Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1915

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Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 14 - July 1, 1915 - page 240

Bream. - Kenneth Stanley, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Murven Bream of Harrisburg, Pa., was born Aug. 21, 1914; died June 14, 1915, of whooping cough and convulsions; aged 9 m. 21 d. Buried June 16, with short services at the house, after which the remains were taken to Biglerville, Pa., with services at the Lutheran Church. Interment in the cemetery near by. He is survived by his parents and grandparents (Bro. and Sister Benj. E. Reiff of Chambersburg, Pa.) Though it was hard to part with one we loved so dearly, let us bow in humble submission to the will of God and so live that we meet him in heaven.
By his aunt.

Zehr. - Andrew Zehr was born in France June 9, 1839; died June 10, 1915; aged 76 y. 1 d. He came to America with his parents in December, 1855, and settled in Woodford Co., Ill. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth of which Church he was a faithful member at the time of his death., He was united in marriage to Magdalena Zehr July 28, 1863. This union was blessed with 11 children. His wife and 2 children preceded him to the spirit world. Nine children, 36 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 1 sister, and a large circle of friends remain to mourn his death.
Bro. Zehr's desire was to be at home in glory. The funeral was held at the Mennonite Church in Manson, Iowa, June 13. Bro. A. H. Leaman of Chicago, assisted by Bro. Risser of Eureka, Ill., conducted the services. Text, II Tim. 4:8. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Hetrick. - Sister Rhoda, wife of Bro. Simon P. Hetrick, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, July 17, 1839; died at the home of Bro. D. S. King, Tuleta, Tex., June 3, 1915; aged 75 y. 10 m. 17 d. She lived in matrimony over 52 years. She was afflicted with epilepsy. She was mother to 8 children, all of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She was afflicted for many years, but bore her sufferings patiently, having a smile for every one. Having selected her text two weeks before, she peacefully fell asleep, having had her house set in order. She leaves to mourn their loss a sorrowing husband and two brothers. She expressed herself ready to go, having the assurance that all was well with her soul. In her younger years she united with the Dunkard Church, but later, while living in Pawnee Co., Kans., she transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church where she remained faithful to the end. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church near Tuleta, Tex., conducted by Bros. D. Y. Hooley and Peter Unzicker.
"Dear mother, thou hast gone to rest;
Thy toils and sorrows now are o,er;
Afflictions, trials, pain, and care,
Can now distress thee nevermore."

Wideman. - Sister Fanny, youngest daughter of Bro. and Sister Isaac and Esther Wideman, Markham, Ont., was born Sept. 10, 1886; died June 13, 1915; aged 28 y. 9 m. 2 d. About four months ago she took sick with heart trouble, and later a complication of diseases set in and her life was despaired of; but the last few weeks she appeared much better, and hope of a speedy recovery was cherished. But on Sunday morning, while sitting up in bed and eating some breakfast, the spirit suddenly took flight. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church a little over 12 years, taking active part in Y. P. B. M. and was a teacher in Sunday school for a number of years. By her quiet, gentle disposition, modest ways, and consistent life, she won the confidence of both old and young. She will be greatly missed at church and Sunday school and home, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. She leaves to mourn her departure father and mother, 1 brother (Albert), and 1 sister (Mary, wife of Abram Honsberger). Funeral, which was largely attended, was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Wideman Church and burial in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted at the house by I. A. Wambold and at the church by L. J. Burkholder, assisted by L. W. Hoover.

Beaner. - Maud, daughter of John and Laura Beaner, died June 8, 1915, in the 16th year of her age. At the age of 10 it was said, "The dear girl is blind." Patience is a virtue, and she possessed it in cheerfulness, having a smile for all. After hearing the name of any one, and the voice, she would mention such person by name when he spoke to her again. She was sent to the school for the blind, and made many little keepsakes for her friends. She enjoyed going to church and Sunday school. Although she could not see, she never murmured but wished to live for Jesus. She was sensitive of the change in attire on the part of her sisters who united with the Mennonite Church during the time she was blind and her request was that she too might wear the plain attire. At different times she laid her hands on her head, glad that she could wear the devotional covering. She was baptized several months before she died.
Her health had been failing for some time, but one evening she was very bright and cheerful. As she retired she said to her mother, "Perhaps if I fall asleep I will never wake up again." That night she fell asleep in Jesus to wake up in heaven, where there is none blind. She was buried at the Strasburg Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., where services were conducted by Elias Groff.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 15 -July 8, 1915 - page 255, 256

Miller, - John Henry, infant son of Bro. E. A. Miller and wife, died June 17, 1915; aged 2 days. His life, though brief, was long enough to create a bond of affection that was not easily broken, and to remind the concourse of friends who gathered to pay their last earthly respect to him, that we have no abiding city here. Funeral services were held at the home conducted by D. J. Fisher and S. C. Yoder. Text, Jer. 31:15. Remains interred in cemetery near Amish, Iowa.

Roth. - Sister Mary Magdalena Roth (nee Rease), was born in Canton, Ohio, April 4, 1849; died at Caney, Kans., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Shelton, June 16, 1915; aged 66 y. 2 m. 12 d. Her death was caused by an abscess of the liver. She was the widow of the late Christian Roth of Hickory Co., Mo., who died about four years ago. They had ten children, of whom three died in infancy and seven survive. Her remains were shipped to Hickory Co., for burial. Services at the Gerber A. M. Church on Sunday, June 20, conducted by Bro. I. G. Hertzler of East Lynne, Mo. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Musser. - Elizabeth Shelley Musser was born Sept. 3, 1842; died at her home near Oakland Mills, Pa., June 19, 1915; aged 72 y. 9 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to David Musser 52 years ago. This union was blessed with 8 children. Four preceded the mother in death. She leaves to mourn, husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 grandchildren, and a host of friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, letting her light shine in a quiet, peaceable, unassuming manner. Funeral was held June 22 at the Lost Creek Church conducted by Samuel Leiter and W. W. Graybill. Selected text, Jno. 16:33. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.

Fretz. - Margaret Houser, beloved wife of Samuel J. Fretz, was born in Haldimand Co., Ont., July 30, 1836; died at her home near Vineland, Ont., April 20, 1915. She had been ill for sometime, gradually weakening until the end came, and she fell asleep in Jesus. Her age was 79 y. 8 m. 21 d. She was one of the oldest members of the congregation at Vineland. She was faithful in her Christian life, zealous in her attendance at church services, and interested in the work of the Lord. Her going from the earthly scenes and associations is not without hope of meeting again. Funeral services were conducted by Gilbert Bearss, S. F. Coffman, and G. Warder. Text, I Cor. 15:45-47. Interment at the Vineland Cemetery.

Honsberger. - Elizabeth Hipple, widow of the late Amos Honsberger, was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., Nov. 26, 1838; died at her late residence in Dunn Twp., Haldimand Co., Ont., after a brief illness, on April 10, 1915; aged 76 y. 10 m. 15 d. She was a faithful member of the Church for many years and her loss will be keenly felt. A large assembly of friends were present on the occasion of her funeral services which were held on the 13th, bearing testimony to her worth and influence among the neighbors and friends who knew her. Her example points them to Christ as the power of a Christian life and a hope for the life to come. Services were conducted at the house and at the church in South Cayuga, where interment was made, by S. F. Coffman. Text, Jno. 3:16.

Bicksel. - Bro. Jacob Bicksel was born in Berne, Switzerland, Mar. 5, 1847; came to America in 1871 died of heart failure June 23, 1915; aged 68 y. 3 m. 18 d. Bro. Bicksel was thrice married. To the first union were born 2 sons of whom 1 preceded his father; to the second, 1 son and 4 daughters, of whom 1 daughter preceded her father. On April 14, 1911, he was married to Sister Lavina Barr, who, with 5 of his children, and many friends, are mourning his departure. Funeral at the Crown Hill Church near Marshallville, Ohio, June 25. Services at church were conducted by Cleophas Amstutz (German-Text, II Kings 20:1), and E. F. Hartzler (English - Text, Jas. 4:14).

Brubacher. - Leah, youngest daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Brubacher, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., July 13, 1898; died after a lingering illness of some months near Stanton, Mich., June 19, 1915; aged 16 y. 11 m. 6 d. Father, mother, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters mourn the loss of a kind and loving daughter, which is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the home of her parents, June 22, conducted by Josiah Martin in German and Geo. Stone in English. Text, II Tim. 4:6.
"Gone to the land of bliss above,
Where all is joy and peace and love,
To dwell with Jesus on that shore
Where pain and sorrow come no more."

Lapp. - Elizabeth Lapp (nee Winter) wife of Isaac Lapp, was born at Williamsburg, Pa., and died near Freeport, Ill., May 26, 1915; aged 74 y. 5 m. 27 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and 6 children (Charles, Mrs. Martha Mitchell, Frederc, Mrs. Sarah Wolfe, George, and Walter). Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Leaman of Chicago, assisted by Brethren Graybill and Sieber.
"One more at home.
That home where separation can not be;
That home whence none is missed eternally!
Lord Jesus, grant us all a place with Thee,
At home in heaven."

Miller. - Mary Margaret Miller was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Dec. 3, 1864; died June 10, 1915; aged 50 y. 6 m. 7 d. Nov. 20, 1884, she united in marriage with David Miller, to this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. Sister Miller was a sufferer for several years but bore it patiently till death relieved her. She was a kind neighbor and well respected by those who knew her, and will be much missed in the home and community. She leaves to mourn her departure a kind husband, 3 daughters, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of friends and relatives. Two sons, 1 brother, and 1 sister preceded her to the spirit world. Interment in the Pine Glen Cemetery. Services conducted by John E. Kauffman. Text, I Jno. 2:25. Remarks by Lawrence Ruble.

Banks. - George E., son of Geo. Banks, was born in Youngstown, Ohio Jan. 26, 1895; died June 9, 1915, of pleura-pneumonia at the City Hospital. He was buried from the Mennonite Mission at the Oak Hill Cemetery. The services were conducted by John I. Byler, assisted by A. J. Steiner of North Lima. Bro. Banks united with the Church at the Youngstown Mission when only a boy and though even after his connection with the Church he required severe childish correction, he remained faithful and through the past years he was one of the strongest pillars in the Church, though only a young man.
"I'll live for Him, who died for me,
How happy then my life will be;
I'll live for Him, who died for me,
My Savior and my God."

Sievenpiper. - Margaret Sievenpiper (nee Kratz), died at the home of her son-in-law, Jacob Hunsberger, near Jordan Station, Ont., April 16, 1915, after a lingering illness. She was born on the old Abram Kratz homestead near Vineland, Ont., July 23, 1845. Her age was 69 y. 8 m. 24 d. During her suffering she was patient and resigned in her Christian hope. Four sons and 2 daughters survive her. They have lost a loving mother, but have a hope of meeting her again. Funeral services were held on the 19th, at the home and at the Church near Vineland, where the remains were laid to rest in the burying ground near Campden beside those of her late husband. Services were conducted by S. F. Coffman, Gilbert Bearss, and George Warder. Text was Matt. 28:5, 6.

Shaeffer. - George W. Shaeffer was born Aug. 3, 1845; died June 21, 1915; aged 69 y. 10 m. 18 d. Dec. 25, 1866, he and Anna Zirkle were married near Luray, Page Co., Va. Fourteen children were born to them - 6 boys and 8 girls. Four girls preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by his wife, 10 children and 1 brother; 2 sisters also preceded him; 45 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren are living, 11 grandchildren have gone before. The deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for upwards of 30 years, living away from the flock almost to himself all these years. A few days before his death he exclaimed, "Oh, what will become of my children!" Funeral services were held near his home near Quicksburg, Va., where he attended church regularly for many years. Services by Lewis Shank and Ben Neff.

Noch. - Emma Noch was born in Worchestershire, England, about 73 years ago. She moved with her husband and little family to Montreal, Canada, where she stayed until 33 years ago when she came to Youngstown, Ohio, where she lived ever since. She died June 23, in City Hospital of complication of diseases. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for several years. She is missed by her sons (with 3 of whom she lived for years), 3 daughters, and grandchildren. She was loved by many. This was especially shown by the large concourse of friends that gathered, to attend the funeral. She was buried from the Mennonite Mission in Youngstown, in the Oak Hill Cemetery. The services were conducted by John I. Byler, using as a text: "But this God is our God forever and ever, He will be our guide even unto death."

