ARNOLD. - Ada Frances, daughter of Frank E. and Cenia
F. Weaver, was born near Waynesboro. Va., May 20, 1906;
died March 11, 1941, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg,
Va.; aged 34 y. 9m. 9d. In August, 1925, she was married to Harry
W. Arnold and spent the remainder of her life on a near-by farm.
To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. Her father preceded
her to the grave Nov. 28, 1910. She leaves her husband and the
following children: Evelyn, Mary, Berneice, Floyd, Wallace, and
the infant son Earl; also her mother and 1 sister (Margaret A.
VanGundy), 2 brothers (Walter K. and Franklin E. Weaver), all
of Waynesboro, Va., and 1 half brother, Ivan G. Weaver of Kinross,
Iowa. At the age of 14 she accepted Christ and united with the
Springdale Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until
death. Funeral services were held March 13 at the house and at
Springdale Church by Jos. R. Driver assisted by Etter F. Heatwole
(Text, Job 19:25), where a large concourse of friends gathered
to pay their last tributes of respect to one that was loved by
all who knew her. Her death came as a distinct shockto her family
and community as she was always considered to be in ordinary good
health. Her death resulted from hemorrhage following the birth
of a son. Our loving father saw fit to call her to a better world
where there is no suffering, pain, or sorrw. We humbly submit
to His will. We look forward to meeting her in the great beyond.
"No one knows the silent heartache,
Only one who has lost can tell
Of the grief that,s borne in silence
For the one we loved so well."
CARTER. - Robert H., son of Howard and Beulah
(Hershey) Carter of Sheldon, Wis., died in St. Mary,s Hospital,
Ladysmith, Wis., March 10, 1941, aged 18 days. Death was caused
by a heart condition and pneumonia. He is survived by his parents,
a brother (Richard), a sister (Alice Jane), 2 grandfathers, 1
grandmother, 2 great-grandfathers, and many other relatives. Short
services were conducted at the funeral home by Bro. Ed. Kauffman
of Exeland, Wis. Further services at the Sheldon Mennonite Church
by Bro. D. L. Martin and Bro. Ed. Kauffman. Texts: Job 14:1,2;
Heb. 9:27; John 5:24-30. His body was laid to rest in the Sheldon
Cemetery. "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away: Blessed
be the name of the Lord."
_By His Grandparents.
GAMBER. - Henry H., son of the late Benjamin and Selena (Herr) Gamber, was born in Lancaster Co, Pa., July 25, 1861; died March 20, 1941, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Amos Nissley, near Mt. Joy, Pa.: aged 79 y. 7 m. 15 d. At the age of 30 he was received into the Landisville Mennonite Church, of which he was a member until death. In 1889 he was united in marriage to Annie S. Neff who survives: also the following children: Anna, wife of Amos B. Nissley, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Selena, Pehuajo, Argentina, S. A.; Benjamin, Scottdale, Pa.; Harry, Manheim, Pa.; and Ada, wife of Lester H. Brubaker, near Strasburg, Pa. Two children preceded him in death (Elra who died in infancy and Grace who died in 1918). One brother (Rudolph of Central Manor) and 3 sisters (Annie, wife of Christian Habecker, Selena Dentlinger, and Ada, wife of John Green, all of Washington Boro, Pa.) also survive. Funeral services held at the Landisville Mennonite Church March 23, 1941, in charge of the home ministers, Bro. Christian Frank, Bro. Hiram Kauffman, and Bro. Henry Lutz. Text, Job 14:14,15.
HOFFSTETTER. - William J. Hoffstetter was born in Wayne
Co, Ohio, Sept. 17, 1879; died at the Massillon City Hospital,
March 16, 1941; aged 61 y. 5 m. 29 d. He accepted Christ as his
Saviour and united with the Sonnenberg Church, being baptized
March 31, 1898. He became a charter member of the Kidron Mennonite
Church, being a faithful member to the time of his departure.
Jan. 18, 1902 he was united in marriage with Sarah Anna Gerber,
who passed to the great beyond June 8, 1921. This union was blessed
with 11 children. One son died in infancy. Surviving are 8 sons,
2 daughters, and 5 grandchildren (Martha, Mrs. Natha Begly of
Orrville, O., Millard, Oscar, Clarence, Roy, Edwin, Lloyd, all
of Dalton, O.; Raymond, Leland, Irene, at home). Two brothers
and 5 sisters preceded him in death. Aug. 20, 1922, he was united
in marriage to Rhoda Zuercher, who passed away April 9, 1923.
Besides the immediate family, he leaves many other relatives and
friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services March 19 at the
Kidron Mennonite Church, with Bro. Allen Bixler and Bro. Isaac
Zuercher in charge. Text, Amos 4:12. Final resting place Kidron
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o,er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
HOLSOPPLE. - Sarah, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Blough) Holsopple, was born near Hollsopple, Pa., Feb. 13, 1862; died at the home of her brother (Samuel J. Holsopple) Mar. 14, 1941; aged 79 y. 1 m. 1 d. She was the third child in a family of 12, of which only 2 brothers (Samuel J., with whom she made her home these many years, and Josiah of Hooverviller, Pa.) survive her. She is also survived by a number of relatives and friends. In early childhood she was stricken with scarlet fever and diphtheria, which left her unable to hear. Thus it was her lot to live her long life deprived of hearing and speech. She was a faithful worker in the home until the past few years when old age and sickness overtook her. She united with the Blough Mennonite Church almost 28 years ago, and was faithful until death. Funeral services were held March 16 at the home by A. J. Metzler and H. C. Blough and at the church by A. J. Metzler, Harry Shetler, John A. Lehman, and H. C. Blough. Peace to her ashes.
MOYER. - Jacob Y. Moyer of near Springtown, Pa., died Feb. 21, 1941; aged 84 y. 4 m. 29 d. He was born, raised, and lived on the same premises where he died. He is survived by his 1 son (Wilmer) who resides at home. His wife preceded him in death a few years ago. He was always a faithful member of the Spingfield* congregation near Pleasnat Valley, Bucks Co., Pa. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. C. Clemens at the church and Bro. John G. Gehman at the home. Peace to his ashes. *transcriptionist,s note: as spelled in the Gospel Herald.
