Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1909

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 32 - Nov. 4, 1909, pages 511, 512.

Shupe. - Bro. Emanuel Blanchard Shupe was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Jan. 17, 1840, and died near Harper, Kans., Sept. 30, 1909, aged 69 y. 4 m. 13 d. He was married to Anna Good in Page Co., Iowa, July 9, 1871, and united with the Mennonite Church in Marion Co., Kans., May 9, 1877, of which church he remained a faithful member until death. He leaves one son and five daughters to mourn his death.

Kurtz. - Sister Lavina Kurtz was born in Miffler Co., Pa., died in Union Co., Pa., Oct. 22, 1909, aged 63 y. 7 m. 13 d., after an illness of one week with pneumonia. She was a faithful member of the A. M. Church since her youth. She leaves to mourn her departure two brothers and one sister and many friends. On the 26th her remains were laid to rest. Funeral services by Bro. J. D. Yoder.

Ebersole. - Martha Ann Ebersole was born April 2, 1858, died Sept. 26, 1909; age 51 y. 5 m. 24 d. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, one son, two daughters and one sister. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services conducted at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, where a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect.

Beer. - Bro. John Ulrich Beer, was born on Sueb. Canton Bern, Switzerland, Oct. 22, 1855; died near Glad Tidings, Oreg., Oct. 20, 1909; aged 52 y. 11 m. 28 d. Buried in the Smyrna Congregation Cemetery, services by Bro. Geiger in German and Bro. A. P. Troyer in English. Text, Isa. 38:1. The brother was a member of the Swiss Mennonite Church. He leaves his family and a brother, Pre. J. Beer, and numerous friends to mourn his departure, but they need not mourn as those that have no hope.

Hackman. - Sister Mary Hess, wife of Seth Hackman, died near Dalton, O., Oct. 19, 1909; aged 83 y. 4 d. She lived in matrimony within a few weeks of sixty years. Her companion who is in his 90th year, 6 children, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren survive her. They moved from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Stark Co., O., when their family was small and lived the past fifty years on the same farm. Funeral services and burial at County Line church, conducted by Henry Hursh and Benj. Good.

Sommer. - Hester, daughter of Charles and Annie Sommer, was born Nov. 28, 1905; died Aug. 31, 1909; aged 3 y. 9 m. 3 d. She was sick only a few days with diphtheria. She leaves to mourn her departure father, mother and one little sister, with a host of relatives and friends. Hester was a bright-faced, happy little girl always ready to smile and willing to do what she could.

Her once sweet smile forever gone,
Her voice forever still;
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled.

Springer. - Elizabeth Springer (nee Ulrich) was born in Woodford Co., Ill., April 11, 1866; died at her home near Roanoke, Ill., July 9, 1909, aged 42 y. 2 m. 28 d. She had an illness of only a few days duration. She united in marriage with Joseph Springer, Sept. 13, 1894. This union was blessed with eight children, six sons and two daughters, one son was taken to the spirit world before her. She leaves husband, seven children, father, mother, five brothers and five sisters to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the Roanoke church on July 11. Interment in cemetery near by.

Eberly. - Sister Maria Bomberger Eberly, widow of Bro. Isaac H. Eberly, died at her home near Chambersburg, Oct. 18, 1909, aged 73 y. 4 m. 26 d. She was confined to her bed since June 2 with the infirmities of age but bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life. She is survived by the following children, Rebekah, Sarah, Jacob, Reuben and Benjamin, also two step-sons, Isaac of Missouri, Daniel of Lititz, Pa., one brother and five sisters. Funeral on the 21st; services at the house of Bro. Joseph Martin and at Chambersburg church by Bish. Jon. Burkholder from Rev. 14:12. Gone but not forgotten.

Showalter. - George A. Showalter was born near Reinhold's Station, Lancaster Co., Pa., July 10, 1863; departed this life, Oct. 8, 1909; aged 46 y. 2 m. 28 d. He was buried in the Mennonite Cemetery, Roseland, Nebr., Oct 11, 1909. Services were conducted by D. G. Lapp from Rev 14:13. His death was caused by paralysis of the motionary (sic) nerve centers of which he suffered nearly two years. He was married to Amelia Nice, Nov. 3, 1892. To this union were born 10 children, of which one infant son preceded the father. He also leaves three brothers and six sisters who, with a host of friends join the family to mourn his departure. But they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for he left a bright testimony of faith and trust in God and salvation through Jesus Christ. The community has lost a man who was beloved by all the Church but what is our loss is his eternal gain. "For when the earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolved we have a building not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

Zook. - Near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., Rebecca, wife of Jacob Zook. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa. She was married to Jacob Mast the first time. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. One son and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Her first husband died in Jasper Co., Ind., after which she and her children moved to Howard Co., Ind. Several years afterwards she was married to Bro. Jacob Zook. They lived together until Oct. 25, 1909, when she died very suddenly. She had been failing in health nearly all summer, but on Monday she appeared much better and worked all day. In the evening she ate a hearty supper and a little after nine o'clock she passed away. Aged, 80 y. 2 m. 1 d. Funeral, Oct 28, at the A. M. Church Services by Amos Kendall from Rev. 14:13, and N. M. Slabaugh from John 6:29. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her early life, in which faith she died.

Hauder. - Bro C. S. Hauder was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Sept 14, 1856; died at his home near Garden City, Mo., Oct 20, 1909; aged 53 y. 1 m. 6 d. He united with the Church in his youth, and remained faithful to the end. Jan. 24, 1884, he was married to Maggie Anna Taun*. To this union were born two sons and two daughters, who together with their mother survive him. He was ordained to the ministry in the fall of 1893, and served the Church faithfully until the end. In 1899 he with his family moved to Cass Co., Mo., where for 10 years he devoted the energies of his life to the welfare of the Church. His light shone brightly as a good soldier of Jesus Christ and being the only minister in the Bethel congregation, his loss will be severely felt. He had always been of robust health until some time before his sickness. On Aug. 22 he took sick with a severe spell of typhoid fever, and for six weeks he lingered between life and death. He was getting along fairly well, until pneumonia set in, and he lasted but a few days. May the Lord comfort the grief-stricken family, and speedily fill up the vacancy in the Church. His spirit has gone to God, and his influence remains to draw others after him. Services Oct. 22 in Bethel Church by Bro. D. H. Bender, assisted by John Hartzler, L. J. Miller and Daniel Kauffman. Interment in Clearfork cemetery.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona   [Note: Obituary of Margaret Ann Hauder in Gospel Herald, Sept. 30, 1937 has her birth name as "Haun" - tlm]


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 33 - Nov. 11, 1909, pages 527, 528.

Roth. - Daniel M. Roth, brother of Bish. N. E. Roth was born in Livingston Co., Ill., April 25, 1883; died near Milford, Neb., Oct. 28, 1909; Age 26y. 6 m. 3 d. United in marriage, March 16, 1905, to Sophia Zimmerman. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. Leaves to mourn an early death his beloved wife, 3 children, mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Father and one brother preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Roth was a faithful member of the A. M. Church from his youth. Funeral services were held at the East Fairview Church, Oct. 30, conducted by the brethren, Jos. Schlegel and Jos. Whitaker, in the presence of a large and sympathizing congregation of relatives and friends. Texts, Rev. 12:10. 11; Psa. 39:4; 90:12. He was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.

Kehr. - Sister Caroline Kehr was born Aug. 30, 1833; died Oct. 18, 1909; aged 76 y. 1 m. 18 d. She was married to Samuel M. Kehr Sept. 25, 1859. He died Feb. 5, 1908. Sister Kehr was the mother of seven children, of whom two survive. She also leaves ten grand-children, one sister and many friends to mourn her death. She was a member of the Mennonite Church in the Yellow Creek congregation, Elkhart, Co., Ind. She died at the family residence at the home of her daughter, Sister Israel Martin, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. She was a devoted Christian and a faithful member of the church for many years. She was buried at the Yellow Creek Church, where funeral services were conducted by Jacob Christophel, assisted by George Lambert and John F. Funk. The Lord bless and comfort the bereaved family and friends.
J. F. F.

Lechleitner. - After an illness of almost eleven months, Mary Ann Lechleitner died at the home of her son, Jacob, Sept. 22, 1909; aged 76 y. 5 m. 4 d. She was born in Bucks Co., Pa., March 28, 1833. She was married to John Lechleitner in 1853. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and continued faithfully in her faith unto the end of her life. She is survived by two brothers, John and William Overholt, and one sister, Magdalene Culp. Also by two sons, Jacob and Isaac Lechleitner, of Elkhart Co., and one daughter, Mrs W. T. Wyant of South Bend. She also leaves two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Church Sept. 23, 1909, by Jacob Christophel. Peace to her ashes; and may the Lord comfort the bereaved family and friends.
J. F. F.

Zimmerman.-- Christian M. Zimmerman was born in Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 7, 1852; died at his home in Smithville, Ohio, Oct. 18, 1909; aged 57 y. 2 m. 11 d. He was twice married, first to Esther Martin of Lancaster Co., Pa., to which union were born six children, of whom four died when small, two sons remaining, (Jonas M., of Mechanicsburg, and Amos M. of Acron,(sic) Pa.). His first wife died in 1880. His second wife was Mary Zimmerman of Pittsburg, Ohio, to whom he was married Aug. 23, 1888. In the spring of 1889 he moved to his late home. To this union was born one son, Martin, who was at home with his parents at the time of the death of his father. The funeral was held on Wednesday, Oct. 20, when short services were held at the home, after which the body was taken to Martin's Church near Orrville, Ohio, where further services were conducted by David Hostetler. Interment in the adjoining graveyard.
A. Son.

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 34 - Nov. 18, 1909, pages 543, 544.

Wingard. - Bro. Levi Wingard was born August 28, 1843; died Nov. 5, 1909; aged 66 y. 2 m. 5 d. Bro. Levi was a kind father and husband, a good neighbor and consistent Church member for thirty-eight years. He suffered much from rheumatism for quite a while and from a complication of ailments during the last year; yet, through all his suffering he remembered his Creator, and served Him as best he could.
The funeral services were conducted in Weaver Mennonite Church, Johnstown, Pa., Nov. 7, by the brethren, Stephen Yoder, D. S. Yoder and Wm. C. Hershberger.

Ingold. - Joseph Ingold was born in Bavaria, Germany, Jan. 24, 1826; died Nov. 5, 1909, at the home of his son Joseph, near Flanagan, Ill., where he spent the last eighteen years of his life; aged 83 y. 9 m. 11 d. In his early youth he united with the A. M. Church, and was faithful to the end. In 1863 he was united in holy matrimony with Barbara Unzicker. To this union were born three sons. In 1871 his wife departed to the spirit world. In 1872 he was married to Barbara Ernst. She preceded him to the spirit world in 1887. He leaves to mourn his departure three sons, twenty-one grandchildren and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Waldo A. M. Church, conducted by the brethren, John Birky and D. W. Slagel. Interment in the cemetery nearby. Peace to his ashes.

Stahl. - Sister Ellen, beloved wife of Bro. Jacob Stahl of near Holsopple, Pa., died very unexpectedly of apoplexy on Nov. 4, 1909; aged 35 y. 8 m. 24 d. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church on the 6, by S. D. Yoder, Simon Layman and L. A. Blough. It was estimated that there were about 800 people at the funeral. She is survived by a sorrowing husband and nine children, a baby only 10 days old, and many friends to mourn for a faithful and kind wife and mother. Sister Stahl was of a quiet and gentle disposition, a faithful sister in the Church from her youth. The bereft family has the sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.
L. A. B.

Yoder. - On Oct. 8, 1909, at her home in Orville, O., Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. Daniel Yoder, aged 37 y. 10 m. 27 d. In the morning of the above date she was in her usual health. In the afternoon, while stooping over to light the gas stove, a blood vessel burst on the side of her neck, and although medical aid was quickly summoned, yet in about half an hour her spirit took its flight. Bro. Yoder, who was a few miles from home at his daily work, was notified of the accident, but when he arrived home, his wife was in the cold embrace of death. Her marriage to Bro. Yoder took place Oct. 13, 1898. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She possessed those rare traits of character which endeared her to all who knew her. Funeral services Oct. 11, at the house by David Hostetler, and at the Martin Church by I. J. Buchwalter and Benj. Good, in the presence of a large concourse of people who had met to offer a final tribute of respect to one whom they loved.

Kratz. - On Oct. 23, 1909, near Wadsworth, Medina Co., Ohio, of infirmities of old age, Sister Catharine (Wismer) Kratz, widow of the late Jacob Kratz, died. She had reached the advanced age of 96 years. She was buried Oct. 27. She was born in Bucks Co., Pa., where she still has a brother, Henry D. Wismer, of near Gardenville, aged 84 years, and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Gross, of Doylestown, aged 90 years. She is survived by three sons, Reuben, Henry, and Lee Kratz, all living in the West. She leaves also a number of grandchildren. She possessed fine musical qualifications. She was a faithful and devoted Christian woman and member of the Mennonite Church from her early years. Peace to her ashes.
J. F. Funk.

Burkholder. - Pre. C. R. Burkholder of near Newville, Cumberland Co., Pa., died Nov.28, 1909; aged 61 y. 8 m. 26 d. He leaves a sorrowing wife, one son, one brother, and two sisters to mourn his departure. He served in the ministry for about 19 years for the Diller congregation, where he faithfully discharged his duties. Funeral at the Diller church where a large concourse of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one they loved. There were nine ministers present. Services were conducted by J. B. Senger of Kinzers, Pa., W. H. Hege of Marion, Jos. Lehman and Geo. Ernst. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. In the death of Bro. Burkholder the Church mourns the loss of a faithful minister, the companion a devoted husband, the son a kind and loving father.
Rest for the toiling hand,
Rest for the anxious brow;
Rest for the weary feet,
Rest from all labor now;
'Twas sown in weakness here,
'Twill then be raised in power,
That which was sown an early seed,
Shall rise a heavenly flower.
J. D. B.

Schrock. - Christiana (Gerig) Schrock was born in Alsace, France, Apr. 17, 1832; died Oct. 21, 1909; aged 87 y. 6 m. 4 d. She came with her parents to America when she was 9 years old. United in matrimony with Moses Schrock in 1853. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world six months. The union was blessed with 9 children. Six children, 16 grand-children and 11 great-grand-children (sic) survive her. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained faithful until her call up higher.

Gerlt. - John Henry, infant son of Heriot and Emma Gerlt, died Nov. 6, 1909; aged 1 m. 3 d. He was sick only one day and the cause of his suffering was unknown. He leaves father, mother, one sister and one brother to mourn his departure. It is hard to part with these little ones, but God says, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." His remains were laid to rest in the Willson Bend Cemetery near Carver, Mo. Funeral services conducted by J. R. Shank.

Zimmerman. - Christian Zimmerman was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 7, 1852; died Oct. 18, 1909; 57 y. 2 m. 11 d. He was married to Esther Martin. To this union was born 5 sons and 1 daughter. Two sons, Jonas of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Amos of Akron, Pa., survive him. Eight years after the death of his first wife he was married to Mary Zimmerman, Aug. 23, 1888. To this union one son, Martin, was born who, with his mother, remain to mourn the loss of husband and father. The remains were laid to rest in the Martin cemetery. Services conducted by David Hostetler assisted by Benjamin Good.

Transcriber's note: the obituary for Christian Zimmerman was a repeat of an obituary for the same person in the previous issue, Nov. 11, 1909.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 35 - Nov. 25, 1909, page 559.

Ernst. - Tillie Ernst died near Shickley, Nebr., Nov. 6, 1909; aged 3 m. 21 d. Buried Nov. 7, 1909, at the Salm Cemetery. Bro. Jacob Swartzendruber preached from II Sam. 12:23 and Peter Kennel from Psa. 16:6. God comfort the bereaved parents.
D. J. T.

Sneary. - Sister Rachel Sneary died in Vaughnsville, Allen Co., O., Oct. 26, 1909; aged 81 y. 8 m. 8 d. Sister Sneary was of a quiet disposition and for many years a member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves to mourn their loss three daughters, one son, sixteen grandchildren and two brothers. Funeral services were held at the Blanchard Church in the presence of many warm and sympathizing friends.
J. M. Shenk.

Lesher. - Sister Mary (Detweiler) Lesher, wife of David S. Lesher, died at her home on Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa., Nov. 2, from Bright's disease; aged 67 y. 10 m. Funeral and burial at Chambersburg. Services conducted Nov. 4, by the brethren, Jos. H. Martin and J. S. Burkholder. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Long, Mrs. Barbara Siegrist, and Lydia Detweiler.
Jos. E. Lehman.

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