Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1908

| Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 |

Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 23 - September 5, 1908 - page 367

Kaser. - Raymond, son of Jonathan L and Florence Kaser, was born June 16, 1908; died Aug. 8, 1908, of cholera infantum, after having been sick only about 24 hours; aged 7 weeks, 5 days. He leaves father, mother and one little brother to mourn their loss. Funeral was held at the Longenecker M. H. Services were conducted by M. V. B. Shoup. Text, Mark 10:13, 16.

Yoder. J. Orden, son of Menno and Katie yoder, of near West Liberty, Ohio, died Aug 15, 1908; aged 1 y. 20 d. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church, Aug. 18, conducted by S. E. Allgyer, assisted by J. B. Smith. Text, II Sam. 12:23. A large concourse of people was present.
"There came a day when an angel bright
Took him from us into heavenly light."

Parkhurst. - Desdemonia Parkhurst (Weaver) was born in Elkhart, Ind., July 2, 1874; died in Nampa, Idaho, Aug. 15, 1908; aged 34 y. 1 m. 13 d. She was converted at the age of fifteen and united with the Mennonite Church and continued faithful until death. She leaves an aged mother, one brother, one sister, and two little daughters to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted at the Nampa Home Mission by Bro. David Hilty, interment in the Antioch cemetery.

Nelson. - Frances (Miller) Nelson was born May 7, 1840, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died at White Cloud, Mich., Aug. 2, 1908; aged 68 y. 2 m. 25 d. In 1856 her parents moved to Lagrange, Ind., at which place she was married to Thomas B. Nelson, Jan. 27, 1859. She is the mother of 12 children, nine of whom survive her, together with 46 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in 1875 and has been faithful to the church till her death. Funeral services were held by Pre. Isaac Weaver from Job 19:25.

Null. - Near Wakarusa, Ind., of whooping cough, infant son of Daniel and Salome Null; aged 1 m. 3 d. Father, mother, three sisters and two brothers are left to mourn their loss. A private funeral was held at the house by J. H. McGowen. Text, Luke 18:17. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.
One sweet flower has drooped and faded;
One sweet infant voice has fled;
One fair brow the grave has shaded,
Where no farewell tear is shed.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 24 - September 12, 1908 - page 384

Hostetler. - Martha Hostetler, nee Weaver was born Sept. 23, 1865; died Sept 1, 1908, in Holmes county, (sic) Ohio; aged 42 y. 11 m. 10 d. She was married to Levi Hostetler on Dec. 22, 1889. to this union were born eight children, seven of which survive to mourn with a deeply sorrowing husband and father. She was a faithful member of the church. Her sufferings were severe, but she bore all with Christian fortitude. Funeral services were conducted by A. W. Herhberger (sic) and S. H. Miller. Text, Phil.1:21.
Rest for the toiling hand,
Rest for the anxious brow,
Rest for the weary, way-worn feet,
Rest from all labor now.
'Twas sown in weakness here,
'T,will then be raised to power;
That which was sown an earthly seed
Shall rise a heavenly flower.
M. H.

Buzzard. - Catharine Buzzard (nee Miller) was born in Somerset Co., Pa., May 19, 1816; died at the home of her son, John Buzzard, in Howard Co., Ind., Aug. 26, 1908; aged 92 y. 3 m. 16 d. She was married to Joseph Buzzard in 1844. To this union were born one son and four daughters. The daughters all preceded her to the Spirit world. Sister Buzzard united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 20 years, and remained a faithful member to the time of her departure. She was blind for the last 4 or 5 years, and often expressed a desire to depart this life and be with Jesus, which would be far better, but she always said, "God's will be done." Funeral at the A. M. meeting house on the 28, conducted by N. M. Slabaugh, from II Cor. 5:10, and E. A. Mast from II Tim. 4:6. Buried in the Mast cemetery.

Markley. - Oakaline Grace Markley was born at Canton, O., Dec. 12, 1907, was admitted into the Mennonite Orphans Home at West Liberty, O., May 26, 1908, and was taken home to glory by her Heavenly Father, Sept. 4, 1908, at the age of 8 m. 22 d. Several months ago a complication of diseases laid hold upon her, developing into tuberculosis, which cansed (sic) her death. Funeral services were held at the Home on the 5, conducted by Bro. John Blosser assisted by Bro. J. B. Smith. Interment in Fairview cemetery.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No.25 - September 19, 1908 - page 396,(should be 399) & 400

Allabaugh. - Elizabeth Snavely was born May 16, 1822, near Sterling, Ill; died Aug. 27, 1908; age 86 y. 3 m. 13 d. She was married to Joseph Allabaugh Jan. 30, 1859. She was survived by her husband, one son, two sisters and two brothers. Sister Allabaugh was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church on Aug. 29, conducted by a. C. Good.

Garman. - Noah S., son of J. B. and Laura Garman, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 26, 1896; died in Lancaster City, Pa., Aug, 27, 1908; aged 11 y. 7 m. 1 d. He had lived with his uncle since the death of his mother. He was sick but a few days with inflammatory rheumatism. He is survived by his father, a sister, three brothers and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the house by John Moseman and at the Heller Reformed Church by Pre. Hillegas.

Rothgeb. - Phoebe Rothgeb was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Jan. 22, 1819; died in Dekalb Co., Ind., Aug. 29, 1908; aged 89 y. 7 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Bixler in Aug. 1823. To this union were born four children, three sons and one daughter. One son preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves two sons, one daughter, eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and a host of friends to mourn her departure. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth. Funeral services were held at Gar Creek, Ind., Aug. 31, by Ben B. King.

Bontrager. - John S. Bontrager was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., March 6, 1881; died Sept. 6, 1908, after an illness of 36 days; aged 27 y. 6 m. At the time he was taken ill he was in Anderson Co., Tex., and, as he desired to be at home with his mother, his step-father, C. C. Schrock, brought him about 300 miles on a cot to his home in Bee Co. He arrived at his mother,s home on Aug. 21, in a pitiable condition. All the aid, physical and spiritual, that kind hands and hearts could give, was given. He bore his affliction with a Christion (sic) spirit of patience. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. he was laid to rest Sept. 7, the first grave to mark the spot of the Tuleta cemetery, just platted for that purpose. Funeral services were held by J. M. R. Weaver, Peter Unzicker and D. S. King.

Mishler. - David Mishler, of Somerset Co., Pa., met with a sad accident Sept. 5, 1908, near his home at Kring Station, which caused instant death to him and the horse he was driving. He had been in Johnstown in the forenoon, took dinner with his brother, Joseph, came home cheerful and got his horse and buggy ready to go and visit his sister, Mr. Levi Wingard, drove only a little distance from home and as he crossed the railroad he was struck by the engine and killed instantly and also his horse. He was aged 58 y. 7 m. 3 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He is survived by three sons and one daughter; a number of grandchildren and other relatives who need not sorrow without hope. Funeral services were conducted on the 7th at the Stahl Church by S. D. Yoder, S. Gindlesperger, James Saylor, and L. A. Blough. Text, Eccl. 8:8. Interment in the cemetery nearby. This should be a loud call to be ready for death.

Stoltzfus. - Susanna B., daughter of Ezra and Leah Stoltzfus of near Gap, Pa., was born Dec. 21, 1905; died May 3, 1908; aged 2 y. 4 m. 12 d. She was a living little child, and because of her sunshiny disposition was dearly loved by all who were about her. She leaves to mourn, her parents, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Daniel Stoltzfus and at the Millwood A. M. Church by Gideon Stoltzfus and John M. Stoltzfus.

A pecious (sic) one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here,
he soul is safe in heaven.

By her aunt, L. M. Z.

Baymon. - Ella V Baymon was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Mar. 29, 1887; died of typhoid fever at Scottdale, Pa., Sept. 6, 1908; aged 21 y. 5 m. 7 d. She entered the employ of the Mennonite Publishing House, then the Gospel Witness Co., Sept. 28, 1907, and was a faithful servant until stricken down with disease. She was an active member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years, and in many ways was a worthy example for others to follow. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Scottdale on Sept. 7, by the home ministers. Text, Psa. 116:15. After the services the body was accompanied by her father and several friends to Lancaster, Pa., where another service was held at the East Petersburg Church on Sept. 10, conducted by J. N. Brubacher and J. H. Moseman. Text, John 3:3. Interment in the cemetery nearby. She is sruvived by father, mother, two brothers, three sisters and a host of friends, who mourn her departure, but not as those who have no hope. The Lord stooped down in mercy and in love, and took Unto Himself the bright young soul of her we mourn; And we do mourn; not without hope, and not with stormy tears, But with a keen and poignant consciousness of loss. And still we do not grudge her to the heavenly King, Nor yet regret her gain, although our loss; For she has mounted up on golden wings, above the rolling mists And driving clouds of this, the dreary region of our mortal ken. She has gone from us; and with the same departure Has said farewell to all the petty ills, and futile woes, And vain and chilling heartaches of this world. She has exchanged the dull and narrow confines of humanity For the wide freedom and the gloriuous sweep Of angels, wings, and now She walks amid the shining uplands of His love, and dwells Along the sunbright heights of God.

Lefevre. - Adam Lefevre was born Nov. 10, 1835; died Augt, 28, 1908; aged 72 y. 9 m. 18 d. Bro. Lefevre resided in Lancaster, Pa., until 1868, when he with his family came West and located at Sterling, Ill. He united in marriage to Emma Sigman. To this union were born seven children. About four years ago he suffered a paralytic stroke which left him an invalid, but able to move about by means of his chair. His death was due to poisoning, believed to have been caused by eating some ham. His wife and only daughter at home partook of the same which also caused their death. Bro. Lefevre passed away on Friday night, followed by his daughter on Saturday evening. A double funeral service was held for them on Monday, Aug. 31, at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church of which both were members for many years. A large concourse of people gathered to witness the sad event, and pay the last tribute of respect to those so unexpectedly called away. Ida May Lefevre was born March 8, 1908; died Aug. 29, 1908; aged 37 y. 5 m. 21 d. Emma Lefever (Nee Sigman) was born July 30, 1836; died Sept 2, 1908; aged 72 y. 1 m. 21 d. At the time of the funeral of her husband and daughter Sister Lefevre was thought to be getting better, but gradually grew weaker until six days after her husband passed away, she too answered the call and passed to her reward. The grief-stricken children have the sympathy of the entire community, in the loss of parents and sister. Sister Lefevre was a kind and affectionate mother and was highly esteemed by all. Her body was laid to rest between those of her husband and daughter in the Science Ridge Cemetery on Sept. 2. Funeral services conducted by A. C. Good.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 26 - September 26, 1908 - page 415

Neterer. - Arthur Clayton Neterer, son of Charles Wesley and Elisabeth neterer, was born June 4, 1898; died Sept. 12, 1908; aged 10 y. 3 m. 3 d. He leaves father, mother, three sisters and two brothers to mourn their loss, which is his gain. Funeral services in South West Church, Wakarusa, Ind., by W. H. Moore. Interment in Harrison Centre Chapel Cemetery.

Kauffman. - Robert Emanuel, son of Levi A. and Nettie Kauffman of Fairview Mich., was born Aug. 28, 1908; died Sept. 8, 1908; aged 11 days. Services at the home by E. A. Bontrager and Menno Esh. Text, Tsa. 16:6. While the baby is missed here, after all we know that he is safe in the arms of Jesus.

Silently, peacefully, angels have born bim,
Into the beautiful mansions above,
There he will rest from earth's toil evermore,
Safe in the arms of God's infinite love.

Loucks. - Oscar W Loucks, son of Bro. Jacob H. and Sister Mary Loucks, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., July 14, 1907; died of bowel trouble, Sept. 10, 1908; aged 1 y. 1 m. 26 d. He leaves to mourn their loss, his parents, six sisters, a brother, a grandfather and a grandmother. The funeral was held at the Olive M. H. on Sept. 13, conducted by David A. Yoder and Jacob K. Bixler, from the words, "A little child shall lead them".
We loved him very much; No tongue can tell
How much we loved him and how well God loved him too
And thought it best To take him home with Him to rest.

Yoder. - Gale A. Yoder, son of Anthony and Clara Yoder, was born June 22, 1905; died Sept. 3, 1908. He leaves father, mother, sister and an aged grandfather. Services conducted at the home by W. H. Moore and I. P. Moore. Interment in Shaum's cemetery, near Elkhart, Ind.

Berkey. - Jacob Berkey was born June 29, 1843; died, Sept. 9, 1908; aged 65 y. 2 m. 10 d. He was united in holy matrimony with Sarah Blough, Sept. 12, 1875. To this union were born four children, one preceding him to the spirit world. One son, two daughters, with their mother, mourn the loss of a kind father and a loving husband. Funeral at the Pleasant Hill Church, near Sterling, Ohio, conducted by D. Z. Yoder and Jacob Gerig. Text, I Cor. 15:57.

Conrad. - Mary Conrad of near Noble, Iowa, daughter of Jacob K. and Mary Conrad, was born Oct. 29, 1891; died of typhoid fever Aug 28, 1908; aged 16 y. 9 m. 2 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure her parents, three brothers and three sisters. Three brothers and one sister preceded her to the other shore. About one year ago Mary accepted Christ as her personal Savior and found peace and rest for her soul. In the blessed hope of eternal joy and happiness she ended her earthly life in peace. Her remains were laid to rest in the Sugarcreek cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren Daniel Graber and Simon Gingerich from Matt. 25:31-34, 41, 46.

King. - Jemima Z Hartzler was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Dec. 29, 1850; died at her home in Logan Co., Ohio, Sept. 12, 1908; aged 56 y. 8 m. 14 d. On March 4, 1873, she was married to David W. King. To this union were born two sons and one daugher, one son and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in early years and remained faithful to the end. She bore her affliction with Christian patience, ever looking forward to the time when she would be called to that home where afflictions are no more. She is survived by her husband, one son, two brothers and two sisters, beside a wide circle of friends to mourn their loss. But they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funderal on the 15, at the Southern Church conducted by S. E. Allgyer. The remains were laid to rest in the Alexander graveyard.

Bowman. - Sister Anna Cressman, wife of Pre. Samuel S Bowman, passed peacefully away at her home near Berlin, Ont., Sept. 21, 1908. Sister Bowman was a patient sufferer for about eleven montsh from a complication of diseases, having heart trouble, dropsy and also an abscess on one of the lungs. During about ten weeks of her sickness her mind was affected to such an extent that she remembered nothing about what occurred during that time. Two weeks before the end came her mind was fully restored. It was like waking from a long sleep. From that time on she was perfectly conscious until death relieved her of all earthly cares and sorrows. Sister Bowman realized that her end was drawing near and expressed her desire to depart this life and be with the Lord. She left a bright hope for the future. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves a sorrowing husband, three step-children, seven brothers and three sisters to mourn her departure. The funeral was held Aug 31, at the Berlin Church. The services at the home were conducted by Urias Weber and at the church by Bishops Daniel Wismer and Jonas Snider, who spoke from the texts, Rev. 14:13 and Rom. 6:23. She was aged 64 y. 7 m. 13 d.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

| UP ||| Next --> |<-- Previous |

Copyright 1999 - All rights reserved - Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, PA
Used with permission by the Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, INDIANA
Permission granted to private family researchers to use selected portions of these images to tell their family stories.
May not be mass-produced in any form for commercial purposes.