Alwine. - Simon J., son of Jacob A. and Gertrude Kaufman Alwine, was born July 1, 1876; died near Hollsopple, Pa., May 3, 1942; aged 65 y. 10 m. 2 d. He was married to Katie Johns in the year 1900. He is survived by his widow, one foster daughter, Katie Stayrook (wife of Walter Alwine), and 4 foster grandchildren. Two sisters, Emma (wife of Harry Berkey), of Johnstown, Pa., and Elda (wife of Nelson H. Yoder), of Davidsville, Pa., also survive. Two sisters, Polly (wife of Simon Bowman), and Minnie (wife of Ammon Wingard), preceded him in death. His death was caused by heart trouble which he suffered for a number of months but he passed away very suddenly after suffering a stroke about twelve hours before he died. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life and was a faithful member until death. He was a quiet, unassuming man and will be missed in the church and in the community, where he lived all his life. Funeral services were conducted at the Kaufman Mennonite Church by Bros. Irwin M. Holsopple, and Harry Y. Shetler. Text, John 14:3. Burial in the Stahl Mennonite Cemetery.
Brother, dear, you're not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more,
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before.
Brunk. - Martha, daughter of Deacon Christian W. and Magdalene Hershey Eby, was born near Lititz, Pa., June 26, 1861; died at her home in Maugansville, Md., May 21, 1942; aged 80 y. 10 m. 25 d. Early in life she moved with her parents to Washington Co., Md., where she grew up and joined the Mennonite Church, affiliating herself with the Reiff congregation. On Jan. 13, 1898, she was married to Franklin B. Brunk, filling the place of mother to four motherless boys. To them were born two children: Christian W. and Fannie E. In Jan. 1905, the family moved to Warwick Co., Va., where she greatly enlarged her circle of friends. Over twenty years later, when all of the children had homes of their own, she with her husband moved back to Maugansville, Md., in which neighborhood she lived until death. She is survived by her husband and all the children: Joseph E. of Goshen, Ind.; George F., Washington, D. C.; Samuel E., Denbigh, Va.; Henry M., Harrisonburg, Va.; Christian W., Hyattsville, and Fannie E. Kornhaus of Denbigh, Va.; two brothers, John of Clearspring, Md., and Amon Eby of Chambersburg, Pa.; besides 33 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many more distant relatives. Funeral services were held at Reiffs Church in charge of Bros. Moses K. Horst and Stanley Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Buckwalter. - Aaron D., son of David L. and Anna Denlinger Buckwalter, was born June 29, 1865; died March 5, 1942, at his home near Witmer after an illness of two weeks; aged 76 y. 8 m. 4 d. He was born and lived his entire life in the community in which he died. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was married Nov. 25, 1893, to Mary H. Brubaker. Surviving are his widow and the following children: Landis B., Lancaster, Route 5; Mary B. Peifer, Neffsville, Pa.; and Aaron B., Florin, Pa.; also four grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Harvey Dussinger, Lancaster, Route 5. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin and at Mellinger's Church by Bros. David Landis and Abram Martin.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended,
Now dear Father is at rest."
Gerber. - Mrs. Martha Shrock Gerber, was born Dec. 16, 1868; died at her home near Shanesville, Ohio, May 22, 1942; aged 73 y. 5 m. 6 d. In her early youth she became a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member till death. On Jan. 23, 1886, she was united in marriage to Levi Gerber; 12 children were born to this home, three of whom preceded her in death. The following immediate members of the family survive and mourn her departure: her companion, who is past eighty; six sons -- John of Winesburg, Ohio; William and Ora of Flat Rock, Mich.; Monroe of Sugarcreek, Ohio; Marvin and Roy of Shanesville, Ohio; three daughters -- Mrs. Verna Hasler and Mrs. Naomi Stress of Shanesville, Ohio; Lizzie Snyder of the Home; 25 grandchildren; 4 brothers -- William (a twin brother of the deceased), Alex, and Allen, all of Shanesville, Ohio; 2 sisters -- Amanda Shrock of Trail, Ohio; Angeline Troyer of Shanesville, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the Walnutcreek Mennonite Church with Bro. Paul R. Miller in charge. Interment in the church cemetery.
We have lost our darling mother.
She has bid us all adieu;
She has gone to live in Heaven
And her form is lost to view;
Oh that dear one, how we loved her!
Oh how hard to give her up.
But an angel came down for her,
And removed her from our flock.
Miller. - Simeon S., son of Simeon and Mary Garver Miller,
was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 5, 1864; departed this life
April 20, 1942, at the hospital in Goshen, Ind.; aged 77 y. 6
m. 15 d. When a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour
and united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. In this
faith the Lord called him home. On Dec. 22, 1888, he was united
in marriage with Mary Kauffman of Middlebury, Ind. To this union
7 children were born. He leaves his deeply bereaved companion
and the following children: David and Ira, Naomi (wife of Lewis
Swartzentruber), and Fannie at home, all of Goshen, Henry of
Ind., Barbara (wife of Fred Bontrager), also of Goshen; also 24
grandchildren survive. One infant daughter and 3 granddaughters
preceded him in death. He also leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters:
John of Goshen, Noah of Kalona, Iowa, Seth of Fruitland, Iowa,
Gertie (wife of Solomon Schrock), of Goshen, Ind., Anna, wife
of Peter Eimon of Kalona, Iowa. On April 18 Father and sister
left home for Goshen. While in town he suddenly took sick and
was taken to the hospital. His sickness was severe but short,
for which we were thankful. Also we appreciated the kindly admonitions
which he gave us on his deathbed.
Mother and children were all privileged to be at his bedside when he died.
As we loved Father, so we miss him;
In our memory he is dear.
Loved, remembered, thought of always,
Brings many a silent tear;
His loving smiles and kindly ways
Are pleasant to recall;
His cheerful words were many,
He was dearly loved by all;
Father, with God's help we'll meet you
On that bright and blissful shore. -By the children.
Nafzinger. - Jacob S., son of Jacob and Mary (Rychener)
Nafzinger, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 2, 1878, departed
this life at his home near Archbold, May 11, 1942; aged 63 y.
5 m. 9 d. On Dec. 19, 1906, he was united in marriage with Amanda
Schmucker, they sharing the joys and sorrows of life together
a little over 35 years. This union was blessed with 3 children:
Velma (Mrs. Jesse Rufenacht) ; Orval, and Mary (Mrs. Lawrence
Kauffman), all of Archbold. He leaves to mourn his departure:
his sorrowing wife, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 3 brothers: Henry,
William, and Charles; 3 sisters: Mrs. Sam. Wyse, Mrs. Dan. Mull,
and Mrs. Peter Beck, all residing near Archbold. He was preceded
in death by his father, mother, 2 brothers: Simon and Samuel.
In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, and united
with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until
death, which came after a long illness of over a year, causing
him much suffering, being in the hospital six times, but hearing
all the pain with much patience until the Lord called him home.
Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. E. B. Frey and at the Central Church by Bros. P. L. Frey and Jesse Short.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to Heaven
The one we loved so dear.
Into heaven's mansions he entered,
Never to sigh or weep.
After years with life's struggles
Father has fallen asleep."
Nissly. - Martha H., daughter of Martin B. and Annie Shenk Herr, was born in New Danville, Pa., March 4, 1874; departed this life at the Lancaster General Hospital after an illness of a year and a half, May 9, 1942; aged 68 y. 2 m. 5 d. In 1898 she was married to Martin R. Nissly, who survives her with two sisters: Mrs. Susan S. Herr, Lancaster, R. 4, and Anna, wife of Ira L. Herr, Millersville, Pa. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She bore her affliction with much patience and cheerfulness and was fully resigned to the Lord's will. We feel our loss keenly but we know that what the Lord does is well done. Funeral services were held at the home of her brother-in-law and sister by Bro. John Charles, and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Charles and D. Stoner Krady. Interment in Kraybill's 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." -The Family.
Oswald. - Mattie Erb Oswald was born to Jacob and Fannie Erb May 4,1886, near O'Neill, Nebr.; passed away at her home in Beemer, Nebr., May 6, 1942; aged 56 y. 2 d. In the year 1910 she was united in marriage to William Oswald. To this union nine children were born: Harold, who is in a C.P.S. camp in California; Dan of Ind.; Edna (Mrs. Willard Schweitzer); Margaret (Mrs. Ruben Schantz); Bertha, at home; Robert of Camp Denison, Iowa; Arthur of Pomeroy, Iowa; Warren Ray (deceased), and Doris, at home. She also leaves to mourn her departure her husband, two sisters -- Mrs. J. W. Oswald of Pa., and Mrs. L. A. Ott of O'Neill, Nebr.; two brothers -- Albert Erb, who is in the hospital at Fort Lyon, Colo., and John Erb of Lake Wilson, Minn.; also 5 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She with her husband spent a few years of their married life near O'Neill, Nebr., and the rest of the time near and in Beemer, Nebr. She had been afflicted more or less for the last 15 years with arthritis and other ailments, spending a large part of the last 5 years in a wheelchair. She accepted Christ and became a member of the Mennonite Church early in life, to which faith she remained true till death. Her sufferings were such as few people are called upon to bear, but she was patient through it all until the Lord in mercy relieved her of her suffering. Funeral services were conducted at the house and from the Plum Creek Church by Bros. Dan Birky of Beemer and Warren Eicher of Milford. Nebr. Interment in the Beemer Cemetery.
Shantz. - Joseph, son of the late Daniel and Mary (Nahrgang) Shantz, was born in Wilmot Twp., on Dec. 30, 1881, and lived in the said township his entire lifetime. He passed away at his home near Baden, Ont., on May 15, 1942; aged 60 y. 4 m. 15 d. Bro. Shantz had been in failing health for some time, but was not confined to the house until the last several weeks before his death. He was a faithful member of the Geiger Mennonite congregation near Baden for the past 45 years. His place at church was seldom vacant. During his last illness he expressed his desire to go Home. On Feb. 8, 1911, he was married to Lydia Snider who survives him with four children: Vernon of Petersburg, Wayne of Baden, and Louise and Alice, at home. There also remain: 1 granddaughter, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters: Norman and Simeon of Haysville, Uzziah of Strasburg, Mrs. Ephraim Schmitt and Mrs. John McKenzie of Baden. One sister, Annie, predeceased him 34 years ago. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. M. Hallman and then at the Geiger Mennonite Church, where the Bros. C. C. Culp of Brethren, Mich., and M. H. Roth spoke from the texts found in John 14:1-7 and Matt. 5:12a. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Short. - Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Catherine Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1872, passed away at her home near Stryker, May 11, l942; aged 70 y. 2 m. 29 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, was baptized and became a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. On Nov. 10, 1892, she was united in marriage with Amos Graber. To this union 4 sons and 2 daughters were born: Guy, Clarence, and Charles, of Stryker; George of Kentucky; Anna Ringenberg of Hillsdale, Mich., and Catherine Lemberson of Montpelier, Ohio. Besides the husband and 6 children, her passing is mourned by 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 5 sisters, one brother and 3 sisters having preceded her in death, and by many relatives, neighbors, and friends. Her sister, Josephine, was in the home with her for the past 11 months. The death messenger came suddenly, mother having been about the duties of the home until about one half hour before her death. She will be greatly missed in the home, church and community. Funeral services were held at the home of Bro. E. B. Frey and at the Lockport Church by Bros. P. L. Frey and Jesse Short.
Our lives will be lonely, Dear Mother,
Without your 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 others;
What a love, so unselfish and true!
We praise God for having given us
A wonderful Mother like you.
Transcriber's note #1: It would appear that the last name of
this woman should be Graber rather than Short.
Transcriber's note #2: In the original two lines were transposed; I believe the above is the correct order.
Troyer. - James S., son of Samuel S. and Mary Troyer, was born Nov. 4, 1910, near Kalona, Iowa; died at the Beeson Hospital in Wooster, Ohio, May 15, 1942, having reached the age of 31 y. 6 m. 11 d. At the age of 13 he became a member of the Martinscreek Mennonite Church where he retained his membership until death. On August 30, 1931, he was united in marriage to Edith Merris of Ashland, Ohio. Two daughters were born to this home. The following mourn his departure: his wife, and two daughters, Marilyn and Phyllis; his father and mother of Holmesville, Ohio; four brothers, Earles of Utica, Ohio; Calvin of Holmesville, Ohio; Omar of Millersburg, Ohio; Edwin of Orrville; four sisters, Mrs. Delilah Garber of Columbiana, Ohio; Mrs. Katie Miller of Charm, Ohio; Mrs. Anna Hostetler and Mrs. Mable Stutzman both of Holmesville, Ohio; also one sister-in-law, Mrs. Erwin Troyer of Alliance, Ohio, together with a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the Morgan Funeral Home, Shrove, Ohio, with Bro. Paul R. Miller in charge. Interment in Oakgrove Cemetery near Shrove, Ohio.
Good night, wife and children,
Dearest friends and loved ones;
I must leave you;
Longer here I cannot stay.
Be prepared, dear ones, to meet me,
Death shall call you too some day.
Troyer. - Sarah (Yoder) Troyer was born Sept. 26, 1887, in Lagrange Co., near Shipshewana Ind.; died at Colorado General Hospital, Denver, May 14, 1942; aged 54 y. 7 m. 18 d. Death came as the result of a heart attack, following a period of declining health. She confessed Christ and united with the Amish Church in 1905. On March 15, 1906, she was married to Daniel M. Troyer of Holmes Co., Ohio. In 1909 they located on a farm southwest of Limon, Colorado, in which community they have made their home ever since, excepting the years 1923 and 1924 which were spent in Colorado Springs. In the year 1922 a Mennonite Church was organized in the Limon district. She with her husband united with this congregation and are included in the charter membership. She lived a faithful, exemplary Christian life until the close of her journey. To this union were born four sons and three daughters: Moses D., Perry, and Daniel Alva, of Limon, Colorado; Lyman of Camp Leonard Wood, Missouri; Lena (Mrs. Ora Davis), Colorado Springs; Katie (Mrs. LeRoy C. Miller), Morley, Colorado; Edna (Mrs. Eldon Zook) Colorado Springs. The following grandchildren also survive: Dean, Wayne, and Eleanor Davis; Darroll Troyer; Betty, Ann, Billie, Virginia, and Lynn Miller; and Evon Zook. The entire community joins with the bereft husband and family in mourning the loss of a departed loved one and faithful friend. The funeral service was conducted at the Limon Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. L. C. Miller of Manitou Springs assisted by Bro. George Holderman, the local pastor; and by Bro. C. G. Ringler of Colorado Springs. Interment in the Limon Mennonite Cemetery.
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Johns. - Daniel J., son of John and Catherine Yoder Johns, was born in Somerset County, Pa., on Sept. 8, 1850; departed this life at the home of his son Ira on May 22, 1942; aged 91 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was sick very little during his life. Only during the last four months did he seem to fail, often mentioning that he felt so tired. On Jan. 18, 1942, he preached his last sermon, this being at Midland, Michigan. On Sunday morning, February 1, he suffered a light stroke which affected only his speech. On May 19 he suffered another stroke which resulted in death three days later. At the age of fifteen years he moved with his parents to Lagrange Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. When he was nineteen he began teaching school and continued in this for seven years. On May 6, 1875, he was united in marriage to Nancy Yoder. To this union were born five sons and one daughter, two of which, viz., Elmer H. and Ora D., preceded him in death. His wife departed this life twelve years ago and since that time he has often expressed himself as being lonely. The surviving are: Ira S. of Goshen, Ind., Mrs. L. J. Pletcher of Middlebury, Otis N. of Canton, Ohio, and Ray 0. of Topeka, Indiana; also eighteen grandchildren and thirty-three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, viz., Rosie Hershberger and Mrs. John E. Miller, both of Shipshewana, Ind. In the summer of 1876 he accepted Christ and united with the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. In this same church in 1882 he was ordained a minister of the Gospel and in 1887 he was called to the office of bishop. Thus he served this church as a leader for nearly sixty years. In his early ministry he spent much time in the evangelistic field being one of the pioneer evangelists of the Mennonite Church. He served on numerous church boards and committees. He officiated at ninety-eight marriages, at 386 funerals, ordained six bishops, ten ministers, and five deacons in this Conference District. In a paper which he wrote himself we find the following expression, "Many were the weaknesses and shortcomings, but great was God's grace and wondrous love to behold and lead in times of trial. To Him be all the praise." Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church on Monday, May 25, in charge of Bishops D. D. Troyer and D. D. Miller. Text: Heb. 9:27. Interment in the Clinton Union Cemetery. There were present at the funeral about nine hundred people. Included in this number were sixty-one ordained men.
Nafziger. - John M., son of Andrew and Anna Roszhart Nafziger, was born near Hopedale, Illinois, Sept. 10, 1892; passed away early Friday morning, May 8, in the Mennonite Hospital at Bloomington; aged 49 y. 8 m. He was sick only a short time, death being caused by embolism following an accident on his farm three weeks before. John was married to Anna Litwiller Dec. 27, 1922, and they lived in this community all of their married life with the exception of the first eight years when they farmed west of Chenoa, Ill. He was a trustee of the Hopedale Mennonite Church, of which he was member since early youth. He attended church regularly and was a faithful, conscientious Christian. He is survived by his wife and the following children: John Marvin, Mary Katherine, Myrl and Anna Ruth. Other survivors are his father and stepmother, one sister, Mrs. Clara Martin, and four brothers, Ralph, Eldon, Arthur of Hopedale, and Lester of Normal, and a host of relatives and friends who will miss him sadly. His mother preceded him in death when John was three years old. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Simon Litwiller, and Geo. Gundy. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
Rohrer. - Anna Maria Haverstick Rohrer was born in Wabank, Lancaster Co., Pa., March 28, 1853; peacefully fell asleep Monday evening, May 18, 1942; aged 89 y. 1 m. 20 d. Her death came rather unexpectedly, she being sick only two days. She lived her entire married life of 64 years in the same home, in which she took an active interest. Her husband, Henry S. Rohrer, preceded her to the spirit world Dec. 16, 1917. They were blessed with 7 children: Ross, Alice, John, Frank (who passed away seven months ago), Ezra (who died in infancy), Anna, and Henry. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church 55 years ago and remained faithful to the end. She was the oldest of a family of 10 children, 4 sisters and 1 brother of whom survive, also 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from Bachman's Funeral Home, Strasburg, Pa., in charge of Bro. C. M. Brubaker, with further services held at the Strasburg Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. C. H. Brubaker (who read II Cor. 4:13-18; 5:1-10), and Bro. Jacob Harnish who used the same text as was used at Father's funeral 24 years before (II Tim. 4:6-8). Burial in adjoining cemetery.
All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast,
All is over, labors ended,
Now dear Mother is at rest. -The Family.
Schantz. - Bertha Naffziger Schantz, daughter of Valentine and Barbara Springer Naffziger, was born in Boynton Twp., Dec. 29, 1867; passed away at her home in Delavan, Ill., May 9, 1942, following an illness of two years; aged 74 y. 4 m. 10 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early youth, later transferring her membership to the Church of God. She was united in marriage to Henry Schantz, Feb. 22, 1894, who preceded her in death. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Elizabeth Wainright, Peoria, Ill.; Mrs. Martha Klokkenga, Hartsburg, Ill.; Miss Barbara Schantz, Christian, and Amos, at home. Two grandchildren also survive, and a sister (Mrs. Anna Birky, of Delavan). Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by William A. Beaman and Simon Litwiller. Burial in the Mennonite Cemetery.
Wenger. - David Musselman, son of the late Michael and Magdalena Musselman Wenger, was born Sept. 23, 1876, near Farmersville, Pa.; died May 20, 1942, at his home in Leola, Pa., of heart ailment after a few days' illness; aged 65 y. 7 m. 27 d. Just two years ago a severe heart attack kept him a shut-in for about three months. The physician had told the children then that his years were numbered, but after his recovery from that attack his health was so very good that this second attack was quite a shock to each member of the family. Just the week before he had been in Virginia to visit his daughter at the Eastern Mennonite School and his son-in-law at Camp Grottoes. On Sept. 7, 1903, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Rohrer who preceded him in death Feb. 15, 1910. To this union were born three children who survive: Norman R., of Lancaster; Anna Magdalene. wife of Wesley Gross, Zarephath, N. J.; and Clement R., of Lancaster. On Sept. 4, 1912, he was united in marriage to Ida K. Musser who remains to mourn his departure. To this union were born two daughters: Mary Ruth, wife of Earl Wissler, Lititz, Pa.; and Edna Elizabeth, wife of Harry Hertzler, Denbigh, Va. Eleven grandchildren also survive, 1 grandson having preceded him to the glory world seven years ago. He was greatly interested in the work of the church, her missionary endeavors, and church schools. Many were the singing classes which were organized under his direction. One of his favorite songs was, "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be." As Sunday-school teacher at the Groffdale Mennonite Sunday School, he faithfully filled his place and also served as Sunday-school superintendent there in past years. He will long be remembered as a conscientious Christian worker in the church and a loving husband and father in the home. In spite of annoyances in the world and church, he was always very hopeful, trusting for the best in the material as well as the spiritual realm. Funeral services were held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Mahlon Witmer, Amos Sauder, and Benj. Wenger. I Cor. 15:51-58; Rev. 21:1-7; 22:1-7 were read in the opening and the text was II Cor. 5:1. Interment in adjoining cemetery. "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." "O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?"
Wingard. - Katie Blough Wingard, wife of Robert Wingard, was born Oct. 1, 1891; departed this life May 15, 1942; aged 50 y. 7 m. 14 d. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children: Robert Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif.; Vivian Ethel, wife of Walter Weaver, Christiana, Pa.; Velma Grace, wife of Paul Yoder, Elverson, Pa.; Walter Freeman, married to Alma McLucas, Johnstown, Pa.; Raymond Carl, and Betty Lou at home. She is also survived by one sister (Mabel Blough Yost, Los Angeles, Calif.), and two brothers (D. Henry and Walter, Johnstown, Pa.) Three grandchildren survive. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren of Tire Hill for a number of years and later transferred her membership to the Stahl Mennonite Church, near Johnstown, Pa. She was a very faithful and devoted member of the church, always at her place of worship as long as health permitted. She was sick in the home for some time and was taken to the Memorial Hospital where she died soon after being admitted. The family expresses their estimation of mother in the few lines of a poem attached to this record. Funeral services were held in the home by Bro. S. G. Shetler and in the Stahl Church by Bros. Sanford G. Shetler and S. G. Shetler. The body was laid to rest in the family plot of the Stahl Cemetery.
Rest on, dear Mother, thy labors are o'er.
Those loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find. -The Family.
Yoder. - Cassie, daughter of the late Isaac and Susan Mishler Yoder, was born Sept. 26, 1860; died March 28, 1942; aged 81 y. 6 m. 2 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Though confined to her bed for almost eight years she took everything patiently. She had her home for the last four years with Susan Lehman, who took very good care of her. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and four sisters. She is survived by three nephews and seven nieces. Funeral services were conducted in the Stahl Mennonite Church by Bro. Irvin M. Holsopple. Interment in the Stahl Cemetery.
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Beideman. - Mary Catharine Beideman, daughter of George and Marie Walter, was born April 16, 1871; died in the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., May 19, l942; aged 71 y. 1 m. 3 d. She was united in marriage to Isaac B. Beideman, deacon of Methacton Mennonite Church May 19, 1925, who preceded her in death three years ago. Surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. Jos. L. Lapp, Chalfont, Pa. ; Mrs. Abram K. Alderfer, Fountainville, Pa.), 1 brother (Allen S. Walter, Line Lexington, Pa.), 6 stepchildren (Harry and Abram Beideman, Norristown, Pa.; Mrs. Allen R. Gehman, Line Lexington, Pa.; Raymond Beideman, Souderton, Pa.; , Mrs. Orwin Bishop, Lederach, Pa.; Mrs. Paul Freed, Gratersford, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Eastern Mennonite Home on May 24, with Bros. Arthur D. Ruth and Warren Bean officiating. Burial at Methacton Cemetery.
"Dear sister, thou bast left us,
Death has broken the family band;
Her room is quiet, all is still,
Yet we're content; it is God's will."
Blosser. - Harriet, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Reed)
Christophel, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 2, 1860;
died May 2, 1942*, at the home of her youngest son; aged 82 y.
1 m. 4 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour
and united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, which faith
she kept until death. She was united in marriage to Jacob N. Blosser
Sept. 9, 1877. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters.
One daughter (Hulda) preceded her in death in infancy. Her husband
died Feb. 18, 1909. She leaves 3 sons and 2 daughters (Mrs. Amos
Weldy of Nappanee; Ind.; Chester of Elkhart; and Harvey, Mrs.
Mahlon Weaver, and Oscar of Goshen); also 18 grandchildren, 21
great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Sarah Christophel). She was always
ready to make any and every sacrifice for the comfort and welfare
of her family, as well as for others. Funeral services were conducted
by Ralph Smucker and D. A. Yoder at the Yellow Creek Mennonite
*[Research note: Date of death was May 6, 1942 according to family records and diary of Ezra Stauffer. Thelma Hoover Martin]
Brubacker. - Amelia S., daughter of Paul and Lena (Sensenig) Brubacker, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 23, 1938; died May 20, 1942. She died from the effects of being scalded with hot water May 19. She was' given first-aid treatment at the doctor's office and had returned home. She suffered first and second degree burns of the body from the waist down. She was burned through upsetting a bucket and falling on the floor with the water. During the night she was patient, but begged to go home. She asked her mother to sing, "God Made the Pretty Lilies." She always took an interest in Sunday school; never had any children's diseases, and needed very little sleep. She was busy, always willing to help, and was as a little sunbeam in the home. She spoke to her daddy just a half hour before she became unconscious. The doctor was then called and he advised removal to hospital. While en route just a short distance she succumbed. In addition to her parents she is survived by her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sensenig, of Stevens; and Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Brubacker, of Ephrata). Funeral services were held May 23, conducted at the home by Bro. Aaron Weaver and at the Goodville Mennonite Church by Bros. Mahlon Zimmerman and Amos Horst. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest darling, thou bast left us lonely,
Much we miss thy pleasant voice;
But in heaven we'll come to meet you,
In this hope we do rejoice." -By Parents.
Christner. - John D., son of Joseph and Amanda (Folk) Christner, was born near Topeka, Ind., Oct. 28, 1875; died at his home in Shipshewana May 29, 1942, after an illness of nearly 2 1/2 years; aged 66 y. 7 m. 1 d. He was united in marriage to Lucretia Renner Nov. 25, 1900. To this union were born 5 children (Oscar of Shipshewana, Beulah Mochler of Middlebury, Venona Barnell of Scott, Dana of Lagrange, and Luella Troyer of near Lagrange). He leaves his wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 17 grandchildren, 4 sisters (Anna Miller, Lydia Eash, Mary Christner, and Bessie Hershberger), 5 brothers (Abraham, Joseph, Ira, and Eli, all of Lagrange Co., and Noah of Plain City, Ohio), with other relatives and a host of friends who were a source of greatest enjoyment to him. Preceding him in death were his father and mother, 1 sister, and 1 grandson. He had been a member of the Forks Mennonite Church for the past forty years. His wife has lost an affectionate husband, the children a kind father, and the community a friend and neighbor of sterling worth. Funeral services were held at the Forks Mennonite Church by Bishop D. D. Miller. Text, Job 19:25. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
Graber. - Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Catherine Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1872; died at home near Stryker, Ohio, May 11, 1942; aged 70 y. 2 m. 29 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, was baptized, and became a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Nov. 10, 1892, she was united in marriage with Amos Graber. To this union 4 sons and 2 daughters were born (Guy, Clarence, and Charles of Stryker; George of Kentucky; Anna Ringenberg of Hillsdale, Mich.; and Catharine Lamberson of Montpelier, Ohio). Besides the husband and 6 children, her passing is mourned by 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters (1 brother and 3 sisters having preceded her in death), and by many relatives, neighbors, and friends. Her sister (Josephine) was in the home with her for the past 11 months. The death messenger came suddenly, mother having been about the duties of the home until about one-half hour before her death. She will be greatly missed in the home, church and community.
"Our lives will be lonely, Dear Mother,
Without your 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 others;
What a love, so unselfish and true!"
Grove. - Jacob A., son of Isaac and Catherine (Wenger) Grove, was born on the old Grove homestead near Crimora, Va., Dec. 7, 1856; died at his home in Waynesboro, Va., May 19, 1942; aged 85 y. 5 in. 11 d. He was the youngest and last surviving member of a family of ten children. He was united in marriage with Emma Craig March 28, 1878; she passed away April 29, 1929. To this union 3 children were born: Mrs. Joseph H. Weaver, Waynesboro, Va.; Mrs. H. D. H. Showalter, Broadway, Va.; and W. I. Grove, New Hope, Va. Besides his children he is survived by 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grand-children, and Mrs. Betty Conner who was taken into the home as a child and who cared for him until his death. He was of a quiet and reserved disposition, but he was a loving father and grandfather and a real friend. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for more than sixty years. Funeral services were conducted May 21 at the Hildebrand Mennonite Church, in charge of Bishop Joseph Driver. Interment in the near-by cemetery.
Hershberger. - Adeline Hershberger was born March 21, 1865; died May 28, 1942; aged 77 y. 2 m. 21 d. She is survived by 10 children, 24 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren; also 1 sister (Mary, wife of Pre. Alex. Weaver). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. Hiram Wingard. Text, Psa. 116:15. Burial in the Biddand Cemetery.
Kurtz. - Anna Mary, daughter of the late Elias B. and Elizabeth (Weaver) Denlinger and wife of Martin D. Kurtz of Intercourse, Pa., was born Oct. 3, 1869, at Spring Garden, Pa., and died at her home May 29, 1942; aged 72 y. 7 m. 26 d. She was a devoted member of Hershey's Mennonite Church, was a Sunday-school teacher for a number of years, and she was seldom absent from church when health permitted. Besides her husband, she is survived by 2 children (Laura, at home, and Ellis D. of White Horse, Pa.), a sister (Mrs. Amos W. Hershey of Intercourse), and 3 brothers (David W. and J. Franklin Denlinger of Gap and Emanuel Denlinger of Vintage, Pa.). She was preceded in death by a daughter (Iva Elizabeth) and a son (Willis Elias). She was a very devoted Christian, and always had that kind of loving personality that made others appreciate being in her company. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Martin R. Hershey, who read from Rev. 21:1-5, followed by Bro. Abram L. Martin, who spoke on the book of Ecclesiastes.
"When she bestowed her comfort to those in pain,
Or cheered one who's lost to take heart again,
It helped you, when you were weary, to bear her say,
"I heard something good about you today."
Martin. - Abraham S. Martin was born in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 8. 1851; died May 15, 1942, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter (Lemon W. and Matilda Weaver at Groffdale, Pa.) ; aged 91 y. 3 m. 27 d. Death came after an illness of six months from the effects of a fractured hip and infirmities of old age. He was a son of the late Christian and Anna (Showalter) Martin, and was the last of his family. He was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Geigley, who preceded him in death 13 years ago. A daughter (Mrs. Jacob Oberholtzer) and 1 grandson preceded him. He is survived by the following children: Matilda (wife of Lemon W. Weaver); John G., of Landis Valley; and Elam G., of Bareville. One son-in-law (Jacob Oberholtzer, of Lititz), 7 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren also survive. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since early manhood and remained faithful to the end. Short funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bro. Benj. Wenger, and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Mahlon Witmer and Eli Sauder. Text, Job 5:26.
Gone into that light that shines so fair,
Gone from the earth of sorrow and care;
Resting those hands that did their best,
Gone, dear Father, gone to rest. -By the Family.
Shelly. - Minnie M., daughter of the late Edwin and Elizabeth Myers, was born in York Co., Pa., July 26, 1868; died April 13, 1942. As a small child she with her parents moved to Lancaster Co., Pa. She was married to Elias H. Shelly Jan. 8, 1888. To this union were born 3 children: Stella, wife of Walter J. Herr, Lancaster, Pa.; Earl, of Lampeter; and David, at home. She confessed Christ as her Saviour about 43 years ago. She was possessed of a quiet and peaceful disposition and all who knew her loved her. She lived a life of faith and trust in her Lord. She passed away very suddenly while sitting on a rocking chair, apparently in good health. The morning before she attended church service at Mt. Joy, Pa., where she was a faithful member. Funeral services were held from the home and at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church in charge of the home ministers, Bros. Amos Hess, Henry Garber, and Henry Lutz.
Shertzer. - Susan, daughter of the late Pre. Jacob K. and Anna (Buckwalter) Newcomer, was born Nov. 25, 1859, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died March 13, 1942, at her home near Millersville, Pa.; aged 82 y. 3 m. 8 d. Oct. 11, 1883, she was united in marriage with Benjamin F. Shertzer who preceded her in death April 16, 1938. To this union the following children were born: Annie N., wife of John R. Getz; Lizzie N., wife of Stoner H. Haverstick; Amos, who preceded her in death in 1934; Benjamin N., Aaron N., Mary N., Amanda N., and Ada N., all of near Millersville, Pa. Two sons, 5 daughters, 16 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jacob B. and Christian B. Newcomer), 3 sisters (Amanda, wife of Amos Martin, Ida and Mary Newcomer), and many other relatives and friends mourn their loss but which is her eternal gain. She was a faithful member of the Millersville Mennonite Church for more than 55 years until the Lord took her home. 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." She was sick two and one-half days, when she peacefully fell asleep. Funeral services March 16 from her late home, conducted by Bro. Jacob Hess, with further services at the Millersville Mennonite church by Bros. Daniel Gish and John K. Charles. Text, Matt. 25:46, latter clause. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Our lives will be lonely, dear Mother,
Without your 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 others,
What a love so unselfish and true;
We praise God for having given us
A wonderful mother like you." -The Daughters.
Smith. - Roland Smith was born Nov. 14, 1886; died May 13, 1942, after an illness of six weeks, at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 55 y. 5 m. 29 d. Death was due to blood poisoning that resulted from a diabetic condition. He was a member of the New Holland, Pa., Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (Minnie E. Esbenshade before marriage), a son (Raymond), 1 granddaughter (Betty Marie), and 2 brothers (Harry Smith, of Reading; and Sands Smith, of Gap, Pa.). Funeral services were held at his home in charge of Bro. Daniel Sensenig, and at the New Holland Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Mahlon Witmer and Noah Sauder. Text, Psalm 23. Burial in the Weaverland Cemetery.
"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.
Sommer. - Peter, son of John and Anna Sommer, was born Dec. 4, 1869, in Woodford Co., Ill.; died May 19, 1942, following a paralytic stroke; aged 72 y. 5 m. 15 d. He spent nearly 25 years in the states of Washington and Idaho. About 10 years ago he moved to near Dewey, Ill., where he lived at the time of his death. He never married. He is survived by 4 brothers (George and Joe of Metamora, John of Washington, and Chris of Fisher). And 3 sisters (Mrs. Anna Studer of Fisher, Mrs. Bena Darr of Urbana, and Mrs. Lizzie Massanari of Fisher). A sister (Mrs. Lena Wagner of Fisher) died Feb. 3, 1942. Many other relatives and friends mourn his departure. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. A. Heiser, assisted by Bro. Harold Zehr. Text, John 11:11. Burial in East Bend Mennonite Cemetery.
Souder. - Anna, daughter of the late Isaac and Susanna Martin, was born July 23, 1871; died May 27, 1942; aged 70 y. 10 m. 4 d. Nov. 24, 1892 she was united in marriage to Abraham Souder. This union was blessed with 3 daughters and 2 sons (Bertha, wife of Israel Musser, and Anna Witmer, both of Goodville; Frances, wife of Joseph Good of Bird-in-Hand, Harry at home and Abram of East Earl). An infant daughter preceded her in death. She also leaves her husband, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and remained faithful until death. Aug. 26, 1941, she was taken to the Lancaster General Hospital where she spent 11 weeks and underwent two operations. Nov. 11 she returned to her home, but was bedfast most of the time until her death. She suffered much, but bore it patiently. Funeral services were conducted at the home and from the Goodville Mennonite Church by Bros. Paul Graybill and Aaron Weaver. Text, II Cor. 4:17,18. Interment in the Weaverland Cemetery.
"Mother is peacefully sleeping, resting at last;
Life's weary troubles and trials are past.
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more." -The Family.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Berkheimer. - Harry E. Berkheimer was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Oct. 16, 1861; died June 10, 1942; aged 80 y. 7 m. 24 d. He lived all his life on a homestead near Mechanicsburg, Pa. He was converted under the preaching of the late Bro. A. D. Wenger, and has remained a faithful member of the Churchtown congregation for many years, being active in Sunday-school work and other religious activities, an intent listener, and oldest of the trustees. He expressed a desire to depart and be with the Lord, and God graciously granted that desire. Surviving are his widow, 1 son (Jacob), and 2 daughters (Helen and Catherine). Funeral services were conducted from Myers' funeral home in Mechanicsburg, in charge of Bro. Paul T. Huddle. Text, Psalm 116:15. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Delp. - Dale, son of Enos and Ruth (Hoff) Delp, was
born in Elm Terrace Hospital, Lansdale, Pa., and died at the same
place March 12, 1942; aged 9 days. Death was caused by an intestinal
obstruction. His sudden passing was a shock to all. He leaves
his sorrowing father, mother, a half brother and sister, the paternal
grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Charles Delp, Souderton, Pa.), the maternal grandmother (Mrs. Mary Hoff, Philadelphia, Pa.), maternal foster grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Abram H. Moyer, Souderton, Pa.), also many other relatives. A short service was conducted at the house in charge of Bro. J. C. Clemens and at the Plain Mennonite Church by Bro. John E. Lapp. Text, Psa. 46:1. The little body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"A bud the Gardener 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.
Eby. - Nathan K., eldest son of Bro. Amos E. and Sister Esther E. (Kuhns) Eby, was born March 27, 1934; met his death in an unusual accident June 10, 1942; aged 8 y. 2 m. 13 d. He and his four-year-old sister (Verna Mae) went to the field for the cows. They were playing with a rope along the way to the field. Nathan decided to remove the rope from his sister and fasten it around one of the cows' neck and the other end around his waist. It is believed the cow became frightened and ran, soon throwing him and dragging him from the field to the buildings. Verna Mae ran and informed the mother, who was in the kitchen at the time. She quickly ran out and found her boy lying near the yard gate, severely injured and unconscious, still tied to the cow. She quickly tried to open the rope from the boy's waist, while the little girl was sent for a knife. But before it could be opened or a knife reached her, the cow again became frightened and ran to the barn, dragging him still farther. There the mother succeeded in cutting the rope and summoned the father from the field where he was cultivating corn. He was rushed to the Chambersburg Hospital, but he went to be with Jesus upon his arrival there. We can't understand why he was called home in this manner, just at the age when he was a big help to his father in his daily farm work. He is sadly missed by his parents, sisters and little brother in the home. The hours seem so long and lonesome. At times we feel we cannot endure our shock and grief, but God alone can comfort and help us. A comforting thought was given in the sermon at the funeral how a mother will lift her child across a rough or stony place -- just so the Lord saw danger ahead for Nathan and lifted him to be placed in far better hands. He had the whooping cough early in the spring and was always asking how soon he could go to Sunday school as he was so fond of going. He was then only privileged to attend for three Sundays until he left this troubled, sinful world. Many mothers do not know where their sons are in this world, but we have that assurance that Nathan is safe in the arms of Jesus. He leaves his deeply bereft parents, 2 sisters (Lorraine Marie, Verna Mae), and a brother (Wilmer Ray). He was preceded in death by a little brother (Donald Lee) who died five years ago. He also leaves his grandparents (Bro. and Sister D. E. Kuhns and Bro. C. R. and Sister Fannie Eby of Maugansville, Md.), besides uncles, aunts, cousins, schoolmates, and a host of friends. The funeral was held June 13, with services at the home by Bro. Harold Hunsecker and at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Bro. Hunsecker and Bro. Harvey E. Shank. Texts, Mat. 9:24 and Job 1:21. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by to await the summons from on high, where there will be no partings with our dear little boys and where tears are all wiped away.
"God needed one more angel
To fill out His shining band,
So He reached down from heaven
And clasped our Nathan's hand." -The bereaved parents
Egli. - Barbara Birkey Litwiller Egli was born Dec. 3, 1867 near El Paso, Ill.; died at her home in Hopedale, Ill., after a lingering illness. On the morning of May 21 she suffered a stroke, passing away in the evening of May 22, aged 74 y. 5 m. 19 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in youth, and remained a faithful member until death. She was a Sunday-school teacher since Sunday school started, whenever her health permitted. Oct. 9, 1888, she was united in marriage to Joseph Litwiller. Seven children were born to this union (Joseph of Armington, William of Winamac, Ind.; Roy, Emery, and Alma of Hopedale). She also leaves 29 grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death twenty-one years ago, also 2 sons (Eli and an infant son) and a daughter-in-law. She was again united in marriage to Jacob Egli, Feb. 19, 1928. She leaves her husband, 4 stepchildren (Mrs. Aaron Litwiller, Armington, Mrs. Asa Nafziger, Minier, John and Simon Egli of Hopedale), 29 stepgrandchildren, and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 24 at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Ben Springer and Simon Litwiller. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery.
"Her longing wish is granted,
Her pain and misery are ended.
Into Heaven's mansions she entered,
Never to sigh or to weep.
Mother has fallen asleep."
Fricke. - Edward H., 5th child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fricke, was born May 14, 1911; died June 10, 1942; aged 31 y. 27 d. He united with the Mennonite Church April 20, 1924, at the age of thirteen. Bishop S. M. Kanagy baptized him, with four other young men. He was not only faithful as a member of the Church, but active in the Sunday-school work and a member of the church council. His repeat prayer was that "from our midst may go forth those who would serve God into the uttermost parts of the earth." No doubt this prayer was inclusive of his own children. He was united in marriage with Lena Molter Jan. 12, 1935. To this union were born 2 children (Leanne Ruth and James Edward). He leaves his wife, 2 children, father and mother, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters (Charles H., Jr., a missionary in Africa; Elleanor, Mrs. Peider Visser of Evanston; August M., Chicago; Clara, Mrs. Milo Kauffman, Hesston, Kans.; Raymond J., Chicago; Elmer and Evelyn at home). For 13 years Edward was employed as a draftsman in the Automatic Electric Company. He loved his work, and did it well. During Edward's illness, those who called upon him found the humble little home a sanctuary of praise, where the Spirit of Christ was so warmly felt. He used this period as an opportunity to witness for his wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Very often in the midst of pain he poured out his heart in prayer for others. He suffered patiently and without complaint. His faithful and courageous companion was his constant helper. His last words to her were, "God bless you. You are wonderful, Mother."
Gsell. - Anna E., daughter of Christian and Anne Snavely, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 28, 1857. She was united in marriage to Henry B. Gsell, Dec. 16, 1878, at Shannon, Ill., where they have resided for the past 48 years. She is survived by 1 son (Nelson of Mt. Carroll), 2 daughters (Laura Flynn of Maywood and Chrissie at home), 3 brothers (Amos Snavely, Frank Snavely and Maros Snavely all of Shannon), 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. She was preceded in death by the husband, 1 son, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She had been a member of the Mennonite church since she was 22 years old. She was faithful to her church and a wonderful mother and wife. Her many acts of kindness will long be remembered throughout the community. Although her death was not unexpected for the past few days, yet it brought sadness not only into the home, but to her many friends and neighbors as well. She was a neighbor who would not withhold her hand from doing acts of kindness which would bring aid or comfort to those in distress, and her kind words and deeds will never be forgotten. Funeral services were held, at the home, __ Zehr of the Mennonite church near Dakota conducting the services. Interment in the Brethren cemetery.
Lehman. - Levi J. Lehman was born March 24, 1851; died May 23, 1942; aged 91 y. 1 m. 29 d. He was married to Elizabeth Livingstone June 15, 1873. She passed away July 15, 1915. To this union were born 7 children as follows: Annie (wife of Joseph Fender), John, Hiram, Tobias, Ellen (wife of Cloyd Speicher), and Katie (wife of Cloyd Gindlesberger), all of near Thomas Mills; Elizabeth (wife of George Beuke) of Johnstown, Pa. He was married to Anna Cuppet Feb. 1, 1921. There are 2 stepchildren (Bessie Rogers of Michigan and Edward Speicher of Jerome), 30 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Thomas Mennonite Church for quite a number of years. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. James Saylor, assisted by Bros. Aldus Wingard and Harry C. Blough. Text, Gen. 25:7,8.
Moyer. - Moses L., son of the late John and Carrie (Kulp) Moyer, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Aug. 31, 1870; died June 4, 1942; aged 71 y. 7 m. 4 d. He was a faithful member of the Springfield Mennonite Church, well known throughout the conference district. He is survived by his widow, a son (Henry, with whom they made their home, near Center Valley), 2 daughters (Emma, wife of David Gehman of Bally, and Naomi, wife of Joseph Kolb of Steinsberg), 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Peter L. of Silverdale and Isaiah L. of Columbia), a sister (Mrs. Lizzie Fretz of Telford). Funeral services were conducted June 9 at the house and at Springfield Church by Bros. John G. Gehman, John E. Lapp, and Sanford G. Shetler. Text, Zech. 4:7. Interment in Springfield Cemetery.
Schloneger. - Joanne Louise, daughter of Melvin and Margaret (Clark) Schloneger, was born near Louisville, O., June 2, 1942, and died about seven and a half hours later. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers (Ronald Charles and Wendell Dean), 1 grandfather, and 1 step grandmother (Mr. and Mrs. Howard Clark of Columbiana, Ohio), with other relatives and friends. A short funeral service was conducted from the home, in charge of Bishop 0. N. Johns. Text, II Sam. 14:14. Interment in the church cemetery.
Sensenig. - Isaac M., son of Isaac G. and Anna (Martin) Sensenig, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 27, 1906; died at the Lancaster General Hospital April 26, 1942; aged 35 y. 5 m. 29 d. Surviving him are his wife (Elta Myers Sensenig), 3 children (Laverne, Donald, and Arlene, all at home), his parents of near Blue Ball, and these brothers and sisters: Mrs. Jacob Hurst and Mrs. Benj. Martin of Union Grove, Ivan of Goodville, Mrs. Milton Horst of Blue Ball, Elmer of East Earl, Mrs. Aaron Eby of Clay, Leroy and Paul of East Earl, and Raymond of Grottoes, Va.; also a large number of relatives and friends. His early departure came as a shock to the community and all who knew him. He had been employed at the Earl Sauder Feed warehouse and coal yards of New Holland at the time of his death. Six days before he died, while engaged in unloading a car of coal, he accidentally fell from a height of about 18 ft., fracturing his skull and left arm. He was found unconscious and remained so until his passing. He had been a loving and devoted husband and father, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. But we know our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted April 29 at his late home in New Holland by Bro. Mahlon Zimmerman and at the Ephrata Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, by Bro. Amos Horst. Texts, I Pet. 1:24,25; II Cor. 5:1. Burial in the Weaverland Cemetery.
"It may seem like the end!
And our hearts are sad
To see one we love depart.
Yet it's not the end,
It is but a change,
A beginning, a new start;
A brief transition to better things,
From earthly care and strife --
It is but the opening of a door
To radiant, eternal life."
Yoder. - Jessie B., son of J. D. and Rachel Yoder, was born near Belleville, Pa., April 29, 1891. After a period of illness at San-Haven, N. Dak., Sanatorium he passed away; aged 51 y. 1 m. In the year 1903, at the age of 12, he with his parents in a colony of others moved to Surrey, N. Dak., where he made his home the rest of his life. In 1915 he was united in marriage to Edna King of Belleville, Pa., at the home of his parents near Surrey. She preceded him in death 7 years. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters; 1 son (Sidney Ray) passed away in infancy. His parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters also preceded him. Surviving are the children (Earl, Marion, John, Annabelle and Fred), a foster sister (Mrs. Minnie Stoll of Wolford, N. Dak.), 2 aunts (Mrs. Sallie Hostetler of Belleville, Pa., and Mrs. Fannie Zook of Missouri) besides many relatives and friends. About the age of 15 he became a member of the Mennonite church, to which he remained true to the end. Funeral services were held June 2 at the Thompson Larson funeral chapel, Minot, N. Dak., and at the Fairview Mennonite Church near Surrey, conducted by Bro. L. A. Kauffman. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Zehr. - Daniel, son of Peter and Elizabeth (Oyer) Zehr, was born March 9, 1849, at East Peoria, Ill.; died June 5, 1942, at the home of his son (Peter Zehr, near Morton, Ill.); aged 93 y. 2 m. 26 d. His illness was of short duration, caused by a paralytic stroke, which occurred about 12 hours before his death. His passing was just as he lived. Calmly and quietly he passed into his eternal rest. He was united in marriage to Katherine Heiser Jan. 13, 1874. She preceded him in death May 15, 1911. His oldest son (Jacob) also preceded him in death. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Elizabeth Oyer, Peter, Amos, and Matilda, all of near Morton; Mrs. Ida Birkey and Daniel, both of Fisher. He is also survived by 43 grandchildren and 33 great-grand-children, 1 brother, Samuel of Fisher, Ill., 1 sister, Mrs. Phebe Zehr of Manson, Iowa, and a host of other relatives and friends. In his youth he confessed Christ as his Saviour, was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church of which he has been a faithful member until death. He was ordained to the ministry in 1895 at the Goodfield Mennonite Church, in which capacity he served until recent years when he retired from active service. Though not able to preach any longer he has always attended church up to the last Sunday he lived and taken a great interest in his Master's service. The greatest part of his time during recent years was spent in reading the Bible which seemed to be his greatest treasure. He had a meek and quiet spirit and always showed great interest and love for his family and for his fellow men, manifesting a friendly spirit to every one he met. Funeral services were held June 8 at the Morton Mennonite Church in Morton, Ill., in charge of Bros. J. D. Hartzler of Gridley, Ill., and Simon Litwiller, Minier, Ill. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Deer Creek, Ill.
"E'en for the dead I will not bind
My soul to grief;
Death cannot long divide,
For is it not as though the rose
That climbed my garden wall
Has blossomed on the other side?
Death doth hide
But not divide,
Thou art but on Christ's other side.
Thou art with Christ,
And Christ with me.
In Christ united still are we." -By the Family.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana