March 2, 1939 - Vol. XXXI, No.48 - pages 1030, 1031, 1032
Rininger. - Lucinda (Oaks) Rininger was born Aug. 16, 1850; died Dec. 15, 1938; aged 88 y. 3 m. 29 d. She was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Custer) Oaks and was the last member of that family. She was married to Henry A. Rininger April 20, 1879, who preceded her in death 16 years ago. To this union were born 3 children, all of whom survive. These are Agnes on the old homestead near Windber, Pa.; Nettie, wife of Robert of Somerset Co., Pa.; Carrie, wife of L. E. Ringley, Chicago, Ill. The deceased united with the Mennonite Church about 35 years ago and was faithful until death. Funeral services, in charge of S. G. Shetler and Harry C. Blough, were conducted in the Weaver Church near Windber, Pa., and the body was laid away in the Weaver Cemetery.
Mast. - Orvin Glenn, infant son of Bro. and Sister Ammon J. Mast of Clarence, N.Y., died Feb. 9, 1939, aged 3 d. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 1 brother (James Allen), 2 half sisters (Mrs. Andrew Jantzi, Williamsville, N. Y.; Anna Mae Erb at home), 3 half brothers (Charles, Ammon Jr., at home; Paul of Sturgis, Mich.). Short was his stay with us, but God saw fit to pluck our little darling and plant him in heaven to wait for us. A short funeral service was conducted at the home by Bro. Thomas Donner. Text, "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh."
"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."
Sharer. - Milo Menno Sharer was born near Peabody, Kans., June 22, 1883; died in Portland, Oreg., Feb. 7, 1939; aged 55 y. 7 m. 16 d. A few hours before his death he expressed a desire to go home, and said that Jesus was taking him, asking that his family come too. He was married July 18, 1917, to Effie Shupe. He leaves his wife and 1 daughter, Mabel Sharer. He also leaves 1 brother and 2 sisters (Clarence C. Sharer and Mrs. Martha Crosby, Wheatland, Wyo.; Mrs. Susie Fuller, Sheridan, Oreg.), and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the home Feb. 9, and the burial was at the cemetery of the Hopewell Church.
"One by one the links are severed
From the golden chains of love;
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above."
Shoup. - James Irvin, son of Irvin Carl and Viva (Forrer) Shoup, was born Jan. 20, 1937. Wednesday noon, Feb. 8, 1939, he playfully wandered away from his earthly home and was found in a creek nearby. His stay here was short, but so sweet to his loving parents, who are sorrow-stricken by his sudden and early departure. Those of the immediate families who share the sorrow are his grandparents (Mrs. O. O. Forrer of Orrville, and Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Adams of Apple Creek, Ohio), 1 great-grandmother (Mrs. Celesta Biddle), and 1 great-grandfather (Mr. Abram Wingerter), both of Orrville; also a number of uncles, aunts, cousins, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Bro. and sister Hayes Adams and at the Orrville Mennonite Church by I. W. Royer assisted by D. E. Sowers. Text, Matt. 18:2. Scriptures used, Psalm 23 and John 16:16-28.
Hossler. - William S., son of Stephen and Mary Hossler, was born April 27, 1877; died at his late home near Elizabethtown, Pa., Feb. 11, 1939. He had been in ill health since the summer of 1938. He had been visited a number of times during that time, and it seemed the Lord was merciful in dealing with him until he was willing to accept Him. We were impressed how the enemy withstood him until almost the last. On Feb. 1, he expressed his desire to accept Christ, was baptized on Feb. 6, and died Feb. 11; as far as we could tell, in peace. Surviving him are his wife (Kate) and 2 children (Mary, wife of Byron Coble of Elizabethtown and Jerry at home) and 1 grandson (Harry Coble), also the following brothers: Jerry John Hossler, and Samuel Caley. Funeral services were held from the home Feb. 14 and at Shenk's Union Church, conducted by Noah W. Risser and Clarence E. Lutz. Text, Isa. 38:1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Keadle. - Mary Alice, fifth child of Dr. and Mrs. L. W. Gore, was born at Lockesburg, Ark., Jan. 25, 1870. She grew to young womanhood in that vicinity and was married to N. J. Keadle Feb. 2, 1888. They moved to Peggs, Indian Territory, in September, 1902. To this union were born 5 sons and 6 daughters. Of this number, 3 of her sons, and 2 of her daughters preceded her in death. She was converted when 11 years old, and has been a member of the Methodist Church since that time. Wherever she has lived, she has always been known for her ardent life and enthusiastic work for Christ, and the example of goodness, and service which she rendered her neighbors always in His Name. She died Feb. 13, 1939; aged 69 y. 19 d. She leaves her husband, 6 children, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of friends to mourn her going. Funeral services were held in the home Feb. 14, conducted by Bros. I. J. Hartzler, D. L. Sommers and ----- Cannon. Interment in the Adair Cemetery.
Baumgardner. - Lovina (Blough) Baumgardner was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 16, 1854; died at her home in Windber. Pa., Feb. 15, 1939; aged 84 y. 10 m. 29 d. She was the daughter of the late Christian C. and Pollie (Mishler) Blough. She was married to Henry Weaver, who died fifty years ago. Later she was married to John Baumgardner, who passed away in 1913. The surviving children of the first husband are 2 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter, wife of Daniel Shetler, died in 1925. Besides the children, she is survived by 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters. Two brothers and 3 sisters preceded her to the grave. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. For the last fifteen years she has been blind and has had several sieges of severe sickness. She was a faithful attendant at church even during her blindness. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler and Hiram Wingard. Her body was laid beside her first husband in the Weaver Cemetery.
Sheriff. - Samuel A., son of Andrew and Nancy Sheriff, was born near Blain, Pa., April 28, 1862; died Feb. 19, 1939, near Archbold, Ohio; aged 76 y. 9 m. 21 d. In his younger years he went to Colorado, and spent most of his life on a farm near Leadville, until about 7 years ago he came to make his home with his nephew (Mr. and Mrs. Bon Bowers) who faithfully cared for him in his illness of complication of diseases which was of a duration of about 18 months. He leaves 6 nephews, 4 nieces, besides a host of friends. There preceded him in death, father, mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, one of them preceding him just three days. In his youth he was baptized in the Reformed Church. He bore his suffering patiently, expressing a desire to depart and be with his Lord. He was a kind man and will be missed especially in the home of his nephew. Funeral service was held at the Lockport Church, Feb. 21, by Jesse Short, assisted by Walter Stuckey. Text, Job 14:15.
"The lights have gone out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn, the dweller's away;
He stepped o'er the threshold in the hours of night,
To make his abode in heaven so bright.
Stutzman. - Lydia Stutzman (nee Miller) was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 17, 1854; died Feb. 6, 1939; aged 84 y. 7 m. 19 d. In 1864 she moved to Indiana, where she has since resided. She was united in marriage to Jonathan Stutzman Dec. 28, 1873. To this union were born 5 children: Harvey and Nora, Mrs. Samuel Yoder of Goshen; Earl of Wenatchee. Mrs. Allen Miller preceded her in death in 1928, also an infant in 1880, and her husband four years ago. Surviving her are 19 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, also 3 sisters: Elizabeth (Mrs. Stahley) of Nappanee; Mary (Mrs. Holt) of Sherwood, Oreg.; Malinda (Mrs. Schrock) of Sugarcreek, Ohio, 1 brother Harvey of Goshen. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained in this faith till death. She was patient in her suffering, expressing a desire to depart and meet those gone before. Her place in the church was always filled when health permitted. Her life has been lived, she is gone home. May those of us who are yet left follow her example in faithfulness in her duties and church attendance. Funeral services in charge of C. L. Graber in the home and at the Clinton Frame church services were in charge of D. D. Troyer and Ira S. Johns.
Cullar. - Rebecca, daughter of Christian and Susan Lehman, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, March 12, 1865; died at her home near North Lima, Ohio, Feb. 13, 1939; aged 73 y. 11 m. 1 d. At the age of fifteen months her mother died, leaving her to the care of her father. About fifty years ago, during revival meetings held by Bro. John S. Coffman, with 31 others, she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she remained loyal till death. On Oct. 23, 1890, she was united in marriage to Bro. Jonas Cullar. To this union were born 2 sons (Elmer of Columbiana, Ohio, and John of North Lima, Ohio). Besides her husband and 2 sons, she is survived by 5 grandchildren, 4 brothers (John S. Lehman and Henry Lehman of Humboldt, Kans., David Lehman of Columbiana, Jacob Lehman of Salem, Ohio), and a sister (Mrs. Anna Miller of Columbiana). A brother (C. S. Lehman of Columbiana, O.), a sister (Mrs. Susan Martin of Dalton, O.), 1 half sister (Fannie), and 1 grandchild preceded her in death. During the last several years her health had been failing steadily, but her condition was not considered serious and her death came unexpectedly to her family and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Midway Mennonite Church by Brethren David C. Steiner and A. J. Steiner. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Klingelsmith. - Sarah (Feller), widow of the late Benjamin Klingelsmith, was born in Miami Co., Ind., Dec. 20, 1866; died Feb. 10, 1939, at the Mercy Hospital in Manistee, Mich.; aged 72 y. 1 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Klingelsmith Aug. 8, 1883, at North Grove, Ind. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. One son (Jesse) and 2 daughters (Maude Sutter and Leona Robertson) preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1889 in Indiana and in 1915 she with her husband were received as members of the Pleasant View congregation near Chief, Mich. She was interested in the spiritual welfare of her family, and in her own way she worked for the upbuilding of the cause of Christ, never missing a service unless because of her health not permitting it. She faithfully tried to maintain the Doctrines of the Church. The following children remain: Harry and Grover of Brethren, Mich.; Clyde and Dewey of Barberton, Ohio; Oakie Barney of Columbia City, Ind.; and Bessie Jausie of Seward, Neb. She also leaves 24 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and 4 sisters also survive. She was in failing health for several years but bore her suffering with patience and Christian fortitude. She will be missed in the home, community, and church; but her influence will live on. Services were conducted in the home of her son Grover and at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church on Feb. 13, by Bro. C. C. Culp. Theme, "The Anchors of Life." Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Vonier. - Joseph, son of Andrew and Catharine Vonier, was born in Etoben, Alsace Loraine, France, Dec. 25, 1859; died at his home near Pettisville, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1939; aged 79 y. 1 m. 2 d. When he was 14 years of age, he came with his parents to this country, and settled near Archbold, Ohio. On Nov. 15, 1881, he was united in marriage with Catharine Gearig. This union was blest with 4 sons and 5 daughters: Ervin, Joseph, Aldina, Priscilla, Elizabeth, Lillie, and Sadie; and Elmer and Nelson, who preceded him in death. He also provided a home for 2 grandchildren (Blanche and Cleo). He had been in good health until about 6 moths ago, when he began to fail and gradually became worse. He was confined to his bed 4 months, and the last week suffered much, which he bore very patiently, and many times expressed his desire to be with his Lord. He united with the Church of the Brethren and later transferred his membership to the Mennonite church of which he remained a faithful member until death. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 28 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Christ of Pettsiville and Otto of Archbold), 5 sisters (Mrs. Fannie Aeschliman of Wauseon, Mrs. Rose Gearig of Delta, Mrs. Ida Fethers, Mrs. Hulda Lauber of Archbold, and Mrs. Cora Leininger of Tedrow), besides a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Central Church, Feb. 1, by Jesse Short assisted by P. L. Frey. Text, Rom. 8:38, 39.
"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."
Rupp. - Eli L., son of John and Magdalena Rupp, was born Sept. 1, 1860 near Archbold, Ohio; died near the place of his birth Jan. 17, 1939; aged 78 y. 4 m. 17 d. On Jan. 19, 1882, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Aeschliman. Four foster children were taken into the home (Frank Cornell, Amos Aschliman, Mrs. Simeon Leupp of Wauseon, O., and Mrs. Ella Yoder) whom he esteemed very much. On April 3, 1917 he was again united in marriage with Caroline Beck. To this union were born 4 daughters (Mrs. Charles Bechtol, Ada, Cora, and Lucinda). He leaves his companion, 4 daughters, 7 foster grandchildren, 4 foster great-grandchildren; a sister (Mrs. Eli Lantz of Berne, Ind.), a brother (Seth Rupp of Archbold), besides a host of relatives and friends. One daughter (Cora) and a foster son preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Defenseless Mennonite Church and was called to the work of the Lord as a minister; later he transferred his membership to the Amish Mennonite Church and there served as a minister as long as health permitted. About three years ago he began failing in health and from that time on he was not able to fill his place. On Saturday he suffered a heart attack, and bore it patiently until the Lord called him home. He was a kind and loving Father and will be missed in the home, and the church where he labored. Funeral services were held at the Central Church Jan. 20, conducted by Jesse Short, assisted by E. B. Frey. Text, Phil. 1:21.
"We have lost a loving father,
He has bid us all adieu;
He has gone to live in Heaven
And his form is lost in view."
Transcriber's note: different spellings of Aeschliman / Aschliman in this obituary.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
March 9, 1939 - Vol. XXXI, No.49 - pages 1062, 1063, 1064
Ickes.-William Harrison Ickes was born Feb. 26, 1855; died at his home in Colburn, a suburb of Altoona, Pa., Feb. 26, 1939; aged 80 y. 11 m. 28 d. Surviving are 6 sons, 5 daughters, 26 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren. He was received into church fellowship by water baptism April 30, 1935. Funeral services were held Feb. 27 in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Psa. 90:10,12.
Transcriber's note: In Mr. Ickes' obituary: One place indicates he died on his birthday, making him 84 years old. His age at death is given as 80 y. 11 m. 28 d. later on. (???)
Homan.-Samuel, son of David and Sarah Homan, was born July 27, 1857; died at the home of his granddaughter (Mrs. John Clapper, Altoona, Pa.), Feb. 20, 1939; aged 81 y. 6 m. 23 d. Surviving are 3 sons and 1 daughter. He was received in church fellowship March 5, 1931. Funeral services held Feb. 23 at the First Mennonite Church in Altoona, in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Bear.-Leona A., wife of Theodore Bear, was born at Pinesburg, Md., Feb. 16, 1893; died at her home in Williamsport, Md., Feb. 9, 1939, aged 45 y. 11 m. 24 d. She is survived by her husband, father (Henry Gruber), 1 son (Kaolin), 2 daughters (Arlene Gearhart and Vada Banzhoff), 1 sister (Mrs. Harry Kelley of Williamsport), and 1 brother (Roy Gruber of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Pinesburg. Funeral services were held Feb. 13 at the Clearspring Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren Samuel R. Eby and Moses K. Horst. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Witmer.-Elwood Maynard, infant son of Owen and Iola (Good) Witmer, was born and died near Dalton, O., Feb. 6, 1939. Little Elwood shall never be forgotten, even if his stay was very short. He leaves parents, 1 sister (Mabel Marie), 4 grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousin. One brother (Nelson Maurice) preceded him in death a little over two years ago. Short services were held at County Line Cemetery by Bro. Benjamin Good.
"God's heaven must be beautiful,
The ones we love the best
Are called so soon to be a part
Of that fair land of rest."
---By the parents.
Greene.-Ruth Viola, daughter of Benjamin and Elmira Greider, was born at New Carlisle, Ohio, Oct. 31, 1903; died at the home of her father Feb. 9, 1939; aged 35 y. 3 m. 9 d. On May 7, 1921, she was united in marriage to John H. Greene. To this union was born 1 son (John Herman). She leaves, besides her father, husband and son, 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Greethem, Springfield, Ohio; and Mrs. Harve Haddix, Urbana, Ohio), 4 brothers (Oscar of Elida, Ohio; Earl at home; Paul and John Musser of Springfield, Ohio). She passed away after a long illness of about 13 years. Funeral services were held Feb. 12 from the home of her father, with further services at the Mennonite Church, conducted by Daniel Augsburger of Elida, Ohio.
Sommers.-Richard Allen, infant son of Raymond and Irene Sommers, died Jan. 27, 1939; aged 6 m. 19 d. Though his stay here was very brief, his life's mission was well done. He leaves his parents, 2 grandmothers, 14 aunts and uncles, more than 50 cousins, besides other relatives. On Saturday morning he accidentally swallowed an open safety pin. He seemed well and happy, but several X-ray pictures revealed that an operation was imperative. From then on he grew weaker until his spirit took its flight early Friday morning. This bright, pure, innocent rose budded on earth to bloom in heaven. The Lord gave us Sonny Boy; the Lord has taken him away: blessed be the name of the Lord. Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at the Howard-Miami, Ind., Church, conducted by Bro. A. G. Horner. Text, II Kings 4:26.
Long.-Nora, daughter of the late Hugh and Sarah (Ashenfelter) Pence, was born at Mt. Clinton, Va., in 1868; died Feb. --, 1939. She was married twice, her first husband being Kirby Wilkins who died Oct. 31, 1904. Her second husband was Francis Long. For the past 17 years she has made her home in York, Pa. She is survived by 3 children (Mrs. Tracy Wilkins Frey of Thomasville, Pa., Ward and Charles Wilkins of Easton, Pa.), 7 grandchildren, and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Fannie Pence May of Pocomo, Md.; Joseph Pence of Douglass, Pa.; Charles Pence of Staunton, Va.; Frank and Hugh Pence of Mt. Clinton, Va. She accepted Christ in youth, and united with the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Feb. 23, at Timberville, Va., conducted by H. A. Behrens. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Gone into that light that shines so fair,
Gone from the earth and sorrow and care;
Resting her hands that did their best,
Gone to the home of the blest."
Ropp.-Mary, daughter of Christian and Phoebe (Eigsti) Sears, was born near Tiskilwa, Ill., Jan. 7, 1870; died at her home near Tremont, Ill., Feb. 19, 1939, aged 69 y. 1 m. 12 d. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until the Lord called her home. She was united in holy wedlock to Asa Ropp on Dec. 27, 1894. To this union were born 2 children: Lavina (Mrs. Jacob W. Zehr), Foosland, Ill., and Reuben J. Ropp, Tremont, Ill. She leaves husband, the children, 2 grandchildren (Dorothy and Donald Ropp), 1 brother and 3 sisters (Samuel R. Spears, Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Lydia Springer, Princeton, Ill., Mrs. Fannie Forney, Graymont, Ill., and Mrs. Phoebe Culp, Sterling, Ill.), and a host of relatives and friends. Her consolation when in difficult was, "The Lord will Provide." She has gone to be with her Redeemer. Funeral services were conducted from the home and from the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church with the brethren, Simon Litwiler and Leland Bachman in charge.
Kindig.-John H., son of the late Eli J. and Sarah (Hollinger) Kindig, aged 70, died Jan. 29 at his home near Conestoga, Pa. He had been in ill health from September until the time of his death but he bore his lingering illness with untold patience. He was a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church for a number of years. He is survived by his wife (who was Alice Charles before marriage) and two children (John C. of Conestoga and Ethel M. at home), and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Hiram Warfel, Eli J. of Conestoga; Mrs. Alice Mann, Mrs. Annie Kachel, Mrs. Amanda Page, Ella M., Christ of Lancaster; Mrs. Sarah Barker of San Jose, Calif.; and Chester M. of West Lampeter. Two grandchildren also survived. Services were held Feb. 1, at his home and at the New Danville Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. James Hess and Bishop Stoner Krady with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead, he is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of his hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land."
Parrett.-Samuel J., son of Branson and Mary (Showalter) Parrett, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., Jan. 5, 1854; died, after an illness of a few days, at his home near Waynesboro, Va., Jan. 18, 1939; aged 85 y. 13 d. He was united in marriage to Nancy Brunk, who preceded him in death 50 years. There are 3 surviving children from this union: Luther and Fannie (wife of H. T. B. Campbell) of near Waynesboro, and Phillip of Buena Vista, Va. About five years after the death of his first wife, he married Leah Eschleman of Hagerstown, Md., who survives with 2 children: Jonas, of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Annie (wife of Restie Campbell) of Waynesboro. He also leaves 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In youth he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. His familiar form is missed in his accustomed place in church. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. E. F. Heatwole and in Springdale Church by Bro. J. R. Driver, assisted by Bro. E. C. Shank. Text, Jno. 9:4. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Jesus smooths the aged brow,
And quiets the palsied nerves.
He crowns the glory of age with youth;
In strength He all preservers."
Gerber.-Fanny Gerber (nee Speicher) was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 30, 1859; died Feb. 12, 1939; aged 79 y. 2 m. 13 d. Nov. 3, 1881, she was married to Henry E. Kropf. Two sons and 4 daughters were born to this union. Two daughters died in infancy and the father died Dec. 24, 1891, leaving the mother with 5 fatherless children. On Dec. 24, 1903, she was married to John T. Miller of Millersburg, Ohio, who died in February 1916. She was married to Silas Gerber of Amboy, Ind., Sept. 6, 1917, who remains to mourn the loss of a devoted companion, sharing the loss he has the sympathy of the surviving children: Amanda, married to Elmer Plank, Constantine, Mich.; Noah D. Kropf, Kalona, Iowa; Elizabeth, married to Martin L. Miller, Amboy, Ind.; Elmer J. Kropf, Columbus, Ohio; also 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Noah Speicher, Shipshewana, Ind.), 2 stepdaughters, and many other friends and relatives. We mourn not as those who have no hope. Mother accepted her Saviour in her youth, worshiped Him in the Mennonite Church as long as her health permitted, and many times expressed herself ready for the summons to come up higher. Funeral services at the Howard Miami Co., Church; sermon by Claude C. Culp, assisted by the local ministry. Text, Job 14:14.
Rohrer.-Milton J., son of Mrs. Ida A. and the late Witmer J. Rohrer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 16, 1879; died Feb. 19, 1939. He spent his entire life in the vicinity of his birthplace. He was a kind father and is missed in the home. Had been in failing health for about sixteen months from heart trouble. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite church for many years, remaining faithful to the end. He is survived by his wife (Susan Althouse Rohrer) and 3 sons (Witmer J., William G., and Roy Milton, all of Strasburg), his mother, and these brothers and sisters: Landis B., Parke D. of Lancaster, B. Frank of Paradise Twp., Ella (wife of Jacob H. Herr) of West Lampeter Twp., and Anna (wife of Clarence B. Eshleman) of Vintage. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 from the home and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Christian Brubaker and Bro. Jacob T. Harnish. Text, Job 19:8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear
For one we loved and cherished here;
God took him home, it was His will,
But in our hearts he liveth still."
Loucks.-Jacob Henry, son of Martin and Hannah (Kilmer) Loucks was born in Wakarusa, Ind., July 2, 1868. In early childhood he moved with his parents to the present home north of Wakarusa where he lived the rest of his life, with the exception of two years which were spent in St. Joseph Co. On April 11, 1889, he was united in marriage to Mary Wenger, who preceded him in death May 27, 1932. To this union nine children were born (Bertha Homes, Mrs. Boyd Schriner, Oliver, Mrs. Noble Hoover, Mrs. Albert Weaver, Mrs. Joseph Gorsuch, Mrs. Nelson Paul and Mrs. Willis Hartman). A son (Oscar W.) died in 1908. Since 1910 he has been a member of the Mennonite Church and Olive congregation, remaining faithful until death. For several years he had been in failing health, and since July had been bed-fast, gradually becoming weaker until he passed into the great beyond, aged 70 y. 7 m. 20 d. During his illness he was a patient sufferer, and often longed for the time of his departure. He leaves the above named children, 3 sisters (Mrs. Solomon Metzler, Mrs. Anna Hunsberger, and Mrs. David Wenger), also many other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank at the Olive Church.
Bauman.-Isaiah G., Breslau, Ont., was born near Floradale, in Waterloo Co., Aug. 11, 1890; died at the K. and W. Hospital Feb. 19, 1939; aged 48 y. 6 m. 9 d. Death followed a few days after an operation which revealed a cancer. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in youth, joined the Mennonite Church, and remained an active member until death. He was united in marriage to Hettie Martin of Maugansville, Md., on Jan. 1, 1926. To this union were born 5 children: Doris, Mahlon, Mary, Leonard and Martha, all of whom survive. He is also survived by his widow, his mother, 6 brothers (Norman, Irvin, Silas and James of Ohio; Edmund of Markham, Ont., and Oliver of Breslau, Ont.) and 2 sisters (Louida of Toronto, and Salome of Kitchener). Funeral services were held Feb. 22 from the Dreisinger funeral parlors at Elmira, conducted by Bro. Oscar Burkholder. Public services were held at Floradale Mennonite Church. Bro. Reuben Detweiler and Bro. Oliver Snider preached. Texts, Amos 4:12 and II Pet. 1:11; selected by him as the basis for the sermons to be delivered at his funeral. He wished others to known in his life and in his death that in Christ is our salvation; in Him we are justified. Interment in North Woolwich Mennonite Cemetery.
Stofflet.-Salina H., daughter of Solomon and Hettie (Kauffman) Kauffman was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Dec 25, 1864; died Feb. 23, 1939, after nearly five months of suffering from a stroke of paralysis. Her mother died when she was less than two years old and she was cared for by her paternal grandmother until her father's second marriage. The family moved to Cass Co., Mo., in 1884. On March 30, 1886, she was united in marriage with Ambrose Stofflet. Soon they left for Parkville, Mich., where they resided for some years. She leaves her husband, 1 son (Ellis J.), 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 half sisters (Mrs. S. J. Plank and Mrs. Cassie Headings of West Liberty, O); also a number of cousins in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Missouri. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, later transferring her membership to the Methodist Church. Funeral services held at Cheney Funeral Home in Charlotte, Mich., Feb. 27. Funeral sermon by A. L. Wagley. Text, Rom. 8:18. Burial at Vicksburg, Mich.
"I cannot say, I will not say,
She is dead; she is just away.
Although her letters will come no more,
We hope to meet on the other shore."
Sommer.-Friedaricka, daughter of Henry and Carlina Carle, was born in Wurtenburg, Germany, Jan. 31, 1876; died at the Burnham Hospital in Champaign, Ill., Feb. 5, 1939; aged 63 y. 5 d. Death was due to a complication of diseases. She came to America in the fall of 1894, at the age of 18 years. She was united in marriage with Christian W. Sommer of Dewey, Ill., Sept. 24, 1896. To this union were born 13 children. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 19 and remained a faithful member until death. She leaves her husband and the following children: Henry H. of Fisher, Ill.; William C. of Foosland, Mrs. Columbus Tabor of Miami, Fla.; Joseph E. of Paxton, Ill.; Mrs. Harve Studer of Fisher; Samuel I. of Dewy, Benjamin G., Andrew R., Mary S., Emma K., Carl F. and Esther F., at home. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 1 brother (John of Wurtenburg, Germany), 1 sister (Mrs. Eliza Albright of Urbana, Ill.), also a host of other relatives and friends. One son (Lester) preceded her in death at the age of 6 years and 1 sister in infancy. Funeral services were held Feb. 8 at the East Bend Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. J. A. Heiser assisted by Bro. Harold Zehr. Text, I Pet. 1:3,4. Burial in the East Bend Mennonite Cemetery.
Swartzendruber.-Christian J., son of Joseph and Lydia (Kauffman) Swartzendruber, was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, July 22, 1863; died at his home near the place of his birth Jan. 22, 1939; aged 75 y. 6 m. As a young man he united with the Amish Mennonite Church in which faith he continued until death. Dec. 6, 1894, he was married to Magdalena Bender. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. Their firstborn son died in infancy. The remaining children are Milo of Virginia; Orval of Parnell; Earl and Willard of Davenport; Louisa, wife of Clark Gingerich, Wellman; and Katie, wife of Ezra Brenneman, Kalona. All of these with their mother, 15 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends mourn his departure. He was a member of a pioneer family, his parents having come to Iowa in the early history of the state. They were the first Amish family to settle in Iowa County. In this family there were 7 sons and 7 daughters that grew to manhood and womanhood and reared families of their own. Of these the only ones that now remain are his brother, John J. of Wellman and his sister, Mrs. William Eicher, of Wayland. He had been in failing health for a number of years but was able to attend church services part of the time. The last time he was able to attend church services was at the last communion services of his church. Services at the home were conducted by Harvey Yoder while Edward Deiner and Abner Yoder were in charge of the services at the West Union church. The scripture lesson was Job 14 and the sermon text was taken from Psa. 23:4 6. Interment in the Upper Deer Creek Cemetery.
Christophel.-Miriam Lucile, daughter of Ira and the late Emma (Loucks) Christophel, was born Jan. 16, 1921; died at the General Hospital in Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 3, 1939; aged 18 y. 18 d. She had been in usual health until on Saturday morning, Jan. 28, she complained of feeling ill, and in the evening she was taken to the hospital for an emergency appendicitis operation. Apparently she was getting along fine until on Monday afternoon complications set in which resulted in her death. She was very resigned and patient during her illness and endured her suffering with a smile. The brightness on her face, during the last hours, manifested the peace and joy of her soul as she passed into her rest. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at an early age and was a member of the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church always faithful in her attendance and her devotions. She was a senior in the Wakarusa High School, looking forward to her graduation in April. She leaves father, 2 sisters (Florence and Esther), 3 brothers (Carl of Elkhart, Harold of Clarksville, Mich., and James at home), and a host of relatives and friends. Her mother preceded her in death 14 months. Being missed by the family, she will also be greatly missed by her S. S. class and her teachers and classmates in school. Funeral services held at the Yellow Creek Church, conducted by Virgil Weaver and D. A. Yoder.
"We miss you from our home, dear Miriam,
We miss you from your place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine from your face."
Birky.-Barbara, daughter of Joseph and Anna Wittrig, was born in Ontario April 24, 1854; died at the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington, Ill., Feb. 4, 1939; aged 84 y. 9 m. 10 d. Death was caused by complications following a hip fracture sustained in a fall in her home. When but a small child her family moved to Wayland, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood. At the age of 23 she came to Hopedale, Ill., where she spent the remainder of her life with the exception of six years that she and her family lived in Kansas. On Feb. 17, 1878, she was married to Christian H. Birky. To this union were born 10 children, 4 of whom preceded her in death, namely: Joseph, Emma, Mrs. Lydia Nafziger of Nampa, Idaho, and Mrs. Anna Springer. Father also passed away in 1920. The remaining children are: Chris, John, Alvin, Mrs. Lizzie Heiser of Fisher, Ill., and Will and Lewis of Louts, Ind. On Feb. 23, 1928, she was united in marriage to Chris J. Birky who remains to mourn her departure. She also leaves 6 stepchildren, 36 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Pete Wittrig of Washington, Iowa, and Daniel Wittrig of Hopedale), and 1 sister (Mrs. Susan Augsburger of Tremont, Ill.). In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and she was a faithful member throughout life. Of a quiet disposition, she lived an exemplary Christian life. She was a kind and devoted wife and mother, always exercising a spirit of trust and patience. Mother has gone but her influence lives on and some day we can all be united again. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Funeral services were held Feb. 7 at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren, Simon Litwiller and Ben Springer. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
Dettwiler.-Emma Frances, daughter of Norman and Leah (Rutt) Shepp, was born near Wooster, Ohio, Dec. 15, 1871; died Feb. 18, 1939, at Harper, Kans.; aged 67 y. 2 m. 3 d. In early life she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she continued an exemplary member. She lived a life of trust and died in confident hope of triumphant resurrection and a crown of glory. At the age of eight she moved with her parents to Garden City, Mo., where she spent her girlhood life, having kept house for her father after her mother's passing. On May 4, 1904, she was united in marriage with William E. Dettwiler. Since that time she has lived near Harper, Kans. She was preceded in death by an infant son (Paul), her father, mother, 1 brother, and 3 sisters. She leaves her sorrowing husband and the following children: Bertha (Mrs. Arami King), Pearl, Ernest, Velma, and Justus, all of Harper, Kans., and Emily (Mrs. John Diller) of Hesston Kans.; also 4 grandchildren who gave her much enjoyment, her step-mother (Mrs. Anna Shepp), 2 half-brothers (Park J. Shepp and Garland Shepp, all of Garden City, Mo.), 1 sister-in-law (Mrs. Sadie Shepp of Kansas City, Mo.), a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. The family have lost a kind and loving wife and mother, whose place can never be filled. Her quiet disposition and thoughtful consideration won for her a place in the hearts of many who have learned to love her. We do not know why her sudden departure, but "It is the Lord; let Him do what seemeth Him good." Funeral services were held Feb. 21, conducted by Bro. R. M. Weaver assisted by Bro. J. J. Zimmerman and Bro. Paul Erb. Text, Rev. 14:13 (the same text used for her sister-in-law (Amanda Dettwiler) who passed away just two months preceding).
"Her willing hands are folded,
Her dear warm heart is stilled;
A place is vacant in her home,
Which never can be filled."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
Ketterman.-Harlen Bruce, only child of Glenn and Dollie Ketterman of Brood, W. Va., died Feb. 12, 1939; aged 2 m. 14 d. He leaves father, mother, and many other relatives. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery.
"There was an angel band in heaven,
That was not quite complete;
So God called our precious darling,
To fill a vacant seat."
Mallow.-Manford, son of Owen and Mabel Mallow, died at Onego, W. Va., Jan. 14, 1939; aged 1 y. 4 m. He leaves father, mother, 4 sisters, 1 brother, and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted by ----- Izenberg. He was laid to rest in the Mallow Cemetery.
"Sweet little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom has taken him away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Him and the angels above."
Swope.-Frances Rebecca, infant daughter of Ralph and Mary Swope of Brood, W. Va., was born and died Sept.10, 1938. An infant sister and brother preceded her in death. She leaves father, mother, grandparents, and many other relatives.
"Lord, give us strength our loss to bear,
And lead us in the heavenly way;
Oh, may we meet our children there,
In realms of everlasting day."
--By her Mother.
Moore.-Emma F. Moore was born Feb. 19, 1864; died Feb. 12, 1939; aged 74 y. 11 m. 23 d. On Dec. 25, 1932, she was baptized and received as a member of the Coatesville Mennonite Mission to which she was faithful until death. Her husband, who also had united with the Mission congregation, died in 1934 after which she made her home at the Welsh Mt. Home, and was there at the time of death. Short services were held at the home of her son (George McDowell), Northeast, Md., followed by services at the N. E. Methodist Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Kulp.-Elmira (Slifer) Kulp was born Jan. 28, 1839; died Dec. 22, 1938; aged 99 y. 10 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Abram M. Kulp Oct. 27, 1860 and united with the Springfield Pa., Mennonite Church; living in that vicinity until 1908, when they moved to Line Lexington, Pa. Her husband preceded her in death thirteen years. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters, of whom five survive. Brief services were conducted at the home of her son in Line Lexington by E. J. Bohn, with further services at Springfield Mennonite Church by Claude Meyers and Arthur Ruth. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Harper.-Harold W., son of Virgil and Goldie Harper, died Feb. 25, 1939; aged 5 y. 11 m. 15 d. He had been unable to walk for more than a year from spinal trouble. He took a severe cold which developed into pneumonia. His father preceded him in death about two years ago. Harold often expressed the desire to go to his father. He leaves his mother, 1 brother, 1 sister, and many other relatives to mourn their loss. He was laid to rest by the side of his father in the family cemetery.
"Dear little Harold, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Yoder.-Rachael Delilah, daughter of Elmer E. and Catharine (Zook) Yoder, was born near Allensville, Pa., May 6, 1937; died Feb. 8, 1939. She died in the Lewistown Hospital from the effects of bronchial pneumonia. Surviving are the parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister (Willard, Roland, Peter, and Shirley). Funeral services were conducted at the home Feb. 10 by Bro. Eli K. Zook, and at the Allensville Mennonite Church by Brethren Emanuel B. Peachey and Elmer E. Yoder. Buried in the Locust Grove Cemetery near Belleville, Pa.
"Darling Rachael, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Hochstetler.-Phyllis Gene, the daughter of Elmer and Ora Hochstetler, near Nappanee, Ind., died March 1, 1939, following a two-week illness from heart trouble; aged 4 y. 7 m. 12 d. She is survived by her parents, 5 brothers and sisters (Harold, Esta, Willis, James, and Carol), also grandfather (Martin Hochstetler of near Nappanee), Mr. and Mrs. Ben Yoder (maternal grandparents of Fairview, Mich.), a great-grandmother (Mrs. Joseph Mullet of Plain City, Ohio), together with many other relatives and friends, who are saddened by her passing away. Funeral services were held March 5 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church in Nappanee, conducted by Bro. Homer F. North. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
King.-Lydia B., daughter of Christian H., and Elizabeth King, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 8, 1863; died at Allensville, Pa., Nov. 1, 1937. Lydia came to the Kishacoquillas Valley with her parents at the age of 4 months, where she has resided practically all her life. She was never married. She united with the Allensville congregation in her youth and was faithful to her Lord as well as to the Church until she was called to her eternal home. During her last illness she was in the home of Sister Sadie Hartzler who was faithful in tenderly caring for her through sickness and death. Funeral services in her home church by Bro. Joshua B. Zook, using the Resurrection chapter as a basis for the message. Burial in the cemetery near by, by the side of her parents who had passed on before.
Lefever.-Frank S. Lefever was born near Lampeter, Pa., Dec. 22, 1864; died at the Lancaster General Hospital Feb. 13, 1939, after one week's stay there of patient suffering; aged 74 y. 1 m. 21 d. He was married to Hettie Herr, who preceded him in death about 22 years. To this union were born 8 children of whom 6 survive, as follows: Ada H., wife of Isaac T. Hollinger, near Lampeter; Isaac H., Neffsville; Mrs. Mary Groff and Cora H. of E. Petersburg; Lehman of Manheim, and Martin H. of Dayton, Ohio. There are 14 grandchildren, also 3 surviving sisters (Mrs. Annie Landis, Mrs. Benj. Denlinger, and Miss Barbara Lefever, all of E. Lampeter Twp.). Funeral services Feb. 16 from the late home and at E. Petersburg Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member. Services were conducted by Brethren Jno. Gochnaeur (Text, II Cor. 5:11) and Frank Kreider. Interment at Mellingers Cemetery.
King.-Joseph Charles, little son of Irvin J. and Edna (Hartzler) King, died Feb. 24, 1939; aged 5 m. 4 d. He died at the Lewistown Hospital where he had been a patient for about one hour. The cause of his death was pneumonia and a partly collapsed lung. Little Charles will be sadly missed in the home and by all who knew him. God plucked a little bud from this world to bloom in heaven. Those remaining are his sorrowing parents, 1 sister (Annabelle Lou), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Hartzler), a grandmother (Mrs. Annie King), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at the Allensville Mennonite Church, conducted by Elmer Yoder and John B. Zook. Interment in the cemetery near by.
"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."
Nafziger.-Doris Irene, daughter of Ezra and Salome (Beachy) Nafziger, died Feb. 19, 1939, after an illness of 13 days of bronchial pneumonia, aged 7 m. 21 d. Doris brightened our home for such a short time. We do not understand why the Master called her so soon, but humbly submit to Him who doeth all things well. She is survived by her parents and 3 brothers (Harold, David and Eugene) at home. One sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Feb. 21 at the home by Brethren Amos Stoltzfus and John Smoker and at the Millwood Mennonite Church by Brethren John Kennel, Nevin Bender, and M. S. Stoltzfus. Burial in Millwood 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."
By the Parents.
Beideman.-Deacon Isaac Beideman was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., March 25, 1860; died at his home in Line Lexington, Pa., Jan. 20, 1939; aged 75 y. 9 m. 25 d. He was first married to Mary Swartz, and they were members of the Methacton Mennonite congregation near Methacton, Pa. His wife preceded him in death 16 years ago; also a son and two daughters. The surviving children are Harry and Abram of Norristown, Raymond of Souderton, Mrs. Allen R. Gehman of Line Lexington, and Mrs. Paul Freed of Graterford, Pa. His second marriage was to Mary Catherin Walter. He was ordained a deacon eight years ago at Methacton Church and served faithfully till death. Funeral services were conducted at Line Lexington Church by brethren Arthur Ruth and Warren Bean, followed by brief services at the Methacton Church by Bro. Irvin Landis. Texts, Psa. 23; Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Martin.-Edna A., daughter of Hiram G. and the late Annie (Sensenig) Warfel, was born near Conestoga, Pa., July 15, 1896; died very suddenly at the Lancaster General Hospital Feb. 9, 1939, following an operation performed 8 days before; aged 42 y. 6 m. 24 d. In her youth she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite church remaining faithful till death. Oct. 7, 1919, she was united in marriage to Benj. F. Martin. Mourning the loss are her husband, 1 son (Benj. F., Jr.), her father and stepmother, and the following sisters: Mrs. Mary Shertzer, Mrs. Chester Neff, and Mrs. Cora Stauffer, all of Lancaster Co., Pa. Funeral services were held Feb. 12, at the home in charge of J. C. Habecker and at the Habecker church in charge of C. K. Lehman and J. K. Charles. Texts, Gen. 23 and Psa. 30:5. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"We wept-'twas nature wept-
But faith can pierce beyond the gloom of death.
And in yon world so fair and bright,
Behold thee in refulgent light!
We miss thee here, yet faith would rather
Know thou art with thy heavenly Father."
Martin.-Irvin W., son of Amos H. and Katie (Weaver) Martin, was born Oct. 8, 1929 near Ephrata, Pa.; died Jan. 20, 1939; aged 10 y. 3 m. 11 d. Death was due to acute endocarditis. He had been sick for two weeks and was very patient. He is survived by his sorrowing parents and the following brothers and sisters: John of Hopeland; Mary (Mrs. Harry Weaver) of East Earl; Harvey, Anna (Mrs. Elmer Zimmerman), Eva, Amos, Esther, Edwin, Titus and Phares, all at home. He is also survived by his grandparents (John and Anna Weaver of Groffdale). Funeral services were conducted from the home on Jan. 23, by Bro. Menno B. Weaver, with further services at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Joseph E. Hostetter and Hershey Sensening. Text, Job 1:21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with Irvin, dear,
No more to see him here;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best
To end his troubles and give him rest.
In heaven to reign with angels fair,
May our name, too, be written there."
Conrad.-Lydia Emma, daughter of Christian and Anna Conrad, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, April 7, 1883; died Feb. 25, 1939, at the home of her sister (Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Graber) of Sterling, Ohio, where she made her home for nearly 17 years and enjoyed their comfort and fellowship; aged 55 y. 10 m. 18 d. She was preceded in death by her father, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. Mother, 5 sisters and 1 brother survive; also 1 uncle and aunt, 8 nephews and nieces, with a large circle of near relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and Lord at the age of 14 and united with the Beech Mennonite congregation. She was a faithful, devoted sister in the Master's work. Her aim was to witness for Christ by living a meek and humble life among her many friends and those with whom she came in contact. She was of a meek and quiet spirit, preferring to make others comfortable and happy rather than herself. She was patient in suffering and affliction. She will be remembered by her deeds of kindness and loving service.
"At last over there, His glories I'll share,
And with Him I will reign evermore;
Through wonders of grace, beholding His face,
The King I will ever adore."
Services were conducted by the brethren, Wm. G. Detweiler, O. N. Johns, and J. S. Gerig. Interment in the Warstler Cemetery.
Martin.-Mary Catherine, daughter of Elam and Sarah Hartzler Martin, was born near Smithville, Ohio, June 30, 1936; died Feb. 25, 1939. She seemingly developed normally until a year ago last November, when she was afflicted with measles from which she never fully recovered. About a year ago it was noticeable that her condition was becoming serious. After treatment and observation it was found that she was suffering from anemia, which later proved to be Monocytic Leukemia. Doctors and specialists gave no hope for her recovery, yet every effort was put forth for her comfort. She seemingly improved at times, only to relapse again. She was a patient little sufferer, endearing herself to many who knew her. She leaves fond memories of how she enjoyed singing and how reverent she was, folding her little hands, while mother said her little prayers. Many prayers ascended on her behalf. We realize God comforted and blessed our little one many times. While our hearts are sorely bereft we humbly submit to God's will, knowing that He doeth all things well. He has but claimed His own. He has plucked a fair, pure lily to transplant in His garden. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 1 brother (John Ernest), 3 grandparents (Bro. and Sister John Hartzler and Sister Mary Martin), beside many other relatives and friends. Her grandfather Martin preceded her in death ten years ago. Funeral was held at Crown Hill Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. E. F. Hartzler and Noah Hilty. Text, Jno. 14:1.
"One by one the Father gathers
Choicest flowers, rich and rare,
And transplants them in His garden;
They will bloom forever there."
Yoder.-Almeda Leah, eldest daughter of Daniel and Salina
Marner Slaubaugh, was born March 24, 1897, in Iowa Co., Iowa.
In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained
a faithful member of the West Union congregation until death.
Jan. 19. 1922, she was united in marriage with Alvin M. Yoder.
To this union were born 2 children (Marguerite and Maynard). She
had been somewhat in failing health for several years but became
seriously ill Jan. 4 of this year with a complication of ailments
which developed a serious state of infection upon which she was
taken to the Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. After a little over
2 weeks of hospital care she seemingly improved sufficiently to
again be taken to her home where she continued to gain slowly.
But with a weakened heart she developed anemia and pneumonia which
she only survived about one day and on Feb. 25, 1939 she passed
away, aged 41 y. 11 m. 1 d. During her sickness she suffered much,
but endured it patiently. Desiring to be restored to her family
she requested to be anointed, which was granted her while at the
hospital. Besides her bereaved husband and 2 children, she also
leaves her aged father (Daniel Slaubaugh of Parnell, Ia.), 2 brothers
(Lewis and Jacob of Parnell), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Roy Yoder, Mrs.
Lester Yoder, of Wellman, Mrs. Clarence Detweiler of Parnell,
and Ella at home), besides many other relatives and friends. Her
mother preceded her in death in 1921. Funeral services were held
Feb. 27, at the home by W. S. Guengerich and at the West Union
Church by C. J. Yoder and John Y. Swartzendruber. Text, I Thess.
"It's so hard to part with loved ones,
First with one and then another;
How it cuts our very heart strings,
When we say Good-bye to mother;
But, when I land up yonder,
Two faces I would see;
I want first to meet my Saviour,
Then have mother come to me."
Mishler.-Amanda, daughter of John and Polly Miller, was born Aug. 21, 1861, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died Feb. 15, 1939; aged 77 y. 5 m. 24 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in her young years. She was married Feb. 28, 1899, to James J. Mishler of Shipshewana, Ind., deacon in the Shore Mennonite Church. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. Surviving the loss of a dear companion and mother is the husband and following children: Ira J., Nona (Mrs. Elva Nelson), Lucy (Mrs. Perry Nelson), of Shipshewana, Ind.; Claude of Middlebury, Ind.; also the following stepchildren: Albert, Portland, Oreg,; Oliver, Elkhart, Ind.; William, Eugene, Oreg.; Lizzie (Mrs. Jerry C. Troyer), Amanda (Mrs. Joseph E. Nelson), James E., all of Shipshewana, Ind.; and Ola (Mrs. Ira E. Yoder), of Middlebury, Ind. One stepdaughter, Mabel, deceased. Also 37 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren survive. She was the last of a family of 9 children, 6 of whom died in infancy. She was always ready to help in whatever work she could, up to the day she took sick. She was sick in bed 31 days with heart failure and complications. She never complained and was always very thankful. She continued to get weaker until the end came, and a peaceful crossing over. Funeral plans were completed for Saturday morning when a little granddaughter in the home complained of being ill, was taken to a doctor who pronounced it scarlet fever. She was immediately placed in the home of Nona Mishler, a near neighbor, who already was under quarantine. New arrangements for funeral were made. The children, and those who were in and out during funeral preparations, were allowed to meet at the home, with memorial services at the Shore Church. The body was taken to the church, and casket opened outside of church for those that desired to view the departed one. Services at the home by the home ministers (Y. C. Miller, Josiah J. Miller, and Percy J. Miller) and in charge of O. S. Hostetler at the church. Texts, Mark 14:8; Heb. 4:9.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
Yoder.-Rachel Delilah, daughter of Elmer and Catherine (Zook) Yoder, died Feb. 7, 1939; aged 1 y. 9 m. 1 d. She leaves her parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 aged grandfather and grandmother. Funeral services were held in the home conducted by Eli. K. Zook and in the Allensville Mennonite Church by Emanuel Peachey and Elmer E. Yoder.
King.-Joseph Charles, infant son of Irvin and Edna (Hartzler) King was born near Allensville, Pa., Sept. 20, 1938, died Feb. 24, 1939. He leaves his parents, 1 sister, 1 aged grandfather, and 2 grandmothers. Funeral services were held in the home conducted by John B. Zook of the Locust Grove congregation and in the Allensville Mennonite Church, conducted by John Zook and Elmer E. Yoder.
Lowe.-Margret (Kantner) Lowe was born in Altoona, Pa., July 7, 1869; died Feb. 28, 1939; aged 69 y. 7 m. 21 d. Upon her second marriage she resided in Huntingdon, Pa. She is survived by her husband (John Lowe, who is confined to his bed), 2 brothers (Mayberry Kantner of Duncansville and Edward of Lake Mount Park). She was one of the first members received into the Mennonite Church at Altoona during the superintendency of E. F. Hartzler. Her body was brought to Altoona. Funeral held in the First Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. D. I. Stonebrook and Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Job 5:26.
Zook.-Mollie A., daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Yoder was born Sept. 6, 1860; died Feb. 1, 1939; aged 78 y. 4 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel Zook in 1914, her husband having preceded her in death a number of years. She leaves 2 sisters (Sallie Hostetler of Belleville, Pa., and Rachel C. Yoder of Minot, N. D.), besides a host of relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Belleville. She was deeply concerned about the welfare of her fellow man until death. Funeral services were held in the home of her niece, Mrs. H. H. Harshbarger, conducted by Emanuel Peachey and in the Maple Grove Mennonite Church by Emanuel Peachey and Elmer E. Yoder.
Sauder.-Isaac, son of Henry Sauder, was born Feb. 21, 1854; died Feb. 20, 1939; aged 84 y. 11 m. 30 d. He is survived by his widow (who before marriage was Mary Ann Martin), also by the following sons: Franklin of Farmersville, Samuel of Bowmansville, Harvey of near Ephrata; also by 1 sister (Mary Ann Weaver of Oreville Mennonite Home). One daughter, 1 son, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild preceded him in death. Grandfather was a member of the church for many years. Funeral services were held Feb. 23, from the late home by Bro. I. B. Good, followed by services at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Brethren George Good and Aaron Weaver. Text, I John 3:2. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
By a Granddaughter.
Brenneman.-Eldon Ralph, son of Ezra and Katharine Brenneman,
was born July 28, 1938, near Sharon Center, Iowa; died at the
home of his parents Feb. 11, 1939. His early departure is mourned
by his parents, 2 brothers (Stanley and Raymond Jay), 1 sister
(Rose Mary), his 2 grandmothers Swartzendruber and Brenneman,
and a host of near relatives and friends. The immediate cause
of his death was intestinal influenza, from which he suffered
only a few days. Funeral services were held from the East Union
Mennonite Church, with burial in the East Union Cemetery, conducted
by Bros. Henry H. Miller and D. J. Fisher.
"The tender babe from us is gone;
We miss his precious form;
To the arms of Jesus he has gone,
We shall meet him in the morn."
Buckwalter.-John Herman, son of A. Herman and Erma (Mellinger)
Buckwalter of Willow Street, Pa., died Feb. 21, 1939; aged 5 m.
26 d. He was ill only 4 days with bronchial pneumonia. Besides
his parents, he is survived by a brother (David Lee), his maternal
grandmother (Mrs. Anna Mellinger of Willow Street) and his paternal
grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jason Buckwalter of Paradise). It was
hard to part with our baby. He was so patient and pleasant, but
we submit ourselves to the will of the Lord. Funeral services
Feb. 24 at the home. Interment in New Danville Cemetery. Text,
"Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there."
Huber.-John F., son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Good) Huber, was born in Putman Co., Ohio, July 26, 1868; died at his home in Lima, Ohio, March 9, 1939; aged 70 y. 7 m. 13 d. On April 1, 1897, he was united in marriage to Lucy J. Irons. To this union were born 9 daughters and 3 sons (Margaret E. Ruth R., Christina, Anna M., Clara E., Frances W., Florence N., Esther M. Jacob, Frank and Christian). Christina and an infant daughter preceded him in death. He was a member of the Lima Mission 23 years, and most of his life was a member of the Mennonite Church. He was active as a chorister and Sunday-school teacher in the Church. On May 8, 1928, he made all of his funeral arrangements, choosing his lesson, songs, and text. He leaves his companion and wife, 10 children, 4 sisters, 4 brothers, 1 uncle, 1 aunt, and 31 grandchildren. His text for his funeral, Rev. 21:7, preached at Lima Mission by M. O'Connell, assisted by Bro. Menno Troyer.
Detwiler.-Nancy Weber was born near Breslau, Ont., March 10, 1853; died at the home of her son, Norman, near Breslau, March 4, 1939; aged 85 y. 11 m. 25 d. In 1878 she was united in marriage to Noah Detwiler, who predeceased her July 14, 1920. This was the first marriage ceremony performed by the late Bishop Elias Weber. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. One son predeceased the parents in his infancy. There remain to mourn the departure of a faithful Christian mother, 2 sons (Isaiah and Norman of Breslau), 3 daughters (Abbie of Breslau, Mrs. Ephraim Kinzie of Preston, and Mrs. Titus Shantz of Kitchener), 19 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. When 18 years of age she accepted Christ as her Saviour, united with the Cressman Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until the Lord called her home. She always had a bright testimony of peace with God, appreciated in a very grateful and humble manner her salvation experience, and lived an exemplary life. She will be missed as a true Christian mother, a helpful neighbor, and a living witness to the grace of God. Funeral services were conducted on March 8 in the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau by Brethren Jonas Snider and Oscar Burkholder. Texts, Job 14:14; Psa. 71:20,21.
Yoder.-The sun set in the life of Annie Kauffman Yoder Jan. 30, 1939. She was the daughter of Jacob and Leah (Hooley) Kauffman, born Nov. 12, 1863, in Lagrange Co., Ind. Her early life until 18 years of age was spent in Indiana and Missouri. After the death of her parents, she with her brother Menno and sister Malinda (Mrs. Ezra Yoder) came to Kishacoquillas Valley where the remaining part of her life was spent. On Feb. 19, 1885, she was united in marriage to Peter K. Yoder of Belleville, Pa., who passed away Feb. 24, 1937. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters (John K., Samuel M., Mrs. John J. Zook, Mrs. E. Y. King, Elmer, and Jessie, who passed away March, 1910). The children, grandchildren, and aged sister keenly feel the loss of a kind and noble mother, grandmother, and sister. However, our loss is her gain. The assurance of meeting her again is a great comfort to all. It can be truthfully said about the home of Bro. and Sister Yoder, who lived together for over a period of 50 years that their home was a home given to hospitality, by many folks who entered there. Sister Yoder chose as her text II Cor. 5:1. Bro. Emanuel Peachey preached the funeral sermon, assisted by Bro. Elmer E. Yoder. Burial in the Locust Grove cemetery.
Horst.-Elizabeth (Burkhart) Horst was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Jan. 13, 1860; died at her home in Maugansville, Md., March 6, 1939; aged 79 y. 1 m. 23 d. On Dec. 18, 1883, she was united in holy matrimony with Daniel E. Horst, who preceded her in death Aug. 22, 1929. This union was blessed with 6 children. Surviving are 3 sons (Harvey, Daniel, and Roy), 2 daughters (Mrs. Abram H. Martin and Mrs. Clarence E. Horst), all of Maugansville. A son (Joseph) preceded them in death. Twenty grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren also survive. She was a member of the Reiff's Mennonite Church. Mother was of a quiet, loving disposition; always cheerful, and bore her suffering very patiently. She was afflicted with slow paralysis, being unable to move about without help. She was confined to her chair for nearly four years, and then in bed about three weeks. She often expressed a desire to go home and be at rest, but never a word of complaint. She was an example of patience to those who ministered to her needs, and all those who came in contact with her. She always enjoyed worship and singing. Funeral services were held from her late home in Maugansville, with services at Reiff's Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Moses K. Horst and Irvin Lehman. Text, Ruth 2:17. Burial in cemetery adjoining.
--By the Family.
Black.-Eliza (Pittman) Black was born Oct. 20, 1863; died Feb. 6, 1939 near Windber, Pa.; aged 75 y. 3 m. 16 d. She was married Oct. 16, 1879, to Samuel W. Black, who preceded her in death about 3 years ago. To this union were born 10 children of whom 7 survive, as follows: Daniel W. and Charles W. of Six Mile Run, Pa.; Abner S. of Three Springs, Pa.; William E. of Wood, Pa.; Jemima, wife of Charles Mort, of Six Mile Run; James E. of Wood; and Frances M., wife of Frank Figard of Windber, Pa., at whose home she passed away. She is also survived by 38 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends. She united with the Church of God in her youth, but having been away from her Church for a number of years she was desirous to again renew her fellowship with the people of God; so in the past year she was taken into the Mennonite Church on confession of faith by Bishop A. J. Metzler. Her coming into the Mennonite Church was one of the visible results of the Mission Sunday school work at "38" near Seanor, Pa. While she had been an invalid for about 12 years she always seemed to be cheerful and gave evidence of her peace with God and joy in the Christian life. Services were conducted in the home where she died and at the Church of God in Six Mile Run by H. C. Blough of the Blough Church, after which her body was laid to rest at Broad Top. Peace to her ashes.
Warye.-Joseph S., fifth child of John and Rebecca (Lantz) Warye, was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Dec. 2, 1860; died Feb. 19, 1939 at his late home in West Liberty, Ohio; aged 78 y. 2 m. 17 d. With the exception of two years in Kansas, and the past ten years in West Liberty, he spent his entire life in the vicinity of his birthplace. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, under the ministry of his father. Since he had no children of his own, he prayed much for the spiritual welfare of his nephews and nieces, especially during his last days. On Jan. 13, 1891 he was united in marriage to Anna Smucker. The first great sorrow which entered his life was on the morning of May 16, 1908 when his companion passed away. This great loss was keenly felt, for the immediate following years, but as he was left alone, he found great comfort in reading and singing of the glories of heaven above. During these days he lived with his oldest brother and family. Sept. 10, 1910, he was united in marriage to Emma Augspurger. She was a great helper and worker in the home, and tenderly cared for him in his last days. During his last four months he was confined to his home with bronchial trouble, and the infirmities of old age, and often expressed a desire to leave this life for a better world. He leaves a faithful companion, 1 sister, (Mrs. C. L. Kauffman), and 1 brother (Solomon), both of West Liberty; also 9 nephews and 5 nieces. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. N. E. Troyer, and S. E. Allgyer. Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Roth.-Rebecca, oldest daughter of Christian C. and Barbara Rupp-Nofzinger, was born near Archbold, O., Sept. 5, 1864; died at her home near Archbold, Feb. 28, 1939; aged 74 y. 5 m. 23 d. She was married to John M. Roth, Sept. 5, 1889, and together they shared life's joys and sorrows for nearly fifty years. This union was blest with 2 sons and 4 daughters: Simon, who died at the age of ten days; Mrs. Barbara Roth of Bellefontaine, O.; Mrs. Edith Short, Mrs. Caroline Waidelich, and Ervin Roth of Archbold, and Mrs. Ella Hausch of Fayette. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church, and remained steadfast in her faith to the end. Her health was failing for about four years, and she was confined to her bed for about the last six weeks. Her death was due to heart trouble, which caused much suffering and distress, which however she endured patiently, often expressing her desire to depart this life and be with the Lord. There remain her sorrowing husband, 1 son, 4 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 4 stepgrandchildren, 3 stepgreat-grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. One son, 2 grandchildren, and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Henry Wyse at the home and at the Central Mennonite Church by Bros. E. B. Frey, John R. Mumaw of Harrisonburg, Va., John Gingerich of Elkhart, Ind., and Simon Gingerich of Wayland, Iowa. Text: I Cor. 15:57.
"'Tis sad to part with Mother,
But yet it's just a while,
Until we are together
Again to see her smile."
Weaver.-Christian Z., son of Preacher John and Mary (Zimmerman) Weaver, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 27, 1848; died at the home of his son Eli, near Wakarusa, Ind., Mar. 8, 1939; aged 90 y. 3 m. 11 d. At the age of 19 he united with the Mennonite Church at Weaverland, baptized by the Bishop George Weaver. In the spring of 1868 he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., and on Oct. 31, 1869, was united in marriage with Veronica (Fannie) Wenger, daughter of Christian and Mary (Wenger) Wenger. This union was blessed with 6 sons: Menno, John, Christian, David, Eli, and Israel, all of near Wakarusa. Israel died in infancy; David was killed by a falling tree at the age of 20 years. In 1903 he was called and ordained to the ministry. On Nov. 28, 1920, his beloved wife died. His second marriage occurred Jan. 1, 1922, to Leah (Berkey) Imhof, who died Dec. 26, 1932. He is survived by 4 sons, 26 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was the last survivor of a family of 6 sons and 6 daughters: Christian, David, John, Henry, Ishmael, Noah, and Catherine Martin, Elizabeth Hoover, Mary Kilmer, Christiana Wisler, Rebecca Wenger, Lydia Martin. Funeral services were conducted Mar. 10 by Joseph Martin and Henry Martin. Texts, I Cor. 15:54,55; Heb. 13:6-9. Interment in Yellow Creek Cemetery. In his declining years he often expressed his desire to leave this world and go home.
"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."
Habig.-Helen (Pawlish) Habig was born in Germany Aug. 30, 1888; died Feb. 23, 1939, at her residence in Fort Wayne, Ind.; aged 51 y. 5 m. 24 d. Dec. 22, 1909 she was married to Philip Habig, who preceded her in death on May 26, 1935. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. In March of 1920 she was baptized and received as a member into the Mennonite Church. She with her husband were faithful members of the Fort Wayne Mission congregation as long as they lived. They showed a keen interest in the work of the Lord. She leaves her 4 children (Raymond, Hazel, Dorothy, and Bernard), and 2 grandchildren. She also leaves 5 brothers (Herman, William, and Henry of Fort Wayne, Oscar of Villa Ridge, Ill., John of Cullom, Ill.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Shoper and Miss Hattie Pawlish of Fort Wayne). She did not enjoy good health for a number of years; but through all her sickness and suffering she showed an unusual interest in her family, and her desire was to do her part in helping to care for those the Lord had entrusted to her. She was a woman of decided conviction and frugality, possessing the much coveted gift of being able to manage well the affairs of the Home. In her passing the Church loses a valuable and sympathetic member, the family a loving mother, and the community an esteemed friend and kind neighbor. We bow in humble submission to a wise providence, realizing our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held Feb. 27, with a short service at Klaehns Funeral Home and services at the Fort Wayne Mennonite Church. The services were in charge of Bro. Newton S. Weber assisted by D. A. Yoder of Elkhart, Ind. Sister Habig had selected her text several weeks before she died, which we feel was the testimony she left behind. Psa. 27:14.
"She bade us all to follow,
And love each other more,
That we may meet her yonder,
On yonder blessed shore."
Hensler.-Caroline, eldest child of Michael and Elizabeth (Storm) Hiller, was born in Alsace, France, Jan. 11, 1852; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Nice, March 9, 1939; aged 87 y. 1 m. 26 d. At the age of nearly 3 years she came to America with her parents and brother George, landing in New York Jan. 1, 1855. They went immediately to Harmony, Pa., where they resided 11 years. At the age of 13 she with her parents and sister and 3 brothers came to Illinois and settled on a farm in Carroll County. July 1, 1873, she was united in marriage to Anthony Hensler. To this union 9 children were born: Elizabeth B. (Mrs. Will Winebrenner) of Dixon; Anna F. (Mrs. William Nice), Jacob J., Mary L. (Mrs. W. R. Aldritt) of Morrison; Mrs. Carrie Nice, and Edith E. (Mrs. Sam Witmer) of Sterling. Charles and Bertha died in infancy, and William M., passed away at the age of 31. Mr. and Mrs. Hensler lived on a farm in Clyde until March 1, 1884, when they moved to a farm in Ustick. Jan 1, 1874, Mr. Hensler's parents came from Germany to live with them, and she cheerfully made a home for them for 37 years. Mr. Hensler died Feb. 21, 1908. Sister Hensler then moved to Morrison. In 1929 she decided to live with her children, and spent a portion of the year with each one. They always planned and looked forward to her coming. She furnished a room with her daughter Anna, which she called home. She never was happier than when she could have her family with her, and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the greatest extent. She was of a pleasing disposition and had a smile for everybody. When 13 years of age she was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. In 1803 she united with the Mennonite Church of Ustick, of which she was a faithful member. She never missed a day reading her Bible when she was able. Besides her children she leaves 22 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (George of Muscatine, Ia., Michael of Chadwick, and Charles of Morrison); 1 sister (Mrs. W. A. Winkey of Coleta), and a host of friends. Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held March 12, from the home of Bro. and Sister William Nice, in charge of Bro. Aaron Nice; and at the Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. A. C. Good. The text, Phil. 1:21, was chosen by the deceased.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead; she is just away."
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Worry.-Mary Elizabeth Swank Worry was born in Connellsville Twp., Fayette Co., Pa., on Jan. 31, 1854; died at Kingview, near Scottdale, Pa., March 14, 1939, of cerebral hemorrhage; aged 85 y. 1 m. 11 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel Worry in 1891, and besides her husband she is survived by 6 children, 46 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lulu Long, in Kingview, with services in charge of J. L. Horst. Interment was made at the cemetery at Mt. Pleasant, Pa.
Miller.-Freeman C. Miller was born Aug. 14, 1850; died at the home of his son Warren Miller near Scottdale, Pa., March 16, 1939; aged 88 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was for many years an active member in the Church of the Brethren. During the past few years he was a member of the Scottdale Mennonite Church-loyal and faithful, but his activities limited by the infirmities of age. He is survived by 3 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sisters, and 41 grandchildren. He was well respected in his home community, and left a bright testimony for the encouragement and uplift of sorrowing relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted March 19 at the home and at El Bethel Church of the Brethren, conducted by the home ministers. J. L. Horst and Daniel Kauffman.
Ropp.-Elise, daughter of Rudolph and Veronica Rediger Ehrisman, was born Oct. 7, 1867, in Baden, Germany; died at her home near Tremont, Ill., March 8, 1939; aged 71 y. 5 m. 1 d. On Feb. 13, 1890, she was united in marriage with William Ropp, who preceded her in death almost four years ago. One daughter (Mrs. Etta Roth, Morton, Ill.) and 1 son (William, Jr., Tremont), survive her, together with 3 grandchildren and 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Zimmerman, San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Simon Litwiller, Minier, Ill.), and a host of relatives and friends. She accepted Christ in her youth uniting with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until her end. She was always a kind mother, exercising a Christian spirit to all. Services were held from the home in charge of Bro. Jonas Litwiler, and from the Pleasant Grove Mennonite church in charge of the brethren, H. R. Schertz and Leland A. Bachman. Burial in church cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, toils are ended
Now dear mother is at rest."
Witmer.-Mary Evelyn, daughter of Bro. and Sister Amos Witmer of Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Sept. 10, 1911 in Lancaster, Pa.; entered into rest at the home of her parents, Feb. 8, 1939; aged 27 y. 2 m. 28 d. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church. She had been an invalid for the past three years, and was bedfast for the last 18 months. She bore her sufferings patiently, always having a smile for every one, and never complained. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: J. Scott, at home; Charles H., of Perth Amboy, N. J.; Marjorie (Mrs. William G. Lamparter), of Quarryville, Pa.; and Ruth Erma at home. Private funeral services were held from the Herr's Funeral Home in Lampeter, Pa., Feb. 11, with public services at the Willow Street Mennonite Church. Services in charge of Bro. C. M. Brubaker of the Willow Street Church and Bro. George Y. Graham of the Mt. Pleasant Church. Text, Luke 10:42. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Her suffering now is o'er,
Her warfare now is ended;
We shall see her here no more,
To God her soul ascended."
Zehr.-Lena (Unzicker) Zehr was born in Byron, Germany, Aug. 11, 1870; died at her home in Fisher, Ill., March 1, 1939; aged 68 y. 6 m. 17 d. At the age of 16 she with her brother Jacob came to America and lived at Hopedale, Ill., for three years. In 1889 she came to Fisher, where she was united in marriage to Samuel Zehr Sept. 27, 1892. They lived on a farm north of Fisher from that time until two years ago, when they moved to Fisher, where they lived until her death, which came as a result of Bright's disease. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and fulfilled her mission faithfully until her Saviour called her higher. Her life was an example of patience and cheerfulness to all those who knew her. She leaves her husband, 3 sons (Aaron E. and Albert R. of Foosland, Samuel M. of Fisher), 6 grandchildren, 1 brother (Jacob of Walters, Okla.), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Harold Zehr and at the East Bend Mennonite Church by Bro. J. A. Heiser assisted by Bro. G. D. Troyer. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the East Bend Cemetery.
"Mother, sleep, your trials are o'er,
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."
Baer.-Dorothy Marie, daughter of Irvin S. and Ella (Grove) Baer, died at the Chambersburg Hospital after an illness of three weeks. Dorothy had whooping cough which later developed into pneumonia and gastric poisoning of the stomach. She was in an oxygen tent at the hospital for 11 days and was improving so nicely that she was starting to play in the tent, when suddenly, on March 11, 1939, she bowed her little head and passed away to the world beyond without a struggle and before the doctor could get there. She died from a clot of blood at her heart. She was aged 2 y. 8 m. 22 d. She is survived by her parents, and 1 brother (Glenn Eugene), and grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Grove and Mr. and Mrs. Abram Baer). She was a quiet little girl and won many friends. She has left a vacant spot in our home that can never be filled. But God saw best to take her away suddenly. We console ourselves with the thought that she is in far better hands now than she could ever have been in this world. Short services were held at the home by Bro. Norman Martin, followed by services at the Marion Church by Bros. Harvey Shank and Irvin Lehman. Text, Luke 12:40. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay.
God in His wisdom took Dorothy away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus, in heaven above."
By her Parents.
Freed.-Fianna, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Stoner) Moyer, was born Jan. 28, 1852, in Ashland Co., O.; died March 7, 1939, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Robinson in Wakarusa, Ind.; aged 87 y. 1 m. 9 d. She was married to Henry Freed Dec. 6, 1873, who preceded her in death March 13, 1897. After the death of her husband she remained with her family at their late home for twenty years, and for twenty-two years since she had lived with her children. She and her husband were converted at the North Union Church in the summer of 1894 and untied with the Mennonite Church, worshiping at the Holdeman congregation where she remained a faithful servant of the Lord and attended until her health failed. She leaves 5 daughters (Mrs. Herman Bringolf, Mrs. Rhoda Secor, Mrs. Rosa Robinson, and Miss Edna Freed, all of Wakarusa; and Mrs. Loretta Kelly of Santa Ana, Calif.), a son (Eldon Freed of Elkhart), 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; also a sister (Mrs. Emma Lutz of Elkhart). Sister Freed was of a quiet and kindly disposition, making friend wherever she was. In her going the church is losing one of its oldest and most respected members. The Lord bless the fruit of her labors. Funeral services were conducted from the late home in charge of Bro. Warren Shaum, and at the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church in Wakarusa by Brethren Warren Shaum and Silas Weldy. Burial in the North Union Cemetery.
Naffziger.-John William, son of Peter J. and Magdalena Naffziger, was born Oct. 20, 1854, near Metamora, Ill.; died at his home in Foosland, Ill., Jan. 20, 1939, from complications of old age; aged 84 y. 3 m. In February, 1856, he moved with his parents to Panola, Ill., and in 1870 removed with his parents to Hopedale, Ill. In May, 1876, he made his vow with God and united with the Mennonite Church at Hopedale, Ill. In 1902 they moved to Fisher, where he transferred his membership to the East Bend Mennonite Church where he remained faithful to the end. On March 7, 1882, he was united it marriage to Mary Springer. To this union 9 children were born (Lena L., at home; Alphia P. of Rockwell City, Iowa; Reuben J. of Pocahontas, Iowa; Mrs. Elmira Oyer, Mrs. Fannie Birkey, Jesse D., and Mrs. Leah Springer all of Foosland, Ill.). Levi W. passed away at 6 weeks of age and 1 son died in infancy. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers. He leaves his sorrowing wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 20 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren; also 2 brothers (Sam and Henry of Michigan) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Kate Kauffman and Mrs. Amos Litwiller of Hopedale), and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a kind and loving husband and father, much concerned about the welfare of the Church. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 in the home by Bro. Harold Zehr and at the East Bend Mennonite Church by Bros. Samuel Zehr and J. A. Heiser. Texts, Psa. 116:15; II Tim. 4:7. Interment in the East Bend 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."
Gehman.-Esther, daughter of the late Israel B. and Katie A. (Buck) Gehman, was born Nov. 11, 1905; died Feb. 13, 1939; aged 33 y. 3 m. 2 d. She is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Barton; Elizabeth, wife of Fred Swanenburg; Homer; Cora, wife of Harvey H. Good; Israel, Lewis, and Abel. When one so young and useful slips away for us, we feel like asking how it happened; and we wonder whether it could not have been prevented if things had been different. Our hearts are greatly saddened, but we know it is God's way with us and we marvel at it. Several months ago the doctor located a tumor in her abdomen and advised her to have it removed at once. There were many things that she felt she ought to do before going to the hospital and since her operations was of such a nature that it could be put off, she didn't get ready for it until Feb. 9. She went to the hospital fully expecting to be soon relieved of her ailment and ready to begin with renewed vigor a life of future usefulness. But complications which no human could foresee had set in and on the fourth day she joined that joyful host who "fell asleep in Jesus." From her family has gone the one who was always willing and able to help, from her church an active member, and from her friends a real neighbor. She left us the testimony that it is wonderful to be with Him forever where there is no more pain. Mother started our family circle in eternity not quite six years ago. Father followed not quite two years later, and now Esther has gone. Thought of this brings added attractiveness to that city whose maker and builder is God. Funeral services were held Feb. 18 from the Mennonite Girls' Home in Reading and from the Mennonite Church in the same city. Services were in charge of Noah G. Good, John W. Hess, and Moses G. Gehman. Interment at Bowmansville.
"No chance hath brought this ill to me;
'Tis God's own hand, so let it be;
He seeth what I cannot see.
There is a need-be for each pain,
And He one day will make it plan
That earthly loss is heavenly gain."
Yoder.-Catherine, daughter of the late Bishop Joel J. and Savilla (Beachy) Miller, was born near Grantsville, Md., Oct. 15, 1878; died in the Hazel McGilvery Hospital, Meyersdale, Pa., Jan. 27, 1939, aged 60 y. 3 m. 12 d. She had been in failing health during the latter part of the year, her attending physician having prescribed rest in bed because of her disability, early in August. After about three weeks confinement she was again permitted to be up. She apparently improved and was again able to attend church services until near Christmas when she had an attack of what seemed to be a liver disorder, and she was again obliged to be in bed much of the time. On Jan. 17 she had a paralytic stroke, from which she again partially rallied. On account of complications, including a diabetic condition of some years' standing, it was considered best to remove her to the hospital, where she had another stroke after which she did not regain consciousness. Her condition was primarily due to heart malady with various complications. She was united in marriage with Simon M. Yoder, Oct. 6, 1898. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom, with the bereaved husband, survive: Verna (Mrs. Enos Maust), Meyersdale, Pa.; Naomi (Mrs. Simon Tice), Grantsville, Md.; Earl, Portsmouth, Va.; Owen, Berlin, Pa.; Alva on the homestead, Grantsville; Homer and Ivan, springs, Pa.; Mark, Bittinger, Md. Also 18 grandchildren survive, and the following brothers and sisters: Jonas B. Miller, Grantsville, Md.; Alvin J. Miller, Kent, O.; Milton B. Miller, Grantsville; Mary (Mrs. Lewis J. Schrock), Farmington, Del.; and Mrs. Annie Yoder, Grantsville. Two sisters and one brother preceded her to eternity; Malinda, Ada and Lewis. She was a thoughtful, devoted, and loyal daughter in her youth; a faithful, loving, devoted and virtuous wife; a tender-hearted, compassionate, and self-denying mother and a considerate, sympathetic and affectionate neighbor. Early in life she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she was a devoted member until death. She will be greatly missed in the spheres which she occupied; but "we sorrow not as do others who have no hope." The funeral was held at the Maple Glen meeting house near Grantsville, Jan. 30. Services at the home conducted by C. W. Bender; at the house of worship by Shem Peachey and S. G. Shelter, with added remarks by Noah Brenneman, Nevin Bender, and Eli Swartzentruber.
"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."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington