Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1925

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 36 - December 3, 1925 - page 735

Selzer. - Dollie Mae Selzer was born to Bro. and Sister Alvin Selzer, Nov. 8, 1925. On Nov. 9, funeral services of this child were held at their home, after which interment was made in the local cemetery. The services were conducted by Bro. D. D. Miller. Text, II Sam. 12:23.

Kauffman. - Alice, daughter of W. G. and Nancy Bowlin, was born in Miller Co., Mo., March 5, 1863; died in Garden City, Mo., Nov. 18, 1925; aged 62 y. 8 m. 13 d. In early life she united with the Baptist Church, of which body she remained a faithful member until death. In February, 1884, she was united in marriage to Samuel Kauffman, who preceded in death more than 24 years. To this union were born a son and a daughter, the former having preceded his mother in death. Besides her daughter she leaves two brothers and two sisters. She had been in failing health for a number of years, her final sickness culminating in a cerebral hemorrhage which ended her life. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Garden City Nov. 20, conducted by _____ Baker, W. W. Robertson, and Walter Davenport. Burial in Garden City Cemetery.

Weidman - Drusilla Kurtz Weidman was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., May 21, 1863; quietly passed away at her home Nov. 14, 1925; aged 62 y. 5 m. 23 d. She was united in marriage to Jesse Weidman Dec. 24, 1885. To this union were born 4 children: Laura, Allen, Effie, and Frank. There remain her loving husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 1 sister; also her stepmother, 1 half-brother, and 3 half-sisters, with a large circle of near relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior in early life, and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. She remained a faithful and devoted sister in the Master's service, loyal to Christ and the Church. "The will of the Lord be done." Services were held at the Oak Grove Church by the brethren, Aaron Heistand and J. S. Gerig. Text, Jn. 14:18. Interment in cemetery near by.

Conrad. - John C. Conrad, last surviving member of the Martin and Anna Conrad family, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 3, 1843; died at his home Nov. 16, 1925; aged 81 y. 11 m. 13 d. He leaves a loving wife, 3 sons, (Peter R., Amos and Martin) and 1 daughter (Mrs. Joseph Lichty) all living in Wayne Co., O., also 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. He was united in marriage to Catherine Ramseyer, Dec. 8, 1870. At the age of 20 he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until God called him home. Services were conducted by the brethren, J. A. Liechty, J. S. Gerig, and others. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Gone from all thy toil and pain.
Far from earth and all its wrestling
Thou didst now thy crown obtain."

Nofzinger. - Lena Nofzinger was born in Alsace, France, in 1840; died Nov. 9, 1925; aged 85 y. 9 m. 7 d. She was married to Nicholas Nofzinger about the year 1863. Some years later they migrated to the United States. To them were born 7 children. The husband and 2 children preceded her in death. Those living at this time are: Christ, Annie Summers, Henry, Dan, and Leah Greenwood. The mother lived with Leah most of the time the last 12 years. She came with her to Lyman, Miss., about a year ago. She soon took sick with dropsy and gradually weakened until death. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Sister Nofzinger was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. During her stay in Mississippi she often requested prayer in her behalf. She had a desire to depart and be at rest with her Lord. Her last words were to the effect that all was well. She died in peace. Funeral was conducted by Bros. D. S. and J. B. Brunk. Text, I Cor. 2:9. Interment in the Gulf Haven Cemetery.

Wertz. - Joseph W. Wertz was born Sept. 9, 1860, near Kalona, Iowa; died at his home near Kalona, Nov. 10, 1925; aged 65 y. 2 m. 1 d. He united with the Mennonite Church while yet a young man, and lived faithful until his death. He was united in marriage to Anna Beachey Oct. 24, 1882, by Bishop Abner Yoder. To this union were born three sons and four daughters; William H., Daniel W., Samuel E., Mrs. Rufus Yoder, Mrs. R. E. Miller, Mrs. U. A. Miller, and Mrs. Earnie Martin. His wife preceded him in death nearly thirteen years. He also leaves one brother (Daniel W.) four sisters, (Marian Brenneman Yoder, (deceased), Mrs. John Flory, Mrs. P. J. Miller, and Mrs. Eli Yoder, ten grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends. His death was caused by an attack of appendicitis. His suffering was brief and he passed peacefully to the Great Beyond. Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at the Lower Deer Creek Church, conducted by J. L. Hershberger in German and John Y. Swartzendruber in English. Text, Prov. 27:1. Interment in the cemetery near by.

Transcriber's note: In this obituary it says:. ...four sisters, (Marian Brenneman ... there is no right paren. in the paragraph to close this left paren.

Foreman. - Martha Gsell Foreman was born near Marion, Pa., Sept. 19, 1834; died from the infirmities of age Nov. 12, 1925; at the home of her sister, aged 91 y. 1 m. 23 d. Her illness was of a short duration. Her husband preceded her in death many years ago. Since that time she has borne the burdens of life alone, having no children to share these burdens with her. She was the oldest of a family of eight, the rest of the family having gone except her aged sister at whose home she died. She is survived by her aged sister, Susan Gsell, and fourteen nephews and nieces. She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite congregation at Marion. Funeral services were held at the house on Nov. 15, by Bro. Irvin Lehman assisted by Bro. W. W. Hege. Text: "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." Burial in the Hege graveyard near Marion. The funeral was very largely attended.
"All is over, hands are folded,
O'er a calm and peaceful breast,
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Auntie is at rest."
By a Niece.

Fisher. - Fannie L., daughter of Isaac F., and Sarah E. Zook, was born near Ronks, Penna., Nov. 17, 1902; died at her home near Red Well, Pa., Nov. 17, 1925; aged 23 years. Her death was due to complication of diseases. She was united in marriage to Benjamin B. Fisher, Dec. 1, 1921. To this union were born 4 children: Mary, Sarah, Leah and an infant which preceded her in death. She leaves her bereaved husband, 3 children, father, step-mother, 2 brothers, 4 half-brothers, 3 half-sisters, besides a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Church in her youth and was a faithful member to the end. It is hard to understand just why one so badly needed in the home was called. But God's ways are not our ways, and we know He doeth all things well. Funeral services were held Nov. 20, at the home, conducted by Bros. Henry Lapp and John Spicher. Interment in the Stoltzfus Cemetery. Text, Phil. 1:21-23. "Dearest sister, thou hast left us; Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'tis God that hath bereft us; He can all our sorrows heal."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 37 - December 10, 1925 - pages 767

Hostetler. - Andrew J., son of Moses J. and Elizabeth Hostetler, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 18, 1858; died at his home near Middlebury, Ind., Nov. 24, 1925; aged 67 y. 3 m. 6 d. He came with his parents from Ohio at the age of six and settled near Emma, Ind., where he lived until 1890, then moved near Middlebury where he spent the remainder of his life. On July 30, 1885, he was united in marriage to Anna A. Schrock. To this union were born two children (Cora and Charles). His first wife died Feb. 20, 1891. On Dec. 27, 1891, he was married to Rebecca Hostetler. To this union were born two children (LeRoy and a daughter who died in infancy). He united with the Mennonite Church in his younger years and in ---- was ordained to the ministry and there served a faithful life until death called him. He leaves his wife, two sons (Charles and LeRoy), six grandchildren, four brothers (Eli, Uriah, Jacob, and Henry), also many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at Mennonite Church, Middlebury, Ind., Nov. 27, where a very large and sympathizing audience assembled. Services by Silas Yoder, Earl Miller, and D. D. Miller.

Heatwole. - Mary V. Heatwole, known by old and young as "Aunt Polly" was born May 31, 1848; died at her home in Dayton, Va., Nov. 10, 1925. Feb. 22, 1870 she was united in marriage to Henry Brenneman of Elida, Ohio, who died Aug. 28, 1872. To this union was born one son, Timothy H. Brenneman, who died Jan. 28, 1905. She was again united in marriage on June 15, 1879, to Pre. Samuel Shank of Broadway, Va., whose death occurred April 30, 1901. Oct. 22, 1916, she married Perry X. Heatwole of Dayton, Va., who survives her. She also leaves to mourn her departure two brothers, Reuben S. Rhoades of Dayton, Va., William Rhoades of Hopewell, Va., and one sister, Mrs. Fannie Driver of Waynesboro, Va. Funeral services were conducted at Weaver's Church by E. C. Shank of Waynesboro, Va., and Lewis Good of Dayton, Va. Interment was made in the Zion Church cemetery near Broadway, Va. "Aunt Polly" will long be remembered by every one who was privileged to come into contact with her unselfish, useful life. Her loving deeds of service and kind hospitality will never be forgotten. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from youth and her life was a true example of devoted Christian womanhood.

Kraybill. - Joseph W., son of Peter and Lydia Kraybill, was born Aug. 24, 1838, on the Kraybill homestead farm, adjoining the Kraybill Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Sept. 8, 1925; aged 87 y. 15 d. He was the last survivor of his generation. He lived in the home of his daughter and her husband, Andrew S. Bard, who ministered lovingly and patiently to his needs after the death of our mother Feb. 16, 1917. He was a kind and loving father, always spending his evenings with his family. While his memory was normal and active, methinks I can hear him as we would sing: "I love Thy Kingdom, Lord, The house of Thine abode." He lived to mourn the loss of one of his five daughters, Mrs. Reuben G. Kauffman, who was called home seemingly so early in life. The remaining four are Mrs. Elias E. Risser, Mrs. Andrew S. Bard, Mrs. William R. Brubaker and Mrs. Joseph A. Fisher. There are 13 grandchildren living, and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Mount Joy Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member, Brethren Isaac Brubaker and Henry Lutz in charge. Text, Job 5:26. Remains lie in the Kraybill Burial Grounds. "Gone but not forgotten."
A Daughter.

Hostetler. - Anna Velma Hostetler was born Aug. 23, 1905, in Boise Valley, Nampa, Idaho; died Sept. 10, 1925, at the home of her parents, Bro. and Sister F. H. Hostetler. She was sick only six days, intestinal trouble being the cause. Her sudden death came as a shock to the whole community. She leaves father, mother, two brothers (Leo F. and Orval H.), two sisters (Vertie D. and Adelia Lillian), all of whom were at her bedside when the death messenger came. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior early in life and was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral was conducted on the 13th by Francis E. Springer and Omar G. Miller.
"Dear Velma so suddenly passed on yonder shore,
Here on earth we shall greet her never more.
She trusted in Jesus, our hope of glory;
May we ever tell the beautiful story,
How that Jesus died man to redeem"
Oh, the comfort of that wonderful theme!
Tho' our hearts do ache till they nearly break
For one whom Jesus saw fit to take,
We humbly to His promise cling;
Comfort to our lonely hearts He doth bring.
Let us ever seek to serve Him truly,
Then we too shall have a home in glory."

Yoder. - Aaron J. Yoder was born in McPherson Co., Kans., Jan. 2, 1891; on the morning of Nov. 17, 1925, a telegram from Detroit, Mich., where he had been working, was received by the family which was still mourning the loss of a father, stating that their brother had died suddenly on that day. Later it was stated that he had been killed in a train accident and that death was almost instantaneous. He was aged 34 y. 10 m. 13 d. He was the eldest son of the late Joas D. and Amanda Yoder. He is survived by 6 brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. At the age of 15 years he united with the A. M. Church, near Crystal Springs, Kans. For a time he successfully battled against many temptations which beset the path of every believer. But later he was a wanderer from the fold. Since the death of his mother, he again became hungry for true Christian experience, but it took the death of his father to really bring him to a halt. In the last letter which he wrote home he expressed sincere regret for his sins and shortcomings. In the last year of his life, he often warned others to live true and try to escape the sad experience which he was facing. Funeral services were conducted from the Amish Mennonite Church, near Crystal Springs, Kans., on Sunday, Nov. 22, in charge of the brethren, Harry Diener of Hutchinson, R. M. Weaver of Harper, Kans., and J. J. Zimmerman of Crystal Springs, Kans.

