Garber David Earl, infant son of John H. and Lizzie (Shenk) Garber, died Jan. 20, 1941, at Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital, of pneumonia; aged 7 m. 3 d. He is survived by his parents, a brother (Russell S.) and sister (Anna Ruth) at home. Services at the home and at Columbia Mennonite Mission, conducted by Bro. C. Z. Martin. Text, Luke 18:16,17. Burial in Habecker's Cemetery, near Mountville.
"God needed one more angel
Around His shining throne,
And so He stooped with loving care
And took our David home.
High Annie, widow of the late Jacob High, died at the home of her only child, Mrs. Aaron Myers of Telford, Pa., on Dec. 7, 1940; aged 81 years. She suffered with asthma for many years. She was the last of the Abram S. Myers family of Deep Run, and lived in this section all her life with the exception of the last several years. She was a lifelong member at the Deep Run Mennonite Church. Surviving her are her daughter, 6 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Services in charge of the home ministers. Burial in Deep Run Cemetery.
Hostetler Frank E., youngest son of Emmanuel and Margaret Hostetler, was born in Cass Co., Mo., March 13, 1887; died at his home in Hesston, Kans., Jan. 17, 1941; aged 53 y. 1 m. 27 d. Death was due to a heart attack resulting from diabetes. Dec. 22, 1910, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Zimmerman of McPherson Co., Kans. Eight daughters and one son were born to this union. Two daughters (Wilma and Nona) preceded him in death. He leaves his wife, and the following children: Flossie, Mrs. Gilbert Fauchier of Wichita; Leora of Hutchinson; Virgie, Mrs. Noah Headings of Hutchinson; Doris, Kenneth, Margaret, and Irene all at home; also 3 grandchildren. In early manhood he united with the Mennonite Church in which he retained his membership till death. Although physical affliction in recent years often made it impossible for him to attend public services, he always appreciated the visits of friends. He never complained of his suffering, but bore it patiently. He found much pleasure, too, in singing with the family at home. The hours spent in this way are among the family's treasured memories. Services were held in the Hesston College Chapel in charge of Milo Kauffman and Maurice Yoder. A portion of Psa. 103 was used as a basis for the sermon. Burial in the West Liberty Cemetery.
Kaufman Henry A. Kaufman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan 26, 1857; died at his home near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Aug. 27, 1940; aged 83 Y. 7 m. 1 d. He was married to Sarah B. Beachy Dec. 18, 1879, who died April 21, 1913. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters. Two sons and 2 daughters preceded him in death. Those surviving are Frances, wife of David Stutzman, Millersburg, O.; Katy, wife of William E. Schrock, Berlin, O.; Moses Kaufman, Plain City, O.; Abraham, Sugarcreek, O.; and Andrew and Alvin, Millersburg, O.; including his twin brother (Moses, Walnut Creek, O.), Eli Kaufman, Hesston, Kans.; Abraham, Nappanee, Indiana; Abner, Cando, N. Dak., and Menno, Plain City, O.). Father Henry was confined to bed last March, with an attack of influenza, which later developed into sleeping sickness. During the spring and summer of 1940 he regained health and strength to the extent that he could be up and go out doors, but later there was a relapse which gradually brought an end to his life's career. Funeral services were held from his late home Aug. 29. The sermon was preached by Bros. Dan A. Beachy, John Yoder, and Bish. D. J. Miller. Text, John 5:24. Burial in the Kaufman Cemetery. We know that death separates our friends from us, one after another for a season. But it cannot disunite those who are bound together in Christ Jesus. Very soon we who are separated will meet again in that better land where there will be an eternal day of peace and rest, and where all those who have lived a blameless life in the service of the Master shall be free from all sufferings and painful reflections on past events. And we shall know the meaning of the Psalmist's words, "A day in the courts is better than a thousand" (Psa. 84:10). D. J. Stutzman
Note: The sentence listing survivors is very confusing. I believe the sentence is saying his survivors were 2 daughters, 4 sons, and 5 brothers.
Kaufman Nora Edna, daughter of the last Samuel J. and Susannah (Hershberger) Thomas, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 18, 1880; died in her home in Davidsville, Pa., Jan. 19, 1941; aged 50 y. 5 m. 1 d. At the early age of thirteen she was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church and has been faithful during her entire lifetime. She was united in marriage on Feb. 9, 1913, with Ammon Kaufman, who with the following survives her: mother, brothers (Earl, Harry, Owen, Levi, Newton, John, and Robert), 1 sister (wife of Harry Y. Shetler). For ten years her husband and she took care of the husband's uncle who died recently. It was her desire to live longer than he, so that she might care for one who was helpless. This care, her former teaching in Sunday school, and her activity in the sewing circle work, her devotion to her husband, her quiet life, all have caused her to be highly respected and well thought of in the community and in the Church. Funeral services were held in the home and in the Kaufman Mennonite Church, of which she was a member, by S. G. Shetler and Irvin M. Holsopple. Her body was laid away in the Kaufman Cemetery.
Landis Lizzie, wife of Elmer M. Landis, was born at Deep Run, Pa.; died at her home at Dublin, Pa., on Dec. 6, 1940; aged 53 years. She had been failing in health for several years, but died suddenly of a heart attack. Her father (Joseph B. Overholt) and her grandfather (Jacob Overholt) both served the Deep Run Congregation as deacons for many years. She was a member of the Deep Run congregation for over 30 years. Surviving her are her husband, 2 daughters (Olive, wife of Frank Myers, and Ruth, both living at home), 1 brother (Henry Overholt), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Samuel Myers, and Mrs. Hiram Kulp of Deep Run; Sarah Overholt of Allentown). Services in charge of home ministers. Burial at Deep Run Cemetery.
Lantz Jonathan, son of Jacob and Mary (Grieser) Lantz, was born near West Unity, Ohio, Aug. 3, 1860; died at his home near Pettisville, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1941; aged 80 y. 5 m. 18 d. He was the youngest of a family of 15. Four sisters and 9 brothers preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour early in life, united with the Mennonite Church, and lived true to his Saviour until death. He and his sister Barbara lived together many years. After her decease nearly 22 years ago, Mrs. Mary King and son Albert lived with him for about one year and six months; about 19 years ago Mr. And Mrs. Melvin Schmucker moved in and lived with him until he departed this life. Mrs. Schmucker being his niece. He suffered from a heart ailment for a number of years, which for the last four years was at times very severe, but he bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude, always rejoicing in his Lord. He leaves 1 brother (Michael of Pettisville, Ohio), Mr. And Mrs. Melvin Schmucker who cared for him as if he had been their father, and a host of relatives and many friends. Funeral service was conducted by Bros. Jesse J. Short and Henry Wyse. Text, Psalm 23.
"Brother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Leiter Samuel Leither was born Sept. 7,
1860; died Jan. 23, 1941; aged 80 y. 4 m. 16 d. He was ordained
to the ministry Oct. 24, 1890, and faithfully preached the Word
for fifty years. He was not a man to travel very much but did
his work faithfully at home and did much for the churches in the
For the last few years he was not able to go from home very much and for over a year was in his bed most of the time; but did not suffer very much pain until the last three days, after which the Lord relieved him by calling him home. There are left to mourn, his widow, an adopted daughter, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. The funeral was held Jan 26 at Delaware Church near Thompstown, Pa., conducted by W. W. Graybill, Banks Weaver, and Donald Lauver. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Musselman Edward, son of Simeon and Marry Ann Musselman, was born at Dublin, Pa.; died in the Sellersville Hospital Oct.11, 1940, after an illness of several hours; aged 56 years. He is survived by his wife (Lizzie), and 1 daughter (Anna). He was a member of the Deep Run congregation where funeral services were held. Burial in the Deep Run Cemetery.
Miller Joseph M., son of the late Moses M. and Magdalena (Weaver) Miller, was born near Shanesville, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1870; died Dec. 31, 1940, at his home near Trail, Ohio; aged 70 y. 2 m 29 d. He is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Hostetler of Holmesville), and many nieces and nephews. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He was never married. In his youth he united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. He later lost his membership but was again united with his church Tuesday evening a week before he died. That he found Christ that night before Christmas might have meant as much to him as it did to the shepherds of old when they beheld Him in a manger, is our prayer. Although not a member of the Church his entire life, a wel-worn Bible and a much-used prayer book are here to show us he had not forgotten his Lord. Short funeral services were held at the home Jan. 2, 1941, followed by services at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church, in charge of A. W. Miller and Paul R. Miller. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Riemenschneider Aaron Peter, son of George and Frederika Riemenschneider, was born Nov. 6, 1910, at Thurman, Colo.; died at Bad Axe, Mich., Jan 22, 1941. He was united in marriage Nov. 5, 1936 to Sister Emma Ruby of Thurman Colo. His father and 1 brother preceded him in death. Those left to mourn are his companion, his mother, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters all of Colorado. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and continued in fellowship until death; being a member of the Mennonite Church at Pigeon, Mich., at the time of his departure. He was laid to rest at the Thurman, Colo., Cemeter Jan. 26, 1941. Funeral services were conducted Bro. Jess Kauffman of Cheraw, Colo., and by Aaron Unternahrer of Thurman. Texts, Rev. 14:13; Heb. 6:17-20.
Short Caroline, daughter of Joseph P. and Catharine Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1878; died in her home at Stryker, Ohio, on Jan. 12, 1941; aged 62 y. 5 m. She was united in marriage with Jesse Short, Nov. 10, 1903. To them were born 2 sons, both dying in infancy. She was afflicted for 24 years. The last three years she was an invalid bearing her affliction patiently, but longing to depart and be with her Saviour. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in her youth and became a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful unto death, always attending services when she was able. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 3 brothers, 6 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Preceding her in death are : father, mother, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. Funeral services were conducted at Lockport Church by Bro. Jesse J. Short with Bro. P. L. Frey assisting. Text, I Pet. 5:7. Burial in Lockport Cemetery.
Stutzman Frances, daughter of Henry A. and Sarah Kaufman, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Sept. 17, 1882; died at her home near Millersburg, Ohio, Oct. 19, 1940; aged 58 y. 1 m. 2 d. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. Feb. 8, 1906, she was united in marriage with David. J. Stutzman. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters (Henry and Marion of Fredericksburg, O.; Roman and Andrew of Millersburg, O.; Davis, Jr., John, and Paul, at home; Elizabeth, wife of Daniel M. Troyer, Fredericksburg, O.; Anna, wife of Raymond Swartzentruber, Apple Creek, O.; and Sarah, at home). Her father preceded her in death Aug. 27, 1940. Besides her immediate family, she is survived by 6 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 1 sister (Moses H. Kaufman, Plain City, O.; Abraham Kaufman, Sugar Creek, O.; Andrew and Alvin Kaufman both of Millersburg, O.; and Katy wife of William E. Schrock, Berlin, O.). The cause of her sickness and death was cancer of the bladder which effected a stroke last May 26, thus paralyzing the entire left side of her body. For several months she seemed to be gaining nicely, until within five weeks of her passing, there was a relapse, and the end came on gradually. She bore her sufferings with patience and expressed a readiness to leave this world of sin and sorrow. The only heartfelt regret was the thought of being separated from her family. The day prior to her passing she asked of us that we should prepare and follow her soon. The next morning she closed her eyes for that long sleep. Although it is painful to part with her, yet we bow submissively to Him who doeth all things well. This we pray from the depth of our hearts: "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." Funeral services were held Oct. 22, in charge of Bros. S. W. Sommer, Jacob Miller, and Sol. Schlabach. Texts, Rom. 5:20, 21; I Thess. 4:15, 16. Interment in the Stutzman family cemetery. --By her Husband
Thomas Silas Thomas was born near Thomas Mills, Pa., Oct. 21, 1866; died at the same place Jan. 21, 1941; aged 74 y. 3 m. He was first married to Lovina Speicher, Oct. 10, 1886. She died forty-three years ago. The only daughter surviving from this union is Linnie, wife of Norman Hershberger. Dec. 21, 1899, he was married to Lydia Howard Blough, who with the following children, survives him: Mrs. Gladys Shaffer, Mrs. Annie Sala, Mrs. Olive Gindlesperger. He is also survived by 2 stepsons (Stephen and Irvin Blough. Five children from the first union and 5 stepchildren preceded him in death. Thirty grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren remain. Services were held in the home and in the Thomas Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member by S. G. Shetler, assisted by the three home ministers James Saylor, Joseph Saylor, and Aldus Wingard. The body was laid away in the Thomas Cemetery.
Yoder Betty Ellen Yoder was born in Napanee, Ind., Nov 14, 1928. Daniel Wayne was born near Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 2, 1932, Glen Jacob was born near Middlebury, Ind., July 30, 1935. All three children met sudden death near Fairview, Mich., when their home burned to the ground on the eve of Jan.20, 1941. They leave their deeply bereaved parents (Dan and Mabel Yoder), 2 brothers (Floyd and Robert), 3 sisters (Ethel, Ruth, and Mary), 1 grandfather and 1 grandmother (Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Bleile of Nappanee, Ind.), a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins, and many playmates. One sister (Orpha Marie) preceded them in death. The children enjoyed attending Sunday school and were present whenever health permitted. Betty had given her heart to Jesus about 6 weeks before she met death. The mother was not able to attend the funeral on account of severe burns received in the fire. The three remains were placed in one casket and funeral services were held Jan. 23 at the home of Bro. Joe B. Yoders in charge of Bro. Menno Esch and at the church by Bro Esch and Bro. M. S. Steiner. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
Zoss Fred J., son of Frederick and Anna (Brechbiehl) Zoss, was born Jan. 26, 1889, near Roanoke, Ill.; died Jan 17, 1941, near his home, at the office of Dr. S. M. Burdon, Low Point, Ill.; aged 51 y. 11 m. 21 d. In early youth he united with the Roanoke Mennonite Church. Later, he transferred his membership to the Metamora Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member until the end. He was united in marriage with Lena Garber Dec. 24, 1912. To this union were born 2 children. After their marriage they began farming and continued in this occupation until his death. His health has been failing for a number of years. But his sudden passing was a shock to the family and friends. He became seriously ill while acting as a pall bearer at the funeral of a neighbor. He was rushed to the doctor's office. But the aid of the doctor and his companion was of no avail, as he soon passed to his reward. In his passing he leaves his sorrowing companion, and 2 children (Verda and Willard, at home), his mother, 3 sisters and 5 brothers (Mrs. Simon Krebs, Pekin; Mrs. Ed Hostetler, Ben, Ray, and Harold of Roanoke; Chris of Low Poing; Mrs. Sol Kennell and Elmer of Washburn). His father, 1 sister, and 5 brothers preceded him in death. He was much interested in his family and church, also enjoyed the singing of hymns. A few lines which meant so much to him are:
"Only one life,
'Twill soon be past;
Only what's done
For Christ will last."
Funeral services in charge of Bro. H. R. Schertz assisted by Bro. George Troyer.
Boshart. - Jonas, son of Peter and Magdalena (Burge) Boshart, was born near Wellesley, Ont.; died at the home of his daughter (Elmina), near Manheim, Ont., after an illness of diabetes for over a year. He suffered much the last while, but he bore his suffering patiently. About fifty years ago he was united in matrimony with Leah Gerber. To this union were born 12 children. The oldest son (Moses) died a number of years before. Surviving are his bereaved companion, 5 sons, and 6 daughters: John and Simon in Lewis Co., New York; Menno, Aaron, and Gideon, in this community; Netta (Mrs. Moses Gingerich), New York; Mary, at home; Lillie (Mrs. Ezra Brenneman); Lea (Mrs. Clarence Erb); Elmina (Mrs. Edward Witmer); and Loretta (Mrs. ___ Witmer); a large number of grandchildren; 2 brothers (Daniel and Peter), 1 sister (Mrs. Moses Schlabach), and a host of friends and relatives. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church (Wilmot congregation) for a number of years. In changing location he transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church (Snyder congregation, Bloomingdale, Ont.), of which he was a faithful member to the end. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter and son-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. Edward Witmer) with further services at the Upper Street A. M. Church in charge of Bro. Lorne Schmitt. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Diener. - David Allen, son of Pre. Edward and Mary Diener was born Jan. 1, 1929; died at the Washington, Iowa, County Hospital, Jan. 31, 1941; aged 12 y. 1 m. Dec. 27 last, he was severely burned, nearly 50% of skin surface being destroyed. Though his suffering was great at times, he was spared much of the pain that is usually experienced in such cases. He was a member of the Wellman Mennonite Church, having been baptized the past summer with a class of twenty-two converts, and is the first of this number to pass on. He is survived by his parents, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, a grandfather, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Feb. 2 in the home by Bro. Henry Kuhns, at the church by Bros. George S. Miller and Abner G. Yoder. Burial in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
Eby. - Julia, infant daughter of Robert and Marian (Landis)
Eby, Manheim, Pa., was born Jan. 26, 1941, and died later the
same day. Besides the sorrowing parents, she is survived by her
maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Samuel K. Landis) and the
paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Eby). She was buried
Jan. 27 at the Hess Cemetery, where short services were conducted
by Bro. Wilmer Eby. God gave this little jewel for just a short
hour's stay. The bereaved relatives and friends of the parents
wish them the sustaining grace of God.
"Weep not for her, there is no cause for woe,
But when a few short years have flown,
She'll meet thee at heaven's gate --
And lead thee on."
Gibb. - Elizabeth, the oldest of twelve children was born to Samuel and Martha (Hoffman) Ferguson April 9, 1853, near Canal Winchester, Ohio. At the age of 10 she moved with her family to Goshen, Ind., and from there to Page Co., Iowa, in 1866. Here in the family home she was united in marriage to John Gibb in June, 1874, and moved to Kansas the same year. She was the mother of two children; Martha, who passed away in 1922, and Lee of Limon, Colo. For many years she made her home with her daughter and family. Then, due to poor health, she spent the last few days in the home of her sister, Mrs. Conrad Holdeman, who patiently and tenderly cared for her. She spent the summer months with her son in Colorado. About 10 days ago she took sick and upon the advice of her doctor she was removed to Bethesda Hospital in Goessel, where she received the best of care. She died Jan. 23, aged 87 y. 9 m. 14 d. She leaves her son (Lee and wife), her son-in-law (Bert Rodgers), 2 grandsons (George and Williard Rodgers), 3 granddaughters (Lucille and Faye Gibb and Edith Jenny and husband), 1 great-grandson (Lloyd Gibb Jenny), 3 sisters (Mrs. Sarah King of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Sarepta Holdeman of Hesston, and Mrs. Leona Horning of Blanchard, Iowa), many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Besides her daughter, 2 grandsons preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received as a member of the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, soon after moving to Kansas, in which faith she served her Lord until death. She always had a smile for everyone. She was a faithful attendant at worship in God's house until failing health deprived her of this much enjoyed privilege. She was a constant source of inspiration to all by her kindly attitude and thoughtfulness of others. Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at the Pennsylvania Church in charge of Earl Buckwalter assisted by G. A. Horst, Text, Job 5:26. Burial in the Meridian Church Cemetery.
Hochstetler. - Ervin J., son of Joseph B. and Mary Ann Hochstetler, was born in Washington Co., Iowa, Jan. 25, 1895; was instantly killed in an automobile accident, near Topeka, Ind., Jan. 19, 1941; aged 45 y. 11 m. 24 d. On March 12, 1918, he was united in marriage to Vella A. Gingerich. To this union 2 sons (Carl Verne and Ralph Joseph) were born, who with their mother mourn his death. Besides the immediate family he is survived by his father (Joseph B. Hochstetler) of Kalona, 3 sisters (Anna at home, Mrs. Wm. Shetler of Wellman, Mrs. Lee Schlabaugh of Mulino, Oreg.), 5 brothers (Ben J. and Ora of Kalona; Omer of Topeka, Ind.; Earl of Ligonier, Ind.; and Ira of Denver, Colo.), and a foster sister (Susie of Kalona), all present at the funeral, and a large number of near relatives and friends. He grew to manhood and lived in the Kalona community until 12 years ago, when the family moved to Constantine, Mich. For the last 7 years he was employed by the Eddy Paper Co., of White Pigeon, Mich. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. After the family moved to Constantine he attended services at the Brethren Church. Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at the Topeka Mennonite Church, conducted by Sam T. Eash, _____ Geiger, and Earl Saltzman, after which the body was brought to the home of his father at Kalona, Iowa, for final funeral services and burial in the family lot in the East Union Cemetery, conducted by Bros. E. G. Swartzendruber and D. J. Fisher. "Dearest Father, thou hast left us, And the loss we deeply feel, But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
Kinsinger. - Donald Ray, infant son of Orville and Alma Kinsinger, died Jan. 27, 1941; aged 6 m. 20 d. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister, 3 grandparents, 13 uncles, 3 aunts. Funeral services were conducted at the home Jan. 29 by Roy L. Kinsinger and I. K. Metzler. Interment in Casselman Mennonite Cemetery.
Knepp. - Nancy, daughter of Bishop Peter and Elizabeth Kinsinger was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Jan. 13, 1871; died at her home in Kalona, Iowa, Jan. 15, 1941; aged 70 y. 2 d. Jan. 13, 1891, she was united in marriage to Jacob J. Knepp. To this union 6 children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband, 1 son who died in infancy, and Irvin and Irene. The following children remain: Floyd of Washington, Iowa; Mrs. Henry Brenneman of Joetown, Mrs. Truman Yoder of Wellman; also 3 sisters (Mrs. E. J. Kauffman of Kalona; Mrs. Melvin Bales of Oxford; Katie of Kalona), and 2 brothers (Aaron of Kalona and John of Wellman), and a large number of near relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church where she was a faithful and devoted member until the Lord took her home. Funeral services were held Jan. 17 at the East Union Mennonite Church, with burial in the Sharon Cemetery, conducted by Bro. D. J. Fisher.
Miller. - Donald Eugene, infant son of Dewey and Zelta Miller, was born Jan. 15, 1941, near Hartville, Ohio, and lived in this world for only 12 days. He is being missed by his parents, 1 brother (Ronald James), 4 grandparents, and many others who had been in the home during his sickness. Funeral services were conducted in the home, in charge of Bro. J. J. Hostetler.
Rohrer. - Newton J., son of Jacob and Mary Ann Rohrer, was born June 13, 1862; died at the Lancaster General Hospital Jan. 13, 1941, in his 79th year. He was the last of his family to depart; always lived in a farm. He was married to Elizabeth, daughter of Philip and Esther (Wade) Meck. To this union were born 3 children (Jay, Esther, and Morris Rohrer); also 8 grandchildren survive. Funeral services were held Jan.13 at the Strasburg, Pa., Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. His wife preceded him in death by seven months. Services by Jacob Harnish and Christ Brubaker. Text, John 11 and 14. "Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast; There by His love o'ershaded, Sweetly his soul shall rest." --By a Sister-in-law.
Seitz. - James Carl, son of Kenneth and Grace (Heebner) Seitz, died Dec. 21, 1940, aged 7 m. 3 d. Whooping cough and bronchial pneumonia caused his very sudden death. Surviving are his parents and 1 brother (Kenneth Lee); also his maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. John Lapp with Bro. J. C. Clemens assisting. Text, Luke 18:16. Interment in Plain Mennonite Church.
Shoemaker. - George Edward Shoemaker was born Sept. 24, 1855, in Juniata Co., Pa.; died Jan. 24, 1941; aged 85 y. 4 m. He was the second son of the late Benjamin and Veronica Shoemaker. He came with his parents to Freeport, Ill., when seven years old. He suffered from a complication of diseases, and was bedfast four months. He was united in marriage with Rose Mayer Feb. 28, 1886. To this union 4 children were born. He is survived by his wife and 2 daughters (Mrs. J. O. Hutchinson of Freeport and Ruth at home). One son and one daughter preceded him in death; as did 2 brothers (Bishop J. S. and C.C. Shoemaker). Two grandchildren survive, also 2 sisters (Mrs. J. V. Fortner of Dakota, Ill., and Mrs. Emma Meck of Freeport, Ill.). He was a faithful member of the Freeport Mennonite Church since his young manhood. Services were conducted Jan. 27 by Bros. A. H. Leaman and S. E. Graybill.
Slaubaugh. - Daniel Obed, son of Henry and Magdalena (Miller) Slaubaugh, was born in Preston Co., W. Va., Feb. 16, 1861; died at his late home near Parnell, Iowa, Jan. 26, 1941; aged 79 y. 11m. 10 d. When he was 10 years old he came with his parents to Iowa where they soon permanently settled down on the farm upon which he died. Here he resided the remainder of his life, with the exception of the first seven years after he was married, when he and his companion lived on a farm near by. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained until death. Oct. 28, 1894, he was united in marriage with Salina Marner, by Bishop Peter Kinsinger. To this union 7 children were born. Preceding him in death were his wife and 1 daughter. His wife died Oct. 27, 1921, and his daughter (Almeda, wife of Alvin Yoder) died Feb. 25, 1939. The surviving children are Lewis, Ella, Sarah wife of Clarence Detweiler, Jacob of Parnell, Irene wife of Roy L. Yoder, and Carrie wife of Lester D. Yoder of Wellman. There are also 1 sister and 3 brothers living (Mrs. Lydia Eash of Parnell, John H. and William H. Slaubaugh of Wellman, and Milton Slaubaugh of Kalona). He also leaves 16 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. About 14 years ago he went through a period of sickness from which it was hardly expected he could recover, but the Lord saw fit to spare his life some longer. He was in usual health until in December, 1939, when he became ill. The doctors diagnosed his ailment as Cerebral softening, and the rest of his days he was practically helpless. Amid other complications pneumonia set in the last few days of his life. He always seemed to take a special delight in having his grandchildren brought into his home, and to them as well as to the rest of the family, to the neighbors and in the church his place will be empty and he will be missed. Yet the Lord knows and does that which is best. Funeral services were held Jan. 28, conducted at the home of Harvey Yoder and at the West Union Church by Abner Yoder, E. G. Swartzendruber and A. S. Miller. Texts, Psa. 23; Jno. 14; I Pet. 1:3-5. "Father's room is quiet, all is still; Father's place is vacant, it is God's will; So long he waited for his rest, Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Sommers. - Melvin Stanley, son of Harry and Mary (Horst) Sommers, was born near Orrville, O., May 27, 1925. On the evening of Jan. 21, 1941 while doing chores he was kicked by a horse which rendered him unconscious with a severe skull fracture. He passed to his eternal home the next morning at Massillon City Hospital without regaining consciousness; aged 15 y. 7 m. 25 d. He leaves his grief-stricken parents, 4 brothers (Ervin, Myron, Raymond, and Dale), 3 sisters (Esther, Mary Ellen and Ruth) all at home, 2 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Sommers of Kokomo, Ind.), 7 aunts, 4 uncles, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents. At the age of 13 he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. He lived a devoted Christian life. He assumed his share of home duties with joy, and was faithful in church and S. S. attendance. His pleasant disposition was appreciated by all who knew him. Funeral services in charge of Bro. Stanford Mumaw, assisted by Bros. I. J. Buchwalter and O. N. Johns. Text, II Sam. 19:34. Burial in Martins Cemetery.
Staker. - Andrew, son of Nicholas and Magdalene (Hauter) Staker, was born near Tremont, Ill., Feb. 3, 1866; died at his home at Tremont, Ill.; aged 74 y. 11 m. 15 d. Dec. 15, 1901, he was united in marriage with Maggie Ripper. To this union were born 5 children, who with his faithful wife survive him (Florence and Howard, Tremont; Peter, Mackinaw; Floyd and Wilma, Tremont). Four grandchildren, 1 brother (Nicholas, Tremont), 1 sister (Mrs. Fanny Albrecht, Tiskilwa, Ill.), and a host of relatives, neighbors, and friends mourn his sudden departure. Four sisters and 3 brothers preceded him in death. In his youth he united with the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. He served his church as a trustee for many years. As long as health permitted he was faithful in attendance at services, always at his regular place, and ready for worship. He always put the interests of others before his own. In his last years he was deeply concerned about his motherless grandchildren and did everything he could to lighten their sorrow. His sympathetic and kindly service will be missed by those who knew loved him. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 21 from the home and the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon Litwiller, Jonas Litwiller, and Leland A. Bachman. "Father, dear you're not forgotten. Though on earth you are no more; Still in memory you are with us As you always were before."
Staker. - Nicholas, son of Nicholas and Magdalena (Hauter) Staker, was born at Butler, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1853; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Joseph Kurtz) near Tremont, Ill., Jan. 22, 1941; aged 87 y. 1 m. 28 d. He was united in marriage to Jacobena Roth Mar. 7, 1880, who preceded him in death 16 years ago. To this union were born 9 children, 5 of whom survive (Daniel, Cazenovia, Ill.; Mrs. Chris (Lena) Yordy, Morton, Ill.; Mrs. Joseph (Viola) Kurtz, Tremont; Mrs. Edw. (Vietta) Bachman, Tiskilwa, Ill.; Mrs. Fannie Gerber, Morton, Ill.); also 20 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 sister (Mrs. Fannie Albrecht of Tsikilwa). Four sisters and 4 brothers preceded him in death, the youngest brother (Andrew) by only five days. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church. He will be greatly missed in the Church, home, and community, but our loss is his gain. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 25 from the home of his daughter and from the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon Litwiller, Jonas Litwiller, and Leland A. Bachman. "One by one the chairs stand vacant, That were filled by those we love; One by one the seats are filling In our Father's Home above."
Wenger. - Michael M., son of Michael E. and Magdalena (Musselman) Wenger, was born Aug. 31, 1874, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Jan. 25, 1941; aged 66 y. 4 m. 24 d. He was first married to Fianna Nolt, who preceded him in death 31 years ago. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters, one of whom died when but 1 1/2 years old. April 12, 1910, he was again united in holy matrimony with Alice (Brubaker) Auker. She preceded him in death Feb. 11, 1936. He leaves the following sons and daughter: Aaron N., of Adamstown; Harry N., Ephrata; Rufus N., Lititz; Michael N., Lititz; Paul N., Greenwich, Conn.; John N., Ephrata; and Mrs. Grace Landis, Lancaster. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Susan Burkholder, East Earl; Samuel M. Wenger, Reading; Mrs. Lizzie Hershberger, Iowa; David M. Wenger, Leola; Mrs. Mary Leaman, Leacock; Elam M. Wenger, Bareville; and Annie M., of East Earl; also by 39 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Four grandchildren preceded him indeath. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for the past 45 years. His kindness and counsel will be keenly felt by the bereaved family. Funeral services were held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, Jan. 29, in charge of Bros. Mahlon Witmer, Benj. Wenger, and Eli Sauder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. "Father, thou hast gone before, Where disappointments never come; To grieve and sorrow never more, But wait for us in that fair home." --The Family.
Widmer. - John W. Widmer was born in the canton of Berne, Switzerland, Sept. 11, 1861. When he was about sixteen years of age his parents had made every preparation to emigrate to America, when his father took suddenly ill and died. As soon as the widowed mother could make the necessary arrangements she came to America with her family and established her home near Noble, Iowa. It was in this community that Bro. Widmer lived the remainder of his life. Dec. 31, 1889, he was united in marriage with Anna Graber. This union was blest with 3 sons, 1 son preceding him in death July 22, 1938. When their sons had established homes of their own, they soon disposed of their farm and retired to the comfortable in the village of Noble where they enjoyed life together in their declining years. Bro. Widmer accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth, in his native country, then transferred his membership to the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church when he came to America, and remained a faithful member. Physically he was active for a man of his age, and was in his usual health until just about a week ago when he suffered an attack of pleurisy and later pneumonia to which he succumbed Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, 1941; aged 79 y. 4 m. 10d. He leaves his wife and 2 sons (Daniel and Noah), 1 brother (Peter), 18 grandchildren, all of the home community, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church near Wayland, Iowa in charge of Bro. Simon Gingerich assisted by Bros. Willard Liechty and D. E. Welty.
Yoder. - Emma C., daughter of Jonas and Nancy Burkholder,
was born in Wayne Co., O., Feb. 29, 1860. She was the oldest of
9 children, only 1 of whom survives her, Mrs. M. J. Smucker of
Smithville, O. She spent her early years in her native state and
on Feb. 17, 1886, she was united in marriage to Daniel J. Yoder
of Topeka, Ind. They located in Lagrange Co., Ind., where they
have lived since. In her youth she gave her heart to her Lord
and united with the Mennonite Church, of which body she was a
faithful member until death. She died Jan. 20, 1941, at her home
in Topeka, Ind.; aged 80 y. 10 m. and 21 d. She is survived by
her husband and 1 son (Edwin J. Yoder), 5 grandchildren, 2
1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. She tried to fill
her place well. "Dearest Mother, thou hast left us,
And thy loss we greatly feel;
But 'twas God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Transcribed by Debbie Flanagan, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Beiler Levi R. Beiler was born in Union Co., Pa., April 27, 1860; died of a heart attack Dec. 20, 1940; aged 80 y. 8 m. 7 d. He was a son of the late John H. and Gertrude Riehl Beiler. He lived at the home of his brother Abram at Schuylkill Haven for the past 7 years. He gave his heart to the Lord in his youth and remained a faithful member of the Millwood A. M. Church till his death. He was a man of few words and served his Lord in silence. He enjoyed hearing about the Word of God and attended his church when it could be arranged. Funeral services at Millwood Church, in charge of Bros. Simeon Stolzfus and John Kennel. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery to await the Lord's return. He leaves 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Smoker of Gap and Anna of Soudersburg), 1 brother (Abram of Schuylkill Haven), a few nieces and nephews.
"We mourn for you, dear Uncle,
No eyes can see us weep;
But many a silent tear is shed,
While others are asleep."
Carpenter Lizzie, wife of William H. Carpenter and daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Brubaker, was born July 23, 1874, near Hinkletown, Pa. She was confined in her home for over a year, during which time she grew gradually weaker, until on the morning of Jan. 28, 1941 she fell asleep; aged 66 y. 6. m. 5 d. She bore her suffering with remarkable patience, and her great concern was that she be no burden to those who cared for her. Surviving are her husband, 2 sisters (Katie and Mary Brubaker), and nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Martindale, Pa. Funeral services and burial were at the Pike Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. George Good and Aaron Weaver. Text: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Dillman Marivon Eugene, son of Elmer and Vera (Oberholzer) Dillman was born Jan. 22, 1941; died 8 hours later in the Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. It pleased God to take his soul to be with the throng of heaven who was never defiled with sin. His little body was laid to rest Jan. 23 in Metzler's Cemetery. He leaves father, mother, and one sister (Marian Elaine).
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest."
Gunden Lydia Gunden (nee Swartzendruber) was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Oct. 9, 1863; died suddenly of a heart attack at her home in Pigeon, Mich., Feb. 4, 1941; aged 77 y. 3 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph Gunden, who preceded her in death Oct. 27, 1937. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters. (Edward; Katie, wife of Wm. Wurtz; Rozetta, wife of Sol Steckly; Lizzie, wife of Richard Maust; and Mary, wife of the late Samuel Albrecht, who preceded her mother in death. She leaves 1 son, 3 daughaters, 16 grandchildren, 2 foster grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (John of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mahlon and Chris of Kalona, Iowa; Mary, widow of the late John Gunden, of Pigeon, Mich.; and Barbara of Kalona). She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held Feb. 6 at the house of Earl Maust and at the Pigeon River Church by M. S. Zehr and Emanuel Swartzendruber. Texts, ii Cor. 4:17, 18; Psa. 46:10.
Headings Elmer C. Headings was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Jan. 3, 1881; died in Lebanon, Oreg., Dec. 28, 1940, after a very brief illness; aged 59 y. 11 m. 25 d. He was united in marriage to Ada Hooley, who survives him. To this union were born 15 children. His parents, 2 brothers and 4 sons preceded him in death. Surviving, besides his widow, are 11 children and 14 grandchildren to mourn his sudden departure; also 6 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. As a young man he was baptized, and united with the Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 2 at the home and at the Fairview Mennonite Church, Albany, Oreg., and at the Zion Mennonite Church, at Hubbard with interment in the Zion Cemetery. Services in charge of the brethren, N. M. Birky and E. J. Berkey, assisted by others. Texts, II Cor. 5:1; Psa. 116:15.
"We'll miss him here, but God knows best;
Some day we'll understand.
And meet with him around the Throne,
A reunited band."
Hilty Louis Fred, son of the late Bishop David and Elizabeth (Thut) Hilty, was born July 12, 1886 at Bluffton, Ohio; died of cancer in a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 30, 1941; aged 54 y. 6 m. 18 d. He came to Nampa, Idaho , with his parents when a boy of fourteen, and with the exception of a couple of years in Oregon, when the family first came West, lived most of his life at Nampa. He was married in 1917 to Mattie Detweiler, of Filer, Idaho. This union was blessed with 7 children, all living-3 daughters (Virginia Louise, Pauline, and Norma Lou), 4 sons (David, William, James and Maurice). He is also survived by his sorrowing companion, 5 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Shenk of Denbigh, Va.; Mrs. J. P. Bontrager of Atwater, Calif.; Mrs. A. P. Misher of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. A. M. Shenk, of Hammett, Idaho; and Mrs. Tena Burkhart of Nampa), 2 brothers (J. A. Hilty of Goshen, Ind.; and G. B. Hilty of Hammett, Idaho), and a host of other relatives and friends. He was highly respected by all who knew him and his place will be missed in the home, in the church, and the community. He was much interested in the work of the church and took an active part in the work. He was superintendent of the Sunday school at Nampa for twenty years. Funeral services were held Feb. 3 at Nampa, conducted by Bro. N. A. Lind of Tangent, Oreg., and the home ministers D. A. Good and E. S. Garber. Burial in the Cloverdale Memorial Park near Boise, Idaho.
Kandel Eli Kandel was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, May 11, 1867; died Feb. 4, 1941; aged 73 y. 8 m. 23 d. In his youth he was baptized and received as a member of the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. In 1902 he transferred his membership to the Martins Creek Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful member to the end of life. In 1888 he was married to Sarah Weaver. Four sons (William, Abraham, Joseph, and John), as well as 1 daughter (Fannie), were born to this union. At the age of 30 years his wife was called from time to eternity. He found a second companion in Elizabeth Gingerick, whom he married April 22, 1902. She faithfully helped him in the bringing up of his children. Moreover, while they had no children of their own, they raised Roxie Schrock, wife of Omar Troyer, and Eva Kandel, wife of Ralph Hostetler. Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded him to the glory world. He leaves, besides his sorrowing wife and 5 children, a brother (Joe A. Kandel), a sister (Verena, wife of Amos Miller), 21 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends. On numerous occasions he had expressed a longing to go to his heavenly home. According to his request, Calvin Mast spoke on Matt. 18:1-3; E. J. Varnes on Psa. 1:1-3; and S. W. Sommer on Psa. 23. He was buried in Berlin Cemetery.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting;
Here thy toils and cares are o'er.
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Landis Aaron D., only son of the late Pre. John L. and Mary (Denlinger) Landis, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 25, 1856; died Jan. 9, 1941; aged 84 y. 3 m. 14 d. Dec. 1, 1878, he was united in marriage to Nettie Landis (sister of the late Pre. Sanford Landis), who still survives, as well as the following children: Mary, wife of Geo. L. Herr, Lampeter; John L., Anna L., wife of Daniel R. Leaman, Ronks; Emma, wife of Jason R. Groff, Manheim; Aaron L., Lancaster; Anetta, wife of Benj. H. Ranck, Bird-in-Hand; Sanford L., Lancaster, and 2 children who died in infancy. Twenty-four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive. For some time his presence in the service had been missed, due to the infirmities of age; but we are glad to think of him as one whose seat in the service was seldom vacant, and that his presence could be counted on, whenever health permitted. He had always taken an active part in the work of the church and Sunday school having been superintendent of the Mellinger Sunday school for about twenty years. His life was one of activity and helpfulness, with a loyal interest in his community, a loving concern for his family, and a devoted relation to the church of his choice. Although we keenly feel our loss through his departure, we can console ourselves with the comforting thought, that to him that loss will mean eternal gain. His funeral was held from his late home, on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 12 at 1:30 and at the Mellinger church at 2 o'clock. Services conducted by the home ministers, David L. Landis, and Elmer G. Martin. Text, Psa. 73:23-26 (being the same text that was used at his father's funeral July 23,1914). His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Landis Lizzie, daughter of Simon and Anna (Metz) Moyer and wife of Reuben R. Landis died at her home near Dublin, Pa., Aug. 9, 1940, after a lengthy illness. She was 75 years old. She was a member of the Blooming Glen Church. Survivors include her husband and the following children: Elmer M. Landis, Dublin; Mrs. Stella Schmell, Dublin; Mrs. Anna Augstadt, Kutztown; Mrs. Katie Long, Blooming Glen; Howard M. Landis, Dublin; Ephraim M. Landis, Blooming Glen; Mrs. Lizzie Kulp, Perkasie; Alvin M. Landis, Souderton. Thirty grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren also survive.
"Mother's room is quite and is still,
Mother's place is vacant, it is God's will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Miller Esther, daughter of Andrew and Sarah (Hershberger) Mishler, was born Oct. 31, 1888 in Lagrange County, Ind.; departed this life at her home near Millersville, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1941; aged 52 y. 3 m. 9 d. On Jan 10, 1907 she was united in marriage to Andrew Young who died Feb. 28, 1909. To this union were born 2 children, Ora, of Lagrange, Inc., and Mrs. Sam Beachy, of White Pigeon, Mich. On Oct. 30, 1910 she was united in marriage to Ezra M. Miller, to which union were born 4 children: Leroy of Hillsboro, Oreg.; Louis, who died at the age of 8; Laona and Annie, who are at home. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 2 sisters, Mrs. Ada Yoder of Goshen, Ind., and Mrs. Malinda Hershberger of Millersburg, Ind., 1 brother, Samuel of Franklin, Tenn., 1 half sister, Mrs. Annie Miller of Emma, Ind., 3 half brothers, Joe Yoder of Topeka, Ind., Rudy of Archbold, Ohio, and Andrew of Harrisburg, Oreg.; also by many relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained faithful to the end. She was an invalid for eleven years but was always patient with her lot. Her name had been mentioned as a shut-in in the Gospel Herald, and she always enjoyed hearing from the various readers. Services were held at the Martins Creek Church, in charge of E. J. Varnes and Calvin Mast. Text: Rev. 21:3, 4 and Psalm 23. The Family
Miller Simon, son of David and Magdalena Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 3, 1853; died at his home near Molalla, Oreg., Jan. 20, 1941; aged 87 y. 9 m. 17 d. When he was nine years old he moved with his parents to Lagrange Co., Ind., near Middleburg, where he grew to manhood. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Hostetler. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. His wife, 2 sons, and 1 daughter preceded him in death. In 1890 he was united in marriage to Anna Schrock. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. Two sons and 2 daughters preceded him in death. Left to mourn are his widow, 4 sons (Selwin Miller, Supelveda, Calif.; Dallas Miller, Aromos, Calif.; Elmer Miller, Molalla, Oreg; and Eldo Miller, Hubbard, Oreg.), 5 daughters (Mrs. Mary Mitchell, Groveland, Ill.; Mrs. Idella Grabill, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Viola Buckbee, Portland, Oreg.; Mrs. Rachel Lippert, Long Beach, Calif.; and Mrs. Pearl Figgens, Seattle, Wash.), 22 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. In 1900 he moved with his family to Aurora, Oreg., and in 1901 they moved to the farm near Molalla, where he lived until his death. At the age of thirty-five years he was converted and later he united with the Defenceless Mennonite Church. He lived a faithful Christian life, witnessing for Christ to his fellow men in all walks of live and in all circumstances. He was known, loved, and respected for his outstanding Christian character and conduct. His Bible was his constant companion and consultation. He often rejoiced in the fact that he had a wife and seven children safe in heaven, and he looked forward with great anticipation to the glorious time of crossing over which he has now accomplished. Funeral services were conducted at the Molalla Funeral Parlor, and at the Zion Mennonite Church by E. Z. Yoder and --- Durbin. Burial in the Zion Cemetery.
Miller Solomon L., son of Daniel and Anna Miller, was born Sept. 30, 1857 at Elkhart, Ind.; died Jan. 31, 1941, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harvey Kropf, near Hubbard, Oregon; aged 83 y. 4 m. 1 d. When a young man he, with his parents moved to Oregon. Later he returned to Indiana where he was united in marriage to Mattie Christner. Returning to Oregon he made his home in Lane County for about ten years, moving then to the vicinity of Hubbard, where he has since resided. He was the father of 1 son and 4 daughters: Mrs. C. I. Kropf of Woodburn, Samuel S., Mrs. Harvey Kropf, and Mrs. A. E. Jones of Hubbard. His wife and daughter Mary preceded him in death. Two brothers, 33 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends also survive him. In his youth he united with the Amish Church, later affiliating with the Mennonite Church in which faith he lived and died. Funeral services at the Zion Church were conducted by N. A. Lind, assisted by Nick Birky and E. Z. Yoder. Text, Acts 7:55, 56.
"We miss you from our home, dear father,
We miss you from your place;
A shadow over life is cast,
We miss the sunshine from your face.
We miss your kind and loving hand,
Your fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without you,
We miss you everywhere."
Patton Jacob E., son of George and Lucinda Patton, died Jan. 15, 1941 at the Good Samaritan Home, New Holland, Pa., after a short illness from heart trouble; aged 43 years. Besides his parents he is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Park of Narvon; Anna, wife of Frank Green, of Warwick; Grace, wife of John Mertz, Narvon; Eva, wife of William Ream, and Alta, wife of George Ream, both of New Holland; Ella, wife of Leroy Houck, of Honey Brook, and George of Narvon. He was a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church, having joined some years ago, being possibly the fruit of the teaching received at the Meadville mission where he attended prior to his moving to New Holland. Of non-Mennonite descent, a weak physical body all his life, quite a time spent in the hospital, and his home life (till he went to the Home about a month before he died) not conducive to growth in his spiritual life, his life as far as we know gave evidence of the power of God's sustaining grace. Funeral services were held Jan. 18, at New Holland, services in charge of the home ministers, Mahlon Witmer and Noah Sauder. Texts, II Cor. 5:1 and Psa. 116:15. Interment in Rancks U. B. Cemetery.
Snyder David B., son of Frank Snyder, was born Aug. 22, 1896; died Feb. 7, 1941; aged 44 y. 5 m. 16 d. On Jan. 18, 1921, he was married to Barbara Gingrich. This marriage was blessed with 4 children, 3 of whom survive: Wayne, Melvin, and Leighton, all at home. Besides, there remain to mourn his loss, his wife, his aged mother (Mrs. Frank Snyder), 1 sister, and 5 brothers: Ira of St. Jacobs, Barbara (Mrs. Simeon Martin) of Heidelberg, Israel and Amos of Columbiana, Ohio, John of St. Jacobs, and Elias of Kitchener. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1918 and remained a member until death. He died after of an illness of about two weeks, following an operation for gallstones. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church with Bros. Roy S. Koch and Bishop Oliver D. Snider in charge. Burial was made in the Conestoga Cemetery.
Walters Herman V., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Walters, passed away at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa.; aged 19 y. 1 m. 17 d. During his illness of about two weeks, he with his parents, expressed desire to accept Christ and unite with the Church, but he became too ill to be baptized. He expressed his willingness to go if it should be the Lord's will, and was happy in His Saviour. He is survived by his parents, 1 brother (Charles) and 4 sisters (Mollie, Emaline, Christine, and Elsie). The funeral was held at Gingerich's Church, conducted by Bro. Martin Weaver (Text, Job. 14) and Bro. Simon Bucher (Text, Job 17:11). A Lutheran minister also assisted. Interment in the Iona Cemetery.
Winegard Joel, son of Chris. And Mary Wyse, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Dec. 19, 1857; died at his home in Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1940; aged 83 y. 10 d. In his younger years he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church near Archbold, and remained a faithful member until death. On March 27, 1884, he was united in marriage to Nancy J. Smucker, who survives him. They received into their home Irvin and Vera Wood for a number of years and later Charles and Minnie Schmucker. He was one of a family of 12 children of whom 2 brothers and 8 sisters preceded him in death. One brother (Seth), who resided in the same home with him for the last seven years, remains. Joel was regular in church attendance so long as health permitted. He expressed his faith and trust in his Saviour during the last days of his life. There remain to mourn his departure: his companion, 1 brother, a large number of nephews and nieces, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
"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."
Zuercher Adaline, daughter of Christian and Susanna Lehman, was born near Lima, Ohio, July 29, 1855; died Jan. 27, 1941, at her home near Elida, O.; aged 85 y. 5 m. 28 d. She was a lifelong resident of Allen Co., except a few years which she spent in Mahoning Co., O. On Dec. 16, 1880 she was united in marriage to Peter Zuercher who preceded her in death 12 years ago. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. In 1871 she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful, devoted member until the end. In her declining years when we would go to visit her we often found her reading her Bible which she loved. Besides her 5 children (E. E. Zuercher, Cloverdale, O.; R. S. Zuercher, Lima, O.; C. B. Zuercher, Coldwater, Mich.; Mrs. D.C.Augsburger and Mrs. Cora Weaver of Elida, O.), she leaves 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. She was a faithful, devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, always ready to lend a helping hand at home and in the community. Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at the house of Bros. M. L. Troyer and Isaac Zuercher, and at the church by Bro. Andrew Brenneman assisted by Bro. M. L. Troyer. Text, Job. 16:22. Burial in the Salem Cemetery.
Whenever may be the mysteries of life and death, there is one mystery which the cross of Christ reveals to us, and that is the infinite and absolute goodness of God. ---Chas. Kingsley
Transcribed by Verna Odena, Texas
Brown.- William D., son of William and Barbara Brown, was born near Smithville, 0., June 8, 1854; died at the Mennonite Old People's Home near Rittman, 0., Feb. 7, 1941; aged 86 y. 7 m. 30 d. Dec. 9, 1875 he was united in marriage to Catharine Elizabeth Miller. This union were born 3 sons and 9 daughters. One son and 1 daughter died in infancy. As a young man he confessed his Lord and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church in which faith he continued until death. On May 21, 1931, his bosom companion was called away which left him very lonely the remaining days of his life. July 3, 1939, he was admitted into the Mennonite Old People's Home, where he was tenderly cared for until death. Since Mother's death, 2 daughters (Fannie and Ada) have been called away, leaving to mourn his departure 2 sons, 6 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 21 greatgrandchildren, 1 half brother and many friends. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 10 at the Oak Grove Church. Bros. E. F. Hartzler, Wm. Detweiler, and J. S. Gerig had part in the services. Text, Psa. 91: 1. Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Denlinger.- Christian Denlinger was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 10, 1868; died in the Lancaster General Hospital Feb. 8, 1941; aged 72 y. 7 m. 29 d. He was married to Susanna Eby Oct. 29, 1889, and they lived happily together until his death. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for years. To this union were born 9 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Ezra L. and Maurice E. of Vintage, Pa.; Christian J. of Soudersburg, Pa.; Walter S. of Paradise, Pa.; Bertha M., wife of Paul Shirk, of Leaman Place, Pa.; Martha E., wife of Aldus Burkholder, of Lancaster, Pa.; and Susanna, wife of Jay Martin, Gordonville, Pa.; also by 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 1 brother (John). He died of heart trouble after illness of about 7 months. He bore his suffering patiently, never murmuring or complaining. Funeral services were held Feb. 11 at the house and at Hershey's Mennonite Church. Bro. Abram L. Martin conducted the services, assisted by Bros. Martin Hershey and Parke Book.
Denlinger.- An infant son, stillborn (Feb. 2) into the home of Bro. Irvin and Sister Mary Denlinger of near Paradise, Pa., was buried Feb. 3. Short services were held at the Paradise Mennonite Cemetery by Bro. Parke Book. Surviving are these brothers and sisters: Jane M., Clifford E., Leon H., Carl I., Mary E., and Nelson C.
"Jesus has taken a beautiful bud
Out of our garden of love,
Borne it away to the city of God,
Home of the angels above."
-By His Parents.
Hartzler. - Sarah Ann, daughter of Seth and Mary Hartzler, was born near Wooster, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1863; died Feb. 6, 1941; aged 77 y. 11 m. 26 d. In her younger years she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. She is survived by 2 brothers (John of Cheraw, Colo.; and Charles of Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1 sister (Nancy Kauffman of Cheraw, Colo.), and many relatives and friends. Preceding her were her parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Aaron Leatherman and Jess Kauffman at the East Holbrook Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Hess.- Lizzie G., daughter of the late Bro. Elias and
Mary Ann Groff, died Feb. 4, 1941, on the same farm she was born
in Strasburg Twp., on June 25, 1862; aged 78 y. 7 m, 9 d. Dec.
23, 1886, she was united in marriage with John F. Hess, who remains.
To this union were born 3 sons (Ara G. at home, Elias of Cambridge,
Md., and Elvin, with whom she resided), also 8 grandchildren and
the following , brothers and sister: Emanuel Groff, New Danville;
Mrs. Emma Ranck, Strasburg; Elias Groff, Jr., West Lampeter; Harry
H. Groff, Strasburg Twp.; and John E. Groff, Cambridge, Md. She
was preceded in death by a brother (Enos Groff) and a sister (Mrs.
Ada Herr). She with her husband accepted Christ as her personal
Saviour and remained a faithful member of the Strasburg Mennonite
Church until death, attending services as long as health permitted.
Six years ago she suffered a stroke but was able to be around
again at different times; but spent the two last years on the
wheel chair always very patient, looking forward to her being
called home. Funeral services were. conducted at the home by Bro.
C. M. Brubaker, and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bros.
Frank Herr and Jacob T. Harnish. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"The gospel was her joy and song.
E'en to her latest breath ;
The truth she had proclaimed so long,
Was her support in death."
-By the Grandchildren.
Hopper.- Edd Hopper was born in Salt Springs, Mo., April 16, 1870; died in Hutchinson Hospital Feb. 6, 1941; aged 70 y. 9 m. 21 d. He was united in marriage to Maud Alice Bower. To this union were born 3 children. Those surviving are his wife, 3 children (Mrs. Isla Halley of Los Angeles; Bill Hopper of Trona, Calif.; Chas. Hopper of Port Orchard, Wash.), 2 sisters (Bessie Sellers of Marshall, Mo., and Millie Pitzer of Pratt, Kans.); also 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized Dec. 24, 1939 and was a faithful member in the Mennonite Mission in Hutchinson, Kans., until death. He suffered severely of hardening of the arteries in his one foot for several years and at last it turned to gangrene. Feb. 5 they amputated his leg above the knee, and he never regained consciousness; passed away in the morning of the 6th. The last few months of his life his desire was to go and be with the Lord. He often said that the Lord cannot come too soon. Funeral services were conducted by J. G. Hartzler of Windom in the Elliot and Gard funeral parlor. Text, Gen. 49:18. His body was laid away in the Pratt Cemetery.
Longenecker. - Lizzie N., eighty-six,widow of Peter
Longenecker, died at the hpme of her son-in-law and daughter (Mr.
amd Mrs. Amos H. Risser, Elizabethtown, Pa.). She was a daughter
of the late Christian and Maria risser and was a member of Risser's
Mennonite Church. Survivors are 3 chioldren (C. R. Longenecker,
Myerstown; Minnie R., wife of Amos H. Risser, with whom she resided;
and Clayton of Pittsburg). Eight grandchildren and 4
We shall miss her kindly face,
Miss her in a thousand ways;
Miss her tender lovong care,
Miss her always, everywhere;
Lone will be our pathway here,
Lone without her words of cheer ;
Lonely in the morning light,
Lonely through the shades of night."
Text, II Tim. 4 :6-8.
Myer.- John B., son of Adam and Fannie (Burkholder)
Myer, was born July 17, 1873, near Bird-in-Hand, Pa.; died Jan.
31, 1941, at the home of his son Paul; aged 67 y. 6 m. 14 d. He
was married to Mamie Burkhart Jan. 14, 1897. She died Oct. 13,
1908. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters (1 daughter
having died in infancy). He then married Lizzie Burkhart Feb.
19, 1910. She died Feb. 12, 1934. To this union were born 3 sons.
Soon after his first marriage he with his wife united with the
Mennonite Church. He was ordained to the ministry Feb. 19, 1907,
for the Mechanics Grove congregation, and later served at New
Providence also. He was faithful in holding forth the Word so
long as his health permitted, having preached his last sermon
just a few weeks prior to his death. He was always a faithful
warrior against the inroads of worldliness in the Church. Death
came as the result of what seemed to be a light stroke about 2
weeks before his passing, having been in bed only a few days.
His homegoing was a shock to the many relatives and friends. He
is survived by these children: Earl B., Luke B., Iva (wife of
Willis Bashore), Ursula (wife of John S. Bechtold), Paul B., Enos
B., Amos B.; also 20 grandchildren (all of Lancaster Co., Pa.),
4 sisters (Mrs. Ezra Kreider, Mrs. David R. Landis of Lancaster
Co., Pa.; Mrs. Sadie Kreider, Hasting, Mich.; Mrs. Emma Smith,
Helena, Mont.), and a large number of friends. His passing will
be keenly felt by his family and home churches where his greatest
interest was centered. Our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services
were held Feb. 3 at the home by Bros. Abram Metzler and Clayton
Keener, and at New Providence Mennonite Church by Bros. Abram
Martin, Abram Metzler, and Clayton Keener. Text, II Tim. 4 :5-8.
Burial in Mechanics Grove Cemetery.
"Not alone down the valley,
Passed he on without a friend ;
Jesus led the way before him,
He was with him to the end."
-By the Children.
Oswald.- Margaret Wilford Oswald was born March 25, 1858, in Bohemia; died at her home in Beemer, Neb., Feb. 6, 1941; aged 82 y. 10 m. 12 d. She was married to Jacob O. Oswald in 1880, and came with him to America in 1883. They made their home near Minier, Ill., until 1895 when they with their family came to Nebraska and took up farming near Beemer. About twenty years ago they retired and moved into Beemer, which has since been their home, She leaves 9 sons and 3 daughters, as follows : Jacob W., Saegertown, Pa., Peter O., Barbra (Mrs. Chris Erb), Joseph R., William, Lena (Mrs., John Erb), Lizzie (Mrs. Chris Schantz), Daniel, Benjamin, Amos, Reuben, and Samuel, all of the home community; also 3 sons-in-law, 6 daughters-in-law, 53 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends and neighbors. Her husband preceded her in death a little over eight months ago. Mother accepted Christ and became a member of the Mennonite Church in her early womanhood and remained true to this faith until death. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." We will miss our mother very much, but we humbly bow to the will of God and we mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Plum Creek Mennonite Church by Bro. Dan Birky and Bro. J. E. Zimmerman of Milford, Neb. Interment in the Beemer Cemetery.
Schrock. - Mary Troyer Schrock was born March 5, 1851,
in Holmes Co., Ohio, died Jan. 26, 1941, at Point Arena, Calif.,
in the home of her daughter (Mrs. Fred Said) with whom she had
her home the last 16 years; aged 89 y. 10 m. 21 d. When she was
yet a small child, her parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where
she grew to womanhood, and was married to Valentine L. Shrock
near Goshen, Ind. A few years later they moved to Emma, Ind.,
where they lived till the spring of 1899, then moved to Nampa,
Idaho. After living there till 1908, they moved to Corning, Calif.,
and some time later to Modesto, Calif., where her husband passed
away Oct. 29, 1924. To this union were born 8 children. One son
and 2 daughters preceded them. The following children survive,
all in California: Aaron at Ranchita, Andrew at Modesto, Allen
at Sebastopol, Mrs. Alice Glick at Santa Cruz, Mrs. Fred Said
at Point Arena. She also leaves 23 grandchildren, 26
a number of great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and
a host of friends, who mourn not as those without hope. In her
youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite
Church. Her life was filled with service for others as long as
her sight and strength were given. She made many rugs for her
children and grandchildren, and she also enjoyed the Gospel Herald.
When she could no longer see to read it, others would read it
to her. She was in failing health for some time, but was always
cheerful and patient, expressing a desire to go home when her
time here was finished. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at
the Sovern Funeral Home in Modesto, conducted by Bro. J. P. Bontrager
of Atwater, Calif., and Bro. D. D. Miner of Middlebury, Ind. Text,
Psa. 116:15. Burial in Modesto Cemetery.
By a daughter
Walter.- Mrs. Barbara Walter, aged 67, died Jan. 10, 1941, at her home in Middlebury, Ind., after a brief illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Walter, the daughter of Leonard and Catherine (Eash) Emmert, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., in February, 1873. Her marriage to Bro. Elmer Walter took place Oct. 8, 1891. She was a charter member of the Mennonite Church of Middlebury and an active worker ever since. Surviving, besides Bro. Walter, are two foster daughters (Mrs. George Andrews of Chehalis, Wash.; and Mrs. Lloyd McCreary of Middlebury); also a brother (Ben Emmert) of Sweet Home, Oreg., and 2 sisters (Mrs. Hattie Brown of Sweet Home and Mrs. Lizzie Haarer of Shipshewana). Funeral services were held at the Warren St. Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. S. S. Yoder and E. A. Sommer. Burial was made at Grace Lawn Cemetery.
Zimmerman.--Sister Ethel, wife of Bro. Ivan B. Zimmerman of Blue Ball, Pa., died of pneumonia in Lancaster General Hospital Sunday, Feb. 2, 1941, after an illness of a few days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Weaverland, a devoted wife, a loving mother, and dutiful daughter. She is survived by her husband, 3 children (Mervin, Alta Mae, and Lester), and her mother (Sister Emma Newswanger of Bareville). Funeral services were held at Weaverland, Feb. 6, in charge of Bros. John V. Weaver and Aaron H. Weaver. Texts, John 17:24; Rev. 21:4. While, Sister Ethel was only 26 years old and was taken from us so very suddenly, she had endeared herself to the neighbors and friends as indicated by the large concourse that attended her funeral.