Gilley.-William Lafayette Gilley was born in Pike Co., Ind., Oct. 28, 1861; died Aug. 13, 1938; aged 76 y. 9 m. 27 d. He was a retired farm laborer which brought him a large acquaintance who testified to his good Christian living. He was baptized as a young man into the Church of God, later transferring his membership to the Methodist Church, and at the time of his death was an applicant for membership into the Berea Mennonite Church near Montgomery, Ind. The Lord saw fit to call him before this could be effected. He leaves one nephew (William Capehart of Washington, Ind.). Funeral Aug. 15 at the Ivy Union Church in Pike Co. in charge of Edd P. Shrock, burial in Case cemetery.
Wilson.-James Sylvester Wilson was born Feb. 13, 1860; died at his home in Scottdale, Pa., Aug. 22, 1938; aged 78 y. 6 m. 9 d. He lived with his mother at Dunbar, Pa., until 1879, when they moved to near Scottdale, Pa. April 26, 1888, he was married to Mary Katherine Mackay. They resided in the vicinity of Prittstown, Pa., for a number of years. To this union were born a son (Frank) and three daughters (Mary, Anna, and Emma). His wife died in 1900. Three years later the daughter (Mary) passed away, and in 1929 the son (Frank) preceded his father in death. He is survived by two daughters (Anna Strickler of Washington, D. C., and Emma at home); also a grandson (Frank G. Wilson of Aliquippa, Pa.). In 1932 he united with the Mennonite Church. During his last sickness he often expressed his readiness to meet his Lord. He peacefully fell asleep. Funeral services were held Aug. 25 in the Scottdale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. E. S. Garber and the home ministers. Text (selected by the deceased), Psalm 23.
Graber.-Ephraim, son of Daniel and Magdalena (Souder) Graber, was born in Allen Co., Ind., Dec. 24, 1856; died Aug. 20, 1938; aged 78 y. 7 m. 26 d. He was married Feb. 28, 1884, to Barbara Swartzentruber, who survives. He accepted his Lord as a young man and at the time of his decease was a member of the Berea Mennonite Church near Montgomery, Ind., who mourn the passing of a faithful member. His occupation was farming, living on the same farm nearly all of his life. He also gave considerable time and study to the veterinary practice, which brought him a wide acquaintance. He leaves his beloved wife, 4 sons and 2 daughters (John Henry and Jeremiah of Liberal, Kans.; Caroline, wife of Victor Knepp of Montgomery, Ind.; Rosanna, wife of Wm. Stoll, of Wolford, N. Dak.; Manuel and William at home), also one brother (Josiah) of Indianapolis, Ind., 22 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, who with a host of relatives and friends mourn which seems to us loss but which really is his gain, for surely he is "not dead but sleepeth." Funeral Aug. 22 at the Berea Mennonite Church in charge of Edd P. Shrock, assisted by Amos Weldy, burial in nearby cemetery.
Lehman.-Elizabeth K., daughter of David and Ann
Kilmer Lehman, was born in Illinois, March 22, 1873; died
Aug. 22, 1938, aged 65 y. 5 m. When small she moved with her parents
to Indiana in a wagon. Later they moved to Ontario, and again
to Iowa. Twenty-three years ago Aunt Lizzie and her father moved
to Michigan, where she has lived since. She was spending the summer
with her nieces, Mrs. Amos Gregory and Mrs. David Snider. A week
before her death, she fell. She did not have much pain, but the
shock was too much for her. Six days later she became unconscious
and later fell peacefully asleep. She always loved to go to church,
and while she never fully understood the sermons she loved the
singing and hand-shaking. A few cheery words would make her happy
for days. Her father, mother, step-mother, a sister (Mary), four
brothers (Jacob of Iowa, Eli, an infant brother, and John K.,
who was a minister at Tofield, Alta.) predeceased her. A sister
(Katie, Mrs. John Brubacher), and a brother (Peter 0f Myerstown,
Pa.) survive her. Funeral was conducted by Bro. Clyde Kauffman
and Bro. Royal Buskirk. Text, "Unless we humble ourselves
and become as a little child, we shall not enter the kingdom of
"Twilight and evening star, and one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning a the bar when I put out to sea."
By a niece.
Leobold.-Jacob, son of the late Christian and
Barbara (Roth) Leobold, was born near New Hamburg, Ont.,
April 7, 1865. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a
member of the Amish Mennonite congregation, in which faith he
remained faithful to the end. On Jan. 26, 1890 he was united in
holy matrimony to Sister Mary Schwartzentruber of East Zorra,
who passed away June 25, 1932. Their union was blest with 4 sons
and 3 daughters. He died Aug. 14, 1938, after a stoke of paralysis,
aged 73 y. 4 m. 7 d. Surviving him are his 4 sons (Christian of
East Zorra, Eli of Kitchener, Jacob of Toronto, and John of East
Zorra) and 2 daughters (Annie, wife of Peter B. Zehr, at whose
home the brother was tenderly cared for during his late illness;
and Emma, wife of David Steinman of New Hamburg), his daughter
(Catherine, wife of Ezra Bender) having predeceased her father.
He is also survived by two brothers (Bishop Daniel Leobold and
Christ Leobold both of Wellesley, Ont.). The body was laid to
rest on Aug. 17 when a large concourse of friends gathered to
pay the last tribute to the departed brother. Services at the
home were conducted by Bro. Menno Kipfer of Tavistock, and at
East Zorra A. M. Church by Brethren M. S. Zehr of Pigeon, Mich.,
and Jacob R. Bender of Tavistock. Texts, Heb. 9: 27,28; Heb. 11:
9-16. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions he's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years of life's struggles
Father has fallen asleep."
Shearer.-Alice M., widow of Ephraim Shearer and
daughter of the late Pre. John and Barbara (Miller) Erb,
was born Feb. 17, 1875, near Harrisburg, Pa.; died June 30, 1938,
at the home of her nephew, Clarence E. Lutz, Elizabethtown, Pa.
She was of a pleasant disposition and enjoyed visiting very much.
After the death of her husband on March 17, 1927, her nephew and
family moved into her home, and she spent much of her time going
from place to place. For about 3 years she kept house for Ephraim
Hernley, until his death, and then she kept house for Henry Greiner,
until she was not able, as she had diabetes for a number of years.
She still was active until last summer, when she became nearly
blind. She spent some time at Will's Hospital, but to no avail.
The last months of her life she was not so well, but did a lot
of visiting and wanted to help what she could. On the way home
from a neighbor she had a heart attack and died in the car before
the doctor arrived. She spoke so much the last week of going home
and wished to die, as she feared she might be a care to some one.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years.
She is survived by 3 brothers (Samuel, John, and David Erb) and
5 sisters (Mrs. Annie Lutz, Mrs. Benj. Brubaker, Mrs. Levi Nye,
Mrs. A. N. Ulrich, and Emma Erb). Her funeral was held July 4
from the home of her nephew (Clarence E. Lutz) with further services
at Elizabethtown Church, Bros. Samuel T. Fry and Noah W. Risser
officiating. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in Mt. Tunnel Cemetery,
"There's Promise of a Greater Joy
Than Earth could have in store;
For God has planned a richer life
Beyond the unseen Shore."
Loucks.-Jonas, son of Peter and Anna Barkey Loucks,
was born Jan. 3, 1853, on the Loucks homestead in Elkhart Co.,
Ind. He was the youngest of a family of twelve children. He died
Aug. 20, 1938; aged 85 y. 7 m. 17 d. On April 8 he fell on an
icy pavement and injured his spine, which caused his death. He
was bedfast since May 25th.
