Gaines.-Vernon William, son of Weldon and Fannie Gaines. Age 3 days. Funeral services Mar. 19, 1920, conducted by C. D. Yoder. Text, Job 1:21. Burial in West Liberty (Kansas) Church cemetery.
Wueterich.-Fred Wueterich was born in Wayne Co., O., July 31, 1897; died of pneumonia in the Canton hospital, Mar. 2, 1920; age 22 y. 7 m. 1 d. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and 2 half-brothers. Funeral services at the Swiss Mennonite Church, near Dalton, O., by Bros. J. Nussbaum and C. N. Amstutz.
Gerber.-Wayne Vanburen, infant son of Bro. Elias and Sister Fannie Gerber, was born in Wayne Co., O., Nov. 24, 1919; died of pneumonia Mar. 15, 1920. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother, 2 half-brothers, and 3 half-sisters. Funeral services were held at the Swiss Mennonite Church Mar. 16 by Bro. C. N. Amstutz. Text, Matt. 18:14.
Knepp.-Katie, wife of Levi Knepp, was born in Johnson
Co., Ia., Mar. 13, 1872; died near Haven, Kans., Mar. 15, 1920;
age 48 y. 2 d. She leaves husband and 6 children, 3 sons and 3
daughters, her aged parents (J. C. Miller and wife), 11 brothers
and 4 sisters. She was married to Bro. Knepp on Dec. 10, 1891,
living in matrimony a little over 28 years. She is the first one
to depart this life of a family of 16 children that had grown
to manhood and womanhood. Funeral services were held at the residence
of Jonas D. Bontrager conducted by E. S. Beachy and M. J. Troyer
after which the remains were laid to rest in the Amish Cemetery
C. C. S.
Bergey.-Mrs. Wm. Bergey, widow of Pre. Wm. Bergey, died March 12, 1920. Buried 22 at Brick Church. She was preceded 9 years ago by her husband and 9 children. Two survive. Her age was 74 years. She was a lovely Christian character, loved by all who knew her. Funeral services conducted by B. F. Graybill and J. F. Riehl. Text, II Tim. 4:7.
Oberholtzer.-Bro. Christian H. Oberholtzer was born near Farmersville, Pa., May 11, 1837; died at the home of his daughter Feb. 17, 1920; aged 82 y. 9 m. 6 d. He leaves 3 sons, 1 daughter, 14 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church Feb. 21, 1920, conducted by Bros. Ben. Weaver and John Lefever. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Derstine.-Stanley G., son of Herbert A. and Lillian B. Derstine, died Feb. 6, 1920, after an illness of 2 weeks of pneumonia; aged 6 m. 22 d. He leaves his parents and 1 brother, besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services Feb. 12, conducted by Bro. Jacob Moyer at the home and Bro. Elmer Moyer at the Souderton Mennonite Church. Text, Job 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Culp.-Elvira Orilla Culp was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, March 7, 1875; died in the same locality Feb. 23, 1920; aged 44 y. 11 m. 18 d. On Dec. 24, 1899 she was united in marriage to Allen Culp. She leaves her husband, two children (Melvin and Thelma), two brothers, one sister and friends. She was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral at the Locust Grove Church, Bro. E. M. Detweiler officiating. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment at adjoining cemetery.
Weaver.-Elizabeth (Musser) was born near Mifflintown, Pa., April 18, 1845; died of pneumonia in Elkhart Co., Ind., March 9, 1920; aged 74 y. 10 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Isaac Weaver June 11, 1872. To this union was born 1 son. Her husband died April 22, 1907. She leaves her son (Christian P. Weaver), 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1907, remaining faithful until death. Funeral services on Thursday afternoon, March 11, at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. J. W. Christophel and Bro. John F. Funk. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hershey.-Bro. Ephraim H. Hershey passed away Monday
morning, Feb. 23, at his home, Millersville, Pa.; aged 85 y. 2
m. 12 d. Death was due to a stroke. He was sick in bed only 15
hours and peacefully slept away. He was a member of the Mennonite
Church for a number of years. He lived with his only son, Joseph.
He is preceded in death by his wife, who was Harriet Shandle and
his only daughter, Emma S. He also leaves 2 grandchildren. Funeral
services conducted by Bro. Daniel Lehman and Bro. John Senger.
Text, Job 5:26. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like
as a shock of corn, cometh in, in his season.
"Oh can it be that he has left us?
He who always had a smile?
Yes, he's gone, but soon we'll meet him,
'Twill only be a little while."
Augsburger.-Albert A., son of Aaron C. and Cecil Augsburger, was born in Berne, Ind., Aug. 25, 1902; died Mar. 3, 1920; aged 17 y. 6 m. 7 d. His mother died when he was two years old. He was then taken to the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Christian Augsburger, who raised him. He leaves his father, step-mother, two brothers (Clarence and Raymond) of Elida, Ohio, his aged grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. He was of a quiet disposition and was liked by all who knew him. In his last sickness he felt the need of a Savior, confessed Christ as his personal Savior, was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. He was fully resigned to the will of the Lord, and bore his sickness with patience, always having a smile for all who came to see him while he was sick. A few hours before his death, he thanked those at his bedside for their kindness to him, and said, "If I fall asleep, say good-bye to the rest for me." He will be missed in the home and in the community. Funeral services conducted by B. B. Stoltzfus of Lima, Ohio, assisted by Eli Lantz, of Berne, Ind. Text, Rev. 14:14, 15.
Sommerfeld.-Ernest Arthur, oldest son of John H. and
Ora C. Sommerfeld, was born near Canton, Kansas, Jan. 12, 1902.
After a lingering illness of 4 months which developed into dropsy
he died on Sunday morning, March 21, 1920, aged 18 y. 2 m. 9 d.
He bore his affliction very patiently and died leaving the testimony
that he went to glory. He gave his heart to Jesus and united with
the Mennonite Church near Canton when 12 years of age and lived
an exemplary and consistent Christian life to the end. He leaves
to mourn his early departure, father, mother, and three brothers.
His funeral was held at the Spring Valley Church on Tuesday morning,
March 23, and was largely attended. Services conducted by D. A.
Diener and T. M. Erb from Rom. 14:17, 18.
God saw fit to call him higher,
But it seems it cannot be,
As our home is now so lonely,
Since his form we cannot see.
Meck.-Sister Mary Rohrer, wife of Bro. Jacob A. Meck,
was born Aug. 31, 1864; entered into rest Feb. 25, 1920, at her
home in East Lampeter, Pa.; aged 55 y. 5 m. 24 d. Brief services
at the home, Feb. 28, by Bro. C. M. Brubaker and at Strasburg
M. H. by the same and Bro. Frank M. Herr. She is survived by her
husband and these children: Edna R., wife of Elmer K. Groff, Ada
S., wife of Aaron L. Landis, and I. Rohrer Meck; also 6 grandchildren
and her aged mother. Though disease had some years before laid
its touch upon her, unknown almost to those about her, the end,
after a short illness, came as a great shock to her many friends.
Sister Mary united with the Mennonite Church in early life, and
remained a consistent member ever after. Her deep concern for
her children, both temporal and spiritual, had its reward, for
she had the satisfaction and joy of seeing them all settle in
life and accept the religion of Jesus Christ. It is hard to realize
that we shall see her face no more, but among the most precious
thoughts will be the memory of sacrifices she made for her loved
ones. The prophet of old said, "Set thine house in order."
This we believe our sister had done, and if we heed the warning
of the Savior, "therefore be ye also ready," then we,
too, can meet our dear ones on the shores of everlasting joy and
"Peacefully sleep, dear sister,
Your toils and cares are o'er,
With Jesus, free from sorrow,
You rest forevermore."
Cressman.-Israel Cressman of Guernsey, Sask., was born near New Dundee, Ont., Jan. 2, 1860; died March 1, 1920; aged 60 y. 2 m. On June 16, 1886, he was married to Sarah Bowman. To this union were born two sons and one daughter. His wife and two sons survive him, while their daughter preceded him a little over a year ago. He comes from a large family of 13 children. Nearly all passed beyond in the last years while two brothers (Samuel and M. C.) and a sister (Mrs. John Snyder) survive. The two sons (Ethelbald and John) with their mother live on the home farm estate. About one week before the end came he was taken down suddenly with intestinal troubles and was quickly taken to the hospital and operated on. The result seemed quite favorable, but about a day before the end a sudden change took place and he peacefully passed away, as he expressed, taking a journey and being lifted higher and higher. His conflicts in life were unusually great but his final relief came and God's grace was his sufficiency. Funeral services at the Sharon Mennonite Church by E. S. Hallman, M. H. Schmitt, and John Gehrbrandt. Bro. Hallman used as his text Rev. 14:13. This was followed by a brief memorial service of their daughter (Orkney, Mrs. Milton Shuh) who had died of the influenza over a year ago, triumphant in the faith. This was also followed by a brief memorial service of Brother and Sister Amos Shantz and Esther Cressman Shantz, who recently passed away in the East, parents of Addison and Jonathan Shantz of this district, and the mother a sister of the deceased Israel Cressman. May God comfort all sorrowing hearts and lead us in the faith once delivered unto the saints.
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Speicher.-Ira Earl, son of Milton and Zulah Speicher, was born in Elkhart, Ind., June 25, 1918; died of pneumonia March 19, 1920; aged 1 y. 8 m. 24 d. He leaves father, mother, four brothers and one sister. His twin sister preceded him one year ago. Funeral services conducted by Wm. B. Weaver at Prairie St. Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.
Miller.-Harold Laverne, son of Chris and Della Miller, died at their home near Fairview, Mich., Feb. 21, 1920; age 1 y. 2 m. 7 d. Death was due to pneumonia. He leaves parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters; also a grandfather, a grandmother, besides a host of relatives and friends. Short services were held at the home by Bro. Menno Esch. Burial at the Fairview cemetery.
Nusbaum.-Joseph Nusbaum was born in Elkhart Co., Ind.,
Aug. 13, 1863, in which county he lived all his life. In April,
1888, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Risser. To this union
were born two daughters (Mrs. Elmer Pletcher and Clara). Clara
preceded him in death Feb. 4, 1919. A number of years ago he accepted
Christ as his Savior and united with the Church of the Brethren,
remaining faithful until death. On Mar. 13, 1920, while going
about his usual duties he was stricken low and never rallied.
He leaves his wife, 1 daughter, 1 brother, 4 sisters and many
other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted by Harvey
Schwalm and D. A. Yoder.
D. A. Yoder
Bailey.-Sister Anna Bailey, of Cullom, Ill., was born Aug. 22, 1845; died March 13, 1920; aged 74 y. 6 m. 21 d. She took sick in August and gradually grew weaker till Saturday morning, the thirteenth day of March, she peacefully fell asleep. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for over 50 years. Her place in church was never vacant when she was able to attend and she was always interested in the welfare of the church. She was of a kind and loving disposition. She leaves an aged husband, one son, three daughters, eight grandchildren and many friends. Funeral services in the Cullom Mennonite Church on March 16, 1920. She was followed to her last resting place by a large concourse of friends. Services were conducted by John W. McCulloh.
Stauffer.-Sister Annie Latshaw Stauffer, widow of the late Rudolph Stauffer, died at her home in Chester Co., Pa., March 17, 1920, from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy. She was bedfast a little over 3 weeks, then she fell asleep and slept to the end. Age 88 y. 8 m. 10 d. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by 4 children, 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, also a number of relatives and friends. Funeral on March 22, 1920. Short services at the house by Bro. Henry Bechtel and Bro. Amos Kolb. Further services at the Vincent Mennonite Church by the same brethren from Job 14:14 (last clause). This was the text she had chosen for her funeral. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hartzler.-Lydia Hartzler (nee Berkey) was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 24, 1852; died at her home in Smithville, Ohio, Mar. 11, 1920; aged 67 y. 10 m. 17 d. She was married to Jno. Hartzler Dec. 6, 1887. To this union were born two children (Mahlon and Effie). She confessed Christ as her Savior in early life. And united with the Amish Mennonite Church, where she was a faithful and consistent member, interested in the work of her Master, and in the welfare of humanity. She was afflicted many years and suffered much pain, which she bore with much patience and Christian fortitude. She leaves husband, a daughter and a son; also a large circle of relatives and friends. Our loss here is her eternal gain. Services at the Oak Grove Church by J. S. Gerig and D. Z. Yoder. Text, Rom. 8:18. "Peace to her ashes."
Mellinger.-Abram G. Mellinger was born Apr. 4, 1836,
entered into rest Mar. 24, 1920; aged 83 y. 11 m. 20 d. He was
married to Martha Hoover, who died twenty years ago. He is survived
by two sons, 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Three
sons and 4 daughters preceded him in death. He was a member of
the Lancaster Mennonite congregation. Funeral services were held
on the 26th, at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bro. John
K. Charles assisted by Bro. Frank M. Herr and Bro. John H. Mosemann.
Texts, Rev. 22:14; 14:13. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining
cemetery there to await the resurrection day.
"We shall sleep, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part, no, never,
On the resurrection morn."
By a granddaughter.
Transcriber's note: In the Abram G. Mellinger obit, the Gospel Herald account states he was "born Apr. 4, 1936, entered into rest Mar. 24, 1920." I have taken the liberty to change the 1936 birth date to 1836.
Eby.-Emma J., wife of Walter Eby, was born Feb. 15, 1882, in St. Joseph Co., Ind. At the death of her mother, she came to Elkhart Co., Ind., to live with her grandparents and when her grandmother died she went to stay with her aunt (Mrs. Noah Clements) and later kept house for her father in Wakarusa. On Oct. 19, 1901, she was married at Wakarusa to Walter Eby. To this union were born four children (Edna, Grace, Earl, and Glen). On Feb. 10 she suffered an attack of influenza followed by paralysis which resulted in her death, Feb. 27; aged 38 y. 12 d. She leaves her husband, four children, and her father, besides many other relatives and friends. On Tuesday evening, four days before her death, she confessed Christ as her Savior and later was baptized upon confession of her faith. Funeral services at the Olive Church conducted by A. B. and D. A. Yoder.
Yoder.-Effie (Zook) Yoder died at her home near Allensville,
Pa., Mar. 7, 1920; aged 23 y. 1 m. 1 d. Her sickness was influenza
followed by pneumonia. She was the wife of Thomas Yoder who together
with one child (Donald) survive. She also left her mother, step-father,
one sister (Mrs. Lydia Esh), one brother (David) and one half-sister
(Ruth) and many relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite
Church when about 13 years of age and had great faith in prayer,
and in her Savior. Effie had many friends, both old and young.
At the time of her death and burial her mother and two sisters
were stricken with influenza and therefore could not be present.
Services at the home conducted by Joshua Zook, after which she
was laid to rest in the Amish cemetery.
"Dearest Effie, thou hast left us
Here thy loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God that hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."
Yoder.-Sarah A., daughter of Stephen and Mary Kauffman, was born in St. Joseph Co., Mich., Jan. 24, 1866; died at her home near Garden City, March 27, 1920; aged 54 y. 2 m. 3 d. She accepted Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. When but a child she moved with her parents to Cass Co., Mo., where on Nov. 23, 1886, she was united in marriage to Isaac Z. Yoder. To this union were born five sons and one daughter, who with the husband, three brothers, two sisters, and one grandchild are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother, wife, sister and grandmother. Father, mother, one brother, and one sister preceded her in death. Sister Sarah has been a sufferer of dropsy and heart trouble for some time, being confined to her chair the last three months of her life. She was of a quiet disposition, bore affliction patiently, and was ready and waiting for the Lord to call her home. Funeral services at the Sycamore Church Mar. 30 by S. S. Hershberger, I. G. Hartzler, and L. J. Miller. Texts, Psa. 39:12 and Jno. 14:6. Buried in Clear Fork Cemetery.
Moyer.-Edwin Levi, son of Brother T. E. and Sister Amanda
Moyer, was born in Berks Co., Pa., Jan. 20, 1886; died at the
Riverside Hospital, Wilkesbarre, Pa., Mar. 15, 1920; aged 34 y.
1 m. 25 d. Death was caused by appendicitis, after a very brief
illness and operation. Just two months ago on his 34th birthday
we buried his grandfather and he was one of the pallbearers, then
he was in the best of health. Reminding us again how soon death
can claim us. He leaves to mourn his early departure, wife, two
children (Kenneth and Christian) parents, brother (Arthur T.)
sister (M. Elizabeth) and a host of relatives and friends. Services
were held March 17 at the family residence, 193 W. River St.,
Wilkesbarre by ----- Lindemuth, pastor of Central M. E. Church
of which he was a member. March 18 body was shipped to Wagner,
where further services were held. Text, Isa. 52:11; interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest brother, thou has left us
Here our loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God who hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."
