Gospel Witness Obituaries - October, 1906

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 27 - Oct. 3, 1906, pages 431, 432

YODER.- Gideon Yoder was born in Lewistown, Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 11, 1825; died near Topeka, Ind., Aug. 28, 1906; aged 81y., 7m., 17d.
When he was but a youth his people moved to Lancaster, Fairfield Co., Ohio. At the age of 23 he was married to Elizabeth Hartzler, daughter of John and Lydia Hartzler. Soon after their marriage they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where they bought a farm and lived here until about 1850, when they bought a farm on the Haw Patch and lived there the remainder of his life.
To this union were born six children, five of whom survive him and were present on this occasion, besides then grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was baptized and united with the Amish Mennonite church when 18 years of age in Mifflin Co., Pa., and remained a faithful member until his death. During the last ten years he worshipped with the Shore congregation. His wife died in February, 1894, since which time he lived with his second son, Noah, where he died. Slowly but surely the old land-marks are fading out of sight. Funeral held in Maple Grove Church, conducted by Y. C. Miller and J. Kurtz. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8, as selected by the deceased.

KAUFFMAN.- Elizabeth (Speicher) Kauffman was born in Holmes Co., O., March 19, 1849. In her young years she moved to Wayne Co., O., and there accepted Jesus as her Savior and was received into the A. M. Church. She was married to Benjamin Kauffman, Feb. 11, 1890, who is now mourning the loss of a loving wife. They moved to Iowa in the spring 1891 and located in Wayland, where she lived till God called her to her eternal home, Sept. 20, 1906. Her age was 57 y. 6 m. 1 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two sisters, one brother and two step-brothers, three sisters and one step-brother preceded her to the spirit world. Buried in the Sugar-Creek cemetery, Sept. 23, 1906. Funeral services were conducted by S. Gerig in German, and Daniel Graber in English from II Cor. 5:1-10.

DAVIDHIZER.- Sister Lydia Davidhizer, daughter of Bro. and Sister Joseph Weaver, was born in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 8, 1860; died Sept. 17, 1906, near Wakarusa, Ind., at the age of 45 y. 11 m. 9 d. On Dec. 16, 1877, she was married to Jacob Davidhizer. To them were born seven sons and one daughter. Her father and two sons have preceded her to the bright beyond, while her husband, mother, five sons, one daughter, seven sisters and four brothers, are left to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. For several years her health has failed and she was often absent from services. During the last few weeks of her life she suffered much, and to those who anxiously tried to soothe her she said, "I wish I could go unknown to you." On Saturday night the tide of life ebbed low but she rallied again until Monday noon while partaking of some food she laid her head back and with a few more breaths all was ended, and her wish fulfilled. She was buried on the 19, at the Olive Grove cemetery. Funeral services by J. F. Funk and Jacob K. Bixler. Text, Rev. 7:14-21.

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 28 - October 10, 1906, page 447

EWART.- Gladys, daughter of Frank and Anna Ewart, passed away of an illness with which she lingered for some time Sept. 15, 1906; aged 11m. 4d. Our sympathies go out to the sorrowing parents. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery at Masontown, Pa. Services by J. A. Brilhart.

MILLER.- Mary Ann wife of the late John Miller, of Richfield, Pa., died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Yeager, near Halifax, Pa., on the 26, day of Sept. 1906; aged 76y. 11m. Funeral services in the Lutheran church at Richfield, Sept. 29, by Sol. S. Graybill. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

HOLLINGER.- Viola May, only daughter of Clyde and Effa Hollinger, died Sept. 9, 1906, near North Lawrence, Stark Co., O. Aged 29d. Funeral services were held at the home. Interment in the Pleasant View cemetery. May the Lord bless the bereaved parents that they may prepare themselves to meet their loved one in heaven.

BRYANT.- Susan, widow of Scott Bryant, who preceded her to the spirit world 42 years ago, died Sept. 27, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Cluck, near Richfield, Pa.; aged 65y. 11m. 11d. Sister Bryant was a member of the Brethren church. Funeral services were conducted on the 30, in the Richfield Brethren church by Pre. P. G. Skelley and Elmer Graybill. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

BENNER.- Bro. Josiah Benner, of near Selins Grove, Pa., died at his home Sept. 28, 1906, of stomach troubles; aged 62y. 3m. He is survived by an aged mother, his wife, and twelve sons and daughters, and a number of grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Richfield Mennonite church for many years. Funeral services at Richfield, Pa., by Pre. Snavel, of Selins Grove, Pa., in the German language and Elmer Graybill in English. Peace to his ashes.

SHELLENBERGER.- Christian S. Shellenberger, of Evendale, Juniata Co., Pa., died Sept. 26, 1906; aged 86y., 6m., 11d. He is survived by his aged companion, 89 years old, and four daughters; also eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bro. S. was a faithful member of the Brethren church. Funeral services were held on Sept. 30, in the Brick Mennonite church, near Richfield, Pa., conducted by Pre. J. O. Smith and William Seiber, from I Thess. 4:14.

LOWE.- Malinda, wife of Ethelbert Lowe, of Masontown, Pa., departed this life on Sept. 26, 1906; aged 79y., 6m., 12d. Three children were born to this union, one remains to mourn the loss of a dear mother- Mrs. S. J. Hansaker. She made a covenant with her Lord at the age of twenty years and during her life was much concerned about the welfare and comfort of those around her. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery. Services by J. A. Brilhart. Text, Prov. 31:10, 27. A large concourse of friends attended the funeral.

KURTZ.- Sister Sarah Kurtz died Sunday, Sept. 30, 1906, in Belleville, Pa., aged 32 y. 11 m. 16 d. Sister Kurtz labored a while at the Canton mission until her health broke down and she came home in January with the expectation of returning again but was never able to do so. Seven weeks before her death she was seized with severe hemorrhages of the lungs and soon became weaker and finally at the time mentioned died with a glorious hope of eternal life. She is survived by a mother and several brothers and sisters. She selected "The Love of God" as her theme for her funeral discourse. She also selected the ministers, John M. Yoder and Sam. Peachy. Before her death she told the ministering brethren to warn the young people especially on the subject of intemperance, also told them to preach of the love of God.
She was a zealous worker, sound in the faith and is now gone to her reward. Funeral services were held at the home of her mother.

MEYERS.- Daisy, daughter of Henry and- Meyers, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., died Sept. 15, 1906; aged 15y., 17d. She took sick on Sept. 4, with diphtheria, but was able to be about the first week. She gradually grew worse until death took her away.
She leaves father, mother, two brothers and two sisters to mourn her departure. We cannot see why God took one so young and tender in years, but we are certain that God knows what is best. Let us say, Thy will be done. May this be a warning to us to prepare to meet our God. We know not who will be next. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon in a neighbor,s yard, where many sorrowing relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed one. Bro. King being absent, Bro. Noah Metzler, of Nappanee, Ind., preached the sermon. M. M.

SPRINGER.- Anna, beloved wife of Christian Springer, was born in Lorraine, Germany; died at the home of her son, B. W. Springer, near Aurora, Neb., Sept. 10, 1906; aged 67y., 10m., 18d. She was sick only a few hours. She united with the A. M. church at the age of fourteen and remained a faithful member until death.
She leaves a sorrowing husband, with whom she lived in happy union, in joy and sorrow, for 41 years. To them were born ten children, two having preceded her to the spirit world. Besides a husband, she is survived by eight children, twenty-seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends.
She was a good loving mother and we sadly miss her, but our loss is her gain, and we pray to meet her in that heavenly home where she awaits our coming.
Funeral services were held at the Mennonite church conducted by Chr. Rediger in German and Andrew Oesch in English. Interment in the Fairview cemetery.
A Daughter.

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 29 - October 17, 1906, page 464

SHELLY.- Sister Catharine Shelly, widow of the late Samuel Shelly, died at the home of her daughter in Plumstead, Saturday, Sept. 22. Aged 72y. She had been ailing for quite awhile, but at the time of death she could rest in bed, death being due to her heart wearing out. Eight children survive her. She was buried at Deep Run Church on the 26. She bore her sufferings patiently, without complaining. Peace to her ashes.

GEHMAN.- Abraham Gehman was born Nov. 20, 1819, and departed this life, Sept. 25, 1906, aged 86y., 10m., 5d. He went to visit one of his daughters, took sick and was sick only three days. Five daughters and one son survive. Funeral services at Deep Run on Sept. 30. Jacob Rush preached from Phil. 1:21, For me to live is Christ to die is gain.

STOUFFER.- Ruth, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Stouffer, was born in Wadsworth, township, Medina Co., Ohio, Jan. 27, 1902; departed this life Sept. 25, 1906; aged 4y., 7m., 28d. She suffered severely about two weeks from peritonitis, but she bore her sufferings patiently. After she felt that she must go, she called the family to her bedside and after bidding them all goodbye, passed quietly away.
Funeral services were held in the Bethel church, Sept. 27. Conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, using as a text, Mark 14:8, "She hath done what she could." Interment in cemetery near by. A large congregation of sorrowing friends met to pay a last tribute of respect to one whom they dearly loved. We are told that she often sang the hymns, "Little Ones Like Me." and "I,ll Live for Him." She leaves a father, mother, one sister, one brother and a host of friends to mourn her early departure.
"Budded on earth to bloom in heaven."

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 30 - October 24, 1906, page 480

BAER.- Sister Anna, wife of Bro. Benjamin Baer, died at her home in Roherstown, Pa., Oct. 8, 1906, in her eightieth year of her age. She had been in failing health for a number of years, but bore her afflictions with true Christian fortitude, looking forward to the time when the Master would bid her leave this world of sin and woe for an immortal crown.
She was of kind and amiable disposition and will be sadly missed, not only in the home, but in the church and community as well; her seat in church was seldom vacant, so long as her health permitted her to be present at church services. A sorrowing husband, two sons, two daughters, a number of grandchildren, and a host of friends are left to mourn her departure, but we praise God that we sorrow not as those who have no hope, for we believe that our sister has only gone from labor to reward, and that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church at Rohrerstown on the 11, by the brethren D. N. Lehman and A. D. Wenger. May the Lord comfort the bereaved ones and give them all grace so to live that they may some day meet in the Father,s home above, where partings are unknown

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 31 - October 31, 1906, page 496

LOHR.- Eli Lohr died at his home near Bittinger, Md., Oct. 3, 1906; aged 59 y. 3 m. 13 d. Death came sudden and unexpected. He had not been in good health for some time, but the day before he was out at work, ate a hearty supper and retired with the family at 9 o,clock. Sister Lohr arose early the next morning to prepare breakfast for a working man, the husband not rising in due time, one of the children was sent to call him, but returned saying, "Pa won,t answer." When the wife reached the bed, she found the husband and father dead, the messenger having come some time during the night. Heart failure. It was a great shock. The widow is left with ten children, but her trust is in God who has promised to be a father to the fatherless and a help in every time of trouble. Besides the immediate family, he is survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at the Bittinger Lutheran Church where the deceased was a member, conducted by the pastor, J. B. Shoup. Text, Matt. 24:44.
Sister Lohr is the only sister of the office editor of the Gospel Witness. Our heart-felt sympathy and prayers go out to her in this time of sad bereavement and trial. The Lord graciously comfort and bless her and her children.

REIFF.- David H. Reiff was born near Farmersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., December 4, 1841. At this place he spent the days of his boyhood and young manhood. In the year 1863 he married Mary Horst, of Hagerstown, Md. To this union were born fourteen children, eight of whom grew to maturity. Seven are still living. One daughter preceded him eight years ago. After marriage he began farming, which he followed for three years near the place of his birth, after which he moved to Washington Co., Md. In 1866 he moved with his family to Nemaha Co., Kans., and later to Harvey Co., where he resided until his death. His last sickness was brief, be being confined to his bed only seventeen days with abscess of the liver. He suffered intensely until the last eighteen hours when all pain left him and he quietly passed away. He died Sept. 29, 1906; aged 64y., 8m., 28d. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Joseph, of Fayetteville, Pa.; Christian, of Newton, Kans.; Leah Eby, of Hillsboro, Kans., John of Kansas City, Kans.; David, of Garden City, Mo.; Martin, of Newton, Kans.; and Annie, residing at home. The funeral was held at the Mennonite church, near Trousdale, where he was a worshipper. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services by J. M. R. Weaver, from Eph. 5:16, "Redeeming the time because the days are evil."

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