Hostetler - Melvin James, infant son of Amos and Thersa Hostetler of Topeka, Ind., was born Feb. 19, 1935, and went to join a sister, Dorothy, and a brother Merrill, in the better world. Surviving, besides the parents, are 2 brothers and 2 foster sisters. Short services were held at the home and at the grave, conducted by Menno J. Yoder.
"We would not wish them back again
The way is rude from here to there;
For us, the short -lived joy and pain,
For them, the endless rest from care."
*Transcriber's Note: "Thersa" as spelled in original.
Steiner - Eva E., infant daughter of Enos and Sarah Steiner, died Feb. 17, 1935; aged 7 m. 5 d. Little Eva stayed with us only a short time, but long enough that we all learned to love her. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, 1 grandfather, 1 grandmothers, and 1 great-grandmother. A brother preceded her in death.
"God needed one more angel child
Around His shining Throne;
And so He stooped with loving care,
And took our darling home."
Blanchard - Elden Jay, son of Harold and Pauline Blanchard, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, June 11, 1933; died in the same Co., Feb. 17, 1935. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Dale Le Roy and Ralph Eugene), 1 sister (Ilene Ruth), 3 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Lee Blanchard of Paris, O., and Mrs Emma Becher of Louisville, O.), 1 great-grandmother (Mrs. Clara Blanchard of Paris, O.), 3 uncles and 4 aunts. Death was caused by infection of the arm. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren O. N. Johns, Alvin Hostetler, and John D. Miller. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Shantz - Steward Arlington, son of Lorne Martin and Almeda Good Shantz, passed away at the parental home in Floradale, Ont., Jan. 12, 1935; aged 4 days. He leaves a deeply bereaved father and mother, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, a host of uncles and aunts, also other relatives. Funeral services were conduted by Bro. Moses M. Brubacher from St. Jacobs. Burial in the Floradale Cemetery.
"The lights are out in the mansion of clay,
Thje curtains are drawn, for the dweller's away,
He silently slipped o'er the threshold at night,
To make his abode in the city of light."
Horst - John Mark, son of Amos and Nora Horst, passed away at the home of his parents in Akron, Pa., on Feb. 2, 1935, after an illness of a few days, at the age of fifteen years. He was an invalid all his life. Even though being disabled, he had no pain to suffer. During the year 1934 he was received into fellowship with the Church, in the Ephrata congregation. The funeral was held in the Ephrata Church on Feb. 5 with Brethren Noah Landis, John Sauder and A. A. Landis officiating, using Luke 8:52 and Psa. 16:5, 6 for the scripture text. "Fell Asleep." It was not death that took him. Nor death that held him in its cold embrace; He "Fell Asleep," and thus, we leave him there; And now he rests in heaven's dear resting place. Family.
Funk - Aaron, son of Pre. Jacob H. and Anna (Kolb) Funk, was born in Chester Co., Pa., Aug. 12, 1864; died at his home in Spring City, Pa., Feb. 10, 1935; aged 70 y. 5 m. 28 d. On Nov. 8, 1888, he was united in marriage to Fannie Longacre. To them were born 2 daughters (Lydia and Anna). His wife preceded him in death Feb. 20, 1927. He is survived by his daughters (Mrs. Russell S. Krout of Washington, D. C. and Anna at home). Early in his married life he and his wife united with the Vincent Mennonite Church in which faith they departed this life. Bro. Funk served the Church faithfully for thirty years as a trustee. Funeral services were conducted by Amos Kolb, Henry Bechtel, and Warren G. Bean. Text, Psa. 90:12. Burial in Vincent Cemetery.
Charles - Christian F. Charles was born July 17, 1847, near Millersville, Pa.; died at his home in Landisville, Pa., Feb. 2, 1935; aged 87 y. 6 m. 15 d. On Oct. 3, 1871, he was married to Annie K. Landis, who survives him. The following sons also survive: Amos L., Christ L., Landis L., John L., and Jacob L. He leaves 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister. A daughter, Anna, preceded him in death. This couple was permitted to live together 63 years. He was a faithful member of the Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church, and served as a deacon for 37 years. Until about eight months before his death, he had always enjoyed good health, and attended church services regularly. Funeral services were held Feb. 5 at his home and at the Landisville Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Hiram Kauffman, Seth Ebersole, and Henry Lutz. The text used (II Tim. 4:6-8) was his own selection. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Kennel - John R. Kennel, eldest son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Riehl) Kennel, died suddenly of a heart attack at the home of his daughter (Mrs. John E. Yost of Gap, Pa.), Jan. 30, 1935; aged 77 years. In Dec., 1878 he was married to Sarah Diener of Churchtown, Pa., who preceded him in death 6 years ago. He was a member of the Millwood A. M. Church since his youth. He is survived by the following children; Katie (wife of John E. Yost of Gap, Pa.), Ada (wife of David Mast of Millersburg, O.), Christian D. of Chistiana, Pa., Samuel H. of Chicago, Ill., John E. of Gap, Pa., and Alta (wife of Harvey E. Yoder of Oyster Point, Va.). Also 2 brothers - Joel Y. and David Kennel, both of Goshen, Ind., 1 sister - Mrs. Fannie Walter of Lewisburg, Pa., 39 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 3 at the Millwood A. M. Church, conducted by John S. Mast and John A. Kennel. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Good - Susan, daughter of Ephraim and Mary Musser, was bron May 31, 1865; died Feb. 10, 1935, at her home near Wakarusa, Ind.; aged 69 y. 8 m. 9 d. In April, 1914, she was united in marriage to Isaac S. Good, who preceded her in death in 1922. Sister Good was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Yellow Creek. She lived a quiet and consistent Christian life, remaining faithful to the end. Although she passed through a long siege of sickness, she bore her suffering with much patience and without complaint. A short time before she passed away she had a beautiful dream in which she saw many thousands of people, all dressed in white robes. She leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Amanda Blocker of Wakarusa, Ind.), 1 brother (Enos Musser of Goshen, Ind.), 1 step-daughter (Mrs. Amy Shaum of Wakarusa, Ind.), 1 step-brother (Milo Good of Alberta, Can.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Feb. 12, in the Yellow Creek Chruch conducted by J. W. Christophel, assisted by W. E. Manges. Text, Psa. 116:15---"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Unruh - Martha E. Hostetler was born in Elkhart Co. Ind., May 25, 1874; died very suddenly at her home in Harper, Kans., Feb. 18, 1935; aged 60 y. 8 m. 23 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful and consistent member. On Oct. 19, 1902, she was united in marriage to Benjamin P. Unruh. This union was never blessed with a family of their own, so, that they might enjoy the blessings of home-life they adopted into their home 2 boys and 2 girls; Howard and Paul Oct. 18, 1907; Mary and Hattie May 3, 1910. These with the father, 5 sisters, 3 brothers, and 3 half-brothers and a host of relatives and friends remain to mourn her departure. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 1 brother. We bow to Him who doeth all things well, knowing that our loss is her gain. Funeral services were held from the home by Bro. D. Y. Hooley and at the Pleasant Valley Church by D. Y. Hooley and H. J. King. Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Weber - Amos Weber, son of Elias and Susanna Bricker, was born April 17, 1851; died at his home Feb. 9, 1935; aged 83 y. 9 m. 23 d. He resided on the farm near Waterloo, Ont., for 62 years. On Oct. 8, 1872, he was married to Hannah Martin who preceded him 5 years ago. To this union were born 9 children. He is survived by 5 sons and 4 daughters: Leah (Mrs. Daniel Cressman), and Esrael, Elias Yatton, susanna (Mrs. Sidney Martin), all of St Jacobs, Ont.; Sidney, Lancaster, Pa.; Mary Ann (Mrs. Aaron Bauman), Hannah (Mrs. Aaron Weber), Conestoga; Amos of Waterloo and Emanuel at the homestead who preceded him 8 months ago. He also leaves 59 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Death was due to heart failure. In his early youth he united with the Mennonite Church, in which he was a faithful member until death. Funeral at his home Feb. 13, thence to Martin's Church where service was conducted by Thomas Reesor and Urias Martin. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Father, now your place is empty,
And you now we see no more;
But we hope some day to meet again
Over on the other shore."
*Transcriber's Note: Parents names are as listed in the original obituary.
Shrock - Barbara, youngest duaghter of Jacob and Jocabena (Zook) Bachman, was born June 24, 1863; died at her home in Metamora, Ill., Feb. 13, 1935; aged 71 y. 7 m. 19 d. In youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and was faithful until death. On Jan. 12, 1888, she was united in marriage to Andrew A. Schrock. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters (Emanuel, William, and Andrew Jr. of Low Point, Ill., Elizabeth of Peoria, Daniel of Metamora, David and Kathryn at home). On son (Joel) preceded her in death; also 4 grandchildren. She also leaves 14 grandchildren, 1 brother (Peter Bachman of Metamora), nephews, nieces, relatives and a host of friends. We dare not say mother is gone, she is just away; her Lord and Master said, Come, and she answered the call. One of the last things she said when she retired for the night previous to her death, was, "If I don't see you any more here, I hope we will all meet in heaven."
"I hear a voice you can not hear,
Which says I must not stay;
I see a hand you can not see,
Which beckons me away."
Funeral services were in charge of H. R. Shertz and Leland Bachman. Interment in Harmony Cemetery.
Havenstein - Lena Schrock was born Oct. 17, 1856, at Metamora, Ill.; died Feb. 17, 1935, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Herman Brunning of Omaha, Nebr.); aged 78 y. 4 m. On Dec. 22, 1934, she became ill, from which she never fully recovered but she was conscious to the end. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. She was united in marriage to Wm. Havenstein Jan. 25, 1891. To this union were born 5 children, 1 boy dying in infancy. She leaves her husband and 4 children (John of Edgar, Neb., Catherine Walters of Shickley, Neb., Elizabeth Reynolds of Alliance, Ohio, Lena Bruning of Omaha, Neb.), and 1 grandson (Jackie Reynolds), 1 sister, 2 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. She had chosen her own text (II Cor. 5:1-15), also these words of poetry.
"We are traveling on our way,
Clouds and darkness fill the day;
Every path is rough and steep
And the streams are wide and deep;
When all our toil are over,
Our sufferings and our pain
We'll meet on that belssed shore
And never part again."
Funeral services were held Feb. 20 at the Salem Church, conducted by the home ministers. Burial in the Brunning Cemetery.
*Transcriber's Note: Daugher Lena's married name is spelled both Brunning and Bruning in the original.
Good - Hannah, daughter of Deacon Abram G. and Sarah (Lapp) Gross was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Sept. 6, 1895; died in the Norristown State Hospital Feb. 11, 1935; aged 39 y. 5 m. 5 d. In early life she was converted and united with the Doylestown Church. She was married to Allen H. Good of Spring City, Pa., on Oct. 2, 1918. Following her marriage, she transferred her membership to her husband's home congregation - the Vincent Church near Spring City, where she continued a faithful member till the Lord called her home. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Elizabeth, James, Lawrence, Barbara, Claude, Pauline, Catherine, and Ernest. Her oldest son (Webster) preceded her in death. Besides her immediate family she leaves her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Nora, Phares, Titus, Joseph, Hiram, Priscilla, Elizabeth and Edith, wife of James Stutzman. Her death was attributed to a complication of ailments. Funeral services were held Feb. 14 at the Vincent Church where a large concourse of relatives and friends had gathered to pay a parting tribute of respect to one whom they had learned to know and love. Services conducted by Brethren Warren Bean and Henry Bechtel. Text, I Sam. 20:18 (last part); Mark 14:8 (first clause). Burial in Vincent Cemetery.
Ebersole - Sister Annie E. Ebersole was born Oct. 5, 1869; died Feb. 10, 1935; aged 65 y. 4 m. 5 d. Her parents were the late Peter C. and Mary (Eby) Ebersole. Sister Annie went with her parents to the Mennonite Home at Oreville, Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1905, the first year the Home was opened. They had charge of the kitchen. Father Ebersole died that summer. Mother died four years later. Sister Annie then had the work of the kitchen for several years longer, when she left for a few years to help in a private home where the help was much needed at that time. She went back again to work in the Home, and worked until the last day of October, 1934. She went to the General Hospital at Lancaster, returning in two weeks, but grew weaker and weaker day after day from complications. Early Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 1935, she fell asleep in Jesus, the song by that name being used by the folks in the home in their morning worship. Surviving are 1 brother, Pre. Seth E. Ebersole of the Chestnut Hill congregation; one sister, Susan E. Snavely of Mt. Joy, Pa.; 10 nieces and nephews, and a large number of cousins. Also an aunt, Sister Mary Gaul of Elizabethtown, Pa. Services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the home and at the Landisville Mennonite Chruch, by Bros. Frank Kreider and Hiram Kauffman. Text, Jno. 17:4 (latter clause) and Mark 14:8. ---By her brother.
Otto -Barbara, daugher of Jacob and Elizabeth Yoder, was born on a farm where the twon of Leetonia, Ohio, now stands, April 13, 1852; died Feb. 15, 1935; at the home of her brother Jacob Yoder (with whom she had been making her home); aged 82 y. 10 m. 2 d. Death was due to complications and infirmities of old age. She was united in marriage to Alfred Otto in 1906. This union was broken three years later by the death of her husband. At the age of 29 she united with the Mennonite Church in the class with Bro. Henry Zeigler and wife, Eli Lehman and wife, Abraham Metzler and wife, Henry Metzler and wife, and Mrs. John Weaver, all of whom have preceded her in death excepting the first named couple. She was a consecrated Christian woman giving liberally to the support of missions and church work. The Bible and old church hymnal were close companions to her, having committed many verses and hymns to memory. some of them she was able to repeat up to near the end of her life here. She leaves 2 brothers (John, a deacon in the church, and Jacob who occupies the old homestead and home of the first member and founder of the Mennonite church in Mahoning Co., namely Jacob Overholtzer). Four sisters (Mary Yoder, Anna Blosser, and Elizabeth and Sarah Yoder) preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 17 at the Midway Mennonite Church by Brethren A. J. Steiner, E. M. Detwiler, and Paul Yoder. Text, Jno. 14:2, 3. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Lapp - Nancy Ann daughter of Pre. Christian and Mary Snyder, was born Nov. 2, 1856, at Freeport, Ill.; died at the home of her daughter Sadie Shank, Jan. 25, 1935, at Filer, Ida.; aged 78 y. 2 m. 23 d. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 16, remaining faithful to the end. The same year she was converted her father passed away, and her mother with her family moved to Roseland, Neb. In 1879, she was united in marriage to Emanuel Lapp. To this union were born 3 sons and 7 daughters. Anna and Mary (twins) died in infancy; William died at the age of 11 years. Surviving are Catherine Schiffler, Esther Shank, Sadie Shank, Ruth Shank, Frances Kaufman of Filer; Frank and Daniel Lapp of Creston, Mont. She also leaves 33 grandchildren, 1 having preceded her in death; 2 brothers and 1 sister (Lydia Showalter of Thomas, Okla., William Snyder La Junta, Colo., and Chris Snyder of Canby, Oreg.), the latter being present at the funeral. In 1919 they moved to Creston, Mont., and on Sept. 30, 1931, her husband passed away very suddenly after which she came to Filer to live with her daughters. During recent months she seemed to find special comfort in the Word of God; also in admonishing her children in the faith which she so much loved. Her father, Pre. Christian Snyder, of Stephenson Co., Ill., died at the early age of 42 y. 5 m. 28 d., leaving his wife and 9 children, of which now only 3 survive. Her passing was very sudden and unexpected. She ate her breakfast as usual, and while helping with the dishes, fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held at the Filer Mennonite Church, Jan. 27, by Bros. N. A. Lind of Albany, Oreg., and E. S. Garber of Filer. Text, II Tim. 4:7. The remains were taken to Kalispell, Mont. where she was laid to rest beside her husband. Funeral services were held at Kalispell on Jan. 31, conducted by Bro. J. G. Hochstetler. Text, "Behold thy mother."
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended,
We shall again be with you.
This helps to quiet our weeping---
Hark! Angel music so sweet!
He giveth to His beloved,
Beautiful, beautiful sleep."
Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio.
Detweiler - Mattie, daughter of Joel and Lavina (Kauffman) Detweiler, was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, April 3, 1857; died at her home in West Liberty, Ohio, Feb. 15, 1935; aged 77 y. 10 m. 12 d. In young womanhood she united with the Mennonite Church in which she always retained her membership. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. Those remaining of her family, are a sister (Nancy) and a brother (Emanuel), both of West Liberty, O., and a brother Menno, of Kingston, Md. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in the South Union Church, in charge of Bro. N. E. Troyer. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
Findley - John R. Findley was born in Indianapolis, Ind., May 29, 1864; died very suddenly Jan. 31, 1935; aged 71 y. 8 m. 2 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church (Pleasant Valley congregation) near Harper, Kans., for a number of years. On Oct. 13, 1896, he was united in marriage to Lizzie A. Kuhns, at Hutchinson, Kans., who is left to mourn his sudden departure. While he never had any children of his own, he was always a friend to children. He is greatly missed in the Church and Sunday school, as he was always present and on time if possible. May the Lord give grace to Sister Findley in her sore trial. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church by R. M. Weaver and H. J. King. Interment in near-by cemetery.
Wenger - Norman Dean Wenger, son of Norman R. and Bertha N. Berkey Wenger, died at his home in West Lancaster, Pa., on Feb. 18, 1935; aged 17 m. 21 d. He leaves his parents and twin sister (Norma Jean). Death was caused by cirrhosis of the liver. Because he had an exceptionlly strong constitution and received the best of medical and surgical care, he outlived the other similarly rare cases by two and one-half months. We miss his patient little form, his large bright eyes and sweet smiles which won so many friends, but we bow in submission to God's omniscient hand. Services at the East Chestnut St. Church were conducted by Bro. D. Stoner Krady. Burial in Millersville Cemetery.
"the sweet and patient spirit
Of our darling little son,
Has gone to be with Jesus,
And now beckons us to come."
Delp - Alma B., daughter of Oscar and Martha (Burkhart) Delp of near Lansdale, Pa., died Feb. 8, 1935; aged 5 y. 5 m. 5 d. She had undergone a tonsil and adenoids operation, and 10 hours later went ot live with Jesus whom she loved so well. She leaves to mourn her early departure, parents, 1 sister (Lois), 2 brothers (Willard and Melvin), both grandparents, and many relatives and friends. A little flower had budded on earth to unfold and shed forth its heavenly fragrance in eternal glory with all God's saints and angels. Services were held at the Plain Mennonite Church near Lansdale by J. C. Clemens assisted by J. Minninger. Text, Job 1:21.
"This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In Paradise would bloom."
Wenger - Susannah, daughter of Joseph and Susannah Wenger, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jun 10, 1866. She was one of seven children, five of whom preceded her in death. In early life she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church (Olive congregation). In her Christian life there was nothing she enjoyed more than attendance at the house of God. She had her joy in the Lord, and continually tried to give a testimony for Him. She had been in failing health for a number of years. On Jan. 1, 1935, she fell and has since been bedfast, continually becoming weaker. Expressing a desire to depart this life, she peacefully fell asleep on Feb. 25, 1935; aged 68 y. 8 m. 15 d. She leaves 1 sister (Anna), 4 nephews, 1 niece, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral held at Olive Church, conducted by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank.
Davies -Margaret Elizabeth Davies was born Aug. 30, 1873 on Isle of Man, off the west coast of England; died Feb. 15, 1935, at the hospital of Plentywood, Mont.; aged 61 y. 6 m. 15 d. She was on the sick list most of the winter. Her death was caused by double pneumonia, from which developed a high fever, causing a stroke, which in turn caused a blood vessel to burst, from which she died. She came to this country in the year 1913. She was married to Ben Davies soon after her arrival here. In her early life she was counted with the Presbyterian Church, but later united with the Salvation Army. The last few years of her life she took greater interest in Sunday school and Bible reading. She expressed a readiness to meet the Lord. To our knowledge she has no near living relatives, but many friends. The funeral services were held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hueth. Bro. L. A. Kauffman of Minot, N. Dak., conducted the services. Text, Rom. 6:23. Burial at the Coalridge Mennonite Cemetery.
Warfel - Fannie H. Warfel was born near Millersville on May 3, 1907; died in the Lancaster General Hospital, Jan. 23, 1935; aged 28 y. 8 m. 20 d. She was married to Clarence G. Warfel on Nov. 14, 1928. To this union was born 1 daughter, Arlene. She leaves her husband, daughter, mother (Mrs. Alice N. Herr), and a sister (Mrs. Ralph Witmer of Strasburg). Twin brothers preceded her in death in their youth. She confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. Death was caused by blood poisoning through a carbuncle. Fannie taught a Sunday school class of little girls at River Corner, in which she took much interest. She is missed so much in the home, as nothing was too much trouble for her to do for any of us. Funeral services wer held Jan. 26 at River Corner Mennonite Church, by Landis Shertzer, Maris Hess, and James Hess.
"Our loved ones are leaving us, one by one;
We don't know why
God saw fir for her to die,
But God know best; He makes no mistake;
He knows just when and whom to take."
Blocher - Susanna, daughter of George and Sarah Miller Kehr, was born March 15, 1854; died Feb. 25, 1935; aged 80 y. 11 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel A. Blocher, Sept. 24, 1872. To this union was born 1 daughter, Elizabeth, who preceded her in death. Bro. and Sister Blocher resided with Bro. and Sister Cleason J. Forry of Hanover, Pa. Sister Blocher had been in declining health for several years. The last year she spent most of her time in a wheel chair, not being able to walk for almost two years. She died of a stroke. She had been a devoted member of the Mennonite faith since her youth. She was ready to meet her Lord, and expressed a desire to have others live right. Her passing away will be greatly felt in the home where she lived. Loving hands did all they could to relieve her. Services were held at the home of Bro. and Sister Cleason J. Forry on Feb. 28, 1935. Text, II Tim 4:6-8. Bros. Danner, Grove and Shank had charge of the services.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother;
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow over our life is cast,
Wee miss the sunshine of thy face."
Yoder - Salome daughter of Reuben and Martha Yoder, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Oct. 23, 1850; died in her home in East Lynne, Mo., March 1, 1935; aged 84 y. 4 m. 8 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful member until death. She will be sadly missed in her home where she and her sister Barbara have shared the joys and sorrows of a long and useful life. She had many friends, and will be missed in the Church and entire community. At the age of 12 she moved with her parents to Cass Co., Mich. Five years later they moved to Cass Co., Mo., remaining here until death. She leaves an only sister, 2 sisters-in-law, 9 nieces and 5 nephews. About five weeks ago she contracted a cold, which later developed into bronchial pneumonia. On Friday morning a heart attack proved fatal. She was never heard to complain during any of her illness. Funeral services at the home and the Sycamore Grove Church March 3, conducted by I. G. Hartzler and S. S. Hershberger. Text, II Cor. 5:1-7.
"We miss thee from our home, dear sister,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow over our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
Aument - James F. Aument was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 11, 1876; died Feb. 8, 1935; aged 58 y. 4 m. He died of complication of diseases, after having been ill several years. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 6 brothers, 5 sisters, and many kind relatives and friends who had the greatest sympathy for him in all his affliction. He confessed his Savior on Sept. 6, 1933, and became a member of the Paradise Mennonite Church. Oh the peace and joy that came into his heart, and the Christian fellowship we had together! He had a wonderful testimony for his Lord, and was a monument to the grace of God. He suffered greatly, but was very patient. As time went on the pain became still greater, and he would often wonder why, and pray the Lord to come and take him home. Services were held at the home by Bro. Martin Hershey. Text, Psa. 46. Further services at the Paradise Church by Brethren Abram Martin and A. A. Landis. Texts, Rev. 14:13; II Cor. 9:15; Num 23:10. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Beautiful rest for the weary;
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended,
We shall again be with you."
Krabill - Eva Belle, daughter of Eli and Lydia (Plank) Krabill, near West Liberty, Ohio, was born Oct. 12, 1892; died Feb. 1, 1935; aged 42 y. 3 m. 19 d. Because of her interest, loyalty, and cheerful attitude she brightened the home wherever she went. The last six years of her life she was a sufferer from diabetes, but never a word of complaint fell from her lips. Pneumonia followed later and her frail body was not able to overcome. At the age of thirteen, she gave her heart to God, and became a member of the Mennonite Church. In the home where Eva had spent the past four years, the little girl, on hearing of Eva's passing, said to her father, "Won't Eva ever take us to Sunday school any more?" There remain in the home, with the father and mother, 2 sisters (Beatrice and Minnie). There are also 2 brothers (Robert of Wayland, Iowa, and Fred, of near Bellefontaine, O.), 1 niece, and 2 nephews. Funeral services were held in the South Union Church, in charge of Bro. N. E. Troyer, assisted by Bro. Wallace Kauffman. Burial in Alexander Cemetery.
"We loved you, and no tongue can tell,
How much we loved you and how well;
God loved you too, and tho't it best,
To take you home with Him to rest."
Stonesifer - Violet Fern, beloved daughter of James and Edith Sonesifer of near Oregon, Pa., died Feb. 12, 1935 (aged 2 y. 10 m.) at the Lancaster General Hospital as a result of burns which she received while playing with matches found in the father's pocket. After she had her afternoon nap, the child had been up no time at all when the mother heard her scream and quickly went to her aid, only ti find her daughter and the bed in flames. She took her down and called the father who was near by. He poured water on her and outened the fire, and then rushed to put out the fire on the bed. She was quickly rushed to the hospital but died a few hours later, having been burned too badly and having inhaled the flames. Having always been such a bright child, she will be sadly missed in the home and among the neighbors and friends. She is survived by her bereaved parents, and two sisters (Betty June and Joan), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Stief near East Petersburg), a grandfather (James Stonesifer of York Co.), and many uncles and aunts. Services were held at the home of the grandparents near East Petersburg, Pa. Burial in Salunga Mennonite Cemetery. Services were held by Ira Landis and John S. Hess of Lititz. Text, John 14:1-3.
"We loved Fern, yes we loved her,
but Jesus loved her more;
And He has sweetly taken our darling Fern
To yonder shining shore."
*Transcriber's Note - "outened" as written in the original.
Kulp - Catharine F., daughter of the late Jacob and Sarah (Freed) Frederick, was born June 18, 1856 in Franconia, Pa.; died Jan. 4, 1935; aged 78 y. 6 m. 15 d. On Dec. 23, 1876, she was married to Henry L. Kulp, who preceded her in death 21 years ago. She is survived by 10 children (Elizabeth, wife of Isaac Hendricks; Mrs. Sara Schwenk, and Jacob of Lansdale; Maurice and Rein of Salfordvill; Henry and Melvin, of Norristown; Mamie, wife of Aaron Metz of Kulpsville; and Katie and Maggie at home). Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 1 sister; 6 grandchildren preceded her in death. She was sick for almost 3 weeks, suffering from kidney stone, and suffered much pain. She had a quiet disposition, was a kind and loving mother, and is sadly missed in the home. Services were held Jan. 8 at her home in Lansdale and at the Lower Salford Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Jacob Clemens, Rhine Alderfer, and John Lapp. Text, rom. 8:18. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"A mother dear, a mother kind,
Has gone and left us all behind;
He watched her suffering, heard her sighs,
With trembling hearts and weeping eyes.
Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache
That the smile hides all the while."
By the daughters.
Detweiler - Rudolph, son of David and Sarah Detweiler, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Sept. 9, 1857. Nov. 17, 1879 he was married to Lydia Kauffman, also of Mifflin Co., and in 1882 they moved to Ohio, and since had resided in Champaign and Logan counties. His companion preceded him in death on March 8, 1929. He indulged in teh activities of life, enjoying good health, until April, 1931, he suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he never fully recovered. In the early morning of Jan. 24, 1935, he was again stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage, from which he never gained consciousness and on Feb. 1, 1935, his life winged its way to his eternal reward, at the age of 77 y. 4 m. 23 d. He confessed Christ as his personal Savior, and was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, supporting the principles of the Gospel and the Church. In later life he became more interested and active in the service of the Church. Sunday morning found him in his place while health permitted him to go. He faithfully served as sexton of the Bethel Church for a number of years, and was loved by all, especially the children. His life was blessed with a son and daughter: Thomas W., of DeGraff, and Mollie (Mrs. Ellis Yoder) of West Liberty, with whom he made his late home. These, with 8 grandchildren (Paul, Margaret - Mrs R. D. Shreve, La Von, Harold, Dick, and Connie Detweiler, and Max and Myron Yoder), cherish the sweet memories of a kind and lovable father and grandfather. His last illness was attended by his children and granddaughter, Margaret, whose untiring service of love did all that was possible for his comfort. He will be missed, but no place more than in the home, made lonely by his passing. We bow in humble submission to Him who knows all things best. Besides his immediate family he leaves 2 brothers (Joshua Detweiler, of Goshen, Ind., and David Detweiler, of Elkhart, Ind.) to mourn the loss of a kind brother. Funeral services were held in the Bethel Church, conducted by Bro. N. E. Troyer, assisted by Bro. S. E. Algyer. Burial in Alexander Cemetery.
"Father, now your room is empty,
And you now, we see no more,
But we hope some day to meet you,
Over on the other shore."
Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio.
Evans - Joseph W., only child of Charles and Emma Evans, was born at Holden, Mo., July 14, 1891; died Feb. 8, 1935, at the Veterans Hospital, Portland, Oreg.; aged 43 y. 6 m. 25 d. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for some time. During his suffering he realized the need of a Savior, accepted Christ, and was accepted as a member of the Zion Church by baptism on Thanksgiving night. Funeral services were held at the Zion Church near Hubbard, Oreg., conducted by E. Z. Yoder. Text, Heb. 9:27. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Riegsecker - Samuel, son of Thoephilus and Frieda Riegsecker, was born in Henry Co., O., March 1, 1918; died near Fayette, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1935; aged 16 y. 11 m. 24 d. Several weeks ago he took sick with influenza. Acute Bright's disease set in, but he was getting better, and was able to be about, when he had a relapse which very soon developed into double pneumonia, causing his death. Samuel was the youngest of a family of 9 children. He leaves his parents, 7 brothers, 1 sister, and many near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church, Feb. 28, by S. D. Grieser of Archbold, and L. J. Miller of Missouri. Text, Frev. 20:12. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
Musselman - John Musselman was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 6, 1860; died at his home near Eldersley, Sask., Feb. 22, 1935; aged 74 y. 8 m. 16 d. He was married to Lydia Snyder on Mar. 2, 1884, with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of life. To them were born 8 sons and 2 daughters (Ervin, Alvin, Peter, Edwin, Joe, John, and Mabel (Mrs. Turner), all residing near Eldersley; Menno of Youngstown, Alta.; Amos and Mary of Sheridan, Oreg.); also 24 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister, both of West Montrose, Ont., and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home on Feb. 26, conducted by M. H. Schmitt of Guernsey, Sask. Text, Psa. 90:12. Interment in the near-by cemetery.
Greiner - Selinda G. greiner was born Oct. 1, 1861; died Feb. 16, 1935; aged 73 y. 4 m. 15 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She is greatly missed in the home. She is survived by her husband (Amos) and the following children: Mrs. Phares Ginder, Mt. Joy; Mrs. Jonas Whisler, Elizabethtown; and Beulah Greiner at home; also 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Feb. 20 from the home and at Risser Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Noah Risser and Walter Oberholtzer. Burial in the Hill Cemetery at Colebrook. Text, Rev. 22:14.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and quiet breast;
All her toils and trials are ended,
And our Mother is at rest."
By a granddaughter.
Flury - Edward Flury was born in Switzerland, Jan. 8, 1850; died March 2, 1935; aged 85 y. 1 m. 24 d. He was ill for three weeks, but bore it patiently till the Lord released him. In April, 1878, he was united in marriage with Mary Ann Bixler. In 1883 they came to America, and finally settled down about 3 miles south of Dalton, where they made their home together until she passed away June 19, 1933. No children were born to this union. On April 18, 1919, he was baptized and joined the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, and since had been a faithful member. Surviving are 2 brothers, living in Switzerland, and 1 sister, Mrs. William Stampfli of California. One brother and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Also surviving are some nephews and nieces of Switzerland and California, and Hulda (Mrs. Clyde Budd) whom they raised, being as mother and father to her.
Baker - Jonathan, son of Peter and Margaretta Baker, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Dec. 26, 1867; died Feb. 21, 1935; at the home of Eli Mast, where he had made his home for several years; aged 67 y. 1 m. 26 d. He had never been married. He had been an industrious man, always finding ready employment as a farm hand. He had been privileged to stay in the home of Bro. and Sister Jonathan Eash for twenty years until this home suffered the loss of a mother. He became a Christian in his earlier life, having made his choice for the Mennonite Church at Shore, Ind. His interests in the activities of the Church were manifested by his loyal attitude. He leaves 1 brother (Henry of Protection , Kans.), 26 nephews and nieces and many friends and neighbors. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. His funeral was held at the Shore Mennonite Church, in charge of Y. C. Miller and O. S. Hostetler.
Good - William R., son of Jacob and Emma (Garber) Good, was born near Hopedale, Ill., Oct. 8, 1894; died near Koust, Ind., March 3, 1935; aged 40 y. 4 m. 25 d. In 1912, he moved with his parents from Hopedale, Ill., to Kokomo, Ind. On Jan. 12, 1921, he was married to Mabel Rheinhart of Kouts, Ind., and at this place he resided until the Lord called him home. At the age of 15 years, he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member. Surviving him are his wife and two daughters (Leila and Madelyn), and a son (Rolland). An infant son, Marvin, preceded him in death. Also surviving are his father and mother of Kokomo, Ind.; 5 brothers (Emery of Hopedale, Ill.; Raymond of Nappanee, Ind.; Jacob and Amos of Elkhart, Ind.; Irvin of Pierceton, Ind.), 4 sisters (Ella and Bertha of Kokomo; Lizzie of Topeka, Ind.; and Anna of Turner, Mich.). He was ill but a few days with an appendix operation and other complications. Funeral services were held at the Hopewell Church near Kouts, where a large audience of relatives and friends met on March 7. Services were conducted by Dean Birkey and D. D. Miller.
Nafziger - Menno, son of Christian and Barbara Nafziger, was born near Archbold, Ohio, March 27, 1870; died at the Tampa, Fla., Municipal Hospital Feb. 25, 1935; aged 64 y. 10 m. 28 d. Bro. and Sister Nafziger left home for Florida on Dec. 18, 1934, where they had expected to spend the winter months. He had been ailing for a number of years, but most of the time was able to be about, until a week previous to his death, when he became bedfast. The brother was of a quiet, kind, and loving disposition, and was friendly to every one. He was united in marriage with Esther Frey, Oct. 7, 1897. To this union was born a daughter (Gladys). He leaves his sorrowing companion, and only daughter (Mrs. M. J. Winzeler), 1 brother, 3 sisters, and many near relatives and friends. In his younger years he confessed Christ as his personal Savior, and united with the Amish Mennonite congregation, remaining a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church, March 2, in charge of S. S. Wyse, S. D. Grieser, and L. J. Miller. Text, Heb. 4:9. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Farewell, dear father, sweet thy rest;
Weary with years, and worn with parin;
Farewell, till in some happy place,
We shall behold thy face again."
Gut - Christian C. Gut was born near Hopedale, Ill., Dec. 23, 1859; died at his home in Fisher, Ill., Feb. 15, 1935; aged 75 y. 10 m. 8 d. On March 27, 1883, he was united in marriage with Lena Brun. To this union 10 children were born. On Aug. 19, 1910, his wife passed away. Five children also preceded him in death---Emma, at the age of 21, 2 sons and 2 daughters having died in infancy. On Dec. 5, 1911, he was united in marriage with Mary Eichleberger of Hopedale, Ill. He leaves his wife and 5 children---Andrew, Mary and Christian of Kouts, Ind.; Joseph of La Crosse, Ind.; Edwin of Valparaiso; 19 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers - Joseph of Washington, Ill.; Peter of Rantoul, Ill., and Jacob of Kokomo, Ind.; and 2 sisters - Mrs. John Ressor of Eureka, Ill., and Mrs. Daniel Augsperger of Flanagan, Ill.; also a host of other relatives and friends. He accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, remaining faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the home and at the East Bend Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. J. W. Davis of Flanagan, Ill., and J. A. Heiser of Fisher, Ill. Text, Matt. 13:43. Interment in East Bend Cemetery.
Yoder - Susan, daughter of Yost and Chaterine (Hershberger) Stutzman, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Jan. 18, 1849; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Martin, near Parnell, Ia.; aged 86 years. Death was due to infirmities of old age. At the age of 12 she came with her parents to Iowa, which state has since been her home. On March 2, 1871, she was married to Annanias Yoder of Johnson Co., but soon moved to Iowa County and for the last 50 years she lived on the homestead where she died. She was the mother of nine children, five sons, and four daughters. One daughter (Fannie) died in 1897 at the age of 19. Her husband died Jan. 17, 1922. She leaves 8 children (Mrs. J. A. Swartzendruber of Kalona; Yost and Melvin of Wellman; John Henry, Art, Mrs. S. S. Fisher and Mrs. John Martin of Parnell); a brother, (John Stutzman of Kalona); also 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives. Funeral services were held Sunday at the West Union Church, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber and W. S. Guengerich. Burial in the West Union Cemetery.
" Dearest mother, thou hast left us
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who had bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Hunsberger - Susan, daughter of Daniel and Christina Wisler, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 15, 1862; died Jan. 24, 1935; aged 72 y. 9 m. 9 d. All her life was spent in and in the vicinity of Wakarusa. In 1883 she was united in marriage to John Hunsberger and to this union were born 7 children (Jacob Hunsberger of Wakarusa, Melvin, William and Calvin Hunsberger of Mishawaka, Mrs. Walter Leatherman and Ellis Hunsberger of Lakeville, and Mrs. Charles Schurr of Oak Grove). The departing of mother was the first break in the family circle. Besides her family she leaves 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary Lonfield, Mrs William Myers, and Mrs. Sarah Clouse); also 1 brother (Jacob Wisler), 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of relatives and friends. For a year or more she had been afflicted with heart trouble but patiently bore her affliction, expressing herself willing to stay or go, just as the Lord would direct. In her early life she accepted her Christ and united with the Old Order Mennonite Church and until the close of life remained a faithful member. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 26 at the home by C. A. Shank, and at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church by John, Joseph and Henry Martin. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Shaffer - Lousia, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Kling, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Aug. 8, 1859; died at her home in Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 5, 1935; aged 75 y. 6 m. 28 d. Her illness was of short duration, being stricken with paralysis at 9 o'clock in the evening and departing twelve hours later. She was the oldest of a family of thirteen children, of whom three sisters survive, eight sisters and one brother having preceded her in death. She had spent all her life and St. Joseph and Elkhart counties, having lived on a farm south of Elkhart for many years. About four years ago she with her husband moved to Elkhart, where she resided until her death. Her husband (Peter Shaffer) died in June, 1932. She was always known as a good neighbor and an industrious mother, always ready to help those in need. In early life she united with the Methodist Church. She leaves the following children: John Shaffer, at the parental home; Mrs. Sadie Sheets, Cassopolis, Mich.; Mrs. Margaret Moody, Wyatt, Ind.; and Frank, Henry, and Peter Shaffer and Mrs. Amanda Abbott, all of Elkhart; also three sisters (Mrs. George Moser, Sarah Krakes, and Mrs. George Shockley), 29 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Olive Mennonite Church by C. A. Shank. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Stauffer - John D. Stauffer was born Aug. 26, 1838, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at the home of his son Isaiah S. Stauffer, Millersville, Pa.; aged 96 y. 5 m. 26 d. He was sick six weeks with complications due to infirmities of old age. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. During his last few weeks of intense suffering his desire was to depart from this workld of pain and suffering and go to be with Christ. His wife passed away twelve years ago. Grandfather was well preserved for his age. Only a few weeks before taking his bed he had been to church and spent the day visiting quite a distance from his home. He is survived by his son (with whom he resided) and one daughter (Mrs. Jacob H. Weaver of near Lancaster, Pa.), and also by 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at the home by Bro. David Z. Miller and at the Millersville Mennonite church by Bros. Jacob Hess and Christ Brubaker. Texts, Job 5:26 and II Cor. 3:5 (the latter clause). Interment in the New Danville Cemetery.
"His usual place is vacant now,
His sufferings all are o'er;
But oh the joy of meeting him
And our dear Lord adore---
Where allis peace and gladness
On that celestial shore."
Schweitzer - Gertrude Maude (Bender) Schweitzer was born July 26, 1893, near Milford, Nebr.; died March 6, 1935; aged 41 y. 7 m. 9 d. On Dec. 2, 1914, she was united in marriage to Ezra Schweitzer. To this union were born 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons preceded her in death in infancy. Her mother (Mrs. J. M. Bender) also preceded her in death, on April 12, 1934. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons, and 2 daughters (John Woodrow, Ruth Mae, Ezra Jr., and Bonnie Jeanne). Her father (J. M. Bender) also survives, and 3 brothers and 2 sisters (David Elmer, Joseph L., William J. of Milford, Nebr.; Mrs. M. R. Bender of Lincoln, Nebr., and Mrs. William Springer of Seward, Nebr.), with many other relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and united with the A. M. Church, remaining a faithful member until death. She was very patient in her trials and afflictions, and always ready to submit to the Lord's will. She will be greatly missed by the family, for which she had been very much concerned, but we humbly submit to the Lord's will, who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held March 9 at the Milford A. M. Church, conducted by L. O. Schlegel and W. R. Eicher. Text, Jno. 16:33. Interment in Milford A. M. Cemetery.
"Dear mother, your sufferings are o'er,
Your cold hands will toil for us no more;
And though we have to bid you good night,
And our sad hearts ache at parting,
We long to bid you good morning
In that land of eternal rejoicing."
Landis - Bertha, wife of Andrew G. Landis, was born Oct. 13, 1891, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at the Lancaster General Hospital, Jan. 26, 1935; aged 43 y. 3 m. 13 d. Death followed a seemingly successful operation, after influenza set in. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Barbara Myers. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 12 and remained faithful until death. The family is as follows: Her husband, and the children (Daniel, Magdalene, Andrew, Elizabeth, Stephen, Samuel, Martha, and Mark). All the children are at home, one infant preceded her in death. The following brothers and sisters survive: Alice Schwanger, Amos, Tillman, Aaron (in India), Christian, Gabriel, Lizzie, Mary Wissler, Robert, Katherine Horst. Her parents and four brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Soon after the work in Coatesville Mission was started, she was given charge of a class of women (a number of whom have been received into the Church). Her kind voice, her friendly smile to all, her love for peace, her constant and consistent devotion wherever and whatever she was asked to do was a source of great encouragement to all who knew her. Before leaving this world she gave the sacred charge to all the children that they be strong men and women for God, and also sending a charge to her Sunday school class that they be true to God. She will be especially missed by her family, her class, and all who attended at the Mission. Services were held Jan. 29 at her late home near Atglen, Pa., at Coatesville Mission Church, and at the East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church, Lancaster. Interment in Millersville Cemetery.
Buckwalter - John D. Buckwalter was born June 28, 1896; died March 4, 1935, at his home in Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 38 y. 8 m. 4 d. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior and unted with Mellinger's Mennonite Church, of which he remained a faithful member until death. On Oct. 28, 1919, he was united in marriage to Martha L. Denlinger, who survives hime. To this union were born 6 children (Robert, Dorothy, richard, Ruth, John Jr. and Baby Rhoda who was only 23 days old at the time of her father's death). He is also survived by one brother and one sister (Frank D. Buckwalter and Mrs. Enos Eshbach). John enjoyed good health till seven months before his death when a brain tumor developed. He had an operation in a Philadelphia hospital Aug. 29, 1934, which seemed very successful--and oh! how we did rejoice in the hope that he would be spared to us in good health; but God saw otherwise. In 2 months another tumor developed and he underwent two more operations. In all he spent 17 hours on the operating table. The last operation left his left side paralyzed and he lay helpless for 16 weeks, till God saw fit to call him home. He suffered much pain, and we rejoice to know that he is now at rest. He had a vision in the early part of his sickness of Christ taking him to rest and assuring him that his family would be cared for. While at the hospital he spoke of going, where he would be "safe in the arms of Jesus." He was a kind and loving husband and father and our home seems so lonely without him. We cannot understand why he was called away when we needed him so much; but we want to submit to God's will, knowing that "He doeth all things well." Funeral services were held March 8 at Mellinger's church conducted by Bros. Elmer Martin and David Landis. Text, Psa. 55:6 (a verse that he often repeated during his long illness). His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"I shall meet him again on that heavenly height,
For his light shall lead me along the way;
When the task that is given to me is done,
When the strife is ended, the battle won,
I shall greet him there in the perfect day."
Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio.
Riel - Ezra Keith, infant son of Ezra and Lena Reil, was born and died at Edmonton, Alta., March 4, 1935. Buried at the Salem Mennonite Cemetery near Tofield, Alta., on March 6, 1935. Short services at the grave were conducted by Bro. M. D. Stutzman.
Groff - Alvin Groff was born in Wilmington, Del., Aug. 1, 1900; died at his home in Coatesville, Pa., Feb. 9, 1935; aged 34 y. 6 m. 8 d. He was a member of the Coatesville Mennonite Mission. Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at the Mission by John A. Kennel, Isaac Kennel and J. Paul Graybill. Burial in the Parkesburg Cemetery. Anna Yoder.
Hesser - Sarah Elizabeth Hesser was born April 26, 1858; died Mar. 9, 1935; aged 76 y. 10 m. 11 d. She was the wife of John Hesser, who passed on nine years ago. Sister Hesser was a member of the Mennonite church of Matawana, Pa., for the past twenty-five years. Never enjoying good health in all those years, she patiently and cheerfully bore her cross, and always enjoyed the service of devotion and song in her home. She leaves 1 daughter, 1 son, 9 grandchildren, and a large number of relatives and friends who feel confident that Mother has gone to the land where the inhabitants do not say, "I am sick."
Hoopes - Anna Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Hoopes (who preceded her in death), was born in Chester Co., Pa., Sept. 11, 1840; died at Denbigh, Va., Jan. 13, 1935; aged 94 y. 4 m. 2 d. There were two sons, one having died in infancy. The surviving one (J. W. Hoopes of Denbigh) is the only survivor. Sister Hoopes lived a long and faithful life of loving service as wife and mother in the home, and in her old age she was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, in which she remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Daniel Shenk at the Warwick River Mennonite Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Devitt - John K. Devitt was born June 9, 1852, near Kitchener, Ont.; died at his home in Didsbury, Alta., Jan. 29, 1935; aged 82 y. 7 m. 19 d. He was married to Susannah Cressman March 2, 1875. T this union were born 7 children; 2 died in infancy. Surviving are his widow; Elise Yantz of Kitchener, Ont.; Alice Gremm of High River, Alta.; Bernice Harder of Didsbury, Alta.; Lena Dreyfus of Detroit, Mich.; J. Royder Devitt of Winsor, Ont.; 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Aaron of Winnipeg, Man.), 1 sister (Mrs. Heist, Kitchener, Ont.). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from young manhood, and was ever true to the faith. He was buried in West Zion Mennonite Cemetery near Carstairs, Alta. Services were conducted by Isaac Miller.
Transcriber's Note - Winsor as spelled in the original. The correct spelling should be Windsor.
Hoover - Mary Williamson, wido of the late Peter R. Hoover of Markham, Ont., died at her home Feb. 14, 1935, in her 75th year. Her husband died about 30 years ago. She was in her usual health until a few weeks before her decease. She suffered from influenza and other complicated conditions. It was in 1892, during the J. S. Coffman revival, that she and her husband accepted Christ and came into the Mennonite Church. During these years she was a consistent member of the Wideman congregation. She is survived by an only son, Pre. Leonard W. Hoover, at whose residence she died. Burial took place at the Wideman Church on the 16th, where a large number gathered to express esteem for the departed and sympathy to the bereaved. The service was conducted by L. J. Burkholder.
Herr - John B. Herr was born Oct. 3, 1866; died March 5, 1935; aged 68 y. 5 m. 2 d. He is susrvived by 4 sisters and 3 brothers. He was a faithful communicant member of the Stumptown, Pa., Mennonite Church and for many years a faithful teacher in the Sunday school, always present when opportunity afforded. His sickness was only for a short time, when he calmly fell asleep, only to awake in "the morning of joy." Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin (Jno. 14:1,2) and at Mellingers Mennonite Church by Bro. David Landis and Bro. Abram Martin (Heb. 11:8-16). Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Let all who are sad take heart again,
We are not alone in our hours of pain;
Our Father looks from His throne above
To soothe and comfort us with His love."
Keim - Ivan R., son of Bishop David and Sister Lillian (Cutrell) Keim, was born at Springs, Pa., Feb. 28, 1911; died at Scottdale, Pa., March 12, 1935; aged 24 y. 12 d. He united with the Scottdale Mennonite Church Nov. 11, 1923, and was active in Church and Sunday school work as long as his health permitted him to be so. He was united in marriage Oct. 26, 1931 with Marie Smith. He is survived by his companion (Marie S. Keim), one son (Ivan Richard Keim), his mother, and the following brothers and sisters: Dennis, Jonas, and Henry Keim of Davenport, Neb.; Jacob of Addison, Pa.; Dr. Wm. F. Keim of Newark, N. J. ; George W. Cutrell, Daisy (Cutrell) Hernley and Mary (Cutrell) Maust of Scottdale, Pa. Funeral services were held March 15 at the home and at Scottdale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. J. A. Ressler assisted by the other home ministers. Burial in Alverton Cemetery.
Hess - Flora (Good) Hess was born Dec. 26, 1895 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Jan. 8, 1935; aged 40 y. 13 d. She died at her home in Baumgardner of a complication of diseases. She was of a quiet, patient, and loving disposition, and was much concerned about the needs of her family. She accepted the Lord at an early age and united with the Byerland Mennonite church, to which she remained faithful until the end. She is survived by her beloved husband, Jacob Hess, and the following children: Clarence, Marian, Elizabeth, Henry, Wilbur, Warren, Wayne, Arlene, Mildred, Lillian, Florella, Oliver. One daughter passed away in infancy. Her ealy death is mourned by her husband and family. Besides her immediate family, she also leaves 5 sisters, 3 brothers, and many relatives and friends. Services were held Jan. 11 at the home and at the Byerland Mennonite Church by Bros. Aaron Harnish and Jacob Harnish. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"The lights are out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
She silently slipped o'er the threshold at night,
To make her abode in the city of light."
---By her Sister.
Snyder - John Samuel Snyder Jr., was born near Wadsworth, Ohio, June 21, 1922, the sixth child and only son of John S. and Bertha Snyder; died March 5, 1935, at Wadsworth Municipal Hospital; aged 12 y. 8 m. 14 d. Death came as a result of complications following an appendicitis operation Feb. 28. Four days after his birth, his mother died. He leaves his father, step-mother, 5 sisters (Vera and Lois of Kalona, Iowa; Mrs. Russell Welday and Mrs. Paul Howard of Wadsworth, O.; Mildred at home), 3 half-sisters (Rose, Caol and Joan) and 1 half-brother (Kenneth). At the early age of eleven John was baptized as a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church. Throughout his short, painful illness he was patient, and seemed to have a knowledge that he would not recover. He would hold our his arms and say, "Come, Dad, let us pray." We who are left feel confident that he is at rest, happy with the mother whom he has never known and with Christ his Savior. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church, and conducted by O. N. Johns and S. D. Rohrer. Text, Amos 4:12. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
Heyen - Elsie Pearl, daughter of Fred and Ida (Schweitzer) Heyen, was born near Milford, Nefr., April 14, 1915; died at her home near Shickley, Nebr., March 9, 1935; aged 19 y. 10 m. 23 d. She had been ailing since childhood and was an invalid for 4 years. She bore her affliction very patiently until the end, when she expressed her desire to go home to Jesus. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 14. She leaves mother, foster-father, 4 half-sisters (Mattie, Dorothy, Gladys, and Norma), and 4 half-brothers (Merlin, Robert, Alvin and Virgil Erb). Grandfather and Grandmother Schweitzer, 7 uncles (John, Henry, and Claus Heyen of Milford; Menno, Pete, Dave, and Alvin Schweitzer of Beaver Crossing), 3 aunts (Mrs. John Bellar of O'Neill, Mrs. Menno Yantzi of Milford, and Viola Schweitzer of Beaver Crossing) also survive. Her father, grandfather and grandmother, and uncle, and a half-sister (Mary Erb) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held March 11 at the Salem church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Elsie dear, you've left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrows,
Tears shall all be wiped away."
Miller - Della, daugher of Jacob Y. and Anna Miller, was born near Elmdale, Mich., Sept. 16, 1882; died Feb. 27, 1935, at her home near Fairview, Mich.; aged 52 y. 5 m. 11 d. On Jan. 18, 1908, she was united in marriage to Christian J. Miller, who with the following children, survives her: Lester and Elda of Flint, Mich.; Jacob, Wilbur, Clayton, Lucile, Celesta, and Dorothy, at home. One son, Harold, died in infancy. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Venus, Jennie, Mrs. Bertha Winton, and Mrs. Nora Bontrager of Fairview, Mich.; Milo, Harry , and Charlie of Ionia, Mich.; Ranson of Flint, Mich.; Lester of Owosso Mich.; and Mrs. Pearl Stutzman of Goshen, Ind.; also 3 grandchildren, an aunt, and 4 uncles. Sister Miller united with Mennonited Church in her youth and was a member until the end. She had been in poor health for a number of years, and was helpless and deprived of speech for the past year. A shock, resulting in a stroke, caused her death. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church on Mar. 1, 1935, conducted by Bros. Menno Esch and M. S. Steiner. Text, Rom. 8:16-18. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
Leatherman - Benajmin Franklin, son of Bro. and Sister Isaac Leatherman, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 15, 1853; died in his home at Goshen, Ind., March 12, 1935; aged 82 y. 27 d. When a boy, his parents moved to a farm near Wakarusa, Ind., where he grew to manhood. Eighteen years ago he moved to Goshen, Ind., and resided continuously at 1408 South eighth St., his late home. He was married to Hettie Lehman in 1874. She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 1929. He was a member of the Goshen College Mennonite Church and lived a consistent Christian life. During his last illness he frequently expressed a readiness to "depart to be with Christ" which for him was "far better," though the loss sustained by the family in the going home of their father was great. Surviving are 2 daughter (Mrs. Chares Bute, of Jackson, Minn., and Mrs. Homer O. Johnson, of South Ben, Ind.), 3 sons (George N. of North Canton, Ohio, and James V. and Elmer L. both of Santa Barbara, Cal.), 22 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Irvin J., Harvey and Louis, all of Wakarusa, Ind.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Henry J. Defrees, of Nappanee, Ind., and Mrs. Frank W. Brown, of Fresno, Calif.). Funeral services were held March 15 at his late home and from the Olive Mennonite church. Services in charge of C. L. Graber and S. C. Yoder. Interment in the Olive Cemetery, by the side of his wife.
Zook - Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Alfred and Elizabeth Beyeler, was born July 22, 1986, in Wayne Co., O.; died following a brief illness, due to pneumonia, Sunday, March 3, 1935, at her home near Bowdil in Stark Co., O.; aged 38 y. 7 m. 12 d. Early in youth she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and united with the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, later transferring her membership to the Oak Grove congregation near Smithville. In the spring of 1932 she agin with her companion transferred her membership to the Martins congregation where she served her Master faithfully until death. On Nov. 4, 1917 she was united in marriage to John E. Zook. To this union were born 5 children. One son died in infancy. Her mother, and 1 brother also preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 1 son (Alfred Glenn), 3 daughters (Mildred Irene, Lillian Lavonne, and Ruth Elenor). Besides the immediate family she leaves her father, step-mother, 4 brothers (Elmer and Lester of Orrville, Noah of Millersburg, and Flloyd of Homestead, Fla.), 4 sisters (Elda Hershey of Glendale, Arizona, Sylvia Ebersole of Sterling, O., Marie Mast of Millersburg, and Lillian of Orrville), and a host of relatives and friends. She was an affectionate companion, a loving mother, and a winsome friend. She embraced her duties with cheerfulness and carried her responsibilites with joy. By her consistent, devoted life to God, the Church, and her family she won the esteem of all who knew her.
Wolfer - Sallie Evelyn Wolfer was born in Jasper Co., Mo., the daughter of James H. and Lucy Clow; died at the home of her son, Dewey, near Sheridan, Jan. 29, 1935; aged 76 y. 9 m. 23 d. On Sept. 28, 1879, she was united in marriage to Charles F. Wolfer near Fidelity, Mo., where they lived until 1884, when they came to Oregon. To this union were born 11 children, 3 of which preceded her in death - 2 in infancy and Charles Clinton who passed away in 1916. Surviving are her husband and 6 sons: A. G. Wolfer, J. H. Wolfer, F. N. Wolfer, and G. D. Wolfer of Sheridan, Oreg.; H. A. Wolfer of Hubbard, Oreg.; and E. C. Wolfer of Portland, Oreg. Also 2 daughters (Mrs. T. J. Hunt of Hubbard, Oreg., and Mrs. L. R. Andrews of Sheridan, oreg.), 43 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. She had been afflicted with paralysis for several years, and since July, 1933, she has been practically helpless but bore her suffering very patiently. She was baptized in the Christian Church at the age of 16, and after moving to Oregon, she united with the Methodist church, of which she was a faithful member until death. She was a faithful wife and loving mother, always patient and kind to those about her, and will be greatly missed. A short services was held at the Sheridan Funeral Home, conducted by Bro. G. D. Shenk. Text, Jno. 11:25. From here the remains were taken to the Hopewell Mennonite Church were another service was held in charge of Brethren Jas. Bucher and D. F. Shenk. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Leinbach - Minnie, daugher of Solomon and Katherine (Richey) Holderbaum, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 16, 1891. On May 8, 1912 she was united in marriage to Noah B. Leinbach of Elkhart Co., Ind. To this union were born ten children, all of whom are living except Howard LeRoy, who died at the age of three months. Soon after their marriage they moved to Youngtown, Alta., and in 1919 moved to Tofield, Alta. She accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church in 1912, and was faithful to the end. On April 1, 1924, they moved back to Elkhart co., Ind., and later affiliated with the Yellow Creek congregation. She was in failing health for about ten months, being bedfast since Jan. 11. On Feb. 27, she was revoved to the Elkhart General Hospital for examination and treatment, where she peacefully passed away on March 14; aged 43 y. 2 m. 28 d. When she realized that her end was nigh she made arrangements for her funeral. She leaves her husband, 9 children (Kathryn Marie Walter, Walter, Louida Mae, Anna Fern, Maurice E., Irma Lucinda, Lloyd George, Junior, Kenneth B., and Betty Jean), 4 sisters (Mrs. David Weaver, Laura Large, Mrs. L. O. Keifer, and Mrs. Gustav Reinks), and 4 brothers (Walter, Arthur, Harley and Elmer), besides many friends and relatives. Services were conducted March 17 at the Robert Walter home (because of the condition of the roads) and at the Yellow Creek Chruch by Brethren J. W. Christophel, Jonas Loucks, and Jacob K. Bixler. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's Note: The children are listed as they appear in the original.
Hiestand - Mary A. (Springer) Hiestand, widow of Amos M. Hiestand, was born April 24, 1847; died Feb. 8, 1935, in Florin, Pa.; aged 87 y. 9 m. 14 d. her husband died nearly nine years ago. She was the mother of one infant son (John Henry Hiestand) who died about 43 years ago, and the faithful step-mother of Phares G. Hiestand, Lancaster, Pa., Anna, wife of C. B. Byer, Tampa, Fla., and Christian J. Hiestand, Bainbridge, Pa. She was also the foster-mother of Mrs. Mary D. Nissley, who so faithfully cared for her almost 8 years and until she died. she also leaves 5 of the Springer nephews, 1 niece, 1 sister-in-law (Mrs. Lizzie Springer), 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Her step-children feel that Heaven alone can repay her for her faithful life, not only to them but also in the home of their own dear mother, where she lived 23 years. Many needy ones, too, blessed her for her kindness. We greatly rejoice to believe that our dear step-mother is reaping a bountiful harvest, and a great reward for her faithfulness. Funeral was held in the Church of the Brethren, of which she was a member, possibly for 60 years. Burial in the Bossler's Mennonite Cemetery, by the side of her husband and our mother. Services by Samuel Shearer, Nathan Eshleman, Simon E. Garber, John Brubaker, and Hiram Gibble. She chose the text, II Tim. 4:7, 8.
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended
We shall again be with you.
This helps to quiet our weeping,
Hark! Angel music so sweet!
He giveth to His beloved,
Beautiful, beautiful sleep."
Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio.