Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1922

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Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 14 - July 6, 1922, pg 285

Parsons.--Vida Mae Parsons was born in Putman Co., O., Oct. 17, 1912. In early childhood she moved with her parents to Manistee Co., Mich. After an illness of 4 weeks she left this world to be with God, on May 27, 1922. She leaves father, mother, 1 sister 3 brothers and a number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in Mc Knight School house by Claude C. Culp. Interment in Bear Lake cemetery.

Harter.--John Harter was born in Holmes Co., O., Sept. 1, 1862. At the age of 3 years he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind. where he resided until death. On Dec. 31, 1889 he was united in marriage to Anna Lechitner, who with 3 sons (Elmer, Earl and Russell), and 2 daughters (Ida and Maud) remain. He had been in failing health for some years, the immediate cause of death being cerebral hemorrhage. He died on May 7, 1922; aged 59 y. 7 m. 27 d. Funeral services held at the Olive Church, conducted by D. A. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Rhoads.--Maria Rhoads was born March 9, 1824, died June 12, 1922; aged 98 y. 3 m. 3 d. For the last 60 years she had spent most of her life in the home of John L. Herr near Lancaster, Pa., Deceased was never married, and at the time of her death, was staying at the home of Landis B. Herr, near Lancaster. She seemed to see that the end was coming and had a desire to depart this life. "Going home to die no more," was among her last words. Services by David Mosemann and Daniel Gish.

Burkholder.--Samuel, second son of the late Daniel Burkholder, died at this home near Ringwood, Ont., after a short illness, on May 30, 1922, having reached his 86th year. He was married to Elizabeth Anslev and they lived happily together over fifty years. She, with two daughters and three sons, survives. Deceased was converted and received into the Mennonite Church in his early life. He was diligent in his Christian duties and devoted to the Church and her cause. He was buried one June 1 at the Wideman Church. The services were conducted by Levi Grove and R. Eltherington.

Sutter.--Samuel Sutter was born in Seward Co., Neb., June 7, 1879; died May 15, 1922 at Yakima, Wash.; aged 42 y. 11 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage to Lizzie Murer, Oct. 23, 1900. To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons. His beloved wife and all his children, with a host of friends are mourning his loss. However their loss is his gain. "For to be with Christ is far better" Bro. Suter was digging to lay tyling when the ground caved in on him and a few minutes afterward he was found dead. He was prepared to go. Funeral was preached by E. H. Ahrendt.

Abele.--Rudolph Abele was born Sept. 19, 1887; died June 22, 1922. In 1913 he was married to Celia Link, Kenosha Wis. To them were born 2 boys and 2 girls. In 1920 they moved to Manistee Co., Mich. Nearly a year ago he was stricken with tuberculosis and on April 7, 1922 he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church after having been instructed in the ways of life. He is survived by wife, 4 children, aged mother, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, a large relationship and numerous friends. Funeral services conducted by Claude C. Culp in the home. Burial in River View cemetery.

Kennel.--Elane Josephine (Eicher), adopted daughter of Ben and Martha Kennel, was born near Kalona, Ia., Aug. 17, 1919; died at her home near Shickley, Nebr., May 31, 1922; aged 2 y. 9 m. 14 d. She leaves her foster parents, her parents (Elmer and Emma Eicher), 1 brother, 1 sister, grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church, near Shickley, Nebr., June 2, 1922, conducted by Bros. Ben Schlegel and Jacob Swartzendruber.

"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our homes,
Which never can be filled."

Schrock.--Emilie Schrock (nee Havenstein) was born in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 10, 1860; died at her home near Fisher, Ill., June 13, 1922; aged 61 y. 6 m. 3 d. She came to America in 1883. Sept. 21, 1895, she united in marriage John Schrock. To this union seven children were born (Joseph, Samuel, Mrs. Walter Unzicker, Emma, Martha and Henry). One son died in infancy. In 1902 she with her family moved to Missouri returning to Fisher, Ill., in 1910, where she resided until her death. She united with the Mennonite Church about 37 years ago and was a faithful member at her death. She leaves a sorrowing husband 6 children 3 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 foster sister and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. J. A. Heiser and J. E. Hartzler. Texts, II Cor. 5:1; Job 14:14; John 11:25.

Pletcher.--Emma Anderson, wife of Noah Pletcher was born July 11, 1875 in Chilton Co., Ala. She married Noah Pletcher of Elkhart Co., Ind. Apr. 16, 1891. In March of 1897 she moved with her husband to a farm near Wakarusa, Ind., where they lived since. To this union were born 10 children of whom 4 have passed into the spirit world. Those living are: Clayton, Mrs. Ona Ganger, Mrs. Roscoe Culp, Russell, Lulu, and Thomas. There are also two step-sons (Walter and Roscoe T.). She has 3 brothers and 3 sisters who reside in Alabama. She had been afflicted since Oct. 1921 and bore her affliction patiently. During her illness she saw her need of a savior, confessed her Christ on Saturday before Easter and several weeks later sealed her convent with God by water baptism and was received into fellowship with the Mennonite Church. She died May 28, 1922 aged 46 y. 10 m. 17 d. She leaves her husband, 8 children, 9 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 3 sisters and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Olive Church conducted by C. A. Wright and D. A. Yoder.

Zook.--David Zook was born in Wayne County, O., May 13, 1843; died at his home near Sterling, O., June 22, 1922; aged 79 y. 1 m. 9 d. He was united in marriage to Mattie Blough, Jan. 17, 1867. To this union were born 9 children. Seven grew to manhood and womanhood, viz., Lina Ressler, Elva Stoltzfus, David, Abner, Simon, Mary and Mattie. There remain to mourn his departure, mother, 4 daughters, 3 sons, 11 grandchildren, 1 brother (Gideon), and a large circle of near relatives and friends. In early life he gave heed to the voice of the heavenly Shepherd, accepted Christ as his Savior, and united with the A. M. Church, where he served and worshipped his Master faithfully. He was deeply interested in all the activities of the Church, especially in her mission interests at home and abroad, supporting the same by his prayers and means, continuing loyal in the faith he held dear. He leaves to his family the memory of a beautiful Christian life and character. His was a long, useful, and godly life, and death was his coronation hour. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Funeral services were held on Sunday June 25, conducted by Brethren J. S. Gerig and C. Z. Yoder, assisted by Brethren D. Z. Yoder and J. N. Smucker. Interment in Pleasant Hill cemetery, Wayne County, O.

"Father, thou are sweetly resting,
Gone from all thy toil and pain;
Far from earth and all its wrestling,
Thou didst now thy crown obtain."

Leaman.--Eliza Burkholder Leaman, wife of Samuel H. Leaman passed peacefully away Mar. 21, 1922, in her home in Neffsville, Pa., of general debility due to advanced age. She was born July 5, 1841; aged 81 y. 8 m. 16 d. She was the daughter of the late Bishop Joseph and Elizabeth (Rife) Burkholder and was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for more than fifty years. She is survived by her deeply bereaved husband and the following children: Joseph B., Mrs. Walter Hauck, Mrs. Charles Morton, Mrs. Francis Stuaffer, and John B. Leaman. Eighteen grandchildren and several greatgrandchildren, 1 brother (David) and one sister (Sue Burkholder) also survive. She was a kind and loving mother, her sympathetic spirit made her a minister to those who were in need or affliction, ever ready to do an act of kindness for some one. She often expressed a desire to go home to be with Jesus. We have the blessed assurance that her soul is at rest with the redeemed, a beautiful life ends not in death. Funeral services were held at Mellinger's Mennonite Church Mar. 24, conducted by J. S. Lehman and John Mosemann. Text, Matt. 12:49. Interment in cemetery adjoining.

Just a rest for weary footsteps
Just to fold the tired hands,
Just a glimpse across the river
Where the Holy City stands.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 15 - July 13, 1922, pg 303

Welty.--Lina Gerber Welty was born in Wayne Co., O., March 4, 1864; died after a short illness June 22, 1922; aged 58 y. 3 m. 8 d. On Dec. 22, 1900, she was united in marriage to Benjmin Welty. In early life she accepted her Savior and united with the Swiss Mennonite Church where she worshiped and served her Master till she was called to enjoy the realities of the spirit world. She leaves her husband, one step-son, and aged mother 2 sisters, one brother, and a host of other relatives and friends. Services were held on the 25, by the brethren, Jacob Nussbaum and C. N. Amstutz.

Boegli.--Walter John only son of Abraham and Naomi Boegli, was born in Orrville, O., July 12, 1917; died June 24, 1922. Walter ran under an auto and was so seriously hurt that he died in an hour after the accident. He leaves his parents, 1 grandfather, and many relatives and friends to mourn his early and unexpected departure. The parents may comfort themselves and look beyond this vale of tears knowing they have a family started in heaven. Funeral services were held at the Swiss Mennonite church near Dalton O., by the brethren, P. R. Lantz, C. N. Amstutz, and Jacob Nussbaum.

Sommer.--Barbara Sommer was born in Elsas, France, Sept. 1830; emigrated to America in 1848, and settled in Stark Co., Ohio. She was married to John Sommer in 1850 who preceded her in death. She peacefully fell asleep June 24, 1922, at the ripe old age of 91 y. 9 m. 23 d. She is survived by three daughters' eighteen grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild, with a large circle of near relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the A. M. Church. She was a devoted and earnest Christian mother and remained faithful until death. She was laid to rest at the Eden Church near Richville, Ohio. Services conducted by J. S. Gerig form John 12:23, assisted by the brethren J. A. Leichty and Jno. D. Miller.

Harlin.--Annie E., wife of Jacob Harlin, died at her home, near Dale Enterprise, Va., May 14, 1922; aged 61 y. 8 m. She had been a sufferer from tuberculosis for three years, but was still able to be about, and on the morning of her death did not seem worse than usual. The family was absent a short time and found her lying on the floor dead. She united with the Mennonite Church in her young years and remained true to her profession until death. On being asked as to her hopes of the future she said she was resigned to the Master's will and her special desire was to be accepted in heaven. She leaves her husband, 2 sons, and 1 daughter. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Church on May 16, by the brethren H. B.Keener and J. S. Martin. Texts, Psa. 71:8, 9; 92:12, 13. Psalm 71 was one of her favorites and was read at the opening of the funeral. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.

Brubaker.--Susan B. Brubaker (nee Bollinger), wife of Reuben H. Brubaker, was born Dec. 3, 1865; died at her home near Lititz, Pa., June 8, 1922; aged 56 y. 6 m. 5 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She bore her suffering very patiently until death, and expressed a desire to depart and be with Jesus. She leaves her husband, mother, two sons, and three daughters (Haydn B., John B., Fannie B. Erb, Elva B. Hess, Anna B. Keller), also 9 grandchildren. Funeral services June 11 at home by Bro. John Bucher and at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church by Bro. Noah Landis and Jacob Hershey. Texts, II Cor. 5:1 and Rom. 8: 18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us:
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us:
He can all our sorrows heal."

Hoover.--Rebekah (Eshleman) Hoover was born in Washington Co., Md., June 28, 1880; died at the Washington Co. Hospital, Hagerstown, Md., June 16, 1922; aged 41 y. 11 m. 18 d. She was the daughter of Daniel and Susanna Eshleman who preceded her. In 1903 she was married to Aaron Hoover. To this union were born 4 children (Anna R., Emma R., Samuel E., Mary E.). Her husband and 2 children (Emma and Samuel) preceded her in death. She is survived by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. She accepted Christ in her early days and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She is missed much in the home but God's ways are best. She was sick a little over four weeks with pleurisy and pneumonia. Short services at the house by C. R. Strite and further services at the Stauffer Church by Denton Martin and John Grove. Text, Heb. 11:16.

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 16 - July 20, 1922, pg 319

Burkhard.--Luccena Mae, daughter of Samuel and Elsie Byler Burkhard, was born Dec. 12, 1921; died June 26, 1922 at Tempe, Arizona after an illness of three days from tubercular meningitis; aged 6 m. 14 d. Interment at the Twin Butte Cemetery near Tempe. T. O. Douglas officiating.

Grieser.--Magdalena Gingerich Grieser was born in Germany June 24, 1838; died at her home near Dewey, Ill., July 5, 1922; aged 85 y. 11 d. On Oct. 30, 1864, she was united in marriage with Daniel Grieser. To this union 12 children were born (Elizabeth, Birkey, Mrs. Wm. Teuscher, Chris E., Mrs. David Ingold, George M.), and 7 of her children who preceded her in death (Lena, Pheobe, Henry, and 4 infants). She confessed her Christ, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. She leaves an aged husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 35 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Samuel Garber and J. A. Heiser. Text, Psa. 16:6.

Martin.--Ethel, eldest daughter of John C. and Etta Martin, was born Nov. 25, 1904 near Hagerstown, Md., died in a hospital in Richmond, Va., June 7, 1922; aged 17 y. 6 m. 12 d. She had lived with her parents in Michigan, in Illinois, and later in Virginia. They lived at Crewe, Va., where she took sick with pneumonia in February and was taken to Richmond Hospital, where she died. She became a Christian about a year ago. She united with the Methodists, but had all plans laid to go to Hagerstown, Md., where the Mennonite people live, when she took sick. She was of a kind and lovable disposition. She leaves father, mother, a sister, and 3 brothers. Her body was sent to Clearspring, Md., where she was buried and the funeral services were conducted by Bros. C. R. Strite and Samuel Eby. Text, Matt. 25:35.
By her cousin.

Hartzler.--In Cumberland Co., Pa., Sept. 23, 1846, Benjamin F. Hartzler was born. On Jan. 9, 1870, he and Elizabeth C. Moose were united in marriage, to which union were born seven children, four of whom survive. He was one of a family of nine children, seven of whom preceded him to the eternal world. In 1873 they moved from Pennsylvania to Wayne Co., O. and since 1878 (excepting one year) have lived at their late residence. On June 27, 1922, while on duty providing for the family, he fell from a cherry tree, from which results he never gained consciousness. He passed over to his reward on June 30, being aged 75 y. 7 m. 7 d. He leaves a widow, 4 children, one brother (John C.) three grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite congregation near Mattawana, Pa., and since living in Ohio he has been in fellowship and worshipped with the Mennonite congregations in this community. Funeral services on July 3 by C. Z. Yoder and David Hostetler at the home and by A. H. Heistand and P. R. Lantz at the Oak Grove Church.

Bowman.--Anna Laura (Cressman) Bowman, daughter of Samuel C. and Angeline Cressman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 18, 1875; died at home near Carver, Mo., July 9, 1922; aged 46 y. 7 m. 21 d. The cause of her death was attributed to cancer. She suffered much from pain, from which she prayed for deliverance. In the earlier stages of the disease she hoped for deliverance and looked to the Lord as her healer. On June 15 she requested that she might be anointed with oil accompanied by prayer for her recovery. This service was granted, Bro. J. M. Kreider officiating. While she seemed to realize blessing in this service, the Lord seemed to order otherwise than what her expectations were, and she continued to suffer at times till she fell asleep in Jesus. She was the second child of a family of twelve children. Her father, mother, brothers, and sisters are all living. She was married July 11, 1902, to Ezra C. Bowman. After a few years in Ontario, they located in Alberta, Canada. However, being impressed with the great needs of the Lord's work, she with her husband was willing to leave their home and labor wherever the Lord might see fit to use them. They spent one year at the Sanitarium farm at LaJunta, Colo. In 1910 they moved to Kansas City, where they lived seven years, serving as opportunity afforded. In 1917 they moved to Carver, Mo., where they have lived to the present date. All who knew her here understood the spirit of her presence here and what the higher motives of her service have been. In 1907, they adopted a little daughter, Alberta, into their home, who has received the loving ministry of all that kind mother can render. She is today realizing the loss of a precious friend of earth. But we feel assured she still has her as a precious friend in glory. Sister Bowman was converted in 1900, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful in service until death. She will be missed by all who knew her. May we all be ready to meet her in that company of saints who shall appear with our Lord in glory. Funeral services at the Carver Church conducted by the brethren, Amos Gingerich, J. R. Shank, and J. S. Detweiler. Text, Rev. 14:13. Buried in the Wilson Cemetery July 10th. J. R. Shank.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number 17 - July 27, 1922, pg 335

Nissley.--Emanuel D. Nissley was born Sept. 30, 1850; died July 4, 1922; age 71 y. 9 m. 4 d. He had suffered with rheumatism for over 30 years, which at last overtook him and ended his life here on earth. He with his family came from La Grange Co., Ind., to Reno Co., Kans., about 30 years ago. He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters--Mrs. John Schrock of Ala., Mrs. Amos Stutzman of Ind. and Mrs. Lydia Chupp (widowed) who was at home caring for her parents. Funeral services were conducted by Jonas D. Bontrager and Moses Troyer at the residence of Noah Plank, interment in the Amish Cemetery. C. C. Schrock.

Randall.--John Randall was born in Woolwich Township, Waterloo County, Ont., on Aug. 31, 1852. Forty-four years ago he united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a member till death. In 1879 he was married to Leah Clemmer who with 4 sons and 3 daughters remain to mourn his sudden departure. On July 10 while at work in a field on his son Jacob's farm near Breslau, Ont., he was found unconscious from a paralytic stroke, and died the following morning. His age was 69 y. 10 m. 11 d. Funeral services at his home in Bridgeport, conducted by U. K. Weber, and at the first Mennonite Church, Kitchener, by Jonas Snider and Howard Stevanus.

Martin.--Adam Martin died after a short illness of a complication at the hospital in Detroit, Mich., on July 13, 1922; aged 66 y. 7 m. 28 d. He was a native of Franklin Co., Pa., and a consistent member of the Mennonite Church prior to his removal to Michigan about twenty years ago. Since that time not being near a Mennonite congregation he with his wife, who died Mar. 24, 1922, affiliated themselves with the Methodist Church of which he was a member at the time of his death. He is survived by one son, one daughter, nine brothers, two sisters, and a very large number of relatives and friends. The body was brought to the home of his brother-in-law, Amon Eby of near Chambersburg. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Church July 16, conducted by Bros. D. E. Kuhns, Joseph E. Lehman, and W. W. Hege. Text, Jno. 3:36.
W. W. Hege.

Hostetler.--Mattie Miller Hostetler was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 22, 1843; died July 14, 1922; aged 78 y. 8 m. 22 d. She was married to Isaac Hostetler 60 years ago. Her husband died Jan. 2 1915. To this union were born 12 children. Two died in infancy, John died in youth. Lizzie wife of John L. Livingston, died May 2, 1904. Sister Hostetler is survived by the following children: Joseph, Noah, Isaac, Lydia wife of J. M. Lohr, Amanda wife of Simon Thomas, Laura wife of Sam Holsopple, Mary wife of Tobias Eash, and Mattie wife of Daniel Gilbert; also 1 sister Sallie, widow of Samuel Gindlesperger; also by 31 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church from her youth. Funeral services were conducted on July 16, at the Blough Church by L. A. Blough, James Saylor, and Simon Layman. Text, Heb. 4:9. Buried in cemetery near the church.

Royer.--Magdalena Royer (nee Yoder) was born in Green Township, Wayne Co., Ohio, July 21, 1850; died at her home near Orrville, O., July 11, 1922; aged 71 y. 11 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage to Adam Royer June 4, 1903. She leaves to mourn her departure a kind loving husband, six step-children and 17 grandchildren; also 2 brothers and 2 sisters with a large circle of near relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior in early life, and united with the A. M. Church where she was a devoted and faithful sister, always interested in the work of her dear Savior. In her affliction which covered a period of over six years, she was patient and resigned, looking forward with confidence and hope, to the time when she should be called to her final reward. Services were conducted by the brethren, J. S. Gerig, C. Z. Yoder, and Aaron Hiestand, from Jno. 11:25, 26.

Quickened together with Jesus,
By the touch of God's mighty breath,
Risen together with Jesus,
Where is thy sting, O Death?

Neuhauser.--Valentine Neuhauser was born in Lorraine, France, April 2, 1841; died at his home near Gridley, Ill., July 1, 1922; aged 81 y. 2 m. 29 d. In 1853 he came with his parents to the vicinity of Peoria, Ill., where they remained about 10 years when they moved to Livingston Co., Ill. He was married to Anna S. Ropp of Hudson, Ill., in 1867, where they resided until 1872 when they came to the farm near Flanagan, Ill., where he spent the remainder of his life. To this union 4 children were born (Rosina, Emilia, Emil and Louisa) all of whom with the mother preceded him, she having passed away Aug. 15, 1903. He was married Eliza Zehr, Hopedale, Ill. June 11, 1907, who died Feb. 17, 1920. In his youth he united with the A. M. Church of which he was a faithful member until called to his reward. He leaves one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, two step-sons and a number of step-grandchildren. Funeral services, July 3, at the house and Waldo Church by the home ministers and Bro. D. D. Miller. Text, Acts 7:66, latter clause. Interment in the Waldo Cemetery.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois

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