Frey.-A. B., son of the late Benjamin and Elizabeth Bare Frey, was born March 9, 1861, in Lancaster County, Pa.; entered into his eternal rest May 9, 1944, near Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged 83 y. 2 m. He was a farmer in Manor Township until about 18 years ago, when he retired and moved near Mt. Joy. Father accepted Christ 27 years ago, and together with his loving wife united with the fellowship of the Mennonite Church. He was united in marriage 57 years ago to Martha Hess Herr of Florin, and to this union were born 11 children, four having gone to be with Jesus in infancy. For the past years Father had not been well and was quite miserable at times, but complications set in two months ago at which time he spent three weeks at the hospital. After being released from there he gradually grew weaker. Doctors knew that there was no chance for recovery. He was so patient and considerate in his illness and often told his family he was ready to go, but yet at times he wished to get well. His passing is mourned by his wife and these children: Annie, wife of Jacob Schrock; Ada, wife of Christ Wolgemuth; Celia, wife of Graybill Wolgemuth; Furry H. Frey; J. Mowery Frey; Emma, wife of James Painter; Martha, wife of Ira Heller. Father was the last of his immediate family. Brief services were held at the home by Bros. Henry Garber and C. N. Hostetter. Further services were held at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church by Bro. C. K. Lehman, assisted by Bros. Henry Garber and C. N. Hostetter. Text, as selected by the family, was Rom. 8:18. Burial was made in the Manor Cemetery near Mountville.
Gerber.-Lovina (Hershberger) Gerber, daughter of the late Nathaniel and Mary (Mutchelknaus) Hershberger, was born April 10, 1886; died June 5, 1944, at her home in Sugarcreek, Ohio; aged 58 y. 1 m. 25 d. Her death was caused by a heart attack. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Gerber on Dec. 20, 1903. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. Hallie and Lawrence Jr., died in infancy. The following children survive: Harold, Shreve, Ohio; Ross, Edward, Mrs. Robert Kreisher (Mary), Sugarcreek, Ohio; Ralph, Elkhart, Ind.; and a foster daughter, Mrs. Moses G. Miller (Helen), Dundee, Ohio. There also survive 9 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. William A. Shutt, near Sugarcreek; Mrs. Gilbert Jaberg, New Philadelphia; Mrs. Oliver Bontrager, Elkhart, Ind.), and 4 brothers (Len and Dan Hershberger, Walnut Creek; Lloyd, Canton; Ray, Sugarcreek). She united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in her youth and was faithful until death. She was always vitally interested in the church and deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of her family. Funeral services were conducted at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church June 7, with the local ministry, Paul R. Miller, Venus Hershberger, and A. W. Miller officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Good.-Fannie (Beller) Good was born in Alsace Lorranie, April 20, 1857; passed away June 23, 1944; aged 87 y. 2 m. 3 d. At the age of sixteen she came to America, making her home near Hopedale, Ill. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, uniting with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. On Oct. 18, 1881, she was united in marriage with Joseph Good of Hopedale, Ill. For several years they farmed in this community, then moved to Flanagan, Ill., where they lived for six years. They then moved to a farm near Rolfe, Ia. Later they sold their holdings there and purchased a farm one mile east of Wayland, Ia., to which they moved in the spring of 1903. When retiring from active farm life, they moved to their property in East Wayland. After the death of her husband, she broke up housekeeping and made her home first with her daughter, Mrs. Ed Wenger, and then with her son Jacob. After the infirmities of old age became too prominent to do ordinary household duties, she again came to her daughter (Mrs. Ed Wenger) which was her late home. She was confined to her bed for about four months, but bore her affliction patiently and without murmur. Her husband and one son preceded her in death. She leaves 3 daughters (Mrs. Ed Wenger, Wayland, Ia.; Mrs. Emanuel Heiser, Dewey, Ill.; and Mrs. Albert Heiser, Rantoul, Ill.), 3 sons (Jacob and Joe, Wayland, Ia.; and Amos, Davenport, Ia.), one brother (John Beeler), Pontiac, Ill.), one sister (Mrs. Joseph Hottler, Goodland, Ind.), 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty at the Sugar Creek Church. Text, Ps. 90. Interment was made in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.
Groh.-Anson Groh was born April 17, 1859; died May 9, 1944, at his home near Preston, Ont., in which community he was born and had farmed till near the close of his life. He suffered a slight stroke about three and one-half years ago, and was in failing health since that time, though usually able to be up and about the home till the past January. He grew gradually weaker and passed quietly away without severe suffering. Although his mental powers faded as strength declined, he remained calm and conscious to the end. On March 7, 1882, he was united in marriage to Lovina Bechtel, who departed this life in August 1932. Eleven children were born to this union. One daughter died in 1914 at the age of eighteen. Surviving are 4 daughters (Mabel, and Esther at home; Ida, Mrs. Menno Snyder, near Kitchener; Bertha, Mrs. D. W. Lehman, Orrville, Ohio), 6 sons (Herbert, Ottawa; Melvin, Preston; Norman, Beamsville; Oscar, Detroit, Mich.; Ivan, St. Catharines; Harold, Toronto), 31 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 4 brothers. He and his wife were interested in spiritual things. Before his conversion he was instrumental in helping to organize a Sunday school at the Hagey Church in order that his growing family might have Sunday-school privileges. Soon after J. S. Coffman came to Waterloo County, he and his wife gladly accepted salvation and united with the Wanner Mennonite Church, in which fellowship he remained till death. After helping at the Hagey Sunday School for a number of years, he turned his attention to the establishing of a Sunday school at the weaker Wanner church, where he served as superintendent and later as teacher for many years. He was a well-known speaker at Sunday-school conferences in the early days, and was a speaker at the first Sundayschool convention in Indiana. He served on the Mission Board of Ontario, and it was largely through his efforts that the Ontario Board of Mennonite Finance was organized. He was also largely used as a lecturer on agriculture and forestry by the Ontario Department of Agriculture. For some years he gave himself to the development of Farmer's Co-operation, while his last major task was the building and management of a Municipal telephone system. These responsibilities were relinquished one by one as age crept on, but he was devoted to his farm as long as he was able to get around. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. J. W. Witmer and B. B. Shantz at the Wanner Church, and the body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery to await the resurrection.
Harnish.-Emma E. Harnish was born Aug. 12, 1867; entered into rest at her late home at Willow Street, Pa., April 30, 1944, after a four weeks' illness of pneumonia, which resulted in a heart condition. She was the daughter of the late Isaac and Anna Eshleman Shenk, and was the last of her family. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. On Dec. 10, 1891, she was united in marriage to Jacob G. Harnish, who preceded her in death 14 years ago. This union was blessed with 8 children, 4 having gone on before. Those surviving are: Anna M., wife of Martin B. Thomas, New Danville; Ada S., wife of Charles W. Keith, West Willow; John S., Lancaster, R. 5; and Amos S., Willow Street. Seven grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held May 3, with services at her late home by Bro. Henry Nauman, and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bros. Maris Hess and James Hess. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Hess.-Katie E., daughter of Mrs. Catharine and the late Jonas Kreider, was born April 12, 1878; passed away May 29, 1944; aged 66 y. 1 m. 17 d. She was united in marriage to William H. Hess of Strasburg Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Besides her mother and husband, she is survived by the following children: Frank K.; Kathryn A.; Ruth, wife of Raymond Hershey; E. Mae, wife of Martin Gish. Three sisters and 8 grandchildren also survive. For five years Mother suffered from a heart condition. Although we were told that we could not keep her long, yet how suddenly she left us, and how hard the struggle to part with her willingly! Early in the morning, quite peacefully, Mother left us and went to be with her Lord. Our loss is great indeed, yet to the Lord we sincerely say, "Thy will be done." Mother was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite church for many years, and was quiet concerned about the Sunday school. Brief services were held at the home, followed by services at t he Strasburg Mennonite Church by the home ministers. Text, Ps. 116:15. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hostetler.-Jonathan K., son of Jephthah and Salome King Hostetler, was born in Wayne County Ohio, Sept. 22, 1860; died at his home near Wooster, June 18, 1944; aged 83 y. 8 m. 26 d. He lived his entire life in Wayne County. As a young man he confessed Christ and was received by water baptism into the fellowship of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where he was a member at the time of his death. He was greatly interested in the work of the church. For many years he taught a Sunday-school class. On Dec. 23, 1882, he was united in marriage to Melinda Smucker. To this union were born 12 children, 9 of whom survive: David J., Chauncey, Ammon, and Harry, Orrville, Ohio; Boyd and Paul, Wooster, Ohio; Christian, Smithville, Ohio; Edith (Mrs. Harvey Hartzler), Marshallville, Ohio; and Esther, at home. The following children preceded him in death: Isaiah, who died in infancy; Sadie, at the age of seven; and Loma (Mrs. Perry Shank) in 1938. His wife died in 1931. Besides his nine children he is survived by 34 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, two sisters (Anna-Mrs. John Smucker, Smithville; Barbara-Mrs. Elam Horst, Staunton, Va.), and one brother (Jephthah, Orrville). Funeral services were conducted on June 20 at the home and at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church by Bro. Wm. G. Detweiler, assisted by Bros. J. S. Gerig and Rudy Stauffer. Interment was made in the Paradise Union Cemetery.
Liechty.-Anna (Moser) Liechty, daughter of Abraham and Miriam (Nussbaum) Moser, passed away June 18, 1944, at the home of her son, Peter J. Liechty, who died in 1938. She was born in Wells Co., Ind., March 8, 1854; aged 90 y. 3 m. 10 d. On June 23, 1876, she was married to Joseph Liechty. To this union were born 12 children, 5 of whom survive: Anna, wife of E. Gleidig, Lake Charles, La.; Judith, wife of Leon McAin, Lake Charles; Rose, wife of S. J. Schwartz, Phoenix, Ariz.; Barbara, wife of J. M. Swartzendruber, Kalona, Ia.; and Jacob, Kinder, La. Also surviving are 6 brothers: Philip, Sidney, Ohio; Moses, Lake Charles, La.; Jake, Berne, Ind., Jeff, Willshire, Ohio; Nathan, Orrville, Ohio; and David, Lake Charles, La. Mother Liechty united with the Mennonite Church in her teens and remained faithful until the end.
Miller.-Martha Beechy Miller, daughter of Jonas and Elizabeth Yoder Beechy, was born May 18, 1882. In June 1901, she was united in marriage to Harrison Miller, and lived almost her entire life in the Berlin, Ohio, community. She died at her home after a number of years of poor health, on May 30, 1944; aged 62 y. 12 d. She became a member of the Mennonite church in early life and continued faithful and steadfast to the end of her days. Her friends will remember her for her charitable nature, her love of flowers, and her pleasure in preparing good meals for company as long as health permitted. Mother was laid to rest with complete assurance that she is now where there is no more sorrow, pain, or suffering. In her last days her greatest satisfaction was in her preparation for what she knew was near at hand. She was at peace with God and man. Her favorite scripture and chosen text was Psalm 23. Her songs were, "I'm But a Stranger Here," and "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus." Her comforting motto beside her deathbed was, "Heaven Is My Home." She will be missed and mourned by her husband, 4 children (Ervin, Esther, Erma, and Willard), a brother (Moses Beechy), a sister (Katie Beechy), 11 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives, friends, and neighbors. Funeral services were conducted at the Berlin Mennonite church June 2, by the home ministers.
Reedy.-Matilda Reedy, daughter of John and Anna (Brenneman) Huber, was born in Putman Co., Ohio, June 16, 1858; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. T. Williams, Placerville, Calif., March 21, 1944; aged 85 y. 8 m. 5 d. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. Her husband and 3 children (John Henry, Christian, and Anna) preceded her. In early life she was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church, but later, while in Chicago, Ill., she united with the Baptist Church to which she belonged at t he time of her death. She had not been in good health for several years, suffering with high blood pressure and a heart ailment. She suffered intensely the last several weeks of her life, and longed and prayed to be relieved of her pain. She had planned all her funeral arrangements and had chosen two songs to be sung at her funeral-"Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown" and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye." These were sung by her son-in-law, C. T. Williams. There remain 5 children, all of California-George and Jacob, Redding; Barbara (Mrs. C. T. Anderson), Big Bend; Ira, Oakland; and Ethel (Mrs. C. T. Williams), Placerville. Also 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren survive. She was the last member of a family of 10 children. Funeral and burial services were conducted at Redding, Calif.
Reschly.-Barbara (Nebel) Reschly, daughter of Martin and Barbara Nebel, was born in Henry Co., Iowa, Feb. 28, 1869; fell asleep after a few weeks' illness June 11, 1944; aged 75 y. 3 m. 13 d. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in her youth and united with the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite church of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. On March 11, 1898, she was united in marriage with Joseph Reschly, becoming the stepmother of seven children. Her marriage was blessed with five sons. They lived on the Reschly homestead until her husband retired from active farm duties; then they moved to smaller premises on the farm. Her husband preceded her in death March 23, 1936. Her health was impaired by a weak heart. After her husband's death, she lived with her youngest son at their home in Wayland, Iowa. She leaves 5 sons (Joseph, Henry, Ervin, John, and Glenn), 3 stepdaughters (Mrs. Amsa Miller, Mrs. C. E. Roth, and Mrs. Harris Boese; (one stepdaughter preceded her in death), 3 stepsons (Will, Elmer, and Harry), 3 brothers (Joseph, Dan, and Sam), 4 sisters (Mrs. Lena Kauffman, Mrs. Mary Conrad, Mrs. Jacob Gerig, and Mrs. Elmer T. Boshart), 21 grandchildren, and 37 stepgrandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends.) Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church, conducted by Bros. Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Shaffer.-Mary Bumbaugh, daughter of the late Charles and Gertie Bumbaugh, was born Jan. 26, 1907; died at her home in Pond Bank, Pa., June 19, 1944, of valvular heart disease; aged 37 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was married to Joseph Shaffer, who survives along with the following children: John, in the U.S. Army; David, Richard, Joseph, Melvin, Esther, and Leah, all at home. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Dorman, Harry, Oscar, Ralph, Charles and Donald, both in the Army; Mrs. Orville Stoops, Beulah, and Ruth, Pond Bank. Her aged father-in-law, John Shaffer, who lived in the home, also survives. Several months ago she confessed Christ as her Saviour in her home, where she was baptized and received into the Pond Bank Mennonite Church. She expressed herself as having peace with the Lord and being ready to go. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Pond Bank Church June 22, by her minister, Harvey E. Shank. Text, 11 Cor. 5:1. She was laid to rest in the Mount Zion Cemetery near Mont Alto.
Spitnale.-Lulu Lowe Spitnale, daughter of Stephen S. and Laura E. Lowe, was born June 27, 1875, at Lancaster, Ohio; departed this life June 16, 1944; aged 68 y. 11 m. 20 d. At the age of seven she moved with her parents to Putman County. On Oct. 26, 1895, she was united in marriage to Joseph Spitnale, who departed this life Sept. 18, 1923. To this union were born 6 children, 3 of whom died in infancy. She is survived by 2 daughters and a son (Mrs. Ruth Riley, Tiffin, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Nance, Houston, Tex.; Stephen, Gibsonburg, Ohio), 8 grandchildren (Wayne, Jean, and Joanne Riley, Tiffin, Ohio; Darrell, Eileen, and Wilda Nance, Houston, Tex.; Arlen and James Spitnale, Gibsonburg, Ohio), 3 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Langhorst, Louisville, Ohio; Mrs. Maurice Edwards, Waynesville, Mo.; and Mrs. Dove Fuller, Phoenix, Ariz.)., and 2 brothers (William H. Lowe, Newport, Mich., and Stephen Lowe, Grand Rapids, Ohio). She, with her husband, united with the Mennonite Church some thirty years ago. Their life together was spent on a farm near Cloverdale, Ohio. The last twelve years she spent with her daughter and son. She passed away in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Riley, Tiffin, Ohio, with whom she had resided since becoming an invalid two and one-half years ago. During this time she often expressed her readiness to meet her Lord when He called for her, and a desire to be laid away beside her husband in the family lot at Cascade Cemetery, near the place where most of her life was spent. Funeral services were held June 20, at Mt. Pleasant Church, conducted by Bros. G. H. Brunk and E. E. Zuercher. Text, Luke 4:18
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Brenneman.-Lois Pauline, only child of Paul and Bertha (Yoder) Brenneman, was born Dec. 2, 1942; was called to her home on high June 13, 1944; aged 1 y. 6 m. 10 d. Pauline was sick such a short while that it was hard to realize that she had been called away. She leaves to sorrow over her departure her parents of Norfolk, Va., maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Yoder, Norfolk), parental grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Brenneman, Grantsville, Md.), 2 great-grandmothers (Mrs. W. S. Yoder, Stuarts Draft, Va., Mrs. Dora E. Yoder, Meyersdale, Pa.), also 5 aunts, 6 uncles, and many friends and relatives. Psalm 90 was read at the home by Jake J. Hershberger. Funeral services were conducted by Simon L. Yoder and Bishop Jonas J. Hershberger. Services at the grave were held by Jake J. Hershberger. She was laid to rest in the church cemetery. Text, 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 21.
Crossgrove.-Ida Crossgrove, daughter of John and Magdalina Nofziger, was born Feb. 6, 1889, near Wheatland, Hickory Co., Mo.; departed this life at the home of her daughter near Archbold, Ohio, June 17, 1944; aged 55 y. 4 m. 11 d. On March 9, 1909, she was united in marriage with Samuel H. Crossgrove. This union was blessed with 4 children. Surviving are her sorrowing companion, 3 daughters (Mildred-Mrs. Arlen Zimmerman, Wauseon, Ohio; Ada-Mrs. Orval Nafziger, and Marie-Mrs. Vernon Frey, both of Archbold, Ohio), 10 grandchildren, 4 sisters (Mrs. Ed. Roth, Wayland, Ia.; Mrs. Harve Rychener, Pettisville, Ohio; Mrs. Simon Klopfenstein, West Liberty, Ohio; Mrs. Levi Witmer, Ft. Wayne, Ind.), one half sister (Mrs. Will Kauffman, Wayland, Ia.), 2 half brothers (Menno, Florence, Ariz.; John Phoenix, Ariz.), also Aunt Josie (Mrs. Henry Rychener), Pettisville, Ohio, with whom Ida made her home for some time after the age of 13, besides a host of other relatives and friends. There preceded her in death one son (Chester), father, mother, 2 half brothers and 4 half sisters. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the Lord called her home to rest. She suffered about 5 years with heart trouble and other complications, which she bore with patience. She was deeply concerned for her family, and will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the Central Church by Bro. Jesse J. Short, assisted by Bro. Henry Wyse.
Gerig.-John B., son of Benjamin and Lydia (Schrock) Gerig, was born in Green Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, May 25, 1872; was called by the messenger of death at his home June 18, 1944; aged 72 y. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Verna Rich, Jan. 20, 1901. He is survived by his dear companion and the following children; Ina (Mrs. Glen Zeigler), Avondale, Ga.; Evelyn (Mrs. Fred Blatter), Rittman, Ohio; Bernice (Mrs. Ellis Hostetler), Mentor, Ohio; Clair Gerig, who is at present in the U.S. army in India; Edith, at home; Emma (Mrs. Clair Gerig), Weilersville, Ohio. Three grandchildren, 4 sisters (Mrs. J. W. Wenger, Mrs. Noah Smucker, Miss Lydia Gerig, and Mrs. L. J. Wenger, all of this county), 4 brothers J. S. Gerig, C. S. Gerig, S. S. Gerig, Smithville, Ohio; D. S. Gerig, Goshen, Ind.), with many nieces and nephews, and other relatives also survive. Bro. Gerig at an early period in life confessed and accepted Christ as his Saviour, and by baptism was received into the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where he always worshiped and remained faithful in the Master's work, serving the church in various duties laid upon him. He served many years as church trustee, and as treasurer of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association up to the time of his departure. His body was laid to rest until the resurrection day in the Oak Grove Cemetery. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Funeral services were conducted by Bros. I. W. Royer and Wm. G. Detweiler. Text, Rom. 8:18.
Grieser.-Daniel, son of Daniel and Anna (King) Grieser, was born Feb. 19, 1862, near Archbold, Ohio; passed away May 27, 1944; aged 82 y. 3 m. 8 d. On Aug. 18, 1889, he was united in marriage to Anna Nofziger, and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 55 years. To this union were born 9 children, 4 preceding him in death. There remain to mourn his sudden and unexpected death his loving companion, 5 children (Amos, Samuel, and Mattie-Mrs. William Nofziger, all of Archbold, Ohio; Harvey and Daniel, Wauseon, Ohio), 15 grandchildren, one foster grandchild, 2 foster great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Jacob, Archbold; John, Wauseon), besides many relatives and friends. In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until he passed away. Bro. Grieser had enjoyed good health, and with his companion, had been to visit his son Samuel. On arriving home, just in front of the yard gate, he suffered a heart attack, passing away in the car. He possessed a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. He was a loving husband, a kind father, a good neighbor, and will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Central Church by Bro. Jesse J. Short, assisted by Bro. Walter Stuckey.
Kaufman.-Nancy Livingstone Kaufman, wife of Josiah Kaufman, was born Nov. 14, 1870; died June 24, 1944; aged 73 y. 7 m. 10 d. She was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Lehman) Livingstone. She is survived by her husband, one son (David), and one granddaughter. She is also survived by 3 brothers: John and Jacob, Davidsville, Pa., and Josiah, Tire Hill. She was a member of the Stahl Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services at the home were conducted by Bros. Sanford G. Shetler, and at the Stahl Church by Bros. Sanford G. Shetler, Lloy A. Kniss, and David Alwine. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Roush.-Bertha, daughter of David and Eliza (Mosier) Baker of Lodi, Ohio, was born June 15, 1879; died May 31, 1944, at the Massillon City Hospital, Massillon, Ohio; aged 64 y. 11 m. 16 d. Bertha was admitted to the Mennonite Old People's Home Jan. 17, 1941. After being in the Home a little over a year, she confessed Christ as her Saviour and was baptized April 10, 1942, and received as a member of the Oak Grove congregation near Smithville, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the Home, conducted by Bro. Wm. G. Detweiler. No relatives survive. Her husband preceded her in death a number of years ago.
Thoman.-John Jefferson, oldest son of John and Arie Knepp Thoman, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Nov. 13, 1895; departed this life at his home in West Liberty, Ohio, June 20, 1944; aged 48 y. 7 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage to Amy Belle Zook on Feb. 21, 1920, and to this union were born 2 sons, Richard Alpha and Joe Emery. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in early life, and was faithful in attending services when health permitted. He spent his entire life in Logan County, and was employed at the Logan County Dehydrator ever since it was established in West Liberty, until his illness last December. His sickness was of long duration, and, during all his illness, he was patient at all times. Everything that was done for him was always "just all right." All was done that loving hands could do, but to no avail, and his soul took its departure to that land from which no man returneth. The calmness with which he bade his loved ones good-by was unusual, and his readiness and willingness to go were the result of his faith and trust in his Master. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and 2 sons, his mother-in-law (Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Zook), a sister-in-law (Cora Zook) in the home, and a brother-in-law (Alpha Zook) of Detroit, Mich. Surviving also are his stepmother (Mrs. Saloma Thoman), 2 half brothers (Fred, West Liberty; Freeman, Springfield), 4 half sisters (Miss Laura Thoman, Columbus; Mrs. Cecile Blackwell, Mrs. Anna Belle Grimes, both of West Liberty; and Mrs. Katherine Hartzler, Bellefontaine), an aged aunt (Mrs. Annie King), and a host of other relatives and friends. His father and mother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, Friday, June 23, 1944, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial was made in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Young.-Frederick Young, son of Joseph and Ellen (Monroe) Young, was born Nov. 8, 1874 in Wroxeter, Ont., Canada; died at his home near Larslan, Mont., June 22, 1944; aged 69 y. 7 m. 14 d. He was married to Janie Hewitt in 1904. To this union 5 sons and 4 daughters were born. One daughter (Mrs. Wirt Harshberger) preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and the following children: Clarence, Flint, Mich.; Mrs. Sanford Shetler, Holsopple, Pa.; John Hawley, Minn.; Mrs. Franklin Dundore, Stony Creek Mills, Pa.; Robert, Weippe, Ida.; Mrs. Lloyd Chadwick, National City, Calif.; Nathaniel, Mohnton, Pa.; Roy, Spokane, Wash. All were present at the funeral. He also leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters in Michigan, and 23 grandchildren. His death was sudden. His wife found him dead in the field, lying on the ground beside his tractor. He died of a stroke. He was a good husband and father. His departure leaves a vacancy which cannot be filled. We humbly submit to God and His leading. Funeral services were conducted at Glasgow, Mont., by Henry Quiring and Cornie Wall, and at Coalridge, Mont., by Bro. Eli G. Hochstetler. His body was laid to rest at Coalridge to await the resurrection call of the Lord.
Zehr.-Gerald J., infant son of Leland and Anna (Birky) Zehr, was born June 5, 1944, at St. Joseph's Hospital, West Point, Nebr.; died June 20, 1944, at St. Joseph's Hospital; aged 16 d. He is survived by his parents, one brother, (Ronald Lee), and both his maternal and parental grandparents. Short graveside services were held Thursday afternoon, June 22, at the Beemer Cemetery, where interment was made.
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Beam.-David J., son of Joseph and Katie (Hostetler) Beam, was born in Ohio, March 10, 1863; died in the Lagrange Co. Hospital, Lagrange, Ind., June 1, 1944; aged 79 y. 2 m. 21 d. He was married to Margaret Hostetler, who passed away in Nov. 1932. To this union were born 3 daughters and one son. The son died in infancy, Loretta, at the age of 18 months, and Lydia on Feb. 22, 1940. Remaining are one daughter (Grace, wife of Frank Haarer), 8 grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild. On Friday, May 26, while in Lagrange, he had a stroke and was taken to the hospital where he passed away without regaining consciousness. He was a member of the Shore Mennonite Church, and was a regular attendant. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. Percy J. Miller. Burial was made in the Shore Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "greatgrandchild" as in the original.
Campbell.-Dennis Cleveland Campbell was born March 21, 1927; departed this life June 18, 1944; aged 17 y. 2 m. 27 d. He leaves to mourn his departure foster parents (Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hatter), mother (Mrs. Jessie Campbell Smiley), one brother (Chester), 2 half sisters, and one half brother, as well as a number of other relatives and friends. On July 30, 1939, Dennis united with the Mt. View Mennonite Church and grew to young manhood in the faith. He was of a pleasant disposition and was a willing worker, both in the home and church. He was a regular attendant at Sunday school, and was there on the morning before he met his death in the afternoon by drowning. Willing hands did what they could to revive him, but without avail. We humbly bow in submission, knowing that what He does is well done. May his sudden calling be a warning to others, for we know not the day nor the hour. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Chas. Grove and at the church by Bro. Jos. R. Driver. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3, last clause, "There is but a step between me and death." Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Fretz.-Christian, son of Jacob and Magdalena (Sherk) Fretz, was born near the village of Campden, Ont., Aug. 29, 1869; passed away on June 20, 1944; aged 74 y. 10 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage on March 20, 1894, to Lydia, daughter of Bishop Amos Cressman of New Hamburg, Ont. His beloved wife, 2 daughters (Anna, wife of Aaron Hallman; Mrs. Lena Hoover), one son (Dalton), and 7 grandchildren are left of his immediate family. Also surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. Clara Martin and Mrs. Arminta Overholt) and 2 brothers (Manasseh and Edward). Bro. Fretz was converted during a series of meetings held at the Moyer Church by the late John S. Coffman about 1892. In his earlier years he shared in the work of the Sunday school and in Sunday School Conferences, and maintained his interest in the work of the church. He established an extensive greenhouse industry along with fruit and vegetable growing in which he was much interested and successful. Through his business connections he was widely known. About six years ago he was afflicted with partial paralysis, which limited his activities, and from which he never fully recovered. He bore his afflictions with patience and gave himself to a more quiet life and to meditation and devotions. He enjoyed meeting with his friends, and especially rejoiced when at the time of communion services he had this fellowship in his home. He often expressed his desire to leave this world and be with Christ. For this he was heard to pray, and for it he waited patiently. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Moyer Church on July 3 by the following ministers: O. Burkholder, Breslau; C. F. Derstine, Kitchener; John Wichert, D. Steinman, and S. F. Coffman, Vineland. Text, Matt. 6:33. Interment was made in the Vineland Cemetery.
Gascho.-Leah Zehr, daughter of Michael and Barbara Boshart Zehr, was born near Wellesley, Ont., Aug. 15, 1857; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus May 12, 1944, at her home in Baden, Ont.; aged 86 y. 8 m. 27 d. She accepted Christ in her youth and was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church till called to her heavenly home. She had a lingering illness of bronchial and heart trouble for 19 years, and the last 3 months jaundice set in. On Oct. 1, 1878, she was united in marriage to Christian Gascho of Baden, Ont., who was later ordained to the ministry and served in the Wilmot A. M. congregation for almost 50 years. To this union were born 5 daughters and one son: Mrs. Fannie Iutzi, Baden, Ont.; Barbara, Mrs. Samuel Steinman, New Hamburg, Ont.; Mattie, Mrs. N. M. Steinman, Baden, Ont.; Lydia, at home; Emanuel Gascho, Kitchener, Ont.; Lovina, Mrs. Solomon Mayer, Pigeon, Mich. (deceased). Seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren also survive. Her companion, one daughter, one great-granddaughter, her parents, and all her brothers and sisters preceded her in death. She had a great longing to leave this life of suffering and be at rest. She was a very kind and devoted mother to her family. Her Bible was her comfort and stay in life. Her last words were, "Through Jesus Christ our Lord." Her children rise up and call her blessed. Funeral services were conducted May 15 at her late home by Bro. Menno Wagler, and by Bros. M. O. Jantzi and C. F. Derstine at the A. M. Church west of Baden.
Mast.-Salina C. Smucker was born Oct. 13, 1863; died at her home in the village of White Hall, near Belleville, Pa., June 27, 1944; aged 80 y. 8 m. 14 d. Her first marriage was to Levi H. Zook, who died Sept. 16, 1924. She was married Sept. 20, 1930, to John L. Mast, bishop of the Locust Grove Conservative A. M. congregation. Sister Mast had been in failing health for some time, yet the end came suddenly and unexpectedly, while preparing to retire for the night. She was seized by a heart attack and departed this life before the doctor arrived. She will be missed in the church where her place was seldom vacant when health permitted. She will also be greatly missed in the home. She is survived by her husband and a foster-stepdaughter (Ruth Ackerman), at home. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, June 29. Bro. Eli Zook had charge of the services in the home, and Bros. Emanuel Peachey, John B. Zook, and Paul Roth at the Locust Grove Church. Interment was made in the Allensville Cemetery.
Schantz.-Peter Schantz, Jr., son of Peter and Katie (Ackerman) Schantz, was born at Fulda, Minn., Oct. 8, 1900; died at Thomas, Okla., July 5, 1944; aged 43 y. 8 m. 27 d. At the age of 15 years he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until death. On Oct. 3, 1926, he was united in marriage with Barbara Detweiler, which union was blessed with 8 children: Ernest, John Dale, Ruby, Alma, Emery, Willis, Donald, and Vernon Dean, who is three months old. These, with his companion remain; also his mother, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters: Emma, wife of Joseph Slagell, Thomas, Okla.; Wm. J., Wichita, Kans.; Alice, wife of John Slagell, Joe, Anna, and Amelia, Hydro, Okla.; and Mary, wife of Everett Leroy Harris, Oklahoma City, Okla. His father, one sister, and one brother preceded him in death. His death came a few hours after the tractor with which he was moving a railroad car of grain overturned, crushing him. In our deep sorrow we rejoice in the good expression of hope and confidence given in his last moments: "My race is run; the victory is won. Met me in heaven. I see the angels. It is beautiful place, worth all the suffering it takes to get there." These expressions were given several times. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Naoh Ebersole and Alva Swartzendruber. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.
Transcriber's note: "Naoh" as in the original.
Smith.-Roger Kent, son of Ralph and Janice Smith, was born at Garden City, Mo., July 10, 1943; passed away June 7, 1944; aged 10 m. 29 d. Besides his parents, he leaves to mourn his going one brother (Larry), 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Schrock), one great-grandmother (Mrs. E. W. Beyler), aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Funeral services were held at Bethel Church on June 9, conducted by the Brethren W. E. Helmuth and J. C. Driver.
Sommerfeld.-Henry H., eldest son of Heinrich and Anna Schroeder Sommerfeld, was born July 7, 1871, in the village of Alexanderwohl, South Russia; passed away at the Bethel Hospital, June 30, 1944; aged 72 y. 11 m. 23 d. When he was three years old, the family with a large group of Mennonites migrated to America. The Sommerfeld family located in Marion Co., Kans., and later moved to McPherson Co., Kans., where Henry grew to manhood. The last 18 years were spent in Harvey County. There he resided on a farm near Hesston until he retired three years ago. He was united in marriage Aug. 20, 1895, to Elva Smith of Ashland, O., who survives him. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters: Percy H., who passed away at the age of 21 years; Hattie E., at home; Charles John, Canton. Kans.; Anna M. (Mrs. George Chapple), Newton, Kans.; Menno W., Hesston, Kans.; George R., Halstead, Kans.; and Edwin M., Moundridge, Kans. He is survived also by 17 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. At the age of 23 he was baptized and received as a member of the Spring Valley Mennonite Church near Canton, Kans. During the time of his residence in Harvey County he was a member of the Pennsylvania Church. He was a man of few words but of strong Christian principles. He was a faithful church attendant and a liberal supporter of her work. He was industrious and hard working, and scarcely knew what sickness was until about three years ago when he became afflicted with creeping palsy, and his rugged body gradually lost its strength. Funeral services were conducted at the home in Hesston by Bro. Fred Brenneman and at the Pennsylvania Church by Bro. Earl Buckwalter, assisted by Bro. Owen Hershberger. Text, 1 Pet. 1:3, 4. A mixed octet sang favorite numbers. Interment was made at the Spring Valley Cemetery near Canton, where a short service was conducted by Bro. Charles Diener.
Wagler.-Eldon, son of Noah and Magdalena Wagler,
was born in North Easthope, Perth Co., Ont., Nov. 13, 1915; died
June 29, 1944; aged 28 y. 7 m. 16 d. At the age of 17 he accepted
Christ and was received into church fellowship in the East Zorra
A. M. Church. On Oct. 26, 1938, he was joined in matrimony to
Elizabeth Zehr. On the evening of June 29 after a day's work in
harvesting hay, he intended to go to New Hamburg for another hay
implement. Passing by the river, just before coming into the village,
he, along with his hired man, went into the water, where he drowned
a few minutes later. His helper was unable to get him out. Help
was summoned, but doctor's efforts failed to revive him. He leaves
to mourn his untimely death his sorrowing companion, parents,
parent-in-law (Bro. and Sister Emmanuel Zehr of East Zorra), and
5 brothers (Henry, South Easthope; Ivan and Elmer, New Hamburg;
Omar and Lorne at home, North Easthope). Services were held at
the home, July 2 by Bro. Jacob R. Bender, and at East Zorra A.
M. Church by Brethren P. Nafziger and D. S. Iutzi. An unusually
large concourse of friends gathered to pay their last tribute
to the departed one. Texts, Luke 4:17-19: Jer. 10:23: John 5:24.
Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Lorne" as in the original.
Yoder.-Katie Ellen, daughter of the late Geo L. and Polly C. Mishler, was born Dec. 8, 1890, near Shipshewana, Ind.; died June 22, 1944; aged 53 y. 6 m. 4 d. She was married to Ammon J. Yoder on Dec. 23, 1911. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and became a member of the Shore Mennonite Church. She was a faithful and devoted Christian. She leaves her husband, her aged mother whom she lovingly cared for as long as she had strength to do so, one sister, 2 brothers, one foster sister, 2 foster sons, 2 foster grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends who will greatly miss her. She suffered from cancer for about three years. The testimony she gave and the life she lived will long be remembered by those who visited her and administered to her. She made very detailed plans for her funeral, and never lost interest in her home and plans for her dear husband, as she planned to go on that long journey to be with her Saviour whom she loved. Funeral services were held at the Shore Church in charge of Brethren O. S. Hostetler and Percy J. Miller.
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Augsburger.-Christian, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Augsburger, was born in Germany, Sept. 16, 1856; died at the Mennonite Home, Eureka, Ill., July 5, 1944; aged 87 y. 9 m. 9 d. He emigrated to this country with his parents and located near Flanagan, Il. Later, the family moved to Arkansas, where they lived for a number of years. After his parents' death, he retired from farm work and entered the Home on May 16, 1932. He was never married and leaves only a few relatives to mourn his departure, among whom are Dan Augsburger and Christian Ringenberg, Flanagan, Ill.; Mrs. Dan King, Morton, Ill.; and Mrs. Joe Kennel, Roanoke, Ill. Death was due to hardening of the arteries and general debility. Funeral services were held on July 8 at the Mennonite Home, in charge of Ezra Yordy. Burial was made in the nearby cemetery.
Graft.-James H. Graft was born Sept. 11, 1859 at Hancock, Md.; died July 10, 1944 at his mountain home near Pond Bank, Pa.; aged 84 y. 9 m. 29 d. He was ill about a month. He was the last one of a family of 17 children. A number of years ago he was baptized upon the confession of his faith and received into the Pond Bank Mennonite Church. He fell from grace, but we have reason to believe that he came back to the Lord and served Him as best as he could. He is survived by 2 sons (Thomas, Hagerstown, Md.; John, Baltimore, Md.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Jennie Muscolina and Mrs. Laura Davis, Baltimore), 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Pond Bank Church by Harvey E. Shank. Text, Matt. 27:22. Interment was made in the Mont Alto Cemetery.
Good.-John H. Good was born in Morgan Co, Mo.,
Jan. 6, 1877; died at the Mennonite Hospital, La Junta, Colo.,
July 6, 1944; aged 67 y. 6 m. At the age of 8 he came with his
parents to Kansas and grew to manhood in the vicinity of Peabody.
In 1916 he came to the Mennonite Sanitarium as a patient. He gradually
improved and began taking on responsibility for tasks assigned
him. Finally he assumed fill responsibility for the hospital laundry.
This task and others he carried with methodical regularity. He
never would take a vacation. Each day he could be counted on to
do the same faithful tasks. He will be sadly missed. He was loved
by the patients and workers. He always had a little opinion of
himself. He was a striking illustration of 1 Cor. 12:22, 23. In
the development of hospitals and nursing in the Mennonite Church,
the public generally has not known of John. But in the great Book
where the record is written in heaven what he has done has been
faithfully recorded. He may be more surprised than anyone at the
large reward he will receive. He was baptized as a believer in
Christ in the Mennonite Church near Peabody, Kans. Although puzzled
over assurance, he died testifying that he had asked God to forgive
all his sins. "By grace are you saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." He is survived
by 2 brothers (Charles, Peabody, Kans.; Emanuel, Sheridan, Oreg.),
one sister (Minnie, wife of S. G. Winey, Goshen, Ind.), 21 nephews
and nieces, and also great nieces and nephews. Three brothers
and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held
in the La Junta Mennonite Church, conducted by E. E. Showalter
and Allen E. Erb. Interment was made in the La Junta Mennonite
Landis. -Abram Paul, son of A. A. and the late Martha Buckwalter Landis was born July 2, 1901; departed this life at the home of his father, Ephrata, Pa., June 13, 1944; aged 43 y. 11 m. 11 d. The cause of his death was chronic nephritis, with which he suffered three years. He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church, Mummasburg, Pa. During his affliction he spent much time reading his Bible, which was presented to him by his parents on his twenty-first birthday. This was a great comfort to him. He often expressed a desire to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. There are left to survive him, his wife (Eva Grim Landis), 4 daughters (Dorothy Jean, Evelyn Ruth, Joanna Elaine, and Sylvia Esther), all of Harrisonburg, Va.), father, step-mother, and 3 sisters (Mabel, a nurse at the Oreville Old People's Home; Mary, wife of Titus S. Horst, and Esther, wife of Reynolds H. Minnich, both of Ephrata, Pa.) Funeral services were conducted June 17 at the home by C. C. Sollenberger, and at the Ephrata Mennonite Church by W. N. Zobler, John F. Grove, and George S. Keener. Text, Tim. 1:12. Interment was made in Metzler's Cemetery.
Martin.-Sarah, daughter of the late Henry G. and Cathrine (Lehman) Rife, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., March 18, 1857; died at her home at Chambersburg, June 18, 1944; aged 87 y. 3 m. In November, 1878, she was united in marriage to John J. Martin of Shippensburg, Pa. To this union were born 7 children-4 sons and 3 daughters. Her husband, 2 sons (Henry and Eber), one daughter (Mrs. Noah L. Weaver), and one grandson preceded her. There remain to mourn the departure of a kind, loving mother and grandmother, 2 sons (Stephen and John, Columbiana, Ohio), 2 daughters (Mrs. Calvin Martin, Shippensburg, and Mrs. Walter Lehman, Chambersburg), 30 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Harry Whitmer, Chambersburg). She united with the Mennonite church over 60 years ago, and lived a faithful, consistent life until death, always manifesting a meek and quiet spirit. She was much concerned for the welfare of her children and grandchildren, who miss her so much. But we know our loss is her gain. She enjoyed fair health until 3 months ago when heart trouble developed, from which she gradually grew weaker. Services were conducted at the home by Daniel Kuhns, and at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Harold Hunsecker and Christ Martin. Text, Mark 14:8.
Peachey.-Dorothy Verda, daughter of the late Gideon and Emma (Allgyer) Peachey, was born March 19, 1920, near Belleville, Pa.; died July 5, 1944, in the Lewistown Hospital of acute leukemia, after an illness of three months; aged 24 y. 3 m. 16 d. She was admitted to the hospital on April 5, but was able to return to her home on April 26. She was again able to attend church services and to visit relatives and friends. Two weeks before her departure, however, she was again admitted to the hospital, where she peacefully passed away. She was of a loving disposition and loved by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 brothers and a sister (Byron, Belleville; Verda E. and John A., at home), 2 half-brothers and 2 half-sisters (Nelda and Roy Peachey, near Belleville; Ellie, Mrs. Harvey Hartzler, Belleville; Ethel, Mrs. Calvin Petersheim, Morgantown, Pa.). Her father preceded her in death 9 years ago. At the age of 16 she united with the Locust Grove Mennonite Church, in which fellowship she remained till death. Brief services were conducted at the home by J. L. Mast, with further services at the Locust Grove Church by J. B. Zook and E. B. Peachey. Text, Prov. 27:1. The body was laid to rest in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
Wenger.-Isa, beloved wife of J. J. Wenger, and daughter of Isaac and Jane (Swank) Beery, was born April 26, 1875, near Edom, Va.; departed this life July 11, 1944, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., where she was a patient for most of the past year; aged 69 y. 2 m. 15 d. Ten years ago she had several strokes of paralysis which left her entirely helpless, and her speech was much affected. She was for many years an active member of the Mennonite Church and manifested a special interest in the young people of the church and in the sick of the community, and seemed to have a smile for every one. She often said she was never happier than when she gave two years of free service working for the sick at the Mennonite Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo., in 1909 and 1910. She also gave her services as matron and dietitian the first three years at Eastern Mennonite School when it started first as a Bible School. Surviving are her husband and 3 foster children (C. C. Smith, York, Pa.; Elizabeth Rice Hynson, Indian Head, Md.; and Wilson D. Wenger, overseas). Funeral services were conducted by J. L. Stauffer and Moses Slabaugh. Interment was made in Lindale Cemetery.
Zehr.-Emmanuel E., son of the late Chris S. and Phoebe Zehr, was born near Flanagan, Ill., Dec. 23, 1889; passed away at the Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Dodge, Ia.; July 1, 1944; aged 54 y. 6 m. 7 d. His death was caused by muscular heart trouble. In the spring of 1898 he came with his parents to Manson, Ia., where he has since made his home. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united with the Mennonite Church. On March 20, 1913, he was united in marriage to Freda Schertz, to which union were born a son and 2 daughters, who preceded him in death. Bro. Zehr leaves to mourn his beloved wife, his foster son (Earl), his aged mother, 5 brothers (Arthur N., Ben A., John H., Clarence D., and Elmer E., all of Manson), 4 sisters (Bertha, Mrs. Wm. Birkey; Ada, Mrs. Ray Sutter; Lena, Mrs. Aaron Sutter; and Cora, at home with her mother), and many other relatives and friends. He was a persistent worker in his home, and also in the church. Since a young man he continuously served as Sunday school superintendent or teacher. Previous to his passing he was superintendent of the primary department of the Sunday school. He was a lover of all that was right and good, with a burden for the unsaved, always willing to hear a testimony of his faith, often expressing his convictions on church issues, desiring that everyone might live by the faith once delivered to the saints, and doing his part in making the church a true church. Bro. Nick Stoltzfus had charge of the services at the home and at the Mennonite Church. Burial was made in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Zehr.-Michael S., son of Bishop Christian B. and Veronica Schultz Zehr, was born Nov. 7, 1872, in Waterloo Co., Ont., departed this life July 5, 1944, at Phoenix, Ariz.; aged 71 y. 7 m. 28 d. As a young man he left the place of his birth and spent a short time in Johnson Co., Ia., On Nov. 29, 1894, he was married to Anna Zehr of Lewis Co., N.Y. She preceded him in death June 2, 1941. He leaves to mourn his departure one daughter (Barbara, Mrs. Jacob Esch), one foster daughter (Verna, Mrs. Harklas Dietzel), seven grandchildren, one brother (Jacob Poole, Ont.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Zehr, Elkton, Mich., and Mrs. Peter Lichty,Wellesley, Ont.), as well as many other relatives and friends. In the spring of 1900, he with his companion and her parents left Croghan, N.Y., where they lived after his marriage, and came to Huron Co., Mich., settling on a farm near Pigeon. When still in his youth, he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. He was a zealous worker for the cause of Christ, being an active worker in the Sunday school and other church work wherever opportunity afforded. On Sept. 22, 1905, he was ordained by lot to the ministry, and to the office of bishop on Nov. 30, 1930. Early in his ministry he manifested an interest in mission work, and at two different times he labored in the Ozarks, in Dent Co., Mo. He took an active part in organizing the Conservative Amish Mennonite Conference and was a member of the Executive Committee at the time of his death. He served the church in many places in evangelistic efforts and Bible school work. He traveled quite extensively and never hesitated to leave home when called to labor in the work of the Gospel. For a number of years he was afflicted with asthma, but never seriously until about a year ago. Last November he went to Phoenix, Ariz., where he soon improved. Early in May he returned home assisted in holding communion and in ordaining a bishop to succeed him. He was much concerned about the future welfare of the church and was anxious that the work be well supplied with workers. After a stay of about a week he returned to Arizona, where quite suddenly and unexpectedly he passed away, being serious ill only a few days. He missed the fellowship of his home church much, and a number of times expressed himself as longing for just a few families of like faith with which to worship. In the home he was a kind and affectionate father and grandfather. In the church he was always ready with a solution for every problem. In the conference he will be greatly missed by his colaborers. We humbly submit to Him who doeth all things well. May He whom our departed one so faithfully served receive all the honor and praise. Funeral services were held July 10, 1944, at the home of Bro. and Sister Jacob Esch, by J. R. Bender of Tavistock, Ont., and at the Pigeon River Church in charge of Emanuel Swartzendruber and Nevin Bender of Greenwood, Del., assisted by Edwin Albrecht, Earl Maust, and Raymond Byler. Texts, 1 Tim. 4:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:51-55. At least 25 ministers were present, with a large concourse of brethren and sisters from far and near. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: The print is not clear, so I'm not sure if "Dietzel should be Dretzel."
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