Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1950

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIII, Number 36 - September 5, 1950 --- page 893, 894

Gehman. --- Catherine, daughter of the late Isaac and Caroline (Kern) Kieffer, was born in Brecknock Twp., Pa., Dec. 16, 1866; died as the result of a fall Aug. 5, 1950; aged 83 y. 7 m. 20 d. July 31, 1886, she was married to Benjamin Gehman. Surviving are her husband, one sister (Mrs. Sallie Horning, at home), 2 sisters (Annie-Mrs. Frank Sprecher, Terre Hill, Pa.; Carrie-Mrs. Edwin Palster, Telford, Pa.), 2 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Bowmansville, Pa., Mennonite Church for more than fifty years. Funeral services were conducted at Bowmansville by Howard Z. Good and J. Paul Graybill. Paul Z. Martin officiated at graveside services in the adjoining cemetery.

Heatwole. --- Sarah Christina, daughter of the late Samuel F. and Frances (Weaver) Coffman, was born March 29, 1863, near Dale Enterprise, Va., died April 24, 1950, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Stella Rhodes) , Dayton, Va.; aged 87 y. 24 d. In early womanhood she united with the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful consecrated life through the years. She was a woman of genuine Christian character and possessed a cheerful disposition which endeared her to many. On Nov. 25, 1883, she was united in marriage to the late John Thomas Heatwole, who preceded her in death in November, 1920. Of the twelve children born to this union, eight survive. When she was thirty-two, one side of her body was paralyzed and she was bedfast for some months. Having learned to walk again, she was able to assist with household duties and mastered difficult situations despite her handicap. Her speech was impaired to the extent that she spoke only in words or phrases, making it difficult to give her children the counsel she wanted so much to give them. Form 1923, she resided with her daughter (Stella). In September, 1939, she became totally blind and her hearing became very poor. During the last years she was confined to a chair. Much of this time she prayed. Through her misfortune and trials she was patient, pleasant, and cheerful. Four brothers and 5 sisters (John S., Dayton, Va.; Jacob, Dayton; Daniel, Elkhart, Ind.; Fannie-Mrs. Abe Shank, Denbigh, Va.; Mary-Mrs. Lewis J. Heatwole, Dale Enterprise, Va.; Lizzie-Mrs. Wallace Minnick, Dale Enterprise; Rebecca-Mrs. Perry Hartman, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Ann-Mrs. John Swartz, Elida, Ohio), preceded her in death. Surviving are 4 daughters (Mrs. Stella Rhodes, Dayton, Va.; Mrs. Mattie Snyder, Front Royal, Va.; Mrs. Ruth Hill, Youngstown, Ohio; and Mrs. Hazel Wine, Lebanon, Pa.), 4 sons (John L., Arlington, Va.; Paul V., Weyers Cave, Va.; Joseph W., Washington D. C., and Emery B., Harrisonburg, Va.), 51 grandchildren, and 50 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Bank Mennonite Church, near Dayton, April 29, conducted by Harold Eshleman, assisted by Samuel H. Rhodes. Burial was made in the near-by cemetery.

Lehman. --- Richard Kenneth, son of Menno and Esther (Martin) Lehman, Maugansville, Md., was born July 14, 1950; died the same day. Surviving are his parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Nathan, Geraldine, James, and Donald). Graveside services in charge of J. Irvin Lehman were conducted at the Marion Mennonite Cemetery, where burial was made.

Martin. --- Charles W. Martin, was born near Maugansville, Md., Jan. 3, 1896; died at his home, near Hagerstown, Md., Aug. 10, 1950; aged 54 y. 7 m. 7 d. Death was caused by a heart attack. In 1914 he accepted Christ as his Saviour, was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church, in which fellowship he continued until death. He first united with the Reiff congregation, later transferring his membership to Cedar Grove. On Oct. 13, 1939, he was ordained as deacon in the Cedar Grove congregation, by George S. Keener, and was a faithful servant of the Lord and the church. A conscientious objector in World War I, he experienced very rough treatment for about six months, but held to his position. Once he was knocked out, and when he came to, he had a uniform on. On Aug. 18, 1918, he was united in marriage to Lula Holsinger. To this union were born 8 children. Surviving are his companion, 3 sons (Glenn, Greencastle, Pa.; Thurman and Nathan, at home), 3 daughters (Mrs. Merle Shank, Chambersburg, Pa.; Mrs. Merle Cordell, Greencastle, Pa.; Miriam, at home), one brother (Albert, Clear Spring, Md.), 2 sisters (Mrs. David Ebersole, Greencastle, Pa.; and Mrs. Kauffman Reiff, Clear Spring), and many other relatives and friends. His parents, one brother (John), and 2 sons (Edwin and Leonard) preceded him in death. He was a loving and devoted father, whose children are all faithful members of the church. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Cedar Grove Church by John F. Grove, Abram M. Baer, and O.N. Johns. Interment was made in the church cemetery.

