Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1913

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Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 14 - July 3, 1913 - page 223, 224

Blough.--Nancy Livingstone Blough was born near Johnstown, Pa., Feb. 6, 1852; died at her home near Johnstown, May 21, 1913; aged 61 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was married to Josiah S. Blough, 1875. Sister Blough was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She was at church services regularly till over two years ago she got sick with cancer. It was a rose cancer that measured 24 inches around. She suffered much pain but was faithful till death. Funeral services at the Stahl Church by S. G. Shetler, and James Saylor. Burial in the Stahl Cemetery.

Longenecker.--Martha Longenecker was born in Fayette Co., Pa., about 1823; and died in Madison Twp., Joseph Co., Ind., June 16, 1913; aged (according to the traditions of those who were intimate with her), 90 years. Some years ago when the home was destroyed by fire, all the family records were burned. She lived a single life, and was the last survivor of a large family of brothers and sisters. For the last three years she had been in ill health, and for three weeks she was confined to her bed. She was buried in the Olive Mennonite meeting house cemetery on June 19. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk of Elkhart, Ind., from II Tim. 4:6-8.
J. F. F.

Carr.--Wm. Carr was born in Ashland Co., O., June 7, 1825; died at the home of a granddaughter at Daytonville, Ia., June 2, 1913; aged 87 y. 11 m. 25 d. He came to Iowa almost 80 years ago, being one of the oldest settlers in this part of the state. He was married to Sarah Wilhite, who preceded him by death a few years ago. Four sons and 3 daughters were born to this union. Bro. Carr united with the Mennonite Church at Daytonville soon after its organization and remained faithful to the end.
Funeral services were held June 3, at the Daytonville Church, conducted by A. G. Yoder, assisted by W. S. Guengerich from Luke 12:40. Buried in the Wassonville Cemetery.

Latshaw.--Elias Latshaw was born in East Vincent Twp., Chester Co., Pa., Sept. 29, 1827; married to Elizabeth Rosen Oct. 26, 1854; lived together nearly 59 years. Early in life he joined the Vincent Mennonite Church; died May 20, 1913, at his late home, No. 330 Bridge St., Spring City, Pa., of dropsy and old age; aged 85 y. 7 m. 21 d. Bro. Latshaw leaves to mourn his departure an aged widow and a number of relatives and friends, he being the last of a family of 7 to leave this world. He leaves no children but there are some who can look back and remember his fatherly care and wise counsel. Funeral services were held May 24, by Bro. J. C. Kolb at the house and Bro. Amos Kolb at the Vincent meeting house. Text, Job 5:26. Interment in graveyard adjoining. Rest in peace.

Beam.--Mrs. Frances (Harshbarger) Beam was born near Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Va., Nov. 10, 1826; died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sarah E. Hodam at Gifford, Ill., June 17, 1913; aged 86 y. 7 m. 7 d. She was a daughter of Joseph and Anna (Wenger) Harshbarger. She was married in 1867 to Manuel Beam, who died many years ago. In 1878 she same to Cullom, Ill., where she made her home, until her health declined and she went to Gifford and has since made her home with her sister at that place. She was one of a family of 13 children, all of whom are dead excepting a brother, John, of Paulau, Ga., and her sister, Mrs. Hodam. She also leaves a number of nieces and nephews, besides a host of friends. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church and was a devoted Christian. Buried on the 19th, in the cemetery near Cullom, Ill. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Honderich and J. S. Shoemaker. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 15 - July 10, 1913 - page 239, 240

Crook.--Andrew Crook was born May 27, 1845, in Dubois Co., Ind.; died May 28, 1913; aged 68 y. 1 d. He had been in failing health for six years, and had the misfortune of losing his mind the last 2 years of his life, being in constant care of his two sons. His wife, Mary E. Crook, died Feb. 4, 1911. They united with the Mennonite Church over 30 years ago and lived faithfully to the end. Nine children were born to this union of whom 8 are living, also 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Funeral services at the house by Myers McKenney of Birdseye, Ind. Burial in Jacob's Cemetery.
A Son.

Ralston.--Addie Grace Ralston was born at Paulding, O., May 3, 1896; died near Roanoke, Ill., June 25, 1913; aged 17 y. 1 m. 22 d. At the age of 7 she was admitted into the Mennonite Orphans' Home, West Liberty, O., and three years later she united with the Mennonite Church at the same place. The same year she united with the Church she was adopted into the home of Bro. and Sister J. J. Camp, where she proved a faithful member both in the home and the Church. She leaves to mourn a foster brother, her foster parents, and so far as known, a sister. She endured her long sickness in patience and spent much of her time in reading good literature and singing Gospel songs. Among the last songs she sang was "I'm going home."
Funeral services June 27 conducetd by A. L. Buzzard, Peter Garber, and Peter Sommer. Text, Luke 10:42.

Newcomer. -- Margaret, daughter of Peter and Mary Newcomer, was born in Medina Co., O., April 8, 1841; died June 15, 1913; aged 72 y. 2 m. 7 d. Her disease was of such a nature that she could take no nourishment whatever for several weeks. Amid all her pains she bore her sufferings patiently without a murmur, doing all she could not to burden those that cared for her unnecessarily. She was one of twin sisters, her twin sister having died at the age of about 7 years, and was of a family of 9 children, 6 brothers and 2 sisters, she and her surviving sister living alone together for about 20 years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church 32 years, and leaves to mourn her departure 2 brothers and 1 sister, yet not without hope, for she left bright evidences that she has gone to rest. Funeral services conducted at the Old Mennonite Church near Wadsworth, by Benj. Good of Orrville from Phil. 3:20, assisted by Isaac Good and Henry Hursh.
H. R. N.

Ropp.--Edwin, son of Joseph and Barbara Ropp, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Feb. 9, 1900; died very suddenly at his home near Pigeon, Mich., June 19, 1913; aged 13 y. 4 m. 10 d. He had been bothered with his heart for some time, but was feeling well and had been helping his father all day; but about 8 o'clock in the evening, after he had his supper ate, he dropped dead almost instantly. His death came as a shock to the family and community. We cannot realize why such young souls in the bloom of life are snatched away, but the all-wise God knows what is best. "His will be done." He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 22, at the Pigeon River Church by Bros. S. J. Swartzendruber and D. J. Shetler (texts, Matt. 24:42-44; Jas. 4:13-17) in the German language, and Bro. Peter Ropp of the Berne Church in the English language. Text, Gal. 6:7-9. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Transcriber's note: please check to make sure that the Bros. were S. "J." and D. "J." -- my copy is sorta chopped off at that point. Thanx!!

Yoder.--Fannie (Kurtz) Yoder was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., July 26, 1831; died after a lingering illness of a few months, at the home of her daughter, Delilah Troyer, near Hubbard, Oreg., June 15, 1913; aged 81 y. 10 m. 20 d. Sister Yoder accepted her Savior in youth and remained faithful. She was married to Abraham Yoder Jan. 20, 1853. Ten years later they moved to Three Rivers, Mich. In the fall of 1866 they moved to Cass Co., Mo., where they remained until 1895, then moved to Hubbard, Oreg. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters. Her husband, 3 sons and 1 daughter preceded her to the great beyond. She is survived by 3 sons, 4 daughters, 41 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. The children all live near Hubbard, Oreg., except Mary E. Hartzler who is living in Cass Co., Mo.
Funeral services at the home by Daniel Roth in German (Psa. 90) and at the Zion Church by George Carl, of the Brethren Church, in English. Text, Psa. 116:15. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 16 - July 17, 1913 - page 255, 256

Snyder.--Absalom C. Snyder was born Sept. 2, 1841; died at his home in Breslau, Ont., June 7, 1913; aged 71 y. 9 m. 5 d. He was married to Elizabeth Cressman over 50 years ago and to this union were born 2 children, Lovina and Ozias. Lovina preceded him to the spirit world some years ago. There are left to mourn his departure his wife, 1 son, 10 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Services were conducted by Enoch Bauman and Oscar Burkholder.

Horst.--Susan, wife of Joseph Horst, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., March 9, 1847; died of bronchitis at her home in Maugansville, Md., June 12, 1913; aged 66 y. 3 m. 3 d. She was married to Joseph Horst Sept. 5, 1876. She joined the Mennonite Church when young and remained faithful until the end. Her place in the church was seldom vacant. Her husband and 9 step-children, 2 brothers and 2 sisters survive. We have lost a kind mother, a good companion and good neighbor. Services at Reiff's Church on Sunday, June 15, 1913, by George S. Keener and Christian R. Strite. Text, John 11:26. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"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."
Mary L. Martin.

Moyer.--Abraham M. Moyer was born in New Britian twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Aug. 6, 1851; died at his home in Silverdale, Pa., May 23, 1913; aged 61 y. 9 m. 17 d. He was afflicted with a complication of diseases for about a year during which time he was a great sufferer, but bore it patiently. He was an active worker both in Sunday school and church and was much interested in the welfare of souls. He is survived by his companion, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 8 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Peace to his ashes and rest to his soul.
"Call not back the dear departed,
Anchored safe where storms are o'er;
On the borderland we left him,
Soon to meet and part no more.
When we leave this world of changes,
When we leave this world of care,
We shall find our missing loved one
In our Father's mansion fair."

Saltzman.--Joseph C. Saltzman was born in Woodford Co., Ill., April 17, 1865; died of heart trouble and paralysis June 22, 1913; aged 48 y. 2 m. 5 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end.
On Feb. 2, 1891, he was married to Barbara Eigsti of Tazewell Co., Ill. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter. He leaves to mourn his death his faithful wife, 4 children, his aged mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.
Short services were held at the house by Bro. Geo. Sommers and at the church by Bro. Joseph Schlegel of Hydro, Okla. (Text, II Tim. 4:6-8) in German and by Bro. Samuel Gerber of Tremont, Ill., in the English language. Text, Psa. 39:4. Buried in the Waldo Cemetery.
"Some sweet day when life is o'er,
We shall meet above,
We shall greet those gone before
In that home of love."

Slagell.--Nicholas H. Slagell was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., April 22, 1849; moved with his parents to Livingston Co. in 1863; united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. He was married to Mary Steinman, Sept. 7, 1873. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. In January, 1913, he moved from near Fisher, Ill., to near Flanagan, Ill., at which place he died of cancer of the stomach June 28, 1913. He was bedfast a few weeks, being very patient through all. He leaves a loving companion, 5 sons and 3 daughters who were present at the time of his death with the exception of one daughter. He also leaves 7 grandchildren, 1 adopted grandchild, 3 brothers and 5 sisters and many friends to mourn his departure. He was ready and willing to go. Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. Dan Orendorff from Prov. 39:5, and at the church by Bro. Peter Zehr in German and Bro. Geo. Sommers in English from II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the Waldo Cemetery. "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

Brenneman.--Elizabeth Jane Brenneman was the fourth one of a family of 9 children born to David and Rebecca (Funk) Shank of Rockingham Co., Va. Of this family Mary Long of Lima, Ohio, and Rebecca Lehman of Guthrie, Okla., survive the deceased. On Dec. 24, 1863, she was married to Melchoir Brenneman of Virginia, to which union were born Charles D. of Lima, Ohio; Rebecca Frances of Elida, Ohio; George G of Yuba City, Calif.; John P. of La Junta, Colo., and Mary M. of Elida, Ohio, who died in 1901. There are 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren who survive her. On March 27, 1882, her husband died, after which she by her own labor cared for and raised her family of 5 children. She was a very affectionate mother and was made glad to see all of her children accept Christ as their Savior in early life. One of her greatest pleasures was the reading of her Bible and the literature of the Church of her choice, the mission cause being especially near to her heart. Jan. 5, 1893, she was again united in marriage to John L. Brenneman of Elida, Ohio, to whom she was a devoted companion until his death on Sept. 4, 1911. Since that time she spent most of her time with her only surviving daughter, Rebecca Frances Brenneman. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death on July 4, 1913, at the home of her sister, Mary Long of Lima, Ohio; aged 72 y. 2 m. 10 d. Burial on July 6 in the Salem Cemetery in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends. Services by the home ministers. Text, Job 14:15, "Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee; thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands."
"Oh, the hope, the blissful hope
Which Jesus' grace has given
The hope when days and years are past
We all may meet in heaven."

Paul.--Sister Mary Paul was born in Greene Co., Pa., Nov. 20, 1891; died in the Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., July 4, 1913; aged 21 y. 7 m. 14 d. After her mother's death she resided near Carmichaels, Pa., with her uncle and aunt, Bro. and Sister Samuel Rockwell. Her death was caused by a tumor on the brain. After suffering wonderfully for four weeks she was removed to the Mercy Hospital but was beyond the help of earthly physicians. She bore her suffering patiently and was resigned to God's will, her last words being, "I am ready to die."
She leaves her father, 1 sister, 2 brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her early departure.
Funeral services at the Masontown Mennonite Church from II Tim. 4:6 (first clause) by E. D. Hess, assisted by Ed Miller of Springs, Pa. Interment in cemetery near the church.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 17 - July 24, 1913 - page 271

Dillman.--Jay H., son of Henry and _____ Dillman, was born June 1, 1892, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died June 30, 1913; aged 21 y. 1 m. He is survived by a father, mother, 1 brother, and 2 sisters, also a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
He united with the Mennonite Church in the Yellow Creek congregation in the spring of 1912. Funeral services were held July 2, 1913, at the Yellow Creek Church by Ezra Mullet and Jonas Loucks. Text, Job 10:1, first clause.

Yoder.--Sarah Yoder (nee Gerber) was born July 23, 1856; died July 4, 1913; aged 56 y. 11 m. 14 d. She was a daughter of William Gerber, was married to Amos Yoder of Ohio, and lived in matrimony 26 y. 3 m. 8 d. To this union were born 2 children. She leaves to mourn her departure husband, 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 sister and a host of friends. She was a faithful member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. Funeral was largely attended. Services by S. H. Miller from Eccl. 12:5, and M. A. Mast from Psa. 119:50.

Hochstetler.--Durbin, son of Abner and Minerva Hochstetler, was born Nov. 23, 1906; died July 6, 1913; aged 6 y. 7 m. 13 d. At the time of his death he was visiting his grandfather and uncle near Farmerstown, Ohio. They were shooting sparrows from the bird-houses and a bullet glanced and hit the boy, but they did not know it till later when they found the boy above the barn. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Burial at the Walnut Creek A. M. Cemetery. Services by S. H. Miller from Matt. 24:42.

Martin.--Lavina, wife of Benj. Martin, died at her home in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., July 9, 1913. She was buried July 13 at Bowmansville, Pa. Her sickness was consumption. She was sick about 6 months and fully resigned to the will of Him who does all things well. The husband and 3 children survive, also 5 children from his first wife. She was the daughter of Dea. Noah Bowman. In the prime of life the reaper death, came and took her away, so it is not safe to put our salvation off to some convenient time. She leaves 6 brothers, 4 sisters, father, and mother. She was aged 36 y. 10 m. 4 d. Services by John M. Souder in German and Benj. Weaver in English. Text, Rev. 7:16, 17. Peace to her ashes.

Kilmer.--Anna Moyer was born in Ashland Co., O., June 18, 1849; died June 1, 1913; aged 63 y. 11 m. 13 d. She came to Elkhart Co., Ind., with her parents when but a child and has lived here ever since. She was married to Philip H. Kilmer Sept. 8, 1872, who died Nov. 22, 1890. To this union were born 3 sons of which 2 are living; namely, Oscar of Wakarusa and Rufus of Elkhart and one foster son, Ozark Caffray, also of Elkhart. She leaves 3 sons, 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers, David, Amos and Abraham Moyer, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Franna Freed, Mrs. Adam Powles and Mrs. Emma Lutz. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1890 and has been a faithful member ever since. Funeral services conducted by Henry Weldy and D. A. Yoder at the Olive Church.

Mast.--Katie, daughter of Bish. M. A. Mast, was born May 18, 1887; died in Milford, Nebr., July 6, 1913; aged 26 y. 1 m. 18 d. She was visiting for her health at the time of her death. Mother preceded her on Jan. 25, 1913. She leaves to mourn her departure father, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. Her mother and 2 sisters preceded her to the heavenly home. She was a faithful member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church and a teacher in the Sunday school. Buried July 9 at the Walnut Creek A. M. Cemetery (Ohio). Services by S. H. Miller from Rev. 14:7, and Fred Mast of Martin's Creek from Mark 13:37.

Rudy.--David Rudy was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 21, 1816; died at his home near Dalton, O., April 19, 1913; aged 96 y. 3 m. 28 d. He moved with his parents to Wayne Co., O., at the age of 16 years, and located at Orrville. In 1839 he was married to Mary Martin. To this union were born 10 children of whom 6 preceded him to the spirit world. His wife was taken to her eternal reward Mar. 25, 1892. He is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 15 grandchildren, and 60 great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His seat was seldom vacant as long as health would permit him to come. The funeral services were conducted at the Martin's Church near Orrville by the brethren, N. A. Lind of Wadsworth, and I. W. Royer of Orrville. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Miller.--Paul, son of John F. Miller, was born Sept. 26, 1896; died July 13, 1913; aged 16 y. 9 m. 17 d. He leaves father, 1 brother and a host of friends to mourn his early departure. The last act he was seen doing was studying his Sunday school lesson in the morning, then he went away. The man he was working for thought he went home, but instead he had gone to the Sugar Creek River about a mile west of Dover and went in the water. Some men were fishing in the forenoon and found the bicycle and clothes but couldn't see anyone and they dived and found the body. They didn't know the boy. The next day he was identified and brought home west of Shanesville, Ohio. He was a faithful member of the A. M. Church since 1912. Buried July 16, at the Walnut Creek A. M. Cemetery. Services by S. H. Miller from Heb. 12:2, and M. A. Mast from the same text in German.

Lilly.--Florence B. Johnson Lilly was born July 22, 1886; died July 12, 1913; aged 26 y. 11 m. 20 d. Her early life was spent with her parents. She was married to John Lilly, which union was blessed with 2 children, one having preceded her to the other shore. She leaves her husband, 1 child, her parents, 1 brother, 1 sister and a host of relatives and friends, to mourn her early departure. Three weeks before she died she expressed a desire to live a life of service and usefulness to the Lord and wanted to be admitted into the Church. She was baptized on Sunday evening in her parents' home and as the dread disease, tuberculosis, weakened the physical body the spirit became stronger. Services were held at the home and at the Masontown Mennonite Church by E. D. Hess, assisted by John Baker of the Brethren Church. Text, Num. 23:10. Her early departure is a strong warning to the unsaved.

Briggs.--Mary B. Lechlitner was born Feb. 14, 1848, in Ashland Co., O.; died at the home of her son, Harvey Weaver, Knox, N. Dak., June 22, 1913. She was married to Francis B. Weaver in 1872. To this union were born 7 children. Two died in infancy. Four sons--Levi, Jonas, Harvey, and William--and one daughter, Caroline, and 11 grandchildren survive to mourn her departure; also 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world Aug. 9, 1896. On March 17, 1897, she was married to James Briggs, who also preceded her about 4 years ago. She united with the Mennonite Church about 30 years ago and remained a consistent member until death. Her corpse was brought to the home of her son, William, Wakarusa, Ind. The funeral was held on June 25 at the Olive Church, by A. B. Yoder and Jonas Loucks. Text, I Sam. 20:18.

"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and care are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can disturb thee more."

Gehman.--Henry Gehman was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 15, 1882; died May 27, 1913; aged 31 y. 3 m. 12 d. He was a son of Pre ._____ Gehman (deceased) of the Wisler Mennonite Church and while yet a small boy moved with his parents from Elkhart Co. to near Pellston, Mich. In Sept. 1906, he was married to Anna Luella Garber of Elkhart, Ind., and lived near his parents' home. A few years later he moved from Pellston, Mich., to Saulte Ste Marie, Ont. While there he had abandoned his farmer occupation as farmer and carpenter and took up the study of civil engineering and was engaged in surveying together with studying his course.
On May 23, 1913, he kissed his family and bade them goodbye and with a cheerful heart left his home with his two employees for a few days' service, expecting to return home again May 27. While on their way home he was drowned in the Mississagi River in an attempt to shoot the Shino Rapids a short distance above Iron Bridge, in company with J. L. Lang and K. G. Ross, the local surveyors. As they were nearing the foot of the rapids they got too close to the swells and their canoe sank from under them, precipitating them into the river which is about 600 feet wide at the point Gehman took hold of a large pack and hung to it. Lang took hold of the canoe and tried to bring it to shore, while Ross endeavored to guide some of the parcels to the shore. Gehman apparently let go his hold on the pack and though his companions tried to reach him they were unable to do so before he went under. His body was not found until 15 days afterward. When found it was in a bad condition and was placed in a coffin and into a rough box and sealed immediately. No one was allowed to view the body at the funeral which was held at the house on Saturday afternoon, June 14, and was conducted by a minister of the Presbyterian Church.
Henry Gehman was of a cheerful disposition, always looking on the bright side of things, having a smile and a kind word for everybody and had no bad habits. He had won for himself many friends but had never professed religion. This is another loud call to the unconverted. "Watch and pray; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh." "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." He leaves a wife and 3 sons, also a mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters to mourn their loss.
I. H. G.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 18 - July 31, 1913 - page 287

Wanner.--Sister Wanner, nee Schrader, widow of the late Christian Wanner, died June 30, 1913; aged 77 y. 8 m. Her husband died about 8 months ago at Floradale, Ont. She then moved to her daughter, Mrs. Israel Weber, in her usual health, about six weeks before she died. She took pneumonia and died of a short sickness of five days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church.

Leaman.--Sister Ann Leaman, widow of the late Daniel Leaman, died at her home in Lancaster, Pa., July 14, in her 83 year. She was born near Soudersburg, Pa., April 3, 1831. Deceased had been almost a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. Her remaining children are, Mrs. John Smith, Christian B., Susan, Enos H. The services were conducted at the house by Pastor Whitmore and John H. Mosemann. Services at the Strasburg Mennonite Church were conducted by Elias Groff and Daniel Lehman. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. That she may arise in the first resurrection is our hope. Rev. 20:6.

Mast.--Barbara M., daughter of Abraham (deceased) and Susan Kurtz, was born May 29, 1890; died June 6, 1913; aged 23 y. 1 m. 7 d. On Dec. 5, 1911, she was married to Jacob R. Mast, who died April 1, 1913. She leaves a sorrowing mother, 1 brother and 2 sisters. The history of this short-lived family is marked with much sickness. We learn that the fellowship of God will not keep us from troublesome roads, nor is the Lord's promise an assurance of ease, but it is a covenant of unbroken friendship. Funeral was held at the Conestoga A. M. Church on July 7, conducted by Bro. J. W. Weaver and Gideon Stoltzfus. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Isch.--Gustave Isch was born Oct. 9, 1897, in Lorene, Germany; died near Wayland, Iowa., July 17, 1913; aged 15 y. 9 m. 8 d. In 1911 he accepted Christ as His Savior and though only a short time in the vineyard of the Lord was faithful to the end. We have no abiding city here. God calls the young as well as the old. He leaves to mourn His departure parents, grandparents, 1 sister and many friends. Services by Bro. S. Gerig, D. Graber, S. Gingerich. Interment in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

Brubacher.--Barbara H. (Stauffer), wife of Bishop Jacob N. Brubacher, of Mt. Joy, Pa., was born July 15, 1833; died July 19, 1913; aged 30 y. 4 d. Sister Brubacher's health had been on the decline for some months, but was confined to her bed only a week. Nov. 1, 1857, she was married to Jacob N. Brubacher, who survives, with one son, 8 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Several children died in infancy and 2 after they had grown up and married. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 23, at the Landisville Mennonite meeting house by Henry E. Longenecker, Abram B. Herr, and Peter R. Nissley. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Gardner.--Jacobina, daughter of Christian and Mary Kropf, was born in Baden, Ont., 1846; died July 18, 1913; funeral services were conducted by J. A. Holdeman of Cedar Point, Kans. She moved with her parents to Fulton Co., Ohio, in 1864, to Davis Co., Ia., in 1867 and to Schuyler Co., Mo., in 1871. She was married to Christian Gardner in 1884 and lived in matrimony for 11 years when death claimed her devoted husband. She united with the Church of God in 1866 and was a faithful member until claimed by death. She was preceded in death by her husband and an only son. She is survived by one daughter, Clara Gardner, 21 years old, 4 step-children, 1 brother and 3 sisters. These and other relatives mourn their loss but not as those who have no hope of a future reunion.
"May Jesus guide and lead our footsteps,
In the path our mother trod,
So when we're called that we shall meet her,
Around the happy throne of God,"

Swartz.--Bro. Abraham F. Swartz died suddenly about 11 o'clock on Sunday evening, May 25, 1913. Bro. and Sister Swartz had returned home Sunday afternoon from a visit to H. B. Lapp and family. When retiring about 10 o'clock he was apparently well, and conversed with his wife, when suddenly he expired without any signs of distress. He was born March 21, 1832. In later years he was married to Catharine Ann Siegfried of Berks Co., Pa. This union was blessed by 4 sons and 2 daughters. His wife and two sons preceded him by death. He was again married to Mary C. Swartz of Montgomery Co., Pa., which union was blessed by 2 sons, 1 preceding him to the eternal world. He is survived by his wife and 5 children: Mrs. H. B. Lapp, Mrs. Isaac B. Beideman, Pre. I. F. Swartz, A. Lincoln Swartz, and Norman S. Swartz. Bro. Swartz spent his early life in the occupation of cabinet maker and carpenter together with teaching, which vocation he followed for 39 winters. He was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, and an ardent worker in the Sunday school, conducting a Sunday school class at Line Lexington the last day of his life. He died May 25, 1913; aged 81 y. 2 m. 4 d.

Shirk.--Mary (Freed) Shirk was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Feb. 23, 1813; died at the home of her step-son, John Shirk, in Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., July 6, 1913; aged 100 y. 4 m. 13 d. During her early womanhood she lived at Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., and in 1850 she was married to David Shirk, and moved to the farm near Shirk's tan yards where she died; her husband died 33 years ago. One daughter, Lydia Weaver, widow of Reuben Weaver, survives her; as well as 2 step-daughters, Miss Katie Shirk and Mrs. Magdalena Diener (widow of Abram K. Diener) of Goodville and 1 step-son, John Shirk, with whom she lived since her husband died. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and received the holy communion a few weeks before she died. The funeral was held on Wednesday, July 9, with interment and services at Lichty's cemetery and meeting house where Bishop Jonas Martin, Frank Hurst, John Kurtz and Moses Horning preached to a large congregation.

Nolt.--John W. Nolt was born in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., April 14, 1913; died June 15, 1913; aged 70 y. 2 m. 1 d. He was afflicted with heart dropsy for a little over a year, but bore it patiently without complaining. The day that he died he and his wife went to visit their daughter, Mrs. Henry Snavely, with the intention of coming home the next evening, so he went to bed in apparently good health and about half an hour before he died he complained of getting tight in his throat and then just fell asleep never to wake anymore. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and his seat was seldom vacant if health would permit. He always had a smile for everyone and was loved by all who knew him. He leaves a sorrowing companion and six children, two having gone before. Funeral services where held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church where a large concourse of people were gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Bros. N. H. Mack and Benj. Wenger officiated. Text, Matt. 24:44.
"We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."

Transcriber's note: Obituary says "born ... April 14, 1913; died June 15, 1913"; let's presume he was born April 14, 1843 -- if he was 70 y. 2 m. 1 d.

Kennell.--Joseph Kennell was born in France June 24, 1823; died June 25, 1913, from infirmities of old age; aged 90 y. 1 d. His widowed mother and 5 children emigrated to America when he was 8 years old, crossing the Atlantic in a sail boat. They landed in Philadelphia and settled in Lancaster Co., Pa., where he lived the rest of his life (except 4 1-2 years in Fauquier Co., Va.) and the last 7 years near Atglen, Chester Co., Pa., where he spent his earlier years. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a consistent member all his life. In 1845 he was married to Fannie Petersheim. To this union were born 3 sons, all of whom preceded him to the spirit world. His companion died 13 years ago. He leaves to mourn his departure a widowed daughter-in-law, 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral June 27. Services at the house by Daniel Stoltzfus in German and John M. Stoltzfus in English. Text, Job 14:14. At the Millwood A. M. Church by Gideon Stoltzfus in German (Text II Tim. 4:7, 8) and by John S. Mast in English (Text, Heb. 11:9, 10). Buried in adjoining cemetery.
"How oft we thought him dying when he slept,
As we watched him day and night;
But, Oh how peaceful and how calm
We thought him sleeping when he died."
M. Kennel.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana

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