Gospel Herald Obituaries - March, 1912

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Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 49 - March 7, 1912 - page 786, 787, 788

Myers.- Sister Anna Myers of Cumberland Co., Pa., died at the Old People's Home at Lancaster, Pa., on Feb. 1, 1912; aged 75 y 8 m. 2 d. She was buried in the Slate Hill Mennonite Cemetery.

Kniss.- Harold Slater, son of John and Lovina Kniss, died Feb. 17, 1912; aged 10 m. 11 d. Services in the Stahl Church by S. G. Shetler from Isa. 17:14. Buried in the cemetery near the church. May God bless the bereaved parents.

Gockley.- Bro. Samuel Gockley died after a lingering illness in his 6th year. Services at Mellinger's Church near Schoeneck and interment in adjoining cemetery, Bish. Benj. Weaver and Pre. Benj. Wenger, officiating.

Martin.- On Feb. 15, near New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., Vera Pauline, daughter of Bro. Milton and Sister Etta Martin, died, aged 7 years. Funeral on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining burial ground. Services by Bish. Benj. Weaver and Pre. J. W. Weaver.

Cossey.- Hattie Leota, daughter of Fred and Annice Cossey, was born July 5, 1911; died Feb. 19, 1912; aged 7 m. 14 d. Funeral services were conducted by J. T. Hamilton of Oronogo, Mo., at the Baptist Shoal Creek M. H. Text, II Samuel 12:23. Interment in the cemetery near by.
"A little flower of love,
That blossomed but to die,
Transplanted in the garden above,
To bloom with God on high."

Weaver.- Annie, widow of Samuel Weaver, of Weaverland, Pa., died Feb. 19, 1912; aged 80 y. 2 m. 8 d. She was sick over six months. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and bore her affliction with patience. She is survived by 1 son, 3 daughters, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral on Feb. 22, in the Weaverland Church, conducted by Bros. John Sauder and I. B. Good.

Pence.- Sarah, wife of Hugh Pence, Sr., died of paralysis, at her home in Mt. Clinton, Va., Feb. 7, 1912; aged 68 y. 7 m. 24 d. She had long been a member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves her aged husband, 5 sons, 4 daughters, with a number of grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Clinton Church, Feb. 9, conducted by J. S. Martin, S. H. Rhodes, assisted by H. A. Young, from Rev. 14:13 and I Thes. 4:18, after which she was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Nice.- Valentine, son of Joe and Mary Nice and first cousin of Bish. Henry Nice, deceased, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., June 6, 1818; died Feb. 21, 1912; aged 93 y. 8 m. 20 d. He was married to Sarah Miller in Summit Co., O., in 1846. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1854, in which faith he remained faithful till death. In 1860 they moved to Clay Co., Ind., from which place they moved to Kansas in 1881, remaining there until death. To this union were born 12 children, 5 with their mother preceded him to the spirit world. Six sons, 1 daughter, 39 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren are left to mourn their loss. Funeral services conducted by T. J. Hamilton at the Christian Church, Neutral, Kan. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the Beasley Cemetery.

Troyer.- Stephen A., son of Abraham and _____ Troyer, was born Nov. 22, 1898; died Feb. 16, 1912; aged 13 y. 2 m. 25 d. He was buried at the West Liberty, McPherson Co., Kans., Church on Sunday, Feb. 18. Services were conducted by T. M. Erb and D. H. Bender of Hesston, Kans., from II Kings 4:26, "Is it well with the child?" Little Stephen did not see very much of good in this world. He was an invalid most of his life and about half of the years he lived was totally blind. His mind being somewhat effected he was not responsible for all he did, but came among the number who in their innocence are under the atoning blood of our Savior and Redeemer, and can now be among those who are eternally safe from all pain, sorrow and woe.

Zook.- John B. Zook was born in Butler Co., O., Dec. 3, 1849; moved with his parents to Illinois when quite young. Grown to manhood, he was married to Katharine Saltzman, to which union were born 11 children, 1 dying in infancy. The 7 sons and 3 daughters, all married, with the widow survive to mourn their loss. With his family he moved to Pawnee Co., Kans., in Feb., 1886, where, 11 miles southeast of Larned, he died Feb. 22, 1912; aged 71 y. 2 m. 20 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, but after coming to Kansas, and several years before his death he made his church home with the Mennonite Church, to which he lived consistent to the time of his death. Funeral was announced and arranged for Sunday, Feb. 25, but that day proved to have one of the worst snow storms this country has seen for years, so it was postponed to the 27th. Services were conducted at the Mennonite Church close to his home by T. M. Erb of Hesston, Kans., from I Cor. 15:21. Interment in the Pratt Cemetery four miles from the church.

Hartzler.- Elizabeth (Fordenwald) Hartzler was born in Wayne Co., O., Dec. 13, 1840; died of heart trouble in Cass Co., Mo., Feb. 18, 1912; aged 71 y. 2 m. 5 d. She was married to Bro. D. E. Hartzler Dec. 25, 1912, and moved to Cass Co., Mo., with her husband, where she lived in her new home only a few weeks. Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by her husband, 2 sisters and other relatives. Funeral sermon by W. E. Helmuth and L. J. Miller. Interment in Clearfolk Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: Marriage date seems inaccurate as printed.

Buckwalter.- Benj. F. Buckwalter of near Reidenbach's Store, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on Tuesday morning, Feb. 13, 1912; aged 24 y. 11 m. 2 d. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. Besides his mother he leaves a sorrowing widow, 3 small boys, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and many friends to mourn his early departure. He was a faithful member of the Martin Mennonite Church. Services were held on Saturday morning in the Martindale Church, by Bish. Jonas Martin and Pre. John Kurtz.

Martin Buckwalter, grandfather of Benj. Buckwalter, who with his mother and family resided with him, and cared for him, became ill on Monday evening, and his old age and the death of his grandson made him worse, and he passed quietly away on Wednesday evening; aged 89 y. 10 m. He was a member of the Pike Mennonite Church and led a quite, peaceful Christian life. His funeral was held the same day as his grandson's, in the afternoon. Services by Aaron Sensenig and John Weaver. Both funerals were largely attended.

Moyer.- Abraham H. Moyer was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., Jan. 21, 1821; died Feb. 3, 1912; aged 91 y. 12 d. He was united in marriage with Barbara Albright, who preceded him to the grave 7 years ago. To this union were born 3 son and 8 daughters; of whom 1 son and 7 daughters are still living. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early years and remained a member of the same until his death which was caused by senile gangrene. The deceased lived on a farm in Haldimand Co., Ont., until 1869, and then moved to Middlesex Co., Ont., where he lived to the time of his death. He was taken sick while staying with his daughter Charlotte, where he died. A house service was conducted at this place by Freeman Rittenhouse of South Cayuga. Text, II Tim. 4:7. On the 6th he was taken to his home in Mosa, and on the 7th he was laid beside his beloved wife in the Mosa Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Absalom B. Snyder of Hespeler, Ont. Text, Job 5:26.

Hartzler.- Martha Hartzler, nee Lantz, was born Feb. 17, 1834, near Allensville, Pa., died near Sterling, O., Feb. 13, 1912; aged 77 y. 11 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Solomon B. Hartzler Mar. 18, 1862. To this union were born 5 sons, 2 daughters. One son preceded her to the spirit world in infancy. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her young years, but after her marriage felt that she could serve her Lord and Master better by joining another church called the Apostolic church, which she did, and remained true to her calling. She lived peacibly with her neighbors wherever she lived. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters and 21 grandchildren to mourn her departure. She took sick on Friday morning with a very severe pain in her stomach, and her death was caused by what the doctor called cancerous hernia. The funeral services took place at the house on Friday morning by the ministers, Robert Bowman and Benj. Maybrough.

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

Wideman.- Annie M. (Hoover), widow of the late Joseph Wideman, was born in Haldimand Co., Ont., and died Feb. 20, 1912, in her 77th year. She was married to Joseph Wideman, who preceded her to the spirit world less than a year ago. Four daughters and 1 son survive to mourn the loss of a mother. Sister Wideman was for many years a member of the Christian Church but not being fully satisfied with her life and experience was received into the Mennonite Church about 20 days before her death. She awaited with joy the coming of her Lord. Because of a heavy storm and blocked roads the funeral was postponed until the 24th, when burial took place at the Wideman Church. The service was conducted by S. R. Hoover and L. J. Burkholder. Text, II Cor. 5:10.

Yoder.- Phoebe Ellen, daughter of Ezra B. and Lydia Yoder of near West Liberty, O., was born Nov. 12, 1891; died at her home Jan. 22, 1912; aged 20 y. 2 m. 10 d.
On Jan. 19, Phoebe suffered a hysterrectimo operation, and after a brief illness of only three days, passed to the great beyond.
"It was all so sudden, our white lips said,
How we shall miss her, the beautiful dead,
Who takes the place of the precious one fled?"
But God knoweth best, and He hears the sad cry of our hearts overcome with grief. Phoebe united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of thirteen and endeavored to live a faithful Christian life until her death. She expressed a desire to live for her mother's sake, as she realized that she was needed in the home, but longed to be submissive to her Master's will and during the last hours of her life frequently requested prayers that He might have His way. She bade her loved ones not to worry or mourn for her and calling her father to her bedside said, "Papa, God has a message for me." and soon departed. One brother, 2 months old preceded her. She leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, besides other relatives and many friends to mourn her departure.
One less at home!
The family circle broken; a dear face
Missed day by day from its accustomed place;
But, cleansed and saved and perfected by grace,
One more in heaven.
Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Church, Jan. 24, conducted by Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. J. P. Bontrager, of Albany, Oreg. Interment in South Union Cemetery.

Transcriber's note : hysterrectimo - not a typo, that is the way it is spelled.in the magazine

Hostetler.- Adelia Mae Hostetler, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 5, 1875; died Feb. 20, 1912; aged 36 y. 3 m. 15 d. Her parents moved to McPherson Co., Kans., in Aug. 1884, where Adelia found her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 14. On Jan. 16, 1902, she was married to M. E. Hostetler and was a faithful companion to him until she passed from this life. She leaves to mourn her early departure, husband, 1 adopted daughter, mother, 4 brothers, all present at her funeral except one brother of Nampa, Idaho. Funeral services were held Feb. 22, 1912, at the home by Bros. R. M. Weaver and at the Pleasant Valley Church three miles east of Harper, Kans., by J. S. Hartzler and J. P. Berkey. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Sister Adelia moved with her family to Harper, Kans., Sept., 1909, where she died. She was in poor health for about three months. Her sickness and death were caused by heart trouble. She died very suddenly and was cheerful to the time of her departure. Her pleasant smile and friendly conservation won the affections of all who knew her. In her affliction she asked to be anointed with oil according to James 5. The request was granted. We do not understand God's ways, but we are confident that He doeth all things well. Thanks to Jesus that we do not need to mourn as others which have no hope.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 50 - March 14, 1912 - page 803, 804

Troyer.- Mark J., infant son of Joseph E. and Della Troyer, was born Feb. 24, 1912, and died two days later. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother and 1 sister to mourn his early departure. Funeral on Feb. 27 at the home conducted by Bro. E. A. Mast. Text, Job. 14:1, 2. Burial in the Mast Cemetery.

"God needed one more angel child,
Amid His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile,
And clasped our darling's hand."

Holcroft.- Lois Ethel Holcroft was born Jan. 9, 1912; died Feb. 27, 1912; aged 1 m. 16 d. Little Lois was left motherless when only 2 days old. She had been given a mother's care by her aunt Fanny Holcroft. But all the help of kind hands could not detain the little one, and she passed away from this world of care to a sweet rest in the bosom of Jesus. She leaves a father and 2 brothers to mourn her death. May her tender life be an inspiration to those who have had it in charge. May one more lamb of the fold beckon dear ones to a heavenly home. Services at the grave. Psa. 103:14
J. R. Shank.

Lite.- Noah, son of Lewis and Elizabeth Lite, was born in Kent Co., Mich., Feb. 17, 1876; died at Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 29, 1912; aged 36 y. 12 d. Noah's health had been failing for the last year. About six weeks before he died he went to Grand Rapids to have an operation for what the doctors supposed to be appendicitis but proved to be fluid cancer. He leaves to mourn their loss a sorrowing wife, 2 children, father, mother, 3 sisters and a host of friends. Funeral Mar. 3, 1912, at the Mennonite Church in Bowne. Services were conducted by Bros. Boswick and Moxon of the United Brethren in Christ of which Noah was a member. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery.

Hostetler.- Sarah Hostetler was born Apr. 2, 1861; died Feb. 28, 1912; aged 50 y. 10 m. 26 d. She united in marriage to Noah B. Hostetler, Sept. 14, 1878. He departed this life Feb. 26, 1911. To them were born 5 sons and 4 daughters, and 4 grand-children. Two sons, 2 daughters and a grandchild preceded them to the spirit world in their youth and infancy. The departed also leaves behind 2 brothers and 4 sisters to mourn her loss. Her last words were, "Peace on earth, good will toward men." She had a complication of diseases, and endured them patiently during her sickness. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church while quite young and died in the same faith. Funeral services on Mar. 1. The husband and father, Noah B., was buried on Mar. 1- one year previous. Funeral services were conducted by S. H. Miller and Edward Shepfer at the Sugar Creek Union Church and buried at Union Hill Cemetery.
J. M. H.

Speicher.- Elizabeth (Blough) Speicher, wife of Samuel Speicher, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 22, 1849; died Feb. 24, 1912, at Lake Odessa, Mich., of enlargement of the liver; aged 62 y. 4 m. 2 d. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, a son, a daughter, 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. About the year 1866 she with her husband moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where they lived about 3 years. Then they moved to Kent Co., Mich.; later to Campbell township. Last fall they moved to Lake Odessa. It was during the first year spent in Indiana that she joined the Church of the Brethren and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services Feb. 28 at the Methodist Church in Lake Odessa. Services by Samuel Smith and Peter S. Messner. Interment in Lake Odessa Cemetery.

Nafziger.- Magdalena Nafziger was born in Fulton Co., O., June 4, 1842; died Mar 1, 1912; aged 69 y. 8 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage with Joseph C. Nafziger Jan. 15, 1863. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters. She leaves 2 sons, 5 daughters, 18 grandchildren, 2 brothers, a sister and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her departure, but their loss is her eternal gain. Her husband, a daughter, 2 sons and 5 grandchildren preceded her to the spirit world. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral at the Central Church, Mar. 3, where a large number of people assembled to pay their last tributes of respect to the departed. Funeral sermon by H. Rychner and E. L. Frey. Buried in Eckley Cemetery.

Weaver.- Abraham Weaver was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 8, 1824; died Feb. 29, 1912; aged 87 y. 6 m. 21 d. He was married on Oct. 17, 1850, to Magdalena Wenger. By occupation he was a farmer. In the spring of 1866 he moved with his family to Washington Co., Md., and in the spring of 1869 to Franklin Co., Pa. His wife died about seven years ago. After her death he returned to Lancaster Co., and had his home with his children residing there. He is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, residing in Lancaster Co., and 3 sons in Franklin Co. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and saw many changes in his time. His funeral was held on Sunday afternoon from the residence of his son Aaron, conducted by John Sauder in German (Text, I Peter 1:3, 4) and John W. Weaver in English (Text, Rev. 21:7). On Monday the body was taken to Washington Co., Md., where further services were held in Reiff's Church on Tuesday morning, and the body laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery by the side of his wife.
D. S. W.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 51 - March 21, 1912 - page 819, 820

Eash.-Sister Christiana, wife of Bro. John Eash, of near Davidsville, Pa., died Mar. 7, 1912; aged 54 y. 6 m. Funeral services were held at the Kaufman Mennonite Church, conducted by Jas. Saylor, S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Interment in the Johns Cemetery.

Wagner.-Alberta Gretchen, daughter of Joseph and Lena Wagner, died at her home near Roanoke, Ill., Mar. 3; aged 2 y. 9 d. Funeral services March 5 by C. S. Schertz and A. A. Schrock. This is the second child of these parents passing to the great beyond from which none shall return. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.

Friesen.-Lizzie Friesen, Lanigan, Sask., Can. Aged 20 years. She was a daughter of Pre. Abraham Friesen. She was saved four years ago, and upon her death bed she gave testimony of a living hope in her Savior. She died on Mar. 8 and was buried on the 12th. Services were conducted by Herny Bartel, John Gehrbrandt, Henry Ratzlaff and E. S. Hallman.

Bowen.-Ellsworth Daniel Bowen, was born Aug. 30, 1911; died Mar. 10, 1912. Burial on the 12th in the Rowland Cemetery, Canton, O. Funeral services were held at the home of Bro. and Sister Ed. Bowen, 1800 e. 4th St. Text, Isa. 53:6. Little Ellsworth was a sufferer most all his life, but his life was for a purpose.

Summers.-Anna (Cofroth), wife of Amos M. Summers, died Mar. 3, at the General Hospital, of a complication of diseases in her 27th year. She leaves to mourn her early departure a sorrowing husband and 2 small children. She united with the U. B. Church and was a consistent member until death. Funeral services at the Millwood A. M. church. Test, Gen. 23:2. May God bless the bereaved ones.

Rediger.-Sister Lena, wife of Jacob Rediger, deceased, was born July 18, 1836, in Butler Co., O., died Feb. 27, 1912, at Milford, Nebr., aged 75 y. 7 m. 9 d. Her sickness was stomach and heart trouble. She is survived by 3 sons and 18 grandchildren. Husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters and 1 grandchild preceded her to the spirit world. Services were conducted by Jos. Schlegel and Jacob Stauffer at the East Fairview Church near Milford, Neb. Texts, Jno. 14:1-6, and II Cor. 5:1-10.

Miller.-Magdalena, wife of Bro. John K. Miller, Johnstown, Pa., was born Jan. 3, 1836; died Mar. 8, 1912; aged 76 y. 2 m. 5 d. Funeral services were conducted on the 10th at the home by L. A. Blough. Text, Psa. 90;12. Buried in the family graveyard. Sister Miller was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for many years. She died very suddenly. She was very hearty for a woman of her age, went to bed in the evening as usual and died before the morning. She is survived by a husband, who was sick and in bed; 2 daughters.

Beller.-Anna (Zimmerman) Beller was born in Danvers, Ill., Apr. 16, 1860; died Feb. 25, 1912; aged 51 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage with Jacob Beller Jan. 10, 1882. To this union were born 7 children of which one preceded her to the spirit world. She united with the A. M. Church in her young years and was a faithful member until death. She was laid to rest at the Salem Cemetery near Shickley, Nebr. Funeral services by Joseph Whitaker in English and Peter Kennel in German. We pray God to comfort the bereaved ones in their trouble.

Summers.-Nicholas Summers was born in Holmes Co., O., May 8, 1850; died Jan. 26, 1912; aged 62 y. 8 m. 23 d. He removed with his parents to Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1867. He united with the A. M. Church in his early years, and remained a faithful member until death, which was caused by pneumonia. He was united in marriage with Anna Umble, who preceded him to the grave 6 years. To this union were born 2 sons. Three grandchildren also survive. Funeral services at Millwood Church, Jan. 29, 1912, by Bros. Gideon Stoltzfus of Lapps and Joseph Zook, of Virginia. Text, Rev. 21:4.

Farewell, dear children, we are at rest,
Our voice no more you,ll hear;
Live faithfully and you'll be blest
And death you need not fear.
A niece.

Hege.-Rebecca (Weaver) Hege, was born Jan. 19, 1825; died Feb. 25, 1912; aged 87 y. 1 m. 6 d. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and came with her parents when 12 years old to Franklin Co., Pa. She united in marriage to Michael Hege Nov. 20, 1845. He preceded her to the spirit world almost 16 years. Death was due to infirmities of old age, she being confined to her bed for over 17 months. She very often expressed her desires to leave this world, having no pleasures here, as she was entirely deaf for one year. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church with which she united when quite young in years. She is survived by one daughter, Martha W. Horst, with whom she made her home. Three aged sisters also survive her, also 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 29, at the Marion Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. George Ernst and Christian Strite, from Psa. 69:3. Peace to her soul.

Yoder.-Joseph K. Yoder was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Dec. 16, 1863; died at his home near Garden City, Mo., Mar. 2, 1912; aged 48 y. 2 m. 16 d. Bro. Yoder was a son of Benjamin and Leah Yoder of Mifflin Co. Both died a number of years ago. Bro. Yoder came to Missouri in the fall of 1884 and was married to Sister Annie Miller Jan. 3, 1903. To this union were born 8 children. One child died in infancy. He is survived by his companion, 5 sons, 2 daughters, a brother and 2 sisters, the later residing in Mifflin Co., Pa. Funeral services at the house by Bros. J. J. Hartzler and at the Sycamore Church of which he was a member by Bros. J. J. Hartzler and W. E. Helmuth. Text, " Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Interment in Clearfork Cemetery, awaiting the resurrection morning.

"That languishing head is at rest,
His achings and sighings are o,er;
That quiet immovable breast,
Is heard by afflictions no more."

"Of evil incapable now,
Of sin and all trials set free;
No longer in misery now,
No longer such mortals as we."

Troyer.-John Troyer was born in Holmes So., O., July 14, 1830; died in Howard Co., Ind., Mar. 5, 1912; aged 81 y. 7 m. 21 d. At the age of 22 he was married to Catharine Schrock. To this union were born 12 children, four preceded him to the spirit world. In April, 1873, he with his family moved to Howard Co., Ind. In May, 1874, his first wife died. Later he was united in marriage with Caroline Kendall. To this union were born 17 children. Seven of these preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Troyer united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his early life, and lived a consistent life until death. The family lost a loving father, the church a wise counsellor, the community a good neighbor. He leaves a wife, 18 children, 2 step children, 60 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, a sister, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure, but their loss is his eternal gain. Funeral Mar. 8 at the Mennonite Church, where a very large concourse of people had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. Services conducted by Bros. E. A. Mast (Text, II Tim. 4:6-8) and N. M. Slabaugh (Text, Job 5:26). Burial in the Mast Cemetery.

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

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 52 - March 28, 1912 - page 832

Zook.-Arthur J., son of J. C. and Sadie Zook, was born May 17, 1907; died Dec. 25, 1911; aged 4 y. 7 m. 8 d. Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." He leaves to mourn, parents, a brother and 2 sisters.

"A little flower of love,
That blossomed but to die,
Transplanted in the garden above,
To bloom with God on high."

Snider.-Martha Robinson, widow of the late Robert Snider, died Mar. 12, 1912; aged 69 y. 11 m. 18 d. Her last illness was short. After suffering six days with pneumonia she quietly passed away. She leaves to mourn their loss 3 daughters and 6 sons. Funeral was held Mar. 15 in the Macedonia Church. Services conducted by A. D. Martin. Text, "Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee" (Job 14:15). The body was laid to rest in the graveyard adjoining the church.

Perrin.-Bro. Thaddeus Perrin of near Wellman, Ia., was born May 11, 1835; died Mar. 9, 1912; aged 76 y. 10 m. 28 d. He had been sick several years with tuberculosis, and died of same at his home in Dayton, Ia. Bro. Perrin accepted Christ about two years ago, and was received into the Amish Mennonite Church. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife and large family of children, all of whom are now married. Funeral services were held Mar. 10 conducted by Bro. Wm. Guengerich, J. K. Yoder and D. D. Zook of Newton, Kans. Text, I Cor. 15:53.

Slabaugh.-Ruth Esther, daughter of Bro. and Sister Chancy S. Slabaugh, was born at Nappanee, Ind., Feb. 10, 1911; died Mar. 10, 1912; aged 1 y. 1 m. She is survived by father, mother, 1 brother, her 4 grandparents and a number of other relatives. On Tuesday, Mar. 12. They took her from Nappanee to her grandparents, M. D. Mast's near North Grove, Ind. Funeral at the A. M. Church on Wednesday. Services conducted by J. S. Horner from Job 14:1, 2, and E. A. Mast from Psa. 103:15, 16. Buried in the Schrock Cemetery. Bor. And Sister Slabaugh have the sympathy of the people at large in their bereavement.

Transcriber's note : After Mar. 12 there is a period, probably should be a comma.

Mast.-Anna Mast, nee Hertzler, was born Aug. 6, 1843, in Juniata Co., Pa., died Mar. 11, 1912; aged 68 y. 7 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage with Jonathan Mast Feb. 17, 1867, who preceded her in death on Apr. 5, 1892. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters, who are living, with a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services Mar. 15 at the Mennonite Church near Churchtown, Pa. Services by C. U. Stoltzfus and J. S. Mast. Interment in the old Hartzler family graveyard on the road between Morgantown and Churchtown, Pa.

Stoltzfus.-Katie Stoltzfus, nee Mast, was born Oct. 19, 1855, in the vicinity of Morgantown, Pa., died Mar. 3, 1912; aged 56 y. 4 m. 14 d. She was united in marriage with Aaron K. Stoltzfus Dec. 18, 1977. To them were born 8 sons and 3 daughters. Two sons and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world in their youth and infancy. The departed also leaves an aged mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a consistent member until she was summoned to her eternal reward. Funeral services were held Mar. 6, 1912, at the Conestoga A. M. Church near Morgantown, Pa., and conducted by Bor. Gideon Stoltzfus of Gap, Pa., in German and Bro. J. W. Weaver of Union Grove, Pa., in English. Text, Rev. 21:7. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson, Pa.

Hershey.-Elmer H., son of Amos H. and Susie Hershey, was born near Intercourse, Pa., Sept. 27, 1894; was killed by St. Louis flyer at Gordonville crossing, Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 10, 1912; aged 18 y. 4 m. 14 d. Elmer left his home early in the evening accompanied by his sister to attend the revival services going on at Paradise Mennonite Church. After the services he started home alone. When the fatal crossing was reached, he and one of his friends who was driving behind stopped to listen. Hearing nothing, they attempted to cross. Almost immediately the flying train which was going at an eighty hour speedy struck Elmer and he was hurled from time into eternity. Elmer was of a cheerful disposition and showed many traits of character which endeared him to a large circle of friends. Last December Bro. I. B. Good was holding meetings at the Hershey Church. Drawn through the operation of the Holy Spirit Elmer was willing to surrender his will to God. At this time he was an applicant for church membership. We believe he has gone to rest to be with Jesus forever more. "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." His mission in this life was very short, but was of great value. He leaves a sorrowing father and mother who feel their loss deeply, a son cut down in such a sudden moment, but with Christian fortitude the bereaved parents are bearing their trouble. One brother and 5 sisters survive. The funeral was held on Wednesday, at 12:30 at the home and 1:30 at Hershey's Church. Bros. C. M. Brackbill, Amos Hoover, J. B. Senger, J. H. Mellinger, J. W. Weaver and I. B. Good took part in the services. Interment in cemetery adjoining.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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Used with permission by the Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, INDIANA
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