NACE. - Melvin L., son of Franklin and Lizzie Ann Nace,
was born in Salfordville, Pa., Feb. 2, 1902; died at his home
in Mainland, Pa., March 9, 1941; aged 40 y. 17 d. He was united
in marriage to Miriam Clemens of Mainland in 1921, and accepted
Christ the same year, in the faith of his fathers (the Mennonite
Church) and was a faithful member until death. He was outstanding
in patience which his disease brought on. He was gradually sinkng
for several yers, and was bedfast for eight weeks after having
an operation at which time specialists could give no hope for
his recovery. He leaves a brokenhearted companion and 3 daughters
(Dorothy, who accpepted Christ; Pearl Lena, and Melvin, Jr.) His
mother and 4 brothers also survive. They had several times during
his illness (cancer of the liver) outstanding experiences and
enjoyable heavenly foretastes where sorrow and pain are unknown,
but peace, joy, and happiness last for evermore. Funeral services
were held in the Towamensin Mennonite Church, March 12, with Bros.
C. W. Moyer, A. Yoder. amd Wm. Anders in charge. Text, I Thess.
4:13, 14. His remains were laid to rest in Towamencin Cemetery.
"Passing out of earth,s shadows,
Into infinite day;
Why do you call it dying,
This beautiful passing away?"
OBERHOLTZER. - Lizzie M., daughter of John and Anna (Musselman) Nolt, was born Oct. 14, 1881; died at her home near New Holland, Pa., March 6, 1941; aged 59 y. 4 m. 22 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph R. Oberholtzer, who died May 29, 1939. To this union were born 7 daughters and 4 sons, 2 sons having died in infancy. The following survive: Mary, wife of Michael Horst of Sheridan, Pa.; Ella, wife of John Martin of Richland, Pa.; Anna, wife of Ezra Sensenig, and Lizzie, wife of Moses Martin; both of Lititz; Levi, of New Holland, Pa.; Ida, wife of Paul Martin of East Earl, Pa.; and Lydia, Katie, and John at home; also 23 grandchildren. After a season of failing health and much suffering, the Lord saw fit to call her away, which she often expressed as her desire. Now her place is empty, but we have the hope of meeting her again in the eternal home. Funeral services were held March 10 at the home by Bro. Moses Horning and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bro. Amos Martin and Hershey Sensenig. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Phil. 1:21-24.
"Bright the dawning of that morn,
Night returned to day;
Parted friend no farewells know,
Tears be wiped away."
PROVINS. - Rebecca, daughter of Christian and Catherine (Johnson) Deffenbaugh, was born near Masontown, Pa., Aug. 22, 1868; died suddenly at her home at Martinsburg, Pa., March 17, 1941; aged 72 y. 6 m. 23 d. She was married to Jonathan C. Provins, Sept. 15, 1888, who preceded her in death, December, 1939. To this union were born 2 sons. The younger (James Homer) died in 1901, at the age of eight. She is survived by 1 son (Ray C. Provins, of Ligonier, Pa.), 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers, namely Rella E. Shoaf and Zetta DeBolt, both of Masontown, Pa.; Chauncey G. Deffenbaugh of Uniontown, Pa.; and Homer C., of Scottdale. She united with the Mennonite Church at Masontown in her early youth and remained a consistent member all her days. Funeral services were held at her native church at Masontown and interment made in the burial lot near by. Services were in charge of Bro. Irvin Stonerook of Martinsburg, her home minister, assisted by Bro. Paul Roth of the Masontown congregation.
BAUMAN. - Osaias Bauman was born Dec. 4, 1883; died
at his home in Elmira, Ont., March 17, 1941; aged 57 y. 3 m. 13
d. Feb. 22, 1910 he was married to Angeline Lichty. This union
was blessed with one son, who died in infancy. His wife also predeceased
him fourteen years ago. June 6, 1933, he was married to Emma Wideman,
who survives him, also 8 sons (Lester, Enoch and Abraham of Breslau;
Ira and Clarence of New Jerusalem; Daniel of Elmira; Clayton of
West Montrose; Nelson of Waterloo), and 1 sister (Mrs. George
Musselman of Floradale). Bro. Bauman was not in the best of health,
but did not think it serious until on March 6 he suddenly suffered
a stroke, from which he failed to rally and passed away peacefully
Sunday, March 17. He joined the Mennonite Church in his younger
years and remained faithful to the end. Funeral was held March
19 from his home to the Church at Elmira. Bro. O. D. Snider was
in charge of the service. Burial in Three Bridge Cemetery, near
St. Jacobs, Ont.
"O Lord, how happy we should be,
If we could cast our cares on Thee;
If we from self could rest
And feel at heart that One above
In perfect wisdom, perfect love,
Is working for the best."
BRACKBILL. - Aldus, son of Benjamin and Anna (Lefever)
Brackbill, was born Jan. 28, 1863, near Strasburg, Pa.; died of
cancer, March 28, 1941, at his home near Harrisonburg, Va.; aged
78 y. 2 m. Dec. 12, 1889, he was married to Elizabeth A. Bender
of Mt. Joy, Pa. To them was born one son, Maurice T. Brackbill,
a teacher at Eastern Mennonite School. Besides his wife he is
survived by his son, a brother (T. L. Brackbill of Strasburg,
Pa.), and a sister (Mrs. B. F. Weaver of Lancaster, Pa.).
Two years after their marriage they moved to Lancaster, where they lived fifteen years. He became a master tool maker, working for a number of years at the Hamilton Watch Factory, where he made dies that stamped out some of the most delicate parts of the watches. He took an active part in Church work and was one of the earliest to advocate expansion in city mission work. In 1904 he was ordained the first deacon for the Lancaster Mennonite Church. In 1907 he received a call to take up the pastorate of the Bowen Mennonite Church near Elmdale, Mich., where the family moved that December. For eighteen years he preached and farmed and became rather well known in the Middle West as an evangelist.
In 1926 the couple moved to Virginia, locating near Eastern Mennonite School to be with their son. Last December a year ago they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. The last ten years he returned to his mechanical trade and worked steadily at it up to his fatal illness. His steady hand, keen eye, and careful technique served him faithfully to the very last. Whether it was plowing a field, designing a tool, planning a sermon, or sharpening a lead pencil, he did it to the best of his ability.
Funeral services were held March 30 at Weavers Church, Bishops J. L. Stauffer and S. H. Rhodes in charge. Interment in the Weaver Cemetery.
CULP. - Ezra, son of David and Magdalene Culp, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., March 7, 1869; died March 15, 1941; aged 72 y. 8 d. He died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. John Smeltzer) after an illness of three months. He was married to Magdalena Billman, who died Feb. 23, 1940. To this union were born 3 daughters and 2 sons. Surviving are Mrs. Arthur Culp, Mrs. John Smeltzer, Ellis Culp, and Ivan Culp. Two brothers, 4 sisters, 13 grandchildren, and many friends survive. In the recent past he renewed his relation with God, being reinstated in fellowship with the congregation at Holdeman's Church. He gave numerous expressions of his saved condition, desiring to go home to meet loved ones gone before. Funeral services were held at Holdeman's Church conducted by Brethren D. A. Yoder and Silas Weldy. Text, John 6:27. Burial at North Union Cemetery.
DRIVER. - Jacob Lewis, son of Jacob and Anna (Beery)
Driver, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., May 10, 1873; died at
the Mennonite Hospital in LaJunta, Colo., March 14, 1941; aged
67 y. 10 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Cassie Nunemaker
Sept. 20, 1905, who preceded him in death Dec. 31, 1926. Feb.
24, 1919, he was married to Fannie A. Yoder. He leaves his wife,
3 stepchildren (Ruby Showalter of Lamar, Colo., Helen and Timothy
Yoder of LaJunta), 2 stepgranddaughters (Geraldine Showalter and
Peggy Ann Yoder, of whom he was very fond), 1 brother (Will Driver),
1 sister (Bettie Berry), both of Mount Clinton, Va., other relatives
and many friends. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young
man, and remained true to this faith until called to his last
reward. He came as a young man to Colorado and located in the
Holbrook community, where he resided ever since. He had been in
failing health for some time, but his condition was not considered
serious, even when taken to the hospital where he passed away
unexpectedly. Funeral services were held at the East Holbrook
Church near Cheraw, Colo., in charge of Bro. E. E. Showalter assisted
by Bro. Allen H. Erb, and Bro. Jess Kauffman. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Interment in near-by cemetery.
"Here in this world 'mid toil and strife, this sudden passage makes us realize the uncertainty of life.
As to the length of time none can tell, it matters not so much but how well.
To the living we would say, may the loving Father guide you day by day.
When the course of your life's work has run, may you hear the summon 'Well Done.' "
FISHER. - Daniel L., son of the late Joel and Elizabeth
(Stoltzfus) Fisher, was born Dec. 14, 1869; died Feb. 17, 1941
at his late home near Gap, Pa., aged 72 y. 2 m. 3 d. He accepted
Christ in his youth, and was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite
Church until death. He was married Feb. 18, 1896, to Elizabeth
Summers, who died Jan. 7, 1926. To this union were born 2 sons
and 5 daughters, 1 son and 1 daughter having died in infancy.
He was married the second time to Rebecca Zook, Feb. 27, 1937,
who with his children (Lena, Viola, Steward, Catharine, and Mary)
remains to mourn. His mother who is 92 years old also survives
him. His sudden passing was a shock to the family and friends.
He was of a kind and quiet disposition, and will be missed in
the home, community, and church where he regularly attended. Funeral
services were held at the late home and at the Millwood Church
in charge of Bros. Sim Stoltzfus, S. G. Shetler, and John S. Mast.
"Passing out of earth's shadows
Into infinite day,
Why do you call it dying,
This beautiful passing away?"
HERNLEY. - Barbara B. Witmer was born Nov. 25, 1867,
near Akron, Pa.; died at Lexington, Pa., March 13, 1941; aged
73 y. 3 m. 18 d. Three children survive (Mrs. Christ S. Risser,
of near Halfsville; Levi W., of Ephrata; Mrs. Elmer H. Weit, of
Lexington). The following brothers and sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Stauffer,
of Ephrata; Abram B., of Strasburg; Eli B., of Soudersburg; Mrs.
Christ Stauffer, of Lexington; and Mrs. Samuel Zimmerman, of Farmersville),
12 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren also survive. Three
children, 5 brothers, and 1 sister preceded her to the glory world.
Brief funeral services were held March 16 from the home, with
further services at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church in charge
of Bros. John S. Hess and Amos Horst. Text, Mark 14:8. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"Though on earth you,re not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still In memory you are with us,
As you always were before."
HERSHBERGER. - Joseph, son of Abraham Hershberger, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Oct. 11, 1864; died Feb. 5, 1941, at his home near Lagrange, Ind.; aged 77 y. 3 m. 24 d. His first wife was Gertrude Hostetler. One son was born to this union. She departed this life, after living together for about a year. He was again married to Lucy Hostetler in December, 1889. He leaves his companion (who has been an invalid for about 11 years), a foster son (Ora Hershberger of Hammond, Ind.), 1 granddaughter, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral at Shore Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Percy J. Miller assisted by Bro. D. D. Miller.
HOSTETLER. - Barbara, daughter of Noah and Lydia Petersiem, was born in Kalona, Iowa, May 24, 1880; died at her home in Middlebury, Ind., March 24, 1941; aged 60 y. 10 m. In her early youth at the age of about fourteen years she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until the end of her life. She was united in marriage with Harvey Hostetler Nov. 19, 1918. She leaves her husband, 1 sister (Mrs. Joseph Wertz of Julesburg, Colo.), 1 stepson (Clarence Hostetler of Kent, Ohio), 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. Carl Holderness, Davenport, Iowa), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Middlebury Mennonite Church, conducted by S. C. Yoder and Wilbur Yoder. Interment in the cemetery at Middlebury.
MYERS. - Joseph A., son of Joseph and Lydia (Shank)
Myers, was born in Putnam Co., O., Oct. 19, 1862; died March 20,
1941; aged 78 y. 5 m. 1 d. Death was caused by internal cancer
which caused him much and intense suffering which he bore in patience,
often wishing to go home. April 20, 1911, he was married to Dora
Ream. He was the youngest and the last of a family of nine children.
As a young man, he taught 17 years of school in Ohio. Coming to
Michigan some 30 years ago, he lived on the same farm which they
cleared and built up. He was a charter member of the Sunnyside
Mennonite Church, and acted as S. S. Supt. for a number of years.
After the work at Sunnyside was discontinued, he with Sister Myers
made their church home at the Fairview Mennonite Church, of which
he was a member until the end came. They were regular attendants
whenever health permitted. Joseph will be missed by his companion,
neighbors, S. S. class, and many others; but we bow in submission
to Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held March
22, at the Fairview Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Menno
Esch, assisted by Bro. M. S. Steiner. Interment in Fairview Cemetery.
"Finished are all earth's labors,
Tired and ready to sleep;
Ready to bid his friends good-by,
Wondering why we weep.
Passing out of earth's shadows
Into infinite day,
Why do you call it dying;
This beautiful passing away?"
STEELY. - Martin Steely died near Lexington, Pa., March
3, 1941; aged 66 y. His wife preceded him in death several years
ago. There survive 2 children (Mrs. Israel Zartman, of near Brickerville;
Henry, of Marietta), 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren,
and the following brothers and sister: Harrison and William of
Lititz and Mrs. Aaron Leed, of Ephrata. Brief funeral services
were held at the home, with further services at the Hammer Creek
Mennonite Church, Bros. Jacob Hershey and John S. Hess officiating.
Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
Asleep in Jesus, peaceful rest;
Securely shall my ashes lie,
And wait the summons from on high."
By a Friend.
STUCKEY. - Henry, son of Peter and Anna (Short) Stuckey,
was born in Williams Co., Ohio, Jan. 10, 1875; died March 18,
1941, at his home near Leo, Ind., after an illness of nearly two
years caused by a paralytic stroke; aged 66 y. 2 m. 8 d. He accepted
Christ as his personal Saviour when a young man, and remained
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. He was
united in marriage Dec. 24, 1903, to Emma Yoder of Allen Co.,
Ind. To this union were born 7 children. One daughter preceded
him in death. Surviving are the widow, 2 sons (LaVern of Auburn,
Ind.; Jesse at home), 4 daughters (Mrs. Hermia Nofziger, Mrs.
Luella Grieser, both of Wauseon, O., Mrs. Violet Rupp of Montpelier,
O.; and Genevieve at home), 7 grandchildren, 6 brothers (Emanuel,
Elmer, Samuel of Archbold, O.; Peter and Daniel of Stryker, O.;
and Aaron of Wauseon), 5 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Nofziger of Archbold,
Mrs. Mary Miller of Louisville, O.; Mrs. Sarah Klinger and Mrs.
Leah Poorman of West Unity, O., and Mrs. Malinda Short of Stryker,
O.), and aged foster mother (Mrs. Katherine Stuckey of Stryker),
and many relatives and friends. Funeral was held at the Leo Mennonite
Church March 21, conducted by A. S. Miller and Ed. Frey of Archbold.
Burial in Leo Cemetery.
"Father, we will miss thee all our days;
We shall miss thee in many, many ways;
We miss thy footsteps and thy prayer,
We miss thee, Father, always, everywhere."
WEAVER. - Lydia Ann, youngest daughter of Solomon and
Nancy (Lehman) Weaver was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Feb. 3,
1867; died at the home of her son (Nelson Weaver) in Dunlap, Ind.,
Dec. 25, 1940; aged 73 y. 10 m. Two years ago she with her husband
came from California to make their home in Indiana. Three weeks
later, Dec. 30, 1938, her husband (Noah Weaver) passed away. To
this union were born 7 children. Two children preceded her in
death (Ora and Floyd Ivan). The following children survive: Lottie
(Mrs. Joe Ramer), of Nappanee, Ind.; Nelson R., of Dunlap, Ind.;
Clayton E., of Goshen, Ind.; Roy M., of Hillside, N. J.; Vertie
(Mrs. T. R. Yoder), of Culver City, Calif. Thirteen grandchildren
and 6 great-grandchildren also survive. Two brothers, 1 sister,
and 2 great-grandchildren preceded her in death. She was a member
of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church. Funeral services were
in charge of Bros. John Gingrich and D. A. Yoder. Burial in Yellow
"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."
YODER. - Lydia Irene, daughter of Isaac D. and Fannie
Hertzler, was born at Long Green, Md., May 5, 1882; died
near Denbigh, Va., March 4, 1941. In 1898 her parents with their
family moved to Warwick Co., Va., which was the beginning of what
is known as the Warwick River colony. She was among the first
to unite with the newly established church at this place, being
baptized by the late Bishop J. M. Shenk. In 1906 she was united
in marriage to J. Harvey Yoder. The immediate cause of her death
was pneumonia, but for about sixteen years she suffered from a
heart condition which caused her untold suffering at times and
prevented her from participating in many of the activities of
Church and community in which she was much interested. She is
survived by her husband, and the following sons and daughters:
Kenneth, Lauren, and Morris; Alta, Edith (Mrs. Clare Mumaw), Ethel,
Mary (Mrs. Cecil Nice), Frances, Pauline (Mrs. George Brunk),
and Helena; also by 3 grandchildren, 1 sister (Elsie Hertzler),
and 3 brothers (Henry P., Moses L., and Leroy Hertzler), all of
Denbigh, Va., besides many nephews and nieces. Mother was the
first to be called out of the family circle, the first to complete
her life's work; and while not old as years go, yet as a mother
who has raised a family of ten children to maturity, and having
had the joy of seeing them all accept the atoning Saviour, we
feel that her life was full and complete, and that she has entered
into that rest which remaineth unto the people of God. Funeral
services were held March 6, at the home by Geo. R. Brunk, and
at the church by Truman Brunk and Daniel Shenk. Her body was laid
to rest in the Warwick River cemetery, awaiting the coming resurrection.
"Sweet heavenly home, prepared for all,
Who now accept the Saviour's call,
And live obedient to God's Word.
O glorious thought, from death to rise
On angel wings to mount the skies
And be forever with the Lord."
BOWMAN. - Tilman E. Bowman was born June 19, 1871; died
at the High River hospital March 29, 1941, after a prolonged illness
of a number of years. Bro. Bowman accepted Christ as his Saviour
at the age of 23, united with the Mennonite Church to which he
remained faithful until death. He was interested in the work of
the Church, for a number of years holding the office of district
mission board member in the Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference district.
In 1894 he was married to Velina Weber of Kitchener, Ont. To this
union were born 2 sons (Gordon and Delton) and 1 daughter (Nellie
- Mrs. Lloyd Moyer), Gordon having preceded him in 1926. He leaves
his bereaved wife, Delton and Nellie of Aldershyde, 1 sister (Mrs.
J. K. Moss of Kitchener) and a number of relatives and friends.
Funeral April 1 in the home conducted by Isaac Miller (Text, Psa.
90:12), and in the church by Bro. O. O. Hershberger and Bro. Isaac
Miller. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"God of the living in whose eyes,
Unveiled Thy whole creation lies;
All souls are Thine, we must not say,
That those are dead who pass away
From this our world of flesh set free,
We know them living unto Thee."
INGOLD. - Henry Ingold was born in Woodford Co., Ill.,
Aug. 4, 1864; died at the Mercy Hospital, Urbana, Ill., March
24, 1941; aged 76 y. 7 m. 20 d. On Feb. 26, 1888, he was united
in marriage with Fannie Steinman of Flanagan, Ill. To this union
5 children were born (Mrs. Samuel J. Heiser, Mrs. J. B. Heiser,
near Fisher, Ill.; Amos and Martha at home). One son died in infancy.
Bro. Ingold accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the
Mennonite Church at the age of sixteen, to which church he remained
faithful to the end. He leaves his wife, 1 son, 3 daughters, 9
grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and a host of
other relatives. Funeral services were held March 26, at his home
in Fisher, Ill. with further services at the East Bend Mennonite
Church, conducted by J. A. Heiser. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
"In silence he suffered,
In patience he bore;
Till God called him home,
To suffer no more."
KAUFFMAN. - John B., son of Jacob and Mary (Boshart) Kauffman, was born Nov. 2, 1857, at Hiteviller, France. He was the oldest of a family of five children. His father, 1 brother, and 2 sisters preceded him in death while still in their native country. He came to America with his mother and grandmother in 1868. They located near Wayland, Iowa, where he grew to manhood and lived the remainder of his youth and was received into the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church by water baptism and remained a faithful member. Feb. 17, 1897, he was united in marriage with Lena Nebel. Their family consisted of 1 daughter (Mrs. Daniel Conrad) who with her husband and family always lived on the same premises. The four grandchildren afforded Bro. Kauffman much joy and comfort in his declining years. He was an unassuming but friendly and helpful neighbor, a kind and affectionate husband and father, and of a quiet disposition. He found much satisfaction and comfort in his home life, but was a regular attendant at church services. He was blest with unusual good health during his life. After passing the eightieth milestone the infirmities of old age seemed to settle down upon him more noticeably but was confined to his bed for just about a week. He passed away early March 26, 1941; aged 83 y. 4 m. 23 d. He leaves his wife and daughter, 1 brother, (Jacob of Wayland, Ia.), 4 grandchildren, and other friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church, in charge of Bro. Simon Gingerich assisted by Bro. Willard Liechty. Interment in cemetery near by.
KAUFMAN. - Sarah Lehman Kaufman was born Nov. 30, 1962; died March 23, 1941; aged 78 y. 3 m. 23 d. She was married to John J. Kaufman July 29, 1900. She is survived by 1 daughter (Nancy, wife of Ralph Baumgardner), 2 grandchildren, 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. S. S. Gindlesperger of Johnstown), 1 stepson (John B. Kaufman of Middlebury, Ind.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Jane Mangus of Johnstown). She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sons, and 1 daughter. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 40 years, and will be missed in the home, the Church, and the community. Funeral services were held March 26 at the Kaufman Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Harry Y. Shetler assisted by Bro. Irwin Holsopple. Burial in church cemetery.
MASSEL. - Herman E. Massel was born in Northern Germany July 1, 1883; died at Peoria, Ill., March 24, 1941; aged 57 y. 8 m. 23 d. He came to the United States at the age of eleven, and made his home with a married sister near Harrisonville, Mo. Feb. 16, 1910, he was married to Mabel L. Harnish of Belton, Mo. They at once established their home in Kansas, living on a farm near Peabody for about thirty years. Two years ago he discontinued farming because of ill health. Coming with his wife to Illinois, he was soon confined to the hospital, where he was cared for until his death. As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church, and was an active member of the Catlin Mennonite Church near Peabody, Kans. Surviving are his wife, now of the Mennonite Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill.; 1 brother and 3 sisters in Germany; a sister (Mrs. Kottswitz of Peabody, Kans.), and other relatives and friends. An only child (a son) died in infancy. An orphan girl (Susie Klenk, now the wife of Morris Ehrlich, of Marion, Kans.), shared the hospitality of their farm home in Kansas for about six years. Funeral services were held at Eureka, Ill., March 26, 1941, Ezra Yordy and Henry King in charge. Burial in Roanoke Mennonite Church Cemetery.
MILLER. - Gideon D. Miller was born Sept. 22, 1862;
died April 6, 1941; aged 78 y. 6 m. 15 d. He suffered a light
paralytic stroke on Saturday evening, March 29, and remained in
a critical condition all week. He is survived by 3 sons (Dwight,
Myron and Aaron) and 8 grandchildren, all of Springs, Pa. He was
one of a family of 12 children, 8 of whom survive him, as follows:
William of Salem, Ohio; Ulysses of Meyersdale, Pa.; Malinda, wife
of F. W. Bender, Springs, Pa.; Anna L. of Springs; Edward of Inwood,
W. Va.; Clarence of Elizabeth, Pa.; Minnie, wife of Fred Lohr,
Lancaster, Pa.; and Cora, wife of Charles Shoemaker, Scottdale,
Pa. One brother and 2 sisters preceded him in death (Milton; Lydia,
wife of J. H. Bender, and Sally, wife of D. H. Bender). On Feb.
15, 1891 he was married to Katy Otto, who passed away Nov. 5,
He united with the Mennonite Church June 17, 1888. He was ordained to the ministry Nov. 13, 1891, in which capacity he served faithfully until his health did not permit, a little more than two years ago. As a man of conviction, and level-headed in counsel, his voice had great weight in the counsel of the Church.
Funeral services were held April 9 in the Springs Mennonite Church in charge of S. G. Shetler of Johnstown, Pa., assisted by Bro. Roy Kinsinger of Grantsville, Md., and Bro. Roy Otto of Springs. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near the Springs Church.
NELSON. - Mrs. James E. Nelson, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. J. W. Henderson of Lyndhurst, Va., died unexpectedly
at the Washington Hospital in Washington, D. C. March 21, 1941;
aged 37 y. 4 m. 21 d. She was a member of the Brethren Church.
Besides her husband she is survived by her father and mother (Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Henderson of Lyndhurst, Va.), 1 daughter (Haleen),
1 grandson, 2 sisters (Mrs. Ralph Rowe of Waynesboro, Va., and
Hattie at home), 4 brothers (Jacob and Willie Henderson, both
of Stuarts Draft, Va.; Harmon and Vernie, at home). She also leaves
2 sisters-in-law, 2 nieces, 2 nephews, and many other relatives
and friends. Funeral services were conducted by U. S. Campbell
and Joseph Driver. The body was laid to rest in the Mountain View
"Dearest cousin, thou hast left us,
Left us, yes, forevermore;
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
Over on the other shore."
By Her Cousin.
SCHROCK. - Doris Arlene, little daughter of Eli and
Lucy (Bender) Schrock, died of whooping cough and pneumonia March
5, 1941; aged 1 m. 20 d. Although her time on earth was short,
she had endeared herself very much to those of her own home as
well as others in the community. She leaves her parents and the
following sisters and brother: Betty, Cora, Anna, Olive, Margaret,
Wanda, and Truman. Funeral services were held in the Greenwood
A. M. Church with the home ministers, Bro. Eli Swartzentruber
and Nevin Bender, in charge. The body was laid to rest in the
"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on they head."
WITMER. - Carl Ivan, son of Merle and Annie Witmer, died at the home of his parents March 19, 1941; aged 15 d. Surviving are his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
YODER. - John C., son of John and Elizabeth Yoder, was
born May 25, 1858; died at his home near Orrville, O., March 29,
1941; aged 82 y. 10 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Mary
Yoder of Orrville, Feb. 24, 1881. To this union 1 son and 1 daughter
were born. His wife preceded him in death June 5, 1922; also his
daughter Amanda preceded him March 27, 1916. June 4, 1925, he
was again united in marriage to Mrs. Amanda Miller of Sugarcreek,
O. He is survived by his companion, 1 son (Aaron Yoder of Orrville),
3 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 8 stepchildren, and many
other relatives and friends. Bro. Yoder early in life accepted
Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the church of his
choice. When he located in Wayne Co., Ohio, he transferred membership
to the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation where he remained a faithful
brother in the service of the Lord, patiently looking forward
to the heavenly home. Services were conducted by Bros. P. R. Lantz,
Wm. G. Detweiler, and J. S. Gerig. Text, Jas. 5:10. Interment
in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
"However painful it may be,
To know that Father,s gone,
The thought is sweet that we may meet him
In that heavenly home."
BALES. - Glenn R. Bales was born in Eldorado, Kans., Nov. 16, 1898; died in Hutchinson, Kans. March 19, 1941; aged 42 y. 4 m. 3 d. Survivors are his widow (Mary Bales), 4 daughters (Mrs. Paul Gerdes of South Hutchinson, Mrs. James Elwood of Carters Spur, Freda and Clara), 4 sons (James, Lewis, Eugene and Kenneth all at home), his mother (Ada Nace of Auburn, Neb.), 8 sisters, 2 brothers. He was baptized into the Baptist church in his young days and June 5, 1932, he united with the Hutchinson Mennonite Mission. He was poorly for 12 years with T. B. Funeral services were held at the Johnson & Sons funeral home, in charge of H. A. Diener.
BRUNK. - Magdalena, daughter of late Jacob and Hannah Wenger, was born Oct. 24, 1872, near Harrisonburg, Va.; died March 13, 1941, at her home near Harrisonburg; aged 68 y. 5 m. 11 d. On March 12, 1891, she was united in marriage to John R. Brunk, who preceded her in death a number of years ago. She suffered a stroke of paralysis on March 5, and never regained consciousness. She had been in her usual health and retired the evening before she was stricken without complaining. Members of the family found her in a critical condition the next morning. She is survived by 4 children (Menno J., Lewis S., Mrs. Mary Hartman of Harrisonburg, Va., and Anna B., of Reading, Pa.), 1 stepson (Aldine C. Brucnk, missionary in India), 3 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: S. B. Wenger, South English, Iowa; Adam Wenger, Columbiana, Ohiol Timothy Wenger, Fentress, Va.; Mrs. Barbara Andes, near Harrisonburg, Ca.; Mrs. Lydia Showalter, Conway, Kans.; and Mrs. Geo. R. Brunk, Denbigh, Va. She was preceded in death by her husband and 1 daughter (Katie). She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful till death. She always attended church service when possible, having attended service on Sunday before she was stricken. Funeral service was held from the Lindale Mennonite Church by Bros. J. L. Stauffer and Perry Shank. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.
BURKHOLDER. - John W., son of the late Daniel S. and
Anna (Weaver) Burkholder, was born Nov. 29, 1861; died at his
home near Weaverland, April 4, 1941; aged 79 y, 4 m. 5 d. He united
with the Mennonite Church in early youth and remained a faithful
member until the end. Nov. 29, 1887, he was united in marriage
to Susanna Wenger who survives him. Their children also survive,
as follows: Lena, wife of David Horning, Fivepointville, Pa.;
Anna, wife of Amos Weaver, Stevens, Pa.; Lizzie, wife of Rufus
Horst and Susanna, wife of Martin Zimmerman, both of Ephrata,
Pa.; Mary, wife of Samuel Good, Stevens, Pa.; Daniel W., both
of East Earl, Pa. Sixty-six grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren,
6 brothers, and 3 sisters also survive. He expressed an earnest
desire to home and be at rest. Funeral services at the home were
in charge of Bro. Henry Horst and at the Weaverland Mennonite
Church in charge of Bro. Aaron Sensenig and Joseph Wenger. Text,
II Cor. 5:7-10.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o,er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrows,
Never can distress thee more."
CULP. - Lydia Ann, daughter of Daniel and Anna (Knauf) Goodman, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Dec. 28, 1857; died at her home in Wakarusa, Ind., April 4, 1941; aged 83 y. 3 m. 6 d. Her mother died when she was six years old. At the age of 17 she came to Indiana. On May 29, 1881, she was married to Joel H. Culp, who died on Nov. 13, 1931. To this union were born 7 children. The 3 oldest (Elmer, Celestia, and Milo) died in infancy. She leaves 4 children (Elsie, wife of Henry Martin, Homer, Viola, and Ralph), all of Wakarusa. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 sister (Mrs. Maude Renwick), 1 brother (James Goodman) both of Custer, Mich. She also leaves many relatives and friends. Early in her married life she united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church conducted by S. L. Weldy and D. A. Yoder.
FISHER. - Fannie, daughter of Levi and Annie (Miller) Fisher, died near Gordonville, Pa., March 28, 1941; aged 4 y. 10 m. 12 d. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister ( Jacob, Mary and John, all at home). She was stricken with infantile paralysis on Oct. 24, 1939. She was taken to the Lancaster General Hospital. She soon became paralyzed from the neck down, except a part of her heart; her one cheek was also affected. Oct. 26, her diaphragm became paralyzed and she was placed in the "iron lung," where she spent most of her time until Dec. 2. She was placed on a stretcher with her arms and legs in braces, a few weeks before going home. She was dismissed from the hospital on Feb. 10, 1940. After being home a week she was stricken with pneumonia, and was taken to the hospital again and placed in the iron lung for three days. About April 1, she had another attack of pneumonia but seemed stronger and didn,t need the iron lung. Soon afterwards she had the chickenpox. As she grew she became more crippled, and remained helpless. In the hospital she cheered many a heart by her singing and happy disposition. She knew most of the nurses there, and she had many friends. She left the hospital again on May 5, 1940. On Oct. 25, she went through another case of pneumonia; also on March 28, 1941, she had another attack which partly caused her death, also a heart condition. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Amos Glick and Jonathan Smoker at the home. Interment in the Gordonville Cemetery.
HARTZLER. - David Jay, son of Joseph and Mary (Gingrich) Hartzler, was born near Holmesville, Ohio, Feb. 15, 1890. On Sunday morning, March 23, 1941, at the time when people were busy getting ready for the Lord,s Day services, he was unexpectedly and suddenly called to leave the scenes of earth for the realities of the world beyond; aged 51 y. 1 m. 8 d. Jan. 1, 1912, he was united in marriage with Ida B. Krieder by Andrew Brenneman near Plainview, Tex. To them were born 1 son and 3 daughters (Ralph, Velma, Pauline, and Vita, Mrs. Robert Deneke, all of Orrville). He is survived by all his children, his devoted companion, 1 grandchild, his father and mother, 2 sisters, (Mrs. Orrville Snyder of Sterling, O.; Alta of Wooster, O.), 3 brothers (Ray of Rittman, O.; Ira of Nappanee, Ind.; and Paul of Weilersville, O.), also many other relatives and friends remain to share the sorrow with the immediate family. In early youth he accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour during a revival conducted at the Oak Grove Church near Smithville, Ohio, and was received into the Mennonite Church at the same place. Later he held his church membership with the Mennonite Church near Plainview, Texas, and the Bethel congregation near Wadsworth, Ohio; and for the past twenty years he has been a member of the Orrville Mennonite Church, where he continued his fellowship and observed the ordinances of the House of the Lord until death. Funeral services were conducted from the home and the Oak Grove Church with I. W. Royer in charge, assisted by J. S. Gerig and Wm. Detwiler. Scripture, Eccl. 12. Text, John 14:18-20.
HETRICK. - Susan, daughter of William and Susannh Hetrick, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Feb. 21, 1861; died near Wakarusa, Ind., March 23, 1941; aged 80 y. 1 m. 2 d. She leaves 1 sister (Katie, at home), 1 brother (William, in Ohio), also other relatives and friends. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services conducted at the Yellow Creek Church by Virgil Weaver and D. A. Yoder.
KANAGY. - Eli, only son of Eli E. and Florence Kanagy
of near Rittman, Ohio, died April 2, 1941, at the Beeson Hospital,
Wooster, Ohio; aged 4 d. He is survived by his parents and 1 sister
(Dolly) who are lonely and griefstricken by his early departure.
He is also survived by his maternal grandparents and a foster
sister. He was preceded by an infant sister (Fern Darlene). The
body was removed to the home of his maternal grandparents on Wednesday
and on Thursday short services were held at by Noah Hilty with
further services at the Crown Hill Mennonite Cemetery where he
was laid to rest near his sister
"Up in that beautiful city,
Which hath no need of the sun,
Safe on the Shepherd,s bosom,
Resteth our little one."
KAUFFMAN. - Ella, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Stutzman, was born in Elkhart Co., May 11, 1863; died March 20, 1941, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Jesse Gardner of Middlebury, Ind.). She had been ill for a short time with pneumonia and heart trouble. Jan. 11, 1884, she was married to Levi Miller, who died Nov. 14, 1892. There were 4 children born to them. C. Vernon Miller of Shipshewana and Mrs. Gardner (Dora) survive. She was married again Nov. 27, 1897, to Rudolph Kauffman, who died July 22, 1905. Three children were born and survive (Rollo Kauffman of Middlebury, Mrs. J. Elwyn Blough of Topeka, and Mrs. Gerald Mast of Goshen). She also leaves 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 step-daughters (Mrs. Devon Dennison of Elkhart and Mrs. Mahlon Neff of Lagrange), a brother (Amasa Stutzman) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Ida Sunthimer and Edna Stutzman all of Goshen). She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since early in life. Funeral services were held at Topeka, Ind., March 22, conducted by Earl Salzman, assisted by E. A. Sommer and S. S. Yoder.
KAUFFMAN. - Fannie K. Cassel, wife of Pre. Hiram G.
Kauffman, was born near Lancaster Junction, Pa., Jan. 14, 1869;
died March 1, 1941, at her home at Landisville, Pa.; aged 72 y.
17 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 48 years.
She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Dora married to J.
Wayne Aungst), 2 grandchildren, and 1 brother (John K. Cassel
of Lancaster Junction). Funeral services were held at the Landisville
Mennonite Church March 4, in charge of the home ministers, Bro.
Jacob Charles, Bro. Christian Frank, and Bro. Henry Lutz. Text,
II Cor. 5:8,9.
MAST. - Sarah K., daughter of the late Jacob and Nancy
Stoltzfus, was born Aug. 9, 1864; died at her home at Morgantown,
Pa., Feb. 27, 1941; aged 76 y. 6 m. 18 d. She was united in marriage
to Stephen H. Mast Dec. 10, 1885, who passed away May 10, 1928.
To this union were born 1 son and 7 daughters, of whom 3 preceded
her in death. There remain: Rebecca, wife of Jacob Kurtz, dec,d;
Anna, wife of Isaac Kurtz; Amanda, wife of William Smoker; Malinda,
wife of Samuel Petersheim; Sadie, wife of David Stoltzfus; also
39 grandchildren, 8 great- grandchildren, 1 brother (Amos K.,
Stoltzfus, Bird-in-Hand), and 1 sister, (Lizzie, wife of David
Mast, Elverson). In early life she became a member of the Amish
Church and remained in that faith. She was a loving mother. She
took sick Dec. 3, and was in bed nearly 3 months. She had much
confidence in reading the Bible and in prayer. To the end, she
was patient in all her suffering and submissive to the will of
God. Funeral services at her home by Christ Kurtz, and at the
Conestoga Church by David Yoder and John A. Kennel. Text, Acts
13:36. Buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson
"Softly and peacefully Mother passed away,
From earth to heaven to make her stay;
Long and patiently she waited for the call,
Till God called her home, now waiting for us all."
MUMAW. - Rachel, daughter of George and Katherine (Brenneman) Mumaw, was born May 21, 1856, near Winesburg, Ohio; died March 21, 1941; aged 84 y. 10 m. She was the only surviving member of a family of 7 children (Dr. Henry, Amos, John, Susan (Weldy), Fannie and Mary). She is survived by many nieces and nephews , many other relatives and friends. She with her sister Fannie lived in various parts of Ohio and Indiana. After the death of Fannie she lived with her nieces and nephews until six months ago she went to the home of Lena Yoder, Elkhart, Ind., where she died. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of 15, uniting with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. She suffered many afflictions in her span of life and a few years ago was stricken with total blindness. All this was borne with a simple patience and trust in the Lord. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Enos Mumaw by J. S. Hartlzer and at the Yellow Creek Church by John Gingerich, Virgil Weaver, and D. A. Yoder.
NUSSBAUM. - Merlin Edward, youngest son of Bro. Levi and Sister Nettie (Amstutz) Nussbaum, was born near Wooster, Ohio, July 15, 1938. Early in life he showed his loving disposition by his winsome smile. Through his association with his brothers and sisters he soon learned many bits of poetry and songs in which he delighted. Six weeks ago he contracted the measles. Complications set in which resulted in his death March 26, 1941. His parents, 3 sisters, 8 brothers, and his maternal grandparents (Mr. And Mrs. P. J. Amstutz) mourn his early departure. We bow to the will of Him who hath both given and taken away, rejoicing in the thought that his suffering is ended and his sleep is sweet rest. Funeral services were held March 29 from the home near Dalton, Ohio, conducted by Bro. Isaac Zuercher, and from the Kidron Church by Bros. Allen Bixler, S. G. Shetler, and Rudy L. Stauffer. Texts, I Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 19:14, 18:10. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
SCHLABACH. - Minnie, daughter of William Cornelius and
Lydia (Kaufman) Lantz, was born March 10, 1895, near Nappanee,
Ind.; died in a traffic accident near Lagrange, Ind., while on
the way to a funeral near Goshen, Ind., March 15, 1941; aged 46
y. 5 d. At the age of two years she with her parents moved to
the western part of what was then the pioneer country of Oklahoma,
and which is now the community near Thomas, Okla. About two years
later her father died of typhoid fever, leaving her mother to
struggle through the hardships of pioneer life. On Feb. 6, 1912,
she was married to Erwin Schrock who died Jan. 30, 1915. To this
union was born 1 daughter (Sylvia), who preceded her in death
last August . On Aug. 22, 1915, she was married to Elias Schlabach.
To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. Besides Sylvia,
1 son (Shem Cornelius) died in infancy, and a daughter (Dorothy
Ellen) preceded her in death two years ago. She leaves a deeply
bereaved husband, 3 sons, 1 of whom is a foster son (Alva, David,
and Clayton), 2 daughters (Clara and Mildred), all at home; 2
motherless granddaughters at Greenwood, Del.; 3 brothers (Aaron,
of Elkhart, Ind.; David, of Midland, Mich.; and William, of Goshen,
Ind.); also 3 stepbrothers, 4 stepsisters, and many other relatives
and friends. She lived near Thomas, Okla., until February, 1935,
when she with her family moved to near Greenwood, Del., and one
year ago the family moved to their present home near Conneautville,
Pa. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, and was faithful
and much interested in her family and the Church. Funeral services
were held Mar. 19 in Indiana at the Griner Conservative Mennonite
Church in charge of Ira S. Johns and John Yoder. The body was
then shipped to Conneautville, Pa., and funeral services were
held at the Sunny Side Mennonite Church on Mar. 21, in charge
of Jacob Oswald and Eli Kramer. Texts, John 14:1,2; and Psa. 116:15.
"A loving mother, gentle and mild;
What a wonderful memory she left behind;
But God himself knew what was best;
He took her home and gave her rest."
WITMER. - Carl Ivan, son of Merle and Annie (Rhodes) Witmer, died March 19, 1941; aged brother. He was preceded in death by an infant brother. Besides his parents he leaves 5 brothers (Walter, Daniel, Amos, Harry, and Jacob), 2 sisters (Elsie and Martha), 2 grandfathers, and 1 grandmother; also aunts, uncles, and cousins to mourn his early departure. Short funeral services were held March 20, at the home, conducted by Bros. Israel Snyder and Daniel Witmer. Text, Job 1:21 (chosen by the parents). Interment in cemetery adjoining Pleasant View Church near Columbiana, Ohio.
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan