Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1921

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Gospel Herald - Volume XIV, Number 27 - October 6, 1921 - p. 527

Stuckey.-Paul William, son of Peter J. and Anna Stuckey, died Aug. 31, 1921; aged 1 y. 3 m. 16 d. At 1 o'clock of the same day of his death he was run over by their automobile. He became unconscious from the start and remained that way until six in the evening when life ceased. Little Paul's life bloomed on earth for a little while only, but has now gone on before to bloom in heaven forevermore. Paul leaves parents, 3 brothers (John, Orville, and Chauncey), two sisters (Alta and May), together with a large circle of friends. Funeral Sept. 3 at the Lockport Church, Fulton Co., Ohio, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Text, II Kings 4:26. Interment in Lockport Cemetery.
S. D. Grieser

Hostetler.-Anna Mary, daughter of brother and sister J. D. Hostetler of near Orrville, Ohio, was born June 9, 1915; died Sept. 23, 1921; aged 6 y. 3 m. 14 d. Little Anna Mary was an invalid, being deprived of her sight and remaining helpless all her days. She is survived by her father, mother, one sister, and three brothers who continually shared their labors of love for her comfort and pleasure in her affliction. She will be remembered for her constant happy disposition and many cheerful smiles. Singing always brought joy and pleasure to her little shut-in life. The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25, at the home and at Martin's Church in the presence of a large concourse of people. Scriptures used, Mark 10:13-16; Psa. 23; Job 1:21. Ministers, Benj. Good, Aaron Eberly, P. R. Lantz, I W. Royer, and I. J. Buckwalter.

Litwiller.-Maria Litwiller, nee Miller, was born in Wilmot, Ont., Dec. 13, 1851; died Aug. 30, 1921; aged 69 y. 8 m. 17 d. Sept. 27, 1870, she was married to Pre. Chr. Litwiller. To this union were born 9 children-4 sons and 5 daughters. One son and 1 daughter preceded her. She leaves husband, 7 children, 30 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and many friends and acquaintances. Mother was sick for nearly two years when the last 3 months she suffered much pain but was very patient during her afflictions. She united with the A. M. Church in her teens and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. P. Boshart and at the church by Bros. C. Z. Yoder in English and Jonas Snyder in German. Texts, Isa. 35:8-10; Phil. 1:21. Buried in adjoining cemetery.
"Won't that be a happy meeting
Ne'er to part again for aye
Oh the joy of that blest greeting
On the shores of endless day."
--A Daughter.

Brackbill.-Levi H. Brackbill was born Aug. 18, 1858, in Lanc. Co., Pa.; died Sept. 3, 1921, at his home in Kinzers, Pa.; aged 63 y. 16 d. He was an invalid for 12 years. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and remained true to the faith until death. He was a kind and loving father and always interested in the welfare of his children. In 1883 he was married to Susan Ranck. To this union were born five children. His wife and the following children survive: Benjamin, Bertha (Metzler), Anna (Denlinger), Parke, and Elsie at home; also 7 grandchildren, and two brothers, Bishop C. M. Brackbill of Kinzers and Joseph of Paradise. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Amos Hoover from I Cor. 15 with further services at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Mellinger and John Senger. Text, Rev. 7. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Father's gone; his chair is vacant
And his face we see no more;
He has gone to dwell in heaven,
All his sorrows now are o'er."
--A daughter.

Swartzendruber.-Mary (Shettler) Swartzendruber was born in Allegheny Co., Md., June 5, 1837; died of old age at her home in Johnson Co., Ia., Sept. 20, 1921; aged 84 y. 3 m. 15 d. In the spring of 1849 she emigrated with her parents from Fairfield Co., Ohio, to the farm now occupied by J. L. Hershberger. She has seen these broad prairies then an unoccupied wilderness develop into a thickly populated country. She has experienced many of the hardships of pioneer life. In her youth she consecrated her life to God, became a loving member of the A. M. Church, and remained faithful to the end. She spent her last 17 months as an invalid in bed. She bore her sufferings patiently, always with a cheerful disposition and looking forward with joy to the time when she might be relieved from the cares and sufferings of this life and be ushered over into the glorious liberties of the children of God. In Oct., 1855, she was joined in marriage to George Swartzendruber who preceded her to the glory world 17 years ago. She leaves 3 sons and 4 daughters (Lydia, Helena, Jacob, Lovina, John, Joseph, and Katie), 66 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and 3 brothers, the oldest being past 85 and the youngest 63 years of age. So may we all be benefited by her exemplifying principles that when the grim reaper of death raps at our door by God's grace we may again meet in the glory world beyond.
"All is over, hands are folded,
O'er a quiet and peaceful breast,
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear Mother is at rest."
Funeral services were conducted at the Upper Deer Creek Church Sept. 22 by J. Y. Swartzendruber and David D. Miller. Text, Psa. 8:4.

Driver.-On Aug. 17, 1921, near Waynesboro, Va., a gloom was cast over the entire community when the tragic death occurred of Bro. Daniel W., youngest son of Bishop Joseph M. (deceased) and Fannie L. Driver; aged 32 y. 10 m. 19 d. It never will be known just how it was but is supposed it was caused by a bull that was in the barnyard where the unconscious body was found about noon on the above date. He went to the barn about half-past ten. His seven-year-old son was playing above in the barn, looked out and saw his hat in the yard, went and found him, with his nose broken and head badly crushed. Neighbors and doctors were hastily called, preparations were made to take him to the hospital, but before they left the yard, he passed away something after seven the same day, never regaining consciousness. It is a great mystery which is not for us to solve, so we leave it all to God, and sometime we shall understand. His companion, two little boys (Justus and Richard), an aged mother, two brothers, and a sister with many relatives and friends deeply feel their loss which is his eternal gain. He is not only much missed in the home where he was so much needed, but in the church and community as well, always ready to do his part in church. He was united in marriage to Sister Maud Shank May 8, 1913. They lived a short but happy life together. She bravely stood by him in his last hours but unable to help. His little daughter Lois, father, two sisters, and a brother, were awaiting him in the glory world. Funeral services at Springdale Church the 19th, by the brethren A. P. Heatwole and E. C. Shank. Text, Jno. 11:23. May God give us grace and strength to submissively bow to His will, for we know He does all things well, if we cannot see why. And it will not be long until we can meet our loved ones over there.
"Oh, how sad and lone the home,
Since the staff and stay is gone,
But God has said he will impart
Strength to the widow's saddened heart.
The mother is so sad and worn,
The brothers feel they miss him so.
But why should we weep and mourn
When we can go where he has gone?"



Gospel Herald - Volume XIV, Number 28 - October 13, 1921 - p. 559

Burkholder.-John W. Burkholder departed this life Sept. 22, 1921; aged 75 y. 20 d. He leaves a wife, 2 sons, and 2 daughters, and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by J. Paul Burkhart, John B. Senger, and Benj. Zimmerman. Burial in Diller Mennonite Cemetery.

Eichelberger.-Floyd L., Son of Joel V. and Katie Eichelberger, was born near Strang, Neb., Oct. 1, 1948; died Sept. 25, 1921; aged 2 y. 11 m. 25 d. He leaves parents, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and a large number of relatives. One brother preceded him in death. Funeral services by Bros. Will Schlegel and Wm. R. Eicher.

Burkhart.-Christian Burkhart was born Feb. 28, 1855; died Sept. 17, 1921, in Newville, Pa. He leaves a wife, three daughters, and 1 granddaughter. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bros. J. Paul Burkhart, S. B. Landis, and Benj. Zimmerman. Burial in Prospect Cemetery, near Newville, Pa.

Kohli.-Donald Alvin, son of John and Eva Kohli, died Sept. 30, 1921; aged 1 y. 11 d. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother, 5 sisters, 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Union Center (Brethren) Church near Nappanee, Ind., Oct. 2, 1921, conducted by Ray F. Yoder and J. W. Christophel. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Snader.-Naomi C., daughter of Daniel and Sarah Snader, Lanc. Co., Pa., died Sept. 23, 1921; aged 1 m. 24 d. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. "The Lord hath given, the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services Sept. 25 by the Brethren John Souder and Paul Graybill. Text, Matt. 19:14. Burial in Weaverland cemetery.

Bechtel.-Laura Culp Bechtel was born March 21, 1881, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died Sept. 25, 1921; aged 40 y. 6 m. 4 d. She was the daughter of Joseph A. and Margaret Culp. She was united in holy matrimony to Rufus Bechtel of Elkhart Co. in 1902. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. Besides her husband and children she leaves her aged father and mother; three sisters and one brother. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1901 and was a faithful member throughout life. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Kreider of the Brethren Church and Wm. B. Weaver of the Mennonite Church.

Schwartzentruber.-Josie, youngest son of Bro. Joseph and Sister Katie Schwartzentruber, was born near Wilmot Centre, Ont., Sept. 15, 1915; died of sarcoma at the same place Sept. 17, 1921; aged 6 y. 2 d. He leaves father, mother, and four brothers (Emanuel, Simon, Elton, and Reuben). His sister (Emma) and brother (Milton) preceded him to the spirit world. He was a patient sufferer for nearly eight months. Funeral at Wilmot Centre Church and cemetery Sept. 20, conducted by C. S. Zehr and D. H. Steinman. Text, Mark 10:14, 15.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amid His shining Band,
And so upon the earth He smiled,
And grasped the Darling hand."

--A Friend.

Taylor.-Minnie Bell, wife of Charles Taylor, was born Sept. 2, 1876; died Sept. 10, 1921, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital; aged 45 y. 8 d. She had an operation several days before her death and doctor and friends thought she was doing well; then she suddenly grew worse, her husband was hastily summoned and reached her bedside only a few minutes before she passed away. Her body was removed to their home at Broadway, Va., soon after. Her husband, two sons (Edgar and Walter), two brothers (Willie and Allie Pennington), and two sisters (Ida Pennington and Mrs. Kate Ritchie) survive her. She was a devoted wife and mother and a kind neighbor and friend, and her presence is sorely missed. She was a member of the U. B. Church from early life. Funeral from Trissel's Church near Timberville, Pa., conducted by Pre. Collis of the U. B. Church assisted by Perry Shank of the Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Steckley.-Jacobina Steckley (nee Zimmerman) was born July 25, 1857, in Livingston Co., Ill.; died at her home near Milford, Nebr., Sept. 22, 1921; aged 64 y. 1 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Joel Steckley Feb. 3, 1880; lived in matrimony 41 y. 7 m. 19 d. They came to Seward Co., Nebr., in 1888 and settled on a farm near Milford where they resided to this time. She accepted her Savior in early life and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. She leaves husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 3 sisters and 5 grandchildren. Father, mother, 1 sister, 1 brother, and 1 son preceded her. Her health has been failing for several years. She was only seriously sick about a week and a half, with ulcers in the stomach.
"We miss thee, oh, dear mother,
We miss thee from this place;
We do not hear thy footsteps
Nor see thy smiling face."
Funeral services by Bros. Will Schlegel, Geo. S. Miller, and Jacob Stauffer.

Michaels.-Mary J. Lantz was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 11, 1859. She was married to Thomas Chiddister, July 12, 1879. To this union were born 4 children (Nolen, Mrs. Jack Curry, Harry and Clarence). On Jan. 19, 1914, while Mr. Chiddister was driving across the interurban tracks he was struck by a car and died the next day. On Dec. 2, 1917, she was married to William H. Michaels who with the above named children survive her. She died from the effects of a paralytic stroke, Sept. 29, 1921; aged 61 y. 11 m. 18 d. A number of years ago she confessed Christ as her Savior, but moving from place to place and other conditions which were unfavorable to spiritual growth she became negligent. Several months before her death she renewed her covenant with God and was received as a member of the Mennonite Church at Goshen, Ind. She longed to have all her children accept their Savior and to live for Him. Funeral services conducted at the home by I. R. Detweiler, and at the Millersburg Lutheran Church by J. S. Hartzler assisted by C. W. Sifford. Text, Job 14:14.
Mother, dear, 'tis hard to leave you,
And to say the parting word,
But 'tis joy to think you're meeting with
Your ever blessed Lord.

Shank.-Katie Shank (nee Shenk) was born in Allen Co., O.; died in Warwick Co., Va., Aug. 14, 1921; aged 65 y. 9 m. 13 d. She was a daughter of Henry and Susie Shenk. Two of her brothers, John M. and Andrew, are bishops in the church, Abram a deacon and her sister Lydia the wife of Deacon Henry Powell. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life, and at the age of 20 years she was married to Martin Shank. They reared a family of six children to maturity, one other having died in infancy. She was a faithful, conscientious, Christian woman whose life was a clear and steady light for truth and God. She was of an humble, retiring nature and always felt herself unworthy of God's favor, and at times would express herself as fearing she was unworthy of the heavenly Father's notice; but in her last days she was beautifully supported with dying grace according to the promises of God. She came gracefully down the slope of life and crossed the valley of the shadow of death without a sign of fear, committing herself to Him who died for her. She was conscious up to within a few minutes of her death, and showed great concern for the welfare of those she left behind. She is greatly missed in the home and their loss is deeply felt. No doubt her consistent life and prayers and tears will bring fruit in other lives in days that are to come.
-Geo. R. Brunk.



Gospel Herald - Volume XIV, Number 29 - October 20, 1921 - p. 575

Copenheffer.-Harry M. C., son of Sister Sue E. Copenheffer of near Medway, Ohio, was born Aug. 15, 1867; died Oct. 7, 1921; aged 54 y. 1 m. 23 d. He had been ailing all summer. He is survived by his wife and son, mother, 2 brothers, and a sister. The funeral services were held at Reformed Mennonite Church on Sunday afternoon Oct. 9 and it was largely attended.
--Sue E. Copenheffer.

Hartzler.-Solomon P. Hartzler was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 22, 1835; died at his home in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 8, 1921; aged 85 y. 10 m. 16 d. His wife, Martha (Lantz) Hartzler, died in February, 1912. Shortly before his death he made some requests with reference to his burial. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church, remaining very faithful and zealous in his devotion to his church and to his Creator to the end of his life.

Rupert.-Nancy, youngest daughter of Joseph and Susan Lesher, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio; died Sept. 22, 1921; aged 65 y. 11 m. 3 d. She was married to Eli Rupert. In 1875 she moved with her husband to Falls City, Neb. She was a member of the Christian Church. Besides her husband, she leaves an aged sister (Elizabeth Yoder) and three brothers. Her friends are numerous as her acquaintances. She was buried from Shubert, Neb.
S. W. Z.

Eash.-Sister Sarah Eash was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 11, 1848; died in Sturgis, Mich., Aug. 1, 1921; aged 73 y. 5 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage with Jacob S. Eash Dec. 31, 1871, who departed this life Feb. 28, 1907. Funeral at the Shore Church, Lagrange Co., Ind., Aug. 3, 1921, conducted by Y. C. Miller assisted by A. S. Cripe. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. We trust she has gone to the home of the blest.

Schrock.-Jesse Schrock was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 29, 1827; died Oct. 27, 1921; aged 94 y., lacking two days. When 12 years of age he accompanied his father to Holmes Co., Ohio, his mother having died. In 1850 he was married to Susannah Luke. In 1880 they moved to Lagrange Co., Ind. His wife died twenty years ago. They had ten children, six of whom are living. He also leaves 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the German Lutheran Church. Funeral at the Brethren Church preached by Jacob Fike. (Printed as written - How could he have died on Oct. 27, 1921 and this is in the Oct. 20, 1921 issue?)

Bender.-Adeline Shank Bender was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 3, 1856; died near Millersville, Pa., Sept. 5, 1921; aged 67 y. 1 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to Benj. H. Bender, Nov., 1876. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. She leaves a devoted husband, 2 sons (Michael and Charlie), and 3 daughters (Ada, Lizzie, and Annie), 13 grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 brother, with a large circle of relatives and friends. Two daughters and 5 grandchildren preceded her. By her departure the husband is suffering the loss of a dear companion, the children a devoted mother, the Church a faithful sister. Funeral services at Masonville Church, Letort, Pa., conducted by Bros. Aaron Harnish and Christian Lehman.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrow heal."

Stalter.-Mary, daughter of Joseph and Mary Stalter, was born in Livingston Co., Ill., Mar. 16, 1873; died at her late home 3 miles north of Meadows (one mile from the place of her birth) Sept. 28, 1921; aged 48 y. 6 m. 12 d. She was married to Henry Stalter on Mar. 1, 1896. She had been in failing health for over 2 years with lung and heart trouble the after effects of influenza. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband and 4 daughters (Amanda Birkey, Ella, Anna, and Ada), 2 granddaughters, her aged father, two brothers (John and Chris), three sisters (Lizzie Rediger and Barbara and Lena), one son (Edward). Mother and two brothers preceded her. She united with the A. M. Church in her youth and lived a consistent Christian life to the end. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and expressed herself ready to go whenever the Lord calls her. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. Funeral services were held Oct. 1 by Bro. D. W. Slagel at the house and at the Church by Bro. J. D. Hartzler and Bro. Samuel Gerber. Text, Heb. 4:9. Interment in the Waldo Cemetery.

Stichter.-Henry Stichter was born in Germany, July 15, 1854; died near White Cloud, Mich., Oct. 7, 1921; aged 67 y. 2 m. 22 d. He came to America in 1875 and finally located in Lagrange Co., Ind., where he was married to Lucy Kegg Dec. 4, 1887. To them were born eight children, three of whom have preceded him to the spirit world. A devoted wife and five children survive to mourn the loss of a husband and father-Mrs. Maggie Blosser, Mahlon, Harvey, Fred, and Gordon. He also has four grandchildren and there are two half-brothers yet living in Germany. Bro. Henry derived much joy from the fact that all of his family were consistent active members of the church which he loved. He repeatedly expressed himself as ready and anxious to go to his rest. Funeral services Sunday, Oct. 9, at Big Prairie Church, conducted by T. U. Nelson assisted by H. A. Miller.
"Farewell, father, till we meet thee,
In that happy home above,
There to sing God's praises with thee,
In that land of joy and love."

Mast.-Samuel C. Mast was born in Somerset Co., Pa., May 19, 1850; died at his late home in Goshen, Ind., Sept. 24, 1921; aged 71 y. 4 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage with Jemima Hooley, July 11, 1871; the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding having been last July. To this union were born 6 children, one daughter (Nova Belle) dying in infancy. He is survived by his wife, one son (Elmer), four daughters (Mrs. L. F. Lantz, Mrs. S. D. Helmuth, Mrs. A. F. Bankston, Miss Nettie Mast), twenty grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one sister (Mrs. Simon Plank), one brother (Jacob Mast), besides many other relatives and friends. He, with his family, lived near Shipshewana, Ind., until 1883 when they moved near Garden City, Mo., and four years ago returned to Indiana. He confessed Christ as his Savior in early life and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until death. He was a Sunday school teacher for many years. He became ill in June of this year and at times suffered greatly but he bore his affliction with patience and confidence in his Savior, and when he realized that the end was near he expressed his willingness to pass to the other shore. His friends, with the family, mourn the loss of a devoted husband, a loving father, and a kind neighbor and Christian citizen. Funeral services at the home Sept. 27, by J. S. Hartzler. Text, II Cor. 5:1. On Wednesday the body was taken to Cass Co., Mo. Here on Friday, Sept. 30, at the home of S. D. Helmuth funeral services were conducted by L. J. Miller and Joe C. Driver, after which the body was laid to rest in the Clearfork Cemetery, there to await the resurrection morning.



Gospel Herald - Volume XIV, Number 30 - October 27, 1921 - p. 591

Troyer,--Elizabeth (Domer) Troyer was born Apr. 2, 1839; died Oct. 1, 1921; aged 82 y. 5 m. 29 d. She lived in widowhood nearly 10 years. She leaves 5 sons. She was a member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. During her last years she was unable to attend church services because of infirmities of old age which caused her death. Funeral services at the Walnut Creek Church conducted by S. H. Miller, assisted by Ed. Shepfer. Texts, Eccl. 12:5; Josh. 3:17. Burial in nearby cemetery.

Estep.-Clarence Scott Estep was born Feb. 22, 1887; died at the home of his parents, Altoona, Pa., Oct. 6, 1921; aged 33 y. 7 m. 14 d. There remain a wife, a daughter, parents, brother, and sisters. He has been afflicted with tuberculosis, but was able to be about until 4 days before his death. He was received into the Mennonite Church last February, and has now gone to his reward. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Gospel Mission, conducted by Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, I Cor. 15:57. Interment in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Schloneger.-Matilda Snyder was born in Canada July 21, 1888; died Oct. 4, 1921, near Midland, Mich. Sept. 29, 1910, she was married to Reuben Schloneger, who with the following children survive: Alta (stepdaughter), Ray, Naomi, Ida, Esther, Jessie; also mother, father, 3 sisters, and 3 brothers. In her youth she joined the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful Christian life. She strove to bring her children up in the right way. Altho her surroundings were sometimes dark and discouraging, peace and rest at last is hers.

Baer.-Henry M., son of Samuel and Elizabeth Baer, was born in Fulton Co., O., July 1, 1839; died at the home of his son Elmer, Oct. 8, 1921; aged 82 y. 3 m. 7 d. On Aug. 22, 1861, he was united in marriage to Sarah Peters, to which union were born 9 children. His wife and an infant daughter preceded him in death. At the time of his death he was a member of the Defenseless Mennonite Church. He leaves 1 sister, 3 brothers, 2 daughters, 6 sons, 21 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral was held Oct. 13, 1921, at the Central Mennonite Church, conducted by Eli Rupp. Interment in Defenseless Mennonite cemetery.

Shank.-Sarah Ann Shank was born in Putnam Co., O., Apr. 11, 1845; died near Continental, O., Aug. 14, 1921; aged 76 y. 4 m. 3 d. She was a daughter of Solomon and Mary Myers. Her husband preceded her 11 years ago. She leaves 7 daughters, 1 son, 31 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and neighbors. Her health has been failing nearly a year. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church.
"We miss mother dear,
We miss her kind and loving face,
We see a vacant chair,
We miss one who has gone to rest
With friends who have gone before."
Funeral services at Mt. Pleasant Church, conducted by Bro. Geo. Brenneman. Text, Psa. 132:14. Burial in Varner cemetery.

Short.-Catherine Short, nee Schmucker, daughter of Joel and Lydia Schmucker, was born near Elmira, O., Nov. 5, 1846; died at her home near Archbold, O., Oct. 5, 1921; aged 74 y. 11 m. On Nov. 11, 1861*, she united in marriage with Joseph Short who preceded her in death in 1907, this union making her step-mother to 3 children. To this union were born 10 children. About 8 months ago she was taken ill with a fatal disease. Everything loving hands could do did not avail. She bore all her sufferings patiently. In early life she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful and true to the end. She leaves 13 children, 50 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral was held Oct. 8 at the Lockport Church, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Interment in Lockport cemetery.
*[Marriage year was 1869. Jesse Short's first wife died in about 1868.  His obituary also shows his marriage to Catherine as Nov. 11, 1869 - See HOT April 4, 1907]

Yoder.-Mary Bontrager was born in Cambria Co., Pa., May 13, 1839; died in McPherson Co., Kans., Oct. 10, 1921; aged 82 y. 4 m. 27 d. In 1841 she moved with her parents to LaGrange Co., Ind., where she was united in marriage to Samuel Y. Yoder, Dec. 11, 1856. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world, Nov. 28, 1914. To these parents was born one daughter, wife of D. A. Miller. In 1884 she moved with her husband to McPherson Co., Kans., where she spent the remainder of her days. She united with the Mennonite Church in her young years and remained faithful to the end. She is survived by her daughter, eleven grandchildren, forty great-grandchildren, one brother, and three sisters, besides many friends. Her last illness was catarrh of the stomach. She was ready to depart and longed for the hour when she could leave this world to gain heaven. Funeral services on Oct. 12, conducted by D. H. Bender and C. D. Yoder. Text II Tim. 4:7, 8.


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