Kennell-Donald Wayne, son of Noah D. and Susan (Garber) Kennell, was born near Eureka, Ill., Sept. 3, 1935. He came to bless this home almost one half year, where he received tender care. On Feb. 22, 1936, he answered the call of Jesus who said, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." One brother, Franklin, with the parents survive. They are missing Donald Wayne's presence, but the family and grandparents graciously submit to a Father's infinite wisdom.
"Dear little Donald, too pure to stay,
Our loving Father has called you away
Out of this world of sorrow and care,
To wait till we join you over there."
Brunk.-Elizabeth Ann, infant daughter of Bro. Harry A., and Sister Lena (Burkholder) Brunk, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., April 4, 1936, and passed away 4 days later. She filled her mission here in having only to pass through this vale of sorrow. Fond parents, grieve not for your little one. What the Lord does is well done. Before sin could blight this bud so fair, God plucked it to blossom over there. She leaves to mourn her early departure her sorrowing parents, 3 brothers, 2 grandfathers, and 1 aged great-grandfather. Funeral services were conducted at the home, April 9, by Bro. J. L. Stauffer, assisted by Bro. C. K. Lehman. Text, Job 1:21, latter clause. The body was laid to rest in the Weavers Church Cemetery.
Snider.-Jacob B. Snider passed away at his home in German Mills, Ont., May 18, 1936; aged 83 y. 4 m. 8 d. Although failing in health his death came very unexpectedly. He was united in marriage to Susannah Shantz. To this union were born 7 children-Mrs. Frank Honsberger (deceased), Mrs. Isaiah Cressman. Alvin, Aeton, Ion, Harvey, and Floyd. Besides his children left to mourn his loss are many friends, 3 brothers, 1 sister, 33 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Bro. Snider was a member of the Weber Mennonite Church, Strasburg, Ont. He was a faithful Christian and helped in the work of the Lord whenever he could. Services were held Thursday, May 21. Bro. Simon Martin conducted services at the home and Bro. C. F. Derstine and J. B. Martin at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. Text. Phil. 3:10-14.
Mack.-Paul, son of Ellis and Edna (Good) Mack, fell
asleep in the Abington Hospital, May 10, 1936; aged 11 m. 26 d.
He leaves his sorrowing father, mother, 1 sister (Esther), 2
2 grandmothers, 1 great-grandmother and many other relatives and
friends. Death was due to tonsil and gland trouble followed by
pneumonia. Though loving hands and specialists did all they could
our loving son left this mortal home for a far better one and
we know that whatever befalls us Jesus doeth all things well.
But his smile and loving disposition will be missed by us all.
Funeral services were held May 14, conducted at the house by Isaac
Kulp, with further services at the Towamencin Mennonite Church
by Warren Moyer and Elias Kulp. Text, Luke 18:16; I Cor. 13:12.
Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Darling, now your crib is empty;
All your sufferings now are o'er;
But we know some day we'll meet you,
Over on the other shore.
Blough.-Katie A. (Zook), wife of David S. Blough, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., on Feb. 17, 1866; died May 14, 1936; aged 70 y. 2 m. 26 d. She was brought to Elkhart Co., Ind., at the age of 3 years. In her early youth she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church at Clinton Frame. Later she with her husband transferred their membership to the Clinton Brick Church. When the Middlebury Mennonite Church was organized, they became charter members and she remained a faithful member and was a regular attendant to services when health permitted. She was married to David S. Blough on Nov. 2, 1884. To this union were born 7 children. Besides her husband she is survived by 5 sons and 1 daughter Clarence of near Mottville, Mich.; Samuel and Paul of near Middlebury; Henry, at home; Elsie (Mrs. M. E. Plank) of Middlebury; and John E. of Topeka, Ind. She was preceded in death by one infant son, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild. All of her children were at her bedside at the time of her death. Funeral services were held May 16 at the Middlebury Mennonite Church in charge of Silas Yoder and E. A. Sommer. Burial at the Forest Grove cemetery.
Maust.-Lydia Hostetler, beloved wife of Joseph Maust, was born Aug. 2, 1867 near Kalona, Iowa; passed away May 11, 1936, at the Samaritan Hospital, Bay City, Mich., four days after an operation, May 11, 1936; aged 68 y. 10 m. 9 d. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, living a devoted Christian life till death. On Dec. 14, 1890 she was united in marriage to Joseph Maust. To this union were born 12 children. Alma and Menno preceded her in death. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, 6 sons (Henry of Longvale, Calif.; Richard, Earl, Sherman, Joe and Edward of Bay Port, Mich.), 4 daughters (Mrs. Dan Swartzentruber of Bay Port, Mich.; Mrs. Edwin Albrecht of Flint, Mich.; Mrs. Henry Esch of Pigeon; Emma at home), 28 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Eli and Chris of Iowa, Henry of Oregon), 5 sisters (Mrs. Joe Shetler and Mrs. Dan Shetler of Pigeon, Mich.; Mrs. John Brenneman and Mrs. L. J. Guengerich of Iowa; Mrs. E. A. Miller of Colo.), and many other relatives and friends. She bore her affliction patiently and expressed her assurance and hope in Christ in her last words, "Christ cares for me." Funeral services were held at the house in Pigeon and at the Pigeon River Church, conducted by S. J. Miller and M. S. Zehr. Interment in Church cemetery.
Yoder.-Catherine (Swartzendruber) Yoder, oldest child of Joseph and Lydia Kauffman Swartzendruber, was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, Nov. 11, 1857; departed this life near Wellman, Iowa, Aug. 9, 1935; aged 77 y. 8 m. 22 d. Her death was caused by infirmities of old age, with complications. On Dec. 20, 1877, she was married to Jacob K. Yoder who was taken home in 1926, she having been a widow 9 years. To this union were born 10 children, 2 daughters dying in infancy. The remaining children are: Joseph, Chris and Quinton, Wellman; David, Spokane, Wash.; Mrs. Wm. Yoder and Mrs. Vernon Marner, Parnell; Eli of Nira, and Nicholas of Iowa City. Besides these she leaves 5 brothers and sisters: John and Chris Swartzendruber, Mrs. Daniel Miller and Mrs. John Y. Yoder of Wellman, and Mrs. Wm. Eicher of Wayland. These with her children, 37 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives are left to mourn. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until called home. Until quite recently, when health would no longer permit, she was a regular attendant at church and Sunday school. Last spring a communion service was held in her home which she enjoyed very much. Funeral services were held at the West Union Church, conducted by Abner G. Yoder and W. S. Guengerich.
Martin.-Magdalena H., daughter of Joseph W. and Hettie
(Horst) Martin, was born near Hagerstown, Md., March 6, 1895;
died at the home of her parents in Maugansville, Md., May 3, 1936;
aged 41 y. 1 m. 27 d. She had been afflicted for many years and
was confined to her room for seventeen months. She often expressed
her desire to go to be with those that are at rest. When she was
fifteen she accepted Christ and was a member of Reiff's Mennonite
Church, being faithful to the end. She is survived by her parents,
6 sisters (Mrs. Harvey B. Horst; Mrs. Theodore H. Eby of near
Maugansville, Md.; Mrs. Isaiah G. Bauman, Elmira, Ont.; Mrs. Edgar
M. Weber; Martha and Naomi at home), 3 brothers (Eli H. of near
Hagerstown, Md.; Joseph H. of Mason and Dixon, Pa.; John H. of
near Smithsburg, Md.), some nieces and nephews, and a host of
other relatives and friends. One brother preceded her nine years
ago. Services were held at the house by the Brethren Moses K.
Horst and David H. Lesher and at Reiff's Mennonite Church by Bro.
Lesher and Bro. Denton T. Martin. Text, II Cor. 5 :1. Burial in
"The room is quiet, all is still,
Her place is vacant; 'tis God's will.
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Riser.-David, son of Christian and Kathryn (Boshart)
Riser was born at Wellesley, Ont., Sept. 23, 1858; died at his
home in Milford, Neb., May 19, 1936; aged 77 y. 8 m. 4 d. At the
age of 17 years he gave his heart to Christ and was baptized and
united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained
true until death. His health had been failing for several years,
and his only desire was to be removed to his heavenly home. On
Dec. 3, 1882, he was united in marriage to Veronica Ernst. In
the year 1886 they moved from Canada to Holt Co., Nebr., where
they lived till 1916. Then they moved to Milford, Nebr. This union
was blessed with 2 sons and 1 daughter who preceded him in their
childhood. He also had 1 adopted son, Frank Riser of Friend, Nebr.
He leaves his loving companion, adopted son, 4 grandchildren,
1 sister (Anna Brunk of Kitchener, Ont.), and a host of relatives
and friends to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the
Milford A. M. Church in Milford, Nebr., on May 21, 1936. Bro.
Wm. Schlegel preached the funeral sermon. Text, Heb. 9:27. Burial
at Milford A. M. cemetery.
The room is quiet, all is still;
His place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best.
By the Family.
Johnson-Anna L., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Haskett, was born Aug. 25, 1875, at Parsons, Kans.; departed this
life May 9, 1936, at her home near Birch Tree, Mo. She leaves
her husband, 1 son, 2 brothers, 5 grandchildren, and other relatives
and friends to mourn her passing. She comes from a home of 7 children,
5 boys, and 2 girls; 3 brothers and 1 sister having preceded her
in death. June 6, 1901, she was united in marriage to Lytt Johnson,
of Parsons, Kans. To this union 4 children were born, 2 boys Joseph
H. of Birch Tree, Mo., a son who died in infancy, 2 girls (Jennie
Beatrice and Mary Ellen), the latter three preceding her in death.
In the year of 1912, she with her husband and family moved to
Shannon Co., locating north of Birch Tree, on the farm where she
resided until death. In early childhood she was converted to the
Christian religion, uniting with the Christian Church, of Parsons,
Kans. In 1909 she withdrew her membership from the Christian Church,
uniting with the North Methodist Church of Parsons, Kans. March
1921, she withdrew her membership from this church making application
for membership in the Berea Mennonite Church, of Birch Tree, Mo.,
and was received into church fellowship upon confession to which
church she remained until death. Sister Johnson was a kind and
patient sufferer for many years. Short funeral services were held
at the home, and the regular services at the church; text, Heb.
9:27. Interment in the cemetery, nearby. May the God of all grace
comfort the hearts of the bereaved.
Le Roy Cowan.
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Steiner.-Orlin Lee, son of Dennis and Elva Steiner, was born in Dalton, Ohio, May 28. 1936; died at his home May 30, 1936; aged 2 d. Services were held in the home May 31 by I. J. Buchwalter. Interment in Martin Cemetery near Orrville, Ohio.
Miller.-Joseph Robert, son of Willis J. and Ruth (Shank)
Miller, was born at Fairview, Mich., on May 24, 1936; died May
26, 1936. A little lily pure and white was loaned to us for a
brief stay. But we say "Thy will be done," and give
him back safe in the arms of Jesus. A short service was held at
the home on May 27 in charge of Bro. Menno Esch of this place
and Bro. C. F. Derstine of Kitchener, Ont. The body was laid to
rest in the cemetery near-by. "The Lord gave and has taken
away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Cowan-Margaret May Cowan, daughter of Robert and Catherine Hutchinson Cowan, was born June 6, 1874 died May 30, 1936, at her home at Scottdale. Pa.; aged 61 y. 11 m. 24 d. She is survived by 1 brother (John Cowan), 2 sisters (Catherine and Hannah) all of Scottdale, as well as many other relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. The funeral was held from her late home on June 1, with Bros. J. A. Brilhart and John L. Horst in charge of the services. Text, Heb. 4:9. interment in the Scottdale Cemetery.
Jett.-Mary Elizabeth, beloved wife of Andrew Jett, passed away at the Proctor Hospital, Peoria, Ill., May 15, 1936. She died on her 77th birthday. She was a daughter of Jacob and Lydia Emahizer. On May 2, 1903 she was united in marriage to Andrew Jett. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 daughter (Florence Miller of Peoria), 1 son (Charles Blake, Peoria, Ill.), also 5 grandchildren. A son and daughter preceded her in death. She also has a brother living at Bruster, Kans. About fifteen years ago she united with the Mennonite Church. May we cherish in our memory the thought of a Christian that will inspire us to better living. Funeral services were held in Peoria by Bro. Ezra B. Yordy of the Roanoke Mennonite Church.
Bontrager.-Amos C., son of Christian and Elizabeth Bontrager,
was born in La Grange Co., Ind., on Sept. 10, 1856; died May 22,
1936, by accidental death; aged 79 y. 8 m. 12 d. He united with
the Mennonite Church in 1882 and remained a faithful member to
the end. Oct. 7, 1881 he was united in marriage to Cathrine Weaver
who preceded him in death. To this union were born: 1 son, William
of Middlebury, and 2 daughters, Edna at home, and Elzina who preceded
him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure a son, a daughter,
1 sister of Hesston, Kans., 9 grandchildren, and a host of relatives
"Let hope's bright beams dispel the gloom
That fills your throbbing breast.
'Twas Jesus kindly bade him come,
And called him to His breast."
Witmer.-Verena Ida, the only daughter of Mrs. Jesse A. Witmer, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., on Nov. 18, 1910; passed away at Preston, Ont., May 24, 1936; aged 25 y. 6 m. 6 d. She had been in failing health for some time and the end came peacefully on the above date. In her early years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and became a member of the Blenheim Mennonite congregation. She bore her affliction with Christian fortitude, expressing a love for her Savior, keeping on the victory side, and manifested a keen interest in the mission cause. She left a bright testimony and expressed a desire to depart and be with her Lord. Her mother is the lone survivor, her father having died twenty years ago, and a brother a year later. Funeral services were held on May 26 with services at the home by Bro. B. B. Shantz and at the Hagey Church with Bro. B. B. Shantz in charge, assisted by M. H. Shantz. Text, Psa. 39:4, 5. Burial in the Wanner Cemetery.
Kennell.-Mattie Swartzendruber was born in Ontario May
27, 1859; died at her home near Albany, Oreg., May 2, 1936; aged
76 y. 11 m. 5 d .April 20, 1880 she was married to C. R. Kennell.
In 1894 they moved with their family to Thurman, Colo., later
moving to Linn Co., Oreg. Surviving her are her husband, 5 children
(Eli, Samuel, John, and Emma Kennel and Mrs. Sarah Krabill), 16
grandchildren, and a brother and sister still in Canada. Four
sons preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as
her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained
a faithful member for over 60 years. She will be greatly missed
in home and church. Funeral services were held in the home and
in Fairview Mennonite Church near Albany, conducted by Brethern
C. R. Gerig and N. A. Lind. Text, Jno. 14:1-6, 27. Interment in
Riverside Cemetery near Albany.
"Mother dear hath left us lonely,
Here our loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Lough.-Mary Jane Eye was born in Franklin, W. Va., Sept. 15, 1859; died at her home in Crabtree, Oreg., April 30, 1936; aged 76 y. 7 m. 15 d. She was married to N. W. Lough March 9, 1885, and soon after they moved to Rockingham Co., Va. In early life she was converted and received into the Mennonite Church by Bishop Samuel Coffman. They lived in Rockingham and Fauquier counties, Virginia, until 1903, when they moved to the state of Washington and four years later they moved to Oregon. At the time of her death she with her husband was a member of the Fairview congregation near Albany. Surviving her are husband, 4 children (A. F., W. B., Mrs. M. M. Bailey, and Mrs. 0. H. Osborn), 19 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Albany Mennonite Church, in charge of M. E. Brenneman, C. R. Gerig, and Henry Gerig. Text, II Cor. 5:1-8. Burial in Palestine Cemetery near Albany.
Hough.-Mitchell, youngest son of the late Martin B.
and Lydia (Fretts) Hough, was born May 9, 1879 at Scottdale, Pa.;
died May 25, 1936 at the Mennonite Home, Eureka, Ill. aged 57
y. 16 d. He was blind all his life. He united with the Presbyterian
Church in his youth. Later he affiliated himself with the Mennonite
Church of which he remained a faithful member to the end. He never
missed a communion. He loved the church and his aim and desire
was to leave the world a better place for having lived in it.
His passing away is deeply felt in the Home and by loved ones.
He enjoyed good health for many years for which he was thankful,
but later suffered two strokes from which he was in much distress.
His condition became more and more acute until the morning of
May 25 when he peacefully fell asleep to meet his Pilot face to
face. Funeral services were conducted at the Home May 27, by Bro.
Ezra Yordy. Texts, Matt. 25:1-10; I Sam. 20:1-3. He is survived
by 1 brother Henry F., Alverton, Pa.), 3 sisters (Emma Ridenour,
Scottdale, Pa.; Nora Cochran, Twin Falls, Idaho; Myrtle Hixon,
Pennsville, Pa.), also a number of nephews and nieces.
"There is a house not made with hands
Beyond its golden door
Awaits the one who's now away,
Not lost-but gone before.'
Brackbill.-Bishop Christian M. Brackbill was born near Kinzers, Pa., Dec. 5, 1853; died March 8, 1936; aged 82 y. 3 m. 3 d. On Nov. 20, 1879 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth K. Denlinger. To this union were born 6 children, 2 of whom preceded him in death. Those remaining are Landis D., Gap, Pa.; Anna, wife of William Fenninger, Demar, N. Y. ; Mary, wife of Enos Zimmerman, Paradise, Pa.; Joseph D., Kinzers, Pa. At an early age he lost both father and mother. The family was scattered among relatives. When our departed brother (the oldest of the family) was 24, he purchased a home and again brought the family together. Early in life he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful worker until death. In the Sunday school he found opportunity for Christian service. Here he labored faithfully as the superintendent of Hershey Sunday School for eight years. The first Sunday school at Hershey was held April 24, 1887, and Bishop Brackbill was the first superintendent at that place. On Sept. 17, 1896 he was called to the ministry of the Word. His call to this office greatly increased his responsibility and opportunity as a servant in his beloved church. Our brother was a lover of peace. Strife and contention were to him unchristian: -to be at peace with God and man should be a coveted goal for every Christian. On Dec. 6, 1910 he was ordained to the office of bishop, which position he held until the time of his passing away. It may be said of him from both church and community interests that he was a good counsellor and adviser, well loved, and filled such a large place by his faithful service that the vacancy will be keenly felt. His call to preach the Word at funerals to all classes of people and all denominations was equalled by few. Through his life of piety and godliness and by his readiness to help others our brother won a place of deep affection in the hearts of all. Long may the memories of his patient and kind disposition, his principles of honest and upright living live on through us. He was in failing health for the past six months. Friday, Feb. 28, he was admitted to the General Hospital, where he passed away nine days later. Bro. Brackbill's own illness and suffering never made him unmindful of others, but he was always kind and tried to be helpful even though his physical condition would not permit. He leaves his sorrowing, aged companion, 4 children, and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 12 at the Kinzers Church by Bishop Noah Landis and Abram Martin. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 5. Interment in Hershey Cemetery. May we all be inspired to fight on for Jesus and be filled with a courage like his. May the life of Bishop Brackbill cause the young people to realize the power and dignity of the Christian ministry.
Deiver-Samuel, son of Nathan and Elizabeth (Riddle) Deiver, was born Nov. 21, 1850, at Mitchel, Ind.; departed this life Friday morning, May 22, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clara King, near East Lynne, Mo.; aged 85 y. 6 m. 1 d. He was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Kern of Williams, Ind., on Sept. 1, 1873. They were blessed with 62 years of wedded life, being greatly devoted to each other. His devotion was tested and proved by his patience, tenderness, and loving care to her during her long illness. Her death occurred May 25, 1935. This happy union was blessed with 7 children, 5 of whom are living-Mrs. Clara E. King, East Lynne, Mo.; Mrs. Katie Currie, Hopkins, Mo.; Mrs. Burley Roxie Baker, Tekamah, Neb.; Clark, Tekamah, Neb.; Walter, East Lynne, Mo. Two daughters preceded him in death. He accepted his Savior when a young man and became an active member of the Christian Church, and held many prominent positions in religious work. He discharged his duties in the church, home and business life in a quiet, unassuming manner, being strong and firm in his convictions and upright in his dealings. His passing away is mourned by 3 daughters, 2 sons, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and many friends. Funeral services at the Christian church in East Lynne, Mo., May 24, conducted by I. G. Hartzler. Text, Zech. 1:5 and Job 14:14. Interment in Orient Cemetery.
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Thomas.-Sister Pollie (Livingston) Thomas was born in Somerset County, Pa., Aug. 16, 1850; died near Davidsville, Pa., June 5, 1936; aged 85 y. 9 m. 20 d. She was married to Peter Thomas and they were the parents of one son who survives his mother. She is also survived by a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Stahl Mennonite Church, of which she was a member, by S. G. Shetler and Sanford G. Shetler. The body was laid away in the Jere Livingston graveyard.
Ruhl.-Miss Susan H. Ruhl, formerly of near Manheim, Pa.. died at the age of sixty, of complications, on May 6, 1936 at the Oreville Mennonite Home. She was a daughter of the late Henry and Fannie Hoffer Ruhl, and was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by the following half-brothers and half-sisters: Abram, Henry, Joseph, and George Summy of Manheim, R. D.; Jacob Summy, Lititz, Pa.; John Summy, Oreville Home; Mary Summy, Lititz; Mrs. Jacob Spangler, Washington Boro. All services were held at the Mennonite Home May 9, 1936, with interment in Hernley's Mennonite Cemetery near Manheim.
Biers.-Mary Bugbee was born Jan. 8, 1858, near Adrian, Lenowee Co., Mich.; passed from this life to the great beyond on May 28, 1936; aged 78 y. 4 m. 20 d. On Feb. 20, 1878 she was married to Charles Biers. They moved to Manistee Co., in 1882. On Jan. 21, 1908 her husband preceded her in death, after which she made her home with her daughter near Chief, Mich. On July 25, 1920, she became a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church in which faith she died. The following children survive: Franklin, of Suttons Bay; George of Detroit; Gertrude (Mrs. Fred Parsons), of Chief; Lavern of Detroit. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church May 30 by her pastor, C. C. Culp. Text, Psa. 16 :6. Burial in Bear Lake Twp. Cemetery.
King.-Mary Jeanette, daughter of Marion Y. and Artie
(Kauffman) King, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, March 7, 1923;
died Saturday, May 9, 1936; aged 13 y. 2 m. 2 d. She was an invalid
since early childhood and bedfast for a number of years. Always
patient, she was an example to those in the home who daily cared
for her. In her passing she leaves her father, mother, 3 brothers
(Hugh, Arthur, and Fred), and 1 sister (Doris Marie). Two sisters
(Justine and Laura Belle) passed away six years ago. Funeral services
were held Monday afternoon at the home and at South Union Church
by John Y. King. Burial was made in the South Union Cemetery.
"Another hand is beckoning us,
Another call is given;
And glows once more with angel's steps,
The path which reaches heaven."
Mellinger.-Ezra H., son of Jacob (Hertzler) and Elizabeth (Hershey) Mellinger, was born Feb. 3, 1861, near Strasburg, Pa.; died May 2, 1936; aged 75 y. 2 m. 29 d. On Sept. 11, 1888 he was married to Mary K. Andrews who preceded him in death nine years. Two children (Anna E. and Clarence) survive, also 6 grandchildren. Three others in the home learned to know and appreciate a kind foster father's care. A brother (John H.) and a sister (Mrs. Isaac H. Rohrer) also survive. He was a teacher in the Sunday school and superintendent of Paradise Sunday school for twenty-three years. He was much interested in the young people and much concerned about the work of the church. He was kind, faithful, steadfast, always in the place that was his. Brief funeral services were held at the home of his son on May 6 by Bro. Ira L. Hershey and. at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Bishop Abram L. Martin and Bro. Parke Book. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.
Wenger.-Elvin D., son of Noah W. and Elma Denlinger
Wenger, of Bareville, Pa., was born May 30, 1934; departed May
17, 1936. He became seriously ill with pneumonia and five days
later passed away. We humbly submit to His will knowing that our
Father has a wise purpose in all things. Elvin's life here was
indeed a bud to blossom in the better land. What a consolation
to know he is "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." His short
stay with us has meant much. He leaves his parents, 3 brothers
(Mervin, Arthur, Lloyd), 1 sister (Miriam), and also his maternal
grandparents (Benj. L. and Bertha Denlinger). Services were conducted
at the home by Bro. Eli Sauder and at Groffdale Mennonite Church
by Bros. Benj. G. Wenger and Elmer G. Martin. Text, Job 26 :14a.
His little form was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery where
it awaits the resurrection morning.
"Dear loved one, we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished
'Til we see thy heavenly face."
Landes.-On March 30, 1936, at the home of Isaac Grove near Lyndhurst, Va., Sister Nannie Landes passed from time to eternity; aged 75 y. 6 m. 20 d. She was a faithful member of the church, since girlhood. She had many hard trials in life, but bore them bravely and we beHeve ever trusting in her Savior. She fell and fractured her hip nearly a year before her death. She had recovered so much that she could get about on crutches, was permitted to meet with us in sewing circle (in which she took great interest) once and once at church after the accident. The cause of her death was heart trouble. She leaves 2 daughters (Mrs. Emma Grove with whom she lived and Mrs. SalHe Burkholder of Elkhart, Ind.), 2 sisters, some grandchildren, besides other relatives to mourn her passing. Services were held at the home April 1, 1936 by the brethren J. R. Driver, E. F. Heatwole, and E. C. Shank. Further services were held at the Pike Church, Rockingham Co., by Bro. Leonard Jones and J. R. Driver. Interment in the cemetery near the church where she attended church in her former days.
Glick.-Joseph E., son of Martin and Catherine Glick, was born Oct. 31, 1873 at Weyer's Cave, Va.; departed this life at his home at Modesto, Calif., May 11, 1936; aged 62 y. 6 m. 11 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth, always endeavoring to live a faithful and consistent Christian life. He lived in Virginia until 1900, in which year he moved to Nampa, Idaho. At this place he was married to Alice Schrock in 1907. Later they moved to Corning, Calif., then to Albany, Oreg., and back again to California. In 1923 he and his family moved to Modesto where he lived until his death. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow, 6 children (Mrs. Mary Weaver, Winton, Calif.; Mrs. Martha Horst, Terra Bella, Calif.; Mrs. Myrta Hedger, Firebaugh, Calif.; Mrs. Ruby Doane, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Benjamin and William at home), 13 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Edward of Washington and John of Virginia), 4 sisters (Mrs. Martha Pratt of Washington, Mrs. Sophia Mollahan of Maryland, Mrs. Maggie Driver and Miss MolHe Glick of Virginia), also a host of friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held at the funeral chapel in Modesto in charge of J. P. Bontrager, assisted by Emanuel Stahly. Text, Heb. 2:9, a text often quoted by Bro. Glick. The body was laid to rest in the Modesto Cemetery.
Wenger.-Lizzie N., widow of the late Milton M. Wenger,
was born Dec. 18, 1868; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Elam Witmer near Brownstown, Pa., after a few days' illness of
pneumonia; aged 67 y. 3 m. 16 d. She is survived by 3 sons (Isaac,
Frank, and Noah), 5 daughters (Mrs. Mahlon Nolt, Mrs. Elam Witmer,
Mrs. Aldus Hershey, Mrs. John Burkholder, Mrs. Roy Stauffer),
43 grandchildren, and a brother and sister. Two sons and one daughter
died in infancy. She was a faithful member of the Groffdale Mennonite
Church for many years. It could well be said of her as in Proverbs
31 :27, 28, "She looketh well to the ways of her household
and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and
call her blessed: her husband also he praiseth her." She
lived a quiet Christian life and seldom if ever complained. Father
and mother have gone before and may we so live that the circle
may be unbroken over there. The funeral services were conducted
by Bro. Eli Sauder at the home of her daughter with further services
at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bro. John W. Weaver and Bro.
Benjamin Wenger. Text, Psa. 116 :15.
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear,
Of one we loved and cherished here:
God took her home; it was His will,
But in our hearts she liveth still."
Eichelberger.-Andrew, son of Chris and Mary Eichelberger, the oldest of three sons, was born in Germany July 13, 1860; died at the home of his oldest son Henry near Hydro, Okla., May 30, 1936; aged 75 y. 11 m. 17 d. He was converted in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church where he was a faithful member and consistent worker to the end. He attended services the last time on Easter Sunday, having a special desire to be present that day. In Sept., 1885 he came to America to join his parents and brothers at Gridley, Ill., who had preceded him to this country. As a family they then moved to Stuttgart, Ark. At this place he was married to Anna Gingerich in 1888. To this union were born 6 sons and 1 daughter, 3 sons having died in infancy. In 1895 he with his family moved to Manson, Iowa, from which place they moved to Hydro, Okla., in 1908. In April, 1909, his wife passed away at which time his mother came to help him and in about a year she passed on. He leaves behind 2 sons (Henry and Joe), 1 daughter (Mary), 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Pete of Delavan, Ill.; Chris of Beemer, Nebr.). His helpfulness and sympathy will be greatly missed in the home and church as well. Funeral services were held June 1 at the Pleasant View Church by Joseph Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber. Text, Psa. 139 :14. Interment in cemetery near by.
Zurcher-Benjamin Franklin, eldest son of Abraham and
Elizabeth (Tschantz) Zurcher, was born March 11, 1860, near Apple
Creek, Ohio; departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Clyde Saurer, May 26, 1936, being sick only a few days; aged 76
y. 2 m. 15 d. He lived his entire life in the same neighborhood
in which he was born. He was united in marriage to Fanny Hofstettler
March 4, 1886, who preceded him Feb. 17, 1910. To this union were
born 4 sons and 4 daughters. He leaves to mourn his departure
2 sons (William of Apple Creek and Elmer of Corpus Christis),
3 daughters (Mrs. Emma Saurer of Apple Creek, Mrs. Sarah Snyder
of Massillon, and Mrs. Viola Cheyney of Canton), 10 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Lena Zurcher), besides other
relatives and friends. He joined the Sonnenberg Church when he
was about 20 years old. He was preceded in death by 2 sons (Adam
when about two years of age, and Andrew who died March 20, 1913)
and 1 daughter (Mrs. Hiram Welty who died Sept. 3, 1931). Funeral
services were conducted at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church by the
Brethren Louis Amstutz, Jacob Neuenschwander, and J. S. Moser.
Text, Psa. 10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Farewell dear father, sweet thy rest,
Weary with years and worn with pain.
Farewell till in some happy place
We shall behold thy face again.
Rich.--Katie Rich was born in Hickory Co., Mo., on Dec. 27, 1883; died April 21, 1936 at her home near Pryor, Okla.; aged 53 y. 4 m. 21 d. When a year old she with her parents moved to Ark. At the age of seven years she and her brother John were left orphans and were adopted by an uncle, Jacob Yoder. In her girlhood years she united with the Amish Mennonite church to which she was faithful until death. In 1912 she came to Pryor, Okla., where her foster father died in 1914. Since that time she made her home with the Springer family. She leaves to mourn her departure one brother, John Rich of Ohio, and a host of relatives and friends. She had been failing in health for some time but failed fast the last three weeks. Shortly before her death she called her loved ones to her bedside and especially the three children whom she had helped to rear and admonished them one by one to live such a life that some day they would meet her. She was of a loving and friendly disposition and was a willing helper in time of need. Her place was seldom vacant in Sunday school and church and she will be sadly missed in the home where she seemed as a mother. Funeral services were held April 24 at Zion Mennonite church in charge of Bro. Isaac Hartzler of East Lynne, Mo., and I. J. Hartzler of Pryor. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in Fair View Cemetery.
Eigsti.-Daniel, son of Joseph and Susan Eigsti, was
born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Feb. 14, 1861; died at his home in
Flanagan June 2, 1936; aged 75 y. 3 m. 19 d. He accepted Christ
as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, and ever remained
faithful. In the year 1882 he was united in marriage to Lizzie
Steinman of near Flanagan. This union was blessed with 6 children-2
daughters and 4 sons. The oldest daughter died in infancy. The
children were quite small when the mother was taken to her eternal
home on July 25, 1897. On Oct. 5, 1910 he was united in marriage
to Mrs. Barbara Yoder, a sister of his former wife, who survives.
Besides his companion he leaves 1 daughter (Susie, wife of Wm.
J. Schertz), 4 sons (Sam and Will of Flanagan, Edward of Gridley,
and Noah of El Paso), 1 brother (Samuel of Kansas), 2 sisters
(Mary Kauffman, Manson, Ia.; Lydia Saltzman, Flanagan, Ill.),
15 grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
His seat at church services was seldom vacant when health and
weather permitted. His quiet and congenial disposition won for
him many friends. He had been ailing the past year, but was able
to be up and around. He became suddenly ill on Tuesday evening
with heart failure. Just before he passed away he said, "Just
as well now as any time" and peacefully fell asleep. Funeral
services were held at the Waldo Church conducted by Bro. D. W.
Slagel and Bro. J. D. Hartzler. Burial in Waldo Cemetery.
"The lights are gone out in this mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn, the dweller's away;
He slipped from the threshold of earth's dark night,
And made his abode in the city of light."
Albrecht.-Lizzie Ringenberg was born in France Oct.
26, 1863, the daughter of Christian and Mary Ringenberg. With
her parents she emigrated to America at the age of three years.
They located on a farm in Bureau Co., Ill. When she was 13 years
old her mother became seriously ill, suffering for a period of
two years. As she was the oldest of five children it fell her
lot to care for her invalid mother, take care of the household
duties and the four smaller children. She was united in marriage
to Joseph O. Albrecht on Feb. 10, 1884, and spent most of her
time living near Waldo Township. Her two youngest sisters made
their home with her till they grew to womanhood and were married.
One child (Edna B. Morse) from the Orphans' Home at Normal was
given a home here. She is now Mrs. Harry Fields of Kentucky. At
an early age she united with the Mennonite Church near Tiskilwa,
Ill., and later transferred her membership to the Waldo Mennonite
Church, and remained faithful until God saw it best to call her
home on Jan. 4, 1936; aged 72 y. 2 m. 8 d. While her death distressed
and overwhelmed her loved ones with feelings of loneliness, they
realize that her departure was as the peaceful, timely setting
of the sun at the close of a long, bright summer day. They were
the parents of one child, John W., who with the husband survives.
Others surviving are 1 brother (Christian H.), 3 sisters (Mrs.
Mary Bachman, Mrs. Laura King, and Mrs. Emma Kennell), and a number
of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 7, 1936,
at the home and at the Waldo Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro.
J. D. Hartzler and Bro. D. W. Slagel. Interment in the Waldo Cemetery.
"Dear wife and mother, ne'er shall we forget
Thy brow, thine eye, thy pleasant smile;
Though in the sea of death hath set
Thy star of life, our guide awhile.
Oh never shall thy form depart,
From the bright picture in our hearts."
Ensz.-Our father, Preacher and Editor Abraham G. Ensz,
was born March 13, 1867, in the village Fishau, South Russia.
It pleased the good Lord to call my husband and our father and
Shepherd from us to his eternal home, May 2, 1936, at the age
of 69 y. 1 m. and 19 d. During the year 1876 he with his parents
immigrated to this country, settling in McPherson Co., near Inman,
Kans. He received his education partly in Russia and partly in
this country. He became convicted of his lost condition and through
repentance found peace with his Savior, and through the confession
of his faith, he united in fellowship through baptism into the
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite.
Jan. 17, 1888, he united in marriage with me (Margaret Klassen). We mutually shared our joys and sorrows of life 48 y. 3 m. and 16 d. The good Heavenly Father with the church called my companion to preach the glad tidings of salvation, and he was ordained to this office Jan. 7, 1894, at Inman, Kans., by late Bishop John Holdeman. He began his work with this little flock as Paul said, "With great fear and much trembling," humbling himself under the power of the Holy Ghost, as the Apostle teaches, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock." By his efforts to retain unity in his little flock we have enjoyed many blessings. During 1921, the churches at large chose Father for Editor of the church paper, "Botschafter der Wahrheit." Herein he served 15 years, always appreciating the advice and assistance of the brotherhood.
My husband and our father took great interest in the welfare of the church, was much interested and concerned in the welfare of the young members with whom he loved to labor in fellowship. He loved to visit the ailing, for whom he had an affectionate sympathy, leaving words of comfort with prayer, and often by correspondence offered words of encouragement. In later years he became very much impressed of the need to have brethren ordained to the ministry in our congregation, and was much pleased that his wishes were carried out a year ago; this gave him opportunity to give these young laborers the necessary instructions.
January last Father was taken so ill with pneumonia, that his recovery became very questionable; but through the many prayers the Lord saw best to spare him for a short needed work and message for us and the church.
From his last winter's attack of 2 weeks' illness he apparently did not fully recover and April 29, he complained that he did not feel well, but continued at his daily duties. In the evening we were in church council, where he as our leader, gave us the much needed instructions. The following day he worked, planting shrubbery about our house yard, in which he took much interest. Towards evening he was found lying on the little porch which he had recently built. When we saw him, and noticed something gravely wrong, we at once called the doctor, who pronounced his illness a very severe attack of pneumonia. This rapidly became so intense, that no medical aid could save father; so he peacefully responded to God's summons Saturday evening, May 2, at 11:30.
To him were born 8 sons, 7 daughters, and 66 grandchildren. One son and 6 grandchildren preceded father in death. He leaves to mourn his deeply bereaved companion, 7 sons, 7 daughters, 60 grandchildren, with many other relatives and friends, with the hope that he is called to his eternal rest.
Funeral services began at the home and then in a large tabernacle beside the church near Inman, Kans., Wednesday afternoon, May 6, where nearly 1800 people had gathered to show their last tribute of love. Services were opened by singing several German songs; then Bro. David Dyck read a passage and spoke, then leading in prayer. Then Bro. J. T. Wiebe of St. Anne, Man., spoke from II Cor. 5 :1-3; then Bro. John A. Becker, Galva, Kans., spoke from II Tim. 4 :6-8. Both spoke in German. Then Bro. F. H. Wenger of Moundridge, Kans., spoke in English; then Bro. H. D. Smith of Fairview, Okla., closed with prayer. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery beside the church, when Bro. J. N. Yost of Copeland, Kans., spoke the benediction.
Mother and Children.
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Landis.-Amos M., son of the late David and Fannie (Mayer) Landis, was born Dec. 20, 1852; died Jan. 27, 1936; aged 83 y. 1 m. 7 d. On Oct. 13, 1875, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Herr, daughter of Pre. Amos Herr, who preceded him in death over twenty-seven years ago. The following children survive him: Anna H., wife of Frank E. Herr, Millersville, Pa.; Mary F., wife of Charles H. Mumma, East Orange, N. J.; Esther L., wife of Daniel C. Frost, Bloomfield, N. J.; Elizabeth and David M. at home. Many years ago he accepted Christ as his Savior and he was a faithful member and attendant of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the home and Willow Street Mennonite Church, conducted by the Brethren Frank Herr, Jacob Harnish and Christian Brubaker. Text, Psa. 91 :1.
Eberly.-Jacob Hess Eberly died suddenly at his home at Cearfoss, Md., on Friday evening, March 6, 1936, of a cerebral hemorrhage; aged 61 y. 10 m. 4 d. He was a member of Reiff's Mennonite Church for a number of years. Surviving are his wife (Amanda Lesher Eberly), 5 daughters (Mrs. Florence Henesy, Williamsport, Md; Mrs. Ethel Wolfinger, Leitersburg, Md.; Carrie M., Ruth E., Reba B. at home), 4 sons (Lester H. at home; Irvin B. and Israel of Hagerstown, Md.; Amos E., Waynesboro, Va.), 1 sister (Mrs. Jacob H. Hershey, Lititz, Pa.), 3 brothers (Reuben B., Fayetteville, Pa.; Benjamin F., Chambersburg, Pa.; Daniel B., Lititz, Pa.). The funeral was held on March 9 at the house and at Reiffs Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Denton Martin. Text, I Sam. 20:3. Interment was made in the Mennonite cemetery north of Chambersburg, Pa.
Kaser.-Mary Elizabeth Kaser, wife of Josiah Kaser, was born near Shanesville, Ohio, July 29, 1859; died at the home of her son Charles near Winesburg, Ohio, June 9, 1936; aged 76 y. 10 m. 10 d. She was married to Josiah Kaser in June, 1876. To them were born 5 children. Her husband and 1 child preceded her in death. Those who survive are Jonathan of Beach City, O.; Charles of Wilmot, O.; Mrs. Melinda Senger, Bowdil, O.; and Mrs. Sadie Horst of Navarre, O. She united with the Longenecker Mennonite Church near Winesburg, O., in 1892, and remained faithful until death. Besides her 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, 3 brothers and a large circle of relatives and friends mourn her departure. Funeral services were held June 12 in the home by I. J. Buchwalter assisted by P. B. Lantz. Interment in Winesburg Cemetery.
Zeigler-Edith Catherine, daughter of I. B. and Mamie
Witmer, was born at Wakarusa, Ind., June 27, 1892; died June 4,
1936, near Leetonia, Ohio. On September 9, 1914, she was married
to Paul Zeigler of Leetonia, Ohio. To this union five children
were born. Her mother, a brother, a sister and a son at the age
of two years preceded her in death. Her father, a brother, 4 children,
and her husband survive to mourn her passing. She was a loving
and obedient child in her parental home and a loving and devoted
companion and mother. When she was eleven years old she united
with the Mennonite Church and has been a faithful member. For
a number of years she has rendered faithful and efficient service
as a teacher in the primary department of the Sunday school. Her
death was due to inflammatory rheumatism and heart failure. Funeral
services were conducted at the house by David Lehman and at the
Midway Church by Bros. S. A. Yoder and Paul Yoder. The body was
laid to rest in the Midway Cemetery.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we keenly feel;
But tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrow heal."
Buckwalter.-Ira Lee, only child of Ira and Pauline
Intercourse, Pa., was born July 6, 1932; died April 17, 1936;
aged 3 y. 9 m. 11 d. Our dear child in the few years of his life
had to endure suffering at times, having an affliction from birth
which it seemed all that medical science could do would give but
temporary relief from time to time, but he was a bright and happy
child and brought many happy moments and much sunshine into our
lives, and it gives us much comfort to know that he is free from
all pain and distress. Beside his parents he is survived by his
maternal grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Rohrer, and his paternal
grandmother, Mrs. Sem Eby, both of Intercourse. Funeral services
were held at the home and at the Paradise Mennonite Church, April
20, Bros. David Landis and Abram Martin in charge. Text, "Of
such is the kingdom of heaven." Interment in the cemetery
Out of our arms, into His care
Who watches over all,
Our little one has just passed on
To the life beyond the wall;
And though the loss is hard to bear,
We're comforted, and know
That all is well with our dear one,
We now are missing so.
Hostetler.--Moses Henry Hostetler was born in Honeyville, Ind., Sept. 4, 1865; died at his home near Hubbard, Oreg., May 25, 1936; aged 70 y. 8 m. 20 d. He was married Jan. 23, 1890 to Elizabeth Eash, who preceded him in death Aug. 23, 1915. He later married Mellie (Troyer) Kauffman of Hubbard, who survives him. Besides his widow he leaves 5 sons, 3 daughters, and 1 step-daughter to mourn their loss: Chris of California, Forrest of Lebanon, Truman of Salem, Pius and Harold of Hubbard, Ellen of Molalla, Mayme of Hubbard, Nora of California, Grace of Forest Grove. There are also 19 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 6 brothers (George of Hubbard; Sem, Milton, Pius, Levi, and David of illinois). He accepted Christ in his youth and became affiliated with the Mennonite Church, and was a member of the Zion Mennonite Church of Hubbard for thirty-five years. He will be greatly missed in the church, home, and community. Funeral services were held May 27 at the home and at Zion Church, conducted by Ed. Z. Yoder, Paul Roth, and Clarence Kropf. Text, Jno. 8:51 and first clause of Rom. 6:23.
"We will meet with you, our father,
In that home so bright and fair,
And join you in the happy praise
Of our Savior over there."
Beck.-Fannie King, wife of Daniel Beck (deceased) was
born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Mar. 1, 1863; died at her home near
Pettisville, Ohio, May 14, 1936; aged 73 y. 2 m. 13 d. On April
13, 1882, she was united in marriage to Daniel Beck who preceded
her in death five and one- half years. This union was blessed
with 11 children. She leaves to mourn her children, 24 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, and many near relatives and
friends. Her husband, 3 children, and 5 grandchildren preceded
her in death. About nine years ago she fell and fractured her
hip, which left her in such a condition that she never was able
to walk without crutches. She was of a quiet, kind and loving
disposition, always by the help and grace of God able to bear
her burdens and sufferings in a Christian-like spirit, and anxiously
awaiting the end. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior
and united with the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful
until death. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite
Church Sunday afternoon, May 17, conducted by S. D. Grieser, assisted
by S. S. Wyse. Text, Psa. 89 :48; Jno. 8 :51. Burial in Pettisville
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us
For that home beyond the skies,
But we long again to meet thee
In the realms of Paradise.
Weaver-Levi B. Weaver died at his home in New Holland,
Pa., on April 27, 1936; aged 74 y. 6 m. 14 d. On Jan. 19, 1888,
he was united in marriage to Caroline Martin. To this union were
born eight children. One of these, an infant daughter, preceded
him into the Father's presence. His wife and the following children
survive: Harry, Horace and William of New Holland; Benjamin of
Bareville; Hettie, wife of Jacob Shirk, Paradise; Levi of Neffsville,
Ivan of Brownstown. He united with the Mennonite Church when a
young man and never missed a service when at all able to attend.
On Dec. 10, 1935, he suffered a stroke from which he never fully
recovered. Complications set in and during the last few weeks
of his life his suffering was intense. By the grace of God he
bore it patiently and spoke many times of the glory that was awaiting
him, repeating Rom. 8 :18. Funeral services at the home were conducted
by Bro. Noah Sauder, using his favorite Psalm-the 23rd. Further
services were held at Weaverland by Bro. John W. Weaver. Text,
Rom. 8 :18. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery, Bishop
John Sauder officiating there.
"Deep in our hearts lies a picture
Of loved ones laid to rest;
In memory framed we will keep it,
Because they were of the best."
Kauffman.-Mary Ann, daughter of Christian Z. and Fannie (Byler) King, was born on Nov. 14 1873; died June 3, 1936; aged 62 y. 6 m. 20 d. The family home has been in Logan Co., Ohio, for many years, and almost her entire life was spent in the home near West Liberty, Ohio, where she died. At the age of fifteen she accepted Christ as her Savior and became a member of the South Union Mennonite Church where she was a faithful member to the last. On Jan. 9, 1913, she was married to Jacob Z. Kauffman of New Wilmington, Pa. In doing this she undertook to be a mother to six motherless children, who have all grown to manhood and womanhood, and have shown their appreciation of her motherly care by caring for her in her sickness. She was very much interested in the work of the Sewing Circle and did her part in helping along with the work. In the last few years she suffered a number of severe heart attacks, her last illness beginning on Easter Sunday evening while attending the Easter services. Since then she gradually grew weaker until her death on the morning of June 3. She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 27, 1923, also by her father, mother, 2 brothers and 1 half-sister. Remaining to mourn her death are the children (W. Wallace and Ida M. Kauffman, West Liberty, O.; David M. and Lee R., Bellefontaine, O.; Harry L., Mio, Mich.; Florence F., Cleveland, O.), 10 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Andrew and John H. King, West Liberty, O.; Christian King, Canton, O.), 2 sisters (Mrs. R. E. Zook and Fannie King, West Liberty, O.), also 2 aged uncles and 1 aunt. Funeral services were held at the house in charge of John Y. King and at the South Union Church by S. E. Allgyer and Marion King. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
Sommer-Joseph Sommer, son of George and Anna Gasser
Sommer, was born near Spring Bay, Ill., Oct. 14, 1840; passed
away at his home in Washington, Ill., April 10, 1936; aged 95
y. 5 m. 24 d. His parents came to this country from France by
sail boat in 1836, coming by way of New Orleans up the Mississippi
and landing near Peoria. They located near Spring Bay, where Bro.
Sommer was born and grew to manhood. He is the last of a family
of nine children. In 1868 Bro. Sommer was united in marriage to
Magdalena Naffziger. To this union 7 children were born, 3 of
whom are living. They located on a farm four miles northeast of
Washington, where Mrs. Sommer passed away in 1899. Bro. Sommer
continued living on the farm until 1906 when he moved to Washington
where he has since resided. When a young man he united with the
Metamora Mennonite Church, of which he remained a faithful member
until his death. For the last several years Bro. Sommer has been
blind, but has borne this affliction with wonderful patience and
Christian fortitude. His health had been failing during the past
year, and he had been bedfast for several months until his spirit
was released Friday afternoon, April 10, at 5 o'clock, when he
went home to be with his Lord.
He leaves to miss him 3 children. William and Emma Sommer of Washington, Mrs. Peter Strubhar of Peoria, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were held in the afternoon of April 13, at the house and at Calvary Mennonite Church in Washington, Ill. Bro. Andrew Schrock of Metamora spoke at the house as did also Robert Strubhar, grandson of Bro. Sommer. Bro. Henry H. Schertz of Metamora had charge of the services at the church, assisted by Ben Esch, pastor of Calvary Mennonite Church. Bro. Sommer was the oldest resident in this community.
When my life-work is ended, and I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning I shall see;
I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side,
And His smile will be the first to welcome me.
Written by the family.
Riegsecker.-Joseph J., son of Joseph and Magdalena
was born in Alsace, France, Mar. 25, 1857; departed this life
May 27, 1936; aged 79 y. 2 in. 2 d. When ten years of age he with
his parents came to this country where he grew to manhood and
spent his life. On Jan. 14, 1897, he was united in marriage to
Mary Roth. This union was blessed with one son. Six years ago
he was seriously sick and never fully recovered, leaving him in
a weakened condition the rest of his days. Yet when death came
he was conscious to the end, expressing a readiness to meet his
Lord. He was the oldest of a family of 4 brothers and 1 sister,
also the last one of the family to depart this life. He was a
man of few words, having a longing to have pence with everyone.
In his younger years he accepted Christ as his Savior and united
with the Mennonite Church. He tried to live a faithful and consistent
life unto the end. In passing he leaves to mourn his companion,
1 son (Albert), 1 step-son (Jonas Roth), 6 grandchildren, and
many other close relatives and friends. His parents, brothers
and sister all preceded him in death. Funeral services were held
May 30 at the Central Mennonite Church in charge of E. B. Frey,
assisted by D. J. Johns of Goshen, Ind., and E. B. Stoltzfus of
Hudson, Ohio. Burial in Eckley Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, toils are ended,
And our Father is at rest."
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