Bergey, -- Eva, daughter of Vincent and Maggie (Landis) Bergey, was born June 19, 1926, near Telford, Pa.; died Dec. 29, 1939; aged 13 y. 6 m. 10 d. On her birthday she took her bed with complications and a heart condition. She patiently remained there for 6 months and 10 days, until God called her to her eternal home. She was of a quiet and loving disposition, always having a smile for every one that entered her room. At times she suffered, but without complaint. Her sweet memory will linger on as long as we remain. Dec. 13 she united with the Franconia Mennonite Church by water baptism. She leaves her parents, her maternal grandparents, 1 brother (Curtis), and 3 sisters ( Sallie, Lizzie, and Irene) all at home. Three brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at her late home by Bro. Jacob Moyer, and a Franconia Church by Bros. Menno Souder and Abram Derstine. Text, II Kings 4: 20. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"One by one the Father gathers
Choicest flowers, rich and fair,
And transplants them in His garden
They will bloom forever there."
Erb, -- John G., son of the late Daniel and Mary Erb, was born June 23, 1862; died Nov. 10, 1939, at his home near Zurich, Ont., after and illness of a few months; aged 77 y. 4 m. 18 d. He was united in marriage to Magdalena Schwartzentruber Nov. 10, 1885. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. He is survived by 4 sons and 1 daughter (Christian, Moses, Aaron, Edmund, and Sarah--Mrs. Aaron Gingerich) all of Zurich. One son (Daniel) and one daughter (Barbara) predeceased him in infancy. The departed had 18 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jacob and Joel), 3 sisters (Mrs. John Boshart, Mrs. Jacob Schweitzer, and Mrs. Jantzi) all of Nebraska. Two brothers and 1 sister predeceased him. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth a remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 13 at the home by Bro. S. Baechler, and at the Bronson Line A. M. Church by Bro. Moses O. Jantzi. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended,
Now dear Father is at rest."
Gardner, -- Arlene Mary, daughter of Jacob and Lucinda
Gardner, was born at Beaver Crossing, Nebr., Oct. 19 ,1924;
died Feb. 12, 1940; aged 15 y. 4 m. 23 d. Death came very suddenly
as a result of influenza and convulsions. She was attending the
Goehner High School, as a sophomore, where she had won many friends.
In the fall of 1938 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united
with the Mennonite Church. She was an only daughter and the youngest
in the family. We hope some day we can understand why the Lord
took her from us so soon. Her father preceded her in death six
years ago and an infant sister also had gone before. She is survived
by her loving mother, 2 brothers (Guy and Albert), 3 nephews,
an aunt (Mary Gardner), who was very dear to her, having lived
with all of her life; also a sister-in-law, 5 uncles and 5 aunts.
Funeral services were held Feb. 14 at West Fairview Church in
charge of Bros. Wm. R. Eicher and Ezra Roth. Text, Matt 24: 44.
Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"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."
Gogel. -- Lois Fay, eldest daughter of Charles S. and
Mildred E. Gogel, died Feb. 16, 1940, at her home near
Spring City, Pa., after an illness of influenzal pneumonia; aged
5 y. 5 m. 29 d. In her immediate family, she is survived by her
parents, 2 sisters (Ruth May, Janice Marie), and 2 grandmothers.
Although Lois suffered a physical handicap from birth, she endeared
herself to many.
Services were conducted at the home and the Vincent Church Feb. 20 by Brethren Henry G. Bechtel and Elmer G. Kolb. Text, Job 1: 21 (latter part). Interment in Vincent Cemetery.
Hooley, -- David J., son of the late Joseph K. and Adda Hooley, was born at Belleville, Pa., on June 4, 1886; died unexpectedly at his home near North Lawrence, Ohio, Feb. 1, 1940, after a brief illness caused by a fall from a wagon; aged 53 y. 7 m. 27 d. At the age of twelve, he came with his parents to Wayne Co., Ohio, and had since lived in that community. At an early age he accepted Christ, united with the Mennonite Church, and for many years been active in the work of the Church, holding various positions in the organizations of the Sunday school, young people's meeting, and the Church; he being one of the most active members of the Pleasant View congregation. To many he was well known as a rural mail carrier, having carried mail for the past 19 years. On June 3, 1911, he was married to Ella V. Horst of North Lawrence, Ohio. To this union were born 4 children. 1 of whom (Lucille) died at the age of four. He is survived by his wife, 3 children (Rhea E., Clarence D., and Elmo R.), and 5 sisters. His mother died a little more than a year ago. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 4 at the home and at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Alva Wengerd and Wm. G. Detweiler. Bro. I. W. Royer conducted a service in the near-by schoolhouse for an overflow audience. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Kreider, -- Lizzie G. Kreider was born Nov. 7, 1861; died at her home near New Danville, Pa., Dec. 22, 1939; aged 78 y. 1 m. 15 d. On Nov. 24, 1881 she was united in marriage with Amos H. Kreider, who died 19 years ago. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom survive, with the exception of Chester, who was the first to leave the family circle. Those left to mourn the loss of a loving mother are: Elmer, Benjamin, Amos, Elizabeth (wife of Chas. M. Herr), Barbara (widow of William T. Conrad), Florence (wife of Lorin Keperling), Clayton, Celia (wife of Andrew Bergman), Mary (wife of Willis L. Shopf), and Arthur. Besides these children she is survived by 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; also by 3 sisters (Mrs. Annie Buckwalter, Mrs. Kathryn Burkholder, and Miss Barbara G. Kreider), and 2 brothers (George and Martin Kreider). Mother accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained true and faithful to the end. She was of a kind and loving disposition, and will be sadly missed; but we sorrow not as those who have no hope, knowing that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held Dec. 26, at the Zercher funeral home, conducted by Bro. James Hess and John K. Charles. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
"If we understood what a mansion so fair,
Our Lord has prepared, for mother up there,
We would all cease our weeping, look up through our tears,
Saying, 'Father, most kind have you been through these years.'"
Mills, -- Elsie Maye, beloved daughter of Winfield and Hazel Mills, was born June 8, 1939; died Feb. 16, 1940, after more than two weeks' illness of pneumonia. She has gone to join her sister who has gone on before in her infancy. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 3 brothers (William Albert, Lewis Martin, Richard Alexander), 1 grandmother, and many uncles and aunts, to mourn her departure. She was a lovely child, and always seemed to have a smile for all who met her. She is greatly missed in the home. But we submit ourselves to Him who knows what is best for us. Funeral services were held Feb. 18 at the home, with further services at the Mennonite Church at Clearspring, Md., in charge of Brethren Samuel Eby and Amos Martin. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Elsie Maye has gone and left us weeping,
She is happy with the Lord;
She's not dead, but only sleeping,
And has gone to her reward."
--By the Parents and Family.
Mishler, -- Sally, daughter of John and Gertrude (Miller) Stahl, was born May 30, 1872; died at the Lee Homeopathic Hospital, Nov. 3, 1939; aged 67 y. 5 m. 3 d. She is survived by her husband (David Mishler) and the following children: Earl, Cloyd, and Carl Mishler; Nora, wife of Fred ZImmer; Vera, wife of James Riddle; Mrs. Trelia Cooper, and Mildred, wife of Fred Ritchie, all of Krings; and Gertrude wife of John Heminger, of Ferndale. She also leaves 20 grandchildren. She was a sister of Mrs. Henry Mishler, J. J. Stahl, and Mrs. P. P. Williamson. She was a member of the Stahl Mennonite Church for 47 years, always a faithful attendant, and interested in the Lord's work. She will be greatly missed, not only in the home and community, but also in the Church. Funeral services at the home were in charge of Charles Winey and Sanford G. Shetler, and at the Stahl Mennonite CHurch in charge of Sanford G. Shetler and Harry Y. Shetler. Burial in the Stahl cemetery.
Muthard, -- Mary L., widow of the late Milton M. Muthard and daughter of Charles and Susanna Reiter, was born June 19, 1864; died Feb. 23, 1940; aged 75 y. 8 m. 4 d. Surviving are 2 daughters, 1 son, 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother. Sister Muthard was one of those quiet, unassuming, old-fashioned, helpful souls that we miss when they are gone, ever ready to lend a helping hand when needed if in her power, a faithful attendant at church services and sewing circle. Funeral services at Boyertown, Pa., Mennonite Meetinghouse of which congregation she was a faithful member for many years; conducted by home ministers.
Nofzinger, -- John S., son of John J. and Anna (Richer) Nofzinger, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Nov. 21, 1862; died at the home of his daughter Ida near Wauseon, Ohio, Sept. 19, 1939; aged 76 y. 10 m. 8 d. On Jan. 10, 1889 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Liechty. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters. He was preceded in death by his wife on Dec. 14, 1923, also by 1 daughter Carrie (Mrs. Wm. King) and 4 grandchildren. There remain 3 sons (Wm. H., of Wayland, Iowa; Clarence J., and John J. , of Archbold, O); 1 daughter (Ida, Mrs. Moses Nofzinger) of Wauseon, O.; 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister. After the death of his wife he made his home with his son Clarence, with the exception of the last 10 months which he spent with Ida. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the A. M. Church, where he remained a member until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church by Bros. P.L. Frey and E. B. Frey. Burial in Eckley Cemetery.
"Remember, friend, as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I;
As now I am, so you shall be,
Prepare for death and follow me."
Stoltzfus, -- Darlene Mae, infant daughter of John and Laura Stoltzfus of Wood River, Neb., died Dec. 27, 1939; aged 6 days. Surviving are her parents, 3 sisters (Elvira, Verle, Grace), 3 brothers (Sterling, Einer, Richard), 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, 1 step-grandmother, uncles, aunts, and many relatives. One sister (Donna Lee), and 1 grandmother preceded her in death. Although everything was done for the child that human hands could do, we feel it was God's will that the little flower budded on earth to bloom fair in heaven. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. A. D. Stutzman. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
'The sweet little bud, too pure to stay.
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."
Turner, -- Mary I., daughter of the late James W. and Katie (Fry) Foster, was born in Bedford Co., Pa., Jan. 26, 1874; died near Stoystown, Pa., Dec. 5, 1939; aged 65 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was married to George Turner in 1911. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 1 son (James), and 1 step-daughter-in-law (Mrs. George Turner). She is also survived by 2 half brothers of West Virginia. She united with the Mennonite Church a number of years ago, and was faithful until death. Funeral services at the home were in charge of Bros. Harry C. Blough and Irvin Holsopple, and at the Blough Church in charge of Bros. Sanford G. Shetler, Harry C. Blough, and John A. Lehman.
Yoder, -- Maggie, daughter of Christian and Lizzie Bontrager, was born in Lagrange County, Ind., March 18, 1859; died at her home in Hesston, Kans., Feb. 23, 1940; aged 80 y. 11 m. 6 d. Death was due to complications, after a brief illness of two weeks. In her youth she joined the Mennonite Church, to which faith she was devoted and loyal. On Jan. 2, 1881, she was united in marriage to Reuben C. Yoder. In the fall of 1882 they and their small daughter moved from Lagrange Co., Ind., to McPherson Co., Kans. Here they became charter members of the West Liberty Church, where she rendered faithful service as a deacon's wife for nearly twenty years. For the sake of educational advantages for her children she moved to Hesston, Kans., in 1919, where she resided until her death. Seven children survive her: Mrs. T. J. Cooprider, Hesston; Mrs. G. H. Klingelsmith, Akron, N. Y. Stephen A., Columbiana, Ohio; Amos E., Conway, Kans.; Maurice A., Hesston, Kans; Corinna and Rhoda at home. There are 26 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband (who passed away April 19, 1917), and 3 sons (Christian, Leander, and Levi). In the home her hands were always busy, and her spare time was constantly filled with needlework. She was a mother who knew the Lord, loved His Word, and had an unusual appreciation for the beauty of His world. Always she enjoyed flowers, and particularly during her last illness did she appreciate those sent her by her friends. Funeral services were in charge of Bros. Milo Kauffman and John Landis. Interment in West Liberty Cemetery.
"Somewhere in Heaven I know she serves--
For serving, it was, that gave her rest;
And Heaven, I'm sure, is just a plave
Where we do those tasks which we once loved best!"
Zook, -- Amanda Alice, daughter of John R. and Frances (Kauffman) Yoder was born April 30, 1873 near West Liberty, Ohio; died Jan. 8, 1940, at the Glenn hospital in Wamego, Kans.; aged 66 y. 8 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage to David W. Zook of Middlebury, Ind., Jan. 21, 1892. Her husband preceded her in death 22 years. This union was blest with 4 sons and 4 daughters (Vernon of Newton; Marion of Belvue, Kans.; Truman of Wichita; Roy of Topeka; Verdie, Mrs. Joe Thomas, of Wichita; Euseba, Mrs. Norris Wharton, of Topeka; Evanelia, Mrs. Ernest Grover of Hutchinson; and Dorothy, who died Sept. 28, 1922). Besides the children, she is survived by 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters (A. F. and E. W. Yoder of West Liberty, O; Mrs. Milo King of Garden City, Mo.; Mrs. Edith Harshbarger of Urbana, O., and Mrs. Elmer Varns of Millersburg, O.). In her youth, she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful throughout life. The early years of her married life were spent near West Liberty, Ohio, coming to Kansas with her family in 1907, where she spent the remainder of her life in and around Newton. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church with C. F. Hartmann officiating.
"Into Heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Beisel-Elsie May (Eash) Beisel, was born April 18, 1892; died in the Windber, Pa., Hospital Feb. 9, 1940; aged 47 y. 9 m. 21 d. She was married to George Beisel June 3, 1909. They were the parents of 6 children, all of whom are living. The children are Jacob Clair, of Carroltown; Mrs. Geo. Thomas of Johnstown, Pa.; Isaiah Charles, Emma Mae, Harry and Robert Franklin at home. She is also survived by her mother and her foster father (Jacob Eash), a brother, 3 half brothers, 5 half sisters, and 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler and Hiram Wingard. The remains were laid away in the Weaver Cemetery.
Beller, -- Jacob, son of John Beller and Catherine (Sherich) Beller and the youngest of 10 children was born Nov. 19, 1857, at Saales, Alsace, France; died Feb. 12, 1940; aged 82 y. 2 m. 23 d. He came to America at the age of 18 and settled at Chenona, Ill., where he was married to Anna Zimmerman, Jan. 10, 1882. In 1885 he moved to Milford, Neb., and later to Shickley. In 1918 he moved to Hesston, Kans., and has lived here since except for short stays at Kansas City, Ainsworth, and Mountain Home. He has always been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a leader in general improvements in his neighborhood. He was a charter member of and the first Sunday-school superintendent at the Salem Church, Shickley, Neb. During his last illness he said, "I've finished my course and am going, that I may receive the crown laid up for all of them that long for His appearing." He leaves 4 daughters (Mrs. Lena Gilbert, of Sage, Idaho; Mrs. Emma Wagers of Nampa, Idaho; Mrs. Katie Dilts, and Miss Annie Beller of Hesston, Kans.). His wife, 2 sons, and a daughter (Eugene, Jacob, and Barbara) have gone on before him. He also leaves 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a neighborhood of friends. Services were held in the College Chapel, Hesston, Kans., in charge of Bro. M. A. Yoder. Burial in the cemetery of the Salem Church near Shickley, Neb., in charge of Bro. Peter Kennel.
Culp,--- Mary Magdalena, daughter of Charles and Mary Magdalena Billman, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 5, 1868; died Feb. 23, 1940; aged 71 y. 2 m. 18 d. She grew to womanhood in the vicinity of Wakarusa and was married to Ezra Culp Jan. 16, 1892. To them were born 3 daughters and 2 sons. The eldest daughter died in infancy. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at about 15 years of age, uniting with the Evangelical Church. About 40 years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and 18 years ago cast her lot with the Holdeman congregation. Her place at church was regularly filled as opportunity permitted. Faithful until death was her life. Those left are a bereaved husband, 4 children, 13 grandchildren, 1 brother, 4 sisters, besides a large circle of friends. She will be long remembered as a loving wife, devoted and sympathetic mother and sister in the church. Funeral services were held at the Holdeman church house, conducted by the home ministers D. A. Yoder, Warren Shaum, and Silas Weldy. Text, "What think ye of Christ?" Burial in the North Union Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that her end was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without a farewell."
Hayes, --Maggie E. Buck Hayes, was born at Urbana, Ohio, on April 28, 1886; died at the home of her son in Canton, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1940; aged 53 y. 9 m. 25 d. She was married to Harry Hayes, who preceded her in death ten years. She leaves 2 sons (Estil and Charles Hayes, Canton), 4 brothers (Joel and Pearl Buck of Toledo, O.; Earl Buck of Detroit; and David Buck of California), and 1 sister (Mrs. Goldie Beers of Canton), and 6 grandchildren. She was baptized in 1936, becoming a member of the Canton Mennonite Mission Church where she remained a member until death. Funeral services were held at the Jacobs Funeral Parlors on Friday evening Feb. 23, in charge of Bro. J. J. Hostetler, following which the body was shipped to Bellefontaine, O., for burial.
Johnson, -- George M., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson, was born at Morrison, Ill., June 1, 1886; died Feb. 6, 1940, at his home near Detroit Lakes, Minn.; aged 53 y. 8 m. 4 d. On Sept. 21, 1911, he was married to Ida M., daughter of Bro. and Sister Amos Holdeman, at Freeport, Ill. He has been a member of the Mennonite Church for the past 32 years. He was always interested in the cause of Christ and the welfare of his children. He with his family moved to Fergus Falls, Minn., in February, 1913. In the fall of 1916, he moved to Dagmar, Mont. He lived there till 1922 when he moved to Ulen, Minn., and in 1928 to Detroit Lakes, Minn. He leaves his companion and the following children: Floyd, Guymon, Okla.; Earl, Gruver, Texas; Ruth, Exeland, Wis.; and Harold Elmer, Ralph, Ethel, Alice, Kenneth, Fay, Marie and Grace all at home; also 1 granddaughter. One grandson preceded him in death. He also leaves 3 uncles, 3 aunts, and 17 cousins. His death was caused by cancer, from which he suffered much for over a year. Funeral services were held Feb. 8 at his late home and at the Lake Region Church in charge of Bro. Elmer D. Hershberger, assisted by I. S. Mast and J. C. Gingerich. Text, I Jno. 3: 2. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"As a gold sun disappearing,
Beyond the purple red,
So the light had flickered
And gone beyond-ahead."
Transcriber's note: "Jno." Is the spelling used in the original obituary.
Koerner, --- Mary E. Koerner, was born March 24, 1866, near Nappanee, Ind., the fifth in a family of 9 children, born to Jacob and Nancy (Lehman) Christophel; died at her home in Cullom, Ill., Feb. 27, 1940, after a week's illness of influenza and complications; aged 73 y. 11 m. 3 d. She came to Illinois at the age of 18, and several years later married Peter J. Koerner. They would have been married 59 years next Christmas. Her husband and the following children survive: Henry A., Reuben P., Mrs. Minnie Roeschley, and Susie at home, also 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. A daughter (Elsie) preceded her in May 1938. There remain 2 brothers (E. J. Christophel, Wakarus, Ind.; D.L Christophel, Tiskilwa, Ill.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Welty, Nappanee, Ind.; Mrs. Salome Wenger, Allemands, La.; Mrs. Susan Reedy, Cullom, Ill.). Her life was one of activity, always concerned for the welfare and happiness of others. About 12 years ago her health began to fail and after suffering a fractured hip she spent the past 6 _ years in a wheel chair, during which time she was very patient and cheerful. Funeral services were held March 1, in charge of Bro. A. H. Leaman and N. N. Roeschly, from the Mennonite Church of which she was a devoted member from youth. Burial in West Lawn Cemetery.
"Beautiful spirit, free from all stain,
Ours is the heartache, the sorrow and pain;
Thine is the glory, the infinite gain,
Thy slumber is sweet."
Lantz. --- Edna, daughter of B. B. and Lydia Miller, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Feb. 11, 1880; died at her home in Midland, Mich., Jan. 18, 1940; aged 59 y. 11 m. 7 d. In infancy with her parents moved to McPherson, Kans., where she lived until sixteen years of age. Then she with her parents moved to Custer Co., Okla., where she united with the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful life unto the end. In April 1898, she was married to David Lantz. She leaves her husband, 1 son (Herbert of Kalona, Ia.), 2 daughters (Clara, at home; and Lydia, Mrs. Martin Miller), 9 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. E. M. Yoder, of Midland, Mich.; Mrs. Anna Minor and Mrs. Clara Eash, of Enid, Okla.), 1 brother (A. B. Miller of Kalona, Ia.), and a host of relatives and friends. She had been in failing health the past two years, and since Christmas had been in bed, suffering with complication of rheumatism and heart, from which she passed away. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, having always a smile for all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted from the home by Bro. Floyd Bontrager and at the Midland Mennonite Church by Bro. S. C. Yoder of Goshen, Ind. Interment was made in Midland Cemetery.
Mumaw. --- Vernon H., infant son of Stanford and Lavina Mumaw of Dalton Ohio, was born Jan. 12, 1940, and died shortly after birth. Surviving are his parents, 1 sister (Maxine Lois), 4 grandparents, uncles, aunts, and many other relatives. Burial services were conducted Jan. 13 at the home in charge of Bro. E. F. Hartzler. Interment was made in Martins Cemetery.
Roth. &SHY; With complete confidence and trust in her God, the spirit of Olive Catherine Roth answered her call on Feb. 19, 1940, at 7: 00 P. M. at her farm home, on the Miami Howard County (Indiana) line; aged 77 y. 5 m. 4 d. She was born near Peru, Ind., Sept. 15, 1862; the daughter of Levi and Rebecca Wibel. With her parents she moved to Howard Co., at the age of two years where she had since resided. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Roth on July 25, 1881, and they lived together in happiness until the death of her husband, Oct. 14, 1930. To this union were born 12 children; 4 of whom are deceased (Mrs. Mary Edwards, Mrs. Edith Strauss and 2 who died in infancy). They also reared a grandson (Harold Roth) at whose home her death occurred. When she was a young woman she united with the Mennonite Church and has lived a consistent, devoted life. She was interested in the welfare of the Church and a regular attendant at services when her health permitted. She made her Christianity a practical, everyday religion and was a ways ready to give advice, counsel, and sympathy to her family and to her large circle of friends and acquaintances. During her last illness she expressed a readiness to go or to stay, in complete submission to her Father's will. Left to mourn the loss of a mother's love are 8 children (Mrs. John Hensler of Peru; Mrs. Allen Shrock of Converse; Mrs. Elbert Daniels of Argos; Mrs. Herbert Reyburn of Kokomo; Mrs. George Freeman of Wabash Co.; Mrs. Virgil Kendall of Amboy; Margaret Roth, at home; and Chester Roth, of Los Angeles, Calif.) She also leaves 22 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren , 1 sister (Mrs. Sarah Troyer of Sebring, Fla.), and a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted Feb. 23, at the Howard-Miami Church by the local ministry. Text, II Tim 4: 6-8. Burial in the Mast Cemetery.
"Not gone from memory,
Not gone from love,
But gone in a better home above."
