Stoltz.-John Stoltz died Jan. 2, 1936 at Ottsville, Pa.; aged 75 years. He was born in Switzerland, probably in a community of Mennonites. He emigrated to America about 30 years ago, accompanied by his wife and two other companions. All the others have preceded him in death, all buried on one plot in the Deep Run Cemetery. They were no members of the Church, but associated with our people, he is survived by 1 brother living in Chicago, who came east in an airplane to attend the funeral. Services were conducted by the home ministers.
Yoder.-Levi Ernest, son of Bro. and Sister L. S. Yoder of Lyman, Miss., was born June 13, 1915, at Nappanee, Ind.; died Jan. 17, 1936, at Meridian, Miss.; aged 20 y. 7 m. 4 d. Ernest has bean an invalid all his life. However, we do not think of his crippled body having a crippled soul, and are glad for his sake, that his soul is at rest with Jesus. He leaves father, mother, 5 brothers (Paul, Titus, Joseph, Reuben and Melvin), 4 sisters (Ruth, Esther, Mable and Anna Martha). Funeral services were held at the Gulfhaven Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Paul Hershey. Text, "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" (I Pet. 1:4).
Yoder.-Funeral services for Daniel J. Yoder, a highly respected farmer of near Allensville, Pa., were held at his late home Sept. 27, 1935. He met instant death when he fell from a load of hay, causing the fatal, injuries. Age 67 years. he leaves his widow (maiden name, Miss Lydia Zook), 1 son and a daughter (John Yoder of Kishacoquillas and Mrs. Emanuel Peachey at home), 2 brothers (Christ F., and John K. Yoder) and a sister (Nancy, widow of David Yoder), all of Allensville. He was a widely known farmer and a member of the Amish Church of the Peachey faith. The esteem in which he was held was demonstrated by the large number of friends who gathered to pay their last respects.
Hartzler.-Levi Z. Hartzler was born Sept. 4, 1853. He was the only son of Jacob A. Hartzler and Magdalena (Zook) Hartzler. His two sisters (Nancy and Lydia) preceded him in death. Feb. 15, 1887, he was joined in marriage to Sara Plank. This union was blessed with 1 daughter and 2 sons: Mattie, Ezra and Levi. Levi and Mattie preceded him in death. He leaves his bereaved companion, 1 son (Ezra), and 8 grandchildren. He died at his home on Greenwood Street (Nov. 17, 1935) aged 83 y. 2 m. 13 d., after suffering the entire day from the effects of a heart attack. Services were held at his home by Samuel W. Peachey and John B. Peachey. Interment in Locust Grove Cemetery near Belleville, Pa.
Bridgman.-Alice Mae Bridgman was born April 2, 1935; died Jan.20, 1936. Little Alice did not seem to be seriously sick; just a bad cold, the parents thought, but about 3:30, when her mother awoke to see after the child she was found dead in her little bed. Alice was the third child of Bera and Emma Allison Bridgman, and always was a robust child; but God in His wisdom saw fit to take her to Himself. The doctor pronounced her disease scarlet fever, followed by pneumonia. Private funeral was held at the family residence several miles north of Lakeland, Shelby Co., Mo., by J. M. Kreider. Text, Mark 10 :13-16. Little Alice leaves her parents, 1 grandfather (Allison), 1 grandmother (Bridgman), and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. "Gone, but not forgotten."
Erb.-Fianna M., widow of John M. Erb of Mount Joy, Pa.,
was born March 19, 1855; died Dec. 20, 1935 of complications
after being in ill health for three years. She was a member of
the Mennonite Church, Chestnut Hill congregation. She was the
last of her family. She is survived by the following children:
Milton G., Samuel G., and Howard G., all of Mount Joy; John G.,
Minnie G., and Ella G., at home; Jacob G., and Bertha G.-wife
of John Habecker, both of Columbia, Pa.; also 9 grandchildren.
Services were held at the home by Bros. Jacob Charles and Henry
Lutz. Text, Rev. 14 :13. Burial in Kraybill's cemetery.
"The lights are all out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
She silently slipped o'er the threshold of night, '
To make her abode in the city of light."
Townsend-William H. Townsend was born near Masontown, Pa., April 4, 1854; died Jan. 15, 1936; aged 81 y. 9 m. 11 d. He was married to Rebecca Johnson March 12, 1876, who preceded him in death nearly 20 years ago. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters. He became a member of the Mennonite Church about 40 years ago. He is survived by the following children: Orin L., McClellandtown, Pa.; Mrs. Olive Berkshire, Mrs. Bertha McCann, George W., Harry N., Frank J., and Mrs. Zetta Honsaker, all of Masontown, Pa., and vicinity; also 2 brothers (Hugh of Masontown, Pa., and Joseph of near Smithfield, Pa. survive, and 44 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the Masontown Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. A. J. Metzler and Bro. J. A. Ressler. Interment in near-by cemetery.
Rice.-Henry, son of the late Owen and Annie (Moyer) Rice, was born at Deep Run, Pa., 78 years ago; died Jan. 12, 1936. He was one of the most respected and successful farmers of the Deep Run community all his life. He was married to Elizabeth Gahman, who died 6 years ago. Since the death of his wife he was ailing, especially in his mind, but was in bed only 2 weeks with complications and general debility. He is survived by 2 sons (Abram and Henry), both living on the home farm; also by 2 daughters (Mrs. Abraham Yothers of Blooming Glen and Mrs. Howard Atkinson of Dublin), 27 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and an older sister (Barbara Hunsberger), who was unable to attend the funeral. He was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church all his life. Services conducted by Jonas Mininger, Abram Histand, Enos Wismer, and Abram Yothers. Interment in near-by cemetery.
Kuhns.-Sister Maria S. (Burkholder), widow of Bro. Christian Kuhns, died at her home near Chambersburg, Pa., after an illness of 10 weeks; aged 80 y. 11 m. 23 d. Her husband preceded her 16 years ago. She was a faithful member of the Church many years and a regular attendant at Sunday school and Church services as long as health permitted. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She has gone to be with her Savior whom she loved and served. She is survived by 3 sons (D. E., J. B., and S. H. Kuhns) and 3 daughters (Annie, Mrs. Aaron Witmer, and Mrs. Samuel Ebersole). Her eldest daughter (Mrs. B. F. Eberly) preceded her in death a year ago. Another daughter (Mrs. Henry Horst) and a young son (Jacob) died some years ago. She was a sister of Bishop John S. Burkholder, who died one year ago. Funeral services and interment at the Chambersburg Church by Bros. Jos. E. Lehman and Harvey E. Shank.
Baer.-Ezra, youngest son of Deacon Henry and Leah Baer,
was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 30, 1890; died at the
hospital) following an operation for appendicitis on Jan. 2,
1936; aged 45 y. 1 m 3 d. His illness was only of a few days'
duration and therefore his death came as a distinct shock. At
the age of 12 he confessed Christ as his personal Savior and united
with the Mennonite Church. His testimony a few days before his
death was, "I am ready to go." On Sept. 9, 1919, he
was united in marriage with Elizabeth Good of New Hamburg, Ont.
This union was blest with 5 sons and 1 daughter. He leaves his
wife, 5 sons, 1 daughter, his aged mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters.
Funeral services were held Jan. 5, by M. H. Shantz at the home
and M. Hallman and J. W. Witmer at the Latschar Mennonite church.
Text, II Cor. 4:17, 15. A large concourse of people had gathered
to pay the last tribute of respect. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Father, now your place is empty,
And your face we see no more;
But we hope to meet you,
Over on the other shore."
Landis-Daniel B., son of the late Israel B., and Esther
(Buckwalter) Landis, was born May 12, 1883; died at the Lancaster,
Pa., General Hospital Jan. 4, 1936, of a complication of diseases;
aged 52 y. 7 m. 22 d. He leaves to mourn his sudden and unexpected
death, his sorrowing companion, 3 children (Melvin L. at home,
Ruth E., wife of Mark Buffenmyer of Ephrata, and Ivan L. at home),
and 3 grandchildren (Dean, Gerald, and Barbara Ann Buffenmyer).
He is also survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. David Witmer of Witmer,
Pa., Mrs. Christian F. Landis of Hartman's Station), 2 brothers
(Elmer B. and Phares B. of Hartman's Station), and many other
relatives and friends. His family was at his bedside when the
end came. We miss him sadly, yet we are glad his pain and suffering
have ceased and in confidence submit his soul to his heavenly
Father, who doeth all things well. He was a member of the Stumptown
Mennonite Church for many years, where the funeral services were
conducted by Brethren David Landis and Elmer Martin. Texts, II
Cor. 5:1; Jno. 14:1-4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"We miss him, oh we miss him,
We miss him everywhere;
Can we help but shed a tear
To see father's vacant chair'
Bair.-Evelyn (Hoober) Bair, wife of Elvin K. Bair, was
born near New Holland, Pa.; died Jan. 1, 1936, in her 28th year,
near Bird-in-hand, Pa., following a three-day illness of pneumonia.
She leaves her sorrowing husband and 3 children (E. Robert, John
Jacob, and Arlene), her parents (Jacob and Lydia Ann Hoober) and
these brothers and sisters: Clement, Aaron, Mary, Charles, Louis,
all of New Holland; Mrs. J. Adam Weaver, East Earl; Mrs. David
Nolt, Ephrata ; John of Lancaster; also 2 aged grandmothers (Mrs.
Mary Hoober and Mrs. Sara Burkholder). Her passing has cast a
gloom over the family circle as well as over the community. To
know her was to love her. We who are mourning the loss cannot
understand why she was called when she was so much needed in the
home. We submit under the chastening hand of our Lord. She was
a member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church, where services ware
held by the ministers, David Landis, Elmer Martin, and Abram Martin.
Texts, Jas. 4 :14; Rev. 21 :4.
"Beautiful toiler, thy work all done,
Beautiful soul, into glory gone;
Beautiful life, with its crown now won,
God giveth thee rest.
Beautiful spirit, free from all stain,
Ours is the heartache, the sorrow and pain;
Thine is the glory, the infinite gain,
Thy slumber is sweet."
Yoder-Samuel T., son of Jacob N. and Leah Yoder, died at his home in Belleville, Pa., Dec. 3, 1935. he had been ill for seven days with bronchial pneumonia. Age, 68 y. 9 m. 25 d. In his early youth he attended the common schools and later followed the occupation of farmer. Ha was united in marriage to Annie Stayrook at Belleville on Feb. 21, 1893, to which union 7 children were born. Two daughters and 1 son passed away in infancy. His wife died on Dec. 10, 1926. He is survived by 3 daughters and 1 son (Sadie, wife of Levi Esh, Allensville; Jacob H., married to Hattie Weber, Allensville; Katura, at home; and Katie, married to David Yoder of Allensville) ; also 1 sister (Mrs. Jonas D. Yoder). He united with the Locust Grove Amish Mennonite Church in his early youth and was ordained a minister Jan. 15, 1900, which duties he very faithfully performed until the time of his death. He was one of the stalwarts of his church and was a conservative progressive leader among his people; being a friend and father to his fellowman, to whom he was faithful until the end. He was a man to whom you could go for advice and guidance and leave him comforted, knowing that whatever he told you was right. Funeral services at the Locust Grove Mennonite Church Dec. 6, 1935, with Bros. John B. Zook and Aaron Mast officiating. Interment in cemetery near the church.
Blough-Levi A. Blough was born June 17, 1855; died Jan. 9, 1936; aged 80 y. 6 m. 22 d. He was married to Lavina Thomas Dec. 31, 1876. She died Dec. 14, 1879. To this union was born one son who died in infancy. On Jan. 2, 1881, he was united in marriage to Annie Wingard, who died Feb. 14, 1925. Surviving are the following children: Polly, wife of Ed Thomas; Sue, wife of S. K. Eash; Katie, wife of Homer Baer; Margaret, wife of Lawrence Speigle; Elsie, wife of John Showalter; Edith, wife of Clarence Collins. Wesley, Sally, Bertha, and Annie Ruth preceded him to the grave. He is also survived by one brother (Jacob A. Blough). He united with the Mennonite Church about sixty years ago. In 1890 he was ordained to the ministry, in which he served faithfully until his death. He was a loyal defender of the faith, ruled his people through love, and held the esteem and good will of all people as far as he was known. His voice will be missed in his home congregation and in the Southwestern Pa. Conference where he served so faithfully and well. The whole Church was the field of his interest and prayers. Funeral services were held Jan. 11 at the home of Homer Baer and at Blough Mennonite Church, in charge of A. J. Metzler, assisted by J. A. Ressler, James Saylor, S. G. Shetler, and Harry C. Blough. Text, Jno. 4 :37, 38. Buried in cemetery near by.
Landis-Abraham, son of Jacob and Deborah Landis, was born near Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 12, 1857; passed away at Bethesda Hospital, Goessel, Kans., Jan. 16, 1936; aged 78 y. 11 m. 4 d. In 1880 he came within his parents to Spring Valley Tp., McPherson Co., Kans., and lived with his parents until his father's death in 1902. Since he was never married he lived with his brothers and sisters and sister-in-law and a few months with one of his nephews until Nov. 13, 1935, he was taken to the hospital. He outlived all his brothers and sisters and four of his half-brothers and sisters. He is survived by 1 half-brother (William Landis of Canton, Kans.), 1 half-sister (Anna Landis of Hesston, Kans.), 2 sisters-in-law, and 20 nieces and nephews, He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for the last forty or more years, and his seat at the church was never vacant as long as health permitted. One of his chief delights was to give gifts and help those with whom he came in contact. He had been quite active until about a year ago there was a marked failing in his health and he gradually became weaker until the end. We have the confidence he has gone to the mansions prepared for God's children. Funeral services were held at the Spring Valley Mennonite Church Jan. 18 by Bro. J. G. Hartzler assisted by Bro. Milo Kauffman and Bro. Edward Selzer. Text, Gen. 49 :18. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Nafziger.-Cathrine, daughter of Joseph and Barbara
Springer, was born near Minier, Ill., Nov. 25, 1865; died at her
home in Hopedale, Ill., Jan. 5, 1936, after an illness of a number
of years' duration. She had been confined to her home for the
last 13 months. Age, 70 y. 1 m. 14 d. On Feb. 14, 1886, she was
united in marriage to Christian B. Nafziger. To this union were
born 9 children, of whom 2 (Joseph and Barbara) preceded her in
death. She leaves her companion and the following children: Marie,
Aaron, and Lawrence of Hopedale, Ill.; Jonas, Emma (wife of Noah
Christner), Levi, and Simon of Minier, Ill.; also 19 grandchildren,
1 great-grandchild, and the following brothers: Valentine and
Joseph of Hopedale, Ill.; Christian and Benjamin of Minier, Ill.;
also many other relatives and friends. In her early youth she
united with the Hopedale Mennonite Church, to which she remained
faithful to the end. Although called upon to bear a long illness,
she bore her affliction with much patience, always ready and glad
for the the to come when she should depart from this life. Funeral
services were held Jan. 11 at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted
by Bro. Simon Litwiller, assisted by Bro. Jonas Litwiller. Text,
Rev. 14:13. Interment in Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
"Mother's chair is empty now,
And the voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it is God's will."
Blosser.-Eli, son of Abraham and Hannah (Detwiler) Blosser, was born March 13, 1863, on the farm where he spent his entire life ; died Jan. 18, 1936; aged 72 y. 10 m. 5 d. On March 22, 1888, he was united in marriage to Sarah Yoder of near North Lima, O. To this union were born 3 children (Willard A. of Chicago, Mrs. Clarence Weaver of near North Lima, and Noble E. who lives on the home place). Two brothers (Henry and Joel Blosser) and 3 sisters (Saloma Weaver, Mary D. Reed, and Ella Leinbach) preceded him to the spirit world. Two sisters remain (Cathrine Ann Blosser of North Lima, and Mrs. Sarah Kurtz of near Columbianna). Besides his faithful companion, he leaves his 3 children and 8 grandchildren. In 1891 he with his companion united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith he remained true to the end, and in the interests of which he labored unceasingly. He was interested in the missionary activities of the Church and served on the Board of the Youngstown Mission and also of the Canton Mission for a number of years. In 1921 he was ordained a deacon. This increased his opportunities to serve the Church. his last forenoon was spent in completing a task assigned to his office as deacon. He finished his task, laid it aside, and fifteen minutes later answered the call of his Master whom he endeavored to faithfully serve. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. J. S. Gerig, and at the church by Brethren Paul Yoder, S. A. Yoder, and I. B. Witmer. Text, Matt. 24:44.
Zeigler.-Sarah, daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth Zook,
was born Oct. 11, 1852; died Jan. 20, 1936; aged 83 y. 3 m. 9
d. She was the fifth oldest of a family of 11 children, all of
whom preceded her to the spirit world, with the exception of 2
brothers and 1 sister (Mrs. Solomon Zook of Vistula, Ind., Samuel
Zook of Jonesville, Mich., and Mrs. Elizabeth Weigley of Orrville,
Ohio). She was united in marriage to Joseph Zeigler Dec. 14, 1869.
To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. She was preceded
in death by her husband and 2 sons. She leaves 2 daughters (Mrs.
Elizabeth E. Hurst of Wooster, Ohio, Mrs. Amanda A. Ewing of Medina,
Ohio), 3 sons (Samuel J. of Orrville, Amos J. of Smithville, Alvin
E. of Sterling), 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and
many relatives and friends. Sister Zeigler confessed and accepted
Christ in early life and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church,
where she remained a faithful and devoted member, interested in
the work of her Lord and Master. She lived that quiet, unassuming
life of a Christian mother so characteristic of her modest self.
She continued steadfast in the faith and promises of God, looking
forward with confidence and hope awaiting her final call to enjoy
the realities of the celestial city of God. Services were conducted
by J. S. Gerig and A. L. Kreimer of Smithville, Ohio. Text, Heb.
"Dearest Mother, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'twas God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Gingerich-Christian C., son of Christian and Cathrine (Stutzman) Gingerich, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Jan. 8, 1853, in which community he lived his entire life; died at his late home in Kalona, Iowa, Jan. 18, 1936; aged 83 y. 10 d. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death, always taking an active interest in Church and S. S. activities, endeavoring to do his part to have them conducted on conservative and scriptural ground. On Jan. 21, 1877, he was united in marriage within Helena Swartzendruber and for 59 y. 3 d. they journeyed together through life. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons (Mahlon and Enos), 1 grandchild, 6 brothers, and 1 sister preceded him in death. Beside his bereft companion (who was unable to attend the funeral) his leaves the following children: George of Tuleta, Texas; Henry of Hemet, Calif.; Chris of Los Angeles, Calif.; Arthur of Wellman, Ia.; Mary Ann, wife of Andrew A. Yoder, and Nettie, wife of David G. Yoder, both of Kalona, Ia.; also 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Eli of Davenport, Ia.), 1 half-brother (Cornelius of Kalona, Ia.), 1 half-sister (Mrs. Enos Miller, Kalona, Ia.), and many other relatives and friends. Until 2 weeks before his death he was blessed with good health all his life and often expressed his appreciation of the same. During his 2 weeks of sickness (which consisted of heart trouble, which caused his death), he frequently expressed his readiness and desire to depart this life, which the Lord granted him without a long siege of suffering. Thus has ended a long and useful life. He was always eager to be of assistance to any who were in need, and thereby won for himself a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by J. L. Hershberger and John Y, Swartzendruber. Text, I Cor. 15:35,36.
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Yoder.-Timothy Robert, infant son of Bro. Abr. S. Yoder and Sister Laura Yoder, of the Swamp congregation, passed away Jan. 9; aged three weeks. A little bud was broken up too soon for us, but the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Interment in Swamp Cemetery.
Jackson.-John Russel, infant son of John and Lorene (Birkey) Jackson, was born at the Blodgett Hospital at Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 14, 1930, and died 10 days later. He leaves his parents, 3 grandparents, 10 uncles and aunts, and many relatives and friends. His stay on earth was very brief. While we mourn his loss, we realize it was his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the home conducted by Bro. T. E. Schrock. Burial in the Bowne Mennonite Cemetery near Elmdale, Mich.
Albright-Sister Sarah E., wife of Calvin Al-bright, born March 15, 1867; fell asleep Jan. 16, 1936, at her home in Altoona, Pa.; aged 68 y. 10 m. 11 d. Surviving are her husband, daughter (Lilly Herman), and 2 sons (Charles and William). She was received into church fellowship by water baptism at the First Mennonite Church in Altoona, Jan. 5, 1930. Services were held Jan. 20 at the Brethren Church, Hollidaysburg, Pa., in charge of Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Phil. 1 :23.
Juergens-Sister Sadine Juergens, 88 years old, died at her home near Joplin, Mo., Jan. 20, 1936. She had lived here since 1881. She had been bedfast for about eight years, and blindness was added to her other afflictions. In her old age she became a convert to the faith of the Mennonite Church through the ministry of Bro. William Tweedy. She had been a member but a few weeks. She leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. One of the daughters recently united with the Church. "And there shall be no night there: and they need no candle, neither light of the sun: for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."
Kinsinger.-Katie Anne Kinsinger was born Feb. 20, 1865;
died Jan. 16, 1930; aged 70 y. 10 m. 26 d. She united with the
Mennonite Church at about the age of 16 years, and remained a
faithful member to the time of her departure, which will be keenly
felt by the Church and community. The funeral was held at Casselman
Church near Grantsville, Md., Jan. 19, 1936. Funeral was preached
by Roy Otto. The following clipping was found in her Bible:
"This is a lonesome home for me,
In heaven I would rather he,
Because my sorrow is so great,
I wish to see that golden gate.
O Jesus, dear! I wish to ask,
Do take me home when life is past.
With Thee I long to be at home,
Where pain and sorrow all are gone."
Lapp.-Verna Mae, little daughter of Samuel and Susie
(Glick) Lapp of near Gordonville, Pa., died Jan. 30, 1936, of
infant trouble; aged 4 m. 3 d. She is survived by her loving parents,
3 little brothers, and 1 sister (Melvin, Anna Mary, Jacob and
David), 2 grandfathers and 1 great-grandmother. Little Verna Mae
has gone to be with her grandmother Glick, who left us a short
time ago, and for whom our hearts still bleed. Funeral services
were held February 1, at the Weavertown Amish Church, conducted
by John A. Stoltzfus, George Beiler, and Aaron Stoltzfus. Interment
in adjoining cemetery. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken
"A precious bud, a baby fair,
Was given for our keeping;
But now her soul so free from care,
In quiet rest is sleeping."
Weaver-Deacon Samuel Weaver was born Oct. 5, 1856; died at his home near Thompsontown, Pa., Dec. 30, 1935; aged 79 y. 2 m. 25 d. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, 20 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (John B. Weaver of Bareville, Pa., and Solomon B. Weaver of Topeka, Kans.). Two children preceded him in death. He faithfully served in the Delaware and Lost Creek congregations, Juniata Co., Pa., as deacon for about 32 years. He was in failing health for some time, not able to attend church services for nearly two years. About five years ago he asked for help in his office, and upon this request Bro. Daniel Brubaker was chosen and ordained July 29, 1931, to succeed him in the deacon's office. May God bless the bereft family, and the work in the church continue on by faithful, Spirit-filled workmen.
Hartz.-Jacob, son of the late Moses and Magdalena Hartz, was born Oct. 31, 1857; died Jan. 25, 1936; aged 78 y. 2 m. 24 d. He lived almost his entire life in the vicinity of Morgantown, Pa. In the more active period of his life he was engaged in dairy farming and was connected with various business enterprises of his community. His services were also used in the activities of the Church. He was the first superintendent of the Conestoga A. M. Sunday school (where he held membership), which position he filled for a number of years. His wife, Malinda, preceded him in death eleven years. He leaves 3 sons (Amos, Elam and Ira) and 2 daughters (Lydia, wife of Sylvanus Stoltzfus and Rebecca, wife of John M. Mast) ; also 2 brothers (David of Lancaster and Moses of Philadelphia) and 1 sister (Rebecca Fisher of Atglen, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted Jan. 28 at the Conestoga Church by Amos B. Stoltzfus, I. B. Good, and J. S. Mast. Text, Rev. 22 :14.
Buerge-Catherine Scott was born in Ontario Jan. 19, 1856; died Jan. 22, 1936, near Jasper, Mo.; aged 80 y. 3 d. When a young woman she came with her parents to Reed City, Mich., where she was married to John I. Buerge in 1881. To this union were born 3 sons. She is survived by 2 sons (Allen and Frank, both of Jasper), 1 son (Ira) having died in infancy. Her husband also preceded her in death. When a young girl she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church and she was faithful unto death. The years of her widowhood were spent in the home of her son Frank, who with his family so tenderly cared for her during her last illness. Sister Buerge's life was adorned by a meek and quiet spirit, but her silent influence for good was felt by all who knew her. She will be deeply mourned in the home, and by the Church among whom her seat was seldom vacant. Beside her sons she leaves 6 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Andrew Shenk.
Horning.-Etta Heller, wife of Frank Horning, died Jan.
23, 1936, at the home of Christian Martin near New Holland, Pa.,
from heart stroke; aged 77 y. 3 m. 14 d. She was born in Erie
County Oct. 9, 1858. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons (David
of Bowmansville and Noah of Myerstown), 13 grandchildren, 1 sister
(Mrs. Harry Sweing of New Providence), 1 step-sister (Mrs. Laura
Weinhold of Reading. One daughter and 2 grandchildren preceded
her in death. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her early days
and united with the Weaverland Mennonite Church, which faith she
kept till death. Her sudden and unexpected death was a shock to
all who knew her. She had a stroke about 15 years ago. She was
paralyzed, but was able by father's help to do their own work.
Funeral services at the home, Jan. 26 by John Weaver, at Weaverland
Mennonite Church by Noah Zimmerman and Joseph Hostetter, at the
grave by Frank Horst. Text, 11 Tim. 4 :6-8. Burial in Bowmansville
"Rest on, dear mother thy labor is o'er;
We hope soon to meet you on yonder shore;
When life's work is ended, in heaven so sweet,
We all hope to meet you at Jesus' feet."
By the Family.
Mosemann.-Adda (Kreider) Mosemann was born at Gordonville,
Pa., May 10, 1878; died at her home near Ephrata, Pa., Nov. 30,
1935; aged 57 y. 6 m. 6 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in
her young years, uniting with the Paradise Mennonite Church, and
remained faithful to the end. For a number of years she assisted
in the work of the Welsh Mt. Mission. April 3, 1920, she was united
in marriage to Bro. Christ H Mosemann. The gentle spirit she possessed
will long be remembered. Suffering with diabetes many years, she
passed away unexpectedly, being bedfast only four days. She is
survived by her husband and the following step-children: Luke,
Lititz, Pa.; Verna, Earl, Grace, and Christian at home. She is
also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Enos of
Willis of Kinzers, Elmina Kreider and Mrs. Sem Eby of Intercourse.
Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at the house by Bro. Noah Hurst
and at Mellingers Mennonite Church in charge of John B. Bucher,
Noah L. Landis, Amos Horst and A. A. Landis. Interment in adjoining
"God knows the way, He holds the key,
He guides with unerring hand.
Sometime with tearless eyes we'll see,
Yes, there, up there, we'll understand."
Landis.-Anna B., daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Longenecker,
was born Aug. 18, 1860; died Oct. 5, 1935; aged 75 y. 1 m. 17
d. On May 26, 1892 she was united in marriage with Jacob E. Landis,
who preceded her in death nearly 26 years ago. To this union were
born 2 sons and 4 daughters (Mary, Elizabeth, Henry, David, Anna,
and Margaret). The sons and 2 daughters preceded her in death,
leaving but 2 to survive (Mary and Margaret), who resided with
her at her late home in Florin, Pa. There are 3 step-sons of Father's
former marriage (John, Benjamin and Jacob), who survive, also
12 step-grandchildren. Of her 11 brothers and sisters only 3 remain
(Mrs. Fannie Burkholder of Newville, Abram E. of Elizabethtown,
and John E. of Findlay, O.). Mother united with the Mennonite
Church in her young years and was a devoted and conscientious
member, being much concerned about the unsaved. She was sick last
spring and had partly recovered, but in spite of all efforts in
behalf of her recovery, she again grew weaker until the Lord saw
fit to remove her out of this vale of distress and miserable condition.
May our loss be her gain. Funeral services were held Oct. 8 from
her late home in Florin, conducted by Bro. Henry Garber, with
further services at the Mt. Joy Church in charge of Bro. Amos
Hess and Bro. Henry Lutz. Text, Horn. 8:18-23. Interment in Good's
"Dearest Mother, thou hast left us;
Here our loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God who bath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Hassler-Emma K., daughter of Jacob E. and Annie E. Witmer
(deceased), was born July 8, 1866, near Drytown, Pa.; died Jan.
6, 1936 at her home in East Donegal; aged 69 y. 5 m. 28 d. She
was united in marriage with Harvey B. Hassler. This union was
blessed with 3 sons (Jacob W., John W. (deceased), Amos W.), 2
daughters (Lizzie W., wife of Henry Keener, Mary W., wife of Ezra
G. Frey). She is survived by her faithful husband, 1 brother (John
K. Witmer), 4 sisters (Mrs. Annie K. Landis, Mrs. Harry B. Hassler,
Lizzie K. and Susan K. Witmer). She was very patient during her
sudden illness. She was a loving mother, always willing to make
any sacrifice for the comfort and welfare of her family and those
about her. She was a good friend and neighbor to all, and will
be missed by a large group of relatives and friends. Mother will
come back no more. On her sick bed she sang: "My heavenly
home is bright and fair." She united with the Kraybill Mennonite
Church in her early married life. She was married 42 years. She
wanted to go home. "Blessed are the dead which die in the
Lord." Funeral services were held at the home by Amos L.
Hess. Text, Psa. 90. Services at the Kraybill Mennonite Church
by Chester C. Hollingsworth and Amos L. Hess. Burial in the adjoining
"Yes, well. If God thought best
To end her troubles and give her rest
In heaven, to sing with angels fair;
May our names be written there,
That we may again our loved ones meet
And walk with her through the golden street."
Garber.-Anna M., daughter of Peter S. and Magdalena
Garber, was born near Washington, Ill., Oct. 14, 1873; died Jan.
24, 1936, at her home in Washburn, Ill., aged 62 y. 3 m. 10 d.
In March, 1883, she moved with her parents to a farm near Low
Point, Ill., where she spent her early life. On Jan. 22, 1895,
she was united in marriage with Solomon D. Schertz who preceded
her in death three years ago. This union was blessed with 2 sons
(Peter H., of Low Point, Ill., and Walter A., of La Junta, Colo.)
and 1 daughter (Miriam I.) who tenderly cared for her mother during
her long illness. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal
Savior and united with the Mennonite Church near Metamora, Ill.,
of which she remained a faithful member until her death. During
her affliction she was always patient, never complaining, and
was looking forward to the time when she was to be delivered from
her suffering and to be with her Savior. She was truly a mother
who was always concerned for the welfare and happiness of her
family, and who considered her own comforts secondary. By her
quiet, unassuming life she has issued a challenge to her family
to live a nobler and truer Christian life. Beside her children
she is survived by her aged father, 4 granddaughters, 2 sisters
(Mrs. S. P. Imhoff of Low Point, and Mrs. J. W. Schertz of Roanoke),
and a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral services
in charge of H. R. Schertz, assisted by E. H. Oyer.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended
And dear Mother is at rest."
Beck.-Katherine, daughter of John G. and Anna Graybill,
was born Feb. 5, 1860, near Richfield, Pa.; died at her late home
near Peabody, Kans., Jan. 28, 1936; aged 75 y. 11 m. 20 d. The
disability which resulted in the close of her life began with
an attack as early as July of 1930. A like attack was experienced
in July, 1934, and then another attack came a few days before
the recent Christmas. She was married to Lemon L. Beck at Lancaster,
Pa., Sept. 10, 1878. To this union were born 6 children: Harris
G. Beck, Odell, Ill.; Howard G. Beck, Kearney, Neb.; Mrs. Anna
Horst, Peabody, Kans.; Mrs. Edna Selzer, Canton, Kans.; Thad S.
Beck, Newton, Kans.; J. Lester Beck, Peabody, Kans. There are
also 23 grandchildren. Her husband, children, and grandchildren
all survive her. Thus mother is the first to break the family
Sister Beck is a pioneer resident of the community and county. She came to Peabody with her family March 3, 1885. For over 50 years her strength and consecrated energy was continually used in the maintenance of an exemplary home, and a refreshing community life. She united with the Mellinger Mennonite Church near Lancaster, Pa., in 1882. All these years she has lived a faithful and consistent Christian life. When her residence was established in the Kansas settlement, she became a pioneer member of the Catlin Church congregation. When the lot was cast on May 6, 1895, electing her husband to the office of a deacon in the church, the spiritual lot fell on Sister Beck as well. Her labors never ceased until physical disability set in. She was a Dorcas of many degrees, yet she always refrained from underscoring any of her queenly services or kindly acts with her name. In more recent years she lived on the "Border land of Canaan." It was only a step over the line into eternal glory for her. Just as one goes from a working room of the house into the living room, so she went out of her sick room of this world into a celestial room prepared for her in the heavenly Father's house. She would say, as the blind poet said:
"Oh, love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee.
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean's depths its flow
May richer, fuller be."
Funeral services were conducted at the home by the home minister, Bro. N. E. Ebersole and Bro. H. A. Diener, and at Catlin Church by Bro. Diener and Bro. Milo Kauffman. Interment in the Pennsylvania Cemetery.
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Martin.-Gladys Irene, daughter of Raymond and Anna Martin,
was born near Ephrata, Pa., Aug. 15, 1934; died at the Lancaster
General Hospital, Feb. 5, 1936; aged 1 y. 5 m. 20 d. Gladys was
sick only 3 1/2 days with pneumonia. She leaves to mourn her departure
her parents and her paternal grandparents (Moses Martin of New
Holland, Pa.). Services were held Sunday, Feb. 9, at the home
by John Sauder and at the Weaverland Church by John W. Weaver
and John Sauder.
Beautiful spirit, free from all stain,
Ours is the heartache, the sorrow, the pain,
Thine is the glory, the infinite gain,
Thy slumber is sweet.
Herr.-Sister Lizzie B. Herr was born Sept. 15, 1870;
died Jan. 13, 1936; aged 65 y. 3 m. 28 d. She united with the
Mennonite Church in her teens and remained a faithful member to
the end. For many years she was a faithful teacher in the Stumptown
Sunday school and in her latter years a regular pupil, always
present when opportunity afforded. Funeral services were held
Jan. 16 with brief services at the home by Elmer Martin, followed
by public services at Mellingers Church by David Landis. Text,
Rev. 7 :14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in the home,
Which never can be filled.
Adams.-Walter Adams was born at East Salem, Juniata Co., Pa., July 5, 1894; died near Dakota, Ill., Jan. 29, 1936; aged 42 y. 6 m. 21 d. He had been suffering for some years and submitted to an operation in December which proved unsuccessful. His marriage to Sister Anna May Shellenberger took place Jan. 29, 1917. Bro. Adams' death occurred on their nineteenth wedding anniversary. Eight years ago they moved from Juniata Co., Pa., to Stephenson Co., Ill. He is survived by his widow, 5 children (Floe, Ruth, John, Florence, Naomi), his aged mother (Elizabeth Adams of Juniata Co.), 5 sisters and 3 brothers (Mrs. Edward Kelley; Mrs. Floyd Snyder; Jerry and North Adams of Belleview, Ohio; Mrs. Samuel Benner; Mrs. Harry Benner; Robert Adams of Juniata Co., Pa.). Bro. Adams accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in his youth in which faith he died. Funeral services Feb. 1 from the Smith and Myers funeral parlor, Dakota, and the Free-port Mennonite Church by S. E. Graybill. Text, Isa. 35 :10. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Armentrout.-Mrs. Ina (McKinley) Armentrout was born Jan. 24, 1893, at Picton, Ont.; died Jan. 26, 1936 in Redford Twp., near Detroit, Mich.; aged 43 y. 2 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband (William Armentrout), her aged mother (Mrs. Isabel McKinley of Picton, Ont.), 1 brother (W. A. McKinley of Tonawanda, N. Y.), and many friends. Her life was short but her patient endurance of suffering made it rich and blessed to all her friends. On June 26, 1924, she was married to William Armentrout and was a loving wife and faithful companion. She will be greatly missed. On Jan. 29, 1933, she was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church in Detroit. Her service in the Sunday school force will be missed and her interest and prayers and support in many ways will be a lasting memorial to her. But our loss is her gain. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Detroit Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Frank Raber. Bros. D. B. Raber and S. J. Miller assisted at both places. The body was laid to rest in the Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Martin.-Franklin B., son of John F. and Edna (Burkholder)
Martin of near Lincoln, Pa., was born June 10, 1935; died of
Jan. 16, 1936, after an illness of two days; aged 7 m. 6 d. He
is survived by his parents, 1 brother (Weaver), 1 sister (Nora),
the grandparents (Elam N. and Anna M. Burkholder of New Holland,
Pa., and Pre. Amos H. and Katie Martin of Ephrata, Pa.). His sudden
death was a shock to all, but we know that he is well taken care
of and does not have to suffer or be afflicted any more. He endured
much suffering during the short time he was here, yet we did not
expect death so suddenly. Jesus alone knows what is best. The
funeral services were held Jan. 19, 1936, at the home and at the
Meadow Valley Church, in charge of the brethren Joseph Hostetler,
Frank Hurst, and Hershey Sensenig. Text, Job 1:21. Interment was
made in the cemetery adjoining the Church.
"He's gone to join the cherub band
His prattling tongue to raise,
And swell along God's holy land
Glad notes of joy and praise."
Garber-Samuel Garber was born in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 28, 1865; died Tuesday morning of a heart attack on his 71st birthday, Jan. 28, 1936. He lived in the Clinton community the greater part of his life. In 1924 be moved to Middlebury and lived there until the death of his companion in 1932, after which he lived with his children. He was married in 1888 to Alwilda Shoup. To this union were born 2 daughters (Goldie-Mrs. Wm. Oesch, Topeka, Ind., at whose home he died; Vinetta-Mrs. Victor Coffman, Shipshewana, Ind.). Besides his 2 daughters he leaves 11 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Martha Mast of Emma, Ind.). One grandson, 3 sisters and 1 brother preceded him in death. Out of this immediate family 4 have been laid to rest in the last ten months. He was a member of the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church for 50 years. He will be greatly missed in these homes in which he stayed. He often talked of heaven with his children and grandchildren, often expressing the wish that he could go to the great beyond. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Brick Church in charge of O. S. Hostetler, assisted by Silas Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Byers.-Theresa V. Miller, wife of John W. Byers, was born near Guilford Springs, Franklin Co., Pa., Jan. 23, 1887; died of a paralytic stroke at her home near Williamson, Pa., Jan. 13, 1936. She is survived by her husband, 5 children (Mrs. Clyde McNew of Fayetteville, Warren K., Dorothy L. McClellan, John Jr., and Wayne Edward), her mother (Mrs. John Gift of Fayetteville), 2 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Martin L. and Russ L. Gift, Mrs. George Summers, Mrs. Frank Heck, all of Pittsburgh; Mrs. J. R. Copenhaver of Harrisburg; John Gift of Washington, D. C., Walter W. and Charles H. Gift of Fayetteville. At the revival meetings at the Williamson church last May Sister Byers made choice of her Savior and on June 15 she; her husband, and one son were received into the Church. Though her service in the Church was of short duration her whole-hearted devotion will be long remembered by all who learned to know her. Funeral services were held Jan. 16, 1936, at the Williamson Mennonite Church where a large concourse of friends and relatives assembled. Services were in charge of J. I. Lehman, assisted by Walter H. Lehman. Text, I Cor. 15 :54. Interment was made in the St. Thomas Cemetery.
Sensenig-Esther Naomi, daughter of Elmer and Lizzie
Sauder Sensenig, was instantly killed when struck by an automobile
while on her way home from school on Jan. 17, 1936. She was so
unexpectedly called out of time to eternity. She leaves her deeply
sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Elmer M. Jr.), 3 sisters (Mary Irene,
Mabel Roth and Pauline May) all at home, her paternal grandparents
(Isaac G. and Annie Sensenig), her maternal grandfather (Harry
E. Sauder) and many relatives and friends to mourn her sudden
departure. It seems almost like a dream to many of us. She was
of a loving and friendly disposition and a willing help to her
parents and to the younger children in their play. She will be
missed in her home, in school and Sunday school. We know not why
this came to be, God only knows. May we bow in humble submission
unto Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held
Jan. 21 at the home by Bish. John M. Sauder, at the Weaverland
Church by John W. Weaver and I. B. Good. Texts, Jas. 4:14; Matt.
24:447 She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
She sleeps, she sleeps, and nevermore
Will her footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor her gentle voice with its tender tone
Be heard again by her own hearthstone;
She has gone to that beautiful land afar,
Where all the saints and angels are.
Heller.-Mary Ann, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Friedt, was born in Wadsworth Twp., Medina Co., Ohio, June 27, 1861; died Jan. 7, 1936; aged 74 y. 6 m. 10 d. A number of years ago Sister Heller confessed Christ and united with the Bethel Mennonite Church. Living quite a distance from her church she could not attend often, but had gone to the home of her sister with the intention that on the following Sunday they would take her. While at her sister's home, seated in a chair, listening to the reading of a letter she slumped over suffering a stroke of apoplexy from which she did not regain consciousness. On Aug. 3, 1878, she was married to Joseph L. Hailer. To this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters. One daughter preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mahlon L. and Lawrence G. of Loudenville, O.; Joseph R. of North Center; Arthur I. of Wadsworth Twp.; Gettus W. of Doylestown where she made her home; Carmen F. of Akron; Mrs. G. W. Boden of Barberton and Mrs. H. O. Everhard of Wadsworth; also 21 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Lovina Shelley and Mrs. Sarah Nixon of Wadsworth and Mrs. Amanda Helter of Akron), 1 brother (David of Wadsworth). Funeral services were held at the Bethel Mennonite Church, conducted by H. H. Newcomer and S. D. Rohrer. Text, Phil. 1 :21. Burial in the Mennonite Cemetery.
Kreider.-Mary, daughter of Pre. Michael W. and Elizabeth (Wesheffer) Rohrer, was born in Wayne Co., O., Mar. 9, 1838; died near Lattisburg, O., on Jan. 16, 1936, at the advanced age of 97 y. 10 m. 7 d. In 1864 she was married to Christian Kreider who preceded her in death 37 years to the day. She was the oldest of a family of 10 children. Though frail in body since childhood she outlived them all. Not having any children of her own she took into her home Minnie Bigler when quite young and became a foster mother to her. The last 10 years of her life she made her home with this foster daughter. Aunt Mary, the name by which she was known to nearly every one, was known by her many deeds of kindness to her friends. Wherever there was a need in the home she was there ministering to the sick, always giving a helping hand where she could. In early life she united with the Mennonite Church and always was a staunch supporter of her faith and doctrine. She had a keen memory and delighted to talk of the Church and its history. She is survived by her foster daughter, Minnie Baegly and family of Lattisburg, O., many nephews and nieces and other relatives. Her funeral was held Jan. 19 from the home of her foster daughter and the Lower Mennonite Church, conducted by M. G. Horst, David Wenger, Benj. and Abram Good. Text, II Tim. 4:6-5. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. She hath done what she could.
Hartzler.--Mattie M., daughter of Jonathan and Nancy Hartzler, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 23, 1857; died at her home in Cass Co., Mo., Feb. 7, 1936 at the age of 78 y. 4 m. 14 d. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained faithful to God and the Church to the end. She moved with her parents to St. Joe Co., Mich., in December, 1863. As a young woman she came to Cass Co, Mo. She was married Sept. 2, 1894, to Amos J. Hartzler who preceded her in death in 1924. To this union were born 2 children; Prudence, wife of Frank S. Pickett, Tosendale, Mo., Jesse D., of Hesston, Kans. She is also survived by 3 step-children: Bertha E. and Mabel (wife of S. S. Hershberger) both of Cass Co., Mo.; Earl of Thurman, Colo.; 4 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Katie Yoder of East Lynn, Mo., and Elizabeth Miller, Fentress, Va.); and 1 brother (A. L. Hartzler, Oscoda Co., Mich.). She had been failing in health on account of her age for a few years but continued to do her necessary housework until the last ten days. She was intensely interested in the spiritual welfare of her family. Her children were at her bedside the last week of her life. She expressed a desire to go home to her Lord. Although it pained us to give her good-by we rejoice at the victory won in her death. Funeral services were conducted at the Sycamore Grove Church, of which she was a faithful member, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1936, by I. G. Hartzler, assisted by J. C. Driver. Texts of the sermon were Psa. 116:15; Rev. 14:13. Burial in Clear Fork Cemetery.
Shoemaker.-Joseph S., eldest son of Benjamin and Veronica
(Shellenberger) Shoemaker, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb.
1, 1854; died at his home in Dakota, Ill., Feb. 6, 1936; age 82
y, 5 d. In 1855 the family moved to near Covington, Ohio, and
in the fall of 1863 they moved to Stephenson Co. Ill. Here he
spent the remainder of his life. Dec. 6, 1887*, he was united in
marriage to Elizabeth Brubaker, who preceded him in death Sept.
25, 1931. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters: Mrs.
A. L. Buzzard, Goshen, Ind.; Edwin, Arthur, Mrs. Bertha Sieber,
and Mrs. W. R. Sanders of Dakota, Ill.; Mrs. W. F. Unzicker, Freeport,
Ill.; Mrs. A. E. Kreider, Newton, Kans.; Mrs. Fannie Mumaw (deceased),
Charles B., Scottdale, Pa.
As a young man Bro. Shoemaker was converted, united with the Mennonite Church, and continued faithful until death. He was ordained to the ministry in June, 1892, and on Dec. 17, 1902, he was ordained a bishop. From the beginning of his Christian life he took an active interest in the service of the Lord. As a minister and bishop he served faithfully as an overseer, as an evangelist, as an instructor in Bible conferences, as a leader in the various activities of the Church; at all times a faithful expounder of the faith. In official life he served frequently as a member of important committees, as a moderator (and sometimes secretary) of conferences; he served for a short time as President of the Mennonite Evangelizing and Benevolent Board, and for many years as Secretary of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities. When the Mennonite Publication Board was organized in 1908 he was chosen President of the Board, in which capacity he served faithfully until a few years ago, when because of declining health, he requested to be relieved. Personally and officially he was well beloved, and the vacancies caused by his death will be hard to fill. He was fluent with the pen as well as with the tongue. He wrote frequently for our church periodicals, was editor of our Advanced Lesson Quarterly for several years, and was the author of a valuable book on "The Ideal Home." He is also the author of a number of hymns, to some of which he also wrote the music.
He had been in robust health until he was about 75, when he began to fail. He gradually grew weaker and weaker until finally he closed his eyes in death. He leaves 3 sons, 5 daughters, 2 brothers (George and C. C. Shoemaker), 2 sisters (Mrs. J. V. Fortner and Mrs. Emma Meek), 28 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
Funeral services were conducted Feb. 10 at the home and at Freeport Mennonite Church by Simon Graybill, S. C. Yoder, and Daniel Kauffman. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta *Mennonite Encyclopedia IV, page 516 gives birth year as 1874 - Thelma Hoover Martin
Gerber.-Harris Edwin, son of Otto and Lila Gerber, Kidron, Ohio, was born in Massillon City Hospital Feb. 10, 1936; died the same day. He leaves his father, mother, grandparents, and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted in the home Feb. 11 by I. J. Buchwalter. Text, Mark 10 :14. Interment in Sonnenberg Cemetery.
Davis.-Marvin Lee, son of Delbert L. Davis, was born at Gunn City, Mo., Sept. 13, 1915; died at the General Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 10, 1936; aged 20 y. 4 m. 27 d. He leaves his father, mother, 1 brother; also Grandmother Davis, in whose home the funeral services were held at Gunn City, Mo., Feb. 12, conduced by I. G. Hartzler. Interment in the Gunn City Cemetery.
Metz.-Samuel Metz was born in Pond Bank, Pa., Jan. 11, 1877; died Dec. 25, 1935: aged 58 y. 11 m. 15 d. He was found dead in his bed in Chambersburg, where he lived for a number of ears. He is survived by his widow, 2 sons (Richard and William), 1 daughter (Ida), I brother (Harvey of Pond Bank), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Stickler of Stoufferstown, Mrs. Florence Hutchinson, and Mrs. Sadie Fleece). His brother (Joseph) who died in 1910, was the first member of the Mennonite Church in Pond Bank. Services were held in Pond Bank Mennonite Church Dec. 29, 1935, by H. E. Shank. Burial in cemetery at Mont Alto.
Bender.-Mary Rhone, wife of Steward Bender, was born May 6, 1909; died June 21, 1935 from complications in the Chambersburg Hospital. She was baptized and received into church fellowship just before going to the hospital. She is survived by her husband and 4 small children (An infant babe died May 8); also by her father (Wm. Rhone), and 2 brothers (Thomas and John), 2 sisters (Mrs. Harry Bumbaugh and Mrs. Earl Dehart), all of Pond Bank. Services were held June 23 in the Mennonite Church in Pond Bank by Harvey B. Shank. Text, Jer. 15 :9. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.
Martin.-Lloyd L., son of John and Malinda Martin, was born near Clare, Mich., May 29, 1910, and departed this life at Logansport, Ind., Feb. 6, 1936; aged 25 y. 8 m. 7 d. In early childhood he came with his parents to Nappanee, Ind., where he lived most of his life. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the North Main St., congregation in Nappanee, in 1921. He leaves his father, 4 brothers (Ancil, Loren, Floyd his twin brother, and Ross, all at home), 3 sisters (Mrs. Elmer Thompson of Nappanee, and Bessie and Esther also at home). Funeral services were held Feb. 5, at the Mennonite church at Nappanee, conducted by Homer F. North. Burial in the Union Center Cemetery.
Glick.-William N., son of Noah J. and Cora Click, was born March 8, 1914; died Jan. 19, 1936, ten minutes after reaching the hospital from the accident which occurred at the railroad crossing at Lagrange, Ind.; aged 21 y. 10 m. 11 d. He leaves his mother, 4 brothers (Daniel, Harvey, and Noah of Shipshewana, Jacob of Wolcottville), 4 sisters (Elizabeth and Mattie of Topeka, Clara and Esther at home), a stepfather (Manass E. Miller), 5 stepbrothers, and 3 stepsisters. His father, 1 brother, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at Shore Mennonite Church, conducted by the Brethren Percy J. Miller and Y. C. Miller. Text, II Kings 2:11.
Black.-Martha G., daughter of Solomon and Ellen Good, and wife of Clinton E. Black, was born in East Vincent Township, Pa., on Nov. 26, 1898; died in the Pottstown Hospital on Feb. 10, 1936; aged 37 y. 2 m. 14 d. She leaves her husband, 2 small children, her aged father, 3 sisters, and a large number of friends who loved her for her devoted Christian life. She wore that ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which in the sight of God is of great price. She exemplified the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and well could her husband select for her text, (Mark 14:8), "She hath done what she could." Funeral services were conducted at Vincent Mennonite Church by Bros. Warren Bean and E. W. Kulp.
Miller.-David Kermit, son of Kermit and Beulah Miller,
was born at Goshen, Ind., June 6, 1935; died of pneumonia near
Goshen Feb. 2, 1936. He leaves to mourn his early departure his
father, mother, 3 sisters (Charlene, Aldine, Dolores), 1 brother
(Darrell), 2 grandfathers, 1 step-grandmother, besides a number
of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at
the Shore Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Percy J. Miller assisted
by Bro. Alvin W. Miller of Walnut Creek, Ohio. Text, Mark 10 :14.
Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Deep in our heart lies a picture
Of a loved one gone to rest;
In memory's frame we will keep it,
For he was one of the best."
Meyers.-Dillon, son of Henry and Sophia Meyers, was
born in Paulding Co., Ohio, Nov. 28, 1852; died at the home of
his niece (Sophia Meyers) near Cloverdale, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1936;
aged 83 y. 2 m. 11 d. He is survived by 1 sister (Susan Eshleman
of Waynesboro, Pa.), 2 brothers (Daniel of Defiance, Ohio, and
Henry of near Oakwood, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends.
On Feb. 9, 1930, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite
Church by Bishop J. M. Shenk of Elida, to which faith he held
till his death. Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at the Cascade
Church near Cloverdale, conduced by G. H. Brunk and B. E. Zuercher.
Texts, Phil. 1:21; Jno. 3:15. Burial in cemetery near by.
"The lights are all out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
He silently slipped over the threshold of night,
To make his abode in the city of light."
Leaman.-Alice H., daughter of John and Elizabeth (Haverstick) Stoner, was born Sept. 20, 1861; died Dec. 12, 1935 at her home near Strasburg, Pa.; aged 74 y. 2 m. 22 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. On Monday evening, Dec. 9, while she was getting ready to retire for the night she was stricken with a stroke. She peacefully passed away the following Thursday morning. How we miss her, but we know she has a better home and we can say, "Thy will be done." Her husband (Reuben B. Leaman) preceded her in death 18 years. She leaves the following children: Anna, wife of David H. Breckbill; Lizzie wife of M. Rohrer Laman; Mary, wife of Amos H. Mellinger with whom she made her home; and Harry, all living in Lancaster County, Pa. She also leaves 2 brothers (John and Ephraim Stoner). Funeral services were held Dec. 15, conducted at the home by Bro. Jacob Harnish and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bro. Frank Herr and Bro. David Landis. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Mack-Mary H., daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (High) Mensch, was born Oct. 4, 1863 at Ringing Rocks, Pa. At the age of 6 years she moved within her parents to Yerkes, where she lived till a little over a year ago, when she moved to her daughter's home at Bally. Here she peacefully fell asleep on Feb. 7, 1936 from a stroke; aged 72 y. 4 m. 3 d. On Dec. 4, 1886; she was married to Jesse Mack who preceded her in death 16 months ago. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter (John M. of Mainland, Elmer M. of Collegeville, Andrew M., Pre. Jesse M. of Yerkes, and Mrs. John Ehst of Bally) ; also 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home of the daughter by Brethren John Kriebel and Elias Kulp, and at the Providence Church near Lerkes by Brethren Warren Bean. Irvin Landis, and Jacob Landis. Text, I Sam. 20 :3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Diller.-George, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Diller, was born March 23, 1862; died at the Memorial hospital, Lima, Ohio, from a major operation followed be a heart attack, Feb. 10, 1936; aged 73 y. 10 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia F. Brenneman, Nov. 21, 1885. To this union was born 1 daughter (Mrs. Amandus Brubaker) who survives him. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers. (Samuel and Andrew, both of Elida), and many other relatives and friends. He with his wife united with the Mennonite Church in their early married life. He lived a faithful Christian life to the end. He was always a regular attendant at the house of worship when health permitted. Funeral services were held on Feb. 13 at the Salem congregation by O. B. Shenk and B. B. King. Interment in a nearby cemetery.
"Father dear, your wish is granted,
Sorrow, pain and grief are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you
Over on the peaceful shore."
Gehman-Peter B. Gehman was born July 19, 1853, near Mohnton, Pa.; died Feb. 15, 1936, at the place of his birth ; aged 82 y. 6 m. 26 d. His wife, Susanna (Longenecker), died 19 years ago. In the meantime two daughters (Lydia Ann and Maria) were called away. Now the father has gone to join them in the heavenly land. He was a faithful member of the Bowmansville Mennonite congregation. He was a brother of faith and hope in Christ Jesus. Being gifted to look on the bright side of life in time and for eternity made him a beloved brother by all. In his last few days, which were spent in suffering, he said, "The Lord has given me many good days; why should I not also suffer for him?" He lived his retired days with his only son (Peter) who lives on the old homestead farm. There remain the aforementioned son, 1 grandson (Charles) and a daughter (Emma). He left an only sister (Hannah), the sole survivor of a family of 10 children. Funeral services were held Feb. 19 in the Allegheny Church, his nearest place of worship, a place he filled whenever possible. Bro. Isaac W. Geigley served the occasion. Text, Amos 4:12 (latter clause) ; I Cor. 5:10.
Kreider.-John H., son of Amos B. and Catherine (Huber)
Kreider, near Neffsville, Pa., was born July 8, 1866; died Dec.
11, 1935, of a complication of diseases; aged 69 y. 5 m. 3 d.
He is survived by his wife (Anna L. Heller), 1 son (Amos) with
whom he resided, 4 grandchildren, and the following brother and
sisters: Mrs. Lizzie Miller, Millersville ; Mrs. John Newcomer,
Mount Joy; Mrs. Daniel Good, East Petersburg; Daniel Kreider,
Fruitville; Mrs. John Brubaker, Kirkwood. A daughter (Edna Nissley)
preceded him in death. He was a member of the East Petersburg
Mennonite Church for many years and his seat was seldom vacant.
He was a kind father and grandfather. He was bedfast for 12 weeks,
in which time be was very patient, often saying he was not sick
only resting, until he peacefully fell asleep. Funeral services
were held Dec. 14, conducted at the home and East Petersburg Church
by Frank Kreider, Henry Lutz, and John Gochnauer. Interment in
the adjoining cemetery.
"Father, now your place is empty,
And your face we see no more;
But we hope again to meet you,
Over on the other shore."
Troyer.-Noah J. Troyer was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 8, 1857; died in Stark Co., O., Feb. 1, 1936; aged 78 y. 11 m. 23 d. On Jan. 22, 1880, he was united in marriage to Sarah Mast. To this union were born 7 children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. In the year 1910 he with the family moved to Stark Co., and lived in the vicinity of Canton until a few years ago, when he and his companion made their home with their daughter, Mrs. H. W. Shank. He united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in his younger days, then later transferred his membership to the Canton Mennonite Mission Church, in which he continued faithfully. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons (Elmer, of Bolivar, O., and Herbert N. of Hudson, O.), 4 daughters (Mrs. J. C. Rowles, of Canton, O., Mrs. H. W. Shank, of Paris, O., where he had his home, Mrs. Wm. Brown, of Stone Creek, O., and Mary of the home), 20 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a number of nephews and nieces. One infant son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church and were conducted by the brethren Wm. Detweiler and O. N. Johns. Text, Eph. 2 :21, 22. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin.-John N., son of Joseph C. and Katie (Birky)
Martin, was born near Hopedale, Ill., Nov. 26, 1881; died Feb.
9, 1936; aged 54 y. 2 m. 13 d. He died at the St. Francis Hospital
in Peoria, from injuries he received Nov. 15 from a fall at his
home near Hopedale when he was working in a corn crib, seriously
injuring himself, breaking a hip and other minor injuries from
which he never recovered. He was taken to the hospital immediately,
but all that human hands could do was to no avail. He accepted
Christ as his Savior in early youth and united with the Mennonite
Church; always lived a consistent Christian life. He was always
ready to help those in need. He was never married. He leaves 2
brothers (Joseph B. of Greentown, Ind., Daniel A. of Delavan,
Ill.), also leaves 13 nieces and nephews to whom he had greatly
endeared himself. His father, mother, and sister Katie (Cripe)
preceded him in death. He tenderly cared for his mother for several
years until she passed away. Funeral services were held Feb. 12
at the Hopedale Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren Simon Litwiller
and J. D. Hartzler. Burial in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
"He's through with all his suffering,
To him there is no pain;
He left his earthly troubles,
For the heavenly crown he's gained."
Detweiler.-Christian B. Detweiler was born Aug. 11, 1865, in Huntingdon Co., Pa.; died Feb. 2, 1936, at the Mennonite Hospital and Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo., at which place remains were laid to rest Feb. 4. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Allen H. Erb (text, Jas. 2:5). assisted by Bro. E. E. Showalter. The girls at the Hospital rendered song service. The relatives and friends of the east side feel indebted and express gratitude to the western brethren for services in behalf of Bro. Detweiler. He was aged 70 y. 5 m. 21 d. He was the youngest of 5 brothers and 6 sisters, He was of the family of Christian and Rachel (Zook) Detweiler, who lived and died near Allensville, Pa., of whom 2 daughters survive (Sister Lydia Miller. of Elkhart, Ind., widow of Jacob R. Miller formerly from Iowa; and Sister Rachel Zook. aged 78, wife of Bishop John P. Zook of Belleville, Pa.). His wife and and only child preceded him some years ago. He lived alone many years in the vicinity of La Junta, Colo. He was found shortly after becoming ill and immediately taken to the hospital and given the best of care, He was able to talk till the last few days of his illness. Scripture reading and prayer was offered almost daily in the earlier stages of his illness which he enjoyed very much. He showed a living testimony of faith in his Lord. Thus has closed a life that has been filled with sorrow and trial.
Short-Lydia, the last one of a family of fourteen children
born to Daniel and Mary Short, was born July 10, 1862, near Archbold,
Ohio, near the place of her death; died Feb. 3, 1936; aged 73
y. 6 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage with John C. Short Jan.
20, 1881. They shared the joys and sorrows of life for a little
over 51 years. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters.
Her husband answered death's call on March 17, 1932. In patience
she bore her sufferings until death relieved her, often expressing
her desire to be with her Savior. She leaves 3 sons (Adam J. and
Clinton J. of Stryker, Ohio, and Ed. A. of Orrville, O.), 5 daughters
(Mrs. Eli D. King, Mrs. Clarence G. Leu, Mrs. Jefferson Wyse,
Mrs. Verdon M. Greiser of Archibold, and Mrs. O. D. Short of Stryker,
O.), 26 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and a host of relatives
and friends. One son, 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren preceded
her in death. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth,
and united within the Mennonite Church. She was a loyal and loving
wife and mother, being constantly devoted to the spiritual and
material interests of her family and the Church. Funeral services
were held Feb. 6 at the Lockport Mennonite Church, conducted by
S. D. Grieser, assisted by E. B. Frey. Interment in adjoining
"Mother, dear, we all do miss thee,
Thou hast gone from us away,
To rejoice with thy dear Savior
In the realms of endless day.
Two long years thy sufferings lasted,
Meekly thou did'st bear them all,
Did'st not murmur in impatience
But awaited God's last call."
Brenneman-John C. Brenneman was born near Kalona, Iowa,
Feb. 14, 1865; died at his home near the same place July 22, 1935;
aged 70 y. 5 in. 8 d. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite
Church and remained faithful until death. In 1889 he was married
to Arminda Hochstetler within whom he lived for almost 46 years.
To this union were born 12 children. Those left to mourn his departure
are his bereaved companion and the following children:-Mrs. Eli
S. Yoder, Chriss J., Mrs. Sam Steckley, Henry J., Mrs. Truman
Erb, Leroy, John F., Elmus R., Elmer G., Mrs. Richard Yoder, Mrs.
Harold Miller; also 37 grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by 1 infant daughter (Gladys Pauline), 1 grandchild, also his
father, mother, 3 brothers (Abraham, Jacob, Samuel), 2 sisters
(Emma, Sarah). Those of his brothers and sisters who remain are
Peter C., Will C., Joe C., Mrs. A. B. Gingrich, Mrs. J. G. Marner,
Mrs. Dan Gascho. He was a hard working man always and willing
to lend a helping hand to his neighbors when needed. He was seldom
absent from church services and while he never took an active
part in church work, yet he was faithful to the best of his ability.
On Sunday, the day before his death, he was at his usual place
in church and apparently in good health. On Monday morning he
went about his chores as usual but complained of not feeling well,
and soon returned to the house. At noon he ate a hearty dinner,
after which he lay down. At two o'clock he was suddenly stricken
with an acute heart attack and the spirit took its flight, Funeral
services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, conducted
by John Y. Swartzendruber and D. D. Miller. Text, Num. 23:10.
All the children were present but one son, Leroy of Colorado Springs,
"Father has gone to that hand of love
Beyond the blue skies to heaven above,
Where sickness and death and trials are over,
Peacefully resting on yonder shore."
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta