Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1916

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Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 36 - December 7, 1916 - Pages 662 & 663

Yoder.--Florence, daughter of Elmer Yoder, was born Oct. 10, 1915; died Nov. 13, 1916; aged 1 y. 1 m. 3 d. Burial at the Blough Church on the 14th. Funeral services were conducted by Josiah Weaver of the Church of the Brethren, S. E. Allgyer and L. A. Blough. Text, Jas. 4:14.

Alwine.--Sarah, widow of Noah Alwine, of Ferndale, Pa., died Oct. 21, 1916; aged 70 y. 20 d. She was buried on the 23rd. Funeral services at the home by L. A. Blough and E. W. Rishell pastor of the Evangelical Church. She was buried in the Grand View Cemetery. Sister Alwine was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years.

Gascho.--Moses Gascho, son of Bro. David and Sister Barbara Gascho, was born in Wellesley, Waterloo Co., Ont., April 25, 1882; passed away peacefully at the home of his mother in Wellesley, Oct. 31, 1916; aged 34 y. 6 m. 5 d. He suffered from Bright's disease for 4 weeks. He was a faithful member of the Amish Church. He leaves to mourn his early departure a wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, a mother, 1 sister, 3 brothers, and quite a number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held by Bros. Christian Zehr and Daniel Steinman in the Amish Wellesley Church.

Hershberger.--Kenneth Ray, son of Bro. Harvey and Sister Minnie Hershberger, was born near Hollsopple, Pa., April 25, 1913; died Nov. 15, 1916; aged 3 y. 6 m. 21 d. Funeral services at the Blough Church on the 17th, conducted by S. G. Shetler and S. E. Allgyer. Burial in cemetery near the church.

Wenger.--Alma, daughter of Bro. and Sister John R. Wenger, died of dysentery at their home near Dayton, Va., Nov. 6, 1916; aged 12 y. 10 m. 23 d., just four days before her little brother passed away. Their bodies are now moldering side by side and we feel assured their spirits are safe in the arms of Jesus, who said, "Suffer the little children and forbid them not to come unto me." Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver's Church on the following day by the brethren L. J. and A. D. Heartwole from II Kings 4:26.

Jacobs.--Clayton Jacobs was born Mar. 9, 1890; died Nov. 4, 1916; aged 26 y. 7 m. 26 d. He was working for Henry Kaufman near Johnstown, Pa., and while picking apples fell from the tree. He was taken to the hospital at Johnstown, but there was no human help. The sad part was he was not a Christian and none of his friends to see him nor to attend his funeral. Funeral services at the Thomas Church by L. A. Blough and James Saylor. This should be a loud call to the careless and unconverted to be ready, for the messenger of death may come at any moment.

Hauder.--Phebe (Birkey) Hauder was born Jan. 19, 1857, in Tazewell Co., Ill. She died Nov. 19, 1916, near Milford, Neb., aged 59 y. 10 m. She was united in marriage to Joseph Hauder Feb. 16, 1879. They lived in matrimony 37 years, 2 months. To this union were born 9 children, 3 children have preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure a bereaved husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, also 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 13 grandchildren, and a host of friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her young years. She has been a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church till her death. She died of a complication of diseases. Funeral services by Bishop Peter Kennel and F. J. Gingerich. Interment in cemetery adjoining East Fairview Church.

Zimmerman.--John Adam Zimmerman, Sr., was born in Oberomt Salzinger Sachsen meiningen, Europe, Mar. 12, 1829; died Nov. 14, 1916, at his home near Garden City, Mo.; aged 87 y. 8 m. 2 d. He came to Missouri in 1854 and was married in 1868 to Mary Christina Marquardt. To this union were born 7 children. One died in infancy. The others were all at the bedside of their father during his illness. They, together with their aged mother and 16 grandchildren, mourn his departure. While a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior and afterwards united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at Bethel Church Nov. 16, by the resident ministers. Text (chosen by the family) II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the Garden City Cemetery.

Bauers.--Samuel Bauers was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Oct. 28, 1860; died at his home in Elkhart, Ind., Nov. 22, 1916 aged 56 y 24. His death was due to nephritis from which he had long been a sufferer. He was married to  Christophel June 21, 1881. He is survived by his wife and 4 daughters Mrs. Albert Ort., Mrs. Lloyd Carl, Mrs. Donald Snader all of Elkhart, and Mrs. Levi Miller of Shipshewana; 2 sisters, Mrs. William Myers and Mrs. John Witmer, and 6 brothers, Jacob, Abraham, Elmer, Peter, Michael, and David. Funeral services conducted by W. B. Weaver at the Prairie Mennonite Church on Nov. 24.

"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said, 'Come,'
And angels from the other side,
Welcomed our loved one home."

Leinbach.--Isaac Leinbach was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 10, 1850; departed this life Nov. 23, 1916; aged 66 y. 10 m. 13 d. At the age of 18 he came with his parents from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Elkhart Co., Ind. He united with the Mennonite Church in his younger days and was united in marriage to Catharine Bare on May 3, 1874. To this union were born 10 children. Daniel, Hettie Blosser, Emma Defreese, Mary Fisher, Saloma Welty, Henry, Christian, Jonas, Noah, and Anna. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, 10 children, aged mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and 27 grandchildren. Father, 1 brother, 1 sister, and 1 grandchild preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church by Bros. Martin Ramer and Christian Ressler. Text, Luke 6:20-26. Burial at the same place.

Hostetler.--Clara Miller Hostetler was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 13, 1870; died at Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 7, 1916; aged 46 y. 4 m. 24 d. She was married to Harvey Hostetler Mar. 1, 1898. To this union were born 1 son and 1 daughter. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. As her health has been failing for sometime and an operation was the only hope of recovery she underwent an operation on Nov. 6 and seemingly had bright hopes until the 7th at noon her heart began to fail and she passed away that evening. Her deisre was if it would be the Lord's will that she might have remained with her children yet awhile, or would have admonished them more. She leaves to mourn a bereaved husband, 1 son Clarence, aged 17, and daughter Edith, aged 14, mother, 1 brother, and many friends. Funeral services were held at Fairview Church Nov. 10, conducted by Bro. Menno Eash assisted by Bro. N. Z. Yoder. Many had gathered to pay their last respect to one whom we much miss. Interment in the nearby cemetery.

Lehman.--Sister Leah W. Lehman died Nov. 24, 1916; aged 85 y. 2 m. 23 d. She had been a sufferer for over half a century with scrofula which later developed in cancer. She bore her affliction with Christian patience although her suffering has been intense. She told the writer she has pain at all times, and at times very severe. Well could it be said of her according to Rev. 14:12. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years to which faith she remained true to her last. She is survived by 1 sister Fannie (Lehman) Weaver, who is 5 or 6 years older and is blind. She had her home with her niece, Rebecca (Weaver) Stratan in Chambersburg, Pa., on Lincoln Way, West. Sister Lehman's funeral was held on Nov. 24 from her late home with services at the Chambersburg M. H. and interment in the burying ground near by. Services in charge of Bro. Jos. E. Lehman at the home, and Bro. J. S. Burkholder at the meeting house. Text, Phil 1:21. After so many years of suffering, may her body rest in peace and her soul enjoy her spiritual home.

Neuhauser.--Anna Eichelberger was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Mar. 29, 1858; died Nov. 10, 1916, near Manson, Iowa. She had been an invalid for 20 years, but the direct cause of her death was tonsilitis and erysipelas. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and whenever health permitted filled her place during services, she remained faithful to the end. Jan. 5, 1890, she united in marriage with Bro. J. W. Neuhauser, they made their home near Flanagan, Ill., for 26 years, moving to Manson, Ia., in the spring of 1916, making their home with Bro. and Sister John Webb. Those left to mourn her departure are her husband, 4 step children, Peter, William, John, and Katie; 4 sisters, Magdalena Burkey, Mary Good, Katie Jansen, Phoebe Marshall also 4 brothers, Cris, Peter, Joe, and George, besided a large circle of friends. Sister Neuhauser requested that Psa. 91 be read and that hymns, "Nearer My God, to Thee," and "Jesus Lover of My Soul" be sung at the funeral, which was held in the Mennonite Church in Manson, Ia., Bro. D. D. Zehr in charge, took for his text Prov. 16:25, Jno. 14:6, interment in Rose Hill Cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved ones.

Horst.--Sister Amanda C. Horst was born Sept. 26, 1879; died Nov. 18, 1916; aged 37 y. 1 m. 26 d. She was the only daughter of Bro. Israel and Sister Annie M. (Weaver) Horst. Her mother preceded her to the spirit world a number of years ago. Sister Horst has been in feeble health for a number of years. On Nov. 14 she became seriously ill, when she was taken to the Chambersburg hospital where she underwent an operation for appendicitis. She had been getting along well until on Friday afternoon, when she took a relapse which resulted in her death on Saturday at the hospital about noon. Sister Amanda has been a member of the Mennonite Church (the Row, Pa., congregation) for a number of years having united with the Church when quite young, and remained faithful to the last. She was present at the communion service at her home church on Sunday prior to her death and partook of the emblems of the suffering and death of her Savior and also shared in the washing of the saints feet, perhaps not thinking that she so soon will join the saints above. She is survived by her fahter and 2 brothers, Jacob and Aaron, both married. Funeral on Tuesday from the home of her father at Pinola. She had been keeping house for her father, who feels her loss very much. Services were held at the Row M. H. conducted by the brethren W. W. Hege using as his text Jas. 4:4, and J. S. Burkholder from Rom. 11:7,8. A large concourse of neighbors and friends had met to pay the last tribute of respect to her mortal remains, which were laid to rest in the (Horst) family burying ground near by. May her rest be in peace. "Some sweet day when life is o'er, we shall meet again."

Transcribed by: Barbara Fink, Florida


Gospel Herald - Vol. IX, No. 37 - December 14, 1916 - page 687

Beyler-Infant son of Bro. and Sister Alfred Beyler, born Nov. 17, 1916, died Nov. 21, 1916. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. R. M. Weaver. May these young parents look to Christ from whom only can we really derive comfort during trials.

Benglesdorf - Arthur Willard Benglesdorf of Weilersville 0., was born Feb. 1. 1916; died Nov. 27, 1916: aged 9 m. 27 d. Little Arthur suffered many things during his short life here, and we think it strange that one so young and fair must be called away so soon. But we commit ourselves to Him who has said: "Suffer little children to come unto, me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Turner.-Sister Amanda Turner passed peacefully away Nov. 1, 1916; aged about 60 years. She with her husband, Samuel Turner, who preceded her to the spirit world Oct. 23, 1913. She united with the Mennonite Church in the year 1908, and attended services regularly a t the Home Mission being absent only when sickness kept them from coming. Since Aug. 6, 1911, Sister Turner was seldom able to go away from home. During this time she suffered much and endured faithfully until death came. She was so kind and often expressed her desire to attend Sunday School and preaching services. Well would it be if many who met Sister Turner would profit by her good example, good advice, and words of truth and soberness. She lived in Columbia, Pa., a number of years. Transcriber's note: The words "She with her husband, Samuel Turner, who preceded her to the spirit world Oct. 23, 1913." is not a complete sentence, but this is the way it is written in the original.

Bickel.- Hattie Belle Bickel, daughter of John and Alice Bickel, was born at Oronogo, Jasper Co., Mo., Sept. 17, 1901; died at Harper, Kans., Nov. 21, 1916; aged 15 y. 2 m. 4 d. Sister Hattie united with the Mennonite Church at a very young age and lived an innocent exemplary life till death. During her last sickness she suffered greatly for want of breath, her sickness being caused from leakage of the heart. Hattie had started to high school last fall but was compelled to stop, as she was getting too weak to attend. Before her death she expressed a desire rather to die and be at rest than to live. She was comforted by the thoughts of going home to Jesus. Let us yet who remain in this wicked world follow her example as she lived so innocent from sin and when it comes our time to die we can too realize the blessedness of leaving this world and entering a far better world.

Sister Hattie leaves father, mother, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, and her many friends. Funeral conducted by Bro. D. A. Yoder.

Schrock - Peter H. Schrock was born Nov. 25, 1844 near Goshen, Ind.; died at Tuleta, Tex., Nov. 19, 1916; aged 71 y. 11 m. 21 d. He died from that dreadful disease asthma of which he had been a sufferer for a number of years. He moved to various places in the United States and Canada, but found no relief. He was the youngest son of Peter Schrock of a family of seven boys and three girls who have all passed away except the second in the family, Jacob, who is still living and is now past 90 years old. The deceased was married to Fanny Garber, sister of the ministering brethren John, of the Clinton Brick Church near Goshen, Ind., and David of Virginia.To this union were born 2 daughters, Mrs. Henry Eby of Albany, Oreg., and Mrs. J. H. Hoar of Montana, and 1 son, Melvin D., with whom they were living, and was the only one of the children at his bedside when he passed to the great beyond. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, altho on account of his ailing could not be a regular attendant. He expressed a living hope. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church conducted by D. Y. Hooley, assisted by D. S. King and Jacob Roth, after which the remains were followed by a large concourse of sympathizing relatives and friends and laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery at Tuleta. Peace to his ashes.

Diller - John B. Diller, son of Samuel Diller and Elizabeth Diller, was born near Elida, Ohio, Dec. 10, 1856; died Nov. 27, 1916; aged 59 y. 11 m. 17 d. He was married June 4, 1878, to Caroline E. Brenneman, daughter of John L. and Elizabeth Brenneman. To this union were born 3 children, Mintie A., Ervin O., and Samuel O. Diller. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure out of this world. He united with the Church of his choice in 1878 and remained a faithful communicant member until the end. He was ailing nearly a year more or less and often spoke of the uncertainty of his getting well. He said he would like to stay with his companion and chldren a while longer and his prayer is that his life may be spared but it is God's will that he should go now he is ready to go. Eighteen years ago today, on Thanksgiving day, his mother was laid away and since we mourn not as those who have no hope and since this blessed hope comes to us through the gift of God's beloved son, we feel to look up through our tears on this Thanksgiving day and say with the inspired one "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."

He was laid to rest on Thanksgiving day in the presence of a large concourse of friends. Services by the home ministers.


Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 38 - December 21, 1916 - Page 701, 702 & 703

Smucker.--Leland Ralph, only child of Pro. and Sister Ralph R. Smucker of near Tiskilwa, Ill., died Dec. 14, 1916; aged 6 days. Short services were conducted in the home by Bro. C. A. Hartzler after which the remains were laid to rest in the Milton Springs Cemetery. May God bless the sorrowing ones.

Bjorge.--Peter Bjorge was born at St. Heliare, Minn., Feb. 28, 1883; died Dec. 1, 1916; aged 33 y. 9 m. 3 d. Jan 13, 1912, he was married to Bertha Henry, who survives him. He is also survived by one sister. An only child, Chester Clarence, preceded him to the spirit world. Five years ago Mr. Bjorge came to Colorado for his health. In the beginning he improved but finally he found it necessary to find relief at the Mennonite Sanitarium where he passed away. He was a member of the German Lutheran Church and to the last expressed faith in his Savior. Interment in the La Junta Mennonite Cemetery.

Ernst.--David Ernst was born Oct. 5, 1836; died Dec. 2, 1916; aged 80 y. 1 m. 27 d. The last 2 months he was often in great misery and pain with dropsy, and ever longed to go home, and often called upon the name of the Lord to receive him. We hope and trust that our loss may be his eternal gain. He was the father of 10 children and leaves to mourn his departure 5 sons, 3 daughters, 28 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel, But 'twas "
God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Buckwalter.--Leroy H., son of Bro. and Sister Jason S. Buckwalter, was born June 23, 1914; peacefully fell asleep Nov. 23, 1916, from a complication of diseases; aged 2 y. 5 m. His stay on this earth was short, yet we believe according to God's Word that his mission was ended, and that he is now with the Father and the holy angels. He leaves to mourn a mother and father, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services on the 26th at the home by Bro. A. L. Martin and at Hershey's Church by Bro. J. B. Senger. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Only a bud on earth to bloom in heaven.

Good.--Sister Lydia Good, wife of the late Deacon Daniel H. Good, died of complication of diseases near Dale Enterprise, Va., Nov. 27, 1916; aged 71 y. 25 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was a consistent and devoted member for more than half a century. In her appearance she showed a life of separation from the world and loyalty to the church and the teachings of the Gospel, according to I Pet. 3:3,4. In disposition she was quiet, peaceful, and unassuming, leaving a worthy heritage to the 4 sons and 4 daughters who are left to mourn the loss of a departed mother. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Church on the 29th conducted by the Brethren L. J. Heatwole and J. E. Suter from II Cor. I: 9. Interment in the cemetery near the church.

Suter.--Sister Hettie E. Suter, wife of Bro. E. J. Suter, died from heart failure following a severe attack of pneumonia, near Dale Enterpriese, Va., Nov. 30, 1916; aged 47 y 2 m. Sister Suter united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained true and faithful to the end. She was the mother of 3 sons in whom she was much interested, having a great desire that they become faithful members of the Church of her choice. Her desires were realized in one of them, and we hope the others as they grow to mature years may also fulfill her desires and become strong men in the service of the Master. In the early part of her sickness she said that she did not expect to get well and expressed herself resigned to the will of the Lord. In her early departure her family have lost a faithful, devoted wife and mother, the community a kind neighbor, the church a worthy member. Funeral services were conducted on Dec. 3 at the Weaver Church in the presence of an unusually large congregation, by Bishop Lewis Shank and Bro. H. B. Keener from Psa. 116:15; "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.

Sharpes.--Bro. James W. Sharpes died of liver and stomach trouble, near Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 4, 1916; aged 73 y. 6 m. 14 d. He had been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for probably nearly fifty years. A few hours before he died he calmly said he would not be with them much longer. He was fully resigned to the will of the Master, and at intervals would exclaim, "Glory, glory!" He leaves a deeply afflicted widow, whose maiden name was Weaver, who has been practically a helpless invalid for thirteen years and is now 75 years of age and cannot move about except in an invalid's chair. Bro. Sharpes administered faithfully to her needs. We know she will miss his help and companionship very much. She has the deepest sympathy of many friends. Bisides his wife he leaves 3 sons and 2 daughters to mourn the loss of their father. Memorial services were held at the Weaver Church on the 5th conducted by the brethren J. S. Martin and S. H. Rhodes from Heb. 4:9 and Rev. 14:13, after which his remains were laid away in the cemetery nearby.
It will be noticed that the three funerals here recorded were all held at the same place and the bodies were buried at the same place in less than a week's time. Weaver's Church was also the home church of all of them. While we miss them very much and feel sad to give them up, we also rejoice that we can have the hope that they are dwelling with the heavenly host and some sweet day we may again meet them, where partings never come.

Wagner.--Lena, Wagner (nee Schrock) was born in Alsace-Loraine, Sept. 17, 1866; died at her home east of Eureka, Ill., Aug. 2, 1916; aged 49 y. 10 m. 16d. She united with the A. M. Church in her youth and was a faithful member until death. She was united in marriage to Peter Wagner, May 27, 1886. This union was blest with 3 sons and 3 daughters. The husband, 1 son, Emanuel, and 1 daughter, Matilda Garber, are left to mourn her sudden death. Also an aged mother, 1 sister, Mollie, and 3 brothers, Andrew, Joseph, and Peter. Those having preceded her to the spirit world are 2 sons, twin daughters, father, and 3 sisters, Anna, Katie, and Lizzie. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Samuel Barber and Al. Buzzard at the Roanoke Church. Interment in cemetery near by.

"Dearest sister thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
By her sister.

Martin.--Catharine Martin (nee Weaver) was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Mar. 4, 1847; died in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 3, 1916; aged 69 y. 7 m. 29 d. She was united in marriage with John W. Martin of Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 30, 1895. They lived in matrimony 21 years. She had been a sufferer with leakage of the heart for a number of years, and the last year with dropsy. She was a member for many years of the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until death. She is survived by her husband, 9 step-children, 1 brother, Abraham Weaver, of Mahoning Co., Ohio, 4 nephews and 3 nieces. One brother Samuel Weaver, preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church by Christian Weaver and Daniel Brubaker. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the cemetery nearby. Many friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the one whom they loved so dearly. Although many friends will miss her smile and her cheering words, we have proof after her constant longing to enter her heavely home, that our loss will be her eternal gain. She bore her suffering with great patience, resting daily with the assurance that her suffering in this world was not to be compared with the reward which was awaiting her on the brighter shore.

"Weep not that her toils are over, Weep not that her race is run, God grant we may rest as calmly When our work, like hers, is done. Till then we yield with gladness Our dear one to Him to keep, And rejoice in the sweet assurance 'He giveth his beloved one sleep.'"

Yoder.--Mary Ann, daughter of John and Mary Smiley, was born near Goshen, Ind., Dec. 2, 1950*. In 1866 she with her parents and sisters moved to Wayne Co., O., in the vicinity of Smithville, where she died at the home of their daughter, Amos Burkholder, on Dec. 9, 1916; aged 66 y. 7 d. On Nov. 16, 1871, she was united in marriage to Bro. D. Z. Yoder. To this union were born 10 children, 2 of whom preceded her to the spirit world in their youth. In 1867 she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the A. M. Church and ever remained an obedient and faithful member to the end. There remain to mourn her departure a beloved husband, 8 children; Emma, married to Amos Burkholder; Lydia, married to Amos E. Yoder; Daniel S., married to Jessie Fetzer; Mary, married to Simon P. Zook; Amanda, married to Myron Klopfenstein, Lizzie, married to Ray Krabil; Milton, unmarried, and Lloyd, married to Julia Gilbert; also 25 grandchildren have been born, 3 of whom preceded her to the world beyond. The congenial circle of the six sisters is broken; five remain to mourn their loss. She was a devoted Christian, read her Bible daily, and was always prompt in giving her monthly offering for the support of a Bible woman in India. She also was a loving and faithful life companion, a kind and affectionate mother, and always willing to lend a helping hand to the poor and afflicted ones. The church and community also deplore the loss of the one whom they learned to know and to love. For nearly 9 months she had been seriously afflicted with enlargement of the heart, but she bore her suffering patiently and cheerfully. As her end drew nigh she was fully resigned to the will of the Lord and expressed a desire to depart and to be with Him, and silently and peacefully passed away. Funeral services held at the Oak Grove Church. Burial in the cemetery nearby. Peace to her ashes.

*Transcriber's note: I think her birthdate is wrong, obit says "1950". 1850 makes more sense.

Mayer.--Lovina Mayer (nee Gascho) was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 31, 1890; died at the home of her parents, Christian and Leah Gascho, Nov. 22, 1916, at the age of 26 y. 5 m. 22 d. On Dec. 16, 1913, she united in marriage with Solomon Mayer of Pigeon, Mich., and lived well and happy until Aug., 1915, she took sick and was quite poorly at times. Feb., 1916, she was taken to the Bad Axe Hospital where she spent four long months, and underwent several operations. All through her sufferings she was always patient and had a smile for every one that came to see her and sang many a hymn on her bed of affliction. Her every day text was, "The Lord's will be done." On June 8 she was taken to her home and was slowly gaining, but as lung trouble set in she gradually failed. In November they moved to Canada, where she lived with her parents eight weeks and a half. She expressed herself many a time as willing and ready to meet her Savior. Although our hearts are sad we feel to praise God and rejoice that He has dealt so kindly with her, and has taken her to Himself where she so longed to go. She united with the A. M. Church when quite young and was a faithful member to the end. Before leaving her home in Michigan she longed to partake of the Lord's supper, which was served by Bishop Solomon Schwartzendruber. Funeral services were held at the A. M. Church west of Baden Nov. 25, conducted by Peter Boshart and Christian Litwiller. Text, Rev. 7:13,14, Dan. 12:2;3.

"This lovely bud so young so fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In Paradise would bloom.
Through all her pain at time she smiled,
A smile of heavely birth,
And when the angels called her home,
She smiled farewell to earth."

Miller.--Nancy (Brubaker) Miller was born July 19, 1841; died very suddenly on Nov. 30, 1916, of organic heart disease; aged 75 y. 4 m. 11 d. She was a daughter of Daniel and Harriet Brubaker. When a small girl she moved with her parents from Perry Co., Pa., to Clearfield Co., Pa., where she grew to womanhood. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life, was joined in wedlock to Christian Miller, Feb. 28, 1862. To this union were born 3 daughters, Harriet, Mary, and Anna, and 2 sons, Daniel of Goltry, Okla., and Samuel of Blackwell, Okla. The 3 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. Surviving her are 2 brothers, Martin and Daniel Brubaker, a bereaved husband, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. They moved to Stark Co., Ohio, where the family resided for several years. Later they moved to Osborn Co., Kans., remaining there during the pioneer days. From there they moved to Adams Co., Nebr., and from there to Harper Co., Kans. Then later to Goltry, Okla., where they lived at the time of her departure. She was laid to rest in the Milan Valley Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. S. C. Miller and Simon Hershberger. Texts, II Tim. 4:618 and Rev. 14:13. Peace to her ashes.

Transcribed by: Barbara Fink, Florida


 Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 39 - December 28, 1916 - Page 719 & 720

Amstutz.--Sarah Ann, daughter of Aaron Amstutz, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio; died of pneumonia following measles, Dec. 11, 1916; aged 2 y 10 m. 13 d. She leaves father, step mother, 2 sisters, a brother and a host of relatives to mourn her early departure. Funeral services were held at the Swiss Mennonite Church near Dalton, Ohio, conducted by Jacob Nussbaum.

Miller.--Emil Miller was born in France Oct. 19, 1862; died Dec. 12, 1916; aged 54 y. 1 m. 25 d. He was united in marriage Jan. 26, 1888. To this union were born 7 children. He leaves wife, 6 children, and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. One son preceded him in death. Funeral services held at the A. M. Central Church near Archbold, Ohio, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Grieser.

Cook.--Donald Emerson, son of Floyd and Myrtle Cook, Elkhart, Ind., was born Oct. 22, 1910; died Dec. 1, 1916, after a week's illness of diphtheria; aged 6 y. 1 m. 9 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, 2 brothers (Gerald and Daniel), 1 sister (Margaret), 4 grandparents and a host of relatives and friends.
"God needed one more angel child
Amid His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile
And clasped little Donald's hand."

Martin.--Luella, daughter of Benjamin Martin, Smoketown, Pa., died of tuberculosis Dec. 14, 1916; aged 17 y. 4 m. Services at the home by I. B. Good and at Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Moses G. Gehman, John Souder, and Benjamin Weaver. Text, Jer. 3:26-28. Two years ago she was converted at a revival meeting held at this church. Her mother died 12 years ago. One brother also preceded her in death. Also a stepmother preceded her three and a half years ago, since which time her lot was to care, with her father, for the family. Her father, 3 brothers, a sister, 2 half sisters, and a half brother survive. Peace to her ashes.

Young.--Katie D., daughter of Benj. R. and Lizzie Young, was born Aug. 19, 1891; died of typhoid fever (which she contracted only a few days before death) at her parental home near Bergey, Pa., Dec. 5, 1916; aged 25 y. 3 m. 20 d. She had been employed in a short mill at Telford, Pa., for several years. She united with the Mennonite Church at Souderton a few years ago, and has been a faithful attendant since. Another warning to young as well as old of the uncertainty of life, and the preparedness for eternity. Besides the grief-stricken parents, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, grandparents, and many more relatives and friends survive. Funeral services were held at Franconia M. H. by Bros. Jacob M. Moyer of Souderton and Abram Derstine on Dec. 9, 1916.

"The time is short, when all that live,
Shall hence be called their God to meet;
And each a strict account shall give,
At Jesus' final judgment seat."

Raifsnyder.--Sister Fannie Weaver Raifsnyder of Chambersburg, Pa., passed peacefully away before a doctor could reach her while attending preaching services at the Mennonite Church near Marion on Sunday morning, Dec. 10, aged 76 y. 4 m. 20 d. She spent more than half a century in the service of her Master and as long as health permitted her place at church services was seldom vacant. Her three daughters and many kind and sympathizing relatives and friends were by her side and ministered to her as best they could. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren, and also one sister who is in her 90th year. She was buried at the Chambersburg Church Dec. 13. Services were conducted by the brethren, Geo. W. Ernst at the house and at the church by W. W. Hege and John F. Bressler from Psa. 39: 4.

Wenger.--Leah Hartzler Wenger was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Mar. 26, 1824; died near Topeka, Ind., Dec. 3, 1916; aged 92 y. 8 m. 7 d. When she was 10 years old she moved with her parents to Fairfield Co., Ohio. Dec. 31, 1843, she was married to Joseph Wenger, and five years later they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., and after a period of another five years moved to La Grange Co., Ind., onto the farm where Bro. Wenger died July 22, 1892, and Sister wenger as stated above. There were born to this union 7 children--2 in Ohio, and 5 in Indiana. The oldest one, Lydia, died in 1874, leaving at the time of Sister Wenger's death, the sons, John L., Noah R., Davis H., and Emanuel S., and the daughters, Nancy Lantz, and Elizabeth Yoder, both of Topeka, Ind. She leaves 1 aged brother, D. W. Hartzler of Topeka, Ind., 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. When 18 years of age she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and her aim was always to live consistent with her profession. Funeral services were conducted at the Maple Grove Church, Dec. 5, by Bro. D. D. Miller. Text, Psa. 90: 12-17.

Souder.--Edmund H. Souder was born April 27, 1838, in Souderton, Pa.; died at his home Dec. 8, 1916, only a short distance from his birthplace; aged 78 y. 7 m. 11 d. While he spent practically his whole life as a business man in the growth of Souderton, the last years he spent more in travel, taking an interest in both religious and business activities of the world. During the past year he had been in failing health. His condition became more acute since last spring after he returned from a trip to Florida. The past two weeks he was confined to his bed, suffering from various ailments, when his heart failed which caused immediate death. He and companion have been members of the Mennonite Church for many years. Their hospitality to the ministry, friends, and stangers is worthy of commendation. Besides the widow, 4 daughters, 3 sons, and 10 grandchildren survive. Three Children died in infancy. Funeral services were held Dec. 13 from his late home by Bro. Christian Allebach and Bro. Jacob Moyer; at the Souderton Church by Bro. Jos. Ruth assisted by Bro. Enos Wismer. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Kauffman.--Mary (Byler) Kauffman was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., April 29, 1850; died at her home near West Liberty, Ohio, Dec. 14, 1916; aged 66 y. 7 m. 15 d. She was married to John H. Kauffman, Jan. 22, 1874. To this union were born 6 children; David U., Irvin E., Oliver R., Alma C., Teressa E., and Herman A. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 6 children, 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Her health had been failing for some time, but she bore her sickness with Christian patience and died with the bright hope and full assurance of life beyond, having put her trust in the Lord and longed to be at rest. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, a devoted wife, a kind mother and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted at the Bethel Church, Dec. 16, by C. H. Byler and S. E. Allgyer. Interment in the Fair View Cemetery.

"Death has taken our kind mother,
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, yes, dear mother,
Can we help but shed a tear?
Sweetly sleeps our dear mother,
All her toils and cares are o'er;
Freed from pain, and all earth's sorrows
Now she rest on Canaan's shore."
--The Family.

Loucks.--Jacob S., son of Pre. Martin and Nancy (Stauffer) Loucks, was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., Oct. 10, 1829; died at his home in Scottdale, Pa., Dec. 21, 1916; aged 87 y. 2 m. 11 d. He spent his entire life in the community where he was born, both his father's and his own farm being located within the present borough limits of Scottdale. May 12, 1853, he was married to Mary Saylor who died May 21, 1905, their 52nd wedding anniversary*. To this union were born 9 sons and 2 daughters, 2 sons dying in infancy. His death was due to the infirmities of old age. He leaves 7 sons, 2 daughters, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and many relative and friends to mourn his departure. Bro. Loucks will long be remembered for his stalwart qualities and the substantial service he rendered to his church, both locally and at large. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1855. Since that time he labored diligently in the cause of his Master. During the long years in which it looked at times as if the Mennonite Church in this vicinity would sooner or later be a thing of the past, our departed brother stood resolutely in defense of the faith, being strengthened in this work by the enouragement of a faithful mother and loyal life companion as well as a number of other earnest brethren and sisters in the home community. In 1893 the church at Scottdale was built, and the work theretofore carried on at Alverton and Pennsville concentrated at the new place. Slowly but surely the work prospered, and our brother, in his declining years, had the satisfaction of worshiping with a larger congregation of active workers. The Lord was generous with our departed brother, so far as this world's goods are concerned; yet in the midst of it all he remained humble, living the simple life, and contributing liberally to the support of the poor and the various enterprises of the Church. He was vitally interested in the work of the Mennonite Publishing House, and from the very beginning of the work he was its most generous contributor. It was a pleasure to see his smiling face, and quite frequently his sunshiny presence cheered the workers to greater activity. But as the years rolled on his steps became more tottering, his visits less frequent, and we all felt that we could not have him with us very much longer. His place in church also was vacant more frequently than it had been in former years when his regular attendance in all kinds of weather was an inspiration to us all. He had a fall about five weeks before his death, and he never recovered from the shock. While he was conscious of approaching death's door, it had no terrors for him, and he frequently expressed a desire to go home to Jesus. He took comfort in often repeating portions of Scripture while meditating on the change that was awaiting him. He fell peacefull asleep in the early hours of December 21, and his spirit took its flight to God who gave it. Funeral services Dec. 24, conducted at the house by J. A. Ressler and J. A. Brilhart, and at the Mennonite church, Scottdale, by H. F. Reist, Daniel Kauffman, and J. N. Durr. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Laid away in the Alverton Cemetery amid the tears and loving remembrance of many friends.

* Transcriber's Note: There probably is a reversal in this line: "May 12, 1853, he was married to Mary Saylor who died May 21, 1905, their 52nd wedding anniversary" --- May 12 married - May 21, on their anniversary. Family researcher, Don Loux says 12 is the correct date.

Transcribed by: Barbara Fink, Florida

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