. B. Hoover, Mechanicsburg;
Frank E., Millersville, Pa.; Mrs. Anna Knisely, Dillsburg, Pa.;
Dr. John M., Charlottesville, Va.; Mrs. 'I'hos. E. Zook, Belleville,
Pa.; Jacob O., Deal, N. J.; Mrs. Bruce R. Mowery, Mechanicsburg,
Pa.; Amos A. (died 14 years ago), 2 brothers (John E. Hertzler,
in his 89th year, of Carlisle and Harry Hertzler, Detroit, Mich.),
and 1 sister (Mrs. Barbara Greybill of Harrisburg). Nineteen grandchildren
and 3 great-great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services
were conducted Sept. 28 by Bro. Paul T. Huddle, at the home and
at the Mennonite Church at Churchtown. Text (found in her Bible),
Psa. 119:11, "Thy
word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee." She was buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: The original says "3 great-great-children".
Reed. - Aaron, son of Abraham I. and Mary (Weaver) Reed, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Dec. 15, 1848; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. David Martin) near Wakarusa, Ind., Sept. 21, 1934; aged 85 y. 9 m. 6 d. At the age of 12 years he with his parents and family moved from Ohio to Elkhart Co., Ind. On Sept. 2, 1877, he was united in marriage to Magdalena Snider, who preceded him in death by almost 7 years. Also 1 daughter (Amanda Wenger) preceded him in death. Surviving him are Hannah, wife of David L. Martin; Lydia, wife of Ezra N. Stauffer, near Goshen; and Wilson S. Reed of near Brutus, Mich.; also 22 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 1 brother and 2 sisters (Abraham Reed of near Nappanee, Ind., Mary Musser of near Goshen, and Lydia Ramer of near Nappanee). His twin sister (Anna Ramer of near Versailles, Mo.) preceded him in death by 16 years and 1 day. In May, 1889, he united with the Wisler Mennonite Church, of which he was a member until death. He always had a delight in attending church services, visiting the sick and attending funerals. He enjoyed good health most of his life, except that he was quite deaf for many years. His last illness was only 4 days duration, being unconscious most of that time. He lived at his home where he died for nearly 60 years. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite (Frame) Church, Sept. 23, with Brethren Wm. Ramer and Paul Hoover in charge.
Rush. - Annie Myers Rush, widow of the late William Rush, died at Lansdale, Pa., Aug. 28, 1934; aged 92 y. 8 m. 14 d. She was the daughter of a minister and the mother of one. She was born in the Deep Run Valley and lived in that section until 24 years ago, when her husband died. Since that time she lived with her children, generally spending the winters with her daughter in Lansdale. She was the daughter of Pre. Isaac Myers who preached at Deep Run for over fifty years, and her son Jacob Rush nearly forty years, thus all the years of her long life she heard her father and her son preach the Gospel. She was a member at Deep Run for over seventy years. She had a wonderful memory and related things that happened a century ago. Very few women were so adept with the needle as she was. She was an expert at making quilts, comforts, rugs, cushions and pillows. The homes of her children and grandchildren are blessed with many articles that were made with her hands. Her husband and 2 daughters preceded her in death. She is survived by 5 sons (Jacob and William of Plumsteadville, Isaac of Milford Square, Allen of Perkasie, Mahlon of Quakertown, Mrs. Philip Musselman of Dublin, Mrs. Annie Snyder of Lansdale), also 34 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Isaac Myers) and a host of relatives and friends. Wilson Overholt conducted the funeral services at the house, and Elmer Moyer and Enos Wismer at the Deep Run Church. Burial in the cemetery nearby.
Yoder. - Fannie Yoder (nee Nusbaum) was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Nov. 28, 1858; died at the home of her sister (Mrs. P. H. Zeigler, Archbold, Ohio), Sept. 10, 1934; aged 75 y. 9 m. 12 d. Sept. 29, 1892, she was married to Benjamin Yoder. She had two step-daughters (Mrs. Amos Roth and Mrs. Sam Roth). Jay Sommers, a foster son, was taken into their home at 18 mo. of age and remained until he grew to manhood. There survive 1 step-daughter, 1 foster son, 1 step-grandson, 4 foster grandchildren, 1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. Her husband, 1 step-daughter, 2 sisters and 1 brother preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in her younger years and remained faithful until death. She was in failing health for about 6 years, during which time she endured much suffering, especially immediately preceding her death. Her death was due to cancer of the stomach. She often expressed her desire to be relieved of her suffering and to be at rest. He following was written by the departed sister:
"Since all that I meet shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet, the medicine food;
Though painful at present, 'twill cease before long,
And then, oh how pleasant the conqueror's song."
Funeral services were held at the home by S. S. Wyse, and at the church by B. B. King assisted by S. D. Grieser. Test, Rom. 8:18. Burial in Eckley Cemetery.
Holdeman. - William F., son of David and Helena (Kime) Holdeman, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 3, 1852; died Sept. 16, 1934; aged 82 y. 8 m. 13 d. On July 30, 1871, he was married to Mary Loucks, who preceded him in death 17 years ago. To this union were born 7 daughters of whom 4 survive. In recent years he had his home with his children, and during past the 2 years he made his home with a granddaughter (Mrs. Olen Hartman) of Wakarusa. He had been in failing health for some time, but had been bedfast only since Friday, when he suffered a paralytic stroke. He was a lover of music, and spent much time in singing. He attended church regularly at the Yellowcreek Brick Mennonite Church. Surviving are 4 daughters (Mrs. Nathan Weaver of Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Melvin Thomas of Gravelton, Ind.; Mrs. Chas. Lehman of Wakarusa, Ind.; and Mrs. Jacob Bowser of Kansas, Ohio), 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers (Daniel, Conrad and Frank of Hesston, Kans., Samuel of Wadsworth, O., and Levi of Harrison, Mich.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Saloma Steiner and Mrs. Susan Pletcher of Newton, Kans., and Mrs. Anna Kolher of Hesston, Kans.), and a host of relatives and friends. (Since this obituary was written a telegram was received announcing the death of his brother, Daniel B., of Hesston, Kans.) Funeral services were held Sept. 19, at the Yellowcreek Church conducted by Bro. R. F. Yoder assisted by Bro. D. D. Troyer.
"Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding
O'er the spoils that death has won,
We would at this solemn meeting
Calmly say, 'Thy will be done.' "
Bachman. - Christian Bachman was born of German parentage on March 7, 1857, near Cazenovia, Woodford Co., Ill.; died Sept. 19, 1934; aged 77 y. 5 m. 17 d. His entire life was spent in this immediate community. On Jan. 16, 1881, he was married to Elizabeth Yordy, near Roanoke, Ill. The following children were born to this union and remain in contemplation of the promised comfort and refuge in Christ: Phoebe, at home; Joel, in Michigan; Mary, Mrs. John Bachman and Sol, living near Cazenovia. Twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive, also a brother and a sister (Peter Bachman and Barbara -- Mrs. Andrew Schrock, of Metamora). His affiliations were with the Mennonite Church, in his youth and to the end of his life. His life was usefully lived for the interests and welfare of the Church, family, and community. Mother preceded him in death seven years ago. This ends the life of a noble parentage. We cherish the memory of pious admonitions and persisting prayers and can feel the influence in our lives.
"Our Parents are gone,
We are glad they are at home.
Though we miss them (yes miss them done here),
They suffer no more, their pilgrimage is o'er.
They are now with the Savior so dear.
It will not be long, till we too are gone,
To live up above with the dear ones we miss,
And with Christ who redeemed us with His love."
Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at the Metamora Mennonite Church, in charge of H. R. Schertz. Interment in Harmony Cemetery. By the children.
Loux. - Enos B.. son of the late Jacob and Rachel (Bishop) Loux, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., on Jan. l3, 1856; died at his home at Loux's Corner on July 27, 1934; aged 78 y. 6 m. 14 d. He was ill in bed for 3 days only, although he was failing in strength for the last 2 years. He suffered a light stroke and low blood pressure, but he was conscious until the last day. He passed away very quietly. He was for many years a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, having joined in his early years. He was married 3 times, but all his 3 wives preceded him in death. On Dec. 6, 1879, he was united in marriage to Anna Yoder, to which union were born 1 son and 2 daughters, who preceded him in death. His companion died Dec. 22, 1895. On March 16, 1897, he was united in marriage to Catharine Hunsberger. To this union were born 1 daughter (Lizzie, wife of Leon M. Bishop) and 1 son (Paul who preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 1906.) His companion also preceded him in death on July 5, 1904. On March 31, 1907, he was married to Susan Dirstine who also preceded him on Sept. 3, 1923. One grandson (Marvin L. Bishop) preceded him only six months before. His only survivors are 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren (Irene, Lloyd., and Paul Bishop). Funeral services were held from his late home at Loux's Corner (Hilltown), Aug. 1, 1934, in charge of Wilson Overholt and Melvin Bishop at the house (Text, Rev. 14:13), with further services at the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church conducted by the brethren Wilson Moyer and Aaron Freed. Text, Rev. 21:4. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Father, now your place is empty,
And you now we see no more ;
But we hope some day to meet you,
Over on the other shore."
Yoder. - George B. Yoder was born July 20, 1864, near Allensville, Pa.; died in the Lewistown Hospital Sept. 17, 1934, as a result of being hit by an automobile. On Saturday evening, the 15th, he with three of his friends accompanied by his son Thomas were returning from a short trip, stopped his car opposite the post office, and crossed the road for the mail. He had come back to his car and placed the mail in the car and stepped back and shut the door, when one of the party warned him of a car approaching from the opposite direction, and for some reason unknown to the driver the car swerved a little to the left of the road and without any time to step out of the path of the approaching car he was struck and thrown and rolled for a distance of over fifty feet where be was picked up in a semi-conscious condition and rushed by ambulance to the Lewistown Hospital where he was given proper attention. But because of the heavy shock he was seriously injured internally. He regained consciousness about 11 o'clock that night and remained so until the following morning about 7:30 when he became unconscious and remained so until death. In his conscious condition his concern seemed to be for his companion. He was married Feb. 6, 1890, to Savilla King of Allensville, Pa. To this union were born the following sons: I. Newton, Thomas B., George E., Pre. Elmer E., Irvin L.; also the following daughters: Ella Mae, wife of Isaac B. Zook; Mary, wife of Pius Kanagy, Maggie, wife of Elmer Byler; and Bertha, wife of Dorsey Yoder. The companion and all the children survive to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held in the home conducted by J. B. Zook and in the Allensville Mennonite Church (of which he was a member for fifty years) conducted by Aaron Mast assisted by Eli Zook. Interment in the nearby cemetery. By a Son.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Funk. - Benjamin F. Funk was born Oct. 1, 1858; died Sept. 9, 1934, aged 75 y. 11 m. 8 d. Bro. Funk was a member of the Mennonite Church near Upper Strasburg, Franklin Co., Pa., for many years, being an invalid for a number of years, bedfast for about seven years suffering with arthritis. Surviving are 3 sons (Ezra, York Co., Pa.; Amos, Mussersburg, Pa.; and Miles, with whom he had his home). Funeral Sept. 11, with services at the Strasburg Church in charge of Brethren John S. Burkholder, Harry Witmer, and Ernest Myers.
Good. - Maria (Wade) Good was born near Freeport, Ill., May 1, 1848; died at the home of her son, Jacob Good, in Freeport, Sept. 27, 1934; aged 86 y. 4 m. 26 d. Her marriage to Elias Good took place Sept. 21, 1876. Her husband passed away 47 years ago. 3 daughters and 2 sons were born to this union; 1 daughter (Mrs. Anna Messman), passed away in 1918. The following children survive: Mrs. Olivia Honderich, Filer, Idaho; Mrs. Hettie Barr, Rock City; Jacob Good, Freeport; Esrom Good, Sheldon, N. D. There are also 21 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Esrom Wade, Sterling; Mrs. J. L. Meyers, Sciota Mills; William, Miss Sarah Wade, Mrs. H. E. Kaiser, Freeport. Sister Good was for many years a member of the Freeport Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by J. S. Shoemaker and S. E. Graybill. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Hershey. - Benjamin M. Hershey of Gordonville, Pa., was born June 21, 1875; died Sept. 16, 1934; aged 79 y. 2 m. 26 d. He died of complications at the Lancaster General Hospital after an illness of one year. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His wife, who before marriage was Barbara A. Kreider, preceded him in death 9 years. He is survived by 2 sons (C. Aaron and Benjamin K.), 3 daughters (Cora M. Buckwalter, Annie M. Good, Alta E. Fenninger) 15 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Father was of a quiet disposition, but often expressed a desire to be at rest which came very unexpectedly to the family and community in which he lived. Funeral services were held Sept. 20 at the home of his daughter Cora with whom he lived, conducted by Bro. Martin Hershey and at Paradise Mennonite Church by Abraham L. Martin. Interment at Hershey's Cemetery.
"Now the home is vacant,
Father and mother have gone to rest
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say, "God thought it best."
Gsell. - Florence Almeda, daughter of the late David H. and Mary E. Gsell, was born Sept. 30, 1878, near Clearspring, Md.; died of complications at her home in Shady Bower, Md., Sept. 20, 1934; aged 55 y. 11 m. 20 d. Her health had been failing for more than a year and was bedfast for the last eight months. All was done that loving hands could do, but to no avail. She was patient and resigned to the will of Him that doeth all things well, and was conscious until she fell asleep never to awake here on earth; having made arrangements for her funeral just before she fell asleep. She is survived by 1 sister (Fannie C. Parmer of Maugansville, Md.), 1 brother (Clinton at home), 8 nephews and nieces, also great-nephews and nieces. She accepted Christ as her Savior early in life, and joined the Mennonite Church at Clear Spring, of which she was a devoted member and earnest worker as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at the home and at the Clear Spring Mennonite Church; Bro. Moses Horst at the home, and at the Church by Bros. Daniel Strite and S. R. Eby. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
"Dearest sister, we will miss thee,
Miss thy sweet and cheerful smiles;
But we know you're gone before us
To that bright and shining shore." By her sister.
Smucker. - Noah Smucker was born near Smithville, Ohio, April 3, 1871; died Sept. 25, 1934; aged 63 y. 5 m. 22 d. He was a life-long resident of the community where he died, and his life and upright character are well known. He was united in marriage to Katie Gerig Mar. 2, 1902. To this union were born 2 sons (Benjamin of Orrville, O., and Earl at home) and 1 daughter (Mrs. Grace Troyer of Orrville, O.) Besides his faithful wife and children and 5 grandchildren, he is survived by his step-mother (Mrs. Jonas Smucker), 4 brothers (John and Peter of Smithville, O., Simon of Orrville, O., Daniel of Denbigh, Va.), and 7 sisters (Mrs. D. S. Yoder and Adeline of Oyster Point, Va., Mrs. Mary Mast of Portsmouth, Va., Ella of Canton, O., Mrs. Effie Miller and Mrs. Emma Rohrer of Smithville, O., and Mrs. Katie Steiner of North Lima, 0.). Three sisters and one brother preceded him in death. On May 24, 1890, Bro. Smucker was one of a class of forty to unite with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church where he has ever continued a faithful and interested member. While for a number of years his health has been such that he could not always attend divine services, yet he enjoyed reading and meditating on God's Word at home. He bore his physical ailment patiently and without complaint. His fatal illness, pneumonia, endured for but a few days, when he peacefully fell asleep without a struggle. While we have confidence that his passing was his gain, yet the home feels keenly the loss of a kind and loving husband and father; the church of a faithful friend, and the community of a worthy character. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church Sept. 28, conducted by J. N. Smucker and C. Z. Yoder. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night
And pleasures banish pain."
Bender. - Daniel T., eldest and last surviving son of Joseph and Magdalena (Swartzendruber) Bender, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 16, 1845. He came with his parents to Johnson Co., Ia., at the age of 12 and for 77 years lived in the same community and for nearly 65 years lived on the particular farm on which he passed out of this life Sept. 29, 1934, at the advanced age of 89 y. 8 m. 13 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful and consistent member until death. He was a man who possessed a meek and quiet spirit, rather unassuming yet stood firmly for such principles as he believed to be in accordance with God's Word and contributed to the highest welfare of his family and friends. His kindly disposition won for him a large circle of friends. On Jan. 3, 1869, he was united in marriage by Bishop Abner Yoder to Louisa Sindlinger and for more than 64 years they together shared the joys and sorrows of life, as well as experiencing the hardships that accompanied life in the pioneer days of this community. They did much to pave the way for a thrifty, prosperous Christian community and we are enjoying many fruits of their labors to this day. This union was blessed with 3 daughters and 2 sons (Lena, wife of Chris J. Swartzendruber; Amanda (deceased), wife of Amos Miller; Katie, wife of Geo. Eash, Joseph D. and Amelius D., all of Wellman, Ia.). Their home was also opened to Vena Miller who was received as one of the family until this day. He leaves 4 children, 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. His wife preceded him in death March 24, 1933. He seemed in usual health until one week before his death. He failed slightly, but not confined to his home until Friday evening he had a severe attack and suffered much pain until the next morning, when the end came and he peacefully passed away. Funeral services were held Oct. 1, at the West Union Church conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber and Ray F. Yoder of Wakarusa, Ind., and assisted by J. L. Hershberger in German. Texts, I Thes. 4:11,12; Psa. 17:15.
"Your life's work is ended, dear father,
You're with the loved ones gone before
May we all prepare to meet you
On that bright, celestial shore."
Plank. - In the community, in the home, in the church,
in the ministry of the Gospel - a place is vacant. Unassuming
in all these places, yet truly faithful - in his carpenter work,
in his home life, and his place in the church, and thought in
the ministry - this vacancy is here because of the quiet passing
of our friend and brother, husband and father, pattern and minister,
Levi L. Plank, who was born to (Bishop) David and Mary (Hartzler)
Plank Oct. 1861.
He was married to Amanda D. Yoder of Garden City, Mo., Feb 2, 1893. With the exception of several years they have lived in their present home. To them were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. The youngest child (Herman David) died at the age of eight years.
Remaining are his companion and 3 children: Mary (Mrs. John Stutzman), and Harvey Plank of Chagrin Falls, Portage Co., Ohio, and Titus Plank at home, who aside from working on a farm, assisted his father with home duties during the past summer, which was much appreciated. There are also 12 grandchildren. Among others who will miss his greeting and smile are his brother (D. L. Plank), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Eli Krabill, Mrs. S. B. Plank, and Anna Plank). Two sisters (Elsie and Katie), and a brother (Samuel H.) preceded him.
He was ordained a minister of the Gospel in 1901, serving the church in his best and most faithful way.
Last spring he fell from the hay mow in his barn, which caused some complications that finally resulted in lung and heart trouble, which was the cause of his changing life for eternity Oct. 7, 1934, at the age of 73 y. 1 d.
"He sleeps, he sleeps, and never more
Will his footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor his voice be heard with its loving tone
By the lone ones left 'round his own hearth stone;
He has gone, he has gone to his home afar -
To the beautiful Land
Where the angels are."
The funeral was held at the South Union Church, Oct. 10, in charge of S. E. Allgyer. assisted by Wallace Kauffman and Marion King. Burial in the Elaxander Cemetery.
Mellinger. - Jacob H., son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth
Mellinger, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 27, 1866; entered
into rest Sept. 25, 1934; aged 67 y. 9 m. 27 d. Funeral services
were conducted on Friday, Sept. 28, those at the home being in
charge of Ira E. Hershey, the further services at the Paradise
Church being conducted by Bishops Martin and Mack and J. A. Ressler.
Texts, Rev. 21:4; II Tim. 4:1-8. He is survived by his wife (who
was Annie Umble of Bird-in-hand, Pa.) and the following children:
Dorothy, wife of John Wenger of Linville, Va.; Elizabeth, wife
of Daniel Weaver; Anna, wife of Ray Deiter; and 1 son (Joseph)
at home. He is also survived by 2 brothers (John H. and Ezra H.)
and 1 sister (Frances, wife of Isaac
Jacob grew to manhood in the community where be was born, and in 1900 he went to labor at the Welsh Mt. Industrial Mission. After laboring there two years he was married, and he and his wife continued their labors there two years more, and they were then appointed Superintendent and Matron of the newly established Old People's Home at Oreville, Pa. They remained there one year, and later on, they engaged in farming.
On Jan. 3, 1911, Bro. Mellinger was ordained to the ministry in the Paradise and Hershey districts and then quit farming and removed to their late residence in Soudersburg, Pa. For a period of about 5 years, from 1895 to 1900, he was Superintendent of the Sunday school at Paradise, which work he was compelled to relinquish because of taking up the work it the Welsh Mountain.
Bro. Mellinger will be greatly missed. As a husband and father, he was kind and devoted to the welfare of those who were dependent on him. As a minister of the Gospel, he was untiring in his efforts in extending the Kingdom and caring for the flock. His preaching was much along the line of pure Christian living and what he was so diligent in preaching, he was just as diligent and careful in living.