Roth. &SHY; Rosa, daughter of William and Barbara Stutzman, was born Oct. 24, 1901, at Julesburg, Colo.; died Feb. 20, 1940, at her home near Milford, Nebr.; aged 38 y. 4 m. 27 d. On Feb. 15, 1920 she was united in marriage to Joseph L. Roth in Woodriver, Neb. To this union were born 8 sons and 3 daughters. Her mother and 3 sons preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church in Woodriver. Later she transferred her membership to the East Fairview church near Milford and there she remained a faithful member. She had been sick for some time and proved to be a patient sufferer-one who, because of her wonderful faith in God, never gave up. She leaves her husband, 3 daughters (Irene, Barbara, and Edna), 5 sons (Merle, Sterling, Glen, Arthur, and Melvin), 1 sister (Mrs. Malinda Schweitzer), her father and stepmother, her aged grandmother (Mrs. Rosa Stutzman), 2 half sisters (Eda and Wilma), a half brother (Arthur), 4 uncles, 8 aunts, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services by W. A. and Wm. R. Eicher.
"Now our patient mother's left us,
Gone to her reward on high;
Nevermore will grief molest her,
God has drawn her spirit high."
Shantz. --- Josiah, son of Bro. and Sister Menno S. Shantz, was born Jan. 26, 1861; died at his home in German Mills, Ont., Jan. 5, 1940; aged 78 y. 11 m. 20 d. He was ill for only a week. Death was caused by heart trouble. He was married to Sofiana Rudy Nov. 25, 1884. He was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. Surviving are his wife, 1 daughter (Mrs. David Bearinger, German Mills),1 son (Alvin, of Waterloo), 4 sisters (Mrs. Christian Martin, Mrs. Manasseh Martin, and Mrs. Paul Martin of Waterloo; Mrs. Menno Steckle and Mrs. John Steckle of Zurich), and 6 grandchildren. Two brothers and 1 sister predeceased him. Funeral services were held Jan. 8, private at the home and public services at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener. Interment in the First Mennonite Cemetery. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. Simon Martin and Jesse Martin.
"Silent in the voice of grandfather,
Vacant always is his chair;
And how sad the room without him
For there is no grandfather there."
Shupp. --- Benjamin Lee, son of Abraham and Anna Smith Shupp, died Feb. 11, 1940, at his home in Hagerstown, Md., after an illness of several years. He was born and grew to manhood in the Clearspring district and was a descendant of the earliest settlers of Washington County. A number of years ago he united with the Mennonite Church and became a member of the Springdale congregation near Waynesboro, Va. He is survived by his wife (Savilla A., daughter of the late Bishop A. P. Heatwole of Waynesboro), 2 brothers (Joseph Shupp, Charlton, Md. And Dr. Frank Shupp, Hagerstown, Md.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Malinda Stauffer and Mrs. Elizabeth Knode of Hagerstown and Mrs. Lydia Huyett, of Bonesboro). Funeral services were held Feb. 13 from the Kroiss Funeral Home conducted by Bro. J. R. Driver of Waynesboro, Va., assisted by Bro. Moses Horst of Maugansville, Md. Text: Ps. 37: 37. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Wenger. --- Bro. Chris Wenger, was born in Basil, Switzerland, April 11, 1873; came to America when a young man and located in Iowa. Later he made an entry on a homestead near Kenmare, N. Dak., which he proved up and made it his home a number of years. In the summer of 1905, he was taken into full fellowship with the Spring Valley Mennonite church and remained a faithful member until death. In 1911 he was married to Sister Bessie Hershberger. Their married life consisted of only a few short years, when Sister Weaver departed this life in 1916; leaving him in widower living the single life to the end. In Sept. 1939, he changed his residence from near Kenmare to Casselton, N. Dak. In the night of Jan. 19 he had an attack of appendicitis. The following day he was taken to St. Johns Hospital, Fargo, N. Dak., where he had an operation. He stood the operation well and good hopes were entertained for his recovery. On Monday night, the 22nd, all of a sudden he made a change, and in two hours the spirit made its departure. Funeral was held Jan. 25 at the West Funeral Parlor in Casselton, in charge of Bro. I. S. Mast. Text: Prov. 14: 32, later clause. Burial in the Casselton city cemetery.
Wingard. --- Sister Lizzie Esther (Pletcher) Wingard, was born Sept. 10, 1869; died in her home near Salix, Pa., Jan. 19, 1940; aged 71 y. 4 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph Wingard July 6, 1884. To this union were born 9 children of whom the following survive: Jacob E., Mrs. Suie Yeager, Mrs. Sadie Hershberger, Wilbur, Mrs. Verda Corbin, Mrs. Esther Probert, and Ray. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Her husband died Sept. 18, 1939. She was reinstated in the Mennonite Church on Sept. 24, 1939. Just previous to her death she partook of the communion in her home. Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Pleasant Grove Church by S. G. Shetler and Sanford G. Shetler. The body was laid to rest in the Dunmire Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Suie" is the spelling used in the original obituary. This is not an error.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Amstutz. --- Cleophas N., son of Nicholas and Maria (Tschantz) Amstutz, was born near Kidron, Ohio, on Oct. 19, 1868, where he spent his entire life; died March 5, 1940; aged 71 y. 4 m. 16 d. On March 30, 1888, he was baptized and became a member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. On Feb. 27, 1890, he was united in marriage to Caroline Lehman, to which union were born 6 daughters and 1 son. On Dec. 23, 1895, he was ordained to the ministry to serve in the Church of his choice; and on Nov. 16, 1913, he was chosen as bishop in the same congregation, with which he labored as long as health permitted. He was large instrumental in founding a S. S. in his Church, and served as Supt. for a number of years. He loved to work with the young people, and it gave him great joy when he could be of assistance to them. About 1925 his health began to fail, and in 1930 he retired from active ministerial service; although he continued to serve for special occasions. He leaves his life companion, with whom he shared joys and sorrows for over 50 years, also 6 daughters (Mrs. Dan. I. Nussbaum; Mrs. Albert A. Nussbaum; Mrs. Jacob Neuenschwander; Mrs. Amos Neuenschwander; Mrs. Martin Lehman; Mrs. Harvey Nussbaum, all of this community except Lavina of Berne, Ind.), 32 grandchildren, and also Mrs. D. S. Schneck of Canton, who grew to womanhood in this home. He was preceded in death by his son, 1 grandson, his parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held March 7, in charge of the Brethren Louis Amstutz and Gabe Brunk at the home and Brethren Louis Amstutz, Ben B. King, and E. F. Hartzler, at the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Text: II Tim. 4: 6-8; Luke 13: 20. Burial in the church cemetery.
Bachman. --- Andrew J., son of Joseph and Barbra (Steider) Bachman, was born July 10, 1854, at Metamora, Ill., where he spent his boyhood days, moving to Roanoke Twp., in 1877, where he spent the remainder of his life. He united with the Metamora Mennonite Church in his youth, remaining faithful to the end. On March 4, 1879, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Garber. She preceded him in death about 24 years. To this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters: Joseph (deceased), David of Roanoke, Anna Wahl, of Minnesota; Jacob of Loda, Peter of Roanoke, Bertha at home, Matilda of Low Point, William (deceased) and Andrew of Roanoke. He passed away at his home Feb. 27, 1940, after a brief illness due to infirmities of old age; aged 85 y. 7 m. 17 d. Besides the above named children, he leaves 61 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, also 1 brother (Peter Bachman, of Washington, Ill.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Phoebe Gingrich of Metamora, and Mrs. Sarah Kennell of Roanoke, Ill.)
Transcriber's note: "Barbra" is the spelling used in the obituary. Not an error.
Beam. --- Lydia M., daughter of David and Margaret (Hostetler) Beam, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., March 14, 1893; died Feb. 22, 1940, after a few days of sickness at the County Hospital; aged 46 y. 11 m. 7 d. She was preceded in death by her mother in 1932, and a sister in 1890. She leaves father, 1 sister (Grace, Mrs. Frank Haarer), 6 nephews and 2 nieces. She united with the Shore Church near Shipshewana, Ind., and was a faithful member there until death. Funeral services were held Feb. 21 at the Shore Church with Brethren Josiah Miller and Percy Miller in charge.
Frank. --- Christian H., son of the late John and Anna Hess Frank, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 24, 1860; died at his home in East Petersburg, Pa., Feb. 24, 1940, after a lingering illness of eight months following a stroke; aged 79 y. 3 m. He was the last of his immediate family, 4 brothers having preceded him in death. He was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church for many years. His wife (Annie Neff Frank) died 18 years ago. He is survived by 2 sons (Phares N., steward of Oreville Mennonite Home and Harry N., with whom he resided), 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild having preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home Feb. 27, followed by services at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministry Bros. Frank Kreider, John Gochenaur and Henry Lutz. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Text, Num. 23: 10, later clause.
"Into Heaven's mansions he entered
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles
Father has fallen asleep."
Frey. --- Lucy A. (Hamsher) Frey, widow of the late Bro. John L. Frey, Chambersburg, Pa., was born Nov. 28, 1863; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. J. H. Siegrist, Upland, Calif.), Feb. 27, 1940; aged 76 y. 2 m. 29 d. She lived at Chambersburg until a few years ago, when she went to Upland to live with her daughter, Mrs. Siegrist, who survives her. She was the last of the family. Her husband, and 1 daughter (Carrie) preceded her in death. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church where the body was laid to rest. Service by her former pastor, C. A. Neal, assisted by D. E. Kuhns of the Mennonite Church.
Geiser. --- Samuel D., infant son of David and Etta (Gerber) Geiser, was born Feb. 27, 1940, near Apple Creek, Ohio, died Feb. 29, 1940. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters (Clair, Anna Lloyd, Verna, Roy, Dennis, Lavina, and Ella) and 1 grandfather (Peter R. Gerber). One brother (Daniel) preceded him in death. Services in charge of Brethren Louis Amstutz, Jacob Neuenschwander and Jacob S. Moser. Burial in Sonnenberg Church Cemetery.
"A little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His infinite love has taken away;
Not from our hearts, not from out love,
But to dwell with Him above."
Hershey. --- Anna M., daughter of the late Bishop Isaac Eby, was born Jan. 11, 1861; died Feb. 22, 1940, at her home near Spring Garden, Pa.; aged 79 y. 1 m. 11 d. She was married to John B. Hershey, who passed away Oct. 14, 1930. She was in failing health for several years. She was a faithful member of Hershey's Mennonite Church. She was of a humble and quiet spirit and always the same whenever you met her. She is survived by 2 sons (Isaac E. and H. Rine), 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 7 sisters. Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at the home, conducted by Bro. A.L. Martin, and at Hershey's Mennonite Church by Bros. Martin Hershey and Parke Book. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary trouble and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more."
--By a granddaughter.
Johnston. --- Lafayette Jerome, son of Jacob and Lydia (Nigh) Johnston, was born near Ridgeway, Ont., Nov. 19, 1866. When he was two years old his parents moved to Sterling, Ill., for a short while and then to Shelby Co., Mo., locating on a farm near Cherry Box. At the age of fifteen he with his parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. Here he remained until of age, then came back to Missouri, where he lived in the Cherry Box community until his death. On Christmas Day, 1890, he was united in marriage to Anna Detweiler. This union was blest with eight children (Lydia Magdalene, wife of Fred Littleton; Alma Almeda, wife of Reuben Harder; Eran Oliver; Uriah D.; Noah Isaiah; Orpha Ruth, wife of Lawrence Yoder; Salome Esther, wife of Marcus Lind, and John Orvis). His beloved companion, all of the children, 27 grandchildren, his 2 brothers (Isaiah and Jacob) and 5 sisters (Mrs. Jake Mishler, Mrs. Ida Brady, Mrs. Esther Grubb, Mrs. Susie Walker, and Mrs. Mary Stackhouse) all survive him. He was the first one to break the family circle and the first of his brothers and sisters to depart this life, but 4 grandchildren preceded him to glory. At the age of twenty-four he accepted Christ and four years later was ordained a minister of the Gospel to serve the Mt. Pisgah Mennonite Church at Cherry Box. He served faithfully in this capacity, having preached his last sermon about a month before he passed away. He was a kind and loving husband and father. His children appreciate his stern discipline and wise counsel. In the community he was a man of industry and devoted much labor and time to improve its conditions. As a neighbor he was well liked. At the time of his death his age was 73 years, 3 months, and 17 days. He had been in failing health for several years, but his condition became serious about three weeks before his death. Although he was given all possible care by loved ones and physicians, on the morning of March 6, 1940, after much suffering, he peacefully fell asleep to open his eyes in glory. Funeral was held at the Mt. Pisgah Mennonite Church March 8, in the presence of a filled house. Funeral in charge of J. M. Kreider, assisted by Brethren Abner G. Yoder of Parnell, Iowa, and John M. Yoder of the home congregation. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. The Church has lost a wise counselor, the community a good neighbor, and the home a good father and husband. Peace to his ashes.
Kirkpatrick. --- Luther A. Kirkpatrick, was born Feb. 10, 1862; died at his home at Palos, Va., Feb. 16, 1940, after a period of two years' failing health; aged 78 y. 6 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. A daughter preceded him in death two weeks. Surviving are his wife, 1 son, 1 daughter, 34 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services were held from the Gospel Hill Church, conducted by Bro. S.H. Rhodes, assisted by Brethren E. J. Suter and H. B. Keener. Text, Psa. 110: 15. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Lam. &SHY; Mary Ellen (Humes), widow of the late Andrew J. Lam, was born Dec. 5, 1887, died at her home near Sparkling Springs, Va., Feb. 2, 1940; aged 82 y. 1 m. 25 d. She united with the Mennonite Church, a number of years ago, having died in this faith. She was faithful in attending Sunday school and church services as long as health and strength permitted her to do so. She is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 28 grandchildren, and 56 great-grandchildren. One sister and 3 half brothers also survive. Funeral services were held from the Zion Hill Church, conducted by Bro. H. B. Keener, assisted by Bro. A. W. Hershberger. Interment in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.
McKenna. --- James Alexander, son of Peter and Margaret McKenna, was born July 24, 1859, at Waukeegan, Ill.; died March 2, 1940, at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Chester Gould in Hutchinson, Kans.); aged 80 y. 7 m. 8 d. He was united in marriage to Florence Pippin, Nov. 26, 1889, at New Cambria, Mo. To this union 9 children were born. All were present except one daughter who was not able to come on account of illness. He united with the Presbyterian Church at an early age and later united with the Mennonite Mission in Hutchinson, Kans., of which he was a faithful member until death. He leaves a sorrowing widow (Mrs. Florence McKenna), 4 sons (Andrew of Hutchinson; John of Montezuma, Kans.; James and Kermet of Oklahoma: Mrs. Lillian Heartness and Bessie Gould of Hutchinson; Mrs. Edith Ranken of Lyons, Kans.; Mrs. Maggie Bunch and Mrs. Blanche Murray of Oklahoma), 21 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Johnson Funeral Parlor, conducted by Bro. H. A. Diener. Text, Num. 23: 10.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear;
No one knows the silent heartache, only we who lost can tell
Of the grief that's born in silence for the one we loved so well."
