Boller, ---Elizabeth Nancy (Beckler), daughter of Peter and Tena (Yoder) Beckler, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Oct. 4, 1867. She grew to womanhood in her native community and accepted Christ as her Saviour, uniting with the Mennonite Church. On Sept. 23, 1897, she was married to Benjamin Koebel. Their family consisted of a daughter and a son (Lavina and Walter). Her husband preceded her in death Jan. 17, 1933. On Sept. 25, 1935, she was married to Jacob Boller of Kalona, Iowa. They lived in his retired farm home. While living there she transferred her church membership to the East Union Mennonite Church. Her husband passed away Feb. 3, 1948, at which time she came into the Wayland community again and made her home with her daughter, and transferred her church membership to the Sugar Creek Church of which she was a member at the time of her death. As she advanced in age her health began to fail. About a year ago when her daughter submitted to necessary surgery she was admitted to the home of Mrs. Nettie Gerig where she was cared for until late in the evening of June 11, 1953, when she passed away at the age of 85 y. 8 m. 7 d. She leaves a daughter (Mrs. Aaron Leichty, Ainsworth, Iowa), a son (Walter Koebel, Wayland, Iowa), one sister (Mrs. Emma Wenge, Wayland, Iowa), 5 grandchildren; 3 stepchildren and their families (Mrs. Alva Miller, Jay and Willard Boller, Kalona, Iowa), besides other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Wayland Mennonite Church, conducted by Simon Gingerich and assisted by E. S. Mullet and Willard Leichty. Interment was in North Hill cemetery.
Brackbill, -- Parke R., son of the late Levi and Susan (Ranck) Brackbill was born Aug. 24, 1890, in Lancaster Co., Pa., and passed away of a heart attack at his home, April 2, 1953; united in marriage to Anna W. Witmer who survives him. Also 3 sons (Lester B., Lancaster, Pa.; Arthur P., at home; Norman W., Witmer, Pa.), 4 grandchildren, one brother (Benj. R., Paradise, Pa.), 2 sisters (Anna-Mrs. Walter Denlinger, Ronks, Pa.; Elsie, Berks Co., Pa.). One sister (Bertha Metzler) preceded him in school teacher at the Mellingers Mennonite Church for many years where funeral services were held on April 9 in charge of Elmer Martin, David Landis, and Harry Lefever. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Byler, --- Emma (Hostetler), daughter of Adam and Katherine
(Ross) Hostetler, was born in Hickory County, Mo., May
5, 1869, and departed this life June 4, 1953; aged 84 y. 29 d.
She was united in marriage to Elhannan Byler on April 16,
1888. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. In her youth
she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. She remained
a faithful Christian to the end. In 1910 the family moved to Kansas
but it her declining years she wanted to come back to Garden City.
Here she spent the last six years. These were happy years for
her even though she was an invalid for three years. She was a
mother who was very much devoted to her home and family, and will
be sadly missed in the home, as a neighbor in the community, and
as a member of the church. She fought a brave battle for life,
and was very appreciative of everything done for her-singing by
the youth people and visits of friends. All who made her acquaintance
learned to love her and enjoyed her sunny disposition. She was
preceded in death by her husband who passed away May 2, 1935,
and one son (Irl), in 1933. She leaves to mourn her departure
the following children (Thomas, Goshen, Ind.;
Eldora Schrock, Garden City, Mo.; Leonard, Cimarron, Kans.; Ross, Peabody, Kans.; Henry, Wilmette, Ill.; Blanche Geiger, Topeka, Kans.; and Florence Reed, Garden City, Kans.). Also 28 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren, one half sister (Mrs. Dan Shindler) and 2 half brothers (Will and Wess Hostetler). Funeral services were held at the Sycamor Grove Church, June 7, 1953, in charge of W. R. Hershberger, and S. S. Hershberger, after which the body was taken to Garden City, Kans., where another service was held, and the body was laid away.
Hershey, --- Emma (Eby) daughter of the late Tobias S. and Susannah Leatherman Eby, was born near Creston, Wayne Count, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1876, and moved with her parents and family on a farm near Bluffton, Ohio, in 1887. In her early years there, she united with the Zion Mennonite Church. After her graduation from a nurses training school in Chicago, she accepted a position as superintendent of nurses at the Mennonite Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo. After 4 years of service there she did private nursing. She was married to Charles Owen Hershey of La Junta, Colo., June 12, 1917. In the fall of that same year, they located in Chicago, Ill, where Mr. Hershey entered the University of Illinois Medical School. After his graduation he served as an intern at Grant Hospital where he later became a member of the staff and continued has practice there until Nov. 1, 1951. Because of their failing health at that time, they decided to spend the winter months in Gulfport, Miss., where Dr. Hershey, suffering from a heart condition, passed away at a Gulfport hospital in Feb. 1952. Mrs. Hershey had been failing gradually since then until she was sicken with a heart attack at the Mennonite Home for the Aged at Eureka, Ill. She passed away at the Eureka hospital on Saturday, May 23, 1953. Mrs. Hershey is survived by one son (Dr. Falls B. Hershey, St. Louis, Mo.), 2 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Dr. H. W. Eby, Indianapolis, Ind.; Harvey L. Eby, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Samuel L., Eby, Cincinnati, Ohio), and one sister (Dr. Ida L. Eby, Goshen, Ind.). J. Otis Yoder, pastor of the Mennonite Home Mission Church in Chicago, was in charge of the funeral service which was held at the Furman Funeral home in Chicago, May 24, with interment in the Irving Park Cemetery.
Johns, -- Ward Samuel, was born Nov. 13, 1912, and passed away at his home in Topeka, Ind., Mary 26, 1953; aged 40 y. 6 m. 13 d. He was the son of Ray O. and Fannie Johns. On Dec. 24, 1938, he was united in marriage to Ruth Gnagy and to this union was born one son (David). His father preceded him in death on June 4, 1943. Surviving him are his bereaved wife and son, his mother and stepfather (Mr. and Mrs. Ora Bingham, Lagrange, Ind.), one brother (Dewayne, New Paris, Ind.), and his father-in-law ( I. W. Gnagy) besides many other relatives and friends. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church at an early age. He has been a faithful member and worker in the church, and was a loving husband and father. His sudden passing came as a shock and he will be greatly missed in the home, the church, and the community. Funeral services were held on May 29 at the Maple Grove Church in Topeka, Ind., with C. Norman Kraus and Edwin J. Yoder in charge. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Lehman, --- Benjamin S., son of the late Benjamin and Annie (Stauffer) Lehman, formerly of Elizabethtown, Pa., was born Feb. 3, 1871, and departed this life May 24, 1953, at the home of his son; aged 82 y. 3 m.21 d. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church. He, with his family, moved to Fentress about forty years ago. His wife and one son preceded him in death. Surviving are 3 sons and a daughter (Mrs. Elmer Zeagler, Manheim, Pa.; Herman R., Palmyra, Pa.; Irwin, Lake Park, Fla., and Jacob, with whom he resided). Twelve grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Pleasant Church Fentress, Va., in charge of Clayton Bergey, after which the body was shipped to Pennsylvania, where further services were held at the Risser Mennonite Church near Elizabethtown, Pa., in charge of Noah Risser and Walter Oberholtzer. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.
Nofziger, -- Amanda Mary, daughter of John and Katie (Erb) Heyerly, was born near Albany, Oreg., Jan. 27, 1901. She passed away suddenly in her home in Lebanon, Oreg., June 8, 1953; aged 52 y. 4 m. 12 d. She accepted Christ in her youth and remained a faithful member of the Fairview Mennonite Church. Although she had been in ill health for the past 23 years, she attended services quite regularly. She seldom complained, though she had expressed her desire to go and be with her Lord. On May 7, 1922, she was united in marriage to Elvin M. Nofziger. Surviving are her sorrowing companion, 5 children (Dorothy-Mrs. Virgil Stutzman, Louise-Mrs. Amos Gerig, Bernetta-Mrs. Bernard Stutzman, Willard and Bernard, all of Lebanon, Oreg.), 11 grandchildren, her father, 2 sisters and 7 brothers (Bertha-Mrs. Elmer Schrock, Lebanon, Oreg.; Adeline, Ed Elmer, Joe, Perry, and Wilmer, Albany, Oreg.; Ernest, Nampa, Idaho; Melvin, Winton, Calif.), and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held June 11 at the Fairview Mennonite Church with Nick Birky, N. A. Lind, and Henry Gerig officiating. Interment was made in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Lebanon, Oreg.
Rosenburg, -- Betty, born in Texas Co., Mo., Jan. 7, 1871, and passed away at the home of her son William, near Birch Tree, Mo., May 4, 1953; aged 82 y. 3 m. 27 d. She was married to Will Rosenburg and to this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. She is survived by 3 daughters (Nancy-Mrs. Elbert McKinny, Koshkonong, Mo.; Bertha-Mrs. Homer French, Birch Tree Mo.; Nellie-Mrs. Earl Farnsworth, Ridley, Calif.), and a son (William, Birch Tree, Mo.) Her husband, 2 daughters (Bessie and Anna) and a son (Levi) preceded her in death. She was unusually active for her age until her last illness when she was bedfast for eight weeks, during which time she was lovingly and tenderly cared for by her daughter-in-law, Ada Rosenburg. She united with the Mennonite Church some 20 years ago and remained a member until her death. In her last days she often spoke of communion and wondered about the active services of the church. She will leave a vacant place in the home, the community, and the church, and will be missed by her children, 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held May 6 at the Berea Mennonite Church in charge of Oney Hathaway with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Sayer, ---Alexander Metcalfe, was born July16, 1885, in Yorkshire, England. He passed to his reward June 13, 1953; aged 67 y. 10 m. 28 d. Death came very suddenly and unexpectedly while he was helping with the evening chorus. He came to the Carstairs district in 1916 where he resided till death. On June 1, 1921, he was married to Lillian May. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 3 sons (John, Richard and James), 2 daughters (Jane-Mrs. Clare Good and Alberta-Mrs. Leonard Cressman, Culp, Alta.), 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. Also surviving is one sister (Mary). He accepted Christ as his Saviour in 1933. He was received by water baptism as a member of the West Zion Mennonite Church, Carstairs, Alta., where he continued as a faithful and devoted member. He served a number of years as a trustee of the church. Funeral services were held at the West Zion Mennonite Church with Gordon Buschert in charge, assisted by H. J. Harder. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Snider, -- Abraham C., son of the late Joshua and Lydia Jane (Clemens) Snider, was born in Glen Allen, Peel Township, near Drayton, Ont., on Dec. 20, 1882, and passed away on May 31, 1953; aged 70 y. 5 m. 11 d. He was married to Selina Gingrich on Jan. 1, 1918. To this union were born 2 daughters (Doreen-Mrs. Kenneth Snider and Hazel-Mrs. Stuart Karn). Besides his widow and daughters he is survived by 4 grandchildren, 6 sisters and 3 brothers. Following his marriage he accepted Christ and united with the Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey, Sask., and remained a member until his death. Funeral services were in charge of Stanley D. Shantz and were held June 5, 1953, at the Sharon Church, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Witmer, ---Amanda P., daughter of the late Jacob B. and Mary (Peifer) Reist, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 8, 1874. She passed away to her final rest after an illness of one year, at the home of her daughter Anna (Mrs. Elam Sherer) in Stauffertown, near Mt. Joy, Pa., April 26, 1953; aged 78 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to Hiram N. Witmer, who preceded her in death May 2, 1945. Surviving are 4 daughters and one son (Stella--Mrs. Albert Nissley, J. Earl, Manheim, Pa.; Anna-Mrs. Elam Sherer, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Harry Landis, and Alta-Mrs. Phares Bomberger, Lititz, Pa.), 23 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Adeline-Mrs. John Hershey, Centerville, Pa.; Emma-Mrs. Monroe Metzler, Manheim, Pa.; and Susie-Mrs. Daniel Stoner, Millersville, Pa.). She was a faithful member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Joy church in charge of Henry Lutz, and Henry Frank. Interment was in the Chiques Cemetery.
Yoder, --- Ella, daughter of John D. and Elizabeth (Strycker) Rohrer, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 27, 1880; departed this life June 15, 1953; aged 73 y. 3 m. 28 d. On Sept. 9, 1923, she was married to Cornelius S. Yoder, who preceded her in death March 8, 1953. She is survived by 2 stepsons (Noah Yoder, Nappanee, Ind.; and Harold Yoder, South Bend, Ind.), one stepdaughter (Mrs. Martha Smeltzer, Wakarusa, Ind.), 9 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. George Conrad, Battle Creek, Mich; and Mrs. John Kohli, Nappanee, Ind.), one brother (Alvin Rohrer, New Paris, Ind.). She accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Salem Mennonite Church in 1906 and lived a consistent Christian life until death. She often expressed her faith in God and in her declining days often said she wished to go and be with the Lord. Funeral services were held at the Nappanee Mennonite Church, June 18, in charge of Homer north and Francis Freed, with burial in the South Union Cemetery.
Ziegler, -- Daniel, son of Abraham and Christina (Metzler) Ziegler, was born at North Lima, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 1870, and died on June 9, 1953; aged 83 y. 5 m. 4 d. He had 2 half sisters (Judith and Elizabeth) and 2 half brothers (Christopher and Isaac). He also had 4 brothers (David, Henry, Enos, Benjamin, and Manasseh), and 4 sisters (Susannah, Mary, Sarah, and Anna). He is survived by two brothers (Henry, Columbiana, Ohio, and Enos, Salem,. Ohio), and by one sister (Annie, Leetonia, Ohio). When Daniel was six years old his father died and Daniel was reared by his older brother Henry. On Oct. 22, 1902, he married Mary Louise Minger in Pittsburgh, Pa. Last year they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife and 2 sons (Melvin, Lakewood, Ohio and Albert, Columbiana, Oho). Their only daughter (Christina) was drowned at Lisbon, Ohio, June 3, 1926. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over 40 years. At the time of his death he was a member of the North Lima congregation. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church, June 12, in charge of David Steiner and James Steiner, with burial in the Midway Cemetery.
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Culp, -- David, son of the late Henry and Susanna (Whisler) Culp, was born in Harrison Township, Ind., Jan. 26, 1868; departed this life June 23, 1953, at the home of a daughter Mrs. Vernon Huber, after being bedfast for two weeks; aged 85 y. 4 m. 28 d. He was united in marriage on Dec. 17, 1893, to Lucinda Bixler, who preceded him in death Nov. 24, 1943. Surviving are one son (Howard, Nappanee, Ind.), 4 daughters (Mrs. Grace Stichter, Goshen, Ind.; Laura-Mrs. Harvey Weldy and Alva-Mrs. Vernon Huber, both of Wakarusa, Ind.; and Edna-Mrs. Paul Ramer, Nappanee, Ind.), 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was the last of a family of 9 children. He was a member of the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church for about 55 years. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, June 25, conducted by Peter B. Wiebe and Ray F. Yoder, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Herr, --- Lizzie, daughter of the late John R. and Lizzie (Esbenshade) Kreider, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 22, 1874; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Burkholder, near Lancaster, Pa., June 11, 1953; aged 78 y. 11 m. 19 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour when she was a young woman and united with the Mennonite Church, continuing faithful until death. She was married to Adam N. Herr on Dec. 28, 1893, who preceded her in death by five years. Surviving are one son (John R. Herr, Millersville, Pa.), one daughter (Blanche-Mrs. Clarence Burkholder, Lancaster, Pa.), 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Millersville Mennonite Church by David Landis and Jacob Hess with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Zehr, ---Menno K., son of Joseph and Barbara (Keipfer) Zehr, was born in Canada, June 11, 1884; departed this life April 22, 1953, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Lyndaker; aged 68 y. 10 m. 11 d. In 1909 he married Elizabeth Martin of Croghan, N. Y., at the residence where he died. Surviving are his wife and one daughter (Louise-Mrs. Ira Lyndaker at home), 3 brothers (Peter, Lowville, N. Y.; Reuben, New Bremen, N. Y.; and Wilford, Utica, N. Y.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Fannie Stevens, Lowville, N. Y.; Mrs. Barbara Campany, Carthage, N.Y.; Mrs. Lena Fisher and Mrs. George Gebo, both of Utica, N. Y.), and 2 grandchildren. His parents, one brother, an done son (Wesley) preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, N. Y. He had been in poor health for 4 years and seriously ill since October. After selling his farm to his daughter and son-in-law, he moved to Croghan, being employed there as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, N. Y., on April 26, in charge of Gordon Schrag, with burial in the First Mennonite Cemetery, New Bremen, N. Y.
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Beachy, -- Eli, was born June 29, 1925, near Hutchinson, Kans., the son of Sam M. and Nettie (Miller) Beachy. He was instantly killed in a wheat truck accident, June 25, 1953, only a few miles from his home. At the time of his death he was only 4 days short of being 25 years old. On May 3, 1953, he was united in marriage to Emma Keim. They were permitted to live together only a few days more than seven weeks, and their happiness ended by this tragedy. He is survived by his new bride, his sorrowing parents, 4 sisters (Sadie-Mrs. Ora Nisly, Katie-Mrs. Abe Yoder, Susie-Mrs. Willis Miller, and Verna-Mrs. Ed Schrock, all of Hutchinson, Kans.), and 5 brothers (Melvin, Hutchinson, Kans.; Alvin, Denver, Colo.; Roman, Harley, and Leslie, at home). Also surviving are his maternal grandfather and a host of other relatives and friends. As a young man he united with the Amish Church. He was drafted and spent a period of service in the army in Korea. Upon his discharge, being dissatisfied with his former life, he renewed his vow with the Lord during the early part of this year. At the time of his sudden passing he was a member of the Hutchinson Mission Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held June 27, at the Hutchinson Mission Church and at the Yoder Mennonite Church, Yoder, Kans., in charge of Harry A. Diener and Sanford E. King. Burial was made in the Yoder Mennonite Cemetery.
Beller, -- John, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Schirch) Beller, was born June 21, 1860, at Blaine, Alsace-Lorraine, France, and died at his home in Pontiac, Ill., on June 27, 1953; aged 93 y. 6 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until his death. He came to the United States in 1876, was married to Mary Forney in 1879, and to this union were born 9 daughters and 4 sons. His wife died on Nov. 17, 1904, and in August 1906, he was married to Sarah Good of Hopedale, Ill., who survives. Also surviving are 8 daughters (Mrs. Joe Orendorff, Mrs. Lizzie Grieser, Mrs. Edd Yordy, Mrs. Leslie Middleton, Mrs. L. J. Hartzler, Mrs. Eli Roeschley, Mrs. Henry Heintz, and Mrs. Leo Roeschley), one son (William), 27 grandchildren, and 45 great-grandchildren. Three sons, one daughter, 3 grandchildren, 12 brothers, and one sister preceded him in death.
Burkholder, -- Ella V., daughter of David and Mary (Acker) Weaver, was born April 21, 1893, and passed away at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., June 10, 1953, as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage; aged 66 y. 1 m. 20 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since girlhood, remaining faithful until death. On Sept. 8, 1915, she was united in marriage to Emanuel J. Burkholder, who survives her. Also surviving are one son (Austin B., Harrisonburg, Va.), one daughter (Edith-Mrs. John S. Showalter, Harrisonburg, Va.), 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Annie-Mrs. Charles Kolb, Spring City, Pa.; Margaret-Charles Kolb, Spring City, Pa.; Margaret-Mrs. Titus Moyer, Silverdale, Pa.; and Josephine-Mrs. Amos Burkholder, Harrisonburg, Va.), and 2 brothers (David N. Weaver, Waynesboro, Va.; and Jonas A. Weaver, Royersford, Pa.). Her parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Mennonite Church with Oliver Keener, Daniel Lehman, and Harold Eshleman officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery near the church.
Gindlesperger, --Samuel S., son of the late Samuel and Sally (Miller) Gindlesperger, was born at Conemaugh Township, Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 29, 1886; died June 30, 1953, at Windber Hospital; aged 68 y. 10 m. 1 d. On Aug. 23, 1906, he was united in marriage to Minnie Kaufman who survives. Also surviving are two sons (Kenneth and Merle, both of Johnstown, Pa.), one daughter (Mary-Mrs. Freeman Blough, Hollsopple, Pa.), 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jacob, Davidsville, Pa.; and John, Hollsopple, Pa.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary Berkey and Mrs. Sally Wierich, both of Hollsopple, Pa.; and Mrs. Leah Holsopple, Davidsville, Pa.). He was preceded in death by a daughter (Gladys) and a son (Fred). He was a faithful member of the Stahl Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held July 3 at the Stahl Mennonite Church in charge of David C. Alwine and Harold E. Thomas. Interment was made in the Blough Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Horst, -- Naomi E., daughter of Michael S. and Florence (Eby) Horst, was born Nov. 20, 1920, near Clear Spring, Md. With her parents she moved to Chambersburg, Pa., four years ago and departed this life at the Chambersburg Hospital, May 19, 1953; aged 32 y. 5 m. 29. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received as a member into the Mennonite Church at Clear Spring, Md., in her youth. Surviving are her parents 4 brothers and 4 sisters (Amanda-Mrs. J. Clinton Shank, Harrisonburg, Va.; Florence, at home; Anna-Mrs. Earl D. Yeager, Reuben, Nathan, and Enos, all of Chambersburg, Pa.; Mrs. Lula Eby, Williamsport, Md.; and Abram, Clear Spring, Md.). Funeral services were held at the Clear Spring Mennonite Church by Moses Horst and Amos Horst with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman, --- Lula M., was born near Hartford, Kans., Oct. 28, 1893, and passed away June 27, 1953, following a fatal illness which caused ill health several year prior to her death; aged 59 y. 8m. 29 d. She was a member of the Hesston Mennonite Church and will be long remembered for her devotion and loyalty to her faith. She was the daughter of the late Eli and Magdalena (Steckly) Kauffman. She was united in marriage Oct 6, 1935 to Chris D. Kauffman, and remained a faithful and devoted wife until her death. She was interested in many activities in connection with the church and community and as long as her health permitted contributed to the best of her ability toward any worthy project and endeavor. Surviving are her husband (Chris D. Kauffman), one sister (Goldie P. Gingrich, Hesston, Kans.), and 2 brothers (Harry E. Kauffman, Hesston, Kans.; and J. G. Kauffman, Tulsa, Okla.). Funeral services were held at the Hesston Mennonite Church June 30 in charge of Milo Kauffman and Ivan Lind. Burial was in the Pennsylvania Cemetery.
Miller, --- Jonathan Sturges, infant son of Sturges and Bernice (Meyer) Miller, Millersburg, Ohio, was born June 17, 1953, and passed away four hours later. The body was laid to rest in the Martins Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery. Surviving besides the parents are a three-year-old brother (Joseph), and four grandparents. "He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continuity not." (Job 14:2).
Roth, --- Emma Mae, was born March 4, 1891, near Garden City, Mo., and passed away at her home, June 28, 1953; aged 62 y. 3 m. 23 d. She was the youngest daughter of Moses and Fannie Plank. On Nov. 24, 1910, she was married to Frank Roth. To this union were born one son (Harold) and 2 daughters (Celesta and Ruth). At the age of 12 she united with the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church near Garden City, remaining a faithful member until her death. On Nov. 21, 1952, she had a severe attack of coronary thrombosis and was hospitalized nearly five weeks. After she returned home she was bale to be up and attend church. Sunday morning, June 28, she became ill at about 1:00 and passed away one and one-half hours later. She was preceded in death by two sisters who died in infancy. Surviving are her husband, children, and 3 grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church in charge of the home ministers. Burial was in the Clearfork Cemetery.
Swope, --- Minnie Frances, widow of Emanuel J. Swope, native of Rockingham County and resident of the Pike Mennonite Church community, died July 7, 1953, after an extended illness; aged 76 y. 4 m. 22 d. A daughter of the late David H. and Mrs. Hettie M. (Shank) Burkholder, she was born March 15, 1877, in Rockingham Co., Va., and spent practically her entire life in the Pike Mennonite Church community. Surviving are a sister (Mrs. Joseph E. Huber, Waynesboro, Va.), 2 brothers (Herman F. Burkholder, Dayton, Va.; and Lewis A. Burkholder, Denbigh, Va.), and a number of nieces and nephews. Her husband preceded her in death 11 years ago. Mrs. Swope had been in declining health since his passing. Three sisters (Mrs. Annie C. Alderfer, Mrs. Sophia O. Rhodes, and Miss Lydia M. Burkholder) also preceded her in death as well as 2 brothers (Martin L., and Jacob D. Burkholder). Mrs. Swope possessed a kind and lovable Christian personality and had many friends throughout the community and county. She had been a member of the Pike Mennonite Church since girlhood. Funeral services were held at the Pike Mennonite Church with Aldine B. Brenneman in charge, assisted by James T. Shank. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Weaver, -- Vernon F., son of David W. and the late Jane (Dietz) Weaver, was born June 17, 1892, in Cambria Co., Pa., and died at the home of his brother Freeman near Thomas Mills, Pa., June 18, 1953; aged 61 y. 1 d. He was married to Maggie Layman, May 1, 1915. To this union were born 2 children (Fern E.-Mrs. Earl Eash, Mifflinburg, Pa., and Franklin C., Hollsopple, Pa.), who with his companion survive him. He is also survived by his father, brothers, and sisters (Mrs. George Goebert, Johnstown, Pa.; Mrs. Wesley Thomas, Hollsopple, Pa.; Alonza Weaver, Johnstown, Pa.; Mrs. Walter Schneider, Johnstown, Pa.; Mrs. Chalmer Hoffman, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Ray Weaver, Library, Pa.; Mrs. Roger Berkey, Johnstown, Pa.; Mrs. Herman Myers, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Curtis Griffith and Mrs. Willard Shoemaker, both of Somerset, Pa.). He was preceded in death by his mother, 2 brothers, and one sister. He united with the Blough Mennonite Church, Jan. 6, 1907, and was an active member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Blough Mennonite Church by John A. Lehman and Harry C. Blough, after which at he body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Wideman, -- Allen, son of Moses and Lydia (Gascho) Wideman, was born in Zurich, Ont., Aug. 20, 1893; passed away at Hubbard Memorial Hospital, Bad Axe Mich., June 22, 1953; aged 59 y. 10 m. 18 d. As a young child he moved with his parents to Huron Co., Mich., where he remained since. He was united in marriage to Susanna Snyder, Jan. 19, 1916. Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 brothers (Richard, Akron, N. Y. and Floyd, Capac, Mich.), and 3 sisters (Alice-Mrs. A. J. Mast, Goshen, Ind.; Mary Jane-Mrs. Steve Godo, Imlay City, Mich.; and Maggie-Mrs. Lewis Esch, Pigeon, Mich.). As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and Lord and was received as a member of the Pigeon Mennonite Church, where he remained active as long as health permitted. It pleased the Lord to call him home after a long illness. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon Mennonite Church in charge of Donald King, assisted by Earl Maust and T. E. Schrock. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Zehr, -- Bertha, daughter of Christian and Katherine (Wise) Stahley, was born Aug. 28, 1872, and went to be with the Lord June 19, 1953; aged 80 y. 10 m. On Dec. 30, 1889, she was united in marriage to Joseph A. Zehr, who died in 1918. In early youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Waldo Mennonite Church, living a consistent Christian life. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, a son, and grandson. Surviving are 4 sons (Milo, Roy, Walter, and Lloyd, all of Flanagan, Ill.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Amsy Yordy, Gridley, Ill.; and Mrs. Roy Roeschley, Flanagan, Ill.), 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, one stepsister (Mrs. Fanny Ingold, Fisher, Ill.), and one-step brother (Dan Stienman, Danvers, Ill.). She was a kind and loving mother and was much concerned about her family and the church. She had been in failing health for several years and seriously ill only a few days. She was very patient in her affliction and in all never complained. Funeral services were held at the Waldo Mennonite Church with J. D. Hartzler and E. J. Stalter officiating. Burial was made in the Waldo Cemetery.
Zook, -- Clara, daughter of Mose and Barbara (Swartzendruber) Stutzman, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, July 8, 1885, and died at the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, June 10, 1953; aged 67 y. 11m. 11 d. She was united in marriage to Lewis D. Zook Aug. 27, 1905. To this union 6 children were born (Leroy, Hannibal, Mo.; William, Kalona, Iowa; Oscar, Weatherford, Okla.; Vernon, Iowa City, Iowa; Barbara and Mary Ellen, at home). Her death is mourned by her husband, children, 13 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Katie Johns, Hydro, Okla.), one brother (Samuel, Weatherford, Okla.), and a large number of near relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister (Jane-Mrs. John D. Miller, Hydro, Okla.). Sister Zook accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a lifelong member of the East Union Mennonite Church, where she was active and faithful and will be missed especially in her Sunday-school class where she was a regular attendant. She always took an active interest in the sewing circle and various activities of the church. After their marriage they located on a farm near Kalona and lived in the Kalona community with the exception of 8 years when they lived at Hydro, Okla. In 1949 they retired and moved to Kalona. For a number of years Sister Zook's health had been failing. Thursday morning, July 7, she was stricken and the following morning she was taken to the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, where she passed away the same evening. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church in charge of D. J. Fisher, A. Lloyd Swartzendruber, and J. John J. Miller. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Brubaker, -- Anna H., daughter of David and Susanna (Horst) Horst, was born Nov. 25, 1869, at Maugansville, Md., and died July 3, 1953, at the Mennonite Home at Maugansville, where she had been a guest for eight years; aged 83 y. 7 m. 8 d. She was married to Benjamin F. Brubaker on April 11, 1918, and moved to Mt. Joy, Pa., the home of her husband, where she lived until his death, May 28, 1944. After this she returned to Maugansville her former home. She is survived by one stepdaughter and 3 stepsons all of Mt. Joy, Pa., together with a number of nephews and nieces. She was a member of the Reiff Mennonite Church, July 7, with Stanley H. Martin, Reuben E. Martin, and Moses K. Horst in charge. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Clemmer, ---Mary B., daughter of Abram and Elizabeth (Zeigler) Derstine, was born in Franconia, Pa., Dec. 21, 1864; departed this life March 18, 1953, at the home of her daughter; aged 88 y. 2 m. 27 d. She was a member of the Franconia Mennonite Church. In 1883 she was united in marriage to Abram B. Clemmer who preceded her in death in 1938. Surviving are one daughter (Edna D. Alderfer), 6 grandchildren, , and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Franconia Mennonite Church in charge of Menno B. Souder and Elmer M. Moyer with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Graber, --- Peter, oldest son of Christian and Catherine (Stuckey) Graber, was born on a farm near Stryker, Ohio, Jan. 11, 1867, and passed to his eternal reward at the home of his son, D. Wyse Graber, June 30, 1953, following a short illness of 5 weeks; aged 86 y. 5 m. 20 d. On Feb. 7, 1889, he was united in marriage to Barbara E. Wyse, Rome, Iowa, and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life for more than 56 years. Four sons and 4 daughters came to bless this union. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, was baptized into the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. His quiet unassuming disposition won for him many friends. He was a man of few words, a good counselor, and always weighed his words carefully before giving an answer. He was a diligent Bible reader and much concerned about the spiritual welfare of his children. He enjoyed general good health throughout his entire life with the exception of an eye infection caused by Cataracts which greatly impaired his sight. He leaves to mourn his departure, 4 sons and 3 daughters (Ira and D. Wyse, Stryker, Ohio; Chauncey, Archbold, Ohio; Archie Congo Beige, Africa; Verna-Mrs. John Fieltz, Stryker, Ohio; Mina-Mrs. Fred Wyse, and Zela-Mrs. J. E. Nofziger, Wauseon, Ohio), 24 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Della Short and Mrs. Lydia Jacquin, Stryker, Ohio; and Mrs. Lina Beck, Archbold, Ohio), besides many other relatives and friends. Those who preceded him were his companion, one daughter, 4 grandchildren, one brother, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church, conducted by Simon Stuckey and Walter Stuckey. Burial was in the Lockport Cemetery.
Kreider, --- Hettie Elvina, daughter of J. R. and Magdalena Buckwalter, was born Aug. 12, 1867, near Byerstown, Pa.; passed away June 26, 1953, after a three months' illness at her home near Palmyra, Mo.; aged 85 y. 10 m. 14 d. She attended Hershey's Church near her home and as a young woman became a member of the Mennonite Church, uniting with the Hershey congregation. In 1890 she was married to the late J. M. Kreider. In February, 1898, she with her husband and four children moved to Palmyra, Mo., where he had been called to serve as minister. Nine children blessed this union, 3 having preceded her in death (George Ezra, Philip Owen, Harry Sanford). She leaves the following children (M. Lena, at home; Mrs. Anna Bender, Jesse B., and John F., Palmyra, Mo; Daniel K., Quincy, Ill.; Amy-Mrs. Andrew L. Glick, Minot, N. Dak.), also 24 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (Frank, Lancaster, Pa.; Jacob, Lititz, Pa.; Ira and Harry, Palmyra, Mo.), and one sister (Ruth, Hannibal, Mo.). She was quiet and reserved, preferring to serve the Lord and the church in ways often unnoticed. She loved the church and the Bible, spending hours in her last years reading and memorizing portions of Scripture. She was a faithful companion to her husband and a self-sacrificing mother. Funeral Services were held at the home and the Palmyra Church by Nelson E. Kauffman, assisted by Daniel Kauffman, Leonard, Mo.; Amos Gingerich, J. Y. Swartrzendruber, and J. M. Yoder, Parnell, Iowa; and LeRoy Gingerich, Versailles, Mo. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery, Palmyra, Mo.
Oberholzer, -- Samuel W., son of the late John and Elizabeth (Wilson) Oberholzer, was born Aug. 6, 1888, and passed away very suddenly as the result of a heart attack, at his home near Greencastle, Pa., June 15, 1953; aged 64 y. 10 m. 9 d. He accepted the Lord as his Saviour in his youth and was a faithful member of the Eshleman Mennonite Church until his death. He was married to Fannie Holdeman, Aug. 31, 1915. Besides his wife he is survived by 5 children (Clifford C. and Walter H., both of Maugansville, Md.; Esther-Mrs. Allen E. Martin, Smithsburg, Md.; Mrs. Martha Risser, and Richard E., both at home). He was preceded in death by a son and a daughter. He leaves 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jacob and Lester Oberholzer, Greencastle, Pa.), and one sister (Francis Oberholzer, Tipton, Iowa). Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church by Harvey Shank and Irvin Lehman. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Rosenberger, --- Arlene Landis, daughter of Raymond H. and Sallie (Landis) Roseberger, was born at Hatfield, Pa., July 10, 1935; died very suddenly in the Doylestown Emergency Hospital, July 5, 1953; aged 17 y. 11 m. 25 d. Death result from injuries received in an automobile accident which occurred about one hour earlier, as she was driving with two other young persons. The driver of the car, a 16-year-old girl, died a little more than 24 hours later. Arlene confessed Christ as her Saviour during the Brunk tent revival campaign held at Souderton, Pa., in August, 1951. She was baptized in the Plain Mennonite Church, Dec. 9, 1951, and continued in the fellowship of the church until the time of her death. She is survived by her parents, her mater grandmother, and the following brothers and sisters (Mildred-Mrs. Melvin Burkholder and William, Hatfield, Pa.; Marcus, Newton, Conn.; Gladys, Mary, Susan, Henry, James and Sallie all living at home. Funeral services were conducted in the Plain Mennonite Church by Wayne Kratz and John E. Lapp. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Roth, --- Harvey S., was born Feb. 17, 1869, in Williams Township, Northampton Co., Pa., the son of James and Mary (Swartz) Ruth. He was confirmed at the age of 17 in the Durham Reformed Church, Durham, Pa. At the age of 27 he was married to Mantana Ruch, to which union were born 3 children (Stella-Mrs. Warren Strawsnyder, Bethlehem, Pa., with whom he resided at the time of his death; Florence Johnson, Nescopeck, Pa.; and C. James, Allentown, Pa.). His wife passed away in September 1920. In 1929, he was married to Emma G. Gehman and together they owned and operated the Ruth Convalescent Home at Bally, Pa., for many years. At this time he transferred his church membership to the Bally Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until his death, May 21, 1953; aged 84 y. 3m. 4 d. Burial was in the family plot at the Durhan Church, E. E. Beiler and E. W. Kulp officiating.
Spriggle, -- Annie, daughter of Christian G. and Mary (Benner) Snyder, was born at Richfield, Pa., Nov. 4, 1888, and died at her home from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage, June 30, 1953; aged 65 y. 5 m. 26 d. On Nov. 26, 1905, she united in marriage with William E. Spriggle, Richfield, Pa., and together they shared life's joys, sorrows, and burdens for more than 47 years. On Easter Sunday, 1907, she and her companion were received into church fellowship at the Cross Roads Mennonite Church, Richfield, Pa., by William W. Graybill. She lived a quiet, peaceful, cheerful Christian life, always anxious to go to the house of the Lord when health permitted. Now she is in His presence, with a son and daughter who preceded her while yet in childhood. She leaves her sorrowing companion and the following children (Wilford, Clarence and Robert, Richfield, Pa.; Howard, Port Trevorton, Pa.; Verna, at home; Mary-Mrs. Robert Hubbert, Elva-Mts. Theodore T. Sheaffer, Richfield, Pa.; and Alma-Mrs. Karl Landis, Pottstown, Pa.), also 16 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of friends. Her parents preceded her in death man years ago. Funeral services were held at the Cross Roads Church, J. Walter Graybill and Clinton M. Ferster officiating.
Troyer, -- Nora, daughter of Henry J. and Mary Troyer, was born April 10, 1879, and fell asleep in Jesus June 29, 1953; aged 74 y. 2 m. 18 d. She had been ill as a result of diabetes and cerebral hemorrhages for over six years, four of which she spent on the wheel chair and in bed. On Feb. 9, 1902, she was married to Jonathan D. Troyer who survives. They were privileged to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary together a year ago. To them were born 2 sons and 4 daughters (Henry, Benton, Ohio; Mildred-Mrs. Elmer Lehman, Kidron, Ohio; Orpha and Edna at home), She is also survived by two sisters (Verna and Mary, Walnut Creek, Ohio), her son and daughter-in-law and 3 grandsons. Her circle of friends both young and old was also very large. One son and one daughter, her parents, 3 sisters, 2 grandsons, and one granddaughter preceded her in death. Early in life she became a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church to which she remained a true and consecrated member until the day of her death. She was always an inspiration and shining Christian example to us. None of us over heard her utter an angry word or speak ill of anyone. Many friends and neighbors also shared in her concern and helpfulness. Truly we rise up and call our mother blessed. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by William G. Detweiler and Paul R. Miller. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Woodiwiss, --- Adilade G. (Campbell), was born May 26, 1874, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and died at her home near Norwich, N. Dak., July 6, 1953; aged 79 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was married to Fred Woodiwiss at Iowa Falls, Iowa, Nov. 28, 1894. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 4 sons (Floyd, Minot, N. Dak.; Glenn and Ralph, Norwich, N. Dak.; Dick Escondido, Calif.), one daughter (Mrs. Helen Roberts, Garrison, N. Dak.), 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She had been in failing health for several years, yet she was keeping house for her husband and son. She was a devoted mother and a loyal friend to all who knew her. She was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church, earlier, but not in recent years, yet she read the Bible daily and desired to do the right. Funeral services were at the Fairview Church in charge of Floyd Kauffman, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.