In later life he worked in Weaver's Book Store and printing office in Lancaster for several years, but failing health compelled him to relinquish this work about two years ago. He was never robust in health, yet by careful living, he arrived to nearly the allotted age of man. Heart failure was the immediate cause of his death. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVII, No. 30 - October 25, 1934 - pages 659, 660
Bachman. - Anna L. Bachman was born Mar. 10, 1868; died Sept. 13, 1934: aged 66 y. 6 m. 3 d. Her husband, Elmer E. Bachman, died April 25, 1933. She leaves these children: Ellis C., Anna E., Bertha M., Mabel R. - wife of A. Landis Kreider, Jacob M., Harry E., and Maris E.; also three grandchildren, a brother, and three sisters. Oh, how we miss her - her vacant chair and vacant bed, her sweet smile, her cheery word she would always give to every one who came to visit her. She had been in failing health for many years. She was ready to go. For 15 months after she had her limb amputated she sat in her chair. With courage and faith she hoped to walk again, a goal which she reached; but she did not use her new limb very long. Like a true follower of Christ she prayed for help and guidance when in distress. Now she has gone to her reward and is beckoning for the rest of the family to follow. Funeral services Sept. 16 at the home were conducted by Bro. Jacob Harnish, and at Strasburg, Pa., Church by Bro. Christian M. Brubaker. By one of her daughters.
Osborn. - Mary, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Wonsettler) Culp, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Sept. 13, 1852; died Sept. 26, 1934, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank (Grace) Dahlrymple of Elkhart, Ind.; aged 82 y. 13 d. At about the age of 4 years she with her parents moved to Nappanee, Ind., on the Culp homestead, where she was raised to womanhood. In April, 1875, she was married to David Osborn, who preceded her in death. To this union were born 4 daughters (Sarah, Malinda, Elizabeth, and Grace). She had been a member of the Mennonite church since her youth. Three daughters - Mrs. Oscar (Sarah) Herr of Nappanee, Mrs. John (Malinda) Martin of Locke, and Mrs. Edward (Lizzie) Teall of Elkhart - preceded her in death. Those who mourn her departure, are 1 daughter (Mrs. Frank Dahlrymple), 23 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Smeltzer of Elkhart, arid Malinda Culp of Nappanee) and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Nappanee, Ind., Church conducted by D. A. Yoder.
Stehman. - Phares W. Stehman was born Dec. 16, 1869, near Millersville, Pa.; died at his late home near Neffsville, Pa., Sept. 3, 1934; aged 64 y. 8 m. 17 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for forty years and took an active part in Sunday school. During his sickness he was a very patient sufferer, looking forward with glad anticipation to the time when the Lord would come and take him home to rest. Although we miss him we would not wish him back to earth. Surviving are his wife (who before marriage was Lizzie Charles), 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. Services were held Sept. 6 from East Petersburg Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Henry Lutz and John Gochnauer. Texts, Psa. 37:37; I Cor. 15:55.
"God heard your prayer and gave you rest;
He took you home to glory.
The family circle here is broken
But thou hast begun another
Then as each hears death's summons come
And earthly ties we sever,
May we go home with joy, to be
With thee and Christ forever." A daughter.
Steckley. - David Steckley was born in Livingston Co., Ill., Jan. 25, 1871; died at his home at Albany, Oreg., Sept. 23, 1934; aged 63 y. 7 m. 23 d. For a number of years he has suffered from the effect of diabetes and complication of diseases, passing away very suddenly with heart failure. He united with the Mennonite church in his youth and remained faithful till death. At the age of 17 he with his parents and other members of the family moved to Lyon Co., Kans. On Jan. 8, 1893 he was married to Rachel Kuepfer at Milford, Neb., where they lived until 1912, when he with his family moved to Albany, Oreg., where he lived until death. His wife preceded him in 1925. He is survived by 1 son (Edward), 1 grandson (George Edwin), 2 brothers (C. C. of Albany, Oreg., and J. J. of Didsbury, Alta.), 5 sisters (Barbara Whitaker of Portland, Oreg., Lena Kauffman and Anna Swartzentruber of Hesston, Kans., Mary Kauffman of South English, Ia., and Lydia Whitaker of LaHabra, Calif.). Funeral services were held at the Albany Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. M. E. Brenneman and E. Z. Yoder. Burial in Riverside Cemetery beside the remains of his wife.
