Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1918

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Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 14 - July 4, 1918 - page 248

Leaman.-Sister Sarah L. Leaman was born May 30, 1852; died June 11, 1918, at the home of her daughter near Paradise, Pa., aged 66 y. and 12 d. She was married Nov. 1, 1870, to Bro. John Leaman who preceeded her to the Spirit world a little more than a year ago. There remain to mourn her departure 5 sons, 5 daughters, 21 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral at the home of her daughter by Bro. Jacob Mellinger and at Mellinger's Church by Bro. John Senger. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. Buried in the adjoining cemetery. She was a patient sufferer for many years, undergoing two severe operations in less than two years time, but she bore it all patiently until at last God saw fit and called her home.
"Dearest Mother thou hast left us;
Here thy loss we deeply feel.
But 'tis God that has bereft us-
He can all our sorrows heal."

Buckwalter.-Edwin L. Buckwalter was born July 17, 1866, in Earl township, Lancaster Co., Pa.; departed this life June 12, 1918, at his home near Rocky Springs, West Lampeter township, Lanc. Co.: aged 51 y. 10 m. and 25 d.
He leaves to mourn his death, his grief stricken wife, who was Miss Anna Hartman before her marriage, and four sorrowing children, Della, wife of Charles Micken, Sister Gertrude, wife of Clayton Lefever, Hartman E., and Bro. John H. at home. Two grand children also survive. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was a kind and loving father and husband, and bore his suffering with patience. We believe that our loss is his eternal gain. The body was laid to rest in Mellinger's Cemetery June 14, 1918. Bishop C. M. Brackbill had charge of the services at the church and Bro. Sanford Landis at the house.

Brenneman.-The funeral of Sister Annie E. Brenneman was held at Bossier's Church Lancaster Co., Pa., May 13, with interment in cemetery adjoining. The services were conducted by Brethren Lehman Kraybill, Peter R. Nissley, and Simon E. Garber. Text, Jno. 14:1, 2. She was in her 42nd year. Our sister was an example to all of us for patience, hopefulness, loyalty to God and the Gospel of Jesus our Lord.
She was an invalid since 17 years of age. Many Christian people that used to go to that home in Florin, Pa., to leave with her a few words that might strengthen and cheer, by the added blessing of God, only to go away feeling that she has been a greater blessing to them by her steadfastness in the faith, Christian piety, and implicit trust in His promises. May her strong Christian character long live in our memories and ever be a help to us in times of affliction, and trial.

Kauffman.-Sister Lizzie, daughter of Elias and Hannah Fisher, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 2, 1886; died of a complication of diseases at her home at Atglen, Pa., June 11, 1918; aged 32 y. 4 m. 9 d. She bore her sufferings patiently.
She was united in marriage to Daniel S. Kauffman Dec. 1, 1910. To this union were born five children, one of whom preceeded her to the spirit world. She leaves husband, 4 children, father, mother, 9 brothers, and 3 sisters. She united with the A. M. Church in her youth, and remained faithful until death.
"Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services June 14 at the house by John Stoltzfus and at Maple Grove Church by Amos Stoltzfus and John A. Stoltzfus. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 15 - July 11, 1918 - pages 271 and 272

Johns.-Owen Ora and Opal Orene, twin babies of Bro. Ray O. and Fannie Johns, were born June 25, 1918; died June 27-two buds on earth, two flowers in heaven. "The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." Short services at the house by Bro. Silas Yoder, after which their bodies were laid to rest in the Union Cemetery.

Blake.-Harvey B. Blake, age 28 years, son of Charles G. Blake, who lives five miles east of Goshen, Ind., died of tuberculosis, June 10, 1918, at the home of his father. He was a member of the Silver street Mennonite congregation. He is survived by his father, three sisters, one half brother, and one half sister. Funeral services at the Silver Street Church conducted by Allen and Silas Yoder. Burial in Union Chapel Cemetery.

Burkey.-Sarah Bechtel Burkey was born in Elkhart Co. Ind., May 14, 1867; died at her home in Locke, Ind., June 10, 1918; aged 51 y. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Jerome Burkey in 1893. To this union were born six children, of whom only thee remain. In the year 1893 she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful till death. Her sickness, which was of only a few days, was borne with patience and Christian fortitude. Funeral services at the South Union Church and were conducted by David Burkholder and E. S. Mullet. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Hostetter.-Sister Rhoda Amstutz, wife of John Hostetter, was born in Wayne Co., O., Oct. 8, 1886; died June 18, 1918; aged 31 y. 8 m. 10 d. She was afflicted much of her life, having undergone two operations which finally developed into abdominal tuberculosis, but bore her sufferings with patience and was a model of cheerfulness. She was an especial friend of children.
She leaves a loving husband, parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, an aged grandmother; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. Funeral services were held June 20, at the Swiss Mennonite Church of which she had been a faithful member.
Services by Bros. C. N. Amstutz, and D. C. Amstutz. Text, Rev. 3:5; 7:14.

Kolb.-Dilman, third and youngest son of Abram and Elizabeth (Zeigler) Kolb, was born in Waterloo Co. Ont., Oct 15, l844, was married to Hannah, daughter of William and Mary (Erb) Moyer. To this union were born one son (William, deceased) and four daughters, the oldest daughter, Ida, deceased. He died in the city of Kitchener (formerly Berlin) of acute indigestion, after a very brief illness, June 6, 1918; aged 73 y., 7 m. 21 d. Funeral services June 8 at the home of his son-in-law, Simon Bowman, by Pre. Culp, pastor of the Waterloo M. E. Church in English, and by Pre. Samuel Bowman, of the Kitchener Mennonite Church, in German. Text, Matt. 26:39. Interment in the East End Mennonite Cemetery. Besides his three daughters and grandchildren, he leaves two aged brothers, two sisters, and many other relatives and friends.

Landis.-Elizabeth Landis was born Jan. 2 1831, in Northampton Co., Pa., died in Elkhart, Co., Ind., May 26, 1918; aged 87 y. 4 m. 24 d.
In October, 1853, she was united in marriage to Jacob Leatherman of Medina Co., Ohio. The pair emigrated to Elkhart Co., Ind. There were born to this union six sons and one daughter, all of whom survive, the husband having been called by death Aug. 11, 1907.
She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years, to which faith she clung until death. During recent years she was overtaken by accidents on several occasions which caused her much suffering, but she bore it all uncomplainingly, waiting anxiously to be relieved by death so that she might be with her Master.
Funeral services at the Yellow Creek Church, conducted by John Bare and D. A. Yoder.

Sensenig.-Sister Magdelena, wife of Tobias Sensenig, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 27, 1844; died at her home near Weaverland, Pa., June 23, 1918; aged 74 y. 2 m. 26 d. Sister Sensenig suffered for several weeks with heart trouble. We know our loss is her eternal gain. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, 3 sons (Amos, Elam, and Daniel) 1 daughter (Emma), also 1 sister, 16 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral Wed., June 26, at Weaverland Mennonite Church (of which she was a faithful member for many years) conducted by the brethren Frank Hurst and John Kurtz. Text II Tim. 4:18. Her remains were laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.

"I'm going to live with the angels so fair,
I'll look for you, children, and wait for you there,
Where tears do not flow and where death cannot come,
Together we'll dwell in that beautiful home."
By her Granddaughter.

Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XI, No. 16 - July 18, 1918 - page 287

Gum.- Ralph H., son of Bro. and Sister Frank Gum. near Stuarts Draft, Va., died June 17, 1918. aged 1 y. 9 m. Parents, five sisters and two brothers survive. Funeral services June 18th by the brethren, A. P. Heatwole and E. C. Shank, at the Springdale Church. Text, Psa. 39:9

Christner.- Kenneth La Mar Christner was born July 29. 1913; died June 4, 1918; aged 4 y. 10 m. 6 d. He leaves a father, mother two brothers (Marlen and Wayne), four grandparents and a host of friends and relatives.
"Dear Kenneth, how we miss you
Your kind and smiling face,
But God did call you home.
To give you a better resting place."
Funeral services by S. S. Yoder and D. D. Miller at Forks Church near Middlebury.,Ind.

Groff.- Kate Groff, wife of Jacob Groff, Freeport. Ill., died June 18, 1918, aged 72 y. 4 m. 7 d. She was buried on the 20th in Oakdale Cemetery. Her children were all present at the funeral but one. She leaves husband and four children who are all married and away from home. She was ailing for some time but died suddenly from heart failure. She was a daughter of Henry H. and Catharine Snively. reared to womanhood in Maryland. and was the last of a family of 12 children: She was a faithful member of the U. B. Church.

Beachy.-Joseph Beachy was born July.31, 1843; died July 3, 1918, aged 74 y. 11 in. 28 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church at the Forks congregation near Middlebury, Ind.
He was father of eight children, and is survived by his widow and three children. His first wife and five children preceded him to the home beyond. Bro. Beachy has been feeble for about a year, and suffered much the last few days of his life, but bore it very patiently. Funeral services at the Middlebury Church by J. Fike, A. J. Hostetler, and D. D. Miller.

Clendenning.- George Clendenning, son of the late Jacob Clendenning, died at the home of his son Darius near Markham, Ont., June 26, 1918, in his 75th year. His wife Catharine. nee Bullinger, died on Sept. 16. 1917.
Bro. Clendenning was converted to the Lord about 50 years ago and was baptized by the late John Steckley. He was received into church fellowship at the Wideman church Feb. 10. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition and departed this life with a confident Christian life. He is survived by one son and two daughters. The funeral was conducted at the Wideman Church on the 28th by I. A. Wambold and L. J. Burkholder

Batterman.- David F. Batterman of Adams Co., Pa. was born Mar. 4, 1866; died July 4. 1918: aged 52 y. 4 m.
On Dec. 24, 1889. he was married to Amanda Wisler. To this union were born 8 children. One preceded him to the heavenly home. He leaves wife, seven children (David W., John, Samuel, Jacob, Abraham. Ruth, Susie), his father, one brother, two sisters, and a number of friends. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for the last 27 years. Bro. Batterman's health was failing and although he suffered much, it was with Christian fortitude until death.
Funeral services at the Mummasburg Church conducted by J. F. Bucher and A. W. Myer. Text, Psa. 116:15. Laid to rest in Mummasburg Cemetery.

Steiner.- John J. Steiner was born in Wayne Co., 0., Dec. 3. 1857; died of cancer July 6. 1918; aged 60 y. 7 m. 3 d., Nov. 3. 1881. He was united in holy matrimony with Rosina P. Gerber, and lived in peace over 36 years. There were born to this union 6 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves to mourn his departure his loving companion. 6 sons, 2 daughters, 16 grandchildren. 1 brother, and 6 sisters. Funeral services at the Swiss Mennonite church near Dalton. O., by Bro. C. N. Amstutz. Text, Jno. 17:16. His health had been failing for several years, but he bore it patiently and was a devoted Christian. He had a desire to depart from this world. Several years ago he had been struck by lightning and was not expected to live, but God in His loving mercy spared him for the joy of the family who have since all grown to manhood and womanhood.

Hershey.- Anna (Landis) Hershey, widow of Peter F. Hershey was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 22. 1829; died at the home of her daughter in Paradise, Pa., June 4, 1918; aged 88 y. 5 m. 13 d. She leaves 3 children to mourn their loss. (Henry Hershey, Intercourse, Pa.; Mrs. Esaias Denlinger, Paradise, Pa.; Landis Hershey, Kinzer, Pa.) Two children preceded her to the spirit world. There also survive 11 grandchildren. She was a member of Hersheys Mennonite Church for many years, at which place she was a regular attendant until her faculties were impaired by age; being deprived of hearing. which became worse as the years advanced, she could no longer enjoy this privilege.
Services at Hersheys Church, conducted by Bro. J. B. Senger, and Bro. C. M . Brackbill. Burial in the Old Cemetery of the Church nearby.
A Granddaughter

Dellenbach- Barbara Litwiller was born near Delavan. Ill., Nov. 17, 1868; died in the St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill., June 25. 1918; aged 49 y. 7 m. 8 d. She united with the A. M. Church in her youth and remained true to her God in her quiet, unassuming way to her end. She was married to Jacob Dellenbach Sept. 25, 1893. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters. They made their home near Woodford, later moving to their own farm near Graymont. Ill. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband. 4 children. 1 brother. 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home and at the Waldo A. M. Church, where a large number had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect, conducted by Bro. D. W Slagel and Geo. H. Summer. Buried in the Waldo Cemetery.
Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But tis God who heath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Hartranft.- Bro. Aaron Hartranft, was born Feb. 18, 1839, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died June 10, 1918. at his home in Maugansville, Md.; aged 79 y. 3 m. 22d. He was the youngest living son of Joseph and Sarah (Wechter) Hartranft, the last of a family of 9 children. Late in the sixties he moved to Franklin Co., Pa. On Sept. 16, 1869, he was married to Catharine S. Lesher. To this union were born 3 sons, and 2 daughters, mother, 2 sons, and 1 daughter preceeded him.
Twelve years ago, he moved to Maugansville. Md., where he died. He enjoyed good health, and always looked to the higher powers for help. With several slight strokes of apoplexy, he gradually grew weaker since 1917 and was entirely helpless the last few weeks. His main trouble seemed to be the welfare of his 2 fatherless little grand-sons, (David's boys). He leaves to mourn his second wife (who was Sister Mary R. Strite and who faithfully ministered, with his children. to father for 12 weeks) 1 daughter, 1 son, 3 grand-sons. and 1 grand-daughter. Funeral on the 13th at Reiffs Mennonite Church, of which place he was a faithful member nearly 21 years. Services by Bros. Denton Martin, and Daniel Strite. Text, I Thes. 4:13, 14. -He was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard with his family. We believe our loss is his gain.
His daughter,
Emma L. Hykes.

Reber.- Anna Reber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, March 23, 1885; died July 2, 1918; aged 33 y. 3 m, 9 d. She leaves to mourn, her departure, father, mother,4 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends.
At the age of sixteen she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. She volunteered for mission work in 1912 and her life has since been spent in the missions in Chicago in service for her Master. God greatly blessed her efforts in her work among the children as well as the young people and older ones.
Her untiring efforts and a strain of over work has opened the way for a complication of diseases which hastened the end of her life. She was engaged in Christian service at the time when she was taken ill and never was again able to take up her work in the -Mission. During the 20 weeks of her illness it was her prayer that she might get well and again take up her work as a city missionary. Funeral services were held in the Lower Deer Creek Church in Johnson County, Iowa. The services were attended by a large number of people, conducted by Abner Yoder of Parnell. Iowa, and A. H. Leaman of the Chicago Home Mission, of which the departed sister was a member. Text, II Tim. 4:8.
Her remains were laid to rest in the nearby cemetery, waiting for the morning of the resurrection when those who sleep in Him shall enjoy the blessings of the future life.
The family.


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 17- July 25, 1918 - pages 303 and 304

Weaver.-Barbara (Sommers) Weaver was born June 25, 1883; died July 2, 1918; aged 35 y. 7 d. She lived in matrimony nearly 16 years. She was the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters. She leaves husband, a son, 2 daughters, parents, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of friends. She was a member of the Walnut Creek, Ohio, A. M. Church where services were held July 4 by S. H. Miller and A. J. Steiner. Text, Heb. 2:13.

Nafziger.-Rollen, son of Dan and Julia Nafziger, was born in Fulton Co., O., May 2, 1908; died July 6, 1918; aged 10 y. 2 m. 4 d. He leaves parents, three brothers and one sister. His sickness which was very severe and painful, lasted only three days.Rollen had a kind and loving disposition and had a smile for everybody.
Funeral services, July 8, at the Amish Mennonite Central Church by H. Ryhener (Text, Rev. 14:4) and S. D. Grieser (Text, Mark 10:13-16).

Mil1er.-Grace M. daughter of Bro. and Sister S. W. Shearer of Jackson, Minn., was born Nov. 8, 1882, at Cullom, Ill.; united in marriage to Archie Miller, June 28, 1905: died July 9, 1918, after a very short illness. She leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, husband, six children, and many friends. Her body was laid to rest in the Jackson Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian Church by Bro. C. J. Garber which was attended by a large concourse of friends. Texts Isa. 38:1 and Rev. 22:12. A loud call this is for us all to be prepared to answer the summons of death.

Eicher.-Henry L. Eicher was born near Milford, Nebr., April 29, 1918; died May 28, 1918; aged 23 y. 29 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters. He was afflicted with leucemia which finally caused his death. He became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church near Milford, Nebr., in 1914. May the bereaved ones find comfort in God's Word and in prayer as he did.
"When my grassy mound you see,
It is then I ask, remember me;
As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so you must be;
Prepare for death and follow me."
By a Sister.

Detweiler.-Roy, son of Abner and Sadie Detweiler, was born Aug. 6, 1914; died June 29, 1918; aged 3 y. 10 m. 23 d. He suffered much from convulsions. Two weeks before his death he was so unfortunate as to fall and fracture his left arm, from which he never recovered. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, a grandmother, a sister, 2 half sisters, a half brother, besides many friends and relatives. One sister preceded him. Funeral services conducted July 2 at the Mennonite Church near Belleville, Pa., by J. H. Byler and J. M. Hartzler.
"We loved this tender little one,
We wished to have him stay;
Our heavenly Father's will be done-
Roy shines in endless day."
Cousin Cathryn.

Zook.-Mary Detwiler Zook was born Mar. 16, 1873, near Wilmington Jct. Pa., died June 28, 1918; aged 45 y. 3 m. 12d.
She was married to Jno. G. Zook Sept. 9, 1913. This union was blessed with one daughter (Gladys Elizabeth). She confessed and accepted Christ as her Savior in early life and united with the A. M. Church. She was a devoted Christian, and a faithful worker in the Master's cause, interested in humanity in general as well as in the Church of her choice. She leaves a kind, loving husband, one daughter, 7 step children, also a brother, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. But we submit to the will of God and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services by the brethren, J. R. Byler and J. S. Gerig. Text, Mark 14:8. Peace to her ashes.

Yoder.-Fannie J., daughter of Jephthah P. and Mary Yoder, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Sept 20, 1904; died at place of birth July 8, 1918: aged 13 y. 9 m. 18 d. Her sickness has covered a period of more than 3 years. Cause, leakage of heart and other developments following. In the fall of 1916 she was converted and became a member of the Lower Deer Creek Amish Mennonite Church. Her Christian life though short, was an example worthy of respect. Although she could not be with her associates very much yet she was content and cheerful and fully resigned to the will of God. She leaves father, mother, a brother, 2 sisters, grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. Her early departure should be a loud call to us that remain.
Funeral services July 10, at Lower Deer Creek Church conducted by home ministers including S. C. Yoder, the officiating minister at her baptism. Interment in Cemetery nearby.

Pierce.-Frank L. Pierce was born June 25, 1863, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at his home near Rheems, Pa., after two days illness with congestion of the lungs; aged 55 y. and 10 d. He leaves to mourn his death a sorrowing wife (who was Amanda M. Haldeman before her marriage), one son (Frank H.) one grandson, and a host of friends. One son preceded him to the spirit world. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, worshipping at Risser's M. H. He was ordained deacon Aug. 2, 1903, and served faithfully until death called him away. He was also a trustee of the Old People's Home at Oreville, Pa. Funeral services July 5 at the house by Bro. Samuel L. Oberholtzer and at Risser's M. H. by Bishops Peter R. Nissley and John Ebersole and Bro. Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text, Luke 2:29,30. Interment in the adjoining burial ground. Peace to his ashes. The funeral was very largely attended, making it necessary to have an overflowing meeting in the adjoining school house, conducted by the brethren, Noah H. Mack and J. F. Bressler.

Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington

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