April 6, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No.1 - pages 14, 15, 16
Hartzler.-Anna Mae Hartzler died of cerebral hemorrhage, at the home of her parents, after having been ill for three months. She was the only daughter of Amos and Elsie Plank Hartzler, and was born on March 24, 1888 near West Liberty, Ohio, where she grew to young womanhood. An only brother (Joe), two years younger than she, died when he was five years old. When but a child, her mother died, and a number of years later, Nancy Yoder, daughter of C. K. and Kathryn Yoder, became her stepmother, whom, with her father, Anna always held in highest regard. In her tender years, she accepted Christ, and united with the South Union Mennonite Church, where, for years, she was active in the work of the Sunday school. She was also an active member of the sewing circle. For the last twelve years, she made a home for Uriel Yoder. She was very much interested in children, and loved to do things for them to help them, and give them happy hours together. Those near to her are her parents, in whom she was keenly interested, Mrs. Leah Hostetler and her family, and other relatives and friends, who have found in her a woman of principle and a real friend. Funeral services were held in the South Union Church, in charge of Bro. Marion Y. King and Bro. N. E. Troyer. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
Detweiler.-Cleta Marlene, infant daughter of Abram and Marian (Delp) Detweiler, died Mar. 15, 1939; aged 4 m. 1 d. We did not like to part with her, but God saw it best. She was ill after birth but recovered fully from that; and was getting along nicely when from a slight cold she developed bronchial pneumonia on Wednesday morning and died at 2 P. M. the same day. We are glad she did not have to suffer long. She was just starting to brighten our home by her smiles and baby ways. We have only sweet memories on earth but hope to meet her again in eternity.
"One by one the father gathers
Choicest flowers, rich and rare
And transplants them in His garden;
They will bloom forever there."
Risser.-Christian, son of Henry and Barbara Risser, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 15, 1857; died at his home in Lititz, Pa., Feb. 27, 1939; aged 81 y. 10 m. 12 d. As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. He was married to Lizzie I. Wissler. To this union were born 1 son and 2 daughters. The 2 daughters preceded him in death, leaving 1 son (Jacob W. of Lititz), 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He has been in failing health for some time. He is being missed by his family and many friends. Funeral services were held at the home by Amos Horst while Jacob Hershey and Amos Horst held the services at the Lititz Mennonite Church. Interment in the Hammer Creek Cemetery.
---By a Granddaughter.
Horst.-Alice Deatrich, was born Sept. 6, 1872, in Franklin Co., Pa.; died at her home in Maugansville, Md., March 18, 1939; aged 66 y. 6 m. 12 d. She was united in marriage Sept. 6, 1894, with David L. Horst, who survives, with the following children: Roy Deatrich, Maugansville, Md.; Russell, near Hagerstown; Paul, State Line; Ruth (Mrs. John Wallick) and Cora (Mrs. Henry Barkdoll), near Hagerstown; Florence (Mrs. Edmond Wheeler), Washington, D. C.; Elsie and Mary at home. One daughter (Tena) preceded her in death Feb. 9, 1935. Nine grandchildren also survive. She suffered a paralytic stroke March 14, and lay in an unconscious condition until she quietly fell asleep in the Lord. Funeral services were held from her late home Mar. 20, conducted at the Cedar Grove Church by Bros. John F. Grove and Paul B. Watlington. Interment in cemetery at Reiffs Church.
---By the Family.
Weinhold.-Rhoda B., only daughter of Daniel E. and Lillie (Brackbill) Weinhold, was born at Mechanicsburg, Pa., April 29, 1930; died at her home March 6, 1939, after one week's illness of pneumonia with complications. Rhoda, not being a well child, had won the hearts of those with whom she came in contact. Our loss is Rhoda's gain. The blessed experience of her spirit taking its departure shall never be forgotten by those who witnessed it. She is survived by her parents and grandmother (Mrs. Annie Weinhold). Funeral services were held March 9 at the home of her parents, conducted by Bro. Fred Pentz and Bro. Stoner Krady. Texts, Mark 10:14; Job 1:21. Interment in Heller's Cemetery.
"Here your life was full of suffering,
We had often wondered why,
God of love and full of mercy,
Now has called for you, Come home."
Hottenstein.-Lizzie S., daughter of the late Henry and Maria (Steman) Hottenstein, was born Oct. 2, 1858; died March 7, 1939, after several months' illness of complications, during which time she expressed a desire to depart and go to be with her Lord and the rest of the family who had gone before. She was the last one of seven. Aunt Lizzie is survived by nieces and nephews. She lived alone for 35 years, but when she took ill a nephew took her to his home and his family cared for her. She often praised and thanked the Lord in behalf of those who ministered to her for their kindness. She was a member of the East Petersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church where services were held March 11, 1939, by Bros. Henry Lutz, Frank Kreider, and John Gochnaeuer. Text, II Cor. 1:9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"She has gone through the gate to another land, Led by the Master's hand; Where everything is kind and good, Where everything is understood, So we believe that the One above Has taken her Home as an act of love."
---By a Grandniece.
Ebersole.-Pre. Jacob E. Ebersole was born Oct. 9, 1861, in Lancaster Co., Pa., in the vicinity of Good's Mennonite Church (where his father, Daniel Ebersole, was a minister); died Jan. 29, 1939; aged 77 y. 3 m. 20 d. He was ordained a minister to serve the Dohner's congregation about 44 years ago. His faithful life and testimony meant much to those who came in contact with him. He was a patient sufferer for more than a year. After spending about a month in Florida, he with his companion returned to their home in Annville, just eleven days before he passed on to be with his Lord. His first wife was Kate Gingrich, who preceded him in death about 27 years. They were the parents of 10 children, 4 died in infancy, and 1 son (Irwin) died about six years ago. He is survived by his widow (Annie) and 5 children (by his first wife), also 24 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at the Gingrich Church in charge of Bro. Noah Risser, assisted by the home ministers. Interment in the Dohner church cemetery, Lebanon Co., Pa.
"The room in quiet, all is still,
His place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
But yet we're glad if God saw best
To end his suffering and give him rest."
Ross.-Wilfred, son of Robert R. and Clara (Good) Ross, was born near Elida, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1933; died March 26, 1939. Little Wilfred was a healthy, normal child until the age of 2 12 years, at which time he contracted pneumonia, which was followed by meningitis. His mental condition which followed was the result of this sickness. He suffered much pain and distress during the past three years of his life, but throughout all of his sickness we can recall his cheerful smiles. Music was one of his delights. Many times he would come and ask to have sung, "I love Him better ever day," and, "Jesus took My Burdens all Away." On Thursday forenoon Wilfred played with his blocks as was his usual daily pastime. He ate his dinner and then got his little blanket and laid on the kitchen floor, as was often his custom to rest after play. He fell asleep and continued to sleep 69 hours, when he passed away. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Myron and Robert Dean), and 1 sister (Helen). One infant brother (Laverne Ray) preceded him in death. He also leaves 1 grandmother (widow of Pre. Geo. Ross) and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held March 28 at the Pike Church by Bro. Ben B. King, assisted by Bro. Gabriel Brunk. Buried in Pike Cemetery.
Blough.-Peter, son of Jacob and Magdalene Blough, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 3, 1853; died at his home in Freeport, Mich., Feb. 23, 1939; aged 85 y. 3 m. 20 d. Bro. Blough came to this community at the age of 12, and was among the earliest Mennonite settlers that moved in. On April 26, 1874, he was married to Catherine Eash. To this union were born 3 children: Maryann (Mrs. Milton Yoder, deceased), Mrs. Ida Dorr of Freeport, Mich., and Raymond J. of Atlanta, Ga. One sister (Mrs. Lewis Seese, Alto, Mich.), 2 brothers (Andrew, Shipshewana, Ind., and Josiah Blough, Alto) also survive. His daughter (Maryann) and his only grandson (Ralph Blough) both died in December last year. His wife preceded him in death nearly 18 years ago. He leaves his daughter (Mrs. Dorr) with whom he made his home for the last 10 years, and his son (Raymond), 1 sister, 2 brothers, and a number of relatives and friends. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Although he was quite feeble the last few years, and was unable to get away from home much, it was a source of joy to visit with him there, because of his pleasant smile and patient waiting for the Lord to take him home. We shall miss him, but we believe our loss will be his gain. Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at the home and at the Bowne Mennonite Church near Clarksville, Mich., Bro. T. E. Schrock officiating. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Yoder.-Martha Belle, daughter of Joshua and Lydia Kauffman, was born Aug. 2, 1859. She was united in marriage with Isaac P. Yoder, in Jan., 1878, his death occurring April 10, 1923. She was the last of her family, 3 sisters and 2 brothers preceding her in death. The following children remain: Milton, of Belle Center, Lewis, of Nampa, Idaho; John, of Orlando, Fla.; Fred, of Springfield, O.; Mark, Aquilla, Katie B., Mrs. Clara King, Mrs. Mary Hilty, of West Liberty; Mrs. Alta Stevenson, of Groveport, Ohio; and Miss Ellen Yoder of Philadelphia, Pa. A son (Elmer) preceded her in death. There are 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was a member of the first Mennonite Sunday school in Logan County, in 1863, and became a member of South Union Church, where she faithfully attended. All who knew her, have felt the courage of her character and the beauty of her spirit. This is the courage that helped her raise twelve children, who made their joys her joys, their problems her problems. This is the spirit that made a home for two grandchildren; that gave her friends wherever she happened to be. Grandma is still with us, as certain as are the truth and beauty of her life. We will never lose her presence, no more than we can ever forget her. As she guided and helped us in the past, so she will be with us in the future. Funeral services were held in the South Union Church near West Liberty, Ohio, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. Wallace Kauffman. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
Yoder.-Samuel P., son of Christian K. and Katherine Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., O., March 17, 1859; died at his home in West Liberty, O., March 11, 1939, four hours after suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage, aged 79 y. 11 m. 24 d. At the age of 12 years, he moved with his parents to Logan Co., Ohio. He was married to Emma Stutzman, Feb. 5, 1884, who preceded him in death Dec. 5, 1937. Three sons and 6 daughters were born to bless this home. Two sons (Oak and Arthur) and 2 daughters (Florence and Effie), preceded him, and Katie, his faithful home-maker, followed him in less than 24 hours. Those remaining are Mrs. Iva Yoder, Floyd, Mrs. Gertrude Plank and Mrs. Dorothy Thut. By the faithfulness and obedience of the children to their parents and to the church, can be seen the influence of their parents, and their efforts to raise their children true to the Lord and to the church of their choice. As Brother Yoder became older, life grew more serious, and his interest in the Church and its leaders, and the welfare of the young people increased. He was a member of the South Union Mennonite Church. He was a farmer for many years, later in the grain elevator business for some years. Three sisters (Mrs. Nancy Hartzler and Mrs. Emma Zook of West Liberty, Mrs. Catherine Yoder, of Kent, Ohio), and 1 brother (Menno S. Yoder, of this place) will miss his pleasant visits, as well as his 20 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. His sympathy and readiness to help in sickness or affliction will not be forgotten by those whom he has helped.
Yoder.-Kathryn Ellen, daughter of Samuel P. and Emma Yoder, was born Dec. 9, 1894, near West Liberty, Ohio, died March 12, 1939; following her father to the glory world in less than 24 hours; aged 44 y. 3 m. 3 d. Her father, mother, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Since her mother's death, in 1937, she made a pleasant home for her father, and her many friends have enjoyed her hospitality. One of her greatest pleasures was to be doing for others. Katie was of a cheerful disposition, and although afflicted with asthma and heart trouble for many years, she bore it without complaining. Her death was caused by pneumonia. She gave her heart to the Lord in her youth, and remained true to the Lord and the church. She was a member of the South Union Mennonite Church and an active member of the sewing circle. Their passing has left a great vacancy for those remaining and in the church and in the community. Funeral services, for both father and daughter, were held at the South Union Mennonite Church, March 14, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. John Y. King. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
God knew that they were weary,
That the hills were hard to climb;
So he closed their weary eyelids,
And whispered, "Peace be thine."
Leaman.-Lizzie S., daughter of the late Reuben B. and Alice H. Leaman was born near Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., on Feb. 29, 1892; died Feb. 2, 1939, at her home near Witmer, Pa.; aged 46 y. 11 m. 3 d. On Nov. 11, 1914, she was united in marriage to M. Rohrer Leaman of near Witmer, Pa. She is survived by her husband, 6 daughters (Gladys, Irene, Ruth, Elsie, Pauline and Dorothy, all at home), 2 sisters (Mrs. David H. Breckbill of Lampeter and Mrs. Amos H. Mellinger of Strasburg), and 1 brother (Harry S. Leaman of near Lancaster). An infant son preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church in her girlhood days and remained a faithful and obedient member until death. She was a loving and cheerful wife and mother and a great lover of flowers and plants. Even though Mother had been in failing health for the past several years, she was always willing to do whatever she could for her family and friends. The last 5 months preceding her death she was seriously ill, in which time she often seemed to be talking with God and with Jesus Christ her personal Saviour. She quietly slept away at 4 o'clock in the morning of Feb. 2. Funeral services were held Feb. 5 at the home and at Mellingers Mennonite Church near Lancaster, conducted by Bros. David L. Landis and Elmer G. Martin. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother dearest, thou hast left us,
And thy body is in the tomb;
But we know that in God's Garden
There your soul will always bloom"
---By the Family.
Heller.-Amanda B., daughter of John and Amanda Geigley, was born near Bowmansville, Pa., Oct. 11, 1910; died in the Lancaster General Hospital March 1, 1939; aged 28 y. 4 m. 20 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Later we moved close to Ephrata and she changed her membership to Metzler's congregation. Nov. 26, 1931, she was united in marriage to Irving Heller. Their home was blessed with one little girl, Frances Lorraine (who cannot understand why Mother was taken away so soon). On May 31, 1937, she laid away a stillborn son, Donald Lamar. She leaves husband, daughter, father and mother of Ephrata, 2 sisters (Mary and Susan, who live at the same farm she did), 1 brother (John of Blue Ball), 2 nieces, 1 nephew, an aged grandmother (Susanna Geigley of Terre Hill), a large number of uncles, aunts and cousins. As a companion and mother she was true, faithful, and loving. Her kind deeds and cheery disposition will long be remembered by the large host of relatives and friends she had won. She had not been well for several weeks. She was very patient in her suffering. Sunday the doctor said she had to go to the hospital for a 4 or 5 day treatment. Tuesday a great change took place and caused her to suffer much. Wednesday morning she passed away. When she left Sunday she smiled and waved as far as we could see her. Little did we think it was the last smile and the last words from sister. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 5, from her last home by Bro. Benj. Wenger, at Metzler's church by Bros. Amos Horst and John Sauder. At the grave Bro. Eli Sauder had charge. Texts, Matt. 24:44; Jno. 14:1-3; Rev. 7:17.
"Dear Sister, your time on earth was so brief, You left us so quickly in sorrow and grief. We know we shall miss your endearing sweet smile, But when we can meet you is but a short while."
Schrock.-Rachel, daughter of David and Magdalena Kropf, was born April 4, 1856, near Baden. Ont., died at her home in Garden City, Mo. March 14, 1939; aged 82 y. 11 m. 10 d. In 1867 she came with her parents to Missouri and lived within this state the remainder of her life. Dec. 16, 1877, she was united in marriage with Daniel J. Schrock and for more than sixty-one years this union was unbroken. To them were born 4 sons and 5 daughters. A son (J. Harvey Schrock) preceded her in death twenty-seven years ago and a daughter (Mrs. Anna May Kenagy) died seven years ago. Besides her husband she is survived by these sons and daughters: Mrs. J. E. Klopenstein, Mrs. Owen Kena-gy, Emery, and D. Ora of Garden City, Mo.; William of Eureka, Ill., Mrs. T. L. Byler of Goshen, Ind., and Mrs. Daniel D. Driver of Hesston, Kans. Also surviving are 44 grand-children and 16 great-grandchildren. Three grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren pre-ceded her. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a consistent and faithful member until her death. She loved her home, her church and her friends. She ministered to many. She loved and served her Master all through life unto a happy end.
"'Tis hard to part with Mother dear,
No more to see, no more to hear-
But we're glad if God thought best
To take her home and give her rest."
The funeral service was held at Sycamore Church Friday, Mar.
17, by Joe C. Driver at the home and at the church. Scripture
reading (Psa. 90), by S. S. Hershberger, sermon by I. G. Hartzler
(Texts. I Cor. 2:9; Isa. 64:4), as-sisted b Joe C. Driver, Walter
Davenport, and W. E. Helmuth. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Brubaker.-Amos S., son of Abram and Lash (Sitler) Brubaker, was born in Cashmere, Ont., June 13, 1862; died at Sheridan, Oreg., Feb. 15, 1939; aged 76 y. 8 m. 2 d. When 17 years of age he went to Northern Michigan, where he spent a number of years as a pioneer of that country. While there he and Mary Ann Dettwiler were united in marriage. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 7 daughters. Soon after their marriage they united with the Mennonite Church and were faithful until death. He became an interested and faithful worker in the Sunday school there. In the spring of 1901 he with his wife and 9 children moved to Alberta, where he was also a pioneer. At the place where he settled he started a post office and store, which became known as Mayton. It was through his efforts that a church was established at this place. In the spring of 1924 they moved to Sheridan, Oreg., where he resided till death. His loving companion preceded him in death 7 years. One son and 2 daughters, also 6 grandchildren preceded him. He leaves 6 children Leah (Mrs. Ed. Wideman) with whom he had his home nearly four years, Amos H., Ettie Mae (Mrs. Sam Ringler), and Barbara Bruba-ker all of Sheridan, Sarah (Mrs. Wm. Brubaman), and Velina (Mrs. Henry Casebeer), of Alberta; also 4 brothers, 2 sisters, 49 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. He was physically weakened by two strokes in the fall and winter of 1934. He had another stroke this winter, which with complications of old age was the cause of his death. He was confined to his bed 2 _ months. He was always very much interested in advancing the cause of Christ and the Church, and his presence and help will he greatly missed. His place was seldom vacant in the house of worship. Funeral services were held in the Sheridan Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. G. D. Shenk assisted by Bros. A. H. Kilmer and D. F. Shenk. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in the South Yamhill Baptist Cemetery.
"Oh how empty is the chamber,
Since dear father passed away;
But we know that he is resting
In the Bliss of endless day."
Ringler.-Anna, daughter of Josiah and Sarah (Hershberger) Eash, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Sept. 15, 1887; died at Bethel Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 23, 1939; aged 51 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was married to Calvin G. Ringler of Lagrange Co., Ind., Dec. 4, 1909. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters: Molly Bernice (deceased since childhood); Eliz-abeth (Mrs. Omer Hostetler), Topeka, Ind.; John (deceased at age of 12); Beulah (Mrs. Charles Redford), Colorado Springs; Olen James, Katie Mae, Naomi, Laverna, Joseph Elva, and Edwin Eugene at home. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren; 3 brothers (Dan-iel, of Topeka, Ind.; Harvey and John, Lagrange, Ind.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Sam T. Eash, Middle-bury, Ind.). After their marriage Bro. and Sis-ter Ringler moved to Wolford, N. Dak. At the age of 17 she was baptized and became a mem-ber of the Amish Mennonite Church, and in 1917 transferred her membership to the Lakeview Mennonite Church at Wolford, N. Dak., where Bro. Ringler was ordained to the ministry in 1926. In this ministry Sister Ringler shared his responsibilities and labors as long as her health permitted. In 1928 the family moved to Limon, Colo., and labored in the capacity of the ministry in the Mennonite Church at that place. Sister Ringler became ill in the summer of 1934. During this long illness she suffered much and we are assured that her passing is a release from "the bondage of corruption into the glo-rious liberty of the children of Cod." "For our light affliction which is but for a moment work-eth for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." Funeral services were con-ducted by Allen Erb of La Junta. Text, Heb. 13 :14. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
April 13, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No.2 - pages 46, 47
Frame.- Joseph E. Frame of Hannibal, Mo., at the age of 40 years, passed away March 28, 1939. He had been ill since July, 1938, with cancer. On March 12 he confessed his faith in Christ by water baptism and was received into the Mennonite Gospel Mission congregation. He is survived by 1 brother, a son, and a daughter. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Hannibal by Bro. Nelson E. Kauffman, assisted by Bro. J. M. Kreider.
Eby.- Elizabeth (Horst), wife of Benjamin H. Eby, was born May 14, 1850; died at the Mennonite Home, Maugansville, Md., March 8, 1939; aged 88 y. 9 m. 24 d. She is survived by her husband. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth, and of a very kind and patient disposition. Funeral services were held March 11, 1939, with short services at the Home, with further services at Reiff's meeting house, in charge of Brethren Stanley H. Martin and John D. Risser. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Chappel.- Cecelia Chappel was born Nov. 17, 1915; died March 25, 1939; aged 23 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was preceded in death by 1 brother and 1 sister. She is survived by her parents, 3 sons, a loving husband, and many relatives and friends. The brightest feature of this entire occasion is that this young mother sought and found Christ as her Saviour and Lord. She was admitted into the fellowship and faith of the Mennonite Church by water baptism. The testimony of her husband is that hers was a triumphant passing because of her living faith in Christ as her Saviour. Her husband has also made the wise choice and longs for the prayers of God's children in his responsibility of endeavoring to bring up his three motherless boys in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Snider.- Mrs. Susannah Snider was born Aug. 13, 1852, near Bloomingdale, Ont.; died March 16, 1939; aged 86 y. 7 m. 2 d. On June 18, 1884, she was united in marriage to Wm. Snider who predeceased her in November, 1937. This union was blessed with 5 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons predeceased the parents and the following remain to mourn her departure: Ivan, Ferman, Clayton, Ina (Mrs. A. Hackborn), and Alda (Mrs. Ivan Cressman). Also 22 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren survive. In early life she was converted and united with the U. B. Church. Later in life she transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church where she enjoyed fellowship until the Lord saw fit to translate her into that eternal fellowship yonder where all the redeemed have gone. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. H. W. Stevanus, assisted by Bro. C. F. Derstine.
Lechlitner.- Samuel, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Boyer) Lechlitner, was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, July 9, 1852; died March 19, 1939; aged 86 y. 8 m. 10 d. At the age of five he accompanied his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., and settled near Wakarusa, Ind.; and here he lived the remainder of his life and died after an illness of 16 weeks. Feb. 14, 1862, he was married to Catherine Harter. His wife, 1 daughter, and an infant son preceded him in death. He leaves five sons (Jacob H. of Goshen, John W. of Osceola, William W. and Willard of Wakarusa, Charles E. of the home farm, and Frederick of Mishawaka), two daughters (Mrs. Marcus Frederick of Mishawaka and Mrs. Jerry Willard of Wakarusa), 38 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was the last of a family of 12 children to go. He was a farmer and building contractor. He was a member of the Olive Mennonite Church, where funeral services were conducted by Brethren D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's Note: he is said to have left five sons; six sons are named.
Schrock.- David, son of John and Maria (Shirk) Schrock,
was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Sept. 2, 1872. He was married
to Alice Eby on June 8, 1895. To this union 4 children were born:
Maude, at home; Mrs. Perceival (Emma) Haines of Dowagiac, Mich.;
Herman and Mrs. Melvin (Anna) Yoder at home. A number of years
ago he united with the Mennonite Church at Olive, to which faith
he held at the time of his death. After an extended illness he
quietly passed into the great beyond on the night of March 15,
1939. He leaves his beloved companion, the above named children,
6 grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Henry G. Wenger) and a half brother
(Henry Shrock), also many other relatives and friends. During
his extended illness he often expressed a desire that it might
not be long until he would be called home. Funeral services at
the Olive Church conducted by the home ministers, C. A. Shank
and D. A. Yoder.
"Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see,
O Thou who changest not, abide with me."
Ropp.- David, son of Peter and Catharine (Gascho) Ropp, was born in Huron Co., Ont., June 26, 1888; died in the Smith Memorial Hospital in Alma, Mich., from apoplexy, March 28, 1939; aged 50 y. 9 m. 2 d. He came with his parents to Huron Co., Mich., where he grew to manhood. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour at the age of 16 and was baptized and received into the Berne Mennonite Church. He was married to Hannah Snyder Dc. 20, 1911, who remains with her two daughters (Edna and Erma) and four sons (Clayton, Irvin, Allen and Orville) to mourn his departure; one son (Clare) having preceded him in death. He also leaves his father and mother, 1 brother, 6 sisters, besides a large number of relatives and friends. The family moved to Gratiot Co., Mich., in March of 1931, where they have been residing since. He died in the faith of Jesus Christ to which he clung in a simple way through the storms and trials of the years. He was an honest and faithful worker, ever ready to help his neighbors in any way. He was always concerned for the welfare of his wife, children, and parents. He will be greatly missed by his family, parents, brother, sisters, and friends. Short services were conducted at the Wright Funeral Home in Alma by Bro. Kore Zook and at the Ferris Church of Christ by Bro. Erie E. Bontrager. Burial in the Ferris Cemetery.
Mishler.- Magdalena, only daughter of Joseph and Lucinda
Blough, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Oct. 17, 1856; died March
14, 1939, after a brief illness. She was united in marriage to
Joseph Mishler March 5, 1876, near Johnstown, Pa., where they
resided for ten years, coming to Michigan in 1887, where she has
lived the remainder of her life. Her husband passed away, Nov.
2, 1928. Their home was blessed with 6 daughters and 4 sons. Two
daughters and a son have preceded her in death. She became a member
of the Mennonite Church in early life, and has remained a true
and faithful member. Her devotion to her church, to her home,
and her family, will long be an influence to those who mourn her
absence. She will be greatly missed by 4 daughters (Polly Eash
of Bowne, Edna Hostetler of Freeport, Emma Roush of Hastings,
and Lucy Graybill of Freeport, Ill.), 3 sons (William of Bowne,
John of Grand Rapids, and Ervin of St. Johns), 31 grandchildren,
17 great-grandchildren, many other relatives, and a large number
of friends. Funeral services conducted by D. A. Yoder and T. E.
"God hath not promised skies ever blue
Flower strewn pathways ever for you.
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But he hath promised strength from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love."
Lenhart.- Anna, daughter of Alex. and Katie Miller,
was born near Berlin, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1883; died April 1, 1939;
aged 56 y. 1 m. 12 d. She accepted Christ in her teen age and
united with the Mennonite Church. She was a devoted Christian,
a worker in the Church, Sunday school and sewing circle. In 1904
she was married to Oliver Lenhart, who died in 1917. Surviving
are 4 daughters (Mrs. Menno Schlabach of Bunker Hill, Mrs. John
Gerber of Walnutcreek, Mrs. Ralph Sheneman of Akron, Mrs. John
Oswald of Berlin), 12 grandchildren, 5 sisters (Mattie Miller,
Mrs. A. S. Wengard, both of Berlin, Mrs. John Zook of Smithville,
Mrs. Fred Yoder of Louisville, Mrs. Alvin Miller of near Berlin),
3 brothers (Robert Miller of Millersburg, and Rudy and John Miller
near Berlin). Services were held April 3 at the home by Bro. E.
J. Varns and at the Berlin Mennonite Church in charge of Bro.
Earl Miller (Text, Psa. 22, 23, 24), and Bro. E. J. Varns (Text,
"'Tis sad to part with Mother,
But yet it's just a while
Until we are together,
Again to see her smile.
She bade us all to follow,
And love each other more;
That we may meet her yonder,
On yonder blessed shore."
---By a Friend.
Reist.- John B., son of the late John and Mary (Brubaker) Reist, was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., April 13, 1842; died at his home near Manheim, Pa., Feb. 24, 1939; aged 96 y. 10 m. 11 d. On Oct. 25, 1868, he was married to Fannie S. Franck who preceded him in death 41 years. He is survived by 3 children (Katie, wife of Hayden Bomberger; Clara, at home; and H. Frank Reist of Falfurrias, Texas), 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was the last of his family to go. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and was much concerned about the Christian welfare of his children and grandchildren. He was very much interested in the work of the Church and Sunday school. In 1884 he was one of the originators of the Kauffman Sunday school of which he was superintendent to for 10 years. After that he was superintendent of Manheim Sunday school for 26 years. He was a kind loving father and is greatly missed in the home community and at church services, which he seldom missed. He was in good health until he took a cold and developed bronchial pneumonia and he calmly fell asleep 4 days later. He was always very patient; his desire was to depart and wished to go without much suffering which was granted to him. Funeral services were held Feb. 28, at Erbs Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Harry Shreiner, Bro. Henry Lutz, and Bro. Joseph Boll. Interment in Kauffmans Cemetery.
Burkholder.- Edith Lillian, daughter of John and Edith
Burkholder, was fatally burned Mar. 29, 1939. While her mother
was upstairs but a short time, little Edith got hold of some matches.
Her clothing caught fire and were burned from her body before
her mother came to her. She heard a faint cry, but did not realize
that it meant anything serious until she smelled smoke, and came
rushing downstairs. What did she find but her little girl burned
almost bare, nothing left but her shoes and stockings. She was
rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, where she died within
a few hours. Last Sunday, as we were together at Sunday school,
we never gave it a thought that till another Sunday little Edith
would be in her grave. She will be sadly missed in the home, and
by all who knew her. God plucked a little bud from this world
to bloom in heaven. She was 22 months old, and never had to learn
the troubles and cares of this world. Those remaining are her
sorrowing parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Marlin, John Daniel,
Dorothy, Mae and Roy). Services were held at the home March 31
by Bro. Aaron Weaver, and at Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bro.
"'Tis hard to part with Edith 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 reign with angels fair,
May our names, too, be written there."
Eigsti.- John, eldest son of Christian and Elizabeth
(Orendorff) Eigsti was born near Morton, Ill., March 29, 1865;
died at his home in Morton, Ill., on March 24, 1939; aged 73 y.
11 m. 26 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and
joined the Pleasant Grove Mennonite church, remaining a faithful
member until the Lord called him Home. He was married Nov. 1,
1892 to Lena Springer. They opened their home to two infant girls,
rearing them as their own children. He leaves his wife together
with the two daughters (Mrs. Robert Yordy of Morton, and Mrs.
Carl Holloway of Hopedale, Ill.), and 6 grandchildren. Also surviving
him are 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Jonas Litwiller; Mrs. Joseph
Schrock, Flanagan, Ill.; Jacob Eigsti; Joseph Eigsti; and Mrs.
Alvin Bachman) and 1 stepbrother (Chris Yordy), all of Morton,
Ill., together with a host of relatives and friends. For twenty-six
years he served the church of his choice as trustee. He was always
interested in the mission activities of the Church and was one
of the generous supporters of the new work from its beginning
over a period of years. He was bountifully blessed of the Lord
as a faithful steward. Funeral services were conducted at the
home in Morton by a nephew, Bro. Leland A. Bachman, and at the
Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church by the brethren, Simon Litwiller
and Ben Springer. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
"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 Father, gone to rest."
Gehman.- Elizabeth, the second child of the late Jacob and Susanna (Gehman) Leinbach, was born June 13, 1850, near Bowmansville, Pa.; died March 19, 1939, in the same community; aged 88 y. 9 m. 8 d. She was the last survivor of a family of four children. Three of them fell asleep within the last 9 months. As a young convert she was baptized and received into Church fellowship in 1869 by the late Bishop George weaver, as a member of the Bowmansville congregation. She was one of those calm, composed personalities that every one loves to associate with. On June 13, 1877, she joined heart and hands with preacher Abraham B. Gehman as his second wife. The five children the Lord gave to them abide with us: Susanna (Weaver), Jonathan, Henry, Jacob and Abraham (Deacon of Bowmansville congregation). There are 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. One stepson died in infancy. A second stepson also preceded her and left 7 stepgrandchildren and 7 step great-grandchildren. For 34 years she was the faithful wife of a faithful preacher. On Aug. 23, 1911, Abraham died. She expressed the feeling that "soon I will follow". But the Lord purposed that her widowhood be extended 28 years; giving the family the blessed privilege of showing love and tenderness toward a widowed mother, which they all lavished on her. For seven years she and the daughter Susanna lived together in Bowmansville. The latter 19 years she spent with her younger son Abraham. Her life was the embodiment of a settled faith in God and expressed in Gospel simplicity of conduct. Her body was interred at Bowmansville, March 25. Services held in said church by the home ministry. Funeral sermon by Bro. Isaac W. Geigley. Text: Heb. 11:16 and "There remaineth therefore a rest for the children of God" (Heb. 6:9).
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Douglas.-Nannie E. Douglas was born Dec. 30, 1864; died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Whetzel, near Singers Glen, Va., April 1, 1939; aged 74 y. 4 m. 2 d. Death followed a stroke of paralysis she suffered eight weeks prior to her passing. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Whetzel home where she and her only surviving sister were being cared for. Bro. S. H. Rhodes conducted the services commenting on the 14th chapter of John, a favorite scripture of the deceased. Interment was in Antioch (Christian Church) Cemetery.
Hamilton.-William James, infant son of John and Mary (Roth) Hamilton, was born Feb. 9, 1939, in Harper, Kans., living only a short time. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. William Roth and Mr. and Mrs. James Hamilton all of Harper, Kans.), uncles, aunts, and other relatives. Short services were conducted by Bro. John Thut. Burial in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
"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 Jesus in heaven above."
Runnels.-Anna, only daughter of Benj. and Fannie Miller, was born Nov. 7, 1880, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died Mar. 23, 1939; aged 58 y. 4 m. 16 d. She moved to White Cloud, Mich., with her widowed mother in 1897. Nov. 1, 1905, she was united in marriage to Charles V. Runnels. To this union 6 children were born, 4 of whom have preceded her in death: Otto R., Anna, Ferne Irene and Burnham C. Her husband, 2 sons (Frank, residing at home and Paul V. of Grand Rapids, Mich.), and 2 brothers (Chancy J. Miller of Lake Odessa, Mich., and Frank Miller of Travers City, Mich.) survive her. She had been in poor health for a number of years and for the last three years was confined to her home most of the time. Funeral services were held at Union Church on Big Prairie, March 26, conducted by T. U. Nelson, assisted by -----Pinch of the Congregational Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder.-Frieda Mae, daughter of Leonard and Cleo (Pletcher) Yoder, was born Jan. 26, 1939; died April 4, 1939; aged 2 m. 9 d. She apparently was in good health until the last few days she seemed to have difficulty in breathing. An X-ray was taken which revealed an open safety pin in the throat. All doctors' skillful efforts to save her failed. She was a beautiful little bud here on earth, which will be greatly missed by her parents, and 3 brothers (Leon, Marvin, and Lavon). Other survivors are the paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Christ Yoder of Grabill, Ind.), the maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Pletcher), Elkhart, Ind.), also 3 great-grandparents (Mrs. Wm. Pletcher and Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Bontrager of Middlebury, Ind.). Funeral services were held at the Middlebury Mennonite Church by the home brethren, Silas and Wilbur Yoder, using as a text, II Kings 4:26. Burial was made in the Grace Lawn Cemetery.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile,
And clasped our darling's hand."
Iutzi.-Mary Iutzi (nee Schrag) was born in Perth Co.,
Ont., June 17, 1853; died March 16, 1939, in Oxford Co., Ont.;
aged 85 y. 8 m. 29 d. In early youth she united with the East
Zorra A. M. church under the ministry of Bishop Joseph Ruby. She
was united in holy matrimony to Michael Iutzi, living in matrimony
55 years; and in widowhood almost 11 years. This union was blessed
with 4 sons and 10 daughters, of whom 3 sons (Benjamin, Aaron
and Simon) and 3 daughters (Catherine, Elizabeth and Lydia) predeceased
her. Surviving are 1 son (Bishop Dan S. Iutzi) and 7 daughters
(Magdalena, wife of late Christian Ruby; Leah, wife of Dan S.
Zehr; Rachel, wife of Solomon Bender; Amanda, at home; Nancy,
wife of Michael Jantzi; Mary, wife of Mrs. Jacob Yantzi; and Emma,
wife of Samuel Wagler); also 53 grandchildren of whom 3 died,
and 77 great-grandchildren of whom 9 died. One sister (Barbara,
wife of late Chris Kennel of Wellesley) survives. Services at
home March 19, conducted by David Schwartzentruber and at East
Zorra A. M. Church by Bros. Menno Kipfer and Jac. R. Bender. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
---J. R. B.
Smoker.-Daniel R. Smoker was born in Union Co., Pa., Feb. 14, 1860; died Feb. 26, 1939, of complications; aged 79 y. 12 d. On Jan. 3, 1883, he was married to Elizabeth Beiler. They lived together 57 years. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. Surviving are his wife and the following children: Fannie B., wife of Christ Engle of Parkesburg; Samuel B., of Atglen; Rebecca B., wife of Levi Mast of Gap; Daniel B., of Parkesburg; Malinda B., wife of Harry Stoltzfus of Parkesburg; and Gertrude E., wife of Christ King of Gap, with whom they resided; also 25 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and also 1 sister (Rebecca, wife of Samuel Smoker of Soudersburg). He was bedfast 2 weeks; he bore his suffering patiently with very little complaining. Short services at the home were held by Bro. Simeon Stoltzfus and at the Millwood Church by Bro. John A. Kennel and Amos B. Stoltzfus. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Remember, friends, as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I;
As I am now so you shall be,
Prepare to meet me in eternity."
---By a Daughter.
Gingerich.-Susie A., daughter of Christian P. and Cathrine (Slaubaugh) Brenneman, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Sept. 21, 1869. She spent her entire life in the same community and passed away at her home April 8, 1939, at the age of 69 y. 6 m. 17 d. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful and obedient member until her death. On Nov. 26, 1891, she was united in marriage with Aaron B. Gingerich, and together they trod life's pathway for a little more than 47 years. She freely shared with her husband in the toils and labors that contributed to the highest spiritual and material welfare of her family. No task was too hard and no burden too heavy for her to share in so as to minister to the needs of her family, always thinking of their need before her own. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters: Vertie (Mrs. Emery Yoder), Katie (Mrs. John Kinsinger), Velma (Mrs. Geo. Spicher), and Willard, all of this community, and Erma at home; Leroy and Mamie May having preceded her in their infancy. Besides her bereaved husband and 5 children she leaves to mourn her departure 14 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Peter C. of Wellman, Ia., and William C. of Kalona, Ia.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Jake Marner and Mrs. Dan Gascho, both of Kalona, Ia.), besides many other relatives and friends. About 2 12 years ago she suffered a light paralytic stroke from which she never fully recovered, but was able to be about her daily duties when she was overtaken with a second stroke, which caused her death about three hours later when she peacefully passed away without a struggle. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church April 10, 1939, in charge of John Y. Swartzendruber (text, I Cor. 15:53-55) and D. D. Miller.
"Her willing hands are folded,
Her dear, warm heart is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled."
Schwartzentruber.-Joel, son of Christian and Veronica (Erb) Schwartzentruber, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 27, 1854; died March 30, 1939 at his late home where he was born and spent his entire life; aged 84 y. 11 m. 3 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, became a member of Wilmot A. M. congregation, and was faithful until the end. On Jan. 18, 1881, he was united in holy wedlock to Sister Elizabeth Brenneman of Wilmot and together they shared the joys and burdens of life for 58 years, 2 months, 12 days. This union was blessed with 9 children of whom 3 (Daniel, Mary and Aaron) predeceased him. Surviving him are his bereaved companion (who has been an invalid for 37 years and blind for 4 years, and whom father had cared for so tenderly until his late illness of six weeks' duration), 3 sons (John, Joseph and Peter), 3 daughters (Fannie, wife of Jacob R. Bender; Nancy, wife of Nic L. Roth; and Catherine), besides 26 grandchildren (of whom 7 predeceased him), and 2 great-grandchildren; also 3 brothers (Christian, John and Daniel). Services at the home were conducted by bro. Chris Gascho and at St. Agatha Church on April 2, by Bro. Peter Nafziger and M. O. Yantzi.
"Soon again we hope to meet him,
When life's cares and sorrows o'er;
Where there is no pain or parting,
On that bright eternal shore."
---J. R. B.
Swarr.-Kathryn (Leaman) Swarr, daughter of the late Nathaniel B. and Annie (Risser) Leaman, was born near Lititz, Pa., Dec. 13, 1891; died at her home near East Petersburg, Pa., Feb. 17, 1939; aged 47 y. 2 m. 4 d. Death followed a two-year sickness from cancer. On Feb. 7, 1918, she was united in marriage with Harry C. Swarr. While she was yet in her early teens she confessed Jesus as her Saviour and Lord and united with the Mennonite Church. She was active as a teacher in the Sunday school both before and after her marriage. Kathryn was a devoted wife and mother and was deeply concerned about the salvation of those in her own family, as well as others with whom she came in contact. She was very patient during her long illness and suffering, and her smile was an inspiration to those who came to see her. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 sons (J. Mark, and Paul, at home); her mother (Mrs. Annie R. Leaman), and grandmother (Mrs. Lydia Leaman), both of Lititz, Pa.; and 11 brothers and sisters as follows: Mrs. Martin Moore, Lititz, Pa.; Mrs. C. K. Lehman, Millersville, Pa.; Edgar R. Leaman, Houston, Tex.; Mrs. Wm. Rudy, Vineland, N. J.; Henry R. Leaman, Coatesville, Pa.; Mrs. Enos Huber, Lancaster, Pa.; Frank Leaman, Allentown, Pa.; Paul Leaman, San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Daniel Erb, Lancaster, Pa.; Esther Leaman, New York City, and Albert R. Leaman, Kearney, N. J. The funeral was held at the East Petersburg Church conducted by Bros. Frank Kreider and John Gochnauer. The texts: Psa. 17:15 and Acts 16:31. Burial in adjoining cemetery. She is missed much by those to whom she was dear; but our loss is her gain, and she seems to beckon to us and say:
"Farewell dear! yet not farewell;
Where I am, ye too shall dwell.
I am gone before your face,
A moment's time, a little space.
When ye come where I have stepped
Ye will wonder why ye wept."
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Boshart.-Floyd, son of Bro. and Sister Milton Boshart, was born at St. Agatha, Ont., Feb. 1, 1935; died at the K. and W. Hospital March 23, 1939, following an operation for appendicitis. He leaves his loving parents, 1 sister, 1 brother, his grandparents, and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Services were conducted at his home in Bridgeport, Ont., by Bro. Peter Nafziger, and at the St. Agatha A. M. Church by the brethren, Peter Nafziger (text, Matt. 18:1-3) and Moses O. Jantzi (text, Psa. 127). Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin.-Arvine Donald, infant son of Mervin B. and Marie (Horst) Martin of Maugansville, Md., was born and died March 19, 1939. He is survived by his sorrowing parents and grandparents, and many other relatives. Short services were held at the grave by Bro. John D. Risser. He was laid to rest in Reiff's Mennonite Cemetery.
"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 Him and the angels above."
---By the Parents.
Petersheim.-Rufus J. Petersheim was born Nov. 2, 1865, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died in his home in Bellefontaine, O., April 1, 1939; aged 73 y. 5 m. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man; later he joined the Church of Christ. He was united in marriage with May Belle Hartman in Logan Co., Ohio, Oct. 19, 1892. He was always kind and industrious, a lover of music and flowers. The youngest of ten children, he was also the last one to pass away. He is survived by his wife and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Leonard and Eicholtz Funeral Parlors in Bellefontaine, April 4, 1939, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer. Burial in the Degroff Cemetery.
Hewitt.-Cora Nancy, wife of Otto M. Hewitt, was born in Huston, Tex., Nov. 2, 1902; died at their home in Elkhart, Ind., April 5, 1939. She was the only daughter of Laura and Thomas Compton. She was married to Otto Hewitt Aug. 1, 1934. She leaves her husband and aged mother. She accepted her Saviour less than two years ago at the Mennonite Mission Church on Bellmont and Penn Sts., Elkhart. Her failing health did not always permit her to attend worship, but she found joy and peace in her new-found Saviour. Because of her bright testimonies and her patient suffering, it gives us great reasons to know she is at peace and rest. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church on Bellmont and Penn Sts., conducted by Christian Reiff and Alf. Buzzard. Burial in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Zook.-James, Jr., son of James and Mary Hartzler Zook,
was born near New Wilmington, Dec. 30, 1923; died April 6, 1939,
in the Jamison Memorial Hospital; aged 15 y. 3 m 6 d. Those remaining
are his sorrowing parents, 5 brothers (Harvey, Jessie, Clarence,
Harold, Ira), 1 sister (Pauline), an aged grandmother (Nancy Zook),
and 5 uncles and aunts. Funeral services were held April 9, at
the Maple Grove Church near New Wilmington, Pa., where many gathered
to pay a tribute of respect to the departed one and to sympathize
with the bereaved family. Services were conducted at the home
by Bro. J. H. Lantz, and at the church by bros. E. J. Zook and
Roy D. Kauffman. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
"However painful it may be
To know that they are gone,
The thought is sweet that we may see
Them in that heavenly home."
Hershberger.-Mary (Weirich), wife of Joseph N. Hershberger,
Goshen, Ind., was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., April 28, 1869;
died March 22, 1939, after six weeks of illness; aged 69 y. 11
m. 9 d. She leaves her husband, 1 son (Ray, of Goshen), 3 grandchildren,
4 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Rhinesmith, White
Cloud, Mich.; Mrs. Sarah Miller, Goshen, Ind.), 1 brother (Joseph
Weirich, Shipshewana, Ind.), and a host of relatives and friends.
Five children, her parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister preceded her
in death. Her sister preceded her in death eight months ago. Funeral
services were conducted at the Shore Mennonite Church by Oscar
S. Hostetler and Josiah J. Miller, of which church she had been
a faithful member. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Much we miss thy tender care;
But it was God that called thee yonder,
To the blissful home so fair."
Stauffer.-Mary, daughter of Seth and Mary (Hess) Hackman, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 18, 1853; died at the home of the daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben S. Martin, at Goshen, Ind., April 14, 1939; aged 86 y. 1 m. 26 d. At the age of about 8 years she came with her parents to Stark Co., O., where she was united in marriage to Jacob G. Stauffer Dec. 7, 1875, who preceded her in death Feb. 2, 1933. They moved from Stark Co., to Goshen, Ind., in November, 1900. They united with the church soon after marriage, and later transferred their membership to the Mennonite Church, to which faith they held until death. She had been bedfast four weeks, at which time she peacefully fell asleep. She is survived by a son (Ezra N. of Harrison Twp.) and a daughter (Ella, Mrs. R. S. Martin of Goshen), also 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (John Hackman of Orrville, Ohio and Henry Hackman of Burton City, Ohio). Four sisters preceded her in death. Services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren C. A. Shank and V. C. Weaver.
Fisher.-Henry L., son of Amos L. and the late Lydia
Lapp Fisher, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 6, 1893; died
April 1, 1939, in the Lancaster General Hospital from ten-days'
illness of lobar pneumonia and diphtheria; aged 45 y. 8 m. 25
d. Henry confessed his Saviour in his youth and was a member of
the Amish Church. Those who remain to mourn his departure are
his beloved wife (Malinda) and the following children: Sadie,
Aquilla, Annie, Susie, Esther, and Ruth; also the following brothers
and sisters: Lizzie, Paradise; Bennie A., Springs, Pa.; Daniel,
Lancaster; Levi, Gap; Jacob, Ronks; and Sara Smoker, Gordonville.
Funeral services were held at the home of Amos K. Beiler, April
4, 1939, in charge of Stephen Fisher, John L. Fisher, and John
S. King; brief services also held at Myers' Cemetery, in charge
of Aaron Esh and John L. King.
"Father dear, your wish is granted,
Sorrow, pain, and grief are over;
By the grace of God we'll meet you,
Over on the peaceful shore."
Lefever.-Emma H., daughter of the late Adam and Elizabeth
(Hess) Lefever, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 10, 1861;
died at the home of her son (Jacob F. Lefever) near New Danville,
Pa., April 3, 1939, of complications after a year's illness; aged
77 y 11 m. 23 d. She was a member of the New Danville Mennonite
Church. She is survived by 2 sons, 7 grandchildren, and 2 sisters;
also a number of stepgrandchildren. Her husband preceded her in
death 34 years ago, and a son (25 years of age) died 13 years
ago. She was the 4th of a family of 16 children. We shall always
remember her words of encouragement. Funeral services were held
in the home by Bro. James Hess and Bro. Henry Naumen (text, Job
14) and at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bro. Maris Hess
and Bro. Stoner Krady. Text, I Cor. 15:57.
"She has gone through the gate to another land,
Led by the Master's hand;
Where everything is kind and good,
Where everything is understood.
So we believe that the One above
Has taken her home as an act of love."
Esh.-Sara, daughter of the late John K. and Susanna
(Stoltzfus) Lapp, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 2, 1859;
died at the home of her son Daniel, March 26, 1939, after an illness
of eight months from cancer and a stroke; aged 79 y. 8 m. 24 d.
In her youth she confessed her Saviour and was a member of the
Amish Church for some 60 years. In December, 1879, she was married
to Jacob Esh by the late Bishop Eli Zook. Those remaining to mourn
the departure of a dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother,
are her husband and the following children: Susie Fisher, Paradise;
Malinda King, Gordonville; Rebecca (deceased); Mary King, and
Daniel of Ronks; 24 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren.
Sara was the last of a family of 14 children. Funeral services
were held at the home of her son Daniel, March 28, in charge of
Bennie A. Fisher, Springs, Pa., Aaron Esh, and John S. King. Burial
in Gordonville Cemetery.
"Mother, sleep, your trials are over,
Sweet is the rest you have needed before;
We loved you, but God loved you more,
For He called you to that bright, happy shore."
Metzler.-Anna Frances, daughter of Peter and Magdalene Rhodes Blosser, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., June 7, 1857; died April 7, 1939; aged 81 y. 10 m. Since the death of her husband, Oct. 21, 1938, at North Lima, Ohio, she lived in the home of Bro. and Sister Ivan Lehman near Columbiana, Ohio. On Feb. 15, 1883, she was united in marriage to Joseph Metzler of New Springfield, Ohio. This union lasted over fifty-five years. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters (Elmer D., Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Ivan Lehman, Columbiana, Ohio; Mrs. A. J. Steiner, N. Lima, Ohio; and Mrs. Adin Miller, Columbiana, Ohio) who with 5 grandchildren survive her. In her youth she united with the Mennonite church, to which she remained faithful to the end. She was born in a family of 9 children. Three brothers (Samuel H. Blosser, Dayton, Va. Daniel A. Blosser, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Rudolph P. Blosser, New Waterford, Ohio) also survived her. Funeral services were held at the home and the Midway Church April 10, conducted by the brethren, S. A. Yoder and Paul Yoder. Text, Job 30:23. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Schloneger.-Jacob Schloneger was born in Stark Co., Ohio, April 2, 1853; died at his home near Louisville, O., March 26, 1939; aged 85 y. 11 m. 24 d. He was a lifelong resident in the community. In 1874 he accepted Christ as his Saviour, was baptized, and united with the Beech Mennonite Church, in which he continued faithfully until the end. On Feb. 3, 1881, he was united in marriage to Katie Schmucker, who preceded him in death Jan. 25, 1899. To this union were born two daughters (Mary and Malinda). On December 7, 1905 he was united in marriage to Lydia Schloneger, who preceded him in death April 30, 1937. Bro. Schloneger was a well known farmer, with a generous heart. The past few years his body had been failing, due to old age. He is survived by his two daughters (Mrs. Alvin Hostetler and Mrs. David Miller, both of Louisville, O.), 1 sister (Mrs. Cassie Graber, of Canton, O.), 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 5 nephews, 6 nieces with many other relatives and friends. His three brothers (Christian, David and Samuel), 1 infant brother (Jonas), and 1 grandson also preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite church and were in charge of the home bishop, Bro. O. N. Johns, Bishop J. S. Gerig assisting. Text, Heb. 4:9. Interment in the old cemetery.
Eichelberger.-Christian, son of Christian and Mary Eichelberger,
was born at Ettersdorf, Germany, Nov. 24, 1865; died after a lingering
illness at the home of his daughter (Katie, near Hopedale, Ill.),
March 25, 1939; aged 73 y. 4 m. 1 d. He came to this country with
his parents when 17 years old. Most of his life was spent in this
community. On Dec. 18, 1892, he was united in marriage to Salome
Litwiller of Hopedale, Ill., who preceded him in death Jan. 28,
1929. To this union were born 7 children, who survive. On April
26, 1931, he was united in marriage to Anna Greiser of Beemer,
Neb., who passed away March 8, 1936. He united with the Mennonite
Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until the end.
He had a great desire to depart and be with his Lord whom he loved,
and often during his suffering would say, "Oh how nice it
will be when the Lord takes me home." H leaves 4 sons and
3 daughters (Albert and Amos of Emden, Ill.; Joseph, of Fairbury;
Chris of El Paso; Alma Birky of Delavan; Katie of Hopedale, and
Esther Miller of Conneautville, Pa.), 1 brother (Peter of Delavan)
and 26 grandchildren. There also remain 12 stepchildren (Lizzie
Miller, Rose Waters, Hydro, Okla.; Jake, Pete, Chris, Lena Birky,
Mary Erb, Beemer, Neb.; Simon, Conneaut Lake, Pa.; Bennie, and
Katie Kerler of Wisner, Neb.; Anna Erb, and Daniel of Chappell,
Neb.), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services
were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, March 27, conducted
by the brethren Simon Litwiller, and Ben Springer. Text, Heb.
9:24-28. Burial in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand."
Miller.-Mary (Troyer) Miller, daughter of M. D. and
Catherine (Yoder) Troyer, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 21,
1884; died at her home near Halsey, Oreg., April 9, 1939; aged
54 y. 7 m. 19 d. She was married to Albert Miller at White Cloud,
Mich., March 21, 1907. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters
(Katherine, Elizabeth, Lillie Mae, Enos, and Albert Jr., of Halsey,
Oreg.; William of Harrisburg, Oreg.; and Abraham of Upland, Calif.)
and 1 grandson, all of whom with her loving companion mourn her
departure. She is also survived by 4 brothers and 1 sister (Mose
M. Troyer of Middlefield, Ohio; Chris. M. Troyer of Middlebury,
Ind.; Joe M. and Dan M. Troyer of Limon, Colo.; and Mrs. R. J.
Yutzy of Hutchinson, Kans.). Her mother, father, and three brothers
preceded her to the glory world. The greater part of her married
life was spent near Limon, Colo., but the last few years she with
her husband and family have spent in Oregon. At the age of 19
she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized and became
a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Later she transferred
her membership to the Mennonite Church, in which she was a faithful
and consistent member until death. Her illness was Bright's disease
and heart trouble, from which she suffered much intense pain.
Mother is the first to break the family circle. Her passing away
has left a great vacancy in the home and community, but our loss
is her gain. Funeral services were conducted April 12, with a
short service at the home, Bro. J. P. Yoder in charge, and at
the Harrisburg Mennonite Church with Brethren J. P. Yoder and
L. D. Kropf in charge, assisted by Bro. N. A. Lind. Text, II Tim.
4:6-8. Burial in the Alford Cemetery.
"Mother, sleep, your trials are o'er,
Sweet be the rest you have needed before;
We loved you, but God loved you more,
For He called you to that bright happy shore."
---By the Family.
Herr.-Harry L., son of Elias and Elizabeth (Leaman)
Herr was born at Lime Valley, Pa., June 9, 1869; died at his home
near New Danville, Pa., March 26, 1939; aged 69 y. 9 m. 17 d.
He was married to Susan S. Herr, who survives him together with
their children (Vera, wife of J. Clarence Garber, Lancaster; H.
Elvin Herr, Willow Street; and Elizabeth H., wife of Harry F.
Houser, Lancaster); also 10 grandchildren whom he dearly loved.
As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful
member until death. Thirty-three years ago he was ordained deacon
to serve the New Danville church district. Realizing his failing
health he asked for help in the work about a year ago. In answer
to his request an ordination for deacon was held last June at
New Danville, at which time the lot fell upon his son, H. Elvin
Herr. He was a charter member of Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions
and Charities, and for twenty years served as secretary to the
His faithful life and testimony in both the home and Church have meant much to those who came in contact with him. Singing hymns for his Master was one of his delights, and even through his eleven weeks of suffering and distress many were the times both day or night that he would break forth in singing songs to God his Maker who giveth songs in the night. While we miss his presence very keenly we rejoice that he has gone to that beautiful country and are comforted to know that if we are faithful we can again meet with him.
"E'en for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief;
Death cannot long divide;
For is it not as though the rose that climbed the garden wall
Has blossomed on the other side?
Death doth hide, But not divide;
Thou art but on Christ's other side!
Thou art with Christ and Christ with me;
In Christ united still are we."
---By the Family.
Wolf.-Albert N., son of George and Susanna (Netzley)
Wolf, was born in Akron, Pa., Feb. 10, 1868; died from a disease
of the heart March 31, 1939; aged 71 y. 1 m. 21 d. His home from
birth to the time of his passing was in Akron. On April 8, 1888,
he was united in marriage to Anna Hess. In 1891 he united with
the Mennonite Church, of which he continued in active membership
until his death. He leaves his wife, 1 daughter (Elta, wife of
Orie O. Miller), 5 grandchildren (Lois, wife of Ronald Beach;
Albert, Daniel, John and Robert Miller), 1 great-grandchild (Ronald
Beach, Jr.), and 1 brother (Samuel N.). One son died in infancy.
One brother and two sisters also preceded him in death. His father
died before any of the children were grown, and by hard work on
the part of all, the mother kept her family together until all
were married. All three of the sons engaged in business in Akron.
Albert, with his brother Samuel and brother-in-law Simon P. Hess,
helped to found the shoe manufacturing industry in Akron. He was
always deeply interested in the activities of the church. He helped
to organize the Oreville Mennonite Home near Lancaster, and served
as secretary of its board for some thirty years. During the last
few years he was much concerned in the building of the new Ephrata
Mennonite Church, on which Building Committee he served, and to
which he gave much time and energy. Signs of failing health were
noted during the last six or eight months, but aside from several
fainting spells which the doctor ascribed to a heart condition,
he went about his daily work until the night of his passing. He
suffered no severe pain at any time. The last public service he
attended was one of the sessions of the Annual Easter Mission
Board meeting. Funeral services were held at the home by Amos
Horst, who also had charge at the Ephrata Mennonite Church. Ernest
E. Miller preached the sermon from John 14:1-3. Interment in the
Wolf Cemetery near Akron.
"There is no death! The stars go down
To rise upon some fairer shore;
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown
They shine for evermore."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington