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Flickinger.---Benjamin Flickinger was born near Annville, Pa., July 11, 1851; died at his home in Annville April 23, 1925; aged 73 y. 9 m. 23 d. He is survived by a sorrowing widow. He joined the Mennonite Church about a year ago. Funeral services at his home conducted by Bros. David Westenberger and Henry Light. Burial in Kimerlingís Cemetery. Text, John 14:3.
Birky.--Stanley Joseph, infant son of Joseph D. and
Ella Birky, Milford, Nebr., died May 9, 1925: anged 1 m. 8 d.
He leaves parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 1 grandfather, 2 grand-mothers,
and a host of other relatives.
"Death has called away dear Stanley,
In the lonely grave to lie;
May we all prepare to meet him
In that home beyond the sky."
By his parents.
Eichelberger.---Albert, son of Peter and Cathrine Eichelberger, died very suddenly of heart trouble at the home of his parents at Delavan, Ill., on May 20, 1925, at the age of 31 years. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (William and Chris), and 1 sister (Mrs.Marie Ingersol), and many relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. Funeral services were held the 24th at the Mennonite Church near Hopedale by Bro. Ezra Yordy, assisted by the home ministers. Text, Job 14;14. Burial in the A. M. Cemetery.
Schreck.--Robert Harold, infant son of Godfrey and Sarah
Schreck, near Gridley, Ill., died May 19, 1925; aged 11 m 16 d.
He leaves his parents, three brothers (Orvo, Raymond, and Forrest
Wayne), one aged grandmother, and many relatives and friends.
Funeral services at the home and Waldo Church May 21, by Brothren
D. W. Slagel and J. D. Hartzler. Text, Job 5:7: Durial in Waldo
"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said Come.
And angels from the other side
Welcomed our loved one home."
Krall.---Christiana S. Kreider Krall, widow of Deacon Christ B. Krall, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Daniel Wilhelm of Palmyra, Pa., May 2, 1925; aged 84 y. 3 m. 26 d. She is survived by the following children; Amanda, wife of Ezra Kreider; Phares Krall; Mary, wife of Daniel Wilhelm; Fannie, wife of George Lineweaver; also 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister. She was a faithful member of the Mennnonite Church for many years. Funeral services at the house May 7, conducted by Bishops David Westenberger and Norah Risser, and also at Gingrichís Church. Buriel in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Matt.12: 46-5
Bechtel, Elizabeth Mae, beloved daughter of Noah and Mary (Snyder) Bechtel, was born May 4, 1899, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died at the same place May 7, 1925; aged 26 y, 3d. She was in failing health with a rheumatic heart, but was not considered serious until the last six days, when she was stricken with the most servere form of St. Vitus dance, which brought the end speedily. She leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters. She has been a faithful member of the Latschar Mennonite Church for thirteen years. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Wesley Witmer, and at the Latschar Church by Bro. Manasseh Hallman. Texts. Luke 8:52 and Matt. 9:24. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Cowan.--Kathryn Hutchison was born in Scotland Oct. 29, 1848; died at her home in Scottdale, Pa., April 19, 1925; aged 76 y. 5 m. 21 d. She was married March 29, 1866, to Robert Cowan. To this union were born six children, four of whom (John, Kathryn, Hannah, and Margaret) are living. She was for many years a member of the United Brothern Church, but in later years transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church, to which she continued faithful to the end. She had been in feeble health for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the Scottdale Mennonite Church April 22, conducted by J. A. Bhilhart assisted by Aaron Loucks and Daniel Kauffman. Text, Jno. 14:1. Body laid to rest in the Scottdale Cemetery.
Shank.--Salome, daughter of Michael and Nancy Shank, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., June 10, 1874. When ten years of age she went with her partents to Finney Co., Kans., where she grew to womanhood. She spent a number of years teaching in the public schools of Kansas. Later she spent most of her time taking care of the sick. In the spring of 1921 she came to Elkhart, Ind. When young she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. She died May 18, 1925, from a stroke of paralysis; aged 50 y. 11 m. 20 d. She is survived by two brothers (John and Michael), and two sisters (Mary Flisher and Lizzie Shank). besides other realtives and friends. Funeral services at the Olive Church on Wednesday, May 20, by D. A. Yoder and J. S. Hartzler.
Kreider.--Benjamin Charles, son of Christian and Leah (Charles) Kreider, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 9, 1850. Fifteen years later he moved with his father to Medina Co., Ohio. On Sept. 7, 1872, he was married to Catherine Felix. To this union was born 5 sons and four daughters. One daughter, Barbara, died in childhood, and the olderst son, George, died March 17, 1918. There remain to mourn his departure seven children, eleven grandchildren, his aged step-mother, and many relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in his young years, remaining a devoted member. He died May 5, 1925; aged 75 y. 4 m. 26 d. Funeral services were held May 8 at the Mennonite Church, conducted by Moses Horst and Abram Good. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Burial in adjorning cemetery.
Herr.--Henry L. Herr died April 7, 1925, as the result of being injured by an automobile running him down while crossing the street at the edge of town. He had been to town and was returning home when he was hit. He was injured Saturday, April 4. at which time he was rendered unconscious, from which he never recovered; aged 73 y. 9 m. 20 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Hanover. He was never married and is survived by the following brothers and sisters; Abram L. Herr, Levi L. Herr, Mrs. Emma L. Frey, Mrs. E. E. Myers, Mrs. Harvey C. Shank, and David B. Herr. The funeral was held April 10, from the house of his brother, David B. Herr, with whom he made his home. Further services were held from the Mennonite Church at Hanover and interment was made in York Road Cemetery. The services were in charge of Bros. P. D. Shank and H. S. Grove. Text. 1 Sam. 20:3.
Hansen.--Anna Hansen was born in Finland, December 9, 1866; died in her home in Portland, Oreg., May 6, 1925. She leaves her husband, two daughters (Amelia and Martha), and one son (Eino). Two children preceded her in death. For a number of years she suffered from cancer of the face, to which disease she finally succumber. The mission folks have been in touch with this family almost ever since the mission was started and she was one of the charter members of the home department. While is was very difficult to speak with her yet she was eager to have the home department worker come to read to her and pray with her. Funeral services were conducted in the mission hall by the brethren, Allan Good and Paul Roth, and the body laid to rest in the River View Cemetery near Portland.
The father being unable to care for the children, they have their home at the mission. The girls united with our body of believers last January and are living faithful Christian lives.
Miller.---Florence Edna, daughter of Samuel S. and Mellie Miller. Hubbard, Oreg., died May 4, 1925, at the Deaconess Hospital. Salem, Oreg.; aged 13 y. 2 m. 28 d. About twenty hours after she had undergone an operation for appendicitis, she peacefully fell asleep. Florence was a patient sufferer and though she wished to get well she was ready to go to her heavenly home. She united with the Mennonite Church Aug. 7, 1921, and was a faithful member until death. She leaves father, mother, two sisters, two brothers, two uncles, eight auunts, 57 cousins, and grandparents on both sides (Menno S. and Fanny Hooley, Solomon L. and Mattie Miller), also a large circle of friends. She will be missed in the home and in the church. Funeral services were held at the Zion Mennonite Church, May 6, conducted by A. P. Troyer and Edward Z. Yoder. Text. Gant. 6:2. Remains laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
"A darling child from us has gone.
Our hearts are sad to-day;
The family chain is broken here.
But will join us some sweet day."
Bender.--Christian J. Bender was born September 7, 1848, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died at his home near Wellman, Iowa, May 13, 1925; aged 76 y. 8 m. 6 d. He came to Iowa with his parents seventy years ago. He was married to Mary Gardner Nov. 2, 1873. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained a faithful member until death. He had been in his usual health until about eight months ago, since which time he failed somewhat, and especially so the last month or more, when he failed more rapidly until the end came. The day before his death he was still able to walk about, being counscious and in the act of taking nourishment when he peacefully fell asleep. The immediate cause of his death was Brightís disease, combined with a weak heart. He leaves a sorrowing widow, one brother (Daniel); also Fannie, wife of Harvey W. Miller, who was reared in their home. Funeral services were held April 15, at Lower Deer Creek Church, conducted by G. A. Yoder and Elmer Swartzendruber in German, and John Y. Swartzendruber in English. Burial in the cemetery nearby.
Smith.---Robert L. Smith was born in RandolphCo., W. Va., Sept. 30, 1864; died April 19, 1925; aged 60 y. 6 m. 19 d. He was united in marrage to Sallie White. This union was blessed with 5 children. The mother and the youngest of the children (Clyde) have gone on before. Those surviving are: Phoebe, Minnie, Jason and Clara, all married. On Jan. 21, 1901, he was united in marrage to his second wife, Lucretia Lambert. This union was blessed with 9 children. The mother and 7 of these children remain to mourn his departure. The oldest son (Clarence) died Aug. 8, 1903. Dora died Jan. 21, 1917. Those living are: Mrs. Floda Summerfield, Mrs. Anna Waybright, Sarah, Joseph, Stephen, Robert and Calora. He united with the Mennonite Church a good many years ago. Later he was ordained to the ministry and served in this office for about 20 years. He made many trips on horseback and on foot across the mountains to preach the Gospel to the people. Several years ago he was afflicted with cancer, which caused his death. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Rhine Benner and Bro. D. B. Raber. His remains were laid to rest on his farm.
Herr.---Susan M. Herr, widow of the late Bishop Abram B. Herr, passed peacefully away on Monday morning, May 11, 1925, at her home in New Danville, Pa. She was born Aug. 19, 1850; aged 74 y. 8 m. 24 d. Her husband preceded her to the other world just one month ago. She is survived by five children (Mrs. Emanuel Groff, Henry R. Herr, Mrs. Amos Snavely, Abram R. Herr, Amanda R. Herr); also 22 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. No more shall we see her at her place of duty. She was always busy, either sewing or reading. She loved ber Bible and seemed always cheerful and plasant. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She served her Master early in life and her prayer was to live more and more for Him. She had many trials and afflictions in life, always bearing it with a Christian fortitude. She was confined to her bed nearly four months. But oh! she was so resigned--would say, if only her Lord would come and deliver her. But she patiently waited until her Lord saw fit to call her home. We would not want to wish father and mother back again, but ever aim to meet them again. But Oh! it seems so lonely without them. The voices we loved are hushed. Bro. Jacob Thomas. Bro. Aaron Harnish. and Bro. Maris Hess conducted the services at the house. Bishops Benjamin Zimmerman, Daniel Lebman, and Noah Mack conducted the services at the New Danville Mennnonite Church. Burial in cemetery adjoining. Text. Heb. 4:9.
"All the years weíve spent together,
All the happy, golden hours.
Shall be cherished in remembrance,
Fragrant sweets from memoryís flowers."
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Oyer.---Darline Mae, infant daughter of John and Mary Oyer, was born near Fisher, Ill., May 1, 1925. and died the same day. Brief funeral services were held at the home by Bro. J. A. Heiser.
Wurz.--Abilene Wurz, aged 4 days. Funeral held at the Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey, Sask., May 25, 1925. Services conducted by J. Quiring in German, and E. S. Hallman in English. "Budded on earth to bloom in heaven."
Bowman.---Benjamin, son of Isaac Bowman, born in Waterloo Co., Ont., and died at Saskatoon Hospital. Saskatchewan on May 8, 1925. Aged 69 years. Funeral was held at the Sharon Mennonite Church and buried in the adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by E. S. Hallman. Texts, Job 7:9; II Cor. 5:1.
Pursel---Joseph A. Pursel was born in Richland Co., Ohio, April 6, 1847; died at the home of his 2 sons near Stryker, Ohio, May 5, 1925; aged 78 y. 29 d. On May 26, 1878. he was united in marriage to Laura Carpen. To this union were born 3 sons, and one daughter. Two children preceded him in death, leaving his companion, 2 sons, 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and many relatives to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held May 8, at the Lockport Church, conducted by S. D. Grieser. Text Amos 4:12. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Diller.---Carl Robert, only child of Levi and Annie
Diller, died at his home at Hanover, Pa., May 23, 1925; aged 2
y. 5 m. 24 d. He leaves father, mother, one grandfather, two grandmothers,
and many other relatives and friends. He was only sick for three
days. Death was due to convulsions. Funeral services were conducted
by Harvey Grove and Peter Shank at Bairís church. Burial
in the York Road Cemetery.
"His sweet eyes were so clear and lovely,
But to look into this world's wild light and lust;
Down in the dust they have their share of sleep,
Their share of tears is left for us to weep."
Moyer.---John L. Moyer was born near Line Lexington, Pa., Nov. 5, 1862; died at his home April 23, 1925; aged 62 y. 5 m. 20 d. His sickness was dropsy, of which he suffered for nearly six months. Besides his wife he is survived by six children and one sister (Mrs. John B. Garges). One child died in infancy. Funeral services were held April 27, at the Line Lexington Mennonite Church, of which he was a member. Services were conducted by Bros. Aaron N. Freed and Mahlon Gross. He united with the Line Lexington Mennonite Church many years ago, was an active worker in the Sunday school since it was organized, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the last ten year.
Hochstedler.--Gertrude (Miller) Hochstedler was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, July 9, 1865; died near Farmstown, Ohio, May 17, 1925; aged 59 y. 9 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage to Abraham N. Hochstedler Jan. 13, 1884. To this union were born 5 sons and 8 daughters. Two daughters died in in- fancy. She leaves her husband, 5 sons, 6 daughters, 5 grandchildren, an aged father, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. In October, 1924, she had a stroke of paralysis and more later on. Her last sickness was influenza. She united with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in 1882 and was a faithful member to the end. Services at the Walnut Creek Church by S. H. Miller, Lester Hostetler, and I. W. Royer. Texts, I Cor. 15:10-26: Mark 14:3; Jno. 19:27. Burial in cemetery nearby.
Beiler.--David S. Beiler died of infirmities of old age at his late home near Elverson, Pa., May 14, 1925; aged 90 y. 4 m. 19 d. He was born at Intercourse, Pa., Dec. 25, 1834. He was Married to Rebecca Esh of Juniata Co., Pa., who died 21 years ago. He is survived by the following children: Emma, Levi, Mary, wife of Mast Stoltzfus; Katie, widow of Elam Stoltzfus; and Susie, wife of Jacob Yoder. His daughter (Malinda, wife of Jacob Hartz) preceded him in death six months. He also leaves 36 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Amish Church. His sense of hearing being very dull, he spent much time in reading, and was known as a well-read man of his time, being well posted in matters concerning the Church, and the world in general. Funeral services were held on May 18, conducted by Benjamin Beiler and Christian Glick.
Lantz.--Rachel Lantz (Petersheim), widow of Isaac Lantz,
was born Jan. 17, 1856; died near Gap, Pa., April 30, 1925; aged
69 y. 3 m. 13 d. Her husband died in April, 1913. She was a faithful
member of the A. M. Church for many years, and her place in church
and Sunday school is sadly vacant. Surviving her are the following
brothers and sisters; Christian K., Gideon K., Rufus J., and Mrs.
Susie Heading; also two step-sons and one step-daughter (Levi
Lantz, Solomon Lantz, and Mrs. Sara Stout), and many other relatives
and friends. Funeral services May 3, from the home of Daniel K.
Fisher, con- ducted by Bro. John M. Stoltzfus and at Millwood
Church by Bros. Amos B. Stoltzfus and John A. Kennel. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"Here weíve no abiding city,
Mansions here will soon decay;
But that city Godís build firmly,
It can never pass away."
Cobaugh.--Jenny, daughter of Henry and Emmaline Eshleman,
was born in Darke Co., Ohio, Nov. 27, 1855; died May 23, 1925,
near Medway, Ohio; aged 69 y. 5 m. 26 d. One Jan. 18, 1881, she
was united in marriage to Christian Cobaugh, to which union were
born six children; Joseph, Sarah, Harry, John, Frank, and Elizabeth.
The eldest son (Joseph) preceded his mother to the Great Beyond.
She is survived by her husband, five children, eleven grandchildren,
and two sisters (Clare Patterson and Mary Brown). While in young
womanhood, she joined the ranks of Christ and held her faith in
God until death called her home.
"One by one the leaves are falling,
One by one the Lord is calling
Home His children from their toil,
To transplant them in His soil."
The funeral was held at the Medway Church conducted by S. Lambert and Daniel Augsburger.
Wyse.--Daniel Wyse was born near Burlington, Ohio, August
28, 1847; died in Pettisville, Ohio, May 17, 1925; aged 77 y.
8 m. 19 d. He was united in marriage to Fanny Sauder Sept. 20,
1868, who died Feb. 3, 1877, leaving two sons. He was again united
in marriage to Magdalena Sauder Jan. 24, 1878, who died May 22,
1914, leaving one son and one daughter. On August 3, 1916, he
was united in marriage to Lena Baer, who survives him. He leaves
a sorrowing widow, three sons, twentysix grandchildren, ten great-
grandchildren, four brothers, four sisters, a large number of
relatives and friends. His only daughter, one grand-child and
one great-grandchild preceded him in death. In his younger years
he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite
Church. May 20, 1888, he was ordained to the ministry, in which
he laboured faithfully until nearly five years ago, when he was
afflicted with paralysis, which prevented him from taking active
part in church work. His labors and counsel will be greatly missed
by the Church, home and community.
"O, dearest one, we miss thy voice,
No more we see they face;
For thou hast found a home above
Before the throne of grace.
We'll meet in heaven some sweet day,
Forever to remain;
Where we will join in joy and love,
And never part again."
Funeral services were held at Central A. M. Church May 20, conducted by the home ministers. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
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Schlabach.--Glenora May Schlabach, infant and only daughter of Ray and Linda Schla- bach, Oregon City, Oreg., died June 2, 1925, aged 18 days. While her stay on earth was short, she was here long enought to suffer in her little body. But God has taken her unto Himself. Funeral services were held in the Hopewell Mennonite Church, June 3, conducted by H. A. Wolfer. Burial in Hopewell Cemetery.
Coffman.---George W. Coffman was born March 8, 1849; died at the home of his grandson, Edgar Coffman, near McClellandtown, Pa., June 8, 1925; aged 76 y. 3 m. His wife, Mattie M., preceded him in death about six months. He had been in failing health for some time, having a few light paralytic strokes. He is survived by one son (Charlie), one daughter (Mrs. Clara Franks), 14 grandchildren, a brother, three sisters, and six great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of the Masontown Mennonite Church, having served as deacon for about thirty-four years. He was deeply interested in the wel- fare of the Church, and held the esteem and affections of those who knew him. His funeral was largely attended, and the loss to the congregation is keenly felt. Funeral services were conducted by Elmer Hess, assisted by J. A. Brilhart and Daniel Kauffman. Text, II Kings 20;20, 21.
Minnich.--Mary A. Newcomer Minnich, wife of J. Frey
Minnich, died at her home in Florin, Pa., May 30, 1925; aged 26
y. 4 m. 24 d. She is survived by her husband and two children
(Ruth and Forrey), also her parents, brothers, sisters, relavtives,
and friends. She was a loving wife, and will be greatly missed
in the home. She was very found of "Youth's Christian Companion."
During her illness she expressed a desire to depart. Text; "Her
sun is gone down while it is yet day" Hymns: "Pass me
not, O gen- tle Savior," and "Thy Will be Done."
Funeral services conducted by Brethren Henry Longenecker, Hess,
and Ebersole. Burial in Silver Spring Cemetery.
"All the years weíve spent together,
All the happy, golden hours,
Shall be cherished in remembrance,
Fragrant sweets from memoryís flowers."
Minich.--Sister Mary Minich was born Oct. 24, 1898;
died May 30, 1925; aged 26 y. 7 m. 6 d. She was a daughter of
Amos and ----Newcomer of Millersville, Pa. She united with that
church in her single days. She was married to Forry, son of John
and ----Minich, in 1919. Since then she was a member of the Chestnut
Hill congregation, where also services were held over her re-
mains on Tuesday, June 2, 1925, by Henry Longenecker and S. E.
Ebersole at the house, and at the church by Henry Longenecker,
S. E. Ebersole and Jacob Hess. Texts, Jer. 15:9 (later clause),
Job 17:11 and John 13:7. Her sickness was short but severe-- tonsilitis,
turning into blood poisoning. She was a faithful member, a loving
mother, leaving two orphan children. May the Father of all orphans
guide and direct those who shall take care of these little ones
that the may not become a prey to the enemy.
Shetler.---Melinda (Stayrook) Shetler, was born July 4, 1954, near Mattawana, Pa.; died at the Shetler residence near Johnstown, Pa., May 30, 1925; aged 70 y. 10 m. 26 d. The immediate cause of her death was a growth at the stomach which prevented her receiv- ing any nourishment and consequently she grew weaker day by day until death reliev- ed her. She was united in marriage to Abram Shetler Feb. 11, 1879. To this union were born three children (John Edward, Emma Catharine, and David H.). The two former preceeded her in death. The husband, one son, and seven grandchildren remain. She also leaves three brothers, one sister, three half-brothers, and four half-sisters. It can truly be said that she leaves a host of friends on every side. She was baptized in her girlhood by Bishop Michael Yoder at Mattawana, and remained a true follower of the Mennonite faith unto the end.
Barge.---Henry Mellinger, eldest son of Bro. and Sister Frank Barge, was born in Jordon Twp..Sterling. Ill., Nov. 5, 1906. He came to his untimely death by drowning while bathing in the river June 4, 1925; aged 18 y 6 m. 30 d. He leaves his father and mother, three brothers (Loren, Frank, and Willard), six uncles, seven aunts, and fourteen first cous- ins; as well as a number of more distant re- latives, school-mates, class-mates, neighbors and friends. He was a member of the pres- ent graduating class of the Sterling high school and would have graduated June 12. On Sept., 1921, he confessed Christ as his personal Savior and with a class of other young people was baptized and received into Church fellowship on Oct. 30. He was a faithful boy, always willing to do his part. He served as Sec.-Treas. of the Sunday school for several years and was at present substi- tute teacher in the Junior Dept. Just why so promising a life shoudl be cut so short is hard for us to understand. Funeral serv- ices were conducted June 7, when more than a thousand people gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed brother, and to offer sympathies to the heart-broken father and mother. Text, II Sam. 19:2.
Moyer.--Sister Lizzie, wife of Bro. Milton M. Moyer,
was born on June 23, 1881; died at her home near Franconia, Pa.,
Apr. 16, 1925; aged 43 y. 9 m. 26 d. She was in bed the last six
months with a complication of diseases. Eight children were born
to this union. Two died while yet small. Her hus- band and the
following children remain, Sadie wife of Elmer M. Yoder, Raymond,
Florence, Milton, Paul, and Norman. She also leaves one step-sister
(Mamie Freed). She left ample evidence that she has gone to her
Savior, Whom she accepted in her youth. She was member of the
Mennonite Church at Franconia at which place the funeral was held
on Apr. 21, conducted by the brothern Menno Souder, Abram Clemmer,
Abram Derstine, and Elmer Moyer. Text, Job 5:17.
"Sweetly sleeps dear Mother,
With loved ones gone before.
May we all prepare to meet her
On yonder peaceful shore."
By the Family.
Lantz.--Daniel Lantz was born in Williams Co., Ohio, June 3, 1851. He was one of a family of fifteen children, fourteen of whom reached maturity. He fell asleep at his late home in Smithville, Ohio, on May 26, 1925; aged 73 y. 11 m. 23 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior and the Amish Mennonite Church as his place of worship, and in the spring of 1874 he united with the Oak Grove congregation near Smithville, Ohio. being baptized by Bishop J. K. Yoder, and remained a faithful and loyal member to the end. Especially during the last few years of failing health he found his Shepherd and constant Friend very near to him. On May 11, just three weeks before he passed into the pres- ence of his Master, he participated in and greatly enjoyed a communion service in his home with a few members of the congregation. On Nov. 11, 1875, he was united in marriage with Jacobina Blough, who went to her etern- nal reward May 17, 1885, leaving him to provide for the two children. Peter and Mary. On Jan. 27, 1904, he was married to Lorinda Kurtz, who with the two children just mentioned, two brothers, one sister, and many nephews and nieces, remain. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church on May 29, conducted by C. Z. Yoder and J. M. Smucker, assisted by others.
Mathews.--Gussie Mathews was born Aug. 12, 1884, at Aurora, Oreg.; died at her home near Hubbard, Oreg., May 24, 1925; aged 40 y. 9 m. 12 d. She was married to Adam J. Mishler April 2, 1902. This union was blessed with one son (Kenneth) and one daughter (Josie). At the age of 32 she accepted Christ, and with her husband united with the Hopewell Mennonite Church, to which she was faithful until death. Her husband died July, 1919. She was again united in marriage to Sam T. Mathews, Nov. 18, 1920. She leaves her two children, her husband, her aged parents (Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Miller), one brother, four sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was largely attended. Mothers of our day who would make the sacrifices she would make for her children, are rare. Her death came rather suddenly after one week of pneumonia. She left a bright hope behind for her loved ones. The day she passed into eternity she told her loved ones that she was going home. She also made arrangements for her funeral, and requested how her body should be taken care of after death. She also requested that one of the sisters would stay with her daughter Josie at the time of the funeral, as Josie was also in bed with pneumonia and unable to attend. The funeral services were held in the Hopewell Mennonite Church, by H. A. Wolfer and F. J. Gingerich.
Schmidt.--Amos Schmidt was born June 8, 1846; died of Brightís disease near Elida, Ohio, June 7, 1925; aged 78 y. 11 m. 29 d. He came with his parents to Putnam Co., Ohio in early life. On Dec. 1, 1870, he was married to Lydia, daughter of Bishop Bren- neman. To this union were born two sons and four daughters (Sarah, Anna, Henry, Samuel, Mary (deceased), and Lydia Miller. On April 23, 1881, his companion died. On March 11, 1883, he was married again to Sarah F. Good. To this union were born two sons and one daughter (Perry, Levi and Emma, the two latter deceased). His second wife died Jan. 15, 1891. He united with the Men- nonite Church about 1874. Bishop George Brenneman receiving him into fellowship with the Blanchard River Church. He remained a faithful member until death. He leaves three sons, three daughters, fourteen grand- children, a step-daughter, and many relatives and friends. He had been in failing health for several years. and in his last sickness was confined to his bed about three weeks. He was resigned to the will of God, saying,
"Ready to go, ready to stay,
Ready my place to fill,
Ready for service lowly or great,
Ready to do His will."
Funeral services on the tenth by the home ministers in the presence of a large congregation of neighbors and friends.
Schrock.--Noah Schrock was born in Ohio Nov. 26, 1843.
In 1848 his father with his family moved to Miama Co., Ind., where
Noah grew to manhood. March 11, 1873 he was united in marriage
with Elizabeth Eash of Elkhart Co., Ind. To this union were born
five children. Three died in infancy. This union was broken by
the death of his com- paion on Dec. 21, 1879. On Nov. 21, 1880,
he was united in marriage with Mary Miller and this union was
broken by the death of his companion on Oct. 23, 1882. On Dec.
16, 1883, he was united in marriage with Re- becca (Eash) Yoder
of Nappanee, Ind. To this union were born six boys and three girls.
Two of the girls went to the glory world in infancy, and one son
(Franklin) also changed time for eternity at the age of twen-
ty-four. About four months ago his physical body was overtaken
with disease, and he never regained his health. He patiently bore
his lot without complaint, at times expressing that he was ready
to meet his heavely Fa- ther. On May 22, 1925, at the age of 81
y. 5 m. 22 d. he peacefully went to his new home. He leaves to
mourn his companion, six sons (Samuel, Wm., Harry, Clarence, Jesse
and Homer). two daughters, (Mrs. Altine Schrock and Mrs. Percy
Moyer), two step-children (Ira C. Yoder and Mrs. T. E. Harper),
two brothers (John and Eli), one sister (Mrs. Samuel Slabaugh),
and a host of relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite
Church young in life, to which he remained faithful. always willing
to do what ever Church work was asked of him. As a neighbor he
was always ready to help anyone that he possibly could.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Gone from all thy toil and pain;
Far from earth and all its wrestling,
Thou didst now thy crown obtain."
By the Family.
Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida
Hunsberger. - Priscilla (Beery) Hunsberger was born in Branch Co., Mich, June 11, 1885; died near Nappanee, Ind., April 11, 1925. She was united in marriage to Aaron Hunsberger June 11, 1910. To this union were born 2 sons (Ernest M. and Otis N.). She leaves her husband, 2 sons, an aged father, 5 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 13 and was a faithful member to the end. Services were held at the North Main Street Mennonite Church by J. K. Bixler and Henry McGowen. Text, John 17:3.
Roth. - Delbert Jonathan, son of Jonathan and Fredericka Roth, was born near Elkton, Mich., May 2, 1924; died June 5, 1925; aged 1 y. 1 m. 3 d. He leaves father, mother, two brothers, one sister, one grandfather, and many relatives and friends. He was sick but a short time and the last night of his little life he had 13 convulsions. Funeral service was held at the house by Bro. Alfred Wideman and at the Berne Mennonite Church by Bro. Gilliet and Bro. Peter Ropp. "A darling child from us has gone, Our hearts are sad today; The family chain is broken here, But will be joined again some day."
King. - Elizabeth King (nee Slagle) was born near Washington, Ill., March 7, 1842; died at the Home for the Aged near Eureka, Ill., June 6, 1925; aged 83 y. 2 m. 29 d. In her youth she moved with her parents to near Meadows, Ill. There she was married to Jos. H. King. To this union were born six children, of whom five are living. Her husband died while they were living on a farm in Champaign Co., Ill., after which she went to live with her children in Minnesota, where she remained until she came to the Home at Eureka, Aug. 8, 1922, where she resided until death. Funeral services at the Home in charge of Brethren Ezra Yordy, Samuel Gerber, and A. A. Schrock. Her death was due to old age. She leaves five children, one brother, and two sisters.
Kerlin. - Lydia E. Kerlin was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 4, 1849; died near Goshen, Ind., May 11, 1925; aged 76 y. 7 d. She was married to Daniel Kerlin in 1869. She was the mother of 12 children. Three died in infancy, a daughter (Minnie) in 1920, a son (Orie) in 1912, and her husband in 1900. She with her husband and family moved east of Goshen in 1891. She leaves four daughters (Mrs. Jasper Sower, Mrs. Berkey Mauges, and Mrs. Detweiler), and four sons (Joseph, Emmet, Anan, and Charles), and a large number of grandchildren and friends. She united with the Silver Street Church March 4, 1894, and remained faithful until death. Funeral was held at the Silver Street Church. Services were conducted by Allen Yoder and Silas Yoder. Burial at the Clinton Union Cemetery.
Hershey. - Samuel Hess Hershey was born in Landisville, Pa., June 11, 1891; died early Sunday morning, April 19, 1925, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 33 y. 10 m. 8 d. His death came as a shock to the whole community. He had been ailing for some time but had been able to be about his duties until about four weeks ago. The end came very suddenly with no time to say farewell to his family. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was the only son of Levi and Susan Hess Hershey. On Feb. 8, 1912, he was married to Fannie G. Heller. Besides his widow and parents he is survived by three daughters (Anna, Ruth and Elizabeth). Brief funeral services were held at the home on the 22nd with further services at Landisville Mennonite Church, by the brethren Isaac Brubaker, (Text. Isa 14:27) and Hiram Kauffman (Text. Job 17:11). Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Strite. - Susan Myers Strite was born in Putnam Co., Ohio, Feb. 1, 1854; died May 25, 1925, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Shank, Jackson, Mich., at the age of 71 y. 3 m. 24 d. She was united in marriage Feb. 24, 1881, to Isaac William Strite, to which union were born 11 children, 6 sons and 5 daughters. Four daughters, together with the father, preceded her in death. She lived in widowhood 18 years. She united with the Mennonite Church a number of years ago, remaining faithful to the end. About 8 years ago she lost her eyesight but bore her affliction patiently, frequently expressing herself as willing and ready to go to her eternal home. Funeral services were held at the home of her oldest son, Lou, and at the Blanchard River Mennonite Church, May 28, were a large number of relatives and friends met to pay their last tribute of respect. Funeral services were in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner and Gabriel Brunk. Text, John 14:1-3. Interment in the Blanchard River Cemetery.
Lantz. - Polly Lantz, daughter of Henry and Magdalena Stahley, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 1, 1838; died at her home near Nappanee, Ind., June 8, 1925; aged 87 y 4 m. 7 d. In April, 1857, she was married to Tobias Yoder, with whom she lived until 1892, when this union was severed by the death of her husband. In November, 1897, she was united in marriage to Christian Lantz of Howard Co., Ind., and this union was again severed by the death of her husband on Nov. 4, 1919. During her second marriage she lived with her husband in Howard Co., but after his death she returned to her home near Nappanee, Ind.,, where she remained until her death. Sister Lantz had no children of her own, but she was foster mother of six, all of whom she took to raise. They were May Ellen Reed, Mrs. Ed Pinninger, Henry Ringenberg, Mrs. Levi Schrock, Ezra Bleile, and Mrs. S. G. Moyer. She also leaves two brothers (Simon Stahley and Daniel Stahley). She united with the Mennonite Church when a young woman and remained faithful until death. Funeral was held June 10 at the North Mennonite Church in Nappanee, conducted by Ezra Mullet and Silas Yoder. Burial at the Union Cemetery near Nappanee.
Shank. - John, son of Henry and Elizabeth Shank, was born Dec. 24, 1837, in Columbiana Co., Ohio; died June 4, 1925; aged 87 y. 5 m. 12 d. In 1841 he with his parents moved to Allen Co., Ohio, where he grew to manhood and spent the rest of his life. In 1867 he was united in marriage with Nancy, daughter of Pre. Christian and Elizabeth Culp. His wife preceded him in death 9 years. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 5 daughters, 2 daughters having preceded him in death. The following children survive: (David, Elizabeth Augspurger, Sophia Basinger, Christian, and Mary Porter). Two sisters also survive him. There are also 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. While yet a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death., It can be truthfully said of him that he "kept the faith." He was naturally of a strong, robust nature and scarcely ever sick until the last few years of his life. His last sickness was of six months' duration, being confined to his bed continually. During his sickness it was the writer's privilege to visit him frequently. He always enjoyed singing, Scripture reading, and prayer. He was very patient, resigned to God's will, and we believe fully prepared to meet his God in peace. Funeral services were held June 7, at the house by -- Steiner of the New Mennonite Church; and at the Zion Mennonite Church near Bluffton, by Andrew Brenneman, assisted by P. E. Whitmer. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. A large number of people assembled to pay a last tribute of respect to our departed brother. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." "All is over, hands are folded, On a quiet, peaceful breast; All is over, pains are ended, Now dear father is at rest."
Trancribed by: John Ingold, Indiana