1907 Herald of Truth Obituaries

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Week 1:
April 4, 1907, page 135
Volume XLIV, Number 14

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Myers.-Hannah Myers was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Jan. 31. 1833. Died March 18, 1907, aged 74 y., 1 m., 18 d. On June 15, 1850, she was united in marriage with Abram Myers, and about forty-five years ago the family moved from their native place to Sterling, Ill. where they spent the remainder of their lives. To this union were born sixteen children, nine of whom preceded their parents to the tomb, her husband having preceded her to the spirit world ten years ago. Funeral services were held on the 20th at the Science Ridge M. H., conducted by J. S. Shoemaker and A. C. Good. Peace to her ashes.

Stoltzfus.-On Mar. 13, 1907, near New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., Eve, wife of Jacob Stoltzfus, aged 61 y., 11 m., 23d. Death was caused by pneumonia. She leaves her husband and a number of children to mourn her death. She was a consistent member of the A. M. church. Funeral was held on the 16th. Interment at the Amish burying-ground on the Stoltzfus farm near Amsterdam.

Landis.-On Feb. 14, 1907, in W. Donegal twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, John F. Landis, aged 70 years. He was a member of the Mennonite church. Besides his wife he is survived by five sons, three daughters and one brother. Buried on the 18th. Services by John Weaver and Aaron Sensenig.

Short.-Ada Short, daughter of Bro. and Sister Benjamin Short, was born near Archbold in Henry Co., Ohio, March 26, 1906; died March 17, 1907, aged 11 mo. 21 days. She leaves to mourn her death, father, mother, three sisters and one brother. May God comfort the bereaved family with the thought that their dear child is now safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held in the A. Menn. M. H., conducted by Christian Freyenberger in German, assisted by H. Rychner in English.

Reid.-Bro. Richard Reid died at his home near Sherando, Augusta Co., Va., on Feb. 13, 1907, aged about 64 years. He had been in ill health for quite a while. Attended church whenever he was able. Last Summer services were held in the grove near his house, and when he was visited it was his delight to talk of Jesus and His love. He leaves his wife and mother-in-law, the latter a hundred or more years old. Neither were able to attend the funeral services, which were held at Spring Dale, on the 15th, by the brethren E. C. Shank, A. P. Heatwole and J. S. Martin.

Short.-Joseph P. Short was born in the village of Lacote, in France, Mar. 2, 1834. Died from bright's disease, Mar. 22, 1907, aged 73 y. and 20 d. Came to America with his parents in 1836, united in marriage with Elizabeth Nofziger in 1863. They lived together 5 yrs., 1 mo., 27 d., when she died. To them were born 3 children. In 1869 he again united in marriage with Catherine Schmucker; lived with her 37 y., 4 m., 4 d. To this union were born 10 children. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 13 children, 39 grandchildren, all living, except 8 grand-children that preceded him. Bro. Joseph was the last one of a family of 8 children to leave this world, one of whom died in Infancy. He became a member of the A. M. church at an early age and remained a faithful member until God called him to his last resting place. Funeral services were conducted in the A. M. M. H., by Christian Freyenberger, assisted by Eli Frey. The remains were buried in the Lockport cemetery. Peace to his ashes. COR.

Stichter- On the 27th of February, 1907, near White Cloud, Mich., Alman, son of Bro. Henry and Sister Lucy Stichter, aged 2 y., 8 m., 27 d. Funeral services Mar. 1, at the Union M. H., by B. B. King in English and by J. C. Springer in German. Little Alman leaves to mourn his departure his parents, five brothers and one sister who have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.

Beller -Susannah Beller (nee) Zehr, died Mar. 13, at the home of her son-in-law, John Ropp, near Brunner, Ont. She was born in France, April 18, 1822, aged 84 y., 10 m., 23 d. She was faithful to the end. Funeral on the 15th at Poole. Services were conducted by Peter Boshart in German from Psa. 103:15, 16, and Osia Cressman in English, from Heb. 4:9. May God comfort the bereaved friends. Peace to the remains.

Friedt- Mary Friedt, daughter of Joseph and Mary Friedt, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Oct. 16, 1840. In 1852 she went with her parents to Medina, Co., Ohio, where she lived until her death, Mar. 14, 1907, aged 66 y., 4 m., 28 d. She suffered from sciatic rheumatism which affected her heart. She was a member of the Mennonite church for about thirty-five years. Four brothers and three sisters survive her. Three brothers and two sisters were present at the funeral. Funeral services were held at the Guilford, M. H. Mar. 17, conducted by Isaac Good in German and Edward Coppes in the English language, from 2 Cor. 5:1-3.

Hall- On the 18th of March, 1907, in Osceola Ind., of a complication of diseases, from which he suffered several months, Harold, son of Mrs. Edith Hall, widow of the late ----- Hall, aged 20 months, 4 days. His father died from blood poisoning, caused by an accidental gunshot received while out hunting only a short time after his marriage. Funeral services were conducted at the home on the 19th, by John F. Funk of Elkhart.

Hollinger.-Mrs. Mary Risser Hollinger was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 28, 1838, and died with cancer of the stomach March 18, 1907, aged 68 y., 8 m., 20 d. She was the daughter of Peter and Mary Risser. In 1858 she was married to Jacob Hollinger. To this union were born four children; all survive to mourn their loss. Her husband preceded her to the heavenly home one year and nine months ago. Shortly after their marriage they moved from Pennsylvania to Elkhart, Ind., where they lived until 1880, and then they moved near Paris, Ills., where they spent the remainder of their lives. The funeral services were held Wednesday, Mar. 20, from the residence in Paris, Ill. She was a kind and loving mother, and was respected and loved by all who knew her. She was also a faithful member of the Mennonite church, which she joined in her youth. She leaves to mourn her loss four children and five grand-children.

Lantz.-On the 15th of March, 1907, at her home near Topeka, Ind., of paralysis, Nancy, widow of Adam C. Lantz, aged 71 y., 10 m., 9 d. Her husband and three daughters preceded her. She leaves one adopted son and an adopted daughter, who, with their children and many other relatives and friends are left to mourn her departure. She was a faithful Christian worker and was ready to go to her long home. Funeral services at the Maple Grove M. H., near Topeka, were conducted by J. Kurtz, on the 17th. Text: Phil. 1:23.

Yoder.-Catherine, widow of Josiah Yoder, nee Hostetler, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 4, 1843; died near White Cloud, Mich., Mar. 22, aged 64 y., 1 m,. 18 d. She was sick about 7 months with a complication of diseases. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. She is survived by one son, three daughters, one brother, two sisters, two half-sisters, and a number of grand-children. During her sickness she was with her son, who faithfully cared for his mother. Funeral services were held on the 24th, at Pleasant Valley S. H. Services were conducted by J. C. Springer and J. P. Miller, from the 23rd Psalm, which was selected by the children. The funeral was largely attended. On the 25th, the remains were taken to LaGrange Co., Ind., and buried at the Shore burying ground. Sister Yoder was fully resigned to the will of the Lord, and bore her afflictions with patience.

Week 2:
April 11, 1907, page 144
Volume XLIV, Number 15

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Gehman.-On the 20th of Mar. 1907, Daniel G. Gehman, aged about 29 years. He was a son of the late Dea. Abraham Gehman, of Bally, Berks Co., Pa. He leaves a wife, the daughter of Pre. David Gehman of the Doylestown (Bucks Co.) congregation. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing hearts and lead them nearer to the Heavenly Father, knowing that what God doeth is well done.

Augspurger.-Lena Augspurger, wife of Pre. D. D. Augspurger, of Goodland, Ind., was born Apr. 25, 1856; died Mar. 18, 1907, in her fiftieth year. She was in feeble health for more than a year. She was converted in her youth, and was a faithful member of the church until death. We believe she died in peace with God. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 brothers and one sister. She was a faithful, loving wife and a kind mother, and looked forward with hope to the life to come. Many attended her funeral. May the dear ones she left behind all seek to meet her in heaven. Funeral services were held in Zion's M. H., near Goodland, Ind., Mar. 20, 1907. Services were conducted by Valentine Strubhar and M. Kinsinger.

Kauffman,-Abbie Matilda Smucker was born in Logan Co., 0., Jan. 20, 1875. Died in Champaign Co., Ill., Mar. 13, 1907, aged 32 y., 1 m., 21 d. She was united in matrimony with Joseph Kauffman Nov. 19, 1903. At the age of 15 years she united with the Amish Mennonite church, and lived a consistent Christian life until death relieved her suffering. She leaves a sorrowing husband, one son, an aged mother, two brothers, and three sisters to mourn her early departure. Her father, two brothers and one sister preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the East Bend church Mar. 14, conducted by Peter Zehr and Geo. Greaser, after which the remains were brought to the home of her mother, Sister Maria Smucker of Champaign Co., 0. On Mar. 17 funeral services were again held at the Oak Grove M. H., in the presence of a very large concourse of people. Services conducted by S. E. Allegyer in English and David Plank in German.

Staker.-Magdalena Staker was born in France, May 15, 1819, died March 14, 1907, aged 87 y., 9 m., 29 d. She came to Ohio in 1837, united in marriage with Nicholas Staker, in 1840, to which union were born eleven children. Husband and three children preceded her to the spirit world. She came to Tazewell Co., Ill., in 1859, where she remained until death. She accepted her Savior in her young years, and united with the A. Mennonite church in which she was faithful unto the end. Funeral services were conducted by Daniel Roth and Samuel Gerber.

Bingeman.-On April 1, 1907, at his residence in Berlin, Ont., of tuberculosis, of which he had suffered for some months, Joseph B. Bingeman, aged 59 Y., 4 M., 23 D. He was united in matrimony to Leah Hallman May 28, 1872, and is survived by his companion, seven daughters and one son. He secured a good education in his youth, and was for many years one of the prominent teachers in Waterloo Co., Ont. He united with the Mennonite church early in life, and later identified himself with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ branch. He had been in failing health for some time, and at about 2 A. M. of the night on which he died his wife went to his room, but thinking he was sleeping, did not try to disturb him. Going again at about 4 A. M. she found him cold in death. Funeral services were conducted on the 4th. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the Berlin Mennonite M. H.

Bechthold.-On March 25, 1907, at his residence about three miles north of Baden, Ont., of gangrene of the foot, Bro. Henry Bechthold, aged 75 Y., 5 M. Deceased was twice married, his first wife, Elizabeth Grody, with whom he had four children, and of whom three survive, died about ten years ago. About three years ago he was married to Elizabeth Strickler who survives him. Funeral services on the 27th at the Shantz M. H., Upper Street were very largely attended. Bro. Bechthold was widely known and highly esteemed as a faithful Christian and respected neighbor.

Shirk.-On Feb. 4, 1907, at the home of her son, David Shirk, in Toronto, Ont., Sr. Fanny Shirk, wife of Bro. Jos. Shirk, in her 8oth year. Her death was caused by dropsy and pneumonia. She was a member of the Mennonite church. She is survived by her husband, one daughter and two sons. Two sons preceded her in death ten years ago. She accepted Christ when young, and was faithful to her profession. Funeral services were held on Feb. 6, at the Wideman M. H. Services by Samuel R. Hoover and Peter Steckley from 2 Cor 5:1. Subject: "The house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

Kratz.-On March 29, 1907, in Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Catharine Kratz, widow of the late Simeon Kratz, aged 93 Y., 3 M., 25 D. She was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Dec. 3, 1813. Her husband died May 5, 1865. They were blessed with 11 children, three of whom preceded the mother to the eternal world. Thirty-nine grandchildren and fifty great-grandchildren also survive her. Sister Kratz was a faithful member of the Mennonite faith, and a Sunday school teacher in the Blooming Glen congregation until eight years ago, when the infirmities of age no longer permitted her to regularly attend the services. She was blessed with a good mind until her end. She was buried on April 2, at the Blooming Glen M. H., where services were conducted by Bish. H. B. Rosenberger and Pre. H. G. Anglemoyer, from Isa. 35:10. Peace to her ashes.

Shrock.-Joseph Shrock was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 11, 1840. Died March 27, 1907, at his home in Howard Co., Ind., aged 66 Y., 11 M., 16 D. He came to Howard County with his parents when eight years old. He was the father of eight children, two sons and six daughters. He united with the Mennonite church in early life, in which faith he lived a consistent and devoted christian life to the time of his death. Was united in marriage to Sarah Lantz on June 18, 1856. Death had never visited their family before. He had a desire to get well, but was ready to depart and be with Christ. He bore his sufferings with great patience and submission to God. The family has lost a kind husband and a loving father; the church a true and devoted counsellor(sic), the community an honest citizen and an obliging neighbor. A sorrowing widow, eight children, four brothers, two sisters and a of friends survive him. Funeral was held on the 30th, at the A. M. meeting house. Many attended the services which were conducted by Bish. E. A. Mast, from Cor. 5:24-29, and Amos Kendall, from Heb: 13:14.

Shenk.-On March 30, 1907, in W. Donegal, Lancaster Co., Pa., of apoplexy, John H. Shenk, aged 87 years. He is survived by three sons and one daughter. He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. Funeral on the 2nd of March, at Good's M. H.

Rudy.-In April, 1907, in Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Barbara Becker Rudy, aged 69 Y., 7 D. She had been a sufferer for twelve weeks from a complication of diseases. She was the widow of Jacob B. Rudy. They formerly lived in Millport. She was a consistent member of the Old Mennonite church for many years. She possessed a cheerful, kind-hearted and good disposition and was a devoted wife and mother. She is survived by seven brothers, and sisters, also four sons and twenty-four grand-children. Funeral at the Hess M. H.

Shenk.-On April 1, 1907, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Benj. S. Shenk, aged 73 years. He was a member of the Old Mennonite church. He is survived by his wife and five children. Funeral was held on Thursday, April 4, at Cresswell.

Shoup.-On March 6, 1907, at her home, near Mt. Eaton, Holmes Co., Ohio, Sister Sarah Ziegler Shoup, aged 39 Y., 10 M., 28 D. She was united in marriage to Henry Shoup, Aug. 28, 1898. To this union were born five children, one of which preceded her to the future world. She united with the Mennonite church in 1888 and remained a faithful member until death. It is indeed sad to look into the faces of the four little girls (the youngest but two months old), and think of them fighting life's battles without the care and counsel of a christian mother. May God comfort our dear Bro. Henry, in the great loss which he has sustained. Funeral services were conducted at the Longenecker M. H., March 9, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends by I. J. Buchwalter and
S. H. Miller, assisted by J. Kaser. Her loving husband, four children, aged grandmother, two sisters and six brothers have the deepest sympathy of the entire neighborhood. May they say, "Not ours but thy will be done."

Grieser.-Monroe Grieser, son of Bro. and Sister Daniel Grieser, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Jan. 2, 1900; died April 2, 1907, aged 7 years, three months. He leaves to mourn his death a sorrowful father and mother, one sister and four brothers. One sister and one brother preceded him to the spirit world. May God comfort the bereaved family. Funeral services were held in the A. M. meeting house. Pre. D. J. Wyse and Eli Frey conducted the services. Our sweet little Monroe is gone but not forgotten. COR.

Week 3:
April 18, 1907, page 151, 152
Volume XLIV, Number 16

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Borntrager.-On Jan. 16, 1907 in McPherson Co., Kans., of the infirmities of old age, Christian Borntrager, aged 91 Y., 2 M. He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., and at the age of twenty years united in marriage with Lizzie Baumgardner of the same place. She died Aug. 5, 1903, after having lived together with her husband 67 Y., 2M., 5 D. This union was blessed with three sons and seven daughters. One son and daughter died in infancy. On June 3, 1841 they left their home in Pennsylvania and settled in Lagrange Co., Indiana. They were among the first Amish settlers in this part of the state, remaining there 45 years. In 1886 they immigrated to McPherson Co., Kans., where they resided with one of their daughters to the end of their days. He was a faithful member of the Old Amish church since 19 years of age. His father and mother were John and Barbara Borntrager. He is survived by one brother, seven children, forty-four grandchildren, seventy-four great-grandchildren and fourteen great-great-grandchildren and many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Jonas Bontrager of Reno Co., Kans., and Bish. S. C. Miller of Windom, Kans.

Snyder.-On the 6th of April, 1907, two miles northeast of Bloomingdale, Waterloo Co., Out., Bro. Jacob S. Snyder, aged 88 Y., 2 M., 12 D. Deceased had been in poor health for some time, nevertheless his end came quite suddenly and unexpectedly on the afternoon of the above date. He was born Jan. 25, 1819, was married March 26, 1844, to Magdalena, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Bowman) Schneider. To this union were born six sons and six daughters, of whom one son preceded him. Bro. Snyder was a member of the Mennonite church and was well known and highly respected throughout the community in which he lived. He was one of the early settlers in the district and remembered when practically all of that country was an unbroken forest. Funeral services were held on the 9th. Buried in the Snyder cemetery near Bloomingdale.

Snavely. Anna B., widow of Abr. Snavely, died at the home of her son, Daniel B., in Penn Twp., east of Manheim, Pa., on Apr. 3, 1907, aged 71 Y., 4 M., 2 D. She was a member of the Mennonite church and died of pneumonia. Her husband died some 21 years ago. She is survived by three sons and four daughters, also by two sisters and one brother. Buried at Hernley's M. H. Services by Jacob N. Brubacher and Joseph Boll.

Breier.-George Breier was born in Wirtember Germany, April 17, 1828. He was united in marriage with Catharine Wahl in April 1847. He was received as a member into the Evangelical church when 14 years old and came to America in 1875. His wife died 13 months ago. 0ne daughter, five grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren survive him to mourn their loss. One son died when seven years old. He died March 31, 1907, aged 84 Y., 11 M., 14 D. Funeral services were conducted by Noah Metzler and David Burkholder at the Mennonite M. H. in Nappanee, Ind., on April 2. He was buried in the cemetery at the Dunkard Brick M. H. in Union Twp. The bereaved relatives have the sympathies of the neighbors. Peace be to his ashes.

Stinebuck.-Goldie Irene, younest(sic) child of William and Malinda Stinebuck, was born July 26, 1906; died April 3, 1907, aged 8 months and 8 days. She has left to mourn father, mother, two brothers and one sister, grandparents, besides many relatives and friends. May all prepare to meet her in heaven. Buried at Salem M. H. on April 5. Funeral services by C. B. and Moses Brenneman, from 2 Kings 4:26, latter clause.

Litwiller.-Sister Elizabeth, wife of Pre. Jacob Litwiller, who has been an invalid for three years, died April 3, 1907, after an illness of five days, with LaGrippe and bronchial trouble, complicated with heart disease. Her maiden name was Buerge. She was born in Waterloo Co., Ontario, May 26, 1834. She was united in marriage with Jacob Litwiler(sic), Jan. 27, 1857. She was converted and united with the so-called Holdeman congregation June 1866, remaining faithful until death. They moved to near Reed City, Mich., in 1872, and in 1883 to near St. Johns, Mich, and later to the vicinity of Ithaca, where she passed away, leaving her dear husband, six children, twenty-eight grandchildren, four brothers and three sisters to mourn their loss. Two children and four grandchildren preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted by F. C. Fricke and C. R. Peters, from Rev 7:9-17. The remains were laid to rest in the hope of meeting her again at the great resurrection day. F. C. F.

Hostetler.-Harry D. Hostetler was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Oct. 3, 1906; died April 7, 1907, aged 5 M., 26 D. Funeral on the 9th, at Walnut Grove M. H. Services by S. E. Allgyer, from Job. 1:21: "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

Marner.-Jacob J. Marner was born in Cambria Co., Pa., June 6, 1839, died at Pueblo, Colo., March 21, 1907, where he had been visiting his son Levi and also hoped to be benefitted(sic) by the mineral water found there. On the 18th of March he requested his son to take him to his (the son's) home, complaining of loneliness among strangers, and died three days later. He had been in Michigan for about three years, but was ill during all last summer, and in the fall returned to Iowa, his former home. He is survived by two brothers and two sisters, 12 children and 34 grandchildren. His remains were taken back to Iowa, where he was buried. Services were conducted by Bish Warey and Pre. A. I. Yoder.

Week 4:
April 25, 1907, page 159
Volume XLIV, Number 17

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Stolzfus.-Christian K. Stolzfus of Lancaster Co., Pa., died April 7, 1907, after a lingering illness. Funeral was held on April 10. Funeral services were conducted by Jonathan Stolzfus of Conestoga, and Daniel Eash of Gordonville. Buried in the Amish cemetery at Ronks. His age yas(sic) 56 Y., 2 M., 1 D.. Peace to his ashes.

Moyer.-On April 5, 1907, at South West, Elkhart Co., Ind., of pneumonia, Jacob Moyer, aged 65 Y., 12 D. He was never married, and but one of his parental family survives him, a brother. He had been living alone, and when found sick, he was taken to the home of Josiah Rohrer and tenderly cared for until he died. He never had made a profession of faith. Buried at Yellow Creek, where services were conducted by I. P. Moore and Jonas Loucks.

Bricker.-On the 13th of April, 1907, at his residence, near Roseville, Waterloo Co., Ont., of paralysis, Bro. Benjamin Bricker, aged 81 Y., 3 M., 25 D. He was the oldest of a family of 18 children, and lived all his life within half a mile of where he was born. He was married to Esther Bechtel July 1, 1846. The union was blessed with eight sons and five daughters, of whom two sons preceded him in death. The rest, with their aged widowed mother, and many grandchildren and other relatives are left to mourn the loss of one whom they cherished. Bro. Bricker was a faithful member of the church and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all in his community. May God comfort the bereaved family.

Kauffman.-Fanny Kauffman (nee Stauffer) was born in France, Europe, Oct. 2, 1831, died at the Old People's Home, Wayne Co., Ohio. April 11, 1907, aged 75 Y., 6 M., 9 D. She emigrated to America and was united in matrimony to Joseph Kauffman, who preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted
C. Z. Yoder and J. S Gerig. Text: Matt. 28:6 and Ruth 2:12.

Christner.-Christian Christner was born in upper Alsace, Germany, June 21, 1815. Emigrated to this country in the year 1825. After suffering but a short time he passed peacefully away in New Hamburg, Ont., on April 6, 1907, 91 Y., 9 M., 15 D. His wife preceded him 23 years, after which he moved to New Hamburg where he resided with two of his daughters until death. He was a member of the Mennonite church. He leaves to mourn his departure four sons and six daughters. Two of his daughters became members of the same church. Funeral services were conducted by Amos S. Cressman, from Psa 90:12 and Noah Stauffer, from Rev. 20:6. The services were held in our Amish Brethren's place of worship, Steinman's M. H.

Lehman.-On March 22, 1907, at the home of her nephew Henry Lehman, near Washingtonville, Ohio, of pneumonia, Sister Catharine Lehman aged 77 Y., 3 M., 23 D. The deceased was never married; four brothers and four sisters preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by one brother, fourteen nephews and nieces; and there were 64 first cousins of which she was one. There are now but two left, namely her brother Christian of this place and David Hoover of Harrison Twp., Ind. She was a consistent member of the Old Mennonite church for many years. Funeral services were held on the 24th of March, at the Midway M. H., conducted by Bish. Henry Hursch in German and Jacob Tyson in English, in the presence of a very large concourse of people.

Nyce.-Sr. Deborah, wife of Henry B. Nyce. died near Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., on April 8, 1907 of consumption, aged 54 years. She leaves a husband but no children. Buried on the 14th in the Salford Mennonite burying grounds.

Hilty.-Catharine Hilty was called home after an unusually long, interesting and useful life. She was born at Sanbaz, Canton, Berne, Switzerland, Jan. 5, 1815 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Sister Fred Geiger, Bluffton, Ohio, March 26, 1907. She reached the mature age of 92 Y., 2 M., 21 D. She was united in marriage in May 1837 to John Hilty, who preceded her to the great beyond, June 2, 1895. To this union were born nine children of whom eight survive, with fifty-eight grandchildren and sixty-eight great-grandchildren. Sister Hilty confessed her Savior very early in life, and joined the Mennonite church. She has been a faithful Christian all her life, and a devoted member of the church. She always was hopeful and optimistic even in the midst of trials and sufferings. She sincerely believed that her Savior loved her and her spirit was always directed to his wonderful blessings and her heart was ever full of love and praise for him. During her entire life she was the "servant of all," happily having early learned and grasped one of the greatest characteristics of her Savior's life. She was unselfish and amiable, always wishing every one well who came into her presence. Funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at Ebenezer church. Interment took place at Zion cemetery by the side of her husband. Funeral Text: Luke 18:7, and first clause of verse 8. Pre. M. S Steiner officiated, assisted by Pre. Bear.

Bond.-Sister Susan Bond, (nee Mishler) was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 15, 1873; died April 11, 1907, aged 33 Y., 6 M., 23 D. She was married to Bro. William Bond, Sept. 16, 1903. She united with the Mennonite church when 18 years of age, but afterwards drifted away. But in recent years she returned to the fold and gave herself up to a consecrated christian life and was faithful unto death. She leaves a husband, a son, father, mother, three brothers and five sisters. Two brothers preceded her in death. The surviving relatives need not mourn as those who have no hope. Services by J. P. Bontrager, from Job. 7:9, 10, and John F. Bressler. She was laid to rest in the Hopewell cemetry(sic), in the vicinity of Hubbard, Oregon.

Wenger.-Iwan Earl Wenger, seventh son of Peter Wenger, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died of Diphtheria, Mar. 23, 1907, aged 14 Y., 7 M., 29 D. The death of Iwan Earl was the fourth out of a family of thirteen children, of whom father, mother, six brothers and three sisters survive.

Birkey.-On April 8, 1907, Sister Nancy Birkey of Decatur Co., Kans., wife of John Birkey, aged 34 Y., 2 M., 24 D. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Jacob Spaal and Bro. A. E. Stoltzfus. The funeral was larghy(sic) attended. This sister and her husband had confessed Christ and joined the church a little over a year ago which was a source of great comfort to the sister on her death bed and to many who visited her. On one occasion, when her minister was at her bedside she requested that he read a portion of scripture, after which she made the remark, "Now I can lie down and take a good sleep." She spent most of her last days singing songs, such as "Jesus, Savior, pilot me." "Softly and tenderly," "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus." She suffered from pneumonia, terminating in quick consumption. She is sadly missed by all, but especially by her kind husband who deeply mourns the loss of an affectionate wife, and also five children. May all of us be prepared to meet her when the final call comes, "It is enough, come home."

Gehman.-Eli Henry, infant son of Jonathan and Ella Gehman of Farmersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., died at the home of the parents, at that place on April 6, 1907, aged 24 days, of pneumonia. Buried on the 8th, at Weaverland. Services were conducted by Bish. Benj. Weaver.

Musselman.-On the 9th of April, 1907, near New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Rhoda May, daughter of Christian and Emma Musselman, aged three years. Buried at Groffdale M. H.

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