Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1911

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Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 27 - October 5, 1911, p. 431, 4332

Zimmerman.- Bro. Martin S. Zimmerman died very suddenly on the morning of Sept. 21, at his home near Witmer, Lancaster Co., Pa. after having spent a night of good rest, and apparently in the best of health. His age was 46 y. 8.m. 7 d. He was a regular attendant at Mellinger's Church and a teacher in the Sunday school. A wife and daughter mourn the deep loss in the home. A host of friends and neighbors mourn his loss to the community. His funeral was held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Mellinger's Church and conducted by Bros. Sanford Landis, Daniel Lehman, and John Landis. Text, Mark 13: 33, "Take heed, watch and pray."

Stutzman.- John S. Stutzman was born Oct. 15, 1827 in Wayne Co., O.; died Sept. 17, 1911, in Fulton Co., O.; aged 83 y. 11 m. 2 d. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 1 brother, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. His only child, a daughter, 1 grandchild and 1 great-grandchild, preceded him to the spirit world. He was united in marriage to Lydia Blouch Aug. 31, 1854, in Wayne Co., O., and moved to Fulton Co., the same year and settled on the farm where they shared life's joys and sorrows together for 57 years and 11 days. In his younger years he was converted to Christ and united with the A. M. Church of which he remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services at the Central Church by S. D. Greiser, D. J. Wyse and H. Rychener.

Miller. - Bro. Joe Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 21, 1839. At the age of two years his parents moved to Indiana. He was married to Christina Kaufman June 21, 1860, in Lagrange Co., Ind. Moved to Cass Co., Mo., Aug., 1872, where he lived since at the same home where he died, Sept. 12, 1911, at the age of 72 y. 1 m. 22 d. His descendants are 5 sons, 4 daughters, 32 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Two children died in infancy. His wife preceded him to the spirit world July 2, 1904. Four grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild also preceded him. Bro. Miller had been a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services at Sycamore Church Sept. 14 by J.J. Hartzler in German and William Helmuth in English. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.

Leatherman - Susan (Link) Leatherman was born in Mahoning Co., O., on May 4 1849; died Sept. 24, 1911; aged 62 y. 4 m. 20 d. In 1863 she moved with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind. She was united in marriage to Jacob Bachert Dec. 27, 1868. Bro. Bachert died Nov. 9, 1886. One May 8, 1889, she was married to Isaac Leatherman who died Nov. 18, 1910, since which time her health failed rapidly. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church June 9, 1872, and remained a faithful and consistant member until her departure. She leaves to mourn their loss a brother, a sister, a foster-son, a number of step-children, nephews, nieces, and a host of friends. Services were held in the house of the Church of the Brethren in Wakarusa, Ind. Sept. 26, from II Tim. 4:6-8, by Silas Weldy and Jacob K. Bixler. Burial at the South Union Cemetery.

Culp. - David Culp, son of Christian and Elizabeth Culp, was born in Fairfield Co., O., Oct. 10, 1838; died Sept. 20, 111; aged 72 y. 10 m. 10 d. He moved with his parents to Allen Co., O., in 1851, where he has since resided. He was married June 20, 1861 to Nancy Brenneman, daughter of John and Nancy Brenneman. To this worman were born 2 sons and 9 daughters, of whom 2 daughters have preceded him to the spirit world. He has been afflicted with cancer for the past year but bore his affliction patiently. He with his wife, united with the Mennonite Church in early life and has lived a consistent Christian life, always faithful in his duty in the church and in his home. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his children, 24 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 6 sisters, and 2 brothers, he being the first to be called away out of a family of 9 children. The funeral services were held at the Salem M. H. by N.O. Blosser, assisted by Bro. Gabriel Brunk. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.

Appel. - Martha (Harshbarger) Appel was born June 10, 1836, near Dayton, Rockingham Co., Va.,; died Sept. 20, 1911; aged 75 y. 3 m. 10 d. In 1836 she came to Livingstone Co., Ill., and kept house for her father. On Oct. 31, 1865, she was married to George Appel. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son. Her husband and 1 daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Two daughters and 1 son, and 11 grandchildren are left to mourn her departure. She is the last of a family of 7, one of whom preceded her about 1 month. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for nearly 40 years. She was much concerned about the welfare of the church and always concerned to have her children to live true to their God and perform their duties. She was sick only a few days. Funeral services were held at the Cullom Mennonite Church Sept. 21, by A. H. Leaman and s. Honderich. Text, I Pet. 1:4. May God richly bless the family in the hour of bereavement.

Stutzman. - Sister Barbara (Zimmerman) Stutzman, wife of William Stutzman, of Wood River, Nebr., was born Mar. 22, 1879; died Sept. 21, 1911; aged 32 y. 6 m. The deceased suffered for several years from leakage of the heart and about 5 months ago dropsy set in, towards the last few weeks also jaundice and gangrene, from which she suffered greatly at times and for eight weeks needed our care day and night, until the Lord came and took her home. She was very patient and longed to meet her Savior. She left us many good testimonies that we feel save to say she is now where pain and sorrow are known no more. Several hours before she died she sang two songs and prayed that all should prepare to meet her. She leaves to mourn her departure a loving husband, 2 daughters, mother and step-father, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 3 half-sisters and 2 half-brothers. Father and 1 sister preceded her to the spirit world. Services conducted by A. Stoltzfas and D.G. Lapp. Text, "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

Roth.- Viola, daughter of Jacob and Mary Roth, was born Dec. 4, 1903; died Sept. 16, 1911; aged 7 y. 9 m. 12 d. The death of this little lamb was very sad. The mother, her four children, 1 boy and 3 girls were on their way to the station to send Viola to the home of a friend, with whom she had been residing the past summer. As they crossed the Baugo bridge they met two automobiles, racing each other. The little boy crossed over the driveway of the bridge in front of one of the automobiles and Viola, following her brother was struck and instantly killed. The funeral was largely attended and the deepest sympathy for the bereaved and sorrowing family was apparent by all present, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Little Viola only went before to wait in the better home for the ones who mourn her departure. Sometimes we hope they may meet again, where there are no more tears, no more sorrow and no more death. Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 18 by John F. Funk from Jas. 4:14. May God comfort the sorrowing hearts.

Streeley.- Frederick Streeley was born in Juniata, Co., Pa., July 12, 1826; died Sept. 14, 1911; aged 85 y. 2 m. 2 d. In early youth he was left an orphan and thrown upon his own resources for a livelihood. In 1849 her was united in marriage with Catharine Raymer also of Juniata Co., Pa. Soon after their marriage they came to Wakarusa, Ind. Where they resided for some years and from which place they removed to Elkhart, Ind. For three years he was a soldier in the Union army and passed through many hardships. His first wife died some years ago. He married his second wife, Mrs. Lovina Huntzinger, Aug. 15, 1908, who survives him. He was then 82 years old. On July 12, 1911, he celebrated his 85th birthday, and until then enjoyed remarkably good health. The following day, however, he had a slight attack of heart disease and was in feeble health from that time on to his end. On Sept. 9, he went down town on business, on the street car. This was his last trip away from home. Soon after his return he suffered a serious attack of heart trouble and died at his home in Elkhart, Ind., on the 14. He is survived beside his companion, by 1 daughter, 2 sons, and 6 grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk at the home from II Cor. 5:1. He was buried at Grace Lawn Cemetery. Peace to his ashes.

Transcribed by Linda Hartman, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 28 - October 12, 1911- pages 447 - 448

Erb - Bro. John Erb died Sept. 26, 1911, at the home of his brother in - law, Bro. Abraham Oberholtzer, of Freeport, Ont. He was aged two days less than 83 years. He leaves 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn the loss of a dear one. The daughters were at his bedside at the time of his death. Two weeks before his death he wished once more to partake of the communion, which was administered to him by our home minister, Bro. Benjamin Schantz. Funeral was held at the Berlin Mennonite Church by Bro. Benjamin Schantz.

Shotzbarger. - Jacob Shotzbarger of Rockten, Pa., was born Feb. 17, 1848; died Sept. 24, 1911; aged 63 y. 7 m. 7 d. he had been afflicted with dropsy for over two years. During the past year he had been unable to leave the house. He suffered greatly during his illness and longed for the time to come when he could be relieved of his suffering. He leaves a wife, 6 sons, and 3 daughters to mourn the loss of a kind father. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Jacob Snyder of Rearing Springs, Pa. Burial in the Rockton Cemetery.

Stouffer. - Elizabeth Blosser Stouffer died Sept. 21, 1911; aged 66 y. 9 m. 13 d. She was born near North Lima, O., and was married to Henry Stouffer, who preceded her to the other world. She died at the home of Pre. Enos Hartzler, near Leetown, O. Sister Hartzler being her youngest daughter and where she had her home. Six children survive her. Funeral services were held at the North Lime Church on Sept. 22, conducted by E. M. Detwiler and A. J. Steiner.

Gantz. - Tillman L. Gantz of Elizabethtown, Pa., was born in Dauphin Co., Pa., April 18, 1887; died of typhoid fever Sept. 3, 1911; aged 24 y. 4 m. 15 d. He was sick 12 days and was delirious most of the time. He is survived by his wife, mother , now the wife of Pre. Samuel L. Oberholtzer, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held Sept. 6, at the Elizabethtown Mennonite M. H., conducted by Bros. Lehman, Wagernagel and Landis. Text, Jer. 15:9. Buried in the Florin cemetery. May the Lord comfort the bereaved ones.

Blosser. - Elizabeth (Lehman) Blosser, widow of Martin Blosser, was born Oct. 23, 1851, in Rockingham Co., Va.; died Sept. 7, 1911; aged 51 y. 10 m. 15 d. She had been suffering from liver trouble all summer, and was then taken seriously ill with gall stones and locking of the bowels which caused her death. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 brothers, 3 sons, four daughters, 13 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early days, in which she remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church near Concord, Tenn., by H.J. Powell and T. K. Hershey, from Phil. 1:21. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Blough. - David Blough was born in Wayne Co., O., Mar. 13, 1826; died near Middlebury, Ind., Sept. 18, 1911; aged 85 y. 6 m. 5 d. His first wife, Catharine Kurtz, preceded him to the spirit world. To this union were born 10 children, 6 of which preceded him to the spirit world and 4 are left to mourn his departure, also 14 grandchildren. He later married his second wife, Sister Saloma Lantz, in 1831, whom God in His great wisdom saw fit to remove from time to eternity in 1895. Then later he was married to Sister Elizabeth Nofsinger who survives him. May the Lord sustain her in her old age and keep her faithful in her last days here on earth. Funeral services were conducted at the Clinton A. M. Church, near Goshen, Ind., where a large concourse of people had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. Services by J. S. Hartzler from I Cor. 15: 55, 56, and D. D. Troyer from II Cor. 5:1.

Kauffman. - Fannie (Miller) Kauffman was born in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 9, 1844; died near White Cloud, Mich., Sept. 28, 1911; aged 66 y. 20 m. 19 d. Sister Kauffman, whose maiden name was Miller, was married to Benjamin Miller in 1860, and to them were born 6 children, 5 of whom survive her. In 1884, her husband having died, she was married to Jonas Kauffman of Elkhart, Ind., who died in 1892. In 1897 she came to Newaygo Co., Mich., where she had resided since. "Grandma" Kauffman had not been in good health for quite a long time, yet her death was a shock to the community. She was found dead in her kitchen where she had been about her work and had dropped dead presumably of heart failure while fixing the fire in the kitchen stove. "Grandma" will be missed not only by her children, but also in the church, as she was a consistent member, and the community feels they have lost a kind neighbor and a dear friend. Funeral services were held in the Congregational Church at Big Prairie on Saturday afternoon, conducted by J. P. Miller and T. U. Nelson. Interment in the Big Prairie cemetery.

Wenger - Michael E. Wenger was born in Lancaster Co., Pa. Aug. 3, 1829; died suddenly of paralysis of the heart at his home in Farmersville, Pa., Sept. 24, 1911; aged 72 y. 1 m. 21 d. On Apr. 15, 1863, he was united in marriage to Magdalena Musselman, to which union were born 12 children, of which 9 besides his widow, survive him, who mourn the loss of a dear father; also 38 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother, and 3 sisters. In his younger years he was received into the Mennonite Church with the Gorffdale district, in which congregation he was known as a faithful member. We therefore mourn not as those who have no hope, but realize that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held on Sept. 28, at the Groffdale Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Benj. W. Weaver and Banks Winey. Text, Gen. 5:24.

"Our father has gone to the regions above,
So free from all sorrow and pain;
To the land of the blest, the city of love,
Where he'll never suffer again."
A daughter.

Yoder - Bro. Jonas C. Yoder was born in Huntington Co., Pa. July 25, 1833; died at the home of his son-in-law, D. B. Yoder, near West Liberty, O., Oct. 1, 19111; aged 78 y. 2 m. 6 d. He was married to Fannie Kanagy in Logan Co., O., in February 1858, who preceded him to the eternal world, Nov. 29, 1899. To this union were born 5 sons, and 4 daughters, all of whom are living. In 1843 he moved with his parents to Logan Co., O, then a boy of 12 years. Four years later his father was killed by a runaway team and he, with the fatherless family, of mother, 5 sons, and 3 daughters, was left to battle the life of pioneer days. In 1863, he with his wife and 3 small children moved to Michigan, and later to Lagrange Co., In d., and in 1873 returned with his family to Logan Co., O., where he remained until death. He was one of a family of 10 children all of whom have preceded him except one brother, D.D. Yoder, of West Liberty, now in his 82nd year. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in early life. In about the year 1869 he was ordained to the ministry and soon after to the office of bishop in which he faithfully served the church of his choice to the very end of life. Just one week before his death he was present at communion services, and gave out the bread of life with his usual earnestness and fervency. He leaves 1 sorrowing brother, 5 sons, 4 daughters, 31 grandchildren and many who knew him as a sympathizing friend. Funeral services were held at South Union Church, West Liberty, O., Oct. 3, conducted by the brethren, S.E. Allgyer, and J. J. Warye. Interment was made at the Alexander cemetery on the DeGraff road.

Shantz. - Elizabeth M. (Harshbarger) Shantz, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Mar. 10, 1839; died in Elkhart, Ind., Sept. 25, 1911; aged 72 y. 6 m. 15 d. When a child her parents moved to August Co., Va., where she resided until 1865, when she came to Livingston Co., Ill., where on Nov. 22, 1866, she was united in with Christian Shantz. During the first years of their married life they resided near Cullom, Ill. In 1875 they removed to Champaign Co., Ill., remaining there for a period of five years they returned in 1880, to Livingston Co., and again lived near Cullom until 1981, when they again changed their residence and settled in Elkhart, Ind., where they remained to the time of her death. She was the mother of 7 children, 4 of whom, with their father survive her, viz.: Charles A. Minnie A. Horning, Milton A., all residing near Elkhart, and Cora A., who with loving heart and willing hands ministered to the needs of her father and mother in the home. She also leaves 8 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. One grandchild preceded her to the world beyond in infancy. Sister Shantz united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and during all the trials and vicissitudes of her life her faith remained firm in Him who never leaves His own. So long as she was able she was a faithful attendant at the church service and prayer meeting and never lost interest in the welfare of those about her. During the last few years of her life when affliction laid hold of the frail body she many times expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ yet was always resigned to God's will. Funeral services were conducted on the 27th by John F. Funk and George Lambert at the home of Samuel Yoder and J. S. Hartzler at the Mennonite M. H. in Elkhart. Text, John 16:13.
Mother thou are gone, thy voice is still,
Thy work on earth is done;
Yet may we follow Him who was thy guide,
Until at last we meet thee on the other side
With battles fought and victory won.

Transcribed by: Linda Hartman, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 29 - October 19, 1911, page 463

Mishler.-Glen J. Mishler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Mishler, was born Sept. 1, 1911; died Sept. 16, 1911: aged 15 d. Funeral services conducted by S. G. Shetler from Psa. 127:3.

Kauffman.-Emanuel Kauffman was born May 18, 1844; died Sept. 26, 1911; aged 67 y. 4 m. 18 d. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren, 2 sisters. Funeral services conducted by S. G. Shetler and James Saylor in the Stahl Church. The body was laid to rest in the Stahl Cemetery.

Spoll.-Sister Lizzie Spoll (nee Shank), departed this life Oct. 2, 1911; aged 39 y. 10 m. 22 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure 3 sons and 2 daughters, a mother, 4 sisters and 1 brother. She was baptized and received into church fellowship in 1908, in which relation she remained steadfast to the end. A short time before she died she expressed a desire to go to her long home. Blessed thought, we mourn not as those who have no hope, and while she can no more come to us, we can go to her and aid in taking her children with us to the beautiful home on high. Buried on the 4th near the Blauch Church, Putnam C., O. Services by J. H. Shenk.

Myers.-Sister Mary Myers, wife of Bro. David Myers, was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Oct. 20, 1850; died at her home after a prolonged seige of illness, Oct. 7, 1911; aged 60 y. 11 m. 17 d. She was married to David Myers in Franklin Co., Pa., where she had moved with her father. To this union were born 7 daughters and 2 sons. One daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by her husband, 6 daughters, and 2 sons. Funeral was held Oct. 10 with services in the Mennonite Church near Chambersburg, Pa., of which denomination she was a member. Services conducted by the brethren Henry Bricker in German followed by W. W. Hege in English, from II Tim. 4:4-8. Interment in the burying ground adjoining. Peace to her ashes.

Burkholder.-Bro. Isaac Burkholder was born July 17, 1830, in Cumberland Co., Pa.; died Oct. 2, 1911 aged 80 y. 2 m. 15 d. When he was a young man he came to Franklin Co., Pa., where he was united in marriage with Lydia Weaver of the same place. To this union were born 6 daughters and 1 son. The son and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Burkholder is survived by his wife and 5 daughters. Bro. and Sister Burkholder united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and remained faithful until his death, which came very unexpectedly, being caused by a paralytic stroke. Funeral Oct. 5, in the Mennonite Church at Chambersburg, Pa., by Henry Bricker in German and W. W. Hege in English. May the brother rest in peace.

Hostetter.-Sister Nancy (Nafzinger) Hostetter, wife of Henry Hostetter of near Annville, Pa., was born Dec. 24, 1824; died Sept. 15, 1911, at the house of her son-in-law; aged 86 y. 8 m. 21 d. Her sickness was of nine weeks duration, she had broke her leg and had a few light paralytic strokes. She was very patient and longed to meet her Savior. Sometime we hope to meet her again, where there is no more pain and sorrow. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 sons, and 3 daughters. Funeral services were held at Gingerich's Church, conducted by Bros. John Ebersole, Martin Ressor and David Westenberger. Peace to her ashes.

Peachey.-Malinda Z. Peachey (nee Zook) of Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., was born Nov. 26, 1834; died Sept. 29, 1911; aged 76 y. 10 m. 3 d. On Jan. 22, she was married to Samuel H. Peachey of Mifflin Co., Pa. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. The family all preceded her to the spirit world. One brother, 4 sisters, 8 grand children and 1 great-grandchild survive. In April, 1904, after the death of her last son, she made her home with C. B. Hartzler and family. On Dec. 22, 1910, she had a light paralytic stroke from which she never recovered. On Jan. 29, 1911, she had a harder stroke and remained an invalid until she died. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Eli H. Kanagy in English and Joshua B. Zook in German. The funeral was largely attended. She was laid to rest in cemetery near the church. Katie E. Hartzler.

Myers.-Jonas H. Myers was born in Mahoning Co., O., Aug. 20, 1832; departed this life Oct. 6, 1911; aged 79 y. 1 m. 16 d. On Jan. 18, 1854, he was united in marriage to Mary Berkey of Elkhart Co., Ind., who preceded him in death May 22, 1911. To this union were born 11 children; 5 still survive, two sons, John and Jacob of Nappanee, Ind., three daughters, Mrs. David Hoover of Pappanee, Ind., Mrs. Wm. Miller of Wakarusa, Ind., and Mrs. A. B. Yoder of Bronson, Mich., 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and many friends and relatives mourn his departure. When but a child he accompanied his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where they settled on a farm 2 miles east of Wakarusa. Most of their married life was spent on the farm where he died. Early in their married life he made a profession of religion and accepted Christ as his Savior. For about one year he was a constant sufferer and his last days were filled with intense suffering. He left clear evidence of his acceptance and longed to depart and be with Christ. Interment at North Lawrence Union Cemetery. Services conducted by H. Weldy and D. A. Yoder.

UP ---Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington

Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 30 - October 26, 1911, page 479

Herr.-Russel Ammon, son of Bro. and Sister John Herr, was born in Conewago Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa., Jan. 1, 1911; died Sept. 30, 1911; aged 8 m. 29 d. He was afflicted with meningitis. Funeral Oct. 2, 1911, services at the house by Bro. Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text, Luke 18:16. Interment at Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.

Risser.-Esther C., daughter of Bro. Christian and Sister Lizzie Risser, was born in Mt. Joy Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 4, 1910; died of meningitis, Sept. 30, 1911; aged 1 y. 1 m. 26 d. Funeral services at Risser's M. H. Oct. 3, 1911, by Bros. Simon E. Landis and Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text II Kings 4:26. Interment in the adjoining graveyard.

Lowe.-Christena (Strohm) Lowe was born Oct. 2, 1826; died at her home at Mt. Pleasant Pa., Oct. 15, 1911; aged 85 y. 13 d. She was converted in 1883 and united with the Mennonite Church at Alverton, Pa., since which time she has been a consistent member. Her husband and only son preceded her to the spirit world. She has been in feeble health for several years, but able to get around, and attended the communion service at Scottdale last May. She peacefully fell asleep Sunday morning, Oct. 15. Funeral services, Oct. 17, conducted by Aaron Loucks and Daniel Kauffman. Buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The Lord bless and comfort the bereaved.

Jenkins.-Anna Mae, infant daughter of Willie and Addie Jenkins, was born Sept. 25, 1911; died Oct. 6, 1911. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, a brother and a sister, with a host of other relatives and friends. Although her stay on earth was short, she will be greatly missed by her bereaved parents. 'Tis hard to part with those little ones, but we must remember the words of our blessed Savior, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church by Bro. J. R. Shank, after which her remains were laid to rest in the Willson Bend Cemetery. Annie Sumner.

Lehman.-Peter R. Lehman was born in Conewago Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa., Mar. 21, 1826; died at the place where he was born Oct. 9, 1911, of infirmities due to old age; aged 85 y. 6 m. 18 d. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church and was a deacon for the Stauffer congregation for 27 years. Of late years he could not attend to his duties. His wife preceded him to the spirit world some years ago. He is survived by 2 sons, Peter of Elizabethtown, Pa., Jacob living on the homestead farm; also 2 daughters, Lizzie, wife of Aaron Witmer and Fannie wife of John Ebersole; also 12 grand children to mourn their loss. Funeral Oct. 13. Services at the house by Bro. Levi Ebersole and at Stauffer's M. H. by Bros. John Ebersole and Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text, Luke 2:25-32. Interment in the adjoining burial grounds.

Culp.-Jacob W. Culp was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Apr. 12, 1831. He died near Osceola, Ind., Oct. 15, 1911; aged 80 y. 6 m. 3 d. He came with his parents to Holmes Co., O., in infancy, and later settled in Elkhart Co., Ind. He was married to Elizabeth Gill, Dec 28, 1864. When a lad about 15 years of age, he cut his knee from which he suffered much and became a cripple all his life. He was the father of 7 children. Three children, 3 grandchildren, also father, mother, 2 sisters and 1 brother preceded him to the world beyond. He is survived by a sorrowing companion, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and many relatives and friends. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He suffered with kindney* trouble for a considerable time, but had a steadfast faith in God and said that he was ready to go whenever God would call him. Funeral services were conducted in the Brethren meeting house near Osceola, by John F. Funk of Elkhart, assisted by Samuel Yoder and G. W. Schwalm, from Heb. 9:27, 28. Peace to his ashes.  *[Kidney ?]

Reese.-Bro. Franklin B. Reese died Aug. 26, 1911, at his late home in Providence Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; Bright's disease being the cause of death. He was nearly 74 years of age. He leaves a wife, 3 children and 8 grandchildren to mourn the loss of a kind father. In his younger years he surrendered his life to the Lord and connected himself with the Mennonite Church at New Providence, of which he continued a faithful member until death. Among the last words he was heard to speak were his willingness to submit to the will of Him who doeth all things well. We therefore mourn not as those who have no hope; but realize our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral servces were held Aug. 30, 1911, at the New Providence Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Our father has gone to the regions above
So free from sorrow and pain;
To the land of the blest, the city of love,
Where he'll nevermore suffer again.
His wearied brow is now cold in death
His gentle eye-lids are closed
His languid tongue is fore'er from us hushed
We miss him, yes, we miss him so much."

Diller.-Samuel Diller was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 9, 1834; died in Allen Co., Ohio, Oct. 16, 1911; aged 77 y. 8 m. 7 d. When about 6 years old he moved with his parents to Ohio on the farm where he lived at the time of his death. March 16, 1856, he was united in marriage with Elisabeth Brenneman. To this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters. His wife and 2 daughters preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn 1 brother, 6 sons, 1 daughter, 30 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Soon after marriage he with his companion united with the Mennonite Church, and lived a consistent life with his profession, having a firm faith in his Redeemer, and remained firm and steadfast unto the end, having the blessed hope that there was laid up for him "a crown of righteousness" and expressed "a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better." In the death of Bro. Diller the Church has lost a faithful member, the community a good neighbor and the children a kind and loving father. When he was asked just a short time before he passed away if he would like to get well he said, "No; I have no desire to get well, but would rather go home and be at rest." Now that he is gone and will return to us no more, may all prepare to go to him. Buried at Salem Church near Elida, Ohio, Oct. 18, followed to his last resting place by many sympathizing friends. Funeral services were conducted by Moses Brenneman, assisted by David Zook, J. M. Shenk and Gabriel Brunk. Text, Phil. 1:23.

---Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington

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