Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1914

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Gospel Herald - Volume VII, Number 19 - August 6, 1914

Shank.--Anna Shank, nee Stouffer, was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 3, 1834; died July 18, 1914; aged 79 y. 9 m. 16 d. In 1862 she was married to Jacob Shank, who died in 1890. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. One son preceded her in infancy. Soon after marriage they joined the Mennonite Church to which both remained faithful until death. Buried at the Midway Cemetery, Mahoning Co., Ohio. Funeral sermon by E. M. Detweiler and Allen Rickert. Text, Heb. 11:16.

Winger.--Franklin D. Winger died July 25, 1914; aged 48 y. 11 m. 12 d. Bro. Winger had suffered from diabetes for three years, yet it was a shock to his many friends to hear of his death; even his immediate family had not expected his end so near. He left a devoted wife, a son aged 18, a daughter aged 9, one sister, and many friends to mourn his departure, yet we mourn not as those who have no hope. He was a member of the Salem Mennonite congregation in Wayne Co., Ohio where his good advice will be missed. The funeral was held on the 27th from the Union Church where a large number of friends gathered out of respect and sympathy.

Kauffman.--Teresa Leah, daughter of Thomas and Anna Kauffman was born near Garden City, Mo., Jan. 5, 1897; died at the home of her grandmother near Garden City July 11, 1914; aged 17 y. 6 m. 6 d. She leaves a father, stepmother and brother, grandmother and grandfather, and a number of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She moved with her parents to near LaJunta, Colo., about 8 years ago, which was their home when she died, but at time of sickness and death was visiting relatives and friends at this place. She confessed Jesus as her Savior at the age of 12 and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member at time of death. Funeral services were held at Bethel Church by the brethren, H. E. Helmuth, T. J. Miller and Joe C. Driver. Text, Is. 40:6-8. Her remains were laid beside those of her mother who preceded her 10 years ago.

Kornhaus.--Anna Beutler Kornhaus was born July 23, 1841; died July 19, 1914; near Orrville, Ohio; aged 72 y. 11 m. 27 d. She was the youngest of a family of 9 children of John and Elizabeth Beutler, of which family 2 sisters survive, Barbara Martin of Orrville, and Katharine Rohrer of Ottawa, Kans. On Nov. 2, 1865 she was married to Adam Kornhaus, who served the Martin,s Mennonite congregation as minister and bishop and was called to his eternal abode while seated in the pulpit of his home church, Nov. 26, 1893. God honored their home with 5 children, 3 of whom are living. Barbara Eshleman, Melvin Kornhaus, and Alice Horst (at whose home the mother died), and 15 grandchildren, 13 of whom are living. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over 40 years. On Dec. 28, 1913 she experienced a paralytic stroke from which she never fully recovered. Funeral Services were held at the Martin,s church near Orrville conducted by David Hostetler at the home and I. W. Royer at the Church, assisted by others. Text, Matt. 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in hear, for they shall see God."

Dean.--Arthur Ray, son of Bro. John and Sister Elizabeth Dean, was born July 26, 1913, at Altoona, Pa.; died July 23, 1914; aged 11 m. 28 d. He is survived by his parents, 5 sisters and 6 brothers, 1 brother having preceded him to the spirit world. Services were held at 10:30 Saturday morning, July 25, by J. L. Stauffer. Text II Kings 4:26 and interment in Rose Hill Cemetery. He was not a healthy child and still his death was sudden and unexpected.

Shoop.--Emerson Stoner Shoop was born near Bainbridge, Lancaster Co., Pa., July 22, 1905; died July 14, 1914; aged 8 y. 11 m. 22 d. The cause of his death was neuralgia of the heart, of which he suffered for about 8 weeks. His grandfather Daniel M. Shoop preceded him to the spirit world just two weeks ago from the same home of a severe attack of pneumonia. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Shoop, one brother Russell, aged 5 years, and one sister aged 9 months, and his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew K. Stoner and a number of uncles and aunts. He was a bright child and was loved by all who knew him. It was hard to give him up, but God knows best. The funeral was held from the home of his parents on Friday afternoon and at the Goodville Mennonite Church. Services by Bro. John Landis and Bro. B. M. Myer of Elizabethtown from John 11:5. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.

Nafziger.--Joseph J. Nafziger was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Feb. 26, 1841; died July 19, 1914; aged 73 y. 4 m. 23 d. He was united in marriage with Lydia Frey Jan. 14, 1866. They lived together over 48 years. Bro. Nafziger was a faithful member of the A. M. Church until his death. They had no children of their own but their home was seldom childless and there are several at present that look to him almost as to their father. He was a man widely known an was a friend to everyone, always having a good word for anyone he met and was peaceable, patient, and contented. His last illness was of short duration and while he seemed to be seriously sick he was calm and conscious to the end. He is survived by his wife and one sister and a host of friends to mourn their loss, and while we mourn the loss of one who was dear to us we mourn not as those who have no hope but we believe he is now at rest. Funeral services were held at the Central Church July 21, where appropriate remarks were made by D. J. Wyse and S. D. Grieser.

Zorger.--Elizabeth (Rhoads) Zorger was born at Newtown, Pa., April 27, 1875; died at her home in Altoona, Pa., July 17, 1914; aged 39 y. 2 m. 20 d. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rhodes of Newtown, Pa., who still survive her. She was married to Charles Zorger Sept. 30, 1894, and moved to Altoona in November 1906. She has been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for about 15 years. Funeral services were held on Saturday evening, July 18, at her Altoona home by J. L. Stauffer. Text, II Cor. 5:2. The remains were then taken to Newtown, Pa., where further services were held in a school house on Monday at 2 P. M., conducted by Bro. Henry Longenecker of the Salunga congregation, text Rev. 14:13, 14, assisted by Bro. Eli Engle of the Brethren Church. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. Surely our departed sister will "be missed because her seat will be empty" in the home as well as the Mission where she attended whenever her health permitted. Deceased is survived by her husband and the following children; George, Carl, David, John, Catharine, and Jessie.

Bennette.--Jane Constantia Aylsworth was born near Buffalo, N. Y., Aug. 9, 1834; died July 16, 1914; aged 79 y. 11 m. 7 d. In the days of her youth she gave her heart to God and He has been her stay all these years. On Oct. 10, 1872 she was united in marriage to Edward J. Bennette of eastern New York, where they resided until his death six years later. She then spent some time with her oldest brother in Michigan. From there she came west to Nebraska with her youngest brother and located at Roseland, Nebr., where she lived 16 years. In 1907 she moved with her daughter, Mrs. Edwin Ebersole, to La Junta, Colo., where she remained until death. The law of kindness ruled her life and charity towards all. Death was due to hardening of the arteries. Her suffering for the past year was very acute at times, being unable to lie down at night. For the last three months she bore all this uncomplaining; she spent ten days in bed. At the last delirium seized her and during that time she sometimes prayed all night. She sang and quoted much scripture. The end came peacefully. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in 1909. She leaves to mourn her departure 4 sisters, 1 brother, 3 step-children, 1 daughter, 8 grandchildren, nieces and nephews. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." Sermon by John Thut from I Cor. 15:55, 56. Was laid to rest in her last resting-place in the East Holbrook graveyard.

Landis.--Pre. John L. Landis was born in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., July 28, 1832; entered into rest July 20, 1914; aged 81 y. 11 m. 22 d. Nov. 24, 1855, he was united in marriage to Mary J. Denlinger. To this union were born 2 children, Aaron D., and Anna D. The daughter only lived 16 days and was buried in August, 1860. He is surved by his aged companion and son, Aaron D., 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. On Dec. 27, 1865, he was ordained to the ministry at Mellinger,s Church, the charge also including Stumptown Church. To this charge he was ever faithfully devoted for almost 49 years. At the time of his ordination the worship in these churches was altogether conducted in the German language. Not many years after by the earnest request of his membership he consented to preach a sermon in the English language every six weeks alternately in his two churches. This custom grew so much that in the latter half of his ministry he spoke nearly all in English. In those early years he had very many calls in the districts lying north of his district to preach in the English language at funerals. This made his life a very busy and strenuous one. He was a patient sufferer for many years with bladder trouble, which became so severe, that one year ago in August he passed through a serious operation for gravel which proved very successful for a man of his age. After being in the hospital 32 days he came home cured and has enjoyed good health since. During the last year he again filled his place and often visited the sick and preached a number of sermons in church and at funerals. On Monday morning, July 20, he and his aged companion went to the funeral of Bro. Amos L. Kreider, about 1 1/2 miles from his home, feeling well and in good cheer. He conducted brief services at the house, walked out to his carriage, started away a short distance and waited for orders to proceed when the undertaker was ready, and while speaking to the undertaker, he was fatally stricken, expiring instantly in his carriage. His funeral was held from his late home on Thursday, July 23. Pre. David L. Landis had the services at the house. At the church his two co-laborers, Pre. David L. Landis and Pre. Sanford B. Landis, spoke briefly, followed by Bishop C. M. Brackbill. Text, Psa. 73:23-26. Prayer by Bishop Noah Landis. Services at the grave in Mellinger's Cemetery by Bishop Abram B. Herr. About 1700 persons were present, including many ministers and deacons from all over the country. While we know and believe that his work on earth was done and our loss is his eternal gain, yet we miss his presence and our heats are saddened. May this solemn providence of an all-wise God in removing our father so suddenly and unexpectedly preach a louder sermon than any he ever preached. "Watch and pray, for ye know not when the time is."

Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VII, Number 20 - August 13, 1914, page 327

Good.--Mary Ann, widow of Jacob B. Good, was born July 31, 1837; died in Allegheny, Berks Co., Pa., July 29, 1914; aged 76 y. 11 m. 29 d. Buried at the Allegheny Mennonite Church. Her husband preceded her 35 years ago. Her sickness was infirmities of old age, but was rather sudden. One daughter survives her. She was a member of the Wisler branch. Services by John Kurtz and John W. Weaver from Rom. 14:7,8. Peace to her ashes.

Moyer.--Emma Matilda, wife of Jacob H. Moyer, was born May 31, 1856; died at her home at Blooming Glen, Pa., June 29, 1914,; aged 58 y. 1 m. 26 d. She was as well as usual, being about her daily duties when she was suddenly overtaken by death due to heart failure. The family was greatly shocked as she seemed unusually cheerful that day, having prepared supper and called the men who were not quite ready at that time. So she went to do up her wash which she had ironed, when she was stricken and was found lying on her face in the washbasket, again reminding us of the uncertainty of life. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Blooming Glen. She was the mother of 10 children, 8 of whom are living, 2 having preceded her more than 30 years ago. She was very much devoted to her family, always trying to work to their best interest in every way, and we have this consolation that she is now resting from her labors. She is also survived by her mother and two brothers and two sisters.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o,er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."

Detweiler.--Arie (Hartzler) Detweiler was born Dec. 22, 1828, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died at the home of her daughter, Malinda Yoder, in West Liberty, Ohio, July 30, 1914; aged 85 y. 7 m. 8 d. She was married Jan. 12, 1853, to Jacob Detweiler. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband died Aug. 22, 1894, and 1 son and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 sons, 2 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and an aged sister, Elizabeth Zook. She with her husband moved from Mifflin Co., Pa., in 1857 to Logan Co., Ohio, where she spent the greater part of her life. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church when a young woman and has been true to her faith, through all her trying hours as well as joys. She was a faithful wife, kind and loving mother, very patient, always working for the needs and comfort of her family, ready to lend a helping hand in time of need. About 12 years ago she became unable to attend to her daily duties. Since then she has been living with her children who have kindly taken care of her until her death. Funeral was held Ag. 1 at South Union Church, conducted by J. J. Warye and A. P. Yoder. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
"The gold gates were open wide,
A gentle voice said, Come,,
And angels from the other side
Welcomed our mother home."
A daughter-in-law.

Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VII, Number 21 - August 20, 1914, page 343

Thomas.--Jacob M. Thomas of Thomas Mills, Pa., was born April 8, 1854; died July 16, 1914; aged 60 y. 3 m. 8 d. Funeral services were conducted at Thomas Mennonite Church by Samuel Zimmerman and L. A. Blough.

Geiser.--Leona Fern, only child of Bro. _____ and Sister Bertha Geiser, was born Oct. 30, 1913; died July 31, 1914; aged 9 m. and 1 d. Funeral services conducted at the home in German by Cleophas Amstutz and at Orrville (Ohio) Church in English by Bro. I. W. Royer.
A little heaven-born flower to grace the home,
A few sobs, a smile now and then, for fond parents,
then plucked so soon for the Father,s home above.
His will be done.

Mishler.--Susie Mishler was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 20, 1849; died July 17, 1914; aged 65 y. 2 m. 27 d. Father, mother, 4 sisters, and 1 brother preceded her in death. Three brothers are living: Jacob D., Hubbard, Oreg.; Noah D., Sugar Creek, Ohio; Levi D., Elkhart, Ind. She united with the A. M. Church in her young years and was a faithful member. Funeral services at Town Line Church by J. Troyer, S. E. Weaver and D. D. Miller.

Naugh.--John Naugh was born near Gdelton, Ohio, Jan. 13, 1837; died at Galesburg, Jasper Co., Mo., July 6, 1914; aged 77 y. 5 m. 23 d. His wife and 4 children died years ago. He leaves 2 grandchildren, a daughter in Springfield, Mo., and a son in Lowell, Kans. He united with the Mennonite Church in his declining years. Funeral services were conducted at White Hall Church by Bro. Harvey Woolsey. Burial in Weaver cemetery.

Byers.--Margaret Huber was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Mar. 14, 1851; died July 23, 1914; aged 63 y. 4 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage with Daniel Byers, July 20, 1871. To this union were born 9 children, 7 surviving their mother, 2 dying in infancy. Sister Byers united with the Mennonite Church about 20 years ago, having lived a faithful and consistent life until the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted on the 26th at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church near Sterling, Ill., by A. C. Good, where a large concourse of friends and relatives gathered to pay a last tribute of respect.

Hartzler.--Jacob Hartzler was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 18, 1859; died July 21, 1914; aged 55 y. 6 m. 3 d. The cause of his sudden death was through accident by falling from a load of hay, receiving such injury that caused immediate death. He confessed Christ as his personal savior in early life and united with the A. M. Church, serving his Master faithfully until death. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure one brother and one sister and a host of relatives and friends. Father and mother and one brother preceded him to the spirit world. Interment at Oak Grove near Smithville, Ohio.

Kauffman.--John M. Kauffman was born April 30, 1830; died July 30, 1914; aged 84 y. 3 m. 10 d. He had been a resident of East Petersburg, Pa., and was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. For a number of years he has been residing with his only child (Mrs. A. H. Hershey) at Mountville, where he was tenderly cared for in his declining years, his wife having preceded him 6 years. He was sorely afflicted for one year, but he bore it patiently until the end, which was very peaceful. We are glad to know that he is asleep in Jesus. The funeral was held at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church on Sunday morning, August 2. The services were conducted by Bros. Frank Kreider, John Charles, and Henry Haverstick, Bro. Haverstick using as a text II Tim. 4:7, 8. Well may we say of the old soldiers of the cross, they have fought a good fight, they have kept the faith.

Shaub.--Annie L., daughter of Fanny and the late Henry Shaub, of Lampeter, Pa., was born Feb. 27, 1870; died July 25, 1914; aged 44 y. 5 m. 1 d. She died at the General Hospital, where an operation was performed only five days before, when a second operation was found to be necessary , but without avail to save her life. Although weak in body with her life ebbing fast away she was strong in spirit, and uttered a short prayer in her behalf. She then sang a hymn and in a few moments the spirit fled to the Maker who gave it. We can trustfully believe she is basking in the beautiful sunlight of heaven. Although it is hard to part with those who are near and dear to us, we believe our loss is her eternal gain. She leaves to mourn her departure, her mother, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, and many relatives and friends. She had a kind word and pleasant smile for everyone, and was always ready to help in time of need. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Strasbourg Mennonite Church., July 28, by Bros. Elias Groff, Frank Herr, and Abram Brubaker. Text, John 11:28: "The Master is come."
"Farewell, dear sister, sweetly rest,
Till God shall bid thee rise.
We,ll wipe away the falling tears,
And meet this in the skies."
A Sister

Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume VII, Number 22 - August 27, 1914, page 357

Cornell.--Howard Leroy Cornell was born Dec. 9, 1912; died Aug. 9, 1914; buried on the 12th. His father and mother are members of the Mennonite Mission Church in Youngstown, Ohio. While they mourn not as those who have no hope, yet they keenly feel the loss of their bright little boy.

Witmer.--Near Pinola, Franklin, Co. Pa., Sister Catharine Rife Witmer, wife of Bro. Henry H. Witmer, died at their home Aug. 9, 1914; aged 52 y. 3 m. 12 d. The sister had been in failing health for several years, yet her death came very unexpectedly to all, being due to hear failure. She is survived by a loving husband, 5 sons, and 2 daughters, also 4 sisters and 1 brother, to mourn her death. Although in this sad bereavement they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Sister Witmer has been a member of the Mennonite Church for almost 27 years and had been faithful until her death. Funeral on Thursday with services at the Row M.H. near Pinola. Services conducted by brethren, W. W. Hege and J. S. Burkholder, from Matt. 24:44, as a basis for remarks selected by the family.

Ehrisman.--Bro. Jacob Ehrisman was born Mar. 27, 1872, in Woodford Co., Ill.; died Aug. 12, 1914, at his home near Milford, Nebr., being taken ill with typhoid fever only a few days after returning from his brother,s funeral; aged 42 y. 5 m. 15 d. He united with the A.M. Church of Roanoke , Ill., in his early youth. He was married to Sister Barbara Burkey of Milford, Nebr., in 1904. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters, the daughters having passed to the great beyond in their infancy. He leaves to mourn his early and unexpected demise, his wife, 2 sons, 3 sisters, an aged mother, besides a host of relatives and friends.
"One precious to my heart has gone
The voice I loved is stilled,
The place made vacant in our home
Can never more be filled."

Halter.--John S. Halter died at his home in Rolling Prairie Aug. 14 after an illness of several months. He was born in New York, April 20, 1853, and came to LaPorte Co., Ind. when six weeks old, with his parents and had been a resident of Rolling Prairie, living on a farm, until five years ago, when he moved into town. He was married to Josephine Culveyhouse in 1874. To this union 3 children came, Earl W., Lydia Ethel, and Merril J., the 2 sons with the widow, survive; also 2 grandchildren. "John," for by that name he was known, was respected by all who knew him. Whatever he undertook was well done, as evident to any who visited his home. As a father he was loved by his children. As a husband he was ever kind and thoughtful, making the home burdens of his companion as light as possible. Funeral at Rolling Prairie, Ind. Services conducted by ________ Jarvis, ________ Nolan, (blanks in obit.) and D. A. Yoder.

Haynes.--Mary Elizabeth Haynes was born in Iowa City, Iowa, Aug. 26, 1861; died near Albany, Oreg., July 19, 1914; aged 52 y. 10 m. 23 d. Funeral was held at the Hopewell Mennonite Church near Hubbard, Oreg., July 20, by W. M. Bond and N. L. Hershberger. Peace to her ashes.

Housour.--Alma May, daughter of Alvin and Anna Housour, was born near Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 3, 1899; died Aug. 2, 1914; aged 14 y. 7 m. 30 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in the winter of 1912 and remained faithful until death. She is survived by father, mother, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers (Agnes, Anson, Addie, Alice, Alvah and Alta), one grandfather, uncles and aunts and many other relatives and friends also mourn her early departure. By her life and talk we have the assurance that our loss is her gain. All through her severe sufferings, which started with measles, April 1, and ended with a complication of diseases, she never murmured one word of complaint and in the midst of her greatest suffering when asked how she felt, always answered, "All right." Services at the Olive Church conducted by D. A. Yoder from the text, "She hath done what she could."

Zimmerman.--Ella Barbara Weaver was born July 9, 1877, near Thompsontown, Pa.; died July 27, 1914 near Shephardstown, Pa.; aged 37 y. 18 d. In the fall of 1900 she was married to Elmer Shelly, who lived only two years after marriage. To this union were born two daughters, one died when quite small, the other survives her mother. In the year 1906 she was married to George B. Zimmerman. To this union were born three sons and one daughter, all surviving, also three sisters and one brother. She had been ailing about one year, but was seriously sick for only six weeks, from consumption. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 14 and lived a consistent Christian life and expressed a desire to go home and be at rest if it be her Father,s will . Services at Slate Hill Church conducted by Bro. William Graybill, assisted by brother Reuben Cockley. Test II Tim. 4:6-8, chosen by deceased. Interment in Slate Hill Cemetery.

Richer.--Catharine Lugbill Richer was born in France, Nov. 15, 1852; died in Stark Co., Ohio, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jos. O. Conrad, Aug. 11, 1914; aged 61 y. 8 m. 26 d. She united in marriage with Christian Richer, Feb. 14, 1878, with whom she lived a little over 31 years. To them were born 4 sons and 1 daughter. Her husband and one son preceded her in death. Sister Richer accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and united with the A.M. Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. She was widely known and was a friend to every one , always had a kind word for any one she met. She was peaceable, patient and contented. Her last illness was of short duration and while she was seriously sick she was calm and conscious to the end. She leaves to mourn their loss 4 children, 6 step-children, 8 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, together with a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at the A. M. Church near Leo. Ind., conducted by E. L. Frey and A. S. Miller, where a large number of friends met out of sympathy and respect.

Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana

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