Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1924

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The Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 35 - December 4, 1924 - page 703

Ebersole. - Henry Ebersole was born in Franklin County, Pa., in the year 1846; died at the Old People's Home near Maugansville, Md., on Nov. 16, 1924. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and remained faithful to the end. He greatly enjoyed the fellowship of God's people and delighted in the service of song and reading of God's Word. He came to the Home soon after it was opened in January, 1924, and he expressed himself to the writer that he could not be too grateful to his heavenly Father for providing such a good place for him to live. A short service was held at the Home on Nov. 19, after which services were held at the Chambersburg, Pa., Church where interment was made. Services were conducted by Bros. Geo. S. Keener and W. W. Hege. Text, Rev. 21:4. Peace to his ashes.
--- Geo. S. Keener.

Blyston. - Raymond Reed Blyston was born near Scottdale, Pa, Dec. 25, 1900; died at his home in Scottdale, Nov. 13, 1924; aged 23 y. 10 m. 18 d. The deceased suffered for about six months from cancer in the throat, which was sometimes attended with great pain. His end came gradually but certainly and he endured his affliction patiently and cheerfully finding full consolation in Jesus. About four months previous to his death he confessed Christ as His Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. He retained a steadfast faith until the end and gave a bright testimony for his Savior and Lord. He is survived by his wife, (formerly Katherine Hudson) and two children, Eleanor and Raymond Eugene. The latter was three weeks old at his father's death. His parents, six brothers, and six sisters also survive. The sympathy of the church and the community goes out to the bereaved family. Funeral was held Sunday, Nov. 16, at the home, at the Scottdale Mennonite Church and at the Methodist Church at Tarr, where interment was made, Aaron Loucks and Geo. Rowe officiating.

Risser. - Barbara Risser, 86 years old, died at her home at Lititz, Pa., after an illness of two weeks of pneumonia. She was a daughter of Jacob and Magdalena Breneman and was born in Manor township. She was the wife of Henry Risser, who died sixteen years ago. They resided at Hammer Creek, one mile below Brunnerville, until they moved to Lititz, seventeen years ago, her husband dying one year later. Mrs. Risser was an active worker nd member of the Mennonite Church for more than sixty years. She is survived by the following sons and daughters: C. B. Risser, Lititz; Mrs. Jonas Hernley, Scottdale; Mrs. John Bucher, Ephrata; Mrs. N, B. Leaman, Lititz; Elam Risser, Lititz, and Elizabeth, at home. She is also survived by 39 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Oct. 29, at 1:30 o'clock in the Lititz Mennonite Church with interment in the Hammer Creek Mennonite cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Jacob Hershey and Noah Landis. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Dear mother how we miss thee
Thy toils and cares are o'er
We hope again to meet thee
On yonder Heavenly shore.
A Daughter.

Transcriber's note: "worker nd member, is as in the original.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana



Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 36 - December 11, 1924 - pages 735, 736 (with transcriber's notes)

Mishler. - Raymond Paul, son of Bro. Clyde and Sister Stella Mishler, was born Oct. 28, 1924, and lived only four days. A former child of theirs lived only fifteen days. The parents feel very keenly the loss of both their children. Funeral services were conducted at the home of S. G. Shetler, after which the little form was laid to rest in the Stahl Mennonite Cemetery near Johnstown, Pa. Neighbors and friends sympathize with the parents in their bereavement.

Shaffer. - Daniel Shaffer was born in York Co., Ont., Jan. 1 1844; died at the home of his daughter in Markham Tp., on Oct. 30, 1924 in his eighty-first year. He united with the Mennonite Church 53 years ago, remaining faithful until death. He is survived by his aged companion, one son, two daughters, one grandson and three great-grandchildren. The remains were laid to rest in the Heise Hill Cemetery, Gormly, Ont., service being held in the Tunker Church adjoining, by Leonard W. Hoover assisted by"Burgess and D. W. Heise. Text, Jno. 3:14,15"selected by the departed and used at his request.

Burkholder. - Esther, daughter of Samuel L. Barkey, was born near Atha, Ontario Co., Ont., May 10, 1845; died at her home near Markham, Ont., Nov. 17, 1924; aged 79 y. 6 m. 7 d. She was married to Bro. Solomon Burkholder in September 1864 uniting with the Mennonite Church the following year. She was ever mindful of the poor and needy. There were no children. She is survived by her aged companion, an aged sister, and an adopted daughter, a niece. Buried in the Wideman Mennonite Cemetery, services being conducted by Bro.Leonard W. Hoover assisted by Bro. A. Lewis Fretz. Text, John 14:1-3.

Snyder. - Jacob N. Snyder was born Oct. 25, 1849; died Nov. 20, 1924; aged 75 y. 26 d. He was married to Harriet Weidman Oct. 1, 1869. He died at the Lancaster General Hospital after an operation. He leaves a wife, two sons (Phares and Jacob) three grandchildren, and one sister. He was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite church. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Private funeral services were held from his late home Sunday Nov. 23, conducted by Frank Kreider and in the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Isaac Brubaker, and John H. Gochnauer. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Martin. - John J. Martin was born Aug. 21, 1847; died at his home in Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 23, 1924; aged 77 y. 3 m. 2 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. On Nov. 17 he was stricken with a stroke of paralysis which left him almost helpless. All was done that loving hands could do for him, but God called him home after almost a week's suffering. His wife died fifteen years ago. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, and eleven grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at the Landis Valley Church.

"Your life work is ended, dear father,
You're with loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet you
On that bright, celestial shore. -

Reaman. - Isaac Reaman was born near Ringwood, Ont., Aug. 24, 1856; died at his home at Stouffville, Ont., June 8, 1924. Bro. Reaman took a stroke while attending evangelistic services in the M. B. C. church, Stouffville, and never regained consciousness. Married forty-three years ago. Married forty-three years ago, he is survived by his widow, one son, one daughter and eight grandchildren. The high esteem in which he was held by the community in general was shown by the unusually large gathering both at the home and at the church. Buried in the Wideman Mennonite Cemetery, services being conducted at the home of Bro. W. M. McGuire (M. B. C.) and at the church adjoining the cemetery by Bro. Isaac Miller assisted by Bro. L. W. Hoover.

Schmidtt. - Catherine Shantz, beloved wife of Jacob B. Schmitt, was born Sep. 28, 1847. She was married Oct. 30, 1886. This union was blessed with 3 children (2 predeceased). She died, after a short illness, at her home near Baden, Ont., Oct. 16, 1924; aged 77 y. 18 d. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, 1 daughter, 3 step-daughters, 3 step-sons, 6 grandchildren, 29 step-grandchildren, 7 step-great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 19 by Orphen Wismer (Jno. 14), Mannassah Hallman, and Jonas Snider. Text, Heb. 11:16. Interment in the Shantz Cemetery.

"Tis lonesome here without you,
And sad the weary way;
For life is not the same to us,
Since you were called away. -

Coffman. - Mattie, daughter of Jacob and Kathryn Durr Johnson, wife of George W. Coffman, was born in Fayette Co., Pa., Feb. 24, 1851; died at her home at Messmore Nov. 29, 1924; aged 73 y. 9 m. 5 d. Surviving her are her husband and two children (Charles and Mrs. Clara Franks). In early life she united with the Mennonite Church near Masontown and continued a faithful member of the same until she was called to her heavenly home. She has been a sufferer for a number of years, and was patiently waiting her departure. Funeral services were conducted at the home and Church Hill church (where she was buried), Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, by Aaron Loucks. Text, Jno. 14:2,3, which was her own selection for the funeral.

Gassman. - Sister Emma (Wright) Gassman was born Mar. 18, 1870; died Nov. 23, 1924; aged 54 y. 8 m. 5 d. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite church, of which she remained faithful until death. She suffered greatly the last three weeks of her stay on earth, death being due to complications. She was an earnest Christian, a kind and loving mother. She will be greatly missed. Surviving are her husband, three daughters (Mrs. Claude Swartz, Reta, and Ethel), three grandchildren, one brother, one half-brother and one half-sister. Funeral services at Weavers Mennonite Church near Harrisonburg, Va., by Bros. J. S. Martin, S. H. Rhodes, and B. F. Landis. Text. Psa. 17:5, chosen by deceased.

"He takes them home where pain and woe
Will ne'er disturb them more;
Oh let us all prepare to go,
And with them Christ adore. -

Rychener. - Mary Rychener (nee Schmucker) was born near Elmira, O., Jan. 22, 1853; died Nov. 22, 1924, near Archbold, O., aged 71 y. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Gideon Rychener, Aug. 26, 1875, who preceded her in death nearly 10 years. To this union were born 2 sons (Samuel and Elmer), and 2 daughters (Ida and Amada). She leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death.

"Weep not that Mother's toils are over
Weep not that Mother's race is run;
God grant that we may rest as calmly
When our work, like her's, is done. -

Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, O., Nov. 26, conducted by Eli Rupp in German and E. L. Frey in English. Text, Jno. 11:25,26. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

Biehn. - Mary U. Bowman, beloved wife of Aaron S. Biehn, near Guernsey, Sask., passed away on Sept. 25, 1924; aged 61 y. 1 m. She was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Aug. 26, 1863. On Oct. 24, 1882, she was married to Bro. Biehn. This union was blessed with 5 sons and 1 daughter. In the year 1905 they moved to Saskatchewan, where they resided till her demise. Five weeks before she died she was found to have a cancer of the stomach, and with much suffering yet with Christian fortitude she calmly awaited her end. Her sick chamber was a scene of inspiration to those privileged to visit with her, as she was rejoicing in the prospect of her coming glory. Valuable parting admonitions were given to her children. The services at the house were conducted by I. S. Rosenberger, and at the Sharon Mennonite Church by Henry Bartel in German and E. S. Hallman in English. Text, I Cor. 15:51,52. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Blosser. - Isaac, son of Andrew and Salome Blosser, was born in Hocking Co., Ohio, June 26, 1840; died Aug. 9, 1924, after an illness of two weeks, death being due to chronic hearttrouble. He was married to Margaret Culp, Nov. 3, 1861. Besides his sorrowing companion he leaves two brothers, Andrew and Noah, and one sister, Mrs. Malinda Mumaw (widow of the late Dr. Henry Mumaw), and also one adopted daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Welty, besides a large number of more distant relatives. Two brothers and six sisters preceded him in crossing the valley. In 1895, under the preaching of William Bowser, he united with the Church of the Brethren, and was a consistent member up to the time of his death. He lived all his life within a mile of his birthplace. The funeral was held at the Old Marion church, and was one of the largest ever held there. Services by E. B. Bagwell. A large circle of friends will miss him for his kindly disposition and neighborly spirit, but he left ample evidence that he was ready to depart and be with Christ.

Knerr. - Fannie Knerr (nee Weaver) was born near Berlin, Ohio, Aug. 30, 1849; died Dec. 1, 1924; aged 75 y. 3 m. 1 d. 37 years ago she with her husband and two children moved to Middlefield, Ohio, where they resided for 26 years. On Dec. 15, 1911, her husband died and about two years after he was called away she and her three children (Ardo, Lizzie and Monroe) moved to Aurora where she peacefully fell asleep. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youthful days and remained a faithful member. On Sept. 11, 1924 death again entered the home and with a mother's loving heart she must say good bye to her daughter Arda. She leaves to mourn their loss Lizzie and Monroe (daughter and son) besides a large circle of friends and neighbors. As long as possible she attended church services regularly. She will be missed in the community, in the church, but most of all in the home. She was of a very kind, affectionate and patient disposition, expressing a readiness to leave when the Lord should call. Peace to her ashes. Funeral services were conducted by the home ministers from Rev. 21:4. Burial in the Plainview Mennonite Cemetery.

Short. - Edwin D., son of Sam P. and Mary Short, was born near Archbold, O., Aug. 23, 1900; died Nov. 22, 1924; aged 24 y. 3 m. On Nov. 10, 1920, he was united in marriage to Wilma Short. To this union were born two daughters (Berneda Pauline, and Mabel Ann). He leaves his sorrowing wife, two daughters, parents, one brother (Irwin), one sister (Sarah), one grandmother, and a host of relatives and friends. In 1921 Bro. Edwin united with the Amish Mennonite Church near Archbold, O., of which he was a member until death. In 1921 Bro. Edwin united with the Amish Mennonite Church near Archbold, O., of which he was a member until death. His sickness was of short duration, but the last six weeks he was seriously sick and suffered much during this time. All through the afflictions he bore it very patiently, ever looking to Jesus for help and strength to endure and to overcome.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast,
All his sufferings here are ended
And our dear son is at rest.
- Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church Nov. 25 conducted by Henry Rychener and S. D. Grieser. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in Lockport Cemetery.

Bowman. - Samuel S. Bowman was born near Kitchener, Ont., July 15, 1834; died Nov. 24, 1924; aged 90 y. 4 m. 9 d. On Dec. 1, 1861, he was married to Elizabeth Ploch, who died Jan. 30, 1886. Of this marriage there were four children, two of whom survive. They are Mrs. John Moss (with whom he had his home) and Tillman E. His elder son (Simon) predeceased him on Mar. 12 of this year. There are also thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. On Mar. 24, 1887, he was married to Anna Cressman who predeceased him on Aug. 28, 1908. In his young days he taught school, and also followed the trade of carpentering for some time, but the greater part of his life was spent on the farm where he was born and died. Bro. Bowman was converted and united with the Mennonite church at the age of twenty-one. On Feb. 2, 1878, he was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in which capacity he was very faithful in performing his duty, rarely ever missing a church service until a little more than a year ago, when bodily weakness prevented him. He was blessed with an exceptionally good memory which he kept to a remarkable degree in his old age. In his passing the church is losing one of its oldest pillars. Among other things he pre-arranged for the speakers and texts to be used at the funeral. He was laid to rest on Nov. 29. Services at the house were conducted by Bro. Ben. Shantz and at the Mennonite church at Kitchener by the brethren, M. Hallman (Text, II Cor. 5:1,2) and Jonas Snider (Text, II Tim. 4:7,8). Such a large number of people gathered to pay their last respects to the departed brother that it was necessary to conduct a service in the basement of the church where the brethren, M. H. Shantz and H. W. Stevanus, were the speakers.

Transcriber's notes

These are not typos:
1)Schmidtt. - Catherine Shantz, beloved wife of Jacob B. Schmitt (no 'd' second time)
2)In Mrs. Rychener's poem: When our work, like her's, is done. -
3) Mr. Blosser died of chronic hearttrouble
4) Mrs. Knerr's daughter is Ardo in one place and Arda a little farther down.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 37 - December 18, 1924 - pages 750, 751

Rock. - Frederick Junior Rock was born July 29, 1924; died Nov. 18, 1924; aged 3 m. 20 d. He is survived by his parents, Frederick and Mary Rock. Funeral services were conducted at the church at Pond Bank, Pa., by Bro. J. W. Hess, Akron, Pa., and Bro. Harvey Shank, of Pond Bank.

Risser. - Martin J. Risser was born Feb. 15, 1918; died Nov. 19, 1924; aged 6 y. 9 m. 4 d. He was the eldest son of Jacob H. Risser and Anna (Horst) Risser of near Hagerstown, Md. Death was due to measles and pneumonia after an illness of two weeks. He is survived by his bereaved parents, five sisters and one brother. Funeral services conducted by C. R. Strite and D. R. Lesher. Interment in the Reiff's Church Cemetery.
"God gives us ministers of love,
Which we regard not, being near;
Death takes them from us; then we feel
That angels have been with us here. -

Lake. - James Paul Lake was born on April 28, 1889, at Ewing, Nebr., where he lived as a boy, later going to Boise, Ida., where he grew to manhood. On Oct. 26, 1910, he was married to Sylvia E. Kelly, who with one son remains to mourn the deceased. He confessed himself a sinner and expressed a desire to live the rest of his days serving Jesus who was so gracious as to give him a chance to repent. He desired to be baptized and received this rite just about 30 hours before death came to relieve him from the pain he was suffering caused by internal cancer. The family had come to Brooten's Kelp Ore Baths near Cloverdale, Oreg., hoping for a cure, but instead death came. Services were held in the club room. Text, Heb. 4:9. The remains were laid in the cemetery nearby.

Martin. - John Franklin, son of Bro. Henry and Sister Edith Martin, was born March 31, 1919; died Sept. 19, 1924 aged 5 y. 5 m. 18 d. The cause of his death was appendicitis and complications which set in following an operation. He was a cheerful, bright, little fellow and well liked by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, 1 brother, 2 grandmothers, one grandfather and hosts of relatives and friends. One brother and one sister have preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home and the Martin's Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Benj. Good and David Wenger. Burial in nearby cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quite, peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear Johnny is at rest.
- By an Aunt.

Bare. - Benjamin W. Bare was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Aug. 25, 1838; died of cancer of the bladder at Hesston, Kans., Nov. 30, 1924; aged 86 y. 3 m. 5 d. On Feb. 6, 1868, he was married to Magdalena Good. To this union were born 9 children, one dying in infancy. His companion passed to her reward April 30, 1919. He is survived by two sons, six daughters, one sister, 36 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He came to Kansas in 1872 and took up a claim near the town of Marion. He was one of the first eleven pioneer Mennonites in the State of Kansas. He united with the church in his youth and was faithful to the end. One of his last expressed desires was that the Church might remain true to her doctrines and perpetuate loyalty to the commands of God and His Word. Funeral at Hesston, on Dec. 1, 1924, by T. M. Erb and D. H. Bender. Text, "I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord. - Interment in the Pennsylvania Cemetery.

Heidelbach. - Barbara M. Heidelbach was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 25, 1840; died Oct. 29, 1924; aged 84 y. 3 m. 4 d. Jacob H. Heidelbach was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 25, 1838; died Nov. 13, 1924; aged 86 y. 8 m. 18 d. Grandfather and grandmother were united in marriage Dec. 12, 1861; sharing the joys and sorrows of life almost 63 years. To this union were born 7 children, 5 dying in infancy. Their only daughter died Dec. 23, 1923, aged 54 years, leaving one son (living in Nebraska), also 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. They were members of the Mennonite Church. They were in good health until a few days before grandmother died, when they both began to fail, she dying suddenly while sitting in her chair. Grandfather took his bed the day she died, lingering two weeks longer. They are greatly missed in the home and by all who knew them, for to know them was to love them. Funerals were held at the Byerland Mennonite Church by Brethren Jacob Thomas and Aaron Harnish.
A Grandchild.

Baumgartner. - Peter Baumgartner was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec.11, 1836; fell asleep in Jesus at his home near Orrville, O., Nov. 16, 1924; at the ripe old age of 87 y. 11 m. 5 d. On Oct. 8, 1863, he was united in marriage to Barbara Lehman with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of life for more than 61 years. To them were born 11 children, 3 having preceded their father from time to eternity. An aged widow and the following children survive: Solomon and William, Pandora, O.; Delilah Bixel, Bluffton, O.; Peter, Wooster, O.; Katie Shoup, Beach City, O.; Clara Steiner, Martha Falb, and Rosa, Orrville, O. Also 33 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was baptized and received as a member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church when a young man, thus giving him nearly 70 years of sweet fellowship with his loving Savior and in those years he never missed a communion service. He possessed those rare traits of character which endeared him not only to those of his age, but to all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Martin's Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. C. N. Amstutz in the German language and Bro. I. J. Buchwalter in English. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Odean. - Ida Marie, daughter of Andrew Odean, was born near Parkers Prairie, Minn., Jul 15, 1887; died at the home of Silas Stamm, near Foosland, Ill., Sept. 27, 1924; aged 37 y. 2 m. 12 d. She leaves 2 sisters and 1 brother. After the death of her parents she made her home with her sister, until a few months ago she came to the home of Silas Stamm, where she remained until death. Sister Ida was brought up in the Lutheran church, but a short time before her death she desired to be baptized and received into the Mennonite church, which was granted her. Before her death, she suffered intense pain, but bore it all patiently. She was a great lover of song. Her favorite song was "Whisper your troubles, softly to Jesus. - She knew death was near but she was reconciled to God and ready to go. She often warned those about her to lead a Christian life and prepare for the great beyond. She was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted at the East Bend Mennonite Church near Foosland, Ill., by Bro. J. A. Heiser.
"Dearest loved one, we have laid thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace;
But thy memory shall be cherished
Till we see thy heavenly face.
- By a Friend.

Lapp. - Kate (Ebersole) Lapp was born near Sterling, Ill., Oct. 19, 1873; passed to her reward at her residence near South English, Iowa, Oct. 4, 1924; aged 50 y. 11 m. 15 d. The immediate cause of her death was septic poison from which she suffered for about 7 weeks, but through it all she was resigned to Father's will. She was united in marriage to Samuel G. Lapp (who met his death in a railroad wreck about 8 years ago) Jan. 25, 1899. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters; Myron, Ruth, Amos, Ada, Helen, Cora and Harry. They all survive her. About 23 years ago Bro. and Sister Lapp moved to this community, from Adams Co., Nebr., to take charge of the Mennonite Church of South Englishóthen numbering about 10 members, now about 50. In her early teens she united with the Mennonite Church of which she continued a faithful member till she was called away. With faith in Christ and confidence in God, her life was resigned to His will, and with this resignation she passed to her reward. Bro. Simon Gingerich of Wayland, opened the services, and Bro. Aaron Good of Sterling, Ill., preached the sermon. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. The remains were laid to rest beside her husband in the Brethren Cemetery near South English. Peace to her ashes.

Miller. - Susan Miller Mishler, youngest daughter of John and Elizabeth Hershberger, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 18, 1844; died Nov. 7, 1924; aged 82 y. 10 m. 20 d. She was married to Abraham D. Miller Aug. 11, 1864. They lived together 46 y. 6 m. She was again married to Jacob Mishler on April 18, 1915. They were living together nearly 8 years when Uncle Jake died Jan. 19, 1922. About 4 months before his death they moved to the home of her niece, Mr. and Mrs. Uriah M. Miller, at which place she peacefully fell asleep. She had been a sufferer of tumor and cancer for the past year and was bedfast 19 weeks; during which time she endured intense pain but was always a patient and loving and often expressed a desire to pass to her eternal home. Aunt Susie will be greatly missed in our home as she took the place of grandmother, but now her suffering is over and she is sweetly resting with her loved ones gone before. She united with the Amish Church in her youth and later united with the conservative Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death, always living in the hope of her Redeemer. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 9 by Sam Eash, J. J. Troyer, and O. S. Hostetler at the Emma Church near Topeka, Ind.

Yordy,-- Martha Yordy (nee Horsch), daughter of Henry and Catherine Horsch, was born in Pocahontas Co., Ia., Nov. 3, 1898, at which place she resided until the age of 7 years, when her parents moved to Cass Co., Mo. At the age of 14 years she saw the need of a Savior and became a member of the Mennonite Church. At the age of 17 years she with her parents removed to Fisher, Ill., where she took an active part in the work of the church as a Sunday school teacher. She was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Raymond Yordy of Flanagan, Ill., Nov. 19, 1919. To this union were born 2 sons (Merle and Jean). She died at the Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 27, 1924; aged 26 y. 24 d. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 2 sons, father, mother, 5 sisters, and 3 brothers (one brother having preceded her in death), an aged grandmother in Germany and many relatives and friends. Through her death the Church loses a faithful member. She was loved by all. Services were held at the home and church by the home ministers. Texts, I Thess. 4:13-18; II Cor. 5:1-4; I Sam. 20:3, latter clause. Burial in the Waldo Cemetery.

Holmes. - Levi Holmes was born June 2, 1859, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., where he always lived except five years ago when he moved to Wakarusa where he passed to his eternal home, which occurred Nov. 22, at the age of 65 y. 5 m. 20 d. He had been in ill health with complications, which finally affected his heart, causing death. He was the 2nd last of his family. One brother living in Kansas died 8 weeks ago. On Sept. 5, 1880, he was united to Sophia Jones Fischer. To this union were born 5 children. Two sons died in infancy. In the year 1884 he with his wife were converted, being baptized by Bishop Henry Shaum and united with the Mennonite church, with which body of believers he served God faithfully for 40 years. For a number of years Bro. Holmes was one of the foremost laborers in the Holdeman congregation, his death causing much sadness to us all. Surviving him are his beloved wife, a son (Amos) two daughters (Mrs. Jonas Martin and Mrs. Mahlon Stichter) eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild. One brother (David), one aunt (Mrs. Fianna Snyder). Funeral services were held at the Holdeman church where a large body of friends gathered to pay a tribute of respect to one they loved. Services were conducted by the brethren, David Yoder, and Silas Weldy. Text, Jno. 17:4. May God comfort the saddened hearts so caused by this demise.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 38 - December 25, 1924 - pages 767

Blough. - Harry Homer Blough was instantly killed in the Jerome Coal Mines at Jerome, Pa., on Dec. 2, 1924; aged 32 y. 10 m. 19 d. He is survived by a widow and three children; also father and mother and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at Blough Mennonite Church on Dec. 5, by Charles Blough and L. A. Blough. Text, Amos 4:12. This sudden death is a loud call to be ready at all times to meet our God.

Meyer. - Jane Maxine, daughter of Bro. Ben and Sister Maud Meyer, was born Nov. 5, 1924, near Wayland, Ia., died Dec. 9, 1924; aged 1 m. 6 d. She leaves father, mother, three brothers, (Harold, Donald, and Norman Dean), four grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. One sister, Katheryn, preceded her in death. Her stay in the home was very brief. We bow in humble submission to His holy will as she now is safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held Dec. 11, at the Sugar Creek Church, conducted by the home ministers, Bros. Simon Gingerich and Daniel Graber. Text, Matt. 19:14. Interment in the North Hill Cemetery near Wayland, Iowa.

Lehman. - Annie, daughter of Bro. Daniel J. and Sister Katie Lehman, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 10, 1913; died Dec. 5, 1924; aged 11 y. 2 m. 25 d. She had been a sufferer from dropsy following jaundice, being sick for several months, but bore it all in patience. She was loved by all who knew her. She leaves her loving parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, an aged grandmother, and a host of other relatives to mourn her early departure. One sister of nearly the same age preceded her some years ago. Funeral was held at the Swiss Mennonite Church December 7, where a large concourse of people had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. Services were held by Jacob Moser and C. N. Amstutz.

Nussbaum. - Sister Mariann Holliger Nussbaum was born in Switzerland Oct. 25, 1844; died Dec. 12, 1924, at the home of her son David near Apple Creek, O.; aged 80 y. 1 m. 17 d. In 1860 she was baptized and received into church fellowship by Peter Sommer, and immigrated to America in 1868. She was married to Christian Nussbaum June 5, 1875, with whom she lived 37 years. To this union were born 2 sons (David and Christian). She leaves her 2 sons and 14 grandchildren. She was a member of the Swiss Mennonite Church and was faithful until the end. She had a desire to leave this world but faithfully bore her afflictions until the Lord relieved her. Services were held Dec. 14, by C. N. Amstutz in German from Lam. 3:24, and Enos Hartzler in English. Text, Num 23:10.

Brenneman, Harvey Earl Brenneman was born near Tofield, Alta., Sept. 7, 1920; died in the Isolation Hospital, Edmonton, Ata., on Dec. 4, 1924; aged 4 y. 2 m. 27 d. He leaves parents (Harvey Ervin and Uarda Brenneman), a little brother (Roderick), grandparents (Jacob and Barbara Brenneman and F. E. and Elvira Hills), great grandparents (Daniel and Marie Brenneman), nine uncles, five aunts, and a host of relatives and friends. While young in years he delighted in doing his bit as a mission boy. He had two quarters to work with, but being sick he was not able to bring his earnings himself. Funeral services were conducted by N. E. Roth and M. D. Stutzman. Text, II Tim. 1:10.

"Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps:
And the sunbeams love to linger
Where our little darling sleeps"

Martin. - Sister Rebecca H., daughter of Michael and Mary Martin, Maugansville, Md., was born April 8, 1862; died near Hagerstown Md., Dec. 2, 1924. Death was caused by cancer, from which she suffered many years, but she was confined to her bed only five days. She often expressed a desire to go home and when she realized that the end was near she said, "O how nice. - She had gone to visit her sister-in-law, Mrs. Amos Martin, when she took sick, and died two weeks later. She is survived by five sisters (Mrs. Mary Draper, Mrs. John Rhodes, Mrs. Emanuel Brunk, Mrs. Anna Weber, and Mrs. Lizzie Eshleman having made her home with the latter) and two brothers (Samuel and John). Funeral services Dec. 4, conducted at the home and at Reiff's Mennonite Church, where she had been a member from her youth. Services by Brethren C. R. Strite, G. S. Keener and D. S. Lesher. Interment in cemetery near by. - By a niece.

Nofziger. - Caroline Nofziger (nee Burkholder) was born near Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 25, 1872; died at her home near Wauseon, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1924; aged 52 y. 10 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob R. Nofziger on Feb. 10, 1898. To this union were born 6 sons (Clarence, Willis, Jesse, Elmer, Lloyd, and Roy), and 1 daughter (Alma). The mother was the first one of this family to be taken away by death. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 7 children, 2 grandchildren, 1 stepmother, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends. The immediate cause of death was bronchial pneumonia, of which she suffered but for a short time. She bore her suffering patiently, and soon realized that she would be called away. She told the children that she would just go before, and admonished them to meet her in heaven. She was a loving companion, a kind mother, and was loved and respected by all who knew her. In her young years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Henry Rychener and E. L. Frey. Texts, II Tim. 4:7,8; II Cor. 1:3,4. The remains were laid to rest in Pettisville Cemetery.

Salzmann. - Andrew Salzmann - age 73 y. 1 m. - died Nov. 6 at his home near St. Agatha, Ont., after an illness of about an hour, passing away with these words on his lips: Father, I commend my spirit into thy hands. - He was a son of Pre. Christian and Annie Salzmann and was born in France. At t18 years of age he had to leave his parents and friend on account of war rules in that country, then sailed for New York. A few years later he came to Canada. Here he was united in marriage to Mary Swartzentruber and lived in holy matrimony 47 years. This union was blessed with 8 children. Two died in infancy. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church and took great pleasure in going to church. He leaves a deeply bereaved wife, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 3 sisters, and many friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at the Amish Mennonite church near St. Agatha. Services at the house by Bro. Christ Gascho and at the church by Bro. Oscar Burkholder and Bro. Dan Jutzi. Text, Luke 2:29,30.

"Dear father, how we miss thee,
Thy toils and cares are o'er;
We hope again to meet thee
On yonder heavenly shore. -
A Daughter.

Transcriber's Note:

1.In the Gospel Herald original there are two typos in this line of Mr. Salzmann's obituary.
[[hands. - He was a son of Pre. Christian and Annie Salzmann and was born in France. At t18 years of age]]
--- There is no open quote to match the close quote after 'hands'. ----"At t18" is typed as written.

Yoder. - Christian B., son of Daniel C. and Mattie (Byler) Yoder, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Aug.10, 1865, where he spent his life. He died Nov. 17, 1924, aged 59 y. 3 m. 7 d. On that morning he left his home in his usual health to shred corn at the home of a neighbor, William Powell. It was about 2 o'clock in the afternoon when the fatal hour came. While unloading fodder his hat was knocked off by a corn stalk, he became overbalanced and fell into the moving belt. His coat sleeve was caught in the pulley, and threw him to the ground. He was injured fatally and taken to Mary Rutan Hospital at Bellefontaine, where he died at 7:45 p.m.
He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and was a faithful member to the last.
On Feb. 13, 1889, he was united in marriage to Phebe Ann Hartzler. To this union were born eleven children, one of whom died in infancy.
He was faithful to God, the Church, and to his family, always ready to lend a helping hand with a smile and kind words. There never was a time when he was too tired or too busy to minister to the needs of his home and to his many friends and neighbors. He was especially interested in his children and will be greatly missed in the home as a father and companion. But God saw this to be the time to call him from us and we know that all is well. Father expressed himself as being ready to go.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife and ten children: Milo J., Martha Mae, Nancy Bell, Isaiah C., Phebe Ellen, Amy Viola, Carrie Rebecca, Dorothy H., Benjamin Daniel, and Grace Alice Yoder, also a step-mother, two half-sisters (Mrs. P. E. Whitmer, and Rebecca Yoder,) three half-brothers, (D. B., D. H. and Lee H. Yoder), and a wide circle of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at South Union Church, in charge of Brethren S. E. Allgyer and A. I. Yoder. Burial was made at the Yoder Cemetery on the Ludlow Road, near Five Points.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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