He was married three times. His first wife was Anna Ramer whom he married July 30, 1876. She died Feb. 27, 1900. To this union were born five children (Susanna, wife of Noah Wenger, who died Oct. 4, 1933; Martin R. Loucks; Emma, wife of Ira Christophel, who died Nov. 16, 1937; Esther, wife of Oscar Culp, who died Feb. 19, 1928; and, Ephraim Loucks). On Jan. 3, 1901, he married Susanna Ramer, a sister to his first wife. She died May 28, 1907, leaving a daughter (Florence, wife of Aaron Mumaw). On Sept. 6, 1911, he married Irene Culp, who survives him. He also leaves the two sons, one daughter, 28 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a brother aged 91 (Peter B. Loucks of Moundridge, Kans.). He united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite congregation nearly 60 years ago, and always held his membership there. On Oct. 12, 1886, he was ordained to the ministry for the Yellow Creek congregation at the Holdeman Church near Wakarusa at a double ordination service when Pre. Henry Shaum was ordained bishop as Jacob Beutler's successor. Since that time, he missed but two Church conferences of the Indiana-Michigan district; the first in 1909, when Conference convened at the Olive Church, being restrained by a typhoid quarantine, and the last one in June when already bedfast. The last service he attended was on May 22, at the time of communion and the ordination of a deacon. While Bro. Loucks did not preach as many sermons, nor travel as many miles in his official duties as some ministers, he walked humbly before God and was deeply concerned for the welfare of the Church, and the brotherhood always found him standing for the faith of our fathers. Some time ago he arranged some of the details of his funeral and then patiently awaited God's call. The following stanza selected by the daughter expresses generally not only the sentiment of the family circle, but many others:
"Into heaven' mansion he is entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Father has fallen asleep."
Funeral services were conducted from the late home and the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Aug. 23 by the brethren Virgil Weaver, Ray F. Yoder, and Jaocb K. Bixler. By actual count 800 people were unable to gain access to the church house. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
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Smoker.-Menno, son of Samuel and Barbara Smoker,
died Aug. 17, 1938 of heart failure, aged 69 y. 11 m. 25 d. Those
surviving are his widow (Fannie Lapp Smoker) and 5 children (Daniel
of Christiana, Mrs. Daniel Stoltzfus, Christian, Elam, and Mrs.
John Kauffman all of Intercourse), nineteen grandchildren and
1 great-grandchild . Also these brothers: Isaac, Elias and Daniel
of Intercourse. Funeral services were conducted by Moses Riehl
and Christian King May the Lord comfort the bereaved.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
His place is vacant: 'Tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest
Our Blessed Lord knows what is best." By a niece.
Weaver.-Henry B., son of John and Esther Weaver,
died Aug. 5, 1938; aged 5 y. 11 m. 18 d. Death was accidental
when he fell from the tractor. While riding with his father to
the field hauling a loaded manure spreader the back wheel of the
tractor and spreader passed over his body. He leaves father, mother,
a sister (Evelyn) and 3 brother (Earl, Roy and Robert); also his
maternal grandparents. Many relatives and friends attended the
funeral service held at the home by John Souder. Further service
at Goodville Mennonite Church by Bro. Aaron Weaver. Text, Isa.
"The call was sudden the shock was severe,
We little knew that death was near.
But God in His wisdom has called away,
Our dear little Henry too pure to stay." By the family.
Flack.-Missouri Eckhard Flack was born Sept.
24, 1872; died at her home in Kingview (suburb of Scottdale, Pa.)
Aug. 25, 1938; aged 66 y. 11 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage
to Henry Eckhard 44 years ago. He died April 4, 1906. To
this union were born 8 children, 4 surviving and 4 deceased; also
17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was later united
in marriage to London Flack, who preceded her in death
8 years. She was a lifelong member of the
Church of the Brethren, having been a faithful member of the Wooddale congregation for 15 years during which she served as deaconess. Her passing is mourned by many friends. She offered her services in the Lord's work in every possible way, having been a regular attendant in the East Scottsdale Mennonite Sunday School for a number of years. Funeral services were held Aug. 28 in Wooddale Church east of Scottdale, conducted by Ewing Jones and Daniel Kauffman. Peace to her ashes.
Hochstettler.-Abraham, son of Daniel and Clara Hochstettler,
was born at Chappel, Nebr., Nov. 19, 1893; died t his home near
Wood River, Nebr., April 28, 1938; aged 44 y. 5 m. 9 d. In 1908
he with his parents moved from Iowa to Wood River, where he resided
at his death. He never enjoyed the best of health, and the last
two years his condition gradually became worse. The last 15 months
he was bedfast, becoming entirely helpless and blind. He suffered
a great deal the last few months of his life but bore it all patiently,
often expressing a great desire to go and be at rest. At the age
of 17 years he accepted the Lord as his Saviour and united with
the Wood River Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until
death. He leaves his bereaved parents, thee brothers (Ezra and
Frank of Wood River and Ben of Colorado Springs, Colo.), seven
nieces and five nephews, an adopted sister (Mrs. William Schroeder),
and a host of other relatives and friends. Two brothers and one
sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held from
the Mennonite Church with Bro. Stoltzfus officiating. Burial in
the Mennonite cemetery.
"Should we wish him back in this world of cares,
Where there's pain and sorrow and sin everywhere?
No, for Jesus took him to that blissful state,
Now until He calls us we will patiently wait."
Eby.-Preston Elwood, beloved son of David and
Ellen (Ebersole) Eby, was born near Mason and Dixon, Pa.,
Jan. 14, 1935; died Aug. 10, 1938, after an illness of 6 months
of anemia, of which he spent 6 weeks in the Washington County
Hospital. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1 sister (Mary Elizabeth),
1 brother (Harold E.), 1 foster brother (John H.), 4 grandparents
(Daniel and Mary Ebersole and David and Anna Eby) besides many
relatives and friends. Preston, who was of a sweet and patient
disposition, had become a real sunbeam in the home and will be
greatly missed by all who knew him but God saw fit to take him
from us so we want to humbly submit to His will. Funeral services
Aug. 12 at home and at Reiffs Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros.
Daniel Strite and Moses Horst. Text, Jas. 4:14.
"Dear little Preston, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memories, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
Bachman.-Joseph J. Bachman of Metamora, Ill.,
was born June 24, 11865; died Aug. 9, 1938; aged 73 y. 1 m. 15
d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Schlabach, who preceded
him in death thirty years ago. To this union were born four sons
and two daughters (John, Louisa, Emma, Silas, and Harry), all
surviving to mourn his departure. He was preceded in death by
one son (Edward) who passed to the glory world three years ago.
He also leaves eighteen grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters
(Andrew, Peter, Mrs. Jacob Gingrich, and Mrs. John Kennel). Three
sisters preceded him in death (Mrs. John Nafsinger, Mrs. Joe Eash,
and Mrs. Christ Schlabach). He was a faithful member of the Metamora
Mennonite Church. He was also a kind and loving father who had
an interest in the welfare of his family until the Lord called
him home. He will be greatly missed by the family and many friends.
"Sudden was the call of father,
Dearly loved by all;
May we prepare to meet you,
With all those gone before."
Funeral services in charge of Bro. H. R. Schertz assisted by Bro. Leland Bachman.
Hertzler.-Lizzie Kauffman, widow of Bro. Emanuel Hertzler, was born July 22, 1868, at East Petersburg, Pa.; died July 25, 1938; aged 70 y. 3 d. Bro. Hertzler preceded her in death Jan. 4, 1933. Bro. Hertzler and family lived at Trooper for 26 years prior to his death. They attended the Worcester Church and took an active part at the Norristown Mission. Sister Hertzler came to the Eastern Mennonite Home as a worker in June, 1936, working faithfully and enjoying her duties. November, 1937, she took sick for a short time but was again able to continue her duties until February, when she again had a sick spell and gradually failed in her physical body. She was fully resigned to the Lord's will, trusting in God's guidance and resting on the promises of God. Her testimony the past weeks was ringing in her heart and voice, I am so happy in Him. She leaves 3 sons and 1 daughter (Aldus of Norristown, James of Coatesville, Harry of Eastern Mennonite Home, Esther of Bakersville, California) also 1 brother (Jacob Kauffman of Portland, Oreg.). Services were conducted at E. M. H. by Bro. Elmer Moyer. Text: Psa. 17:15. Burial and services at Worcester Mennonite Church. Text, II Cor. 1: 15, by Bro. Jacob Landis and Bro. Warren Bean.
Bachman.-Silas, son of Joseph H. And Elizabeth Bachman
(deceased), was born on a farm near Metamora, Ill., Oct. 25, 1899;
died Aug. 16, 1938; aged 38 y. 9 m. 21 d. In youth he united with
the Metamora Mennonite Church and remained loyal to Christ and
the Church until the Lord called him home. On Nov. 17, 1921, he
was united in marriage to Mattie Reeser of Eureka, who with four
children survive; Minerva Jane, Ruth Irene, Russel Jay, and Orpha
Mae. His father, who made his home with them the last 9 years,
preceded him one week ago; mother 30 years ago; and a brother
(Edward) 3 years ago. Two brothers and two sisters survive. Silas
had been bedfast for the past nine and one half months. He was
stricken while attending to his duties as janitor of the church.
Although he had been in poor health for the past fourteen years,
he always recovered sufficiently to manage the farm and perform
his duties as a father. His final illness was of intense suffering
at times, but was borne with great fortitude and little complaining.
After all efforts of skilled physicians or loving hands, he peacefully
passed to his deserved rest.
"Sleep on, our loved one, may your rest be sweet,
Far from your native hills;
Thy kindly smile no more on earth will greet,
Thus God, our Father, wills.
Your work unfinished, so to us it seems,
But, oh, God's will be done."
Funeral services in charge of Bro. H. R. Schertz assisted by Bro. Leland Bachman.
Harshbarger.-John H., son of the late David and Mary
(Yoder) Harshbarger, was born near Mattawana, Pa., Oct.
29, 1871; died in his home near Mattawana, Aug. 22, 1938; aged
66 y. 10 m. 22 d. He spent nearly all of his life at and near
the place where he was born. He had not been enjoying good health
for the last few years, but was able to be around and do light
work. About two weeks before his death he began to suffer hard
heart attacks. The night before his death he seemed to rest well,
but on arising in the morning he became worse, and soon was called
away. There are left, to mourn the loss of one who was a kind
loving husband and father, his companion (Elsie Kauffman Harshbarger),
two sons (Alvin of McVeytown, and Jessie of Granville), two daughters
(Esther at home and Mrs. John French of Mattawana). He also leaves
four grandchildren, and three sisters (Mrs. Salomia King and Mrs.
Fannie Yoder of Mattawana, and Mrs. Daniel Yoder of Westover,
Md.). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many
years and was always present and interested in all work of the
Sunday school and church, always being present unless kept away
by illness, and he will be greatly missed in the home, the church,
and by a large circle of neighbors and friends. The funeral was
held Aug. 25, and was largely attended. Services conducted by
Bro. Milo Yoder and Bro. Aaron Mast. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment
in th Pleasant View Cemetery.
"Not now but in the coming years,
It will be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears
And then sometime we'll understand."
Wyss.-Raymond H., son of David and Salome Wyss,
was born July 5, 1921; died August 3, 1938, the victim of a drowning
accident; aged 17 y. 28 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1
brother and 3 sisters, a grandfather (John Wyss residing on the
farm with them), and a grandmother (Mrs. Eliza Nussbaum of Kidron),
besides a host of other relatives and friends. Raymond never enjoyed
robust health, but he loved the farm and its duties and pleasures,
endeavoring to do his utmost to be of assistance as strength permitted.
He loved fishing, and, after a day of loyally fulfilled duties,
sought permission to enjoy this pastime and gladly promised to
be cautious. Although no one was eye-witness to the tragedy that
befell him, all felt assured that this tragic death came upon
him through an attack of illness that seized him, making him entirely
helpless at the time. His grief-stricken parents who found his
lifeless body submerged in the water, find comfort that he loved
his Lord and was met by Him as life fled. He was a member of the
Kidron Mennonite Church since February, 1938. Funeral services
August 6 were conducted at the home by Bros. Isaac Zuercher and
Reuben Hofstetler and at the Kidron Mennonite Church by Bros.
Allen Bixler and I. J. Buchwalter. Texts, Job 14: 1-5, I Sam.
20: 3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with Raymond, dear,
No more to see him here;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best
To end his troubles and give him rest.
In heaven to reign with angels fair;
May our names, too, be written there."
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Burkhart.-John Burkhart was born Dec. 25, 1872; died July 23, 1938; aged 65 y. 6 m. 28 d. He is survived b y his widow and the following children: Mrs. Harry Wingert, Mrs. Russell Flohr, David Burkhart, Mrs. Edward Wingert, all of Chambersburg; Jacob Burkhart of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Menno Eby of Clearspring, N. Dak. He was a member of the Mennonite Church of Upper Strasburg. Funeral services were held July 26 from the home near Chambersburg, Pa., and at the Upper Strasburg Church in charge of the home ministry. Text, Eph. 5: 15,16.
Troyer.-Luella Mae, daughter of Ezra S. and Mary
E. (Miller) Troyer of Goshen, Ind., died July 29, 1938
of bronchial pneumonia; aged 8 m. 14 d. She is survived by her
parents, 1 sister (Edna Ellen), and 5 brothers (Omer, Melvin,
Marion, Elmer and Mervin). Funeral services were conducted at
Seth S. Troyer's by Bro. Manass Miller and Bro. Sam Eash, assisted
by Bro. John Yoder. Burial in Thomas Cemetery.
"A sweet little blossom too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above." By the family.
Yoder.-Earl Edwin Yoder was born near Wolford, N. Dak., Dec. 13, 1921; died Aug. 16, 1938, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Rugby, N. Dak.; aged 16 y. 8 m. 2 d. He was sick only 3 _ days. He leaves mother, father, 7 sisters and 3 brothers (1 sister and 1 brother have gone on before), 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother, 9 uncles, 7 aunts, 24 cousins. One grandfather and one grandmother preceded him in death. On Sept. 15, 1935, he was received into church fellowship by water baptism and remained a faithful member unto death. Thus passes into eternity one whom we love and again verifies the Biblical injunction, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services at the home and the Lake View Mennonite Church Aug. 18, conducted by John Stoll, M. R. Miller, and Eli G. Hochstetler.
Roth.-Harley R., son of Aaron and Mattie Roth, was born near Milford, Nebr., Dec. 21, 1911; died at the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lincoln, Nebr., Aug. 6, 1938; aged 26 y. 7 m. 16 d. Death results from injuries received when the motorcycle which he was riding collided with the side of a car at an intersection. He regained consciousness and was conscious almost to the end. We believe by his expressions during his dying hours, that his thoughts were homeward. He graduated from Milford High School in 1932. About three and a half years ago he went to Lincoln, where he was employed at the time of his death. He leaves his parents, 3 brothers (Oliver, Nicholas and Harrold), 2 sisters (Agnes Rediger and Nora); also 2 sisters-in-law and 1 brother-in-law, 3 nephews, 1 niece, and his fiancee, Agnes Stutzman, also many other friends. Funeral services by Geo. S. Miller.
Burkholder.-Annie S., widow of David S. Lehman
was born Aug. 22, 1858; died Aug. 17, 1938 at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Harry H. Witmer, Shippensburg, Pa.; aged 79 y.
11 m. 26 d. She was a member of the Upper Strasburg Mennonite
Church, always being present when health permitted. Surviving
are these children: Harry L., Mrs. Ira Eby, Mrs. Reuben Lehman,
David L., all of Chambersburg; Mrs. Harry H. Witmer, Shippensburg;
2 daughters-in-law, Mrs. Mary Lehman, Chambersburg, Mrs. Stella
Lehman, Mio, Mich.; Daniel B., Joseph L., and Barbara B., and
1 grandson preceded her in death. Forty grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren,
1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Frey of Chambersburg) and 1 brother (Amos
Burkholder, Maugansville, Md., ) also survive. Funeral
services were held Aug. 20 at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church
by C. V. Martin and Harvey Shank. Texts, Psa. 116: 15; Num. 23:
10, latter clause.
:Deep in our hearts lies a picture
Of loved ones laid to rest;
In memory framed we will keep it,
Because they were of the best."
Reber.-Irene, daughter of Henry and Magdalena (Miller) Slabaugh, was born near Parnell, Iowa, March 19, 1881; died in the same community at the home of her sister (Mrs. Lydia Eash) Aug. 23, 1938; aged 57 y. 5 m. 4 d. In her youth she confessed Christ, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining true until the end. On Feb. 17, 1915, she was married to John Reber of Crystal Springs, Kans. To them was born 1 son (Henry) who preceded his parents in death 16 years ago. Her husband died July 9, 1937, after they had lived together 22 years. Since the death of her husband she made her home with her sister, where she died. She had been in failing health for more than a year, being bedfast since about January 1. Her death was caused by cancer of the lung. She suffered much but bore her affliction patiently until she peacefully fell asleep. She leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Lydia Eash, of Parnell), 4 brothers (Daniel of Parnell, John and William of Wellman, and Milton of Kalona), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the West Union Church Aug. 25, conducted by Abner G. Yoder and Harvey Yoder. Text, Rev. 22: 1-5. Burial in West Union Cemetery.
Sauder.-Anna, daughter of Peter and Fannie Stucky Eicher, and wife of Henry D. Sauder, was born Feb. 29, 1864 in Canada and passed away at the home of her son, Irvin Sauder of Washington, Ill., on Aug. 6, 1938; aged 74 y. 5 m. 8 d. She suffered a stroke 6 years ago and from then on has been in ill health. On Jan. 3, 1886 she was united in marriage to Henry D. Sauder. To this union were born 7 children: Laura, wife of Peter Householter who passed away in 1931; Peter H. of Goodfield, Ill.; Irvin A. of Washington, Ill.; Solomon G. of Eureka, Ill.; Fannie, wife of William R. Bachman of Lowpoint, Ill.; Elmer R. of Detroit, Mich.; Lula, wife of Ray Chicly of Eureka, Ill. She also leaves 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and 3 brothers (Christ and Joe of Tremont, Ill.; Jake of Peoria, Ill.), 4 sisters (Katie Yoder, Delafield, Ill.; Mary Hufford, Alliance, Nebr.; Barbara Weidler, Velva, N. Dak.; Lena Ungerman, Chicago, Ill.), to mourn her departure. She united with the Mennonite church when a young girl and remained loyal to her church and God until her death. Services were held at her son's home in Washington and at the Roanoke Mennonite church by John L. Harnish and Ezra B. Yordy. Burial in Roanoke Cemetery.
Birkey.-Catherine Schrock was born Nov. 25, 1850,
at Alsace-Lorraine, France; died Aug. 22, 1938, at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Ben Zehr; aged 88 y. 8 m. 27 d. She came to
America with her parents, settling in Woodford Co., Ill., where
she grew to womanhood. On Feb. 22, 1876 she was united in marriage
to John G. Birkey of Roanoke, Ill. They made their home in Illinois
until 1913; then moved to Manson, Iowa, where they resided the
rest of their life. She leaves 8 children, 2 brothers, 40 grandchildren,
and 16 great-grandchildren. The surviving children are Mrs. David
Springer of Saybrook, Ill.; Joe and Levi of Clarksville, Mich.;
Andrew, John and Will of Manson, Ia.; Mrs. Alpha Naffziger of
Rockwell City, Ia.; and Mrs Ben Zehr of Manson, Ia. The surviving
brothers are: Joseph of Albany, Oreg., and John of Dewey, Ill.
Her husband, 2 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild
preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church in
her youth and remained faithful unto the end. Her greatest desire
was for the spiritual welfare of the Church and her children.
She will be greatly missed, but our loss is her gain.
"The dear mother that we have had,
Has gone to her reward,
To be united with the saints,
And Dwell with Christ the Lord."
Yoder.-Isaac J., son of Daniel and Elizabeth Yoder, was born Aug. 20, 1855 in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died Aug. 16, 1938, at the home of his daughter Martha. Dec. 15, 1879, he married Saloma Zook in Champaign Co., O., where they lived most of their married life. His wife preceded him in death eight years ago. To them were born 2 sons and 5 daughters (Benjamin of Spokane, Wash.; Ervin of Cable, O.; Mrs. Fannie Moose of Lawrence Co., Pa., who passed away in 1920; Mrs. Charles Kauffman of Smithville, O.; Mrs. Otis Kauffman of West Liberty, O.; Mrs. Elmer Yoder of Springfield, O.; and Mrs. Fred Kraybill of West Liberty). Eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also mourn his departure. Of 8 brothers and sisters, only Daniel of Croghan, N. Y., and Mrs. Mary Peachy of Belleville, Pa., survive. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful Christian until his death. He died just four days before his eighty-third birthday. Funeral at the South Union Mennonite Church, West Liberty, O., Aug. 18, in charge of Wallace Kauffman and John Y. King. Text, Psa. 116: 15. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"A chair is vacant in our home,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A spirit has gone to its eternal home,
Which was the Master's will."
Baer.-Martin H., son of Adam and Hannah Baer,
was born near Landisville, Pa., Feb. 20, 1860; died July 13, 1938;
aged 78 y. 4 m. 23 d. He moved with his parents to Washington
Col, Md., while yet a boy. He was united in marriage to Annie
Brackbill of Lancaster Co., Pa. To this union was born 1 son (Harry)
and 2 daughters (Mrs. Mary Hoke of Hanover and Mrs. Harvey Grove
near Hanover). His wife, son (Harry), and Mrs. Mary Hoke preceded
him in death. He was again married to Mrs. Lydia Gish who also
preceded him in death. He was married the third time to Delilah
Baer. He is survived by his last wife, daughter (Mrs. Hannah Grove),
10 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Maria Eshleman), 1 brother (Adam
Baer of Hagerstown, Md.). He united with the Mennonite Church
while young. His loyalty and faithfulness was an inspiration to
all those about him. Memories of his loving influence and hospitality
will live on in the lives of all who knew him. He began farming
near Paramount, Md.; later moved to York Co., Pa., where he was
also engaged in farming and fruit growing; later moved to Lancaster
Mennonite Home where he died. Funeral services were held at the
Mennonite Home and at Garver's Church near Hanover, by Brethren
William Martin and Richard Danner. Text, Job 14: 14. Burial in
"Uncle, now your place is empty,
And we now see your face no more;
But we hope some day to meet you
Over on the happy shore." By a nephew.
Freyenberger.-Mary (Schlatter) Freyenberger was
born near Tavistock, Ont., Feb. 3, 1850. She came to Iowa with
her parents at the age of six and lived on a farm near Noble,
where she grew to womanhood. She was converted in her youth and
united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she remained
a faithful member. She was regular in attending the services of
her church, also much concerned that her children do the same.
It was only about the last month of her life that she was unable
to attend. On Feb. 16, 1871, she was united in marriage with Joseph
Freyenberger. Her husband died in 1918. Their family consisted
of 11 children; 3 sons preceded her in death (Joseph and John
in infancy and Albert at 45). After the death of her husband she
continued to live in their home in Wayland until about three years
ago, when she went to live with her son Menno. However, last fall
arrangements were made with one of her widowed daughters (Mrs.
Sarah Swartzendruber) to come and stay with her in her own home,
where she fell peacefully asleep early Saturday morning, Aug.
13, 1938; aged 88 y. 6 m. 10 d. She leaves 4 sons (Menno, Chriss,
Samuel, and Elmer; all living in the vicinity of Wayland), 4 daughters
(Mrs. Ella Oswald, Aurora, Nebr.; Mrs. Anna Wenger, Mrs. Sarah
Swartzendruber, and Mrs. Edd Wyse, all of Wayland); 1 brother
(Nick Schlatter, Oakland, Calif.), 19 grandchildren, 2 foster
grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and other relatives and
friends. Funeral services were held at he Sugar Creek Church near
Wayland, Iowa, Aug. 15, conducted by Bro. Simon Gingerich and
Bro. Willard Leichty. Text, Heb. 4: 8. Interment in the Sugar
"Let your hands be folded, mother,
Of toil they've done their share;
While our lives were young and tender,
How you watched with loving care." The children.
Rediger.-Joseph Rediger was born in Baden, Germany Mar. 13, 1847; died Aug. 28, 1938 at the home of Henry Teuscher, Milford, Nebr.; aged 93 y. 5 m. 15 d. He was married to Magdalena Birky July 3, 1873. Those preceding him in death were his wife, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. He leaves his 2 foster children (Mary Teuscher and Barbara Ehrisman of Milford, Nebr.), 1 brother (Benjamin of Hoopston, Ill.), 1 sister (Lizzie Wekler of Los Angeles, Calif.), and many relatives and friends. At the age of 23 he with his parents came from Germany and located at Eureka, Ill. Later, in 1881, he moved to Milford, Nebr., with his parents, where he lived on the farm southwest of town for many years. They then moved to town, where his wife died. Having no children of their own, their love and sympathy for others was manifested by caring and providing for others. He gave his heart and life to God in his youth.
In 1877 he was called to the ministry at Eureka, Ill. He greatly
respected this and was a faithful and earnest preacher of the
Word, not only in word but by example as well. He loved to go
to the House of God and when at all possible was present. He served
the Church in this capacity for 61 years. While during the last
number of years his strength failed him to speak much in public,
he was always ready to give testimony. During the last days of
his life his voice was still heard comforting and encouraging
people to be faithful, praying much that the churches may become
more one in purpose and doctrine. May his influence, life, and
devotion have its effect upon all who learned to know and love
"'Tis hard to part with uncle, dear,
No more to see him here;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best,
To end his trouble and give him rest."
Funeral services by Brethren J. E. Zimmerman, P. R. Kennel, and Wm. R. Eicher. Text, Phil. 1:21. The following ministers: L. O. and Wm. Schlegel, Geo. and A. M. Miller, Ezra Roth and Jno. R. Troyer, served as pall-bearers and Ben Schlegel conducted services at the grave.
Shantz.-Bishop Moses H. Shantz, eldest son of the late Solomon and Mary Ann (Hostetler) Shantz, was born near Haysville, Ont., Sept. 10, 1884; died at his home near New Dundee, Ont., Aug. 14, 1938; aged 53 y. 11 m. 4 d. He had been under medical care for a few years, due to a heart ailment. This became more severe during the last few weeks, and was the cause of his sudden passing on Sunday morning.
He was converted and was received into the fellowship of the Church at the age of fourteen. Oct. 13, 1907, he was ordained a minister, and pastor of the Blenheim congregation. Besides being actively engaged in pastoral work in these thirty years, he also served the Church in many other positions. He was elected Moderator of the Mennonite Conference of Ontario for ten consecutive years, from 1922 to 1932. He also served as President of the Mennonite Mission Board of Ontario for several years after its organization in 1929. At the time of his death he was a member of the Board of the Ontario Mennonite Bible School.
In 1933 he was elected Vice-President of the Mennonite Publication Board, and two years later became President of this organization, which position he occupied at the time of his death. On Sunday, July 24, 1938, he was ordained a bishop in the Mennonite Conference of Ontario, his especial charge being the congregation at Clarence Center, N. Y.
On March 4, 1908, he was married to Catherine Martin of Elmira, Ont. They lived on his farm south of Haysville until 1923, when they moved to their present residence opposite the Blenheim Church near New Dundee. There survive to mourn his passing, his wife, 1 son (Gordon), and 2 daughters (Luella and Mary). One son (Vernon) predeceased him in 1911. There also remain 1 brother (Ephraim of Haysville) and 4 sisters (Mrs. John E. Bingaman of New Hamburg, Mrs. Titus L. Kolb of Kitchener, Mrs. Jos. Saltzman of Petersburg, and Mrs. Frank Miller of Millersburg, O.). One sister (Mrs. Conrad Hebel) passed away several months ago.
The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 17, and was largely attended, over one thousand people being present from many communities to pay tribute to the passing of a brother, a friend, and a fellow worker. The funeral service was in charge of Bishop S. F. Coffman. The service at the house was conducted by Bishops M. Hallman and M. H. Roth. The Brethren, Silas Weldy of Indiana and Jesse Short of Ohio, conducted the devotional at the church. Bro. D. A. Yoder of Elkhart, Ind., preached the funeral sermon. Text, I Cor. 15: 24-27. A few words of tribute were given by Bros. A. J. Metzler of Scottdale, Pa., and Oscar Burkholder of Breslau. Closing prayer was offered by Bishop Jonas Snider. The burial service at the grave was conducted by Bro. S. F. Coffman, interment in Blenheim Cemetery.
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Bohn.-John E. Bohn was born July 31, 1805;died May 12, 1938, aged 72 y. 11 m. 11 d. He had been in failing health the past seven yeas and bedfast for 6 months. He was born near Johnsville, Md., the son of Reuben and Susan Bohn. He was an active member of the Church of the Brethren for 51 years, was married twice, and is survived by his last wife, Leah (Eshleman) Horst; also 6 brothers and 4 sisters. The funeral was held from their home in Waynesboro, Md., May 15 and at Price's Church, where the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Troyer.-Anna Catherine, daughter of the Late Amos S. and Rebecca (Nussbaum) Cripe, was born Aug. 23, 1881, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died Sept. 8, 1938, near Delavan, Ill.; aged 57 y. 10 d. In her early years she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Shore Mennonite Church in Lagrange Co. She was married to Noah Troyer of Kokomo, Ind., Apr. 6, 1929, who preceded her in death a year later. She leaves 2 brothers (Benjamin R. of Ligonier, Ind., and Timothy S. of Delavan, Ill.), besides many other relatives and friends. "Precious in the night of the Lord is the death of his saints." Funeral Sept. 11 at Shore Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Edwin Yoder and Bro. Percy J. Miller. Burial in Miller Cemetery.
Hershberger.-Emma, daughter of Jacob and Savilla (Kinsinger) Hershberger, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 21, 1888; died Sept. 2, 1938; aged 50 y. 6 m. 11 d. Death was due to paralysis, following an illness of many months. She was a telephone operator for twenty years and was very efficient and accommodating. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for more than thirty years and part of the time was a teacher in the Sunday school. She was devoted and loyal to her vow made to the Lord. Her father passed away thirteen yeas ago. She is survived by her aged mother and the following brothers and sisters: Norman, in whose home she died near Johnstown, Pa.; Noah of Davidsville; Milton of Carpenter Park; Alonzo of Anchor, Oreg.; Della of Carpenter Park. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Irvin Holsopple and James Saylor and in the Kaufman Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Irvin Holsopple. The body was laid away in the Kaufman Cemetery near Davidsville, Pa.
Kreider.-Benjamin M., son of the late George
and Anna Kreider, died July 15, 1938; aged 65 years. Forty-two
years ago he was married to Susan E. Kreider. To this union there
were born 3 daughters and 3 sons. One son died in infancy. He
is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers.
Father was the first to break the family circle of 8 children.
He was a member of the Paradise, Pa., Mennonite Church for many
years. The last 4 months of his life he was a great sufferer.
Yet he seemed so patient with it all. He often asked us children
to pray for him. Though our hearts ache with loneliness, we know
he is in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held at the
home and in the Paradise Mennonite Church, conducted by Martin
Hershey. Texts, job 19: 25-27 and the 23rd Psalm.
"The room is quiet, all is still;
His place is vacant; 'tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Hostetler.-Anna Gertrude, daughter of Atlee and Nettie Friedt Hostetler, was born in Farmerstown, O., died Aug. 31, 1938; aged 11 y. 6 m. 19 d. She was afflicted with a congenital heart and never enjoyed good health. She was confined to her bed nearly eleven weeks until death, caused by endocarditis, claimed her. She is survived by her parents and 3 brothers (Robert, Richard and Darrel, all of the home), 2 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Friedt of Farmerstown, O.), and many other relatives and friends. She bore her afflictions patiently until she was removed from her earthly tabernacle to her eternal resting place. Little Anna always seemed to have a special reverence for God in not neglecting to pray before meals and before retiring in the evening. Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God." Funeral services were held at the home and at the Walnut Greek Mennonite Church in charge of the Brethren O. M. Johns and Alvin W. Miller. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
Heckendorn.-Sarah, the last one of a family of five children born to George and Sarah (Bauman) Lichty, in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 8, 1858, passed away Sept. 4, 1938; aged 80 y. 4 m. 27 d. She was married to Joseph S. Bauman Oct. 13, 1878, who predeceased her Dec. 13, 1896. Later she was married to Christian Heckendorn who predeceased her 17 years ago. Surviving are six children (Magdalena, wife of Henry Brubacher; George; Noah; Adeline, wife of Levi Horst; Lovina, wife of Sidney Lichty; and Joseph L.), 1 stepdaughter (Lydia Heckendorn, wife of Wesley Sittler), also 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services Sept. 7, were conducted at the home by Bro. Jesse Bauman and at the Elmira Mennonite Church by the Brethren John Bauman, O. D. Snider, and Jesse Bauman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Mosemann.-John H., son of the late Phillip and Elizabeth Mosemann, was born in Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 1, 1877; died Aug. 28, 1938; aged 60 y. 8 m., 27 d. He had a paralytic stroke three years ago from which he never fully recovered. A week before his death he had another from which he remained unconscious until his death. His wife (Lillie Forry) and the following children survive: Paul, Lancaster, Pa.; Martha, Brentwood, Md.; Mrs. John R. Mumaw, Harrisonburg, Va.; John, Jr., Musoma, Africa; Mrs. Clarence Denlinger and Daniel of Lancaster Pa. The following brothers and sisters survive: David H., minister; Philip, Lena, Elizabeth, Barbara, Abram all of Lancaster; and Christian of Ephrata, Pa. He was ordained to the ministry Dec. 11, 1904, and to the office of bishop July 29, 1926. Funeral services were held at his home by Bishop Amos Horst and services at the East Chestnut Street Church by Bishops Stoner Krady and J. L. Stauffer. Interment at Millersville Cemetery. Text, last clause of Heb. 11: 3. Isa. 61: 3 has been our comfort in times of sadness and loneliness. The family.
Frey.-Goldie Marion, daughter of Frank and Ella
(Shaffer) Miller, was born in Ionia Co., Mich., Jan. 19,
1916; died at the St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind., Sept.
7, 1938; aged 22 y. 7 m. 19 d. Death was caused by obstruction
of the bowels. She was of a cheerful disposition. She bore her
intense suffering patiently, which lasted only two days. She united
with the Bowne Mennonite Church at the age of 12, later moving
with her parents near Topeka, Ind. At this time her membership
was transferred to the Emma congregation, to which faith she remained
faithful until death. She was united in marriage to Clarence E.
Frey Dec. 22, 1934. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 2 daughter
(Treva Marie and Joan Elizabeth), her parents, 1 grandmother,
2 brothers and 4 sisters (Roy A. Miller, Topeka, Ind.; Harold
L. Miller, Coldwater, Mich.; Lucy I. Brimmer, Sherwood, Mich.;
Beatrice, Elsie, and Elizabeth, at home), besides many relatives
and friends. Two infant brothers preceded her in death. Funeral
services were held Sept. 10, at the Emma Mennonite Church by Brethren
Oscar Hostetler and Menno Yoder. Her body was laid to rest in
the Shore Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock was severe;
We little knew that death was near;
But God in His wisdom has called away
Our dear Goldie, too pure to stay." By the family.
Miller.-Lovina, daughter of Joseph C. and Lydia (Kauffman) Swartzendruber, was born in Iowa Co., Ia., July 11, 1862; died at her home in Iowa Co., Ia., Aug. 27, 1938; aged 76 y. 1 m. 16 d. She accepted the Christian faith at the age of 16 and was baptized in a class of seven on Oct. 13, 1878. She remained faithful and loyal to the faith until death. On Feb. 18, 1883, she was united in marriage to Daniel J. Miller, the last couple married by Bishop Abner Yoder. She had been ailing for the past four years and was seriously ill the last 10 days and for about two days prior to the end she was apparently unconscious. Her living among us will long be remembered by many in the many deeds of kindness and help that she rendered both to the church and he neighbors around her, and she will be missed by all who learned to know and love her. Though they had no children of their own, this home was opened to her nephew (Joe Erb) who for many years found comfort and care with them and now for the past several years they have lived with him and his family. She is survived by her husband, two brothers (Chris and John Swartzendruber of Wellman), and one sister (Lydia, wife of Wm. Eicher of Wayland), besides other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at the Upper Deer Creek Church conducted in German by Albert S. Miller and in English by E. G. Swartzendruber and John L. Mast. Text, II Cor. 5: 1.
Mast.-Joseph F., son of Frederick and Lydia (Stutzman) Mast, was born near Millersburg, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1875; died at his home near Deep Creek, Va., Sept. 7, 1938; aged 63 y. 6 m. 21 d. He was united in marriage to Amanda Frey Nov. 22, 1903. To this union were born 6 children (Fred, Esther, Pauline, Irene, and twin daughters who died in infancy). The mother was taken from this home Feb. 18, 1911. He was ordained to the ministry of the Mennonite Church in May, 1906, and into the office of bishop in 1910. Feb. 26, 1915, he was married to Mary Alice Smucker. To this union were born 3 children (Jonas William, Harvey J., and a daughter who died in infancy). In March, 1930, they took into their home a little girl, Mary Frances. He leaves his wife, 3 sons (Fred of Wooster, O., Jonas and Harvey of Deep Creek, Va.), 3 daughters (Mrs. Esther Emsweiler, Mrs. Pauline Shank, and Irene, all of Deep Creek, Va.), a foster daughter (Mary Frances), 3 brothers (David, Calvin, and Samuel of Millersburg, O.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Verna Smucker of Fentress, Va., Mrs. Sadie Troyer of Hudson, O., and Mrs. Nora Nafzinger of Crystal Springs, Kans.), 8 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. A sister (Elizabeth Mast) preceded him in death. May God lighten the sorrow in the passing of the loved one. Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at the home of Bro. Amos Wenger and at the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church by the brethren Orrie D. Yoder, Truman Brunk, and Clayton Bergey. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Miller.-Annie, daughter of Joseph E. and Elizabeth Nelson,
was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Feb. 26, 1881. July 22, 1901,
she was united in marriage with Willis D. Weaver, who died
May 9, 1907. One son (Ralph) was born to them. Ralph met death
by drowning July 12, 1929. Her father and oldest brother (Daniel)
also preceded her in death. Dec. 10, 1910, she was married to
Josiah J. Miller, with whom she lived the remainder of
her life. One daughter (Alta) was born to them. After suffering
a stroke on Aug. 27, she died on Sept. 2, 1938; aged 57 y. 6 m.
6 d. She united with the Shore Mennonite Church in her youth and
always attended here. She leaves the following relatives: Husband
(Josiah J. Miller), mother and stepfather (Noah Speicher), daughter
(Mrs. Alta Berkey), stepsons (Irvin and Percy Miller), stepdaughters
(Mabel Lambright, Orpha Troyer, Rachel Miller, and Clara Berkey),
sisters (Mrs. Adam Troyer and Mrs. Allie Hostetler), brothers
(Joseph E., Wm. O., Rollin, Dale, Elva, and Perry), grandsons
(David Lou Weaver and Maurice Berkey), 25 stepgrandchildren, uncles,
aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and a large number of friends
also mourn her departure. She was active in her church and community,
always willing to help in whatever way she felt she could. She
was very fond of her family and will be greatly missed by all.
The children wish to express their deep appreciation and ahumble
thanks to God, for having provided a mother who so kindly cared
for and helped them in their early life. During her illness although
unable to speak she tried hard to smile in greeting to her loved
ones. Funeral services conducted by the Brethren Lee Miller, Y.
C. Miller, O. S. Hostetler, at the Shore Mennonite Church.
"And when the storms of sorrow come
To each bereaved heart,
Let faith glance upward to the home
Where we shall never part."
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Bostic.-Byron G. Bostic was born at Marietta, Pa., Nov. 8, 1861; died at the same place, Sept. 12, 1938; aged 76 y. 10 m. 4 d. His death came very suddenly and was caused by coronary occlusion. He is survived by his widow (Frances Bostic), and the following children: Paul, Chester, Mrs. Carrie Souders, Roy, Charles, and Mae (Mrs. John Herr). Four grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren also survive. Services were held Sept. 15 at the John L. Frey Funeral Home, Marietta. Interment in Marietta Cemetery. Martin R. Kraybill and John S. Hiestand officiated.
Wenger.-Mary, daughter of the late Daniel and
Sarah (Coffman) Wenger, was born Aug. 22, 1860; died at
her home near Harrisonburg, Va., Aug. 28, 1938; aged 78 y. 6 d.
Death was due to complications. She united with the Mennonite
Church many years ago, continuing in this faith to the end. He
life was one of simplicity and humility. She has been tenderly
cared for by Sister Isa Coakley for the past 13 years, by whom
she will be greatly missed. Eight brothers and 2 sisters preceded
her in death. She is survived by 1 sister, Lizzie Shantz of West
Liberty, Ohio. A number of nephews and nieces also survive. Funeral
services were held from th Pike Church, conducted by Bro. S. H.
Rhodes, assisted by Brethren M. J. Heatwole and A. B. Burkholder.
Text, II Cor. 1: 9,10. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"I am anchored in port, I have reached the bright strand,
And the voyage of life is now past;
With my Saviour I'll dwell in the beautiful land,
Deliverance has come, I'm home at last."
Falb.-Caroline, daughter of Isaac and Maryann Nussbaum, was born Mar. 28, 1885; died Sept. 9, 1938; aged 53 y. 5 m. 12 d. Nov. 17, 1906, she was united in marriage with Daniel Falb. To this union were born the following children, who all remain to mourn the departure of their devoted loving mother: Ida (Mrs. Reuben Habegger) of Berne, Ind.; Lydia (Mrs. Donald Geiser) of Orrville, O.; Aldene of Wilmot; Elda, Viola, Bertha, Clyde, Raymond, and Levi Falb; also one granddaughter (Carolyn Jean Geiser). Beside her children previously mentioned there also remain her father (Isaac Nussbaum), her stepmother, 2 sisters (Mrs. Menno Steiner of Dalton and Lydia of Orrville), 5 brothers (Jacob, Samuel, Daniel, Abraham, Amos, all of this community). Her mother and 2 sisters (Mrs. John Bixler and Mrs. Daniel Oberly) preceded her in death. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Sonnenberg Church of which she remained a faithful member till about 18 months ago, when she united with the Kidron Mennonite Church where she was a faithful member till death. Funeral service at the home conducted by I. W. Royer and Allen Bixler, at the Kidron Mennonite Church by I. J. Buchwalter and Isaac Zuercher. Texts, I Thes. 2: 7; Rev. 2: 13. Burial in the Sonnenberg Cemetery.
Burnheimer.-Annie L., daughter of the late Abram
and Elizabeth (Landis) Kreider, was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Feb. 24, 1849; died Aug. 27, 1938, at the home of her daughter
(Mamie) and son-in-law (Elmer H. Landis); aged 89 y. 6 m. 3 d.
