Baumgardner., Laura, the only daughter of Bro. Lewis and Sister (Eash) Baumgardner, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Aug. 8, 1888; died after an illness of several years at her home, Windber Pa., Nov. 23, 1941; aged 53 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, June, 1907. She held her membership in the Pleasant Grove congregation near Salix, Pa. For a number of years she was very active in Sunday School, summer Bible school, young people's meeting, and many other activities of the Church. She will be greatly missed by the young people on account of the help she was always ready to give. She was preceded in death by her only brother and by her father in 1935. She is survived by her aged mother, a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the Weaver Church by Sanford G. Shetler and S. G. Shetler. The body was laid to rest in the family plot of the Weaver Cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Birky, Catherine, daughter of the late Jacob and Catherine Zimmer, was born in Zurich, Canada, Oct. 11, 1855; died at the home of her son, in, law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Nitzche near Bancroft, Nebr. Nov. 27, 1941; aged 86 y. 1 m. 16 d. March 7, 1875, she was united in marriage to Joseph H. Birky at Delavan, Ill., who preceded her in death Sept. 25, 1927. To this union 10 children were born as follows: Daniel of Beemer, Nebr.; Amos of Thurman, Colo.; Katie Stieder, Conneautville, Pa.; Lizzie P Oswald, Bruning, Nebr.; Joseph and Simon of Beemer, Nebr.; Jacob of Clarence Center, N. Y.; Sarah Eichelberger, West Point, Nebr.; Emma Nitzche, Bancroft, Nebr.; and Alma Wittrig, Beemer, Nebr. She is also survived by 1 foster sister (Mary Detwiler of Shickley, Nebr.), 44 grandchildren, and 49 great, grandchildren. She was the last of her family. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death, always having a desire to worship with the believers when she was able. Mother's great concern was the salvation of her family. She lived to see all her children, and many of her grandchildren, in the fold of Christ. Although she suffered much the past two years from the loss of her eyesight and also in a fall, breaking her hip, yet through it all she manifested great patience and was fully resigned to the will of God whom she loved and served to the end. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. P. O. Oswald of the home congregation and Bro. P. R. Kennel of Shickley,Nebr. Interment was made in the Beemer Cemetery.
Bixler, Louise Maurer was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct.
9, 1853; died at the home of her son, John L. Bixler at Oak Grove,
Ind., Nov. 26, 1941; aged 88 y. 1 m. 17 d. At the age of 22 she
was united in marriage to Benjamin T. Bixler. To this union were
born 3 children. In her early life she united with the Mennonite
Church in which faith she died. She leaves her 2 sons (John L.,
Bixler of Oak Grove; Harvey H. Bixler of near Goshen, Ind.), a
daughter (Emma J. Nettrour of Wakarusa, Ind.), and a large circle
of other relatives and friends. Aunt Lou, as she was known, slipped
away rather suddenly. She was an aged sister who was especially
dear to her ministers, and is missed very greatly. Funeral services
were held at her late home and at South Union in charge of her
ministers, Bros. Warren Shaum and Silas Weldy. She was laid away
in the adjoining cemetery to await His blessed appearing.
"Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like hers, is done.
Till then we yield with gladness,
Our mother to Him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance,
'He giveth His loved one sleep.'".
Hershberger, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth
Hershberger, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, May 28, 1881; died
at her home near Sharon Center Dec. 12, 1941; aged 60 y. 6 m.
14 d. Dec. 29, 1901, she was united in marriage to George Rhodes.
To this union 8 children were born. One son preceded her in h
death. She is survived by her husband and 5 daughters (Mrs. John
0 Knepp of Sharon, Mrs. Archie Moore of Iowa City, Mrs. Edward
Carpenter of Palos, Ill., Lydia and Ada at home) 2 sons (Ivan
of Wellman, Iowa and Raymond of Iowa City), and 12 grandchildren;
also by 3 sisters (Mrs. Mahlon Swartzendruber, Mrs. A. D. Miller,
P and Lydia Hershberger all of Wellman, Iowa), 1 brother (W. H.
Hershberger of Kalona, Iowa), and a host of near relatives and
friends. She accepted Christ in her youth, united with the Mennonite
Church, and was a member of the East Union p congregation, in
which faith she died. Her passing is a shock to her friends and
the community. While she was not well for a number of years yet
was in her usual health, able to care for the duties of the home.
On Thursday, after retiring she was stricken with a heart attack,
from which she succumbed Friday morning. Funeral services were
held at the East Union Church, Sunday afternoon with burial in
the East Union Cemetery, in charge of Bros. D. J. Fisher and J.
"Dearest Mother thou hast left us,
And the loss we deeply feel;
It was God who has bereft us
And He can all our sorrows heal."
Holst, Eli, son of the late George and Louisa (Hartung)
Holst was born March 12, 1891; died at his home near Haysville,
Ont., Nov. 30, 1941; aged 50 y. 8 m. 18 d. In June, 1908, he was
baptized upon confession and received into the Mennonite Church,
in which faith he died. He was united in marriage to Elsie Burrows
Jan. 1, 1921, who survives him with 4 children (Dorothy, Elmeta,
Gladys, and Clayton) all at home. One daughter (Verna), died in,
infancy. He also leaves 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Jacob of Pinehill,
David of Petersburg, Mrs. Mary Ann Burchatski of New Hamburg and
Mrs. Isaiah Martin of Pinehill). He suffered much pain during
his illness of several years but was patient, realizing that Christ,
in whom he trusted suffered more for him. Funeral services were
held Dec. 3 from his home to Geiger Mennonite church and cemetery
in charge of Bros. M. H. Roth and M. Hallman.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended,
Now dear Father is at rest."
La Borde, Elizabeth, widow of Richard La Borde, died Dec. 11, 1941, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Ezra Rimer) near Rockton. Grandmother LaBorde as she was known to her many friends, was born Sept. 4, 1850. Age: 91 y. 3 m. 7 d. She was a member of the Rockton Mennonite Church for nearly 70 years, and in her younger years walked 6 miles to attend and take part in her church work. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1915, a son in 1907, and 6 children passed away in infancy. Surviving are 1 daughter (Mrs. Laura Rimer of Rockton), 1 granddaughter, and 3 great, grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the h home of her daughter with Bro. D. I. Stonerook conducting the service. Interment in Rockton Cemetery.
Leatherman, Doris Elaine, daughter of Willis and Edith (Myers) Leatherman, died Dec. 12, 1941; aged 2 y. 6 m. 20 d. The child P was never very strong and spent much of her time in different hospitals. During the past year she was suffering from a rare blood disease. She had 16 blood transfusions. The mother was the donor of 13 of them. She is survived by parents, grandparents (Samuel and Ella Leatherman; Willis and Minnie Myers), great, grandparents (Jacob and Mary Rush). Funeral at the house was conducted by Erwin Nace and A. O. Histand and at the Deep Run (Pa.) Mennonite Church by Abram Yothers and Enos Wismer. Burial in the near, by cemetery.
Leonard ., Margaret Jane, daughter of Chas. H. and Magdalene Rodgers, was born Sept. 9, 1868, near Genesco, Ill.; died at her home near Newton, Kans., Nov. 26, 1941; aged 73 y. 2 m. 15 d. She was married to August P. Leonard at Cornwall, Ill., Dec. 3, 1888. To this union were born 3 children. Mrs. Leonard had resided on a farm near Newton most of her married life. She was a kind, loving wife and mother, a true friend to all who knew her, and always desired to help wherever needed. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, 1 son (Roy of Newton), and 1 daughter (Mrs. Lester Bartlebaugh of Newton). Another daughter (Stella Mae, Mrs. Ray Lowe) passed away in 1915. She also leaves 2 sisters (Mrs. Sam Overholt, of McPherson, and Mrs. Susan Lewis of Genesco, Ill., and 2 brothers (John R. Rodgers, of Neweton, and Charles Rodgers, of Genesco). She was preceded in death by 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and 2, grandchildren to whom she was very devoted. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the home on East 12th St., with G. L. Coppedge, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating before a large group of friends and neighbors. Burial in the family lot in Greenwood Cemetery.
Sala ., William J., son of the late John and Martha
(Miller) Sala was born March 23, 1867; died Dec. 12, 1941; aged
74 y. 7 m. 19 d. He was united in marriage to Alice Stahl, Sept.
3, 1888. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters (Ammon;
Annie, wife of Harry Yoder; Calvin; Effie, wife of Stephen Blough;
George; Emma, wife of Roy McDaniel; Maggie, wife of Levi S. Thomas;
Lizzie, wife of Robert Gindlesperger; William and Henry). All
live near their former home, near Johnstown, Ja.* John, married
to Goldie Minerva Shetler, lives near Kalispell, Mont. All the
children are members of the Mennonite Church and all attended
the funeral. Besides the widow and the children, there are 40
surviving grandchildren and 7 great, grandchildren. Three grandchildren
preceded him to the grave. He and his wife were received into
the Mennonite church, Dec. 13, 1890, and he was a faithful member
until death. Funeral services were conducted in the Stahl Mennonite
Church by S. G. Shetler and Sanford G. Shetler. The body was laid
to rest in the Stahl Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Typed as printed, likely Pa.
Stoltzfus, Daniel M ., oldest son of the late David
and Sarah (Mast) Stoltfzus, was born Nov. 13, 1850; died at the
home of his youngest son (D. Ira) near Millwood, Pa., Dec. 13,
1941; aged 91 8 y. 1 m. In his youth he accepted Christ as his
Saviour and united with the Old Order Mennonite Church, in which
he remained faithful until death. In 1874 he was united in marriage
to Catherine Lapp. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters
(Tobias K. of Kinzers, Pa.; John S. of Spring Garden, Pa.; Sarah
p of Gordonville, Pa.; D. Ira of near Millwood, with whom he resided),
22 grandchildren, 24 great, grandchildren, 1 brother (David of
Gap, Pa.), and a host of relatives and friends also survive. He
was preceded in death by his wife (Dec. 20, 1933), parents, 1
daughter (Rachel, 1 son (Daniel), 3 grandchildren, 1 brother,
and 3 sisters. In the year 1879 he was ordained to the ministry,
in which he served for 62 years. He was seldom absent from church
when health permitted. On Thursday morning he complained of pain
in his side and they called the doctor, who pronounced it pleurisy.
Later he pronounced it old people's pneumonia, which only lasted
from Thursday till Saturday. He desired to go to Jesus. He will
be greatly missed in the community and the family among whom he
moved month by month. Our loss is his eternal gain which is far
better. Funeral services were held at the home of his son, D.
Ira, Dec. 17, 1941, conducted by Christian B. Glick of Gap and
M. B. Bontrager of Michigan. Text, 1 Thess. 4. Interment besides
his wife was made in Millwood Amish Mennonite Cemetery.
"Passing out of earth's shadows,
Into infinite day,
Why do we call it dying,
This beautiful going away?"
Weaver ., Emma, daughter of the late Noah and Anna (Weaver) Weaver, was born near Geistown Pa., Sept. 2, 1869; died after being bedfast only a few days, in her home, Nov. 17, 1941; aged 72 y. 2 m. 15 d. She was married to Levi H. Weaver Jan. 8, 1891. Three children died, Trella in 1913; Nora E. in 1924; Faustin in 1936. Besides her husband she is survived by 3 children (Grant near Geistown, Pa., Algie E. and Kenneth at home). She also leaves 8 grandchildren and 3 brothers (Cyrus Weaver, Pasadena, Calif.; James Weaver near her home; and Josiah Weaver, Johnstown, Pa.). Two sisters Mary and Angeline Weaver preceded her to the grave. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years Hò and was always much concerned about the welfare of the Church. Funeral services were conducted in the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler and Hiram Wingard. The body was laid away in the Weaver Cemetery.
White ., Barbara Z., widow of James B. White, died suddenly
at her home in Lancaster, Pa., aged 68 y. Death was due to a heart
attack. She had been in ill health for several weeks. She was
a daughter of the late Pre. Jacob ad Catharine Zimmerman, and
was a member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. The
h following children survive: Mary Mae, at home; Harold Z., Oregon,
Pa.; G. Lester, Ephrata; Walter Z., Lititz; and Ann E. (wife of
Lawrence E. Boyer), Lyons, N. J. She is also survived by 2 sisters
(Lydia, wife of Christian B. Nolt, Leacock; and Mrs. 8 Fianna
Bassler, Los Angeles, Calif.). Funeral services were held P at
the house by Bros. David Mosemann and Jacob Brubaker, with further
services at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. Burial at Landis
"We are confident, dear sister,
Of your home in heaven above;
Yes, we hope again to meet you
In the higher realms of love."
A Sister. "
Wonderly ., Elmira R. Wonderly, nee Fisher, was
born Oct. 12 1861; died Dec. 4, 1941, at the home of her daughter
(Mrs. John Bolden), Coatesville, Pa.; aged 80 y. 1 m. 22 d. She
was with her daughter until Thanksgiving, when she went to Reading,
and died of heart trouble a week later. She was a good woman,
a member of the Mennonite Church at Reading, Pa. She was ready
to go, having a desire to meet loved ones in the mansions above.
She leaves her husband, a daughter, 5 children, and 5 great,
to mourn her departure. Funeral services were conducted by James
O. Bemensderfer. Texts, Psa. 23:1, Rev. 14:13. Burial in Pottstown
"In my heart your memory lingers,
Sweetly, tender, fond, and true;
There is not a day, dear Mother,
That we do not think of you.,
Dearest Mother, you're not forgotten
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before." x
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Abkemeier.-Anna, daughter of Abraham and Ellen Sanner, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 29, 1864; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clyde Thomas, Scottdale, Pa., Dec. 18, 1941; aged 77 y. 7 m. 19 d. She was married to G. M. Abkemeier Jan. 23, 1887. To this union were born 8 children, of whom 4 daughters and 1 son survive. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, and very patient in her afflictions, and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter in Scottdale and from the Scottdale Mennonite Church on Dec. 21, with Bros. Daniel Kauffman and John L. Horst in charge. Interment in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Appel.-Mary Catherine, daughter of George and Martha Appel, was born July 2, 1870 at Cullom, Ill., where she had spent her entire life; died at her home in Cullom Dec. 20, 1941; aged 71 y. 6 m. 18 d. She had been in failing health the past three years, but became seriously ill about a month ago, gradually growing weaker until her death. She leaves 1 brother (Lewis) with whom she had always resided, 1 sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Haag of Cullom), 9 nephews, 4 nieces, 10 grandnephews, 5 grandnieces, and twin great-grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and 1 sister. She confessed Christ as her Saviour at the age of 14 years, uniting with the Mennonite Church of which she was a member at her death, and remained a loyal Christian to the end. Her pleasing disposition and kind and loving ways endeared her to a large circle of friends. Thus closes a Christian life of the allotted three-score yeas and ten that was ever filled with the noblest o desires and the best of interests. The gentle spirit of our sister will live long in the memory of those who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held at her late home and at the Methodist Church in Cullom with J. D. Hartzler, Charles A. Bennett and D. W. Slagel in charge. Text, Rev. 1: 18. Burial was in West Lawn Cemetery.
"Somewhere beyond the sunset
Where loveliness never dies,
She dwells in a land of glory
'Mid the blue and the gold of the skies;
And we who have known and loved her
And whose leaving has brought us tears,
Will cherish her memory always
To brighten the drifting years."
Bingeman.-Mary, daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Shantz, was born July 2, 1876; died at her home
one mile east of Plattsville, Ont.; aged 65 y. 5 m. 15 d. In 1906
she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Blenheim Mennonite
Church, in which faith she remained true till death. In 1906 she
married Irvin Bingeman. To this union were born 1 son and
4 daughters. Three daughters and 1 son predeceased her in infancy.
Surviving are her husband, 1 daughter (Viola, at home), 1 sister
(Lydia) and 4 brothers (Levi, Noah, Menno, and Amos Shantz), all
of North Dumfries. Since June she had been in failing health.
Though her sudden death was not expected, yet she was prepared
to meet her God. She lived a quiet and retiring, though active
and useful, life and will be greatly missed. Funeral services
were conducted in the home by Bro. Sidney Shantz and at the church
by Bro. Moses N. Baer. Texts, Heb. 4: 9, Psalm 23. Burial in the
Cressman.-Mary Ann, widow of the late Allen Cressman, was born on the David Eby homestead near Waterloo, Ont., April 16, 1870; died at the Kitchener and Waterloo Hospital after a long illness, Dec. 26, 1941; aged 71 y. 8 m. 10 d. She was a daughter of the late David Eby and Lydia Bowman Eby. Jan. 14, 1891, she was united in marriage to Allen Cressman, who predeceased her Nov. 26, 1935. She leaves 1 daughter (Arclista Cressman), who has served as deaconess for the Old People's Home, in the Canadian Northwest, for 26 years. One sister (Mrs. Allen Kraft of Bridgeport) also survives. She was predeceased by 1 son (Lorne) in infancy. She was a faithful member of the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., in which church she labored unstintingly in ladies' aid circles, in behalf of the unfortunate. She had a heart that beat in behalf of the poor. Her unselfish spirit and influence will live on in others. Funeral services were conducted at Kitchener, Ont., by Bro. C. F. Derstine, assisted by Clarence Keen and C. N. Good. Theme: "In That Day Shall Everyone Have Praise of God" (I Cor. 4:5).
Heatwole.-Mary Cathrine (George) Heatwole was born in Augusta Co., Va., Nov. 9, 1870; died at her home near Waynesboro, Va., Dec. 13, 1941; aged 71 y. 1 m. 4 d. She had been in delicate health for some time, but was confined to her bed for only about two weeks. Her husband, Bro. Perry Heatwole, preceded her in death a little over nine and one half years and one little granddaughter (Virginia) also waits in the heavenly home. She leaves one son (Wade) and four grandchildren. She was faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and one who knew the worth of prayer. Her funeral was the first one to be held in the new church at Springdale. Services were in charge of Bro. J. R. Driver assisted by Bro. E. F. Heatwole. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
High.-Benjamin W., son of the late Christian
and Phebe (Weaver) High, was born Feb. 26, 1857, near Witmer,
Pa.; died at the home of his son (Christian W., of Rothsville,
Pa.), Oct. 5, 1941; aged 85 y. 7 m. 9 d. He was married to Lydia
S. Wenger on Nov. 13, 1881, who preceded him in death 15 years.
An infant son and a daughter (Lizzie) also preceded him. He is
survived by the following children: David S.; Christian W. (with
whom he resided); Phares W.; Phebe (wife of Frank Lefever), Nettie
(wife of Harry Leftover). He is survived also by 24 grandchildren,
32 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister (Maria, of Leacock, Pa.).
He gave his heart to the Lord 59 years ago and united with the
Mennonite Church. The burden of his heart always was that peace
would reign in the family and in the Church. When he realized
that the end was drawing near he arranged for his funeral service,
choosing for a text, Psa. 13: 6. Funeral services were held Oct.
9, conducted at the home by Bro. Ira Landis, and at the Landis
Valley Church by Bros. Joseph Boll and Amos Horst. Interment in
the adjoining cemetery.
King.-Joseph A., son of Peter and Catharine (Hooley) King, was born near Allensville, Pa., Oct. 10, 1868; died near West Liberty, Ohio, Dec. 17, 1941; aged 73 y. 1 m. 19 d. After growing to manhood he moved west, spent a few years in Noble Co., Iowa, then moved to the community of West Liberty, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was married to Effie King Nov. 19, 1893. To this union 6 children were born, 3 of whom preceded their father to the world beyond. He leaves his wife and 3 children (Albert and Floyd at home, and Mrs. Paul Dillender of Alexandria, La.). In his youth he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful to the time of his death. He was of a quiet, patient disposition, and spent most of his time in his home and community. He will be missed in his home and by many friends. Funeral services Dec. 19 in the South Union Church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer assisted by Bro. Perry Daniels. Burial in cemetery hear by.
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Miller.-Joseph H., son of the late Michael and Barbara (Graber) Miller, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Aug. 7, 1873; died Dec. 11, 1941; aged 68 y. 4 m. 4 d. For te past five years he was afflicted with that dreadful disease, cancer. About two years ago he underwent an operation. Though suffering much, yet he was able to be up and about. On Tuesday evening, Dec. 9, he seemed to be exceptionally cheerful in the home. On Wednesday he suddenly became worse, suffering extreme pain, and on Thursday morning he quietly passed away. In the year 1891 he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church, in which he continued until the end. Jan. 18, 1914 he was united in marriage to Mary Stuckey of Fulton Co., Ohio. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. He was a well-known farmer in Stark County. He always lived on the old homestead. He was a good neighbor, a loving and kindhearted husband and father, being concerned about the foster children in the home as well as his own. He is survived by his companion, 1 son (Floyd), 5 daughters (Delilah, Mrs. David Swegheimer of Louisville, O.; Evelyn; Leona; and Lois and Laura (twins), all of the home), 3 foster children (Bobbie and Gene Piatt and Barbara Ann Scott), 4 brothers (Christian, David, Samuel, and Amos), and 3 sisters (Mary; Anna, Mrs. Jos. Kauffman; and Mrs. Leah Linder, all of Louisville, O.), besides many other relatives and friends. Two sons (Nathan and Elmer), 4 brothers (Peter, Eli, John, and an infant child), and 2 sisters (Lydia and an infant) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Beech Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. O. N. Johns, assisted by Bros. J. A. Liechty and John D. Miller. Text, Rev. 4: 1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Neuhauser.-Christian W. Neuhauser was born near Bloomington, Ill., Aug. 27, 1856; died at the Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., Dec. 11, 1941; aged 85 y. 3 m. 14 d. Oct. 28, 1878, he was married to Mary Isabel King and together they moved to Kansas in 1885, settling first in Pawnee Co., then later in Harvey and in Harper counties. Since 1925 they resided in Harvey County. His companion died April 15, 1940. The following children were born to this union: Ella Weaver (died Dec. 18, 1925), Samuel E., Pueblo, Colo.; Lydia Hess, Casa Grand, Ariz.; Austin D., Newton, Kans.; Joseph M., Peabody, Kans.; Irene Ayler (died Jan. 6, 1933); Jesse B., Harrisburg, Pa.; Melvin (died July 31, 1919), Mabel Asper, Oxford, Kans.; and Dora Heck, Salina, Kans. He is survived also by a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was converted in early manhood. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church for nearly all of the last 45 years. He was a man of a quiet disposition and always ready to give an answer to the Christian hope. He was remarkably regular and prompt in his church attendance to the last. When the infirmities of increasing age kept him from vigorous physical work, he developed a talent for sewing, spending many hours with his companion, quilting. His regularity and dependability will make his absence from us the more keenly felt. Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania Church, in charge of Earl Buckwalter, assisted by D. D. Zook. Text: Jno. 14: 1, 2. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Rodgers.-John Robert, son of Charles H. and Magdalene (Heatwole) Rodgers, was born in Washington Co., Md., June 14, 1864. When only 8 weeks old his parents moved to Henry Co., Ill., where he grew to manhood. In 1888 he moved to Harvey Co., Kans., where he resided until the time of his death. March 31, 1890, he was united in marriage to Eleanora Ferguson, to which union 16 children were born: Emerson, Wellman, Ia.; Arthur, Medicine Lodge, Kans.; Esther Swartzendruber, Wellman, Ia.; Ralph, Milford, Nebr.; Grace Zook, Newton; Sarepta, Wellman, Ia.; Glenn, Inglewood Calif.; Myrtle Widowsky, Newton; Nina Miller, Newton; Sam, Wellman, Ia.,; Walter, Bertha Zook, Tillman and Edgar of Newton; Wilson, Wellman, Ia., and Harold, deceased. In 1892 he was converted under the preaching of J. S. Coffman. Not all of his years were spent in fellowship with the Church, but in 1906 he was received as a member of the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church in which faith he died. As one of the pioneers in the community, he had a wide a acquaintance and held the respect of those who learned to know him. He spent much time in reading his well-worn Bible, especially after the passing of his companion, March 30, 1936. He had been in failing health for several years, but endeavored to the best of his ability to maintain his regular church attendance. The end came unexpectedly, of a sudden heart attack Dec. 9, 1941, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oliver Miller, where he has made his home for the lat few months ,in the same house where he had lived most of his years. Age 77 y. 5 m. 25 d. He is survived by his 15 children, 26 grandchildren, a 1 great-grandchild; also by 1 brother (Charles) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Susan Lewis and Mrs. Sam Overholt). Funeral services were conducted at the home of Oliver Miller and at the Pennsylvania Church, by Earl Buckwalter, J. G. Hartzler assisting. Text, Psa. 90: 10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Snyder.-Naomi Catherine, daughter of Amos B., and Katy (Brubaker) Snyder, was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Mahoning Co., Ohio; met her death instantly in an automobile accident Dec. 4, 1941; aged 18 y. 3 d. Besides her bereaved parents she leaves 3 sisters (Margaret, Viola, and Hilda, all at home), 1 half brother (Clayton, Kitchener, Ont.), a grandmother (Mrs. Frank Snyder, St. Jacobs, Ont.), and a host of other relatives and friends. In the spring of 1940 she in a class of nine accepted Christ as her person Saviour and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church till her death. Funeral services were held Dec. 6 at the Pleasant View Church in charge of Bro. Abram Good of Medina Co., Ohio. Text, James 4: 14. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"We think of her faring on - as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here;
We think of her still as the same we say:
She is not dead - she is just away!" - The Family.
Speigle.-Laura Ellen, daughter o Eli and Catherine (Kaufman) Gashaw, was born near Thomas Mills, Pa., Sept. 25, 1870; died Dec. 19, 1941; aged 71 y. 2 m. 24 d. In early life she accepted Christ and united with the Church of the Brethren. Some years later she transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church. Her place was seldom vacant, even though she suffered great pain during the last years. She put forth much strength and effort to attend communion Oct. 16. She was always greatly concerned about the welfare of the Church and of others. She was united in marriage to John Speigle April 3, 1887. To this union were born 4 children: Earle Charles (deceased for over 42 years), Mrs. Kathryn Blough of Benscreek, Annie (wife of Samuel Hemminger), and Ruth (wife of Pre. John A. Lehman of Boswell). Ten grandchildren and 1 brother (Isaac Gashaw of Boswell) also survive her. Her husband and 4 sisters preceded her in death. Since the death of her husband she desired to live alone in the house where she had lived some fifty years. During this time the song, "Alone with God," became dear to her. Services were held Dec. 21 at the Thomas Church in charge of A. J. Metzler and Hiram Wingard. Text, Rev. 14: 13.
"I'm a little old-fashioned, I know,
But the peace of God has a home in my soul;
His blood has cleansed me, I know,
And I must tell it wherever I go."
Troyer.-Helen Elizabeth Wilson was born on the Deck farm near Fisher, Ill., on Feb. 2, 1919 and fell asleep in Jesus at her home 1 1/4 miles northeast of Amboy, Ind.; aged 22 y. 10 m. 12 d. Except for about three years spent in Henry, Ill., Helen lived her life in and near Fisher until 1 _ years ago, when, after her marriage on June 26, 1940, to B. Nortell Troyer, son of Dr. and Mrs. G. D. Troyer, they moved to Indiana where they have since resided. She graduated from the Fisher community High School with the class of 1936 and later spent one year in Bible study in Goshen College, at Goshen, Ind. At the age of eleven Helen gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Methodist Church in Henry, Ill. In May, 1940, she transferred her church membership to the East Bend Mennonite Church near Fisher and later to the Howard-Miami congregation near Kokomo, Ind. She was a faithful Christian woman and her life in its frailty and courage was beautiful to the end. Helen's amiable disposition won for her many warm friends. A willing obedience to God's Word made her a worthy example to young Christians. She leaves her sorrowing husband and infant daughter (Karen Ann), her father and mother (Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Wilson of Fisher), 1 brother (Joseph Glenn) and a sister (Arline at home), 1 brother (Vern of Gibson City, Ill.), her grandmother, Ruth Ann Elizabeth Shaffer of Fisher, Ill. An infant brother, Robert, preceded her in death. She also leaves many other relatives and a host of friends, all of whom are saddened because of her sudden home going. We mourn not as those who have no hope, for our loss is her eternal gain. She has just gone on before, and beckons us to follow by the way of the Cross which leads Home.
"In the center of the circle
Of the will of God I stand;
There can come no second causes,
All must come from His dear Hand;
All is well; for 'tis the Father
Who my life has planned."
Watson.-Jesse (Young), widow of the late Charles P. Watson, was born in Walworth, Surrey, England , Sept. 22, 1860. She came to Canada at the age of seven years. In 1886 she was united in marriage with Charles Pettit Watson. Both united with the Mennonite Church in Vineland during the first evangelistic services held by John S. Coffman about 1890. Brother Watson died on May 6, 1929. Sister Watson passed away in Grimsby, Ont., Dec. 17, 1941, at the age of 81 y. 2 m. 25 d. She maintained the faith of the Church unto the end. There survive her, a daughter (Mrs. Stephen Thwaits of Jordon, Ont.) and 2 sons (Jacob, of Buffalo, N. Y., and Benjamin of Hamilton, Ont.). Funeral services were held from the funeral parlors in Beamsville, Ont., and interment was made in the cemetery at Vineland. Services were conducted by S. F. Coffman assisted by C. A. Fluke. Text, II Tim. 4: 7, 8. All of the funeral service had been arranged for by Sister Watson previous to the time of her late illness.
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Hartman.-Annie E., daughter of the late Andrew and Sarah (Landes) Berry, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Aug. 22, 1877; died at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Nov. 18, 1941; aged 64 y. 2 m. 27 d. She had been in failing health for several years, never having fully recovered from an operation. Her last illness was a complication and her suffering was intense, under which she bore up with Christian fortitude. Earthly possessions were no barrier to her passing, and she said she was ready to depart. In March, 1907, she was united in marriage to F. M. Stinespring who preceded her in death 16 years. In this home she endeared herself as foster mother to 7 motherless children, who always held her in high esteem; also her husband showed his appreciation in having her accompany him on trips to Canada, Colorado, and Florida. In 1928 she was united in marriage to Bro. P. D. Hartman, where she again assumed the place of stepmother of 9 children, mostly grown. She is survived by her husband and 13 stepchildren; also 6 sisters and 2 brothers as follows: Mrs. Ina Flisher and Mrs. Ressie Good of Nampa, Ida.; Mrs. Mary Burkholder of Waynesboro, Va.; Mrs. Ruth Good, Roselia Brenneman, Mrs. Myrta Brenneman, Ira, and Clark, all of Elida, Ohio. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life an always adorned the faith by her modest attire and faithful, unassuming life. Funeral services were held form the Pike Church near Harrisonburg, conducted by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and Timothy Showalter. Text, Rev. 21: 4 (chosen by the deceased in early life). Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Herr.-Jacob H., son of the late Pre. Frank M. and Mary E. (Hershey) Herr, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 10, 1887; died at the Lancaster General Hospital, Dec. 19, 1941; aged 54 y. 5 m. 9 d. His death was very sudden following a seemingly successful operation two days previous. Father's taking sick and passing away came so quick and was such a shock to us that at first we could hardly believe it was true; for it seems to us that Father is just away as he had been sometimes in natural life and that we are expecting his return. But that return, we know, will not be in the natural sense of his coming to us, but we are looking forward to the time when we will go to him and shall experience that happy reunion on the shores of everlasting deliverance. Father often spoke of the importance of living in such a way that one would be ready at a moment's notice and to live each day as if it were his last but work with a zeal that he expected to live a thousand years. He also mentioned many times that he didn't want to have his tent stakes so deep that he could not pull them up at any time the Lord should summon him home. His last words before he died were a prayer for his family circle and a reconciliation to God's will that the will of the Lord be done. He accepted Christ in his youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until his death. He was an active worker in the Sunday school, serving as assistant superintendent and trustee of the Willow Street Mennonite Church. He studied his Bible quite extensively, and the subject nearest to his heart was the second coming of his Lord and the rapture of the saints. He was a farmer in West Lampeter Township, living his entire life on the farm where he was born and raised, being the sixth generation to have lived consecutively at that place. He is greatly missed in his home and neighborhood. He was a kind, loving, and understanding husband ana father. A vacancy has been made that only Father could fill, but we know our heavenly Father will comfort us and lead the way, for He has promised never to leave nor forsake those who put their confiding trust in Him. He is survived by his wife (Ella M. Rohrer Herr), 2 children (Franklin R. and Mary Ella) both of West Lampeter, (one child preceding him in death); also 2 sisters (Mrs. Abram R. Herr of Lancaster and Mrs. John M. Bucher of Willow Street). Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at the Willow Street Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Christian M. Brubaker at the home and Bro. Jacob T. Harnish at the church. Text, Luke 12: 40. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Even death has its wonderful mission,
Though it takes from us those we love;
It draws us from our surroundings
To long for that meeting above." - The Family.
Heyerly.-Katie, daughter of the late Pre. Daniel and Kathrine (Roth) Erb, was born Feb. 5, 1879, in Washington Co., Iowa; died suddenly at her home near Albany, Oreg., the morning of Nov. 26, 1941; aged 62 y. 9 m. 21 d. At the age of 8 she emigrated to Thurman, Colo., with her parents, and at the age of 14 years she emigrated to Oregon and lived in the vicinity of Albany the rest of her life. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at the age of 15 years. She was one of a class of the first converts at the Fairview Mennonite Church and has been a faithful member and regular attendant when health permitted. Feb. 15, 1900, she was united in marriage to John Heyerly, who survives. To this union 2 daughters and 9 sons were born. Two sons (Daniel and Jesse) preceded her in death. The following children survive: Mrs. Bertha Schrock (a stepdaughter), and Mrs. Amanda Nofziger of Lebanon, Oreg.; Adeline, Edward, Elmer, Ernest, Joseph, Percy, Melvin, and Wilmer of Albany, Oreg. She also has 21 grandchildren surviving and 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Gerig and Mrs. Lydia Nofziger). Two brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death in their youth. Brief funeral services were held Nov. 28, at the home, by Bro. Henry Gerig with further services conducted at the Fairview Church by Bros. N. A. Lind, Henry Gerig, and E. Z. Yoder. Text, Psa. 23: 4. Burial in the Knox Butte Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that death was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
What a parting is without farewell."
Hoober.-Jacob R. Hoober died Nov. 14, 1941, from a lingering illness, at his home near New Holland, Pa.; aged 62 y. He was born and lived his entire life within a radius of one mile. He had many neighbors and friends in the community. He was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church for 42 years,, and was also a member of the Board of Trustees. His place was seldom vacant at church. He is survived by his sorrowing widow and these children: Clement, Mrs. David M. Nolt, Mrs. J. Adam Weaver, Aaron, John J., Mrs. Irvin Peifer, Charles, and Louis. One daughter (Evelyn) preceded him six years ago. Seventeen grandchildren also survive. Father was always much concerned about is family, and his good counsel and advice we miss so much. Although in poor health for some years, the end came as a shock, he being up and around the day before he passed away. Funeral services were held at Groffdale Mennonite Church in charge of the home ministers. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest Father, you're not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before."
Horst.-Susan K., daughter of Christian R. and Anna (Kreider) Stauffer and wife of Elam N. Horst of Farmersville, Pa., died Dec. 11, 1941, in a Lancaster hospital, in the 67th year of her life. She was a member of the East Chestnut St., Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa. She is survived by her husband, a son (Noah of Neffsville, Pa.), and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services Dec. 13 at the Overly's funeral home and at the Paradise, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Jacob E. Brubaker and Parke Book. Text, 23rd Psalm. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Her trials are over. When in her right mind it was always her desire that it might be well with her soul. She was a regular attendant at church services, enjoyed the sermons, and was much interested in doing the right things.
Hostetler.-Stanley Eugene, 28-day-old son of Orie and Ruby (Mishler) Hostetler of near Shipshewana, Ind., died Dec. 28, 1941, in the Lagrange Co. hospital. He was taken to the hospital four days ago. Surviving are the parents, a sister (Shirley Lee), the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hostetler, and Mr. and Mrs. Homer Mishler), 2 great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John E. Miller), a number of uncles and aunts; all of near Shipshewana. One brother preceded him in death. His bright little eyes have been closed to us, but Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Services in charge of Percy J. Miller and Josiah J. Miller.
This little bud, sent from God,
Has had our fondling love;
But now it has returned again
To blossom sweet above.
For we have felt His hand come down
And take our darling home;
Where he can be a beam of joy
Near God's own sunny throne.
Schrock.-William Schrock was born Aug. 19, 1903, near Thurman, Colo.; passed into eternity Dec. 24, 1941, near McMinnville, Oreg.; aged 38 y. 4 m. 5 d. Death was caused by hemorrhage. He spent the first three years of his life in Colorado, then going to Shickley, Nebr., with his parents where they made their home for three years. In 1909 the family moved to Albany, Oreg., where he has since made his home. He was married in March, 1925, to Mary Steckley Schrock. To this union the following children were born: Roy Earl, Alice Anne, Lillian Jane, and Violet Mary. He is survived by his companion, 2 daughters (Alice and Lillian), 1 stepson (Marvin Leonard Schrock), 1 grandson (Donald Marvin Schrock), his parents (Joseph and Bella Yordy Schrock), 5 brothers (David, of Tangent; Elmer, of Lebanon; Raymond, of Ft. Canby, Wash.; Melvin and Le Roy, of Albany), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Emma Reeser and Mrs. Anna Roth of Albany; and Miss Fannie Schrock of La Junta, Colo.). One brother (Joseph) preceded him in death in 1920. He accepted Christ in his youth and was a faithful witness unto the end. He expressed a desire and a readiness to depart this life and to be with his Lord and Saviour. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 27, at the home, and at the Fairview Church where he was a member. Services in charge of Bros. N. M. Birky and Henry Gerig. Scripture reading (Psalms 23 and 39) by Bro. Gerig and sermon by Bro. Birky (Text, Rev. 14: 13). Interment in the Riverside Cemetery.
Schwartzendruber.-Mattie, daughter of Benjamin
and Phoebe Lauber and wife of Daniel E. Schwartzendruber,
was born Feb. 7, 1902; died near Milford, Nebr.; aged 39 y. 10
m. 21 d. She, with her baby daughter, Lydia Marie (aged 4 months),
died in their home near Dodds, Alta., Sunday morning, Dec. 28,
1941. In the fall of 1910 her parents moved from Nebraska to Alberta,
taking their family with them. Since that time she has made her
home in Alberta, living with her parents on their farm near Dodds
until her marriage, after which she resided with her husband and
family on various farms in the Dodds district. She had always
been a kind and loving mother and a considerate and sympathetic
companion. She was baptized while a girl and apparently a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church but the tragic close of her life
has thrown a cloud on the question of her relation with the Lord.
She is survived by her husband and 2 sons (Glen and Wilbur at
home), her mother (Mrs. Phoebe Lauber), 6 brothers and 5 sisters
(Dan, Joseph, Louis, Irwin, Harold, Clarence, Mrs. Joseph Burkholder,
Mrs. John Zook, Mrs. Fred Hostetler, and Katie), all of whom reside
in the district; also a sister (Barbara Lauber) who is a nurse,
at present attending school at Hesston College, Hesston, Kans.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Phoebe Lauber,
in charge of Bro. M. D. Stutzman, with further services at the
church in charge of Bros. J. B. Stauffer and M. D. Stutzman. Texts,
I Chron. 29: 15, I Cor. 15: 55, 56. Interment in near-by cemetery.
Lydia Marie, daughter of Daniel and Mattie (Lauber) Schwartzendruber, met her death Dec. 28, 1941; aged 4 m. 17 d. She leaves her father, 2 brothers (Glen and Wilbur), 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Phoebe Lauber of Tofield, Alta., and Mrs. Jacob Schwartzendruber of Tavistock, Ont.), a stepgrandfather (Jacob Schwartzentruber of Tavistock), and a number of other relatives.
Swartzendruber.-Joseph P., son of Peter and Barbara
(Hochstetler) Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co.,
Ia., March 24, 1865; died on the farm home upon which he was born,
Dec. 27, 1941; aged 76 y. 9 m. 3 d. He accepted Christ in his
youth and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining
a faithful member until death. Jan. 25, 1891, he was united in
marriage with Lena Slagell. To this union 6 children were born.
Of these, one of them (Samuel J.) preceded him in death a little
over 10 years ago. Those living are Peter M., Barbara E., wife
of Menno W. Miller, J. Waldo, and Katie L., wife of Norman Brenneman,
all of Wellman, and Lewis E., of McMinnville, Oreg. Joseph was
the eighth of a family of 14 children, of which number the four
youngest are still living. He leaves his wife, five children,
2 brothers, and 2 sisters. The brothers and sisters are: Benjamin
of Upland, Calif.; Menno of Limon, Colo.; Mrs. Ida Yoder, Parnell,
Ia., and Barbara of Harper, Kans. He also leaves 20 grandchildren
and many other relatives and friends. He was always blest with
good health until several times within the last year he had a
slight heart attack which developed into a general and gradual
weakness which was manifest only to those who knew him best. On
Saturday morning he told his companion he feels he must avoid
making any hurried steps; but he ate a hearty dinner after which
he and his wife expected to go to town. He went to the garage
to get the car; but failing to return as soon as he should,
was made and he was found sitting in the seat with his head on
his shoulder and life apparently gone. The doctor was called
but the death angel had called. He was always a faithful attendant
at services and the place he regularly occupied will be empty.
He also greatly enjoyed to visit the sick and afflicted and the
kindness and hospitality that was shown to strangers in his home
will long be remembered by many. May the lives of those who have
passed be an incentive to all to labor for our Master while we
may for we know not how soon it may end and time for us will be
no more. Funeral services were held Jan. 1 conducted at the home
by E. G. Swartzendruber and at the Upper Deer Creek Church by
A. S. Miller in German and E. G. Swartzendruber and Edward Diener
in English. Texts, Psa. 90; Eccl. 12.
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Burkholder.-Marie Elizabeth, daughter of the late Daniel L. and Sarah (Eberly) Landis, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., March 11, 1908; died following a major operation at the Chambersburg Hospital Jan. 6, 1942; aged 33 y. 10 m. 5 d. She was a consistent member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church from her youth. She seemed to have a premonition that she would not get home again, and expressed herself as ready to go. Her only regret seemed to be the thought of leaving husband and children. She will be greatly missed in her home, neighborhood, and Church. She is survived by her husband (J. Martin Burkholder), and 3 children (John L., Evelyn Louise, and Doris Arlene all at home), also a stepmother (Mrs. Mary Landis of Chambersburg) and a brother (Menno E. Landis, Chambersburg, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Seller's Funeral Home and at the Chambersburg Church Jan. 9, 1942, by Bros. Harold Hunsecker and Harvey E. Shank. Text, Jer. 15: 9. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Gehman.-Sarah, widow of Isaac L. Gehman, was born Dec. 18, 1859; died at the home of a daughter and son-in-law, Bro. and Sister Norman L. Kulp, Franconia, Pa., Jan. 1, 1942, after a short illness due to a stroke; aged 82 y. 13 d. She was preceded in death by an infant son and also her husband in 1927. Surviving her are 4 sons and 2 daughters (Aaron; Katie, wife of Norman L. Kulp; Jacob, and Sallie, wife of Samuel D. Hackman; all of Franconia, Pa.; Isaac of Kulpsville, Pa.; and Paul of Souderton, Pa.). Funeral and interment took place Jan. 5 at the Franconia Mennonite church, where she had been a faithful member and attendant in church services and Sunday school for many years. Services were conducted by the brethren Menno B. Souder and Elwood D. Derstine. Text, Psa. 130: 5.
"Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like hers, is done.
Till then we yield with gladness
Our mother to Him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance,
'He giveth His loved one sleep.'"
Lapp.-Amos L., son of Samuel F. and Susie (Lantz) Lapp, was born near Gap, Pa., Aug. 29, 1925; died Dec. 24, 1941; aged 16 y. 3 m. 25 d. His departure came very unexpectedly. As Amos was helping his father about the farm with a team of horses and a wagon, he drove up too close to a shed and was pinned between the wagon and the shed. He was instantly killed. Sudden death was caused by a fractured skull and broken neck. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers (Jonas and Emanuel). He is survived by his parents, 7 brothers and 4 sisters (John B. of New Holland; Lizzie, wife of Gideon Stoltzfus of Gordonville; Jonathan, at Wells Tannery C. O. Camp; Lydia and Samuel of Limeville; Leroy, Miriam, Susie, Isaac, Christian, and Melvin, all at home). His paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John Lapp of near Gap) also survive. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Bros. Christian Fisher and Jonas Stoltzfus. Interment in the Lapp Cemetery at Buena Vista.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that death was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
What a parting is without farewell." -A Brother.
Lehman.-Solomon E., son of John and Elizabeth (Garber) Lehman, was born Dec. 25, 1867, in Morgan Co., Mo. He united with the Bethel Mennonite Church near Fortuna, Mo., at an early age. When he and his family moved to Cass Co., in 1919, he transferred his membership to the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church near Garden City, where he remained faithful to the end. Oct. 21, 1900, he was united in marriage with Emma R. Oesch of Garden City, Mo. To this union were born the following children: Lawrence J. and Marvin E. of Garden City; Earl W. of De Soto, Kans.; Mabel (Mrs. Milton Henry) of Pleasant Hill; Anne, Norman W., and Sarah (Mrs. Vernon Roach) of Harrisonville; Daniel W. and Mary of the home; also 5 grandchildren, all being at the bedside when the end came. Besides his wife, children, and grandchildren, he is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Rose Welty of Berne, Ind., and Mrs. Caroline Wenger of Versailles, Mo.), 3 brothers (Joel Lehman of West Liberty, O., Edd E. Lehman of Versailles, and Walter Lehman of Protection, Kans.); also an aged aunt (Rachel Garber of Versailles) and a large number of cousins, nephews, and nieces. He was preceded in death by 3 children who died in infancy, 3 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Wenger, Mrs. Mary Wenger, Fannie Lehman), two brothers (Dan and Will Lehman) who died in October of this year. He was a man with many friends. He was a loving father and companion. He went about his business in a quiet, unassuming way and was a friend to all who knew him. Our loss is his gain. After a serious illness of four weeks, of complications, he passed away quietly at his home near Harrisonville, Mo., Dec. 28, 1941, having reached the age of 74 y 3 d.. Funeral services were held Dec. 31 at the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church in charge of the bishops of the Sycamore Grove and Bethel churches. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery.
Martin.-Esrom H.. Martin was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 17, 1870; died in the Lancaster General Hospital Dec. 9, 1941; aged 71 y 10 m. 21 d. In November, 1940, his foot became infected, and he suffered much pain. In March 1941, he had his leg amputated. The past summer he was in real good health, and got along very well with an artificial leg. Three days before he died he suffered a heart attack, and peacefully fell asleep. Mother passed away suddenly Oct. 3, 1939. After that he was very lonely and often expressed his desire to go home. He was a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church. He is survived by the following children: Mary, wife of Ira White, Columbia; Henry E., Roseville road; Ellen A., wife of Isaac Oberholtzer, Harrisonburg, Va.; Anna E., wife of J. Clayton Sangrey, Lititz Pike; Ralph S., Lititz Pike; and Paul B., Baltimore, Md. He also leaves 24 grandchildren and 1 sister (Salina Kachel, Lancaster). Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at the home of his son Henry, and at the Landis Valley church conducted by Bro. Ira D. Landis and Bro. James Hess. Text, Rom. 8:18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Passing out of earth's shadows
Into infinite day;
Why do we call it dying
This beautiful going away?" -The Family.
Miller.-Vena Ella Miller was born in Johnson Co., near Wellman, Iowa, Dec. 16, 1889; died in Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Ia., Jan. 7, 1942; aged 52 y. 21 d. She lived all of her life in the immediate community in which she was born. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church, was a member of the Lower Deer Creek congregation, and remained faithful till death. During the last several months she had unusual hospital experiences, having been in the hospital since Sept. 23 (excepting about four weeks) and underwent six operations. She passed away about four hours after the last one. In all of her sickness she expressed a hope of getting well but she bore her suffering very patiently and without complaining, thus portraying a true Christian spirit to the last. Her many friends mourn her departure, but their loss is her gain. Funeral services were held Jan. 9, at the Lower Deer Creek Church by Harvey Yoder and J. Y. Swartzendruber. Text, Reb. 14: 13.
"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."
Rexrode.-Sarah Ann, daughter of Dr. Wesley T. and Sabie Miller Newham, was born near Broadway, Va., July, 1864; died Nov. 25, 1941; aged 77 y. 4 m. She was united in marriage to Henry Luther Rexrode Nov. 20, 1884. To this union were born 6 boys and 3 girls. In the fall of 1909 she united with the Mennonite Church at New Erection, near Deer Run, W. Va. Her husband preceded her in death in 1938. She is survived by 1 sister (Ada Branson), 9 children (Eva Hively, Glenn W., Ella Hively, Benjamin H., Della Shrader, Pearl A., Loy R., Kenny A., and Clyde W.), 35 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Many Virginia ministers have enjoyed the kind hospitality of her home and appreciated her faithful life. Funeral services were held at the Deer Run Methodist Church by J. E. Suter, assisted by Hiram Weaver and - Paskel.
Rock.-Beatrice, wife of Millard Rock, was born in Adams Co., Pa., Sept. 9, 1907; died at her home in Pond Bank, Pa., after several years' illness of tuberculosis, Dec. 14, 1941; aged 34 y. 3 m. 1 d. She is survived by her husband and 7 children (John, Wilbur, Richard, Harold, Irene, Betty and Junior). This home was quarantined for scarlet fever at the time of the death and funeral. It was a sad home, as folks could not go in. A group gathered outside and sang for them. This seemed to encourage the mother very much. She professed faith in Christ. She was concerned about her family. Funeral services were conducted on the porch of the home by Bro. Harvey E. Shank. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the Mennonite Church in Pond Bank.
Roth.-Etta, daughter of William and Elise (Ehrisman) Ropp was born Nov. 22, 1892, near Tremont, Ill.; died at her home near Morton, Ell., Dec. 16, 1941, following an illness of about four months; aged 49 y. 24 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel R. Roth, Feb. 10, 1920. To this union were born 3 sons (Roy Daniel, Clarence William and Nelson Marion) all at home. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour uniting with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member throughout life. She was a loyal, devoted mother and loving friend of all. Her strong faith in God was shown by the calmness and patience with which she bore her illness. Although she would have enjoyed being with her family longer, she was ready to accept her Master's will. She was beloved and will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Her mother and father preceded her in death several years ago. She leaves her husband, 3 sons, and a brother (William Ropp), together with a host of relatives and friends. During her illness she received from a friend the following poem which was a great consolation to her in her suffering:
"If we could see, if we could know we often say,
But God in love a veil doth throw across our way;
We cannot see what lies before,
And so we cling to Him the more,
He leads us till this life is o'er;
Trust and obey."
Funeral services were held at the Morton, Ill. Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. S. C. Yoder, Goshen, Ind., assisted by the home ministers, Bro. Harold Oyer and Bro. Leland Bachman. Interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Saylor.-Fanny, daughter of the late Sem K. and Lucinda (Weaver) Johns, was born Sept. 23, 1874; died Dec. 22, 1941; aged 67 y. 2 m. 20 d. She is survived by her husband (James Saylor to whom she was married March 20, 1892), and the following children: William H., and Stella M., wife of Owen W. Thomas of Thomas Mills; 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Katie Alwine, Carpenters Park; Mrs. Lydia Cable, Boswell; J. W. Johns, Davidsville; Mrs. Lizzie Thomas, and Mrs. Ella Wingard of Thomas Mills. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for almost fifty years. When the first church in the Thomas district was dedicated in 1874, she was then 4 weeks old and this was her first trip to church. She attended this church ever since, until her operation. Sept. 3, 1939, she had a major operation at the Windber Hospital for the dreaded disease of cancer. Since that time she was not able to attend any public service, but enjoyed very much reading her Bible and Church literature; and also when ministers and others would come and read the Word, sing, and have prayer. When asked about the choice of a hymn she would suggest, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," with others. But this was one of her favorites. She was able to do many of her household duties, until of late when strength seemed to fail. She was associated with the Thomas Sewing Circle which she enjoyed very much. It was her privilege and joy to have the sewing circle meet in her home, for some years, in the winter months. The Tuesday before she passed away the sewing circle had met in her home. Though she could not always attend the sewings, she was always busy in her home, making quilts and various other garments and articles. The members of the sewing circle will greatly miss the cheerful, kind, and hospitable services of this our sister. The influence of her desires in helping others will never be forgotten. She bore her suffering with patience which for the last few months at times was almost unbearable. But she bore it with Christian patience and hope. She passed away with an expression of joy and a smile upon her countenance. Our loss is her eternal gain. Services Dec. 26 at the Thomas Mennonite Church were in charge of Bro. Hiram Wingard. Text, "A little while" (John 16: 18). He was assisted by the following brethren: in the home, Harry Y. Shetler; and at the church by Irwin Holsopple, ---- Schilling, Joseph M. Nissley, Harry C. Blough, A. J. Metzler, and Sanford G. Shetler. Burial in cemetery near by. "Gone, but not forgotten."
Short.-Katie, daughter of Christ and Magdalina Lugbill, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1880; died in Wauseon Memorial Hospital on Dec. 28, 1941; aged 61 y. 10 m. 6 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church near Archbold, and remained faithful until death. Jan. 3, 1901, she was united in marriage to Menno Short, always living in the same community in which she was born. To this union were born 1 daughter (Mildred) and 2 sons (Melvin and Lester), all residing in this community. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. She was blessed with good health until about four months ago, since which time she was afflicted with diabetes. Nov. 14, she underwent an operation for a ruptured appendix. She remained in a critical condition until the Lord called her home. She bore her sufferings patiently, and frequently expressed her submission to the will of the Lord. She was a devoted companion, a kind and loving mother, a helpful neighbor, and will be greatly missed in the home, church, and community, but our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. E. B. Frey, Henry Wyse, and H. J. King of Arthur, Ill., at the Central Mennonite Church. Text, Phil. 1: 22. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Stoltzfus.-Elsie Mae, daughter of Amos L. and Susan (Lapp) Kauffman, was born near Bird-in-Hand, Pa., Oct. 22, 1918; died in the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 15, 1941; aged 23 y. 1 m. 23 d. Except for nearly the last four years, she lived nearly all her life with her parents and was the first to break the family circle of children or grandchildren. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 16. After a few years she brought her letter of recommendation to the Millwood Church to which she was a devoted sister until death. Jan. 30, 1938, she became the loving bride of Aquila E. Stoltzfus of near Atglen, Pa., and resided on the farm during her married life. She was a faithful worker, naturally and spiritually, a real pillar in the starting of a Christian home. She was much needed and is greatly missed in the home. Her voice is hushed in this world, but she is singing with her Maker in the eternal world. She was filled with love for Christ, the Church, and home, and her sudden death was a shock to the church and community. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 2 little daughters (Matilda and Vera Ellen), her father and mother, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters (Sadie, wife of Christian B. Beiler; Christian; Elam; John; Melvin; Mary, wife of Aaron King; and Sylvan at home). Funeral services were conducted Dec. 18 at the home by Amos B. Stoltzfus and at the Millwood Church by Bros. John A. Stoltzfus, John A. Kennel, and John S. Mast. Text, Psa. 102: 23, 24. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Yoder.-Fannie, daughter of the late Aaron and Sarah (Weirich) Hershberger was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Aug. 10, 1882; died at the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., Dec. 22, 1941; aged 59 y. 4 m. 12 d. Oct. 1, 1903, she was married to John Yoder of Somerset Co. Pa. To this union were born 10 children, 2 whom with her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by 8 children as follows: Carrie, wife of Cyril Holsopple of Hollsopple, Pa.; Truman of Muncy, Pa.; Walter of Thomas Mils, Pa., Mildred, wife of Fred Kohler of Detroit, Mich.; Vernon of Boswell, Pa.; Marie, wife of William Ardell of Jerome, Pa.; and John and Clifford, at home. She is also survived by a sister (Mrs. Felty Beachy of Lagrange Co., Ind.), 13 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Sister Yoder united with the Blough Mennonite Church over thirty years ago where she remained a member until death. Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at the home and at the Blough Mennonite Church by ministers Irwin Holsopple and Harry C. Blough. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church. Peace to her ashes.
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Blosser.-Levi, son of Peter and Elizabeth (Weldy) Blosser, was born near Versailles, Mo., Jan. 18, 1873. In later years he came to Elkhart Co., Ind., and was affiliated with the Holdeman congregation near Wakarusa, Ind. Bro. Blosser was never married and made his home with his brother Henry until August, 1940, when he went to the county infirmary, where he died on Jan. 16, 1942. He is survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Three sisters and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive Church by D. A. Yoder, assisted by Warren Shaum. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Gordner.-Rachel Roth, wife of Jacob Gordner, was born Jan. 29, 1857; died Jan. 8, 1942; aged 84 y. 11 m. 10 d. She was married to Jacob Gordner. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 3 daughters. She was predeceased by her husband, 1 son, and 1 daughter. She is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 14 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Shantz congregation near Baden for many years. During her residence in Baden she faithfully attended Baden Mission. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Manly Zimmerman, New Hamburg, in charge of Bro. Orphen Wismer and at the Baden Mission by Bro. Manasseh Hallman. Interment at Shantz Cemetery.
Groff.-Frances, daughter of the late Joseph and Elisabeth Charles, was born April 10, 1871, near Lancaster, Pa.; died Dec. 30, 1941. She was married to John K. Groff, Nov. 10, 1897. To this union 4 sons were born; Arthur, Lester, John, and Clyde, all of whom lived to be grown. She was preceded in death by her husband who died six years ago on Jan. 1; also by her son John, his wife, and little boy Marvin. After Father passed away, in two days less than six years, five have gone to their long Home. She was in good health until ten days before she died. In her last hours she expressed her desire to go to be with the Lord, saying, "Then I will be happy." She leaves to mourn, 3 sons and their wives; 6 grandchildren, and many friends. She united with the Byerland Mennonite Church in her young years and remained faithful till the last. Funeral services were held from Reynolds' Funeral Home, with further services at the Byerland Mennonite Church. Services were in charge of Bros. Maris Hess and Henry Nauman. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"We cannot say,and we will not say
That she is dead,--she is just away;
With a cheery smile and wave of the hand,
She has wandered into an unknown land." -A Son and Family.
Hershey.-Anna Mary, daughter of Park R., and Edna (Thomas) Hershey, fell asleep in Jesus Jan. 6, 1942; aged 2 y. 2 m. 12 d. She had not been enjoying health for almost a year. She was not with us the past seven months. The first four months she spent with her Grandfather Thomas's, where she was tenderly cared for by all in the home; the last three months she spent at Mrs. Emanuel Landis's, where we thought there might be something yet to gain her health back again. She is survived by her sorrowing parents, a brother (David), and a sister (Martha Jane), also her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hershey). Our darling was the first to break the family circle, but we could not wish her back. She suffered much and bore her suffering very patiently. She was of a loving disposition, which won for her many friends. We humbly submit to our heavenly Father who doeth all things well. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Maris Hess, and at the New Danville, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bros. James Hess, Henry Nauman, and Stoner Krady. Texts, Isa. 40: 11; Mark 10: 13-16. Her little body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"A bud the Gardner gave us,
A pure and lovely child,
He gave it to our keeping
To cherish undefiled.
But just as it was opening
To the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly Gardener
And took our bud away." By the Family.
Ingold.-Stephen J., son of Roy and Sadie Ingold, was born Aug. 19, 1941; died en route to Mercy Hospital, Champaign, Ill., Jan. 5, 1942; aged 4 m. 17 d. Death was due to pneumonia following an attack of the flu. He leaves to mourn his early departure his father and mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister, his grandparents, and many other relatives. Two sisters preceded him in death, also having died in infancy.
"Oh, how we loved to care for him,
And hold him in our arms,
But Jesus said it's long enough,
He's safer in My arms."
Kipfer.-John G. Kipfer passed away at the home of his son, Ephraim Kipfer, Mornington, Ont., Dec. 16, 1941; aged 72 y. 6 m. 16 d. He had not been enjoying good health for a number of years. On Dec. 7 he suffered a slight stroke from which he passed away nine days later. He was a son of the late John S. and Marie (Gerber) Kipfer. He was born on the third line of Mornington on June 1, 1869, and spent his entire life in this locality. On Oct. 8, 1889, he was married at Kingwood to Catherine Jantzi. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons and 4 daughters: Ephraim, fifth line; Isaac, Milverton; Herman, third line; Lavinia (Mrs. Alvin Kropf), fifth line; Mary Ann (Mrs. Rudy Lichty), north of Poole; Ruby (Mrs. Norman Poole), third line; Irene (Mrs. Percy Schlenter), Linwood. One son (Abe), the eldest of the family, died in 1918. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother (Solomon, of Tavistock), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Annie Albrecht, of Milverton, and Mary Kipfer, of Poole). The funeral was held from the home of his son Ephraim, where a short service was held by Bro. Christian Brunk, assisted by Bro. Christian Lichty. Further services were held at the Poole Amish Mennonite Church, of which he was a lifelong member, conducted by Bro. Sam Leis in German and Bro. Peter Nafziger in English. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal." -A Daughter.
Krabill.-Allen, son of David and Susan (Conrad) Krabill, was born in Niminshilen Twp., Stark Co., Ohio, Dec. 17, 1900; died in the City Hospital, Alliance, O., Jan. 6, 1942; aged 41 y. 20 d. In the year 1916 he accepted Christ, was baptized by Bishop J. S. Gerig, and received into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church, in which fellowship he continued to the end. On June 12, 1932, he was united in marriage to Della Krabill of the same community. To this union were born 5 children 4 sons (Donald, Wayne, Wilford, and Ivan) and 1 daughter (Berdine). Allen was a hard-working man and very devoted to his family. He was also a good neighbor and a regular church attendant when health permitted. He lived in the same community all his life. But the time came when the body had to yield itself to the last enemy, Death, which was caused by undulant fever with other complications. He is survived by his parents, his companion, his 5 children, all at home, 1 sister (Mrs. Harvey Graber of Creston, O.), 2 brothers (Glen of Louisville, O., and Grant of Canton, O.), 2 uncles and 3 aunts, with many other relatives and friends. An infant sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Sluss Funeral Home and at the Beech Mennonite Church and were in charge of Bishop O. N. Johns, assisted by Bro. Alvin Hostetler. Text, Eccl. 9: 5, first clause. Interment in the church cemetery.
McGriff.-William T. McGriff was born in Cass Co., Ind., Sept. 8, 1871; died at his stepmother's home in Hutchinson, Kans., Jan. 8, 1942; aged 70 y. 4 m. He passed away after an illness of five weeks which was caused by inward cancer. He leaves a stepmother (Elizabeth McGriff) and a daughter (Mrs. Agnes Powell); also 7 grandchildren. As near as can be found out he came to Hutchinson about 54 years ago. He had been living by himself until about a year and a half ago when he moved with his stepmother, who is a member of the Mennonite Mission. In 1940 he accepted Christ and united with the Hutchinson Mennonite Mission. Funeral services were held at the Hutchinson Mennonite Mission, in charge of Bro. Harry A. Diener. Interment in the Yoder Mennonite Cemetery.
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