Gospel Herald Obituaries - January, 1909

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 40 - January 2, 1909 - page 639

Breedon. - Anne Breedon, mother of Pre. F. Elliott of the River Brethren Church, died in Cass Co., Nebr., and was buried on Nov. 4, 1908. She came with her husband from England forty-six years ago. They first lived in Canada and later moved to Nebraska, where she passed away at the ripe old age of seventy-nine years. Her end was painless and peaceful.

Cassel. - John B. Cassel of New Hamburg, Ont., died Dec. 1, 1908; aged 85 y. 9 m. 8 d. For some years he was unable to attend church services. He expressed himself ready to go to his eternal reward. He leaves to mourn his departure, one son and one daughter. Remains were taken to Geiger's Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Amos S. Cressman and Osias Cressman. Text, II Tim. 4:6.

Stull. - Sarah E. Stull was born Oct. 7, 1835, and died near Versailles, Mo., Dec. 6, 1908; aged 73 y. 1 m. 29 d. Her maiden name was Groff. She was married to Geo. W. Stull (who came to Morgan Co., Mo., from Indiana) in 1868. To this union were born two sons. Her husband passed away in 1901. Funeral services were conducted by D. F. Driver. Text, Gen. 3:19. Deceased was a member of the Baptist Church.

Bechtel. - Hannah (Woolner) Bechtel was was born Aug. 8, 1865; died Nov. 10, 1908. She was married to Noah Bechtel, March 16, 1897. To this union were born five sons. She was of kind and gentle disposition, being a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years and will be greatly missed in the home and the church. Funeral services, Nov. 12, at the home by Bro. I. A. Wambold; at Wanner's M. H. by Bro. A. B. Snyder. May God comfort the bereaved ones.

Hertzler.. - Levi Hertzler of Mattawana, Pa., was born March 22, 1829; died Dec. 14, 1908; aged 79 y. 8 m. 22 d. Bro. Hertzler was respected by all who knew him. On Jan. 23, 1855, he was married to Caroline Yoder, who preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves four sons and two daughters, ten grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his departure. One son was killed on the P. R. R. by a train. The funeral was held on Dec. 16, conducted by Michael Yoder in German from Psa. 90 and John E. Kauffman in English from John 6:33. Peace to his ashes.

Christophel. - Wendel Warren Christophel, only child of Bro. Wesley and Sister Amanda M. Christophel, of Elkhart, Ind., died of Scarlet fever, on Dec. 5, 1908, aged 3 y. 1 m. 25 d.. He was sick only a week. He was a regular attendant of the Mennonite Sunday school and was with his class the Sunday before he died. He was buried in the afternoon of the day on which he died. A short service was held at the home by John F. Funk. On account of the contageous character of the disease, no public services could be held. He was buried at the Mennonite cemetery. The death of little Warren was indeed a sad bereavement for the dear parents, but they may comfort their hearts with the thought that he is with Jesus, who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven." May the precious promises of Jesus ever comfort their sorrowful hearts.
J. F. F.

Miller. - Bish. Andrew J. Miller was born in Holmes Co., O., June 19, 1842; died Dec 15, 1908, after a long and lingering illness which finally resulted in bone consumption; aged 66 y. 5 m. 26 d. Services were conducted at the house by S. Y. Slabach, N. P. Beachy, J. J. Troyer, from I Cor. 15:50, 58. Interment in family burial grounds.
My home henceforth is in the skies,
Earth, seas, and sun, adieu;
All heaven unfoldeth to my eyes,
I have no sight for you,
So speaks the Christian, firm possessed
Of faith's supporting rod;
Then breaths his soul into its rest,
The bosom of his God.
D. J. S.

Shupert.- Celestia Kronk, daughter of Anthony and ------ Kronk, of Elkhart, Ind., was born June 24, 1861. She was married to her surviving husband, Charles Shupert, Aug. 14, 1884; died Dec. 3, 1908; aged 47 y. 5 m. 21 d. After marriage she went with her husband to Minneapolis, Minn., where they lived about 16 years, after which they removed to South Bend, Indiana, where she died. She suffered from a stroke of paralysis. She grew to womanhood in Elkhart, and was for a number of years a regular attendant in the Mennonite Sunday school. She enjoyed large acquaintance there, and her connection with the Sunday school and church services awakened deep sympathy for her in her early death, especially among older members of the congregation. She leaves a sorrowing husband, brothers and sisters to mourn her death. Peace to her ashes.

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 41 - January 9, 1909 - page 655

Kinsinger.- Owen, son of Joel and Linnia Kinsinger, died at his home near Grantsville, Md., of throat affection, [sic] Dec. 13, 1908; aged 6 y. 5 m. 13 d. Funeral services were held at Casselman Church, conducted by G. D. Miller and Pre. Stover of the Reformed Church. Text, II Sam. 22:23.

Snyder.- Ralph Leonard, son of Wm. And Laura Snyder, was born Feb 7, 1908; died Dec. 23, 1908; aged 10 m. 16 d. His sickness was spinal meningitis. His sufferings lasted over two weeks. Funeral at E. Holbrook, Colo., services by J. M. Nunemaker and I. Scott. Text, Matt 8:18.

Heiland.- Sophia Heiland, wife of Isaac Heiland, died Dec. 16, 1908, of dropsy and heart trouble; aged 68 y. 1 m. 5 d. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, a son and eight daughters, all grown and married. The beloved wife was the first to die in the family. She was burried [sic] at High Mount. Services by Jacob N. Brubacher and Theo. B. Forry. Text, Isa. 38:1.

Bechtel.- Henry Allen Bechtel son of Noah and Hannah Bechtel, was born near Preston, Ont., Feb. 24, 1898; died Dec. 20, 1908; aged 10 y. 9 m. 27 d. Little Henry was just beginning to be a help to his father, but now he is gone to those beautiful realms above, there to meet his mother who had been called to her reward about two months ago. May God bless the bereaved family.

Shenk.- Enos Shenk was born Jon. [sic] 29, 1860; died Dec. 25, 1908; aged 48 y. 10 m. 26 d. He was the son of the late Pre. Michael Shenk of Garden City, Kans. On Dec 24 he was walking the streets of LaJunta and retired as usual. He suffered a peralytic [sic] stroke and died some hours later. His remains were quietly laid to rest in the Holbrook graveyard. Services were conducted by J. M. Nunemaker and George Ross, from II Cor. 5:10 and Eccl. 12:13,14.

Burkey.- Sarah Bixler was born in Fayette Co., Pa., Nov. 11, 1845. She was married to John Burkey Feb. 6, 1866. To this union were born five children, namely, Salome, wife of Samuel Smeltzer; Jerome; Mary E. (deceased) wife of Abraham Laughman; John Benjamin and William Henry. Her husband died over two years ago and during her illness she anxiously waited for her departure. She leaves to mourn their loss four children, 22 grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters. She was burried [sic] at North Union. Services were conducted by Henry Weldy and the writer. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Peace to her ashes. David Burkholder.

Kanaday.- Carl William, son of William and Delta Kanaday, was born Dec. 17, 1908; died Dec. 21, 1908; aged three days. Two years ago another little son went to the spirit world. So little Herman and Carl are now at rest. They leave father and mother to mourn their early departure. Services were conducted at the house by E. A. Bontrager. Interment in the Fairview cemetery. There is a pair of little hands laid to rest forevermore;
There are two pearly, dimpled cheeks whose blossoming is o'er:
Death has sealed two little eyes that will no more smile or weep-
Tiny windows of the soul - Little baby's gone to sleep.

Forney.- John Forney was born in France, July 10, 1824; died Dec. 26, 1908, at his home near Graymont, Ills.; aged 84 y. 5 m. 16 d. He was married to Elizabeth Kropp, April 17, 1855. She preceded him to the spirit world, May 5, 1894. To this union were born four sons and five daughters. He leaves to mourn their loss, one sister, two sons, three daughters, thirty-seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his early youth, and remained a faithful member to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Daniel Orendorff, and at the church by Geo. Summer and Daniel Slagel. Texts, Rev. 7:11-17; I Cor. 15:55; I Pet. 1:3,4.

Editor's note: see also next issue, Jan 16, 1909

Beiler.-Mary, wife of Benjamin Beiler, died at her home near Bird-in-Hand, Pa., Nov. 25, 1908; aged 73 y. 4 m. 13 d. She died of an attack of Neuralgia of the heart; she was also afflicted with a skin cancer. She is survived by her husband, five children and one brother, Pre. Daniel Eash of Intercourse, Pa. She also leaves twelve grandchildren to mourn the loss of a kind and patient mother and grandmother. But we praise God that we sorrow not as those who have no hope, for we believe that she has only gone from labor to reward and that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted by Benjamin Beiler and Samuel Stoltzfus. She was buried in Beiler's cemetery near Ronks, Pa. May the Lord comfort the berieved [sic] ones and give them all grace so to live that they may some day meet in the Father's home above where partings are unknown.

Kauffman.-Bro. Stephan B. Kauffman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec. 11, 1834; died in LaGrange Co., Ind., Nov. 22, 1908; 73 y. 11 m. 11 d. He leaves four sons, James M. of Amboy, Ind., Levi of Oscoda Co., Mich., Martin of Goshen, Ind., and Daniel of LaGrange Co., Ind., ten grandchildren and one brother, Jacob of Goshen, Ind., besides many other relatives and friends who mourn not as those who have no hope. He was a kind and loving father, a very generous and helpful neighbor, held in esteem by all who knew him. His wife, one son, and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He was a consistent member of the Shore Mennonite church for many years and served as janitor for over eight years. We feel our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral was held Nov. 25 at the Shore Church where a large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to one they loved. Services were conducted by A. S. Cripe in English and Y. C. Miller in German. Buried in the Pashan burying ground.


Transcriber's note: apparent errors are noted with "sic" surrounded by brackets.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 42 - January 16, 1909 - page 671

Birkey.- Mary Birkey, wife of Joseph Birkey, died at her home near Shickly, Nebr., Dec. 28, 1908; aged 75 y. 9 m. 9 d. Her sickness was Bright's disease. Funeral services were conducted by Joseph Rediger and Jacob Stauffer.

Forney.- John Forney was born in France July 23, 1824, and died Dec. 26, 1908; aged 84 y. 5 m. 3 d. At ten years of age he emigrated to Canada, later to Pekin, Ill., and finally to Graymont, Ill. He was married to Elizabeth Kropp in 1855, who preceded him to the spirit world. Nine children were born to this union, five of which are still living. He also leaves 37 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to mourn his departure.
Transcriber's note: [This obit was noted earlier in the GH Jan 9, 1909 issue. But here the birth date is corrected and some info added. mm]

Mackison.- Bro. Daniel Mackison of Hellam, Pa., died of heart trouble and old age, Jan. 1, 1909; aged 81 y. 8 m. 25 d. Bro. Mackison was afflicted for five years. He had his leg broken and was never able to walk any more without crutches. He was very patient but longed to be delivered. He leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. He was laid away at Stony Brook, Jan. 4, 1909. A large number of people had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Services by Bish. Abram B. Herr and Pre. Theo. B. Forry. Text, Rev. 14:12,13.

Culp.- Walter W. Culp was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 7, 1880, and died Jan. 2, 1909; aged 28 y. 6 m. 25 d. Although he suffered much, being an invalid nearly all his life and unable to walk for more than twelve years, he was always cheerful and manifested great patience. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church Aug. 11, 1907, and remained faithful unto the end, anxiously awaiting the time when he should exchange this life with all its trials for his home in glory. He leaves a stepmother, father, two brothers, three sisters and many friends. His presence will be greatly missed in the home and neighborhood. Services were held Jan. 5, at the Yellow Creek M. H., conducted by David A. Yoder, Jonas Loucks, and Jacob K. Bixler, from the texts, II Tim. 4:6-8 and II Sam. 18:32.

Eash.- Mildred Bernice, daughter of Bro. Levi and Sister Amanda Eash of Shipshewana, Ind., died Nov. 21, 1908, aged 20 days. Funeral services were conducted by Y. C. Miller from Mark 10:13, and Amos Cripe, from Luke 18:15, at the Shore M. H.

Heckler.- Henry N. Heckler died after a lingering illness near Harleysville, Pa., Dec. 29, 1908; aged 68 y. 3 m. 5 d. He is survived by his wife and two children. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Salford M. H., Jan. 2. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

Hartman.- Susannah Philena Everest was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 11, 1874, and died Dec. 31, 1908; aged 34 y. 11 m. 19 d. She was married to Amos Hartman Sept. 7, 1901. To this union were born two sons and one daughter. She united with the Mennonite Church about 18 years ago and remained a faithful member until death. She leaves a father, stepmother, two sisters, one brother, a kind husband and three children to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held on Jan. 3, at the Olive M. H., conducted by William Moore and Jacob K. Bixler from the texts, Mark 14:8 and John 5:24. May God comfort the bereaved husband and motherless children.

Pletcher.- Bro. Henry Pletcher was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, Sept. 4,1855; died near Albin, Wyo., Jan. 2, 1909; aged 53 y. 3 m. 28 d. He leaves a wife, two daughters, one grandson, four brothers and four sisters to mourn their loss. Two children preceded him to the spirit world. He bore his sickness with Christian fortitude. A few hours before he died he sang the last verse of the hymn, "Yield not to Temptation." He spent the last few days of his life in singing and praising God. His disease was dropsy. His remains were laid to rest in the Swedish cemetery. Services were conducted by Pre. Johnson of the Baptist Church. Text, Rev. 20:12.

Groff.- Catherine Moyer, beloved wife of Joseph B. Groff, was born in Clinton Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., Feb. 12, 1842. She had always lived near the place of her birth, near the village of Campden, where she departed this life Dec. 22, 1908. Her age was 66 y., 10 m., 10 d. An aged brother and two sisters survive her. Her husband, two sons and a daughter greatly feel the loss of this the first member of their family to be called away, but they have the assurance that by the living faith in Christ they have hope of meeting their dear one again. Funeral services at the home and at the Mennonite M. H. near Campden, Dec. 24, conducted by Pre. Hehn and S. F. Coffman. Text., Rom. 8:15,16.

Hildebrand.- Bro. Jacob R. Hildebrand departed this life Dec. 6, 1908, at his home near Fishersville, Augusta Co., Va., aged 89 y. 1 m. 23 d. He was the oldest minister in the Mennonite Church of Virginia. He was not able to preach a sermon for several years, but had remarkable memory for one his age. His last sermon was preached at the Hildebrand Church. Text, Matt. 24:44. He was a man of prayer. He once said that only a few times in his life after he became a Christian did he neglect to begin the day with prayer, and it did not go well with him. Then he told the young what power there is in prayer and that it is a duty that should not be neglected. His companion and three children preceded him. One son, a number of grandchildren and several great-grandchildren survive. Services at the Hildebrand Church on Dec. 8, by Bro. E. C. Shank. Text, Zec. 1:5, "Your fathers, where are they?" Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

Roth.- David Roth was born in Arapahoe Co., Colo., Dec. 6, 1898; died of diphtheritic paralysis near Albany, Oreg., Dec. 21, 1908; aged 10 y. 15 d. He leaves father, mother, four brothers and three sisters to mourn his departure. Four brothers and a sister preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services by C. R. Gerig in German, from Psa. 16:5,6 and J. P. Bontrager in English, from Psa. 39:4. Interment in the Knox Butte cemetery.

Moyer.- Samuel M. Moyer of Skippack, Pa., was kicked by a horse on Sunday morning, Dec. 27, 1908, and died a few minutes later; aged 35 y. 1 m. 22 d. He is survived by his sorrowing companion, two children, parents and his aged grandmother, Sara Musselman, who is now in her 94th year. He was the son of the widely known minister, Bro. Jacob C. Moyer. His death came as a shock to his family and the whole community. Funeral services were held at the Salford M. H., conducted by the brethren Andrew Mack, Jonas Mininger, Michael Moyer, Christian Allebach and Henry Bower. Text, Matt. 24:44. Twelve hundred people attended the funeral.

King.- Rachel Elizabeth King was born in Logan Co., O., November 22, 1879, and died at her home near Bellefontaine, O., Dec. 25, 1908, aged 29 y. 1 m. 3 d. At an early age she united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Cass Co., Mo. Later she returned with her parents to Logan county where she remained until her death. For five weeks she lay very sick with pneumonia. During this time she expressed a willingness to depart, and on Christmas Day an all-wise Father thought it best to call her home. Deeply do the father, four sisters, two brothers, her betrothed and many friends feel their loss. No more on earth can Rachel's smiles and deeds of love be given. Faithfully did she perform her duties in the home, Sunday school and church. Although her place will now be vacant here we believe she will occupy the mansions of glory. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, December 27, where a large concourse of people were assembled, conducted by S. E. Allgyer, assisted by D. D. Miller. Interment at the Yoder cemetery on Ludlow road.

Rider.- J. W. Rider was born April 28, 1843 in Perry Co., Pa., died Dec. 31, 1908; at his home in Galesburg, Jasper Co., Mo.; aged 65 y. 8 m. 3 d. He was married Aug. 30, 1866, to Sarah Jane Heany. To this union were born seven children, six of whom with the mother survive, one having died in infancy. He moved with his family to York Co., Neb., and later (1896) to Jasper Co., Mo., where he resided until death. In 1866 he and his wife confessed their Savior and united with the Church of God. After coming to Missouri they united with the Methodist Protestant Church of which they were members until about two weeks before his death when they united with the Mennonite Church. Bro. And Sister Rider were among the number who united with us at the close of our recent meetings. For some time they regularly attended church, seldom being absent, although living quite a distance and Bro. Rider being in feeble health. On Dec. 30, he attended prayer-meeting [This word was hyphenated at the end of a line. I don't know if it was meant to hyphenated or one word. mm] and offered an impressive prayer. After returning home he found his cow fast in the manger. His efforts to release her brought on heart-failure from which he died soon after reaching the house. Funeral services were conducted the following Sunday by Perry Shenk and Pre. Salee of the Methodist Church. Interment in the Weaver cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 43 - January 23, 1909 - page 687

Wyse.- Bro. Menno M. Wyse died of typhoid fever at his home near Archbold, O., Oct. 19, 1908; aged 41 y. 6 m. 2 d. Funeral, Oct. 21, at the Central Church. Services by D. J. Wyse in German; text, Mark 13:33. and E. L. Frey in English; text, Rev. 6:17.

Wyse.- Mary, wife of Menno M. Wyse, whose obituary appears in this paper, died of typhoid fever, Dec. 9, 1908; aged 39 y. 5 m. Funeral, Dec. 12, 1908. Services by C. Freyenberger and E. L. Frey. Text, Lam. 3:31-33. Bro. and Sister Wyse leave 8 children, ranging in age from 2 to 18 years, six of whom, together with Bro. Menno's mother, were down with typhoid fever at the time of Sister Mary's death.

Berkey.- Anna Elnora, daughter of Aaron and Emma Berkey, was born Sept. 28, 1908; died Jan. 5, 1909. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church near Wakarusa, Ind., conducted by D. A. Yoder and H. Weldy. Text, Mark 10:14.

Wyse.- Mary Wyse, daughter of the late Bish. Nicholas King, and wife of Pre. Jephtha Wyse, deceased, died Dec. 29, 1908, of typhoid fever; aged 69 y. 4 m. 7 d. Sister Wyse took sick while nursing her son's family. Her death came somewhat unexpectedly. She was conscious until the end and was fully resigned to her heavenly Father's will. Funeral services by C. Freyenberger and E. L. Frey. Text, Heb. 13:14.

Graber.- Vernon Homer, son of Bro. Dan. and Sister Mary Graber died near Sterling, Ohio, after a very short illness of pneumonia; aged 1 m. 22 d. Little Vernon was precious on earth but God took him home to Himself. This is the fourth of this family that departed out of this life. Baby leaves to mourn their loss, parents, one brother and four sisters. Funeral services were held at Pleasant Hill Church, conducted by J. S. Gerig and Benj. Gerig.

Thomas.- Sister Eve Thomas died at the home of her son, Harrison Thomas, Johnstown, Pa., on Jan. 8, 1909; aged 76 y. 7 m. 18 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband died about 45 years ago, leaving the care of the family to the mother. She had many cares and trials to undergo in bringing up her children, but they need not mourn for her as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted at the Evangelical Church of Roxbury, by L. A. Blough, Jas. Saylor and Pre. Ellenberger, Pre. McDonald of the Evangelical Church. Burial in the Barkley graveyard.

Gingrich.- Peter, oldest son of Chris. Gingrich of Aurora, Neb., died at Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 7, 1909, where he and his brother Fred had been attending school. He was sick for a few minutes when death relieved him. The corpse was brought home where a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to one whom we all loved. At the age of 15, he realized his lost condition and accepted Christ as his personal Savior and became a member of the Pleasant View Church and remained faithful until death. He leaves father, mother, one sister, and two brothers to mourn their loss of a faithful, loving son and brother. He will be sadly missed at home and in Sunday school where he had gained many friends. But we feel our loss is his eternal gain. God grant that we may be ready to meet him. Funeral services were held in Aurora, conducted by Pre. March and Pre. Oesch. Interment in the Aurora cemetery.
When dark clouds were hovering o'er him,
And the storms around him blew,
Jesus was his help and shelter;
His "Rock of Ages" here below.
S. Springer.

Beck.- Anna Beck, nee Nafziger, was born in Loraine, Europe, June 5, 1834; died after a lingering illness at her home near Archbold, Ohio, Jan 5, 1909; aged 74 y. 7 m. Sister Beck came to America with her parents over 60 years ago. She was united in marriage with Bro. Gottlieb Beck; with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for a little over 58 years. She leaves a sorrowing and feeble husband, 6 sons, 3 daughters, 66 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral services by C. Freyenberger and E. L. Frey. Text, II Cor. 4:18.

Keim.- Susan, wife of Bro. Josiah Keim, died at her home at Davidsville, Pa., Jan. 7, 1909; aged 51 y. 4 m. 22 d. She was sick only a few days. She had an operation but her life could not be saved. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church of Davidsville by the pastor. Text, Jos. 1:11. She is survived by a sorrowing husband and four children. This is the second wife Bro. Keim buried in less than eleven years. May God bless the sorrowing friends, and may this unexpected call be a warning to prepare to meet the messenger of death.
L. A. B.

Herr.- Abram H., son of Bro. Jacob H. and Sister Barbara Herr, died at his parents' home near Marticville, Pa., of pneumonia, Jan. 5, 1909; aged 2 y. 9 m. 1 d. Beside his parents three brothers and one sister survive. Funeral services were held at the Byerland Church, conducted by Bish. Abram Herr and Pre. Jacob Thomas. Text, Mark 10:14. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
"Go to thy rest, fair child!
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 44 - January 30, 1909

Miller - Maggie F. Miller was born Feb. 26, 1908; died Jan. 6, 1909; aged 10 m. 10 d. Funeral services Jan. 9, 1909 near Dupont, O., by John Blosser. Text, Jno. 13:7.

Shelley - Daniel Shelley was born Sept. 13, 1825; died at the Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa., where he had been an inmate for nearly two years, died Jan. 6, 1909; aged 83 y. 3 m. 23 d. Burial in Erisman's cemetery.

Unzicker - Ruby Luzelle, daughter of Melvin C. and Lena Unzicker, was born April 2, 1908, at Tuleta, Tex., died Jan. 13, 1909; aged 9 m. 11 d. Funeral services were conducted at the home by J. M. R. Weaver and at the grave by D. S. King. Interment in the Tuleta cemetery.

Hanson - Gertrude Hanson was born in Norway; died Jan. 12, 1909; aged 80 y. 4 m. She immigrated to Minnesota over 28 years ago, and came to spend the remainder of her days with her daughter, Mrs. Nelson, of near Normanna, Tex., called the Norwegian settlement. Her stay with her daughter was only three months. She died a Christian woman. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by D. S. King. She was laid to rest in the Norwegian cemetery.

Schrock - Cora E., daughter of Noah (deceased) and Clara Schrock, died at Trousdale, Kans., Dec. 31, 1908; 21 y. 8 m. 26 d. She was buried beside her father at Spring Valley where funeral services were held by Geo. Landis and D. D. Zook. Text, Luke 10:42, "Mary hath chosen that good part." She leaves to mourn their loss mother and two brothers. The conversion of her two brothers at Bible Normal gave her great joy. The only time she expressed a wish to get well was when she heard of her brother's conversion, when she said, "Oh, now I would like to get well so that he and I could live Christian lives together."

Hershey - Annie Hershey, wife of Alvin Hershey, died at her home near Rheems, Pa., and was buried at Elizabethtown on New Year [sic] day. Services were conducted by John Landis and J. B. Senger. She was a kind friend, good neighbor and faithful member of the church. She was much interested in the work of the church and sought to help wherever she could. Her sudden and unexpected death came as a great shock to us. We could hardly realize that she was no more, but we believe she is now happy with Jesus. She kept house for her father for a number of years, and three years ago she was married to the deeply bereaved husband who now mourns her death. Our sympathy is with the father and husband. She was 33 years of age.

Derstine - Little Grace, only daughter of Bro. Mahlon and Sister Mary Derstine of Souderton, Pa., died on Jan. 4, 1909, at the early age of 5 y. 1 m. 25 d., after only a short illness of diphtheria. The parents have now passed through two sad experiences. Some years ago a little son met death by being struck by an engine while the boy was on his way home from school. In this affliction the only daughter's life was not quite as soon ended, but her sufferings were almost unbearable. But God in His great love has taken these charges home to care for them. Although it is hard to part with these little ones, yet they are better prepared to occupy those mansions which God has prepared, than after they have reached the years of accountability. Owing to the quarantine, her body was placed at a window in her home the following day where many paused to view her. Private interment at Souderton burial grounds. Father, mother and two brothers survive.
Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child;
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled.

Oswald - Barbara Oswald, daughter of Alexander Hochstetler and wife of Edward Oswald, died Jan. 16, 1909; aged 32y. 8m. 1d. She had lived in matrimony 4 years and 21 days. Funeral was held at the Walnut Creek Church, Holmes Co., Ohio on Monday, Jan. 18, 1909. Services conducted by Fred Mast and A. W. Hershberger. Text, Isaiah 60:20; I Thess. 4:14-18. Death was caused by a lingering complaint. The sister seemed fully given up to God's will. Our prayer is that we may follow her good example. The writer recollects years ago when a certain minister in a private conversation said, "Sister Hochstetler gave us a good example." May we continue the example and give God the honor.

Snyder - Bro. Eli Snyder, eldest son of Bro. Amos Snyder of Waterloo Co., Ont., was born March 17, 1887; died Jan. 16, 1909; aged 21 y. 10 m. Burial in Shantz's cemetery. He leaves a sorrowing father, two sisters and two brothers to mourn his early departure, his mother having died thirteen years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Jonas Snyder in German from Matt. 24:44, and Bro. Orphan Wismer in English from Luke 12:40, both brethren having chosen the same text. "Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh." Bro. Eli died very suddenly. He left his home on Saturday evening in company with several others to make a short visit at their neighbor's but barely reached the place when he began to feel sick and asked his brother to fetch the doctor. With the assistance of his sister he walked into the house; they got him into a rocking chair and he died in a few minutes without another word. He died of heart failure. What a loud call to the young, and not only to the young but to us all to "prepare to meet our God." This again shows to us the brevity of life. Life is uncertain and death is sure. But I am glad we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Bro. Eli united with the church several years ago, and we trust our loss is his eternal gain. May God comfort the bereaved family.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona

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Used with permission by the Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, INDIANA
Permission granted to private family researchers to use selected portions of these images to tell their family stories.
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