Amstutz, -- Peter J., son of John J. and Marian (Oberly) Amstutz, was born in Sugarcreek, Ohio, April 13, 1873; suddenly departed this life May 4, 1953; aged 80 y. 21 d. In his youth he was baptized and became an active member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, later becoming a charter member of the Kidron Mennonite Church, where he retained his membership to the end. He took an active part in church work both as janitor and Sunday-school teacher. On March 21, 1895, he was united in marriage with Barbara Schneck. Surviving are his companion, 8 children (Fairy-Mrs. Grover C. Gerber, Nettie-Mrs. Levi Nussbaum, Paul, Rra, and Verda-Mrs. Ivan Zuercher, all of Orrville, Ohio; Clair, Goshen, Ind.; Persis-Mrs. Amos J. Nussbaum, and Frieda-Mrs. George Amstutz, both of Dalton, Ohio), 38 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter (Celia) and 6 brothers and sisters (Elizabeth-Mrs. Fred Kiener, Sarah-Mrs. Christian Zimmerly, Magdalena-Mrs. Simeon Lehman, Verena-Mrs. Caleb Steiner, Dinah-Mrs. Elias Augsburger, and Sem). Funeral services were held at the Kidron Church, May 6, with Reuben Hofstetter, Allen Bixler, and Isaac Zuercher presiding, with burial in the church cemetery.
Bixler, -- John J., was born Feb. 7, 1872, on a farm east of Kidron, Ohio, and passed away at the home of his daughter Verna, April 30, 1953, after a long illness. He was the son of John C. and Marie (Sommer) Bixler, and reached the aged of 81y. 2 m. 23 d. As a young man he joined the Mennonite Church and remained true as long as he lived. On Jan. 1, 1901, he was married to Sarah Oberly. Four children were born to this union (Florence and Luella, who died in infancy; Alvin J., Sugarcreek, Ohio; and Verna-Mrs. Lewellyn Badertscher, Dalton, Ohio). After the death of his wife in 1909, he married Eliza Nussbaum on Nov. 7, 1912. The following 8 children were born (Leonard and John, Jr., who preceded him in death, and 3 children who died in infancy; George, Kidron, Ohio; Lester, Orrville, Ohio; Lillian-Mrs. Ira Sommer, Dalton, Ohio). Also preceded him in death are his second wife, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Additional survivors include 18 grandchildren, and one brother (Jacob J., Dalton, Ohio). He had been a farmer but in later years was associated in business with his sons in the Kidron Body Company. He was active in helping build a better Christian community. Funeral services were held at the Kidron Church, May 2, in charge of Reuben Hofstetter, Allen Bixler, and Isaac Zuercher, with interment in the church cemetery.
Brubacher, -- Elmina, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Sherk) Hunsberger, was born in Waterloo Twp., Ont., Dec. 17, 1885; passed away at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, May 3, 1953; aged 67 y. 4 m. 17 d. In her youth she accepted Christ under the evangelistic efforts of Eli S. Hallman, uniting with the congregation at the David Eby Church, now the Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont. On Sept. 2, 1908, she was united in marriage to Jacob G. Brubacher. To this union were born 4 children (Elmer G., Howard A., Mary-Mrs. Clare E. Cressman, and Ruth-Mrs. Willis Cressman, Bloomingdale). Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, one sister (Mary Ann, Preston, Ont.), and 2 brothers (Noah, St. Jacobs, Ont.; and Abraham, Bridgeport, Ont.). She was preceded in death by her brother Moses, Lenna, Menno, Enos, and Lydia-Mrs. Ezra Shantz. Her radiant smile and words of encouragement will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially in the church and Sunday school where she served faithfully as long as health permitted. Funeral services were conducted by Clare Shantz and J. N. Martin at the Erb Street Church.
Derstine, --- Mamie W., daughter of the late Bishop A. O. and Emma (Wismer) Histand, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Oct. 5, 1894. On Oct. 9, 1915, she was married to Clarence F. Derstine. She and some of the family had gone to Martinsburg, Pa., on May 3, 1953, to attend the ordination to the ministry of her son-in-law, Clyde Fulmer, and while there she died suddenly of a heart attack. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Surviving are her husband and 6 children (Chester, Hilltown, Pa.; Norman, Broadway, Va.; Walton, Dublin, Pa.; Gladys-Mrs. Emil Thiessen, Hillsboro, Kans.; Beulah-Mrs. Clyde Fulmer, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Kermit, Harrisonburg, Va.). One daughter and one son preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Doylestown Mennonite Church, May 8, by Silas Graybill and Joseph Gross, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Gerber, --- Fannie, wife of Elias P. Gerber, was born July 13, 1882, on a farm west of Kidron, Ohio. She was the daughter of Isaac K. and Katherine (Neukomm) Lehman and a lifetime resident of this community except for several winters spent in Florida. Five days prior to her death she was a patient in the Wooster Convalescent and Rest Home where she passed away May 5, 1953; aged 70 y. 9 m. 23 d. As a young girl she received Christ as her Saviour and was a faithful member of the Kidron Mennonite Church teaching a Sunday-school class for 16 years. She was married on Oct. 3, 1915. Surviving are her husband, 2 children (Melva-Mrs. Dwight Gerber and Glenford, both of Kidron, Ohio), 2 sisters (Mrs. Elias Falb, Dalton, Ohio; and Mrs. John Boegli, Orrville, Ohio), 5 stepchildren (Dora-Mrs. Albert D. Amstutz, Lila-Mrs. Otto Gerber, Oren, Annie-Mrs. Marvin Miller, all of Kidron, Ohio; and Edwin, Upland, Cailf.), 3 grandchildren and 10 step-grandchildren. Two sons (Clayton and Wayne), 4 sisters, and 4 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Kidron Mennonite Church, May 8, with Reuben Hosfstetter, Allen Bixler, and Isaac Zuercher presiding with burial in the church cemetery.
