Benner.-Mahlon S. son of the late Ephraim and Mary (Swartz) Benner, was born near Souderton, Pa., Dec. 22, 1866; died March 12, 1944; aged 77 y. 2 m. 20 d. He was a member of the Souderton Mennonite Church for many years. He was married to Esther Kratz in 1901. She survives him. Also 3 children survive: Mrs. Ivan Landis, Hatfield, Pa.; Mrs. Jacob Nyce, Elroy, Pa.; and Harry K. Benner, Harleysville, Pa. He was sick only a few days with a kidney ailment, but for many years he had suffered with asthma. He always had a smile and friendly greeting for every one he met. Funeral services were conducted at the Souderton Church by Bros. Edwin Souder and Jacob Moyer. Text. Matt. 24:42. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
The lights are out in the mansion of clay,
The curtain is drawn; the dweller's away.
God took him home; it was His will,
But in our hearts he liveth still.
Caufman.-Doris Marie, daughter of Kenneth and Mary (Bless) Caufman, was born July 15, 1942; died Feb. 7, 1944, at the Chambersburg Hospital, Pa., after an illness of a few days; aged 19 m. She is survived by her sorrowing parents and her paternal and maternal grandparents. She will be greatly missed in the home. Brief funeral services on Feb. 10, 1944, at Cramer's Funeral Home, with further services at the Mennonite Church, north of Chambersburg, Pa., conducted by Bros. Walter Lehman and Harvey Shank. Interment in adjoining cem-etery.
Jesus has taken a beautiful bud
Out of our garden of love,
Borne it away to the city of God,
Home of the angels above.
Cooprider.-Thomas J., son of Mathias and Nancy (McCully) Cooprider, was born near Clay City, Ind., March 28, 1869; passed away at his home in Hesston, Kans., Feb. 26, 1944, after an illness of 3 weeks; aged 74 y. 10 m. 29 d. Coming to Kansas in the early spring of 1878 with his parents, they settled near the city of Marion, Kans. His mother lived only a few months after that. This loss was keenly felt by the young son. Later his father married Mrs. Susan Brunk who was a real mother to him. At an early age he learned to love books and made rapid progress to the position of teach-er in the Kansas public schools, teaching 40 terms. In the fall of 1899, he was married to Lydia Baker Eash who passed away at the age of 31 years. This union was blessed with 3 children: Bessie who is the widow of Milo D. Miller, Middlebury, Ind.; Irl W., Hesston; and Ross H., Sedgwick, Kans. In November, 1905, he was married to Viola Yoder, Inman, Kans. To this union were born 4 children: Eva E., Hesston; Orpha (wife of Ezra S. Hershberger) temporarily of Hesston; Reuben M., Southport. N.C., and Paul W., Wichita, Kans. In August, 1920, the family moved to Hesston where the younger children were privileged to attend school while he continued teaching. He had always enjoyed unusual health until 8 years ago when he submitted to surgery for the removal of his right eye. During the past few years his sight failed so that he was not able to read; so much of his time was spent walking up town to get the mail, and chatting with friends. Until his recent illness he was seldom absent from church attendance. He was happy to have his youngest daughter, Orpha, and her family home from India the last 2 weeks of his life. In his early youth he became a member of the Methodist Church and later transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church where he was found always willing to faithfully teach, practice, and enjoy the fullness of the love of God. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 7 children, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 half brothers (John, Denver, Colo.; Charles, Windom, Kans.), 2 half sisters (Mrs. E. J. Ely, Inman, Kans.; Mrs. O. E. Hostetler, McPher-son), and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Hesston Mennonite Church, Feb. 28, 1944, with Bros. Jess Kauffman and Ivan Lind in charge. Interment was made in the Pennsylvania Cemetery near Zimmerdale, Kans.
Eby.-Amelia F. Eby, widow of the late Ephra-im N. Eby, was born near Lititz, Pa., Sept. 8, 1858; died March 14, 1944; aged 85 y. 6 m. 6 d. She was a daughter of John and Sarah Erb, who died when she was quite young. After their death, she lived with her grandparents, Henry and Lydia Frank, until she was married. She and her husband united with the Mennonite Church in the early years of their married life. This union was blessed with 5 sons and 5 daugh-ters. A son, Ephraim, and a daughter, Emma, died in infancy. Another daughter, Ellen, died in 1906 at the age of 24 years. The surviving children are: Elmer, Frank, and Elias of Lititz. Pa.; Harry, Haverford, Pa.; Mary, wife of Elam Risser, and Amelia, wife of John Miller, both of Lititz; and Martha, wife of Clayton F. Yake, Scottdale, Pa. She is also survived by 23 grand-children and 17 great-grandchildren. After a fall which fractured her right arm and hip, she was confined to her bed for 17 months preceding her death. During this time she was patient and cheerful, seldom complaining. During the 52 years that her husband served as deacon in the Hammer Creek District, she was always vitally interested in church work and served as an able counselor and helpmate to him. As a mother she filled her place in the house well, ever serving in a spirit of devotion and sacrifice, and always maintaining a prayerful and Chris-tian interest in the welfare of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who ac-cording to Prov. 31:28. "arise up and call her blessed." The funeral services were held Fri-day afternoon, March 7, at her late residence with further services at the Lititz Mennonite Church. Burial took place in the Hess cemetery. Bro. Jacob H. Hershey conducted the service at the home, and Bro. John S. Hess had charge of the opening service at the church. Bishop Christian Lehman preached the sermon from Ps. 103:17, 18, which is the text Sister Eby had selected.
"I never can forget the day
I heard my mother kindly say,
'You're leaving now my tender care,
Remember, Child, your mother's prayer.'"
Johnson.-Phillip Steel Johnson, son of Dello B. and Matilda (Steckley) Johnson, was born Oct. 23, 1922, near Corvallis, Oreg.; died March 16, 1944, having been killed suddenly by a falling tree while he was working in the timber near Sweet Home, Oreg., where he had been employed for the past two years; aged 21 y. 4 m. 24 d. In 1939 he accepted Christ as his Savoiur and united with the Albany Mennonite Church and was loyal to Christ and the Church until the time of his death. His conscientiousness was inspiring to all who knew him. He was much concerned for the Lord's work and enjoyed serv-ing wherever he could. Besides his parents, he leaves to mourn his departure, 2 brothers (James and Verne), one grandparent (Mary Steckley), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held, March 18, at the Albany Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. George M. Kauffman, assisted by Bros. M. E. Brenne-man and Archie Kauffman. Text, Isaiah 38:1b.
Transcriber's note: the word "Savoiur" in the first half of the notice is transcribed as it appears in the original.
Miller.-Norma June, daughter of Paul and Lovina (Yoder) Miller, was born at the Oregon City Hospital, Feb. 10, 1944; died Feb. 15, 1944. She leaves to mourn her departure her parents, 2 brothers (Leroy and Ernest), a sister (Mary Alice), 2 grandfathers, 5 aunts, and 4 uncles. She was just a tiny little flower, but she found a place dear to our hearts, and we know that up in the mansions so fair, our loved one is waiting for us. Burial was made in the Hopewell Mennonite Church Cemetery with Bro. Fred Gingerich conducting brief services.
Warfel.-Maynard Warfel, was born May 18, 1868, in Conestoga Twp.; died Jan. 25, 1944, at the same place; aged 75 y. 8 m. 7 d. He seemed in good health until Dec. 31, when he was afflicted with a stroke of apoplexy from which he never recovered but gradually grew weaker every day until the end. He was a member of the River Corner Mennonite Church. He was united in marriage to Fannie Huber who survives. Three children also survive (Joseph, Conestoga Twp.; Maynard, Jr., Martic Twp.; Ada, at home), and 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 28, by Bro. James Hess at the home and Bros. Henry Nauman and Maris Hess at the River Corner Mennonite Church. Text, I Chron. 29:15.
Beneath our eyes he slowly faded.
Getting weaker every day,
Till God in His heavenly wisdom
Called Father peacefully away.
Wideman.-John B., son of the late John and Susannah (Brandt) Wideman, passed away early Wednesday morning, March 22, 1944, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alfred Gilles, St. Jacobs, Ont.; aged 91 y. 3 m. 26 d. He was born in Woolwich Twp., Ont., Nov. 25, 1852. He farmed in the district for many years, but was retired the last number of years. His wife, the former Mary Cress, predeceased him 21 years ago. Surviving is his daughter (Ger-trude, wife of Alfred Gilles), one grandchild, a half sister (Lydia Kinsinger, Kitchener, Ont.), and a half brother (Richard Kinsinger, Ridgewood, N.J.). He joined the Mennonite Church in his youth and was a member when he died. Funeral services were held at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church on March 24, 1944, in charge of Bro. Roy S. Koch, assisted by S. J. Wittig, pastor of the St. Jacobs Lutheran Church.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.
Bassler.-Fianna (Zimmerman) Bassler was born March 13, 1868, near Leacock, Pa.; died at the home of her son at Buena Park, Calif., Feb. 10, 1944. Her husband, who preceded her in death, passed away on Jan. 10, 1931. She is survived by one sister, Lydia Nolt, Leacock, Pa.; and by the following sons and daughters: Emery Bassler, LeRoy Bassler, Mrs. James Reardon, John Bassler, Jacob Bassler, Mrs. Linden Burz-zell, Mrs. E van Owens, Harry Bassler, Newton Bassler. She was also preceded in death by 2 sons and a daughter. She was a member of the Calvary Mennonite Church of Los Angeles, Calif. The funeral services were held at the Price Daniel Funeral Parlors of West Los Ange-les with Bro. Glenn W. Whitaker officiating.
Buckwalter.-Hettie Shirk, daughter of Joseph and Esther Shirk of Lichtys, Pa., was born June 17, 1854; died Jan. 22, 1944, near New Holland, Pa.; aged 89 y. 7 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage to David Buckwalter Sept. 29, 1878, who died Nov. 3, 1888. This union was blessed with 5 children, 3 of whom survive: Alice, wife of David Eberly with whom she re-sided; Ella, wife of Henry Fox; and Martin, of New Holland. One daughter Lena, wife of Mi-chael A. Weaver, preceded her in death 9 weeks before, and a son, Benj. F. Buckwalter. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, 2 great great-grandchildren, and these brothers and sisters: Joseph and Benjamin Shirk, her twin brothers, aged 85; Annie and Mary Shirk; Mrs. Barbara Shirk; Mrs. Abram Horst; and Rev. Christian H. Shirk. Grand-mother expressed her desire to depart this life and be with her Lord, and have her family meet her there. Funeral services were held at the home and at Pike Mennonite Church. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Rev. 7:13-17.
The lights are gone out in her mansions of clay,
The curtain is drawn, the dweller is away.
The rocker is empty, the glasses laid by,
She has gone to meet the summons on high.
Clapper.-Jacob Clapper was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Aug. 12, 1865; peacefully passed away March 18, 1944; aged 78 y. 11 m. 6 d. He was a lifelong resident of the vicinity of Louisville, O. He was one of the first rural mail carriers of Louisville. In the year 1900, he was baptized and received as a member of the Reformed Church, and in 1922 he transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church, first to the Canton Mennonite Mission and later to the Beech Mennonite Church. His first compan-ion, Mrs. Emma Sleiss Clapper, preceded him in death on April 24, 1921. On June 28, 1922, he was united is marriage to Mrs. Katie Conrad Krabill. After this they lived on a small farm two miles north of Louisville. For a number of years his health had been failing. Recently complications developed which caused his death. Bro. Clapper was a kind and devoted husband, a good counselor, a congenial neighbor, and was always considerate of others. He was a member of a large family, all of whom preceded him in death excepting one sister, Mrs. Amanda Bruder, Canton, O. He leaves his companion, his sister, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held in the Sleiss Funeral Parlors, Bishop O. N. Johns officiating. Text, John 14:1-3. Interment was made in the Louisville Union Cemetery.
Culp.-Malinda Culp, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Wonsettler) Culp, was born Dec 31, 1862, on the Henry Culp homestead northeast of Nappanee, Ind.; passed away Dec. 31, 1943, at the Mennonite Home, Rittman, O., after a three weeks' illness. She was a lifelong resident of Nappanee and vicinity until four years ago when she went to stay in the Mennonite Home for the Aged at Rittman. She was the youngest and last one surviving of 11 children. She was a member of the Nappanee North Main Street Mennonite Church for many years. She is sur-vived by 18 nephews and nieces and other rela-tives and friends. Her body was brought to Nappanee where the funeral services were held Jan. 3, 1944, with a short service in the home of a niece, Mrs. Levi Schrock, and at the North Main Street Mennonite Church. Bro. Homer North preached the funeral sermon. Text, Isa. 61:3. Burial in the South Union Cemetery, 5 miles northwest of Nappanee.
Huber.-Ruth Elizabeth Hess Huber, daugh-ter of David R. and Fannie Christ Hess, was born Mar. 14, 1903; died at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa, Feb. 2, 1944; aged 40 y. 11 m. 18 d. On June 16, 1926, she was united in marriage to Clarence J. Huber. She is sur-vived by her husband and the following children: J. Cleon, Edith Elizabeth, Ruth Anna, and John David. Also surviving are her father and the fol-lowing brothers and sisters: C. Stanley; Jacob L.; Reba (Mrs. Phares Livengood); Catherine (Mrs. Ross Girvin); Marie (Mrs. Smithson) Esther (Mrs. William Charles); Amos; Cora (Mrs. Kenneth Wilt); Willis; Fannie (Mrs. Wayne Shank); and Anna Mary (Mrs. Lloyd Dombach). Early in life she united with the Millersville Mennonite Church and was a faith-ful member until her passing. Funeral services were held at her late home Friday, Feb. 4, in charge of Bros. Landis Shertzer and Herbert Fisher. Futher services were conducted at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bishop Christ Lehman, assisted by Bros. Jacob Hess and Daniel Gish.
"She sleeps, she sleeps, and never more
Will her footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor her voice be heard with its loving tone
By the lone ones left round her own hearth-stone.
She has gone, she has gone to her home afar-
To the beautiful land where the angels are."
Transcriber's note: the word "futher" at the beginning of the last sentence is transcribed as it appears in the original.
Martin.-Donna Jean Martin, daughter of Warren W. and Dorothy (Denlinger) Martin, was born May 15, 1940, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died March 2, 1944, after an illness of 6 weeks, when the Lord saw fit to take her home. A better child could not have been had. She leaves her parents and one brother (Fred); also her pater-nal grandfather (Milton Martin, at home); and her maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Denlinger, Gordonville, Pa., R. 1). Funeral services were held March 4, at the Groffdale Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Eli Sauder. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
"A sweet little bud, too pure to stay-
God in His wisdom took her away,
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."
Musselman.-Malinda, daughter of the late Enoch and Veronica (Martin) Bauman, was born near Elmira, Ont., March 17, 1885; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Angus B. Martin, near Elmira, on March 20, 1944; aged 59 y. 3 d. In the year 1919, she was mar-ried to George L. Musselman who predeceased her 12 years ago. Surviving are 2 sons (Abner and George of near Elmira), 2 daughters (Saloma, wife of Angus B. Martin, Elmira; Edna, wife of Edward Francis, Waterloo), 9 grand-children, and 7 brothers (Enoch, Ira, Dan, and Clarence of Elmira; Abram, Breslau; Clayton, West Montrose and Nelson, Kitchener). Sister Musselman had been ailing for almost 2 years and bore her sufferings with Christan patience. She had a true Christian character. Her cheerful disposition and acts of kindness won for her many friends. She united with this Mennonite Church in her youth and always took a keen in-terest in the various activities and welfare of the Church as long as she was able. She loved her Lord much and trusted in Him. And with her confidence in Him who had redeemed her, she passed peacefully away. Funeral services were held at the Elmira Mennonite Church by Bros. Reuben Dettwiler and O. D. Snider. In-terment in Martin's cemetery.
Upright and just in all her ways,
Faithful and true to the end of her days
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more.
Transcriber's note: the word "Christan" in the sentence that ends "with Christan patience" is transcribed as it appears in the original.
Shoup.-George Edward Shoup, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Shoup, was born March 16, 1944; died 5 days later of toxic jaundice. Besides his parents, he is survived by 3 brothers (Vernon, Glenn, and Frankie), and one sister (Joy); his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shoup, Mt. Eaton, O., and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Troyer, Walnut Creek, O.) Short funeral serv-ices were held at the home March 22, conducted by Bro. M. B. Hostetler. Text. II Sam. 12:23. Interment in the Longenecker Cemetery.
God gave us a little child
So pure and undefiled:
His stay with us was not long,
Until He claimed him for His own.
Swartzendruber.-Barbara C., daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Eash Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Feb. 22, 1877; passed away at the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Ia., Mar. 23, 1944; aged 67 y. 1 m. 1 d. At the age of 16 she united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the Lower Deer Creek congregation, Kalona, Ia., and was a faithful member at the time of her death. She was second youngest of a family of 11 children and lived practically all of her life in this immediate community. Those preceding her in death besides her parents were: Katie, Lydia, Lena, Simon, Amos, and Isaac. She leaves to mourn her death, one daugh-ter (Leona, wife of Glen Burkholder), one sis-ter Mary, wife of John Gunden, Pigeon, Mich.), 3 brothers (John, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mahlon and Chris of Kalona, Ia.), besides many other relatives and friends. Although she had not enjoyed as good health as many have, she was in her usual state of health until March 13. She was taken to the Mercy Hospital and sub-mitted to a major operation which proved to be too great a shock and she peacefully passed away 6 days later. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church, March 25, 1944, in charge of Bro. J. Y. Swartzendruber, assisted by Bro. J. L. Hershberger.
" I cannot say, and I will not say,
That she is dead; she is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into a better land."
Tennis.-Mervin Jacob, son of Jacob and Mabel (Hertzler) Tennis, was born near Camp Hill, Pa., April 4, 1942; passed away at his home, Feb. 29, 1944, near Lebanon, Pa.; aged 1 y. 10 m. 25 d. Death was caused by a rare blood disease called leukemia. All was done that was possible for human hands to do, but God saw fit to take the precious little child to Himself. Little Mervin was the only child, and we greatly miss him. But we know he is safe with Jesus, and we hope to meet him some day. He is survived by his parents, 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Z. Hertzler, Camp Hill, Pa.; and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Tennis, Lebanon, Pa.), 4 uncles, 4 aunts, and 22 cousins. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Gingerich Mennonite Church, March 3, 1944, in charge of Bro. Simon Bucher and Bro. William Strong. Text, John 16:22. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Precious darling, too pure to stay
God in His Mercy took Mervin away,
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above.
Yoder.-Christian N. Yoder, son of the late Joseph and Kathryn (Roth) Yoder, was born in Springfield Twp., Allen Co., Ind., Dec. 28, 1863; died at his home near Leo, Ind., March 9, 1944; aged 80 y. 2 m. 11 d. On Jan 7, 1886, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Neuhouser. To this union were born 5 children: Matilda Brandenberger, Middlebury, Ind.; Levi C. Yoder, Grabill, near the old home place; Bertha Lantz, Spencerville, Ind.; Lucinda Yoder, at home; Leonard Yoder, Middlebury, Ind. He was a resident of Allen County all his life. He con-fessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church in the year 1905, and remained faithful until death. The last 18 months of his life he spent in bed. His sickness was pronounced as cerebral hemorrhage. His departure is mourn-ed by his companion, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 15 grandchildren, and a number of nephews and nieces, relatives, and friends. He was the last one of the Yoder family, having been preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and 2 grandchildren. Brief funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bro. Raymond Yoder, Chicago, Ill. Further services were held at the Leo Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. S. J. Miller, assisted by Bros Raymond Yoder and Oscar Hostetler. Interment was made in Leo Cemetery.
"Jesus while our hearts are bleeding
O'er the spoils that death has won.
We would at this solemn meeting.
Calmly say, 'Thy will be done.'"
Zimmerman.-Joseph, son of Jacob and Lena Zimmerman, was born near Bavaria, Germany, Sept. 25, 1864; died at his home in San Diego, Calif., March 8, 1944; aged 79 y. 5 m. 12 d. His death was caused by heart trouble. He was ill about three weeks. He came to America with his parents in 1879. In March 1890, he was united in marriage to Magdalena Ehrisman, and they made their home near Flanagan, Ill. They resided there 6 years, after which they moved to Iowa, residing there 32 years, and finally came to San Diego, Calif., which has been his home ever since. He is survived by his wife, Magdalena; 2 sons (William E., Kansas City, Kans., and Joseph A., Estherville, Ia.); 3 daughters (Elsie Gentry and Emma Seibert, San Diego, Calif.; and Lena Cordes, Houston, Tex.); 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mary Blun, Hydro, Okla.), and one brother (Jacob, Walters, Okla.). He was preceded in death by 4 grandchildren, one sister (Anna Schantz), and 2 brothers (Andrew and Chus). He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth in 1878, and had been faithful, loyal and true to the end. He will be sadly missed as a loving husband and father in the home, and will be missed in the Church, and in many avenues of service in which he was so busily engaged as long as health permitted. Funeral services were conducted at Bonham Mortuary by Rev. Fred Moseley and Rev. James Mahood. Interment was made in Mount Hope cemetery.
In life he sought his Saviour,
In death he had no fear;
He has gone to live with Jesus,
And awaits us over there.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.
Albrecht.-Mrs. John K. Albrecht, aged 82 y. 5 m. 22 d., died at her home March 7, 1944, following an illness of several months. She was the daughter of the late Michael Zehr and Barbara Barhart. She was born in Wilmot Town-ship. She attended the Amish Mennonite Church, third line of Wellesley. Her husband died seven years ago. Surviving are one son (Christian, Buffalo, N.Y.), 4 daughters (Mrs. Joseph Miller; Mrs. Jacob W. Jantzi; Miss Lavina, at home; Mrs. Edwin S. Roth, New Hamburg), one sister (Mrs. Christian Gascho, Baden, Ont.), 21 grand-children and 23 great-grandchildren. The fu-neral was held March 12, with services at her late residence and at the Amish Mennonite Church. Bishop Jacob Lichty officiated. Interment was made in the adjoining church cem-etery.
One precious to our hearts is gone,
The voice we loved is stilled;
The place made vacant in our home
Can never more be filled.
Hunsberger.- Mary Ida Hunsberger (nee Wideman)
was born Nov. 19, 1883, at Cedar Grove, near Markham, Ont.; passed
away following a kidney operation at the Kitchener and Waterloo
Hospital, Feb. 12, 1944; aged 60 y. 2 m. 24 d. She accepted Christ
as her Saviour in her early youth and became a faithful member
of the Mennonite Church. On Dec. 22, 1909, she married
Abram S. Hunsberger of Waterloo. Her passing is mourned by her
husband, 3 sons (Albert, Waterloo; Gordon, at home; and Wilson,
Neys, Ont.), 2 grandchildren, and one twin brother (Albert Wideman,
Markham, Ont.). Services were held in the Mennonite Church, Waterloo,
Ont. The brethren J. B. Martin and Merle Shantz conducted the
services. Text, Ps.
Janerette.-Mrs. Henry Janerette (nee Spangler) was born in Allen Co., O., May 5, 1913; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus at her home near Rittman, O., April 2, 1944; aged 30 y. 10 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Henry Janerette, April 21, 1936. To this union one daughter was born (Elizabeth Ann). She is survived by her husband, one daughter, the grandparents, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, 2 other children (Anna May Matthews and Glen Wilson), a brother-in-law (Charley Janerette) and family, and many other near relatives and friends. Sis-ter Saloma in her youth confessed Christ as her Saviour and Lord, united with the Mennonite Church, and when she located in Wayne Co., O., transferred her membership to the Pleasant Hill congregation. She lived an exemplary, quiet, and modest Christian life in the service of her Lord. She has gone to be with Christ, and will long be remembered by those who came in touch with her kind unassuming Christian life. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones in the home, church, and community. Services were held at the Pleasant Hill Church by Bro. J. S. Gerig assisted by Bros. Wm. G. Detwiler and E. F. Hartzler. Text. Mark 14:8. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Sister, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze.
Pleasant as the air of evening
When it floats among the trees
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.
Schiedel.-John Henry Schiedel, son of the late Menno Schiedel and Mrs. Schiedel, Breslau, Ont., passed away at his home in Baden, Ont., March 6, 1944, in his 58th year. He was born near Breslau, March 24, 1886. In his early twenties he was converted and united with the Cressman Mennonite Church in Breslau. In 1921, he and his family moved to a farm near Petersburg, Ont., and he transferred his mem-bership to the Latschar Mennonite Church. On Jan. 25, 1911, he was married to Edna Schmitt of Centreville, who survives him. He also leaves to mourn his passing, 2 sons (J. Earl, Bridgeport, Ont.; and Lloyd H., Nanaimo, B. C.), 2 daughters (Ruby, wife of Orrie Lit-willer, Baden; and Audrey, at home). Also his aged mother, one brother (Allan), and a sister (Mrs. Jacob Randall), all of Breslau. A son John died in infancy. Bro. John was a devoted Christian and always had a ready testimony for his beloved Saviour and Lord. He was a comparatively young man, but had gone through a great deal of suffering, especially during the last few years of his life. While much attached to his family, yet because of his intense suffer-ing, he had a great longing to go home and be with his Lord and Saviour. He had a great in-terest in lost souls, which became very evident in his last illness when he was constantly testify-ing to the saving power of Christ. The funeral was conducted at his home in Baden, March 10, by the brethren M. S. Hallman and Michael Roth, and at the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau by brethren Oscar Burkholder and Lorne Schmitt. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
"Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding
O'er the spoils that death has won,
We would, at this sad bereavement.
Calmly say, 'Thy will be done.'"
Stoltzfus.-Dorothy Jean Stoltzfus, daughter of Reuben G. and Dorothy M. (Kennel) Stoltzfus, was born Feb. 13, 1944; died March 31, 1944; aged 1 m. 16 d. Besides the parents, 2 brothers and a sister (Dale, Elvin, and Eliza-beth, at home) survive. Also surviving are the paternal grandmother (Mrs. Leah Stoltzfus, Gordonville, Pa.), and the maternal grandpar-ents (Mr. and Mrs. Christ Kennel, Christiana). Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. LeRoy Stoltzfus, and at the Millwood Mennonite Church by Bro. John A. Kennel. Text, Job 1:21. Interment was made in adjoin-ing cemetery.
Stoltzfus.-Samuel L. Stoltzfus, Jr., son of Samuel L, and Saloma (Fisher) Stoltzfus near Gordonville, was born Dec. 25, 1921; died at his home April 7, 1944, of a heart condition, being bedfast one week; aged 22 y. 3 m. 13 d. He was born on Christmas day and died on Good Friday. He had Christ's birthday and also the same day of death. When Samuel was 4 years of age he had pneumonia and a touch of paralysis from which his one lung closed up and he developed a crooked spine, and had not been very strong since. But he bore his affliction with great patience and did not complain. He was an example to all of us in the cheerful way he bore his cross in life. He was very industrious, always busy at something when health permitted, and always helping willingly with the work as much as was within his power to do. He will be greatly missed in the home, but we feel that our loss is his gain. He was a faithful member of the Amish Church. He had many friends and was loved by all who knew him. Besides his parents, he is survived by these brothers and sisters: Sadie, wife of Amos E. King, Ronks, Pa.; Elizabeth, at home; Mamie, wife of Christ L. Kauffman, Honey Brook, Pa.; Sylvan, Gordonville, Pa.; and Gideon, who moved on the home place this spring. He is also survived by an aged grandmother, 99 years old, who lives on the home place where Samuel was born and lived his entire life, and 2 nieces and 8 nephews. He was the youngest of a family of 6 and the first to break the family circle. His funeral was largely attended. Services were conducted at the house by Bros. John Lapp, Amos Stoltzfus, and Amos Fisher, and at the grave by Bros. Aaron Fisher and Ephraim King. Burial at Gordonville cemetery.
Brother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today.
Our earthly home is not the same
Since you have gone away.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
And in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.
By a sister.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.
Brubacher.-Michael Brubacher passed away at the home of his son-in-law, Amos Cressman, St. Jacobs, April 3, 1944; aged 67 y. 11 m. 8 d. He was born in Woolwich Twp., April 27, 1876. His death followed a sickness of several months. On Oct. 26, 1897, he was united in marriage to Melinda Frey who remains to mourn her loss. Besides his wife, he leaves the following 3 sons and 4 daughters: Nathan, Kitchener; Veronica (Mrs. Orlan Snyder), West Montrose; Hannah (Mrs. Amos Cressman), St. Jacobs; Leah (Mrs. Irvin Horst), West Montrose; Isaiah, Sheffield; Isaac, Waterloo; and Melinda (Mrs. Edwin Reist), New Hamburg. One daughter, Leavea, and one son, Ephraim, predeceased him in infancy. He joined the Mennonite Church in his youth and died a devoted member of the same. He passed his entire life in the district of his birth and was known to many. Funeral serv-ices were conducted by Bros. Roy S. Koch and Jesse Bauman at the St. Jacobs, Ont., Mennon-ite Church, April 5, 1944.
Passing out of the shadow, into a purer light;
Stepping behind the curtain, getting a clearer sight.
Passing out of the shadow, into eternal day.
Why do we call it dying, this sweet going away?
Donlap.-William A. and Margaret (brother and sister) died at the Franklin Co., Pa., Home March 28 and 30, respectively. Bro. Donlap was aged 64 y. 4 m. 1 d. He was received into the Mennonite Church at the Home on March 19 by Bro. C. V. Martin, having been led to take this step by our aged and faithful Bro. Bum-baugh. He felt his need of Christian fellowship and seemed to enjoy his short stay here as a Christian. He is survived by a son and daugh-ter. They are survived by 2 brothers (Charles, York, Pa., and Ray, Hagerstown, Md.) and one sister (Mrs. Cyrus Snodderly, Hagerstown). A brief double funeral service was held at the Cramer Funeral Home, Chambersburg, Pa., con-ducted by Bro. Harvey E. Shank and Bro. Rarick, pastor of the Brethren Church. They were buried at Leitersburg, Md.
Transcriber's note: two deaths here.
Garber.-John, son of Abraham and Fanny (Martin) Garber, was born Jan. 15, 1860, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind.; died Feb. 20, 1944, at the Mennonite Old Peoples' Home, Rittman, O., aged 84 y. 1 m. 5 d. A faithful member of the Mennonite Church from youth, he was ordained to the ministry in 1894. In 1903 he was ordained bishop of the Shore, Emma, and Clinton Brick churches in Elkhart Co. He served faithfully and conscientiously in this capacity for some 30 years. His companion, who was Malinda Miller before marriage, passed away in 1931. Paul Garber, a foster son, sur-vives. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Mrs. Eliza-beth Smeltzer, Breman, Ind.; and Mrs. Noah Lehman, Nappanee, Ind. Preceding him in death are 6 brothers and 3 sisters: Henry, Ja-cob, Christian, Abraham, David, Martin, Fanny, Nancy, and Mary. The deceased leaves a great many friends and relatives in many different states. During the last 4 years he had been cared for at the Mennonite Old Peoples' Home where he left a fine testimony of Christian faith and patience. Bro. Garber was keenly inter-ested in the church and her work. He was of a kindly and patient disposition, exhibiting the Christian spirit of grace and forbearance. The text he chose for his funeral fittingly describes his spiritual perspective and lifelong purpose. It is a very appropriate valediction to a life whose work was blessed of God. "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified." The funeral was held at the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, Feb. 23, 1944. Bro. Samuel Miller opened the serv-ice by reading I Cor. 2 and Ps. 1. Bro. Amos Nussbaum preached touchingly from the text. I Cor. 2:2. The body was laid to rest in Forest Grove Cemetery beside his wife.
Graber.-John C. was born Dec. 15, 1858, near Montbeliard, France, and departed from this life at his home at Wayland, Ia., April 7, 1944; aged 85 y. 3m. 22 d. Upon coming to this country he became a member of the Sugar Creek Church, remaining faithful until death. He was united in marriage to Josephine Roth, who was a companion to him. Upon marriage they made their home on a farm near Wayland. Later they moved to a home in Wayland, where he lived until the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and the following sons and daughters: P. J., Crawfordsville; Amos E., Wayland; Alvin D., Wayland; Wilbert H., Harrisburg, Pa.; Emma, wife of P. W. Richard, Wayland; Katie, wife of Wm. Eichelberger, Wayland; Mrs. Anna Richard, Wayland; Leah, wife of Chris Eichelberger, Winfield; Lavina, wife of Ezra Freyenberger, Wayland; Stella, wife of Arthur Boshart, Wayland; and Evelyn, at home. He is also survived by 35 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. One son (Albert R.), one infant daughter, one son-in-law (Noah Richard), and 3 grandchildren preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Sugar Creek Church, in charge of Bros. Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty, on Sunday, April 9. Burial was made in adjoining cemetery.
His long awaited wish came true-
To find rest in that heavenly home;
His mind was free, his heart was pure,
When he fell asleep, in peace, forevermore.
In life he sought his Saviour;
In death he had no fear;
He has gone to live with Jesus
And loved ones over there.
Kauffman.-Katie Gunden Kauffman, daugh-ter of John and Mary Gunden, was born in John-son Co., Ia., Dec. 15, 1879; died at her home in Pigeon, Mich., March 31, 1944; aged 64 y. 3 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph M. Kauffman Dec. 25, 1908. To this union were born 4 sons and one daughter: Orie, Vernon, William, Marion John, and Mary Edna, the latter two being twins. Her husband was taken from her Sept. 10, 1916, while living at Shelbyville, Ill., after only eight years of married life, leaving her alone with her family. Yet during all this time she definitely felt the nearness of her Lord. She often quoted Ps. 63:7, "Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice." Her greatest con-cern was to bring up her children in the fear of the Lord, and she expressed her joy at seeing them all in the fold of Christ. Her desire was that they might be faithful to Christ and loyal to the church. She was willing to do all she could for the welfare of her family and those about her. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, remaining loyal and true to her Saviour until her Lord called her to Him-self, which was her desire. She enjoyed good health until about two years ago, when she be-gan to fail. The last four months found her gradually failing with heart and dropsical condi-tion. She was confined to her bed for the last three weeks. All that human hands could do seemed to be of no avail. She leaves to mourn her departure her 5 children and a stepson, Mel-vin, of Atkinson, Ill., 8 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, her aged mother (Mrs. John Gunden), 6 sisters and 4 brothers: Lizzie (Mrs. Joe Steckley), Lydia (Mrs. Sol Mayer), Agnes (Mrs. Jesse Byler), Fannie (Mrs. Tom Yoder), and Laura, all of Pigeon, Mich.; Mary (Mrs. Mose Albrecht), John and William, Bay Port; Chris, Goshen, Ind.; Joseph, Archbold, Ohio; and a host of other relatives and friends. Her husband, father, 2 sisters (Emma-Mrs. Amelius Bender and Anna), and one brother (Theodore) preceded her in death. She chose as her funeral text, "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his"; also the songs, "I Long to See My Saviour First of All." "When Jesus Comes to Reward His Servants," and the German hymn, "Jesus Is Mine." Funeral serv-ices were held at the home in charge of Bro. Emanuel Swartzendruber, and at the Pigeon River Church by Bro. Earl Maust and Bro. Edwin Albrecht of Turner, Mich. Interment in the church cemetery.
We bowed our heads in submission
To our Master, Redeemer, and Friend.
He hath given, hath taken, and blest us
Who for us our mother did send.
We praise Him for all the fond memories
Of her teaching which brought faith in Him.
We'll meet her beyond the dark river.
When the path of life here shall grow dim.
King.-Mrs. Lucy Ann King was born Nov. 7, 1870; died at Springs, Thursday, March 9, 1944; aged 73 y. 4 m. 2 d. She was married in 1893 to Joseph P. King who passed away in 1937. To this union were born 3 children: Effie (Mrs. Homer Livengood, Springs, Pa.); Verna (Mrs. Homer Maust, Springs, Pa.); and Elwood, Meyersdale, Pa., all of whom survive. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One grandchild preceded her in death. Her entire life was lived at Springs. Early in life she united with the Springs Men-nonite Church and was a faithful member till death. The funeral was held at the Springs Church with a large attendance, in charge of Bro. Roy Otto, assisted by Bro. Resley Tressler.
Martin.-Abraham Martin, son of the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Waller) Martin, was born Sept. 16, 1860, in Erie Co., N.Y.; died April 3, 1944; aged 83 y. 6 m; 18 d. When a boy he came with his parents to Rolling Prairie, Ind., later settling near Wakarusa, Ind., where he died. On April 4, 1897, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Risser who survives him with his 2 children (Mrs. Raymond Hartman and George), 5 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Melvin Loucks and Mrs. Elizabeth Gordon). He had been in failing health for a number of years and was bedfast the last 10 days that he lived. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and of the Olive congregation for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church, conducted by Bros. C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder.
As his life, so was his passing-
Unseen, quiet, and unheard.
He has left us, but he's standing
In the presence of our Lord.
Martin.-Susanne, daughter of Aaron and Susie Weaver Martin, was born in Salisbury Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 21, 1916; passed away at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., March 29, 1944; aged 28 y. 1 m. 8 d. In her youth she united with the Old Road Mennonite Church. She is survived by her sorrowing par-ents and these brothers and sisters: Etta, wife of Joseph H. Weaver; Lena, wife of Paul H. Dombach; Anna Mary; Henry; Aaron; Daniel J. She will be greatly missed at home and at the Old Road Sunday School where she taught a class, and also by her many shut-in friends which she remembered by writing to and visit-ing them, and her many other friends. Just a few hours before her death, as they were getting her ready for the operating room, she expressed herself that she was glad that they were going to operate, and that she was not afraid. She said, "The Lord's will be done." The last Susanna said to one of her family was, "I will see you later," and waving her hand she said good-by. The funeral services were held April 2, by her cousin, Bro. Amos Weaver, at the home and Bros. Martin Hershey and Parke Book at the Hershey Mennonite Church. Interment was made in the Old Road Cemetery. Text, I Chron. 29:15.
In God's dear home they are so safe,
No suffering, tears, or care;
And in His time, you'll surely find
Them waiting over there!
Maust.-Howard L. Maust was born Feb. 11, 1877; died Thursday morning, March 16, 1944; aged 67 y. 1 m. 5 d. He was the son of David and Alice Maust and was born in Somerset Co., Pa. His widow, Mrs. Salome Engle Maust survives and the following children: Markel E. Maust, Mrs. Ralph Stuck, Ruth Maust, Mrs. Lawrence Grew. Funeral services were held at the St. Paul Reformed Church, in charge of Bro. Roy Otto, assisted by Bro. Walter Otto. Burial was made in the St. Paul Cemetery.
Naugle.-Annie, wife of Nap Naugle, was born at South Mountain, Pa., May 14, 1883; died March 20, 1944; aged 60 y. 10 m. 6 d. She lived most of her life in the vicinity of Pond Bank, Pa. They lived a few years in Lewistown, Pa. She had a very large goiter and was af-flicted for several months. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Mrs. Edith Leonard and Mrs. Heartha Sprow, both of Fayetteville, R. 1), 2 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Josephine Yeager, Waynesboro, and Mrs. Mary Strong, New Oxford. Pa.), and 3 brothers (Harry Waga-man, Harrisburg; Elmer, Mont Alto; and Louis, Gettysburg). She united with the Mennonite Church at Pond Bank about 20 years ago, and re-mained a consistent member. She came to church when well enough. Though very weak, she helped to sing several hymns just a few days before she died. Bro. Naugle is very lonely. Funeral services were conducted at the Pond Bank Mennonite Church on March 24 by Bros. C. V. Martin and Harvey E. Shank. Text. Heb. 9:27. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoin-ing the church.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.