GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXXIV,
No . 32 - November 6, 1941 - pg 679
Graybill.-Simon E., son of the late Wm. and Elizabeth (Shelley) Graybill, was born in Juniata Co.,Pa., April 21, 1873; passed away at his home in Dakota, Ill., Oct. 22, 1941; aged 68 y. 6 m. 1 d. He grew to manhood in the state of his birth. On Jan. 4, 1900 he was united in marriage to Anna Sieber, also of Juniata County. Soon after their marriage they came to Stephenson Co., Ill., to make their future home. To this union 4 children were born: Mary (Mrs. Paul Wert) of McAlisterville, Pa.; Paul and William of Dakota, and James, who passed away in infancy. Mrs. Graybill passed away Feb. 26, 1910. He was married again to Lucy Mishler of Clarksville, Mich. To this union 4 children were born: Lois (Mrs. Eldon Shank) of Sterling; Olive (Mrs. Willard Gingerich) of Freeport; Verna, at home; and Floyd, who passed away in infancy. He is survived by his wife, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Jacob Lauver of Cocolamus, Pa.) and 4 brothers: Clayton of Martinsburg, William and John of Richfield, Pa., and Eli of Thompsontown, Pa. At the age of 21 he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour and was admitted into the fellowship of the Lauver Mennonite Church by water baptism, Bishop Isaac Eby officiating. Soon after his conversion he felt the call to Christian service, and, on Sept. 27, he was ordained a minister of the Gospel. He served as assistant pastor to Bishop J. S. Shoemaker until his passing away in Feb., 1936. Since then he served as the regular pastor of the Freeport congregation. He served this congregation as a minister for thirty-eight years. An anniversary program was prepared to be given on Sept. 28. Failing health did not permit him to be present at the services, but the program was carried out according to his wishes. A. C. Good spoke of his life and work on that occasion. The congregation presented him with a very generous purse as an expression of appreciation of the service given in the thirty-eight years. His chief interests were in the local congregation but he was also interested in the activities of the church at large. He was a regular attendant at the district conferences, as well as of the General Conference of the church. For the last year and a half he was in failing health. About a year ago he submitted to an operation which gave him temporary relief. He suffered much during the last year, but manifested a wonderful degree of patience and submission to the will of the Lord. All the medical skill and the tender care of his family was of no avail, and on Oct. 22, 1941 he peacefully passed away. Funeral services were held from the home on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1:30 and at 2:00 p.m. at the Freeport Mennonite Church. Services were in charge of Bishop A.C. Good, assisted by Bros. H. R. Schertz of Metamora, and A. H. Leaman of Chicago.
Good.-Fannie E. Good, daughter of Reuben and
Elizabeth (Rohrer) Koppes, was born near Wadsworth, Medina
Co., Ohio, on Dec. 29, 1873; died at her home near Dalton, Wayne
Co., Ohio, on Sept. 18, 1941; aged 67 y. 8 m. 19 d. She was united
in marriage to Ezra H. Good, Jan. 11, 1894, and lived the remaining
years of her life on the farm where she died. In May, 1894, she
was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, and remained
a faithful and loyal member. She leaves sorrowing companion and
a daughter Iola, who was taken into the home at the age of four
months and who is now the wife of Owen Witmer. She also leaves
2 grandchildren, Mabel and Margaret Witmer, and many other relatives
and friends. Her father died when she was 3 years old. She was
also preceded in death by a younger sister (Dora Koppes Horst)
on Feb. 6, 1905; by her mother in May, 1926; by a stepfather (John
Rodenbach) in April, 1939; and by 2 infant grandsons. After the
death of her mother she received her stepfather into her home
and helped to care for him during the declining years of his life.
The daughter Iola tenderly cared for her mother during her last
illness. She was a faithful wife and a loving mother, deeply interested
in the church, and will be keenly missed in the home, the church,
and the community. Funeral services were largely attended at the
County Line Church. Bros. David Wenger and Abram Good were in
charge of the services. Burial in County Line Cemetery.
Mann.-Fannie F. Mann, wife of the late Ben E. Mann, was born March 15, 1861; died Oct. 13, 1941, at her home near Lancaster, Pa., along the Lincoln Highway west; aged 80 y. 6 m. 28 d. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. She was the daughter of the late Christian H. and Fanny Forry Charles. She was a faithful member of the Mountville, Pa., Mennonite Church and was the last of her family. She is survived by 3 daughters (Ada C., Ella C., at home, and Mrs. J. Warren Long, Landisville, Pa.), 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at her residence by Bro. Christian K. Lehman who gave a comforting message from the text, Phil. 1: 21. Dr. T. A. Alspach of the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Lancaster Pa., assisted, and his theme was taken from Psalm 23. Interment in the family plot at the Masonville, Pa., Mennonite Cemetery.
Sieber.-Ira Holdeman Sieber, son of th elate Pre. Wm. G. and Mary (Holdeman) Sieber, was born March 9, 1882 on the Sieber homestead; passed away at his home near Mifflintown, Pa., Oct. 12, 1941; aged 51 y. 7 m. 3 d. Father had been in ill health for over a year, and at times suffered intense pain. After being stricken by a stroke, he never rallied nor spoke again. But we know that he was glad to exchange this life for the better, fuller, and more blessed one in glory. In young manhood he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Delaware Mennonite Church, and always enjoyed church services. He is sadly missed by his wife (Linnie Yeigh Sieber), 2 daughters, and 1 son (Mary, wife of Clayton Wenger; Irene, wife of Wm. Mae Kay, Philadelphia, Pa.; and I. Clyde, at home), and 2 granddaughters. One sister and 1 brother also survive (Mrs. J. D. Wert, Jonestown, Pa., and B. B. Sieber, Freeport, Ill.). Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Lost Creek Mennonite Church by Bro. Donald Lauver. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrows,
Never can distress thee more.: ---The Family.
Smith.-Lydia H., daughter of Christian and Salome Slagel, born Sept. 25, 1860, in Tazewell Co., Ill., the thirteenth in a family of fifteen children, peacefully fell asleep at her home near Goshen, Ind., Oct. 20, 1941; aged 81 y. 25 d. On Jan. 13, 1887, she was united in marriage to August Albrecht. To this union one daughter, Agnes, was born. Four years later he departed this life, after which she made her home with her brother Dan until her marriage to Bishop John Smith of Metamora, Ill., Nov. 1899. After living together six and one-half years, he was suddenly called to his reward. In 1912 she moved with her daughter, Mrs. C. J. Gunden at Flanagan, Ill., where she lived for eighteen years, after which she moved with the family to Goshen, Ind. She leaves to mourn her departure her daughter, Mrs. Agnes Gunden of Goshen; also J. D. and S. E. Smith and Mrs. Ella Oyer of Eureka, Ill., Mrs. Emma Schertz of Goshen, C. Henry Smith of Bluffton, Ohio., 30 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, a brother, Dan, of Flanagan, a host of nieces and nephews, and many more relatives and friends. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful until death. She was much interested in the work of the Church and one of her greatest pleasures was that of giving to a needy cause. She taught in the Sunday school for a period of about fifty years, having been one of the first teachers at the Waldo Church near Flanagan. In the last number of years she often expressed her desire to be at home with her Lord. All of her family was able to be present at the services with the exception of a granddaughter, Lois Gunden, who sailed for France on Oct. 4 to do relief work. Funeral services, conducted by Bro. S. C. Yoder, were held at the home where she stayed at Goshen, Ind., and at the Waldo Mennonite Church near Gridley, Ill., conducted by Bro. Ezra Yordy of Eureka, Ill., and Bro. J. D. Hartzler of Gridley, Ill. Burial took place in the cemetery near by.
"Into the bright morning Land,
Through the mist which we mortals call death,
Our mother has passed from our sight,
And our hearts are sad and bereft;
But we know that in God's glad tomorrow,
All free from earth's sorrow and pain,
When the mists shall have vanished forever,
We will meet our loved one again."
Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah
"Father is peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
Till God called him home to suffer no more." -The Family.
Heffner.-Mary Heffner was born at Pond Bank, Pa., June 7, 1863; died Oct. 21, 1941, at the home of Ira Rock, a relative; aged 78 y. 4 m. 14 d. Death was caused by infirmities of old age. She was a lifelong resident of Pond Bank. "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh." Funeral services were conducted at the Mt. Zion Church near Mont Alto by Bros. Harvey E. Shank and Harry Bowers. Interment in cemetery near by.
Myers.-Lester Eugene, infant son of Earl C. and Ruth Ebersole Myers of Chambersburg, Pa., was still born Sept. 29, 1941. He is survived by his parents and 1 brother, Richard. His little body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the Chambersburg Mennonite Church.
"God needed one more angel
Among His shining band;
So He reached down from Heaven
And clasped our darling's had." -Parents.
Hoover.-Pre. Amos Hershey Hoover of Kinzers, Pa., was born Nov, 21, 1852; died Oct. 12, 1941; aged 88 y. 11 m. 21 d. He now has entered into the inheritance that was reserved in heaven for him. Bro. Amos knew that he had no keeping power of his own, but that he was kept by the power of God, for he was "Created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God had before ordained that he should walk in them". His was a wonderful faith. He believed that what God promised He was able to fulfill; that he had eternal life and no one could pluck him out of his Saviour's hand or out of his Father's hand. He was married to Fianna Wenger who died in 1915. In 1920 he was married to Martha H. Hershey who survives him, also 2 sons (Amos C., of Kinzers, and Joe, of Tempe, Ariz.), 3 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Martin Hershey, and at the Kinzers Church by Bros. Martin Hershey and Frank Torry.
"E'en for death I will not bind my soul to grief,
Death cannot long divide,
For is it not as though the rose that climbed my garden wall
Has bloomed on the other side?
Death doth hide,
But not divide;
Thou art but on Christ's other side!
Thou art with Christ, and Christ with me,
In Christ united still are we." -M. H. H.
Nicholas.-Abram Nicholas was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1856; died Oct. 24, 1941; aged 85 y. 8 m. 12
d. He grew to manhood in Manor Twp., where he lived most of his
life. The last 22 years were spent mostly at he home of John E.
Hess in Pequea Twp., where he died. In young manhood he was married
to Elizabeth Manning, who died in 1915. He is survived by 1 daughter
(Ada, wife of Charles Fawber, of Lancaster), 3 grandchildren,
and 3 great-grandchildren. During the past summer he accepted
Christ as his Saviour, was baptized Sept. 9, and received as a
member of the Byerland Mennonite Church. He left a bright testimony
of joy in his new-found salvation. His funeral was held from Zercher's
funeral home, Conestoga, Pa., in charge of Bro. D. Stoner Krady
and from the Creswell Evangelical Church by Bro. Krady and Bro.
James Hess who used I Cor. 15:57 as a text. Interment in the adjoining
Nissley.-Alice Haverstick Nissley, wife of Pre. Joseph M. Nissley, 2504 Fourth Ave., Altoona, Pa., was born Aug. 27, 1873 at Lime Valley, near Refton, Lancaster Co., Pa.; fell asleep at 5:45 p. m., Oct. 23, 1941, at the parsonage of the First Mennonite Church, Altoona, Pa., after an illness of many months. She suffered her affliction with Christian fortitude, and never murmured nor complained. The last several days she just slept and then fell asleep in Jesus. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Amanda Herr. She married Joseph M. Nissley, September, 1904. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of 16 years and was received into the Mennonite Church at the Brick congregation near Willow Street, Pa. She was always interested and helpful in the activities of the Chruch, was talented in singing, also interested in writing a number of articles for the church periodicals. In June, 1918, Bro. and Sister Nissley accepted the appointment of superintendent and matron of the Mennonite Old People's Home, Orrville, Ohio; and in September, 1919, accepted the call as superintendent and matron of the Mennonite Gospel Mission, 1614 Eighth Ave., Altoona, now the First Mennonite Church. Previous to her death she made her funeral arrangements at Altoona. She is survived by her husband and 2 sisters (Estella, Mrs. John M. Rutter, of Lancaster; and Mamie, Mrs. H. H. Brenneman, of Millersville), also a number of nephews and nieces. Bishop James Saylor of Hollsopple, Pa., and Bro. J. L. Horst of Scottdale, Pa., were in charge of services at Altoona, which were held Saturday forenoon, Oct. 25. Texts, Phil. 1: 21, 23; Ruth 1: 16, 17. Brief services were held at the home and Bishop S. G. Shetler, Hollsopple, Pa., and Bro. Elmer E. Yoder, Allensville, Pa., member of the Mission, assisted at the church, where a filled house had assembled. The body was conveyed to the home of her husband's sister, Emma M. Nissley, Mt. Joy, Pa. Further services were held on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25, with Bro. H. F. Garber in charge at the house, and Bishop Henry Lutz, Bros. D. H .Mosemann,, John L. Horst, C. H. Weyandt, deacon of the Altoona congregation, conducting services at the church. Same texts were used. Pallbearers were her nephews. Interment at the Kraybill's Cemetery. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Husband.
Nolt.-Robert S., son of Isaac R. and Irene (Sheaffer) Nolt of New Holland, Pa., died Oct. 4, 1941; aged 6 d. Death was caused by infant trouble. Robert was the first one to break the family circle, a bud plucked by God to bloom in heaven. Our loss is his gain. He leaves his sorrowing parents and the following brothers and sisters: Titus, Verna, Luke, Nora, Clara Irene, Lester, and Isaac LeRoy; also the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John Sheaffer of Lincoln, and Mr. and Mrs. Isaac M. Nolt of Martindale) and 1 great-grandmother (Mrs. Susanna Sheaffer of Ephrata). Funeral services were held Oct. 5 at the house, conducted by Bros. Milton Stoner and Clarence Horst. Texts, Matt. 19: 14; Job 1: 21. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Burial in the Weaverland, Pa., Cemetery.
"Sweet little darling, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above." --By an Aunt.
Pendery.-Peter, son of Dr. R. T. and Jane Ann Pendery, was born in Novelty, Mo., March 30, 1860; passed away Oct. 3, 1941, at the Mennonite Home for the Aged near Eureka, Ill.; aged 81 y. 6 m. 3 d. Bro. Pendery spent most of his life in and near Novelty, Mo. At the age of 29 years he was married to Miss Geneva Belle Heater with whom he lived happily until her death December, 1890. She died at the birth of their son who lived but a few hours. Peter was converted at the age of 18 years and united with the Methodist Church in Novelty. He lived a consistent Christian life the remainder of his days. He was a devout Bible reader. Because of convictions formed by the reading of God's Word, and desiring to obey his Lord to the best of his knowledge, he united with the Mennonite Church near Cherry Box, Mo., in the spring of 1933. Although he could not often attend the church of his choice, he always endeavored to attend Sunday school and church services somewhere, when his health permitted. On June 5, 1941 Bro. Pendery entered the Mennonite Home for the Aged near Eureka, Ill. He often expressed his joy for having the privilege of spending his last days a t that place. His life and his speech are an enduring testimony of his love for his Lord and his appreciation of Christian fellowship. He often spoke of his readiness to meet his Lord, and looked forward to that great event with joy. We don not mourn as those who have no hope. Bro. Pendery was the second of nine children, five having preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his passing 2 brothers and 1 sister (J. E. Pendery of Maywood, Mo.; Worth Pendery, Novelty, Mo.; Mrs. Nellie Wilkerson, Novelty, Mo.), and many other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church in Novelty, Mo., Oct. 6, by John M. Yoder of Leonard, Mo., and Bishop J. M. Kreider of Palmyra, Mo. Texts, John 11: 25-29; Rev. 14: 13. Singing conducted by members of the Mennonite Church. Interment of the body was in the Novelty Cemetery.
Oswald.-Christian Oswald was born Nov. 23, 1857 at Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany; died Oct. 11, 1941 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Ernst of Milford, Nebr.; aged 83 y. 11 m. 26 d. He was married to Mary Springer Dec. 18, 1881 at Hopedale, Ill. To this union were born 11 children. He leaves 4 sons and 3 daughters (Chris. S., Bruning, Nebr.; Joe C., Denver, Colo.; Mrs. J. C. Birky, Valparaiso, Ind.; Mrs. C. M. Ernst, Milford, Nebr.; Aaron C., Chappell, Nebr.; Mrs. Raymond Hatcliff, Carleton, Nebr.; Simon C., Shickley, Nebr), 37 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and a host of friends. His loving companion, 3 sons (Peter, Jonas, and John), and an infant daughter preceded him in death. He emigrated to America with his parents at the age of 13 years. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour as a young man and was faithful to the end. His last days were spent among his children.
Powell.-Walter A. Powell was born in Allen Co., Ohio, March 10, 1888; died Oct. 3, 1941; aged 53 years. He was the son of Henry J. and Lydia (Shenk) Powell. When he was six years of age his parents moved to Concord, Tenn., where he grew to manhood and was married March 29, 1914, to Bessie Howard. They lived in Iowa for 7 years but returned to Tennessee where (with the exception of a short time in North Carolina) he resided until he passed away at his home on Kingston Pike, near Concord. He was a devoted and active member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and at the time of his death was an elder, S. S. teacher, and chorister. His was an unusually friendly disposition and his friends were numbered by the score, especially among children and young people. His father and four infant brothers preceded him. Surviving are his wife, 3 daughters (Bernice, Mrs. Alfred Watt; Hazel and Doris); his mother, 2 sisters (Verdie and Susie Powell, all of Concord), 1 brother (L. J. Powell, South English, Iowa), a foster brother (Raymond P. Martin of Peoria, Ill.), and a grandson (David P. Watt), besides a large number of other relatives and friends. He had been ill for many months with a heart ailment, suffered intensely at times, and especially the last little while. We are glad to think he is now in the presence of the great Physician where all sickness is a thing of the past. He repeatedly expressed his readiness to go, and a number of times called for his favorite song, "My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus' blood and righteousness." The funeral was at the Union Cumberland Church in charge of the home pastor, J. E. Dixon. Interment in near-by cemetery.
"Quietly sleep, beloved one,
Rest from thy toil, thy labor done,
Rest 'til the trump from the opening skies
Bids thee from dust to glory arise."
Root.-Emma, daughter of the late Levi and Susan (Groff) Herr, was born near Strasburg, Pa., March 24, 1875; died at her home in Mechanicsville, Pa. Nov. 19, 1901 she was united in marriage to Tobias D. Kreider who passed away March 25, 1927. To this union were born 1 daughter and 3 sons: Minerva (wife of Frank A. Witmer, of Lancaster), Noah W. of Manheim, Allen H. of Bird-in-Hand, and Chester Tobias, who preceded her in death Dec. 9, 1933. For thirty-four years her home was near Bird-in-Hand until Sept. 8, 1936, when she was united in marriage to Abram W. Root of Manheim, Pa. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter, and 2 sons, 1 brother (Newton G. Herr of Ronks, Pa.), 4 stepchildren, 15 grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. In her early years she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until the end. She was active in Sunday-school work and was always present in Sunday school and Church services unless sickness prevented. She had enjoyed very good health until six months before her death. She had undergone an operation in the Lancaster General Hospital and had been in failing health ever since. She will be greatly missed by all. Funeral service were held at the home by Bro. Frank Kreider, with further services at East Petersburg Mennonite Church conducted by bros. Frank Kreider, Parke Book, and John Gochnauer. Interment was in the Paradise Cemetery.
"Mother is peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more." By the Family.
Widmer.-Blaine Wendell, son of Dan and Viola (Wyse) Widmer, died Oct. 21, 1941; aged 2 y. 3 m. 20 d. His death was due to a condition of the heart which he had from birth, but he always was of a cheerful and happy disposition which was manifest until the morning before he passed away. One brother (Clinton) preceded him in death. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister (Vernelda), 7 brothers (Galen, Clayton, George, Willard, Dale, Wesley, and Stanley), Grandmother Widmer, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 22 at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty.
"Up in that beautiful city,
Which hath no need of the sun,
Safe on the Shepherd's bosom,
Resteth our little one.
Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah
Brown. - Wade Ressor, son of David and Anna (Ressor) Brown was born in Pickering Twp., York Co., Ont., Jan. 11, 1878; died at his home near Cedar Grove, Ont., Oct. 21, 1941. He was united in marriage to Esther Adeline Reesor, March 12, 1903. His companion, 2 daughters, Leona at home, and Ella Coakwell, and his sister, Elizabeth, wife of the late Bishop Simon M. Kanagy, survive him. Having united with the Mennonite Church early in youth he remained a faithful and earnest worker and supporter of the cause of Christ during his life. Services were held at the home in the presence of many relatives and friends. Bro. S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Ont., conducted the services, using the text, Phil. 1:21, and was assisted by ministers, Dix and McKaye, of the United Church of Cedar Grove. Interment in the Locust Hill Mennonite Cemetery.
Brunk. - Phoebe, daughter of the late Frederick and
Sara (Spitzer) Hess, was born near Hinton, Va., on Nov. 3, 1863;
died at her home in Edom, Va., Oct. 31, 1941; aged 77 y. 11 m.
28 d. She had been in declining health for six years but the direct
cause of her death was paralysis, which she suffered 12 days previous
to her death. After she was paralyzed she never spoke again. On
Oct. 2, 1884, she was united in marriage to John W. Brunk. To
this union were born 2 daughters, Minnie, wife of Jesse B. Heishman
and Josie, wife of Charles Branner. Besides her husband and daughters
she is survived by 2 foster sons, Alpha Jamison, Linville, and
Raymond Nair of Lacy Springs, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
One grandchild, Jesse Mae Heishman, preceded her in death on Nov.
27, 1938. The following brothers and sisters survive; Mrs. Loamy
Vint and Mrs. Lena Piper of Lima, Ohio, John L. Hess of Mount
Crawford, Va., Jerry Hess of Columbia, S. C., Aaron Hess of Los
Angeles, Calif., and 1 half brother, H. D. Reed of Wardensville,
W. Va. She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church
for 57 years , and was an ardent believer and teacher of John
3:3, latter clause, "Except a man be born again he cannot
see the kingdom of God." Her interest in the Jewish people,
both their past and future, was manifest in the text she had chosen.
Funeral services were held from the Lyndale Mennonite Church.
The services were conducted by Bros. J. L. Stauffer and Timothy
Showalter from Jer. 13:16 and Isa. 60:19, 20.
Charles. - Hettie F., daughter of the late Joseph W.,
and Fannie Forrey Charles, was born in Manor Twp., Jan. 24, 1871;
died Oct. 22, 1941 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged
70 y. 8 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage with Harry D. Charles
on Jan. 24, 1895, who preceded her in death sixteen years. To
this union were born 7 children: J. Milton, H. Omer, and J. Lloyd,
all of Manor Township; Marian (wife of Landis C. Kreider), of
Smoketown; Rhoda (wife of Elam K. Shenk), of Lititz; Daniel W.,
Cornwells Heights, Pa.; and C. Nelson, East Petersburg. She is
also survived by 14 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers
(John F., of Lancaster, and David F., of Millersville), and 2
sisters (Mrs. Sue Rutt, of Washington Boro, and Mrs. C. K. Herr,
of Millersville), besides many other relatives and friends. She
was a faithful member of the Millersville Mennonite Church for
many years. Short funeral services were held at the home, conducted
by Bro. Landis Shertzer, and further services at the Millersville
Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. D. N. Gish and Christian K.
Lehman. Text, II Tim. 4:6, 8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
--By the Family.
Heisey. - Phares S., son of John and Amelia Heisey, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 5, 1885; died at his home at Marietta, Pa., Oct. 4, 1941; aged 56 y. 8 m. 29 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 25 years. On Sept. 2, 1906 he was married to Fannie B. Laughman. He leaves his wife and 4 children: Blaine, of Marietta, Pa.; Dorothy, Beatrice, and Phares, Jr., at home. One son, Melvin, preceded him in death. He is also survived by these brothers and sisters: John, of Mt. Joy; Minnie, of Marietta; Mrs. Isaac Shaeffer, of Elizabethtown; and Mrs. Tillman Barnhart, of Marietta. His health was failing for some time because of a heart condition and he was able to do very little work for the last year. Even though he was able to be about most of the time he was often very uncomfortable; especially at night he was unable to rest. He had been bedfast six weeks before he died; the greater part of that time his suffering was intense. One morning about two weeks before he passed he had a wonderful experience. In a vision he saw the Lord very near to him and the Lord blessed him in such a wonderful way that he almost shouted for joy. He said that there is nothing in the world that could take the place of this experience. Those present at the time he had the experience shall never forget it. A great power could be felt in the room and the Lord's presence felt very near. He was so anxious to tell others of his experience he had had. Several days before he passed away he felt his end was near, and as he gave each of the family good-by his main desire was that they live such a life that he may meet them in heaven. He also desired that someone tell his friends the same because he didn't have the privilege to tell them. He had a longing to go home to be with the Lord and to be relieved of his great distress, but he said he was satisfied either way, whichever was the Lord's will. Over and over again he said that he was ready to go, and there was nothing that worried him. This wonderful experience he had with the Lord, his readiness to go, and to know his suffering is over brought a great comfort to the rest of the family. Funeral services were conducted from the home and from Bossler's Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Risser, Martin Kraybill, and Simon Garber. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in Risser's Cemetery.
Nafziger. - Mary B., daughter of John and Mary Birky Nafziger, was born near Minier, Ill., on April 6, 1870; passed away at the Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 1, 1941; aged 71 y. 6 m. 25 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church at Hopedale in her girlhood, and remained loyal unto death. Although she was afflicted from her early youth, God blessed her with many years of service. Her life bore a testimony in helping the needy as the opportunities came. Her interests extended far in home and foreign missions. For the past two years her health failed, and death relieved her of intense suffering. Preceding her in death were her parents, 2 infant sisters, and 2 brothers (John and Daniel). Surviving are a sister (Mrs. Barbara Kauffman), 2 brothers (Christian and Valentine), all of Hopedale; and an aged uncle (John Birky of Milford, Nebr.), and 28 nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by Simon Litwiller and Ben Springer. Text, II Cor. 5:1-10. Interment in Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery. "Pain and suffering are ended, Tired and ready to sleep; Bidding us just a brief farewell, Telling us not to weep "Passing out of the earth's shadows, Into infinite day; Not dying, but rather a living, This beautiful passing away."
Rutt. - Fianna Rutt was born March 15, 1868, near New
Holland, Pa.; died at her late home near Blue Ball, Pa., Oct.
13, 1941; aged 73 y. 6 m. 28 d. She was a daughter of the late
John B., and Mary Good Sensenig. On Feb. 22, 1891 she was married
to Christian B. Rutt who preceded her in death sixteen years.
She leaves to mourn her passing the following children: Anna Mae
(wife of Harry P. Hershey), Kinzers, Pa.; Allen S., Gap. Pa.;
Ivan S., New Holland, Pa.; Mahlon S., East Earl, Pa.; John C.,
Blue Ball, Pa.; Mary (wife of Harvey Martin), East Earl, Pa.;
Ada, at home; and Wilmer, New Holland, Pa. She is also survived
by 21 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and the following
brothers and sisters: Isaac G. Sensenig, New Holland, Pa.; Samuel
Sensenig, Ephrata, Pa.; Mrs. John H. Martin, East Earl, Pa.; and
Mrs. Noah Sauder, New Holland, Pa.; also 2 step-sisters (Mrs.
David High and Mrs. Mary Martin, both of New Holland, Pa.). She
was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She had been in
failing health for five years, of which she spent the greater
part of the last two years bedfast. Many who have visited her
can testify of her patience and cheerfulness. The passing of a
dear one is a great loss, but we know that our loss is her gain.
Funeral services were held at the Weaverland Mennonite Church
with Bros. Aaron H. Weaver and John W. Weaver in charge. Text,
II Tim. 4:6-7. "Dear Mother, ne'er shall I forget They brow,
thine eye, thy pleasant smile; Though in the sea of death hath
set Thy star of life, my guide awhile. Oh, never shall thy form
depart From the bright pictures in my heart."
Roth. - Joseph W., son of Chris and Magdalena Roth, was born Sept. 29, 1872, near Noble, Iowa; died Oct. 5, 1941, at his home near Pigeon, Mich.; aged 69 y. 6 d. He had been in failing health for several years, due to heart trouble. The day before his death he with his son, Harry, had a very enjoyable day and he rested good all night. In the morning about 6:30 he had another heart attack which caused his death. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, and united with the Mennonite Church, and in that faith died. On. Nov. 24, 1895, he was united in marriage with Lydia Roggy, Oberlin, Kans. To this union were born 3 children: Ada Lena, wife of Edward Bechler, Bay Port, Mich., Amy Ella, wife of Milo Yoder, Pigeon, Mich., and Harry of Detroit, Mich. Lydia, the wife, preceded him in death in 1901. On Oct. 1, 1903, he was united in marriage to Magdalena Oesch, of Pigeon, Mich. To this union were born 4 children: Lucinda, wife of Harvey Eichler, Elkton, Mich.; Katie, wife of Raymond Springer, Minier, Ill.; William, who preceded him in death June 16, 1934; Norman, who resides on the old home farm near Bay Port, Mich. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 9 brothers and sisters: Anna, wife of Chris Ropp, Midland, Mich.; Katie, wife of Ernest Snyder, Nebr.; Lydia, wife of Joseph Schrock, Nebr.; Daniel of Nebr.; Barbara wife of Samuel Stauffer, Tofield, Alta. One brother and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Many other relatives and friends also survive. In 1903 he became a member of the Pigeon Mennonite Church and was active in the various duties. He will be greatly missed in the home by his companion and in the family by the children, where his presence was seldom missed if his health permitted, and in the community as a successful farmer. But our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the home of Bro. J. J. Shetler with further services at the Pigeon Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. S. J. Miller. Text, Matt. 28:16, Heb. 9:27, Acts 17:31. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery. "The call was sudden, the shock severe, We little thought that death was near; And only those who have lost can tell What a parting is without farewell."
Schlabach. - Annie, daughter of John L. and Catherine Schultz, was born March 29, 1888; died Sept. 11, 1941, at the Manitou Hospital, Waltrous, Sask.; aged 53 y. 5 m. 13 d. Her passing came very unexpectedly, being well. After a major operation she lived only 7 days, her heart not being able to withstand the shock. She had a similar operation 13 years ago and one 10 years ago. On Feb. 26, 1913, she was married to Dan Schlabach, after which they made their home in Saskatchewan. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 baby girl, 6 weeks old, was adopted in 1933. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour when 18 years old, and served her Lord until death. While she was not a public worker, she was very much concerned about the safety of the ungodly, often expressing her wish that God will give them time to get right with Him. A little over a year ago she, with her husband, was ordained to the ministry to have charge of the Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey, Sask. She labored faithfully by her husband's side, visiting the sick, concerned about the poor, and donating many flowers to the aged and friends. She leaves to mourn: her husband, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Her parents and 1 brother preceded her to glory. Funeral services were held at the Sharon Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. J. B. Stauffer of Tofield, Alta., and Edwin Bartel, Drake, Sask. The body was taken to Baden, Ont., to the home where she was born, raised, and married - now the home of Bro. and Sister Dave Holst. Funeral services were held at St. Agatha A. M. Church where she was baptized 35 years ago, in charge of Bros. M. H. Schmitt, formerly of Guernsey who ordained her, and M. O. Jantzi. "God called her home, it was His will, With Jesus Christ to dwell; The depths of sorrow we cannot tell, Of the loss of one we loved so well. God alone knows of how we miss her, For she was one of the best."
Showalter. - Louise Marie, daughter of Adin L., and Alice (Risser) Showalter, died at her home in Maugansville, Md., after a life of illness of the heart; aged 1 y. 7 m. 21 d. She is survived by her sorrowing parents and grandparents (Amos T. Showalter and wife, and Pre. John D. Risser and wife). Funeral services were held at the Miller Mennonite Church conducted by Bishop M. K. Horst and D. M. Strite. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
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Amstutz.-Barbara, daughter of John and Catherine Hofstetter, was born April 27, 1870, near Dalton, Ohio; died Nov. 10, 1941; aged 71 y. 6 m. 14 d. In her youth she joined the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member. On Dec. 8, 1896. she was united in marriage to Solomon J. Amstutz, with whom she shared joys and sorrows for nearly 45 years. To this union were born 4 children (Allen, Anna, Celestia, and Edna). She is survived by her husband, 3 children (Allen of Dalton; Celestia, Mrs. Jay Eberly, of Reynoldsburg; and Edna of La Junta, Colo.); 2 stepdaughters (Lydia, Mrs. Ezra Brubaker, of North Canton; Clara, Mrs. Samuel Wenger, of Dalton); 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Mother was preceded in death by 1 daughter (Anna, Mrs. Henry Kornhaus) on May 15, 1931; also by 4 stepdaughters, 2 brother, and 3 sisters. Three brothers and 1 sister survive (Noah J. Hofstetter of Berne, Ind.; Aaron of Dalton; John of Trout Creek, Mont.; and Fannie, Mrs. Alfred Sommers, of Albany, Oreg.). The influence of Mother's presence will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She was never known to speak a harsh or unkind word, but chose rather to speak in gentle tones of love and kindness to all. The depth of her Christian experience was expressed in her life by patience, and by a meek and quiet spirit. Funeral services were held at Martin's Church with Bros. Louis Amstutz, J. S. Moser, Jacob Neuenschwander, and Stanford Mumaw officiating. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Harnish.-Samuel G., son of the late Abram and Barbara (Good) Harnish, was born at Willow Street, Pa., Jan. 21, 1863; died oct. 19, 1941, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Evan McKinney. Death was very sudden from an heart ailment. He was a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church for many years, and was a retired farmer for the last thirteen years. He was married to Clara R. Harnish, daughter of the late Martin and Rachel Harnish, on Feb. 26, 1889. Three sons and 1 daughter were born to bless their home. Those surviving are his children (Clayton, Victor, and Samuel Harnish, all of Willow Street; and Edna V. McKinney); 1 sister (Mary G. Harnish); and 11 grandchildren. He was united in marriage the second time to M. Annie Harnish, daughter of Christian K. and Mary (Hess) Harnish, on March 11, 1920. She died in February, 1928. Funeral services were held in the home of the daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Evan McKinney, and at New Danville Mennonite Church conducted by Bishop Stoner Krady and Bro. Henry Nauman. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that death was near;
May those who yet are left behind,
Be true to God till His appointed time." The Daughter.
Kanagy.-Simon Menno Kanagy was born April 17, 1869, at Port Royal, Pa., the son of David and Mary (Hartzler) Kanagy; died Sept. 9, 1941. He was reared in Juniata Co., Pa., until in his fourteenth year the family moved to Mifflin County where he later taught school. He afterwards attended school t the Elkhart Institute in Elkhart, Indiana. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., receiving the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1905. For a number of years he taught high schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. When he was a mere boy his mother gave him a Bible, admonishing him to read it. It became his daily habit through the years, reading it through once and sometimes twice in a year. He became a Christian as a young man, and was greatly interested in the mission work of the Mennonite Church of which he was a member, and responded to a call to come to Toronto, Ont., in 1914 to take charge of the Mission there. On June 29, 1916, he was united in marriage to M. Elizabeth Brown who survives him. In October of the same year he was ordained to the ministry of the Gospel at the Toronto Mission. On account of his educational qualifications he was called to serve on the faculty of Hesston College and Bible School, Hesston, Kans., in the year 1920, and continue in that sphere of labor until 1923. He was again called to serve in the mission interests of the Church in 1923, this time as superintendent of the Chicago Home Mission. It was during this term of service that he was ordained to the office of bishop in April, 1925. During his stay in Chicago Bro. Kanagy received from the Bethany Seminary the degree of Bachelor of Divinity, also in the year 1925. Bro. and Sister Kanagy were invited to come to Ontario in 1932 to serve the Wanner congregation near Hespeler, Ont., in which service and in the work of the Conference district, he has served faithfully and with great appreciation on the part of the Church and his fellow laborers until the Lord called him home. Of the immediate family of 6 brothers and 4 sisters, 1 sister (Mrs. Samuel W. Peachey of Belleville, Pa.) remains. A short service in charge of Bro. J. W. Witmer of Hespeler was held at his late residence, Blair, Ont., on Sept. 12, where the teachers and pupils of the Blair School formed a guard of honor as the body was being removed to the Wanner Church . Here it rested until the afternoon. Services at the church were in charge of Bros. S. F Coffman of Vineland and S. C. Yoder of Goshen, Ind. Text, Matt. 24: 44; John 14: 1; II Cor. 5: 1-9. Interment in Wanner Cemetery.
Kauffman.-Ephraim H. Kauffman entered into rest, in
Manor Township, on Nov. 2, 1941; aged 77 y. 1 m. 27 d. Mr. Kauffman
was a retired farmer, having been born and reared and died on
the farm which he operated for many years., His parents were the
late Benjamin C. and Barbara Hoover Kauffman. He was a member
of the Masonville Mennonite Church for many years. He leaves his
sorrowing wife who was Mary A. Meck before marriage, and 3 sons,
Ralph M. of Central Manor, Benjamin C., of Fresno, Calif., and
Walter M. of Manor Township; also 2 sisters, Mrs. George Mann,
Kreadyville, and Mrs. Amelia Brubaker of Central Manor. Two
also survive Mrs. James Dubois of Upper Darby, Pa., and
Ralph Kauffman, Jr., of Central Manor. He was sick but a few days
and his passing was a shock to the family and his many friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bishop Christian
Lehman, using as a Scripture lesson Rev. 7: 9-17. At the Masonville
Mennonite Church the services were continued by Bishop Lehman
and Bro. John Charles, using as the text Rom. 14:12. He was a
kind husband and father and will be sadly missed by his relatives
and many friends. He was laid to rest in the family plot in the
Masonville Cemetery"I cannot say and I will not say
That he is dead; he is just away;
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
He has wandered into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there." By the Family.
Kendig.-Hettie W., daughter of John and Anna Stehman, was born April 6, 1865, near Lancaster, Pa.; died Oct. 4, 1941, in Conestoga Township, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Hershey. On Nov. 29, 1899, she was united in marriage to Abram S. Kendig who, with an infant son, preceded her in death. Surviving her are 3 daughters (Mrs. Annie S. Mann of Millersville, Pa.; Cora, wife of Walter H. Hershey of Conestoga Twp., Pa.; and Myra, wife of Chester K. Lehman of Harrisonburg, Va.); also 11 grandchildren. Though one of a family of ten children she is survived by only 1 sister and 2 brothers. Mother was in failing health for over a year, having undergone an operation in January, 1940, from which she never fully recovered. During this period earth ties were loosening and the longings for heaven, rest, and reunion with loved ones were ever strengthening. Failing strength compelled her to lay aside household duties one by one, but gave more time for prayer and intercession. She said, "This past year I read my Bible and prayed much for my grandchildren." Her resignation was beautiful and she expressed her confidence in her Lord, saying, "As soon as He thinks I have suffered enough, He will take me Home." Oh! How we miss her smiling face among us, but we can gladly say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held at Millersville Mennonite Church conducted by Bishop Christian K. Lehman. Text, Rev. 21: 4.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
When God recalls His own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?" The Family.
Kohr.-Sarah, daughter of the Late Bishop Nathaniel and Martha Gayman Shope, was born Sept. 24, 1858, in Lower Swatara Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa., on the old Gayman homestead farm where she lived the most of her entire life; departed this life Oct. 5, 1941. She was united in marriage to Daniel S. Kohr on Dec. 16, 1880. In January, 1883, she with her companion united with Shope's and Strickler's Mennonite Church and remained true to the faith. She was always found in her place at services whenever health permitted, except during the past ten years when she was confined to her home on account of ill health. She always expressed a word of testimony for her Lord. To this union were born 10 children. Surviving her are 12 son and 5 daughters: Martha M., wife of David E. Ebersole; David G.; Hettie B., wife of Curtis W. May; and Sarah S., Mary A., and Susan E., at home. Her husband preceded her in death June 9, 1933. Four children also preceded her (Carrie M., and Adam G., who died in infancy; Ira S., who died Feb. 6, 1915; and Daniel S., who died Jan. 28, 1919). Surviving her also are 22 grandchildren (2 of whom died in infancy), 19 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters-in-law (Sarah Shope and Annie Shope), and a host of other relatives and friends. Short funeral services were held at the home, with further services at Shope's Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. David Z. Miller and Clarence Lutz. Texts, 11 Cor. 4: 16-18; 5: 1-10; Job 14:14. Interest in Shope's Cemetery.
"Mother is peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more."
Landes.-Irvin R., son of Daniel and Mary Landes, was born Dec. 41, 1860; died Oct. 11, 1941; aged 80 y. 9 m. 10 d. He had been ill only a few days. He was preacher of the Mennonite Church at Skippack for 32 years. His wife passed away Aug. 5, 1939. He is survived by these children: Susan, wife of Harvey M. Alderfer of Harleysville; Ellen, wife of Henry Alderfer of Lansdale; Isaiah, of Harleysville; Mary, wife of Norman Reinford of Swenksville; Martha, wife of Eugene Kerr of Swenksville; and Henry of Lansdale. One daughter (Lydia) preceded him in death.
"Finished are all earth's labors,
Tired and ready to sleep;
Ready to bid his friends good-by,
Wondering why they weep.
In silence he suffered,
In patience he bore,
Till God called him home
To suffer no more." The Children
Neff.-Catharine, daughter of the late Pre. Benjamin K., and Elizabeth Newcomer Lehman, was born in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 24, 1855; departed this life at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Lichty, near Mountville, Pa., Oct. 6, 1941; aged 85 y. 10 m. 12 d. On Jan. 2, 1876, she was united in marriage to Cyrus H. Neff, who preceded her in death April 24, 1890. To this union were born 8 children: Lizzie, deceased in infancy; Benjamin L., Millersville; Milton L. (deceased March 6, 1921); Cyrus L., Millersville; Edward L., San Bernardino, Calif.; Emma (Mrs. Harry Lichty), near Mountville; Annie (Mrs. Homer Minnick), near Lititz; and Amos L., Chicago. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was the last of her family. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death, always having a desire to worship with the believers whenever she was able. Mother's great concern was the salvation of her family. She lived to see all her children and nearly all her grandchildren in the fold of Christ. Funeral services were held from the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Lichty, and at the Habecker Mennonite Church, conducted by Bishop Stoner Krady and Bro. Jacob Hess. Texts, Rev. 4: 1 and Rom. 14: 7,8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose.
Unbroken by the last of foes." --The Family.
Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah