Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1910

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Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 35 - December 1, 1910 - page 560

Lantz - Mary Shultz was born in Missouri, Aug. 15, 1869. She was united in marriage with Mike Lantz, Jan. 14, 1899. To this union were born eight children. Sister Lantz died of pneumonia near Stuttgart, Ark, Nov. 16, 1910. She is survived by her husband, 8 children, brothers, sisters and many sorrowing friends. She was a loving wife, a kind mother, and a faithful sister in the faith, having united with the Mennonite Church in her early life and remained true to the end. Funeral services Friday, Nov. 18, 1910, conducted by Jacob Yoder and Samuel Sommers. Text, John 5:24, 29. Interment in the Yoder cemetery.

Good - Daniel J. Good died of consumption at the home of his son, Roy D. Good, near Dale Enterprise, Va., Nov. 18, 1910; aged 74 y. 8 m. 21 d. He had been in failing health for nearly a year, but was not confined to his bed more than a few days. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. In business he led an honest and upright life. In disposition he was quiet and unasuming. In sickness he was patient and resigned. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn their loss. Two children preceded him to the eternal world. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 20 at Weaver's Church by A. P. Heatwole, assisted by E. J. Berkey and E. U. Hoenshell in the presence of a large congregation. Text, Zech. 1:5. He was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Transcriber's note: unasuming is not a typo, it is spelled as written.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 36 - December 8, 1910 - page 575

Troyer - Christian M. Troyer was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 22, 1833; died of dropsy in Goshen, Ind., Oct. 27, 1910; aged 77 y. 2 m. 4 d. He was married to Elizabeth Yoder, Feb. 24, 1861. She preceded him to the spirit world, June 17, 1908. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom survive. He was a consistent brother in the A. M. Church for many years. Funeral services at the Clinton M. H. by J. H. McGowen and Paul E. Whitmer. Interment in nearby cemetery.

Nissley - At her home in Florin, Pa., Oct. 30, 1910, Sister Anna B., wife of the late Henry S. Nissley (for many years deacon of the Kraybill congregation) died, from the infirmities of old age; aged 81 y. 4 m. 10 d. There are five children left to mourn the loss of a kind, sympathetic Christian mother. The Church also deeply mourns the loss of so kind a Christian mother, one who always so much concerned about the welfare of our young friends. We feel that one of the strong pillars of our church has been removed. May God build more such pillars to uphold His doctrines and establish His kingdom upon earth. Text, Rev. 14: 13.

Freed - Sister Hannah M. Freed (nee Thomas) beloved wife of Bro. Ephriam Freed, died at her home west of Souderton, Pa., Nov. 17, 1910; aged 60 y. 11 m. 6 d. Sister Freed had been suffering about five months of heart trouble and later of dropsy, but she bore her affliction patiently. Besides a deeply stricken husband, one son and two daughters survive, also one brother and one sister. The deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church of Souderton. Funeral services were conducted at the house by A. G. Clemmer, Jos. Ruth and C. Allebach, and at the church by M. R. Moyer and Jonas Mininger. Interment in Souderton.

Nofziger - Jesse Nofziger was born Oct. 26, 1887; aged 22 y. 11 m. 17 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his younger years. He was a faithful member and in Sunday school always filled his place as much as possible. He united in marriage, Jan. 30, 1908, with Araminta Short. They were blessed with one son who died in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss a loving companion, father, mother, four brothers, one sister, and a host of relatives and friends. About 1200 people attended his funeral at the Amish Mennonite Church near Archbold, Ohio. His remains were laid in the Eckley Cemetery.
"Oh, why is it, you"ve left me,
And gone to that heavenly shore,
Where angels are singing and calling,
Where sickness and death are no more?"

Nissley - Anna Nissley, widow of Jacob Nissley, died last evening at 6 o,clock aftering* a lingering illness from old age at her residence on West Donegal street, in Mount Joy borough. Her husband died four months ago. She is survived by one daughter, Ella R. Mumma, of Easton. She is also survived by two brothers, Jonas E. Risser of Mount Joy and Reuben Risser of Evanston, Ill. The deceased is also survived by a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Nissley was aged 82 y. 5 m. 23 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for more than 50 years, and was widely known for her many good traits. Her funeral will be held on Monday morning at 9:30 o,clock at the Mennonite church in Mount Joy by Bish. Jacob N. Brubarker and Bro. Peter R. Nisley. Interment will be made at Kraybill's church.

Transcriber's note: The word aftering probably should be after.

Leatherman - Isaac Leatherman was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Oct. 27, 1827; died in Wakarusa, Ind., Nov. 18, 1910; aged 83 y. 27 d. At the age of 12 years he moved with his parents to Wayne Co., Ohio. Oct. 26, 1848, he was married to Rachel Shaum, who died May 6, 1899. In the spring of 1853 they with his father's family came to Elkhart Co., Ind., settling on the banks of the Baugo, the present site of the Leatherman homestead. To this union were born 14 children, 10 of whom survive. His second wife was Susan (Link) Bochart, who survives him. For six years he was a great sufferer, and the last 8 months almost helpless. He bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1867 and remained faithful unto the end. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Wakarusa, Ind., by J. H. McGowen and Wm. Moore from Psa. 103:1. Services at the residence by Silas Weldy. Interment at North Union near the old homestead.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 37 - December 15, 1910 - page 594, 595, 596

Massel- Harold William, infant and only child of Bro. and sister Herman Massel, died of pneumonia at Trousdale, Kans., Dec. 3, 1910; aged 1 m. 7 d. Funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Church, conducted by D. D. Zook and T. M. Erb. Text, Psa. 39:9, "Thou didst it." Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

Wensel- Hannah Wensel was born Aug. 31, 1828; died Nov. 27, 1910; aged 81 y. 2 m. 27 d. Sister Wensel was suffering for some time with paralysis and was totally blind. For the last few months she stayed with her son, Frank Wensel, where she died. Three sons survive her. The burial took place Dec.1, at Telford, Pa., at the home of her son, Frank, Bro. Chr. Allebach conducting the services at the house and Bro. Mahlon Souder at the Indian Creek cemetery. She has been a member of the Mennonite Church and a true follower of Jesus Christ, and set a worthy example for all to follow Jesus.

Miller- Elva, daughter of Abe and Lucy Miller of Wellman, Iowa, was born Mar. 8, 1901; died Nov. 29, 1910; aged 9 y. 8 m. 21 d. Funeral services were held at the West Union Church. Services were conducted by Daniel Kauffman in German, text, I Peter 1:24, and in English by J. K. Yoder. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Little Elva leaves father, mother and 1 sister and many friends to mourn their loss. She was of a quiet disposition and will be greatly missed in Sunday school as well as at home. We often wonder why God calls these little jewels from our homes, but our ways are not His ways. May God comfort the bereaved ones.

Eshbach- On Dec. 1, at the home of her sister, Mrs. B. F. Herr, Lancaster, Pa., Anna R. Eshbach, in the 48th year of her age. She was the widow of the late Michael Eshbach of New Danville, Pa. Though in feeble health for several years, she was only confined to her bed about twelve days. She has been a faithful sister in the Mennonite Church since early life. During the latter years her needle was quite busy in Dorcas work. Five children survive. She lived to see the fifth generation. Funeral from the home of her son Abram of Willow St. and Main. Services at the New Danville Mennonite Church. Text by Bro. D. H. Mosemann, Phil. 1:23. Interment in cemetery adjoining.

Bare- Reuben Joseph, infant son of Bro. M. G. and Anna Bare, born Nov. 21, 1910; died Dec. 2, 1910. Funeral services at the home conducted by Bro. Mast of Crystal Springs, Kans. May God comfort the bereaved parents in the loss of their only child.

Crouse- Ida (Shelley), wife of B. F. Crouse, died at her home near Thompsontown, Pa., after about a week,s illness of pneumonia; aged 49 y. 3 m. 15 d. She leaves her mother, her husband, 5 children, 3 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn their loss. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for several years, and always had a desire to keep her children under Christian influence. We trust that her devotions may be rewarded in that she may be privileged to meet all her loved ones in heaven.
Funeral services were conducted by John H. Mosemann and W. G. Sieber. Text, I Cor. 15:51-58. Interment in Lost Creek Mennonite Cemetery.

Yoder- Moses P. Yoder of Belleville, Pa., died Nov. 24; aged 71 y. 3 m. 10 d. His sufferings lasted about a month from heart trouble and dropsy. During all his illness he was very patient until death relived him. He was born and raised in Juniata Co., Pa. Hi is survived by his mother, wife and 3 children. 3 brothers and 4 sisters also survived him. He led a quiet Christian life. Funeral services were conducted from the Locust Grove Amish Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member.

"Call not back the dear departed,
For his sorrows now are o,er;
On the borde land we left him,
Soon to meet, to part no more."

Transcriber's note: "Borde" is not a typo, it is spelled as written.

Huber- Anna Brenneman was born in Fairfield Co., O., May 18, 1824; died Nov. 28, 1910; near Elida, O.; aged 86 y. 6 m. 10 d. She was married to John Huber of Perry Co., O., Oct. 3, 1843, who died May *6, 1875. She with her husband and others united with the Mennonite Church at Turkey Run, when she was about 20 years of age and has been a consistent member to the end. She with her husband and four oldest children emigrated to Putman Co., O., in Oct., 1852, about 8 miles north of the Salem Church, where she had been a member ever since. She was the ninth to die of a family of ten. Her brother, Daniel Brenneman of Goshen, Ind., being the only one to remain. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 2 sons and 2 daughters have gone to the great beyond. There are 69 surviving descendants. Services were conducted by B. B. Stoltzfus and P. E. Brunk. Text, II Tim. 4:8.

Transcriber's note: In the date May 6, 1875 is *, that is not a typo, it is written as in the original obituary.

Weaver- Bro. Frank W. Weaver died at his home near Waynesboro, Va., Nov. 28, 1910; aged 47 y. 11 m. 6 d. He was complaining some for quite a while, and about four weeks ago he took pleurisy, was better of that, then he could not retain anything on his stomach and was very weak, but no one thought his condition being serious until a few minutes before he passed away. His second wife, with 4 small children, a grown son by his first wife, (who was Sister Fannie Grove) 1 brother, and a number of other near relatives are left to mourn their loss. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, and will be missed in the Church, home and community. His body was laid away in the Springdale burying ground Dec. 1. A short service was held at the house by Bro. A. P. Heatwole, and sermon at Springdale Church by Bro. E. C. Shank, followed by Bro. E. J. Berkey. Text, Gen. 50:20. "But God meant it unto good."

King- John W. King was born in Fairfield Co., O., Mar. 3, 1851. He moved with his parents to Logan Co., O., in 1875, to the farm where he spent the remaining years of his life. Departed this life Nov. 20, 1910, ages 59 y. 8 m. 17 d. Jan. 23, 1877, he was married to Eliza Ann Bontrager. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter, all whom are living. He leaves a loving companion, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 5 grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters, besides many friends and relatives.
He united with the Amish Mennonite Church about 25 years ago and died trusting in his Savior, having expressed himself as being at peace with God and willing to go if it was God,s will. His illness lasted more than a year and at times his suffering was intense, but he bore it patiently until he was called home. Funeral services were held at the house, conducted by John Y. King, assisted by L. L. Plank.

Ebersole- Christian C. Ebersole died at his home near Bainbridge, Lancaster Co., Pa., on Oct. 30, 1910; aged 60 y. Bro. Ebersole was in failing health for some time, but no one thought he was seriously sick, and death came very unexpectedly to everybody. Although just a short time before his death he said he is getting worse fast. He was a great sufferer towards the last. Bro. Ebersole was deacon of God,s congregation for very near ten years, which office he faithfully filled. He was much concerned for the welfare of the Church, and in his death is left a vacant place which the family, the community and the Church all deeply feel. He is survived by a sorrowing companion, 1 son, 1 daughter, and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Good,s M. H. Nov. 2, by Levi Ebersole, Simon E. Garber, and John G. Ebersole from Luke 2:29-32. May God comfort the bereft ones with the blessed assurance that he is at rest.

Kreider- Tobias Kreider died at his home at Paradise, Pa., Oct. 15, 1910, in his 64th year. He had been suffering with a sore hand since July, was able to be about most of the time until a few days before his death he was suddenly stricken with heart failure. His sufferings were severe the last few days, but he bore them patiently, realizing that death was near. He asked his companion to pray for him, said farewell to his children who stood around him and asked them to be good and kind to their mother and younger brothers. Soon afterwards he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. He was married to Hettie Hershey of Gordonville 43 years ago. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters, who are all living to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. One daughter, Susie, married to Samuel Bookwalter, of Newton, Kans., was unable to be present to see her father laid to rest. Our sympathy goes out to her in her sore bereavement. May God strengthen her and may she be able to say, "Thy will, O Lord, not mine, be done." Short services held at the house by Bro. Amos Hoover continued at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Bro. C. M Brackbill. Text, Psa. 8:4 Many were present to pay their last respects to our departed brother who was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

"The friends that we love have gone on before,
Now wait for our coming on yonder bright shore;
Where day never fades, and tears fall never more,
In the place our dear Savior has gone to prepare."
A sister.

Hedrick- Annie Hedrick was born in Greenbrier Co., (then) Va., Jan. 19, 1820. She was a daughter of Christian and Annie (Wenger) Coffman. In 1840 she was married to George Wilson who died in 1849, she was married to David Hedrick in Dec. After remaining a widow twenty-one years, his death which occurred in Dec., 1907. 1862. She lived with him forty years, until She died in Greenbrier Co., W. Va., Oct. 28, 1910; aged 90 y. 8 m. 19 d. In the days of her youth she became a Christian and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a member till her death. She was a consistent, useful Christian woman, proving her loyalty to Christ by a devout Christian life and by helpful deeds to those around her. To her husband with whom she lived so many years, she proved to be a true and helpful wife, and a kind and useful step-mother to his large family of children. She took great interest in listening to preaching and in helping to promote the interests of Christianity. She was the last surviving members of the Mennonite Church in Greenbrier Co. Her father,s children numbered 5 brothers and 5 sisters, all of whom preceded her to the spirit world except her youngest sister, Fannie Hedrick, who still lives near Fort Spring, W. Va. Her brother, Samuel Coffman of Rockingham Co., Va., was for years a bishop in the Church. After appropriate funeral services, her remains were laid to rest in the Coffman graveyard near Ronceverte, W. Va.
J. W. Claypool

Transcriber's note: In the line where the date Dec., 1907. 1862 is, it appears that the comma and period are changed around and the word members is not a typo, that is the was it was written.

Bender- On Nov. 25, 1901, at the home of her only sister where she was on a visit; Sister Fanny, widow of John K. Bender, entered into rest after a brief illness of a little over one week of heart trouble. Just seven weeks to the day she died she left the home of her daughter (where she made her home since she had lost the sight of her eyes) to make a visit with the family of a deceased brother and to her sister, where she died. It was her custom since the loss of her sight to come to that home to partake of communion as the brethren came there to share ont the bread of life to one afflicted for fourteen years, and then the sisters always enjoyed partaking of the communion together and they are always uplifted thereby. Though blind for nine years she was always of a cheerful nature, thanked God for the many blessings bestowed on her. She had reached the age of 79 y. 8 m. 5 d. Funeral services at Millersville, Nov. 29, conducted by the brethren John M. Lefever and Noah Landis. Text, Heb. 10:16. May her death be an awakening to her family of only 1 son and 1 daughter, as they were her concern till the end of life. How she prayed to the Father to draw them as all her eorts failed. May her words now speak louder than ever before and may they see the error of their ways and become followers of the meek and lowly Lamb.

"A home in heaven where our friends are fled,
To the cheerless gloom of the mouldering dead;
We wait in hope on the promise given,
That we will meet up there in our home in heaven."
A relative.

Transcriber's note : The words ont and eorts are not typos, that is the way they were written.

Denlinger- At his home in Rohrerstown., Pa., Nov. 4, Bro. Tobias Denlinger departed this life in his 82nd year. Four weeks prior to his death, he had a slight stroke, which affected his speech, and was no more able to speak aloud. It seemed his affliction was doubly sad, as he had been blind for seventeen years. But he bore his affliction with great patience, always cheerful. He often expressed his desire to go to his heavenly home, and meet the loved ones who had gone before, but was willing to wait till the Lord called him. The Sunday before he was called away the brethren broke to him the bread of life. He was very willing and happy that he could once more show his love to his Savior, by partaking of the emblems of His broken body, when He said, "This do in remembrance of me." His wife, whose maiden name was Susanna Hershey, is left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband. They lived together in holy matrimony for nearly 54 years. There were no children born to this union, but many nieces and nephews remain to mourn the loss of a beloved uncle, and who shall always remember him as one who always gave them good advice and counsel. Bro. Hershey Leaman of the Chicago Mission was a nephew of the departed one. There was also one sister left to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held Nov. 7. A short service at the house was conducted by Bro. Daniel Lehman, continued at the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church by Bro. Abram Herr. Texts, Job 42:5 and II Cor. 5:1. The remains were laid to rest at the Millersville cemetery. A large concourse of people came together to pay the last respects to one who had long lived among them and whom they dearly loved.

"Oh when this life is over,
When comes the time of rest;
Our souls will rest forever
In mansions of the blest."
A Sister.

Heatwole- Elizabeth Heatwole died at the home of her son-in-law, E. J. Suter, near Dale Enterprise, Va., Dec. 1, 1910; aged 79 y. 3 m. 10 d. She was a daughter of David and Sophia Grove, and was born near Dalton, Va., Aug. 21, 1831; Oct. 4, 1849 she was married to Daniel S. Heatwole. On Mar. 28, 1852, she with her husband and others united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a worthy and consistent member till the time of her death. Her husband was ordained to the ministry Jan. 26, 1857 and died May 10, 1894, after which she lived with her son-in-law and daughter, who tenderly cared for her the remainder of her life. For some years she had been troubled with partial paralysis, having strokes at different times. About three years ago she had a stroke which rendered her practically helpless. Since that time she also had other strokes. A few days before her death she took bronchial pneumonia in an acute form which in her enfeebled condition hastened her death. The deceased was a woman of excellent character and noble qualities. As a wife she was faithful and true, proving herself a helpmeet indeed to her husband, especially during his 37 years in ministerial service, undergoing many trials and privations doing what she could to lighten his work. "The heart of her husband could safely trust in her." As a mother she was kind, devoted, patient and self-sacrificing, ever ready to sympathize with her children and administer to their needs. Her children had reason to "rise up and call her blessed." As a neighbor she was peaceful, kind, and sociable, endearing herself to the hearts of those she came in contact with. The poor were never turned away empty from her door. In her affliction she was resigned, cheerful and seemingly happy. She was the mother of 11 children. Six died small and one in adult age. Three sons and one daughter are still living. Funeral services were conducted at Weaver,s Church, Dec. 3, by Bishop Lewis Shank of the Mennonite Church, assisted by H. A. Young of the Presbyterian Church. Text, Rev. 4:13. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 38 - December 22, 1910 - page 611

Littleton --Alma Grace, infant daughter of Bro. Fred and Sister Lydia Littleton, was born Oct. 9, 1910, and died eight days later. She was buried in the Mennonite cemetery near Cherry Box, Mo., leaving to mourn a father and mother and many relatives. Short services were conducted by Bro. Staffons of the Brethren Church.

Schrock --Alva Raymond, youngest son of Harry Schrock and wife, died of pneumonia Dec. 6, 1910. He was born Jan. 5, 1910; aged 11 m. 1 d. Thus ended the life of a faithful little child who suffered for nearly three weeks. He is survived by 1 brother, parents and many sorrowing friends. Funeral services conducted by Geo. Dearcloff. Text, Cant. 6:2.

Editor's note: the abbreviated word "Cant." as typed in this transcription is not a typo. "Canticle" - another name for the book "Song of Solomon" in the Old Testament.- dk

Billau -- Cecil Fred, infant son of Fred and Vera (Hess) Billau, died after five hours of suffering from congestion, Dec. 12, 1910, near Hesston, Kans., aged 25 days. Funeral the day following, conducted in the Evangelical Church, Hesston, by D. H. Bender, assisted by Pre. Spencer. Text, II Kings 4:26. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery at the Pennsylvania Church. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing young parents and lead them to meet their darling in the glory world.

Nolt -- Anna H., infant daughter of Bro. Phares and Sister Alma H. Nolt, was born Sept. 13, 1910; died Dec. 11, 1910, and buried on the day she was 3 months old. Funeral services were conducted at the Lititz M. H. by Jacob Hershey and Jonas Hess. Interment at Hammer Creek. She died very suddenly. In the evening she was cheerful and happy as before, but when the parents arose in the morning, the dear little baby's spirit had gone to heaven. It had been here on earth but a short time, only to escape the tempests and storms of life.

Stutzman -- Glenn, son of Bro. Dan and Sister Annie Stutzman, died Dec. 6, 1910, at their home after an illness of about 3 weeks of typhoid-pneumonia, aged 7 m. 16 d. All that medical power and loving hands could do was done, but all seemed in vain. "Not our will." but His will be done. His sweet, smiling face will be missed by everyone.
Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church northeast of Chappell, Nebr., conducted by----Taylor. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.
"All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts today,
For thou we loved so dearly has passed away,
But hope to meet him on the other shore."
Barbara Petersheim.

Bixler -- Samuel B. Bixler was born Dec. 9, 1842; died Dec. 4, 1910; aged 67 y. 11 m. 25 d. He was married to Rebecca Showalter. To this union were born 2 daughters, one preceded him to the spirit world. His first wife having been called home, he was married on May 4, 1873, to Hattie Weaver for his second wife. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. One son preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn a grief-stricken wife, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 23 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters and a host of friends to mourn their loss.
Funeral services were held Dec. 9, 1910 at the Olive Mennonite meeting house, being largely attended. Services were conducted by J. W. Christophel and Jonas Loucks. Text, Phil. 1:21. The deeply bereaved family have the sympathy of the friends and neighbors.

Dils -- Joseph C, son of Joseph and Christiana Dils, was born July 7, 1853; died Nov. 26, 1910; aged 57 y. 2 m. 19 d. He was married to Mary E. Loucks in 1879. To this union was born 7 daughters and 3 sons. Four daughters and one son preceded him to the spirit world.
He leaves to mourn their loss, a wife, 3 daughters, 2 sons and 2 grandsons, an aged mother, 3 brothers, 10 sisters and a host of friends and relatives. He was the first out of a family of fourteen to die except those who died in infancy. Services were held at the Olive Church conducted by H. M. Schwaim and David Yoder.

Hershey -- Susanna Hershey was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 15, 1838. In the year 1850 she removed with her parents and family to Elkhart Co., Ind., which has since been her home. In the year 1858 she was united in marriage with Jacob Hershey, who died Oct. 4, 1910. Sister Hershey was injured Nov. 5, by her horse running away which was frightened by an automobile. She died Nov. 10, 1910; aged 72 y. 5 m. 25 d. She leaves to mourn her death 3 brothers and a sister. Buried Nov. 13 in the Yellow Creek cemetery services by J. W. Christophel and D. A. Yoder from Num 23:10.

Mishler -- Bro. Levi Mishler died, in September, 1910, at the home of his daughter, Sister J. L. Brubaker, Cherry Box, Mo.; aged 80 y. 1 m. 12 d. He leaves 7 children and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, having been one of the first members in the Cherry Box congregation and when he died he was the oldest member in the congregation. To know him meant to love him. He was of a quiet disposition, though active until the last few years of his life, when suffering from the effects of paralysis and the infirmities of old age he was almost helppless. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church by. J. M. Kreider.

Transcriber's note: The word "helppless" is not a typo, that's the way it was written in the obituary.

Yoder -- David M. Yoder was born Dec. 6, 1835, in Tuscarawas Co., O., died Oct. 17, 1910, at Sandpoint, Idaho; aged 74 y. 10 m. 21 d. Bro. Yoder was married to Leah Plank in 1861. Sister Yoder died in 1876. To this union 6 children were born, 3 of whom died. Also 13 grandchildren; one dead. He lived in Logan and Champaign counties, Ohio, until 1882, when he with his children moved to Cass Co., Mo. He remained there until Sept. 6, 1910, when he left for Idaho to visit his son Samuel, also in the hope of regaining his health; but after arriving at his destination he soon began to fail.
Funeral services were conducted at the residence of his son. Interment in cemetery at Sandpoint, Idaho. He is survived by 2 brothers, 2 half-brothers, 1 half-sister, 3 children, 12 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

Witzke -- Mary Witzke, (nee Schrader) was born Jan. 11, 1840, in Olchin, Poland, Russia; died Oct. 1, 1910. She was married to Henry Witzke, Dec. 2, 1858, came to America in 1875 and settled in Moniteau Co., Mo. She was the mother of 12 children, 36 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Five children, 1 grandchild, and 1 great-grandchild preceded her to the spirit world. She suffered very much at times and had not had a well day for 27 years. She brought her age to 70 y. 8 m. 20 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early youth and remained a faithful member to her death.

Editor's Note: The following lines were found at another place in this issue (looks like a typesetter's error) and might belong here, as part of the Witzke obituary:

Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church, Bro. D. D. King preached from Gen. 23:1-3. She leaves a companion, 3 sons and 4 daughters and a host of sorrowing friends to mourn her departure.
A grandson.

Parcell -- Mary, daughter of Mark and Susan Tintsman, was born in West Moreland Co., Pa., Jan. 18, 1831; died Dec. 8, 1910; aged 79 y. 10 m. 20 d. On Jan. 4, 1850, she was married to John W. Parcell near Shanesville, O. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. One son, the eldest, died Mar. 29, 1876. After lying on a bed of affliction for one year and a half, father preceded mother in death, July 30, 1877. Thus she was left to fight the battles of life alone, but yet not alone for she had Jesus as her guide and her helper, who did not forsake her in life nor in the hour of death.
On Sunday before she passed away she asked all her children to meet her in heaven, which they promised to do. Not satisfied with this, she made the request that her grandchildren, who were not present, should be told to meet her in heaven also.
She suffered very much but through it all she said she was so happy and was waiting for Jesus to come and take her home. She had a peaceful death. Although it is very hard to part with mother, we can rejoice that she has been relieved from her suffering and gone to her eternal reward. Besides leaving her 5 children, there are still living 2 brothers, Henry Tintsman of Butler, Ind., age 84 years; Albert Tintsman of Nappanee, Ind., aged 69 years, and one sister Catharine McCoy of Nappanee, Ind., aged 82 years, who greatly mourn the loss of one they dearly loved. Her father died in 1882, aged 82 years. Her mother died in 1885, aged 82 years.
Burial at South Union cemetery Dec. 11, 1910, conducted by David A. Yoder and Wm. H. Moore. Text, Luke 10:42.

Kreider -- Anna B. Denlinger was born near Starsburg, Pa., Aug. 28, 1835; died Dec. 3, 1910, at the home of her daughter and family near Portland, Kans; aged 75 y. 3 m. 5 d. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Portland. Interment in Forest Grove cemetery, by the side of her husband, who preceded her to the other shore nearly 5 years ago. She was married to John L. Kreider, Dec. 22, 1859. To this union were born 4 children, of whom 2 survive to mourn their loss. She also leaves 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers, a sister, and many other relatives and friends. Yet we mourn not as those who have no hope. Though many miles from most of her kindred, there were many kind friends who helped minister to her needs in her last illness, which was quite brief, though her health and strength had been failing the past year or more. During that time she frequently expressed the wish to be with her Savior, and loved ones gone before. She united with the Mennonite Church while young. After moving west the family never lived near any church of their choice, but she and her husband never united with any other Church. She loved to go to other churches, near by, and was interested in all the work for the Lord. Her great object in life was to be like her Master, kind and helpful to all.
In 1880 the family moved from Lancaster Co. Pa., to Chariton Co., Mo. In 1904 the doctor advised Bro. Kreider to change climates for his health. He chose southern Kansas, and removed there but he lived only 2 years. Now they both lie beneath the Kansas sod. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." He alone can heal our heart aches.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 39 - December 29, 1910 - page 627, 628

Weber. - Francis H., son of Bro. Joseph and Sister Mary Weber, died of pneumonia, aged 7 m. 24 d. Services at the Bowmansville, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Benjamin Weaver and Henry G. Good.

Troyer. - Cornelius James, son of Bro. Jerry and Sisted Lizzie Troyer, of Shipshewanna, Ind., was born Feb. 23, 1910; died Oct. 31, 1910; aged 8 m. 8 d. Funeral services were held at the Shore M. H. Services conducted by Y. C. Miller and Josiah J. Miller. Text, II Kings 4:26.
Transcriber's note: "Sisted" is not a typo, that is the way it was spelled on the page.

Rutt. - Frank Henry, infant son of John and Anna Rutt, died at their home near Sterling, Ill., at the age of 7 m. 17 d. After a brief illness of pneumonia the little one passed away to join the multitude of other little ones who have gone on before. Funeral services at the home conducted by A. C. Good from II Samuel 12:19, and II Kings 4:26, latter clause.

Sawyer. - Clarina (Swartz) wife of John E. Swayer, died of consumption at the home of her parents near Fentress, Va., in the 33rd year of her age. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and was received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism about four weeks prior to her death, and on Dec. 9, 1910, she peacefully fell asleep. Buried on Dec. 11 at the Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church. Services by A. P. Heatwole of Waynesboro, Va., assisted by J. D. Wert of Fentress, Va. Peace to her ashes.
I.W. Eby.

Brubaker. - Sister Mary, wife of Bro. Abram M. Brubaker, Bowmansville, Pa., died Nov. 24, 1910; aged 74 years. She had been sick for about six years, always patient in suffering. She has for a long time been a faithful member in the Weaverland, Pa., congregation, and remained steadfast to the last. She leaves husband, 1 son and 1 daughter. Services Nov. 28, at Weaverland. Bros. I. B. Good and John M. Sauder officiated.

Gross. - James Vernon, infant son of Isaac M. and Elizabeth Gross, was born near Roseland, Nebr., Sept. 28, 1910; died two days later of valvular heart trouble. Leaves to mourn his early death father, mother, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and many relatives. He was buried at the Roseland Mennonite Church. Oct. 2. Short services were conducted at the house by Bro. Andrew Good and Bro. D. G. Lapp. Text, Job 5:6.
"Dearest Vernon, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows head."
Transcriber's note: The word "head" probably should be hear.

Shelley. - Esther Lapp was born near Freeport, Ill., Nov. 26, 1848; died Dec. 16, 1910; aged 62 y. 20 d. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases from which she suffered severs pain for a number of days. She bore it all with Christian resignation. She was married to Addison Shelley in 1887, who has gone "to his long home" more than a year ago.
She was the youngest of a family of thirteen children, 5 brothers and 1 sister having preceded her to the spirit world. Five brothers, 1 sister, 4 orphan children and many relatives and friends are left to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Services by John Nice of Morrison, Ill., and S. E. Graybill from II Cor. 5:1.

Speicher. - Rebecca (Blough) Speicher was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 5, 1841; died near Middlebury, Ind., Nov. 23, 1910; aged 68 y. 11 m. 18 d. Two of her children preceded her to the glory world. A sorrowing husband, 1 son and 1 daughter mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted at the Forks M. H. by the brethren, A. S. Cripe in English from Jno. 14:2, 3, and Y. C. Miller in German from I Peter 1:24. Sister Speicher was a faithful member of the Shore congregation for many years. A large congregation had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect.
"Mother, thou has left us lonely;
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away.
"Mother, thou art sweetly festing,
Cold may be this earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whispered
'Come, and live with us at home'"

Smoker. - Annie E. Smoker, nee Beiler, wife of Samuel P. Smoker near Intercourse, Pa., died very suddenly at her home on Sunday morning of heart failure, brought on by several causes. She had not been well for a few days, but her illness was not considered serious until a short time before she expired. She is survived by her husband, 1 child, 5 step-children, her parents, Christ J. Beiler and wife, 2 brothers, Aaron and George, 2 sisters, Barbara and Maggie, and a host of friends. She had been married five years and was a consistent member of the Amish Church. Funeral services were held on Wednesday by Bish. John Zook and Pre. Samuel Peachey of Mifflin Co. and the remains were laid to rest in the Amish cemetery at Gordonville. He age was 31 y. 2 m. 9 d.
John H. Kauffman.

Kauffman. - Catharine (Eash) Kauffman was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Oct. 13, 1861; died at her home in Middlebury, Ind., Dec. 14, 1910; aged 49 y. 2 m. 1 d. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 3 sons and 2 daughters, besides 7 grandchildren.
Sister Kauffman with her husband, Samuel Kauffman, united with the Mennonite Church at the Forks in 1880 in which she remained a faithful member until death.
Her lingering illness of the past few years was caused by chronic appendicitis which later developed into a cancer. She bore all her afflictions very patiently and seemed ready to enter into her eternal rest.
"Mother, thou art greatly missing,
In our earthly home;
But we know thou art sweetly resting
And bidding us to come."
Funeral services were held at the Forks Church from the 103 Psalm, which Scripture had been selected by the departed sister. Burial at Forest Grove cemetery.
S. E .Weaver.

Burkholder. - Abraham Grove Burkholder died Nov. 26, 1910, at the age of 80 y. 11 m. 3 d. He resided with his son on the old homestead near Markham, Ont. For the past seven years Bro. Burkholder has been failing, owing to paralysis of the brain. Old age and the infirmity with which he was afflicted were the immediate cause of his death. He was one of the most widely known residents of the district, and has even been a worthy example of the faith which he professed. Though of a quite and retiring nature his life was a strong testimony for Christ and the Church. Of the six children of his first marriage, 4 daughters and 1 son survive. Four sons, of whom Bro. L. J. Burkholder is the eldest, and 1 daughter of the second marriage, also mourn the loss of a loving father, their mother having passed away a number of years ago. The large number of friends and neighbors who met at the home and at the meeting house for the funeral services which were held on the 28th, bore testimony to the esteem in which he was held by all. The family have the sympathy of all, and are comforted in Christian hope. Services at the home and at the Wideman Church, conducted by Samuel R. Hoover and S. F. Coffman. Text, Eph. 6:2.

Shantz. - Israel R. Shantz died at his home near Carstairs, Alberta, on Dec. 15, 1910; aged 47 y. 5 m. He was born near Berlin, Ont., Aug. 15, 1863. On Sept. 22, 1886, he was married to Elizabeth Schmitt. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. During the eventful meetings of 1891, held in Berlin, he was converted and at once became active in the Master's service. A new Sunday school was started near Waterloo, Ont., of which he was superintendent for 9 years in succession. In the year 1901, he moved with his family to his late home, and was one of the pioneer settlers in the Waterloo district. His active Christian service did not cease when he moved west. In the same year, Sept. 15, he was ordained a minister of the Gospel in the Mennonite Church, by Bish. S. F. Coffman. On Oct. 3, last year, he was ordained to the office of bishop to have oversight of the churches in Alberta, by Bish. E. S. Hallman. About a month ago, he returned home from looking after a new church colony, a sick man. A complication of diseases set in, and he suffered much, but bore it all patiently. Under this heavy cloud of sorrow we humbly bow to God's will, and say, not ours but Thy will be done. He leaves behind him a loving wife, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 4 brothers and 5 sisters, who mourn their loss, which to him is eternal gain. Sorrow is expressed in the community. The Church is bereft of her pastor. The conference will miss one of her ablest workers. He was buried at West Zion, where the largest funeral held at this place gave expression of how far-reaching his influence was exerted. Services were conducted by N. B. Stauffer of High River, Alta., and E. S. Hallman of Cressman, Sask. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana

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