Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1914

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Gospel Herald - Volume VII, Number 32 - November 5, 1914, page 519, 520

Yutzie.-Sister Catharine, wife of Samuel B. Yutzie, died at Topping, Ont., Oct. 14, 1914; aged 55 y. 30 d. She leaves to mourn 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 step-sons, her aged husband, and a host of friends. Services on the 16th at the house by Peter Boshart and at the church by the brethren, C. Schultz, Chris. Litwiller, Chr. Kropf. May God comfort the bereaved family.

Godshall.-Louisa S. Boorse, wife of Isaac R. Godshall, was born Mar. 9, 1849; died Sept. 9, 1914; aged 65 y. 6 m. A husband and 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren are left to mourn their loved mother and grandmother. One daughter and 2 grandchildren preceded her to their home above. She also leaves 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Services on Sept. 14 were conducted at the house by Bros. Jonas Mininger and Jacob Clemmens and at the Towamencin M. H. by Bro. Chr. Allebach, Bro. Warren Bean and Bro. Isaac Kulp. Text, Luke 12:40. She was a faithful member of the Towamencin Mennonite Church for many years and was buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Coss.-Etta K. Coss (Reynolds) was born Nov. 11, 1869, near Smithburg Md.; died Oct. 16, 1914, at her home near Hagerstown, Md.; aged 44 y. 11 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage to Geo. A. Coss, June 18, 1890. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. A son and a daughter survive her. She is survived also by her husband, a brother, and 4 sisters. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 22 years and was deeply concerned about the welfare of the Church. We greatly mourn the loss of a loving wife and kind, devoted mother. While we cannot see God's ways we will submit our will and say, "His will be done." She said a few hours before her death, "I have gained the victory." Services by Henry Baer at the house and by Denton Marton and Daniel Strite at the Stouffer Church.

Drange.-John Drange was born July 24, 1849, in Darshawatz, Posen, Germany; died at Cullom, Ill., Oct. 16, 1914; aged 63 y. 2 m. 22 d. He had failing health for about a year, and died of chronic gastric ulcers.
John Drange united with the Mennonite Church in Chicago in 1898 and afterwards moved to Cullom, and remained a faithful member until death.
He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, 3 daughters, 1 son, 3 sons-in-law, 4 grandchildren, and 6 sisters. One child preceded him in death. In the loss of this faithul brother the Church has lost a faithful member and the community a warm friend, but our loss is heaven's gain.
Services were conducted at the home and owing to alterations of the Mennonite Church the services were held in the Methodist Church of Cullom, Ill. A large gathering of people was present. Services were conducted by A. H. Leaman of Chicago. The remains were laid to rest in the Village Cemetery.

Smeltzer.-Elizabeth Yoder Smeltzer was born in Homes Co., Ohio, Feb. 27, 1830; died at her home one mile north of Wakarusa, Ind., Oct. 21, 1914; aged 84 y. 7 m. 24 d. She grew to maturity at the place of her birth, and about 1848 came to Indiana.
On Nov. 6, 1851, she was married to Henry Smeltzer (who preceded her to the spirit world Nov. 2, 1895) and moved on the farm where she always resided until the time of her death. To this union were born 5 girls and 7 boys, 3 children having died when quite young.
In the year 1852 she with her companion united with the Mennonite Church where she remained a consecrated member all her life.
Those left to mourn her departure are 9 children (Jacob and Levi of Elkhart, Ind., Samuel, David, Anna Leatherman, and Lovina Johnson of Wakarusa, Ind., Saloma Locher of South Bend, Ind., Aaron and Ella Parcell of Nappanee, Ind. Moriah Brandon of Elkhart, who when a child was taken in the home where she grew to womanhood), 40 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Samuel Yoder of Elkhart), 2 sisters (Nancy Weldy and Christiana Landis of Wakarusa), and a large number of relatives and friends.
The funeral services were conducted by the brethren, David Yoder and Silas Weldy (text, Psa. 116:15), at the Olive Church, where many were gathered together to pay tribute unto one they loved. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
Mother is gone but not forgotten. Peace to her ashes.


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Gospel Herald - Volume VII, Number 33 - November 12, 1914, page 535

Middaugh.-Near Sugarcreek, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1914, Jacob Samuel, son of Bro. Adam and Sister Nancy Middaugh, aged 5 m. 14 d. Funeral at the Union Hill Church, Sunday, Oct. 25. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.

Ebersole.-Susan, beloved wife of David R. Ebersole, died at her home near Mechanicsburg, Pa., Sept. 8, 1914, of typhoid fever; aged 34 y. 6 m. 6 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 6 children, and many relatives and friends to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother whom everyone loved. We believe our loss is her eternal gain. We thought she was so much needed in the home, but God knew best and His will be done. She was a faithful member of the A. M. Church. Funeral services at her late home Sept. 11, conducted by Bros. John Zook and Jacob Lapp in the presence of a large concourse of people.

Ramer.-Samuel Ramer was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 30, 1856; was united in marriage to Lydia Reed Sept. 8, 1878; died Oct. 10, 1914; aged 57 y. 11 m. 10 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, 3 sons (Menno, Noah, and Daniel), 1 daughter, (Mary Martin), 1 brother (Bro. Martin Ramer), and a host of friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life which he faithfully kept to the end. The funeral was conducted Oct. 13, by Bros. Henry Schrock, Christian Weaver, and John Martin, from II Tim. 4:8, 9, at the Yellow Creek Church near Goshen, Ind. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Unzicker.-Sister Katie Unzicker, nee Birkey, was born near Morton, Ill., Mar. 13, 1890; died at her home near Fisher, Ill., Oct. 26, 1914; aged 24 y. 7 m. 13 d. She was united in marriage with Bro. Otto Unzicker Jan. 14, 1913. This union was blessed with one son.
She united with the A. M. Church in her youth, and remained faithful to the end. She leaves to mourn her early departure her sorrowing husband, her son Floyd, her father and mother, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, an aged grandmother, and many relatives and friends. Short funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Samuel Gerber and at the church by Bros. Samuel Gerber in English and Daniel Grieser in German. Texts, Rev. 14:13, and Jno. 5:24, 25. Interment at the East Bend Cemetery, with appropriate remarks by Daniel Orendorff.

Wenger.-Samuel Wenger was born at Dayton, Va., May 2, 1846; died of apoplexy at Hesston, Kans., Oct. 26, 1914; aged 68 y. 5 m. 24 d. He came to Morgan Co., Mo., in early manhood and seven years later came to McPherson Co., Kans., where he lived the remainder of his life except the last three years he lived at Hesston, where his children attended school. He was married to Elizabeth Ann Landes on Dec. 20, 1881. To this union were born 2 sons and 8 daughters, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1882 and remained faithful to death. A short funeral service was conducted at the home on Oct. 28, where Bro. J. D. Charles spoke from Isa. 64:6, and at the Springvalley Church by Geo. R. Brunk and D. H. Bender from Psa. 116:15.

Groh.-Elsie Groh died Oct. 16, at the home of her parents, Anson and Lovina (Bechtel) Groh of Preston, Ont.; aged 18 y. 7 m. 2 d. Sister Elsie had never been in perfect health, yet, she seldom missed church services or Sunday school. This spring she took a sick spell, her heart seemed to trouble her at times, then she took a sick spell, her heart seemed to trouble her at times, then she got better. She used to be helping in the home duties that she was able to do. She never complained, and was of a quiet and pleasant disposition. At the age of fourteen she confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church. She is missed in the home, in the Church, Sunday school, and Sunday school class. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Wanner Church by A. B. Snyder. Text, I Thes. 4:13, 14. The funeral was largely attended.

Oberholtzer.-Sister Lydia, wife of Christian Oberholtzer, was born June 12, 1845; died Oct. 30, 1914, at her home in Akron, Pa.; aged 69 y. 4 m. 18 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves husband, daughter, son, 2 stepsons, 14 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and many friends to mourn her departure. Funeral Nov. 2, in Akron United Zion Church and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church, where interment was made. Bros. Benj. Weaver and Noah Mack conducted the services. Texts, Jno. 14:2 and Psa. 23:4.

Kandel.-John J. Kandel was born Apr. 28, 1882; died in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 18, 1914; aged 32 y. 5 m. 20 d. He was married to Lillie Beachy, lived in matrimony 8 y. 6 m. He leaves to mourn his departure wife, 1 son, 6 daughters, 2 brothers, 3 sisters. They were making ready to come to the Amish meeting house at Walnut Creek where communion was held that day. His death was sudden from valvula of the heart. He fell from his chair. Such is life in this world. Some haven't time to say, "God be merciful to me," while others lay on their death-bed and have to suffer. He was buried on the 20th at the Walnutcreek, Ohio, A. M. Cemetery. He was a member of the A. M. Church. A large audience attended the funeral. Service by M. A. Mast reading scripture and leading in prayer. J. F. Mast from Martin's Creek preached from Jno. 5:24-30 and S. H. Miller from the same text.

McKay.-Martha, widow of our late ministering brother, Henry McKay. She was a daughter of the late Jacob D. Shoemaker, and was born in Waterloo, Co., Ont., June 29, 1831; died at the home of her daughter in Bethwell, Ont., Sept. 16, 1914. She was one of a family of ten children and is survived by 2 sisters. She leaves to mourn their loss 1 son and 5 daughters. Her life was spent in the service of the Lord. She was married to Henry McKay in 1855 and moved to Clachan, Elgin Co., in 1871, where a little later Bro. McKay was called to the ministry. May her piety, kindly nature and Christian example, ever be a memorial which will lead others to live near to her Savior. Funeral services were conducted on the 19th at the home in Bothwell, Ont., and at the Baptist Church near Clachan. Interment in the burying grounds near by. Services conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, Rev. 21:2.

Kauffman.-Solomon Kauffman was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 17, 1837; died at his home near East Lynne, Mo., Oct.. 28, 1914; aged 77 y. 11 d. When a young boy he moved with his parents to Logan Co., Ohio. At the age of 17 he came with them to La Grange Co. Ind., where he united with the A. M. Church. In 1863 he was married to Hetty Kauffman of near Johnstown, Pa. To this union were born 2 children; of whom one died at the age of 3 years. His wife died Nov. 19, 1868, at Haw Patch, La Grange Co., Ind. He was afterwards married to Esther Yoder in Elkhart Co., Ind. Two children were born to this union. In Nov., 1884, he moved to Cass Co., Mo., with his family, where his second wife died Jan. 9, 1908, since which time he has lived with his daughter and son-in-law, S. J. Plank. He is survived by 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 3 brothers. In his last days he much desired to be at church and often longed to depart this life and be with Christ. Funeral services Oct. 30. Text, II Tim. 4:7.


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Gospel Herald - Volume VII, Number 34 - November 19, 1914, page 551

Spichear.-Abraham Spichear was born Sept. 23, 1855, in Lawrence Co., Pa.; died Oct. 24, 1914, at his home near New Wilmington Junction, Pa. He was in good health when he retired, and as he did not make his appearance for breakfast at the usual time his son went to call him and was schocked to find him in the sleep of death. He was united in marriage to Saloma Detweiler Jan. 22, 1880. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. Wife and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. Services were conducted at the home, Oct. 27, by J. S. Gerig, Paul Barnes and J. R. Byler. The remains were laid to rest in the Amish Mennonite cemetery.

Long.-Daniel Long was born in Wooster, Ohio, Nov. 2, 1851. When yet a boy he moved with his parents to Medina Co., O. He was married to Jennie Hatfield in December, 1871. To this union were born 6 children. His first wife preceded him in death Oct., 1886. His second marriage to Sister Anna Faust occurred Sept. 29, 1887, to which union were born 3 children.
In the spring of 1894 he united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until death claimed him. There survive him 7 children, 2 stepchildren and 22 grandchildren; also 3 sisters and 2 brothers. He died at his late home in Seville, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1914; aged 62 y. 9 m. 14 d. Funeral services and burial at Guilford Church conducted by W. Whithurst, and N. A. Lind.

Sensenig.-Bro. Christian H. Sensenig of Lancaster Co., Pa., near Hinkletown, died Nov. 5, 1914; aged 66 y. 1 m. 6. d. The brother had a lingering disease of cancer of the stomach. He was a faithful and humble member of the Mennonite Church at Weaverland. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 7 sons, 3 daughters, and a large family circle of brothers and sisters and friends to mourn their loss which is his eternal gain. For some time he realized his hopeless condition, and expressed a desire and hope to go borne and be with the Father. He was conscious to the end and his last concern and prayers were that God would keep his family on the narrow way. Funeral was held Nov. 9, in the Groffdale Church, interment in adjoining cemetery. Pre. John Kurtz of the Martin Church spoke in German from Luke 17:21-23, followed by Bro. Benj. Weaver and Bro. John Sander in English from Heb. 4:9.
His smiling face we'll see no more, but if we are and remain pious, faithful and true, we shall someday meet those gone before.

Lauver.-Roy H., son of Bro. Wm. and Sister Ellen Lauver, was born Oct 17, 1892; died Nov. 2, 1914; aged 22 y. 16 d. It indeed was a sad death. On the morning of the 2nd he took his gun and went out to shoot a few rabbits. When getting over a fence the gun went off and the load struck him in the body causing his death some hours later. The doctor thought from the way that the load of shot went that death was not instantaneous, but he was not found till 1 o'clock, when the spirit had taken its flight and the body was cold in death. Roy was a bright and kind young man, beloved by all who knew him, which was proved by the large number of people who were present at the funeral which was held at the Lost Creek Church, Juniata Co., Pa. Interment in cemetery near by. This is another loud call to the unsaved. He is survived by father, mother, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, this being the first death in the home. Funeral services by Samuel Leiter, W. W. Graybill, and the writer. May our dear heavenly Father comfort the bereaved family. Wm. G. Seiber.


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Gospel Herald - Volume VII, Number 35 - November 26, 1914, page 567, 568

Miller.-Herbert William, son of J. I. and Lydia Miller, was born Sept. 1, 1913; died Nov. 5, 1914; aged 1 y. 2 m. 5 d. Funeral services were held at Thomas, Okla., Nov. 6, 1914. Text, Luke 18:16.

Rose.-Samuel Rose was born Mar. 1, 1833; died Oct. 24, 1914; aged 81 y. 7 m. 24 d. Death was due to a number of diseases. He leaves to mourn 5 sons and 4 daughters. He was baptized under the Mennonite faith 10 or 12 years ago. The funeral service was conducted by Bro. Alexander Weaver. Interment was made in the Dunmire Cemetery near Elton, Pa.

Blough.--Jesse Blough was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 2, 1834; died at his home in Jonia Co., Mich., Nov. 1, 1914; aged 80 y. 2 m. 30 d. He was united in marriage to Magdalena Kime in January, 1860. For the first five years of their wedded life they resided in Pennsylvania and Indiana, coming to Michigan 48 years ago. He is survived by one son, one daughter, one brother, and five grandchildren. The deceased united with the Church of the Brethren fifty-one years ago, and was a consistent member until death. The funeral was held from the Mennonite Church in Bowne, Nov. 3, conducted by John Smith, assisted by Sam Smith and Peter Messner. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
S. J. Speicher.

Blosser.--Peter Blosser died at his home near Versailles, Mo., Oct. 14, 1914, of apoplexy. He was sick for only a few hours. Bro. Blosser was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Feb. 7, 1847; aged 67 y. 8 m. 7 d. He was married to Elizabeth Weldy Feb. 4, 1872. To this union were born 11 children, 8 of whom survive to mourn the loss of a father, the mother and 3 children having gone before. Funeral services at Mt. Zion Church on the 16th. Text, Matt. 25:13. Sermon by Bro. Amos Gingerich, assisted by Bro. W. W. Holsopple and H. J. Harder.

Johnson.-Emma Ellen, daughter of Charles Johnson and wife, was born in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 29, 1894; died Oct. 9, 1914, at the age of 19 y. 10 m. 10 d. For about 6 years she was a faithful attendant at the Mennonite Gospel Mission and took great interest in the Sunday school and Bible classes. Although she was a member of the Finnish Lutheran Church and because of certain conditions never was affiliated with the Mennonite Church, we have the testimony of her life, supported by testimony from her family, that it was in the services of the Mission that she learned to know Christ as her Savior and came to love her Bible. During much of her life she was afflicted with heart trouble, and often when others would not have ventured from their homes she was at the post of duty to which she had been assigned. Her conscientious living will long be remembered by the circle of young people in which she moved.
Emma left father and mother, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, and many friends and acquaintances to mourn her departure. The funeral service was conducted in the home by a Finnish minister and at the mission by A. M. Eash. Matt. 5:16, her favorite verse, was used as the text for sermon. Interment was at Mt. Greenwood Cemetery.

Hostetler.-Eli, son of Christian J. Hostetler, died at his home near Shelbyville, Ill., Nov. 3, 1914; aged 52 y. 9 m. 7 d. He had been ailing for some time but was bed-fast less than a week. His mind was good up to the last, and he was willing and ready to go if the Lord so willed it. The day before his death he made a will and also had the elder to come and anoint him. He joined the A. M. Church in his youth in Cass Co., Mo., and was true to his profession to the end. He was born and lived to the age of 7 years in Elkhart Co., Ind., and then moved with his parents to Hickory Co., Mo., and later to Cass Co., Mo., where he lived nearly all his life up to Dec. 1910, when he moved with his family to Shelby Co., Ill. Early in the spring of 1910 he came to Illinois the first time to hear the preaching of John D. Kauffman and then at once made up his mind to leave parents and friends of which he had many and move where he could hear this preaching regularly. Now some remember quite well that the Spirit said one evening in his talk while Eli was here on that visit that he (Kauffman) would not be here so very long any more and that the cripple would follow after him. And so it came to pass that this Kauffman died in Oct., 1913, and Eli one year and one week later and was the first church member who died here since since Kauffman died, who was the first member who had died since the church was organized here. Eli had something like rheumatism when yet a baby which resulted in a thick knee and left him lame or a cripple all his life. He was a jeweler and optician by trade and enjoyed a good trade while living in town, but being more interested in raising his children right than in making money he moved to the country again. Morning and evening he would read a chapter and pray with his family. He leaves to mourn his wife, 1 son and 2 daughters, parents, 8 brothers and 1 sister, all of whom live here in Shelby Co., Ill., except 3 brothers. May we who have followed him to Illinois also follow his example of being steadfast and true to the end and be able to meet him in glory.
P. H.

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