Birky, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Emanuel L. and Lydia (King) Kenagy, was born in Cass Co., Mo., June 7, 1876; passed away at her neighbor's home near Columbia Falls, Mont., from a heart attack on April 9, 1954; aged 77 y. 10 m. 2 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church near Garden City, Mo. She served faithfully as a deacon's wife till the calling home of her first husband, and was true to her Lord until the Lord called her home. On Jan. 7, 1897, she was married to John W. Oesch, who preceded her on Sept. 28, 1936. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom survived except one who lost his life in an accident during childhood. They moved to Creston, Mont., in 1917 where Bro. Oesch was ordained as deacon and he served them until his death. In February, 1940, she was married to Joseph N. Birky, who passed away April 5, 1953. Surviving are 5 children (Buella Miller, Bernice Hooley, and Harold Oesch, all of Kalispell, Mont.; Lella Lapp, Nampa, Idaho, and Vernon, Rexford, Mont.), 11 stepchildren (Roy Birky, Parnell, Iowa; Elmer Birky and Mary Benson, both of Creston, Mont; Harry, Vernon, Jonas, Ezra, and Paul Birky, all of Kalispell, Mont.; Jacob and Emma Birky, Columbia Falls, Mont.; and Eva Greig, Nickerson, Kans.), 5 half brothers and one half sister (Urie and Irvin Kenagy, Albany, Oreg.; William Kenagy, Hubbard, Oreg.; George Kenagy, Glendale, Calif.; Sarah Birky, Oregon City, Oreg.; and Thomas Kenagy, Salem, Oreg.). Funeral services were held in the Waggner and Campbell Funeral Home in Kalispell, Mont., in charge of J. G. Hochstetler and D. D. Brenneman. Burial was made in the Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
Klinglesmith, Grover E., son of Benjamin and Sarah Klinglesmith, was born Oct. 14, 1892 in North Grove, Ind.; died very suddenly on April 27, 1954, at his home near Brethren, Mich., of a heart attack; aged 61 y. 6 m. 13 d. On Aug. 23, 1919, he was united in marriage to Clara Murry. This union was blessed with 5 children, 2 sons and 3 daughters. In 1936 he was received as a member of the Mennonite Church and of the Pleasantview congregation of which faith he died. He was a trustee of the congregation at the time of his death and a regular attendant at church whenever health permitted. Those left to mourn their loss are his wife, the following children (Dean, Brethren, Mich.; Phyllis-Mrs. Don Weaver, Elkhart, Ind.; Bernice-Mrs. John Harnish, and Mildred both of Elkhart, Ind.; and Jerry, Northville, Mich.), one sister (Bessie Janzi, Beaver Crossing Nebr.), and 2 brothers (Harry, Onondaga, Mich., and Dewey, Barberton, Ohio). The funeral was held on May 1 at the Pleasantview Mennonite Church by the home minister assisted by Lester Wyse.
Moshier, Norman James, son of Joseph J. and Katherine (Roggie) Moshier, was born Jan. 18, 1920, in New Bremen, N. Y.; passed away at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, N. Y., Feb. 27, 1954; aged 34 y. 1 m. 9 d. On Nov. 24, 1953, he was injured when a tractor tipped over on him. He apparently recovered and was again able to work. On Feb. 18 he was suddenly taken ill and after eight days of intense suffering, passed on to his eternal home, death resulting from a diaphragmic hernia caused by the tractor accident. On Oct. 2, 1938, he was baptized in the C. A. Mennonite Church at Lowville, N. Y., remaining a faithful member until death. On Oct. 1, 1946, he was united in marriage to Irene Gingerich. He is survived by his companion, 4 children (Frederick Dean, 6; Joseph Loren, 4; Cynthia Ann, 19 m., and Norman James, born 7 weeks after his father's death), his parents, and the following brothers and sisters (Marion-Mrs. Ezra Yousey, Castorland, N. Y.; Luella and Spencer, Lowville, N. Y.; and Richard of Korea). Funeral services were held March 3 at the C. A. Mennonite Church by Elias Zehr and Leon Martin. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Sommers, Anna, daughter of Samuel and Nancy (Stutzman) Yoder, was born at Millersburg, Ohio, Oct. 30, 1896; died May 13, 1954, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo, Ind. On the morning of her death she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was removed to the hospital where she died. On Feb. 14, 1922, she was married to Mose Sommers. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and the following children (Sanford, Amboy, Ind.; Paul, Camp Carson, Colo.; Ena Miller, Kokomo, Ind.; and Alvin, at home), also one stepson (Raymond, Klamath Falls, Oreg.), 6 grandchildren, 8 step grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters (Jacob, Farmerstown, Ohio; Aden, Sarasota, Fla.; David and Lee, Greenwood, Del.; Elizabeth, Hemlock, Ind.; and Fannie Swartzendruber, Schuyler, Va.). In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained faithful to the end. She was a member of the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Howard-Miami Church by E. J. Hochstedler and A. G. Horner. Burial was made in the Mast Cemetery.
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Bingeman, Irvin, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Bingeman, was born in Oxford Co., Ont., Nov. 19, 1877; passed away May 17, 1954, at the K-W Hospital; aged 76 y. 5 m. 28 d. He is survived by his second wife (formerly Elizabeth Gingerich), one daughter (Viola-Mrs. Jacob Enns, New Westminster, B. C.), and 4 grandchildren. His first wife (the former Mary Shantz) died in 1946. For many years he farmed near Washington, Ont., during which time he was a member of the Blenheim congregation. Recently he transferred his membership to the First Mennonite Church in Kitchener while residing in this city. Funeral services were held at the Blenheim Church near New Dundee, conducted by John H. Hess and Moses Bowman. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Heatwole, John E., son of the late Joseph F. and Fannie Heatwole, was born at Dayton, Va., Dec. 22, 1874; passed away at Harrisonburg, Va., May 4, 1954; aged 80 y. 3 m. 15 d. On Oct. 13, 1896, he was married to Mary E. Hartman, who preceded him on Jan. 23, 1938. On June 26, 1941, he was married to Cora Grove Eshleman, who passed away Nov. 4, 1949, and on Nov. 13, 1950, he married Cornelia M. Showalter. Besides his wife, he leaves 2 daughters (Ethel-Mrs. Byard Lahman, and Grace-Mrs. Dan Blosser), one son (Roland), 9 grandchildren, one brother (Melvin J.), and one sister (Mrs. Oscar Rhodes). Two brothers (Jacob A., and Enos), and one sister (Mrs. James Coakley) preceded him. He traveled for a number of years in the interest of Eastern Mennonite College and was a member of the E. M. C. Board until in later years. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Church in charge of Oliver Keener and S. H. Rhodes. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hess, Lizzie, daughter of the late Martin and Hettie (Charles) Brenneman, was born Nov. 8, 1879, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; passed away at the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital, April 19, 1954; aged 74 y. 5 m. 11 d. She had a heart condition for a number of years, but was able to be about doing her daily work until several days before her death. She was a faithful member of the New Danville Mennonite Church. On Dec. 7, 1905, she was united in marriage to Abram M. Hess, who preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1933. Surviving are 3 children 9David B., Lancaster, Pa.; Rhoda E.-Mrs. Melvin O. Nolt, Mt. Joy, Pa.; and Ruth E.-Mrs. John R. Breneman, Kirkwood, Pa.), 5 grandchildren, one sister (Emma-Mrs. Urias Witmer), and one brother (Charles), both of Manor Township. Funeral services were held at the New Danville, Church, April 22, with the home ministers participating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hunsicker, Leidy D., son of the late Isaac M. and Mary Ann (Detweiler) Hunsicker, was born near Blooming Glen, Pa., Aug. 5, 1878; passed away May 2, 1954, at his residence in Glooming Glen; aged 75 y. 8m. 25 d. He suffered from a stroke nearly 10 years ago, but made a remarkable recovery and was able to be up and active in the church. In recent years he suffered from hardening of the arteries. He was bedfast only 10 days; the immediate cause of death was pneumonia, Surviving are his wife (Della Moyer Hunsicker, whom he married in 1902), 2 sons (Paul M., Souderton, Pa.; and Dr. Harley M., Perkasie, Pa.), one sister (Mrs. Emma Shaddinger, of Perkasie), and 4 grandchildren. He was a member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church for many years and was active as a teacher, youth leader, and chorister. He also traveled a great deal with evangelists, taking charge of the congregational singing. He was a commission merchant in Philadelphia for 42 years, retiring in 1939. Funeral services were held May 5 at the Blooming Glen Church in charge of Joseph Gross and David Derstine, Jr. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Larrew, James Franklin, son of John Wesley and Julia (Shuff) Larrew, was born Sept. 3, 1893, at Nickerson, Kans.; passed away at the Tillamook General Hospital, April 18, 1954; aged 60 y. 7 m. 15 d. On July 29, 1917, he was united in marriage to May Flower Detwiler. To this union were born 3 children (Loyd Howard and James Melvin, both of Blaine, Oreg.; and Naomi Kathryn-Mrs. Reuben Schrock, Beaver, Oreg.). Also surviving are 4 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, one sister (Mrs. LeRoy Cowan, McMinnville, Oreg.), 7 nephews, 3 nieces, stepfather, 5 stepbrothers, 2 stepsisters, step nieces and nephews, and many friends. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and remained a faithful member of the Sheridan Mennonite congregation. He and his family were the first to move to Blaine and through their efforts and those of a few other families who came later, there now stands a little mission church at Blaine. Funeral services were held at the Blaine Mennonite Church in charge of Marcus Lind, Jacob Kauffman, and G. D. Shenk. Interment was made in the Blaine Cemetery.
Nolt, Enos H., son of the late Christian and Mary (Herr) Nolt, was born May 30, 1897, in Upper Leacock Twp.; passed away in the Lancaster General Hospital, May 16, 1954; aged 56 y. 10 m. 16 d. Death came suddenly from a blood clot received after an accident about two weeks before. He was a member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church for many years. He is survived by his wife, Mabel W., 2 children (John M., Stevens, Pa., and Ruth E., at home), and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Stumptown Mennonite Church in charge of Lloyd Eby, Elmer Martin and John Oberholtzer. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Roth, Joseph Simon, son of the late Christian and Mary Magdalene (Resz) Roth, was born Oct. 4, 1872, in Hickory Co., Mo.; departed this life May 13, 1954, at the home of his son Earl; aged 81 y. 7 m. 9 d. He had been in failing health the past two years and was bedfast the last four months. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth in Hickory Country, and later transferred his membership to the Sycamore Grove Church near Garden City, Mo., and remained a faithful member until death. He was married to Barbara Nafziger in November, 1895. To this union were born 7 children (Ella-Mrs. Jona Yoder, Lawrence, Kans.; Susie-Mrs. Fred Stutzman, and Harvey, Garden City, Mo.; Earl, Harrisonville, Mo.; Pearl, who died in 1936; Barbara and Erma, who died in infancy). His wife preceded him in death Jan. 17, 1911. Also preceding him were a grandson and several infant grandchildren. He is survived by 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and friends. He was the oldest of 10 children; 3 preceded him in death. Surviving are Mrs. Barbara Shelton and John, Caney, Kans.; Christian, Nashville, Ark.; Mrs. Sarah Shelton, Pittsburg, Kans.; Jacob, St. Joseph, Mo.; and Mollie Gleason, Harrisonville, Mo. Funeral services were held May 15 at the Sycamore Grove Church by Earl Buckwalter, assisted by S. S. Hershberger. Burial was made in the Clearfork Cemetery.
Stutzman, Kathleen Laverne, stillborn daughter of Orville R. and Ilea (Voth) Stutzman, was born April 11, 1954, at Newton, Kans. Surviving are her parents, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Voth, Newton, Kans. and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stutzman, Garden City, Mo.), and 3 great-grandparents (Silas Stutzman, Harrisonville, Mo.; J. S. Roth, of Harrisonville, and Mrs. G. W. Corfman, Whiewater, Kans.). Graveside services at the Pennsylvania Cemetery near Hesston, Kans., were conducted by Earl Buckwalter.
Whetstine, Lloyd, son of Perry and Celia (Carr) Whetstine, was born May 23, 1897, in Washington Co., Iowa; passed away May 20, 1954; on the day of his funeral he would have been 57 years old. On July 20, 1922, he was united in marriage to Lula Faris. To this union were born the following children: Dale Merle, Kathleen-Mrs. Virgil Davis, Marge, and Donnie, all of Wellman, Iowa; Emery, Galesburg, Ill.; Bill, Fort Sheridan, Ill.; Marvin, Kansas City, Mo.; Jimmy, Fort Knox, Ky. Four children preceded him in death. Also surviving are one brother (Ellsworth, Waterloo, Iowa), one sister (Mrs. Maude Butterbaugh, of Wellman), and 11 grandchildren. On Oct. 27, 1953, he united with the Daytonville Mennonite Mission, and seemed very happy in his faith.
Yoder, Andrew S., son of Sam and Barbara Yoder, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 29, 1887; passed away at the McMinnville, Oreg., Hospital, April 25, 1954; aged 67 y. 27 d. His death was caused by uremic poisoning which developed following a cancerous operation. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and united with the Old Order Amish Church. On Oct. 17, 1909, he united in marriage to Malinda Christner. To this union 4 sons and 2 daughters were born, the first son dying in infancy. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, 3 sons (Ammon, Elmer, and Henry), 2 daughters (Ada-Mrs. Louis Swartzendruber, and Clara), all of McMinnville, 8 grandchildren, one sister (Lizzie-Mrs. Nick Yoder), one brother (Christ S. Yoder0, and many other relatives and friends. In 1944, he transferred his membership to the Sheridan Mennonite Congregation where he worshiped until his passing. Funeral services were held in the Sheridan Mennonite Church in charge of H. A. Wolfer and LeRoy Cowan.
Yoder, Jerry M., son of Moses and Cathryn Yoder, was born in Berlin, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1858; passed away May 20, 1954, at the home of Will and Callie Lietzel, Hutchinson, Kans., where he was cared for the last five years; aged 95 y. 7m. 13 d. On Feb. 20, 1907, he was married to Sarah Morgan, who preceded him in February, 1931. Two stepchildren also preceded him. He is survived by 3 stepchildren (Mrs. Elmer Swanson, Sam Morgan, and Charlie Morgan), all of Hutchinson. His nephew, Noah Miller, helped to care for him the last few months of his life. He was a member of the Hutchinson Mission Mennonite Church, having been baptized when he was 88 years old. Funeral services were held in the Volkland Funeral Home, Hutchinson, May 22, with J. G. Hartzler and Sanford E. King in charge. Burial was made in the Hutchinson Eastside Cemetery.
Zimmerman, Susan, daughter of Joseph and Fannie (Lesher) Horst, was born near Maugansville, Md., Dec. 3, 1863; passed away at her home near Protection, Kans., May 17, 1954; aged 90 y. 5 m. 14 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church at Maugansville, Md. She was united in marriage to Jacob Zimmerman in 1886. To this union were 6 sons and 6 daughters. Two sons, 2 daughters, and her husband preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing 4 sons, 4 daughters, 32 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mary L. Martin, Maugansville, Md.), and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services were held May 19 at the Mennonite Church near Protection, Kans., where she was a charter member, in charge of Alva Swartzendruber and Harry A. Diener. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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Birky, Emma, daughter of the late Julius and Barbara (Oswald) Nitzsche, was born in Fulda, Minn., Sept. 20, 1892; passed away at the Corry, Pa., hospital, May 30, 1954; aged 61 y. 8 m. 1 d. She had suffered a heart attack on Thursday from which she seemed to have recovered but on Friday night she had another attack and was taken to the hospital where she gradually grew weaker. She was married to J. W. Birky on Feb. 14, 1912. While in her teens she accepted Christ as her Saviour and for many years served Him faithfully as a minister's wife, always ready to help the busy mothers and the poor by sewing for them or helping in many others ways. Besides her husband, she leaves 2 adopted children (Eva-Mrs. Perry Kauffman, Akron, N. Y., and Paul, Middlebury, Ind.), 14 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (Dan and Arthur, Bancroft, Nebr.; Albert, Amenia, N. Dak.; and Elmer, Cass Lake, Minn.), 4 sisters (Anna-Mrs. Wm. Egli, Manson, Iowa; Bertha Nitzsche, Scottdale, Pa.; Clara-Mrs. Sam Roth, Wisner, Nebr.; and Lillian-Mrs. Leonard Erb, West Point, Nebr.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services in charge of D. D. Miller and J. O. Oswald were held on June 1 at the Britton Run Church, near Spartanburg, Pa., where she and her husband have lived for the last 12 years. The body was taken to her girlhood home near Beemer, Nebr., where the services were held at the Plum Creek Mennonite Church on June 4, with Sam Oswald officiating. Interment was made in the Beemer Cemetery.
Hochstetler, Henry N., son of Noah and Barbara (Schrock) Hochstetler, was born near Farmerstown, Ohio, July 1, 1864; died May 2, 1954, at his home near Berlin, Ohio; aged 89 y. 10 m. 1 d. He was the last of a family of 13 children. In his youth he acknowledged Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. After his marriage he transferred his membership to the Martins Creek Church where he was a faithful member until death. On Nov. 24, 1895, he was married to Malinda Beechy. To this union were born 7 children (Ira, of Berlin; Barbara, Perry, Jonas, and Vesta, all of Millersburg; and Anna-Mrs. Amos Yoder, Mantua, Ohio). One son died in infancy. His companion died Jan. 26, 1923. He leaves to mourn his passing 6 children, 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted May 5 at Martins Creek Mennonite Church by D. D. Miller, Omar Troyer, and Simon Sommer.
Hostetter, Monroe H., son of the late Cephas and Emma (Haverstick) Hostetter, was born near Manheim, Pa., March 21, 1885; passed to his eternal reward suddenly, April 27, 1954, in an automobile accident near Middletown, Pa.; aged 69 y. 1 m. 6 d. He is survived by his wife and 3 children (B. Charles Hostetter, pastor of the Mennonite Hour, Harrisonburg, Va.; Mildred-Mrs. Linn C. Longenecker, Manheim, Pa.; and James M., who had taken over the florist business of his father just previous in his accidental death). Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Katie-Mrs. Isaac Koehler, Elm, Pa.; F. Roth, Lancaster, Pa.; Mahlon, Lititz, Pa.; Paul, Grant Haven, Mich.; Mae-Mrs. Jay Edwards, Manheim, Pa.; and Roy, Arcadia, Calif.). Bro. Hostetter was raised on a farm adjoining the borough of Manheim and grew up in the florist business. For almost fifty years he pursued his vocation with enthusiastic devotion. He was a mission of service and pleasure. He rendered many distinctive services to his town and community. He will always be remembered for the flowers he distributed to friends, business associates, and shut-ins. Bro. Hostetter became a member of the Manheim Mennonite Church in his young manhood. He served as a Sunday-school superintendent and teacher for many years. He married Elizabeth Mae Kauffman, Oct. 7, 1908. In an unusual railroad crossing accident near Lancaster, Pa., she was instantly killed, May 26, 1910. There were no children by this marriage. On Oct. 8, 1912, he was married to Kathryn L. Charles, a schoolteacher, who proved a faithful companion and helpmeet through these years and a praying mother to her family. Funeral services in charge of D. F. Mowery, Milton Brackbill, Ira Huber, and Homer Bomberger were held April 30, at the Manheim, Pa., Mennonite Church, with burial in the Kauffman Mennonite Cemetery.
Martin, David Myer, was born in Lancaster, Pa., April 15, 1916; passed away at the Good Samaritan Rest Home, New Holland, Pa., May 6, 1954; aged 38 y. 21 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, untied with the Columbia Mennonite Church, and was faithful until his death. His last testimony was to an old man, also a patient at the home but who was not a Christian, "You must be born again if you want eternal life." At the age of 14 he was stricken with a brain and spinal affliction, from which he never fully recovered. He was one of ten children born to C. Z. and Alva (Myer) Martin. His mother preceded him in death in 1942. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Columbia, Pa., the following brothers and sisters (I. Robert, Mountville, Pa.; Mrs. Eunice Herr, of Holtwood; Mrs. Louis Herr, of New Providence; Anna Ruth and Christian M., Lancaster, Pa.;Daniel L.,a nd John Paul, Manheim, Pa.; Roy M., of Columbia; and Melvin M., Fairless Hills, Pa.), and his grandmother (Mrs. Sue E. Myer, Lancaster, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Columbia Mennonite Church, May 10, by Harvey Lutz, assisted by Ira M. Buckwalter, with burial in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
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Miller, David, son of the late Michael and Barbara (Graber) Miller, was born in Stark co., Ohio, July 3, 1863; died at his home near Louisville, Ohio, May 27, 1954; aged 90 y. 10 m. 24 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church in which he continued faithful to the end. In the year 1953, at the age of 89 and 90, he attended Sunday school and church services every Sunday but one. On Dec. 21, 1911, he was united in marriage to Malinda Schloneger of the same community. To this union were born 3 children. On son (Nelson) preceded him in death, at the age of 15 months. He is survived by his companion, one son (Wayne, Louisville, Ohio), one daughter (Della, at home), 2 granddaughter (Neva Mae and Audrey Elaine), 2 brothers (Samuel and Amos, both of Louisville, Ohio), and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church in charge of Ray Bair and O. N. Johns. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Weldy, George, son of John K. and Susanna (Mumaw) Weldy, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Nov. 21, 1869; fell peacefully asleep April 27, 1954; aged 84 y. 5 m. 6 d. He was married to Lucretia Witmer, Jan. 18, 1891. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves to mourn his passing his widow, 3 sons (Nelson, of Wakarusa; Samuel, of Elkhart; Glenn, of Nappanee), and 2 daughters (Edna-Mrs. Raymond Yoder, of Elkhart, and Mary-Mrs. Elmer Hilty, Rittman, Ohio). Two sons, Walter and Elmer, died at the ages of 2 and 3 years. Fifteen grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren share the loss of their grandfather. He is survived by 4 brothers (Amos and Homer of Nappanee; Silas and Elmer, of Wakarusa), and one sister (Ruth-Mrs. Alvin Yoder, of Nappanee). He accepted Christ as his Saviour together with his wife shortly after their marriage and united with the Holdeman Mennonite Church were he attended regularly as long as health permitted. He greatly enjoyed singing and listening to good music. Funeral services were held April 29, with Simon Gingerich and Clarence Shank in charge. Burial was made in the Olive Cemetery.
Zimmerman, Lydia B., daughter of the late Levi and Anna (Brubacher) Witmer, was born near Akron, Pa., April 16, 1877; died at her home in Blue Ball, Pa., March 30, 1954, after a short illness; aged 76 y. 11 m. 14 d. In her teens she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Metzler Mennonite Church, where she worshiped most of her life. On Feb. 21, 1901, she was married to Samuel M. Zimmerman, who survives. To this union were born 6 children. The following survive: Harry W., Manheim, Pa.; Lottie W.-Mrs. Harry Weaver, Jr., Blue Ball, Pa.; Roy M. and Raymond W., Ephrata, Pa.; Elva W.-Mrs. Lester M. Weaver, New Holland, Pa. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren, 2 brothers and a sister (Eli B., Soudersburg, Pa.; Isaac B., and Mrs. Christ H. Stauffer, both of Lititz, Pa.). One son, one grandson, 3 sisters, and 6 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held April 3 at the Metzler Mennonite Church, conducted by Mahlon Witmer and Warren Good. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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Blough, Jeremiah D., son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Keifer) Blough, was born Dec. 8, 1866, in Somerset Co., Pa.; passed away at the Bateman Nursing Home near Hastings, Mich., June 2, 1954; aged 87 y. 5 m. 25 d. He had been ill five weeks with a heart ailment. He grew to manhood in Kent Co., Mich., and in 1892 he was united in marriage to Anna Walton, who preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 1944. To this union were born two sons (Jesse and Roy, Freeport, Mich.). He was the oldest son of a family of eight children. He is survived by both sons, 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Lucy Yoder, Fisher, Ill.; Mrs. Mattie Birkey, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Mrs. Elizabeth Blough, Clarksville, Mich.), as well as many nieces and nephews and a large number of other relatives and friends. On April 14, 1940, he united with the Bowne Mennonite Church, and held his membership there until death. Funeral services were held at the Bowne Mennonite Church, June 5, in charge of T. E. Schrock and Daniel Zook, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Bontrager, Dale Edward, infant son of Samuel D. and Katie Bontrager, was born May 20, 1954, at Scott City, Kans.; passed away June 11, 1954, in the hospital at Denver, Colo. Dale was not given a strong body at birth and his condition was the deep concern of his parents the 22 days he lived. Besides his parents he leaves to mourn his early departure his sister (Judy), 2 brothers (Jerry and Dennis), 3 grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted June 13 at the Yoder Mennonite Church, near Yoder, Kans., where his parents were members by John M. Steiner and Harry A. Diener. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Bowman, Elizabeth, daughter of Seth and Mary (Martin) Bauman, was born March 6, 1879, in Ontario, Canada; died May 28, 1954, at her home near New Paris, Ind.; aged 75 y. 2 m. 22 d. In 1906 she was united in marriage to Serenus Martin. He died October, 1935. In 1941, she was married to Daniel Bowman of Elmira, Ont., where they lived until his death in May 1949. Surviving are 2 daughters (Selina-Mrs. Harvey Ramer, New Paris, Ind., and Mary-Mrs. Clarence Martin, Goshen, Ind.), 3 sons (Eli B. Martin, Flint, Mich.; Urias C. Martin, Stanton, Mich., and Paul S. Martin, Elkhart, Ind.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Menno Horst, St. Jacobs, Ont., and Mrs. Simon Martin, Kitchener, Ont.), one brother (Menno Bauman, Elmira, Ont.), and 18 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek (frame) Mennonite Church, May 31, with Paul Hoover in charge. Burial was made in the McBrides Cemetery, McBrides, Mich.
Brenneman, Mary, daughter of Christian and Mattie (Jutzie) Kropf, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., July 13, 1873; passed away April 18, 1954; at the home of her daughter and son-in-law; aged 80 y. 9 m. 5 d. In her youth she joined the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until the time of her death. On Jan. 1, 1902, she was united in marriage to Noah L. Brenneman, who preceded her in death in 1933. She leaves to mourn their loss one daughter (Edna-Mrs. Milton Steckley), 2 grandchildren (Nancy Carol and James Richard), and 2 sisters (Nancy-Mrs. Chris Roth and Katherine-Mrs. Joseph Bender, both of New Hamburg). Three sisters and 4 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra A. M. Church in charge of Moses H. Roth and Henry Yantzi, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Comardelle, Margaret, daughter of Octane and Lillian (Parr) Laupe, was born June 4, 1916; died June 6, 1954; aged 35 y. 2 d. She was married to Evi Comardelle, and was a lifelong resident of Allemands, La. She was a sister to Donald Laupe and the late Morris Laupe. She accepted Christ as her Saviour ten years ago and has been a faithful member of the Mennonite church, giving testimony to the Lord Jesus. The funeral was held in the Mennonite Church. The church was filled to capacity and great was the testimony to the crowd that Jesus saves to the uttermost.
Driver, Eva, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Lantz) Kauffman, was born near Topeka, Ind., Aug. 16, 1876; passed away after an extended illness at the home of her brother and sister Iris and Elizabeth Kauffman, Topeka, May 10, 1954; aged 77 y. 9 m. 6 d. She grew up in this community and became a member of the Mennonite Church at an early age. For 16 years she served as Topeka postmistress. Following this she went to Lima, Ohi0o, where she engaged in city mission work. In 1917 she married Samuel Driver of Lima who preceded her in death in 1927. After the death of her husband, she with her foster daughter, Carol Morton, made their home at Topeka. Carol died in 1942. Eva also served one summer in voluntary service in a mental hospital at Marlboro, N. J. She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters (Winifred and Nancy). Surviving are (Rolla, Goshen, Ind.; Iris, Harry, and Elizabeth, of Topeka). Funeral services were held at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Topeka, Ind., May 13, conducted by Olin Fry, Ellis Croyle, and Edwin J. Yoder. Burial was made in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Eby, Annie G., daughter of the late Henry B. and Catherine Reist, was born Jan. 8, 1869, near Florin, Pa.; passed away April 15, 1954, at her home in Mt. Joy, Pa., after a short illness; aged 85 y. 3m. 7 d. On Oct. 17, 1888, she was married to Amos Eby, who preceded her in death Feb. 26, 1921. She was a member of the Mt. Joy congregation for many years. She is survived by 3 children (Henry R., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Charles R., Evanston, Ill., and Rhoda R., Harrisburg, Pa.), 3 grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Emma Hostetter, of Mt. Joy). Funeral services were held in Mt. Joy from the Funeral Home of Simon Nissley, April 17, in charge of Henry Lutz and Henry Frank, with burial in the Kraybill Cemetery.
Heller, John Hess, son of Benjamin D. and Anna Elizabeth (Hess) Heller, was born May 25, 1882, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; departed this life March 25, 1954, at the Lancaster General Hospital, after a very brief illness; aged 71 y. 10 m. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and united with the Mellinger Mennonite Church. He remained faithful to his religious belief to the end. For the past six years he was a guest at the Oreville Mennonite Home, near Lancaster. He was married to Amanda S. Stauffer, Feb. 19, 1907. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, and foster daughter (Vera-Mrs. Wayne Hottenstein, Lancaster, Pa.), 2 grandsons, and one sister (Laura-Mrs. Christ Fager, Lancaster, Pa.), and one brother (Park, Baltimore, Md.). Services were held at the Mellinger Mennonite Church, March 29, with David Landis and Harry Lefever officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hershey, Susan, daughter of Martin and Catherine Rohrer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 27, 1859; passed away April 8, 1954, in Intercourse, Pa., at the home of her son Martin after one week of illness; aged 95 y. 4 m. 11 d. In November, 1878, she was united in marriage to Amos H. Hershey, who preceded her in death Feb. 27, 1933. To this union were born 5 daughters and 3 sons. She was preceded in death by 2 sons (Joseph and Elmer, who were very suddenly hurried into eternity at the Gordonville railroad crossing), and a daughter (Elsie-Mrs. B. Z. Mellinger, who passed away two years ago.). These children survive: Mrs. Nettie Leaman, Ronks, Pa., with whom she had her home for almost 20 years; Martin R., Intercourse, Pa.; Frances-Mrs. Jason Buckwalter, of Lincoln Highway East; Mrs. Lena Hershey, Lancaster, Pa.; Katie B.-Mrs. Henry Eshleman, of Intercourse; also 34 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the New Holland Mennonite Church and always attended church as long as she was able. Funeral services were held at Hershey's Church, April 12, by James Martin and Mahlon Witmer. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hostetter, Jay Thomas, son of Harry J. and Lois (Landis) Hostetter, was born Feb. 6, 1952; died at his home near Cochranville, Pa., May 15, 1954; aged 2 y. 3 m. 9 d. Tommy had been playing on the lawn near his home when a truck operated by an employee on the farm backed over him and he was killed instantly. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother (Richard), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. H. Jay Hostetter, Parkesburg, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. J. Ellis Landis, of Smoketown), and his great-grandfather (Eli Witmer, Soudersburg, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Old Road Mennonite Church, may 18, by Lloyd Eby and Sanford Hershey. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Johnson, Jerald Louis, son of Roscoe and Eva Johnson, was born near Chief, Mich., May 20, 1937; died June 7, 1954, in the Mercy Community Hospital after a lingering illness; aged 17 y. 18 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure his parents, 3 sisters (Mrs. Arlen Baughman, Elberta, Mich.; Shirley and Audrey, at home), 2 brothers (Ronald and Robert, also at home), 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Elsie Johnson and Mrs. Gertrude Parson, both of near Chief, Mich.), also a number of uncles and aunts as well as a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, June 9, with Warren Shaum in charge.
Kanagy, Emma Ellen, daughter of the late Abram and Rebecca (Byler) Zook, was born near Belleville, Pa., March 26, 1891; passed away at the Community Hospital, Ephrata, Pa., May 25, 1954; aged 63 y. 1 m. 29 d. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at the age of 15, and united with the Amish Church. Later she with her husband transferred their membership to the Conestoga Mennonite Church near Morgantown, Pa., where she was a faithful member until death. On Dec. 16, 1909, she was united in marriage to Simon C. Kanagy. To this union were born 2 daughters (Sadie-Mrs. Daniel Weaver, Elverson, Pa., and Elsie-Mrs. Mildred Shoup, Narvon, Pa.). She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren (Allen, Harold, and Gladys Weaver, and Fern Shoup), also one brother and 2 sisters (Joseph Zook, Belleville, Pa.; Mrs. Amos Peachey, Elverson, Pa., and Mrs. Moses Peachey, Allensville, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Conestoga Mennonite Church, May 28, by Ira A. Kurtz, Christian Kurtz, and David Yoder. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Losh, Mary Susan, was born at Briery Branch, Va., Dec. 24, 1861; departed this life Nov. 3, 1953; aged 91 y. 10 m. 10 d. She was a member of Bethany Mennonite Church. Surviving are one daughter (Mrs. Pearle Hussey), 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Sister Mary was a woman of unusual personality. She lived alone in her mountain home and walked about a mile to church. Funeral services were held at Bethany, Nov. 9, by S. H. Rhodes, assisted by J. M. Foster, with burial in the E. U. B. Church Cemetery, Ottobine, Va.
Martin, Mary, daughter of Joe and Maria Wenger, was born Sept. 21, 1882; died after a short illness at Dunlap Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, May 13, 1954; aged 71 y. 7 m. 22 d. She spent most of her life in the community of her birth. Though she had been in declining health, she was active in the home until a few days prior to her death. On Nov. 4, 1907, she was married to John H. Martin, who preceded her in death in 1937. She was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in 1915 and was a regular attendant at services as health permitted until her death. She is survived by 2 foster children (Eugene Studer, Orrville, Ohio, and Marie Studer-Mrs. Orrin Shoup, Dalton, Ohio, with whom she had her home), 8 foster grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Daniel Brubaker, South Lawrence, Ohio), and 3 brothers (Samuel, of Orrville; Emanuel, of Dalton; and Joseph, Wooster, Ohio). Three brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were in charge of Stanford Mumaw and Don Augsburger. Interment was made in the Martin Cemetery.
Martin, Michael, son of Gideon and Nancy (Weaver) Martin, was born near Mt. Jacobs, Ont., March 25, 1874; passed away at the Kitchener Home of Refuge of a heart attack June 5, 1954; aged 80 y. 2 m. 10 d. In 1886, he was united in marriage to Anna Haterley, who preceded him in 1901. To this union was born one son (Rosanna-Mrs. Ben Sauder, of St. Jacob), who survives him. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Henry B. Gingrich, Elmira, Ont.). Funeral services were conducted at the Dreisinger Funeral Chapel in Elmira, June 7, by Roy S. Koch. Interment was made in the Wisler Cemetery at Three Bridges.
McDowell, Allen, son of Tilman and Annie (Fretz) McDowell, was born in Markham Township, Ont., Feb. 16, 1890; suddenly passed away May 21, 1954; at his home, after being ill for one day; aged 64 y. 3 m. 5 d. Early in life he confessed Christ and became a member of the Wideman Mennonite Church, where he served until his passing. On April 4, 1916, he was united in marriage to Martha Houser of Floradale, Ont. He is survived by his wife, 5 children (Emerson, of Toronto; Lillian-Mrs. Asa Steckle, of Zurich; Harold, Lorene, and Arletta of Markham,), 12 grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Edwin of North Markham and Wesley of Stouffville). Funeral services were held at the Wideman Church, May 23, in charge of Elmer Burkholder and Aaron D. Grove. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller, John F., son of Joseph J. and Fanny (Kauffman) Miller, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., May 30, 1867; passed away June 8, 1954, at the Evergreen Convalescent Home near Grant, Mich.; aged 87 y. 8 d. He had been bedfast for the last 3 _ weeks. On April 14, 1888, he was married to Mary Wilma Nelson, who preceded him in death Jan. 16, 1951. In 1899 they moved to Newaygo Co., Mich., where they spent the remainder of their lives. He was a member of the White Cloud Mennonite Church. Surviving him are 3 daughters (Mrs. Harry E. Fry, Peoria, Ill.; Mrs. Gerald Dunsworth, Newaygo, Mich.; and Mrs. Donald J. Kinney, Ensley, Mich.), 5 sons (Clarence W., East Peoria, Ill.; Fred W., Eureka, Ill.; Oliver W., of Newaygo; Ray e. and Neil W., Fremont, Mich.), one sister (Mr. T. U. Nelson, White Cloud, Mich.), 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, and friends. Funeral services were held at the Big Prairie union Church, White Cloud, Mich., June 11, conducted by Edwin J. Yoder. Burial was made in the Big Prairie Township Cemetery.
Risser, Lizzie N., daughter of the late Joseph W. and Catharine (Newcomer) Kraybill, was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., Nov. 8, 1866; passed away May 15, 1954, at her home at Upper Lawn, Pa.; aged 87 y. 6 m. 7 d. On Nov. 20, 1906, she was united in marriage to Elias K. Riser, who departed this life 25 years ago. She is survived by one daughter (Myra K. Risser, at home), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary K. Bard, Rheems, Pa., and Mrs. Anna K. Brubaker, Mountain View, N. J.), and a number of nieces and nephews. She was a member of Stauffer's Mennonite Church, and longed to attend the services, but was unable to do so during her last years. Funeral services were held at Stauffer's Mennonite Church, May 18, in charge of Noah W. Risser and Walter Oberholtzer. Interment was made in the Risser Cemetery.
Shantz, Lydia, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shantz, was born near Ary, Ont., July 18, 1881; passed away May 16, 1954, at 369 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ont.; aged 72 y. 10 m. She kept house for her brother Levi until their retirement. She was an interested member of the Detwiler Mennonite Church from her youth, and is survived by 4 brothers (Levi and Noah, Braeside Home, Preston, Ont., and Menno and Amos, Ayr, Ont.). One sister (Mary-Mrs. Irvin Bingeman) predeceased her in 1946. Funeral services were conducted at the Detwiler Mennonite Church, May 21, by Moses Bowman, and Moses Roth. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Ward, John, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 15, 1896; died Feb. 4, 1954, at the home in Allentown, Pa.; aged 57 y. 10 m. 19 d. He worked for the Lehigh Valley Transit Company for the last 28 years, 26 of those years on the Allentown-Norristown run. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Allentown. Surviving are his wife (Florence Detweiler, whom he married on Oct. 5, 1918), 3 daughters (Dorothy-Mrs. Charles Dietz; Margaret-Mrs. Robert Keiper, and Florence, all of Allentown), and one son (John, of Allentown). Funeral services were held Feb.7, in charge of Maynard Shelly at the Funeral Home and David Derstine at the Rockhill Mennonite Church, Telford, Pa. Interment was made in the Rockhill Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Yoder, John Emery, son of Noah and Terace (Stutzman) Yoder, was born in Howard Co., Ind., May 10, 1882; passed away at this home May 7, 1954; aged 71 y. 11 m. 27 d. In 1901 he moved from Howard County with his parents to Fairview, Mich., where he lived most of his life. He was one of the charter members of the Fairview Mennonite Church and was a faithful member at the time of his death. On May 13, 1906, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Troyer. To this union were born 8 children. His wife, 2 sons, and 2 daughters preceded him in death. There remain to mourn his departure 4 daughters (Mabel-Mrs. Marion Barker, of Saginaw; Mary-Mrs. Benton Barker, of Fairview; Leah-Mrs. Orin Fox, of Mio; and Clara-Mrs. Elam Newhouser, of Ashley), 11 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. His twin brother (Chris) preceded him in death Feb. 25, 1954. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church, in charge of Harvey Handrich and Floyd Yoder, with burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.