Bauman, Ira, son of the late preacher Enoch and Veronica (Martin) Bauman, was born near Waterloo, Ont., Jan. 4, 1893; passed away at the K. W. Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., on Oct. 9, 1956, after a brief illness; aged 63 y. 9m. 4 d. On Oct. 29, 1919, he was married to Ermina Musselman. They had one daughter (Mildred, Elmira, Ont.). Surviving besides his wife and daughter are 6 brothers (Enoch, Waterloo; Daniel, Clayton, and Clarence, Elmira; Abram, Breslau, and Nelson, Kitchener). He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. He farmed in the community of St. Jacobs, Ont., until 1942 when the family moved to Elmira. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until his death. Funeral services were held at the St. Jacobs Church on Oct. 11, 1956, in charge of Roy S. Koch and Howard S. Bauman. Burial was made in the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.
Berner, Homer, son of Robert and Mary Berner, was born near Hesston, Kans., March 2, 1890; died at the Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton, Kans., Oct. 8, 1956; aged 66 y. 7 m. 6 d. On May 2, 1915, he was united in marriage to Anna Roupp. This union was blessed with 4 children, all of whom survive (Leonard, Little Rock, Ark.; Florence-Mrs. Plez McCullough, and Pearl-Mrs. Robert Lilly, both of Brewster, Wash.; Wilma-Mrs. Waverly Winfrey, Wichita, Kans.), and 9 grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Elmer, Newton, Kans., George, Kalispell, Mont., Hattie-Mrs. Martin Reiff, Owatonna, Minn.; and Elsie-Mrs. Louis Dreyer, Lemon Grove, Calif.). His parents and one brother preceded him in death. In 1944 the family moved to Newton Where his wife died in 1949. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge. Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church on Oct. 11 with Earl Buckwalter in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Buechle, Annie B., daughter of the late Sarah (Bemer) and Isaac Bewinghouse, was born in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Feb. 10, 1869; died March 16, 1956; aged 87 y. 1m. 6 d. She was married to Frederick F. Buechle, Feb. 18, 1888. To this union were born 2 daughters. Her husband died in 1925 after which she made her home in the Eastern Mennonite Home. She was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church, where she remained a faithful member to the end. Surviving are 2 daughters (Mrs. Sarah B. Bissmiller, Lansdale, and Mrs. Mary A. Savitz, Quakertown, Pa.), 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the East Mennonite Home on March 19 and at the Deep Run Church, on March 20, in charge of Wilson Overholt, Abram Yothers, and Erwin Nace. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Burkholder, Emma W., daughter of the late Samuel R. and Martha (Wissler) Hess, was born near Lincoln, Pa., Dec. 23, 1865; passed to her eternal reward at the home of her son, Aldus, Vintage, Pa., Oct. 7, 1956, after an illness of 3 weeks; aged 90 y. 9m. 15 d. On Oct. 23, 1890, she was married to David L. Burkholder, who preceded her in death in 1939. She was the last of 12 children, and a faithful Christian, a member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church. Surviving are these sons and daughters (Hettie M-Mrs. Philip H. Culp, Kutztown, Pa.; David L., Leacock, Pa.; Mary A., at home; Lester M., Lancaster, Pa.; Clarence A., Roaring Branch, Pa.; Aldus M., Vintage). She was preceded by 3 sons. Also surviving are 25 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Mellinger's Church on Oct. 10 in charge of David L. Landis and Harry Lefever, with interment in Hammercreek Cemetery.
Burkholder, Harold James, son of Walter W. and Florence (Bauman) Burkholder, was born June 2, 1939; was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 26, 1956, of which he died at East General Hospital, Toronto, 2 days later; aged 17 y. 3 m. 26 d. On Sept. 4 he entered employment at Conlin Motors, Markham, and looked forward to completing his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic, but his stay there was only 3 weeks and 2 days. At the age of 10 he took Christ as his personal Saviour and was received into fellowship of the Cedar Grove, Ont., Mennonite Church, of which he was a member until his home going During the recent Crusade for Christ campaign at Markham, he renewed his commitment to the Lord and has given testimony in various places of his assurance of salvation. Surviving are his parents, a sister (Marianne Lucille), and a brother (Stuart Earl), all of Pickering, Ont., also his grandparents (Amos R. Burkholder, Markham, Ont., and Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel M. Bauman, Floradale, Ont.), and a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Cedar Grove Church by E. F. McDowell assisted by Floyd Schmucker, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Burkholder, Reuben S., son of the late A. B. and Nancy (Weaver) Burkholder, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., on Sept. 10, 1876; departed this life on Sept. 29, 1956; aged 80 y. 19d., after an illness which lasted two months. On Oct. 26, 1904, he was united in marriage to Effie V. Grove. To this union 4 children were born. He spent his entire married life in Augusta Co., Va. He was a lifetime member of the Hildebrand Mennonite Church, where he was chorister for about 40 years. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons (Oren and Nelson, Waynesboro, and Roy, Philadelphia, Pa.), one daughter (Lettie-Mrs. Robert Groves, Waynesboro), 4 brothers (John, Weyers Cave, Va.; Perry, Waynesboro; Emanuel and Amos Harrisonburg, Va.), one sister (Ella-Mrs. Leon Davis, Salem, Ohio), 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. Three sisters and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held on Oct. 1 at the Hildebrand Church conducted by John R. Mumaw, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Buskirk, Sarah, daughter of Josiah and Sarah (Clemmer) Martin, was born May 14, 1888, at May City, Iowa; passed away at her home near Brutus, Mich., Oct. 1, 1956; aged 68 y. 4 m. 16 d. In 1896 she went with her parents to Michigan. On April 21, 1918, She was united in marriage to Royal A. Buskirk. To this union 9 children were born. One daughter and one son preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons and 4 daughters (Naomi-Mrs. John Eby, Alanson, Mich.; Neil C., Vestaburg, Mich.; Luke, Flint, Mich.; Esther, Mt. Clemens, Mich.; Ruth, Dearborn, Mich.; Joanna, Petoskey, Mich.; and Philip at home), one sister (Lydia, Brutus, Mich.), and one brother (Menno, Stanton, Mich.), 6 grandchildren, and other relatives. She accepted the Lord as her Saviour at the age of 22, and united with the Bern Mennonite Church near Pigeon, Mich., and remained faithful to the end. Her life was one of unselfishness and concern for others. Funeral services were held Oct. 4 at the Maple River Church, where she was a member at the time of death, in charge of Earl Hartman, Clyde Kauffman, and Ivan Weaver, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Ebersole, Simon Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Susan Ebersole, was born near Sterling, Ill., Jan. 5, 1872. As a young lad, he moved with his parents to Adams Co., Nebr., where he resided the greater part of his life except for some years in Missouri and Kansas. On Oct. 18, 198, he was united in marriage to Catherine M. Lapp, who preceded him in death on Oct. 18, 1946. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters. In his young manhood he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining an adherent of the faith the remainder of his life. He was in failing health the last year of his life, passing away at a Lincoln, Nebr., hospital on Sept. 28, 1956; 84 y. 8m. 23 d. Surviving are 6 sons (Albert, Whittier, Calif.; Sam, Hastings, Nebr.; David, Ayr, Nebr.; George, Marathon, Iowa), 2 daughters (Edith-Mrs. J. Worling Breman, Climax Springs, Mo., and Mary, Ayr, Nebr.), 5 grandchildren, and other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Roseland, Nebr., Mennonite Church in charge of Alvin Gascho and Alton B. Miller, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Eby, Christian R., son of Elam and Elizabeth (Reiff) Eby, was born Nov. 3, 1881, in Washington, Co., Md.; passed away on Oct. 6, 1956, at the Mennonite Old People's Home, Maugansville, Md., where he had been a guest for 4 years; aged 74 y. 11m. 3 d. He was a member of Reiff's Mennonite Church. On Dec. 3, 1907, he was united in marriage to Fannie S. Ebersole, who preceded him in death 6 years ago. One daughter also preceded him in death. Surviving are one daughter and 3 sons (Naomi E.-Mrs. Earl R. Shank, Hagerstown, Md.; Amos E., Chambersburg, Pa.; Ira E., and Irvin E., both of Hagerstown), 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Amanda R. and Lena R., Clear Spring, Md.), 3 brothers (David R., Paramount, Md.; John R., Clear Springs; and Laban R., Greencastle, Pa.). Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at the Reiff Church in charge of Irvin Shank and Moses K. Horst with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Gindlesperger, Jacob, son of the late Samuel and Sally (Miller) Gindlesperger, was born Jan. 8, 1870, near Johnstown, Pa.; died Sept. 18, 1956, after an extended illness which confined him to his bed over a period of 10 years; aged 86 y. 8m. 10 d. On Oct. 11, 1891, he married Sally Thomas, who passed away in 1897. To this union were born 3 children, 2 preceding him in death. On Feb. 15, 1920, he was married to Sue Hershberger, who passed away Oct. 8, 1947. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Surviving him are his son (Cloyd) and stepson (Harry Weirich) both of Hollsopple, Pa.; one brother and 3 sisters (John, Mrs. Mary Berkey, and Mrs. Harry Weirich, all of Hollsopple, and Mrs. Leah Holsopple, Davidsville, Pa.). He united with the Mennonite Church in 1896, and until sickness and the infirmities of old age hindered was a regular attendant at the Blough Church. Funeral services were held a the Thomas Church on Sept. 22, in charge of Aldus Wingard and Harry C. Blough, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Gregory, Wilmer John, son of Amos and Elsie (Brubaker) Gregory, was born near Brutus, Mich., Dec. 16, 1939; died Oct. 3, 1956, at the Little Traverse Hospital, Petoskey, Mich., after a long illness; aged 16 y. 9m. 16 d. At the age of 11 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Maple River Mennonite Church. He is survived by his parents, 5 sisters (Kathryn-Mrs. John Yoder; Ruth-Mrs. Fred Yoder, both of Minot, N. Dak.; Jean, Elkhart, Ind.; Ila-Mrs. William Gregory, Brutus, Mich.; Bernice, and Gerald, at home). Funeral services were held at the Maple Rive Church in charge of Earl Hartman assisted by Clyde Kauffman and Ivan Weaver, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Guengerich, Robert Elton, son of Daniel J. and Esther (Thompson) Guengerich, was born Aug. 12, 1914, at Kalona, Iowa; passed away Oct. 8, 1956, at Sturgis, Mich.; aged 41 y. 1m. 26 d. He had been in failing health in the recent weeks. He was an only child and was preceded in death by both his parents. He is survived by 4 aunts and 6 uncles. Since the passing of his father, he for 3 years made his home with 2 aunts, the H. A. Yoder family and the John M. Yoder family, both of Parnell, Iowa. In his youth he united with the Methodist church at Kalona. After making his home at Parnell, he united with the West Union Mennonite Church in 1952, and was a faithful member at the time of his death. He was not blessed with good health during most of his life, and since Oct. 1954, he resided at Froh Bros. Rest Home, Sturgis, Mich., where he enjoyed his stay and made a good contribution. Funeral services were in charge of Herman Ropp and Amos Gingerich were held at the West Union Church, with burial in the East Union Cemetery.
Hallman, Lizzie Ann., daughter of Enoch and Catherine (Good) Erb, was born May 17, 1877, near Waterloo, Ont. On Sept. 2, 1903, she was married to Manasseh Hallman. In 1905 she confessed Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons (Jacob C., Kitchener, Ont., and Elverne, at home), 3 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Matilda Cressman, Kitchener, and Mrs. Addis Cressman, New Hamburg). Preceding her in death were one daughter (Verna-Mrs. Josiah Baer), 2 infant sons, and 3 sisters. Funeral services were in charge of Osiah Horst and Moses Roth. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Halteman, Melvin S., son of the late Israel N. and Lizzie (Schatz) Halteman, was born April 28, 1892; departed this life Oct. 9, 1956, at his home after a short illness; aged 64 y. 5m. 11 d. As a young man he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful worker until his death. He used what talents he had to glorify his Creator. On Oct. 31, 1914, he was married to Carrie Alderfer. Shortly after this he began farming near Franconia, Pa., and was still active when he took sick. To this union were born 10 children, one son preceding him in death. Surviving are his wife, 5 sons, 4 daughters (Mary-Mrs. Henry K. Moyer, Coopersburg, Pa.; Norman A., Telford, Pa.; Edna-Mrs. Lester Reinford, Schwenksville, Pa.; Clarence A., East Greenville, Pa.; Willis A., Carlisle, Pa; Ruth-Mrs. Andrew Mack, Jr., Yerkes, Pa.; Wilmer A., Miriam A., and Melvin A., at home), 35 grandchildren, 3 brothers and one sister, and many friends and relatives. Funeral services held at the Franconia Mennonite Church on Oct. 13 were in charge of Menno Sauder and Amos E. Martin. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hochstetler, Joseph B., son of Benjamin A. and Elizabeth (Schrock) Hochstetler, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Aug. 13, 1871; died at the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, Sept. 22, 1956; aged 85 y. 1m. 9 d. His entire life was spent in the same community where he was born. In his youth he became a member of the church and remained a faithful Christian to the end. On Dec. 3, 1893, he was married to Mary Ann Stutzman, who died April 15, 1936. To this union 11 children were born. Surviving are 8 children (Lena-Mrs. Lee Schlabach, Mulino, Oreg. ; Ben, North English, Iowa; Anna-Mrs. Theodore Larsen, Kalona, Iowa; Ira, Iowa City; Ira, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Gertrude Shetler, Wellman; Omar, Topeka, Ind.; and Earl, Ligonier, Ind.), 32 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one brother and 2 sisters (Dave, Mrs. Lizzie Yoder, and Mary-Mrs. John Yoder). After his marriage, they moved on the farm near Kalona where he resided at the time of his death. Besides their own children, they also made a home for Susie Pugh for a number of years. He had been very sick about 5 years ago but regained normal health again for one of his years until a few days before his death. He did not feel the necessity of consulting a doctor until the day of his death, when he was immediately taken to the hospital but died less than 12 hours later. He spent much of his time reading and in meditation and prayer. Funeral services were held Sept. 25 at the East Union Church in charge of Albert S. Miller and Morris Swartzendruber.
Hostetler, Daniel D., son of David and Magdalena Hostetler, was born July 27, 1879, at Goshen, Ind.; passed away suddenly on Sept. 28, 1956, at the family home in Canby, Oreg.; aged 77y. 2 m.1d. He married Elizabeth Troyer on Nov. 22, 1903. To this union were born 9 children of whom 8 survive. He went to Oregon in 1901 and since then has been a resident of the Hubbard and Canby area, with the exception of one year when they lived at Tillamook, Oreg. He has been a faithful member of the Zion Mennonite Church since 1903, and has served the church in various ways. He loved singing and especially to have his family sing whenever opportunity afforded. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons (Rolla R., Canby; Samuel D., Hubbard; Daniel L., Canby), 5 daughters (Mae-Mrs. William Wesenberg, Canby; Delilah-Mrs. Dale Jones, Vancouver, Wash.; Alice-Mrs. Ben Kyllo, Canby; Thelma-Mrs. Lyman Nightingale, Hubbard; and Betty-Mrs. Ralph Kraxberger, Canby), one brother (Amos, Nappanee, Ind.), 22 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Zion Church, Oct. 2, in charge of Clarence Kropf and Edward Kenagy, with burial in the Zion Cemetery.
Maurer, Ella, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Schloneger) Schmucker, was born near Louisville, Ohio, Nov. 15, 1889; died at the Timken Mercy Hospital, Canton, Ohio, Oct. 11, 1956; aged 66 y. 10m. 26 d. In 1903, she accepted Christ as her Saviour and on her fourteenth birthday was received into the fellowship of the Beech Church where she continued faithful until the end. On Dec. 24, 1812, she was united in marriage to Alvin Maurer, who died 3 years ago. To this union were born 3 sons. She was an active member of the WMSA and other church interests. A number of years ago she suffered a light stroke from which she never fully recovered, but she was able to do most of her work. On Oct. 2, she suffered another cerebral hemorrhage which resulted in her death 9 days later. Her father and 3 brothers also preceded her in death. Surviving are her 3 sons (Harold, Pasco, Wash.; Clayton, Louisville, Ohio; and Ivan, Reedley, Calif.), 7 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 7 great-step grandchildren, one great-great-step grandchild, her mother (Mrs. Catherine Schmucker, Harrisburg, Ohio), 2 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Miller, Louisville, and Anna, of the home), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted from the Beech Mennonite Church with O. N. Johns and Eldon King officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Risser, Peter H., son of Ephraim and Annie (Ebersole) Risser, was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., on Aug. 25, 1884; passed away Sept. 1, 1956, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after an illness of 6 days; aged 72 y. 7d. He was united in marriage to Fannie H. Ruhl, Feb. 27, 1908. To this union were born 3 children; 2 preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, one daughter (Loda-Mrs. Roy B. Shearer, Mt. Joy), and 2 grandchildren. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and was a faithful member of Risser's Church, where funeral services were held on Sept 5, in charge of Noah W. Risser, assisted by J. Harold Forwood. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Schmucker, Daryl Grant, son of Tobe E. and Esther (Troyer) Schmucker, South Bend, Ind., was born at Goshen, Ind., on Jan. 8, 1954; went to be with the Lord on Sept. 27, 1956; aged 2 y. 8m. 19 d. He was a very active boy and hardy knew a day of sickness. After returning from the potato field where his two older brothers were digging potatoes, he went to the house to see his mother. In the course of entertaining himself as he usually did, he went into the shed where there was a small pile of potatoes beside an old furnace. After a two-hour search by the family, transient men, and converts from the Hope Rescue Mission, the father found Daryl under a cast-iron section of the furnace, which weighed approximately 100 pounds. Death had resulted from suffocation. Daryl had been dedicated to the Lord in a public service at the East Goshen Mennonite Church in May, 1954. Besides his parents he is survived by 4 older brothers (Galen Eugene, Ronald James, Gregory Alan, and Philip Merlin), all at home, his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Eli Schmucker, Nappanee, Ind.; and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Troyer, Shipshewana, Ind.). Funeral services were held Sept 30 at the Prairie St. Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., conducted by Paul M. Miller and Ray Keim. Burial was made in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Sensenig, Samuel G., son of the late John and Mary (Good) Sensenig, was born in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; July 21, 1876; died Sept. 23, 1956, from a heart attack while sitting in his chair at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Roy Zimmerman, Ephrata, Pa.; aged 80 y. 2 m. 2 d. On Nov. 25, 1897, he was united in marriage to Ida G. Martin, who preceded him in death 4 years ago. To this union were born 6 children, five of whom survive, Alta, dying in infancy. Surviving are (Alice-Mrs. Erbie Sauder, East Earl, Pa.; Edith-Mrs. John W. Burkholder, Blue Ball, Pa.; Eva-Mrs. Roy Zimmerman, with whom he resided; Lillian-Mrs. Hershey Weaver, Ephrata; and Lloyd, Leola, Pa.), 27 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Emma-Mrs. John H. Martin, East Earl, Pa.; and Barbara-Mrs. Noah Sauder, New Holland, Pa.). By occupation he was a painter and paper hanger, which he followed until 6 weeks before his death. He was a consistent member of the Martindale Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Sept. 26 at Weaverland, with burial in the adjoining cemetery, David N. Weaver and Harry Lichty officiating.
Wenger, Oscar Emmanuel, son of Jacob C. and Virginia (Suter) Wenger, was born June 19, 1881, near Linville, Va.; passed away unexpectedly at his home at Dale Enterprise, Va., on Oct. 6, 1956; aged 75 y. 3m. 17 d. He was the first to break the family circle of 15 children. On Nov. 9, 1905, he was united in marriage to Bessie Heatwole, who passed away Sept. 11, 1942. To this union 5 children were born (Raymond, Scottdale, Pa.; Marvin, who died in infancy; Linden, Harrisonburg, Va.; Mildred-Mrs. Marvin Plank, Scottdale; and Edith, Harrisonburg, Va.). He served as a rural mail carrier for 34 years. On May 30, 1943, he was ordained as deacon for the Northern District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference. He made frequent trips to mission churches in the mountains and elsewhere. He was also a trustee of the Virginia Mennonite Home. On Sept. 2, 1948, he was united in marriage to Viola Deputy, who survives. He also leaves 5 stepchildren, 9 grandchildren, and these brothers and sisters (Mary, Florence, Margaret, and Katie Wenger, at the home place, Linville, Va.; Lillie-Mrs. Moffett Faught, Edom, Va.; Annie-Mrs. Perry Martin, Sallie-Mrs. Henry Weaver, Lucy-Mrs. Jacob Shenk, all of Park View, Harrisonburg, Va.; Laura-Mrs. Lewis Burkholder, Denbigh, Va.; Clara-Mrs. Ray Shenk, Elkridge, Md.; Luther, Perry, and John, Linville; and Homer, Wellman, Iowa). Funeral services were held from the Lindale Church on Oct. 9, with John Mumaw preaching the funeral sermon, assisted by J. L. Stauffer and D. W. Lehman. Interment was made in the Lindale Cemetery.
Huber, infant son, of John M. and Mary E. (Mellinger) Huber, East Petersburg, Pa., was stillborn at the Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital, Oct. 4, 1956. Besides the parents he is survived by 2 brothers (John Larry and Robert Lynn), the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Amos H. Mellinger, Sarasota, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin L. Huber, East Petersburg). Graveside services were held at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church Cemetery on Oct. 5, with Irvin Kreider, in charge.
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Amstutz, Simon S., son of Samuel S. and Anna (Sommer) Amstutz, was born near Kidron, Ohio, on July 15, 1871; passed away on Oct. 15, 1956, at Dunlap Memorial Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, following a brief illness of bronchial pneumonia; aged 85 y. 3m. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour when he was a young man, and was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church, attending faithfully at the Kidron Church where he was a member. On Dec. 2, 1893, he was married to Fanny Bixler, who preceded him in death on May 15, 1930. This union was blessed with one son (Harvey). Surviving are his son and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Services were held at the Kidron Church on Oct. 17 in charge of Reuben Hofstetter, Isaac Zuercher, Allen Bixler, and Simon W. Sommer, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Birky, Jerry Glenn, son of Glenn and Mabel (Burkey) Birky, was born in Denver, Colo., May 25, 1938, moved with his parents to Sweet Home, Oreg., in 1943; met death in an automobile accident near Sweet Home on Oct. 16, 1956; aged 18 y. 4m. 21d. He was on his way to work when the traffic accident occurred that caused his death. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 7, united with the Sweet Home Mennonite Church on May 12, 1946, and was faithful until death. Surviving are his parents, one brother (Jackie Warren), one sister (Janice Jane), all of Sweet Home; his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Birky, Albany, Oreg.), his grandmother (Mrs. Lena Burkey, Lebanon, Oreg.), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Oct. 18 at the Sweet Home Church, conducted by N. A. Lind, Archie Kauffman, and Willard Stutzman, with burial in the church cemetery.
Blosser, Abraham Daniel, son of Martin and Elizabeth (Lehman) Blosser, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., April 28, 1880; peacefully passed away on Oct. 11, 1956, at the home of his son LaVerne, Wayland, Iowa; aged 76 y.5m. 13 d. He had been in failing health the past two years, but continued to be active, and had attended evangelistic meetings three evenings the week before he died. As a boy he moved with his parents to Tennessee, and in 1901 he went to Fisher, Ill., living in the Fisher, Morton, and Sterling communities, until 1907 when he went to Iowa, where he engaged in farming. On Nov. 25, 1909, he was married to Emma Gerig, who died in Jan., 1953. To this union 4 sons were born. After the death of his wife, he spent about two years with his son Dennis in Tampa, Fla. Since March, 1956, he made his home with his son, Virgil. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church where he remained an active member until his death. Surviving are his sons (Virgil and LaVerne, Wayland, Iowa; Dennis, Tampa, Fla., and Marvin, Yellow Springs, Ohio), 6 grandchildren, one great-grandson, 2 brothers (Bishop Perry J. Blosser, South English, Iowa; Sol Blosser, Concord, Tenn.), and one sister (Mrs. Frances Dowling, Knoxville, Tenn.). One brother and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services held at the Sugar Creek Church on Oct. 14 were conducted by Simon Gingerich assisted by Walter Stump, pastor of the United Missionary Church. Text used was Phil. 3: 13, 14, which was selected by Bro. Blosser himself.
Driver, Joseph R., son of Joseph N. and Fannie L. (Rhodes) Driver, was born near Waynesboro, Va., June 17, 1884; died on Sept. 12, 1956; aged 72y. 2m. 24 d. As a young man he was converted and united with the Springdale Mennonite Church, where he was ordained as minister in 1911 and bishop in 1932. On Dec. 2, 1908, he was married to Lizzie Weaver, who preceded him in death 24 years ago. To this union were born 8 children. One little son preceded him in death. Surviving are 7 children (Ruel W., Fred A., David H., Ruth-Mrs. Aaron Burkholder, Martha-Mrs. Paul Wenger, Mary Frances-Mrs. Alva Showalter, and Naomi-Mrs. Ornan Huber, all of Waynesboro), an aged brother and sister (Fred A. and Maggie M., Both of Waynesboro), and 25 grandchildren. At the time of his death he seemed to be in normal health and was doing his usual work. He was found dead on his farm from a heart attack. Funeral services were held at Springdale Church in charge of Franklin Weaver and John R. Mumaw.
Hartzler, Anna Mary, daughter of Jacob Z. and Barbara (King) King, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, April 8, 1878; passed away of a heart ailment soon after being admitted to the hospital, Oct. 7, 1956; aged 78 y. 5m. 29 d. On Aug. 22, 1906, she was married to John M. Hartzler, who preceded her in death on March 27, 1925. To this union were born 7 children (Harold, Goshen, Ind.; Clayton, Belleville, Pa.; Ethel, Sunbury, Pa.; Eva, Huntingdon, Pa.; Carrie-Mrs. Kenneth Dodd, Newport, Oreg.; and John M., Belleville, Pa.; Una Grace, deceased). Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She ws a resident of the Belleville community and a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church for a period of 40 years. Her husband served as minister of the Belleville congregation from1915 until his death in 1925. Before this she served with her husband when he was superintendent of the Fort Wayne Mennonite Mission, Fort Wayne, Ind., and later as minister at the Fairview Congregation at Surrey, N. Dak., and also at Long Green, Md. She was well known and respected by the Belleville community, having operated a small general store for many years. She will be long remembered for her deeds of kindness to others and especially for the home she provided for more than fifty boys and girls who had learned to call her "Mother Hartzler." Funeral services were held in the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, on Oct. 10, conducted by Jacob F. Weirich. Interment was made in the Allensville Cemetery.
Imhoff, Ralph L., son of the late Samuel P. Imhoff and Nora (Garber) Imhoff, was born Sept. 4, 1909, near Lowpoint, Ill.; departed this life Oct. 11, 1956, at the Methodist Hospital, Peoria, Ill., where he had been a patient for one week; aged 47 y. 1m. 7 d. On Aug. 21, 1932, he was united in marriage to Mary Nafziger. To this union were born 3 children (Mary Lu-Mrs. Ronald Smucker, La Porte, Ind.; Dorothy, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind.; and Ralph Wesley, at home). In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his mother (Mrs. Norma Imhoff, Eureka, Ill.), 2 brothers (Peter, Washington, Ill., and Sanford, Lowpoint, Ill.), and one sister of Eureka, Ill. His father and one sister preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ and became an active member of the Metamora Mennonite Church. He was called into many areas of service. For 11 years he served at the Richland Sunday-school program, and since 1954 had served as president of the Illinois Mennonite Mission Board. In this responsibility he not only performed well in administration, but was deeply concerned about the salvation of lost souls and was interested in singing and was in charge of church music in his home congregation. He was always much concerned that the message of the hymns might be received and his testimony was often given in song. His sudden passing came as a forceful shock to his family, his community, and his church. Funeral services were held at the Metamora Church on Oct. 14, conducted by Roy Bucher, Ivan Kauffman, Kenneth Good, and Ernest Bennett, with burial in the Hickory Point Cemetery.
Miller, Donald Ross, son of Harley and Luella (Hostetler) Miller, was born Jan. 29, 1938, near Kouts, Ind.; passed away at Northern Indiana Children's Hospital at South Bend, Oct. 14, 1956; aged 18 y. 8m. 15 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Forks Mennonite Church on Dec. 3, 1950. Surviving are his parents, one brother (Richard Arlin, at home), 2 sisters (Bonnie Lou-Mrs. Donald Yoder, Middlebury, Ind.; Joyce Yvonne at home), 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Lydia Miller and Mrs. Mary Hostetler, Middlebury), and a host of other relatives and friends. He lived most of his life in the Forks community. He was stricken with bulbar polio, admitted to the Goshen Hospital on Saturday afternoon, transferred to the South Bend Hospital on Saturday evening where he passed away on Sunday evening. Funeral services held Oct. 17 at the Forks Church were in charge of Earley Bontrager and Melvin Miller.
Nauman, Henry W., son of Milton M. and Fannie (Weaver) Nauman, was born in Rapho Twp., Lancaster, Pa.; died July 9, 1956, at the Lancaster General Hospital; aged 46 y. 3m. 9 d. He was united in marriage to Ella Nora McMichael on Feb. 20, 1930. One son (E. Glenn), one grandson, 3 brothers (Norman, Frank, and Jacob, all of Manheim), one sister (Bertha-Mrs. John Randler, Manheim), survive. He was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite Church on June 23, 1938, and to the office of bishop for the New Danville District on Jan. 26, 1948. Funeral services were held July 12 at the New Danville Church by Mylin Shenk, Jacob Harnish, David Thomas, D. Stoner Krady, Elmer Martin, H. E. Lutz, and Simon Bucher, with interment in adjoining cemetery.
Ruby, Lydia Esther, daughter of Joseph and Anna (Kauffman) Schertz, was born Aug. 28, 1878, near Hudson, Ill.; departed this life at the Flagler (Colo.) Hospital, Oct. 17, 1956; aged 78 y. 1m. 19d., following an illness of several months. On Sept. 17, 1917, she was united in marriage to Michael Ruby, who passed away on Nov. 14, 1942. To this union 2 children were born. Following their marriage they moved to a farm near Thurman, Colo. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Danvers (Illinois) Mennonite Church, later transferring her membership to the Mennonite Church at Thurman. After the death of her husband she made her home with her children and worshiped with them in their respective congregations. She maintained a steadfast faith in her Saviour to the end. Surviving are her children (Irene Mae-Mrs. Dale Jones, Seibert, Colo., and David, Louisville, Colo.), 8 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Two sisters and one brother also preceded her in death. Funeral services held in the Thurman Church on Oct. 20 were in charge of Earl Yeackley, assisted by Raymond Scott of the Seibert E. U. B. Church, with burial in the Thurman Cemetery.
Shelly, Nettie A., daughter of Frederick and Sara (Acker) Lauver, as born near Mifflintown, Pa., Oct. 21, 1877; passed away at the home of her son near Evendale, Pa., Oct. 6, 1956; aged 78 y. 11m. 15 d. Nearly 2 years ago she had a stroke from which she never fully recovered. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church where she was a faithful member until death. Her place was seldom vacant as long as health permitted her to go. On Dec. 19, 1899, she was united in marriage with Lester B. Shelly. Surviving are her husband, one son (Marchal, McAlisterville, Pa.), one daughter (Celestia-Mrs. Wm. L. Shafer, Richfield, Pa.), 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one brother (Amos, Denbigh, Va.), 2 sisters (Tressie-Mrs. John Swineford, Columbia, Pa., and Della-Mrs. Daniel Brubaker, Mifflintown, Pa.). One grandson, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services on Oct 10 at Lauver's Mennonite Church were in charge of Jacob G. Brubaker and W. Banks Weaver. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Snyder, Charles H., son of Henry and Hannah (Nusbuam) Snyder, was born April 23, 1894, in Cullom, Ill.; departed this life at his late home near New Paris, Ind., on Sept. 15, 1956, on his 40th wedding anniversary; aged 62 y. 4 m. 22d. The family had planned a get-together on Sunday, but God changed the nature of the meeting. He retired as usual on Saturday evening and died during the night. He was united in marriage to Sadie Kefarber on Sept. 16, 1916. To this union were born 2 sons (Harold and Paul, New Paris, Ind.), and one daughter (Esther-Mrs. Titus Metzler, Nappanee, Ind.). He became a Christian in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church. He served the Salem congregation in various capacities. He was the last of his family of 4 to survive, his oldest brother having died 10 days before him and his father on March 15, 1956. Surviving him and his wife, 3 children, 14 grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Services were in charge of R. F. Yoder, assisted by F. E. Freed.
Snyder, Laura Frances (Shupe), was born on May 3, 1872, at Kalona, Iowa; passed away Oct. 1, 1956, at the Mennonite Hospital, La Junta, Colo.; aged 84 y. 5m. 4 d. When a young girl she with her family moved to Kansas, and on May 3, 1894, she married William Henry Snyder, who preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 1937. To this union were born 11 children, 4 having died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Good, passed away on Nov. 24, 1923. In her youth she joined the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until her death. She was untiring in her efforts in nursing the sick in her home and in the community. When there were hopeless cases of illness, she was the one who kept vigil at the bedside night and day. One of her little girl patients, having been given up by nurses and her doctor, has since spent most of her life on the mission field, ministering, in turn, to others. As many as 20 children, homeless and in need, lived in with the family for a period of time and were loved and cared for by Mother. Surviving her are 4 sons (Charles C., La Junta; Bert D., Harve E., and Chris, all of Holbrook community), 2 daughters (Mrs. Marion Hartzler, Goshen, Ind., and Mrs. John Rhodes, L Junta), 2 granddaughters, who she reared from childhood (Mrs. Alvin Kauffman, Crystal Springs, Kans., and Mrs. William Stjernholm, Cheraw, Colo.), 25 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Allie Schmidt, Harper, Kans.; Mrs. Effie Sharer and Mrs. Inez Kuhns, La Junta, Colo.).
Souders, Aaron C., son of Amos and Susan (Charles) Souders, was born Sept. 21, 1876; died Oct. 7, 1956, at his home in Millersville, after several years illness; aged 80 y. 16 d. He was a faithful member of the Masonville Mennonite Church for many years. He was the last of a family of ten children. Surviving are his wife (the former Elizabeth Herr), and one son (Aaron). An infant daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted in the Millersville Church on Oct. 10 in charge of Christian Lehman and Christian Charles with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Thompson, John, was born in Caithness, Wick, Scotland, in 1900. He went to Canada at the age of 15 where he lived at St. Elizabeth, Manitoba. Here he accepted Christ as his Saviour. In 1921, he moved to Alberta, where he lived since then except for a few short periods. He never knew his parents and had no known relatives except one sister from whom he had not heard since 1917. Last winger, when helping to finish the new church at Bluesky, he fell from the balcony and was badly hurt. The doctors expressed fear that the bump on his head would affect him mentally. On Sept. 30, he was found dead in his home by a neighbor. Many time she was offered assistance and invited into homes, but often refused to accept. Funeral services were conducted by J. B. Stauffer and M. D. Stutzman.
Thut, Noah, son of the late Abraham and Elizabeth (Steiner) Thut, was born near Bluffton, Ohio, on Aug. 15, 1870; passed away in Goshen, Ind., on Oct. 3, 1956; aged 86 y. 1m. 18 d. In 1895, he was married to Emma Neuenschwander who preceded him in death in 1939. Six children, all surviving are John, Edna King, Ira, Isaac, Harold and Amelia Zook. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Reuben and Timothy) and one sister (Elizabeth Baumgartner). The family home was first established near Bluffton, Ohio, but in 1913 they moved to West Liberty, Ohio, the family home since then. In early manhood he became a member of the Zion Mennonite Church near Bluffton, the congregation founded by his grandfather, the late Bishop John Thut. Throughout life, until infirmities of age prevented, he was active in the Mennonite Church. At the time of his death he was a member of the Oak Grove Church, Smithville, Ohio. He also took an active part in the community affairs, and served a term on the local school board. Funeral services were held at the Hostetter Funeral Home in West Liberty on Oct. 6 with Virgil Gerig and Stanley Shenk in charge. Interment was made in the South Union Cemetery.
Weyant, Amanda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eash, was born May 24, 1885, in Cambria Co., Pa.; died Aug. 12, 1956, at her home in New Paris; aged 71 y. 2m. 19d. Preceding her in death were 2 sons, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. She is survived by her husband, Irvin Weyant, these sons (Charles, Windber; John, New Paris; and Frank, New Enterprise), 2 brothers (Samuel and William, both of Johnstown), a sister (Lena Eash, Johnstown), a half sister (Mrs. Sarah Thomas, Johnstown), 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Schellsburg, with Charles Shetler and Aldus Wingard officiating.
Wismer, Mary, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Proctor) Overholt, was born in Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Dec. 21, 1868; died Aug. 15, 1956; aged 87y. 7m. 24d. On Jan. 12, 1889, she was married to Enos B. Wismer, who preceded her in death in 1951. Her husband was ordained to the ministry at Deep Run Mennonite Church on June 4, 1903, where they took a great interest in the work of the church. No children were born in this home, though they partly raised 2 nieces (Mrs. Samuel Trauger and Mrs. Jacob Tyson), and one nephew (Edward Detweiler). Surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. Hannah Gross, Perkasie, Pa., and Mrs. Samuel Miller, Dublin), and other relatives. Funeral services were held Aug. 18 at the Eastern Mennonite Home and on Aug. 19 at the Deep Run Church in charge of Wilson Overholt, Abraham Yothers, and Erwin Nace. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, Ruth E., daughter of Ezra and Sallie (Yoder) Yoder, was born at Mattawana, Pa., March 16, 1895; died in the Ephrata (Pa.) Community Hospital, on Aug. 15, 1956, following a brief illness; aged 61 y. 5 m. She is survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Naomi, Lancaster; Anna and Salina, at home; Milo, McVeytown, Pa.; Jesse, Denbigh, Va.), and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Ephrata Mennonite Church on Aug. 18 in charge of Mahlon Zimmerman, Eugene Landis, and Elvin Martin, with interment in the Denver Cemetery.
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Bare (Bair), Annie, daughter of Isaac and Kathryn (Blosser) Musselman, was born Nov. 26, 1864, in Luray, Va.; died at her home near Canfield, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1956. She lived in this same homestead since her marriage 75 years ago. Had she lived until Nov. 26, she would have been 92 years old. Her husband, Elias, to whom she married Nov. 4, 1880, died in 1938. Their home was blessed with 10 children, three preceding her in death, two of whom died in infancy and Alvin, who died in 1950. Surviving are 3 daughters (Mrs. Alvin Knopp, Columbiana, Ohio; Mrs. J. W. Ziegler, North Lima, Ohio, and Eva, at home), 4 sons (Warren, Salem, Ohio; Elmer, Canfield, Ohio; Homer, North Lima; and Leo, Youngstown, Ohio), 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was a faithful and regular attendant of North Lima Mennonite Church and always enjoyed the things of the Lord. Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at the North Lima Church with David Steiner in charge. The sermon was preached by a grandson, Ray Bair, Akron, Pa. Burial was made in the Midway Cemetery.
Becker, Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Leidig, the oldest of 11 children, was born near Morrison, Ill., on Aug. 2, 1877; passed away in the Community Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, after a long illness, Sept. 18, 1956; aged 79 y. 1 m. 16 d. She married John Stewart who after 5 children had been born to them, was fatally injured in his railroad work. Through her devotion and courage she kept the family together until they were grown. Of the children she is survived by 2 sons (Irvin Stuart, Darlington, Pa., and Mose Stewart, East Palestine, Ohio), 2 daughters (Mrs. Lloyd Moore, Gibsonia, Pa., and Mrs. John Greene, Aberdeen, Wash.), 6 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. On July 30, 1940, she was united in marriage to Charles Becker. Besides her husband and children she is survived by 4 stepchildren (Mrs. Ruth Bechtel, Mrs. Anna Holderman, Mrs. Frances Hartman, and Perry Becker), 9 brothers and sisters. Early in youth she confessed Christ as her Saviour. Since Oct. 15, 1944, she and her husband have been members of the Orrville Mennonite Church where memorial services were held on Sept. 21, with Harold E. Bauman and I. W. Royer in charge. Interment was made in the cemetery of the Pleasant View congregation, North Lawrence, Ohio.
Beck, Fannie Florence, daughter of Christian and Veronica Grieser, was born April 29, 1899, near Archbold, Ohio; departed this life suddenly on Oct. 24, 1956, at her home near Stryker, Ohio; aged 57 y. 5m. 25 d. On Feb. 5, 1921, she was united in marriage to Samuel G. Beck, who passed away Dec. 8, 1935, leaving her to care for the family which she leaves (Harold E., Stryker; Marvin Dean, at home; Orval J. and Chauncey M., Archbold; Paul E., Fort Wayne; Martha-Mrs. Kenneth Grime and Ruth Ann-Mrs. Max Short, West Unity, Ohio). Also surviving are 7 grandchildren and one brother (Aaron Grieser, Archbold), and many other relatives and friends. Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and remained faithful to Him and at the time of her death was in happy fellowship with the Pine Grove Mennonite Church near Stryker. Funeral services on Oct. 26 at the Central Mennonite Church were in charge of D. Wyse Graber, with burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Brenneman, Miriam Hilty, was born June 24, 1867, in Milton Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio; departed this life Oct. 18, 1956; aged 89 y. 3m. 24d. On Jan. 16, 1888, she was married to Henry Brenneman, who preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1934. To this union were born 5 children (Orris, now deceased; Bernice-Mrs. A. L. Brenner, Spartanburg, Pa.; Erma-Mrs. H. E. Brenner, Creston, Ohio; Alvin and Alice-Mrs. E. C. Leichty, both of Orrville, Ohio). Early in life she accepted her Saviour and became a member of the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. She lived her entire life in Wayne Country and was the last member of the Peter Hilty family. She is survived by 3 daughters, one son, 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services held at the Crow Hill Church were in charge of John M. Drescher, Reuben Hofstetter, and Noah E. Hilty, with burial in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Gascho, Nancy Elain, daughter of Herbert and the late Loretta (Smith) Gascho, was born at Lowville, N. Y., March 22, 1941; died Aug. 1, 1956, at the House of Good Samaritan, Watertown, N. Y.; aged 15 y. 4m. 9 d., from a brain injury caused by a playground accident when she fell from a swing on July 23. She was removed to the Lowville Hospital in a semi-conscious condition; the following Sunday she went into a coma and was removed to the Watertown Hospital. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in Nov. 1954, and united with the Conservative Mennonite Church, of which she was an active member. She is survived by her father, stepmother, 3 brothers (Herbert James, Jr., Richard Carl, Clair David), 3 sisters (Janice Rose, Yvonne Ann, and Susan Marie), and a host of friends. Her mother and one sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Croghan Church, Aug. 4, by the local ministry, with burial in the church cemetery.
Henson, Daniel D., son of Franklin and Annie (Fowler) Henson, was born Oct. 11, 1885; died at the Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Md., Oct. 24, 1956; aged 71y. 13 d. He is survived by his wife (Cora Hose Henson), 5 sons, 7 daughters, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and 44 grandchildren. He was a member of the Pinesburg Mennonite Church where funeral services were conducted on Oct. 28 in charge of Oliver H. Martin, Moses K. Horst and Amos E. Horst. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hershey, Tobias Kreider, son of Tobias and Lydia Hershey, was born in Intercourse, Pa., March 14, 1879; died at his home in Goshen, Ind., Oct. 31, 1956; aged 77 y. 7 m. 17 d. He leaves his wife, Mae Hertzler Hershey, to whom he was married on Dec. 27, 1904, a daughter (Beatrice-Mrs. William E. Hallman, missionary to Argentina), a son (Lester, missionary in Puerto Rico), 6 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, an older brother (J. H. Hershey, Coastesville, Pa.), 2 sisters (Hettie-Mrs. Ira J. Barge, Ronks, Pa.; Anna-Mrs. Harry G. Hess, Lancaster, Pa.), an aunt (Amanda Weaver, from Viriginia), and many relatives and friends. Converted as a youth, Bro. Hershey felt called of the Lord to His service, and so he sold his small farm and went to take further preparation at Goshen College. The Mission Board called him to superintend the Youngstown, Ohio Mission, where he served from 1911 to 1914, when because of health he had to resign and move to Colorado. In 1912, while in Ohio, he was ordained to the ministry, serving as secretary of this conference for a number of years. Recuperating in Colorado, he was called to serve as pastor of the Bluffton, Ohio, Mennonite Church, where he served for one year while waiting to go to Argentina. In 1917, with the J. W. Shank family, the Hersheys sailed for Argentina. He served in this mission for 31 years retiring in 1948. During this time he served as its superintendent for the most part, and was the Board's poser of attorney, financial agent during the 31 years, and took a great deal of interest in the promotion of literature, translating several pamphlets and writing two of his own books, while directing the Mission printery from its start. His interest in children caused him to promote an orphanage. On several occasions he was its superintendent. After retiring from the Argentina field, he served as supply pastor of two congregations in Puerto Rico while missionaries were on furlough. Returning to the States in 1948, the Lancaster Conference asked him to aid with the evangelistic work among the Spanish migrants in the county. He served ably and lovingly in this capacity, even after he was called to be pastor and bishop of the Zion Church, north of Morgantown, Pa. In 1954 he resigned this pastorate after serving 3 years and with his wife moved to Goshen, Ind. During this lifetime he served as evangelist in many churches in United States and Canada, taught in winter Bible conferences, and in many week-end Bible conferences. He was known as a man of God, loving His Word which he always taught with zeal. Funeral services were held at the Goshen College Church, Goshen, Ind., on Nov. 2 with sermon by S. C. Yoder, and at Hershey's, Kinzers, Pa., on Nov. 3, with sermon by J. D. Graber. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Weaver, Menno B., son of David B. and Anna (Musser) Weaver, was born Jan. 10, 1871, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; departed this life Oct. 17, 1956, at the home of his daughter near Limon, Colo.; aged 85 y. 9m. 7d. At the age of 9 he with his parents moved to Newton, Kans., where he grew to manhood. On Oct. 19, 1893, he was married to Lavina Burkhart. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. Two son preceded him in death. Surviving are the five children (Alta May-Mrs. Fred H. Grove, Limon, Colo.; Lester Ray, Flanagan, Ill.; David J., Junction City, Kans.; Ruth Elizabeth-Mrs. Leland Kenagy, Kansas City, Kans.; Ethel Marie-Mrs. Martin Harbott, Lake Charles, La.), 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Reuben, Harper, Kans.). Four brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death. In 1920 he moved to Lake Charles, la., where his wife passed away in 1937. The last 10 years he made his home with his children. When he was a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church. As long as he was able he was always active in the work of the church. Services were held at Limon, Colo., in charge of Val Swartzendruber, and at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, Hesston, Kans., in charge of Val Swartzendruber, assisted by Earl Buckwalter, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Wideman, Susanna, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Dettweiler) Snyder, was born May 28, 1891, in Ontario, Canada; passed away Oct. 9, 1956, at the Scenic Convalescent Home, Pigeon, Mich., after a long illness. She spent nearly all her life in the Pigeon vicinity. On Jan. 19, 1916, she was married to Allen Wideman, who preceded her in death on June 22, 1953. Surviving are her mother (Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder, Vestaburg, Mich.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Hannah Ropp, Alma, Mich.; and Mrs. Otto Beach, Vestaburg), and 2 brothers (Abe and LeRoy Snyder, both of Vestaburg, Mich.). Deceased are her father, a sister (Matilda Schloneger), and a brother (Allen). She accepted Christ in her youth and was baptized into the Mennonite Church in which faith she remained throughout life. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 13 at the Pigeon Mennonite Church in charge of Donald King. Interment in the church cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.