Zehr.--Harold Donald Zehr was born Feb. 20, 1914; died August 13, 1919, of Brights disease; aged 5 y. 5 m. 23 d. He leaves father, mother, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 1 great-grandmother, and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss, which is his gain.
Strickler.--Sister Mary Strickler died at her home in Hanover, Pa., Sept. 11, 1919; aged 79 y. 1 m. 29 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She is survived by one sister and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sept. 13, conducted by brethren Daniel Stump and P. D. Shank. Text, Heb. 13:14. Burial at Hostetter's meeting house.
Schertz.--Leroy, youngest son of Peter Schertz, met death in a very sad way. He had been playing with his sister during the afternoon. Shortly after 7 oíclock, the family missed him. They found him lying unconscious behind the horses where he had undoubtedly been playing. Medical aid was called, but God called and the spirit took its flight about an hour after they found him. Little Leroy was 6 y. 1 m. old. He was a bright beam in the home and will be greatly missed by all. He is survived by father, four brothers (Oliver, Arthur, Ralph and Carl), four sisters (Elsie, Mabel, Alma, and Mary). His mother and four brothers preceded him. Services were conducted by D. D. Zehr and J. C. Eigsti.
McCann.--James Wilbert son of Chris and Mennie McCann, was born near Roseland. Nebr., Dec. 2, 1917; Died August 13, 1919, aged 1 y. 8 m. 11 d. He leaves parents, 1 brother, grandparents, uncles and aunts. The immediate cause of his death was bowel infection. Funeral services at the Roseland Mennonite Church Aug. 13 conducted by Bro. D. G. Lapp. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Fuhrman.--Bro. John D. Fuhrman died at his home near Hanover, Pa., Aug. 11, 1919; aged 50 y. 10 m. 15 d. He was a sufferer from consumption, being confined to his bed about 8 months during which time he became willing to accept Christ as his Savior. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services wer held Aug. 14, conducted by brethren Daniel Stump, P. D. Shank and John Mosemann. Text Job 14:14. Burial in York Road Cemetery.
Rupp.--George H. Rupp was born Sept. 4, 1853; died Sept. 2, 1919, in the Harrisburg hospital of heart failure caused by being struck by an automobile accidently. He lived five hours and was conscious until the end. He passed away peacefully rejoicing in the glorious hope of meeting loved ones gone before. He leaves three brothers (John, David, and Joseph); also two sisters, (Elizabeth, Landis and Minnie at home) and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by B. F. Zimmerman, Samuel Hess and J. H. Mosemann. Interment in Slate Hill cemetery.
Thomas.--Rachel Blough Thomas, wife of John M. Thomas of near Holsopple, Pa., died Sept. 7, 1919; aged 67 y. 8 m. She was married to John M. Thomas Feb. 4, 1877. To this union were born one son and three daughters. One daughter proceded her to the glory world. She is also survived by her husband, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and 11 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for almost 42 years. Funeral services at the Blough Church on the 9th by James Saylor, Simmon Layman, and E. J. Blough. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
Brubaker.--Alice, daughter of William and Cynthia Emerson, was born Nov. 18, 1876, in the state of New Hampshire. She was married to John Brubaker and they moved to Elkhart, Ind., where he was employed in a bakery. In course of time it developed that she had a tumor and that an operation was necessary. The surgeons found it a very technical case and she was on the operating table for more than three hours. The work was successfully done, and the prospects for her recovery seemed fairly good, when she suddenly got extreme pains and died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1919; aged 42 y. 10 m. 8 d. She is survived by her husband, one daughter (Mrs. C. D. Burns), two grandchildren, two sisters, and many other friends. Funeral services on the 13th at the Elkhart Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. J. S. Hartzler. Text, John 5: 28, 29.
Garber.-Susan Garber, widow of John S. Garber, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Apr. 2, 1830; died Monday evening, Sept. 15, 1919, at Elizabethtown, Pa., aged 89 y. 5 m. 13 d. Death was caused by the infirmities due to advanced age. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. The following children survive; Anna, Kathryn, Henry (with whom she resided), Amos, John, Simon, Samuel, and Harriet (wife of Peter R. Nissley. 35 grandchildren and 22 great-grandcildren also survive. Funeral on Sept. 18, with services at the Mennonite Church at Elizabethtown, Pa., conducted by the brethren, Levi Ebersole, John G. Ebersole, and Simon Landis. Interment in Bossler's Cemetery.
"Grandmother, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angels sweetly whispered,
Come and live with us at home.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
--By a Grand-daughter.
Nafziger.-Nellie Edna, youngest daughter of Samuel B. and Fannie Miller, was born near Shipshewana, Ind. Nov. 5, 1894; died Sept. 3, 1919; aged 24 y. 9 m. 28 d. On Apr. 14, 1913, she was married to Chris D. Nafziger. Two sons ( Carol and Victor) and one daughter (Bernice) were born to this union. They had been on a short visit to her former home and on the return trip met with a sad accident which resulted in her death. In early life she confessed Christ as her Savior and had great faith in the saving grace of her Savior. She leaves a sorrowing husband, three children, father, step-mother, and seven sisters. She had seen much sickness and suffering in her life but patiently bore up throught it all.
There is a vacant place in our home,
Which never can be filled.
A voice we loved so well
Is forever stilled.
Funeral services were conducted by Bros. J. C. Birky and Simon Litwiller at the Amish Mennonite Church near Hopedale, Ill.
Kenagy.--Dorthy Ellen Kenagy died Sept. 1, 1919; aged
1 y. 9 m. 29 d. She leaves father, mother, and one little brother.
Little Dorthy was a very affectionate child, and in her playful
glee she wandered to the railroad track, and was watching for
her grandmother and two aunties to return from the coast. While
on the track the coast train with two engines and ten heavy steel
coaches rounded the curve, and before the heavy train could be
stopped she was run over. The two engines and the baggage and
mail cars passed over her, and when the train was brought to a
stop her body was taken out from under the smoking car, bruised
and lifeless. Funeral services at the home of her grandparents,
Sept. 4, and at the Mennonite Church in Albany, Oreg. Burial in
the Riverview Cemetery. Services by Bro. J. P. Bontrager assisted
by Bro. N. A. Lind. Text, Isa. 40:11.
"She is not dead--the child of your affection-
But gone into that school
Where she no longer needs your protection
And Christ Himself doth rule."
--J. P. Bontrager.
Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 28 - October 9, 1919 - page 527
Peffley. - Ernest, the four months old son of Hurley Peffley, of Elkhart, Ind., died Sept. 24, 1919, of Inanition. He leaves his parents, grandparents, two brothers and others. He was brought for his burial to the Whitehead Brethren's burying ground Sept. 26. Funeral services conducted by John F. Funk.
Transcriber's note: "Inanition" is as in the original. ("inanition". Webster's dictionary gives this definition: a: loss of vitality that results from lack of food or water)
Roth. - Sister Ada Stutzman was born near Milford, Nebr.,
Oct. 22, 1898; died at her home near Chappell, Nebr., Sept. 20,
1919; aged 20 y. 10 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage to Bro.
Nick Roth, Aug. 24, 1916. To this union were born 1 son and 2
daughters. She leaves a beloved husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, father,
mother, 6 brothers, 3 sisters. 1 daughter, 2 brothers and 1 sister
preceded her to the spirit world. She accepted her Savior in her
youth and was faithful to the end.
- A Sister.
Pletcher. - Warren LaMar, son of Samuel and Edna Pletcher, was born May 18, 1917, near Wakarusa, Ind.; died July 22, 1919; aged 2 y. 2 m. 4 d. His stay on earth was very brief and the latter part was filled with suffering which he bore very patiently. One of his greatest pleasures was to have his mother and others sing for him. Well may we say with the poet,
O, not in cruelty. not in wrath,
The reaper came that day;
'Twas an angel visited this green earth
And took the flowers away."
Funeral services at Olive Church conducted by A. B. Yoder and D. A. Yoder.
Wenger. - Joseph Wenger was born May 16, 1831, in Lancaster Co., Pa. In the year 1856 he came to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he lived until his death. He was united in marriage to Susannah Martin Dec. 19, 1858. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. His companion and four children preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in early youth and remained faithful until death. Since 1876 he has been attending services at the Olive Church, having been there on the last Sunday preceding his death. The church loses one of its faithful members. Whenever the weather permitted he was at his post of duty. He died Aug. 15, 1919; aged 88 y. 2 m. 29 d. He leaves one son (Henry), 2 daughters (Anna and Susannah) 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral held at the Olive Church conducted by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank.
Horning. - Catharine, wife of Augustus Horning, died on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 20; aged 74 y. 8 m. 9 d. She leaves husband and three sons. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from her home near Bowmansville, Pa. Services were held in the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Shantz. - Esther (Cressman) Shantz was born at New Dundee, Ont., Jan. 20, 1848; died at her home near Petersburg, Ont., Sept. 4, 1919 ; aged 71 y. 7 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Amos M. Shantz. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters. One daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 14 grandchildren, 1 sister and 3 brothers. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Latschar Church by Bro. Jonas Snider. Text, Phil. 2:21.
Hykes. - Mary (Sollenberger) Hykes, was born Nov. 21,
1840, in Franklin Co., Pa., died Sept. 1919, of liver trouble
and infirmities. She was married to Samuel Hykes on Dec. 14, 1864,
with whom she witnessed the checkered scenes of life for nearly
56 years. Grandmother, as she was known to many, was for many
years a faithful member of the Old Order River Brethren Church.
She was of a quiet, peaceable disposition, lived a Christian life,
and encouraged others to do the same. She was in failing health
for many years, but able to attend to her household duties until
May, 1919, her strength failed, and she rested on the couch in
day-time and in bed at night, until 8 weeks and 2 days before
her death, she took her bed, and became utterly helpless the last
week. She was conscious all the time, until a few hours before
her Lord came for her. She had been patiently waiting for Jesus
to come. She leaves a husband (who is 81 years old) and 3 children
(Emma Cook, William and Emmanuel S. Hykes), 3 grandchildren, one
sister (Nancy Wagaman), and many friends and neighbors. Mother
was the first to break the family circle by death. Buried Sept.
24. Services in the home by Bros. Daniel Hawbecker and Samuel
Myers. Text, Heb. 9:27,28. Interment in Green Hill Cemetery.
Emma L. Hykes.
Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana
Snyder. - Irene Dorothy, daughter of Sine and Mary Snyder
was born March 9, 1919, died Sept. 13, 1919; aged 6 m. 4 d. She
leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 2 brothers,
and 2 sisters. One sister preceded her to the home beyond. The
cause of her death was bowel infection. Funeral services were
held at the Roseland Mennonite Church Sept. 14 conducted by Brother
D. G. Lapp. Text, Song of Solomon 6:2. Interment in adjoining
"The Gardener saw the beauty
Of the little one so fair;
He took His hand and plucked it,
And keeps it in His care."
Good. - Lloyd Arthur, son of Harry F. and Eleanor Zittle
Good died at his parents' residence in West Lampeter township,
Sept. 16, 1919. He was sick less than a week with that dread disease
diphtheria. Medical aid was summoned but God called and the little
spirit took its flight. Lloyd was 10 y. 1 m. 6 d. old. Surviving
him are father, mother, five brothers: Vernon, Lester, Sylvan,
Parke, and Harold; four sisters: Violet, Ida, Laura, and Gladys.
Brief funeral services were conducted the following day by Bro.
Sanford Landis at the grave and the little body was laid to rest
in Mellinger's Cemetery.
Oh how we loved him
But God loved him more.
Let us try to meet him
On that beautiful shore.
-The sorrowing family.
Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana
Shrock.--Avis Venire, daughter of Homer W. and Flossie Shrock, was born in Kokomo, Ind., May 30, 1917; died Oct. 1, 1919; aged 2 y. 4 m. 2 d. She leaves to mourn her departure father and mother, 2 brothers, grandfather and grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral on Oct. 3 at the Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. J. S. Horner of the home congregation and Lewis F. Stout, of Friends Church of Kokomo, Ind.
Schrock.--Willard James, son of J. C. and Lydia Schrock, was born near Milford, Nebr., Nov. 6, 1917; died Oct. 1, 1919; aged 1 y. 10 m. 24 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers and 1 sister; 2 brothers having proceded him in death. He was afflicted by spinal meningitis which caused his death.
Hershey.--Isaiah B. Hershey was born June 28, 1865; died near Compass, Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 3, 1919; aged 54 y 3 m. 5 d. His wife preceded him to the spirit world six months ago. He is survived by one son (Galen W.), two grandchildren (Emma and Clair), father (Peter Hershey), also four brothers and three sisters. Funeral services at Hershey Church Oct. 7, by Bro. C. M. Brackbill. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
Shirk.--Peter Shirk was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 11, 1839; died in Bridgeport, Ont., on Oct. 1, 1919; aged 79 y. 10 m. 20 d. Bro. Shirk came to Canada in 1862 and entered the milling business. He was married twice, his first wife being Magdalene Martin wh died 24 years ago and the second wife was Judith Krampien who survives. There are also left to mourn his departure ten children, 38 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held on Oct. 6 at First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. The services at the house were conducted by Bro. Noah Stauffer and at the Church by the brethren Jonas Snider, Urias Martin and Manasseh Hallman.
Musser.--Joseph Musser was born in Wayne Co., Ohio,
Feb. 3, 1839; died at his home near Goshen, Ind., Sept. 19, 1919;
aged 80 y. 7 m. 16 d. In 1861 he was united in marriage with Leah
Curtis who died Jan. 11, 1899*. To this union were born two daughters
(Julia A., wife of Daniel Horst, and Fannie, wife of Isaac Good).
Bothe daughters proceded him in death. In Nov., 1899, he was again
married to Mary Reed Snider, widow of Joel Snider. He leaves wife
and six grandchildrn, six great-grandchildren and two step-children.
Bro. Musser has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church
for 56 years. Funeral services were held at Yellow Creek Church
by Martin Ramer and J. F. Funk. *[Researcher's note: Leah Curtis
died Jan. 11, 1900 - see her obituary in Herald of Truth, Feb. 1, 1900 - tlm]
Kauffman.--Abraham G. Kauffman, son of Jones and Elizabeth Kauffman, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 13, 1852; died in Howard Co., Ind., Sept. 28, 1919; aged 67 y. 5 m. 15 d. He came to Howard Co., Ind., in 1873, and was united in marriage to Elizabeth Sproal June 21, 1874. To this union were born 7 children, 6 sons and one daughter. The two older sons died in infancy. He united with the Mennonite Church when 22 years of age in which faith he remained until death. He was sick 5 weeks and bore his sufferings with great patience. Funeral at the Mennonite Church Oct. 1, conducted by E. A. Mast and J. S. Horner. Text, John 11:25,26.
Groff.--Benjamin H. Groff, of East Lampeter, Lanc. Co., Pa., died Sept. 27, 1919; aged 80 y. 7 m. 25 d. He bore his sufferings very patiently and his desire was to fall asleep in Jesus. He was a kind and loving father. Mother preceded him in death 12 years ago. He is survived by one son and four daughters, 14 grandchildren and 7 greatgrandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Brief funeral services were conducted by Bro. David Landis at the home and at Mellingerís Church by Bro. Sanford Landis. Text, Job 5:26. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Father, thou art sweetly resting
Cold may be this earthly tomb
But the angels sweetly whispered
Come and live with us at home.
Yoder.--Barbara Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 23, 1849; died Sept. 6, 1919, near Shipshewana, Indiana. She was married to Jonas B. Yoder. March 10, 1867. To this union were born ten children, seven sons and three daughters. Husband, two sons, and one daughter proceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure five sons, two daughters, five grandchildren, one sister, and five brothers. Mother Yoder united with the Amish Church in her young years and lived a consistent member until death. She was a kind, loving mother, selfsacrificing, ever telling her children to live the true Christian life. The funeral services were held from the home by the brethren John Bontrager, Amos Yoder, and S. G. Shetler.
Roth.--Adia Stutzman Roth was born in Seward Co., Nebr., Oct. 20, 1898; died at her home near Chappell, Nebr., Sept. 20, 1919; aged 20 y. 11 m. She was married to Bro. Nick Roth Aug. 24, 1916. To this union were born one son and two daughters. Little Martha died last March of Influenza. Adia united with the Mennonite Church in her young years and lived a consistent member until God called her home. She leaves her husband, one son, one daughter, father and mother (Bro. and Sister David Stutzman), and many relatives and friends. Heaven retaineth now our treasure, Earth the lowly casket keeps; And the sunbeams love to linger Where our loving Adia sleeps.
Widmer.--Peter Widmer was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, July 26, 1874; died at his home near Albany, Oregon, September 28, 1919; aged 45 y. 2 m. 2 d. He came to America in the year 1898 locating near Wayland, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Fannie Roth March 1, 1903. They moved to Linn County, Oregon, in 1906, where they resided at the time of Bro. Widmerís death. Bro Widmer accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church at Basel, Switzerland, in 1889, and remained a faithful member until death. He leaves to mourn his departure, a sorrowing companion, 3 sons and 4 daughters, his mother, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church, Albany, Oregon, Sept. 29, in charge of J. P. Bontrager and Dan Erb. Text, II Kings 20:1. Burial in the Riverview Cemetery J. P. B.
Stineman.--Jones Stineman, son of Peter and Veronica Stineman, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 13, 1846; died in Miami Co., Ind., Sept. 29, 1919; aged 73 y. 6 m. 16 d. In June, 1848, he, with his parents, moved to Miami Co., Ind., upon a farm which was his home until death. On November 25, 1869, he was married to Lydia Christner. To this union were born 7 children, two of them preceded him to the spirit world. His first wife died Aug. 19, 1882. One December 13, 1885, he was again united in marriage to Barbara Metzler; to this union was born one son, who died March 24, 1909. Brother Stineman was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church, and was a kind and devoted member possessing cheerful disposition. He leaves to mourn his departure his aged wife, 5 children, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church Oct. 1, conducted by N. M. Slabaugh and E. A. Mast from II Kings 20:1.
Eshleman.--Elizabeth Stoner Eshleman, was born near Williamson, Pa., March 17, 1853; died Sept. 28, 1919; aged 66 y 6 m. 11 d. She was united in marriage Dec. 2, 1875, to Peter H. Eshleman who survives her. She also leaves two sons (Harvey, Isaac), and one daughter (Anna, wife of Harry Martin), 7 grandchildren, 1 brother (Christian Stoner), and three sisters (Mrs. Mary Gsell, Mrs. Sarah Peckman and Mrs. Hetty Lesher). She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 22 and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the Reiff Mennonite Church Oct. 1, 1919, conducted by the brethren, George Keener and David Lesher. Interment in adjoining cemetery. All is over, hands are folded On a calm and peaceful breast, All is over, suffering ended. Now dear Mother is at rest. ---By her daughter.
Hostetler.--Samuel J. Hostetler, son of Moses J. and Elizabeth Hostetler, was born near Meyersdale, Pa., Feb. 19, 1841; died Oct. 4, 1919, at the home of his son, O. S. Hostetler, at Emma, Ind.; aged 78 y. 7 m. 15 d. He was united in marriage to Catharine Mehl May 19, 1863. To this union were born six daughters and three sons. His companion preceded him in death only 4 m. and 23 d.; also two sons in their infancy. He leaves six daughters (Mesdames Benjamin Bontrager, Adam Baker, Moses A. Yoder, M. A. Farver, D. D. Miller, John Troyer) and one son (O. S. Hostetler) with whom he had been living for 25 years; also 47 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren besides many relatives and friends. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in his early life, to which faith he remained true and faithful until his death, ever desirous of establishing the same principles in the lives of those of his family and friends. Funeral services at the Emma Church by Y. C. Miller and D. J. Johns. Buried in the Yoder Cemetery.
Landis.--Elizabeth L., daughter of Jacob E. and Anna Landis, was born Oct. 22, 1897; died Aug. 31, 1919, after a lingering illness; aged 21 y. 10 m. 9 d. Elizabeth was afflicted for two years but was not bed-fast, until the last. Although she had not been well for so long, yet the reaper of death came suddenly. She bore her affliction patiently and wanted to be resigned to the Lordís will. She united with the Mennonite Church when in her fourteenth year and remained faithful until death. She leaves mother, three sisters (Mary, Anna, Margaret), three step brothers (John, Benjamin, and Jacob) and many relatives and friends. Father, and two brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services held Sept. 3 with short services at the house, and further services at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren Peter Nissley and Lehman Kraybill. Text, James 4:14 (last clause). Mary L. Landis
Brenneman.--Daniel Brenneman was born in Fairfield Co.,
Ohio, June 8, 1834; died of apoplexy at his residence in Goshen,
Ind., Sept. 10, 1919; aged 85 y. 2 m. 2 d. He was the son of Henry
(1791-1866), who was the son of Abraham (1743-1815), who was the
son of Melchior, a native of Switzerland and one of the first
settlers of Lancaster County, Pa., where he found an asylum from
religious persecution. Daniel Brenneman was reared in a God-fearing
home and in his early years accepted Christ and united with the
church of his fathers, that of the Mennonite faith. In the year
1857 he was ordained to the ministry, and for sixty-two years
it has been his chief delight to declare the unsearchable riches
of Christ. In 1874 he became one of the founders of what is now
denominated the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church. On March
22, 1857, he was united in marriage to Susannah Keagy, of Augusta
County, Virginia to which union were born five sons and five daughters,
all of whom are still living. In 1864 he removed from Fairfield
Co., Ohio to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he has resided ever since,
making him the oldest Mennonite minister in the county. His companion
died eleven years ago, after fifty-one years of wedded life. A
few years later he was married to Della Troyer, who survives him.
The funeral on Friday P. M. was one of the largest ever held in
Goshen, in consequence of which it was held in the Brethren Church.
The services were conducted by Eld. S. Lambert and J. F. Funk,
assisted by Elds. C. K. Curtis and A. B. Yoder, after which the
remains were laid to rest by the side of his companion in Oak
T. H. Brenneman
Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida
Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 31 - October 30, 1919
There were no obituaries in the October 30, 1919, issue of Gospel Herald.