Gospel Herald Obituaries - April, 1909

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Gospel Herald - Vol. II, No. 1 - April 3, 1909, page 15, 16

Blough - Russel Horrel Bough, born March 7, 1909, died March 22, 1909; aged 15 days. Funeral at Krings, Pa. Services conducted by S. G. Shetler and Samuel Gindlesperger. Text, Psa. 55:6.

Gish - Jacob R. Gish, a resident of West Donegal township, Lancaster Co., Pa., died Tuesday noon March 16, of pleurisy. aged 74y.* He lived a very quiet and peaceful life, but made no profession of religion. He is survived by his aged wife, four sons and two daughters. The funeral was held March 19, at Bosslers Mennonite church. Services were conducted by the brethren S. E. Garber, John Landis and Aaron Martin. Text, Jeremiah 9, 23, 24.
A Sister.
* Transcriber's note: Punctuation copied as printed in the original.

Kauffman - Sister Marie Kauffman of Wayland, Ia., died March 17, 1909; aged 82y. 7m. 20d. She was the mother of 5 children, 3 of whom preceded her to the spirit world. Two sons survive her. She lived with her son, Jacob B. at the time of her death. She was buried Mar. 21, in the cemetery near the Sugar Creek Church. Funeral services by S. Gerig and D. Graber in German and Simon Gingerich in English. Texts, Rom. 8:18; II Cor 4:17,18; II Cor. 5:9.

Ernst - Samuel Ernst was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., and later moved to Lancaster Co., Here he engaged in the publishing business for a while, publishing the "Weaponless Watchman" in both English and German. Later he moved to Olathe, Kans., and became the pioneer of the congregation at that place. He breathed his last at the home of his son Gamaliel on March 18. His age was 83 y. 11 m. 18 d. Funeral services were held on the Sunday following. He leaves a brother, two sons, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Brubaker - Sister Martha Brubaker, wife of David E. Brubaker, died on Thursday evening, Mar. 18, at the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital; aged 59y. 10m. 26d. Deceased had been ailing about a month, but was only removed from her home at Rheems to the hospital last week. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, one daughter, three brothers and two sisters. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral was held Sunday afternoon, March 21, at Kraybills Mennonite church, where interment was also made. Services conducted by S. B. Landis, J. E. Brubaker and Samuel Oberholser. Text, II. Tim. 4;6-9.*

* Transcriber's note: Punctuation copied as printed in the original.

Miller - Jennie, daughter of Hiram (deceased) and Nora Miller, of Travers City, Mich., died Feb. 7, 1909; aged 5y. Jennie is survived by her mother and two sisters. Funeral services were held on the 9. Allen Camby officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery.
"There are blossoms that hae budded,
Been blighted i the cauld.
And lammies that hae perished
Because they left the fold.
But cower ye aneath his wings
Wha died upon the tree,
And gathers in his bosom,
Helpless weans like you and me."

Brenneman - Jacob Brenneman was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., April 13, 1825, and soon after with his parents moved to Ohio. He was married to Sarah Godshalk of Bucks Co., Pa., on June 23, 1850. To this union were born five sons and six daughters. In 1851 they moved to St. Joseph Co., Ind., on the farm where he died. He departed this life March 22, 1909; aged 83 y. 11 m. 9 d. He leaves to mourn their loss six children, nineteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for nearly sixty years and of the Holdeman congregation for over fifty-seven years. Services were held at the Olive M. H. on March 24, conducted by Jacob K. Bixler, assisted by J. S. Shoemaker, from Heb. 11:10.

Snyder - Bro. Ira Snyder of near Pigeon, Mich., died March 14, 1909, of appendicitis; aged 29y. 2m. 21d. He was married to sister Anna Schaaf in December 1907. He leaves his sorrowing wife, infant daughter, 4 brothers and 4 sisters to mourn his departure, but they need not mourn as those without hope. He was taken ill suddenly about four days before his death and was removed to the Saginaw Hospital where he underwent an operation and died there. His remains were brought to the home of his father-in-law, Andrew Schaaf. Funeral was held Mar. 17, at the Mennonite Church at Berne. Bro. Peter Ropp preached in German, taking for his text, Psa. 16:6, and Preacher Dodd of Elkton in English, taking the text, Eccl. 9:10.
He was a member of the Mennonite church, also Asst. supt. And teacher in our Sunday school where he will be greatly missed. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.

Dear ones, don't think of me as in the tomb,
For I shall not fear its dark shadows and gloom;
And I shall not fear though the river be wide,
For Jesus will carry me over the tide.

You'll know where to find me-in Heaven.
Tho' every fond tie you have cherished be riven,
You'll follow me home to the land of the blest
Where sighs are not heard and the weary ones rest.

I'm going to live with the angels so fair,
I'll look for you and wait for you there,
Where tears do not flow and where death cannot come.
Together we'll dwell in that beautiful home.

Yoder - Daniel C. Yoder, son of Christian and Mary Yoder, was born in Huntingdon Co., Pa., May 13, 1825; died in Logan Co., Ohio, March 19, 1909; aged 83 y. 10 m. 6 d. He came with his parents to Logan Co. in the spring of 1845, where he resided to the end of his life. About the year 1846, he united with the Amish Mennonite Church as one of two who were the first converts of said church after its organization in June 1845. He remained a faithful adherent to the principles and doctrines, and was a staunch supporter of the church of his choice. In 1853 he was united in marriage with Judith, a daughter of David Basler, also a native of Pa. Five children were born to this union, two of whom are living. The wife of his youth died in 1862. In 1864 he was married to Martha, daughter of John and Fannie Byler. To this union four children were born, one of whom is living. The second wife died in 1870. His third marriage occurred in 1872, with Nancy, daughter of John and Leah Hartzler, of Pa., who survives him. To this last union five children were born, four of whom are living. Bro. Yoder by his connection with the church here in its infancy, saw it pass through many fiery trials, but God spared his life to see brighter things for the church he loved so dearly. His bright smiling face could always be seen in his accustomed seat in the church services while his health permitted his presence. In his temporal affairs he was a straight-forward, successful business man, honored and respected by the community at large. His heart and hand was [sic] always open to the cry of the honorable needy. By his abiding faith in God and His only begotten Son, and by his sterling worth as a citizen, he leaves a great and lasting legacy to his mourning family, to his many friends, and especially to the church in which he lived and labored so long. "He is dead but yet speaketh."
Funeral services were held at the South Union Church on March 21, conducted by S. E. Allgyer and David Plank. The very large attendance was an attest of the respect for the one who passed away, and the sympathy for the sorrowing family and friends. The body was laid to rest in the Yoder burying ground on Ludlow road. Peace to his ashes.
D. P.

Transcriber's note: "sic" indicates text is copied as printed in the original.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


Gospel Herald - Vol. II, No. 2 - April 8, 1909, page 30, 31, 31

Hershberger - Katie, Daughter of John and Lizzie Hershberger was born in Seward Co., Nebr., March 3, 1898; died March 19, 1909; aged 11 y. 16 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, five brothers and four sisters. Interment took place at the East Fairview burying ground. Services were conducted by the brethren Jacob Stauffer; Text, Psa. 39:5-8, and N. E. Roth from Isa. 40:6-8.

Kauffman.- Magdalena Kauffman, maiden name Sutter, was born in Germany, July 22, 1820; died Feb. 24, 1909; aged 88 y. 7 m. 2 d. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charley Stormer, Milford, Nebr. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, besides grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends. Interment in the East Fairview burying ground. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren Jacob Stauffer, N. E. Roth and Jos. Schlegel.

Snyder - Mary Naftzinger Snyder was born June 1, 1822; died March 19, 1909, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Harry Snyder, where she resided for some years; aged 86 y. 9 m. 18 d. She is survived by one brother and one sister. She suffered a great deal during her sickness, but bore it all patiently. She had a desire to depart. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Gingrich's Church by Martin Risser, Bish. John Ebersole and Bish. David Westenberger. Text, Heb. 4:9.

Weber - Sister Minnie, wife of Jeremiah B. Weber, and daughter of the late Jacob Betzner, was born Dec. 15, 1871, near Breslau, Ont.; died of sarcoma, at her home near Cressman, Sask., March 20, 1909; aged 37 y. 3 m. 9 d. She was sick the greater part of a year with great suffering, which at times caused her to cry out loud to God for help, for grace, and if it is His will for deliverance. She longed much to go and be with her Savior. She leaves a loving husband and one child. Her sister, Eliza, nurse, from La Junta, Colo., came to her bedside several months ago and ministered much comfort and consolation. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, Isaiah Rosenberger and E. S. Hallman. Text, Rev. 21:4; 7:9. Laid to rest in the Sharon Mennonite Cemetery.

Nearnberger - Sarah Custer was born in Somerset Co., Pa., 1856; died March 2, 1909; aged 52 y. 6 m. 21 d. When but a child her parents moved to Michigan where her life was spent from early girlhood. She was united in marriage to Anton Nearnberger in 1880. Two children were born to them but they died in infancy. She was a great sufferer for several years. A few days previous to her death she was baptized and expressed her desire to leave this world, saying, "I'm going home." Besides her husband she leaves an aged father two sisters and brothers.* During the last days of her suffering willing hearts and hands were constantly at her bedside, the best of medical aid was sought for and the services of a trained nurse finally engaged but God called her away from her suffering. Funeral services were held at the Old Mennonite Church, March 4, conducted by Henry Bowman and Andy Hoffman. The remains were laid to rest in the Old Mennonite Cemetery.

*Transcribers note: Text does not give number of brothers.

Sweeney - Nannie V. Amstutz, daughter of Peter and Sarah Amstutz, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Sept. 24, 1867; died March 17, 1909; aged 41 y. 6 m. 11 d. She was united in marriage with Michael Sweeney, Dec. 25, 1906 in East St. Louis, Ill. On Feb. 17, her mother died, and five days later she was called upon to say good-bye to her husband. We have reason to believe she cast the anchor in a safe harbor. Eternity will be long, and we will find the answer to our oft repeated question, Why?
A. I. H.

Ropp - Aaron Christ Ropp, infant son of Bro. and Sister Christ Ropp, died near Pigeon, Mich. He was born May 17, 1908; died March 24, 1909; aged 10 m. 7 d. He died of pneumonia. He was sick but a short time, but we can see again that God's ways are not our ways. Another little flower has gone to bloom in heaven. He is just gone on before. He leaves father, mother, six sisters and two brothers. Bro. Peter Ropp conducted the services from I Cor. 15:26.
"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."

Burkholder - Near Oak Grove, Franklin Co., Pa., Jos. Burkholder died at his home of infirmities of old age, Apr 2, 1909; he was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Sept. 20, 1826; aged 82 y. 6 m. 13 d. At the age of 28 he was married to Barbara Sollenbarger. To this union were born nine children, two of whom, with the mother preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by four daughters, three sons, 40 grandchildren, one brother and one sister. Funeral services at the Strasburg Mennonite Church of which he was a member. Services conducted by Henry Bricker and Jos. H. Martin. May our loss be his eternal gain.

Nelson.- Harvey Oliver, son of J. O. and Josie Nelson, died at Romona, Mich., of inflamation of the bowels, March 26, 1909; aged 2 y. 10 m. 27 d. Funeral at the house of his grandparents where a large number of relatives and friends assembled to show the last tribute of respect. He leaves father, mother and one sister to mourn their loss. Harvey was a very bright boy and the loss falls heavy on the parents. Services by Jacob P. Miller from II Kings 4:26.
Little Harvey was too fair,
In this cold world to stay,
So God in mercy called him home,
To dwell in endless day.

Unzicker - Malinda (Graybill) Unzicker was born in Livingston Co., Ill., April 19, 1859; died March 21, 1909. She lived all her life near Cullom, Ill., until three years ago when they moved to Tuleta, Tex., where she enjoyed the best of health until ten days before she was called away. She was married to Peter Unzicker, March 14, 1880. To this union were born five sons and two daughters who mourn the loss of their mother. She lived a Christian life for thirty years. She was a true helper to her husband in his ministry, a faithful worker in the Sunday school and a friend to all. Services conducted by J. M. R. Weaver and D. S. King. Text, Rom. 8:23. Interment in Tuleta Cemetery.
Beloved wife, oh how I miss thee,
Thy smiling face no more to see;
In heaven again we hope to meet thee,
Where parting never more shall be.

Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Her thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Schmucker - Christian Schmucker was born in Howard Co., Ind., April 26, 1856; died March 17, 1909; aged 52 y. 10 m. 21 d. He was a sufferer for many years with rheumatism, and in the last few years he suffered intensely until blood poisoning set in, but he bore all his sufferings with Christian fortitude. He united with the Old Order Amish Church in his youth and was a faithful member till death. He was married to Catharine Christner in 1876. To this union were born four sons and two daughters. He leaves a wife, four sons, two daughters, one brother, two sisters, and one half-brother and two half-sisters. Funeral services by E. J. S. Miller at the home. Burial in the old Schmucker graveyard. C. W. N.

Winger - Near Chambersburg, Pa., Rebecca N., wife of Samuel Winger, died of pneumonia March 15, after an illness of nine days; aged 33 y. 8 d. Her infant child died March 17, aged 10 d. They were both buried on the 18, the infant lying in her mother's arms. It was a pitiful sight; yet the mother left a bright evidence that she was going home. She bade her three little boys and little Fannie good-bye, asking them to meet her in the better world. Besides these, she leaves her mother, two sisters, three brothers and a host of friends to mourn their loss. She was a member of the River Brethren Church. Peace to her ashes.

Zook - Bish. A. D. Zook of near Allensville, Pa., was born Oct. 28, 1835; died March 7, 1909; aged 69 y. 4 m. 11 d. The cause of death was paralysis. About nine years ago while attending church services he was stricken with his first attack, and at different other periods since he has sustained other attacks, each one rendering him more helpless. For the last six months he needed the care and attention of a child. Before he passed away he selected his pall bearers, chose his text and made every preparation for his funeral. He was ordained to the ministry in May, 1885, in which capacity he served the church for a number of years, when he was ordained to the office of bishop. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, seven brothers, three sisters, his church and many friends. Funeral services at the Allensville A. M. Church by J. B. Miller of Grantsville, Md., and John L. Mast and Jonas Yoder of Belleville, Pa. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the A. M. cemetery.

Stineman - Ervin B. Stineman was born Oct. 20, 1886; died March 24, 1909, near McGrawsville, Ind.; aged 22 y. 5 m. 4 d. He had been ailing for several weeks, but had so far recovered himself that he was able to take outdoor exercise; but on March 18, he was suddenly stricken with a stroke of apoplexy, which proved fatal. He was the son of Jonas and Barbara Stineman. He left nine half-brothers and five half-sisters, with his grandfather and many other relatives and friends, who are left to mourn their loss, which is his eternal gain. He had bright prospects before him of a useful life, but all is ended. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church when 15 years old, and remained a consistent member to the time of his death. He was a devoted Sunday school worker, and was much concerned about the salvation of his youthful companions. He expressed himself as ready to meet his Savior. He was always willing to do something for the Master. He served in the capacity of superintendent for more than a year, and at the time of his death was assistant superintendent. Funeral was held March 27, at the A. M. Church in the presence of 750 people. Services were conducted by N. M. Slabaugh and E. A. Mast from Rev. 14:13. Buried in the Schrock cemetery.

Caufman - Sister Mary, widow of Jacob Caufman, deceased, died March 9, 1909, near Chambersburg, Pa., aged 85 y. 8 m. 6 d. She is survived by her son, Martin, of near Chambersburg, and one daughter, Mary S., wife of Bish. J. N. Durr of Martinsburg, Pa.; also 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for upwards of sixty years. She had a living hope and a longing desire to depart and be at rest, and was deeply concerned in the salvation of her son and grandchildren and the unsaved. Funeral services were held March 12, at the Chambersburg Church, conducted by Geo. S. Keener of Maryland, assisted by Jos. Lehman and John Burkholder. Text, Heb. 4:9.

Kauffman - Mary King was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 8, 1843; died of dropsy, near Garden City, Cass Co., Mo., March 2, 1909; aged 65 y. 3 m. 24 d. She was married to Steven Kauffman March 5, 1863. To this union were born four sons and four daughters. Husband, one son and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves three sons, three daughters, 25 grandchildren and one great-grandchild to mourn her departure, but we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted by J. J. Hartzler, L. J. Miller and C. S. Hauder. Text, John 14:1-4.
Your life work is ended, dear mother,
And you're safe on the evergreen shore;
Where the grief you so often suffered,
Will never be felt any more.

Dambach - Bro. John H. Dambach of East Petersburg, Pa., died of pulmonary pneumonia, March 24, 1909; aged 67 y. 4 m. 25 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, a son and one grandson. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church of East Petersburg, where his accustomed seat was not vacant when health in his family permitted him to be there. Sercices [sic] conducted by Amos Hottenstein and Noah Landis, assisted by Christian Lefever and Frank Krieder from II Cor. 5:1 and Isa. 38:1.

Farewell, dear wife, my God has called me,
Weep not for me when I am gone;
Prepare, loved ones, to meet me yonder,
When all your work on earth is done.

Farewell, father, brothers, sisters dear,
I loved you all while I was here,
Grieve not for me, nor sorrow make,
But love each other for my sake.
By a Sister.

Landis - Jos. Landis was born near Riverstix, Medina Co., O., April 30, 1843; died March 28, 1909; aged 65 y. 10 m. 28 d. His parents dying when he was quite young, he was raised by his grandmother near Waterford, Ind. In 1867 he came to Wakarusa, Ind., and followed the blacksmith trade for some years and then took up farming. He was married; Jan. 2, 1870, to Christiana Freed. He had been failing in health for about a year, and was confined to his bed ten weeks. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. While his words were few, they showed in him a deep spiritual life and his fatherly counsel will be missed by many. He leaves a wife, one daughter, three grandchildren and one brother. Services conducted by J. K. Bixler from the words, "Prepare to meet thy God." He desired these words read to him a few days before his death, and showed a great concern for the unsaved.

Dear husband, thou hast gone to rest,
From sin and care set free;
You've gone to join the angel band,
'Tis there I long to be.

Your suffering here, 'tis true, was great,
But God has called thee home;
Where sorrow, sickness, pain and death,
Can never, never come.

We'll seek you not among the dead,
But far beyond the skies,
And if we truly serve our God,
We shall with him arise.

King - Susanna Hostetler was born in Tuscarawas Co., O., Sept. 21, 1838; died of apoplexy in Howard Co., Ind., March 24, 1909; aged 70 y. 6 m. 3 d. In 1857 she united with the A. M. Church at this place, and has been a devoted and consistent member. She was always ready to give good advice to those asking it, was a good counsellor [sic] both in the home and the church, and a loving mother to her children. She was united in marriage with Absalom King, Jan. 24, 1858, and lived with him in marriage 51 years and 2 months until death. She was the mother of five sons and five daughters. Two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. In 1875 she, with her husband and family moved from Ohio to Miami Co., Ind., where they lived on a farm for 15 years, and in 1890 they moved to Stuttgart, Ark., where they lived eight years, when in 1898 they moved back to Howard Co., Ind., where they resided at the time of her death. She lived to see all of her children (except one daughter who died at the age of four) grow up to manhood and womanhood and unite with the church of her faith. She leaves husband, five sons, three daughters, two brothers and two sisters, besides a host of friends. They can comfort themselves with the hope of meeting her over yonder. Funeral on the 26, at the A. M. Church, where a large concourse of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Services by Amos Kendall in English from Rev. 3:21, and E. A. Mast in German from II Tim. 4:6-8/ Burial in the Hershberger graveyard. Peace to her ashes. C. W. N.

Cooprider - Susan Heatwole was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Dec. 31, 1839; died near Windom, Kans., March 21, 1909; aged 69 y. 2 m. 20 d. In the fall of 1859 she was married to Henry G. Brunk. To this union were born eight children of whom only four survive their mother. Pre. J. F. Brunk, Etta, wife of John A. Cooprider, Minnie, wife of Walter N. Cooprider, and Bish. G. R. Brunk.
In 1864 she, in company with her little daughter and another woman left her old Virginia home to meet her husband who had escaped to Maryland to avoid service in the Army. After passing through dangerous places she at last found him, and together they went to Henry Co., Ill. In 1873 they left Illinois, coming west in covered wagons to Marion Co., Kans., where her brother, Reuben J., had bought them a home near where he lived. How happy they were - but for a short time only. Bro. Brunk took sick and died eight days after their arrival. Sorrows came thick and fast, Sarah, Fannie and little Henry passed away in a few short months. John A., died while they lived in Virginia. Never losing heart she withstood all trials and discouragements and managed her affairs for a number of years.
On Jan. 27, 1878, she was married to Matthias Cooprider who is now a minister of the Gospel and who had three sons - John A., Walter N., and Thomas J. To this union were born three children"Lucinda O., wife of Ernest Ely, Charles W., and Nettie M., wife of Oliver Hostetler.
The deceased had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for nearly 50 years, and always stood for the plain and simple teaching of the Gospel. She had not been strong for several years, but her death was caused by pneumonia. Knowing her time would not be long, she spent much time in song and prayer and admonition to her children and friends who attended her. One of her chief delights was to know that her children and grandchildren who were old enough were all members of the same church with her. She leaves to mourn a loving husband, three sons, four daughters, three step-sons, eighteen grandchildren and one brother, R. J.
Funeral services were held in the West Liberty M. H. by S. C. Miller and D. D. Zook. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Zook - Wilbur Lloyd, infant son of Uriel S. and Kathryn Zook of Allensville, Pa., peacefully passed into the arms of the dear Redeemer on Monday, March 22, 1909; aged 1 m. 15 d. Little Wilbur contracted a severe cold, and although medical aid was summoned and all was done to save his life, God, who "doeth all things well," called the little sufferer to his eternal rest. Why such visitations of God's power and wisdom are made in our homes we cannot tell, but they remind us of the fact that we have no abiding city here. The bereaved parents have our heartfelt sympathy. Their little child is safe in the arms of Jesus. "Of such is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral services were held in the A. M. Church on March 24, conducted by Joshua B. Zook, assisted by John L. Mast. Text, Psa. 39:9. Bish. J. N. Durr, father of Sister Zook, accompanied by wife, daughter Laura, and grandson David, all of Martinsburg, Pa., were present at the funeral.
"When we see a precious blossom
That we tended with such care,
Rudely taken from our bosom,
How our aching hearts despair!
Round its little grave we linger,
Till the setting sun is low,
Feeling all our hopes are perished,
With the flower we cherished so."

"We shall sleep, but not forever,
In the lone and silent grave;
Blessed be the Lord that taketh,
Blessed be the Lord that gave;
In the bright eternal city,
Death can never, never come,
In His own good time He'll call us,
From our rest, to home sweet home."

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


Gospel Herald - Vol. II, No. 3 - April 15, 1909, page 47, 48

Luce - Doris Luce, daughter of Henry and Elva Luce, died at their home early Saturday morning, April 3, of heart trouble. She was aged 2 m. 11 d. Funeral services conducted by E. J. Blough and L. A. Blough. We trust that our loss may be her gain. We extend sincere sympathy to the parents.
E. J. B.

Bickel - J. Thomas Bickel was born in Shellow Co., Ohio, April 2, 1882; died at the Old People's Home, Marshallville, Ohio, April 4, 1909; aged 80 y. 2 d. He came to the Home June 10, 1902. Two sons, two brothers and one sister survive him. He was sick only a few days, and was not bedfast at all. He had mio carditis [sic] and one lung was affected. Funeral services were held at the Home April 6, conducted by A. H. Brenneman and David Hostetler. Interment in Crown Hill Cemetery near the Home.

Wyse - Kenneth, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Wyse, was born March 8, 1909; died March 26, 1909; aged 18 days. Funeral services at the home by E. L. Frey. Text, Mark 10:13-16; II Sam. 12:15-23.

All to short was the stay of our darling,
Too soon was his sweet life o'er;
But 'tis blessed to know he still liveth
On that bright and happy shore.

No more are those lips fever-parched,
Nor on that brow sweat-drops of pain,
No more do we hear those anguish-groans,
Since he has gone with Jesus to reign.

More sweet are the songs of the angels,
And our vision of heaven more bright,
Since Kenneth has joined the forces
In the land of pure delight.

Steiner - Christian E. Steiner was born in Wayne Co., O., March 11, 1835; died at home in the same county April 5, 1909; aged 74 y. 24 d. He leaves a wife, three sons, four daughters, and ten grandchildren to mourn their loss. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, being a faithful member for 55 years. Funeral Apr. 7, 1909, at the Amstutz Church. Services were conducted by C. Z. Yoder and B. Gerig.

Frontz - Benjamin Frontz was born in Susquehanna township, Juniata Co., Pa., April 16, 1834; died March 24, 1909; aged 74 y. 11 m. 8 d. In January, 1859, he was married to Joanna Zeller. To this union were born ten children. The widow and nine children mourn their loss which we hope was his eternal gain. Bro Frontz was a member of the Richfield Mennonite Church for many years, and as long as he was able to go to services his seat in church was seldom vacant. Funeral at his home church March 27, conducted by Banks S. Winey and E. W. Graybill. Text, Heb. 4:9.

Yoder - Velma Inez, daughter of I. C. and Jennie Yoder was born Jan. 30, 1906, in Howard Co., Ind.; died of cholera infantum and pneumonia in Manistee Co., Mich., March 13, 1909; aged 3 y. 1 m. 13 d. Funeral took place at the Pleasant View Church conducted by Bro. J. S. Horner. Text, Matt. 19:13,14.

Velma, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today,
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away.

Sister, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angels sweetly whispered,
"Come and live with us at home."

Yoder - Gideon Yoder was born on Sept. 6, 1828; died at the Old People's Home, Marshallville, Ohio, April 3, 1909; aged 80 y. 6 m. 27 d. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, April 5, where a number of friends gathered to pay their last respects. Four children and one brother survive him. Services were conducted by Eli Frey of Archbold, Ohio, and C. Z. Yoder of Smithville. Text, Ecc. 12:5. Bro. Yoder was well known in this community. He came to the Home March 31, 1905. He had been ailing for several years, but was able to be up on his chair until the last two weeks. He was helpless, and suffered more than those around him knew. The last four or five days he was not able to speak any more. He was very patient and contented with his lot. When asked if he was ready to die, he nodded his head and the expression on his face told that he was glad the end was near. He was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery near the church.

Hoover - Susan, beloved wife of John B. Hoover, departed this life March 31, 1909, at her home near Stouffville, Ont., aged 66 y. 7 m. 13 d. She had an attack of gangrene a few years ago, through which she lost one foot; but had so far recovered again that she attended services frequently, and was quite well most of the time. What suffering she endured she bore patiently. The direct cause of her death was pleurisy and pneumonia, and she was sick less than a week. She was resigned to His will, and gave expression of her readiness to meet her Lord. The home, the neighborhood and the church have lost a loving wife, a kind neighbor, and a faithful worshiper. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, two sons, and a circle of relatives and friends who mourn her departure. Funeral services were conducted on April 2, at the Wideman Church by L. J. Burkholder. Text, Rev. 22:14. The other ministers assisted.

Schmucker - Anna, wife of Eli Schmucker, Maximo, O., died April 1, 1909; aged 54 y. 5. M. [sic] She was one of the most consistent and faithful church members in the Stark Co. A. M. Church. She was a loving wife and a fond mother, one with whomit was a pleasure to meet. She leaves a sorrowing husband and seven children, besides many friends, to mourn her departure. Funeral April 3, by the home ministers; Bro. Summers in German from Rom. 5:1, and the writer in English from Jno. 11:28, latter clause. At her request, Rom. 8:1-18 was read. May God comfort the bereaved family.
J. A. Liechty.

Gardner - Samuel, son of Daniel and Katie Gardner, was born in Seward Co., Nebr., Mar. 3, 1886; died of appendicitis near Goehner, Nebr., Mar. 18, 1909; aged 23 y. 15 d. He was sick only six days. He leaves parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and many friends to mourn his departure. His two brothers preceded him into the spirit world. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral was preached in English by Jos. Whitaker from Amos 4:12, and in German by Chris. Steckley, Nick Roth, and Jacob Stauffer. This should be a loud call to the unsaved.

Weep not for me, my parents dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
Oh parents do not weep for me.

Brothers, sisters, mourn not for me,
In heaven I hope you all to see,
Where parting words are heard no more,
But dwell forever on Canaan's shore.

Young - Richard F. Young was born Dec. 12, 1812, in England; died March 19, 1909, in Coleborn Twp., Ont.; aged 96 y. 4 m. 8 d. He was probably the oldest resident in the township. Up to the last, he retained his faculties to a remarkable degree, being able to read without glasses. In 1834 he came to Canada with his father, and in 1840 he united in holy wedlock with Martha Woolner of Suffolk, England, who had come to Canada with her parents in 1832. She is a sister to Pre. Jacob Woolner, and is now in her 89th year, and was able to wait on her husband up to the last. To this union were born eighteen children, nine sons and nine daughters, of whom eleven still survive. There are also sixty-two grandchildren, fifty-four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. The funeral took place on Monday, March 22, by Pre. W. Bough, minister of Wesleyan Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a member. Peace to his ashes. May God comfort the aged widow and all that are left to mourn.

Buchwalter - Sarah Buchwalter, maiden name Brenneman, was born near Orrville, Ohio, June 27, 1840; died at her home near Dalton, Ohio, March 31, 1909; aged 68 y. 9 m. 4 d. On March 25th she became afflicted with pneumonia, and in a few days her spirit took its flight. She bore her sufferings patiently, and was conscious almost to the last hour of life. She was married to Bro. Daniel Buchwalter, Dec. 19, 1867. The fruit of this union was seven children. One died in infancy and Vinnie, wife of Daniel Eschliman, died about four years ago. Rudy C., Ira J., Effie, Daniel W., and Charles F., survive. She has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a period of about 33 years, and departed this life with bright evidences of Christian fortitude. In her dying hour among the last words she said were, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." She leaves a loving husband, one brother, one sister, five children, six grandchildren and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the Martin Church, April 2, in the presence of a large concourse of people, by David Hostetler and Aron Eberly. Text, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Psa. 116:15). May the Lord comfort Bro Buchwalter and his children in these their sad hours of bereavement and help them to calmly say, "Not ours, but thy will be done."

Hostetler - Lydia Belle, daughter of John and Amanda Hostetler, was born June 10, 1908; died April 7, 1909; aged 9 m. 27 d. Funeral services Apr. 9, at the Walnut Grove Church. Conducted by C. K. Yoder and S. E. Allgyer.

Smoker - Samuel, youngest son of Samuel Smoker of Intercourse, Pa., died of diptheria [sic] Mar. 28, 1909, and buried the day following in the Gordenville burying grounds. His age was 5 y. 7 m. 28 d. He was sick only a few days. He leaves a father, step-mother, one brother and four sisters to mourn his departure. He was a bright child. No funeral services were held, but a few neighbors and relatives gathered around the grave where a few words were spoken and a hymn read.

His little form is cold in death
His little tongue is hushed;
His little lips to us are cold,
We miss him, oh! how much!

Farewell, for I am going home
To dwell with Christ above;
Where pain and sickness never come,
And all is joy and love.

Troyer - Susannah Oswald was born in Holmes county, O., Jan. 16, 1847, and died in Champaign county, O., Apr. 2, 1909; aged 62 y. 2 m. 16 d. On Jan. 5, 1871, she was united in matrimony with Eli D. Troyer, who preceded her to the spirit world July 16 1898. This union was blessed with nine children, eight of whom are still living. Early in life she gave her heart to the Lord, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. Her smiling face, her self-sacrificing spirit, her motherly disposition, and above all her "simple faith in Jesus' blood," won for her a host of friends. Since the death of her companion her life was one of peculiar cares and trials. She felt keenly the responsibility of a mother upon whom had fallen the burden of raising a family of children. She frequently expressed the desire of remaining with her children until they had reached manhood and womanhood. Not only was this granted unto her, but also the greater joy of seeing them all in the Master's service. Besides the cares of the family the hand of affliction was laid heavily upon her. She endured her sufferings with much patience, and they yielded in her the peaceable fruits of righteousness. The last year, however, seemed to be of special blessings to her. Her bodily health was restored sufficiently that usually she could attend worship. Her past trials and sufferings had left upon her the impress of a holy and refined character, so that she lived in the triumph of a successful Christian life. No doubt it was providential, too, that on the day previous to her death the whole family was gathered together. From her conversation it was noticeable that she had premonitions that this would be the last reunion of the family on earth. Good-byes were spoken, she waved her hand bidding Godspeed to her dear ones and soon her spirit took its flight to the "house not made with hands eternal in the heavens," - Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, Apr. 4, conducted by David Plank and S. E. Allgyer. Interment at the Hooley cemetery.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


Gospel Herald - Vol. II, No. 4 - April 22, 1909, page 63


Groff.- Sister Caroline, widow of the Dr. G. W. Groff of Landisville, Pa., died April 6, 1909, aged 73 y. 2 m. 10 d. Funeral services at the Landisville M. H. on Good Friday afternoon, conducted by Hiram Kauffman and Jacob N. Brubacher. Text, Psa. 39:4. Peace to her ashes.

Holsopple.- Orange Henry, son of Sam. and Leah Holsopple, died near Holsopple, Pa., Apr. 2, 1909, aged 4 m. 13 d. Funeral services were conducted at the home by S. G. Shetler and S. Gindlesperger. Text, I Thes. 4:14. Buried in the Blough Mennonite graveyard.

Moyer.- Susan, beloved wife of John L. Moyer of Harleysville, Pa., died April 7, after a two-months' illness from Bright's disease, which caused total blindness. Her age was 25 y. 9 m. 6 d.
She is survived by a sorrowing husband, a mother and three brothers. Funeral, Apr. 12, in the Salford Mennonite M. H., of which congregation the decased [sic] was a faithful member. Funeral services conducted by Henry Clemmer, Michael Moyer and Christian Allebach. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Bower.- After a lingering illness from heart trouble, Pre. Henry S. Bower of Harleysville, Pa., died April 8, 1909, aged 73 y. 2 m. 26 d. He was ordained to the ministry at the Salford Mennonite Church near Harleysville, Nov. 30, 1865, and faithfully served 43 years. He was twice married. His second wife was Catherine Alderfer, who survives him. The union with his first wife was blessed with 8 children, 3 of whom survive. Funeral April 13, at his late residence. Interment at Upper Mennonite Church, near Skippack, Pa. Text, Dan. 12:3, the same being selected by himself some time before his death.

Anderson. - Bro. James Anderson was born Jan. 23, 1832; died at his home at Rockton, Pa., Apr. 14, 1909; aged 77 y. 2 m. 22 d. He was feeble for some time. After three paralytic strokes, death relieved him. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Selner in Mennonite Church. Buried in cemetery nearby. He leaves a wife and several children.
J. A. Hummel.

Martin.- Anna (Ebersole) Martin was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 10, 1831; died near Brewster, Neb., Mar. 22, 1909; aged 77 y. 5 m. 12 d. Interment at Brewster, Neb. Services by O. O. Woods. Text Psa 119:67. She was married to Jacob Ebersole in Lancaster Co., Pa., and afterwards moved to Illinois, where her husband died in 1874. To this union were born 10 children, of whom four sons and three daughters survive. In 1878 she moved with her family to Nebraska, where in 1886 she was married to Solomon Martin, who survives her. A memorial sermon was preached Apr. 4 in Roseland Mennonite Church by C. P. Harglewood. Text, Ezek. 24:16.

Hulen. - Martha, wife of John D. Hulen, passed peacefully away, Feb. 27, at her home near Concord Tenn. Her death was due to paralysis, having been sick but two weeks. She was born in Carmel Co., N. C., in 1834, coming with her parents to this state when she was but six years old, and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church when but 13 years old. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church, N. Z. Yoder, H. J. Powell and ________ Bachman officiating. Her husband died in 1881, leaving her with 11 children, 9 of whom survive. She was a noble Christian woman, a devoted mother, and was greatly esteemed and loved by her neighbors, having a smile and a kind word for everyone.

Leatherman.- Sarah (Myers) Leatherman was born Jan. 7, 1832. She was married to Aaron High Jan. 21, 1855. Two daughters were born to this union. He died July 29, 1860. She was married the second time to Christian Leatherman, Feb. 9, 1868. One son was born to this union. Her second husband died Dec. 27, 1899. She was taken with a slight stroke of palsy three weeks before her death, which occurred Apr. 7, 1909. Age, 77 y. 3 m. All of her children, six grand-children and three great grandchildren survive her. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. She was a faithful attendant at church until last fall when she became too feeble to attend regularly. Buried at Deep Run Mennonite burying ground, Apr. 12, 1909. H.

Swartley.- Susanna Swartley was born Oct. 3, 1831. She was a daughter of Pre. Jacob Heistand. United with the Mennonite Church Dec. 25, 1849, and was a faithful member until death, which ocurred [sic] Apr. 7, 1909. Age, 77 y. 6 m. 4 d. She was married Dec. 25, 1852 to Jacob Swartley who preceded her in death about 18 months, having lived together nearly 55 years. Nine children were born to them, five living; four died when young. She was buried at the Doylestown Mennonite buring [sic] grounds Apr. 10. Services conducted at the house at Norristown, where she lived for many years, by Jacob Hunsburger of Chester Co., and at the church by Aaron Freed and David L. Gehman. Her death was sudden, being found dead in bed, from heart dropsy of which she was a sufferer for several years.
W. H.

Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona


Gospel Herald - Vol. II, No. 5 - April 29, 1909, page 79, 80

Moyer.-- Elizabeth, widow of the late Abram Moyer, departed this life at the home of her son, W. H. Moyer, near Vineland, Ont., Apr. 6, 1909; aged 69 y. 3 m. 6 d. For a number of years she had been failing, having slight paralytic attacks, but her end was hastened by gangrene. She confessed peace with her God through Christ. In this alone there is comfort. Funeral services Apr. 9, conducted by L. Ramer and S. F. Coffman. Buried near Campden, Ont.

Witmer.-- Bro. Samuel B. Witmer died at his home near Weaverland, Lancaster Co., Pa., Apr. 15, 1909; aged 47 y. 2 m. 21 d. He suffered from a severe cold which developed into pneumonia for about three weeks. He leaves a widow, one son and one daughter, both at home. Bro. Witmer was ordained to the ministry nearly fifteen years ago. During this time he has filled this position faithfully and has endeared himself to a great many people. He was earnest and sincere. He stood by the work of the church. He was a strong advocate of the principles of nonconformity and nonresistance. We will miss him, especially in the Sunday school lately started at Martindale, where he was nearly always present.
Bro. Witmer was not as great an orator as some, yet his heart was full of the love of God, and in his death he left the blessed assurance that all is well. We are glad for these testimonies of the faithful ones. He was a warm friend of the Sunday school and mission cause of the church, and took an active interest in the Bible readings which are held in the neighborhood in which he resided. The funeral was held April 19, at Weaverland, where about 1400 or 1500 people assembled to show their last tribute of respect. There were twenty-nine ministers of the Gospel present. The brethren, John Landis and Isaac Eby, spoke from II Tim. 4:6-8, and Bros. B. Weaver. I. B. Good and John Sauder each gave a short but impressive talk.
John W. Weaver

Blosser.-- Martin Blosser was suddenly taken from us Mar. 20, 1909, while crossing a pond on his farm. His two little grandsons were the only witnesses to the accident. He had crossed over in a boat which he had made that morning, and as the children supposed was starting back for them, when they saw him fall backward into the water. The alarm was given about four o'clock P.M. Although friends and neighbors from far and near gathered about the scene of the accident and did everything possible, the body was not recovered unto 8:30 P. M. Bro. Blosser was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Jan 17, 1852, and married to Elizabeth Lehman, Oct. 7, 1875. He with his family moved to Concord, Tenn., about twenty years ago. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, and since 1894 served in the capacity of deacon. All who knew him felt his worth and influence as an earnest and efficient Christian worker. His quiet manner drew people to him, while his sound judgement coupled with a clear knowledge of the Holy Scripture made him a safe and wise counselor. His influence and work have been a blessing to those who knew him. A kind and loving father who was never known to speak harshly.
He leaves to mourn his departure a devoted Christian wife, three sons and four daughters. P. J., South English, Ia., A. D. of Noble Ia., and S. S., Mrs. Barbara Becker, Sarah, Anna and Frances, all of this place. His brother Henry of Harrisonburg, Va., and Sister Frances Barb of Wolftrap, Va., also attended the funeral. Funeral services at the Mennonite church, Concord, Tenn, by N. Z. Yoder and H. J. Powell, March 24. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona

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