Gospel Herald Obituaries - April, 1913

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Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 1 - April 3, 1913 - page 14, 15, 16

Bringolf.-Walter Henry, son of Herman and Cora Bringolf of Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind. was born Nov. 6, 1902; died March 11, 1913; aged 10 y. 4 m. 5 d. He leaves father, mother and baby sister to mourn his early departure. Funeral services were held at the North Union Church on the afternoon of March 14, conducted by Henry Weldy and Jacob K. Bixler from the text, Jno. 4:49, 50. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Burkhart.-Myrtle Ellen, daughter of Bro. Mervin and Sister Maggie Burkhart, was born April 22, 1912; died Mar. 23, 1913; aged 11 mo. Her father preceded her to the spirit world Oct. 22, 1912. The mother and grandparents thus twice bereft in so short time, have the sympathy of the entire community. Funeral Mar. 25. Services at the house by Bro. Abram Burkholder and at the Diller Church by Bro. W. F. Charlton. Text, Luke 8:52.

Zuercher.-Andrew, son of Benjamin Zuercher, was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug. 4, 1888; died of tuberculosis March 20, 1913. He had been a sufferer from the disease for several years. He was buried from the Swiss Mennonite Church March 22, of which he had been a member. Services were held by J. S. Moser and C. N. Amstutz. He leaves father, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, and an aged grandfather and grandmother to mourn their loss, which we hope is his gain. His mother and 1 brother preceded him.

McConnell.-Martha Magdalena, wife of J. B. McConnell (deceased), was born in Juniata Co., Pa., April 29, 1832; died at her home near Ridott, Ill., Mar. 20, 1913; aged 80 y. 10 m. 21 d. She was the mother of 7 children, four of them preceded her to the spirit world. Three, J. I. McConnell, Mrs. A. A. James and Mrs. T. J. Garvin, survive to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. Sister McConnell was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for forty-nine years. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church northeast of Freeport, Ill., by A. C. Good of Sterling, Ill. Text, Num. 23:10.

Rife.-Near Chambersburg, Pa., on Feb. 27, 1913, Bro. David J. Rife died of stomach trouble after an illness of about 18 months; aged 49 y. 24 d. Although not confined to his house, he was a great sufferer at times. During his illness he confessed Christ and was received into church membership, July 13. He died very unexpectedly, being found dead in bed. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and 2 sons (Edgar B. and Harvey G.), 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral Mar. 2, with services at the home by John S. Burkholder of his church and W. W. Dixon of the Liberal U. B. Church. Text, Psa. 90:12. Interment in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg.

Gerber.-Elizabeth, wife of David E. Gerber (nee Moser) was born in June, 1864; died at her home near Dalton, O., March 12, 1913, after a sickness of about 4 years, with the dreaded disease, cancer or consumption of the bones; aged 48 y. 7 m. 24 d. She bore her suffering with great patience and was ready to meet her Savior. She leaves a sorrowful husband, 3 daughters, 1 son, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Only 1 brother and 1 sister were here to attend the funeral. Two brothers live in Washington and 1 sister, Mrs. A. A. Somner, lives in California. Funeral March 14 at the Salem Mennonite Church where she was a faithful member. Pre. S. Preheim officiating. Text, Psa. 90:2.

Lehman.-Lizzie Lehman was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Sept. 21, 1892; was married to Floyd Conrad, Dec. 23, 1911; died Mar. 18, 1913; aged 20 y. 5 m. 27 d. She leaves to mourn a sorrowing husband, father, mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends. She had been sick for several weeks. While sick she realized the need of a Savior, and on Sunday, Mar. 16, she, with her husband, were baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. She seemed to be fully resigned to God's will. May God abundantly bless the brother that he may prove faithful. Funeral in the Yellow Creek Church. Services by J. K. Bixler and Henry Weldy. Text, Jno. 3:36.

Friezner.-Richard K., infant son of Bro. Daniel and Sister Inah Friezner, was born Feb. 25, 1913, near Middlebury, Ind.; died Mar. 7, 1913; aged 11 days. Though the parents' grief is great it is with a will resigned to God. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. S. S. Yoder from Mark 10:16, after which the body was laid to rest in the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Berg.-Sarah, wife of Philipp Berg (nee Bixler) was born in Wayne Co., O., and died March 16, 1913, of pneumonia, at the age of 33 y. 8 m. She joined the Salem Mennonite Church in her youth but having fallen in sin they were withdrawn after their marriage, and were never received again. She was buried March 19 from the old Swiss congregation. Services were conducted by the brethren, Jacob Nussbaum and C. N. Amstutz, from Isa. 54:10. The latter spoke in English and the former in German. She leaves her husband, 7 small children (the youngest only 1 week old), 2 brothers and a host of relatives to mourn her early and sad departure. One child preceded her to the spirit world.