Good, --- Bernice Cleo, daughter of J. P. and Eliza ( Roush) Barnt, was born near Elida, Ohio, Sept. 25, 1885; passed away at her home, Feb. 25, 1953; aged 67 y. 5 m. She had not been too well for several years but passed away very suddenly of a heart attack. She was united in marriage to Aaron Good on April 26, 1906. About 45 years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons (Eldridge, Lima, Ohio; Harold, Elida, Ohio; and Ezra, Teges, Ky.), 4 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Ralph Diller, Sheldon, Wis.;Eva-Mrs. Charles Kirkendall, and Lois Betty-Mrs. Clifford Moore, both of Delphos, Ohio), 24 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She was much concerned about her family and the church and her life was a blessing and inspiration. Funeral services were held at the home by G. H. Brunk and at the Pike Church in charge of E. B. Grey and Paul Smith, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Gutierrez, -- Bernaldo, was born June 18, 1883; died in Beeville, Texas, May 3, 1953, at the home of a niece; aged 68y. 10 m. 15 d. He had been ill for some months but death was hastened by burns received when his house was destroyed by fire in March. He and his wife, Feliciana, who passed away in December, 1947, accepted Christ and became members of the Mexican Border Mennonite Mission 16 years ago. He leaves no immediate family. Following a graveside service in charge of the Mathis, Texas, workers, his body was laid to rest in the cemetery near Normanna, Texas.
Holdeman, -- Samuel M., was born July 10, 1871; departed this life April 23, 1953, at the home of his son Benjamin; aged 81 y. 9 m. 4 d. He is survived by his son, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Lizzie Lehman). He was a member of the Mennonite Church, for many years worshiping with the believers at Stauffer's Bachmanville, Pa. Funeral services were conducted at the Risser Church, April 26, by Noah W. Risser and Walter Oberholtzer, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hostetler, --- Harry J., son of Jacob and Lizzie (Blough) Hostetler, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 5, 1868; passed away at the Kendallville, Ind., Hospital, May 2, 1953; aged 84 y. 11 m. 27 d. On Feb. 14, 1892, he was united in marriage to Mary Weaver, who survives. Also surviving are 6 sons and 3 daughters (Earl, Middlebury, Ind.; Murl, Freeport, Mich.; Otis and Merritt, Elkhart, Ind.;--------and Truman, White Pigeon, Mich.; Rosella-Mrs. Ira Speicher, Ligonier, Ind.; Marian-Mrs. Edwin E. Miller, Elkhart, Ind.; and Luella-Mrs. Harley Miller, Middlebury, Ind.), 38 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren, besides a numbed of other relatives and friends. One daughter died in infancy. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Forks Mennonite Church, later transferring his membership to the Middlebury congregation with which he remained until death. Funeral services were held at the Middlebury Church, May 5, with Harold Yoder and Wilbur Yoder officiating. Burial was made in the Bontrager Cemetery, Shipshewana, Ind.
Poper, -- George L., born Nov. 29, 1869, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George L. Poper, died unexpectedly at the home of his nephew, W. A. Poper, Fayetteville, Pa., May 4, 1953; aged 83 y. 5 m. 5 d. He is survived by 2 daughters (Helen, Chambersburg, Pa., and Mrs. Paul Shephard, Indiantown Gap, Pa.), and a number of grandchildren and other relatives. He accepted the Lord about 6 months ago and became a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Chambersbug, Pa., Mennonite Church in charge of Harold Hunsecker and Howard Lehman, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Risser, -- Emma B., daughter of the late Samuel and Caroline (Brubaker) Lehman, was born in Lebanon County, Sept. 13, 1865; departed this life May 7, 1953; aged 87 y. 7 m. 24 d. She was united in marriage to Amos R. Risser on Nov. 13, 1883, and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life until 1940, when her husband was called home. In the early years of their married life she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was received as a member of the Risser Mennonite Church, Elizabethtown, Pa., to which faith she was loyal until her death. Surviving are 3 children (Mrs. Carrie Risser and Ira, both of Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Mrs. J. Roy Greider, Mt. Joy, Pa.), 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were in charge of Noah Risser and Landis Brubaker, with burial in the church cemetery.
Slagel, --- Kevin Warren, born to Warren and Vernelda (Widmer) Slagel, April 7, 1953, passed into the arms of our loving Saviour two days later at the University Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Besides his parents he leaves one brother (Eric James), one sister (Wendy Marlene), and 4 grandparents. Services were held as the body was laid to rest in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Wayland, Iowa.
Snyder, --- Moses B., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Moses K. Snyder, was born near Baden, Ont. He passed on to be with the Lord, after an illness of 2 years, May 7, 1953, at the home of his daughter, New Hamburg, Ont.; aged 78 y. 2 m. 22 d. In December, 1903, he was married to Mary Wimer. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers (Amos, Sam, Christian, and Noah) and 2 sisters (Mary-Mrs. Noah Bechtel and Sarah.). Surviving are his wife, 3 children (Howard, Kitchener, Ont.; Gladys-Mrs. Lloyd Cressman, New Hamburg, Ont.; and Norma---Mrs. Gordon Shantz, New Dundee, Ont.). Jesse Parker, Norwalk, Ohio, who was raised in the home, and 10 grandchildren. He was converted in early life and united with the Shantz Mennonite Church. During the time of his membership at First Mennonite and at Erb Street he faithfully served the Lord while he loved and followed Him in a quiet and humble spirit of devotion. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., in charge of J. B. Martin, assisted by Peter Cassel and C. C. Cressman.
Yoder, --Archie Thomas, son of Eli and Lydia Yoder, was born Oct. 13, 1862; passed to his eternal reward, May 9, 1953; aged 90 y. 6 m. 27 d. He was the oldest son in a family of 8 children, 2 of whom remain (Bradley and Vernon, both of West Liberty, Ohio). Most of his life was spent on the farm but he also spent some time in the carpenter trade. He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Ohio, and attended as long as health permitted. In January, 1901, he was married to Artie Yoder who passed away in January, 1929. To this union 2 children were born (Hazel, who died in 1951; and Newton, in whose home he lived for the past 11 years). Additional survivors are 5 grandchildren and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Troyer and Lynn Funeral Home, by K. Y. Plank, assisted by Nelson Kanagy.
Yoder, -- Sem K., was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Dec. 6, 1871. On April 29, 1953, at the age of 81 y. 4 m. 23 d., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Paul Mevils, Geeley, Ohio, he passed to his eternal home. He was the youngest of three children born to Levi E. and Fannie S. (Kauffman) Yoder. One brother (Adam) and one sister (Nancy) died in infancy. In April, 1880, his parents located on a farm near East Lynne, Mo., where they lived until their death. From 1906 the farm was owned and operated by their son, who was well known as a stockman and hog raiser, until his retirement. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and in 1886 was received into the membership of the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church. During his lifetime he remained loyal to his Christian faith and to the church. On April 13, 1895, he was married to Mary Martin, who preceded him in death in 1937, and since that time he made his home with his daughter Elda. Besides his daughter he leaves 2 sons (Amos, Aberdeen, S. Dak.; and Levi, Salina, Kans.), as well as a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. One son (Omer M.) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church, May 3, in charge of S. S. Hershberger and W. R. Hershberger, with burial in the Clearfork Cemetery.
Zook, -- Lydia, daughter of Joel and Lydia (Stutzman) Schmucker, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1860; departed this life April 30, 1953; aged 92 y. 8 m. 14 d. She was a faithful member of the Central Mennonite Church and a regular attendant as long as health permitted. On Jan. 28, 1890, she was united in marriage to Daniel Zook, Orrville, Ohio. They made their home at Leo, Ind., for 14 years when they moved back to Ohio, and lived near Wauseon since that time. Her husband preceded her in death in 1943. Surviving are one son (Walter J., Wauseon, Ohio), 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and a number of other relatives and friends. She was the last of a family of 10 children. Funeral services were held at the Central Church, Archbold, Ohio, May 3, in charge of Roy Sauder and Henry Wyse.
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Appelby, --- James A., was born Nov. 18, 1880, at Dickerson, Md.; passed into eternity at the Chambersburg, Pa., Hospital, April 25, 1953; aged 72 y. 5 m. 7 d. His death was caused by a stroke which he suffered about two weeks earlier. He was saved and united by baptism with the Marion, Pa., Mennonite Church, on April 20, 1929. He is survived by his wife (Georgia May), one daughter (Mrs. Glen Cordell), 3 sisters, and 2 grandsons. Funeral services were held at the Marion Church, April 27, by the local ministry, and burial was made in the cemetery adjoining.
Baade, --- Rudolph William, son of the late Lewis and Carolyn Baade, was born in Chicago, Ill., April 9, 1906; died at his home in Chicago, May 1, 1953; aged 47 y. 22d. On Feb. 6, 1925, he and Lauretta Peplow were united in marriage. Surviving are his wife and 5 children (Rudolph Jr., Leona-Mrs. Kupizyk, Edna-Mrs. Bavars, Shirley-Mrs. Borucki, and Robert). On Dec. 6, 1942, he, his wife, and several of the children professed their faith in Jesus Christ and united with the fellowship of believers of the Mennonite Home Mission in Chicago. Through the years he sought to maintain his faith in Christ. Funeral services were conducted from the Siler Funeral Chapel, May 4, by J. Otis Yoder, assisted by Raymond Yoder. Interment was made in the Glen Oak Cemetery.
Eshleman, -- Ellen, daughter of Clayton L. and Martha (Gish) Keener, formerly from Refton, Pa., now missionaries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, died on May 17, 1953, as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage at Nazareth, Ethiopia; aged 28 y. She and her husband sailed for Ethiopia under the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities she had thought school for several years in Pennsylvania communizes. For two years she taught in the Cedar Hill School and she also taught at the Franconia Mennonite School and the Lancaster Mennonite School. During the summer of 1948 she spent three months in relief services under the Mennonite Central Committee in Puerto Rico. Her husband, D. Rohrer Eshleman, formerly of Paradise, Pa., now a medical missionary at Nazareth, Ethiopia, survives. Also surviving are her parents, one brother (Robert G., Refton, Pa.), 4 sisters (Betty-Mrs. John Drescher, Ann-Mrs. Paul Gingrich and Marie, all of Harrisonburg, Va.; and Barbara-Mrs. Harold Shenk, College Park, Md.), and one grandfather (Daniel Gish, Millersville, Pa.). Funeral services were held at Addis Ababa on May 19. Memorial services were held at the Paradise, Pa., Mennonite Church, on May 24.
Hamilton, -- Charles Edward, son of Benjamin and Catharine (Holley) Hamilton, was born Oct. 30, 1873, at Cullom, Ill.; passed away at his home in Sheridan, Oreg., March 23, 1953; aged 79 y. 4 m. 24 d. Death came as the result of a cerebral hemorrhage. On Feb. 21, 1899, he was united in marriage to Barbara Minnie Snyder. They had lived in Minnesota and Texas before moving to Oregon, and the past 28years have lived at Sheridan. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church from his youth. The last few years his hearing prevented him from enjoying church services but he always enjoyed company and to talk of spiritual things. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 daughters (Mrs. Ed Hostetler, Bloomfield, Mont.; and Mrs. Louis Mishler, Willamina, Oreg.), 2 sons (Eldon, Tocoa, Honduras; and Walter, McMinnville, Oreg.), 18 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (John, Sheridan, Oreg.; and Ira, Newton, Kans.), and many other relatives and friends. Two sons preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Sheridan Mennonite Church in charge of D. F. Shenk and Raymond Mishler, with interment in the cemetery near Williamina, Oreg.
Hertzler, ---Sarah N., daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Nolt) Zimmerman, was born in Lancaster County, Pa., Nov. 15, 1867; passed away, after a short illness at her home near Mechanicsburg, Pa., April 24, 1953; aged 85 y. 5 m. 10 d. At 17 years of age she was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Slate Hill Mennonite Church where she remained true and faithful, being the oldest member at the time of her death. On Oct. 29, 1896, she was married to John R. Hertzler, who preceded her in death 13 years ago. Since that time she lived alone in her home. She is survived by one half brother (Abram, Ephrata, Pa.), one half sister (Barbara, Mechanicsburg, Pa.), and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were in charge of William Strong and C. W. Zimmerman at the Slate Hill Church, with burial in the adjoining cemetery
Kauffman, --Sadie Alice, Smithville, Ohio, daughter of Isaac and Salome (Zook) Yoder, was born May 6, 1888; died at Dunlap Memorial Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, and remained a faithful member until her death. She was for the last number of years a member of the Pleasant Hill congregation, Wayne County, Ohio. On March 19 , 1919, she was united in marriage to Charles Kauffman, who passed away in August 1940. She is survived by one daughter (Edna-Mrs. Ed. Anfang, Smithville, Ohio), 3 sons (Kenneth, New Wilmington, Pa.; Irvin, Wooster, Ohio; and Orie, Smithville, Ohio), 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Benjamin F., Spokane, Wash.; and Irvin, West Liberty, Ohio), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Otis Kauffman, West Liberty, Ohio; Mrs. Elmer J. Yoder, Springfield, Ohio; and Mrs. Fred Krabill, Smithville, Ohio). Funeral services were conducted by Gerald C. Studer and William G. Detweiler, April 17, at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Liechty, -- Peter, son of the late John and Katie (Yoder) Liechty, was born in Allen County, Ind., Dec. 3, 1865; departed this life May 9, 1953, after an illness of four months; aged 87 y. 5 m. 6 d. On Jan. 5, 1888, he was united in marriage to Anna Richer, who preceded him in death in April 1950. Since that time he has been staying with his children. Surviving are 3 sons (John, Brinsmade, N. Dak.; Jonas and Peter, Grabill, Ind.), 6 daughters (Elizabeth-Mrs. David Witmer, and Leah-Mrs. William Stuckey, both of Grabill, Ind.; Katie-Mrs. Levi Neuhouser, Oneco, Fla.; Anna-Mrs. Ben Graber, Auburn, Ind.; Lilly-Mrs. Amos Lederman, and Verda-Mrs. Frances Graber, both of Spencerville, Ind.), 62 grandchildren, 107 great-grandchildren, and one brother (John, Ft. Wayne, Ind.). One son (Silas) preceded him in death. He was baptized in 1887 and became a member of the Leo Mennonite Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held on May 12 at the Leo Mennonite Church with S. J. Miller and Edward Frey in charge. Burial was made in the Leo Cemetery.
Summer, --Christian F., son of Peter and Bena (Smith) Summer, was born Jan. 23, 1876, near Washington, Ill., where he spent his early years but later moved to Manson, Iowa, for the remainder of his life. On Dec. 15, 1907, he was united in marriage to Barbara Zehr, who preceded him in death in 1935. He was also preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and one son. He had enjoyed reasonably good health until the winter of 1952 when he suffered with pneumonia and the evening of April 24, 1953, when he was stricken with a heart attack which cause swift and sudden death at the age of 77 y. 3 m. 1 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. Here he served his Lord and the church faithfully until God called him home. At the time of his death he was reading the Bible through for the fifteenth time in the past twelve years. He also memorized many portions of Scripture. He leaves to mourn his departure 5 children (Luella and Ethel, at home; Milton, Pomeroy, Iowa; Daniel, Mobile, Ala.; and Christ F., Jr., Manson, Iowa), 3 brothers (John J. and Emanuel A., Washington, Ill.; and Benjamin, Modesto, Calif.), one sister (Anna-Mrs. Noah Hartzler, Goshen, Ind.), 6 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite Church, April 27, conducted by the home ministers. Burial was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
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Amand, --Adaline, daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Hess) Lefever, was born Aug. 19, 1871; passed away at the home of her daughter, Dorothy, April 10, 1953; aged 81 y. 7 m. 22 d. She spent all her married life in and near Landisville, Pa. She and her husband untied with the Mennonite Church and were members for fifty-three years, remaining faithful to the end. Her husband preceded her in death in 1948. Surviving are 6 children (Chester, Columbia, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Clarence Hertzler, Manheim, Pa.; Anna-Mrs. Elvin Hess, Strasburg, Pa.; Dorory, Lititz, Pa.; and Mrs. Elizabeth Way from Florida), 30 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Landisville Mennonite Church, April 13, in charge of Christian Frank, Barton Gehman, and Henry Lutz, with interment in the church cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Dorothy" is mention as a daughter and her name is "Dorory" in the surviving children. Using exact spelling.
Carpenter, -- Leroy R., was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 10, 1901; passed away at the St. Joseph's hospital, Lancaster, Pa., May 11, 1953, as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage; aged 51 y. 7 m. 1 d. On Sept. 1, 1925, he was united in marriage to Mary G. Musselman, who survives, also 3 sons (Stanley, Manheim, Pa.; Sidney and Sterling, Elverson, Pa.), one daughter (Laura Mae, at home), 5 grandchildren, his mother at Lititz, Pa., and one brother (Norman, East Petersburg, Pa.). He was a member of the East Petersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church where funeral services were held on May 14, in charge of Irvin Kreider and Harold Brenneman, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Christner, --Levi, son of Jacob and Fannie (Miller) Christner, was born near Hubbard, Oreg., Dec. 12, 1884; met his death when he was accidently stuck down by an auto May 15, 1953; aged 68 y. 5 m. 3 d. All of his life was spent in the Willamette Valley. For the past ten years he had been employed at the Dronbecker Sawmill at Oregon City. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Zion Mennonite Church, Hubbard, Oreg., where he was a member at the time of his death. In 1910 he was married to Ella Hostetler. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters (Roy, Hubbard, Oreg.; Etta Beer, Wickensburg, Ariz.; Roscoe, Barlow, Oreg; Fred, Hubbard, Oreg.; Harold, Troutdale, Oreg.; Rovena Kallstrom, Canby, Oreg; and 13 grandchildren, and one stepsister (Etta Watzig, Orchard, Wash.). One brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were in charge of Edward Kenagy with burial in the Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "accidently" should be spelled "accidentally." Using exact spelling in obituary.
Dayton,--- Robert Parker, son of Patrick M. and Amanda (Wagoner) Dayton, was born March 4, 1894; departed this life May 25, 1953; aged 59 y. 2 m. 24 d. He was married to Rhoda Catherine Yoder on Nov. 13, 1919. To this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters all of whom survive (Anna-Mrs. Vernon Bishop, Doylestown, Pa.; Virginia-Mrs. Carl Moreland, Pinto, Md.; David, Pinto, Md.; Calvin, John, Lois, Robert, Arthur, and Phillip, at home). Also surviving are one brother (Oliver, Keyser, W., Va.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Blanche Nottingham, Paw Paw, W. Va.; Mrs. Fred Borror, Ridgeley, W. Va.; Mrs. Luther Snyder, Cockeysville, Md.; and Mrs. Truner Blackwell, Hanover, Md.), 8 grandchildren. In his early youth he received Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Methodist Church. In 1928, he became affiliated with the Mennonite Church and on Oct. 19, 1930, he was ordained to the ministry. He was a faithful laborer at the Pinto Church and is the Southwestern Pennsylvania Conference. Funeral services were held on June 1, at the Pinto, Md., Church, with Chest Helmick, Roy Otto, Richard Martin, and Aaron Mast taking part in the services. All together about 24 bishops, ministers, and deacons were in attendance. Interment was made in the cemetery near the church.
Deter, -- Ezra, S., son of Daniel H. and Elsie (Steiner) Deter, was born near Ralston, Iowa, Oct. 24, 1892. In 1902 his parents moved to Morrison, Ill., where he grew to manhood. He accepted Christ when a young boy and was with the first unit that the church sent out to do relief work in the Near East early in 1919. On April 28, 1924, he married Edith Huffnagle, another relief worker. For over 25 years he taught school in Chicago, Ill. Surviving are his widow, 2 daughters (Virginia, Kanazawa, Japan; and Dorothy-Mrs. Jerry Miller, Vinton, Va.), one grandson, 5 brothers (John, Adam, Andrew, and Daniel, all of Morrison, Ill.; and Ira, Sterling, Ill.), 2 sisters (Esther-Mrs. Abner Nice and Eunice, Morrison, Ill.), and a number of other relatives. Funeral services were held by Horace Larson at the Englewood Presbyterian Church with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Detweiler, --Mahlon, F., son of the late Bishop Samuel and Anna (Freed) Detweiler, was born in Hilltown township; passed away at Telford, Pa., April 24, 1953. He had been in failing health from heart trouble for over three years but bedfast for one week. He was a member of the Rockhill Mennonite Church were he taught a Bible class for over 30 years. He is survived by his widow (Amanda Stoll Detweiler), 4 children (Mrs. Mamie Kulp, Telford, Pa.; Bertha Kremer, Silver Spring, Md.; Sam and Howard, both of Souderton, Pa.), 4 step-children (Mrs. John Ward, Allentown, Pa.; Paul, Souderton, Pa.; Mrs. William Reinford, Telford, Pa.; and Irwin S., Telford, Pa.), and one sister (Mrs. Salome Landis). Funeral services were held April 29 at the Rockhill Mennonite Church by Edwin Souder and Alfred Detweiler with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Godshall, --- Lizzie M. (Ruth), was born in Skippack, Pa., Dec. 9, 1880; passed away April 6, 1953; aged 72 y. 3 m. 28 d. She was in ill health for the past five years and a heart condition was the cause of her death. She was a member of the Souderton Mennonite Church and will be remembered for her Christian testimony. Her first husband, Samuel Beyer, died in 1913. She was then married to Allen B. Godshall, who passed away in 1938. Surviving are 7 children (Elmer K., Beyer, Marietta, Pa.; Mary Beyer, Lansdale, Pa.; Russel R. Beyer, Lititz, Pa.; Lloyd R. Beyer, Souderton, Pa.; Mrs. Ben Bollinger, Lebanon, Pa.; Frank Famous, Collegeville, Pa.; and Mildred Godshall, Hatfield, Pa.), one brother (George, Norristown, Pa.), one sister (Mrs. Sallie Ranbo, Philadelphia, Pa.), 31 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Services were in charge of Jacob Moyer, Elmer Moyer, and Marvin Anders.
Herr, --Victor E., son of the late Henry and Barbara (Harnish) Herr, was born in Lancaster Co., Feb. 24, 1897; peacefully passed away at his country home, Sterling, Ill., May 18, 1953; aged 56 y. 2 m. 22 d. He went to Sterling and on Feb. 9, 1929, was united in marriage to Ruth LeFevre. Soon after his marriage he purchased a farm when he lived until his death, known for his honesty and integrity. At the age of seventeen he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Brick Mennonite Church, Strasburg, Pa., later transferring his membership to the Science Ridge Church near Sterling, Ill., where he was a devoted and consistent member. For a number of years he served as one of the trustees of the church. Surviving are his widow, 4 children, (Rodney and Deloris, Goshen College; Elwood and Richard, at home), one brother (John H., Lancaster, Pa.), and 3 sisters (Bessie, Lampeter, Pa.; Mrs. B. Frank Rohrer, Strasburg, Pa.; and Mrs. G. Paul Crandord, New Jersey). An infant daughter (Millicent), his parents and one sister (Mrs. John Neff) preceded him in death. Funerals services were held at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church with A. C. Good in charge, assisted by Robert Keller and Eugene Moore, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hess, -- John B., son of the late Henry B. and Harriet (Buckwalter) Hess, was born in Lancaster County, Pa., June 4, 1865; died at his home at Lancaster, Pa., March 27, 1953, following a four-day illness of pneumonia; aged 87 y. 9 m. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara L. Graber, on Oct. 26, 1886. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1941, a daughter and two sons. Surviving are 6 children (Harry G., Lancaster, Pa.; Elmer G., Columbia, Pa.; John G., Lancaster, Pa.; Christ G., Lititz, Pa.; Ruth G.-Mrs. Abram Miller, Lancaster, Pa.; and Norman G., Lancaster, Pa.), 26 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Menno B., Lancaster, Pa.). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 65 years. Funeral services were held at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church, March 30, with Ira D. Landis and Levi Weaver officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kreider, -- Lizzie Ann, daughter of Benjamin B. and Anna (Greider) Kauffman, was born Aug. 2, 1871; entered into rest at her home at East Petersburg, Pa., March 4, 1953; aged 81 y.7 m. 2 d. She was married to Frank N. Kreider on Nov. 7, 1889, and in 1891 they united with the Mennonite Church at East Petersburg. She filled her place faithfully, helping in sewing circle and other church activities. Surviving are her husband, who was ordained to the ministry in 1907, 4 sons (Ammon, Elmer, Irvin, and B. Frank), 22 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren,. Funeral services were held at the East Petersburg Church in charge of Earl Wert and Henry Lutz.
Lichti, --- Magdalena, daughter of Jacob and Jacobena (Schwartzentruber) Roth, was born in East Zorra, Ont., March 23, 1871; died at the home of her daughter Selma after a short illness; aged 82 y. 1 m. 29 d. In 1895 she was married to Abraham S. Lichti, who preceded her in death in 1940. She was a member of the East Zorra Amish Mennonite Church. Surviving are one son (Daniel, New Hamburg, Ont.), 2 daughters (Selma-Mrs. Simon Roth, New Hamburg, Ont.; and Erma-Mrs. William Brozio, Bridgeport, Ont.), one brother (Joseph, South Easthope, Ont.), 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren . Funeral services were held at the East Zorra Church, May 24, in charge of Peter Nafziger and Henry Yantzi, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin, --- Philip, son of the late Adam and Katie (Inigley) Martin, was born in Dauphin Co., Pa., March 8, 1886; died at his home at Lititz, Pa., April 9, 1953, of a heart attack after a six-month illness; aged 67 y. 1 m. 1 d. He was a member of the Hess Mennonite Church for many years. Surviving are his wife (Emma Landis Martin), 3 sons (Henry, Trona, Calif.; Clarence, Reamstown, Pa.; and Albert, Rothsville, Pa.), one daughter (Anna-Mrs. Richard Lausch, Brownstown, Pa.), 12 grandchildren, 2 brothers (William, Manheim, Pa.; and Irvin, Lititz, Pa.), and 6 sisters (Mrs. Anna Scott, Mrs. Sadie Starr, and Mrs. Mabel Hill, all of Reading, Pa.; Minerva, Harrisburg, Pa.; Mrs. Viola Christ, Wyomising, Pa.; and Mrs. Edith Smith, Union Deposit, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Hess Mennonite Church, April 13, with John S. Hess, Raymond Bucher, and Richard Hess officiating. Burial was made in the Hernley Cemetery, Manheim, Pa.
Newcomer, -- Walter S., son of Annie C. and the later Norman S. Newcomer, was born April 1, 1895 at Mt. Joy, Pa.; passed away May 18, 1953; aged 58 y. 1 m. 17 d. He had been in apparent good health but passed away several hours after a severe heart attack. He was a faithful member and Sunday-school teacher at the Chestnut Hill Church. He was united in marriage to Esther Hersh, who preceded him in death in 1929. Surviving are his mother, 4 children (Jay, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Benjamin, Genesee, Pa.; Ethel-Mrs. Alvin Miller, Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Ruth, at home), 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Amos and Martin, both of Mt. Joy, Pa.), and one sister (Mrs. Menno Hoffer, Manheim, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Landisville, Pa., Mennonite Church by Henry Lutz and Raymond Charles, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Nofzinger, -- Charles J., son of John and Mary (Leichty) Nofzinger, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Nov. 14, 1894; departed this life at the Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio, May 14, 1953; aged 58 y. 6 m. On Dec. 20, 1917, he was united in marriage to Eliza Beck, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Leanna-Mrs. Edward Baus and Lodema-Mrs. Walter Maust, both of Archbold, Ohio), 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers (John J., Archbold, Ohio; and William h., Wayland, Iowa), one sister (Ida-Mrs. Moses Nofziger, Wauseon, Ohio), and a large number of other relatives and friends. One sister and his parents preceded him in death. All of his life was lived in the vicinity of Archbold, Ohio, and for the last 28 years he was associated in business with his brother John. In 1947 he suffered an attack of coronary thrombosis but had recovered when on the morning of his death he again became seriously ill and in the evening passed to his eternal rest. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church, May 18, in charge of P. L. Frey and Walter Stuckey, with burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Sommers, --Lizzie, daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Smucker) Zook, was born in Miami Co., Ind., Sept. 7, 1873; departed this life at the age of 79 y. 3 m. 11 d.; Mary 18, 1953. On Jan. 1, 1892, she was married to Daniel J. Sommers who preceded her in death by 20 years. To this union were born 11 children, who together with a stepdaughter (Mrs. Janie Mast) survive her departure (Edwin, Wabash, Ind.; Katie-Mrs. George Troyer, Aibonita, P. R.; Willard, Howe, Ind.; Elmer, Russiaville, Ind.; Fannie, Monroe, Noah, Raymond, Albert, Clayton, and Esther-Mrs. Ora Troyer, all of Kokomo, Ind.). Also surviving are 46 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren. In her early years she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united and worked with the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church until her death. Her daily life gave a strong testimony of her faith in God. Funeral services were held at the Howard-Miami Church, May 20, in charge of A. G. Horner and N. M. Slabaugh, with burial in the Mast Cemetery.
Troyer, --- Elizabeth, daughter of the late Simon P. and Barbara Good, was born near Elida, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1893; departed this life May 18, 1953; aged 59 y. 7 m. 13 d. She gave her heart to the Lord in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful. She was united in marriage on Dec. 23, 1914, to Menno L. Troyer. Together they established a Christian home which was blessed with 3 sons and one daughter. She was a devoted companion and mother and a great asset to her husband in the work of the church. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons (Leonard, Robert, and Fred, all of Elida, Ohio), one daughter (Lucille-Mrs. Warren Christophel, Goshen, Ind.), 9 grandchildren, 4 sisters (Anna-Mrs. J. M. Brenneman, Rebecca-Mrs. E. E. Troyer, Mary-Mrs. Herschel Brenneman, of Elida, Ohio; and Clara-Mrs. Robert Ross, Denbigh, Va.), and one brother (Menno, Elida, Ohio). One sister (Mrs. Reuben Brunk) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Central Church, Elida, Ohio, May21, in charge of Andrew Brenneman, assisted by Richard Martin, James Detwiler, and Timothy Brenneman, with burial in the Salem Cemetery.
Weaver, -- John A., son of the late Jacob W. and Magdalena (Auker) Weaver, was born near Martindale, Pa., June 22, 1877; passed away at his home after an illness of three months, March 26, 1953; aged 75 y. 9 m. 4 d. On Dec. 24, 1900, he was united in marriage to Annie B. Stauffer, who survives. Also surviving are 5 sons (James S., Ephrata, Pa.; Jacob S., Lancaster, Pa.; Martin S., Ephrata, Pa.; John S., New Holland, Pa.; and Enos S., Reamstown, Pa.), 7 daughters (Mary S., New Holland, Pa.; Katie-Mrs. Titus W. Zimmerman, Ephrata, Pa.; Lydia S., New Holland, Pa.; Annie-Mrs. Adam M. Horst, East Earl, Pa.; Maggie S., at home; Frances S., Narvon, Pa.; and Lena S., at home), 45 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Michael A. and Levi A., New Holland, Pa.). He was preceded in death by 3 children (Levi, Mabel, and an infant son), and one sister (Mary). When a young man he united with the Pike Mennonite Church and on Feb. 23, 1902, he was ordained to the ministry. On Sept. 2, 1928, he was appointed bishop of the congregation. Funeral services were held, March 30, at the Pike Mennonite Church, Hinkletown, Pa., by Aaron Z. Sensenig and Weaver W. Zimmerman, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, --- James Edward, infant son of Howard and Fannie Mae (Troyer) Yoder, Hicksville, Ohio, was stillborn on May 21, 1953, at the Community Hospital. Surviving are the parents, one brother (Robert Eugene), 4 grandparents, and 2 great-grandparents. Graveside services were held in the Lost Creek Cemetery in charge of Ralph Yoder.
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Blucas, ---Stillborn son of Anthony and Mildred Blucas, Johnstown, Pa., May 8, 1953. A graveside funeral was conducted by David C. Alwine on May 9.
Miller, --- Judy Eileen, daughter of Manford D. and Beulah (Swartz) Miller, was born Nov. 20, 1951, at Albuquerque, N. Mex.; passed away May 28, 1953, from meningitis; aged 1 y. 6 m. 8 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her parents, one grandfather, one grandmother, and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the French-Fitzgerald Mortuary in charge of Jo H. Yoder. Burial was made in Sunset Memorial Park.
Shank, --- Perry E., youngest child of Samuel and Catherine (Rhodes) Shank, was born Sept. 26, 1879; passed from this life on May 28, 1953, after an illness of 2 months; aged 82 y. 8 m. 2 d. He was ordained to the ministry on Aug. 25, 1901, and faithfully served the Lord and the church in the Northern District of the Virginia Conference for almost 52 years. The early days of this service was by horseback and buggy over rough roads and mountain trails. He lived to see the time when most of the work can be reached by car and surfaced highways. His most recent charge was the care of the Woodland Tabernacle congregation near Orkney Springs, Va. He also served for a number of terms on the Board of Trustees of Eastern Mennonite College. On Dec. 1, 1901, he was united in marriage with Katie M. Showalter. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 1 daughter (J. Ward, D. Paul, John F., Samuel S., and Martha). Also surviving are 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers (David, Lewis, Joseph, and John), and one sister (Sarah-Mrs. D. H. Zigler). Funeral services were held at the Zion Church, Broadway, Va., May 30, by J. L. Stauffer, S. H. Rhodes, Dewey Emswiler, and Timothy Showalter. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery by the church. His long and faithful ministry was greatly appreciated by the church and his memory will long be cherished.
Shetler, ---Ruth Ann, daughter of Earl and Mary (Slabaugh) Shetler, was born July 12, 1946; passed away May 31, 1953; aged 6 y. 10 m. 19 d. Surviving are her parents, 4 brothers (Donald Ray, ---Calif.; Cecil Dean, Carl Edward, Fredrick Milford, Gary Gilbert, and Kermit Earl), 2 sisters (Mary Lois and Rachel June), 3 grandparents, and a number of other relatives. She and her brothers were at a lake north of Wellman wading when she disappeared in too deep water. Help was summoned but all efforts to revive her failed. She was looking forward to attending Bible school with great joy but the Lord called her home. A precious jewel has been removed from her home and Sunday-school class. Services were held at the Wellman Mennonite Church, June 3, with George S. Miller and Max Yoder in charge. Interment was made in the Mennonite cemetery at Wellman, Iowa.
Unzicker, --- Elta May, daughter of J. S. and Elizabeth Shoemaker, was born near Dakota, Ill., Nov. 27, 1883; died at her home 510 E. Garden St., Freeport, Ill., June 3, 1953; aged 69 y. 6 m. 6 d. In addition to her husband, W. Frank, she is survived by 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Three brothers and 3 sisters are survive (Cora-Mrs. A. L. Buzzard and Stella-Mrs. A. E. Kreider, Goshen, Ind.; Edwin, Arthur, and Louella-Mrs. W. R. Sanders, Dakota, Ill.; and Charles of Scottdale, Pa.). Mrs. Unzicker was a member of the First Methodist Church of Freeport. Funeral services were held at the Walker Mortuary with V. Edward Birch officiating. Interment was made in Oakland Cemetery.
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Baker, --- Ada Mae, daughter of Adam and Susan (Hostetler) Baker, passed away April 20, 1953, at the Riley convalescent home, Goshen, Ind.; aged 67 y. 7 m. 10 d. She was born in Lagrange County, Oct. 1, 1885, and lived all her life in the Shipshewana community. She is survived by one brother (Samuel, Shipshewana, Ind.), one sister (Emma-Mrs. Martin Yoder, Orrville, Ohio), and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Her health had been failing for the past 3 years. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a faithful member of the Shore Mennonite Church until her death. She served many years as a Sunday-school teacher and was also active in the sewing circle group. Funeral services were in charge of D.A. Yoder and Lee J. Miller, with burial in the Shore cemetery.
Bishop, --- Melvin A., husband of Margaret (Benner) Bishop, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Feb. 28, 1893; passed away April 22, 1953; aged 60 y. 1 m. 24 d. He was ordained to the ministry of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church on May 27, 1930, and continued in the ministry faithfully until death. Besides his widow he is survived by 2 daughters (Sadie and Elaine), 3 sons (Claude, Willard, and Paul), and 9 grandchildren. In addition to his work in the Blooming Glen congregation, he was active in the Franconia Conference mission points o f Norristown, Easton, and Steel City. Throughout his ministry he was used as an evangelist in the eastern conference districts. Funeral services were held in the Blooming Glen, Pa., Church, April 26, and interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. A. J. Metzler, Scottdale, Pa., was in charge of the service.
Culp, --Claude C., was born near Wakarusa, Ind., May 22, 1893; died at Traverse City Hospital, May 18, 1953; aged 59 y. 11 m. 26 d. On Feb. 1, 1907, during evangelistic meetings held by Daniel Kauffman, he accepted the Lord as his Saviour and guide. He was baptized on April 20, 1907 by David Burkholder. When a need arose for service at the Ft. Wayne Mission, Bro. Culp, on Oct. 1, 1913, at the age of 20, entered his early experience of missionary service. On Dec. 31, 1916, he went to the Youngstown, Ohio, Mission for a year of service. He answered the call to rural missionary service and was ordained to this service on Dec. 23, 1917, by J. K. Bixler. Because the U. S. was then engaged in World War I, he was called to Camp Taylor, Ky., March 28, 1918, maintaining his conviction as a CO. He was sentenced on May 30, 1918, to Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., where he served from Oct. 1, 1918, until Jan. 27, 1919. On March 12, 1919, he was married to Emma W. Habig of Ft. Wayne, Ind. They moved to Chief, Mich., on May 15, 1919, to take charge of the work at the Pleasantview congregation. He was ordained as bishop on Aug. 31, 1947 by T. E. Schrock, to serve the Pleasantview, Union, and Zion congregations. Since 1946 he has served as principal and teacher at the Michigan Mennonite Bible School at Fairview, Mich. He has served the church at large as an evangelist and Bible instructor since 1922. Besides his faithful companion he leaves his stepmother (Mrs. Elizabeth Culp), 2 daughters (Helen-Mrs. Elmer Swartz, Turner, Mich., and Ruth, at home), 3 sisters (Mrs. William Neusbaum, Dalton, Ohio; Mrs. Floyd Lehman, Wakarusa, Ind.; and Lucille Culp, Los Angeles, Calif.), 2 stepsisters (Mrs. William Getz and Mrs. Lee Hostetler, both of Goshen, Ind.), 2 stepbrothers (Levi Tyson, Elkhart, Ind., and Elmer, Wakarusa, Ind.). The congregation has lost a pastor and shepherd, the conference an able adviser, and the church, a staunch defender of the faith. Funeral services were held May 21 at the Pleasantview congregation, near Chief, Mich., in charge of Edward Jones, Ralph Stahly, and Ben B. King. The large gathering at the funeral spoke well of the influence our brother has had in Northern Michigan.
Ebersole, -- George Walter, son of Allen B. and Nellie (Miller) Ebersole, was born at Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jan. 28, 1942; passed away at Canton, Ohio, at the home of his parents, May 30, 1953; aged 11 y. 4 m. 2 d. Death came as the result of Schilder's disease from which he suffered for over four years. Before being stricken with the wasting disease he was a normally active child. He had reached the second grade in school and had endeared himself to both teachers and fellow pupils. He had a made a profession of faith in Christ at about the time he had to quit school. Loving care and medical science could do nothing more than make him more comfortable during the years his body and mind wasted away. Death came while he was sleeping during the night, thus bringing him relief from the patient years of suffering. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Canton, Ohio, by John H. Mosemann, assisted by Rudy Borntrager. Interment was in the Hartville Mennonite Cemetery.
Erb, ---John, son of Peter and Elizabeth Erb, was born on Feb. 2, 1866, in Ontario, Canada; passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah Hershberger, Milford, Nebr., June 19, 1953; aged 87 y. 4 m. 8 d. At the age of 15 he came to Seward Co., Nebr., with his parents, one brother and four sisters, where he spent the rest of his life. He was baptized in his youth in the Mennonite Church. On Nov. 28, 1886, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Miller. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. He is survived by 2 sons (John and Louis, Milford, Nebr.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Sarah Hershberger, Milford, Nebr.; and Elizabeth Nance, Portland, Oreg.), 18 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, a son (Peter), a daughter (Mattie), one brother (Menno), and 4 sisters (Mary, Katie, Mattie, and Anna), one grandchild and 2 great-grandchildren. Because of his loving, kind, and patient ways, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were held at the Milford A. M. Church, June 12, with L. O. Schlegel and W. A. Eicher in charge. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Gingerich, --Daniel Stephen, son of Alvin and Rebecca (Eby) Gingerich, Zurich, Ont., was born April 28, 1953; died at the K-W Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., June 4, 1953, after a very brief illness. Surviving are his parents, one brother (David James), and 4 grandparents. The funeral was held June 7, at the Zurich Mennonite Church, with Roy S. Koch and Albert Martin in charge of the services.
Headings, --- Mary Ann (Helmuth), was born Feb. 28, 1876, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died in Grace Hospital, Hutchinson, Kans., May 24, 1953; aged 77 y. 2 m. 24 d. She was married to Valentine Headings Jan. 7, 1904, and lived in matrimony 49 years. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 8 children (Levi, Noah, Raymond, Valentine, John, Mary-Mrs. Fred Nisly, all of Hutchinson, Kans.; Barbara and Sarah of the home), a foster daughter(Leona-Mrs. Jonathan Kuepfer, of Canada), 34 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Levi, Hutchinson, Kans.; and Benjamin, Arcola, Ill.). She was baptized from confession of her faith, taken into the Old Order A. M. Church in her youth and remained faithful until her death. Funeral services were held at the Dan M. Yoder home, conducted by Noah Mast, Valley Nafziger, and John D. Yoder. Burial was in the West Side Cemetery.
Helmuth, -- Marie, adopted daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Riehl, was born May 11, 1895; died May 30, 1953, at her home in Elverson, Pa., after a lingering illness; aged 58 y. 19 d. In her youth she accepted Christ and united with the Conestoga A. M. Church. She served faithfully for many years as a Sunday-school teacher and her loving, quiet life was an inspiration to all. She was married to Clarence Helmuth in 1930, and devotedly assisted him as deacon's wife after his ordination in 1946 for the Rock Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by 3 foster children (Miriam-Mrs. Walter Moore, Meyersdale, Pa.; Marie-Mrs. Leroy Wallace, Phoenixville, Pa.; and Richard Durborrow, Vergas, Minn.), 3 foster grandchildren, a sister (Sadie Riehl, Morgantown, Pa.), and 2 brothers (John, Goodville, Pa., and Edward, Allentown, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Conestoga Church by Elias Kulp, Bally, Pa., and the home ministers. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Rediger, --- Erna Mae, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Eichelberger, was born Nov. 28, 1915, at Beemer, Nebr. On June 2, 1953, she passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Nebr. She had been in poor health for several years. In her youth she accepted Christ and remained faithful until her death. She was united in marriage to Merle Rediger on Oct. 24, 1942, at Beemer, Nebr., and later moved to Milford, Nebr. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons (Richard and Robert), her parents, 2 brothers (Harold and Clifford, Beemer, Nebr.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Meno Erb, Frazer, Minn., and Marilyn, Beemer, Nebr.), and many other relatives and friend. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter (Linda Kaye). She was a devoted wife and mother and found much comfort in her home and family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, for her kind and patient ways. Services were held at the East Fairview Church, Milford, with Sam Oswald and Ammon Miller in charge. Burial was in adjoining cemetery.
Shank, -- Amos, son of Tobias and Catherine (Strite) Shank, was born Oct. 25, 1865, near Smithsburg, Md.; died after a short illness June 2, 1953, at his home in Maugansville, Md.; aged 87 y. 7 m. 8 d. He was a retired farmer and member of Reiff's Mennonite Church. On January 1, 1889, he was married to Katie Lesher, who preceded him Aug. 2, 1913. To this union were born 3 sons (Harvey, who died in childhood, Preston M., Mason, and Dixon, Pa.; and Martin I., Mercersburg, Pa.). On Nov. 4, 1915, he was married to Fannie Ebersole who survives him. Also surviving are 3 stepchildren (Mary-Mrs. Coy Mackey, Birmingham, Ala.; Harvey Ebersole, Narberth, Pa.; and Ida-Mrs. Leroy Martin, Maugansville, Md.), 4 granddaughters, and one great-grandson, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held June 5 by Stanley H. Martin and Reuben E. Martin at Reiffs Mennonite Church. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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