Birky, --- Anna E., daughter of Valentine and Barbara (Springer) Nafziger, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., May 7, 1863; died at her home near Hopedale, Ill., Dec. 1, 1950; aged 87 y. 6 m. 24 d. She spent her entire life in this vicinity. On Aug. 30, 1883, she married Valentine C. Birky, who preceded her in death Sept. 12, 1900. Five children were born to this union and 3 survive. (Chris, Hopedale; Walter and Barbara-Mrs. T. S. Cripe, Delavan, Ill.). Two sons (Aaron and Eli) preceded her in death. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her 2 sisters (Mrs. Lena Litwiller and Mrs. Bertha Schantz) preceded her in death. At an early age she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a faithful and consistent member throughout her life, attending services regularly as long as she was able and teaching a class in Sunday school for many years. Funeral services were held on Dec. 4 at her home, conducted by Ivan Kauffman, and at the Mennonite Church with J. W. Birky, of Spartansburg, Pa., and Simon Litwiller in charge. Interment was made in the Mennonite Cemetery near Hopedale with Ben Springer in charge of services there.
Bonilla, --- Alfredo, Sr., son of Heraclio and Florentina (Rivera) Bonilla, was born in Pulguillas, Coamo, Puerto Rico, in 1880; died Dec. 8, 1950, while Dr. George Troyer was taking him to the La Plata Hospital; aged 70 y. His death was caused by a heart attack. In 1917 he was married to Elpidia Santiago. To this union were born 11 children (Esperanza B. Soto, Ana B. Mendez, Angel, Mercedes B. Santini, Aurelia B. Reyes and Aida B. Roig (twins), Lidobina B. Burgos, Alfredo, Ilda B. Ortiz, Aurea Esther and Nelida). The son and namesake, Alfredo, is at present working at Defiance, Ohio, and has charge of the Mexican services at Archbold, Ohio. In April, 1950, don Alfredo, together with his wife, accepted Christ in their home upon being invited to do so by their pastor. In this new-found joy our brother departed from this world to be with his Lord and Saviour. He worked nearly all his life in agriculture. The last few years he operated a small store. His sudden departure has left a reminder to all of us that life is uncertain. He Did not have the privilege of being baptized, thus uniting with the church, but was looking forward to that day with joy. Funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Lester T. Hershey, at the Bethany Mennonite Church, Dec. 10. Interment was made in the Coamo Municipal Cemetery. Text: John 11: 11.
Harrison, Merlene Joanne, daughter of James and Faye Harrison, was born in Amboy, Ill., June 9, 1936; passed from this life Dec. 8, 1950, at the Community General Hospital, Sterling, Ill; aged 14 y. 5 m. 29 d. For several months she realized that her health was failing and her passing was due to a complication of diseases. A little more than two years ago, with a class of others, she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in the West Sterling Mission Church, where she found great joy in the service of her Master. To her, life was interesting and full of challenges. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters (Sharon Lynn and Karen, both at home), the paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Glass, Freeport), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at the Mission, in charge of A. C. Good, assisted by Robert Keller, Goshen, Ind. Burial was made in the Oak Knoll Cemetery.
Martin,--- Lizzie A., daughter of the late Solomon W., and Anna H., Martin, was born in Washington Co., Md., Oct. 26, 1866; died Nov. 8, 1950; aged 84 y. 13 d. After a few days' illness she passed away quietly at the Mennonite Home, Maugansville, Md. Surviving are 2 brothers (Solomon M., New Holland, Pa.; and John M., Hagerstown, Md.). She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in her young years and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. She was concerned for the welfare of others and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the Reiffs Mennonite Church, in charge of Moses K. Horst and John D. Risser. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller,---Emma L., daughter of Isaac and Rebecca (Balmer) Pleam, was born in Bareville, Pa., Jan. 18, 8975; departed this life at her home Neffsville, Pa., Oct. 6, 1950; aged 75 y. 8m. 18 d. She was united in marriage to Abram G. Miller, who died 11 years ago. She was a member of the Landis Valley congregation. Surviving are 4 daughters and 2 sons (Mabel M.-Mrs. Walter Binkley, Rothsville, Pa.; Elizabeth P., at home; Sanford P., Neffsville, Pa.; David P., Manheim, Pa.; Alma M. Nissley, and Emma R., both of Washington D. C.), 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Suzanne, Lancaster, Pa.; Mrs. Amanda Kerscher, Baltimore, Md.; and Carolyn-Mrs. Fred Fuhrman, Washington D.C.), and one brother (Martin, Harrisburg, Pa.). Funeral services were held at Groff's Funeral Home, conducted by Ira D. Landis and Levi M. Weaver. Text: Hen. 11: 10. Burial was made in the Landis Valley Cemetery.
Roth,-- Sarah, daughter of Christ S. and Nancy Short, was born near Stryker, Ohio, June 6, 1894; departed this life Dec. 13, 1950; aged 56 y. 6 m. 7 d. Death came in the form of a tragedy when fire in the house caused her to receive severe burns which proved fatal the following morning. On Jan. 18, 1921, she was united in marriage to Joseph Roth and to this union were born 6 children, one of whom preceded her in death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 2 sons (Dorwin and Herbert, at home), 3 daughters (Verda, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Clela, at home; and Janice, who is attending school at Goshen, Ind.), her aged mother (Mrs. Nancy Short, Stryker, Ohio), 3 sisters (Mrs. Freeman Aschliman and Martha, also of Stryker; Mrs. Raymond Short, Archbold, Ohio), and one brother (Maurice, West Unity, Ohio), besides many other relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church; she was a faithful member until her death. She was a loving wife and mother, much concerned about her family. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church, in charge of Roy Souder, Simon Stuckey, and D. Wyse Graber. Burial was made in the Lockport Cemetery.
Wengerd, -- Harold Francis, son of Martin V. B. and Sadie (Hamsher) Wengerd, was born Oct. 7, 1926; passed away Nov. 16, 1950; aged 24 y. 1m. 9 d. He was a devoted and dutiful son, always seeking the good of others. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Howard Jay, Millersburg, Ohio; Ivan, at home), 2 sisters (Mrs. Roman Wengerd, Millersburg, Ohio; and Mrs. Victor R. Snyder, Killbuck, Ohio), 3 nephews, 3 nieces, 6 uncles, 7 aunts, his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hamsher, Walnut Creek, Ohio), and 5 great-uncles, 5 great-aunts, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted at the Walnut Creek Church, Nov. 19, by S. W. Summer and Alva J. Wengerd.
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Esch, -- Joseph, son of the late David and Fannie (Kanagy) Esch, was born Dec. 29, 1870, in Juniata Co., Pa.; died Nov. 22, 1950, in Sarasota, Fla.; aged 79 y. 10 m. 23 d. He was married Jan. 1, 1901, to Eve Mae Plank, who preceded him in death on Feb. 6, 1944. One son (Paul) was taken by death as a small child. Surviving are 8 children (Ruth-Mrs. John Swartzentruber and Grace-Mrs. Ora Vincent, both of Middlebury, Ind.; Mary-Mrs. Ralph Yoder, Fairview, Mich.; John and Dorothy-Mrs. Elbert Yoder, West Liberty, Ohio; Sadie-Mrs. Vaughn Trumbull, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and Mildred and Ardis, Sarasota, Fla.), 27 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (Jacob, Ronks, Pa.; Ben, Lima, Ohio; Sam, Honey Brook, Pa.; and Menno, Fairview, Mich.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Jeff Smucker, West Liberty, Ohio; Mrs. Amos Glick, Belleville, Pa.; and Mrs. Harvey Miller, Kelliher, Minn.). He spent most of his life in various states of the north, having lived the last five years in Sarasota, Fla. As a young man he became a Christian and was always an active worker in the church. He served as a Sunday-school teacher for fifty years. His family has lost a loving father and the church a strong pillar and dependable counselor. Funeral services were held at the Bayshore Church on Nov. 23, with T. H. Brenneman, in charge and at the Emma Church, near Topeka, Ind., Nov. 28, with Amos Hostetler officiating. Interment was made in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Guengerich, -- Daniel J., son of Jacob and Lydia Guergerich, was born April 10, 1879, in Johnson Co., Iowa; died at his late home in Kalona, Dec. 2, 1950; aged 71 y. 7m. 22 d. Sept. 2, 1913, he was united in marriage to Esther Thompson, who preceded him in death Oct. 9, 1948. Surviving are one son (Robert, at home), 4 brothers (George, Gashland, Mo.; Sam, San Antonio, Texas; Ezra and Aaron, both of California), 4 sisters (Mrs. Ruhama Beachy, Kalona; Mrs. Elizabeth Eash, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. John M. Yoder and Mrs. Henry Yoder, both of Parnell, Iowa), and a large number of other relatives and friends. His friendly disposition and honest and upright dealings won him many friends. Because of failing health he retired from his work as operator of a garage and filling station in Kalona, about a year ago. Death was caused by cancer. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the East Union Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member and attendant. Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at the East Union Church. Burial was made in the family lot in the adjoining cemetery. D. J. Fisher and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber officiated.
Lehman,-- John D., son of Peter and Susannah Lehman, was born at Dayton, Va., March 2, 1882; died near Columbiana, Ohio, Dec. 8, 1950; aged 68 y. 9 m. 6 d. In 1901, he moved to Ohio and in 1904 was united in marriage to Lucy A. Weaver, who preceded him in death by three months. To this union were born 8 children (Mabel-Mrs. Henry Riehl and Paul, Salem, Ohio; Lester and David, Harrisonburg, Va.; Mary-Mrs. Lloyd, Salem, Ohio; Elizabeth-Mrs. Levi Falb, Joseph and Carl, Columbiana, Ohio). Also surviving are 24 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Paul, Dayton, Va., and Benjamin, Asheboro, N. C.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Annie Van Pelt, Columbiana, Ohio, and Mrs. Katie Hall, Asheboro, N. C.), and many other relatives and friends. In 1909, he and his wife united with the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Dec. 11 at Pleasant View, with David Weaver and Abram Good in charge. Text: Mark 13: 30. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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Blosser, -- Eno, son of the late John and Annie (Yoder) Blosser, was born Sept. 2, 1876, near North Lima, Mahoning Co., Ohio; died Dec. 13, 1950, at the home of his half sister, Mrs. John (Ada) Leinbach, Wakarusa, Ind., with whom he had his home the past 10 years. Funeral services were held in the Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, Ind., with Bro. Levi Horst in charge. Interment was made in the Yellow Creek Cemetery, Goshen, Ind.
Hartzler,-- Mary, daughter of Henry and Martha Eberly, was born Oct. 31, 1872, near Burton City, Wayne Co., Ohio; died Dec. 23, 1950, at her home near Orrville, Ohio; aged 78 y. 1 m. 22 d. On Jan. 27, 1904, she was united in marriage to John N. Hartzler, Huntsville, Ohio. To this union 1 son and 3 daughters were born One fatherless daughter, Evelyn Hilty, who was 2 _ years old, was given a home where she was loved and cared for as one of the family. Their entire married life was spent in Wayne County, except about a year and one-half during which time they lived in Logan Co., Ohio. At the age of about 20 years she confessed her Lord and was received into the Mennonite Church in which faith she continued until her death. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 1 daughter (Sarah), and Evelyn Hilty, 5 grandchildren, 2 sisters and a large number of friends and neighbors. One son and 2 daughters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Martins Church. Bro. E. F. Hartzler and Bro. Noah Hilty were in charge of the services. Text: Heb. 2: 1. Burial in the Martins Cemetery.
Longacre, -- M. Ada, daughter of the late John F. and Amanda (Zollers) Kolb, was born Aug. 29, 1886, near Spring City, Pa.; died at her home near Spring City, Pa., Aug. 31, 1950; aged 64 y. 12 d. She was baptized April 20, 1902, in the Vincent Mennonite Church. On Jan. 30, 1907, she was united in marriage to Isaac S. Longacre. To this union were born 4 children. Surviving are her companion, 3 sons (Isaac, John, and David, all of Spring City, Pa.), 1 daughter (Sarah-Mrs. D. Edwin Moyer, Lederach, Pa.), 16 grandchildren, and 1 brother (John W. Kolb, Spring City, Pa.), also many relatives and friends. We remember her as having lived a sincere, faithful life. Her sincere prayer and desire was that she remain faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Matthew Kolb and at the church by Jacob Kolb and Amos Kolb. She chose her texts: Ps. 17: 15; 27: 4-5. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Mack, -- Cora, daughter of the late John G. and Alice (Hoyer) Detwiler, was born in Upper Providence Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., July 18, 1893; departed this life in the Memorial Hospital, Pottstown, Pa., Dec 7, 1950; aged 57 y. 4 m. 19 d. Death was caused by cerebral vascular disease. She had been in failing health for the last six months. She was married to Andrew M. Mack, March 1, 1913. To this union were born 5 children. Surviving are her husband, 3 daughters and 1 son (Alice-Mrs. James Myers, Yerkes, Pa.; Ruth-Mrs. Henry Myers, Spring City, Pa.; Sara and Andrew, Jr., at Home), also 5 grandchildren and 6 brothers. One infant son preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and became a member of the Providence Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the home Dec. 12, 1950, by Jacob Leatherman. Further services were held at the Providence Mennonite Church in charge of Jacob Landes, assisted by Amos Kolb and Clinton Ferster. Text: Ps. 116: 15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Martin, --- Fannie (Begly) Martin, daughter of Joshua and Anna (Imhoff) Begly, was born near Kidron, Ohio, April 24, 1872; died Nov. 3, 1950; aged 78 y. 6 m. 14 d. She was a member of the Chester Mennonite Church for 62 years. She was united in marriage to Jacob A. Martin, Feb. 17, 1907. She had been an invalid for 7 years. Surviving are her husband, a daughter (Mrs. Warren Kidd, of the home), 2 sons (Elmer C., Dalton, Ohio, and John E., West Salem, Ohio), 2 brothers (Christian F., Wooster, Ohio, and John, West Salem), and 5 grandchildren. Seven sisters and a brother died previously. Funeral services were held at the home and at the church. Nov. 11, by Carl J. Good, assisted by Abram Good and William O. Blue. Text: II Tim. 4: 5-7.
Ressor, --Joseph Barkey, son of Tillman and Mary (Barkey) Ressor, was born Aug.9, 1892, near Markham, Ont.; died at Vineland, Ont., Nov. 25, 1950. At the age of 21, he united with the Wideman Church. On Dec. 20, 1916, he was united in marriage with Lydia Ann Weber of Waterloo, Ont., who died Dec. 29, 1938. To this union were born 9 children (Mary, Lewis, Martha, Annie-Mrs. Harold McDowell, Eva-Mrs. Paul Burkholder, David, John, Esther, and Ruth). On Sept. 24, 1959, he was united in marriage with Magdalene (Fretz) Hoover, of Vineland, Ont., at which place they lived until his death. Bro. Ressor took a keen interest in the Bible study and was much used in the church. Surviving are his children, his widow, 1 brother (Albert), a sister (Ida-Mrs. Jos. B. Hoover), 3 grandchildren, and 2 stepchildren (Merle Hoover, Vineland, Ont., and Marjorie-Mrs. Enos Hunsberger, Baden, Ont.). and 1 step-grandchild. Funeral services were held on Nov. 27, at the home in Vineland, by S. F. Coffman, A. L. Fretz, and Daniel Slabaugh, and at the home in Markham on Nov. 28, by Elmer Burkholder and at the Wideman Church by F. S. Schmucker and A. D. Grove. Text: Job 1: 21. Interment in Wideman's Cemetery.
Ressor, -- Mary Barkey, daughter of the late preacher Joseph Barkey and Annie (Hare) Barkey, was born Nov. 27, 1859, at the Barkey homestead near the Wideman Church, Markham, Ont.; departed this life on Nov. 25, 1950, 2 days before her ninety-first birthday. On March 9, 1880, she was united in marriage with Tillman Ressor of Cedar Grove, Ont., who died in 1933, after they had enjoyed 53 years of happy wedded life. Several years after marriage they united with the Old Order Mennonite Church, in which Bro. Ressor was a deacon. In 1930 they changed their member ship to the Mennonite Church. Sister Ressor remained active until about 2 years ago when she became confined to her bed. She was a devoted Christian. Her chief interests were in the church and her family. She leaves to mourn her passing, 3 children (Albert, Ida-Mrs. Jos. B. Hoover, and Joe B., who passed away a few hours after his mother), 11 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held on Nov. 27, at the home by Elmer Burkholder, and at the Wideman Church by Elmer Burkholder, assisted by A. D. Grove. Text: Num. 23: 10.
Shenk, --Amanda, (Weidman) Shenk, Manheim, Pa., passed away Dec. 15, 1949; aged 73 y. 11 m. 14 d. She was survived by a sister (Mrs. Isaac Douple), and a brother (Jacob) who passed away Feb. 7, 1950, also 6 grandchildren. She was patient in her suffering. Funeral services were held at Becks Funeral Home Dec. 18, by Christ Gibble and at Manheim Church by Abram Risser. Text: Rev. 7: 9. Interment in Kauffman Cemetery.
Stutzman, --Clayton William, son of Menno and Lydia (Hauder) Stutzman, was born at Milford, Nebr., May 2, 1908, and met death in a traffic accident on Dec. 26, 1950, near Burlington, Colo.; aged 42 y. 7 m. 24 d. As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church at the East Fairview congregation near Milford, Nebr. At the time of his death his membership was with the First Mennonite Church, of Colorado Springs, Colo. On Feb. 18, 1934, he was united in marriage to Vergie Ernst, of Thurman, Colo. The first two years of their married life were spent at Milford, Nebr. From there they made their home at Thurman, Colo., until 1938, at which time they moved with their family to Colorado Springs, Colo., and later to Manitou Springs, Colo., where the family is now at home. He is survived by his companion, Vergie, and 8 children (Joyce, Shirley, Rolland, Bobby, Larry, Jane, Virginia, and Erla, who are all at home with their mother). Others who survive are his father, Menno, Milford, Nebr., 3 brothers (Clarence, and Roy, of Milford, Nebr.; and Arthur, Cairo, Nebr.), 1 sister (Mabel-Mrs. Lyle Bechler, Seward, Nebr.), 2 half brothers (Percy and Morris), and 2 half sisters (Rose and Elda), all of Milford, Nebr. Preceding him in death are his mother and a brother (Walter) who passed away in 1921, and his stepmother who passed away in 1940. Funeral services were held at the first Mennonite Church, Colorado Springs, Colo., with Bro. Jess Kauffman officiating, assisted by Bro. C. G. Ringler. Burial was made in the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
Zook, -- Mary, second eldest daughter of the late Benjamin and Phebe (Stauffer) Lauber, was born March 12, 1898, near Milford, Nebr.; passed away at the Tofield Hospital Dec. 19, 1950, at the age of 52 y. 9 m. 7 d. Death resulted from a heart condition. At the age of 12 years she moved with her parents to Tofield, Alta., where she resided since. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Salem Mennonite Church to which she was faithful until death. On Nov. 17, 1921, she was united in marriage to John R. Zook. Surviving are her husband and 5 children (Ida Marie-Mrs. Charles Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; Kenneth Charles, Phoebe Elizabeth, Matilda Jane, and John Raymond), 1 granddaughter (Valeria Ann), her mother, 4 sisters, 4 brothers, also a large number of relatives and friends. One son (Benjamin Grant) preceded her in death as well as her father, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. She was a loving companion and faithful mother to her family. Services were in charge of Bro. Ezra Stauffer and J. B. Stauffer. Texts: John 11: 25, 26; I Cor. 15. Interment in near-by cemetery.
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Augsburger-Moses, son of Christian and Barbara (Liechty) Augsburger, was born Sept. 29, 1865; passed away Oct. 27, 1950, at the home of his son, Menno, with whom he lived, at the age of 85 y. 1 m. 1 d. He had been failing in health for the past two years and was critically ill for seven weeks. He was married on April 15, 1890, to Anna Steiner, who preceded him in death Feb. 15, 1914. Surviving are 2 sons (Menno and Willis), 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, a brother (John C., Berne, Ind.), and a sister (Mrs. Fannie Hales, Elida, Ohio). Seven brothers and 6 sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of the Pike Mennonite Church, Elida, Ohio. He attended the Evangelical Mennonite Church for a number of years since this was his home. Funeral services were conducted by Elmer Yoder, Elida, Ohio, and N. J. Schmucker, Berne, Ind. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery near Lynn Grove, Ind.
Davis, Henry J., husband of the late Sarah (Hunsberger) Davis, of Yerkes, Pa.; was born Sept. 15, 1857; died Dec. 17, 1950; aged 93 y. 3 m. 2 d. He was a native of Worcester Twp., enjoying years of good health until he fell in his home and broke his hip two days before his death. He was baptized a member of the Worcester Mennonite Church about 66 years ago. He helped to start the first Sunday school there in 1898. He was a member of the Franconia Mennonite Mission Board from its beginning and rendered his service to the church through his long life. He is survived by 2 sons (Charles and John), 1 granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. A daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Worcester Mennonite Church in charge of Paul R. Clemens, assisted by J. C. Clemens. Text: I Cor. 15: 57. Interment followed in the adjoining cemetery.
Hartz, -- Elam, son of Jacob and Malinda (Beiler) Hartz, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 2, 1887. Following a short illness caused by a coronary occlusion, he passed away at the Reading Hospital, Nov. 22, 1950; aged 63 y. 1 m. 20 d. He leaves his wife, Linnie, and 2 daughters (Pearl and Lena), 1 son (Jacob), 2 brothers (Amos and Ira, both of Elverson, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Lydia-widow of Sylvanus Stoltzfus, Morgantown, Pa., and Rebecca-Mrs. John M. Mast, Oley, Pa.) He taught in the public schools for 26 years. In his youth he united with the Conestoga Mennonite Church. There he was an active member for many years, serving in the work of the Sunday school and summer Bible school. In 1938 he moved to Oley Valley with his family, being the first of the present Oley Mennonite congregation to settle there. He was the first person to be buried in the new church cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Oley Church by John L. Glick and Omar A. Kurtz.
Huber, -- Alice (Wenger) Huber, daughter of the late Ezra and Mary (Wenger) Burkholder, was born Aug. 3, 1889, near Lititz, Pa.; departed this life after one and one-half years of illness of her home in Sporting Hill Dec. 28, 1950; aged 61 y. 4 m. 25 d. She was a member of the Hernley Mennonite Church. Surviving are her husband, Amos H. Huber, and 8 children (Melvin B., Mt. Joy, Pa.; Amos B., Jr., Lititz, Pa.; Anna-Mrs. William Ravegum, Denver, Pa.; Elam B., Manheim, Elva B., at home; Alice-Mrs. David Ebersole, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Alvin B., at home), 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers (John W., Samuel W., both of Ephrata, Pa.; Ezra W., Sinking Springs), and 1 sister (Mrs. Henry Weber, Lititz, Pa.). In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a faithful member throughout her life, attending services whenever possible. Funeral services were held Dec. 31, at the Hernley Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Home Bomberger, assisted by Abram Risser and Martin G. Metzler. Text: II Tim. 4: 6-8. Interment in the Hess Mennonite Cemetery.
Kinsinger, -- Amanda, daughter of Jonathan and Catharine (Schmucker) Gingerich, was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, Feb. 14, 1874; died at her late home northwest of Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 6, 1950; aged 76 y. 9 m. 23 d. In April she suffered a stroke and was in a semiconscious condition since that time. Nov. 5, 1895, she was united in marriage to Abner Kinsinger. Five children were born to this union (Vernie and Ira, Wellman, Iowa; Wallis, at home; Nettie-Mrs. Omar Brenneman, and Katie-Mrs. Dan Dickel, both of Kalona). She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Henry Kempf, Wellman; Mrs. Menno Kinsinger, Parnell, Iowa; and Katie, Kalona), besides many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 3 sisters. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and united with the Lower Deer Creek congregation, later transferring to the East Union congregation where she was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, Dec. 10, 1950, in charge of D. J. Fisher and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber. Burial in the West Union Cemetery.
Nissley, --Annie N., daughter of the late Martin N. and Mary (Nissley) Nissley, was born in East Donegal Twp., Dec. 14, 1861; passed away Dec. 25, 1950; aged 89 y. 11 d. She was the last of her family; so she was living at Musser's Convalescent Home the last few years. After suffering from a broken hip, she was confined to her bed. She was a lifelong member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. A number of nieces and nephews are her only survivors. Funeral services were conducted at the Nissley Funeral Home in Mt. Joy, Pa., by Henry Lutz and Henry Garber. Her chosen text: Ps. 27 : 14. Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery.
Shetler, --Nancy, daughter of Christian and Nellie (Wiltrout) Hochstetler, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 23, 1864; died at the home of her son, Henry B. Brenneman, northwest of Kalona, Iowa, Jan. 5, 1951; aged 86 y. 11 m. 13 d. She was united in marriage Dec. 14, 1885, to Benjamin P. Brenneman, Kalona. To this union were born 6 sons (Elmer and Harvey, deceased; Irvin, Henry, and Ray, Kalona; and Milton, Davenport, Iowa). She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 5 stepchildren (Mrs. L. P. Yoder, Mrs. Jonas Y. Yoder, both of Kalona; Alvin Shetler, Goshen, Ind.; and Lloyd and Milton Shetler), and a large number of relatives and friends. March 21, 1926, she was united in marriage to Peter D. Shetler, who preceded her in death Feb. 28, 1937. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a faithful member of the East Union Mennonite Church at the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, Jan. 8, 1951, with D. J. Fisher and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber in charge. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery.
Weaver, Lemon W., son of the late Martin and Hettie (Wenger) Weaver, was born Jan. 17, 1871; departed this life after a lingering illness, Nov. 12, 1950, at his home near New Holland, Pa.; aged 79 y. 9 m. 25 d. He is survived by his wife, Matilda, and 1 son (Ivan M., New Holland), 3 grandchildren, 1 brother (D. M. Weaver, Lancaster, Pa.), and 1 sister (Elizabeth-Mrs. John L. Ranck, Strasburg, Pa.). Funeral services were held Nov. 16, at his late home with Bro. Eli Sauder in charge and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, of which he was a member in charge of Bro. Mahlon Witmer and Bro. John S. Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Witmer, Elizabeth, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Ann (Hershey) Klopfenstein, was born Nov. 9, 1864, in Fulton Co., Ohio; died Dec. 14, 1950, at the home of her son, David, near Leo, Ind.; aged 86 y. 1 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage to Peter Witmer of Allen Co., Ind., March 15, 1883. To this union were born 1 daughter (Emma-Mrs. Enos Stuckey, Archbold, Ohio), 5 sons (David, Leo, Ind., with whom she made her home; Henry, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Levi, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Myron, deceased; and Albert, Denver, Colo.). Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (Levi, West Unity, Ohio). She was preceded in death by her husband, April 11, 1924, and by 2 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, her parents, and 4 sisters and 5 brothers. In 1881, she was converted and united with the Central Mennonite Church of Archbold, Ohio, and later transferred her membership to the Leo Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. She very seldom missed services when health permitted. Funeral services were conducted at the home, and the Leo Mennonite Church by S. J. Miller, assisted by Ben Graber. Interment was made in the Leo Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Christophel, -- Ruth Ann, daughter of Paul N. and Goldie Christophel, was born July 10, 1944, at Greencastle, Pa.; died after a brief illness, Sept. 26, 1950; aged 6 y. 2m. 16 d. Surviving are her parents, 3 brothers (Paul William, Irvin Roy, and Howard Richard), and 1 sister (Joanne Grace). Brief services were held at the Minnich Funeral Home, Greencastle, Pa., in charge of John F. Grove. Burial was made in the Macedonia U. B. Church cemetery.
Heiser, -- Fannie A., daughter of John and Mary Schrock, was born at Morton, Ill., July 18, 1899; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Justus Detweiler, Dec. 17, 1950; aged 61 y. 4 m. 29 d. At the age of 2 years she moved with her parents from Morton to the family home near Fisher, Ill., where she lived the remainder of her life. At the age of 15 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the East Bend Mennonite Church. On Dec. 15, 1909, she was united in marriage to J. A. Heiser. To this union were born 5 children (Leslie W.-Mrs. Justus Detweiler, Mrs. Melvin Teuscher, Mrs. Alva Cender, and J. Willard, all of near Fisher, Ill.). She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren, and her aged parents, also many other relatives and friends. Her only brother (Albert) preceded her in death about 34 years ago. She was a faithful Christian wife and mother and was active in Christian work as long as her health permitted. The funeral service was held at the East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, Ill., Dec. 19, in charge of S. C. Yoder, assisted by Harold Zehr.
Hershey, -- Lois Doreen, daughter of Landis and Ruth (Martin) Hershey, was born in Lancaster, Pa., July 6, 1947; passed away at the Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital, Jan. 2, 1951; aged 3 y. 5 m. 26 d. Her sudden death was caused by bronchial pneumonia and a very high fever. She is survived by her parents, 1 sister (Betty Louise, at home), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Weaver W. Martin and Mr. Chester H. Hershey, Lancaster, pa.), 1 great-grandmother (Mrs. Rebecca Diffenbach, Lancaster, Pa.), and 2 great-grandfathers (Ephraim Hershey, Kinzers, Pa., and Landis Hershey, Paradise, Pa.). Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at Mellinger's Mennonite Church near Lancaster, Pa., conducted by Harry Lefever and David Landis. Text: Job 1: 21.
Hertzler, -- Esther, daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Miller) Hertzler, was born at Baldwin, Md., Feb.22, 1899; passed away Dec. 16, 1950, after a lengthy illness at Bedford General Hospital, Bedford, Va.; aged 51 y. 9 m. 24 d. She lived at Denbigh, Va., the past 35 years, having moved there from Maryland in December, 1915. Her parents and a sister preceded her many years ago. A brother, Ethan, passed away just a few weeks before she did. Surviving are 3 brothers (Silas, Goshen, Ind.; Asa and Mark, Denbigh), 1 sister (Mary), and a foster sister (Freda Ravenscroft, Denbigh), also 22 nieces and nephews and 4 grand-nieces and nephews, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at Warwick River Mennonite Church by the brethren George R. Brunk and John H. Shenk on Dec. 20, 1950. Interment in church cemetery.
Hostetler,-- Clarence M., son of Harvey and Clara (Miller) Hostetler, was born July 22, 1899, at Hopedale, Ill.; departed this life Jan. 4, 1951, at his home near Aurora, Ohio. He was 6 years old when the family moved to Fairview, Mich., where they lived until 1920. There he united with the Mennonite Church at the early age of 13 years, continuing his fellowship with the church until death. On Sept. 7, 1927, he was united in marriage to Esther Kauffman of Martins Creek, Ohio, who survives. To this union were born 1 son (Richard), and 1 daughter (Ruth Ann), both at home. Also surviving are his father (Harvey, Middlebury, Ind.), and a sister (Mrs. Edith Holderness, Davenport, Iowa). His death followed a 9-month illness which he bore very patiently. Funeral services were held at the Plainview Mennonite Church, Dec. 7, in charge of Eugene Yoder, Stanley Nafziger, and Elmer Stoltzfus.
Huitema,-- Hannah R., (Shmidt) Huitema, the last surviving child of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Shmidt, was born July 24, 1865, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; passed away Dec. 7, 1950, in Webster Co., Miss.; aged 85 y. 4 m. 13 d. She was married Jan. 22, 1891, to John Huitema, who survives. They would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary had they both lived until Jan. 22. Six children blessed this union (Sylvia, George, Mrs. Grace Grossman, Jacob, Roy, and Ernest), all of whom survive except Ernest, who died in infancy. She was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., which her father, who migrated from Holland, helped to establish in 1853. About twenty-five years ago she with her husband moved to Mississippi and were out of touch with the church since that time. Funeral services were held Dec. 11, 1950, at the Rohrer Funeral Home, New Paris, Ind., in charge of Ray F. Yoder.
Mast, -- John S., son of John M. and Rebecca (Stoltzfus) Mast, was born at Morgantown, Pa., Nov. 30, 1861; died at his home near Elverson, Pa., Jan. 3, 1951; aged 89 y. 1 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Christine Zook in 1885. She preceded him in death in 1936. To this union were born a son (Christian Z., a historian and genealogist). A son and daughter died in infancy. He is survived by a sister, Lydia (Mast) Kurtz. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Morgantown. He was baptized by John P. King of West Liberty, Ohio. In 1894 he was ordained to the ministry in this church and in 1908 we elected to the office of bishop. His more than fifty year in the ministry were fruitful. He engaged in Bible conferences, evangelistic meetings, and was active as a member of the Ohio and Eastern A. M. Conference, frequently preaching the annual conference sermon. He also served a term as assistant moderator of General Conference. His charge included churches in Maryland and Virginia in addition to the church near his home. At his funeral on Jan. 6, a large group of bishops and ministers were present from neighboring conferences. Also attending were hundreds of persons whom he had baptized, married, and to whom he had been a spiritual father. Participating in the funeral services were the local ministers, Isaac Mast, Aaron Mast, and George Hostetler. John A. Kennel preached the funeral sermon. Interments was made in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson.
Mumaw, --- Amos B., son of Amos and Catherine (Schaum) Mumaw, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Aug. 1, 1882; passed to his reward at his home at Orrville, Ohio, Dec. 26, 1950; aged 63 y. 4m. 25 d. In his boyhood he accompanied his parents to Indian, locating in the vicinity of Wakarusa. While living there his father was ordained to the ministry of the Holdeman congregation. In 1898, the family moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, where he spent the remainder of his life. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and was baptized as a member of the Mennonite Church. In his early manhood he renewed his vows with God and became a member of the Martins Mennonite Church. He maintained an active interest in the service of God and the church to the last. On March 27, 1906, he was united in marriage to Emma Rohrer. God blessed this union with 5 sons and 1 daughter. The daughter died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 5 sons (Stanford, Dalton, Ohio; Homer, Harrisonburg, Va.; Ralph, Smithville, Ohio; Irvin, Orrville, Ohio; and Clair, Denbigh, Va.), 2 sisters (Martha and Anna, Wellersville, Ohio), 5 brothers (George, Salem, Ohio; Harry and Adam< Wooster, Ohio; Daniel, Orrville; and John, Harrisonburg, Va.), and 14 grandchildren. His congenial disposition and sincere honesty won him a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the Martins Church with the brethren O. N. Johns, L. W. Rohrer, and Wm. Detweiler officiating. Text: Rom. 14: 8. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Roth, -- Malinda B., daughter of Levi and Rebecca (Hartzler) Esh, was born near Allensville, Pa., Jan. 6, 1878; died at the home of her son, Irvin, Belleville, Pa., Jan. 2, 1951; aged 72 y. 11 m. 27 d. On Dec. 15, 1900, she was united in marriage to Christian Roth, of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Four children were born to this union. One son (Clarence C.) preceded her in death. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons (Irvin L., Belleville, Pa.; Paul M., Masontown, Pa.), 1 daughter (Gladys-Mrs. A. Roy Payne, Allensville, Pa.), and 13 grandchildren. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour uniting with the Allensville A. M. Church. She was a faithful member throughout her life. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 5, at the home and in the Mennonite Church by Raymond R. Peachey and J. Ellrose Hartzler. Text: John 14: 6. Interment in the near-by cemetery.
Schmucker, -- John C., son of the late Christian and Catherine (Christner) Schmucker, was born near Kokomo, Ind., Dec. 8, 1879; died at his home near Hartville, Stark Co., Ohio, Dec. 28, 1950; aged 71 y. 20 d. On Oct. 22, 1903, he was united in marriage to Anna Hershberger of Trail, Holmes Co., Ohio. To this union were born 5 children-3 sons and 2 daughters. In 1939, Bro. Schumucker with his companion moved into the vicinity of Hartville, where they since have had their home. He enjoyed reasonable health until the last year. He was bedfast for the last three months. He was a member of the Beech Mennonite Church. He is survived by his companion, 1 daughter (Mary-Mrs. Samuel Liechty, Linwood, Ont.), 3 sons (Christian, Millhall, Pa.; Daniel and Robert, Hartville, Ohio), 17 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers (Jacob, Kokomo, Ind.; and Noah, Goshen, Ind.), 1 sister (Mattie-Mrs. John Hochtedler, Kokomo, Ind.), with many other relatives and friends. One daughter (Rebecca) preceded him in death. His parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister also preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the Beech Church and were in charge of O. N. Johns, assisted by the brethren Lester Wyse and Ray Bair. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Shearer, -- Harry Milton, son of Samuel W. and Elizabeth (Grabill) Shearer, was born May 13, 1879, at Cullom, Ill.; died Dec. 31, 1950, at the Community Hospital in Fairmont, Minn. He married Mildred Lulu Dann, Dec. 25, 1907, at Jackson, Minn. To this union were born 11 children, 2 preceding him in death. Surviving are his wife, 4 daughters and 5 sons (Geraldine-Mrs. Garrett Armfoot, Sherburn, Minn.; Mrs. Lucile Clawson, Sherburn; Milton, Umatilla, Oreg.; Arthur, Upland, Calif.; Ray, San Bernadino, Calif.; Bruce, Hermiston, Oreg.; and Jean-Mrs. James Whitcomb, Upland, Calif.), also 3 brothers and 1 sister (Charles, St. Paul, Minn.; Weslie and Russell, of Jackson, Minn.; and Mrs. Edward Harder, Upland, Calif.). Funeral services were conducted at their home and at the church in charge of C. J. Garber and N. E. Landis. Interment was made in the Sherburn Cemetery.
Shirk, -- Levi W., son of the late Henry and Salinda Shirk, Carnarvan Twp., was born Dec. 3, 1876; died of a stroke Dec. 21, 1950, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 74 y. 21 d. He is survived by his wife, Lillie (Radcliffe) Shirk, 1 son (Lester, Reading, Pa.), and a foster daughter (Bessie-Mrs. Lenke Martin, Goodville, Pa.). He was a faithful member of the Goodville Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the late home Dec. 27, 1950, in charge of Alvin G. Martin, Harry R. Lichty, and Aaron H. Weaver. Text: Ps. 23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Thut, -- John, son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Steiner) Thut, was born Feb. 7, 1879, near Bluffton, Ohio; died Jan. 11, 1951, at his home near Clearwater, Kans.; aged 71 y. 11m. 4 d. He united in marriage to Anna Brubaker at Harper, Kans., June 7, 1910. To this union were born 6 children (Abram, at home; Esther Beck, Osaka, Japan; Rachel Miller, Nampa, Idaho; Hulda, Archbold, Ohio; Eunice Romack, Palmer Lake, Colo.; and Lois, at home). Also surviving are 3 brother (Reuben, Beaver Dam, Ohio; Noah, West Liberty, Ohio; and Timothy, Doylestown, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mary Slabaugh, Orrville, Ohio, and Lizzie Baumgardner, Orrville.). He was baptized and received in to the Mennonite Church in 1895 at Blufftown, Ohio. Three years were spent at the Gospel Mission in Chicago, Ill. He was ordained to the ministry at Bluffton, Ohio, in 1909, in which capacity he served the church as long as health permitted. He gave much of his time to the study of prophecy on which subject he wrote a book and numerous articles. In the spring of 1910 he moved to Cheraw, Colo., then to Harper in 1926, and to Clearwater, in 1943. He was in failing health for many years and was an invalid the last two years. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church near Harper in charge of R. M. Weaver and W. R. Nafziger. Interment was made in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Yoder, -- Veronica L., (Peachey) Yoder, daughter of the late Levi L and Lydia (Yoder) Peachey, was born April 15, 1898; died Dec. 22, 1950; aged 52 y. 8 m. 7 d. On June 2, 1942, she was united in marriage to Jesse M. Yoder, at Mattawana, Pa. She seemed in apparent good health until the day of her death which cam suddenly. She was a member of the Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful until death. She leaves to mourn her sorrowing husband, 2 sisters and 3 brothers (Annie-Mrs. John S. Kenagy, Catlett, Va.; Shem, Springs, Pa.; Saloma-Mrs. Jacob H. Yoder, Belleville, Pa.; Stephen, Hay, Ont.; and Levi, Belleville, Pa.), Four brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Dec. 26 in the Lost Creek Mennonite Church, Juniata Co., of which she was a member in charge of William Graybill and Banks Weaver. Burial was made in the Lost Creek Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.