Herr. - Barbara L. Herr, a member of the Mellinger congregation near Lancaster, Pa., for more than 60 years, died May 17, 1942, at her home in Lampeter, Pa., after having been confined to bed for three months. She was the eldest of a family of 12 children of the late Isaac and Mary (Leaman) Herr and for more than 50 years was associated with her father and brothers in the funeral service as the lady assistant. She was in her 81st year and was never married. She is survived by these sisters and brothers: Mrs. Lizzie Zimmerman, Lancaster; Mary Ann, Lampeter; Mrs. Emma Metzler, wife of Bro. A. D. Metzler of Mechanic Grove, Pa.; Abram L., George L., and Benjamin L. at Lampeter. The funeral was held privately May 20 from her brother's home in Lampeter with burial in Mellinger's Cemetery. Bro. David Landis assisted by Bro. Elmer Martin, ministers at Mellinger's Church, officiated. Thus closed on this earth a long and useful career spent in the interest of others and in devotion for her Saviour whom she consistently served.
Horst. - Bertha Ann, daughter of Elias and Emma (Eberly) Horst, was born April 29, 1942; died June 16, 1942. She leaves a loving father and mother, her grandparents (Elam and Lydia Eberly of Orrville, Frank Horst of the home near North Lawrence , Ohio), also many other near relatives. She was preceded in death by her twin sister (Beulah May, who died May 9). We cannot understand why our dear little girls should be called home so soon, but "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were conducted at the County Line Church by Bros. Benj. Good and David Wenger.
"Two buds the Gardener gave us,
Pure and lovely children
He gave them to our keeping
To cherish undefiled.
But just as they were opening
To the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly Gardener
And took our buds away."
Hostetler. - Shirley Lee, daughter of Orie and Ruby (Mishler) Hostetler, died suddenly June 15, 1942; aged 2 y. 30 d. While playing in her father's car she was accidentally caught between the backs of the two front seats and strangled. Death was almost immediate. She leaves her grief-stricken parents, the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hostetler and Mr. and Mrs. Homer Mishler), 2 great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John E. Miller), also the uncles and aunts (Josiah Hostetler, Mrs. Ernest Miller, Mrs. Leonard Haarer, Margaret, Paul, and Dorsa Mishler). Two little brothers (Lowell Dewayne and Stanley Eugene) preceded her in death. She was the only remaining little jewel in the family, and now she too has gone. Shirley's days were not many, but they were full of sunshine and cheer. All who knew her, especially the near relatives, thought of her as a little bundle of sunshine that brought cheer to many dark moments; but now she has left us for a time. Jesus said, "Of such is the kingdom of heaven." How beautiful heaven must be. Funeral services were held June 17 at the Shore Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Josiah Miller and Percy Miller. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Lord, give us strength our loss to bear,
And lead us in the heavenly way;
Oh, may we meet our children there,
In realms of everlasting day."
Myers. - Sara Evelyn, daughter of the late Daniel M. and Edith Mae (Fly) Myers, was born Nov. 8, 1923, at Dublin, Pa.; died May 22, 1942, at Osteopathic Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.; aged 18 y. 6 m. 14 d. She is survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Henry, of Elverson, Pa.; James, of Collegeville, Pa.; Jesse, of Blooming Glen, Pa.; Laura Mae, of Doylestown, Pa.; and Edith Jane, of Telford, Pa.); also 3 half brothers and 3 half sisters (Samuel of Barrington, N. J.; Clayton of Perkasie, Pa.; Alfred of Sellersville, Pa.; Mrs. Jonas Landes of Doylestown, Pa.; Mrs. Henry Swartley of Gardenville, Pa.; Mrs. Charles Kulp of Souderton, Pa., with whom Sara made her home since the death of her mother). She had been sick about three weeks, the last week being spent in the hospital. She was given several blood transfusions, but to no avail. She was converted and united with the Rockhill Mennonite Church at an early age, and remained faithful to the end. When she knew her end was near, she was ready to go and made all arrangements for her funeral; selecting the minister, text, and hymns to be used. She was a real testimony to her nurses and doctors. She will be sadly missed in the home, Church, and community. She was greatly interested in all the activities of the Church, taking part whenever she could. Funeral services were held at the Rockhill Mennonite Church by Bros. John Lapp, Edwin Souder, and Elmer Moyer. Text, Psa. 37:7.
Patterson. - Robert, son of Charles and Ethel Patterson was born Aug. 21, 1927; died May 11, 1942 near his home in Pond Bank, Pa.; age 14 y. 8 m. 23 d. Robert and some other boys went swimming in a deep ore bank. He couldn't swim, but got in deep water. His companions tried to get him out and were nearly pulled under in the attempt. His body was not found for several days. It caused a lot of anxiety while hundreds gathered by the pond, waiting while men searched for the body. Finally with specially made large hooks his body was found. He is survived by his father and mother, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held at the Pond Bank Mennonite Church by Bros. Harvey E. Shank and Harry Bowers. Burial in the Mont Alto Cemetery.
Rosenberger. - Elizabeth, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Shantz, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., March 25, 1846; died May 30, 1942; aged 96 y. 2 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage in 1865, to Isaac Rosenberger, who preceded her in death in 1907. Surviving are 2 sons (Isaiah of Petersburg, Ont., and Emery at home), 3 daughters (Mrs. Hannah Shantz of New Dundee; Mrs. Norman Shantz of Haysville; Elsie Rosenberger, at home), 20 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great- grandchild, 1 sister (Mrs. Katherine Axt of Baden, who is 97 years of age). Two sons and 1 daughter predeceased her. She was the oldest resident in the community and enjoyed good health until about seven weeks before her death, attending church services when weather permitted. Seven weeks before her death she fell in her home and fractured a hip. She was taken to Galt Hospital, where she died. In her earlier days after her marriage she settled on a farm in Blanford Township. Eight years later they moved to another farm in Wilmot Township, and six years later to her last home, two miles southwest of New Dundee. She was lifelong member of the Mennonite Church, in which service she took a keen interest. Her life has been a source of inspiration to us. Even in later years she took an interest in home duties and served her Lord with joy. We miss her, but heaven needs her. The funeral was held June 2, with services at the home and church, in charge of Bros. Moses N. Baer, M. Hallman, and Jonas Snider. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in the Blenheim Cemetery, adjoining the church.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Ferry. - B. Earl, Jr., son of B. Earl and Fanny (Root)
Ferry, was born near East Petersburg, Pa., Aug. 29, 1930; died
at the Lancaster General Hospital March 22, 1942, of injuries
sustained in an automobile accident; aged 11 y. 6 m. 23 d. His
sudden passing was a shock to the family and his many friends.
He had accepted Christ as his Saviour at the revival meetings
last winter at East Petersburg and was to be baptized in April,
but was called home three weeks before. Though it is bard to understand
now, we want to submit to His will, and some day we will understand.
He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 3 brothers (Harold, Mervin,
and Richard), 2 sisters (Arlene and Martha), and his grandparents
(Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Forry, and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob W. Root). Funeral
services were held at Beck's Funeral Home, Manheim, Pa., and at
East Petersburg Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Frank Kreider
and John Gochnauer. Burial in Mellinger's Cemetery.
"Dear son, thou hast left us,
Death has broken the family band;
His room is quiet, all is still,
Yet we're content, it is God's will."
Hershberger. - Barbara, daughter of Peter D. and Katherine Weaver, was born near Nappanee, Ind., March 29, 1887; died at her home near Hubbard, Oreg., May 26, 1942; aged 55 y. 1 m. 28 d. She came with her parents to Oregon in April, 1905. She was united in marriage to Joseph Walkaski, in the spring of 1904. He died Jan. 18, 1932. To this*union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. She was united in marriage the second time to Noah L. Hershberger of Hubbard, Oreg., March 30, 1937. Surviving her are her husband, 3 sons (Andrew Walkaski, Wheeler, Oreg.; Bennie Walkaski, in the U. S. Service; Leo Walkaski, Warren, Oreg.), 5 daughters (Mrs. Marie Hamilton, Molalla, Oreg.; Mrs. Bessie Martell, Port Gambel, Wash.; Mrs. Edith Inabit, Molalla, Oreg.; Ruth Walkaski, Portland, Oreg.; Mrs. Ellen Wray, Pacific Grove, Calif.), 3 grandchildren, 1 brother (David Weaver, Sweet Home, Oreg.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Simon D. Yoder, of Hubbard, Oreg., and Esther Weaver, of Albany, Oreg.), 2 uncles (Eli Yoder of Texas and Simon Yoder of Sheridan, Oreg.). She united with the Mennonite Church in her teens and has remained a faithful member until her death. She had been in ill health for several years and suffered much pain for the past three months. She expressed the desire that the Lord would call her from this world of suffering. She filled a very worth-while place in the Lord's work, -- the ministry of prayer, praying every day for her children and also for the ministers and their families, and others. Funeral services were conducted at the Hopewell Mennonite Church in charge of H. A. Wolfer. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
But since we know that God knows best,
We bow to His dear will."
Lauver. - Elizabeth, daughter of the late Bishop William Auker and member of the Lost Creek Mennonite Church near Oakland Mills, Pa., died April 5, 1942, after an illness of seven months; aged 82 y. 5 m. 29 d. Her husband, Jacob Lauver, preceded her in death Feb. 24, 1933. One daughter (Mrs. Banks Heckman) died June 11, 1939. She is survived by 2 daughters (Mrs. Prudence Bassler and Mrs. Raymond Coldren of Mifflintown, Pa.), 1 son (Owen B. Lauver of Myersdale, Pa.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Susan Oberholtzer of New Holland, Pa., and Maggie Auker of Evendale, Pa.), 9 grandchildren. and 6 great-grandchildren. Brief funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Coldren, followed by services at the Lost Creek Church, in charge of Bro. Banks Weaver and Bro. Donald Lauver. Interment in Lost Creek Cemetery.
Lehman. - Lizzie, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Martin, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Sept. 27, 1858; died June 10, 1942; aged 83 y. 8 m. 13 d. She seemed normally well until Friday morning, June 5, when she suddenly suffered a heart attack, and after a brief illness of six days, peacefully passed away to be with her Lord. Feb. 15, 1882, she was united in marriage with Jacob S. Lehman of Columbiana, Ohio. Early in their married life they united with the Mennonite Church. Her husband and the following children mourn her departure: Martin Clifford, Elkhart, Ind.; Ivan Jay, Columbiana, O.; Esther Mae, Columbiana, 0. (with whom she lived in recent years); David Elban, Youngstown, O.; and Clayton Earl, Columbiana, 0. There also remain 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A brother (Samuel B. Martin of Dalton, Ohio), though older in years, came to visit her several times in her declining years, which she always appreciated. Missionary M. C. Lehman, her oldest son, spent twenty-two years in India and two years in relief work in Europe. She was greatly interested in his work and gravely concerned about him while interned in southern Germany with the American Embassy. It gave her much joy when she learned of his safe arrival in America, but was unconscious of his being by her bedside almost constantly during her last illness. She was an active Christian worker and desired that her family might be devoted to the same ideals. Her funeral was largely attended, with a short service at the home conducted by Bro. I. B. Witmer, and at the Midway Church near Columbiana, conducted by Bros. Paul Yoder and A. J. Steiner. Text, Luke 2:25. Burial in the Midway Cemetery.
Metzler. - Catherine, daughter of Martin and Hannah (Kilmer) Loucks, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 4, 1860. She was married to Solomon Metzler Nov. 11, 1876. They spent all of their married life in the vicinity of Wakarusa, living the last 27 years it their home one mile north of Wakarusa. Bro. Metzler's death occurred in September, 1940. Since then Sister Metzler has been living with her children. It was at the home of her son Manford in Goshen, that she was stricken with paralysis on June 15 and peacefully fell asleep June 23, 1942, aged 81 y. 10 m. 19 d. Bro. and Sister Metzler united with the Holdeman Mennonite Church in their early married life and were faithful members. This union was blessed with 9 sons and 3 daughters (David Martin, Mrs. Silas Weldy, H. Oscar, Orvil M., Mrs. Nelson Weldy, and Forest S.. all of near Wakarusa; Ralph L. and Manford of Goshen, Ind., and Mrs. Eli Yoder of Grabill, Ind.; and 3 sons -- Lindon Earl, Walter Ray, and Warren -- who preceded her in death). She also leaves 22 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren. and 2 sisters (Mrs. Anna Hunsberger and Mrs. David Wenger). Funeral services were held June 25 from the home of the daughter, Mrs. Nelson Weldy, and a further service at the Olive Mennonite Church. Services in charge of the brethren Warren Shaum and Clarence Shank. Text (selected by the family), Psa. 23. The large congregation present was evidence of our sister's many friends. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Our lives will be lonely, dear 'Mother,
Without voter sweet smile and your cheer;
Words fail to express how we'll miss you,
And those prayers in behalf of us here.
Your thoughts were always of us children.
What a love so unselfish and true;
We praise God for having given us
A wonderful mother like you."
Miller. - Emma, daughter of Daniel and Catherine (Conrad) Schmucker, was born near Louisville, O., Oct. 13, 1884; died at the Aultman Hospital, Canton, O., June 13, 1942; aged 57 y. 8 m. In 1901 she accepted Christ, was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church, in which she continued until the end. Feb. 9, 1905, she was united in marriage to Christian N. Miller. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. She spent her entire life in the vicinity and was highly esteemed for her meek, quiet, and devoted life. She was the oldest child in a family of thirteen and is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. Willis Yoder, of Alliance, 0.), 1 son (Roy of Canton, 0.), 3 grandsons, 5 granddaughters , her mother (Catherine Schmucker of the home), 4 brothers (Noah, Harmon and Daniel of Louisville, O., and Howard of Alliance, 0.), 5 sisters (Mrs. Eli Linder of Alliance, O.; Mrs. A. D. Krabill of Louisville, O.; Susie, of the home; Mrs. Dora Conrad of Louisville, 0.; ,and Mrs. Orrin Miller of Canton, 0.), with a host of other relatives and friends. Her father, 2 brothers (Joe and Harold), 1 sister (Ida), and 2 sons (Ralph and Emmet) preceded her in death. She was a very devoted mother in the home, always ready to do for others and was very active until about four weeks ago, when she was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage which resulted in death. Funeral services were held in the home and at the Beech Mennonite Church and were in charge of the bishop, O. N. Johns. Text, Luke 11:13 "How much more." Interment in the Warsler Cemetery.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Book. - Eliza Jane, daughter of the late Henry and Magdalene Detweiler, was born near Penrose, Ill., June 6, 1864; died in Sterling Public Hospital June 21, 1942, as a result of a tragic accident which occurred at her home on the Lincoln Highway early Sunday evening; aged 78 y. 16 d. She grew to womanhood in the vicinity of her birth and her entire life was spent in Whiteside and Lee counties. Sept. 7, 1886, she was united in marriage with Martin B. Book of Lancaster Co., Pa. They began farming near Penrose and six years later bought a farm south of Prairiville where they lived until they retired in 1918. To this union were born five children (Mrs. Enos Nunemaker; Mrs. E. J. Hartzler of West Liberty, Ohio; Oscar of Penrose; Park and Raymond of Sterling). The husband and children survive, with 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Ezrom Wade) and I brother (William Detweiler). Early in her married life she with her husband united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member at the time of her passing. Her church and her home were her chief concern. Her children will rise up and call her blessed. The grandchildren had a special place in Grandma's heart. One of the joys of her life was the family gathering at Christmas time. For many years she taught the beginners' class in the S. S. She took an active part in the sisters' sewing circle as long as health permitted. She had a deep concern for the spiritual welfare of the Church and longed that she might be kept free from world entanglements. Her deeds of kindness, sympathy, and help will not be forgotten by her many relatives and friends. Today we lay the body aside in the hope of the resurrection morning when the Lord will come to claim His own for Himself. Funeral services were held June 24 at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, where a large gathering of relatives and friends came to pay a last tribute. The services were in charge of Bro. A. C. Good. Text, "There is but a step between me and death." Sister Book had attended three services on Sunday, and the tragic accident occurred as they were returning home from the evening service, just as they were entering their driveway at their home. Again we see the wisdom of being prepared at all times, for, "In such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh."
Burkhart. - Fannie Knoll, widow of the late John Burkhart, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., July 1, 1871; died at her home June 15, 1942; aged 70 y. 11 m. 14 d. Death came after a stroke on June 12 which left her unconscious, and she lived only a few days after that. She was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church, and was always present when she had the opportunity to go. She was interested in the Church and her family. She is survived by these sons and daughters: Mrs. Harry Wingert, Mrs. Russell Flohr, Mrs. Edward Wingert, Jacob H. Burkhart, Mrs. Will Forrester, David W. Burkhart, Mrs. Menno Eby; also by the following brothers and sisters: William Knoll, Grant Knoll, John Knoll and Mrs. Elmer Finefrock. She also leaves 37 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 18, with services at the home and at Strasburg Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Harry E. Witmer and Harvey Shank. Text, Eph. 5:15,16. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Cockley. - Mary V., a daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Shank) Weaver, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., July 28, 1866. On Saturday, June 27, she was ready to board a bus to go with her sister Alice to Ohio for a visit with relatives, when she suffered a slight stroke. After receiving medical attention, she was taken to the home of her daughter, where she appeared to be improving satisfactorily until seized with a second stroke, which proved fatal. She passed away June 28, 1942; aged 75 y. 11 m. At the age of three she was taken by her parents to live near Oronogo, Mo. She was united in marriage to Abraham Brenneman March 13, 1889. To this union were born 2 daughters (Mrs. Roy Ebersole and Mrs. Vernon Reiff, both of Elkhart, Ind.). Her first husband died May 12, 1892, at Oronogo, Mo. She was united in marriage to Samuel E. Cockley Jan. 18, 1905, and moved to Peabody, Kans., after this marriage. To this union was born 1 daughter (Mrs. Jason Miller of Elkhart). With her husband. She moved to Elkhart in the spring of 1928. Her second husband preceded her in death on May 6, 1933. She is survived by her 3 daughters, 1 sister (Alice R. Driver of Versailles, Mo.), and 2 brothers (Jerry R. Weaver of Kansas City, Kans., and Charles A. Weaver of Jasper, Mo.), 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 stepson, and 6 stepdaughters. Funeral services were held June 30 in Elkhart, Ind., Bro. J. S. Hartzler conducting services at the Roy Ebersole home and Bro. Paul Erb at the Prairie SL Church, assisted by C. Reiff. Text, John 14:2. Interment in Prairie St. Cemetery.
Heatwole. - Fannie Harriet, daughter of the late Jacob and Barbara (Good) Suter, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., March 24, 1875; died at her home near the place of her birth, May 29, 1942. She had been in failing health for about three years, but was never confined to her bed. In the morning of her passing she arose as usual, and went out to feed her chickens, when she was stricken with a hemorrhage. A physician was called but she passed away before medical aid could reach her. She was a devoted companion and mother, a kind friend and neighbor, always ready to lend a helping hand and to assist in times of need when it was possible for her to do so. Her place was seldom vacant at church when health permitted her to be there. She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, continuing in this faith to the end. Jan. 28, 1899, she was united in marriage with John G. Heatwole. To this union 5 sons and 2 daughters were born. A son, Marion, preceded her in death in early childhood. She is survived by her companion, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 1 grandson, 3 granddaughters, 5 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, conducted by Bro. H. B. Keener, assisted by Bro. Hiram Weaver. Text, Eccl. 12:7,13. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
"Let your hands be folded, Mother,
Of toil they've done their share;
While our lives were young and tender,
How you watched with loving care!
We thank God for such a mother,
And the prayers for us you've prayed,
Great and blessed we shall call you;
May your precepts be obeyed."
Shelley. - Samuel M., son of the late Christian G. and Sarah (Benner) Shelley, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., April 11, 1877; died May 26, 1942; aged 65 y. 1 m. 15 d. When a young man be accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Mennonite church, and was a faithful member until death. Dec. 20, 1898, he was united in marriage with Olive Margaret, daughter of the late Pre. Simon Auker. To this union were born 2 sons and 6 daughters (Joyce, wife of Wm. Shellenberger; Vera, wife of Everett Graybill; Hazel, wife of Wm. D. Graybill; Carl G.; Orpha, wife of Walter Graybill; Esther, wife of Donald Lauver; Orville S. and Etta at home). Surviving are his wife and children, 1 brother (Charles G., Mifflintown), 1 sister (Emma, wife of the late Wm. Stouffer of Harrisburg), and 13 grandchildren. For the past year he was declining in health but was bedfast two days. Death was due to a heart condition. Funeral services were conducted May 29 at the home and at the Lost Creek Mennonite Church by Bros. Banks Weaver and W. W. Graybill. Text (selected by the family), I Kings 20:1.
"Oh, Father, 'tis lonesome without you,
And sad is the weary way;
For life is not the same to us,
Since you were called away." --The Family.
Troup. - Lydia, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Keyser Boyer, was born in Ohio April 5, 1864; died June 16, 1942; aged 78 y. 2 m. 11 d. She was married to Samuel J. Troup March 4, 1888, and for many years they lived on the farm which they owned east of Wakarusa, Ind. Due to illness, they sold their farm and moved to Southwest, where Bro. Troup passed away Sept. 18, 1935, aged 77. Sister Troup had been ill for a number of years and was cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Levi Ebersole. Mrs. Ebersole, a foster daughter, was given a home and was reared by Bro. and Sister Troup from the age of two years. Sister Troup united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church many years ago, lived a faithful life, and was at her place of worship whenever health permitted. She was the last to survive a family of 15 children. Surviving her, besides the foster daughter, are 2 sisters-in-law, 7 nephews, and 15 nieces, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held June 19 at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. R. F. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Weep not that her time is over,
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant that we may rest so calmly
When our work like hers is done."
Yoder. - Joseph A., son of the late Joseph and Hannah
(Sharp) Yoder, was born near Port Royal, Pa., Jan. 3, 1859; died
near Rittman, Ohio (where he had been tenderly cared for in the
Old People's Home for several months), June 20, 1942; aged 83
y. 5 m. 15 d. When a young man he moved to West Liberty, Ohio,
where he worked at the carpenter trade and taught school for several
years. While in this community he united with the Mennonite Church.
Later he spent a number of years in Iowa. but returned to Ohio
in 1897 (with his wife, whom he had married in Missouri), living
on a farm some twelve or fifteen years, when they moved to Bellefontaine. About 1917 he moved to Florida, returning to Ohio later. With his failing health he was cared for in private homes, and had a very appreciative attitude toward those who cared for him. His wife preceded him in death. He leaves a stepson (James Meridith of Miami, Florida), several stepdaughters, an older brother (D. S. Yoder of Bellefontaine), and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services in the Troyer-Lynn Funeral Home, West Liberty, Ohio, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Yoder. - Paul, son of Martin B. and Salome Yoder, was
born near Greentown, Ohio, April 2, 1925; died at the home of
his parents at Greenwood, Del., June 7, 1942; aged 17 y. 2 m.
5 d. He leaves father, mother, 6 brothers and 4 sisters (Mrs.
Wilkins Howe, Elverson, Pa.; Mrs. Laura Wisseman, North Fork,
Calif.; Henry Yoder, Turner, Mich.; Albert, Perry, Clyde, Monroe,
Martin, Jr., Martha, and Mrs. Ella Swartzentruber, all of Greenwood,
Del.). The cause of his death was drowning. On Sunday afternoon,
June 7, in company with his younger brother and two other small
boys from the neighborhood, he went to a gravel pit about three-fourth
mile from home. While they were swimming and boating, Paul took
a dive off the boat and apparently struck some hard object on
the bottom which rendered him helpless, for he was a good swimmer.
He was found in about six feet of water about 20 minutes after
he went down. Soon many neighbors were on the scene to help give
first aid but all efforts to revive him failed. Funeral services
were conducted at the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church, of
which he was a member, June 10, by Bros. Nevin Bender, Eli Swartzentruber
of Greenwood, and Frank Stoltzfus of Coatesville, Pa.
Yoder. - Sally, daughter of John S. and Lydia Miller, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 27, 1853; died June 30, 1942 at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Amos S. Hostetler); aged 88 y. 7 m. 3 d. At the age of ten she with her parents moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., on a farm where she lived ever since, except for a few years. She was married May 9, 1875, to Joseph C. Yoder, who died in 1892. To this union were born 3 daughters: Magdalena (deceased), wife of Josiah J. Miller; Ida (Mrs. Amos Hostetler), and Fannie who died at the age of 17. Surviving her are, the daughter, 13 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, 1 brother (John E. Miller of Shipshewana) and a half brother (Daniel J. Miller) of Nappanee. Preceding her in death are, her husband, 2 daughters, 1 grandchild, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers (Jacob, Levi, and Harry) and 1 sister (Polly Ringler). In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour, was baptized, and became a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was failing in health for several months and was bedfast about three weeks. The cause of her death was pneumonia and complications. We will miss Grandma, but her wish has been fulfilled to leave this world for the better world. Funeral services were held July 3 at Forks Church, in charge of Bishop D. D. Miller. Text, Rom. 14:12. Interment in the Hostetler Cemetery.
"She is not dead, she has only gone
To live with God whom she has known;
Dear Grandmother, may you sweetly rest,
In that fair mansion of the blest."
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Burkholder. - Charles Newton, son of the late Simon P. and Lydia (Simmers) Burkholder, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., June 5, 1868; died at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg May 3, 1942; aged 73 y. 10 m. 28 d. In March he contracted a deep cold which later developed into pleurisy. At times he seemed to be slowly improving, but complications set in and he gradually grew worse and passed away after an illness of 7 weeks. He was of a meek and quiet disposition and was greatly concerned about the spiritual welfare of his family; and of the future welfare of the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful and devout member since boyhood. Oct. 11, 1903, he was united in marriage with Emma Virginia Landes, who survives him. To this union were born 2 children (Ada C. Burkholder and Irvin N. Burkholder), both living at home. One adopted son (Robert Burkholder) and 3 grandchildren also survive. He also leaves 2 brothers (J. F. and W. P. Burkholder), both of Harrisonburg, Va. Funeral services were held May 4 from the Weavers Church in charge of Bro. S. H. Rhodes assisted by Bro. Leonard H. Jones. Text, Job 1:21. Burial in the cemetery near by.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Thy helping hands we miss them so;
But God saw best to take thee
Over on the other shore.
Father, we feel that thou art resting
In a calm serene abode,
And we would not wish thee back
In this world of sin and strife." -By the Family.
Burkholder. - Samuel J., son of the late Bishop John Burkholder, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 7, 1888; died July 8, 1942. He was a painter and paperhanger by trade. His death was caused by accidental electrocution from contact with uncovered electric wires above a barn roof in Culbertson near his home. He was engaged in painting the roof, and accidentally got too near the high tension wire. He was a member of the Upper Strasburg Mennonite Church. He united with the Church many years ago. He is survived by his widow, Maria Burkholder, and the following sons and daughters: Mervin of Santa Monica, Calif.; Edgar of Chambersburg; Mrs. Charles Bigler of Orrstown; Harry of Chambersburg; Mrs. Chester Clough of Shippensburg; and Paul at home; also by his mother (Sister Katie Burkholder of Chambersburg), and these brothers and sisters: Solomon, of California; Barbara, at home; Mrs. Emma Sollenburger of Chambersburg; Mrs. Charles Bless, of Middleburg; Harry, of Chambersburg; and 6 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, where a large concourse of people assembled to sympathize with friends and pay a tribute of respect to the deceased. Bros. Harold Hunsecker and Harvey E. Shank were in charge of the services. Texts, Job 14 and I Sam. 20:18. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
Ebersole. - Maria S., daughter of the late Rudolph and Elizabeth Brubaker, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 8, 1849; died at the home of her daughter, Ella M. Ritzman, in Freeport, Ill., June 17, 1942; aged 93 y. 2 m. 9 d. At the age of 4 she came west with her parents, making part of the journey by stage coach. She spent the remainder of her life near Freeport. In 1870 she was married to David L. Ebersole, who preceded her in death 43 years ago. To this union 4 daughters were born: Ella M. (wife of the late Oscar Ritzman) and Cora B. (wife of D. S. Gingrich) both of Freeport; Anna L. (deceased) and Frances E. (wife of F. N. Burkey) at present living at Durand, Ill. Besides 3 daughters, she is survived also by 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (D. M. Brubaker of Freeport). Death came after a lingering illness of nearly 7 1/2 years. During this time she was lovingly cared for by two daughters and a granddaughter. Though the time seemed long to her, she never complained; yet often expressed the wish that she might be called home. When reminded that the Lord would call in His own good time, and that His way is best, she would patiently give assent. In her younger years she filled a large place in home and neighborhood, gladly giving her services wherever there was a need. She joined the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a faithful member until death. She greatly loved her church, and during her sickness was always eager to join in the singing of hymns with her daughters or Christian friends who visited her. She will be greatly missed, but has now realized her wish, and our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted in the Mennonite Church near Freeport by Bros. A. C. Good and Howard Zehr.
Habecker. - Christian Charles was born to Joseph K. and Hettie (Charles) Habecker, Jan. 5, 1864, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., June 19, 1942; aged 78 y. 5 m. 14 d. He was united in marriage to Annie (Herr) Gamber Nov. 22, 1888. They engaged in farming for 48 years and moved to Washington Boro, Pa. To this union were born 11 children. Surviving him are his wife, 7 sons and 1 daughter (Joseph G., John G., Christian G., Irwin G., Roy G., Charles G., Ralph G., and Esther G.), also 5 brothers and 1 sister (Pre. Jacob C., John C., Amos C., Charles C., Harry C. and Elizabeth Erb). He was preceded in death by his father and mother, 2 daughters and a son (Salena G., Florence G., and Benjamin G.), also 2 brothers (David and Joseph). He united with the Mennonite Church early in life and kept the faith until the end. Funeral services were held June 23, at the home and at Habecker's Mennonite Church by Bros. Christian K. Lehman, John K. Charles, and Mahlon M. Hess. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Let us not mourn his going.
Let us rejoice to know
That, earthly labor finished,
He was prepared to go.
Let us emulate his virtues,
That men of us may say,
The world is brighter, better,
Because he passed this way." -The Family.
Kreider. - Susanna (Stauffer) Kreider was born May 27, 1861; died March 31, 1942; aged 80 y. 10 m. 4 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Nov. 16, 1882, she was married to David L. Kreider who preceded her in death 12 years. Their union was blessed with 2 sons and 4 daughters. An infant daughter and a son (David L., Jr.) preceded her in death. There survive 1 son (Morris of Ronks) and 3 daughters (Mrs. Mary S. Landis of Leacock, Anna S., wife of Aaron L. Landis, Lancaster, and Mabel S., at home), also 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (Benjamin Stauffer of Leola). She was much devoted to her family and home in which she will be greatly missed. Although she was not able to do much in the activities of the home in late years (as she always enjoyed to do), yet she filled her place with a word of cheer, and a smile for everyone. "She hath done what she could." Funeral services were held April 4 from her late home by Bro. C. M. Brubaker and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church, conducted by Jacob Harnish. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"However painful it may be
To know that she is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may see
Her in the heavenly home." -The Family.
Miller. - Anna Mae, daughter of Paul S. and Viola (Grider) Miller, died June 16, 1942, at her home near Manheim, Pa.; aged 6 y. 8 m. 24 d. She was diabetic for the past four and one-half years. For several days before her death she was ill with measles and pneumonia. From the results of her diabetes she had to take the insulin injection, and was denied lots of things. But with it all she was a patient and cheerful child. Words can not express how we miss her, but we know our loss is her gain. She attended Landisville Mennonite Sunday School and was always present when health permitted. Besides her parents she is survived by 2 brothers (J. Robert and Paul Raymond) and her paternal grandfather (Daniel E. Miller). Funeral services were held June 19, conducted at the home by Bro. Hiram Kauffman and at the Landisville Mennonite Church by Bros. Christ Frank and Henry Lutz. Text, Job 1:21. Interment in the Kraybill Cemetery.
"Just over the line, into the bright beyond,
Released from the trials of earth,
A dear one from us has gone; .
But in that fair home of the soul,
With never a sorrow or care,
When we shall step over the line,
Our beloved will meet us there." -By Parents.
Mishler. - David, son of the late David and Mary (Kaufman) Mishler, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 25, 1864; died at the Lee Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., June 26, 1942; aged 77 y. 7 m. 1 d. He was married to Sally Stahl who preceded him in death three years ago. All of the children survive and are as follows: Cloyd, Earl R., and Carl Mishler; Vera, wife of James Riddle; Mildred, wife of Fred Richie; Nora, wife of Fred Zimmer, and Mrs. Trella Cooper all of Johnstown; and Gertrude, wife of John Hemminger, Ferndale. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 1 brother (Henry Mishler) of Benscreek, Pa. He and his wife were received into the Stahl Mennonite Church Dec. 13, 1891, and were faithful members until death. Funeral services were held in the home and at the Stahl Church by Bros. S. G. Shelter and Sanford G. Shetler. The services were quite largely attended. Interment in the family plot of the Stahl Cemetery.
Nair. - Mary, daughter of John and Sarah Rhodes, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., June 23, 1858; died at her home near Hinton, Va., June 15, 1942, from a heart attack following several months of ill health; aged 83 y. 11 m. 8 d. In 1880 she was united in marriage with John H. Nair, who preceded her in death 39 years ago. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church since girlhood. She was a woman of quiet disposition and will long be remembered by her friends and neighbors for her deeds of kindness. Surviving is one son (Wilmer R. Nair of Hinton, with whom she made her home) and 1 grandson. Her daughter (Ina Liskey) preceded her in death 27 years ago. One brother (J. Lewis Rhodes of near Harrisonburg) also survives. Funeral services were held from the home with Bro. S. H. Rhodes officiating, assisted by H. G. Allen. Interment in Weavers Church Cemetery.
Neuhauser. - John W., son of Peter and Mary Neuhauser, was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Dec. 2, 1849; died at the home of his daughter Katie (Mrs. John Webb, Royal Oak, Mich.), June 9, 1942; aged 92 y. 6 m. 7 d. At the age of two he moved with his parents to Tazewell Co., Ill., where he grew to manhood. At an early age he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was an active member of the Mennonite Church until his death. On Feb. 28, 1878, he was married to Fanny Gunden of Wayland, Iowa. To this union were born six children (Peter of Pompeii, Mich.; William of Pigeon, Mich.; John of Royal Oak, Mich.; and Katie, Mrs. John Webb, of Royal Oak, Mich.; Lydia, who preceded him in death; and also an infant daughter). His wife (Fanny) died April 20, 1888. Jan. 5, 1890 he married Anna Eichelberger of Hopedale, Ill. She passed away in November, 1916 at Manson, Iowa. In 1918 he moved with his daughter Katie to Michigan. He made his home with her until death. He was much interested in the work of the Lord, always being willing to do his part in the Sunday school or wherever he was needed; always faithful in attending services, being in Sunday school and teaching his class May 30, just a few days before his death. Besides his sons and daughter, he leaves 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and numerous relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the home at Royal Oak, and then the body was taken to Pigeon, Mich., where services were held at the Pigeon River Mennonite Church and burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Schaeffer. - Ellen Shenk was born Dec. 20, 1872; died April 24, 1942; aged 69 y. 4 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage to Allen Schaeffer. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter; also a number of grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She passed away (apparently) very suddenly while at work. Funeral services were held from her home and at Risser's Mennonite Church near Elizabethtown, Pa., in charge of Bros. Noah Risser and Walter Oberholtzer. Texts, Matt. 24:42; Jas. 4:13,14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Smucker. - Ray Elam, son of Jesse R. and Fannie E. Smucker, was born Jan. 6, 1929; died June 30, 1942; aged 13 y. 5 m. 24 d. Death was caused by drowning. We will never know how it happened. He was last seen at home mowing the lawn. We missed him at suppertime. Thinking he was at an uncle's we didn't think much about it. In the evening some men came and told us they found his bicycle and shoes beside a quarry filled with water. Soon a group of men and boys were there and found the body. We think he had gone there to swim and in some way fell in. It was a shock to the family and community, as he was well liked by all. We cannot understand but know God's ways are not our ways. How we miss him; but he is out of this world of sin and sorrow. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers (Mark and John), 1 sister (Elsie), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held July 3 at Brown's Funeral Home at Christiana by Bro. M. S. Stoltzfus and at Millwood A. M. Church by Bros. A. B Stoltzfus and John A. Kennel. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest Ray, thou bast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us.
He can all our sorrows heal."
Steckley. - Sylvia, daughter of Geo. J. and Elizabeth (Boyer) Tyson, was born near Goshen, Ind., Feb. 4, 1895; died at the Pauline Nursing Home in Albany, Oreg., June 10, 1942; aged 47 y. 4 m. 6 d. In her youth she moved with her parents to Dinuba, Calif.; in 1911 to Sheridan, Oreg.; and in 1914 to Albany. She was united in marriage to D. J. Steckley, Dec. 3, 1916. To this union were born 2 daughters (Mrs. Russel W. Watson and Mrs. Geo. Settlemier). She is also survived by her father, 3 brothers (Simon Tyson and Isaac Tyson of Lemon Cove, Calif., and Glenn Tyson of Baldwin Park, Calif.), 2 sisters (Mrs. G. R. Bebb of Shedd, Oreg., and Mrs. Abe Mehl of Dallas, Oreg.), and a grandson. At the age of 12 she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until the Lord saw fit to take her home. On the day before her passing she especially expressed her peace with her Saviour, ready to go or to stay, whatever was the Lord's will. Funeral services were held at the Albany Church, conducted by Bros. Geo. M. Kauffman and N. A. Lind. Text, Psa. 125:1. Interment in Willamette Memorial Park.
Yoder. - Abner G., oldest son of Bishop Gideon A. and
Mattie (Miller) Yoder, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Oct. 4,
1879; died in the Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, July 6, 1942;
aged 62 y. 9 m. 2 d. His ancestors emigrated from Switzerland
in 1742 and settled in Berks Co., Pa.; this year of 1942 being
the 200th year that his ancestry settled in America. Dec. 4, 1902,
he was united in marriage to Mary G. Gingerich. He leaves his
companion and 4 children (Edwin, Oren, and Katie of Parnell, Iowa,
and Gideon of Harper, Kans.), 3 grandsons, and 3 brothers (Arthur
and Dave of Wellman, Iowa, and Willis of Kalona, Iowa). One grandson
preceded him in death in 1937.
In his early twenties he was converted and received into fellowship with the believers in the West Union congregation by Bishop Christian Werey. It immediately became evident that he was a servant called of the Lord, and to this task he remained zealous unto the end. In 1906 he became the first superintendent of the Daytonville Mission Sunday school. For about ten years after his ordination he often drove to
Daytonville with horse and buggy to preach the Gospel.
On May 2, 1909, he was ordained to the office of deacon and commissioned to preach by the voice of the Church for the West Union congregation, by Bishops Christian Werey and Andrew Schrock. The same day his predecessor, Bro. J. K. Yoder, was advanced to the office of bishop. For sixteen years they labored together as deacon and bishop. Dec. 21, 1924, he was chosen bishop by lot and ordained by Bishop Daniel Kauffman of Scottdale, Pa. When he was ordained to the capacity of bishop he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who had been bishops in this community. .
Bro. Yoder served in the church in many different channels. In addition to local service he took an active part in evangelistic work. For many years he served as chairman of the Mennonite Children's Home at Kansas City, Kans., and also as treasurer of the General Sunday School Committee. Since entering the ministry he served on various boards and committees from time to time. In 1937 he preached the General Conference sermon at Turner, Oreg., and in 1939 served as moderator of General Conference at Allensville, Pa. At the time of his death he was moderator of the Iowa-Nebraska Conference as well as a member of the General Problems Committee of General Conference.
His was a busy life. He answered calls whenever possible. During his recent illness he made mention of the fact that one reason be wished to recover was to enjoy his grandsons, as he had not had time, as he desired, to enjoy his sons when they were small.
On June 20, he became seriously ill. Before June 26, he greatly desired to recover, and he spoke of his interest in matters pertaining to the Kingdom of God. June 26, he called the entire family, including the grandchildren, and revealed the majority of his funeral plans, including the choice of pall bearers. He also unburdened his heart regarding a number of other important matters, after which that family knelt at his bedside and his son Gideon, who is also a minister offered a prayer asking God for mercy and resignation for both his father and the family. Bro. Yoder's death was caused by congestive heart failure.
Shortly before his death he urged those at his bedside to immediately go and tell the story of salvation. He sent a farewell message to his co-ministers, and also a message of encouragement to his congregation. At his request a temporary pastoral program was presented to his congregation the Sunday morning preceding his passing away.
The funeral was held on Thursday forenoon July 9. Services were conducted at the home by Bros. W. S. Guengerich and Amos Gingerich. At the West Union Church a large concourse of friends assembled, where Bros. John Y. Swartzendruber of Kalona, Ia., and Daniel Kauffman, Scottdale, Pa., brought messages of spiritual hope, courage and strength from II Tim. 4:6-8. Bro. D. J. Fisher conducted the services at the grave. Others taking part in the services were J. M. Kreider of Palmyra, Mo.; Nelson Kauffman of Hannibal, Mo.; Chriss Yoder, P. J. Blosser, and Simon Gingerich.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Guengerich. - Elmer J., son of Jacob D. and Lydia Gingerich, was born July 11, 1870, in Johnson Co., Iowa; died at his late home in Kalona, Iowa, June 25, 1942; aged 71 y. 11 m. 14 d. He accepted Christ in his youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and was baptized by Bishop Jacob F. Swartzendruber. He took an active interest in the East Union Church where he was a faithful member at the time of his death, and as long as health permitted was seldom absent. Jan. 27, 1894, he was united in matrimony with Maggie A., daughter of Bishop Noah D. and Savilla (Gnagy) Yoder. To this union 6 children were born (Laura of Washington; Willis of Lockport, N. Y.; Edwin and Glen of Kalona; Paul of Parnell, Iowa; and 1 infant son, deceased). He was of a family of 13 children, 12 of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Of these 10 are still living; 5 sisters (Mrs. Jacob Shetler and Mrs. Daniel Each of Pigeon, Mich., Mrs. Ruhama Beachy of Wellman, Mrs. John M. Yoder and Mrs. Henry A. Yoder of Parnell); 5 brothers (George of Gashland, Mo., Ezra of Pasadena, Calif., Aaron of Los Angeles, Calif., Samuel of Malvern, Ark., and Daniel J. of Kalona). His passing is mourned by the above named and a large number of near relatives and friends. Elmer grew to manhood and lived in the Kalona community his entire life, with the exception of 17 years during which time the family lived at Centralia, Mo. His boyhood was spent helping his father run the Old Deer Creek Mill. After his marriage a home was established at the old historic Wassonville Mill near Wellman, Iowa. A number of years ago he retired and with his wife moved to Kalona, where he lived at the time of his death. For the past two years he had been in failing health and on March 23 of this year, he suffered a stroke, and again on June 23, which was the immediate cause of his death. Funeral services were held June 27 at the East Union Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. D. J. Fisher and J. L. Hershberger. Burial in the family lot in the East Union Cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
The place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Transcriber's note: There is a different spelling for this man's family name and that of his parents.
Herr. - Amanda L., daughter of the late Deacon Henry D. and Elizabeth D. Heller, was born near Eden, Pa., March 14, 1870; died at her home near Strasburg, Pa., June 18, 1942; aged 72 y. 3 m. 4 d. Although Mother was not physically strong for a number of years, she was as usual until Thursday afternoon, June 11, when, while reading, she was stricken with a paralytic stroke and after a brief illness of seven days (being conscious until only a few hours before) she peacefully slept away to be with her Lord. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her early twenties and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until her death. She was united in marriage to Newton G. Herr, May 13, 1897. To this union were born these children: Bertha Mae (wife of Harvey Metzler), Clarence N., and Emory H., at home. There also survive, Miriam M. (wife of Amos H. Kreider), and Mrs. Susan E. Hess, at home, daughters of her husband's former marriage and whom she raised and nurtured in her home as one family; 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 sisters (Mrs. Anna L. Kreider, and Mrs. Elizabeth L. Rohrer), 1 brother (Enos L. Heller), and many other relatives and friends. Although not able to do the many things she might have desired, she kept a keen interest in the affairs of the home and a deep concern for the welfare of her family. We know that we shall miss her fellowship and pleasant countenance, but we trust that her cheerful and generous life with its Christian ideals may be an inspiration to us always. Funeral services were conducted June 21, from the home, and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. C. M. Brubaker and Jacob T. Harnish. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Safe forever and free from the limitations of this life, awaiting
our coming in that Greater Sphere of activity in the Father's
House, the conditions for which she here had fitted herself, our
loved one is now enjoying the fulfillment of her Master's promise
which she honored and believed. -The Family.
Hershberger. - Magdalena, daughter of John J. and Magdalena Miller, was born near Kalona, Ia., July 8, 1866; died at her late home near Kalona July 6, 1942, lacking 2 days of being 76 years old. She was one of a family of 19 children 7 dying in infancy, and 6 brothers and 6 sisters growing to manhood and womanhood, all living with their families in the vicinity north of Kalona. At the age of 17 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Old Order Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Feb. 22, 1891, she was married to John D. Hershberger, who preceded her in death April 21, 1940. They lived all but the first year on the farm where she died, sharing their joys and sorrows together for nearly 50 years. To this union were born 8 children: Ada (wife of Bishop Ira Nissley); Bishop Edwin Hershberger; Lena (wife of Lewis Ropp); Pre. Daniel Hershberger; Anna (wife of Jesse Shettler); Ruth, at home; and Joseph Hershberger, living on the home place, all from Kalona, Ia. One daughter (Barbara) died at the age of 7 months. She also leaves 46 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Joel, John, and Benedict Miller, all of Kalona, Ia.). In February she was stricken with a severe heart attack from which she recovered sufficiently to attend church services once. She was again stricken with a heart attack on June 4, but the immediate cause was acute peritonitis which lasted four days. She will be greatly missed by her friends and relatives, who always enjoyed the hospitality of their home. "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. For her price is far above rubies" (Prov. 31:27,28,10). Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bros. Henry Mast of Illinois and Aaron Yoder of Delaware.
"Our loved ones who pass from our midst' here below,.
Bring changes about us we can't overthrow;
The places they filled meant much to us here,
When parting time came, made lives sad and drear."
Hershey. - Annie, widow of the late John H. Hershey, was born Feb. 21, 1860, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died July 14, 1942; aged 82 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was a daughter of the late John B. and Barbara (Brubaker) Eshbach, the last one of the family. One son (Clayton E.), 2 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren survive. She was a member of the East Petersburg, Pa., congregation. Funeral services were held July 16, at the home and at the Church, conducted by Bros. Frank Kreider and John Gochnauer. Text, Phil. 3:21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin. - Alva Mabel, daughter of Amos and Sue (Hershey) Myer, was born at Monterey, Pa., Sept. 14, 1892; died at the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital June 8, 1942. At the age of fifteen she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was baptized and received into fellowship of the East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church. Dec. 11, 1912, she was united in marriage to Bro. C. Z. Martin of Lancaster, Pa. Her husband and the following children mourn her departure: J. Robert of Mountville, Mrs. Paul Herr of Holtwood, Pa., Mrs. Lois Herr of Kinzers, Pa., David, Christian, Anna, Daniel, John, Roy, Melvin, all at home; also her mother (Mrs. Sue E. Myer) and 3 grandchildren, 1 brother (L. H. Myer, Ephrata, Pa.), 3 sisters (Ethel of Lancaster, Pa., Mrs. Lois Weaver of Rheems, Pa., Mrs. Noah Horst, Neffsville, Pa.). In 1920 Bro. and Sister Martin were called to take charge of the Columbia Mission under the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, where she served faithfully until her death. She was a very devoted mother in the home, always ready to do for others, and gave counsel and motherly advice to many in the Mission Congregation. Funeral services were held June 10 in the home by Bro. J. K. Charles, at Columbia Mission by Bro. Henry Garber, and at the East Chestnut Mennonite Church, by Bros. Christian Lehman and Stoner Krady. Text, I John 2:28. Interment in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
"Our lives will be lonely, dear Mother
Without your sweet smile and your cheer;
Words fail to express how we miss you,
And those prayers in behalf of us here.
Your thoughts were always of us children,
What a love so unselfish and true;
We praise God for having given us
A wonderful mother like you."
Miller. - Allen H. Miller, a resident of Middlebury, Ind., for about 31 years, died at the home of his son Earl Miller in Middlebury July 5, 1942, after a brief illness of 3 days from the effect of a stroke; aged 87 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was born in Somerset Co.. Pa., Nov. 3, 1854, and spent his early life with his parents near Bloomingdale, Mich., and the greater part of his life in Lagrange and Elkhart counties. He was married to Elizabeth Yoder July 9, 1876, who preceded him in death Oct. 11, 1939. To this union were born 6 children. All survive but the oldest daughter (Mary E. Miller) who died March 10, 1923. Those living are Acelia Fryhover, Lagrange, Ind.; Earl, Arthur, and Harriet (Mrs. Jerry Brandeberry), all of Middlebury; and Harry E., of Washington, D. C.; 2 sisters (Mrs. Maggie E. Allen of Toledo, Ohio, and Mary E. Miller of Bloomingdale, Mich.), 18 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren. He united with the Christian Church in Bloomingdale, Mich., when a young man, and about 1896 he united with the Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services at the home and at the Church in Middlebury, in charge of Bros. D. D. Miller and S. S. Yoder. Burial in Forest Grove Cemetery.
Stoner. - Ruth H., daughter of Rohrer and Catharine Stoner, was born March 28, 1906, near Mt. Joy, Pa.; died July 6, 1942; aged 36 y. 3 m. 8 d. She was a member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. She was ailing for several months, and in bed two weeks. She leaves her parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters (Mrs. Frank Weidman, Mrs. Amos Hess, and Christ Stoner of Mt. Joy; Esther, Isaac, and Catharine at home). Funeral services were held July 10 at Mt. Joy Church, in charge of Bros. Henry Lutz and Henry Garber. Text, Heb. 9:27. Interment in Kraybills Cemetery.
"Weep not that her time is over,
Weep not that her race is won;
God grant that we may rest so calmly,
When our work here is done." --By the Family.
Weaver. - Mary W., widow of John M. Weaver, died at
the home of her son (Amos W., R. 1, Stevens, Pa.), July 6, 1942;
aged 79 y. 11 m. 5 d. She had been ill a great deal of the time
for some years, and had often expressed a desire to leave this
world. She was a member of the Springville Mennonite congregation.
She is survived by these children: Lydia, wife of David Kurtz,
Ephrata, Pa.; Amos W. (with whom she resided) and Ida, wife of
Levi W. Martin both of Stevens, Pa.; Aaron W., Ephrata, Pa.; and
Annie, wife of Herman Seppi, Stevens, Pa. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted July 8 at the home by Bro. Menno Weaver and at Martindale Mennonite Church by Bros. Joseph Hostetter and Amos Martin. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Zuercher. - Minnie Leah, daughter of Christian I. and Rebecca (Zimmerly) Zuercher, was born near Apple Creek, Ohio, July 15, 1895; died after a brief illness following an operation for gall trouble, at the Beeson Hospital, Wooster, Ohio, July 17, 1942; aged 47 y. 2 d. March 21, 1913, she was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, and later she became a charter member of the Kidron Mennonite Church, of which she remained faithful to her faith until the Lord called her home. Although she had been in failing health ever since she was ten years old, having had her fourth operation which has meant many trials to her faith and many days of gloom, through all this she had expressed her faith and trust in her Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ and committed herself to His will. She leaves father, five sisters, 4 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. Her mother and 1 sister preceded her in death. Because of her physical condition for the last three years she made her home in the Mennonite Old People's Home near Rittman, Ohio. Funeral services were held July 19, from the home of her sister (Mr. and Mrs. Amos Lehman), service in charge of Bro. Isaac Zuercher, and further services at the Kidron Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Reuben Hofstetter and Allen Bixler. Text, Jno. 21:4. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana