Baer. --- Joseph N., son of the late John and Catharine (Nofziger) Baer, was born March 18, 1877, near Archbold, Ohio; passed from this life at the Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1950; aged 72 y. 10 m. 22 d. On Dec. 18, 1900, he was united in marriage to Katie E. Schrock, of Lagrange, Ind., and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life for a little over forty-nine years. To this union were born 6 daughters and 2 sons (Louella-Mrs. Dennis Short, Huldah-Mrs. Floyd Sauder, Clarence J., Rosella, Laurence J., all of Archbold, Ohio; and Viola and Cora, Fairpoint, Ohio). The home was also shared for a number of years with an orphaned niece and nephew (Emma Wyse-Mrs. Clarence King and John H. Wyse). A daughter (Clara) preceded him in death in 1923. His parents, 4 grandchildren, and 4 sisters also predeceased him. Surviving are the companion, 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and a large circle of other relatives and friends. As a young man he was converted and became a member of the Mennonite Church in Fulton Co., Ohio, remaining a faithful member until his death. Always concerned for the progress and purity of the church he was willing to be used in any way in order that the cause of Christ might be promoted, and that the Gospel might reach more individuals. He was actively engaged in Sunday-school work over a period of many years. Death was caused by a coronary occlusion and came as a shock when he was apparently making a satisfactory recovery from an operation to which he had submitted on Feb. 2. The memory of his consistent, unselfish life is a challenge to more deeply consecrated living. By his wise counsel he encouraged many spiritually. His godly life leaves to his family a heritage that for outweigh material things. Funeral services held at the West Clinton Church, Pettisville, Ohio, were in charge of E. B. Frey, O. N. Johns, Olen Nofzinger, and D. L. Sommers. Interment was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Bair. --- Daniel S., son of Reuben S. and Malinda (Sheirich) Bair, was born Feb. 6, 1883; died at his home, near Hanover, Pa., Dec. 16, 1949; aged 66 y. 10 m. 10 d. In his younger years he united with the Mennonite Church, and for many years served as a trustee. Surviving are his wife (Sadie Forry Bair) and 4 children (Elizabeth-Mrs. Robert C. Fuhrman, Emma-Mrs. John Herr, both of Hanover, Pa.; D. Henry and Sadie, at home), 7 grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Emanuel S., Thomasville, Pa.; and Reuben S., York, Pa.). Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at his late residence, with concluding services at the Bair meetinghouse, Harvey Grove, David Thomas and Amos Shank officiated. Text: Luke 2: 29. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Bergey. --- Gilbert, eldest son of David and Louisa (Bowman) Bergey, was born Sept. 13, 1877; died at the Galt, Ont., General Hospital, Jan. 16, 1950; aged 72 y. 4 m. 3 d. Death followed two years of failing health. On Oct. 8, 1902, he was married to Angeline Martin, who predeceased him Feb. 27, 1942. Surviving are one son (David), 2 grandsons, one adopted son (William), 2 granddaughters, 2 brothers (Milton, Ancaster, Ont.; and Herbert, New Hamburg, Ont.), and one sister (Mrs. Fred Millar, Kitchener, Ont.). At the age of nineteen he united with the Blenheim, Ont., Mennonite Church, where he was called to the office of deacon on July 17, 1921. From 1922 to 1940 he served as secretary of the Ontario Mennonite Conference. He had a quiet and cheerful nature. His timely counsel will be missed. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at the home by Moses S. Bowman and at the Blenheim Church, where S. F. Coffman, conducted the devotional period and J. B. Martin, Ontario Conference moderator, preached the sermon. Text: I Thess. 1: 9, 10.
Burkhart. --- Hettie, daughter of the late Jacob R. and Leah (Rife) Myer, was born in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., July 14, 1871; died at her home, Bareville, Pa., Feb. 9, 1950; aged 78 y. 6 d. 25 d. Death followed a lingering illness. On May 8, 1890, she was married to John Burkhart, who predeceased her by four months. She was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church for forty years. Surviving are 7 children (Alta-Mrs. Elmer Oberholtzer, Ephrata, Pa.; Clara-Mrs. Isaac Hershey Jr., Strasburg, Pa.; J. Harlan, Ephrata; Roy M., Lancaster; Elizabeth-Mrs. Eugene R. Wissler, New Holland, Pa.; and Helen-Mrs. Chester Peachey, Bareville, Pa.), 27 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one sister (Ida-Mrs. Samuel Richwine, Leacock, Pa.), and one brother (Jacob C., Ephrata). Two children (David and Leah), one grandchild, 2 sisters (Amanda-Mrs. Henry Metzler and Frances-Mrs. Levi Kurtz), and 2 brothers (Rive and Mahlon), preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Feb. 11, in charge of Eli G. Sauder at Overly's Funeral Home in Manterey and by Mahlon Witmer, John Martin, and Amos Sauder at the Groffdale Church. Text: Ps. 116: 10. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Gehman. --- Verna Elizabeth, daughter of Jonathan and Ella Gehman, was born near Farmersville, Pa., April 14, 1908; passed away at her home Dec. 6, 1949; aged 41 y. 7 m. 22 d. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was a faithful member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church, where she attended service as often as health permitted. Surviving are her parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters (Pal, Margie-Mrs. Milton Nolt, Lester, Edna-Mrs. David Burkholder, Adam, David), and a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held at her home Dec. 10 by Amos Sauder and at the Groffdale Church by Mahlon Witmer and Eli Sauder. Text: Rev. 2: 10. Burial was made in the Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery beside the graves of two infant brothers who predeceased her.
Huber. ---Christian C., son of Henry and Isabella (Charles) Huber, was born in West Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 1, 1882; died at his home, near Willow Street, Pa., Feb. 1, 1950; aged 67 y. 5. He lived his entire life on the Huber homestead, where he was born. In youth he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful and interested member of the Willow Street congregation. In later years a physical handicap prevented him from enjoying the normal activities of life, he having been a semi-invalid as the result of a fall suffered in early manhood. He was united in marriage to Katie E. Neff, who survives. To this union were born 4 children (Ross N., Anna, and H. Paul, Lancaster, Pa.; and Esther-Mrs. Linden M. Wenger, Bergton, Va.), all of whom survive. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 2 brothers (Amos and Harry). Funeral services were held at the Willow Street Church Feb. 5, in charge of Jacob T. Harnish, assisted by Emory Herr and John Brenneman. Burial was made in the family plot in the Willow Street Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: In the original obituary, the printers left off the "m" for months for his age. This is not my error.
King. --- John R., son of Christian Z. and Fannie (Byler) King, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, May 12, 1880; died at his home in West Liberty, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1950; aged 69 y. 3 m. 28 d. On Nov. 23, 1909, he was united in marriage to Nannie R. Zook, of Belleville, Pa., who survives. Also surviving are 2 children (Ida Belle-Mrs. Herman Roth, and Harley E., both of West Liberty, Ohio), 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Sallie Zook, Fannie, Andrew, West Liberty, Ohio; and Christian, Canton, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. One son (Earl) died in 1948. A farmer by occupation, he retired a year ago because of failing health. The last week he was bedfast because of heart trouble and complications. In his youth he united with the South Union Mennonite Church and was a conscientious member, attending regularly when health permitted. Funeral services were held at the home in West Liberty and at the South Union Church on Feb. 12, with Stanley Shenk and Marion King in charge. Interment was made in the near-by cemetery.
Krabill. --- Susan, daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Krabill) Conrad, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Aug. 30, 1871; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Harvey Graber), Creston, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1950; aged 78 y 5 m. 10 d. At the age of thirteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received as a member of the Beech Mennonite Church, where she continued her fellowship until death. On Nov. 14, 1899, she was united in marriage to David N. Krabill, who preceded her in death eight years ago. To this union were born 5 children. After the death of her husband, she made her home with her daughter in Creston. The last four months she spent mostly in bed, requiring a great deal of care. Her parents, 6 brothers, 7 sisters, one son (Allen) and an infant daughter preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter (Sylvia-Mrs. Harvey Graber, Creston, Ohio), 2 sons (Glenn, Louisville, Ohio; and Grant, Canton, Ohio), 2 sisters (Mrs. Catherine Schmucker and Mrs. Daniel Linder, both of Louisville, Ohio), 14 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Beech Church, in charge of N. O. Johns, assisted by Virgil Gerig. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Longenecker. --- Lizzie E., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ebersole, was born June 8, 1867; died at the Oreville Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 31, 1950; aged 82 y 7 m. 23 d. In 1896 she was married to Abraham Longenecker, who died in 1947. Four children died in infancy. She spent most of her life in the vicinity of Elizabethtown, Pa., and was a member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. She was the last of her immediate family. Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at the Miller Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, in charge of Landis H. Brubaker and Clarence E. Lutz. Text: Ps. 49: 15. Interment was made in the Good cemetery.
Roth. --- Samuel E., son of Joseph and Mary (Egli) Roth, was born in Hickory Co., Mo., Jan. 14, 1870; passed away Dec. 10, 1949; aged 79 y. 10 m. 26 d. Death resulted immediately from a heart attack. He moved with his parents by ox team to Stuttgart, Ark. In 1890 he moved to Woodburn, Oreg., where he spent most of his life, except for two years spent at the old people's home in Ohio, and several years when he lived near Molalla, Oreg. In 1945 he moved to the home of his brother (Amos) with whom he lived until his death. One sister (Sarah Good, Lebanon, Oreg.) and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. In his youth he was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church, of which he remained a faithful member. He was a charter member of the Zion congregation, Hubbard, Oreg. In younger years he taught singing schools in Arkansas, Ohio, Iowa, and Oregon. He spent his earning for annuities to help spread the Gospel. Funeral services were held at the Zion Church, with C. I. Kropf, Edward Yoder, and Edward Kenagy officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Zimmerman. --- Mary M., daughter of Noah B. and Sarah (Martin) Zimmerman, was born near Red Run, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 30, 1906; died at her home at Ephrata, Pa., Feb. 10, 1950; aged 43 y. 4 m. 11 d. At the age of five she suffered infantile paralysis and was physically handicapped as a result. Eight different operations were performed to relieve her. Death followed a series of heart attacks. At the age of eleven, under the ministry of J. F. Bressler, she confessed Christ and united with the Ephrata Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. Her strong Christian character and persevering spirit gave her a cheerful outlook which helped her to be happy and useful, though limited in her activities. Her dying testimony was one of triumph, with a message of concern that her family be faithful and meet her in heaven. Surviving are her parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters (Lydia-Mrs. Aaron Weaver, Ephrata, Pa.; Emma-Mrs. John L. Horst, Scottdale, Pa.; Mahlon and Stephen, Stevens, Pa.; Ada-Mrs. Harry A. Brunk, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Verna, at home). Funeral services were held at the home and at the Ephrata Church Feb. 12, with Noah Burkholder and Mahlon Witmer officiating. Burial was made in the Martindale Cemetery.
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Baer. --- Bertie, daughter of Jacob and Nancy (Ebersole) Metz, was born in Winchester, Va.; died at Hagerstown, Md., Feb. 9, 1950; aged 79 y. The widow of Adam Baer, she had lived at Hagerstown for fifty-five years. She died at the Garlock Nursing Home, after a long illness. One daughter (Anna Grace) and one son (Jacob E.) preceded her in death. Surviving are 6 children (Martin S., Hagerstown, Md.; Hannah-Mrs. John Squires, Hagerstown; John, also of Hagerstown; Adam D., Frostburg, Md.; Amos, Hagerstown; and Bertie-Mrs. Wilbur Shenk, Philadelphia, Pa.), 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one sister (Mrs. Amos F. Eby, Lancaster, Pa.). She was a member of the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, Greencastle, Pa. Funeral Home, in charge of John F. Grove and at the Paradise Mennonite Church, Hagerstown, with Harvey Shank and Amos J. Martin in charge. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Moser. --- Fannie, daughter of Peter P. and Elizabeth (Sommer) Moser, was born near Dalton, Ohio, June 16, 1873; passed from this life Feb. 12, 1950, at her home in Canton, Ohio; aged 76 y. 7 m. 26 d. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers (Frank and Peter) and one sister (Mrs. Nathan Moser). Surviving are one brother (Edwin, Van Nuys, Calif.) and 6 sisters (Mrs. Caroline Geiser, Mrs. Chris Geiser, Mrs. A. J. Sommer, Lavina and Elizabeth, all of Orrville, Ohio; and Dina, Canton, Ohio). In her youth she confessed Christ, was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Locating in Canton about twenty years ago, she affiliated with the First Mennonite Church of that city, where she continued as a faithful member until death. Her greatest joy was in leading a soul to Christ. She had a missionary passion and gave considerable time to these interests, doing much personal work and supporting missions. As long as health permitted, she followed her vocation as a seamstress. An invalid for nearly a year, she became seriously ill the last few weeks, where she expressed peace in her heart and a desire to be with the Lord. Funeral services were conducted at the Desvoignes Funeral Home in Mr. Eaton, and at the Sonnenberg Church, in charge, in charge of J. J. Hostetler, assisted by Louis Amstutz. Interment was made in the family plot in the adjoining cemetery.
Strite. --- Andrew Cyrus Strite, was born Dec. 22, 1866, near Leitersburg, Washington Co., Md.; died Feb. 12, 1950; aged 83 y. 1 m. 20 d. In 1877 he moved with his parents to an adjoining farm, where he lived until death. On Dec. 24, 1889, he married Annie B. Landis, of Cearfoss, Md. Together they united with the Miller Mennonite Church, near Leitersburg. His wife died June 28, 1895, as the result of a fall from a tree. Sept. 7, 1897, he married her sister (Lizzie B. Landis), who was already a member of the church. She died June 21, 1949. To the first union were born one daughter (Ada Mae-Mrs. P. L. Martin), who died in 1913, and one son (Irvin L., Leitersburg). To the second union were born 4 sons (Earl C., Leitersburg; Louis A., Sharpsburg, Md.; Abram J. State Line, Pa.; and Cyrus L., Leitersburg, Md.). Also surviving are 29 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at his late home by Moses K. Horst, and at the Miller Church by Amos J. Martin and John D. Risser. Interment was made Feb. 15 in the cemetery adjoining the church. Texts: I Thess.5: 11; Ps. 39; John 11: 29.
Troyer. --- Daniel M., son of Moses D. and Katherine Troyer, was born near Berlin, Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec.24, 1877; died at the home of his daughter (Lena-Mrs. Ora Davis), Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 11, 1950; aged 72 y. 1 m. 17 d. As a young man he settled on a homestead near Kenmare, N. Dak. In 1903 he moved to White Cloud, Mich., where he was married to Sarah Yoder, of Topeka, Ind., on March 15, 1906. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters (Moses D., Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Ora Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo; Mrs. Leroy C. Miller, Mesa, Ariz.; Perry, Simla, Colo.; Lyman, Sweet Home, Oreg.; Mrs. Eldon Zook, Nampa, Idaho; and Alvin, Columbus, Ohio), all of whom survive. Also surviving are 3 brothers and one sister (Moses M., Middlefield, Ohio; Joseph M., Limon, Colo.; Christian M., Middlebury, Ind.; Mrs. Reuben J. Yutzy, Hutchinson, Kans.), and 17 grandchildren. His wife died on May 14, 1942, at Limon, Colo. One sister and 3 brothers are also deceased. In 1909 he moved to Limon, Colo., where he resided until 1947, with the exception of two years spent in Colorado Springs, Colo. After 1947 he spent the time at the homes of two of his daughters. He was a faithful and active charter member of the Limon congregation. He and his father gave the land on which the church building at Limon was built, and the land for the cemetery there. They were pioneers in the agricultural development of that section of Colorado. Funeral services were held at the Swan Mortuary. Burial was made in the Limon Cemetery. Lewis C. Miller officiated, assisted by Valentine Swartzendruber.
Witmer. --- Abram B., son of the late Levi and Annie (Brubaker) Witmer, was born near Akron, Pa., April 8, 1869; died at his home, Strasburg, Pa., Feb. 11, 1950, after a year's illness; aged 80 y. 10 m. 3 d. He was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. He was married to Lizzie Sanders, who died in 1908. His second wife (Daisy Sanders) died May 19, 1947. One son predeceased him. Surviving are 8 children (Clayton, New Danville, Pa.; Nettie-Mrs. Roy Singer, Smoketown, Pa.; Abram, Rwlinsville, Pa.; Lizzie, Lititz, Pa.; Mrs. Frances Pearson, Lancaster, Pa.; Mrs. Earl Martin, Soudersburg, Pa.; Daisy, at home; Willis, Ronks, Pa.), 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Eli B., Soudersburg; Isaac B., Lititz., Pa.; Mrs. Christian H. Stauffer, Lititz; Mrs. Samuel Zimmerman, Blue Ball, Pa.), 21 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Brown Funeral Home, Paradise, Pa., on Feb. 15, and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church, in charge of Jacob Harnish and Emory Herr. Text: Ps. 132: 14. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Yoder. --- William Emery, oldest son of John Y. and Rebecca (Swartzendruber) Yoder, was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, Oct. 11, 1886; passed away at his home in Wellman, Iowa, Feb. 13, 1950; aged 63 y. 4 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage to Anna Schlatter, of Wayland, Iowa, on Dec. 2, 1908. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful until death. For a number of years he was an active worker as a teacher in the primary department of the Sunday school. He especially enjoyed singing with the children. Having been in failing health the last number of years, he died as the result of a stroke. Prior to his passing he called all his grandchildren to his bedside and expressed to them his deep concern for their spiritual welfare. His parents and one brother (Lloyd) preceded him in death. Surviving are his companion, one son (Paul, Parnell, Iowa), one daughter (Ethel-Mrs. Raymond Troyer, Kalona, Iowa), 6 grandchildren, one brother (Jay, Kalona), and one sister (Ethel-Mrs. Irving Bender, Wellman, Iowa). Funeral services were held at the Wellman Mennonite Church Feb. 16, in charge of George S. Miller, Max Yoder, and D. J. Fisher. Burial was made in the West Union Cemetery.
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Aschliman. --- Orville Dean, son of Nelson and Essie Aschliman, was born Feb. 2, 1949, at Midland, Mich.; died at his home in Midland Feb. 16, 1950; aged 1 y. 14 d. Surviving are his parents, one brother (Jeffrey), one sister (Susie), his grandparents, uncles, and aunts. One sister (Carolyn Sue) preceded him in death in 1946. He never enjoyed good health, but had an endearing disposition and a ready smile. Funeral services were held Feb. 17 at the Church of Christ in Midland, conducted by David Allen, and at the Short Funeral Home in Archbold, Ohio, by Walter Stuckey. Burial was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Bearss. --- Saphrona, daughter of Jacob and Margaret (Kratz) Sievenpiper, was born in Haldimand, Co., Ont., near Dunville, Oct. 20 ,1873; passed away at her late home in Vineland, Ont., Feb. 20, 1950; aged 76 y. 4 m. In early life she moved to Lincoln Co., with her parents to the vicinity of Campden, Ont. On May 30, 1900, she was united in marriage to Albert Bearss. To this union were born 4 children. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons (Elwood, Buffalo, N. Y.; and Ross, St. Catharines, Ont.), a daughter (Grace-Mrs. Earl Raven, Ventura, Calif.), 3 brothers (Abraham, Galt, Ont.; Melvin, Alden, N. Y.; and Frank, Kitchener, Ont.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Salina Honsberger, Jordan, Ont.; and Minnie-Mrs. D. H. Chestneut, St. Petersburg, Fla.). She was converted in youth and was a member of the Mennonite Church at Vineland, Ont. Faithful in her profession, she passed away with the expressed hope of entering into life and enjoying the blessed home granted by our Lord. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 24 at the home and at the church, by H. Shantz, of the United Missionary Church, S. F. Coffman, and Daniel Schlabach. Text: Rev. 14: 13.
Brubaker. ---- David Jonas, son of John and Catherine Brubaker, was born Aug. 18, 1911; died Feb. 16, 1950, in an explosion at the Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., where he was at work; aged 38 y. 4 m. 28 d. On June 3, 1933, he was united in marriage to Mary Schrock, of Nappanee, Ind., who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons and 2 daughters (David Jr., Jacqulin, James, and Sherrill), one brother (Ivan, Harbor Springs, Mich.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Martha Burkey, Petoskey, Mich.; Mrs. Lizzie Snider and Mrs. Mattie Babcock, Conway, Mich.; and Mrs. Elsie Gregory, Brutus, Mich.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Midland Mennonite Church, in charge of Floyd F. Bontrager, assisted by Clarence Yoder. Text: Luke 12: 40. His body was laid to rest in the Homer Cemetery.
Detweiler. --- Noah W., only child of the late Levi and Gertrude (Kauffman) Detweiler, was born Aug. 11, 1876, near Allensville, Pa.; passed away at the home of his son, at Allensville, Feb. 11, 1950; aged 73 y. 6 m. He had been in ill health since 1937, when he suffered a stroke. On Jan. 19, 1899, he was married to Sarah B. Yoder, who preceded him in death Aug. 22, 1946. To this union was born one son (Samuel Y.). Six grandchildren survive. He was a faithful member of the Old Order A. M. Church, a farmer by occupation, and a lifelong resident of Allensville. He was greatly interested in his bobby of collecting Indian artifacts. Funeral services were held Feb. 14 at his late home in charge of Emanuel Peachey and Yost J. Byler. Burial was made in the Allensville A. M. Cemetery.
Gingerich. --- Beulah, daughter of Daniel T. and Amanda (Smiley) Kauffman, was born July 20, 1883, in Middlebury, Ind.; passed away Feb. 15, 1950; aged 66 y. 6 m. 25 d. In her youth she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, Goshen, Ind., and remained steadfast in the Christian faith until death. On June 22, 1910, she was married to Solomon F. Gingerich, of Kalona, Iowa. To this union were born 2 sons (Horace Richard, and Hugh Francis). One year after their marriage she and her husband moved from Goshen, In., to Ann Arbor, Mich., where they resided twenty years, moving from there to Springdale, Ark. In 1941 they moved to Eureka Springs, Ark., and it 1948 to Frytown, near Kalona, Iowa, where she passed away. She had been in failing health for a number of years. On Sept. 20, 1949, she became bedfast with a heart ailment, at the home of her husband's nieces (Edna and Mary Gingerich), who cared for her. She was preceded in death by her sister (Delta Kauffman) in 1918, by her son (Horace) in 1927, and by her husband on Sept. 27, 1948. Surviving are her son (Hugh) and a sister (Lelia-Mrs. R. W. Fidler, Goshen, Ind.). Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church, Feb. 17 by J. Y. Swartzendruber and J. L. Hershberger.
Harrold. ----Nancy, daughter of Joseph and Mary Culp, was born Jan. 30, 1850, in Mahoning Co., Ohio; passed to her eternal reward, at Columbiana, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1950; aged 100 y. 18 d. On Oct. 13, 1872, she was married to Samuel Harrold, of Columbiana, who passed away in 1924. To this union 3 children were born (H. J., of Columbiana; Mary-Mrs. Cassius Orr, also of Columbiana; and Clyde, who passed away at the age of three). Besides her son and daughter, she is survived by 4 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and 2 brothers (S. D. and Isaac, both of Columbiana). In early womanhood she gave her heart to the Lord and was a staunch defender of the faith throughout her entire life. She taught a Sunday-school class for many years and was a diligent student of the Bible, having great faith in its promises. She lived in the vicinity of Columbiana her entire life, having lived in the homes of both her son and daughter after the death of her husband. Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at the Midway Church, in charge of I. B. Witmer and S. A. Yoder.
Kriebel. ---John S., son of the late Charles and Lydia (Seibert) Kriebel, was born in Douglas Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., Oct. 27, 1882; died Feb. 16, 1950, at the place of his birth; aged 67 y. 3 m. 19 d. Death was caused by a heart attack. On Dec. 14, 1911, he was united in marriage to May G. Gehman, who died Feb. 21, 1943. On Nov. 12, 1911, he was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church, continuing faithful until death. On Oct. 25, 1917, he was ordained to the ministry at the Hereford Mennonite Church, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Andrew S. Mack. He attended the fall and winter terms of Perkiomen Seminary, Pennsburg, Pa., in 1902-1903. His last sermon was preached Feb. 12, 1950. Surviving are one daughter (Lydia, at home), and one brother (Morris, Barto, Pa.). Two brothers (Amandus and Daniel) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Hereford Church Feb. 20, in charge of Stanley Beidler and Elmer E. S. Johnson. Interment was made in Washington Schwenkfelder Cemetery. Text: II Cor. 5: 1.
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Benner. --- Anna Mary, daughter of the late Aaron and Mary (Zimmerman) Stauffer, was born at Goodville, Pa., Aug. 2, 1866; passed away after an illness of three days, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Noah S. Boll), Lititz, Pa., Feb. 23, 1950; aged 83 y. 6 m. 21 d. In her youth she confessed Christ as her Saviour and was a member of the Weaverland Church. At the time of her death, she belonged to the Groffdale congregation. On Dec. 15, 1892, she was married to W. Henry Benner, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Viola-Mrs. Noah S. Boll, Lititz., Pa.), one foster son (Russell Beyer, Lititz, Pa.), 19 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Reuben Shirk, Navron, Pa.). An infant daughter and 5 brothers predeceased her. She filled well her place as mother and grandmother. Funeral services were held at the late home in Lititz, Feb. 27, in charge of Amos Sauder and John Martin, at the Groffdale Church, in charge of Eli Sauder and Mahlon Witmer. Text: Mark 14: 8. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller. --- Maryann Beachy, was born in Ohio, June 21, 1879; died at her home, Kokomo, Ind., Feb. 15, 1950; aged 70 y. 7 m. 24 d. On Nov. 30, 1899, she was united in marriage to Daniel M. Miller. To this union were born 2 sons (Moses, who preceded her in death in 1926 and Albert, at home). Surviving are her husband, one son, 3 grandsons, and many other relatives and friends. Although bedfast for over a year she seldom complained. Death was caused by cancer. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were in charge of Andrew Swartzendruber, Joseph Yoder, and Anson Horner. Burial was made in the Christner Cemetery.
Sommers. --- Mary, daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Schmucker) Zook, was born in Howard Co., Ind., Aug. 6, 1868; died Feb. 23, 1950; aged 81 y. 6 m. 17 d. In 1885 she was married to Joseph Sommers. They lived in the Kokomo, Ind., community all their married life except for a year and a half spent in Arkansas. To this union were born 13 children. Surviving are her husband, 8 children (Emma Sparks, Joe, Sarah Shafer, Lizzie Hershberger, and Iva, all of Kokomo; Harry, Orrville, Ohio; Mima Kauffman, Clarksville, Mich.; Nora Easterly, Logansport, Ind.), 30 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one sister (Lizzie Sommers), and many other relatives. Three children (Monroe, Laura, and Esta) died in childhood; two other children (Ella Schrock and Irvin) also predeceased her. She will be remembered for her kind and pleasant ways. As a young woman she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church, where she remained a faithful member until death and attended regularly as long as her health permitted. She was afflicted with heart trouble and rheumatism for three years; she had been bedfast three weeks preceding her death. Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at the Howard-Miami Church, in charge of A. G. Horner. Text: II Tim 4: 6-8.
Weaver. --- Raleigh J. Weaver, was born Oct. 13, 1877; died at the home of his daughter (Mabel), Harrisonburg, Va., Feb. 5, 1950; aged 72 y. 3m 22 d. Death followed seven weeks after a cerebral hemorrhage. He was united in marriage to Sallie Heatwole, who preceded him in death seven years ago. Surviving are 6 children (Marian R., Carl H., Roland J., Della-Mrs. Justus Suter, Mabel-Mrs. Roy Heatwole, Ruth-Mrs. T. O. Deputy, all of Harrisonburg, Va.), 12 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Weaver congregation, Harrisonburg, Va. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Church, in charge of Harold Eshleman, assisted by C. K. Lehman. Text: II Sam. 12: 23.
Widdifield. --- Frank M. Widdifield was born in Uxbridge, Ont., Dec. 7, 1861; departed from this life Feb. 21, 1950; aged 88 y. 2m. 14 d. In 1884, he moved to the United States, living for a time at Garneill, Mont. On Nov. 12, 1886 he was married to Mary Hassett at Ubet, Mont. Surviving are his aged widow, 2 daughters (Mrs. Cora McIsaac, Chester, Mont; and Mrs. Alex Morrison, Great Falls, Mont.), one son (Harry, Springfield, Oreg.), 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren. Two children (Rose and Arthur) predeceased him. He moved to Oregon about twenty years ago, from Akron, Colo. Early in 1949 he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Harrisburg, Oreg., congregation on April 12, 1949, at the Mennonite Home for the Aged. He often rejoiced in the saving grace of his Lord and seemed to have a burden for the lost as he spoke often of the need for someone to tell others of the saving power of Jesus Christ. He will be greatly missed by all at the Home, who learned to appreciate his kind and patient disposition. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Home for the Aged, Feb. 24, by John Yoder and Levi Kropf, of the Harrisburg congregation. Interment was made in the cemetery at Bell Fountain, Oregon.
Wittmer. --- Daniel K., son of Jacob J. and Anna (Knepp) Wittmer, was born at Montgomery, Ind., Jan. 3, 1879; passed away at Middlebury, Ind., Feb. 24, 1950; aged 71 y. 1 m. 21 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, later uniting with the Conservative Mennonite Church, of which he remained faithful member until death. On Feb. 26, 1901, he was united in marriage to Mattie Gingerich. To this union were born 2 daughters and one son (Elmer, Middlebury, Ind.; Elizabeth-Mrs. Amos Reigsecker, Middlebury, Ind.; and Edna-Mrs. Menno Miller, Goshen, Ind.). Surviving are his wife, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Lydia Stull, Montgomery, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. His parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and one grandchild preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at the home, in charge of Jonas D. Miller and at the Griner Conservative Church by Sam T. Eash and Noah Zehr. Text: John 14: 1-3. Burial was made in the Clinton Brick Cemetery.
Wyse. --- Simon, oldest son of Christian and Fanny (Roth) Wyse, was born Jan. 30, 1867, on a farm south of Wayland, Iowa; departed from this life at the Mercy Hospital, Burlington, Iowa, Feb. 23, 1950; aged 83 y 24 d. Death was caused by a heart ailment and complications. On Feb. 1, 1893, he was united in marriage to Caroline Eicher, Noble, Iowa. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters (Fred L., Wauseon, Ohio; Oletta M., at home; Leonard R., Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and Alta-Mrs. T. W. Stewart, Sand Diego, Calif.). In his youth he united with the Eicher Mennonite Church, later transferring his membership to the Sugar Creek Church, of which he remained a faithful member until death. His quiet, unassuming nature won for him many friends. Surviving are his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 half sisters (Mary Mast and Mrs. C. J. Freyenberger). His parents, a stepfather, one grandson, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 half brothers, and one half sister predeceased him. Funeral services were held at his late home, conducted by Vernon Gerig and Willard Leichty, and at the Sugar Creek Church by Vernon Roth and Simon Gingerich. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.