Gospel Herald Obituaries - March, 1954

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLVII , Number 9 - March 2, 1954--- page 213, 214, 215

Burkhart, Ezra, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Burkhart was born near Floradale, Ont., Oct. 6, 1879; passed away at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, Jan. 27, 1954, after a few months' illness; aged 74 y. 3 m. 1 d. On May 8, 1898, he was married to Susanna Martin, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Alvin, of Kitchener), 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. One daughter (Edith-Mrs. Arthur Hebebrandt) predeceased him. On Sunday before New Year he suffered a stroke from which he gradually grew weaker until the Lord called him home. He was a member of the Elmira Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at the Elmira Church, in charge of Oliver D. Snider and Howard Bauman, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Grabill, Francis N., son of Noah and Emeline Grabill, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 19, 1884; passed away at his home in Goshen, Ind., Jan. 10, 1954; aged 69 y. 11 m. 21 d. He was bedfast for several months with complications of disease. His grandfather was Henry Shaum. His mother passed away when he was two weeks old. Sixteen months later his father married Sarah Weaver. He accepted Christ in his youth and became a member of the Mennonite Church but later transferred his membership to the Brethren in Christ Church. In 1904 he was married to Fanny Troyer, who passed away two months later as the result of an accident. On March 8, 1908, he was married to Elma Mishler. To this union were born 7 children. Surviving are his wife and the following children. Surviving are his wife and the following sons and daughters (Mrs. Daniel Gall, New Paris, Ind.; Gladwin, South Bend, Ind.; Mrs. James Adair, Portland, Oreg.; Mrs. Grace Mast, Goshen, Ind.; Lester, of Omaha, Nebr.; Mrs. Harold Trautman and Mrs. Alice Baer, both of Los Angeles, Calif.), 7 grandchildren, 4 half brothers (Joseph, of Elkhart; John, of Goshen, Charles, of New Paris; and Jacob, of Sarasota, Fla.), and 3 half sisters (Mrs. Anna Sellman and Clara Maurer, both of Akron, Ohio; and Amelia Whirledge, Goshen, Ind.). Funeral services were held Jan. 13, at the New Paris Church of the Brethren, with Carl Slump, Paul Book, and Jesse Hoover officiating. Burial was made in the New Paris Cemetery.

Householter, Debold, the last survivor of eleven children born to Debold and Mary Zehr Householter, was born Aug. 21, 1858, in Woodford Co., Ill.; passed away quietly in his sleep Jan. 30, 1954; aged 95 y. 5 m. 9 d. He was married to Anna Schertz on Jan. 25, 1883. To this union were born one son and four daughters. Surviving him are a son (Peter, Eureka, Ill.), 3 daughters (Mrs. Amos Neuhauser and Mrs. John Neuhauser, both of Eureka, and Mrs. Austin D. Roth, Morton, Ill.), 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Preceding him in death were his wife and one daughter (Emma-Mrs. Wilbur Roth). He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and was a member of the Metamora Mennonite Church. His passing marks the close of an era. From his birth, in a two-room log cabin to the settlement and development of his surrounding community is a pioneering accomplishment little recognized today. Funeral services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Church, Feb. 2, with Ezra Yordy, LeRoy Kennel, and Ben Eash in charge. Burial was made in the cemetery near by.

Huddle, John, son of the late Samuel and Emma (Ulmer) Huddle, was born in Doylestown, Pa., Aug. 20, 1888; died at the Neshaming Manor Home after a brief illness, Sept. 8, 1953; aged 65 y. 18 d. He was a faithful member of the Deep run Mennonite Church, Deep Run, Pa. John was never married Surviving are 5 sisters and one brother (Paul Huddle, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Mrs. John Youngbroader, Pipersville, Pa.; Mrs. Claude Meyers, Plumsteadville, Pa.; Mrs. C. John Gross, Blooming Glen, Pa.; Clara Huddle, Old People's Home, Souderton, Pa., and Mrs. Howard Shelly, Danboro, Pa.). Funeral services were held Sept 12, at the Deep Run, Pa., Mennonite Church in charge of Wilson Overholt, Abram Yothers, and Erwin Nace. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.

Kauffman, Fannie, daughter of the late Eliza and Elizabeth (Helmuth) Yoder, was born Jan. 22, 1891, near Arthur, Ill.; died Feb. 3, 1954, in the Bair Nursing Home, at Bourbon, Ind.; aged 63 y. 12 d. She was a faithful member of the Amish faith since her youth. She was united in marriage to Samuel J. Kauffman on Feb. 20, 1927. Surviving are her husband, 4 sons (Melvin G., Howe, Ind.; David, Eli, and Harley at home), 3 stepdaughters (Elnora-Mrs. Emanuel Troyer; Ida-Mrs. John Beachy, and May, all of near Goshen, Ind.), 2 grandchildren, a number of stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and one brother (Jennie Nissley, Mrs. John E. Miller, and Elva E. Yoder, all of Nappanee), one foster brother (Welby Kurtz, South Bend, Ind.), and a large number of other relatives and friends. She had been ill with cancer for almost six years. Funeral services were held at the home of Menno and Joe Schwartz near Etna Green, Feb. 6, in charge of Andrew Swartzendruber and Amos Graber. Burial was made in the Graber Cemetery.

King, David Lee, son of Willard and Grace King, Wauseon, Ohio, was stillborn Dec. 19, 1953, at Detwiler Memorial Hospital. Instead of staying in his earthly home with his parents, two sisters, and one brother, he was safely taken to his heavenly home. A short service was held at the grave on Dec. 20 with Raymond Richer in charge. Burial was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.

Lauber, Phebe, daughter of Joseph R. and Mary Guth Stauffer, was born near Flanagan, ill, April 15, 1876, died in the Tofield Municipal Hospital, Tofield, Alta., Jan. 22, 1954; aged 77 y. 9 m. 7 d. In 1877 she with her parent moved to Seward Co. Nebr., where she lived until 1910, when with her husband and family she moved to Alberta, Canada. On May 20, 1895, she was united in marriage with Benjamin Lauber. This union was blessed with 15 children, 3 of whom passed away in infancy. Four others (Dan, Mattie, Joe, and Mary) preceded their mother after having reached adult life. Eight children are left to mourn her passing, Adelina Burkholder, Louis, Irvin, Ada Hostetler, Katie, Harold and Clarence, of the Tolfield district, and Barbara Brenneman, of Hesston, Kans.), and one brother (Ezra Stuaffer, a near neighbor). She accepted the Lord as her Saviour in her youth and became a member of the East Fairview Mennonite Church near Milford, Nebr., later transferring her membership to the Salem Mennonite Church near Tofield, Alta. On Jan.3, she suffered a hart attack. A number of days later she was place in the Tofield Hospital. On Jan. 21 she suffered a stroke and passed away the next afternoon. Funeral services were in charge of J. B. Stauffer, M. D. Stutzman, and Paul Voegtlin. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.

Leatherman, Jacob L., son of John and Ellen (Landes) Leatherman, was born Aug. 4, 1902, passed away at the Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, Pa., Dec. 13, 1953; aged 51 y. 4 m. 8 d. On May 2, 1925, he was united in marriage to Mary C. Jones, who survives him. Also surviving are 6 children (John, Pottstown, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Irvin Deimler, Campbelltown, Pa.; Carl, I-W Service; Richard, Susan, and Glen, at home), 2 grandsons, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. He accepted Christ in his early youth and was ordained to the ministry on June 10, 1941. Funeral services were held at the Providence Church, Yerkes, Pa., Dec. 17 conducted by Elias Kulp, Amos Kolb, and Jesse Mack.

Lehman, Jesse W., son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Christophel) Lehman, was born in Williams Co., Ohio, March 2, 1870. During early manhood he went to the vicinity of Cullom, Ill., where he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour. Around 1900 he came in Indiana and on Nov. 24, 1901, he was married to Catherine Davidhizar of Wakarusa, Ind. To this union one daughter was born. Sister Lehman died in 1911 and the daughter (Barbara on Dec. 14, 1935). After the death of his daughter, Bro. Lehman, lived alone on his farm until Jan. 25, 1954, when he became ill and was taken to the hospital at Goshen, where he died Feb. 1, 1954. He was unconscious much of the time but had periods of consciousness. During one of these periods he expressed peace with God, and a readiness to go. He was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church for many years. He was the seventh of a family of ten children. Two sisters (Mrs. Leah Bechtel, of the vicinity, and Mrs. Fannie Pocock, of Angola, Ind.), and one brother (Daniel C. Lehman, of Bryan, Ohio) survive; also a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church in charge of Frances Freed and D. A. Yoder, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Miller, Nora Mae, daughter of the late N. E. and Sophronia Elizabeth (Hummel) Miller, was born in Reno Co., Kans., Dec. 17, 1898; passed away at the La Junta Mennonite Hospital, Jan. 27, 1954, after an illness of about five years; aged 55 y. 1 m. 10 d. She graduated from the La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing in 1923, the fourth class to graduate from the school. Following graduation, she spent one year at the Kansas City Children's Home, and then returned to La Junta to become instructor of student nurses, which position she held until 1937. She then took a two-year leave of absence to attend Goshen College, after which she returned to La Junta Mennonite Hospital and for three years was director of the Mennonite School of Nursing and Nursing Service. In 1943 she was appointed Educational Director of the La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing and continued in this position until her retirement from active duty because of ill health in 1950. She was a member of the La Junta Mennonite Church. Surviving are 8 brothers (Elias A., La Junta; Alfred B., Hutchinson, Kans.; Lewis C., Manitou Springs, Colo.; David D., Berlin, Ohio; Noah T., Pryor, Okla.; Billie D., Protection, Kans.; Levi A., Strasburg, Colo.; and Harold B., Pryor, Okla.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Ursula Miller, Protection, Kans.; Mary, Hesston, Kans.; and Mrs. Christina Garber, Alpha Minn.), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at the La Junta Mennonite Church, with Allen H. Erb and Wesley Jantz in charge. The body was then taken to Protection, Kans., where final services were held Jan. 30, at the Protection Mennonite Church, with interment in the Mennonite cemetery.

Moreland, Karla Kay, youngest daughter of Carl and Virginia (Dayton) Moreland, Pinto, Md., was born Jan. 20, 1953, in Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md.; died in the same hospital Dec. 19, 1953; aged 10 m. 29 d. The cause of her brief but severe illness was uncertain until an autopsy revealed congenital cystic kidneys, congenital absence of spleen, and rudimentary left atrium (heart). Besides her parents she is survived by two sisters (Esta Marie and Gail Elaine, at home), her maternal grandmother (Mrs. Robert Dayton, Ridgeley, W. Va.), her maternal great-grandmother (Mrs. Norman Yoder, Pinto, Md.), and her paternal grandmother (Mrs. Anna Pearl Moreland, Rawlings, Md.). Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at the Pinto Mennonite Church in charge of C. M. Helmick, assisted by H. W. Peters and Jesse Whitacre of the Church of the Brethren. Interment was made in the church cemetery.

Nissley, Anna N., wife of Amos Nissley was born Oct. 7, 1891, near Landisville, Pa., died Feb. 3, 1954; aged 62 y. 3 m. 27 d. In youth she became a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. She was confined to her bed for eight months and suffered intense pain much of the time. She often expressed her desire to depart and be with Christ. Her husband, 8 stepchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and a host of friends remain to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held in the Landisville Mennonite Church, Feb. 6, in charge of Henry Lutz and Barton Gehman, Burial was made in the Salunga Mennonite Cemetery.

Rufenacht, Anna, daughter of Joseph and Mary Goldsmith, was born in Neuweiler, Switzerland, April 23, 1877, and immigrated to America with her parents in November, 1883. On Oct. 4, 1911, she was united in marriage with Ephraim Rufenacht, residing near Archbold, Ohio, where they shared life's and joy and sorrow for over 42 years. On the evening of Jan. 8, 1954, after an illness of over two years she fell asleep in Jesus at the age of 76 y. 8 m. 15 d. This union was blessed with one daughter (Charity-Mrs. John Crossgrove, Archbold, Ohio). She leaves to morn her departure her husband and daughter, 5 grandchildren (Ruth Ann, Ronald, Roger, Robert, and Rose Mary), 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Ropp, Bloomington, Ill.; and Lydia-Mrs. Simon Rufenacht, of Archbold), one stepbrother (John Burkholder, Columbus Grove, Ohio), besides a host of other relatives and friends. In youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church, where she remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the Central Church with Jesse J. Short and Simon Stucky in charge.

Snyder, Jacob, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Moses Snyder, was born in Bloomingdale, Ont., Dec. 5, 1868; departed this life Dec. 15, 1953; aged 85 y. 10 d. In 1893, he married Hetty Steckle, who predeceased him eleven years ago. He lived his entire lifetime on the farm where he died. He was a member of Snyder Mennonite Church, Bloomingdale, Ont. Surviving are 4 sons (Elo, of Bloomingdale; Austin, Waterloo, Ont.; Roy, Millbank, Ont., and Orlan, West Montrose, Ont.), 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. One sons (Orvan) and one daughters (Mrs. Adeline Bauman) predeceased him. Funeral services were held at the Snyder Mennonite Church, Bloomingdale, Dec. 17, in charge of John W. Snyder, assisted by Benjamin B. Shantz. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Stoltzfus, Gary Ray, son of Daniel K. and Elizabeth (Sensenig) Stoltzfus, Bareville, Pa., was born March 5, 1953; died Jan. 24, 1954; aged 10 m. 19 d. His death was caused by an injury received when his head struck a kitchen cupboard during a fall in the arms of his father. It is difficult to understand his early departure after this unusual experience. He is survived by his paternal grandparents (Daniel B. and Fannie King Stoltzfus, Ronks, pa.), his maternal grandparents (Lloyd S. and Amanda Weaver Sensenig, Leola, Pa.), his maternal grandfather (Samuel Sensenig, Ephrata, Pa.), and his paternal stepgreat-grandmother (Mrs. Mattie Stoltzfus, Bareville, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, Jan. 27, in charge of Elmer G. Martin and Mahlon Witmer. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Stutzman, Ivan, was born in Shickley, Nebr., April 20, 1893; passed away at his home after a short illness; aged 60 y. 9 m. On Oct. 15, 1912, he was married to Katie Stutzman, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons and 2 daughters (Harold, Brownsville, Oreg.; Roman, Kansas City, Mo.; Fern-Mrs. Harry Gerig and Alverda-Mrs. Leo Nofziger, both of Lebanon, Oreg.), 10 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. He spent his youth and early married life in Nebraska. In 1919 he moved to Thruman, Colo., where he lived until 1940, when he moved to Albany, Oreg. Early in life he accepted Christ as his Saviour. Services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church in charge of N. M. Birky, Verl Nofziger, and Henry Gerig. Burial was made in the Lebanon Cemetery.

Weaver, May M., daughter of the late Martin M. and Mattie N. Zimmerman, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 11, 1888; passed away after a long illness at her home near Lincoln, Pa., Jan. 11, 1954; aged 65 y. 3 m. On Nov. 30, 1911, she was united in marriage to Aaron O. Weaver. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter (Arma) preceded her in death in 1951. Surviving are her husband and these children (Lena-Mrs. Eli Zimmerman, Ephrata, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Weaver Martin, Lititz, Pa.; Martin, Earl Earl, Pa.; Edna-Mrs. George Newswanger, Blue Ball, Pa.; David, Atmore, Ala.; and Aaron, living at home), 26 grandchildren, 3 brothers and one sister (Amos W., Ephrata, Pa.; Lena-Mrs. David Musser, Ephrata, Pa.; David, Sarasota, Fla.; and John, Reinholds, Pa.). she was a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church since her youth. Funeral services were held at the Springville Mennonite Church, in charge of Henry Martin, Joseph Hostetter, and Luke Good, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Wenger, Ruth, daughter of John and Rhoda Weldy, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Jan. 14, 1902; was taken to the Elkhart General Hospital, Jan. 4, where she passed away Jan. 7, 1954; aged 52 y. 7 d. She had been in ill health for a number of years. She was married to Russel Wenger, who survives her. Also surviving are 2 sons (John D., Elkhart, Ind.; and Russel, Jr., Chesterland, Ohio), 2 daughters (Eunice-Mrs. Raymond Hall, Novelty, Ohio; and Helen-Mrs. Frank Boyd, Niles, Mich.), and 2 brothers (Ernest and Buell Weldy). She was a member of the Calvary Methodist Church. Funeral services were held there in charge of the pastor, Ross Ritchie, and D. A. Yoder. Burial was made in the Olive Cemetery.

Weber, Henry, son of Isaac and Susannah (Horst) Weber, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., June 30, 1869; died Feb. 3, 1954; aged 84 y. 7 m. 4 d. He leaves to mourn his departure, one sister (Lydia Weber, of Braeside Home, Preston, Ont.). Two sisters preceded him in death. He worked on different farms in the Ontario district most of his life. He spent the last while in the Elmira private hospital. He was a member of the Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, at the time of his death. Funeral services were in charge of Leonard Haarar assisted by R. S. Koch. Interment was made in Martin's Cemetery near St. Jacobs, Ont.

Yoder, Rebecca Frances, daughter of Jacob B., and Elizabeth Huber, was born March 10, 1867, in Putnam Co., Ohio; departed this life Jan. 27, 1954; aged 86 y. 10 m. 14 d. in her thirteenth year she was received into fellowship in the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. On June 28, 1908, she was married to Jacob J. Yoder, Lagrange, Ind., who preceded her in death in 1943. She leaves on daughter (Mary Louise-Mrs. Geo. Gibbs, Elida, Ohio), one foster son (Benj. O. Lyle, Pittsburgh, Pa.), 7 stepchildren (Ammon, Henry, Artie-Mrs. Percy Miller, of Lagrange, Ind.; William, Manson, Iowa; Owen, Wawaka, Ind.; Nora-Mrs. James Troyer, and John, of Shipshewana, Ind.), 2 sisters (Anna, with whom they shared their home, and Lydia C.-Mrs. Lewis Leham, of Elkhart, Ind.), and 2 brothers (Simon, Dayton, Va.; and Joseph, Waynesboro, Va.). She helped start the sewing circle of the Pike Church and had the first sewing circle in her parents' home. Funeral services were held at the Pike Church, Jan. 29, in charge of G. H. Brunk, Paul Smith, and Harold Good, with Burial in the Salem Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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Andrews, Lydia Ann, daughter of the late John Dave and Mary (Grove) Andrews, was born near Staunton, Va., May 24, 1879; passed away at her home near Waynesboro, Va., Jan. 21, 1954; aged 74 y. 7 m. 28 d. At the age of sixteen she moved to the farm near Waynesboro, where she spent the remainder of her life. She is survived by 3 nieces and 3 nephews, and also the caretaker of the farm, Harry Arnold, who with his family made their home with her for a number of years. Her only brother preceded her in death ten years ago. Fifty-five years ago she united with and remained a faithful member of the Springdale Mennonite Church, from which place funeral services were held Jan. 24, in charge of J. R. Driver and Charles Grove.

Berkey, Edward J., son of the late Joshua and Christina (Blough) Berkey, was born March 16, 1874, in Middlebury, Ind.; passed away at his home in Harrisonburg, Va., Feb. 15, 1954; aged 79 y. 10 m. 30 d. He suffered a paralytic stroke six years ago and had since been an invalid. On Feb. 7, 1954, he suffered another stroke, from which he never recovered. He was left an orphan at the age of four years. He attended Mt. Morris College, Mt. Morris, Ill., and the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. He was associated with the Chicago Home Mission for several years, prior to moving to Warrenton, Va., where he was ordained to the ministry in 1902. In 1914 he went into the evangelistic field and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He made his home at Oronogo, Mo., for 36 years prior to moving to Park View in July, 1952. He possessed a kind and pleasant personality, and this combined with a deep religious understanding, character, and convictions, won for him respect and admiration of all with whom he came in contact. He delivered over six thousand sermons during his ministry. Bro. Berkey was twice married. His first wife, the former Mary Rhodes, whom he married on Jan. 27, 1896, preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 1913. On Dec. 30, 1915, he married Mary Shenk who survives him. Besides his wife, he is survived by 12 children (Elmer R., Sheridan, Oreg.; Ruth-Mrs. J. J. Hostetter, Park View, Va.; Esther-Mrs. Martin Weaver, Goshen, Ind.; Martha-Mrs. Ralph Smith, Oronogo, Mo.; Bertha-Mrs. Norman Wenger, Lancaster, Pa.; Marietta Berkey, Wooster, Ohio; Mabel-Mrs. Robert W. Martin, Elsie, and Janet of Park View; Ruby-Mrs. George Reno and Bernice-Mrs. Harry Reno, Jr., both of Akers, la.; and Earl A., Kansas City, Kans.), 28 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. A daughter (Mrs. Ethel Buerge) died on Feb. 23, 1947. Two brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Feb. 18, from the Eastern Mennonite College Chapel in park View. The brethren Harold Eshleman and Timothy Showalter conducted the services at the church. Burial was made in the Lindale Mennonite Church cemetery near Edom with John R. Mumaw in charge.

Erb, Linda Ruth, was the daughter of Amos R. and Ruth Garber Erb, Sheridan, Pa. She was instantly transplanted by the heavenly Garner as she ran out on the road in front of an oncoming car Feb. 20, 1954. In her five and one-half years she had endeared herself to many folk. She often sang songs of heaven and living with Jesus-the whole and tunes being original. A good while ago she gave her heart to God. She longed for the time to come when she would be old enough to understand and receive the rite of baptism. Her parents, her sister (Mary Alice), brothers (David and Harry) will miss her as well as her half brother and sisters (Martin, Lititz, Pa.; Elizabeth, India; Mable, Scottdale, and Anne, Philadelphia). Services were conducted at the Gingerich's Church with Bishop Simon G. Bucher in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Fulmer, George E., son of George and ----Fulmer, was born Jan. 1, 1868, in Chester Co., Pa.; passed away Sept. 14, 1953, at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, Pa.; aged 85 y. 8 m. 13 d. At the age of 77 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Worcester Mennonite Church. He was much interested in the work of the church and attended when health permitted. He was married to Kathryn Jacobs, who died 25 years ago. One of his last testimonies was that he still rejoiced in Christ his Saviour and was thankful that God spared him until he made preparation to meet Him. His only survivors are 3 nieces and 2 nephews. Funeral services were held at Worcester Mennonite Church and burial was made in the Great Valley Presbyterian Cemetery where his wife's body rested. All services were in charge of Paul Clemens.

Hostetler, Harley Hilbert, youngest son of Simon G. and Pearl Kropf Hostetler, was born in Clackamas Co., Ore., June 20, 1920; died at his home near Aurora, Oreg., Dec. 27, 1953; aged 33 y. 6 m. 7 d. He united with the Zion Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful to his Lord until death. On Oct. 3, 1942, he was married to Ruth Berkey of Hubbard, Oreg. To this union were born 3 children. One daughter (Roxanne) and two brothers preceded him in death. Surviving are his companion, one daughter (Judith Pearl, 10), one son (Randall, 5), his father and mother, 2 sisters and one brother (Ferne-Mrs. Ben Kauffman, Nettie P., and Leslie, all of Aurora), a grandmother (Mrs. Geo. Hostetler, Albany, Oreg.), 4 nieces, 3 nephews, one great-nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends. In 1944 he united with the Calvary Mennonite Church of Barlow, Oreg., and served there until death. Paul N. Roth officiated at the funeral services at the Canby Funeral Home. Interment was made in the Zion Mennonite Cemetery near Hubbard, Oreg.

King, Susa Gail, daughter of Joe and Clara King, Roanoke, Ill., was born Jan. 2, 1954; passed away Feb. 8, 1954; aged 1 m. 6 d. She was ill only eight hours when the Lord called her home. Surviving are her parents and grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Joseph King, Goodfield, Ill., and Mrs. Thelma Laurence). Funeral services were held at Vincent Funeral Home, Roanoke, Ill., with Ezra B. Yordy, officiating. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Long, Julia Catherine, daughter of the late Rosetta Burns and George Hedrick of Onego, W. Va., was born March 19, 1891; departed this life Jan. 5, 1954; aged 62 y. 9 m. 21 d. She had been suffering from heart trouble for about two years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for more than 20 years. She was united in marriage to Strite Ira Long on March 17, 1911. To this union were born 6 daughters and 4 sons. Surviving are her husband, 5 daughters (Rosie, Hatfield, Pa.; Nora, Dayton, Va.; Ella-Mrs. Oliver Mawery, Harman, W. Va.; Nanna and Lettie at home), 4 sons (Lenza and Gerald of Dryfork; Kelly, at home; and Russel, Petersburg, W. Va.), 9 grandchildren, and a brother-in-law (James) who has made his home with them for several years. Funeral services were held at Riverside Mennonite Church, Jan. 7, conducted by Paul Good and Oliver Keener. She was laid to rest in Bennet Cemetery near Dryfork, W. Va.

McCann, Jennie, daughter of John and Mary (Strunk) McCann, was born at Chester, Pa.; passed away Sept. 28, 1953, at Bernhard Nursing Home, near Norristown, Pa.; aged 93 y. 7 m. 22 d. As Jennie was the last of the family, the only remaining relatives are four nieces. She was never married and failed to decide life's most important question until on her sickbed on Feb. 28, 1950, at which time she was baptized and united with the Worcester Mennonite Church. Friends never expected Jennie to recover from her illness, but the Lord allowed her to prove her decision for Christ, that it does change the heart and life. After her conversion she was very calm, patient, and always smiling. Funeral and burial services were in charge of Paul R. Clemens.

Mast, Moses, stillborn son of Levi W. and Miriam (Stoltzfus) Mast, was born Jan 22, 1954, at Oley, Pa. Surviving are his parents, 6 brothers and 5 sisters all at home, and one grandmother (Mattie Mast, Narvon, Pa.). Brief services were held at the home in charge of Omar A. Kurtz, with interment in the Oley Mennonite Cemetery.

Neuhauser, Amos E., son of Christian and Mary Sann Neuhauser, was born near Morton, Ill., Sept. 27, 1883; passed away at his residence Feb. 7, 1954; aged 70 y. 5 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Katherine M. Householder on Dec. 6, 1904, near Eureka, Ill. To this union were born one son and four daughters. Surviving him are his wife, one son (Tillman, of Eureka), 4 daughters (Ruth-Mrs. Lee Stalter, of Eureka; Ann-Mrs. George Smucker, of Gibson City; Esther-Mrs. Harold Schrock, of Roanoke; and Martha-Mrs. John Pappas, of Eureka), 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one brother (John, of Eureka, Ill.). He united with the Mennonite Church as a young man and was a faithful member to the end. He was a Sunday-school teacher for many years until ill health forced him from active teaching. Funeral services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Church Feb. 10, with Ezra Yordy officiating.

Nolt, Lizzie, daughter of the late John K. and Lizzie (Hartman) Huber, was born June 23, 1890, in Warwick Township, Pa.; died Feb. 17, 1954, in the Lancaster General Hospital where she had been a patient for over two weeks; aged 63 y. 7 m. 24 d. Her husband, Amos Noah Nolt, died a number of years ago. Two children also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son (Elmer, Bowmansville, Pa.), 2 brothers (John, Lancaster, and Abram, Willow Street, Pa.), and a sister (Katie Fetter, Bowmansville). She had been an invalid for many years. She was a member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Services were held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Benjamin Weaver and Paul Z. Martin. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Schertz, Henry R., son of the late Peter and Magdalene (Esch) Schertz, was born Feb. 24, 1886, at the Schertz homestead near Washington, Ill. At the age of 15 he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, and on Oct. 15, 1901, he was baptized and united with the Metamora Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful until the end. On June 10, 1909, he was united in marriage to Martha Imhoff of Lowpoint, who preceded him in death on May 12, 1947. On April 17, 1951, he was united in marriage to Ruth Springer,
Hopedale, Ill. He became ill while visiting in Florida, but seemed to be recovering satisfactorily. Upon arriving at home, he became seriously ill, and was rushed to the Methodist Hospital, where he peacefully passed away Feb. 9, 1954, aged 67 y. 11 m. 17 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 4 sons (Floyd Russell, Robert, and Donald), 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Manuel of Washington, and William, of Eureka), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Emma Schertz of Metamora; Mrs. Anna Schertz and Mrs. Alma Smith of Eureka; and Mrs. Matilda Yoder, of Goshen, Ind.) At an early age he became actively engaged in the work of the Sunday school where he served as superintendent for some time. He was ordained to the ministry on Feb. 5, 1917. Having a desire to further prepare himself for the ministry, he attended the Bethany Bible School four years, during which time he served as superintendent of the Chicago Mennonite Home Mission. He moved back to the farm where he spent the remaining years of his life, serving as pastor of the Metamora Mennonite Church. On April 6, 1941, he was ordained as bishop. He was actively engaged in the ministry for 37 years. He served on the Executive Committee of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities for a number of years, on the Mennonite Board of Education for 28years, during the fall of 1947 he was elected as assistant moderator of General Conference. He also served as moderator of the Illinois Conference at various times. His primary interest was in the Christian welfare of his children and grandchildren, and the spiritual growth of his congregation. Funeral services at the home on Feb. 12 were in charge of Ezra Yordy and Ben Esch. Services were held at the Metamora Mennonite Church with LeRoy Kennel, Jesse Short, Sanford C. Yoder, and A. C. Good participating. Six bishops from the conference served as pallbearers. Burial was made in the Hickory Point Cemetery.

Swinehart, Hilda, daughter of Ira C. and Mae Shoup, was born July 9, 1910, near Dalton, Ohio; died after a brief illness at the Mercy Hospital, Canton, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1954, aged 43 y. 6 m. 27 d. She was a graduate of the Orrville High School and of the Massillon City Hospital School of Nursing. She lived all of her life in the vicinity of Orrville, Ohio. On Oct. 12, 1933, she was united in marriage to Olen Swinehart. They were blessed with two daughters (Marilyn, a sophomore at Goshen College and Elaine, at home, a senior in the Apple Creek High School.). Besides her husband and daughters, she is survived by her stepfather and mother (Hayes and Mae Adams), 2 brothers (Lee, of Orrville, and Irvin, of Ashland, Ohio) and 2 stepbrothers (Albert Adams, of Mansfield and Earl Adams, of Port Clinton, Ohio). She was preceded in death by her father and twin brother and sister who died at birth. There remain many other relatives and friends who share with the family in their sorrow and sudden bereavement in the passing of their loved one. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Orrville Mennonite Church on Dec. 30, 1922. Memorial services were held at the Orrville Mennonite Church, Feb. 9. Harold Bauman and I. W. Royer, with E. W. Barbee of the Church of Christ, were in charge. Interment was made in the Crown Hill Cemetery of Orrville.

Weaver, Judith Ann, daughter of Irvin and Katherine (Phenneger) Weaver, was born Oct. 27, 1951, at Harrisonburg, Va.; went to sleep in Jesus, Feb. 9, 1954, at home while being prepared to go to the hospital; aged 2 y 3 m. 13 d. Her short life was one of much pain and suffering, having had a rare bone and blood condition. Her memory will be cherished by her parents, her older sister (Susan Lorraine), and a brother (Irvin David). Surviving also are her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Hiram B. Phenneger, Malvern, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Levi M. Weaver, Lancaster, Pa.), her 2 great-grandmothers (Mrs. John S. Rohrer, Paradise, Pa., and Mrs. Lizzie Nolt, Lancaster, Pa.), and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services were held at the Gospel Hill Mennonite Church, Feb. 11, with Daniel Suter and Kenneth Seitz in charge. Her body was laid to rest in the Weaver Church Cemetery with J. Early Suter in charge.

Wenger, Susan B., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Witmer, was born in North Lima, Ohio, April 26, 1856; died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Raymond Yoder, Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 25, 1953; aged 97 y. 3 m. 29 d. She was the oldest resident of Olive Township, Elkhart Co., Ind. She lived in the vicinity of Wakarusa since she was nine years old. Her marriage to Eli N. Wenger took place Nov. 30, 1876. This union was blessed with one child (Lucretia) who died at the age of 19. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church, but later transferred her membership to the Church of the Brethren. Surviving are a brother (I. B. Weaver, Columbiana, Ohio), a sister (Mrs. Lucretia Weldy, Wakarusa), and a foster daughter (Mrs. Myrtle Brautigam, Chicago, Ill.). On her last birthday she sang a solo for the Bango congregation. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive Mennonite Church by H. S. Bowers and Orrie Kilmer.

Witmer, Maria Elizabeth, daughter of the late Christian M. and Maria (Burkholder) Kuhns, was born March 13, 1893, near Chambersburg, Pa.; died Feb. 17, 1954, at the Chambersburg Hospital after an illness of several months; aged 60 y. 11 m. 4 d. She was a member of the Rowe Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband (Aaron Wimer), 2 daughters (Mary, at home; and Mrs. Clayton Ritter, Bridgewater, Va.), 4 sons (Irvin, Shippensburg, Pa.; Norman, Sheldon, Wis.; Arthur, Orrstown, Pa.; and Raymond, Hagerstown, Md.), one sister and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held at the Rowe Mennonite Church, Feb. 19, in charge of Amos E. Martin and Harvey Shank. Burial was made in the Rowe Cemetery.

Zook, Mary Ann, daughter of D. Z. and Mary Ann Smiley Yoder, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, March 28, 1882. She was a lifetime resident of this county except for a short time which was spent near Denbigh, Va. She passed away at the age of 71 y. 10 m. 14 d. On Feb.1, 1912, she was united in marriage to Simon P. Zook, who preceded her in death July 11, 1934. Surviving are 2 sons (Paul D., of Sterling and Roy, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio), a daughter (Mrs. Walter Schmid, of Orrville), 4 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Dan S., of Wooster; Floyd, of Venice, and Milton, of Barberton, Ohio), and a sister (Mrs. Amos Yoder, of Orrville). Four sisters and one brother preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was received into the Mennonite Church at Denbigh, Va., in 1898, later transferring her membership to the Pleasant Hill Church near Sterling, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Hill Church conducted by I. W. Royer, William G. Detweiler, and Gerald C. Studer. Interment was made in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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Groff, Maggie, daughter of the late John G. and Lydian (Wenger) Newswanger, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 2, 1881; departed this life Jan. 11, 1954, in the Osteopathic Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 72 y. 8 m. 9 d. Her parents were called home in early life, leaving the family to become separated, but Maggie, the second child in a family of fourteen children, was "mother' to the younger children. In early life she was a seamstress and for many years went into homes to do the family sewing. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. After her marriage to David B. Groff in 1941, she faithfully filled her place in the various phases of mission work her husband was engaged in. She is survived by her husband, a foster stepson (John, Manheim, Pa.), 2 grandchildren and these brothers and sisters (Samuel, Kinzers, Pa.; Reuben, Ronks, Pa.; Aaron, Bird in Hand, Pa.; Henry, Bareville, Pa.; Jacob and John, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; Lydia-Mrs. Garfield Becher, Lancaster, Pa.; and Ada-Mrs. Ben Fiester, Coatesville, Pa.). Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at the Mellinger Church near Lancaster, Pa., in charge of D. Stoner Kredy, Frank Garman, John S. Hess, and Ira Nafziger. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.

Harshbarger, C., son of Jonas and Mary Yerger Harshbarger, of Mattawana, Pa., died in the Lewistown Hospital Dec 5, 1953; aged 81 y. 6 m. 2 d. He had not been well for a long time and had been in the hospital almost a month. He had improve enough to be taken to the home of his niece (Mrs. Pauline Rhodes) where he had been taken care of before going to the hospital, but the next day after coming home, he took critically ill and lived from Sunday until Tuesday after having been admitted to the hospital again. He leaves one brother (David Harshbarger, Mishawaka, Ind.), 3 nephews and 3 nieces. He was a member of the Mattawana Mennonite Church. His parents, 6 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in the booth Funeral Home at McVeytown, Dec. 18. In charge of Ross Metzler and Raymond Peachey. Interment was made in the Pleasant View Cemetery.

Herr, Annie H., daughter of the late George K. and Elizabeth (Harnish) Herr, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 16, 1883; departed this life Jan. 11, 1954; aged 70 y. 11 m. 25 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth and was always willing to do any humble service for others. Two brothers preceded her in death. Surviving are 3 sisters (Mary H.-widow of Elmer B. Thomas, New Danville, Pa.; Elizabeth H.-Mrs. Aaron C. Souders, Millersville, Pa., with whom she resided the last four years and Barbara H. Herr, Philadelphia, Pa.). Funeral services at New Danville Church, Jan. 14, were conducted by Henry Nauman, and David N. Thomas, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Immel, Malinda, daughter of the late Christian and Catherine Sommers, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, April 3, 1890; departed this life following an extended illness at the Union Hospital, Dover, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1954; aged 63 y. 10 m. 14 d. In her youth she accepted Christ and became a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, where she held membership until death. On July 20, 1907, she was united in marriage to Alvin Immel. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 4 daughters. Two daughters and one son preceded her in death. Surviving are her husband, one son (Walter, Sugarcreek, Ohio), 2 daughters (Mrs. David Miller, Sugarcreek, and Verna, at home), 7 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 2 sisters (Mrs. Clement Mutchelknaus, Navarre, Ohio, and Mrs. Lydia Hershberger, Charm, Ohio), 2 brothers (Mannasses C., Sugarcreek, and Arletus, Strasburg, Ohio), besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Feb. 19, in charge of Venus Hershberger, A. W. Miller, and Paul R. Miller, with interment in the church cemetery.

McConnell, Eugene Allen, son of Roy James and Ila Mae McConnell, was born March 24, 1953. His short stay on earth came to a close on Feb. 5, 1954, when he quietly fell asleep in Jesus at the Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio; aged 10 m. 11 d. His health failed gradually for the past few months until death came as a result of bronchial pneumonia. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, one brother (Duane), 3 grandparents, and 2 great-grandparents. Funeral services at the Tedrow Mennonite Church, Feb. 7, were in charge of Roy Sauder, with burial in the Eckley Cemetery.

Mast, Susie, daughter of Christian and Katie (Miller) Gingerich, was born June 26, 1881; passed away at her home near Topeka, Ind., Feb. 12, 1954; aged 72 y. 7 m. 16 d. She was a member of the Clearspring Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. On Feb. 2, 1905, she was married to Levi L. Mast who survives. To this union were born 9 sons and 3 daughters. Surviving are 12 children (Daniel and Annie-Mrs. Alvin Miller, both of Ligonier, Ind.; Henry, of Middlebury; Mary-Mrs. Lewis Troyer, and Samuel, of Lagrange Co.; Christian, at home; Ervin, at home farm; Uriah, Sarasota, Fla.; Ada-Mrs. David Yoder, of Millersburg; John, of Goshen; Edward, Topeka, Ind., and Melvin, Phoenix, Ariz.), 45 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Jacob, Daniel and Benjamin), and 4 sisters (Fannie, Annie, Mattie, and Mary). One grandson and one sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Menno J. S. Yoder home, Feb. 15, in charge of Noah Bontrager, William Yoder, and Simon Gingerich, with burial in the Clearspring Cemetery.

Miller, Sylvester, son of Jacob and Barbara (Livinghouse) Miller, was born March 20, 1880, in St. Joseph Co., Ind.; died Feb. 18, 1954, at the home of his foster daughter, Mrs. Floyd Gerber, Nappanee, Ind.; aged 73 y. 10 m. 28 d. He was married to Susie Christophel on Dec. 25, 1902, and they celebrated their gold anniversary on Christmas of 1952. Besides his widow and daughter, he is survived by 2 brothers (James, Wakarusa, Ind.; and Jerry, Elkhart, Ind.), and a number of nieces and nephews. In early manhood he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, attending the North Main Street congregation in Nappanee. For the last number of years he was engaged in selling Bibles and Christian literature in an endeavor to extend a Christian witness. Services were held in Nappanee, Feb. 20, with Homer F. North officiating and C. A. Shank assisting. Burial was made in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Rohrer, Emma B., widow of Witmer B. Rohrer, died Feb. 25, 1954, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elam M. Bomberger, Mount Joy, Pa.; aged 88 y. 2 m. 29 d. She was the daughter of the late Christian E. and Fannie (Brenneman) Nissley, and a member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa. Surviving are a daughter (Violet-Mrs. Elam M. Bomberger), a son (A. Nissley, Lancaster, Pa.), 6 grandsons, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services from the Sheetz Funeral Home were in charge of Jacob E. Brubaker and Earl M. Wert. Interment was made in the Mellinger Cemetery.

Ropp, Katie, daughter of Daniel and Barbara (Zehr) Eimen, was born March 10, 1873, near Morton, Ill.; died at her home in Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 17, 1954; aged 80 y. 11 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Mose Ropp on Sept. 20, 1896. To this union 6 children were born (Cleora-Mrs. Aaron Spicher; Blanche-Mrs. V. D. Miller; Rozetta-Mrs. Gordon Miller, all of Kalona; Alta-Mrs. Joe W. Erb, of Wellman; Katie, Hesston, Kans., and Omer Franklin, who died at the age of one year.). Besides her husband and five daughters she leaves to mourn her departure 2 sisters (Mrs. Samuel Troyer, Holmesville, Ohio, and Fannie Eimen, Wayland, Iowa), one brother (David, of Iowa City), 7 grandchildren, 3 stepgrandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and friends. A niece (Nancy Ropp Spicher) and a nephew (Herbert Ropp) lived in the home of Bro. and Sister Ropp for a number of years after the death of their mother. Preceding her in death besides her son are one great-grandson (Craig Erb Wade), her parents, 4 sisters, 5 brothers, and one half brother. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member of the East Union congregation for many years. Nearly two years ago she fell and fractured her hip from which she recovered and was able to be around the home and attend church services a few times. Her death was caused by hardening of the arteries and other complications. Funeral services were held from the East Union Church, Feb. 19, in charge of D. J. Fisher, A. Lloyd Swartzendruber, and Roy Roth, with burial in the East Union Cemetery.

Roth, Ada Ruth, daughter of Dane E. and Laura (Ringenberg) King, was born near Flanagan, Ill., Oct. 8, 1898; passed away at her home near Morton, Ill., Feb. 20, 1954, after an illness of four months; aged 55 y. 4 m. 12 d. On Aug. 21, 1926, she was married to Amos D. Roth. To this union were born three sons. One son (Elton Amos) preceded his mother in death. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons (Herbert D. and Donald F., both at home), her parents, one sister (Mrs. Roy Ackerman, Pekin, Ill.), and a host of other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of the Morton Mennonite Church in which she served faithfully unto the end. It was here she acted as a Sunday-school teacher as long as her health permitted. Funeral services were conducted at the Morton Mennonite Church, Feb. 24, by Kenneth G. Good, assisted by Noah N. Roeschley. Burial was made in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Sensenig, Joseph M., son of the late Henry G. and Elizabeth (Musser) Sensenig, was born in Bowmansville, Pa., Dec. 31, 1874; died Feb. 11, 1954; aged 79 y. 1 m. 10 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a faithful member of the Churchtown Mennonite Church. He had a lingering illness but was bedfast only two days. He experienced several times the very definite answer to prayer for the healing of his body and he had great faith in God for everything. He was married to Mary Frances Weaver on Jan. 1, 1905. She preceded him in death Feb. 9, 1948. A foster son also preceded him. Surviving are 2 foster daughters (Gertrude-Mrs. Walter Ament, New Holland, Pa., and Mary, at home), one brother (Henry M., Sheridan, Pa.), 4 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Goodville Mennonite Church by John Burkholder and David Weaver. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Wambold, Isaac Albert, son of the late Abram and Hannah (Wanner) Wambold, was born near Kitchener, Ont., Nov. 6, 1862; died in the East General Hospital, Toronto, Ont., Feb. 15, 1954; aged 91 y. 3 m. 9 d. His boyhood was spent in Huron Co., Ont. At the age of 21 he came to Breslau, Ont., where he renewed his covenant with the Lord. In 1886 he married Emma Hershey, who died in 1890. In this same year he was ordained to the ministry in the Breslau congregation where he faithfully served for 22 years. In 1912 he resigned from his pastoral charge because of voice difficulties and moved to Markham, Ont. He married Mary Elizabeth Fretz in 1896. She preceded him eight years ago. Surviving are one daughter (Ruth-Mrs. Samuel Brownsberger, Toronto, with whom he lived prior to his departure) and 5 grandchildren. One son (Leslie) died in 1949. The funeral was held at the Wideman Church, Markahm, Ont., Feb. 18, and burial was made in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Elmer Burkholder, Aaron D. Grove, and Oscar Burkholder, who followed Bro. Wambold in the pastorate at Breslau. Bro. Wambold's testimony was "My only refuge is the cross and my only plea is the blood of Christ." Thus passed to his eternal rest the oldest minister in the Ontario Conference.

Waugoman, John Wesley, son of the late Simeon and Margaret (McLean) Waugoman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 10, 1871; died at Mercy Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., Feb. 13, 1954; aged 82 y. 6 m. 3 d. He was married to Ida Mae Leventry who died Jan. 15, 1944. He is survived by one sister (Mrs. Henry C. When), a nephew (Arthur), and one niece (Mrs. Ray Dunkle), all of Johnstown, Pa. He became a member of the Thomas Mennonite Church, June 7, 1953. He attended services regularly as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held at the Thomas Mennonite Church in charge of Aldus Wingard and D. Edward Canfield, with burial in adjoining cemetery.

Yutzy, Susan Kay, infant daughter of Eli and Grace Yutzy, Kalona, Iowa, was born Feb. 21, 1954, and died the following day. She leaves her parents, 3 brothers, and one sister to mourn her departure. Graveside services on Feb. 22 were in charge of J. Y. Swartzendruber.

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Diller, Benjamin, son of the late John and Susannah (Reesor) Diller, was born Aug. 7, 1864; died Feb. 2, 1954; aged 80 y. 5 m. 26 d. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, and one daughter (Joseph, Winnipeg, Man.; Levi and Ada, at home), and 6 brothers and sisters (Barbara-Mrs. D. S. Weaver, Goshen, Ind.; Esther-Mrs. Abram Rittenhouse, Markham, Ont.; Francis-Mrs. Jacob Grove, Stouffville, Ont.; Anna-Mrs. Wm. Smith, Kansas City, Kans.; Thomas, Stouffville, Ont.; and Jacob, Hesston, Kans.). In December 1889, he was united in marriage to Anna Burkholder, who passed away in October, 1903. In December, 1905, he was married to Fanny Smith. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since 1903. Funeral services were held at Ressor's Mennonite Church, Markham, Ont., Feb. 5, with Cecil Ressor, Abraham Smith, and Fred Nighswander in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Eash, Jonathan T., son of Tobias and Anna (Eash) Eash, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Aug. 16, 1878; died at his home in Johnstown, Pa., March 2, 1954; aged 75 y. 6 m. 16 d. He is survived by his widow (the former Annie Swank Kaufman), a daughter-in-law (Margaret Petterson Eash), a granddaughter (Doris-Mrs. S. Dean Lloyd, Johnstown, Pa.), 3 brothers (A. T., Alto, Mich.; E. T., Hopedale, Ill.; and W. T., Flanagan, Ill.), a sisters (Mrs. Anna Blough, Johnstown, Pa.), and the following stepchildren (Millard L. Spory, Boswell, Pa.; Esther Spory-wife of Paul R. Wingard and Harley Kaufman, both of Hollsopple, Pa.; Lizzie Kaufman-Mrs. Paul Kniss, Johnstown, Pa.; and Henry and Paul Kaufman, both of Orrville, Ohio). He was preceded in death by his first wife (Mary Yoder), who died Feb. 22, 1941; his second wife (Katie E. Croyle Spory), who died Nov. 19, 1945; an infant daughter and a stepdaughter. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted March 6 at the Kaufman Church, in charge of Harry Y. Shetler and Irvin M. Holsopple, with burial in the Kaufman Cemetery.

Harnish, John H., son of David F. and Martha (Huber) Harnish, was born in East Hempfield Twp., Pa., Aug. 11, 1879; passed away Feb. 21, 1954, at his home in Manor Twp., Lancaster, Pa.; aged 74 y. 6 m. 10 d. He was a member of the Habecker Mennonite Church for 40 years. On Jan. 1, 1908, he was married to M. Martha Mylin, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children (J. Mylin, Willow Street, Pa.; Evelyn Mae, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Ethel W.-Mrs. Harry T. Herr, New Danville, Pa.), 6 grandchildren, and one brother (Daniel H., Lititz, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Habecker Mennonite Church in charge of Landis Myers, Benj. Miller, and Christian B. Charles. Burial was made in the Rohrerstown Mennonite Cemetery.

Kauffman, Amos L., son of the late John B. and Kathryn (Zook) Kauffman, was born Feb. 12, 1876; died Jan. 29, 1954, in the Osteopathic Hospital, after a lengthy illness; aged 77 y. 11 m. 17 d. On Oct. 5, 1905, he was united in marriage to Ella Hartzler, who passed away Jan. 24, 1916. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. The daughters preceded him in death. In 1921, he was married to Ada Stauffer, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (D. Ivan, Lancaster, Pa.; John, Tulsa, Okla.; and Paul, Sheridan, Pa.), 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Fanny E. Yoder and Mrs. Mary Hostetler, both of Belleville, Pa.). Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Feb. 1, at the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, of which he was a member in charge of Jacob Brubaker and Stoner Krady. Burial was made in the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Litchti, Nicholas S., oldest son of the late Christian and Nancy (Schlegel) Litchti, was born at St. Agatha, Ontario, Jan. 29, 1871; passed away at the Geneva Hospital, Geneva, Nebr., March 2, 1954; aged 83 y. 1 m. 1 d. At the age of six he moved with his parents to Wayland, Iowa. Later they moved to Thurman, Colo., and in 1907 to Shickley Nebr., in which community he lived until his death. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the end. On March 13, 1904, he was united in marriage to Lena Rediger. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 6 daughters. His companion, one daughter, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He suffered a light stroke five years ago, leaving him with a throat affliction and a serious heart condition. He attended church faithfully as long as health permitted. He became ill on Sunday and was taken to the hospital on Monday morning. Tuesday morning the Lord called him home. He leaves to mourn his departure, 2 sons (Alvin and Nick, both of Shickley), 5 daughters (Elva-Mrs. Elmer Birky, and Nancy-Mrs. Elmer Nickel, of Shickley; Sylvia-Mrs. Harry Kennel, Geneva, Nebr.; Lilly-Mrs. Richard Farnsworth, Lincoln, Nebr.; and Barbara, at home), 15 grandchildren, one brother (Dan, Bruning, Nebr.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Anna Kauffman, Wayland, Iowa, and Mrs. Lena Schlegel, of Shickley), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Salem Mennonite Church, near Shickley, Nebr., in charge of P. R. Kennel, assisted by Fred Reeb and L. O. Schlegel, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mishler, Catherine, daughter of Stephen J. and Lucy (Miller) Yoder, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Feb.3, 1880; died at her home in Johnson Co., Iowa, Feb. 25, 1954; aged 74 y. 22 d. On Jan. 28, 1909, she was united in marriage to Mose Mishler. To this union 5 children were born: 2 sons (Jacob, at home, and Robert, Keota, Iowa), and 3 daughters (Sylvia-Mrs. Leo Yoder, of Kalona; Mary-Mrs. Earnest Swartzendruber, Wellman, Iowa; and Ida-Mrs. George Keim, Bay Port, Mich.). Besides her husband and 5 children, she leaves to mourn her death 16 grandchildren, one sister, and 2 brothers (Mrs. Ben J. Miller, William and John, all of Kalona), and a large number of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Jeff Gingerich and Mrs. Jonas Y. Yoder). At the 15 she accepted Christ, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member of the East Union congregation at the time of her death. On Oct. 22, 1953, she suffered a heart attack and was taken to the Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. She was brought back to her home on Nov. 6, and was again able to attend church services the Sunday before her death. On Thursday evening she complained of difficulty in breathing and a few hours later peacefully passed to her reward. Funeral services were held from the East Union Church on Sunday afternoon, conducted by D. J. Fisher, Albert S. Miller, and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber, with burial in the East Union Cemetery.

Moyer, Geidon S., son of the late Aaron and Catherine Moyer, was born in Whiteside Co., Ill., April 3, 1868; passed away Dec. 29, 1953; aged 85 y. 8 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage to Clara Heckler. To this union were born 8 sons and 4 daughters. Two sons and 2 daughters preceded him in death. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, Deep Run, Pa. Surviving are 8 children (Byron, of Coopersburg; Stanley and Winfield, of Silverdale; Dwight, of Dublin; Mrs. Samuel Miller, of Hilltown; Mrs. Fred Baumaster, of Neshaming; Geidon, Jr., at home; and Ammon, of Haycock), 35 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 half sisters and half brothers. Funeral services were held Jan. 1 at the Deep Run Mennonite Church in charge of Wilson Overholt, Abram Yothers, and Erwin Nace. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Snyder, Maria, daughter of the late Peter and Magdalene (Martin) Sherk, was born in Bridgeport, Ont., June 10, 1881; passed away suddenly of a heart attack Feb. 17, 1954; aged 72 y. 9 m. 7 d. On June 1,1904, she was married to Addison D. Snyder of Bloomingdale, Ont. They shared the joys and sorrows of life together for nearly 50 years. She was baptized on Jan. 1, 1900, and was a faithful member of the church. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, one son (John W. S., and his wife, Lena), 4 grandchildren (James, Kathleen, Stuart, and Brenda), one brother (Noah), 2 sisters (Lydia-Mrs. Addison S. Snyder, and Barbara00Mrs. Ben Drudge), all of Bridgeport; one half sister (Selina-Mrs. Walter Shantz, of New Hamburg), one stepbrother (Norman W., Krempien, of Waterloo), one stepsister (Mary-Mrs. Walter Snider, of Bridgeport), and host of other relatives and friends. Two brothers and 5 sisters preceded her. Funeral services were held Feb. 20, at the Snyder's Church by the pastor, John W. Snyder, assisted by Benj. Shantz. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Verschoor, George E., was born in Holland but came to Canada as a young man and pioneered in the Peace River Country near Bluesky, Alta. Some of his grandchildren are faithful attendants at the Bluesky mission. Before he passed away, Bro. Paul Burkholder was requested to have charge of the funeral services. He passed away Feb. 2, 1954, at the age of 65, leaving 3 sons and one daughter (Reinus, Peter, John, and Mrs. L. Kinisky), and 17 grandchildren. Bro Burkholder was unable to serve at the funeral as he was in Edmonton for surgery himself at the time. Bro. Linford D. Hackman, who was in Bluesky that day had charge of the service in the St. Paul's Anglican Church in Whitelaw, Alta.

Witmer, Maria Elizabeth, daughter of the late Christian and Maria (Burkholder) Kuhns, was born March 13, 1893; died at the Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa., Feb. 17, 1954; aged 60 y. 11 m. 4 d. She was a member of the Rowe Mennonite Church near Shippensburg, Pa., for many years. On Dec. 11, 1912, she was united in marriage to Aaron A. Witmer, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Mary, at home and Elsie-Mrs. Clayton Ritter, Bridgewater, Va.), 4 sons (Irvin, Shippensburg, Pa.; Norman, Sheldon, Wis.; Arthur, Orrstown, Pa.; and Raymond, Hagerstown, Md.), 19 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Rowe Mennonite Church Feb. 19, with Harvey Shank and Amos Martin in charge. Burial was made in the Rowe Cemetery.

Yoder, Christian Elmer, son of Noah and Terace Yoder, was born in Howard Co., Ind., May 10, 1882; passed away at his home in Fairview, Mich., Feb. 25, 1954; aged 71 y. 9 m. 15 d. He was converted as a young man and untied with the Mennonite Church in Indiana. He came to Michigan in June 1901, and became one of the charter members of the Fairview Mennonite Church. He was united in marriage to Edith May Rogers on Dec. 26, 1903. They observed their fiftieth anniversary on Dec. 26, 1953. To this union were born 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters. The youngest son preceded him in death. He leaves to remember him his companion, 7 children (Ralph, Clifford and Mrs. Eloise Yoder, all of Fairview; Lois Perry, Merrill, Mich.; Ruth and Clara Brichmeier, New Lothrop, Mich.; and Lloyd, Owosso, Mich.), 21 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 3 sisters (Ira, Lora, John, Mrs. Lilly Miller and Mrs. Nettie Esch, all of Fairview, Mich.; Jess, Chappell, Nebr.; and Mrs. Artie Bontrager, White Cloud, Mich.), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church, Feb. 28, conducted by Harvey Handrich and Joe Atherton, with burial in the Fairview Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XLVII , Number 13 - March 30, 1954 --- page 309, 310

Brubaker, Clayton S., son of Joseph and Susan (Stauffer) Brubaker, was born March 14, 1871, near Manheim, Pa.; passed away peacefully March 1, 1954, at the home of his daughter Mae-Mrs. John K. Wolgemuth, near Mt. Joy, with whom he resided fro the past 17 years; aged 82 y. 11 m. 17 d. On Oct. 8, 1899, he was married to Maria Whitmyer, who died Jan. 22, 1944. He leaves one daughter (Mae-Mrs. John K. Wolgemuth), 2 sons (J. Clayton, who died Aug. 1, 1932, and Arthur, Manheim, Pa.), 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Susie S. Brubaker, of East Petersburg). He was ordained a deacon at Erisman's Church, Dec. 31, 1931. Funeral services were conducted March 4 at Erisman's Church by John Eby, Homer Bomberger, and Henry Garber. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Campbell, Robert, son of D. R. and Pauline Campbell, Kelton, Pa., died in Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa., Nov. 22, 1953, in his seventh year. Death came from injuries sustained after a car struck him. He attended Media Chapel Sunday School, Oxford, Pa. His absence we will feel for a long time, but God's ways are not our ways and He called him home to Him. His parents and two small sisters (Nancy and Mary) survive him. Funeral services were held in Maple Grove Mennonite Church by Leroy Umble, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Hartzler, Sarah, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Blosser) Stouffer, was born Feb. 24, 1869, at Columbiana, Ohio; passed away suddenly of coronary thrombosis at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo.; aged 85 y. 10 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1893 and remained an active and faithful worker until death. On Jan. 28, 1899, she married John Hartzler, who preceded her in death Nov. 4, 1940. Surviving are two stepsons (Jonas, La Junta, Colo., and Harry, Cable, Ohio), one stepdaughter (Ada Ringler, Colorado Springs), one stepgrandson, one stepgranddaughter, one grandson, 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Martin, Columbiana, Ohio, and Mrs. Anna Lipply, North Lima, Ohio), many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. One daughter (Lydia), 3 brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. Services were held from the Swan Funeral Home in Colorado Springs, March 10, with Jess Kauffman, pastor of the Mennonite Church in Colorado Springs, officiating. Interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery.

Miller, Andy P., was born near Burton Station, Ohio, June 27, 1931; died March 4, 1954; aged 22 y. 8 m. 5 d. He was married to Emma Miller on Dec. 6, 1951. To this union was born one daughter (Ada Mae) who survives. His father and mother preceded him in death. He leaves 2 sisters (Katie-Mrs. Henry Schrock and Barbara-Mrs. Jonas N. Hershberger, both of Burton, Ohio), 6 brothers (Eli and Dan, Huntsburg, Ohio; Urie, Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Noah, Montville, Ohio; Christ, Middlefield, Ohio; and Robert, I-W worker at Cleveland City Hospital), a stepmother (Mrs. Eli Hershberger, Sugarcreek, Ohio), 5 stepbrothers (Raymond, Moses, and Joni Troyer, of Sugarcreek; John Troyer, Jamestown, Pa.; and Noah Troyer, I-W worker at Cleveland City Hospital), 7 stepsisters (Mrs. Levi Miller, Plain City, Ohio; Mrs. Owen Schlabach, of Sugarcreek; Mrs. Crhist Miller, Cassadaga, N. Y.; Mrs. Reuben Byler, and Nettie Troyer, both of Huntsburg, Ohio; Mrs. Milo Mullet and Mrs. Freeman Mullet, both of Mesopotamia, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends to mourn his sudden departure. He united with the O. O. Amish Church in his youth and transferred his membership to the Maple View Conservative Church on June 22, 1952, to which he was faithful until the Lord saw fit to take him yonder. Services at the church were conducted by Roman R. Miller and Noah D. Miller. Interment was made in the near-by cemetery.

Miller, Brenda Joy, infant daughter of Leonard and Reba (Kolb) Miller, West Chester, Pa., was born March 3, 1954; died a few hours after birth in the Phoenixville Hospital. Surviving besides her parents are her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kolb, Spring City, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Miller, Westover, Md.). Brief services were held at Nelson's Funeral Home with Matthew Kolb in charge. Interment was made in the Vincent Mennonite Cemetery.

Moyer, Emma R., daughter of the late Frederick and Lydia Smith, was born Nov. 26, 1870, in Bucks Co., Pa.; died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter in Souderton, Pa., Oct. 21, 1953; aged 82 y. 10 m. 25 d. Formerly of Blooming Glen, she resided with her daughter the last 3 years. She had been ill almost a year but was bedfast only a few days. Her husband, the late Abram M. Moyer, died in 1939. Besides her daughter, she is survived by 2 sons (Arnon S., Blooming Glen, Pa., and Harold S., Perkasie, Pa.), 14 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Two daughters also preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 25, 1953.

Stauffer, Adeline C., daughter of the late Abram R. and Elizabeth (Charles) Burkholder, was born March 25, 1875, in Manor Township, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Feb. 20, 1954, in the Lancaster General Hospital; aged 78 y. 10 m. 25 d. Just two days before her death she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and never regained consciousness. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a Sunday-school teacher for almost 50 years. In 1896, she graduated from the Millersville State Normal School and spent twenty years of her life teaching in public and parochial schools. Just four years ago she finished her last term in Zook's Amish Parochial School, East Lampeter Twp., Pa. On June 15, 1905, she was united in marriage to Isaiah S. Stauffer, who preceded her in death Feb. 28, 1938. She is survived by an only daughter (Hazel E. ­Mrs. Menno E. Miller, Millersville, Pa.), 2 grandchildren, a brother (Amos C., Upland, Calif.), and a sister (Mrs. Emma Groff, Willow Street, Pa.). On Feb. 25 funeral services were held at the Millersville Mennonite Church with Christian K. Lehman and Raymond Charles participating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Stuckey, Samuel, son of Peter C. and Anna (Short) Stuckey, was born July 7, 1871, at Stryker, Ohio; departed this life March 7, 1954; aged 82 y. 8 m. On May 4, 1897, he was united in marriage with Mary Ann Freyenberger. Together they shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 57 years. Into their home were born one son and 4 daughters. Preceding him in death were one daughter (Rosa Irene, who died at the age of two), 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers. His brother (Emmanuel) preceded him only four days. There are left to mourn his departure his wife, one son (Dennis, Wauseon, Ohio), 3 daughters (Minnie-Mrs. Elmer Grieser, and Lydia-Mrs. Eldon Rupp, both of Archbold; and Phoebe-Mrs. Cletus Schrock, Wauseon, Ohio), 21 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (Peter and Daniel, Stryker, Ohio; Aaron, of Wauseon; and Elmer, of Archbold), 5 sisters (Lizzie-Mrs. Wm. Nofziger, and Sarah-Mrs. Firmer Klinger, both of Archbold; Mary-Mrs. Joseph Miller, Louisville, Ohio; Malinda-Mrs. Daniel Short, West Unity, Ohio; and Leah-Mrs. Donald Stevens, of Wauseon), and many other relatives and friends. When a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member all the days of his life. For the last year, he and his wife made their home with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Grieser. The day before his death he stood by the casket of his departed brother (Emmanuel), little thinking that he was to follow so soon. The next morning he seemed to be even stronger than usual and enjoyed a hearty meal at noon, but only an hour and a half later the spirit took its flight due to coronary thrombosis. On March 10 services were held at the Central Mennonite Church, in charge of Henry Wyse and Simon Stuckey, with burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


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