Bare, Barbara Ann, daughter of Richard and Pauline (Wittmer) Bare, was born Jan. 11, 1949, at Williamsburg, Iowa; passed away Sept. 12, 1954, at the Ottumwa Hospital, Ottumwa, Iowa; aged 5 y. 8m. 1 d. She had been recovering satisfactorily from an attack of non-paralytic polio, when she was stricken with bulbar polio, which proved fatal. Her parents together with her brother (Billy), her twin sister (Bonnie), and baby brother (Bobby), survive her. She also leaves her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Bare and Mrs. Effie Wittmer Sharp), and many friends and relatives. Services were held at the Assembly of God Church in Farmington, Iowa and at the Crane Funeral Home at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, with Grover Senf, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, in charge. Interment was made in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The following poem, composed by Barbara Ann when she was four years old appeared in the "Beams of Light" the same Sunday she passed away.
Jesus is Shining in Me
By Barbara Ann Bare aged 4
Jesus is shining in my heart
He's shining all over me.
My face is shining.
My eyes are shining.
Jesus is shining in me.
Brubacher, Sharon Lucille, daughter of Abner S. and Marie (Ressor) Brubacher, was born April 20, 1953; died at her home in Elora, Ont., Sept. 16, 1954, following a short illness; aged 1 y. 4 m. 25 d. Surviving are her parents, baby sister, and grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. George Brubacher and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ressor). Funeral services were held in West Montrose Mennonite Church in charge of Noah Martin, Amsey Martin, and Ira Brubacher. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Gascho, Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary (Birkey) Gascho, was born near Glanaga, Ill., Feb. 11, 1871; passed away at his home in Cairo, Nebr., Aug. 22, 1954; aged 83 y. 6 m. 11 d. He had been in failing health cause mainly by hardening of the arteries, for over two years and was confined to his home the last three months. He was married to Jacobina Roth, in 1898. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 5 daughters. His wife preceded him in death in 1945. Three daughters also preceded him (Mrs. Mary Roth in 1930 and Mrs. Anna Jantzi and Mrs. Minnie Beckler in 1935). His parents, 3 sisters, 4 brothers and 3 grandchildren also preceded him. Surviving are 2 sons (Alvin and Harry, both of Wood River, Nebr.), 2 daughters (Ida and Katie, at home), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Stutzman and Mrs. Lydia Hershberger, both of Corry, Pa.), 2 brothers (Ben and Chris both of Milford, Nebr.), 21 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church at Milford. Later he and his wife transferred their membership to the newly organized Wood River Mennonite Church where he willingly lent a helping hand in erecting the building and establishing the congregation. Funeral services were held at the Wood River Church by W. R. Eicher and Sam Oswald. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Honsaker, Ione, widow of Leslie C. Honsaker, and daughter of Thomas and Malinda Breakiron, was born at Masontown, Pa., Feb. 14, 1876; passed away at the home of a daughter Mrs. Clair J. Smith, of Irvington on Hudson, N. Y., on Sept. 11, 1954; aged 78 y. 6 m. 27 d. She was married to Leslie C. Honsaker on Aug. 12, 1897, at Masontown, Pa. Later they moved to Elkhart, Ind., and in 1903 they moved to Martinsburg Mennonite Church. She leaves four children (Clifford, Inwood, W. Va.; J. L., of Schenectady, N. Y.; Mrs. Gladys Smith, Irvington, N. Y. and Mrs. Mabel Weitzel, Martinsburg, Pa.). One daughter died in infancy. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by D. I. Stonerook, C. A. Graybill, and Clyde Fulmer at the Martinsburg Church.
Kaufman, Joseph, was born near Sterling, Ohio, March 6, 1868; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lyle Rouch, Wooster, Ohio; Aug. 24, 1954; aged 86 y.5 m. 18 d. In his earlier years he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Oak Grove and Pleasant Hill congregation. In 1893 he was united in marriage to Nettie Roher. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. In December, 1923, his companion passed away. Five years later, Dec. 24, 1928, he was married to Anna Miller Krabill, of Louisville, Ohio. He then moved to the Louisville area and transferred his church membership to the Beech Mennonite congregation, where he held membership until his death. His second companion passed away in Feb., 1951. For some time his health has been failing and about ten days prior to this death he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Death was due to complications. Two sons (William and Harry) also preceded him in death. Surviving are 2 daughters (Emma-Mrs. Lyle Rouch, and Mrs. Mildred Eikleberry, of Wooster), 2 sons (Howard E., Creston, Ohio, and Leonard L., Wooster), one brother (Jacob, of Rittman, Ohio), 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church by William Detweiler and O. N. Johns. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Rupp, Enos, son of Jacob F. and Mary (Short) Rupp, was born Dec. 29, 1877; died Sept. 14, 1954; aged 76 y. 8m. 15 d. His entire life was spent in the vicinity of Archbold, Ohio. After his death of his parents, he made his home with his brother Henry, and the latter days of his life were spent in the home of his sister, Mrs. N. J. Wyse, where he was cared for until his death. He was of a family of 11 children and is survived by 7 of them. (Henry H., Pettisville, Ohio; Lydia Schmucker, Elmira, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Wyse, Archbold; Harmon H., Alvordton, Ohio; Mrs. Fannie Severson, Rockford, Ill.; Dr. Jacob, Detroit Mich., and Adam, Hollywood, Calif.). He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers (Samuel and Simon), and one sister (Mrs. Rosa Beck). In early manhood he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at Central Mennonite Church were in charge of P. L Frey, Henry Wyse, and P. R. Lantz.
Sauder, Amos, Sr., son of Martin and Barbara (Burkhart) Sauder, was born Nov. 9, 1875; passed to his eternal reward Aug. 21, 1954, at the home near Akron, Pa., following a heart attack; aged 78 y. 9 m. 12 d. On Nov. 17, 1904, he was united in marriage to Anna Hoover, who preceded him 38 years ago. On Sept. 2, 1920, he was united in marriage to Barbara Zimmerman, who also preceded him in death four years ago. He served as deacon at Metzler's Church for 23 years. He is survived by the following children (Barbara-Mrs. John B. High, Ephrata, Pa.; Esther Sauder, and Minnie-Mrs. Elmer Weaver, both of Akron; Elizabeth-Mrs. Elmer Ebersole, Myerstown, Pa.; Anna-Mrs.. Jonas Groff, Amos, Jr., and Daniel, all of Ephrata). Also surviving are 30 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Lizzie Sauder, Ephrata). Funeral services were held at the Metzler's Mennonite Church on Aug. 24 with Paul Wenger, Eli Sauder, and John Martin officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Troyer, Janice Sue, infant daughter of Wilmer and Vivian (Eberly) Troyer, was born July 14, 1954; died July 15, 1954. Besides her parents she is survived by her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Troyer, Sr., Wellman, Iowa, and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Eberly, Dalton, Ohio). Graveside services were held July 15 at Wellman Mennonite Cemetery conducted by Max Yoder.
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Byler, Oliver Raymond, oldest son of Christian and Sadie (Zook) Byler, was born near Newton, Kans., April 14, 1889; passed away at his home at West Liberty, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1954, after an illness of almost two years; aged 65 y. 5 m. 6 d. At the age of 12 he united with the Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Ohio, where he served faithfully as Sunday-school teacher, superintendent, trustee, and chorister at various times for many years. His main concern was that he might serve his Lord and help others to find the blessing of living for Him. On Sept. 21, 1913, he was united in marriage to Rose A. Stoltzfus, who preceded him in death, Jan. 20, 1933. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 2 daughters. He was married to Martha A. Detweiler on Feb. 14, 1935. This union was blest with two sons. A brother (John) and one son (Richard) preceded him in death. Remaining are his wife (Martha), 4 brothers (Mark and Paul, West Liberty, Ohio; Earl, Smithville, Ohio; and Milford, Spartanburg, Pa.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Henry Mosher, Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Mrs. Stephen Hostetler, West Liberty, Ohio; Mrs. Chauncey Kauffman, Serving in Germany; and Mrs. John Algyer, Plain City, Ohio), 9 children (Floyd, Sarasota, Fla.; Frank, Trenque Lanquen, Argentina; Roy and Roth, West Liberty, Ohio; Mary-Mrs. Jonas Classen, Weiler, France; Arthur, Philadelphia, Pa.; Robert, Columbus, Ohio; and Elmore and Ellsworth, at home), and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at the Bethel Mennonite Church in charge of Edward Stoltzfus and Loren King. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Holmes, Anna, affectionately known as "Grandma" to her many friends and relatives was born Nov. 7, 1865 in Higgsby, Mo. In 1900 she moved to Kansas City where she lived most of her remaining years. She was the mother of 10 children-only 3 survive her. In her youth she came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as her Saviour. In late years she has enjoyed fellowship in the Mennonite Church of which she was a member. Two years ago she took up residence in Sunset Home for the Aged in Geneva, Nebr. Here she enjoyed the fellowship of those her age and the kindly ministrations of the Home until 3 weeks ago when, because of declining health she was returned to Kansas City, where she passed away Sept. 21, 1954; aged 88 y. 10 m. 14 d. She is survived by 2 sons (Charles Frazier, Kansas City, Kans.; and Elmer Holmes, Portland, Oreg.), one daughter (Mrs. May Payseno, Morehead, Minn.), and many grandchildren other relatives and friends. Services were in charge of Frank B. Raber at the Mennonite Gospel Center where she held her membership. Interment was made in the Mt. Washington Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.
Moyer, Horace C., son of Abraham and Mary (Clemens) Moyer, was born Jan. 7, 1867; died July 19, 1954, at his late home in Vernfield, Pa.; aged 87 y. 6 m. 12 d. He had been in failing health for some time and bedfast for several weeks. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers (his twin brother Morris having died in 1937.). Funeral services were conducted in the Franconia Mennonite Church of which congregation he was a member, with the home ministers, Menno Souder and Elwood Derstine officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Oyer, Daniel S., the second son of John P. and Mary Oyer, was born Dec. 5, 1882, in Livingston County, Ill.; passed away Sept. 14, 1954; aged 71 y. 9 m. 10 d. When he was three years old the family moved to Woodford County, Ill., where he grew to manhood. From early childhood he attended the Metamora and Roanoke Mennonite churches. In 1899 he was baptized by Bishop Andrew Schrock and received into the fellowship of the Metamora Mennonite Church. In the fall of 1905 he went to Chicago, where he worked for several years and helped in the city mission work which was just beginning there. On Aug. 5, 1909, he married Francis R. Zook. The following spring and they moved to Middlebury, Ind., and a year later to northern Michigan. After several years they moved back to Illinois and from there to a farm near Ashley, Mich., in 1919, where they became charter members of the Bethel Mennonite Church. On May 28, 1923, he was ordained deacon for this church. On Nov. 3, 1927, his wife passed away. On Aug. 18, 1929, he was married to Phoebe A. Zook. At this time he was a rural mail carrier out of Ashley, Mich. In 1932 he was transferred to Howell, Mich., where the family lived until 1943. On Oct. 4, 1942, he was ordained bishop in his home church and the following spring moved back again into the community. He is survived by his wife (Phoebe), a daughter (Lois-Mrs. Carl Yoder, St. Johns, Mich.), and a son (John Paul, Columbiana, Ohio). Funeral services were conducted by John M. Landis and Ezra Beachy at the Bethel Mennonite Church. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Price, Jasper, son of John and Mary (Denton) Price, was born May 18, 1885, at Harrisonburg, Va.; passed away at his home near North Lima, Ohio, after a heart ailment of about a year; aged 69 y. 4m. 5 d. He lived in this community nearly all of his adult life and was a member of the North Lima Mennonite Church. His first wife, Maude Shank, whom he married in 1908, preceded him in death in 1950. On May 24, 1952, he married Kate Hasness. Besides his second wife, he leaves a son (Paul, Columbiana, Ohio), 3 daughters (Mrs. Ernest Kempfer and Mrs. Sylvester Martig, both of Salem, Ohio, and Mrs. Robert Mikesell, New Springfield, Ohio), a sister (Mrs. Alpheus Martin, New Middleton, Ohio ), 2 brothers (Clifford, Petersburg, Ohio, and Arthur, Columbus Grove, Ohio), 12 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Fry Funeral Home by David Steiner, assisted by D. J. Zechiel. Interment was made in the Midway Cemetery.
Record, Henry, son of John and Emeline Record, was born Aug. 28, 1882; departed this life Sept. 19, 1954, at the Joslin Hospital, Harper, Kans.; aged 72 y. 22 d. He comes from a family of 3 brothers and 3 sisters. On Aug. 17, 1921, he was united in marriage to Florence E. Oliver. They lived in Crystal Springs, Kans., for the past two and one-half years. Surviving are his wife, one brother (Elmo), and one sister (Myrtle Downard, Monan, Ind.). Funeral services were held at the Harper Mortuary on Sept. 21, with D. Lowell Nissley officiating. Interment was made in the Crystal Springs Cemetery.
Stoner, Isaac H., son of Katie and the late Rohrer Stoner, was born Aug. 13, 1902, near Mt. Joy, Pa.; died at his home at Mt. Joy, Pa., Sept. 12, 1954; aged 52 y. 29 d. He is survived by his mother, one brother, and 4 sisters (Ella-Mrs. Frank G. Weidman, Ada-Mrs. Amos L. Hess, Christian, Esther, and Catharine, all of Mt. Joy, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted by Henry Lutz and Henry Frank at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, with burial at Kraybill's Cemetery.
Stull, David A., son of D. D. and Veronica (Martz) Stull, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Aug. 19, 1869; died at his home in Scottdale, Pa., Aug. 27, 1954, after a brief illness; aged 83 y. 8 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Shetler Stull, the following children (Ira J., Mary M., Anna, Minnie, and Albert W., all of Scottdale; Mrs. C.B. Goughnour, Munday's Corner, Pa.; Elmer J., Elton, Pa.; Mrs. Emma Leidy, Conemaugh, Pa., and David C. Ebensburg, Pa.), 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Christina Marsh and Mrs. Martha Worthington, Johnstown, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Kapr Funeral Home, Scottdale, Aug. 28, in charge of John L. Horst and A. J. Metzler, and at the Geisel Funeral Home, Johnstown, Pa., Aug. 30, in charge of John L. Horst, Harry Shetler, and Eli Miller. Interment was made in the Richland Cemetery.
Stull, Mary, wife of the late David A. Stull, and daughter of Christian and Polly (Harshbarger) Shetler, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., March 26, 1869; died at her home in Scottdale, Pa., Sept. 20, 1954; aged 85 y. 5 m. 25 d. Her husband preceded her in death 24 days. One son (Noah C.) also preceded her. Surviving are the following children (Ira J., Mary M., Anna, Minnie, Albert W., all of Scottdale; Mrs. C. B. Goughnour of Mundy's Corner, Pa.; Elmer J., of Elton, Pa.; Mrs. Emma Leidy of Conesmaugh, Pa.; and David Clarence of Ebensburg, Pa.), 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. John F. Harshberger, Scottdale, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Kapr Funeral Home, Scottdale, Sept. 21, in charge of A. J. Metzler and John L. Horst, and at the Geisel Funeral Home, Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 23 with L. S. Weber and Eli Miller in charge. Interment was made in the Richland Cemetery.
Weaver, Eli J., son of Joe B. and Anna (Weaver) Weaver, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 19, 1891; passed away at his home on Sept. 18, 1954, following a stroke; aged 63 y. 2 m. 30 d. He was sick only 24 hours. He accepted Christ as Saviour when a young man and united with the Martins Creek Mennonite Church of which he was a member oat his death. On Dec. 18, 1915, he was married to Mary Ann Hershberger, who survives him. Also surviving are 9 children (Ralph E., Grace-Mrs. Dean Gerber, Millersburg, Ohio; Anna, of the home; Lela-Mrs. H. Jay Wengerd, Millersbugr; Mabel-Mrs. Clayton Miller, Benton, Ohio; Joan-Mrs. Kenneth Showalter; Joe J;) 20 grandchildren, 5 sisters (Mary-Mrs. Steve S. Miller, Susan-Mrs. Yost Miller, Sarah-Mrs. Eli A. Miller, Emma-Mrs. Calvin Miller, and Martha-Mrs. Reuben Leidig, Millersburg), and one brother (Roman, Millersburg). The funeral services were conducted at the Martins Creek Mennonite Church, Sept. 21, by Warren Miller, D. D. Miller, and S. W. Sommer.
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Allebach, Leahanna, daughter of the late Jacob and Eliza (Cassel) Clemens , was born May 6, 1876, near Harleysville, Pa.; passed away at the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., Sept. 25, 1954; aged 78 y. 4 m. 19 d. On Feb. 13, 1897, she was joined in marriage to David K. Allebach of Hatfield, Pa., who preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 1951. On March 27, 1898, she united with the Plain Mennonite Church, Lansdale, Pa., of which she was a faithful member until death. In her earlier life she was active as a teacher in Sunday school and in sewing circle work. During the past two years she suffered numerous strokes and gradually became weaker, but always remained cheerful as she awaited her departure. She is survived by 3 brothers (Jacob C. Lansdale, Pa.; John C., Sarasota, Fla., and Norman C. Mainland, Pa.), and one sister (Edna - Mrs. Clayton Schlosser, Lederach, Pa.), one foster daughter (Anna - Mrs. Melvin Landis, Hatfield, Pa.) and 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Eastern Mennonite Home on the evening of Sept. 28 by Marvin M. Anders and in the Plain Mennonite Church on Sept. 29 by John E. Lapp, Wayne Kratz, and Paul R. Clemens. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Blough, stillborn son of Boyd and Betty (Eash) Blough, born Sept. 6, 1954, at the Raymond Hospital, Johnstown, Pa. He is survived by his parents, three brothers, one sister, grandparents, and maternal great-grandmother. Graveside services were conducted at the Blough Mennonite Cemetery with John A. Lehman and Harry C. Blough in charge.
Groff, Mary Ann, (nee Snider), last surviving member of her family, was born Feb. 23, 1861; died Sept. 24, 1954; aged 93 y. 7 m. 1 d. She was married to Isreal Groff who predeceased her in 1938. They had no family. After their marriage, they farmed near Alma, Ont., for a number of years and then retired to Elmira, Ont. She had been a faithful member of the Elmira Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the church on Sept. 26 by Oliver D. Snider and Howard S. Bauman. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Henderson, James H., was born at Jasper, Ark., Dec. 10, 1877; passed away Sept. 18, 1954; aged 76 y. 9 m. 8 d. His first association with the Mennonite Church was through home visitation, and he was especially touched at the time of revival meetings under Joe H. Yoder at the Advance Schoolhouse, Advance Ark., in July, 1951. His growth in Christ was very gradual but seemed clear and satisfactory. He testified of his faith in Christ, and appreciated Bible reading and prayer. Since his marriage to Sarah Franks on Oct. 4, 1900, they continued to live in the Lone Rock community. Surviving are his wife, 4 sons (James E., Norfolk, Ark.; Carbie, Campbell, Mo.; Boyce and R. L. of Lone Rock), 3 daughters (Mrs. Maymie Wooten, Hayti, Mo.; Mrs. Mary Haug, Cherokee, Iowa, and Mrs. Geneva Lenin, Orofino, Idaho), 2 half brothers, one half sister, 20 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services, in charge of Frank Horst and Clifford Strubhar, were held in Lone Rock schoolhouse and burial was in the cemetery nearby.
Honsaker, Lucian S., son of the late John and Sarah (Longanecker) Honsaker, was born in Fayette Co., near Masontown, Pa., May 4, 1870; died in the Uniontown Hospital Sept. 29, 1954, aged 84 y. 4 m. 25 d. He was predeceased by his wife (Etta Johnson Honsaker) in May, 1930. He is survived by one son (Clarence, at home), 2 brothers (Charles of Masontown and Ray of Martinsburg), 2 sisters (Margaret Metzler and Elizabeth Baumgartner of Martinsburg). His quiet testimony for the Lord will be missed in the Masontown congregation, where he was a member for the past 67 years. Funeral services were conducted in the Masontown Mennonite Church in charge of Paul M. Roth. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Jantzi, Christian O., son of Daniel and Lena (Oesch) Jantzi, was born at Wellesley, Ont., Canada, Dec. 29, 1877; died of cancer July 17, 1954, at his home near Lowville, N.Y.; aged 76 y. 6 m. 16 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and remained a faithful member to the end. On Oct. 20, 1904, he was united in marriage to Annie Kennel at O'Neill, Nebr. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, one daughter (Mrs. Marie Nafziger, Lowville, N.Y.), 4 sons (Dan of Alma, Ont.; Marvin of Medina, N.Y.; Vernon and Emory both of Lowville), 3 brothers (Moses and John of Baden, Ont.; Dan of Vulcan, Atla.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Rachel Nafziger, Mannville, Alta.; Mrs. Matilda Holst and Mrs. Mattie Bender both of Baden Ont.), 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. His parents, 2 brothers, one sister, and one infant son preceded him. Funeral services were held in the Crogan A. M. Church July 19 in charge of Leon Martin and Lloyd Boshart. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller, Ada, daughter of Jacob D. and Sarah Brenneman, was born near Elida, Ohio, on Oct. 28, 1880; passed away Aug. 21, 1954; aged 73 y. 9 m. 23 d. On July 18, 1910, she was united in marriage to Mose D. Miller, Kalona, Iowa, who survives. One brother (Samuel) and 2 sisters (Elizabeth and Anna) preceded her. Surviving are one sister and one brother (Mrs. Effie Heatwole and Jacob A. Brenneman, both of Elida, Ohio). She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member throughout life. Funeral services were held at the Pike Church, Elida, Ohio, Aug. 24, in charge of Paul Smith and Harold Good, assisted by D. J. Fisher. Interment was made in Salem Cemetery.
Nofziger, Daniel, son of the late C. G. and Rebecca (Stutzman) Nofziger, was born Feb. 19, 1893, at Stuttgart, Ark.; departed this life very suddenly Sept. 15, 1954, in an airplane accident while he and a son were on their way home from an aunt's funeral in California; aged 61 y. 6 m. 27 d. When about 9 years of age, he moved to Nampa, Idaho, with his parents, and in 1909 they moved to Albany, Oreg. He accepted Christ in his youth, and was a faithful member of the Fairview Mennonite Church until his death. He will long be remembered for his interest in many church activities. On March 1, 1914, he was united in marriage to Lydia Erb, who survives. To this union were born 9 children, all surviving, (Ida Belle - Mrs. Clarence Mullet, Esther - Mrs. Sam King, Virgil, Morris, Alfred, Verl, Ina - Mrs. Orie Roth, Leo, Ruth-Mrs. Ray Wittrig), 27 grandchildren, 4 brothers, (Sam and Elvin, both of Albany; Ernest, Torrance, Calif., and Victor, Tangent, Oreg.), 2 sisters (Emma - Mrs. Martin Gerig, and Martha - Mrs. Martha Souder, both of Lebanon, Oreg.), one uncle (Dan Nofziger, Archbold, Ohio), and a host of relatives and friends. This home was richly blessed in the 40 years of married life and only once previously did God see fit to break the family circle in the death of a grandchild in infancy. Funeral services were held Sept. 20 at the Fairview Mennonite Church in charge of N. M. Birky and Henry Gerig. Interment was made in the Lebanon IOOF Cemetery.
Ropp, Annie, daughter of Christian and Magdalena (Wittrig) Roth, was born near Noble, Iowa, Feb. 6, 1871; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elias D. Gnagey, Pigeon, Mich., Sept. 16, 1954; aged 83 y. 7 m. 10 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. On Dec. 18, 1889, she was married to Christian L. Ropp in Thurman, Colo. To this union were born 8 daughters and 4 sons. Two sons and one daughter died in infancy, and one daughter at the age of 15. Surviving are the 2 sons (Joseph and Arthur, of Midland, Mich.), 6 daughters (Salvina - Mrs. Ray Wyse, and Mable Ropp, both of Midland; Malinda - Mrs. S. V. Schrock of Wauseon, Ohio; Mary - Mrs. Allen Slagel of Ithaca, Mich.; Amanda - Mrs. Elias D. Gnagey, and Sadie - Mrs. Ben Beachy, both of Pigeon), also 37 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was the oldest of a family of 13, and 4 sisters and 2 brothers survive her (Barbara - Mrs. Simon Augustine, Mary - Mrs. Joe Schrock, Mattie - Mrs. Aaron Eichelberger, Dan, William, and Elizabeth - Mrs. Samuel Stauffer). Funeral services were held at Pigeon River Church, Sept. 19, with Jesse Yoder and Emanuel Swartzendruber in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Stalter, Emma Eda, daughter of the late John L. and Barbara (Roth) Stauffer, was born Sept. 11, 1886, near Milford, Nebr.; passed away Sept. 27, 1954, in her home at Tofield, Alta.; aged 68 y. 16 d. Death came as a result of a heart condition from which she suffered for several years. She was converted in early life, joining the Mennonite Church, and remaining a faithful member and a consistent Christian to the end. On Feb. 5, 1907, she was united in marriage to Simon Statler of Chenoa, Ill. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters. Two sons (Chester and Sterling) and 2 grandchildren preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, one son (Daniel of West Unity, Ohio), 6 daughters (Barbara - Mrs. Menno Wideman; Lily - Mrs. Loyal Kauffman; Viola - Mrs. Harold Boettger; Clista - Mrs. Norman Weber; Alma - Mrs. Willard Burkholder, all of Tofield, and Doris - Mrs. Paul Burkholder, Bluesky, Alta.), 25 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters (Barbara - Mrs. Jake Yoder, Tavistock, Ont.; Annie - Mrs. Elmer Maurer, and Millie - Mrs. Ezra Yoder, both of Tofield; Ida - Mrs. Jake King, Woodburn, Oreg.), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were in charge of M. D. Stutzman and J. B. Stauffer. Interment was made in the cemetery nearby.
Stauffer, Pete, son of Jacob and Bertha (Wenger) Stauffer, was born July 7, 1918, near Wayland, Iowa, and grew to manhood in the same community. At the age of 15 he was converted and received into the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland, Iowa, where he was a member at the time of his death. On Dec. 28, 1944, he was united in marriage with Florence Steckley. They have three children (JoAnn, Daniel, and Jerry). He did not seem to be well, and on Sept. 22, was taken to the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, for observation and treatment. His condition was pronounced critical from the beginning and he soon lapsed into unconsciousness and passed away Sept. 29, 1954; aged 36 y. 2 m. 22 d. Besides his wife and 3 children, he leaves 9 brothers (Ward, Brighton, Iowa; Joe, Chris, Allen, John, Ervin, and Edwin, all of Wayland, Iowa; Eugene, Okemos, Mich., and Jacob, Chicago, Ill.), one sister (Rosie - Mrs. I. A. Swanson, Hanna City, Ill.), and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church on Oct. 1 with Simon Gingerich and Vernon Gerig in charge. His brother Jacob, a student at Moody Bible Institute, read II Cor. 5:1-15. The body was laid to rest in the Methodist cemetery in Wayland by the side of his deceased parents.
Yoder, Paul Sanford, son of Wesley and Adda (Layman) Yoder, was born in Somerset Co., near Hollsopple, Pa., Feb. 21, 1918; died Sept. 2, 1954, at City Hospital in Baltimore, Md., as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident; aged 36 y. 6 m. 12 d. He was married to Hazel Carnet on Jam. 18, 1943. He is survived by his widow and two children (Wanda and Paul Sanford). He is also survived by his parents and the following brothers (Kermit, of Thomas Mills, Pa., Kenneth and Merle, both of Hollsopple.) He was preceded in death by one child about ten years ago. He has resided at Baltimore for the past fourteen years. He united with the Blough Mennonite Church in his youth. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 6 at the Blough Church with John A. Lehman, Harry C. Bough, and Sanford G. Shetler in charge. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Zook, James, son of David and Nancy (Kauffman) Zook, was born May 3, 1892, in Lawrence Co., Pa., and died very suddenly of a heart attack on Sept. 13, 1954, at the home of his son near Ellwood City, Pa., where he lived for the past year; aged 62 y. 4 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage with Mary Ellen Hartzler who preceded in death 11 years ago. One son (James) also preceded him in death. Surviving are 6 children (Harvey, New Wilmington, Pa.; Jessie and Ira of Grove City, Pa.; Mrs. Nancy Pauline Stevenson, New Castle, Pa.; Clarence and Harold of Ellwood City). He also leaves 2 brothers (Harvey of New Wilmington and Lewis of Sharpsville, Pa.), and six grandchildren. As a youth he united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church where he continued to be a member until death. Funeral services were held at the church Sept. 16 with James Steiner, Enoch Zook, and Roy Kauffman in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by: Debbie Flanagan, Florida
Ebersole, Glenn Eugene, oldest son of David M. and Alice (Huber) Ebersole, was born June 27, 1949, went to be with Jesus Sept. 20, 1954, aged 5 y. 2 m. 23 d. Monday afternoon Glenn went with his daddy to the field to do a little work, when Glenn was suddenly jolted from the tractor, the rear wheel running over him. Glenn never knew what happened. He often asked questions about Jesus and heaven, never realizing he would so soon be there. Besides his parents he is survived by a brother (Marlin) and a sister (Mary Alice), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Ebersole, Elizabethtown, Pa., and Mr. Amos H. Huber, Manheim, Pa.), also two great-grandfathers (Mr. Amos Ebersole, Bainbridge, Pa., and Mr. Albert Stoner, Bainbridge, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at Goods Mennonite Church Sept. 23, conducted by Clarence Lutz, and Frank Garman. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Harris, Martha, daughter of David D. and Nancy (Livingood) Mast, was born June 24, 1868; died June 14, 1954, at the home of her daughter in Grad Ledge, Mich. Had she lived 9 more days she would have been 86 years old. On Dec. 18, 1888, she was united in marriage to Israel Harris, who preceded her in death March 29, 1935. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. The two sons (Oliver and Earl Benjamin) died quite young. The 5 surviving daughters are (Mrs. Elmer Weir, Grand Ledge, Mich.; Mrs. Henry Nelson, Cadillac, Mich.; Mrs. Arthur Frost, Saginaw, Mich.; Mrs. Everett Sharp, Flint, Mich.; and Mrs. Charles Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich.). She is survived also by 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Sadie Kendall, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Anna Kendall of Detroit, Mich.), and one brother (Abe Mast of Eureka, Ill.), besides many other relatives and friends. She and her husband transferred their church membership to the Bowne Mennonite Church, Clarksville, Mich., March 29, 1914, and here she held her membership at the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the Bowne Church June 18 by T. E. Schrock and David Zook with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Knopp, Ezra S., son of Jonas and Sara (Hisey) Knopp, was born near Salem, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1891; passed away at his home after a lingering illness, Aug. 27, 1954; aged 63 y. 18 d. On Dec. 21, 1916, he was united in marriage to Susie Horst, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons and 4 daughters (David, East Palestine, Ohio; John, on the home farm; Ida, Emma, Mabel, at home; Esther-Mrs. Henry Horst, West Salem, Ohio), 8 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Clayton Rohrer, Wadsworth, Ohio and Mary-Mrs. Israel Snyder, Salem, Ohio). An infant son, his parents, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Columbiana, where funeral services were conducted by David Weaver, Carl Good and Abram Good. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Lint, Eliza, daughter of the late Christian and Nancy (Lehman) Keim, was born in Jenner Twp., Feb. 13, 1865; died at the home of her son (John) Aug. 26, 1954; aged 89 y. 6 m. 13 d. She was the last of a large family. She was married to Hiram Lint on Aug. 3, 1884. To this union were born 7 children, only two surviving (John M., of Hollsopple, Pa., and Elmer C., Johnstown, Pa.). Preceding her in death were her husband on May 23, 1933, 5 children (3 of whom died in one week in February, 1893; another in December of the same year, and another eight years late), one great-grandchild, and 10 brothers and sisters. Besides her 2 sons she is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She united with the Blough Mennonite Church many years ago, and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 28 at the Blough church, with Harry C. Blough and John A. Lehman in charge. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Martin, Barbara E., daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Blosser) Stauffer, was born Jan. 24, 1876; near New Springfield, Ohio; passed away Oct. 6, 1954, of a cerebral hemorrhage at the home of her daughter in North Lima, Ohio; aged 78y. 8 m. 12 d. Most of her life was spent in this community, but because of ill health, she with her husband spent a number of years in the west. Her husband died in Arizona in 1948. She was a member of the North Lima Mennonite Church and was always faithful in attending when health permitted. In 1898 she was married to Alfred H. Martin. To this union were born one daughter and 3 sons (Gladys-Mrs. Daniel Conrad, North Lima, Ohio; Paul E., Youngstown, Ohio, Dale A., Hubbard, Oreg.; and Clifford, Chino, Calif.). Also surviving are one sister (Mrs. Annie Lipply, North Lima, Ohio), 9 grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Funeral services were held at the North Lima Mennonite Church by David C. Steiner. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller, Martha, daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Hollar) Lesher, was born near Williamson, Pa., on Oct. 17, 1877; passed away at her home in Williamson on Sept. 12, 1954; aged 76 y. 10 m. 26 d. Though she had been in ill health for a number of years, she seemed better in the recent weeks and so her death was unexpected even by those who were close to her. She had been a faithful member of the Williamson Mennonite Church since she was received into fellowship in 1916. She is survived by her husband, Newton, Miller, and 4 brothers and sisters (Mrs. Charles Fields of Chambersburg, Pa., David Lesher, of Lemasters, Pa., Abram Lesher, of Green Village, Pa., and Mrs. Jacob Picking of Williamson), and number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Williamson Mennonite Church in charge of J. Irvin Lehman, Harvey E. Shank, and Mahlon D. Eshleman. Interment in the St. Thomas Cemetery.
Moyer, Clarence H., son of Cora (Hottensten) and the late Phares R. Moyer, was born March 31, 1906, near Manheim, Pa.; departed from this life quite suddenly on Sept. 20, 1954; aged 48 y. 5 m. 20 d. He was killed in an accident on his farm, when the tractor which he was operating went over an embankment and upset; pinning him under the sear. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Hernley's Mennonite Church, where he took an active interest in church and Sunday-school work, and was a faithful member until the Lord called him home. Oct. 4, 1925, he was united in marriage to Jennie Rohrer. He is survived by his companion, and three children (D. Clyde, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Anna Ruth-Mrs. J. Delmar Ebersole, Thomasville, Pa.; J. Kenneth, Manheim, Pa.; Mary Jane and Clarence, Jr., at home), also 5 grandchildren, and three brothers and sister (Raymond H., Norman, H., Edna-Mrs. David Boll; Lloyde H., Phares Jr., and Arthur H., all of Manheim). Funeral services were held at the Hernley Mennonite meetinghouse in charge of Homer Bomberger, Abram Risser, and Clyde Metzler. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Selzer, Lorena Alice, wife of Edward Selzer, daughter of John and Mary Neuschwanger, was born in Osborne Co., Kans., on Sept. 12, 1896; departed this life at Bethesda Hospital, Goessel, Kans., Oct. 5, 1954; aged 58 y. 23 d., as a result of a heart ailment. On Sept. 16, 1914, she was united in marriage to Edward Selzer. They made their home on the home farm until the time of her death. To this union were born 4 children (Wilbur, Canton, Kans.; Elsie, Saginaw, Mich.; Alice, at home, and Merle, Canton, Kans.). She united with the Spring Valley Mennonite Church in 1915 and was always a faithful member. Her husband was ordained to the ministry on June 2, 1935, and she loyally stood by him during his ministry. To mourn her sudden departure are her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters (John, Centralia, Wash.; Dave, Eckley, Colo.; James E., Boulder, Colo.; Mary-Mrs. Charley Peterson, Burlington, Colo.; Ella Mrs. Cyrus Peterson, Bennett, Colo.; Ross-Mrs. Raymond May, Charlevoix, Mich.), one aunt (Fanny Bowen, Eckley, Colo.) and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held at the Spring Valley Mennonite Church on Oct. 8, in charge of Charles Diener and Harry A. Diener. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Shirk, Emma, daughter of the late John A. and Sallie (Gehman) Good, was born Jan. 29, 1868, near Adamstown, Pa., died Sept. 26, 1954, in Bowmansville, Pa., after a long illness; aged 86 y. 8 m. 6 d. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at Bowmansville, Pa., in her youth and remained faithful to the end. On Nov. 6, 1890, she was married to Abraham Shirk. Surviving are her husband, 5 sons and daughters (Sallie, at home, Alice-Mrs. William Weber, and Wayne, all of Bowmansville; David, near Adamstown, and Mary-Mrs. Amos Burkhart of Groffdale, Pa.), 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and one brother (Mary Ann Burkhart, East Earl, Pa., Sallie Musser, and Milton Good, both of Bowmansville, Pa.). One son (James) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church in charge of Howard Good and Moses Gehman. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Stoltzfus, George Blank, was born March 27, 1909, was called home July 10, 1954. He died very suddenly of a heart attack; aged 45 y. 3 m. 13 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of eleven, and united with the Millwood congregation. Later when the mission began at Coatesville, he attended this place of worship. His first responsibilities were as secretary and teacher, and on May 14, 1947, he was ordained as minister and pastor of this congregation, which place he faithfully filled until death. On Nov. 26, 1931, he was united in marriage to Meriam Hertzler. To this union were born 7 children (Mildred, Laura, Anna Meriam, Loretta, George Jr., Clyde and Eileen, all at home). His father (Amos, Sr.) and brother (Amos, Jr.), a sister (Ruth), also survive. A brother (Joseph) and sister (Olive), and his mother preceded him in death. Funeral services held July 14, 1954, at the Millwood Church, Gap, Pa., were conducted by John A. Kennel, John E. Kennel, Elmer D. Leaman, and LeRoy Stoltzfus. Several other brethren spoke briefly of experiences associated with Bro. Stoltzfus's life. Interment was made in the Millwood Cemetery.
Yoder, Lizzie, the daughter of Jacob J. and Barbara (Miller) Yoder, was born in Lagrange County on Oct. 29, 1872, passed away at Lagrange County Hospital, on Sept. 30, 1954, of an asthmatic heart; aged 81 y. 11 m. 1 d. On March 11, 1893, she was united in marriage to Samuel P. Hostetler, who passed away July 25, 1921. To this union were born 2 children (Orla Oliver Hostetler, and Velma Mae-Mrs. Ora Hooley, both of Shipshewana, Ind.), also 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. On Nov. 22, 1924, she was united in marriage to Menno D. Frey, who passed away in February, 1935. In January, 1937, she was united in marriage to Menno J. Yoder, of Topeka, Ind., who survives her with the son and daughter, 9 stepchildren, and 16 step grandchildren. She became a Christian in her youth and at the time of her death was a member of the Emma Mennonite Church. Services at the Emma Mennonite Church Oct. 2, in charge of O. S. Hostetler, Amos Hostetler, and Percy Miller.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.