Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1924

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 31 - November 6, 1924 - page 623

Miller. - Malinda Miller was born near Walnut Creek, O., April, 8, 1867; died near the same place Oct. 9, 1924; aged 57 y. 6 m. 1d. She was married to Peter J. Miller Nov. 28, 1886. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters. One son preceded her in infancy. She leaves husband, 5 sons, 5 daughters, 14 grand-children, father, 4 brothers, 6 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Her sickness lasted over five years and she died of cerebral hemorrhage. She united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite A. M. church in her youth and remained a member all her life. Services were held at the Walnut Creek A. M. meeting house with an overflowing house. Buried in the cemetery near by. Service by Calvin Mast (John 14:1-14), S. H. Miller (John 20:2 last clause) and Joe F. Mast.

Troyer. - Treva Lorene, daughter of Abe and Susie Troyer, Harper, Kans., died Oct. 24, 1924; aged 1 y. 9 m. 13 d. After a serious illness of six days little Treva departed this life to be with Jesus. Her death was due to an infection of the bowels. She leaves a sorrowing mother and father, two sisters (Elodine and Genevieve) one brother (Glenn) and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by R. M. Weaver Oct. 26. Text Job 1:21. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery near Crystal Springs, Kans.
"The angels bore our loving baby home
In shining garments fair,
And some bright day we hope to go
And join her over there. -

Zehr. - Wilbert, son of Peter and Katie Zehr, was born in Wood River, Neb., June 5, 1905, died of appendicitis at the hospital in Albany, Oreg., Sept. 1, 1924; aged 19 y. 2m. 26 d. Bro Wilbert accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the church of his choice in 1920. He took an active part in religious services at home and in the church. Shortly before he died he left these words of comfort to his parents, "Oh, I'm saved. - He also asked them to pray with and for him. He leaves his parents, three brothers, and three sisters (Milton, Oliver, Raymond, Eda, Conrad, May and Viola), also a host of relatives and friends. One younger brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the house by N. A. Lind and C. R. Gerig, and at the Church by F. E. Roth and C. R. Gerig. Texts, Rev. 7:9-17; Psa. 15:1, 2; 24:4, 5. Burial took place at Riverside cemetery.

Burkholder. - Hettie Burkholder was born Aug. 23, 1859, near Newville, Pa., died Sept. 15, 1924, near Middletown, Pa.; aged 65 y. 22 d. Death came very suddenly to Sister Hettie. Her health having failed, she was on a visiting tour through Lancaster and Dauphin County. She became seriously ill on the eve of Sept. 15, while on her way to a physician, and as her condition grew worse she was hurried to the home of H. L. Longenecker and in this home she died about an hour later. She was the last of her family to answer the final summons. She is survived by one niece and a sister-in-law. Funeral services were held Sept. 18, from the home of Bro. H. L. Longenecker and further services at the Diller Mennonite Church near Newville, by Bros. Paul Burkhart, D. Z. Miller, and H. L. Longenecker. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Peace be to her ashes.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 32 - November 13, 1924 - page 655

Benner. - M. Evelyn, beloved daughter of Charles and Mabel (Winey) Benner, passed away at her home in Akron, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 25, 1924; aged 16 y. 3 m. 15 d. She leaves father, mother, two brothers and two sisters. One little brother preceded her in death four years ago. She had suffered much sickness in her short life and just when she was enjoying the best of health God called her home, she being sick only four days. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of twelve years and served her Master till her death. Funeral services Sept. 28, at Groffdale, Pa., conducted by Bros. Noah Mack and Eli Sauder. Text, Luke 8:52.
"We miss her when the morning dawns,
We miss her when the night returns;
We miss her here, we miss her there,
We miss her presence everywhere. -

Mechim. - Glen Raymond, foster son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mechim, died Oct. 12, 1924; aged 2m. 2 d. Father, mother and a foster-daughter remain to mourn the loss of a little life that budded on earth to bloom in heaven. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Ind., by Silas Yoder and A. J. Hostetler. Burial in Grace Lawn Cemetery.
"The angels bore our loving baby home
In shining garments fair;
And some bright day we hope to go,
And join him over there.

Kornhaus. - Mary Byler Kornhaus was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 8, 1882; peacefully passed away at her home Oct. 26, 1924; aged 42 y. 6 m. 18 d. She was united in marriage to Henry Kornhaus Dec. 11, 1904. To this union were born 6 children (Russell, Ruth, Glenn, Henry, Marion and Margaret). Ruth and Henry preceded her in death. She leaves husband, three sons, a daughter, her aged father and step-mother, a brother and two sisters, with many other relatives and friends. At the age of about 14 she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where she remained a loyal and faithful sister, always interested in the work of the Church and in the salvation of lost souls, especially in those of her immediate family. In her afflictions and sufferings she was patient and resigned, looking unto Him who is able to give grace and strength. Services were conducted at the Paradise Church by Brethren Aaron Histand and J. S. Gerig, with remarks by others. Text, Mark 14:8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away. -

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 33 - November 20, 1924 - page 672

Groff. - Sister Aaron Groff was born Sept. 10, 1867, died Nov. 3, 1924; aged 51 y. 1 m. 23 d. She is survived by her husband and 1 daughter. Sister Graff was a great sufferer for about nine weeks, but she bore her suffering faithfully looking forward to the reward of the faithful. Funeral services were conducted from her late home at Elizabethtown Pa., Mennonite Church, Nov. 6, by Bros. Noah Risser and Yoder. Text, I Thess. 4:-13-18.

Kaylor. - Sister Lizzie R. Kaylor was born Dec. 9, 1882; died Oct. 23, 1924; aged 41 y. 10 m. 14 d. She is survived by one son, Marlin. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world about nine years ago. Her sudden death came as a great shock to her many friends. Her willing hands ministered to many a needy cause. She was a faithful member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church where she will be greatly missed, as her place was seldom vacant. Funeral services were conducted from her residence and Elizabethtown Mennonite Church Oct. 26. Services conducted by Bros. Noah W. Risser and Samuel Fry. Text, Prov. 27:1.

Weaver. - Stephen Weaver was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 13, 1843; died at the home of his daughter Ida (Mrs. William Kauffman) near Bowne Center, Mich., Nov. 4, 1924; aged 81 y. 8 m. 22d. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Custer June 22, 1867. To this union were born two sons and eight daughters. They came to Michigan the year following their marriage. His wife died in 1883. April 18, 1886 he was married to Christina Blough. To this union was born one daughter. His second wife died May 30, 1906, and his youngest daughter, Lucy, died in 1922. He united with the Church of the Brethren twenty-four years ago. He leaves two sons, eight daughters, four step-sons, three step-daughters, 49 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three brothers. Funeral from the home of William Kauffman, conducted by Peter Mesner and Samuel Wowser. Burial in Mennonite Cemetery.

Hershberger. - Jacob J. Hershberger was born Dec. 18, 1855, died Nov. 6, 1924, aged 68 y. 10 m. 18 d. He was married to Savilla Kinsinger on May 7, 1885. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom, with the widow and 3 grandchildren, survive. Bro. Hershberger is the last one of the family to pass away. He was one of the faithful members of the Kaufman congregation. Bro. Hershberger was present at the services regularly and will be very much missed in the church and Sunday School as well as in the home. He was operated on Tuesday at the Memorial Hospital for strangulated Hernia, after which pneumonia set in, causing his death. We feel the family and the Church has sustained a great loss. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shelter and E. J. Blough at the Kaufman Church. Buried in the Kaufman Cemetery near Holsopple, Pa.

Yoder. - Abraham A. Yoder was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Aug. 31, 1865; died at his home near Midland, Mich., Oct. 29, 1924; aged 59 y. 1 m. 29 d. Feb. 5, 1891 he was married to Mary C. Nofzinger. To this union were born five children, one daughtter preceding him to the glory world. He leaves his wife and four children (Mattie, wife of J. B. Miller; Minnie, wife of Noble Kauffman; Herman, and Henry); also eight grandchildren, three brothers, one half-brother, one sister, and four half-sisters, besides a host of relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in early years, and remained faithful to the end. He died of a tumor of the brain, being sick about four weeks. He expressed his willingness to die, if that were the Lord's will, and calmly awaited the end. Funeral was held at the Mennonite Church near Midland by Bros. Eli A. Bontrager and Albrt Wys. Interment in Midland Cemetery.
"We miss you in the morning.
We miss you when the night returns;
We miss you here, we miss you there.
Father, we miss you everywhere. -

Reisner. - Anna Ebersole Reisner was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 26, 1853; died at the home of her daughter in Maywood, Ill., Oct. 30, 1924; aged 71 y. 3 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage to John Leonard Reisner Dec. 10, 1878. To this union five children were born (Lewis A., Mamie E. Neff, Naomi E., Chas. L., and Anna C. Allgyer). They all survive her, also six grandchildren, three brothers (Abram, Solomon and Amos), and two sisters (Mrs. Abram Burkhard and Mrs. Amos Landis). Her husband died Aug. 23, 1922. Sister Reisner was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She always enjoyed the worship of God and the fellowship of Christian people. Her pathway in life was not always strewn with sunshine and flowers, but her implicit faith in her Savior enabled her to bear all with Christian patience and the courage of the true soldier of the cross. Short services were conducted at the home of her daughter in Maywood by Bro. A. H. Leaman and Bro. S. M. Kanagy, after which the remains were brought to the home of her Sister, Mrs. Abram Burkhard, Sterling, Ill. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church by Bro. A. C. Good, Nov. 2, when a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tributes of respect.

Birkey. - Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Katherine Good, was born near Minier, Ill., Oct. 11, 1860, died in Hopedale, Ill., Oct. 2, 1924; aged 63 y. 11 m. 21 d. Oct. 9, she was united in marriage to Christian J. Birkey. This union was blessed with five daughters, (Katie, Emma, Phoebe, Sarah, Clara) and three sons, (John, Simon, and Levi). Two daughters (Katie and Clara) her parents, brother, and 1 sister preceded her to the spirit world. She had been in failing health for a number of years but she bore her suffering patiently, being under a physician's care most of the time. This spring sickness took hold of her, but not until about 4 months preceding her death, she took her bed, heart trouble and a stroke of paralysis being the cause. Between this time and her death she had several more strokes. Her serious condition did not seem to alarm her. She was resigned unto the will of Him who does all things well. Slowly but surely vitality and life ebbed away without pain or suffering until her spirit took its flight. She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Church by Sam Gerber in the German language and Ezra Yordy in the English. Texts, Phil. 1:21, II Cor. 5:1-4. Remains were laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery west of Hopedale. "Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps;
And the sunbeams love to longer
Where our sainted mother sleeps. -

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 34 - November 27, 1924 - page 687

Stock. - John Stock was born in Germany, Nov. 15, 1841; died near Imlay City, Mich., Sept. 6, 1924. In 1882 he emigrated to America. The next year he settled in Michigan. He leaves two daughters and a sister to mourn his departure. Although he was converted in his youth he united with the Mennonite Church only a few years ago. May he sleep in peace. Funeral services were conducted by Peter Ropp.

Miller. - Elizabeth, widow of the late John N. Miller, died at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., Sept. 29, 1924; aged 69 y. 5 m. 24 d. She had been in failing health for some time, suffering from complications. Her death, however, followed a stroke of paralysis. Her husband died about fourteen years ago. For many years she had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was the devoted mother of three sons and two daughters. Funeral services were held from the Bank Mennonite Church Oct 1, 1924, conducted by S. H. Rhodes and S. B. Hannah.

Ulrich. - John Ulrich was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Sept. 16, 1848; died near Imlay City, Mich., Nov. 4, 1924; aged 76 y. 1 m. 18 d. In 1866 he united with the Amish Mennonite Church. Later he transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member at the time of his death. He united with Mary Yanzey in marriage Dec. 30, 1873. He leaves his wife, 7 children, and 27 grandchildren, as well as a large circle of friends, to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held Nov. 7, from the Bethany Mennonite Church, conducted by Peter Ropp and Simon W. Sommer. Texts, II Tim. 4:7; I Cor. 15:53-55.

Hartz. - Malinda, wife of Jacob Hartz, died at her late residence near Morgantown, Pa., Nov. 1, 1924; aged 63 y. 6 d. She was the daughter of David S. and Rebecca Beiler, and was born near Intercourse, Pa., Oct. 26, 1861. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Death was the result of a minor operation for the removal of an obstruction from the nasal passages. She leaves her husband, an aged father, one brother, four sisters, and the following children: Lydia, wife of Sylvanus Stoltzfus; Amos, Elam, Rebecca, wife of John M. Mast; and Ira. Funeral services were conducted at the Conestoga Church on Nov. 4, by Amos B. Stoltzfus and John S. Mast.

Kauffman. - Israel M. Kauffman was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Sept. 13, 1855; died at Westover, Md., Nov. 11, 1924; aged 69 y. 1 m. 29 d. He leaves his wife and four children (Maurice, Galen, Rebecca, and Rachel). Also two sisters (Mrs. C. B. Hartzler and Mrs. J. K. Hartzler). He was preceded in death by one daughter (Dorothy), from the shock of whose death he never recovered. His illness extended over a period of two years, terminating in tuberculosis. He early united with the Mennonite Church. He was an earnest Christian, a kind father, and a loving husband. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 13, at the house of Bro. Geo. Hostetler and at the Holly Grove Church by Bro. Aaron Mast. Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Groff. - Mary Ann Shantz, wife of Amos Groff, was born at Bridgeport, Ont., June 5, 1871; died Nov. 6, 1924; aged 53 y. 5 m. 1 d. She was married to Amos Groff, Sept. 27, 1893, with whom she lived a happy life until her death. In her girlhood days she realized the need of a Savior, went through a real heart conversion, found Christ precious to her soul, and was baptized. Her death was due to leakage of the heart. All possible help was given but of no avail. When seeing that death was near at hand, she was asked about the condition of her soul, to which she answered, "Do not be alarmed about me. All is well. - She leaves a sorrowing husband and six children (Pearl, wife of Daniel Bowman, Howard, Mabel, Nettie, Vera and Reta). Funeral services were held Nov. 9, at the Waterloo Church, conducted by the brethren, Jonas Snider and Noah Hunsberger. Text, Num. 23:10.

Wenger. - Barbara, daughter of Daniel and Esther Rudy, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1858; died Nov. 2, 1924, at her home in Orrville, Ohio; aged 66 y. 27 d. She was united in marriage to E. H. Wenger, Jan. 8, 1880. To this union were born four sons (C. R. Ivan H., Justus F., and Daniel O.) She is survived by her devoted husband, four sons, three brothers (Jacob B., Albert and Christian Rudy), one sister (Mrs. Jacob Steel), and one grandson (Elmer Wenger). About 35 years ago she with her husband united with the Presbyterian Church, to which communion she was faithful until death. She loved her home and was loyal to all its responsibilities. The last 4 years she gave much of her time to bring comfort and cheer to her aged father, Daniel Rudy, who died last May. The funeral services were held at the Martin's Mennonite Church, conducted by her pastor, R. D. Wingert, assisted by I. W. Royer. Burial at the Martin's Cemetery.

Trevey. - Franklin P. Trevey was born Feb. 4, 1852; died Nov. 11, 1924; aged 72 y. 9 m. 7 d. He was married to Maggie Tomes, Feb. 28, 1875. To this union there were born six children, two having preceded him to the glory world. He leaves to mourn him a wife, four children"Bertha McDaniel, Bettie Copeland, Harden Trevey, and Nettie Meek"17 grand-children, one sister"Mrs. Bettie Brydge. He was a member of the Methodist Church at Sherando, where he lived the best part of his life, and was a man of true character, honesty, and ready to do his duty whenever called on. His death was caused by heart trouble, which he had for many years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Service at Sherando Church by Bros. A. P. Heatwole and Etter Heatwole. Text, Num. 23:10. Burial in River View Cemetery, Waynesboro, Va.

Weep not for me, my family dear.
Nor shed for me the sorrowing tear;
I am not dead, but only sleep;
My silent slumber, O how sweet!
By the family.

Plank. - Mary, daughter of Adam and Mary (Hooley) Hartzler, was born June 9, 1836, in Mifflin Co., Pa. She was the youngest of a family of 6 children, all of whom preceded her in death. Her mother died when she was 15 months old, and she was reared by her grandmother and older sisters. At the age of 17 she came to this community, near West Liberty, Ohio, and lived here for the remainder of her years. On Feb. 14, 1856, she united in marriage with David Plank and shared this sacred fellowship for over 56 years. Her faithful husband, Bishop David Plank, entered into his eternal reward Oct. 4, 1912. To this union were born 10 children. Two died in infancy and 8 grew up to manhood and womanhood"Samuel H., Salome M. (Mrs. S. B. Plank), Levi, Mary Elsie (Mrs. A. Y. Hartzler), Lydia (Mrs. Eli Krabill), Julia Anna, Katie A. (Mrs. Simon King), and David L. Her motherly heart received the sorrow of the death of her beloved husband and four dear children with Christian submission. She fell peacefully asleep Nov. 10, 1924 (aged 88 y. 5 m. 1 d.) leaving 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. In her youth she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and was received into the fellowship of the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith she was found faithful unto death. She was of a quiet, retiring, peaceable disposition, always manifesting a deep concern for the well-being of her children in home and Church, for 56 years a devoted companion with her husband in the duties and responsibilities of the home, 53 years faithfully supporting him in his Christian ministry, and 63 years exercising and manifesting her mother interest"truly a noble Christian woman and mother. Scripture lesson. Eph. 5, chosen by the departed sister, was read by A. I. Yoder. Sermons by I. W. Royer (Text, Jno. 16:33) and J. D. Mininger (Text Rev. 14:13). Remarks and closing prayer by S. E. Allgyer.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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