Bontrager. - Benjamin A., son of Amos and Lydia (Miller) Bontrager, was born in Lagrange, Ind., Aug. 30, 1858; died Feb. 11, 1943 in his home in Middlebury, Ind.; aged 84 y. 5 m. 11 d. He leaves his devoted wife (Clara M. Hochstetler Bontrager to whom he was united in marriage on Sept. 5, 1880); also 3 daughters (Mrs. William Speicher and Mrs. Rollin Bontrager of Middlebury, and Mrs. Merrill Pletcher of Elkhart). Besides the immediate family, he leaves 13 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (David A. of Shipshewana; Eli A. of St. Johns, Mich.; Abner A. of Waterloo, Iowa) and many other relatives and friends. Three brothers and 5 sisters preceded him in death. Six years ago, the middle of February, he suffered a light stroke, which was followed by a lingering illness, of which he was bedfast the last six months. He was very patient, never complaining, trusting in the Lord. He was a devoted husband and father, having a deep appreciation for his home and family, always doing his part to maintain an ideal Christian home. In his early manhood he confessed Christ as his Saviour and chose to have his immediate Christian fellowship with the Mennonite church. He was a charter member of the Middlebury congregation. He made it a point to attend whenever possible and take an active part whenever he saw an opportunity. Funeral services at Middlebury in charge of Bros. Earl Miller, Wilbur Yoder, and S. S. Yoder.
"He finished all earth's labors,
Tired and ready to sleep;
Ready to bid his friends good-by,
Wondering why they weep.
Passing out of earth's shadows
Into infinite day,
Why do we call it dying,
This beautiful going away?"
Cassel. - John R. Cassel was born Feb. 24, 1856, near Mount Joy., Pa.; died at his home in East Petersburg, Pa., from the effects of cerebral hemorrhage, Dec. 13, 1942; aged 76 y. 9 m. 19 d. He was a retired farmer; having left his farm near Manheim (where he lived forty-five years) and moved to East Petersburg three years ago. Many years ago he united with the Mennonite Church. While he lived on the farm he attended Kauffman's Church which adjoined his farm; after moving to East Petersburg he united his labors with the church at that place. He especially loved the Sunday School, and was seldom absent. He was twice married. His first wife was Maria Snavely who died in 1908. In 1918 he married Annie L. Landis, who survives him, also a daughter by his first marriage (Fannie S. Ulrich of Elizabethtown, Pa.). Funeral services were held Dec. 16 in the East Petersburg Mennonite Church with John Gochenauer of the Mennonite Church and Phares Forney of the Church of the Brethern officiating. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Gascho. - Christian, eldest son of Bishop John and Barbara
(Erb) Gascho, was born near Baden, Ont., March 25, 1857; died
at his home in Baden on Saturday evening, Jan. 30, 1943; aged
85 y. 10 m. 5 d. He accepted Christ in his youth and was baptized,
united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Ontario, and was a faithful
member to his end.
Oct. 1, 1878 he was united in holy matrimony to Leah Zehr, near Wellesley, Ont. To this union were born 1 son and 5 daughters (Fannie, Mrs. Jacob B. Iutzi, Baden; Barbara, Mrs. Samuel Steinman, New Hamburg, Ont.; Mattie, Mrs. N. M. Steinman, Baden; Lydia, at home; Emanuel, Kitchener, Ont.; Lovina, Mrs. Sol Myer, who died Nov. 22, 1916).
Dec. 10, 1893 he was ordained a Deacon in the Wilmot A. M. Church. Nov. 4, 1894, he was ordained a Minister of the Gospel at the same place, and remained and served in the Lord's vineyard till health failed (49 years).
In August 1940, he suffered a very severe heart attack, from which he never fully recovered; and another attack July, 1941. From then on he failed more rapidly, until the early fall of 1942 when he took to his bed, his heart grew weaker and dropsy set in. After 4 months of suffering in bed he entered into rest, free from all sorrow and pain.
He leaves his grief-stricken companion (who has been very feeble for a number of years), 1 son, 4 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 4 brothers and 2 sisters (Menno and John E. Gascho of Baden; David of St. Agatha, Ont.; Daniel of Kalona, Iowa; Mrs. John Steinman of Wellesley, Ont.; Mrs. David Jantzi, Au Gres, Mich.) One daughter, 1 great-granddaughter, 2 brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services were conducted Feb. 2 at the home by Bro. Menno Wagler, and at the Steinman A. M. Church by the home bishop, Bro. M. O. Jantzi of Baden and C. F. Derstine, Kitchener, Ont. Texts Psa. 103; Eph. 2:10; Acts 13:36-39. Closing remarks and prayer by Bro. Jacob R. Bender of Tavistock, Ont. Interment in church cemetery near by.
-- The Family.
Greiner. - Lizzie, daughter of Henry and Katie Witmer, was born Aug. 30, 1883; died Jan. 23, 1943; aged 50 y. 4m. 23 d. Her husband (Jacob Greiner) preceded her in death a number of years. She was found dead in bed (which was caused be a coronary occlusion) by her daughter, Mrs. Paul Gish, with whom she resided. She is survived by another daughter (Mrs. Irvin Ruhl), also 5 grandchildren. Funeral was held Jan. 26 from the home of her daughter, with further services in Risser's Mennonite church, of which she was a member, in charge of Bro. Noah Risser, W.W. Oberholtzer, and Harry Eshleman. Text, Isa. 55:8,9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hostetler. - Sem, son of Christian and Magdalena Hostetler, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind. June 14, 1860; died of old age Jan. 6, 1943, at the home of his nephew (Ora Hostetler) near Prophetstown, Ill. (which had been his home for a little more than three years.); aged 82 y. 6 m. 23 d. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Kropf), and 6 brothers (Adam and Danny, who died in infancy, and Joe, Eli, Moses and Pius). He leaves 4 brothers ( George, of Hubbard, Oreg.; Milton, of Roanoke, Ill.; Levi C. of Sheffield, Ill.; and David of Prophetstown, Ill.) At 8 years of age he moved with his parents to Hickory, Co., Mo. Later he moved to Pryor, Okla., and from there to Shelbyville, Ill., where he lived till November, 1939, when he moved to Henry Co., Ill. He joined the Amish Mennonite church in his youth, in which faith he remained faithful until death.
Maust. - Simon J. Maust was born near St. Paul, Somerset
Co., Pa., Oct. 2, 1876; died in the Memorial Hospital in Cumberland,
Md., Nov. 13, 1942; aged 66 y. 1 m. 12 d. His death was very
having entered the hospital for treatment which he and his family
and friends expected would soon restore him to health. All were
shocked when learning of his serious condition the forenoon of
the day of his death, his family all being called to his bedside
before his passing. He departed this life, looking, " for
a city whose builder and maker is God." Wherein sickness
and sorrow may never enter. He was twice married. His first wife,
whom he wed June 12, 1901. (Annie Orendorf of Bittinger, Md.),
died one year later. Aug. 23, 1908, he was married to Elizabeth
D. Otto of Springs, Pa., who survives him. To this union were
born 2 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom are living (Ray Otto
Maust of Springs, Walter Floyd Maust of Meyersdale, Ruth Naomi
and Barbara Lucile, at home). He is also survived by 2 grandsons,
and the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Catherine Gnagey,
Archbold, O; Mrs. Henry T. Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; Joel. J and Lewis
J. of Meyersdale; Joseph, Pigeon, Mich.; Mrs. Annie Yoder, Iowa
City, Iowa; Mary, Meyersdale; and Jonas W., Milford, Ind. Three
sisters and 1 brother preceded him in death. When a young man,
he was baptized and received into the Amish Mennonite Church.
A number of years later he transferred his membership to the Springs
Mennonite Church. He served the Church in varied capacities; among
them, being S.S. Supt., Asst. Supt., an active leader in Y. P.
meeting work, active in mission work and as deacon. He was ordained
to the office of deacon Oct. 25, 1931. In this capacity he served
the church faithfully until death. Funeral services were held
in the Springs Mennonite Church Nov. 17, 1942. Services in charge
of Bro. Roy Kinsinger of Grantsville, Md., assisted by Bro. Newton
Weber of Salisbury, Pa. Text, Num. 23:10: "Let me die the
death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."
