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Stoltzfus.-Kenneth Glenn, son of Reuben and Dorothy Stoltzfus, was born Dec. 8, 1935; died Mar. 13, 1937; aged 1 y. 3 m. 5 d. Besides his parents he is survived by his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Christ Kennel of Christiana), paternal grandmother (Mrs. Leah Stoltzfus) and a great-grandmother (Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher). Services were held at Millwood Church by Bros. John A. Kennel and M. S. Stoltzfus. Text, Luke 9 :38.
Weaver.-Tilman M., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Weaver was born near North Lima, 0., Oct. 13, 1855; died at his home (the old homestead) Mar. 9, 1937; aged 81 y. 4 m. 28 d. of heart trouble and other complications. He was never married and lived on the farm all his life. His only sister (Lydia), who survives him, kept house for him. One brother (Menno), who for a number of years operated a general store in North Lima, preceded him in death some years ago. Bro. Weaver was, upon confession of faith in the Lord, baptized and received into the Mennonite Church several years ago. Funeral services were held at the North Lima Mennonite Church Mar. 13, 1937, in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner and Paul Yoder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Stutzman.-Nadine, daughter of David and Fanny (Boshart) Stutzman, was born Jan. 5, 1937, near Albany, Oreg.; died Feb. 23, 1937, at the family home; aged 7 w. 1 d., death being due to whooping cough. She is survived by her parents, 3 sisters (Bernice, Doris, and Berdella), 2 brothers (Cecil and Leon). One brother preceded her in death in infancy Jan. 17, 1923. One grandmother, 2 grandfathers, 7 uncles and 4 aunts and a host of other relatives also survive. Little Nadine was not with us long, but her short stay brightened the home, and she will be greatly missed by all of us. As it has pleased God to take her to the glory world we must say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services at Fairview Church in charge of N. A. Lind and H. C. Gerig. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.
Garner.-Mary Ida (Geeseman), wife of Ira Garner, was born Feb. 19, 1873, at Claylick, Franklin Co., Pa.; died at her home near Big Spring, Md., Dec. 25, 1936. She was a consistent and faithful member of the Mennonite Church and of the congregation at Clearspring, Md. Her life and testimony gave evidence of her Christian character and devotion, in the home and community as well as in the Church. Besides her husband she is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Alex. Parrott, Big Spring, Md., and Mrs. Hilda Bricker, Canton, Ill.), and 1 brother (George Geeseman, Canton, Ill.). Funeral services were held on Dec. 30, at the home by Bro. Moses K. Hurst and at the Clearspring meeting-house by Bros. Denton T. Martin and Samuel H. Eby. Text, Luke 10:42. Interment at the Mercersburg, Pa., Cemetery.
Whisler.-Jonas H. Whisler was born Feb. 9, 1890; died
from a heart attack on his birthday, Feb. 9, 1937; aged 47 years.
He was a kind and loving father and is greatly missed everywhere.
He spent his life at one place and is the last of his family.
He was a member of the Mennonite church and remained, faithful
unto death. He is survived by his wife, Elsie, and the following
children: Nora, Suie, Amos, Mabel and Ruth. Funeral services were
held Feb. 13, at the home and at Elizabethtown Mennonite
Church by Bros. Noah Risser and Samuel Fry. Text, Num. 28:10.
Interment in Graybill Cemetery.
'Tis hard to part with father dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But yet we're glad if God thought best,
To end his troubles and give him rest.
-By the Family.
Dunaven.-Frank Calvin, son of David and Louisa (Owens) Dunaven, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., July 5, 1861; died at St. Rita's Hospital, Lima, 0., Mar. 2, 1937; aged 75 y. 7 m. 25 d. He leaves 1 son (Thomas Dunaven of Bellefontaine, 0.), 1 brother (John Dunaven of Va.), a number of nephews and nieces and many other relatives and friends. He has been a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He often expressed himself as wanting to live, but willing to go when God calls him. He spent his leisure hours in singing and writing poetry. In his last illness he sang, "In the Sweet By and By." He often expressed his gratitude for God's love to us. He did his utmost to please those with whom he lived and he will be missed. Funeral services were held March 5 at the Central church at Elida, by Andrew Brenneman, assisted by M. L. Troyer. Text, Eccl. 12:13, 14. Burial in the Salem Cemetery.
Lehman.-Fannie Lehman, widow of Joseph B. Lehman, formerly
of Chambersburg, Pa., died Feb. 23, 1937, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Emanuel Bair, near Hanover, Pa.; aged 85 y. 3 m: 10 d. She
was born in Lancaster Co., a daughter of the late Jacob S. and
Barbara Wenger Ernst. She was a member of the Mennonite Church
for many years. She is survived by 6 children (George E., Lancaster,
R. 1; Jacob E., Chambersburg, R. 3; John H., Levi B., and Joseph
S. of Lancaster City, and Mrs. Bair with whom she resided), 39
grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (George
Ernst, Chambersburg, Pa., and Jacob Ernst, Lancaster). A brief
service was held at the home of Mrs. Bair Friday morning, Feb.
26, after which the body was brought to Chambersburg, Pa., Church
where further services were held. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Services were in charge of Bros. Richard Danner of Hanover and
Harvey E. Shank of Chambersburg.
Her chair long used is empty,
Her glasses laid aside;
Her Bible left to others,
She's gone with Christ to abide.
Yoder.-Levi, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Lesher) Yoder, was born near Leetonia, 0., Aug. 13, 1870; died at the home of his brother-in-law, Bishop A. J. Steiner, following a few days illness from heart trouble and other complications; aged 66 y. 6 m. 5 d. He was the only surviving member of the family, his father preceding him in death Feb. 5, 1905, his mother, Nov. 5, 1927, and one brother (Daniel), Oct. 5, 1874. He was united in marriage to Mary Whitmer of North Lima, 0., June 1, 1915, who also preceded him in death April 22, 1922. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man, with which church he held his membership till death. He had a very tender conscience and a sincere desire to be true to the Lord in every endeavour for right. He served the Leetonia Mennonite Church as a trustee for many years and contributed freely to all enterprises of Church work, especially in lines of missions and charities. In the morning of the day he died he conversed cheerfully with those who were caring for him, saying that the doctor had told him some time ago that in one of these heart attacks he is liable to go, but smilingly remarked, "That does not worry me." He appeared ready to go. In a few hours he drifted into unconsciousness and shortly after midnight he passed on to his eternal reward, It may be a point of interest to his many friends to hear that he, through a will, remembered the three Mennonite churches locally with a liberal donation, as well as the General Mission Board, Goshen College, and Orphans' Home at West Liberty, 0. Funeral services were held at the Midway Church Feb. 21, 1937, with Brethren S. A. Yoder, I. B. Witmer, and David Lehman in charge. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Miller.-Rebecca Hostetler Miller was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 1, 1864; departed this life at her late home near Goshen, Mar. 15, 1937; aged 72 y. 10 m. 14 d. Death came after a long. illness of arthritis and high blood pressure. During all her illness and suffering, Mother Miller was very patient, never complaining, but often expressing her desire to go home to glory. In her early years she accepted the Mennonite faith to which she remained faithful and loyal all her life. She was married to Yost Y. Miller in December, 1879, to which union there were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. She is preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Lizzie. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 7 children (Ira, of Middlebury; Harry, of Wapakonetta, 0.; Mrs. F. D. Yoder of Goshen; Ora, of Goshen; Minnie, at home; Mrs. C. R. Byler, of Goshen; and Truman, of Detroit, Mich.); 2 brothers (C. J. Hostetler, of Mishawaka, and Harry Hostetler, of Middlebury); 27 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host, of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Mar. 17, with brief services at the home and further services at the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, by Bros. D. J. Johns and D. D. Troyer. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Lehman.-Peter H., son of Samuel D. and Elizabeth (Hunsecker) Lehman, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., Mar. 17, 1865; died Mar. 9, 1937; aged 71 y. 9 m. 22 d. On Dec. 20, 1892, he was married to Sarah A. Cockley, of Huntsdale, Pa., who died Sept. 13, 1933. To this union were born 2 sons (Noah C. and Samuel D.), both of whom survive. He is also survived by 1 sister (Lizzie H. Lehman), 3 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. For over three years Bro. Lehman had been suffering from the effects of a stroke, and during most of this time he was unable to walk unaided. However, he was very patient and resigned, and manifested a fine Christian spirit in his afflictions. He was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church for many years and lived a quiet, consistent Christian life. It was his request that the funeral service be conducted in similar manner to that of his predeceased companion. This was carried out as nearly as possible. The funeral was held from his late home and at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church on Mar. 12, with Bros. Harvey B. Shank and D. B. Kuhns in charge. Text, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). Burial in the cemetery near the church.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
Brenneman.-Victor Laverne, son of John M. and Anna (Good) Brenneman was born near Elida, Ohio, Jan. 5, 1908; died at St. Rita's Hospital, Lima, Ohio, Mar. 19, 1937; aged 29 y. 2 m. 14 d. In June, 1928, he was united in marriage to Maxine Ashton. To this union were born 2 sons (Victor and Walter), who survive him. He also leaves to mourn his loss his sorrowing parents, 6 brothers (Walter of Lima, 0.; Ralph of Goshen, Ind.; and Fred, Simon, John and Andrew at home) and 4 sisters (Blanche, Grace, Clara and Luella at home). Beside the immediate family, he leaves many close relatives and friends. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, but somehow as he grew older he drifted away from his first love. However, we rejoice to know that the prayers of those deeply concerned for his salvation were answered in the last hours of his earthly life. We are most grateful to our merciful Father that we need not mourn as those who have no hope. From his early childhood he was a lover of music and could sing before he could talk. Among the songs he was often heard to sing were: "The Old Rugged Cross," "Sweet By and By," and "The Eastern Gate." Funeral services were in charge of M. O'Connell of Lima Mission, assisted by Harlan Miller, pastor of Calvary Reformed Church and Henry Mueller of Lima Mission. Text, I Sam. 20 :3.
Dear Victor, your time on earth was so brief,
You left us so quickly in sorrow and grief;
We know we shall miss your endearing sweet smile,
But when we can meet you is but a short while;
Although our hearts bleed, we're not sorely oppressed,
For we know our kind Father does only what's best.
Zook-Thomas E. Zook, Belleville, Pa., was born April 9, 1868; died Mar. 15, 1937; aged 68 y. 11 m. 6 d. His first wife, Sally Yoder, died more than 20 years ago. His second marriage was to Grace E. Herr, of Carlisle, Pa., who survives. Two sisters and two brothers also survive: Mary Zook Peachey, Nellie Zook Peachey, Reuben Zook of West Liberty, 0., and Stephen Zook, of Bellefontaine, 0. Death was due to an auto accident while driving with a salesman. Seemingly neither of the men saw the approaching train, and drove into it. The driver was thrown from the car while Bro. Zook remained in the car. His injuries consisted of a fractured skull, a broken leg, and lacerations of the face. Both men were taken to the Lewistown, Pa., Hospital. Bro. Zook "crossed the bar" at 10 P. M. He remained conscious to the end. "Tom" Zook was one of the best known citizens of this community, a salesman for many years, and a partner in the Hertzler-Zook Foundry and Machine Co., as well as being interested in numerous business enterprises. Tom was a friend of man, with always a pleasant word, a hearty handclasp, and a cheerful "Good Morning" to every child as he passed on the street. Many ministers from United States and Canada were entertained and lodged in his home. He had a room by the side of his house for the "man of God" when he came this way. He was a lifelong member of the Belleville Mennonite Church, took an active part, was interested in the church of his choice, and was always present. His body was laid to rest March 18. Services at house by Bro. Elmer Yoder and at Maple Grove Church by Bro. Aaron Mast. A large concourse of friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to one "who shall be missed, because his seat will be empty" (I Sam. 20:18).
Yoder.-Fanny, daughter of Jonas V. and Dena Yoder, was
born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Jan. 24, 1876; died at her home near
Emma, Ind., Mar. 18, 1937; aged 61 y. 1 m. 24 d. Death was due
to pneumonia. On April 7, 1894, she was united in marriage to
Daniel V. Yoder, son of Valentine and Katie Yoder. To this union
were born 6 children. Albert, at the age of 20, and Mabel, who
was the wife of Irvan J. Miller, at the age of 26, both preceded
their mother in
death. Elva, Harley, and Violetta Mishler of this vicinity, and Leo of Los Angeles, Calif., survive. She also leaves to mourn her sudden departure 10 grandchildren, a stepmother (Mrs. Anna A. Yoder), 4 brothers (Menno J., Perry J., Jonas D., of this vicinity and Harvey of Nampa, Ida.), 1 half brother (Clyde Yoder of Topeka, Ind.), 5 sisters (Mrs. J. J. Kemp, Mrs. Levi Oesch, Mrs. Elmer Greenawalt, Mrs. Willis Hostetler, of this vicinity, and Miss Edna Yoder of St. Louis, Mo.), 3 stepbrothers (Amos Eash, Chicago, Ill., Cornealius Eash, Indianapolis, Ind., Samuel Eash, Faris, Minn.), and many other relatives and friends. In her early life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and cast her lot for Christian fellowship, with the Mennonite Church and held her membership with the Emma Congregation, where she exercised the Christian principles of faith and practice. She manifested a deep interest in the church and all its activities, being especially interested in the sewing circle, where she was a leader and performed all duties assigned her. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, deeply concerned about the welfare of her family. During the hours of her intense suffering in her last illness she never complained, and although she expressed a desire to remain here and give a few more years of service to her family and community, she yielded herself to the will of her Lord. Her funeral was held at the Emma Mennonite church on Sunday afternoon, March 21, in charge of Oscar S. and Amos Hostetler. About a thousand people were in attendance.
Swartzendruber.-Malinda Cathrine was born to Samuel
and Elizabeth Wenger near Canton, Kans., Dec. 30, 1891. She as
one of ten children spent her childhood days at the place of her
birth. In the fall of 1911 the family moved to Hesston, Kans.,
where she with four of her sisters attended Hesston College, from
which she graduated from the academic department in 1914. In 1919
she came to California. On Nov. 18, 1920, she was united in marriage
with B. P. Swartzendruber. In early girlhood she yielded her life
to the Lord and lived faithful to the end. At the time of her
death she was an active member of the Brethren in Christ Church
of Upland, Calif. For the last several years her health gradually
gave way, but she bore her suffering without complaint, faithfully
continuing her work of helping wherever she found opportunity
until the evening of Feb. 28 when she went to the San Antonio
Community Hospital where she submitted to a surgical operation
on March 1. She died after a week of intense suffering. She leaves
her husband, a step-daughter (Mrs. Geo. Beare, missionary in Dhamtari,
C. P., India), a granddaughter (Allene Beare), 2 brothers (Daniel
and Jonas of Canton, Kans.), 7 sisters (Mary Wenger, Missionary
nurse at Woodstock, school, Landour, U. P., India; Nora and Martha
Hershey, Gulf port, Miss.; Cora Vogt, Hesston, Kans.; Anna Good,
Nampa, Idaho; Barbara Garber, Filer, Idaho; and Viola Wenger,
Portland, Greg.). The four last named were present at the funeral.
Besides the above mentioned she leaves a host of other relatives
and friends. Funeral services were held in the Upland Brethren
in Christ Church March 13, with a very large attendance, manifesting
the high esteem with which our sister was held. Alvin C. Burkholder
used as a text, "She hath done what she could." J. P.
Bontrager and J. H. Wagaman assisted in the service. The body
was laid to rest in the Bellevue Cemetery.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead-she is just away;
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since she lingers there."
Musselman.--Joseph J. Musselman, son of David and Lena (Roggy) Musselman, was born June 26, 1865, near Tiskilwa, Ill. After a lingering illness of about 11 months he passed away Feb. 27, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer Eichelberger. He was aged 71 y. 8 m. 1 d. He grew to manhood in the vicinity of Tiskilwa, Ill. On March 2, 1887, he was married to Katie C. Eigsti of Morton, Ill. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 3 daughters. Death entered Feb. 11, 1901, to deprive him and his children of a wife and mother. After the death of his wife he cared for his children with the help of his aged mother until the following year when he was married to Susan D. Eigsti. One son was born to them. After living for a number of years near Hartford, Kans., they moved to Garden City, Mo., later locating near Manson, Ia., where he lived until his death. He was a kind and loving father, devoted to his family and his home. On Oct. 19, 1929, death again entered this home, removing a wife and mother. Following this he lived with his son Walter until Dec., 1935. He united with the Mennonite church in his youth in which faith he died. Unselfishness was manifested in his life by giving and in helping others. He enjoyed good health until about 7 years ago when he contracted complications of the heart which gradually grew worse until last August, when he became bedfast. He endured much pain and suffering the last 2 months of his life, but bore it all patiently and was anxious for the Lord to come and take him home. He leaves to mourn his death the following children: Harry, of Garden City, Mo.; Elmer, of Hartford, Kans.; Ralph, of Manson, Ia. (who was sick and unable to attend the funeral); Sadie (Mrs. E. R. Egli), of Gilmore City, Ia.; Ada (Mrs. Elmer Eichelberger), of Palmer, Ia.; Ella (Mrs. R. A. Byler), of Hesston, Kans.; Omer and Walter of Manson, Ia.; 32 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and many relatives and friends also survive. Funeral services were held March 1 at the home of his son Walter and at the church by Brethren Nick Stoltzfus and Levi J. Miller of Garden City, Mo. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
His place is vacant, 'tis God's will--
So long he waited for his rest;
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Fretz.-Deacon Manasseh H., son of Michael and Magdalena (Reesor) Fretz, was born Mar. 31, 1860, on a farm near Stouffville, Ont; died Feb. 22, 1937; aged 76 y. 10 m. 22 d. He was predeceased in death by an infant son (Ora), a brother (John R.), and a sister (Annie-Mrs. Tilman McDowell). On Nov. 25, 1884, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Cober of Ontario County. Soon after marriage Bro. and Sister Fretz united with the Mennonite church, and as believers in the faith they taught their children in the doctrine of the Savior. Surviving are his wife and 11 children, namely: Joseph C., Martha (Mrs. Chris Smith), Ralph C., Oran M., Samuel H., A. Lewis, Fred, Edward, Mary (Mrs. Elvin V. Snyder), Ella (Mrs. Orval Weber), and Mabel (Mrs. Vernice Hoover). Also there are living 18 grandchildren. He had been in ill health for five full weeks, due to a severe paralytic stroke. During this time he bore his many pains with patience, and gave repeated assurance that his hope in God provided a hold upon the anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast. So, peacefully, early that Monday morning, God gave him release from things earthy to enter His presence within the veil. He was ordained to the deacon's office at Markham in 1912 by Bishop Samuel Wideman. In the past few years he shared his duties with the recently-ordained deacon, Jacob H. Wideman. He always took a deep interest in the Christian activities of the Almira and Wideman congregations. For several years about 1900 he was superintendent of the Sunday school. When the young people's meetings were begun at Markham, about 1895, he became the first leader. He frequently filled the appointment at Almira in the absence of a minister. Among the people of the inland townships of York County, in which he was a life-long resident, he was highly respected. It was his privilege to see his labors blessed, for under the cooperative efforts of the ministry and superintendents the Sunday school work has included Almira, Cedar Grove, and three new points, and a strong week-evening young people's Bible meeting is now supported by some fifty faithful ones. In recent years his grandsons were his special delight and concern in prayer. The entire family of children and the elder grandchildren have turned to the Lord. His daily supplications at the family altar have ceased, but their memories remain and shall live as a stabilizing strength to the dear ones and the church for whom he prayed.
Funeral services were held Feb. 24 at the Wideman Mennonite Church. Several ministers and officers of the Ontario Conference were present. Bro. L. J. Burkholder conducted the service at the house and Bro. Aaron Grove at the Church. The sermon was preached by Bishop S. F. Coffman from Heb. 6:18, 19, assisted by Bishop Manasseh Hallman. A very large assembly gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
But our tears are swept aside, -
When we yet remember only
That with thee we may abide."
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
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Schaeffer.-Ann Maria, widow of Milton S. Schaeffer, was born at Lincoln, Pa., July 6, 1856; died at her home Mar. 20, 1937; aged 80 y. 8 m. 14 d. She was the daughter of the late John and Amanda (Bruner) Heiser, and is survived by 3 children, Morris of near Brunnerville, Lizzie Peiffer at home; Ida, wife of Ben Eck of Manheim, also 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Services held at Hammer Creek, Pa., Church on Mar. 24 by Noah Landis and John S. Hess. Texts, Rev. 14 :13 and Heb. 11 :10.
Fry.-Barbara Shank Fry was born Jan. 5, 1876; died Feb.
26, 1937; aged 61 y. 1 m. 21 d. She had pneumonia, and on the
9th day the Lord called her home. She was married to Samuel Fry
Feb. 13, 1898. We lived happy together 39 years. There are 2 sons
and 2 daughters that mourn because they lost a kind and loving
mother and we as the husband, as we write these few lines, feel
a homesickness and longing to go where we know our loving companion
is happy. She was converted in March, 1900, and ever since was
faithful in serving her Lord, and also very faithful as an helpmeet.
Funeral services were held at Elizabethtown church conducted by
Noah Hisser and Simon Garber. Text, Job 1:21.
S. T. F.
King.-Elizabeth H., eldest daughter of Peter Y. and Catherine Hooley King, was born Dec. 1, 1860 near Allensville, Pa.; died Jan. 19, 1937; aged 76 y. 1 m. 18 d. One sister Rachel and 2 brothers, Levi and Rufus, preceded her in death. She leaves 1 brother, Joseph, of Ohio; 3 sisters-in-law, 13 nephews and nieces and many friends. She lived her entire life on the farm where she was born. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth and was interested in church work, having taught the beginners' class in Sunday school for a number of years. She was fond of little folks and liked to have them about her. Funeral services were held Jan. 21 from the home and the Allensville Church conducted by Elmer Yoder and Joshua B. Zook. Interment in Allensville church cemetery.
Gerber.-William I., son of Isaac and Magdalena Gerber was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 29, 1867; died Mar. 22, 1937; aged 69 y. 10 m. 23 d. He grew to manhood and spent his life on the farm. He was married to Sarah Bixler Dec. 15, 1891, who on Nov. 1, 1936, after 45 years of wedded life, was called home. To them were born 9 children: Mrs. Esther Saurer, Kidron, 0.; Clyde, Dalton, 0.; Melvin and Millard, Massillon, 0.; Dennis, Brewster, 0.; Mrs. Grace Kirchhofer, Massillon, 0.; Lina, Los Angeles, Calif.; Glenn and Lyman at home. He is survived by all his children, 6 grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Wm. Tschantz of Canton, 0.). Funeral services were held in the Salem Mennonite Church, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by A. H. Kiser. Text, Jno. 11:25. Interment in cemetery near by.
Heisey.-John .F., son of Menno and Florence (Frank)
Heisey, died Mar. 23, 1937 aged 11 m. 16 d. His stay on earth
was brief-just long enough to endear himself to a large number
of friends and neighbors. He leaves his sorrowing parents, grandparents,
4 great-grandparents, and a large number of relatives and friends.
Brief funeral services were held at the home on Mar. 27 and at
the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Services were in charge
of Frank Kreider and John Gochnauer. Text, Job 1 :21, latter part.
"The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed
be the name of the Lord."
"Someone dear has sailed away
To begin a new and brighter day,
To a richer life on an unseen shore,
Than any earth could have in store."
Oswald.-Mary Springer was born July 19, 1862 at Washington; Ill.; died Mar. 20, 1937, at her home near Shickley, Neb.; aged 74 y. 8 m. 1 d. Early in her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the A. M. Church, where she has been a faithful member till death. She was married to Christian Oswald, Dec. 19, 1882. at Hopedale, Ill. To this union were born 10 children. Peter, Jonas, and John preceded her to their reward. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 4 sons and 3 daughters (Chris, Simon, amid Martha of this place; Emma of Valparaiso, Ind.; Anna of Milford, Neb.; Aaron of Chappell, Neb.; Joe of Denver, Colo.), 5 sisters and 1 brother (Mrs. Geo. Bender, Hopedale, Ill.; Mrs. Bertha Gallman, Minier, Ill.; Lena Householder of Chicago, Ill.; Lizzie Sears, Tiskilwa, Ill.; Martha Bender, Bloomington, Ill.; Sam Springer, Hopedale, Ill.), 38 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral service was conducted March 22 at the home and at the church by the home ministers and at the grave by Jacob Oswald of Beemer, Neb. Burial in the Salem Cemetery near Shickley.
Kauffman.-Mary N., wife of John E. Kauffman, was born
near Mattawana, Pa., Aug. 14, 1869; died Mar. 21, 1937; aged 67
y. 7 m. 7 d. Mother died exactly 4 weeks after father was buried.
She was the daughter of Bishop Michael and Julia Ann (Stayrook)
Yoder and was the only surviving member of her family. She united
with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful
until death. She was a teacher in the Sunday school for many years
and was always concerned about the spiritual welfare of her family
and church. In Jan., 1907, she was married to Bishop John E. Kauffman.
She is survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter (Leah C., John N., and
Samuel J.) ; also 5 step-children (Ezra S., Harry E., Mrs. Win.
(Ruth) French, Mrs. Chas. (Annie) Hesser, and Mrs. Wm. (Gertrude)
Miller), and 35 grandchildren, and 1 step great-grandchild. Services
were conducted at the home by Bro. Chas. Heister and at time Mennonite
church by Bros. Aaron Mast and J. S. Mast.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
Up there, sometime, we'll understand."
Kremer-Susan (Burkey) Kremer was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., May 19, 1860, then moved to Woodford Co., Ill.; died at her home in Milford, Neb., Mar. 26, 1937; aged 76 y. 10 m. 7 d. In 1882 she with her parents, moved to Seward Co., Neb. Here she was married to Andrew J. Kremer, Mar. 11, 1883. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter: Edward of College View, Neb.; Benjamin of Aurora, Neb.; Jacob, Joseph, and Amos of Milford, Neb., and Mrs. Anna Eicher of Albuquerque, N. Mex. In her youth she accepted Christ, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. Surviving her are her husband, her 6 children, 18 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Peter Burkey), 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Gasho and Mrs. Jacob Saltzman) and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Milford A. M. Church, In charge of L. 0. Schlegel, assisted by Warren Eicher and Wm. Schlegel. Burial in the Milford A. M. Cemetery.
"Farewell, dear Mother, your labors are over,
Your willing bands will toil no more;
Peaceful be thy slumber, thy rest be sweet.
Our circle is now broken, our home incomplete."
Eby-Leona Gertrude Eby, only daughter of William A. and Esther Wideman, was born near Markham, Oat., Nov. 18, 1901; died Mar. 5, 1937; aged 35 y. 3 in. 20 d. In the spring of 1903 she with her parents moved on a farm near Mazeppa, Alta., at which place she resided until her departure to a better home. In her girlhood she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Mt. View Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. In Aug., 1922, she was married to Maurice B. Eby, to whom she proved herself a kind, loving, devoted companion. Leona will be remembered by her steady, faithful, Christian walk. A week before her death she contracted a cold which we thought was not serious but developed into an infection in her throat which took her to her bed a few days later. On Mar. 6 she was taken to the hospital where all that skilled physicians could do could not detain her from going to that better land. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 1 son (Elwyn), 2 adopted children (Margaret and Lester), father, mother, brother (Allen), all of Markham, Ont., and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held March 12 at the Mt. View Mennonite Church by Clarence J. Ramer assisted by 0. 0. Hershberger. Texts: Psa. 39:4; II Cor. 5 :1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hackman.-Nelson M., son of Sister Lizzie and the late Bro. Harrison D. Hackman, died March 19, 1937; aged 9 y. 10 m. 16 d. Since the death of his father in Nov., 1934, Nelson had made his home with an uncle, Bro. and Sister Samuel D. Hackman of Franconia, Pa. On the morning of March 19, as he left his home to attend school, while crossing the highway in front of his home he was struck and fatally injured by an automobile. He was rushed to Grand View Hospital where he died six hours hater without regaining consciousness. Nelson was the only child in this home and is sadly missed by his uncle and aunt and aged grandfather (also living in this home), by his mother and 10 brothers and sisters (Laadan, Samuel, Harrison, Leroy, Norman, Katie, Naomi, Paul, Pauline, and Eva), his father and 1 brother preceding him in death. Funeral services were held March 23 from his uncle's home and also at the Franconia Mennonite Church, where be had been a regular attendant in Church and Sunday school. Services by the home ministers. Text, John 16 :16. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
"With tear-dimmed eyes we look around,
And cast a wishful eye;
To Canaan's fair and happy land,
Where dear possessions lie."
Miller.-Celestia Mae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
C. Miller, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., July 4, 1888; died
at Goshen, Ind., Mar. 21, 1937; aged 48 y. 8 m. 17 d. At the age
of 4 she moved with her parents to McPherson, Kans. She was converted
at 18 and united with the West Liberty Mennonite Church. She always
tried to be true to her baptismal vow. Oct. 9, 1907 she was united
in marriage to Silvanus N. Troyer. They moved to Harper, Kans.,
where they lived until the fall of 1936, when they moved to Goshen,
Ind., with their family where they lived until her death. To this
union were born 7 children. 3 preceded her in death. She was a
kind and loving mother and endured all hardships. She always was
willing and ready to do her part and share her duties of life.
During her illness she suffered very patiently and did not want
to be a burden to any one. She leaves her life companion, 2 daughters
(Iva and Vera), 2 sons (Willard and Edward, all at home), 1 grandchild,
I sister (Mrs. D. W. Miller, Harper, Kans.), 1 half sister (Mrs.
D. C. Schrock, Haven, Kans.), 3 half brothers (A. S. Miller, Leo,
Ind.; J. A. Miller, Sacramento, Calif.; Harry Klingsmith, Akron,
New York), and a host of relatives and friends.
"God saw fit to call her higher,
But it seems it cannot be;
For the home is now so lonely,
Since her form we no more see."
Eby.-Ephraim N. Eby was born near Florin, Pa., May 8,
1852; died March 24, 1937; aged 84 y. 10 m. 16 d. Sixty-one years
ago he. was married to Amelia Erb, who survives him. This union
was blessed with 5 sons and 5 daughters. A son (Ephraim) and a
daughter (Emma) died in infancy. Another daughter (Ellen) died
in 1906, at time age of 24 years. The following children survive:
Elmer, Frank and Elias, of Lititz and Harry of Ardmore; Mary (wife
of Elam Risser), Amelia (wife of John Miller) of Lititz, and Martha
(wife of Clayton Yake) of Scottdale. Twenty-two grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren also survive. Early in his married
life, he with his wife became members of the Mennonite Church.
Fifty-two years ago he was ordained to the office of deacon, and
during this time the interest and welfare of the Church was of
great concern to him. During the sixteen years that he served
as one of the trustees of the Oreville Old People's Home he made
many acquaintances and was deeply concerned about the comfort
and well-being of the aged. He was greatly blessed with good health
and an active mind, until his last affliction, which came four
days prior to his death.
Having been a lover of poetry the following verse seems appropriate
"Gladly away from this toil would I hasten,
Up to the crown that for me has been won.
Unthought of by man, in rewards or in praises,
Only remembered by what I have done."
Dombach.-Martin B., son of Adam H. and Miriam (Brenneman)
Dombach, was born Mar. 9, 1889; died Mar. 16, 1937. He had not
been well for thirty years, and the last years required lots of
care. Through all his illness he was appreciative for all that
was done for him, but with all loving care and medical aid, suffering
grew more severe, until death relieved him. His suffering was
intense at times, never without pain, but he bore his afflictions
with a Christian fortitude. When asked if he had pain, he would
say, "Oh, such pain." Then would say it was "not
I suffering, only this body," often expressing himself that
it would not be long till the Lord would come. He had his text
and hymns selects. He was a faithful member of New Danville Mennonite
Church. He attended church service regularly when health would
permit and did not neglect his spiritual devotions after he became
ill. Surviving are his brothers and sister: Emma, at home with
him; Ralph B., Lancaster; Lloyd B., Hollingers; Mrs. Samuel Harnish,
West Willow; Chester B., New Danville; Mrs. Harry Sensenig, Millersville;
also nephew and nieces and 1 aunt, Mrs. Lizzie Martin of Millersville.
Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. James Hess (text,
Rev. 21) and at the church by Bro. Aaron Harnish and Bro. Maris
Hess (text, Psa. 31). Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"'In silence he suffered
With a smile his pain he bore,
Until God's angel whispered,
'Come home and suffer no more.''
By his Sister Emma.
Eigsti.--Barbara, daughter of the late Daniel and Catharine Steinman, was born Sept. 22, 1857, in Tazewell Co., Ill.; died at her home in Flanagan, Ill., Mar. 19, 1937; aged 79 y. 5 m. 22 d. After six weeks of illness she died of complications. At the age of 9 years she with her parents moved to a farm near Flanagan, where she grew to womanhood. In the year of 1876 she was united in marriage to Joseph Orendorff, Sr., who died in 1884. To this union were born 3 sons (Daniel and Benjamin who died in infancy, and Joseph Jr. who survives and lives near Flanagan). In 1889 she was united in marriage to Joseph Yoder, who died in 1908. To this union was born 1 daughter (Ida Yoder Poser) who resides at Flanagan. In 1910 she was united in marriage to Daniel Eigsti who preceded her in death in 1936. She is survived by 4 grandchildren and 1 great- grandchild, 3 sisters (Mrs. C. Orendorff, Mrs. Anna Salzman, both of Wayland, Iowa, and Mrs. Henry Ingold, of Fisher, Ill.); 1 brother (D. C. Steinman), and a step-sister (Mrs. Bertha Zehr, Flanagan, Ill.). She was preceded in death by 3 sisters. In her youth she became a member of the Waldo Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member to the end. Her last days were of patient waiting for deliverance from the body of pain and suffering and on Friday evening the Lord granted dear Grandmother's release. Funeral services were conducted March 22, at the Waldo Mennonite Church by J. D. Hartzler and D. W. Slagel. Burial in the Waldo Cemetery.
"She's through with her suffering,
To her there is no pain;
She left her earthly troubles,
For the Heavenly crown to gain."
Hooley.-Emily J., daughter of Jacob B. and Catharine Miller, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., March 6, 1870; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Omer Yoder), Feb. 16, 1937; aged 60 y. 11 m. 10 d. On Feb. 8 she was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage, which caused her death. On Feb. 17, 1891 she was united in marriage to Leo Hooley of Wayne Co., Ohio, who preceded her in death nearly 4 months. To this union were born 3 children (Naomi E., wife of W. H. Slaubaugh, Wellman, Ia.; Nettle V., wife of Omer J. Yoder, Parnell, Ia.; and Ora F. Hooley of Wellman, Ia.), who with 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild are left to mourn. She also leaves 5 sisters and 3 brothers (Mrs. S. D. Brenneman, Smithville, 0.; Mrs. D. J. Boller, Wayland, Ia.; Mrs. A. E. Kinsinger, Parnell, Ia.; Mrs. Marion Erb, Mishawaka, Ind.; Mrs. G. G. Marner, Parnell, Ia.; L. J. Miller, Wellman, Ia.; George J. Miller, Clarion, Ia.; Ervin J. Miller, Prosser, Wash.). Her father, mother, 3 sisters (Nancy, Eliza, and Helena), 4 brothers (Joel J., William and 2 infant brothers) and 2 grandchildren preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member; being deeply concerned for the welfare of the church. As children we can rise up and call her "blessed," for the warnings and admonitions she gave us as long as health permitted. She was ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, and was a kind, affectionate, and unselfish wife, mother, and grandmother. Funeral at West Union, Feb. 18, conducted by A. G. Yoder and W. S. Guengerich. Text, II Tim. 4 :7,8. Interment in cemetery nearby, by the side of her husband.
"Farewell, dear mother, sweet thy rest,
Weary with years, and worn with pain;
Farewell, till in some happy place
We shall behold thy face again,"
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Schaeffer.-Ann Maria, widow of Milton S. Schaeffer of
Brunnerville, Pa., was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at her
home, March 20, 1937; aged 8O y. 8 m. 14 d. She was the daughter
of the late John and Amanda (Brunner) Heiser, and was the last
of her family. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many
years. She is survived by 3 children (Morris H., Lititz, Pa.;
Mrs. Lizzie H. Peiffer of Brunnerville; Mrs. Benjamin Eck of Man-helm,
Pa.), 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Services were
held March 24 at the home and at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church.
Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros.
Noah Landis and John S. Hess.
"'Tis lonesome here without her,
And sad the weary way,
For life is not the same to us
Since she was called away."
Helmuth.-Daniel, son of Jacob and Emma (Troyer) Helmuth, was born in Ford Co., Kans., Sept. 12, 1914; died near Nickerson, Kans., March 20, 1937; aged 22 y. 6 m. 8 d. Since childhood he has suffered much from different ailments, resulting in an anaemic state of body which caused his death. He leaves, besides his father and mother, 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, 7 uncles, 4 aunts, besides many other relatives and friends. Daniel was of a quiet, unassuming disposition, living a life above reproach. As the oldest child in the home, he was contented with his home, loved and esteemed by his brothers and sisters, to whom he was an older brother in truth. They will especially miss him. He confessed Christ as his Savior when 16 years of age, uniting with the Yoder Mennonite Church, living faithfully and by action and word giving us assurance he had hope in a forgiven life. Funeral services were held March 22 at the Yoder Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. H. A. Deiner and L. 0. King. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
Cassel.-Susannah, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Cassel, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., March 3, 1860: died March 13 1937, at the home of her daughter in Waterloo. She was in her 78th year. On March 6, 1883, she was united in matrimony to the late Noah S. Shantz, also of Wilmot, who predeceased her 10 months ago. Two daughters (Mrs. Tobias Shantz of Waterloo and Mrs. Marian Steiner of Lima, Ohio) and 3 sons (Lincoln C. of Kitchener, Walter C. of Wilmot, and Dr. Stauffer C. of Kitchener), 10 grandchildren and 2 brothers (Samuel of Kitchener, and Ephraim of New Hamburg) survive. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite church a few years after her marriage and has been a consistent member of Blenheim congregation ever since. Her constant testimony was to serve her Lord and she had a longing desire to depart and be with her Master, especially since the passing of her late husband. Her desire has been granted and though her lips may be silent and her hands cease to minister, yet her labors will still go on for "she being dead yet speaketh." "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them." Funeral services were held on March 16 with Bro. J. B. Martin at the home and at the Blenheim Mennonite Church with M. H. Shantz in charge. Text, Job 14 :14, 15. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Martin.-Christian S., son of the late Henry and Elizabeth
(Sauder) Martin, was born Nov. 16, 1863; died March 17, 1937;
aged 73 y. 4 m. 1 d. On Nov. 17, 1889, he was united in marriage
with Katie Z. Horning, who with the following children remain:
Eva, at home; Aaron, Adamstown; Benjamin, Union Grove; Noah, Adam,
Mrs. Amos Zimmerman, Terre Hill; Mrs. Eli Gehman, Stevens, Pa.
His sudden death was due to heart failure, after an attack of
influenza several weeks before. In his youth he united with the
Mennonite Church and lived a quiet, consistent Christian life.
He was deeply interested in the spiritual welfare of the Church,
and his place was seldom vacant when health permitted. As a father
and grandfather lie lived an exemplary life, and of ten expressed
his desire that his family might live true to God. Funeral services
were held at the Weaverland, Pa., Mennonite Church on March 20,
with Brethren John Sander and John W. Weaver in charge. Text,
II Tim. 4:6-S.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
Grosh.-Emma, daughter of Henry and Anna (Hoover) Garber, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 10, 1867; died in Jefferson Twp., Elkhart Co., March 28, 1937; aged 69 y. 10 m. 18 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in the Elkhart congregation in her youth, continuing a faithful member to the end, over fifty years, and with Christian fortitude endured an illness extending from her first entrance to a hospital in 1931, to her departure from this life on the evening of Easter Sunday. On Oct. 18, 1890, she was united in marriage to Oliver P. Grosh, who remains to mourn his loss. To this union were born 5 children: Walter of Akron, 0.; Edna Smeltzer, who preceded her in death Nov. 8, 1932; Myrtle Smeltzer of Elkhart; Ida Brubaker of Edwards, Mo.; Bessie Fay Weaver of Elkhart. A foster son (Henry Neff of Elkhart), was reared from infancy as a member of the family. Besides her companion, children, and 21 grandchildren, she is survived by 2 brothers (Eli Garber of Elkhart, and Henry Garber of Jefferson Twp.). Funeral services were conducted at the home and Prairie St. Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., March 31, by Brethren Ray F. Yoder and Jacob K. Bixler. Interment in Prairie St. Cemetery.
Sutter.-Joseph Sutter was born Aug. 13, 1909, near Stuttgart,
Ark.; died at the Cottage hospital in Pryor, Okla., March 19,
1937; aged 27 y. 7 m. 6 d. At the age of 14 years he accepted
Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite church, of which he
was a member at time time of his death. On March 23, 1929, he
was united in marriage to Iva Davis. One son was born to this
union. He leaves his sorrowing companion, 1 son (J. T.), his mother
(Mrs. Rudy Sutter), 4 brothers (Samuel of Pryor, Jacob of Adair,
John of Harrisburg, Oreg., and Rudy of Pryor), 4 sisters (Mrs.
I. J. Hartzler, Mrs. Jacob Scheffel, Mrs. Levi Eichelberger, and
Louise Sutter, all of Pryor), and a host of relatives and friends.
His father and 1 sister (Christeen) preceded him in death. On
Feb. 27, he took sick with influenza which later developed typhoid
fever, which caused his death. He bore his sickness and suffering
patiently, and expressed peace with God, being ready to depart
this life. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. D. L. Sommers
of Pryor, Okla., and Bro. I. G. Hartzler of East Lynne, Mo., at
the Zion Amish Mennonite Church northeast of Pryor. Interment
in the cemetery near by.
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear,
For one we loved and cherished here;
God took him home, it was His will,
But in our hearts he liveth still."
Rittenhouse.-Laadan B., oldest son of Henry F. and Lizzie
(Bergey) Rittenhouse, was born May 1, 1895, near Franconia, Pa.;
died Jan. 16, 1937; aged 41 y. 8 m. 15 d. He is survived by his
sorrowing wife, Lizzie Landis (before marriage), 2 adopted children
(Isaiah S. Landis and Mae N. Frank), his parents, 1 brother (Harvey
B. Rittenhouse), and 2 nephews (Henry and Lester Rittenhouse).
On Jan. 16 Laadan and his father went out on a business trip to
buy some turkeys, met with an automobile accident-a head-on collision-and
he was killed in the twinkling of an eye. Why this had to be so,
we do not know; but it was the Lord's will, and sometime we'll
understand. The father was badly hurt and was taken to the hospital
where he was for 3 weeks, but is now at his home slowly recovering
from his accident. He was a member of the Franconia Mennonite
Church. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at the Franconia Church
by Bros. A. G. Clemmer, A. Z. Derstine, and Menno Souder. Text,
"There is but a step between me and death." Burial in
Franconia Cemetery. We believe that if he could express himself
he would say:
"Let me go, 'tis Jesus calls me,
Let me gain the realms of day.
Bear me over angel pinions,
Longs my soul to be away."
Greider-Elmira Frances, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth
Musser, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 8, 1864; died at the
home of her daughter (Mrs. Blanche Greetham) in Springfield, Ohio,
April 1, 1937; aged 72 y. 10 m. 23 d. In 1887 she was united in
marriage to Benjamin Greider. To this union were born 5 boys and
4 girls. One son (Charles) and 1 daughter (Gertrude) died in infancy.
She leaves her husband, 4 sons (Oscar of Elida, 0.; Musser and
Paul of Springfield, 0., and Earl at home), 3 daughters (Mrs.
Blanche Greetham of Springfield, Mrs. Nellie Haddix of Urbana
and Mrs. Ruth Greene at home). Besides her husband and children,
she leaves 12 grandchildren and 2 sisters (Mrs. Tobias
Greider and Mrs. Frank Williams). Three brothers and 3 sisters
preceded her in death. Soon after her marriage she united with
the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Three
weeks before her death she had a heart attack, from which she
never fully recovered. During her illness she bore all of her
pain with a smile. She was a loving wife and mother and her kind
deeds will he missed by all of her bereaved family. Before she
passed away she left testimony that all was well and that she
was ready to meet her Lord. Funeral services were held April 4
at the Medway Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers,
Daniel Augsburger and Elam Horst.
"Grandmother's spirit has slipped away,
And gone to a better land.
Her kind words and deeds will long be remembered,
For to many she was a true friend."
Kipfer.-Susie (Miller) Kipfer was born near Middlebury,
Ind., Dec. 15, 1886; died March 6, 1937; aged 50 y. 2 m. 19 d.
She was married to Chris Kipfer Dec. 21, 1904. Her husband was
laid to rest just 9 months ago. Two years ago she underwent an
operation for a tumor and was sick a long time then, but recovered
to such an extent that they together had taken a two-months trip
to Ontario in 1935 which they enjoyed very much, as they were
very devoted to each other. Seemingly she never fully recovered
from the first operation, and on Feb. 25 she went through another
operation which disclosed the fact that it was cancer. All that
loving hands could do was of no avail to save her life. She chose
her funeral text, made all arrangements and was fully resigned
to God's will. The following children are left to mourn the departure
of a loving mother: Mrs. Leola Zehr of Flanagan, Ill.; Mrs. Iona
Kump of Pekin, Ill.; Ralph, and Mrs. Dorothy Unzicker of Hopedale,
Ill.; also her father, Samuel B. Miller who stayed with her the
last winter and the following sisters: Mrs. John J. Reinhardt,
Kouts, Ind.; Mrs. Chris Sutter, Kouts, Ind.; Mrs. D. D. Stalter,
Flanagan, Ill.; Mrs. Luella Seward, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Mrs.
Ben F. Martin, Beemer, Nebr. Funeral was preached by Ernest Hostetter,
Hopedale, Ill., and Allen Miller, Pekin, Ill., at the Mennonite
church near Pekin. Interment at Lakeside Cemetery, Pekin, Ill.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Hartzler.-Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel amid Elizabeth
Zook Mast, was born near Elverson, Pa., Sept. 12, 1847. Her childhood
days were spent there, and in the state of Maryland. After her
marriage to Shem D. Zook, Nov. 16, 1871, they located in Tennessee.
After living here a number of years, they came to West Liberty,
Ohio, where the husband died Nov. 12, 1902. They were the parents
of 5 children: Emma (Mrs. D. S. Hostetler) deceased; Clara (Mrs.
William Feather) and Anna (Mrs. Aaron King), of West Liberty;
Harry Zook, of Beason, Ill.; and Elmer Zook, of near Bellefontaine,
Ohio. For many years she was a member of the Mennonite Church,
worshipping with the congregations at Oak Grove and South Union.
On July 28, 1915, she was married to D. K. Hartzler. She had been
in failing health the past several months, but was resigned to
God's will, and passed away in the family home in West Liberty
March 14, 1937; aged 89 y. 6 m. 2 d. She leaves her aged companion,
4 children, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 7 stepchildren.
Two sisters (Mrs. Moses Nafsinger, Long Green, Md., and Mrs. C.
S. Yeager, Ephrata, Pa.), and 1 brother (John Z. Mast, Denbigh,
Va.), also survive. She was a woman of prayer, being deeply interested
in the spiritual welfare of her family.
"So let us choose the path she chose,
And her we soon again may see,
Beyond this world of sin and woes
With Jesus in eternity."
Funeral services were held in the South Union Church in charge of Bro. S. B. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. N. B. Troyer. Interment in time cemetery near the church.
Culp.-Malinda, widow of the late Henry J. CuIp, the pioneer undertaker of Elkhart Co., Ind., was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Feb. 10, 1853. She was the daughter of Andrew and Lydia (Doll) Baer. She quietly passed away at her home in Goshen, Ind., April 1, 1937; aged 84 y. 1 m. 21 d. The cause of her death was the infirmities of age. About 55 years ago she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Yellow Creek Church west of Goshen. In later years, when she moved to Goshen, she transferred her membership to the Goshen College congregation, where she was a member at the time of her death. She was an earnest Christian, seemingly always happy. Just a day before she passed away, even though she had lost the use of her normal faculties and was seemingly unconscious, she was smiling. No doubt she was already realizing the truth of the motto on the wall by her bed: "There is sweet rest in heaven." "Sweet Hour of Prayer," was her favorite hymn; the "Secret Chamber" her delight. Her husband preceded her in death eleven years ago. Her daughter (Leah Morris) and her step-daughter (Saloma Weaver) also preceded her. She is survived by 6 children: John W. of Mishawaka, Ind.; W. Milo of Milwaukee, Wis.; J. Stanley of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Nora Schrock of Waupaca, Wis.; Huldah and Jenny CuIp, who resided at home and ministered so tenderly to mother. She also leaves 3 step-children (Ephraim Culp of Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Anna Canen of Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Ida Able of Harrison Twp.) and 2 brothers (Dr. S. W. Baer of South Bend, Ind., and Charles Baer of Auburn, Ind.). Besides these she leaves 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 4 from the Yellow Creek Church in charge of C. L. Graber. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Zimmerman.-Samuel Zimmerman was born in Tazewell Co.,
Ill., June 18, 1858; died at his home in Tiskilwa, Ill., Christmas
morning, 1936; aged 78 y. 6 m. 7 d. In early life he moved with
his parents to Livingston County, where he grew to manhood. On
Feb. 24, 1880, he was married to Katie Albrecht of Bureau County.
One year after their marriage they moved to a farm near Lombardville,
where they resided until 1900 when they moved to Tiskilwa to the
home where both he and his wife passed away this winter. Two children
were born to this union (Aaron who preceded his parents in death
in 1933, and Mrs. Ella Rocke of Tiskilwa, who survives her parents).
Besides this be leaves 1 brother (Joel) and 1 sister (Mrs. Mary
Fechter) both of Flanagan, Ill. Five weeks before his departure
he had a light stroke, after which he gradually failed until shortly
before his death pneumonia developed which brought his earthly
life to a chose on Christmas morning. He united with the Mennonite
Church in his youth and remained a faithful member to the end.
Funeral services were conducted at the Willow Springs Church by
C. A. Hartzler and Ira Eigsti. Text, I Cor. 15:49.
His Wife.-Katie Albrecht was born in Bureau Co., III., April 3, 1858; died at her home in Tiskilwa, Ill., March 26, 1937; aged 78 y. 11 m. 23 d. In her early years she confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Willow Springs Church of which she remained a faithful member throughout her long and peaceful life. On Feb. 24, 1880, she was married to Samuel Zimmerman with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for more than 56 years. As noted in the paragraph above, two children were born to this home. Three sisters survive her (Mrs. Lena Ringenberg, Mrs. Emma Rinkenberger, and Mrs. Mary Popp). Besides these she leaves 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many relatives. Funeral services were held at the Willow Springs Church by C. A. Hartzler and Ira Eigsti, after which her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Eshleman.-Hettie D., widow of John Eshleman, was born
at New Milltown, Sept. 17, 1849; died Dec. 31, 1936; aged 87 y.
2 m.14 d. In her early life she joined with the Mennonite Church
and remained faithful until her departure. She was the mother
of 10 children, one of whom preceded her in death. For several
years she was unable to go out of doors, and during the last year
of her life she was entirely confined to bed at her daughter's
home in Kinzers, Pa. During her long period of suffering she was
a perfect example of patience. Her host of friends and relatives
who visited her regularly were always encouraged and strengthened
spiritually because of her cheerful submission to the will of
God. Words of praise and devotion to her Savior were continually
on her lips. For a long time she patiently waited for the call
to "Come up higher." Her last audible words were repetitions
of the Lord's prayer. She is survived by the following children:
Joseph, Lancaster, Pa.; Daniel, Vintage, Pa.; John, Waynesboro;
Annie (wife of Samuel Newswenger), Kinzers, Pa.; Susie (wife of
John Risser), Hagerstown, Md.; Lizzie (wife of David Landis),
Lancaster, Pa.; Esther (wife of Milton Hershey), New Providence,
Pa.; Henry, Intercourse, Pa.; and Isaac, Kinzers, Pa.; 31 grandchildren
and 37 great-grandchildren also mourn her departure. Funeral services
were conducted by Bros. Abram Martin and Parke Book at the Hersheys
Mennonite Church, and her body was laid to rest in the adjoining
cemetery. The following lines were a favorite of our dear "grandmother."
"Loving ones, weep not for me,
I long to be at rest;
How happy, happy I shall be
When pillowed on my Savior's breast.
Oh, the hope, the hope is sweet,
That we soon in Heaven may meet;
There we all shall happy be,
Rest from pain and sorrow free."
Zook.-Bishop John P. Zook, son of Jonathan S. and Veronica
(Peachey) Zook, was born at Belleville, Pa., Aug. 21, 1855; died
Mar. 20, 1937; aged 81 y. 6 m. 29 d., having lived all his life
in the vicinity of Belleville, Pa. In his youth he united with
the Maple Grove A. M. congregation and was baptized by Bishop
Solomon Beiler. On Jan. 10, 1878, he was united in marriage to
Rachel Detweiler of the same place. To this union were born 10
children: Fannie E. (Mrs. Jacob Z. Peachey) of Belleville, Pa.;
Ezra J. of Honey Brook, Pa.; Arie E. (Mrs. David Z. Yoder, deceased)
; Jacob S.; Levi D. (deceased) ; Saloma (Mrs. A. S. Yoder) ; Katie
(Mrs. S. F. Kauffman) all of Belleville; Jonathan D. of Harrisburg,
Pa.; J. Kore of Morrison, Ill, and Anna D. (deceased). He is survived
by his aged sorrowing wife, 7 children, 43 grandchildren, and
8 great-grandchildren. In later life father became affiliated
within the Peachey branch of the A. M's at Belleville (which later
became known as the Zook church). In 1900 he was ordained to the
ministry, and a short time later to the office of bishop, in which
capacity he served until his death. In his labors for Christ and
the Church he was characterised as a man of strong convictions
and as having the courage of his convictions. He was in exceptional
health, considering his advanced age, until on March 11 he was
stricken with apoplexy which resulted in the total paralysis of
his right side as well as his powers of speech. All that medical
skill and loving hands could do to aid his recovery was done,
but he gradually grew weaker until he passed away. Funeral services
were held from his late home March 23, conducted by Bro. Daniel
Stoltzfus of Ronks, Pa. (Text, Psa. 90) and from the old home,
conducted by Bro. Seth Beiler of Hartville, Ohio, and Bro. John
B. Peachey of the home church, after which the remains were laid
to rest in the Locust Grove Cemetery, where. Bros. John B. and
John Y. Peachey had charge. The esteem in which he was held was
shown by the large number who called at his home during his illness
and the large number of all faiths amid creeds who attended the
funeral from nearby as well as from a distance. He will be missed
in the home, in the church, and in the community, but we rejoice
in the confidence that father is free from care and suffering,
trials, sorrows and disappointments of which he bore his share
with us. "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me,
Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:
Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours;
and their works do follow them" (Rev. 14:13).
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Lauver.-J. H. Lauver died Jan. 31, 1937; aged 68 y. 10 m. and 9 d. He had been married. Both his life companions and 1 son preceded him in death. He leaves 4 daughters and 1 son. Funeral services were held in the Lauver Church, Brethren Samuel Leiter and W. W. Graybill in charge. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Graybill.-Allen S. Graybill was born Sept. 5, 1855; departed this life Mar. 5, 1937; aged 81 y. 6 m. He was a member of the Cross Road Mennonite Church for many years. We keenly mourn the loss of our brother. He was much interested in Church work. Services were conducted in the Cross Road Church by Bros. Menno B. Brubaker and Banks Weaver. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment at Brick Church Cemetery.
Eby.-Earl H., son of John and Mildred Eby, was born April 7, 1935, near Leaman Place, Pa., died March 16, 1937 in the Lancaster General Hospital. When he was four months old he had a cerebral hemorrhage, which left him helpless and caused him to suffer quite a bit at times. On March 5 he took sick and passed away eight days later of pneumonia. We are thankful his sufferings are ended and he is now in the care of the Great Physician. We miss his little presence in our home. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister (Lois), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Harry 0. Hess near Lancaster, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Sem Eby, Intercourse, Pa.). Funeral services were held March 20, at the home by Bro. Ira D. Landis and at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Bro. Martin B. Hershey.
Yoder.-Christiann, son of Noah and Barbara (Bontrager) Yoder, was born in Reno Co., Kans., May 28, 1886; died of pneumonia at the home of his parents near Partridge, Kans., April 4, 1937; aged 50 y. 10 m. 7 d. He leaves his father and mother and the following brothers and sisters: Moses Yoder, Millersburg, 0.; Mrs. Anna Miller, Fredericksburg, 0.; Mrs. Susan Schrock; Manasseh Yoder; Mrs. Mattie Schrock, Hutchinson, Kans.; Jacob Yoder, Reading, Calif.; John and Tobias Yoder, Sheridan, Oreg. In the summer of 1935 be renewed his covenant with the Lord and united with the Yoder Mennonite Church, to which he endeavored to live faithful. Funeral services were held April 7, 1937. Bishop Jacob Miller of the Amish Church had charge of the services at the home. Brethren H. A. Diener and L. 0. King conducted the services at the Yoder Mennonite Church. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
Croyle.-Sara Kathryn, infant daughter of Lloyd and Emma
(Stahl) Croyle, died of influenza and pneumonia March 23, 1937;
aged 2 m. 23 d. The tender little bud was transplanted to the
heavenly garden of the Lord to bloom forever there. She leaves
her sorrowing parents, 3 brothers (Dwayne C., Denton B., Ellis
B.), 1 sister (Emma Louise), 1 grandmother, 2 great-grandmothers,
and a number of uncles and aunts. Brief services were conducted
in the home by Bro. James Saylor, with additional services in
the Thomas Mennonite Church .in charge of Bro. J. Irvin Lehman
and Bro. James Saylor. Text, II Kings 4:26 (latter clause). The
body was laid to rest beside her two little brothers in the adjoining
"No one knows the silent heartaches,
Only those. who have lost can tell
Of the grief and tears shed in silence,
For dear Sara Kathryn we all loved so well."
Brubaker.-Isaac S. Brubaker, aged 68 y. 8 m. 14 d., died at his home near Columbiana, Ohio, Sunday morning, April 4, 1937, following a nine-day illness of heart complications. He was the son of Abraham and Leah Brubaker and was born in Winterburn, Ont., July 20, 1868. He moved to Ohio in 1880 and resided here ever since. In 1890 he was united in marriage with Clara Heintzelman of East Lewistown whom he leaves. He also leaves 2 sons (Earl of North Lima, 0., and Harvey of the home farm), 2 grandchildren,3 sisters, 5 brothers; 2 sisters preceded him in death. Soon after marriage he united with the Reformed Church. Later, in 1911, he with his companion united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful till death. Funeral services were held briefly at the home and then at the Midway Mennonite Church April 7, 1937, in charge of Bros. A. J. Steiner, Simon Martin of Kitchener, Ont., I. B. Witmer, and David Lehman. Text, Jno. 16:16. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Boller.-Helen Maxine, daughter of Jason and Emma (Miller)
Boller, was born near Kalona, Iowa March 22, 1917; died at the
home of her parents Friday evening April 9, 1937, after a long
illness of heart failure and complications; aged 20 y. 18 d. She
was not a strong girl from childhood up, lived much in open air,
and enjoyed life very much, until a year ago she took sick and
has not been well ever since. Just 11 weeks prior to her death
she was confined to her bed continually and suffered considerable
pain and unrest during that time. She was a quiet, peaceful, obedient
girl, and accepted Jesus as her Savior. She was baptized Oct.
9, 1932, and united with the East Union Mennonite Church, where
she was a faithful member until death. She is survived by her
parents, a sister (Wilma) and a brother (Martin) both at home,
1 grandfather, 1 step-grandmother, and many other relatives and
friends to mourn her early departure. Funeral services were held
at the East Union Church April 11, in charge of the home ministers.
Text, Eccl. 12 :1.
"Dearest Helen, thou hast left us,
Gone to dwell with angels fair;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
By His grace we'll meet you there."
Haverstick.-Susan S., widow of the late Christian H.
Haverstick, was born May 28, 1854 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died
Feb. 28, 1937, at the home of one of her daughters (Mrs. Amos
B. Charles); aged 82 y. 9 m. She died of infirmities due to old
age. Early in life, she united with the Mennonite Church, and
was faithful until her departure from this life. One of her great
concerns was in the spiritual welfare of her children and grandchildren.
She was united in marriage to Christian H. Haverstick Jan. 8,
1884. This union was blessed with 3 children (Stoner H. of Manor
Twp.; Edith, wife of Amos B. Charles of Manor Twp.; and Laura,
wife of Benjamin N. Shertzer of Millersville), and is also survived
by 14 grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death June 10,
1911. Short services were conducted at the home by Bro. J. C.
Habecker, and further services were conducted at the Habecker
Mennonite Church by Bro. John K. Charles and Bro. C. K. Lehman.
Texts, Num. 23:10; Rev. 14:13. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
Her place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Kurtz.-Ruth Ellen, daughter of Samuel B.. and Amanda
E. Hartzler, was born March 5, 1915, near West Liberty, Ohio;
died March 30, 1937; aged 22 y. 25 d. She grew to womanhood near
West Liberty, living an obedient and patient life. On May 5, 1935,
she was united in holy matrimony to Bro. John Kurtz of Westover,
Md, later moving to Brentwood, Md., where she lived a cheerful
and happy Christian life in the home and social circle. To this
happy home, in the early morning of March 30, was born one son.
(Eugene Raymond) for which his Christian mother went through "the
valley and shadow of death." She was converted in young girlhood
in the Mennonite Church, which she faithfully served and loved
until the end. She leaves her loving companion, her mother, of
West Liberty, Ohio, 2 sisters: Naomi Helen (a twin), and Mary
Eleanor, 3 brothers: Leonard of West Liberty, Elmer of Tiskilwa,
Ill., and Mark of Goshen, Ind., besides grandparents and a host
of relatives and friends. Her father and infant sister preceded
her in death. May her early departure draw us nearer to whom we
look in this hour, and see the beautiful picture of the stepping
upward to the end of her perfection, never to return. "Precious
in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints," because
"the spirit returned to God who gave it." The body was
brought to the home of her mother, and funeral services were held
in the Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bro. S. B. Allgyer, assisted
by Bro. John Y King. She was laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"No, not cold beneath the grasses,
Not close walled within the tomb;
Rather, in our Father's mansion,
Living in another room."
Erb.-Daniel, son of Jacob and Katie (Steinman) Erb,
was born Sept. 6, 1853, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died March 26,
1937, at the home of his youngest daughter; aged 83 y. 6 m. 20
d. When a young man he gave his heart to God, and his hand to
the Church. He was baptized by Bishop Joseph Ruby in Ontario.
Later he came to the U. S. and in 1877 was married to Katherin
Roth of Washington Co., Iowa. Going from there to Colorado, in
1894 they came to Linn Co., Oreg. He was one of the charter members
of the Fairview Mennonite Church, in which he took an active part.
He was the first minister to be ordained in the Fairview congregation,
and ordained by Bishop Jacob Roth of the same place in 1898, which
he helped to organize and support. He is survived by 3 daughters
(Katie Heyerly and Mary Gerig of near Albany, Oreg., and Lydia
Nofziger of near Lebanon, Oreg.), 22 grandchildren. 10 great-grandchildren,
1 brother (Jacob Erb, O'Neill, Nebr.), 1 sister of Tavistock,
Ont. His companion, 2 sons, 1 daughter, and 2 grandsons preceded
him to the home beyond. He was a kind and loving father, having
a smile and kind word for whoever he met; always willing to help
others who were in need. Brief services were held at the place
of his death on March 29, conducted by Bro. Melvin Schrock, followed
by services at the Fairview Mennonite Church conducted by Bros.
C. R. Gerig, H. C. Gerig, C. C. Steckly. and others of neighboring
congregations. Interment in Knox Butte Cemetery, by the side of
His room is empty, all is still;
His place is vacant, it was God's will;
So long he waited for his rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best.
-By his three daughters.
Weaver.-Benjamin F. Weaver was born Oct. 22, 1877, near
Farmersville, Pa.; died March 17, 1937, in Lancaster, Pa.; aged
59 y. 4 m. 26 d. After his marriage to Susan E. Brackbill 37 years
ago he resided in the same house where he died. Following a major
operation, performed 4 years ago, his health failed. He was engaged
in the grocery business for a little over 30 years. He was a man
of cheerful disposition and made many friends. His character was
made to shinee out through all the trials he was called upon to
bear, especially in the last few years when he suffered much at
times, but he seldom complained. His last attendance at church
was in November, when communion was observed at the E. Chestnut
St. Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member, trustee,
S. S. teacher. and sexton for a number of years, having resided
next door to the church. During the last few days prior to the
two attacks of angina pectoris he seemed so much stronger, when
he suddenly received such great pain that left him 12 hours before
he died and he peacefully slept away. When he had pain he would
sing, "Jesus is Mine" (as he was always fond of singing).
He is survived by his wife and 2 daughters (Esther A., wife of
Ralph D. Ranck of Central Manor, and Elsie B., wife of B. Harnish
Noll of Rohrerstown), also 5 grandchildren and the following brothers
and sister: Lemon of near New Holland, David M. of Lincoln Highway
East and Mrs. John L. Ranck of Strasburg. Brief funeral services
were held in the home by Bro. Ross Goldfus and at the E. Chestnut
St. Mennonite Church by brethren Jacob E. Brubaker, David H. Mosemann,
and Stoner Krady. Texts: Jas. 5 :7 and Heb. 11 :13-16. Burial
in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.
"Into the bright morning land,
Thru the mist which we mortals call death,
A dear one has passed from our sight,
And our hearts are sad and bereft."
Reber.--Stella Maxine, daughter of Jacob and Sue E. (Nafziger) Reber of Winton, Calif., was born in Kansas City, Kans., Nov. 21, 1919; was instantly killed in an auto accident in which 2 boys and 2 girls were riding. They ran into the rear of a semi-truck that was standing on the highway whose lights went out, and they did not see it. The two girls were instantly killed as both had their necks broken, and the driver was scalped and seriously injured and died 3 days later; the other boy survived with minor bruises. This all happened Jan. 31, 1937; age, 17 y. 2 m. 10 d. She was adopted from the Children's Home in Kansas City, at the age of 5 weeks. We then lived in Harper Co., Kans. In 1924 she with her parents moved to Los Angeles, Calif. There at the age of 10 she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church at the Los Angeles Mission. She was a very willing and active worker while she lived here. In August, 1931, she with her parents moved to Winton, Calif., where she resided until death called her home. She always had a loving disposition and made friends wherever she went. She always looked forward to attain to a great achievement and was greatly admired and loved by all her friends and those who knew her. She leaves her father and mother, 1 sister (Delta Bernice Ratzlaff) and brother-in-law (Jeff Ratzlaff), 2 nephews (Mervin Lloyd and Russel Dean), 1 grandmother, 10 uncles, 9 aunts, and a large host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Feb. 4 in the Winton Mennonite Church with a large attendance. J. P. Bontrager used as a text, "How long have I to live" (II Sam. 19:34), and was assisted by L. E. Weaver. The body was laid to rest in the Winton Cemetery.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Schertz.-Christian S. Schertz was born near Washington, Ill., Nov. 16, 1851; died at the home of his son in Goshen, Ind., March 31, 1937; aged 85 y. 4 m. 15 d. He had been in reasonable good health until about six months ago, when complications and the infirmities of age gradually brought him to his end. In 1875 he was married to Phoebe Guengrich, Metamora, Ill., who shared the joys and sorrows of life with him for nearly fifty years. To this union were born 3 sons.
At the age of forty years he was ordained to the ministry at the Roanoke Church near Eureka, Ill., which charge he faithfully served until advanced years made it necessary for him to retire from active service. He had a wide acquaintance among the ministry in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana, and was much loved by all who knew him. His exemplary life was an inspiration to many and he will be greatly missed especially by a number of younger ministers who knew him as a real friend and brother.
Thirteen years ago he came to Goshen, Ind., with his son B. J. and made his home with them since that time. When he came to Goshen he transferred his membership to the Goshen College congregation. He was a faithful member, not only by precept but also by example. He attended practically all the religious services of the College as long as he was able and his presence was always much appreciated. The Lord blessed him in material things but he was a good steward, counting his things not his own and any worthy cause sponsored by the church had a liberal supporter in Brother Schertz.
He was preceded in death by his loving companion in 1923, by his son Samuel in 1919. He leaves 2 sons (B.. J. of Goshen, Ind., and L. C. of Roanoke, Ill.) and a sister (Mrs. Debold Householder of Eureka, Ill.); also 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held April 2 from the home in Goshen in charge of C. L. Graber and S. C. Yoder. Further services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Church near Eureka, Ill., on April 3. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
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Gospel Herald, April 29, 1937 - Vol. XXX, No.5 - page 111
Geil.-Arbella, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Turner Douglas, was born in Augusta Co., Va., Nov. 25, 1861; died at Greenmount, in Rockingham Co., Feb. 11, 1937, following an illness of two months; aged 75 y. 2 m. 17 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was united in marriage to John H. Geil a number of years ago. He preceded her in death more than nineteen years. Surviving are 2 sisters, Nannie and Maggie Douglas. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes. Interment in the Weavers Church Cemetery.
Freed.-Harvey Franklin Freed was born Dec. 24, 1877; died April 7, 1937; aged 59 y. 4 m. 14 d. He was a lifelong resident of the community near Criders, Va., and was a member of the Valley View congregation near that place. He was an intense sufferer for a number of years from a cancer on the back of his neck. He is survived by his wife and sons David, Glen, and William; also the following daughters: Zella (Mrs. Galen Fink), Bliss (Mrs. Lloy Lantz), Ollie (Mrs. Howard Good) ; also by an aged father and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held at the Valley View Church in charge of Bro. Timothy Showalter.
Litwiller.-Mary Ann, infant daughter of Joe and Alma Litwiller, was born March 31, 1937; died April 2, 1937. Besides her parents, she is survived by 4 sisters (Dorothy, Leona, Irene, and Loretta) and 3 brothers (Lloyd, Glen, and Marvin). An infant brother (Wilmer Clayton) preceded her in death. Little Mary Ann was not with us long, but she will be greatly missed. As it has pleased God to take her to the glory world we must say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held at the home of Bro. and Sister John Litwiller, near Hopedale, Ill., conducted by Bro. Simon Litwiller. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
Fawley.-Daniel Adam Fawley died March 6, 1937. He was for a number of years a member of the Hebron Mennonite congregation near Genoa, Va. He was a sufferer for much of his life, having had a dislocation of the spine in his younger years; later of heart trouble and paralysis. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, of which he was sick only a few days. Age: 81 y. 10 m. 3 d. He is survived by 3 daughters, an aged sister, and many other relatives in the surrounding community. His wife preceded him in death about 15 years. Funeral services were conducted March 5 by Bro. J. L. Stauffer at the Oak Grove Brethren Church near his home. Burial in the cemetery near by.
Graham.-Samuel C. Graham died at the Mennonite Hospital, Sunday, April 11, after several weeks' illness. He was born Jan. 13, 1868, and his age at the time of his death was 69 y. 2 m. 28 d. He was born in Pennsylvania. His parents died when he was quite small. When he was 17 he went into partnership with W. H. Snyder in.the farming business, and they farmed together for nineteen years. He came to La Junta thirty-two years ago, and for many years was employed in various grocery stores in the city. He has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Snyder. He leaves no close relatives. The funeral services were held from the Green Mortuary Chapel. Bro. J. A. Heatwole officiated. Burial in East Holbrook Cemetery. Text, Psa. 8:4a.
Morrison.-Emma V., widow of the late John E. Morrison
near Mt. Nebo, Pa., was born July 15, 1852; died at the home of
her son Oscar March 10, 1937. While seated at the breakfast table,
she was overtaken with a stroke from which she never regained
consciousness and died in the afternoon of the same day, aged
84 y. 6 m. 25 d. Her husband preceded her two short years before.
She leaves 1 daughter, 5 sons, and grandchildren to mourn the
loss of a loving mother and grandmother. Funeral services were
held March 13, 1937, at the Byerland Church in charge of Bros.
Aaron Harnish and Maris Hess. Text, Job 5:26.
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes."
Clements.-Noah, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Clements, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 27, 1866, and was reared to manhood in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nunemaker. In January, 1888 he was married to Frances Pletcher of Elkhart Co., Ind. To this union one son (Samuel) was born. In 1910 he and his companion were converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Olive where they attended faithfully as long as they were able. Bro. Clements was in failing health for some time, and several weeks before his death his illness took a turn for the worse. On Saturday evening, March 20, he passed on to his eternal reward; aged 70 y. 7 m. 23 d. He leaves his son, a grandson (Merrel), 2 brothers, and many friends. Funeral services conducted by the home ministers, Bros. D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank.
Funk.-Annie S., wife of Edgar F. Funk, was born July
20, 1881; died of complications at her home near Donerville, Pa.,
March 8, 1937; aged 55 y. 7 m. 18 d. About a year ago she underwent
an operation for a tumor, but soon dropsy and cancer developed
and she became rapidly worse. She was again taken to the hospital,
but to no avail. She was taken home where she passed away one
week later. She was a member of Coy. U. B. church, and during
her late illness she had cut loose from all that is earthly and
was fully resigned to the will of God. Surviving her are her husband,
2 sisters (Mrs. J. B. Harnish of E. Petersburg, Pa.; Mrs.
David Gamber of Neffsville, Pa.), and 3 brothers (Geo. S. Biemesderfer,
of Landisville, Pa.; Phares S. Biemesderfer of E. Petersburg,
Pa.; and Harry S. Biemesderfer of Richland, Pa.). Funeral services
were held at her home, conducted by 0. T. Ehrhart of Cov. U. B.
Church and Jacob Habecker of the Mennonite Church. Interment in
Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
Ferguson.-Benjamin, son of Samuel and Magdalena (Huffman) Ferguson was born Oct. 24, 1857, In Franklin Co., Ohio. Early in life he lived with his parents in Elkhart Co., Ind., Page Co., Iowa, and Harvey Co., Kans. Later he returned to Page Co., Iowa, where he was married to Anna Horning, Dec. 24, 1881. To this union a son and a daughter were born. In 1891 they moved to Cullom, Ill., and in 1898 to Elkhart Co., locating on a farm south of Wakarusa, Ind. Since the death of Sister Ferguson, Jan. 17, 1932, he made his home with his children, spending the summers with the son and the winters with his daughter, wife of Bishop D. A. Yoder. In early life he united with the Mennonite church and was a faithful member until death. He has been in failing health for some time. On the morning of March 20 he arose as usual, walked out into the dining room, and fell on the floor and soon died. He leaves a son (Martin H.), a daughter (Mrs. D. A. Yoder), 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, also 5 sisters. Funeral services were conducted by C. A. Shank and Silas Weldy at the Olive Church.
Pletcher.-Noah, son of Christian and Katherine (Enders) Pletcher, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 15, 1866; died April 16, 1937; aged 71 y. 2 m. 1 d. He was born and died on the same farm. In 1885 he was united in marriage with Catharine Mitschelen. To this union were born 2 sons (Walter 0. and Roscoe T.). The wife and mother died Jan. 19, 1888. Then in 1892 he was united in marriage with Emma Anderson. To this union were born 6 children (Clayton, Ona, Norah, Russel, Lulu and Thomas). She passed away May 29, 1922. For many years he has been a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by the following children: Walter 0., on the home farm; Roscoe T., Los Angeles, Calif.; Clayton of Nappanee; Mrs. Vern LeCount of Wawaka, Ind.; Mrs. Roscoe CuIp of Vandalia, Mich.; J. Russel of South Bend; Mrs. Hubert J. Wright of Montpelier, 0.; and Thomas of Nappanee. There are also 20 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He is the last of his family, there being no brothers or sisters left. Funeral conducted at the Olive Church by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank, the home ministers. Text, Rev. 14 :13.
Showalter.-Nannie E., daughter of the late John D. and
Elizabeth (Driver) Showalter, was born near Mt. Clinton, Va.,
March 9, 1865; died March 29, 1937; aged 72 y. 20 d. She was stricken
on her seventy-second birthday, and two days later was taken to
Rockingham Memorial Hospital where she passed away. She was of
a kind, loving disposition, and will be greatly missed. One of
the last things she did, was to perform an act of kindness to
a bereft neighbor. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for
many years. On March 5, 1896, she was united in marriage to Robert
H. Showalter. To this union 3 children were born. Surviving are
her husband and the following children: Sada, Clark, and Mary
(Mrs. Tracy Suter). She is also survived by 4 grandsons, 3 brothers,
and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held
from Weavers Church, conducted by Bro. H. B. Keener, assisted
by Bro. Aldine Brenneman. Text, Matt. 13 :43. Her body was laid
to rest in the nearby cemetery.
"She sleeps, she sleeps! and never more
Will her footsteps fall by the old home door;
Nor her voice be heard with its loving tone,
By the loved ones left 'round her own hearthstone.
She has gone, she has gone! to her home afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are"
Driver.-Ida Florence, daughter of the late Anthony and
Hannah (Beery) Rhodes, was born at Edom, Va., Nov. 29, 1861; died
at her home near Dayton, Va., March 3, 1937; aged 75 y. 3 m. 3
d. Death was due to a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered
only six days previous to her passing. Bro. and Sister Driver
set an excellent example for newlyweds in the beginning of their
wedded life. They made it a practice to read a chapter a day from
the Bible. They sought "the old paths, where is the good
way," and the Lord blessed them with long life. For a little
more than forty-seven years they walked together, sharing the
joys and sorrows of life. On Jan. 17, 1904, she united with the
Mennonite Church continuing in this faith to the end. Simplicity
and humility adorned her Christian life. Oct. 3, 1889, she was
united in marriage to Lewis M. Driver. To this union 3 sons were
born. Paul died in infancy, and Rhodes preceded his mother in
death just one year and seven days. Surviving is her companion
and 1 son, Wayne W. Driver. She is also survived by 7 granddaughters,
3 grandsons, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held from Weavers
Church, conducted by Brethren S. H. Rhodes and L. H. Jones. Texts,
Prov. 16 :31, Rev. 14 :13. Her remains were laid to rest in the
cemetery near by.
"Her toils are past, her work is done,
And she is fully blest;
She fought the fight, the victory won,
And entered into rest."
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