Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1913

| Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 |

Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 45 - February 6, 1913 - page 719,720

ROTH. - Elizabeth (Christner) Roth was born in Germany, April 24, 1839; died Jan. 6, 1913; aged 73y. 8m. 12d. She came to Canada with her parents when 8 years old. When 15 years of age they came to Henry Co., Ia., on the farm where she died. She was a member of the A.M. Church since a young girl. She was married to Jos. Roth, Jan. 20, 1859. To this union were born 11 children. Three sons and the husband have gone before, and 3 sons, 5 daughters, and 20 grandchildren remain to mourn her departure.

GARBER. - Mary Ann (Welty) Garber, daughter of Abraham and Lydia Welty, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 16, 1864; died Jan. 14, 1913; aged 46y. 3m. 28d. She united with the Mennonite Church Nov. 21, 1912, and was a faithful member unto death. She was united in marriage with Frank Garber, Dec. 16, 1883, to which union were born 9 children, Mrs. Lucy Keyser, Jacob, Sadie, Eleanor, Charles, Roy. One son and daughter, William and Lucy, preceded their mother in death. She also leaves her father, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives to mourn the loss of a wife and mother. Her mother preceded her but a few weeks ago. Funeral services were conducted at Union Church Jan. 17, 1913, by Bro. Jonas Loucks and Amos Nussbaum.

FUNK. - Lizzie, daughter of the late Pre. Jacob and Anna Funk, was born in East Vincent, Chester Co., Pa., Aug. 19, 1868; died Jan. 14, 1913, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary Bean, Spring City, Pa.; aged 44y. 4m. 28d. Three brothers and 2 sisters survive her. Her affliction was cancer of the breast for nearly 4 years, terminating into nervous prostration and dropsy. All that kind friends and medical aid at a private sanitorium in Philadelphia, Pa., could do was done for her. After considerable suffering and patient endurance she passed into the presence of her Maker. Funeral services were conducted by Maurice Samson, pastor of the First Reformed Church (of which the deceased was a member), assisted by Pre. Jacob B. Hunsberger of the Mennonite Church. The former using the text I Cor. 15:26, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death."

YODER. - Manasses A. Yoder was born Oct. 5, 1871, in Lagrange Co., Ind; died Jan. 21, 1913, at the home of his brother, John C. Yoder in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind.; aged 41y. 3m. 16d. He was the son of Aaron and Anna (Miller) Yoder, both of whom preceded him to the great beyond. He is survived by 6 brothers, Moses A., A.A., David A., Christian, Esaias, John C. and Emmanuel. He suffered for some time from dropsy. He lived for this world only, until during his last illness he became very much concerned about his soul. He sent for a minister who during the last two weeks of his life visited him frequently, instructed him, read to him, and prayed with and for him and on Sunday evening, Jan. 19, received him into the body of believers and the Mennonite Church by water baptism. We are glad for the merciful Savior who we believe granted him pardon and peace in his last hours. Funeral services at the home by John Garber who was assisted at the church by D.D. Troyer. Texts, Matt. 24:44 and Job 19:14, respectively.

FISHER. - Franklin, son of Eli L. And Kate Fisher, was born March 26, 1885; died Jan. 11, 1913; aged 27y. 9m. 15d. On Saturday afternoon he left his home as usual, but when evening came he failed to return. Naturally the family became alarmed, wondering where he might have gone, but soon heard the sad news that he was found dead a short distance from his home. At the age of 22 years he united with the Amish Mennonite Church in which faith he departed. He was an honest, kindhearted and industrious boy. In his home and community he expressed a friendly disposition to all no sacrifice being too great to do a kind deed for his friends. He leaves mother, a sister, and 2 brothers, his father having preceded him about 7 years ago. Though his departure has brought sadness into our home, we bow in submission to our Father and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held at South Union Church near West Liberty, Ohio, conducted by Bros. A.I. Yoder and J.B. Hartzler. Interment in South Union Cemetery.

KING. - Levi T., son of John P. And Rebecca King, was born in Champaign Co., O., Aug. 19, 1850; died at his home near West Liberty, O., Jan. 4, 1913; aged 62y. 4m. 15d. On Feb. 14, 1878, he was united in marriage to Arie E. Yoder. To this union were born 2 sons and 6 daughters. Six years ago the wife and mother died, and 2 years later, 2 of the daughters, Rachel and Anna, passed away. One daughter, Artie, died in infancy, leaving 3 daughters, Melissa, Delilah and Mary; 2 sons, J. Oliver and Leroy, and 1 grandson, besides 3 brothers and 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. On July 31, 1870, he united with the Amish Mennonite Church at South Union, and remained faithful unto the end. Being afflicted for some time, he was never heard to complain or murmur, but bore it all patiently until death relieved him of his suffering.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Here our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services at South Union Church Jan. 7, conducted by Bros. A.I. Yoder and J.J. Warye. Interment in the Yoder graveyard.

BAUMAN. - Silas Bauman was born in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo, Co., Ont., Aug. 27, 1861; died Jan. 21, 1913; aged 51y. 4m. 25d. He was married to Lydia Ann Groff in 1886. To this union were born 9 sons and 4 daughters. Two of the oldest sons preceded him to the world beyond. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 11 children all at home, an aged father, 6 brothers, 1 sister, and a large community of neighbors and friends. He was converted in his early years and joined the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member. He was ordained to the office of deacon 16 years ago and performed his duties faithfully. He was ailing for a few months and by examination of the doctors it was found that a growth in the stomach was the cause. The doctor told him his case was serious. He was consecrated to the Lord and set his possessions in order and waited patiently for the end. He was in sound mind within three hours of death. He chose his text, I Pet. 1. He also appointed A.B. Gingerich to preach in German and O.D. Snider in English. Funeral Jan. 24 was largely attended and long to be remembered. Buried in the cemetery adjoining his home. The beyond was more precious to him as he drew nigh. He expressed himself, "Death shall not destroy my comfort, Christ shall guide me through the gloom."

HOFFMAN. - Floyd C. Hoffman was born in Kent Co., Mich., Dec. 5, 1912; died Dec. 10, 1912; aged 5 d. Everything was done to save the frail body, but it only budded on earth to blossom in heaven. A short funeral service was held at the house by Bro. Isaac Weaver. Text, II Kings 4:26.

BURKHOLDER. - On Jan. 16, 1913, Helen Elizabeth, daughter of Bro. Phares I. and Sister Laura Burkholder, of Markham, Ont., departed this life after only a brief stay of 5m. 3d. She suffered for some time and then God in His wisdom called her home. Interment took place at Wideman's Cemetery on Jan. 18, when services were conducted by Bro. Samuel Hoover, assisted by Bro. Isaac Wambold, in the presence of a pathetic assembly of friends.

DILLER. - Vera May, daughter of William and Anna Diller, was born near Elida, O., Sept. 25, 1910; died Jan. 5, 1913; aged 2y. 3m. 10d. She leaves to mourn her departure, father, mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and a large circle of relatives and friends. One sister preceded her to the spirit world. The dreaded disease, diphtheria, laid hold on her body and in spite of all that loving hands could minister the deadly course could not be checked. Little Vera's stay on earth was short, but long enough to win for her a place a place of warmest affection in the hearts of all who knew her. Those who knew her best say the virtue of obedience was already marked in her life. Our finite minds cannot understand why the grim reaper should again visit this home and pluck from the mother's arms her darling child, but we bow in humble submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well. From the standpoint of the flesh, such sorrows are more than we can bear; but when we turn our eyes from earth to heaven, our grief is assuaged in the blessed thought that little Vera is one of the number of whom the Master said, "Of such is the kingdom of heaven." She has escaped a world and life of strife and gone to be with God. Sometime, if our lives are true, we,ll understand and in mansions of perfect bliss we will meet Vera who "budded on earth to bloom in heaven." Buried Jan. 6, at Salem. Funeral services the 26th., conducted by P.E. Brunk, Moses Brenneman and Elam Horst from II Kings 4:26, and Jer. 31:15.


Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California


Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 46 - February 13, 1913 - page 734, 735, 736

LINDSEY. - Infant son of ____ Lindsey, died Feb. 3 after much suffering. Services at the house by David Garber. Buried at the Saragosa Cemetery. This is a poverty stricken family. "It is well with the child."

SNYDER. - Ethel, infant daughter of Jacob B. and Angeline Snyder, Berlin, Ont., died Jan. 25, 1913; aged 1y. 3m. 11d. She fell off a chair and died in a few hours. Although her stay was short, her work was done and she will draw us nearer to Him who doeth all things well.

DAVIS. - Alexander Steward Davis was born in Ireland, May 6, 1865; died Jan. 1, 1913; aged 47y. 5m. 21d. She was buried Jan. 2 at the Balmorkea Cemetery, Tex. Services at the house by David Garber. Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: the text says she, but Alexander is usually a he!

HOCHSTETLER. - Silvia M., daughter of Manassas T. and Sarah J. Hochstetler, of Berlin, O., was born Jan. 14, 1897; died Feb. 1, 1913; aged 16y. 17d. She leaves parents, 1 sister and relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. She was buried at Berlin. Her sickness lasted only two weeks after studying too hard in school. Services by S.H. Miller.

SLABAUGH. - Donald W., son of W.H. and Naomi Slabaugh, was born near Wellman, Ia., Jan. 27, 1913, and died the next day. A short funeral service was held at the house, Jan. 29, by Bro. Abner G. Yoder and at the graveyard a mile east of West Union Church by Bros. A.G. and J. K. Yoder. Text, Mark 10:13-16.
"Gently close the little casket,
Dry now the tears;
God the little one has taken,
From a world of sorrow here."

SPRINGER. - Emma L. Springer was born Nov. 11, 1891; died Jan. 27, 1913; aged 21y. 2m. 16d. She leaves father, mother, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, grandparents and many relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. Emma was converted and united with the Amish Mennonite Church near Hopedale, Ill., Mar. 17, 1907, and remained faithful to the end. She was ready to depart and be with her Savior. Buried near Hopedale, Jan. 29, funeral services by Daniel Nafziger, Jonas Litwiller and John C. Birky. Text, John 11:21-27.

HORST. - Elizabeth Horst died at the home of her son Levi, near Mohnton, Berks Co., Pa., Jan. 24, 1913; aged 81y. 1m. 18d. Funeral and burial at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Bro. Benj. Weaver and John W. Weaver. She was twice married, first to Thomas Shirk, from which union 3 children survive, Lehman, Levi Shirk and Mrs. Delilah Tothoro. Her second husband was Isaac Horst. She was a member of the Mennonite Church from her youth, a few days before she died she wished communion administered unto her. Text, Matt. 24:44. Peace to her ashes.

WERTZ. - Anna (Beachy), wife of Joseph W. Wertz, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Mar. 7, 1858; died at her home near Amish, Ia., Jan. 31, 1913; aged 54y. 10m. 24d. She was united in marriage to Joseph W. Wertz Oct. 24, 1882. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 1 grandson, and a host of friends and relatives are mourning their loss. Their son Daniel preceded her to the better world Oct. 30, 1896. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania at the age of 18, and lived faithful until God saw fit to call her home to receive her reward. Peace to her ashes.

MARTIN. - Mary Zehr was born in Alsace, France, April 7, 1822; died Feb 1, 1913; aged 90y. 8m. 24d. She was married to Christian Martin in 1841. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter, all of whom preceded her to the home beyond the grave. She leaves 23 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren. She was converted in her youth and united with the Amish Mennonite Church by being baptized upon confession of her faith, and was faithful to the end. She was buried Feb. 4. Sermons by Daniel Nafziger, Samuel Gerber and John C. Birky. Text, Phil. 1:21 and I Cor. 15: 51-58.

CULP. - On Jan. 9, 1913, occurred the death of Sister Catherine Culp at her home near Beamsville, Ont. She had been in feeble health for the past few years, and on several occasions was so ill that the family despaired of her recovery. Yet the Lord spared and restored her. She was seldom absent from church services when able to attend. She was faithful and earnest in her Christian life. Her husband preceded her to the spirit home six years ago. She lived to the age of nearly 80 years. Six sons and 4 daughters survive. Funeral services by S.F. Coffman Jan. 11 at the Moyer Church, where the interment also took place.

WISMER. - Isaac Wismer was born in South Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., Oct. 14, 1827. He was married to his first wife, Anna Moyer, Mar. 9, 1852. She died Sept. 12, 1887. His second wife, Hannah Smith, died Jan. 4, 1907. Bro. Wismer was for many years a faithful and conscientious member of the Church at South Cayuga, and while of late he was deprived of the privilege of regular attendance, his love for the truth and for the fellowship of the brethren continued unabated. He died at his home in Dunnville, Ont., Nov. 18, 1912; aged 85y. 1m. 4d. Funeral services were held on the 23rd, the services and burial taking place at the church in South Cayuga. Services by S.F. Coffman. Text, II Cor. 5:5.

HOOVER. - Edwin Hoover was born Dec. 8, 1850, in Rainham Twp., Holdimand Co., Ont. On Jan. 1, 1877, he was married to Charlotta Moyer of Mosa Twp., Middlesex Co., who survives him with their son and daughter. His entire life was spent at the old homestead in Rainham Twp. For the past 20 years he has been a faithful and active member of the Mennonite Church which will greatly miss his presence and his help. Early in the morning of Jan. 2, 1913, he was suddenly called to rest at the age of 62 years, death being due to heart failure. Funeral services were held on Jan. 7, many friends and neighbors being present showing the esteem in which the departed was held. Services were conducted by S.F. Coffman. Text, Heb. 2:6.

SCHANTZ. - Mary Schantz was born near Smithville, O., Aug. 16, 1827; died near Trenton, O., at the home of her daughter Jan. 25, 1913; aged 85y. 5m. 9d. She was united in marriage to Christian Schantz, Nov. 5, 1852. Her husband preceded her in death, May 14, 1907. To this union were born 8 children, of whom Elizabeth and Samuel are the only ones remaining. Her physical suffering was great for several years, yet she bore all this with a Christian patience and welcomed death to meet her Savior. Her remains were brought to Fulton Co., O., her former home. Funeral services were held Jan. 29, at the Central A.M. Church, of which she was a member. Services were conducted by Henry Rychener and E.L. Frey. Burial in the Eckley Cemetery.

MILLER. - Jos. J. Miller was born in Berlin Twp., Holmes Co., O., May 12, 1862; died Jan. 17, 1913; aged 50y. 8m. 5d. He leaves his wife and mother-in-law, 3 brothers, 1 sister. They lived with their mother-in-law. Burial in the home cemetery. He died very suddenly having had leakage of the heart for about a year and a half. He was a member of the Walnut Creek Church. He lived in matrimony for 7 years. Services by S.H. Miller and Silas Yoder, of Indiana.

ZOOK. - John D. Zook was born in Champaign Co., O., Feb. 9, 1857; died at his home near Garden City, Mo., Jan. 20, 1913; aged 55y. 11m. 11d. Early in life he connected himself with the A.M. Church in Ohio, and so far as we know he was faithful in the discharge of his Christian duties until death, at which time he was consistent member of the Bethel Mennonite Church. He moved with his parents to Cass Co., Mo., in 1885. In 1891 he married Cotena Kauffman. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. Both sons preceded him to the spirit world. The 3 daughters and wife remain to mourn their loss. Funeral services on the 26th. at the house by Joe C. Driver from Isa. 40:1-11, at the church by C.A. Hartzler (I Thes. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:35-58), Joe C. Driver (Isa.38:1), and W.E. Helmuth (I Pet. 1:3-5).

MAST. - Sophia (Stutzman), wife of Bish. Moses A. Mast, was born Apr. 7, 1852; died Jan. 25, 1913; aged 60y. 9m. 18d. She was buried on the 28 at the Walnut Creek A.M. Church. She united in her youth with the A.M. Church. She was married June 2, 1873, living in matrimony 39y. 7m. 23d. To this union were born 10 children. Two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves husband, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 6 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Services opened by Calvin Mast of the Martin's Creek Church (Heb. 11:10), and S.H. Miller of the home church, Psa. 118:8. Mother thou hast left us lonely, Here thy loss we deeply feel But tis God that has bereft us He can all our sorrows heal. Companion, mother, neighbor, Now over your weary labor, But in fancy still we hear you Softly whisper all is well. Poem by the children.

STRICKLER. - Bro. Abram S. Strickler was born in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., May 16, 1846; died at his home at Kissel Hill, Pa., Jan. 29, 1913; aged 66y. 8m. 13d. During his last illness he was received into church fellowship by Bish. Noah Landis and Bro. John Lefever. He was suffering for three months from tuberoculosis and Jan. 26 dropsy set in which hastened his death. He was a patient sufferer and always had a willing hand in time of need. His wife, who was a Miss Longenecker before marriage, preceded him in death nearly four years ago. He leaves to mourn the loss of a father, 8 daughters and 1 son, viz: Lizzie Geib, Emma Hoffer, Martha Pierce, Minnie Pfautz, Alice Pfautz, Annie Keller, Ella Whitmyer, Katie and Abram at home; also 21 grandchildren and 1 sister and 1 brother. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Manheim Church, Interment in Hernley's Cemetery north of Manheim.
He has left this world of sin and woe,
While here we wait and long to go;
Where he has gone with Christ to dwell,
And bid no more the sad farewell.

TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: Tuberculosis typed as written.

BYLER. - Sister Mary A., wife of Bro. Eli Byler, died of pneumonia, Jan. 28, 1913; aged 54y. 6m. 13d. Funeral services at the Pennsylvania Church, one mile west of her home near Newton, Kans. J.M.R. Weaver took for his text II Cor. 4:18, and was assisted by D.H. Bender and D.D. Zook. The sister passed away without a struggle, in readiness for the solemn change. It being least expected, only one of the family and two of the neighbor women were present. A large concourse of people were present at the funeral to show their last tribute of respect to one who had been a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a consecrated, much loved Christian worker in the Sunday school and otherwise. Her sacred influence was always pleasing to those at home and abroad, far and near. "Gone, but will be long remembered."

GSELL. - Margaret Etter was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Mar. 11, 1843; died after an illness which she bore patiently, Dec. 30, 1912; aged 69y. 9m. 19d. She moved to Whiteside Co., Ill., with the Gsell family in March, 1865, and was united in marriage to Joseph B. Gsell, Mar. 18, 1860. To this union were born 7 children, 2 of whom, (Mary E., wife of John McCulloh; and Wm. E.) preceded her to the spirit world. Those who survive her are Mrs. Maros Snavely, Mrs. A.S. McCulloh, Mrs. Menno Steiner, Jos. E. Gsell and Mrs. Floyd Annan. She also was the foster mother of Mrs. John Nice of Ustick, Ill. Besides her children she leaves to mourn her loss a sorrowing husband (who walked hand in hand and heart in heart with her for almost 47 years), and an aged brother, John Etter of Lafayette, Ind., one sister Elizabeth Gsell, who lives in Morrison for many years the widow of John B. Gsell, 23 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. When about 15 years of age she united with the Dunkard Church which she served faithfully for many years but afterwards became a member of the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. She was a kind and affectionate wife and mother and lived for her husband, children and grandchildren and all those who knew her. But those who knew her best loved her most. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Morrison by Bro. A.H. Leaman of the Home Mission in Chicago. Text, Jas. 4:14.

SHOWALTER. - Sister Elizabeth Showalter, wife of the late Michael Showalter, died suddenly by supposed heart trouble, at her home near Dale Enterprise, Va., Jan. 29, 1913; aged 82y. 9d. Her maiden name was Shank and she was a sister to the late Bishop Abram Shank and Pre. Samuel Shank and others, and was the last living member of that family. Bro. and Sister Showalter lived together for many years, and raised a family of 11 children. The father of the family was called home about seven years ago. On last Christmas morning death made the first inroad among the children, claiming Sister Susanna Heatwole, aged 57 years. She is also survived by 50 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was a very active and industrious woman, and what her hands found to do she did with her might. She was not only so in her temporal affairs, but also in her Christian duties. She had been a faithful consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years, possibly near 60. She served the Church as deaconess for a number of years, doing her work faithfully and fearlessly. Her children all became members of the Church of her choice, but one, has gone out into another fold. She was a faithful attendant at church when circumstances permitted, an example her children would all do well to follow. While she was human she was a woman of many virtues, and will be sadly missed in her home, in the family, in the church, and the community. But we believe while the loss is ours it is her gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Church Feb. 1, before a very large congregation, by Jos. W. Geil, Christian Good and L.J. Heatwole, from Rev. 14:13, after which her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.

BARE. - Noah Bare was born in Columbiana Co., O., Mar. 18, 1836; died Jan. 31, 1913; aged 76y. 10m. 13d. Jan. 13, 1861, he was married to Hannah, daughter of John Nold of the above named place. To this union were born 1 son and 1 daughter. Feb. 5, 1864, they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., on a piece of land covered with heavy timber which he cleared up and on which they lived together the remaining days of his life. They united with the Mennonite Church soon after coming to this state. He proved himself to be a faithful and consistent brother to the end of his life. In his young days he had not the privilege of attending Sunday school and young people's meetings and for this reason he was more conservative and did not take such an active a part as a good many others think they ought to, yet we believe that he was sincere in the matter. He was strenuously opposed to pride and fashion, and used his influence in keeping the Church from drifting into worldliness. He suffered a great deal during the last year of his life and finally was so unfortunate as to lose his mind. He leaves a grief-stricken wife who is just recovering from a 3 weeks, siege of lung fever but was not able to follow the remains to the burial, also 1 son, 1 daughter, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers and many relatives. Two grandchildren preceded him to the spirit world. Through his departure the Church loses a faithful brother, the wife an affectionate husband, the children a kind father and the community a good neighbor. But we have the blessed consolation that our loss is his eternal gain. He was buried Jan. 3 at the Yellow Creek Church, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors met to pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved one who had been going in and out with us for so long a time. His was the first corpse that was borne into the new meeting house erected at Yellow Creek last summer. Funeral services were conducted by Jonas Loucks, Jacob Christophel and David Burkholder. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Peace be to his ashes.


Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California


Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 47 - February 20, 1913 - page 751, 752

HARTER. - Linnie Elizabeth, daughter of William and Miranda Harter, was born April 6, 1910; died Feb. 4, 1913; aged 2y. 9m. 28d. She is survived by her father, mother, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held at the Olive M.H. north of Wakarusa, Ind., on the afternoon of Feb. 6 by David A. Yoder and Jacob K. Bixler.

DEFREES. - Daniel, son of Henry and __ Defrees, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind. July 9, 1881; died of Bright,s disease near Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 27, 1913; aged 31y. 6m. 18d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of about 18. He leaves 2 brothers and a sister: David, Samuel, and Elizabeth Ganger, all of Nappanee. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church in Nappanee, Jan. 30, by A.M. Eash. Text, Psa. 46:4. Services at the residence by J.H. McGowen.

STUTZMAN. - Druscilla, wife of Peter Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., O., Oct. 30, 1858; died at her home near Wood River, Nebr., Jan. 28, 1913; aged 54y. 2m. 28d. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. She leaves husband, 2 sons, 5 daughters 5 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 4 sisters to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the A.M. Church by A.E. Stoltzfus (text Jno. 5:19:29), and J.E. Zimmerman (text, Jas. 1:12). Interment in the A.M. Cemetery near Wood River, Nebr. She was a faithful member of the A.M. Church.

HOOVER. - Edwin Hoover was born Dec. 8, 1850, in Haldimand Co., Ont.; died Jan. 2, 1913; aged 62y. 25d. He lived his entire life on the farm where he was born. On Jan. 1, 1877, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Moyer. This union was blessed with one daughter and one son, Mrs. Elizabeth Sternaman and Edwin Egbert. He leaves behind besides his widow, son and daughter, 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. To those near and dear to him, they may have that glorious hope that all may meet him in brighter realms for we all believe that he lived that three-fold life; the physical, mental, but greatest of all, the spiritual life. Without the latter, man would be as a tree devoid of leaves, the real beauty of the life would be gone. He was an active member of the Mennonite Church for over 20 years. He seemed to be in apparently good health until about 15 minutes before his departure. Cause of death was heart failure. Funeral was conducted by Bro. S.F. Coffman from Heb. 2:6 on Jan. 7, when a large number of friends and relatives had gathered to pay their last respects to the departed.


Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California


Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 48 - February 27, 1913

EBY. - John Henry, only child of Bro. Elias and Sister Anna Eby, living near Lititz, Pa., died Feb. 17, 1913; aged 10m. 18d. He was sick but four days with pneumonia. The funeral was held Feb. 20, with services at the Lititz Church. Interment in Hess, Cemetery. Surely God would have us be just as he was, "bits of sunshine" wherever we are. May God comfort the bereaved parents.

STAUFFER. - Fannie (Weaver), wife of Jacob. S. Stauffer, was born Aug. 31, 1880; died Jan. 29, 1913; aged 32y. 4m. 28d. She united with the Mennonite Church 11 years ago of which she was a faithful member. The cause of her death was heart failure. She leaves husband, 1 son and 5 daughters to mourn her departure. Text, Rev. 20:6: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection. On such the second death has no power."

EASH. - Melvin Roy, infant son of Bro. J.K. and Sister Lydia Ann Eash, was born June 15, 1912; died Feb. 14, 1913; aged 7m. 29d. Little Melvin was sick for three weeks with pneumonia fever. All that loving hands could do to revive the little one was applied but God thought it best and called him home to Himself where he need suffer no more pain. Funeral services were held at the Milan Valley Church Feb. 16, by Bros. S.C. Miller and Simon Hershberger. Peace to his ashes.

ZIEGLER. - Daniel Ziegler was born in Butler Co., Pa., July 3, 1834; died in Columbiana Co., O., Feb. 13, 1913; aged 78y. 7m. 10d. In 1855 he was married to Lydia Boyer. To this union were born 3 children all of whom preceded him. In 1861 he was united in marriage to Catharine Kolb who also precede him in death about two years ago. To this union were born 5 children of whom 4 are still living, one having died in infancy. Services at the house were conducted by Allen Rickert and at the church by A.J. Steiner. Buried in the Midway Cemetery Feb. 15.

KING. - Isaac, only child of David L. and Katie King, was born Sept. 11, 1912; died Feb. 7, 1913; aged 4m. 26d. Death was caused by catarrhal fever. He leaves father, mother, 2 grandparents, and 3 great-grandparents. He was buried Feb. 9 in the Gordonville, Pa., Cemetery. Funeral services by Amos Esch and Jacob M. Lapp. Text, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
"Gently close the little casket,
Dry now the falling tears;
God the little one has taken,
From a world of sorrow here."

KAUFFMAN. - Amos Kauffman was born in Ionia Co., Mich., Aug. 20, 1878, in which state he lived all his life; died Feb. 5, 1913; aged 34y. 5m. 15d. He was married to Ella Lite June 4, 1903. To this union were born 4 boys and 1 girl. He was always a loving husband and a kind father. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1900 and was always a consistent member. He leaves to mourn his departure a loving wife and 5 children which were dear to him; also a father and mother, 4 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of friends. In him the Church has sustained a loss. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 8 at the house by Jacob P. Miller and at the Bowne Mennonite Church by Isaac Weaver and Aldus Brackbill. Text, Jno. 19:30.

BROOKS. - Bro. Wilbur Brooks, son of Sister James Waits of Youngstown , Ohio, was born April 1, 1900; died Feb. 14, 1913; aged 12y. 10m. 14d. Bro. Wilbur was stricken with appendicitis Thursday and on Saturday following an operation was performed, only living about half an hour after the operation. Upon being questioned as to his leaving this world, he expressed a desire to leave this world and like Paul "be with Christ, which is far better." When asked if there was a verse on his mind he quoted these words, "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" He was buried on Thursday. Services were held at the Mission where he was a faithful member. Bro. T.K. Hershey conducted these services, using for a text, I Thes. 4:13.

OESCH. - Jacob Oesch was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., March 8, 1839; died near Pigeon, Mich., Feb. 9, 1913; aged 73y. 11m. 1d. He leaves his wife, 5 children, 14 grandchildren and many friends. Two of his children preceded him to the great beyond. He had several strokes of paralysis the past few years, and the last five months he was in bed most of the time. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River A.M. Church (of which he was a member), Feb. 12 by Bros. S.J. Swartzendruber and M.S. Zehr. Texts, Matt. 25:34,45, and 13:34,44. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
"How blest the righteous when he dies!
When sinks a weary soul to rest.
How mildly beam the closing eyes,
How gently heaves the expiring breast!"

STUTZMAN. - Marvin Dale, son of Roy and Caroline Stutzman, was born near Shickley, Nebr., Aug. 9, 1912; died Feb. 12, 1913; aged 6m. 3d. He leaves father, mother, grandparents, great-grandmother, and other relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. Little Marvin suffered much the last month while upon this earth, but God thought it best to call him home to dwell with Him. Buried Feb. 14, in the Knox Butte Cemetery. Funeral services conducted by Pre. Jos. Schrock at the house in German and by Pre. C.C. Steckley in English, and Bish. C.R. Gerig in German at the Fairview Church from Job 14:1,2; II Sam. 12:13-23; Mark 10:13-16; Psa. 16:5,6.
"Marvin, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today,
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."

ROTH. - Sister Marie Miller was born in Oxford Co., Ont., March 8, 1833; died near Wayland, Ia., Feb. 16, 1913; aged 79y. 11m. 8d. On Feb. 19, 1851, she united in marriage with Samuel Bender. To this union were born 5 children, 4 of whom preceded her to the great beyond. Her husband passed away Oct. 26, 1857. A second marriage to Bro. Jno. N. Roth took place March 13, 1860. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. One son and 1 daughter have gone on before and on Aug. 24, 1904, her second husband passed away. Sister Roth united with the A.M. Church when but 15 years of age and remained a faithful member until death claimed her. One son, 4 daughters, 1 foster-daughter, 3 grandchildren, a brother, a sister together with a host of friends remain to mourn the loss of a beloved mother, an affectionate sister, an aged grandmother, and a devoted member of the Church. Funeral services conducted by Bros. Gerig, Graber, Gingerich and Wagler. Text, Psa. 16:6. Her body was laid to rest in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

FREED. - Catherine, daughter of Geo. and Sarah Boyer, was born in Butler Co., Pa., Jan. 4, 1824. At the age of 15 she came with her parents to Ashland, Ohio. She was married to Samuel Kilmer in 1842 and moved to Crawford Co., Ohio. In the spring of 1852, they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she shared the hardship of pioneer life. To this union were born 15 children, of which only 2 survive. Samuel, her husband died in 1866. In 1867 she married John Freed and moved on the farm where she departed this life Feb. 3, 1913; aged 89y. 1m. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 2 sons, Philip D. and John H. Kilmer of Wakarusa, Ind., 1 brother and 1 sister in Ashland, Ohio, 4 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 3 step-sons, 8 step-grandchildren, 15 step-greatgrandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends. While young she united with the Mennonite Church and lived a devoted Christian life till God called her home. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob K. Bixler (text, I Cor. 15:49), and Henry Weldy (text, Matt. 24:42-44). Burial at the North Union Cemetery.

KURTZ. - My beloved mother was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 19, 1842; died of cancer at my home near Marietta, Pa., Jan. 24, 1913. She was a great sufferer, but amid it all she repeatedly said, "It is nothing to compare with my Savior who suffered for me." To my earliest recollection mother was a Christian. She loved her Bible and studied it for the purpose of following its teachings. In religious matters she had unprejudiced mind, and was always ready to investigate anything that might pertain to the great plan of redemption; or as Paul says, "To prove all things; hold fast that which is good." She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church having united with that body some 20 years ago. She passed through many severe trials, but she "thought it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try us," and as Paul says, "She had learned to glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope, and hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." So trials and tribulations only served to drive her nearer to her Savior in whose Word she found comfort. We feel keenly our great loss.
"O beautiful, helpful, noble life,
Thy battle is over; thy victory won.
Sweet be thy sleep, away from earth's strife,
Then glorious awakening to hear His 'Well done'."
Elmer E. Kurtz


Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), California

||| UP ||| Next --> |<-- Previous |

Copyright 1999 - All rights reserved - Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, PA
Used with permission by the Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, INDIANA
Permission granted to private family researchers to use selected portions of these images to tell their family stories.
May not be mass-produced in any form for commercial purposes.