Bechtel. - Noah, son of Solomon and Mary (Clements) Bechtel, was born at Hespeler, Ont., Sept. 7, 1865; died at the High River Hospital, April 17, 1942; aged 76 y. 7 m. 10 d. He was married to Hannah Woolner in March, 1896, who preceded him in death in 1907. He came West in 1911 and bought a farm near the present hamlet of Herronton, Alta. In 1917 he was married to Mrs. C. W. Fox, and together they occupied this farm until the present time. On coming to Alberta he cast his lot with the Mount View congregation, High River, and was a faithful member until death. He leaves to mourn, his companion, 3 sons of Alberta, and 1 in Ontario. Funeral services were in charge of Isaac Miller. Text, I Pet. 1:24. Burial in the Mount View Cemetery.
Egli. - Ivan Francis, son of Bro. and Sister John Egli, was born Sept. 21, 1934, at Manson, Iowa; died of pneumonia March 19, 1942, at the Lutheran hospital, Fort Dodge, Ia. Ivan seemed normally well and happy until Wednesday noon of that week and though everything was done for him that skillful and loving hands could do, he passed away the next evening at 10:30 o'clock. Ivan had many friends, both old and young. He had a smile and cheery word for everyone he met. Through his hours of delirium, he constantly talked of his schoolmates, his teacher, and his family. His unending energy carried him through every minute of his day, which makes his sudden passing so hard to realize. His father, mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers are left to mourn: Merle, of San Fernando, Calif.; Dorothy (Mrs. Paul Oswald) of Manson; and Lois, Norman, and Judith at home. An infant brother, Irvin John, preceded him in death. Besides his immediate family, he also leaves an aged grandmother, Mrs. John Egli, Sr., and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, March 16, at the home and at the Mennonite Church, Bro. Nick Stoltzfus having charge.
Heatwole. - Sophia M. Heatwole, widow of Aldine J. Heatwole, was born near Dayton, Va., Aug. 27, 1867; died Jan. 24, 1942, at her home near Dale Enterprise, Va., after being bedfast for three months; aged 74 y. 4 m. 28 d. She was a daughter of the late Gabriel D. and Lydia Frank Heatwole. She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church, in which she took an active interest. She was held in high esteem by those of her community for her kindness and was affectionately known to many as "Aunt Soph." Surviving are 3 children (H. R. Heatwole, Mrs. Arb C. Showalter, and Mrs. John Rolston, all of near Harrisonburg), 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: H. E. Heatwole, of Dayton; S. P. Heatwole, of Mt. Clinton; Joseph R. Heatwole, of Watsonville, Calif.; Mrs. R. J. Weaver, of Dayton; and Mrs. Etta Rudy, of Harrisonburg. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Church in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives, in charge of Bros. S. H. Rhodes and H. B. Keener. Interment in near-by cemetery.
Lauver. - William J., son of the late Solomon A., and Ellen Lauver, was born Sept. 1, 1875, in Juniata Co.; died April 1, 1942, in the Keystone Hospital after a lengthy illness. He united with the Mennonite Church in his younger years. He is survived by 6 brothers (Emanuel J., of Mechanicsburg; Samuel D., of Richfield; Henry, Alfred, Elson, and Joseph, of Penbrook). Funeral services were held at the Slate Hill Church, Cumberland Co., Pa., in charge of Bros. William Graybill of Juniata Co., and William Strong of the Slate Hill congregation. Text, II Tim. 4:6,7. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Hilty. - Mary B., daughter of Daniel and Magdalena Basinger Steiner, was born near Orrville, O., on Oct. 23, 1862; peacefully went to be with her Lord, after a brief illness, on Friday evening, April 24, 1942; aged 79 y. 6 m. 1 d. On Jan. 7, 1892, she was united in marriage to Philip Hilty with whom she shared life's joys and sorrows, celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary with their family, Jan. 7, 1942. To this union were born 8 children. At the age of 18, she accepted Christ as her Saviour, and became a charter member of the Crown Hill Mennonite Church where she remained faithful unto the end. She is the first to leave this family circle and is survived by her husband, 5 sons (Ira, of Columbus; Noah, of Marshallville, who is a minister of the Crown Hill Church; Wesley, of Dayton; Daniel, of Sterling; Elmer, of Rittman, deacon in the Crown Hill Church), 3 daughters (Della, at home; Fannie, wife of Ralph Eberly, of Orrville; and Lavinia, wife of Pre. Stanford Mumaw of Dalton), 15 grandchildren, 1 brother (John S. Steiner, of Orrville), and 2 cousins (John Basinger, of Canfield, O.; and Adam Sutter, of Pandora, 0.), together with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and 3 grandsons who died in infancy. She was of a meek and quiet disposition, always willing to make every sacrifice necessary to the comfort and welfare of her family which she so tenderly and lovingly cared for. Her concern for the spiritual welfare of her children has borne fruit in each one's salvation through the precious Gospel of Christ. Funeral services were held at the Crown Hill Church, April 27. Services at the home in charge of Bros. Rudy L. Stauffer and Isaac Zuercher, and at the church by Bros. J. S. Gerig, Rudy L. Stauffer, and E. F. Hartzler. Texts, Job 3:17; Rev. 14:13. Burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.
"Who can find a virtuous woman?
For her price is far above rubies,
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
So that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Her children arise up and call her blessed,
Her husband also and he praiseth her.
Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain
But a woman that feareth the Lord,
She shall be praised."
Horst. - Laban Horst was born Oct. 3, 1882; died March 22, 1942, at the Chambersburg Hospital from a heart attack; aged 59 y. 5 m. 19 d. In addition to his widow (Mrs. Bertha Horst) he is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Christian Hess, Mechanicsburg; and Mrs. John Shoemaker, Chambersburg, Pa.). Funeral services were held March 25, with short services at the Paul Kraiss Funeral Home, Chambersburg, and further services at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, conducted by Harvey E. Shank, Mentzer and Barnes. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Horst. - Leah, the third daughter of Jonas W. and Amanda (Eby) Dettwiler, was born Sept. 12, 1869, in Caledonia, Mich.; passed away in her home near Terra Bella, Calif., March 18, 1942; aged 72 y. 6 m. 6 d. She was married to Benjamin L. Horst on Dec. 4, 1894. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband, 1 son, and 2 daughters preceded her in death. Her beloved companion, who was active in the Lord's work, serving as a minister in the Mennonite Church, was taken to his eternal reward on Feb. 7, 1914. Those children remaining to mourn her passing, are: Jonas D., Reuben D., Daniel D., Joseph Roy, Titus B., Miss Nannie Horst, and Mrs. Manda Mills. All of the children reside near her home with the exception of one daughter who lives in Daly City, Calif. She also leaves 16 grandchildren, 1 sister, Adeline Fenton of Philadelphia, Mo.; 2 brothers, Wm. E. Dettwiler of Harper, Kans., and Jonas A. Dettwiler of Dakota, Ill. In her early childhood she, with her parents, left her birthplace and moved to Versailles, Mo., where she grew to womanhood. She and her husband first established their home in Harper, Kans., moving in 1907 to Protection, Kans. In 1909 they left the State of Kansas and came to California, of which state she was a resident until the time of her passing. In her early life, at the age of sixteen, 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 to the place prepared for His own. She was devoted to her family and was a kind and loving mother, as well as a true friend to all who knew her, always being willing to sacrifice and help others in whatever way she could. She had been failing in health for several years and during the past two months was confined to her bed most of the time. Ten days prior to her passing she was afflicted with a stroke, and was in a semiconscious state most of the time. To several of her children she expressed her willingness to go whenever the Lord called her home. A short service was held at the home, and then regular services were conducted at the Funeral Home in Porterville. Burial in the Reedly Cemetery. Services in charge of Bro. J. P. Bontrager, assisted by Bro. Emanuel Stahly. Text, John 14:3, chosen by the family. (See poem, "Mother," on page 124)
Imhoff. - Joseph E., son of John and Mary Smith Imhoff, was born in Patridge Twp., Sept. 1, 1869; departed this life April 15, 1942; aged 72 y. 7 m. 15 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and kept his faith in the Lord until death. He was united in marriage to Alvina Schertz Feb. 1, 1894. They moved to a farm in Linn Twp. Here a son was born to them. After a few years they moved to a farm northeast of Metamora, where they enjoyed their home together for many years. He leaves his devoted companion, 1 son Edward, a daughter, Mrs. John Springer, and 1 grandson, Richard Springer. He also is survived by 3 sisters: Mrs. David Schertz, Eureka, Mrs. Peter Schrock, Low Point, and Mrs. Henry R. Schertz of Metamora, Ill.; and by 4 brothers: John of Roanoke, Chris of Eureka, Jacob of Washington, and Samuel of Low Point, Ill. His parents, 1 sister, Mrs. Chris Smith, and 1 brother, Henry, preceded him in death. Bro. Imhoff was highly esteemed in the community. He was of a kind and friendly nature and will be greatly missed not only in the home but by all who knew him. Funeral services at the Metamora Church were conducted by Bros. Andrew Schrock and Ezra B. Yordy.
Shirk. - Mrs. Judith Shirk passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Shantz, at Pine Hill, Ont., April 9, 1942; aged 86 y. 9 m. 5 d. The deceased was a daughter of the late Abraham Weber and Judith Martin and was the last surviving member of a family of 16 children. She was born in Freeport, Ont., on July 4, 1855. She was united in marriage to Charles Krempien and resided near Centreville, Ont., until his death 48 years ago. In November 1896, she was again united in marriage, this time to Peter Shirk of Bridgeport, Ont., who predeceased her on Oct. 1, 1919. She was a lifelong adherent and member of the Mennonite Church, in which faith she passed away. She leaves to mourn her loss 1 son, Norman Krempien of Acadia Valley, Alta.; also 2 daughters, Mrs. Walter Snider of Bridgeport and Mrs. Walter Shantz of Pine Hill. One stepson, Noah Shirk of Bridgeport, and 7 stepdaughters -- Mrs. William Kraft, Bridgeport; Mrs. Gideon Bechtel, Baden; Mrs. Catherine Shantz, Kitchener; Mrs. Isaiah Cressman, Kitchener; Mrs. Addison D. Snyder, Bloomingdale; Mrs. Addison S. Snider, Bridgeport; and Mrs. Benjamin Drudge of Bridgeport, also survive. One daughter, Mrs. Charles Himburg of Edmonton, Alta., predeceased her two years ago. The funeral was held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Shantz, with services conducted by Bro. Moses N. Baer, and at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., where the service was conducted by Bishop Manasseh Hallman. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Texts, Prov. 16:31; Ps. 107:30.
Smithers. - Savilla, daughter of Trennis and Mary Yoder, was born Sept. 20, 1915, in Newton Co., Ind.; died April 25, 1942; aged 26 y. 7 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage to Arthur Smithers, July 23, 1938. To this union were born 2 sons. One preceded her in death by only three hours. She leaves to mourn her early departure: her husband, Arthur; son Tommy, aged three; father, mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters -- Christ Yoder of Amboy, Ind.; Andrew, Henry, Ernest, and Trennis, Jr., all of Harlan, Ind.; Rose, wife of David Gingrich, of Goshen, Ind.; Sylvia, wife of Clair Holderbaum, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Sarah, wife of Rudy Kauffman, of Harlan, Ind.; and Mary at home. Funeral services were conducted in German by Levi Sommers of Howard Co., Ind., and at the Leo Church by Allen Ebersole of Ft. Wayne. Burial was in the Leo Cemetery. The deceased was a member of the Ft. Wayne congregation.
Stauffer. - Virginia Louise, youngest child of Ezra and Irene Stauffer, was born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alta., on May 5, 1941; died in the same hospital on April 20, 1942; aged 11 m. 15 d. Cause of death was "flu" pneumonia. All that loving hands and medical skill could do was done for her in her serious illness of a little over two weeks but to no avail. While she suffered much she bore it all patiently. Her birth was in itself a remarkable answer to prayer and in her short stay on earth she was a living example of God's mercy and grace. She had been an exceptionally healthy and active baby up until the time of her last illness. She also had been an exceptionally good baby, which greatly eased her mother's care for her, a blessing since her mother does not enjoy the best of health. She leaves to mourn her early departure a loving father and mother, 2 brothers, Joseph Robert and James Leroy, and 1 sister, Beulah Mary; also a host of relatives and friends. One sister, Margaret Irene, preceded her to the spirit world. Her departure is hard to understand from a human viewpoint, but by faith in God we believe that the Lord desired her for Himself. The Lord hath given, and the Lord hath taken away; the name of the Lord be praised. Funeral services were conducted at the home in charge of Bishop J. B. Stauffer and at the church by Bro. M. D. Stutzman. Texts, Job 5:6,7; Rom. 14:7. Interment in the Salem Mennonite Cemetery.
The Lord came down from heaven
To gather lilies fair,
He came into our garden
And saw our lily there.
We loved our beautiful lily,
And we tended it with care,
But the Lord looked upon her
And saw that she was fair.
Too fair and bright and innocent
To live in this world of woe,
So He took her up to heaven
Where no sorrow she could know.
Now we are calmly waiting
For the Father's call, "Come Home."
There we shall see our lily
And praise Him round the throne. -By the Family.
Stoughton. - Charles Perry, son of the late Lemuel and Rebecca Stoughton, was born at Harrisburg, March, 1860; passed away April 11, 1942, of complications at his home in Sunnyside; aged 82 y. 1 m. No children were born to their union. Only one sister, Annie Liddy, survives. Bro. Stoughton had been in failing health for several years, due to an automobile accident. He and his wife became Christians ten years ago. When visiting Bro. Stoughton we most always found him with a smile and praising the Lord for His blessings and care. Very peacefully he passed away, "happy in Him." Funeral services were held at the Sunnyside Mission. Bro. Jacob Harnish used for his text Job 6,8, and Ps. 116:1-8. Burial in Willow St. Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: No wife named in this obituary.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Ash. - Sarah, daughter of Gertrude and Conrad Burkholder, was born Dec. 25, 1882, at Salisbury, Pa.; died at the home of her only daughter, Myra, Bridgeville, Del., on April 9, 1942; aged 59 y. 3 m. 15 d. On July 4, 1912, she was united in marriage to John Ash. This union was blessed with 8 sons and 1 daughter. In 1927 she with her family moved to Delaware where she spent the rest of her life. She is survived by her children as follows: Roy and Orval, of Greenwood, Del.; Norman, 'Myra (Mrs. Leroy Moore), Frank, Adam, Menno, David, of Bridgeville, Del.; and Perry, in U. S. Army in South Carolina. She is also survived by her companion, aged mother, 5 sisters and 4 brothers: Perry, of North Carolina; John and Evan of Gibbon Glade, Pa.; Daniel, of Portland, Ore., Barbara (Mrs. John Adam Teets), Flintstone, Md.; Emma (Mrs. Albert Sisk), Cora (Mrs. Noah Schrock), both of Oakland, Md.; Lydia (Mrs. James Rotrick), of West Virginia; Mary (Mrs. Menno Gingerich), Alberta, Can. Two little grandchildren also survive. She had not been well for many years, having diabetes, and later complications developed which caused her death. She would have liked to remain longer with her family, but because of intense pain and suffering she expressed a desire that she was "ready to go whenever the Lord calls." Mother was the first to break the family circle. She was much concerned about the welfare of her children. She was a member of the Brethren Church at Farmington, Del., and attended church regularly when health permitted. She will be missed, especially by the family and many relatives and friends. A brief funeral service was held at the house and further services at St. Johnstown Church near Greenwood, conducted by Bro. W. C. Hershberger of Greenwood and Mr. McDaniel of Milton. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. -A Daughter-in-law.
Croyle. - Joseph M. Croyle was born April 6, 1862; died April 22, 1942; aged 80 y. 16 d. He was united in marriage to Polly M. Kauffman on Dec. 31, 1882, and they shared the joys and sorrows of life together for 46 years. His wife passed away Jan. 22, 1929. To this union were born 8 children: Ammon J., Ella M. (Mrs. Reuben Thomas), Lawrence Wesley, deceased, Levi E., Katie E. (Mrs. Harry J. Spory, deceased), Moses E., with whom he made his home, Anna E. (Mrs. E. S. Thomas), Milton Luther, deceased. He is survived by 16 grandchildren, 1 foster grandchild, and 16 great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren preceded him in death. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 59 years. He served as trustee of the church for a number of years, until his health failed. He also helped in organizing the first Sunday school at the Thomas Church. He was much interested in the study of God's Word, and recited Psalm 90 the day before his death. He will be much missed in the home, but we humbly submit to the will of God who knoweth best. Funeral services were held at the Thomas Mennonite Church. Ministers in charge were: Bros. S. G. Shetler, Aldus Wingard, Harry C. Blough, and Irwin M. Holsopple. Text, Job 38:17. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"O 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.
Gascho. - Barbara, daughter of Noah and Barbara Stutzman, was born near Chappell, Nebr., Nov. 1, 1897; died near Broken Bow, Nebr., April 18, 1942; aged 44 y. 5 m. 18 d. Death followed an illness of several years, she being bedfast for about two years. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a devoted and faithful Christian until death. She was united in marriage to Arthur Gascho, Feb. 10. 1918. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters; 1 son having preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her early departure her husband and the following children: Glen, Blanche, Mary, and Chester, all at home. She also leaves 2 brothers (William N. Stutzman, of Wood River, Nebr., and Harve N. Stutzman, of Chappell, Nebr.), a number of nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and was much concerned about the spiritual welfare of her family and of the church which she attended as long as health permitted. One of her favorite Bible verses was II Timothy 4:7, which was found among the many she had written down in her Bible, out of which she got much comfort and consolation in her suffering.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Mother is at rest."
Hartzler. - Mary A., daughter of David and Susan Gingerich, was born in Allen Co., Ind., Aug. 17, 1867; died at her home in Smithville, O., May 1, 1942; aged 74 y. 8 m. 14 d. She came with her parents to Marshallville, Wayne Co., O., where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Joseph K. Hartzler Jan. 1, 1889. To this union 6 children were born. One son, David, preceded her in death. She is survived by her dear husband and 5 children (Mrs. Orrville Snyder, Sterling; Ray, Rittman; Ira, Nappanee, Ind.; Paul, Weilersville; Alta, Wooster), 18 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Samuel Mishler, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Elmer King, Wooster, 0.), and many other relatives. Sister Hartzler in her teen age confessed and accepted Christ as her Saviour and Lord, was baptized by Bishop J. K. Yoder, and received as a member into the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation, where she remained a faithful and loyal sister in the service of her Lord. In her affliction she was patient and resigned to the will of her heavenly Father who doeth all things well. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Funeral services were conducted by Bros. I. W. Royer and J. S. Gerig. Text, Mark 14:8. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"The memory of Mother with us lingers.
Though she dwells in heaven above;
The loving words she has often spoken
Are jewels strung on a golden cord.
Jewels so rich, radiant, and rare,
They are locked in our hearts and treasured there."
Hartzler. - Simon P., son of Benjamin and Nancy Nofsinger Hartzler, was born Feb. 19, 1861, near Wooster, O.; departed this life, after an illness of two weeks, at his home in East Lynne, Mo., April 26, 1942. In 1881 with his parents he moved to Cass Co., Mo., where he spent the greater part of his life. Nov. 4, 1904, he was married to Mary M. Troyer of Bloomington, Ill. To this union was born 1 daughter who died in infancy. On Christmas morning, 1909, his wife passed away. June 5, 1919, he was married to Emma B. Kauffman of Middleburg, Ind., and they established their home in East Lynne, Mo., where they have since resided and have been a great help to the church and community. He began his career in the mercantile business at Carlock, Ill., in 1895, later moving to Topeka, Ind. In 1903 he came to Pleasant Hill, Mo., and the Hartzler Brothers Store was established there. After his wife's health failed he moved to East Lynne and bought a general store which he operated for a number of years. He was a lover of good music. In 1888, he taught his first music class at Fairview Schoolhouse near East Lynne, and in following years taught consistently in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska, having taught more than one hundred classes. He studied music at the Moody Institute in Chicago in 1912-1913 and devoted a great part of his life to singing and assisting in revivals. He was a regular attendant at church services, taught a Sunday-school class, and acted as superintendent many years. Surviving are his wife, 2 brothers (Noah D. and Harvey B. Hartzler of Superior, Nebr.), 1 sister (Mrs. A. R. Myers of Milton, Kans.), 3 nephews, 5 nieces, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church in East Lynne by Bro. I. G. Hartzler. Text, I Pet. 1:3-7.
Hufford. - Arthur Abraham, son of John A. and Mary Hufford, was born at Herald, Ill., Oct. 7, 1894; died at the age of 47 y. 3 m. 4 d. He grew to manhood at the place of his birth and later came to Peoria, Ill. On Sept. 2, 1919, he was married to Mabel Duvall of Mackinaw, Ill. To this union were born 3 children: Doris Alma, James Arthur, and Stanley Eugene. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, his father, and 6 brothers as follows: Alfred, John W., David, and Frank, all of Peoria, Ill., Thurman of Urbana, Ill., and Perry of Alhambra, Calif. His mother and 5 sisters preceded him in death. On Jan. 25. 1931, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at Pleasant Hill where he remained a faithful member until death. He was the first of a group of sixteen to accept Christ as his Saviour in the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church, the first of the group to receive baptism, and now, under the providence of God, the first of this group to answer the heavenly summons. His sudden departure is a great shock to his family, to the church, and to the community, in all of which places he will be greatly missed. But we bow in humble submission to an all-wise God who knows best and does all things well.
Landes. - Sara C., daughter of Levi A. and Fannie (Clemens) Landis, was born Jan. 10, 1920, near Harleysville, Pa.; died of a kidney ailment Feb. 15, 1942, in Hahneman Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.; aged 22 y. 1 m. 5 d. She was married to Walter D. Landes on Sept. 14, 1940. She is survived by her husband, father and mother, 2 brothers (Levi C., and Abram C., near Harleysville, Pa.), and 4 sisters (Susan C., Mary C., Martha C., and Elizabeth C., all at home). She also leaves her paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Abram M. Landis), and her maternal grandmother (Mrs. Jacob Delp), as well as a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home of her parents, in charge of Bro. Rein Alderfer, and at the Salford Mennonite Church, of which she was a member, in charge of Bro. Elias Landis. Text, Job 14:1,2.
"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."
Mosemann. - Christian H., son of Philip and Elizabeth Herr Mosemann, was born Oct. 12, 1881, at Lancaster, Pa.; died March 15, 1942, at Ephrata, Pa.; aged 60 y. 5 m. 3 d. In 1903 he was married to Anna Musser of Kinzers, Pa., who died in 1915. There were five children. In 1920 he married Adda Kreider of Gordonville, Pa., who died in 1935. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and was active in the work of the church until just a few weeks before his death. He was one of the early workers at the Lancaster Vine Street Mission, and for the past sixteen years was superintendent of the Cocalico Mission near Denver, Pa. He was always eager to help advance the missionary work of the church. In August, 1941, he had a slight stroke, but after being confined to the house for a few weeks, was again able to be about. Just two weeks before his death he had another stroke and then a few days later a third, which completely paralyzed his left side. On Sunday morning, March 15, he passed away. He is greatly missed, but we know that our loss is his gain. He is survived by the following children: Verna, Erel, Grace, at home, Luke, Lititz, Pa., and Christian, New Holland, Pa.; also 3 grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: David, Abram, Elizabeth. and Barbara, all of Lancaster. Funeral services were held at his home by Bro. Noah Horst, and at the Lancaster East Chestnut Street Church by Bros. Wilmer Eby and Amos Horst. Burial in Mellinger's Cemetery.
"God knows the way, He holds the key;
He guides us with unerring hand.
Sometime with tearless eyes we'll see,
Yes there, up there, we'll understand." -The Children.
Nelson. - Henry M., son of Hans and Christina Nelson, of Horsens, Denmark, was born at Leeds, England, on Aug. 23, 1880, while his parents were en route to America; died April 23, 1942, at his home in Canton, O., after an extended illness; aged 61 y. 8 m. Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death, several of whom died in infancy. On April 18, 1902, he was united in marriage to Bessie Bainett, who survives him. This union was blessed with 11 children who mourn his departure: 7 sons -- Christ, Charles, George, John, Paul, and Wilbur all of Canton, and Howard of the home; 4 daughters -- Mrs. W. J. Miller of Canton, Mrs. Carl Werstler of Middlebranch, and Helen and Edith of the home. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He had been in the employ of the Canton City Water Works for the past 40 years, being known as a very conscientious and hard worker. His life was always clean in habits and he was very fond and appreciative of his home and family, all of whom were welcome at all times. He was recently baptized upon confession of faith and united with the Canton Mennonite Mission Church, where he had attended for a number of years. Services were conducted in the home and at the church in charge of Bros. J. J. Hostetler and 0. N. Johns. Interment in Rowland Cemetery at the rear of the church.
Peachey. - Glen Lester, son of Emanuel B. and Elsie A. Peachey, was born April 12, 1941; died at his home April 18, 1942; aged 1 y. 6 d. The cause of his death was intestinal trouble and a weak heart. He had been sick only a few days. He budded on earth to bloom in heaven. He leaves to mourn, his father and mother, and 1 sister (Miriam). Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. John B. Zook, and at the Locust Grove Church in charge of Bros. John L. Mast and Aaron Mast. A song, "Gathering Buds," was read, also "Go to Thy Rest, Fair Child."
"In God's dear home they are safe,
No suffering, tears, or care;
And in His time you'll surely find
Him waiting over there."
Swartzendruber. - Shem, the youngest son of Frederick and Sarah (Yoder) Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Aug. 26, 1865. He accepted Christ as his Saviour when a young man and united with the Amish Church, of which his father was bishop at that time. Oct. 30, 1887, he was united in marriage with Nancy Marner. This union was blessed with 9 children. They set up housekeeping on the old Swartzendruber homestead near Kalona, Ia. In the fall of 1892 he with two of his brothers-in-law started out with a team and covered springwagon to make a tour in search of cheaper land. After several weeks of travel they decided that the level prairies of north central Iowa were the most inviting; so he purchased 80 acres of raw prairie land in Wright Co., near Clarion, and moved there with his family the following spring. Other families also moved in and an Amish Mennonite Church was organized of which he was a charter member. He always took an active part in the work of the Church. By autumn of 1901 he had disposed of his Iowa possessions and moved to Centralia, Mo. He lived in this community about 14 years. In the spring of 1915 he moved to Henry Co., Iowa, which was his late home. Bro. Swartzendruber was of a quiet and kindly disposition and left many good friends in the different communities where he lived. He was mechanically inclined and did much custom grinding, sawing, corn-shelling, and threshing in his day. He seemed to be quite well physically and was constitutionally strong, but about eight years ago his health began to fail. He passed peacefully out of this life at the home of his son Earl near Wayland, Iowa, on Sunday morning, April 26, 1942; aged 76 y. 8 m. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, 2 daughters, Esther (Mrs. Simon Gnagey, Pigeon, Mich.), Salina, at home; 7 sons (Fred, Herbert, and Thomas, Hopedale, Ill.; Omar, New Carlisle, 0.; George, St. Johns, Mich.; Lee and Earl of the home community), 1 sister (Mrs. Anna Yoder, Chapell, Nebr.), 36 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held in the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, conducted by Bro. Willard Liechty assisted by Bros. D. J. Fisher and Daniel Kauffman. Buried in adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Cowan. - W. J., son of William and Katherine Cowan, was born Feb. 22, 1862, near Dayton, Ohio; died at his home near Birch Tree, Mo., on March 31, 1942; aged 80 y. 1 m. 9 d. At the age of 4 years he came to Missouri with his parents, who located near Poplar Bluff, Mo., later moving to Carter County near Vanburen, where he grew to manhood. He was converted at the age of 17 and became a member of the M. E. Church South and lived a faithful member of that church until 1903 when he united with the Mennonite Church and continued a faithful member and worker until death. On Dec. 25, 1886, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Crandell and to this union were born 7 children, 3 of whom preceded him in death. Four sons and his faithful wife survive him: Joseph, of Greeley, Kans.; Le Roy of Oregon City, Oreg.; Robert of Eminence, and Eugene of the home, and 8 grandchildren. He leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn his passing.
Horst. - Beulah May, daughter of Elias and Emma (Eberly) Horst, was born May 1, 1942, at the Massillon, Ohio, City Hospital; died at the same place May 9, 1942; aged 8 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, a loving father and mother, and her twin sister (Bertha Ann) ; her grandparents (Elam and Lydia Eberly, of near Orrville, O.; and Frank Horst, of the home, near North Lawrence, 0.), also many other relatives. We cannot understand why our little one has been called home so soon, but "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken way; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were conducted at the County Line Cemetery by Bros. Benj. Good and David Wenger.
"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."
Martin. - Mary A., daughter of Deacon David A. Martin,
was born in her farm home in Michigan; died April 15, 1942, near
Elkhart, Ind. Had she lived until June 18, she would have reached
her 79th birthday. In her early years she was well known in Harrison
Twp., Elkhart County, for going wherever there was work she could
do to keep a home for younger sisters and brothers when the mother
had died. Her mission eventually took her to the city of Elkhart
where she became a member of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church,
which affiliation lasted till death. We trust she has been received
with the blessed in the Paradise of God. At the age of 31, she
lost the power to walk, or to stand, but God blessed her wonderfully
with good health otherwise, and sound faculties. Complications
of diabetes was the cause of her death. She is survived by her
sisters (Salome and Ella Martin) and her brothers (Elmer Martin,
in the family home; and Aaron Martin, of Harrison Twp.). Funeral
services were conducted by Bro. John S. Gingrich, assisted by
Bros. Christian Reiff and Jonas Hartzler. Burial at Yellow Creek.
Miller. - Paul Dean, son of Roman and Margaret (Miller) Miller, was born in Kempsville, Va., March 18, 1941; died Feb. 22, 1942; aged 11 m. 4 d. Little Paul had not been well all winter, but was getting along much better when he became sick with pneumonia and kidney trouble. He was sick only a few days. How we miss his sweet little smile, but God doeth all things well. He leaves to mourn his early departure his father, mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Francis Miller, of Kempsville; and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Miller, of Baltic, 0.), 1 great-grandmother (Mrs. Mary B. Miller, of Montgomery, Ind.), and a number of aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
"His darling form is sleeping,
His soul has fled to rest;
He is now in Jesus' keeping,
What can he more blest?"
Rheinheimer. - Delores Elaine, daughter of Timothy and
Marjorie (Miller) Rheinheimer, was born at Sturgis, Mich., April
27, 1941; died at the Sturgis Hospital April 30, 1942; aged 1
y. 3 d. She passed away after an illness of only 3 1/2 days. Death
was due to complications. She leaves to mourn her departure her
sorrowing parents and twin brother (Delmar Wayne), and twin sisters
(Vanda Maxine and Velda Irene), 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers,
4 great-grandmothers, 4 great-grandfathers, 1 great-great-grandfather
(Yost C. Miller), 8 aunts, 8 uncles, as well as a large circle
of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at
the Shore Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Leonard Haarer and
"Calm and peaceful she is sleeping,
Sweetest rest that follows pain
We who loved her sadly miss her,
But trust in God to meet again."
Ruckdashel. - Barbara, daughter of Joseph and Fannie Murer, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., on Dec. 9, 1869; passed away at the General Hospital at Kalispell, Mont., after a brief illness on April 30, 1942; aged 72 y. 4 m. 21 d. She moved with her parents to Nebraska, where she was married to Edward Ruckdashel. They came to Montana about 40 years ago, where they have resided near Creston. Her husband passed away on Nov. 25, 1937. Her only daughter, Mrs. Jake Heuscher, 10 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Bachman) of Hubbard, Oreg., and many relatives and friends remain to mourn their loss. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. J. G. Hochstetler. Texts: Eccl. 9:5; Heb. 9:27.
Short. - Harmon, son of Christian and Jacobena Nofzinger Short, was born on a farm west of Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 8, 1878; died at his home two miles east of Archbold, Ohio, April 30, 1942; aged 63 y. 8 m. 22 d. On Aug. 16, 1900, be was united in marriage to Lydia Beck. To this union 6 children were born: Alta, wife of Nelson Grieser; Bertha, wife of Harvey B. Frey; Christie; Orlan D. (who died at the age of four years); Letha, wife of Lester Richer; and Glenford, all residing in the vicinity of Archbold, Ohio. In his younger years he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. He was regular in church attendance and was interested in his spiritual welfare. His death was due to heart trouble which came upon him about two weeks before he died, during which time it caused much suffering and distress, until suddenly the Lord relieved him by calling him home. He will be missed in the community and church and especially in the home but our loss is his eternal gain. His departure is mourned by his beloved wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 18 grandchildren, brother, sister, as well as a host of relatives and friends. One son, 3 grandchildren, and 9 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Henry Wyse, and at the Central Mennonite Church by Bros. E. B. Frey and P. L. Frey. Text: Job 14:14. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought the end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The sadness of parting with a sweet farewell.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
Ulrich. - Lena, daughter of Andrew and Magdalene
Zehr, was born in Livingston Co., Ill., Jan. 30, 1870; died
April 28, 1942; aged 72 y. 2 m. 28 d. On Jan. 25, 1892, she was
united in marriage to Peter C. Ulrich, and in the spring of 1894
they moved to Calhoun Co., Iowa, in the vicinity of Manson. She
is survived by her husband, 1 son (Harley A. Ulrich, of Pomeroy,
Ia.), and 3 daughters (Mrs. Elmer Egli, Mrs. V. J. Hooley, of
Manson, Ia.; and Mrs. Lou L. Egli, of Gilmore City, Ia.). One
daughter, Lillian, preceded her in death March 29, 1923. She also
leaves to mourn 1 sister (Mrs. F. E. Eicher), and 1 brother (Simon
Zehr) of Manson, Ia.; 13 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives
and friends. Mother had been a lifelong member of the Mennonite
Church, giving her heart to the Lord in her youth, and was a faithful,
devoted wife and mother, deeply interested in her home, her children,
and grandchildren, and especially in the Church, often relating
to the open door for the Church, quoting from Rev. 3:8, "I
know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and
no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast
kept my word, and hast not denied my name." She often expressed
her concern for sound, fundamental teaching for the young people
of the Church, and desired that all would cling to the Bible,
be true to the doctrines of the Word of God and of the Church,
because Satan is busy trying to overthrow the Church and what
it stands for. On Monday afternoon of April 27, 1942, at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Egli, she suffered a severe heart
attack; more attacks followed during the night, during which time
she steadily admonished everyone present to be faithful to the
Lord and not to become discouraged in our work for the Lord. She
was conscious to the last, and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus
early Tuesday morning.
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Bute. - Clarence Linden Bute was born at Uniontown, Pa., June 11, 1849, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jackson Bute; passed away quietly on Saturday morning, May 9, 1942; aged 92 y. 10 m. 28 d. At the age of 14 years he moved with his parents to LaSalle Co., Ill., and a few years later to Livingston Co., Ill. On Nov. 2, 1873, he was united in marriage to Christina Graybill at Cullom, Ill. He lived near Cullom until March, 1896, when they moved to Jackson Co., Minn. In the spring of 1940 he accepted Christ Jesus as Saviour and Lord, and was baptized and a little later was received as a member in the Alpha Mennonite Church. He leaves to mourn his departure 6 children: Chas. M., Drew, Thomas, Daisy Lehman, Bell Rintoul, of California, and Ruth Peterson. There also survive 35 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. His wife and 3 children preceded him. Funeral services were held at the Peterson home and at the Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. C. J. Garber and N. E. Landis. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Jackson.
Freed. - Harold D., son of Howard H. and Hannah (Derstein) Freed, was born Aug. 27, 1925, near Telford, Pa.; died at the home of his parents in Souderton, Pa., on April 30, 1942; aged 16 y. 8 m. 3 d. Death was caused by carcinoma of the liver. The young man had been ill for ten weeks, being bedfast since Saturday, April 25. He had undergone observation at the Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., for the first six days of his illness. He is survived by his father and mother, and 2 brothers (Harvey and Howard), also the paternal grandfather (Levi B. Freed, of Telford), and the maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Harvey H. Derstein, of Souderton). Funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bro. Arthur Ruth, and at the Rockhill Church, of which he was a member, in charge of Bros. Edwin Souder and John E. Lapp. Text, Job 14:1,2,5. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Kaufman. - Imogene Thomas was born near London, Ohio, July 30, 1902; departed this life April 25, 1942; aged 39 y. 8 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Abram Kaufman, Feb. 21, 1920. To this union were born 4 sons: Paul, James, John, Carl, all at home. She leaves to mourn her departure: a bereaved husband; 4 sons; her mother, Mrs. Hannah Thomas of West Jefferson; 1 brother, Pearl Thomas of Urbana; 1 sister, Mrs. Edward Horch of Plain City; 2 uncles, Charles Ogilvie of Georgesville and George Thomas of Milford Center; 3 aunts, Nancy Dunbar of Georgesville; Leathie Stuckey of Big Plain, and Cora Houchard; and a host of friends. In 1926 she became a member of the Mennonite Church. She was a Sunday-school teacher and an active worker and gave her whole-hearted support to the church. Her health began to fail in the fall of 1926 and ever since that time she suffered somewhat with sugar diabetes and for the last ten months she suffered very much. She spent one month in the Grant Hospital without visible results, but she always suffered without murmuring and with much patience. Funeral services were held at the Sharon Mennonite Church, near Plain City, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer, N. E. Troyer, and Wallace Kauffman, all of West Liberty, 0.
Ah, our mother has left us alone,
Her place is vacant in our home.
She cannot extend her helping hand,
Death has broken the family's band.
Oh! how Mother did us regard,
No one may measure or feel at heart.
Therefore, children, think of your boon.
Don't forget Mother, though in her tomb,
However, in yonder heavenly sheen,
Through faith in Christ, we shall meet again.
Ramseyer. - Daniel, son of Peter and Barbara Ramseyer, was born near Paris, Stark Co., O., July 30, 1856; peacefully went to be with his Lord after several years of sickness at his home near Smithville where he lived for nearly 60 years, on May 6, 1942; aged 85 y. 9 m. 6 d. He was united in marriage to Rebecca Smiley Oct. 11, 1877, with whom he lived in happy companionship for 55 years. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. His beloved wife preceded him in death Feb. 22, 1932, also 2 sons (Melvin and Chauncy), 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He is survived by 2 daughters (Amanda, at home; and Mary, Mrs. Alvin Schrock, of Wooster), 2 sons (Alvin and Ward, of Smithville), 19 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Sloneger, of Madisonburg, O., who is the last remaining member of the Peter Ramseyer family of 11 children), also many other near relatives and friends. Bro. Ramseyer was an energetic and prosperous farmer and community builder. He loved to see his fellow men succeed as they labored and toiled, but his first concern, however, was to be a true, devoted child of God and to serve Christ as his Saviour whom he confessed in early life. He remained a faithful member of the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation. He loved to be in the public assembly for the Sunday school and preaching service, and always gave his loyal support to all the activities of the church. He will long be remembered for his keen interest and thoughtfulness, not only by the family, but also by the church and the community. He has left this life to meet his Saviour, "and be at rest." Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, conducted by J. S. Gerig, Mr. McFadden, and Mr. Laightner. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
His thoughts were all so full of us,
He never could forget,
And so I think that where he is
He must be watching yet.
Waiting till we come Home to him,
And anxious if we are late,
Watching from Heaven's window,
Leaning from Heaven's gate.
Sauder. - Susanna, daughter of John G. and Mary Zimmerman Good of East Earl Twp., was born Jan. 6, 1865; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Landis Sensenig, East Earl, Pa., on the morning of March 6, 1942; aged 77 y. 2 m. She was married to John M. Sauder on Nov. 8, l885, by Bishop Jonas M. Martin. He served as a minister at Weaverland for 44 years and as bishop for 13 years, and died very suddenly on July 20, 1939. The following children survive: George G., of Goodville; Pre. Eli G., of Bareville (pastor at Groffdale); Menno G., of Witmer; Mary G. (wife of Noah H. Musser), of Denver; and Anna G. (wife of Landis Sensenig), of East Earl. Lizzie (wife of John H. Horning) and Susanna preceded her in death. She was very much interested in the welfare of the Church and often deplored the drift of the times. During her lifetime she was in a position to know rather intimately the inner workings and counsels of the Church which many people never know. This fact would bring great joy to her, but it also took some tears and agony. In her last sickness she often talked about church affairs and Heaven. Some of her last words were about going Home. She selected Psalm 23 for a text to be used at her funeral services. On the afternoon of March 9 a short service was held at the house by Bishop Mahlon Witmer, with services following at the Goodville Church by Bishops Paul Graybill and Amos Horst. Interment in the Goodville Cemetery.
Schweitzer. - Jacob R. Schweitzer was born Jan. 16, 1863, at Wellesley, Ont.; died May 14. 1942; aged 79 y,. 3 m. 28 d. On March 16, 1884, he was married to Phoebe Erb. To this union were born 8 sons and 2 daughters. At the age of 18 years he with his parents moved to Seward Co., Nebr. In this community he lived the remainder of his life, with the exception of about 8 years that he lived in Holt Co., Nebr. In the year 1926 he left the farm and moved to Milford, Nebr., at which place he lived at the time of his death. In his early manhood he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and joined the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained until the end. He is survived by his widow, 7 sons, and 1 daughter (Ezra, of Plymouth, Nebr.; Harve, of Miller, S. Dak.; Albert, Emory, and Homer, of Milford, Nebr.; William, of Ft. Sill, Okla.; Dan, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Laura (Mrs. Dan Kennel), of Miller, S. Dak.). One daughter (Mary Matilda) and 1 son (Elvin) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Milford A. M. Church in Milford, Nebr., in charge of Bro. L. 0. Schlegel, assisted by Bros. W. A. Eicher and Jos. E. Zimmerman. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in the Milford A. M. 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 which is best.
Smoker. - Levi K., seventy-six, of near Intercourse, Pa., died last Friday forenoon at his home, after an illness of three weeks. He was a son of the late Michael and Barbara King Smoker and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He is survived by the following children: Aaron K. and Daniel K., of Gordonville; Barbara, wife of John S. King, of Bird-in-Hand; Elizabeth, wife of Josiah Beiler, Kinzers; Sarah, wife of Stephen Stoltzfus, of Honey Brook; Mary, wife of Samuel L. Lantz, of Gordonville; 31 grandchildren, 2 stepdaughters, Annie, wife of Emanuel Smucker, of Ronks; and Cora, wife of Christ M. Lapp, of Gordonville; and a brother, John K. Smoker, of Monterey.
Stauffer. - Barbara Ann Landis, wife of Christian R. Stauffer, departed this life in January, 1942; aged 89 y. 4 m. 1 d. She leaves 1 brother, Harry; a sister, Sue; 2 stepsons-in-law, Elam W. Horst and David B. Groff; a stepgrandson, Noah S. Horst; 4 grandchildren, Janet, John, and twins, Darline and Arlene, and also a step foster son, John Kinsley Groff. Deceased are stepdaughters, Mrs. Sue K. Stauffer Horst, Anna K. Stauffer Groff, her father and mother, and brothers Abraham and John. She died at the home of her brother Harry. She was married in 1908 and kept house for some years till she came to live with Nora. She was a useful worker in the home as long as health permitted. She gave a helping hand to many a one in her time at the neighbors when help was needed. Funeral services were held at Overly's Funeral Home by Bro. Elmer G. Martin and at the church by Bro. David L. Landis. Text: Job 5:26.
Stoltzfus. - Ezra L., son of the late Abram and Rebecca Lapp Stoltzfus, was born near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 25, 1870. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth, and was a faithful member of the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church. Ezra was of a quiet, unassuming disposition, and was loved by all who knew him. He died very suddenly at his late home near Intercourse, Pa., on March 25, 1942, of coronary occlusion; aged 71 y. 3 m. His wife, Anna (nee Kauffman), with whom he lived in wedlock almost 50 years, survives him, also the following children: Mamie, wife of Benj. Lantz, Atglen, Pa.; Rebecca, wife of Jacob S. Stoltzfus, Paradise, Pa.; Amanda, wife of Peter Stauffer, White Horse, Pa.; Minnie, wife of Simon Troyer, Poland, Ohio; Samuel, Clay, Pa.; Savilla, wife of Aaron Lapp, Witmer, Pa.; Ammon, Camp Grottoes, Va.; and Sarah, at home. Three sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death. He is also survived by a brother Samuel, and a sister Sarah, wife of Jonathan Stoltzfus, also 37 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Weavertown A. M. Church by Bros. John A. Stoltzfus, Elam L. Kauffman, George W. Beiler, and Aaron B. Stoltzfus in German, and by Bro. M. Simon Stoltzfus in English. Texts used: Rev. 14:12, 13, and Heb. 4:12. Interment in Gordonville Cemetery.
A silent thought, a silent tear,
Keep him in memory ever dear;
God took him home, it was His will.
But in our hearts he liveth still.
His smiling way and happy face
Are a pleasure to recall,
He had a kindly word for each,
And died, -- beloved by all. His loving wife and children.
Umble. - Barbara, daughter of the late Michael and Barbara Smoker, was born near Intercourse, Pa., May 29, 1872; died Jan. 24, 1942; aged 69 y. 8 m. 5 d. She was a member of the Weavertown A. M. Church. She was united in marriage to Samuel Umble who preceded her in death thirteen years ago. One daughter also preceded her. One son (Emanuel) with whom she resided, survives; also 2 brothers (Levi K., of Intercourse, and John K., of Monterey). She had been ailing for six years and suffered much at times. She was able to be around most of the time until two weeks before she died she suffered a stroke and became helpless. She often expressed her desire to go Home and be with Jesus, but yet said she wanted to be resigned to the Lord's will. Funeral services were conducted at the home in charge of Bro. I. G. Kennel, and at the Millwood Church by Bros. George Beiler, Amos B. Stoltzfus, and John A. Stoltzfus. Texts, Ps. 17:15; II Tim. 4:18; Phil. 3:20,21. Interment in the Millwood Cemetery.
Mother is peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her Home to suffer no more.
Widrich. - Rachel, daughter of the late Daniel and Veronica (Lichtie) Gingerich, was born at St. Agatha, Ont., Canada, Oct. 23, 1893; died at the Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, N. Y., March 28, 1942; aged 48 y. 5 m. 5 d. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases. She was sick two weeks and was in the hospital only two days. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, was baptized, and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until the end. She was united in marriage to Joel E. Widrich of Lowville, N. Y., on Dec. 29, 1920. To this union were born 4 daughters and 2 sons. She is survived by her husband, 4 daughters (Fannie, Mrs. Lyndaker; Savilla, Barbara, and Arlene), 2 sons (Arthur and John, all at home), 1 stepson (Loyd, of Castorland, N. Y.), 1 grandchild; 6 brothers (Moses and Samuel, of New Bremen; David, of Alden, N. Y.; Nicholas, of Harrisburg, N. Y.; Henry, of Baden, Canada ; and William, of Copenhagen, N. Y.), 4 sisters (Tillie Gingerich and (Olive) Mrs. Manasseh Cressman, of Petersburg, Canada ; (Savilla) Mrs. Aaron Lehman, Castorland, N. Y.; and (Fannie) Mrs. Aaron Moshier, of Lowville). She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and 1 stepson. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Allen Gingerich, with further services at the Amish Mennonite Church, Croghan, N. Y., in charge of Bros. C. Nafsiger and Joseph Zehr. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana