Blank.--Barbara Ellen, daughter of Solomon and Sarah
(King) Yoder, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Feb.7, 1852;
died at her home near Garden City, Mo., July 23, 1941; aged 89
y. 5 m. 16 d. On Feb. 13, 1873 she was united in marriage to Justus
Henry Blank of Lancaster Co., Pa., who preceded her in death by
almost 23 years. They were the loving, faithful parents of 4 children:
Oliver U., who loyally helped and cared for her through her widowhood;
Libby (wife of E. M. King), who with one daughter and two sons
preceeded her in death; Frankie, who died at the age of 7 months;
and Pearl (Mrs. E. E. Yoder), residing in East Lynne, Mo. Besides
her son and daughter, she is survived by 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren,
and 2 brothers (John B. Yoder and Simon R. Yoder). When she was
eight years old she, with her family, moved to Cass Co., Mo.,
returning to Ohio in the first year of the Civil War. After the
War Act, 1865, they came back to Missouri, where she resided until
her death. At the age of sixteen she was one of the first class
of converts of the Clearfork Mennonite Church, later transferring
her membership to the Sycamore Grove Church of which she remained
a faithful member, always enjoying the services and seldom missing
when able to attend. She was unusually well and active for her
age. From the beginning of her recent illness, almost five weeks
ago, her daughter Pearl and granddaughters, with the help of neighbors
and friends, kindly cared for her. Funeral services were held
at the home in charge of I. C. Hartzler, and at the Sycamore Grove
Church in charge of W. R. Hershberger, assisted by S. S. Hershberger.
Text: II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the Clearfork Cemetery.
"We are confident, dear Mother,
Of your home in heaven above;
And we hope each one may meet you
In the higher realms of love."
Delp.--Martha, sixty-five, wife of John S. Delp of near Neffsville, Pa., died on May 4, 1941 in the Lancaster General Hospital, where she had been a patient for several weeks. She had been in failing health for several years. She was a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband; these children--Rhoda, of Reading; George of Lancaster; Bertha, wife of Wayne Thompson. of Lancaster; Bernice, at home; and Elmer of Rocky Mount, N. C.; 4 grandchildren; and the following brothers and sisters--Christian Zimmerman of East Lampeter, Mrs. Mary Wanner of Manheim Twp., Mrs. Emma Martin of New Holland, and Jacob Zimmeran of Los Angeles, Calif. A grandson preceded her in death. Services were held from her late home and at the Landis Valley Church, in charge of Bro. Ira Landis. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Leaman.--Roy, infant son of Sanford and Mary Leaman,
was born and died July 2, 1941. An infant sister preceded him.
Surviving are his parents, grandparents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
His little body was laid to rest in Mellinger,s Mennonite Cemetery,
July 3. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed
be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21).
"Blooming in beauty in heaven they are,
Blooming for and for me;
Follow the Lord though the city be far,
'Til the bright blossoms we see."
Shantz.--Leah Shantz (nee Snider), beloved wife of Aaron
Shantz, was born near Waterloo, Ont., Nov. 27, 1849; died June
20, 1941; aged 91 y. 6 m. 24 d. She is survived by her aged husband,
2 sons (Herbert and Ephraim of near Waterloo), 1 daughter (Mrs.
Urias Snyder of Waterloo), 9 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
One daughter, Lucina, predeceased her a little over five years
ago. She was converted in her early youth and united with the
Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until her death.
She was bedfast over five years. Funeral Services were held at
Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., in charge of Bros.
Jonas Snider and J. B. Martin. Text: II Cor. 4:10.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Mother is at rest."
Weaver.--Joseph B., son of Benjamin and Anna (Gerber) Weaver, was born April 1, 1865 in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at his home near Trail, Ohio on June 20, 1941 after a long illness; aged 76 y. 2 m. 19 d. On Feb. 4, 1886 he was married to Anna Weaver. To this union were born 10 children (2 sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death). He is survived by his companion, Anna; 2 sons and 5 daughters: Mary, wife of S. S. Miller; and Susan, wife of Yost J. Miller, both of near Mt. Hope, O.; Eli J. of the home; Sarah, wife of Eli A. Miller; and Emma, wife of Calvin D. Miller, both of near Berlin, O., Martha and Roman, of near Benton, O. He is also survived by 39 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters. He was a member of the Martin,s Creek Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bros. S. W. Sommer, Calvin Mast, and D. D. Miller. Burial in the Weaver Cemetery.
Yoder.--John Paul, son of J. Bennett and Lena Yoder,
was born near Westover, Md., Oct. 27, 1921; died July 21, 1941
at the Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville, Pa., aged 19 y. 8
m. 24 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure his father and
mother, 6 brothers (David, George, Roy, Charles, Eli, and Christ),
3 sisters (Rebecca, Esther, and Freda), 1 grandmother, 1 grandfather,
1 stepgrandmother, besides a host of other relatives and Friends.
He became a member of the Holly Grove Mennonite Church when twelve
years of age, and was a faithful member to the end. Funeral services
were held at the home, and at the Holly Grove Mennonite Church
near Westover, Md., in charge of Bro. Geo. Hostetler at the house,
and Bros. Henry Bechtel and Amos Kolb of Spring City, Pa., and
Nevin Bender of Greenwood, Del., at the church.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
In that beautiful city his trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
'Til God called him home to suffer no more."
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Baker. - Ronald Keith, infant son of Chester and Alice
Baker, was born at Coldwater, Kans., July 17, 1941; died July
27, 1941; aged ten days. He leaves to mourn his departure his
parents, 1 brother, and 4 grandparents. Funeral services were
conducted at the home of the parents by Bro. Charles Schweitzer.
Text: II Sam. 12:23. Internment in the Mennonite Cemetery.
"A precious little baby,
Too pure to stay;
He leaves us brokenhearted;
Heaven seems nearer -
May we meet there some day."
Buchwalter. - Jacob H., son of Jacob and Anna Buchwalter, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 9, 1847; peacefully crossed the divide at the home of his son Andrew near Dalton, O., on July 30, 1941; aged 93 y. 9 m. 21 d. For about five years he had been afflicted but he bore his sufferens very patiently. He came with his father and mother to Wayne Co., O, in 1850 and located on a farm near Dalton, O. The trip was made on wagons and required two weeks of time. On Jan. 6, 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Martin. To this union were born 4 children. Daniel died in infancy; Anna died Dec. 16, 1889; Andrew and Hettie survive. There are also 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many distant relatives and friends who mourn his departure. When yet a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Martin Mennonite Church. He was deeply interested in the work of the Lord, and when health permitted his seat in the church was seldom vacant. About ten years ago he transferred his membership to the Pleasant View Church and was faithful until the end. Funeral services were held at the Martin Mennonite Church near Orrville, O., in the presence of a large concourse of people. Services were conducted by Bro. Alva J. Wengerd, assisted by Bro. Buchwalter's nephew, Bro. I. J. Buchwalter. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Burkholder. - Larry Virgil, son of Virgil and Margaret Bucy Burkholder, was born at his parental home in Orrville, O., March 18, 1935; died in Akron, Ohio, July 24, 1941; aged 6 y. 4 m. 6 d. Larry seemed to be in robust health until July 5 when he became ill with what the doctor at first pronounced the flu. Because his condition became worse he was removed to the Children's Hospital in Akron on Thursday, July 17, where he remained until the day of his death one week later. He was given the very best care that the parents and doctors could give him, a specialist even being called from Cleveland to diagnose his case and to prescribe. And yet in spite of this, and in spite of the many prayers for his healing if it was the Lord's will, he quietly slipped away, leaving his parents and family brokenhearted. He is survived by his parents; 2 brothers, Jackie Eugene and Timothy Jay; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Bucy; and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. E. U. Burkholder, all of Orrville. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville, where the parents are members. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. Services were in charge of Bros. Wm. G. Detweiler and J. S. Gerig.
Charles.--Annie K., wife of the late deacon Christian F. Charles, was born Oct. 14, 1849 near East Petersburg, Pa., and entered into rest July 2, 1941 at Landisville, Pa.; aged 91 y. 8 m. 18 d. She was a daughter of the late John B. and Annie Kreider Landis. On Oct. 3, 1871 she was united in marriage to Christian F. Charles who preceded her in death by 6 years. She was faithfully assisted her husband, who served as deacon for the Chestnut Hill congregation for 37 years. Their home was blessed with the presence of the following children: Amos L., Landisville; Christian L. (deceased); Landis L., Mt. Joy; John L., Landisville; Anna Mae (deceased), wife of Jacob Douple; Jacob L., Silver Springs. Also 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren survive. Funeral services were conducted in the Landisville Mennonite Church by Bros. Christian Frank, Hiram Kauffman, and Henry Lutz. Her selected text was found in Rev. 7: 16.17. She often repeated this passage and anticipated its realization. She was eager to see her Master whom she served for 69 years. She spent much time in communion with God which enriched her life with a sweet patients and kindness that fell as a heavenly benediction on all who knew her.
Delp.--Martha, daughter of the late Christian F. and
Mary Martin Zimmerman was born Oct. 29, 1875 at Union Grove,
Pa.; died Mary 4, 1941 at the Lancaster General Hospital; aged
65 y. 6 m. 5 d. She was a very patient sufferer, lingering for
the past two years, during which time she spent 25 weeks in the
hospital at intervals. At the age of 18 years she united with
the Mennonite Church at Weaverland and remained a faithful member
until death. In the year 1906 she was united in marriage to John
S. Delp of Neffsville, Pa., to which union 5 children were born:
Rhoda, of Reading; George of Lancaster; Bertha, wife of Wayne
Thompson of Lancaster; Bernice at home; and Elmer, of Nashville,
N. C. Five grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters
also survive; Mrs. Emma Martin, New Holland; Mrs. Mary Wanner,
Leola; Miss Barbara Zimmerman, Manheim Twp.; Jacob Zimmerman,
Pasadena, Calif.; and Christian Zimmerman, of East Lampeter. Funeral
services were held at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church in charge
of Bros. Ira Landis and Amos Horst. Interment in the adjoining
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
Herr,--Frank M., senior pastor of the Willow Street
Mennonite congregation, departed this life from his home in Willow
Street, Pa. He was born Oct. 3, 1855; died July 25, 1941; aged
85 y. 9 m. 22 d. He was the son of the late Jacob and Ann Musser
Herr and lived his entire life in West Lampeter Twp., Lancaster
Co., Pa. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
His wife, the former Mary E. Hershey, died two years ago. Surviving
him are 3 children: Mabel A., wife of Abram R. Herr of Lancaster,
R. 2; Jacob H. Herr of Lancaster, R. 4; and Miriam E., wife of
John M. Bucher of Willow Street; also 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Three grandchildren preceded him in death. Bro. Herr seemed to
be in the best of health until about eight weeks ago when on a
Sunday morning, May 25, as he was preparing to attend church services,
he was suddenly stricken with what appeared to be an attack of
influenza. At first, it did not seem to be serious, but as the
weeks went on, he gradually grew weaker and weaker until on the
eve of July 25 he quietly slipped away. As he grew weaker in body,
he seemed to grow stronger in spirit. Abut a week before he died,
he made the remark to one of the family that he would not recover
and expressed a desire to pass on to his better home. When asked
when he wanted to go, he said, "Whenever it was the Lord's
will." He was ordained to the ministry on Sept. 23, 1897
and served in that capacity continuously until his death. He was,
however, assisted by Bro. Jacob T. Harnish who was ordained about
ten years ago as his assistant. Funeral services were held from
his late home by Bro. Christian M. Brubaker and at the Willow
Street Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob T. Harnish and Bishop Abram
Martin, who used as his test, II Tim. 4:7, 8. Burial in the adjoining
"Father's work on earth is done
And the Lord thought best to call him home;
There in the glories of that distant clime,
He could say with Paul,
My course is run.
I,ve fought a good fight,
Life's pathway I,ve trod;
And have come to my heavenly home,
Here to be throughout eternity
Ever with God., "
Horst.--Reuben W., son of the late Jacob and Lydia (Weaver) Horst, was born in West Earl Twp., Dec. 5, 1868, died at his home near Ephrata, Pa., June 19, 1941; aged 72 y. 6 m. 14 d. He suffered a heart attack in the night of June 13, and fell asleep in Jesus on June 19. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for the past 55 years. On Nov. 18, 1888 he was united in marriage to Frances R. Sweigart, who remains to mourn his departure. This union was blessed with 14 children. One son, Jacob, died at the age of 6 months. Those surviving are: Elam, Bareville, Pa., Reuben, Ephrata, Pa.; Amos, Akron, Pa.; Eli, Tampa, Fla.; Titus, Ephrata, Pa.; Frances, wife of Lehman H. Lefever, Manheim, Pa.; Phares, Fruitville, Pike; Noah, Neffsville, Pa.; Anna, at home; Walter, Bareville, Pa.; Katie, wife of John K. Shenk, Manheim, Pa.; Ada, wife of J. Landis Weaver, Akron, Pa.; and Lloyd, Dayton, Va. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Ephrata Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Mahlon Zimmerman and Bishop Noah H. Mack. The text used was Phil. 1: 23, 24--words that Father quoted during his last illness. Interment was in the Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery.
Huber.--Fanny B., widow of Abram K. Huber, passed away
at her home in East Petersburg, Pa., July 15, 1941 after a long
illness, in her 72nd year. Mother will be greatly missed by her
family, as well as a host of friends. She was a faithful member
of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church for many years. She is
survived by the following children: Landis L., Fannie (wife of
Benj. R. Myer), Clayton L., Abram L., Benj. L., Elmer L., Bertha
(wife of Jacob L. Mylin, Roy L., John L., Esther, Mamie , and
Lizzie at home. She is survived by 17 grandchildren, 2 brothers
(Abram B. and Benj. F. Landis), a stepsister (Bertha, wife of
John Hoffmaster). Funeral services at the home were conducted
by Bro. Frank N. Kreider and at East Petersburg Mennonite Church
by Bros. John Gochenauer and Henry Lutz. Text: Phil. 1:21. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Stoltzfus.--Ella (Yoder) Stoltzfus, daughter of the
late Bishop and Sister Jonas C. Yoder, was born near Lagrange,
Ind., Dec. 15, 1862; died July 24, 1941 at her home near Aurora,
O.; aged 78 y. 7 m. 9 d. In early youth she accepted Christ as
her personal Saviour and identified herself with the Mennonite
Church in Logan Co., O., where the family moved when she was about
ten years old. On Feb. 19, 1885 she was united in marriage to
E. B. Stoltzfus. To this union were born 4 daughters and 1 son:
Clara Grace, wife of O. J. Hooley of Ligonier, Ind.; Mollie Mae,
who died nine years ago, the wife of Bishop Edwin J. Yoder, of
Topeka, Ind.; Sadie Belle, who passed away when two years old;
Elmer, who was ordained a minister in the home congregation on
Sept. 1, 1940; and Gladys, wife of James Hostetler, of Middlefield,
O. She leaves to mourn her departure her companion and 3 children
(Clara, Elmer and Gladys), 20 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren
(1 born in Dhamtari, India), also 5 brothers and 2 sisters, the
youngest of whom has passed the sixty-first milestone of life's
journey. The oldest is over eighty-two years. As a neighbor, friend,
and member of the church she will be greatly missed. She took
much pleasure in entertaining in the home. For over 56 years she
and her companion shared life's joys and sorrows together. On
Nov. 1, 1909 her husband was ordained to the ministry in the home
congregation at West Liberty, O. They were expected to move to
Baltimore Co., Md., where a small congregation was struggling
for existence. Instead they finally located near Aurora, O., under
the auspices of the local mission board. Here a few Mennonite
family had colonized. Sister Ella taught a Sunday-school class
for many years, always was a faithful and regular attendant at
church, Sunday school, and young people's meeting even up to the
last Sunday of her earthly pilgrimage, and was intensely interested
in the spiritual welfare of her family and of the church. The
ministerial duties of her husband meant frequent and often prolonged
absence from the home, yet she always readily consented to his
going. She full y realized that her earthly pilgrimage was drawing
to a close and she always expressed her submission to her ever-present
saviour. Up to the last moment of her life she went about her
household duties. As she lay down to rest after dinner, the call
came suddenly from the Lord to go up higher. Funeral services
were conducted in the home by Bro. H. N. Troyer of Millersburg,
and at the church by Bros. A. J. Steiner of North Lima and Jesse
Short of Archbold, O. She was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining
the Plainview Church.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead,--she is just away!
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there.
And you--O you, who the wildest yearn
For the old-time step and the glad return,--
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of the There as the love of Here;
Think of her still as the same, I say:
She is not dead--she is just away!"
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Bond.--William, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Street) Bond, was born near Welton, England Nov. 20, 1882; died July 25,
1941 at the Salem Hospital; aged 58 y. 7 m. 5 d. Death was caused
by pernicious anemia. In April, 1907 he accepted Christ as his
Saviour and united with the Hopewell Mennonite Church, of which
he was a faithful member. May 11, 1911 he was ordained a minister
to serve the same church, which office he filled to the best of
his ability. His last text was Mark 10:21, "One thing thou
lackest." He was in poor health about six months and confined
to his bed about nine weeks, with untold pain and suffering, which
he bore with much patience, asking often for prayer that he might
have grace to endure the pain. He was very fond of singing, and
enjoyed having others sing for him. On Sept. 16, 1903 he was united
in marriage to Susan Mishler. To this union was born 1 son, James
William. His wife departed this life April 11, 1907. On Dec. 1,
1909 he was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Evers. To this union
were born 7 daughters and 3 sons. He leaves to mourn his sorrowing
companion and the following children: James W., of Albany, Oreg.,
Nancy (Mrs. Elmer Glick), Charles, Cora (Mrs. Melvin Bitikofer),
Mary, Ella, George, Alice, Frances, and Laura, all of Hubbard,
Oreg. One son, Ira, preceded him in death. He also leaves his
stepmother in England, 2 brothers Charles, of Washington; and
George, of Australia), 2 half brothers and 2 half sisters of England;
also 10 grandchildren, and may other relatives and friends. He
will be greatly missed in the home, in the church, and in the
community. He served as a ministers of Hopewell for thirty years.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
--By the Family
Good.--Chester Ralph Good was born March 12, 1918 at Las Vegas, New Mexico; departed this life July 18, 1941 in the Ninnescah Hospital in Pratt, Kans.; aged 23 y. 4 m. 6 d. He was the youngest son in a family of 4 boys and 3 girls. He came to Kansas with his parents in 1927 at the age of 9 years. At the age of 12 he united with the West Liberty Mennonite Church near Windom, Kans. When he moved to Burrton he attended the First Christian Church. He graduated from the Burrton High School in 1937 and later attended Bethel College for one year. In March, 1939 he moved to Peabody and within a month was employed with the General Oil Tool Company at Burrton and remained with them until his death. He was united in marriage to Vera Fast, May 23, 1940 at Hutchinson, Kans. To this home a son, Larry Ralph, was born. His death was caused by severe burns during an oil well test. He is the first one to break the family circle. He is survived by his wife, his son, Larry, his parents (Charles A. and Catherine Winey Good of Peabody), 3 brothers (Huber of Dallas, Texas, and Paul and Marion of Wichita), 3 sisters (Mrs. Elbert Aslin of Stratton, Nebr., and Maytie and Maybelle of the home), 2 nieces, 3 nephews, and other relatives and a host of loving friends. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was considerate and always willing to help those about him. In work he was always ready to co-operate and do what he could with those who worked with him. Funeral services were held July 20 at the Christian Church in Burrton, Kans. Bro. Schnelle of the Christian Church and Bro. Regier of the Mennonite Church conducted the services. Text at the house, Job 5:8, and at the church, Matt. 25:13. Burial in the Burrton Cemetery. "Gone but not forgotten."
Martin.--Doris Irene Martin was born Feb. 25, 1925,
the daughter of Ben and Katie Martin, died June 18, 1941; aged
16 y. 3 m. 24 d. She was baptized and became a member of the Congregational
Church of Beemer, Nebr., in May, 1933. She was injured in a car
accident on June 18, 1941, and passed away the same evening. She
leaves to mourn her passing her parents (Mr. and Mrs. Ben Martin),
a sister Ethel, Mrs. C. A. Hanson) 3 brothers (Lorin, Carl, and
Merle), and many other relatives and friends. One brother, Oscar,
preceded her in death Feb. 7, 1933. Funeral services were conducted
at the house and at the Congregational Church by W. Wilson, pastor
of that church.
Oswald.-- Mary Litwiller Oswald was born April 9, 1867 near Minier, Ill.; passed away quietly on July 24, 1941, at her home in Beemer, Nebr.; aged 74 y. 3 m. 14 d. Her death followed an illness of the past six months. Her children had done all that loving hands could do to comfort her in her illness. She was united in marriage with Peter Oswald in 1890, making their home in Minnesota until 1902 when they moved on a farm near Wisner. Six years later, in 1908, they moved on a farm near Beemer where they lived until 1929, when they retired and moved to Beemer which has since been their home. She leaves to mourn her departure 5 daughters and 2 sons: Mrs. Anna Oswald, Mrs. Katie Oswald, Mrs. Leah Oswald, Mrs. Alma Stalter, Chris Oswald, all of Beemer, Nebr.; Mrs. Emma Nafziger, of Minier, Ill.; and Ben W. Oswald, of Versailles, Mo. She also leaves 1 sister and 4 brothers (Katie, John, Daniel, Louis, and Ben), 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death 7 years ago. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in her early life and remained faithful in this faith until death. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." We humbly bow to the will of God and we mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Dan Birky, P. O. Oswald, and J. E. Zimmerman.
Richard.--Michael J., Jr., son of Michael and Anna (Stucky) Richard, was born near Seville, Medina Co., Ohio Sept. 29, 1932; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus in the early morning hour at his home July 30, 1941; aged 8 y. 10 m. 1 d. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters (Letha and Clella Richard), 1 brother (Elam Richard) all at home; also 6 uncles, 5 aunts, 2 great-aunts, 12 cousins, and many other relatives and friends survive him. Michael, as a boy of his age, was much interested in the things around him. He took great delight in his studies, and especially in the Sunday school. He was a lover of songs and had many favorite selections. He took delight in memorizing many beautiful passages of Scripture, among them Psalm 23. In his six weeks of sickness he was patient and trusted in the One who said, "I am the good shepherd." Funeral services were held at Pleasant Hill Church in charge of Bros. J. S. Gerig and Wm. Detweiler. Text: Zech. 8:5.
"Oh, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
The reaper came that day;
'Twas the angel visited the green earth,
And took our loved one away."
Risser.--Mary E., daughter of the late Pre. Jacob and
Fannie (Eby) Risser, was born in Washington Co., Md., Jan. 18,
1868; departed this life July 22, 1941; aged 73 y. 6 m. 4 d. She
leaves to mourn her departure 1 blind sister and 2 brothers, besides
nephews, nieces, and many friends who keenly feel her passing;
but of those who shall miss her, none shall feel it nearly so
much as her sister to whom she kindly ministered in her years
of bodily affliction. She was bedfast for nearly nine weeks and,
without a doubt, suffered much at time; but she bore it all patiently
and with Christian fortitude, peacefully laying down her armor.
She accepted Christ as her Saviour over 49 years ago and united
with the worshipers at the Reiff,s Mennonite Church, to which
she remained faithful in the Lord until death. Funeral services
were held at the Rieff,s Meetinghouse with services in charge
of Bros. Moses Horst and Stanley Martin. Her body was laid away
in the adjoining cemetery.
"Finished is all earth,s labors,
Tired and ready to sleep;
Ready to bid her friends good-by,
Wondering why they weep.
Passing out of earth,s shadows,
Into infinite day;
Why do they call it dying,
This beautiful passing away?"
Saltzman.--James Olin, stillborn infant son, was born near Limon, Colo., June 27, 1941. He is survived by his parents, William and Rosie Saltzman, 8 sisters, and 3 brothers. He was laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery, June 27. Private services at the grave were conducted by Bro. N. L. Dettwiler.
Schmucker.--Joseph L., son of Joel and Lydia (Stutzman)
Schmucker, was born July 12, 1855 near Archbold, Ohio; passed
away in the home of his son Charles near Pettisville, Ohio, July
29, 1941; aged 86 y. 17 d. On March 12, 1881 he was united in
marriage to Carolina Neister. This union was blessed with 1 son,
Calvin A. On May 8, 1882, only four days after the birth of Calvin,
she was called away by death. On Mar. 11, 1883 he was united in
marriage to Anna Roth. This union was blessed with 1 son, Charles
L., and 1 daughter, Minnie M. On Aug. 9, 1893, while living near
Topeka, Ind., his wife Anna passed away, leaving him to face the
battles of life alone. He was a widower for nearly 48 years. He
was also preced in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He leaves
to mourn his departure: 2 sons, Calvin A., of Hillsdale, Mich.,
Charles L. of Wauseon, Ohio, and 1 daughter, Minnie M., wife of
P. R. Lantz of Wooster, Ohio; 18 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren;
3 sisters: Mrs. Daniel Zook, Mrs. Emma Weber, and Mrs. Nancy Wyse
, all of this community; 3 sisters-in-law: Mrs. Libbie Kunkle
of West Unity, Mrs. Katie Roe of Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Mattie
Schmucker of Stryker, Ohio, and a host of relatives and friends.
After his second marriage he accepted Christ as his Saviour and
united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church at Topeka, Ind. After
a number of years he lost his fellowship with the church, but
in his latter years made some personal confessions, but was not
reinstated into church fellowship. About two years ago he suffered
an attack of influenza, after which he was largely confined to
his room. He death was due to the debilities of old age. Funeral
services were held at the Central Mennonite Church in charge of
Bros. E. B. Frey and Henry Wyse. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartaches
That the smile hides all the while."
Snyder.--Sarah Reist Snyder, wife of Levi Snyder, deceased
ten years ago, was born July 23, 1862, near Kossuth; died at her
home on the farm now owned by Bro. Clarence Rudy near Hespeler,
Ont., July 27, 1941; living just four days in her 80th year. On
this farm she and her husband lived ever since they were married,
Sept. 17, 1884. All her married life and ten years since her husband,s
death, was lived on the above-mentioned farm, except the last
three years she spent the winter season with her daughter, Mrs.
Frank Henry of Elkhart, Ind. She leaves to mourn her departure
a family of 10 children, 40 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
Of the immediate family there are 2 sons (Abel of North Carolina,
and Gordon of Guelph) and 8 daughters (Mrs. B. B. Shantz, Preston,
Ont.; Mrs. Clayton Biehn, Saskatchewan; Mrs. Gordon Hagey, Galt,
Ont.; Mrs. Clarence Rudy, Hespeler; Mrs. Isaiah Kinzie, Guelph,
Ont.; Mrs. Frank Henry, Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Menno Moyer, Blair,
Ont.; and Mrs. Howard Weber, Kitchener). Two sisters also survive
her, one in Michigan and the other in Port Elgin. She was a member
of the Wanner Mennonite Church, and when health permitted she
was always there taking an active interest in all the work of
the congregation. As we see from the above, she lived 57 years
on the site of the earthly home which she and her husband were
instrumental in building; but she has gone to her heavenly home.
Sister Snyder loved to sing, and the last hymn she was heard to
sing a few days before her death was:
"My heav'nly home is bright and fair,
Nor pain nor death can enter there;
Its glitt,ring tow,rs the sun outshine,
That heav,nly mansion shall be mine."
The funeral services were conducted by Bro. S. M. Kanagy, assisted by Jonas Snider of Waterloo, Ont. Text: II Cor. 5:1. The body was interred in the Wanner Cemetery.
Staker.--Lena, daughter of John and Wilhemina Pfister, was born in Zurich, Switzerland, Sept. 11, 1872; passed away at the Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Ill., Aug. 5, 1941; aged 68 y. 10 m. 24 d. She had been in failing health for a number of years, although she was seriously ill only a few days before her death. She was united in marriage with Christian Staker of Tremont, Ill., Oct. 19, 1897. Her husband preceded her in death 14 years ago. To this union were born 6 children, all of whom survive: Mrs. Lillie Guengerich, Manito; Reuben Staker, Tremont; Lavina Staker, Morton; Levi Staker, Groveland; Elsie Staker, Tremont, and Clarence Staker, East Peoria, Ill. The following sisters and brothers also survive: Mrs. Louise Rentsch, Missouri; Miss Anna Pfister, Peoria; Mrs. Emma Slagell, Flanagan; Mrs. Rose Ripper, Tremont; Mrs. Lydia Wanner, Morton; Albert Pfister, Ohio and Jacob Pfister, Eureka. As a young woman she accepted Christ as her Saviour, united with the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church near Tremont, remaining a faithful member until her death. Because of failing health she was not able to attend services for a number of years. Services were held from the Wilkey Funeral Home, Tremont, Ill., in charge of Bro. Leland A. Bachman. Interment was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
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Blough.--Daisy Amelia Elvey was born Sept. 30, 1886; died Aug. 12, 1941; aged 54 y. 10 m. 12 d. She was married to John Wible Oct. 12, 1904. To this union were born 10 children, of whom 9 are living and attended the funeral. Her husband died Aug. 31, 1922. She was married to Uriah Blough Jan. 19, 1935. She was a lifelong member of the United Brethren Church. The day before she died she drove an auto to Johnstown. She was expecting death, as she had written on a slip of paper her choice of a text, Heb. 4:9, and who was to preach her funeral sermon. She is survived by her husband, 9 children, 11 grandchildren, and 5 step-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Blough Mennonite Church near Holsopple, Pa., by Bro. S. G. Shetler, assisted by Chas. Gwynn, pastor of the U. B. Church, and by Harry C. Blough. Her body was buried in Fulton Co., Pa.
Driver--Richard Nelson. The Springdale community near Waynesboro, Va., was deeply stirred when it learned of the tragic death on the evening of July 19, 1941 of Richard Nelson, younger son of Daniel W. (deceased) and Maud Shank Driver; aged 21 y. 10 m. 16 d. He was on his way home from Harrisonburg when a car in Mt. Sidney turned out into the road in front of him and collided with his motorcycle which threw him on the hard surfaced road and fractured his skull, causing him to lose consciousness in a very short while. He was attended by a doctor near by and was taken to the Kings Daughter's Hospital in Staunton, but died before his mother and brother could reach him. Richard was a fine young man of promising ability. His pleasing personality quickly won a place in the hearts of those who knew him. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 12, and for the past two years served as secretary and treasurer of the Sunday school. Expressions received from his fellow workers at the Wayne Mgf. (not transcriber spelling) Corp. in Waynesboro showed that his life was a testimony for good among them. Richard's place is so sadly vacant, not only in the home where he lived with his mother and, but also in the entire community. It is rather singular that both his father and grandfather also met tragic deaths, his father about 20 years ago while working around the barn where he was found unconscious and his grandfather Shank in 1891 while working with a team of horses. His little sister, Lois, died in 1918 after a lingering illness. He leaves his mother, 1 brother, Justus, 1 nephew, and 1 grandmother. On account of the Springdale Church being under reconstruction, funeral services were held at Mt. Vernon Church of the Brethren with Bro. J. R. Mumaw in charge assisted by Bro. E. F. Heatwole. Interment in the Springdale Cemetery.
Emenheiser.--Levi Z., son of Reuben E. and Katie B. (Zimmerman) Emenheiser, was born Aug. 20, 1933 in Rheems, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died July 13, 1941 at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 7 y. 10 m. 23 d. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 1 stepbrother, Benjamin, and a large circle of relatives and friends to whom he had endeared himself, even while in the hospital being confined there one week. We cannot understand the ways of the Lord but humbly submit to His will and say, "Not my will, but Thine be done." He is missed in the home, in the Risser's Mennonite Sunday School where he was seldom absent, and in the community in which he lived. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Walter Oberholtzer, reading from II Sam. 12: 16-23 with remarks; further services at the Mt. Pleasant Brethren in Christ Church by Bros. Noah Risser and Graybill Wolgemuth. Text Job 17:11. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"God needed one more little child,
Amidst His shining throne;
And so He beckoned to our boy,
And called our loved one home."
Grieser.--Evelyn Jean, infant daughter of Raymond and
Florence (Stamm) Grieser, was born and died in the Wauseon Memorial
Hospital June 30, 1941. The Lord saw fit to take her to Himself;
so we humbly submit to His will. An infant brother, Glen Dean,
preceded her in death. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 1 sister
(Arlene), and 3 brothers (Donald, Marlin, and Roger); besides
many other relatives and friends.
"God needed one more angel child,
For in His shining band;
So He reached down to earth below
And clasped our darling's hand."
Reynolds.--Thomas H. Reynolds was born in Armstrong Co., Pa., Oct. 30, 1867; was found dead in bed Aug. 13, 1941; aged 73 y. 10 m. 3 d. He was married to Amanda Eash, Nov. 3, 1889. Of two sons and four daughters all but one daughter are living. He is survived by his wife, 4 children (not transcriber's error in math), 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. He was a member of the United Brethren Church for 29 years. Funeral services were conducted in the Stahl Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa., by Bro. S. G. Shetler. The body was laid to rest in the family plot of the Stahl Cemetery.
Rhodes.--Barbara J., daughter of John and Magdalena
Gingerich Rhodes, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 18, 1851; died
Aug. 1, 1941; aged 89 y. 7 m. 13 d. She was born and reared on
the same place. Never being married, she had her home with her
brother John, on the old home place. She united with the Old Order
Amish Church in her youth, to which faith she held to the end.
Having failed in health and mid, she was unable to attend church
services for several years; she was an invalid for three and a
half years. Her niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Kropf, cared
for her the last two years and ten months. She is the last of
a family of 11 children. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 sister-in-law
(Mrs. John Rhodes), 2 nieces, 4 nephews, and a host of relatives
and friends. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. John
Rhodes, conducted by Bros. Chris B. Miller and Adam Miller in
German, and Albert S. Miller in English.
"Finished are all earthly labors,
Tired and ready to sleep;
Ready to bid her friends good-by,
Wondering why they weep.
Passing out of earth's shadows
Into infinite day,
Why do you call it dying,
This beautiful passing away?"
--By a Niece.
Zehr.--Anna, wife of M. S. Zehr, daughter of the late John B. and Barbara Gerber Zehr, was born in Lewis Co., N. Y. Sept. 23, 1870; departed this life at her home in Pigeon, Mich., June 2, 1941; aged 70 y. 8 m. 9 d. After one year of illness, the final cause of her death was a paralytic stroke on May 14, from which she never regained consciousness, until she peacefully fell asleep in her Saviour, whom she accepted in her youth, loved, trusted, and faithfully served in her home, in the community, and in the church. On Nov. 29, 1894 she was united in marriage to M. S. Zehr, who survives her, along with 1 daughter, Barbara, wife of Jacob D. Esch; 1 foster daughter, Verna Miller, wife of Herklas Dietzel both of this community; 1 foster son, Reuben, of Carthage, New York; also a couple of other needy children that spent some time in her home; 4 grandchildren, 7 foster grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Pigeon River Church and the body laid to rest in the cemetery at the church. Services were conducted at the house by Peter Swartz and at the church by Bro. Earl Maust (text: Rev. 14:13) and Bro. Edwin Albrecht, whose text was II Tim. 4:6.
We loved her-- Thou didst love her more;
She is ours-- She is Thine more;
She is among the living,
We are among the dying;
Thou hast given her to us,
Thou hast taken her to Thyself,
Blessed be Thy name, O Lord, forever and ever.
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