February 2, 1939 - Vol. XXXI, No.44 - pages 950, 951
Gingerich. - Paul Leroy, infant son of Leroy and Illiah (Zehr) Gingerich, was born Dec. 29, 1938; died Dec. 30, 1938 at the Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery near Manson.
"Far beyond the azure skies
Where tiny star-eyes peep,
Where no sorrow ever dwells,
Little baby's gone to sleep."
Harris. - Elsie (Moore) Harris was born Sept. 2, 1891; died Dec. 25, 1938; aged 47 y. 3 m. 23 d. Death was caused by cancer. On Nov. 4, 1938, she was received by confession as a member of the Coatesville, Pa., Mennonite Mission. She was received into church fellowship (by Bro. Stoner Krady) while in the Coatesville Hospital. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Stoner Krady, John A. Kennel, and M. S. Stoltzfus. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
Barber. - Richard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude C. Barber, passed away at his home near Indian Cove, Idaho, Jan. 4, 1939; aged 14 y. 4 m. 11 d. His death was the result of a blood clot. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister (Joy), and 2 brothers (Mitchel and Henry). He was converted at the age of 12, united with the Indian Cove Mennonite Church Nov. 16, 1936, and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. A. M. Shenk. Burial in Mountain Home Cemetery.
Peck. - Herbert Peck was born April 3, 1892; died Dec. 20, 1938; aged 46 y. 8 m. 17 d. Death was caused by complications. On Nov. 11, 1938, he was received by baptism as a member of the Coatesville, Pa., Mennonite Mission. He had attended services at the Mission several years before his last illness, but even in the "eleventh hour" we feel his confession was sincere and he was prepared to meet his God. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. John A. Kennel, and M. S. Stoltzfus. Burial in the Octoraro Cemetery.
Steckley. - Jacob Steckley died at his home at noon, Nov. 29, 1938, following an illness of eight months. He had only been confined to his bed for three weeks. Bro. Steckley, who was in his 81st year, was a member of the Poole, Ont., A. M. Church. On Jan. 26, 1883, he was married to Magdalena, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ropp. He is survived by his wife, and the following children: Joe and Saul of Pigeon, Mich.; Enos and Samuel of Iowa; John, Nancy, and Agnes of Midland, Mich.; Ezra, at Beachville, Ont., Milton and Sara at home.
Miller. - David Frank, infant son of Bro. and Sister Daniel and Mildred Miller, was born Jan. 10, 1939, near Millersburg, Ohio; died two days later. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1 brother (James Walter), and 2 sisters (Loretta Joy and Retha Ferne), 2 grandfathers, and many relatives. Funeral services at the home conducted by Venus Hershberger and Omar Troyer. Texts, Matt. 19:14; II Sam. 12:23.
"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."
Heishman. - Jessie Mae Heishman was born April 3, 1920, near Harrisonburg, Va. She united with the Mennonite Church early in life. She was a youth who had an appreciation for the finer things of life which found expression in her collecting and enjoyment of poetry. She died Nov. 27, 1938, after two weeks of illness from tubercular meningitis. She is survived by her father and mother, her only sister (Nancy), and foster brother (Melvin). The funeral was conducted at the Lindale Church, with Samuel A. Shank in charge of the devotional services. The sermon was preached by John R. Mumaw. Text, Jer. 15:9. John L. Stauffer followed with appropriate remarks and friendly admonitions.
Hauck. - Fannie, daughter of the late Adam S. and Susan (Hershey) Hauck, died Jan. 16, 1939, in the Lancaster General Hospital after a lingering illness; aged 66 y. 9 m. 7 d. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. She is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Ellie Kulp of Neffsville, Pa.) and 1 brother (Milton H. Hauck of Eden, Pa.). She was of a meek and quiet nature. Funeral services were held in the Landis Valley Mennonite Church Jan. 19, conducted by Bros. Henry Hess and Noah L. Landis. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a peaceful quiet breast;
All is over, pain all ended,
Now our sister is at rest."
R. H. H.
Gaines. - Lois Arlene Gaines was born in McPherson Co., Kans., March 24, 1922. At the age of 5 she came with her parents to Harrisonburg, Va., where she passed away at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Jan. 5, 1939; aged 16 y. 9 m. 12 d. She had not been well for some time, being bedfast almost 7 weeks, during which time she suffered much. She was patient with it all and expressed a deep concern for others. She united with the Mennonite church at the age of 14, of which she was a member at the time of her death. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers (Robert Lee and Paul Luke), and 3 sisters (Anna Mae, Dilly Virginia, and Ellen Elizabeth). A brother and sister preceded her in infancy. Funeral services were held at the Pike Church Jan. 9, Bros. S. H. Rhodes and Amos D. Heatwole in charge. Text, Job 23:10. Burial in Pike Cemetery.
Kreider. - Anna K., widow of the late Amos L. Kreider and daughter of the late Benjamin R. and Anna S. Stauffer of near Lancaster, Pa., died Nov. 15, 1938; aged 71 years. She is survived by a sister (Mrs. Emma K. Franck), with whom she had her home at the time of her death, and one half brother (Daniel M. Stauffer of California). Two sisters preceded her. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, but could not attend services as much as she would have liked to, due to her health and to her invalid sister. Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at Lititz, Pa., conducted by Bros. Noah L. Landis and John S. Hess. Interment in the Mellingers Mennonite Cemetery.
"Dear aunt, your wise was granted,
Disappointments and pain are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you,
Over on the peaceful shore."
--By a Niece.
Glick. - David H., son of the late John and Sarah (Hartzler) Glick, was born Feb. 2, 1860; died Nov. 8, 1938; aged 78 y. 9 m. 6 d. Death was caused by a heart attack. He peacefully fell asleep in the quiet hours of the night at his late home, with his niece and nephew, Bro. Samuel and Rachel Summers, Gap, Pa., who so kindly shared their home with him the last few years. He was united in marriage to Mary Mast of Morgantown, Pa., who preceded him in death six years ago. To this union were born 2 children (John of Monterey, Emma of Ephrata). A brother and sister (Benjamin Glick, and Sallie Peachy of Belleville, Pa.) also survive him. He was a member of the Conestoga Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Services were held at the Conestoga Church, conducted by Christian Kurtz and John Mast. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.
--By a Niece.
Burger. - John Burger was born June 12, 1855, in Waterloo, Ont., died at the Mennonite Home, Eureka, Ill., Jan. 12, 1939; aged 83 y. 7 m. He entered the Home Aug. 7, 1931. While he was very much handicapped by being entirely deaf, he had no pleasure in society ever since he was a child, and could not listen to any conversation, with any one except by the movement of the lips, which made life very lonely for him, never hearing a Gospel sermon preached, nor could he read very well. He was moved by the Spirit of God, about 10 years ago, to make a confession, and said to some of the brethren of the Hopedale Mennonite Church that he lived in sin long enough; then affiliated himself with that church, loyal to the faith which he then accepted. In bidding farewell to those around him, with a hand-shake, he said, "I am going to die, and am going to heaven." He had sisters, and brothers, but to our knowledge they had preceded him in death. He has many nieces and nephews, living in the vicinity of Morton, Ill., Kouts, Ind., and Manson, Iowa, and other places unknown to us; also relatives at Wolcott, Ind. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Home. Buried in the local cemetery. Services in charge of Bros. Simon Litwiler and Ben Springer, ministers of the Hopedale Mennonite congregation.
Martin. - Samuel S., son of Michael and Mary Martin, was born at Scotland, Pa., Sept. 5, 1867; died Dec. 14, 1938; aged 71 y. 3 m. 14 d. He was married to Annie W. Eshleman. To that union 10 children were born. He was preceded in death by 2 daughters and 1 son; also his wife was laid to rest 3 years ago. The following children survive: Mrs. Frances Peck, Mrs. Leah Christophel, Mrs. Martha Shafer, Mrs. Nora Frey, Mary and Bertha at home, and Ernest; also the following sisters and brother: Mrs. Mollie Draper, Mrs. Lizzie Eshelman, Mrs. Emma Rhoads, Mrs. Annie Weber, Mrs. Martha Brunk, and John Martin. Eight grandchildren also survive. He was a loving father and kind neighbor, and had a smile for everybody. He attended market and took a chill which developed into pneumonia. He was sick eleven days. The last song he wanted sung "We'll Reap Whatsoever We Sow." He was a member of Millers Mennonite Church from the age of 16, and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at Paradise Church. Services at the home in charge of Bro. John Risser; at the church, Bros. Daniel Strite and Samuel Eby. Texts, Psa. 90 and I Chron. 29:15.
"Father dear, we all do miss thee,
Thou hast gone from us away;
To rejoice with thy dear Saviour,
In the realms of endless day."
By the Family.
Transcriber's notes: In Mr. Martin's obituary; his wife is Annie Eshleman; his sister is Lizzie Eshelman. This may not be a typo, since they might be from two families.
Petersheim. - Jonathan, son of John and Elizabeth Petersheim, was born Sept. 27, 1889, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Dec. 18, 1938, in the Lancaster General Hospital; aged 49 y. 2 m. 21 d. He was married to Barbara Kurtz Dec. 15, 1914. This union was blessed with 7 daughters and 5 sons: Mabel (wife of Mast Stoltzfus, Jr., of Morgantown, Pa.), Della, Mary, Ida, Elsie, Susie, Omar, Elam, LeRoy, Joseph, Linda, and Floyd, all at home. He leaves his wife, 12 children, 1 grandchild, 1 brother (Samuel of Morgantown, Pa.), 1 sister (Mrs. Aaron Mast of Elverson, Pa.). He united with the Amish Mennonite Church near Morgantown in his youth, and was faithful until death. December, four years ago, he took sick; the following March he had an operation, and has been under the physician's care ever since. He was able to be up most of the time, but not strong enough to work much. Soon after Thanksgiving he started to get worse. Dec. 10 he was taken to the hospital, where he peacefully fell asleep Dec. 18. He was very patient in his sickness and suffering. Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at the home and at the Conestoga Mennonite Church by Bros. David Yoder, John S. Mast, and Christian Kurtz. Text, I Sam. 20:18 (latter part). Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"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."
--By the Family
Hoober. - Mary, daughter of the late Jacob and Nancy (Myers) Rutt, was born March 5, 1859, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at her home in New Holland, Pa., Dec. 25, 1938; aged 79 y. 9 m. 20 d. She was a long and patient sufferer of arthritis and had been an invalid for more than seven years. On Christmas morning, her wish to go home and be with the Lord was granted. On Oct. 24, 1878, she was united in marriage with Aaron Hoober, who died on Dec. 21, 1924. To this union were born five sons and three daughters, the following surviving her: Jacob R., Emma, Harry W., and John M. Also surviving her are fourteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, a brother (Edwin Rutt), a sister (Mrs. John Weaver), and a large circle of friends, many of whom often visited her and helped to pass the long lonely hours of her confinement. Her Christian virtues and faithfulness to God gave her courage to meet her trials and afflictions in the spirit of meekness and submissions to His will. She accepted Christ as her Saviour early in life and was a faithful member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church. She seldom missed services when her health permitted her to go. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the home by Bro. Eli Sauder (Text, II Cor. 5:1-10), and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Benj. Enger and John Sauder. Text, II Cor. 4:15-18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true.
When our life's journey is ended,
We shall again be with you."
Miller. - Alice, daughter of Christopher and Magdalena
(Kreider) Mann, was born in Elkhart, Ind., May 23, 1874; died
at the Cleveland Osteopathic Hospital Jan. 19, 1939; aged 64 y.
7 m. 26 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of
17 and was among the second group to unite with the Prairie Street
Church after its organization. She remained true to her vow to
the end. At the time of her death she was a member of the Crown
Hill congregation near Orrville, O. On Oct. 2, 1895, she was united
in marriage to David F. Miller. To this union were born 3 sons
(Jason O., Titus E., and Walter N., all of Elkhart); also 2 daughters
(Magdalena, wife of Phares Martin of Dalton, Ohio, and Beulah
Fern who preceded her in death at the early age of nearly 8).
Besides the husband and children, she is survived by 15 grandchildren,
2 brothers (Rufus K. Mann of Central Lake, Mich., and George A.
Mann of Elkhart), 2 sisters (Addie wife of A. E. Stauffer of near
Elkhart, and Melinda, wife of B. B. King of Elida, Ohio); 3 brothers
(Tobias, David and Levi Mann) and a sister (Ella, wife of S. F.
Coffman) preceded her in death. In 1906 the family moved to the
Dakotas. In 1927 they returned to the East. At the age of 14 she
suffered a very severe illness from which she never regained perfect
health and in later years developed into a lingering illness.
After returning from a visit with her sons and relatives at Elkhart
over the holidays she gradually grew worse. She was taken to the
Cleveland Osteopathic Hospital with hopes that an operation would
be of benefit, but she soon grew weaker and peacefully fell asleep
on Thursday evening. She spent much time in prayer and her motto
was, "Others." Services were held at the Crown Hill
Mennonite Church on Sunday, Jan. 22, conducted by Enos F. Hartzler
assisted by Noah Hilty and Stanford Mumaw. She was then brought
to Elkhart, Ind., her former home, where services were held Jan.
23, conducted by Ira S. Johns assisted by J. S. Hartzler, I. W.
Royer, and Christ Reiff. Text at both places, Luke 23:28.
Eash, George, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Gingerich)
Eash, was born Sept. 12, 1864; died at his home in Wellman, Iowa,
Jan.11, 1939; aged 74 y. 3 m. 29 d. He was born in Johnson Co.,
Iowa, and lived there all his life until Oct., 1938, when he and
his wife moved to Wellman, where he lived with their son Samuel.
He was the youngest of the family, having had four brothers: Henry,
Ananias, John and Joseph, and one sister, Mary. He accepted Christ
in his youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church in which faith
he died. On Oct. 10, 1893, he was married to Katie Bender. To
this union were born 7 children, all of whom were present at the
service: Lucy Mae (Mrs. Earl Fairchild) of North English; Frank,
Samuel, Altkins, and Glen of Wellman; Mary (Mrs. Earl Fairchild)
of Atkins, Minn.; and Ervin of Iowa City. He leaves his faithful
wife, 7 children, and 18 grandchildren, besides many other relatives
and friends. He had been in excellent health prior to Aug. 30,
1937, when he was stricken with a light cerebral hemorrhage. May
30, 1938, he had another attack which confined him to bed for
about three weeks. Not fully recovering from this stroke, from
this time on he was noticeably failing but he did not cease doing
his daily task in trying to carry on his part without a complaint
to be heard by any one. On Jan. 9, 1939 he was the victim of a
third stroke which resulted in his death. Funeral services were
held Jan. 13 at the Lower Deer Creek church conducted by W. S.
Guengerich and Harvey Yoder. Text, Jas. 4:14. Burial in nearby
"Gone into that light that shies so fair,
Gone from the earth of sorrow and care,
Resting those hands that did their best,
Gone, dear father, gone to rest."
Roth, Nicholas Edward, the second son of Christian L. and Katherine (Zehr) Roth, was born Aug. 15, 1870, near Flanagan, Ill.; died at his home near Tofield, Alta., January 14, 1939; aged 68 y. 4 m. 29 d. When a youth of fourteen he moved with his parents to Seward Co., Neb., where they located on a farm near Milford. While there he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized at the East Fairview Amish Mennonite Church in September, 1887. He served the East Fairview Church as Sunday school superintendent for 3 years, also as a Sunday school teacher at various times. On Jan. 18, 1891, he was united in marriage to Amanda Bender, youngest daughter of David B. and Lydia (Miller) Bender. To this union were born 3 sons, (David B. now residing near Duchess, Alta., Lee C., and Earl Edward, living in the Tofield district), and 4 daughters, (Lydia M., wife of Minister J. B. Stauffer of the Salem Mennonite Church near Tofield; Katie Mae, wife of Will Stauffer; Pearl Ellen, wife of Joseph Lehman; and Alta Marie). The latter three also reside in the Tofield district. In April, 1896, Bro. Roth was ordained to the office of deacon. He was ordained by Bishop Joseph Schlegel to serve the East Fairview congregation near Milford. In April, 1902, he was ordained to the ministry by the unanimous voice of the East and West Fairview congregations by Bishop Joseph Schlegel to serve both congregations. He also served in a number of congregations of the Western Amish Mennonite Conference district, as minister, after he had been ordained to that office; at different times holding meetings in various congregations, and was largely instrumental in the origin of the congregation at Manson, Iowa, which congregation was then organized by Bishop Sebastion Gerig of Wayland, Iowa. In October, 1906, Bro. Roth, by the unanimous consent of the East Fairview congregation, was ordained to the office of bishop by Bishops Joseph Schlegel of Milford, Neb., and Jacob Birkey of Beemer, Neb. He was ordained to assist Bishop Joseph Schlegel who had the bishop oversight of the congregations in Nebraska, Colorado, and part of Kansas, and the Fairview congregation near Albany, Oreg., division of the Western A. M. Conference. Because or the large territory involved, Bro. Roth was away from home, a considerable number of times serving in the work to which he had been called. In the spring of 1910, a number of families left Nebraska, seeking a location where there were better opportunities for acquiring a home. They moved to Tofield, Alta. In August of 1910 Bro. Roth with his family also moved to Tofield, where he resided continuously until his death. A congregation was organized near Tofield in October, 1910, under the Western Amish Mennonite Conference, with Bro. Roth in charge as bishop. Owing, however, to the remoteness of the Tofield congregation from the main body of the Western A. M. Conference, and because of the similarity of faith, Bro. Roth advocated the uniting of the Tofield congregation with the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. This was accordingly done at the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference in session at the Mount View congregation near Aldersyde, Alta., in June, 1912. Bro. Roth had of course previously received the consent for this from both the Western A. M. Conference and the congregation at Tofield, as well as the consent of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. This was a union of the two branches in the Northwest, achieved largely through the instrumentality of Bro. Roth, a number of years ahead of the general union throughout the church at large. Since that time Bro. Roth has been greatly used in the Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference as moderator and in various other capacities, especially as bishop in his work in the various congregations. Also because of his experience and far-sightedness as a counsellor he has been greatly used in an advisory capacity in the work of the Church at large. About a year ago last October Bro. Roth's health began to fail him. In March, 1938, he went to a hospital in Edmondton (sic) for an appendicitis operation, which seemed to revive his health somewhat. He was able to attend the Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference held at Duchess, Alta., in July. A careful examination on August 17, 1938 at Edmondton (sic) revealed the seriousness of his illness, showing the development of an internal cancer. He bore his suffering patiently. The last week of his life he failed rapidly. However, just before he passed to his reward on Saturday afternoon, he caught a glimpse of the river of life which he was soon to cross. He leaves his loving companion, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 26 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Four brothers and 1 sister, also 1 grandchild, preceded him in death. His departure is mourned far beyond the confines of his own immediate family; not only in the Alberta- Saskatchewan Conference district, but also in the Church at large and also he had the honor and respect of all who knew him. His leadership, advice and counsel well be sadly missed, especially in his home congregation.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
February 9, 1939 - Vol. XXXI, No.45 - pages 982, 983, 984
Gingerich. - Mattie Miller Gingerich was born May 25, 1869; died Jan. 23, 1939; aged 69 y. 7 m. 28 d. She was married to Eli J. Gingerich Nov. 4, 1886. To this union were born 10 children, of whom 5 preceded her in death. She leaves a sorrowful husband, 2 sons, and 3 daughters, 35 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren to mourn her departure. At the time of her departure she was a member of the Sonnenberg congregation. Funeral services were in charge of Brethren Louis Amstutz, J. S. Moser, and Jacob Neuenschwander. Text, Jno. 5:24-29. Interment in Hofstetters Cemetery near Bunker Hill, Holmes Co., Ohio.
Yoder. - Mary Lou, twenty-day-old daughter of Elva and Lydiann Yoder was born near Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 20, 1938, and died of heart ailment on Jan. 9, 1939. She is survived by her parents, 2 grandfathers (Eli F. Yoder of southeast of Nappanee, and Jonathan Mast of near Etna Green, Ind.), and 7 brothers and sisters; namely, Bernice, Wilma, Betty, Melvin, Delbert, Lewis and Eugene, all at the parental home. We do not understand why we were not permitted to enjoy the presence of this child in our home, but we submit to His will, knowing God doeth all things well. "God's flowers are always wisely plucked. Funeral services were held at the North Main St. Mennonite Church, in charge of Homer F. North. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
Huebner. - Bro. Cornelius Huebner was born in Russia, Feb. 8, 1892, departed this life Jan. 19, 1939, at his late home, Hershey, Pa.; aged 46 y. 11 m. 11 d. Bro. Huebner was a member of the Mennonite Church in Russia and about four years ago he and his wife had their membership transferred to the Stauffer congregation near Hershey, Pa., which membership he retained till death. He is survived by his sorrowing companion and 9 children: John, Freda, Hulda, Erica, Herbert, Albert, Mary, Gertrude, and Linda all at home; 1 child preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the Stauffer Church on Jan. 22. Services were conducted by a Russian Mennonite minister, Bro. ______Williams, and Bros. Noah W. Risser, Harry Keener, and Walter Oberholtzer. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Neuhouser. - David Neuhouser, formerly of Gap, Pa., died Dec. 14, 1938, at the Mennonite Samaritan Home, New Holland, Pa.; aged 67 years. He was a son of the late Stephen and Lydia Miller Neuhouser. He was a member of Millwood Amish Church. He is survived by the following children: Della Melure, Parkersburg; Cora Walker, Lebanon; George, Lancaster; and Paul, of Ohio. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Anna Wagner of Adamstown; Samuel, Miller, Aaron, Elam, John, Mrs. John Kauffman, all of Gap; Mrs. Sarah Hanna of Christiana; Levi of Lancaster; and foster sister, Mrs. Lester Diem of Atglen. Brief services were held at Overly Funeral Home, Monterey, Dec. 17, with further services at Millwood Amish Church by John S. Mast and Amos B. Stoltzfus. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery. J. M. S.
Yoder. - Lloyd Ezra, infant son of John R.,and Edna Yoder of Belleville, Pa., died Jan. 20, 1939; aged 4 m. 9 d. Little Lloyd was just a bud which God plucked to bloom in heaven. His voyage here was short, but he brought much cheer and gladness into the home as he was such a friendly child. We bow to His will and say, "Thy will be done." He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 2 brothers (John and Gordon), both grandmothers and a grandfather, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Locust Grove Mennonite Church by bros. Emanuel B. Peachey and John B. Zook. Interment in the cemetery near by.
"Go to the rest, fair child!
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."
--By an Uncle.
Stoltzfus. - Susan, wife of Jacob L. Stoltzfus of Gap, Pa., died suddenly on Monday morning, Jan. 23, 1939; aged 52 y. 3 m. 11 d. Her death was caused by a relapse of an illness about four weeks previous, from which she seemed to be recovering nicely. She was a member of the Amish Church, and a daughter of the late Benjamin S. and Nancy King; the former died on Dec. 26, 1938. Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by the following children: Benjamin K., Ephraim K., Annie (Mrs. Levi Beiler), and Aaron K., all of Gap, and Sallie and Leroy at home; also these sisters and brother: Mary (Mrs. Joas Yoder), Mattie (Mrs. Noah Hostettler), Christian, Annie (Mrs. Amos D. Zook), and Sallie (Mrs. Daniel Fisher). She had a friendly disposition and was exceptionally so the day before she died. Funeral services were held Jan. 25, conducted by Bros. Jonas Stoltzfus and Christian Glick. Text, Mark 13:32-27. Burial at Millwood graveyard.
Detweiler. - Emmanuel, son of Joel and Lavina (Kauffman) Detweiler, was born Aug. 9, 1855, in Champaign Co., Ohio, and died at his home in West Liberty, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1939; aged 83 y. 5 m. 12 d. His parents and 8 brothers and sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by 1 brother (Menno) who resides near Westover, Md. While a boy, he moved with his parents to Tennessee, where he joined the Mennonite Church. At the age of 22 he came back to Ohio and was a member of the Oak Grove Church until he moved to Logan Co., and transferred his membership to South Union Church, where he was a member at the time of his death. He often expressed his appreciation to kind neighbors and many friends who offered help in time of sickness. He was preparing to leave for the Mennonite Old People's Home at the time of his death. Funeral services, conducted by Brethren S. E. Allgyer and Wallace Kauffman, were held Jan 22, at the South Union church. Burial in South Union Cemetery.
Horst. - Naomi Martin Horst was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 31, 1864; died at the home of her son in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 25, 1939; aged 74 y. 4 m. 24 d. In her early childhood days she came with her parents to their home on a farm near Dalton, Ohio, where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Abram B. Horst. To them were born 2 children: M. Clyde of Chicago, and Mrs. C. C. Sollenberger of Uniontown, Pa. Her husband, 2 children, 2 brothers (Daniel and Elias, Orrville, O.), and 5 grandchildren survive. On Aug. 3, 1884, she with her husband united with the Church of the Brethren in the Wooster, O., congregation. She was faithful in the home, and also a loyal helper of her husband in the office of deacon, minister, and bishop. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 in the Pleasant View Church near North Lawrence, Ohio, in charge of D. R. McFadden, I. J. Buchwalter, Ben Good, and D. M. Friedt. Many were present to pay a tribute of respect to one whom they loved. Interment in cemetery near by.
Iutzi. - Jacob, son of Daniel and Mary Iutzi, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., July 18, 1856. He passed away peacefully Jan. 22, 1939; aged 82 y. 6 m. 14 d. He leaves to mourn 1 brother (John Iutzi), 2 sisters (Lydia, Mrs. J. B. Litwiller, and Anna, Mrs. John Litwiller) and a host of relatives and friends. We mourn not as those who have no hope, but sincerely believe he has entered into rest with all blood-washed souls to rejoice forevermore. He was united in marriage to Mary Schroeder, June 24, 1877, and moved to Gratiot Co., Mich., in 1881, settling on the farm where he also died. His wife passed away 9 years ago. He was converted in his youth and joined the Church of God, Mennonite, remaining a faithful member to the end. Funeral was conducted by Frank Haynes and Frank Wenger. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep.
A calm and undisturbed repose
Unbroken by the last of foes."
Lafferty. - Henry E., son of Lamperd and Catherine Lafferty, was born near Mt. Airy, Pa., May 9, 1860; died at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Dec. 17, 1938; aged 78 years. The year 1910 he was united in marriage to Phoebe Rishell. He leaves 1 brother (Jessie), and 1 sister (Hannah), both of Narvon, Pa. He was baptized and received into the Hershey Mennonite Church on March 12, 1938, and has been a faithful member until death. Death overtook him after a three weeks' illness of pneumonia. When health permitted his place in church was not vacant. He will be greatly missed in the church and community. He endured his suffering with much patience and cheerfulness. Funeral services were held on Dec. 20, 1938, from Espenshade Funeral Home, with interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Religion filled his soul with peace,
And from this world he fled;
Let faith look up, let sorrow cease,
He lives with Christ o'erhead.
Kathryn Margaret Price.
Wert. - Lydia M. (nee Sausman), wife of Deacon John
W. Wert (deceased) was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Feb. 14, 1850;
died at the home of her widowed daughter, Mrs. Phoebe Saner, of
the same place, Jan. 6, 1939; aged 88 y. 10 m. 23 d. She truly
was a faithful, devoted wife and mother as described in Prov.
31:10-31; and of a kind, loving, sympathetic spirit, to all with
whom she came in contact. She accepted Christ as her Saviour about
60 years ago, and remained a faithful member and defender of the
Mennonite Church and doctrines until death. Two infants, her husband,
and 2 married sons preceded her in death. Surviving are, 4 daughters,
2 sons, 56 grandchildren, and 51 great-grandchildren to mourn
their loss. Funeral services at Lost Creek Mennonite Church, conducted
by Brethren Samuel Leiter and W. W. Graybill, assisted by Banks
Weaver and Donald Lauver. Texts, I Cor. 5:1,2; Job 3:17. May we
follow her as she followed Christ, and there meet her again in
glory. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
---By a Son, J. D. W.
Brenner.--Abram K. Brenner was born at Millersville,
Pa., Nov. 13, 1867; died at his home in Millersville, Pa., Jan.
16, 1939; aged 71 y. 2 m. 3 d. He was the last of his family to
pass away. He spent his entire life in the village where he was
born. He united with the Mennonite Church in young manhood and
remained faithful until death. He was ordained to the office of
deacon twenty-six years ago. He was also trustee at the Old People's
Home at Oreville, Pa., for twenty-five years. His strong ringing
testimony for the Lord will be cherished by all who knew him.
His decisions were always of such a nature that he was generally
able to convince the gainsayer. Being a man of deep convictions
and sincere motives, many loved to sit in his presence and hear
the Word explained. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 1 son (Harold),
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral
services were held Jan. 18 at his late home conducted by Bro.
Landis Shertzer, and at the Millersville Church by Bro. Noah Risser,
assisted by the home ministers. Text, Phil: 1:21. Burial in the
--F. C. N.
Shopf.--David S., son of Abraham and Annie (Seachrist) Shopf, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 13, 1860; died Jan. 20, 1939, in Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 78 y. 7 m. 7 d. He was a sincere, consistent, and charitable member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was a successful miller by trade, and after an accident he retired from this business and resided in Millersville, Pa. Here his wife (who was Frances Kauffman before marriage), died 16 years ago. He is survived by 4 brothers (Aaron of Crosswell, Tobias of Lancaster, Christian near Letort, and Amos of Baltimore, Md.), also 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He fostered his 3 grandchildren for many years. He spent some winters in Florida to regain his health. The later years were spent in Elizabethtown with his grandchildren (Elwood Grimm, Mrs. Brinser, and Mrs. Baker). His death was caused by complications. Funeral services were held at the Miller funeral parlors in Elizabethtown by the brethren, Noah W. Risser and Clarence E. Lutz, with further services at the Masonville Mennonite Church, where services were conducted by the above named brethren and J. C. Habecker. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Neuenschwander.--Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Anna (Bixler) Loganbill, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, June 4, 1853; died Jan. 24, 1939; aged 85 y. 7 m. 20 d. At the age of fourteen she moved with her parents to Moniteau Co., Mo., where she grew to womanhood and on Jan. 29, 1876, she married David Neuenschwander with whom she celebrated their golden Wedding anniversary, two years before his departure in 1928. This union was blessed with 12 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. The third, Mrs. Fred Dossett, passed away March 13, 1924. The following children remain to mourn the loss of a mother whom they know to have sought to lead them in the ways of righteousness and peace: Anna (Mrs. J. M. Kauffman); Clara and John of the home; Noah and Peter of Garden City; Mary (Mrs. C. A. Hartzler) of Tiskilwa, Ill.; Rose of Chicago, Ill.; Fannie (Mrs. J. L. Driver) of Rocky Ford, Colo., and Ella (Mrs. G. W. King) of Charlevoix, Mich. Besides these she leaves 27 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, and a large circle of other relatives and friends. In her youth she confessed Christ as her Saviour and united with the Bethel Mennonite Church of Moniteau Co., Mo., later, moving with her family to Cass County in 1898, she placed her membership with the Bethel Church of which she remained a faithful member to the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the home in Garden City, in charge of Bro. J. C. Driver, and at the Bethel Church by Bro. W. E. Helmuth and Bro. C. A. Hartzler. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Bricker.--Elias W. Bricker was born April 28, 1853,
at Hawksville, Ont.; moved to Aldersyde, Alta., in 1891; died
in his home in East Calgary, Alta.; aged 85 y. 8 m. 16 d. He spent
the last 20 years in Calgary. He gave his heart to God early in
life and was faithful to the end, living a consistent and useful
life. He spent the last few years of his life distributing tracts
and religious literature. He always enjoyed conversing on things
of God, ready always to lend a helping hand whenever opportunity
afforded it. He was one of the charter members of the Mount View
Mennonite congregation near Aldersyde. The last year of his life
being mostly confined to his home, he expressed himself ready
and anxious to go. Three daughters and 1 son preceded him in death
(Martha, Mary, Clara, and Aaron). He leaves his beloved wife and
daughter (Esther), 4 sons (Harvey and Archibald of Calgary, Edgar
of Aldersyde, and John Henry of Arizona), 1 brother (Menno of
Blackie, Alta.), 1 brother and sister of Elmira, Ont., and a large
number of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He has
gone to glory. Let us prepare to meet him. Funeral services at
Calgary in Foster & Foster Funeral Home by Bro. O. O. Hershberger,
and at Mount View Mennonite Church Jan. 16, in charge of Brethren
Isaac Miller and C. J. Ramer of Duchess, Alta. Texts, I Sam. 28:18;
Psa. 90:9; II Tim. 4:7. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Silent is the voice of Father,
Vacant is his chair always;
And how sad the room without him,
For there is no Father there."
Teuscher.--William Teuscher was born in Baden, Germany,
Jan. 8, 1862; died at his home near Pigeon, Mich., Jan. 17, 1939;
aged 77 y. 9 d. At the age of 12 he came across to the United
States, and grew to manhood in the vicinity of Eureka, Ill. March
12, 1888, he was married to Mary Grieser of Hopedale, Ill. To
this union were born 9 children of whom 4 preceded him in death
(Edward, Johnnie, Daniel, Esther). He leaves his wife, 4 daughters
and 1 son (Mrs. C. C. Schrock, Saginaw, Mich.; Mrs. Ervin Hamilton,
Mrs. Reuben Leidig, near Pigeon, Mich.; Mrs. Earl Sturm, Bad Axe,
Mich.; and Harry of Pigeon, Mich.), 14 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild,
2 brothers (Jacob Teuscher, Upland, Calif.; Henry Teuscher, Milford,
Neb.). One sister and 1 brother preceded him in death, also a
grandson preceded him Jan. 14. As a young man he accepted Christ
as his personal Saviour, and united with the Mennonite Church,
and at the time of his death was a member of the Pigeon Mennonite
congregation. He was a faithful member, a father that loved the
church of his choice, interested in the work. He will be greatly
missed in his S. S. class and the worship hour, and in his home
by his dear companion and children. In the early years of his
married life they moved from illinois to Nebraska and in 1908
they moved to Texas. In 1919 to Huron Co., Mich., where he remained
until his death. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro.
J. J. Shetler, and at the Pigeon Mennonite Church by Bro. S. J.
Miller. Text, Psa. 17:15.
"Into heaven's mansions he's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Father has fallen asleep."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
Sites. - John Wesley Sites was born April 28, 1861; died Jan. 23, 1939, at his home in Pendleton Co., W. Va.; aged 77 y. 8 m. 25 d. He is survived by 4 children (Preston, Ollie, and Curtis Sites of Seneca, W. Va., and Mrs. Low Sites Moyers of Petersburg, W. Va.). He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church Aug. 12, 1938 holding his membership with the Roaring, W. Va., Mission. Funeral service at the home by Bro. Hiram Weaver of Job, W. Va. Burial in cemetery on the home farm.
Lehman. - Jacob C., son of Levi and Kathryn Lehman, died Nov. 17, 1938; aged 78 y. 3 m. His death came after a prolonged period of illness. He had been a resident of Cambria Co., Pa., for many years, having retired five years ago and since resided with his daughter, Mrs. Harvey Horner. His wife preceded him in death eight years ago. Surviving are 10 children, 47 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. He had been a member of the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted in the home by a minister of the Church of the Brethren and at the Elton Evangelical Church by Sanford G. Shelter.
Greiner. - Dena Greiner was born in Wustenroth, Germany, Feb. 17, 1860; died at San Bernardino, Calif., Dec. 29, 1938. She leaves a son (Karl of Upland, Calif.), and 1 grandson (James). She had been ill for the last four years, but all through her illness she retained her cheerfulness and pleasant disposition that characterized her life. She manifested her love for Christ whom she had accepted as her Saviour years ago. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the Stone Funeral Home, Upland, Calif. Bro. Alvin C. Burkholder in charge, assisted by Bro. J. H. Wagaman. Interment at the Bellevue Cemetery, Ontario, Calif.
Winey. - Josiah S. Winey was born July 10, 1868; died at his home near Richfield, Pa., Dec. 16, 1938; aged 70 y. 5 m. 6 d. He was united in marriage to Katie Graybill Feb. 2, 1902. She preceded him in death April 1, 1921. Their marriage was blessed with 2 sons and 1 daughter, who survive (Roy, near Hummelstown, Pa., John and Choice at home). He had 1 brother (Tekoa) in the state of Washington who died the same day. Bro. Winey was baptized and received in the Church on March 28, 1915, and was faithful until death. He was complaining some for several years, but continued his work, and came to services regularly, being present at Sunday school and church service at Cross Roads the last service before he died. May God abundantly bless the bereft children.
Heatwole. - Elvin Ray and Melvin Jay, two of the triplet infant sons of Gabriel and Ada Heatwole, died Jan. 9, 1939; aged 1 week. Their stay on earth was short. They budded on earth to bloom in heaven. We sometimes cannot understand God's way, and 'tis hard to part with our loved ones, but humbly bow and say, "Thy will be done." They went to meet their little sister Mary who has gone on before. They leave their parents, their triplet brother, Myron Ralph (which seemed to be the smallest and weakest of the three at birth), Paul, and Bertha; 2 aunts; maternal grandparents (Daniel and Mary Eberly), paternal grandparents (John and Emma Heatwole). Private services were held at the house by Bro. David Wenger, and at the County Line Church by Bros. Benj. Good, David Wenger, and Moses G. Horst. Burial in Martin's cemetery.
"Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care;
The opening buds to heaven conveyed,
And bade them blossom there."
Huebner. - Cornelius Huebner was born in Alexanderkrone, Russia, Feb. 8, 1892; died at his home Jan. 17, 1939; aged 46 y. 11 m. 11 d. He was married to Gertrude Siemens in October, 1921, and came to Mexico in 1926. There he lived until 1929, then came with his family to Hershey, Pa. He was working for the Hershey Estate but was transferred to the Hershey Lumber Co. He was in failing health for a number of years, but he kept on working until Jan. 10, 1939. He was bedfast nine days, and went to the glory which God has prepared for those that believe in Him. Surviving are his wife and 9 children (John, Frieda, Hulda, Erika, Herbert, Albert, Mary, Lena, Gertrude, and Linda). One little son (Walter) preceded him in death in 1931. The funeral was held at Stauffer's Church of which he was a member. Brethren Henry Keener, Noah Risser (in English), and John Williams (in German) were in charge. Closing prayer offered by Bro. W. Oberholzer. Texts, John 11:19 (in German); Job 14:1-14; John 14:1-3; Rev. 2:9. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder. - Jacob D., son of David C. and Susan (Miller) Yoder, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 26, 1847; died Jan. 23, 1939; aged 91 y. 10 m. 27 d. He was married to Sarah Yoder. In the spring of 1879 they moved to McPherson Co., Kans., where he lived the remainder of his life. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. The following survived: Joseph J., Laura J. (Mrs. Harry Murray), both of McPherson, Kans.; Wm. H., of Waterloo, Ia.; Ira D., and Mary (Mrs. M. J. Mishler), of LaVerne, Calif. One son, Elmer, preceded him in death. Also 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren survive. The deceased is the last of a family of 12 children. His interest in missions was of much joy to him, supporting one missionary for seventeen years, and one for nine years in China. He also gave liberally to McPherson College. Funeral was held at the Monitor Church of the Brethren, of which he was a member, conducted by W. A. Kinzie of Navarre, Kans., and V. F. Schwalm of McPherson College. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery by the side of his wife who preceded him 25 years ago.
Eash. - Elnora, daughter of George A. and Mary (Miller) Yoder, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Feb. 21, 1879; died Feb. 2, 1939, at the Elkhart General Hospital following a malignant disease, being ill about thirty days. She was taken to the hospital with the hope that an operation would be of benefit, but she soon grew weaker and peacefully fell asleep on Thursday morning, being there eight days. Age, 59 y. 11 m. 11 d. On April 20, 1905, she was united in marriage to John W. Eash of White Cloud, Mich. To this union were born 2 children, 1 son having preceded her to the world beyond. She leaves her husband, a daughter (Mrs. Iva Nofzinger at the parental home), 1 grandson (Lonnie Duane Nofzinger), 2 sisters (Mrs. George Dintaman of Lagrange and Mrs. Dan Martin of Hopedale, Ill.), a number of uncles and aunts, and a host of cousins, relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, 2 sisters, and a brother. She united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and remained faithful till the end. Funeral services at the home were in charge of Y. C. Miller and at the Shore Church in charge of Josiah J Miller and Percy J. Miller. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Bachman. - Phebe Smith, daughter of the late John P. and Cathrine Smith, was born Aug. 8, 1866, in Livingston Co., Ill.; died Jan. 28, 1939, at her home in Tiskilwa, Ill.; aged 72 y. 5 m. 18 d. She was the youngest of 5 sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. She was united in marriage with Peter Bachman Feb. 6, 1887, who passed away Aug. 17, 1931. To this union were born 13 children, 5 of whom, with 3 grandchildren, have preceded her in death. She leaves 3 sons and 5 daughters (Ed E. of Tiskilwa, William of Princeton, Clyde of Wyanet, Mrs. Rose Zehr of Flanagan, Ill., Mrs. Amanda Sears, Mrs. Alice Schrock of Tiskilwa, Tillie and Esther at home). 13 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Her death came very unexpectedly, after being ill only a half hour of a heart attack. She confessed Christ in her youth, and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful Christian until God called her home. She will be remembered and greatly missed because she was always ready to help a neighbor or friend and always willing and glad to share whatever she had with those she thought would enjoy it. She was honest, upright, industrious, and a tender loving Christian mother doing everything she could for her family.
Swantz. - Charles A., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Swantz was born Sept. 16, 1870, in Arcola, Ill.; died at the home of his son John, near Kalona, Ia., Jan. 29, 1939; aged 68 y. 4 m. 13 d. In his infancy he was baptized and confirmed March 30, 1884, in the Evangelical St. Paul's Church in Arcola, Ill. In 1895 he was baptized into the faith of the Amish Mennonite Old Order Church in which he remained steadfast all his life. Dec. 8, 1895, he was united in marriage to Katie A. Miller by Bishop Peter Kinsinger. For the past four year and one half years he has made his home with his son John, where he quietly and peacefully fell asleep. The cause of his death was apoplexy and hemorrhage of the brain. He leaves his 3 sons (John, Walter, and Emmet), 1 daughter (Lydia of Iowa City), 3 brothers and 2 sisters of Arcola, Ill., and 7 grandchildren. His companion and 1 daughter preceded him in death. His wife died Oct. 9, 1925. Funeral services were held at the John Swantz home at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning with C. M. Yoder and Ira Nisley in charge (in German), assisted by Edd Shettler (in English). Texts, 90th Psalm and John 11:1-45. Interment in the Gingerich Cemetery.
"We miss you from our home, dear father!
We miss you from our place;
A shadow over our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine from your face."
Gochnauer. - Benjamin H. Gochnauer was born Nov. 9, 1850; died Jan. 17, 1939; aged 88 y. 2 m. 8 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Herr in 1872, who has passed away 43 years ago. Four children survive (Mrs. Emma Bigler of Willow St., Adam and Benjamin near New Danville, and Edwin of Lancaster.) Three children have passed away, also 4 grandchildren. Surviving are 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was the oldest and the last of his family of 3 brothers and 2 sisters. His last sister (Mrs. Annie Lipp) died Dec., 1938. She had requested his presence, they had spoken together and she told him she was going and peacefully passed away. He had been with his son Benjamin nearly 22 years and in that time was only bedfast twice. His place was seldom vacant in Sunday school and church. Christmas day he was present at services. Took dinner at his son Adam's. Soon ready for home. The next day very suddenly he was taken to the hospital from which place he passed away 3 weeks later. The funeral took place at his late home and was in charge of Bros. Maris Hess and Noah Hess, which was his request, also at New Danville Church.
"One by one their seats were emptied,
One by one they went away;
Now the family is parted,
Will it be complete one day?"
Hostetler. - Isaac, son of the late Isaac and Mattie (Miller) Hostetler was born Jan. 3, 1887; died Oct. 21, 1938; aged 51 y. 9 m. 18 d. He was united in marriage Jan. 8, 1911, to Barbara Edna Thomas who survives him. To this union were born 4 sons: Lester Carl, Kenneth Harold, John Glendon, and Norman Merle, all remaining to mourn the loss of a father. Three grandchildren also survive, one grandchild having preceded him in death. He is also survived by 1 brother (Noah), 3 sisters (Lydia, widow of Jacob Lohr; Leah, wife of S. J. Holsopple; and Mary, wife of Tobias Eash), and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers (Joseph and John) and 3 sisters (Elizabeth, wife of John Livingstone; Amanda, wife of Simon Thomas; and Mattie, wife of Daniel Gilbert) preceded him in death. His death was brought on by an accident in which he and one of his sons were thrown out of a metal silo as it collapsed and fell under the increasing pressure of the ensilage as it was being filled. Bro. Hostetler had been a member of the Blough Mennonite Church since early manhood. His sudden departure came as a shock to the Church and community in which he lived and was a vivid illustration of the familiar Bible text, "No man knoweth what a day may bring forth." Funeral services at the home were conducted by Bro. Harry C. Blough and at the church by Bro. Sanford G. Shetler and Harry C. Blough. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Good. - Rhoda Kathryn, daughter of Abraham and Anna Good, was born April 5, 1924, Nampa, Idaho; died Jan. 23, 1939, at the Samaritan Hospital; aged 14 y. 9 m. 18 d. Death came after nearly six weeks of suffering from intestinal flu with complications. She leaves father, mother, 3 sisters (Elizabeth, Martha, Esther), 2 brothers (James and Edwin), and many relatives and friends. An infant sister (Miriam) preceded her in death. She was a freshman in high school and was loved by her many school associates. She united with the Mennonite Church two years ago, and was a faithful member until her departure. Her Christian testimony will continue its appeal to her many friends and associates even in her absence. An anointing service was held for her on the Sunday evening preceding her death, at which time she expressed peace with God, and a readiness to go if God willed it so. We have the blessed assurance that Rhoda is safe in the Arms of Jesus. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 26 at the Mennonite Church in Nampa, Bro. G. D. Shenk, Sheridan, Oreg., in charge; assisted by A. M. Shenk of Indian Cove and A. D. Good, the home pastor. Text, Jas. 4:14.
"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 my garden wall
Has blossomed on the other side?"
Frank. - Ellen S., wife of Phares N. Frank, was born July 14, 1878, near Manheim, Pa.; died Nov. 23, 1938, at the Mennonite Home at Oreville, near Lancaster, Pa.; aged 60 y. 4 m. 9 d. She was the daughter of the late Henry S. and Fannie Snyder Weidman, and was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Besides her husband, 3 sons survive; Christian W., of Landisville; Henry W., of Mt. Joy, and Irvin W., of Elizabethtown; also 5 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. John Shenk and Mrs. Isaac Douple), 1 brother (Jacob S. Weidman), all of Manheim. For the past year and a half she served faithfully as matron at the Home until her sickness. On the afternoon of Nov. 15 she visited all the sick and feeble shortly after which she complained of not feeling well and went to her room. She was stricken with a paralytic stroke and lingered for seven days. We keenly feel our loss, but humbly submit to His will, knowing that our loss is her gain. Funeral services were held from the Home at Oreville Nov. 26, in charge of Bros. Noah Landis and Jacob Harnish. Text, Rev. 14:13. Further services at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, Bros. Frank Kreider, Henry Lutz, and John S. Hess officiating. Text, Matt. 24:44. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"However painful it may be
To know that Mother is gone;
The thought is sweet that we may meet
Her in that heavenly home."
Byler. - Lydia I., daughter of Gideon and Nancy Peachey, was born near Belleville, Pa., Sept. 2, 1865; died Jan. 30, 1939; aged 73 y. 4 m. 28 d. On Jan. 27, 1887, she united in marriage to Daniel K. Byler near Newton, Kans. Mourning the loss are her husband and 10 children as follows: Urie D., Middlefield, O.; Jesse J., Gap, Pa.; Jacob D., Thomas J., Daniel H., Joseph D., Ella (Mrs. Jacob King), Nannie (Mrs. Joseph Yoder), Lena (Mrs. Rudy Byler), and Emma (at home), all of near Belleville. She also leaves 45 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers and 1 sister (Jacob T., Jonas C., Thomas J., and Mrs. Rufus King, of Belleville). Although she had been ailing for almost a year with a heart condition, yet her last sickness was caused by a fall on Oct. 6, at which time she fractured her hip, and had been bedfast most of the time since, enduring her affliction with great patience. As much as she was at peace to leave this world, she regretted to leave her family, showing forth her motherly love to the very last; for when she was no longer able to speak to the seven children around her bedside, she pointed her finger heavenward and in a few more moments passed over to that glory world where there will be no more parting, being the first on to break our family tie. Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at the Locust Grove Church, of which she was a faithful member, conducted by Bros. John Zook and Emanuel B. Peachey. Burial in the cemetery near by.
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
--By the Family.
Stoltzfus. - "Welcome death and welcome eternity," was the sentiment expressed by Aaron K., youngest son of Benuel and Lydia Stoltzfus, Bird-in-Hand, Pa., Dec. 17, 1938, just a few hours before he fell asleep in Jesus at the age of 28 y. 9 m. 27 d. He is survived by his father, a brother (John F. Stoltzfus), and a host of friends"his mother and sister (Annie) having preceded him in death. He accepted Christ in his youth, uniting with the Weavertown A. M. Congregation, of which he remained a faithful and loyal member until death. Although crippled with hip disease for the past 10 years or more, he had a consistent will to overcome handicaps, and also to apply himself diligently to any duties or responsibilities resting upon him. One of his main characteristics was that of being of service to others. He bore a living testimony for his Master in a quiet, unassuming way, seeking to exemplify Him wherever he went. He made many friends. He was confined to bed most of the time for about 15 months prior to his death, the first 9 months of which he was a patient at the Rossmere Sanatorium, after which he was taken to the home of John K. Smoker's (of Monterey) who cared for him up to his death, which was caused by acute kidney disease. The patience he manifested during his illness was an inspiration to those about him. He suffered considerably, and frequently asked others to pray for him so that he could remain patient to the end. He often spoke (while meditating upon the deeper things of life) of the time when all suffering and disappointment would be known no more. He manifested a deep interest in the work of the Church and Sunday school. In making his funeral arrangements he selected one of his favorite portions of Scripture to be read (II Cor. 4:8-5:2). He was fully resigned to God's will, and was waiting to be taken home. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Brief services were held Dec. 20, at the home of his brother, John F. Stoltzfoos, followed by further services at the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church near Bird-in-Hand, Pa., conducted by John A. Stoltzfus, Geo. W. Beiler, Elam L. Kauffman, and Aaron B. Stoltzfoos in German, and John A. Kennel in English. Texts: John 14:1-8; I John 3:1-3; I Thess. 4:13-18; Heb. 11:13; II Cor. 4:8-5:2. Interment in Myers' Cemetery, near Monterey.
"We who have known and loved him,
And whose leaving has brought sad tears,
Will cherish his memory always
To brighten the drifting years."
Transcriber's Notes: These are not typos:
In Mr. Stoltzfus' obituary (last one):
His brother is first mentioned as John F. Stoltzfus and later as John F. Stoltzfoos.
Services were conducted by John A. Stoltzfus and Aaron B. Stoltzfoos.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
Riley - Mary Ann Riley was born Feb. 2, 1865; died Feb. 2, 1939; aged 74 y. Death was due to a paralytic stroke. She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, in which faith she died. Her husband preceded her in death 15 years ago. Funeral services were held from the Gospel Hill Church, Palos, Va., conducted by Bro. L. H. Jones. Text, Job 5:26. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Smith - Henry Addison Smith, aged about 70 y., died at his home near Mt. Clinton, Va., Dec. 24, 1938. He suffered a paralytic stoke 3 days prior to his death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He was twice married. His first wife preceded him in death a number of years ago. One son survives from the first marriage. He is also survived by his second wife, 5 sons, 4 daughters, and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Mt. Clinton Church, conducted by J. W. Hess of the Brethren Church, assisted by Bro. H. B. Keener. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Geissinger - Anna Young, widow of the late Bro. Noah Geissinger, was born Dec. 19, 1845, in Bucks Co., Pa.; died Dec. 21, 1938; aged 93 y. 2 d. She resided with her son, Jacob Geissinger, in Hellertown, Pa. She was a faithful member of the Springfield Mennonite congregation and is survived by 5 sons, 2 daughters, and 27 grandchildren. Her husband died 32 years ago. She was the first of a family of three, all past 80 years of age, to break the family circle. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. John Gehman and -----Knouss and at the church by Bro. A. O. Histand. Text, Jno. 14:1-3.
Yoder - Jesse Ivan, son of Jessie and Annie (Byler) Yoder, was born near Belleville, Pa., Nov. 3, 1932, died Nov. 3, 1938. Little Jesse never enjoyed normal health, always needed much care. After much suffering, God in His great mercy called him home. He leaves parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandfathers, uncles, aunts and cousins. Short service was held Nov. 5 at the home and at Locust Grove Church by John Zook and E. B. Peachey. Text, II Kings 4 :20. Burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
"Go to thy rest, fair child!
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."
Auker - Jacob W. Auker, son of John L. and Fanny Wert Auker, was born Aug. 1, 1863; died Jan. 2, 1939; aged 75 y. 5 m. 1 d. He is survived by his wife, Sallie Wert Auker and the following children: John L., of Goodville; Elva, Mrs. Roy Brubaker, Oakland Mills; Mary, Mrs. Ralph Graybill, Evendale; Jacob, Ruth, and Merrill at home; also 10 grandchildren survive. He joined the Methodist Church of East Salem in 1889 and united with the Mennonite Church in 1902 where he was a faithful member till the time of his death. Funeral services were held Jan. 6 from the home of his son, John L. Auker, with further services in Delaware Mennonite Church. Interment in cemetery adjoining. Text, Matt. 24:44. Text was suggested by the family as our brother passed away very suddenly. Services were in charge of Banks Weaver and W. W. Graybill.
Baer - Mrs. Emma E. (Nissley) Baer died at her home in Salunga, Pa., Jan. 24, 1939, after a 10-month illness. She was born April 16, 1864. She was married to Benjamin M. Baer who preceded her in death sixteen years ago. She is survived by 2 sons (Frank N. of Salunga, and Dr. Willis N. Baer of Stetson University, Deland, Fla.), and 6 grandchildren; also a sister (Amelia, wife of Clayton H. Herr of near Mt. Joy). She was a consistent member of the Salunga Mennonite Church and was present regularly at Sunday school and church until her illness. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at the Salunga Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Henry Lutz and Hiram Kauffman.
"Death doth hide, but not divide!
Thou art but on Christ's other side;
Thou art with Christ and Christ with me,
In Him united still are we."
Nahrgang - Katie, daughter of the late John and Anna Brenneman, was born in East Zorra, Ont., Nov. 5, 1875. Although she had been in failing health for several years, she passed away very unexpectedly and suddenly at her home in New Hamburg, Ont., Jan. 25, 1939. Death was due to a stroke. She was in her 64th year. In her youth she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful till death. She will be much missed in the home and Church. She leaves her husband (Abram Nahrgang), 4 sons (Isaac and Abram of New Hamburg, William and Percy of Moeline, Ill.), 1 brother (Alex), and 4 sisters (Mrs. J. Wagler, Mrs. Martha Dick, Mrs. Peterson, and Mrs. J. Brenneman). Funeral services were conducted Jan. 29 from the home to the Blenheim Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Moses H. Roth assisted by Bro. M. Hallman. Text, John 11:25, 26. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Not a typo: -- Moeline, Ill.
Nickel - Maria (Neufeld) Nickel was born Nov. 29, 1854, in Firstenau, South Russia; died Feb. 2, 1939; aged 84 y. 2 m. 4 d. Jan. 14, 1875, she was united in marriage to Wilhelm Nickel, who preceded her in death May 13, 1901. To this union were born 6 children. Three sons, 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild preceded her in death. She leaves 1 daughter (Mrs. A. F. Toews of Wolf Point, Mont.), and I son (Henry W. Nickel of Ulen, Minn., with whom she has made her home for many years), 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. In July, 1878, she with her husband came to the United Sates and settled on a farm near Mountain Lake, Minn., and in 1898 they moved to Ulen, Minn., where she has since lived. At the age of 18 she confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she has lived ever since. Funeral services were held Feb. 5 by Elmer D. Hershberger. Text, I Thess. 4:13-18.
Burkholder - David L., son of Samuel and Hettie (Landis) Burkholder, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 19, 1866; died Jan. 25, 1939, at his home near Witmer, Pa., aged 72 y. 2 m. 6 d. In 1890 he was married to Emma W. Hess of Ephrata. To this union were born 9 children, of whom 3 sons preceded him. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Hettie (Mrs. Philip Culp) of Reading; David L., Leacock; Mary at home; Lester, Lancaster; Clarence and Aldus of near Witmer), also 23 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister (Adam L. of Lititz, Amos L., and Mrs. Emma Bucher of Bareville). He was a member of Mellingers Mennonite Church for many years, never missing services when health permitted. He was failing in health for some years and suffered very much in his last illness of cancer of stomach and liver for three months, which he bore very patiently. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin, at Mellingers Church by Bro. Elmer Martin and Bro. David Landis. Interment at Hammer Creek cemetery.
"Father dear, your wish is granted:
Sorrow, pain and grief are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you
Over on the peaceful shore."
Bontrager - Fanny, daughter of Emanuel and Magdalena
(Gerber) Keim was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Oct. 30, 1854; died
in her home near Thomas, Okla., Feb. 4, 1939; aged 84 y. 3 m 4
d. She confessed Christ as her Saviour in her youth and joined
the old Order Amish Mennonite Church and was active to live for
her Master as long as health permitted and died in the faith.
She was married to Isaac, son of Amos and Lydia (Miller) Bontrager,
March 22, 1874. To this union were born 6 sons and 1 daughter
(Andrew and Edward of Haven, Kans.; Enos and Clarence of Middlebury,
Ind.; Maryann, wife of Benedict T. Yoder and Amos of Thomas, Okla.).
One son died in infancy. In 1902 the family moved to Thomas, Okla.
Her husband died Jan. 8, 1904. She leaves 5 sons, 1 daughter,
39 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was the last of the Emanuel Keim family. I knew her for 57
years and was always glad for her kind and friendly conversation.
On Jan. 28 she had a fall in the room and was supposed she broke
her hip which caused her great suffering. Funeral services were
held in the home of her daughter Feb. 6, conducted by Alva Swartzendruber
in English and John A. Yoder of the home church and David Y. Miller
of Dover, Del., in German. All the children were present at the
funeral, also a number of grandchildren and others including the
writer from Kansas. Leander S. Keim.
Transcriber's note: "To this union were born 6 sons ... "-- only 5 sons are listed.
Krause - Amanda E., daughter of Daniel and Barbara (Kauffman) Hooley, was born Dec. 10, 1875, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died Feb. 6, 1939, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Brunk of Hyattsville, Md. She had been ailing for a number of months, but was only found to be seriously ill a few weeks before her death. Shortly after Christmas she went to the home of her daughter for special treatment, where her trouble was diagnosed as cancer. Under the skillful hands of the doctor she seemed to improve for a time; then turned worse, and for the last ten days failed rapidly until she slept away into eternity. On Nov. 1, 1894, she was married to Samuel Kraus. In 1898 the moved to Warwick Co., Va., uniting with the Mennonite Church there, and in that faith she died. Her husband passed away Nov. 13, 1923. She was preceded also by her parents, 1 sister, and 2 small sons. Surviving are 3 daughters: Nora (Mrs. Henry Brunk), Hyattsville, Md.; Virgie (Mrs. D. E. Hostetter), Harpersville, Va.; Effie (Mrs. Arthur Wood), Denbigh, Va.; 2 sons (Clyde H. Kraus of Denbigh, and J. D. Kraus, of Brentwood, Md.), also 1 brother (Frank Hooley), and her second husband, Frank Krause, both of Denbigh. The body was brought home for burial. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 8, at the Warwick River Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. R. J. Shenk of Brentwood, Md., assisted by Bros. Daniel Shenk and Truman Brunk of the home congregation. Interment in nearby cemetery.
Miller - Venus J., son of Jacob Y. and Anna (Blough) Miller, was born near Elmdale, Mich., Nov. 2, 1877; died at his home near Fairview, Mich., Jan. 9, 1939; aged 61 y. 2 m. 7 d. His father, mother, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Those left to mourn his departure are 5 brothers and 4 sisters (Ransom of Flint, Mich.; Milo, Harry, and Charlie of Ionia, Mich.; Lester of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Mrs. Pearl Stutzman of Goshen, Ind.; Jennie, Mrs. Bertha Winton, and Mrs. Nora Bontrager of Fairview, Mich.), Venus and Jennie having tenderly cared for the parents in their declining years. He leaves 56 nephews and nieces, also the following uncles and aunts: Mrs. Amanda Seese of Clarksville, Mich.; Peter Blough of Freeport, Mich.; Andrew Blough and Mrs. Katie Mishler of Shipshewana, Ind.; and other friends and relatives. Early in the spring his health began to fail and he began to realize he was not prepared to meet his God. The Holy Spirit leading him on to accept Christ as his personal Saviour, he requested baptism and united with the Fairview Mennonite Church. After which he patiently endured his sickness (which proved to be cancer) until he peacefully and calmly met death with a smile on the afternoon of Jan. 9, being conscious until the end. Truly Christ had taken away the sting of death. Funeral services in the home were conducted by Bro. M. S. Steiner, and at the church by Bro. Menno Esch assisted by Bro. R. R. Smucker. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28.
Schlabach - Dorothy Ellen, daughter of Elias and Minnie Schlabach, was born near Greenwood, Del., Feb. 19, 1937; died at the Milford Memorial Hospital, Feb. 8, 1939; aged 1 y. 11 m. 19 d. She took sick during the night of Jan. 4, with a bronchial pneumonia in both lungs and other complications following. She was taken to the hospital in Milford, Del., on Jan. 10, where in about a week she seemed to be improving. But after having an abscess on one lung the lung collapsed, and later developed an abscess around the heart which caused her passing away suddenly about one hour after eating a hearty supper, Feb. 8. She suffered much during her five weeks of sickness but was very patient during it all until the Lord relieved her and gave her eternal rest. She leaves by her early departure her sorrowing parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters: Sylvia Viola (Mrs. Jacob Miller), Clara Mae, Alva Joseph, David Glenn, Clayton Harold, and Mildred Minnie; and a host of other relatives and friends to whom she endeared herself during her short stay here on earth. One infant brother, Shem Cornelius, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the home on Feb. 10, with further services at the Greenwood A. M. Church, conducted by Brethren Eli Swartzentruber and Nevin Bender. Text, Job 1:21. Burial in adjoining cemetery. About one hour before the services at the home the Gospel Herald of Feb. 9, was received which brought the message, "A Voice from Heaven," in the form of a poem which was read and seemed as a voice from our departed jewel.
"Sleep on, dear child, and take thy rest,
God's peace rests on thy gentle breast;
Although thou hast left us lonely,
We know God's ways are always best."
Musser - Israel G., son of the late preacher Peter and Sallie (Good) Musser, was born May 6, 1851, near Bowmansville, Pa.; died Feb. 7, 1939, at the place of his birth, where he lived all his life, a period of 87 y. 9 m. 1 d. He was a devoted Christian from his youth. He was baptized and received into church fellowship in 1869 by the late Bishop George Weaver, at Bowmansville. On Nov. 16, ----, he entered into marriage with Catherine Burkhardt. She was buried Mar. 27, 1924. The Lord gave them 12 children, 9 of whom are living: Reuben;, Susie (Good); Isabella (Bowman); Emma (Gehman); Katie (Gehman); Isaac; Israel; Aaron; and Amos. Although he was almost blind for several years, yet he by the help of his son, Aaron, found his regular seat in public worship till last Thanksgiving Day. Then his seat was empty at church. But his exercise of the spirit of worship continued on the couch of physical infirmities while mental strength lasted. Most tenderly kind hands ministered to him in his semi-blindness and last days of helplessness. There are 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Two sisters also remain: Mary Ann (Bowman) and Sarah (Good). Bro. Musser was deeply interested in all the activities of the Church. The Sunday school and the welfare of the young people lay close to his heart. His deep spiritual prayer life and his keenness of vision to sense the needs of the Church were a blessing. This one instance shows his concern for deeper spiritual life for the average church member. In his younger days, while engaged in loading and hauling manure on his farm, he became burdened because of the indifference and unconcern in the Church. He left his fork. Retired to the barn. There he pled with God for a spiritual awakening. Such lives and prayers are not in vain. By his encouraging words and his manifest "let-us-go-on" spirit he has meant much to the Church. Oftentimes he sorely lamented the fact that the younger generation does not believe in God, heaven and hell as the Bible teaches. Funeral was held on Feb. 10, with burial at Bowmansville burial grounds. Services were in charge of the home ministry. The sermon was preached by Bro. Isaac Geigley. Text, Num. 23:8-10. "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let me last end be like his."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington