Auker. Frances, daughter of Thomas and Mary Brenner, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Aug. 1, 1859; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Blair Smith in Rittman, O.), May 10, 1940; aged 80 y. 9 m. 9 d. Soon after her marriage to Lucian Auker they united with the Mennonite Church. They moved to Medina Co., O., thirty-seven years ago and made their church home with the Bethel congregation, of which she was a faithful member until death. She was of a lovable disposition, patient and diligent, and her example of Christian simplicity will long be remembered by the family. The following children survive: Dora, wife of Blair Smith, and Mabel, wife of Herl Brickel, of Rittman, O., Mrs. Anna Simpson of Seville; Sarah, wife of Elam Brubaker, and Stanley, of Wadsorth; and Roy of Chippewa Lake, O. Also 28 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren survive and two sisters (Mrs. Mary Degen and Mrs. Katherin Kercher of Mifflintown, Pa.). Her husband, a daughter (Mary Steigerwalt) and son (Raymond) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the home of Bro. Blair Smith on May 12, conducted by Bro. S. D. Rohrer, and ----- Grubb, and at the Bethel Church by Bro. S.D. Rohrer and Bro. I. J. Buchwalter. Her remains were laid to rest in the Mennonite cemetery near the church.
Elstan. --- Amelia, daughter of George and Leah Louise Garrison, was born July 8, 1869 in Dayton, O.; died May 10, 1940; aged 70 y. 10 m. 2 d. Fifty-six years ago she was united in marriage to James Wesley Elstan in Paulding County. The greater part of her life was spent in this community. Surviving are her husband, 5 daughters and 2 sons: Mrs. Ben Knueve, Mrs. A. W. Blythe, Mrs. Dola Richardson, and Mrs. Fred Schramm of Delphas, O.; Mrs. C.W. Ladd, Melrose, O.; John, Miami, Fla.; and Fred, Homer, Mich. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters and 1 brother. One daughter preceded her in death. In 1922 she united with the Blanchard River Mennonite Church. Later she moved her membership to the Lima Mennonite Mission and was faithful until the Lord called her home. She was in feeble health for many years. Funeral services were conducted May 13, at the home in charge of Bro. G. H. Brunk, and at the Pike Church in charge of Bros. Maurice O'Connell and G. H. Brunk. Burial near Mandale, O.
"She sleeps, she sleeps and never more
Will her footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor her voice be heard in a familiar tine
By the loved ones left 'round her own hearth stone."
Fisher. --- Elias E. Fisher was born Oct. 7, 1885; died March 18, 1940, at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Thomas King of Elverson, Pa.); aged 84 y. 5 m. 11 d. Death was caused by complications. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church of Morgantown. He was married to Hannah Kurtz who preceded him in death three years. He is survived by the following children: Aaron K., Morgantown; Daniel K, Gap; Mrs. Amos Smoker, Christiana; John M., New Holland; Gideon K., Cambridge; Elam K., and Ezra K., both of Honey Brook; Mrs. Aaron Petersheim, Rocklyn; Christ K., Constesville; Elias K., Gap; Mrs. Thomas King, Elverson; and Jacob K., East Earl. There are 45 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
"Silent is the voice of Father,
Vacant always is his chair;
And how sad the room without him,
For there is no Father there."
Hatter. --- Elizabeth, daughter of Elijah and Martha Lotts was born at Massies Mill in Nelson Co., Va., Nov. 13, 1861; died May 12, 1940; aged 78 y. 5 m. 29 d. In early life she joined the Christian Church and became the wife of Alonza Hatter on Dec. 30, 1877. To this union 9 children were born: Mrs. Leslie Allen, Montebello, Va.; Mrs. Adophus Coffey, Staunton; Mrs. C. C. Campbell, Waynesboro; Mrs. Clay Nash, Roanoke; Joseph Hatter, Lowesville; Frank, Lyndhurt; Columbus, West Virginia; Herbert, Deerfield; Carl of Stuarts Draft. Her husband pre ceded her in death 8 years. Several years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Mother was second to break the family circle. She expressed herself as being ready and prepared to leave this world of sorrow, pain, and trials. We feel our loss is her eternal gain.
"In our hearts her memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake her,
From her peaceful, quiet sleep."
Hartman. --- Dessie (Vance) Hartman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mason Vance, W. Va., was born Sept. 12, 1909; died May 4, 1949; aged 30 y. 7 m. 22 d. She was united in marriage to Forest Hartman who, with 5 small children (Herbert, Rheba, Dorothy, Harold, and Robert Lee), survives. She was a faithful member of the Roaring Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the Roaring Church, May 6, 1940, conducted by Bro. Paul Good of Harrisonburg, Va.
Kendig. --- Barbara W., wife of Harry S. Kendig, was born Feb. 25, 1861; died at her home in Millersville, Pa., May 3, 1940, of heart failure; aged 79 y. 2 m. 8 d. Her leaving us was very unexpected, though we knew her strength was failing. She took sick Thursday morning, May 2, and died May 3. Besides her husband she is survived by 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 1 sister. She was a member of the Millersville Mennonite Church for many years, living a faithful, quiet, and useful life until death. Funeral services were held May 6, 1940, at the home and at Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Jacob Hess and Christian Lehman. Text, II Tim. 4: 7, 8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Landis. Benjamin R., son of the late Benjamin K. and Lydia (Zimmerman) Landis, was born June 16, 1884, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died May 10, 1940, in the Lancaster General Hospital; aged 55 y. 11 m. 6 d. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Reformed Church for many years. He is survived by his wife, (Ethel R. Sheaffer Landis), and the following brothers and sisters: Jacob Z., Leaman Place; Isaac Z., Lancaster; Martin L, Ronks; Phares Z., Kinzers; Harry M., Lancaster; Elmer K., Lancaster; Alice (Mrs. Harry Hoover), Lancaster; Cora (Mrs. Ellias Myer), Lancaster; Martha (Mrs. Menno Eby), Gap. One sister preceded him in death many years ago. He was afflicted with heart trouble for two years, but was able to be in his business until about four weeks prior to this death. He with his youngest brother, Elmer, was engaged in the farming implement business. He was a patient at the hospital eleven days, and will be greatly missed in the family and community. Funeral services were held May 12, at Salem Reformed Church at Hellers, conducted by John Razer. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Another home now is vacant,
The voice we loved is stilled;
But his place o'er yonder,
Now we hope is filled."
Marner. --- Lucile Grace, daughter of John and Lydia (Yoder) Marner, was born near Parnell, Iowa, May 26, 1934; died May 20, 1940. On April 10 she was operated on for mastoid, from which she never fully recovered. Other complications later set in which helped to cause her death. She leaves her father and mother, her grandparents (Brother Eli Marners); also five children in the home, her twin sister, Lois Gayle, Barbara, Elizabeth, Verda, Clair, and Lowell, besides many other near relatives and friends. Funeral services in charge of Bros. C. J. Yoder and Abner G. Yoder were held at the West Union Church May 22. Burial in the nearby cemetery.
"Dear little hands we miss them so
All though the day wherever we go;
All through the night how lonely it seems,
May we all prepare to meet her where love intervenes."
Myers. --- Christian L., son of the late Abram S. and
Elizabeth (Leatherman) Myers, was born in Bucks Co., Pa.;
died at the home of his son-in-law (Edwin Myers, Dublin), April
14, 1940, after a long illness of old age and general debility.
For many years he owned and operated a large farm in Plumstead
Twp. About 20 years ago he retired and lived with his daughter.
His wife, Annie Myers, died 15 years ago. One daughter,
Sallie Leatherman, died 20 years ago. He is survived by 2 daughters
(Mrs. Edwin Myers, Mrs. Eli Myers), 1 adopted daughter (Edna Strouse
Landis), also 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
One sister, (Mrs. Annie High of Telford), also survives. Funeral
services were held at the Deep Run Mennonite Church of which he
was a member for almost 70 years. Services conducted by the home
Phillips. --- Allison, son of Henry and Jane Phillips, was born near Camden, Ill., Dec. 31, 1879; after several days of intense suffering with pneumonia he passed away in a Springfield, Ill., Hospital (where he had been visiting ) April 30, 1940; aged 60 y. 3 m. 29 d. He was united in marriage with Polly Crum, June 24, 1900, who passed away Jan. 4, 1926, leaving him the care and responsibility of parenthood. To this union were born five sons and four daughters who all survive (Mrs. Martha Larimore, Mrs. Bertha Iliff, Ralph, Mrs. Ruth Seig, Paul, Henry, Amos, William and Emma); also twenty grandchildren and two sisters (Mrs. Lucinda Powell and Mrs. Drucilla Hartman, both of Marion Co., Mo.). In early manhood he came to Marion Co., Mo., and about 26 years ago came to Osage Co., near Linn, Mo., where he has since resided. He was among the first members to be received into the Mennonite Church at Pea Ridge, Mo., and in this faith he died. Services were held in the home at 10 o'clock and at the Lane Church May 3, by Bro. J. M. Kreider, Palmyra, Mo., assisted by the home ministers, Bro. E. C. Bowman. Texts, Heb. 9: 27; Amos 4: 12. Burial in Lane cemetery.
Ramer. --- Lydia, daughter of Abraham I. And Mary (Weaver) Reed, was born Dec. 12, 1852 in Mahoning Co., Ohio; came to Elkhart Co., Ind., with her parents at the age of eight years; died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Feb. 26, 1940; aged 87 y. 2 m. 14 d. Her marriage to Samuel Ramer took place on Sept. 8, 1878. He died Oct. 10, 1914. Surviving are four children 9mary, wife of Abraham Martin; Menno, Noah, Daniel, all of Elkhart Co., Ind.), one twin sister (Mary Musser of near Goshen, Ind.), one brother (Abraham of Nappanee, Ind.). Funeral services were conducted Feb. 28 by Joseph Martin and Henry Martin at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Schrock. Nora, wife of James Schrock, was born in the Deep Run Valley; died at her home in Souderton, Pa.; April 20, 1940; aged 48 y. She was the daughter of Ida (Erb) Herstine and the late Romanus Erb. She was born a deaf mute. Her parents sent her to a deaf and dumb institution at Reading, Pa. While residing there she met and married James Schrock, who also was deaf. She is survived by her husband, her mother (Ida Herstine), 2 brothers (Samuel Erb, Howard Erb), 4 sisters (Anna Shupe, Maggie Rice, Susie Kraft, Bertha Melchior). She was a member of a Lutheran Church in Reading. She was buried in the Deep Run Mennonite cemetery, where her forebears rest.
Schmucker. --- Albert, son of Jeff and Mattie (Rychener) Schmucker, was born Dec. 11, 1872, near Stryker, O.; died May 14, 1940; aged 67 y. 5 m. 3 d. On Jan. 25, 1900, he was united in marriage with Lydia Rupp, making their home near Elmira, O. This union was blessed with 2 sons (Waldo of Sylvania, O., and Lawrence of Elmira, O.), and 2 daughters (Mary Manning of Bryan, O., and Alice of Toledo, O.). He leaves his sorrowing companion, 4 children, 2 grandchildren, his aged mother, 1 sister, 1 brother, and a host of friends and relatives. 1 grandson, daughter-in-law, father 2 brothers preceded him in death. In his younger years he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death; which was caused by an accident, while filling the tractor with gasoline. An explosion followed, causing him to be so severely burned that after a few hours of suffering in the Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, O., the Lord in His wise providence relieved him with a sudden heart attack, and we humbly submit to His will. Services were held May 16, in the Central Church, conducted by Jessie J. Short and Oscar Eicher. Text, John 11: 35.
"Why should we weep for those who die?
They fall, their dust returns to dust,
Their souls shall live eternally
Within the mansions of the just.
They die to live-they sink to rise
They leave this wretched mortal shore,
But brighter suns and bluer skies
Shall shine on them for evermore."
Short. Charles Emiel, son of Emanuel and Mary (Gueshman) Short, was born April 21, 1918,near Archbold, Ohio; died May 22, 1940; aged 22 y. 1 m. 1 d. On Tuesday, May 14, he was taken sick while on his way to Circleville, and later taken to the White Cross Hospital in Columbus, O. He was recovering nicely, so was brought home Saturday, May 18. On the morning of May 21 he took seriously ill and was taken to the Memorial Hospital in Wauseon, Ohio, where he passed away. The sickness causing his death was heart infection. He is the first of the family to be taken home. He leaves his father, mother, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers (Mrs. Cyrus Zuvers of West Unity, Ohio; Mrs. Don Martin, Camden, Mich.; Lorna, Marjorie, Maurice, and Hubert at home), 3 nieces, 4 nephews, 2 grandmothers and a host of relatives and friends. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Services were held at the Lockport Church in charge of Jesse Short and Simon Stuckey. Text, Psa. 102: 24.
Snavely. James M., son of Abram and Anna (Mellinger) Snavely, of Lititz, Pa., died May 16, 1940 of pneumonia at Lancaster General Hospital; aged 4 m. 9 d. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister, and 2 brothers (Marian Ruth, Richard and Glenn), also his maternal grandmother (Mrs. Anna Mellinger, Willow Street), and his paternal grandmother (Mrs. Lizzie Snavely, Lancaster). He was such a pleasant, patient little boy. Just why his stay here was so short, we cannot understand, but we know God makes no mistakes. Funeral services were held May 19, at the home, in charge of Bro. Jacob T. Harnish. Burial in the Brick Mennonite Cemetery.
"Dear little James, so sweet, so dear;
Has budded on earth, to bloom in heaven."
Snyder. --- Malinda Snyder (nee Brubacker), was born July 1, 1875; died May 3, 1940; aged 64 y. 9 m. 24 d. On May 22, 1907, she was married to Edward Snyder. To this union were born 4 children (Morris, Addison, and Walter of Elmira, and Mrs. Wilfred Meyer of Waterloo), who along with the husband, survive. She was a member of the Elmira Mennonite Church and was an attentive listener to the Word. Funeral services were held May 6, conducted by Bro. O. D. Snider. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Farewell, my dear husband and children,
My Saviour has called me home;
At the gate of the city eternal
I'll watch and wait till you come."
Utz. --- Salinda, widow of the late Christian Utz, died April 27, 1940; aged 93 y. She enjoyed very good health until last December, when she fell and broke her hip. Since that accident she had been in the Abington Hospital until death relieved her sufferings. She was a member of a Reformed Church in Telford. She is survived by 4 sons: Ely, Telford; Edward, Wismer; Warren, Williamsport; and Arthur, Davisville; 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Services were held in the Deep Run Mennonite Church, conducted by her pastor, -------Spotts, and assisted by the Deep Run minister. Burial in Deep Run cemetery.
Vance. --- Sylvester Vance, was born near Onego, Pendleton Co., W. Va., May 30, 1860; died April 9, 1940; aged 79 y. 10 m. 9 d. In January, 1888, he was united in marriage to Sarah F. Morrel who preceded him in death May 3, 1934. To this union were born 8 sons and 3 daughters: Mason, Arthur, Jason, Dennis, Denver, Blake, Frank, and Mrs. Adam Vance, all of Onego, W. Va.; Mrs. Walter Miley, Harrisonburg, Va.; Mrs. Earl Arbogast, Mt. Crawford, Va.; and Alston, deceased. He spent his long life in the same house in which he was born. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church Aug. 10, 1930. Lately he expressed himself that his last years as a Christian were his best years. Funeral services were held at the Roaring Church, April 11, 1940, in charge of Bro. Hiram Weaver, Harrisonburg, Va.
Weber. --- Josiah Weber, was born Oct. 13, 1864; died after an illness of a few months; aged 75 y. 6 m. 11 d. On Feb. 26, 1889, he was married to Mary Ann Lichty, who predeceased him in 1921. To this union were born 6 children who survive, namely, Nelson, Orton, Ion, Altana (Mrs. Norman R. Martin), all of Elmira, Pearl (Mrs. Maurice Kinsie) of Breslau, and Ella (Mrs. Reuben Dettwiler) of Floradale. Two brothers (Israel and Sidney of Elmira) also survive. The Lord has been very gracious and longsuffering in lengthening out his days to a time during his last illness, in which he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour, desired baptism, and was received into the Church. And so we mourn not as those who have no hope. Bro. O. D. Snyder conducted the service. Interment in adjoining 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."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Bender. Myrle LaVerne, youngest son of Ernest R. and Nora (Troyer) Bender, was born Oct. 25, 1929, at Williamsville, N. Y.; died May 10, 1940 at the Children's Hospital in Buffalo, N. Y.; aged 10 y. 7 m. 15 d. Though crippled by infantile paralysis for the past five years, he had been happy to walk about and mingle with friends by the aid of braces and crutches. On Thursday evening he suffered burs from the hips down when he was trapped by fire of unknown origin. He was seated in the car while watching his father at work in the field. The boy blew the auto horn to attract attention. His father rushed to his helpless son's aid and removed him, but not before the lad had been severely burned. He was taken to Children's Hospital where he died 24 hours later in this hospital. This was the fourth time he was being cared for in this hospital in the past five years. His wonderful patience and courage endeared him to all who knew him. Early Friday evening God mercifully called him home where there will be no more pain or suffering. He will be missed in the church and Sunday school where he so loved to attend, by all the friends and children whose hearts his afflictions touched, but most of all by parents and brother. We realize that his gain is far greater than our loss. The parting is only for a short time. He is survived by his parents, 1 brother (Melvin Francis), 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 1 stepgrandfather, a number of uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends. Funeral services were held May 13 at the Clarence Center Mennonite Church in charge of B.B. Weber and J. W. Birky. Texts, Isa. 35: 6; Rom. 8: 28.
"God may have looked in his future,
And saw him bewildered alone;
His kind arms will clasp him in heaven,
Until he is fast in my own."
Brenneman. --- Dennis Wayne, infant son of Glen and Anna (Chapman) Brenneman was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, Jan. 31, 1940 and quietly fell asleep Mary 24, 1940, at the home of his parents near Wellman, Ia. His death was caused by leakage of the heart, being in poor health all of his life. All was done that loving hands could do, but on May 23 he took a sudden change for the worse. A physician was summoned but to no avail, and on Friday evening he quietly passed away. He leaves his deeply bereaved parents, 1 brother (Elwin Dean), 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John Chapman of What Cheer, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Erlis Brenneman of Wellman), 1 great-grandmother (Mrs. John Pope, Millersburg, Ia.), 1 great-grandfather (Isaac Marner, Wellman), 5 uncles, 7 aunts, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services May 26, in charge of Chris J. Yoder and Harvey M. Yoder at the West Union Church. Burial in the West Union Cemetery.
"A little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His infinite love has taken away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Burkhart. --- Enoch, son of the late Joseph and Sarah Burkhart, was born near Floradale, Ont., Jan. 28, 1861; died May 15, 1940, at the home of his daughter, six days after a stroke of paralysis; aged 79 y. 3 m. 17 d. On Oct. 2, 1887, he was married to Hannah Eby, also of Floradale, who survives him. In January of 1891 they moved to a farm in Peel Township where they lived until March o f 1933. Since that time they have made their home with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Abner Musselman, near Elmira, Ont. Surviving are his wife, 6 sons and 4 daughters: Ella (Mrs. I. R. Martin), Edson, Alta; Herbert, Bridgeport, Ont.; Clarence, Guernsey, Sask.; Irvin, Goshen, Ind.; Emerson, Lloyd, and Gordon, Kitchener, Ont.; Florence (Mrs. Mervin Shantz), Alma, Ont.; Gladys (Mrs. Abner Musselman), Elmira, Ont.; and Mabel (Mrs. Zena Cressman), New Hamburg, Ont.; also 2 brothers (Jacob, Elmira, Ont.; Ezra, Conestoga, Ont.), 1 sister (Mrs. Noah Shoemaker, Floradale, Ont.), and 34 grandchildren. Several years after his marriage he became a member of the Floradale Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member in this congregation until death. As a father of a large family, he set a good example by insisting on punctuality in church attendance. As a friend and neighbor he willing sacrificed for the good of others, and in his passing many will feel the loss of a kind father and sympathetic friend. Funeral services were conducted May 19, briefly at the home and later at the Floradale Mennonite Church, with Brethren Oliver D. Snider and Reuben Detwiler in charge. Interment in the North Woolwich Cemetery.
Johnson. --- John B. Johnson, was born in Sweden Feb. 13, 1861; married to Theresa Stromberg in this city of Gotenborg Dec. 26, 1887. To this union were born 7 boys and 1 girl. Bro. Johnson arrived in America about fifty years ago. He lived at Reed City, Mich.; Oakland, Calif.; and for the last twenty years and more in Manistee Co., Mich. Mother Johnson passed away in December, 1924 and 1 son (Carl) in 1931. He is survived by one brother of Blue Island, Ill.; 7 children, all of California (except 1 son, Elmer, at whose home he passed away May 23, 1940). Eight grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild also survive. The immediate cause of his death was due to hemorrhage from internal injuries received in an unknown manner while leading a horse to pasture. He was always a hard-working man. He followed the lumbering industry for a number of years. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, and found it more or less difficult to express himself in the English language; but notes found among his possessions showed to what profound depths his thoughts went. On Oct. 4, 1931, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church near Brethren, Mich. Funeral services were held May 26 in the home of his son Elmer by Bro. Menno Esch and at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church by Bros. Esch and C. C. Culp. Theme, "A Man's Faith Controls His Life." (Compiled from notes and verses marked in Bro. Johnson's Bible.).
Marsh. Carl, son of the late John and Jennie (Cramer) Marsh, was born Oct. 14, 1886, in Johnstown, Pa.; died March 11, 1940. In addition to his mother and widow, he leaves 2 sons (Harrison Telford) and 1 daughter (Eilene). These brothers and sisters survive: Lloyd and Philip, Mrs. Melvin Thomas, Mrs. Earl Berkebile, Mrs. W. A. Layman, Mrs. C. C. Layman, and Mrs. Lewis Bloom. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. During the past year he suffered much discomfort through disease, but showed patience in spite of the facet that he wished to recover. He was, however, resigned and expressed peace before his passing. The occasion was made doubly sad, due to the fact that Sister Marsh was in the hospital at the time of her husband's death. On the day of the funeral she was removed to the home of her brother, where the body of her husband had been taken. A sermon was preached at this home for the benefit of Sister Marsh by Bro. Hiram Wingard. Funeral services at the Weaver Church were in charge of Bro. Sanford G. Shetler. Interment in the Richland cemetery.
Martin. --- James Willard, son of Bro. and Sister Ammi Martin, died after an illness of a few days at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Va., aged 1 y. 8 m. 12 d. He was a lovable child in the home, where he will be greatly missed, especially since his only brother (Nathan) died only 6 months ago. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Surviving are his sorrowing parents and 2 sisters (Catherine and Reba). Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, conducted by Bro. J. R. Mumaw assisted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes. Text, II Cor. 5: 1-4.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Saltzman. --- Anna Steinman Saltzman, was born in Livingston Co., Ill., Oct. 8, 1865; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Sam Wyse) near Wayland, Iowa, May 17, 1940; aged 74 y. 7 m. 9 d. She was married to John H. Saltzman Jan. 19, 1888. He preceded her in death 16 years ago. A daughter (Mattie) died in 1909. Four sisters have also preceded her in death. Those surviving are 1 daughter and 4 sons (Emma of near Wayland, Elmer of Farmington, Ia.; Eli, of Rock Island, Ill.; Alie of Castle Rock, Washington; and Edwin of Wayland); also 10 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Chris Orendorf of Wayland, and Mrs. Henry Ingold of Fisher, Ill.). She will be greatly missed in the home and the community for she was a woman with a kindly and lovable disposition. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church of which she had long been a devoted member. Bro. Willard Leichty assisted by Bro. William Penner had charge of the services. Interment in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.
Smith. --- Christian B. Smith, was born March 28, 1868; died at his home near Lebanon, Pa.; May 4, 1940; aged 72 y. 1 m. 6 d. He was united in marriage to Ida Hostetter Dec. 8, 1894. He confessed Christ as his personal Saviour Dec. 28, 1939. He was janitor of Gingerich's Mennonite Church for the past twenty-five years, in which capacity he will be greatly missed by both old and young. He was an especial favorite with all the little children. His sudden death from a heart attack was a shock to his family and the entire community. Thus again we are reminded of the uncertainty of life. As a devoted husband and father, he leaves his wife; 5 sons and 3 daughters (Ammon, Cevillia, wife of John Laudermileh; Ida, wife of Ira Wolf; Christian, Howard, Irwin, Nora, and Abram). One son and 3 daughters preceded him in death. The following brothers and sister also survive: Henry, John, Joseph, Harvey, and Mrs. George Hostetter. Funeral services were held May 8 at the home by Bro. Martin Weaver, and at Gingerich's Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Risser and John W. Weaver. Texts, I Cor. 13: 12 (English) and Matt. 11: 28-30 (German). The home ministers also assisted . Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"God hath His mysteries of grace,
Ways that we cannot tell;
He hides them deep, like hidden sleep,
Of him, He loved so well."
Stahl. --- Rebecca, daughter of Samuel and Mary Blough, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., March 18, 1862; died in Memorial Hospital at Valparaiso, Ind., May 20, 1940;aged 78 y. 2 m. 2 d. She was married to Jeremiah Stahl of Cambria Co., Pa., in the spring of 1885. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. The husband and 1 daughter (Mrs. Fred Sanderson) and 1 (Otis) preceded her in death. Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughters (Charles of Oscoda Co., Mich.; Ora, of Milford, Ind.; Willis, of Goshen, Ind.; Henry of Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Elmer Moulton of Howe, Ind.; and Mrs. Olen Rhinehart of Kouts, Ind.), 24 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (David S. Blough of Middlebury, Ind.). Fifth years ago Sister Stahl fell from a cherry tree and broke her hip and injured her spine, leaving her a cripple the remainder of her days. Sister Stahl will long be remembered by her many friends for her calm, patient, Christian disposition during these many years of her affliction. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services at Forks Church, conducted by Josiah H. Miller and D. D. Miller.
"Peacefully sleeping resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more."
Wambold. --- Menno S., son of the late Abram and Hannah (Wanner) Wambold, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Oct. 23, 1859; died at his late home in Goshen, Ind., May 31, 1940; aged 80 y. 7m. 8 d. His death was due to declining years, and for the last six weeks heart complications set in which brought his end quickly. He was one of a family of thirteen children. Only the two youngest brothers remain and due to advanced years, neither of them was able to attend the funeral of their brother. In 1881 he came to Elkhart Co., Ind. For three years he taught public schools in Elkhart, Concord, and Olive townships. In 1883 he was married to Carrie Smith. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters. One daughter (Ethel R.) preceded him in death in 1909. About twenty-six years ago he moved from his farm in Harrison township to Goshen, where he resided until his death. He united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in 1893. Later he transferred his membership to the Goshen College congregation and remained a faithful member till death. He was active in Sunday school work at the Yellow Creek Church and also at Goshen College. He served as superintendent of the Yellow Creek Sunday School and as a teacher of the older men's class at the College for many years. He was also active in a Sunday school that met at Union Chapel, southwest of Goshen, for a long period. He was a member of the Elkhart Institute Association, the forerunner of the Mennonite Board of Education, and served as Vice President and President in the early years of its organization. He served as a director of the Mennonite Aid Association of the Indiana-Michigan Conference from the organization of this association until his death. He is survived by his son (Walter) and 2 daughters (Mrs. Grace Merrittt and Mrs. Peter (Pearl) Economos) all of Goshen. Pearl was unable to attend the funeral on account of her illness. He is also survived by 2 brothers (Isaac Wambold, a minister of Markham, Ont., and Joseph Wambold, of London, Ont.). Truly a servant of the Lord has been called home to his reward. Bro. Wambold found much joy in the assembly of saints and in the service of the Lord. He realized his weakening condition and called for an anointing service April 18, which service was performed by Bro. S. C. Yoder. This brought him much joy and distinct blessing as he expressed himself. Funeral services were held June 3 from the Goshen College Chapel, in charge of C. L. Graber, S. C. Yoder, and G.S. Stoneback. Interment in the Yellow Creek Cemetery by the side of his wife.
Wenger. --- Esther W., daughter of Michael N. and Jennie S. Wenger, Lancaster Co., Pa., died April 28, 1940, after an illness of two weeks; aged 1 y. 3 m. She leaves her parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Mabel, Grace, Kathryn, Laura, Bertha, Norman, Mary, Michael Jr., and Edna, all at home; also the maternal grandparents (Isaac and Emma Wenger) and the paternal grandfather (Michael M. Wenger, Sr.). She quietly took her departure on Sunday morning while the family gathered around. Her place in the home is vacant, but she fills her place among the heavenly throng; thus beginning the family circle in glory. Brief services were held at her home by Bro. Benjamin Wenger with further services at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Mahlon Witmer and Eli Sauder. Text, Job 1: 21, latter clause.
"Her mission here on earth was brief.
It fills our lonely hearts with grief;
A plant with but a tender leaf,
Transplanted by a Father's love,
To blossom in that land above
Where we shall meet in perfect love."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Arnold. --- Cornelius Adolphus, son of Mary and Weston Arnold, was born near Midway, Va., Aug. 5, 1873; died at his home near Waynesboro, Va., May 26, 1940, after an illness of five weeks; aged 66 y. 9 m. 21 d. On Dec. 27, 1898, he was united in marriage to Bernice Thacker. He is survived by his helpful and loving companion, together with 2 daughters and 5 sons (Mrs. Ada Davis, Harry W., Mrs. Mary L. McCormick, Raymond C., Fred C., Fay and Charles), 18 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Zora L. Stiegel), 4 brothers (A. Minor, Percy, Casco, and Clarence. His mother died about four months ago at the age of 95. Bro. Arnold lived a faithful Christian life in the Mennonite Church since 1910. He was one whom one could confidently expect to find at church services early and regularly when health permitted. Funeral services were held May 23 at the home by Bro. E. C. Shank and at Springdale Church in charge of Bro. J. R. Driver assisted by Bro. E. F. Heatwole. Text, Heb. 4: 9; Psa. 116: 14, 15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Father's place is vacant now.
Since he has gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say, 'God thought it best.'"
Beechy. --- John J. Beechy, was born near Farmerstown, Nov. 3, 1867; died at his home in Millersburg, Ohio, April 7, 1940; aged 72 y. 4 m. 4 d. Although ailing somewhat for the past six or eight months, death overtook him quite without warning, while asleep. On Dec. 25, 1887 he was united in marriage to Ettie Drushel, who died July 19, 1892. To this union 2 children were born both of whom survive, namely: Mary Magdalene (Mrs. Levi D. Miller) of Wellman, Iowa; and Andrew of Holmesville, Ohio. On Nov. 19, 1893 he was united in marriage to Susan Helmuth of Charm, Ohio, who died Feb. 6, 1906. To this union 4 children were born, all of whom have preceded him in death (Verna, Melvin, Early, and Lizzie, wife of Henry Birkey, of Wellman, Iowa). On Feb. 4, 1908, he was united in marriage with Ida May Hartzler of West Liberty, Ohio. To this union were born 4 children all of whom survive, namely: Paul of Akron, Ohio; Laura (Mrs. Olive Plummer) of Kitchener, Ont.; Mark at home; Martha (Mrs. Eugene Studer) of Dalton, Ohio; Esther (Mrs. Milton Falb) of Dalton, Ohio. Twelve grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren also survive. He leaves 1 brother (Moses) and 2 sisters (Mrs. George Beechy and Mrs. Harrison Miller) all of the home community. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful and active member till death.
Beidler. --- Elizabeth G., widow of Joseph C. Beidler, was born Dec. 5, 1870; died June 6, 1940; aged 69 y. 6 m. 1 d. Surviving are 2 sons (Harvey of Ohio and Warren of Bally, Pa.), also 3 grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister. While Sister Beidler's health was failing for a year or more, her passing was not expected so soon. She was one of those unassuming, helpful sisters whose services to humanity are often not appreciated as they should be but missed when gone the way of all flesh. While health permitted she was seen in her accustomed seat in worship, at Bible meetings and sewing circle. Some of the young men and women that passed her casket she taught in Sunday school as primary teacher years ago. Services conducted at Bally Mennonite Meetinghouse by Bishop Warren G. Bean and home ministers.
Christophel. Noah S., son of Peter and Maria (Lehman) Christophel, was born Dec. 26, 1864; died at his home at Greencastle, Pa., March 22, 1940; aged 75 y. 2 m. 20 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His wife (Rebecca Burkholder Christophel) died ten years ago. He is survived by the following children: Walter B., and Irvin I., of Greencastle and Paul N. and Ada M., at home. Eight grandchildren, also survive, and 2 sisters (Lydia Christophel, Mrs. Mary Basinger, both of North Lima, O.). Funeral services were held Monday March 25, at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren George Keener and John Grove. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Gorman. --- Sister Ella Gorman, 67, of Kansas City, Kans., died Tuesday, June 4, 1940. She is survived by 1 son (Bro. Benjamin Lantz), of the same address. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Gospel Mission, 37 & Metropolitan Avenue (Kansas City) on June 6, with Bro. J. D. Mininger officiating, assisted by Bro. R.P. Horst. Sister Gorman was a faithful member of the Kansas City Mission congregation, and the faith and hope which she had in her God causes us to rejoice even in this time of bereavement. Butyl in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Argentine, Kansas City.
Harnish. --- Roland Eugene, eleven-year-old son of John and Viola Harnish, was born in Eureka, Ill., March 9, 1929; died at his home, June 4, 1950, after a protracted illness of nearly five months. He took a live interest and found much enjoyment in the activities of the family. He was active in school and entered into his studies with great concern. In the Sunday school and junior meeting he was ever ready to give a scripture verse, some verses being his special favorites. He united with the Roanoke Mennonite Church a year ago last Palm Sunday. During his confinement, his little boy's enthusiasm to be playing normally with the other children was greatly quieted by the many gifts, flowers, and cards sent by relatives and friends. He appreciated the gifts and welcomed every personal visit to his bedside with a cheerful smile. Father, mother, one sister (Mary Elizabeth), three brothers (James, John Jr., and Charles), maternal grandmother (Mrs. Anna Ulrich), and other relatives and friends mourn his early departure. Funeral services were held June 6 at the home and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church. Burial in the church cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. J. N. Kaufman and Ezra B. Yordy.
Kropf. --- Charity Ann, daughter of Isaac and Rebecca King, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, March 5, 1856; died in her home near Hubbard, Oreg., May 19, 1940; aged 84 y. 2 m. 12 d. At the age of 8 years she moved with her parents to Cass Co., Mo. On March 4, 1880, she was married to John Kropf of Kitchener, Ont. They made their home in Cass County until 1888, at which date they moved to Hubbard, and have lived in the same vicinity until death. In 1912 her husband was called to his reward, leaving her to live the last 28 years of her life in widowhood. To this union were born 9 children. An infant daughter and Emma at the age of twenty-eight also preceded her in death. Surviving are Lydia M. Sharp, Harvey E., and Chauncey L, of Hubbard; Clarence I. Of Woodburn, Ray of Corvallis, Pearl of Aurora, and Rachel of Milwaukee all in the state of Oregon; also 1 brother (I. G. King of Fresno, Calif.), 30 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church in which faith she remained faithful until death. She loved her Bible and spent much time in reading. She learned the source of grace and strength which enabled her to live the life of faith and patience, love, and kindness, making her life to abound with fruits of righteousness. Services at the home were conducted by Paul N. Roth. At the church, N. A. Lind and Edward Z. Yoder were in charge. Interment in the Zion Cemetery.
"Is not even death a gain to those
Whose life to God was given?
Gladly to earth their eyes they close,
To open them in heaven."
Landis. --- Ella Mae, daughter of David R. and Annie (Myer) Landis, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa, May 1, 1901; died May 14, 1940, at the home of her parents near Lancaster, Pa.; aged 39 y. 13 d. Death was caused by heart ailment. Just why she was called to leave us so suddenly we don't understand, but we know that the Lord makes no mistake and we humbly submit to His will. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her early years and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church; living a quiet conscientious Christian life. She is survived by her parents and 2 sisters (Bertha E. and Ruth M.). Funeral services were held May 17 at the home and at Mellingers Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. David L. Landis and Elmer G. Martin. Text, Mark 14: 6. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"She bade no one a last farewell,
She said 'Good-by' to none,
Her loving heart had ceased to beat,
Ere we knew she was gone."
Neuenschwander. --- Jacob P. Neuenschwander was born near Berne, Ind., Nov. 17, 1883; died May 26, 1940 at the Adams County Memorial Hospital; aged 56 y. 6 m. 9 d. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church and was faithful to the end. On Dec. 19, 1907, he was united in marriage to Anna Amstutz, who died Feb. 5, 1932. To this union were born 7 children, 3 of whom died in infancy; also his mother, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters are deceased. On Feb. 17, 1938, he was united in marriage to Elisabeth Steiner, of Sonneberg, Ohio. Those left to mourn his departure are his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters (Lina, at home; Peter, Menno and Bertha of Dalton, O.), also 2 grandchildren, his aged father (Peter Neuenschwander), 3 brothers, 3 sisters (Elizabeth, David, Abraham, and Anna; Mary Ann Eicher of Burr Oak, Mich.; and Christian), also many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were in charge of Brethren Louis Amstutz, Jacob Neuenschwander, and Jacob S. Moser, all of Apple Creek, O.
Shetler. --- Anna Eimen was born near Tavistock, Ont., Oct. 15, 1876; died at her home in Kalona, Iowa, May 12, 1940; aged 63 y. 6 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Ben J. Shetler of Kalona, Iowa, Nov. 19, 1895. This union was not blessed with any children of their own, but adopted into their home a son (Frank) of Rock Island, Ill., who with his companion and 3 children mourn the loss of a devoted Christian mother. She accepted Christ in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church where she was an active and faithful member until death, always taking an active part in the work of the Church and Sunday school, where she was a teacher for 40 years. When the Iowa City Mission was opened she was a teacher for 2 years. It can be truly said of her, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." On Jan. 23, 1937, she was stricken with paralysis, which left her an invalid confined to her bed. She practically lost the use of her speech, but retained the use of her senses, and was able to make herself understood by those who cared for her. She enjoyed very much the many friends who called on her during her illness, but the one thing that she most appreciated and always called for was the reading of the Bible and prayer. Her death is mourned by her husband, their adopted son and family, 3 sisters (Mrs. M. S. Ropp, of Kalona, Mrs. S. S. Troyer of Homesville, Ohio, and Fannie of Wayland), 4 brothers (Daniel, Peter, and Joseph of Kalona and David of Wellman, Iowa) and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church with burial in the East Union Cemetery, conducted by D. J. Fisher and Ed Shetler.
"More and more we miss thee,
Friends may think the wound is healed,
But they little know the sorrow,
That lies within the heart concealed."
Stoltzfus. --- Ruthella K., daughter of Samuel N. and Anna Mary (King) Stoltzfus, of near Atglen, Pa., was born May 20, 1926; died Feb. 27, 1940, at the Lancaster General Hospital following an operation for obstruction of the bowel; aged 13 y. 9 m. 7 d. She accepted Christ Nov. 26, 1939, and was in a class of 55 under instruction. She desired to be baptized before going to the hospital Feb. 24, which gave her much joy. She was resigned to the will of the Lord, and expressed that she was safe and ready to go it the Lord wanted her to go. Her death was a shock to the family, neighbors, and friends. She was one that enjoyed life, seeking to help and make others happy. During her sickness she gave up all earthly things and looked heavenward, having a strong feeling that she would not get well. She left a great testimony in the hospital that made an impression on her nurses and others. Although Ruthella's life here was short, we believe she has fulfilled a mission on earth that was worth while. She leaves her father, mother, the following brothers and sisters: Kathryn E., Raymond K., Herman I., Alma J., Mary Anna, John S., and Melvin K., all at home; 2 grandfathers (John M. Stoltzfus and Isaac L. King, both of near Atglen); also 35 uncles and aunts, 63 cousins, besides other relatives and friends. She is greatly missed in the home and elsewhere, but the Lord knows what is best. Funeral services were held March 1 conducted at the home by Bro. Amos B. Stoltzfus, with further services at the Millwood Church in charge of Brethren John A. Kennel, John S. Mast, and S.G. Shetler. Texts, John 16: 22; Eccl. 12: 1; Mark 5: 39. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Free from earth's sin and sorrow,
Our Saviour called Ruthella home,
To blossom as a heavenly flower,
At the Father's throne."
Yoder. --- Elizabeth King, was born March 4, 1854, in Fairfield Co., o., the eighth child of Joseph and Sarah King. Early in life she became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She moved to Logan Co, Ohio, at the age of 19, where she formed a lasting friendship with Israel M. Yoder, who became her husband Feb. 5, 1876. They engaged in farming in the community until March, 1902, when they moved to a homestead one and one-half miles north of Surrey, N. Dak. She became a charter member of the Fairview Mennonite Church in 1903, and has consistently held to the church of her choice during these many years. In 1918 they retired from the farm and moved to Surrey. Since the passing of her husband in 1920, she has lived alone. She never returned to Ohio for a visit. Her longest trip since living in North Dakota was to attend a Sunday school conference at Kenmare, N. Dak. She has been the only survivor of her parents' family for 55 years. Surviving her are 2 children (Mrs. D. S. Petry of Surrey, N. Dak., and Freeman K. Yoder of Sumner, Wash.), also 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A son (Ira M. Yoder) preceded her in death in 1932. Funeral services were held at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home at Minot, N. Dak., June 5, by L. A. Kauffman and at the Brethren Church at Surrey, N. Dak., by L. A. Kauffman and Eli G. Hochstetler. Scriptures read were Psalm 23 and John 14. Text, II Cor. 5: 1-4.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas
Bartman. --- Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Michael and Barbara Zook, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Jan. 7, 1862; died at her home in Nickerson, Kans., June 9, 1940; aged 78 y. 5 m. 2 d. She came to Kansas with her parents as a young girl, where she grew to womanhood near Larned, Kans. On Oct. 11, 1892 she was united in marriage to Daniel Bartman. This union was blessed with 1 daughter and 2 sons (Mrs. Laura L. Schnitzler of Nickerson), 2 sons (Roy A. Bartman of Kinsley, Kans., John E. Bartman of Sterling, Kans.), 8 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. At the age of 13 she gave her heart to Christ her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, in which she lived a faithful and devoted Christian life. She was a kind and devoted mother and will be greatly missed. She bore her affliction with Christian patience, never uttering a word of complaint during suffering. She peacefully passed away at the breakfast table, soon after she had given thanks and expressing her willingness to go to be with her Jesus. Her request was a plain funeral with not many flowers. Her last resting place is the Plevna Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Harry A. Diener, assisted by others. Text, John 14: 1-6.
"No, Mother isn't dead,
She has just gone one step ahead.
To wait beyond the golden stair,
Till we come day shall join her there."
Birky. --- Christian Benjamin, son of Christian and Barbara Birky, was born June 4, 1879, at Delavan, Ill.; died at his home near Fisher, Ill., June 3, 1940, just two hours before his 61st birthday. On Jan. 6, 1902, he was married to Kathryn Birky, who preceded him in death Dec. 1, 1903. On Jan. 25, 1905, he was married to Magdalena Cender. To this union were born 4 children, the eldest having preceded him in death in infancy. He leaves his sorrowing wife, and 3 children (Harvey of Goshen, Ind.; Lewis and Martha at home). Four brothers and 1 sister also survive (Lewis and William of Kouts, Ind.; John of Foosland, Ill.; Alvin and Mrs. Alvin Heiser of Fisher, Ill.). One brother and 3 sisters preceded him in death. In his youth he gave his heart to the Lord and his hand to the Church, serving Him faithfully until death. He served the Church as Sunday-school teacher for many years and as trustee for more than twenty years. Our great loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted at the East Bend Mennonite Church, with Bros. J. A. Heiser and Harold Zehr in charge.
Buckwalter. John D., son of the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Denlinger) Buckwalter, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 24, 1857; died March 31, 1940, at the home of his daughter after an illness of ten days; aged 82 y. 9 m. 7 d. On Nov. 19, 1885, he was married to Emma S. Rohrer, who preceded him in death fourteen years ago. He united with the Mennonite Church shortly after they were married and remained faithful until death. Often, in his last years he said that he was ready and willing to go home. He was a retired farmer. Jan. 2, 1932, he was stricken with an apoplectic stroke, of which he had fully recovered. Three daughters, 1 son, and 1 grandson, in addition to his wife, preceded him to the glory land. He is survived by 1 daughter, Mary R. (wife of Henry H. Landis), Landis Valley; 1 son, Enos R., near Witmer; and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home of the daughter by Bro. Ira D. Landis and at the Mellinger's Mennonite Church by Bros. David L. Landis and Elmer W. Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Charlton. --- Alice S., wife of Pre. W.F. Charlton of Newville, Pa., was born Oct. 4, 1882; died May 220, 1940; aged 57 y. 7 m. 26 d. When Alice was not quite 3 months old, her mother was found death with the babe in her arms. She united with the Diller Mennonite Church in her youth. "In her tongue was the law of a kindness." In conversation she was free from any unnecessary words. An inspiration to her household; a true help-meet to her husband; a zealous, faithful example of simplicity, a firm adherent to the doctrines of the Church, with a soul-longing for the "House of the Lord" that was emphasized by her presence every Lord's day. Although in feeble health and unable to lie down for over two years, yet she was absent from Church but only one Sunday in 1939. Two sons preceded her to the Spirit world. Surviving are husband, 3 daughters (Mrs. Alma Wilson; Mrs. Mary Shover, and Ruth), 4 sons (Frank, Paul, John, and Fred). Funeral services were held May 23 at the Diller Mennonite Church, Cumberland Co., Pa., Bro. N. H. Mack in charge.
"Hope wipes the tear from sorrow's eye,
And faith points upward to the sky."
Gehman. --- Katie, triplet daughter of the late Israel and Catherine Musser, was born Sept. 11, 1888, near Bowmansville, Pa.; died June 8, 1940, in the Wernersville State Hospital; aged 51 y. 8 m. 27 d. She became a Christian at 15 years of age; was a faithful member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, loyal to the tenets of faith she embraced through life. On Oct. 23, 1911, she joined heart and hands with Bro. Abraham Gehman, also of the Bowmansville congregation. God blessed this home with two daughters (Martha and Ruth) in whose lives is reflected the character of their pious, God-fearing mother and father. On Jan. 11, 1928, Bro. Gehman was chosen by lot to the office of deacon. In this responsible charge Sister Gehman proved herself a true help-meet; untiring in their visitation work, of which they did a commendable share; impartial in supporting all the activities of the Church, as they nobly pulled together in their God-given charge. She was conservative in her views and teaching, lived true to her convictions. She was blessed with that happy blending of nature which sees the bright side of things and yet her soul established in the Lord. For three weeks she was very, very sick. Ten days she was in the hospital. But her restoration to health was beyond loving hearts and learned minds. A certain physical condition left her mind blank most of the time, which made doubly sad for her loved ones. While the Church mourns the loss of a faithful deaconess, yet do we not mourn "as others which have no hope." There remain these brothers and sisters: Reuben, Susie (Good); Isabella (Bowman); Israel; Emma (Gehman); Aaron; Isaac and Amos (3 preceded her in death, Peter, Sallie, Lydia). The funeral was held June 11 in the Bowmansville Church. Bro. Noah Mack preached on Jno. 14: 19, followed by Bro. Noah G. Good on Hag. 2: 3. May the sympathies awakened, the tears shed, and the special prayers offered during this providential move of our Lord draw us all closer unto Him to where our sister has gone "to be with Christ; which is far better."
Transcriber's note: "Jno." Is the abbreviation used in the original text.
Hershberger. --- Enos C. Hershberger, was born near Arthur, Ill., Aug. 25, 1877; died in the hospital at Norfolk, Va., June 11, 1940; aged 62 y. 10 m. 16 d. On Feb. 12, 1898, he was united in marriage to Barbara Miller. They lived together in matrimony for 41 years until his companion was called by death in Nov. 1939. Both were members of the Amish Church until a few years ago when he united with the Providence congregation near Oyster Point, Va. On adopted son remains, Robert Hershberger of Norfolk, Va. He was a member of a family of 12 children of whom Magadaline Miller, Fannie Helmuth, Daniel, Solomon, Katie Yoder and Lizzie, preceded him in death. The following brothers and sisters still survive: Eli C., Abe C., Annie Miller, Joe, of Arthur, Ill.; and Matilda Miller of Archbold, Ohio. Funeral services were held June 14, from the Kempsville Amish Church in charge of Bro. Orrie Yoder of Oyster Point, Va., assisted by Bro. Simon Schrock of Kempsville. Text, II Kings 20: 1. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.
Hiser. --- Peter Hiser was born near Morton, Ill., April 21, 1864; died at the home of his son Silas near Foosland, Ill., March 18, 1940; aged 76 y. 27 d. He accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church near Morton, Ill., while a young man, but in recent years was not affiliated with any church. On Jan. 31, 1888, he was united in marriage with Adina King. To this union were born 3 sons, all of whom survive (Samuel and Silas of Foosland, and Aaron, of Champaign, Ill.). Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and the following brothers and sisters (Samuel and Daniel of Morton, Ill.; Isaac and Mrs. Joseph King of Fisher, Ill.). His wife preceded him in death 10 years ago. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church, with Bro. J. A. Heiser in charge. Interment in East Bend Cemetery.
Livingston. --- Nancy, daughter of John and Lydia (Hershberger) Lehman, was born May 4, 1855; died in the home of her son John L., near Johnstown, Pa., May 21, 1940; aged 85 y. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob K. Livingston, who passed away twenty-seven years ago. She was the mother of 13 children of whom 4 preceded her in death. She is survived by 35 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren, nearly all of whom attended the funeral. She is also survived by 1 brother (Levi J. Lehman). During her sickness she made may requests for prayer and partook of the communion. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Stahl Mennonite Church of which she was a member for many years by S. G. Shetler and Sanford G. Shetler. Her body was laid to rest in the Stahl Cemetery.
Mishler. --- David M., son of the late Moses and Polly Mishler, was born May 6, 1879; died May 1, 1940; aged 60 y. 11 m. 25 d. He had his home with his sister, Mrs. Chas. Freed. They had gone on a visit, and when they returned they found him lying on the floor dead. He was preceded in death by 1 sister and his parents. He is survived by an only sister. Funeral services were conducted in the Stahl Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa., of which he was a member by Sanford G. Shetler and S. G. Shetler. Interment in the Stahl Cemetery.
Royer. --- Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Smucker)
Schrock, was born Aug. 3, 1848, near Orrville, Ohio; died
at her home in Orrville, June 4, 1940, after a lingering illness
of nine months; aged 91 y. 10 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage
with Urias C. Royer Dec. 9, 1869, with whom she lived in
happy union for fifty-nine years. To them were born 2 sons, Isaiah
W., and William J., both of Orrville, O. She was the last surviving
member of her father's family and was also preceded in death by
her husband and by her only great-granddaughter. There remain
her 2 sons, her 2 daughters-in-law, 7 grandchildren, 1 brother-in-law
(N. L. Royer, of Wadsworth, O.), and 1 sister-in-law (Mrs. Jonathan
Schrock of Smithville, O.). She with her husband, in their early
married life, was received into the fellowship of the Church of
the Brethren by Elder John Shoemaker. She was a charter member
of the East Chippewa congregation and served the church as deacon's
wife and Sunday-school teacher for many years. As long as her
strength permitted, she was active in the varied interest of her
church and an eager attendant at the services of the Lord's house.
She will be remembered by many for her labors of helpfulness in
home, church, and neighborhood, and for her kindly interest in
everyone. She read extensively and kept herself well informed
on the needs and activities of the Church at large. Up to the
last she was blessed with an unusually clear and alert mind. She
had many songs and scriptures in her memory, and these were her
comfort after she could no longer use her eyes for reading. Grandmother
Royer was keenly appreciative of the affection shown her by family
and friends and was often heard to remark. "They are so good
to me. I am well cared for." She will be missed in her ministry
of intercessory prayer. She had implicit faith in the promises
of God and was devoted to her Master. It was her custom never
to sleep without committing each of her loved ones into the keeping
of the heavenly Parent. Although illness confined her to her home
for many month, her spirit was not bounded by the walls of her
room, and her prayers reached around the world. She was a faithful
companion to her husband, a devoted mother and grandmother, a
good neighbor, and an active church worker. But above all she
was a victorious Christian, patient in suffering , faithful to
death, and ready for her Lord's appearing. She expressed herself
eager to meet the Lord but was willing as she said, to await His
appointed time. The last scripture she helped to quote was from
John 14: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth,
and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me." Services
were held on June 6, from the home and the East Chippewa Church
by Elder D. R. McFadden assisted by Elder D. M. Brubaker and Bishop
J. S. Gerig.
--A granddaughter , Mary Royer.
Showalter. --- Minnie M., daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Heatwole) Showalter, was born Aug. 3, 1876; died Apr. 8, 1940; aged 63 y. 7 m. 5 d. Due to a heart conduction following an attack of influenza, her departure was very sudden, and was a severe shock to her family and friends. She lived with her brother Howard and family at the homestead of their parents near Broadway, Va., until several years ago, when they moved to an adjoining farm at which place her death occurred. In the home and in the community she was always interested in others and friendliness was one of her outstanding qualities. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 40 years, and her place at services were seldom vacant. She is survived by 2 brothers (Howard and Albert of Broadway, Va.), 1 sister (Mrs. Ollie Eiman, of Iowa), and a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held April 10 at Trissels Church near Broadway, Va., conducted by Brethren J. R. Mumaw and P. E. Shank. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Spicher. Kore E., son of Jonas and Rachel (Yoder) Spicher of Belleville, Pa., was born July 21, 1938; died Jun3 14, 1940; aged 1 y. 10 m. 23 d. His death was caused by drowning. He was a friendly child to everyone. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (David and Johnnie), 1 sister (Saloma), 2 great-grandmothers (Mrs. Rachel Zook and Mrs. Amelia Peachey), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by John Y. Peachey and John B. Peachey at the home of Noah Peachey, June 16. Burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
"A little bud too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.