Bechtel. - Martha, daughter of the late Absalom B. and Mary (Groff) Snyder, was born Feb. 5, 1893; departed this life March 12, 1945; aged 52 y. 1 m. 7 d. On Aug. 22, 1916, she was united in marriage to Nelson Bechtel. To them were born five children: Janet May, Mary Alma, Ruth Evelyn, Dorothy Helen, and George. Surviving are her beloved husband, 5 children, her mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 9 nephews, one niece, and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of twelve and was deeply interested in its welfare. She rendered effective service in the sewing circles and relief work of the church, and for a time served as president of the Ontario Conference Association. She was kind, co-operative, and a true Christian, loved by her family, church, and community. Funeral services were held at the Wanner Mennonite Church in charge of C. F. Derstine, assisted by S. F. Coffman. Theme: "There Are Twelve Hours in a Day."
Detwiler. - Rudolph, son of John and Elizabeth Detwiler, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 17, 1860; was called to his eternal rest March 2, 1945; aged 84 y. 3 m. 15 d. He was in failing health for some time, but his condition did not become critical until Feb. 28. When he was five years old his parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he resided the rest of his life. On March 19, 1896, he was united in marriage with Grace Stewards. The Lord blessed this home with six children: John, Hobart, Ind.; Susan Bolton, Elkhart, Ind.; Marie, deceased; Kenneth, Rolling Prairie, Ind.; Ben, Muncie, Ind.; and Lois McKibben, of Elkhart. He united with the Prairie Street Mennonite Church in 1899 and remained a faithful member until death. Besides his widow and 5 children, he is survived by 3 brothers (William and Noah, of Elkhart; and Joe of California), 2 sisters (Mrs. Milo Moyer, of Elkhart; and Mrs. Eli Good, Grand Rapids, Mich.). 16 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. From the time he accepted Christ as his Saviour his chief joy was his fellowship with the Lord and his chief concern was the salvation of others. His last request was for one more opportunity to talk with his children. His daily life and conduct revealed that he was constantly living in the consciousness of the imminent return of the Lord. May the Lord sustain those who mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted by J. E. Gingrich and D. A. Yoder. The text which he selected before his departure was; "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil 1:21).
Gascho. - Jacobina, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Roth. was born March 24, 1873, near Wilmendingen, Germany; left our family circle to join the heavenly hosts March 3, 1945; aged 71 y. 11 m. 7 d. She arrived in New York on her sixteenth birthday, accompanied by one brother and one sister. They came directly to Milford, Nebr., to the home of relatives. She worked out until 1898, when she was married to Joe Gascho. They lived near Milford until 1908, when they moved to their present home north of Wood River, Nebr. Two sons and five daughters were born to this union. She leaves to mourn her departure her loving husband, 2 sons (Alvin, Wood River; and Harry, Beltsville, Md., C.P.S. Camp), 2 daughters (Ida and Kathryn, at home), 18 grandchildren, one daughter-in-law, one stepgranddaughter, one great grandchild, one brother (Ben Roth, of Milford), and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 3 daughters (Mary-Mrs. Abe Roth, Minnie-Mrs. Sid Beckler, and Anna-Mrs. Royden Jantzi), one granddaughter, her parents, 3 sisters, and 11 brothers. At the death of her daughter Mary in 1930, she opened her home to four of her grandchildren (Robert, Delmar, Josephine, and Irene Roth), which is still home to them. Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. When she came to America she transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until her death. In her many duties as mother and grandmother she served with a steady zeal and a quiet, consistent life. Her influence for good touched many lives. The last fourteen months of her life she patiently endured her illness, due to heart trouble and complications, and spent the last week of her life in a hospital. The end came without a struggle as she was beginning to eat her breakfast. Often during her illness she quoted the Saviour's invitation, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Funeral services were conducted March 6 at the home by Peter Kennel and at the Wood River Church by W. R. Eicher. Text Job 21:23-26. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hochstetler. - Mary D. Miller Hochstetler was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 1, 1872; died Feb. 24, 1945; aged 72 y. 8 m. 23 d. On Dec. 22, 1896, she was united in holy matrimony to Joseph D. Hochstetler. Eight children were born to this union: Alvin J., Kalona, Iowa; Mattie-Mrs. Joas J. Gingerich, Silvia-Mrs. Henry H. Troyer, and Amos J., all of Kokomo, Ind.; David J., Bunker Hill, Ind.; and Edna, Edwin, and Elizabeth, who preceded her death in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure, her bereaved husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 21 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Moses D. Miller, Burton, Ohio; Jacob D. Miller, Iowa City, Iowa), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Shanburn, of Minnesota; Laura, Des Moines, Iowa). One granddaughter (Ruth Anna Hochstetler) also preceded her in death. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death.
Hochstetler. - Martin D., son of David D. and Sarah (Miller) Hochstetler was born in Newton Co., Ind., Oct. 21, 1881; died March 9, 1945, at the home of his son, White Cloud, Mich.; aged 63 y. 4 m. 16 d. On Dec. 10, 1903, he was united in marriage to Caroline Schmucker, who preceded him in death two years ago. One daughter (Sarah) also preceded him. He leaves 4 sons and 7 daughters (Floyd, Detroit, Mich.; Wayne, Ferndale, Mich.; David, White Cloud, Mich.; Leonard, U. S. Navy; Frances, wife of Charles King, Freeport, Mich.; Edna, wife of Protus Kauffman, Clarksville, Mich; Minnie, wife of Homer Weiss, Midland, Mich.; Elizabeth, Lowell, Mich.; Sovilla, wife of Jack Bailey; Oneda and Caroline, of White Cloud), 15 grandchildren, his aged father, 2 brothers (Eli and William), 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. He was a member of the White Cloud Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Big Prairie Mennonite Church March 13, conducted by T. E. Schrock and T. U. Nelson. Burial was made in the Miller Cemetery, east of White Cloud.
Kauffman. - Arlene and Eileen, twin daughters of Paul S. and Esther (Borntrager) Kauffman, were born near Bloomfield, Mont., March 3, 1945, and died the same day. They are survived by their parents, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Kauffman, Creston, Mont.; and Mr. and Mrs. Glen J. Borntrager, of Bloomfield), 2 great-grandmothers, and many other relatives. Graveside services were held March 7 at the Red Top Mennonite Cemetery, in charge of Elmer Bontrager.
Kauffman. - Noah D., son of Daniel and Susan Yoder Kauffman, was born at Hubbard, Oreg. April 20, 1883; died at his late home in Manson, Iowa, Feb. 23, 1945; aged 61 y. 10 m. 3 d. At the age of 21 he went to Hopedale, Ill., where he met and in September, 1907, married Kate Egli. In 1915 they moved to Manson. He enjoyed reasonably good health until a few months before his death, when he suffered a paraltyic stroke. He recovered fully from it and was able to be about as usual until Feb. 21, when he suffered another stroke. Nine children were born to them: Marian-Mrs. Wade Jones, Las Animas, Colo.; Grace, in relief work in Puerto Rico; Gertrude-Mrs. John Powell, South English, Iowa; Edith-Mrs. Elmo Piper, Rockwell City, Iowa, Roy of Rockwell City; Joe, Iowa City, Iowa; Daniel, C.P.S., Downey, Idaho; Rose and Walter at home. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church. He was a good father to his children, and when his companion passed away in 1939, he earnestly shouldered the responsibilities of being both father and mother. He was upright in character, and respected and esteemed by friends, neighbors, and family alike. He was a man who lived the conviction he professed. Besides his wife, 2 sisters (Emma and Katie) and 2 brothers (David and Amos) preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure, his 9 children, 10 grandchildren, one brother (Daniel, Chicago, Ill.), and 2 sisters (Ida-Mrs. John Yoder, Canby, Oreg.; and Mrs. Amanda Roth, Salem, Oreg.). Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church Feb. 27, in charge of Nicholas Stoltzfus. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Miller. - Andrew S., son of Daniel C. and Nancy (Grady) Miller, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Dec. 31, 1876; died at his home in Leo, Ind., March 7, 1945; aged 68 y. 2 m. 6 d. On Oct. 29, 1903, he was united in marriage to Emma Stuckey. Three children were born to this union: Elmer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., Ruth, who passed away in 1929; and William, near Leo. Besides his daughter Ruth, his father and mother, one brother (Samuel), and one half sister preceded him in death. When he was two years old his mother passed away, leaving him in the care of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Yoder, who lovingly cared for him. He leaves his sorrowing companion, 2 sons, 9 grandchildren, one brother (Jacob A., Sacremento, Calif.), one foster brother (Dr. S. B. Yoder, Pomona, Calif.), 2 sisters (Fannie, wife of D.C. Schrock, Haven, Kans.; and Lillie, Harper, Kans.). (period not transcriber's punctuation) and many other relatives and friends. In 1894 he united with the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind. After marriage he and his wife resided in Lagrange County for two years, and then moved to Allen County, where he lived at the time of his death. Here he united with the Amish Mennonite Church. In 1910 he was ordained to the ministry to serve this body of believers, and later was instrumental in uniting them with the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. A number of years ago he had a serious attack of pneumonia, which resulted later in chronic bronchitis. About five year ago acute asthma set in, which caused his death after a serious attack of three weeks, duration. All was done that could be done, but God saw fit to take him out of this world of suffering. We humbly submit and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were conducted March 11, in the home by P. A. Heller and at the Leo Mennonite Church by S. J. Miller, assisted by Jesse. Short. Interment was made in the Leo Cemetery.
Miller. - Ella Ada, daughter of the late C. Henry and Sarah E. Mosier, was born in Van Wert Co., Ohio, April 18, 1877, fell asleep in Jesus as a result of a heart attack, March 13, 1945; aged 67 y. 10 m. 23 d. In 1878 she came to Allen Co., Ohio, where she spent the rest of her life. She was of a cheerful disposition, being helpful to her neighbors and friends, devoted to her family, and sincere in her service to Christ. In youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. On Aug. 11, 1897, she was united in marriage to Roy Tucker, who passed away Aug. 13, 1939. Six children were born to this union: Henry, Lima, Ohio; Harry, Delphos, Ohio; Sarah, wife of Charles Ferguson of Lima; Etta, wife of Lloyd Sroufe, Mary, wife of Arthur Smith, and Frank, all of Elida, Ohio. On Oct. 1, 1944 she was united in marriage to David F. Miller, Rittman, Ohio. Besides her husband and children, she leaves the following stepchildren: Jason O. and Walter N., Elkhart, Ind.; Titis E., Falfurrias, Texas; and Maggie C., wife of P. D. Martin of Rittman; also 15 grandchildren, 17 stepgrandchildren, one brother (John L. Mosier, Bremen, Ohio), one sister (Mrs. Gabriel Brunk, Elida, Ohio). (period not transcriber's punctuation) and many other relatives and friends. She cared for five grandchildren in her home almost fourteen years and also took care of her aged father before his death. Her parents, 2 sisters, one brother, and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. She loved the Word of God and often spent early morning hours reading it. We humbly submit to our heavenly Father in calling her from this life. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Elmer E. Yoder and at the Pike Mennonite Church by Enos F. Hartzler and Elmer E. Yoder.
Neff. - Lester H., son of Chester S. and Ruth (Hershey) Neff, was born in Paradise Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 30, 1920; died at the home of his parents, Feb. 19, 1945; aged 24 y. 1 m. 19 d. About two years ago he had a tumor removed from his foot, which gave temporary relief for a little over a year; then he had his foot amputated last July. He had seemingly recovered from this, but took sick in December and was taken to the hospital, where he spent six weeks. He was then removed to the home of his parents, where he gradually grew weaker till the end. He suffered much, but the Lord gave him grace to bear it patiently. At the age of fourteen he united with the Mennonite Church. On Dec. 25, 1942, he was married to Naomi H. Charles. He is survived by his sorrowing wife. (period not transcriber's punctuation) one son (Lester H.), his parents, 2 brothers (Clarence and Earl), one sister (Elizabeth), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Christian Neff and Landis Hershey), and many other relatives and friends. He was a kind, loving husband and father and will be sadly missed in the home, but we submit to our heavenly Father who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held Feb. 22, at the home by Martin Hershey, and at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Jacob Hess (Jno. 13:7) and Parke Book (Ps. 57:1). Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Ropp. - Joseph R., oldest son of Peter and Annie Ropp, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Oct. 8, 1857; passed away March 8, 1945; aged 87 y. 5 m. In his youth he accepted Christ and united with the A.M. Church. In December, 1878, he was united in marriage to Mary Steckley, who passed into the great beyond four years later. On Oct. 8, 1885, he was married to Magdalena Steckley. They adopted two children (Henry and Lydia Ropp), who preceded him in death. About 1895 they moved to Pigeon, Mich., where he engaged in farming and later in carpentering until his eyesight began to fail. The last twenty-one years were spent in utter darkness, during which time he lived in Berne, Mich. He was one of the charter members of the Berne Mennonite Church. On June 7, 1939, his wife passed away, after which he made his home with his nephew, Nick R. Zehr, Imlay City, Mich. On Dec. 20, 1944 he came to Canada to be with his brother Menno, near Tavistock. Two weeks later he took ill with a heart attack and was tenderly cared for in his brother's home until his death. Surviving are one brother (Menno), one sister (Mary, wife of Moses Weidman, Pigeon, Mich.), and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He bore his afflection with Christian fortitude and patience. It was an inspiration to hear him sing, and he seemed to know all songs by memory. The Sunday before his departure he joined in singing the chorus, "I shall know Him by the prints of the nails in His hands." We believe he is now beholding face to face the King in His beauty. Services were held at the home of Menno Ropp on March 11, by Jacob R. Bender. Text, I Pet. 1:25. Memorial services were held at the East Zorra A.M. Church, in charge of Curtis Cressman (text, Rev. 21) and Manasseh Hallman (text, Rev. 12:11), after which the body was shipped to Pigeon, Mich., where services were held at the Pigeon Mennonite Church on March 12, in charge of S. J. Miller. Text, Rev. 1: 17, 18.
Slaubaugh. - Arlene Grace, daughter of Lewis S. and Myrtle Bender Slaubaugh, was born near Parnell, Iowa, March 2, 1931; passed away at her home March 4, 1945; aged 14 y. 2 d. Although her last illness was of only a few days, duration, she had been in failing health for the last four years with heart trouble and complications. She was of a very cheerful dispostion, although handicapped in many ways. For the last two and one-half years she was unable to walk, yet she was always patient and never complained. When asked how she was, she always replied with a smile that she was all right. She enjoyed singing very much, two of her favorite songs being "My Heavenly Home" and "The Empty Mansion." At the age of thirteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour. She will be greatly missed in the home and by all who knew her; for to know her was to love her. An infant sister preceded her in death. Those left to mourn her departure are her parents, one sister (Janette, at home), one grandfather (Joe Bender, Iowa City, Iowa), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home March 6 by Harvey M. Yoder and at the West Union Church by C. J. Yoder and J. Y. Swartzendruber.
Suter. - John R., son of the late Emanuel and Elizabeth Swope Suter, was born Feb. 24, 1863; died Feb. 26, 1945, after an illness of twelve weeks; aged 82 y. 2 d. He was born at New Erection, Va., and spent his entire life in that community, where he was loved by all who knew him. On Nov. 5, 1884, he was married to Fannie Roudabush, who preceded him in death twenty-four years ago. Surviving are 10 children (J. Early, Lawrence, Homer, Jacob, W. Tracey, Robert, Menno, and Claude, all of near Harrisonburg, Va.; Mrs. Lewis Showalter, Broadway, Va.; and Nettie E., at home), 25 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. 4 brothers (E. J. and P. S., of Harrisonburg; C. C., Pittsburg, Pa., and E. C., of New Erection), one sister (Mrs. D. P. Wenger, of New Erection). He and his wife united with the Mennonite Church the year they were married. He taught a Sunday-school class for a number of years and was secretary of the Old Folks, Singing at Weaver's Church for thirty-three years. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Church, in charge of S. H. Rhodes, C. K. Lehman , and Timothy Showalter. Interment was made in the near-by cemetery.
Swartzendruber.--Barbara, daughter of Samuel A. and Anna Miller Hochstedler, was born Nov. 3, 1874 in Johnson Co., Iowa; died of a heart attack March 7, 1945, at the home of Manasses Hochstedler; aged 70 y. 4 m. 4 d. On Sept. 26, 1920, she was united in marriage to Jacob G. Swartzendruber, who departed this life July 25, 1939. Her parents and one sister (Mary--Mrs. Jacob Kauffman) also preceded her in death. Surviving are 5 stepchildren (Mrs. Simon Kinsinger, Parnell, Iowa; Erlis, Loyal, and Mrs. Joel Slaubaugh, Wellman, Iowa; and Mrs. Ralph Brenneman, Kalona, Iowa) 4 brothers (Gideon, Arthur, Ill.; Manasses, Samuel, and John, of Kalona), and many other relatives and friends. In November, 1944, she went to Davenport, Iowa, for medical aid, but did not receive much relief. On Feb. 24 she went to the home of her brother Manasses, where she was cared for till her death. In youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held March 9 at the home of Erlis Swartzendruber and at the Lower Deer Creek Church by Amos Gingerich and C. J. Yoder, ministers of the West Union Church, of which she was a member. Text, Prov. 14:32.
Welty.--John P., son of Peter and Anna Gerber Welty, was born in Paint Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, March 16, 1876; passed away at the home of his nephew, David Welty, near Kidron, Ohio, March 19, 1945, after a brief illness of Brights disease and hardening of the arteries; aged 78 y. 3 m. He was received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church on April 23, 1886. (period not transcriber's punctuation) and later transferred his membership to the Kidron Mennonite Church, where he remained faithful until death. On Dec.31, 1893 he was united in marriage to Anna Bixler, who passed away Feb. 1, 1933. For many years he made his home with the David J. Moser family near Dalton, Ohio, also with his brother Daniel and other relatives until recently when he came to the David Welty home. He leaves one sister (Rosena--Mrs. Daniel Bixler, Medina, Ohio), 2 brothers (Daniel and Reuben, of Kidron). (period not transcriber's punctuation) and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers (Benjamin and William) and two sisters (Barbara--Mrs. Christ Baumgartner and Sarah) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Desvoignes Funeral Home at Mt. Eaton, Ohio, and at the Kidron Mennonite Church, in charge of Reuben Hofstetter, Allen Bixler, and Isaac Zuercher.
Zook.--Cotna, daughter of Christian and Barbara Hooley Kauffman, was born in Michigan, June 16, 1866; departed this life at her home at Garden City, Mo., March 13, 1945; aged 78 y. 8 m. 27 d. Her death was due to heart ailment, from which she suffered much since April, 1944. When four years old she came with her parents to what is now Garden City, where they were pioneers. In this community she spent the remaining years of her life. On March 15, 1891, she was married to John David Zook, who preceded her in death thirty-two years ago. To this union five children were born. Two sons died in early childhood. Those remaining to mourn her departure are, 3 daughters (Trusie Mae, of Garden City; Nellie Marie--Mrs. Samuel M. King, missionary recently returned from India; and Nova Louise--Mrs. C. Harold Yoder, of Garden City), 3 grandchildren (John David and Stanley B. King and Mary Sue Yoder), 2 brothers (J. M. of Garden City, and J. P., Espanola, N. Mex.), and other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her girlhood days and was one of the charter members of the Bethel Mennonite Churuch, near Garden City. She loved her Lord and was greatly concerned for the welfare of the church and that His cause might prosper. Mother met difficulties that came her way with a courage and faith that inspired and challenged others to meet their probelms in the same manner. Punctuality, foresight, and integrity were taught and exemplified in her life. This was symbolized in her preparation for death and in her departure from this life at five o,clock in the morning. For these qualities and for her love and sacrifice to provide for our welfare spiritually and otherwise, we are grateful to God. Words fail to express how much we will miss her, but we rejoice with her in her victory and in the hope of meeting her in the home above. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Bethel Church March 15, in charge of J. C. Driver, W. E. Helmuth, Raymond Hershberger, and G. M. Hansford (of the Methodist Church). Interment was made in the Clearfork Cemetery.
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Ament.--Henry B., son of the late Benjamin and Lydia Brenneman Ament, was born in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 4, 1862; entered into rest at his late home March 17, 1945; aged 83 y. 2 m. 13 d. On Jan. 6, 1885, he was married to Emma W. Sellers, who survives him. He also leaves 6 children (Laura, wife of Harry Kauffman, Lancaster, Pa., Anna, wife of John R. Huber, Conestoga, Pa.; Charles, Mountville, Pa., Esther, wife of David G. Charles, Washington Boro, Pa.; Cora, wife of J. Lloyd Charles, Millersville, Pa.; and Henry, Lincoln Highway West), 17 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Three grandchildren preceded him in death. In the spring of 1890 he and his companion were baptized and received into the Millersville Mennonite Church. His seat at church and Sunday school was never vacant if health permitted. On Jan. 6 he and his companion celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary, when he enjoyed meeting his family and friends. A few weeks later his right eye caused him intense pain. He was under the care of a specialist, and all that loving hearts and willing hands could do was done for his comfort, but he got no relief until the Lord took him home. He was a loving father, a kind neighbor, and had many friends. Funeral services were held March 21 at his late home and the Millersville Mennonite Church, in charge of D. N. Gish, Jacob Hess, Landis Shertzer, and Herbert Fisher. Text, I Pet. 1:4, 5. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Bard.--Andrew S., son of Henry and Fanny Sumpman Bard, was born at Ironville, Lancaster Co., Pa., March 18, 1866; entered into rest at St. Joseph,s Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 28, 1944; aged 78 y. 9 m. 10 d. For fifty-three years he was signal tower operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Later he served for fifteen years as postmaster at Rheems, Pa. He is survived by his wife, 3 children (J.K., Egertsville, N.Y.; R.K. Buffalo, N.Y. and Mrs. Miriam Myers, Springfield, Mass.), and 4 grandchildren. He was a consistent member of the Elizabethtown, Pa., Mennonite Church, remaining loyal until he fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. This was his life motto and he truly lived it: "Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness.(period not transcriber,s punctuation) light; and where there is sadness, joy." May his example of life linger with us always, till we meet again.
Gingerich.--William F., son of Joseph and Veronica Gingerich, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Aug. 21, 1868; died at his home March 28, 1945; aged 76 y. 7 m. 7 d. He was one of a family of ten children, five of whom preceded him in death. In 1890 he was received into the Mennonite Church, in which faith he lived until death. On Sept. 26, 1895, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Miller, who survives. To this union six children were born: Richard (deceased); Bonetta (Mrs. Frank Genge), Oregon, Wis.; Ernest, Moline, Ill.; Sherman, Rock Island, Ill.; Howard and Wallace, Kalona, Iowa. He also leaves 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 4 brothers (Henry of Kalona; Solomon, Eureka Springs, Ark.; John of Kalona; and Otto, Wellman, Iowa), and many other relatives and friends. He was a helpful neighbor and a friend to all. Until four years ago he enjoyed good health. Since then he was afflicted with a weakened heart and suffered several light strokes. The last one was more severe, and he passed away about forty-eight hours later. Funeral services were held March 30 at the Lower Deer Creek Church by S. C. Yoder, D. D. Miller, and J. Y. Swartzendruber.
Holsopple.--Elaine Kay, daughter of Paul and Mary Jane Short Holsopple, was born Sept. 19, 1944; died at the Lee Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., March 31, 1945; aged 6 m. 12 d. Death was caused by pneumonia and intestinal flu. In spite of all the doctors could do, God saw fit to take our darling from us. She is survived by her parents, 3 grandparents, 3 great-grandparents, besides many other relatives and friends. Her grandfather, Emory Holsopple, preceded her in death six weeks ago. Funeral services were held April 2, at the home by H. C. Blough and at the Blough Church by John A. Lehman and H. C. Blough. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Yoder.--Edward, son of Mahlon T. and Mary (Yoder) Yoder,
was born near Kalona, Iowa, July 30, 1893; died at his home at
Scottdale, Pa., March 28, 1945; aged 51 y. 7 m. 28 d. About a
month previous to his death he underwent an operation for hernia,
which revealed a malignant cancerous growth. He made a partial
recovery from the operation and spent the last two weeks of his
life at home. However, instead of gaining strength he became gradually
weaker until the last few days of his life, when it became evident
that the end was approaching rapidly. He was patient in his affliction
and was resigned to the will of God. He retained consciousness
until the last and expressed his desire to be with Jesus. On Aug.
4, 1920, he was married to Estie Miller, Springs, Pa., who survives
him, together with their twelve-year-old son, Virgil Edward. He
is also survived by 2 brothers (Daniel and Herman, Kalona, Iowa)
and 2 sisters (Barbara, wife of Howard Gnagey, Kalona, Iowa and
Ida, Wadsworth, Ohio). He spent his early life in Iowa and later
went to Hesston Academy and Hesston College and Bible School,
from which he graduated (1920 A.B.). He later continued his school
work in the University of Colorado (summer, 1923), the University
of Iowa (1923-25, M.A.), and the University of Pennsylvania (1925-26,
Ph.D.). He served as instructor in our church schools as follows:
Hesston Academy and Bible School 1920-23; Hesston College and
Bible School 1928-32; Goshen College, 1926-28; 1933-38. Besides
being Professor of Greek and Latin in Hesston College and Goshen
College, he was Dean of Hesston College and Bible School, 1929-32
and Dean of Men at Goshen College, 1935-37.
In 1938 he joined the editorial staff of the Mennonite Publishing House to succeed the late J. A. Ressler as editor of the "Advanced Sunday School Lesson Quarterly."He served on the staff of the Publishing House the remainder of his life, and at the time of his death was editor of Sunday School Literature and Librarian of the Historical Library, besides being the writer of the Peace Section of "Christian Doctrine,"the bimonthly doctrinal supplement to the "Gospel Herald."Bro. Yoder was also associate editor and frequent contributor to the "Mennonite Quarterly Review"and one of the editors of the "Mennonite Historical Bulletin."In connection with his work in the Sunday-school field he wrote "Lessons in Christian Doctrine,"which embraces four books of quarterly size covering a year,s work. Besides his Sunday-school work he specialized in writing on historical and peace themes. Some of the books and pamphlets which he wrote are "Our Mennonite Heritage,""Mennonites of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania,""Peace Principles."(period not transcriber,s punctuation) "What About War,"and "Must Christians Fight?"the latter in collaboration with Harold Bender and Jesse Hoover. Just shortly before he went to the hospital he completed a manuscript on Conscription, which will be published soon under the auspices of the Mennonite Central Committee. He was a careful and painstaking writer, a keen investigator and analyst, and an outstanding scholar. He united with the Mennonite Church on Oct. 24, 1909, and remained a faithful member until death. Since his residence in Scottdale he was a member of the Scottdale Mennonite Church, and at the time of his death was superintendent of the Scottdale Sunday School and secretary of the board of trustees of the church. He was of a quiet disposition, a conscientious and devout Christian, and a devoted husband and father. He filled an important place in the Publishing House, the church, and the home, but God saw fit to call him home to Himself, and we submit to His divine will. Funeral services were held at his late home and at the Scottdale Mennonite Church on March 31. Those taking part in the services were Paul Mininger, A. J. Metzler, E. E. Miller, J. L. Horst, Paul Erb, and Chester K. Lehman. Interment was made in the Scottdale Cemetery.
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Dunkelberger.--Mary, daughter of the late Frank and Ida Merkey Dunkelberger, was born Jan. 14, 1900, at Reading, Pa., departed this life very suddenly Feb. 12, 1945, at the home of Paul Sheeler, Spring City, Pa., where she made her home at times; aged 45 y. 29 d. Her parents passed away some years ago, and she was raised in the home of her aunt and uncle (Israel Goods). In her younger years she was received into the Vincent Mennonite Church, where she was a member at the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 15 at the funeral home at Phoenixville, Pa., by Amos Kolb and Henry Bechtel. Interment was made in the Vincent Mennonite Cemetery near Spring City, Pa.
Hartzler.--Beulah Fern, daughter of Sarah and Levi Lantz, was born May 31, 1902, in Belton, Mo.; passed away March 28, 1945; aged 42 y. 9 m. 28 d. She united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. In 1914 she moved with her parents to Holbrook, Colo. On Feb. 12, 1928, she was united in marriage to Marion Hartzler of Harrisonville, Mo., where they made their home. In 1935 they moved to North Webster, Ind. On account of her health they moved to LaJunta, Colo., in March 1944. She was ill for several years and bedfast for almost two years. Through all her suffering she always had a cheerful smile and a word for all. Hers was a life of patience and trust and willingness to help anyone and everyone when the opportunity came. She was preceded in death by her father and an infant daughter. Surviving are her husband, one daughter (Betty Louise), her mother, one sister (Ethel--Mrs. J. E. Ewan, Portland, Oreg.), 3 brothers (Sherman R., La Junta, Colo.; Maurice D., in India; and Park D., Goshen, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. A short service was conducted by E. E. Showalter at the funeral home in La Junta, March 29. The body was then taken to Goshen, Ind., where services were conducted at the home of her mother and at the Brethren Church in North Webster, April 1. Burial was made in the Violett Cemetery at Goshen.
Honsaker.--Ina Etta, daughter of the late David L. and Jane Durr, was born near Masontown, Pa., Aug. 26, 1879; died at her home March 10, 1945; aged 65 y. 6 m. 16 d. Her death came as the result of a stroke. She is survived by her husband (Charles E. Honsaker). (period not transcriber,s punctuation) 2 sons (Edgar and Glenn), 3 grandchildren, and one half sister (Mrs. Ellen McPherson, Washington, D.C.). She was a lifelong member of the Masontown Mennonite Church where she served as deacon,s wife, Sunday-school teacher, and helpful counselor. It was through her interest and concern that the first sewing circle for our sisters was organized and promoted in this congregation. Funeral services were conducted at the church by A.J. Metzler and Paul M. Roth. Text, I Cor. 15:55. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hooley.--Daniel Y., son of Jacob and Polly (Yoder) Hooley, was born near Wooster, Ohio, April 7, 1860; passed away at his home in Elkhart, Ind., March 25, 1945; aged 84 y. 11 m. 18 d. When he was a young boy his parents moved to Indiana, where he grew to manhood. His mother passed away near Howe, Ind., after which he moved with his father and five sisters to Cass County, Missouri. On Sept. 15, 1889, he was united in marriage to Mattie Yoder, of Garden City, Mo. Eleven sons and five daughters were born to this union. He was ordained to the ministry fifty-three years ago and served the following congregations as minister: Garden City, Mo.; Tuleta, Texas; Jet, Okla.; and Crystal Springs, Kans. On Oct. 19, 1942, the family moved to Elkhart and transferred their membership to the Prairie St. Church. Here he attended regularly when health permitted. He leaves his wife and the following children: Carl, Reno, Nev.; Ruth--Mrs. Herman R. Miller, Newton, Kans.; Jennie--Mrs. Noah Schrock, Topeka, Ind.; Jesse, Enid, Okla.; Nellie--Mrs. Dan Reber, Anthony, Kans.; Daniel, Middlebury, Ind.; Walter, Elkhart, Ind.; Martha--Mrs. Glenn Rodgers, Los Angeles, Calif.; Willard, Hammett, Idaho; Jewell, at home; and Harold, Nampa, Idaho. Four sons preceded him in infancy, and one son (Paul) in November, 1938. He also leaves three sisters: Mrs. Jonathan Hartzler, Marshallville, Ohio; Mrs. Sarah Yoder, Coldwater, Mich.; and Mrs. Emma Plank, Chester, Mont. For three weeks preceding his death he was not very well and was anxious to go home. The close communion with his heavenly Father which he constantly enjoyed gradually carried him over to the great beyond. His passing came suddenly and unexpectedly. Funeral services were held at the Prairie St. Church, in charge of J. E. Gingrich, assisted by J. S. Hartzler and Donald King. Text, I Cor. 15:57.
Kauffman.--Minerva Mae, daughter of the late Jacob and Malinda Byler Detweiler, was born Oct. 23, 1886, in Reno Co., Kans; died April 2, 1945; aged 58 y. 5 m. 10 d. In 1890 the family moved to Lawrence Co., Pa., and in 1899 to Nampa, Idaho, where the father died in April, 1901. In the fall of that year they moved back to Pennsylvania, where she spent the rest of her life. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member. She taught a Sunday-school class for a number of years. She was of a quiet nature, but her life was a wonderful testimony for Christ. On March 7, 1905, she was married to Abraham Kauffman, who survives. To this union seven children were born, one of whom preceded her in death. Besides her husband, she leaves 4 sons (Clarence A., Charles E., and Thurman A., of Volant, Pa.; and Kenneth R., of New Castle, Pa.), 2 daughters (Edith, wife of Glen Lapp, Volant, Pa.; and Lucille E., at home), 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers,(Perry, Greenville, Pa.; and Raymond, Denver, Colo.), one sister (Amelia, wife of Harvey Miller, Volant, Pa.) and many other relatives and friends. One grandson preceded her in death.
King.--Amos Lester, son of David and Jemima (Hartzler) King, was born Oct. 19, 1882, passed away very unexpectedly as the result of a heart attack, March 31, 1945; aged 62 y. 5 m. 12 d. On March 26 he was admitted to the Mt. Carmel Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and the following day underwent an operation for the removal of a cataract on his eye. He apparently got along fine until he suffered the heart attack. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in early youth and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, living an active and devoted Christian life. On Jan. 3, 1918, he was married to Elsie Detweiler, who departed this life Feb. 2, 1929. Four children were born to this union: Merl David, Iowa Falls, Iowa; Martha, at home and twins--Herman, Marlboro, N.J., and Helen, Lafayette, R.I. On Sept. 24, 1940, he was united in marriage to Clara M. Roth, who remains to mourn his sudden departure. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. He was a devoted Bible student and committed much of God,s Word to memory, which was a blessing to him in his late years when he lost his eyesight to the extent he could not read. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, April 2, in charge of N. E. Troyer and S. E. Allgyer. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mellinger.--Anna Mary, infant daughter of Elvin E. and Ruth Stauffer Mellinger, West Willow, Pa., died at birth, April 4, 1945. Besides her parents she is survived by her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. B. K. Mellinger, Lancaster, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Phares K. Stauffer, Millersville, Pa.) and great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jacob N. Stauffer). Burial was made in the New Danville Mennonite Cemetery.
Stauffer.--Jacob L., son of the late Rudolph and Annie Latshaw Stauffer, was born in East Pikeland Twp., Chester Co., Pa. April 6, 1864; departed this life at his home near Spring City, Pa., March 2, 1945; aged 80 y. 10 m. 26 d. On Dec. 24, 1887, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Longacre. On Jan. 6, 1895, he was received into the Vincent Mennonite Church and lived a faithful, consistent life, having a desire to attend church services as long as health permitted. His health was failing for the last ten years, and he was bedfast for nearly three years. His wife preceded him in death nearly five months ago. He is survived by 4 children (John L., Harrisonburg, Va., and Rudy L., Wooster, Ohio--both ministers of the Gospel; Mary--Mrs. Allen B. Guntz, at home; and Clayton L., Phoenixville, Pa.), 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Vincent Church March 7 by Amos Kolb and Elmer Kolb. Text, Job 14:14b. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Stoltzfus.--John M., son of the late Gideon and Susanna Mast Stoltzfus, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 10, 1862; fell asleep peacefully at his home near Atglen, Pa., Feb. 23, 1945; aged 82 y. 4 m. 13 d. His departure was sudden, due to heart attack on Feb. 22. In early youth he accepted Christ and remained faithful until death. On Oct. 6, 1889, he was ordained to the ministry by his father at the Millwood A.M. Church, near Gap, Pa., of which he was a member. His last sermon was delivered at the Parkesburg Mission on Feb. 11 (text, Ps. 112). For the past four years he could not see to read the Bible but had a good memory. On Dec. 27, 1887, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Neuhouser, who preceded him in death April 13, 1937. To this union ten children were born. Two daughters (Ada N., wife of Joseph King, and an infant, Esther) preceded him in death. He leaves 8 children (Joseph H., Gap, Pa.; Samuel, Atglen, Pa.; Aaron, Parkesburg, Pa.; Lydia, wife of Isaac Mast, Christiana, Pa.; John, Parkesburg, Pa.; Elam, Atglen, Pa.; Henry, Parkesburg, Pa.; and Frank, Coatesville, Pa.), 37 grandchildren, one sister (Lizzie Zook, Gap, Pa.), one brother (Jacob P., Gap, Pa.), and many friends. He gave many good admonitions to the church and his family, which will not soon be forgotten. He was deeply concerned for the welfare of the rising generation. He expressed his readiness to go when the Lord should call him. Funeral services were held Feb. 28, at the home in charge of Leroy Stoltzfus and at the Millwood Church by John S. Mast and John A. Kennel. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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Day.--Mary Day was born July 1, 1878; died at her late home near Harman W. Va., March 7, 1945; aged 66 y. 8 m. 6 d. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by 8 children (Baxter, Ridgeley, W. Va.; Bessie, Cumberland, Md.; Margie, Coalton, Ohio; Nellie, Rosie, and Bertha, Harman, W. Va.; Alice, Parsons, W. Va.; and Ben, U.S. Army), 31 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and 2 brothers. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Riverside Church, March 10, in charge of Hiram Weaver, Oliver Keener, and R. W. Benner. Interment was made in the Judy Cemetery.
Groneman.--Adolph Groneman was born in Hanover, Germany, Nov. 19, 1858; quietly passed away after three months of failing health at the Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., March 1, 1945; aged 86 y. 3 m. 10 d. In 1878 his parents migrated to America, locating first in Minnesota and the following year moving to McPherson Co., Kans. At the age of fourteen he was confirmed as a member of the Lutheran Church. On Dec. 13, 1891, he was united in marriage to Minnie Schneider, who preceded him in death June 3, 1939. He leaves one daughter (Mrs. Lena Rodgers, Hesston, Kans.), one grandson (Lloyd Rodgers, New Raymer, Colo.); and one brother (Herman, Newton, Kans.). He was an early pioneer of McPherson County and by hard work and frugal living acquired for himself a home and a respected place among his neighbors and acquaintances. He was of a quiet disposition and enjoyed his home life, in which he kept a close interest. From the time of his retirement from active work until his death, he made his home with his daughter, first on the home farm and later in Hesston. Funeral services were held at the Duff Funeral Chapel in Newton by Owen Hershberger and at the Pennsylvania Church by Earl Buckwalter. Interment was made in the Meridian Church Cemetery.
Lehman.--Sarah Hege Lehman was born March 18, 1872; died March 24, 1945; aged 73 y. 6 d. Her death came very suddenly after an illness of several months, during which time she often said that her time here was short and that she was ready to go. On Dec. 20, 1894, she was married to David B. Lehman. Soon after this they together accepted Christ as Saviour and became members of the Mennonite Church. She leaves her husband, 8 sons and 2 daughters (J. Irvin, Reuben, Victor, and Walter, Chambersburg, Pa.; David, Greencastle, Pa.; Mrs. Benjamin Horst and Mrs. Isaac Martin, Jr., Hagerstown, Md.; Menno, Maugansville, Md.; Andrew, Marion, Pa.; and Weagley, Hagarstown, Md.), 52 grandchildren, one great-grandson, one brother (Henry K. Hege, Maugansville, Md.), and 2 stepbrothers (Ammon Eby and John Eby, Chambersburg, Pa.). They resided in Franklin Co., Pa., until last fall, when they removed to the home of their daughter Susan (Mrs. Isaac Martin, Jr.). Mother had a simple and strong faith in her Saviour and always endeavored to please Him by her life. Funeral services were held March 27, at the home of Norman Martin and at the Marion Church by C. V. Martin and Harvey Shank. Test, Gal. 6:9. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin.--Martha K., daughter of the late P. L. and Susan Eshleman, was born Jan. 29, 1877; died at her home in Maugansville, Md., March 26, 1945; aged 68 y. 1 m. 26 d. At the age of fifteen she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. On Aug. 16, 1898, she was united in marriage to John M. Martin. To this union three children were born. One infant preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, one daughter (Mrs. John E. Risser, Maugansville, Md.), one son (J. Preston, Hagarstown, Md.), 4 granddaughters, and 2 grandsons. Death came very suddenly after a few days, illness. Her quiet personality gave a peaceful testimony to those with whom she came in contact. She will be greatly missed in the home, church and community. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church March 28, in charge of George S. Keener, John F. Grove, and Abram M. Baer. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Shank.--Donna Louise, adopted daughter of John F. and Katie F. (Brunk) Shank, was born March 8, 1940; died Feb. 18, 1945, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 4 y. ll m. 10 d. Until the age of one year she was in perfect health, with normal development and an unusually pleasant disposition. At this age she became ill with encephalitis (sleeping sickness). The best medical assistance available was secured for her, but from then until her death she remained a patient invalid in the loving care of her foster parents. Funeral services were in charge of Lewis P. Showalter. The sermon was preached by J. Irvin Lehman (text, Matt. 10:40-42). Her body was interred in the Zion Church Cemetery, Broadway, Va.
Short.--Aaron, son of Jospeh P. and Catherine Short, was born Jan. 26, 1874; suddenly passed to his eternal reward April 10, 1945; aged 71 y. 2 m. 15 d. On Feb. 9, 1896, he was united in marriage to Sarah Rupp, who passed away in 1930. He leaves 6 children (Dennis, Inez--Mrs. Raymond Zaerr, Emmet, Earl, Ruth, and Marie--Mrs. Willard Short, all of Archbold, Ohio), 14 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his companion, one daughter (Thelma), 4 grandchildren, 4 sisters, and one brother. As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. He will be remembered as a kind and loving father and grandfather and as one who lived a quiet Christian life in the home, church, and community. Funeral services were held April 13, at the home by Wyse Graber and at the Central Mennonite Church by Simon Stuckey and Walter Stuckey. Texts, Ps. 116:15; II Tim. 1:12. Burial was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Springer.--Joseph, son of Joseph and Mattie Zimmerman Springer, was born at Ohio Station, Ill., Oct. 11, 1862; departed this life at Princeton, Ill., April 12, 1945; aged 82 y. 6 m. 1 d. At the age of twenty-one he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Willow Springs Mennonite Church, near Tiskilwa, Ill., remaining an active member until the time of his departure. On Feb. 5, 1895, he was united in marriage to Mary Burcky, who passed away May 5, 1898. Two sons were born to this union: Gilbert and Edward. On Feb. 6, 1901, he was united in marriage to Lydia Sears. Three children were born to this union: Clara Mae, Martha, Lucille, and Orville John (who died in infancy). He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 2 sons (Gilbert, Princeton, Ill; and Edward, Aurora, Nebr.) and 1 daughters (Clara Slagel, Flanagan, Ill.; and Martha Schertz, Princeton, Ill.). Funeral services were held at the Willow Springs Church, in charge of C. A. Hartzler and Ira Eigsti.
Stimmel.--Eliza Alice, daughter of John Y. and Elizabeth Eutsey, was born June 8, 1880; died of a heart attack at her home near Scottdale, Pa., April 15, 1945; aged 64 y. 10 m. 7 d. She was a member of the Scottdale Mennonite Church for several years. Surviving are her husband (Marion Stimmel), 6 children (Myrtle, Mrs. Bertha Wilkins, Mrs. Ethel Moore, Mrs. Helen Kropp, Curtis, and Harry), and 3 brothers. One child preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the home April 17, in charge of J. L. Horst and Leonard Haarer. Burial was made in the Greenlick Cemetery.
Wideman.--Lucinda, daughter of Daniel and the late Mrs. Martin, was born in Woolwich Twp., April 7, 1907; died March 28, 1945; aged 37 y. 11 m. 21 d. For several months she suffered severe pain from cancer, but bore it all with Christian patience until the Lord called her home. Surviving are her husband (Aaron Wideman), 6 children (Alice, Elaine, Elroy, Beulah, Reta and Eva), 2 brothers (Jesse B., Waterloo, Ont.; Enoch, St. Jacobs, Ont.), and her father, also of St. Jacobs. In early youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church of which she was a member at her death. She was a faithful steward in her responsibility as a Christian mother and regularly attended the St. Jacob,s Mennonite Church. Funeral services where conducted at her home church on March 30, in charge of Roy S. Koch, assisted by Oliver D. Snider. Interment was made in the Conestoga Cemetery.
Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana