Ebersole - Samuel L. son of the late Henry and Martin Ebersole, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., Nov. 19, 1864; died Feb. 24, 1943; aged 78 y. 3 m. 5 d. In December, 1891, he was united in marriage to Sadie Lehman who passed away June 22, 1905. To this union four children were born (Phares L., Mattie L., Harry L., and Lehman S., all of Chambersburg). Jan, 12, 1909, he was again married to Mary S. Lehman, who survives him. Also nine grandchildren, two brothers and one sister (John Ebersole of Chambersburg, Daniel Ebersole and Mrs. John Eby of Clear Spring, Md.) survive him. Two sisters preceded him in death; one just seven weeks ago. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over fifty years. He was a trustee of the Church and care-taker of the cemetery for eighteen years. He had been in failing health for several years, but was bedfast only four days. He suffered severely during his last illness, but bore it patiently and without complaint. He said, "Jesus suffered for me on Calvary, and I am willing to suffer for Him." Funeral services were held Feb. 27, at the home of Bro. K.E. Kuhns and at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. J. Irvin Lehman and Christian Martin. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
- The Family, per J. Irvin Lehman
Ferguson - Della May, daughter of John and Rhoda
Weldy, was born Feb. 11, 1882, in Elkhart Co., Ind. She
was married to Martin Ferguson Aug. 19, 1905. To this union two
sons and one daughter (Dorvin Ray of Wakarusa; Euleta Frances,
deceased; and John Clayton of north of Wakarusa). She was converted
and united with the Mennonite Church in 1907. She was a faithful
attendant at worship services as long as health permitted. She
became afflicted in September, 1942, and since October of the
same year she had been bedfast because of paralysis. During the
last month she failed quite rapidly and in the evening of March
7 she peacefully passed away. She leaves her husband, two sons,
four grandchildren, two sisters (Mrs. Harley Hunsberger and Mrs.
Russell Wenger), two brothers (Ernest and Buell), with a host
of other relatives and friends. She approached the end of life
with an unshaken faith in God.
"With Thee, my Lord, with Thee I do not fear. to cross the threshold of the mystic door;
I shall not falter if I find Thee near, for Thou hast paced the portico before.
Let me but feel Thy hand, Thy features see, I shall emerge in happiness with Thee."
Funeral services conducted at the home by Bro. D.A. Yoder and at the Olive Church where she was a member by Bros. S.A. Shank and S. L. Weldy. Burial in cemetery adjoining.
Gearig - Catharine Hauenstine, daughter of Rudolph
and Mary Hauenstine, was born Nov. 27, 1856, near Archbold, O.,
in which neighborhood she spend her long life of 86 y. 2 m. 23
d. Feb. 18, 1879, she was united in marriage with Daniel Gearig.
To this union were born three children (Henry of Archbold, Saloma
Lauber of Wauseon, and Mary, wife of Simon Lauber, Archbold).
She was a kind, loving mother and will be sadly missed by all.
She, with her husband, was a member for many years of the Amish
Mennonite Church. She died Feb. 20 at the home of her son Henry,
at Lauber Hill. Her husband and one daughter (Saloma) preceded
her in death. There remain her son Henry, and daughter Mary, also
of Archbold, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one
sister (Mary Shaum living in Florida), and many friends and relatives,
and one adopted sister, (Mrs. Mansfield, Toledo, O.).
"God has promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love."
Giger - Kathryn Beugli, widow of Bishop Christian Giger, was born in Switzerland, Oct. 8, 1850; died March 13, 1943, near Molalla, Oreg., aged 92 y. 5 m. 5 d. Jan. 27, 1872, she was married to Christian Giger who preceded her in death. A son (David) also preceded her in death. She leaves 5 sons and 4 daughters to mourn her departure (Mrs. Dinah Lehman, Molalla; Mrs. Leah Lackey, Hillsboro; William P., Longview, Wash.; Jacob A., Salem, Oreg.; Ephraim A., Kelso, Wash.; William J., Mrs. Cora Schumacker, and Oren A., Molalla; Mrs. Mabel Conrad, Caby), two sisters (Mrs. Lena Conrad, Hubbard; Mrs. Aline Bogalet, San Francisco, Calf.) and a brother (August Beugli of Molalla). She also leaves 22 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, beside many other relatives and friends. In youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and lived a quiet, consistent, Christian life to the end of her long, useful life. Funeral services were held March 16 in the chapel of Canby Funeral Home. Interment beside the body of her husband in the Smyrna cemetery, Yoder, Oreg. The services were in charge of Bro. Paul N. Roth assisted by Bros. E.Z. Yoder and C.I. Kropt.
Good - Nancy, daughter of the late Bishop Amos
and Anna Cressman, was born near New Hamburg, Ont., Feb.
23, 1862; died at her home near New Hamburg March 13, 1943; aged
81 y. 18 d. Oct. 9, 1883, she was united in marriage to Eli Good,
who served as deacon of the Geiger congregation for 30 yrs. and
was called to his reward Feb. 11, 1934. This union was blessed
with 6 daughters and 7 sons, 5 of whom died in childhood and one
daughter (Malinda, Mrs. Simon Brubacher) in July, 1933. Three
grandchildren also preceded her. Surviving are 4 sons and 3 daughters
(Amos, Jonas, and Moses near New Hamburg; Joseph and Elizabeth
(Baer) of Plattsville; Mrs. Angus Eby of Drake, Sask.; Mrs. Angus
Gingrich of Wilmot), 33 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren,
1 brother (Noah of Wilmot), 1 sister (Mrs. Chriss Fretz, of Vineland).
Sister Good accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church til death. She was a
kind and devoted mother whose services cannot be estimated by
earthly measures. Funeral services were held March 16 from the
home to the Geiger Mennonite Church, in charge of bishops M.H.
Roth and M. Hallman. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining
"Beneath our eyes she slowly faded, growing day by day more frail;
Till God in His heavenly wisdom called her gently home."
Greaser - Rebecca, daughter of Samuel and Anna Byler, was born near Wooster, Ohio, May 10, 1853; died at her home near Wooster, March 14, 1943; aged 80 y. 10 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage to John Greaser. To this union was born one child (Mrs. William Kolb, at home). Also she took into their home one son (Jim Smith, deceased), and two daughters (Mrs. Fanny Cleveland of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. John Rider of Los Angeles, Calf.). Two grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a sisters, and a brother. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. She was a devoted mother and friend, living a quiet, exemplary Christian life, of whom it may be said, "Her children rise up and call her blessed." Funeral was held March 17 from the Buckwalter funeral home in charge of Bro. R. L. Stauffer and P.R. Lantz. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Holdeman - Louisa, widow of the late Christian Holdeman, was born in 1861. She had been a resident in Elkhart Co., Ind., until a few years ago she went to Mennonite Home for the Aged in Eureka, Ill. She has been in failing health since the first of the year. She died March 15, 1943. She is survived by three sons (Arthur and Claude of Elkhart, Ind., and Albert Holdeman of Del Rio, Texas) and three step children (Mrs. S.T. Miller, John W. and Joseph T. Holdeman of Elkhart, Ind.). In her early years she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, of which body she was a faithful member until death. Her concern of life was that the name of the Lord might be magnified. She was always anxious to attend services at the house of God. Funeral services were held March 18 at the funeral home in Elkhart and further services at the Olive Church, conducted by Bros. J.S. Hartzler and D.A. Yoder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Knight - David Knight was born in Green Co., Va., in 1875. He died within ten miles of his place of birth, March 17, 1943; aged 68 y. He united in marriage to Hettie Knight, who is now left alone as there were no children born into this home. As a young man he united with the Brethren Church and was later ordained as a deacon in that church. As the Brethren church had discontinued services at this place, Bro. Knight was instrumental in having the Mennonite Church start the work that is now known as the Mt. Hermon (or Mutton Hollow) work, in the spring of 1937. That same summer he was received as the first member of the Mennonite Church at this place. As a result of this work, 60 people have responded to the invitation to accept the Mennonite faith and make it their church home. Bro. Knight walked 1 1/2 miles to church every Sunday, rain or shine, until sickness would no longer permit. He was intensely interested in the salvation of the lost about him, and his last sickness he pleaded with unsaved men who came to visit him, to accept Christ. Funeral services were held at the Evergreen Brethren Church, near his boyhood home, in charge of Bro. J.E. Kurtz. Text, 1 Cor. 15:51. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Mehaffy - Bro. Silas W. Mehaffy was born near Chambersburg, Pa., Nov. 2, 1867. He accepted the Lord in youth but came into our fellowship about three years ago. Most of this time he was confined to his room and bed partly as a result of a fall and also from the infirmities of age. He left a good testimony of faith and departed this life Feb. 11, 1943. He is survived by his widow, four children, and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home and Marion Mennonite Church by the home ministers. Interment in a near-by Lutheran Cemetery. Text, Heb. 11:6.
Neuenschwander - Jacob M., son of Christian and
Catherine (Neucomb) Neuenschwander, was born in Canton Berne,
Switzerland, Aug. 4, 1869, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Menno
Augsburger (with whom he had made his home the last year) near
Berne, Ind., Feb. 16, 1943; aged 73 y. 6 m. 13 d. He came to this
country with his parents at the age of 6, and lived the remainder
of his life in this community, having spent most of that time
on his farm a mile west of Berne. He was married to Lydia, daughter
of Christian and Barbara Liechty Augsburger, Dec. 27, 1917, near
Elida, Ohio, by Bishop John M. Shank. Sister Augsburger preceded
him in death July 16, 1935. Surviving him are a brother (Peter
M. Neuenschwander) and a sister (Mrs. Abe Nussbaum of Kidron,
Ohio). Two brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death (Christian,
Abraham, Mrs. Isaac Nussbaum, Mrs. Jacob Nussbaum, and Mrs. Jacob
Amstutz). He united with the Mennonite Church near Elida, Ohio.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. N.J. Schmucker and Bro.
C.N. Stucky of Berne, Ind., assisted by Bro. G.H. Brunk of Elida,
Ohio, at the Defenseless Mennonite Church west of Berne, Feb.
19, 1943. Burial in the church cemetery.
"When the trump of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ arise;
Changed will be these mortal bodies, and we'll meet Him in the skies.
Then no more those bitter heartaches, for we'll never part again;
And no more those falling tear drops, for we'll know no more of pain."
Ringenberg - Henry J. Ringenberg, was born in
Elkhart Co., Ind., March 7, 1858; died at his home near Nappanee,
Ind., in the early morning of Feb. 28, 1943; lacking just seven
days of reaching the age of 85 years. Aug. 24, 1879, he was united
in marriage to Maryann Smucker of Nappanee. Aug. 24, 1929, they
celebrated their Golden wedding, which meant to them fifty years
of happily married life, but which terminated about five years
later when his life companion was called away on Jan. 6, 1934.
To this union were born two children (Ora, deceased, fifty-one
years ago at the age of ten years, and a daughter, Mrs. Carrie
Culp, who survives). He is also survived by a host of relatives
and friends who will miss his presence. He was the last of the
charter members of the West Market St. Mennonite Church, which
was organized in 1875. He was for many years the superintendent
of the Sunday school in the church of which he was a faithful
member so many years. He lived on the farm which was his home
for 63 years, and during that time friends and relatives were
always welcome and enjoyed the hospitality of the Ringenberg home.
During his recent illness he was always glad to have visitors.
He lived the loyal Christian life and now his soul rests with
the Lord. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church
with Bro. E.S. Mullett in charge. Interment in the Union Center
"Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon thy Saviour's breast.
We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best,
Good-night, good-night, good-night."
Snavely - Barbara R., daughter of the
late Joseph and Catherine (Risser) Bucher, was born Jan.
15, 1866, near Lititz, Pa. Sept. 6, 1888, she was married to Daniel
B. Snavely, who with one daughter (Mrs. Clayton Ulrich) and one
son (Ammon B. Snavely) at whose home she passed away, survives.
Two children passed away in infancy and one brother (Henry R.
Bucher), eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a
host of relatives and friends mourn her departure. After a sickness
lasting one week, she died Feb. 8, 1943; aged 77 y. 24 d. Funeral
services were held Feb. 11 from the home of her son by Bro. Jos.
Boll and at Hernley's Mennonite Church by Bros. Homer Bomberger
and Harry Shreiner. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"We think of you, mother, as in times past, your presence graced our home;
When you loved and labored as mothers do, ere the summons of death had come,
And though we mourn at your passing now, grieving that we must part,
The beautiful memories of your life will always live in our hearts."
Steward - Amanda Elizabeth Steward was born Nov.
18, 1927, in East End, Pa.; died Nov. 9, 1942, aged 14 y. 11 m.
23 d. She had typhoid fever in October and was taken to the hospital.
She seemed to be getting better and came home, but had to be taken
back to the hospital again where she died. She is survived by
her father (her mother having died 6 weeks afterwards), 4 brothers,
(Benny, Nathan, Johnnie and Abraham, at home), 6 sisters (Mrs.
John Lane, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Hazel, Pittsburgh; Mrs. George Greene,
New Holland, Pa.; Margaret, Honey Brook; Mary and Gertrude at
home), 4 half sisters in Lancaster, 5 nieces, 3 nephews, besides
many relatives and friends. She attended the Welsh Mennonite Mission
and was present when health permitted. Funeral services were held
at the mission chapel, Nov. 12, 1942. A large number of friends
and school friends were at the funeral. Buried in the adjoining
Gone, but not forgotten. Though on earth no more you roam,
Still in memory you are with us, as you always were before.
Wenger - Saloma (Christophel), wife of Bro. Chester A. Wenger, was born at Shipshewana, Ind., Oct. 30, 1874; died at Allemands, La., March 9, 1943; aged 68 y. 4 m. 10 d. Death was caused by an asthmatic heart and deep chest cold. She spent the last few days in the home of her daughter Mabel, where she quietly and peacefully went to sleep. She is survived by her husband and four children (Mrs. Marshall Callander, New Orleans, La.; Pre. John E. and Mabel of Allemans, La., William, West Liberty, Ohio), a brother (Elias Christophel, Wakarusa, Ind.), and two sisters (Susan Reedy, Cullom, Il., Sarah Welty, Nappanee, Ind.). Sister Wenger had been a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church and a charter member of the Allemans congregation. Her life was faithfully devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, community, and Christ. She was loved by all who knew her. Her sterling Christian character has been a constant source of inspiration and guidance to her family and others. Her body is the first to be laid away in the plot of ground donated to the Church for a cemetery by her son-in-law, Marshall Callander. Services were conducted at the house, church, and grave by Bro. Paul Hershey of Gulfport, Miss., and Bro. Henry Tregle of Akers, La.
Wert - Paul Sieber, youngest son of Joseph and Minnie Wert, was born in Lebanon, Co., Pa., May 29, 1924; died at Camp Crowder, Mo., Jan. 2, 1943; aged 18 y. 7 m. 3 d. His death came as a result of a very brief illness of meningitis, and was a shock to all. Two sisters who died in infancy preceded him. Besides his parents, there remains 5 brothers and 6 sisters to mourn his passing; also nieces and nephews. Paul accepted Christ as his Saviour in December, 1934, and was baptized later and received into the Church. His body was shipped home for burial. Services were held in the home Thursday evening, Jan. 7, and at Gingerich's Church Friday afternoon, with services and interment Friday afternoon at the Lost Creek meeting house and cemetery, Juniata Co., Pa. Surely his passing has reminded us of the uncertainty of life and that death is no respecter of persons.
Yoder - Effie Elizabeth, daughter of J.M. and
the late Mary Elizabeth Burleson, was born April 4, 1911,
at Rocky Mount, N.C.; died of cancer March 5, 1943 at her home
in Oyster Point, Va.; aged 31 y. 11 m. 1 d. Oct. 2, 1931 she was
united in marriage to Clemence Peter Yoder of Oyster Point, Va.
Their home was blessed with three daughters, who, with her husband
survive. They are: Lois Evelynn, Jewell Elizabeth, and Grace Evangeline.
Surviving also are her father (J.M. Burleson of Sedalia, Mo.)
and a sister (Mrs. Grace Watson, of Newport News, Va.). She united
with the Providence A.M. Church in 1933, and remained a true and
faithful member until the Lord called her home. "Libby,"
as she was known to all, lived a life deeply devoted to her Lord
and His great cause. Her interest in the Church and in missions
was broad and fruitful. Her place in the Church's services was
rarely vacant, and never because secular duties prevented. As
a young mother she carried a deep concern for the welfare of the
children in a sinful world. In her affliction she was brave and
trusting, even when at times it meant intense agony, being willing
to commit all to the Lord's choice for her. Funeral services were
held March 7 at the Providence Church, in charge of Bro. Orrie
D. Yoder, assisted by Bro. George R. Brunk. Text: March 14:6.
"She hath done what she could." Her wasted body was
laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery to await the resurrection
"Sweet soul, we leave thee to thy rest;
Enjoy thy Saviour and thy God;
Till we, from bands of clay released,
Are gathered to that blest abode."
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia
Bechtel - Harold Laverne, son of Norman and Irene (Sauder) Bechtel, was born Feb. 26, 1935; died March 7, 1943, after a 4-weeks' illness of gland trouble followed by uremic poisoning. He was admitted to the Phoenixville Hospital 8 days before he passed away without much suffering. His love and affection are greatly missed by us, but we have the blessed assurance that our loss is Harold's gain, for Christ said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." We are glad for the promise in Isa. 51:11 that some day sorrow and mourning shall flee away and we can meet our loved one again. He leaves father, mother, 2 sister (Geraldine, Eleanor), a brother (Wilmer), 4 grandparents (Bro. and Sister Henry G. Bechtel and Bro. and Sister Edwin A. Sauder), and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Vincent Mennonite Church by Bro. Amos Kolb and Warren Bean. Text, II Kings 4:26, latter clause. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"And since it is God's holy will, we must be parted for awhile,
In sweet submission all in one, we'll say 'Our Father's will be done.'"
- By his parents.
Cunningham - Russel Daniel, son of Charles and
the late Lucy Cunningham, was born March 4, 1897, near Wilson,
Md.; died March 7, 1943, at his home, near Greencastle, Pa., after
four years of sickness, being bedfast most of that time. July
24, 1922, he was united in marriage to Clara M. Reiff, who survives.
To this union were born one daughter (Wava M.) and two sons (R.D.
and Amos V.). His father and five half brothers (Lloyd and Charles
of Hagerstown, Harry and Glen of Greencastle, and Sgt. Donald
C. of Los Angeles, Calf.) also survive him. His mother and two
baby sisters preceded him in death. Two brothers-in-law (Alvin
Reiff of Thomson, Ill. and Abram Reiff of Milledgeville, Ill.)
also survive him. Feb. 4, 1939, he was taken with chills and a
heavy cold set in. Being a healthy man and over industrious, little
attention was paid until on Feb. 20, when the doctor ordered him
to bed. Blood tests were taken and be was believed to have undulant
fever. In March of the same year, after his first hemorrhage,
it was discovered that he had tuberculosis. He had five hemorrhages
in all, and requested to be anointed, which was done by Bishop
Bro. Moses Horst and Deacon Bro. Jonas Eshleman. After the anointing
he gained in strength and in May he spent 15 days in the Government
hospital at Castlepoint, N.Y. After returning home he applied
for admission into the state sanatorium at Hamburg, Pa., which
was granted. Gaining in weight and strength he was advised to
have an operation on the infected lung, which was preformed March
7, 1940. In September he began improving and on May 1, 1941, we
had the privilege of again bringing him home and he enjoyed visiting
with friends. On Sept. 21, 1941, he entered the state sanatorium
at South Mountain, Pa. After entering the Mont Alto Sanatorium
at South Mountain, Pa., all seemed to be going well and our hopes
were that we could again be reunited in our earthly home; but
our plans were not in accordance with God's will.
On Sunday morning, March 7, 1942, gazing heavenward and with his left hand reaching up, his eyes slowly closed as his hand sank and he was soon asleep in Jesus. Services were held from his late home, March 10, by Bro. Daniel Strite, with further services at Reiff's Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member, by Bro. John Risser and Bro. Moses Horst.
" I cannot say, and I will not say that he is dead. He is just away!
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into the heavenly land"
- The family
Dyck - Ina, the eldest daughter of the late Melchior and Ella Mellinger, was born at East Lewiston, Ohio, May 3, 1908; died March 18, 1943, in Lodi City hospital; aged 24 y. 10 m. 15 d. In the year 1925 she was united in marriage with John Dyck, to which union were born one daughter and four sons. Several years after marriage they moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, but in recent years they lived in Ohio, Creston being their home. She united with the Mennonite Church Aug. 11, 1918, and remained a follower of the Lord to the end. She was a talented woman, and in her day wrote many good essays, quite a few appearing in the Christian Monitor. Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter and four sons at Creston, Ohio, her mother (Mrs. Ella Mellinger), two brothers (Clark B. of Cleveland and Park B. of North Lima), a sister (Mrs. Ray Schloneger of Louiseville), and many other near relatives and friends who deeply sympathize with the sorrowing family. Funeral services were held March 19 at Creston and at the Midway Mennonite Church the following day, in charge of Bishop A.J. Steiner assisted by several others. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Erb - Mary Joanne, daughter of David and Anna
(Grieser) Erb, was born near Chappell, Neb., June 21, 1940; died
at her home near Frazee, Minn., Feb. 17, 1943. Her central nervous
system was affected, which resulted in loss of eyesight and paralysis.
The last three months little Mary could not walk and spent her
time sitting or lying on her bed. She was a cheerful, loving girl
and won the hearts of all who knew her. Our loving heavenly Father
knew best in taking our darling home so soon after blessing our
home with her beautiful life. We are grateful for the few brief
years she spent with us. She leaves her saddened parents, 5 sisters
and 3 brothers, besides other relatives and friends. Services
were held at the Lake Region Mennonite Church, March 4, by the
home ministers. Burial in the cemetery near by.
"Our pure little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom, took little Mary away.
Though our arms are empty and we're left alone,
We know our darling is happy at Home."
- The Family
Flubacher - Philip Flubacher was born in Basil, Switzerland, May 16, 1856; died in the home of his daughter near Wymer, W. Va., Feb. 22, 1943; aged 86 y. 9 m. 6 d. He came from Switzerland to the United States when he was about 18 years old. He came to W. Va., a few years later. He was married to Martha White. To this union were born 3 children. His wife and two children preceded him in death. He is survived by one daughter (Mrs. Robert Elza), with whom he made his home for a number of years. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He united with the Mennonite church many years ago and remained faithful unto death. Funeral services were held Feb. 24 at the Bethel Church by Bro. R.W. Benner assisted by Bros. Hiram Weaver and Oliver Keener. Interment in cemetery near by.
Gingrich - Sarah Ebersole was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Jan 8, 1865; died Feb. 20, 1943, at her home in Roseland,
Neb.; aged 78 y. 1 m. 12 d. In 1886 she came to Nebraska and on
Dec. 15, 1887, she was united in marriage to John W. Gingrich.
To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom survive.
She also leaves 6 grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Elizabeth
Spindler of Lancaster, Pa.). The sons are Ira, William, Albert,
and Edwin, all living in the home community. One daughter (Mrs.
Chris Hargleroad) lives near Washington, Ill., and Mabel lives
at home. Mrs. Hargleroad came home to help care for her mother
during her last illness. After their marriage Bro. and Sister
Gingrich located on a farm near Ayr, Neb., and lived there until
September, 1930, when they moved to Roseland. Bro. Gingrich passed
away Nov. 30, 1938. Sister Gingrich had been in poor health for
some time, and was practically blind for a number of years; yet
always patient in all her suffering, she never complained. In
her last illness she suffered intensely. She was a member of the
Mennonite Church, having united with that church in her youth.
She will be greatly missed, but our loss is her gain. Funeral
services were conducted Feb. 24 at the home and at the Roseland
Mennonite Church by Bro. P.R. Kennel of Shickley, Neb. Text, Rev.
14:13. Burial in Roseland Mennonite cemetery.
"Dearest Mother, thou hast left us, and our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
Lechner - Robert, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel L. Lechner, was born July 6, 1859; died March 19, 1943, at the home of Bro. and Sister Alvin Detrau, near Washingtonville, Ohio, where he had been staying for the past 25 years. The cause of his death was pneumonia and complications that set in. He united with the Midway Mennonite Church Sept. 24, 1921, and kept up his relations with the congregation to the end of his earthly pilgrimage. He leaves several nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church Sunday afternoon, March 21, in charge of Bro. A.J. Steiner, assisted by Bro. David Steiner. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Miller - Yost C., son of Samuel D. and Veronica (Baumgardner) Miller, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., April 28, 1855; died March 17, 1943; aged 87 y. 10 m. 17 d. Dec. 2, 1873, he was united in marriage to Lydia Mishler. To this union were born 9 children, 3 of whom preceded him in death (Daniel; Mary, wife of Quill Schrock of Shelbyville, Ill.; Ella, wife of James Troyer). A rare coincidence occurred in this family. His father died March 7, 1900; his wife (Lydia) March 17, 1901; and he, March 17, 1943. In March, 1903, he was married to Lizzie Good of Elida, Ohio, who died May 13, 1934. Six children survive him (Uriah, La Grange; Samuel, Fairfax, Va.; Mahlon, Shipshewana; Perry, Elkhart; Ervin, Topeka; and George, who resided with him for the past 7 years); also one foster sister (Lucy Stichter, Wakarusa), 2 stepchildren (D.A. Good of Nampa, Idaho, and John Good, of Elida, Ohio), 22 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. He was the last to pass away out of a family of 8 children, all but one whom lived past 80 years. Dec. 8, 1892, he was ordained a minister in the Shore Mennonite congregation, in which capacity he served to the best of his ability, trying to be present at every service. His daily enjoyment during his declining years was reading his Testament and religious papers. He was much interested in the spiritual welfare of the people. He will be missed in the community in which he lives, and most of all in the home. Home will not mean home anymore as it used to be, but we humbly bow in submission and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held March 20 at the house by Bro. Josiah Miller and at the Shore Church, by Bro. Percy Miller, Earley Borntrager, and O.S. Hostetler.
Rufenacht - Lizzie, daughter of Christian and Jacobena Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1880, died March 25, 1943; aged 62 y. 3 m. 20 d. Nov. 30, 1899 she was united in marriage to Amos Rufenacht. This union was blessed with 4 children (Glen, Jesse, Mary, and Ruth). In her younger years she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite church, a remained a faithful member until death, always faithful in church attendance while health permitted. Her death came after a lingering illness of over a year's duration. There remain to mourn her departure, husband, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 13 grandchildren, and 1 brother (Albert), all of Archbold, Ohio, and a host of relatives and friends. One daughter preceded her in death. She will always be remembered as a kind and loving wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by the family and friends. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church on Sunday, March 28, in charge of E.B. Frey and P.L. Frey.
Schletzbaum - Joseph, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
H. Schletzbaum, was born at Edwardsville, Ill., Aug. 25, 1870;
died March 10, 1943, at his home in South Hutchinson, Kan.; aged
72 y. 6 m. 15 d. Oct. 19, 1892, he was united in marriage with
Susanna Burkholder. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters
(Albert, Mary, Anne, Mollie, Gilbert, Mabel, and Earl). He with
his parents came to Kansas in 1880 and settled on a farm near
Inman. He lived most of his life in and near Inman and was employed
by the Inman Lumber Company 18 years. He accepted Christ as his
Saviour in his youth and was taken into the Amish Mennonite Church.
A few years later he and his wife joined West Liberty Mennonite
Church near Windom. At the time of his death he was a member of
the Yoder congregation. The last 13 years he had lived near and
in Hutchinson. He had been in poor health for 5 years, his main
sickness being diabetes. His cheerful disposition has been an
inspiration to us always, and we can look forward some day to
meet him on that beautiful shore. He is survived by his wife,
a daughter (Mollie, wife of William H. Yoder of Hutchinson), a
son (Earl Schletzbaum of Hutchinson), 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers
(Adam Schletzbaum of McPherson and Frank Schletzbaum of Conway),
a sister (Mrs. Mary Weigand of Hutchinson). Two daughters, 2 sons,
father, mother, 3 sisters and a brother preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held March 12 at the home, conducted by
Bro. Sanford King, and at the West Liberty Mennonite Church near
Windom, conducted by Bros. M.M. Troyer and Joe G. Hartzler. Text,
Heb. 9:27. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last, the world's weary troubles and trials are past.
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore, till God called him home to suffer no more."
Schmucker - Lydia, daughter of the late Jacob and Katherine (Krabill) Conrad, was born near Louisville, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1865; died at her home near Canton, O., March 24, 1943; aged 78 y. 1 m. 22 d. At the age of seventeen she accepted Christ as her Saviour, was baptized and received as a member of the Beech Mennonite Church, in which she continued faithfully until the end. Feb. 12, 1885, she was united in marriage to Christian Schmucker. To this union were born eight sons and four daughters. She spent her entire life in this vicinity. She was a devoted and loving mother who commanded the respect of her children; a woman of great courage who made the best of life in spite of adversity. She cared for her grandson (Norwood Schmucker) whose parents both died six years ago. Before her departure she expressed her great concern about his welfare and that of his sister Esther. She was always very active, enjoyed good health, and was a hard worker. She was able to be about her work until March 12. A few days later she was confined to her bed, which lasted but ten days, when she quietly and peacefully passed away and went to her eternal home. She is survived by seven sons (Harvey and Byron of Louisville, O., and Amos, Homer, Glenn, Raymond and Henry of Canton, O.), two daughters (Mrs. Raymond Immel of Louisville and Mildred of the home). Twenty-four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three sisters (Mrs. Susan Krabill and Mrs. Catherine Schmucker of Canton, and Mrs. Daniel Linder of Louisville), two brothers (Joseph Conrad of Alliance, O. and Christian Conrad of Fremont, O.), with many other relatives and friends. Her husband preceded her in death in 1929. Besides her husband, four brothers (John, Jacob, Joel and Daniel), four sisters (Mary, Anna, Barbara and Josephine), three children (Lawrence, Leah, and Bessie) and one grandchild preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Beech Church in charge of Bro. O.N. Johns. Text, Josh. 23:14. Interment in the church cemetery.
Smoker - Isaac, son of the late Samuel and Barbara
(Lapp) Smoker, was born Sept. 1, 1864; died at his home near Intercourse,
Pa., Jan. 30, 1943, after a five-day illness from the effects
of a heart attack; aged 78 y. 4 m. 28 d. He united with the Amish
Church in his youth and remained faithful unto the end. Nov. 24,
1885 he was united in marriage to Hannah Zook. To this union were
born 6 sons and 5 daughters, a son and daughter having preceded
him in death. H leaves his sorrowing companion and the following
children: Joseph of Strasburg, Pa.; Samuel Z, Gap, Pa.; Jacob,
Ronks, Pa,; Lydia, wife of Josiah L. Beiler, Kinzers, Pa.; Isaac
and Elmer, Intercourse, Pa.; Suvilla, wife of Christian Kauffman,
Bards Crossing; Malinda, wife of Peter Miller, Intercourse. Surviving
him are also 46 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers
(Elias and Daniel Smoker). Father will be greatly missed in the
home because of the many deeds of kindness and help rendered to
Mother, as she has been an invalid the last years. But God's ways
are not ours, and we hope that our loss will be his eternal gain.
Brief services were held at the home, Feb, 2, by Bro. Christian
King. Further services at the Weavertown Church by Bros. Enos
Kurtz and Daniel B Stoltzfus. Text, Phil. 1:21, 24.
"Father dear, you're not forgotten, though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us, as you always were before."
- By the family.
Stauffer - Susan B. Stauffer was born near East Petersburg, Pa., May 6th, 1873; died March 9, 1943; aged 69 y. 10 m. 3 d. In early womanhood she and her mother united with the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. She was married to B.E. Stauffer Jan. 5, 1897. In February of the same year she moved to his home in Maugansville, Md. She taught a class of children first at Paradise and later in Reiffs Sunday school. At her urging a sewing circle was organized in which she worked untiringly until 1923 when she and her husband were appointed to take charge of an Old People's Home near Hagerstown, Md. They served for fourteen years. In June, 1938, they with two girls who had worked with them in the Home, traveled to the middle and far West. In the fall, after their return to the East, at the call of the Eastern Board, they moved into the Reading Mission Home, where they served faithfully for three and one-half years. A year ago they and their niece, Amanda Shenk, moved into their new home at Lititz, Pa. Aunt Sue, as many of us called her, had a heart condition as the result of rheumatic fever early in life. This made it necessary for her to be careful not to use too much energy. Still, she was always cheerful and untiring in Christian services, a gracious hostess and a sympathetic listener to those in trouble. She was adored by children and appreciated by old and young alike. Many girls hold her as their ideal of Christian womanhood. "In her tongue was the law of kindness." During the last year those who loved her, knew that her health was failing. Everything possible was done to aid in her recovery; but her work was finished. She fell asleep in her chair a little before noon while engaged in conversation with her husband and niece. Two infants preceded her in death. She leaves her husband and a brother (Harry Shenk of Elverson, Pa.). The funeral service was conducted March 12 in their home and in the East Petersburg Church. The services were in charge of Bros. Amos Horst, John Gochnauer, and John S. Hess. Text, Phil. 1:21. Her works and her influence are following her.
Steiner - David H. Steiner was born in Adams Co., Ind., Feb. 18, 1859; died at Sterling, Ill., March 19, 1943; aged 84 y. 1 m. 1 d. As a young man he came to Illinois and worked as a farm hand in the vicinity of Morrison. Dec. 17, 1885, he was united in marriage to Ella Nice. Five children were born to this union; Laura (now deceased), Vernon, Elmira, Cleophas and May. The Steiner family was one of the pioneer families of this community. They believed in the principles of economy and the simple life. He took great pleasure in tracing family relationships, and often referred his guest to the "Steiner Family Tree" that always had a prominent place on the walls of the Steiner home. At the time of his passing he was a member of the Science Ridge congregation. He is survived by the following children: Vernon of Mt. Joy, Pa., Cleophas, of Sterling; Elmira and May of Polo; also by two grandchildren. One brother (Amos, of Bluffton, Ind.) and one sister (Mrs. Rosanna Neuhouser, of Berne, Ind.) also survive. He was preceded in death by his daughter (Laura) Dec. 7, 1923, by his wife Oct. 17, 1939, and by six sisters (Mary, Emma, Lizzie, Mrs. Christine Neuhouse, Mrs. Sarah Bebberstine, and Mrs. Mose Augsberger) and three brothers (John, Jacob and Daniel). Funeral services were held March 21, in charge of Bro. A.C. Good. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Stevanus - Susan Stevanus, aged 90, died Feb.
8, 1943, after a 24-hour illness, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Rachael Bittner, of Somerset, Pa. She was born Dec. 19, 1852
in Elk Lick Township, and was a daughter of the late Jeremiah
and Eliza (Folk) Hershberger. Early in life she married
Jonas Stevanus and to this union 12 children were born. The following
10 children survive: William, Prescott, Kans.; R. J. Stevanus
and Mrs. Ella Sarver, Berlin; Alvin Stevanus, Appleton, Minn.;
Mrs. Alice Coleman, Ingram, Pa.; Mrs. Matilda Naylor, Los Angeles,
Calf.; Mrs. Carrie Kearton, Wessington Springs, S, Dak.; Mrs.
Bittner, with whom she lived; Mrs. Orpha Knabel, Cleveland, Ohio;
and Victor Stevanus of Turtle Creek, Pa. There were 48 grandchildren
and 2 great-grandchildren. Also one sister survives (Mrs. Sarah
King, Springs, Pa.). Her husband passed away 25 years ago and
2 daughters (Ida and Anna Mary) died in infancy. She united with
the Mennonite Church when a young lady and attended services there
whenever possible as long as health would permit. Funeral services
were conducted at the Springs Church Feb. 11, by Roy Otto. Interment
in cemetery adjoining the church.
"A loving mother, so gentle and kind - what a wonderful memory she left behind.
Long days, long nights, she bore in sorrow,
Till God Himself knew what was best, took her home to give her rest."
Stoltzfus - David Ivan, youngest son of
John S. and Emma (Blank) Stoltzfus, was born in Millwood, Pa.,
March 8, 1917; died March 9, 1943, at the home of his parents
(Kinzers, Pa.) after an illness of diabetes; aged 25 y. 11 m.
11 d. He leaves his father, mother, a brother (Daniel, Kinzers),
and a sister (Sylvia B., at home). In the fall of 1937 he was
in the hospital with a serious condition of diabetes. He joined
the Amish Church and was baptized in the hospital. He suffered
with his illness for 9 years. On March 4 a doctor was called and
he became worse and worse and lingered six days, when he got weaker
and peacefully passed away. Private funeral services were held
at the late home March 11. Public services were held at the home
of his uncle, in charge of Bros. David Blank, Aaron H. Glick,
and Joseph Blank. Burial in Millwood cemetery.
"Brother dear, you are not forgotten. Though on earth you are no more,
Still in memory you are with us, as you always were before."
Wengerd - Paul Andrew, son of Allen and Alta (Haning) Wengerd, was born Jan. 18, 1942; died at his home March 10, 1943. Death was caused by strangulation after choking on an apple he was eating. He is survived by his parents, 3 brothers, and a sister (Budd, John, William, and Mary Louise); also his maternal grandmother (Mrs. Amanda Haning), and his paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John Wengerd). Funeral services were held at the Springs Church, March 13, by Bro. Roy Otto, assisted by Bro. Roy Kingsinger. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Yoder - Sarah Vena, daughter of Yost J. and Anna
(Petersheim) Stutzman, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Sept.
6, 1883; died at her late home in Kalona, Iowa, after an illness
of four months; aged 59 y 6 m. 15 d. Sept. 3, 1903, she was united
in marriage to Jeptha G. Yoder. To this union were born five sons
(Ora of Iowa City; John R. of Ft. Des Moines, Iowa; Alvin J. of
Kalona; Paul E. of San Antonio Tex.; and Willard, deceased) and
three daughters (Mrs. Aaron Miller, Katie and Velma, all of Kalona),
who with their father and one grandson mourn the passing of a
loving and devoted mother, grandmother and companion. Besides
the immediate family, she also leaves a brother (Alvin) and four
sisters (Mrs. D.B. Hostetler, Mrs. Ella Plank, Mrs. Milton Slabaugh,
all of Kalona; and Mrs. C.I. Yoder, of Goshen, Ind.), and a large
number of near relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her
Saviour in her youth and united with the East Union Mennonite
Church, where she was a faithful member, taking an active interest
in the various activities of the Church as long as heath permitted.
She was born, grew to womanhood, and lived her entire life in
the Kalona community. She was a devoted Christian mother, much
devoted to her family, where she will be missed as well as in
the Church and by her many friends in the community. But we need
not mourn as those with hope. Funeral services were held at the
East Union Mennonite Church, with burial in the family lot in
the East Union cemetery, in charge of the home ministers.
"What is home without a mother? I cannot tell, although I know,
For I had a loving mother, but in the grave we laid her low.
Jesus called her, oh, so sudden, with no time to say good-bye;
But He needed one more saint, so He took her home on high."
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia
Brunk - Amanda, daughter of the late Tobias and
Catherine Shank, was born Jan. 25, 1857, near Hagerstown,
Md.; died at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., Feb. 18, 1943; aged
86 y. 24 d. She had been in failing health for some months. The
first of December she became seriously ill; but she seemed to
be recovering, and was able to sit in her chair and walk about
some. Sunday evening, Feb. 14, she suffered a relapse, gradually
growing weaker until the Lord called her home the following Thursday
evening. Oct. 19, 1882, she was united in marriage to Simon Brunk,
who preceded her in death 15 years ago. Following their marriage
they lived for several years near Hagerstown, Md., then moved
to Rockingham Co., Va., to the native county of the late Simon
Brunk. To this union were born eleven children, ten of whom survive
as follows: Perry S., Des Moines, Ia.; Mrs. W.M. Heatwole, Harrisonburg,
Va.; C. Dewitt, Sunter, S.C.; Mrs. G.A. Cline, Palmyra, Pa.; Mrs.
Edgar J. Cline, Broadway, Va.; Anna M., Des Moines, Ia.; Ira D.,
at home; Dr. Amos W., Prescott, Ia.; Mrs. D.R. Heatwole, Palmyra,
Pa.; and Marie, at home. One son (Eston) preceded her in death.
Besides the children she is survived by one brother (Amos Shank
of Maugansville, Md.), 23 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was a woman of sterling Christian character, having united
with the Mennonite Church when a girl. She was known for her loyalty
to the Church and was a regular attendant at the place of worship,
even in her declining years. Her meek, gentle, kind and unselfish
spirit endeared her to all who knew her. Funeral services were
conducted at Weavers Church by Brethren C. K. Lehman and S.H.
Rhodes. Text, Psa. 17:15 ("As for me, I will behold thy face
in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake with my likeness"),
chosen by the deceased.
"Her lights are gone out in her mansion of clay,
The curtain is drawn, the dweller is away;
Her rocker is empty, her glasses laid by,
She has gone to answer the summons on high."
Chambers - Sarah Ann Ball was born December 11,
1863, in South Wales, England; died March 24, 1943; aged 79 y.
3 m. 13 d. At the age of 7 she came to the U.S. with her mother,
sister Elizabeth, and brother Alfred. They lived at Braidwood,
Ill., where the father was employed in the coal mines. In 1877,
the family moved to LaSalle, Ill., where Sarah met her husband,
William H. Chambers. They were married on Christmas eve, Dec.
24, 1884. In 1886, they moved to Chicago, into the Bridgeport
community - near Archer and Halsted streets. At that time they
attended the Paulina Methodist Church. In 1905 they were affiliated
with the 26th Street Mennonite Church. They raised their family
in this community and took an active part in the work of the Church.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Chambers were Sunday school teachers, and took
groups of children to the farms during the summer for their Fresh-Air
vacations. Her husband preceded her in death July 27, 1934. Also
3 children preceded her in death: Edith, Thomas, and William.
She leaves two sons (Alfred of Aurora, Ill.; Ray of Salt Lake
City, Utah), 3 daughters (Mary Hooley, Canby, Oreg.; Esther and
Alice, both of Chicago). Surviving her are also her sister (Elizabeth
Scanlan, Chicago), (Alfred and Samuel Ball, and Edith Hack), 12
grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
During the last 9 years she was a shut-in from the illness of arthritis. Through this time she was cared for largely by Esther, also her daughter Alice, sisters Elizabeth and Edith and niece Wilma McGraw, and Elinor Veschusio. She suffered patiently and cheerfully. Truly she "carried her cross with a smile." She had many friends, was very thoughtful of others, and forgiving to all. She was courageous, and unto the very end anticipated a trip to her son's home in Utah. During this season her son's was a place of where many friends came to visit her and with one another. Although she became a Christian in 1875 and was baptized upon her confession of faith, she did not become a member of this congregation until March 9, 1941. She died in peace, and is at rest with her loved ones, her Lord and all the redeemed and blessed. Interment at Arlington cemetery; Bro. Raymond M. Yoder, officiating minister.
Gehman - Amy H., daughter of the late Enos S. and Sarah (Histand) Gehman, was born in Bally, Pa., April 4, 1899; died in Allenstown Hospital, March 24, 1943; aged 43 y. 11 m. 20 d. She was baptized may 9, 1914, by Bishop Andrew S. Mack, and remained true to her baptismal vow until death. She was an occasional sufferer since she was 14 yeas old and developed a kidney ailment causing her to undergo several hospital experiences and much suffering. Death was caused by a stroke brought on by this condition. She bore her suffering with Christian fortitude. She was always cheerful and passed on to glory by faith in a crucified, risen, living Saviour. Funeral services at Hereford Mennonite Church, Bally, Pa., conducted by Bros. W.G. Bean, J. C. Clemens, and E.W. Kulp.
Harnish - Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Fannie
Miller Huber, died March 23, 1943; aged 85 y. 7 m. 8 d.
She was united in marriage to Aaron B. Harnish, Dec. 5, 1878.
To this union were born one son and one daughter. The son died
in infancy. She is survived by one daughter, 2 grandchildren,
3 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Fannie Warfle). She
was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, a
granddaughter, one great-granddaughter, and 3 sisters. Sister
Harnish and her husband were converted and received into the Mennonite
Church in their early married life and remained faithful. Her
husband was a minister, ordained Sept. 1, 1904. She passed away
at the home of her daughter at whose home a brief funeral service
was held, March 26 by Bros. Henry Nauman and Maris Hess, and at
the church by Bro. Stoner Krady and Bro. James Hess. Interment
in Byerland cemetery.
"Silently, silently, they pass away; silently, silently, short is their stay.
From earth to heaven they've taken their flight, far from all pain and from sorrow and night."
Hartzler - Ada E., daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Stouffer, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, April 26, 1886; died March 18, 1943; aged 56 y. 10 m. 22 d. In the night of Dec. 12, 1942, she suffered a stroke from which she partially recovered. March 17, 1943, she suffered a second attack, and the following day she peacefully passed on to be with her Lord whom she loved and served from her youth. In childhood she confessed faith in her Lord and united with the Midway Mennonite Church. Before she was nineteen years old she entered mission work, serving about three and one-half years at the Canton Mennonite Mission, one year at the Altona Mennonite Mission, and one as matron of the Mennonite Old People's Home, Rittman, Ohio. June 15, 1909, she was united in marriage with Bro. Enos F. Hartzler at the Canton Mission, who with one daughter (Dorothy, at home) and three sons (Earl, a minister at Onego, W.Va.; Lloyd, Sideling Hill Camp, Wells Tannery, Pa.; and Paul, at home) survives also two grandchildren, three sisters (Sarah Hartzler, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Alfred Martin, Columbiana, Ohio; Anna Lipply, North Lima, Ohio) and one brother (Sam of Youngstown, Ohio). She was preceded in death by two children (Edna Mae, and Earnest Ray), also by her parents, two sisters and two brothers. In March, 1913, she with her husband moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, where the remaining days of her life were spent. As the wife of a minister and later a bishop she filled a large place caring for home duties and encouraging her husband with her prayers and interest while he was away much of the time in evangelistic and other church work. Consequently her passing away will be keenly felt by the family and the home congregation. Her home was ever open, and a welcome was always given visitors of whom there were many. Funeral services March 21 at the home by Bro. P.R. Lantz and at the Crown Hill Church by Bros. Noah Hilty, Rudy Stauffer, I.J. Buchwalter, and Stanford Mumaw. Texts, Prov. 31:28; Gen. 9:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman - Nancy Hartzler was born Jan. 12, 1869, in Wayne Co., Ohio, and moved to Cass Co., Mo., at an early age. She was married to Thomas Kauffman in 1906. In 1907 they moved to La Junta, Colo. She made this her home until her death, March 29, 1943; aged 74 y. 2 m. 7 d. She was a devoted mother to 2 stepchildren (Teresa and Sherman), and an adopted daughter (Effie). Effie died, leaving 4 small children. Though Sister Kauffman was advanced in years, she adopted one of these children (Joan) as her own daughter. She united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and was faithful until death. She was a consistent, consecrated worker in the Church. She was full of good works and kind deeds. Many mourned her departure. She leaves her stepson (Sherman), her adopted daughter (Joan), 2 brothers (John of La Junta and Charles of Colorado Springs), 6 grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Holbrook Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Allen H. Erb, A. M. Leatherman, and Ed Kauffman. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Miller - Mamie Edna Yoder was born June 9, 1892, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died March 10, 1943; aged 50 y. 9 m. 1 d. She was married to James Miller, Feb. 25, 1912. To this union were born 8 children of whom 6 (with her husband) survive (Freeman; Ivan of Belton, Mont.; Eleanor, wife of Oran Zimmerman; Mary, wife of Willard Kaltenbaugh; Shirley and Thelma at home). Two sons (Paul and John) preceded her in death. She is also survived by her mother (Mrs. Fannie Miller), four half sisters, four half brothers and five grandchildren. She united with the Blough Mennonite Church about 30 years ago and remained faithful until death. Short services were held in the home, March 14, by Brethren N.C. Blough and James Saylor, after which services were held at the Blough Mennonite Church by Brethren Irvin Holsopple, James Saylor, and H.C. Blough. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the churchyard.
Musser - Jacob O., son of John and Catherine
Musser, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 22, 1872; died April
2, 1943; aged 70 y. 6 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Ella
Sarah Grites, Oct. 27, 1898. She preceded him in death March 9,
1938. He is survived by 2 sons (Raymond and Earl, both of Rittman,
Ohio), 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Christian Musser, Doylestown,
Ohio; Amos Musser, Orrville, Ohio), 3 sisters (Mrs. Fanny Butzer,
North Lawrence, O.; Mrs. Mary Kreakie, and Mrs. Anna Harmon, both
of Orrville), and a large circle of near relatives. Bro. Musser
accepted Christ as his Saviour, and was baptized April 26th, 1914,
and received as a member into the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation.
He remained faithful and devoted in the Master's service, bearing
his trials, sorrows, and afflictions with Christian fortitude.
He was much interested in his children and grandchildren, that
they also might serve Christ whom he found precious and whom he
trusted. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. Groff and
Bro. Hartzler of the Apostolic Church and at the Oak Grove Church
by Bros. J.S. Gerig and William G. Detweiler. Interment in adjoining
"Father, thou art sweetly resting, gone from all thy toil and pain;
Far from earth and all its wrestling, thou didst now thy crown obtain."
Nissley - Fannie R., daughter of the late Pre.
Levi and Mary (Risser) Ebersole, was born May 1, 1876,
near Elizabethtown, Pa.; died March 17, 1943, near the same place;
aged 66 y. 10 m. 16 d. She was married to Joseph H. Nissley, Nov.
20, 1894. To them were born 7 children. Two sons (Clarence and
Samuel) died in infancy. Those who remain besides her are one
daughter (Ruth, wife of Ira Sensenich, Lititz, Pa.); 4 sons (Raymond
and Paul of Bainbridge; Lloyd of Elizabethtown; and Earl of Middletown),
also 16 grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Addison Martin), and 3 brothers
(Amos and John Ebersole, Elizabethtown, and Martin Ebersole of
Bainbridge). She united with the Mennonite Church early in life
and was a faithful member until called home. June 2, 1925, her
husband was ordained to the office of deacon at Good's Church.
She also enjoyed and took an active part in the work of the sewing
circle as long as she was able. Over a year ago she had a stroke
which left her limbs partially paralyzed. She had recovered enough
to be up and about, but 2 days before her passing she took her
bed and suffered much at times and expressed her desire to go
home, after which she peacefully fell asleep as the sun was setting
in the western horizon. Funeral services were held at the home
at Good's Church, March 21, conducted by Brethren Ira Miller,
Simon Garber, and Noah Risser. Interment in the church cemetery
"All that we loved shall live, only the best,
She has laid down her weapons to rest;
She has put off her armour of strife.
Faithful to death, God hath crowned her with life
Purified, glorified, fit for the sky.
All that we loved in her, never can die."
Schwartzentruber - Rudolph, eldest son of Christian
and Leah (Oesch) Schwartzentruber, was born in Huron Co., Ont.,
May 14, 1866; died March 27, 1943; aged 76 y. 10 m. 12 d. He was
united in marriage to Catherine Roth of New Hamburg, March 5,
1893. To this union was born one daughter. He leaves his beloved
companion, a daughter (Mrs. Solomon Baechler), 6 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. John Erb), 3 brothers (Jacob,
Christian, and David, all of Hay Twp.). One sister predeceased
him in 1936. He was a lifelong member of the A.M. Church near
Zurich, Ont. In October, 1942, he suffered a stroke and complications
set in causing his death. Funeral services were held at the family
residence, March 30, 1943, and at the Hay A.M. Church with Bros.
Peter Nafzinger and Christian Schultz officiating.
"A loving one from us has gone, the voice we loved is still.
A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled."
-- A granddaughter.
Stauffer - Aaron Stauffer was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Dec. 11, 1874; died in the Lancaster General Hospital,
Jan. 17, 1943; aged 68 y. 1 m. 6 d. He had been in poor health
for over a year, due to a heart attack and gallstones. Nov. 23,
he took a severe gallstone attack and suffered intense pain until
the 27th. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. His suffering
was very great until Christmas day, when he began to improve slowly.
Jan. 11 he had an operation and, due to his heart condition, he
began to weaken again and on Jan. 17 he peacefully fell asleep.
Through all his sufferings he was an example of patience and often
expressed his desire to depart and be with the Lord. He also spent
two lonely weeks due to the smallpox quarantine when no one dared
to visit him, not even the family. He chose for this text Phi.
1:21. He was a devoted husband and father. In his early manhood
he united with the Mennonite Church, serving as trustee of the
Martindale Church for many years. He was a faithful attendant
at church as long as health permitted. He leaves his companion
and daughter (Gertie), who mourn the loss of a kind loving husband
and father. Surviving also are a brother (Charles, Goodville,
Pa.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Henry Benner, Lititz; and Mrs. Reuben Shirk,
East Earl, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Weaverland
church, conducted by Bros. Aaron Weaver and David Weaver. Burial
in the adjoining cemetery.
"We miss thee from our home, dear father; we miss thee from thy place.
A shadow o'er our life is cast, we miss the sunshine of thy face;
We miss thy kind and willing hand, thy fond and earnest care.
Our home is dark without thee; we miss thee everywhere."
Thomas - John M., son of Moses and Barbara (Blough) Thomas, was born in Somerset Co., Pa. May 22, 1856; died March 29, 1943; aged 86 y. 10 m. 4 d. He was married to Rachel Blough, Feb. 4, 1877. To this union were born 4 children, 2 of whom survive (Mrs. Barbara, widow of Isaac Hostetler; and Norman, both of Hollsopple, Pa.). He was preceded in death by his companion who died in 1918, one child, who died in infancy, and a daughter (Jemima, wife of T.L. Blough, who died about 7 years ago). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Catharine Saylor). He and his companion united with the Mennonite Church in October 1877, to which he remained faithful. He was an active member in his earlier years and a faithful attendant until the past few years, when the infirmities of old age came upon him. He was blind for over 14 years, but patient and submissive to his lot. Short funeral services were held at the home, March 24, by Bro. H.C. Blough, followed by services at the Blough Church by Brethren Sanford G. Shetler and H.C. Blough, after which his body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church. May God bless the memory of his life to all who knew him.
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Baumgartner - Anna E. was born Feb. 15, 1868, near Mt. Eaton, Ohio; died April 6, 1943, at her home in Kidron, Ohio; aged 75 y. 1 m. 19 d. At the age of 18 she joined the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church with a class of 18. She lived an obedient life, showing her faithfulness by her regular attendance in worship when health permitted. She taught a Sunday-school class for many years, lived a quiet Christian life, and was willing to help the needy in the surrounding community as well as help support the charitable institutions of the Church. One brother and 2 sisters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves a number of nieces and nephews, with a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral, April 8, at the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church was in charge of the home ministers. Burial in the church cemetery.
Christner - Daniel, of Pigeon, Mich., was born March 6, 1879, near Elkhart, Ind.; died April 3, 1943. He was united in marriage to Katie Zehr. To this union 7 children were born (Orie and Emma of Pigeon; Walter and Viola, Mrs. Emery Seaman, of Detroit, Mich.; Clayton and Floyd in the army; and Bertha who died in infancy). He left to mourn his departure his bereaved companion, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, and one brother Jacob of near Pigeon. The funeral was held at the Pigeon River A.M. Church, April 6, 1943. Services at the house were held by Bro. M.S. Zehr, at the church by Bro. Emil Swartzendruber (text, II Cor. 5:10) and Bro Earl Maust (text, Job 14:14).
Freed - Levi, son of William and Elizabeth (Benner)
Freed, was born Nov. 4, 1860; died Feb. 22, 1943; aged 82 y. 3
m. 18 d. He was united in marriage to Lizzie Norning who preceded
him in death on May 20, 1933. To this union were born three daughters
and two sons. One infant son preceded him in death. He was always
deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of his family and
friends. He was a faithful member of the Rockhill Mennonite Church
and a trustee there for many years. He was stricken with a heart
attack and died instantly. In his sudden departure he leaves to
mourn Ellen, wife of Ervin M. Keller; Susan, wife of Jacob A.
Detweiler; Mrs. Bessie Souder, and Howard H. Freed. Funeral services
were held on Feb. 27 at the home of his son-in-law, conducted
by Bro. Jacob Moyer and at the Rockhill Mennonite Church by Bros.
Clinton Landis and Edwin A. Souder.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe; we little thought his end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell, the loss of a loved one without farewell."
Godwich - Nelson, was born in Austintown Twp., Mahoning Co., O., Feb. 21, 1871; died at the Salem City Hospital, April 5, 1943; aged 72 y. 1 m. 15 d. Death came after suffering from a stroke nearly two years, but he bore his pain patiently and often expressed a desire to go to be with the Lord in the last weeks of his life. He united with the Mennonite Church, April 29, 1893. Besides his companion, he leaves a daughter (Mrs. Silas Bauman, Columbiana, O.) and four sons (Alvin, East Lewistown, O.; Elmer, state of Washington; Harvey, North Lima, O.; and Wilbur, Youngstown, O.). Norman died in infancy in 1911. Eleven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister also remain. He was united in marriage with Anna Metzler, Nov. 28, 1895, and most of their married life was spent in Beaver Township. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church, April 7, 1943, in charge Bro. A.M. Steiner and assisted by Bros. Paul Yoder and David Steiner. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Hedrick - Robert Hedrick was born Jan. 15, 1882; died March 13, 1943, at Whitmer, W. Va. He was married April 22, 1905, to Rosa Waybright. After her decease, he was married Jan. 16, 1937, to Angie Harper. He confessed Christ and united with the Horton Mennonite Church in the fall of 1940. He continued as a faithful member until he answered the final summons. He was a regular attendant at church and Sunday school as long as his health permitted. Funeral services at Horton Church were in charge of Bro. Oliver Keener.
Helmuth - Joseph D. Helmuth was born at Bloomfield, Iowa, March 20, 1862, the son of John and Katherine Helmuth. In his boyhood the family moved to Hickory Co., Mo., and later to Garden City, Mo. There he married Lydia Zimmerman on Feb. 25, 1892, who preceded him in death on Sept. 30. 1937. Seven children were born to this union: Mrs. Mabel Fischer, Hollywood, Calif.; Addie, Eureka; Katherine, Peoria; Harold, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Hilda Zimmerman, Metamora; Robert, Roanoke; one daughter Stella who preceded him in death. He also leaves four grandchildren: Mrs. Mary Frances Sumner, Staff Sergeant William Streed; Doris Helen Zimmerman, and William Russel Helmuth; two great-grandchildren, Donna Dee and Bonnie Lee Sumner; and the following brothers and sisters: John and Sam, Harrisonville, Mo.; William, Garden City, Mo.; Mrs. Amanda Schrock, Harrisonville, Mo.; Mrs. Mattie Zimmerman, Garden City, Mo.; Mrs. Katherine Burge and Mrs Emma Kauffman of California. He united with the Mennonite Church in youth and remained faithful to the end. The family came to Roanoke in 1918 to make their home. He had been in poor health for several months gradually becoming worse during the last few weeks. He passed away quietly in the St. Francis Hospital at 4:00 a.m., April 11, 1943, at the age of 81 y. 21 d. Services were in charge of John L. Harnish and Ezra B. Yordy. Text, II Cor. 5:1-5.
Hoffman - Lizzie P., daughter of the late Jacob and Lizzie Peters Hoffman, was born near Elizabethtown, Pa., Oct. 13, 1868; died at the Oreville Home near Lancaster, Pa., March 9, 1943; aged 74 y. 4 m. 26 d. Lizzie spent most of her life in the vicinity of Elizabethtown, Pa., until 13 years ago when she went to the Oreville Home. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was of a quiet and unassuming disposition and a true friend. She was the last of her immediate family. Her funeral was held March 12 at the Oreville Home in charge of Bro. Noah Risser and at Risser's Church with Bros. Walter Oberholtzer and Clarence Lutz in charge. Burial in Risser's Cemetery. Text, Phil. 1:23, latter clause, chosen by Sister Hoffman.
Kinsinger - Phoebe Kinsinger, daughter of Rev.
John and Anna (Garber) Nafzinger, was born Feb. 9, 1850,
near Washington, Ill.; passed away March 25, 1943, at the home
of her son Emile Kinsinger; aged 93 y. 1 m. 16 d. In her early
youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and placed her
membership with the East Washington Mennonite Church. She later
became a member of the Union Mennonite Church, and after that
church discontinued its services, she placed her membership in
the Roanoke Mennonite Church. On Feb. 18, 1875, she was united
in marriage with Jacob Kinsinger, who passed to his reward Aug.
29, 1900. To this union were born five sons and one daughter.
Two sons died in infancy, Samuel, July 6, 1892, at the age of
sixteen years, and Mrs. Anna Rastetter, August 14, 1932. Emile
of Washington and and David of Eureka are the surviving sons.
There are also four grandchildren: Mrs. Esther Slonneger, of Peoria;
Edith, at home; Mrs. Grace Gittinger, of Meadows; and Lawrence,
of Fresno, Calif. There are five great-grandchildren. For the
first year of their marriage, they located east of Metamora, and
then moved to a place five and one-half miles northeast of Washington
near Bruger. During the later years she lived with her daughter,
Mrs. Anna Rastetter, and her son David until 1936, when she made
her home with her son Emile and finally until the time of her
departure. Here loving hands ministered to her care during these
years of failing strength and infirmity. Her testimony remains
with us to comfort in this time of bereavement. She would say
to us, "I have found the Lord to be very precious to me all
through my long life. May you try Him out and find how good He
will be to you!" Services were conducted by Bros. Ben. Eash
and Ezra B. Yordy.
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, from which none ever wakes to weep!
A calm and undisturbed repose, unbroken by the last of foes."
Lehman - John S., eldest son of the late Christian and Susan (Shank) Lehman, was born near Columbiana, Ohio, May 16, 1850; died Feb. 26, 1943, in Humboldt, Kans., after a short illness. He was united in marriage to Mary Kistler of Trumbull, Co., Ohio, Dec. 7, 1876. Eight children were born to them. His wife and 3 children preceded him in death, also his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Surviving are one brother and one sister besides the 4 sons and one daughter, 13 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. In 1884 they moved from Ohio to Kansas. Funeral services were held Feb. 29, at the M.E. Church in Humboldt by C.F. Jenkins. Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Perry - Mary Ann, daughter of the late William
and Henrietta Willaughan, was born in Grey Co., Ont., on
Aug. 27, 1878. She was married to William Perry of Toronto where
they resided. Two children were born to this union. She was converted
in her youth and remained true to her Lord until death. Two years
ago she became a member of the Geiger Mennonite congregation.
Sister Perry had been ill for several years. Owing to her failing
health, she stayed with her daughter the last two years and was
bedfast the last five months of her life. Her testimony is that
all is well and she is ready to meet God. On Thursday evening,
April 1, 1943, she passed away at the age of 65 y. 7 m. 5 d. She
leaves her husband; one son (Sgt. Robert Wesley of England), one
daughter (Etta, Mrs. Henry Gingerich of New Hamburg), one grandchild,
two sisters, and one brother. Two brothers preceded her. Funeral
services were conducted from the home of her daughter and the
Geiger Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Moses H. Roth, assisted
by Bro. C.C. Cressman. The text used was one of Sister Perry's
favorite verses, Isa. 12:2. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last; her weary trials and troubles are past.
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore, till God called her home to suffer no more."
Ropp - Christian L., son of the late Joseph and Magdalena Ropp, was born in Musselburg, Ont., July 5, 1866; died of heart attack, April 4, 1943, at his home in Midland, Mich., aged 76 y. 8 m. 20 d. On Dec. 16, 1889 he was married to Anna Roth in Thurman, Colo. To this union 12 children were born (4 sons and 8 daughters). Two sons and one daughter died in infancy. Besides his sorrowing wife, he leaves the following children to mourn his departure: Amanda, wife of Eli Gnagey; Sadie, wife of Ben Beachy, of Pigeon, Mich.; Mary Ann, wife of Annen Slagel, of Ithaca, Mich.; Malinda, wife of Serenas Shrock; Selvina, wife of Ray Wyse; Joe and Arthur, of Midland; Mable at home; also 31 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a sister (Mrs. Katie Lichty, of Milverton, Ont.); and 3 brothers (Dan, of Wellesley, Ont.; John, of Dundee, Ont.; and Noah, of Oxford, Wis.). He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth, as his Hope and Redeemer in whom he peacefully fell asleep. Funeral was held April 7 at the Pigeon River Church, near Pigeon, Mich., where he had been a member. Services at the home in Midland were conducted by Bro. Clarence Yoder; at the church by Bro. Floyd Bontrager (text, Job 14), and Bishop M.S. Zehr of near Pigeon (text, Job 31:12, Num. 23:10). His body was laid away in the church cemetery.
Schmidt - David Leroy, infant son of Virgil L.
and Velma Schmidt, was born at the Gallaway Hospital, Anthony,
Kans., March 14, 1943; died at the age of 3 weeks and 1 day. His
survivors are his deeply bereaved parents, 2 sisters (Genevieve
Louise and Joyce Ann), 1 brother (Charles Eugene), 4 grandparents
( Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Schmidt and Mr. and Mrs. David Troyer),
2 great-grandmothers (Mrs. Pete Schmidt and Mrs. David Wadel),
and a number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held
April 8 at the Crystal Springs Church, in charge of Bro. Gideon
G. Yoder. Text, II Sam. 12:23.
"Only a baby, but oh so dear;
His little life filled our hearts with cheer;
Sent from heaven to cheer our hearts
A little light to shine in the dark.
Has the light gone out? No, the light still shines,
With brighter glory in heavenly chimes;
The little hands beckon, O dear ones come,
Your baby is safe with Jesus at home."
Shellenberger - Jonathan L. Shellenberger was born to Abraham and Eliza (Donney) Shellenberger, Feb. 19, 1869, at Cherry Box, Mo.; died March 29, 1943, at the home of his youngest son (Wallace) in La Junta, Colo.; aged 74 y. 1 m. 10 d. At the age of seven, he with his parents moved from Missouri to Osborne Co., Kans., where he grew to manhood. There, Sept. 13, 1894, he was married to Margaret Graybill. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. His beloved wife (in 1940), two daughters (Erma, in infancy and Maude in 1939), and the eldest son (Menno in 1921 who died in the Near East as a relief worker) preceded him in death. The other remaining children: Edward, at home near Bryan, Ohio; Ruth (Mrs. Paul Zook) of Seattle, Wash.; Albert of Wooster, Ohio; Peter of Buhler, Kans.; and Wallace of La Junta, survive him. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church, of which he continued a faithful member to the end of his life. In 1898 he was ordained a deacon of the Church by Bishop S.C. Miller at Kill Creek, Kans., in Osborne Co. Because there was no church organization at this place he moved with his family to Canton, Kans., where the family would have regular church privileges. Sometime later he moved with his family to Hesston, Kans., so the children might enjoy the advantages of a Christian education offered by Hesston College. He with his wife had the pleasure of seeing their children - one by one - graduate from this school and all but one become teachers in the public schools. He served the Canton, Hesston, and the Limon congregations faithfully as deacon. At Limon, Colo., he also served as minister and pastor for several years. He was an humble follower of the Lord, faithful and devoted in his services to his family, his church, and his community. His life was wholly dedicated - in deeds which he did and the words which he spoke - to the cause of Christ and to the welfare of his fellow men. At the close of a day's work his spirit returned to the God who gave it; so up to his last hour upon earth "he went about doing good," even as his Master whom he followed. His sudden departure is a loss to us all. The sorrowing family, the Church, and a host of neighbors and friends mourn this loss, but in reverence and humility we submit to the will of God knowing that He doeth all things well. Funeral services were held in the La Junta Mennonite Church April 2, 1943, at ten o'clock in the morning and at the Fairview Cemetery, Colorado Springs, the same afternoon. Here he was laid to rest beside his wife, who had gone home a few years earlier. Services were in charge of Bro. L.C. Miller assisted by Bros. Allen H. Erb and E.E. Showalter. Texts: at La Junta, Jas. 4:14; Phil. 1:21; at Colorado Springs, Ps. 23.
Shenk - Mary G., daughter of the late Jacob R. and Lavina Shenk, was born Oct. 14, 1867; died March 21, 1943; aged 75 y. 5 m. 7 d. She was a faithful member of the Risser congregation, Lancaster Co., Pa., and was always present at services as long as health permitted. She was unmarried. She was a seamstress. The family has been called together on a funeral occasion for the third time within a year; a sister and a brother passed away in 1942. This reminds us that we have no continuing city here. Surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. Harvey Grube, Mastersonville Pa., with whom she resided, and Mrs. Samuel Hoover, Elizabethtown). Services were in charge of Bros. Noah W. Risser, Walter Oberholtzer and Benjamin Stauffer. Text, Rev. 14:13. A niece.
Short - Loueza, daughter of Elias and Mary (Frey)
Nafziger, was born in Fulton Co., O., Dec. 28, 1878; died
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Orval Kauffman, Feb. 27, 1943;
aged 64 y. 1 m. 30 d. In her younger years she confessed Christ
as her personal Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite
Church and remained faithful to the end. On Jan. 22, 1907, she
was united in marriage to Simeon Short, who preceded her in death
Sept. 30, 1935. Sister Loueza enjoyed fairly good health until
January 1942, when she suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which
she recovered sufficiently to be up. On Feb. 27, 1943, she had
another stroke, which caused her death about eight hours later.
There remain to mourn her sudden departure 2 sons, 3 daughters,
19 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters,
and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held
Mar. 2 at the home of Bro. Simon Stuckey, and at the Central Mennonite
Church by Bros. Henry Wyse and E.B. Frey. Scriptures, Jno. 14:1-15.
Text, II Cor. 5:1
"Gone into the light that shines so fair, gone from the earth of sorrow and care,
Resting those hands that did their best, gone dear Mother, gone to rest."
Summers - Donald Leroy, infant son of Leon and
Ida (Petersheim) Summers, Elverson, Pa., was born Feb. 22, 1943,
and died the following night. He leaves his parents, a grandfather,
2 grandmothers, and many other relatives. Brief services were
held Feb. 23 at the home of his grandparents. Services were conducted
by Bro. John A. Kennel. Burial in Millwood cemetery.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay -
God in His wisdom took our darling away,
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."
Wetter - Nancy, daughter of Pre. Henry and Susan Newcomer Kilmer, was born July 26, 1858, near Winesburg, O.; died after a short illness at the home of her daughter, Orpha, south of Orrville, O., on April 7, 1943; aged 84 y. 8 m. 9 d. Her father was the second minister at the Longenecker Mennonite Church in Holmes Co., O., and served in that capacity for a number of years. She was married to Fred Wetter on July 25, 1883. To this union were born two daughters: Mrs. Elmer Danner, of Orrville, and Mrs. Say Saltzman, south of Orrville. With her daughters she is survived by 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Martins Mennonite Church, of which she was a member at the time of her death. Services at Martins Church were in charge of Bros. I.J. Buchwalter and Stanford Mumaw. Interment in church cemetery.
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Allgyer - Mrs. Mamie Allgyer, the daughter of Joseph and Matilda Crevling Kiser was born at Mt. Tabor, on Jan. 30, 1867. She grew to womanhood, married and lived in the community until 1916, when the family moved to West Liberty, which has since been her home. On the evening of Monday, March 29, 1943, she quietly slipped away, following a long illness, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Kandel, near King's Creek, where she had been tenderly cared for, having reached the age of 76 y. 1 m. 29 d. Her marriage to Samuel H. Allgyer took place on Sept. 16, 1886, and, for more than 56 years, they trod life's pathways together. To them were born five children, one of whom, the oldest, a son Ralph, preceded her in death in 1915. She possessed a quiet disposition, was much devoted to her home, and, especially to her family, who will miss her greatly. She united with the Methodist Church at Mt. Tabor, but later transferred her membership to the Methodist Church in West Liberty. Surviving, besides her husband, are three daughters (Mrs. Mabel Wilkins, West Liberty; Irene Davis, Bellefontaine; Mrs. Marjorie Kandel, King's Creek); one son (Byron, Dayton); one sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Wolfe, Bellefontaine), and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Wilkins Funeral Home, in charge of S.E. Allgyer, and burial was made in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
Bixler - Anna Steiner, was born in Paint Twp., Wayne Co., O., July 25, 1864; quietly passed away at her home one mile west of Kidron, April 9, 1943, at the age of 78 y. 8 m. 14 d. She confessed Christ as her Saviour and was received by baptism into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, April 7, 1882, and later became a charter member of the Kidron Mennonite Church where she remained faithful until called to her eternal rest. On Aug. 31, 1897, she was married to Noah J. Bixler with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for over 45 years. This union was blessed with 2 sons and a daughter (Ezra, Strasburg, O.; Elda, La Junta, Colo.; and Andrew, who died Feb. 22, 1920). Five grandchildren also survive to mourn her departure, and 3 sisters, Mary Ann (Mrs. Peter Zimmerly), Sarah (Mrs John Lehman), Lydia (Mrs. Peter Geiser), all of this community. Three brothers and 5 sisters preceded her in death. As long as health permitted, she always attended regularly both morning and evening services at the house of worship. She was very patient in her affliction, and when asked about long days and nights, she would reply, "With God's help one day after another passes by." Funeral services were held at the home, and at the Kidron Mennonite Church, Sunday afternoon, April 11. Services were conducted by Bros. Reuben Hofstetter, Isaac Zuercher, and Allen Bixler. Text, John 14:1-3. Burial in church cemetery.
Boshart - Daniel R., son of Jacob B. and Mary (Reck) Boshart, was born near Milford, Nebr., Nov. 19, 1898; died in the Lebanon Hospital in Lebanon, Oreg., of spinal meningitis, contracted as a result of two weeks' illness of influenza; aged 44 y. 1 m. 8 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church. In Feb. 1919, he with his parents moved to Albany, Oreg., and since then he had made his home in the Albany vicinity. His father, mother, one sister, Leah Roth, and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn the following brothers and sisters: Katie Reil and Joseph C., Milford, Nebr.; Emma Roth, Chappell, Nebr.; Mary Stutzman, Lebanon, Oreg.; Lydia Gerig, Ida Gerig and Bertha Gerig, Albany, Oreg.; David, Scio, Oreg.; Harry J., Albany, Oreg.; with whom he had his home at the time of his death; and Elmer E., Camp Haan, Calif. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church near Albany, Oreg., Dec. 30, conducted by Bishop N.M. Birky. Text, Eccl. 8:8. Interment in the Lebanon Masonic Cemetery.
Burkholder - John E. Burkholder was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., July 10, 1877; died March 30, 1943, at his home in Chambersburg, Pa.; aged 65 y. 8 m. 20 d. He is survived by his wife (Fanny Shetter Burkholder), three brothers, one sister and four children. He was a faithful member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, at which the funeral was held. The services were in charge of D.E. Kuhns, Harold Hunsecker, and J. Irvin Lehman. Text, John 11:4. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Etter - Annie May Etter, wife of William Etter, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., October 26, 1874; died Feb. 4, 1943; aged 68 y. 3 m. 8 d. She is survived by her husband, one sister, one son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Sister Etter lost her eyesight by an accident many years ago and manifested a beautiful Christian spirit in the way she bore her affliction. She was a faithful member of the Williamson-Marion congregation for many years. The funeral was held at the Marion Mennonite Church in charge of the home minister. Text, Matt. 25:21. Interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, Pa.
Hartzler - Jonathan T. Hartzler, youngest son of Joel and Lydia Plank Hartzler, was born in Champaign Co., O., Feb. 10, 1867, and peacefully passed to his eternal home, on Wednesday morning, April 7, 1943; aged 76 y. 1 m. 27 d. On Feb. 12, 1891, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha May Hooley, and to this union were born seven children. One son died in infancy, another, Elmer Titus, age the age of two years, and a foster child, Amelia Blackwood, died at the age of six years. At the doctor's request, on Jan. 27, 1927, Mother took her bed, with heart trouble, and she passed away, April 26, 1927. Dec. 18, 1927, he was married to Mrs. Mary Yoder, who remains to mourn his departure. He leaves the following children: Mary (Mrs. Ira D. Hostetler); Emmett and Roy, West Liberty; Boyd, Sharonville; Fern (Mrs. Harold Roberts, Morristown, Tenn.); 16 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, who painfully mourn our loving father's going. In his youth he united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, which he faithfully attended and supported until death. He always enjoyed good sermons and good singing. He was a successful farmer, living in Champaign Co., all his life, until he retired a few years ago, to the present home in West Liberty. He had unusual ability as a machinist, and served his community as thresherman for fifty years, which won for him a wide circle of friends who will greatly miss him. Although he had been in failing health for the past six years, his death was due to a stroke of apoplexy. His passing was rather sudden, but he left us a bright testimony of his sins all forgiven, explicit faith in his Lord, and rejoicing in the wonderful promises of God. In his last conscious hour he requested scripture reading and prayer, while he kept repeating, "Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord." Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, April 9, 1943. Services were in charge of Bros. N.E. Troyer and S.E. Allgyer. Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery on the Ludlow Road.
Lantz - William Lantz, son of Christian and Barbara
Eash Lantz, was born in Howard Co., Ind., on June 28, 1862; died
at the home of his son Henry, hear Goshen, Ind., on March 11,
1943; aged 80 y. 8 m. 11 d. On March 2, 1898, he was married to
Sarah Steinman of Howard Co., Ind. To this union were born four
boys: Henry, Fred, Wendell and Ira. Ira died in infancy and Wendell
was killed accidentally in Idaho on July 6, 1929. He was married
the second time to Mahala Kauffman, Oct. 5, 1904. To this union
were born three children: Beulah (Mrs. Henry Moser, Detroit),
Elmer, and Paul. Elmer died August 28, 1910; Paul resides north
of Middlebury. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, one brother
(Noah, Midland, Mich.), a half-sister (Mrs. Jemima Myers, Greentown,
Ind.) and 2 half-brothers (Henry and Albert, Greentown, Ind.).
He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of thirty and held to this faith till death. He moved from Howard Co., to Chief, Mich., and from there to Indiana. Thirty years ago he purchased a home near Fish Lake and resided there until ill health compelled him to go to one of the children. About two years ago he suffered a light stroke and from that time on he gradually weakened in body. Last June he lost his power of speech. This power never returned. On March 8 he suffered another stroke and on the morning of the 11th he fell asleep and the spirit took its flight. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church in charge of Ira S. Johns and Lester A. Mann. Burial in Forest Grove Cemetery.
Miller - Ezra E, son of Bro. Levi Z. and the
late Grace Ebersole Miller, was born Feb. 23, 1911, near Bainbridge,
Pa.; died March 13, 1943 at his home near Elizabethtown, Pa.;
aged 32 y. 18 d. He accepted Christ and united with the Good's
Mennonite Church at an early age to which profession he remained
true, serving in whatever capacity he was asked to serve until
the Lord called him home. In 1934 he was united in marriage to
Eva Ruhl and to this happy union were born 2 boys and 2 girls
(James Leslie, Anna Charlene, Jay Melvin, and Emma Lois). His
wife and 4 small children remain to mourn his sudden and early
departure, also his father and stepmother and the following brothers:
Hubert, Elizabethtown; Mervin, Bainbridge; C. Nevin, and a sister,
Florence, wife of Henry Stauffer of Elizabethtown; also a host
of other relatives and friends. His mother preceded him in death
when he was a small boy. Ezra and his brother Hubert were engaged
in the milling business for several years at Aberdeen Mills, near
Elizabethtown, where he met with an unusual accident. When his
brother-in-law, Henry Stauffer, and a companion on leave from
a C.P.S. Camp in Maryland called at the mill, he showed them through,
explaining the mechanisms of the huge waterwheel when he slipped
into it and was instantly crushed to death. This was a sudden
shock to us as well as to his many friends and the community,
but we humbly submit to His divine will and say, "Thy will
be done." With seldom a day of sickness and with a life so
full of energy, naturally we thought his life, full of opportunities,
was before him. But God moves in a mysterious way His wonders
to perform and we know He doeth all things well; so why should
we doubt our question even though our hearts are sad? We know
that our loss is his gain. Funeral services were conducted at
the home by Bishop Henry Lutz and at the Good's Mennonite Church
by Bishop Noah Risser and Bro. John Heistand. Texts: Job 17:11
and Deut. 33:27. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
"We miss you from our home, dear Father, we miss you from your place.
A shadow o'er our life is cast, we miss the sunshine from your face.
We kiss your kind and loving hand, your fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without you, Father; we miss you everywhere."
- The Family
Miller - Lavina Catharine (Colflesh), daughter
of the late Andrew and Catharine Colflesh, was born at Cove. Md.,
Jan 27, 1866; died April 7, 1943; aged 77 y. 2 m. 10 d. She was
married to John P. Miller, Grantsville, Md., Jan. 1, 1893. He
preceded her in death 28 years ago. To this union were born 7
children, 6 of whom survive (Mrs. Vernon Kinsinger, Wellman, Ia.;
Hazel and Edith Miller, at home; Nevin, Grantsville, Md.; Peter,
Oakland, Md.; Elmer, Grantsville, Md.). Her son Orvil preceded
her in death 9 years ago. She also leaves to mourn her departure
a nephew, John Colflesh, Grantsville, Md., for whom she provided
a home and whom she mothered from early childhood; also a niece,
Lulu Paul, Lewistown, Pa., for whom she also provided a home.
She leaves 9 grandchildren; a brother Jackson Colflesh, Oakland,
Md.; and a sister, Malinda Colflesh, Lavale, Md. She was a faithful
member of the Casselman Mennonite Church for 49 years.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe, we little thought her end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell, the loss of loved ones without farewell."
- By the Family.
Miller - Nancy Catherine Miller was born near Johnstown, Pa., Dec. 20, 1853. When 2 1/2 years old, she with her parents Joseph and Nancy Yoder Miller, moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., where she grew to womanhood. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized at the Forks Mennonite Church, later transferring her membership to the Shore Mennonite Church where she was a faithful member through the remaining days. On April 3, 1870, she married John J.S. Miller, who preceded her in death, Dec. 14, 1918. To this union were born 6 children. One daughter died at the age of 18 months. The five surviving are: Josiah J., minister of Shore Church; George Monroe, Goshen; Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, Elkhart; James Elmer, Lagrange; and Mrs. Laura Ethel Schrock, Tampico, Ill. On March 17, 1943, she passed on to her reward, after seventeen months of lingering illness; aged 89 y. 2 m. 25 d. She bore all patiently and was never heard complaining. Besides the children, she is survived by 37 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were in charge of Bros. O.S. Hostetler and D.D. Troyer. In her Bible was found the following: "Dear children, do not weep for me; I am over Jordan and am free. Just try to live in Christ, I say. He will keep you in the way. Now, grandchildren and all, live in such lives that you can meet me in heaven where parting is no more."
Schrock - Daniel J. Schrock, was born near Middlebury, Ind., Sept. 10, 1857; died April 2, 1943, at Garden City, Mo.; aged 85 y. 6 m. 21 d. He was the youngest son of John D. and Mary Ursula (Sproal) Schrock. He moved with his parents to Missouri at the age of 19 and this has been his home since. At the age of 20, he was baptized by Bishop Jack Kanagy and united with the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church. He was married to Rachel Kropt, Feb. 16, 1877. She preceded him in death, March 14, 1939. They were blessed with 9 children, 7 of whom survive (William N., Eureka, Ill.; Mrs T.L. Byler, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. D.D. Driver, Hesston, Kans.; Mrs. John E. Klopfenstine, D. Ora, Emery, and Mrs. O.A. Kanargy, all of Garden City). He is also survived by 45 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Amanda Allison, Garden City; Mrs. Emma Klopfenstein, Los Angeles, Calif.). A son (John Harvey), a daughter (Anna May Kenagy), and 2 grandchildren preceded him in death. He was afflicted for many years and bore much suffering, often expressing his desire to go home and be at rest. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church in charge of the bishops of the Sycamore Grove and Bethel churches. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. Texts: Isa. 64:4; I Cor. 2:9.
Stempfli - Mary Felix, daughter of the late Adam and Elizabeth Felix, was born near Burton City, O., Nov. 16, 1858; died at the Mennonite Old People's Home near Rittman, O., April 13, 1943; aged 84 y. 4 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Nicholas Stempfli, who preceded her in death 5 1/2 months. Together they spent the greater part of their married life on a little farm near the Midway Mennonite Church. After Bro. Stempfli's death she went to the Old People's Home where she spent the remaining days of her life. About 2 months ago she had a stroke which left her in such a condition that she was bedfast until her death. Because of the condition of her mind and body, death to her was a relief. She, with her husband, united with the Midway Mennonite Church. She was a faithful member until her death. She is survived by the following: a sister, Mrs. Susan Goon, Mansfield, O.; a half-sister, Mrs. John Kurtz, Smithville, O.; and two half-brothers, William Felix of Smithville, P., and Peter Felix of Orrville, O. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church, April 16, in charge of Bro. David C. Steiner assisted by Bro. Paul Yoder. Burial in the Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Stoltzfus - Elva Zook, daughter of the late David and Mattie Zook, was born near Sterling, O., April 14, 1876; died of complications following an operation at the Lancaster General Hospital, March 10, 1943; aged 66 y. 10 m. 26 d. She was married to Jacob E. Stoltzfus, Feb. 28, 1909. She is survived by her husband; a son, Ivan W.; a daughter, Mary E.; and a foster daughter, Alice M. Funk; also the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Lina Z. Ressler, Scottdale, Pa.; Mary and Mattie Zook, Sterling, O.; David and Abner Zook, both of Akron, O.; also many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Amos Weaver and at Kinzers Mennonite Church, of which she was a member, by Parke Book. Text: I Cor. 15:57. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Sutter - Fanny, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Stalter, was born near Morton, Ill., April 17, 1858; died at her home in Hopedale, Ill., March 25, 1943; aged 84 y. 11 m. 8 d. While she was a small child her parents moved to the vicinity of Flanagan where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Christian N. Sutter, Feb. 28, 1876, and came to Hopedale, Ill., to make her home. Her husband preceded her in death ten years ago and one son Amos, eight years ago. To this union 13 children were born, twelve of whom survive (Christ, Kouts, Ind.; Sophia Dietz, Chenoa, Ill.; Louisa Zehr, Mackinaw; Julius J., Elwyn, Pa.; Cyrenius and Aaron, Manson, Ia.; Harvey, Peoria, Ill.; Edward, Eureka, Ill.; Barbara Zehr. Levi, Elmer, and Matilda, Hopedale, Ill.). She also leaves one sister, Barbara Roggy, Meadows; one brother Chris, Pontiac; 49 grandchildren, and 50 great-grandchildren. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. Besides bringing up her large family, she spent many a night at the home of some sick friend or neighbor. Funeral services were held March 27 in charge of Bro. Simon Littler assisted by Bro. Ben Springer.
Will - Martha Shirey, daughter of the late William
and Magdalena Shirey, was born near Silver Spring, Pa.,
Dec. 31, 1870; died April 11, 1943. She was united in marriage
with Aaron G. Will of Landisville. To this union were born 4 sons
and 2 daughters. Surviving are her husband and the following children:
Howard, Lancaster, Pa.; Elsie, wife of Walter Staley, Salunga,
Pa.; Mabel, at home; Daniel, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Norman, Florin, Pa.;
also a sister (Mrs. Lydia Meister, Mountville). Her son Ralph
preceded her in death 35 years ago. The last few years she was
afflicted with heart trouble. Her death was caused by a stroke
on April 10 during the early morning. She passed away the next
evening. She united with the Landisville Mennonite Church about
30 years ago. She was a faithful member until the end. Funeral
services were held April 15, 1943, at the Landisville Mennonite
Church, in charge of Bro. Christian Frank. Bro. Hiram Kauffman
had charge of the services at the home. Burial in the Landisville
Cemetery. Text, I Pet. 1:3-5.
"Your lifework is ended, dear Mother,
You are with loved ones gone before.
May we all prepare to meet you
On that bright celestial shore."
- A Daughter.
Yoder - Adina F., daughter of Israel and
Veronica Yoder, was born in Green Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan.
21, 1863; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus at her home in Smithville,
April 7, 1943; aged 80 y. 2 m. 16 d. She is preceded in death
by her parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and is survived by 2 sisters
(Mrs. Rachel Kurtz and Leah, both of Smithville), one brother
(R.I. Yoder, Wooster), and a number of nephews, nieces, and other
relatives. Sister Yoder accepted Christ early in life and united
with the Oak Grove Mennonite church where she remained a true,
loyal, and devoted sister, worshiping her Lord in a quiet, modest
way. She was always present at Sunday-school and church services
as long as her health permitted. She was especially interested
in those who had not found Christ. In her sickness she was very
patient and resigned to the will of her heavenly Father and longed
to go home and be at rest. Services were conducted by William
G. Detweiler (Ps. 23), and J.S. Gerig (Heb. 11:9, 19). Interment
at Oak Grove Cemetery
"My heavenly home is bright and fair, nor pain, nor death can enter there;
Its glittering tow'rs the sun outshine; that heav'nly mansion shall be mine."
Yoder - Frances B. Yoder, daughter of Noah and Barbara Hatzler Yoder, was born Oct.10, 1867; died April 3, 1943 at the home where she was born. For more than 75 years she had lived a quiet and useful life. Many years ago she united with the South Union Mennonite Church, the church of her choice. During her last illness, she expressed a number of times her willingness to leave this life for the better more blessed one. Throughout her last illness, of more than five months, she was very patient and appreciative of the many loving kindnesses shown to her, by those in the home and her many friends. She was always very grateful for the kind stepmother, who came into home, when she was but seven years old, and also for the kind and efficient services rendered by Stephen Zook, who for many years has lived in the home with them. She leaves a half-sister, Mollie M., who resides at home, and who is the last of the family of seven. There were four brothers (Lincoln, Jno. Wesley, Alonzo and Charles) and a sister (Esther), all deceased. She also had a foster sister, Mrs. Mayme Yoder, of Bellefontaine, and many nieces and nephews, and friends, who will fondly cherish the memory of a true faithful friend. Funeral services were in charge of S.E. Allgyer.
Zehr - Samuel S., son of Peter and Elizabeth
(Oyer) Zehr, was born near Goodfield, Ill., Feb. 24, 1870; departed
this life March 31, 1943, at the home of his son, Sam M., near
Fisher; aged 73 y. 1 m. 7 d. He had been in failing health for
the past 18 months and for the last 10 months has been bedfast.
He lived in this vicinity for the past 53 years. In his early
youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with
the Mennonite church, of which he was a faithful and consistent
member until the time of his death. He was united in marriage
to Lena Unzicker Sept. 27, 1892, who preceded him in death March
1, 1939. He was the youngest of a family of thirteen, one sister
Pheobe Zehr, Manson, Iowa, surviving him; also three sons (Aaron
E., Foosland; Sam M., Fisher; and Albert R., Foosland) and six
grandchildren. He was ordained to the office of deacon June 1906
at the East Bend Mennonite Church in which capacity he served
in the Church, also assisting in the ministry until his health
failed and he asked to be relieved from this responsibility. Funeral
services were conducted at the home of his son by Bro. Harold
Zehr, and at the East Bend Mennonite Church by Bro. J.A. Heiser.
Text, Job 14:15. Burial in the East Bend Cemetery.
The room is quiet, all is still; the place is vacant, 'tis God's will.
Soon long you have waited for your rest, our blessed Lord knows what is best.
Zuercher - Emaline Elizabeth, daughter of Aaron J. and the late Sarah Lehman Amstutz, was born Feb. 20, 1907, at Apple Creek, O.; died April 6, 1943, at her home near Apple Creek, O.; aged 36 y. 1 m. 16 d. Although she had been ailing for nearly two years with chronic sclerotic kidneys, the immediate cause of her sudden death was uremic poisoning. On Aug. 6, 1929, she was married to Allen Zuercher. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Mildred and Florence), 2 sons (Glenford and Elvin), her father, stepmother, one brother (Leonard, Sterling, O.), a sister Mrs. Oswin Berger, Kidron, O.), 4 stepbrothers (Moses, Noah and Rufus E., Dalton; and Amos, Apple Creek), 2 stepsisters (Mrs. Gideon Amstutz, Orrville, and Mrs. Nathan Gerber, Dalton). Her mother preceded her in death in 1914 at the age of 35. One sister and 3 stepbrothers also preceded her. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church in which she served faithfully in the Lord's cause. Her concern and welfare for others was a challenge to many. Brief services were held at the home April 9, and further services at the Kidron Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Reuben Hofstetter, Isaac Zuercher, and Allen Bixler. Text, Isa. 66:13. Interment in the church cemetery.
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia