Brenneman. -- Jesse Peter, son of David Christian and Fannie Frances (Good) Brenneman, was born Oct. 11, 1860, in Rockingham Co., Va., passed away at his home in Newton, Kans., Jan. 8, 1949; aged 88 y. 2 m. 27 d. In 1881 he moved from Virginia to Van Wert Co., Ohio, where on Feb. 28, 1888, he was united in marriage to Jerusha Wenger. There they began housekeeping in a log cabin. In 1892 he pioneered westward in a covered wagon and settled in the vicinity of Zimmerdale, Kans., then known as Trusdale. His wife followed him to Kansas a little later by train. In 1943 he retired from farming and moved to Newton, Kans., where he resided until death. He was an active Christian for many years and was a member of the East Emmett congregation for thirty-five years. His life was characterized by an ardent advocacy of the Christian faith by word and deed, and was a benediction to many. He was next to the oldest in a family of twelve children. Surviving are his companion, 2 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Kahl and Mrs. Annie Mackay, both of Carthage, Mo.), 4 daughters and one son (Naomi and Sarah, both of Newton; Eunice - Mrs. Abram Zook, Portland, Oreg.; Amos J., Florence, Kans.; and Pauline - Mrs. Alvin Stahly, Newton), 16 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Two children (Lula - Mrs. Peter Jantz, and Noah) preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 12 at the home and at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, with Earl Buckwalter and Roland Ritter officiating. Interment was made in the Pennsylvania Mennonite Cemetery.
Hahn. -- Emanuel David, son of Jacob and Anna (Eyman) Hahn, was born in Clarence Center, N.Y., May 6, 1878; died Nov. 26, 1948; aged 70 y. 6 m. 20 d. At the age of twelve he moved to Caledonia, Mich., where he lived until 1897. From there he moved to Warwick Co., Va., where he spent the remainder of his earthly life. At the age of twenty he accepted Christ and united with the Warwick River Mennonite Church, remaining a member until death. On March 1, 1903, he was united in marriage to Myra Miller, who survives, together with 6 children (Bessie - Mrs. Robert Schaefer, Esther - Mrs. Jacob Baer, both of Denbigh, Va.; Titus, Smithville, Ohio; Mahlon, Hampton, Va.; Raymond, Sterling, Ohio; and Melvin, Hilton Village, Va.) Funeral services were held at the Warwick River Church on Nov. 28, in charge of Truman H. Brunk and George R. Brunk.
Messner. -- John J., son of Christian and Elizabeth Messner, was born in Reamstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., April 28, 1876; passed away suddenly at his home on Sept. 22, 1948; aged 72 y. 4 m. 24 d. Surviving are his wife (Emma Hess Messner), 4 sons and 4 daughters (Harold H., Lancaster, Pa.; Clarence H., Minersville, Pa.; Robert J., Harrisonburg, Va.; Albert H., Strasburg, Pa.; Marian E., Hesston, Kans.; Dorothy - Mrs. Roy Witmer, New Holland, Pa.; Sara - Mrs. Mervin Denlinger, Ronks, Pa.; and Arlene - Mrs. Howard Erb, Lititz, Pa.), 12 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Irvin Shaeffer, Ephrata, Pa.; and Mrs. Annie Banks, Lebanon, Pa.). He was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the home by John Brenneman and at the Strasburg Church by Jacob Harnish and Emory Herr. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller. -- Isaac, son of the late Abram and Annie (Kaiser) Miller, was born near Markham, Ont., Dec. 10, 1872; passed away Dec. 27, 1948; aged 76 y. 17 d. On Feb. 28, 1901, he was married to Lydia Hoover, and in 1903 they moved west to homestead near High River, Alta., where he resided until his death. The last two weeks of his life were spent in the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary, Alta., where he underwent a serious operatiion for cancer. Death, apparently due to a blood clot, came as a shock after the good improvement he had made following the operation. Surviving are his wife, 2 daughters (Myrtle, at home; and Marjorie - Mrs. Henry Dyck, Stouffville, Ont.), one son (Fred, on the farm), 7 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and many neighbors and friends. As a young boy he accepted Christ as his Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church when a young man. On May 1, 1904, he was ordained to the ministry of the Mount View Mennonite Church, and on July 4, 1928, he was ordained bishop. His wide acquaintance and interest in his fellow men, together with his sacrifical [sic] service, won for him the respect and admiration of the entire community. He was devoted to God and to his calling. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 30 by H. R. Boettger at the home and C. J. Ramer and M. D. Stutzman at the Mount View Mennonite Church near Aldersyde, with additional testimonies by a number of conference members. Text: Phil. 1:23. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Reinhardt. -- John J., son of John and Kathryn (Egli) Reinhardt, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., in 1875; passed away Oct. 22, 1948; aged 73 y. 8 m. 17 d. On Feb 16, 1896, he was married to Lizzie Ann Miller, who predeceased him by eight weeks. To this union were born 11 children. Surviving are 9 children (Mrs. Iva Sutter, Mrs. Laura Rheinheimer, Mrs. Mabel Martin, Mrs. Mary Gibson, Mrs. Delcie Gibson, Mrs. Florence Martin, Mrs. Stella Suttor, Olen, and Orie), a nephew (Raymond Peplow, now in Germany) who lived with them for eight years, 46 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jake, Pekin, Ill.; and Ben, Lodge Grass, Mont.), 6 sisters (Lena Peplow, Katie Bachman, Mrs. Mae Kramm, Mrs. Emma Fenton, all of Illinois; Mrs. Iva Lamp, Kouts, Ind.), and a large number of other relatives and friends. In 1916 he and his family moved from Minier, Ill., to Kouts, Ind., where he became a charter member of the Hopewell Mennonite Church. It was a pleasure to him to see the church grow from six to 206 in membership. Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at the Hopewell Church, with Chester C. Osborne in charge, assisted by George J. Lapp. Interment was made in the Mennonite Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Only five sisters are listed by name, although the obituary says 6 sisters survived the deceased.
Yoder. -- Henry J., son of Joseph S. and Mary (Burkholder) Yoder, was born at Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 20, 1879; passed away at the Samaritan Hospital, Nampa, Idaho, Oct. 13, 1948; aged 68 y. 9 m. 23 d. When nearly twelve years of age, he moved to Hubbard, Oreg., with his parents. On Oct. 18, 1900, he was united in marriage to Lydia E. Roth, who preceded him in death on May 2, 1939. On March 15, 1923, he and his wife and family moved to Portland, Oreg. In 1942 he moved to Molalla, Oreg., to make his home with one of his sons, and in 1946 to Nampa, Idaho, where he stayed with one of his daughters. Two children (Viola and Amos) preceded him in death. Surviving are 2 sons (Joseph H., Phoenix, Ariz.; Leo W., Portland, Oreg.), 3 daughters (Amanda - Mrs. H. E. Anderson, Portland, Oreg.; Lovina - Mrs. Ralph D. Miller, Nampa, Idaho; and Leona - Mrs. Chester D. Kauffman, Hubbard, Oreg.), 3 brothers (Joseph J., Centerville, Mich.; Sylvanus J., Mark Center, Ohio; and Alvin J., Homer, Mich.), 3 sisters (Lovina - Mrs. Levi E. Hostetler, Burr Oak, Mich.; Mary Ann - Mrs. David V. Hostetler, Goshen, Ind.; and Ella - Mrs. John E. Miller, New Paris, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. He was a kind and loving father. On July 3, 1927, he was ordained to the office of deacon, in which office he served faithfully until death. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church at Nampa, Idaho, Oct. 15 by D. A. Good and Robert Garber, and at the Zion Mennonite Church, near Hubbard, Oreg., on Oct. 18 by Fred Gingerich and C. I. Kropf. Texts: Rev. 14:13; Mark 16:16. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Cynthia Kauffman, Pennsylvania
Burkholder. -- Mary E., daughter of Henry and Margaret (Heatwole) Rhodes, was born at Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., April 2, 1851; died Dec. 6, 1948, on the same farm where she was born and where she lived her entire life; aged 97 y. 8 m. 4 d. She was the eldest of a family of seven children. On April 11, 1872, she was married to Samuel M. Burkholder, for many years a deacon in the Mennonite Church, who died July 5, 1929. She was remarkably active for one of her age and was bedfast only a few days before her death. Although her hearing was impaired to some extent, her eyesight was good, and she possessed an unusually cheerful disposition, and a very clear mind. She was a woman of lovely Christian character, and had been a devout member of the Mennonite Church since girlhood. Surviving are 4 children (Walter O., with whom she made her home, and Ellis W., Dale Enterprise, Va.; Mrs. John S. Click, Bridgewater, Va.; and Mrs. Simeon Brenneman, Elida, Ohio), one brother (William H., Harrisonburg, Va.), 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Her eldest son (Aldine) died in 1947. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Church on Dec. 8, in charge of S. H. Rhodes and Paul Good. Burial was made in the near-by cemetery.
Eberly. -- Nathan M., son of Elias H. and Mary Ann (Miller) Eberly, was born at Durlach, Lancaster Co., Pa., March 11, 1862; died at his home in Soudersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 7, 1948; aged 86 y. 5 m. 26 d. Death followed a lingering illness; he had been bedfast eight months. In 1886 he was united in marriage to Annie (Pleam) Reidenbach, who survives. Also surviving are 7 children (Elsie Miller, at home; Rudy R., Jacksonwald, Pa.; Abner R. and George R., both of Soudersburg; Mary - Mrs. Alvin Reist, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Anna - Mrs. Roy Hollinger, Soudersburg; and Park N., Mt. Joy), 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, 2 brothers (Harvey M., a guest at the Brethren Home, Neffsville, Pa.; and Henry M., Christiana, Pa.), and one sister (Lizzie M., a guest at the United Zion Home, Lexington, Pa.). One infant son (Wesley) and 2 grandsons preceded him in death. After moving from Durlach to Mascot in 1895 he and his wife united with the Indiantown Mennonite Church; he was a member of the Stumptown congregation at the time of his death. By trade he was a blacksmith. Funeral services were held on Sept. 11, in charge of Elmer Martin at the home and Lloyd Eby at the Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa. Text: Num. 23:10. Interment was made in the Eberly Cemetery at Durlach.
Eby. -- Ida, daughter of the late Tobias and Elizabeth Leaman, was born near Gordonville, Pa., Jan 6, 1866; died at the home of her daughter, Paradise, Pa., Nov. 11, 1948; aged 82 y. 10 m. 5 d. She was the widow of Daniel D. Eby and had been a member of the Paradise Mennonite Church since early in her married life. Death resulted suddenly from a heart condition. Surviving are 5 children (Cora - Mrs. Jacob P. Denlinger, Paradise, Pa.; Elmer, Myerstown, Pa.; Elsie - Mrs. Allen Rutt, Gap, Pa.; Wilmer, Lancaster, Pa.; and Willis, Gap, Pa.), 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Ella - Mrs. J. Frank Denlinger, of Gap). She enjoyed the visits of her children and grandchildren and her many friends. Her hands were ever busy with needle and thread even on the last day of her life. Although her health often did not permit her to attend church services, she was able to be present both morning and evening the last Sunday of her life. Funeral services were conducted at the Brown Funeral Home by Amos Weaver and at the Kinzer Church by Parke Book, assisted by Martin Hershey. Text: Matt. 24:44. Burial was made in the Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.
Ferry. -- Emma, daughter of the late Philip and Anna (Kornhaus) Nice, was born in Sterling, Ill., Feb. 12, 1879; passed away Jan. 13, 1949; aged 69 y. 11 m. 1 d. At the age of fifteen she confessed Christ as her personal Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, of which she was a member at the time of her death. On Sept. 2, 1897, she was united in marriage to William Ferry, who preceded her in death. Her parents, 2 sons, 2 brothers and 4 sisters also predeceased her. One sister (Edith Nice Frey) passed away on Jan. 13, 1948, exactly one year previous. Surviving are 5 daughters (Mrs. August Kohl, Mrs. Wayne Knox, Mrs. Alva Fretz, Mrs. William Snider, and Mrs. Edwin Wolf), 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother (Tobias), and one sister (Mrs. Anna Wetmore). Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 16 by A. C. Good in the presence of a large gathering, expressive of the high esteem in which she was held.
Gerber. -- Rufus, son of Daniel M. and Dinah (Welty) Gerber, was born in Sugarcreek Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, July 16, 1882; passed away, after a brief illness, at the Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1949; aged 66 y. 6 m. 5 d. On Nov. 14, 1912, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Zuercher, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Lester, Orrville, Ohio; and Dwight, Kidron, Ohio), one daughter (Olive - Mrs. Gilbert Nussbaum, Dalton, Ohio), 9 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Amos, Colfax, Wash.; Philip and Elbert, Dalton, Ohio), 4 sisters (Levina - Mrs. David J. Hofstetter, Kidron, Ohio; Hulda - Mrs. John C. Hofstetter, Dalton, Ohio; Anna - Mrs. Edwin Zuercher, Orrville, Ohio; and Edna, Dalton), and many other relatives and friends. His parents and one brother predeceased him. In his youth he accepted Christ and affiliated with the Mennonite Church. He was a member of the Kidron congregation until death. He was engaged in farming on the old Gerber homestead near Dalton until they moved to Orrville ten years ago; there he was employed at the Ellsworth-Haffner Co., until he became ill recently. He was much concerned for the spiritual welfare of his family and expressed his wish to remain with them, unless the Lord willed otherwise. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Kidron Church on Jan. 23 by Reuben Hofstetter, I. W. Royer, Isaac Zuercher, and Allen Bixler. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Gingerich. Joel J. Gingerich was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Jan. 8, 1862; died Jan. 17, 1949, at his late home on the Gingerich homestead, Sharon, Twp., Iowa, where he had lived for sixty years; aged 87 y. 9 d. On March 23, 1884, he was married to Nancy Miller, who preceded him in death on June 17, 1934. One infant son and 3 sisters also predeceased him. Surviving are 4 sons (Joe P., Alva, and Harvey, of Kalona, Iowa; and Frank, Upland, Calif.), 4 daughters (Sally and Lucy, at home; and Mary and Mrs. Merton Miller, Kalona, Iowa), one brother (John, Montezuma, Iowa), one sister (Mrs. John J. Rhodes), one half brother (George Rhodes), 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and many other relatives and friends. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a member of the East Union Mennonite Church the remainder of his life. He was a friend and good neighbor to all. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church on Jan. 19, in charge of D. J. Fisher, A. Lloyd Swartzendruber, and Albert Miller. Burial was made in the Miller Cemetery.
Martin. -- Elizabeth, daughter of Moses W. and Anna (Hoover) Martin, was born in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 31, 1867; died at the home of her son (Eli), East Earl, Pa., Oct. 30, 1948; aged 80 y. 9 m. 29 d. She had suffered from heart trouble for several years and was in bed the last six months. From her youth she was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. On Oct. 16, 1888, she was united in marriage to Jonas M. Martin, who died on Nov. 3, 1944. One daughter (Mrs. Barton Gehman) predeceased her twenty years ago. Surviving are 3 sons (Harry, Eli, and Moses, all of East Earl, Pa.), 5 sisters (Anna - Mrs. Frank Z. Martin, East Earl; Mary - Mrs. Frank Stauffer, Blue Ball, Pa.; Martha, Ephrata, Pa.; Mrs. Amanda Stauffer, East Earl; and Mrs. Frances Weaver, Lititz, Pa.), 2 brothers (Edwin, East Earl; and Moses, New Holland, Pa.), 14 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by J. Paul Graybill at the home of her son (Eli, with whom she resided after the death of her husband) and at the Weaverland Church by Aaron Weaver and Alvin Martin. Text: Rev. 21:4. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller. -- Eldon Ray, son of Le Roy and Ruth (Stutzman) Miller, Weatherford, Okla., was born at the Western Oklahoma State Hospital, Clinton, Okla., Jan. 5, 1949; passed away Jan. 8, 1949; aged 4 d. Surviving are his parents, one brother (Leon Keith), and 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Miller, Hydro, Okla.; and Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Stutzman, Weatherford, Okla.). Brief services were conducted Jan. 10 at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Hydro, Okla., by Alva Swartzendruber. Burial was made in the Mennonite Cemetery adjoining the church.
Miller. -- Emma, daughter of the late John and Fannie Eshleman, was born near Leitersburg, Md., Sept. 20, 1867; passed away at the old people's home near Maugansville, Md., Dec. 21, 1948, after a lingering illness of four months; aged 81 y. 3 m. 1 d. On Oct. 28, 1919, she was married to Daniel R. Miller, who preceded her in death on July 19, 1944. Surviving are one stepdaughter (Mrs. Frank Showalter, Clearspring, Md.), 2 stepsons (Harry and Amos, Maugansville, Md.), 13 stepgrandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Reiff Mennonite Church and was willing to sacrifice anything which might displease her Lord. Funeral services were held at the Reiff Church on Dec. 24 by Moses K. Horst and Stanley Martin. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller. -- Emma Catherine, daughter of Lyman M. and Julia Ann (Penrod) Brobst, was born in Miami County, Ind., April 20, 1878; passed away at her home in Crystal Springs, Kans., Jan. 7, 1949; aged 70 y. 8 m. 18 d. At the age of sixteen she was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Howard-Miami Amish Mennonite Church in Indiana. On Oct. 16, 1898, she was united in marriage at Arthur, Ill., to James J. Miller, of Millersburg, Ohio, who preceded her in death on June 25, 1947. Surviving are 4 daughters (Mae, at home; Beulah - Mrs. Milo Zimmerman, Akron, Pa.; Lela - Mrs. Benjamin Naffziger, Crystal Springs, Kans.; Ola - Mrs. Willard Hooley, Hammett, Idaho), 3 sons (Norman, Forrest, and Freeman, all of Crystal Springs, Kans.), 18 grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. W. S. Troyer, Argonia, Kans.; Mrs. William Gearhart, Massillon, Ohio; and Mrs. Venneta Bilby, Chicago, Ill.). An infant brother (L. J. Franklin Brobst) preceded her in death in 1888. She was a resident of Crystal Springs, Kans., for thirty-nine years. The last seven years of her life she spent either in a wheelchair or in bed. She bore her suffering patiently and her Christian testimony was consistent. Funeral services were held at the Crystal Springs Mennonite Church on Jan. 9, with Gideon G. Yoder in charge. Text: Ps. 34:19.
Roth. -- Benjamin S., son of the late Nickolas F. Roth and Anna Schlegel, was born at Wayland, Iowa, June 9, 1869; passed away at his home, New Hamburg, Ont., Jan. 12, 1949; aged 79 y. 7 m. 3 d. His parents died when he was quite young and at the age of fourteen he moved to the home of his uncle (John F. Roth) at New Hamburg. There he grew to manhood and there resided, on the same farm, until death. In his youth he accepted Christ and was a member of the Steinman A.M. Church. On March 8, 1893, he was united in marriage to Barbara Lichti, who predeceased him in August, 1942. Two sons and one daughter also predeceased him. Surviving are 4 sons and one daughter (John, Petersburg, Ont.; Nickolas, New Hamburg, Ont.; Mabel - Mrs. Melvin Bender, Ailsa Craig, Ont.; Lorne, Tavistock,Ont.; and Alvin, on the homestead), 23 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one sister (Mrs. Mary Troyer, Shickley, Nebr.), one stepsister (Mrs. Katie Schwartzentruber, Zurich, Ont.), and a large number of other relatives and friends. Eight weeks before his death he suffered a stroke which left himi helpless and speechless. He bore his affliction patiently. Funeral services were in charge of M. O. Jantzi, Ben Gingerich spoke at the home, and Peter Nafziger and Amos Swartzentruber at the church. Text: Heb. 4:9. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Cynthia Kauffman, Pennsylvania
Bohn. -- Leah, daughter of John Eshleman, was born Nov. 4, 1868; died at the Mennonite Home, Maugansville, Md., Aug. 28, 1948; aged 79 y. 9 m. 24 d. On Jan. 7,. 1896, she was married to Peter Horst, who died March 4, 1921; later she was married to John Bohn, who also preceded her in death. One sister (Emma - Mrs. Daniel R. Miller) survives. She was a member of the Reiff Mennonie Church for many years. Funeral services were held Aug. 31 at the Home and at the Reiff Church, with Stanley H. Martin and Moses K. Horst in charge. Text: Ps. 90:9. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Detweiler. -- Malinda, youngest daughter of the late Eli and Magdalina (Troyer) Kauffman, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 17, 1873; passed away at her home in Fairview, Mich., Jan 17, 1949; aged 75 y. 4 m. Death resulted from a heart ailment and complications. When she was seven years old her parents moved to Logan Co., Ohio, where she grew to womanhood, and where in February, 1897, she was married to Samuel W. Detweiler, who predeceased her on Jan. 15, 1911. One infant daughter (Idabell), an infant son and his twin (Forest, who was killed in a traffic accident in 1937) also preceded her in death. In May, 1907, the family moved to Fairview, Mich., where she continued to reside for over forty-one years. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a charter member of the Bethel Mennonite Church at West Liberty, Ohio, later transferring her membership to the Fairview Church. Her life was one of sacrifice; nothing was too great or hard for the sake of her children. She diligently taught them the way of truth and lived to see them all accept Christ as their Saviour. She was a devout Christian and for many years served in the Sunday school as a teacher, and in other activities of the church. Surviving are 7 children (Oren, Fairview, Mich.; Leona - Mrs. Glan Kanagy, Bellefontaine, Ohio; John, Eureka, Ill.; Earl, Detroit, Mich.; Chester, Dayton, Ohio; Mary, at home; and Stella - Mrs. Levi Troyer, Mio, Mich.), 26 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Anna - Mrs. A. Z. Detweiler and Fanny, both of West Liberty, Ohio), many other relatives and friends. She became bedfast in August. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at the Fairview Church, in charge of the local ministers. Text: I Peter 1:3.
Hostetler. -- Florence Marie, daughter of Christopher R. and Elizabeth F. (Hartzler) Hostetler, was born in Union Twp., Logan Co., Ohio, Jan 28, 1907; passed away at Mary Ratan Hospital Jan. 17, 1949; aged 41 y. 11 m. 20 d. On Dec. 12, 1948, she entered the hospital to undergo surgery and a week later was dismissed. On Dec. 30 she re-entered the hospital for treatment for rheumatic fever, the illness which caused her death. In her youth she accepted Christ and became a member of the Mennonite Church. She was always busy and very conscientious about her duties when working for others. Surviving are 2 sisters (Alice Mae and Lena, at home),, and 2 brothers (Leroy, Bellefontaine, Ohio; and Elmer, Rittman, Ohio). Her mother passed away in 1923 and her father on Nov. 10, 1948. Two brothers also predeceased her. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at the Troyer-Lynn Funeral Home by Marion King and Perry Daniels. Burial was made in the Alexander Cemetery.
Johns. -- Robert Franklin, son of Daniel and Ruth (Mast) Johns, ws born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 13, 1941; died at the Beeson Hospital, Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1949; aged 7 y. 4 m. 11 d. Three years ago he suffered an acute attack of rheumatic fever, from which he never fully recovered. His parents spent one winter in Florida for his benefit. About two weeks before his death he suffered the fourth attack and was taken to the hospital. He suffered much but was patient. Surviving are his parents, 2 sisters (Priscilla and Nancy), one brother (Joseph), 3 grandparents (Ira S. and Elizabeth Johns, Goshen, Ind.; and Mrs. David Mast, Millersburg, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at the home and at the Martins Creek Mennonite Church, in charge of Enos Hartzler, assisted by Daniel Hilty and D. D. Miller. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kerstetter. -- William Henry, son of Jackson and Cathrine (Glace) Kerstetter, was born in Snyder Co., Pa., Oct. 19, 1874; died Jan. 19, 1949; aged 74 y. 3 m. He was married to Anna Lenig, who preceded him in death sixteen years ago. One son and one daughter also predeceased him. Surviving are one daughter (Iva - Mrs. Henry Kerstetter, Port Trevorton, Pa.), 2 sons (Theodore and Ralph, Liverpool, Pa.), 5 brothers (Edward and Joseph, Liverpool, Pa.; Harvey and James, Port Trevorton, Pa.; and Riley, Millersburg, Pa.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Blanche Neitz, Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa; Mrs. Jane Newman, Mrs. Daisy Seal, and Alice Kerstetter, all of Sunbury, Pa.), 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was received into the fellowship of the Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Port Trevorton, Pa., in October, 1948. Funeral services were held at the Paradise United Brethren Church, with John H. Reinard officiating, assisted by W. W. Graybill. Text: Job 30:23. Burial was made in the U. B. Cemetery.
Martin. -- George, son of Isaac and Susannah (Stauffer) Martin, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Nov. 15, 1858; passed away Dec. 23, 1948; aged 90 y. 1 m. 8 d. On Feb. 24, 1891, he was married to Amanda Kreider, of Wadsworth, Ohio, who preceded him in death by twenty-eight years. To this union were born 4 daughters and 2 sons (Nettie Martin Mosemann, who died Aug. 23, 1921; Edith Ann Calkins, Detroit, Mich.; Clara May Smucker, Orrville, Ohio; Mabel Kreider Breneman, Delaware, Ohio; George Allen, who died Sept.3, 1942; and Daniel, Fairview, Mich.). He was one of eleven children. Surviving, besides his 4 children, are one sister (Mrs. Anna Saurer, Doylestown, Ohio), 14 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. he spent most of his life on the farm in Wayne Co., Ohio, near Orrville, and was a member of the Martins Mennonite Church for many years. When he retired from the farm about thirty years ago, he transferred his membership from Martins to the Orrville Church. The last five years he resided at the Mennonite Old People's Home, near Rittman, Ohio, where he died. He will be remembered especially for his cheerful and optimistic disposition. Funeral services were held at the Martins Church, with Harold Bauman and Stanford Mumaw in charge. Burial was made in the Martins Cemetery.
Meiser. -- Samuel, son of the late George and Barbara (Mengle) Meiser, was born at Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa., Jan. 17, 1880; passed away at the Community Hospital, Sunbury, Pa., Nov. 25, 1948; aged 68 y. 10 m. 8 d. One brother (George, Mt. Pleasant Mills,Pa.) survives. He was received into the fellowship of the Susquehanna congregation, Port Treverton, Pa., while at the hospital. Funeral services were held at the Garman Funeral Home, Tremont, Pa., with John H. Reinard officiating. Burial was made in the West Side Cemetery. Text: II Sam. 14:14.
Miller. -- Joseph R. Miller was born at Defiance, Ind., May 24, 1871; died at the Riverside Hospital, Newport News, Va., Jan. 25, 1949, after a lingering illness; aged 77 y. 8 m. 1 d. On April 2, 1896, he was married to Magdalena Witmer, who predeceased him on Sept. 5,1942. From 1913 to 1923 he and his family lived near The Plains, a village in western Kansas; the last years he resided near Denbigh, Va., and was a member of the Providence Mennonite Church. Surviving are one daughter (Lydia Stoll, Kismet, Kans.), 3 sons (Nick and James, Uniontown, Ohio; and Alvin, Newport News, Va.), and one brother (Peter, Montgomery, Ind.). Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at the Providence Church, in charge of Orrie D. Yoder, assisted by J. H. Shenk.
Miller. -- Aaron E., son of David and Jane Miller, was born in Flora, Ill., Nov. 7, 1865; died in Overland, Mo., Jan. 19, 1949; aged 83 y. 2 m. 12 d. In 1885 he moved to Kansas and on June 25, 1892, was married to Laura Gard, who predeceased him on Dec. 19, 1939. He was a farmer and grain buyer and made many friends wherever his work called him. He joined the Mennonite Church after the death of his wife. He spent many hours reading his Bible and always had a testimony for his Lord. Funeral services were held at the Spring Valley Mennonite Church on Jan. 22 by Edward Selzer and Charles Diener. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Page. -- Rachel, daughter of the late Abram and Catherine Rosenberger, was born in Blair, Ont., Jan. 9, 1856; died at the home of Eldon Bowman, Lexington, Ont., Dec. 14, 1948; aged 92 y. 11 m. 5 d. Her husband (Arthur Page) predeceased her in July, 1925. She was raised as a member of the Mennonite Church, later identifying herself with the Christadelphian faith. Funeral services were held at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, Kitchener, Ont., in charge of Burton Weber. Burial was made in the Blair Cemetery.
Spicher. -- Lorena Catherin, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Brubaker) Hummel, was born at Rockton, Pa., Feb. 12, 1862; passed away Jan. 6, 1949; aged 86 y. 10 m. 24 d. On July 4, 1880, she was united in marriage to William G. Spicher, who passed away Dec. 30, 1935. Surviving are 3 sons (Chester and Lester, Rockton,Pa.; and Murray, Pittsburgh, Pa.), 4 daughters (Mrs. Alda Passmore, Rockton, Pa.; Mrs. Jennie Hollopeter, Big Run, Pa.; Mrs. Velma Hollopeter, Medina, Ohio; and Mrs. Goldie Reese, Pittsburg, Pa.), 52 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Jennie Johnson and Mrs. Elva Black), and one brother (Joseph E.). Three daughters (Mrs. May Brubaker, Mrs. Grace Miles, and Mildred) and one son (Sherman) preceded her in death. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, and was a great help to her husband in his thirty-six years of service as deacon of the church. Her greatest concern was for her family and the church. Her presence at services was greatly appreciated and was an inspiration to all. Funeral services were held in the Paul J. Short Funeral Home, Du Bois, Pa., in charge of Harold E. Thomas, assisted by Ross D. Metzler and Jason Hollopeter. Text: Rev. 14:13. Interment was made in the Rockton Cemetery.
White. -- Rosa Rosetta Lough was born April 9, 1880; departed from this life at her home, Whitmer, W. Va., Dec. 31, 1948; aged 68 y. 8 m. 22 d. Death was caused by complications following a fractured hip sustained in a fall. She was the widow of the late J. Wesley White. Surviving are 3 children (Mrs. Mary Bodkins, Johnstown, Ohio; Mrs. Anna Thompson, Riverton, W. Va.; and Lester, Whitmer, W. Va.), 3 brothers (Walter, Bridgeville, Pa.; William, Flintstone, Md.; and J. W. , Whitmer, W. Va.), 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She also had 2 stepchildren (Elmer White, Granville, Ohio; and Otho White, Whitmer, W. Va.). She was a faithful member of the Horton Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Horton Church Jan. 2 in charge of R.W. Benner and Richard S. Weaver. Interment was made in the Nelson Cemetery.
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Bacher. -- Solomon, son of Joseph and Rachel Bacher, was born at Montgomery, Ind., Aug. 6, 1889; died at Jamestown, N. Dak., Jan. 30, 1949; aged 59 y. 5 m. 24 d. In 1899 he moved with his parents to North Dakota, where he grew to manhood, became a Christian, and united with the Old Order Amish Church. His parents, two sisters, and one brother preceded him in death. One brother (Noah), one sister (Mrs. Rose Renno), 2 half brothers (David and John), all of Wolford, N. Dak., and a number of other relatives and friends survive. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 4 at the home of Mary Bacher by John Stoll and at the Lakeview Church by Mahlon Yoder and E. G. Hochstetler.
Burckhart. -- David E., son of Henry and Nancy (Martin) Burckhart, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Aug. 23, 1867; passed away near Dalton, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1949; aged 81 y. 4 m. 29 d. On Nov. 24, 1892, he was united in marriage to Emma Weaver, who preceded him in death Nov. 27, 1944. Two infant sons and 2 infant daughters also predeceased him. Surviving are one daughter (Rhoda - Mrs. Ray Horst, with whom he resided the last four years), 5 grandchildren, 5 brothers (Jacob, West Salem, Ohio; Amos, Akron, Ohio; John, Christian, and Andrew, Orrville, Ohio), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Fannie Koppes and Mrs. Susie Kilmer, Wadsworth, Ohio). In young manhood he united with the Mennonite Church; he attended services as long as his health permitted. On April 18, 1946, he suffered a stroke of paralysis, which left him helpless but he bore his affliction with patience. Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at the County Line Mennonite Church, with Elmer Good and Cleophas Steiner in charge. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Kreider. -- Noah R., son of Elias and Margaret Kreider, was born in Wadsworth Twp., Ohio, Oct. 12, 1870; passed away at his home near Wadsworth, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1949; aged 78 y. 2 m. 28 d. On Jan. 8, 1895, he was united in marriage to Flora Rodenberger, who survives. Also surviving are 4 children (Homer, Wadsworth, Ohio; Nathan and Ira, Medina, Ohio; and Margaret - Mrs. Ray Hisey, Akron, Ohio), 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (David and Henry), and one sister (Mrs. Moses G. Horst). He and his companion united with the Bethel Mennonite Church on Jan. 21, 1900. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church on Jan. 12, in charge of J. Robert Kreider and S. D. Rohrer. Interment was made in the Wadsworth Cemetery.
Lehman. -- Mary R., daughter of Christian and Catherine (Zehr) Yousey, was born in Lewis Co., N.Y., Feb. 14, 1879; died at her home in Croghan, N.Y., Jan. 28, 1949; aged 69 y. 11 m. 14 d. On Oct. 16, 1902, she was married to Daniel Lehman. They lived on a farm near Croghan for twenty years; the past twenty-three years they lived in Croghan. Surviving are her husband, 3 children (Mahlon, Oneida, N.Y.; Wilbur, Carthage, N.Y.; Gladys - Mrs. John Schaefer, Malone, N.Y.), 6 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Lena Thompson, Carthage, N.Y.), and one brother (Aaron, Watertown, N.Y.). Three children predeceased her. Although she had been in failing health for several years, she was able to carry on her usual household duties up to the time of her sudden death, which resulted from a heart attack. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Allen Gingerich and at the Croghan A. M. Church by Elias Zehr and Lloyd Boshart. Text: John 14: 1-3. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Luthy. -- Fanny, daughter of John and Anna Wyse, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 20, 1859; passed away Jan. 15, 1949; aged 89 y. 26 d. On Oct. 22, 1891, she was united in marriage to Stephen A. Luthy, who preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 1929. Soon after their marriage they made their home near Swanton, Ohio; for the last number of years she made her home with her daughter, where her Christian testimony was not wanting and her fellowship much appreciated. She was blessed with good health until Mother's Day, 1947, when she became suddenly ill with apoplexy, from which she recovered partially. On Jan. 15 she suffered coronary thrombosis which caused her death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church, later transferring her membership to the Church of the Brethren. She was the last of a family of fourteen to be called in death. Surviving are one son (John, Holland, Ohio), one daughter (Anna - Mrs. Ernie Leininger, Archbold, Ohio), 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Medford Neher and at the Central Mennonite Church by Henry Wyse and J. Hornish. Burial was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Martin. -- Joseph W., son of Abram and Barbara (Wenger) Martin, was born near Farmersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., May 30, 1862; passed away at the home of his daughter in Maugansville, Md., Jan. 19, 1949; aged 86 y. 7 m. 19 d. At the age of three he moved with his parents to Washington Co., Md., near Maugansville. On Jan. 1, 1884, he was united in marriage to Hettie B. Horst, who preceded him in death on March 29, 1938. Three daughters and one son also predeceased him. Surviving are 8 children (Mrs. Harvey B. Horst, Maugansville, Md.; Mrs. Theodore R. Eby, Hagerstown, Md.; Mrs. Harry W. Weaver, Maugansville; Mrs. Charlie Shank, Marion, Pa.; Martha, at home; Eli H., Hagerstown; Joseph H., Mountville, Pa.; and John H., Smithburg, Md.), 46 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, one brother (Isaac W., Maugansville, Md.), and one sister (Annie W., Ephrata, Pa.). He was a member of the Reiff Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Reiff Church, in charge of Moses K. Horst, Amos J. Martin, and Samuel R. Eby. Text: Eccl. 1:4. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller. -- Sadie, daughter of Abraham E. and Cassie (Miller) Hostetler, was born near Garden City, Mo., Aug. 15, 1895; died near Conneaut Lake, Pa., Jan. 30, 1949; aged 53 y. 5 m. 15 d. At the age of nine she moved with her parents to Middlebury, Ind. At the age of twelve she accepted Christ as her Saviour. On Feb. 4, 1917, she was united in marriage to Edwin J. Miller. To this union were born 5 children (Naomi Ruth, who died in infancy; William Paul, Minier, Ill.; Victor Vernon, Middlebury, Ind.; Kenneth Orval, Conneaut Lake, Pa.; and Mary Christina - Mrs. Glen Morris, Franklin, Pa.). In 1930 they moved to Kouts, Ind. and in 1942 to Conneaut Lake, Pa. She was a faithful member of the church wherever she lived and was active in church work. She met instant death on Sunday morning when a train struck the vehicle in which she and her husband were riding to church. Surviving besides her husband, who suffered serious injury, are 4 children, 6 grandchildren, her parents, 2 brothers, one sister, and a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Sunnyside Mennonite Church near Conneaut Lake, with Raymond L. Kramer in charge, assisted by Robert Myers. Text: Ps. 23. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Simmons. -- Wilmer Newton, son of the late Daniel A. and Martha Simmons, was born March 26, 1901; departed from this life Jan. 29, 1949; aged 47 y. 10 m. 3 d. On Nov. 11, 1923, he was married to Virgie Mae Knicely. To this union were born 7 children (Mrs. Violet Snyder, York, Pa.; Kirt, Dwight, Norwood, Elva, Nancy, and Don David, at home). Death resulted unexpectedly from a heart attack. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and worshiped with the Bethany congregation. A carpenter and poultry-raiser, he was a life-long resident of the Briery Branch community in Virginia. Funeral services were held at the Briery Branch Church of the Brethren Jan. 31, in charge of Harold Eshleman and Melvin Heatwole, with Daniel W. Lehman substituting for the former because of an automobile accident. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Transcribed by Cynthia Kauffman, Pennsylvania