Yoder. - Joas D. Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, May 6, 1863; died Nov. 12, 1925; aged 62 y. 6 m. 6 d. He was the son of David J. and Susanna Yoder. He spent most of his early life near the place of his birth. Later, when 21 years of age, he came to McPherson Co., Kans., where he lived for nearly 16 years, and the last 22 years of his life were spent in Harper Co., Kans., near Crystal Springs. April 28, 1887, in McPherson Co., Kans., he was united in marriage to Amanda Yoder. To this union were born 2 daughters and 8 sons. He was preceded in death by the 2 daughters, 1 son, and his wife. His companion departed this life on January 19, 1923. He is survived by 7 sons, 1 brother, 7 grandchildren, his faithful housekeeper, and a host of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. In early manhood he united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful and true member until his Maker called him home. He served his chosen church as a deacon for a number of years of his later life and was serving in this capacity when his life came to such a sudden close. He had retired in his usual good health on Wednesday evening, Nov. 11, but on the following morning his lifeless body was found and all evidence showed that he passed on without a struggle. While we grieve for our loss, we rejoice in his gain. Funeral services were held from the Crystal Springs A. M. Church, on Sunday, Nov. 15, in charge of the brethren J. J. Zimmerman and D. Y. Hooley of Crystal Springs, Henry King of Wichita, and Harry Diener of Hutchinson, Kans.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 38 - December 17, 1925 - pages 782, 783

Kenagy. - Bessie Louise Kenagy was born June 12, 1922; passed away Nov. 24, 1925; she leaves her sorrowing parents, three brothers, and many friends. Funeral services held at the Bethel Church near Garden City, Mo., conducted by J. C. Driver, S. S. Hershberger and Wm. Helmuth.

Zimmerman. - Elizabeth Zimmerman was born Oct. 26, 1844; died from complications at her home near Zimmerman's Church, Mr., Oct. 19, 1925. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Surviving her are her husband and 1 son. Funeral services were held Nov. 21. Short services at the house and further services at Zimmerman's Church conducted by Bro. P. D. Shank. Text, Job 14:14. Burial in graveyard near the Church.

Good. - Wayne Emmerson, infant son of Bro. Ellis and Sister Kathryn Good died Sept. 13; aged 6 days. His little body was laid to rest in the Turkey Run Cemetery near Bremen, Ohio. Memorial services were held at the Turkey Run Church on Oct. 25, conducted by P. R. Lantz, Wooster, Ohio. Text, Lu. 18:15-17.
"We had a little treasure once
He was our joy and pride,
We loved him, ah perhaps too well
For soon he slept and died.
As the Lord doeth all things well,
We humbly pray, 'Thy will be done.'"

By his parents.

Keagy.- Susan H. Keagy died at her home near Hanover, Pa., Nov. 26, 1925; aged 86 y. 8 m. 5 d. Death was caused by a stroke from which she suffered shortly before. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves her husband, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 27 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and 4 brothers. Funeral Nov. 30. Short services at the house and further services in the Mennonite Church, Hanover, Pa., conducted by Bros. A. D. Wenger, P. D. Shank, and --Dambach of the United Brethren Church. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in the Keagy graveyard.

Hostetler. - Joseph Hostetler of near Jerome, Pa., was born Sept. 9, 1868; died Nov. 26, 1925; aged 57 y. 2 m. 17 d. He was married to Louisa Shetler April 26, 1896. To this union were born 3 children. Effie died Aug. 8, 1915. Norman and Etna survive him. He is also survived by his wife and the following brothers and sisters, Noah Hostetler, Isaac Hostetler, Mrs. J. M. Lohr, Mrs. Simon Thomas, Mrs. Samuel Holsopple, Mrs. Tobias Eash and Mrs. Daniel Gilbert. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite church May 23, 1896, and was faithful until death. Funeral services at the Blough Church, Nov. 28 were conducted by L. A. Blough, Harry C. Blough, and James Saylor. Buried in cemetery near the church.

