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Diller-Nancy C., daughter of John L. and Elizabeth Brenneman, was born at Elida, 0., May 7, 1867; died June 2, 1937; aged 70 y. 27 d. Early in youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. On Oct. 25, 1898 she was united in marriage to Bro. Andrew Diller. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters. Sister Nancy filled a large and double place in this home, as she took to her bosom two motherless children, a son four years and a daughter 18 months old, who were born to Bro. Andrew by a former companion. She leaves her husband, a step-daughter (Elizabeth, wife of Henry Hartman), 2 daughters (Esther, wife of Jacob Hartman, and Florence, wife of Wilber Brunk. all of Elida, 0.), 1 son (Rudy of Dayton, Va.). She also leaves 1 brother (Geo. Brenneman), and 1 sister (Caroline Diller of Elida, 0.); also 17 grandchildren and many relatives and friends. She leaves a church that appreciated her life and patience in her years of suffering and affliction. A son (Harvey Andrew) and a step-son (Clarence of Osborn, 0.), preceded her in death. She had the misfortune of breaking her hip three and a half years ago, and was an invalid until the Lord called her above. During these years Bro. Andrew gave her his constant care and devotion. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church by Bro. Ben B. King and assisted by Bros. 0. B. Shenk and Wm. Jennings. Remains interred in a nearby cemetery.
"The lights have gone out in a mansion of clay,
The curtain is drawn, the dweller away;
She slipped over the threshold of time into the night
To take her abode in the City of Light."
Weaver-Magdalene (Hochstetler) Weaver was born May 20, 1854; died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Neff, on July 9, 1937; aged 83 y. 1 m. 19 d. She was sick 4 months. She united in marriage with John S. Weaver on May 3, 1877. He preceded her in death 23 years ago. To this union were born 4 daughters (Lizzie Ann (deceased), Mrs. Emma Neff of Walnut Creek, Mrs. Laura Gerber of Sugarcreek, and Mrs. Mary Jane Immet, deceased). Four grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren also preceded her in death. One grandson and 1 great-grandson survive. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth of which she remained a faithful member. She was the last of a family of thirteen children. Funeral services were conducted July 12 at the Walnut Creek, Ohio, Mennonite Church by A. W. Miller and Venus Hershberger. Texts, I Cor. 15 :12-28; Psa. 23; Rom. 5 :15. Interment in Mennonite Cemetery near by.
Burkholder.-Samuel S., son of the late Samuel D. and
Catharine (Snavely) Burkholder, was born June 20, 1857, in Lancaster
Co., Pa.; died April 7, 1937, at his home in Ephrata, Pa., after
an illness of less than a day of a cerebral hemorrhage; aged 79
y. 9 m. 17 d. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Mennonite
Church, and lived at Ephrata the last seven years. In 1879 he
was united in marriage to Sarah W., daughter of the late Peter
and Nancy (Weaver) Brubaker, who survives him, and the following
children: Emma B., wife of Phares G. Frantz; Sadie B., wife of
Peter S. Heisey (a minister in the Church of the Brethren) ; Katie
B., wife of Norman M. Bollinger, all of near Cocalico, and Paul
B. of Lebanon; also 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and
1 brother (George S. Burkholder of Cocalico). An infant son (Samuel
B.) preceded him in death 53 years ago. Funeral services were
conducted April 12 by Bros. Amos Horst and A. A. Landes at the
home and at the Ephrata Mennonite Church. Texts, Job 17:11; Psa.
37:37. The body was laid to rest in the burial grounds adjoining
the Indiantown Mennonite Church.
"Farewell, dear father, your labors are o'er,
Your willing bands will toil no more;
Peace be thy slumber, thy rest be sweet,
Our circle is now broken, our home incomplete."
Burkholder.-Twenty days after his father's departure
the only son (Paul) passed away suddenly. He was born June 25,
1899; died April 27, 1937; aged 37 y. 10 m. 2 d. He was united
in marriage to Esther (Brubacher) Glick in 1923, who survives,
also his mother and family, as mentioned above. He was overcome
by carbon monoxide poison in his garage in the rear of his home
while at work oiling and cleaning his automobile, getting ready
for himself and wife to spend a few days with his mother. He was
found unconscious by his father-in-law. Soon two doctors and a
nurse were at his side, who did all they could to revive him but
of no avail. This brought double sadness and sorrow to the bereaved
wife and family and a host of friends. Our blessed Lord knew what
was best. Funeral services were conducted May 1, by Alden Bieby
at the house and at the United Brethren Church at Hebron of which
he was a member. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining
the Iona U. B. Church.
"Though cast down, we're not forsaken;
Though afflicted, not alone;
Thou didst give and Thou best taken,
Blessed Lord, Thy will be done."
Eash.-Annie, daughter of Sem and Christina (Johns) Kaufman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 21, 1860. Died at the home of her son (Sam K. Eash) near Thomas Mills, Pa., July 1, 1937; aged 76 y. 11 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage with Henry M. Eash Feb. 19, 1882, who died Jan. 18, 1933. They lived at the home where she lived for 45 years. She was bedfast for six and one-half years, having been practically helpless for the last year. During that time she bore patiently her lot in life. She is survived by the following children: Amos, of Lakewood, Ohio; Josiah, Toledo, Ohio; Lizzie, wife of Edward Hershberger; Menno; Sem K.; Sadie; Effie, wife of Christ Hollsopple; Trella, wife of Erwin Harshberger; all of Conemaugh Twp. She is also survived by 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was a sister of Lizzie Shaffer, Anthony, Kans.; Noah Kaufman, Belleville, Pa.; Bennett Kaufman, Richfield, Pa.; Isaac and Daniel Kaufman, both of Davidsville, Pa. She was a member of the Amish Church from the time of her marriage until twenty years ago, when they had no resident minister. Then she and her husband united with the Mennonite Church, in which they were faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the Thomas Mennonite Church and burial in the adjoining cemetery. Services were in charge of Bros. James Saylor, Joseph Saylor, Harry C. Blough, E. W. Kulp of Belly, Pa., and B. T. Shilling of Davidsville. Text (her own choosing), II Kings 20:1.
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Neff-Mary S. Neff (nee Kendig) of Manor Twp., Pa., was born Jan. 4, 1864; died July 25, 1937 aged 73 y. 6 m. 21 d. She was a member of the Masonville Church. She is survived by 2 sons (Christian and Roy), 1 sister, 2 brothers, and 3 grandchildren. Her husband, Bro. Frank M. Neff, preceded her in death nearly 4 years. Funeral services were held at her late home and Masonville meetinghouse, many relatives and neighbors attending, conducted by J. C. Habecker, C. K. Lehman, and J. K. Charles. Text, Psa. 17:15. She is gone from us to her reward.
Rank-Ethel Mae, daughter of Isaac and Laura Girvin,
was born near Intercourse, Pa., April 20, 1909; died at Lancaster
General Hospital June 6, 1937; aged 28 y. 1 m. 16 d. She was united
in marriage to J. Earl Rank on Feb. 6, 1936. There remain a sorrowing
husband, father, mother, a brother and sister. She accepted Christ
as her Savior when quite young and remained faithful until the
end. Funeral services were conducted at Hershey Mennonite Church
by A. L. Martin and Ira Lowery. Interment in Rank Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought her death was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
Time pain of passing away without farewell."
Yoder.-Elmer LaVern, only son of John and Lizzie Yoder,
was born in Iona County near Clarksville, Mich., Sept. 27, 1921;
died at his home at Fairview, Mich., July 8, 1937; aged 15 y.
9 m. 18 d. He had just returned home from the day's work and was
permitted to go to a lake a few miles distant. He was suddenly
missed about 10 o'clock. After about 15 minutes search he was
found in about 8 or 10 feet of water. All was done that willing
hands could do but death claimed its victim. He became a member
of the Mennonite Church at the age of 9 years and lived in that
faith until the end. He leaves his deeply bereaved parents, 4
sisters (Mabel of Fairview, Mary-Mrs. Benton Barker of Lewiston,
Leah and Clara at home), 1 nephew, a grandfather, a grandmother
and many other relatives and friends. 2 sisters and 1 brother
preceded him in death. We mourn, but not as those having no hope.
Services conducted at the home and church by Bro. M. S. Steiner.
Text, Jas. 4:13, 14; Eccl. 12 :1.
By the family.
"Dearest brother, thou hast left us
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He will all our sorrows heal."
Frey-Elvin G., son of Furry H. Frey, was born Aug. 22,
1923; died June 15, 1937; aged 13 y. 9 m. 7 d. He was a member
of the New Danville Mennonite Church. Besides his grief-stricken
parents he is survived by 4 brothers (Chester, Maurice, Lloyd
G., Paul G.) and 2 sisters (Norma Arlene and Marian Elizabeth)
also his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Groff of New Danville
and Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Frey of Mount Joy, Pa.). He was a bright
and cheerful boy, always scoring high in his school work. He was
attending his class outing at Long's Park and had gone in bathing
with the other classmates, when he suddenly became in distress
and drowned. His sudden death was a shock to the family and community
as well. Brief funeral services were conducted at the home by
Bro. Jacob Harnish and at the New Danville, Pa., Mennonite Church
by Bros. Jacob Harnish and James Hess. Texts, Psa. 89 :45; Jer.
"In our hearts his memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake him
From his peaceful, quiet sleep."
Hege-Abram, eldest son of Henry B. and Susanna (Lesher) Hege was born Aug. 18, 1862, near Marion, Pa.; died suddenly of a heart attack at his home near Maugansville, Md., July 1, 1937; aged 74 y. 10 m. 13 d. At the age of 16 he moved with his mother to the home where he died. He was united in marriage to Martha E. Gsell who preceded him in death seven years ago. He is survived by 3 children (Mary E. at home; Amos S. of near Maugansville; J. Aaron of near Charlton, Md.), also 17 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Henry K. Hege), 1 sister (Mrs. David B. Lehman), 2 step brothers, 1 step sister, 1 half brother, 1 half sister. Two grandchildren preceded him in death. He was failing for the past year, gradually growing weaker, but was doing his daily work as usual until the end came. Since the departure of his companion he was not concerned about the pleasures of this world and spent much time reading the Testament and often expressed a desire to go suddenly and be with those over in the world beyond. He very frequently made this expression : "If Jesus is satisfied with me, I am ready to go today." He was a member of Reiff's Mennonite Church since he was 18 years of age. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. David R. Lesher and at Reiff's Church by Bros. Samuel R. Eby and Moses K. Horst. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
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Fries-Bro. John Fries, a member of the Tressler congregation near Greenwood, Del., suddenly died while digging potatoes on July 22, 1937; aged 71 y. 9 m. 11 d. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in his youth but a few years ago united with the Mennonite Church at Greenwood, proving himself a faithful and interested member, enjoying all religious meetings. His sudden and unexpected death was a shock to his family, friends, and neighbors. Funeral services were conducted by Wm. C. Hershberger at the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church near Greenwood, Del. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Kurtz.-Abraham Kurtz of Reistville, Lebanon Co., Pa., was born at Cocalico, Pa., Dec. 26, 1845. He was married to Sarah Shenk who passed away 15 years ago. Three of their 12 children died in infancy. He is survived by the following children Michael, Harvey, John, Lizzie, Katie, and Sue; also 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In 1905 he was converted and lived a very exemplary life, being a faithful member of Krall Mennonite congregation. He died July 3, 1937; aged 91 y. 6 m. 8 d. Funeral services July 7 at the Heidelburg Brethren Church in charge of the following brethren: Henry King, Noah Risser, Jacob Ebersole, and Martin Weaver. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Hurst.-Elizabeth Hurst was born Aug. 12, 1863; died at the home of the daughter (Mrs. Daniel Sensenig) on July 2, 1937; aged 74 y. 11 m. 9 d. She was sick but a short time, till God saw best to call her home. It was only 8 months since her husband (David Hurst) was called home. They are gone to he with Christ which is far better. She leaves the following children: Mrs. George Ludwig of Goodville, Pa.; Mrs. Daniel Sensenig, Martindale, Pa.; Mrs. Henry Lauver, Lititz, Pa.; Mrs. Walter Wanner of Hinkeltown, Pa.; Mrs. Jacob Fisher of New Holland, Pa.; 2 brothers (Aaron Weaver of Goodville, Jacob Weaver of Lancaster), 1 sister (Mrs. Hettie Weaver of Blue Ball, Pa.). Funeral was held July 6 at the home of the daughter. Further services were conducted at Weaverland Church by John Mast, John W. Weaver. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Barto.-Mary, wife of Jerry Barto, Mt. Joy, Pa., died
at St. Joseph's hospital, Lancaster, Pa., July 27, of complications;
aged 77 y. She was born in Manheim Twp.,a daughter of the late
Christian and Mary (Huber) Kauffman. She gave her heart to God
and was taken into the East Petersburg Church at the age of 18.
Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children:
Harry, Philadelphia; Nora, wife of Charles Eshelman, Elizabethtown;
Phebe, at home; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 brother
(Jacob Kauffman, Portland, Oreg.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Hertzler),
Souderton. Services were held July 30 from the Nissley Funeral
Home, Mt. Joy, with further services in the Mt. Joy Mennonite
Church. Interment at the East Petersburg Cemetery. She was loved
by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
Sent by the Family.
Huber-Dale LaMar Huber, six weeks old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ira B. Huber of Lititz, Pa., died July 17, 1937, at the Lancaster
General Hospital from a four-day illness. He is survived by his
parents and 2 brothers (Carl Eugene and James Elvin) ; also by
his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jacob E. Kreider) and
paternal grandmother (Mrs. Ellen Huber). Services were held at
the home by Bro. Noah Horst and at the Hammer Creek Mennonite
Church by Bro. John Hess. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"A precious one to us was given,
To bud on earth and bloom in heaven;
Dear little voice, we miss it so,
All through the day where'er we go,
All through the night bow lonely it seems
For no little voice wakes us out of our dreams."
By the Family.
Roth-After a few short years of life, Wilma Louise Roth
was called to her eternal rest, July 30, 1937, a few hours after
her 22nd birthday. She was of a bright and cheerful disposition,
meeting everyone with a smile. At an early age she confessed her
faith in Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, taking an
active part in Sunday school, young people's meeting, and the
literary society. She leaves her father and mother (Frank and
Ada Roth), 4 sisters (Lucille, Mable, Alta, and Kathryn), and
friend Ceapheus Schrock. One sister (Mildred) preceded her in
death. A large circle of relatives and friends join in mourning
"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 a better land."
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1, at the Lockport Mennonite Church, Fulton Co., Ohio, conducted by S. D. Grieser, assisted by P. L. Frey. Text, Jas. 4 :14. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Yoder.-Franey, wife of Joshua B. Yoder, was born Dec.
16, 1871, near Belleville, Pa.; died Sunday, May 23, 1937; aged
65 y. 5 m. 7 d. She was the daughter of Seiver and Sarah Yoder,
and a member of the Amish Church. In her passing, the Church has
lost a faithful member, the home a loving and devoted mother,
the community a good neighbor. She had been afflicted with heart
trouble for several months, bearing it all patiently, until she
quietly fell asleep. She was tenderly cared for by a devoted husband
and 3 loyal daughters: Keturah, Julia (Mrs. Samuel P. Peachey,
and Nancy. Three sons also mourn the departure of a loving mother:
Joshua C., Jesse J., and Jacob H. One sister (Mrs. Sallie S. Peachey)
and 13 grandchildren survive her. One grandson preceded her in
death. Brief services were held at her late home with regular
services at the home of a neighbor, Noah Hostetler, in charge
of Bros. John Y. and John B. Peachey. Interment in Locust Grove
"Oh! sacred grave, what precious dust
Is here committed to thy trust.
But, oh! the soul has fled on high
To live with God and never die."
Emswiler.-Clyde Francis Emswiler was born Sept. 27, 1913, near Cootes Store, Va. He lived in this community until about 18 years of age, when he came to Warwick Co., where he lived the rest of his life. On Monday morning, Aug. 2, while helping to deliver milk in the city of Newport News, he fell from the truck and seriously injured his skull, dying but a few hours later. On Oct. 6, 1934, he was married to Esther, daughter of Pre. Joseph Mast, who with one daughter (Geneva May) is left to mourn the loss. His father and mother and 6 brothers and 1 sister also are left to mourn the sudden death of one so near to them. At the age of 15 years he united with the Methodist Church near Cootes Store, Va. Later he and his wife were both received into the Providence Mennonite Church near Oyster Point, Va., of which he was a member when death so suddenly and with scarcely a warning claimed his life; aged 23 y. 10 m. 6 d. Funeral services at the home and Providence Mennonite Church, in charge of Orrie D. Yoder and Truman Brunk. Texts, Job 16 :22; 7 :10. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Long.-Abram D., son of the late William and Mary (Shank) Long, was born in Allen Co., O., Feb. 28, 1875; died of a paralytic stroke at his home near Singers Glen, Va., June 23, 1937; aged 59 y. 3 m. 26 d. While he was not enjoying the best of health, yet his death came very unexpectedly. On the day previous to his passing he was making hay. About three o'clock in the afternoon he drove into the barn with a small load, and before getting down he stuck the hay fork. As he came near the house he asked his companion to get him a chair and a drink of water. He got to the porch but was unable to get farther. When the doctor came he was put to bed and soon became unconscious. He passed away the following morning. Life is uncertain. "Watch therefore." In 1900 he united with the Salem (Mennonite) Church near Elida, Ohio. At the time of his death he held his membership with the Weaver congregation near Harrisonburg. On Sept. 21, 1899, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Sharpes. To this union one son was born. Surviving are his companion, 1 son, 4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons; also a brother (John Long of Lima, Ohio) and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held from Weavers Church conducted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes, assisted by Bro. R. W. Benner. Text, Job 14 :14. Burial in the nearby cemetery.
Arndt.-Annie, daughter of the late Israel and Elizabeth
Reiff, was born near Cearfoss, Md., Jan. 29, 1864; died at her
home in Maugansville, Md., Apr. 16, 1937; aged 73 y. 2 m. 17 d.
On Aug. 29, 1901, she was married to Wilson Arndt who survives
her, also 3 brothers: Benjamin, Gettysburg, Pa.; Israel, Maugansville,
Md.; David, Frederick, Md.; also 7 nieces and 4 nephews. Preceding
her in death were 5 sisters, 1 brother, and a half brother and
half sister. She was afflicted for many years and the past 15
months was unable to leave her home. The last 8 months she spent
most of her time in a wheel chair. It was hard to give Aunt Annie
up but we trust that our loss is her gain. She was a member of
Reiff's Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral from her late
home in Maugansville, Monday, April 19, 1937. Short services at
the home by Bro. Moses Horst. Further services at Reiff Mennonite
Church by ______Fesperman and Bro. Horst. Interment in cemetery
"She sleeps, she sleeps, and nevermore
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 hearth stone.
She's gone, she's gone to her home afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are."
Nofziger.-Jacob, Jr., son of the late David and Barbara
Nofziger, was horn near Archbold, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1877. After a
lingering illness of 18 months with that dreadful disease (cancer),
he peacefully passed away on the morning of Aug. 5, 1937; aged
59 y. 9 m. 23 d. In 1907 he was united in marriage with Katie
Roth who preceded him in death. On Nov. 14, 1929, he united in
marriage the second time to Emma Roth. He leaves his sorrowing
wife, 7 step-children, 8 step-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 5 sisters,
and a host of relatives and friends. Bro. Nofziger was confined
to his bed since Feb. 16 and at times suffered intense pain; but
he bore it patiently to the end, always remembering his blessed
Lord who suffered so much for him. Last November he renewed his
covenant with the Lord and rejoiced that he could know that the
Lord had spoken peace to his soul and often said, "He is
all that I have." "Blessed are the dead which die in
the Lord from henceforth, yea saith the Spirit that they may rest
from their labors and their works do follow them." Funeral
services were held Sunday morning, Aug. 8, 1937 at the Central
Mennonite Church in charge of S. D. Grieser and S. S. Wyse. Texts,
Job 14:15; I Thess. 4 :13, 14. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
"Just beyond the Silent River,
Our beloved one has gone
To dwell with Christ forever,
For his toil on earth is done."
Grieser.-Simon, son of Daniel and Anna Grieser, was
born March 10, 1867, near Archbold, Ohio; died July 20, 1937,
in the home where he was born and lived all his life; aged 70
y. 4 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage with Lizzie Nofziger Dec.
2, 1894. This union was blest with 4 sons and 3 daughters. He
leaves his sorrowing companion, 3 sons and 1 daughter (Elmer of
Wauseon, O.; Raymond of Archbold, O.; Clarence and Irene at home),
and 3 grandchildren; also 3 brothers and a large number of near
relatives and friends. One son and 2 daughters preceded him in
death. On Jan. 18, 1932, he suffered a stroke of apoplexy which
left him quite helpless. For five and one half years he was confined
to his chair and needed much assistance and care from his beloved
companion and children which was faithfully given him until the
Lord saw fit to take him home. In his youth he accepted Christ
as his personal Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, and
remained a faithful member until death. He was a kind, affectionate
husband and father, a peace-loving Christian, a helpful neighbor
and friend. He will be greatly missed in the home, the Church,
and the community. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite
Church in charge of S. S. Wyse assisted by Henry Rychener. Text,
Isa. 57: 1. Burial in Eckley Cemetery.
"His chair long used is empty,
His glasses are laid away;
His Bible has been left to others,
He has gone with Jesus to stay."
Berry.-Mollie Elizabeth, daughter of the late Jessie and Catherine Kiser, was born Jan. 29, 1861; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Laportie Bucklew) near Lebanon, Pa., July 18, 1937; aged 76 y. 5 m. 19 d. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. In December, 1886, she was united in marriage to W. B. Berry. To this union 4 sons and 4 daughters were born. One son died in infancy, and a daughter (Mrs. George Spitzer) died some years ago. Her husband also preceded her in death eight years ago. Since his death she had made her home with her youngest daughter (Mrs. Amos Christian of Dale Enterprise, Va.). On April 1 of this year she went to visit her daughter in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday morning,. July 14, when her son-in-law went to call the little girls about four o'clock he found she had suffered a paralytic stroke some time during the night. She passed away the following Sunday morning. She was active and enjoyed reasonable good health for her age. We indeed know not what shall be on the morrow; "Therefore be ye also ready." Surviving are 3 sons, 3 daughters, 15 grandchildren, and 1 great-grand-child; also 1 sister. The body was brought to Virginia for burial. Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, conducted by S. H. Rhodes, assisted by M. L. Minnick. The 23rd Psalm was used as a basis of remarks, as was requested by her some months previous to her passing. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Hochstetler, Emanuel B. Hochstetler was born March 30,
1878, in Howard Co., Ind.; died near Midland, Mich., July 29,
1937; aged 59 y. 3 m. 29 d. On Sept. 10, 1899, he was united in
marriage to Sarah Ann Mishler. To this union were born 2 sons
and 5 daughters. Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death.
The mother also passed away on March 9, 1920. On Nov. 6, 1920,
he was united in marriage to Fannie (nee Mishler, widow of the
late Rudy Miller) who also passed away, April 29, 1926. On Nov.
2, 1930, he was united in marriage to Alice B. Kauffman. He is
survived by his bereaved companion, 4 daughters (Katie--Mrs. Roy
Terwillegar; Clara--Mrs. Sam Milller; Sarah and Edna at home);
also 2 step-sons and 1 step-daughter (Ernest, Truman, and Mary
Ann Miller of Ohio), 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 5 sisters
(Elizabeth--Mrs. Manasses Troyer; Katie-- Mrs. Festus Chupp; Lydia--Mrs.
Harvey Harshberger, and John of Goshen, Ind.; Edward, Levi, and
Susie-Mrs. Joseph Yoder, of Sturgis, Mich.; Fannie--Mrs. Menno
Chupp of Rensselaer, Ind.), with many other relatives and friends.
He accepted Christ as his personal Savior, in his youth, and united
with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he peacefully
passed away. Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at the home of
Floyd Bontrager, and at the Midland Mennonite Church, by Peter
Swartz, Clarence Yoder, and M. S. Zehr.
"You are not dead to us, dear father,
Though in this world no more we meet;
We know you're waiting for us
At the blessed Savior's feet."
Yoder-Malinda, daughter of Jonas and Sarah (Yoder) Smucker
(deceased), was born near Smithville, Ohio, May 18, 1865; died
at her home at Oyster Point, Va., July 13, 1937. On Dec. 24, 1889,
she was united in marriage to D. S. Yoder, who preceded her in
death, April 29, 1936. Their home was blessed .with 4 sons and
2 daughters: Harvey E., Melvin J., Clemment P., and Mrs. Adam
Smucker, all of Oyster Point, and John David and Ella Marie who
preceded her in death. She leaves 4 children, 8 grandchildren,
and 6 sisters: Addle and Ella of Oyster Point; Mrs. J. F. Mast
of Portsmouth, Va.; Mrs. Emma Rohrer and Mrs. D. D. Miller of
Smithville, O., and Mrs. David Steiner of North Lima, O. She also
leaves 4 brothers: John W., Peter J. of Smithville, Simon C. of
Orrville, Ohio, and D. M. of Fentress, Va.; also many relatives
and friends. She had been in frail health for many years, but
always bore her afflictions with Christian grace and fortitude.
After one week of serious illness, she peacefully fell asleep.
She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Smithville, Ohio,
in early youth and remained faithful and loyal to the end. Her
kind, affectionate disposition endeared her to many friends and
her family. The home has lost a loving mother and sister, and
the Church a mother in Israel who had a deep concern for the welfare
of the Church and her family. Funeral services were held July
15 at the Providence Church by the brethren, Orrie D. Yoder and
Geo. Hostetler. Text, Prov. 14:32. Her body was laid to rest in
the adjoining cemetery.
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear,
For one we loved and cherished here;
God took her home, it was His will;
But in our hearts, she liveth still."
Ulrich.-Catherine, daughter of Lena and Jacob Rediger (deceased), was born near Freiburg, Germany, April 22, 1843; died Aug. 3, 1937, near Manson, Iowa. When she was a young woman she came with her parents to Woodford Co., Ill., where she was united in marriage to John Ulrich in 1867. To this union were born 10 children, 2 passed away in infancy and Samuel in 1933. Her husband died in July, 1912. She is survived by 8 children (Lena Schertz and Peter Ulrich, of Manson; Lizzie Bachman, of Washington, Ill.; John of Estlin, Sask.; Katie Moery of Carlisle, Ark.; and Chris and Fannie). One sister (Elizabeth Wirkler of Los Angeles, Calif.), 2 brothers (Ben Rediger of Hoopersville, Ill., and Joe Rediger of Milford, Neb.), 33 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren survive. Four great-grandchildren, 1 grandchild, 2 sisters and 3 brothers preceded her in death. She lived with her children at Manson most of her married life. God blessed her with good health until she was old. She had been bedfast since February, 1934. She was cared for in the home of her son Peter for over a year, when she was taken to her granddaughter (Mrs. E. E. Zehr) where her daughter Lena, cared for her and where she passed away. She was always appreciative of all favors shown her. She was always patient and endured her affliction with Christian fortitude. She often expressed her eagerness to go to her eternal home, but was willing to wait until God called her. "While I lay here, I often wonder how beautiful heaven must be, and how glad we will be to meet those gone before," was typical of expressions she often made. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for more than seventy years. Funeral services were held Aug. 6 at the Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Nick Stoltzfus. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Yoder.-Lizzie (Yoder) Miller was born in Lagrange Co.,
Ind., Jan. 15, 1870; died in the hospital at Hutchinson, Kans.,
July 2, 1937; aged 67 y. 5 m. 17 d. She was married to Ananias
B. C. Miller, Dec. 19, 1889. To this union were born 14 children,
12 of whom are living, namely: Fannie (Mrs. A. J. A. Yoder), Haven,
Kans.; Joni, Hazelton, Ia.; Polly (Mrs. Lorenzo Schlabach), Farmington,
Del.; Anna (Mrs. John L. Stutzman), Watova, Okla.; Katie (Mrs.
Amos Bontrager), Thomas, Okla.; Tobias, Thomas, Okla.; Lydia (Mrs.
Chris Stoltzfus), Kalona, Ia.; Delila (Mrs. Eli S. Bontrager),
Thomas, Okla.; John, Thomas, Okla.; David, Weatherford, Okla.;
Henry and Joe of Hutchinson, Kans. Her husband died Nov. 22, 1926.
She was again married to Bishop Jacob H. Miller of Hutchinson,
Kans., July 26, 1932, at which place she. resided since. She leaves
a deeply bereaved husband, the above named children, 6 step-children
(Mrs. Jacob Richer of Daviess Co., Ind.; Mrs. Eli Yutzy, Hutchinson,
Kans.; Mrs. Eli Nissley, Watova, Okla.; Lizzie; Enos, and Roy
at home), 51 grandchildren, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers, 1 step-sister,
and 3 step-brothers. Funeral services were held July 4 at her
home near Hutchinson, conducted by Bros. Dan Nisley and Noah D.
Mast in the house and by Bros. Eli Nisley and Levi Nisley in the
shed. A large concourse of people gathered to pay their last respects.
The corpse was taken to Oklahoma at the old home place where she
formerly resided, where funeral services were conducted by Bros.
Benedict T. Yoder and Noah D. Mast of Kansas. Burial in the Amish
cemetery, beside her former husband. She was sick about a week.
Nothing was thought serious, as she didn't have any severe pain.
Then on Thursday, June 25, she seemingly got worse, so a doctor
was called. By Friday evening they took her to the hospital, where
she was operated on at once. They found a ruptured appendix. Her
death was very unexpected to the family. But we need not mourn
as those who have no hope. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite
Church. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and lived
a faithful life in Church, home and community and will be greatly
missed, as she was loved by all and had many friends who were
saddened by her departure.
"Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartache
That the smile hides all the while,"
By the family
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Weber.-Chester Eugene, infant son of Leonard and Irene Weber, died at the Washington Co., Hospital, Hagerstown, Md., Aug. 6, 1937; aged 4 m. 1 d. He is survived by his parents, who mourn the departing of an only child but humbly bow to the providences of God whose ways are higher than our ways as the heavens are higher than the earth. The funeral was held Aug. 8, at the Reiff Church and was conducted by Brethren Jno. D. Risser and Moses K. Horst. The little body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Brack.-Franklin A. Roseveld Brack was born at Baxter Springs, Kans., Feb. 24, 1934; died July 25, 1937; aged 3 y. 5 m. 1 d. He is survived by father, mother, 6 sisters, 5 brothers, 2 grandmothers, 3 uncles, and 3 aunts. He was sick only nine days. He was a very healthy child, never sick till this time when he took dysentery and kept getting weaker till he passed on. Three of the children live in Colorado and sent telegrams they would be home the evening after the funeral. So the body was held till the next day for burial. Funeral services were conducted by Andrew Shenk, assisted by E. J. Berkey. Burial in cemetery near Baxter Springs, Kans.
Ropp.-Henry, oldest son of Michael and Barbara (Zehr) Ropp, was born in East Zorra, Ont., on Jan. 12, 1924; passed away at the home of his parents on July 18, 1937, after an illness of twelve days; aged 13 y. 6 m. 6 d. He was bitten by an insect on the leg and the doctor pronounced it blood poisoning. He leaves to mourn his early departure his sorrowing parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the home by J. R. Bender and at the East Zorra A. M. Church by Dan S. Jutzi and Menno Kipfer, where a large number of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute to the departed.
Keiner.-Lydia Musser Keiner was born in Baughman Twp., Wayne Co., O., June 11, 1856; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus July 20, 1937; aged 81 y. 1 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage to John Keiner Nov. 26, 1881. To this union were born 3 sons (Noah M., of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; John E., of Orrville, O.; Enos, who died in infancy). Father preceded her in death May 11, 1923. She is survived by 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, and many other near relatives and friends. Sister Keiner accepted Christ as her Savior and Lord and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation. She remained a faithful and loyal sister until her call came. She looked forward with a living hope, awaiting her final call to come home and be at rest. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Services were conducted by I. W. Royer and J. S. Gerig. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Herr.-Frank Musser Herr, son of Abram R. and Mabel (Herr) Herr of Lancaster, Pa., R. 2, was born May 4, 1919; went to be with the Lord July 17, 1937; aged 18 y. 2 m. 18 d. He was a member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. For the last year and nine months he was in ill health. During the latter months his suffering was frequently indescribable. There were times he would say, "This pain is no comparison to the suffering of our Savior, with the nails driven through His feet and thorns upon His brow. He suffered to save you and me." He was very much interested in church activities, expressing a desire during his long illness to be able to do more for the upbuilding of the cause of Christ. His cheerful, patient, appreciative attitude made it a real inspiration to be in his presence. In silent, patient endurance, he would calmly remark, "Wouldn't it be hard not to know the Lord, not to be acquainted with God." A short time before he passed on his last testimony of God's goodness was, "Jesus never fails." He is survived by his parents, 1 sister (Marion Herr Shenk, Lancaster, Pa.), his aged grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Herr of Willow Street, Pa.). In the month of November it will be three years that his sister Pauline preceded him to the glory world. Funeral services were held from his late home July 21. Bro. Jacob Brubaker spoke from Psalm 16:11. Interment in New Danville Cemetery.
Baechler.-Annie Baechler, youngest daughter of the late
Peter and Barbara (Roth) Zehr, was born in Perth Co., Ont., on
Feb. 27, 1854; passed away at the home of her son, Jos. Z. Baechler,
in East Zorra, Ont., on July 25, 1937; aged 83 y. 4 m. 28 d. She
was the last one of the family to pass away. As a young woman
she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was a life-long
member of the East Zorra A. M. congregation. On Jan. 27, 1874,
she was joined in holy wedlock to Joseph S. Baechler. Together
they shared the joys of life for almost sixty years. On Sept.
25, 1933, her husband was called to his reward. This union was
blessed with 6 children-4 sons. and 2 daughters, who survive.
Surviving are 4 sons (Andrew of Tavistock, Peter of South Easthope,
Joseph and Amos of East Zorra), 2 daughters (Barbara, wife of
John Ruby; Katie, wife of Jacob Brenneman, both of East Zorra),
39 grandchildren of whom two predeceased her, and 36 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the home by Bro. Jacob H. Bender and at
the East Zorra A. M. Church by the brethren Chr. Schrag of Zurich
and Daniel S. Iutzi of Tavistock. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearer to us than words can tell
Are the thoughts of mother whom we loved so well;
'Tis only those who loved and lost
Who can realize the bitter cost."
Miller.-Elizabeth, daughter of Simon and Rachel (Livingston) Miltenberger, was born near Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 20, 1850; died Aug. 7, 1937; aged 87 y. 6 m. 18 d. Death came a week's illness at the home of a daughter, C. W. Leininger, Elkhart, Ind. Nov. 18, 1867 in Johnstown, she was united in marriage with Moses Miller, who preceded her in death in 1901. They lived in Johnstown several years, after which they moved to La Grange Co., Ind., and in 1887 to Elkhart, Ind. To this union were born 8 children,, namely, J. J. of Little Rock, Ark.; Harvey of Hollywood, Calif.; Mrs. George C. Kistner, Mrs. C. W. Leininger, Mrs. A. M. Zimmerman, and Mrs. George Douberteen, all of Elkhart. Two sons (Josiah. and Simon) preceded her in death. She leaves 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and the following half-brothers and sisters: James Mishler, Shipshewana, Ind.; John Mishler and Mrs. Sarah Essig of Middlebury, Ind.; Mrs. Susan Hershberger, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Lucy Plank, Bristol, Ind., and Moses and Jacob Mishler of Fresno, Calif. She united with the Mennonite Church at the Blough Church near Johnstown, Pa., in 1868 and on coming to Indiana transferred her membership to the Shore congregation, and in 1887 to the Prairie St. congregation, Elkhart, being a member of the latter congregation for 50 years; a total membership of 69 years. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 10 from the home and Prairie St. Church by the brethren J. S. Hartzler and Jacob K. Bixler. Text, I Cor. 15:57. Burial in the Prairie St. Cemetery.
Guengerich.-Mary Hochstetler Guengerich daughter of
Henry H. and Anna Swartzendruber Hochstetler, was born near Kalona,
Ia., on Jan. 8, 1879; died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Rensberger on Aug. 8, 1937; aged 59 y. 7 m.
In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with
the Amish Mennonite church. On Nov. 4, 1897, she was united in
marriage to Lewis J. Guengerich, who departed this life on April
17, 1936. To this union were born 3 children: Erlis Lloyd, Bertha
Ellen (wife of Ora Hershberger), Alta Fern (wife of Lloyd Rensberger);
all whom are living in this community. She leaves 1 grandson and
7 granddaughters, 4 sisters and 3 brothers, namely, Mrs. Daniel
Shetler, and Mrs. Joseph Shetler of Pigeon, Mich., Mrs. Arminda
Brenneman of Wellman, Ia., Mrs, E. A. Miller of Colorado Springs,
Colo., Henry A., Delake, Ore., Elias and Christian, Kalona, Ia.
Besides her husband she was preceded in death by father, mother,
2 sisters, and 1 brother. About a year ago she was stricken with
angiospasms from which she never fully recovered. After this time
she made her home with her daughter Her constant prayer was that
she might go to her long home, this wish being granted when she
peacefully fell asleep on Aug. 8. With her passing she will be
missed in the home, as a devoted mother and grandmother; in the
church, a faithful Christian; and in the community, a kind and
helpful neighbor. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 10 with
Silas Horst opening the services by reading Jno. 14; W. S. Guengerich
using II Cor. 5:1, 2. The body was laid to rest in the Lower Deer
Creek Cemetery beside her husband.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and quiet breast;
All her trials and toils are ended,
And our mother is at rest."
Heller.-Katie Mellinger, wife of Henry L. Heller, was
born Jan. 9, 1873, and died at Eden, Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug.
5, 1937; aged 64 y. 6 m. 26 d. Her death was caused by a heart
ailment from which she suffered many years. On July 29, 1932,
her illness became so severe that she was compelled to remain
in bed, where she was confined until she passed away. Her patience
and cheerfulness during those five years has been an inspiration
to many who visited her. No matter how badly she must have felt
at times, she had the same smile and cheery word for all who entered
her room. she was confined to her bed exactly five years and one
week when the Lord called her home. Surviving her are her aging
husband and the following children: Arthur G., with whom she resided,
and whose wife, Helen, patiently cared for her during her long
illness; Mary E., wife of Henry N. Landis, of near Farmersville,
and Gertrude M., wife of Jay C. Habecker, of Rohrerstown. Two
step-sons also survive, Landis R. and Elmer R Heller, a step-daughter,
Bertha B. Ebersole, having preceded her in death. She leaves 8
grandchildren and 13 step-grandchildren, and the following brothers
and sisters: Mrs. Jacob Snavely, Willow Street; Mrs. Enos Peters,
York; Benj. K. Mellinger, Willow Street; and Ephraim K Mellinger,
Sacramento, Calif.In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour
and united with the New Danville Mennonite CHurch, but when she
was married on June 6, 1899 her membership was transferred to
the Landis Valley congregation, where she remained in faithful
fellowship until death.Brief services were conducted at the home
by Bishop Noah L. Landis, and at the Landis Valley Church by Bro.
Ira D. Landis and James Harrison, of the Advent Lutheran Church,
who frequently visited her. The text used was one of her favorite
Scripture passages, Psalms 121. Her body was laid to rest in the
cemetery near-by, and was carried there by six of her nephews.
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered.
Never to sigh or to weep,
After long years of life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
-- A Granddaughter
Jantzi, -- John B., son of Jacob and Fanny (Boshart)
Jantzi, was born at Wellesley, Waterloo Co., Ont., May 30, 1876;
departed this life July 31, 1937; aged 61 y. 2 m. 1 d. Father
and mother were on an extended visit to the Pacific Northwest
and Alberta., Can., when death suddenly overtook him following
a heart attack, at the home of his son, Royden Jantzi, Scio, Oreg.
He with his grandson had gone into the barn to spread hay when
suddenly the Lord laid His hand upon him and took him home. When
14 years of age he accompanied his mother to Nebraska. The family
settled on a farm near Milford in Seward Co., where he grew to
manhood. He later took up farming for himself after the retirement
of mother. On Jan. 5, 1899, he was united in marriage to Mary
M. Conrad. In 1905 he with his family located on a farm near Wood
River, Nebr., which has been his home for the past 32 years. In
his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the
Mennonite Church at Milford, Nebr., later transferring his membership
to the Wood River Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful
member till death. He was a charter member and worked hard to
establish a church of his faith in this community. He was an active
worker in the church and was always willing to lend a helping
hand to those in need. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure
his deeply bereaved wife and 5 children (Ezra E., Daniel J., Mrs.
Homer Schweitzer, Mrs. Clarence D. Stutzman, all of Wood River,
and Royden B., of Scio, Oreg.), 19 grandchildren, and his only
sister, Mrs. Katie Zehr of Salem, Oreg. His parents, 2 grandchildren,
and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Royden Jantzi, preceded him in death.
He was a kind and loving husband, father, and neighbor and was
held in high esteem by all who knew him. Funeral services were
held at the Fairview Mennonite church near Albany, Oreg., on Sunday
afternoon, before the body was taken to his home at Wood River.
Fred Gingerich and N. A. Lind had charge of the services. On Thursday
afternoon, Aug. 5, funeral services were held at the Wood River
Mennonite church conducted by Geo. S. Miller, assisted by J. E.
Zimmerman of Milford and Wm. R. Eicher of Beaver Crossing Nebr.
Interment in adjoining cemetery.
In our hearts his memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake him
From his peaceful, quiet sleep.
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