Swartz. - Samuel Swartz was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., on the farm which he recently occupied, on Dec. 17, 1838; died June 6, 1915 aged 76 y. 6 m. 11 d. He was the youngest and only remaining member of a family of fourteen children. He was married to Mary Moyer on Mar. 29, 1866. To this union 3 children were born, 2 of whom survive. His wife preceded him a few years ago. The last few years of his life were spent in the city of St. Catharines, Ont., at which place he died. He united with the Mennonite Church about the year 1890, and was an active worker in the Sunday school and church, as long as he was able to be present. His life closed with evidences that his departure was only an entrance into the presence of the Lord and the holy angels. Funeral services on the 8th by S. F. Coffman and Gilbert Bearss. Text, Heb. 11:16. Buried in the Vineland Cemetery.

Kaufman. - Rhoda Alice (Phillips) Kaufman was born near Stromsburg, Nebr., Feb. 13, 1891. At the age of 2 years she, with her parents, came to Adams Co., Nebr., where she grew to womanhood, and on Aug. 6, 1914, she was united in marriage to Albert Kaufman. To this union was born 1 son, Paul. On June 9, 1915, she was peacefully called away to that beautiful home where there is no more sickness nor sorrow. Age, 23 y. 3 m. 26 d. Although all the care was given to her that loving hands can do, still God thought it best to call her away. She leaves to mourn her early departure, husband, infant son, an aged father, 5 sisters, and 1 brother, besides a host of relatives and friends. Rhoda was always kind and loving, and will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Funeral June 12 by Bro. D. G. Lapp. Text, Amos 4:12. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
"Can it be this tie was broken
Nearer God us all to bring;
Guardian angel hover o,er us -
May we too, Hosanna sing."

Carver. - Alph Dell Carver (nee Houser) was born in Morgan Co., Mo., Sept. 1, 1875; died at her home near Carver, Mo., June 17, 1915; aged 39 y. 9 m. 16 d. The cause of death was consumption. She was married to Samuel Carver, Feb. 26, 1893, to which union were born 7 children, 2 of whom preceded her to the home beyond. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 5 children, 1 grandchild, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 half-brothers, and 2 half-sisters, and a number of other relatives and friends. Sister Dell confessed her Savior during a series of meetings in the last week of December, 1907, and was rceived* by baptism into the Mennonite Church in January, 1908, of which church she was a member at her death. In her last sickness and at the hour of death she clung steadfastly to her Savior and the hope of a home in heaven. She seemed resigned to the Lord,s will and expressed a desire to depart from her suffering body and to be at rest. Her home has lost a dutiful wife and mother. The church has been made to transfer a name for enrollment in the heavenly presence. May the Lord help us all to be ready to join that company when our summons comes. Funeral services at the Carver Mennonite Church conducted b y the writer. Text I Thes. 4:13.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 16 - July 15, 1915 - page 270, 271

Mishler. - Amanda (Kauffman) Mishler was born Oct. 7, 1863, in Lawrence Co., Ind.; died June 20, 1915; aged 51 y. 8 m. 13 d. Nov. 22, 1885, she was married to John P. Mishler. To this union were born six children, Rollin, Milton, Modella, and John surviving while two were called home in infancy. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and continued faithful until death. Funeral services at Emma Church conducted by S. E. Weaver and D. D. Miller.

Boyer. - Mrs. Elias Boyer was born Sept. 13, 1830; died at her home in Leetonia, Ohio, after a wedded life of over 66 years. Her death was due to old age and a complication of diseases. She is survived by her husband and five children. She was a member of the Evangelical Church while her husband is a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held June 20 at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Conrad Berg, Leetonia, Ohio, with Brethren A. J. Steiner and David Lehman in charge of the services. Interment in Columbiana Cemetery.

Jantzi. - Barbara (Ruby) Jantzi was born in Perth Co., Ont., in 1849; died Feb. 25, 1915; aged 66 years. She was a daughter of the late Bishop Joseph Ruby and in 1873 was married to Bishop Michael K. Jantzi near Hamburg, Ont. She leaves a bereaved husband, 5 sons, 5 daughters, 16 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. She was in feeble health during the past few years and died of gall stones. She was a faithful member of the A. M. Church since her early youth. Funeral Feb. 28 from her late home, conducted at the house by Peter Spenier and at the Zorra Church by C. S. Zehr and D. H. Steinman. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Weber. - Bro. Martin, fifth son of the late Pre. Abraham Weber, died rather unexpectedly at his home, Berlin, Ont., of heart trouble, on April 21, 1915; aged 66 y. 7 m. 1 d. He leaves to mourn his death a sorrowing widow and 1 grownup daughter, 3 children having died in their infancy.
Funeral on the 23rd. Services at the house by Bro. Noah Stauffer and at the church by Bro. Stauffer and Bro. W. K. Weber.

Kauffman. - Dorothy, youngest child of Solomon and Sadie Kauffman, Benton, O., was born Mar. 2, 1914; died May 22, 1915; aged 1 y. 2 m. 20 d. She was sick only a few days of that dread disease, diphtheria. She was buried the same day at the Martin,s Creek Cemetery and on account of the nature of the disease no funeral services were held until June 27, conducted by C. Z. Yoder of Wooster, Ohio. Text, Matt. 18:3. She leaves father, mother, 3 brothers and 6 sisters, she being the first of the family to pass into the great beyond. While we all deeply mourn the loss of a dear one, may we not also rejoice that another bright jewel has been added on the other side to draw our minds heavenward?

Zimmerman. - Mary Ella, daughter of George Zimmerman, was born Aug. 2, 1911; died June 27, 1915; aged 3 y. 10 m. 25 d. Little Mary was sick only about five weeks from the dread disease, consumption, her mother having died from the same disease just eleven months previous to this. She leaves father, 3 brothers, grandma, and aunts, besides many friends who mourn not as those who have no hope, for our Savior said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral services at Slate Hill Church near Shiremanstown, Pa., conducted by Reuben Cockley. Text, II Kings 4:26, latter clause. Interment in cemetery adjoining.

Boshert. - Mary (Schwartzendruber) Boshert was born near Petersburg, Ont., in 1856; died April 27, 1915, at the Berlin Waterloo Hospital a few days after an operation for gallstone. In 1879 she was married to Christian Boshert, which union was blessed with 1 son and 1 daughter. She leaves her bereaved husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 sisters and 6 brothers. She was of a quiet and peaceful disposition, and always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. She accepted Christ as her Savior in early youth, and was a faithful member of the A. M. Church. Funeral April 30 from her home four miles south of Baden, Ont., conducted at the house by D. H. Steinman and at the church by M. K. Jantzi and Chris Gascho. Interment in cemetery near by.

Gingerich. - Anna Eby Gingerich, Lancaster, Pa., died suddenly at her home May 20, 1915. She was in her 80th year. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world over 21 years ago. She leaves to mourn her departure 6 daughters, 4 sons, and 7 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed, yet our loss is her gain. Funeral services were conducted at her late home Mar. 24, by David Mosemann, and at the Landisville Mennonite Church by Bros. Hiram Kauffman and John H. Mosemann. Text, Matt. 25:13, and II Cor. 5:1. Her remains were laid to rest in the Landisville Cemetery. By her daughters.

Knopp. - Sarah Ann Heisey, wife of Jonas Knopp, was born Jan. 6, 1856; died in Medina Co., Ohio, June 12, 1915; aged 59 y. 5 m. 6 d. She was united in marriage in 1879, and leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 4 daughters, a son, a sister, and 3 brothers. Funeral services were held June 15, at which time a large concourse of friends gathered to pay the last tributes of respect to a gentle, kind, and loving wife, mother, and neighbor. Services were conducted by Bros. Benjamin Good and Harvey Horst, of the Wisler Mennonite Church, of which she was a member for a number of years.

Shaver. - Benjamin Shaver was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Aug. 14, 1858; died near Muncie, Ind., June 24, 1915; aged 57 y. 2 m. 10 d. He was the son of Abraham and Dorothy (Turner) Shaver. On Feb. 7, 1885, he was united in marriage to Rillia Ann May of Virginia. To this union were born 9 children, 3 having preceded him to the spirit world. In 1908 he moved from Virginia to Losantville, Ind., and 2 years later moved to Cowan, remaining there until a year ago, when he moved near Oakville, where he died. He united with the Mennonite Church at his old home in Virginia June 4, 1914, and retained his membership there until death. Funeral services were held at the Cowan Christian Church by the brethren J. S. Horner and Niles M. Slabaugh, June 26. Text, Job 14:14, 15.

Schultz. - Katie Litwiller Schultz was born near St. Agatha, Ont., Dec. 20, 1833; died June 11, at the home of her son near New Hamburg, Ont.; aged 81 y. 6 m. 14 d. She was the daughter of the late Bishop Peter Litwiller. Jan. 30, 1853, she was married to John E. Schultz, who preceded her to the spirit world about twelve years. Their union was blessed with 1 son and 1 daughter, She leaves 1 son, 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. She lived a very peaceful, consistent life. She was in feeble health for a number of years. Her desire was to go with Christ. She was a faithful member of the A. M. Church, accepting Christ in her youth. Funeral Sunday afternoon, June 13, from the home of her grandson, Moser Schultz, east of Baden, conducted at the house by Jacob R. Bender and at the St. Agatha Church by Chris Gascho and D. H. Steinman, followed by short talks by C. B. Zehr, Chris Kropf, and D. D. Kauffman. Interment in cemetery beside church. Peace to her ashes.

Saner. - Bro. Charles A. Saner was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Aug. 16, 1895. He was the youngest of 4 children, one of whom preceded him in death. His father, mother, and 2 brothers survive him. The past four years he was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church and showed by his conduct that he was true to his faith and endeared himself in the hearts of all those in the home in which he died as well as those with whom he came in contact.
He came to Medina Co., Ohio, in the spring of 1914, working near Medina for one year, after which he came to the home of Bro. Moses Horst near Wadsworth, Mar. 15, 1915, at whose home he died June 23, 1915; aged 19 y. 10 m. 7 d.
Funeral services were held June 24 at the home of Bro. Horst and at the Bethel Church, conducted by Bro. N. A. Lind, assisted by Bro. Isaac Good. Text, Luke 7:14, latter clause. The body was taken to his parents, home in Juniata Co., Pa., for burial.

Good. - Sister Anna B. Good was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 6, 1954; died at her home in East Petersburg, Pa., June 16, 1915; aged 61 y. 1 m. 10 d. On Sept. 24, 1874, she was married to Joseph Good. To this union were born 4 children. One son died in infancy. There remains of the family 3 children (Minnie, John, and Bessie). Her husband preceded her to the spirit world two years ago. Besides her children, she leaves 2 brothers, 1 sister, 3 grandchildren, and a large circle of relatives and friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was confined to her home for over a year. She often longed to go to the house of worship but said, "The Lord,s will be done." She was very patient during her sickness and was confined to her bed nine days, when she passed away. Funeral services were held June 19 at East Petersburg, conducted by Bros. Frank Kreider, Christian Lafever, and Peter Nissley. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"We miss thee, mother, dear,
From your old familiar place;
We do not hear your footsteps,
Nor see your smiling face."

Kohli. - Isaiah C., son of Josiah and Margaret Kohli, was born Nov. 10, 1879, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died in Hopedale, Ill., June 7, 1915, of tuberculosis of the lungs. He was married Dec. 25, 1912, to Olma Birky of Hopedale, Ill. To this union were born two children, Harold and Lucille, who with their mother are left to mourn his early departure. He also leaves 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 half-brothers, and 1 half-sister. He was converted when in his youth and remained a faithful child of God unto the end. At the age of 16 he moved with his parents to Tennessee. He resided there till after the death of his parents, after which time he came to Illinois, where he made his home. During his short illness he enjoyed the singing of Gospel hymns and the reading of God,s Word. The funeral services were held from the A. M. Church June 10, 1915, conducted by the home ministers.
"Weep not for me, loved ones, so dear;
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
Dear loved ones, do not weep for me."

Leaman. - Joseph L. Leaman, Lancaster, Pa., was born Oct. 23, 1856; died June 30, 1915; aged 58 y. 8 m. 7 d. He is survived by a sorrowing widow (who was Annie Landis) 1 son (Peter L.), 1 granddaughter and 1 brother to mourn the loss of a kind husband, father, and grandfather. May God by His grace help them to bear it patiently, and say, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Bro. Leaman was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and was loved by all who knew him. He was stricken by a paralytic stroke two weeks before his death. The family thought he was getting better. He said he felt so strange and in a few minutes passed away. "Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh." Funeral services were held July 2, at the home by Bro. David Mosemann and at Mellinger,s meeting house by Bro. Abram Herr. Text, Rev. 14:12,13.
"We shall sleep, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part no never,
On the resurrection morn."

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 17 - July 22, 1915 - page 287

Miller. - Iola, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Geo. S. Miller of Milford, Nebr., departed this life June 9, 1915, aged 18 d. Her life, though short, was long enough to make her very dear to her parents, who deeply mourn her loss.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Gospel Herald - Volume VIII, Number 18 - July 29, 1915 - page 303

Nofziger. - Barbara, widow of David Nofziger, died June 20, 1915; aged 69 y. 4 m. 16 d. Sister Nofziger died of Bright's disease. Interment in Hecla Cemetery* June 22.
*Transcriber's note: Hecla Cemetery also called Eckley Cemetery

Kauffman. - Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Kauffman was born Jan. 18, 1825; died in Juniata Co., Pa., June 13, 1915; aged 90 y. 4 m. 26 d. Funeral at the house, conducted by Samuel Leiter and Menno Brubacher. Interment on private burying grounds.

King. - Daniel J. King of Fulton Co., Ohio; died June 3, 1915; aged 61 y. 1 m. 5 d. Bro. King had a stroke of paralysis on June 2 and died the next morning after 12 hours of suffering. He was a kind father, a loving husband, a good neighbor, a faithful brother in the Church. The largest funeral ever held at the A. M. Church occurred when he was buried June 6 at Hecla* Cemetery. *Transcriber's note: Hecla Cemetery also called Eckley Cemetery

Witmer. - Bro. Michael Witmer, son of Christian Witmer, was born in Lancaster, Pa., May 11, 1831. At the age of three he moved with his parents to Mahoning Co., Ohio. He was married to Lovina Miller Oct. 15, 1845. She died six years ago. They had 6 children, the following living: B. F., John A., Henry C., Mary A. Steckle and Charles. Besides the children there are 31 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He died at the home of his son Charles of Goshen, Ind., aged 84 y. 1 m. 9 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years and died having a firm trust in his Savior. Funeral at the Olive Church conducted by the brethren, J. S. Hartzler and D. A. Yoder.

Hershey. - Bro. Andrew Hershey was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 30, 1843. He moved to Stark Co., Ohio in 1879. He was united in marriage with Fannie Hartman in 1869. The fruit of this union was 2 sons: Henry H. of Columbus, O., and Andrew H., deceased. He died at his home in East Greenville, Ohio, July 13, 1915; aged 72 y. 2 m. 13 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral July 15 at the Pleasant View Church, conducted by Bro. I. J. Buchwalter. Text, Prov. 27:1.

Johnson. - Bro. David J. Johnson was born near Masontown, Fayette Co., Pa., Feb. 14, 1837; died July 3, 1915. He united with the Mennonite Church early in life and remained a faithful member in that body until death. His seat in church and Sunday school was never vacant as long as his health permitted him to be there, and since failing health compelled his absence from the services of the Lord's house, he frequently said that he was present in spirit though absent in body. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 daughters, and 1 son. The funeral was held at his late home near Masontown, Pa., July 4, 1915, conducted by Bro. Daniel Kauffman of Scottdale, Pa. Text, Psa. 39:4. Interment at the Masontown Mennonite Cemetery.

Wyse. - John F. Wyse was born in France Sept. 15, 1828; died near Stryker, Ohio, July 5, 1915; aged 86 y. 9 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Graff April 14, 1862. To them were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. Four sons died in childhood. One daughter, Josephine, died in 1907. He leaves his aged wife, 1 sister, and the following children: Mrs. Mary Swan, C. F., Mrs. Barbara Graber, Mrs. Anna Peterson, and Maud; also 24 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, together with many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He came to America in 1850 and settled in Fulton Co., Ohio. In 1868 he moved to Iowa and settled on a farm in Henry Co., where he lived until 1911, when he came back to Ohio. He was a patient sufferer for nine months, and longed to be at rest. He united with the A. M. Church early in life, and remained faithful until death. Interment in Lockport Cemetery.

Hunsecker. - Elmer Hunsecker died at his home about four miles from Chambersburg, Pa., after a week's illness of peritonitis. He was born Feb. 6. 1885; died June 13, 1915; aged 30 y. 4 m. 7 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure a sorrowing wife and 1 son, Harvey, also his mother and 2 brothers, His father (Daniel Hunsecker) died Feb. 6, 1914. He was a member of the Radical U. B. Church. He will be greatly missed in the home as he was a kind husband and father. While we cannot understand why he was taken away so soon, yet we believe that what God does is well done. He suffered much during his sickness, but bore it all patiently and by his last words we believe he was ready to go. He was buried June 16 with services and interment in the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by E. W. Shoap and J. S. Burkholder. Text II Cor. 5:1. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
A cousin.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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