Gospel Herald - Volume XLVIII , Number 49 - December 6, 1955 ----- page 1176
Birky, -- Amelia Caroline, youngest daughter of August and Barbara (King) Lund, was born Aug. 2, 1869, near Gridley, Ill.; passed away Oct. 29, 1955; near Sweet Home, Oreg., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Stutzman. She was received into the Mennonite Church by baptism at the age of 14, and was a faithful member until called to her reward. In 1886 she moved with her parents to Oberlin, Kans. She taught school one year. On Feb. 4, 1888, she was united in marriage to Joseph Birky. In 1894 they moved to Wisner, Nebr., later to Shickley, Nebr., then in 1912 to a farm near Tangent, Oreg., and lived in the Tangent, Albany, and Sweet Home communities until the time of her death. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 4 daughters (Caroline Sutzman, Sweet Home, Oreg.; Amon, Albany, Oreg.; Joseph, Canby, Oreg.; Lydia Steckley, Lebanon, Oreg.; Emma Jantzi, Tangent; and Ada Roth, Albany), and also 36 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death was her companion who passed away Oct. 5, 1935, also 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Even to her very last days she always had a word of encouragement for all and carried a large correspondence with messages of love and encouragement for many relatives and friends.
Brilhart, -- Charles Anthony, son of John A. and Mary (Hummel) Brilhart, was born at Rockton, Pa., Dec. 10, 1879; died at his home at Scottdale, Pa., Nov. 15, 1955; aged 75 y. 11 m. 5 d. When a young man he located in Scottdale where he entered into the hardware business 51 years ago. On May 12, 1903, he was married to Cora Loucks. To this union were born 7 children, two of whom preceded their father in death. Besides his widow the following children survive (Elmer, Laverne, Earle, and Clifford, of Scottdale; and Mildred-Mrs. Truman Showalter, Waynesboro, Va.), together with 2 brothers (Frank and David) and one sister (Mrs. Minerva Johnson), all of Scottdale, and 11 grandchildren. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. He was much interested in the work of the church and was a loyal supporter of her enterprises in both local and church-wide areas. He contributed generously to the mission and educational projects of the church. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Scottdale Mennonite Church for 30 years. Funeral services were held at his late home on Nov. 18, with L. S. Weber and J. L. Horst officiating. Interment was made in the church lot of the Scottdale Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Brownsberger, -- Jacob, passed away suddenly at his home in Deloraine, Man., on Nov.10, 1955. Had he lived another week he would have celebrated his 104th birthday. He had scarcely ever known a sick day. He was born on the Brownsberger homestead in Ringwood, near Markham, Ont., the son of Samuel Brownsberger and the eldest of 7 children. In 1871, he married Harriett Lott, who predeceased him many years ago. In 1906 he moved to the Canadian West as a pioneer resident. He is survived by one son (Alvin, Los Angeles, Calif.), one daughter (Mrs. May Crook, Toronto), a brother (Henry) the youngest of the family who resides at Ringwood and is in his 90th year. Funeral services were held at Deloraine with interment in the adjoining cemetery. The Bronwsbergers were of the Mennonite families of the Markham district, York County, Ont.
Burkholder, -- Virgil Lee, son of Levi and Pearl (Klopfenstein)
Burkholder, was born on April 30, 1936, near Beaver Crossing,
Nebr., and met instant death in a highway accident near Napoleon,
Ohio, on Nov. 20, 1955; aged 19 y. 6 m. 21 d. When he was 9 months
old his parents moved to northwestern Ohio where he has since
been at home with them. As a young boy he accepted Christ as his
Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful
member of the Lockport congregation until death. In January, 1955,
he began serving his I-W time at the Hawthornden State Hospital
near Cleveland. He enjoyed his work and was engaged in the same
until his death. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers (Ernie
Ray and Dale Allen), his grandparents (Levi Klopfenstein, West
Unity, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Moses Burkholder, Los Angeles, Calif.),
(Bridget Goetz, Portsmouth, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Virgil enjoyed the fellowship and friends and appreciated what Christ had done for him and was not ashamed of his Lord. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church on Nov. 23 conducted by the Lockport ministry and Harold Zehr. Burial was made in the Lockport Cemetery.
Fretz, -- Ralph C., third son of the late Manaseh and Mary Ann (Cober) Fretz, was born in Markham Twp., York Co., Ont., on May 23, 1891; passed away at his home in Sarnia, Ont., on Oct. 15, 1955, after a lengthy illness; aged 64 y. 4 m. 22 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth. Most of his life was spent at Sarnia as an apiarist. He married Margaret Steele in 1917. There were no children. He is survived by 4 sisters (Martha Smith, Kitchener; Mary Snyder, Puerto Rico; Ella Weber, Petersburg, Ont.; Mabel Hoover, Selkirk, Ont.), and 6 brothers (Joseph and Fred of Kitchener; Oran, Samuel, and Edward of Markham; Lewis of Selkirk, Ont.). Funeral services were conducted at the Stewart Funeral Home, Sarnia, with D. St. Clair Campbell and J. M. McGillivary, of the Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was made at the Beechwood Cemetery, Forest, Ont.
Graybill, -- Ira Brenneman, son of the late Simon E. and Emma (Brenneman) Graybill, was born Nov. 14, 1870; entered into rest after a brief illness on Nov. 13, 1955; aged 84 y. 11 m. 30 d. He was a faithful member of the Willow Street Mennonite Church and can active community leader. He always had keen observations on religious and political matters. He is survived by 2 sons and a daughter (Edwin S. Graybill, Lancaster, Pa.; Robert S., and Anna Martha Graybill, both of Refton, Pa.), one grandson and one sister (Ada-Mrs. John Roth, Harrisburg, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the family home in Refton on Nov. 16. Ministers in charge were Emory Herr and John A. Breneman. Interment was made at the Willow Street Cemetery.
Hershey, -- Martha Agnes, daughter of the late Joseph and Louisa (Bare) Keagy, died at her home Oct. 28, 1955; aged 58 y. 8 m. 6 d. Death was the result of a heart ailment. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Hanover Mennonite Church, being a faithful member until death. Most of her life was spent in performing the ordinary duties of life, and she will long be remembered by her many kindnesses. Her husband, Ralph A. Hershey, preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 1945. This marriage was blessed with 5 children of whom 4 are living (David, Kathryn, Mary-Mrs. Lester Swisher, and Charles, all living in Hanover, Pa.), a sister (Mrs. Claude Vine, El Monte, Calif.), and 6 grandchildren. One grandchild preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted on Oct. 31 at the Hanover Church with Richard Danner, Amos Shank, and Harvey Grove in charge. Interment was made in the York Road Cemetery.
Kauffman, -- Priscilla Catherine, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Sproal) Kauffman, was born Jan. 4, 1885, in Howard Co. Ind.; died at the Irene Byron Hospital near Fort Wayne, Ind., Nov. 11, 1955; aged 71 y. 10 m. 7 d. In August, 1903 she was married to Samuel J. Kauffman who preceded her in death by 5 years. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters (Clayton, Kenosha, Wis.; Lelah-Mrs. Chauncey Birkey, and Geneva-Mrs. Sam Birky, both of Kouts, Ind.; Howard and Imojene, at home; and Loren Joseph, who died in infancy). She also leaved 3 brothers (Clarence, Norbertus, and Alvie), 5 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. In her youth she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Howard Miami Mennonite Church to which she remained a true and faithful member. She had just finished reading from her Bible and lay back to rest when the Lord called her to her eternal rest. Her last words were, "O Lord, take me." Funeral services at the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church were in charge of Emanuel J. Hochstedler, A. G. Horner, and Gerald Mast (E.U. R. minister). Interment was made in the Shrock Cemetery.
Lais, -- Ellen, daughter of John and Lena (Rich) Egli, was born Jan. 23, 1887, at Wayland, Iowa; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mary, at Hubbard, Oreg., Oct. 22, 1955; aged 68 y. 8 m. 29 d. In 1897 she went with her parents and settled in the Hubbard vicinity. She accepted Christ in her youth and was a faithful member of the Zion Mennonite Church. She was married to Daniel J. Lais in 1906 and was the mother of 14 children. One daughter, Celestia, died at the age of 19. Besides her husband, she leaved 13 children (Mrs. Orpha Fisher, Molalla, Oreg.; Lena-Mrs. Allen Blair, Milwaukie, Oreg.; Mary Lais, Lilly-Mrs. Kenneth Berkey, Dorothy-Mrs. Vernon Gingerich, Susan-Mrs. Raymond Stanerson, Frank, Vera-Mrs. John Garber, all of Hubbard, Oreg.; John, Junction City, Oreg.; Frances-Mrs. Martin Hoover and Ruth-Mrs. John Zehr, Los Angeles, Calif.; Marjorie-Mrs. Ezra Birky, and Evelyn-Mrs. Paul Birky, Kalispell, Mont.). Also surviving are 48 grandchildren, one sister (Mamie-Mrs. Samuel Miller, Hubbard, Oreg.), and 2 brothers (Noah, Seattle, Wash., and Samuel, Oswego, Oreg.). Two brothers (Jacob and David) and 2 infant brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Zion Mennonite Church on Oct. 25, in charge of Clarence Kropf and Chester Kauffman. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin, -- John M., son of the late Solomon W. and Anna H. (Martin) Martin, was born Nov. 19, 1871, near Maugansville, Md.; passed away Oct. 30, 1955, at his home in Hagerstown, Md.; aged 83 y. 11 m. 11 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth and remained faithful to the Mennonite faith until death. He was a member of the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church. On Aug. 16, 1898, he was united in marriage to Martha K. Eshleman. To this union 3 children were born. One infant son and his wife preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Mary H. Martin, April 17, 1946. Surviving are his wife, one daughter (Ida-Mrs. John E. Risser, Maugansville, Md.), one son (J. Preston, Hagerstown, Md.), 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one brother (Solomon M., New Holland, Pa.), and many other relatives. The love and concern he showed as a husband and father, and to the church will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He chose II Tim. 1: 12 as a text for his funeral. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Church, Nov. 1, in charge of Harold Lehaman, Abram Baer, and John Grove. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Mylin, -- Frank H., son of the late Frank M. and Fanny (Huber) Mylin, was born in Pequea Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., on Feb. 21, 1875; passed away at the same place on Nov. 9, 1955; aged 80 y. 8 m. 18 d. He is survived by his wife, Martha E. Lefever Mylin, 11 children, (Irene-Mrs. George K. Herr, Millersville; Jacob, Lancaster; Abram, Robert, Frank, Florence-Mrs. Aaron Harnish, Raymond, all of Willow Street; Ruth-Mrs. Arthur Nissley, Mt. Joy; Laverne, New Providence; Warren, and Martha Jane, Willow Street). He was a member of Byerland Mennonite Church where funeral services were held with Jacob Harnish and Maris Hess in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Nisly, -- Robert Lynn, son of Ivan and Esther (Burkey) Nisly, was born Nov. 11, 1951, at Friend, Nebr.; departed this life Oct. 28, 1955, at McMinnville, Oreg.; aged 3 y. 11 m. 17 d. Bobby, a bright-eyed boy with a cheery smile for all, met his untimely death in a traffic accident when he turned from the safety of his mother's hand and ran back to rescue his new pajamas, while family home was burning. All efforts possible were made to rescue him. While his father was calling to him from an open window, begging and praying for him to come, his last words were, "Daddy, I can't see." Surviving are his parents, one sister (Wanita May), grandparents, (John and Sara Burkey, Beaver Crossing, Nebr., and Jacob and Anna Nisly, McMinnville, Oreg.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Oct. 31 at the Sheridan Mennonite Church in charge of Max Yoder and LeRoy Cowan.
Roth, -- Chris E., son of Joseph and Barbara (Eicher) Roth, was born Feb. 27, 1883, near Wayland, Iowa. He was the oldest of a family of 10 children. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Sugar Creek Church. When the Bethel congregation was organized, he was among the charter members and was a regular attendant as long as his health permitted. On Dec. 19, 1909, he was united in marriage with Emma Reschly. Their family consisted of 4 daughters. They lived on a farm until a few years ago when they moved to the village of Noble. He became seriously ill on Nov. 11, when he was taken to the Memorial Hospital at Mt. Pleasant, when he passed away Nov. 14, 1955; aged 72 y. 8 m. 17 d. He leaves his wife, 4 daughters (Mable-Mrs. William Conrad, Edith and Marguerite of the home, and Ethel-Mrs. Marvin Widmer), 3 brothers (Sam of the Wayland community, John, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Paul, Los Angeles, Calif.), 3 sisters (Mollie-Mrs. Sam Nebel, Bessie-Mrs. Glen Klopfenstein, and Mrs. Effie Leichty), 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. His parents, one brother, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. The funeral was held Nov. 17 at the Bethel Church in charge of the local ministry, Vernon Roth, Vernon Gerig, William Leichty, and Simon Gingerich preaching the funeral sermon. Interment was made in the Bethel Cemetery.
Rufenacht, -- Nora Ella, daughter of Annie and John Oesch, was born near Elkton, Mo., Aug. 4, 1883; died at the Wetzel Hospital in Clinton, Mo., Nov. 11, 1955; aged 72 y. 3 m. 7 d. She was married to Simon Cletus Rufenacht on Dec. 25, 1899. To this union were born 2 sons (Cletus, Bushnell, Ill., and Hubert, Harrisonville, Mo.). They moved to Cass Co., Mo., when Cletus was one year old. She lived in the community the rest of her life except for one year when they lived in Hickory County. Her husband passed away on June 18, 1951. She continued to make her home in Garden City. On July 28 she was suddenly taken very ill and was taken to the Wetzel Hospital when she was operated upon for gallstones. On Aug. 7 she was taken to the home of her brother Roy Oesch. She gradually became worse, and Oct. 17 was taken back to the Wetzel Hospital where she again underwent surgery. She was converted and joined the Mennonite Church when a young girl. When she and her family moved to Cass County she moved her membership to the Sycamore Grove Church where she remained a true and faithful member until death. She leaves to mourn her passing her 2 sons, 3 brothers (Elmer, Bolivar, Mo., Roy and John , Weaubleau), and one sister (Rosie Samples, Weaubleau). Funeral services were held on Nov. 13 at the Sycamore Grove Church in charge of James D. Yoder with S. S. Hershberger assisting. Burial was made in the Clearfork Cemetery.
Rutt, --Mary F., daughter of the late Allen and Lizzie Brubaker, was born April 11, 1896, in Manheim Twp., Pa., departed this life in Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 61 y. 6 m. 2 d. After being ill for 6 months, she peacefully passed away. She was a member of Bossler's Mennonite Church, having accepted the Lord Jesus as her Saviour in her youth. She was married to Norman L. Rutt, who survives her, as do the following children (Edwin B., Rheems, Pa.; Arlene B.-Mrs. Wilmer Esbenshade, Willow Street, Pa.; Martha B.-Mrs. Henry E. Garber, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Frank B., Mt. Joy, Pa.; Harold B., Norman B., and Leroy B., Elizabethtown; Esther E., and Miriam B., at home), also 24 grandchildren, her mother, and these brothers and sisters (Allan, Lititz, Pa.; Walter F., Elsie-Mrs. Noah Risser, both of Hershey, Pa.; Harold and J. Arthur, Palmyra, Pa.; Warren, Hershey, Pa.; Charles, Elizabethtown; Florence-Mrs. Elam Longenecker, Manheim, Pa.; Helen-Mrs. Raymond Nissley, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Fannie-Mrs. Ivan Martin, Ephrata, Pa.; and Arlene-Mrs. Luke Mosemann, Lititz). Funeral services were held at Bossler's Church on Oct. 26, in charge of Martin R. Kraybill and John Hiestand. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Shrock, -- Miriam Jean, infant daughter of William and Edna (Swartzentruber) Shrock, was born Nov. 7, 1955; passed away Nov. 8, 1955, at the Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, Ill; aged 1 d. Cause of death was a hemorrhagic pneumonia. She leaves to mourn her early departure her parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the home on Nov. 9, conducted by Ora and Ova Hostetler. Burial was made in the Fairfield A. M. Cemetery.
Snyder, -- Alma Ruth, daughter of Joe C. and Anna (Kauffman) Driver, was born near Versailles, Mo., on April 10, 1901; suddenly passed to eternal reward on Nov. 18, 1955; at her home near Cheraw, Colo.; aged 54 y. 7 m. 8 d. Death was cause by coronary occlusion. On Aug. 3, 1925, she was married to Harve E. Snyder of La Junta, Colo. They made their home near La Junta since that time. To this union were born 6 sons (Glenn, Willis, and Robert of the East Holbrook community; Ronald of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Howard, student at Hesston College, Hesston, Kans., and Earl Jay at home). These sons with her husband survive her; also surviving are 3 granddaughters, her aged parents for whom she and her husband had cared for the past 8 years, 2 brothers and 2 sisters ( D. D. Driver, Hesston, Kans.; Jake Drive, Blue Springs, Mo.; Esther-Mrs. Harley Evers, Ontario, Calif., and Lydia, La Junta, Colo.), and many other relatives and friends. One brother preceded her in death. At an early age she was converted and became a member of the Mennonite Church. At the time of her passing she was a member of the East Holbrook Mennonite Church, and was keenly interested in all its activities. For many months she had been eagerly looking forward to the time when her son Robert and family would return from Paraguay. This wish was granted about midnight Nov. 17. She visited with them about one hour before retiring. The next morning she got up as usual and was preparing breakfast when the pain struck her. About an hour and a half later she quietly passed away. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 20 at the East Holbrook Church in charge of Earl Showalter and Darrel Otto. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Yeackley, -- Fannie, oldest of thirteen children of John and Magdalena (King) Yordy, was born in Tremont, Ill. April 5, 1863; exchanged her earthly home for one in glory on Oct. 31, 1955; aged 92 y. 6 m. 26 d. On Sept. 7, 1884, she was married to Joseph Yeackley. The following spring they moved to Milford, Nebr., on a farm where she lived for 62 years. Her husband passed away Jan. 18, 1940. Seven years later she, with her daughter Eva, moved into Milford, where she lived for eight years. Their home was blessed with 8 children. (Lizzie-Mrs. Ben Gascho, Phoebe-widow of Bishop J. E. Zimmerman, Fred, John, Emma-Mrs. Ed Roth, George, Eva, and Elsie-Mrs. Bert Stutzman, all of Milford). She lived to be grandmother to 32 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren. Surviving are all her children, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Emma Swartzendruber, Wellman, Iowa; Mrs. Bella Schrock, Albany, Oreg.; and Mrs. Elizabeth Erb, Colorado Springs, Colo.). In her youth she united with the Waldo congregation near Flanagan, Ill., and during her 70 years in the Milford community was a loyal member of the East Fairview Church. We, as a family, are grateful to God for having given us a mother with an active and alert mind, who spent many hours reading. She absorbed much from the past and present, yet kept her eyes in the direction of her eternal Home. Mother was interested in people as individuals and liked to converse with everyone. She never tired of living. Some of her last words were, "I think of my big family. Do the best you can when I'm gone, be faithful, have a clear title." The funeral services were held at the East Fairview Church. Ammon Miller used John 17: 24 as his text. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, -- Noah, son of Henry D. and Eva (Blosser) Yoder, was born Feb. 14, 1887; passed away at his home in E. Lewistown, Ohio, Nov. 15, 1955; aged 68 y. 9 m. 1 d. On Sept. 9, 1913, he was united in marriage to Florence Hendricks. This marriage was blessed with two sons. Surviving are his companion, 2 sons (William H., Columbiana, Ohio; and Gordon R., Elkhart, Ind.), 4 grandchildren, and 2 brothers (William R., North Lima, and Noble E., Goshen, Ind.). For 30 years he was employed by the Youngstown Municipal Railway Co. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a faithful member of the North Lima Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at the North Lima Church in charge of David Steiner and A. J. Steiner. Interment was made in the Midway Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Albright, --- Phoebe, of near Turbotville, daughter of the late Daniel and Ida Schmick of Shamokin, and widow of Adam Albright, passed away Nov. 21, 1955, at the home of her sister Margaret, wife of Lawrence Bissett, Berwick, Pa.; aged 70. She was a member of the Beaver Run Mennonite Church. Surviving besides her sister are a few nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services were held in the Beaver Run Mennonite Church on Nov. 26 in charge of Elmer Martin and Lloyd Eby. Interment was made in the Turbotville Cemetery.
Baumgartner, --Albert, son of Christian D. and Barbara (Welty) Baumgartner, was born near Kidron, Ohio, April 6, 1887; following an extended illness he departed this life at their home Nov. 22, 1955; aged 68 y. 7 m. 16 d. Confessing his faith in Christ, he became a member of the Mennonite Church in his youth. He was a faithful member and attended services as the Kidron Mennonite Church as long as health permitted. He was married to Martha Falb on Nov. 25, 1919. Two children were born to them. One, a son, died in infancy, and the other Esther-Mrs. Titus Gerber, survives. Also surviving are his loving companion, 2 grandchildren, one uncle, and many other relatives and friends. He was of a quiet disposition, one who enjoyed his home, his family and his friends, especially the grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Nov. 25, at the home and at the church with Reuben Hofstetter, Allen Bixler, and Isaac Zuercher in charge. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Good, -- Dr. Milton H., Wasaga Beach, formerly a native of Kitchener, Ont., widely known osteopathic physician, was born Jan. 26, 1870; died Nov. 27, 1955; aged 85. He is survived by his wife (the former Jean Sheriffs), 2 sons (Dr. Stuart A. Good, Buffalo, N. Y.; and Ross E., Wasaga Beach, Ont.), and one daughter (Welma-Mrs. Fred Lindholm, Buffalo, N. Y.). He was an accomplished doctor, widely and well known. It was the opportunity of the pastor, C. F. Derstine, to minister to him for many years, which he greatly appreciated. The pastor also officiated at the funeral. C.F.D.
Hunsberger, -- Emma G., daughter of the late William and Barbara (Histand) Good, was born Oct. 7, 1888, near Spring City, Pa.; passed away Oct. 6, 1955, in her home near Spring City; aged 66 y. 11 m. 29 d. She suffered ill health the past two years. She was married to George J. Hunsberger on March 8 ,1913. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son (Jacob, near Spring City), 2 daughters (Irene and Mary at home), one foster son (Lloyd Beyer, Souderton, Pa.), 13 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Katie Shuler, Parkerford, Pa.), and 2 brothers (Allen Good, Fleetwood, Pa.; and Henry Good, Spring City, Pa.). She was a member of the Vincent Mennonite Church, Spring City, where funeral services were held Oct. 10 in charge of Jacob Kolb, Paul Longacre, and Elmer Kolb. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kuhns, -- Joseph Burkholder, was born Jan. 17, 1882; died of a heart attack Nov. 26, 1955; aged 73 y. 10 m. 9 d. He was the son of the late Christian and Marie (Burkholder) Kuhns. He was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church from his youth. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the late Leah Horst Kuhns, in 1933. Surviving are his wife (Mrs. Amanda Martin Kuhns), 2 sons (Christian H. , Chambersburg, Pa.; and Clarence L., Newville, Pa.), 5 daughters (Mrs. Austin Gable, Thomasville, Pa.; Mrs. Alvan Forry, Hanover, Pa.; Mrs. Alvey Baer, Maugansville, Md.; Mrs. Omar Martin, Chamberburg, Pa.; and Mrs. Henry Bair, Hanover, Pa.), 30 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother (Pre. Daniel Kuhns, Chambersburg), one sister (Anna M. Kuhns, Chambersburg). Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, Nov. 30, with Aaron Martin, Harold Hunsecker, and Harvey E. Shank officiating. The text was Rev. 22: 14. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Leaman, --- Benjamin B., son of the late Daniel and Martha (Buckwalter) Leaman, was born Aug.1, 1881, near Leacock, Pa.; passed away Oct. 29, 1955, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Ronks, Pa., where he resided for the past six years; aged 74 y. 2 m. 28 d. He was in failing health for many years, being bedfast for the past year. He bore his affliction very patiently and selected the text (Ps. 132: 14) and the hymn ("Nearing the Port") to be used at his funeral services. He accepted Christ in early youth and became a member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member until death. On Jan. 10, 1907, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Wenger. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 3 daughters, who with his companion survive. They are Elmer W., Landisville, Pa.; Martha-Mrs. Lloyd M. Eby, Ronks; Daniel W., Leacock; Anna-Mrs. Kendig Miller, Leola; Mary-Mrs. Arthur M. Graybill, Pottsville, Pa. Also surviving are one brother (Abram B. Leaman, Leacock), one sister (Mrs. Lizzie B. Kreider, Oreville Mennonite Home), 17 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Nov. 2, at the Stumptown Mennonite Church with John Oberholtzer and Elmer Martin in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin, -- Peter C., son of the late Christian and Louise (Yancey) Martin, was born April 20, 1877; died in the Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1955, after being admitted Oct. 26, following an operation for cancer; aged 78 y. 6 m. 7 d. On Jan. 6, 1901, he was married to Katie Steria at the home of her parents, Joseph Steria of Kirschnerville. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure, his wife, 3 daughters (Malinda-Mrs. Samuel Gingerich, and Mabel-Mrs. Elmer Moser, both of Croghan, N. Y.; and Rose-Mrs. Dan Widrick, Naumburg), one son (Alvin), 2 brothers (Andrew, Croghan, N.Y; and Michael, Naumburg, N. Y.) 4 sisters (Mrs. Minnie Farney, and Mrs. Lizzie Zehr, both of Croghan; Mrs. Barbara Mathys, of Naumburg; and Mrs. Noah Yousey, of Lowville), 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Two daughters and a great-grandson preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and remained a faithful member of the church, having expressed his peace with God a few hours before passing away. Funeral services were at the Conservative Mennonite Church, Croghan, in charge of Lloyd Boshart, with burial in the church cemetery.
Meadwos, -- Leonard Warfield, son of William and Delia Lam Meadows, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., April 21, 1862; died at his home near Elkton, Va., Nov. 11, 1955; aged 93 y. 6 m. 21 d. On Feb. 4, 1886, he was united in marriage to Etta Virginia Eppard, who preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 1943. He was also preceded by 2 infant sons and one daughter. Surviving him are 11 children (John West, Hubert, Fred, Lester, Cletus, Bessie-Mrs. Harvey Lam, Gussie-Mrs. Dock Breeden, Mamie-Mrs. Ward Breeden, Vida-Mrs. Vernie Lam, and Lora, all of Elkton, Va.; and Effie-Mrs. Dewey Merica of Baltimore, Md.), 80 grandchildren, 176 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren. He was a devoted husband and father and had many friends who affectionately called him "Uncle Leonard." He believed in Christ from his youth and when visited by Mennonite workers in recent years he was baptized and received into church fellowship. After a lingering illness he spoke of going home and peacefully fell asleep. Funeral services were conducted by Harold H. Lahman at Hensley's Methodist Church on Nov. 13. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller, -- Samuel D., son of Daniel B. and Kathrine (Stutzman) Miller, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Nov. 12, 1868; passed out of this life Nov. 26, 1955, following an illness of approximately four years. The last 15 months he was at the Washington County Home. He reached the age of 87 years and 14 days. In the earlier part of his life he was engaged in well drilling, farming, operating a sawmill, and threshing. Upon retirement they moved to Wellman in 1930, where he and his son were operating a feed mill. He was baptized in his youth and united with the West Union Mennonite Church, then later transferred his membership to the Wellman congregation where he remained a member until his death. He attended church regularly until health failed him. He was married to Elizabeth Ann Fisher on Nov. 10, 1892, at the home of Daniel B. Miller. They lived together for 63 years. Three children preceded him in death also 2 brothers and 3 sisters, Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth, one son (Ortis W., of Wellman), one daughter (Ollie-Mrs. Norman Parrot of Elida, Ohio), 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers and one sister (Charles D., Alvin D., and Mrs. John H. Slabaugh, all of Wellman). Services were held at the Wellman Mennonite Church Nov. 29 by Geo. S. Miller. Interment in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
Newswanger, -- Reuben Wenger, was born in Salisbury, Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 19, 1884; departed this life Nov. 4, 1955. He was the son of the late John G. and Lydia (Wenger) Newswanger. On Dec. 19, 1907, he was married to Mary E. Ressler, who survives him . He lived his entire life in Lancaster County, where he was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from his youth. In 1935 he was one of three appointed to open the work of Nickel Mines Mission, near Paradise, where he served continuously as secretary-treasurer to the time of his illness. The work of the mission was always first in his thoughts and interest. Besides his wife he is survived by these children: Paul R., Vintage, Pa.; Anne E., wife of Lester M. Slaymaker, Gap, Pa.; Elva F., wife of Harry Gascho, Wood River, Nebr.; Ray H., Elverson, Pa.; Rhoda M., wife of Kenneth Smoker, Windom, Kans.; R. Willard, Quarryville, Pa.; and Stella M., at home. Two children preceded him in infancy. There are 19 grandchildren and these brothers and sisters: Samuel W., Atglen, Pa.; Aaron W., Bird in Hand, Pa.; Lydia, wife of J. Garfield Beecher, Lancaster, Pa.; Henry K., Bareville, Pa.; Mrs. Ada Fiester, Coatesville, Pa.; Jacob M. and John G., both of Los Angeles, Calif. Funeral services were held Nov. 8, from the Paradise Church in charge of Paul E. Mast, pastor of Nickel Mines, and George Y. Graham. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Shirk, -- Abraham, born May 18, 1868; died Nov. 27, 1955; aged 87 y. 6 m. 9 d. He was married to Emma Good, and they lived together for almost 64 years. Following the death of his wife a little over a year ago, he had a light stroke from which he did not fully recover. Surviving are 3 daughters and one son (Sallie, at home; Alice-Mrs. Wm. Weber, Narvon, Pa.; Wayne, Bowmansville, Pa.; and Mary-Mrs. Amos Burkhart, New Holland, Pa.), 18 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death. Funeral services in charge of Benjamin Weaver, Howard Good, and Moses Gehman were held at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Diem, -- Rebecca, daughter of the late Amos B. and Sara (Glick) Stoltzfoos, was born near Gap, Pa., on Sept. 30, 1893; departed this life Sept. 15, 1955, in Lancaster General Hospital following a long illness during which time she suffered greatly. She accepted Christ in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. She operated a small store for the past 16 years and many children at home and on the foreign field received clothing from this store. On Jan. 25, 1914, she was married to Daniel L. Diem. They were blessed with one daughter and 3 sons (Bertha, wife of Raymond Hollinger, Lloyd, Earl, and Ray). Besides her husband and children she is survived by 8 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Fannie G. Stoltzfoos, Gap, Pa.; and Mrs. J. U. Peachy, Belleville, Pa.), and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sept. 19, 1955, from her late home and at Lititz Mennonite Church with Bro. Melvin Lauver in charge. She was laid to rest in Hess Mennonite Cemetery, Lititz, Pa.
Transcriber's note: "Stoltzfoos" is the spelling used in the original obituary.
Hostetler, --- Robin Ray, son of Leon and Marlene (James) Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, was born Dec. 3, 1955, and died Dec. 6, at the age of 3 days. He is survived by his parents, one brother (Joel Willard, of the home), his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Elmer James of Alliance, Ohio), his paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Asa Hostetler, of Louisville), along with other relatives. A graveside service was conducted by the pastor, O. N. Johns, using the test, "And Jesus called a little child unto him.: (Matt. 18: 2). Interment was in the Beech Church Cemetery.
Kramer, -- Mary Ann, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Yoder) Schlabach, was born March 14, 1876; died Oct. 29, 1955, at her son Levi's home near Norfolk, Va.; aged 79 y. 7 m. 15 d. In November, 1895, she was married to Daniel J. Kramer, who passed away in September, 1944. She lived as a widow for 11 y. 1 m. 7 d. In addition to her husband, 2 sons preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure 7 sons (Abraham D., Plain City, Ohio; Joseph D., Lancaster, Ohio; Eli D., Portsmouth, Va.; Daniel D., Lynnhaven, Va.; William D., Wyoming, Del.; Levi D., Norfolk, Va.; Noah A., Portsmouth, Va.), 6 daughters (Emma-Mrs. Roman J. Yoder, Meadville, Pa.; Sarah-Mrs. Mahlon M. Weaver, Montezuma, Ga.; Mary-Mrs. Sam N. Yoder, West Liberty, Ohio; Amanda-Mrs. Ruby A. Miller, Wyoming Del.; and Catherine-Mrs. John H. Miller, Richmond, Va.), 85 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 3 sisters and many other relatives and friends. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church, faithful from her youth. Death came as a result of old age and a heart attack, passing away quietly in her sleep without any apparent struggle. She had been in failing health for the last 6 years. She attended church as she was able, having partaken of the communion emblems at the home of Mrs. Sarah Beiler on Oct. 11, administered by Bishop Simon Yoder of Stuarts Draft, Va. Funeral services were held at the Kempsville Amish Mennonite Church, Nov. 1, with burial in the church cemetery nearby.
Landis, -- Ellen S., daughter of the late Jacob and Susan (Shenk) Kilheffer, was born Sept. 27, 1871, near Millersville, Pa.; departed this life Nov. 17, 1955; aged 84 y. 2 m. 10 d. She died at the Lancaster General Hospital after a stay of one week, although she had been sick for several months. She was preceded in death by her late husband 20 years ago. One brother survives (Willis S. Kilheffer, Lititz, Pa.). She was a faithful member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Nov. 19 at the East Petersburg Church in charge of Henry Lutz, Irvin Kreider, and Jame Siegrist. Text, II Cor. 4: 8-18. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
McFarlane, -- Walter D., was born July 1, 1879, in Brooklyn, N. Y., the son of Duncan and Anna (Smedley) McFarlane. At the age of one year he moved with his parents to Harvey Co., Kans., and with the exception of a few years which he spent in other parts of the state there has been his home. One Dec. 28, 1899, he was married to Anna Hess, and to this union were born 6 children. One son, Kenneth, died in infancy and the others with the widow survive. They are Cecil, Gwen (Mrs. Homer) Watkins of Newton, Kans., Kermitt of Wichita, Kans., Donald of Great Bend, Kans., and Opal (Mrs. Charles) Scott of Los Gatos, Calif. Also surviving are one brother (A. J. McFarlane of Halstead, Kans.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Sadie Winslow of Wiley, Colo., Mrs. Mamie Dillman of Newton, Kans.m and Mrs. Etta Beck of Hesston, Kans.), 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was converted in November, 1924, and soon afterward placed his membership in the Methodist Church at Halstead. He was ill for more than 3 years. He entered the hospital the last time 5 days before his death, which occurred Nov. 9,1955. Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church near Hesston, in charge of Earl Buckwalter, with interment in adjoining cemetery.
Short, -- Nancy, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Nofziger) Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, April 5, 1868. On Dec. 3, 1955, following a heart attack, she very suddenly took her departure from life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Freeman Aschliman, Toledo, Ohio, after having lived and served for 87 y. 7 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage to Christ Short on April 1, 1890, and this union was broken by his death in 1941. Also preceding her through the "valley of the shadow" were 5 sons, a daughter, 2 grandchildren, parents, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. Surviving are 3 daughters (Elizabeth-Mrs. Raymond Short, Archbold; Rosa-Mrs. Freeman Aschliman, Toledo; and Martha, Stryker, Ohio), a son (Maurice, West Unity, Ohio), 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. 4 sisters, 2 brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. She made the supreme decision when, early in life, she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, uniting with the Mennonite Church. She remained a true and faithful member. After marriage she moved with her husband to the present farm home where together they faced life's joys and sorrows in Christian faith and trust. About 6 months ago she made her home in Toledo. About 4 years ago she suffered a severe heart attack, and one May 29, 1955, she suffered a broken hip, but again the Lord healed her body. The testimony of the life she lived clearly showed her qualities of love, sympathy, understanding and true Christian motherhood. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at the Lockport Church in charge of D. Wyse Graber, Walter Stuckey, and Simon Stuckey. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Shrock, -- Lydia Ella, was born May 17, 1878, near Kokomo, Ind.; departed for the Great Beyond, Nov. 22, 1955; aged 77 y. 5 m. 6 d. She was married March 4, 1898, to Altine Sankey Shrock, who died June 28, 1941. Survivors include 3 sons (Virgil D., Oregon, Ill.; Delton S., and Chester G., both of Goshen, Ind.) and 3 daughters (Opal-Mrs. Henry Lantz, and Gola-Mrs. Ora Wilson, both of Goshen, Ind.; and Beulah-Mrs. William Whirledge, Millersburg, Ind.). Another son, Verlin, preceded her in death in 1944. Also surviving are 5 half brothers (Ira Yoder, Goshen, Ind.; Harry and Clarence Schrock, White Pigeon, Mich.; Jesse Schrock, North Liberty, Ind.), a half sister (Mrs. Reuben Lehman, Sarasota, Fla.), 20 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until her death. The church and her family were her most vital interests in this life. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church near Goshen, Ind., Nov. 24 in charge of Vernon E. Bontreger and Ira S. Johns. Interment was made in the Yellow Creek Cemetery west of Goshen.
Smith, -- Sarah Elizabeth, was born July 11, 1860; died Nov. 26, 1955; aged 95 y. 4 m. 15 d. She suffered from complications due to advanced age and on Nov. 22, fell and fractured her hip which hastened her death. She was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church of Job, W., Va., for many years and took an active part in Sunday-school and church work as long as health permitted. She is survived by 3 sons (Jasper-a minister in above-named congregation, Isom, and William), 2 daughters (Mrs. Maud Mullennax, with whom she resided and Delphia-Mrs.Lawrence Judy), one sister (Mrs. Cora Wolford), 34 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the Bethel Mennonite Church, Nov. 28, in charge of R. W. Benner, assisted by Olin McDorman and Paul Good. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Stonerook, -- Jacob G., passed away at his home in Martinsburg, Pa., Nov. 18, 1955. He was born at Martinsburg, Aug. 12, 1920, the son of Bishop D. Irvin and Fannie (Snyder) Stonerook. He was married to Mildred Long, June 17, 1950, at Bakers Summit by his father. He leaves his wife, his parents, and 2 brothers (Earl and John both of Martinsburg). One brother, Lloyd, preceded him in death. Death resulted from an acute heart condition. He suffered under this condition for the past few years and was totally bedfast for the past seven months. He became a member of the Martinsburg Mennonite Church at a young age and served his church faithfully as the church treasurer and Sunday-school teacher. In the months preceding his death, he gave a splendid testimony to the church and community showing to all the wonderful grace of God available to His children during hours of intense suffering. Funeral services were held at the Martinsburg Mennonite Church Nov. 21 by Clyde D. Fulmer and Earl Ziegler of Woodbury, pastor of the Church of the Brethren. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Pa.
Troyer, -- John R., son of John and Lucinda (Stutzman) Troyer, was born March 23, 1898, in Deuel Co., Nebr. In the same year he, with his parents, went to Fillmore County near Shickley, Nebr., where he grew to manhood. Later he moved to Seward Co., Nebr., with his parents to a farm where he, at his death, was living. He met his untimely death in an automobile accident on Nov. 22, 1955, at the age of 57 y. 8 m. In his early youth he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour, and was received into the fellowship of the Salem Mennonite Church. Later when he came to Seward County with his parents, he transferred his membership to the West Fairview Mennonite Church of near Beaver Crossing, where he remained a faithful member until his death. On Dec. 16, 1920, he was married to Elsie Eicher, to which union were born 7 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom survive him except one son who preceded him in death in infancy. He leaves to mourn his death his faithful and loving wife who was seriously injured, and is now recovering in the hospital at Seward; 6 sons and 2 daughters (Milton, Milford, Nebr., now serving the Milford Mennonite Church as a minister; Royden, also of Milford; Grace-Mrs. Robert Roth, and Stanley, of Beaver Crossing; Cloy, of Milford; Lauren, of Beaver Crossing; Kenneth, at present of Denver, Colo.; and Lela, at home), and 22 grandchildren. He also leaves 7 brothers and 4 sisters (Melvin, of Milford; Lloyd, Wellman, Iowa; Perry, Waterford, Pa.; Dan, Union City, Pa.; Abner, Smithville, Ohio; Clayton and Vernon, Union City, Pa.; Mattie-Mrs. Jess Miller, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mary-Mrs. Aden Klopfenstein, Corry, Pa.; Lucinda-Mrs. Alton Miller, Corry, Pa.; and Velma-Mrs. George Hostetler, Smithville, Ohio). One sister, (Elma Burkey) preceded him. John was the first of eight brothers to experience the glory of his eternal home in heaven. In 1953, he received the call, through which office he was ordained, and in which he rendered faithful service for 17 years. In June, 1950, upon the death of Ezra Roth, who was serving as copastor, he was ordained to the office of minister, in which office he was a faithful servant until his death. His work in the ministry was highly appreciated, and he took a keen interest in it, showed himself a considerate, cooperative servant, and manifested a deep concern for the welfare of the church. He not only served his local church, but was active in the cause of Christ in various activities of the church at large, serving on various committees and boards and at the time of his death was treasurer of the Iowa-Nebraska Conference, being elected to this office in 1949. Father was kind, thoughtful, always considerate, ready to listen to the needs of his children, whatever the condition might have been, was patient and loving, yet with a firmness instructed his children in the way that they should live, in all honesty and sincerity. He was keenly interested in the welfare of his family, especially in the salvation of their souls and the souls of others. He was especially interested in young people and children for the future of the church. We cannot express in words what he has done for us and many others until the day we meet him on the bright and glorious morning. One of his favorite Scripture verses which he often quoted was Ps. 16: 11: "Thou will shew me the path of life; in they presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Funeral services were held Nov. 25, at the West Fairview Mennonite Church, in charge of Wm. R. Eicher and Lloyd Burkey, assisted by L.O. Schlegel, Oliver Roth, Warren Eicher, Sterling Stauffer, and Ammon Miller. Peter Kennel preached the funeral sermon; test Hosea 6: 1. Interment was in cemetery adjoining the church.
Transcriber's note: "Copastor" is the spelling used in the original obituary. It should be Co Pastor as two words not one.
Witmer, -- Isaac B., son of the late Levi and Annie (Brubaker) Witmer, was born March 11, 1875, in West Earl Twp., Pa.; passed away in his sleep at his home Nov. 26, 1955; aged 80 y. 8 m. 15 d. Death was caused by coronary occlusion. His wife, Amanda (Hess) Witmer died 24 years ago. He was a member of the Hess Mennonite Church. He is survived by the following children: Mabel, wife of Benjamin Snavely, Lititz; Barbara Ann, wife of Elmer Hertzler, Lancaster; Mary, wife of Martin Peifer, Christiana; Wayne, Lititz; Isaac, Lebanon; Eva, wife of Paul Miller, Lititz; Irene, at home; and Aaron, Palmyra. Also 35 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Christian Stauffer, of Lititz. Funeral services were held at the Hess Church, in charge of Bishop Amos Horst and the home ministers. Interment was in the Hess Cemetery.
Yoder, -- Jost J., son of Jacob Y. and Veronica (Slabaugh) Yoder, was born Nov. 24, 1860, in Somerset Co., Pa.; passed away at the home of his granddaughter, Susan-Mrs. Glen Beachy, near Kalona, Iowa, Nov. 2, 1955; aged 94 y. 11 m. 9 d. His youth was spent in Pennsylvania, where he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the O. O. Amish faith, remaining steadfast to the end. On Jan. 5, 1888, he was married to Susan Gingerich of Kalona, who preceded him in death on March 13, 1943. They had lived in matrimony 55 years. Their union was blessed with 2 sons (Noah, deceased in 1929, and Joel of Kalona). Those mourning his departure are a son, 5 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. The first year of his married life was spent in Pennsylvania, then they moved near Arthur, Ill. In 1897 they moved to Howard Co., Ind., and in 1910 near Kalona. From 1916 to 1940 they lived with Joel; later several years were spent in the homes of Ira Nissley, Henry Mast, and Rudy and Sally Yoder; the last six years he was cared for in the Beachy home where he passed away. Funeral services were conducted on Nov. 4 at the home by Will Yoder, Adam Miller, and Albert S. Miller. Burial was in the Peter Miller Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.