Dec. 31, 1885, she was married to Jacob S. Burnheimer who
preceded her in death 8 years. To this union were born 2 children
(Amos who died in infancy, and Mamie, with whom she resided),
a granddaughter (Mrs. Paul M. Neff) and 1 great-granddaughter
(Dorothy Naomi Neff). Also two sisters survive (Mrs. Harry Denlinger
of Strasburg, and Mary A. Kreider of Ronks). She was a member
of Mellinger's church for many years. She always attended regularly
until the last half year her health started to fail. But she was
able to be about till the last two weeks pneumonia set in and
she was confined to her bed. Funeral services were held Aug. 30
at the home of her sorrowing daughter, by Bro. Elmer Martin, with
further services at Mellinger's Mennonite Church by Bros. Elmer
Martin and David Landis. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-9. Interment in the
"As she entered her heavenly home,
Never to sigh or to weep,
After long years of Christina living,
Mother has fallen asleep. By the family.
Shank.-Lewis Christian, youngest son of Christian
J. and Fannie Shank, was born near Leitersburg, Md., June
1, 1925; departed this life Aug. 30, 1938 (aged 13 y. 3 m.), at
the Washington Co. Hospital, after an illness of two weeks of
Henoch-curpura. During his brief illness, he suffered intense
pain oftimes, but bore it all patiently. He desired baptism the
last day he was with us. Bro. Denton Martin ministered the ordinance.
During the seven hours which he lived after his baptism, he said
little, but he seemed to have a deep sense of peace and satisfaction.
When asked if he was satisfied to go now, his reply was, "Yes."
He was conscious until almost the last. His most recent favorite
song was, "This World is Not My Home." Two sisters preceded
him in the past two years. His departure leaves a keenly felt
vacancy in our home. Surviving are his sorrowing parents, brothers
(Leonard E., near Leitersburg; Arthur L., Silver Spring, Md.),
sisters (Mae and Carrie, at home). Funeral services were conducted
at the house by Bro. Daniel Strite. Bro. Amos Martin and Bro.
John Risser conducted services at the Reiff Mennonite Church.
Text, Jas. 4: 14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Could we ever wish him here -
Amid this world of woe;
Tho' oft our lonely hearts are sad,
Because we miss him so?"
Springer.-Amanda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Sutter was born near Hopedale, Ill., April 2, 1904; died at the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington, Ill., Sept. 14, 1938; aged 34 y. 5 m. 12 d. Death was caused from complications of a ruptured appendix. She was married to Elmer Springer Sept. 25, 1924. She leaves her companion and the following children: Geraldine, Lester, Mary Anna, Evelyn Joyce, and Arlis. One infant preceded her in death. She also leaves father and mother, 2 sisters (Mrs. Eldon Nafziger, and Mrs. Arthur Nafziger), and 1 brother (Ervin), all of Hopedale, besides many other relatives and friends. She became a member of the Hopedale Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. As a mother, she was kind and loving, willing to sacrifice anything for her family. As a companion she was true, faithful, and devoted. Her deeds of love and kindness were not confined to her own family but were extended to the community whenever and wherever she could assist in helping any one. Her kindly deeds and cheery disposition will long be remembered in the community in which she lived. Her last days were filled with much suffering but she bore it patiently. Shortly before passing away she sang two hymns: "Sweet hour of prayer" and "Only remembered by what we have done." Our loss is her gain. We do not understand, but we know God doeth all things well. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church Sept. 16, conducted by Bro. H. R. Schertz, assisted by Bro. Ben Springer. Text, Psa. 90: 12. Burial in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery. By her neighbors.
Kennel.-Mary, daughter of C. E. and Nancy Lichti,
was born near Wayland, Iowa, Sept. 29, 1881; died in the hospital
at Geneva, Nebr., Sept. 11, 1938; aged 56 y. 11 m. 13 d. In her
youth she moved with her parents to Longmont, Colo., where she
accepted Christ as her Saviour in the Mennonite faith in 1895
and remained loyal to Him and the Church until the Lord called
her home. On Feb. 2, 1915, she was united in marriage to John
K. Kennel near Shickley, Neb. She with her husband moved
to their farm in Thayer County in 1919, then back to their farm
in Fillmore County in 1925. From there they moved to town Oct.
6, 1927, where she lived at the time of her passing. This home
was blessed with 3 children, 2 of whom with the sorrowing husband
survive (Donald W. of Leadville, Colo.; Beatrice M., on their
home place near Shickley, Neb.; and J. C., who died in infancy).
Besides these she leaves 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Anna and
Lena), 3 brothers (Nick, Chris, and Dan), 36 nieces and nephews,
and a host of other relatives and friends. Her parents, 3 sisters,
and 1 brother preceded her in death. She apparently seemed in
good health till 4 weeks ago, when she was stricken with diabetes,
which caused her much suffering but which she did very patiently.
Her place at church or wherever aid was needed was never vacant.
She was always willing to do whatever called upon for her Master
and friends and before her marriage, for 4 years cared for 3 nieces
and 1 nephew who were left without a mother, and whose welfare
she always had at heart. Funeral services conducted by the home
mministers and Bro. Wm .Eicher. Text, Heb. 9:27.
"No one knows the silent heartaches,
Only we who lost can tell,
Of the grief that's born in silence
For the one we loved so well."
Miller.-Samuel C., son of Samuel C. and Frances (Baumgardner) Miller, was born March 6, 1853, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died at his home near Jet, Okla., Sept. 12, 1938; aged 85 y. 6 m. 6 d. He was united in marriage to Annie Yoder of Lagrange, Ind., Nov. 30, 1873, where they lived until March of 1883 when they moved to McPherson Co., Kans. He was one of the charter members of the West Liberty congregation, was ordained to the ministry May 24, 1885, and on July 27, 1887, he was ordained to the office of bishop, by Bishop Daniel Brundage.
Father and mother moved to Ness Co., Kans., in October, 1886, later returning to West Liberty, where he served the church faithfully in evangelistic work, as far east as Pennsylvania and west to Oregon. He spent one summer with the Church in Louisiana, and another near Harper, Kans.
In August, 1910, he with his family moved near Jet, Okla., where he had organized and started a church in 1895, in a dug-out on the J. C. Bontrager farm. He faithfully filled his place in the pulpit, even after his hearing left him and his health gave way. Twice he suffered heart attacks in the pulpit, yet he persistently continued to be true to his trust of ministering to the flock. He was much concerned about the Church, and prayed much and earnestly in behalf of the flock. After his hearing left him he spent most of his time with his Bible and in prayer. From Aug. 29, 1936, to Aug. 29, 1938, the day he became confined to his bed, he read his Testament through 32 times. He was a kind and loving father, an affectionate husband, and a helpful and gracious neighbor.
He leaves his aged companion, 2 daughters (Ella, wife of Sam D. Miler, and Elsie, wife of Otto Fischer, both of Jet, Okla.), 7 grandchildren, 1 brother (Y. C. Miller of Shipshewana, Ind.), a sister (Mrs. P. J. Hostetler of Topeka, Ind.), and a host of relatives and friends. His father, mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and a foster son (Daniel Ithemar Bailey) preceded him to the great beyond.
On of his favorite songs when we were children was, "Joy Cometh in the Morning." And indeed it was for him "good night" down here and " good morning" up yonder. Often he sat with his grandchildren on his knee and told them of Jesus and of the beautiful home where he was longing to go, and as children we can truly say: "Yes, God gave all that is noble and true to us, dear father, when He gave you."
Funeral services were conducted Sept. 13, at the Milan Valley
Church at Jet, Okla., by the brethren R. m. Weaver and Alva Swartzendruber.
Text, II Tim. 4: 8,9. Funeral services also were conducted Sept.
14, at the West Liberty Church near Inman, Knas., by the brethren,
H. A. Diener and Paul Erb. The same text was used. Interment in
the West Liberty Cemetery.
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah