Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1913

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Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 36 - December 4, 1913 - page 575

Springer.--Valentine Springer was born in Saarbruck, Germany, in the year 1834; died at his home in Metamora, Ill., Nov. 5, 1913; aged 79 y. 10 m. 11 d. He leaves his wife, 5 sons, and 25 grandchildren. Two sons and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. Twentytwo years ago he came with his family to America. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church from his youth. Funeral services were held at the Metamora M. H., Nov. 7. Interment in cemetery near Metamora, Ill.

Forry.--Sister Maria L. Forry died Nov. 9, 1913, of apoplexy, at the Mennonite Home, Lancaster Co., Pa. Her maiden name was Roth. Her husband, Abraham Forry, died some years ago, also two of her children, she being the last of the family. She had her home at the Old People's Home for nine years, was one of the first ones at the Home and was engaged as one of the nurses. Funeral services were held at the Home by Bro. D. N. Lehman of Millersville from Matt. 24:44 and Theodore Forry of Stony Brook, Pa., from Rev. 14:13. Burial took place at the York Cemetery. She will be missed by many, especially at the Home, where she lived and helped to care among the old and feeble. But now her work is done but we hope our loss is her eternal gain.

Lehman.--Joseph B. Lehman was born Aug. 11, 1853; died Nov. 21, 1913; aged 60 y. 3 m. 10 d. He suffered from a stroke of paralysis, which resulted in his death after a short illness of a few days. He lived for many years near Guilford Springs and last spring moved to his new home north of Chambersburg, Pa. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and was a strong advocate of the doctrine of simplicity and greatly interested in the welfare of the church. Bro. Lehman is survived by his wife, Fannie, who was the daughter of the late Jacob S. Ernst, and these children: Geo. S., John H., and Levi E., of Lancaster and Jacob E., of near St. Thomas (all married), Joseph S. and Bessie at home, and one brother, Levi, near Pinola, Pa. Interment at the Chambersburg Church. Services at the house by Joseph E. Lehman and at the church by W. W. Hege. Text, Job 14:1,2, selected by the family.

Miller.--Eli J. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 5, 1932, and died at Bristol, Ind., Nov. 18, 1913; aged 81 y. 4 m. 13 d. In his early boyhood he moved with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., and settled about seven miles east of Goshen. In 1863 he was united in marriage with Annie Geisinger. To this union were born five children of which four preceded him to the world beyond. He is survived by his wife, son Amasa, one granddaughter, all of Bristol, Ind., and one foster daughter, Mrs. T. G. Oliver, of Elkhart, Ind. For some time Bro. Miller has been a great sufferer, but bore all with patience and Christian fortitude. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for forty-eight years and will be greatly missed in the family, the Church, and the community. Funeral services at the Clinton Brick Church Nov. 21 by Harvey Friesner and J. S. Hartzler. Text, II Cor. 5:1.

Horst.--Bro. David Horst was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 15, 1832; died Nov. 5, 1913; aged 81 y. 3 m. 20 d. He came to Maryland with his parents in his youthful days and resided in Maugansville, Md., at the time of his death. His health had been failing for some time, although he had been able to be up and around in the evening and went to bed seemingly in usual health. About 12 o'clock he called to his daughter Anna for a drink of water, which was brought to him, and in the morning when his daughter called him for breakfast she received no answer. She went to his room and was shocked to find her father dead in bed. Death came to him very suddenly, but we believe not unexpectedly, as he would often talk to the neighbors and friends that his time is short here in this life and would often express a desire to go to meet his God. He is survived by 2 sons, 3 daughters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral Nov. 7 at Reiff's Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services by C. R. Strite, D. R. Lesher, H. H. Bear, and G. S. Keener. Text, Job 7:10.

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Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 37 - December 11, 1913 - page 591

Sommers.--On Nov. 27, 1913, near Marshallville, Ohio, Willis, youngest son of Bro. and Sister Isaac Sommers; aged 2 y. 6 m. 19 d. Since diphtheria was the cause of his death only brief services were held at the grave. He was laid to rest in the Oak Grove Cemetery near, Smithville, Ohio. May God comfort the bereaved family in this hour of sorrow, so that they may be resigned to say, "Thy will be done."

Custer.--Hettie Eash Custer of near Boswell, Pa., was born Sept. 27, 1885; died Nov. 14, 1913; aged 28 y. 1 m. 17 d. She was married to Bro. David L. Custer on March 5, 1905. To this union were born 2 children. She leaves mother, and 11 brothers and sisters. She united with the Mennonite Church when she was about 16 years old and was faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted at the Thomas Church by the brethren, S. G. Shetler and James Saylor.

Zehr.--Phebe Eigsti was born in Bavaria, Germany, Aug. 1, 1838; died at Tiskilwa, Ill., Nov. 25, 1913; aged 75 y. 3 m. 25 d. She was married to Christian Zehr July 5, 1859. To this union were born 9 children, all of whom are living. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world 22 years ago. She also leaves 32 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister to mourn her departure. She accepted her Savior in her youth. Funeral services were conducted by A. H. Leaman. Text, I Tim. 4:8.
"Some sweet day, when life is o'er,
We shall meet above,
We shall greet those gone before
In that home of love."
By her daughter.

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Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 38 - December 18, 1913, page 607

Roth.--Raymond, son of Bro. David and Sister Lizzie Roth, was born March 28, 1913, near Albany, Oreg; died at their home in Seward Co., Nebr., Dec. 5, 1913; aged 8 m. 7 d. He died with spasms due to teething and bronchitis. Two brothers and one sister also died in their childhood. He leaves father, mother and 2 brothers, besides many relatives and others, to mourn his early departure. Funeral was held at the West Fairview Church on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1913. Text, Mark 10:15.

Early.--Susan Early, widow of the late Jacob Early, died at her home near Hinton, Va., on Nov. 19; aged 79 y. 1 m. 23 d. She had long been afflicted with asthma, but died from the infirmities of age. She has been a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves 3 sons and 4 daughters to mourn their loss which we believe to her is gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Bank Church on Nov. 21 by L. J. Heatwole, J. S. Martin, and J. C. Thrasher, after which her body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. Text, Job 5:6-8.

Hendrich.--Arthur Elmer Hendrich was born Aug. 5, 1913; died Oct. 16, 1913; aged 2 m. 11 d. He was the youngest son of Bro. Elmer and Sister Verna Hendrich. Dear little Arthur was here only a short time, just long enough to blossom then crossed over to the spirit world and is now enjoying the company with the host of angels. Funeral took place at the Fairview Church, Fairview, Mich., conducted by E. A. Bontrager. Buried in the Fairview Cemetery.

"Some sweet day when life is o'er
We shall meet above,
We shall greet those gone before
In that home of love."
E. A. B.

Sommer.--Jacob Sommer was born near Collinsville, O., May 9, 1835; died Dec. 2, 1913; aged 78 y. 6 m. 23 d. He united in marriage with Magdalena Nafzinger Jan. 6, 1870. To this union were born 5 children. In the year 1884 he moved with his family to Arkansas near Stuttgart where his wife died Mar. 6, 1890. In 1911 Bro. Sommers again came back to Fulton Co., O.,and lived with his son, John, where he died on the above named date. He was a faithful member of the A. M. Church. He leaves to mourn their loss 4 sons, 1 daughter, 13 granddaughters, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters, but we trust their loss is his eternal gain. Funeral was held at the Central Church Dec. 5, by S. D. Grieser and D. J. Wyse. Burial in the Eckley Cemetery.

Sutter.--Clifford L., son of Bro. Chris Sutter, was born July 9, 1904, near Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; died Nov. 23, 1913, near Tofield, Alta., Canada; aged 9 y. 4 m. 14 d. Leaves to mourn his early and unexpected departure father, stepmother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters. His mother preceded him to the spirit world. Death was caused by drowning in Beaver Lake near his home. He was playing on the ice and slipped into an air hold. Funeral services conducted by the brethren, N. E. Roth and Milo Stutzman. Text, II Kings 4:26; "Is it well? It is well." Interment in the Salem Cemetery near Round Hill, Alta., Canada. This should be a loud call to all. "For in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh."

Stauffer.--Bro. Ben Stauffer was born in Alsace, Germany, April 11, 1856; died at his home near Ryley, Alta., Canada, Nov. 23, 1913, of ulcer of the stomach, and consumption; aged 57 y. 7 m. 12 d. He was united in marriage to Lena Steider, Feb. 15, 1885. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 3 daughters. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 1 grandson, 3 brothers, 1 sister. One daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He often expressed a willingness, saying, "Not mine, but the Lord's will be done." He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. Bro. Stauffer imigrated to Canada two years ago last March from Shickley, Nebr. Services conducted by Bros. N. E. Roth and Milo Stutzman, Text, II Tim. 4:6, first clause. Interment at the Salam Cemetery near Round Hill, Alta., Canada.

Hunsberger.--Daniel Hunsberger was born in Perth Co., Ont., Sept. 24, 1841; came to Elkhart Co., Ind., with his parents May 20, 1859; married Nansey Metzler in 1868, who preceded him to the spirit world Nov. 9, 1899. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughrters. One daughter died Mar. 12, 1898. Bro. Hunsberger was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He was a man of quiet disposition but always taking his place as one of God's people and as a neighbor. On Nov. 3, 1913, while Bro. Husberger was working for a neighbor, he fell from a barn and was almost instantly killed. Besides his 5 children and 17 grandchildren, he leaves 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Burial at the Olive Cemetery. Services conducted by D. A. Yoder. Text, Jas. 4: 13-17.

Driver.--Barbara Longanbill was born Aug. 1, 1862; died Oct. 26, 1913; aged 51 y. 2 m. 25 d. In her youth she with her parents moved from Wayne Co., O., to Missouri, locating near Versailles, where she resided until death. On Dec. 24, 1885, she united in marriage with Frank Driver, to which union were born 8 children. Her husband and 7 children survive her also 11 brothers and sisters. She for several years suffered from ill health and the past few months complications set in and having a weak heart she was not able to overcome the sickness. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Her place at church was never vacant when able to attend, and she was always ready to lend a helping hand when needed. Thus a good woman has passed from our midst to her eternal home in heaven. Funeral conducted by Bro. J.

Hostetler.--Daniel S. Hostetler was born in Pennsylvania Feb. 1, 1868; died near Newville, N. Dak., Nov. 23, 1913; aged 45 y. 9 m. 23 d. He united with the Mennonite Church at Shore, Ind. He was married to Ida Miller in 1891. In 1893 he emigrated to North Dakota and located north of Devil's Lake where his wife died. He then returned to Indiana, and in 1897 he was again married to Minnie Ringler. To this union were born 6 children. In the spring of 1906 he again went to North Dakota and located at Cando, but later moved on a farm near Newville where he lived until he was called to his eternal home. The cause of his early death was tumor on the brain. He leaves to mourn his departure wife, 6 children, an aged mother, 5 brothers, 3 sisters and many friends. Funeral services on Nov. 26 at the Brethren Church southeast of Newville. Burial in the cemetery nearby. Services by Bro. I. S. Mast of Surrey, N. Dak. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. He was assisted by Bro.-----Hollinger of the Brethren Church. Peace to his ashes.


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Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 39 - December 25, 1913, page 623, 624

Stinebuck.--Harold Newton, son on William and Malinda Stinebuck was born Oct. 22, 1911; died Dec. 10, 1913; aged 6 y. 1 m. 18 d. He was sick only two days when the death angel came and took his spirit home. He leaves to mourn for him his parents, 4 brothers and 1 sister. Buried at Salem, Allen Co., O., on the 12th. Funeral services conducted by Pre. Holsinger of the U. B. Church and Bro. Moses Brenneman. II Sam. 12;23.

Oyer.--Viola Mildren, daughter of Bro. Jacob and Sister Lizzy Oyer, was born Mar. 16, 1913; died Dec. 6, 1913; aged 1 y. 8 m. 20 d. She leaves father and mother, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, and many relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. One grandmother preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. Jonas Litwiler. Text, Psa. 103, and at the Deer Creek Church by Bro. Perter Zehr in English. Text, Mark 10:13-16, and by Bro. Christ King in German. Text, Psa. 103;16, and by Bro. Jonas Litwiler in English. Text, Matt. 24:42-44. Burial at Mount Zion Cemetery, near Deer Creek, Ill.
Dies Kind ging der Heimath zu,
In die Ewige Himmelsruh,
Wo sein Heiland Jesus Christ,
Ewig nun sein alles ist.
Grandfather Daniel Zehr.

Augsburger.--Barbara Augsburger, nee Slonecker, was born in Hamilton Co., O., Nov. 7, 1838; died at her home in West Liberty, O., Nov. 26, 1913; aged 75 y. 19 d. In early life she confessed her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith she was true to the end. Dec. 6, 1863, she was united in marriage with Jacob S. Augsburger, who died Feb. 3, 1902. Shortly after his death, in order to be in closed touch with those of like faith, she moved to the place of her late home in West Liberty. She lived an exemplary Christian life, manifesting the spirit of her Savior in her kindness to all and practical interest in His cause. Funeral services were held at her late home on Nov. 28 by Bros. A. I. Yoder and J. J. Warye. On the 28th her remains were removed to her former home, Overpeck, Cutler Co., O., to be interred by the side of her husband on Monday, Dec. 1.

Mosier.--John Harold, eldest son of John and Jennie Mosier, was born in Elida, O., Oct. 16, 1904; died at the Grant Hospital, Columbus, O., Dec. 12, 1913; aged 9 y. 1 m. 26 d. He leaves to mourn his loss beside his father and mother, 3 brothers, Edwin, William, and Walter; his grandparents, Henry and Sarah Mosier, and Andrew and Barbara Miller. Harold, as he was familiarly known, was a bright and obedient boy. He was always anxious to attend Sunday school and church and manifested an interest in religious things. He died in his innocency, and let this be the thought of comfort. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Crossenville, O., Dec. 14, 1913, by J. W. Steen and H. H. Wieber. Text, John 11:28;
"The Master has come and calleth for thee."
'Twas sown in weakness here
'Twill then be raised in power
That which was sown an earthly seed
Shall rise a heavenly flower.

Berkey.--Mary Etta (Rhodes) Berkey, wife of Edward J. Berkey, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., July 14, 1868; died at her home in Fauquier Co., Va., Dec. 6, 1913; aged 45 y. 5 m. 22 d. She moved with her parents to Augusta Co., Va., where they lived four years, from whence they moved to Fauquier Co., where the latter resided until the death of her father, Henry L. Rhodes. In early life Mary accepted Jesus and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a member until death. Having some missionary inclinations, had accompanied J. S. Coffman to Elkhart, Ind., after which she served as one of the pioneer workers in the Home Mission of Chicago, in which time she formed acquaintance with E. J. Berkey whom she married Jan. 27, 1897. To this union where born 1 son and 6 daughters, all of whom survive, with the bereft husband, her aged mother, 3 sister, and 4 brothers. She has lived to see her three oldest children unite with the church, and her teaching stands a memorial for other to follow. Her sudden death was due to lost vitality at the birth of the seventh child, despite all efforts and best medical skill. Short services were conducted in the home Dec. 8, from whence procession was made by rail to the home of a sister in Augusta Co., where funeral proper took place the day following, conducted by Bish. A. P. Heatwole, Jos. Driver and Elam Horst, from text selected by the departed, Gal. 2:20, the language of which was portrayed in her life, visible administrations of God's Word marked as the evening of life approached. The befert husband, a well known evangelist, solicits an interest in the prayers of the Church, in his bereavement and added responsibility.

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