Bergey, --- Infant, stillborn daughter of Clyde and Helen (Dickerson) Bergey, Fentress, Va., was born June 8, 1955. A graveside service was held in the cemetery at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church conducted by Amos D. Wenger.
Cassel, -- Elizabeth H., (Moyer), widow of the late Charles S. Cassel, was born Aug. 27, 1862 in Blooming Glen, Pa.; passed away May 2, 1955; aged 92 y. 8 m. 5 d. She lived for some years at the Eastern Mennonite Home in Souderton, and it was at that place that she died after a brief illness. She is survived by 4 daughters, 3 sons, 24 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren. Three sons preceded her in death. Her husband preceded her in 1932. She was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Blooming Glen Church on May 5, in charge of David Derstine, Jr., with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Detweiler, -- Emma M. Moyer, widow of the late Ira B. Detweiler, was born Oct. 31, 1882; aged 72 y. 6m. 11 d. She was a long time resident of Silverdale, Pa., and it was there in her home that she passed away after a brief illness. She is survived by 2 daughters, one son, and 3 grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death in July, 1950. She was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services in charge of David Derstine, Jr., were held May 16 at the Blooming Glen Church. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Ehst, -- Abram G., son of the late minister John M. and Susanna (Gehman) Ehst, was born near Bally, Pa., Sept. 19, 1869; entered into rest at the home of his son on June 28, 1955; aged 85 y. 9 m. 9 d. His first wife, Catharine (Landis) Ehst, preceded him in death in 1913, and his second wife Mary (Musselman) Schaffer, in 1945. He is survived by one son (John L., Bally Pa.), one daughter (Mrs. Jacob Kolb, Spring City, Pa.), one stepdaughter (Barbara Schaffer, Bally), and a sister(Mrs. Fred Hunsberger, Souderton, Pa.), 8 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. For 16 years he faithfully served the Hereford Mennonite Church at Bally as deacon. Funeral services were held on July 1 at the church in charge of E. W. Kulp and Paul E. Longacre. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Horst, -- Ethel Marie, daughter of Martin and Mary (Rudy)
Wenger, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 1, 1909; passed
away July 12, 1955, at the Massilon City Hospital; aged 46 y.
5 m. 11 d. Her death followed an illness of two months. She accepted
Christ as her Saviour, joined the Mennonite Church, and remained
a faithful member until death. On Nov. 1, 1930, she was united
in marriage to David Horst. This union was blest with 5
children (Ernest, Orrville, Ohio; Mary, Arlene, Martha, and Clarence,
at home). Besides her husband and children, she is survived by
one granddaughter, 2 brothers (Ray and Morris Wenger of Dalton),
and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death
by her parents and a brother Harold. Funeral services were held
at the County Line Mennonite Church, with Elmer Good and Abram
Good officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Maust, -- Lewis J., son of the late Jonas and Barbara (Miller) Maust, was born March 29, 1867; died July 5, 1955; aged 88 y. 3 m. 6 d. He spent the last five years of his life in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bender, which was also the place where he was born. On March 20, 1898, he was united in marriage with Amelia Orendorf, who preceded him in death about 21 years ago. A son also died in infancy. The following children survive (Norma-Mrs. Omar Bender and Anna-Mrs. Floyd Bender, both of Meyersdale, Pa.; Martha-Mrs. Alvin Yoder, Grantsville, Md., Alvin, Meyersdale; Omar, Salisbury, Pa., and Elmer, Grantsville), also 48 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, one brother (Jonas, Goshen, Ind.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Anna Yoder, Iowa City, Iowa and Mary, Meyersdale). He accepted Christ in his youth and was a member of the Conservative Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held July 8, at the Oak Dale Conservative Church near Salisbury, Pa., in charge of Mark Peachey and Ivan J. Miller. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Miller, -- Iva, daughter of J. J. and Mary (Slaubaugh) Stutzman, was born near Kalona, Iowa, on March 17, 1883; died on the way to the doctor's office in Kalona on June 7, 1955, of heart complications; aged 72 y. 2 m. 20 d. At the age of 17 she was baptized and received into the Old Order Amish Church. She was faithful to her Saviour throughout life and was a member of the East Union Mennonite Church at the time of her death. In August, 1926, she was married to Abe Miller, who preceded her in death in April, 1945. Besides a number of step-children, she leaves to mourn her departure 2 brothers (Will and Ervin), and 4 sisters (Katie-Mrs. Henry Miller, Wellman, Iowa; Mrs. Anna Gingerich, Kalona; Lydia-Mrs. Frank Eckdahl, Manitou Springs, Colo.; and Nellie-Mrs. Thomas Kauffman, Kalona), besides a number of relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were one brother and 3 sisters. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery with A. Lloyd Swartzendruber and J. John J. Miller in charge.
Oberholtzer, -- Ada May, daughter of the late John J. and Anna (Hess) Martin, was born Nov. 1, 1877; departed this life May 9, 1955, after an illness of 5 weeks, at her home in Lancaster, Pa.; aged 77 y. 6 m. 8 d. She and her husband, Christian B. Oberholtzer, observed their 58th wedding anniversary on Nov. 25. She had been a faithful member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church for more that 56 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter (Anna May-Mrs. Victor S. Kress, Lancaster), and a son (Clarence M., Newark, Del.), also 2 grandchildren, a brother (C.H. Martin), and a sister (Anna H. Martin), both of Lancaster. Funeral services were held May 12 at Landis Valley Church in charge of Ira D. Landis and Levi M. Weaver. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Puffinburg, -- Mark Eugene, son of Daniel and Olive Puffinburg, Springs, Pa., was born Feb. 19, 1952; died in Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 17, 1955; aged 3 y. 3 m. 29 d. He is survived by his parents, one brother (David Dale), and one sister (Mary Louise), 2 grandfathers, one grandmother, and one great-grandmother. The funeral services were held in the Springs Mennonite Church in charge of Roy Otto and Walter Otto. The funeral sermon was preached by Richard Martin. Burial was made in the Springs cemetery.
Roggie, -- Allan, son of Reuben and Verna (Yousey) Roggie, was born at Lowville, N. Y., on Sept 21, 1934; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on June 15, 1955, in the House of the Good Samaritan Watertown, N. Y. ; aged 20 y. 8 m. 24 d., following an illness of 5 months. He had been hospitalized since April 6, with the exception of 9 days, which he spent at home. His cheerful disposition was an inspiration and testimony to all who knew him. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 13 and united with the Conservative Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful member. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, one brother (Donald, at home), and 3 sisters (Clara-Mrs. Lloyd Roer, Helen-Mrs. Elton Roggie, and Gladys, at home), one niece and 4 nephews, the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. David Yousey, and Mrs. Andrew Roggie), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Croghan Mennonite Church in charge of Lloyd Boshart and Richard Zeht. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Rutt, -- Martin E., 83, son of the late Martin N. and Fannie (Ebersole) Rutt, passed away at his home in Elizabethtown, Pa., on July 1, 1955. He was a faithful and consistent member of Bossler's Mennonite Church and superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. He also served as director of the Mennonite Children's Home, Millersville, Pa., for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Suie Hess Rutt, and the following children (Mabel-Mrs. J. Lloyd Hollinger, East Petersburg; and Mrs. Irvin Frank, Manheim), a foster daughter, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 5 at Bossler's Church, conducted by Martin Kraybill, Noah Risser, and Clarence Lutz. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Suie" is spelled as such in the original obituary. This is not an error.
Weldy, -- Paul Edward, son of Maynard and Edna (Weaver) Weldy, was born at Elkhart, Ind., July 29, 1933; passed away July 13, 1955; aged 21 y. 11 m. 14 d. Rheumatic fever eight years ago left him with a weakened heart condition. His physical condition limited him to less strenuous exercise but allowed him to participate normally in most of the activities of the home and community. He passed away peacefully in his brother's arms at rising time after a good night of rest and a pleasant day of normal activity with family and friends the day before. At the age of 12 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into fellowship of the Holdeman Mennonite Church. The evening he accepted Christ, he said to his father, "You have another boy that is a Christian." His verbal testimony and consistently faithful life were evidences of his peace with God and assurance of salvation. He was to be married in December to Leanne Fricke. Surviving in addition to his fiancée and his parents are 2 brothers (Loren and Leland), one sister (Elaine), all at home, and the grandparents (Mrs. Silas Weldy and Mr. and Mrs. William Weaver, all of Wakarusa). He was unusually active in church, school, and community affairs. Last year he was a leader in literary and debating work at Goshen College. He served his church as usher, Sunday-school teacher, and a leader in young people's activities. For more than 4 years Paul typed and printed the church bulletins. The funeral was held July 15 at the Olive Mennonite Church in charge of Lee J. Miller and Simon G. Gingerich with burial in the Olive Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Clair, -- Mary E., daughter of John M. and Anna (Erb) Grieder, was born near Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 25, 1861, the 9th of 13 children; died peacefully in her sleep July 24, 1955, in the home of her daughter Ella E. Diller, Medway, Ohio; aged 93 y. 10 m. With the exception of a few years spent in the west, she was a lifelong resident of the community where she was born and died. She was a faithful member of the Huber Mennonite Church for 80 years. Her home was with her widowed daughter and her children for the past 30 years where she contributed unselfishly of her time and energy in helping to maintain the home. For the last year she has been helpless, and most of her waking moments were spent in her rocking chair, reading her Bible. Surviving are her daughter (Ella Diller, Medway), one sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Riley, Elida, Ohio), 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband (Frank Clair) and one son (Frank). Funeral services were held at the Huber Church on July 26 by M.L. Troyer, assisted by Paul Yoder. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Freyenberger,--- Edwin Oswald, son of Menno S. and Mary (Oswald) Freyenberger, was born Feb. 8, 1914, near Wayland, Iowa. He met his death by being accidently electrocuted while working on his farm on July 20, 1955; aged 41 y. 5 m. 12 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member. He was always interested in the activities of the church. His time was never too occupied to share a helping hand to anyone in time of need. On Dec. 23, 1937, he was united in marriage with Freda Widmer. To this union were born 8 children, all of whom survive. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 4 sons, 4 daughters (Gerald, Wayne, Elizabeth, Anna, Kay, Ledru, Stanley, and Mary, all at home), his mother, 3 sisters (Alta-Mrs. Gay Cunningham, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Ada-Mrs. Ivan Wyse, Lulu-Mrs. Lloyd Roth), and one brother (Ezra), all of Wayland, as well as a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. The funeral services were held July 22 at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in charge of Vernon S. Gerig and Willard Leichty. Interment was made in the nearby cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Accidently" is the spelling used in the original obituary text.
Hostetter, -- John Charles, son of the late Aaron H. and Lizzie (Charles) Hostetter, was born Oct. 22, 1885, near Millersville, Pa.; passed away at his home near Lancaster, Pa.; age 69 y. 8 m. 25 d. At the age of 19 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. He was a faithful and concerned attendant of the Rohrerstown, Pa., congregation as along as health permitted, and also a Sunday-school teacher for many years. He was united in marriage on March 4, 1909, with Lettie H. Myers. This home was blessed with 4 children, one dying in infancy. Surviving are his wife, the following children (Aaron M., Lancaster; Martha M.-Mrs. Elvin R. Hershey, at home; Christian M., Andalusia, Ala.), one sister (Mary C., at home), 2 brothers (Aaron C. and David C., both of near Lancaster), 13 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He selected the song, "Let Me Go Where Saints Are Going," and the text, II Cor. 4: 17, 18; 5: 1, 2, to be used at his funeral. Funeral services held at the Millersville Church on June 21wer in charge of Christian K. Lehman, Jacob Hess, Landis Shertzer, and Andrew Shaub. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman, -- Alma Cathrine, daughter of John H. and Mary (Byler) Kauffman, was born Oct. 9, 1881, in Logan Co., Ohio. On June 15, 1955, she was admitted to Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Ohio, and on June 23 underwent surgery. From the beginning of her illness her condition was considered serious, but her health seemed to improve gradually until July 3, when she peacefully closed her eyes to all earthly suffering. She confessed Christ in her youth and was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty Ohio, until her death. Her last testimony was that she was trusting in her Saviour, and if this was her appointed time to go, she was ready. She was always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed. She leaves one brother (Herman, Freemont, Wis.), one sister (Teressa, at home in West Liberty, Ohio), and 10 nieces and nephews. Her parents, and 3 brothers preceded her. Funeral services were conducted on July 6 in the Bethel Mennonite Church by Edward Stoltzfus and Loren King, and burial was made in the Fairview Cemetery.
Martin, -- Frank, son of the late Jacob and Maria (Weaver) Martin, was born in Salsbury Twp.; died at the home of his son, Amos Martin, Gap, Pa., on April 19, 1955, after an illness of 7 months; aged 87 y. He was a member of the Old Road Mennonite Church. Surviving are a son (Amos G. Martin), 2 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, a brother (Aaron, Kinzers, Pa.), and a sister (Katie Hoover, Strasburg). Funeral services were held in the Old Road Church in charge of Parke Book and Martin Hershey. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
McGhee, -- Bessie, wife of Will McGhee, was born in May, 1885; departed this life at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Martin, May 12, 1955; aged 70 y. At the age of 14 she was married to Will McGhee, who survives her. Also surviving are the following children (Mallie, Dorris, Willis, Emma Lee-Mrs. Willie Gibson, Roberta-Mrs. Eugene Sells, Willie Lee-Mrs. A. D. Martin, and Jack, all of Paorch, Ala.), 33 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one brother (Bryant Rolin), one sister (Renna, who followed her in death 30 hours later). Three sons and one daughter preceded her in death. Approximately 20 years ago she united with the Episcopal Church and on May 22, 1954, she was baptized and received as a member of the Poarch Indian Mennonite Mission Church, where she was a faithful member until death. About six months before her death she suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized for a month, then returned home where she was bedfast until death. She had been a kind and compassionate mother even to many who were not of her own family. She was a direct descendant of the Creek Indian tribe. Double funeral services were held for her and her sister in the St. Annas Episcopal Church, Poarch, Ala., May 15, 1955, with Richard Kling and Howard Stevanus in charge. Burial was made in the Indian cemetery nearby.
Reynolds, -- Mary, affectionately known as "Grandma Reynolds," was born Oct. 16, 1886, in French Lick Springs, Ind.; passed away July 11, 1955; aged 88 y. 8 m. 25 d. For many years she lived in Kansas City. Her life has not always been pleasant but the Lord, whom she took as her Saviour many years ago, has been her comfort and joy. She joined the Mennonite Church when she became a Christian and continued in her faith in God until death. Surviving are 7 children (Lucinda Houston, Kansas City, Mo., William, Kansas City, Kans., John, Lawrence, Kans.; Joe, Edwardsville, Kans.; Mary Inez Steevens, Rbecca Houston, and Roy, all of Kansas City, Kans.), 32 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Reising Funeral Home, Kansas City, Kans., in charge of Frank B. Raber.
Rolin, -- Renna, widow of Mike Rolin, was born (approximately) 1870; departed this life May 13, 1955, at the Green Lawn Hospital, Atmore, Ala., after a short illness; aged 85 y. She followed her sister in death after about 30 hours. She is survived by the following children (Fannie, Quitman, Bay Minette, Ala.; Lula-Mrs. Cleveland Rolin, Poarch, Ala.; Lloyd, at home), 12 grandchildren, and one brother (Bryant Rolin). In March, 1955, she made a public confession of Christ at the Poarch Indian Mennonite Mission Church but had not yet been baptized at the time of her death. A few hours before her death she gave a clear testimony of her being ready and desiring to be with Christ. She was a direct descendant of the Creek Indian tribe. Double funeral services were held for her and her sister at the St. Annas Episcopal Church, May 15, 1955, with Richard King and Howard Stevanus in charge. Burial was made in the Indian cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Beidler, -- Lillie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Shonts, was born in Centerville, Iowa, on Sept. 27, 1889; died July 8, 1955; aged 65 y. 9 m. 11 d. In Sept., 1909, she was married to Wesley Beidler. Survivors include 2 sons and 2 daughters (Pat-Mrs. Henry Davis; Wesley, Wilma, and Ellsworth), and 3 half-brothers. Her husband preceded her in death. She was a member of the Freeport Mennonite Church. The last number of years she was a semi-invalid and confined to her wheel chair. Services were held in the Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with Richard Yordy in charge. Burial made in the Mennonite Cemetery near Freeport.
Gingerich, -- Frederick J., son of Joseph C. and Catherine (Swartzendruber) Gingerich, was born Sept. 15, 1878 near Wellman, Iowa; passed away suddenly near Phoenix, Ariz., July 15, 1955; aged 76 y. 10 m. At the age of 15 he moved with his parents to Clarion, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. On Dec. 22, 1901, he was married to Katie Leichty, who preceded him in death on Dec. 5, 1953. To this union one son (Daniel Lyman) was born. Two girls were taken into the home and reared to maturity. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. He served the Lord and church faithfully and conscientiously. As a young man he served as Sunday-school teacher and superintendent. On Jan. 10, 1909, he was called and ordained to the Christian ministry at the East Union Church near Kalona, Iowa, which church he served until 1913, when he answered the call to serve as pastor of the West Fairview Church near Beaver Crossing, Nebr. In 1919 he with his family moved to Oregon and located near Canby. Here he served the Bethel congregation before and after its organization. He was ordained to the office of bishop on July 3, 1921. In this office he had oversight of various congregation from as far away as Los Angeles, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz. His wide experiences and careful judgment made him a much-sought counselor and a valuable member of many committees and boards, locally and in the district. He put an unusual amount of energy and concern into the launching and building of Western Mennonite School. Due to his health, he spent a number of winters in Arizona. He had a strong desire to spend the summer there. As the weather became warmer, he felt greatly improved in health. He preached his last sermon on the evening of June 19. He attended the Sunnyslope congregation prayer meeting the evening before his death, which is believed was due to a heart attack. He gave his church work first place in his life, and endeavored to serve his Saviour acceptably. He leaves to mourn his departure his son (Daniel L., Canby, Oreg.), 4 grandsons, 3 great-grandsons, 2 foster daughters (Mrs. Marie Hamilton, Sheridan, Oreg., and Mrs. Frances Nofziger, Molalla, Oreg.), five brothers and one sister (Daniel, Turner, Mich.; Amos, Parnell, Iowa; Simon, Wayland, Iowa; Joseph, Dagmar, Mont.; Ezra, Quincy, Ill.; and Emma, Kalona, Iowa), and a host of relatives and friends. Memorial services were held at the Sunnyslope Church on July 17 with Bro. Melvin Ruth delivering the message. On July 19 funeral services were held at the Zion Church, Hubbard, Oreg., with N. A. Lind and Henry Wolfer in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Halteman, -- Henry S., son of the late Israel and Lizzie Halteman was born Sept. 19, 1888, near Spring Mount, Pa.; died suddenly in a tractor accident June 16, 1955 on his farm near Telford, Pa.; aged 66 y. 8 m. 28 d. He suffered a crushed chest when he was pressed against the steering wheel of his tractor by an overhanging tree branch. It is believed that he was killed almost instantly, when evidently the tractor was in reverse instead of forward gear when he started it. He accepted Christ as his Saviour as a young man and united with the Mennonite Church. He was a Sunday-school teacher for many years, teaching up to the last Sunday of his life. He was united in marriage to Lizzie A. Bergey, who survives. To this union were born 5 children, one preceding him in death in infancy. Surviving are 4 children (Mrs. Eva Godshall, Mrs. Earl Shelly, and Ellis Halteman, all of Telford, Pa.; and Mrs. Marvin Ruth, Newville, Pa.), 10 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Elmer, Melvin, and Joseph all of Telford, and Benjamin, Souderton, Pa.), and one sister (Lizzie Halteman, Morwood, Pa.). Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. He is the third brother to die suddenly through some kind of accident. Funeral services were conducted by Elwood Derstine and Menno Souder, with burial at the Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.
Keyton, -- J. William, son of Thomas and Mary Frances (Hilbert) Keyton, was born Nov. 7, 1863 at Bridgewater, Va., where he lived until 34 years ago when he moved to Harrisonburg, Va.; died July 15, 1955; aged 91 y. 8 m. 8 d. He had been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. Edna Oliver, for the past year. He accepted Christ as his Saviour 7 years ago and continued a faithful member of Ridgeway Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. He was admitted to the hospital 3 weeks before his death, where he underwent an operation for gall stones from which he never regained consciousness. He was thrice married. His first wife, Lydia Belle Stoutamyre, and his second wife, Lydia Blosser, both preceded him in death. His third wife, Mrs. Mollie Philips Keyton survives. He is survived by 13 children, all of whom were present at the funeral-and the first time all the children were together at the same time-(Elmer, Baltimore; Mrs. Nora Wenger, Blackstone; Mrs. Myrtie Richard, Covington; Steward, Bridgewater; Mrs. Elsie Detamore, Dayton, Samuel, Keymar, Md.; Walter, Nokesville; Mrs. Edna Oliver, McGaheysville; Forrest, Harrisonburg; Virgil, Hanover, Md.; Mrs. Evangeline Hopkins and Mrs. Mary Miller, Hartville, Ohio, and Mrs. Catherine Gentry, Harrisonburg), also a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and a sister (Mrs. Mollie Wean, Bridgewater). Funeral services were held at Weavers Mennonite Church in charge of Daniel M. Smucker, Jr., and Daniel W. Lehman, with burial in the St. Michael Church Cemetery near Bridgewater, Va.
Meck, -- Emma, daughter of Benjamin and Veronica Shoemaker, was born in Stephenson Co., Ill., on Jan. 18, 1870; passed from this life on July 23, 1955; aged 85 y. 6 m. 5 d. Eight years ago she went to live with her daughter at Rensselaer, Ind., where she was cared for in her declining years. Her death followed a long decline in health due to the complications of age. In Dec. 1892, she was married to Aaron J. Meck who preceded her in death 22 years ago. To this union were born 4 children (Clarence C., Archbold, Ohio; Titus T., Stryker, Ohio; Esther-Mrs. Silas J. Smucker, Rensselaer, Ind., and a daughter who died in infancy). She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Soon after their marriage she and her husband united with the Mennonite Church, where she served as Sunday-school teacher and in the sewing circle for many years. Funeral services were held at the Freeport Mennonite Church in charge of A. C. Good and Richard Yordy, with burial in the church cemetery.
Nice, -- Esther Rose, daughter of Harry and Magdalene (Edelman) Nice, was born July 22, 1955, at the Sweet Home Hospital, Sweet Home, Oreg.; passed away the day following as a result of lung complications. She is survived by her parents, 4 brothers (Stanley Ray, Lester Wayne, Eldon Lee, James Clifford), one sister (Mary Joyce), and 2 grandparents (Reno Ray Nice and Anna Edelman). Graveside services were held at the Sweet Home Mennonite Cemetery with N. A. Lind and Willard L. Stutzman officiating.
Ruth, -- Henry M., was born Feb. 26, 1977; passed away suddenly of a heart attack at his home near Harleysville, Pa., on June 27, 1955; aged 78 y. 4 m. 9 d. He seemed to be in good health up until his death. He was a deacon of the Salford Mennonite Church for 29 years. In 1902 he was married to Mary G. Landis who survives. Also surviving are 6 children (Paul L., Bessie-Mrs. Abram Rittenhouse, Eva-Mrs. Edwin Kratz, Ella, Alpheus, and Henry, Jr.), 19 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers and one sister (Abram, Mrs. Emma Nyce, and Vincent). Funeral services were held at the Salford Church on July 2 in charge of Arthur Ruth, Elias Landes, J. C. Clemens, and Rein Alderfer. Interment made in the adjoining cemetery.
Weirich, -- Susan M., daughter of the late Jacob and Sarah (Miller) Mishler, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 15, 1874; died July 22, 1955, after a lengthy illness at the home of a son in Belleville, Pa.; aged 81 y. 3 m. 7 d. At the age of three she with her parents moved to Lagrange Co., Ind. She was married to Peter L. Weirich on March 13, 1892. Several years later they moved to North Dakota where they homesteaded near Mylo. On two occasions they moved in Michigan, first to Central Lake and then to Brutus, each time returning to North Dakota. In 1925 they moved to the vicinity of Clarence, N. Y., where her husband passed away Oct. 17, 1947. She then moved to Pennsylvania to make her home with her son Jacob F. and his family. Survivors include 3 other sons (Edward, William, and Chester, of Buffalo, N. Y.), and a daughter (Sylvia-Mrs. Albert Stoll, Wolford, N. Dak.), a brother (Mose J. Mishler) and a sister (Mrs. Barbara Miller), Kalona, Iowa, 7 step-grandchildren from her husband's former marriage, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. A son (Clarence) died in infancy. She accepted Christ in her youth and was a member of the Mennonite Church, at the time of her death being a member of the Maple Grove congregation at Belleville. Brief services were conducted on July 25 by Aaron Mast and Elam Glick from the home in Belleville, after which the body was sent to New York state where funeral services were held July 27 at the Clarence Center Church by D. Edward Diener, with interment in the Good Cemetery near Clarence, N. Y.
Wyse, --Emma Magdalena, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Gautsche, was born April 12, 1870, near Middletown, Ohio; departed this life at the Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio, July 12, 1955; aged 85 y. 3 m. At the age of 18, she with her parents settled on a farm near Archbold in which community she resided until her death. On March 29, 1894, she was united in marriage with Daniel S. Wyse. This union was blessed with 6 children (Fannie-Mrs. Noah Frey, Pettisville, Ohio; Mary-Mrs. Cletus Short, and Ira, both of Wauseon; Walter of Archbold; Wilma-Mrs. Henry Beck, and Alice-Mrs. Walter Richer, both of Wauseon). Surviving are her husband, 6 children, 24 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one sister (Minnie-Mrs. Sam Rupp, Archbold), and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one grandchild, one great-grandchild, 5 sisters, and 4 brothers. She had always enjoyed good health and had been able to do her few household duties until June 29 when she fractured her hip. Complications developed which caused her death. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. Funeral services were held July 16 at the Central Church in charge of Jesse J. Short and Edward B. Frey. Interment was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Wyse, -- Susan Marie, infant daughter of Wesley and Evelyn (Short) Wyse was born June 25, 1955, at Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio; passed away an hour after her birth. Her passing has left a vacancy in the hearts of her parents and 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Short, Wauseon, Ohio and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wyse, Archbold, Ohio), also great grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wyse, Archbold, Ohio). Graveside services were conducted at the Pettisville Cemetery, June 26, in charge of Olen Nofziger.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas
Coffey, --Alice, widow of the late Hugh Coffey, was born Feb. 13, 1870; passed away June 19, 1955; aged 85 y. 4 m. 6 d. Her death followed an illness of three days. Her husband preceded her in death of April 3, 1921. She is survived by one son (Paul Coffey), 3 grandsons, 3 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Mountain View Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Mountain View Church, Lyndhurst, Va., June 21, in charge of Joseph Driver, assisted by Frank Hatter and Charlie Grove, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Gerber, -- Emma, daughter of the late Peter and Catherine Crilow, was born near Trail, Ohio, Oct. 31, 1876; passed away at her home following an extended illness, Aug. 3, 1955; aged 78 y. 9 m. 2 d. In her youth she united with the Swiss Reformed Church near Trail, Ohio, and later, upon her marriage, transferred her membership to the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church where she retained her membership until death. On March 10, 1901, she was united in marriage to Ira Gerber who preceded her in death eight months ago. Two daughters and two sons were born to this union. The two daughters, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild preceded her in death. Surviving are the 2 sons (Clement, Berlin, Ohio, and Floyd, at home), one foster daughter (Mrs. Grover Schrock, Shaneville, Ohio, one brother (William, Sugarcreek, Ohio), one sister (Mrs. Christ Bigler, Millersburg, Ohio), 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Church, Walnut Creek, Ohio, Aug. 6, in charge of Paul R. Miller, with burial in the church cemetery.
Horst, -- Infant, stillborn daughter of James and Ruth (Horst) Horst, Orrville, Ohio, was born July 12, 1955. Surviving are the parents, 2 brothers, one sister, and the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Roy Horst, Orrville, and Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Horst, Dalton, Ohio). A graveside service was conducted at the County Line Mennonite Church cemetery by Elmer Good.
Martin, -- Louis, son of Jeremiah and Amanda (Weaver) Martin, was born Feb. 9, 1935, near New Holland, Pa.; passed away July 17, 1955; aged 20 y. 5 m. 8 d. Death was due to a motorcycle accident near his home. He was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church. Surviving are his parents and brothers and sisters (Mabel-Mrs. Enos Weaver, Kinzers; Leroy, Houston, Texas; Alta-Mrs. Emory Martin, New Holland, Pa.; Lydia, Jeremiah, Jr., Frances, Mary, and Melvin, at home), also his grandmother (Mrs. Mary L. Weaver, New Holland). Funeral services were held at the Pequea Mennonite Church July 21, in charge of Joseph O. Weaver, Cleophas Steiner, and Hershey Sensenig, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin, -- Mary Ann, daughter of Samuel and Carolina (Landis) Kehr, was born Dec. 17, 1866, in Harrison, Twp., Ind.; died May 30, 1955, in Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Ind., where she had been a patient after fracturing her hip on May 16; aged 88 y. 5 m. 13 d. Death was due to complications. She was married on Oct. 25, 1889, to Israel W. Martin, who died Jan. 17, 1931. She had lived for the past 12 years with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Blosser, Wakarusa, Ind. Other survivors are 3 sons (Clayton, Elkhart, and Milo and Merl of Goshen), 12 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church with Peter Wiebe and D. A. Yoder in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Moyer, -- Annie B., nee Kulp, widow of C. Warren Moyer, was born June 19, 1881; passed away July 22, 1955; aged 74 y. 1 m. 3 d. She is survived by 4 daughters, 4 sons, one sister, 3 brothers, 18 grandchildren, and 5 stepgrandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death in February, 1949. Two sons also preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Towamencin Mennonite Church, July 27, with Elias W. Kulp in charge.
Pletcher, -- Alamenda, daughter of E. C. and Barbara Weaver, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 3, 1860; passed away at the Offields Rest Home, Denver, Colo., July 23, 1955; aged 91 y. 9 m. 20 d. On Oct. 12, 1879, she was united in marriage to Henry Pletcher, who preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1909. They were blessed with four children, three of whom preceded her in death. At the age of 19 she surrendered her life to her Lord and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a member at the time of her passing. In 1907 she with her husband and family moved to a ranch near Albin, Wyo., where they endured the privations and hardships of pioneering on the western prairies. Along with the struggles of pioneering came the added responsibilities of widowhood. After the death of her husband, less than two year after moving to Wyoming, she continued to live on the homestead with her children until 1914 when she felt called to go to Oregon to care for her aged father until his passing. In 1918 she moved to Denver, Colo., to live with her daughter until she passed away. Here she remained until her services were no longer needed, after which she spent her days working in homes and caring for the sick in Denver, until her physical strength no longer permitted her to do so. Grandma has proved her deep devotion to the Lord by her unselfish interest and service to others. Surviving are one daughter (Fianna Lush, Cheyenne, Wyo.), one sister (Barbara Shearer, Sheridan, Oreg.), 4 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church in Denver in charge of E. M. Yost. Interment was made in a cemetery near Albin, Wyo.
Schmell, -- Bettie Ann, infant daughter of Wilmer and Jean (Moyer) Schmell, Bridgewater Corners Vt., was born May 12, 1955, at Grand View Hospital Sellersville, Pa.; passed away May 13, 1955. Besides her parents she is survived by 2 sisters (Judith Rae and Mary Jane) and her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Moyer, Blooming Glen, Pa. and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schmell, Dublin, Pa.). Graveside services were held by David Derstine at the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church where the parents held membership, but for the last three years they have been assisting in the Sunday school and church work at Bridgewater Corners, Vt.
Short, -- Daniel H., son of Henry and Anna (Yoder) Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio; Sept. 23, 1888; passed away July 12, 1955; aged 66 y. 8 m. 20 d. On Feb. 6, 1912, he was united in marriage to Anna Kutzli. This home was blessed with 5 children. Surviving are his wife, 4 daughters (Ella-Mrs. Chester Gisel, Florence-Mrs. Harold Richer, Marjorie-Mrs. Clarence Roth, all of Wauseon Ohio, and Ilva-Mrs. Roy Frey, Archbold, Ohio), 10 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Henry, Aaron, Adam, and Raymond), 4 sisters (Mrs. Simon A. Nofziger, Verna, Lillian, and Barbara, all of Archbold), and many other relatives and friends. One son (Walter) his parents, one sister, and one brother preceded him in death. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and was a quiet and unassuming member of the Central Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Central Church in charge of Jesse Short and Walter Stuckey.
Weaver, -- Emma W., daughter of the late David and Anna (Witmer) Martin, was born Nov. 15, 1868; passed away March 7, 1955, following a brief illness; aged 86 y. 3 m. 22 d. She was the widow of the late Franklin M. Weaver. She left 234 descendants at the time of her death. She was residing with a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron H. Nolt, Bareville, Pa. Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1949. Surviving are these sons and daughters (Mahlon M., Kinzers, Pa.; Mrs. Anna Martin and Elmer M., both of Ephrata, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Amos H. Nolt, Bareville; Henry M. and Emma-Mrs. Michael Burkholder, both of East Earl Pa.; Lydia-Mrs. Daniel N. Hoover and Martha-Mrs. John W. Martin, both of New Holland, Pa.). There are 60 grandchildren and 166 great-grandchildren. A brother (Samuel D. Martin) also survives. Funeral services were held at the Weaverland Mennonite Church with Joseph O. Weaver and Banks Horning in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, -- Paul David, youngest son of Amos and Sarah Yoder, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, March 1, 1899; passed away at the Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, Ohio; aged 56 y. 4 m. 29 d. On Nov. 8, 1925, he was united in marriage with Anna E. Yoder, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters (Opal, Columbus, Ohio; and Shirley and Carolyn, West Liberty, Ohio), one brother (John Ray, West Liberty), and many other relatives and friends. One brother, a sister, and his parents preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his Redeemer in his youth and was true to this faith in the time of his death. He had been in failing health, due to a heart condition, for some time. Funeral services on July 31 were held at the South Union Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Ohio, where he was a member with Newton Weber in charge, assisted by Robert Wearly. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel.
Alderfer, -- Lizzie C., wife of Harvey L. Alderfer, Souderton, Pa., was born Jan. 1, 1862; died May 20, 1955, at Grandview Hospital where she was a patient for nine weeks, after having been in failing health for the past two years; aged 73 y. 4 m. 19 d. She was a native and lifelong resident of Franconia Twp., and a daughter of the late Jacob and Henrietta (Clemmer) Loux. In addition to her husband she is survived by 3 children (Jacob L., Souderton; Ada L., at home, and Adelia L.-Mrs. Stanley A. Derstine, Souderton), and a brother (Abram C. Loux, Souderton), 5 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 24 at the Franconia Mennonite Church by Elwood Derstine assisted by Jacob C. Clemens. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Brenneman, -- Peter C., son of the late Christian P. and Catherine (Schlabaugh) Brenneman, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Nov. 7, 1867; passed away at the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City; 87 y. 9 m. On Oct. 4, 1891, he was united in marriage to Mary Otto. His wife preceded him in death June 17, 1947. Surviving are his daughter (Mrs. Tillie Miller, Iowa City), 3 sons (Willis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Omar and Ralph, Kalona, Iowa), 6 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was the last member of a family of 12. The greater part of his life had been spent near Kalona, Iowa, on a farm, but in 1937 he moved to Wellman where he was occupied as painter, and since the death of his wife he had made his home with his daughter in Iowa City. He accepted Christ as his Saviour early in life and was a faithful member of the Wellman Church, where he was one of the oldest members. Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at the East Union Church in charge of Geo. S. Miller and Max Yoder. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery.
Delp, -- Hiram D., son of the late John A. and Sallie (Derstine) Delp, died June 7, 1955 on the farm where he was born and lived his entire life; aged 63 y. 4 m. 7 d. Death was due to cancer of the liver. He is survived by his wife Anna (Detweiler) Delp, 5 sons and 5 daughters (Willis, Bergy, Pa.; Alvin, Lansdale, Pa., Wilmer, Collegeville, Pa.; Jacob, Paul Hiram, Mildren-Mrs. Stanly Willouer, all of Souderton, Pa.; Naomi, Irene, Anna and Eva at home). One son, LeRoy preceded him in death. Funeral services at the Rockhill Mennonite Church, where he was a member were in charge of Menno Souder and Alfred Deweiler. The text which he chose on his deathbed was Isaiah 40: 31. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Detweiler, -- William Hershey, son of John and Magdalene (Hershey) Detweiler, was born near Cherry Box, Mo., Sept. 25, 1877; passed away at his home in Wellman, Iowa, Aug. 11, 1955; aged 77 y. 10 m. 16 d. On Jan. 16, 1902, he was married to Barbara Ann Detweiler, who passed away April 14, 1928. To this union 4 sons and 2 daughters were born (Ruth-Mrs. Jesse Kreider, Palmyra, Mo.; Paul, Rock Island, Ill.; Freda-Mrs. Orvas Pfile, Freeport, Ill.; Jonas, Cedarville, Ill.; Earl, Leonard, Mo., and John, Freeport). He was married to Barbara Reber, Aug. 10, 1933. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member of the West Union congregation at the time of his passing. Besides his companion and the above-named children, he also leaves 2 sisters (Anna Johnston, Leonard, Mo., and Saloma Fortner, Dakota, Ill.), one brother (Noah, Leonard, Mo.), 21 granchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday Aug. 14 at the Lower Deer Creek Church by John Y. Swartzendruber and Paul T. Guengerich, with burial in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
Eby, -- Henry Martin, was born May 19, 1875, at Elmira, Ont.; passed away at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Calgary, Alta., July 17, 1955; aged 80 y. 1 m. 28 d. He went to Carstairs in the spring of 1903, where he was at home until two years ago when he went to Calgary. In 1898 he was united in marriage to Minnie Giltig. To this union were born five children (Alice-Mrs. Sellers, Vancouver, B.C.; Norman, Cremona, Alta.; Menno, Water Valley, Alta.; Alvin, Royalties, Alta., and Walter, Carstairs, Alta.). He was preceded in death by his wife in 1938. He leaves to mourn his 5 children, 18 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 6 sisters (Esther, Magdalene, Rebecca, Sarah, and Susan, all of Ontario, and Lydia, of Oregon), and 3 brothers (Noah, Aaron, and Isaiah), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Clarence J. Ramer and Gordon Buschert in the West Zion Mennonite Church, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman, -- Mattie A., only daughter of John and Rebecca (Lantz) Warye, and the last member of the family, was born on Feb. 11, 1869, in Salem Twp., Champaign Co, Ohio; died on June 4, 1955, at her home in West Liberty, Ohio, after an illness of several months; aged 86 y. 3 m. 24 d. In 1890 she was married to Christian L. Kauffman, who died Aug. 30, 1946, after nearly 58 years of married life. To this union were born 3 sons and one daughter (John L., Surrey, N. Dak.; Chauncey J., Springfield, Ohio; E. Milton, Oak Park, Mich.; and Naomi, at home, who was her constant companion). Besides her children, she is survived by 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. In her youth she became a member of Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where here father was bishop for many years and where she attended faithfully as long as her health permitted. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church on June 6 in charge of Nelson Kanagy, assisted by Edward Stoltzfus. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Martin, -- Irvin W., son of Aaron M. and the late Mamie G. (Weaver) Martin, was born March 27, 1932; died July 15, 1955, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after a brief illness; aged 23 y. 3 m. 18 d. He was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Miriam Gockley Martin, and a stepmother (Mrs. Bertha Good Martin), 3 brothers (Leland and Jay of Lititz, Pa., and Roy, Ephrata, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Nora-Mrs. Samuel Groff, New Holland, Pa.; and Laverne, East Earl, Pa.), 2 stepsisters (Mary-Mrs. Ralph Auker and Arlene-Mrs. Lawrence Redcay, Terre Hill, Pa.), 2 stepbrothers(Glenn Good, New Holland, and Wilmer, Hershey, Pa.), and a grandmother (Mrs. Francis Weaver, New Holland). Funeral services were held at the Weaverland Church on July 17 with David Weaver and Alvin Martin officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller, -- John Vernon, son of Gideon and Lena (Nofziger)
Miller, was born near Wauseon, Ohio, on Dec. 10, 1913; met
instant death by accidental electrocution while working on his
farm near Fayette, Ohio, on Aug.11, 1955; aged 41 y. 8 m. 1 d.
At an early age he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member of the Lockport congregation at the time of his death. For the last number of years he with his family have been attending and assisting with the services at the Salem Church near Waldron, Mich. On Jan. 30, 1938, he was united in marriage to Viola Short. To this union were born 6 children (Rollin Lee, Leanne Mae, Susan Ione, David Dee, Calvin Jay, and Robert Lynn, all at home). Surviving are his wife, 6 children, his parents, 4 brothers (Lester, Phoenix, Ariz.; Cletus, Mahlon, and Lewis, Wauseon, Ohio), 3 sisters (Tena-Mrs. Walter Short, Wauseon, Ohio; Rosella-Mrs. Glen Nofziger, Archbold, Ohio, and Annagene, at home). He was the first in over 45 years to break the family circle of his parental home. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church on Aug. 15 in charge of the local ministry. Burial was made in the Lockport Cemetery.
Shrock, -- Melvin J., son of the late Jacob and Susan (Barkman) Shrock, was born in Huntsburg, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1910; died suddenly by electrocution while at work in Buffalo, N. Y., on Aug. 2, 1955; aged 44 y. 8 m. 23 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received as a member of the Mennonite Church. The testimonies of the men with whom he worked and his business associates are living evidences that he made his Christianity practical in daily living. He was united in marriage on June 28, 1936, to Sovina Miller. Surviving are his wife and children (Loretta Arlene, Eugene Melvin, Marilyn Alice, Donna May, and Grace Yvonne), also one brother (Samuel, Akron, N. Y.), one sister (Alta-Mrs. Elmer Miller, Cheektowaga, N. Y.), one half sister (Mrs. Albert Troyer, Alden, N. Y.), 4 stepsisters (Mrs. Owen Shrock, Orrville, Ohio; Mrs. Joseph Miller, Corfu, N. Y.; Mrs. Andrew Ressler, Orrville, Ohio; Mrs. Owen Shrock, Plain City, Ohio), two stepbrothers (David Yoder, Niagara Falls, N. Y.; and Eli Yoder, Attica, N. Y.). Two brothers and two half brothers preceded him in death. Burial was made at the County Line Cemetery, Alden, N.Y.
Transcriber's note: Apparently there were two Mrs. Owen Shrock's who were step-sisters of Melvin Shrock. This is not an error.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.