Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1916

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Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 18 - August 3, 1916 - pg 343.

Beyer.--Elizabeth C. Beyer of near Norristown, Pa., was born May 17, 1849; died of dropsey, June 9, 1916; aged 67 y. 22 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She was never married. Two older unmarried sisters (Mary and Catarine) survive, living at the same place. Funeral and interment at the Worcester, Pa., Mennonite Church. Bros. Warren Bean and Howard Pennypacker conducted the services.
"We shall meet, but yet we'll miss her,
Yet there'll be one vacant chair;
We shall long again to see her,
Over on the other shore."
A sister.

Weaver.--Henry W., son of Bro. Menno B. and Sister Lizzie W. Weaver, was born Nov. 28 1910; died July 12, 1916; aged 5 y. 7 m. 14 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services were held in the Martindale Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., July 15, conducted by Bros. Moses Horning and Frank Hurst. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. "We miss our little darling, Mother's hope and father's joy, As he used to take his place By his little brother's chair; Now our hearts are filled with sorrow, For our Henry is not there."
M. E. H.

Brenneman.--Abrahm C. Brenneman of Wellman, Ia., was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Nov. 3, 1863; died in Iowa Co., Ia., July 19, 1916; aged 52 y. 8 m. 16 d. Bro. Brenneman was instantly killed by lightning out in the harvest field, his sons being close enough by to be eye witnesses of the same. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth, and remained faithful to the end. He was united in marriage to Sarah Otto Dec. 15, 1887. To this union were born 4 children: Emery, Katie, Erlis, Edward. In Bro. Brenneman's death the family loses a father and husband that had the best interests of his family at heart and was willing to sacrifice for their good. The Church loses a faithful member, being always willing and ready to serve in any way he was called, and his seat in church and Sunday school was seldom vacant. His funeral was probably the largest in attendance of any held at the West Union Church, where the services were held by P. P. Swartzendruber in German from I Thes. 4:13-18 and in English by J. K. Yoder from Phil. 1:21. May God comfort and sustain the bereft.

Fultz.--Salina Rebecca Fultz, daughter of John and Fanny Zook, was born in Champaign Co., O., Nov. 3, 1871; died at Neodesha, Kans., July 22, 1916; aged 44 y. 8 m. 19 d. She was the youngest of a family of 8 children. In early childhood her parents moved to Cass Co., Mo., at which place she was married to John H. Fultz in the year 1896. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. One boy died in infancy. In the year 1900 they moved to Nebraska. In 1911 they moved back to central Missouri, and in the same year to Neodesha, Kans. She had been ailing for about a year, but was much better the last four months. On Saturday afternoon, July 22, she got a sinking spell and fell off her chair and died almost instantly. At the age of 15 she united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained faithful until the summons came, "Come up higher." She was a faithful, devoted mother with a special concern for her children. She will be much missed in the home. Her husband, 3 children, 4 brothers, 1 sister, remain to mourn the loss of the departed. Services at the home by Pre. Shane of the Christian Church. Interment in the cemetery near by.

Mast.--Abraham W. Mast was born Oct. 21, 1849; died in Walnut Creek Tp., Holmes Co., Ohio, July 9, 1916; aged 66 y. 8 m. 18 d. He was a son of Pre. Abraham Mast, and one of a family of 18 children, 17 of them having grown to manhood and womanhood. Deceased is the fifth of the family to pass into eternity. He was united in marriage to Caroline Hostetler Nov. 25, 1870. They lived in matrimony nearly 46 years. To this union were born 12 children. Four of them preceded their father in death. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, 5 sons, 3 daughters, 33 grandchildren, 6 brothers, 7 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. The cause of his death was cancer of the stomach. He was a member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church and continued faithful to the end. He was buried July 11 at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in the presence of a large concourse of people. Funeral services conducted by Lester Hostetler (Jno. 14:12) and S. H. Miller (Phil. 1:23,24).
"Our father, how fain we would have thee stay;
But it was God's will, and He shall have His way.
Human hands, their skill could not for thee avail,
Now thou art healed by one whose might can never fail."