Kropp.-John B., oldest son of Solomon and Mattie Kropp,
was born near Wilmont, Minn., Sept. 3, 1904; died at La Junta,
Colo., Mar. 1, 1920; age 15 y. 6 m. 28 d. When but a child his
parents moved from Minnesota and made their home near Pigeon,
Mich. This was his home until October, 1919, when he moved with
parents to La Junta, Colo. From then till the time of his death
he and his parents were assisting in the work on the farm at the
Sanitarium. When 13 years of age he accepted Christ and united
with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining a consistent member
till the time of his death. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother,
1 sister, and a large number of relatives and friends. One brother
and 1 sister preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services
at the La Junta Mennonite Church, Mar. 3, conducted by Allen H.
Erb and J. A. Heatwole. Burial in the cemetery near La Junta.
Text, I Thes. 4:18. He bore his suffering patiently. For nearly
a week he had pain but no one suspected appendicitis until it
concentrated in his right side. He was taken to the hospital immediately
but arrived too late to receive help. His modest, quiet example
-J. A. H.
Zook.-Barbara Birkey was born near Morton, Ill., Aug.
24, 1849; died at her home in Manson, Iowa, March 19, 1920. Her
death was due to a complication of diseases. She was united in
marriage to Joseph Zook Oct. 26, 1869, with whom she shared the
joys and sorrows of life for a little more than fifty years. To
them were born twelve children. Five children and one grandchild
preceded her to the spirit world. As a young woman she accepted
Christ as her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church and through
the rest of her life remained faithful. She was acquainted with
grief and suffering but withal possessed great patience. Those
who knew her best know the beauty of her character and what we
may say of her is as nothing compared with the commendation she
will receive from her Master on that great day. Funeral services
March 22, from the Mennonite Church. Bro. C. F. Derstine preached
the sermon. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Bros. D. D. Zehr and J. C. Eigsti
assisted in the services. Blessed are the dead which die in the
Lord from henceforth; yea saith the spirit that they may rest
from their labors and their works do follow them.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be as she lingers there."
King.-Mattie A. (Yoder), wife of Jacob Z. King, was born July 15, 1858; died of cerebral hemorrhage at her home in Logan Co., Ohio, Jan. 7, 1920; aged 61 y. 5 m. 23 d. She is survived by her husband, two sons, one daughter, two step-sons, one step-daughter, five grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and three brothers. Funeral services at the South Union Church near West Liberty, Ohio, in charge of Brethren A. I. Yoder and Levi Plank.
Eicher.-Catherine Eicher (nee Schad) was born near Paris,
Ohio, Sept. 2, 1838; died Apr. 1, 1920; aged 81 y. 7 m. In 1865
she united in holy matrimony with Christian Eicher. To this union
were born 6 sons and 3 daughters. In early youth she accepted
Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite
Church and remained a faithful member until death. She took sick
about eleven years ago and much of this time she was an invalid;
but she bore all her suffering patiently. She leaves 8 children,
80* grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, besides a host of relatives
and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday morning, Apr. 4,
at the Lockport, Ohio, Church conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D.
Grieser. Texts, I Chron. 29:15 and Jno. 14:1-6. Burial in Lockport
Sent by S. D. Grieser.
* Error report - Janice Aeschliman Kreider, Vancouver, BC, Canada reports on July 23, 2017 that according to Swiss Anabaptist Genealogical Association, Catherine had 30 living grandchildren at the time of her death. I checked the original obit at http://libraryguides.ambs.edu and it was printed as 80. Thelma Hoover Martin
Jones.-Helen Dorothy, darling child of Bro. Herman and Sister Mary Jones, went to be with Jesus on Friday, Feb. 27, 1920. This little one had graced the home less than two years, but in that short period she endeared herself to all who learned to know her. After a very brief illness she died from pneumonia. The funeral was conducted at the Wideman Church, Markham, Ont., on the 29th by L. J. Burkholder.
Detweiler.-Roy, only son of Tyson L. and Lizzie M. Detweiler,
died of lagrippe followed by congestion of the brain, March 1,
1920; aged 1 y. 4 m. 3 d. He is survived by one sister (Edith).
Funeral at Franconia, Pa., Mennonite Church by Brethren Abram
Derstine, Abram Clemmer, and Mahlon Souder.
"Death has robbed us of our nephew,
Whom we loved and cherished dear,
How happy, happy I shall be-
Can we help but shed a tear?"
--By his aunt.
Burkhart.-Elsie, daughter of David and Sallie Burkhart, died after a short illness from a complication of diseases on March 31, 1920; aged 3 y. 11 m. 11 d. Funeral on Sunday afternoon, April 4, with services at Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Bro. Noah Bowman and Joseph Gross of Blooming Glen, Pa. Texts, Matt. 9:24; Luke 18:16. A large concourse of relatives, friends, and neighbors gathered despite the inclement weather, to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one as also to the parents whose oldest daughter preceded Elsie to the glory world. One brother and two sisters survive.
Lehman.-Amos Henry, son of Henry and Lizzie Lehman,
was born near Bainbridge, Pa., May 13, 1918; died March 21, 1920;
aged 1 y. 10 m. 8 d. He leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Barbara),
one brother (Landis). Funeral at Good's Mennonite Church, March
24, 1920, conducted by Bros. Ira Miller and Simon Garber. Text,
Psa. 16:5, 6. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Go to thy rest, fair child;
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle undefiled
With blessings on thy head."
Jutzi.-Samuel B. Jutzi was born near Baden, Ont., Sept. 4, 1845; died in Perth County, Ont., March 28, 1920; aged 74 y. 6 m. 24 d. On March 14, 1871, he married Barbara Roth. To this union were born 5 children. Jan. 24, 1880, his wife died. March 12, 1881, he married Catherine Brenneman. To this union were born 4 children. Oct. 14, 1914, his wife died. He leaves 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 4 sons, 1 daughter, and 13 grandchildren. Funeral Mar. 31, from the home of his son Daniel to the A. M. Church, Poole, Ont. Services by J. R. Bender at the house from II Cor. 5:1-10, and at the church by Christian S. Zehr (John 11:20-26) and Christian Schultz (Text, Matt. 24:44) in German and Peter Boshart (Text, Heb. 13:14) in English, after which the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Metzler.-Sister Lizzie (Erb) Metzler, wife of Deacon
Daniel S. Metzler, was born Feb. 4, 1860; died March 30, 1920,
at her home in Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 60 y. 1 m. 26 d. Brief
services at the house April 3 by Bro. John Snavely, and at Erisman's
Mennonite Church by Brethren Peter R. Nissley and Isaac Brubaker.
Text, Rom. 8:1, 2. She is survived by her husband and these children:
Mrs. Minnie E. Kreider, Harvey E. and John E. Metzler; also nine
grandchildren. Death was caused by pleuro-pneumonia after an illness
of five days. Her deep concern for her children, both temporal
and spiritual, had its reward, for she had the satisfaction and
joy of seeing them all settle in life and accept the religion
of Jesus Christ. It is hard to realize that we shall see her face
no more, but among the most precious thoughts will be the memory
of sacrifices she made for her loved ones.
"God saw fit to call her higher,
But it seems it can not be,
As our home is now so lonely,
Since her form we can not see."
Freed.-Frank N. Freed of Morwood, Pa., died March 21, 1920, of pleurisy and pneumonia following influenza; aged 62 y. 11 m. 3 d. He is survived by his wife, one daughter (Lizzie, wife of Tyson Detweiler), one son (Clarence), one step-son (John Ruth), also one brother and four sisters (John N. Freed, Mrs. Jacob Y. Schneck, Mrs. Jacob N. Schneck, Mrs. Enos Moyer, and Mrs. Abraham Fretz). He was a member of the Franconia Mennonite Church for many years. Services Mar. 25 at the house conducted by Bros. Abr. Derstine and Abr. Clemmer and at the Franconia Mennonite Church by Bros. Abr. Derstine and Mahlon Souder.
Hershberger.-Catharine Weaver Hershberger was born Nov. 3, 1854; died Mar. 25, 1920; age 65 y. 4 m. 22 d. She leaves husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 16 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Two daughters and a son-in-law preceded her in death. Death was caused by diabetes. Funeral was held Mar. 28. A large host of relatives and friends attended the funeral. She accepted Christ in her youth and united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end. She lived in matrimony 40 years. Funeral at Walnut Creek Church conducted by Lester Hostetler, Carson Mast, and S. H. Miller. Text, Rev. 21:4.
Yoder.-Sarah Yoder was born Aug. 12, 1876; died March 28, 1920; aged 43 y. 7 m. 16 d. Father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and an infant have preceded her in death. She leaves one brother and a host of relatives and friends. While in her teens she united with the church of her choice, the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. She will be greatly missed in the home, also in the church and Sunday school where she always loved to mingle with God's children, serving her Master as best she could. Service at the Bunker Hill Brethren Church by Calvin Mast and S. H. Miller. Text, John 11:35. She was buried on the home farm March 31, 1920, near Berlin, O.
Cassel.-Bro. Harry Cassel died at his home at East Petersburg, Pa., March 15, 1920. He was born Aug. 7, 1863; aged 57 y. 6 m. 15 d. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. His seat in church and Sunday school seldom being vacant when it was possible for him to be there. He was sick only 12 days with pleural-pneumonia. When his health failed he expressed his desire and willingness to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. He is survived by his sorrowing widow and brother and sisters. Funeral services were held March 18 at the house by Bro. Frank Kreider, and at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Peter R. Nissley and by Amos Hottenstein. Text, Psa. 55:14. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Strubhar.-Nicholas Strubhar was born in Abramae village, France, Dec. 6, 1842; died March 12, 1920, at his home near Hubbard, Oreg.; aged 77 y. 3 m. 6 d. His mother died when he was quite young. Father, one brother and one sister came to the U. S. A. In 1858 he married Barbara Roop. To this union one son was born. In 1861 his wife died. Several years later he married Hanna Yoder, who survives him; also three sons and one adopted daughter, and a number of grandchildren. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral on the 14th at the Zion A. M. Church near Hubbard, Oreg. A. P. Troyer conducted the services. Remains were laid to rest within the cemetery nearby.
Hoover.-Preacher John G. Hoover, son of the late Samuel Hoover, was born in Markham Tp., York County, Ont., in 1841. He espoused the faith of the Mennonite Church in early manhood and was faithful until death. He was married to Jane Miller, to which union were born two sons-Isaiah and Joseph. His second wife, Elisabeth Lehman, survives him. He was called to the ministry in 1892 and served with much zeal and earnestness until he was disabled by stroke in the summer of 1914. For nearly six years he was confined to his bed and required constant attention. His suffering was borne with Christian patience and fortitude. The many friends who came to his bedside were inspired to greater faithfulness in the Christian life. Brother Hoover died at the home of his son near Altona, Ont., on March 28, 1920. Burial took place at the Wideman Church on the 30th, in the presence of a large gathering of friends. The text (Psa. 17:15) was selected by the deceased. I. A. Wambold and L. J. Burkholder conducted the service.
Lehman.-Lydia Ann, daughter of Bennival Good, was born
in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Oct. 1, 1844; died in Wakarusa, Ind., Mar.
30, 1920; aged 75 y. 5 m. 29 d. She was united in marriage to
Peter Y. Lehman, Nov. 3, 1862. To this union were born 17 children,
of whom four preceded her to the eternal world. She leaves her
husband, 13 children, 53 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren,
3 sisters, 3 brothers and a host of friends. The children are
as follows: David G., Isaac G., Reuben, Mrs. S. L. Blough, Mrs.
Harrison Miller, Noah A., Amos C., Harrison, Mrs. Amos Hartman,
Peter G., Alpheus, Mrs. Henry Huber, and Mrs. Martin Stutzman.
All of these children were present at the funeral. She with her
husband united with the Mennonite Church in 1863, and she lived
a consistent Christian life, always manifesting a strong, clear
faith to the end of her life. For 15 years she suffered much pain,
most of the time being unable to walk, but was always patient,
and when told that death was imminent, said: "It is all right;
I am ready any time." She passed away quietly and without
pain. This was the first death in the entire Lehman family in
a period of 25 years. Funeral services were conducted in the Yellow
Creek M. H. Thursday, Apr. 1, by J. F. Funk and W. B. Weaver,
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep!
From which none ever wakes to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes."
J. F. F.
Hartz.-Anna Mary, wife of David Hartz, Lancaster, Pa., died at her home in the morning of March 28, 1920, and was buried the following Wednesday near Morgantown, Pa. She was a daughter of the late David and Nancy Blank Lantz of Lancaster, and was a member of the Mennonite Church. Besides her husband, two daughters survive: Sadie, wife of William S. Hammers of Washington, D. C., and Ada, at home.
Bricker.-Sister Fannie, wife of Deacon Samuel Bricker, died at her home Mar. 2, 1920, of influenza; aged 36 y. 1 m. 18 d. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Ruth and Martha. She was a kind and devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed in the home and church. On account of sickness in the home private services were held Mar. 5 and a memorial service Apr. 4 at the Strasburg M. H. conducted by Brethren J. S. Burkholder and J. S. Martin. Text, Rev.14:13. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
Messinger.-Mary Angeline, infant daughter of Bro. Levi
and Sister Anna Messinger, of Lima, O., died of whooping cough
Mar. 15, 1920; aged 9 m. 22 d. She leaves father, mother, 1 sister,
1 brother. One sister and 1 brother preceded her to the spirit
world some years before. Funeral at the house conducted by Bro.
B. B. Stoltzfus.
"Sweet little darling light of the home,
Looking for someone beckoning come
Bright as a sunbeam, pure as the dew,
Anxiously looking, parents, for you."
Martin.-Anna R. (Grabill) Martin, widow of the late
David B. Martin, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 3, 1832;
died April 5, 1920, at the home of her son Alvin; aged 88 y. 3
m. 2 d. Death was due to infirmities of old age. She was a member
of the old Mennonite Church. Three sons survive, all of Lancaster.
Her funeral was held at the New Danville Mennonite Church April
8, 1920. Services were conducted by Bro. John Mosemann. Text,
II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
By a grandniece.
Weber.-Bro. Henry Weber passed peacefully away Apr.
10, 1920, at the home of his son-in-law Reuben Cockley near Boiling
Springs, Pa.; age 88 y. 4 m. 4 d. Death was due to infirmities
of old age. He was a minister of the Mennonite Church for more
than fifty years. His wife preceded him in death 32 years ago.
He is survived by 1 sister, 7 children, 27 grandchildren and 18
great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the Slate Hill Mennonite
Church conducted by Bros. D. N. Gish and W. F. Charlton. Text,
Job 5:26. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
By a granddaughter.
Ulrich.-Sister Lottie Mowrer, wife of Aaron C. Ulrich,
died at her home in Georgetown, Pa., April 6, 1920; age 31 y.
3 m. 15 d. following an attack of acute indigestion. She leaves
her husband, one son (George C.), her parents, one sister, four
brothers, and a host of friends and relatives. She was a member
of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the Strasburg Menonite
Church by Bro. Christian Brubaker. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
--By a sister.
Heebner.-Katie M. (Nice) wife of Horace L. Heebner,
of near Telford, Pa., died Feb. 15, 1920, after a little over
a week's illness of pneumonia; age 33 y. 3 m. 22 d. She leaves
husband, one child (Waldo), parents (Henry M. Nice and wife),
one sister (Mrs. Abram G. Landis), one brother (Abram M. Nice),
besides many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held
Feb. 21, conducted by Bro. Jonas Minninger at the home and Bro.
Jacob C. Clemens at the Plain Mennonite Church of which deceased
was a member. Text, John 16:20. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh can it be that she has left us?
She who always had a smile,
Yes, she's gone, but soon well meet her,
'Twill only be a little while."
S. N. H.
Heller--.Elizabeth D., wife of Deacon Henry D. Heller,
was born Dec. 1, 1848, died March 20, 1920, at her home in Witmer,
Pa., aged 71 y. 3 m. 19 d. Death was caused by cerebral embolism,
after an illness of 4 weeks. Besides her husband, 3 daughters
and 3 sons survive to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over 50
years. We can hardly realize that mother is gone, but we believe
that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral March 24, with brief
services at the home by Bro. David L. Landis, and at Mellinger's
Mennonite Church by Bros. Sanford B. Landis and C. M. Brackbill.
Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sweetly sleeps our own dear mother,
All her toils and cares are o'er;
Free from pain and all earth's sorrows,
Now she rests on Canaan's shore."
Miller.-Amanda (Conrad) Miller was born Sept. 15, 1883;
died of influenza and pneumonia Feb. 24, 1920; aged 36 y. 5 m.
9 d. She was united in matrimony to Eli D. Miller Jan. 17, 1905,
which union was blessed with 3 children (Ivan, Ruth, and Russel).
She leaves her husband and 3 children, father and mother, one
sister, and 3 brothers. Early in her teens she united with the
church of her choice where she worshiped her Christ until her
death. Because of sickness in the home at the time of her death
no funeral was held until Apr. 11, when memorial services were
held at the Oak Grove Church by E. F. Hartzler and J. S. Gerig.
Texts, Phil. 1:23; Mark 14:8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given;
And though the body moulders here
The soul is safe in heaven."
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Ray.-Bryan Ray died near Singer's Glen, Va., March 11, 1920; aged 35 y. 11 m. 10 d. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services were conducted on the 13th at Mt.Clinton, Va., by Bros. J. S. Martin and S. H. Rhodes. Text II Kings --:1. Burial in nearby cemetery.
Kiser.-Andrew J. Kiser died of influenza followed by pneumonia near Dayton,Va., March 1, 1920; aged 61 y. 9 m. 1 d. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He leaves his wife, 2 sons, and 1 daughter. Funeral services at the Weaver Church Jan. 7 conducted by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and J. S. Martin. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28. Burial in nearby cemetery.
Weaver.-Joseph J. Weaver was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 29, 1884; died at Portland, Oreg., Mar. 29, 1920; age 36 y. 1 m. He leaves 2 sons, 1 daughter, mother, 1 brother, and 3 sisters. Funeral was conducted at Hopewell Mennonite Church April 1. Services by J. D. Mishler and D. F. Shenk. Text, Heb. 9:27. Buried in nearby cemetery.
Heatwole.-Ella, daughter of Bro. and Sister E. E. Heatwole, died from the effects of a weak heart Mar. 9, 1920; age 12 y. 6 m. 3 d. Funeral services were conducted at the Bank Church on March 11 by Brethren L. J. Heatwole and H. B. Keener from Zech. 8:5: "And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls, playing in the midst thereof." Her body was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.
Mast.-Edna Marie, daughter of William and Sarah Mast, was born May 14, 1918, near Woodriver, Neb.; died Mar. 24, 1920; aged 1 y. 10 m. 10 d. She leaves a widowed mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of relatives. Her father preceded her in death a little over 2 years. On account of the disease (scarlet fever) the funeral was private and conducted by the home ministers. Texts, Psa. 39 and 116:7-9.
Shank.-John W. Shank died at his home near Dayton, Va., Mar. 10, 1920; aged 65 y. 4 m. 15 d. Death was caused by pneumonia following influenza. He had been a devoted, consistent, and active member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He leaves his wife, 4 sons, 5 daughters, and an aged mother-in-law to mourn their loss. Funeral services at the Bank Church on March 12, conducted by S. H. Rhodes and H. B. Keener. Text, Num. 23:10. Burial in nearby cemetery.
Thomas.-Millard Loraine, son of Bro. Newton and Sister Mary Thomas, died Mar. 30, 1920, aged 6 m. 2 d. Funeral services at the Thomas Church near Hollsopple, Pa., on the 31st, conducted by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Bro. and Sister Thomas have had a great deal of sickness during the last few months and then when they were all seemingly well sickness took hold again on little Millard, one of the twin brothers, and in a few days the little flower which blossomed here for a little while was transplanted to bloom in the paradise of God.
Thoman.-Gleason E. Thoman was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Oct. 18, 1851; died at Kitchener, Ont., on April 10, 1920; aged 68 y. 5 m. 22 d. He was married to Elizabeth Wismer over 45 years ago. He leaves his beloved wife, seven sons, two daughters, and a number of grandchildren. Bro. Thoman was converted, and joined the Mennonite Church about 44 years ago, and has remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held on Apr. 13th at the First Mennonite Church. The brethren, Samuel Bowman and U. K. Weber, conducted the services.
Ebersole.-Levi D., son of John F. and Anna Ebersole, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., May 3, 1846; died of pneumonia Mar. 6, 1920, at North Tonawanda, N. Y. During his life he had been engaged in the milling business in Orrstown, Pa., Cedar Creek, Va., Riverton, Va., Williamsville, N. Y., and for the past 37 years in the town where he died. One brother and a son-in-law (the latter just 3 days before his death) preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by the widow, and his children Ruth, Fannie, and J. Frank. He was a man of strong Christian character and will long be remembered by his love and care.
Burkhard.-Elsie N., daughter of David and Sallie Burkhard,
died March 31, 1920; aged 3 y. 11 m. 11 d. She leaves parents,
1 brother, 2 sisters, two grandfathers and one grandmother to
mourn her early departure. One sister preceded her in death. Funeral
services were held April 4 at Bowmansville Mennonite Church by
Bros. Noah Bowman and Joseph Gross. Text, Luke 8:52. Buried in
"God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band
And so He bent with loving smile
And clasped little Elsie's hand."
Coble.-Katie (Risser) Coble, wife of Amos G. Coble, was born near Milton Grove, Pa., Dec. 31, 1871; died March 31, 1920; aged 48 y. 3 m. Sister Coble was operated upon for a tumor which was the cause of her death. She was a consistent member of the Stauffer Mennonite congregation. She leaves her husband and four children (Ira, Alvin, Ella, and Ada), parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and a number of friends. Funeral services were held at her late home in Bellaire, Pa., Apr. 3, with services at Risser's M. H. by John G. Ebersole, Samuel L. Oberholtzer, and Noah Risser. Text, Job 17:11. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace be to her ashes.
Fultz.-John A. Fultz died at his home near Dale Enterprise, Va., Mar. 25, 1920; aged 70 y. 11 m. 25 d. Death was due to paralysis. He was born in Wert, Va., and came to Rockingham county when yet a young man. Soon after this he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member to the end. He had been suffering from bronchitis but seemed to be improving until a few days before his death he was stricken with paralysis, remaining unconscious to the end. He leaves his wife to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Church Mar. 27, by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and H. B. Keener. Text, Heb. 13:14. Burial in nearby cemetery.
Bucher.-Christian Bucher died at his home in Lititz,
Pa., Apr. 10, 1920, of a complication of diseases; aged 75 y.
