Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1924

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The Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 14 - July 3, 1924 - page 287

Lederach. - Luke, son of Willis K. and Mary Mensch Lederach, was born June 14, at 21 West Marshall St., Norristown. His stay was brief, the Lord calling him home the following day. His little body was interred in the Salford Mennonite Cemetery.

Wenger. - Maria M., daughter of Joseph and Fannie Martin, was born in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 22, 1859; died April 27, 1924, at her home near Groffdale, Pa., of a complication of diseases; aged 64 y. 8 m. 5 d. She was the first one of a family of eleven to be called to her heavenly home. On Oct. 14, 1877, she was united in holy matrimony to Aaron S. Wenger, who was called to the spirit world Sept. 17, 1922. This union was blessed with four sons and seven daughters, two of whom preceded them to the mansions above. She and her husband were for many years faithful members of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, to which faith they proved steadfast to the end. Funeral May 1, 1924, at the Weaverland Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

King. - Ralph Edwin, son of Harry L. and Rosa King, was born near Gunn City, Mo., Aug. 28, 1905; died at the Methodist Hospital, Kenmare, N. Dak., June 10, 1924; aged 18 y. 9 m. 13 d. He was sick seven weeks of osteomyelitis, but bore his suffering patiently and expressed a readiness to go to his heavenly Father. He will be very much missed in the home, church and community. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 12 years and proved a faithful member. He is survived by his parents, one sister and six brothers and many relatives and friends. Services were conducted by L. S. Glick and J. L. Lehman. Text, Psa. 90:12.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All his sufferings here are ended,
And our dear Ralph is at rest."

Weaver. - John M., son of Joseph Weaver, died at his home near Oronogo, Mo., June 19, of a second stroke of paralysis; aged 65 y. 11 m. 8 d. He had lived on the farm where he died for forty-two years. He had been a resident of Jasper County, Mo., for fifty-six years, coming here when a boy from Rockingham Co., Va. Practically all his life had been spent in the same neighborhood. At the time of his marriage to Miss Fannie Printz, in 1882, he moved on the farm where he died. He is survived by his wife, two daughters (Mrs. A. E. Avery and Mrs. A. T. Woodward), and one son (Harley C. Weaver). He also leaves eight grandchildren, six brothers and four sisters. The brothers are: D. S. Weaver, J. J. Weaver, W. H. Weaver, C. A. Weaver, J. E. Weaver, J. R. Weaver. The sisters are : Mrs. Susan Smith, Mrs. A. D. Hotchkiss, Mrs. Samuel Cockley, Mrs. John R. Driver. Funeral was held at the home June 22 at 2 :30, where a very large crowd of relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one we loved so dearly. But we sorrow not as those who have no hope.

Schultz. - Frank H. Schultz was born in Henry Co., Ohio, April 27, 1962; died near Aurora, Oreg., June 16, 1924; aged 62 y. 1 m. 19 d. He had been afflicted for years with diabetes, but at this time was about the duties of the farm and while retiring for the night suffered for a little while from suffocation possibly due to the bursting of an artery but was conscious until the end, leaving a bright testimony by saying, "I am going to Jesus; the angels are coming for me." He accepted Christ as his Savior in his early manhood and united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member at the time of his death. On Dec. 8, 1892, he was married to Elizabeth Roth. To this union were born four sons and five daughters, one son preceding him in death. There remain his wife, three sons, five daughters, eleven grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the home and the Zion Church by Wm. Bond, A. P. Troyer, and Fred Gingerich, who used Psa. 90; Phil. 3:9,10; Psa. 34:7, respectively, as lesson and texts. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.

"The angels bore our loving Father home
In shining garments fair,
And some bright day we hope to go
And join him over there."
The Family.

Transcriber's note: The birth year, given as 1962, is almost certainly 1862.

Stutzman. - J. P. son of Bro. and Sister J. B. and Fannie Stutzman, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 6, 1848; died near Hubbard, Oreg., Feb. 21, 1924; aged 76 y. 15 d. He was married to Mary E. Garber of Goshen, Ind., in 1875. To this union were born 10 children, of whom 9 are living: Mrs. H. C. Lehman, Allen, Mrs. J. H. Weaver, Ira, Martin, Mrs. E. S. Hershberger, Mrs. Henry D. Blough, David, Jonathan, and Ella (who preceded him to the spirit world when eight years old). His wife died in 1898. He also leaves an only sister, Mrs. Polly Smucker of Goshen, Ind., and eighteen grandchildren. He united with the Mennonite Church when 21 years of age. Before his death he requested to be anointed and to reunite with the Mennonite Church, of which he had been a member, also to have the communion served to him - all of which was granted him. He had leakage of the heart. He requested his family to meet him in heaven. He helped to sing the good, old-fashioned songs, could hardly wait till the appointed hour had come, and he departed with peace and joy. Funeral services conducted by the brethren J. D. Mishler of Sheridan, Oreg., and H. A. Wolfer of Hubbard, Oreg. Interment in Hopewell Cemetery.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Sorrow now hath filled our hearts;
But 'tis Jesus hath bereft us,
And we soon shall meet again,"

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


The Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 15 - July 10, 1924 - page 319

Beachy. - Calvin Fay, son of Bro. and Sister David S. Beachy, died June 22, 1924; aged 5 days. He leaves father, mother, and two brothers (Vernon Mahlon, and Alvin Ray - his twin brother). Services at the home by Harry A. Diener from Job. 14:1,2. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery.

Leicht. - Mrs. Hannah T. Leicht was born Oct. 10, 1836; died May 25, 1924; aged 87 y. 7 m. 15 d. Sister Leicht is survived by four daughters. She had been a faithful member of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at her late home, May 28, 1924, by Bro. Meyers and at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Bro. Noah Risser. Text, Job 14:14.

Foreman. - Joseph S. Foreman was born Jan. 23, 1870; died June 13, 1924; aged 54 y. 4 m. 20 d. He is survived by his faithful companion, three sons and one daughter. He was a faithful member of the Elizabethtown (Pa.) Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at his home June 17, 1924, by Simon Landis and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Noah W. Risser and Simon Landis. Text, Rev. 7:13,14. Burial in Risser's Cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with father dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But yet we're glad, if God thought best
To end his troubles, give him rest.

Cressman. - Moses S. Cressman was born near Breslau, Ont., Aug. 3, 1857; died in the Kitchener Hospital June 19, 1924; aged 66 y. 10 m. 15 d. In 1882 he was united in marriage with Lovina Snyder, who died in 1906. To this union were born six children: Dalton, Ivan, Senetta (predeceased), Era, Aulton and Linean. In 1908 Bro. Cressman was married to Maria Snyder, who with the five children survives to mourn the death of a kind husband and father. Bro. Cressman united with the Mennonite Church in 1889, and remained a faithful member until death called him. Funeral services were held June 22, conducted by Brethren E. Sievenpiper, Jonas Snider, and Oscar Burkholder.

Hunsberger. - Elizabeth Sherk was born Jan. 30, 1843; died June 20, 1924; aged 81 y. 5 m. 21 d. On April 1, 1862, she was united in holy matrimony with Abraham Hunsberger, who predeceased her 11 years. To this union were born 8 sons and four daughters, of whom 4 sons and 1 daughter predeceased her; leaving 4 sons, 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held from her late home in Waterloo, Ont., to the Waterloo Mennonite Church, and burial in the cemetery several miles west of the town. The services were conducted by brethren E. C. Bowman, Jonas Snider, and Oscar Burkholder.

Stauffer. - Mary, daughter of Jacob and Magdalena Shiry-Betzner, was born Aug. 4, 1843; died June 23, 1924; aged 80 y. 10 m. 19 d. On May 23, 1865, she was married to Benjamin Stauffer. To them were born 5 sons and 3 daughters, 6 of whom survive: Norman, Isaac, Fred, Mrs. Noah Weber, Mrs. Jonah Baer, and Mrs. A. L. Shantz. Beside the children there remain to mourn 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers (John, Isaac, Samuel, Moses, Aaron) and 3 sisters (Mrs. Noah Stauffer, Mrs. Aaron Cressman, and Mrs. Ephraim Cressman). Sister Stauffer made her peace with God early in life, joined the church of her choice, and remained a faithful, consistent member until God called her home. Funeral services were held June 25 from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Noah Weber, Waterloo, to the Kitchener Mennonite Church for service and burial in adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by Brethren Noah Hunsberger, Jonas Snider, and Oscar Burkholder.

Neff. - Emma Neff (nee Lenhart) was born near Sugar Creek, Ohio, April 8, 1858; died June 22, 1924; aged 66 y. 2 m. 14 d. She was united in marriage to Ezra Neff June 17, 1877. To this union were born 10 children, 2 of whom preceded her to the spirit world. Bro. and Sister Neff spent 17 years of their married life in Holmes Co., Ohio, after which they moved to Geagua and later to Portage county. Sister Neff was received by water baptism into the Mennonite Church in 1877 and proved a faithful and consistent member, a kind and indulgent neighbor, an affectionate companion and a loving mother. For six long years she suffered with heart trouble, but bore her affliction with patience and true Christian fortitude until the final summons came and she peacefully passed into the great beyond. Peace to her ashes! Funeral services conducted by the home ministers from Matt. 24:44. Interment in the Plainview Cemetery, near Hudson, Ohio.

"Mother, shall we meet you yonder,
On that happy, blissful shore?
Where no sorrows ever enter,
And where death is known no more."

Nofziger. - Jacobena Nofziger (nee Augspurger) was born Mar. 22, 1860, near Trenton, Ohio; died in Archbold, Ohio, June 16, 1924; aged 64 y. 2 m. 24 d. She was married to Jonathan Nofziger Dec. 14, 1880. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters (Jennie, Ellen, Ida, Simon, and Harvey, who is seriously ill at this time). She leaves a sorrowing husband, 5 children, 7 grandchildren, 1 brother, and a host of relatives and friends. She was one of a family of 10 children of which only 1 brother survives her. In 1888 they moved from Butler Co., Ohio, to Stuttgart, Ark., and in the spring of 1920 moved to Archbold, Ohio, where they lived until her departure. At the age of 12 she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, June 20, conducted by Eli Rupp in German and S. D. Grieser in English. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.

"A place on earth is vacant,
Which she never more can fill;
Death's angel called her quickly,
Yet we know it was God's will."

Fisher. - Noah S. Fisher was born Feb. 14, 1853; died at his home at Paradise, Pa., May 20, 1924; aged 71 y. 3 m. 6 d. On Dec. 9, 1875, he was married to Katie Beiler. To this union were born 8 children, 2 preceding him to the life beyond. He was a son of Christian and Rachel Fisher and was the last one to die of the family of 6 children. His death came from heart disease, from which he suffered for many years. His end came very unexpectedly to the family and community. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church since his boyhood, and was a kind husband and father, of a very quiet disposition, and is greatly missed in the home. Funeral was held May 23, 1924, with short services at the home by Daniel Stoltzfus, with further services at the Paradise Mennonite Church conducted by Christian King, John A. Stoltzfus, and Amos Stoltzfus. Text, Heb. 11:10. Interment in Gordonville Cemetery.

Dearest father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
By a daughter.

Shelton. - Beryl, wife of Thomas Shelton and daughter of Tuley and Amanda Offineer, was born Jan. 23, 1905; died at the home of her parents near Gravois Mills, Mo., June 23, 1924; aged 19 y. 5 m. She was married to Thos. Shelton Aug. 23, 1922. To this union was born one son, David Tuley, July 13, 1923. Signs of failing health became manifest and the disease of consumption was soon marked as her trouble. This drew on her vitality until the thread of life was severed. Beryl realized her lost condition and chose the wise part in her hours of affliction. She was baptized May 16, 1924, and received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church. In her newly found joy she exhorted her friends and loved ones who were yet unsaved to not delay but come and go with her in the heavenly way. She had great joy and consolation in her hours of weakness and suffering in the songs of the Gospel and the prayers of God's people at her bedside. Her prayer was that she might quickly depart if it were His will. She expressed a desire to stay and work for Jesus. In submission to His will, yet with a faith that He could raise her up, she called for the service of anointing which was administered with prayer for her restoration. She was spared only two weeks longer, however, to witness for the Master and then go home to the Savior where she could find relief from all pain and sorrow. Many friends and relatives did all that human hands could for her comfort. She will be missed, but all may meet her who are willing to take her Savior as their own. Funeral services at Gravois Mills, by J. P. Brubaker, Amos Gingerich, and the writer. Text, Acts 7:59, latter clause.
J. R. Shank.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


The Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 16 - July 17, 1924 - page 335

Yoder. - Lydia Hertzler Yoder was born Feb. 7, 1856; died June 24, 1924: aged 68 y. 4 m. 17 d. She was married to C. P. Yoder. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters, all living. Sister Yoder was of a sympathetic nature, a good mother and wife, always filling her place in church and Sunday school when opportunity afforded. She raised a family of boys and girls that are all in the church and are consistent members. This was a home of prayer. Sister Yoder died at the home of her sister in Logan Co., Ohio, where she had been on a visit. Her body was brought back to her late home near Belleville, Pa., where funeral services were held on June 25, conducted by J. H. Byler and John E. Kauffman. Peace to her ashes!
J. H. Byler.

Yoder. - Moses Yoder, son of Caleb and Catharine Hostetler Yoder, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, in 1840. At the age of ten years he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. In 1861 he was united in marriage with Martha Yoder. They bore the trials and joys of life together for 50 years, when she passed away. He continued four years more in this life. To this union were born 10 children, 6 of whom are still living. In 1870 he with his family moved to Missouri, nine years later to Kansas, and after three years back to Indiana. near Goshen. In this community they spent the rest of their days. Soon after marriage they accepted Christ as their personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. In this faith they both died. For the last several years he waited patiently for the end which came June 13, 1924, at the age of 84 y. 2 m. 6 d. He leaves 4 sons, 2 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and many friends who will miss his helpful instructions. Funeral services by D. J. Johns and Silas Yoder, from the texts of his own selection, Jno. 14:1-3, Job 19:25,26.

Weaver. - David J., son of David B. Weaver and Elizabeth (Brubaker) Weaver, , was born at Mifflintown, Pa., Jan. 23, 1853 ; died at his home near Waynesboro, Va., June 16, 1924; aged 71 y. 4 m. 23 d. Early in life he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful, consistent member until his death which occurred after a siege of sickness covering a period of more than four years. Through all his sickness he was always patient and never complained and expressed a desire to go to his heavenly home. He is survived by his faithful wife, eleven children (Samuel A.; Vena E., wife of Edwin Stover; Annie M., wife of Chas. Kolb; William H.; David N.; Maymie E., wife of P. H. Harner; Amos B.; Jonas A.; Ella V., wife of E. J. Burkholder; Josephine E.. wife of A. H. Burkholder; Margaret F., at home), 37 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services June 19, at the home and at the Hildebrand Church, conducted by Jos. R. Driver, A. P. Heatwole, and Jos. H. Weaver. Text, Job 19:25,26. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"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."
M. F. W.

Hartzler. - Amos J., son of Isaac J. and Magdalena (Gerig) Hartzler, was born Jan. 1, 1855, in LaGrange Co., Ind.; died at his home near East Lynne, Mo., July 1, 1924; aged 69 y. 6 m. On Jan. 13, 1878, he was united in marriage to Mattie M. Blough of Elkhart Co., Ind., who died Feb. 17, 1893 in Cass Co., Mo. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons preceded him in death. Those remaining are: Bertha E., Mrs. S. S. Hershberger, and Earl, all of the home community. On Sept. 21, 1894, he was united in marriage to Mattie M. Hartzler, who survives him. To this union were born 1 daughter and 1 son (Prudence M. and Jesse D.). He is also survived by 1 sister (Sarah E. Hershberger) and 3 brothers (Noah K., B. F., and D. D.); also 7 grandchildren and a host of friends. Several months previous to his death he had several attacks of apoplexy. He had been about his usual duties most of the time up to the day of his death, the family all being present at his bedside where he gave each his parting message. At noon he ate his usual meal and after dinner started to work, but soon took sick and after several hours of intense pain passed away peacefully, his mind being clear until the very last. The cause of his death was neuralgia of the heart. He accepted Christ as his Savior in early manhood and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in which faith he died. His place was seldom vacant at church. His spirit of self-denial for those about him will never be forgotten. Funeral services at Sycamore Grove Church. Opening services by Joe C. Driver and sermon by I. G. Hartzler (Text, Psa. 116:15), and L. J. Miller (Text, Rev. 22:4). Burial in Clearfork Cemetery.

Myers. - Barbara Ellen, daughter of John and Rhoda Dangler, was born in Putnam Co., Ohio, Sept. 24, 1846; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ellis Ladd, June 25, 1924; aged 77 y. 9 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage to Christian Myers Jan. 26, 1866. To this union twelve children were born, eight of whom preceded her to their eternal home. The surviving children are Joseph, Daniel, Edwin, and Tena Ladd. During her early married life she was converted, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful Christian until the end. She was a great Bible student, and still was finding consolation and hidden truths. She gave the brightest of evidence that all was well with her soul, and often spoke of going to be with her Savior. Only a few hours before death she sang and praised God that all was well. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, ever ready to administer to the needs of her family, and was never too busy or tired to help a friend or neighbor. During her recent illness she was very patient, meeting every one with a smile and a cheerful word. She was given the best of care that a loving daughter could give her and often expressed her appreciation for the kindness that her friends and neighbors bestowed upon her. She leaves her children, her aged companion, four brothers, three sisters, nine grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral services June 28 at the Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren J. W. Hess, G. H. Brunk, and J. M. Shenk. May God comfort the bereaved ones.

"The last night of watching is over,
The last word of love has been said;
And safe on the bosom of Jesus
Our mother has pillowed her head."

Reber. - Susie A., wife of Joseph Reber, passed away at her home June 25, after a lingering illness. Sister Reber (whose maiden name was Susie A. Eigsti) was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Dec. 30, 1879; died at the age of 44 y. 5 m. 25 d. She was married to Joseph Reber on Oct. 30, 1898, in Johnson Co., Iowa. After living in Iowa four years, they moved to Woodford Co., Ill., living there eight years. They moved to Shelby Co., Ill., in 1911, living on a farm southeast of Shelbyville. Sister Reber accepted Jesus as her personal Savior in her early youth and continued steadfast in the faith, living a consistent Christian life until the Lord called her to her reward. She was an earnest advocate of the peace which passeth all understanding, and to run the race with patience. She was a friend of children, a kind mother, and a loving companion, in the home as well as in the community. Besides her husband and parents she leaves the following children: Ora, Mary, Frank, Raymond, Annie, Lydia, Katie and Joseph Jr. She also leaves 3 brothers and 6 sisters. The sisters are: Mrs. Lizzie Grob, Mrs. Emma Christner, Mrs. Lena Ulrich, Mrs. Matilda Egli, Barbara and Phoebe, at home. The brothers are Joseph, Peter, and Christ. She also leaves one grandchild. Her eldest daughter died when a babe. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Valentine Strubhar of Washington, Ill. (Text I Thess. 4:13,14), and at the church by J. J. Kennell of Roanoke, Ill. (Text, Luke 23:28) and Valentine Strubhar (Text, II Cor. 5:1); also admonished by J. W. Kennell in German. Interment in Mt. Herman Cemetery.

"'Tis hard to part with mother dear,
No more to see, no more to hear,
A nobler mother could not be
Found this !side of eternity."

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


The Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 17 - July 24, 1924 - page 351

Oswald. - Warren Ray, infant son of Bro. William and Sister Mattie Oswald, Wismer, Nebr., was born July 11, 1924; died the same day, after a short life of a few hours. Father, mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters remain to mourn the loss of a little life, that budded on earth to blossom in heaven. Short services, conducted by J. H. Birky, were held at the home, July 12, after which burial was made in Beemer Cemetery.

Baumgartner. - On June 15. 1924, near Orrville, Ohio, Bro. Jacob H. Baumgartner departed this life at the age of 54 y. 1 m. 3 d. He was united in marriage December, 1894, to Lena Amstutz. To this union was born one son, David, who lives in Medina Co., Ohio. Bro. Baumgartner accepted his Savior when a young man and united with the Sonnenberg Church. At a later date he transferred his membership to the Martin Church from which place the funeral was held June 17, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, H. R. Lantz, C. N. Amstutz, and Aaron Eberly.

Gerber. - Clayton, son of Bro. E. P. and Sister Fanny Gerber, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, June 4, 1917; died of Bright's Disease July 2, 1924; aged 7 y. 21 d. Funeral services were held July 4, at the Swiss Mennonite Church by Jacob Nussbaum in German and Benj. Good in English. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his parents, 1 sister, 3 half sisters, 2 half brothers, and a host of other relatives. Clayton was an intelligent little boy, and was loved by all who knew him. He was a great sufferer during the past year. He was taught to love his Savior, in whom he trusted, and had a desire to leave his sorrowing parents and go to Jesus.

Weaver. - David Weaver, son of the late Daniel and Polly (Blough) Weaver, was born at the Weaver homestead (now the site of the Quemahoning Reservoir), Somerset Co., Pa., July 14, 1849; died July 6, 1924; aged 74 y. 11 m. 22 d. Bro. Weaver lived in the far West for many years, returning to Pennsylvania last fall. He died in the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., of a complication of diseases. He is survived by three sisters (Mrs. Polly Bowman and Christina Wolford of Johnstown; Barbara Lehman of Clarksville, Mich.), and one brother (Daniel Weaver of Boswell, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted by Levi A. Blough and E. J. Blough, at the Blough Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Shettler. - Lewis Shettler died at the home of his son, William Shettler, near Atglen, Lancaster Co., Pa., June 29, 1924. Bro. Shettler was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 23, 1851; age, 72 y. 11 m. 6 d. He was a member of the A. M. Church for many years. His body was brought to the home of his son, Daniel, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa. where he formerly lived. He was preceded in death by his wife about 14 years ago. He is survived by three sons (Jacob L. and Daniel, Somerset Co., Pa., and William, of Atglen, Pa.), one daughter (Mary Shettler of Atglen), and 9 grandchildren. Funeral services at the Kauffman Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. E. J. Blough and Levi A. Blough. Interment in Kaufman Cemetery.

Mishler. - Ralph, son of the late Noah and Susan Cable Mishler, was born Feb. 23, 1883, and died at the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., June 9, 1924; aged 41 y. 3 m. 16 d. Two days before his death, he was riding in an auto with his neighbor, and while they were going down a steep grade, the driver lost control of the car, which then ran into a telephone pole and upset. He was picked up in an unconscious condition and was at once taken to the hospital where be died without having regained consciousness at any time. He is survived by a widow, one son, four sisters and three brothers. Funeral services were conducted in the home of his sister, Johnstown, Pa., by S. G. Shetler, after which the body was laid away in the Berkley Cemetery.

Bergey. - Esther Ann, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Detwiler, was born in Skippack township, Montgomery Co., Pa., May 24, 1862; died May 23, 1924. In January, 1879, she was united in holy matrimony to Oliver K. Bergey. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 6 daughters, one of whom preceded her to the mansions above. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren. She and her husband were for many years faithful members of the Doylestown Mennonite Church, to which faith she proved steadfast to the end. Funeral was held May 29, 1924, at the Doylestown Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"I have made peace. Farewell to all,
I'll meet those dear ones gone before.
Will you obedient children be,
And meet your dear mother in eternity?"
A Sister.

Hess. - Rodney H. Hess, little son of Bro. Aaron R. and Sister Annie E. Hess, of near Marticville, Pa., was born Aug. 6, 1923; entered into rest on the evening of July 1, 1924; aged 10 m. 29 d. He was the first of the family and first of 33 grandchildren to be called home. He was sick only a short time. He is survived by his loving parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (James H. Paul A., Rhoda E., and Edith A.), 1 grandfather, and 2 grandmothers. Funeral services were conducted July 7, at the home and at the Byerland Mennonite Church by Bros. Aaron Harnish and Maurice Hess. Text, II Kings. 4:26. His little body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.

God saw fit to call him higher,
But it seems it cannot be,
For the home is now so lonely,
Since his form no more we see.
In loving remembrance, The Parents.

Transcriber's note: "Marticville" is as in the original.

Weaver. - Sister Nora Edna, daughter of Deacon L. H. and Sister Emma Weaver, was born Dec. 4, 1891; died July 4, 1924; aged 32 y. 7 m. She united with the Mennonite Church, Dec. 25, 1904, and was a very consistent and loyal member until death. For a number of years she has been a teacher of a class in the Weaver Sunday school, conducted children's meetings at different places, attended many Bible conferences and mission meetings. She had planned to attend a mission meeting at her home church which was held on the day she died. To prepare for greater usefulness, she applied herself closely to the study of the Bible, attended a short Bible term at Harrisonburg, Va., and three terms of the Johnstown Bible School. For about five months, she gradually lost in weight, and doctors could not battle against her disease, which seemed peculiar in its nature. Funeral services were conducted in the Weaver Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler and Hiram Wingard. About 500 people were not able to gain entrance to the church, which was filled to its utmost capacity. She is survived by father, mother, four brothers, grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. The mortal remains were laid to rest in the Weaver Cemetery.

Amstutz. - Abraham Amstutz was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, Dec. 9, 1849. At the age of 16, before he came to America, he was baptized by David Nussbaum and received into the Mennonite Church. He emigrated with his parents May 28, 1871, settling in Wayne Co., Ohio, where he lived until death. In 1874 he was married to Elizabeth Tschantz. Ten children were born to this union. His wife and 3 children preceded him in death. He is survived by 4 sons, 3 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 1 sister, and 4 brothers. Due to bladder trouble he was taken to the Wooster City Hospital, May 23. After two operations he seemed to be recovering until the last week of June when he suffered a relapse due to poisoning. He was taken to his home, and gradually grew worse until death relieved him July 1, 1924. He was aged 74 y. 6 m. 22 d. Funeral was held July 3, at the Salem Mennonite Church where be had been a faithful member for many years. Services were conducted by Austin Keiser and Adam Sommer. A large crowd of relatives and friends had gathered to show their last tribute of respect. He will be very much missed in the home, church and community. He was of a kind disposition and a beautiful singer. The day before his death he joined in singing one of his favorite hymns, "In dem Himmel ist Ruh." After having suffered intense pain we trust he is now sweetly resting where no sorrow or pain ever enters.

Reiff. - Annie M. Erb was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 18, 1867; died of diabetes and heart failure at Elkhart, Ind., July 10, 1924; aged 57 y. 22 d. When she was 17 years old her father with his family (the late Jacob B. Erb) moved to Harvey Co., Kans., settling on a farm two and a half miles northwest of Newton. She was married to Christian Reiff on Sept. 24, 1889. To this union nine children were born: Vernon, of Elkhart, Ind.; Jacob, of Berkeley, Calif.; Mary, married to Miles Troyer, of Newton, Kans.; Tillman, of Newton; Susie, married to Rufus Horst, of Kansas City, Kans.; Irvin and David, of Chicago, Ill.; and Nathan, at home. One daughter, Fannie, died in infancy. During the time of their married life they lived in Harvey Co., Kans., except four years at Newkirk, Okla. About fifteen months ago they started on an extended trip on which they visited in several states as far east as Pennsylvania, then south to Miami, Fla., where they spent nine months. On June 20, they returned to Elkhart, Ind., where they purchased a home, intending to settle there. After fixing up the home, the disease before mentioned took hold upon her, so that after living six days in their new home she passed away to be with her Savior. Those surviving her besides the children are her husband, an aged mother, known as "Grandma Erb," one brother, T. M. Erb, of Hesston, Kans., two sisters (Mrs. Mary Eby of Miami, Fla., and Mrs. Susie Swim, of Newton, Kans.), eight grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. She was converted soon after she was married and united with the Mennonite Church in 1890, in which faith she died. She was resigned to God's will and said a few hours before passing away that she had "finished the course and kept the faith," and was ready to meet Jesus "face to face." A short service was held at the Mission Home at Elkhart on Friday, July 11, after which the remains were taken to Newton, Kans., arriving there on Saturday afternoon. The funeral was held at the Pennsylvania Church on Monday afternoon, conducted by D. A. Yoder of Elkhart, assisted by M. C. Lehman, who was in the community at the time. The sermon was based on II Tim. 4:7,8, which was selected by the deceased a few hours before passed away. All the children were present at the funeral, the six sons serving as pall bearers. Peace to her ashes.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


The Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 18 - July 31, 1924 - pages 367,368

Hartzler. - Eli Kenneth, son of Elmer J. and Sarah Dintamen Hartzler, was born near Newton, Kans., March 28, 1908; died in the City Hospital at La Junta, Colo., July 10, 1924; aged 16 y. 3 m. 12 d. He confessed Christ at the age of 10 and became a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. Bro. Eli sustained an injury of the head in an accident while riding horseback and was found in an unconscious state. The best of care and treatment was given him but death brought relief 9 days later. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, four sisters, one grandfather and two grandmothers. Two sisters preceded him in death. A host of friends sympathize with the bereaved ones. Funeral services were held at the East Holbrook Church July 13 in charge of the Holbrook and La Junta ministers. Bro. J. A. Heatwole preached from II Sam. 18:29. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Lehman. - Harold, only son of George and Ada Lehman, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1909; died July 13, 1924, near Burton City, Ohio; aged 15 y. 5 m. 16 d. Harold was of a quiet, retiring disposition, full of boyish interests and activities; clean in his habits, appreciative of his home and loyal to his Sunday school and church. At the early age of 11 years he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and was received into the Mennonite Church in the Martins congregation. He was always faithful in attending the services in the house of God until his body was stricken with what proved his fatal affliction. On Feb. 9, 1923, he underwent an operation which revealed a sarcoma growth. He however recovered sufficient health after the operation to share in a small way the labors and pleasures of the home, attending school until last April, from which time on he gradually failed in strength, suffering much distress and discomfort, though not much intense pain. As he grew weaker in body he expressed a beautiful resignation to the heavenly Father's will. On Sunday evening, June 1, he received the anointing service through the ministry of A. J. Steiner and I. J. Buckwalter which was most impressive and comforting, as he yielded his all to God for life or for death, receiving his Savior's words as his own - "Thy will be done." On May 18 he partook of the Lord's Supper in our regular communion fellowship at the Orrville Mennonite Church which proved to be his last attendance in public worship. His going home so early in life leaves a deep sorrow in the hearts of his loving parents and dear sisters Esther and Ruth. They are sweetly comforted in their sorrow because Harold gave such a bright evidence of a complete trust in his Saviour and a readiness to be taken home. With the immediate family there remains his devoted grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends. Funeral services at the home and at Martin's Church. Ministers: I. J. Buckwalter, I. W. Royer, Aaron Eberly, and Benjamin Good.
I. W. R.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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