Blough.--Madgalena Blough (nee Speicher) was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 22, 1835; died at the home of her son, Josiah, near Elmdale, Mich. July 18, 1916; aged 80 y. 8 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Blough in 1852. To this union were born 8 sons and 5 daughters. Her husband, 1 sons,* and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 7 sons, 3 daughters, 30 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Sister Blough gave her heart to God in 1881, united with the Bowne Mennonite congregation and was a faithful member until death. She was a good mother, a kind neighbor, ever ready to help others in time of need. In 1865 she with her husband moved to Kent Co., Mich., where she has since resided. She had made her home with her son Josiah and wife the last 14 years. She was stricken with sciatic rheumatism in March and suffered everything that human flesh could suffer, yet through all this suffering she bore it with patience and showed the Chrisitan spirit. she had a desire to depart and be with Jesus. Funeral on the 20th at the Bowne Church where a large concourse gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved. Services by Jacob P. Miller of Lagrange, Ind., assisted by Charles H. Deardorff.

Transcriber's note: *They used plural.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 19 - August 10, 1916 - pg 367, 368

Maust.--Jonas Maust was born near Elklick, Pa., Dec. 10, 1830; died July 28, 1916; aged 85 y. 7 m. 18 d. He was a faithful member of the Amish Church. He was married to Barbara Miller Feb. 10, 1857. To this union were born 13 children. He left to mourn his departure his aged companion, all of his children, and 52 grandchildren. Fifteen grandchildren preceded him to the spirit world.
Funeral July 30, conducted by Christian W. Bender and Noah Brenneman in German and Jonas Miller in English.

Baer.--Franklin Baer was born in Somerset Co., Pa., and died July 25, 1916; aged 54 y. He was united in marriage with Ellen Bost. To this union were born 4 children of whom 2 preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure a widow (helpless for over a year), 2 children (Jacob and Mrs. Howard Miller), 3 grandchildren, an aged mother, and 2 sisters. Funeral services at St. James Church in charge of Bro. Rice of that place. Remains were laid to rest in cemetery by the church.
A Sister.

Hochstetler.--Henry H. Hochstetler was born near Summit Mills, Pa., April 17, 1835; died July 28, 1916 aged 81 y. 3 m. 11 d. He was united in marriage to Anna Swartzendruber Oct. 4, 1863. She preceded him to her reward 4 years and 1 day. To this union were born 11 children. One preceded them in its childhood. He leaves 10 children, 52 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
The children were all present at the funeral except Henry who lives in Oregon. He also leaves a brother and a sister.
Sixty years ago, at the age of 21, the deceased came from Pennsylvania with his father and mother. Several years later he purchased part of his father's farm where he resided until his death.
Funeral services held July 30 at the Lower Deer Creek Church. Sermon by J. S. Yoder in German and Sanford C. Yoder in English.

Summers.--Sister Sarah A. Summers died of paralysis near Hagerstown, Md., July 25, 1916; aged 77 y. 10 m. 8 d. She had her home with and died at the home of her only daughter, Mrs. John Stalter, who with her family and 2 sisters survive. Funeral and burial at Reiff's Mennonite Church. Services at the home by Bro. G. S. Keener and at the church by Bros. D. Lesher and C. R. Strite. Text, II Cor. 5:1. During the services one of the sisters, Mrs. Snyder, next in age to the departed, was stricken suddenly and removed in an unconscious state from the building. A physician was called, but at 5 p. m. she breathed her last. She leaves an only daughter and one sister.

"Oh, why should the spirit of mortals be proud,
Like a swift fleeting meteor, a fast flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
He passes from life to his rest in the grave."

Hostetler.--Ruth Irene, daughter of Bro. and Sister Levi Hostetler, was buried today in the Filer graveyard, services conducted by Bro. Nehr of the Twin Falls Brethren Church and S. Honderich of the Filer Mennonite Church. Little Ruth was born Dec. 11, 1915; died July 20, 1916; aged 7 m. 10 d. She was always a strong, healthy, happy child, and was sick only about thirty hours of a very rare case of bowel trouble. She had medical attention in 20 minutes after she took sick but nothing could be done to save her life.
Something of the great far West gets into your understanding at a time like this. There was no relative to follow little Ruth to the grave but father, mother, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Alone? Yes, in a way, so it seemed, no relatives within hundreds of miles, but look ahead at the little casket. Thirteen automobiles and nearly as many teams followed the tiny form to the graveyard several miles away. Alone? Oh, no. The West is full of big, warm-hearted people who are quick to lend a helping hand in time of trouble, and to weep with those who weep. Then too, Jesus said, "Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world."
Baby Ruth is gone, but she calls to us to follow. She cannot come to us, but we may go to her. May this message sink into hearts of those who loved her most.
S. H.

Slagel.--Daniel F. Slagel was born in Iriquois Co., Ill., Feb. 2, 1895; died July 20, 1916; aged 21 y. 5 m. 18 d. At the age of 11 he came to Henry Co., Ia., with his parents. When in his fifteenth year he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, being an active and faithful member of the Sugar Creek congregation until called by death.
Daniel seemed in his usual health until about two weeks before his death. At first no anxiety was felt but as his trouble developed a physician was consulted who told him appendicitis was his ailment. On Thursday morning, July 13, he was taken to the Washington Co. Hospital where he underwent an operation. The operation proved that his condition was far more serious than had been hoped. However, he got along nicely until about five o'clock Wednesday evening, when a sudden change for the worse set in. No human effort to save his life was spared. At 11 o'clock Thursday night his spirit took its flight.
He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 5 sisters and a host of friends to mourn his early departure.
Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Ia., by S. Gerig and S. Gingerich. Texts, Psa. 39:5: Eccl. 12:1, first clause. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in this community. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Smith.--John Smith was born near Hesse-Darmstaat, Germany, June 17, 1824; died at his home near South English, Ia., July 24, 1916; aged 92 y. 26 d. He with his parents, brothers, and sisters came to America in the fall of 1854, landing at Baltimore and locating near Dayton, Va. In the spring of 1857 he came to Iowa where on July 25 he was married to Susan Coffman, locating on the farm which has ever since been his home. To this union there were born 6 children, 3 of whom preceded him in death. There are left his aged wife and 3 children (Lizzie C Flory, Lewis H., and Maggie M.), and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He was a faithful believer from his younger days, always attending to the worship of God. In his late years he made his church home with the Mennonite Church near South English, Ia.
The funeral was held at the church of the Church of the Brethern by P. J. Blosser, assisted by Henry Coffman of the Church of the Brethern, and Pre. Shedd of the Presbyterian Church.

Hartzler.--David J., son of David and Barbara Hartzler, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Aug. 11, 1848; died at his home in Topeka, Ind., July 24, 1916; aged 67 y. 11 m 13 d. In his early youth he moved with his parents to Noble Co., Ind. On March 31, 1872, he was married to Lydia Yoder.
He is survived by his wife, 1 daughter (Salinda, wife of Chas. Hartzler), 1 son (Harvey), 1 foster-daughter (Mrs. George Hendricks), 5 grandchildren, 5 brothers (Joseph, Jacob, Jonathan, Christian, of West Liberty, O., and Menno of New Castle, Pa.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Gideon Zook and Mrs. Jonathan Schrock).
An attack of paralysis in the fall of 1912 was the beginning of a period of ill health which filled the rest of his life. A few months later a cancer developed on his hand. Efforts were made to eradicate it, but all in vain. Further outbreaks of the cancer proved fatal. Death came, bringing release from prolonged suffering. Bro. Hartzler was always quiet and unassuming, but through his decease all who came within his sphere will realize more fully the importance if doing well the small things in life. His expression of readiness to lay down this life for the next is the basis of a bright hope for those who mourn his departure.
Funeral services were held July 27 from the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Raymond Hartzler.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 20 - August 17, 1916, pg 382, 383

Burkhart.--Bro. Samuel Burkhart died June 25, 1916; aged over 66 years. He was the last survivor of his family. His brother John died over thirteen years ago. Sister Ida Salisbury kept house for him for 31 years, so faithfully that she deserves great praise. Funeral at Diller Church near Newville, Pa., conducted by the home ministers and Bros. J. B. Senger of Kinzer, Pa. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Greiner.--Lizzie Greiner of near Mount Joy, Pa., was born July 22, 1857; died July 10, 1916; aged 58 y. 11 m. 18 d. Sister Greiner was taken from our midst very suddenly. She had been in the service in the afternoon, but ere the dawn of another day, God called her home. Her husband, 1 daughter, 1 brother, and 1 sister remain. Funeral services were conducted at the Mount Joy Mennonite Church July 13, by Bros. Peter R. Nissley and B. Lehman Kraybill. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in the cemetery at Kraybill Church.

Detweiler.--John C. Detweiler of Volant, Pa., was born in New Middletown, O., June 14, 1859; died in Lawrence Co., Pa., Aug. 1, 1916; aged 57 y. 1 m. 16 d. Bro. Detweiler was on the way to the stable to get a horse to drive to work when he was overtaken with heart trouble and died instantly. He was a member of the A. M. Church. Was united in marriage to Emma J. Zook. To this union were born 6 children, 2 of whom preceded their father. He leaves to mourn a wife, 3 sons and 1 daughter. Services were held at the home conducted by J. R. Byler and John I. Byler.

Good.-- Ida D., daughter of Henry and Sarah Mosier, was born in Allen Co., O., Sept. 24, 1879. At the age of 14 she was converted and became a member of the Mennonite Church, in which she remained a faithful member till the time of her death. She was married to Abram Good March 8, 1902. Her health has been somewhat feeble for about nineteen years. During all that time she remained faithful, and during her married life was willing to share, not only the pleasant, but also the unpleasant things of life with her husband--willing to make sacrifices that the work of the Lord might not be neglected.
She was a loving daughter and sister, a kind neighbor, and above all an earnest Christian, manifesting a great concern for the welfare of the Church.
Her last illness was quite brief, and death came very unexpected to all on the morning of July 29, 1916, at the age of 36 y. 10 m. 5 d. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, a large number of other relatives and friends.
Laid away Aug. 1 in the Salem Cemetery. Services by E. L. Frey of Fulton Co., O., assisted by Moses Brenneman.

Huber.--An infant daughter of John F. and Lucy Huber was born in Lima, Ohio, April 24, 1916; died July 28, 1916; aged 3 m. 4 d. Having been troubled some with indigestion in a light form, she was not able to withstand the intense heat of the past few days. She was overcome with heat on the 26th and suffered very much until Jesus came and took her home. Baby leaves father, mother, 8 sisters, and 3 brothers to mourn their loss. She was laid away July 29 in Pike Cemetery. Services by Bro. J. M. Shenk. Text, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
Baby was with us only a short time, just long enough to become dearly attached to her, then she had to leave again. We do not wish to complain, through we can not understand. We have blessed promise some day we shall understand.

Rutt.--Mary Gingerich was born in Union Co., Pa., May 1, 1829; died July 29, 1916; aged 87 y. 2 m. 14 d. She was united in marriage to Christian Snyder in the year 1850. To this union were born 10 children, 4 having preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves a living posterity of 108; 6 children, 55 grandchildren, and 47 great-grandchildren.
She united with the Mennonite Church in early life, remaining faithful in the Master's service until death.
Her husband, who was for some years a minister in the Freeport congregation, near Freeport, Ill., died in the year 1872, after which she lived in widowhood 17 years, caring for and rearing her children who were living at that time. In 1889 she was united in marriage to Jacob Rutt, who lived but one year. For 16 years she had her home with her daughter, Mrs. Hannah Burkhard, near Roseland, Nebr.
Since the spring of 1914 she has had her home with her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Lapp, in the same community. In February of that year she fell and broke her thigh. Since that time she has been an invalid, and had to be constantly cared for. She bore her suffering with patience and Christian fortitude.
Funeral services were conducted in the Mennonite Church near Roseland, Nebr., Aug. 1, D. G. Lapp in charge. Text, Rev. 14:13 and Jno. 17:24.
The remains were then sent to Freeport, Ill., her former home, where she was buried beside her former husband in the Mennonite cemetery. Services conducted by E. M. Shellenberger and J. S. Shoemaker in the afternoon of Aug. 3. Text, Matt. 25:34.

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Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 21 - August 20, 1916, pg 399

Hofstetter.--Carl Dermon, son of Bro. D. C. and Sister Lizzie Hofstetter, near Orrville, Ohio, died Aug.10, 1916; aged 1 m. 17 d. He leaves his loving parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn their loss. He was buried at the Sonnenberg Swiss Mennonite Church. Services were held by I. J. Buchwalter and C. N. Amstutz. May God comfort and sustain the bereaved.

Stauffer.--Suie T. Stauffer was born May 13, 1893; died at her home in Manor Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sunday evening, Aug. 6, 1916; aged 23 y. 2 m. 23 d. She was a member of the Masonville Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband, Phares Stauffer, and 2 sisters, Mary, wife of Amos Witmer, and Bertha Graham, of Central Manor. The funeral was held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Masonville Mennonite Church, Bro. J. C. Habecker conducted the services at the house and Bros. Abram Herr and John K. Charles at the church.

Bare.--Rollo Joseph, son of Joseph and Ida Elnora Bare, was born in Harper, Kans., July 29, 1916; died Aug. 12, 1916; aged 14 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure father and mother , 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers, and other relatives. All that human hands could do could not save him, but now he is in heaven. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Hershberger and R. M. Weaver.

"Gone to heaven is our darling,
Gone to his bright home above;
He has left us here so lonely,
How we miss him whom we loved."

Stoltzfus.--Elam Marvin, son of Elam and Rachel Y. Stoltzfus of Atglen, Pa., died Aug. 6, 1916; aged 5 m. 13 d. Death was due to exhaustion after being relieved from impaction of the bowels. Marvin was a bright and happy baby and was sick only three days during which time he suffered intensely until death relieved him. Great is the pain of parting with our baby, but bright is the hope of meeting him again in the better world. He leaves parents, 1 brother and a number of relatives. Services Aug. 8, conducted by A. B. Stoltzfus, I. M. Stoltzfus, and John S. Mast.

"Go to thy rest fair child!
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled.
With blessings on thy head."

Albrecht.--Mary A. (Gunden) Albrecht was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Oct. 25, 1893 died at her home near Bay Port, Mich. Aug. 12, 1916; aged 22 y. 9 m. 17 d. She was married to Samuel Albrecht Nov. 12, 1914. She leaves to mourn her early departure a deeply bereaved husband, an infant son, father, mother, 3 sisters, 1 brother and aged grandfather, and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 15 years and remained faithful until her Savior called her higher. We cannot understand why such young people are called away (when we think they are needed so much) but God always knows what is best and may the bereaved ones turn to him who doeth all things well. Her place in Sunday school was seldom vacant and her voice was often heard in leading the songs, but we believe she is singing that new song in a better land.
Funeral services at the Pigeon River Church Aug. 14, conducted by Bro. M. S. Zehr in German and Bro. Peter Ropp in English. Texts, II Tim. 4:7,8, I Pet. 1:24, 25. Interment in cemetery near by.

Zook.--Jonathan K. Zook was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Aug. 21, 1845; died at the home of his son-in-law, Jessie Smucker in Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 7, 1916; aged 70 y. 11 m. 16 d. He accepted Christ in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he held until death. On Mar. 20, 1870, he was united in marriage with Fannie E. Yoder and lived with her over 46 years. To this union were born 5 sons and 7 daughters, 3 of whom preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 4 sons, 5 daughters, and 7 grandchildren. He was stricken with creeping paralysis and for two years has been unable to lie down but spent his time in his chair, being an example of patience, always satisfied with what they could do for him. Even when he was not to make his wants known anymore he manifested a delight to hear God's Word read, and be admonished. Thus he fell peacefully asleep in Jesus, leaving the confident hope that he has gone to eternal rest. Funeral on the 10th at the Clinton Frame Church by D. J. Johns assisted by D. D. Troyer.

Hall.--Anna (Seabolt) Hall was born in Northampton Co., Pa.; died near Wadsworth, O., July 11, 1916; aged 60 y. 5 m. 12 d. She was united in marriage to Charles Hall, to which union were born 7 children, 5 of whom with her husband survive, mourning the loss of a devoted wife and mother. Sister Hall united with the Mennonite Church in the spring of 1898 and lived an exemplary and consistent Christian life until her death. She was one who was always glad to go to the house of God and was present whenever possible, having been there only the day before she took sick. She was sick only about nine hours having suffered a stroke of apoplexy about six o'clock in the evening and suffered much pain till about ten o'clock when she became unconscious and lingered till about three o'clock in the morning, when she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus.
Funeral services were held at the Wadsworth Mennonite Church where a very large concourse of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was loved by all. Sermon by N. A. Lind from the text, Jno. 14:3. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth O. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.

Roose.--Frances, daughter of Christian and Anna Christophel, was born at Harrison Centre, Ind., June 15, 1856; died in Michigan City, Ind., July 29, 1916; aged 60 y. 1 m. 14 d. She suffered for six years from repeated strokes of paralysis. Her childhood and maidenhood were spent at the home of her parents on the farm. She was married to David Roose, who with her two sons, Walter and Arthur, and 1 daughter, Agnes, survive her. Two daughters, Mabel and Teresa, preceded her to the eternal world. Of her immediate family, only two out of seven children remain. She united with the Presbyterians at Harbor Springs, Mich., about 2 years ago and remained a member of that denomination until the time of her decease. Simplicity and unselfishness marked her whole life. Through her illness she was sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, and we believe that she has gone to be gathered with the great throng above.
Her remains were brought to Elkhart, where in the Mennonite meeting house, appropriate services were conducted by Bro. John F. Funk, who was intimately acquainted with the family from the time Mrs. Roose was a child, she being one of the first scholars identified with the Sunday school at Yellow Creek. Text, I Cor. 15:55. J. F. F.

Beery.--Isaac N. Berry died at his home at Wenger's Mill near Edom Rockingham Co., Va., on Dec. 5, 1915; aged 80 y. 3 m. He was born Sept. 4, 1835, at Edom, Va., and was one of the 16 children of whom only 2 remain, Noah W. Beery of Bridgewater, Va., now aged 84 years and Dewitt C. Beery of Jerico Springs, Mo., aged past 70.
The parents of the above were John K. Beery who was a brother to the writer' s mother and Magdalena Wenger who was a sister to the writer's father.
Oct. 8, 1867, he married Sarah Jane Swank who died Sept. 12, 1899, to whom 10 children were born.
The subject of this sketch has been a prominent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His second wife, Mrs. Maggie Miller (nee Wampler) whom he married Nov. 16, 1905, still survives. Funeral services were held at Lindale Mennonite Church near Edom by Bro. Joseph W. Geil and Lewis Shank of the Mennonite Church and Elder P. S. Thomas of the Church of the Brethren. Bro. Beery had a wide circle of friends and relatives as was shown by the large concourse of attendants at the funeral.
The deceased and the writer were close friends and double cousins from early childhood and all through life until we both passed the 80th mile stone of our lives, although he lived in Virginia and the writer in Iowa for 55 years.
-- Joseph H. Wenger

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 22 - August 31, 1916 - pg 415

Birky.--Katerine Edna, daughter of Bro. and Sister John Birky, was born June 27, 1915; died Aug. 9, 1916; aged 1 y. 1 m. 13 d. Little Katherine was sick for two weeks with a complication of diseases.
The funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Manson, Iowa, conducted by Bros. D. D. Zehr and J. C. Eigsti. Text, Luke 18:16. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o'er shaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest."

Sensing.--Pre. Aaron Sensing died July 12, while seated in a chair in his home in Martindale, Pa. He had been in failing health for about 5 months. His health at times seemed to improve. Shortly after 3 o'clock Wednesday his wife entered the room and found her husband dying. He was a faithful minister for over 25 years. At the time of his death he was in his 62nd year. He was born on the Sensing homestead where he resided his entire life. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Martin, Daniel and Michael; also 1 sister. Funeral service was held on Sunday, July 15, at the minister's late home and at the Pike Mennonite Church of which Bro. Sensenig was a minister. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

Conrad.--Jacob K. Conrad was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 24, 1850; died of heart trouble Aug. 9, 1916; aged 65 y. 11 m. 15 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the A. M. Church in the Sugar Creek congregation in which he remained a faithful member until death.
On Mar. 7, 1878, he was married to Mary Liechty who died March 5, 1879. On Oct. 9, 1879 he was married to Mary Alliman. To this union were born 11 children, 5 of whom preceded him to the other shore. He leaves to mourn his departure his loving wife, 3 sons, and 3 daughters; also 3 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of friends. Funeral services at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, by the home ministers. Interment in the cemetery near by.

Newschwanger.--Henry J. Newschwanger was born in Waterloo, Ont., May 16, 1850; later he moved to Osborn Co., Kans., where he was married to Emma Lapp Jan. 16, 1876. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 5 daughters. Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. The five children who survive are all residing in East Holbrook, Colo. They are Mary, wife of W. M. Headrick, Fred, Rachael, wife of Abram Unruh, Laura, wife of Whitman Thomas, and Daniel. Bro. Newschwanger moved to Colorado in 1907 and resided there till his death. He was always in a good humor and his handshake was one of those that had some life to it. His affliction did not last long but seemed severe at times. He suffered from leakage of the heart and hardening of the arteries. He bore his affliction with patience and was wholly resigned to the Lord's will. The end came on the morning of Aug. 12; aged 66 y. 2 m. 26 d. Funeral service at the East Holbrook Church by A. M. Leatherman. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the nearby cemetery.

Bontrager.--Paul Andrew Bontrager was born Oct. 13, 1897, near West Liberty, Ohio; met death by drowning Aug. 1, 1916, while bathing with a friend in the Calapoia River at Albany, Oreg.
Paul came with his parents to Nampa, Idaho, Feb. 17, 1901, spending 4 1/2 years of his life there. In June, 1905, he moved with his parents to Albany, Oreg., where he spent the remainder of his life.
When 11 years old he accepted Christ as his Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church one year later and remained faithful to the end, always taking an active part in Church, Sunday school, and young people's meetings.
Wherever Paul went he was known and spoken of as everybody's friend, ready to help whenever opportunity presented itself, always taking an interest in the home and home life. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, 6 sisters, and a host of friends.
Funeral services Friday morning at the Albany Mennonite church by M. E. Brenneman, assisted by J. K. Lehman. Text, Rev. 14:13. The funeral was the largest ever held here, a good many not being able to get in the church house. His body was laid to rest in the city cemetery.

Basinger.--George William Basinger was born near Columbus Grove, Ohio, July 20, 1883; died at St. Elizabeth's hospital in Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 10, 1916; aged 33 y. 21 d. The deceased is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Basinger. He is survived by the parents, 3 sister, 6 brothers, and 2 daughters (Zula Laoma and Illa Marcella). He was married to Maggie Brenneman, and to this union were born the 2 daughters. After the birth of the last child family differences arose which resulted in a separation of the family. The children made their home with the grandparents. From this time on his life was different. He became restless wherever he was. He had always the dark side before him; thinking that people only looked at him with shame. He became a roaming character but wherever he went he always made fast friends, was always liked by his fellowmen and those who were near to him in his employment. No one could speak other than of his good disposition and his generous ways. He would always help a friend in need, and indeed every one was his friend. His death came as the result of injuries received at Miamisburg, Ohio, Aug. 10, when after flagging a train he attempted to board the on-coming engine. In some unknown way he was knocked to the earth. He was immediately taken to the Dayton hospital where he died four hours later. He was conscious until the time of death and upon the arrival of two brothers he gave the smile of satisfaction and content and peacefully passed into the world beyond. Funeral services were conducted in the home of his parents by N. O. Blosser. The body was laid away in the Zion cemetery.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois

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