Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1913

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Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 10 - June 5, 1913 - page 159, 160

Myers.--Mary M., daughter of Bro. Elmer and Sister Katie Myers, was born near New Holland, Pa., Aug. 10, 1902; died May 10, 1913; aged 10 y. 9 m. Mary attended school regularly, not missing a day, until March 13, when a complication of diseases set in affecting her heart. Through all her suffering she was never heard to murmur or complain. She peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Besides her sorrowing parents she is survived by 4 sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by the Brethren Benj. Weaver and Noah Mack. Text, Luke 8:52, latter clause. Her remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
And she is with the angel host,
With sinless heart and stainless hand;
Waiting to meet the friends to come
To that bright and happy land.

Yoder.--Jacob Y. Yoder was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Aug. 9, 1856; died at his home near Wellman, Ia., May 19, 1913; aged 56 y. 9 m. 10 d. He was married to Anna Swartzendruber Dec. 8, 1878. To this union were born 7 daughters, 2 of whom with his companion preceded him to the other world. Bro. Yoder united with the Amish Mennonite Church (Old Order) in his youth, but some years ago he with his companion transferred their membership to the West Union congregation where he was a faithful laborer until death. He was much interested in the little congregation at Daytonville, where he spent much time laboring for the Master. He will be sadly missed there as well as at home.
After death a post-mortem examination was held when a few kidney stones were found in one of his kidneys, which was the cause of his death.
Funeral services were held at the West Union Church, May 21, 1913, conducted by the brethren, Sanford C. Yoder (text, Psa. 103:15, 16) and Abner G. Yoder, assisted by D. J. Fisher and S. G. Lapp. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. He was buried in the cemetery one mile east of the church.

Burkholder.--Mrs. Eve Ann Burkholder, widow of Abram R. Burkholder, died at her home in Willow Street, Pa., May 7, in her 81st year, death resulting from heart failure. She was a member of the Old Mennonite Church for many years, her seat in church being seldom vacant when the privilege was at hand to be there.
Deceased was twice married, her first husband being Christian Brenneman, who died 38 years ago. Two daughters survive: Emma, wife of Elmer Lefever, and Miriam, wife of Adam Dombach; also 12 grandchildren. She is the last of her family. She married A. R. Burkholder later but there were no children to this union, but he, being married before had 7 children; the youngest 3 and the oldest 16 years of age, and we think we can say she filled the place of a mother to them as far as she had strength and wisdom given her.
Her life was a busy one never idle when health permitted her to be at some task, a great reader and good with the needle; yet when the body sometimes of late became too weak to sew she was busy at reading, her mind being very bright to the last moment. In this way she spent much of her time, never neglecting her Bible in which she found much comfort for the trials of life.
She was confined to her bed a little over a week, suffered no pain, but gradually grew weaker till the end came when the Master called. She fully realized that her end was near and gave instructions how things should be after she was gone and how and who should conduct the funeral; had her text and hymns selected and was given up to the will of Him that doeth all things well. Shortly before the end came there was a noise outside the house. She asked what it was . We said it was the wind--when she quoted John 3:8 and those were the last words she spoke. Funeral May 11, at the New Danville Church, by Bros. Frank Herr and Jacob Thomas. Text, John 11:28: "The Master is come, and calleth for thee."
By the children.

Landis.--Bro. Abraham K. Landis of near Mellinger's Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., entered into rest Monday, May 26, 1913, after a brief illness of heart disease; aged 69 y. 26 d. He is survived by his wife (who was Barbara Baer) 2 children, Abram B., and Ida B., wife of Omer W. Landis, and 3 grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. We pray that God may be with the bereaved, for He has promised to be a husband to the widows and a Father to the fatherless. Bro. Landis lived all his life near Mellinger's Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member and also a trustee, therefore he will be greatly missed in the Church and also in the community in which he lived. Many were the kind acts he bestowed upon us. We believe he is now reaping a rich reward. Funeral services were held Friday morning at the house by Bro. David Landis and at Mellinger's Church by Bro. Sanford Landis (Text, Jas. 4:14) and John W. Weaver (Text, Matt. 24:44).
"Not now but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We will know the meaning of our tears
And there sometime, we'll understand."

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 11 - June 12, 1913 - page 175, 176

Kauffman.--Dora, daughter of Jacob Kauffman of West Liberty, Ohio, was born Feb. 12, 1911; died May 14, 1913; aged 2 y. 3 m. 2 d. Her mother died when she was nine weeks old, and John Detweiler's of Lawrence Co. Pa., took the child and had it until its death. She leaves to mourn her father, 2 sisters, 4 brothers. She was buried at the Amish cemetery. Services by J. H. Lantz.

Oyer.--Near Pleasant Hall, Franklin Co., Pa., Bro. Cyrus S. Oyer died of peritonitis April 30, 1913. Bro. Oyer was afflicted about 3 weeks, during which time he was a great sufferer; yet he bore his sufferings with Christian patience and in his last hours he desired to commemorate the sufferings and death of his Lord, which privilege was accorded him. His companion preceded him to the spirit world seven weeks. How soon the home was broken. He is survived by these children: Edward, Alice, and Daniel, all married. Funeral on Saturday, May 3, with services at the Strasburg Mennonite Church conducted by the brethren, Joseph H. Martin and John S. Burkholder. Burial in the graveyard adjoining. May the Lord comfort the bereaved.

Steiner.--Magdalena (Basinger), widow of Daniel Steiner, was born at Rushville, Rockingham Co., Va., Feb. 2, 1829; died May 27, 1913; aged 84 y. 3 m. 25 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from early youth. She was united in marriage to Daniel Steiner June 12, 1853. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters. She is survived by 5 sons, 2 daughters, 1 sister, 32 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world Dec. 16, 1909. Funeral services were conducted in the Crown Hill Church, May 29, by Bros. J. S. Shoemaker and C. N. Amstutz. Text, Jno. 14:1-6. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Kurtz.--Michael Kurtz was born Nov. 13, 1826, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died at his home in Cass Co., Mo., May 27, 1913; aged 86 y. 6 m. 14 d. He moved with his parents from Mifflin Co., Pa., to Lawrence Co., Pa. He was married Mar. 3, 1857, to Salome King, who was born in Huntingdon Co., Pa. They moved from Lawrence Co., Pa., to Champagne Co., O., in 1863, thence to Cass Co., Mo., in October, 1870. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. He served as a trustee of the Sycamore Grove Church for a number of years. He is survived by his aged companion, 1 son, John, at home, 1 daughter, Naomi, at home, and 1 daughter, Mary, married to David Oesch. Funeral services at the house by L. J. Miller and at the Sycamore Church by the home ministers. Texts, II Cor. 5, Phil. 1:21, Psa. 116:15. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. I. G. H.

Alderfer.--Susanna R. Alderfer, nee Landis, was born Feb. 2, 1839; was sick for about one week of pneumonia; died April 10, 1913; aged 74 y. 2 m. 8 d. She was the mother of 9 children, all of whom are living. Tears gather when we think of her loving kindness and the welfare of her family and good advice. She joined the Mennonite Church in her young days, and was always interested in the welfare of the Church. The funeral was held April 14, 1913, at the Lower Salford Mennonite Church. Services at the house by the brethren, I. C. Kulp and Jacob Moyer, and at the Church by C. B. Allebach, J. C. Clemens, and J. D. Mininger. Text, Rev. 2:10: "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Peace to her ashes and rest to her soul.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Neuhauser.--At her home near Concord, Tenn., Catherine, widow of C. B. Neuhauser, April 29th, in the 80th year of her age.
Funeral at the Mennonite Church, conducted by Henry Powell, William Jennings and Garner Cox.
She suffered long and much, but bore it uncomplainingly and patiently, and passed away quietly and peacefully as one falling asleep.
After death there were no care lines on her face, but the appearance of perfect rest, which gave one the impression that she was quietly sleeping and need only be awakened to welcome her children, who had come from different states to pay their last tribute of love.
During the last months, while reviewing her life and talking to her children of her readiness and willingness to go, she said that perhaps she had not spoken to people about their souls' salvation as she might and should have done; but we knew and told her, the quiet, consistent, Godly life she had always led, was a continual sermon and pointed every one who knew her to the Savior she loved so well and honored all through her life.
She leaves six children: Katie, wife of T. B. Lee, and Lydia at Concord, Tenn., Sadie, wife of John A. Yoder, and Tina, wife of Isaiah Royer at Orrville, O., and Abner S. and Ulysses G. at Slidell, La.

Lantz.--Isaac, son of Samuel and Martha Lantz, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Jan. 4, 1840; died at his home in West Liberty, O., April 26, 1913; aged 73 y. 3 m. 22 d. At the age of 11 years he moved with his parents to Champaign Co., O., where he spent the greater part of his life. In his early years he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until death. At the age of 23 years he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Hartzler. To this happy union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters, of whom 2 sons and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. His wife was taken to her eternal reward Oct. 15, 1876. He was married to Rachel Petersheim, Jan. 5, 1893, and they lived together happily. Before many years had passed, Bro. Isaac's health began to fail. Never again was he well and strong. During these years he often suffered intense pain. As disease fastened its hold more firmly upon him, his eyesight began to fail; then, finally, the faces of those around him were no longer visible. During this time his beloved companion was ever at his side nursing him with tenderst care, and attending to his every need. He accepted his suffering uncomplainingly and bore the pain with Christian fortitude. His dying words were a testimony of how precious the blood of Christ was to him. He told his companion he was going home and wished she could go with him. Early Saturday morning he passed into the great beyond. Then his eyes which had been so long closed to this world were opened to the beauties of the eternal world. He is survived by his faithfu companion, 2 sons and 2 daughters, who live in the far west, 16 grandchildren, 3 brothers, besides a host of relatives and friends.
The funeral services were conducted at Bethel Church, Monday afternoon, by Bros. A. I. Yoder and S. E. Allgyer. Interment was made at the Hooley graveyard on the Ludlow road.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 12 - June 19, 1913 - page 191, 192

Rohrer.--John W., infant son of Peter L. and Bertha Wenger Rohrer, departed this life at the home of his parents, Lancaster, Pa., June 6, 1913. He was born Nov. 6, 1912; aged 7 months.
Funeral services were conducted June 8 at the Lancaster Mennonite Church by D. H. Mosemann. Text, Isa. 40:11. Burial at Mellinger's.

Imhoff.--Mildred May, daughter of Jacob and Kathryn Imhoff, was born Mar. 24, 1910; died of pneumonia May 20, 1913; aged 3 y. 1 m. 26 d. Mildred was the only and beloved daughter of the family, and will be sadly missed by them. She leaves her father, mother, 2 brothers, besides many other relatives and friends, to mourn her early departure; yet they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for the Father lovingly gathers these little lambs unto Himself, where they are forever safe in the arms of Jesus.
Funeral services were held at the Union Church near Washington, Ill., by A. A. Schrock and A. L. Buzzard, using as texts, Psa. 39 and Jas. 4:14 (latter clause).

Graber.--Barbara (Schlatter) Graber was born in Canada, May 16, 1853; died near Noble, May 27, 1913; aged 60 y. 11 d. On Feb. 12, 1858, she was united in marriage to John Graber. To this union were born 1 son and 2 daughters, who together mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. In her young years she accepted Jesus as her Savior and was received into the A. M. Church, in which she was a faithful member until God called her away. She also leaves to mourn her departure 7 brothers, 3 sisters, 2 grandchildren and many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Wagler and Graber in German from I Cor. 15 and Bro. Gingerich in English from II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

Miller.--Thomas, son of Yost Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 2, 1883; died May 31, 1913; aged 29 y. 6 m. 29 d. He leaves a sorrowing father, 4 brothers and 5 sisters. The sympathy of the community goes out to the sorrowing family. He was buried at the Martin's Creek Cemetery. Services by Fred Mast, Calvin Mast, and J. K. Yoder of Iowa.

Strawderman.--Fannie Strawderman was born in the Upper Cove, Hardy Co., W.Va., Aug. 3, 1882; died in Staunton, Va., Jan. 13, 1913; aged 30 y. 5 m. 10 d. She was a daughter of Jefferson and Barbara Strawderman, both of whom died some years ago. She is survived by 5 sisters, 4 brothers, and 2 half-sisters. The funeral services were held on the 15th at the Whitmer school house by the brethren, Lewis Shank and Joseph Geil. Text, John 14:2. She was buried in the family burying ground by the side of her parents.
"There is a reaper whose name is death,
And with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between."

Dowling.--Lennis Orean, little daughter of Bro. and Sister Matthew L. Dowling of Lonsdale, Tenn., died May 28, 1913, after a spell of sickness having convulsions for about six weeks, from teething, then other trouble was learned of in her head. An abcess or a growth of some kind pressed the right ear drum and the base of the brain, that caused her death. Aged 1 y. 2 m. 8 d. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. Crowder of Lonsdale, after which funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Concord. Interment in cemetery near by.
Darling Lennis has gone to heaven
To join our friends and loved ones there,
To sing and praise His name forever,
In that glorious world so fair.

Esch.--Peter, son of Christian and Anna Esch, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Dec. 29, 1847. Thirty-two years ago he moved with his family to the home from which he passed away, two miles north of Washington, Ill.
On Dec. 12, 1912, he was taken down with and attack of la grippe and rheumatism which ended in his death on the last day of the year. At the time of his death he was sixty-five years and two days of age. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 4 children--Mrs. Peter Springer, Mrs. Henry Schertz, Solomon Esch, and Benjamin Esch--9 grandchildren, a brother, Joseph Esch, and a sister, Mrs. Peter Schertz. He was for many years a member of the Amish Mennonite Church at Metamora, Ill. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, Geo. J. Lapp of India, and Valentine Strubhar of Washington. Text, Rev. 7:9-17.

Kauffman.--Rebecca A., (nee Miller), wife of Bro. Harry G. Kauffman, was born near Mattawana, Pa., May 4, 1863; died June 5, 1913, of typhoid fever; aged 50 y. 1 m. 1 d. She was afflicted about 4 weeks and had turned for the better, then took a heavy chill and died in a short time. In 1896 she united in marriage with Harry G. Kauffman. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. One daughter died in infancy. Bro. Kauffman united with the A. M. Church in 1899. The deceased was a member of the Dunkard Church since she was 19 years old and was highly respected for her faith and service in the church and Sunday school, also for her sociability with those she met. The home has lost a loving and kind mother, the community a good and helpful neighbor and the Church a useful member. We have reason to believe she has lived out the admonition found in Rev. 2:10. Funeral services conducted by J. C. Swigart from Jno. 13:7; also remarks by R. T. Myers, Lawrence Ruble, ministers of her church, and by Michael Yoder, of the A. M. Church. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, 5 children, 5 sisters, besides many relatives and friends. Interment in the Pineglen Cemetery.
J. H. Byler.

Zimmerman.--Sarah E. Myers was born Feb. 22, 1849; died in Paulding Co., Ohio, June 4, 1913; aged 64 y. 3 m. 13 d. She retired in the evening as usual and was found dead by her brother in the morning. She was married to Leonard Zimmerman, October, 1888. To this union was born 1 daughter. Her husband and daughter both preceded her to the spirit world. She united with the Mennonite Church when yet a young woman and lived a life consistent with her profession unto the end. She was an affectionate sister and a good neighbor and her friends who are left to mourn can comfort themselves with this hope that she is gone to her eternal rest. She leaves 3 brothers, and 2 sisters, besides many relatives and friends. May all prepare to meet her in the glory world. Funeral on the 7th at the U. B. Church conducted by Moses Brenneman from Rev. 21:4. Buried in the cemetery near by.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VI, Number 13 - June 26, 1913 - page 208

Ash.--John Blondell, son of Jonas Ash, of Pinto, Md., was born Aug. 17, 1912; died June 15, 1913; aged 9 m. 29 d. Funeral services were held at Springs, Pa., June 17, by the brethren, G. D. Miller and Noah E. Miller. Text, II Kings 4:26; "It is well."

Buschert.--Priscilla Thaler, wife of Chester Buschert was born Mar. 11, 1891; died at her home near Breslau, Ont., June 6, 1913; aged 22y. 2 m. 26 d. She united with the Mennonite Church a few months ago and left this world in peace. Those left to mourn her departure are her husband, father, step-mother, 1 sister, 2 half-brothers, 3 half-sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends.

Kropf.--Menno Theodore, the only child of Deacon Noah and Mattie Kropf, of Middlebury, Ind., May 26, 1913; aged 2 y. 6 m. 17 d. Little Menno was seriously sick but a short time and the news of his death was a great surprise to neighbors and friends. Bro. and Sister Kropf have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Forks Church by their bishop, Bro. Jonathan Troyer, in German, and by S. S. Yoder in English.

Snyder.--Abraham 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.

Schrock.--Joseph P. Schrock was born in Wayne Co., O., Dec. 18, 1835; died at the home of one of his daughters in La Grange Co., Ind., June 3, 1913; aged 78 y. 6 m. 15 d. At the age of eighteen he united with the Mennonite Church, of which he remained a faithful member until death. He left to mourn his loss 10 children, 36 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 3 brothers. Funeral services were held at Forest Grove by S. S. Yoder, assisted by Amos Nusbaum, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Hunsberger.--Magdalena, beloved wife of our ministering brother, Daniel Hunsberger, Jordan Station, Ont., died June 9, 1913. She was afflicted for a number of years, suffering much, but bearing her infirmities with Christian patience and fortitude. Her disposition was such that she became endeared to all who knew her and drew to her a wide circle of friends. Their home was always alike to all who ever enjoyed its generous hospitality, and Sister Hunsberger was a mother to all in her home as well as a faithful "mother in faith" in the Church. We trust that her godly life and sincere efforts in behalf of the cause of Christ will continue to bear fruit in the years to come. Her age was 72 y. 11 m. 15 d. She leaves a sorrowing companion, 2 sons and 5 daughters. Funeral services and burial at the Moyer Church on the 12th, conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, Jno. 19:27.

Smith.--Charles Glenn, son of Arza and Nellie Smith, was born in Helena Twp., Antrim Co., Mich., April 21, 1896; died of tuberculosis, at Grand Rapids, Mich., June 9, 1913; aged 17 y. 1 m. 19 d. After being advised by his physician to change climates, Glenn went to the Sanitarum at La Junta, Colo., Mar. 24. After being there a short time it was seen that his case was a hopeless one. His mother and little sister (8 years old) went to be with Glenn the rest of his short time on earth. After being there a couple days it was decided at his request to bring him home. Leaving the Sanitarium June 7 they arrived at Grand Rapids, June 9, where he peacefully fell asleep in the depot before they could reach Mancelona. Bro. Glenn was a young man of noble character, a noble disposition, and was held in high esteem by his many friends, having the honor of being called the brightest pupil in the Mancelona High School. On hearing of the strict rules of the Sanitarium, one of his associates was heard to say, "Oh, it will not be hard for Glenn to abide by those rules, for he has no bad habits." He will be missed by his many friends and especially by his home family, but it is such a satisfaction to know he had accepted Christ as his Redeemer. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church before leaving Colorado, in the presence of his mother, which has been a great joy to her. She will remember the sweet smile on his face while the ordinance of baptism was being administered. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers (one could not be present at the funeral on account of ill health), 1 sister, grandparents, and other relatives and friends. The funeral was held June 12, at the M. E. Church. Services by Quitman Smith of the Free Methodist Church. Text, Song of Solomon 6:2, "My beloved has gone down into the garden to gather lillies."
Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
"My parents, brothers, sister, all,
Prepare to meet me at God's call.
I now have bade you all good-bye,
Till we shall meet beyond the sky."

Transcriber's notes: "Sanitarum" at La Junta, -- somehow the other Sanitariums are spelled right!!! AND YES the services were held by "Quitman" Smith -- seems good that he had an unusual first name with Smith as his last name!!! gather "lillies." -- "lilies" "good-bye," in the poem does have a hyphen in it on copy.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana

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