Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1970

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume LXIII, Number 47 - December 8, 1970, pp. 1022-1024

May the sustaining grace and comfort of our Lord bless these who are bereaved.

Bearinger, Josiah, son of Moses and Sarah (Sitler) Bearinger, was born in Waterloo Twp., Aug. 14, 1882; died at the K-W Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., Nov. 2, 1970; aged 88 y. 2 m. 19 d. On June 2, 1909, he was married to Mabel Eby, who died Apr. 7, 1962. Surviving are one daughter (Doris ­ Mrs. Eden Good) and 2 grandsons (David and Stuart). He was a member of the Erb Street Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 4, with Galen Johns and J. B. Martin officiating; interment in the Erb Street Cemetery.

Benda, Julia, daughter of Anton and Victoria Censky, was born near Jackson, Minn., Nov. 8, 1917; died of cancer at the Jackson Community Hospital, Oct. 9, 1970; aged 52 y. 11 m. 1 d. On Oct. 18, 1938, she was married to Chris Benda, who survives. She was a member of the Alpha Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Jackson Methodist Church, with Noah Landis and Fred Gingerich officiating; interment in the Jackson Cemetery.

Brenneman, Ellen B., daughter of H. Reist and Maria (Bomberger) Landis, was bornin Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 9, 1890; died at the Oaks Convalescent Center, Lima, Ohio, Nov. 7, 1970, of cancer; aged 80 y. 1 m. 29 d. She was married to Alpheus N. Brenneman, June 2, 1936, who died Nov. 18, 1969. Surviving are 3 sisters (Mrs. Katie Erb, Mrs. Pares Newcomer, and Mrs. John Bomberger). She was a member of the Central Mennonite Church, Elida, Ohio, where funeral services were held Nov. 10, with Walter Smeltzer and A. J. Metzler officiating; interment in the Salem Cemetery.

Buerge, Amy Caroline, daughter of John and Clare Hostetler, was born in Choteau, Okla, Feb. 5, 1912; died as a result of an automobile accident near Harrisonville, Mo., Oct. 15, 1970; aged 58 y. 8 m. 10 d. On Sept. 4, 1934, she was married to Robert Buerge, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Frank E.), one daughter (Nancy), 3 grandsons, her parents, 3 brothers (Henry, Melvin, and Alvin Hostetler), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Orpha Miller, Mrs. Elizabeth May, and Alma). She was a member of the Sycamore Grove Church, where funeral services were held, in charge of Elmer E. Yoder and Danny Gales; interment in the Clear Fork Cemetery.

Eberly, Lydia Ann, daughter of Daniel and Fannie (Heatwole) Wenger, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Apr. 25, 1886; died at her home near Orrville, Ohio, Nov. 2, 1970; aged 84 y. 6 m. 7 d. On Nov. 19, 1908, she was married to Elam Eberly, who survives. Also surviving are 4 sons (Walter, David, John, and Ben), 6 daughters (Frances ­ Mrs. H. Paul Martin, Emma ­ Mrs. Elias Horst, and Elsie ­ Mrs. David Horst, Mary ­ Mrs. Marvin Steiner, Mabel ­ Mrs. Glen Jones, and Eva ­ Mrs. Truman Steiner), 32 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Mollie Knicely and Mrs. Verdie Simmons). She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, 3 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. She was a member of the County Line Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Martins Church Nov. 5, with Cleophas Steiner and Elmer Good officiating; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Egli, John B., son of Jacob and Susan (Sutter) Egli, was botn near Hopedale, Ill., Mar. 11, 1890; died of cancer at the Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 8, 1970; aged 80 y. 7 m. 28 d. On Jan. 28, 1915, he was married to Emma Good, who died in 1925. On Sept. 12, 1926, he married Rosie Good, who survives. Also surviving are 7 children (Florence ­ Mrs. Gladys Zehr, Lois, Arthur, Ivan, Lester, Glenn, and Joe), 24 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Nafziger), and one brother (Simon). He was a member of the Hopedale Church, where funeral services were held in charge of Ivan Kauffmann; interment in the Hopedale Cemetery.

Esbenshade, Lizzie M., daughter of the late Daniel and Lizzie (Martin) Weaver, was born in Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster County, Pa., on June 27, 1893, and died Oct. 13, 1970, after 2 weeks' illness; aged 77 y. 3 m. 16 d. On Oct. 9, 1915, she was married to Ferree F. Esbenshade, Sr., who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters and 2 sons (Grace ­ Mrs. Amos Reiff, Adam, Edith ­ Mrs. Titus Sensenig, and Ferree, Jr.) and 2 foster children, Anna Martin ­ Mrs. Jacob Zimmerman and Titus S. Weaver). Also 17 grandchildren and the following sisters and brothers, Mrs. Anna High, Mrs. Susanna Lehman, Martin Weaver, and Benjamin Weaver. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and one sister. She was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Weaverland Mennonite Church Oct. 16, with J. Paul Graybill, John Hollinger, Alvin Martin, and David Weaver officiating.

King, James M., son of Connie Rufus and Mildred (Seagroves) King, was born at Raleigh, N.C., June 21, 1922; died of Hodgkin's disease at the Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 7, 1970; aged 48 y. 4 m. 21 d. He was married to Iva Clark, who survives. Also surviving are 4 children (david, Bonie, James, and Denise). One son (Kenneth) preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Johnstown, Pa., where funeral services were held Nov. 11, in charge of John H. Kraybill; interment in the Richland Cemetery.

Krabill, Freda, daughter of Willis and Melinda (Diller) Yoder, was born at Bluffton, Ohio, Apr. 22, 1924; died of cancer at the Wooster Hospital, Wooster, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1970; aged 46 y. 5 m. 13 d. On Aug. 21, 1949, she was married to Ralph Krabill, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children (David Harold and Jane Louise), and 2 brothers (David and James Yoder). She was a member of the Oak Grove Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 8, in charge of L. E. Troyer and Dalton Love; interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Liechty, John B., son of John and Fannie (Conrad) Liechty, was born at Orrville, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1886; died of a stroke at the Westview Manor Rest Home, Wooster, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1970; aged 84 y. 8 m. 5 d. On Jan. 17, 1918, he was married to Cora Berkey, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Mrs. Pauline Schrock), one son (John H.), 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one sister (Mrs. Oliver Blosser). He was a member of the Oak Grove Church, Smithville, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the Gresser Funeral Home, Orrville, Ohio, in charge of L. E. Troyer; interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Lugbill, Anna, daughter of John C. and Anna (Yoder) Lugbill, was born in Allen Co., Ind., July 10, 1896; died at her home at Huntertown, Ind., Nov. 3, 1970; aged 74 y. 3 m. 24 d. Surviving are one brother (Harvey Lugbill). She was a member of the Leo Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 6, with Earl Hartman and Ben Graber officiating; interment in the Leo Cemetery.

Miller, Nelson Beachy, son of Levi D. and Magdalene (Beachy) Miller, was born in Johnson County, Iowa, on Jan. 28, 1916; died of cerebral hemorrhage at Wellman, Iowa, on Oct. 14, 1970; aged 54 y. 8 m. 16 d. On Feb. 14, 1940, he was married to Marjorie Boshart, who survives. Also surviving are 5 children (Dennis, Leon, Timothy, Janice ­ Mrs. Robert D. Yoder, and Kathy), three grandchildren, his mother, two brothers (Chester L. and Vernon), and three sisters, (Niva ­ Mrs. Edward Burkholder, Joy ­ Mrs. Wesley Levine, and Magdalene ­ Mrs. Delmar Stutzman). He was a member of the Wellman Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 17, with Ron Kennel, Max Yoder, and Earl Miller officiating; interment in the Wellman Mennonite Cemetery.

Nesselrodt, Joseph A., son of Jackson and Susan (Shaffer) Nesselrodt, was born at Ft. Seybert, W. Va., Apr. 28, 1895; died at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., Oct. 29, 1970, aged 75 y. 6 m. 1 d. Surviving are his wife, the former Della Susan Graham; 2 sons (Edwin and Tommy), 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church, Ft. Seybert, W. Va. Funeral services were held at Brown Funeral Home, Franklin, W. Va., Oct. 31, with Daniel Smucker, Jr., and Earl Delp officiating; interment in the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Cemetery.

Smucker, Herman J., son of Jeptha J. and Barbara Elizabeth (Esch) Smucker, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Apr. 28, 1907; died at the Pleasantview Home, Kalona, Iowa, Nov. 6, 1970; aged 63 y. 6 m. 8 d. On Nov. 30, 1933, he was married to Fanny L. Gingerich, who survives. In 1951 he was licensed to serve as assistant pastor at the Iowa Valley Church and later served at Cedar Bluff and at Pleasant Valley. On July 28, 1956, he was ordained to the ministry to serve as pastor at Pleasant Valley. He is survived by one daughter (Mrs. Paul Bowers), 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Celesta ­ Mrs. Dale Bixler and Ruth ­ Mrs. Dan Grisso), and one brother (George). He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church, Kalona, Iowa, Nov. 8; interment in the church cemetery.

Troyer, Janet, daughter of Willis and Phyllis (Gresser) Troyer, was born at Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 2, 1963; died of virus infection at the Wooster Community Hospital, Nov. 13, 1970; aged 7 y. 10 m. 11 d. Surviving are her parents, 2 sisters (Cheryl and Louise), one brother (Daniel), and her grandparents (Mr. And Mrs. Abner Troyer). Funeral services were held Nov. 14, in charge of L. E. Troyer, interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Walters, Fred, son of Clarence and Mildred (Zook) Walters, was born at Allensville, Pa., Nov. 1, 1942; died as a a result of electrocution at the Harrisburg General Hospital, Nov. 13, 1970; aged 28 y. 12 d. On June 11, 1965, he was married to Berda Hartzler, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children (Teresa, Marily, and Gary), 3 brothers (Leroy, Robert, and Richard), and 2 sisters (Helen ­ Mrs. Irvin Seaholtz and Delores ­ Mrs. Leroy Kanagy). He was a member of the Allensville Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 17, with Elrose Hartzler, Paul Bender, and John Zook officiating; interment in the Allensville Cemetery.

Yoder, Alice Gillman, daughter of Peter and Alice (Lengacher) Gillman, was born at Berne, Switzerland, Sept. 17, 1877; died at the Osteopathic Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, from complications following a fall, Oct. 16, 1970; aged 93 y. 29 d. On Dec. 13, 1900, she was married to John B. Yoder, who died Dec. 15, 1937. She is survived by 2 sons (Paul and Ivan R.), one granddaughter, and one sister (Mrs. Emma Amstutz). She was a member of the Oak Grove Church, Smithville, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the Gresser Funeral Home, Orrville, Ohio, Oct. 19, with L. E. Troyer and Roy Amstutz officiating; interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume LXIII, Number 48 - December 15, 1970, pp. 1047 - 1048

May the sustaining grace and comfort of our Lord bless these who are bereaved.

Bawell, Anna Mae, was born near Fentress, Va., May 3, 1919; died Oct. 27, 1970; aged 51 y. 5 m. 24 d. On Oct. 8, 1941, she was married to Orrie Bawell, who survives. Also surviving are 7 children (Dorthy Sandra ­ Mrs. Ronald Massey, Daniel Sanford, Henry Allen, Philip Earl, Lucy Gertrude, Anna Sue, and Vivian Grace), 4 grandchildren, her mother (Mrs. T. J. Tennefos), 5 sisters (Ruth ­ Mrs. Webb Burgess, Hester ­ Mrs. Wm. Welfly, Mary ­ Mrs. Timothy Schlabach, Dorothy ­ Mrs. Carson Hochstetler, and Pauline ­ Mrs. George Crowling, and 2 brothers (Thomas and James Tennefos). She was preceded in death by her father, 2 brothers, and one sister. At the time of her death she was a member of Laws Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Tressler Mennonite Church Oct. 30, in charge of Millard Benner, Alvin Mast, Eli Bontrager, and John Mishler; interment in Greenwood Mennonite Cemetery.

Friederich, Mathilda J., daughter of Jacob and Elsa (Obery) Ott, Sr., was born in Ill., Aug. 19, 1911; died at the Methodist Hospital, Peoria, Ill., Nov. 16, 1970; aged 59 y. 2 m. 28 d. On Oct. 10, 1931, she was married to Esra A. Friederich, who survives. Also surviving are 6 daughters (Bernadine ­ Mrs. Alden Ashbaugh, Julia ­ Mrs. Arley Aten, Barbara ­ Mrs. Lyle Begner, Mary Lou ­ Mrs. Bart Dunkerley, Sylvia ­ Mrs. Albert Burdette, and Debora), 4 sons (Frank, Esra, Richard, and Robert), 20 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jacob, Jr., and Joe), and one sister (Mrs. Lucile Hohulin). She was a member of the Mentamora Church, where funeral services were held, with Milo Kauffman officiating; interment in the Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, Ill.

Guengerich, Genelle Eileen, daughter of Willard E. and Verna (Enns) Guengerich, was born at La Junta, Colo., May 8, 1950; died at the Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs, Colo., Nov. 8, 1970; aged 20 y. 6 m. Surviving in addition to her parents are one brother (Vernard) and two sisters (Elaine ­ Mrs. Richard Kauffman, and Joelene). She was a member of the Glenwood Springs Church, but attended the West Glenwood Chapel, where a memorial service was held Nov. 10. A private burial service was held at the Rosebud Cemetery.

Jerrell, John Paul, son of James and Sarah Jerrell, was born at Bridgeton, N.J., May 26, 1882; died at Lancaster Pa., Nov. 16, 1970; aged 88 y. 5 m. 21 d. On Oct. 10, 1931, he was married to Mabel F. Miller, who survives. Also surviving are one son (John P. Jerrell, Jr.), one stepson (Harry J. Brooks), one stepdaughter (Anna Mary ­ Mrs. Charles Showalter), 2 grandchildren, and 3 stepgrandchildren. He was a member of the East Chestnut Street Church. Funeral services were held at the Young Funeral Home, Lancaster, Pa., with James M. Shank officiating; interment in the Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

Kenagy, Lydia, daughter of Daniel and Rachel (Kropf) Schrock, was born at Garden City, Mo., Nov. 6, 1894; died at Eureka, Ill., of a heart attack, Nov. 11, 1970; aged 76 y. 5 d. On June 29, 1915, she was married to Owen A. Kenagy, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Harold, Lester, and Kenneth), 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Nancy Byler and Mrs. Cora Driver). She was preceded in death by one daughter (Bessie Louise). She was a member of the Roanoke Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 14, with Percy Gerig officiating; interment in the Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery.

King, Ralph E., son of Harvey H. and Carrie (Rupp) King, was born at Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 12, 1918; died en route to the Wauseon (Ohio) Hospital from a heart attack, Nov. 11, 1970; aged 52 y. 9 m. 30 d. On Oct. 24, 1940, he was married to Clela M. Grieser, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children (James R., Paul D., and Karen A.), 5 sisters (Ilva ­ Mrs. Leland Wyse, Ella ­ Mrs. Dennis Nofziger, Mildred ­ Mrs. Everett Smith, Beulah ­ Mrs. Truman Grieser, and Mrs. Doriz Nafziger), and one brother (Glen). He was a member of the Central Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 15, with Charles H. Gautsche officiating; interment in the Pettisville Cemetery.

Knepp, Maggie Marie, daughter of Victor and Caroline (Graber) Knepp, was born at Montgomery, Ind., Jan. 5, 1912; died at the Daviess County Hospital, following an extended illness, Oct. 10, 1970; aged 58 y. 9 m. 5 d. Surviving in addition to her parents are 3 brothers (Jerry, Elmer, and James), and 4 sisters (Rosa, Ida, Esther ­ Mrs. Elmer Swartzentruber, and Ella ­ Mrs. Ralph Yoder). Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church with David J. Graber officiating; interment in the church cemetery.

Leininger, Emma, daughter of Moses and Elizabeth (Miltenberger) Miller, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Sept. 26, 1880; died at Elkhart, Ind., of cancer, Sept. 19, 1970; aged 89 y. 11 m. 24 d. On Nov. 5, 1899, she was married to Claude W. Leininger, who died Mar. 23, 1960. Surviving are 2 children (Pearl ­ Mrs. Raymond Harter and Charles M.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Fannie Zimmerman and Mrs. Libbie Douberteen). She was preceded in death by 2 children (Mrs. Esther Greer in 1969, and Howard in 1965). She was a member of the Prairie Street Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 22, with Russell Krabill officiating; interment in the Prairie Street Cemetery.

Mann, Rufus K., son of Christopher and Magdalena (Kreider) Mann, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 4, 1886; died at his home near Elkhart, Ind., Nov. 12, 1970; aged 84 y. 8 d. On Dec. 29, 1909, he was married to Mildred Richardson, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children (Harvey A., Orpha ­ Mrs. Lorne Gingrich, and Clarice ­ Mrs. Harry Burkey), 24 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Prairie Street Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 16, with Russell Krabill officiating; interment in the Prairie Street Cemetery.

Miller, Christy J., son of Eli J. M. and Katie (Lehman) Miller, was born Mar. 1, 1941; died Nov. 16, 1970; aged 29 y. 8 m. 15 d. On June 5, 1960, he was married to Ruby Irene Hershberger, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children (Rickie Allen and Kelly Jo), 3 brothers (Richard, Ervin, and Marvin), 3 sisters (Leanna ­ Mrs. Harvey Miller, Edna, and Verna), his parents, and grandparents (Mr. And Mrs. Albert J. Lehman). Funeral services were held at the Emma Church Nov. 18, with Amos O. Hostetler and Russell Krabill officiating; interment in the Thomas Cemetery.

Musser, John L., son of Samuel G. and Mary (Leinbach) Musser, was born Feb. 2, 1881; died Nov. 19, 1970; aged 89 y. 9 m. 17 d. His wife died in 1954. Surviving are 2 foster daughters (Mamie ­ Mrs. Amos Horst and Eva ­ Mrs. Ralph Stover), 10 foster grandchildren, 10 foster great-grandchildren, one brother (Israel), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Musser, Mrs. Sallie Gehman, and Hettie Musser). He was a member of the Bowmansville Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 22, with Luke Horst and Raymond Charles officiating; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Raines, Kevin Jay, son of William E. and Jeannean (Middaugh) Raines, Wichita, Kan., was born Oct. 14, 1970, and died several hours later. In addition to the parents he is survived by 2 sisters (Karen and Karla), and grandparents (Mr. And Mrs. Clifford Middaugh and Mrs. Calledith Raines). Funeral services and interment were held in Huntertown, Ind., with services conducted by John C. King.

Robertson, Beatrice, daughter of Marion and Jose (Whaley) Robertson, was born in Clairborne Co., Feb. 17, 1924; died at the Fort Sander's Hospital, Knoxville, Tenn., following a lingering illness, Nov. 7, 1970; aged 46 y. 8 m. 21 d. Surviving are her mother, one brother (Edward), and 3 sisters (Madge ­ Mrs. Eugene Mouser, Viola, and Juanita ­ Mrs. Earl Stauffer). She was a member of the Knoxville Church. Funeral services were held at the Weaver's Funeral Home, Nov. 8, with Ezra A. Good and Walter Clark officiating; interment in the Concord Mennonite Cemetery.

Schertz, Manuel D., son of Peter and Magdalene (Esch) Schertz, was born in Woodford Co., Ill, Dec. 30, 1881; died at the Eureka Hospital, Nov. 19, 1970; aged 88 y. 10 m. 20 d.
On Feb. 4, 1904, he was married to Lizzie Nofsinger, who died in Dec. 1918. On Dec. 9, 1920, he married Mary Yoder, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Carol ­ Mrs. John Oyer), 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Peter Schertz, Mrs. Walter Smith, and Mrs. Walter Yoder). He was preceded in death by 2 daughters (Elmira ­ Mrs. Peter Imhoff and Lois ­ Mrs. John Byler). He was a member of the Metamora Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 21, with Milo Kauffman officiating; interment in the Union Cemetery.

Schrader, Bertha, daughter of William and Carolina (Teshendorf) Maltzahn, was born in Germany, Aug. 28, 1877; died at the Charles Johnson Home, Royersford, Pa., Nov. 21, 1970; aged 93 y. 2 m. 24 d. She was preceded in death by her first husband. On Mar. 27, 1940, she married John Schrader, who died Aug. 18, 1949. Surviving is one son (William Wagner). She was a member of the Pottstown Church. Funeral services were held at the Skean Funeral Home Nov. 24, with Elmer G. Kolb and Noah S. Kolb officiating; interment in the Pottstown West End Cemetery.

Trenary, Mary E., daughter of William R. and Lucy (Sheetz) Flemming, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Aug. 15, 1892; died at the Winchester (Va.) Memorial Hospital, Oct. 31, 1970; aged 78 y. 2 m. 16 d. On Apr. 12, 1925, she was married to Benjamin F. Trenary, who died Aug. 9, 1956. Surviving are 3 children (Robert, Richard, and Emma), and 9 grandchildren. She was a member of the Stephens City Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 3, with Glenn R. Horst and Mark Showalter officiating; interment in the Macedonia Cemetery.

Wenger, Mamie Catherine, daughter of G. W. and Iva (Long) Cook, was born near South English, Iowa, Nov. 9, 1892; died at the Goshen (Ind.) General Hospital, of emphysema, Oct. 24, 1970; aged 77 y. 11 m. 15 d. On Dec. 9, 1914, she was married to Clark A. Wenger, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Paul, Dale, and Daryl), 6 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and 2 sisters (Nona ­ Mrs. George Reade and Edna ­ Mrs. Raymond Summers). She was a member of the College Church. Funeral services were held at the Yoder-Culp Funeral Home Oct. 26, with John H. Mosemann and John C. Wenger officiating; interment in the Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.

Zook, Christian Jesse, son of Joseph and Barbara (Birkey) Zook, was born in Ill., Aug. 22, 1880; died at Pasadena, Calif., Sept. 7, 1970; aged 90 y. 16 d. He spent most of his life in Manson, Iowa, until moving to Calif. in 1943. Surviving are 2 sisters (Ella and Irene). Funeral services were held at the Ives & Warren Mortuary, with LeRoy Bechler officiating; interment in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Zook, Ella, daughter of Josdeph and Barbara (Birkey) Zook, was born in Ill., Aug. 29, 1890; died at her home in Pasadena, Calif., following an extended illness, Oct. 29, 1970; aged 80 y. 2 m. Surviving is one sister (Irene). She was a member of the Calvary Church in Los Angeles, Calif. Funeral services were held at the Ives & Warren Mortuary, with LeRoy Bechler officiating; interment in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume LXIII, Number 49 - December 22, 1970, pp. 1063, 1064

May the sustaining grace and comfort of our Lord bless these who are bereaved.

Black, Robert Dilmon, son of Dilmon and Mariam (Miller) Black, was born at Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 29, 1953; died near Millersburg, Ind., when hit by a car while walking with a group of your people during a church party, Oct. 31, 1970; aged 17 y. 2 d.
Surviving besides his parents are 3 brothers (Richard, Wayne, and Jay) and 2 sisters (Martha and Donna). He was a member of the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the New Paris Missionary Church Nov. 2, in charge of Venus Arnold and Vernon E. Bontreger; interment in the Clinton Union Cemetery.

Fitzwater, Marie Mongold, daughter of Adam and Marian (Delaughter) Whitmer, was born in Hardy Co., W. Va., Jan. 20, 1891; died at the Virginia Mennonite Home, Harrisonburg, Va., Oct. 18, 1970; aged 79 y. 8 m. 28 d. She was married to Jesse James Fitzwater, who died in Mar. 1968. She is survived by 4 sons (Glade, Otis, William, and Ernest Mongold), 5 daughters (Mrs. Lottie Nesselrodt, Mrs. Violet Zirkle, Mrs. Annabelle Ketterman, Mrs. Pearl Grey, and Mrs. Goldie Celmons), one brother (Floyd Whitmer), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Amanda Robertson and Mrs. Roxie Nesselrodt). She was a member of the Mt. Hermon Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 20, in charge of Linden M. Wenger and Harley Good; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mathias, W. Va.

Goetz, William, son of Mr. And Mrs. Adam Goetz, was born at Tiffin, Ohio, May 8, 1889; died Oct. 9, 1970; aged 81 y. 5 m. 1 d. On Jan. 7, 1919, he married Elsie Tyson, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Virgil), 2 daughters (Thelma ­ Mrs. Walter Mishler and Phyllis ­ Mrs. Stanley Kehr), 8 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Michael, Joseph, and David) and 4 sisters (Mrs. Chris Armbruster, Mrs. Elmer Spitler, Mrs. Glenn Wagner, and Mrs. George Stahl). He was a member of the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held in charge of Mahlon D. Miller, Ralph Smucker, and Sam Hostetler; interment in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Heatwole, Nora, daughter of Jacob and Annie (Good) Harlin, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., May 21, 1881; died Oct. 21, 1970; aged 89 y. 5 m. She was married to Walter J. Heatwole, who died in 1961. She is survived by 4 daughters (Mrs. Lester Campbell, Mrs. Mahlon Blosser, Vada, and Edna), 4 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Weavers Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Oct. 24, in charge of Alvin Kanagy and Glendon Blosser; interment in Weavers Cemetery.

Hershey, Silas N., son of Peter and Barbara (Buckwalter) Hershey, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Mar. 22, 1881; died at the Landis Homes, Lititz, Pa., Nov. 20, 1970; aged 89 y. 7 m. 29 d. He was married to Lillie L. Denlinger, who died in 1957. He is survived by 7 children (Elsie ­ Mrs. Miles Harsh, Evelyn ­ Mrs. Clarence Stambaugh, Lester D., Elizabeth ­ Mrs. Elmer Zimmerman, Willis D., Reba ­ Mrs. Chester Nolt, and Doris ­ Mrs. Robert Lowry), 21 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. One daughter, Mary, died in infancy. He was a member of the Hershey Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 23, with Sanford E. Hershey and Clair J. Hershey officiating; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Hertzler, Catherine, daughter of John H. and Rebecca S. (Wenger) Barnhart, was born at Dayton, Va., Sept. 17, 1888; died after a lengthy illness at Elverson, Pa., Nov. 18, 1970; aged 82 y. 2 m. 1 d. On Nov. 3, 1912, she was married to Isaac Truman Hertzler, who died in Feb. 1953. She is survived by one daughter (Virginia ­ Mrs. David Bitler), 4 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one sister (Effie ­ Mrs. Calvin Heatwole), and 2 brothers (Philip and Charles). She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth. Funeral services were held at the Eckenroth Funeral Home, Terre Hill, Pa., Nov. 21, with John H. Bixler officiating; interment in the Pine Swamp Cemetery.

Miller, William A., son of Manasseh S. and Amanda (Farmwald) Miller, was born at Ada, Minn., Nov. 20, 1897; died suddenly of an embolism at the Lancaster Fairfield Hospital, Lancaster, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1970; aged 72 y. 11 m. 19 d. He was married to Ferne Yoder, who survives. On Nov. 25, 1945, he was ordained pastor for the Turkey Run Mennonite Church, where he served 8 years. Later he assisted with the work at St. Johns Chapel, Logan, Ohio. Surviving besides his wife are one son (William), one daughter (Beulah), and 2 grandsons. Funeral services were held Nov. 13, with Lester Roth and Carl Wesselhoeft officiating; interment in the Turkey Run Mennonite Cemetery.

Overholt, John W., son of Jonas and Catherine (Nusbaum) Overholt, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 12, 1880; died as a result of a stroke near Clarksville, Mich., Nov. 24, 1970; aged 90 y. 4 m. 12 d. In 1912 he was marred to Adiline Bleam, who died in 1915. In 1916 he was married to Ella Kauffman, who died in 1954. In 1955 he married Mildred Fox, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (George and Homer), one daughter (Lillie ­ Mrs. E. C. Emrick), one brother Lloyd, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 11 stepchildren, and 10 stepgrandchildren. One daughter and one stepson preceded him in death. He was a member of the Bowne Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 27, with T. E. Schrock officiating; interment in the adjoining cemetery.0

Sharpes, Hazel, daughter of William B. and Naomi (Stevanus) Tressler, was born at Springs, Pa., Aug. 21, 1910; died from carcinomatosis at her home in Hyattsville, Md., Nov. 21, 1970; aged 60 y. 3 m. On Aug. 25, 1937, she was married to Harold L. Sharpes, who survives. Also surviving are her mother, one daughter (Mrs. Sandro Hudelson), one son (James Nolan), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Goldie Fagella and Mrs. Blanche Burkholder). She was a member of the First Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 24, with Kenneth G. Good officiating; interment in the Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

Smetter, Mary Ann, daughter of Frank and Lena (Roth) Smetter, was born in Seward Co., Neb., Dec. 26, 1886; died at Seward, Neb., Nov. 29, 1970; aged 83 y. 11 m. 3 d. Surviving are 2 sisters (Elsie and Ella ­ Mrs. Clyde Harvey) and 3 brothers (Irvin, Joe, and Bill). Funeral services were held at the West Fairview Church Dec. 2, in charge of Lloyal Burkey and Dale Oswald; interment in the church cemetery.

Weaver, William McKinley, son of the late Samuel A. and Annie J. (Shover) Weaver, was born at Mifflin, Pa., June 28, 1897; died at his home in Salamanca, N. Y., after a lengthy illness, Nov. 14, 1970; aged 73 y. 4 m. 17 d. In Mar. 1917, he was married to Clara Kauffman, who died the same year. On Mar. 23, 1921, he was married to Lena Kauffman, who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters (Margaret ­ Mrs. Edward Randolph, Geraldine ­ Mrs. Paul Rust, Elaine ­ Mrs. Earl Rosenberger, and Shirley ­ Mrs. William Marble), 3 sons (William H., Louis A., and Lowell E.), 29 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Theo. R. Weaver). He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie, in 1944 and a granddaughter in 1965. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 17 by James Turek; interment in Wildwood Cemetery.

Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.

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May the sustaining grace and comfort of our Lord bless these who are bereaved.

Hess, Aaron R., son of Benjamin H. and Emma (Reinhart) Hess, was born in Marticville, Pa., May 24, 1885; died near Willow Street, Pa., Nov. 5, 1970; aged 85 y. 5 m. 11 d. In 1910, he was married to Annie Hersh, who died in 1965. He is survived by 2 sons (James H. and Paul A.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Rhoda E. Hess and Edith A. ­ Mrs. David N. Thomas), 26 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, one brother (Henry), and one sister (Emma ­ Mrs. Ira Herr). He was preceded in death by an infant son (Rodney), and a daughter (Lois ­ Mrs. Benjamin Shertzer). He was a member of the Byerland Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 7, with C. Mylin Shenk and Wilbur A. Lentz officiating; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Naffziger, Joseph Daniel, son of Christian and Mary (Rich) Naffziger, was born in Hickory Co., Mo., Nov. 17, 1887; died at the Harper (Kan.) Hospital, after a long illness, Nov. 20, 1970; aged 83 y. 3 d. On Nov. 19, 1914, he was married to Nora Mast, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children (Marie, Mrs. Josephine Schmidt, and Roy) and 8 grandchildren. One sister and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He was a member of the Crystal Springs Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 23, with Earl Buckwalter officiating; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Petre, J. Mark, son of John and Mary (Byers) Petre, was born Nov. 22, 1900; died at his home in Maugansville, Md., of an apparent heart attack, Sept. 23, 1970; aged 69 y. 10 m. 1 d. On July 17, 1929, he was married to Ada H. Risser, who died on Aug. 13, 1964. On Nov. 19, 1969, he was married to Martha (Oberholzer) Risser, who survives. Also surviving are 5 daughters (Ellen ­ Mrs. Donald Martin, Ethel ­ Mrs. James Martin, Mary ­ Mrs. Dharl Wilfong, Sue ­ Mrs. Richard Lehman, and Nora ­ Mrs. Eugene Martin), 13 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Ezra, Luke, and Silas), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Gertrude Black, Mrs. Jane Hoffman, and Miss Pearl Petre). He was a member of Reiffs Church, where funeral services were held on Sept. 26, with Irvin S. Shank, Samuel L. Martin, and Nelson H. Martin officiating; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Plank, Joseph L., son of Jacob H. and Lydia (Hartzler) Plank, was born in Logan Co., Union Twp., Ohio, Nov. 7, 1889; died in the Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, Ohio, of a heart attack, Dec. 5, 1970; aged 81 y. 28 d. On Feb. 5, 1916, he was married to Addie F. Yoder, who survives. Also surviving are 4 children (J. Harley, Ruth ­ Mrs. Wilfred Lehman, John C., and J. Lee), 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a twin brother (Sam C.). He was preceded in death by one son (Roy David) in infancy. He was a member of the South Union Church, where funeral services were held Dec. 7, with Roy S. Koch officiating, assisted by Milton Sumerel; interment in the South Union Cemetery.

Roloff, Mrs. Minnie, daughter of Adam and Rose (Ingold) Knapp, was born in Peoria, Ill., Apr. 30, 1892; died upon arrival at St. Francis Hospital, Dec. 3, 1970; aged 78 y. 7 m. 3 d. She was married to Herman J. Roloff, who died in June 1941. Surviving are 7 sons, one daughter, 25 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Ann Street Church, where funeral services were held Dec. 7, with Paul Miller officiating; interment in the Springdale Cemetery.

Sharp, Kenneth D., son of David D. and Alta (Stoltzfus) Sharp, was born at Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 12, 1946; died at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., following a four-year illness, Dec. 5, 1970; aged 23 y. 11 m. 23 d. On Sept. 14, 1968, he was married to Janet Groff, who survives. Also surviving are 3 younger brothers (Merle, Donald, and Dennis). He was a member of the Monterey Church, where funeral services were held Dec. 9, with Gordon Zook, David Stoltzfus, and Paul Lefever officiating; interment in the Mellingers Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa.

Stalter, Simon Daniel, son of Daniel and Katie (Stalter) Stalter, was born at Chenoa, Ill., Apr. 23, 1884; died at Carstairs, Alta., from a heart ailment, Nov. 22, 1970; aged 86 y. 6 m. 30 d. On Feb. 5, 1907, he was married to Emma Stauffer, who died Sept. 27, 1954. On Nov. 1, 1960, he was married to Lilly Sayer, who survives. Also surviving are 7 children (Barbara ­ Mrs. Menno Wideman, Lily ­ Mrs. Loyal Kauffman, Daniel, Viola ­ Mrs. Harold Boettger, Clista ­ Mrs. Norman Weber, Alma ­ Mrs. Willard Burkholder, and Doris ­ Mrs. Paul Burkholder), 32 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 3 stepsons (John, Richard, and Jim Sayer), and 2 stepdaughters (Jane ­ Mrs. Clare Good and Elberta ­ Mrs. Leonard Cressman). He was preceded in death by 2 children (Chester and Sterling). He was a member of the Salem Church, Tofield, Alta., where funeral services were held Nov. 25, with Paul Voegtlin and Gordon Buschert officiating; interment in the Salem Church Cemetery.

Swartzentruber, Naomi, daughter of Simon S. and Mary (Kauffman) Miller, was born at Goshen, Ind., June 5, 1892; died at Goshen, Ind., from burns she had received 12 hours earlier when her clothing caught fire from the cook stove, Nov. 17, 1970; aged 78 y. 5 m. 12 d. In 1914, she was married to John Beachy, who died in 1920. In 1926, she was married to Lewis Swartzentruber, who died in 1945. Surviving are one daughter (Mary Beachy), one son (Simon), 5 stephchildren (Eli, Laban, Milton, and Ernest Swartzentruber, and Sadie ­ Mrs. Frank Sturpe), 5 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 2 brothers (Henry and Ira Miller), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Fred Bontrager and Miss Fanny Miller). She was preceded in death by 2 children and 3 stepchildren. She was a member of the Mt. Joy Conservative Church. The funeral was held at the Griner Conservative Church with Joni Beachy and Ernest Swartzentruber officiating; interment in the Miller Cemetery.

Zehr, Raymond R., son of John and Mae (Orendorf) Zehr, was born at Flanagan, Ill., Aug. 26, 1895; died at Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Dec. 3, 1970; aged 75 y. 3 m. 7 d. On Aug. 29, 1917, he was married to Silda Mae Schertz, who survives. Also surviving are 4 sons (Wayne, Leland, Dean, and Lowell), 2 daughters (Irma and Marilyn ­ Mrs. Leo Eigsti), 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, one brother (Edwin), and one sister (Ella ­ Mrs. John Egli). He was preceded in death by one son (Francis), one brother (Andrew), and one sister (Olive ­ Mrs. Joe Byler). He was a member of the Manson Church. Funeral services were held Dec. 5, with Nick Stoltzfus and James Detweiler officiating; interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Manson.

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