Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1920

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Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 36 - December 2, 1920, page 711

Hershberger.--Paul, the son of Harleigh and Margaret (Kaufman) Hershberger was born Nov. 2, 1920 and died Nov. 5, 1920. Funeral services were held at the parental home near Davidsville, Pa., and interment in the Kaufman Cemetery. Services were conducted by E. J. Blough. Text, Isa. 64:6. What a lesson for us all! A picture of innocency and of human frailty. May our cherished losses here become our greatest riches yonder.

Clemens.--Eliza Clemens, widow of the late Jacob N. Clemens, of Mainland, Pa., died after a very brief illness of acute bronchitis, aged 70 y. 1 m. 14 d. All the children survive, namely, Norman C., and Edna wife of Clayton Schlosser of Mainland, Pa., Sylvanus C., and Leahanna wife of David Allebach, Hatfield, Pa., Elizabeth wife of Elias Kulp, Wescosville, Pa., and Mary, wife of Frank Bartholomew, and Jacob C., of Lansdale, Pa. Her only brother namely Samuel K. Cassel, Harleysville, Pa., also survives. Funeral survices were held Wednesday, Nov. 17, conducted by the brethren Jonas Mininger and Warren Moyer at the house and by the brethren Isaac Kulp and Joseph Ruth at the Towamencin Meeting House. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
"How many were the silent prayers
My mother offered up for me!
How many were the bitter cares
She felt when none but God could see."

Eby.--John H. Eby was born Mar. 8, 1852, near Leaman Place, Pa.; died Oct. 28, 1920; aged 68 y. 7 m. 21 d. He died at the General Hospital from a complication following an operation which he had gone thru several days before. All was done that human hands could do, but God saw best to call him over yonder. He is mourned for by his companion, three sons and three daughters and a large circle of friends. One son preceded him in death. He was the last son of the late Sem and Anna Eby a family of ten sons. A sister 85 years old survives who also deeply feels her loss. He was an active member in the Paradise Mennonite Church and a trustee for many years. His seat was seldom vacant at church. He will be missed by the family, church and most of all by his dear companion, who has been ailing for years. He was a wise counsellor, and many times he gave his children good advice, and was always ready and willing to help any one that needed help, and when he undertook to do a thing he never gave up until he had accomplished it. We all had the privilege of being at his bedside when he passed away. He told the nurse to tell the family before it was too late because he would not get will. We had still told him we hoped he would get well. He said, if not there was a better hope. We mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services at the home by Jacob H. Mellinger, Lam. 3:32, 33; at Paradise Church C. M. Brackbill, Luke 21:33 and J. B. Senger Jas. 4:14. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sweetly sleeps our own dear father,
All his toils and cares are o'er;
Free from pain and all earth's sorrows
Now he rests on Canaan's shore."

Yoder.--John R. Yoder, son of John D. and Anna Yoder was born in Huntingdon Co., Pa., May 4, 1844, and departed from this life Nov. 12, 1920, at the age of 76 y. 6 m. 8 d. At the age of one year, he with his parents migrated to Logan Co., Ohio, where his life was spent in the vicinity of West Liberty. At the age of eighteen years he accepted his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of Logan Co., Ohio, under the leadership of the late Jacob Kanagy. On Feb. 25, 1869, he was united in marriage to Fannie Kauffman, who preceded him in death February 7, 1917. To this union were born 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters. One son died in infancy and a daughter, Mary E., at the age of seventeen years. Those who remain are: Mrs. M. V. King of Garden City, Mo.; Mrs. Amanda A. Zook of Newton, Kansas; Mrs. S. H. Harshbarger, Alfred F., Eva B., and Emmett W. Yoder of near West Liberty, Ohio. For the last five years he has been in failing health due to heart trouble. During the last five months he has been confined to his home in West Liberty. He bore his affliction with true Christian patience. When his needs were supplied by loved ones he would always reply with a kindly, "Thank you." When asked in regard to his future he would say, "I am prayed up to date and am ready to go," or would say, "I am willing to live as long as the Lord wants me to, but I am ready to go any time." The last day his vision was closed to this world and at times he lay with his arms extended upward, and once was heard to exclaim in German, "Oh, Mother, Mother." He peacefully passed away at 9:30 P. M. He was a man of many friends, who expressed their appreciation of his friendship by caring for him and by giving him many bouquets of flowers. He leaves to mourn his departure 2 sons, 4 daughters, 25 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers: Ben D. Yoder of West Liberty, and Dan F. Yoder of Gunn City, Mo.
Lord give us strength our loss to bear,
And lead us in the heavenly way.
Oh, may we meet our father there,
In realms of everlasting day.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, at 10:00 A. M., at the Oak Grove Church, conducted by Brethren C. H. Byler and J. B. Hartzler. Interment in the Hooley Cemetery.

Transcribed by: Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 37 - December 9, 1920, pages 742, 743

Schrock.--Waldo Ray, son of Eldon H. and Ethel Schrock, was born Mar. 15, 1918; died Nov. 23, 1920; aged 2 y. 8 m. 18 d. He leaves his parents, one sister, and 4 grandparents. Death was caused by paralysis, having never been a strong child. Funeral from the home Nov. 25, conducted by S. H. Miller. Burial at Walnut Creek A. M. cemetery.

Kennel.--John M. Kennel was born in Baltimore Co., Md.; died Oct. 19, 1920, near Atglen, Pa.; aged 59 y. 21 d. He is survived by 3 sisters and many friends. Uncle is very much missed by his friends, as it was his desire to do good to those in need. Services were held at D. G. Kennel's of Gap, Pa., by A. B. Stoltzfus, and at Millwood Church by J. M. Stoltzfus and J. S. Mast. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Mullett.--Amos, son of Harvey and Prudence Mullet, was born Oct. 8, 1915; died Nov. 20, 1920; aged 5 y. 1 m. 12 d. He leaves his parents, one brother, one sister, 4 grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. His death was caused by laryngeal diphtheria, having been sick only a few days. Burial at Walnut Creek, Ohio, A. M. cemetery, Nov. 21. Services at home and grave by S. H. Miller.

Hertzler.--Elizabeth B., wife of Ulrich Hertzler, was born Aug. 3, 1838; died at her home in Millersville, Pa., Nov. 17, 1920; aged 82 y. 3 m. 14 d. She is survived by her husband, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers. One brother preceded her just one week ago to the great beyond. She was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. The funeral was held Nov. 20 at Millersville Church. Services conducted by D. N. Lehman and D. N. Gish. Text, Rev. 2:10. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Ellen S. Hertzler.

Bontrager.--Christian M. Bontrager was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 8, 1841; died Aug. 2, 1920, near Boise, Ida.; aged 78 y. 9 m. 25 d. He moved with his parents to Goshen, Ind., in 1898. Here he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage with Nancy Garber of Elkhart. To this union were born four children, all of whom survive him except one daughter. The deceased had accepted Christ at an early age and has remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Aug. 4 and were conducted by Bro. A. M. Shenk at the home of his daughter near Boise, Idaho. Remains were laid to rest in Morris Hill Cemetery.

Klopfenstein.--Benjamin Klopfenstein was born in Alsace, France, March 28, 1839; died at his home in Stark Co., Ohio, Nov. 1, 1920; aged 81 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was one out of a family of nine children all preceding him in death with the exception of one sister, Lydia. In early life he confessed and accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. He remained a faithful believer in the Church. Funeral services conducted by Jno. Miller, J. S. Gerig and Alvin Hostetler. Text, Psa. 37:5.

Bucher.--Ella M., wife of Bro. Isaac Bucher and daughter of the late John Landis, died Nov. 19, 1920, at her home in Ephrata, Pa., after a long illness; aged 47 y. 9 m. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, (Mrs. Elam Stoner), one grandchild, her mother and two brothers. Funeral services at Ephrata Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member, Nov. 22, conducted by Bros. Noah Landis and Amos S. Horst. Interment in Metzler's Cemetery.
"Rest, mother rest, thy labors o'er
In peaceful sleep, to toil no more.
Thy Savior called and thou didst go,
But we will miss thee here below."
L. Mengle.

Heatwole.--On Nov. 11, 1920, at his home near Rushville, Va., of pneumonia that developed in an already emaciated and broken physical condition, J. Thomas Heatwole departed this life at the age of 60 y. 7 m. 13 d. He had been sorely afflicted for the past 15 years, not having fully recovered from an attack of typhoid fever in the summer of 1905. He leaves a sorrowing wife, who is fourth daughter of the late Bishop Samuel Coffman, their nine surviving children, (Oliver W., Stella E., Mattie C., John L., Paul V., Joseph W., Emery B., Ruth F., Hazel E.), and fourteen grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on the 13th from the Bank Mennonite Church by J. D. Hamaker of the Christian Church, of which body of believers deceased was a member.

Suter.--Sister Fannie B., wife of Bro. John R. Suter, died at their home three miles west of Harrisonburg, Va., on Wednesday morning, Nov. 24, after a sickness of ten days of pneumonia, while in the meantime she had been suffering a year from asthmatic trouble; death having come at the age of 53 y. 11 m. 8 d. Nov. 5, 1884, is the date of her marriage to Bro. Suter, who survives her with ten children (Pre. J. Earl, Annie M., Lawrence E., Homer R., Nettie E., Jacob C., W. Tracy, Robert D., Menno R., and Claude R.). Funeral services on Sunday, the 28th, before a large assembly of relatives and friends by Bish. S. H. Rhodes assisted by Pre. Henry B. Keener from the Weaver's Mennonite Church. From early life she has been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church and lived to see nearly all her children embrace the same faith.

Risser.--Susan G. Hershey was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 26, 1866; died at her home in Lititz, Pa., Nov. 9, 1920; aged 54 y. 3 m. 13 d. In 1890 she was married to Jacob Risser, who preceded her in death nine years. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. She is survived by 2 sons (Harry and J. Hershey) and 4 daughters (Lizzie, Mrs. John Kurtz, Sue, and Anna); also by an aged father, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Funeral services were held Nov. 12, 1920, at the house and at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. J. W. G. Hershey and J. H. Hershey. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. Dear mother, you've suffered so much in the past; The Lord has ended your sufferings at last. We miss you so much, but we hope to prepare To meet you some day in that home so fair.
--A Sister.

Hildebrand.--Sarah M. Hildebrand (nee Heatwole) eldest daughter of the late David A. and Catharine Heatwole, was born at Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., Jan. 17, 1857; died near Fishersville, Va., Nov. 18, 1920; aged 63 y. 10 m. 1 d. The cause of her death came primarily from injuries sustained in a fall from a buggy while returning from the home of a neighbor who had just died. The bruises received in this fall developed blood-poisoning, which in a few weeks was followed by death. On June 10, 1875, she was joined in wedlock with Dr. Michael Conrad Hildebrand, who survives her with four sons (Gould O., Clarence K., David A., Raymond J.) and two daughters (Catharine H. and Mary A.). She also leaves behind L. J., A. J., and D. F. Heatwole of Rockingham county, T. O. Heatwole of Baltimore, Md., and C. J. Heatwole of Athens, Ga., with one sister, Mrs. Fannie S. Deputy of Waynesboro, Va. Funeral and burial service on the 20th, from the St. James Church near the Hildebrand home.

King.--Isaac B. King was born June 24, 1847, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died at Boise City, Idaho, Oct. 28, 1920; aged 73 y. 4 m. 4 d. He leaves 3 daughters, 1 son, 1 sister, and 4 grandchildren. His companion and one son and two brothers preceded him in death. The health of the deceased had been fairly good until October this year at which time he moved with his son-in-law to Nampa, Idaho. Immediately after his arrival at that place he took sick and his affliction was of such a nature as to require a surgical operation. Death ensued about 1 week later. The remains were brought back and buried besides his wife in the East Holbrook Cemetery near La Junta, Colo., Nov. 3. In early life he united with the Mennonite Church and was an active worker in the same until recent years, when some misunderstanding caused him to lose his membership with the church. During his affliction he expressed a desire to depart this life being at peace with God. Funeral service conducted by J. M. Nunemaker. Text, I Thes. 4:14.

Greaser.--Laura Bell (Gatz) Greaser was born May 17, 1861; died at the hospital in Elkhart, Kans., following an operation for the removal of a tumor Oct. 28, 1920; aged 59 y. 5 m. 11 d. She was married to Amandus Greaser Dec. 1, 1881. To this union were born 6 sons (Charles Fay and William Harlen) and one daughter (Ada Ethel), who died in infancy. She united with the Evangelical Church Oct., 1892, of which she was a faithful member until death. The funeral was held Monday morning and burial took place at the Elkhart Cemetery. She also leaves father and two brothers and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
"She is sleeping, calmly sleeping,
In a new-made grave today.
We are weeping, sadly weeping,
For our mother, gone away.
One by one the tender Shepherd
Gathers loved ones to His fold,
And he draws them to His bosom
With a tenderness untold."
Sister Sarah.

Snider.--Elizabeth Snider was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Sept. 2, 1841; died Nov. 4, 1920; aged 79 y. 2 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel Sommers. To this union were born 9 sons and 4 daughters (Isaac, Eli, John, David, Katie, Lizzie, Christian, Malinda, Silas, Samuel, Emon, Atla, and Sadia). The husband departed this life June 5, 1897. On Sept. 25, 1902, she was again united in marriage to Christian Snider. After the death of her second husband in 1906 until 1913 she lived principally at Berlin, Ohio. In May, 1913, she came to Howard Co., Ind., to live with her son John at which place she remained until death. Of late years it was very burdensome for her to get about, being obliged to use crutches most of the time, yet she bore the troubles of life very patiently. She united with the Mennonite Church early in life, which faith she kept to the end. During her short spell of sickness she bore her pains very patiently without a murmur, often expressing her readiness to depart this life. She leaves one brother, two half-brothers, one half-sister, four sons, two daughters, thirty-nine grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services at Mennonite Church Nov. 7th, conducted by Bros. E. A. Mast and J. S. Horner from Phil. 1:21. Interment in the Shrock Cemetery.

Graber.--Christian Graber was born in Montebiliard, France, June 3, 1852; emigrated to America in the spring of 1880, and located on a farm near Canton, O.; died at the home of his son Nov. 24, 1920; aged 68 y. 6 m. 2 d. He was married to Catherine Graber May 29, 1877. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter, mother preceding him in death about 33 years ago; also two sons. There remains his son (Christian) and daughter (Anna Bucher); also 4 grandchildren, with a large circle of near relatives and friends. In early life he gave his heart to God, confessed and accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, where he served his Master faithfully and diligently, always deeply interested in the work of the church, keeping humble at the feet of Jesus. We submit all to God, and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services conducted at the home by Bro. Jno. Miller and at the church by the brethren Alvin Hostetter and J. S. Gerig. Text, Psa. 16, which was selected by the departed brother.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Christophel.--Salome Buzzard was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 20, 1852. On Oct. 10, 1878, she was united in marriage to Jonas Christophel. To this union were born 8 children, Ella, Cora, Elsie and Noble preceding her in death. She is survived by her husband, 4 children (Dr. Walter B., John B., Mrs. E. S. Mullet, and Mrs. Clarence Lehman), and many relatives and friends. She gave her heart to God forty-one years ago and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. She wanted to be present at the house of God, and when health permitted, her place was seldom vacant, altho at times she was scarcely able to go. The last service she attended was the communion a little more than two weeks before her departure. She was a real mother and was much interested in training her children for her Savior. Her motherly counsel will be greatly missed. About twelve years before her death her health failed from which she never fully recovered, and at times suffered greatly. A little less than two weeks before her death she became suddenly very ill and on Nov. 24, 1920, she passed away, aged 68 y. 1 m. 4 d. She bore her sufferings with exemplary patience and fortitude. With the exception of five years she always lived on the farm where she died. Funeral services at the Yellow Creek Church on the 26th, conducted by Jonathan Kurtz and J. S. Hartzler. Text, John 11:25.

Troyer.--Abraham F. Troyer was born Feb. 22, 1866, in Elkhart Co., Ind., died at his home in Johnson Co., Iowa, Oct. 19, 1920; aged 54 y. 7 m. 27 d. In the year 1888 he came to Iowa which has been his home ever since. On Nov. 2, 1893, he was joined in matrimony to Annie M. Miller. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom were present at his bedside at the time of his death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth to which he was true to the end. For four years he suffered with an internal cancerous growth which was the cause of his death. He was patient thru all the suffering and was confined to his bed only the last four days of his life. He was a regular attendant at services to within the last four Sundays of his life. He leaves wife, 6 sons, 3 daughters, 2 grandchildren, father, step-mother, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, 6 half-brothers, 2 half-sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He will be missed in the home as a loving husband and father, in the Church as a faithful worker, and in the community as a kind neighbor. Funeral Oct. 22 at the Lower Deer Creek Church conducted by J. Y. Swartzendruber and D. D. Miller in English (Text, Jas. 4:14) and in German by J. L. Hershberger from II Cor. 5:10. Interment in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
"We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss thee from thy place.
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee.
We miss thee everywhere."

Sieber.--Charles Earl Sieber was born in Mifflin C., Pa., Feb. 25, 1884. He was converted in his early teens, at which time he received baptism and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a member until death. On Sept. 1, 1908, he was united in marriage with Bertha B. Shoemaker of Dakota, Ill. After a few years they moved to Twin Falls Co., Idaho, of which they were residents ever since. While here Bro. Sieber has gained many friends. His genial disposition and willingness to lend a hand in every good work were much admired by all who learned to know him. On Oct. 23 he took sick with typhoid fever which led to peritonitis, causing his death on Nov. 13 at the age of 36 y. 8 m. 18 d. He leaves his wife, 6 children (the oldest being only 11 year. old), an aged father, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and many sympathizing friends. In his death the family loses a faithful husband and a loving father; the community, a good friend and neighbor; and the Church, a loyal member and earnest worker. He was a charter member of the Filer congregation and served almost continuously as a member of the board of trustees, as S. S. Supt., and as a leader of song, always being a loyal supporter of all the activities of the Church. The last hours of his life very forcibly portrayed the value and blessedness of having spent his days in the Master's service. When all that human hands could do, seemed of no avail, he requested to be anointed according to Jas. 5 for the healing of the body, if it be God's will. Shortly after this ceremony, however, he received the conviction that the time of his departure was nigh. After calling the family and friends present, one by one, to his bedside he bade them farewell and admonished them to be true to the Word and the Church and to meet him in heaven. He expressed his readiness to go, only wishing he could take his family with him. Death to him was the most blessed experience of his life. The whole scene was one which shall never be forgotten by all present. Funeral services were held in the Filer Church, Nov. 16, by S. Honderich and D. S. Graybill, using Isa. 55:8, 9, after which the body was brought back to Freeport, Ill., for burial. The funeral services were conducted there on Nov. 20, by A. C. Good of Sterling, Ill. Text, Jno. 14:1.

Transcribed by: Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 38 - December 16, 1920, pages 759, 760

Horst.--Kathryn Salome Horst was born in Canton, O., Aug. 5, 1920; died Nov. 7, 1920. She is survived by father, mother, three brothers, and many friends. Her lot was one of much suffering during her brief stay. Funeral services at Pleasant View Church, by N. E. Troyer and J. S. Shoemaker. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Haueter.--Gottlieb Haueter was born in Switzerland, Sept. 1, 1838; came to this country Mar. 1886; united with the Bethel Mennonite church near Wadsworth, O., in 1895, and remained a true and faithful member until his death which occurred in Canton, O., Dec. 2, 1920; aged 82 yrs. He leaves a devoted wife and four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services at Canton Mission Church by N. E. Troyer from II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in Mission Cemetery.

Bender.--Martha Naomi and Mary Viola Bender were born June 16, 1920. Martha Naomi died Sept. 16, and Mary Viola died Sept. 20, 1920, aged 3 months and 3 months and 4 days respectively. They are survived by father, mother, one brother, grandparents and friends. Funeral services at the home by N. E. Troyer. Burial in the Mission Cemetery.

Keener.--Miriam Catherine Keener was born near Cearfoss, Ind., April 21, 1920; died Nov. 19, 1920. Miriam was a bright jewel. A place here vacant and now in heaven filled with the Father in glory. She leaves father and mother, three brothers and one sister, and a host of friends. Funeral at Reiff's Church, Nov. 21, by the brethren David R. Lesher and John F. Grove. Text, II Kings 4:26.

Schlosser.--Beulah L., only daughter of Irwin and Lizzie Schlosser, died of pneumonia on Nov. 30, 1920, aged 9 m. 21 d. Parents and two brothers survive her. She was sick but five days. Funeral at Plain Mennonite Church near Lansdale, Pa., Dec. 4, conducted by Bro. Jonas Mininger and Bro. Jacob Clemens. Text, Matt. 19:14.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
The Parents.

Hartzler.--Herald Stanley, beloved son of Amandus and Barbara Hartzler, died of bronchial pneumonia Nov. 28, 1920; aged 9 m. 19 d. His illness lasted only a few days. He leaves father, mother, two brothers (Grover W. and Ralph D.) and a host of relatives and friends. His smile and affection will be greatly missed wherever he was known, but especially in the home. He is gone now and awaiting our coming. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. Services conducted by J. C. Driver and I. G. Hartzler. Text, II Sam. 12:23.

Fisher.--On Nov. 17, 1920, near Ronks, Pa., Lydia S., wife of Amos L. Fisher, died of consumption; aged 54 y. 8 m. 6 d. She had been in failing health for several years and was confined to her bed for 18 weeks. She bore her afflictions very meekly and patiently. She did not seem to suffer to a great extent, but gradually grew weaker until the end came and she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. She was a consistent member of the Amish congregation from her youth. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Lizzie, Henry, Bennie, Daniel, Levi, Jacob, and Sarah; also 5 grandchildren and 1 sister. Little Sarah, not yet 13 years old, is left without a dear mother to care for the family. The funeral, conducted on the 18th was largely attended. Services by -------- Gingerich of Ohio and Stephen Stoltzfus. Text, John 22:10-15. Burial near Ronks, Pa. Peace to her ashes.

Rosendaul.--Albert Ellsworth, son of Perry and Phoebe Rosendaul, was born near Bryan, Williams Co., Ohio, Sept. 8, 1894; died at the St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, Nov. 28, 1920; aged 26 y. 2 m. 16 d. On Feb. 22, 1916, he was united in marriage to Arminta Estella, daughter of Jacob E. Gnagey. He leaves his sorrowing wife, father, three brothers, two sisters together with a host of relatives and friends. His mother and two sisters preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in the year 1911 at the Oak Grove Methodist Church near Stryker, Ohio, later transferring his membership to the Mennonite congregation near Archbold, Ohio, of which he was a member until death. Funeral was held Sunday afternoon Nov. 28, at the Lockport Church conducted by Henry Rychener and S. D. Grieser. Texts, Eccl. 12:1 and Jas. 4:14. Interment in Lockport Cemetery.

Bender.--Sister Hilda, daughter of Bro. and Sister Val Bender, was born April 8, 1908; died Dec. 1, 1920; aged 12 y. 7 m. 23 d. One sister, 1 brother, and 2 infants preceded her to the grave. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, 6 sisters, 2 adopted brothers, with many relatives and friends. She died about 10 miles from home from heart trouble and dropsy. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of eleven and we believe He was her comfort throughout her intense suffering during which time she was very patient and expressed herself as being ready to get in the chariot that would meet her from the sky. Funeral services were held in the Amish Mennonite Church near Greenwood, Del., conducted by Bro. John L. Mast of Belleville, Pa., and by Bro. N. J. Brenneman of Grantsville, Md. Texts, John 14:1, 2; I Thes. 4:13. The remains were laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.
A Sister.

Kreider.--Anna Mary, eldest daughter of David and Bessie Kreider, was born Apr. 27, 1915, in East Lampeter, Pa.; died Dec. 1, 1920, of diphtheria and bronchial pneumonia; aged 5 y. 7 m. 5 d. She leaves her parents, one brother (Harry), and one sister (Elsie May). She was sick only five days, but her suffering was great, though she bore it all patiently. While she was sick she called for mother till her sweet little life no more could let her. Those words are sounding in our ears that we never can forget. We feel that everything was done to help her, but God's love was greater, so he took her up yonder where pain and death no more shall have her. Before she died the nurse saw her stretch up her arms and smile. Funeral was strictly private. Burial at Mellinger's Cemetery.
"We are weeping, sadly weeping,
Oh we miss her voice and smile.
She is sleeping, sweetly sleeping,
Till the resurrection morn."
Her Mother.

Transcribed by: Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 39 - December 23, 1920, page 775

Reid.--Mary, daughter of Lewis and Margaret Reid, Altoona, Pa., was born Oct. 21, 1899; died Dec. 3, 1920. Funeral services were held at the home of the parents, conducted by J. N. Durr and Amos B. Stoltzfus. Only two weeks before her death she was received into Church fellowship. She hath now gone to her reward.

Ringler.--Galen Ringler was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 4, 1849; died in Middlebury, Ind., Dec. 8, 1920; aged 71 y. 9 m. 4 d. He came from Elkhart to Middlebury to visit his daughter, got sick, and died in a week's time. He was married to Polly Miller who died a number of years ago. He leaves a brother, 3 daughters, and 4 sons. Funeral services conducted by Jacob Fike assisted by Y. C. Miller.

Zook.--Mary Zook, daughter of Christian and Sarah Peight, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Apr. 1, 1843; died at her home near West Liberty, Ohio, Nov. 9, 1920; aged 77 y. 7 m. 9 d. On Oct. 16, 1868, she was united in marriage to Christian Y. Zook. Five children were born to this union, two preceding the mother in death. There remain to mourn the husband, 3 children (Mrs. Anna Mary Yoder, Mrs. Eldora Zook, and Samuel E. Zook). She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church and ever manifested a kind, lovable, and patient disposition in all her sufferings. Funeral services 11th at S. Union Church in charge of A. I. Yoder and J. J. Warye. Interment in Yoder cemetery.

Gingerich.--Salome Gingerich was born Nov. 5, 1859; died at her home north of Kalona, Ia., Nov. 7, 1920; aged 61 y. 2 d. She had evidently been in her usual condition of health till a few days before she died. Nothing serious was noticed till Sunday morning, when a doctor was sent for, but she died before he arrived. Early in life she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was a faithful member till death. Her mother died 31 years ago, and at her death Salome, together with her only sister, Adeline, assumed the duties of the home and with the help of their father kept the family till his death in 1915. Since then she with her sister and one brother have lived on the old family homestead where she died. Those of the family surviving her are Daniel, Adeline, and Mose. These, together with a host of relatives and friends, mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, conducted by Joe Brenneman and S. C. Yoder, after which the remains were laid away in the cemetery near her home.

Saylor.--Susan Speigle Saylor was born Oct. 22, 1831; died near Hollsopple, Pa., Dec. 2, 1920; aged 89 y. 1 m. 11 d. She was married to Jacob Saylor April 22, 1849, who preceded to the spirit world over 39 years. Deceased was the mother of 10 children, 8 living. Bishop James Saylor and Pre. Joseph Saylor are her sons. She is also survived by 42 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for over 71 years. Her school days were few but she had a desire for the reading of the Word. Her favorite hymn was No. 19 in the German Appendix in the Hymnal. Her seat in the church was seldom vacant as long as she was able to attend the services. Her kind and pleasant disposition won the hearts of many people and especially the love and respect of her children. It was a joy to her to see all her children faithful workers for the Lord. Funeral services were conducted on Dec. 4 by L. A. Blough, W. C. Hershberger, and E. J. Blough at the Thomas Church. Buried in cemetery near the church.
--L. A. B.

Denlinger.--Samuel B. Denlinger was born Aug. 26, 1841, near Leaman Place, Pa.; died Nov. 12, 1920; aged 79 y. 2 m. 16 d. He died very suddenly at his home in Paradise township where he resided all his life time. The day of his death he was in apparently good health and was helping his companion with her household duties, when he was stricken in a moment's notice and died before medical aid could be secured. His companion (who was Anna Hershey) survives him as do also the following sons and daughters: John H., Christian, Mrs. Jacob Eby, and Mrs. Enos Ranck. A daughter preceded him several years ago, as did also an infant son. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was an active member in the Paradise Mennonite Church and a trustee for many years. His seat was seldom vacant at church. He was of a loving disposition. Funeral services at the home by Jacob H. Mellinger and further services conducted in the Hershey Mennonite Church (where in his earlier life he was an active member), conducted by J. B. Senger and C. M. Brackbill. He was carried to the adjoining cemetery by six of his grandsons where interment was made.
--A Grandson.

Roth.--Lizzie K. Roth was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Dec. 20, 1880; died of cancer at her home in Logan Co., Ohio, Dec. 7, 1920; aged 39 y. 11 m. 17 d. In May, 1920, she underwent an operation in hope of overcoming the dread disease, and for a time seemed to be getting along favorably, but in October she again became afflicted and grew rapidly worse until the end, at times suffering greatly but never complaining. In her youth she became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member to the end. She was united in marriage to Joseph Roth on Jan. 4, 1906, in Logan Co., which has been their home ever since. She leaves 2 sisters, a sorrowing husband, and 4 children, 3 children having preceded her to the world beyond.
"Mother, thou has left us lonely,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.'
Funeral services on the 10th at S. Union Church in charge of A. I. Yoder and Levi Plank.

Marner.--Gideon Marner was born near Johnstown, Pa., March 30, 1842; died Nov. 29, 1920; aged 78 y. 7 m. 29 d. Early in life he became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church and remained true in that faith until death. He was united in marriage in 1863 to Mary Bender, who died shortly after their marriage. On March 12, 1865, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Lehman who preceded him to the heavenly home nearly six years ago. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 3 daughters, of whom one son, Jonathan, passed away in childhood. The children are: Mrs. Susie Troyer, Mrs. Lena Miller, Isaac, Jacob, Gideon, Eli, Elmer, and Alice. Besides the children the deceased leaves 34 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Grandpa Marner, tho feeble, was not bedfast until 7 weeks ago when the development of cancer hastened the end. He was a patient sufferer and ready for the final summons. Funeral services Dec. 1 at West Union Church near Wellman, Iowa, conducted by P. P. Swartzendruber and A. G. Yoder. Text, Jno. 5:24-29.
"Sweetly sleep, our own dear father,
All his cares and toils are o'er;
Free from pain and all earth's sorrows
Now he rests on Canaan's shore."

Transcribed by: Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 40 - December 30, 1920, page 791

Mishler.--Noah D. Mishler was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 1, 1844; died in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Dec. 11, 1920; aged 76 y. 11 m. 10 d. He was married to Elizabeth Mast on Dec. 30, 1866. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters, 1 daughter having preceded him in infancy. He leaves his widow, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. His health had been failing for the past year, death being caused by acute indigestion. He was a life-long member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. Funeral services Dec. 13, 1920 at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church by S. H. Miller and Lester Hostetler. Text, John 7:6.
E. A. H.

Weaver.--Fannie (Wenger) Weaver was born near Terre Hill, Pa., June 29, 1849; died near Yellow Creek Church, Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 28, 1920; aged 71 y. 4 m. 29 d. On Oct. 31, 1868, she was married to Christian Weaver. To this union were born six children (Menno, John, Christian, David, Eli, and Israel. Two of these (David and Israel) preceded her to the spirit world. She was a member of the Mennonite Church (Old Order) for 51 years. Her last sickness (pneumonia) was of 6 days' duration. She leaves husband, 4 sons, and 20 grandchildren.
The pains of death are past,
Labor and sorrow cease;
And Life's long warfare closed at last,
Her soul is found in peace.
M. W. W.

Zoss.--Anna (Gfeller) Zoss was born in Switzerland, Aug. 30, 1831; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Roth, near Eureka, Ill., Nov. 27, 1920. Death was caused by old age. Age, 89 y. 2 m. 26 d. She united with the Mennonite church about twenty-three years ago, of which she was a faithful member until death. In 1853 she was united in marriage to Ben Zoss. Her husband preceded her about twenty-five years ago. To this union were born twelve children; five of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves one sister living in Switzerland, four daughters and three sons (Mrs. Gottfret Bill, Ben, Fred, Mrs. Henry Bohn, Mrs. Gottlieb Bill, Mrs. Joseph Roth, and Adolph), 81 grandchildren (61 living), and 46 great-grandchildren. She bore her sickness patiently until the end.

Denlinger.--On Nov. 12, 1920, near Leaman Place, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Samuel B. Denlinger departed this life very suddenly of heart failure. He joined the Mennonite Church in his early life and remained a consistent member to the time of his death. His place in the church was never vacant when health permitted. He also was a trustee in the Paradise Church for many years. He was a kind and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Grandfather was in the 80th year of his life. He leaves aged widow, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 16 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services Nov. 15, at the house by Bro. Jacob Mellinger and at Hershey Church by Bro. Christ Brackbill and Bro. John B. Senger. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Pletcher.--Mary (Boyer) Pletcher was born June 28, 1849, in Mahoning Co., Ohio; died in Goshen, Ind., at the home of her daughter Dec. 10, 1920; aged 71 y. 5 m. 12 d. Early in life she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church; to this faith she held faithfully to the end. She was ailing for several years and for some months was almost helpless. Dec. 6 she had a stroke of paralysis and was unconscious till she fell peacefully asleep in Jesus. In the year 1870 she was united in marriage with Bro. Samuel Pletcher. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son. One daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Surviving are husband, 2 daughters, (Barbara A. Troup and Mary E. Troyer), 1 son (John E.), 3 brothers, 1 sister, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral on the 12th at the house by J. S. Hartzler and at the Yellow Creek meeting house by D. J. Johns assisted by Silas Yoder. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Winters.--Elizabeth E., widow of Abram Winters, was born May 28, 1855; died at Elizabethtown, Pa., Dec. 1, 1920; aged 65 y. 6 m. 3 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained faithful until death, always expressing a desire to be present in the services when health permitted. She was twice married. Her first husband was the late Anderson Boll. To this union were born 4 children. (John, Amos, Ervin, and Esther wife of C. F. Nitrauer). By the second union there is 1 daughter (Anna) surviving; also 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral Dec. 4, conducted by Bros. Noah Risser, John H. Mosemann, and A. G. Nye. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Remains were laid to rest in Good's Cemetery.
"Now your hands are folded, mother,
Of toil they did their share;
While our hearts were young and tender,
How you watched with loving care.
How we miss your gentle footsteps,
Oh, we miss your loving smile;
But we're glad 'tis not forever,
We are only parted for awhile."
Her daughter.

Stutzman.--Elisabeth, widow of Abraham Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., O., Nov. 14, 1840; died at the home of her son near Middlebury, Ind., Dec. 9, 1920; aged 80 y. 25 d. Her death came very suddenly and unexpected, altho she was not well; yet she was not bedfast. That evening she was feeling as well as usual talking as usual till 9 o'clock she said she wanted to go to bed, stopped to take off her shoes, when she made a rather strange noise, drawing the attention of her daughter Edna who was in the room with her and came to her aid. She leaned back in the chair, a few more breaths, and all was over. In her young years she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until God called her to the home of the blest. In 1861 she was married to Abraham Stutzman, who preceded her in death 3 years; also one son died in infancy. There remain to mourn her departure 1 son and 3 daughters (Amasa E., Edna, Mrs. Ella Kauffman, and Mrs. Ida Sunthimer), 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. Funeral services at the Clinton Frame Meeting house by Silas Yoder assisted by D. J. Johns. Burial at the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Hershberger.--Emanuel P. Hershberger was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 15, 1837; died at his home in Johnson Co., Ia., Dec. 6, 1920; aged 83 y. 10 m. 21 d. He accepted his Savior in his youth and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which he remained a faithful and consistent member until death. In 1858, he came to Iowa and on Jan. 26, 1862, he was married to Lydia Shetler, having at the time of his death lived in matrimony nearly 59 years. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters of whom 3 sons and 2 daughters preceded him to the glory world. His last and only illness was of about 12 weeks' duration, of which 6 weeks were spent in bed. The cause of his death was cancer of the stomach which at times caused him much suffering but he at all times put full trust in his Savior and bore it all very patiently. He was blessed with a clear mind to the end, though at times he was almost too weak to make his wishes known. He leaves 2 sons, 3 daughters, 30 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 half-brother, 1 half-sister, and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services Dec. 7, 1920, at the Lower Deer Creek Church, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber and Levi J. Miller. Texts, John 5:19-47; II Tim. 4:7, 8.
--C. E. H.

Boshart.--Catherine Boshart (nee Berkey) was born Mar. 10, 1826, in Ontario; died Dec. 8, 1920, at the home of her daughter (Katie Koupher) near Albany, Oreg.; aged 94 y. 8 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage to Christian C. Boshart, May 19, 1844, in Ontario, living in matrimony more than 48 years. To this union were born 5 sons and 7 daughters. Her husband, 1 son, and 3 daughters preceded her in death. Those who remain are Jacob, Katie Keupher, Marie Brenneman, John, Daniel, Mattie Jantzi, and Leah Beilstine. In the year 1890, they moved from Ontario to Milford, Nebr., where her husband died in 1892. In 1915, she came with her daughter to Albany, Oreg. In her youth she accepted Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. She had been ailing for some time, her death being caused by a bad cough and old age. She bore her afflictions patiently, often expressing her desire to be with Christ. She leaves 4 sons, 4 daughters, 41 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services Dec. 11, 1920, conducted by Joseph Schrock, Dan Erb, and C. R. Gerig. Texts, Psa. 39, 103, 23. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, near Albany, Oreg.
J. M. S.

Transcriber's note: -- the first time (Katie Koupher) is mentioned it is K"o"upher -- the second time it is spelled K"e"upher

Ropp.--Fanny Ropp was born in Alsace-Lorraine, Aug. 10, 1846; died near Albany, Oreg., Dec. 8, 1920; aged 74 y. 3 m. 28 d. At the age of 7 years she came with her parents (Joseph and Magdalena Ropp) to Ontario. On Oct. 26, 1873, she was united in marriage to John M. Ropp, living in matrimony a little more than 44 years. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. Those who remain are John, Joel, Daniel, Mattie Yutzi, Fannie, 1 adopted son, and a daughter. Her husband, 2 sons, and 1 daughter preceded her in death. At the age of 15 years she accepted Christ, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. During her last sickness, caused by liver trouble, she suffered much but bore it patiently to the end. It was her desire to be with Christ. She leaves 3 sons, 2 daughters, 1 adopted son, 1 daughter, 7 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
There's a shadow in our home now,
There's a voice we loved that's stilled;
There's a mother's face that's missing,
And a place no one can fill.
Funeral services Dec. 10, 1920, conducted at the Fairview Church, by Dan Kropp and C. R. Gerig. Texts, Rev. 5:9 and II Cor. 5:1. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, near Albany, Oreg.
--J. M. Schlegel.


Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana

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