Nichols. --- Clifford Eugene, son of Charles E. and Macie Mae (Schlegel) Nichols, was born at Seward, Nebr., Aug. 9, 1950; passed away seven hours later. Surviving are his parents, one brother (Gary Lee), 2 grandparents (Floyd F. and Amanda M. Kenney), and a great grandmother (Mrs. Angeline Schlegel, Milford, Nebr.). Graveside services were held at the Milford A. M. Cemetery Aug. 11 by L. O. Schlegel.

Nittero. --- Abraham, son of Samuel and Sarah (McDennis) Nittero, was born in Van Wert, Ohio, May 3, 1861; died Aug. 1, 1950; aged 89 y. 2 m. 28 d. As a man of twenty-one he moved to Wakarusa, Ind. In 1885 he was married to Malinda Yoder. Three daughters (Bertha, who died in infancy; Elsie-Mrs. Calvin Smeltzer, who died in 1920; and Mrs. Orville Metzler, who survives) were born to this union. Also surviving are 2 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a brother (Thomas, of Wakarusa). Because of declining health he went to live at the home of his son-in-law and daughter (Mr. and Mrs. Orville Metzler) near Wakarusa, where he died, after being bedfast for almost a year. Funeral services were held at the Oliver Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 2, with Silas Weldy and Maynard Kulp officiating. Burial was made in the Olive Cemetery.

Schmidt. --- Anna Mae, daughter of Andrew and Barbara (Robeneck) Springer, was born at Morton, Ill., May 10, 1874; passed away at the Mahoney Convalescent Home in Peoria, Ill., Aug. 12, 1950; aged 76 y. 3 m. 2 d. Death followed an illness of two years. She was the youngest and last surviving member of a family of eleven children. Surviving are 4 sons (William and Hulbert M. Dunkin, both of Peoria, Ill.; James A. Dunkin, Chicago, Ill.; and Andres E. Dunkin, Hanna City, Ill.), 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. During the last months of her life she confessed Christ as her Saviour and requested water baptism which was administered by J. N. Kaufman, bishop of the Pleasant Hill congregation, Peoria, Ill. The service was held at her bedside July 3, six weeks later her body was laid to rest. Funeral services were conducted at the Gauss Mortuary in Peoria, Aug. 14 by Roy D. Roth. Text: Rev. 21: 4. Interment was made in the Springdale Cemetery, Peoria.

Schrock. --- William Jacob, Sr., son of Adam and Ida (Weaver) Schrock, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Jan. 11, 1886; passed away at his home, near Tampico, Ill., May 23, 1950; aged 64 y. 4 m. 12 d. Death followed a cerebral hemorrhage. In 1903 he accepted Christ as his Saviour. He tried to serve the Lord diligently to the end. On March 3, 1907, he was united in marriage to Laura Miller, who survives. This union was blessed with 7 sons and 3 daughters (Russell, Viola-Mrs. Allen Kropf, both of Tampico; John, Goshen, Ind.; Esther-Mrs. Raymond Kropf, and Paul, both of Tampico; Melvin, Lagrange, Ind.; Leo and Lela-Mrs. Herman Hostetler, Jr., twins, and Wiliam, all of Tampico; and Carl Wilbur, who preceded him in death at the age of one year). Also surviving are 33 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Saloma-Mrs. Julius Unzicker, Roanoke, Ill.; and Bessie-Mrs. Ora Hostetler, Prophetstown, Ill.), and many other relatives and friends. His parents, 2 brothers (Aquilla and Daniel), 3 sisters (Alma, Emma-Mrs. Wesley Mishler, and Madie-Mrs. Dan Hostetler), and 3 grandchildren preceded him in death. Funeral services were held May 26 at the home, in charge of Amos Stoll, and at the Fairfield A. M. Church by John E., Dan L.C., and O. J. Hostetler. Interment was made in the cemetery near the church.

Stover.--- Maria, daughter of William D. and Sallie (Overholt) Kindig, was born in Montville Twp., Medina Co., Ohio, Oct. 18, 1859; died at her home, Wadsworth, Ohio, July 27, 1950; aged 90 y. 9 m. 9 d. On Oct. 6, 1881, she was married to Levi K. Stover, who preceded in death Jan. 1, 1948. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (William K. and Adelia-Mrs. Lloyd Kreider, Wadsworth, Ohio; Carl N., Akron, Ohio; and Myrta, Berea, Ohio), all of whom survive the loss of a loving and sacrificing mother. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was the last of a family of 4 brothers and 2 sisters. In early life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. At the time of her death she was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church, which she attended faithfully as long as health permitted. She was in fairly good health until two weeks before her death, when she suffered a light stroke. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church July 29, conducted by O. N. Johns and S. D. Rohrer. Burial was made in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth.

Swartz. --- David Dean, son of David and Grace (Byler) Swartz, Au Gres, Mich., was born at the Omar Hospital June 12, 1950; died eleven hours later. Surviving are his parents and 3 grandparents (Mars. Sara Swartz, Turner, Mich.; and Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Byler, Pigeon, Mich.). Graveside services were conducted by Orie Kauffman and Levi Swartz, in the district cemetery, where interment was made.

Troyer. --- Samuel S., son of the late Jerry and Susan (Schlabach) Troyer, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, May 9, 1872; passed away anger three weeks at the Pomerene Memorial Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1950; aged 78 y. 3 m. Four days ago he suffered a paralytic stroke complicated by a diabetic disorder. A gangrenous infection caused his death. As a boy he lived in a foster home in the state of Indiana, during which time he found Christ as his personal Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. As a young man he moved to the state of Iowa, where he was united in marriage to Mary Eimen, of Kalona, on Feb. 24, 1895. In 1919 he and his family returned to Ohio. Three sons and 2 daughters preceded him in death. Surviving are his companion, 4 sons (Earle, Utica, Ohio; Omar, Mt. Hope, Ohio; Calvin, Millersburg, Ohio; and Edwin, Orrville, Ohio), 4 daughters (Mrs. Delilah Garber, Leetonia, Ohio; Mrs. Paul R. Miller, Sugarcreek, Ohio; Mrs. Orus Hostetler, Holmesville, Ohio; and Mrs. Henry Stutzman, Holmesville), 32 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 7 brothers (Jacob, Tampico, Ill.; Calvin, Adam, and Dan, Lagrange, Ind.; James, Shipshewana, Ind.; Charles and Oliver, Elkhart, Ind.), 2 sisters (Mrs. William Lantz, Goshen, Ind.; and Mrs. Orrie Miller, of Lagrange), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Martins Creek Mennonite Church, near Millersburg, Ohio, Aug. 11, in charge of D. D. Miller, S. W. Sommer, and O. N. Johns. Interment was made in the Berlin Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIII, Number 37 - September 12, 1950---- page 918.

Detweiler. --- Lizzie, daughter of Jacob and Catherine Sutter, was born at Gridley, Ill., Oct. 16, 1872; passed away at her home near Beaver Crossing, Nebr., June 29, 1950; aged 77 y. 8 m. 13 d. She had been bedfast for five weeks. Death was caused by a thrombosis. April 14, 1895, she was united in marriage to Peter Detweiler, who preceded her in death Dec. 14, 1945. Surviving are 6 children (Katie Steckly and Jake, Milford, Nebr.; William, Dorchester, Nebr.; Elmer, Albany, Oreg.; Chris and Mary, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.), 13 grandchildren, one sister (Mary Noel, Shickley, Nebr.), one brother (Dan Sutter, Lincoln, Nebr.) and a large number of other relatives and friends. Five sisters and 7 brothers preceded her in death. She united with the East Fairview Mennonite Church near Milford, Nebr., in her youth, later transferring her membership to the West Fairview Church, near Milford. She was a faithful church member until death, always attending services when health permitted. She was much concerned for the welfare of her family and was a kind and loving mother. Burial was made in the West Fairview Cemetery.

Hostetler. --- Catherine May, daughter of the late Eli and Anna (Yoder) Schmucker, was born near Sterling, Wayne Co., Ohio, May 8, 1895; died at her home, near Louisville, Stark Co., Ohio, Aug. 24, 1950; aged 55 y. 3 m. 16 d. Five years ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which she never fully recovered. Death was caused by a coronary occlusion. At the age of twelve she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Beech Mennonite Church. On June 3, 1920, she was united in marriage to Aaron J. Hostetler. To this union were born 3 sons and one daughter. She was always active and energetic and delighted to do things for her family and others. She resorted to prayer in the case of difficulties and trusted the Lord to work them out. A devoted mother, she was also a faithful church member and a regular attendant at services, served as Sunday-school teacher and took an active part in sewing circle work. Her parents and 2 brothers (Jonathan and Adam) preceded her in death. Surviving are her husband, 4 children (Vincent and Cletus, at home; Mervin, Johnstown, Pa.; and Bernice-Mrs. Vernon Stutzman, Louisville, Ohio), one grandson, 4 brothers (David and Eli Schmucker, of Louisville; Simon, Alliance, Ohio; and Edwin, Urbana, Ohio), 3 sisters (Bena Schmucker and Della-Mrs. Oscar Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio; and Eva, Alliance, Ohio), a stepmother (Mrs. Anna E. Schmucker, Uniontown, Ohio), one aunt (Mrs. Catherine Schmucker, Louisville), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of O. N. Johns, assisted by I. W. Royer. Interment was made in the church cemetery.

King. --- Sarah, daughter of Jeremiah and Eliza Hershberger, was born Sept. 15, 1867; died July 30, 1950; aged 82 y. 10 m. 15 d. The widow of Charles King, she is survived by 4 sons and 4 daughters (Clarence, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Olive, Fort Hill, Pa.; Dan, Springs, Pa.; Olen, Uniontown, Pa; Anna and Walter, Pittsburgh; Mildred and Edna, Springs), 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death. She was a member of the Springs Mennonite Church from her youth. Funeral services were held at the Springs Church Aug. 2, with Roy Otto preaching the sermon and Ross Speicher, of the Maple Glen Brethren Church, assisting. Burial was made in the Springs Cemetery.

Miller. --- Moses M., son of Moses P. and Eva (Hostetler) Miller, was born in Hickory Co., Mo., Feb. 24, 1870; departed from this life June 27, 1950; aged 80 y. 4 m. 3 d. When he was three years old his parents moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood and continued to reside. July 19, 1891, he was united in marriage to Lydia Patterson. Three children (Rollin, Ina, and Nina) preceded him in death. Remaining are his companion, 7 children (Ray M., Roy R., Samuel S., Ivan, Milo U., Wilbur, all of the Lagrange area; and Minnie-Mrs. Mahlon Yoder, Nappanee, Ind.), 31 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, one brother (Uriah M. Miller, Goshen, Ind.), one sister (Mrs. Urvan Troyer, Shipshewana, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. As a young man he gave his heart to the Lord and became a member of the Mennonite Church. In this fellowship he bore testimony to the effective work of grace. He was interested in all the activities of the church and showed a distinct interest in his family. Funeral services were conducted at the Emma Mennonite Church, in charge of O. S. Hostetler, assisted by M. J. Yoder, and Amos Hostetler.

Nafziger. --- Christian Z., son of Christian and Elizabeth (Zehr) Nafziger, was born Feb. 22, 1862; died at his home Aug. 8, 1950; aged 88 y. 5 m. 15 d. Death followed a heart attack. Most of his life he lived near Hopedale, Ill. Seven years he lived at Stuttgart, Ark. April 5, 1886, he was married to Lena Grieser, who died Jan. 23, 1899. He leaves 4 children (Lena and Elizabeth at home; Phoebe-Mrs. Kenneth Siscoe and Christian W., of La Junta, Colo.), 14 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Hopedale Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Aug. 11 at the Davis Mortuary and at the Hopedale Church, in charge of Ben Springer, Simon Litwiller, and Ivan Kauffman. Burial was made in the Mennonite Cemetery.

Yoder. --- Amanda, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Shisler) Horst, was born near Massillon, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1880; died at Orrville, Ohio, Aug. 17, 1950, after a lingering illness of two years; aged 69 y. 7 m. 28 d. During the past year she had made her home with a nephew (Paul Horst). At the age of eighteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour, was baptized, and became a member of the Martins Mennonite Church, remaining faithful under death. On Nov. 21, 1910, she was united in marriage to Daniel Yoder, who preceded her in death Dec. 31, 1947. Surviving are one sister (Mattie Eicher, North Lawrence, Ohio), 3 brothers (Rudy, Wooster, Ohio; Ezra, Marshallville, Ohio; and Jonas, Orrville, Ohio), 11 nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. She bore her suffering patiently and was devoted to the will of her heavenly Father. Funeral services were held at the Orrville Mennonite Church, in charge of Stanford Mumaw, assisted by I. W. Royer. Interment was made in the Martins Cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIII, Number 38 - September 19, 1950 ----- page 942.

Culp. --- Ada, daughter of Moses and Rosatta Culp, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Nov. 18, 1892; departed from this life after four days' illness July 26, 1950; aged 57 y. 8 m. 8 d. She was never married and lived alone on her small farm on the edge of Wakarusa. Her many deeds of kindness and help endeared her to her friends and neighbors. During her illness she realized her need of accepting Christ and promised to serve Him as long as she lived. Surviving are her parents, 2 sisters (Hazel-Mrs. Ellis Martin, of Wakarusa; Amanda-Mrs. Elmer Schafer, Goshen, Ind.), 2 nieces, one nephew, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home of her parents and at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on July 28, conducted by Warren Shaum, Silas Weldy, and C. A. Shank. Text: John 14: 1-4. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Felker. --- Katie, daughter of the late Samuel and Barbara Gibble, was born in Mt. Joy, Pa., March 30, 1878; passed away at the home of her daughter (Minnie), Kinzers, Pa., Aug. 19, 1950; aged 72 y. 4 m. 20 d. Death followed an illness of three months. She was a member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church in Lancaster Co., Pa., for fifty years. Her husband (Abram Felker) preceded her in death thirteen years ago. To this union were born 4 children (Wesley, who died in infancy; Lloyd, Mrs. David M. Hostetler, and Mrs. Abram Sload). Surviving are 3 children and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Aug. 22 at the Nissley Funeral Home, in charge of Amos Hess, and at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, in charge of Henry Lutz and Henry Frank. Burial was made in the Kraybill Cemetery.

Graber. --- Jacob P., son of Peter C. and Elizabeth (Swartzentruber) Graber, was born in Daviess Co., Ind., March 14, 1880; departed from this life at his home near Montgomery, Ind., July 23, 1950; aged 70 y. 4 m. 9 d. Having suffered cerebral hemorrhage, he had been seriously afflicted since December, 1949. Dec. 7, 1901, he was married to Leah Graber, who survives. To this union were born 2 children (Pauline, who died in infancy, and Jacob, Jr., Montgomery, Ind.). Surviving besides his son are 5 brothers (Menno, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Peter, Loogootee, Ind.; Chris, Leeds, N. Dak.; Jonas, Montgomery, Ind.; and Levi, Loogootee, Ind.), one sister (Mrs. Lovina Wagler, Loogootee), one half sister (Mrs. Mary Ann Wagler, Loogootee), and many other relatives and friends. One brother (John, Fargo, N. Dak.), and an infant brother and sister preceded him in death. At the age of eighteen he was received by baptism into the Amish Church. On Feb. 21, 1921, his membership was transferred to the Berea Mennonite Church, of which he was a charter member. Here he held his membership and was regular in attendance as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held July 26 at the home and at the Berea Church, in charge of Edd P. Shrock and Tobias Slaubaugh. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Hunsberger. --- Anna, daughter of the late Martin and Hannah (Kilmer) Loucks, was born Jan. 16, 1862, near Wakarusa, Ind.; departed from this life Aug. 26, 1950, at the home of her sister; aged 88 y. 7 m. 10 d. She was united in married to Henry Hunsberger, Dec. 11, 1881; he departed this life April 23, 1884. She was a faithful member of the Olive Mennonite Church for about sixty-five years. A kind and loving sister and aunt, she was always willing to help those in need and will be greatly missed. Surviving are her only sister (Mrs. David Wenger) and 22 nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at the home of her sister, where she had lived the last eight years, and at the Olive Church by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text: Rev. 14: 12, 13. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Leichty. --- Sarah, daughter of John and Sarah (Kurtz) Conrad, was born in Washington Co., Iowa, Jan. 16, 1866; departed from this life at the home of her son (Paul) Aug. 15, 1950; aged 84 y. 6 m. 29 d. She grew to womanhood near Noble, Iowa, and lived in that community almost all her life. She had been in failing health for a year. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. On March 17, 1887, she was united in marriage to John K. Leichty, was preceded her in death March 29, 1940. One son (Emery) passed away July 14, 1944. Surviving are 3 sons (Noah, Winfield, Iowa; Aaron, Ainsworth, Iowa; and Paul, Wayland, Iowa), 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. One great grandchild preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church, Wayland, conducted by Simon Gingerich, and Willard Leichty. Text: Job 19: 25-27. Interment was made in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

Stoner. ­ Ephraim H., son of the late John S. and Lizzie (Haverstick) Stoner, was born in Pequea Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 28, 1867; died at the home of his son (John), West Lampeter Twp., Aug. 5, 1950; aged 82 y. 9 m. 7 d. He had been in failing health for some time. He was united in marriage to Lizzie Weaver, who passed away June 11, 1941. Some years ago he retired from farming and moved to Strasburg, later making his home with his son. He was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. Surviving are 3 children (John, Ella S., West Lampeter, Twp., and Roy W., East Lampeter Twp.), 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Bachman Funeral Home and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church Aug. 8, with Emory Herr and John Brenneman in charge.

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIII, Number 39 - September 26, 1950 ---- page 966.

Bachman. --- Virgil Charles, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob H. Bachman, was born Nov. 3, 1923, at the family homestead, near Lowpoint, Ill.; died Sept. 1, 1950, in the St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill.; aged 26 y. 9 m. 28 d. Death was caused by an automobile accident which occurred the preceding day. Having been reared in a Christian home in his early life, he affiliated with the Metamora Mennonite Church. He received a bachelor's degree from Illinois State Normal University in 1945. On June 10, 1945, he was united in marriage to Catherine Ring, of Normal, Ill. Following their marriage they resided in Pawnee, Ill., where he was a teacher and athletic coach. Later they moved to Lowpoint, where he was engaged in the confectionery business. One son (Phillip Jean) came to bless their home in 1949. Besides his beloved wife and son he leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Melvin and Merle), all of Lowpoint, and a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Metamora Church Sept. 3, conducted by Henry R. Schertz. Interment was made in the Hickory Point Cemetery, west of Metamora.

Bontrager. --- Amanda, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Thut) Hilty, was born in Rockport, Ohio, Dec. 17, 1874; passed away at her home in Atwater, Calif., Aug. 19, 1950; aged 75 y. 8 m. 2 d. On Sept. 13, 1896, she was united in marriage to John P. Bontrager. To this union were born 7 children. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son (Paul). Surviving are 6 daughters (Catherine and Jeanette, at home; Mrs. Mabel Horst, Atwater, Calif.; Mrs. Fannie Detwiler, Logan, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Garner, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Martha Headings, Livingston, Calif.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Amos Shank, Hammett, Idaho; Mrs. A. P. Mishler, Alhambra, Calif.), 2 brothers (John Hilty, Rosemead, Calif.; George Hilty, Hammett, Idaho), 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of sixteen and remained faithful until death. Luke Weaver and Sherman Maust had charge of the funeral services.

Livingston. --- Josiah K., son of John and Fannie (Coffman) Livingston, was born near Johnstown, Pa., March 21, 1854; died at his home in Miami Co., Ind., Aug. 14, 1950; aged 96 y. 4 m. 23 d. He was the tenth of a family of eleven children. The comparatively early death of his father left him and a brother and sister to care for their invalid mother. After the death of his mother he went to Kent Co., Mich., in 1881, where he was married to Matilda Blough on March 22, 1885. She preceded him in death. On April 11, 1924, he married Lizzie Myers, of Miami Co., Ind. In 1925, they moved to Miami Co. There he made many friends, being of a quiet disposition and a noble Christian character. He was the oldest known member of the Howard-Miami congregation, having belonged to the Mennonite Church from the time of his youth. Surviving are his widow and 4 stepsons (Riley E., Melvin N., Paul J., and Ralph R. Myers). Funeral services were held at the Howard-Miami Church Aug. 16, in charge of Anson G. Horner, assisted by Niles M. Slabaugh and Emanuel J. Hochstedler, and at the Bowne Mennonite Church near Clarksville, Mich., Aug. 17 by Daniel Zook. Texts: Matt. 25: 21, 23; Eccl. 8:8. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Newton. --- William Newton was born Sept. 28, 1853; died in the West Branch, Mich., Hospital Sept. 11, 1950; aged 96 y. 11 m. 13 d. He was baptized and received into the church when he was past ninety-one years of age. He lived alone until a few weeks before his death. Although he was nearly deaf and his eyesight was very poor, he would not consent to be taken to a better place for care. Because of a heart condition he never attended any kind of public gathering. He lived many years but never advanced beyond being a babe in Christ. Funeral services at the Fairview Mennonite Church were in charge of Menno Esch. There were no relatives. Text: Heb. 9: 27.

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