Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1910

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Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 31 - November 3, 1910- - - page 495, 496

Driver.-- Grace K. Driver died on Aug. 13, 1910, at the home of her father, Bro. John C. Driver. She was 21 y. 7 m. and 18 d. old and leaves a father, 3 sisters and 5 brothers to mourn her death, besides a host of relatives and friends. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church since November, 1905. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. L. J. Miller of Garden City, Mo. Text, Gal. 6:7. May God comfort the bereaved ones.

Siegrist.-- Barbara (Detweiler), wife of Bro. Jacob Siegrist, died at her home near Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 21, 1910; aged 71 y. 3 m. 15 d. She is survived by her husband, 2 children, 6 grandchildren and many friends to mourn her departure. She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and lived an exemplary Christian life unto the end. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, conducted by D. E. Kuhns and J. N. Durr, from II Tim. 4:6-8. The funeral was very largely attended. While this sad affliction is deeply felt by the bereaved husband, children and grandchildren, may all of them be led nearer to God and seek to meet her on the bright shores beyond.

Bullard.-- Philip A. Bullard was born Sept. 27, 1859, in the Province of Quebec, Canada, and died Oct. 20, 1910; aged 51 y. 23 d. He came to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1868, where he resided to the time of his death. He was married to Margaret Christophel, March 18, 1879. To this union were born two daughters and one son. The son died in infancy and both daughters also in later years preceded their father to the eternal world. On Jan. 12, 1886, his companion was called to the life beyond and he was left with his two daughters, Jennie and Elizabeth, to meet the trials of life without a mother,s care for his children, until Mar. 6, 1887, when he united in marriage to Sarah Christophel. To this second union were born one daughter and two sons; the daughter died in infancy, leaving the two sons, Elmer and Roy, who besides the sorrowing companion and one grandchild and many friends and relatives, survive him. Bro. Bullard united with the Mennonite Church when a young man, and was a faithful member to the time of his death. Funeral services were held Oct. 23, at the Mennonite M. H. in Elkhart, by John F. Funk and Samuel Yoder. Text, I Cor.15:54-58. Mat the Lord bless and comfort the sorrowing hearts.
---- J. F. Funk.

Zehr.-- Paul Zehr was born Jan. 20, 1891; died at his home near Flanagan, Ill., Oct 11, 1910; aged 19 y. 8 m. 21 d.
He was converted when thirteen years old, and united with the A. M. Church. He remained faithful in the Church of his choice until God called him to his eternal reward. Father, mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters survive him, mourning the loss of one who was very near and dear to them, yet realizing that their loss is his eternal gain. The Church and Sunday school, friends and neighbors feel also that they will miss him as a Christian friend and worker.
The funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Geo. Summer, and at the church by the brethren, C. Z. Yoder and L. J. Miller. Interment in the Waldo cemetery.

Weaver. -- Lena E. Garber was born July 1, 1863. She was bedfast the greatest part of the time for three months with a complication of diseases, and passed away Oct. 20, 1910, in Peoria, Ill., (where she was taking treatment) at the age of 47 y. 3 m. 19 d. At an early age she united the A. M. Church and remained faithful until God called her home. In 1893 she was united in marriage with John Weaver, which union was blessed with 1 son and 4 daughters, who with their father survive to mourn her departure. She also leaves 1 sister, 5 brothers, and many friends. Funeral services were held at her home near Washington, Ill., also at the Union Church by Bro. A. L. Buzzard from Jno. 5:25 in the English language and Bro. Andrew Schrock from II Kings 20:1 in the German language. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Croy.-- Rita, daughter of Jack and Martha Croy, was born June 14, 1905, died Oct. 25, 1910; aged 5 y. 4 m. 11 d. Rita was afflicted with diphtheria which brought her little life to a close. She was the oldest child of the three that were living and will be missed in the home. We are sure that He who said, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God", has salled for her spirit in a brighter and purer world. May her loved ones remember her as a loving one beckoning them to the better land. Funeral services at the grave by J. R. Shank.

Transcriber's note: salled is not a typo, that is the way it was spelled.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 32 - November 10, 1910 - page 510, 511, 512

Hartzler.-- Gideon Hartzler was born in Wayne Co., O. Oct. 17, 1837; died Oct. 29, 1910; aged 73 y. 12 d. He was the father of 10 children and grandfather to 31 grandchildren. 3 daughters and the mother of these children preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a widow and 7 children to mourn his departure. He was a loving husband, a kind father and a good neighbor, always willing to lend a helping hand to any one in time of need. He was converted in his early life and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, in which he proved faithful until God saw fit to call him home.

Ulrich.-- Nick Ulrich was born in Ont., Canada, Mar. 17, 1841; died in Milford, Neb., Oct. 20, 1910; aged 69 y. 7 m. 3 d. He was married to Sister Mary Jantzi, Dec.15, 1861. To this union were born 10 children, 2 sons and 8 daughters. Both sons and 4 daughters preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, 4 daughters, 1 brother and 15 grandchildren. Bro.Ulrich was a faithful member of the A. M. Church from his youth and seemed to live a Christian life. May God comfort his family with His Word. Interment in the East Fairview cemetery. Funeral services were held by the brethren, Christ Steckley and Jos. Rediger.

Beverstine.-- Catharine Maust was born near Meyersdale, Pa., Feb.10, 1856. Came with her parents to Indiana in 1883. She was married to Daniel Biversteine June 5, 1887. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters, 1 daughter died when 16 years old. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church when in her 15th yea.. Died Oct. 28, 1810; aged 54 y. 8 m. 18 d. She suffered severely with typhoid fever for ten weeks, but bore all her afflictions with Christian resignation. Nearing her end, she called all the family together, gave them goodbye and earnestly exhorted her children to live godly lives. On the last day of her life in the morning she was, in accordance with her request, annointed with oil in the name of the Lord and seven hours later she fell asleep in peace with a bright hope of meeting her Redeemer in glory. She leaves father, mother, husband, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 son and 3 daughters to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held Oct. 31 in Nappanee meeting house, of which congregation she was a member. Interment at the South Union cemetery. The funeral was largely attended. Services conducted by Jonas Loucks and David Burkholder. Text, Rom. 8:28. The deeply bereaved family has the sympathies of the friends and neighbors.

Transcriber's note: The word "yea".. is spelled as written. Probably should be "year" There is a mistake in the year she died, probably should be 1910 instead of 1810.

Shank.-- John S. Shank was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 16, 1839; died in Sterling, Ill., Oct. 17, 1910, at the age of 71 y. 9 m. 1 d. His life when view from the human standpoint seems to have been a hard one, for when but a small boy he was cast among strangers to battle with the world, and then again after he had lived his allotted three score years and ten and passed over to borrowed time, it again became his lot to be cared for by friends, as no relatives remain but one son and a daughter in the east. He was a devoted Christian and now he rests from his labors and his works do follow. The keynote of his life seemed to be:
Others Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be.
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee.

Reedy.-- John Henry Reedy was born near Ft. Jennings, O., Oct. 24, 1876. He was killed at Esmond, S. Dak., Aug. 31, 1910.
He was conductor on the C. and W. W. R. R. He was looking after a coupling on a bad order car, while on his way home to Huron, S. Dak., when death overtook him. It seemed that a draw-bar on one of the cars had pulled out and the coupling had to be made with chains. At Esmond he examined the chain and found it was slipping. He was prepared to fix the chain when the slack went out of the train and the bad order car was bumped against the one next to it, striking Henry's head on the left side and giving him another blow on the chest, crushing the chest completely. Either he threw himself away from the train or the impact forced him off of the track so that when the brakeman saw him he was lying beside the train. An effort was made to reach Huron before he passed away, but shortly after starting the feeble spark of life departed. He leaves his wife, a daughter, parents (Eliphas and Matilda Reedy), 3 brothers and 2 sisters of Chicago., Ill., and a naged grandmother, Anna Huber of Elida, O. In 1908 his little fifteen months old baby Charles was scalded and died before the father could reach home. Little did we think that Henry would be taken so soon. We are glad to learn that he had been converted and his intentions were to be taken into church fellowship. May God comfort the bereft ones.

Transcriber's note: The word naged is not a typo, that is the way it was spelled. It should be spelled aged.

Shirk.-- Norman, son of Levi and Sarah Shirk, was born Dec. 27, 1898; died in Berks Co., Pa., Oct. 19, 1910; was buried Oct. 21, in the Bowmansville grave yard; aged 11 y. 9 m. 22 d. The cause of death was diphtheria. No services were held on account of the disease. He left to mourn his death his parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.
"Sleep, Norman dear, and take thy rest,
God called thee home, and thought it best.
And though,t is hard to part with thee,
Yet God's strong arm supporteth us."
Mary A. Musser.

Eyer.-- Andrew Eyer was born in Bavaria, Germany, Jan. 17, 1866; died near Fisher, Ill., Oct. 18, 1910; aged 44 y. 8 m. 21 d. He united with the A. M. Church in his younger years, and was a member until death. He was married twice. His first wife died in Arkansas. He was married the second time to Barbara Heiser, June 17, 1894. This union was blessed with two children. He leaves his bereaved wife, 2 sons, 3 step sons, 2 step brothers. step father and many friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted by Peter Zehr in German at the house, text Psa. 90, at the East Bend Church house by Dan Grieser in German, text St. John 5:24-29, and Peter Zehr in English, text Heb. 9:27, 28. Burial in the cemetery near by.

Shoup.-- Christena Metzler was born Jan. 30, 1832, in Mahoning Co., died Oct. 19, 1910, in Wayne Co., O. While on a visit there her death was caused by an accident. She and another old grandmother had started to go a few miles to visit that day. They had to pass where there was a new culvert in the road. The horse was afraid to pass some stones and she got out to lead the horse. The horse made a jump and pushed her over in the gutter and broke her neck. She lived only one hour. Services were conducted at the home of Henry Shoup in Wayne Co., by Ira Buckwalter and Aaron Eberly on Oct. 20, after which the body was sent to the home of Jacob Martin in Mahoning Co., where she had been making her home. Buried on Oct. 21 at the North Lima Mennonite Church. Services were conducted at the house by Allen Rickert and David Lehman, using the shortest verse in the Bible for a text. She was married to Abraham Ziegler in 1851. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters. 2 daughters having preceded her to the Spirit world. Bro. Ziegler died Apr. 16, 1876, after which she again married to John Shoup of Holmes Co., Ohio, on May 5, 1881. He died Jan. 1907. There remain to mourn their loss, 8 children, 32 grandchildren, 4 being dead, and 10 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church.
A grandchild.

Jantz.-- Peter D. Jantz of Drake, Sask., passed away on Oct. 17, 1910. He suffered about one year from dropsy and other similar ailments. Aged 60 years. He was born in Russia, emigrated to Kansas and a few years ago moved with his family to Saskatchewan. The funeral services were held at the North Star Mennonite Church by Henry Bartel, E. S. Hallman and John Gehrbrandt. Bro. Jantz was a pillar in the Church, and will be missed at his usual post of duty.

Bechler.-- Emanuel Bechler was born in Livingstone Co., Ill., Mar. 26, 1870; died suddenly of heart trouble Oct. 29, 1910, near Beaver Crossing, Nebr. Just as he was finishing eating his dinner. he leaned back in his chair and died. It was a great shock for his family and community. His health was failing for the last few years but was working and did his business in town the morning before he died. This is a loud call for us all, that we should be ready when the Lord calls us. Bro. Bechler was united in marriage with Sister Amanda Hershberger, Jan. 4, 1889. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, 2 sons, 1 daughters, one grandchild, mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. His father and 1 sister preceded him to the great beyond. Bro. Bechler was a faithful member in the A. M. Church and at the time of his death was assistant S. S. Supt., in the West Fairview Church. Funeral services were held in the East Fairview Church near Milford, Neb., conducted by the brethren, Christ Steckly, Jos. Withaker, and Jos. Rediger.

Transcriber's note: daughters is written as in the original obituary.

Rich.-- Joseph Rich was born in France, May 25, 1837; died Oct. 25, 1910; aged 73 y. 5 m. In 1858 he came with his mother to Iowa, where he resided ever since. In 1890 he was married to Verena Widmer. This union was blessed with 3 daughters, who with their mother and many friends are left to mourn their loss. In his young years he accepted Jesus as his Savior and remained steadfast in this faith to the end. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite Church near Noble, Ia., Oct. 27, 1910, by S. Gerig and S. M. Musselman. Texts, Heb. 4:11 and Eccl. 12. Interment in cemetery near by.

Yoder.-- Maud E., twin daughter of John and Mary Allgier was born Sept. 24, 1885; died Oct. 19, 1910; aged 25 y. 25 d. Oct. 16 she was taken to Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, to undergo a Caesarean operation from which she was unable to recover but gradually sank away.
She was united in marriage to Elmer L. Yoder Dec. 26, 1901. To this union was born a son, Donald Emerson who survived but a few hours, passing into the eternal world two days previous to the mother. Maud suffered intensely but bore it patiently, and we believe she is now sweetly resting. It is hard to part with loved ones, but when death comes so unexpectedly it seems doubly sad. She was an obedient daughter, a kind and considerate sister, a loving and devoted companion. When counseling with her concerning their temporal affairs, her reply to him always was, "Just as you say." Many times during her last days on earth she prayed, "O Lord, spare me for Elmer's sake; yet not my will but Thine be done." Although their married life was a short duration, yet fond memories linger which time can never erase. At the age of eighteen she accepted Christ as her Savior, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith she departed.
She leaves to mourn her departure a grief-stricken husband, father, mother, 2 sisters, 3 brothers and a host of relatives and friends.

"O, why is it, Maud, you,ve left me
And gone to that heavenly shore,
Where angels are singing and calling,
Where sickness and death are no more?

"I miss you, dear Maud, I miss you,
I,m lonely away from your side;
But in that fair land I,ll join you,
And there evermore we,ll abide."

Funeral services were conducted the atternoon of Oct. 22, at South Union Church, by J. J. Warye and B. B. Stoltzfus. Interment in the cemetery near the church.

Transcriber's note: The word atternoon is not a typo, that is the way it was spelled.

Kreider.-- Milo G., son of Jonas and Catharine Kreider, was born Aug. 20, 1886, in Wadsworth, Medina Co., O. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of eleven. While not always located so as to be under the influence of the Church he carried with him the principles of a true Christian.
He moved with his parents to Plainview, Tex., in the spring of 1908. On May 5, 1910, he was married to Miss Maud Snyder and located at Canyon City, Colo. He died of typhoid fever, Oct. 22; aged 24 y. 2 m. 2 d. His remains were buried at Plainview, Tex., Oct. 29, from the home of Bro. P. B. Snyder. The services were conducted by Andrew Brenneman. Text, Eccl. 12:5 (latter clause).
He leaves his loving wife, father, mother, 1 brother and 2 sisters at this place, 1 sister in Ohio and many friends to mourn his departure.

Rock.-- Samuel Rock, aged 49 y. 2 m. 1 d., died at his home in Pond Bank, Pa., Oct. 30, 1910. He leaves a wife and 8 children. He was an inveterate drinker for years. The doctor often told him it would kill him. Several weeks ago he began to drink and drank almost continuously until Sunday, Oct. 30, when his wife came home from Sunday school she found him sitting at the table with his head lying on his arms apparently as he was when she left him; but he was cold in death undoubtedly caused by the accursed cup. His death was a shock to the community, the poor of which he had often befriended. He will be missed even if he was a drunkard. He was buried on Wednesday in the Mt. Zion grave yard. The funeral services were held in the church at that place, conducted by W. W. Hege from Prov. 14:32. This was a sad funeral and should be a warning to others who drink.
Harvey E.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 33 - November 17, 1910 - page 527

Rohrer. -- Sarah S. Rohrer (Blair) was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 19, 1846; died Oct. 31, 1910; aged 64 y. 2 m. 12 d. Dec. 18, 1866, she was married to Edward, son of Pre. Michael Rohrer. To this union were born 13 children, 9 of whom survive her. She leaves a husband, 3 sisters and 20 grandchildren. She was an invalid for a number of years, but was very patient in her affliction.

Martin. -- David M. Martin died at his home near Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 30, 1910; aged 66 y. 11 m. 6 d. Bro. Martin had been in apparently good health when on Saturday evening he was suddenly stricken with a stroke of paralysis and died before morning, thus a reminder again of the uncertainly of life. He is survived by a bereaved companion and 8 children. Funeral services were held Nov. 2, conducted at the house by D. E. Kuhns and at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by J. S. Burkholder and J. F. Brunk. Text, "Behold I come quickly."

Conrad. -- Elias Conrad was born in Stark Co., O., April 16, 1830; died Oct. 25, 1910; aged 80 y. 6 m. 9 d. He united in marriage with Anna Becker in 1857. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The mother, 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 grandchild preceded him to the glory world. One son and one daughter with many brethren and friends mourn the departure of a loving and kind father. In his youth he united with the A. M. Church and was faithful until called to come up higher. He lived on the farm where he was born all of his life, and was the oldest brother in the Church. Funeral by the home ministers, Leichty and Sommers, assisted by Benj. Gerig.
Benj. Gerig.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 34 - November 24, 1910- Vol. 2, No. - page 543, 544

Housser.- Ezra Housser died at his home in Rainham, Ont., on Nov. 2, 1910; aged 24 y. 3 m. 26 d. Bro. Housser was sick with typhoid fever only a short time and his death was unexpected. He was taken into the church two years ago during which time he lead an exemplary life and was very zealous for Christ's cause. A sorrowing wife and two small children survive him. The burial took place Nov. 5 at South Cayuga in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. The service was conducted by L. J. Burkholder.

Hostetler.- Adam, son of Adam and Fannie Hostetler, was born Mar. 6, 1823, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died Nov. 4, 1910; aged 87 y. 7 m. 28 d. He was married to Katie Ross in Mifflin Co., in 1884. To this union 7 children were born. In 1885 he married as his second wife, Sister Barbara Smith (nee Yoder). To this union 5 children were born. His offspring number about 12 children, 44 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Of this number 7 died. Bro. Hotetler moved from Mifflin Co., Pa., to Lawrence Co., Pa., in 1846; removed to Tuscarawas Co., O., in 1858; thence to Hickory Co., Mo., in 1867 and to Cass Co., in Feb. 1908. Funeral at the Sycamore Church on Nov. 6 by J. J. Hartzler in German and B. F. Hartzler in English. Text, Amos 4:12.

Transcriber's note: Hostetler is spelled two different ways, as Hostetler and as Hotetler.

Hertzler.- Fannie, wife of Pre. I. D. Hertzler, was born Aug. 14, 1855; died, Oct. 15, 1910; aged 55 y. 2 m. 1 d.
Sister Hertzler's death which was caused by an operation for chronic appendicitis and enlargement of the liver, came unexpected and proved a serious shock to the entire community. She is missed by all as a faithful companion, a loving mother, a loyal member of the body of Christ and a generous friend and neighbor.
A loving husband, 3 sons and 3 daughters and numerous relatives are left to mourn her departure. They mourn not as those who have no hope. Mother was even anxious to go. No fears of death. How appropriate is the words of the apostle, "O death where is thy sting. O grave where is thy victory."
J. M. Shank.

Bachman.- Joe Bachman died Nov. 11, 1910, near Upland, Calif., of tuberculosis; aged 20 y. 6 m. 23 d. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and a host of friends to mourn his departure. He was born in Kansas and converted at the age of 13. Later his parents moved to Garden Grove, Calif., where he lived till a few months prior to his death. He was an earnest worker for the Lord. His greatest desire was to get an education and preach the blessed tidings of a crucified Redeemer. Last year he was superintendent of the Garden Grove Free Methodist Sunday school. About four months before his death, his mother, two sisters and himself moved to the mountains near Upland, Calif. for his health. He was very patient in his sickness. Instead of complaining he was praising the Lord. He could walk around a little till about 3 weeks before death when he was stricken to his bed during much of this time, especially toward the end he suffered intense pain.
Funeral services held in the Brethren in Christ Church, Nov. 12. Text, Jno. 14:1-4, chosen by the deceased
J. L. Charles.

Culp.- Near Wakarusa, Ind., on Nov. 4, 1910, of a complication of diseases, Dea. Abraham Culp, of the Holdeman congregation, aged 72 y. 1 m. 4 d. He was born in Mahoning Co., O., Sept. 30, 1838, and emigrated with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1852. He was united in marriage with Annie Blosser in 1866. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters; 1 daughter preceded the father to the eternal world. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1867 and remained a faithful member to the time of his death. In 1886 he was ordained to the office of deacon, which office he conscientiously filled with credit and faithfulness. His walk and conversation were that of a sincere and devoted child of God. He was much concerned for the welfare of the Church, and in his death there is left a vacant place which the family, the neighborhood, the Church, all deeply feel. He is survived by a sorrowing companion, 2 sons, 2 daughters and 1 grandson to mourn his death. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive M. H., Oct. 7, by Henry Weldy and John F. Funk from Phil. 1:21. May God comfort the sorrowing hearts with the blessed assurance that he is safe in the arms of Jesus.
John J. Funk.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunicutt, Indiana

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