Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1920

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Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 32 - November 4, 1920 , page 622

Miller.--Elizabeth Miller (nee Grieser) wife of John H. Miller, was born in Fulton Co., O., May 9, 1859; died in Pettisville, O., Oct. 18, 1920; aged 61 y. 5 m. 9 d. She was united in holy matrimony with J. H. Miller, March 11, 1886. To this union were born 6 children. She leaves her husband, 3 sons 2 daughters, a step daughter, a nephew (who was brought up in the family), 19 grandchildren, and 5 brothers.
One daughter and one grandson preceded her in death.
In her younger years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death.
On Oct. 20, at the Central Amish Mennonite Church, the funeral was held, conducted by Bro. Eli Rupp in German (Text Rev. 14:13) and Bro. Henry Ryonener in English (Text Job 14:14).

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 33 - November 11, 1920, pages 654, 655

Blough.--Foster Charles Blough, son of Harvey and Emma Blough, died Sept. 15, 1920; aged 11 d. Interment in the graveyard adjoining the Bowne Mennonite meeting house near Elmdale, Mich. Though little Foster's stay on earth was short, we are reminded that we have no abiding city here.

Shiffer.--Richard W., fourth child of James and Hettie Shiffer, died Oct. 26, at the parents' home at Ephrata, Pa., from convulsions, aged 18 months. He was the light of the home and will be sorely missed. Funeral services at the house, conducted by Bro. Amos Horst, assisted by _____ Gunther. Interment in Metzler's Mennonite cemetery.

Zook.--Lydia, widow of Jacob K. Zook (who died 15 years ago), died Oct. 27, 1920, at her late home at Zook's Corner near Eden, Pa.; aged 96 y. 1 m. 3 d. She is survived by the following children: Mary Beiler, Elizabeth Stoltzfus, Lydia Zook, Jacob M. (who resided with her), Christian M., and Hannah Smoker. She is also survived by 37 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. The funeral was held from her late home on Saturday, Oct. 30, conducted by John Speicher and Benuel Stoltzfus. Interment in Kurtz Cemetery.

Burkholder.--Walter O., little son of Bro. and Sister Walter O. Burkholder, died of complications at their home near Dale Enterprise, Va., Oct. 5, 1920, aged 2 m. 2 d. In the life and death of this little one we again have the declaration of Job verified. "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." Funeral services at Weavers church on the 6th by the brethren, Lewis Shank and J. S. Martin. Text, Isa. 63:9. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.

Sommers.--Anna, eldest child of Clayton and Mary Sommers, died Sept. 14, 1920, at her parents' home near Monterey, Pa., aged 14 y. Her death occurred in the Lancaster General hospital after much suffering, caused by a crochet hook piercing into her knee, producing blood poison. She was an earnest Christian, having been a member of the Ephrata Mennonite Church since last winter. Her death caused the conversion of her father. She is survived by father, mother, 4 brothers, a sister, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral at Bareville Brethren church conducted by Bro. Amos Horst and Bro. Myers of Bareville. Interment in same cemetery.

Neuenschwander. -- Samuel E. Neuenschwander was born Oct. 31, 1917; died Aug. 23, 1920; aged 2 y. 9 m. 23 d.
Archie David Neuenschwander was born March 12, 1914; died Aug. 27, 1920; aged 6 y. 5 m. 15 d.
Both of these children died of diptheria. They were apparently getting along well, when their father started on a trip to one of the western states. They suddenly took a turn for the worse, and died before he could return. The grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of all who know them.
"Dearest children, how we miss you,
And our hearts are sore distressed;
But in heaven we hope to meet you,
Where all is endless peace and rest."

Transcriber's note: died of "diptheria." -- should be diphtheria

King.--Nancy Detweiler King was born in Huntingdon Co., Pa., Dec. 3, 1841; died of Bright's disease at West Liberty, Ohio, Oct 2, 1920; aged 78 y. 9 m. 29 d. She was the daughter of David and Sarah Detweiler. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Three brothers survive: Joshua B., David H., and Rudy; also four step-children: Lydia, Emma, Joseph, and Levi.
In March, 1875, she was married to Christian King, to which union one child was born which died in infancy. In youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which confession she always lived a faithful, consistent, Christian life.
Funeral services at Bethel Church in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and J. B. Hartzler. Burial was in Hooley Cemetery.

