Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1924

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 22 - September 4, 1924 - pages 462, 463

Nissly.--Christian Reist Nissley, son of Christian L. and Mabel Nissly, died Aug. 8, 1924, of convulsions; aged 21 months. He is survived by his parents and sisters Kathryn, Dorothy, Marian and Janet. Funeral services were held Aug. 11, at Mount Joy by Bros. Isaac Brubaker and Seth Ebersole. Interment in Kraybill's cemetery.

Shaum.--Matilda, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Weis, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 16, 1876; died in Brutus, Mich., Aug. 2, 1924; aged 47 y. 9 m. 16 d. At the age of 20 years she was united in marriage to Harvey Shaum, to which union were born six sons and six daughters. One son preceded her to the glory world. Besides her husband and eleven children she leaves her father, two brothers and eight sisters to mourn her departure. Clyde Kauffman.

Miller.--Dorothy E., daughter of John W. and Elizabeth Miller, was born near Haven, Kans., Nov. 5, 1923; died at the home of the parents near Kalona, Iowa, July 31, 1924. Her death is mourned by her parents, two brothers and four sisters; also her aged grandfather (John C. Miller), and a host of near relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the East Union Church Aug. 2, conducted by Amos Gingerich of Versailles, Mo., assisted by the home ministers. Interment in the East Union Cemetery.

Buckwalter.--Alta H., daughter of Phares and Cora Buckwalter, was born April 2, 1914; died Aug. 15, 1924; aged 10 y. 4 m. 13 d. She is survived by her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She suffered very much, being in the hospital for two operations in less than a year. Shortly before she died she told her parents to be sure to remain faithful so as to meet her in heaven. She was a loving and obedient child. We know our great loss is her eternal gain. Private services were conducted at the home by Bish. C. M. Brackbill.
The dear Savior still is living,
Though His form we cannot see,
Still His gentle voice is calling:
"Let the children come to Me."

Bucher.--Sister Barbara (Wissler) Bucher was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 26, 1848; died Aug. 8, 1924; aged 76 y. 1 m. 12 d. Nov. 19, 1868, she was united in marriage with Joseph R. Bucher. This union was blessed with one daughter and three sons, one son preceeding her to the spirit world. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, two sons, one daughter, twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, who deeply feel the loss of a kind mother and grandmother. Sister Bucher accepted her Savior in early life and remained faithful to her Lord until the end. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. Jacob Hershey, and at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church by Jacob Hershey and John Hess. Interment in adjoining cemetery. By the Family.

Stoner.--Rhoda R., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Stoner, died at the home of her parents near East Petersburg, Pa., July 22, 1924. Death was due to a complication of diseases after an illness of six weeks. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Elizabeth, Jacob, John, Arthur, Mary, Daniel, Minnie, Isaac, Charles, and Susie V. Funeral services were held July 24, 1924 at the home, with further services at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Frank Kreider and Bro. John Gochnauer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. "The golden gates were open wide, A gentle voice said, "Come," And angels from the other side Welcomed our loved one home." By the Family.

Blessing.--John Gottfried, son of Gottfried and Christiana Blessing, was born at Ober Sternenberg, county of Welzheim, Wuerttemburg, Germany, Nov. 23, 1849; died Aug. 1, 1924, at the home of his daughter near Nappanee, Ind.; aged 74 y. 8 m. 8 d. He was married to Sally Bleile Nov. 23, 1874. She died July 23, 1912. To this union were born six daughters and three sons. He leaves six daughters, two sons, and two brothers still living in Germany. His companion and one son preceded him to the spirit world. He united with the Mennonite Church in the year 1911 and remained in the faith until death. Funeral at the Mennonite North Church, Nappanee, Ind. Services at the home by D. D. Troyer and at the church by D. D. Troyer and J. W. Christophel. Text, Job.14:14.

Springer.--Eda Oswald Springer was born Feb. 9, 1897, near Aurora, Nebr; died near Princeton, Ill., July 21, 1924; aged 27 y. 5 m. 12 d. She united with the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Aurora at the age of fifteen, where she remained a member until her marriage to Gilbert Springer of Bureau Co., Ill., Dec. 14, 1921, when she came to Illinois and united with the Willow Springs Church near Tiskilwa. On Sunday, July 20, she visited the home of Edward Springer of Princeton, apparently in good health until about four o'clock in the afternoon, when she was affected with acute indigestion, which soon affected her heart and caused her death about ten hours later. She leaves her husband, one son (aged 22 months), her parents, two brothers, one sister, and a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were held at the Willow Springs Church by Ira Eigsti and C. A. Hartzler from I Cor. 15:49.

Yoder.--Emma Troyer Yoder, wife of Noah G. Yoder, was born June 30, 1861, in La Grange Co., Ind.; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Miller, at Middlebury, Ind., July 1, 1924; aged 63 y. 1 d. Surviving her are her husband, two daughters (Mrs. Walter Miller and Mrs. Willis Mast of Goshen, Ind.), one brother (Lewis Troyer of Middlebury, Ind.), one half-sister (Mrs. Pearl Studebaker), six grandchildren, and a host of friends. She had a kind and loving disposition and was always interested in the welfare of others, especially her granchildren. Death was caused by cancer of which she patiently suffered for four years. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful member until God called her to her reward. Funeral services were held July 3, at the home in Middlebury, and at Maple Grove Church near Topeka, near which place the remains were laid to rest. Services by S. S. Yoder and I. R. Detwiler.

Yoder, --Magdalena Lehman (Kauffman) Yoder was born Dec. 28, 1846, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died at her home near Garden City, Mo., June 30, 1924; aged 77 y. 6 m. 2d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early years and was faithful until death. She was patient and never complained in her lingering illness during the last six years. Her death was a shock to the family and neighbors. She died while sitting in her chair, the cause of her death being a paralytic stroke. She moved with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she was married to Jacob Kauffman Dec., 20, 1871. To this union were born seven children. Six are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother and one son died at the age of eighteen years. Surviving children are; Lizzie Slabach, Chris, Feltie, Adam, Anna, and Ella. She also leaves a step-daughter (Mary Shafer), 2 stepsons (Noah and John), 21 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn her unexpected death. They moved to Harvey Co., Kans., in 1888, coming to Missouri two years later. The Father died Jan. 13, 1890. She was married to Henry Yoder in 1895, who died four years later. Funeral services were held July 2, at the home by Bro. I. G. Hartzler, and at the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church by Bros. W. E. Helmuth and L. J. Miller. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery.
"We miss you when the morning dawns,
We miss you when the night returns,
We miss you here, we miss you there,
Dear mother, we miss you everywhere."

Stauffer.--Benjamin B. Stauffer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 15, 1863; fell asleep in Jesus at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Clarence F. Siegrist), near East Petersburg, Pa., Aug. 14, 1924; aged 61 years. He was married to Miss Anna H. Brubacher Oct. 15, 1885. She answered the call Jan. 23, 1910. To this union were born six daughters and one son. One daughter preceded them in death. Those remaining are: Lizzie B., Sara B., Abram B., Mrs. Levi N. Brubaker, Mrs. Clarence F. Siegrist, Mrs. Clayton S. Wenger. Three brothers and seven grandchildren also survive. He and his wife united with the Mennonite Church in their early life. They both died in the faith. He was waiting patiently for the end after great suffering of four years, often expressing his desire to go home. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Frank Kreider and at the Hammer Creek Church by Brethern Noah Landis, Jacob Hershey, and John Hess. Text, Heb. 4:9,10. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Dearest father, thou hast left us, Sorrow fills our hearts with pain; But 'tis Jesus hath bereft us, And we soon shall meet again.