Miller. --- Glenford Dale, son of Jacob B. and Mattie Miller, was born near Midland, Mich., Dec. 13, 1920, later moving with his parents to Indiana. He confessed Christ and with a class of fifteen, was baptized Nov. 4, 1934, and united with the Shore Mennonite Church. A few years later the family moved to Elkhart, Ind., and membership was transferred to the Prairie St. congregation. He attended High School at Elkhart. Last Spring the family returned to the community making this pace their church home. Jan. 11, while working alone, shelling corn, on the Raymond Troyer farm, a piece of the fly-wheel steel flew off and hit his head, completely destroying his right eye. He was taken at once to the Sturgis Memorial Hospital, where everything was done that human hands could do. He suddenly became worse and peacefully fell asleep Jan. 13, 1940; aged 19 y. 1 m. He leaves his parents, 3 brothers and 5 sisters (Velma, Ora, Lucille, Irene, Harold, Kenneth, Ruth Ann, and Phyllis Jean), 1 grandfather, a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends and associates who deeply feel the loss of one whom they loved and respected. But we feel that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services, Jan. 15, were in charge of Brethren John Gingerich and Percy Miller at the Shore Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that his end was near;
And only those who have lost can tell,
The loss of a loved one without farewell."
Rohrer. --- Linford K., son of Paul and Esther (Kreider) Rohrer, was born at the Wadsworth Municipal Hospital on Feb. 27, 1940. He leaves sorrowing parents, a brother (David), all 4 grandparents and 3 maternal great-grandparents. Brief services at grave by paternal grandparent, S.D. Rohrer. Burial near the Bethel Church.
"Jesus has taken a beautiful bud
Out of a garden of love;
Bore it away to the City of God,
Home to the angels above."
Rutt. --- Infant son of Bro. and Sister Elmer L. and Anna (Martin) Rutt, was born Feb. 13, 1940; died Feb. 14, 1940. We cannot understand God's ways, but we humbly submit to His will, knowing He doeth all things well. Besides his parents, he is survived by 1 sister and 1 brother (Mary Jane and David). An infant brother preceded him in death. He was laid to rest in the Strasburg, Pa., Mennonite Cemetery. Short service was conducted by Bro. Christian Brubaker.
"Oh how we longed for this baby dear,
To give him a mother's care;
But Jesus said, "In My tender love
I will guard him in heaven so fair."
Sharick. --- Ella Sharp, daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Sharp, was born near Elpaso, Ill., March 16, 1867; died Feb. 8, 1940; aged 72 y. 10 m. 22 d. She was the eldest of a family of 3 children, her brother and sister preceding her in death. When she was still a young girl her family moved to Metamora, Ill., where she grew to young womanhood. In 1888 she was united in marriage to John Sharick of Metamora. To this union were born 4 children (Frank of St. Johns, Mich.; Roy, Mrs. H. F. Marchand and George all of Metamora, Ill.). She united with the Metamora Mennonite Church Sept. 12, 1915, and remained a faithful member until the Lord took her home. On March 15, 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Sharick celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Upon that occasion a multitude of relatives and friends called at their home to share with them his happy event in their life, and to extend to them congratulations and best wishes. Being deprived of her eyesight she was unable to look upon the faces of her friends, but their presence and familiar voices brought a great deal of joy and satisfaction to her soul. In spite of her physical ailments that caused her a great deal of distress and pain at time, she bore it all with remarkable Christian fortitude and patience.
"There is a land of pure delight
Where joys immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain."
Zehr. --- Jacob R., son of Dr. Joseph R. and Mary (Roeschley) Zehr, was born in East Zorra, Ont., Dec. 28, 1872. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his younger years and was a lifelong member of East Zorra A. M. congregation. On Oct. 17, 1899, he was joined in holy matrimony to Annie Ruby of East Zorra. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter. She predeceased him on Feb. 4, 1919, also 1 son (Irvin). On Oct. 21, 1919, he was united in holy matrimony to Laura Ruby (nee Gingerich). To this union were born 3 sons of whom 1 predeceased him. He passed to his reward Jan. 23, 1940, at his home in South Easthope; aged 67 y. 25 d. He leaves his beloved companion, 5 sons and 1 daughter (Jonas of Milverton, Elias of St. Agatha, Omar of Woodstock, Delmer and Aldine, at home, Mrs. Urias Kipfer of Baden, Ont.); also 1 stepson (Elmer Ruby of Milverton), 2 stepdaughters (Gertie, wife of A. B. Roth, Tavistock; Drusilla, wife of Jos. Wagler, East Zorra), and 25 grandchildren (4 grandchildren predeceased him), 3 brothers, and 3 sisters (Peter and Moses of Albany, Oreg.; Emery of Ayr, Ont.; Katie, wife of John Brenneman, New Hamburg, Ont.; Clara, wife of Amos Brenneman, Kitchener, Ont.; Vera, wife of Ed Schwartzentruber, Milverton, Ont.). Services at the home, conducted by Jac. R. Bender and at the East Zorra A. M. meeting house near Tavistock, Ont., by D. S. Iutzi and Earl Maust of Bay Port, Mich. The body was laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
Metzler. --- Mary Anne Martin, was born July 26, 1855, near Millersburg, Ohio. She was married to Jesse Metzler, Dec. 26, 1876. To this union were born 2 daughters (Ida Ellen and Sadie Alice). The latter died in 1906. At the age of seventeen she gave her heart to Jesus and her hand to the Mennonite Church which was always her church home. She was baptized by Bishop John M. Brenneman of Allen County, Ohio. She died March 9, 1940, at the home of Brother and Sister Samuel Huntsberger near Orrville, Ohio; aged 84 y. 7 m. 13 d. She is survived by her daughter (Mrs. Samuel Huntsberger), 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, l brother (John Martin), 1 sister (Mrs. Howard Clark), both of Columbiana, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Brother and Sister Huntsberger and at the Martins Church near Orrville, Ohio. Burial was in the near-by cemetery. Text (selected by the family) I Cor. 6: 20. Ministers: I. W. Royer, Benjamin Good, and A. J. Steiner.
Otto. --- Amanda, daughter of Jonas and Barbara (Miller) Maust, was born April 9, 1872; died Feb. 18, 1940; aged 67 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel D. Otto Dec. 11, 1892. Three children preceded her in death, having died in infancy. She leaves her husband, 4 children (Lloyd, Cora, Roy, and Walter, all of Springs, Pa.; Roy, being a bishop in the Casselman Valley district), 5 brothers, 4 sisters, and 10 grandchildren. She accepted the Lord as her Saviour at the early age of 16 and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. Her pleasing personality many friends for her of all with whom she came in contact. Her chief interests in life were: first, the moral and spiritual welfare of her immediate family, and next she did all within her power to make her contribution to the spiritual welfare of her Church. She was confined to a sick bed for about 9 months and endured much suffering, yet without complaining. Her testimony from a sick bed has no doubt been an inspiration to many. Funeral services were conducted at the Springs Mennonite Church Feb. 21, by Roy L. Kinsinger and I. K. Metzler. Interment in the Springs cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Benner. &SHY; David R. Benner, of New Holland Pa., son of Testen and Sara (Ramer) Benner, was born April 12, 1863, near Richfield, Pa.; died Feb. 4, 1940, at the Lancaster General Hospital, of pneumonia; aged 76 y. 9 m. 22 d. He had been ill 3 weeks. On Jan. 27, 1891, he was united in marriage to Sara Graybill. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. One daughter (Mabel) preceded him in death 22 years ago. There remain his wife and the following children: Banks E., Adams Co.; Joseph T., Gap; Floyd H., Bird-in-Hand; Mary E., wife of Joseph L. Martin, of Kinzers; Harman G., Bareville; Ida R., wife of Abel Weber, Ephrata; David R., of Ronks; also a brother (Henry Benner of Lititz), and a sister (Mrs. Susan Graybill of New Holland), 32 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren survive. In 1911 he and his family moved from Juniata Co. to Lancaster Co., Pa. He was a member of the Hershey Mennonite Church. He is missed by his family, but our loss is his gain. Services were held Feb. 8, from the home, conducted by Bro. Martin Hershey and at the Hershey Mennonite Church by Bros. Martin Hershey and Abram Martin. Text, II Tim. 2:3; 6: 7. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore.
Till God called him home to suffer no more."
Bucher. --- Mary B., daughter of the late John H. and Elizabeth (Brubaker) Hess, was born Feb. 9, 1858; died at her home near Lititz, Pa., March 1, 1940; aged 82 y. 22 d. Nov. 2, 1875, she was united in marriage with Jacob R. Bucher, who died Dec. 9, 1937. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom survive (John, of Lititz; Emma, wife of Christ E. Snyder, Manheim; Jacob and Mary, at home). Besides these children she is survived by 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; also 1 brother (Peter B. Hess). She was a member of the Hess Mennonite Church for many years. Although Mother has been in delicate health for a good many years, her last illness was of only three days' duration. Not being able to attend public church services, she had many private devotions with God. We cherish those memories and experiences with her. She will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held March 6 at the home, conducted by Bro. Noah Hurst, with concluding services at the Hess Mennonite Church, by Brethren Amos Horst and Jacob Hershey. Text, John 17: 23-24; Psa. 42: 1-3. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother's image with us lingers,
Though she dwells in Heaven's land;
And her voice blends with the singers
Of Heaven's fair angelic band.
The loving words she has often said
Are jewels strung on a golden thread;
Jewels so rich, radiant, and rare,
That they're locked in our hearts and treasured there."
Cressman. --- Urias, youngest son of the late Menno and Lydia (Martin) Cressman, was born May 31, 1867; died March 11, 1940, in his 73rd year. In 1898, he was united in marriage to Melinda Martin, who predeceased him Dec. 25, 1922. This union was blessed with 3 children (Harvey, at home; Eden, of St. Jacobs; and Sylvia, who died in infancy). There also remain 3 grandchildren and 2 sisters (Mrs. James Moyer of Vineland, Ont.; and Mrs. Moses M. Brubacher of St. Jacobs, Ont.). He was born and resided continuously on the old homestead in Southwest Wilmot, Ont., his late home. Death came very suddenly. He was feeling slightly ill when he retired but was not considered serious. About midnight he seemed quite well, but before morning the spirit took its flight. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. Funeral services were held on March 13 at the home and at Bean's Mennonite Church by the Brethren Manasseh Hallman and Moses H. Roth. Text, Amos 4: 12-"Prepare to meet thy God." Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Eichler. --- Mary, eldest daughter of Magdalena (Kropf) Baechler and the late Menno Baechler, was born Jan. 15, 1878, near Zurich, Ont.; died Feb. 15, 1940; aged 62 y. 1 m. In March, 1919, she was married to Henry Eichler of Pigeon, Mich. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth, and an active worker in the sewing circle and Church work of the Mennonite Church at Pigeon, always interested in the welfare of the sick and needy in the community. She is survived by her husband, 4 stepchildren (Harvey, Clarence, and Mrs. John Oesch of Pigeon, and Elton of Jackson, Mich.), her aged mother, 2 sisters (Mrs. Chris. Gingerich and Mars. Samuel Ropp), and 1 brother (Solomon Baechler), all of Huron Co., Ont. Her father predeceased her four years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Sherman Maust and M. S. Zehr. Interment in Pigeon Cemetery.
"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."
Fenninger. --- Annie (Rohrer), widow of Abraham B. Fenninger, was born at Paradise, Pa., Oct. 14, 1869; died of complication of diseases at her home in New Holland, Pa., Feb. 18, 1940; aged 70 y. 4 m. 4 d. She was a faithful member of the New Holland Mennonite Church, serving as a Sunday-school teacher for many years. Her example of modesty and other desirable traits of character will not soon be forgotten in the minds of those who knew her. She is survived by the following children: Elsie, wife of Roy Mumma, of Waynesboro; Helen and Henry of New Holland; also 1 grandson, and 1 granddaughter. Four sisters and 1 brother survive. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Martin R. Hershey and at the Hershey's Mennonite Church by Bro. Mahlon Witmer. Text, Phil 1: 21-24. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh! There at last, life's trials past,
We'll meet our loved once more,
Whose feet have trod the path to God-
Not lost, but gone before."
Folk. --- Arminta May, daughter of the late Jacob D.
and Anna Bender Otto, was born July 18, 1868; died
at her home near Grantsville, Md., Feb. 3, 1940; aged 71 y. 6
m. 15 d.
She was married to William Wilson Folk Dec. 13, 1892. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters, 1 daughter (Rella) having preceded her in death. Surviving are the following: The husband, Bruce, Verna, (Mrs. M. B. Miller), Daniel (on the home farm), near Grantsville, Md., and Rosella (Mrs. Raul Haning) of Springs, Pa. She is also survived by 1 brother, 3 sisters, and 15 grandchildren. In early youth she was received into the Casselman Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end. Her place at Sunday school and Church services was seldom vacant, until failing health interfered. Funeral services were conducted at the home Feb. 6, by C.M. Helmick and Roy L. Kinsinger. Interment in cemetery on the farm.
Grieser. --- Glen Dean, infant son of Raymond and Florence (Stamm) Grieser, was born and died Feb. 12, 1940, in the Wauseon Memorial Hospital. His stay on this earth was very brief but God had a better place prepared for him. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 3 brothers (Donald, Marlin, and Roger), 1 sister (Arlene), 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 6 aunts, and 5 uncles, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral was held at the home, Feb. 13. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery. Bro. Jesse Short officiated.
"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."
Hershey. --- John N. Hershey, was born Jan. 16, 1868, in Millersville, Pa. He remained a loyal, consistent member of that congregation until his death March 11, 1940. His parents and 1 sister preceded him. He is survived by 2 brothers, nephews, and nieces. Services were held in the Millersville Mennonite Church by the home ministers. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Text and reading from I Cor. 15 and II Cor. 5.
Kauffman. --- John E., son of the late Christian and
Rachel (Stoltzfus) Kauffman, was born Nov. 9, 1866, near
Gap, Pa.; died at his home in Gap, Feb. 9, 1940; aged 73 y. 3
m. After an illness of one week's suffering with a heart attack,
he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage from which he seemed
to be recovering, but suddenly while sleeping his heart failed
and he passed away almost unnoticed by those at his bedside. In
his youth he united with the Millwood Mennonite Church near Gap,
of which he remained a member. On June 11, 1896, he united in
marriage to Alice Neuhauser, who survives him with 2 daughters
(Elsie, wife of Jesse Byler; Mabel, wife of Elmer Hilton-both
of Gap), 4 sons (Harry, Wilmer, and Wayne at home; Chester,
5 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Katherine, Mrs. Sadie Neuhauser and
Mrs. Elam Neuhauser), 2 brothers (Elam and Amos), all of Gap;
also 1 foster sister (Mrs. Oscar Summers, Christiana). One son
preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at his
late home by Bro. Amos B. Stoltzfoos and at the Millwood Mennonite
Church by Bros. John S. Mast and Aaron Mast. Interment in the
--By a daughter and granddaughter.
Transcriber's note: "Stoltzfoos" is the original spelling. Not my error.
King. --- Solomon, son of the late Christian S. and Lydia (Kauffman) King, was born at West Liberty, Ohio, Aug. 25, 1860; died at the Eastern Mennonite Home at Souderton, Pa., March 2, 1940; aged 70 y. 6 m. 8 d. On Feb. 1, 1894, he was married to Amelia Miller at Hubbard, Oreg., who preceded him in death Aug. 10, 1903. To this union were born 5 children (Mrs. J. D. Miller, Fentress, Va.; Ada M., Portland Oreg.; Mrs. L. H. Culpepper, Fentress, Va.; Harvey R., Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. John Kropf, Harrisburg, Oreg.). Surviving also are 16 grandchildren and 2 brothers (Samuel L., Eureka, Ill.; and Jacob Y., New Carlisle, Ohio). On Nov. 15, 1910, he was married to Fannie E. King, at Allensville, Pa., who preceded him in death April 16, 1929. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and continued in that faith till death. Funeral services were held March 6 at the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church near Fentress, Va., by the home ministers and Orrie Yoder of Oyster Point, Va.
Lauber. --- Jacob, son of the late Jacob and Katie (Roth) Lauber, was born July 12, 1864, at Burgfeld, Germany. In 1865 he with his parents came to Gridley, Ill. Later in 1883 he with his father moved to Milford, Nebr., and in 1903 he moved to Shickley, Neb., making his home for a number of years with his sister, the late Mrs. J. B. Saltzman, and the last years he has lived alone in his shop. On March 6 he was taken into the home of his nephew (John Lauber) where he peacefully fell asleep while sitting in a chair, March 11, 1940; aged 75 y. 7 m. 29 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member at the time of his death. He had a quiet unassuming nature, always considering the welfare of his friends and neighbors. He will be greatly missed by the whole community. His father, mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He leaves 1 sister (Phoebe Springer), 1 brother-in-law, 2 sisters-in-law, 16 nephews, 17 nieces, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Salem Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Frank Reeb. Text, II Pet. 1: 13-15. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Thou child of God, well done,
The Master has called for thee;
Thy beautiful crown is won,
In Jesus victory."
Marner. --- Robert Paul, son of Vernon and Sadie (Yoder) Marner, was born at Iowa City, Ia., Nov. 22, 1925; died March 16, 1940, near Keota, Ia.; aged 14 y. 3 m. 23 d. His death was caused from the after effects of the influenza. At the age of 4 years he was very sick with brain fever which left him a cripple. Even though a cripple, he was no burden, as he was very patient in every way, and was of a very pleasant disposition. He liked singing very much; and when he was not feeling well, he liked for them to sing to him. In his last illness, the singing of hymns would quiet him. Even though he will be greatly missed by the family, he has everything to gain in heaven. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Ruth Pauline, Dale, Kenneth, Marietta, Fannie Ilene), grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Marner, besides a host of relatives and friends. One brother (Galen) preceded him in death. Funeral was in charge of P. J. Blosser, assisted by A. G. Yoder.
"O happy soul, be thankful now and rest!
Heaven is goodly land;
And God is love; and those He loves are blest;
Now thou dost understand;
The least thou hast is better than the best."
Miller. --- Matie, daughter of Samuel E. and Fannie Troyer, was born Feb. 2, 1883, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died Feb. 23, 1940; aged 57 y. 21 d. Her death was caused by a diabetic condition that developed into a cerebral hemorrhage only about 48 hours before the Lord relieved her by calling her home. When she was sixteen years old she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, to whom she rained true and sincerely devoted until her death. On Jan. 17, 1904, she was united in marriage to Earl Miller, making her home in the vicinity of Middlebury, Ind., practically all her life, with the exception of 1 _ years that they were actively engaged in the Lord's service at the West Liberty Children's Home. Her service otherwise in Christian work can never be computed by earthly measures is the work she performed as a deacon's wife, besides her long devoted service to the smallest children in the Sunday school as their teacher. She is survived by her husband, 1 son, (William C. Miller), 1 daughter (Mrs. Lee Miller), all of Middlebury, 5 grandchildren, a foster daughter (Mrs. Violet Seifert of Lancaster Co., Pa.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Harvey E. Yoder of near Middlebury; Mrs. C. J. Miller and Mrs. Lamar Cripe, both of Elkhart). One brother (Urvan Troyer of Lagrange, Ind.), and 1 sister (Bertha) preceded her in death. Surviving her are many friends and others relatives, as well as the entire body of the church of which she was a member. Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at the Middlebury Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. D. D. Miller. Text, Matt. 24: 44. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
"We thank Thee, God, for such a mother,
And the prayers for us she prayed;
Great and blessed we shall call her,
May her precepts be obeyed."
Murray. --- Eleda, daughter of Carrol and Inga Murray, was born Nov. 2, 1814, in Del Rabit, S. Dak.; died at the Northern Minn. Hospital in International Falls on March 15, 1940; aged 25 y. 4 m. 13 d. Her death came as a shock to the community on account of her short period of sickness. She gave her heart to the Lord the day before she was admitted to the hospital, and now we are not mourning as those that have no hope. With her desire of having peace with God, she is enjoying the everlasting peace of the soul in the haven of rest. She graduated from the Indus high school in 1934. She is survived by her parents and 1 sister (Mrs. Edna Shell). Funeral services were held at Loman. Interment in Loman Cemetery. Bro. I. S. Mast conducted the services. Text, John 5: 24.
Schrock. --- John F. Schrock, was born Oct. 3, 1887, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died Jan. 10, 1940, in the Huntington Co., Hospital, death being due to serious injuries sustained in an automobile crash near Huntington on the evening of Jan. 8; aged 52 y. 3 m. 7 d. He did not regain consciousness after the accident. He suffered a brain concussion, fracture of both legs, and both arms, and internal injuries. Nov. 11, 1910, he was united in marriage to Ruth Swartzendruber. To this union were born 5 daughters, one of whom died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his sudden and untimely departure his deeply bereaved wife, 4 daughters (Mrs. Harold Cross, Berneice, Isabelle, Geneva Ann, all at home), his father (H. C. Schrock) and stepmother of Goshen, Ind.; 1 brother (C. M. Schrock of Wayland, Iowa), 3 sisters (Mrs. Lee Yoder, of Wolcottville, Ind.; Mrs. Levi Detweiler, Clarence, N. Y.; Lena Yocum, Chicago, Ill.), and a step brother (Ralph Myers, Wichita, Kans.), and 2 grandchildren. While living in Texas he united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. He was of a kind and cheerful disposition, and had endeared himself to those who knew him. During his married life he had lived in the following states: Iowa, Texas, Michigan, Indiana. About 5 years ago he with his family moved to Ft. Wayne, Ind., where he was engaged in various occupations. At the time of his death he was employed with the Asbestos Insulating and Roofing Co., of Ft. Wayne, and was highly esteemed by his fellow men. Regarding his spiritual matters, he attended Sunday school and Church whenever possible. His sudden passing comes as a shock to us all, and especially to his immediate family, who feel the loss most keenly. Funeral services were held Jan. 13 Bro. Newton S. Weber, and further services at the Shore Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Sanford Yoder of Goshen, Ind. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"He's not dead, but only sleeping,
And has gone to his sweet rest;
But the Saviour, who has taken,
Will with us our sorrows share."
Zimmerman. --- Cora E., daughter of the late Bishop Benj. F. and Mary (Eberly) Zimmerman, was born Sept. 6, 1875, in Cumberland Co., Pa.; died Feb. 2, 1940, at the Seidle Memorial Hospital, Mechanicsburg, Pa., following a three-week illness; aged 64 y. 4 m. 27 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour under the evangelism of John S. Coffman and united with the Slat Hill Mennonite Church March 1, 1894, being one of a large class received at that time. She was interested in the welfare of the church and was an active S. S. teacher, Y.P.M. and church worker until a few months previous to her death, when failing health caused her to give these duties into other hand's Her only survives are six nieces and nephews-Mrs. Aaron Burkhart, Mechanicsburg, R. D. (with whom she resided), Mrs. Joseph Landis, Mrs. James Cline, Paul E. Zimmerman, all of New Cumberland, Pa.; Wilbur F. Zimmerman and Clarence B. Zimmerman of Shippensburg. Brief services were held Feb. 6 at the Musselman Funeral Home, Lemoyne, conducted by Bro. D. W. Zimmerman, with further services at the Slate Hill Church, conducted by Bro. D. Stoner Krady, assisted by Bros. Noah H. Mack, Samuel Hess, and Martin Benner. Text, Psa. 17: 15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.