"We've lost a friend, a brother,
Our church will never be the same;
But what to us is loss
To our dear brother is gain."
Miller. - Allen O. Miller was born near Millersburg, Ohio, July 31, 1880; died Feb. 16, 1943; aged 62 y. 6 m. 15 d. He moved to Reno Co., Kans., with his parents when he was four years old, where he lived most of the rest of his life. At the age of 19 he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Church, and especially the last years he was much interested in the Christian life and taking part in church work. The Yoder Mennonite Sunday School will miss his faithful service. He was united in marriage with Fannie Garver Jan. 28, 1906. This union was blessed with 4 children (Elsie, wife of Elzie Blew of Partridge; Raymond, who died in infancy; Floyd of Hutchinson; and Cleo, wife of Oney Hathaway of Monroe City, Mo.) The family feels very much the loss of a kind, helpful, patient husband and loving, understanding father. Besides his wife and 3 children he leaves 5 grandchildren, 4 brothers, (Dan, Eli, and Fred of Reno Co., and Same of Choteau, Okla.), 1 half sister (Sarah Schlabaugh of Kalona, Iowa), and many other relatives and friends. His life was full of many activities, always ready to do something to help others, seldom absent from the place of worship, and much concerned in the good of his family. Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at the home and at the Yoder Mennonite Church in charge of H. A. Diener. Text, "Thy will be done." Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller. - Chauncey C., son of Levi E. and Ella (Mast) Miller, was born near Benton, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1905; died near Benton Jan. 21, 1943; aged 38 y. 20 d. In his youth he became a member of the Martins Creek Mennonite Church and remained a true and faithful member until death overtook him. He was married on Jan. 1, 1929, to Avora Weaver, to which union were born 8 children (Orva, who died in 1935, Arlene, Vivian, Milan, Bertha, Junior, Nila, and Laola). He leaves his wife and 7 children, his aged father, 3 brothers (Frank of Millersburg, Abram of Benton and Milford of Lyman, Miss.), and many other relatives and friends. He was ill of heart disease for several years and was confined to his bed since last September. He never complained about his lot, but many a time tried to work when he was not able. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 24 by Bro. D. D. Miller, assisted but the other ministers of the Martins Creek congregation.
Noftsier. - Anna, daughter of the late Christian and
Kathryn (Yousey) Noftsier, was born in Lewis Co., N.Y.,
Feb. 28, 1871; died Jan. 6, 1943; aged 71 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was
united in marriage with Joseph Noftsier. She is survived by 5
children (Mrs. David Zehr, Raymond, Ervin of Lowville, N.Y., Mrs.
John Roggie, and Mrs. Aaron Zehr of Carthage, N.Y.); also 1 foster
son (Romeyn of Beaver Falls, N.Y.), 2 brothers (Peter of Croghan,
N.Y. and Emmanuel of Carthage, N.Y.), 17 grandchildren, 11 foster
grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Her husband and 5 children
preceded her in death. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church
at Croghan, N.Y. in her youth and remained faithful to the end.
For the past few years she has been in ill health. A week before
her death she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the home of her
son, Raymond. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 9 at the home
of Bro. Allen Gingerich and at the Amish Mennonite Church at Croghan
by Bro. Joseph J. Zehr. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Powell. - Lydia, daughter of Henry and Susannah Shenk,
was born near Elida, Ohio, April 8, 1859; died at her home in
Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 7, 1943; aged 83 y. 9 m. 29 d. She united
with the Mennonite Church in her girlhood years. She was married
to Henry J. Powell May 20, 1880. To this union were born 6 sons
and 2 daughters (L. J. Powell, So. English, Iowa;Mary, Susie,
Verdie V., Knoxville; Walter A. Powell of Knoxville, who preceded
her in death Oct. 3, 1941; Willie H., Henry A., John Vernon, and
David Cloid -- the last four sons passed away when quite small.)
Her husband passed away nearly 20 years ago. She has a foster
son (Raymond Powell Martin of Creve Coeur, Ill.). Two brothers
(Pre. Daniel Shenk and Deacon Abram Shenk, Denhigh, Va.). Bro.
and Sister Powell moved to Tennessee when their children were
small on account of the ill health of Bro. Powell. They spent
the rest of their lives there. She was a devoted mother and friend,
living a quiet, exemplary Christian life, of whom it may justly
be said, "Her children rise up and call her blessed."
In December she became seriously ill and at this time her son
came to be with her awhile. She seemed to be recovering, was able
to sit up in her chair and walk around in the room. She was very
cheerful and had many visitors. A week before her death she became
seriously ill again. Sister Powell had many relatives and friends,
who mourn her departure. Her children and grandchildren were all
present at the funeral services.
"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 morn your passing now,
Grieving that we must part,
The beautiful memories of your life
Will always live in our hearts."
Stauffer. - Susan E., daughter of John M. and Anna Erb Greider, was born April 21, 1852, in Lancaster, Co., Pa. When but four years of age, her parents moved to Medway, Ohio. She resided there until a short time after her marriage when she moved to Dayton, Ohio. This was her home the rest of her life, until an illness about five years ago made it impossible for her to keep house longer, and four years ago she came to Lima and has spent these last years in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harlan J. Miller. Dec. 18, 1877, she was united in marriage to Samuel H. Stauffer, who passed away in 1912. To this union were born 8 children, 2 of whom passed away many years ago (a son Samuel at the age of 11 months and a daughter Annie at the age of 17 years). Her surviving children are: Mrs. Emma Hartman of Royersford, Pa., Mrs. Katherine Herbrecht of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Susan Hartman of Phoenixville, Pa.; Mrs. Elizabeth Lohrey of Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Fannie Miller of Lima, Ohio; and John Stauffer of Dayon, Ohio. She is also survived by 1 brother Benjamin Greider of New Carlisle, Ohio, and by 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Clair of New Carlisle, Ohio and Mrs. Elizabeth Riley of Elida, Ohio). There are also 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchldren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church near New Carlisle, having united with the church as a young woman - her father having been the minister of that congregation for many years, until his death. An unusual distinction Mother Stauffer had in that she had given four of her daughters to be wives of minsters in the Reformed Church. She was a woman of splendid health and unusual physical strength and keen mental powers. She retained a clear mind and good eyesight, almost to the end of her days, -- long after her body had ceased to be active. She began to fail noticeably about three weeks before her passing, growing weaker day by day. The end came peaceably during the early morning of Feb. 11; aged 90 y. 9 m. 20 d. Brief services were held Feb. 12 in Lima, in charge of her son-in-law, Harlan J. Miller and the body was taken to Dayton, where final services were held Feb. 14 in her own church, in charge of Menno Troyer of Elida, Ohio, a nephew by marriage of the deceased.
Yutzy. - Katie Mae, youngest child of Joe N. and Fannie (Helmuth) Yutzy, died of whooping cough at Hutchinson, Kans., Feb. 9, 1943; aged 1 y. 1 m. 12 d. She leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Orva Irene), 1 brother (Harold Joseph), 3 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Levi Helmuth and Mrs. Emma Yutzy), 5 aunts, 6 uncles, and many other relatives and friends. Katie Mae was with us long enough to endear herself to us and much as we mourn her departure, yet we resign ourselves to the will of our kind heavenly father. Funeral was held at the Yoder Mennonite Church in charge of A. A. Bontrager. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dear Katie Mae, to pure to stay;
God lovingly came, and took her away."
Transcribed by: Linda Hartman, Indiana
Bauman.- Eleanor, daughter of Ozias and Lydia Ann Snyder, was born near Breslau, Ont., July 6, 1891; died on her 25th wedding anniversary, after a lingering illness, in the Turner Private Hospital, Elmire, Ont.; aged 51 y. 7 m. 14 d. She spent most of her life on the Snyder farm,, and only six months ago moved with her family to Elmira. In the year 1905 she confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Cressman Mennonite Church. Feb. 20, 1918, she was united in marriage to Enoch Bauman, who, with 1 daughter (Erma Fern) , 1 son (Robert Lee), 2 sisters (Edith, Mrs. Abner Rady, New Hamburg, Ont.; Ada , Markham, Ont.), 1 brother ( Elvin, missionary in the Argentine, S.A.) and many other relatives and friends mourn her untimely departure. Sister Bauman was a Christian of sterling character. She belonged to the rapidly declining group of Christians who not only kept steady and true in the faith, but make substantial progress in it as well. She was loyal to the doctrines of the Church, both by practice and testimony, and as far as she was able, never withheld her hand to help the work of the Church of her choice. She proved her worth as a Christian mother by her constant concern for the oncoming generation. We have every reason to believe she is at rest, with her loved ones gone on before, awaiting the glorious resurrection of the righteous, when our Lord comes back for his own. Funeral services Feb. 24 were conducted in the Elmira Funeral Home by Bro. Oliver D. Snider, and in the Cressman Mennonite Church by Bro. Oscar Burkholder. Text, II Tim. 2:11 13, 19.
Billman. Emma, daughter of David and Elizabeth Fox, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind. Dec. 31, 1865. She was married to Daniel Billman in April 1889. He preceded her in death Aug. 3, 1917. To this union 3 children were born ( Mrs. Will Lechlitner, Mrs. Ben Wogomon, and Mrs. Warren Yoder). She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church and the Olive congregation. She remained faithful until her death. She suffered a stroke of paralysis and died about a week later on the morning of Jan. 22. She is survived by her daughters, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, and many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank, at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Birkey. John A., son of Valentine B. and Elizabeth Birkey, was born at Hopedale, Ill., Nov. 16, 1880; died at his home in Foosland, Ill., Dec. 23, 1942, after a prolonged illness of heart trouble; aged 62 y. 1m. 7d. He was united in marriage with Mary Zimmerman Sept. 1, 1909. To this union 2 children were born (Clarence and Gladys). He leaves his wife (Mary Birkey), 2 children (Clarence Birkey of Foosland, and Glayds at home), 1 brother ( Valie Birkey of Foosland), 3 sisters (Elsie Birkey of Peoria, Mrs. Mary Ioder of Tiskilwana, Mrs. Lizzie Slagell of Morton.), and a host of relatives and friends. One brother and 3 sisters preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and at the time of his homegoing he was a faithful member of the Anchor Mennonite Church. Services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church with Bro. Roy Unzicker in charge, assisted by Bros. J.A. Heiser and Harold Zehr. Burial in Mennonite cemetery near the church.
Hochstetler.- Caroline, daughter of Danile and Louise Schmucker, was born July 1, 1887, near Nappanee, Ind.,; died Feb 21, 1943, at her home near White Cloud, Mich.; aged 55 y. 7 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage to Martin Hochstetler in 1903. To this union were born 4 sons and 8 daughters (Floyd of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Wayne of Ferndale, Mich.; David of White Cloud, Mich.; Leonard with the U.S. navy; Frances, wife of Charles King, Freeport, Mich.; Edna, wife of Protus Kauffman, Clarksville, Mich.; Minnie, wife of Homer Wyse, Midland, Mich.; Elizabeth of Lowell, Mich.; Sovilla, with of Jack Bailey, Detroit, Mich., Oneda and Carolyn at home.) She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. She was preceded in death by 1 daughter (Sarah) and her parents. Besides her family, she leaves many relatives and friends. She was beloved by all. She was a member of the Mennonite Church which she faithfully served and was a regular attendent until her health failed several years ago. Her gentle, kind, and guiding hand will be sorely missed by her family. Funeral services were conducted by T. U. Nelson at the Crandall & Ensing Funeral Home , White Cloud. Interment in Miller cemetery.
Loux. Henrietta D., daughter of the late (Deacon) Abraham D. and Eliza (Delp) Clemmer and widow of the late Jacob R. Loux, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Feb. 7, 1860; died Sept. 30, 1942, of myocarditis; aged 82 y. 7 m. 23 d. She was a member of the Franconia Mennonite Church. Since the death of her husband in October 1929, she had made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Alderfer, at whose home she passed away after being bedfast for six weeks. She left the daughter Lizzie with whom she resided and 1 son (Abram c. Loux, Souderton); also 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at her late home, Oct. 4, by Bro.Menno B. Souder and at the Franconia Mennonite Church by Bros. Elwood D. Derstine and John E. Lapp. Text, Phil. 1: 23. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Martin. Elsie Elnora, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joel Culp, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 8, 1889. She was married to Henry Martin of Wakarusa, Ind., Oct. 17, 1914. To this union were born 4 children (LaMar of Wyatt, Mrs. Leonard Lehman of Wakarusa, and Emogene and Harold at home). She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, Holdeman congregation, May 13, 1917, to which faith she clung until death. She had been in ill health the last year, and for several months she had been bedfast. The last few weeks she suffered much, and her earnest desire was to leave and be with her Lord. On Wednesday morning, Jan. 20, she died, leaving her husband and her children and 4 children from Bro. Martin's former marriage (Ellis, Mrs. Joe Brown, Raymond, and Ella); also 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Viola Culp), 2 brothers (Homer and Ralph), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Warren Shaum at the home and at the Olive Church by Bros. S. L. Weldy and D. A. Yoder. Texts, Rom. 8:18; II Cor. 4:17, 18. Burial in near-by cemetery.
Martinez. Robert, infant son of Guadalupe and Therese Martinez, was born Nov. 1, 1942; died suddenly Feb. 19, 1943. He died of convulsions, after being sick only three hours. He is survived by his parents, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters, 2 brothers and 3 sisters having died in infancy. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 20 at Wooddale Mission Hall, Johnstown, Pa., by Bro. I. S. Mast of Napoleon St. Mission. Burial in Benshoff Cemetery, Johnstown.
Miller. Benjamin E. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 27, 1864; died Feb 21, 1943, at the Shore Church near Shipshewana, Ind. Sunday morning he went to church in seeming good health. Before he left the cloak room he suffered a heart attach and died within five minutes; aged 78 y. 11 m. 25 d. He was married to Susan Wierick Oct. 12, 1884, who preceded him July 28, 1938. To this union were born 11 children. Six have preceded him. Geneva, Eli, Mabel, and Belva were sufficated and burned to a crisp Jan. 18, 1901. The cause of the fire was unknown, but the house burned and all the contents with the exception of their souls. Della and Ellis B. and 1 grandchild and 1 step grandchild also preceded him. Those surviving him are Delzie (Mrs. John S. Miller) of Shipshewana, Anna and Earl at home, Benjamin and Orpha (Mrs. Kenneth Getz) of Goshen,Ind.; 13 grand children, 3 step grandchildren and 2 great-step grandchildren also survive. Services at the Shore Mennonite Church conducted by Quinton Everest, Josiah J. Miller and Perry Miller. Text. Matt. 25:19.
Miller. - Moses K., son of the late John and Susan (Shrock)
Miller, was born in Trail, O., Aug 1, 1854; died at home in Trail
(where he had resided his entire life) Feb. 13, 1943. Although
his health had been failing for several years, yet he was not
confined to his bed except for one week preceding his death. In
his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the
Walnut Creek Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end,
always a regular attendant when health permitted. March 31, 1878,
he was united in marriage to Magdalena, daughter of the late Daniel
and Mary Miller. For more than half a century they lived together
on the Miller farm until his wife was called home on January 18,
1935, which he sorrowfully but willingly accepted as the Lord's
will. Although this union was not blessed with any children of
their own, they opened their doors to others, and became the foster
parents to Clarence Froelich (deceased), Mrs. H. J. Shrock, and
Mrs. Seth Miller, who now resides on the home farm, and where
he spent his declining years. Three brothers and one sister preceded
him in death (Amos of Trail, John of Beach City, and Jeremiah
of Sugarcreek, Mrs. J. M. Mast of Michigan). He is survived by
1 brother (Lee Miller of Trail) and 1 sister (Mrs. Emanuel Troyer
also of near Trail) and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.
Five years ago he lost his eyesight, but he knew all the children
and grandchildren by voice and name. The small children all knew
him as none other than "Grandpa Mose" and loved to play
in the room where he was; and he loved to have them with him,
never caring if the patter of little feet became noisy but rather
gladdened his heart. One of the children has been away from home
for some time, but he was one of the concerns in the thoughts
and prayer of Bro. Miller. Though at times we oft thought of how
lonely it must be to sit in darkness, we are well convinced that
there was a bright light within that told him of a bright and
heavenly home. Funeral Feb. 16 at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church,
with Bros. Paul R. Miller and Alvin Miller officiating. Interment
in church cemetery.
"In silence he suffered,
In patience he bore,
Until God called him home
To suffer no more.
Mishler. Vivian Viola, daughter of Fed and Gertrude Rheinheimer, was born Nov. 5, 1921, near Wolford, N. Dak.; died at the Lagrange Hospital Feb. 20, 1943; aged 21 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was united in marriage to Vernon Mishler Nov. 7, 1942. She leaves her beloved companion, parents, 8 brothers (Timothy of Colon, Mich.; Jacob of Texas; Walter, John, James, Stanley, Billie all at home), and 4 sisters (Sadie of Detroit, Mich.; Marion, Della, Rita Rose, all at home). Three sisters in law ( Mrs. Timothy Rheinheimer; Mrs. Raymond Rheinheimer; Mary Ruth Mishler of Elkhart), father and mother in law ( Mr. and Mrs. James E. Mishler), 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Yoder of Mylo, N. Dak., and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Rheinheimer of Middlebury), 2 nieces, 1 nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends also survive. One niece preceded her in death. She joined the Shore Mennonite church at the age of eighteen and was a faithful member until her departure. Death was due to complications. She passed away after six days of intense suffering. All her pain borne in silence. Services at Shore Mennonite Church conducted by Josiah J. Miller and Percy Miller.
Naffziger. Mary, daughter of John and Catherine Rich, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Aug. 31, 1857; died at the home of her son, Lee, near Crystal Springs, Kans., Feb. 23, 1943; aged 85 y. 5 m. 23 d. April 12, 1885, she was married to Christian Naffziger, who preceded her in death in 1900. Three sons and 1 daughter mourn her departure (Jack, Benjamin, and Lee of Crystal Springs, Kans.; and Mrs. P. O. Swartzendruber of Wichita, Kans.); also 7 grandchildren and 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Naffizger of Harrisonville, Mo.). Two brothers (Joseph and Daniel) preceded her in death within the year. In her youth she accepted Jesus as her Savior, and remained a faithful, devoted wife and Christian mother. She was deeply interested in her children, grandchildren, and her church. In her early teens she moved with her parents from Iowa to Missouri where she grew to womanhood. In 1907 she moved to Crystal Springs, Kans., where she and her children shared their home with her brother (Dan Rich,) for 15 years. In 1926 she suffered a stroke, from which she never fully recovered. The funeral was in charge of Bro. Gideon G. Yoder assisted by J. J. Zimmerman.
Platchek. Edna S., daughter of Russel s. and Ruth C. Platchek of Collegeville, Pa., died Feb 20, 1943, after a 3- week illness of influenza followed by spinal meningitis. She was admitted to Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, Pa., two weeks before her death. Age 6 y. 9 m. 8 d. The little girl suffered much from her illness, but we have the blessed assurance that since she is absent from her little body she is now in the presence of Him who loved her to the extent that He gave His life that these little ones should go free. He said, " Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." However, as much as we miss her little footsteps and her kindly smiles, we would not wish her back; for we have that blessed hope that we shall again meet our loved ones face to face. She is also survived by 1 brother, 2 sisters, her maternal grandparents (Bro. Clayton and Sister Edna Schlosser), and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. Funeral services were held privately from the Dott's Funeral Home, Skippack, Pa. Burial in Towamencin Mennonite Cemetery near Kulpsville, Pa.
Shoaf. Thomes B. Shoaf, aged 73 y. 7 m. 16 d., died at his home in Masontown, Pa., Jan. 23, 1943, after a lingering illness. He was a member of the Mansontown Mennonite Church. Oct. 19, 1899 he was married to Rella, daughter of Pre. Christian Deffenbaugh of Masontown. To this union were born 1 son (Playford) and 1 daughter (Gladys, Mrs. Albert Sharpneck). He is survived by his widow and 2 children; also by 2 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters. Two sisters preceded him in death within the past year. Funeral services were held in Masontown Mennonite Church Jan. 26, in charge of Bro. Paul M. Roth, assisted by Bro. Freeman Ankrum. Burial in the Greendale Cemetery beside the church.
Walls, - Mary , daughter of William and Elizabeth Cochran, was born in Rossiter, Pa., and died of cancer Feb. 21, 1943, in a hospital in Ebensburg, Pa. She was the widow of Charles Calvin Walls, formerly of Johnstown, Pa., who died Sept.12, 1942. Surviving are 4 children (William M. Pawtucket, R. I.; Mrs. Alpha Miller, Mishawaka, Ind.; Mrs. Liberty Plummer, Somerset, Pa.; Ira C., is in U.S. Army), 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. She was admitted to the hospital last August, since which time she was bedfast. She had a desire to die in the same faith with her husband, who was converted in July, 1942, and we feel confident that she received the rest promised to people of God. She made all arrangements for the funeral. Funeral services were held Feb. 24, in charge of Bro. I. S. Mast. Burial in Cherry Tree Cemetery, by the side of her husband.
Walmer. Mary, daughter of Henry and Sarah Shriner, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 26, 1857. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. Two children and her husband preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church and the Olive congregation many years ago, and was faithful in attendance of services as long as health permitted. She has been in failing health for three years, and bedfast for eight weeks. She suffered very much during her illness and on the morning of Jan. 30, 1943, she died; aged 86 y 4 d. She is survived by 1 son (Noah), 3 daughters (Mrs. Sarah Nunemaker, Mrs. Lloyd Myers, and Cora), 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive Church by Bros. D. A. Yoder and C.A. Shank.
Wenger, - Anna, daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Martin) Wenger, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 5, 1862; died Feb. 14, 1943; aged 80 y. 2 m. 9 d. She was the last survivor of a family of 7, both parents, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers preceding her in death. She kept the homestead of her parents in Elkhart Co., and was of such a sunny disposition that every one was made to feel welcome as they went to her home. Early in life she accepted Christ becoming a member of the Olive Mennonite Church, living and remaining till death a faithful and consistent member. Last October, when her niece (Edna Wenger) who cared for her, went to the hospital she went to the home of her cousin, (Rudy W. Dettweiler). After the death of Edna, 4 weeks later, her old home was broken and she desired to continue to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Dettweiler who so kindly waited on and cared for her during her last days of suffering. The past several years she had several strokes, about 4 weeks before her death became helpless, and on Sunday morning, Feb. 14, she passed away. She leaves 4 nephews ( Noah of Dunlap, Clarence of Hope, Ind., Jacob and John of Goshen) and many friends. Funeral services were held at the home of her cousin, followed by services at the Olive Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text, Heb. 11:13-16. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Zeamer. Jacob K., son of Jacob and Federicka (Kauffman)
Zeamer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 16, 1860; died suddenly
in Millersville, Pa., in the evening of his seventy-fourth birthday.
After attending a meeting and hearing a foreign missionary giving
her experiences of her work on the field, Father, on the way home
in company with another gentleman, complained of being tired.
After resting several times, he collapsed on the sidewalk and
went to be with the Lord. Nineteen years ago this winter, while
Bro. J. C. Clemens of Lansdale, Pa., was conducting a series of
meetings at the Millersvillle Mennonite Church, Father saw his
need, accepted Jesus as his Savior, and was received with the
class of converts. In July 1909, Father was asked to take the
work in the cemetery, which he accepted. He rendered his services
willingly and always enjoyed doing some work at either place.
The day he entered into rest he cleaned the church and had the
fires all banked for the night so the church house would be warm
the following Lord's Day for worship but the Lord came suddenly
for Father. In the 34 years of janitor work and digging of more
than 3400 graves, some of which were hard to dig because of friendship,
Father came in contact with many different people and made friends
far and near. Nov. 28, 1895, he took Elsie M. Eberly of Masonville,
Pa., to be his wife. To this union were born 2 daughters (Emily
E., wife of Ira H. Sauder of Rothsville, Pa., and Irene E., wife
of Earl B. Herr, who resides at home with the parent). He is also
survived by grandchildren whom he loved and cherished and no task
was too hard for him to do for them. He had the pleasure of being
with them and of watching them grow from infants to young men
and young women. One grandson died in infancy. The surviving brothers,
and sisters are as follows; Charles K. Zeamer, Mrs. Annie Eichman,
Mrs. Emmanuel Miles, Harry K. Zeamer, and John K. Zeamer. Funeral
services were held at the late home by Bros. Jacob Hess and Christian
Lehman, and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Daniel
Gish, Christian Lehman, and Landis Shertzer. Text, Eccl. 11:3.
The body was laid in mother earth to await the resurrection morning.
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Andrews. Mary K., daughter of George and Mary Kreider, was born Jan. 22, 1888; died at her home near Willow Street, Pa., Feb. 23, 1943, of a nerve condition; aged 55 y. 1 m. 21 d. She was married to Clayton Andrews in 1910. Her husband, 1 son (Leroy) and 2 grandchildren survive. Her father and mother preceded her in death. Having only one son, she befriended her home, and rendered a mother's love to many more, who will always remember her. She was a faithful member of the New Danville Mennonite Church, her place being filled when health permitted. Her health had been failing for a number of years, but she was usually able to be up and around the home, doing whatever she could, where she leaves a vacant place that will be missed by all. Her life was such that whenever the Lord called her she would be ready to go. The last three weeks she spent in bed, with much suffering at times. She was fully resigned and expressed her desire to go and be with her Lord. May her Christian life be an inspiration to us. We can only submit ourselves and say, " Thy will be done." Though we do not understand, someday He will make it plain. What the Lord does is well done. She is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Caldwell, East Petersburg; and Mrs. Benjamin Gouchnauer, near West Willow), and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home by Bro. Jacob T. Harnish and at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bros. Maris Hess and Stoner Krady. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Beck.- John B. Beck was born near Quarryville, Pa., Aug. 3, 1866; died in Mercy Hospital, Altoona, Pa., Feb. 19, 1943; aged 76 y. 6 m. 16 d. He was received into church fellowship by baptism in the Mennonite chapel near Altoona March 12, 1943, serving as janitor for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the chapel, in charge of Bro. J. M. Nissley. Texts, Eccl. 12:5; I Sam. 20:18. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery near Martinsburg, Pa.
Beutler. Mary Magdalena, daughter of Richard and Susannah (Eicher) Parcell, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind. Jan. 20, 1865. June 5, 1886, she was married to William Beutler of Elkhart, Ind. To this union 3 children were born ( Martha, Jacob, and Emma). She and her husband were converted soon after their marriage and united with the Mennonite Church and the Holdeman congregation. They were faithful members until death. Emma preceded her in death in 1891 and her husband in 1892. After the death of her husband she made her home with and cared for Bishop Daniel Brundage and his wife, Mary. When this task was done she moved into a home near the Holdeman Mennonite Church, residing there for a number of years. Oct. 4, 1910, Howard Parcell was born, and because of the illness of his mother Sister Beutler took him into her home when he was three weeks old. After the death of his mother Sister Beutler tenderly cared for him. After the children were married she spent her life caring for others. Of her it can be truly said, " She hath done what she could." In January 1939, she went to the home of Miss Hattie Bachtel of Wakarusa, Ind., to care for her. Jan. 25, 1943, she suddenly became ill. She moved to the home of her daughter Martha (Mrs. Fred Bixler) and on the morning of Feb. 27 she passed on to be with her Lord; aged 78 y. 1 m. 7 d. She leaves her daughter (Martha), a son (Jacob), the foster son (Howard Parcell), 10 grandchildren, 1 sister, 3 brothers, and many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Warren Shaum at the home and by Bros. Silas Weldy and D. A. Yoder at the Olive Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery/
Bumbaugh.- Gertrude, daughter of Bro. Alexander Wagaman, was born Oct. 8, 1883; died Feb. 18,, 1953; aged 59 y. 4 m. 10 d. She died of bronchial pneumonis at her home in Pond Bank, Pa. She is survived by her father and the following children: Henry, Dorman, Oscar, Ralph, Charles, Donald, Mrs. Joseph Shaffer, Mrs. Orville Stoops, Beulah, and Ruth. They all reside in Pond Bank except Beulah. Charles is in the Army. She is also survived by 1 sister (Mrs. J. G. Bumbaugh ) and 3 brothers (Ross, Thomas, and Bruce Wagaman). Funeral services were conducted Feb. 22 at the Pond Bank Mennonite Church by Harvey E. Shanbk. Text. Gal. 6:14. Interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mt. Alto.
Burkholder. - Elizabeth L., daughter of John and Fannie (Longanecker) Burkholder, was born near Newville, Pa., Sept. 27, 1892; died in Newville, Feb. 4, 1943, after a lingering illness of several years. She united with the Diller Mennonite Church in her young years, living a cheerful and exemplary Christian life. During the days and months of her affliction she had many friends who called to see her to whom her fortitude and patience was an inspiration, which will linger in fragrant memory. Her love for the Master was expressed in many ways, especially so in the choice of her favorite hymn: "Nothing between my soul and my Saviour." Her death at the age of 50 y. 4 m. 7 d. is keenly felt by her sister Ida with whom she resided, who cared for her with love and labor that marked profound and tireless devotion, for which Sister Lizzie was always grateful. Besides her sister Ida, she is survived by 1 brother (Ephraim L.) and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Feb. 7 by W. F. Charlton. Text, Prov. 3:24. Burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
"In the Land of Golden Sunlight
We shall Meet those gone before.
And shall join in that glad chorus,
Praising God forevermore."
Gilnett. Austin B., son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gilnett, was born April 8, 1873, near Rockton, Pa.; died suddenly Feb. 28, 1943; aged 60 y 10 m 20 d. He was one of a large family of which there is now only one surviving, his sister (Mrs. Ed Wilson of DuBois, Pa.). In his youth he united with the Rockton Mennonite Church, and to the last he maintained a deep interest in this congregation, having visited there on the day of his death. Returning to Scottdale, he entered the Mennonite Church, where he was suddenly stricken with a heart attack soon after services were over, and expired in a few minutes. Aug. 23, 1908, he was married to Kate M. Johnson of Masontown, Pa., to which union was born one daughter (Thelma, Mrs. Orlo Brenneman) who survives him. He had planned to make his home with her soon, but the Lord intervened by taking him home to Himself before these plans were carried out. His wife preceded him in death Feb. 17, 1942. Soon after his marriage he and his wife took up their residence in Scottdale, and he has been a member of the of the Scottdale congregation since Dec. 14, 1`908. During his residence in Scottdale he became well known as a carpenter. He was a man who was especially interested in the spiritual side of life. He read his Bible much and in his daily life he lived its precepts. For 27 years he was a trustee of the Scottdale Mennonite Church, having served in this capacity 26 years consecutively, up until the time of his death. He was always active in various lines of church work. Besides his sister and daughter, he is survived by a large number of nephews and nieces, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services March 3 at the Scottdale Mennonite Church, in charge of the home ministers. Text, I John 5:12, 13. Interment in Alverton Cemetery.
Hummel.- John A., son of Henry and Sarah (Brubaker) Hummel, was born at Rockton, Pa., April 23, 1866; died March 7, 1943; aged 76 y. 10 m. 15 d. Dec. 11, 1888, he was married to Annie Henry of Rockton. To this union were born 6 children. His wife and 1 infant son preceded him in death. Dec. 24, 1905, he was married to Alice Wingard of Johnstown, Pa. To this union were born 7 children. Surviving are his widow and 12 children ( Alda Baker of Colwyn, Pa.: Chauncey Hummel of DuBois, Pa.; Lillian Thompson of Elyria, Ohio; Charley Hummel of Rockton; Ada Sompf of Cleveland, Ohio; Pearl Hjerpe of Elyria, Ohio; Chester Hummel of Washington, D. C. ; Ida Hummel of Scottdale; Anna Crowe of Jersey City, N.J.; Ruth, Mabel, and Goldie Hummel of Harrisonburg, Va. ); also 17 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Lorena Spicher of Rockton, Jennie Johnson and Elva Black of DuBois), and 2 brothers (Joseph Hummel of Newark, Del., and Nathaniel Hummel of Clearfield). The deceased spent all of his 76 years at Rockton. Aug. 15, 1890 he united with the Rockton Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until his death. During those 53 years, he served on the building committee and program committee for the present church, on conference committees and program committees. He also served in the capacity of S. S. Supt., S. S. Treas., trustee, Church treasurer, Mission Bd. Member and Conf. Delegate. At the time of his death, he was serving as assistant S.S. Supt. and Mission Bd. Member. The request of this beloved one was that his children give no flowers at his funeral. They gave them when he lived. Funeral services were held March 10 at the home and at the Rockton Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Ross R. Metzler assisted by Bros. D. I. Stonerook, Jason Hollopeter, J. M. Nissley, and J. L. Horst. Interment in Rockton Mennonite Cemetery.
Kauffman. Porter, son of the late John and Sarah Kauffman, died in his home near Mattawana, Pa., Feb. 25, 1943, aged 76 years. He had lived all his life in this place. He had been ill for several weeks, suffering kidney and heart trouble. A few weeks before his death he realized his condition, and called for the ministers. One visiting him, he was willing and anxious to be taught, accepting his Saviour, and was baptized and received as a member into the Mattawana Mennonite Church. Later on being visited by the ministers, he expressesed regret that he had not attended services and accepted his Saviour sooner. Those who are left to mourn are a daughter,(Mrs. George Huffman), a stepdaughter (Mrs. Mary Corbin), 3 grandchildren, all of near Mattawana, 2 brother ( Jerome and Scott Kauffman of Mattawana), 1 sister (Mrs. Robert McKinstry of Altoona). He was a kind father and grandfather, a respected friend and neighbor. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 28 in the Mennonite Church by the home ministers. Milo Yoder and Levi Glick, after which interment was made in the Pine Glen Cemetery. His wife died four years ago.
Parrish. Frank H. son of Byron and Ann Parrish, was born near Hunters Lake, Ind., Dec. 8, 1869, and lived in the vicinity of Middlebury all of his life. He died Sept. 1, 1942, having been afflicted with paralysis since the first of April. He is survived by his companion ( Harriet Parrish), and a stepson (Thomas Evans of Middlebury), 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He found his Savior in 1913 and united with the Middlebury Mennonite Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. S. S. Yoder and D. D. Miller.
Richard. Noah, youngest son of Christian and Katie Richard, was born near Wayland, Ia., Dec.11, 1896. Noah grew up and always lived in this community. He accepted Christ as his Savior and was received by water baptism into the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. March 1, 1921, he was united in marriage with Anna Graber. Their family consisted of 4 children. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father, a faithful member of the Church, and an appreciated neighbor. After about four years of affliction his system became very much weakened. An attack of pleurisy, with other complications, proved too much for him. He passed away at his late home near Wayland March 6, 1943; aged 46 y. 2 m. 23 d. He leaves his wife and 4 children (Mrs. Gilbert Alliman, Muscatine, Ia.: Ruby, John, and Clysta at home), 1 infant grandson, 1 brother and 2 sisters (Peter and Ida Richard and Fannie, wife of Peter R. Graber all of this community), and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held March 8 at the Sugar Creek Church conducted by Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty. Text, Psa. 55:6. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Schrock. John J., son of Moses and Christiana (Gerig) Schrock, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, July 25, 1862 (and was a life-long resident of this Co.); died Feb. 27, 1943; age 80 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage to Sister Mattie Gressor Dec. 24, 1885, who preceded him in death Nov. 10, 1930. One foster daughter (Mrs. Verda Brubaker) and 2 grandchildren (Mrs. Fred Shellin and Wm. Brubaker, Jr. ) July 30, 1932, he was united in marriage to Sister Mary Yoder of Smithville, who with 5 stepchildren survive (Rozella Rowe, Spartansburg, Pa.; Luella Foulk, DeGraff, O.; Norma Blyer and Lorene Byler of West Liberty, O.; Merle Yoder, Florida). He is also survived by his sister (Mrs. A. J. Yoder) and 1 brother (Levi Schrock, Orrville), 15 nephews and nieces, and many other near relatives. Early in life he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation. He remained a faithful and loyal brother in Christ, interested in his Master's work until his call came and his soul was wafted into the great Eternity of God. Services were conducted by Bros. Wm.G. Detweiler and J. S. Gerig.
Speicher. Elizabeth, daughter of Tobias B. and Anna Eash, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Oct. 3, 1864; died March 1, 1943, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Allie Hostetler); aged 78 y. 4 m. 28 d. In 1881 she was married to Joseph E. Nelson who died in 1915,aged 55 years. There were 10 children born to them (Mrs. Fannie Troyer, Joseph E., Rollin, Dale, Elva, and Perry of Shipshewana, Ind.; Mrs. Rosa Hostetler of White Pigeon, Mich.; and William of Valparaiso). One daughter (Annie0 and a son (Daniel) preceded her in death. In 1917 she was married to Noah Speicher who passed away in 1941. Besides the 8 children above mentioned the following survive; 35 granchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (A.T. Each of Alto, Mich.; Emanuel of Hoepedale , Ill.; Jonathan, of Johnstown, Pa.; Walter of Flanagan, Ill.), and a sister (Mrs. Anna Blough of Johnstown, Pa.); also 10 step-children, many nephews and nieces, cousins, and other relatives and friends. Most of her life was spent at Shore. At an early age she became a member of the Shore Mennonite Church and was a consistent member at the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted at Shore by Percy Miller and T.U. Nelson, with burial at the Miller Cemetery.
Stoops. D. Claire, son of Percy M. and Ida (Bonar) Stoops, was born Nov. 11, 1916; died Jan. 26, 1943 at the Waynesboro Hospital of complications of the kidneys, aged 26 y. 2 m. 1 d. He is survived by his widow (Martha Bumbaugh Stoops), his parents,and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Harry Besecker, Glen S., Mrs. Clarence Finafrock, Mrs. Raymond Etter, Orville L., Garland, Arlene, Irene, Eugene, Carl, Robert, and Shirley at home. Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at the Mt. Zion Church near Mont. Alto, Pa., by Bros. Harvey E. Shank and Misner. He was buried in the cemetery adjoining the church.
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Baker- Melvin, son of George and Barbara Baker, was born in Stevensville, Ont., Sept. 8, 1872; died Feb. 8, 1943; aged 70 y. 5 m. He is survived by his wife Laura (Michael) Baker, and 7 children, (Mrs. Emmanuel Hoffman of Hawksville; Mrs. Fred Fretz, Mrs. Wesley Becker, and Arthur Baker of Kitchener; Mrs. George Schleffel., Mrs. Orval Neureuther of Humberstone; and Mrs. Clarence Huber of South Boston, Va.; a brother (George Baker of Buffalo, N.Y. ); and 2 sisters (Mrs. Rosanna Noyes and Mrs. Truman Burgar of Stevensville.) Brother Baker accepted Christ years ago and remained faithful until the Lord called him home. Funeral services were held in First Mennonite Church, Kitchnener, Ont., in charge of Brother J. B. Martin and S. F. Coffman.
Breniser Mernerva, daughter of Abram and Anna (Leatherman) Moyer, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind. Near Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 31, 1866; died Jan. 31, 1943, at the home of her son (Wesley Breniser), near Middlebury, Ind.; aged 76 y. 5 m., Feb. 1, 1898, she was united in marriage with Jacob Breniser of Lancaster, Pa., who passed away just 3 months and 5 days before she did. To this union were born 6 sons, 2 of whom preceded her in death. Surviving are 4 sons (Wesley and Laruence of Middlebury, Ind.; Walter of Archibold, Ohio; and Lester of Goshen, Ind.); also 9 grandchildren; 2 sisters (Mrs. Fanny Singer of Wakarusa, Ind., and Mrs. Anne Wright of Laura, Ohio), one brother, (John Moyer of near Goshen, Ind.) together with many relatives and friends. Her death was caused by an attack of influenza, after which complications set in and gradually took her strength until the last few days of her life, when death became imminent. She united with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church in her early youth and later transferred her membership to the Middlebury Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until her death. Burial in Grace Lawn Cemetery beside her loving companion. Funeral services were held Feb. 2, at the Middlebury Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren S.S. Yoder and Wilbur Yoder.Text, Phil. 1:20, 21.
Brunk. - Daniel Solomon., son of Jacob and Susanna (Heatwole)
Brunk, was born Feb. 8, 1857, near Harrisonburg, Va.; died near
the same place Jan. 28, 1943; aged 85 y. 11 m. 20 d. In early
youth he accepted Christ and remained a faithful worker in the
Lord's vineyard to the end. At the age of 20 he went to Elida,
Ohio, where he was united in marriage to Catherine, daughter of
Bishop J. M. and Sophia Brenneman, Dec. 26, 1876. She preceded
him in death at Gulfport, Miss., Nov. 19, 1926. To this union
were born 5 children (Jacob B. of South Haven, Mich.; John M.,
deceased; Anna R. Rhodes of La Junta, Colo.; Jesse H., deceased;
and an infant daughter, deceased.) In addition to the living son
and daughter, he is survived by 15 grandchildren, 16
and many other relatives and friends. In 1887 he was ordained
to the ministry near Elida, Ohio, and faithfully served in this
capacity to the end of life. Feb. 2, 1930, he was married to Lydia
Zook of Manson, Iowa. She passed away April 30, 1931, near Handsboro,
Miss. During his ministry he lived in several different states. From
Ohio he moved to La Junta, Colo., in the interest of the
health of his family. After living there a number of years, he
with his companion moved to Kansas, spending a number of years
near Hesston. He also spent a number of years near Gulfport, Miss.
In recent years he expressed himself as being thankful for the
privilege of living in these different places, thus enlarging
his vision of the Kingdom of God and the fields ripe to harvest.
From the first of his ministry of 57 years, he was deeply interested
in the mission activities of the Church and its spiritual welfare.
He was among the first to create an interest in the establishment
of the Hospital and Sanitarium of La Junta, had the pleasure of
being the builder of the original Sanitarium, and eagerly watched
and helped in the growth of this institution. In 1933, he returned
to Harrisonburg, Va., where he spent many happy hours in his cabinet
shop. As he worked, he thought of things eternal. While here,
as at other places, he allowed himself to be used in teaching
a Sunday school class and preaching the Gospel. He was active
in service of the Master in the close of his life. He realized
the end was near, and made his funeral arrangements, requesting
that II Cor. 5 be used as his funeral text and that the song,
"Above the Trembling Elements" be used at his funeral.
Services were held in Virginia Jan. 29. Sermon by Bro. R. W. Benner,
assisted by others. After this, his body was taken to Elida, Ohio
and laid to rest beside his companion. Here his body was taken
to the home of his nephew (Bro. Andrew Brenneman) and funeral
services were held at the Salem Church. Bro. S. E. Allgyer preached
the funeral sermon, others assisting. Thus an active life has
come to a close. While he loved to labor with his hands, he also
loved and greatly enjoyed his labors in the Master's service.
As he neared the end, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, come quickly."
The following words were found written in one of his books and
his name signed by his own hand. The words are applicable to his
"Dear Lord. I do not want to be a weed.
Plant deep in me thy precious seed.
Twine the roots firmly around my heart
And give me courage to do my part.
Help me to read Thy Word aright.
Help me to live by faith, not sight.
And when I hear and read of Thee,
Lord Jesus, help me a doer to be."
---- By his daughter
Christner-Ada Roth was born Feb. 5, 1875, near Wheatland, Hickory Co., Mo.; emigrated with her parents by wagon and tram (in August, 1862) to Arkansas, and in 1892 by train to Hubbard, Oreg. April 14, 1898, she was married to Chris Christner. They made their home in Lane County for awhile and since then near Molalla, Oreg. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church, passing out of this life in faith as a communicant member of said church. The last few years she was afflicted with heart trouble, which caused her much suffering, death relieving her Jan. 13, 1943; aged 67 y. 11m. 8 d. She leaves her husband, daughter (Mrs. Iness Lantz), 4 sons (Clifton and Harley of Molalla; Lorn of Oregon City, Earl of Portland)and five grandchildren, also 5 sisters (Lizzie Nofzinger of Molalla, Lena Nofziger, Katie Yoder of Canby, Rose Strubbar of Woodburn, Emma Headings of Hubbard), 3 brothers (Will of Coquille, Oreg., Joe of Birmingham, Ala., Simon of Molalla), besides many cousins, relatives, and friends. Funeral services at the Zion Church and graveyard. Text, Psa. 107: 8, 14, 21, 31.
Chupp Erma Louise, daughter of Harvey and Mattie (Helmuth) Chupp, was born Dec. 3, 1940, near Shipshewanna, Ind.; died in LaGrange County Hospital a few hours after having accidentally taking rat poison; aged 2 y. 3 m. 1 d. She leaves her sorrowing parents, a little sister (Edna Marie), 4 grandparents, 2 aunts, and 6 uncles. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral at Shore Church by Bros. Josiah and Percy Miller.
Eash.- Menno, son of the late Henry and Annie (Kaufman) Eash, was born June 20, 1885; died at his home near Hollsopple, Pa., March 2, 1943; aged 57 y. 8 m. 12d. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Thomas, Feb. 28, 1907. To this union were born 8 children of whom 6 survive, with his sorrowing companion, survive as follows; Cora, wife of Slater Mishler near Jerome; Grace, Edith, Edna, Martha, and Earl at home. Two sons (Lester and Henry) preceded him in death. He is also survived by 2 brothers, a half brother, 4 sisters (Josia Eash, Toledo, Ohio; Sem K. Eash, Hollsopple; Amos Kaufman, Cleveland, Ohio; Lizzie, wife of Edward Hershberger of Johnstown; Sadie of Hollosopple; Effie, wife of Christ Holsopple of Hollsopple; Trella, wife of Irvin Hershberger, Hollsopple, Pa.), six grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church about 334 years ago and was faithful until death. He was very active in Sunday School and Church work, having been Mission Board member of the Blough congregation for a number of years. He was largely responsible for the starting and continuing of the mission Sunday School at Hyasota and Thirty-eight, having been Sunday School superintendent since the opening of that work. Funeral services were conducted March 5 at the Thomas Church by Bros. A. J. Metzler and Harry C. Blough. Interment in cemetery near by.
Fisher.- Mattie, daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Beiler, was born March 23, 1856; died of pneumonia Jan. 21, 1943; aged 84y. 9m. 28d. She was united in marriage to John P. Fisher, Dec. 11, 1879. To this union a son (Benjamin) was born. Her husband preceded her in death, April 26. She is survived by 5 grandchildren. One granddaughter preceded her in death. She is also survived by 2 sisters and one brother. Four sisters preceded her. She was a member of the Amish Church and was a faithful member until her deaparture. She was a kind and friendly disposition. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She made all arrangements for the funeral . Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at her late home, conducted by Bros. Christian Fisher of the home congregation, and David Zook of the Groffdale congregation. Interment in Beiler's Cemetery.
Jantzi.- John, son of David and Catherine (Gascho) Jantzi, was born Oct. 4, 1882, near Wellesley, Ont.; died Feb. 23, 1943, at his home at Au Gres, Mich., after an illness of six and one-half years; aged 60y. 4m. 19d. Dec. 10, 1907, he was united in marriage with Fannie Troyer at Fairview, Mich. To this union were born 14 children, of whom 2 preceded him in death. He is survived by his deeply bereaved wife, 12 children (Anna, wife of Clarence Bontrager, Alden, N.Y.; William, Au Gres; Katie wife of John Swartz, Turner, Mich.; Andrew, Flint, Mich.; Jerry, Albert, and Alvin, Williamsville, N.Y.; Edna, John, Fanny, Elmer, and Matilda, at home). 13 grandchildren, his mother, 3 brothers, and 7 sisters (Mike, Adams, N.Y.; David, Darien Center, N. Y.; Menno, Au Gres; Mrs. Noah Knepp, Au Gres; Mrs. Joe Schwartz, Turner; Mrs. Dan Swartz, Bay City, Mich.; Lydia, Au Gres; Mrs Samuel Roth, Baden, Ont.; Mrs. Lucina Lichti, Wesllesley, Ont.; Mrs. Aaron Albrecht, Standish, Mich). In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior. His greatest joy was to live for Him. He will long be remembered by all who knew him for his patience and friendly smile. He was a devoted husband and father, interested in the work of the Lord. His affliction affected his speech, so that he was unable to talk or read for the last 4 years. He greatly enjoyed having the Bible read to him and enjoyed Gospel singing very much. We commend him to Him who died for us and rose again, and we believe that our loss is eternal gain. He frequently expressed his readiness to depart this life and be with Christ. However, he expressed the desire to regain his speech so that he tell others the joy of salvation and entreat those who were near and dear to him who know not Christ. Three weeks ago, he became quite sick and gradually became weaker until his end came. God in his mercy peacefully called him home where he will suffer no more. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Edwin Albrecht and at the Riverside Mennonite Church by Bros. Peter Swartz and Noah Swartzendruber. Interment was in the cemetery near by.
Kriebel. Mary (nee Gehman), wife of preacher John S. Kriebel, was born Dec. 22, 1877 in Chester, Co.; died at her home near Bally, Pa., Feb. 21, 1943; aged 65 y. 1m. 29d. She was married to John S. Kriebel Dec. 14, 1911. She was baptized April 20, 1897, united with the Hereford Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. She was the eldest of a family of eleven children. Her parents, 2 brothers (Jonas and Enos) preceded her in death. Surviving are her husband, a daughter (Lydia), 3 brothers (Joel, Wadsworth, O.; Abraham and Solomon, Barto, Pa.), 3 sisters (Susanna, wife of Henry L. Yoder, Allentown, Pa.; Annie of Wadsworth, O.; and Fannie, who lived with her sister and helped care for her during her long illness), and many other relative and friends. For the last 6 years she had been sick many times, and twice in the hospital, but always recovering and being able to work again. Last spring her heath began to fail, and she was in bed the last 9 months. Funeral services were held Feb. 25, at the home by Bro. Warren Bean and at Hereford Mennonite Church by Bros. Arthur Ruth and Noah Mack. She selected her own text, Luke 23:28. Interment in the Washington-Schwenkfelder cemetery.
Null- Frank Eugene, born in April 1906; died March 16, 1943. He was married to Martha Grace Dodson of Cross Keys, Pa., in the spring of 1942. Surviving are his wife, 3 brothers, and a sister of Ft. Wayne, Ind. He was preceded in death by an infant son. He received water baptism into the church fellowship in the First Mennonite Church, March 12, in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Psa. 119: 67, 71. Interment in Kauffman cemetery, near Martinsburg, Pa.
Roth. David, son of Nicholas and Mary Roth, was born in Henry County, Iowa, Jan.9, 1876; died Jan. 15, 1943, at his home near Albany, Oreg.; aged 67y. 16d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Boeckner Dec. 28, 1900. He is survived by his companion; 2 sons (Ed and Amos of Albany), 9 grandchildren; four brothers (Jacob and Aaron of Milford, Neb.; Nicholas of Plymouth, Neb., and Daniel of Albany) and one sister ( Mary Roth of Casselton, N. Dak).Three sons, one daughter, his parents, and 3 brothers and his sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at the Fairview Mennonite Church, of which he was a member. The services were conducted by Bros. N. M. Birky and Henry Gerig.
Roth.-Rudolph Roth was born in Waterloo Co., Ont. Dec. 10, 1868; died at his home in New Hamburg, Ont., March 1, 1943; aged 74 y. 19d. Death came very suddenly, due to a heart attack. March 15, 1892, he was married to Lavina Hostetler who predeceased him 16 years ago. Nov. 12, 1931, he was married to Rebecca Shantz, who survives him. He also leaves 4 sons and 2 daughters (Arthur of New Hamburg, Harry and Mrs. Elmon Shantz of Kitchner; Moses, bishop in the Geiger congregation near Baden, Wilfrid of Radville, Sask., and Mrs. Ervin Shantz of Haysville), 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and one brother (John of Elkton, Mich.). In his young manhood he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he continued to the end. For many years he served as a teacher in the Sunday school and took a keen interest in the study of God's Word. He endeavored to the best of his knowledge to maintain his home on Biblical standards. His hope was in Christ, the author of our salvation. The funeral was held on March 3, with services at the Biehn Church and interment in the near-by cemetery. The Brethren M Hallman and C.C. Cressman had charge of the services.
Schwartzentruber.- John B., son of the late John B. and Mary (Bender0 Schwartzentruber, was born at Wellesley, Ont., July 16, 1872; died Feb. 25, 1943, at his home near Lowville, N.Y.; aged 70 y. 7m. 9 d. In his youth, he was baptized and was accepted as a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. Feb. 19, 1903, he was untied in marriage to Katie Moser of Croghan, N. Y. The first years of their marriage, they resided in Canada. In 1911, they moved to Croghan. The rest of his life, he lived in Lewis Co., N. Y. In 1919, he was kicked in the left eye by a horse. The eye had to be removed two months later. About 10 years ago, the sight of the other eye rapidly failed and in July 1938, he had the right eye removed. He had lonely hours, but rejoiced in being able to enjoy church services. Since September he suffered from a heart condition and complications which led to his death. Surviving are his wife, 3 sons (Christian, John, and Abner), 3 daughters (Mrs. Aaron Widrick, Mrs. Clinton Tanner, Esther), 8 grandsons, one brother (Christian of Pigeon, Mich.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Katie Streicher, Mrs. Mary Wagler, and Mrs. Barbara Gascho, of Ontario). Funeral services were conducted Feb. 28, at his home by Bro. C. M. Nafziger and at the Amish Mennonite Church at Dadville by Bros. Joseph J. Zehr and Lloyd Boshart. Interment in Croghan cemetery.
Yoder.- Silas, son of Levi and Martha (Honderich) Yoder, was born near Goshen, Ind., May 7, 18 68; died at his home in Middlebury, Ind., March 1, 1943, after a lingering illness ( he was confined to his bed for only about the last 4 5 days.); aged 79 y. 9 m. and 22 d. He lived the greater part of his life in the vicinity of Goshen. His marriage to Abbie Sunthimer took place April 5, 1892. He united with the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church when a young man, and was ordained a minister April 9, 1905, in the same church. He was active in the ministry for about 35 years. About 17 years ago he moved to Middlebury and gave his services to the Church here until poor health forced his retirement about 2 years ago. He was unable to attend services for the last 6 months. Surviving are his wife, 3 sons (Dr. Orus of Ypsilanti, Mich., Floyd of Middlebury, and Albert of Lima, Ohio), eight grandchildren, a brother (Sam Yoder) and a sister (Mrs. David Yontz), both of Goshen, Ind. Funeral services were held March 4 at the Middlebury Church, in charge of the home ministry and bishop. Text, I Cor.15: 54.
Young.- Hattie Florence (Wendell) was born at Louisville,
Ohio, Nov. 14, 1884; died March 8, 1943; aged 58 y. 3 m. 24 d.
Oct. 23,. 1900 she was married to Edward Young at Woodsfield,
Ohio. To this union were born seven children; Alice (Mrs. Lee
Wright) of Croton, O.; Homer of Newark, O.; Lawrence of St. Louis,
Mich.; Floyd Lemoin, Wilma Ruby (Mrs. Ward Chaney) Trimway, O.;
Edna Carol (Mrs. Harold Nixon) Sterling, Mich., and Winoa Maxine
(Mrs. Roy Cross), Wheeler, Mich. April 30, 1940, she was admitted
as an inmate to the Mennonite Old People's Home, near Rittman,
Ohio. About six weeks prior to this she accepted Christ as her
savior, was baptized, and received into membership in the Mennonite
Church at Midland, Mich. She appreciated her Savior and enjoyed
her Christian life. Her cheerful disposition and ready helpfulness
will be missed by all in the Home. She leaves six children and
eleven grandchildren. Her husband and one son (Floyd) preceded
her in death. Funeral services were held in the M.O.P. Home, in
charge of Bro. William G. Detweiler assisted by E.F. Hartzler.
Text, Amos 4:12.
Transcribed by: Linda Hartman, Indiana