Bergey, Levi R., husband of the late Elizabeth K. (Strouse) Bergey, was born Feb. 15, 1875; passed away Feb. 26, 1956; aged 81 y. 11 d. His death was caused by a heart attack and came to a shock to all. He seemed to be in normal health the evening before, and was found dead on Sunday morning by his daughter. Before retiring, he had made preparations to attend the Sunday morning worship services. He was born on a farm in the Pinerun Valley of Bucks Co., Pa., where he died. His wife preceded him in death in Oct., 1954, also one son who died in youth. He is survived by 5 daughters (Ruth-Mrs. Samuel Detweiler, Danboro, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Wm. Histand, Doylestown, Pa.; Alice-Mrs. Raymond Koffel, Souderton, Pa.; Emma-Mrs. Marvin Gross, Doylestown; and Betty Bergey, Richboro, Pa.), also 18 grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Isaac and Abram). Funeral services were held in the Doylestown Mennonite Church, where he was a member on March 1 with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Branner, Charles C., was born May 11, 1886, at Broadway, Va.; died Jan. 28, 1956, from a heart attack while driving home from services at the Lindale Mennonite Church. He was a conscientious Christian, devoted husband and father, and served as an elder in the Broadway, Va., Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Brunk Branner, who with the following children are members of the Mennonite Church: Mrs. Frances Rhodes, Harrisonburg, Va.; Mrs. Phoebe Brenneman, Broadway, Va.; and John R. Branner, Harrisonburg, Va. He is also survived by two sisters, Misses Olli and Bess Branner, Broadway, Va. Funeral services were held at the Broadway Presbyterian Church on January 30 in charge of his pastor, W. E. Orndorff, assisted by J. Ward Shank and E. E. Sumpter. Burial was in the Lindale Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Cole, Ervin, was born Oct. 25, 1868, at North Lima, Ohio, and passed away March 9, 1956, at the Salem City Hospital. He was a lifelong resident o f this community and the oldest resident of East Lewistown, Ohio, having reached the age of 87 y. 4m. 13d. His wife, Catherine Painter, whom he married in 1891, died Feb. 17, 1946. He leaves 3 children (Clarence and Mrs. Wade Carr of East Lewistown, and Mrs. Homer Davis of Greenford), 5 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the North Lima Mennonite Church. Funeral services held March 12 at the Fry Funeral Home were in charge of David Steiner. Interment was made in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Crunkleton, Clinton Rowe, son of the late George W. and Ida (Binkley) Crunkleton, was born Nov. 1, 1884, near Greencastle, died March 12, 1956, at his home in Chambersburg, Pa., of a heart attack caused by a shock he received when bumped by a car about two hours before he died; aged 71 y. 4 m. 11 d. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eleanor (Slothour) Crunkleton, 2 daughters (Mrs. Morris Buckwalter, Upton, Pa., and Mrs. Glenn Niswander, Chambersburg, Pa.), one son (Theodore Wayne, Fayetteville, Pa.), 9 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was a consistent member of the Chambersburg congregation. Funeral services at the Chambersburg Church, on March 15 were conducted by Omar Martin, Harold Hunsecker, and Harvey Shank. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Davidhizar, Calvin W., son of Jacob and Lydia Ann (Weaver) Davidhizar, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 10, 1882; passed away at his home in Wakarusa, Ind., on March 8, 1956; aged 73 y. 7m. 27 d. He had been in ill health for more than four years, but bore his suffering patiently. On March 15, 1915,he was married to Lizzie L. Culp, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons and 2 daughters (Roy Willard, Goshen, Ind.; Virgil Stanley, Indianapolis, Ind.; Ethel Fern and Ruth Lois at home), 5 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren, one brother, Oscar, Cassopolis, Mich., and many other relatives. His parents, 4 brothers and one sister preceded him. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and for the past 40 years was a member of the Salem congregation. Funeral services were conducted on March 11 with Harold Myers, F. E. Fred, and R. F. Yoder officiating. Burial was made in the Yellow Creek cemetery.
Detweiler, Valentine D., son of Christian and Mary (Kopperschmitt) Detweiler, was born Oct. 9, 1872, near Flanagan, Ill.; died March 7, 1956; aged 83 y. 4m. 27 d. Death was caused by an embolus. When a child, he with his parents moved to Milford, Nebr. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in his youth and was a member until his death. In Dec. 1895, he was married to Katie Slagell, near Hartford, Kans., where they lived until 1901 when they moved to Nebraska. In 1913 they moved to Thomas, Okla., where they had their home until his death. One daughter, Pearl, 2 brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death. He was the last of his family. Surviving are his wife, 9 children (Mary-Mrs. Arthur Waters, Joe, Barbara-Mrs. Peter Schantz, Jr., Lydia-Mrs. Alvin Schantz, Emma-Mrs. Paul Johns, John, Ben, Katie-Mrs. Roy King, and Ella-Mrs. Glen Miller), 25 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services at Pleasant View Church near Hydro, Okla., on March 9 were in charge of Ray Smee and Alva Swartzendruber. Interment was made in nearby cemetery.
Eichorn, Annie, daughter of Enoch and Mary Bender, was born at Springs, Pa., on Feb. 5, 1881; died at Lockport Memorial Hospital on Jan. 27, 1956, following a two-week illness; aged 74 y. 11m. 22 d. She accepted Christ in her youth and served Him faithfully throughout life. On Jan. 1, 1914, she was united in marriage to Lewis Eichorn, who preceded her in death nearly 11 years ago. Surviving are 12 children (Earnest Bender, Nappanee, Ind.; Enoch and Salome, Clarence, N. Y.; Herman, Imola, Calif.; Clara-Mrs. Henry Steul, Clarence, N.Y.; Paul, Cochranton, Pa.; (stepchildren) Alma-Mrs. Noah Swartzentruber and Wilma-Mrs. Eli Gingerich, Turner, Mich.; Edna-Mrs. Ezra Schrock, Clarence Center, N. Y.; Lewis, Jr., Burr Oak, Mich.; and Mary-Mrs. Oris Troyer, Buffalo, N. Y.), 39 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers and sisters (Amanda-Mrs. Asa Schrock, Accident, Md.; Clara-Mrs. Ezra Peachey, Belleville, Pa.; Milton Bender, Grantsville, Md.; Salome-Mrs. Shem Peachey, Quarryville, Pa.; and Norma Bender, Grantsville). In 1921, the Eichorn family moved near Clarence, N. Y., and lived at the present homestead for nearly 35 years. She was a member of the Clarence Center Mennonite Church in charge of Edward Diener and Joseph Miller. Interment was made in the Good Cemetery.
Fayette, Downer, was born in Fayette Co., Iowa, on May 18, 1886; passed away on Feb. 23, 1956, aged 69 y. 9 m. 5 d. When a child, his parents moved to Shell City, Minn. In 1902 he was united in marriage to Lillie Henrickson. Three sons were born to this union, one of whom died in infancy. His wife passed away on May 5, 1912. On Oct. 4, 1923, he was united in marriage to Ruby Margaret Higgs. Six children were born to them He is survived by his wife, children (Faye Alice, Ruth Ann, Blane, Lyle, and David, all at home; Dewitt, of Sebeka, Minn., and Kenneth, Menahga, Minn.), 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, one brother (Milo, Verndale, Minn.), and many other relatives and friends. His parents, 6 sisters, and one brother preceded him in death. He confessed Christ as Saviour and Lord in Feb., 1946, and joined the Huntersville Mennonite Church on Oct. 13, 1946. His deepest concern was for his children, that they should be taught the Word of God and that they should early in life take the step which he took late in life. He was free to testify to his friends and neighbors, and his life was a source of inspiration to many. He carried in his possession a verse which was precious to him, "The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth." Services were held Feb. 27 in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Hubbard, Minn., with Elmer Hershberger and Clyde Allebach officiating. Interment was made in the Shell City Cemetery.
Gerber, Ada, daughter of the late Emanuel and Katie Ann Gerber, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, on Feb. 16, 1896; departed this life following a short illness at the home of a brother, Harry, on March 5, 1956; aged 61 y. 18 d. She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother predeceasing her only 9 weeks before on Dec. 31, 1955. Ada had constantly and faithfully helped to care for her invalid mother for years, even though not well herself, only to succumb to the ravages of cancer this short time afterwards. In 1911, at the age of 16 she confessed Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, attending regularly, and later as circumstances permitted, retaining her membership to her death. She is survived by 4 brothers (Harry, with whom she had made her home; Elmer and Lloyd of Sugarcreek, Ohio; Wilbur, Wooster, Ohio), besides other relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Walnut Creek Church, March 6, were in charge of Paul R. Miller, Alvin W. Miller, and Venus Hershberger, with burial in the church cemetery.
Gingerich, Amos, son of Samuel and Anna (Troyer) Gingerich, was born near Middlefield, Ohio, Feb. 24, 1903; passed away Feb. 29, 1956; aged 53 y. 5d. Death was due to complications resulting from a paralytic stroke and heart attack suffered over a year ago. He was a member of the Burton Mennonite Church, having been ordained as a minister in 1951. In 1923 he was married to Ida Yoder. He was greatly loved by the church and all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 7 sons and 4 daughters (Melbern, Allen, Owen, William, Ada Mae, Abraham, Susan Jane, Amos Jr., Barbara Ann, Marie, and Paul), 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and one sister. Funeral services were held at the church on March 3 with J. F. Garber and Elmer Stoltzfus officiating.
Habel, Lorne, son of the late Conrad and Maggie (Shantz) Habel, was born at Wilmot Center, Ont., 53 years ago; died at his home in New Hamburg on Feb. 9, 1956, after a long illness. Several months before his death he realized his need of cleansing from sin and accepted Christ as his Saviour. He was instructed in the Word, baptized, and received into fellowship of the Mennonite Church. During those last weeks of his life he testified of the great grace of God and gave evidence of a transformed life. Surviving are his wife, the former Fanny Gooding, 2 sons, Kenneth and Earl, one daughter, Helen, all of New Hamburg; 3 brothers, Clinton, Kitchener, Ont.; Harry, Buffalo, N. Y.; and Roy, Plattsville; one sister, Mrs. Wallace Thibideau, Ayr, Ont., and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services held on Feb. 13 at Geiger Mennonite church were in charge of Moses H. Roth, assisted by C. C. Cressman. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Harper, Nora, of Harrisonburg, Va., daughter of the late Solomon and Sophia (Parrott) Custer, was born Sept. 4, 1876, near Dale Enterprise, Va., passed away on March 11, 1956; aged 79 y. 6 m. 6 d. She had not been well since Christmas, although she was able to continue her usual activities. She became ill the last week before passing away. She had taught school for a number of years, both before her marriage and after her husband's death, and had also spent some time in mission work at Lancaster, Pa. She was well read and took an active interest in the affairs of the day, both world-wide events and church activities. Her husband George K. Harper, who she married on June 10, 1903, preceded her in death in 1924. Surviving are one step-daughter Mrs. Effie Bland of Richmond, Va.; 2 sisters, Mrs. John Rinker, Monmouth, Ill., and Mrs. Catherine Hodge, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; 2 brothers, Roy, Miami Fla.; and Charles, Chatahoochee, Fla., and a number of other relatives. Two sisters and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services held on March 11 at the Weaver Church, Harrisonburg, Va., were in charge of Chester K. Lehman and Oliver M. Keener. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Herr, Frances M., daughter of Daniel and Anna (Reifsnider) Kuhns, of Chambersburg, Pa., was born Sept. 22, 1912; died at the Hanover, Pa., Hospital on Feb. 19, 1956, after a five-week illness; aged 43 y. 4m. 28 d. She united with the church when 14 years of age and was faithful to her Lord and the church and was a powerful spiritual bulwark to her family till her death. She was married to Harold M. Herr of Gettysburg, Pa., on Sept. 24, 1933. She is survived by her husband, and 4 children (Glenn E., Richard K., Clair E., and Arlene M., all at home), her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Harry R., Harrisonburg, Va.; Ruth-Mrs. Reuben Ness of Hanover, Pa.; Esther-Mrs. Amos Eby, and John, both of Chambersburg, Pa.). Funeral services on Feb. 23, were held at the Bair meetinghouse with Richard Danner, Paul Martin, and Harvey Grove officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Nyce, Elmira K., widow of Tobias M. Nyce, passed away on Dec. 30, 1955; aged 93 years. She was bedfast for 11 weeks. She is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons (Lizzie-Mrs. Elmer Nyce, Harleysville, Pa.; Mary Hiebner, and Elmira-Mrs. Maurice Kerr, of Hatfield, Pa.; John, Harleysville, and Tobias, Souderton). Her husband, 2 sons, and one daughter preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Salford Mennonite Church where she was a member with Elias Landis, Henry Ruth, and Rein Alderfer in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Roth, Joseph, son of the late Jacob and Jacobina (Schwartzenruber) Roth, was born June 26, 1868, in East Zorra Twp., Ont.; died Feb. 6, 1956, in the Stratford General Hospital where he had been a patient for three weeks; aged 87 y. 7 m. 11 d. he was married to Catherine Jutzi, who died six years ago. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church 16th line, East Zorra. He is survived by 2 sons (Allen, Stratford, and Gordon, Windsor), 3 daughters (Melinda-Mrs. Jacob Roth, Ailsa Craig; Lydian-Mrs. Edwin Bast, Topping, and Marion-Mrs. Omer Baechler, New Hamburg; 9 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Fuenral services were held Feb. 9 with Daniel Wagler and Curtis Cressman in charge. Interment was held at the 16th line Amish Mennonite Church.
Transcriber's note: Schwartzenruber "mis-spelled" this way on the original.
Showalter, Alvina, youngest daughter of Herman and Alvina (Beinke) Luers, was born March 7, 1886, near Sigourney, Iowa; passed away after a long illness at her home near Kinross, Iowa, on Feb. 17, 1956, twenty days before her 70th birthday. She was united in marriage with Edward W. Showalter on April 27, 1921, and they established their home on a farm near Kinross, where they have lived ever since. She is survived by her husband, 4 brothers (Henry, Sigourney; Herman D., Keota, Iowa; Richard, Santa Ana, Calif.; and William, Sigourney), one sister (Mrs. Anna Shrader, Sigourney), and a number of other relatives. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. In early life she united with the Bethel Methodists Church in her home community, but after her marriage she transferred her membership to the Liberty Mennonite Church, South English, Iowa, where he husband was a member and where she faithfully attended as long as she was able. The devotion of her neighbors and friends during her long illness was a testimony to her life in the community. Funeral services held at the English River Church of the Brethren on Feb. 20 were conducted by Silas Horst, Harold Kreider, Arthur Lang, and P. J. Blosser. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Stoltzfus, Daniel M., Talmage,Pa., son of the late Abraham B. and Emma E. Stoltzfus, was born at Mascot, Pa., Nov. 1, 1889; died in the Lancaster General Hospital after a short illness, Feb. 11, 1956; aged 66 y. 3 m. 11 d. he was a faithful member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (Lydia Zook Stoltzfus), one son (Morris A., Talmage, Pa.), 2 grandchildren, one foster daughter (Evaline-Mrs. J. Lester Charles, Landisville, pa.), one brother and one sister (Aaron A., Norristown, Pa.; Emma-Mrs. John L. Petersheim, Lancaster), and a stepfather (Samuel P. Smoker, Barvelle, Pa.). He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Funeral services were held at the church with Abner G. Stoltzfus, George Palmer, and Isaac Kennel officiating. He was laid to rest in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Tressler, Annie Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Kamp) Eichorn, was born Sept. 11, 1896, near St. Paul, Pa.; died Feb. 4, 1956; aged 59 y. 4 m. 24 d. In her youth she accepted Christ and became a member of the Summit Mills Brethren Church, later transferring her membership to the Springs Mennonite Church where she remained a faithful member. She also was a member of the Ladies' Aid. On Sept. 26, 1914, she was united in marriage to John B. Tressler. To this union were born 6 children. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons (Martin and Clyde, Grantsville, Md., and Elwood, Springs); 2 daughters (Viola-Mrs. John Maust, Maple Glen; Mary-Mrs. Luke Bennett, Springs), 9 grandchildren, one brother (Irvin, Meyersdale), 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Humbertson, Barton, Md., and Mrs. Amanda Boyer, St. Paul). One infant son preceded her in death. Funeral services at the Springs Mennonite Church on Feb. 7, were in charge of Walter Otto, assisted by Roy Otto, with interment in the Springs Cemetery.
Troyer, Abner, son of Ben D. and Barbara (Miller) Troyer, was born May 26, 1901, near Sugarcreek, Ohio, was stricken with a heart attack on Feb. 17; passed away Feb. 25, 1956; aged 54 y. 8 m. 30 d. He was united in marriage to Eva Coblentz on Feb. 25, 1928. To this union were born 5 children. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth and united with the Amish Church, later uniting with the Mennonite Church. At the time of his death he was a faithful member of the Hartville Mennonite Church. He was preceded in death by his father, but leaves to mourn his departure his wife, one son (Vernon), 4 daughters (Edna, Frieda, Mary Lou, and Clara Sue, all at home), also his mother, one brother (Pre. Ammon B. Troyer, Sugarcreek, Ohio), 5 sisters (Mary Troyer, Sugarcreek, Ohio; Lizzie-Mrs. Noah Miller and Anna-Mrs. Ben Troyer, Millersburg, Ohio; Lydian-Mrs. John Troyer, and Fannie Troyer of Sugarcreek), also many relatives and friends. He was very faithful in church attendance and served as trustee for several years. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Services were in charge of Lester Wyse, assisted by Owen Stoll and Abe Yoder, with burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Weaver, John S., son of Henry M. and Amanda (Shaum) Weaver, was born Jan. 19, 1886, near Goshen, Ind.; went to his eternal home on March 5, 1956; aged 70 y. 15 d. He was united in marriage with Minnie Kohli, Dec. 23, 1911. They united with the Holdeman Mennonite Church, later transferring to the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful worker for many years. Surviving are his wife, 3 sons (Otis, Goshen, Ind.; Maynard, Nappanee, Ind.; and John L., Westville, Ind.), 3 daughters (Christiana-Mrs. Lowell Brown and Gladys-Mrs. Robert Gongwer, both of Wakarusa, Ind.; and Erma-Mrs. Gerald Troyer, Goshen), 16 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Mahlon S., Goshen, Henry Foraker; Harvey, Wakarusa, and Vernon, Elkhart), 5 sisters (Mrs. Noah Ramer, Foraker; Mrs. Dan Ramer, Nappanee; Mrs. Noah Leinbach, Goshen, and Mrs. Amos Martin, and Mrs. Merle Buzzard, both of Elkhart). Shortly after Thanksgiving of 1955 he submitted to surgery; his recovery was fair, but he had to return to the hospital. After a number of weeks he again returned home, knowing he would shortly enter into his eternal home. He gathered his family around his bedside, admonishing them to be faithful to Christ and the church. In spite of much pain and discomfort, he waited patiently for the end. Funeral services held at the Yellow Creek Church on March 7 were in charge of Peter B. Wiebe and Simon Gingerich. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, George, son of the late Peter M. and Magdalene (Gingerich) Yoder, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, June 22, 1886; died near Timberville, Va., Jan. 23, 1956; aged 69 y. 7 m. 1 d. He moved to Midland, Mich., in 1930, and in Dec. 1951, he moved to Timberville, Va. He was twice married. On Nov. 4, 1908, he was married to Catherine Miller, who preceded him in death on March 4, 1927. On Oct. 12, 1929, he was married to Myrtle F. Yoder, who survives him. Also surviving are five children (Erma-Mrs. Jacob Slabaugh, Goshen, Ind.; Edgar J., Freeland, Mich.; Myrtle-Mrs. Norman Phillips, Albany, Calif.; Margaret-Mrs. W. Neil Turner, and Vada-Mrs. Paul Turner, Broadway, Va.), 14 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Joel Miller, Kalona, Iowa, and Mrs. Joe D. Yoder, Wellman, Iowa) and one brother (Mose P., Kalona). Three sons, 3 sisters, and 3 brothers preceded him in death. He was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church and a devout Christian. He was a trustee for a number of years of the Midland Church, and since moving to Virginia, a faithful member of the Trissels Church. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at the Trissels Church with J. L. Stauffer and Timothy Showalter officiating. Burial was made in the adjacent cemetery.
Yoder, Mary, daughter of Ed. S. and Sarah (Troyer) Schrock, was born Aug. 18, 1889, at Shipshewana, Ind.; died Feb. 24, 1956, at her home near Hutchinson, Kans., after 3 years of illness due to a heart ailment; aged 66 y. 6 m. 8 d. She was married to Sam J. Yoder, on March 23, 1909. She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters and 2 sons (Wilma and Verna, at home; Ralph, Alpha, Minn.; Lizzie Mae-Mrs. Wilbur Selzer, Canton, Kans.; and Melvin, Hutchinson, Kans.), 12 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 2 sisters (Ervin, Cochranton, Pa.; Will, Hutchinson, Kans.; Ed, Haven, Kans.; Tobe, Clarksville, Mich.; Lizzie-Mrs Joe Yutzy, and Sarahann-Mrs. Jake Troyer, both of Hutchinson). She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, an infant daughter, and 2 infant granddaughters. In her youth she became a Christian and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. In 1924 she and her husband united with the Yoder Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. She showed her Christian devotion by her regular attendance at worship and willing obedience to the teachings of the Bible. Funeral services were conducted at the Yoder Mennonite Church on Feb. 29 in charge of Harry A. Diener, Andrew A. Bontrager, and Edward Yutzy. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Brenneman, Benjamin Franklin, son of Jacob and Sarah Brenneman, was born Jan. 12, 1864; peacefully fell asleep on March 11, 1956; aged 92y. 1m. 28d. On Jan. 1, 1889, he was married to Mary E. Bixler, who departed this life on Aug. 5, 1901. To this union were born 3 children, Lloyd L., and Edna V.Newcomer, both of Mishawaka, Ind., and Cora A. Seese, Wakarusa, Ind., in whose home he spent the declining years of his life, the last 21 months being confined to his bed. In his 88th year he became greatly disturbed about his spiritual welfare and called his daughter, saying he must have help to find the Lord. From then to the close of his life he enjoyed his fellowship with the Lord. On Feb. 5, 1909, he was married to Olive Higginson Grenert, who preceded him in death in 1916. Surviving besides his 3 children are 20 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Olive Mennonite Church on March 13 were in charge of Elno Steiner and C. A. Shank, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Christner, Katie, daughter of the late Daniel and Anna Zehr, was born Oct. 1, 1890, at Baden, Ont.; passed away at her home in Pigeon, Mich., on March 15, 1956, after a long illness; aged 65 y. 5 m. 14 d. Her husband, Daniel J. Christner, preceded her in death in April 1943. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Viola Seaman of Bay City, Mich., and Mrs. Emma Heintz of Pigeon; 4 sons, Clayton, of Detroit, Mich.; Walter of Washington, Mich.; Floyd of Muskegon, Mich.; and Orrie of Pigeon; and 3 brothers, Noah, Baden, Ont.; Abraham, Keota, Iowa, and David, Bad Axe, Mich. Funeral services were held March 18 at the Pigeon River Mennonite Church with Willard Mayer and Emanuel Swartzendruber officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kerr, Susan G., daughter of the late Nathan and Mary (Godshall) Keyser, and widow of John M. Kerr, formerly of Skippack, Pa., died March 10, 1956, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Nice, Souderton, Pa., aged 78 y. She had been in ill health since May, 1955. She resided in Souderton the last 29 years and was a member of the Upper Skippack Mennonite Church, Creamery, Pa. Surviving are 2 daughters (Mary-Mrs. Wallace Heckler, and Katie-Mrs. John M. Nice, both of Souderton). 3 sons (Maurice K., Hatfield, Pa.; Eugene K., Collegeville, Pa.; and John K., Harleysville, Pa.), 3 brothers (John G., Skippack; Garrett, Telford, Pa., and Nathan, Souderton), 13 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. One sister preceded her in death. The funeral was held March 14 at the Upper Skippack Church with Daniel Reinford in charge and Elias Kulp bringing the message. Interment was made in the Upper Skippack Mennonite Cemetery.
Landis, Sue S., daughter of the late Wayne B. and Barbara (Stauffer) Rohrer, was born March 10, 1879, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; departed this life Feb. 7, 1956; aged 76 y. 10 m. 28 d. She was the widow of Milton B. Landis. She seemed in good health and had been sewing when found by tenants of a second-floor apartment. Death was die to a heart attack. She was a faithful member of the Stumptown Church for many years and an active member of the sewing circle. She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant daughter, one sister, and one brother. She is survived by 3 children (Mrs. Esther Herr, Willow Street, Pa.; Elvin M., Lancaster, and Mrs. Hershey Groff, Gap, Pa.), 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She was the last member of the family. Funeral services held Feb. 11 at the Stumptown Church were in charge of Elmer Martin, Lloyd Eby, and John Oberholtzer with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
McDowell, Edwin, son of the late Tillman and Annie (Fretz) McDowell, was born at Locust Hill, Ont., on Nov. 29, 1881; passed to his eternal home in North Markham, Ont., on Oct. 22, 1955; aged 73 y. 10m. 23 d. On March 14, 1906, he was united in marriage with Fannie Maria Hoover. To them were born four sons (David, Claremont, Ont.; Walter, Delft, Minn.; Stanley, Tillsonburg, Ont., and Percy, High River, Alta.). He was converted at an early age, and received in to the fellowship of the Wideman Church, where he was a faithful member and diligent student of the Bible. He was afflicted with heart trouble since 1930. Surviving are his wife, 4 sons, a brother, Wesley, of Stouffville, Ont., 15 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. A brother preceded him in death. Funeral services at the Wideman Church were in charge of A. D. Grove, A. Lorne Burkholder, and a son, Walter, pastor of the Immanuel Mennonite Church at Delft, Minn., preached the sermon. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller, Barbara B., daughter of the late Andrew G. and Barbara (Bomberger) Nissley, was born in Rapho Twp., near Mt. Joy, Pa.; passed away Jan. 28, 1956, at the Lancaster General Hospital, after a four-week illness; aged 76 years. She was the widow of Isaac R. Miller, formerly of Lancaster, Pa., and was a member of the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church. Surviving are these sons (Abram N., and John N., both of Lancaster; Andrew N., Manheim, Pa.; Raymond N., and Isaac N., Lancaster, and Amos N., Strasburg, Pa.), a foster daughter (Mary Tracey, with whom she resided), 15 grandchildren, and 4 brothers and sisters (Mrs. Phares R. Nissley, Landisville, Pa.; Amos B., Oreville Mennonite Home; John B., Mt. Joy, Pa., and Mrs. Benj. Swartzendruber, Upland, Calif.). She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour early in life and attended the Chestnut Hill Church. After marriage she and her husband became members of the Rohrerstown Church. She lived on a farm all her life and her husband was killed in a fall in the barn 33 years ago. Funeral services held at the Landsiville Church were conducted by Landis Shertzer, Herbert Fisher, and Christ K. Lehman, with burial in the Rohrerstown Mennonite Cemetery.
Miller, John, only son of Valentine and Marie (Conrad) Miller, was born Aug. 13, 1860, in Loudon, New Bavaria, Germany; died suddenly on Feb. 27, 1956, at the Old People's Mennonite Home, near Rittman, Ohio, where he had been a patient for several years; aged 95 y. 6m. 14 d. At the age of 25 he came to America and spent the rest of his life in various parts of the United States. The last 40 years of his life were spent mostly in Ohio and Indian, and he was well known in Mennonite communities. He never had a home of his own, but had various homes which seemed like homes to him because of the time he spent there. His vocation was that of a tailor, and he practiced that through life. On Dec. 15, 1940, he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour and was received into the Lockport Mennonite Church near Stryker, Ohio, and remained faithful to the end. Accepting Christ at the age of 80, he gave evidence of a changed life in a wonderful way. His parents and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Surviving are unknown relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted Feb. 29 at the Lockport Mennonite Church were in charge of Simon Stuckey and Freeman Aeschliman, with interment in the Lockport Cemetery.
Newcomer, Jacob B., son of the late Jacob K. and Anna E. (Buckwalter) Newcomer, was born Jan. 27, 1871; near Mountville, Pa.; passed away Jan. 26, 1956, after an illness of two weeks; aged 84 y. 11m. 29 d. He was a member of Habecker's Mennonite Church for over 50 years. On Nov. 4, 1897, he was married to Sarah L. Greider, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Ruth-Mrs. Roy R. Nissley, at home, 4 grandchildren, one sister Mary of Millersville, Pa., and a brother, Christ B., of Orreville Mennonite Home, near Lancaster, Pa. Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Habecker's Mennonite Church in charge of Christian Lehman and Christian Charles, with interment in Habecker's Cemetery.
Raabe, Douglas C., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Raabe, was born at Pembroke, Ont., on April 13, 1918; passed away suddenly following a cerebral hemorrhage at the K. W. Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., on March 11, 1956; aged 39 y. 10 m. 27 d. Surviving are his wife the former Edna Bauman, 3 children (Dorothy, Gloria, and James), 2 brothers (Earl and Kenneth, both of Pembroke), and one sister (Shirley-Mrs. Eddie Curtin, Toronto). He resided in Elmira, Ont., until 1953, when he moved to Kitchener. He joined the Lutheran Church in his youth and was received into the Mennonite Church in 1952, of which he was a member until his death. Funeral services were held at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church on March 13 by Roy S. Koch assisted by Howard S. Bauman. Burial was made in the Three Bridges Cemetery.
Romey, Marian Moser, was born in Canton, Bern, Switzerland, on Feb. 1, 1866; died at the Dunlap Memorial Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, March 16, 1956; aged 90 y. 1 m. 15 d. Coming to America at the age of 9 years with her parents and to this community, she resided her the rest of her life. She joined the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. She was united in marriage to Emil Romey on March 18, 1892; he preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1937. She is survived by one son (Amos, of the home), 2 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Dina Kuntz, Ft. Wayne, Ind.). Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Sonnenberg Church on March 19 in charge of Louis Amstutz, James Stauffer, and James Reuser, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Shipe, Soly Ellis, son of Lorenza and Matilda Shipe, was born near Mathias, W. Va., on April 20, 1889; died Feb. 19, 1956, at his home in Brookeville, Md., after 6 weeks of illness; aged 66 y. 9 m. 29 d. He is survived by his wife (Etta Riggleman Shipe), 11 children (Mable-Mrs. Marvin Lowe; Pearl-Mrs. John Johnson; Myrtle-Mrs. James Paul; Mildred-Mrs. Leslie Rush; Edith-Mrs. Patrick Norris; Catherine-Mrs. Harlan Sell; Melvin, Ward, Raymond, Robert, and Frank), also 29 grandchildren. He became a member of the Mennonite Church while living in Virginia, later moving his member ship to Goshen, Laytonsville, Md., where he was faithful until death. Funeral services were held on Feb. 21 at the Goshen Church in charge of Menno D. Sell, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Shirk, Susanna, daughter of the late Aaron and Mary (Zimmerman) Stauffer, was born in East Earl Twp., Pa., Nov. 7, 1869; passed away at the home of her daughter Esther on March 11, 1956, after a lingering illness; aged 86 y. 4 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage with Reuben H. Shirk on Dec. 18, 1894. He preceded her in death 4 years ago. A son Harry also preceded her six months ago. She was the last of her immediate family, and was a member of the Goodville Mennonite Church for 61 years. She is survived by 7 children (Anna Mary-Mrs. Eli Wenger, Manheim, Pa.; Alta-Mrs. Abram Weaver, East Earl; Salinda-Mrs. David Stoltzfus, Gap, Pa.; Esther-Mrs. John B. Weaver, Honey Brook; Elmer, Shartlesville, Pa.; Clarence, East Earl; Albert, New Holland, Pa.), 40 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Goodville Mennonite Church in charge of Paul Graybill and John Burkholder. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Winters, Catherine S., daughter of the late David H. and Anna (Shank) Myers, was born in W. Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., on Jan. 12, 1863; died at her home on Feb. 13, 1956; aged 93 y. 1m. 1 d. She is survived by a daughter Helen-Mrs. James Nye, who cared for her in her declining years, also 4 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Although she was blind for the past 7 years, her health was good until Jan. 9 when she fell and broke her hip causing her to be bedfast for 34 days. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin B. Winters, on July 21, 948. She was a member of Good's Mennonite Church for about 70 years. Funeral services were held Feb. 17 from the Miller Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, Pa., in charge of Ira Z. Miller, with burial in the Myers cemetery.
Witmer, K. Susan, daughter of Jacob E. and Annie (Kraybill) Witmer, was born June 28, 1873, at Maytown, Pa.; died at Oreville Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa., on March 10, 1956; aged 82 y. 8m. 11 d. She was preceded in death by her parents and 4 sisters. Surviving are her sister, Lizzie K. Witmer, Oreville Mennonite Home, and a brother, John K., of Marietta, Pa., and a number of nieces and nephews. Early in life she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held on March 13 at the Mt. Joy Church by Henry Lutz and Henry Frank. Burial was made in the Kraybill Cemetery.
Yoder, Arie, daughter of Joseph E. and Katie (Miller) Yoder, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., on Dec. 30, 1911; passed away on March 8, 1956, at the Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill., following heart surgery; aged 44 y. 2 m. 8 d. Surviving are 2 brothers (Oscar J., Middlebury, Ind.; and Henry J., Goshen, Ind., with whom she lived), and one sister (Orpha-Mrs. Louis Kauffman, Middlebury), and many other relatives and friends. On Feb. 21, she entered the hospital for observation and treatment for a heart condition from which she had suffered for 30 years. After responding to the treatment, she desired to undergo surgery as a possibility to restore former health. She accepted Christ as Saviour at the age of 15 and united with the Griner congregation, where she remained a faithful member. She gave her personal testimony to the doctor and her family the evening before her death. Funeral services held at the Griner Conservative Mennonite Church on March 11, were in charge of Samuel T. Eash and Clarence Yoder. Interment was made in the Miller Cemetery.
Yoder, Lucinda, daughter of Joseph R. and Mattie (Bender) Stauffer, was born at Milford, Nebr., on April 13, 1890; passed away March 14, 1956, at the Tofield Municipal Hospital ; aged 65 y. 11 m. 1 d. Her death was due to cancer. On Aug. 19, 19098, she was married to David L. Yoder, Wellman, Iowa. In 1911, they moved to Tolfied, Alta., and were among the early settlers to this district. To this union were born 3 daughters and one son. The son predeceased her in infancy. Surviving are her husband, 3 daughters, Edna-Mrs. John Wideman, Lavanda-Mrs. Floyd Wideman, Edith-Mrs. Marvin Boettger, and 8 grandchildren, all of Tofield, and one sister, Lena Riel, Ryley, Alta. Four sisters and 2 brothers preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. For many years she served as Sunday-school teacher and especially enjoyed working with children. We remember her great hospitality and generous spirit. Funeral services were in charge of Paul Voegtlin, J. B. Stauffer, and L. D. Hackman, with interment in cemetery nearby.
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Baker, Laura, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Michael, was born Feb. 27, 1871, at Sherkston, Ont.; passed away at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fretz, St. Jacobs, Ont., on March 24, 1956; aged 85 y. 26 d. She moved to Kitchener from Ridgeway, Ont., in 1930, and to St. Jacobs in 1949. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church 1905 and remained a faithful member until her death. She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin Baker, in 1943, and by a daughter, Virginia-Mrs. George Schleffel, in 1954. Surviving are 5 daughters, Ella-Mrs. Orville Neureuther, Port Colborne; Violet-Mrs. Clarence Huber, Alma; Gladys-Mrs. Emmanuel Hoffman, Hawkesville; Clara-Mrs. Fred Fretz, St. Jacobs, and Ethel-Mrs. C. W. Becker, Kitchener; one son, Arthur, Breslau; 2 brothers, Charles Port Colbourne and Albert, Welland; 31 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the St. Jacobs Church on March 27 were conducted by Roy S. Koch assisted by Noah Hunsberger.
Clemmer, Sophia, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Holtzwarth, was born Jan. 27, 1867, in Woolrich Twp., Ont.; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ervin Cressman, Kitchener, Ont.; after a brief illness; aged 89 y. 1 m. 26 d. She lived in St. Jacobs, Ont., until she moved to the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Kitchener. She was married to Isaac Clemmer who predeceased her in 1930. One foster son also predeceased her. Surviving are one son, Allan, Waterloo; and one daughter, Jemima-Mrs. Ervin Cressman, Kitchener; one sister, Mrs. Barbara Schmidt, Preston; 7 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She became a Christian in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until her death. Fuenral services were conducted at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home in Kitchener on March 27, with Roy S. Koch in charge. Interment was made in the Cressman cemetery at Breslau.
Detweiler, Leon Ray, infant son of Walton and Esther (Halteman) Detweiler, Souderton, Pa., was born March 10, 1956; died March 19, 1956, at Hahneman Hospital of a congenital heart condition. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Marilyn, Gloria, Ruth Ann, Laverne, Clyde, all at home), also the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Detweiler and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Halteman). Funeral services were held at the Nice Funeral Home in Harleysville on March 22 with Menno Souder in charge. Burial was made in the Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.
Gerig, Anna, daughter of Martin and Barbara (Stucky) Nebel, was born near Wayland, Iowa, on Oct. 17, 1875; departed from this life at her late home in East Wayland on March 21, 1956; aged 80 y. 5 m. 4 d. On Nov. 19, 1896, she was united in marriage to Jacob Gerig, who survives her. To this union were born 4 children. In her passing she leaves her husband, 2 sons (Vernon and Milburn), one daughter (Rachel-Mrs. Milton Roth), 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, one brother (Samuel), 2 sisters (Lena Kauffman and Martha-Mrs. E. T. Boshart), all of the Wayland community, and also a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Victor, 3 brothers and 5 sisters, and a foster son. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Sugar Creek Church of which she was a faithful and active member as long as health permitted, attending her last church service on March 4, 1956. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church in charge of Willard Leichty and Vernon Roth. Burial was made in the nearby cemetery.
Handrich, Dennis Richard, son of Richard and Ruby (Yoder) Handrich, was born on March 27, 1949, at Grayling, Mich.; passed away at the General Hospital, Saginaw, Mich., on March 20, 1956; aged 6 y. 11 m. 22 d. Surviving are his parents, one brother (Garry), one sister (Patty), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Handrich, Mio, Mich., and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Yoder, Fairview, Mich.), 2 great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Bliele, Nappanee, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Fairview Church on March 22 were conducted by Harvey Handrich and Menno Esch, with burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
Kilmer, Aaron, son of John and Harriet (Snider) Kilmer, was born Nov. 26, 1884, near Alanson, Mich.; passed away at Little Traverse Hospital, Petoskey, Mich., on March 22, 1956; aged 71 y. 3 m. 25 d. He lived all except 6 years of his life at the place where he was born. He had been in failing health for a number of years. On Dec. 24, 1905, he was married to Lovina Buehler, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Urias and Delton, of Alanson), 2 sisters (Mrs. Jess Brubacher and Mrs. Henry Martin, of Pa.), 10 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. A niece (Maudie-Mrs. Donald Preibe), and a nephew (Clyde Kilmer) who were taken into their home when small children, made their home with them until they were married. Two children preceded him in death. He was a member of the Maple River Mennonite Church of near Brutus, Mich. Funeral services were held March 25 at the Maple River Church with Earl Hartman in charge and Clyde Kauffman assisting. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Shirk, Edward H., son of the late Henry and Salina (Horning) Shirk, was born Oct. 7, 1869; died at his home in Bareville, Pa., on Feb. 20, 1956; aged 86 y. 4 m. 13 d. He was a faithful member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church. On Aug. 23, 1891, he was united in marriage to Mary Burkhart, who preceded him in death on April 21, 1932. This union was blessed with 5 children; 3 daughters preceded him in death. On Sept.1, 1935, he was united in marriage to Carrie Stoltzfus, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, A. Deiner of New Holland and Leroy B. of Lebanon. Funeral services on Feb. 24 were held from the Groffdale Church in charge of Mahlon Witmer and Eli Sanders. Interment was made in the Weaverland Cemetery.
Smith, Joseph S., son of the late George and Elizabeth (Shank) Smith, was born Jan. 2, 1872; died March 25, 1956; aged 84 y. 2 m. 23 d. He had been a guest at the Fairview Manor Nursing Home in Columbia, Pa., for the past year. Before he moved to the home, he lived in Elizabethtown, Pa. He accepted Christ in Jan., 1955; was baptized on Feb. 5, 1955, and became a member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. His wife preceded him in death. Surviving are 3 daughters and one son (Elizabeth-Mrs. Lester Gainer; Mary-Mrs. Paul Ebersole; Mildred-Mrs. Victor Ney, and Joseph, all of Elizabethtown, Pa.), 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held on March 28 from the Miller Funeral Home, Elizabethtown in charge of Clarence E. Lutz and Walter L. Keener, Jr., Interment was made in the Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.
Smucker, Jephta J., son of Gideon Y. and Maria (Yoder) Smucker, was born near Smithville, Ohio, June 15, 1868; departed this life on March 14, 1956, at Elkhart, Ind., of cerebral hemorrhage; aged 87 y. 9 m. At the age of 6 he went with his parents to the West Liberty, Ohio, community where he spent the remainder of his life. In his youth he united with the Oak Grove church where he was a faithful member until his death. On Dec. 28, 1897, he was united in marriage with Barbara Elizabeth Esch, who survives. They were blessed with 6 children (Melvin Paul, deceased; Celesta Marie-Mrs. A. D. Bixler, Elkhart, Ind., in whose home he passed away; George Esch, Winter Park, Fla.; Lena Elizabeth-Mrs. Eli Stoltzfus, Orrville, Ohio; Ruth Ann-Mrs. D. W. Grisso, Springfield, Ohio; and Herman J., Iowa City, Iowa). The survivors include 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was of a family of 9 children of which only two now remain, Joseph Y. of West Liberty, Ohio, and Phoebe-Mrs. Earl Miller of Middlebury, Ind. Though not having the privilege of gaining a formal education, his reading covered a variety of interests and his deepest concern was for his family and his church. His faithful attendance and loyal support will be missed. Funeral services held at the Oak Grove Church were conducted by Nelson Kanagy, assisted by Abram Kauffman, with burial in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Troyer, Jerry C., son of Cornelius and Emma (Farver) Troyer, a lifelong resident of near Shipshewana, Ind., was born March 27, 1884; died at the Langrange County Hospital on March 11, 1956. He had been in failing health for the past 3 years and was taken to the hospital 11 days before his death. He would have been 72 years of age had he lived 16 days longer. On Jan. 25, 1908, he was married to Lizzie Mishler who survives him. He is also survived by one son (Francis C., Elkhart, Ind.), 6 daughters (Mrs. Inez Hostetler, Elkhart, Ind.; Dorothy-Mrs. Albert Hershberger, Wellman, Iowa; Esther-Mrs. Tobe Schmucker, South Bend, Ind.; Rachelle-Mrs. Richard Klawitter, Elkhart; Genevieve-Mrs. Robert Northage, South Bend; Maxine-Mrs. David F. Derstine, Blooming Glen, Pa.), 21 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one brother, and 4 sisters. One infant son, his parents, one brother, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. He united with the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana in his youth and remained a faithful member until his death. He gave many years of active service to the church and its activities. Services were conducted at the Shore Church by Lee J. Miller and Percy J. Miller assisting. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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Brackbill, Mary M., daughter of the late Amos and Ellen (Hoover) Brackbill, was born June 2, 1880; died Feb. 12, 1956, at the Wetzler Convalescent Home, Blue Ball, Pa., after several months illness; aged 75 y. 7m. 10 d. She is survived by one sister, Emma-Mrs. John Rohrer, Holtwood, Pa. She was a member of Hershey's Mennonite Church for many years. Fuenral services were in charge of G. Parke Book, Martin R. Hershey, and Sanford E. Hershey, with burial in Hershey's Mennonite Cemetery.
Butcher, Ira Richard, son of Shirley Dayton and Anna Bell (White) Butcher, was born at Job, W., Va., June 30, 1937; died March 11, 1956; aged 18 y. 8 m. 11 d. He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church, and had been an invalid for about 5 years. Surviving are his parents, 2 sisters (Mrs. Betty L. Channel, Baltimore, Md., and Shirley Bell, at home), and his grandmother (Mrs. Edward White). Services were held at the Bethel Church on March 14, with Olin S. McDorman in charge, assisted by Paul Good. Interment in the Bethel Cemetery.
Coss, Dwight Jay, son of Lewis N. and Mary (Martin) Coss, State Line, Pa., was born March 31, 1956; died April 3, 1956, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Md.; aged 3 d. He is survived by his parents, twin brother, Dwayne Ray, and sister, Cheryl Marie; also his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Martin, Hagerstown, in charge of Moses K. Horst, with burial in Reiff's Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Eash, Lydia Almeda, daughter of Henry and Magdalena (Miller) Slaubaugh, was born near Aurora, W. Va., Jan. 21, 1871; passed away at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, April 5, 1956; aged 85 y. 2 m. 14 d. She enjoyed normal health until she had a stroke on April 4. As a small child she went to Iowa County, Iowa, with her parents. She was married to Daniel Birkey on Feb. 11, 1900. To this union one son, Henry, was born. Daniel died Feb. 22, 1902. On Dec. 24, 1909, she was married to Joseph S. Eash, who preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1914. She was one of a family of twelve children. Besides her son, Henry, Parnell, Iowa, she is survived by 3 brothers (John Henry and William, Wellman, Iowa; and Milton, Kalona, Iowa), 4 stepdaughters (Ella-Mrs. Artemus Yoder, Iowa City; Laura-Mrs. E. E. Yoder, Williamsville, N. Y.; Alta-Mrs. Dan Hershberger, and Jennie-Mrs. Bert Schweitzer, both of Milford, Nebr.), and one stepson (Willis Eash, Washington Iowa). In 1890 she confessed Christ as her personal Saviour and was baptized into the fellowship of the Upper Deer Creek Amish Church. At the time of her second marriage she joined the West Union Church where she was a faithful member at the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the West Union Church with Herman E. Ropp and Paul T. Guengerich in charge, with burial in the Upper Deer Creek Cemetery.
Hartzler, Amanda, daughter of John and Nancy (Yoder) Fett, was born Aug. 29, 1873, in Union Twp., Logan Co., Ohio; passed away at her home on March 29, 1956; aged 82 y. 7 m. She had been in failing health the last several years and her illness became critical the last six weeks. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Walnut Grove Church. She lated transferred her membership to the South Union Congregation where she was a faithful member. On Dec. 8, 1904, she was united in marriage to Isaiah Hartzler. To this union were born 7 children, 2 of whom remain. Four sons and a daughter died in infancy. Surviving with her husband are 2 daughters (Beulah-Mrs. Abram Kauffman, Plain City, Ohio; and Kathryn-Mrs. Raymond Troyer, West Liberty, Ohio), 9 grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Anna Kauffman, West Liberty Ohio; Mrs. Katie Yoder, Goshen, Ind.; and Mrs. Dora Smucker, Wooster, Ohio). A brother and a sister preceded her in death. Her courage to live beyond her affliction and her continual hope in the in the future were an inspiration to all. To the very last her faith in God remained constant. Funeral services were held at the South Union church on April 3 with Stanley Shenk and Nelson Kanagy officiating. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: The original text said, "she lated transferred" it should read "she later transferred."
Jantzi, Fannie T., daughter of the late Jeremiah and Mary Troyer, was born in Middlebury, Ind., May 27, 1887; died at the Tawas Hospital, March 30, 1956, a few days after a heart attack; aged 68 y. 9m. 29 d. She was united in marriage on Dec. 10, 1907, to John Jantzi. To this union were born 14 children. Her companion died on Feb. 23, 1943; also 2 children, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers preceded her in death. She is survived by her 12 children (Anna-Mrs. Clarence Bontrager, Darien Center, N. Y.; William and Katie-Mrs. John Swartz, Au Grew, Mich.; Andrew, Sarasota, Fla.; Jerry, Marilla, N. Y.; Albert and Alvin, Elma, N. Y.; Edna-Mrs. Eli Mast, Bridgeville, Del.; John, Pigeon, Mich.; Fanny-Mrs. Arthur Litwiller, Alden, N. Y.; Elmer, of Au Gres; and Matilda-Mrs. Wallace Kipfer, of Elma), 45 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Rudy, Middlebury, Ind.; Roman, Mio, Mich.; Minnie-Mrs. Joe Weaver, Middlefield, Ohio; and Mary-Mrs. Joe Bontrager, London, Ohio). In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and her greatest desire was to live for Christ. Services were held April2 at the Riverside Conservative Church in charge of Noah Swartzentruber, Levi Swartz, and David Beachy. Burial was made in the Whitney Sims Cemetery.
Ramer, Amon B., youngest son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Brubaker) Ramer, was born near Richfield, Pa., Oct. 24, 1881; passed away from a heart attack at his home near Harper, Kans., March 29, 1956; aged 74 y. 5 m. 5 d. He grew to manhood near Port Trevorton, Pa., uniting with the Susquehanna Mennonite Church in 1907. On March 8, 1903, he was untied in marriage to Kathryne Flanders, who preceded him in death on July 11, 1912. To this union were born 3 children (Merlin, Kansas City, Mo.; Esther-Mrs. Irven Unruh, of Harper; and Titus, Ennis, Mont.). On Sept. 27, 1914, he was united in marriage to Eva Shellenburger. To this union were born 4 children (Mildred-Mrs. Freddie Miller, Hutchinson, Kans.; Helen-Mrs. Wilmer Mast, York, Pa.; Elmer, of Harper, and Florence-Mrs. Loren Gerber, Argonia, Kans.). In 1916, he moved to Duchess, Alta., and in 1932 to Harper, where he lived until his passing. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, a twin sister, who died in infancy, and one infant grandson. He is survived by his wife, one brother (Henry), 20 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Church were in charge of Waldo E. Miller and W. R. Nafziger, with interment in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Rhodes, Charlotte Elaine, daughter of John and Grace (Swartzendruber) Rhodes, was born Aug. 9, 1937, in Johnson Co., Iowa, living her entire life in that community; passed away April 3, 1956; from injuries received in an automobile accident; aged 18 y. 7m. 23 d. She leaves to morn her sudden departure her parents, 2 brothers (Charles, at home; and Jay, Warren Ohio), her grandmother (Mrs. Sarah Swartzendruber), and a host of other relatives and friends among whom is her fiancé, Lynn Troyer, who was injured in the accident. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized at the age of 13. She was a faithful and active member of the East Union Church, being a Sunday-school teacher at the time of her death. Although her life was short, it was rich and useful, and her influence will live on for Christ in the hearts of all who knew her. She was a senior at the Iowa Mennonite School and was to have graduated just six weeks after the time of her death. Her cheery "Good morning" was usually heard in the halls, and she exerted a positive influence for good on her classmates. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church on April 5 in charge of Paul T. Guengerich and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery.
Roth, Daniel P., son of Peter and Barbara Roth, was born March 1, 1881, near Archbold, Ohio; died March 31, 1956; aged 75 y. 30d. Death was due to a heart condition which had extended over a period of time. On May 23, 1907, he was united in marriage to Katie Reichhartdt. This union was blessed with five children: Walter and Viola, Elmira, Ohio; Earl, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Carl, Toledo, Ohio; and Donald Dale, who died in infancy. He was of a family of four children, all of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, 4 children, and 6 grandchildren, together with a large number of other relatives and friends. In his young manhood he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church which faith and fellowship he remained faithful and steadfast until death. Funeral services were held in the Central Mennonite Church in charge of P. L Frey.
Shantz, Edith, Kitchener, Ont., daughter of the late, Isaac C. and Sarah Shantz, was born near Breslau, Ont., Feb. 10, 1884; died at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, March 20, 1956, after a traffic accident which had occurred the same evening; aged 72 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 5 sisters, and is survived by 9 nieces and nephews. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her teens and was a member of the last baptismal class of the Cressman congregation to receive that ordinance in the nearby river. Her life was one of self-effacing sacrificial service. In her later years she was employed in a Kitchener department store where she made a large circle of friends and among whom she maintained a positive Christian witness. Funeral services were held March 23 at the Cressman Church at Breslau, where she was a member form the time of her baptism, were in charge of Oscar Burkholder, with Carl Rudy and Merle Shantz assisting. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Weber, Fannie M., daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Musser) Weber, was born Dec. 1, 1870; died at her home on April 2, 1956; aged 85 y. 4 m. 1d. She is survived by 4 brothers (Noah, Adamstown, Pa.; Solomon, East Earl, Pa.; Joseph, Denver, Pa.; and Aaron, Mohnton, Pa.), and one sister (Anna-Mrs. Henry Gehman, of Mohnton). Four brothers preceded her in death. She was born, lived, and died on the old Weber Homestead, Berks Co., Pa., where she cared for her parents until they were called home, and then she and her youngest brother continued the home. At the age of 15 she united with the Gehman Mennonite Church and was faithful throughout life. She was unable to attend services for some years, but a recorder was brought to her home quite regularly, bringing the services held at the church. Funeral services were held at the Bowmansville Church on April 5 were conducted by J. Paul Graybill and Moses Gehman, with burial in the Allegheny Mennonite Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.