7 m. 26 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and had lived
in the vicinity of Lititz all his life. The following children
survive: Samuel B., Christian B., Joseph B., Kate Koehler, Mary
B. Brenneman, Anna Kready, Martha Oberholtzer, Susan B., Barbara
B., and Fanny. He is also survived by 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 25
grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were
held at Lititz Mennonite Church with interment at Erb's cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast,
All is over, sufferings ended,
Now dear father is at rest."
Sperow.-Clerenda C., wife of Dr. Jacob Sperow, died
of apoplexy at her home near Lost River, W. Va., Jan. 8, 1920;
aged 73 years. She seemed to be in her usual health until four
days before her death. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite
Church for many years and will be greatly missed at church, in
the home, and the community where she lived. She was always ready
to help those who needed her help and sympathy. She leaves 3 sons,
2 daughters, 4 brothers, and 23 grandchildren. Funeral services
were conducted by Bro. Lewis Shank and Bro. Geo. Showalter Jan.
10 at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church after which the remains were
laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
"We shall sleep, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part, no never,
On the resurrection morn."
Kurtz.-Lizzie (Hertzler) Kurtz, wife of Isaac M. Kurtz,
was born Oct. 15, 1850; died at her late home in Morgantown, Pa.,
March 29, 1920; aged 69 y. 5 m. 14 d. She was afflicted with cancer
for about a year. This union was blessed with 10 children, of
whom two preceded her to the spirit world in their infancy. She
was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church and was fully
resigned to the Lord's will. She is survived by her husband, four
sons, and four daughters (Henry, Ezra, Isaac, Barbara Kennel,
Amanda, Levi, Lizzie, and Elsie); also eight grandchildren. Funeral
services Apr. 1 conducted at the house by J. S. Mast, at Conestoga
Church by J. S. Mast and John A. Kennel from Jno. 19:27; Heb.
4:9. Remains laid to rest in the Mast graveyard. Mother will be
missed in the home, but the Lord's ways are not our ways.
"We thank God for such a mother,
And the prayers for us you've prayed;
Great and blessed we shall call you
May your precepts be obeyed."
By a daughter.
Weaver.-Sister Edna Weaver, New Holland, Pa., was born
April 14, 1898; died April 2, 1920; age 21 y. 11 m. 18 d. She
leaves a mother and a host of relatives and friends. While in
her young years, she united with the Mennonite Church, of which
she was a faithful member until death. She will be greatly missed
by her bereaved mother, also in the church, Sunday school and
young people's meeting, where her seat seldom was vacant when
it was possible for her to be there. She was sick only a few days
with typhoid fever. While she was unconscious she sang two verses
of the hymn, "Happy with Christ." Also repeated the
twenty-third Psalm. Our hearts are grieved and broken in the departure
of our Edna. Our circle here is broken. Oh! may it be unbroken
over there. Funeral services were held Apr. 6 at her home at Blue
Ball by Bro. I. B. Good, and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church
by Bros. John Sauder and I. B. Good. Text, II Tim. 4:17. Burial
in adjoining cemetery.
"Death has robbed us of our Edna,
Whom we loved and cherished dear,
Yet again we hope to meet her,
When the day of life is fled,
When in Heaven in joy to greet her,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
--By her Sunday school teacher.
Stonehill.-Howard Donald, son of Edward Wilson and Nora Stonehill, was born Nov. 7, 1899. He was the third of a family of seven children, and second to try the realities of the future world. His sister, Ruth, preceded him in death by nearly three years. In the winter of 1914 and 15, during an evangelistic meeting, held at the Chapel Church by Bro. P. R. Lantz of Marshallville, Ohio, Howard accepted Christ as his personal Savior and lived faithful in the Christian service in his way until death. He was not a great student at books, not given to much reading. But his greatest pleasures were found in the social functions of life, ever ready with a friendly greeting and a word of good cheer, a nod of the head or a wave of the hand, so he lived the principles of righteousness into his associates and fellow friends as they appealed to him. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, he took violently sick with the influenza. After a few days of a raging fever followed by a worn and tottering heart which more readily yielded to the increasing burden brought upon it; by pneumonia which set in on Thursday and finished its deadly work on Sunday morning, Mar. 7, when at the age of 20 years and 4 months Howard left time for eternity. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted by Bro. John Blosser assisted by J. J. Anglemyer and N. O. Blosser. The body was laid to rest in the Hassan Cemetery.
Umble.-Glen S., fifth son of Frank and Nancy Umble, was born near Hartford, Kans., Aug. 7, 1889; died near Goshen, Ind., Jan. 31, 1920; aged 30 y. 5 m. 24 d. When he was one year old his parents moved to West Liberty, Ohio, where he lived on his father's farm until Feb. 25, 1919, when he with his wife and son located on a farm 4 miles north of Goshen, Ind. He graduated from the West Liberty High School in the spring of 1911. The next two years he attended Goshen College, but was obliged to forego his desire to complete his college course by the sudden death of his father. He was always devoted to his mother and at once consented to manage her farm. On May 29, 1914, he was united in marriage with Ruth Wion Landis, daughter of Amos S. and Sabina Landis of Goshen, Ind. Glen took sick with influenza on Jan. 17 and his illness rapidly developed into bronchial pneumonia, and in the morning of Jan. 31 death won in the unequal struggle. At an early age he became a member of the Mennonite Church and has remained a loyal supporter and defender of that faith. Glen had a very unusual faculty of making friends. His neighbors about his new home mourn for him as for a brother. He was a kind, obedient son and a loving husband and father. He is preceded in death by his father and three brothers. He is survived by his wife and son Richard; also by his mother, 2 brothers (John and Floyd), and two sisters (Myrtle and Fern), as well as a host of relatives and friends.