Abel.-Ralph, son of Milton and Ida Abel, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., on March 31, 1893. His father died when Ralph was 2 _ years old. His great-aunt, Mrs. Lena Mikel, took Ralph into her home and cared for him as her own. On July 22, 1916 he was married to Edna Pletcher. To this union were born the following children: Paul, Robert M. and Kathryn. Mr. Abel was a carpenter and contractor. On July 7 he was working on a building and the part where he was working gave way and he was thrown to the grand, falling about 20 feet, which resulted in death. On July 11 he passed into eternity. On the morning before his death he called on God for mercy and accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized upon confession of his faith, having claimed forgiveness of sins and gave evidence of acceptance. He leave to mourn his departure his companion, 3 children, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Olive Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. D. Paul Huffman and D. A. Yoder.
Blosser.-Elizabeth Metzler Blosser, daughter
of the late Bro. and Sister Samuel Blosser*, and widow of the late
Bro. John Blosser, was born near North Lima, Ohio on June 17,
1865; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Leinbach, with
whom she had been staying almost ever since the death of her husband
a little over a year ago; aged 76 y. 2 m. 15 d. In the year 1905
she was united in marriage with John Blosser. On May 18, 1889
she united with the Mennonite Church of this locality, taking
an active part in the work of the Woman's Missionary Society and
Sewing Circle ever since its organization many years a go. She
was regular in her Sunday-school and church attendance, seldom
missing any service unless sickness in the home prevented. She
expressed peace with God and that she was ready to go at His bidding.
She was confined to the bed almost constantly the last six months
of her life, but patiently bore her suffering to the end. Besides
her family she leaves 2 brothers and 1 sister; 2 brothers and
2 sisters having preceded her in death. Funeral services were
held at the home and at the Midway Mennonite Church in charge
of Bishop A. J. Steiner, and assisted by Bishop N. A. Lind of
Albany, Ore. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
*Correction - Samuel Metzler - see obituary of John Blosser - Sept. 26, 1940
Burkhart.-Barbara, daughter of the late John and Fanny Weber Musser, was born June 27, 1879; passed away at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 20, 1941; aged 62 y. 1 m. 23 d. She was united in marriage to William B. Burkhart, May 16, 1919. Her husband preceded her in death 15 years ago. She leaves to mourn her departure the following children: Samuel M. Wenzel, Lincoln; John A., and Mary E., both at home; and a stepson, Martin W. Burkhart, Ephrata. Two grandchildren, 4 sisters (Miss Mary Musser, Ephrata; Mrs. Sarah Shirk, Sinking Spring; Mrs. Phares Horst and Mrs. Lizzie Good, both of East Earl), and many friends also survive. We keenly feel her passing. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church at Bowmansville, later transferring her membership to Ephrata. She is missed in the home, in the Ephrata Mennonite Sunday School and Church where she was seldom absent, and in the community in which she lived. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Mahlon Zimmerman with further services at the Ephrata Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Moses Gehman and Noah Mack. Text selected by the family was 11 Tim. 4: 7, 8. Interment in the Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery.
"Our dear mother from us has gone,
Her voice we loved is stilled;
Her place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled." --By the Family.
Diller.-Lucy E., beloved wife of Samuel Diller,
was born Aug. 25, 1869; died Aug. 29, 1941; aged 72 y. 4 d. She
was the daughter of Abram and Fanny Strite. She was married
to Samuel Diller Dec. 4, 1894. She is survived by her husband,
1 son (Albert F. Diller), 2 daughters (Mary, wife of Raymond Witmer;
Rhoda, wife of David Martin), 22 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren,
1 sister (Maggie, wife of John Diller), and nieces and nephews.
At the age of 23 years she joined the Miller's Mennonite Church,
to which she held faithful to the end. She enjoyed to see all
her children and 10 grandchildren come into the church of her
choice. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Church by
Bros. George Keener and John Grove. Interment in the adjoining
"Mother is peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more." Father and family.
Gall.-Mary C. Gall, daughter of the late Christian and Mary Ebersole of Conoy Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Nov. 15, 1859; died July 5, 1941 at the home of her daughter; aged 81 y. 7 m. 16 d. She was the last of a family of 2 sisters and 4 brothers. She was married to Abram R. Gall on April 20, 1890, who preceded her in death 17 years ago, April 29, 1924. She took stick with a gall bladder attack, was taken to the hospital and operated on with little success. She was there for six weeks, after which she was taken to the home of her daughter where she gradually grew weaker and three weeks later passed away. She expressed her desire as being ready to go any time. For the last years her eyesight had failed, yet she was not spiritually blind. She had to be led into the house of the Lord, but her place was seldom vacant when health permitted. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, a kind neighbor, and had many friends. Surviving her are her daughter Katie (wife of Pre. Walter Oberholtzer) and son Christian, both of Elizabethtown, Pa.; also a stepson, Jacob, of Hershey, Pa.; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Two sons died in infancy. Funeral services were held at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Noah Risser and Clarence Lutz. Text: Reb. 21: 4. Interment in Good's Cemetery. (Her favorite song):
"Shall we meet beyond the river.
Where the surges cease to roll;
Where in all the bright forever,
Sorrows ne'er shall press the soul?"
Hawes.-George Albert Hawes was born at Haysville,
Ont., on Sept. 7, 1883; died at his farm home south of Guernsey,
May 23, 1941; aged 57 y. 8 m. 16 d. He came to Alexander, Manitoba,
in the year 1900, where his father and mother and 1 brother are
interred. He took up residence in the Guernsey district in the
1910 and was married in 1920 to Ada Rosenberger. He leaves to
mourn his passing his widow and 3 children: Ralph, Jean, and Ruth;
also 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
Hershey.-Infant son of John H. and Mary (Landis) Hershey of East Petersburg, Pa., was stillborn at the Lancaster General Hospital on Aug. 31, 1941. His little body was laid to rest in the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers (John and James), 4 grandparents, and a great-grandmother.
"His darling form is sleeping,
His soul has fled to rest;
He is now in Jesus' keeping,
What can be more blest?"
Martin.-Wilbur James, son of Fred and Mary (Voegtlin) Martin of Duchess, Alberta, was born and died at birth, Aug. 30, 1941. Twin boys were given but our loving Father called one to shine in heaven, leaving the other to brighten our home. He leaves his father, mother, 1 sister (Evangeline), and his twin brother (Frederick). Funeral services were conducted at Duchess Cemetery in charge of Bro. O. O. Hershberger of Mazeppa, Alberta.
"Gathering buds, gathering buds,
Wonderful care will be given;
Jesus is gathering day after day,
Buds for the palace of heav'n."
Roth.-Mary (Guth) Roth was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Dec. 9. 1871; peacefully fell asleep at her home near Beaver Crossing, Nebr., on Sept. 13, 1941; aged 69 y. 9 m. 4 d. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. On Dec. 14, 1893 she was united in marriage to Henry Roth. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 6 daughters: Ben J., of Mt. Pleasant, Ia.; Alvin H. (deceased); Mrs. Perry Troyer, Waterford, Pa.; Mrs. Noah Graber, Mrs. W. W. Beckler, and Ezra, of Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Clarence C., of Wayland, Ia.; Ida, at home; Mrs. Emery Wenger, of Wayland; and Mrs. Jacob Y. Rensberger, of Wellman, Ia. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 sons, 6 daughters, 2 half sisters (Mrs. Peter Reil and Mrs. Phoebe Lauber, of Tofield, Alta.), 32 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, besides a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 27, 1932, and 1 son, Alvin H., on June 21, 1941, and also 2 grandchildren. She was a devoted companion, a loving mother, and had much concern about the spiritual welfare of her children. She will be greatly missed in the place which she leaves vacant. Funeral services were held at West Fariview Church near Beaver Crossing, Nebr., with Bro. Wm. R. Eicher in charge. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Schlabach.-M. J. Schlabach was born at Nappanee,
Ind., on June 23, 1862; died at his home near New Hamburg, Ont.,
on June 10, 1941; aged 78 y. 11 m. 17 d. He leaves to mourn his
departure his widow and 4 children (John of Waterloo; Daniel of
Guernsey, Sask.; Mrs. Dave Holst of Petersburg; and Mrs. Emanuel
Gerber of New Hamburg). He is also survived by 1 brother (Christian
Schlabach of Oregon City, Oreg.) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara
and Mrs. Sarah Yoder of Nappanee, Ind.). A very large funeral
took place at the Steinman A. M. Church, of which he had been
a faithful member until death. Interment in the Steinman Cemetery.
"I've anchored my soul in the haven of rest,
I'll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep o'er the wild stormy deep,
In Jesus I'm safe evermore."
Steiner.-John P., son of Abram and Catherine Steiner, was born Feb. 5, 1873, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; death called him to his eternal reward on July 20, 1941; aged 68 y. 5 m. 15 d. He confessed Christ in his youth. He was married to Sarah Jane Lichty. To this union was born 1 son, Walter, who preceded him to glory. On May 19, 1932, death called Sister Steiner from his side.
"Time like an everflowing stream
Bears all our lives away."
Wennett.-Dave Wennett was born in Doylestown, Pa., May 30, 1856; died at his home near Latham, Mo., Aug. 31, 1941; aged 85 y. 3 m. 1 d. At the age of 16 he came to Missouri from Pennsylvania and lived on a farm near Latham where he worked both as farmer and as a carpenter. He was converted early in youth and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful until death called him home. He was married to Annie Witzke on Dec. 21, 1880. She preceded him in death Jan. 5, 1937. Their union was blessed with 4 daughters of whom 2 survive: Mrs. Rhoda Spencer of Latham and Mrs. Harry Springer of Lipton. A large number of relatives and friends are left to mourn his departure,. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Church near Versailles, Mo., in charge of Bro. Leroy Gingerich. Text, 11 Cor. 5: 1. Burial was in mt. Zion Cemetery.
Yoder.-On June 3, 1941, James Arthur Yoder came to brighten the home of Merrill and Fay Yoder, near Elkhart, Ind. For the period of 1 y. 3 m. 11 d. this beam of sunshine shone upon their pathway. Then this sphere of shedding sunshine was suddenly changed to the celestial realm on Sept. 14, 1941. Think not that life has gone out. It has been transplanted and is in a home surrounded by the love of the heavenly throng. It lives and shall ever live to greet all who follow. "Comfort ye one another with these words." James met death by drowning at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wenger. He leaves his parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wenger, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey N. Yoder, 5 great-grandparents, besides many other relatives. Funeral services held at the Olive Church, conducted by Bros. C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder.
"God needed one more angel child
For in His shining band,
So He reached down to earth below
And clasped our darling's hand."
Zehr.-Clare Joseph, infant son of Peter and Marian Zehr, was born Aug. 31, 1941; departed this world Sept. 10, 1941; aged 10 days. He leaves to mourn his early departure his bereaved parents, 3 brothers (Harley, Horace, and Elwood), 1 sister (Catherine Elaine), and 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Catherine Zehr of East Zorra, and Mrs. Barbara Swartzentruber of East Zora); a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins also survive. Funeral services were held at the home and at the A. M. Church 16th Line, with Bro. D. S. Jutzi officiating. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"When we see a precious blossom,
That we tended with such care,
Rudely taken from our bosom,
How our aching hearts despair.
Round its little grave we linger,
Till the setting sun is low,
Feeling all our hopes have perished,
With the flower we cherished so."
Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah
Allan.-Wm. J., son of the late John and Elizabeth (Jack) Allan, was born at West Lebanon, Ohio, Sept. 26, 1887; died at his home in Stark Co., Ohio, Sept. 14, 1941; aged 53 y. 11 m. 18 d. On Dec. 25, 1909, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Wood Johnstone. To this union were born 5 children; Twin Boys, John and Abraham; Euphemia; and another set of twins, William and Elizabeth. His companion passed away Nov. 20, 1918, during the flu epidemic. He was united in marriage the second time to Mary Burkholder on Feb. 5, 1920. To this union were born 5 children: George Edwin, Ruth, Paul, James, and Lois. Mr. Allan came to Canton, O., when he was twenty-one years old. He learned the brick-laying trade and worked at that trade until fourteen years ago when he moved to the farm on which he died. In the spring of 1920 he united with the First Christian Church in Canton, O., in which he held his membership until death. His health was failing for the past three and one-half years. A year ago he underwent a double operation from which he never fully recovered. Death was due to complications. He is survived by his companion, 4 daughters (Euphemia, Elizabeth, Ruth, and Lois), 3 sons (William, Paul, and James), all of the home; 3 brothers (Archie of West Lebanon, O.; George of Canton, O.; and Peter of Massillon, O.), 1 sister (Mrs. Jessie Reese of Canton, O.), with other relatives and friends. His first companion, 3 sons, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Canton Mission Church in charge of Bishop O. N. Johns, assisted by Bro. J. J. Hostetler. Text, Lam. 3: 31, 32. Interment was made in the Westlawn Cemetery in Canton.
Esch.-Lloyd C., son of the late Christian and Lydia (Byler) Esch, was born Aug. 11, 1905; died June 7, 1941; aged 35 y. 9 m. 29 d. He was killed almost instantly in an automobile accident in Orange, Va. His body was shipped to Wentz's Funeral Home, Atglen, Pa. His mother preceded him in death a year and two months ago. He is survived by his wife (Gertrude Sensenig Esch), and 4 children (Elva Mae, Irwin Joseph, Lloyd Allen, Mary Louise). One son (Marvin) preceded him in death. He is also survived by 1 sister (Mary, wife of Alfred Sweigart); and 2 nieces. Funeral services were conducted at Wentz Funeral Home in charge of Bro. Isaac Kennel, with further services at Goodville Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Noah Mack and John W. Weaver. Texts, Isa. 38: 1; 1 Sam. 20: 3. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that death was near;
May those who yet are left behind,
Be true to God till His appointed time."
Grove.-Edna, daughter of Walter C. and Clara (Shank) Grove, was born in South Boston, Va., March 16, 1910; departed this life Sept. 7, 1941; aged 31 y. 5 m. 21 d. Her passing was sudden and unexpected after a brief illness of five days. She united with the church in her early youth and remained a faithful member at the Cottage City, Md., congregation until her death. She leaves to mourn her departure her father and mother and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the cemetery chapel, conducted by Bros. R. J. Shenk and Geo. F. Brunk. Burial in Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
Heiks.-Katie, daughter of Christian and Fanny Musser, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 13, 1871; peacefully passed to her final rest on Sept. 25, 1941; aged 69 y. 8 m. 12 d She was united in marriage to John G. Heiks, Dec. 18, 1888, who preceded her in death Aug. 13, 1929. She is survived by 4 sons (John I., Chancey H., Dayton F., and Raymond D., all of Smithville, O.), 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Steiner, Marshalville; Mrs. Simon Kurtz, Smithville), 3 brothers (Peter Musser, Smithville; Jacob Musser, Wooster; Daniel Musser, Orrville), and a large number of other relatives. Sister Heiks confessed Christ as her Saviour in early life, and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church where she remained a faithful and devoted sister in the service of her Lord. She was a loving Christian mother, always interested in her children and grandchildren, and in the community in general until the Master called her Home to be at rest. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. S. Gerig, assisted by ---- Gray of the Smithville Lutheran Church. Text, John 14: 1-6. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Hershberger.-Daniel, son of Abraham and Magdalene Hershberger, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Nov. 14, 1865; died Sept. 6, 1941; aged 75 y. 9 m. 22 d. Early in life he united with the church and was a very helpful and loyal member until the end. He is greatly missed as a pillar in the cause of Christ. Three of his sons have been called to the ministry. In his illness of more than four months, he was patient and calm, climaxing a faithful life. He often expressed a desire to depart and be with his Saviour. For more than fifty-two years he lived in marriage with Mary Kropf, his companion, who survives him. A son-in-law, Edd Zook, preceded him, also 9 grandchildren. All of the children and granchildren accepted Christ as their Saviour in young years. There remain many sorrowing friends and relatives. The following children survive: Nansie (Mrs. Edd Zook), Garden City, Mo.; Alice (Mrs. E. C. Bowman, Linn, Mo.; Pearl (Mrs. C. F. Greaser), Hesston, Kans.; Owen, Mazeppa, Alberta, Can.; Elmer, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Raymond, and Ada (Mrs. J. Harvey Roth), Garden City, Mo.; and Harold, Latour, Mo. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. I. M. Zook, Norfolk, Va.), 1 half sister (Mrs. Jacob Miller, Topeka, Ind.), and 1 half brother (Jacob Hershberger, Middlebury, Ind.). Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church, Garden City, Mo. He had previously chosen the text, Matt. 24: 44. Interment at Clearfork Cemetery.
Hershberger.-Fannie, daughter of Michael and Mary Wenger Rohrer, was born near Canton, O., Oct. 25, 1861; died at her home near the same place Sept. 6, 1941; aged 79 y. 11 m. 10 d. In August, 1883, she was united in marriage to Henry Hershberger. To this union were born 8 children. At about the age of forty she accepted Christ as her Saviour, was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in Canton, O., in which she remained faithful until the end. Early in the twentieth century this church was about to be closed. There were only three members left and she was one of the three. She used to plead with the ministers who would come in to preach that they should not discontinue the work. And in 1904, when the question of continuing or closing the church was to be brought before Conference, she wrote a letter to Conference with a strong appeal. Conference decided to continue the work and today the church has a membership of 146. She was a devout woman and intensely interested in the work of the church. She was a regular attendant at church until the past few years when she was unable because of age and physical conditions. She was a lifelong resident of Stark County. For some time her health had been failing but a few days before her death she contracted pneumonia which was the cause of her death. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Edith, Mrs. Milton Bosler of Carrollton, O., and Elva, Mrs. Elmer Finley of Louisville, O.), 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, with other relatives and friends. Her parents, 1 brother, 4 half brothers, 1 half sister, and 6 daughters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the home and in the church and were in charge of Bros. O. N. Johns and J. J. Hostetler. Text, Josh. 23: 1-4. Interment was made in the Center Church Cemetery.
Mayer.-Fannie E., wife of David N. Mayer, Lancaster, Pa., was born Nov, 23, 1880; entered into rest Sept. 21, 1941, after an illness of six months; aged 60 y. 9 m. 28 d. She was the daughter of the late Christian and Lizzie Rohrer Myer and was a member of the Millersville Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband, 2 children, Ruth E. and D. Richard Mayer, both at home. Brothers and sister surviving are: Benjamin Myer, Lititz; Christian Myer, Mrs. Theodore Conrad, Lancaster; Mrs. Mennon Good, Lititz; Mrs. Edwin Redcay, Mountville; Mrs. Charles Smith, Millersville; Mrs. John Huber, Lancaster; and Mrs. Reuben Miller, West Lampeter. Service was held at the home by Bro. Landis Shertzer, and further service at Mellinger's Church by Bro. Elmer Martin. Texts: 1 Thess. 4: 13, 14; Reb. 14: 13.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
In that beautiful city her trials are past:
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home, to suffer no more." ---The Family.
Miller.-Menno C., son of Christian and Fanny Miller, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Aug. 10, 1875; died at Middlebury, Ind., Sept. 16, 1941; aged 66 y. 1 m. 9 d. He was married o Aug. 13, 1898 to Ida May Mishler who preceded him in death not quite a year ago, Nov. 8. Three infant sons and a foster daughter (Rosa Kintra Stahly) also preceded him in death. Surviving him are his daughter Grace, wife of Amos T. Bontrager of Shipshewana, and son Vernon, of Topeka, Ind.; 1 sister (Mrs. Alvin Frey of Middlebury, Ind.), and 6 grandchildren, besides a large circle of other relatives and friends. On July 17 he had an operation at the Elkhart Hospital which was to give him some degree of comfort, but the Lord saw fit to call him home just two months later. He greatly appreciated the visits from his many friends, and , being a lover of music, he enjoyed and looked forward to the times when friends came to sing. He was a member of the Forks Mennonite Church, and was a regular attendant as long as health permitted. He was very patient in his illness, always having a kind word for those who ministered to his needs. Now only our aged grandparents are left in the home. How little we know the ways of our Lord! How often manmade plans are changed, but only because our heavenly Father has something better in store for us, although we cannot see it now. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Forks Mennonite Church by Bros. Earley Bontrager and D. D. Miller. Text, Ps. 39: 7. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
"Think of stepping on shore and finding it heaven,
Think of taking hold of a hand and finding it God's hand;
Think of breathing new air and finding it celestial air,
Think of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality;
Think of passing from storm and tempest to an unknown calm,
Think of waking up and finding it Home."
Miller.-Moses I., son of Isaac A. and Catherine (Yoder) Miller, was born at Scalp Level, Pa., on Dec. 6, 1864; died at his home near Dover, Ohio, on Sept. 20, 1941; aged 76 y. 9 m. 14 d. On June 13, 1886, he was united in marriage to Lucinda Mast. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters. One son, Ray, who died in infancy Sept. 30, 1889, and 2 daughters (Melvina, on June 1, 1923, and Laura, on Feb. 11, 1930), preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife Lucinda, Luella (Mrs. Chris Stutzman of Aurora, O.; Lloyd B., of Canton, O.; Maud (Mrs. A. J. Headings) of Detroit, Mich.; Kate (Mrs. Menno Nussbaum) of Orrville, O.; Bessie, at home, and Wallace L. of Dover, O.; also 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, L. R. Miller of Anahuac, Tex.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Susan Miller and Mrs. S. J. Gerber of Sugarcreek, Ohio, and Mrs. Lydia Miller of Beach City, O. He was a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church for many years. He was afflicted for a number of years but was still able to get around up to the last few days before his death. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Paul R. Miller assisted by Bros. Alvin Miller and Venus Hershberger.
Weaver.-Clara, daughter of Wm. and Mary Loucks Holdeman, was born in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 29, 1875; passed away May 12, 1941, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Gingrich, Elkhart, Ind.; aged 65 y. 5 m. 13 d. On July 13, 1895, she was united in marriage to Nathan Weaver, who preceded her in death April 24, 1934. To this union were born 5 children, all of whom survive: Floyd W., of Rensselaer; Mrs. Oscar (Laura) Troyer of Goshen; Mrs. John (Mary) Gingrich of Elkhart; Mrs. Herman (Pauline) Schrock of Mishawaka; and Christine Weaver of Goshen. She leaves also 1 foster son, Samuel R. Weaver of Shipshewana, 13 grandchildren, 3 sistersMrs. Anna Thomas of Nappanee, Mrs. J. H. (Samantha) Bowser of Helena, Ohio, Mrs. Bertha Lehman of Wakarusa, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in 1908 and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted from the Gingrich home with further service at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by Bishop D. A. Yoder, assisted by Bros. Ira Johns and D. D. Troyer.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain,
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again;
Into Heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles
Mother has fallen asleep."
Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah
Denlinger.-Noah B., son of the late Simon and Anne Mary Leaman Denlinger, was born near Rohrerstown, Pa., May 6, 1872; died July 31, 1941, at the Lancaster General Hospital. He was a member of the Paradise Mennonite Church. Death was caused by a fractured skull which he received in a fall from a ladder. He was apparently in good health up to the time of the accident, which happened July 28 at his son's home, where he was going to help to unload hay. He was preceded in death by his wife and 1 daughter. Those surviving are: 2 sons, 1 daughter, 14 grandchildren, and 1 brother. Funeral services were held from his late home with Bro. Martin Hershey in charge and further services at the Paradise Mennonite Church with Bro. Park Book preaching the sermon. Text: John 11: 25, 26. Burial in adjoining 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."
Gerber.-Lydia, daughter of Peter M. and Elizabeth Moser Gerber, was born near Dalton, Ohio, April 12, 1869. Her death came very suddenly of a heart attack in the Beeson Hospital, Wooster, O., Sept. 27, 1941; aged 72 y. 5 m. 15 d She was baptized Apr. 8, 1887, and became a member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. In 1936 she transferred her membership to the Kidron Mennonite Church, where she remained faithful unto death. She was united in marriage to Jacob P. Gerber, Nov. 9, 1899, by Bishop Jacob Nussbaum. They spent their forty-two years of married life on the same farm one and one half miles east of Kidron. Her husband and all her children survive: Delia (Mrs. Albert J. Amstutz) of near Kidron; Nathan, on the home farm; Sylvan, of Massillon; Gilbert, of Berne, Ind.; Oswin and Delvin, of Kidron. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren. One grandson preceded her in death. The surviving brothers are: Daniel P., Levi P., Peter P., of Dalton; E. P. of Kidron and Noah P. of Pandora. Four sisters and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Two weeks before her death she fell in the garden and broke her leg near the hip. She was taken to the hospital where excellent care was given. Having been in failing health fro a number of years, complications set in, causing her very sudden death. She had a quiet disposition and always performed her duties faithfully. It was always her desire to worship with the saints whenever health permitted. Funeral services took place from the home, conducted by Bro. Allen Bixler and from the Kidron Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Zuercher and Reuben Hofstetter. Texts: 11 Cor. 4: 16-5:8, 1 Pet. 1, and Ps. 34: 19. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.
Groff.-Infant daughter of Rohrer M. and Mary (Stauffer) Groff of Lancaster, Pa., was stillborn Sept. 8, 1941. She is survived by her parents, 4 grandparents, and a great-grandfather. Her little body was laid to rest in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery.
"Up in that beautiful city
Which hath no need of the sun,
Safe on the Shepherd's bosom
Resteth our little one."
Hershberger.-Seth P., son of Peter and Leah (Hochstetler) Hershberger, was born Jan. 21, 1860 in Holmes Co., Ohio; passed away near his home at Shipshewana, Ind., Sept. 25, 1941; aged 81 y. 8 m. 4 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. On Jan. 29, 1895, he was married to Susanna Miller, also of Holmes Co., Ohio. Together they established a home near Arthur, Ill., where they resided until 1908 when they moved to a farm near Shipshewana, Ind. Death was instantaneous, caused by a basal skull fracture suffered when his care was struck by another car on State Route No. 5. He is survived by his widow, 3 children - Anna (Mrs. Clarence H. Miller of Goshen), Thomas and Dora, at home, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Services at the Shore Mennonite Church were in charge of Bros. Josiah J. Miller and Percy J. Miller. Sermon theme, :Victory over Death." 1 Cor. 15: 51-57.
Horsch.-John Horsch was born Dec. 18, 1867, at Giebelstadt, Bavaria, Germany, son of Bishop Jacob and Barbara Landes Horsch; died at his home at Scottdale, Pa., Oct. 7, 1941; aged 73 y. 9 m. 20 d. He leaves his widow, Christine Funk Horsch; one daughter, Elizabeth (Mrs. Harold S. Bender), of Goshen, Ind.; three sons - Walter of Wheaton, Ill.; Menno of West View, Pa.; and Paul of Indianapolis, Ind.; eleven grandchildren; one brother, Michael, of Hellmansberg, Bavaria, Germany; and two sisters, Elizabeth (Mrs. Ulrich Hege) and Marie (Mrs. Rudolph Baer), both of Paso Robles, Calif. Funeral services at the Scottdale Mennonite Church were in charge of Bros. J. L .Horst and A. J. Metzler, assisted by Bros. John H. Mosemann and John R. Mumaw. Interment in Scottdale Cemetery. Full biographical sketch will be found on page 600 of this issue.
Huber.-J. Harold, son of John R. and Anna Ament Huber, was born Oct. 12, 1920; died Sept. 1, 1941; aged 20 y. 10 m. 19 d. He is survived by his parents; one sister, Esther, at home; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Ament; many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends who mourn his sudden departure. Harold with 3 companions started on a motor trip on Sunday, Aug. 31, and on their way at noon met with an accident. An automobile struck them and hurled them to the ground. William Leeply, the driver of the motorcycle, lived five minutes after the accident. The other two were some distance behind, saw it all happen, and took the injured ones to the Norristown Hospital, where Harold lived till 5:00 a. m. the next morning. This sad accident is a loud call, especially to the young. "Be ye therefore ready" was the text used at his funeral.
"My cheeks once red like roses spread,
My sparkling eyes so gay;
But now you see how 'tis with me,
A lifeless lump of clay."
The funeral was held on Sept. 3, with a short service at the home and further services at the Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers, Bros. D. N. Gish, Jacob Hess, and Landis Shertzer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartaches
That are hidden all the while." ---By the Family.
Schrock.-Nancy, daughter of the late Pre. David and Barbara Yoder Hartzler, was born Feb. 14, 1855, near Ligonier, Ind.; died at her home in Smithville, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1941; aged 86 y. 7 m. 17 d. She was united in marriage with Jonathan Schrock of Orrville, O., Mar. 30, 1876. To this union were born 4 children: Enos of Orrville, O.; David of Sterling, O.; Mary (Mrs. C. A. Hooley) of Smithville, O.; and Noah of Orrville, O. There were 3 others who in their childhood and youth were cared for in this home: Ellen Yoder (Mrs. Charles Cleveland) of Chillicothe, O.; Alma Lehner Howard of Chicago, Ill.; and John Lehner of Orrville, Ohio. She is survived by all her children, those fostered in the home, 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother, Pre. Jonathan Hartzler of Marshallville, O., who is the only one remaining of her family of 6 brothers and 2 sisters. There are many other relatives and friends who are sharing their sympathy with the immediate family in their bereavement. In her childhood she had a fervent desire to serve and follow Jesus. One day while caring for her little brother she had a definite experience of Jesus entering her life and filling her heart with joy and peace. Later she was received into the Amish Mennonite Church at Haw Patch, Ind., by Bishop Isaac Smucker. For over 60 years she had been a loyal and faithful member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where she enjoyed the fellowship of the saints in the worship of God, and where she entered into the labors and activities of the church. Her life was characterized by an unselfish devotion to God and her fellow men. She was broad in her sympathies and ready to understand others whether they were the rich, poor, the socially prominent of the city or the tramp of the country road - all found pleasure and comfort in her home and a place at her table. When she was leaving her parental home her parents admonished her to remember the poor, and this she always did. Frequently she visited the homes of the poor, and needy and sick, taking with her not only well-filled baskets of good things and bundles of clothing but also cheer and comfort in her kindly words and in the radiant expression on her face. Through her correspondence, which was quite extensive, she brought much joy and gladness to many in various walks of life. Her mind was adorned with the Word of God and her lips were anointed to sing praises to God. During her illness she would frequently quote portions of Scripture and sing entire hymns which she had laid up in her heart and mind. She was very appreciative of the many remembrances of her by her friends in visits, letters, gifts, and especially of the care and comforts provided by her own loved ones. Over and over she said, "They are all so kind to me." Truly as she loved and cared for her own in her days of strength, she was loved and tenderly cared for during her many days of illness and failing strength. Again and again she expressed her concern for and offered her prayers for the spiritual well being of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and others. Funeral services were conducted from the home of her son, Noah Schrock, and the Oak Grove Church by Bishop J. S. Gerig, assisted by Bros. Wm. G. Detweiler and I. W. Royer. Text: 1 Pet. 1: 3-5.
"The dear Lord's best interpreters
Are humble human souls;
The gospel of a life like hers
Is more than books or scrolls."
Springer.-Elmer Franklin Springer was born Sept. 30, 1941, and was taken home to Jesus, Oct. 1. He is survived by his parents and young brother Frederic. A short service was held at the East Bend Mennonite Cemetery, in charge of Bro. G. D. Troyer.
Thomas.-Kathryn Gindlesperger was born Dec. 19, 1860; died at her home Sept. 15, 1941; aged 80 y. 8 m. 26 d. She was baptized by Bishop Samuel Blough, Mar, 1880, and was a faithful member of the Thomas congregation of the Mennonite Church until death. She was an active member of the sewing circle and other church activities and her seat was seldom vacant as long as health permitted. Her husband, Levi Thomas, passed away 27 years ago. One son, Daniel, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren preceded her in death. She is survived by the following children: Emma, widow of John Crawl; Edward Thomas; E. S. Thomas; Minnie, wife of John Blough; Pearl, wife of John Alwine; J. W. Thomas; Lottie, wife of Harry Blough; Webster Thomas; Menno Thomas; and Katie, wife of William Hershberger; also by 36 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 1 brother, Josiah Gindlesperger, near Hollsopple, Pa. Services were held at the house b y Bros. Joseph Saylor and Aldus Wingard, and at the Thomas Church by Bros. S. G. Shetler (Text: Job 14: 14), ---- Houser, and James Saylor (Text: 1 Cor. 15: 58). Sweet shall be our memory of her. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Zuercher.-Lena, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Tschantz Zuercher, was born near Apple Creek, Ohio, Jan. 13, 1864. After a short illness she passed peacefully to her eternal rest at the home of her niece in Canton, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1941; aged 77 y. 8 m. 29 d. She was the last member of the immediate family to answer the heavenly summons, her parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister having preceded her in death. Surviving her are 2 nephews and 3 nieces: William Zuercher, of Smithville, O.; Elmer Zuercher, of Corpus Christi, Texas; Mrs. Emma Saurer of Apple Creek; Mrs. Sarah Snyder of Massillon; and Mrs. Viola Cheney of Canton, besides many other relatives and friends. Early in youth she was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, and at the time of her death was a charter member of the Kidron Mennonite Church. Her philosophy of life was expressed in a simple childlike trust in a loving heavenly Father, and a spirit of sacrificial service in behalf of the needy. Blessed are the memories that linger of her loving ministrations to others. Funeral services were held at the Kidron Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Allen Bixler and Isaac Zuercher. Text: Ps. 127: 2. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
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Birky.-Elizabeth, daughter of Christian and Catherine Birky, was born near Morton, Ill., Sept. 10, 1864; died Tuesday evening, Sept. 22, 1941; aged 77 y. 12 d. She with her family had moved to Hopedale, Ill, where she grew to womanhood. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church July 31, 1881, continuing in this faith to the end. In her younger years she cared for her aged mother. After her mother's death she made her home with her niece (Mrs. N. D. Kauffman) and family for thirty years. After the death of her niece she was cared for in the homes of her nephews, Abner and Joel Egli. Her health was very poor the last few years. She suffered from high blood pressure and heart trouble, but was not bedfast until the last three days. She became very ill on Saturday night, Sept. 19. She is the last of a family of ten children. She often expressed herself as being ready to depart this life. She leaves a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Manson Mennonite Church on Sept. 25, with Bro. Nick Stoltzfus in charge. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
"Passing out of earth's shadows
Into infinite day;
Why do you call it dying,
This beautiful passing away?"
Fink.-George S. Fink of Farm No. 35, Hershey Industrial School, Hershey, Pa., was born Nov. 1, 1894; died Sept. 18, 1941, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa.; aged 46 y. 10 m. 17 d. His death from a cerebral hemorrhage followed an illness of two days. Bro. Fink was employed as one of the farm managers of the Hershey Estates, and was also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Hershey Industrial School for boys. He was a faithful member of Gingrich's Mennonite Church. On Jan. 22, 1918, he was united in marriage to Minnie Flinchbauch. Besides his sorrowing companion, he is survived by a son (Henry F. Keener of Hershey) and 2 daughters (Betty, wife of Abner Miller, of Elizabethtown and Esher, wife of J. Lester Keener, of Hershey). Three brothers, 6 sisters, and 4 grandchildren also survive. Bro. Fink was a devoted husband and father, who will be sadly missed in both home and Church, where his absence is keenly felt. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 22, at the residence by Bros. Daniel Wert and Gurdon Scoville, and at Gingrich's Church by Bros. Martin Weaver and Simon G. Bucher. Text, Jas. 4: 14, 15. Interment in Erisman's Mennonite Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought the end so near;
And only those bereft can tell,
The sadness of parting without a farewell."
Mast.-Viola May, daughter of Lora and Bessie Yoder, was born Dec. 19, 1918; died Sept. 15, 1941 (in an automobile accident) when returning home from visiting her brother Vernon; aged 23 y. 8 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Harold L. Mast on Jan. 4, 1936. She was a loving, faithful wife and mother, always helpful to those in need, and looked on the bright side of sorrows and trouble which we as a family can pattern after. She will be missed so very much by her loved ones and friends. Although we cannot understand God's plans, we know what He does is always best. She leaves her sorrowing husband and 5 children (Phylis, Deloris, Maynard, James, and Dean); also her father and mother, 4 brothers (Ernest and Vernon of Midland Co.; Elwood of Mio, and Melvin), and 1 sister (Reba) at home. Two children (Maynard and Deloris) were recovering from injuries in the Midland Hospital and could not attend the funeral which was held on Sept. 18, at the Fairview, Mich., Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. M. S. Steiner and Menno Esch. Text, 1 Sam. 20: 3. Interment in Fairview Cemetery.
Mishler.-James J., son of Joseph C. and Rachel (Livingstone) Mishler, was born near Thomas Mills, Pa., Nov. 21, 1855; died at his home near Shipshewana, Ind., oct. 5, 1941; aged 85 y. 10 m. 14 d. He came to Indiana in 1877 where on March 2, 1879 he was married to Lydia Yoder who died Dec. 3, 1896. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters (Albert and Will of Oregon; Oliver of Elkhart; James of Shipshewana; Lizzie, Mrs. Jerry C. Troyer, Amanda, Mrs. Joseph E. Nelson of Shipshewana; Viola, Mrs. Ira E. Yoder, of Middlebury; and Mabel, who died in 1893). Feb. 28, 1899, he was married to Amanda Miller who died on Feb. 15,1939. To this marriage there were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (Ira of near Shipshewana; Claude of Middlebury; Nona, Mrs. Elva Nelson, and Lucy, Mrs. Perry Nelson of Shipshewana). All the children with the exception of one daughter survive. In his early life he attended common school in Pennsylvania and later a teachers' normal school, after which he taught school in both Pennsylvania and Lagrange Co., Ind., for several years. After his marriage he began farming and lived on several farms in Clay Township, later moving to the farm where he had lived for over fifty years. Besides farming he also worked as a stone and brick mason. Several chimneys were built by him after he was 80 years old. As in his physical labor, so also in work of the Church his work was of the heavier type. April 17, 1883 he was ordained to the office of deacon in the Shore Mennonite Church, which office he held for over 58 years. Besides the work of deacon he also served as Sunday-school superintendent, young people's meeting moderator, chairman of local mission board, and Sunday-school teacher for many years. He also served on Conference committees and his advice and counsel were frequently sought in solving problems in neighboring congregations. Like the chimneys in the temporal life so, too, there may be many spiritual monuments standing as a credit to his work, representing men and women to whom he came to help in their problems and to keep them or to help them to return to the fold of Christ. His death came not as a shock, but as he was taken to his bed on New Year's Day he had for these many months been calmly waiting and often expressed a desire for his Lord to come to take him Home. Besides the above-mentioned sons and daughters he leaves 38 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Jacob W., and Moses J., of Laverne, Calif.; and John L., of Middlebury), also many nephews and nieces and other relatives. In his passing the community loses a man known to many as a trusted neighbor and friend, the Church one of its faithful leaders and strong pillars of support, and the family a kind, loving father, grandfather, and brother. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church, Oct. 7, in charge of Bros. Percy J. Miller and D. D. Miller. Text, Heb. 4: 9, selected by Bro. Mishler.
Saltzman.-Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Susan Eigsti, was born near Morton, Ill., Mar. 2, 1868; died at her home in Flanagan, Ill., Sept. 30, 1941; aged 73 y. 7 m. 28 d. She had been in failing health for some time, but only seriously ill a few days. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Saltzman in December, 1899. This union was blessed with one daughter (Alice Edna) who preceded her in death. They resided on the Saltzman homestead until they retired from farming in the fall of 1925 and moved to Flanagan where she resided until her death. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and a true helpmate to her life companion. Her pleasing disposition and kind and loving ways endeared her to a large circle of friends throughout the community who were deeply shocked to learn of her passing. She will be sadly missed in the home, in the Church and in the community. She was a loyal member of the Mennonite Church from her youth and it was her privilege to attend services at the church of her choice one week before she was called to her eternal home. She leaves her husband, 1 brother (Samuel, of Ottawa, Kans.), 1 sister (Mary Kauffman of Manson, Ia.), and a large number of relatives and friends. She is also preceded in death by her parents, 5 sisters, and 3 brothers. The funeral was held at the Waldo Mennonite Church, of which she was a member in charge of Bishop J. D. Hartzler.
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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXXIV, No . 31 - October 30, 1941 - pp 662, 663
Gindlesperger.-Josiah, son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Yoder) Gindlesperger, was born Oct. 7, 1865; died in his home near Davidsville, Pa., Oct. 9, 1941; aged 76 y. 2 d. He was married to Elizabeth Livingston April 16, 1893. To this union were born 4 children of whom the following survive: Emma Jane, wife of John Miller, Hollsopple, Pa.; Nannie, wife of Ross Williams, Tire Hill, Pa.; Joseph, at home. Besides the wife and children, he is survived by 13 grandchildren. He was a member of the Stahl Mennonite Church at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Blough Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler. Burial in the Blough Cemetery.
Lehman.-Kenneth William, son of Willis A., and Sarean Amstutz Lehman, was born near Kidron, Wayne Co., Ohio on Oct. 13, 1934; died Oct. 13, 1941; aged 7 years. Little Kenneth was an invalid from birth and for the last six months he gradually grew weaker until his call came on his seventh birthday. He was always a very patient child and brought much joy into the home during his short stay, especially when he was able to play with his brothers. He is survived by his sorrowing parents and 5 brothers: Donavon Dale, James Orten, Chester Lee, Maurice David, and Paul Daniel; also 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, 1 stepgrandmother, and a number of uncles, aunts, cousins, besides a host of other relatives and friends. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were held at the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church with Bros. Louis Amstutz and Jacob Neuenschwander officiating. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Full blooming flowers alone will not do,
Some must be young and ungrown;
So the frail buds He is gathering too,
To beautify His throne."
McDaniel.-Annie Catharine, daughter of the late Wesley and Hester (Bentz) Shull, was born in Bedford Co., Pa., Sept. 6, 1882; died very suddenly near Johnstown, Pa., Sept. 18, 1941; aged 59 y. 12 d. The father, 1 brother and the following 10 children survive: Roy, married to Emma Sala; Lloyd, married to Trella Jones; Gladys, married to James Devine; Foster, married to Alice Koontz; Clyde, married to Dorothy Wolford; Merle, married to Ethel Webb; Arthur, married to Ruth Strayer; Lee married to Doris Rager; Irene and Lester, at home. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren. One daughter (Viola), 1 brother, and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. By her request while in health the services were conducted in the home and in the Stahl Mennonite Church by W. G. Shetler, assisted by Wm. Rummel. The body was buried in the Stahl Cemetery.
Peachey.-Mary Etta, daughter of Jonathan and Kathryn Peachey, was born at Belleville, Pa., April 11, 1940; died Sept. 4, 1941. While playing near a milk cooling vat she accidentally fell in. When she was missed at supper time a search was made, and the lifeless body found by the hired girl, Miriam Peachey, who had charge of the household duties; the parents having been away on a trip to Canada and returned home a few hours after the accident. She leaves her parents, 6 sisters, 1 brother, 1 grandmother (Mrs. Lydia A. Peachey), 1 grandfather (Jonas C. Peachey), and many other relatives. One sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the home conducted by Enos Kurtz and John Y. Peachey. Burial in the Amish Mennonite Cemetery near the Locust Grove Church.
Shantz.-Arthur Shantz was born near Cullom, Ill., May 29, 1894; died at his home near Hydro, Okla., Oct. 7, 1941; aged 47 y. 4 m. 8 d. At the age of seven years he came with his parents to near Lucien, Okla., where they lived until 1911, when they moved to near Hydro, Okla., where he has since resided. As a young man he confessed Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. His father, mother, and 1 brother preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his passing 1 brother and 5 sisters: Henry and Sophia of Hydro, Mrs. Fannie Slagle of Thomas, Okla., Mrs. Levi Miller of Weatherford, Okla., and Lillie and Mrs. E M. Neville of La Junta, Colo.; also 6 nieces and 7 nephews and other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. John Slagell and at the church by Bros. Joseph Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber. Interment in cemetery near by.
Stayrook.-Jonathan Kauffman Stayrook was born near Matawana, Pa., May 31, 1864; died Sept. 23 ,1941. at his home in Bellefontaine, Ohio; aged 77 y. 3 m. 23 d. His funeral was held at the funeral parlors in Bellefontaine Sept. 26, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by ---- Russell of Lima, Ohio. Burial in the Zanesfield Cemetery.
Ulrich.-Anna, daughter of Christian and Barbara Reeser, was born near Muncie, Ind., Dec. 17, 1854; died at her home in Eureka, Ill., Oct. 12, 1941; aged 86 y. 9 m. 26 d. At the age of three she came to Woodford Co., Ill., in a covered wagon with her parents. The Reeser homestead was established along the Mackinaw River where she lived until her marriage to David Ulrich, Oct. 22, 1874. All their married life, with the exception of six years at Garden City, Mo, were lived in Woodford Co., in the vicinities of Eureka and Metamora. Having retired from the farm, they moved to Eureka in 1919. In 1934 her husband passed away. They were blessed with 11 children, all of whom survive the passing of their mother. They are: Barbara Schertz, Eureka; Anna, at home; Christian M., Eureka; Emma Schertz, Fisher; Peter N., Eureka; Elizabeth Schertz, Falfurrius, Texas; Fannie Schrock, David, Ella Schertz, Emmanuel, and Viola Harnish, all of Eureka. In her youth, she united with the Mennonite Church, in which she was a devoted and faithful member all her life. She enjoyed good health until she took sick about eleven months ago. She was very active and found much enjoyment in the duties of home life, and in association with her many neighbors and acquaintances. Much appreciated were the loving remembrances of friends and relatives shown to her during her illness. She especially loved the timber and the beauties of nature, visiting often the vicinity of her childhood home on the Mackinaw. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her 11 children, 47 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. She also leaves 2 sisters (Mrs. Lena Plaag of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Barbara Ummel of Reeds, Mo.), and 5 brothers (Jacob of Albany, Oreg.; Peter of Seattle, Wash.; Sam of Goodfield, Ill.; and Ben and David of Congerville, Ill.). One sister and 4 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Oct. 14, at the home and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Ezra Yordy, assisted by Bro. H. R. Schertz and Bro. Lee Lantz. Interment in church cemetery.
Wenger.-Solomon B., second son of Jacob and Hannah
(Brenneman) Wenger, was born near Greenmount, Va., Jan.
7, 1857. Here he grew to manhood in a period of history darkened
by the Civil War, in which his home, the Shenandoah Valley, was
one of the most troubled spots. The war and its resulting hardships
delayed his starting to school so that his education was hampered.
In 1882 he was married to Sallie Beery in his home community.
They came to South English, Iowa, and established their home,
but it was broken the next year by the sudden death of his dear
companion. In 1886 he was married to Belle Gruey of North English,
Iowa, who bore him 5 children: Edith, Clark, Arthur, Emery, and
Milo. Of this family, Emery preceded him in death in 1908, the
wife and mother in 1916, Milo in 1934, and Arthur in 1936. In
1918 he was united in marriage to his boyhood neighbor and schoolmate,
Minnie (Wampler) Miller of Greenmount, Va., who has faithfully
stood by him in his declining years. Bro. Wenger is one of the
community's oldest pioneers. He has always been actively interested
in everything that contributed to its welfare in both a temporal
and a spiritual way. He waged a lifelong fight against the liquor
traffic. But the thing that lay nearest his heart was the Church.
He became a Christian in his youth; and the Liberty Mennonite
Church at South English is a monument to his untiring efforts
to establish the faith of his fathers in the community in which
he lived. He was instrumental, in co-operation with a brother-pioneer,
B. Lineweaver, in securing first the services of visiting ministers,
and later the organization of a congregation with Bro. S. G. Lapp
as pastor. He donated half the acre of ground on which the meetinghouse
was built, and helped to raise funds for building it. He has seldom
been absent from services when it was possible for him to be there.
He was keenly interested in every member, especially the younger
ones. His faithfulness has been an inspiration to ministers and
leaders for many years. Of his father's family, 2 sisters (Annie
Brenneman and Maggie Brunk) and 3 brothers (Christian, Samuel,
and Amos D.) have gone on before; but his sisters (Barbara Andes,
Lydia Showalter, and Katie Brunk), and his brothers (Adam and
Tim) still live; also his wife, his daughter (Edith Morgan), his
son (Clark), a daughter-in-law (Margaret Wenger of Cedar Rapids),
and 6 grandchildren survive. These are the things those who knew
him best will always remember about him; his fearlessness of hard
work, his fine sense of humor, unswerving devotion to his convictions,
his love for all creatures, his utter unselfishness, his keen
appreciation of friends, and his tender care of his family. In
the last three years his earthly house had been growing frail
with age; but his mind had kept active and his spirit youthful.
He never, to the very last, lost the forward look. "Think
of him still as the same I say; he is not dead, he is just away."
He died Oct. 10, 1941, as a result of a fall, being three months
less than 85 years of age. His funeral was carried out according
to the plans he had outlined two years ago when he was critically
ill. The pastor of the Brethren Church (Homer Caskey) who had
often visited him and prayed with him, conducted a brief service
in the home. The pallbearers were six of his old neighbors and
friends. His was the first funeral ever to be held in the Liberty
Mennonite Church, where the more-than-capacity crowd was a mute
testimony to the esteem in which he was held. The services there
were conducted by the Brethren Perry Blosser of his own church
and A. C. Good, from the text he himself had selected: "I
have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
the faith." He was laid to rest in the Brethren Cemetery
in the lot where four of his dear ones lie. His influence remains
a power for good in the lives of all who knew him, and his memory
a gracious benediction. ---By His Daughter.
Zeager.-Anna May, daughter of the late John and Julia Stauffer Geib, was born March 2, 1866; died Aug. 20, 1941; aged 75 y. 5 m. 18 d. Death came very suddenly of a heart attack. She was united in marriage with Jacob Zeager of Mt. Joy on Sept. 13, 1887, who passed away eight years ago. To this union were born 5 children: Monroe; John of Rheems; Jacob of Mt. Joy (at whose home she died); Mrs. Bertha Shelly of Manheim; and Herman (who died at the age of 16 months). One stepdaughter (Mrs. Ella Frey of Elizabethtown), 26 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Lizzie Fisher and Katie Smith, both of Florin), and 3 brothers (Gabriel, Samuel and Isaac Geib) also survive her. She was a member of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Noah Risser and Clarence Lutz. Text, Rev. 21: 4. Interment at Erisman's Cemetery.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Zook.-Reuben E. Zook was born July 17, 1869, at Belleville, Pa.; died at his late home, West Liberty, Ohio, Sept. 29, 1941; aged 72 y. 2 m. 12 d. He was the son of David H. and Elizabeth (Hooley) Zook. Feb. 9, 1905, he was married to Sallie B. King. To this union there were born no children, but in 1908 they opened their hearts and home to a foster child (Mabel Phillips) whom they so tenderly cared for. For many years he farmed in Pennsylvania, and in 1921 he moved to West Liberty. In his early life he gave his heart to God, and has always been a true and faithful member of the Mennonite Church; first in Belleville, where he served as trustee for many years. He leaves his wife, 1 daughter (Mrs. David Zook), a brother (Stephen M., of West Liberty), and 2 sisters (Mary E. Hostetler and Nellie Byler of Belleville, Pa.). A brother (Thomas E.) preceded him several years ago. Six grandchildren, who were a joy in his life, also survive. In the passing of our dear one, we shall deeply feel the loss of a loving husband, a kind father, and helpful neighbor. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, conducted by Bros. N. E. Troyer and Marion Y. King.
"Dear Father, ne'er shall I forget
Thy brow, thine eye, thy pleasant smile;
Though in the sea of death hath set
Thy star of life, my guide awhile,
Oh, never shall t hy form depart
From the bright pictures in my heart."
Zook.-John E., son of Jacob and Mary (Hooley) Zook, was born Oct. 30, 1864, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died Oct. 5, 1941; aged 76 y. 11 m. 5 d. He came to Ohio while a young man and was married to Emma, daughter of C. K. and Catherine Yoder, Jan. 26, 1897. One son and 2 daughters were born to bless their home. At the tender age of four, a daughter (Bertha) was called to her heavenly home. Those remaining are his wife, a daughter (Mary) and son (Lawrence), who are a comfort and help to their mother, at this time of bereavement, and in the days to follow. An only brother preceded him in death. The relatives remaining are several cousins; one cousin (Reuben Zook), a close neighbor, preceded him a week previous. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and at the time of his death was a member of the South Union Church. Thirty-two years ago he suffered a severe stroke of paralysis, and since that time has been a partial invalid, but was able to attend church services and visit with friends and neighbors, the last few years. A week ago his condition became serious, and Sunday, about noon, he quietly passed away. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, conducted by N. E. Troyer and Marion King. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea."
Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah