Christner, Abraham A., son of Joseph and Amanda (Foulk) Christner; born March 19, 1889, at Topeka, Ind.; died May 12, 1959, at the Lagrange County Hospital, Lagrange, Ind., from a heart condition; aged 70 y. 1 m. 13 d. He was married on Dec. 31, 1914, at Topeka, Ind., to Mary Yoder, who survives. Two children preceded him in death. Also surviving are 2 brothers (Eli, Millersburg, Ind.; and Ira, Topeka, Ind.), and 2 sisters (Mary, Topeka; and Bessie-Mrs. Joseph Hershberger, Goshen, Ind.). He was a member of the Townline C. M. Church, where funeral services were held May 16, in charge of Calvin Borntrager and Eli D. Miller; interment in Christner Cemetery.
Fisher, Elam K., son of Eli and Hannah (Kurtz) Fisher; born Aug. 25, 1887, at Churchtown, Pa.; died after a short illness May 5, 1959, at Morgantown, Pa.; aged 71 y. 8 m. 12 d. Surviving are 10 brothers and sisters (Aaron, Morgantown; Daniel, Gap; Mrs. Fannie Smoker, Christiana; Gideon and Elias, Narvon; Ezra, Churchtown; Mrs. Anna Petersheim, Glen Moore; Christian, Westwood; Hannah L.-Mrs. Thomas King, with whom he resided; and Jacob, Ephrata). He was a member of the Conestoga Church, where funeral services on May 8 were in charge of Ira Kurtz; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Gingerich, Terry Joe, son of John and Elizabeth (Wagler) Gingerich; born at Daviess County Hospital, Washington, Ind., April 10, 1959. He lived only one hour. Surviving are his parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Graveside services were held at the Berea Mennonite Cemetery, April 11, in charge of Edd P. Shrock and David Graber.
Kauffman, Minnie, daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Yoder) Kauffman; born in Polk Co., Mo. Feb. 4, 1879; died at the Memorial Hospital, Harrisonville, Mo., March 21, 1959; aged 80 y. 1 m. 17 d. Surviving are 3 sisters (Mary, Lydia, and Dr. Elizabeth Kauffman, all of Kansas City, Mo.), one brother (John S., West Corina, Calif.), and a number of nieces and nephews. Two sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of the Sycamore Grove Church, where funeral services were held March 24, in charge of James Yoder and Lowell Nissley; interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Moser, Jacob R., son of the late Daniel and Lena (Roggie) Moser; born Oct. 6, 1889, at Kirschnerville, N. Y.; died April 7, 1959, after a year's illness from cancer; aged 69 y. 6 m. 1 d. On June 10, 1915, he was married to Irene Martin, who died July 3, 1920. One daughter (Mildred-Mrs. Harold Moshier), was born to this union. On Dec. 25, 1928, he was married to Katie Steinman, who survives with one son (Donald J.), and one daughter (Claire), all of Croghan, N. Y. Also surviving are a sister (Mary-Mrs. David Yousey, Castorland, N. Y.), 2 brothers (Daniel R., Croghan; and Andrew R., Copenhagen, N. Y.), and 5 grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. He was a member of the Conservative Mennonite Church, Croghan, where services were held April 10 by Lloyd Boshart and Emanuel Swartzendruber.
Ropp, Moses, son of Joseph L. and Magdalena (Lichti) Ropp; born Jan. 18, 1885, in Mornington Twp., Ont.; died April 23, 1959, after surgery at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, Ont.; aged 74 y. 3 m. 5 d. He was married on Feb. 23, 1911, to Christina Ruby, who died in 1937. Surviving are 2 sons and 3 daughters (Nelson, Poole, Ont.; Vernal Milverton; Malinda-Mrs. William Potter, Toronto; Mae-Mrs. John Albrecht, Millbank; and Emmeline, at home), 15 grandchildren, one brother (Aaron, Linwood), and one sister (Nancy-Mrs. Peter Ropp, Poole). He was a retired farmer, and a member of the Poole A. M. Church, where funeral services were held April 26, in charge of Herbert Schultz and Moses H. Roth; interment in Poole Cemetery.
Swartzentruber, Samuel C., son of the late Christian J. and Susan (Beachy) Swartzentruber; born in Fauquier Co., Va., Oct. 20, 1893; died May 15, 1959, at University Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, as a result of buns inflicted by a clothing fire; aged 65 y. 6 m. 25 d. On Oct. 12, 1921, he was married to Alice Pearl Miller, who survives. He resided in Johnson Co., Iowa, since 1917. Preceding him in death were one brother and one sister. Surviving besides his wife and her mother, are 8 brothers and sisters (Loyd, Tampico, Ill.; Enos, Kalona, Iowa; Norman, Dover, Del.; Jacob, Springs, Pa.; Jonas, Annie, and Amanda, Montezuma, Ga.; and Eli, Grantsville, Md.). He was a member of the East Union Church, Kalona, Iowa, where funeral services were conducted by A. Lloyd Swartzendruber and J. John J. Miller; interment in Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
Wideman, Jacob G., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Christian Wideman; born in Markham Twp., Ont., Sept. 8, 1870; died at his home at Mongolia April 6, 1959, after a lingering illness; aged 88 y. 6 m. 29 d. He was the last surviving member of a family of ten. In 1892, he was married to Elizabeth Nighswander, who died Oct. 19, 1928. To this union were born a son (Allen, at home) and a daughter (Annie-Mrs. Simeon Ressor, Markham). He was married again in 1930 to Christina Reesor, who survives. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Wideman's, April 9, in charge of Abraham Smith, Fred Nighswander, and Elmer Burkholder; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Critzer, Lina, daughter of Reuben and Mary Jane (Bridge) Campbell; born June 15, 1872, in Nelson Co., Va.; died Dec. 29, 1958, in a Staunton hospital; aged 86 y. 6 m. 14 d. Surviving are her husband (John Lee Critzer) and one daughter-in-law. She was a member of the Mountain View Church. Funeral services on Dec. 31 were in charge of Franklin Weaver and Charles Grove; interment in Sherando Methodist Church Cemetery.
Critzer, John L., was born May 17, 1868, in Nelson Co., Va.; died Feb. 11, 1959, in the Mountain View Nursing Home, _____, Va., where he was a patient for 9 days; aged 90 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was married to Lina Campbell, who died Dec. 29, 1958. (See obituary above.) Surviving is one daughter-in-law. Funeral services on Feb. 13 were in charge of Charles M. Grove; interment in Sherando Methodist Church Cemetery.
Egli, Anna Riggenbach, was born Jan. 10, 1869, near Allentown, Ind.; died at her home in Manson, Iowa, April 29, 1959; aged 90 y. 3 m. 19 d. She was married to John Egli in 1889; he died on Feb. 26, 1934. They made their home in Illinois until 1913, when they moved to the vicinity of Manson. She leaves 10 children (Mrs. Lydia Martin and Mrs. Amelia Martin, Kouts, Ind., William, Edward, Elmer, John, Oscar, and Mabel, Manson, Iowa; Harry, Fort Dodge, Iowa; and Reuben, Woodbury, N.J.), 48 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Manson Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held May 1, in charge of N. M. Stoltzfus and Edward Birkey; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Geiser, William F., son of Fred and Maryanne (Zuercher) Geiser; born Feb. 1, 1891, near Kidron, Ohio; died May 21, 1959, at the Wooster (Ohio) Community Hospital, after a lingering illness; aged 68 y. 3 m. 20 d. He was married on Jan. 5, 1919, at Sonnenberg Church, to Clara Gerber, who survives. Occupation: farmer. Also surviving are 8 children (Delpha- Mrs. Willis Neuenschwander, Homer E., Stella, Mable, Edith, Wilson C., Leonard J ., and Ernest), 8 grandchildren, and 4 brothers (Benjamin, Allen F., John, and David). He was a member of the Sonnenberg Church, where funeral services were held May 25, in charge of Louis Amstutz, Reuben Hofstetter, I. Mark Ross, and Harlan Steffen; interment in church cemetery.
Hershberger, Dennis, son of William O. and Mary (Miller) Hershberger; born Feb. 22, 1913, near Walnut Creek, Ohio; died May 18, 1959, when his truck overturned and burned up on the highway near Russellville, Ohio; aged 46 y. 2 m. 26 d. On Oct. 12, 1940, he was married to Carrie Miller, who survives. Occupation; truck driver. Surviving are also 4 children (Terry, Cheryl, Joan, and Joyce), his mother (Mrs. Mary Hershberger, Sugarcreek), and 5 brothers (Cloyse, David, and Clayton, Sugarcreek; Paul, Charm, Ohio; and Wm. O., Annadale, Va.). He was a member of the Walnut Creek Church, where funeral services were held May 21, in charge of Paul R. Miller and Lester Hostetler; interment in church cemetery.
Hershey, Hettie, daughter of the late John M. and Elizabeth Hershey; born Feb. 13, 1870; died May 16, 1959, after an illness of 6 days, at the home of her nephew, H. Rine Hershey, Gordonville, Pa., where she had lived for 17 years; aged 89 y. 3 m. 3 d. Surviving are a sister (Mary), 3 nephews, and one niece. Funeral services at Hershey's Church, May 19, were in charge of Glenn Esh, Galen Hostetter, and Sanford Hershey (text-Psalm 17:15, chosen by Aunt Hettie); interment in adjoining cemetery.
Keener, Deborah Sue, daughter of Robert and Florence (Weaver) Keener; born Feb. 7, 1954, at the Shirati Hospital, Tarime, East Africa; was instantly killed when struck by a truck, April 23, 1959; aged 5 y. 2 m. 16 d. Surviving are her parents, one sister and 2 brothers (Martha Jane, Robert Gerald, and Dennis Dale), and 3 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Keener, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Jonas Weaver, Royersford, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Vincent Mennonite Church, Spring City, Pa., April 27, in charge of Matthew Kolb; interment in Vincent Cemetery.
Landis, Ezra B., was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 29, 1871; passed away at his home in Sterling, Ill., May 6, 1959; aged 88 y. 1 m. 7 d. He was married to Lizzie Gish in Lancaster, and soon after moved to Sterling, Ill. She passed away on June 12, 1936. He was a member of the Science Ridge Church. Surviving are 2 daughters (Mrs. William Johnson and Mrs. Joseph Johnson), one son (Gabriel), 2 granddaughters, one great-granddaughter, one brother (Simon D.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Mamie Marshall, Mrs. Martha Keener, and Mrs. Ellen Smith, all of Elizabethtown, Pa.). Funeral services at the Melvin Funeral Home, May 8, were in charge of A. C. Good.
Miller, Howard D., son of Peter and Barbara (Krabill) Miller; born Sept. 8, 1882, in Stark Co., Ohio; died May 20, 1959, in the Community Hospital, Wooster, Ohio, of a heart condition; aged 76 y. 8 m. 12 d. He was married in Stark Co., on Dec. 22, 1904, to Clara E. Ramseyer, who died Nov. 4, 1918. On Dec. 25, 1919, he married Vesta Yoder, Smithville, Ohio. Surviving are his wife, 5 children (Lloyd E., Howard D., Leonard J., Mrs. Letha Steiner, and Mrs. Louella Thut), 18 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Oak Grove Church, where funeral services were held May 23, in charge of Virgil M. Gerig; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Nussbaum, ___ , son of Nathan and Ruby (Glick) Nussbaum; stillborn May 16, 1959, at New Castle, Pa. Surviving are the parents, 2 brothers and one sister (Evan, Ethan, and Rebecca), and grandparents (Mrs. Amos A. Nussbaum, and Mr. and Mrs. Noah Glick). Funeral services at the graveside in the Maple Grove Church Cemetery, May 18, were in charge of Roy D. Kaufman.
Pennington, Walker, son of the late Levi and Sylvania
(Calvin) Pennington; died at his home in Flat Gap, Ky., May 18,
1959; aged 68 y. 7 m. 11 d. In 1918 he was married to Marvie Young,
who survives. Also surviving are 10 children (Ray, Roscoe, Stella
Holbrook, and "D." Roosevelt, all of Flat Gap, Ky.;
George and Frank, Ophir, Ky.; Sylvia Patrick and Susie Fyffe,
Baltimore, Md.; James, Piqua, Ohio; and Ren, at home). One daughter,
4 brothers, and one sister preceded him in death.
Walker first became acquainted with the Mennonite Church during the early years of the mission work in the community known as Lost Creek at Ophir, Ky. He was one of the many who had a deep appreciation for the ministry of the late Melvin Weaver. Although he felt the call of the Spirit for many years, he did not answer Him until about six weeks before his death. A stroke left him partially paralyzed, and his speech was very difficult to understand, but when approached about his soul's need by Bro. Direl Fyffe, he was deeply moved and wept. The only means by which he could communicate was by raising his right arm to indicate an affirmative answer to the questions asked. Thus he gave testimony that he had prayed for forgiveness, had accepted Christ as his Saviour, and was ready to meet God. We had hoped the Lord would restore his health to the extent that he would be able to witness to his community and family, but God in mercy ended his suffering and called him home. So far as we know now, only one son, 2 daughters-in-law, and a granddaughter are living for Christ. Funeral services were conducted at the home in Flat Gap, May 20, with Direl Fyffe officiating; interment near his boyhood home at Lost Creek in the Pendleton Cemetery.
Schrock, Malinda, daughter of Eli S. and Marie (Kaufman) Miller; born July 15, 1866, near Walnut Creek, Ohio; died of complications of old age May 14, 1959, at her home near Shanesville, Ohio; aged 92 y. 9 m. 29 d. On March 6, 1887, she was married to Alexander J. Schrock, who died March 21, 1948. Surviving are 6 children (Alma and Mabel, at home; Mrs. Ralph A. Miller, Berlin; John, Omaha, Nebr.; Waldo, Veterans Hospital, Brecksville, Ohio; and William, Dover, Ohio), 9 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was the last of her family. She was a member of the Walnut Creek Church, where funeral services were held May 17, in charge of Paul R. Miller and Paul Hummel; interment in church cemetery.
Stauffer, Marvin Dale, son of Maynard and Erma (Guengerich) Stauffer; born Dec. 27, 1948, at Tofield, Alta.; died by drowning May 17, 1959, near his farm home; aged 10 y. 4 m. 20 d. He is survived by his parents, 3 brothers (Lawrence, Elwyn, and Russel), 2 sisters (Louise and Lorna), all at home, 4 grandparents, and one great-grandmother. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church, May 20, in charge of Harold Boettger and Milo Stutzman; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Tyson, Jacob A., son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Leatherman) Tyson; born July 26, 1884, in Bedminster Twp., Pa.; died at his residence in Perkasie, Pa., March 15, 1959; aged 74 y. 7 m. 19 d. On Oct. 3, 1908, he was married to Carrie Overhold, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Elsie- Mrs. Christian M. Meyers, Dublin; Ida- Mrs. Joseph A. Kulp, Perkasie; and Carrie, at home), 7 grandchildren, and one sister (Sallie- Mrs. William M. Rush, Dublin). One son and one daughter preceded him in death. He was a member of the Deep Run Church, where services were held March 19, in charge of Richard Detweiler and Erwin Nace; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Unzicker, Sarah L., daughter of Peter and Catherine (Garber) Steider; born Feb. 19, 1878, near Metamora., Ill:; died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amos Hostetler, near Tampico, Ill., April 28, 1959; aged 81 y. 2 m. 9 d. On Dec. 23, 1902, she married Samuel E. Unzicker, who survives. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter preceded her in death two years ago. Surviving are 3 daughters and 2 sons (Alma- Mrs. Harold Zehr, Roanoke, Ill.; Catherine- Mrs. Amos Hostetler, Tampico, Ill.; Edna- Mrs. Dan Teuscher, Fisher. Ill.; Roy, Roanoke; and Archie, Eureka), 30 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Sam, Washington, Ill.; and Henry, Metamora), and a sister (Mrs. Barbara Springer, Longmont, Colo.). Three sisters and 4 brothers also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Linn Township Amish Mennonite congregation since its organization. She was especially known for her service to others, opening her home to several other relatives in time of special need. Services were held at the Linn A.M. Church, in charge of John E. Hostetler and Harold Hostetler; interment in Harmony Cemetery.
Wagler, Druscilla Mae, daughter of the late Jacob and Laura (Gingrich) Ruby; born Feb. 4, 1906; died May 15, 1959, after a lengthy illness; aged 53 y. 3 m. 11 d. She was unable to walk for 18 years. On June 14, 1923, she was married to Joe Wagler, who survives. Also surviving are 5 sons and 5 daughters (Leander, East Zorra; Lester, Wellesley; Cecil, Herbert, and Kieth, at home; Doris- Mrs. Seranus Kropf, East Zorra; Bernice- Mrs. Floyd Brenneman, South Easthope; Betty- Mrs. Wallace Roth, Wilmot; Delphine- Mrs. Lorne Zehr, East Zorra; and Marlene, at home), 18 grandchildren, one brother (Elmer, Milverton), one sister (Gertie- Mrs. Aaron Roth, Tavistock), 2 half brothers (Delmar Zehr, Timmins; and Aldine Zehr, Hamilton), 3 stepbrothers (Jonas Zehr, Milverton; Eli, Haysville; and Homer, Brantford), and one stepsister (Irene- Mrs. Nurias, Kipfer, Kitchener). One son, one daughter; one sister, one half brother, and one stepbrother preceded her in death. She was a member of the East Zorra A.M. Church, where funeral services were conducted, in charge of Dan Wagler and Henry Yantzi; burial in adjoining cemetery.
Weaver, Mintie Florence, was born Jan. 4, 1879; died April 14, 1959; aged 80 y. 3 m. 10 d. She was buried in the cemetery adjoining the Hildebrand Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, Va., where funeral services were conducted by John R. Mumaw.
Weaver, Joseph H., was born Sept. 19, 1878; died May 12, 1959, only 28 days after the death of his wife Mintie; aged 80 y. 7 m. 23 d. They were married Jan. 3, 1902. To this union one son (Clarence) was born. Five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren also survive. Bro. Weaver was ordained to the ministry Nov. 19, 1911, and served the entire Southern District, with more direct pastoral responsibilities at the Hildebrand Church through all these years. Funeral services were conducted by John R. Mumaw; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Wenger, Rita, daughter of Kenneth and Donna (Headings) Wenger; born at West Liberty, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1948; died at Phoenix, Ariz., April 29, ]959, of dermophytosis; aged 11 y. 4 m. 7 d. She contracted the disease at the age of six, and although handicapped with it, she was in the fifth grade, and had an unshakable faith in God. Besides her parents she is survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Ronnie, Eileen, Jerry, and Joan) and her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wenger and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Headings). Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, West Liberty, Ohio, May 5, in charge of Nelson Kanagy; interment in South Union Cemetery.
Transcribed by: Don Kauffman, Alberta
Albrecht, John V., son of John A. and Elizabeth (Birkey); born April 4, 1877, in Bureau Co., Ill.; died at the Perry Memorial Hospital, May 29, 1959; aged 82 y. 1 m. 25 d. On Feb. 16, 1911, he was married to Leah Litwiller at Hopedale, Ill. To this home were born 3 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom survive (Harold, Wilbur, Mrs. Eunice Kauffman, and Mrs. Dale Detweiler, all of Tiskilwa, Ill.; and Weldon, Denver, Colo.). He is also survived by his wife, one sisters (Mrs. Rufus Yoder, Lancaster, Ohio), and 9 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He was a farmer most of his life. He was a member of the Willow Springs Church, where funeral services were held June 1, in charge of C. Warren Long; interment in Willow Springs Cemetery.
Beidler, Irwin S., son of the late Jacob C. and Katie (Swartley) Beidler; born May 25, 1889, in Franconia Twp., Pa.; died May 14, 1959, at the Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa.; aged 69 y. 11 m. 19 d. He had been in failing health since April. He was married June 12, 1913, at Telford, Pa., to Edith Bower. He leaves three sons (Willard, Telford, Pa.; Stanley B., Quakertown, Pa.; and Claude, Stroudsburg, Pa.), one sister (Mrs. Clinton Landis, Telford, Pa.), and 18 grandchildren. He was a schoolteacher for many years and served as a bookkeeper since 1940. He was a member of the Franconia Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held May 19, in charge of Menno B. Souder and Curtis L. Bergey. Interment in the Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.
Kauffman, William Lester, Jr., son of William L. and Juanita (Kenagy) Kauffman; born June 18, 1943, at Hubbard, Oreg.; died in his sleep May 25, 1959, at Salem, Oreg.; aged 15 y. 11 m. 7 d. Surviving are 2 brothers and one sister (Raymond, Nampa, Ida.; and Avon and Joyce both of Hubbard). Graveside services were held at the Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery May 27, in charge of John M. Lederach.
Long, Mary M. (Matilda), daughter of James W. and Sarah (Weaver) Sharpes; born Feb. 15, 1879, near Harrisonburg, Va.; died from complications of old age May 21, 1959; aged 80 y. 3 m. 6 d. She was the last surviving member of their family of six children. She was married Sept. 21, 1899, at Lima, Ohio, to Abram B. Long, who preceded her in death June 23, 1937. Her only child, Lewis William, died Jan. 17, 1959. Five grandchildren survive. She was a member of the Weaver Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held May 23, in charge of Lloyd S. Horst, Ralph Heatwole, and Richard S. Weaver.
Miller, Mary, daughter of John and Fannie Stutzman; born Jan. 24, 1874, in Howard Co., Ind.; died at Fairview, Mich., May 30, 1959; aged 85 y. 4 m. 6 d. She was married Sept. 29, 1896, to Abner J. Miller, who died May 10, 1939. One son, Omar, preceded her in death Dec. 26, 1925. Surviving are two daughters (Mrs. Verda Stonebraker and Ruby-Mrs. Harvey Handrich), one son (Frank), and one sister (Mrs. Sarah Miller, Westover, Md.). She was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held May 31, in charge of Floyd Yoder; interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
Petersheim, Della K., daughter of the late Jonathan K. and Barbara (Kurtz) Petersheim; born Aug. 20, 1917, at Elverson, Pa.; died at her home in Elverson, May 26, 1959; aged 41 y. 9 m. 6 d. She had been ill for the past eighteen months. She worked in a factory; taught a kindergarten S. S. class for about twenty years. Besides her mother, she is survived by 6 sisters and 4 brothers (Elsie, Susie-Mrs. Eli Kauffman, and Elam, all of Elverson, Pa.; Mabel-Mrs. Mast Stoltzfus, New Columbia, Pa.; Mary, La Junta, Colo.; Ida-Mrs. Leon Summers, Gap, Pa.; Le Roy, Harrisonburg, Va.; Joseph, Honey Brook, Pa.; Linda-Mrs. Elton Horning, Oley, Pa.; and Floyd, New Holland, Pa.). One brother, Omar, preceded her in death. She was a member of the Conestoga Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held May 29, in charge of Ira Kurtz, Millard Shoup and David Yoder; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Reesor, David N., youngest of Simeon and Susannah (Nighswander) Reesor; born March 21, 1879, in Scarborough Twp., Canada; died of pneumonia May 15, 1959, at the General Hospital, Toronto, Ont.; aged 89 y. 1 m. 24 d. He was married to Sophia Rittenhouse, who preceded him in death, May 18, 1924. On April 17, 1931, at Markham, Ont., he was married to F. Mae Reesor, who survives. He was preceded in death by one son, Alvin. Surviving are 4 children (Mary E., Toronto, Ont.; Charles and Russel, Markham, Ont.; and Lorne J., Maple, Ont.), 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Occupation: farmer and miller. He was a member of the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Reesor's Church in charge of A. L. Fretz, Floyd Schmucker, and P. G. Lehman; interment in Reesor's Cemetery.
Rohrer, Harvey L., son of Benjamin S. and Mary A. (Landis) Rohrer; born Oct. 17, 1881, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died of coronary thrombosis near Witmer, Pa., May 12, 1959; aged 77 y. 6 m. 25 d. On Nov. 22, 1906, near Lancaster Pa., he was married to Annie Landes. Occupation: farmer. He was a member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held May 15, in charge of Elmer G. Martin, Lloyd M. Eby, and John Oberholtzer; interment in Mellingers Cemetery.
Stephens, Mary Inez, born in Kansas City, Kans., Dec. 14, 1901; died of complications April 23, 1959; aged 58 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was in ill health for the last six years. Her husband, Fred, preceded her in death six years ago. Surviving are 7 sons, all of Kansas City, 3 daughters, 3 brothers, one sister, 21 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She was a member of the Argentine Mennonite Church, Kansas City, Kans., for many years. Funeral services were held at the Reising Funeral Home, April 25, in charge of R. P. Horst. Interment in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Eicher, William R., son of Martin J. and Katie (Roth) Eicher; born Sept. 22, 1889, at Milford, Nebr.; died at Milford, of heart ailment and complications, June 5, 1959; aged 69 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was married to Lydia A. Stahley, Oct. 14, 1913, at Carstairs, Alta. Occupation: farmer. In 1915 he was ordained deacon at West Fairview by Peter Kennel. He served the West Fairview congregation and a number of others in the lowa-Nebraska Conference District. In 1916 he was ordained minister and in 1932 he was ordained to the office of bishop by Joe Zimmerman. He served for twenty years as secretary of the lowa-Nebraska Conference. He is survived by 4 daughters (La Verta- Mrs. Dem Schweitler, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Verdella- Mrs. Milton Miller, Milford, Nebr.; Teresa- Mrs. Perry Burkey, Hesston, Kans.; and Violet- Mrs. Ted Troyer, Harper, Kans.), 3 sons (Walter, Chandler, Ariz.; Floyd, Grand Junction, Colo.; and Lloyd, Englewood, Colo.), 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and 2 sisters (Mabel- Mrs. James Klopfenstein, Goshen, Ind; and Mrs. Elsie Troyer, Milford, Nebr.). One son (Ellis) preceded him in death in 1948. He was a member of the West Fairview Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held June 7, in charge of Dale Oswald, L. O. Schlegel, Lloyal Burkey, and Ammon Miller; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Landis, Fannie Ellen, born Sept. 17, 1872, in Ohio; died May 14, 1959; aged 86 y. 7 m. 27 d. She spent her early life in Canton, Kans., and served a few years at the Chicago Home Mission. She was married to George B. Landis, who preceded her in death May 12, 1928. After the death of her husband, she lived at Hesston, Kans., later living alternately with each of her children. Surviving are 4 children (Mary E., Lebanon, Oreg.; Floyd M., Caldwell, Idaho; Louis C., Shedd, Oreg.; and Vernon C., Molalla, Oreg.), 17 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren; also 3 sons and a daughter-in-law of her husband by a former marriage (Melvin, Noah, Raymond, and Lela), 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She was a charter member of the Lebanon Mennonite Church, Lebanon, Oreg., where services were held, in charge of George Kauffman and Allen Erb. The body was sent to Canton, Kans., where services were in charge of Edward Seller and Charles Diener .
Lapp, Fannie Mae, daughter of Eli and Barbara Hartzler; born at Belleville, Pa., Sept. 23, 1876; died of infirmities of old age at West Liberty, Ohio, April 14, 1959: aged 82 y. 6 m. 22 d. She was married to David A. Lapp at West Liberty, Ohio, Oct. 28, 1906. Besides her husband she leaves 2 daughters (Dorothy, at home; and Gladys- Mrs. John Esch, West Liberty, Ohio), 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the South Union Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held April 19, in charge of Roy S. Koch; interment in South Union Cemetery.
Moyer, Annie D., daughter of Henry and Lillie (Detweiler) Landis; born near Silverdale, Pa., Nov. 30, 1872; died at the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., of arteriosclerosis, June 4, 1959; aged 86 y. 6 m. 5 d. She was married to Peter L. Moyer, who preceded her in death in 1949. She was a member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Eastern Mennonite Home, June 8, in charge of Marvin Anders and David Derstine, Jr.; interment in Blooming Glen Church Cemetery.
Moyer, Wilson R., son of William M. and Madglena (Rickert) Moyer; born June 2, 1872, near Souderton, Pa.; died at the Eastern Mennonite Home after an illness of eight years, May 25, 1959; aged 86 y. 11 m. 23 d. He was married to Stella A. Derstine, who died in 1955. Occupation: schoolteacher; commission merchant in the Reading Terminal Market. He was ordained to the office of deacon at the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church in 1914; ordained pastor by A. O. Histand at the same place in 1921. He served often in evangelistic and Bible conference work. In 1950 he retired from his active ministry. After the death of his wife he lived at the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa. Surviving are one adopted son (William), 2 foster children (Mrs. Wallace Derstein and Anna Mae Ziegler), and one grandchild. He was a member of the Blooming Glen Church, where funeral services were held May 29, in charge of David Derstine and Joseph Gross; interment in Blooming Glen Church Cemetery.
Nitzsche, William Francis, son of Daniel and Emma (Birky) Nitzsche; born July 23, 1928; died May 30, 1959, when struck by lightning: aged 30 y. 10 m. 7 d. On Sept. 12, 1948, he was married to Luella Stutzman at Milford, Nebr. Occupation: farmer. Besides his wife he is survived by 3 daughters (Linda, Bonnie, and Kathy), one son (Floyd), 3 sisters (Ruth- Mrs. Earl Coffman, Shipshewana, Ind.; Edna- Mrs. Wayne Zook, Manson, Iowa; and Fern- Mrs. Mylon Hooley, Goshen, Ind.), and one brother (Delmar, West Point, Nebr.). He was a member of the Beemer Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held June 2, in charge of Sam Oswald, P. O. Oswald, Lloyal Burkey, J. W. Birky, and Earnest Kauffman; interment in Beemer Cemetery.
Strubhar, Andrew J., son of Nicolas and Hannah (Yoder) Strubhar; born at Danvers, Ill., May 1, 1877; died at Hubbard, Oreg., April 18, 1959: aged 81 y. 11 m. 17 d. On Nov. 10, 1902, he was married at Woodburn, Oreg., to Mary E. Roth, who preceded him in death in 1942. Occupation: farmer; electrician. Surviving are 7 sons (Rollin, Fred, Clifford, Timothy, Roy, Levi, and William), 2 daughters (Fannie- Mrs. Paul Snook and Mae), 23 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Frank Roemer). One daughter (Naomi) preceded him in death. He was a member of the Zion Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held April 24, in charge of Clarence Kropf and Edward Kenagy; interment in Zion Cemetery.
Witmer, Terry Lee, son of Anson and Fern (Weaver) Witmer; born Aug. 9, 1954, near Goshen, Ind.; died at his home in a farm truck accident, June 1, 1959: aged 4 y.9 m. 13 d. Surviving besides his parents are 3 brothers (Donald, Devon, and Marvin), one sister (Betty Ann), his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Weaver, Wakarusa, Ind.), his paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Walter Witmer, Goshen, Ind.), and a great-grandmother (Mrs. Eva Wenger, Wakarusa, Ind.). Funeral services were held at the Olive Mennonite Church, in charge of J. C. Wenger, Elno Steiner, and Paul Hoover; interment in church cemetery.
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Ballard, Marie, born in Virginia, Jan. 1, 1883; died at the Bethany Mennonite Home, Philadelphia, Pa., June 3, 1959; aged 76 y. 5 m. 2 d. Surviving are one son, one daughter, and 2 grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death. She accepted Christ and was baptized at the Diamond Street Mennonite Church in 1947. She had a good testimony to the end and was grateful that the Lord saved her even though she waited until late in life to seek Him. Funeral services were held at the Diamond Street Church, with Luke G. Stoltzfus in charge; interment in Lichty's Cemetery, near Church town, Pa.
Benner, Mabel W., daughter of the late Banks and Mary (Shellemberger) Winey; born Sept. 11, 1884, at Richfield, Pa.; died at the Ephrata Community Hospital, May 21, 1959; aged 74 y. 8 m. 10 d. Death was caused by complications as a result of a broken hip due to a fall. On Aug. 25, 1906, she was married to Charles Benner, who survives. In 1909 they moved to Lancaster Co., Pa. They resided in Akron, Pa., for the past 44 years. Surviving are 2 sons (Robert W., Akron, Pa.; and Harold W., Bareville, Pa.), 2 daughters (Ruth- Mrs. Paul R. Leaman, Lancaster, Pa.; and Irene- Mrs. Reuben B. Hess, Leola, Pa.), and 11 grandchildren. One daughter (Evelyn) and one son (Dwight) preceded her in death. She was a member of Metzler's Mennonite Church, where she was a Sunday-school teacher for many years. Funeral services were held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, in charge of Amos Sauder and Eli Sauder; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Eigsti, Arthur Frederick, son of Joseph C. and Anna (Zierlein) Eigsti; born June 3, 1902; died May 15, 1959; aged 56 y. 11 m. 12 d. Death was the result of a heart condition. He lived in the vicinity of Manson, Iowa, his entire life. He is survived by one brother (Walter, Manson, Iowa) and 4 sisters (Alma- Mrs. Walter Yordy and Eileen- Mrs. Henry Heintz, both of Chicago, Ill.; Edna- Mrs. Nick Stoltzfus, Manson, Iowa; and Rose- Mrs. Jacob R. Graber, Secor, Ill.). His parents and an infant brother (Otto Clarence) preceded him in death. He was a member of the Manson Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held May 17, in charge of Noah Landis and Edward Birkey; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Good, Lydia Ann, born Sept. 2, 1878; died June 8, 1959; aged 80 y. 9 m. 6 d. She is survived by one son (Paul H., with whom she resided), 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (George Hollinger, Rothsville, Pa.; and Samuel Hollinger, Manheim, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Zimmerman and Miss Amanda Hollinger, both of Goodville, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Goodville Mennonite Church, in charge of Benjamin F. Weaver and Moses G. Gehman; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kennel, Elizabeth, daughter of C. K. and Kathryn (Moser) Ernst; born at Wellesley, Ont., Jan. 3, 1884; died at Friend, Nebr., June 10, 1959; aged 75 y. 5 m. 7 d. On Feb. 5, 1903, she was united in marriage to Chris Kennel, who preceded her in death. Surviving are 8 children (Ervin, Fairfax, Mo.; Iva Craig, Ontario, Calif.; Harold, Lincoln. Nebr.; Birdean Dygert, Exeter, Nebr.; Alletta Huke, Friend, Nebr.; Marguerite Doremus, Geneva, Nebr.; Kathleen Green, Burwell, Nebr.; and Dorothy Stransky, Lincoln, Nebr.), one sister (Kathryn Graham), one brother (Edward Ernst, Norfolk, Nebr.), 32 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter. She was a member of the West Fairview Mennonite Church, Beaver Crossing, Nebr., where funeral services were held June 14, in charge of Dale Oswald and Lloyal Burkey; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Martin, Olen Glenn, son of Russel and Lois (Diller) Martin; born June 17, 1948; died May 22, 1959; aged l0 y. 11 m. 5 d. Death was due to a tractor accident. He is survived by 4 brothers and 2 sisters (Delmar, Roger, Carolyn, Linford, Lowell, and Wilma Jean), his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Albert Diller, Greencastle, Pa.), and his paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Abram Martin, Maugansville, Md.). He attended the Salem Ridge Church, where funeral services were held May 26, in charge of Harvey E. Shank and J. Irvin Lehman; interment in adjoining cemetery.
Swigart, Carena M., daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary (Myers) Rhodes; born Nov. 9, 1870; died May 14, 1959; aged 88 y. 6 m. 5 d. Surviving are 2 daughters (Florence, at home; and Catherine- Mrs. James Kenepp, Mattawana, Pa.) and 3 grandchildren. She was a member of the Spring Run Church of the Brethren. She often attended services at the Mattawana Mennonite Church and entertained many of the evangelists and speakers in her home. Funeral services were conducted at her home, in charge of D. Luke Bowser, Ross D. Metzler; and Donald Fisher; interment in Spring Run Cemetery.
Wenger, Orva Homer, son of Louis and Sarah (Lehman) Wenger; born Feb. 15, 1889, at Versailles, Mo.; died at the Mennonite Hospital, La Junta, Colo., May 21, 1959; aged 70 y. 3 m. 6 d. He became afflicted with Hodgkin's disease about twelve years ago but was able to carry on his work at the Mennonite Hospital most of the time until the last two days when he became critically ill. He was married on Jan. 28, 1912, at Versailles, Mo., to Mary Swartzendruber, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Joyce- Mrs. Earl Johnson, Spearman, Texas), 8 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Sarah- Mrs. Ernest Swartzendruber and Lettie- Mrs. C. B. Egli, both of Manson, Iowa), and 2 brothers (Isaac, Versailles, Mo.; and Wilmer, Detroit Lakes, Minn.). He was a member of the La Junta Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held May 25, in charge of Paul H. Martin and Alva Swartzendruber; interment in Fairview Cemetery.
Yoder, Alice P., daughter of Amos P. and Delilah Troyer; born in Cass Co., Mo., July 9, 1888; died at Portland, Oreg., after a short illness, June 8, 1959; aged 70 y. 10 m. 30 d. On Dec. 12, 1909, she was married to Edward Z. Yoder, former minister of the Zion Church, Hubbard, Oreg. He preceded her in death Aug. 31, 1957. She is survived by 3 sons (Paul E., Salem, Oreg.; Edward Z., Jr., Canby, Oreg.; and Sanford K., Hubbard, Oreg.), 4 daughters (Charity- Mrs. Ronald Wolfer, Salem, Oreg.; Lois- Mrs. Charles Kreider, Wadsworth, Ohio; Marjorie- Mrs. Richard Larson, Newport, Oreg., and Kathryn- Mrs. Warren Miller, Millersburg, Ohio), 2 brothers (Jess, Canby, Oreg.; and Ernest, -----, Calif.), and 4 sisters (Lizzie- Mrs. Dan Hostetler, Canby, Oreg.; Nora- Mrs. Richard Philips, Redmond, Oreg.; Grace- Mrs. John Berkey and Emma- Mrs. William Kenagy, both of Hubbard, Oreg.). She was a member of the Zion Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held June 11, in charge of John M. Lederach and Clarence Kropf; interment in Zion Cemetery.
Zook, John F., son of Joshua B. and Barbara (Plank)
Zook; born near Allensville, Pa., Aug. 29, 1874; died at the Yohn
Convalescent Home near Lewistown, Pa., June 2, 1959; aged 84 y.
9 m. 4 d. At the age of two he with his parents moved to a farm
near Belleville, Pa., where he lived the rest of his life until
he was taken to the convalescent home in December, 1958. Occupation:
farmer. He was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, where
funeral services were held June 6, in charge of Elam Glick; burial
in Locust Grove Cemetery.