Wought.--Elizabeth Saylor was born Nov. 28, 1839, at Smithfield, Fayette Co., Pa.; died at her home in Cullom, Ill., Aug. 16, 1924; aged 84 y. 8 m. 18 d. On Dec. 24, 1863, she was married to Joseph Wought, who preceded her in death June 8, 1873. To this union were born two sons, namely Jacob and John. Jacob departed this life at the age of 11 y. 11 m. 14 d. In her young years she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member to the end. Her place in church was never vacant when health permitted. The Church loses a faithful member and the family a kind and devoted mother and grandmother, but our loss is her gain. She leaves to mourn her departure her son John and wife, with whom she made her home, one grandson and one granddaughter, besides other relatives and a host of friends who knew "Grandma" as "always the same" for many years. Funeral services were held Aug. 18, conducted by D. S. Crane at the home, and A. H. Leaman at the church. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Burial at West Lawn Cemetery. "Dearest mother, thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

Kuhns.--Maggie Kuhns, beloved wife of Bro. Henry Kuhns and a daughter of the late John Ernst, was born at Milford, Nebr., Jan. 26, 1884; died at her late home near Thurman, Colo., Aug. 10, 1924; aged 40 y. 6 mo. 15 d. Sister Kuhns met her death in a tornado which wrecked their home. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was a member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. On Aug. 22, 1901, she was united in marriage to Bro. Henry Kuhns. This union was blessed with ten children, two of whom accompanied their mother to the great beyond. She leaves a heartbroken husband and eight children: Sister Velma Hoffman, Glen, Mary, John, Irvin, Lawrence, Lucile, and Laura, an infant baby, to mourn her untimely demise.

Kuhns --Stella Kuhns was born at Chappell, Nebr., Aug. 17, 1915; died at the home of her parents, Bro. and Sister Henry Kuhns, near Thurman, Colo., Aug. 10, 1924; aged 8 y. 11 m. 21 d.
Kuhns -- Delmar Kuhns was born at Chappell, Nebr., Jan. 30, 1918; died at the home of his parents, Bro. and Sister Henry Kuhns, near Thurman, Colo., Aug. 10, 1924; aged 6 y. 6 m. 11 d.

Birky.--Nellie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Z. Birky, died Aug. 10, 1924; aged 14 y. 9 m. 10 d. She with a number of other members of the church were at the Henry Kuhn home to visit, and dinner being over just a short time when a tornado struck the place, totally destroying the house and other buildings, killing 10 out of 17 that were in the house. She leaves father, step-mother, and one sister (Tillie), to mourn her sad death. May this be a loud call to the unsaved. "For in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Funeral services were held from the home of Dave Rediger from which place eight of the caskets were taken to the Mennonite Church near Thurman, where services were held in the open in the presence of over a thousand people, conducted by L. C. Miller, Limon, Colo. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Yoder.--Blanche Yoder and Vera Ruth Yoder, daughters of Bro. Joe and Sister Belva Yoder, were born respectively Nov. 21, 1913, and July 12, 1915; aged 10 y. 8 m. 19 d., and 9 y. 28 d.
Yoder -- Robert Stanley Yoder and Ray Vernon Yoder, sons of Bro. Joe and Sister Belva Yoder, were born at Thurman, Colo., Jan. 24, 1917, and Aug. 4, 1923; aged 7 y. 6 m. 16 d., and 1 y. 6 d., respectively. All four met their death in the tornado that wrecked the home of Bro. Henry Kuhns on Aug. 10, 1924. They leave their heartbroken parents and many relatives and friends to mourn their untimely demise. All the above were laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery near Thurman, Colo. Funeral services were held on Aug. 13, conducted by Bro. John Roth of Chappell, Nebr., Mr. MaGill, minister of the Baptist Church, Bro. L. C. Miller of Limon, Colo., and N. M. Birky, the home minister. Testimonies were given by several others.

Eight precious souls from our midst are gone,
The voices we loved are stilled;
The places made vacant in our homes
Can never more be filled.
Our father in His wisdom called
The boon His love had given
And though in earth their bodies lie,
Their souls are safe in heaven.

Summer.--Salome (Gnagy) Summer was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 4, 1842; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Lehman near Columbiana, Ohio; aged 82 y. 5 m. At the age of six years she moved with her parents to Mahoning county, Ohio, where she resided nearly the remainder of her life. She was united in marriage to Levi Summer Aug. 23, 1863. To this union were born seven children (infant son, David, Ella , Sevilla, Vesta, Fred, and Maggie). She has been a faithful and consistent member of the Brethern Church for many years and gave evidence of a living faith and trust in her Savior. During her nine weeks' illness and suffering she was very patient and often wished she could go to her eternal home. She will be greatly missed in her church and home community of friends and especially in the children's homes where the memory of her kindness and self-denial will always remain. She leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband (23 years ago), an infant son, her daughter Sevilla (about twelve years ago), and Vesta (9 months). Funeral services were held at the Zion Brethern Church, conducted by A. W. Harrold, Jonas Horst, and Enos Detwiler.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

Miller.--Harvey A. Miller was born in Elkart Co., Ind., Oct. 15, 1863; died at his home near White Cloud, Mich., Aug. 21,1924; aged 60 y. 10 m. 6 d. He was united in marriage to Sarah J. Nelson, near Shipshewana, Ind., Nov. 21, 1886. In the spring of 1894, they were both baptized and became members of the Mennonite Church with the Shore congregation. They removed to White Cloud, Mich., in the fall of 1899, and resided in that community since. Bro. Miller was ordained to the office of deacon in the church Sept. 28, 1912, in which capacity he served faithfully until physical conditions hindered, but he retained an active interest until he passed away. He was unable to attend services at church, with a few exceptions, for the last few years, suffering from heart trouble and dropsy. He, however, did what he could for the cause by the mailing of tracts to the residents of the community. He is survived by his wife, who has so patiently and unceasingly cared for him, a daughter, Mrs. Grace Mast of White Cloud, and a son, Floyd of Sparta, Mich.; also three brothers, Ezra of Entiat, Wash., Chancey of Clarksville, Mich., and Frank of White Cloud, and one sister, Mrs. Annie Runnells of White Cloud. There are also eight grandchildren. He suffered much the last few weeks, but his end came peacefully. Two days before his death, he sang No. 89 of the Church Hymnal, realizing that his "days are gliding swiftly by." Funeral services were held at the Union Church, the house used by our congregation for their services, on Sunday, Aug. 24, 1924, conducted by Jacob K. Bixler of Elkhart, Ind. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 23 - September 11, 1924 - pages 479

Miller.--Pauline Miller, daughter of Milo and Susan Miller, was born at Elmdale, Mich., Dec. 23, 1923; died at the Bloget Home, Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 6, 1924. Her entire life was one of suffering. She is survived by her parents, two brothers, two sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Aldus Brackbill at the house, Aug. 7. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery near Elmdale, Mich.

Myers.--John A. Myers was born March 24, 1890; took his life on August 5, 1924; aged 34 y. 4 m. 12 d. He was born in Brown Co., Ind., where he lived until the year 1912, when he with his family moved to Sheridan Co., Mont., where he lived at the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Lemanda Marshal. To this union were born four daughters: Donna, Dorothy, Mildred, and Muriel. His wife, four daughters, mother, two brothers, and three sisters survive. His father and two sisters preceded him in death. Ill health and financial distress are thought to be the causes that led him to commit this act. Funeral services Aug. 7, at the house, conducted by L. A. Kauffman. Text, Psa. 39:4. Interment in Dooley Cemetery.

Souder.--Ervin R., son of Bro. Wallace and Sister Ella Souder was born Aug. 17, 1924. After being with us for three short days, our darling was transplanted to the heavenly shores, there to bloom in the New Jerusalem. May we say with Job of old: "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Surviving him are father, mother, and 2 sisters (Margaret and Esther), four infant brothers having gone before. Short services were held at the house Aug. 21, by Brethern Joseph Ruth and Wilson Moyer. Interment in the Rockhill Mennonite burying grounds near Telford, Pa. Oh, that dear one, how we loved him! Oh, how hard to give him up! But an angel came down for him And removed him from our flock.

By the parents.

Wenger.--Bro. Henry H. Wenger was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Feb. 14, 1856; died Aug. 21, 1924; aged 68 y. 6 m. 7 d. He was in failing health for more than a year, but it was not until late in the summer that his condition became serious. On Thursday evening Aug. 21, he had a stroke of apoplexy, from which he died a few hours later. He was married to Sallie R. Swope, who preceeded him in death five years ago. To this union were born five sons (Frank, Henry, John, Benjamin, and Jacob) and two daughters (Elizabeth and Mrs. Mattie Hill); also seven grandchildren survive him. Bro. Wenger moved to Sellersville, Pa., six years ago and remained on a farm until last spring when he moved to Telford, Pa., with his son Jacob, at which place he died. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He often spoke of the love of God and had a longing desire to depart this life and be with Christ. With full assurance and confidence he fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held at the house, Aug. 25, by Bro. Wilson Moyer and at Blooming Glen Church by Bros. Frank Swartz and Jacob Moyer. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Gone to heaven is our father, Gone to his bright home above; He has left us, oh so lonely, But we hope ere long to meet him Over on the other shore. The family.

Hartzler.--Levi L. Hartzler, son of Jonathan B. and Martha Yoder Hartzler, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Jan 5, 1875; suddenly passed out of this life on the morning of Aug. 21, 1924, at the age of 49 y. 7 m. 16 d. In ususal health he left his late home near West Liberty, Ohio on this morning to assist in threshing, at the Raph Hartzler home on the Hugh Kiser farm and while engaged in work on the top of the machine he was suddenly stricken with what is thought to have been apoplexy, and fell to the ground, resulting in almost instant death. In his early youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church in Logan Co., Ohio, ever living a true and devoted Christian life. In 1911 he was ordained to the ministry in Ashtabula Co., Ohio, where he had charge of a small congregation for about two years, and later served the congregation at Medway, Ohio, as pastor for several years. For the past year he served as minister of a small congregation near Marion, Ohio. It can truly be said, he always delivered his messages with a spirit of fervency and firmness and with no uncertain sound. No, as a man, he was not faultless, but his deep devotion to his Master counterbalanced his faults and shortcomings. He recently expressed himself that he felt his life-work was near its end, "nothing more for me to do." So he was ready to go. We believe his sudden departure will preach a more profitable sermon than any previous messages have ever been able to. He was married to Ella E. Stutzman, Dec. 28, 1902. This union was blessed with four children (Anna Belle, Paul, Martha, and Mary), all of whom are left to mourn the loss of a good Christian husband and father. But we are comforted with the blessed assurance that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the home by J. J. Warye, and at the Oak Grove Church, by C. H. Byler, S. E. Allgyer and A. I. Yoder, Aug. 23, where eight hundred people met to pay their last tribute of respect. Interment was made in the Hooley Cemetery.

Saltzman.--John H. Saltzman was born near Lacon, Ill., Jan. 10, 1863; died at the Mercy Hospital at Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 23, 1924; aged 61 y. 7 m. 13 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. On Jan. 19, 1888, he was united in marriage with Anna Steinman. Six children were born to this union. They lived in Livingston Co., Ill. until in the spring of 1903, when they moved to a farm he had purchased near Wayland, Iowa. About three months ago while assisting one of his sons in moving, his left ankle was painfully bruised, which necessitated the amputation of the foot. He was, however, recovering nicely from this injury when on Saturday noon members of his family invited him to take a little trip in the automobile which would be a change and serve as recreation after being confined to the house much of the time. They drove over to Kingston, Iowa, for a little visit with a relative who was helping with the threshing. After the visit they started home at about four o'clock in the afternoon but got only about a mile on their way when going up a hill the driver missed his gear and the car slowly backed off a bank about ten feet high, rolling over and landing on its wheels on the road below. Evidently Bro. Saltzman was thrown out and the car rolled over him. The rest of the company escaped with minor bruises, but Bro. Saltzman's condition was considered serious from the first. A doctor was called and he was hurried to the hospital where medical attention was given him but he passed away almost immediately. One daughter preceded him in death. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, one daughter (Mrs. Sam Wyse), four sons (Elmer of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Eli of Donnelson, Iowa, and Ollie and Edwin at home), one brother, two sisters, five grandchildren, and a large concourse of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. In the death of Bro. Saltzman the Church loses a faithful member, the community a good, honest neighbor, and the family a kind and affectionate husband, father, and grandfather. May we all bow submissively to him who holds the destines of lives in His hand and by faith hold on to the Savior who is our Advocate with the Father that when our last hour comes we may be ready to answer His call. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church, conducted by the home ministers, Daniel Graber and Simon Gingerich. Texts, Psa. 103 and I Sam. 20:3. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Transcribed by Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald Obituaries - Vol. XVII, No. 24 - September 18, 1924 - pages 495

Kauffman.--Infant son of Chauncey and Amelia Kauffman, New Wilmington, Pa.; born Aug. 24; died Aug. 25. Father and mother remain to mourn the loss of a little life that budded on earth to blossom in heaven. Short services conducted at cemetery by Edw. F. Zook.

Eby.--Esther Eby (nee Brubacher) was born Feb. 5, 1863; died at her home, 53 Menno St., Waterloo, Ont., Aug. 30, 1924; aged 61 y. 6 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage Nov. 8, 1881 to Benjamin Eby, which union was blessed with 3 sons and 7 daughters: Phares, of Kitchener; Luella, Mrs. Edgar Snider, Waterloo; Mable, Mrs. Joshiah Bearinger, Waterloo; Mina, Mrs. Alvin Shantz, Waterloo; Beulah, Mrs. Abram Shantz, Waterloo; Samuel, Alpheus, and Vera at home. Two daughters preceded her to the glory world. A sorrowing husband, 8 children, 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters remain to mourn her loss. Early in life she gave her heart to the Lord and joined the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member till death. She had been suffering patiently from cancer for two years. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at East End Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Brethern Jonas Snider and Noah Hunsberger were in charge of the services.

Lehman.--Susanna daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Lehman, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Nov. 16, 1830; departed this life Aug. 19, 1924; aged 93 y. 9 m. 3 d. In 1842 she with her parents came to Ohio in covered wagons, settling in Richland Co. In 1848 then moved to Allen Co., where Sister Lehman has ever since resided. On Jan. 16, 1851 she was united in marriage to Christian Lehman who preceded her in death 23 years ago. To this union were born 13 children, of whom 8 are still living. Besides these, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one brother mourn the loss of a dear, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. Soon after her marriage she with her husband accepted the faith and united with the Mennonite Church and lived a true, devoted Christian life and died in the hope of a risen Redeemer. Services in charge of Geo. Ross at the Salem Church.
"Death has called away dear mother,
In the lonely grave to lie:
Yet her soul is sweetly resting
In that home beyond the sky."

Yoder, Thornton L. Yoder of Leslie, Mich., oldest son of Solomon and Sarah Yoder, was born May 17, 1856, in Logan Co., Ohio; died in the Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Mich., Aug. 19, 1924; aged 68 y. 3 m. 2 d. Cause of death general carcinoma. When a small boy he with his parents moved to Cass Co., Mo., where he grew to manhood. On March 16, 1888, at Bozeman, Mont., he was united in marriage to Florence M. Noble of Harrisonville, Mo. To them was born one daughter, Mae, now Mrs. C. O. Brown of Saffordsville, Kans. His wife died Oct. 27, 1892. On Dec. 5, 1901, at Woodland, Idaho, he was again married to Emma Obert of Harrisonville, Mo. To this union two sons were born: Lyle, March 23, 1903; Dale, March 6 1904. They died just four days apart, July, 1904. About the year 1893 he united with the Baptist Church in Harrisonville, Mo., from which church he never moved his membership. Funeral services were held at the home near Leslie, Mich., Aug. 20, by Mr. Thurston of the Congregational Church. The remains were brought to Cass Co., Mo., and funeral services held at the Sycamore Grove Church Aug. 23, by the Brethren I. G. Hartzler and W. E. Helmuth, after which the body was laid to rest in the Clear Fork Cemetery. He leaves to mourn his departure wife, one daughter, one sister, Mrs. Barbara Blank, and two brothers, S. R. Yoder and J. B. Yoder of Cass Co., Mo.

Brenneman.--Susannah Brenneman, daughter of Bishop John M. and Sophia Brenneman, was born Nov. 5, 1839, in Fairfield Co., Ohio; died Aug 15, 1924; aged 84 y. 9 m. 10 d. At the age of nine she moved with her parents to Franklin Co., Ohio, near Winchester. A few years later the family moved to Allen Co., Ohio, where she grew to womanhood and united with the Mennonite Church. On June 2, 1863, she was united in marriage to C. B. Brenneman of Orrville, Ohio, with whom she lived for 61 years. To this union were born three daughters: Sophia E (married to Isaac Shenk), Lydia M. (deceased), and Mary C. (married to Charles Brenneman). Besides her husband and children she leaves three sisters, seventeen granchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren to mourn her loss, which to her is eternal gain. She served the Church faithfully as deaconess and always took a live interest in the Cause of Christ, encouraging the saint, admonishing the careless and indifferent and had a deep concern for the salvation of the lost. Her spirit of sacrifice and intercession was specially in evidence in connection with the active work of her husband who was a pioneer in evangelistic efforts in the Mennonite Church. His services were in demand far and wide, thus frequently necessitating his absence from the family circle. At times when the work in places seemed heavy to our brother and the prospect unfavorable she would encourage him with a kindly letter, urging him to continue in the work and assuring him of her prayers, with the result that God would signally bless the work in the salvation of souls. Bro. Brenneman attributes the blessing following his work largely to support and prayers and hopes she may reap her full share of reward.
Our departed sister bore her last illness with patience and resignation and repeatedly expressed her desire to go home. May the memory of her godly life, her noble Christian example and her steadfast hope be a challenge and inspiration to many.
Funeral services were conducted at the Salem Church in charge of the home ministers.

Transcribed by Cheri Salz, Illinois


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVII, No. 25 - September 25, 1924 - pages 512

Berg.--Minerva Berg was born near Massillon, Ohio, June 5, 1863; died Sept. 5, 1924; aged 61 y. 3 m. She was married to Eld. Lewis Berg, Sept. 28, 1886. To this union were born eleven children, four of whom preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her loss her husband, two sons, five daughters, ten grandchildren, a sister, and three brothers. She was converted many years ago and united with the Brethren in Christ Church. She was faithful until death. Bishop Ira Buchwalter (Mennonite) and Eld. W. J. Myers (Brethren in Christ) officiated at the funeral service.

French.--John Albert French was born July 13, 1860; died Sept. 7, 1924; aged 64 y. 1 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Sophia Youtzy. To this union were born three sons and three daughters. Bro. French and his wife united with the Mennonite Church about thirty years ago and remained faithful to the end. Sister French was an invalid for over 20 years and preceded her husband to the spirit world three months ago. Bro. French was kind and sociable and was widely known and well respected by all who knew him. He leaves six children, two brothers, four sisters, and many relatives and friends. A weak heart was the cause of his death. Funeral on the 10th, conducted by John E. Kauffman and J. C. Swigart. Text, Phil. 3:20. Interment in the Spring Run Cemetery.
J. H. B.

Zook.--Eli, son of Jacob and Mary Zook, was born in Howard co., Ind., Nov. 9, 1870; died Sept. 9, 1924; aged 53 y. 10 m. In 1897 he united with Hopedale (Ill.) congregation, and on Nov. 24, 1900, at White Cloud, Mich., he was ordained deacon of the Mennonite Church by Bishop Peter Lehman of Goshen, Ind. From Indiana the family moved to White Cloud, Mich., where they resided for eleven years, when they moved to Kent Co., Mich, where they have lived about thirteen years. In January, 1989, he was united in marriage to Fannie Miller of La Grange Co., Ind. Two children were born to this union. He leaves his widow, one son (Daniel), one daughter (Ruth, married to Albert Bleam), three grandchildren (Lillian, Wilma, and Velma), one brother (Daniel), three sisters (Rose, Mary, and Susie). He was a devoted husband, a kind father, a faithful friend and an earnest Christian. Funeral at the Mennonite Church at Elmdale, Mich., by Aldus Brackbill and E. A. Bontrager. Text. II Tim. 4:7,8. Burial in cemetery nearby.

Witmer.--Sister May Brubaker Witmer, wife of Jacob S. Witmer of Elizabethtown, Pa., was born May 4, 1875; died Sept. 6, 1924; aged 49 y. 4 m. 2 d. She is survived by her husband and one daughter (Edith Mae). She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years and remained faithful unto the end. Her illness and suffering were borne patiently and she committed herself to the Lord's will. She was at the Lancaster Hospital quite often and underwent a number of operations there, at which place she died. She is greatly missed in the home and Church. Funeral services were held Sept. 9. Private services were conducted at the home by Bro. Samuel Fry with further public services at the Elisabethtown Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Noah Risser and Bro. Simon Garber, from Rev. 14:13. Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery.
"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 everywhere."
By the family.

Kilmer.--Barbara (Blosser), wife of Bro. Philip Kilmer of the Holdeman congregation near Wakarusa, Ind., was born in the Rockingham Co., Va., May 9, 1856. At the age of nine she went with her parents to Paulding Co., Ohio. Two years later they moved to La Salle Co., Ill., and finally came to Indiana moving two and one-half miles southeast of Wakarusa. She was married to Philip Kilmer in February, 1891. She united with the Mennonite Church when a young woman and continued in the same till death. Her parents died some years ago. An orphan girl, Gertrude Meedles, was received in their home and remained for eleven years. Sister Kilmer was an invalid for nine long years. On Aug. 27 she was stricken with paralysis, which rendered her unconscious, causing her death on Sept. 3, aged 68 y. 3 m. 26 d. She leaves husband, foster daughter (Mrs. Frank Rich), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at North Union Church, conducted by the Brethren Henry Weldy and Silas Weldy. Text, II Cor. 7:1. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Knerr.--Arda Knerr was born in Farmerstown, Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 6, 1886; died Sept. 11, 1924; aged 38 y. 5 d. When quite young her parents moved to Middlefield, Ohio where her father died. Eleven years ago the family consisting of mother, Arda, Monroe and Lizzie, came to Aurora where Arda, after a long struggle finally yielded to the fell destroyer. About eight years ago she took the measles and after a prolonged siege it became apparent to herself and family that a change of climate was absolutely necessary for her. So in 1918 she left home for La Junta and Colorado Springs, Colo. It was at the latter place three years ago where certain friends met her. On this occasion she revealed the fact that after a thorough physical examination there was no possibility of her again regaining her former health but begged her friends not to let her dear ones know of her condition, so as not to cause them unnecessary pain. In October of last year she went to a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients, but after a period of six months she and her brother who was caring for her all these years finally resolved to return to their Ohio home. Sister Arda was of an optimistic disposition, seemingly more concerned about the welfare of others than about her own physical condition. She united with the Mennonite Church when quite young and remained a faithful member till death. Funeral services by the home ministers. Text, Job 7:9,10. Interment in Plainview Cemetery. "Farewell, Arda, though we loved you, Jesus loves you, oh! much more: So He's called you to those mansions On yon bright, celestial shore."

Transcribed by Cheri Salz, Illinois

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