Day. George Edward Day was born Jan. 20, 1866; died Nov. 26, 1937aged 71 y. 10 m. 6 d. Funeral services were held from the Bethany Mennonite Church of which he was a member. Bro. L. H. Jones conducted the service, assisted by J. M. Foster of the Brethren Church. Text, Psa 37:37. The body was laid to rest in the Brethren Cemetery.
Roadcap. William Edward Roadcap, was born April 18, 1876; died Dec. 11, 1937; aged 70 y. 7 m. 23 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held from the Oak Grove (Brethren) Church, conducted by Bro. L. H. Jones, assisted by ---- Fisher, pastor of the U. B. Church of Broadway, Va., and ____ Ritchie, pastor of the Brethren Church at Genoa. Text, Job 14:4. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Eby. Absalom Eby was born Dec. 4, 1854; died Nov. 17, 1937; aged 82 y. 11 m. 13 d. He was married Nov. 17, 1907, to Martha Reist. Surviving him are his wife, 2 daughters (Emma and Ruth), 3 sisters (Mrs. Enoch Burckhart, Mrs. Noah Good, and Mrs. Emerson Morrison), and 4 brothers (Jesse, Noah, Jacob and Elias). He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held late residence in Elmira, Ont., to the Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Jesse Bowman and Urias Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller. Lizzie H., widow of Abram H. Miller, died
at the home of her daughter Mrs. Chester M. Kindig, at Lampeter,
Pa. After an illness of ten weeks; aged 73 years. She was a daughter
of the late Amos and Cathrine (Huber) Kreider. These
children survive: Christian K., West Hemfield Twp.; Amos K. Millersville;
Mrs. Chester M. Kindig, Lampeter; Ella K. and Cora K. at home;
also 13 grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church
for many years. Private services were held at the home and at
the Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by the following
ministers: Bros. Daniel Gish and Jacob Hess of Millersville, Bro.
Stoner Krady, and Bro. John K. Charles. Text (Jno. 14:2) "In
my Father's house are many mansions." Several weeks before
her death she asked for communion and it was administered by Bishop
Stoner Krady. She suffered much at times but was very patient
with it all and longed to go home.
To that far distant land, she has taken her way,
Past the shadows of night there has dawned a new day;
And this be our comfort through grief hard to bear,
That far country is "Home" and she waits for us there.
Camp. Evalyn Irene, daughter of Joseph and Phoebe Camp, was born near Washington, Ill., April 19, 1903; died at the family home Dec. 18, 1937, after an illness of three months. She received her early education in the Washington community. After graduating from the Washington High School she attended the Illinois State Normal University and Bradley Institute at Peoria. She taught in the rural schools in this community, Lowpoint, and Tiskilwa for 13 years, and at the time of her illness was teaching the Stormer school near her home. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and has been a conscientious worker in the Sunday school and all Church activities. She was a lover of music and poetry, and as a hobby she greatly enjoyed expressing her sentiments in composing poems to her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father (Joseph Camp), Feb. 5, 1922. Surviving are: her mother (Mrs. Phoebe Camp) 1 brother (Clifford, at home) 3 sisters (Mrs. Dina Sears of Tiskilwa, Cathryn of Peoria, and Mrs. Naomi Smucker of Smithville, Ohio) and 5 nephews. Funeral services were held from Calvary Mennonite Church, Washington, Ill., in charge of H. R. Schertz. Interment in the Union Cemetery near Washington.
Yoder. Emma N., daughter of David Z., and Jacobina Stutzman, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 13, 1860; died at her home in West Liberty, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1937; aged 77 y 1 m. 23 d. She came to Logan County while still a young girl, and on Feb. 5, 1884, was married to Samuel P., son of C. K. and Catharine Yoder. This companionship lasted almost fifty-four years. They were the parents of nine children, four of them preceding her in death. She was devoted to her family, and her children. All living in a close circle, it was a common occurrence for them to meet and spend a day together in doing some special household task. She, with the father, took great pleasure in having the family meet with them on Christmas Day and sharing some token of love to each member. While for the coming Christmas season, her gifts have been prepared, she has gone on before to spend her Christmas with her Saviour. Those who are left will greatly miss her, but realize that mother is happy and her joy far surpasses theirs. She became a member of the Mennonite Church at an early age, and at the time of her death was a member of the South Union congregation. Her place at services being seldom vacant as long as health permitted. She was also an active member of the South Union Sewing Circle, where her presence and the labor of her hands are greatly missed. She leaves her husband, 1 son, and 4 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Two sons and 2 daughters, her parents, and an only sister have gone on before. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church on Dec. 8, 1937, at 2 o'clock p.m., in charge of Bro. S. E. Aligyer assisted by Bro. J. Y. King. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
Christophel. Emma, daughter of Jonas and Anna (Ramer)
Loucks, wife of Ira Christophel, was born in Elkhart Co.,
Ind., Dec. 21, 1884. She was converted in her youth, accepting
Christ as her personal Saviour, and united with the Mennonite
Church at Yellow Creek. She had much joy in her Christian fellowship
and was a faithful attendant at services as long as health permitted.
On May 30, 1903, she was united in marriage to Ira Christophel
of Elkhart Co., Ind. This union was blessed with 6 children (Carl
of Elkhart, Esther of Goshen, Harold of Clarksville, Mich.; Florence,
Miriam and James at home). She had been in failing health for
about a year, suffering from heart ailment and complications.
Early in the year she was bedfast but improved enough to be able
to attend Sunday morning services again and also to visit friends.
She attended communion services on Sunday, Nov.7, and was at church
on the 14th. She appreciated these privileges very much. On Tuesday,
Nov. 16, she spent the afternoon with her aged father and step-mother.
She enjoyed this occasion very much and seemed to be in very good
spirits. She spent the evening at home with Miriam and James while
the remainder of the family attended services at Yellow Creek.
Soon after Bro. Christophel retired Sister Christophel called
him stating that she was ill. He gave her the usual help and called
the physician but all help possible was of no avail. She peacefully
passed on at about 10:30; aged 52 y. 10 m. 26 d. She leaves her
beloved companion and children, her aged father and step-mother,
2 brothers (Martin and Ephraim Loucks), 1 sister (Florence
Mrs. Aaron Mumaw) also a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted by Virgil Weaver and D. A. Yoder.
"Mother, we will miss thee oftn,
When we see the vacant chair;
But we know that God in heaven,
Doth our heartaches help to bear.
We will meet thee soon in heaven
When our voyage of life is o'er,
And in yonder streets in heaven
Where we will meet to part no more."
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Johnson. Donald Merwin, infant son of Floyd Merwin
and Lulu Belle (Kauffman) Johnson, was laid to rest in
the Guymon, Okla., Cemetery Dec. 27, 1937.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
Harshbarger. Harriet Alice, daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth (Sheerer) Harshbarger, was born at Mattawana, Pa., May 5, 1861; died of pneumonia early on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 1937; aged 76 y. 7 m. 20 d. She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, and was a faithful member until death. Her seat was seldom vacant, always attending services whenever it was possible for her to do so. She was of a very quiet and peaceful disposition, which won for her many friends. She is survived by 3 sisters (Mrs. J. D. Byler of McVeytown, Mrs. Martha Moist and Mrs. Arthur Grassmyer of Mattawana) and 1 brother (Francis of Mattawana); also 15 nieces and 11 nephews. Funeral services were held at the Mattawana Mennonite Church by S. E. Allgyer of West Liberty, Ohio. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery. By a niece.
Grooms. Oliver Grooms was born May 15, 1870; died at his home in Pond Bank, Pa., Dec. 22, 1937; aged 67 y 7 m. 7 d. He was ill over the summer and died of complications. About thirty years ago he lost both hands and an eye in a dynamite explosion. He cut a warm stick of dynamite with a cold knife. He had a good philosophy of life. He said, "We must make the most of it." He was very industrious, traveled over a large part of Franklin County, selling fruits, fish, etc. About six months ago he united with the Mennonite Church and apparently was faithful until death. He often said he was ready and willing to go. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. Amos McMullen, Chambersburg, Pa.; Virgie, John, Samuel, Mary, and May, at home; Chester and Franklin, also of Pond Bank. Services were conducted at the Pond Bank Mennonite Church by Bro. Harvey E. Shank. Text, Rom. 8:28. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mont Alto, Pa.
Snyder. Amos B., son of the late Moses K. and Lydia
(Bechtel) Snyder, was born in Waterloo, Co., Ont., Sept. 30, 1854;
died Dec. 26, 1937; aged 83 y. 2 m. 26 d. He was married to Mary
Ann Kuntzenhauser Feb. 18, 1879. This union was blessed
with 6 sons and 2 daughters. His beloved wife died March 7, 1896.
Three sons died in infancy, Eli died in 1909 and Hannah in 1924.
He stayed at the home of his daughter Lydia (Mrs. Joe Shantz)
where he died after a brief illness. He leaves 1 daughter (Lydia),
2 sons (Isaac from the old homestead, and Arthur of near Wilmot
Centre), 11 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and a host of relatives
and friends. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 29 at the Shantz
Church by Orphen Wismer and Manassah Hallman, and at the house
by Moses Roth. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
"Rest on, dear father, thy labors are o'er,
Those loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like him we'll find."
Beachy. Jacob Beachy was born near Gransveille,
Md., Oct. 8, 1846; died at his home in Smithville, Ohio, on Jan.
1, 1938; aged 91 y. 1 m. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Sister
Fanny Fordenwait Nov. 24, 1874. To this union 11 children
were born. His dear companion died Oct. 6, 1921, 1 daughter Hattie
died in 1922, also 2 sons *Elmer and Allen) died in infancy. He
is survived by 3 sons, 5 daughters, 25 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren,
and many other near relatives. He accepted Christ in his youth
and united with the Mennonite Church. For many years he was a
faithful brother in the Oak Grove congregation where in a quiet
and humble spirit he worshiped1 and served his Lord and Master.
He patiently bore his trials and sorrows with Christian fortitude,
looking unto Him who is able and willing to bear all our burdens.
Services were conducted by the brethren, C. Z. Yoder and J. S.
Gerig. Text, Luke 2:29,30. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Father, thou was mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees."
1 Transcribed as published
Koebel. Jacob C., son of Jacob and Kathryn (Gerig)
Koebel, was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, Nov. 13, 1860; died
at his home in Wayland, Iowa, Dec. 30, 1937; aged 77 y. 1 m. 17
d. He came to America with his parents in 1873, locating in Wayne
Co., Ohio, later coming to Henry Co., Iowa, which has been his
permanent home. He was married to Elizabeth Wenger, Dec.
2, 1884. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter: Elmer
(dying in infancy), Mrs. Noah Liechty of Winfield, Iowa; Lee Koebel,
of Fayette, Iowa. He accepted Christ in his youth and was received
into the Mennonite Church, of which he was a life-long member.
He leaves his wife, 1 daughter, 1 son, 1 foster daughter, 12 grandchildren,
also 2 brothers (Joe of Rock Island, Ill., and Chris of Sterling,
O.). One brother (Ben) preceded him in death. Besides these, he
leaves a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were
held Jan. 1, at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, in
charge of Br. Willard Leichty.
"No more the cares of earth he'll know
Forever with the blest
We call it death; but beyond the sunset
For him is peace and rest."
Horst. Mary, daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth
Whorley, was born March 27, 1866; died at her home near
Shippensburg, Pa., Dec. 19, 193; aged 71 y. 8 m. 11 d. She was
married to John D. Horst in 1888. To this union were born 3 daughters
and 2 sons (Mrs. Frank Shoop and John Horst of Shippensburg; Mrs.
Silas S. Diller, Chambersburg; Lillian at home). One son preceded
her in death. A brother (Jacob of Shippensburg) and a sister (Emma
Cressler of Akron, Ohio) also survive. She was a member of the
Rowe Mennonite Church and always attended services when health
permitted. Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at
the home with services at the Rowe Mennonite Church in charge
of Bro. Christ Martin, assisted by Bro. Amos Martin. Text, I Thess.
4:13. Burial in the Horst Cemetery near the church.
"Tis hard to part with mother, dear,
No more to see her here;
But yet we're glad if God saw best
To end her troubles and give her rest,
In heaven to rein with angels fair:
May our names too be written there.
Then we again may each other meet,
And walk with her the golden street."
Yoder. John B. son of Christian and Catherine Yoder,
was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, on March 18, 1871; died at his home
on Dec. 15, 1937; aged 66 y. 8 m. 27 d. He was united in marriage
to Sister Alice Gillman of Smithville, Ohion, on Dec. 13,
1900. To this union 3 sons were born. He is survived by his dear
companion, 2 sons (Paul and Ivan, both of Smithville, Ohio), 1
sister (Mrs. Joseph Schrock of Orrville), 2 brothers (Amos and
Joseph, both of Smithville), 37 nieces and nephews and other near
relatives. One infant son preceded him in death, also 3 sisters
and 3 brothers out of a family of 10 children. He accepted Christ
as his personal Saviour in his youth and remained a faithful,
loyal, and devoted brother in the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation
where he always worshiped.1 He was interested in the activities
of the Church. He was inclined to look on the bright side of life
and thereby made many friends. He brought sunshine and happiness
to many who came in contact with him. He will be remembered by
his loved ones for his kind and unselfish service, also by the
community and the church. Services were conducted by J. S. Gerig,
assisted by I. W. Royer and C.Z. Yoder. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment
in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
1 Transcribed as published
Hostetler. David S., son of Christian Y. and Lydia
(Troyer) Hostetler, was born on May 5, 1869 , near Weilersville,
Ohio; died at his home north of West Liberty, Ohio, Dec. 21, 1937;
aged 68 y. 7 m. 16 d. On May 4, 1893, he was married to Emma B.
