Bemesderfer. - Annie, daughter of the late Benjamin and Barbara Nissly Metzler, was born April 9, 1870; passed away at her home near East Petersburg, Pa., after an illness of one year, Aug. 13, 1945; aged 75 y. 4 m. 4 d. She was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Surviving are her husband (Phares Bemesderfer), 2 children (Elsie - Mrs. Walter Hess, at home; and Norman, Lancaster, Pa.), 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She bore her affliction patiently. Funeral services were held Aug. 16, at the home and the East Petersburg Church, in charge of Frank N. Kreider, John H. Gochnauer, and James Siegrist. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Gongwer. - Walter B., son of Albert and Saloma (Yoder) Gongwer, was born Jan. 11, 1898; passed away suddenly of a heart attack at his home near Elkhart, Ind., June 7, 1945; aged 47 y. 4 m 26 d. His passing came as a shock to his family and friends as he had no previous attacks. He united with the First Christian Church in Wakarusa, Ind., Oct. 23, 1933, and each Sunday found him in his accustomed place at the house of God. On June 30, 1935, he was united in marriage to Mary Blocher. This union was blessed with two daughters (Carolyn Jane and Sharon Ann). He leaves to mourn his departure, his companion, 2 children, 3 brothers (Maurice, Wakarusa, Ind.; Vernon, Elkhart, Ind.; and Willis, Goshen, Ind.), 2 sisters (Florence - Mrs. Chester Blosser, of Elkhart; and Grace - Mrs. Serenus Bare, Nappanee, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. We humbly submit to our heavenly Father, who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held June 10 at the First Christian Church in Wakarusa, in charge of Gordon Kemble, assisted by D. A. Yoder. Text, Ps. 62:5, 6. Interment was made in the Olive Cemetery.
Hostetler. - Mellie Kathryn, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Troyer, was born near Garden City, Mo., Dec. 22, 1868; died at Silverton, Oreg., Aug. 5, 1945; aged 76 y. 7 m. 13 d. On Dec. 18, 1892, she was united in marriage to Wallace Kauffman, who preceded her in death in 1899. On Feb. 19, 1916, she was united in marriage to M. H. Hostetler, who passed away in May, 1936. She leaves to mourn her passing, one daughter (Mrs. Grace Burck, Canby, Oreg.), one sister (Mrs. Melinda Kauffman, Hubbard, Oreg.), one grandson, 3 stepdaughters, 5 stepsons, and many other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour during a series of meetings conducted by the late J. S. Coffman and was lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. During her last illness she realized she could not get well and looked forward with joy to leaving this earthly tabernacle and entering the eternal habitations of the redeemed. Funeral services were held Aug. 7 at the Ringo Funeral Home, Woodburn, Ore., in charge of Paul N. Roth, assisted by Chester Kauffman. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment was made in the Zion Cemetery.
Lichty. - Noah M. Lichty was born near Floradale, Ont., March 7, 1873; passed away July 28, 1945; aged 72 y. 4 m. 21 d. On April 10, 1898, he was united in marriage to Rachel Shoemaker, who survives him. Also surviving are 5 children (Isaac, Israel, and Clayton, of Floradale; Katie - Mrs. Roy Hartzler, Wakarusa, Ind.; and Emmeline - Mrs. Herbert Kritz, Kitchener, Ont.), 12 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters. One brother and three sisters pre-deceased him. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Floradale, at which place the funeral was held on July 31, in charge of Reuben Dettwiler and Oliver D. Snider. Interment was made in the North Woolwich Cemetery.
Weaver. - Rachel, daughter of Ezra M. and Emma Martin, was born in Wallace Twp., Ont., Feb. 16, 1887; passed away Aug. 19, 1945; aged 58 y. 2 m. 7 d. On Dec. 25, 1907, she was united in marriage to Simeon Weaver. Surviving are the husband, 3 brothers (Frank, Kitchener; Ont.; and Eli and Nelson, Bridgeport, Ont.), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Ezra Hegerdorn, of Kitchener; Mrs. Ed Hoffman and Mrs. Samuel Fischer, of Bridgeport; and Mrs. Silas Koontz, Medina, N. Y.). Following an illness of about three months, she was admitted to the hospital, where she submitted to an operation for goiter on Aug. 18. She did not rally from the operation. As a deacon's wife she filled her place in the church as well as in the home. Funeral services were held at Floradale, Ont., Aug. 21, in charge of Reuben Dettwiler and Oliver D. Snider. Interment was made in the Free Church Cemetery at Bridgeport.
Wingeier. - Fred Christian, son of Christian and Caroline Wingeier, was born near Strasburg, Ohio, Jan. 7, 1878; passed away of a heart attack Feb. 5, 1945; aged 67 y. 29 . On Feb. 13, 1900, he was united in marriage to Rachel Stemen. To this union eleven children were born, three of whom preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 5 sons (Benoni and Fred. Jr., Pataskala, Ohio; John, Granville, Ohio; Noah, Coshocton, Ohio; and Walter, Canton, Ohio), 3 daughters (Grace, at home; Lucy, Columbus, Ohio; and Mrs. Edith Sherman, of Granville), 12 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Will, Beach City, Ohio; and C. W. Woodworth, N. Dak.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Lena Goodman, Winesburg, Ohio; and Mrs. Lucy Stozel, Woodworth, N. Dak.), and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers (John and Ernest) preceded him in death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church of Pickerington, Ohio. His father and mother came from Switzerland in 1871. Funeral services were held at the Morrow Funeral Home, Pataskala, in charge of Chester B. Alspach and Louis Amstutz. Interment was made in the Pataskala Cemetery.
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Bechtel. - Jennie D., daughter of the late Michael R. and Anna B. (Detweiler) Ebersole, was born at Sterling, Ill., Aug. 30, 1883; died at her home in Pine Craft, Sarasota, Fla., of a malignant tumor, Aug. 18, 1945; aged 61 y. 11 m. 18 d. She was converted in 1902 and received into the Mennonite Church by the late Daniel Kauffman. In 1906 she with her parents and sister Eliza moved to Souderton, Pa. She was active in Sunday-school work, especially in the beginning of the Norristown Mission work. On May 10, 1941, she was married to Francis Bechtel of Harrisonburg, Va., to which place she brought her church letter. Surviving are her husband, 3 stepdaughters, 9 stepgrandchildren, and a number of cousins. Funeral services were held at the Shannon Funeral Home in Sarasota the evening of Aug. 20 by George F. Brunk of the Tampa Mission. Text, I Sam. 20:18b. The body was then shipped to Souderton, Pa., where services were held in the Mennonite Church on Aug. 25, in charge of John Lapp, assisted by Jacob M. Moyer. Text, Rev. 21:4. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Brubaker. - Ezra H., youngest son of Martin and Mattie Brubaker, was born March 14, 1883; died at the home of his son Marion near Orrville, Ohio, Aug. 26, 1945; aged 62 y. 5 m. 12 d. On March 21, 1911, he was married to Lydia Amstutz. One daughter (Sarah) preceded her father in death about thirteen years ago. Surviving are his widow, one son (Marion), 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jonas and Daniel, North Lawrence, Ohio), and many more distant relatives. He was a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the church, Aug. 28, by I. J. Buchwalter, Alva Wengerd, O. N. Johns, and John Miller. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.
Bucher. - Mabel H., daughter of Joseph B. and Bertha Hertzler Bucher, was born in Penn Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 4, 1915; entered into rest July 21, 1945; aged 29 y. 7 m. 17 d. Her passing, which resulted from a heart condition, was sudden and a shock to all. She was a faithful member of Erbs Mennonite Church and had a burden for the unsaved at home and abroad. She will be greatly missed in the home, the community, and the church. Surviving are her parents, one sister (Irene - Mrs. Clarence Nolt), and 5 brothers (Willis, Amos, and Frank, Lititz, Pa.; Omar and Ivan, in the U. S. army). Funeral services were held July 25, at the home and Erb's Church, conducted by Homer Bomberger and Harry Shreiner. Text, Ps. 39:4, 5. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Egli. - Brenda Elaine, daughter of Ralph B. and Lela Mae Egli, was born at Pekin, Ill., March 24, 1945; died at the Memorial Hospital, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 24, 1945; aged 5 m. God plucked our little bud and transplanted her into His garden in heaven, where she is safely resting in the arms of Jesus. Besides her sorrowing mother and father, she leaves her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sieh, Tallula, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Simon Egli, Hopedale, Ill.) and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, Hopedale, in charge of --- DeClark. Text, "And a little child shall lead them."
Egli. - Lawrence Theodore, son of C. B. and Emma Grimm Egli, was born at Hopedale, Ill., Dec. 22, 1908; departed this life July 29, 1945, at the Glockner Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo., after an illness of several months; aged 36 y. 7 m. 7 d. On Aug. 1, 1937, he was united in marriage to Lola Schertz, who survives. He also leaves his father and stepmother, 6 brothers (Joe, Conneautville, Pa.; Lou, Gilmore City, Iowa; Emery and Sam, Rockwell City, Iowa; Jesse, Manson, Iowa; and Stanley, of Hawaii), 3 sisters (Mrs. Maude Swartzendruber, La Junta, Colo.; Mrs. Chancy Litwiller, Hopedale, Ill.; and Ida, of La Junta), 17 nephews, and 6 nieces. His mother and 2 brothers (Ammon and John) preceded him in death. The family moved to Manson, Iowa, in 1911, where he grew to manhood. In early youth he united with the Mennonite Church at Manson in which he retained his membership until a year ago when he and his wife united with the Mennonite Church at Denver, Colo., where they had made their home since the spring of 1944. While health permitted he was active as a Sunday-school superintendent for several years and was serving in that capacity when he was forced to move to Colorado five years ago because of ill health. Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite Church, Aug. 1, in charge of Allen H. Erb, assisted by Nicholas Stoltzfus. Interment was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Frey. - Benjamin Frey was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 1, 1861; passed away at his late home in Miami Co., Ind., Aug. 27, 1945; aged 84 y. 5 m. 26 d. In 1876 he went with his parents to Lagrange Co., Ind., and in 1882 came to Miami and Howard County. In 1883 he was married to Catherine Shrock. The following year they united with the Mennonite Church. Eleven children were born to this union, two of whom (Lily Condo and Frank) preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his passing, his companion, 5 daughters and 4 sons who have lost an affectionate, loving father, 19 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Howard-Miami County Church on Aug. 29, in charge of the local ministry. Text, Job 5:26 (which had been selected by the brother). Burial was made in the Mast Cemetery.
Farver. - Martha, daughter of Alexander and Sarah Hostetler, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio. Oct. 11, 1871; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus at her home near Orrville, Ohio, Aug. 24, 1945; aged 73 y. 10 m. 13 d. On Jan. 24, 1897, she was united in marriage to Albert Farver, who survives. She also leaves one daughter (Iva, at home), 2 sons (Roy, of Orrville; and Paul, Smithville, Ohio), 2 daughters-in-law, 2 grandchildren, 2 sisters ((Mrs. W. A. Beachy, Sugarcreek, Ohio; and Iva Hostetler, of Smithville), 3 brothers (Abner B., Shanesville, Ohio; Alvin A. and Lloyd W., both of Smithville), and many other relatives and friends. One sister (Barbara) and one infant brother preceded her in death. Early in life she confessed Christ as her Saviour and was received as a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. When the family moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, she transferred her membership to the Oak Grove Church and continued faithful and loyal in the service of her Lord, being interested in the activities of the church and in promoting the Christian faith. Funeral services were conducted by William G. Detweiler and J. S. Gerig. Text, Ps. 112:6. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Gerber. - Jacob, son of Jacob and Rachel Gerber, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 7, 1874; departed this life at his home near Neshannock Falls, Lawrence Co., Pa., Aug. 27, 1945, following an extended illness; aged 70y. 9 m. 20 d. Surviving are his widow (Fannie Moose Gerber), 7 children (Frank, at home; Mrs. Clarence Richeal, New Castle, Pa.; Mrs. Jacob Conrad, Wooster, Ohio; Elton, Volant, Pa.; Mervin, Orrville, Ohio; Mrs. Harold Miller, New Castle, Pa.; and Geneva, at home), 25 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church near New Wilmington, Pa. Funeral services were conducted at the home by R. D. Kauffman and at the church by E. J. Zook and David Steiner. Text, Heb. 9:27. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Jantzi. - Solomon R., son of Daniel and Barbara (Rachley) Jantzi, was born at Linwood, Ont., March 21, 1876; departed this life at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, N. Y., where he had been a patient for seven days, July 24, 1945; aged 69 y. 4 m. 3 d. Although he had not been well for some time, little did we realize that he would be called so suddenly from our midst. In 1899 he came to Lowville, N. Y., where he since resided. On Oct. 8, 1901, he was married to Anna Lehman, who survives. Eleven children were born to this union: Aaron, Rosila, Mahlon, Rudolph, Simon, Kathryn - Mrs. Charles Forrester, and Esther, all of Lowville; Elmer, Glenfield, N. Y.; Sarah - Mrs. Lloyd Zehr, Alvin, and Marion, of Lowville. He also leaves 21 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Chris, Mose, and John, of Ontario; and Daniel, of Alberta), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Nafziger, of Alberta; Mrs. John Holst and Mrs. Allen Bender, Baden, Ont.). In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Conservative A. M. Church near Croghan, N. Y. He attended faithfully as long as health permitted. Because of the illness of his companion, a private prayer service was held at the home July 26 by C. M. Nafziger, with further services at the Croghan A. M. Church by Elias Zehr and Allen Gingerich. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Kreider. - Musser Kreider was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 1, 1880; died at Martinsburg, Pa., Aug. 24, 1945; aged 65 y. 6 m. 23. As a young man he came to Morrison's Cove. Here on Jan. 31, 1904, he was united in marriage to Jennie Byers. Early in married life they started in the Christian life together. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. The youngest child (Paul) preceded his father in death. Surviving are his widow, 3 children (Irvin, Ruth - Mrs. T. R. Snyder, and Alice - Mrs. Clayton Frey), 15 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Harry and Elmer), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Annie Kreider, Mrs. Bertha Denlinger, and Mrs. Ada Martin). He was in failing health for several years, during which time he suffered much; however, his passing was peaceful, as he was in a state of coma for five days previous to his death and thus went into his long sleep. Funeral services were held at the Martinsburg Church on Aug. 27. At his request, Elmer Martin, Lancaster, Pa., (his brother-in-law) preached the sermon, assisted by D. I. Stonerook and C. A. Graybill. His body awaits the resurrection in the Fairview Cemetery at Martinsburg.
Loucks. - Aaron, son of Jacob S. and Mary Saylor Loucks, was born at Scottdale, Pa., Nov. 20, 1864; died at his home in Scottdale, Aug. 20, 1945; aged 80 y. 9 m. With the exception of thirteen months when he lived at Riverside, Calif., he resided all his life in Scottdale and vicinity. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since the spring of 1887, and was a charter member of the Scottdale congregation when it was incorporated in January, 1898. He was ordained to the ministry at Stonerville, now Alverton, Pa., Sept. 18, 1892, and as bishop at Scottdale, Jan. 10, 1897. He was the moving spirit in having a church built in Scottdale in 1893, and took an active interest in the erection of the present building in 1939. He was the founder of the Mennonite Publishing House and was the leader in beginning the publication of the Gospel Witness in 1905, which was merged with the Herald of Truth in 1908 to become the Gospel Herald. At this time the institution became the official publication headquarters of the Mennonite Church. He served as manager of the Mennonite Publishing House until 1935. Bro. Loucks spent much time in church work and was active in all the organized activities of the church, especially General Conference, the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, and the Mennonite Board of Education, of which he served as treasurer for a number of years. As chairman of the Mennonite Relief Commission for War Sufferers he made a trip to the Near East in the early part of 1918. He attended some of the early Sunday-school conferences held among the Mennonites, being present at the second General Sunday School Conference, held at the Zion Mennonite Church near Bluffton, Ohio, in 1893, and at the third, held near Middlebury, Ind., in 1894. His vision of the possibilities for such meetings held for the benefit of Sunday-school workers was among the factors which led to the beginning of the Mennonite Sunday School Conference of the Southwestern Pennsylvania district, the second annual session of which was held with the Scottdale congregation in October, 1896. From observing and learning about the Bible conference movement as it was then carried on by Bible teachers like R. A. Torrey and others, Bro. Loucks conceived the idea that Bible teaching of that type would do much toward supplying the existing need of more basic Bible instruction for the rank and file of the membership of the Mennonite denomination. He succeeded in awakening interest among his younger co-workers, with the result that the first Bible conference held in a Mennonite congregation was conducted at Scottdale for two weeks beginning Dec. 28, 1896. On Oct. 28, 1886, he was united in marriage to Amelia C. Medsgar, who preceded him in death Dec. 10, 1931. On Oct. 12, 1933, he was married to Sadie Saylor, who preceded him in death nearly a year ago. Surviving are two sons (Walter M. and William J., of Scottdale), one daughter (Anna M., Greensburg, Pa.), 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, one stepson (Ralph Saylor, Donegal, Pa.), one stepdaughter - Mrs. D. S. Newill, Connellsville, Pa., 3 brothers (Abraham R., John R., and George S., all of Scottdale), and 2 sisters (Ada, widow of A. D. Martin, Sumner, Wash.; and Cora - Mrs. C A. Brilhart, of Scottdale). Funeral services were held at the Scottdale Mennonite Church, Aug. 24, conducted by J. L. Horst, C. F. Westover, S. C. Yoder, Simon Gingerich, D. A. Yoder, and A. J. Metzler, Text, John 14:1, 2. Burial was made in the Alverton Cemetery.
Rutt. - Elmer L., son of David K. and Lizzie Leaman Rutt, was born near Strasburg, Pa., Nov. 7, 1901; died Aug. 14, 1945; aged 43 y. 9 m. 6 d. His death was due to accidental drowning while bathing. On Nov. 14, 1923, he was united in marriage to Anna R. Martin, who survives. He also leaves 2 children (Mary Jane and David), his parents, one sister (Mary L. - Mrs. John Stoner, Lancaster, Pa.), and one brother (Ira L., Strasburg, Pa.). Two infant sons preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death. His kind and friendly disposition won for him many friends. He was greatly concerned for the welfare of his family and will always be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father. We humbly submit to His will, knowing that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held Aug. 18, at his late home in charge of Christian Brubaker and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Emory Herr and Jacob Harnish. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Shank. - Joseph Henry, son of John and Mary Shank, was born near Garden City, Kans., Aug. 15, 1887; died at La Junta, Colo., Aug. 27, 1945; aged 58 y 12 d. In his youth he united with the Holbrook Mennonite Church. Mrs. Mary C. Brenneman, a cousin who made her home with him, and Mrs. Brenneman's daughter, Mrs. Myron Lapp, survive, as do many other cousins and friends. His parents preceded him in death. He was an active member of the church and participated in many activities. At the time of his death he was teaching two Sunday-school classes and conducting as hour's service of sacred song on radio station KOKO each Sunday. He was also teaching a Bible class each week at the Pueblo Mission. During his late years he devoted most of his spare time to Bible study. He was also very much interested in music and in his earlier years conducted music classes for the young people of the Holbrook congregation. There is a current series of articles running in the Gospel Herald written by Bro. Shank on appreciation of Gospel hymns. His willingness to fill in where needed and his kindness in the home will be missed by those he leaves behind. Funeral services were held in the La Junta Mennonite Church, in charge of E. E. Showalter and Allen H. Erb. Burial was made in the Fairview Cemetery.
Stauffer. - Sylvia Steiner Stauffer was born near Orrville, Ohio, March 21, 1891; died Aug. 24, 1945; aged 54 y. 5 m. 3 d. In early life she united with the Mennonite church and remained a faithful member. On June 23, 1923, she was united in marriage to Rudy L. Stauffer. Five children were born to this union: David Clyde, who preceded her in death in 1935; Noah Elmer, Daniel Milton, Marion Peter, and Mary Carolyn. She is also survived by 2 brothers (Clarence Steiner, of California, and Earl Steiner, Marshallville, Ohio), one sister (Dillia Steiner, Wichita, Kans.), 3 half sisters (Mrs. Aldine Zimmerly, Orrville, Ohio; Mrs. Amos Basinger, Wooster, Ohio; and Mrs. David Kornhaus, of Orrville, and one half brother (Dayton Steiner, of Orrville). Sister Stauffer leaves many friends, having taught school in a number of communities. She also served as a city missionary in Altoona, Pa., for one year. She was helpful in the community, a real companion in the home, and shared in the responsibilities of church work. She was cheerful, loving, friendly, and willing to bear more than her share of the burdens. She served her generation according to the will of god. Of marriage she said, "It is as one long conversation that ends far too soon." Her husband responds in the words of David: "Very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful." The family can say, "We thank God upon every remembrance of thee." Funeral services were held at the Crown Hill Church, in charge of A. J. Steiner and E. F. Hartzler. Texts, Ps. 116:7, 8; Rev. 2:10. Burial was made in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Yoder. - Joseph M., son of Christian and Catherine Becker Yoder, was born near Orrville, Ohio, May 10, 1874; died at his home in Smithville, Ohio, Aug. 26, 1945; aged 71 y. 3 m. 16 d. On July 20 he fell, sustaining some injuries, and was in the Community Hospital, Wooster, Ohio, until four days before his death, when he returned to his home. The family was quite hopeful of his recovery, but a heart attck caused his sudden death. He knew that his end was at hand and expressed a readiness to depart. At an early age he confessed Christ as his Saviour and was received into the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, of which he remained a member until his home-going. He was the youngest of a family of twelve children, all of whom preceded him in daeth except one sister (Mrs. Barbara Schrock, of Orrville) and one brother (Amos, Weilersville, Ohio). On Nov. 1, 1896, he was united in marriage to Lida L. Klopfenstein, who survives. This union was blessed with four children: Ruth LaVonne - Mrs. Paul Hostetler, Wooster, Ohio; Dale Marion, Barberton, Ohio; Irene Mae - Mrs. Carl Smucker, Columbus, Ohio; and Virgil Ward, in Germany. He also leaves seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home and the Oak Grove Church, conducted by J. S. Gerig and William G. Detweiler. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder. - Mary, daughter of Moses and Cristina Schrock, was born at Orrville, Ohio, June 28, 1856; peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Wenger, Orrville, Aug. 25, 1945; aged 89 y. 1 m. 27 d. She was one of a family of nine children, all of whom preceded her in death except one brother, Levi. On Nov. 22, 1877, she was united in marriage to Andrew Yoder, who preceded her in death almost seventeen years ago. Five children were born to this union: Fred and Emmet, Smithville, Ohio; Cristine - Mrs. Fred Wenger, of Orrville; Kathryn - Mrs. Orie Liechty, Anchorage, Ky.; and Mellie, who passed away in 1907. Besides her four children, she leaves 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. At the age of sixteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, where she remained a member until her death. For more than sixteen years following the death of her husband she lived alone in Smithville and cared for here house and garden. On Christmas evening, 1944, she became ill and was taken to the home of her daughter, where she was tenderly cared for until death. Funeral services were held at the Wenger home and at the Oak Grove Church, Aug. 28, conducted by William G. Detweiler, assisted by J. S. Gerig and O. R. Gerber. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
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Heimberger. - Eldon Elmer Heimberger was born at Rantoul, Ill., Dec. 21, 1910; died at the Chanute Field Hospital, Aug. 15, 1945; aged 34 y. 7 m. 25 d. He spent his entire life in the vicinity of Rantoul. In the evening of Aug. 15 he collided with an army truck while on his bicycle, being crushed under the truck. He was rushed to the hospital, where all efforts to save his life failed and he died about three hours later. About a year before, he confessed Christ as his Saviour in tent meetings held at Fisher, Ill., and united with the East Bend Mennonite Church, in which he was a faithful member until death. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure his invalid mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters: Charles and William of Rantoul; Henry of Gifford, Ill.; Mrs. Wm. Unzicker of Champaign; Mrs. Melvin Shaffer of Rantoul; and Mrs. Ervin Eichelberger of Paxton, Ill. Also a large number of other relatives and friends survive. His father preceded him in death last July 25. Funeral services were held Aug. 18 at the Heimberger home in charge of J. A. Heiser. Text, I Sam. 20:3.
Musselman. - Jacob, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Musselman, was born in Woolwich Township, Waterloo Co., on Jan. 27, 1869. For the past 23 years he has been a resident in the town of Waterloo, and a member of the Erb Street Mennonite Church. On March 16, 1892, he was united in holy matrimony to Angeline Snider of Woolwich Twp. who preceded him in death Jan. 28, 1919. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 2 daughters: Ermina, Mrs. Ira Bauman, of Elmira; Elsie, Mrs. Cleason Martin, of Waterloo; Leslie and Edgar of Preston; Eldon of Detroit. One son Herbert predeceased him 8 years ago. On April 11, 1920, he was united in marriage to Mary Litwiller of Wilmot Twp. with whom he observed a silver wedding anniversary on April 11, 1945. After a brief illness he voiced his desire to leave this world and he passed the Great Divide on Aug. 26 in his 77th year. Surviving are his sorrowing widow, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many friends and relatives. Services were held at Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont. J. B. Martin and Oscar Burkholder conduct the memorial service
Schrock. - Cyrus C., son of Cornelius and Magdalena (Bontrager) Schrock, was born near Middlebury, Ind., Nov. 10, 1852, and died in Reno Co., Kans., at the home of his son David Aug. 4, 1945; aged 92 y. 8 m. 25 d. On Feb. 1, 1874, he was united in marriage to Catherine Yoder, who preceded him in death. To this union were born 2 sons, David C. of Haven, Kans., and John D. of Lagrange, Ind. On Sept. 18, 1879, he was united in marriage to Lena Eash, who also preceded him in death. To this union were born 4 sons and one daughter. Anna Richardson, Constantine, Mich.; Enos C., Normana, Texas; Samuel C., Quenemo, Kans., remain. On Aug. 24, 1886, he was united in marriage to Polly Yoder Bontrager who preceded him in death Jan. 30, 1922. To this union were born 2 sons and one daughter: Cornelius C., Saginaw, Mich.; Andrew C., Kalona, Ia.; and Elizabeth, wife of Abner J. Miller, deceased. He leaves 3 brothers, all of Indiana: Harry C., Goshen; Chris, Lagrange; Amos, Howe; also 28 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; 3 step sons; and many other relatives and friends. In 1897 he moved from his native state to Louisiana, from there to Texas in 1905, and to Reno Co., Kans., in 1918. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and in 1893 changed his membership to the Mennonite church, of which he was a faithful member at the time of his death. Bro. Schrock, especially in his later years, was much concerned in the work of the Lord, faithful in attending church services, as long as health permitted. He read his Bible much and was helpful in getting good reading into the hands of others.
Troyer. - Mose, son of Jerry and Mattie Troyer, was born April 14, 1928, near Hutchinson, Kans.; died April 7, 1945, at the early age of 16 y. 11 m. 24 d. Mose was on his way home from work in the evening when he lost control of the car he was driving, which turned over throwing him out on the ground. He died on the way to the hospital. Examination showed a fractured skull and a broken neck. He was baptized and united with the Yoder Mennonite Church at the age of 14, where he was a member at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his early departure his sorrowing parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters: John, Orie, Harry, Freddie, Jerry Jr., Emma, and Clara, all of Hutchinson, Kans., except John, who is in the navy; also one nephew, 2 grandparents, 12 uncles, 6 aunts and many other relatives and friends. His brother William also met his death by accident seven years ago at the age of 18 years. It is hard for us to part with our son and brother, but we want to submit to God's will. Funeral services were held April 11 at the Yoder Church in charge of the brethren Andrew Bontrager and Harry A. Diener. The funeral was attended by a large crowd.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana
Bearinger. - Elvina, daughter of the late Josiah and Sophiana Shantz, was born Oct. 5, 1890; passed away Aug. 1, 1945; aged 54 y. 9 m. 26 d. On Feb. 11, 1913, she was united in marriage to David M. Bearinger. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons (Urias, Kitchener, Ont.; and Vernon, at home), 3 daughters (Vera - Mrs. Delton Martin, Elmira, Ont.; Almeda - Mrs. Leonard Snider, of Kitchener; and Doris, at home), and one brother (Alvin, Waterloo, Ont.). Her death came as a shock to the family and friends, as she had been in fairly good health. On the evening of Aug. 1 she suffered a stroke and passed away several hours later. She was a faithful member of the Weber Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at the East End Mennonite Church, Kitchener, in charge of Simon B. Martin and Benjamin Shantz. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Buckwalter. - John Adam, son of the late John and Mary Martin Buckwalter, was born near New Holland, Pa., March 6, 1864; departed this life Aug. 9, 1945, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alice Keffer, Fentress, Va.; aged 81 y. 5 m. 3 d. Surviving are his widow (Anna Bucher Buckwalter), 8 daughters (Mrs. Mary Summers, Ephrata, Pa.; Mrs. Anna Buch, Lancaster, Pa.; Mrs. Maggie Miller, Nettie Buckwalter, Mrs. Alice Keffer, Mrs. Ruth Thomas, and Mrs. Naomi Hobbs, all of Fentress; and Mrs. Irene Rubert, Philadelphia, Pa.), 3 sons (Harvey C., Ephrata, Pa.; Abram R., of Fentress; and John B., Fort Bragg, N. C.), 26 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. The family moved to Virginia thirty-six years ago. He was a faithful member of the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, and remained active in church and Sunday-school work as long as health permitted. For the past year he was not able to attend regularly. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 12, in the home by A. D. Wenger and at the church by J. W. Hess, Akron, Pa. Text, Gen. 27:1, 2. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.
Derstine. - Rosanna, daughter of Elwood and Irene (Souder) Derstine, was born March 9, 1944; died Aug. 30, 1945, near Telford, Pa.; aged 1 y. 5 m. 21 d. She was sick all her life, suffering much from infantile eczema and later complications. She was an only child, and it is hard to understand, but we submit to our heavenly Father's will and say, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away." Funeral services were held at the Franconia Mennonite Church, in charge of Elwood Derstine and Menno Sauder.
Hershey. - Rachel, daughter of the late Casper and Magdalena Swartzendruber, was born June 2, 1860; passed away at her home in Intercourse, Pa., Aug. 11, 1945, from the infirmities of old age; aged 85 y. 2 m. 9 d. She was never sick much. The last few years, however, she seemed to be failing and was bedfast the last nine weeks of her life. She was of a cheerful disposition and won for herself a large circle of friends. In her younger years she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and later transferred her membership to Hershey's Mennonite Church, where she served faithfully until the Lord called her home. In 1885 she was married to John N. Mast, who died in 1898. On May 27, 1902, she was married to David Renno of Gap, Pa. They labored together faithfully until the Lord called him home on Feb. 10, 1915. It was during these years that we as grandchildren looked forward to the Sunday afternoon visits of Grandfather and Grandmother, and also to the visits to their home. On June 15, 1930, she was married to Henry Hershey of Intercourse, Pa., with whom she labored faithfully for about fifteen years. It was also a pleasure to visit in this home. She is survived by her aged husband, 2 stepdaughters and one stepson (Mame - Mrs. Isaac Good and Lloyd Hershey, both of Intercourse; and Mrs. Mary Blank, Gap, Pa.), 9 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. One stepson preceded her in death. His widow (Mrs. Rachel Renno, Morgantown, Pa.) also survives. Funeral services were held Aug. 14 at Overly's Funeral Home, Monterey, by Ira Buckwalter (Text, Ps. 90) and at Hershey's Mennonite Church by Parke Book and Martin Hershey (Texts, Rev. 14:12, 13; Job 5:26). Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hunsberger. - Joseph, son of Isaac and Catherine Hunsberger, was born near Aden, Canada, June 14, 1858; died at Wakarusa, Ind., June 10, 1945; aged 86 y. 11 m. 26 d. He came to Elkhart Co., Ind., with his parents when six years of age and spent the remainder of his life near Wakarusa. He was never married. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Surviving are one brother (Fred, in whose home he died), 4 nephews, and 5 nieces. Funeral services were held June 12 at the Olive Church, in charge of Warren Shaum and D. A. Yoder.
Loucks. - George S., son of the late Jacob S. and Mary Saylor Loucks, was born at Scottdale, Pa., July 10, 1869; passed away at his home Sept. 11, 1945; aged 76 y. 2 m. 1 d. On April 3, 1900, he was married to Malinda Davis, of Scottdale. To this union were born five children: Gladys - Mrs. I. E. Burkhart, Goshen, Ind.; Beulah A., at home; Frances A. - Mrs. Ellrose D. Zook, of Scottdale; Georgia Ellen, Goshen, Ind.; and one daughter who died in infancy. Surviving are the widow, 4 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Abram R., John R., and Mrs. C. A. Brilhart, of Scottdale; and Mrs. Ada Martin, Sumner, Wash.). Soon after marriage they moved to a farm near Mount Nebo, adjoining Scottdale, and lived there until 1925, when they moved to Scottdale, where they have resided ever since. Bro. Loucks was employed at the Mennonite Publishing House for the last sixteen years. On Jan. 12, 1902, he was baptized in the Scottdale Mennonite church, and remained a faithful member until his death. Funeral services were conducted at the Scottdale Mennonite Church, Sept. 13, with A. J. Metzler in charge, assisted by Paul Erb and Ewing Jones. Interment was made in the Alverton Cemetery.
Musser. - Henry L., son of the late Samuel G. and Mary
Leinbach Musser, was born near Bowmansville, Pa., Jan. 3, 1876;
departed this life Sept. 9, 1945, at his home, after an illness
of five days; aged 69 y. 8 m. 6 d. In 1895 he was received into
church fellowship and remained faithful until death. On Nov. 24,
1901, he was united in marriage to Sallie Good Musser, who survives.
Six children were born to this union: Allen, Denver, Pa.; Harry,
Honey Brook, Pa.; Sadie, at home; Mark, Ephrata, Pa.; Lucy - Mrs.
Willis Zimmerman, East Earl, Pa.; and Clyde, New Holland, Pa.
He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Israel L.,
Mohnton, Pa.; and John L., of East Earl, Pa.;), and 4 sisters
(Susanna, of East Earl; Lizzie L., of Ephrata; Mrs. Moses
Gehman, of Denver; and Hettie L., Millersville, Pa.). He was apparently in good health when he left the house on the afternoon of Sept. 4 and went to the field to work. When he did not answer the supper call, we went to look for him and soon found him lying on the ground almost helpless form the effects of a stroke. He was conscious until his death five days later, but could not talk. Funeral services were held Sept. 13, from the late home in charge of Benjamin Weaver and at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church in Charge of J. Paul Graybill and Benjamin Weaver. Text, Ps. 17:15. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Nussbaum. - Isaac Nussbaum was born in Hancock Co., Ohio, March 26, 1860; died Sept. 11, 1945; aged 85 y. 5 m. 16 d. On May 14, 1884, he was married to Marian Neuenschwander, who preceded him in death Oct. 6, 1912. This union was blessed with ten children, four of whom also preceded him. On May 12, 1925, he was married to Mrs. Fanny Steiner, who survives. He also leaves 4 sons and 2 daughters (Jacob I. and Samuel I., Dalton, Ohio; Abraham, Orrville, Ohio; Amos, Pleasant Valley, Ohio; Sarah - Mrs. Menno Steiner, of Dalton; and Lydia, at home), 58 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 8 stepchildren (Lloyd Steiner, Massillon, Ohio; Homer Steiner, Apple Creek, Ohio; Phares Steiner, of Dalton; Andrew Steiner, of Canada; Minnie - Mrs. Albert Steiner and Martha - Mrs. Paul Steiner, of Orrville; Alma - Mrs. Ezra Lehman, of Apple Creek; and Ida - Mrs. Hiram Sommer, of Orrville), 31 step-grandchildren, and one sister (Barbara - Mrs. Emil Badertscher, Berne, Ind.). He accepted Christ as his Saviour early in life and united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a member until death. The last days of his life on earth were associated with much pain and suffering. Funeral services were held at the Sonnenberg Church, Sept. 14, in charge of Louis Amstutz and Jacob S. Moser. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Rissler. - Aaron N., son of Daniel S. and Lizzie Nolt Rissler, Denver, Pa., died July 4, 1945, at the Ephrata Community Hospital; aged 16 y. On July 3, while painting the barn, he fell and fractured his skull. He remained in an unconscious condition until death. Besides his parents, he leaves his maternal grandfather (Isaac M. Nolt, Martindale, Pa.), 5 brothers (Melvin, Menno, John Daniel, Mahlon, and Raymond), and 6 sisters (Elsie, Vera, Emma, Lydia, Miriam Elizabeth, and Edith). Funeral services were held July 7 at the home and at the Weaverland Church. Text, Jas. 4:14, 15, 17. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Rush. - Joseph M., son of the late Mary and Jacob M. Rush, was born April 22, 1894, in Bucks. Co., Pa.; passed away Feb. 4, 1945; aged 50 y. 9 m. 12 d. He lived with his parents until their death and then made his home with his sister, Mrs. Elmer Wismer. He was never very strong physically, and the last six months of his life complications set in. Surviving are 4 brothers and 4 sisters, besides a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Deep Run (Pa.) Mennonite Church, of which he was a member from his youth, in charge of Wilson Overholt, Abram Yothers, and Joseph Gross. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Shelly. - Rose Ella (Meyers) Shelly was born June 29, 1864; passed away July 22, 1945; aged 81 y. 23 d. She was united in marriage to Henry Shelly. To this union were born three sons and one daughter: Irwin, Charles, Jonas, and Aquilla. Irwin preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons, one daughter, and a number of grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends. She was a kind, loving wife and mother and will be missed in the home and church. She spent some time in the sick chamber, but the Lord gave her grace to the end. Funeral services were held July 26, at the home in charge of Abram W. Yothers and at the Deep Run (Pa.,) Church in charge of Wilson Overholt, Enos Wismer, and Erwin Nace. Texts, Heb. 11:4; John 5:25. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Stichter. - Lucy Ann (Kegg) Stichter was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Sept. 11, 1862; departed this life July 4, 1945; aged 82 y. 9 m. 23 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. On Dec. 4, 1887, she was united in marriage to Henry Stichter, who died at their home near White Cloud, Mich., Oct. 7, 1921. To this union eight children were born, three of whom preceded her in death. Surviving are 5 children (Mrs. Sam Blosser, Goshen, Ind.; Mahlon and Fred, Wakarusa, Ind.; Harvey, of Goshen; and Gordon, Morocco, Ind.), 15 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 7, at the home of her son Fred and at the Olive Church by the home ministers, Silas Weldy and Warren Shaum.
Sommer. - Paul Joseph was born at Dryden, Mich., Oct. 28, 1923; passed away at Three Rivers, Calif., Aug. 31, 1945; aged 21 y. 10 m. 3 d. He was baptized on the confession of his faith Oct. 13, 1935, and remained faithful to the end of his life. He leaves to mourn his early and unexpected departure, his parents, 2 brothers (Mahlon, Millersburg, Ohio; and David, Los Angeles, Calif.), and 5 sisters (Matilda - Mrs. Joe A. Weaver, Benton, Ohio; Carrie - Mrs. John Chupp, Bloomfield, Mont.; Alma - Mrs. Floyd Crilow, of Millersburg; Ida and Laura Mae, at home). Two sisters (Bertha and Ruth) preceded him in death. On July 25, 1944, he was called to C.P.S. He was first sent to the Sideling Hill Camp, Wells Tannery, Pa. Then, when that camp was discontinued. he transferred to Three Rivers, Calif., where he met his death by drowning. Funeral services were conducted by Reuben Hofstetter, Omar Troyer, E. J. Varnes, and D. D. Miller.
Yoder. - Lizzie Ann Troyer Yoder was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., April 6, 1885, the daughter of Samuel and Fannie Troyer; passed away peacefully on July 23, 1945, at her home in Middlebury, Ind.; aged 60 y. 3 m. 17 d. On Jan. 15, 1905, she was united in marriage to David E. Yoder. To this union were born 3 sons and one daughter, all of whom survive, as well as her husband: Alvin of Goshen, Ind.; Raymond of Wakarusa; Harold of Middlebury; Thelma, Mrs. Leonard Schrock, Norfolk, Va. Besides her own family there are 9 grandchildren; one brother, Urvan Troyer, Lagrange, Ind.; and 3 sisters: Mrs. Harvey Yoder (Emma), Middlebury; Mrs. C. J. Miller (Martha), and Mrs. Lamar Cripe (Edithe), both of Elkhart. Two sisters, Matie and Bertha, preceded her in death. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Shore Mennonite Church, later transferring to the Clinton Frame Church and for the last 35 years has been active in the affairs of the Middlebury Mennonite Church, except for the last 7 years, during which time she suffered from a light stroke. On July 17 she suffered a severe stroke that caused her much suffering till she passed away. She was a patient, kind, and loving wife and mother, never complaining and always cheerful She was much concerned about her family, all of whom were present at her death. Funeral services were held on July 25 at the Middlebury Mennonite Church in charge of Wilbur Yoder and Paul Mininger. Text, Job 14:15. Burial was made in Forest Grove Cemetery.
Zehr. - Mrs. Lydia Springer Zehr, daughter of John and Elizabeth Springer, was born July 7, 1867 near Hopedale, Ill. She suffered a paralytic stroke on Jan. 22, 1945, since then she has been an invalid. She was very patient during her affliction, never offering a word of complaint, but she often expressed a longing to be at rest. Her wish was granted when the Lord quietly called her home on the evening of Aug. 3, 1945, aged 78 y. 26 d. She confessed Christ in her youth and joined the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until the Lord called her higher. On Dec. 28, 1890, she was united in marriage to John Zehr of Goodfield, Ill. He preceded her in death 26 years ago. To this union were born 5 children. One son and one daughter preceded her in death, having died in infancy. She leaves the following children: Jacob W., Silas, and Rozina, all of Foosland, Ill.; 2 daughters-in-law, Lovina and Mabel Zehr; and 2 grandsons, John Russell and LaVern Amos Zehr. Surviving also are 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Nafziger, Foosland, Ill., and Mrs. Lena Eigsti, Morton, Ill., and one brother, David Springer, Foosland, Ill., besides many other relatives and friends. She spent her girlhood days near Hopedale, Ill. Upon her marriage she moved to Foosland, Ill., to the home in which she passed away, having lived there 55 years. She was a kind and loving mother, always thoughtful of others. She enjoyed keeping her hands busy when health permitted. For a period of 20 years she taught a Sunday school class until her health failed her. The funeral services were held Aug. 6 at the Mennonite Church of Fisher, and were in charge of J. A. Heiser, assisted by Harold Zehr. Text, II Tim. 4:7. This text was chosen by her husband for his own funeral 26 years before. Interment was made in East Bend Mennonite Cemetery.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana