Gospel Herald Obituaries - April, 1919

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Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 1 - April 3, 1919 - page 14, 15, 16

Ernst. - Vergal Floyd, son of Emal and Katie Ernest of near Carlton, Nebr., was born June 25, 1918; died March 17, 1919; aged 8 m. and 15 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn their loss. One sister preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services by Bros. Ben Slegal and Bro. Peter Kennel on Nov. 18, at the Salem Mennonite Church near Shickley, Neb.

Transcriber's note: Family name is spelled two ways.

Shank. - Mary Anna, wife of Jacob Shank, died March 17, 1919, at her home near Elizabethtown, Pa., after 6 days' illness of pneumonia; aged 69 y. 2 m. 20 d. She leaves a sorrowing companion, one sister, one brother, and a number of other relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral March 19, 1919. Services at the residence and at Goods M. H. conducted by the brethren, Simon Garber, John Landis, and Ira Miller. Text, II Tim. 4:6,7. May God comfort the bereaved.
-By a sister in the faith.

Andrew. - Bro. John David Andrew died in Staunton, Va., of erysipelas blood-poisoning, Feb. 26, 1919; aged 74 y. 18 d. He went to Staunton for an operation which was successful, but the above disease set in, and all that loving hearts ad hands could do was of no avail. After suffering little over a week he calmly fell asleep in Jesus. He leaves 1 son, 1 daughter, 6 grandchildren, with other relatives, to mourn his departure. He was very kind and good to the poor, and very fond of children. His remains were brought to his home on the 26th. Funeral services and interment on the 28th at the Springdale Church, of which he was a trustee and faithful member. Services by the brethren E. C. Shank, David Garber and A. P. Heatwole. Text, Job., 14:14.

Detrow. - Walter Harrison Detrow., son of John and Barbara Detrow, was born near Columbiana, Ohio, May 17, 1893, and died somewhere in France Oct. 7, 1918; aged 25 y. 5 m. 21 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, a sister, grandmother, relatives and friends. Memorial services were held at the Midway Church on Mar. 16th conducted by the brethren A. J. Steiner and E. M. Detweiler. Text, John 15:13, was selected by the family.

Boyer. - Sister Susanna, wife of the late Bro. Joseph Boyer, was born April 10, 1836; died Mar. 7, 1919, at the home of her step-son in Somerset Co., Pa.; aged 82 y. 11 m. 22 d. Neither she nor her husband had been brought up in the faith of our people, but a few years ago both of them united with the Mennonite Church and proved faithful until death. Funeral services were held in the Thomas Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler and ___ Ferguson. Body was laid away in adjoining cemetery.

Naugle. - Kathleen Elizabeth, foster-daughter of Bro. Samuel and Sister Effie Naugle, was born June 1, 1918. Died of bronchial pneumonia and congestion of the brain Mar. 11, 1919; aged 9 m. 10 d. Surviving are her parents, grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. Thus in the few short months of her stay this little orphan babe endeared itself to those who undertook to minister to her needs that it seemed hard to part so soon. Service at the house by D. D. Troyer and at the Clinton Frame Church by Silas Yoder and D. J. Johns. Buried in the Miller Cemetery.

Coakly. - Bro. Austin V. Coakly died at his home near Hinton, Virginia, of paralysis, March 16, 1919; aged about 67 years. He bad been a consistent member of the Mennonite church for some years and was generally respected by those who knew him. His wife preceded him to the grave some years ago. He was the father of 12 children eight of whom survive him. Funeral services were held at the Bank church on the 17th by J. S. Martin and Jacob Click from the words "The Master is come and calleth for thee" (John 11 :28) after which his body was interred in the cemetery near the church.

Lebold. - John Lebold was born in Waterloo Co., Ontario, October 12, 1870; died at East Zona, Oxford Co., Ont., March 14, 1919; aged 48 y 5 m. 2 d. In his early youth he united with the A. M Church in Waterloo Co., Ont., and was a true and faithful Christian to the end. On November 30, 1897, he was married to Sister Mary Bender who with 1 son and three daughters now survive him, besides his aged mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Buried at East Zorra A. M. Church March 17 where a large number of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute to the departed loved one. Services by the Brethren Chris. Kropf from Phil. 1 :20-23; Chris. Zohr from John 9:4, Dan Jutzi from Luke 2:29. May God help us all so we can meet again at the right hand of the throne of God, which were the last words he said to the undersigned.
Jacob R. Bender, Tavistock, Ont.

Transcriber's note: One of "Zona" or "Zorra" is likely misspelled.

Roth. - Christian N. Roth was born in Fulton Co., O., Nov. 21, 1847; died at his home near Pettisville, O., Mar. 12, 1919; aged 71 y. 3 m. 21 d. Bro. Roth was married to Katie Wyse (nee Smith) Sept. 11, 1869. He leaves an aged widow, one step-daughter, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother, and two sisters, together with many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. His health began to fail about a year ago, suffering the lingering affliction of Bright's disease and heart lesion; but his end came suddenly and unexpected. He bore his suffering with great patience and resignation. Bro. Roth accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth of which church he remained a faithful member until death. Funeral Mar. 15, at the Amish Mennonite Central Church conducted by Henry Rychener and E. L. Frey. Texts, Rev. 21:4 and John 5:24. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

Weber. - Ralph Elmer, only son of Bro. and Sister Noah R. Weber, was born July 17, 1917; died Feb. 22, 1919; aged 1 y. 7 m. 5 d. Interred at West Zion Mennonite Cemetery. Funeral services (conducted by Isaac Miller) were very largely attended. He leaves eight sisters. "Behold I come quickly" (Rev. 22:12). Little Ralph was playing and well one moment, and his spirit departed the next.

"A precious one from us is gone
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."

Groff. - Susan B., wife of Phares Groff, died at her home near Manheim, Lanc. Co., Pa., aged 31 y. 14 d. Sister Groff was attending a series of meetings held at Gantz's meeting house every evening during the first week. She took sick very suddenly, was taken to St. Joseph's hospital, Lancaster, where she went through a severe operation, death following a few days after. Sister Groff called for the ministering brethren before she left her home feeling fully resigned to the Master's will. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two small children to mourn her departure. Funeral held at Manheim March 19. Interment at Hernley's. The brethren Jos. Boll, Sr., and John W. Weaver officiated.
-J. W. W.

King. - Nicholas King was born in Fulton Co., O., Nov. 25, 1843; died at his home in Oscoda Co., Mich., Mar. 5, 1919; aged 75 y. 3 m. 8 d. His first marriage was to Elizabeth Zimmerman. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter. After his first wife's death he was again united in marriage to Mary Beck in the year 1905. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 9 grandchildren, 2 sisters, together with a large number of relatives and friends. Two sons preceded him in death. In his younger years he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a member until death. After his death the corpse was sent to Pettisville, O., where on Mar. 8 the funeral was held it the A. M. Central Church, conducted by E. L. Frey. Text, I Pet. 4:7.

Hoover. - Elva Mae, daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Hoover was born near Goshen, Ind., April 2, 1891. During the early part of January, 1919, she contracted influenza which developed into pneumonia. After two weeks of intense suffering she passed peacefully away Jan. 29, 1919. She is survived by four brothers (William A., Enos M., Walter, Clayton, and Peter A. Blosser) and one sister (Mrs. Amos Whitmer) besides a host of relatives and friends. Her father and mother preceded her in death. During her last sickness she gave good evidences of conversion, was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Yellow Creek Church, near Goshen, Ind., Jan, 31, 1919, conducted by Bro. J. W. Christophel.

Fisher. - Henry L. Fisher was born near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., June 13, 1881 ; died Feb. 6, 1919, of pneumonia, after 11 days, sickness; aged 37 y. 7 m. 24 d. He united in his youth with Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful to his end. He was united in marriage to Rebacca Stoltzfus, of Morgantown, Pa., on November 26, 1907. This union was blessed with 6 children. One infant daughter died Jan. 10, 1919. He leaves his loving wife and the following children Sarah, Lizzie, Johnney, Samuel and Bennie. Also his mother, one brother and two sisters all of Ronks, Pa. In October, 1913, he was ordained minister in Amish Mennonite Church. He filled his office faithfully to the end. He will be sorely missed in the Church and his home, as his chair will always be empty. Funeral services were held at his home near Ronks, conducted by Stephen Esh and Christian L. Fisher.

We miss thee from thy home dear Henry
We miss the in the Church;
A shadow over our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
-A Cousin.

Pence. - Sallie M., daughter of the late David and Elizabeth Burkholder, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Mar. 2, 1875; died Feb. 27, 1919 of tuberculosis, lacking a few days of being 44 years old. She was married to Joseph Pence. They located at Kinross, Ia., Jan. 14, 1903, moved back to Mt. Clinton, Va. in 1905. She united with the Church in early youth. Surviving her are her husband, 5 daughters, 3 sons, 1 sister, 1 brother. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Church on Mar. 1, by S. H. Rhodes and S. B. Keener from Isa. 35.10.

Evers. - Bro. Perry S. Evers, of Rockingham Co., Va., died of Bright's disease, at the Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., Jan. 17, 1919; aged 61 y. 4 m. 28 d. He had been a great sufferer for some years and had undergone several severe operations. His final sickness only lasted a few days. He had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about thirty years. His wife preceded him to the grave some years. He leaves 1 son and 1 daughter to mourn their loss. His body was brought back to Virginia and on the 22nd funeral services were held at the Mt. Clinton Church, conducted by S. H. Rhodes and William Miller from the text, Psa. 118:18, (his own selection). His body was laid by the side of his wife in the cemetery near by.

Wenger. - Sister Catharine Wenger, familiarly known at Katie Wenger, died at the home of her step-son, D. P. Wenger, near Dale Enterprise, Va., from heart trouble and complications incident to old age, Feb. 10; aged 83 y. 3 m. 25 d. She was a daughter of the late Bishop John Geil. She had been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was a bright example of humility and Christian piety. She was twice married, but had no offspring of her own, but tenderly cared for three step children. She was a faithful attendant at church when health permitted. She leaves two step-sons, one step-daughter, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn the loss of a noble Christian woman. Funeral services were conducted on the 12th, at Weavers Church, by H. B. Keener and J. S. Martin from Job 5:26. Her body was interred in the cemetery near by.

Transcriber's note: "known at" is as in the original.

Musselman. - Mary Stoner Musselman, widow of Jacob Musselman, was born near Ephrata, Pa., Sept. 15, 1831; died Dec. 14, 1918, at the home of her son-in-law, Samuel 0. Martin, New Holland, Pa.; aged 87 y. 2 m. 29 d. Funeral Dec. 18, with short service at the house, and services continued at the Groffdale Mennonite Church (where deceased was a member), by the brethren, John W. Weaver and Benjamin Wenger. Texts, John 11:25, 26 and II Tim. 4:7,8. Remains were laid to rest in adjoining cemetery. She leaves 3 sons, 3 daughters, 32 grandchildren, and 43 great- grandchildren. Husband, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren preceded her to the heavenly home. May we all meet there.

"Dear mother, thou art gone to rest,
Thy toils and cares are o'er;
And sorrow, pain and suffering now,
Shall ne'er distress thee more."

Roth. - Sister Leah Boshart, wife of Abe Roth, was born at Milford, Neb., Feb. 21, 1897; died at Chappell, Neb., of pneumonia following influenza, Mar. 16, 1919, aged 22 y. 23 d. She suffered much and bore it all patiently until she fell peacefully asleep. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She was married Mar. 22, 1918. This union was blessed with one daughter. She leaves a sorrowing husband, daughter (Agnes), parents, 6 brothers, 6 sisters, 2 aged grandmothers, and a host of relatives and friends. One brother preceded her. Open air services were held at the home and church Mar. 19, by A. E. Stoltzfus of Woodriver. Text II Tim. 4:6-9. Buried in cemetery adjoining church. May God comfort the bereaved.

The Savior has taken our Leah away,
But we know it is not forever.
"Come follow, come follow," we hear her say,
"It is beautiful beyond the river."
--By her sister.

Ropp. - Lydia, daughter of Chris and Annie Ropp, was born near Pigeon, Mich., Jan. 4, 1904; died near Pigeon, Mich., Feb. 12, 1919; aged 15 y. 1 m. 7 d., after a few days' illness of influenza which developed into pneumonia. She accepted Christ as her Savior about 7 months before her death. She always was of a good nature and had a smile for every body. But it was her desire to go home. She leaves her parents, 6 sisters, and 2 brothers. One brother and one sister preceded her to the spirit world in their infancy. Her remains were laid to rest in the Pigeon River Cemetery Feb. 14. Short service was held at the house by D. J. Shetler and J. Yoder and at the cemetery by S. J. Swartzendruber.

Good. - Vera Myrtle, beloved wife of Samuel Good, died March 5, 1919; aged 22 y. 5 m. 3 d. Funeral services on the 9th conducted by N. R. Weber and N. D. Stauffer at the home and at West Zion Mennonite Church near Carstairs, Alta. Buried in adjoining cemetery. Vera was the second oldest daughter of the late Bishop I. R. Shantz, and was united in marriage to Samuel Good (youngest son of Daniel Good) on July 26, 1917. Surviving are her husband, baby boy, mother, 3 brothers, 4 sisters. She was a faithful worker in the Church, and she nobly and very faithfully filled her place in the home, where she will be missed very much, but our loss is her gain, so we humbly submit to His will. May God comfort, bless, and sustain the sorrowing ones.
Allan Good.

Pence. - Sister Sallie, wife of Bro. Jos. A. Pence, died at their home near Mt. Clinton, Va., on Feb. 27, from tuberculosis; aged 43 y. 11 m. 25 d. She had been afflicted for several years; had spent some time at a sanitarium, after which she returned to her home, but grew worse till death relieved her from her suffering. She had been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for some years. She was a good singer and seemed very much grieved when she was deprived of the privilege of singing. We hope she is now singing the new song which none but the redeemed can learn. She leaves her husband, 4 sons, and 5 daughters, who very much need a mother's care. Funeral services were conducted at Weavers Church on the 29th by the brethren, S. H. Rhodes and H. B. Keener, after which her body was deposited in the cemetery near by.

Transcriber's note: Although differing in some details, this obituary seems to be a duplicate of the Pence obituary above.

Longenecker. - Rosa M. Longenecker (nee Buckwalter) was born near New Holland, Pa., July 12, 1886; died of influenza near Newton, Kans., Mar. 10, 1919; aged 32 y. 7 m. 28 d. Dec. 24, 1908, she was married to John B. Longenecker. Five girls and one boy blessed this union. One little girl preceded her to the glory world. She leaves husband, five children, parents, six-brothers, three sisters (Harry, Frank, Martha, Mrs. Mary Diener, Samuel, Earl, Esther, Paul, and Roy). At the age of 16 she united with the Mennonite Church and was faithful in her devotion to the Lord until He called her home. Funeral services at the Pennsylvania church conducted by J. M. R. Weaver, assisted by Chris Reiff and D. D. Zook.

"E'en for the dead, I will not bind
My soul to grief; --
Death cannot long divide,
For is it not as though the rose, that
Climbed my garden wall,
Had blossomed on the other side?
Death doth hide,
But not divide!
Thou art but on Christ's other side.
Thou art with Christ and Christ with me,
In Him united still are we."

Weldy. - Sister Nancy (Yoder) Weldy was born June 4, 1832, in Columbiana Co., Ohio. She was united in marriage with Abraham Weldy June 21, 1849. Soon after this they united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member. In 1851 they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., on the farm now owned by their son Amos. Being pioneers in the settlement of this country, they passed through many hardships, but remained on the same farm for 48 years. They moved to Wakarusa, and here her husband died Jan. 29, 1909. After his death she made her home with her daughter, Anna Hartman. She died Mar. 2, 1919 at the home of her son-in-law, Samuel Madlem. Her death was the result of a fall just two weeks before. She was the mother of 13 children, 92 grandchildren, 148 great-grandchildren. Of these remain to mourn her departure, 8 children (Anna Hartman, Emma Madlem, Jacob, John, Henry, Joseph, Levi, and Amos), 73 grandchildren, 134 great-grandchildren; also one brother, Pre. Samuel Yoder of Elkhart. She had. a great desire and expressed many a wish that her descendants should accept Christ, and that the kingdom of God be advanced. Services at North Union, conducted by J. S. Hartzler. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Amos Weldy.

Shirk. - Sarah Ann, daughter of Jacob and Mary Berkey, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Jan. 4, 1868, and lived in this community all her life. She was united in marriage to Christian Shirk Dec. 27, 1890. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. In the year 1904, she with her husband gave her heart to Jesus and united with the Mennonite Church, living a faithful, Christian life until her death. She was stricken with chronic Bright's disease in February and bore her sufferings with patience and cheerfully passed away on the night of March 9, 1919; aged 51 y. 2 m. 5 d. She leaves her husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, 5 brothers, 3 sisters and many relatives and friends. One son and one daughter preceded her to the world beyond. She was buried on Mar. 12, at the Olive Mennonite Church where services were held by John F. Funk and Silas Weldy from the text, "Her sun went down while it was yet day" Jer. 15:9. Her last words were the singing of the hymn, "Is it the Crowning Day?", and she passed out to join the heavenly choir and sing with them the song of the redeemed, where we shall meet her again, in the land where pain and death "are felt, and feared no more."

"The lights are out in the mansions of clay,
The curtains are drawn for, the dwellers away,
Silently she passed o'er the threshold by night
To make her abode in the city of light."
John P. Funk.

Ebert. - William Ebert was born near Bowmansville, Ohio, Feb. 28, 1859; died March 9, 1919, aged 60 y. 11 d. He had a wife and three daughters. Because of troubles at home he has not been living with his family for some years past. Being a quiet, peaceable man, he rarely spoke of his troubles and so none but his nearest friends knew much about it. For the past four or five years he found a home with his cousin, Ben Jenkins of Carver, Mo., where he felt welcome and found in the last hours of his life the kindness and consideration which the sick and dying need. He never united with any church and never made a public confession of religion. During the last weeks of his affliction the question of salvation was discussed with him by friends and loved ones. We feel sure that he considered the question. It seemed that the question was unsettled with him for some days and that he was puzzled to see the way clearly. However, in the last few days of his conscious hours he showed an interest again in such matters. He requested that some favorite Gospel songs be sung, and he himself tried to sing with them. May the living take heed to God's call at once and spend the rest of our active days in the service of our redeemer and Savior. Funeral services at the Wilson graveyard. He was laid to rest beside the bodies of the little children who were so distressingly taken from this life by the fire over a year ago, and with whom he had spent many happy hours. Funeral text, Isa. 55:6,7. Services conducted by the writer.
J. R. Shank

Wenger. - Joseph H. Wenger of South English, Iowa, died March 16, 1919; aged 83 y. 4 m. 1 d. He had been gradually failing since he received a slight paralytic stroke about a year ago. He was the son of Joseph and Barbara Wenger, and was born near Edom, Va. He left Virginia for Iowa soon after the beginning of the Civil War and settled down about two and a half miles east of South English. Here be was married to Elizabeth McAfferty, which union was blessed with four children as follows: John H., B. Franklin, Homer C., and Mollie D. In 1881 he with his wife united with the Church of the Brethren and lived a faithful life to the end. His first wife died in 1911 and two years later he was again married to Lucinda B. Stoner. Bro. Wenger retained a warm friendship for the church of his ancestors - the Mennonites - and befriended them on many occasions. He traveled quite extensively, and in his later years became quite proficient as a writer of family histories, the following being written by him: Wenger Family History, published in 1903; Beery Family History, published in 1905; Descendants of Nicholas Beery, published in 1911; and History of the Geil Family, published in 1914. These books may still be had by sending to Bro. S. B. Wenger, South English, Iowa, the proceeds of the books, above cost, being equally divided between the Mission Boards of the Mennonites and Church of the Brethren. He was of a warm, generous nature, loved by all who knew him, and his memory will be cherished by many friends and brethren.

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 2 - April 10, 1919 - Vol. XI, No.2 - page 38, 39

Steiner. - Marcella, daughter of Levi aid Lydia Steiner, was born in Berne, Ind.; died of influenza March 18, 1919; aged 3 y. 18 d.; buried Mar. 20 at the Swiss Mennonite Cemetery near Dalton, Ohio. Funeral services at the home of A. Neuen schwander.

Myers - Ester Pauline, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Melvin and Marie Myers, was born Mar. 13, 1919; died Mar. 26, 1919; age 13 days. Little Ester was the first one born to this family, but God saw fit to remove her from earth to heaven as He had need of another jewel there. Funeral at the home on the 27th by J. S. Homer from II Kings 4:26. Buried in the Schrock Cemetery.

Schaff - Ladona, daughter of Bro. and Sister Omen 0. and Nora May Schaff, near Greentown, Ind., died Mar. 28, 1919, aged 8 m. 20 d. Ladona was sick only a few days but suffered intensely with indigestion of the bowels. She leaves to father, mother, one brother, 4 grandparents, 7 great and great-great-grandparents and a host of other relatives. Funeral on the 30th at the Mennonite Church where a large crowd of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. Services by Bros. E. A. Mast and J. S. Homer from Isa. 11:6. Burial in Mast Cemetery.

Blosser - Noah A, son of Linden and Hettie (Leinbach) Blosser, was born Nov. 20, 1918; died March 21, 1919, at Wakarusa, Ind., of influenza and pneumonia. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He was buried March 22 in the Yellow Creek Cemetery. Services conducted by Martin Ramer, Text, 1 Pet. 1:24, 23.

Speicher. - Ida Pearl, daughter of Milton and Zula Speicher, was born in Elkhart, Ind., June 25, 1918; died of bronchial pneumonia, March 23, 1919, aged 8 m. 29 d. She leaves father, mother, four brothers and one sister (Elmer, Catharine, Charles, Milroy, and her twin brother, Ira Earl). Funeral services at the Prairie St. Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., March 25, conducted by W. B. Weaver, assisted by Jacob K. Bixler. Interment in the Prairie Street Cemetery.

Burkhart - .Bro John D. Burkhart was born Aug. 20, 1859; died Mar. 25, 1919; aged 59 y. 7 m. 5 d. Bro. Burkhart was a life long resident in the community of Newville, Pa., and an ardent worker in the Sunday school, serving as Supt. and teacher for a number of years. Surviving are his devoted wife, one son, one sister and three brothers (Isaac, Christian, and Abram). Services Mar. 28 and burial at the Diller Mennonite Church, Newville, conducted by the home minister. Text, Acts 13:36.

Mast - Amos Ralph Mast was born Aug. 1, 1900; died Feb. 10. 1919: aged 18 y. 6 m. 9 d. Ralph was a bright promising boy with a quiet disposition, winning the affections of all with whom he came in contact. He confessed Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 15 years and remained faithful to the end. He was a sufferer for 18 months from tuberculosis but endured it all with patience, and expressed a readiness to depart. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 2 sisters a grandfather, besides a host of friends. He preceded his grandmother in death only about 39 hours. Funeral services were held at Maple Grove Church on Feb. 13, conducted by Amos B. Stoltzfus and John S. Mast.

Gardner.- Nora Stutzman Gardner was born Dec. 26, 1879, in Walnut Creek, 0.: died at her home near Goehner, Neb., Mar. 16, 1919; age 39 y. 2 m. 18 d. She was married to Christian Gardner June 25, 1914. To this union were born 1 daughter and 3 sons, all of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves her husband, step-mother, 1 brother, 2 half- sisters, 2 half.brothers, 1 step-sister. Two brothers and one half-sister preceded her to the great beyond. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. May others follow her worthy example in this life. Funeral services at the West Fairview Church by Jacob Stauffer from II Cor. 5:1-13, and Lee Schlegel from Tit. 2:13.

Brenneman.- Martin G. Brenneman was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Aug. 3, 1833; died very suddenly of apoplexy near Elida, Ohio, March 27, 1919; aged 83 y. 7 m. 24 d. He moved to Allen Co. in 1854, where be spent the remainder of his life. At the age of 22 he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, and was a member in good standing when he died. Soon after uniting with the Church he was married to Anna Hunsaker, to which union were born 6 children. His wife died 7 years ago. Two daughters also preceded him in death. He leaves a son, 3 daughters, 28 grandchildren 2 brothers, a sister, and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was of a meek and quiet disposition, and lived a blameless life. For a number of years he was overseer of Salem Cemetery. He will be sadly missed in church and community. His seat will be vacant in the home and in the church, but we believe that he has a seating place in the paradise of God. May we all prepare to meet him there. Buried at Salem Church. where an unusually large assembly was present. Funeral conducted by Bro. Moses Brenneman assisted by Bros. J. M. Shenk and Gabriel Brunk Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.

Hostetter - Bro Joseph Hostetter was born in Lanc. Co., Pa., Mar. 20, 1839; died Feb. 21, 1919 at the home of his sister on the old Hostetter homestead where he lived all his life. He was a kind neighbor and friend to all. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 22 years, was faithful until death. He was a trustee as long as health would permit. He leaves a sorrowing brother and sister. Funeral services held Feb. 25, 1919 at the home by Elias Groff, and at New Providence Church by Abram Metzler and Frank Herr. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear Uncle is at rest."

Eicher. - Fannie Stuckey Eicher, died at the home of her daughter at Eureka, Ill., Feb. 25, 1919. She was born March 26. 1853, at Winhauft, France. In 1859 she was united in marriage with Peter Eicher of Winhauft. Her husband preceded in death seven years. Soon after their marriage they removed to Canada, residing there until 1865 when they came to Illinois, locating on a farm near Pekin. She united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and has been a devoted Christian all her life. She was mother of eleven children ten of whom are living. Besides these children 40 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren are left to mourn her departure. Funeral services at Eureka, Ill., Feb. 27, and on Feb. 28, the services were brought to Pekin and funeral held at the Mennonite Church east of that place conducted by Bro. Allen Miller, after which she was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Mennonite cemetery near the church.

Eby - Minnie (Leaman) Eby, daughter of Tobias and Elizabeth Leaman, was born (Dec. 18, 1875) and lived all her life near Intercourse, Pa. She died Mar. 23, 1919 of heart trouble superinduced by influenza after ten days illness; aged 43 y. 3 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage with Sem Eby, Nov. 15, 1900. She leaves husband, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 2 sisters, 1 brother and many relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand, always sociable and had a smile for all whom she met. Before she passed , away she sang and talked of how Jesus died for us, and what little we do in return; also told her husband he would have a greater charge now, and told the children to be good. This reminds us again of the uncertainty of life. May God comfort the bereaved family. Private services at the home by Bro. Jacob Mellinger from II Tim. 1:12 and short services at Paradise cemetery by Bro. C. M. Brackbill. Text, Rev. 14:13.
-- A sister-in-law.

Weaver.- Sister Lizzie Lohr Weaver, wife of Bro. Hiram Weaver, was born March 21, 1878; died at her home near Davidsville, Pa., of spinal paralysis, March 28, 1919; aged 41 y. 7 d. She was confined to her bed for seven weeks, but her severe suffering was endured patiently. She united with the Mennonite Church 19 years ago and remained faithful until death. She was married to Hiram Weaver April 9, 1899, and to this union was born one daughter, Mabel, who is at home. Besides these she is survived by her father, Jacob Lohr, and six sisters who all reside near her home. She was preceded to the spirit world by her two brothers and her mother. She had made all arrangements for her funeral, and expressed a very anxious desire to go home to meet her mother. It was hard to part but when we know that she is in heaven with those gone before, then we will say. "Thy will be done." Funeral services at the house on Sunday morning by S. G. Shetler, and at the Kaufman church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by the brethren. E. J. Blough and Abram Metzler. The remains were laid to rest in the Kaufman Cemetery. Peace to her ashes. Father and I keenly feel the departure of one whom we loved, but we know that we may meet her in the resurrection morn.

-- By her Daughter.

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Troyer.--- Elisabeth King Troyer was born Dec. 3. 1831, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died March 22, 1919, at the home of her daughter, J. J. Kauffman, near Hubbard, Oreg.; aged 87 y. 3 m. 19 d. She was married to Peter Troyer Jan. 1, 1855. To this union were. born six children. Her companion and two of the children preceded her to the Spirit world. Four children, fourteen grandchildren, and thirty-Seven great.great.grandchildren survive her with a host of friends. Grandma Troyer was a faithful Christian mother and consistent member of the A. M. Church for many years. Funeral services March 23 conducted by Daniel Roth from the Zion A. M. Church. Text, Rev. 14:13. Remains were laid to rest within the cemetery nearby.

Metz.- Emma L., daughter of the late Franklin and Ella Metz, died March 16, 1919 of acute Brights disease at the home of her uncle, A. R. Loux, Lansdale, Pa.; aged 39 y. 8 m. 6 d. She was deformed in body owing to an affliction of spinal disease when a few years old and soon after was left an orphan and made her home with her grandparents, the late Pre. Jacob Loux. Since the death of her grandmother about five years ago she has been living with friends and relatives. Her death came as a surprise to her many friends to whom she had endeared herself with her quiet gentle ways. She retired in the evening and the next morning was found "asleep in Jesus." She united with the Mennonite church, Lansdale. Pa., Nov. 10, 1907 and was devoted to church and S. S. work. One brother, (Hiram) survives. Funeral Mar.. 23, 1919. Text. "He giveth his beloved sleep."

Nofsinger.-Catharine Nofsinger (nee Gingerich) wife of John Nofsinger, Washington, Ill., was born in Woodford Co.. Ill., Dec. 10, 1839; died Mar. 26, 1919: aged 79 y. 3 m. 16 d. She was married to John Nofsinger Mar. 10, 1863. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom were present when she died. Besides her husband and ten children, she also leaves 4 sisters and 26 grandchildren. She gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 14 years. She was ever a faithful and devoted Christian, loved and respected by all who knew her. Her death resulted from a paralytic stroke which she suffered several years ago, having been practically helpless ever since. She endured her affliction with patience and true Christian fortitude. Funeral services Mar. 30, 1919, at her late home by A. L. Buzzard and Valentine Struber, and at the Union Mennonite Church, near Washington, by A. L. Buzzard and J. S. Shoemaker. Text, Psa. 87:3.

Derstine-Sallie Derstine was born Feb. 12, 1865; died at her home near Sellersville, Pa., Jan. 21. 1919; aged 53 y. 11 m. 19 d. She was united in marriage to Andrew Derstine Nov. 27, 1886. This union was blessed with 9 children. 1 son preceded her in death. She leaves husband, 8 children. 1 brother, and 7 grandchildren. 2 grandchildren also preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church until death called her to higher service. Death was caused by influenza which developed into pneumonia. She was sick but a few days. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and was loved by all who knew her Funeral service Feb. 5. 1919 at the Rockhill Mennonite church by Bro. William Landes, and Bro. Jonas Mininger. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely;
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us.
He can all our sorrows heal."
-The Family.

Thomas-Sister Ella C.. daughter of Hettie and Martin Brenneman, was born in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., July 5, 1886; died March 24, 1919; aged 32 y. 8 m. 19 d. She was married to Bro. John H. Thomas April 1, 1909. To this union were born three children: Martin, Abram (who died in infancy) and Clyde who with their father remain to mourn their loss. Besides this she leaves parents, one brother, and two sisters; also a host of friends. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church soon after their marriage, to which she remained faithful to the end. She was sick a little over a week with phuro-pneumonia. Funeral services on Thursday, March 27, conducted at the house by Bro. Jacob C. Habecker and at the Masonville Church by Bros. Christ Lehman and John K. Charles. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"One by one their seats are empty,
One by one they pass away;
Now the family is broken
Will it be complete some day?"

-By the family.

Brenneman.-Emanuel Benjamin Brenneman was born in Waterloo, Ont., June 7, 1897; died in Canton, Ohio, Mar. 22, 1919; age 21 y. 9 m. 15 d. He was united in marriage to Sister Elma G. Beck. of West Unity, 0., Nov. 24, 1918. He leaves a beloved wife, aged parents, 3 brothers and 5 sisters (Jacob, Daniel, Moses, Kathryn, Mary, Amanda, Emma, and Ida), and a host of relatives and friends. In early life he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. He was a faithful worker, much devoted to the Master's service. He bore his suffering patiently, was resigned to do the will of God, leaving a bright assurance that he is safe in the arms of Jesus. On Mar. 23 the body was shipped to Archbold, Ohio, where on the 26th funeral services were held at the Lockport Church conducted by J. S. Gerig of Smithville, 0., assisted by S. D. Grieser. Text, Psa, 37:3. After services the body was again taken to the train and sent to his former home, Albany, Oreg.

Bontrager - Andy A., son- of J. J. and Fannie A. Bontrager, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Nov. 29, 1894; died at the Mennonite Mission at Canton, Ohio, March 22, 1919; aged 24 y. 3 m. 23 d. When 15 years old he united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. He was a hopeful, conscientious, active young man whose great delight was to do service for others. He took great delight in singing, and wherever he went the spirit of service was evident. During the past few months he had been employed in the Gilliam shop in Canton and gave his extra hours to the Mennonite mission to help in any way he could. While in the city he took sick with influenza but his condition was not serious. Several of the workers at the Mission were critically ill with pneumonia and because a nurse was not available and help was scarce Andy felt that he must render them what service he could. In doing this he overtaxed his own body, double pneumonia developed, and in a few days he passed way. His parents were informed of his sickness and they hastened to his bedside. When they came he could speak only a few words but with telling eyes he looked on them, and stretching out his arms in one last fond affection he embraced his mother and gave expression to a happy meeting. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Besides his parents and his betrothed he leaves 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services at South Union Church near West Liberty, Ohio, conducted by Bro. S. E. Allgyer assisted by Bros. J. Y. King and A. I. Yoder.

Leber.-Sister Mary Elizabeth Leber, wife of Milton Leber, of 208 Union St., Columbia, Pa., was born at Cornwall, Pa., Aug. 26, 1837; died Saturday morning Mar. 22, 1919 after an illness of one year; age 61 y. 6 m. 26 d. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, 5 daughters. Services at Landisville, by Brethren J. K. Charles and J. C. Habecker. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Brenneman,-Bro. C. K. Brenneman was born in Hay Tp., Ontario, Jan. 26, 1880; died at the Canton, Ohio,. Mennonite Mission, March 19, 1919; aged 39 y. 1 m. 23 d. At the age of 16 he confessed his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. In 1900 he moved with his parents to Seward Co., Neb. In 1903 he attended Goshen College and from 1906 to 1909 he attended Moody Bible Institute. June 6 he was united in marriage with Sister Alvina Engle, who preceded him in death but a few hours. She was born June 5, 1883 and died at the age of 35 y. 9 m. 13 d. Their union was blessed with three children: Clarence, Gladys, and Grace. In 1909 the Mission Board appointed them to take charge of the work at Nampa, Idaho, Mission. May 11, 1910, Bro. Brenneman was ordained to the ministry. Soon after this they made an evangelistic tour through Oregon, California, and other states of the Central West. In 1912 they were appointed by the Mission Board to have the oversight of the mission station at Youngstown, Ohio, and in 1914 they were appointed to superintend the work at the mission at Canton, Ohio, where they continued to be faithful laborers until summoned to come up higher, when together they walked down through the valley of the shadow of death to receive their eternal reward. Alvina's spirit took its flight at 8 P. M. and C. K.'s at 2:30 the same night. Bro. Brenneman was known for his zeal and activity in the Master's service. Sister Brenneman was known for her kind, pleasant, and agreeable disposition. Their services at Canton were highly appreciated in church, Sunday school, and Christian activities. The Mission Board deplores the loss of these faithful laborers and is made to feel its heavy responsibility in filling the vacancy at Canton. The citizens at Canton are lamenting. the loss of a highly respected family. The aged parents are mourning the loss of children to whom they looked to lean upon in their declining years The four brothers and five sisters who survive their beloved brother C. K. and the two sisters and two brothers who survive their affectionate sister Alvina are all keenly feeling their loss. Last, but not least, are these three fatherless and motherless children who all their life time must be deprived of the careful training of Christian parents and the affections and sympathy of father and mother. But in all this we bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services at the Union Church, Washington, Ill., by Bro. C. Z. Yoder of Wooster, Ohio, assisted by Brethren J.. S. Shoemaker and A. H. Leaman. Text, Rev. 14:13


Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 3 - April 17, 1919 - page 55

Nissley. - Virgie M., wife of Harvey G. Nissley, died Dec. 4, 1918, at her home near Middletown, Pa., after 10 days' illness of influenza followed by pneumonia of the heart; aged 21 y. 3 m. 19 d. She leaves a sorrowing companion and 4 small children. She was a faithful member of Strickler's Mennonite Church near Middletown, Pa. Funeral Dec. 8, 1918. Services at the house by Bros. David Z. Miller and Harry Longenecker. Interment in Shope's Cemetery near Highspire.

Young in years, but safe in the fold of Christ.

Steiner. - Barbara Steiner (nee Amstutz) was born Sept. 2, 1843; died at her home in Wayne Co., Ohio, Mar. 29, 1919; age 75 y. 6 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Christian Steiner May 17, 1863. This union was blessed with 5 sons and 5 daughters. Husband, 3 sons and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 2 sons, 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the Crown Hill church April 1, conducted by D. Z. Yoder. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and proved faithful to the end.

Miller. - Eli J. B. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 16, 1852; died near Kokomo, Ind., March 31, 1919; aged 67 y. 1 m. 15 d. He was united in marriage to Sarah Hensler Dec. 29, 1878. She departed this life May 9, 1913. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves, besides the children, 17 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite church in early life of which he was a member until death. Funeral at the Mennonite church April 2, conducted by J. S. Horner and J. S. Hartzler from II Cor. 5:1. Buried in the Mast cemetery.

Miller. - Clarence Bruce, infant son of Clarence E. and Mary A. Miller, Oscodo Co., Mich., died March 6, 1919; aged 1 m. 18 d. He is survived by his parents, 1 brother (Harry) 3 grandparents, 1 great-grandmother and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. He was sick but 5 days. We do not wish him back into this sinful world, for we know his is a much better lot in heaven. Funeral services at the house conducted by Bro. Menno Esch. Interment in the Fairview cemetery.

"Another little lamb has gone,
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling babe,
Is sheltered in the grave."

Wenger. - Isaac G. Wenger was born Dec. 18, 1844, in Lancaster, Pa. With his parents Bro. and Sister Christian Wenger, he moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1854, a year later moving to Waterloo Co., and in 1858 moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. When a young man he went to Kent Co., Mich., near Caledonia, and there was married to Elizabeth Volweiler. To this union were born eleven children. Following a period of ill health he was stricken with bronchial pneumonia for one week and died Mar. 15, 1919, age 74 y. 2 m. 27 d. He leaves a wife, eleven children, four brothers, and two sisters. Joseph of Osceola, Ind., Jonas G. of Hesston, Kans., Mattie Bowman, of Wakarusa, Ind., Jacob of Wakarusa, Ind., Zimmerman G., of Caledonia, Mich., and Barbara Christophel of Nappanee, Ind. He also leaves many grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He was buried on Mar. 19, 1919, in Caledonia, Mich.

Martin. - To come to the end of life's road without murmer or complaint, to quit this life without long suffering or pain, to accept the call to come "over yonder" calmly and heroically are exceptional blessings. Such was the lot and thus came the end for Fannie Martin. Quiet as was the transition so was the life of this Christian mother. Esteeming herself as no great person she yet recognized the obligations and duties which came to her as her very own and discharged them to the best of her ability. Her ideals of homemaking and of chaste womanhood were of a high order. Mother was about the routine of the night's duties when with less than an hour's warning she was taken to her eternal abode. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. Fannie Miller Martin, daughter of Jacob and Fannie Miller was born near Leitersburg, Md., Jan. 4, 1848; died March 11, 1919; aged 71 y. 2 m. 7 d. She was married to Henry Martin, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Martin, Dec. 21, 1871. She leaves husband, a son (J. Harry Martin) a daughter (Mrs. J. D. Brunk) a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, 9 grandchildren, 3 brothers, a sister, besides a wide relationship and a great number of friends. Funeral services were conducted on March 15 at the home by George Keener and from Rieff's Mennonite Church by C. R. Strite. Sermon by N. E. Miller. Interment at Reiff's burying grounds.

Transcriber's note: "murmer" is spelled as in the original; "Rieff's" would seem to be a misspelling of Reiff's.

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 4 - April 24, 1919 - page 70, 71

Miller. - Mattie Evelyn, daughter of Bro. Jesse and Sister Katie Miller of near Shickley, Neb., was born Aug. 25, 1918; died Mar. 28, 1919; aged 7 m. 2 d. Her death was caused by bronchial pneumonia. She leaves to mourn her departure father, mother, 2 sisters and a number of other relatives. "The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

Shantz. - Died, near Aldersyde, Alta., of pneumonia, on April 3, 1919, Daniel, infant son of Bro. and Sister Angeline Shantz. He was born Aug. 9, 1918; aged 7 m. 3 w. 4 d. Buried April 4 at the Mount View Cemetery. Services at the home by N. B. Stauffer and at the grave by Bro. I. Miller. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.
-N. B. S.

Kurtz. - John M. Kurtz was born Oct. 22, 1850, in Lancaster County, Pa., died of pneumonia Feb. 13, 1919; aged 68 y. 3 m. 21 d. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church from his youth. Services in the A. M. church near Morgantown, Pa., by Christian Stoltzfus and John S. Mast. Text, Rev. 14:13. He was laid to rest in Pinegrove Cemetery. Peace to his ashes.

Gingerich. - Died, near Aldersyde, Alta., of Spanish influenza, on March 25, 1919, Bro. Enoch Gingerich, aged 37 y. 3 m. 5 d. Was buried at the Mount View Cemetery on Mar. 27. Service at the grave by N. B. Stauffer. Bro. Gingerich will be greatly missed in our community and his death is deeply regretted. He was a faithful brother for a number of years and his life was such as to win the confidence of those who learned to know him.
-N. B. S.

Lapp. - Elizabeth Lapp was born June 8, 1841; died March 18, 1919, in Lawrence Co., Pa.; age 77 y. 9 m. 10 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the Maple Grove Church March 21 conducted by J. H. Lantz and J. R. Byler.

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

Good. - Lydia Good (nee Hurst) wife of Howard Good of near Terre Hill, Pa., died March 2, 1919, of pneumonia; aged 27 y. 11 m. 23 d. She is survived by her husband and four children. Sister Good will be greatly missed in the home, where she was a devoted mother and in the church a consistent member until death. Funeral services at Bowmansville Mennonite church March 6. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Lugbill. - Virgie May, daughter of Eli and Jennie Lugbill, was born near Archbold, Ohio, April 16, 1917; died April 8, 1919; aged 2 y. less 8 d. About 5 weeks ago she took sick with what the doctor said were the after effects of the flu. On Tuesday evening at 11 o'clock she passed away. She was a bright and loving child. She leaves one sister, grandparents on both sides, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Central Church, conducted by Samuel Grieser, and Eli Rupp.

Hummel. - Olive M., daughter of Nathaniel R. and Ella Hummel, was born at Rockton, Pa., Jan. 24, 1890; died in Akron, Ohio, April 10, 1919; aged 29 y. 2 m. 17 d. Death was caused by influenza followed by pneumonia. Olive united with the Lutheran Church at Troutville, Pa., several years ago and was an earnest Christian. Her remains were brought to Rockton for burial, where funeral services were conducted on April 13 by William Sellner, after a short service at the home of the parents near Big Run, Pa. She is survived by her parents, one brother, and six sisters.

Hershey. - Mary Louetta (Buckwalter) Hershey, daughter of Mahlon and Mary Buckwalter, was born Jan. 29, 1882; died Mar. 17, 1919; age 37 y 2 m. 17 d. She lived near Intercourse, Pa., nearly all her life. She was sick 15 days and died of internal hemmorhage. She was united in marriage to Henry K. Hershey 13 years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves a sorrowing husband, father, mother, 4 sisters and 1 brother. Having had no children she took her brother's child to raise. In her great suffering she longed to go to glory. May we all live so that we can meet her again. Funeral services at the house by Jacob Mellinger and at Hershey church by C. M. Brackbill. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"Farewell, sister, sweetly rest Till God shall bid thee rise. Our tears we'll dry - we will not weep, We'll meet her in the skies." -By a Sister-in-law.

Transcriber's note: "hemmorhage" is spelled as in the original.

Fry. - Sylvia, daughter of Maneleus and Clara Fry, was born near Yoder, Kans., June 6, 1918; died at the home of her grandparents at Yoder, Kans., aged 9 m. 14 d. Death caused by pneumonia. She leaves a mother, 1 sister, grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. Her father preceded her to the spirit world Jan. 10, 1919, where she has now gone to meet him. Now one half of the family is over yonder.

"Gone to heaven is our darling,
Gone to her bright home above;
She has left us here so lonely,
How we miss Sylvia, whom we love."

Musselman. - Hannah, only child of Peter and Veronica (Weber) Good, was born Dec. 21, 1874; died Mar. 25, 1919; aged 44 y. 3 m. 4 d. She lived in matrimony with Geo. L. Musselman, which union was blessed with four sons and two daughters. Two sons preceded her to the spirit world. She joined the Mennonite Church in early youth and lived a quiet, peaceable, and consistent Christian life to the end. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two sons, two daughters, an aged mother and many relatives and friends. It is a great loss to the family, and also to the church. She was resigned to the Lord's will, and we look forward to a happy reunion where sorrow and sighing will be no more. Funeral services Mar. 28 conducted by Abr. Gingrich and Moses Brubacher at the Martin meeting house, buried in adjoining cemetery.

Culp. - Authoy J., son of Geo. and Magdalena Culp, and ninth son of a family of 11 children of which 6 preceded him in death, was born near Wakarusa, Ind. (on the farm where he always lived until removed by death) Dec. 17, 1850; died Apr. 4, 1919; age 68 y. 3 m. 18 d. On Nov. 20, 1873 he was united in marriage to Sarah Goodman. To this union were born 5 children (Monroe, of South Bend; Ben and Oliver B, and Oscar K., of Wakarusa; Dorothy Parks, of Nappanee; Daniel, who preceded him in death). On July 31, 1887 he was again married to Allie (Shroll) Hoover. To this union were born 5 children (Edna Bender of Nappanee; Lula Scheiber of Wakarusa, Anthony of North Lima, O., Geo. A. and Inez Jemima, at home). Mr. Culp was member of the Mennonite Church and departed this life, we believe, at peace with the Lord. He leaves to mourn his departure a loving companion, 9 children, 2 step-sons, 3 brothers, 1 sister and a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Yellow Creek church conducted by the brethren Harvey Schwalm and Silas Weldy from the text Heb. 9:27,28.

Whitmer. - On March 15, 1919, Selestine Whitmer died at his home in the Cove, Hardy Co., W. Va., where he lived and spent the greater part of his life; aged 81 y. 2 m. 15 d. His health had been failing for 2 years. During this time he suffered intensely but bore it patiently. He was the father of 9 children, two of whom preceded him to the realms beyond. He was kind and generous to all with whom he associated, always having the welfare and comfort of others at heart. A place is vacant in the home which never can be filled and we deeply feel the loss of his presence; but his influence will still live on. For many years be was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the home by his pastors Bro. Showalter and Bro. Turner. Text, II Cor. 5:1-3. Remains laid to rest in the family burying ground. He leaves a widow, 6 daughters, and 1 son (Willie, Mrs. S. W. See, Mrs. John See, Mrs. C. Fitzwater, and Mrs. Arthur Mathias, Mrs. Davy Halterman, and Mrs. Bud Mathias). One sister, 30 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Dear children, relatives, and friends; let us not weep as those who have no hope for father and grandfather has only gone on before. Father will be greatly missed here by us all, but I believe that our loss is his eternal gain and some day we shall meet again. May God comfort the children in this sad hour of their bereavement.

"Dearest father, we are lonesome
Since thou has gone away
But we shall ever strive to meet thee
In some happy brighter day."
Dorty C. Miller.

Crouse. - Ruth Mildred, daughter of Bro. Benj. F. and Sister Fannie Miller Crouse, died at her late home in Lanc. Co., Pa. She was born June 23, 1917; died April 9, 1919; aged 1 y. 9 m. 17 d. Her suffering, though intense with diphtheria, was borne with much patience, and passed peacefully seeming to behold beautiful sights as she was entering Heaven's portals. She is survived by her parents and one sister Miriam, her infant sister having preceded her to the spirit world on Feb. 27. Strictly private interment was made in the Old Mennonite cemetery at New Providence.

Sweet little darlings, light of the home,
Looking for someone beckoning come,
Bright as the sunbeams, pure as the dew,
Anxiously looking loved ones for you."

Horst. - Abram E., infant son of Bro. Henry and Grace Horst was born near Clearspring, Md., Dec. 3, 1918; died Mar. 23, 1919, aged 3 m. The cause of his death is unknown; he was found dead 2 o,clock Sunday morning by his parents. Little Abram's stay on this earth was short, but long enough to show us that this world is not ours. He only budded on earth to bloom in heaven. He leaves his parents, 1 sister, Margaret, and one brother, Perry. Funeral at the Clearspring Mennonite Church by Bros. Sam'l Eby and Geo. Keener from Isa. 11 :6. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Dear little Abram, we miss him so,
All thru the day, wherever we go;
All thru the night, how lonely it seems
For no little Abram wakes out of our dreams.
We miss him all thru the long weary hours,
We miss him as others miss sunshine and flowers;
Daytime and nighttime, wherever we go;
Dear little Abram, we miss him so!
-By his aunt Fannie.

Kauffman. - Emma Kauffman was born March 17, 1885, at Belleville, Pa.; died near Newton, Kans., March 9, 1919; aged 34 years, 11 m. 23 d. In her girlhood she moved west with her parents to West Liberty, Ohio, where her father died. After the marriage of her mother to John M. Zook (then of Conway, Kans., but now of Tofield, Alta.) she came to Kansas where she spent the remainder of her earthly life. She united with the Mennonite Church before leaving Pennsylvania and remained a member to the end. She took sick with influenza on March 2 and one week later her spirit took its flight to the great beyond. She was conscious of the approaching end and expressed herself as ready and willing to go. Brief funeral services were conducted in the undertaker's parlors at Newton on March 10, by D. H. Bender, (Text, Psa. 116:15) after which the body was sent to her old home at West Liberty, Ohio, accompanied by a brother and sister. She leaves mother, four brothers, two sisters, step-father, five step-brothers, two step-sisters beside a host of near friends and relatives. Funeral services at South Union Church, March 12, in charge of Bro. A. I. Yoder. Interment in nearby cemetery.

Transcriber's note: Given age is not consistent with birth and death dates.

Hess. - Pre. Jonas H. Hess was born near Lititz, Pa., March 13, 1841; died March 30, 1919; aged 78 y. 17 d. He lived on the old Hess homestead where he was born, all but 1 years, which were spent in Lititz. He was married to Anna S. Francke Sept. 29, 1862; lived in matrimony 56 years. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 54 years. He was ordained to the ministry 30 years ago. He served his beloved church faithfully. His place was seldom vacant. His whole heart was in the service and always was deeply concerned about the welfare of the Church. He will not only be missed in the home but in the Church as well. The cause of his death was cerebral hemorrhages after 7 weeks of great suffering of other ailments. He is survived by his wife and 6 children (Mrs. H. R. Bucher, Mrs. A. N. Musser, C. F. Hess, Mrs. D. B. Betzner, H. F. Hess, Mrs. C. L. Charles). Two children and 1 great-grandchild preceded him to the spirit world. 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at Hess Mennonite church near Lititz April 2. Interment in adjoining cemetery. The brethren, Noah Landis and Jacob Hershey, officiated. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.

"Weep not that his toils are over,
Weep not that his race is run;
God grant we may rest as calmly
When our work, like his, is done."

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana

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