Zook, who preceded him in death, April 18, 1909. To this
union were born 4 sons (Arthur and Harry, deceased; Marion, of
Rosewood, Ohio; and Floyd, of DeGraff, O.). On Jan. 11, 1911,
he was married to Mary C. Plank, who survives him. To them
were born 1 daughter (Mrs. Robert Wren) of Columbus, Ohio. He
is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 brothers (Christopher,
Samuel, Amos and Ammon, all of Bellefontaine). Three sisters (Barbara,
Amanda and Mary) and 3 brothers (Joseph, John and Ephraim), preceded
him. In his youth, he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united
with the South Union Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful
member. He was of a quiet and patient disposition, which was evidenced
especially during his recent illness. Funeral service at the South
Union Church, Dec. 23, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted
by Bro. Wallace Kauffman. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
"For, though from time and place,
The flood may bear me far'
I hope to see my Pilot, face to face
When I have crossed the bar."
Souder. Sallie G., wife of John D. Souder, Telford, Pa., well-known historian of the Franconia Conference district, died of bronchial pneumonia at her home early Sunday morning, Dec. 12, 1937, after an illness of two weeks, aged 71 y. 10 m. 18 d. She was born in Royersford, the daughter of Michael and Sarah (Godshall) Alderfer. She and her husband were married in 1887 and some time ago celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She was a member of the Rockhill Mennonite Church, and for the past 11 years had perfect attendance at both the Church and Sunday school; until her illness two weeks ago. She attended the General Conference six times. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Florence, wife of Harvey Keller, Telford; Preston and Raymond (an invalid living at home); Edna, wife of Herbert Kulp, Telford; Mahlon, of Blooming Glen. Five sons and one daughter preceded her in death. Two sisters and two brothers (Mrs. Katie Clemmer, Harrisburg; Mrs. Mary Gerhab, Philadelphia; Michael Alderfer and Benjamin, Telford), 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Rockhill Mennonite Church, conducted by Isaac Detweiler and Alfred Detweiler of the home church assisted by Jacob Clemens of Lansdale and John Troupe. Text, psa. 4:8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Weaver. Lizzie M., widow of Jonas A. Weaver, was
born July 24, 1875; died Nov. 23, 1937; aged 62 y. 3 m. 29 d.
She was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. She was united
in marriage to Sadoc Martin Nov. 17, 1896. To this union were
born 2 daughters (Mrs. Samuel O. Nolt near New Holland, Mrs. John
S. Rissler near Bareville), 1 son (Isaac N. Martin near New Holland.).
Her first husband died Sept. 27, 1901. She was then united in
marriage to Jonas A. Weaver Dec. 7, 1911. To this union was born
1 daughter (Mrs. Weaver W. Sauder near Martindale) with whom she
had her home at the time of her death. Mother was about her work
the day before her death and went to bed as always. That night
she had a heart attack and lasted till next morning. She is survived
by 17 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Her sister followed
her in death just 9 days afterwards, also from a heart attack.
Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Weaver
W. Sauder) in charge of Frank Hurst, and at the Weaverland Mennonite
Church in charge of Joe Hostetter and Moses Horning. Text, Matt.
25:13. Interment in Martins Inland Cemetery.
"Dearest Mother, thou has left us,
and our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
By a daughter.
Geer. James Michael Geer was born April 27, 1866, at Summerford, Ohio, and died at the Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, Ohio, Dec. 24, 1937, four weeks after an operation for cancer. On May 27 he took sick and suffered almost continually until his death. He was married to Lilly Henry, Jan. 30, 1887. To this union 10 children were born, 4 died in infancy. Those remaining are Mrs. Lizzie Smith, and Ralph of New Holland, Ohio; Raymond of South Solon, Ohio; Paul and William of Springfield, Ohio, and Theodore of Utica, Ohio; also 20 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Emma Evans) and a brother (Beech Geer). Most of his life was spent in Madison Co., Ohio. The last fifteen years he spent in Logan County. On March 1, 1933, he came to the Bro. C. K. Hartzler family to assist in caring fro Brother Hartzler. He was of a quiet and kind disposition and made many friends. The greatest joy came into his life in February, 1935, when he accepted Christ as his Saviour, yielded his life fully to Him, and united with the South Union Mennonite Church. He was very much interested in the salvation of his fellowmen, going to the homes of those whom he hoped to lead to Christ, by reading the Word and praying with them. During his sickness, he was always patient and hopeful, but expressing a readiness to go and be with the Lord. He will be greatly missed by his children and in the Hartzler home, where his help was so much needed and appreciated. The influence of his Christian life will long be felt by all who came in contact with him. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer. Burial in the cemetery at Summerford, Madison Co., Ohio.
Guingerich. Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel P. and
Sussana Guingerich, was born in Washington Co., Iowa, April
3, 1857; died at the home of her son, Dr. George Guingerich, St.
James, Minn., Dec. 18, 1937; aged 80 y. 8 m. 15 d. She was united
in marriage to John C. Gingerich Jan. 21, 1892, who preceded
her in death March 5, 1929. To this union two children were born
(one son who died in infancy and George W. of St. James, Minn.);
her death is also mourned by a foster daughter (Mrs. Frank Gingerich
of Upland, Calif.) and 8 step-children (Aaron B., Chris, Lewis,
Frank, Jesse, and MRs. C. J. Rhodes, all of Kalona, Iowa; Mrs.
E. J. Stutzman, of Wellman, Ia.; and Mrs. Noah Bender of Goshen,
Ind.) and a host of near relatives and friends. She accepted Christ
as her Saviour in her youth, was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church her entire life. Not only was she a faithful member of
the church, but her daily life was a testimony of her convictions.
She was a loving companion and a devoted Christian mother not
only to her son and foster daughter, also to her 8 step-children,
in which she had the interest of a Christian mother, by which
she won their esteem and respect. Since the death of her husband,
she made her home in Kalona, until August of last year, when she
went to the home of her son George, where she answered the final
summons. It can truly be said of her, "Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord." A short service was held Dec. 19
at St. James, Minn., after which the body was brought to her home
in Kalona, where final funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon,
Dec. 21. Services were conducted in the home by Bro. Ed Shetler
and Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher at the Church, after which
the body was laid to rest in the family lot in the Gingerich Cemetery.
Transcriber's Note: Last name spellings differ in places but are transcribed as in original obituary
Hernley.-Ella M., daughter of the late Henry S. and
Barbara (Brenneman) Risser, born near Lititz, Pa., Feb.
27, 1859; died at her home in Scottdale, Pa., Jan. 3, 1938; aged
78 y. 10 m. 6 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early
life, remaining a faithful, consistent member until death. Nov.
27, 1879, she was united in marriage with J. B. Hernley, with
whom she lifed in wedlock 58 years. She is survived by her husband,
and the following children: Barbara (wife of John C. Paul), Henry,
Ivan, Elam, and Melvin, Scottdale, Pa.; Chris R., Montgomery,
W. Va.; Albert, Ephrata, Pa.; Loyd, Alverton, Pa.; also 31 grandchildren,
3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (C. B. and Elam H. Risser of
Lititz, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Annie Leaman of Lititz, Pa.,
and Mrs. Maggie Bucher of Ephrata, Pa.). The family lived in Lititz,
Pa., until about twenty years ago, when they moved to Scottdale,
Pa., which has since been their home. Sister Hernley had a record
for faithful Christian service from the time she gave her heart
to the Lord many years ago, taking an active part in all the activities
of the Church and lending a helping hand wherever there was opporrtunity.
She will be greatly missed in home, community, and Church. She
had been in delicatehealth the past few years, afflicted with
heart trouble, but was able to attend the morning and evening
services at the church the day before she died. Funeral services
were held Jan. 6 at her latehome and at the Scottdale Mennonite
Church, conducted by the home ministers. Texts, Job 10:21 and
Rev. 14:13. Burial in Scottdale Cemetery.
"Mother, now the toils are over and thy place is vacant here,
But we know that thou art resting in that land where God is near;
Silently the mortal body has been lowered in the tomb,
And the clouds that hung above us all seemed like a sullen gloom;
But a gladness now has dawned upon us as we look beyond the skies,
May we all some day be gathered there to win that precious prize."
Yoder. John Y., son of Yost and Elizabeth (Hostetler)
Yoder, was born near Middlebury, Ind., June 25, 1861; died Dec.
20, 1937; aged 76 y. 5 m. 25 d. At the age of three he came with
his parents to Iowa Co., Iowa, where he lived the remainder of
his life. Early in youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and
united with the Mennonite faith to which he remained a faithful
member until death. On Dec. 9,1883, he was united in marriage
to Rebecca Swartzendruber who shared the joys and sorrows
of life with him for over 54 years. To this union were born 1
daughter (Ethel, wife of Irving Bender, and 3 sons (Emery, Jason,
and Lloyd all of Wellman). Besides his loving companion and children
he leaves to mourn his sudden departure 9 grandchildren, 1 brother
(Eli), 1 sister (Eliza, wife of A. C. Swartzendruber) 2 half-sisters
(Naomi, wife of C. C. Swartzendruber; and Mrs. Ida Hershberger),
and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death
by 3 sisters and 4 brothers; Mary, Gertrude, Elizabeth, Jacob
Y., Gabriel Y., William Y. and Isaac, and 2 who died in infancy.
He was very active in various phases of church work, especially
congregational singing. Two weeks ago he attended church and filled
his place as church chorister. He was a man of cheerful disposition,
was ready to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever needed,
which made him many friends. His death was caused, supposedly,
by a paralytic stroke which resulted in a fall about 7:30 A.M.,
Monday morning. He was immediately found by one of the family.
Help was called, and the doctor and nurse were summoned; but all
that loving hands could do was of no avail. At 6:30 the same evening,
he fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were conducted by Bro.
D. J. Fisher at the home, Bro. Abner G. Yoder at the Church, and
Bro. John Y. Swartzendruber at the grave.
"Farewell, dear father, your labors o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
Peace be thy slumber, they rest be sweet,
Our circle is now broken, our home incomplete."
Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon
Amaya. Glafida, daughter of Pedra and Belen Amaya, died very unexpectedly Dec. 21, 1937; age 3 y. 11 m. 8 d. She leaves her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. While she is much happier to be with Jesus, yet she will be missed in her Sunday school class at Normanna, where she was taught to love Him. Short funeral services were held at the home by the Mission workers. Interment in Tuleta Cemetery.
Kennel. Arlene Faye, daughter of Ezra and Ellen
(Springer) Kennel, was born Sept. 5, 1936, at her home near Strang,
Nebr.; died after a few days illness of pneumonia on Jan. 5, 1938.
She leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Delphine Marie), 1 grandfather
(John Springer), 1 grandmother (Katie Kennel), 10 uncles 10 aunts
and many other relatives and friends. Her disposition won the
hearts of many and forms a tie that will draw us on to the place
that God has called her to. Services were held Jan. 7, at the
Salem Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers. Text,
Jas. 4:14. Interment in the church cemetery.
"A precious one to us was given,
To bud on earth and bloom in heaven;
God in His mercy has taken her away,
The dear little hands, we them so,
All through the day wherever we go."
Fretz. William, son of the late David and Barbara (Houser) Fretz, was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., Sept. 2, 1860; died Dec. 8, 1937; aged 77 y. 3 m. 6 d. He was married to Margaret E. Troup, from which union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters, 2 daughters preceding him in death. He was ordained as deacon in the Moyer Church at Vineland, Ont., in 1898, in succession to Philip Wismer. He served in this office until the past few years, when infirmities hindered his ministry. He resided in the parental home during his life time. Faithful in his life and true to his trust as a Christian and member of the congregation, he was highly respected and honored, and his presence among us will be greatly missed. May God comfort and sustain the bereaved family and friends. Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at the home and the body laid to rest in the Vineland Cemetery. Services conducted by S. F. Coffman from the text, Co. 3:4.
Saltzman. Gaylord Dean, son of Benjamin and Gertrude
(Schweitzer) Saltzman, was born June 25, 1927, near Shickly, Neb.;
died at his home Dec. 31, 1937; aged 10 y. 6 m. 5 d. Although
he was with us only a short time, he had established a place in
the home with his father, mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters, who
will greatly miss him. His sickness was of eighteen months' duration,
which he bore very patiently. Although all was done that human
hands could do, God had another plan. He also leaves 2 grandfathers,
a grandmother, 6 uncles, 6 aunts, besides a host of other relatives
and friends. Although we loved him dearly, we know our loss is
his gain. Services were held Jan. 3, at the Salem Mennonite Church
conducted by the home ministers. Text, Job 1:21. Interment was
in the church cemetery.
"Our dear little boy has left us,
Far off to that heavenly place;
He will be there to meet us,
When we've run the earthly race."
Erb. Susannah H., widow of the late Jacob C. Erb, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Aug. 25, 1860; died of pneumonia at the Kitchener and Waterloo Hospital Jan. 1, 1938; aged 77 y. 4 m. 7 d. Surviving are 2 children (Addison and Mary, wife of Joseph H. Weber), 6 stepchildren (Clara, wife of W. K. Kuarr; Melinda, Elmina, wife of Ira Snyder; Loretta, wife of Deldon Snider; Lizzie Mae, wife of Addie Cressman, all of Waterloo Co.; Anson K. Erb of Carstairs, Alta.) 28 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Elizabeth, Mrs. J. S. Weber of Carstairs, Alta.) 2 step-sisters (Mrs. Moses Baer of Waterloo Co., and Mrs. Ervin Snyder of Sask.), 3 step-brothers (Herman Schmitt of Waterloo Co., Moses Schmitt of Sask., and Jonathan Schmitt of Calgary, Alta.). She was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church from youth. She was of a loving disposition to everyone she contacted, a kind mother to all her family, and always contented under all circumstances. Funeral services were in charge of J. B. Martin at Erb St. Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont. Text, Psa. 100:3.
Yoder. Fanny E. Yoder was born Sept. 15, 1874, in St. Joe Co., Mich.; died Dec. 17, 1937; aged 63 y. 3 m. 2 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She served as Primary superintendent in Boise Valley Union Sunday school for several years. She cared for her father in his declining years until he passed away in 1930. Later she moved to Nampa, Idaho, where she lived until her death. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, a brother (Joseph H.), a sister (Matilda Yoder), and 1 daughter (Geneva Burri). Those who remain are 1 brother (John M. of Leonard, Mo.), 3 sisters (Mrs. F. H. Hostetler, Mrs. David Kauffman of Nampa; Mrs. W. E. Dunn of Kansas City, Mo.), 4 grandsons (George, Chester, John and Lewis Burri of Nampa). She left a good testimony. She had a desire to depart and be with her Lord in the paradise of heaven. Services were held at the Nampa Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. D. D. Miller of Protection, Kans., and Bro. D. A. Good. Text, Heb. 9:27. Burial in the Fairview community cemetery.
Hostetter. David F., son of Christian and Catharine Hostetter, was born near E. Petersburg, Pa., Dec. 9, 1854; died in the Lancaster General Hospital, Dec. 24, 1937, from shock and injuries received when struck by an automobile Dec. 22; aged 83 y. 15 d. He enjoyed very good health, and took an active interest in the everyday affairs of his family circle. He was united in marriage to Louisa H. Horst, Dec. 7, 1876, who preceded him in death almost eleven years ago. He was a faithful member of the E. Petersburg Mennonite Church for over fifty years. He enjoyed the recent revival meetings. He is survived by the following children: Minnie H., wife of David C. Yost, Cocalico; Harry H. of E. Petersburg, with whom he resided; D. Ralph of Harrisonburg, Va.; (a son S. Clyde died thirty years ago); and by 12 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the home of his son in E. Petersburg, followed by services in the E. Petersburg Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by Bros., Frank N. Kreider and Henry E. Lutz. Text, Luke 12:35. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Bauman. Ephraim, son of Mrs. Lovina and the late
Pre. Henry S. Bauman of Hawkesville, Ont., was born on July 29,
1911; died on Jan. 6, 1938; aged 26 y. 5 m. 8 d. He was ill with
typhoid fever for 3 weeks. N Sept. 1, 1937, he was united in marriage
with Minerva, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hoffman.
He is survived by his widow, his mother, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters;
namely; Martin and Henry of Wallenstein; Urias, Selina, Noah,
and David of Hawkesville; Louisa (Mrs. Ezra E. Martin) of St.
Jacobs; and Anna (Mrs. Israel Hoffman) of Heidelberg. One brother
(Amos) and 3 sisters (Ida, Lovina and Susanna, wife of Josiah
Martin of Hawkesville) predeceased him. Funeral services were
held at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church and interment was made
in the Elmira Cemetery. Bro. Roy Koch conducted the service, assisted
by Bros. Burton Weber and Jesse Bowman.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow
When God recalls his own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an eternal home."
Stuckey. Anna, daughter of Christian and Katherine
Lugbill was born in Montbeliard, France, June 8, 1859;
died in her home near Archbold, Ohio, Dec.28, 1937, after a short
illness of pneumonia; aged 78 y. 6 m. 20 d. She migrated to America
with her parents at the age of twelve. On May 13, 1880, she was
united in marriage with John P. Stuckey. To this union were born
3 sons (Peter J., Aaron, and Eli) and 1 daughter (Priscilla, wife
of Gustav Stamm). She leaves 3 sons, 1 daughter, 29 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mary Lugbill of Leo, Ind., and
Mrs. C. P. Stucky of Archbold), besides many relatives and friends.
Her husband, 4 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded
her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal
Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful
member until death. Her place in service was seldom vacant. She
was a kind and loving mother and will be missed by all who knew
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your toiling hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth, like you we'll find."
Mast. Moses A., son of Abraham and Anna Mast,
was born Feb. 3, 1851, near Walnut Creek, Ohio; died at his home
Dec. 18, 1937; aged 86 y. 10 m. 15 d. He lived his entire life
in the Walnut Creek Community. He united with the Walnut Creek
Mennonite Church in his youth and was a faithful member. In 1891
he was ordained to the ministry and served as a minister and bishop
for twenty-five years. He was united in mariage to Sophia Stutzman
on June 2, 1873. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters.
His wife and 5 daughters preceded him in death. He leaves 4 sons
(Sanford of Dundee, O.; Albert of Millersburg, O.; Corsan of near
Walnut Creek, O.: Gissepia at home), 1 daughter and 1 foster daughter
(Mrs. Mattie Hostetler of near Trail, O., and Mrs. Leander Wilhelm
of near Walnut Creek), 32 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren,
also 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Nine brothers and sisters preceded
him in death. Funeral services were held Dec. 21, at the Walnut
Creek Mennonite Church in charge of Calvin Mast, assisted by A.
W. Miller, D. M. Friedt, D. B. Raber, and Venus Hershberger. Interment
in nearby cemetery.
"Father's chair is vacant,
And his voice is stilled;
But his place over yonder
Now we hope is filled."
Bucher. Jacob R., son of the late Joseph and Cathrine
(Risser) Bucher, was born Oct. 16, 1852; died Dec. 9, 1937; aged
85 y. 1 m. 24 d. He is survived by his wife (nee Mary B. Hess)
and the following children: John H., Lititz; Emma H., wife of
Christ E. Snyder, Manheim; Jacob H. and Mary H. at home; also
8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Henry R.
Bucher, Lititz) and 1 sister (Barbara R., wife of Daniel Snavely,
Manheim). He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years,
in which faith he lived and died. Father was afflicted with arthritis,
and was an invalid over seven years; bedfast over four years.
He was very cheerful and well content, spent much of his time
singing. Our family circle is broken now since he has gone to
rest; but in submission we bow and say, "God thought it best."
Funeral services were held Dec. 12, conducted at the home by Bros.
Jacob Hershey and Noah Hurst and at the Hess Church by Bros. Noah
Landis and Amos Horst. Text, Phil. 1:21-23. Burial in the adjoining
"When father breathed his last farewell,
The stroke meant more than tongue cantell;
The world seems quite another place
Without the smile of father's face."
Widmer. Barbara, daughter of Nicalos and Catherine Roth, was born in St. Louis, Alsace, France, and died Dec. 12, at Albany, Oreg. She enjoyed good health until about 3 years ago, when she suffered a paralytic stroke from which she never fully recovered. On April 3, 1883, she was join in holy wedlock to C. R. Widmer at Bazil, Switzerland, and immediately they came to America and first located in Wayland, Iowa, and later came to Albany, Oreg. This union was blessed with 14 children. The husband and the following 8 children mourn the loss of a devoted Christian mother: Daniel of Sheridan, Oreg.; Joseph of Corvallis, Oreg.; Herbert of Dallas, Oreg.; Elmer and Ezra of Albany, Oreg.; Katie, wife of Harley L. Burck, in whose home she was tenderly cared for the last 8 weeks of her life; Leah, wife of George J. Kenagy; and Gladys, wife of Floyd A. Whitaker, all of Albany; also 40 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (N. N. Roth of Albany; Joseph, Peter and Ben, all of Wayland, Iowa), 3 sisters (Mrs. Fanny Widmer of Albany; Mrs. Anna Gerig of Albany; and Mrs. Josephine Graber of Wayland, Iowa). She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church and was a living testimony for her Lord. She was of a quiet and patient disposition. During her sickness her prayer and longing was to go to her long home, to which she looked forward with a living hope, awaiting her final call to come home and be at rest. This wish was granted when she peacefully fell asleep on the Lord's day, Dec. 12, with all her children at her bedside, being conscious to the end. Services were conducted at the Grace Mennonite Church with W. R. Augsberber and ___ Frantz in charge. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Her body was laid to rest in a mausoleum in Riverside Cemetery.
Rupp. Henry L., son of John and Magdalena Rupp,
was born Dec. 28, 1853, near Archbold, Ohio; died Dec. 30, 1937,
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. D. Frey of Wauseon, Ohio,
aged 84 y. 2 d. He was of a family of 12 children, 3 of whom survive
him 2 brothers and 1 sister. On April 23, 1874, he was united
in marriage with Catharine Beck, who preceded him in death
a little over a year. This union was blessed with a family of
5 sons (Simon H., Frank H., Dan L., Jacob H., and Harvey B.) and
3 daughters (Mrs. Jonas Short, Mrs. Aaron Short, and Mrs. Aaron
D. Frey) all of this vicinity. He is survived by 7 children, 55
grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. One daughter (Mrs. Aaron
Short), 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren preceded him
in death. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united
with the Amish Mennonite Church of Fulton Co., Ohio, to which
faith he remained faithful unto death. He served as janitor in
the West Clinton Church for 24 years, which position he gave up
very reluctantly when health and age forbade. He was always interested
in the prosperity and welfare of the Church and a regular attendant
as long as health permitted. In the last year and a half he had
two major operations from which he never fully recovered. Nearly
all of this time was spent in bed. The last 14 months of his life
he made his home with his youngest daughter, Mrs. A. D. Frey.
During this time he often expressed a desire to depart and be
"For four score years and four
He bore life's stress and strain;
Full Well he knew its burden,
He felt its cares and pain.
But in his youthful years
He learned his God to love,
And trusted Him through life
'Til he was called above."
Herner. Sarah E. daughter of the late Bishop Jacob a. and Carolyn (Boyer) Beutler, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Nov. 1, 1866; died at her home in Goshen, Ind., Jan. 6, 1938; aged 71 y. 2 m. 5 d. For the past three years she suffered with Hodgkins disease which was the cause of her death. In 1905 she was married to Benjamin Herner of Cullom, Ill., where they resided after their marriage. To this union was born 1 son, Edwin. Her husband preceded her in death March 3, 1915. Her son died Feb. 6, 1937. In 1919 she, with her son Edwin moved to Wakarusa, Ind., where she resided until 1926, when she moved to Goshen, Ind., and resided continuously at her late home since that time with the exception of a little over a year which was spent in La Junta, Colo., while her son was a patient in the Mennonite Hospital and Sanitarium. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and continued in that faith until God called her home. She was an active Christian and served in various capacities in connection with the sewing circle work. For a long period of years she served as teacher in the Sunday school, teaching a class of girls. Her teaching and her example will long be remembered by those with whom she came in contact and whom she served. Surviving are 2 grandchildren and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Marie Herner, who lived with her. She is also survived by 3 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Horst of White Cloud, Mich., and Mrs. E. L. Davidhizer and Mrs. S. C. Hartzler, both of Wakarusa), and a brother (Mr. L. M. Beutler of Bloomington, Ill.) Funeeral services were held Jan. 8 at the Goshen College Chapel, in charge of M. C. Lehman and C. L. Graber. Further services were held at the Cullom Mennonite Church on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 9, in charge of S. C. Yoder. Interment in the Cullom Cemetery by the side of her husband.
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Hartzler. Sara A., daughter of Levi and Caroline Hartzler of Mattawana, Pa., born Feb. 16, 1869; died Dec. 31 1937; aged 68 y. 10 m. 15 d. She was a lifelong resident of Mifflin Co., Pa. She united early in life with the Mennonite congregation of Mattawana and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Mennonite church at that place conducted by Aaron Mast of Belleville, Pa. Interment in nearby cemetery.
Hartzler. Mary E., daughter of Levi and Caroline Hartzler, was born Jan. 26, 1856; died Jan. 6, 1938; aged 81 y. 11 m. 11 d. She was a lifelong resident of Mifflin Co., Pa., near Mattawana. Her sister, Sara A., preceded her in death one week. She also was a faithful member of the Mattawana Mennonite Church of Mifflin Co., Pa. Services were held in the home, conducted by Elmer E. Yoder of the Allensville congregation and in the church by Orie D. Yoder and Elmer E. Yoder. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
Sheller. D. Alfred Sheller was born in Marion, Pa., May 3, 1861; died Jan. 8, 1938; aged 76 y. 8 m. 5 d. On Jan. 9, 1894, he was married to Margaret Elizabeth Hess, who died Aug. 3, 1935. He is survived by 3 sons (Samuel H., and D. Hege at home, Fred H. of Chambersburg, Pa.), 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Frances, Mrs. W. G. Benedict, both of Chambersburg, Pa., and Mrs. S. H. Manon, Marion, Pa.). He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and lived a consistent Christian life. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Geo. W. Ernst and ---- Sanders. Interment in the Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg, Pa.
Meyers. Clarence Franklin, son of Isaac and Mary (Shank) Meyers, was born near Greencastle, Pa., May 14, 1889; died Dec. 22, 1937; aged 48 y. 7 m. 8 d. Surviving is a father, 1 brother, 6 sisters, his wife, 2 sons (Raymond and Owen), 3 daughters (Edna, Floe, and Ruth). One daughter (Gladys) preceded him in death eleven years ago. On Nov. 1, 1911, he was united in marriage to Zola Kathleen Kuhn of Greencastle, Pa. Together they were received by baptism into the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church near Greencastle, Pa., where he served as janitor for many years. He also assisted in leading in singing. He lived a devoted Christian life. He was failing in health for three years and helpless for seven weeks. Services were held at his late home by Amos Martin at the Cedar Grove Church by Harvey E. Shank. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Risser. Alice Blanch, widow of Samuel Risser and daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Knode) Gerhardt, was born near Greencastle, Pa., Aug. 30, 1870; died, after an illness of two weeks, at the Mennonite Home near Maugansville, Md., Dec. 26, 1937; aged 67 y. 3 m. 27 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and the Reiff congregation for 37 years. Surviving are 1 sister (Mrs. Jennie Ford, Funkstown, Md.) and 2 brothers (Andrew L. of Washington, D. C., and Oliver M. C. of Long Branch, N. J.). One son (Ira), an only child, preceded her in death in 1911. Funeral services were held on Jan. 1 from the Mennonite Home and at the Reiff Church in charge of Moses K. Horst and H. A. Fesperman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin. Anna B., daughter of Daniel and Esther
(Burckhart) Hoover, was born near New Holland, Pa., April
8, 1852; died Dec. 19 1937; aged 85 y. 8 m. 11 d. In her youth
she united with the Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful
to the end. She was united in marriage to Samuel B. Martin on
Jan. 21, 1877, at which time she moved to Ohio and settled near
Dalton, in which vicinity she lived ever since. To this union
were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. One daughter (Mary) died at
the age of five months. She is survived by her husband, the following
children (Amos of New Holland, Pa.; Daniel of Dayton, Va.; Elizabeth
at home; Elam; Esther, wife of Jesse Weaver; Emma, wife of Jacob
Martin; Minnie, wife of Reuben Horst, all of this vicinity), also
23 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
"Gone to the light that shines so fair
Gone from the earth of sorrow and care;
Resting those hands that did their best,
Gone, dear mother, gone to rest."
Good. Charlene Ann, daughter of Menno S. and Eunice
(Diltz) Good, was born near Elida, O., May 23, 1936; died
at her home in Elida, O., Dec. 24, 1937, after a brief illness
of pneumonia. Previous to her last illness in which she suffered
much she was a healthy, robust child. Though her little life was
of short duration she lived long enough to endear herself much
to all who knew her, but especially to her own family. Surviving
are her sorrowing parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (La Verne,
Norman, Beulah, and Eloise) and also 2 grandparents (Nathaniel
and Nora Diltz) and a host of relatives and friends. "The
Lord has given and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name
of the Lord." Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at the Central
Church at Elida by M. O'Connell and Andrew Brenneman. Burial in
the Salem Cemetery.
"Blossomed here to bloom in heaven
Where sickness comes no more;
Where she will wait to meet us,
On that happy golden shore."
Hershberger. Joseph P. Hershberger was born Oct. 26, 1861, in Holmes Co., Ohio, died at his home near Hesston, Kans., about midnight, Jan. 6, 1938, aged 76 y. 2 m. 11 d. He was married to Sara Gonser Jan. 12, 1882. To this union were born 8 children: Jennie C. (deceased); Harry E., Palacios, Texas; Lola E. Fausnight, Akron, Ohio; Clara A. (deceased); Ralph A. Hynes, Calif.; Elva M. Hess, Hesston, Kans.; Elmer D. and J. Allen, Newton, Kans. About 1885, he moved to Arthur, Ill., where he remained until 1900 when he moved to Reno Co., Kans. One year later, he moved to Harper Co., where he resided until August, 1915, when he moved to Hesston, Kans. His companion died Nov. 29, 1901. On July 9, 1903, he was married to Lizzie Brenneman who also preceded him in death March 17, 1931. In the fall of 1903 he united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a member at death. He was married to Lizzie Wenger Feb. 21, 1935. He is survived by his companion, 1 brother (Seth of Shipshewana, Ind.) 4 sons, 2 daughters, 40 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. The service and burial was conducted by Milo Kauffman and Amos Gingerich. Text, James 4. Interment in Pennsylvania Cemetery near Zimmerdale, Kans.
Smucker. James Frederick, son of Daniel and Verna Smucker was born May 27, 1921, near Sterling, Ohio; died on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 1937, at St. Vincent Hospital in Norfolk, Va.; aged 16 y. 6 m. 28 d. He met with a tragic accident on his way to Portsmouth, about 6 A.M. His milk truck was demolished by a freight train. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 13, took an active interest in the Church and Sunday school, and was faithful to the end. He will be sadly missed in the home circle. He was a dependable and faithful helper. His quiet and loving disposition endeared him in the home and to his friends. He leaves his father, mother, 5 sisters (Mrs. Amos Yoder, Oyster Point, Va.; Mrs. Norman D. Mast, Kempsville, Va.; Naomi, Elizabeth, and Ruth) 3 brothers (Daniel, David and Paul, at home). Funeral services were held at the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church Dec. 28, by Nevin Bender of Greenwood, Del., Truman Brunk of Denbigh, Va., and Clayton Bergey of the home congregation. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Souder. Wallace A., son of the late Mahlon and Lizzie (Allebach) Souder, was born Feb. 14, 1886, near Sellersville, Pa.; died at his late home near Souderton, Pa., Dec. 4, 1937; aged 51 y. 9 m. 20 d. Death was caused by carcinoma of the lungs from which he suffered for four months. April 6, 1911, he was married to Ella Ruth. This union being blessed with 7 children. He is survived by his companion and 2 daughters (Margaret, wife of Lester Rush; Esther, wife of Ralph Hedrick, both living at home) also 1 sister (Hannah, wife of A. Linc Gehman of Sellersville), and 3 brothers (Edwin Souder of Telford, Harvey of Sellersville, and Ervin of Philadelphia). Five infant sons preceded him in death, also 3 sisters and 1 brother. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at the home and at the Rockhill Mennonite Church where he was a member from his y9uth) conducted by the following ministers: Isaac Detweiler, Alfred Detweiler, John Lapp, and Wilson Moyer. Text, Rev. 14:13, interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin. Jacob, son of the late John H. and Mary
(Good) Martin, was born July 19, 1890, near Orrville, Ohio;
died Jan. 3, 1938, on the farm where he was born and lived his
entire life; aged 47 y. 5 m. 14 d. In his youth he united with
the Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful unto the end.
Nov. 27, 1913, he was united in marriage to Emma Martin.
To this union were born 2 sons (Roy H. and Homer J.) who with
the sorrowing wife remain to mourn their loss. Surviving also
are the following sisters and brother: Emma, wife of the late
Ezra Horst, North Lawrence, O.; Anna, wife of Daniel Witmer, Columbiana,
O.; Martha, wife of Daniel Martin, Dayton, Va.; Mary, wife of
Samuel Rohrer, North Lima, O.; Lizzie, wife of Ira Eberly, Orrville,
O.; and Jonas Martin, Newville, Pa. One sister (Frannie, wife
of John Witmer, Columbiana, O._ preceded him in death nearly two
years ago. About eight years ago he suffered an illness from which
he never fully recovered, but was about his daily duties of life
until three months ago. After that time he declined rapidly, until
a loving Saviour released him from his much suffering and called
"Gone to the light that shines so fair,
Gone from the earth of sorrow and care;
Resting those hands that did their best;
Gone, dear husband and father, gone to rest."
Leaman. Amanda, daughter of Tobias and Suannah Eby, was born at Creston, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1876; died in rant Hospital, Chicago, Jan 15, 1938, after a brief illness due to carcinoma. She received her education in the public schools at Bluffton, Ohio, and at the Normal School, Ada, Ohio (now Ohio Northern University), after which she taught in the Richland Township public schools for several years. She united with the Zion Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio, in her youth and was a conscientious Church worker until her death. In 1899 she was appointed to missionary service in the Home Mission, Chicago, by the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities. She was united in marriage with Pre. A. H. Leaman June 22, 1902, who was then superintendent of the Home Mission, and together they continued in missionary service there until 1920. In the summer of 1924 they moved to their present home at 4216 Greenview Ave. She leaves her husband, 3 daughters (Anna Miriam Leaman, Eunice Leaman Kimball, and Gladys Lucile Leaman); 1 son (Cleland Eby Leaman), 1 grandson (Paul Elmer Kimball), all of Chicago; 3 brothers (Dr. H. W. Eby, Goshen, Ind., H. L. Eby, Associate Prof. Of Education at the University of Cincinnati) 2 sisters (Emma Eby Hershey, Chicago; and Dr. Ida L. Eby, Plymouth, Ind.). She was a devoted wife and mother and loving sister, and an inspiration to the many lives she touched through her many years of Christian service. She lived a full, abundant, and overcoming life, was calm, serene and gentle at all times, and submissive to her Master's will until the end. Funeral services were held at the chapel, 716 N. State St., Chicago, Jan. 18. The services were conducted by Bro. A. C. Good, Sterling, Ill. She was laid to rest in Irving Park Boulevard Cemetery, Chicago.
Hersh. Bertha (Althouse) wife of Charles
Hersh died Dec. 11, 1937, at the Lancaster General Hospital; aged
51 years. On Nov. 21, 1907, she was married to Charles Hersh.
She always allowed her Christian light to shine about her. She
in her usual good health, had gone to the hospital a few weeks
before to undergo an operation which was not thought to be serious;
but complications set in which afterwards caused her death. At
times she seemed to be convalescing nicely, and we looked forward
to the time when she would be restored to health and friends again.
A change suddenly took place and as nurses and friends stood by
she peacefully passed on the Great Beyond. She was a loyal member
of the Strasburg Mennonite Church, where she will be greatly missed,
being seldom absent. She will be missed in the Sunday school,
being a teacher for almost 30 years, --earnestly adhering to the
principles of the Mennonite faith; in the home carefully looking
after the needs of all; at the sewing circle where she willingly
did her best. She was very appreciative and was a lover of nature.
Two girls grew up in her home to whom she proved to be a real
mother. We cannot understand but we know God doeth all things
well. She is survived by her sorrowing husband and the following
brothers and sisters: Talitha, wife of George Hagans; Hattie,
wife of Harry Moore, Ira Althouse, Sue, wife of Milton Rohrer,
all of Strasburg; Lottie, wife of George Graham of Kinzers and
Parke Althouse of Paradise. She also leaves a large circle of
relatives and friends. Funeral services were held De. 15, with
brief services at the late home by C. M. Brubaker and further
services at the Strasburg Mennonite church by Jacob Harnish. Text,
Psa. 31:14,15. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
"The pleasant memories remain,
Friend of those happy days;
None knew thee, but to love thee,
None knew thee but to praise."
Hartzler. Christian K., son of David and Barbara
Hartzler, was born in Fairfield Co., O., July 11, 1852. When three
years of age, he moved with his parents to Noble Co., Ind., where
they lived until 1874, when they came to Logan Co., O., residing
on a farm near Huntsville. Feb. 6, 1879, he was married to Mary
Ann Yoder, in Wayne Co., O., who preceded him in death,
Nov. 28, 1934. Three daughters were born to bless this home. The
kind hospitality of this home was well known, and many a weary
and discouraged one found solace there, which for the last thirty
years he was located in West Liberty, O. Bro. Hartzler took sick
Sept. 28, 1910, and had been an invalid for 27 years. He endured
his affliction with much patience, developing a beautiful Christian
life. Twenty one years of this time he was fed by the loving hands
of his daughters, who never failed to render the tenderest care
down through the years of trial. For the last three years he was
bedfast, and although he became tired, and anxious to pass over,
he never lost his patience or did he complain. The joy of the
Lord was his strength.
In the afternoon of Jan. 8, 1938, he peacefully fell asleep, aged 85 y. 5 m. 27 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in early life and united with the Mennonite Church, being affiliated with the South Union body of believers for many years. He was blessed with an unusual memory, and during his affliction, the Bible was a precious book to him. He read it from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, many, many times. He had also committed many whole chapters to memory. His affliction had left upon him the impress of a refined Christian character, so that he lived in the triumphs of a peaceful Christian life, awaiting for the summons of the faithful. He will be missed most by the two daughters, at home, Venora and Iva, who so tenderly devoted their lives to his care. They will be lonely now, for father has moved, leaving unto them the beautiful heritage of a Godly father. He leaves his 3 daughters (Fanny, wife of Andre King, of near West Liberty, and Venora and Iva, at home), 3 grandchildren, 1 brother (Jonathan B. Hartzler , of Marshallville, O.) and 1 sister (Mrs. Nancy Schrock, of Smithville, O.), besides a host of friends, with whom he will not be forgotten. Funeral services were held in the South Union Church in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and Wallace Kauffman. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
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