Beachy, Nancy L., wife of Bishop Lewis M. Beachy, died of a heart attack at her home near Gortner, Md., June 20, 1956; aged 74 y. 4m. 20 d. She was a daughter of the late Eli C. Yoder and Dora (Hostetler) Yoder, and was born near Meyersdale, Pa., Jan. 31, 1882. Surviving are her husband, her aged mother, one daughter (Mrs. Eli Beachy), 3 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 6 sisters, and one brother (Mrs. P. J. Kinsinger, Stuarts Draft, Va.; Mrs. Eli Beachy, Arthur, Ill.; Mrs. Effie Yoder, Meyersdale, Pa.; Mrs. Simon Swartzentruber, Oakland, Md.; Mrs. Clarence Bender, Catlett, Va.; Claude E. Yoder, Meyersdale, Pa.; and Mrs. Milton E. Yoder, Grantsville, Md.). She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held June 23 at the Amish Church, where she was a member by Simon Yoder, and Eli M. Yoder. She was laid to rest in the Slabaugh Cemetery.
Deputy, Emily Sue, daughter of Timothy and Ruth (Weaver) Deputy, was born March 14, 1949, in Harrisonburg, Va.; died at her home near Dale Enterprise, Va.; aged 7 y. 2 m. 11 d. Emily had not been well for the past year, but her courage to live beyond her affliction was an inspiration to all who knew her. Death was due to rhabdomyosarcoma. Beside her parents, she is survived by one sister (Margaret Allene), 3 brothers (Ronald LeRoy, Lowell Weaver, and Merlin Oliver), all at home, and her grandmother (Mrs. Oscar Wenger, Dale Enterprise). A sister preceded her in death in 1946. Funeral services were held May 27 at Weaver's Church, conducted by Oliver M. Keener and Harold G. Eshleman, with burial in the nearby cemetery.
Leichty, Infant, stillborn son of Glen and Luora (Roth) Leichty, was born Feb. 4, 1956. Surviving are the parents, and grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Earl Roth, Parnell, Iowa, and Mr. and Mrs. William Leichty, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa). A graveside service was conducted by Vernon Roth and Willard Leichty.
Metzler, Anna Mary, daughter of Christian and Suzanna Weaver, was born Aug. 10, 1874, in Weaverland, Pa., passed away May 16, 1956, in Ephrata, Pa.; aged 81 y. 9m. 6 d. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member till the Lord called her home. In December, 1897, she was married to Samuel Metzler. Her husband and 2 sons (Amos and Samuel) preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters (Sue and Mary), one son (Walter), 2 grandsons, and one sister (Mrs. Hettie Shiffer). Funeral services were conducted May 19 at Metzler's Church with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Smith, George Arthur, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, was born in Ontario, Canada, Dec. 23, 1864; died as a result of a stroke, June 10, 1956, at his home near Attica, Mich.; aged 91 y. 5m. 18 d. On Nov. 21, 1892, he was united in marriage to Mary Pierce, who preceded him in death in 1952. To this union were born 3 children, a daughter (bertha-Mrs. Floyd Reed) and 2 sons (Robert, of Attica; and Charles, of Metamora), he also leaves 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. As a child he moved with his parents from Canada to Michigan and they made their home in Lapeer County. Because his mother was blind she depended upon her son, Arthur, to read the Bible to her. To the best of our knowledge he read the Bible completely through six times. He enjoyed his Christian life very much and read his Bible with a reading glass. In 1952, after the passing of his wife, who was a Christian, he gave his heart to the Lord. He was baptized by M. L. Troyer and was received into the fellowship of the Bethany Mennonite Church near Imlay City, Mich. Funeral services at the Bethany Church, June 14, were in charge of the pastor, Paul A. Wittrig. Interment was made in the South Attica Cemetery.
Yoder, Lloyd Ray, son of Tobias and Katie (Stutzman) Yoder, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Jan. 31, 1922; was killed as a result of a freak accident while blasting stumps in building a road for a logging company near Sweet Home, Oreg., June 21, 1956; aged 23 y. 4m. 21 d. He was united in marriage to Lois Maxine Emmert, on July 21, 1946. To this union were born 2 sons and one daughter (Mike 8, Wendy 5., and Rex 3). Surviving besides his wife, and 3 children, are his parents, a twin brother (Floyd), and 2 other brothers (Charles and Lyle of Middlebury, Ind.). One sister preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in early youth and united with the Middlebury Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful member until his death. He lived a very active life, filling many positions in the church. He lived most of his life around Middlebury, except for a few brief intervals in Oregon after he was married. The family had just moved to Oregon from Indiana in early April of this year. Funeral services were held on June 23 at Sweet Home, Oreg., and then the body was taken to Middlebury, Ind., where funeral services were conducted at his home church on June 27 in charge of Wilbur Yoder and Harold Yoder.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Bontrager, Martha daughter of Jonas and Fannie (Hostetler) Yoder, was born Jan. 17, 1898, near Yoder, Kans. Here she grew to womanhood and gave her heart to the Lord, being baptized in the Amish Mennonite Church in 1918. On May 7, 1921, she and her husband transferred their membership to the Yoder Mennonite Church. On March 25, 1920, she was united in marriage to William A. Bontrager. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 2 daughters (Morris, Laura-Mrs. Allen Schrock, Howard, Alvin, Linford, William Jr., Alice, and David). Alvin and William Jr. preceded her in death. All the children live in Reno County, Kans. Surviving are her husband, the 6 children, 9 grandchildren, the following brothers and sisters (Milo, Ervin, Mary Ann-Mrs. Jonas Mullet, Elmina-Mrs. Alvin Kauffman, Barbara-Mrs. Felty Schrock, Goshen, Ind.; Fannie-Mrs. Edd P. Schrock, Washington, Ind.; Edna-Mrs. Pete Yoder, Katie-Mrs. John Kauffman, Milford, Ind.; Joe, Hutchinson, Kans.). one sister preceded her in death. Also surviving are her stepmother (Mrs. Susie Yoder), 2 half brothers and 3 half sisters (Samuel, Fred, and Polly-Mrs. John Keim, Haven; Anna-Mrs. Sam Bontrager, and Susie-Mrs. Charles Gough, Hutchinson). With the exception of about 2 years when they lived in New York, the family has always lived in Reno County, Kans. Early in this year she showed the need of medical help. After two serious chest operations, when part of her lung was removed in the hope of her recovery, she quietly passed away on July 12, 1956, at the Wesley Hospital, Wichita, Kans.; aged 58 y. 5m. 25 d. Funeral services were held at the church, in charge of Edd P. Shrock and H. A. Diener, with burial in the church cemetery.
Burckhart, Andrew M., son of Henry and Nancy (Martin) Burckhart, was born Sept. 24, 1883; died at his home near Orrville, Ohio, on May 26, 1956; aged 72 y. 8 m. 2 d. He had lived in the same community practically all his life. For the last 3 years his health had been failing. He made his decision for Christ, was baptized, and received as a member of the Mennonite Church in 1907. He was a faithful member of the Martins congregation at the time of his death. He was married to Francis Kreider on Nov. 18, 1906, and they were looking forward to their golden wedding anniversary this year. This union was blessed with 7 children. He is survived by his wife, one son (Le Roy, Massillon, Ohio), 4 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Melvin Rohrer, Wadsworth, Ohio; Anna Mae-Mrs. Clair Lehman, Orrville, Ohio; Elsie and Irene of the home), 2 brothers (Christian, Orrville, and Amos, Akron, Ohio), 2 sisters (Mrs. Susie Kilmer, Seville, Ohio, and Mrs. Fannie Koppes of Wadsworth), and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters and 2 sons (Elmer and Ira). Funeral services were in charge of Stanford Mumaw, Robert Detweiler, and O. N. Johns. Interment was made in the Martins Cemetery.
Frank, Mary E., daughter of the late Frank and Amanda (Ebersole) Landis, was born July 20, 1894; died as a result of an automobile accident near Elizabethtown, Pa., June 13, 1956; aged 61 y. 10 m. 23 d. She accepted the Lord at the age of eleven at the first evangelistic meetings held in the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church in 1906 in which Noah Mack was the evangelist. She attended Eastern Mennonite School and graduated from the Bible Course in 1930. She was one of the workers at t the Columbia Mission in the year 1921, and served at the Reading Mission for three years. At the time of her death she was a practical nurse at the Oreville Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa. She was married to Phares Frank, in March 1940. He died four years later, Aug. 13, 1944. She is survived by three stepsons (Christian, Salunga, Pa.; Henry, Mr. Joy, Pa., and Irvin, Elizabethtown, Pa.), also the following brothers and sisters (John, Lancaster, Pa.; Clayton, Middletown, Pa.; Chester, Mrs. Paul Zeager, and Mrs. Joseph Wert, all of Elizabethtown, Pa.; Paul, Wernersville, Pa.; Mrs. Clyde Lamp, Malvern, Pa.; and Mrs. Clayton Hess, Bethel, Pa.). Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held June 17, 1956, from the Oreville Mennonite Home, Lancaster, pa., conducted by Landis H. Brubaker and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Walter L. Keener, Jr. and Clarence E. Lutz. Interment was made in the Mt. Runnel Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Pa.
Good, Christian J., son of Christian and Lena Good, was born April 6, 1893, in Fulda, Minn.; died unexpectedly at the age of 63 y. 6m. 20 d. He was crushed to death on July 26, 1956, when the tractor he was operating upset into a ditch with him underneath. When he was 14 years old he accepted Christ as his Saviour. He was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church at Saybrook, Ill. On Jan. 21, 1915, in Beemer, Nebr., he married Mary Birky. In 1921 he and his family moved from Nebraska to Kouts, Ind., community where they have made their home since then He was a faithful member of the Hopewell Mennonite Church at Kouts. He found joy in living and his smile and kindly spirit were an inspiration to all who knew him. Surviving are his wife, one daughter (Evelyn-Mrs. Arthur Birky), 3 sons (Orvin and Allen of Kouts; and Verlin Paul of Valparaiso, Ind.), 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a host of relatives and friends. His parents, 3 sisters, and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in the Hopewell Church on July 29 in charge of Samuel S. Miller. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Greenawalt, Elmer C., son of Adam and Catherine (Schrock) Greenawalt, was born Feb. 11, 1885, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; departed this life July 26, 1956; aged 71 y. 5 m. 15 d. Death came very suddenly on the home farm as he was going about his daily activities, apparently in good health, while en route from the house to the barn. As a young man he taught school for 12 years, before taking up farming. In his youth he accepted Christ and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Topeka, Ind. In 1914 he transferred his membership to the Emma Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member until death. On April 5, 1914, he was united in marriage to Catherine Yoder, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Howard), 2 grandchildren, and 2 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one foster sister. Funeral services were held at the Emma Church on July 29 in charge of O. S. Hostetler, Amos O. Hostetler, and Ivan Miller.
Helmuth, Viola, daughter of the late Daniel and Anna (Knoppp) Conrad, was born near Louisville, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1909; died at the Timken Mercy Hospital, Canton, Ohio, July 26, 1956; aged 46 y. 11 m. 13d. In 1922 she accepted Christ as her Saviour, was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church, in which she served faithfully until the end. On April 9, 1933, she was united in marriage to Alvin S. Helmuth. To this union were born 8 children (Paul, Edward, Ray (deceased), Kenneth, and Kathryn (twins deceased), Carl, Ina Ruth, and Stanley). For some time she had not been enjoying the best of health and toward the last her body weakened rapidly On July 26 she quietly and peacefully passed on, having been resigned to the will of God. Besides her parents and the three children, one brother also preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 3 children, all of the home, 3 sisters (Ella-Mrs. M. O. Krabill and Pauline of Louisville, Ohio; and Wilma-Mrs. Sam Helmuth, Alliance, Ohio), 3 brothers (Arthur, Columbiana, Ohio; Lloyd, Wakarusa, Ind., and Richard, Louisville, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Beech Mennonite Church with O. N. Johns, Eldon King, and Ray Bair officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Hileman, Elza, was born near Morgantown, W. Va., June 4, 1870; died in the Uniontown, Pa., Hospital, June 29, 1956; aged 86 y. 25 d. Two years previous he gave his heart to the Lord and became a member of the Masontown Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, Lydia Hileman, 3 daughters (Mrs. Ewing Brady and Mrs. Andrew Brady of New Geneva; and Mrs. Marie Rager of Point Marion), 18 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren, and one brother (Martin Hileman of Morgantown, W. Va.). Funeral services were held in the Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, with Paul M. Roth officiating. Burial in the Greendale Cemetery, Masontown.
Landis, Eli L., son of the late Isaac and Susan (Landis) Landis, was born June 9, 1875, at Oregon, Pa.; passed away the Ephrata, Community Hospital on June 29, 1956; aged 80 y. 20 d. He had been under the care of a physician for a number of years. He accepted the Lord early in life and was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church, serving as trustee for a number of years, and always having a desire to be there whenever health permitted. On Nov. 18, 1897, he was married to Hettie H. Nolt, who survives; also surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters (John N., Brownstown; Mabel-Mrs. Will Rohrer, Nottingham; Harry N., Willow Street; Anna-Mrs. Wilmer Kreider, Manheim; and Eli N., Jr., Christiana), also 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one brother (John L. Landis, Bareville, Pa.). Services were held at Groffdale in charge of Mahlon Witmer assisted by Eli Sauder. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Nolt, Elizabeth G., stillborn daughter of Milton W. and Margie (Gehman) Nolt, Ephrata, Pa., was born July 19, 1956, at Ephrata Community Hospital, Ephrata, Pa. Besides her parents she is survived by 8 sisters and 5 brothers (Irene-Mrs. Andrew Ebersole, Glyndon, Md.; Ira, Elvin, Wilmer, John, Eugene, Evelyn, Naomi, Ella Mae, Betty, Dorcas, Barbara, and Brenda all at home), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Gehman, Farmersville, and Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Nolt, Steven, Pa.). Interment was made in the Metzler's Mennonite Cemetery.
Yoder, Silas Abraham, son of Israel and Josephine (Kropf) Yoder, was born near Garden City, Mo., Feb. 13, 1885; passed away very suddenly of a heart attack on July 21, 1956, at his home near Hubbard, Oreg.; aged 71 y. 5 m. 8 d. At the age of 4 he moved with his parents to Oregon where they established their home. In his youth he was born again and united with the Zion Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful until called home. On Nov. 1, 1913, he was united in marriage with Lomie Hartzler, who passed away on Feb. 5, 1921. To this union were born 4 children. On June 21, 1933, he was united in marriage with Lillie Alice Hostetler, who survives. To this union was born one daughter. Also surviving are the children (Glenn A., Sweet Home, Oreg.; Lora-Mrs. Jack Marshall, Oregon City, Oreg.; Mabel Irene, Hubbard, Oreg.; Dorothy-Mrs. Lyle King, Sweet Home, Oreg.; Violet June, Hubbard, Oreg.), a sister (Fannie-Mrs. Frank Hostetler, Canby, Oreg.), and 4 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He spent a great deal of time singing sacred songs, both in public and at home, leaving many pleasant memories to the Family and his neighbors. The last song he learned and taught to his grandson Donnie is "How Great Thou Art.." His last day was an especially joyous one, being spent at the beach with part of his family. He planned most of the day's activities and seemed unusually active and happy.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Christner, David, son of David and Lavine (Raber) Christner, was born at Goshen, Ind., on Jan. 22, 1899; departed this life at the Elkhart General Hospital on July 23, 1956; aged 57 y. 6 m. 1 d. He was married to Caroline Burkholder at Corfu, N. Y., on Sept. 3, 1928. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 3 daughters. One son, Elmer Joseph, preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 1952. Surviving are his wife, 5 children (Jonas, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Edna-Mrs. Floyd Miller, Goshen, Ind.; Viola Fern, Freda and John David, all at home), 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Laura-Mrs. Daniel Yoder, Mendon, Mich.; Anna-Mrs. Ephraim Brenneman, Kalona, Iowa; Lula-Mrs. Willis Guengerich, Greenwood, Del., Daniel, Alden, N.Y., and Joseph, Shelbyville, Ill.). On Sunday, July 15, after returning from church, he went out to investigate an electrical power failure, when he accidentally came in contact with a high voltage wire which left him in a crucial condition for 8 days. During this period of intense suffering, about which he never complained, he was in almost constant prayer. In early youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Conservative Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until his departure. Services were conducted at the Pleasant Grove Church on July 26 with Home Miller and Clarence Yoder in charge. Interment was made at the Clinton union Cemetery at Goshen.
Detweiler, Ellen M., daughter of the late Samuel and Maria (Moyer) Godshall, was born June 20, 1875, in Rockhill Twp., Pa.; died July 21, 1956; aged 81 y. 1m. 1 d. She resided at the home of her daughter in Blooming Glen, Pa., since the death of her husband, Abram H. Detweiler, in 1928. The last few years she suffered from a heart ailment which was the cause of her death. She passed away in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Bishop. She was a member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. Surviving besides her daughter are 2 sisters and one brother (Mrs. Amanda Moyer, Telford, Pa.; Mrs. Valentine Detweiler, Plumsteadville, Pa.; and Allen Godshall, Blooming Glen). Two sons and a daughter also preceded her in death. Services were held in the Blooming Glen Church on July 25 with David Derstine, Jr., in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Erb, David, son of Seth and Mattie (Hershberger) Erb, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 23, 1903; died April 18, 1956, at the Pomerine Memorial Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio; aged 52 y. 11 m. 18 d. He was united in marriage to Saloma Christner on June 12, 1930. Surviving are his wife, 2 daughters and 2 sons (Violet, Omar, Marie, and Clyde, all of the home), 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Abe, Hartville, Ohio; Michael, Mt. Eaton, Ohio; Mary-Mrs. Eli Miller, Dundee, Ohio; and Mrs. Tena Miller, Millersburg), his stepmother (Mrs. Seth Erb), and a foster sister (Lydia Miller), both of Millersburg. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents, 3 sisters and one brother. He was a member of the Conservative Mennonite Church which he joined in his youth. For the past 13 years he had been in ill health and unable to do any heavy work. In September he had virus flu, and gradually got weaker. On April 14 he was taken to the hospital and on April 18 the Lord called him home.
Heller, Anna, daughter of the late Daniel and Hettie (Hershey) Denlinger, was born Feb. 10, 1878; passed away Nov. 22, 1955; aged 77 y. 9m. 12 d. On Nov. 20, 1900, she was united in marriage to Abram L. Heller, who preceded her in death. To this union were born 6 children. Surviving are the following (Clarence D., Willow Street, Pa.; Ira D., Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Esther-Mrs. James Graham, Lancaster, Pa., who made her home with Mother and who, with the rest, faithfully cared for Mother during her long illness), 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, and 7 brothers and sisters (Aaron Denlinger, Lizzie-Mrs. Bejamin Leaman, Hettie-Mrs. Tobias Leaman, all of Lancaster, Pa.; Jacob Denlinger, Elkhart, Ind.; Mary-Mrs. Adam Esbenshade, Strasburg, Pa.; Lydia-Mrs. Ezra Long, Sterling, Ill.; Katie-Mrs. Harry Neff, Strasburg, Pa.). She was preceded in death by three sons. In earlier years she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Mellinger Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. For many years she taught the small children of the Sunday school and all through life was especially interested in the young people of the church and the home. In later years, when health would not permit her to be present at her regular place in church services, she very greatly appreciated the many young folks, as well as older ones, and also the many deaf, who came to worship and visit with her in her home; all were helped by her many encouraging words and her smile. Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Mellingers Church, conducted by Elmer Martin, David Landis, and Harry Lefever, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hunsberger, Mary Magdalena, daughter of the late veterinarian, Dr. Amos and Magdalena (Swartley) Moyer, was born in Hilltown Twp., Pa., Nov. 29, 1862; died at the home of her birth July 9, 1956; aged 93 y. 7m. 10 d. She is survived by her husband Alvah R. Hunsberger (to whom she had been married for over 66 years), one daughter, 2 sons, 2 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church where services were held on July 13, with David Derstine officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Jantze, Jack Lee, son of Lee and Lola (Eicher) Jantze, was born Feb. 25, 1933, near Milford, Nebr.; met his death in a lake near Fremont, Nebr., after his boat capsized on July 25, 1956; aged 23 y. 5 m. He was baptized and received as a member into the Milford Mennonite Church in 1946. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Larry, Maurice, Marilyn, Joseph, and Sherry), a fiancée (Shirley Henning), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Warren Eicher and Mrs. Kate Jantze), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Milford Mennonite Church on July 28 in charge of Milton Troyer, with L. O. Schlegel and Oliver Roth assisting.
Miller, Lydia B., daughter of Amos and Lydia (Brenneman) Smith, was born near Elida, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1880; died at her home near Bremen, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 1956; aged 75 y. 10 m. 3 d. On April 12, 1914, she was united in marriage to Josiah Miller. To this union were born 3 daughters (Emma Jane-Mrs. Lamar Foust, Elida, Ohio; Edna-Mrs. Samuel Reynolds, Crossenville, Ohio; and Cora Alice, of the home). Surviving are her husband, 3 daughters, and 9 grandchildren, an aged invalid sister (Sarah Smith, Spencerville, Ohio), a brother (Samuel Smith, Harper, Kans.), and a half brother (Perry Smith, Elida, Ohio). She united with the Mennonite Church near her home in Allen Co., at an early age; after her marriage she transferred her membership to Turkey Run Church, Perry Co., Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 5 at the Turkey Run Church, Marion Good and Menno Troyer officiating, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Musselman, Jacob G., son of the late Jacob and Hannah Musselman, and the husband of the late Dianna (Gehman) Musselman, was born Jan. 29, 1875; passed away on June 10, 1956, at the home of his daughter where he had lived for man years; aged 81 y. 4m. 11 d. He is survived by one daughter and 2 grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death Oct., 1950. A daughter also preceded him in death. He was a long-time member of the Blooming Glen Church where funeral services were held, with David Derstine Jr., officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Myers, Samuel M., son of the late Henry and Barbara (Myers) Myers, was born March 12, 1885; died March 9, 1956, in Bedminster Twp., Pa.; aged 70 y. 11 m. 27 d. He had been in ill health for a year but was able to be about and do some work. Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage. He was a faithful member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. On April 3, 1909, he was married to Hannah Overholt. Surviving are his wife, one adopted daughter (Margaret-Mrs. Claude Bishop Souderton, Pa.), 3 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Erwin M., Pipersville, Pa.; Levi M., and William M., Dublin, Pa.). Funeral services held at the Deep Run Church on March 13 were in charge of Erwin Nace, Abram Yothers, and Dalton Myers, a nephew of the deceased. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Rush, J. Paul, son of the late Jacob and Mary (Moyer) Rush, was born Dec. 15, 1897, in Plumstead Twp., Pa.; passed away on April 5, 1956, following a heart attack; aged 58 y. 3m. 20 d. He had been under the physician's care for the past three months. He was married to Barbara Wismer on Oct. 15, 1921. This union was blessed with 7 children. He was a faithful member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. He loved singing and was gifted to lead singing. Surviving are his wife, the following children (Wilmer, and Mrs. Paul Godshall, both of Perkasie, Pa.; Howard, pastor of the Bristol, Pa., mission; Mrs. Lester Overholt, Perkasie, Elwood, Blooming Glen, J. Nelson, Lititz, and Mrs. Robert Gehman, Plumsteadville), 4 sisters and 3 brothers (Mrs. I. Erwin Yothers, Perkasie; Mrs. Henry Rice, Dublin; Mrs. Henry Rosenberger, Chalfont; Mrs. Elmer Wismer, and Raymond, both of Plumsteadville; Isaac and Theodore, Doylestown). Funeral services held at the Deep Run church on April 9 were in charge of Wilson Overholt and Joseph Gross, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Stauffer, Amos S., son of the late Abraham and Martha (Shenk) Stauffer, was born April 3, 1870; passed away at his home near Lancaster, Pa., July 5, 1956, after a lengthy illness; aged 86 y.3 m.2 d. On Nov. 6, 1894, he was united in marriage to Emma Susan Rutt, who preceded him in death 8 years ago. Surviving are one son (Abraham R., East Petersburg, Pa.), one daughter (Annie-Mrs. Joseph Widders, Lancaster, Pa.), 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the East Petersburg Church where funeral services were held on July 8 in charge of Henry Lutz, James Siegrist, and Irvin Kreider. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Amstutz, Delores Faye, daughter of Leo L. and Rosella (Lehman) Amstutz, was born June 18, 1948, at Apple Creek, Ohio; passed from this life on Aug. 6, 1956; aged 8y . 1m. 19 d. She was stricken with a sarcoma 16 months ago and suffered much the last 3 months, though she complained little. She was a lover of Bible stories and had memorized many Bible verses. Psalm 23 was her favorite Scripture. Her faith and courage were often a challenge to the family. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers (Earl Leslie and Roger Lee), 3 sisters (Carolyn Marie, Shirley Ann, and Mary Jane), all of the home; also her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. David P. Lehman, Orrville, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Aug. 8 at the Kidron Church in charge of Reuben Hofstetter, Allen Bixler, and James Stauffer, with burial in the church cemetery.
Bixler, Emory Robert, son of Oscar R. and the late Emma Maude (Coffey) Brydge, was born Sept. 11, 1920, near Lyndhurst, Va.; died June 14, 1956; aged 35 y. 9m. 3 d. His death came when lightning struck a pine tree near a ditch where he was working. His uncle was stunned temporarily by the shock. Waynesboro First Aid crew gave Emory artificial respiration and he was taken to the local hospital, but nothing could be done for him. On June 13, 1946, he was married to Nina Parnell. Surviving are his wife, 2 daughters (bonnie Sue and Deborah Dolly), 2 brothers (David and Elwood, both of Stuarts Draft, Va.), and his stepmother. He united with the Mennonite Church on May 28, 1934, and was a faithful member of the Lynside congregation. He loved to be at home with his family. Funeral services were held on June 16 at the Lyndside Church with John R. Mumaw and Truman Brunk officiating. Interment was made in the Riverview Cemetery, Waynesboro, Va.
Brenneman, Jess B., son of Lewis B. and Martha (Huber) Brenneman, was born March 8, 1890, near Elida, Ohio; passed away after 7 weeks of serious illness at the Memorial Hospital, Lima, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1956; aged 66 y. 4m. 24 d. On May 18, 1909, he was united in marriage with Bessie Hoover. To this union were born 3 daughters and one son (Eva-Mrs. Ed Stalter, Leo, Ind.; Hiram, Lima, Ohio; Kathryn-Mrs. V. R. Bame, and Betty-Mrs. Andrew Brescoe, both of Elida). Surviving are his wife, 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one brother and 3 sisters (Perry, Norfolk, Va.; Mrs. Henry Good, South Boston, Va.; Mrs. Sim Steman, Elida, Ohio; and Mrs. Cloyd Sherrick, Lima, Ohio). His entire life was spent in the Elida community, except in recent years when he made his winter home in Florida for health reasons. In his youth he became a member of the Mennonite Church where he was a faithful member at the time of his passing. His sunny disposition helped him to accept his physical afflictions with patience and he manifested an assurance that "all was well." Funeral services were in charge of Paul Smith, Harold Good, assisted by Elmer Yoder and Richard Martin.
Good, Annie Susan, daughter of the late Gabriel S. and Eliza A. (Swartz) Heatwole, was born at Clover Hill, Rockingham Co., Va., Dec. 29, 1877; passed away July 20, 1956; aged 79 y. 6 m. 23 d. She was preceded in death by 4 sisters and 4 brothers, leaving one sister (Minnie-Mrs. W. D. Coakley), the last survivor of the Heatwole family. From her youth she was a faithful member of the Weaver congregation. On Sept. 19, 1897, she was married to Gabriel H. Good, who survives. Also surviving are 8 children (Lena-Mrs. Dan Hartman, Paul, Ollie, and Fannie, Park View, Harrisonburg, Pa.; Wade and Robert, Harrisonburg; Mary-Mrs. Rufus Gingerich, Kalona, Iowa; and Wilmer Denbigh, Va.), 21 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one adopted great-grandchild. In December, 1954, she had a light stroke that deprived her of her speech. She soon recovered from that, but her general health continued to decline to the end which came in an early morning hour when she peacefully passed away in her sleep. Funeral services were held a the Weaver Church, conducted by Oliver Keener, assisted by D. W. Lehman, S. H. Rhodes, and Hiram Weaver, with burial in the Weaver Cemetery.
Hostetler, Paulina, was born to Jacob and Catherine (Miller) Esch, on Aug. 19, 1862; passed away peacefully on June 22, 1956, at the Mennonite Home for the Aged, Albany, Oreg.; aged 93 y. 10 m. 3 d. She was the last survivor of a family of 10 children. She was married to George Hostetler at Wheatland, Mo., on Aug. 31, 1879. To this union were born 5 children, 4 of whom survive (Noah G., Allensville, Pa.; Simon G., Aurora, Oreg.; Elizabeth Yoder, Buena Park, Calif.; and Frank J., Canby, Oreg.). Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death on April 10, 1943. In her teens she united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. Her trust in the Lord for healing carried her through many sicknesses. Funeral services at the Zion Church on June 25 were conducted by C. I. Kropf and John Gingerich, with interment in the church cemetery.
Shaffer, Theresa Darleen, was born in Dalton, Ohio, March 7, 1953; passed away Aug. 4, 1956; aged 3 y. 4 m. 28 d. She had been in ill health most of her short life, but has passed on to be with her Lord where there will be no more suffering. She is survived by her parents, Harvey and Elsie (Troyer) Shaffer, one brother, Ronie Gene, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Shaffer, Massillon, Ohio; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli J. Troyer; and 2 great-great-grandmothers, Mrs. Sam Boley and Mrs. John Troyer. Funeral services were conducted by Bill Detweiler and Elmer E. Yoder, with interment in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Shantz, Mary, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Moyer, was born in Waterloo Twp., Ont., Dec. 4, 1868; died at Likeholme Longe, St. Jacobs, Ont., Aug. 7, 1956, after a long illness; aged 87 y. 8 m. 3 d. Her husband, Benjamin Franklin Shantz, died in 1945. Surviving are 2 sons (Reuben and Roy, Kitchener, Ont.), 2 daughters (Ruth-Mrs. Vernon Nahrgang, of Port Elgin, and Rose, of Kitchener), one sister (Mrs. Louise Madlinger, of Brantford), 3 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services on Aug. 9 at the First Mennonite Church were in charge of C. F. Derstine, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Snyder, Menno, was born in Wilmot Twp., Ont., Sept. 16, 1888; died Aug. 7, 1956, at the K-W Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., after a long illness; aged 67 y. 10m. 22 d. Surviving are his wife, the former Ida Groh, whom he married in Preston in 1913; one son (Harvey E., Kitchener), 3 daughters (Mrs. Irene Fretz, Vineland; Alice, Kitchener; and Florence, Scottdale,Pa.), and 6 grandchildren. One son, Clifford, died in 1947 en route to the South American mission field. He and his family are widely known because of service in church and mission circles. Funeral services at the First Mennonite Church, where he had been a faithful member, were in charge of C. F. Derstine and John H. Hess, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Troyer, Jacob D., son of Jerry M. and Susanna (Schlabaugh) Troyer, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 4, 1871; died July 30, 1956, at the home of his son-in-law, Lee R. Kempf, Tampico, Ill.; aged 85 y. 5 m. 26 d. Death was the result of a cerebral hemorrhage suffered in April, 1955. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour. At the time of his death he was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church of Tampico. He lived in many different places and was always active in the church where he lived as long as health permitted. On Jan. 23, 1891, he was married to Elizabeth Troyer, at Middlebury, Ind., who died Dec. 6, 1915. This union was blessed with 9 children (Barbara-Mrs. Harry Stutzman, deceased; Mary-Mrs. Lee Niffenegger, Sarasota, Fla.; Lydia-Mrs. Leroy Miller, Kalona, Iowa; Elizabeth-Mrs. Ralph Stutzman, Iowa City, Iowa; Oliver, Hutchinson, Kans.; Jerry, New Holland, Pa.; and Velma-Mrs. Walter Dussinger, Lancaster, Pa.). One May 9, 1920, he married Emma (Zook) Hochstetler, Shelbyville, Ill., who survives. Also surviving are 3 stepchildren (Effie-Mrs. L. C. Swartzendtruber, with whom they made their home since 1944; Ella-Mrs. Lee Kempf, at whose home he passed away; Emory Hochstetler, Clearwater, Fla.), 3 half brothers, and 2 half sisters (James, Shipshewana, Ind.; Daniel and Mattie-Mrs. Ora Miller, Lagrange, Ind.; Sarah-Mrs. Will Lantz, Goshen, Ind.; and Oliver, Elkhart, Ind.), 50 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Nine brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Twice within the past ten years, as many of his children and their families as could arrange to be there gathered with him on the banks of the Shipshewana Lake for a 3-day reunion. These were the high lights of his declining years. Funeral services were held on Aug. 2 at the Amish Mennonite Church Tampico, Ill.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.