Bixler.-Sister Maria, daughter of Bishop Chr. And Verena Somner, was born in Wayne Co., O.; died of consumption Mar. 11, 1913; aged 71 y. 9 m. and some days. She was married to John Bixler who preceded her in death in 1909. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sons, 1 daughter, 9 grandchildren, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. She united with the Swiss Mennonite Church in her early years and remained a faithful member until death. She was buried March 14. Services were conducted by Jacob S. Moser. Her daughter could not attend the funeral, being sick with pneumonia and a daughter was also born to them the same night her mother died, and also died six days afterwards.

Oyer.-Near Pleasant Hill, Franklin Co., Pa., Sister Katie M. Oyer died at her home March 13, after an illness of about 4 years from kidney trouble; aged 64 years. Sister Oyer was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, having united with the church about 35 years ago and remained faithful to death, and being at services as long as health would permit. Even in her last hours she desired to have communion shared her. She leaves to mourn her death her sorrowing husband, Cyrus S. Oyer and these children: Edward, Alice (wife of William Cearfoss), and Daniel; 2 sisters and 5 brothers. Funeral on Sunday with services in the Strasburg M. H. by the brethren, Jos. Martin (text, II Cor. 5:1), and John S. Burkholder (text, Rev. 7:17). Interment in the burying ground adjoining. May the Lord comfort the bereaved ones.

Lesher.-Bro. John S. Lesher died at his home at Red Bridge, one mile north of Chambersburg, Pa., Feb. 24, 1913; aged 71 y. 4 m. 7 d. The deceased was in declining health for some months previous to his death, but he bore his affliction with patience, being fully resigned to the will of God. He said this world was not worth living for, but we live for the next one and he had no fear of death. Bro. Lesher was a useful man, and aside from the milling business which he carried on for many years, he was also engaged in the veterinary profession. Bro. Lesher is survived by his wife who was Annie Peckman, 1 son, John, who lives at home, and 1 sister, Katie Parret, who is the widow of the late Pre. Philip Parret of Chambersburg, Pa. Funeral Feb. 27, at the Mennonite Church north of Chambersburg. Services at the home by Jos. E. Lehman and at the Church by W. W. Hege. Text, Zech. 14:7, latter clause.

Hostetler.-Delbert son of Bro. Willis and Sister Jessie Hostetler, was born Feb. 20, 1912; died March 16, 1913; aged 1 y. 26 d. Little Delbert was the second son of Bro. and Sister Hostetler and was always full of life, active and hardy until a few weeks ago he contracted whooping cough, and a few days later measles set in and at times threw him into violent convulsions. He leaves father, mother, 1 little brother, grandparents and a number of relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. He is now over yonder with Jesus waiting their coming. Funeral on the 18th at the A. M. Church by J. S. Horner and E. A. Mast from II Kings 4:26. Buried in the Schrock Cemetery.

Garber.-Lucy Hays Garber was born in Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 2, 1827; died March 11, 1913, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Cripe, 2 miles northwest of Middlebury, Ind.; aged 86 y. 1 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Garber in 1843, who preceded her to the spirit world Mar. 6, 1899. To them were born 5 sons and 6 daughters. Three sons preceded her in death. She is survived by 6 daughters and 2 sons: Mrs. C. M. Bontrager, Nampa, Idaho; Mrs. Aaron Martin, Mrs. Valentine Schrock, Mrs. Benjamin Hazel, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Lewis Cripe at whose home she died; Mrs. Joseph Schrock, Orting, Wash.; Franklin and William, Goshen, Ind. She is also survived by 34 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends who mourn her departure. About 50 years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted at the Clinton Brick Church by Bros. Jacob Fike and Amos Nusbaum. Text, Job 13:15.

Miller.-Christian, son of John B. and Barbara Miller (deceased), was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Dec. 14, 1873; died at his home in Albany, Oreg., March 15, 1913; aged 39 y. 3 m. 1 d. He was the third child in a family of 7 children, and the first one to be removed by death. He was united in marriage, April 6, 1907, to Ethel Murphy. To this union were born 2 children, 1 dying in infancy. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 1 son, an aged father, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters to mourn the loss of one that was near and dear to them. He was in declining health for several years, and all was done that loving hands could do, but to no avail. He accepted Christ as his Savior a few weeks before he passed away, was baptized, and when the summons came was ready and willing to go. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church, by Bro. M. E. Brenneman, assisted by Bro. C. C. Steckley. Texts, Psa. 39:4, 5, Matt. 7:13, 14. The remains, accompanied by his wife and little son, were sent to Indiana, his former home, for burial.

Weber.-Abram S. Weber was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 15, 1855; died at his home in Berlin, Ont., March 1, 1913; aged 57 y. 3 m. 15 d. He was married to Esther Scheidel in October, 1877. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves to mourn his departure his sorrowing widow, 2 sons, 2 daughters, and 2 grandchildren. His death was caused by paralysis of 9 days' duration. He was a kind and loving husband and father and a good neighbor, and lived an exemplary Christian life, having in his younger years united with the Mennonite Church of which he was still a faithful member at the time of his death. Bro. Weber had been in failing health for some time. We believe that he realized his end was drawing near, and he leaves the comforting hope that he was ready to depart from this world and to meet his blessed Savior on the other shore. Funeral services were conducted at the Cressman Church, Breslau, March 3, by Bro. Jonas Snyder in German and Bro. Oscar Burkholder in English.

Hoover.-After a brief illness from inflammation of the bowels, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Henry Hoover, died March 18, in the 49th year of her age, in Markham Twp., York Co., Ont. Buried at the Wideman Church where a large concourse of relatives and friends had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was dearly loved by all who knew her. She gave her heart to the Lord 26 years ago. She took an active part in Church and Sunday school work. We called on her in her affliction and in conversation with her asked how she felt if the Lord should demand her life, she said, "I am fully given up, just as the Lord will do, so it will be all right." This is the beautiful condition to be in, and may each individual be thus given over. Services were conducted by Moses Weber in German. Text, Rev. 14:13, and Samuel Wideman in English, Phil. 1:21.
"Farewell, dear husband, I am at rest;
My voice no longer you shall hear;
Live faithfully, you shall be blest;
And death you need not fear."
--S. H.

Nold.-Bro. John Nold was born in Columbiana Co., O., Nov. 20, 1823; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer Harrold, Leetonia, Mar. 17, 1913; aged 89 y. 3 m. 27 d. He seemed to have been in his usual health, ate his dinner, conversed in his usual pleasant way with those about him until about 3 o'clock when he said he wished to go to his room, but before he reached his room he passed from time to eternity without a struggle. In early youth he united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until God called him to his heavenly home. He lived a quiet, peaceful, unassuming Christian life and was highly respected for his honesty. In the year of 1844 he was united in marriage with Anna Esterly who died in 1848. Two children, Susan and Noah, were born to this union. In the year of 1850 he was married to Sister Esther Hoover who preceded him in death about 10 years ago. Four children, William, Catharine, Mary, and Sarah were born to this union. Catherine who was married to George Miller and Mary to John S. Yoder, preceded him to the spirit world. There are also 20 grandchildren, 3 of whom have died, and 5 great-grandchildren, 1 of whom is dead. Funeral services at his late home and at the Leetonia Mennonite Church Wednesday afternoon by Bro. A. J. Steiner assisted by Bro. Enos Detweiler. Text, Psa. 17:15. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcriber's note: Punctuation and abbreviations copied as they appeared in Gospel Herald.



Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 2 - April 10, 1913 - page 31, 32

Weaver.-Rosella May, daughter of James and Lydia Weaver, near Johnstown, Pa., was born Nov. 29, 1912; died March 8, 1913; aged 3 m. 8 d. Little Rosella's death was caused by whooping cough. It is hard to give her up when she was with us so short a time but our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services March 10, 1913, conducted by S. G. Shetler and W. C. Hershberger.

Slagell.-Christian S. Slagell was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., on Dec. 8, 1845, married to Magdalena Tusck on Feb. 8, 1869. To this union was born 1 daughter. He died at the Brokan Hospital in Normal, Ill., where he underwent an operation for stone in the bladder Feb. 27, 1913. Short services were held at his home in Gridley, from which place they took him to the Ness Amish Church of which he was a member. He leaves besides his wife, 1 daughter and 10 grandchildren. Buried at the cemetery nearby.

Holsopple.-Elizabeth (Blough) Holsopple was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 2, 1836; died Mar. 13, 1913; aged 76 y. 7 m. 11 d. She was married to John Holsopple 58 years ago. To this union were born 13 children, of which 6 are living. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 20 years and lived a faithful member until death. She was almost helpless for about 4 years. Funeral services were conducted at the U. B. Church at Holsopple on the 16th by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Buried in the Custer Cemetery.

Sluder.-Dorothy Sluder was born Sept. 24, 1902; died Mar. 21, 1913; aged 10 y. 5 m. 27 d. She was brought here from the Orphans' Home at West Liberty, O., Mar. 4, 1913, and taken into the home of Bro. Uriah Miller near Wauseon. Mar. 21, while at school, she was accidentally killed; the severe wind storm of that day blowing the belfry off of the school house and striking her, causing instant death. She leaves to mourn her early departure one twin brother who is also in the home of Bro. Miller, one sister in West Liberty, Ohio, and a host of friends and school mates. Funeral serives were held Mar. 24, at the home of Bro. Uriah Miller, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Greiser.

Loucks.-Martin Loucks was born in Holmes Co., O., Mar. 11, 1840. He moved with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., in the fall of the year of 1851, and was married to Hannah Kilmer Dec. 29, 1859, who preceded him in death Sept. 8, 1889. To this union were born 2 sons, 4 daughters, 29 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Those left to mourn the loss of a loving father and brother are Catharine Metzler, Anna Hunsberger, Jacob Loucks, and Eva Wenger, 23 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters, of whom Isaac of Falls City, Nebr., could not be present on account of his wife being sick, and Peter of Moundridge, Kans., not being able to be present being sick himself. He died March 20, 1913, aged 73 y. 9 d. Services conducted at the Olive Church by the brehtren, J. K. Bixler and D. A. Yoder. Text, Jno. 12:24.

Miller.-Lizzie M. Miller was born near Slate Hill Church, Cumberland Co., Pa., Nov. 18, 1852; died at her home near Bainbridge, Pa., Feb. 28, 1913, being sick only about two weeks with pneumonia and heart trouble. She was married to Deacon Martin L. Miller Sept. 8, 1878, with whom she lived faithfully for almost 35 years being a step-mother of 3 children, Phares, Ella and Jacob. She was the mother of 11 children, 1 of whom died in infancy. Mother is survived by our dear father, the 3 step-children and the following children: Samuel Z., Ira Z., Levi Z., of Good's Church, Martin Z. of near Deodate, David Z. of near Middletown, Pa., and Reuben, Benjamin, Annie, Lizzie and Frances at home. Mother's continual concern was the eternal welfare of her children and also her grandchildren and the Church and Sunday school which she dearly loved and attended whenever it was possible to do so. Parents always took us along to church from childhood. Mother said she could not enjoy herself in church with the children at home, and I remember on rainy Sundays we would always go as parents thought many would stay at home. We feel to praise God today for mother's zeal and are glad that mother had the pleasure of seeing all of her children accepting Christ and uniting with the Church. Funeral services at the home May 3 conducted by Bro. Simon E. Garber and at Good's Mennonite Church by Bro. John Landis and Bishops Jacob N. Brubacher and John G. Ebersole. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in the cemetery near the church. Thus ended a life of devotion and consecration. Peace to her ashes, rest to her soul.
By one of the sons, David Z. Miller.

Cavanaugh.-In loving memory of my beloved wife, Bertha, who died March 30th,1912. She is greatly missed by both husband and children.
T. K. Cavanaugh.

Zwoll.-Lucile Zwoll was born in Chicago Sept. 4th, 1912; died Feb. 11, 1913; aged 5 m. 7 d. She had been sick only a very short time and died unexpectedly in her mother's arms. The father, mother and five brothers and sisters who mourn her loss have the sweet assurance that she has gone to be with the one who loved little children. Funeral service at the home conducted by A. M. Eash with Mark 10:15 and Isa. 11:6 as texts.

Kleinstein.-Mary Kleinstein (nee Linder), was born in France, June 1836; died at the home of her nephew, Samuel Linder, Harrisburg, Ohio, Mar. 28, 1913; aged about 76 y. 9 m. She came to America at the age of 11 years with her only brother and three sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. She leaves 7 nephews to mourn her departure. She was a member of the A. M. Church and at home in the Beech congregation for the past 25 years. Funeral services by John D. Miller, John Sommers and J. A. Liechty. Burial in the Beech cemetery. May God help us to be prepared when it is ours to leave this world.
J. A. Liechty.

Symensma.-Jacob R. Symensma was born in Holland July 7, 1848; died at his home southwest of New Paris, Ind., Mar. 6, 1913; aged 63 y. 7 m. 19 d. When he was four years old he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he has lived ever since. He was united in marriage with Lydia A. Neff Jan. 16, 1883. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. Bro. Symensma was well known in the neighborhood and had a cheerful word for every body. He was a good neighbor and had many friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1890 and tried to live worthy of his profession. He leaves a wife, three sons, one daughter, one brother and many friends to mourn his departure. Funeral at the Whitehead Church (Brethren) conducted by J. H. Bare and J. S. Hartzler, text II Cor. 5:1.

Wurst.-Fred Wurst was born in Chicago, Aug. 16, 1880, and died at his home in the Gospel Mission district on March 11, 1913; aged 32 y. 6 m. and 23 d. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his departure. His brief sickness and sudden death came as a great warning to those who knew him. His life had been spent in a careless manner, drink and cigarettes claiming him as a victim. When stricken with pneumonia the doctor at once pronounced his case as practically hopeless. He was quite delirious the greater part of the week of his sickness. During the last forenoon of his life he became quite rational. He expressed a desire to be at peace with God and earnest prayer was offered in his behalf. He claimed God's promise to those who will accept the work of Christ by faith and claimed to have received peace from Him. The funeral was held at the Gospel Mission on the 13th. Sermon was preached by A. M. Eash on "There is but a step between me and death."

Yoder.-Pre. Samuel K. Yoder near Mattawana, Pa., was born Jan. 11, 1865; died Mar. 28, 1913; aged 48 y. 2 m. 17 d. He united with the A. M. Church in his young years and was an earnest devoted member. In Jan. 16, 1894, he united in marriage with Fanny P. Harshberger. To this union were born four sons and one daughter. She preceded him to the spirit world two years ago. He was Supt. of the S. S. a number of years in which he was much interested. On May 4, 1902, he was ordained to the ministry, to which he was much devoted and in earnest, was much concerned about the welfare of the Church and lost souls, was always on duty till nearly two years ago when his health failed so much that he could not attend church or Sunday school, only chance times. He was afflicted with rheumatism and it seemed to affect nearly the whole body, some times being confined to his bed. Later his disease became complicated, and the body more frail. Although he felt he was needed in the home and church, he was fully given up to the will of God. The morning of his death he got up about 4:30. Not feeling well took some medicine to ease a pain, then sank away in his chair at 6 o'clock. He was kind and very obliging and always ready to help others. He will be much missed in the home and church and community. He leaves to mourn his departure a kind wife, four boys, one brother, four sisters, an aged father and many relatives and friends. Two sisters preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral Apr. 31. Services by the brethren, Eli H. Kanagy, Joshua G. Zook, and Jos. H. Byler. Text, Heb. 13:14 and I Pet. 1:3, 4. Peace be to his ashes. Interment in the Mattawana cemetery.


Transcriber's notes: In Sluder obit: "serives" instead of services.
In Loucks obit: "brehtren" instead of brethren. Errors not mine.



Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 3 - April 17, 1913 - page 47

Kurtz.-Amanda L., daughter of Henry and Eva Kurtz of Elverson, Pa., was born Nov. 12, 1910; died of pneumonia, Mar. 21, 1913; aged 2 y. 4 m. 9 d.

Getz.-New Danville, Pa., Bro. Daniel H., son of Bro. Benj. and Sister Julia Getz, was born Sept. 15, 1870; died April 4, 1913; aged 42 y. 6 m. 19 d. His sickness was complicated, of nearly six weeks duration. Daniel's life was an example, so patient, always cheerful. He was almost entirely helpless. In his many years he never walked but his mind was bright. Funeral April 7, services conducted by Bros. Jacob Thomas, Abram Herr, and Aaron Harnish. Text, Job 7:13.
A Neighbor.

Kauffman.-Ida Belle, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister L. C. Kauffman, was born Feb. 27, 1913; died April 4, 1913; aged 1 m. 8 d. The little one was afflicted from birth with pemphigus neoutoum and her short life was one of suffering. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 2 sisters, 5 brothers; 1 sister having gone on before. Funeral April 5 at Mennonite Spring Valley Church near Baden, N. Dak., conducted by Bro. Mikels, of the Brethren Church. Text, Luke 18:15-17.

Bechtel.-Sister Emma Bechtel died at her home on Abbottstown St., Hanover, Pa., April 3, being an invalid for 7 years. Her life here was mingled with much sorrow and pain. How comforting and how much it should help to draw her loved remaining ones' affections to heaven and eternal things. May the Lord bless the dear young folks as they tread this world without parental counsel, that they may open the door of their hearts to the counsel of a heavenly Father, who is able to guide them through the darkest hours. She was aged 47 years. Six children survive her: Viola, Carrie, Edna, Emma, Chester and Alvin.

Evers.-Sister Jane A., wife of Bro. Perry F. Evers, died at their home near Mt. Clinton, Va., Mar. 13, aged 64 y. 1 m. 27 d. She had not enjoyed robust health for many years. Some time before her death she had a severe attack of grippe which left her in a weak condition. Other troubles made inroads upon her condition and for several weeks she was critically ill. She had been a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for about twenty years. She leaves besides her husband, a son and a daughter. Funeral services were held at Mt. Clinton Church on the 15th, conducted by S. H. Rhodes and J. S. Martin, from Heb. 13:8, after which she was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.

Troyer.-Ralph Ervin, only child of Bro. Menno N. and Sister Katie Troyer, was born in Miami Co., Ind., Feb. 26, 1912; died Mar. 24, 1913; aged 1 y. 28 d. On March 6 little Ralph took sick with the measles. Soon afterwards he also took pneumonia fever which caused his death. He leaves father, mother, 3 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, 1 step-grandmother, 1 great-grandfather, 6 uncles, 6 aunts, and a number of other relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. Funeral on the 26th at the A.M. Church, preaching by Bros. J. S. Horner and E. A. Mast, from Job 1:21. May God bless Bro. and Sister Troyer in their bereavement. "Budded on earth to bloom in heaven."

Cockley.-Fannie (Bomberger) Cockley, widow of the late Noah Cockley, was born May 14, 1844; died at her home at Pinola, Pa., Mar. 31, 1913; aged 68 y. 10 m. 17 d. She was sick nine weeks of a complication of diseases but bore her sickness in great patience, being fully resigned to the will of God. It is so hard to part with our loved ones, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. She united with the Mennonite Church in her girlhood and remained a faithful member until death. She is survived by 4 sisters, 1 brother, 4 step-children, 25 step-grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral at Rowe Church, where services were conducted by J. S. Burkholder and Jos. Martin from a very appropriate text: "Here is the patience of the saints" (Rev. 14:12). May we all prepare to meet her in heaven.
A Granddaughter.

Hooks.-Lela Tressa Hooks was born near East Lynne, Mo., Feb. 4, 1895; died at Minot, N. Dak., Mar. 27, 1913; aged 18 y. 1 m. 23 d. She united with the Mennonite Church near Baden, N. D., when but 10 years old, remained a faithful worker until death and we believe was the means of leading others to Christ. To know her was to love her. At the time of her death she was taking a three year course of nursing at St. Joseph Hospital in Minot to prepare for mission work. The remains were brought to Baden and laid to rest in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by D. B. Kauffman. Text, Luke 23:28: "Weep not for me." She leaves a sorrowing mother, father, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, aged grandparents and a host of friends to mourn her loss. But we mourn not as those "which have no hope," "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."

Snyder.-Anna G. Stauffer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 25, 1841. On Jan. 8, 1867, she was united in marriage with Martin Snyder at Massilon, O. To this union were born 6 children, 3 of whom preceded her. Those surviving her are, Mrs. Aber Ganger, Girard, Ill.; Amos, of Middlebury, Ind.; Cora Buttrick of Elkhart, Ind. Her husband died May 1, 1909, at Elkhart, Ind. In March of 1887 they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where they lived until death. About 20 years ago she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church of which they were members until death. As a mother she was kind and loving, always forbearing and patient. Especially was her patience manifested during the last four years of her life. She bore all her trials and afflictions with grace and submission until she was called home on April 2, 1913, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. Buried April 5 in the Yellow Creek Cemetery. Services by J. W. Christophel and Jonas Loucks. Text, Jno. 8:51.

Mast.-Bro. Jacob E. Mast was born in Laucaster Co., Pa., Sept. 20, 1883; died at his residence in Elverson, Pa., April 2, 1913; aged 29 y. 6 m. 12 d. He was married to Sister Barbara Kurtz, Dec. 5, 1911. The deceased had become stricken with consumption in the beginning of his matrimonial life. The first six months indicated a rapid decline in health. He was taken to the Grand View Sanitarium at Wernersville, Pa., where he remained about five weeks, receiving all the latest treatment for the dreaded disase, but a cure was unavailable. Yet his physical condition became much better. He finally longed to return to his own home, where he spent his last days in pitiable suffering and died on the date beginning his housekeeping one year ago. He bore his afflictions with great patience and always exclaimed that the period of his suffering does not seem long and weary. He united with the A. M. Church in his sixteenth year and has left true evidence of meeting his Savior. He leaves a sorrowful wife, parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn his early departure. Funeral services by Gideon Stoltzfus and John S. Mast. Text, II Cor. 4:17.

Transcriber's note: In Mast obit is "Laucaster" which probably should be Lancaster. Also, in same obit is "disase" which should be disease. Misspellings not mine.

Rich.-Mary, daughter of Ben and Saloma (Slagell) Rich, was born at Emporia, Kans., Dec. 3, 1898; died at her home in Weeping Water, Nebr., Mar. 12, 1913; aged 14 y. 3 m. 9 d. She died of throat trouble and heart failure. In September, 1910, she united with the Church of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ at Weeping Water, Nebr., and remained a faithful and consistent member until Jesus took her to heaven. She leaves to mourn, a father, mother, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. On Tuesday, Mar. 11, she became very much worse and it was seen that the end was not far off. The pastor and friends were sent for. During Tuesday afternoon after she bade them all good-bye, she presently began to hum a sweet tune, and as it grew louder we could recognize some of the words and toward the last nearly all of them. Her singing lasted fourteen minutes. After this she began to talk again and said, "Aren't the angels pretty?" "Look at the golden streets over there." "Jesus has built me that mansion over there." "There we will live side by side." The funeral was held from the Mennonite Church in Weeping Water and was attended by a host of friends and neighbors. The relatives present from a distance were: her mother, wife of Bishop Joseph Slagell of Hydro, Okla., and her sister, Mrs. V. D. Detweiler, husband and daughter of Milford, Nebr.

Denlinger.-After a brief illness of pneumonia Fannie K., wife of D. H. Denlinger, died at her home in Gap, Pa., where she had lived for 3 years; aged 54 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was a kind and faithful wife as well as mother. During her sickness she was a patient sufferer. She was also a sufferer from the dread disease asthma for many years. But with all she was always cheerful and greeted everybody with a smile. She often remarked that she was willing to endure all the suffering here in this world, for without suffering and sorrow we can never inherit an eternal home in heaven. The deceased was a daughter of the late Pre. John B. Landis of Petersburg, Pa., and was a member of the Mennonite Church for 37 years. In her early life she was an active worker in the Sunday school, her aim being to influence all for good. Her husband and the following children survive: Annie, wife of Landis Brackbill, Kinzer; John K., Gap; Lillie, wife of Silas Hershey, Gap; Daniel, Stockton, Calif.; Fannie, wife of David Kauffman, Gap; Ruth and Landis, at home. One sister, Mrs. Christian Charles, Landisville, and 1 brother, Jacob K. Landis, San Francisco, Calif., also survive. The funeral was held at Hershey's Mennonite Church; interment in adjoining cemetery.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place,A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee-
We miss thee everywhere."
The Family.



Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 4 - April 24, 1913 - page 63

Miller.-Edward son of Eli D., Jr., and Savilla Miller, was born in Holmes Co., O., June 11, 1910; died Mar. 10, 1913; aged 2 y. 9 m. 19 d. Edward was seriously ill only a few days, but was never a healthy child. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services at the Martin's Creek Church conducted by Calvin Mast and Fred Mast.

Miller.-Eli D. Miller was born in Holmes Co., O., Nov. 8, 1835; died Mar. 22, 1913; aged 77 y. 4 m. 14 d. He was married to Mary Mast who preceded him to the spirit world. He had been almost helpless since July, 1911, when he was stricken with paralysis. He leaves to mourn his departure 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 brothers, 1 sister, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, besides many friends. Funeral services Mar. 25, conducted by Jacob Stutzman, Solomon Schlabach and S. H. Miller. He was buried Mar. 27, at the Miller Cemetery.

Ream.--Mary Powl was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 5, 1837; died Mar. 23, 1913; aged 75 y. 8 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to James Ream, to which union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. One daughter preceded her to the spirit world in infancy. She is survived by her husband, 9 children, 3 sisters, and a brother. She was a member of the Evangelical Methodist Church. She served her Master at home when she could not go to church on account of feeble health. She was a kind and loving mother and neighbor. We will miss her here. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Eaby from II Cor. 5:1. Funeral services were held Mar. 28 at Voganville.

Rich.-Fanny Widmer was born in Berne, Switzerland, Dec. 18. 1857; died at her home near Noble, Ia., Apr. 7, 1913; aged 55 y. 3 m. 19 d. In the year 1879 she came with her mother to this country. On May 22, 1890, she was married to Joseph K. Rich, who preceded her to the other side Oct. 10, 1910. To this union were born 3 daughters. In her early life she accepted Christ as her Savior, was received into Church, and remained a faithful member until the Lord called her home. She leaves 3 daughters, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, a grandchild, and many friends to mourn their loss. Services by Daniel Graber and S. Musselman in German and Simon Gingerich in English. Texts, II Tim. 4:7; Phil. 1:21.

Hershey.-Elizabeth (Leaman), wife of Henry H. Hershey died Feb. 21, 1913, at her home in Lancaster Co., Pa., with complication of diseases; aged 73 y. 8 d. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 1 daughter, Naomi Ressler, 3 sons, Ephraim L., Aaron R., and Reuben B., and 16 grandchildren are left behind to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. Services at the house by Bro. David Landis, and at Mellinger's Church by Bros. Sanford Landis and Christian M. Brackbill. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Interment in the cemetry near the church. May we all lead such a life that when the journey of life is ended we may then meet in that heavenly home.

Mother has crossed the river of death,
She is with the angels now,
She has laid aside earth's crosses,
And the crown is on her brow.

Transcriber's note: In Hershey obit, "cemetry" rather than "cemetery." Error not mine.

Ames.-Emma Florence Ames was born Aug. 10, 1899; died near Morgantown, Pa., Apr. 7, 1913; aged 13 y. 7 m. 27 d. Her father died in her early childhood and thus she was provided a good home at the residence of Pre. C. U. Stoltzfus. She was a regular attendant at the Sabbath school, having always manifested a lively interest in quoting scripture verses. She was received as a member of the Conestoga A. M. Church by baptism Feb. 2, 1913. The last six months of her life was severely afflicted with consumption. She had often prayed in her many painful moments, which we hope to have impressed her young associates to open the door of their hearts to the counsel of a heavenly Father. "Our faith in God is not buried with our bones," nor do our characters die when our hearts cease to beat. The good that we do lives after us. Funeral Apr. 9, at the Conestoga A. M. Church, conducted by J. S. Mast. Text, Ruth 1:16, 17. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Bless.-A little son of Charles and Katie Bless died April 12, 1913, of consumption. Since a little infant he was a sickly, tender plant and about a month ago took pneumonia, which left the little one very weak and it lingered since. It was so weak and bony that the nurse could scarcely carry him and care for him. The little jewel finished his mission at the age of __ y. 11 m. 22 d. He leaves sorrowing parents and grandparents on both sides, nevertheless they are comforted that the child has gone to a supremely better clime. Funeral services held at Good's Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. S. E. Garber, John Landis, and Levi Ebersole from Luke 18:16, 17. Interment in cemetery nearby.
"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed;
Before thy feet have ever trod,
The dark and downward way."

Marron.-Mary, widow of Samuel Marron, died at an early hour last Sunday morning at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, George Uhlrich, a short distance west of Strasburg borough, from the infirmities incident to old age. Grandmother was 85 y. 5 m. 22 d. old. She was an estimable woman, greatly endeared to a large family of children and grandchildren and a wide circle of relatives and friends. She is survived by 8 children. Her maiden name was Wade and there are 2 surviving sisters, Mrs. Daniel Hess and Mrs. Thomas McMichael. The deceased is also survived by 37 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. During her sickness of 8 weeks, she expressed a desire every day to go home. The funeral was held Wednesday. Services conducted at the house by Elias Groff and at New Providence Mennonite Church by Abraham Brubaker. Text, Isa. 35:10. "A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled."
By a granddaughter.

Landis.-Mary Landis, widow of Levi L. Landis, was born May 27, 1825; died Mar. 18, 1913, at her home near Ledger, Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 87 y. 9 m. 21 d. She was sick 11 days of erysipelas and suffered much pain. She was conscious to the last, as she often expressed the wish that she might keep her mind and not make any unnecessary trouble. She said she was ready to go, but was satisfied to wait till the summons came. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Sister Landis was the mother of 1 son and 5 daughters. She leaves 5 children, 18 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 1 brother, John Buckwalter, 85 years old. Pre. John L. Landis is the only brother-in-law living. They are both in feeble health but were able to attend the funeral on Mar. 21 at Hershey's Church where she was the oldest member. Services by J. Senger, A. Hoover, and C. M. Brackbill. Text, II Cor. 4:17. The subject of this notice had a fall on Dec. 19, 1910, dislocating her knee cap, but to the surprise of the doctor and all her friends it healed and she was able to go along to meeting as long as her health permitted. Could walk without the use of a cane. Was able to read without glasses for some time.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright;
Since the spirits of our dear ones,
Took their happy, homeward flight;
And we long to cross the river,
Long to rest upon that shore,
There to see, and know, and love them,
With the Savior evermore."

Transcriber's note: In Hershey obit, "cemetry" rather than "cemetery." Error not mine.


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