Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1923

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XVI, Number 14 - July 5, 1923

BURKHOLDER - Lucetta High, wife of Bro. L.J. Burkholder, of Markham, Ont.; died at the Wellesley Hospital, Toronto, on June 4, 1923, in her 52nd. year. Deceased was only sick a few days, a doubtful operation for appendicitis proving fatal. Sister Burkholder was brought into the Church through the evangelistic efforts of Bro. S.F. Soffman and has been a consistent member of and ardent worker in the Mennonite Church for years. She was married to Bro. Burkholder a little over nineteen years ago. The immediate family circle includes, besides her hisband, one daughter, Luella, and one sister, Mrs. Clayton Culp, Vineland, Ont. The funeral was largely attended, the remains being laid to rest in the Wideman Cemetery on June 6. Services were conducted at the home and at the church by Brethren S.F. Coffman and L.W. Hoover. Text, "Be ye therefore ready also" (Luke 12:40).
Some day the word will come to me,
"Arise, the Master calls for thee,"
Will I be ready then to go,
Saying, "Lord Jesus, even so?"

Transcriber notices spelling of Soffman and thinks it probably should be Hoffman as it is later in the notice.

MILLER - Amanda (Bender) Miller was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Oct. 19, 1871; died June 12, 1923; aged 51y. 7m. 23d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 16 years and was a faithful member until death. In January, 1895, she was united in marriage to Amos C. Miller, with whom she lived in matrimony for over 28 years. To this union were born four children: Viola, wife of Warren Miller; Melvin, Lydia, and Merton, all of Wellman, Iowa. She lived to see her children grow to manhood and womanhood and all are members of the Mennonite Church. Besides these children she leaves to morn her departure a husband, her aged parents, two sisters, two brothers, two grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She had been ailing more or less for a period of six years and about a month ago was taken to Iowa City for an X-ray examination which proved that she had cancer of the stomach, which was the cause of her death. At times she suffered considerably, but she very patiently endured it all without murmuring or complaining, and was conscious to the last. Her life was one of devotion, both in the home and in church. She possessed a peaceable disposition and expressed a readiness to depart and her last saying was, "I see the angels."
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God' who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

HOSTETLER - Barbara Sunthimer, daughter of Adam and Katie Sunthimer, was born in Holmes Co., O., Oct. 18, 1850; died May 18, 1923; aged 72y. 7m. She was the second wife of Pre. John M. Hostetler, to whom she was married July 22, 1879, and who died July 8, 1914. She was the mother of eight children: U.E. Mast, of Goshen , Ind; Mrs. Clara Otto, of Arthur, Ill.; Mrs. George Y. Miller and Mrs. Phineas Weaver, of Topeka, Ind.; Allen J., of Shipshewana, Ind.; Fred M., of Sturgis, Mich.; Mrs. Todd Bontrager, of La Grange, Ind., with whom she made her home. Her two oldest daughters preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, six children, twenty-two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; also five step-children: Mrs. Joe Hershberger, Mrs. M.S. Yoder, Ira J., Noah J., and A.L. Hostetler, and two sisters, Mrs. Samuel Bram, of Goshen, and Mrs. Elijah Burkey, of Wooster, Ohio. On Thursday evening, May 3, she fell and broke her hip bone. This with her enfeebled body which had been ailing, more or less, for the last few years, was the cause of her death. After two weeks of intense suffering, at eventide, as the sun was sinking in the west, and birds and flowers had gone to rest, she too fell peacefully asleep. She was a member of the Townline church for many years. Funeral services were held on May 21 at the home by Jonathan Troyer in German and at the Emma Mennonite Church by Crist Miller in German and Y.C. Miller in English. The texts, of her own choosing, were John 14 and Psalm 23.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

POWELL - Henry J. Powell was born in Rockingham Co., Va., July 17, 1855; died at his hiome near Concord, Tenn., June 7, 1923; aged 67y. 10m. 20d. Just as the sun was rising at the beginning of a beautiful day, he passed into his last eternal sleep, leaving the blessed assurance that all was well and that he was going home to wait for his loved ones to join him in a happy reunion over there. He grew to manhood in Virginia, where he joined the United Brethren Church. While still a young man he went to Allen Co., Ohio, where he was united in marriage to Lydia Shenk. To this union were born eight children. Four sons, Willie, Andrew, Vernon and Cloyd, preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, two sons, L.J. of South English, Iowa, and W.A. of Concord, Tenn., and two daughters, Susie and Verdie, also of this place. An adopted son, Raymond Martin, of Concord, 5 grandchildren, 2 foster grandchildren, 1 brother, and 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends also survive. A few years after his marriage he united with the Mennonite Church, in which he took an active part as superintendent and deacon as long as his health would permit. After he was not able to attend church and Sunday school he would ask for service in the home. There were many quiet services of song and prayer in the home for him during his last illness. Sometimes when his strength would permit he would join in the songs, singing praise and rejoicing in the Lord. The greater part of his married life was spent in Tennessee, where he was advised to go for his health. Here he partly regained his health and was able to do light work for a number of years. About a year ago he began to fail rapidly and from that time on his strength failed fast. All was done that medical skill and loving hands could do. He was stricken with pernicious anaemia. Two of his friends gave of their blood for his relief, but it seemed to do no good. Often while in agony he would tell his neighbors and friends of the wonderful peace where there was no suffering and pain and advise them to get ready now as tomorrow may be too late. He talked about the end as composedly as one would speak of a business matter. A short time before his death his son, L.J. Powell, from the west, came for a visit with him and remained about two weeks. He enjoyed this and talked much about it in his lasy days. A short time before his passing away he sang in a strong voice, "I'm going home to die no more." All the family except for one was present at his bedside when the end came. He bade each one "Goodbye" with words of advice for each, then quietly went to sleep. He was laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery on Sunday, June 10. Bro. William Jennings conducted an impressive funeral service, carrying out all as the deceased had planned. He selected his own text and pallbearers. ------- A daughter-in-law.

"Home where the weary rest.
Home where the good are blest.
Home of the soul;
Glorious the race when run,
Glorious the prize when won,
Glorious the goal!"

Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy) California


Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 15 - July 12, 1923

KIEF - Irene Opal, infant daughter of Albert P. and Henrietta Kief, fell peacefully to sleep May 27, 1923; aged 4m. 15d. She suffered much during her short stay here on earth. She leaves father, mother, 4 sisters, 3 brothers, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather. Funeral services at Fairview Chapel near Creston, Mont., May 29 conducted by Bro. D.D. Kauffman. Text, Mark 10: 14-16.
"Now we are calmly waiting The Father's call,
Come home.
There we shall see our lily
And praise Him round His throne."

HELMUTH - Elmer Helmuth, was born Jan. 22, 1890, in Molter Co., Ill.; departed this life June 19, 1923, at the home of Moses F. Yoder, Wolford, N.D.; aged 33y. 4m. 28d. He was united in marriage to Amanda Graber, Nov. 5, 1914. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. One son preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. "All is over; hands are folded O'er a quiet and peaceful breast; All is over, pain is ended Now dear father is at rest."

HERSHBERGER - Jacob E. Hershberger was born near Trail, O., Oct. 22, 1835; died near Walnut Creek, O., of broncho-pneumonia June 21, 1923; aged 87y. 7m. 29d. He was married to Polly Hochstetler Jan. 25, 1857. To this union were born 4 sons, 7 daughters, 29 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many neices and nephews. He was the last of a family to pass away. He was a faithful member all his life of the Walnut Creek A.M. Church. Funeral services were held, opened by Corson Mast, reading 1 Cor. 15:26 to end, and S.H. Miller, Phil. 1:23. Further service by Enos Hartzler of Marshallville, O., Amos 4:12. Buried in cemetery near meeting house.

YODER - Lucy A., daughter of Israel and Veronica Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 18, 1865; died June 20, 1923; aged 57y. 9m. 2d. At the age of 15 she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Oak Grove Mennonite, and remained a true and loyal sister in the faith. In her afflictions, which covered a period of nearly 30 years of her life, she was very patient and endured her sufferings with Christian fortitude, looking forward with hope to the time when she should be called to her eternal home. She leaves 3 sisters (Mrs. Rachel Kurtz, Leah, and Tena), 2 brothers (Yost and Rudolph), and a large circle of near relatives and friends. Services at the home by C.Z. Yoder, and at the church by J.S. Gerig and I.W. Royer. Internment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

BURKEY - Amanda Helmuth Burkey was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 10, 1863; died June 18, 1923; aged 60y. 3m. 8d. She was united in marriage to John Burkey on Nov. 20, 1871. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters, one son preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, 4 sons (Allen, Omar, Melvin, and Gilbert), 2 daughters (Nora and Iva), also a niece (Ida Burkey) who had been adopted into the family and shared mother Burkey's love and care. At the age of seventeen she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Walnut Creek A.M. Church where she remained faithful until death. Services at Martins Creek Church, conducted by S.H. Miller, J.S. Gerig, and J.F. Mast. Text, Jas. 5:11. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

GUTH - Elisabeth Guth was born in Zweibricken, Bavaria, Germany, May 5, 1846; died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Jacob Roth at Milford, Nebraska, June 11, 1923; aged 77y. 1m. 6d. She came to America with an uncle and two of her sisters in the spring of 1868, settling near Washington, Ill. She was married to Christian Guth, Aug. 29, 1868, who preceded her to eternity Aug. 6, 1918. This union was blessed with six children, 5 sons and 1 daughter. She leaves her children, 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 sister and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth in which faith she died. The funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Jonas Litwiller and Samuel Gerber. Text, Rev. 14:13.

ROHRER - Addie Longnecker Rohrer was born in Ohio Oct.4, 1845; died in Niles, Mich., June 26, 1923; aged 78y. 8m. 22d. When but a young woman she was married to Peter Longnecker, thus not changing her name, April 25, 1869, to whom were born 7 children. Following Mr. Longnecker's death she was married to Jacob T. Rohrer who also precede her in death Feb. 5, 1921. In her early years she gave her heart to God and united with the Methodist Church remaining in said faithful until death. She is survived by 2 sons Harvey Longnecker, of Saline City, Ind., and Charles Longnecker of Niles, Mich., besides 2 sisters and 8 grandchildren. Her body was brought to the Olive Church, north of Wakarusa, Ind., where services were held, conducted by Bro. Silas Weldy from the text Mal. 3:6. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Hers was a life of continual conflict and trial and we hope she has entered that rest prepared for those who love the Lord.

BEILER - Aaron P. Beiler was born April 2, 1882, in Leacock Township, Lanc. Co., Pa., and died after several years sickness of complication of diseases, June 22, 1923; aged 41y. 2m. 20d. He leaves to mourn his demise his wife who before marriage was Miss Katie Lapp and these children: Barbara, Elam, Elsie, Ruth, and Aaron; and his parents Christian J. Beiler and Barbara Beiler and one brother George W. Beiler; also two sisters, Barbara wife of Samuel Z. Smoker, of Milwood, and Maggie Beiler at home. He was a kind and loving husband and father and faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for 20 years.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in the home,
Which never can be filled."
A friend.

YODER - Amos M. Yoder was born near Farmstown, O., April 1, 1749, (Transcriber thinks this should be 1849) and was killed by a B. & O. Train at Nappanee, Ind., June 10, 1923. He was a night watchman in a shop. It was his last night. He was aged 74y. 2m. 9d. He was married to Susanna Beachy March 2, 1871. To this union were born 3 daughters. His wife and one daughter preceded him. He was married again to Sarah Gerber, March 1887. To this union were born 1 son, 1 daughter. His second wife and son precede him in death. He was married the third time to Widow Mullet of Nappanee, Ind. He united with the Walnut Creek A.M. Church about 7 years ago. He changed his membership to Nappanee, Ind. His remains were shipped to Walnut Creek, O., where services were held in the Walnut Creek A.M. Church. Buried in cemetery near by. Services were conducted by S.H. Miller, John 7:8, and Ed. Shepfer of the Baptist Church, Rev. 21. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow, 3 daughters, 1 brother, 1 sister and a number of grandchildren.

GINGERICH - Catherine Gingerich (nee Schmucker) was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Dec. 21, 1842; died at her home in Iowa Co., Iowa, June 3, 1923; aged 80y. 5m. 12d. At the age of about twelve she with her parents moved to Marshall Co., Ind., where she lived until Dec. 31, 1868, when she was married to Jonathan Gingerich. To this union were born seven daughters (Mrs. Dan Bontrager, Mrs. Henry Kempf, Mrs. Abner Kinsinger, Katie Gingerich, and Mrs. Menno Kinsinger - all of whom reside in the home community). She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, daughters, a brother, 19 grandchildren, a great-grandchild and many sorrowing relatives and friends. Funeral services at West Union Church, June 16, conducted by J.Y. Swartzendruber, D.D. Miller, and J.L. Hershberger. Text, Mark 13:30-37. "'Tis ours to miss thee all these years, And tender memories of thee keep, Thine in the Lord to rest; for so He giveth His beloved sleep."

SHETLER - John J. Shetler was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, March 19, 1873; died at the University Hospital, Iowa City, June 30, 1923; aged 50y. 3m. 12d. He was married to Cora Erb Reber, Oct. 20, 1895. To this union were born six sons and two daughters (Charles, George, Kathryn, Richard, Arthur, Marie, and Willard), one son having died in infancy which together with their mother, two grandchildren, an aged father, five brothers and six sisters and a host of friends and relatives are left to mourn his death. On June 5 he was taken to the Hospital in Iowa City, where he underwent an operation which later proved fatal. In all his suffering he never uttered a complaint but found all his consolation in his Savior. On the 20th. he was anointed according to James 5:15, after which he seemed brighter for a time but again turned worse and passed away after having given all instructions as to his burial. He was received into the Mennonite Church in 1891 and was a faithful member until death. He was much concerned about the future welfare of the Church and for the future of his children and called them all to his bedside And admonished to prepare to meet him in eternity. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church July 2, conducted by J.C. Brenneman and S.C. Yoder, after whicvh the remains were laid away in the cemetery near by.

Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy) California


Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 16 - July 19, 1923

BRENNEMAN - Joseph P. Brenneman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 20, 1844; died at his home in Iowa City, Iowa, June 26, 1923; aged 79y. 2m. 6d.

Early in his life he came to Iowa, locating near Kalona. With his parents, Peter and Barbara Brenneman, he lived there until after his marriage, when he moved north of Wellman. In common with the early settlers he experienced many hardships incidental to pioneer life. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and remained faithful until the time of his death. On Feb. 3, 1878, he was joined in matrimony to Mary D. Yoder. With his loving companion he enjoyed the joys and sorrows of life for a period of forty-five years, 4 months and 23 days.

To this union were born 5 children (William, Anna, Menno, Daniel, and Eli). All were present at the funeral. He is survived by a sorrowing widow, the above named children, one grandchild, one brother, and many relatives and friends.

Bro. Brenneman will be greatly missed by his family. Those who were nearest and dearest to him can appreciate what an affectionate father and devoted husband he was. Not only will he be missed by his family but in the church and community as well, as his place in church was never vacant when health permitted him to go. One of the ministers of the church spoke of Bro. Brenneman possessing a meek and quiet spirit, being much concerned for his family; and also as always being at peace with members of the church, and with friends and neighbors.

He suffered with a lingering illness and the last few weeks endured much pain and would often call upon the Lord for help and also expressed a desire to die. Services at the home by Elmer Swartzendruber, followed by the funeral service at the Upper Deer Creek Church, by A.C. Swartzendruber and Godeon Yoder in German and J.K. Yoder in English. Text, Ii Tim. 4:7,8. "Dearest father, thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'tis God who hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

SHENK - Noah H. Shenk was born in Allen Co., Ohio, June 2, 1874; died June 26, 1923; aged 49y. 24d. When a youth he came to Jasper Co., Mo., with his parents. In 1906 he was married to Mary Mitchell. To them were born two sons. He was a loving husband and kind father. For twenty years he was a successful school teacher and superintendent in southwestern Kansas. He was an earnest Christian, having united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. He was also an ordained minister in that church. About two years ago he met with an accident from which he never recovered. During this long period of suffering in body and mind he was deeply religious. John 3:16 was a constant subject of conversation with him. Just before he lost entire consciousness he said to his wife and his uncle, "I am going now and I want you to publish my last message to the world: 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life.'"

Funeral services were held at his father-in-law's home. Bro. Cook, a Christian minister, spoke from Psalm 23. Burial in the Weaver Cemetery near White Hall Church. He leaves a wife, two sons, mother and father, three brothers, three sisters, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
A Sister.

BURKHART - Harry E. Burkhart of East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., died June 7, 1923; aged 53y. 11d. Brother Harry was a picture of perfect health, but one night his little grandson became very sick, so he went to a physician and while crossing the railroad he was hit by a train and had a very narrow escape with only a few bruises - until 7 weeks later he began having severe pains in his head. His memory failed, he became weaker, and in one week's time passed away. The little child was spared and grandfather taken. He was a member of the Mellinger Mennonite Church and of a cheerful disposition. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Elmira Kreider), 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services at Mellinger's Meeting House, June 10, conducted by Bro. Sanford Landis. Text, II Sam. 14:14. "Can it be that he has left us? He who always had a smile? Yes, he's gone and we'll soon meet him, 'Twill only be a little while."

McKELVEY - Mary McKelvey of near Thomas Mills, Pa., was born May 25, 1755; died April 25, 1923; (Transcriber believes this should be 1855.) aged 65y. 11m. Her husband, Joseph McKelvey, and a little child preceded her. She is survived by three sons (William, Simon, and John), 4 grandchildren, and a brother (Edward Christ). She had a fall on the ice last winter and, with other diseases setting in, she suffered much. On April 16, upon her confession of faith in Christ, she was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church of the Thomas District. Services at the Baptist church near Boswell, Pa., conducted by James Saylor. Buried in adjoining cemetery, by the side of her husband who died many years ago.

WINGERD - Hettie Ellen (Kaufman) Wingerd was born Jan. 14, 1881; died June 29, 1923; aged 42y. 5m. 15d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member till the end. She was united in marriage to Ammon Wingert April 13, 1902. To this union were born 8 children (Minnie, John, Robert, Paul, Eva, Orie, Freeda, and Willard). As a mother every effort was made to give her children the best of training. During her sickness she was always cheerful and never complained. Her life has been an inspiration to all who knew her. Her mother (Malinda Blough Kaufman), one sister (Mrs. Jessie Kaufman Hershberger), one brother (Christ Kaufman), and two half-brothers (Paul Kaufman, the other an infant), preceded her to the grave. There remain her father and step-mother (Mr. And Mrs. John J. Kaufman), one brother (John B. Kaufman), one sister (Mrs. Minnie Kaufman Gindlesperger), one half-sister (Nannie Kaufman), besides the husband, children and many friends, to mourn her early departure. Funeral services by Bro. L.A. Blough, assisted by Bro. S.G. Shetler and Bro. Garber. Buried in the Kaufman Cemetery.
L.D. Yoder.

MILLER - Annie O. Miller was born April 25, 1855; died June 21, 1923; aged 68y. 1m. 26d. She is survived by 5 sons and 4 daughters and a number of grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was a faithful member of Risser's Mennonite Church. She had the privilege of seeing all of her children unite with the Church of her choice. She will be greatly missed in the home and church, as her place was seldom vacant; but we know our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held at Risser's Mennonite Church, June 24, 1923. Services conducted by Brethren John Ebersole, Samuel Oberholtzer, and Noah W. Risser. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

HUBER - Jacob B. Huber was born in Perry Co., O., Dec. 1, 1844; died at his home near Elida, O., June 2, 1923; aged 78y. 6m. 1d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth C. Good, Dec. 29, 1865. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters. One daughter preceded him in death. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 6 sons, 4 daughters, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 49 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1866, in which faith he was loyal until the end. He was ordained to the office of deacon in Morgan Co., Mo, in the year 1872 or 73, in which capacity he served the Church as long as physical strength permitted. On Sept. 20, 1921, he had a stroke of paralysis, after which he was unable to walk, but could sit in his wheel chair most of the time during the day. The last six weeks of life, however, he was almost entirely helpless. A short time before he died he expressed himself as longing to go to rest. In his affliction he surely did "let patience have her perfect work." Buried in the Salem Cemetery, June 5, in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends. Services by J.B. Smith assisted by the home ministers. Text, Rev. 14:12,13.

GEHMAN - Paul, son of Gerson G. and Emma M. Gehman, Bradnock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., July 7, 1923, aged 7y. 5m. 7d., was instantly killed by falling from a loaded truck and getting under the wheels. It was a shock to the family and to the entire community. Two brothers and a sister survive, and two preceded him to the heavenly home where there are no sorrows or pains. Funeral services were conducted by I.B. Good and Noah B. Bowman.

EITNIER - Florence H., Daughter of Ezra H. and Mary M. Eitnier, was born Feb. 3, 1908; died June 25, 1923; aged 15y. 4m. 22d. She had been ailing about one and a half years with tuberculosis. She is survived by her parents, 3 brothers, 6 sisters, and a number of relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the United Brethren Church of Neffsville, Pa., for 2 years, always being present at church and Sunday school whenever possible. She was of a quiet and industrious disposition and may her influence continue to live among us while her body in moldering beneath the clay. Funeral services were held June 28 from the home of her parents at Neffsville and at the Mennonite meeting house at Petersburg, conducted by Bros. S.G. Kauffman and John Hess. Interment in the adjoining burial ground. "Oh, Florence, how we miss your smiles, And loving, tender voice, How we longed to keep you with us, But God has made His choice."
By her sister.

SCHLATTER - John Schlatter was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., June 24, 1851; died at his home in Wayland, Iowa., July 4, 1923; aged 72y. 10d. He accepted Christ as his personal; Savior when a young man, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a loyal and faithful member until death. On Sept. 7, 1876, he was united in marriage with Katie Miller. This union was blest with six children, three sons and three daughters. About a year ago his health was somewhat impaired but a physician was not consulted until late last year. It seemed his ailment did not yield to treatment and he gradually failed until death, due to terminal cancer, claimed him. His death is the first in his family. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, three sons (David, William, and John), three daughters (Mrs. Simon Gingerich, Mrs. Cornelius Schrock, and Mrs. W.E. Yoder), five brothers (Chriss, Jacob, Peter, and Nicholas), three sisters (Mrs. Katie Conrad, Mrs. Benj. Roth, and Mrs. Mary Frayenberger), ten grandchildren, two foster grand-children and a large concourse of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss.

The funeral was held July 7, at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, conducted by the brethren, Daniel Graber, Sebastian Gerig, and Chris Graber. Scripture lesson, Psa. 103. Texts, Isa. 38:1; Rev. 14:13. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy) California


GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XVI, Number 17 - July 26, 1923

BUCKWALTER - Ruth Irene, infant daughter of Paul Buckwalter and wife, of Columbiana, Ohio, died on the evening of May 16, 1923, aged 4 days. Funeral services were conducted at the home Friday forenoon, May 18, by A.J. Steiner. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Interment at the Midway cemetery.

MILLER - Elroy, son of Mr. And Mrs. Levi Miller, died of pneumonia at the home of his parents near Goshen, Ind., July 9, 1923; aged 1y. 4m. 5d. He is survived by father, mother, three brothers (Anan, Solomon and Willis), sisters (Ida, Fannie, and Gertie). Funeral was held at the home, July 11, by Nathaniel Miller and Sam Hostetler.

EICHELBERGER - Louella Marie, daughter of Chris and Adeline Eichelberger, was born near Pryor, Okla., March 15, 1922; died July 10, 1923; aged 1y. 3m. 25d. Buried July 11 in the A.M. burying ground near Pryor. Services at the house and church by the home ministers. She leaves father, mother 1 brother, 3 grandparents and many other relatives. She budded on earth to bloom in heaven. "Of such is the kingdom of heaven."

HEISEY - Henry Heisey was born Dec. 26, 1840; died at the home of Clayton Tyson near Milton Grove, Pa., June 28, 1923; aged 82y. 6m. 27d. He was sickly for a few years and nearly blind. He united with Risser's Mennonite congregation a few years ago. He was a faithful, consistent member, always attending services when he could. Funeral services July 1 at Risser's M.H., conducted by Samuel L. Oberholtzer and Noah Risser. Text, I Pet. 1:3-5. Interment in Stern's Burial ground.

KNEPP - Ora, son of Mr. And Mrs. Pete Knepp, died at the home of his parents near Middlebury, Ind., July 10, 1923; aged 14y. 7m. 5d. Ora was struck by lightning while putting the horses in the field with his father, and almost instantly killed although breathing a few times after his father reached his side. He is survived by a father, mother, 2 brothers (Amos and Simon), 2 sisters (Ida and Mary) Ora being the youngest in the family. Funeral was held at the home Friday, July 13, by Jonathan Troyer, Chris Miller and Sam Hostetler.

GEHMAN - Martha Mellinger Gehman (nee Gockley) was born Oct. 8, 1849, in Clay Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at her home near Ephrata, Pa., April 3, 1923; aged 73y. 5m. 25d. She was united in marriage to John E. Gehman Sept. 17, 1871. Shje leaves her husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. Susan Jacoby), one son (Elias), 2 granddaughters, and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held April 8 at Mellinger's meeting house near Lancaster, Pa., conducted by John B. Bucher and Noah L. Landis. Interment adjoining cemetery.

MARTIN - David M. Martin was born June 27, 1846, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died July 7, 1923; aged 77y. 10d. On March 4, 1868, he was married to Mary Ann Brubacher, which union was blessed with three children (Amanda, Leander, and Reuben). There are also five grandchildren. Early in life he united with the Mennonite Church and remained true to the end. During his last months he suffered much but bore it patiently, looking forward to the day that would bring eternal deliverance and joy. Funeral services, July 10, conducted by Abr. Gingrich at the house and Moses Brubacher and Moses Bowman at St. Jacob's Mennonite church. Interment at Kitchener cemetery.

PLETCHER - Silas Pletcher, son of Thomas and Susan Pletcher, Perrytown, Texas, was born in Oronogo, Mo., Dec. 25, 1904; died in a hospital in Canadian, Tex., June 11, 1923; aged 18y. 5m. 16d. On June 7 Silas and a boy friend were stretching a wire fence. He fell on one of the rods, puncturing his bowels and bladder. He bore his suffering patiently. He had accepted his Savior and was baptized last February, He was loved by all who knew him. He wanted prayer and singing so much, and siad he was glad that he had such a loving Father and God. He is survived by father, mother, 5 brothers, three sisters. Two sisters preceded him to the heavenly home. His many friends greatly mourn their loss, but have such a comfort to believe that he is at rest, safe in glory.

BASINGER - Gertrude Zeigler Basinger was born Nov. 13, 1878; died July 9, 1923; aged 44y. 7m. 26d. On Dec. 24, 1896, she was united in marriage to Seth Basinger, to which union 3 children were born; namely, Mabel, Henry and Leonard. About the year of 1895 she united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end. Sister Basinger had been in failing health for about a year. In the spring she submitted to an operation but did not receive any help from it. She suffered much pain but bore it with patience and fully reconciled herself to the changed order Providence seemed fit to bring about. She will be greatly missed in the home as well as in the Sunday school and church where she ably filled her place.

Funeral services were held July 11, at the Midway church, near Columbiana, Ohio, where a large number of relatives and friends met to pay their last tribute of respect to one whom they loved. The funeral services were in charge of brethren A.J. Steiner and E.M. Detwiler. Text, II Peter 1:14. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

ZOOK - Magdalena, daughter of Peter and Magdalena Blough, was born near Sterling, Ohio, Feb. 13, 1842: died at the same place (where she lived all her life) July 10, 1923; aged 81y. 4m. 27d. She was married Jan. 17, 1867, to David Zook. They lived together 55 years, until his death June 22, 1922. There were nine children in the family, seven of whom survive and were present at the funeral. Two daughters died in infancy. One of the most noticeable characteristics of her life was a loving and unfailing interest in her family. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her early life and united with the Mennonite Church. She was always interested in the work of the church - -n sacred song, in missionary activities, in the regular services at the sanctuary, where her place was seldom vacant when her health permitted her to attend. Throughout her life her highest interest had been in the future world. Within a few days of her death, in answer to a wish expressed by one of her daughters in the home that she might regain her health and be with loved ones, she replied, in substance: "Yes, it would be pleasant to remain with the children, but, oh! It would be far better to go home to Father, to be with Jesus, and the many loved ones gone before." Funeral services on Friday forenoon, conducted by Bro. C.Z. Yoder at the home, and at the Pleasant Hill Church by Brethren Jesse Smucker, J.S. Gerig, and I.W. Royer.

Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy) California

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