Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1917

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Gospel Herald - Volume X, Number 14 - July 5, 1917, page 271

Lenhart. - Oliver H. Lenhart was born April 5, 1876; died near Baltic, Ohio, June 8, 1917; aged 41 y. 2 m. 3 d. He was married to Anna Miller March 27, 1904. To this union 4 daughters were born. He leaves a widow, 4 daughters, mother, a brother, and a host of relatives and friends. He died very suddenly of heart disease. He was a member of the Martins Creek A. M. Church. He was buried on June 8 at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. Services by S. H. Miller (I Thes. 5:1, 2), assisted by Lester Hostetler.

McCann. - James H. McCann was born Aug. 2, 1888; died April 28, 1917; aged 28 y. 8 m. 26 d. At an early age he united with the Mennonite Church. In the last few months of his life he realized that he could have done more for the Lord and prayed that his health might be restored that he might be a more earnest worker in the vineyard of the Lord. He expressed his desire to meet the Lord and that all may meet him in that home above. A wife and 5 children (David Lloyd, William Henry, Mary Pauline, Elmer Wendell, and James Herbert) survive, also his mother, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.

Ramer. - Lydia Ramer was born in Clinton Co., Pa., May 17, 1839; died of infirmities of old age, at the home of her nephew, David Brenner, near Intercourse, Pa., May 28, 1917; aged 78 y. 11 d. There survives one brother (Jacob of Alberta, Canada) and one sister (Mary Kurtz of Juniata Co., Pa.) She was never married, but went about from place to place helping many families through. She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Benj. Weaver, Noah Mack, and William Seiber and was held at the Groffsdale Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Miller. - Joseph H. Miller was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 2, 1856; died near Goshen, Ind., June 19, 1917; aged 61 y. 2 m. 17 d. He was married to Lydia Stauffer of Stark Co., Ohio, Feb. 5, 1880. To this union were born 9 children (William, Orrin, Amos, Franklin, Emma Hansly, Edith Lehman, Alpha and John). Daniel and Ida preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his sorrowing companion, 5 sons, 2 daughters, and 10 grandchildren. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago. The family loss a good father and the community a good neighbor. The funeral was held at the Yellow Creek Church by Jonas Loucks and Frank Krider. Texts, II Kings 20:1 (last clause), and Prov. 23:7 (last Clause).

Moser. - Emanuel Moser was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 10, 1848; died at his home near Goshen, Ind., June 18, 1917; aged 68 y. 6 m. 8 d. On March 18, 1873, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Honderich. To this union were born 2 sons and no death occurred in this home for over 44 years, father being the first to depart this life. At the age of 22 he accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, and his seat in the church was seldom vacant. Shortly before his death he said he had not missed a communion service in his home congregation for about forty years. He bore his suffering patiently and seemingly fell asleep in Jesus to await the trumpet call. Funeral at the Clinton Frame M. H. by D. J. Johns, assisted by Ira S. Johns.

Denlinger. - Sister Annie W. Denlinger of East Lampeter Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Jan. 3, 1869; died June 15, 1917; aged 48 y. 5 m. 12 d. She leaves to mourn her departure, an aged mother, 1 sister, and 5 brothers who will deeply feel the loss of a loved one, but she has only gone before. Sister Annie was unmarried and lived all her life near *Melinger's Church of which she was a faithful member until death, she united with the Church in her young years and whenever there was work of any kind to be done in behalf of the Church she was ever ready and willing to do her part without any murmuring or complaining as long as she was able to do so. She also was secretary of the sewing circle for a number of years. Annie was stricken with paralysis and for nearly 13 weeks was confined to her room, she could not speak a word all that time, but she bore it all patiently, having her good mind. She had a smile for every one that came to see her. Gradually she grew weaker until she was so weak we could hardly see how she could hold out so long, until God said, "It is enough, and she calmly fell asleep. One by one our loved ones are being called from our side, teaching us that we too must soon follow. May we be ready as our Sister Annie.
Services were held June 18 at *Mellinger's Church by Bros. Sanford and David Landis. Text, John 14:3,4. Remains were laid in cemetery near by.

"We miss thee, Annie dear,
From your old familiar place;
We do not hear your footsteps
Nor see your smiling face."

Transcriber's note: *Melinger's is also spelled as *Mellinger's.

Lapp. - Esther E. Lapp, wife of George J. Lapp, was born June 26, 1880, in Whiteside Co., Ill., U. S. A.; died in Darjeeling, India, on May 7, 1917; aged 36 y. 10 m. 11 d. Sister Lapp had been suffering for nearly a year from malaria fever which culminated in a malignant form called black-water fever. She with her family had gone to Darjeeling with the hope of regaining her health. They arrived there on Wednesday, May 2, and Sunday, May 6, Sister Lapp became critically ill and was at once taken to the Eden Hospital where she died the following day.
Sister Lapp was married to Gorge J. Lapp on June 26, 1905, to which union were born 3 children (Lois Esther, Pauline Georga, and Harriet Lee). Pauline preceded her mother to the spirit world.
Sister Lapp came to India as a missionary with her husband twelve years ago, and this period was spent in effective and strenuous missionary work and as the loving and faithful companion of her husband. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, 2 daughters, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends.
The funeral was held in the Union Church in Darjeeling May 9. It was conducted by Bro. Archbold of the Lee Memorial Mission, Calcutta, assisted by Bro. Moss, pastor of the Union Church. The passage of scripture used was Luke 24: 13-35.
The remains were interred in the Government cemetery, Darjeeling.
Sister Lapp was a valued worker in our Mission and will greatly missed by her husband, her two little girls, the missionaries with whom she had worked, and the Indian people for whom she has given her life, all of whom greatly mourn her early departure. However, we do not mourn as those who have no hope, for we believe that she was called by our heavenly Father into that higher and better realm, where we all hope to meet again.
A. C. Brunk.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume X, Number 15 - July 12, 1917, pages 195, 196

Miller. - Mildred Fern, daughter of Jerry and Alta Miller, was born Jan. 25, 1917, in Wakarusa, Ind.; died at Elkhart, Ind., June 13; aged 4 m. 19 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, grandfather, 2 grandmothers, and many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Brethren conducted by Bros. S. Weldy and C. Metzler. Burial at North Union.

Zook. - Malinda Zook, wife of Bishop John R. Zook, died at her home June 3, 1917; aged 74 y. Her husband preceded her into the spirit world 7 years before. She leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn her departure. She will be greatly missed in the Church, for her seat was always filled when it was possible for her to go. Funeral services at Maple Grove Church near Volant, Pa., by J. H. Lantz and J. R. Byler.

Dillion. - Thomas Dillion was born in Chicago, Ill., July 6, 1899; was drowned in the river near Kalona, Iowa, June 24, 1917; aged 17 y. 11 m. 18 d. At the age of 14 he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member. His parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters, and a host of friends mourn his sad and sudden death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o,clock at the East Union Church, conducted by T. M. Erb and S. C. Yoder. Burial in the cemetery nearby.

Smith. - Emma, beloved wife of Bro. Joseph Smith, departed this life at her home near Stouffville, Ont., April 7, 1917, after an illness of over two years. She suffered from a stroke of paralysis and during her sickness accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Church. She bore her suffering patiently and was resigned to His will. She died in her 53rd year, and is survived by a sorrowing husband, a son, and a daughter. The burial took place at the Wideman Church on the 9th. The service conducted was conducted by L. W. Hoover and L. J. Burkholder.

Grove. - Elizabeth Grove, daughter of the late Abraham Grove, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chris H. B. Ramer, Markham, Ont., June 18, 1917, in the 87th year of her life. Deceased was well preserved in body and mind until about 10 weeks before her death when she had a fall from the effects of which she did not recover. She came into the Church in early life and bore testimony to the saving power of Christ.
The funeral was conducted at the Wideman Church June 21, by the brethren Levi Grove and L. J. Burkholder.

Wengerd. - Joseph Wengerd was born Nov. 19, 1862; died June 9, 1917; aged 54 y. 6 m. 20 d. He was born, lived, and died at the same residence in Holmes Co., Ohio. He was united in marriage with Anna Burkholder of Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 29, 1888. To this union were born fourteen children, five of whom preceded the father to the spirit world beyond. He leaves to mourn his departure his loving wife, four sons, five daughters, three brothers, one sister, besides a host of relatives and friends. But we believe our loss will be his eternal gain. He confessed his Savior and worshiped with the A. M. Church at Martins Creek, where funeral services were conducted by J. S. Gerig and J. S. Mast. Interment in cemetery near by. Peace to his ashes.

Martin. - Helen Lucile, daughter of Edward F. and Martha Martin, Elkhart, Ind., died suddenly June 25, 1917; aged 4 days. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, a sister (Mary), a brother (Ellis), and 4 grandparents besides many other relatives. Little Helen was with us only a short time but she leaves a vacancy that can not be filled. Although we do not understand, may we say, "Thy will be done,"and when we meet her in glory we shall understand.
Funeral services conducted at the home by Bro. D. A. Yoder. Text, Matt. 19:15, first clause. Burial at the Olive Cemetery.

Amstutz. - Caroline Amstutz was born Nov. 11, 1892; died of tuberculosis at her father's home near Orville, O., June 27, 1917; aged 24 y. 7 m. 16 d. She leaves father, step-mother, 5 sisters, 1 brother, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. Their loss is her gain. She was ready to meet her Savior and was longing to depart from this world. Funeral services June 29, at Martin's Church by C. N. Amstutz, Jacob Nussbaum, and I. J. Buchwalter. She was a faithful member of the Swiss Mennonite Church at Sonnenberg, O. Her mother and 3 sisters preceded her several years ago.

Barger. - Benjamin Barger was born near Kalona *Iowa, April 22, 1890; died in the hospital at Iowa City, June 22, 1917, aged 27 y. 2 m. His mother preceded him in death 11 years ago. His father, 3 brothers, and 6 sisters, an uncle and a host of friends mourn his early demise. During his illness at the hospital he realized his condition desiring to become a Christian which was granted him, sealing his vow by baptism, united with the Mennonite Church and his testimony was an inspiration to all that heard it.
Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Kalona, conducted by S. C. Yoder and D. J. Fisher.

Transcriber's note: The comma after Kalona *Iowa was left out as in the original.

Martin. - Titus E., son of Samuel S. and Annie W. Martin, of Hagerstown, Md., was born July 14, 1898; died of diphtheria and hemorrhage, June 13, 1917; aged 18 y. 11 m. He united with the Church when 12 years old and has been a faithful member since then. Two weeks before he died he partook of the communion at Miller's Mennonite Church. He leaves 8 sisters (Emma E. Shank, Frances E. Peck, Mary Kate, Lizzie E., Leah E., Martha E., Bertha E., and Nora Rebecca) and 1 brother (Ernest E.) He was the first one to break the family circle. He died on Wednesday morning and was buried in the evening of same day at Paradise Church. On Sunday morning his funeral was preached by Daniel Strite, Henry Baer and Joseph Martin.

Ramseyer. - Barbara Schlegel Ramseyer was born in South Easthope, Perth Co., Ont., on Aug. 12, 1842; died at her home near Tavistock in East Zorra, on July 15, 1917; aged 74 y. 11 m. 2 d.  Joel Ramseyer was born in Stark Co., Ohio, April 30, 1847; died in E. Zorra, near Tavistock, Ont., on April 11, 1917; aged 69 y. 11 m. 11 d.  Bro. Ramseyer came with his parents to Canada when a young boy and when he married moved to the farm where he lived till his death, which came so suddenly. He had been working at a steam-engine when he got caught by the belt, being hurled into eternity, instantly. Bro. and Sister Ramseyer lived in matrimony 45 y. 3 m. 4 d. To this union were born 4 children, 2 sons and two daughters. One daughter preceded them. Two sons, 1 daughter and 11 grandchildren survive them. Buried side by side at the East Zorra A. M. Church of which congregation they were faithful members. Funeral services at Bro. Ramseyer's funeral were conducted by Brethren Jac. R. Bender and Michael K. Jantzi. Text, Isa. 38:12, 13. Funeral services for Sister Ramseyer were conducted by Brethren Christian Kropf and Jacob R. Bender. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8 and Rom. 5:18, 19. On both occasions a large number of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute to the departed ones.

Linhaus. - Sister Eva Linhaus, wife of Bro. Adam Linhaus, died of pneumonia and other complications at their home near Dayton, Va., June 7; aged 67 y. 5 m. 4 d. She had been a sufferer from heart trouble for some years and on account of the weak condition of the heart her final sickness was of short duration. Sister Linhaus had been a faithful, consistent member of the Mennonite Church from her early youth. She adored her profession with a meek, humble, submissive life. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, 5 sons, 4 daughters, and 1 aged sister, to whom we believe she has left a noble heritage - a worthy example for them to follow. Memorial services were held in Dayton the 10th, conducted by L. J. Heatwole and H. B. Keener from Ezek. 24:16 and Jer. 9:21. Her body was laid to rest in the Dayton Cemetery.

Souder. - Bro. Christian G. Souder was born March 15, 1853; died in Souderton, Pa., June 8, 1917; aged 64 y. 2 m. 23 d. He died of *uraemia, of which he has been suffering for the past seven years, and more seriously the last four years. But during all the affliction he studied the Word diligently, and tried to be submissive to His will. Beside the sorrowing widow he is survived by one daughter, one son, five grandchildren, two brothers, one step-brother, one step-sister, and many other relatives and friends. One daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services were held June 12 at the home of the son-in-law, and at the Souderton Mennonite Church, where he had been a faithful member for many years. Bros. Jacob M. Moyer and Abram Clemmer conducted the services, using Rev. 21:4 as a text. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"When family circles break,
It certainly causes tears;
Where Jesus is the corner-stone,
He drives away all fears."

Transcriber's note : *uraemia typed as written.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume X, Number 16 - July 19, 1917, pages 310, 311

Pletcher. - Jesse, son of Samuel and Lovina Pletcher, was born Aug. 28, 1872, near Wakarusa, Ind.; died June 29, 1917; aged 44 y. 10 m. 1 d. He was married to Mary Fox, Sept. 10, 1893, to which union one son (Elmer) was born. He is survived by his wife, 1 son, his mother, 4 sisters (Mrs. Albert Shaum, Mrs. Joseph Lechlitner, Mrs. Clara Hughes, and Mrs. Irvin Stump), 2 brothers (Noah and Vernon), 2 half brothers (Andrew and Levi), 1 half sister (Mrs. Nancy Perry), and a great number of relatives and friends, 5 brothers and sisters having preceded him. About thirteen years ago he united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he lived a consistent life. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Funeral July 3 at Yellow Creek with a full house. Services conducted by A. B. Yoder and Henry Weldy.

Brenneman.--Minerva, daughter of Milton J. and Katie Brenneman, was born near Kalona, Iowa, July 4, 1913; died June 28, 1917; aged 3 y. 11 m. 26 d. Her sickness was of short duration - only about 36 hours. Her death was due to cholera *infantum. She leaves to mourn her untimely death her father, mother, 2 brothers and 5 sisters besides many relatives and friends. Funeral was held at the home where a large concourse of sympathizing friends gathered. Services were conducted by C. M. Yoder and J. F. Swartzentruber. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Remains were laid to rest in the Guengerich Cemetery.

"Little Minerva, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But twas God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
By one present.

Transcriber's note: infantum typed as written.

King. - Lydia (Schrock) King was born Sept. 16, 1842; died June 22, 1917; aged 74 y. 9 m. 6 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was received into the fellowship of the Amish Church in the Oak Grove congregation near Smithville, Ohio, where she held her membership in full communion for over 55 years. She was devoted in her *ministeries as a Christian woman in home, community, and church. "She went about doing good." She was married to Solomon King Dec. 19, 1867, to which union *wese born 4 sons (Noah, David, Ira, and Harvey) and 3 daughters (Amelia, Sarah, and an infant not named). The 3 daughters preceded mother in death. There remain to mourn her departure a devoted companion, the 4 sons and their families, 1 brother (Christian Schrock), 1 sister (Elizabeth Schrock), and many other relatives and friends. Services conducted by J. S. Gerig, C. Z. Yoder, I. W. Royer.

Transcriber's note : wese and ministeries typed as written.

Hershberger. - N. W. Hershberger was born Mar. 1, 1854; died very suddenly at his home in Charm, Ohio, on June 30, 1917; aged 63 y. 3 m. 29 d. He was in his usual health on Saturday and transacted business as before. While in the act of milking in the evening he fell over and expires in a few minutes. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 5 step-children, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He was married three times. He united with the Walnut Creek Amish Church where he remained faithful to the end. He was buried July 3, 1917, at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church, where a large concourse of relatives and friends paid the last tribute of respect. Services by Carson Mast and S. H. Miller. Text, Heb. 4:12.

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

Hostetler. - Isaiah N. Hostetler was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 4, 1852; died at his home in Portage Co., Ohio, near Aurora, July 2, 1917 aged 65 y. 2 m. 28 d. He was united in marriage with Mary Miller Dec. 3, 1874, this home being blessed with 9 children, 2 of whom had died in infancy, and Abraham who died in 1910. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowful wife, 1 son, 5 daughters, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Bro. Hostetler's life was a living testimony of a self-sacrificing life for the welfare of his family and church and whenever his willing hands could minister. Cause of his death was Bright's disease of only two weeks, duration.
Services in Portage Co., Ohio, July 5. The remains were shipped to Sugar Creek and in the afternoon of the 6th service was held at the *alnut Amish Mennonite Church where a large audience paid the last tribute of respect to him. Services by S. H. Miller and E. B. Stoltzfus. Text, Psa. 8:4. Buried July 6 near the Walnut Creek Church.

Transcriber's note : "alnut" typed as written.

Wenger. - Francis S. Wenger died at the Mennonite Home at Oreville, Lancaster Co., Pa., June 26, 1917; aged 69 y. 1 m. 20 d. He was blind and feeble, and suffered much pain and distress the last 10 years. He was admitted to the Home about 13 months ago. He united with the Mennonite Church about 48 years ago and remained faithful unto the end. He was twice married. His first wife died 36 years ago. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 3 daughters, 3 of which survive. He is also survived by the second wife and 2 sons and 2 daughters.
Funeral services were held at the Home in the afternoon of the 28th and in the Weaverland Church on the 29th. Services at the Home by Bro. John Mosemann, and in the church by Benj. Weaver in German and Bro. Noah Mack in English. His remains were laid to rest in the Weaverland Cemetery besides his first wife.

"Quietly sleep, my brother,
Rest from thy toils and cares,
Rest from all pains and sorrows,
Rest securely in peace, safe in that heavenly fold."

Eshleman. - Peter R., sixth son of Bish. Peter and Mary Rife Eshleman, was born in Washington Co., Md., Mar. 2, 1834; died June 20, 1917; aged 83 y. 3 m. 18 d. He spent his entire life on the farm where he was born, with the exception of fourteen years when he lived in Hagerstown. In October, 1858, he was married to Martha Hege, who died Feb. 4, 1890. Aug. 2, 1893, he was married to Lizzie H. Martin. His death was due to the infirmities of old age. Symptoms of a paralytic stroke hastened the time of death. He could not talk for quite a while, suffered no pain, but was always cheerful and pleasant. He leaves a sorrowing widow and many relatives and friends. He was generous with this world's goods, remaining humble and lived the simple life. He was for 40 years a deacon. Several years ago he felt that he was on the decline and he asked for help in the deacon office and Adam Eshleman was ordained and two years later he died. Then Henry Burkholder was chosen in his place. Funeral services June 22 at the house by Henry Baer and at the Miller Mennonite Church by Geo. Keener, Chr. Strite and Daniel Strite. Text, Rev. 20:6. The text was selected by his companion because he would so often repeat it.

Yoder. - Jonathan Yoder was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 31, 1869; died July 2, 1917; aged 48 y. 5 m. 2 d. He was married Mar. 4, 1895, to Minnie Griner of Smithville, Ohio. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 5 daughters: Glen, Grace, Garaldine, Gideon, Gail, Greta, Genevive.
He confessed Christ and accepted Him as his personal Savior in early life and united with the A. M. Church, where he worshipped and was a faithful member until he was called home by his heavenly Father.
His last sickness with which he was afflicted for a period of about 6 weeks caused much pain and suffering, which he bore with Christian fortitude, being very patient, and resigned to the will of God. He committed his family in the hand of a kind loving heavenly Father. There remain to mourn his departure his kind, loving wife and seven dear children; also 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and a large circle of near relatives and friends. "Peace be to his ashes."
Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church and interment in cemetery nearby.

"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."

Rohrer. - Rosa Gilliom Rohrer was born Jan. 26, 1879, near Elkton, Mo., died Nov. 5, 1916, at her home 1011 S. 8th St., Goshen, Ind.; aged 37 y. 9 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage with Benjamin N. Rohrer of Palmyra, Mo., Jan. 28, 1903. To this union were born 2 children, Esther Pauline, aged 12 and Ralph Roy, aged six. Those left in the immediate family to mourn her early departure are husband and children, father (A. Gilliom), 2 brothers (D. B. and M. J.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Frank Rohrer, and Etta A.).
At the age of twelve years the deceased moved with her parents to Johnson Co., Mo., and soon after united with the Mennonite Church, to which body she remained faithful member until death. When sixteen years of age, the mother was called to the spirit world, leaving her in charge of the home and the younger members of the family. She was in ill health the last four years of her life, but received much comfort in her trust in God and the knowledge that He understandeth all things and doeth all things well. She realized that life was not long for her. During the last hours she again expressed her submissiveness to the plan of the Father and was sustained by her faith in Christ Jesus.
Funeral services were conducted at the home on Nov. 7th by I. R. Detweiler and J. S. Hartzler. Interment at Violet Cemetery.

Swartzendruber. - Aaron, youngest son of Joel and Elizabeth Swartzendruber, was born at Petersburg, Ont., Feb. 1, 1901; died June 11, 1917; aged 16 y. 4 m. 10 d. Two and a half weeks before he died he took sick with pneumonia. We thought he was getting better, then gastritis set in. Later an abscess developed, which was again followed by gastritis, which ended his life. He had much to endure during his sickness, but he bore it all with patience and longsuffering. We know not why he was taken from us, but we know that the Lord doeth all things well. We are vividly impressed that when our young people are sixteen they are old enough to die. Several hours before death he spoke in the Spirit and prayed powerfully. He said, "I pray for papa, mamma, brothers, and sisters; now I pray for me." He closed his eyes, turned them heavenward, and smiled. When one asked him what made him smile he said, "Oh, how Jesus smiles with me. I will get a good sleep tonight, and tomorrow night I will be well." A few hours later, with a smile on his face, he passed into the great beyond. Oh how true the words of Jesus: "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto you all, watch." He leaves father, mother (who has been afflicted for sixteen years) 3 brothers, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Jacob R. Bender of Tavistock, Ont., being one of them). Funeral services at the house by D. H. Steinman (text, Psa. 103:15-16) and at the St. Agatha A. M. Church by Chris Schurtz and Chris Litwiller. Interment in cemetery nearby.
A brother.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume X, Number 17 - July 26, 1917, page 327

Blough. - Arthur Newton, son of David and Kate Blough was born Jan. 25, 1893; died June 9, 1917; aged 25 y. 4 m. 14 d. He leaves wife, parents, 3 sisters, and many friends. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.
Funeral service was conducted in the Roxbury, Pa., Church of the Brethren by S. G. Shetler assisted by Pre. Detwiler. Text, Psa. 17:15. He was buried in the Berkley Cemetery, Johnstown, Pa.

Ross. - Dorothy Elizabeth was born to gladden the home of Bro. Sylvester and Sister Anna Ross on Dec. 20, 1916. Her life so pure, gentle, and undefiled was suddenly brought to a close on the morning of May 28, 1917, at the tender age of - y. 5 m. 8 d. As little Dorothy was going around the wall the belt on her dress caught on a door hinge and in a few minutes she was strangled to death. Funeral at South Union Church near West Liberty, Ohio, May 30, 1917, conducted by S. E. Allgyer and A. I. Yoder.

Schaeffer. - Samuel Porter Schaeffer died at the home of his son Daniel near Concord, Tenn., June 9, 1917; aged 79 y. 5 m. He was married to Susan Miller and came to this state from Maryland a number of years ago. Some years since, he united with the Mennonite Church. His wife preceded him to the spirit world twelve years and since that time he has been living with his children, seven of whom survive him, six sons and one daughter. He was blind for seven years and bare his afflictions patiently. He much enjoyed hearing God,s Word read. He taught his little grandchildren the Lord,s Prayer and just a few days before falling asleep, called them to his bedside and repeated the Lord,s Prayer with them.
Funeral services conducted by Bros. Powell and Jennings at the Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Snyder. - Leah Snyder was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Jan. 24, 1856; died at the home of her step-son, Lawrence, near Preston, Ont., June 4, 1917.
She was a daughter of Elias Wildfong and was first married to Isaac Reist, who preceded her in death years ago, leaving one son who survives. On Mar. 13, 1889, she was again married to Aaron Snyder, who died on Sept. 1, 1912. About ten years ago they united with the Mennonite Church, to which they have remained faithful unto death.
Our departed sister, during her last illness of four months duration, often expressed her desire to depart and be with Christ.
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, June 6, 1917, at the Wanner Church by Benjamin Shantz and David Wismer. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Miller. - Rudy D. Miller, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Oct. 13, 1866; died in Midland Co., Mich., July 7, 1917; aged 50 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was married to Fanny Elizabeth Mishler. To this union were born two sons and three daughters. Two daughters preceded him to the spirit world. In Jan. 1902 they moved to Hubbard, Oreg., and lived there about 12 years. In 1913 they moved back to Indiana and lived there about three years. In September, 1916, they moved to Midland, Mich., to live and care for his aged mother. Bro. Miller suffered a great deal from an accident that had befallen him a little over a year ago but took his suffering very patiently until God called him home. He leaves a loving companion, children, and mother, three brothers, one sister, and a host of friends. He expressed himself ready to go any time that the Lord will call. He made all necessary arrangements for the funeral, such as selecting his text and who is to preach his funeral, and that he desired to be buried beside his father who died about a year ago. Funeral was preached by E. A. Bontrager in English and S. J. Swartzendruber and M. S. Zehr in German. Text, Rom. 12:1, 2. Buried July 11 in the Larkin Cemetery, Midland, Mich.
"Father thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy trials and cares are o,er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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