Schrock.--Joseph Y. Schrock was born Sept. 26, 1899, near Thurman, Colo.; died Oct. 7, 1920, near Albany, Oreg.; aged 21 y. 11 d. Death was caused by being killed by a horse. He was taken to the hospital, but soon passed away. He was married to Mary Steckley Nov. 7, 1918. He gave his heart to God in his youth and was a member of the A. M. Mennonite Church. He leaves a sorrowful companion and son, father, mother, 6 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 grandmother, and a host of friends to mourn his early departure. Funeral services conducted by C. R. Gerig at the house and at the Fair View Church, by Fred Gingerich (Text, I Cor. 15:21), and Lee Schlegel (text, Job 14:14.), after which his remains were laid to rest in the River Side Cemetery at Albany, Oreg.
J. M. Schlegel.

Burkholder.--Bro. David H. Burkholder, died of complications at his home near Harrisonburg, Va., Oct. 22, 1920; aged 68 y. 9 m. 6 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in early years and lived faithful to his profession during his life. We believe he is now reaping the rewards of the faithful. It may well be said of him that he was a conscientious, loyal church member, an affectionate husband, a kind father, and an honest and respected neighbor. He had been in failing health for some time and no doubt felt that his end was near. He leaves wife, 3 sons, and 5 daughters. Funeral services were conducted on the 25th in the presence of a large congregation by the brethren, L. J. Heatwole and S. H. Rhodes. Text, Job 10:9 and Isaiah 64:8. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.

Keller.--Daniel S. Keller died after a very short illness on Oct. 26, at his home at Ephrata, Pa., aged 70 y. 5 m. For many years he was janitor of the Ephrata Boro Public schools and was known and beloved by all. "Pappy" Keller, was the loving title he carried. He is survived by his wife, and 2 sons, (Jacob and Daniel Jr.). Four children preceded him in death. He also leaves a number of grandchildren and some great-grandchildren and other relatives. Not long ago he and his wife held their 50th wedding day gathering together. His last words were, "I want to go home." We will miss him in the church and express great sympathy for his aged wife. Services Oct. 30, in Ephrata Church, conducted by Bros. Amos S. Horst and John W. Weaver. Interment in Bowman's Cemetery, Ephrata. Peace to his ashes.
L. Mengle.

Wenger.--Benjamin Wenger was born near Dayton, Va., July 7, 1844; died at the home of his son, Chester Wenger, near Des Allemands, La., Oct. 18, 1920; aged 76 y. 3 m. 11 d. Before his death he had been seriously sick but three days of acute gastritis, caused by old age. He had not been able to talk for over a year but otherwise appeared in normal health. When a young man of about 25 years he went west and in time located in Emmet Co., Mich., where he married Augusta Kaopoke*, to which union were born two children, Myrtle and Chester A. He also leaves 2 brothers and 3 sisters. After the death of his wife, in 1901, he returned to Virginia and for a time made his home with his brother-in-law, Jonas Blosser, near Harrisonburg, when on Dec. 22, of the same year he united with the Mennonite Church at the Weavers congregation, and lived in that faith till the end. Requesting that he be not buried in Louisiana, his remains were brought to Virginia for burial by his son Chester, where funeral services were held from the Pike Church on Oct. 22 by the ministers, W. S. Brubaker and L. J. Heatwole, from Rom. 3:24. Interment in the graveyard nearby.

*Transcriber's note: if you have some way of checking his wife's maiden name it would be good -- someone handwrote it as "Kaonoke" and it looks like "Koapoke" to me

Ebersole.--Levi L. Ebersole was born July 26, 1840, near Good's Church, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died of paralysis Oct. 8, 1920, at his home at Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 80 y. 2 m. 12 d. He leaves a wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 2 sisters, besides many other friends to mourn their loss. Grandfather left a bright evidence that he was prepared for the great change. He suffered intensely at intervals for several months, bearing it patiently; yet often expressing the desire "to depart and be with Christ which is far better." He was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Church and served faithfully in this capacity for over 45 years. Funeral Oct 11. Short services at the house, continued at Elizabethtown Church by Bros. Noah Risser, John Ebersole, John Landis, and Simon Landis. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Remains were laid to rest in Good's Cemetery. "The victory now is obtained; He has gone his dear Savior to see; His wishes he fully has gained, He is now where he oft wished to be. Then let none of us complain That grandfather has gone from our sight; We soon shall behold him again With new and redoubled delight."
A Granddaughter.

Yoder.--Mary (Swartzendruber) Yoder, wife of Jonas S. Yoder, was born Jan. 1, 1874, near Wellman, Iowa; died at her home in Kalona, Iowa; Oct. 12, 1920; aged 46 y. 9 m. 11 d. Her health had been failing for a number of years, but she had been feeling exceptionally well for a number of weeks and made the statement to her husband the day before she took sick, that she is feeling better than she had felt for five years. She was sick only three days and then fell peacefully asleep and departed this life without a struggle. She was married to Eli Miller in 1895. To this union were born two sons--one who died in infancy, and George who died six years ago. Eli departed this life in 1898. In 1902 she was united in marriage to Jonas S. Yoder, with whom she lived until her death. She leaves husband, 3 step daughters, mother, 4 sisters, 3 brothers and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained a faithful member until death. In appearance she was a pattern of humility. She led a life worthy of imitation. She was a faithful church attendant whenever opportunity afforded, was much concerned about the welfare of the Church, and of others, as well as her own salvation. Funeral, Oct. 14, at the East Union Church, conducted by A. G. Yoder and Joe C. Brenneman. Text, I Cor. 15:20.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 34 - November 18, 1920, page 671

Hironamus.--Hilaire Harold, son of _____ and Amelia Hironamus was born Sept. 10, 1918; died Nov. 3, 1920; aged 2 y. 1 m. 23 d. Funeral services were conducted on the 5th at the Blough church by E. J. Blough and L. A. Blough. Buried in cemetery near the church.

Mast.--Sterling, son of Carson and Cora Mast, died Oct. 14, 1920; aged 4 d. He bloomed a few days in this world. He leaves by his early departure father, mother, 2 brothers, 6 sisters, and 2 grandfathers. Two brothers and 1 sister preceded him. Services at the house by Bro. S. H. Miller. Buried at Walnut Creek, Ohio, A. M. cemetery.

Swartzendruber.--Wayne Daniel, son of Bro. and Sister Lewis Swartzendruber of near Shickley, Neb., was born Oct. 12, 1920; died Oct. 14, 1920. Funeral services were held by Bros. Peter Kennel and Ben Schlegel. We must think that what God does is well done when He takes these little ones home, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

King.--Sister Lydia King, widow of Isaac King (who preceded her more than 20 years), died Oct. 2, 1920, at the home of her son near Almota, Wash. Her former home was in Cass Co., Mo. She was a faithful member of the Sycamore Grove congregation of Cass Co., Mo. Her age was 83 years. The funeral services were conducted by Pre. A. A. Callender Oct. 4. She leaves 3 sons (David, John, and Peter Klopfenstein); also 2 sisters and 3 brothers. She is gone but not forgotten.

Troyer.--Mary (Hershberger) Weaver Troyer, of Holmes Co., Ohio, was born Dec. 6, 1854; died Oct. 26, 1920; aged 65 y. 10 m. 20 d. She was first married to Moses Weaver in 1874. To this union 2 sons and 2 daughters were born. Husband, 2 sons, and 2 daughters preceded her. She was married the second time in 1890 to David J. Troyer. To this union 2 sons and 2 daughters were born. He died Jan. 20, 1911. She lived in widowhood 12 years in all. She leaves 4 sons, 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. She had not been so well for a few months and became worse a few days before her death. She had communion on Saturday night before her death the following Tuesday. She was a faithful member of the A. M. Church. Funeral services Oct. 29, conducted by Lester Hostetler and S. H. Miller. Text I Tim. 6:12.

Transcriber's note: according to this report -- her first family of husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters all died -- but she is survived by four sons and she only had two more sons by the second marriage maybe she really had four sons by her second marriage or her first two sons did NOT die. ?????

Brownsberger.--At Markham, Ont., Nov. 1, 1920, Elizabeth Brownsberger departed this life in her 71st year. Deceased was the eldest daughter of Samuel Brownsberger who survives her. She was unmarried. Death was caused by an internal growth, but she kept her bed only a few days. She was of a quiet and unassuming disposition and a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her death is a heavy stroke to her father who is in his 96th year. To this sorrow is added the grief that a son, David, died about three weeks ago. Sister Brownsberger was buried at the Wideman Church on the 4th. The services were conducted by L. J. Burkholder and L. W. Hoover.

King.--Vera Frances, beloved daughter of Bro. Emery and Sister Pearl King, was born Aug. 17, 1920, near East Lynne, Cass Co., Mo.; died Oct. 8, 1920, of pneumonitis. Services at the house by S. S. Hershberger and at the Sycamore Grove Church by Daniel Kauffman of Scottdale, Pa. Opening services by D. S. King. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. "She is sleeping calmly sleeping In a new made grave today, We are weeping sadly weeping For our darling 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."

Roupp.--George F. Roupp was born in Germany, Nov. 10, 1853; died at Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., Oct. 21, 1920; aged 66 y. 11 m. 11 d. When two years of age his father died. Soon after this his mother with the family came to America, locating in Pennsylvania. In this state he grew to manhood. On April 8, 1880, he was married to Annie E. Senner at Childstown, S. Dak. To this union were born four sons and two daughters. He leaves his wife (Annie) three sons (Frank, Fred, and John) and a daughter (Mrs. Annie Berner). One son (Edward) and a daughter (Abigail) preceded him to the great beyond. Three brothers and three sisters all of New York and Pennsylvania, and ten grandchildren also survive him. After his marriage he lived at Freeman, S. Dak., later moving to Moundridge, Kans., until the spring of 1898 he moved to the place near Hesston, where he resided at the time of his death. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church, of which he has been a member ever since and by which faith he passed peacefully to rest. At the time of his death he was a member of the Pennsylvania congregation four miles southeast of Hesston. His funeral, which was largely attended, was held at the church of which he was a member on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 26, conducted by T. M. Erb, assisted by D. H. Bender and C. Reiff from II Cor. 5:5, 6. Bro. Roupp will be missed in the home, in the church and in the neighborhood. Peace to his ashes.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 35 - November 25, 1920, page 690

Smoker.--Aaron Smoker, for many years a resident of Knox Co., Tennessee, after one month's illness, departed this life Nov. 10, 1920, aged nearly 78 years. He leaves 1 son aged 5 years old, 3 daughters aged 1, 7, and 13 years, and their mother. He also leaves two step-sons and one step-daughter. Funeral on the 11th at the Concord Mennonite church conducted by H. J. Powell and Wm. Jennings. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Yoder.--Nettie (Mishler) Yoder, wife of Clyde E. Yoder, was born April 20, 1890, in La Grange Co., Indiana; died at her home near Woodburn, Oreg., Oct. 8, 1920; aged 30 y. 5 m. 18 d. She leaves to mourn, her sorrowing husband, one son, Kenneth, one daughter, Vivian, father, mother, eight sisters, and one brother. One sister and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral services conducted by S. G. Shetler and E. Z. Yoder, from the Hopewell Mennonite church Oct. 10, 1920. Text, Job 16:22. Remains laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Ruth.--Sallie, wife of Melvin Ruth, of Lansdale, Pa., died from blood poisoning Wednesday night, Nov. 10, 1920; aged 31 y. 11 m. 8 d. She leaves besides her mourning husband, five little children, one an infant of three weeks. She was a faithful member of the Plain Mennonite church at Lansdale, Pa. In her final struggle because of an afflicted body, she gave strong testimony that "it was well with her soul." Funeral was held Monday, Nov. 15. Services at Plain Mennonite Church, Lansdale, Pa., by Bro. Jos. G. Ruth. Text, Psa. 23:1.

Gingrich.--Pre. Jacob B. Gingrich was born in Waterloo Twp., Ont., June 13, 1840; died Oct. 11, 1920; aged 80 y. 3 m. 28 d. He was first married to Sister Mary Sherk, daughter of Pre. David Sherk. She preceded him in death. He was again married to Elizabeth Sherk, sister of his first wife, Dec. 2, 1866. July 2, 1878 he was ordained to the ministry and for thirty years served to the best of his ability in that capacity. He labored with the Wanner and Hagey congregations. Twelve years ago he received a paralytic stroke while in the pulpit from which he never fully recovered. The last four years he has been confined to his home. He was a devoted companion and a kind father, ever willing to help those in need. He was patient in his sufferings. He leaves a loving companion, 4 sons, 3 daughters, and 26 grandchildren. Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him. Funeral services were held at Hagey's Church by Brethren Ben Shantz, Abram Snider, and Jonas Snider. Many relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Burial in cemetery nearby.
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.

Miller.--Daniel J. Miller was born near Springs, Pa., on the farm now owned by John D. Yoder, Dec. 19, 1836; died at his home in Springs, Pa., Sept. 25, 1920; aged 83 y. 9 m. 6 d. He united with the O. O. Amish church early in life being a consistent member until about 50 years of age when he united with the Mennonite church to which he was faithful until death. His place at church was seldom vacant when health permitted. He was married Nov. 24, 1861, to Lucretia Fuller who survives him. To this union were born twelve children. His surviving children are Gideon D., of Springs, Pa., Edward of Pinto, Md., both faithful ministers in the Mennonite church; Ulysses D., Malinda (Mrs. F. W. Bender), Minnie (Mrs. Fred Lohr), Anna, and Cora all of Springs, Pa., and Clarence D., of Elizabeth, Pa., and Wm. D., of Salisbury. Forty-one grandchildren (40 living) 6 great-grandchildren (5 living) are his descendants. Three children, Milton D., of Denver, Colo.; Sallie wife of D. H. Bender, Hesston, Kansas; Lydia wife of J. H. Bender, Springs, Pa., preceded him. The funeral was held at the Springs Mennonite church by the brethren Abram Metzler of Martinsburg, Pa., and N. E. Miller of Springs, Pa. The funeral was one of the largest ever held at this place.
F. B.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana

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