"Father, now your place is empty,
And you now we see no more;
But we hope some day to meet you
Over on the other shore."
Yordy. - David, son of John and Magdalene Yordy, was born in Bureau Co., Ill., Jan. 16, 1875; died at the Clinton Memorial Hospital, St. Johns, Mich., Sept. 30, 1934; aged 59 y. 8 m. 14 d. He arose at the regular hour Sunday morning, built the fire, and went to the pasture to get the cattle. When he didn't return at the usual time, his sons, Charles and John, went to find him. He had been attacked by a male in the herd and was fatally injured. He was rushed to the hospital, but died of internal injury and shock about half an hour afterward. On Nov. 14, 1907, he was married to Sarah Stauffer at Milford, Neb. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter (Orvin, Charles; Ada, wife of Leonard Litwiller, Hopedale, Ill.; John, and Emerson). In 1931 they opened their home to a little girl Grace, whom they later adopted. As he is the first one to be taken from the home, he leaves his bereaved companion, the children, a son in-law, and 2 grandchildren (Arlene and Phyllis Litwiller). He also leaves 3 brothers and 4 sisters (Fannie Yeakley and Simon, Milford, Neb.; John, Kewanee, Ill.; Emma Swartzendruber and Lizzie Erb, Wellman, Iowa; Bella Shrock, Albany, Oreg.; and Peter of Texas), as well as other relatives and many friends. At the age of sixteen he accepted Christ as his Savior arid joined the Mennonite Church, of which he was a member through life. His desire was to live the Christian life and he went about it in a quiet way. A quiet voice is missing, a familiar face is gone. There is a place that's vacant and we wonder, "How can it be?" We do not know the answer, but some day, by God's grace, we'll understand. A funeral service was held Oct. 2 at the Bethel Mennonite Church, Ashley, Mich., Bros. George Sommer and J. K. Bixler in charge. Text, I Cor. 15:54,55. On Oct. 4 another funeral service was held at the East Fairview Mennonite Church, Milford, Neb., with Brethren Geo. Miller, Ammon Miller and Wm. R. Eicher in charge. Text, Ecel. 9:12. Interment in the adjoining Cemetery.
Landis. - Minnie, wife of Charles D. Landis, was born at New Market, Va., June 2, 1877; died at the Columbia, Pa., Hospital, Sept. 28, 1934; aged 57 y. 3 m. 26 d. She accepted Christ at the age of ten or twelve years and lived a very devoted and exemplary life. On July 16, 1896, she was united in marriage to Charles D. Landis. Into this home were born 3 sons and 4 daughters (1 son and 1 daughter having preceded her in death): Mabel, wife of Ernest Payne, Orange, Va.; Roscoe, Harrisburg, Pa.; Anna Mary, wife of Eli Tavaglione, Columbia, Pa.; Dorothy, wife of Morris Ressler, near Mt. Joy; and Raleigh, at home. The son (Charles Claude) died at the age of 19, and a daughter (Tracy, wife of Clarence Traymen) at the age of 17. Eleven grandchildren and an adopted grandson survive, three having preceded her in death. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Perry Good, Roanoke, Va.; Elizabeth Good, Isa - wife of Lester Myers, Weldon, and Otto of Harrisonburg, Va.; Laura - wife of John Johnson, Washington, N. H.; Charles Good, Columbiana, Ohio; and Ellis Good, Wisconsin. They were all present at the funeral except the sister from New Hampshire and the brother from Wisconsin. Sixteen years ago they moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania where she lived at the time of her death. Her life was one of much suffering, having been in hospitals six times, having had four operations. She bore her suffering in a patient way, never complaining, always attending church services whenever possible. She is resting so sweetly from all her suffering and past all the earthly scenes of life. Before her last operation, she selected two texts which were used at her funeral services, held at the Columbia Mennonite Mission Oct. 1, when Bro. C. Z. Martin spoke on II Tim. 4:7,8, and Bro. John H. Mosemann spoke on Heb. 13:14. A short service was held at the house by the brethren. Interment in Habaker's Cemetery.
"If we could hear her singing,
As we think she's singing now;
If we could see the brightness
Of the crown upon her brow;
There would be no more sighing,
And bitter tears no more,
When we think of our dear Mother,
Who has gone to yonder shore.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana