Showalter. - Ralph D., son of Bro. and Sister Ansel Showalter, was born July 30, 1916; died April 14, 1917; aged 8 m. 14 d. Funeral services were conducted at the church April 15 and interment made in the La Junta, Colo., Cemetery the following Tuesday. Interment was delayed on account of relatives coming from Ohio.
Keelor. - Bro. Jesse H. Keelor died very suddenly, Feb. 21, of heart failure at his home in Kulpsville, Pa., aged 61 y. 15 d. He is survived by a sorrowing widow, 4 daughters, and 1 son. Funeral Feb. 27, at the Towamencin Mennonite Church by the brethren, Christian Allebach, Jonas Mininger, and Isaac Kulp. Text, Psa. 90:5, 6. Buried in the graveyard near by. The funeral was very largely attended.
Burkholder. - William Jacob, son of Bro. and Sister J. A. Burkholder of near Harrisonburg, Va., died of a complication of diseases in the Rockingham Memorial Hospital March 14, aged about 9 years. Funeral services were held at the Pike Church on the 15th, conducted by the brethren, S. H. Rhodes and J. S. Martin. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.
Blosser. - Sister Reda Blosser, of near Dayton, Va., wife of Bro. Frederic Blosser, died of kidney trouble in Rockingham Memorial Hospital Mar. 29, 1917; aged 22 y 6 m. 17 d. Sister Blosser has been a member of the Mennonite Church for several years. She was married to Bro. Blosser less than a year ago. She also left a little daughter about a week old. Funeral services were conducted at Weaver's Church near Harrisonburg, Va., March 31, by the brethren, A. D. Heatwole and H. B. Keener, from I Thes. 4:18, after which her body was interred in the cemetery nearby.
Maust. - Sister Mary, wife of Jacob Maust, was born Aug. 15, 1856; died at her home near Berlin, Pa., April 18, 1917; aged 61 y. 8 m. 3 d. Sister Maust suffered greatly throughout the winter, being afflicted with cancer. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Eight sons and daughters remain to mourn the loss of mother. She is also survived by her husband and several brothers and sisters, one sister being the mother of Pre. Chas. Yoder of Windom, Kans. Funeral services at the Springs Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. N. E. Miller. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
Hertzler. - Esther M., daughter of Bro. Daniel Z. and Sister Ella M. Hertzler of Cumberland Co., Pa., was born Feb. 4, 1906; died Mar. 3, 1917; aged 11 y. 27 d. She had diphtheria and followed by paralysis of the heart. She was sick a week and then God called her home. She will be missed in her home and among her friends and relatives. She leaves to mourn the loss, father, mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Two brothers preceded her to the spirit world. She was buried March 5, and the funeral services were held April 15 by Bros. Walter Charlton, Samuel Hess, and Benj. F. Zimmerman. Text, I Thes. 4:18.
Gnagey. - Lydia E. Gnagey (Yoder), daughter of Elias
and Barbara Gnagey, was born near Myersdale, Pa., on Jan. 18,
1862; was married to Jacob D. Yoder Sept. 26, 1886; died March
29, 1917; aged 55 y. 2 m. 11 d. To this union were born 8 sons
and 4 daughters ( 1 daughter by adoption), 5 grandsons, and 1
granddaughter. Two sons and 4 daughters preceded her to the world
beyond. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River A. M. Church
Sunday, April 1, conducted by Bro. Jacob S. Yoder in German and
Bro. Peter Ropp in English. The remains were laid to rest in the
By a brother.
Allerbach. - Sister Amanda, wife of Pre. Christian B. Allerbach, died at her home in Kulpsville, Pa., April 3, after a short illness of pleural pneumonia; aged 71 y. 1 m. 13 d. She is survived by her husband and 1 son and 1 daughter. Her funeral was held from her late residence, April 7, by Jonas Mininger and at the Towamencin Mennonite Church by Isaac Kulp and Jacob Clemens. Text, Psa. 8:9. Interment took place in the graveyard nearby. The funeral was a very large one.
"Sister, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees."
Hertzler. - Aaron C., son of Bro. Daniel Z. and Sister Ella M. Hertzler of Cumberland Co., Pa., was born March 27, 1902; died Feb. 23, 1917; aged 14 y. 10 m. 26 d. He was sick a week with pleural pneumonia. He united with the Mennonite Church at Slate Hill about a year ago and was faithful until God called him home. He will be missed in his home and among his relatives and friends. He leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers. One brother has preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held on the 26th by Bro. John W. Weaver of Union Grove, Pa., and Bro. Samuel Hess of Shiremanstown, Pa. Buried in the Slate Hill Cemetery. Text, Psa. 39:4.
Kohli. - Harold Osborne, only son of Isaiah and Alma Kohli, was born near Minier, Ill., Nov. 26, 1913; died of *luekemia, near Fisher, Ill., Mar. 28, 1917; aged 3 y. 4 m. 2 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure his mother, one sister, Lucille Elizabeth, a grandmother, many relatives and friends. His father preceded him to the great beyond in June, 1915. The funeral was held at the A. M. Church near Fisher, Ill., on March 29, and at the A. M. Church at Hopedale, Ill., on March 31, 1917. Interment in Amish Cemetery at Hopedale.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile,
To clasp dear Harold's hand."
Transcriber's note : *luekemia typed as written.
Roeschley. - Alfred A., oldest son of John and Elizabeth Roeschley, was born near Flanagan, Ill., Feb. 9, 1892. About three and a half years ago his health began to fail. He bore his sufferings patiently and was able to be about until the day before his death. He quietly passed away April 18, 1917, at the age of 25 y. 2 m. 8 d. When fourteen years old he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful. He was quiet and unassuming, but his painstaking attention to the everyday duties of life and the ability as a leader in song made him useful in his home life and in the community. He leaves grandparents, parents, 8 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services by A. H. Leaman and Geo. H. Summer. Interment at the Waldo Cemetery.
Freed. - John Freed was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 25, 1824; died March 25, 1917; aged 93 y. 2 m. In 1845 he was married in Columbiana Co., Ohio, to Catharine Newcomer who died in 1866. To this union were born 8 children: Jacob, Paul, Samuel, Henry, Andrew, Louisa and Elizabeth. In 1867 he was married to Catherine (Boyer) Kilmer, widow of Samuel Kilmer. His second wife died in 1913. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man, and remained faithful to his calling until called home. He was a regular attendant at church. He leaves to mourn his departure 3 sons, 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral on the 28th at the North Union Church, conducted by Bro. Henry Weldy. Text, (selected by the family) Heb. 13:14.
Paugh. - Bro. Alanzo Paugh of the Pearidge congregation, Palmyra, Mo., was born in Athens Co., Ohio, Sept. 18, 1854; died Mar. 17, *117. In 1866 he came with his parents to Missouri and located where he lives. In 1875 he was married to Eliza Jane Orton. To this union were born 6 children. Two preceded him in death. The sorrowing children are, Lina, Earnest, Fayette, and Annie. Bro. Paugh was a member of the Mennonite Church since last October. His death was very sudden, from an attack of heart trouble, which he was subject to for several years. He was very faithful in attending services, attending our Wednesday night meeting before death came early Saturday morning. Funeral services conducted at the Pearidge Church by Bro. J. M. Kreider. Burial at the Terrie graveyard near Philadelphia, Mo.
Transcriber's note: *117 typed as written, it should be 1917.
Zook. - Lydia Zook (nee Miller) was born in Holmes Co.,
Ohio, Oct. 19, 1843; died April 17, 1917; aged 73 y. 5 m. 28 d.
She was married to John K. Zook Dec. 25, 1873. To this union one
daughter was born, Emma L. Zook. She confessed Christ as her personal
Savior in early life and united with the Amish Mennonite Church.
She was always a faithful and consistent member and interested
in the work of the Church. She was stricken with paralysis about
five years ago. During this time she needed much care and help
which was so kindly and faithfully given to her by her only daughter
and assisted by her nephew, Adam Herner, for which the Lord will
surely reward them.
There remain to mourn her departure 1 daughter, 2 brothers, 1 sister, with a host of relatives and friends. Services here held at the Oak Grove Church, Wayne Co., Ohio, and interment in cemetery near by. Peace to her ashes.
Moyer. - Nathaniel S. Moyer was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Feb. 22, 1867; died at his residence in Souderton, Pa., April 18, 1917; aged 50 y. 1 m. 26 d. In early life Bro. Moyer was a farmer, until about 10 years ago he bought a baker shop and conducted a bakery in Souderton. During the last three years he was unfortunate in breaking the same bone in one leg in two accidents, thus with other ailment made him useless for secular work, but having assistance he still conducted business. Nearly ten weeks ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, which was following by another only a few days before death. He leaves a sorrowing companion (to whom he was married Jan. 17, 1891). Eleven children came into the family. Four died in early life, while 4 daughters and 3 sons still survive; also an aged mother, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held at Souderton Mennonite Church April 23, of which he was a faithful member for many years, by Bros. J. C. Clemens and Jonas Mininger. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Text, Rev. 21:4.
Freed. - Amelia S. (Linsenbigler) Freed was born Oct. 24, 1873, in Montgomery Co., Pa., died in Souderton, Pa., April 4, 1917; aged 43 y. 5 m. 10 d. On Jan. 4, 1890, she was married to Wm. G. Freed. Soon after matrimony they united with the Mennonite Church, in which they remained in fellowship. Her life was filled with much physical suffering. About 18 months ago she was partly restored to health, after being bedfast for eight months. Her last illness was of only one week's duration, but very serious. The last twenty-four hours she lay unconscious and seemed to gasp the last breath. It was pronounced tuberculosis. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 1 brother. Services conducted by Bros. Jacob Moyer and Abram Clemmer at Souderton Mennonite Church April 9. Burial on cemetery nearby. Text, Job 14:1, 2.
"She has reached the end of her journey,
And laid life's burden down;
She has cast aside her heavy cross,
And taken up the crown."
Moyer. - Susan M. Moyer (nee Cassel) was born August 9, 1848; died at the residence in Souderton, Pa., April 12, 1917; aged 68 y. 8 m. 3 d. She was suffering for many years of gallstones. At her death it was pronounced cancer of the liver and stomach; and the past nine weeks she was confined to her bed. During all her sufferings she placed her faith in her heavenly Father and felt assured her affliction was an act of Providence. In September, 1867, she was united in marriage to Bro. Christian H. Moyer, thus passing nearly fifty years in peaceful wedded life. Having no children, they adopted a son and daughter who have been a great comfort especially through their afflictions. One brother also survives. She early united with the Mennonite Church and with her family has been of the strongest helpers of the Souderton Church, when yet in the prime of life, so that when affliction came it was but to fall asleep in Jesus. Funeral services at the Souderton Mennonite Church April 17, by Bros. Jos. Ruth and Jonas Mininger at the home. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Text, Rev. 22:14.
Steiner. - Peter D. Steiner was born in Wayne Co., Ohio,
Dec. 15, 1841; died at his late residence in Bluffton, Ohio, April
18, 1917; aged 75 y. 4 m. 3 d. Death was the result of a stroke
of apoplexy. He was the eighth child in a family of twelve children,
2 of whom are still living - a sister (Mrs. Barbara Bauman) and
a brother (Sem. P. Steiner).
He was united in marriage to Anna Leatherman in Medina Co., Ohio, Jan. 8, 1870, who preceded him in death May 13, 1882, while residing in Kent Co., Mich., leaving him the responsibility of bringing up the large family of young children. To this union were born 9 children, 8 of whom survive to mourn his loss: Leah, Menno L., Samuel S., John L., Enos P., Mary E. Sommers, Noah N., and Anna E. He leaves also 11 grandchildren, besides a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until his *leath. Although the summons came suddenly he was willing to depart and expressed a wish to be with his Master. He was a loving father, always providing well for his family and their future wants. He was ever ready to help the needy when opportunity offered.
Funeral services were conducted at the house by N. O. Blosser and at the church by T. K. Hershey and John Blosser.
Transcriber's note : *leath typed as written, it should be death.
Stutzman. - John Stutzman, known among his friends and
neighbors as "Grandpa Stutzman, "was born in Holmes
Co., Ohio, Oct. 22, 1832; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Levi Kauffman, in Oscoda Co., Mich., April 13, 1917; aged 84 y.
5 m. 21 d. He was born and grew to manhood near Sugarcreek, Ohio.
In 1855 he was married to Fanny Troyer. To this union were born
3 sons and 7 daughters. Three daughters, 1 son, and wife preceded
him to the spirit world. In 1873 he removed his family to Miami
Co., Ind., where he lived until 1900, when he moved to Oscoda
Co., Mich, his home at death.
In early life he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. He was bedfast only a few days before death relieved him. He realized that his time here on earth was over and expressed a desire to go. He said, "If I could see that I could do any good here I would want to live longer; but since I have already lived beyond my threescore and ten years I want to go, if it is God's will that I should." He leaves besides his children, 61 grandchildren, and 57 great-grandchildren to mourn his departure. Funeral services conducted by Bro. S. W. Sommer. Text, Rom. 6:23.
We miss grandfather here, but we know we may meet him in heaven if we wish.
Miller. - While yet in the bloom of youth and when life
was in its highest ebb it has pleased our gracious Master to pluck
so suddenly from us so noble a young husband and brother in the
person of Arthur Harrison Miller. He was born near Cullom, Ill.,
Dec. 6, 1889, and in 1900 moved with his parents to near Garden
City., Mo., where he resided until called to his heavenly home.
Bro. Arthur united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 15
years and remained faithful in the Master's service. His mother
was called to her reward seven years ago, while his father (after
much suffering) passed to his reward less than a year ago. "What
a joyful meeting." On Wednesday evening, April 4, 1917, occurred
his happy marriage to Sister Lavina Klopfenstein. A few days were
spent in Kansas City, returning home on Monday and on the following
Friday afternoon Arthur was taken suddenly ill. Physicians were
called and upon examination found it to be peritonitis and that
an operation was the only chance. He was taken at once to St.
Mary's Hospital in Kansas City and successfully underwent the
operation. But the all wise Father summoned him home. The last
night of his life was spent in prayer. While the physical body
was racked with pain, the immortal soul had visions of glory,
so the last memories of our brother are of peacefully falling
asleep Sunday morning, April 15, 1917, aged 27 y. 4 m. 9 d. He
leaves to mourn his departure a bride, 2 sisters (Lela E. and
Maud E.), also other relatives and a host of friends and neighbors.
Services at the house by L. J. Miller; at the Sycamore Church by J. C. Driver and I. G. Hartzler; concluded at the grave by W. E. Helmuth. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery. Text, Job 14:2.
By a friend.
Kauffman. - Rebecca (King) Kauffman was born in Logan
Co., Ohio, Nov. 19, 1876. In early life she united with the Amish
Mennonite Church and faithfully kept her vow of loyalty until
death. Oct. 5, 1902, she was united in marriage with Anthony D.
Kauffman. To this union were born 5 sons, Ralph, Forest, Fred,
Joe and Allen, and 1 daughter, Mary. Aug. 3, 1909, the angel of
death visited this home and the spirit of little Forest was borne
away. April 12, 1917, the grim reaper again returned to the home
and this time the wife and mother, battling with septic poisoning
and pneumonia, answered the summons, at her home four miles southeast
of West Liberty, Ohio. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons,
1 daughter, a father, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and many other relatives
Thus, the brittle cord of life has been broken, having been spared for 40 years, 5 months, 2 days, and another has passed through "the valley of the shadow." She was ever a devoted wife, never shrank from the responsibilities of the home, but discharged her duties faithfully. Equally well did she fill her place as a mother, she was all that the endearment associated with the name implies. The spiritual fare of he family was always of vital concern to her. Each Sabbath morning, when weather and health permitted, she was found in the service at the house of worship. Here, too, her influence was felt. It can truthfully be said, "she hath done what she could." Her kindness, patience, and unfailing cheerfulness won for her the esteem and love of both young and old. The influence of her life continues among us as a heavenly benediction.
Funeral services at the Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. A. I. Yoder. Burial in South Union Cemetery near West Liberty.
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Nafziger. - Ada Marie, daughter of C. H. and Lydia Nafziger, was born near Hopedale, Ill., July 9, 1911; died at Shickley, Neb., April 14, 1917; aged 5 y. 9 m. 5 d. The illness causing her death was typhoid fever, with other complications, she being sick a little over 5 weeks. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, and many other relatives to mourn her early departure. Funeral services were conducted at the A. M. Church near Shickley by Bro. Peter Kennel in German and Bro. Ben Schlegel in English. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Smith. - Emma Walker, beloved wife of Bro. Joseph Smith,
departed this life at her home near Stouffville, Ont., April 7,
1917, in her 53rd year. Deceased had a paralytic stroke about
two and a half years ago from which she did not fully recover.
It was during the early part of this illness that she accepted
Christ and united with the Church. During her affliction she had
a strong desire to be in the house of the Lord. The hymn, "Trust
and Obey" was a special favorite.
Burial took place at the Wideman Church near Markham, Ont., on the 9th where services were conducted by L. W. Hoover and L. J. Burkholder.
Millhouse. - Reuben Millhouse was born at Cresswell,
Pa., Aug. 31, 1842; died at his home near Sterling, Ill, April
17, 1917; aged 74 y. 7 m. 17 d. He united in marriage to Hannah
R. Feather, Mar. 12, 1862. To this union were born two children,
Mrs. James Sanders of Sterling, Ill.., and Sallie at home.
He leaves to mourn his departure, 2 daughters, 1 adopted daughter, 1 step-son, 1 grandchild, 2 brothers, and a number of relatives and friends.
Bro. Millhouse was a member of the Mennonite Church for 40 years. He bore his affliction patiently and often expressed a desire to depart and to be with Jesus and his loved ones over there.
Funeral services conducted on the 19th at Science Ridge Mennonite Church and his body laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Yoder. - Orpha Celesta, daughter of John and Sister
Cripe, was born April 29, 1888, in Lagrange Co, Ind., died April
2, 1917, after much suffering; aged 28 y. 11 m. 4 d. She united
in marriage with Gabriel Yoder, April 8, 1906. She united with
the Church of the Brethren at the age of 10 and after her marriage
she received into fellowship at the Shore *Mennonte Church near
Shipshewana, Ind. She leaves 3 little daughters and a bereft husband
to mourn their loss.
She was a devoted Christian, and kind and loving wife and mother, always ready to lend a helping hand whenever opportunity presented itself. She will be missed in church and community. We have *goon evidence that she is now free from all pain and sorrow. Funeral services at the Shore Church by H. J. Schrock, assisted by the undersigned. Text, I Thes. 4:13, 14 and Jno. 11:25, 26.
Y. C. Miller
Transcriber's note: *Mennonte and *goon typed as written.
Landis. - Mary Vera, daughter of Bro. David R. and Sister
Annie Landis, was born in Ward Co., N. Dak., Sept. 1, 1906; died
in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 21, 1917; aged 10 y. 7 m. 20 d. Death
was caused by blood poison. She was sick two weeks in which time
she suffered much pain, being unconscious most of the time the
last week. But through all her sufferings she was patient, and
expressed her desire to go to Jesus. We feel that our loss is
her eternal gain. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father,
mother, 3 sisters, a grandfather, and a grandmother. Funeral on
the 23rd with short services at the house by Bro. David Landis
and at Mellinger's Mennonite Church by Bro. Sanford Landis. Text,
Luke 8:52. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o"er shaded,
Sweetly her soul shall rest."
Barge. - Hettie A. Berge was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 27, 1841; died at the home of Bro. and Sister Jacob Shaub, Millersville, Pa., April 8, 1917, from a complication of diseases, but only an illness of four days; aged 75 y. 5 m. 12 d. All was done that loving hands could do, but God saw best to call her home and relieve her from her suffering. She lived among the Shaub family about 45 years. She accepted Christ as her Savior and was a member of the Millersville Mennonite Church for many years and remained faithful unto the end. She leaves to mourn her departure 4 sisters and a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral services April 11 at the home of Bro. and Sister Shaub, by D. N. Lehman, and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. D. N. Lehman and D. N. Gish. Text, I Pet. 1:24, 25. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said, "Come",
And angels from the other side
Welcomed Aunt Hettie home."
Lintner. - John H. Lintner was born on Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Sept 9, 1834; died Apr. 23, 1917; aged 82 y 7 m 14 d. He
was the son of the late Daniel and Mary Herr Lintner. He was married
to Elizabeth Keeports who died 27 years ago. To this union were
born 2 sons and a daughter. One son and daughter preceded him
in death. Besides his son two aged sisters survive.
For the last twenty years he made his home with the family of Jacob K. Zeamer, where later his son also made his home.
His kind and loving disposition won for him many friends and especially in the home where he will be greatly missed, for we believe it could be said of him that "those that knew him best loved him most." He was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years.
Funeral services were held April 26 at the Millersville, Pa., Mennonite Church with interment in adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by Bro. D. N. Lehman.
"Some sweet day when life is o'er,
We shall meet above
We shall greet those gone before,
In that home of love."
Yoder. - Deacon Reuben C. Yoder was born in Lawrence
Co., Pa., April 18, 1858; died at his home near Inman, Kans.,
of heart trouble, April 19, 1917; aged 59 y. 1 d. When but a boy
he moved with his parents to Michigan and later to Indiana. On
Jan. 2, 1881, he was married to Lizzie Borntrager. They lived
at Nappanee, Ind., a short time and them moved to McPherson Co.,
Kans., in 1882, settling at first near Windom and ten years later
on the farm where he died. To this union were born 4 daughters
and 6 sons. Two sons died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his sudden
departure, his deeply bereft companion, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 11
grandchildren, 2 brother, 2 half-sisters, 1 half-brother and his
step-mother, besides a host of friends who knew him but to respect
In the fall of 1887 he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. For the last twenty year he faithfully served his home congregation in the capacity of deacon. He was a man of strong personality, deep conviction and ready action. He was a staunch defender of the faith and a good *counsellor. In the home he was affectionate and much interested in the welfare of his children. The last morning of his life he as usual gathered the family around the family alter and in a fervent prayer commended them to God. Soon after breakfast he arranged to leave home, but not feeling well because of a pain on his breast he went into the house and expired soon after, before a doctor could be summoned. His wide acquaintance brought an unusually large crowd to his funeral which was held on Sunday, April 22. Services were opened by Bro. Charles Yoder and the sermon preached by Bro. D. H. Bender from the text, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." (Psa. 115:16). The bereaved family have the sympathy of all, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope.
Transcriber's note: *counsellor typed as written.
Borkholder. - Joseph, son of Peter and Barbara Lehman
Borkholder, was born near Manheim, Pa., March 10, 1830. In May,
1843, he came with his parents to Ohio. On account of the slow
progress made in travel in those days it required about three
weeks to make the trip. They located on a farm in Williams Co.,
where he grew to manhood. In the autumn of 1855 he went to Hardin
Co., Iowa, and entered a quarter section of government land. In
1858 he returned to Williams county and June 22 of the same year
was married to Catharine *Hoffar. They settled on the *Hoffer
farm in Jefferson township which has since been their home. Soon
after their marriage he and his wife took membership with the
Mennonite Church and since the year 1894 he has been engaged in
the Gospel ministry; having served the Church located on his farm
until the feebleness of age overtook him. After a long, active,
useful life he came to the end as a shock of corn in its season
passing peacefully away April 15, 1917; aged 87 y. 1 m. 5 d.;
being the last of a family of 6 brothers and 3 sisters. He leaves
to mourn his departure, his aged companion, 1 sister-in-law, and
a large number of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services at the home April 17, conducted by J. W. Keiser, assisted by E. L. Frey, and attended by a large circle of sympathizing relatives and friends.
Transcriber's note : *Hoffar is also spelled as *Hoffer in the obituary.
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Gindlesperger. - Joseph Gindlesperger of Davidsville, Pa., died of paralysis at the home of his son. He was born June 26, 1834; died April 26, 1917; aged 82 y. 10 m. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and for many years serving as deacon. He led a quite, humble, unassuming life, interested in the welfare of the Church. Funeral services conducted by E. J. Blough, D. W. Lecrone, and Jas. Saylor at the Blough church. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Ecrement. - Joseph Ecrement of Canton, Ohio, died April 24, 1917; aged 78 y. 1 m. 5 d. For five years he suffered bodily and mentally from the effects of a paralytic stroke. When, a year ago last March, Bro. Allgyer received his wife into the Church and asked him if he wished to be baptized he cried and said, "Yes." While he could not talk clearly he seemed to understand. Funeral services conducted by Bro. C. K. Brenneman. Text, Isaiah 35. Burial in Louisville Cemetery.
Hochstetler. - Seth Hochstetler was born Oct. 19, 1861; died at Sugar Creek, Ohio, April 28, 1917; aged 55 y. 6 m. 9 d. He was married to Elizabeth Weaver Jan. 12, 1888. To this union were born 2 daughters. One daughter preceded him a few years ago. He leaves a widow, 1 daughter, 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. His last sickness was cerebral apoplexy which lasted about 4 weeks. He was a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. He was buried on April 30 at the Walnut Creek Church. Services by Carson Mast and S. H. Miller. Text, Job 14: 14.
Weber. - Sister Elizabeth, only daughter of the late Bro. Geo. Histand, was born near German Mills, Ont., Sept. 11, 1846. Nov. 14, 1865, she was married to Bro. Daniel Weber with whom she lived in holy matrimony over 51 years. She had a paralytic stroke nearly a year and a half ago, since which time she had been quite helpless though her mind was quite clear to the end. As a result of another stroke she passed away quite suddenly on the evening of April 6. Aged 70 y. 7 m. 51 d. She leaves to mourn her loss a bereaved husband, 3 sons and their families, and 1 adopted daughter; but they do not mourn as such who have no hope. Funeral services on the 29th by Bro. Samuel Bowman at the house and the brethren, U. K. Weber and Noah Stauffer, at the Mennonite Church at Kitchener, Ont. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hathaway. - Sister Lina Hathaway of the Pearidge congregation, Palmyra, Mo., was born Oct. 7, 1876; died April 28, 1917; aged 41 y. 6 m. 21 d. She was a daughter of Bro. Alonzo Paugh who preceded she in death just a little over a month. She was married to W. S. Hathaway who with the following children survives; Leona, John, Florence, Nellie, Russel, David, Leslie, Mabel, Oney, and an infant son. One son preceded her to the eternal world. She united with the Mennonite Church about six years ago. She was a devoted wife and mother, an affectionate sister, and was beloved by all who knew her. She had not been well for some time and then took the measles, which resulted in her death. May God comfort the bereft family. Funeral services at the Pearidge Church conducted by J. M. Kreider. Burial at Philadelphia, Mo.
Martin. - Homer Evan Martin was born Feb. 23, 1890; died at the home of his parents near Dalton, Ohio, April 11, 1917; aged 27 y. 1 m. 18 d. He came home from work in a nearby city apparently in good health, on April 7, to spend Easter at home. On Easter morning he became very ill and he died a few days later. Owing to the nature of the disease and quarantine of the home a short service was held on the lawn in the forenoon of April 12 by Pre. Benj. F. Good and David W. Wenger from Rev. 7:9. Burial at County Line Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, a very aged and feeble grandfather, and many other relatives and friends who mourn his early departure. He was preceded in death by one brother who died in infancy. On May 6 a memorial service was held at the county Line Church, of which he was a member. Services were conducted by the brethren, Benj. F. Good from Rev. 7:9 to end of chapter, Martin Ramer taking same text in the German language, and Moses G. Horst spoke from John 5:28, 29. May God comfort the bereaved friends.
Miller. - Andrew Miller was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Feb. 5, 1829; died April 18, 1917, near Terra Bella, Calif.; aged
88 y. 2 m. 13 d. He leaves to mourn 1 son (Joseph of Terra Bella,
with whom he had his home the past years), 1 daughter (Mrs. Ezra
King), 9 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Our aged brother was ordained to the ministry over 40 years ago, fulfilling his calling until afflicted with an ulcer of the limb which caused him much suffering for some 25 years. He had not preached any the past 18 years. The last year of his life dropsy set in, causing him the most intense suffering. He displayed a most unusual spirit of patience. The ones near and dear to him who cared for him testify that never a word of complaint came from him but praying often to be relieved from his suffering. He was married to Fannie Riehl Jan. 16, 1853. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. His wife and 2 sons preceded him to the glory world.
In 1885 he moved from Union Co., Pa., to Hartford, Kans. Five years later he again moved to Missouri, in 1907 to Harvey Co., Kans. (where his wife died), then in 1911 he moved with his son to California where he lived until his death
Funeral at the "Sancilito" school house by Bro. Emanuel Stahley. Burial took place 16 miles away near Porterville, Calif.
Leaman. - Entered into rest at Landis Valley, Pa., Anna,
wife of Bro. Geo. H. Leaman, after a long and useful life. She
was born June 8, 1834. She fell asleep in Jesus May 2, 1917; aged
82 y. 10 m. 24 d. She was married Oct. 18, 1860. She united with
the Mennonite Church in the summer of 1861, being faithful her
remaining life. She was a true and loving wife, mother, and grandmother;
of a sunny disposition, with the busy life, and the care of her
family which was a sorely afflicted one, one daughter, Mary being
an invalid for over 21 years. But of late she had become quite
a care, as hardening of the arteries had caused her to live in
the past, often so much so that she did not realize she was among
her own family and wanted to go home. She would look up in the
midst of great pain and say, "It is well." The very
last that we could understand was, "As God will." Feeble
as her mind was, she never ceased praying. She was a kind mother
of eleven children. Two died in infancy. One son (Isaac, aged
54 years) died a year ago. She left to mourn her departure an
aged husband, 2 sons, and 6 daughters, 32 grandchildren, and 10
great-grandchildren. Services were conducted May 5 at the house
by Bro. Frank M. Kreider and at Mellinger,s Church by Bro. John
N. Lefever. Text, Jas. 5:10, 11.
By a daughter.
Martin. - Benjamin S. Martin was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Sept. 26, 1859; died April 30, 1917; aged 57 y. 7 m. 4 d.
Death was the result of a stroke of apoplexy sustained on Sunday
evening, April 29. He passed away peacefully early Monday morning,
never regaining consciousness.
He was united in marriage to Lizzie H. Dambach, Nov. 11, 1884, who survives, as do the following children, 2 sons and 3 daughters; John D., Elizabeth D., Benj. F., Mary, wife of Amos H. Shaub, Susan, wife of Jacob Thomas; also 1 grandchild, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large circle of relatives and friends.
He was a faithful member of Habecker,s Mennonite Church until death, at which place he attended services the day of his affliction. He was a kind and loving father, always providing well for his family and their future needs.
Funeral services were conducted May 2 at the house by Bro. J. C. Habecker and at Habecker's Church by Bro. John K. Charles (Text, Eccl. 8:8) and Bishop Abram B. Herr (text, Matt. 24:44). Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
"He has gone from his dear ones, his children, his wife,
Whom he willingly toiled for and loved as his life,
Oh, God! How mysterious and strange are Thy ways
To take from us this loved one in the best of his days."
By the family.
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Livingston. - John K. Livingston of near Davidsville, Pa., was born Oct. 2, 1842; died May 8, 1917; aged 74 y. 7 m. 6 d. Funeral services at the Blough Church by L. A. Blough and James Saylor. Buried in cemetery near church. Bro. Livingston had been a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years.
Keck. - Sister Edith, wife of Bro. James Keck was born June *79, 1881; died in the faith May 11, 1917; aged 35 y. 10 m. 22 d. Sister Keck suffered with marked fortitude and patience. She leaves husband and 5 children, the youngest not quite a year old, to mourn the loss of all that mother means in the home. Funeral services at Diller Mennonite Church near Newville, Pa., May 13, by Bro. W. F. Charlton. Text, Heb. 11:13.
Transcriber's note : *79 typed as written, it should read "19".
Adelman. - Benjamin, infant son of Bro. Wm. and Sister Anna Adelman; died May 9, 1917; aged 20 days. Funeral the following day conducted by Bros. J. M. Kreider, J. W. Hess and I. E. Buckwalter at the home and also at the Pea Ridge Church. Interment at the cemetery adjoining the church. Little Benjamin was a weak child. The last few days of his stay he took sinking spells until at last his little heart stopped and we had to give him up. While our hearts are sad we take consolation in the words, "For of such is the kingdom of heaven."
Bender. - Died, near New Hamburg, Ont., John M. Bender; aged 69 y. 10 m. 13 d. In his early youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church. He remained faithful unto death. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved widow, 1 daughter, 4 sons, 3 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends.
"Oh the peace and rest in heaven,
Oh the bliss of loved ones there;
Love divine now bears us upward,
All their blessedness to share;
Resting, resting, sweetly resting
All their blessedness to share."
Kreider. - Catharine Kreider died at her home in Goodville, Pa., May 7, 1917, after a week's illness with pneumonia, aged 76 years. In early life she united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful in the Master's service. She leaves to mourn her departure 5 children, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted by Bros. J. B. Good and Benj. Weaver. Text, II Tim. 4:7.
"She has reached the end of her journey
And laid life's burdens down;
She has cast aside her heavy cross,
And taken up the crown."
Ramer. - Bro. Samuel Ramer was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, Nov. 24, 1840; died at his home near Versailles, Mo., May 3, 1917; aged 76 y. 5 m. 9 d. April 25, 1878, he was united in marriage with Annie Reed of Nappanee, Ind. To this union 5 sons (one of whom died in infancy), and 1 daughter were born. He is survived by his companion, 4 sons, 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren. At the age of 21 he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a loyal, faithful member until death. Funeral services at Mt. Zion Church, May 6, conducted by Bros. Amos Gingerich and D. F. Driver. Text, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course." Interment in adjoining cemetery. Peace to his ashes. His soul is at rest.
Leichty. - Fred Leichty was born June 25, 1901; died
April 25, 1917; aged 15 y. 10 m. He accepted Jesus as his personal
Savior a few years ago and was a faithful member of the Amish
Mennonite Church. His mother and 1 brother preceded him to the
spirit world. He leaves his father, foster mother, 3 brothers,
and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his early departure.
His life stands out as a living testimony of the love of Christ
that was shed abroad in his heart. We believe that Jesus died
and rose again even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God
bring to Him.
Funeral services held at the Eicher Church, Noble, Iowa, conducted by S. Gingerich, S. M. Musselman, and Daniel Graber. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Fulk. - On April 30, 1917, near Greenmount, Va., Sister
Susan Brenneman Fulk departed this life under distressing circumstances
at the age of 61 y. 3 m. 11 d. Having lived in widowhood for many
years and being in bad health for some time, her powers of reason
became lost to such a degree that on Sunday night of April 29
she disappeared from home, and her lifeless form was found the
next day, lying in an open field 200 yards from the house with
nearly all her clothing burned from her body.
Her tragic death came as a heavy blow to an immediate family circle that has the lasting sympathy of many relatives and friends. It is the sincere hope that this incident, will have the benefit of a double portion of God's grace in bearing up under this, one of the severest of life's trials. Services were held May 1 from Brenneman's Mennonite Church (of which congregation she had from early life been a faithful member) by Lewis Shank (text, Phil. 1:23), assisted by L. J. Heatwole.
Nafziger. - Tillie, daughter of John and Fannie Sutter,
was born July 2, 1887, in Bureau Co., Ill., died May 5, 1917,
near Minier, Ill., aged 29 y. 10 m. 3 d. She was united in marriage
to John Nafziger. In early life she united with the Amish Mennonite
Church and remained faithful until death.
While she had a desire to be with her family a time longer, she was resigned to the will of God. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, 1 son, father, mother, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, 1 aged grandmother, and a large number of relatives and friends.
"A loving one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in her home
Which never can be filled."
Funeral services were conducted at the Amish Mennonite Church by the *brethrn John Birky and Simon Litwiller from Isa. 35:10. The body was laid to rest in the Amish Mennonite Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: *brethrn typed as written.
Heatwole. - On May 9, 1917, at Akron, Ohio, of acute pulmonary poisoning, Aaron, fifth son of Bro. John J. and sister Ida Heatwole, died suddenly after an illness of only a few hours, at the age of 16 y. 2 m. 8 d. On Mar. 22, 1914, he, along with 24 others, was baptized and admitted to church fellowship with the congregation at Weaver's Church in Rockingham Co., Va. Early in the present year he joined his brother, *Russell Heatwole, at Akron, Ohio, in finding employment in a rubber factory. On the morning of the 9th *Russel found his brother who was sleeping with him in the same room, breathing heavily and the doctor who was called found him in a condition that was beyond all human aid, death claiming his victim at 5 o,clock in the morning. His body was brought to the home of his parents in Virginia, where on Sunday the 13th of May, services were held from Weaver's Church before a large concourse of people made up in great part of his young associates and acquaintances, of whom several hundred passed by his casket. Services were in charge of J. S. Martin (text, Luke 7:14) assisted by Jos. W. Coffman and L. J. Heatwole.
Transcriber's note: *Russell is also spelled as *Russel
Glick. - Catharine Sharp Glick was born Oct. 28, 1845,
near Belleville, Pa., died May 8, 1917, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Lee Kauffman, at same place; aged 71 y. 6 m. 10 d. March
12, 1868, she was married to Samuel L. Glick and from then until
the spring of 1895 lived near Vicksburg, Union Co., Pa., then
removed to Mifflin Co. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters.
Husband and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. The
surviving children are Eli, Samuel, Gideon, Emma, Levi S., and
H. J., also 2 stepdaughters (Mrs. H. M. Umble and Barbara Stoltzfus).
The surviving children, many grandchildren, and relatives and
friends, mourn the loss of a dear loving mother, grandmother,
and friend, who had a friendly face for all.
She united with the A. M. Church in early life and remained a consistent member to the end. The entire winter just past she remained near home because of feeble health, though able most of the time to be about the house.
On April 29, by her request, the ordinance of communion and feet washing was observed and enjoyed, she saying afterwards, "We had a nice time." One week later sickness again took hold of the body and on Tuesday evening, about going down of the sun, the spirit took its flight - from the effects of heart failure and other ailments. Thus we are made to bid adieu to one who loved us and was concerned about her boys and girls.
Services were conducted from the home by S. T. Yoder and at the Locust Grove A. M. meeting house by J. L. Mast, assisted by S. T. and J. D. Yoder. Text, II Cor. 4:17-5:1. Interment in cemetery near by.
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Cressman. - Stanley, infant son of Horace and Sister Sallie Cressman, died at Souderton, Pa., May 5, 1917 (aged 2 m. 20 d.) following an illness of pneumonia of three days, duration. Besides the parents 4 sisters and 3 brothers survive. Another son died in infancy. Funeral services were held May 8 at the Souderton Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. J. C. Clemens and J. M. Moyer.
Musser. - Maggie, daughter of Reuben and Lizzie Musser, died May 3, 1917; aged 2 y. 7 m. 6 d. Death was due to pneumonia. She is survived by her parents and 2 brothers. Though her suffering lasted over three weeks the Savior came and called her to Himself, "for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Buried on Monday, May 7, at Bowmansville, Pa. Services by N. B. Bowman in English and Moses Gehman in German. Text, I Peter 1:24. Peace to her ashes.
Wade. - Welma Wade was born in Van Wert, O., and after the death of her mother was committed to the Orphans, Home at West Liberty, O., with her two younger brothers on May 11, 1915, where she died of spinal meningitis May 11, 1917. Her remains were buried in Fair View Cemetery the day she died, but on account of the nature of her diseases funeral services were deferred until Saturday evening, May 19, when Bro. Moses Brenneman of Elida, preached memorial services at the Home. Her age was 9 y. 6 m. 19 d.
Yoder. - Barbara, wife of Bro. Joseph D. Yoder, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 24, 1858; died at Shipshewana, Ind., May 18, 1917; aged 59 y. 1 m. 24 d. When quite young she moved with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she has lived a great part of the time since. She was united in marriage to Joseph D. Yoder Dec. 26, 1875. To this union were born three sons and four daughters She leaves to mourn her departure husband, 7 children, 12 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. Funeral services conducted on the 20th at the Shore M. H. by the brethren D. D. Miller (text, I Cor. 15:5) and Y. C. Miller (text, Heb. 9:27) to a large congregation. The remains were laid in the Miller Cemetery.
Egli. - Barbara Roth was born near Colmar, France, (now
Germany), Oct. 14, 1840; died at her home in Henry Co., Ia., May
11, 1917; aged 76 y. 6 m. 27 d. She came to America with her parents
when about twelve years of age, first stopping in Canada but making
Henry Co., Ia., their home. Here she grew to womanhood *She accepted
Christ as her personal Savior while yet a young woman, uniting
with the Amish Mennonite Church and remaining a faithful member
until called by death. On Nov. 24, 1886, she was married to Jacob
Egli. This union was blest with 8 children. Her husband and 2
children preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 2 sisters,
2 sons, 4 daughters, and 17 grandchildren to mourn their loss.
Funeral at the Green Mount Church by S. Gingerich. John Wagler, and - Berry. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Eshleman. - Leah, wife of Edward Eshleman, was born
in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 22, 1880; died at the home of B. H.
Eshleman at Millersville, Pa., May 13, 1917, of Bright's disease,
of which she suffered several months; aged 36 y. 11 m. 21 d. She
united with the Mennonite Church five years ago and remained faithful
until the end. She had a kind loving disposition and we believe
she is now enjoying sweet rest in heaven free from all sorrow
and care. She will be missed, but our loss will be her eternal
gain. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, 2 brothers,
3 sisters, and a number of relatives and friends.
Funeral May 16. Short service at the house conducted by Bish. Abram Herr and at River Corner Mennonite Church by Abram Herr and Jacob Thomas. Text, I Chron. 29:15, latter part. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Rich. - Christian Rich was born in Washington Co., Iowa, Nov. 18, 1875; died at his home near Colorado Springs, Colo., May 13, 1917; aged 59 y. 15 m. 25 d. Jan. 6, 1881, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Reber of Johnson Co., Ia., who survives him. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters, 1 daughter preceding him to the spirit world. Besides these, 6 brothers, 4 sisters and 10 grandchildren remain to mourn his loss. Bro. Rich was converted about eighteen years ago and remained an active worker until death. Shortly before the end, he requested that opportunity be given at the funeral services, for any who felt moved to give testimony of their hope in Christ, which was done and a number responded. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Brethren, Rocky Ford, Colo., conducted by Bro. Jacob A. Heatwole from the text, "What is man?" Burial in the Rocky Ford Cemetery.
Miller. - Mary (Knepp) Miller was born in Johnson Co.,
Ia., Nov. 22, 1866; died at her home in Kolona, Iowa, May 17,
1817; aged 50 y. 5 m. 25 d. On Dec. 13, 1885, she was married
to Joe D. Miller, who died Dec. 2, 1902. To this union were born
7 daughters, and a son who died in infancy. Besides her children,
she leaves 5 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. At the
age of 16 she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and later
transferred her membership to the East Union Mennonite Church,
of which she was a faithful member until death, always filling
her place and doing what she could. The cause of her death was
cancer. During her illness she suffered much but bore it all with
Christian fortitude. We believe the wish and prayer of this mother
was like that of all Christian mothers toward their children:
"Meet me in heaven."
Funeral services by Bros. D. J. Fisher and S. C. Yoder.
Stalter.--Mary, daughter of Samuel and Magdalena Stemen,
was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Oct. 1, 1845; died May 13, 1917;
aged 71 y. 7 m. 12 d. In August, 1870, she was united in marriage
with C. N. Stalter, who preceded her to the spirit world more
than three years ago. Th this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters,
all of whom are living.
Her last illness was apoplexy, and extended over a period of 8 days. She was unconscious most of the time. Soon after the disease attacked her, she told some of her children that she could not be here long, but that it was all right, and added, "I'm ready to go." Years ago, she accepted Jesus as her Savior, and trusted Him to the last. She was a member of the Brethren in Christ Church. Besides her children she leaves to mourn her departure 5 brothers, 3 sisters, 20 grandchildren, and a large circle of relatives and friends. She was a faithful wife and a patient, devoted mother.
Mother, in thy life thou hadst thy struggles,
For our welfare nothing was too hard for thee,
And though we miss you, Oh, so much!
We rejoice that thou art free.
Funeral services at the Salem M. H. near Elida, Ohio, conducted by N. O. Blosser, assisted by Moses Brenneman and J. M. Shenk.
Dettwiler. - Joseph W. Dettwiler was born in Waterloo
Co., Ont., Feb. 17. 1834; died at the home of his eldest daughter,
Mary Brubaker, Morris, Alta., April 29, 1917; aged 83 y. 2 m.
12 d. He was married to Annie Martin, and the union was blessed
with twelve children. His companion preceded him to the spirit
world about three months and seven children died in infancy. There
remain to mourn his departure 1 brother (Jonas W. Dettwiler, Versailles,
Mo.), 1 son (Simon P.), 4 daughters (3 in Michigan and 1 in Alberta).
Deceased moved to Kent Co., Mich., about the time that the Civil War broke out in the United States, having with him his wife's mother who was later buried in the Mennonite graveyard near Caldeonia, Mich. After this he cared for his mother during the remainder of her life. In 1879 he with his family moved to Emmert Co., Mich., where his mother died and was the first to be buried in the Mennonite graveyard at Brutus. Having lost all that he had in his old age, he with his wife and a grandson moved to Alberta where they had their home with their son-in-law, Bro. A. Brubaker. He was the first to be buried in the new Mennonite Cemetery at Reist, Alta. Services conducted by Bro. Moses Schmidt. Text (selected by the deceased) II Cor. 5:1. Bro. Dettwiler was sick part of a week. He longed so much to go home and finally fell asleep in peace.
Fry. - Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary Fry, was born
in France, Jan. 26, 1847; died at his home in Logan Co., O., Jan.
5, 1917; aged 69 y. 11 m. 9 d. Together with his father, mother
and sisters he came to America in 1853. Upon arriving in this
country the family settled in Stark Co., O. On Feb. 16, 1871,
he was united in marriage to Anna Conrad, the marriage occurring
in Stark Co., After their marriage they resided in Stark Co. one
year, then moved to Wayne where they lived for three years. They
then moved to Logan Co. where, but for a short time, they have
To this union were born 3 children (Mrs. Mary Yoder, Samuel Fry and Andrew Fry) who with the wife and mother and 9 grandchildren mourn the loss of husband, father, and grandfather. Early in life he united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Stark Co., later transferring his membership to the South Union Church of Logan Co., where he has since remained a faithful member.
He was the only son in a family of 9 children, all of whom have answered the final summons - the last sister (Mrs. Barbara Diener) preceded him but two days. He was well known and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Funeral services at the home by Bro. J. B. Hartzler, followed by a double service for his sister, Mrs. Barbara Diener. The services were conducted by Bro. J. B. Hartzler and Bro. Levi L. Plank. The bodies were tenderly laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.
Nafziger. - Otilla (Stutter) Nafziger was born in Bureau
Co., Ill., July 2, 1887; died at her home near Minier, Ill., May
5, 1917; aged 29 y. 10 m. 3 d. Early in life she accepted her
Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and faithfully
kept her vow of loyalty until death. On April 12, 1908, she was
united in marriage to John Nafziger. This union was blessed with
1 son, Vilas, 6 years of age. After a married life of 9 years,
23 days, the angel of death visited this home and the spirit of
our dear sister was quietly borne away.
She had suffered from a complication of diseases for over a year, this being the cause of her death.
She leaves to mourn her departure a *loing husband, 1 son, father, mother, 5 sisters, 1 grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. One sister preceded her to the spirit world.
Our sister was a devoted Christian, a kind and loving wife and mother always ready to lend a helping hand whenever opportunity presented itself. She will be greatly missed in the home, church and community. Although longing to be well again, she resigned everything to her Savior and bore her trials and afflictions with patience to the end. The last days of her life here were spent in prayer and reading the Word of God. We feel that our loss is her eternal gain. So we need not mourn as those who have no hope.
On May 8 funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. J. C. Birkey and at the church by Bro. Simon Litwiller in English and Bro. J. C. Birkey in German. Texts, I Thes. 4:13-15; Isa. 35:10. Interment in the Amish Cemetery
"Sister, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees."
By a Sister.
Transcriber's note: *loing typed as written.
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