Weaver.- Paul Weaver, the infant son of Bro. Harry Weaver's at Mauganville, Md., died on Dec. 2, 1925, after a brief illness of two weeks from bronchial pneumonia; aged 10 m. 10 d. He leaves his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Milford, Howard, Walter, Gladys, Mildred, Leonard and Mary. May God comfort the bereaved family, when they see the little gap in the circle. Tender cries no longer heard and smiling lips are gone. May they in the midst of tears rejoice that another innocent, spotless jewel is removed from a sin-stricken world, to find a place among the cherub choir. Funeral on Friday the 4th with services at Reiff's Mennonite Church by Bro. Geo. Keener and C. R. Strite. Text, Job 8:9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Rutt. - Bro. Christian Rutt was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 23, 1870; died Nov. 9, 1925; aged 55 y. 1 m. 17 d. His health was not good for a number of years, being afflicted with Bright's disease; but his last sickness confined him to his bed only 6 days. He is survived by his wife, 5 sons, 3 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. He was a devoted Christian, ever striving to speak a word for his Master. Funeral services Nov. 13, conducted at the house by Bro. John Sauder and at Weaverland Church by Bro. I. B. Good and Bro. Benj. Weaver. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Shantz. - Sister Pearl Mae Shantz, (nee Snyder) wife of Bro. Lincoln Shantz of Kitchener, Ont., died on Monday evening at the K. W. Hospital after two weeks illness, which she bore very patiently and with Christian fortitude. She was born Feb. 7, 1895; aged 30 y. 10 m. 21 d. She was married in 1916. She accepted Christ in her youth, and trusted in the Lord's redemptive work in behalf of her soul. One of her last statements was her expressed peace and joy through the Gospel which she believed. She accepted and died in the faith as expressed by the Mennonite Church. She was preceded in death by her two sons, no children living. She leaves her husband, parents, two sisters, and many relatives. Funeral services were held at Kitchener by C. F. Derstine, assisted by M. N. Shantz. Interment in Blenheim cemetery.

Miller. - Martha Fern, Daughter of Bro. David S., and Sister Fanny Miller, Elkhart Co., Ind., died Dec. 6, 1925; aged 5 y. 8 m. 13 d. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 3 brothers (Delton, Thomas, and Max), 2 sisters (Amy and Naomi), 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, and 1 great-grandmother, also many other relatives to mourn her early departure. She was afflicted with scarlet fever but seemingly not serious till other complications set in from which she suffered severely but bore it very patiently till the end came. On account of the quarantine no public funeral service could be held. A few remarks at the house and a brief service at the grave by D. J. Johns, and the body was laid to rest.
"All is over, hands are folded
O'er a calm, and peaceful breast
All is o'er, pain is ended,
And dear Martha is at rest.

Shank.- Eliza Wisler Shank was born near Mummasburg, Pa., July 31, 1825; died from infirmities of age Nov. 25, 1925 at the home of her son near Hanover, Pa.; aged 91 y. 3 m. 25 d. She was married to David Shank Oct. 14, 1856. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. The husband and daughter preceded her in death 44 years ago. She had a longing desire to depart and be at rest. She is survived by 2 sons (Pre. P. D. Shank, with whom she had her home), and Harvey C. Shank; also 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral Nov. 29. Brief services at the house conducted by Bro. Harvey Grove and further services at Mummasburg by Bros. Amos Myer and Jacob Bucher. Texts, Psa. 40:1 and Psa. 37:25 (chosen by deceased). Burial in the graveyard near the church.

Transcriber's Note: birthday given as July 31 1825, death date given as Nov. 25, 1925. It gives her age at death as 91 years. Something is incorrect, but this is what the obituary states.

Oswald.- Lydia, daughter of Peter and Mattie Oswald, was born near Charm, O., Dec. 1, 1850; died near Walnut Creek, O., Nov. 23, 1925; aged 74 y. 11 m. 22 d. She had her home with her nephew, E. T. A. Zook. She was the youngest of a family of 10 children, 8 sisters, 2 brothers; all of whom preceded her to the spirit world. Her father and mother emigrated from Germany in the beginning of the 19th century and settled in the then unknown wilderness near Charm, O. Here about the year 1832 they cleared away the forest and erected a big cabin and began their pioneer life in the woods. Here our departed sister was born and raised. She joined the Amish Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek in the year 1867, and remained faithful until death. She leaves many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Her sickness didn't last so long. It was acute encephalitis following influenza. Service at the Walnut Creek A. M. meeting house, opened by Corson Mast. Sermon by S. H. Miller. Text, Phil. 1:20. Burial in the cemetery near by.

Swanenburg. - John Swanenburg was born in Holland June 21, 1859; died Nov. 4, 1925; aged 66 y 4 m. 13 d. Bro. Swaneneburg came to this country when 32 years old, with his wife and four children, since then living in Chester Co., Pa., in the vicinity of Frazer. Farming and dairying was his temporal occupation. He joined the Frazer Mennonite Church about ten years ago, when the work was in its early stages. He was one of the first to advocate a church building here and later on when the church was built and services held, it was his privilege to see his son, Mark, ordained to the ministry in it. He leaves a sorrowing wife and seven children, (Honor, Watson, Fred, Mark, Whilamina, Gertrude, Joseph), two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Two of his children preceded him in death. Bro. John W. Weaver and David Dabback conducted the funeral services in the Frazer Mennonite Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Blessed is the thought that those remaining and living in Christ will meet their loved ones who have died in the Lord.

Zuercher. - Aldine, daughter of W. H. and Mary Lehman, was born in Wayne Co., O., May 10, 1902; died Nov. 24, 1925; aged 23 y. 6 m. 14 d. At the age of 16 she was baptized and received into the Swiss Mennonite Church. She was an active worker in the Y. P. B. M. before she was married, and remained a loyal member of the church until the end. In August, 1921, she was united in marriage to Noah Zuercher. Two children were born to this union, (Francis and Mahlon). She leaves her loving husband, 1 daughter, 1 son, parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of other relatives and friends. Since spring she had been confined to her bed, until in the fall she was able to be up again for a little while, and there were hopes for her recovery; but all at once she again had a relapse and her case was so she was not expected to recover, and died on the above date. Funeral services were held on Thanksgiving day, by Bro. C. N. Amstutz, in German and Bro. Oscar Burkholder of Breslau, Ont., (who held meetings at Martins Church that week). Texts, John 11:25-26; Prov. 6:22-23.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 39 - December 24, 1925, page 799.

Landis. - Henry E. Landis was born Feb. 13, 1844; died Dec., 1, 1925; aged 81 y. 9 m. 18 d. Bro. Landis was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, worshipping at Goods. He was afflicted in body for some time, but bore it patiently. He is survived by one son (Jonas), with whom he resided, and also 4 daughters. Funeral services were conducted at his late home and Good's Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 5, 1925, by Bros. John Ebersole, Noah Risser, Simon Garber, and Ira Miller. Text, John 16:33. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Givens. - Barbara, wife of George Givens of Elizabethtown, Pa., was born Dec. 4, 1867; died Dec. 12, 1925; aged 58 y. 8 d. She is survived by her sorrowing husband, 3 sons, and 2 daughters. She had been a great sufferer for some time, but bore it patiently until God saw fit to take her home. Her last concern was, "the peace of God which passeth all understanding," for herself and family. Funeral services were conducted at her late home Dec. 15, 1925, by Bro. Jacob Martin, and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Samuel Fry, Noah Risser, and John Hess. Text, Psa. 55:6. Interment in Sheaffer's Cemetery.

Gingrich. - John J., son of Wilfred and Freda Gingrich, was born April 11, 1922, at Richland Center, Wis.; died Nov. 24, 1925, at Los Angeles, Calif.; aged 3 y. 7 m. 13 d. Death was caused by tuberculor meningitis. He leaves father, mother, one sister, and one half-brother. Private services were held at the Grandview Cemetery, located near the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. Sermon by Bro. J.P. Bontrager of Los Angeles. Text, Matt. 19:13-16.
"He is not dead but sleeping
In that fair land above,
Where there shall be no more weeping,
But all is joy and love."
J. W. G.

Habig. - August Habig was born in Alpenroth, Germany, March 14, 1860; died Oct. 29, 1925; aged 65 y. 7 m. 15 d. He came to America at the age of 22 years. On January 2, 1885 he was married to Pauline Shafer. To this union were born 5 children. One son preceded him in death. Those who survive him are his widow, Pauline, Philip, and Hubert, Emma Culp, and Clara Green. Bro. Habig was converted about five years ago during a series of meetings held by Bro. S. E. Allgyer. From the day of his acceptance of the Lord he was delivered from his booze and tobacco. His life meant much to the work at Ft. Wayne, and he is surely missed not only by the family but by the Church. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church at Ft. Wayne Nov. 1, Perry A. Heller and Ben B. King officiating.

Steckly. - Sister Sadie Cressman, beloved wife of Bro. Joe J. Steckly of near Carstairs, Alta., died on Oct. 11, 1925. She was born near Kitchener, Ont., on July 30, 1887. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three children (Irene, Lyle and Merl), also a mother, sister, and two brothers, in Kitchener, Ont. She had cancer but on taking treatment in Linden, Ont., hope was held out for her recovery. She came home just about six weeks before her death happy to be in her home. Sister Sadie was of a cheerful and loving disposition, so is greatly missed by her many friends. She was patient in her suffering and expressed her longing to depart and be where there is no more pain. The funeral was held on Oct. 16, Bro. N. B. Stauffer of Aldersyde preaching an impressive sermon. Bro. N. R. Weber and the home minister, Bro. H. J. Harder, assisted. Sadie was laid away to await the call of her Lord, in the cemetery near the church where she was used to worship.

Hartman. - Bro. Charles F. Hartman was born in Maryland Dec. 18, 1847; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Russell, near Woodbury, Pa., Dec. 6, 1925; aged 77 y. 11 m. 18 d. Jan. 16, 1872, he was married to -- Mock, who died April 19, 1887. To this union five children were born, three of whom are living. He was married again in 1888, to Lucinda Quarry, who survives him. To this union two daughters were born. He is survived by his wife, two sons (George R., and Jason B.), two daughters (Daisy Fisher and Ada Russell), and one step-daughter (Nannie Zook). He united with the Mennonite Church in 1887, and remained a faithful member to the time of his death. Just a few weeks prior to his death he desired that communion be administered to him, which desire was granted. Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran Church in Woodbury by Bros. S. G. Shetler, J. N. Durr, and C. A. Graybill. Burial in Dry Hill Cemetery.

Brubacher.* - Moses Brubacher was born near Kitchener, Ont., Aug., 5, 1847; died Dec. 5, 1925; aged 78 y. 4 m. On Oct. 6, 1872, he was married to Elizabeth Musselman, which union was blessed with 7 children, of whom 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him. There remain his aged companion, 4 sons, 1 daughter. They are, Menno, Moses, Lucinda, Israel and Simon. Also 12 grandchildren, 1 brother, Christian, and 1 sister, Mrs. Geo. Schmitt, and many relatives and friends survive. He united with the Mennonite Church early in life, remained true to the end, and had the joy of seeing all his children and grandchildren over 10 years of age become members of the Church. He was of a friendly and sociable disposition and many enjoyed the privilege of being entertained in his home. He was so crippled with rheumatism that for the last ten years he had to walk with crutches, but he bore his affliction with remarkable cheerfulness, and often when someone saluted him from a distance, he raised his crutches in the form of a cross, which meant, This is my cross, but I am bearing it cheerfully. His death was caused by pneumonia from which he suffered about 3 days. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Martin's Mennonite Church were Bishops A. B. Gingerich and C. F. Derstine preached impressive sermons to a large and appreciative audience. Texts, Rom. 14:7-8; Job 5:26.

*Transcriber's note: Original was Brubacker and it was changed because of his wife's obituary information.

Hess. - Sister Sarah, wife of Bro. Simon P. Hess, of Akron, Pa., was born July 31, 1857; died Dec. 4, 1925; aged 68 y. 4 m. 3 d. Her death was due to kidney trouble being sick for several weeks. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Amos W., married to Sallie Longenecker; Emma, wife of John J. Messner; Ada, wife of Jacob Keener; John W., married to Lizzie Burkholder; Clarence W., married to Gertrude Hicks; Eva, wife of Roy Hess; Harry W., married to Elizabeth Good; Edwin A., married to Alice Habacker; Irene and Helen at home. She was the oldest daughter of George and Susanna Wolf, of Akron, Pa., and was born near the place she died. Of her family her parents, and a sister, Emma, preceded her to the eternal world and three brothers survive: H. N. Wolf, Elder S. N. Wolf, and A. N. Wolf. They were married on Sept. 19, 1876, and united with the Mennonite Church at Hammer Creek soon after their marriage. She remained a faithful member until death. Being a faithful companion for nearly 50 years, and being a loving mother of ten grown children and 29 grandchildren who keenly feel her being called home as the first one to break the family circle here below and the first one to begin the family circle in Heaven. May this draw all heavenward. The funeral was held Dec. 8, at the home and at the Ephrata Mennonite Church. Burial in the Wolf Cemetery near Akron. Bro. A. A. Landis had charge of services at the home and Bros. Amos Horst and Noah Landis at the church. The church was full to its capacity and many people on the outside. Text, Psa. 116:15-"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
"We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee everywhere."

Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana

Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 40 - December 31, 1925 - pages 815

Lesher.-Sister Annie L. Lesher died Dec. 16, 1925; aged 61 y. 9 m. 21 d. She had been afflicted for about 10 months with complications as a result of tonsilitis. She is survived by one daughter, (Esther), who has the sympathy of many friends and neighbors; also one sister. (Mrs. Jos. E. Lehman), and two brothers, (Amos and Jacob). Her husband, Daniel A. Lesher, preceded her to the spirit world. She has been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church near Chambersburg, Pa., for many years. Funeral on the 19th, at the home in charge of Bro. D. E. Kuhns and at the Chambersburg M. H. by the Brethren Harvey E. Shank and J. S. Burkholder. (Texts, Psa. 116:15; Rev. 7:9). Burial in the graveyard adjoining. May she rest in peace.

Stoltzfus.-Leah (Lantz) Stoltzfus, wife of Ezra Stoltzfus, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 21, 1868; died at her home near Gap, Pa., Dec 1, 1925; aged 57 y. 6 m. 10 d. She is survived by her husband and three children, also a foster daughter and one grandchild. (Harry W., Mary E., Christian, and Mary Raum). Three children preceded her to glory. She also leaves a brother (D. Parke Lantz), also a sister (Barbara). She was a faithful member of the Millwood Amish Mennonite Church. She was an invalid for over seven years, but bore her sickness with much patience. Funeral services conducted at the house by Amos B. Stoltzfus and at Millwood Church by John Kennel and John S. Mast. Text, II Cor. 4:17. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Farewell, mother"dearest mother,
Such was thy end, a calm release,
No clinging to this mortal clod,
It seemed as if she stood in peace
Before a smiling God."

Kauffman.-Oliver Clarence, eldest son of Abner and Martha Ellen Kauffman, was born Sept. 10, 1885, near W. Liberty, O., and passed away at the State Hospital, Dayton, O., Sept. 7, 1925; aged 39 y. 11 m. 27 d. He spent a number of years in the Northwest and later returned home again. More than a year ago his health began to fail, and upon the advice of his physicians, he entered the hospital for treatment. He seemed to be improving, when overtaken by general paralysis, which caused his death. His kindly disposition and generous nature will long be remembered by the many relatives and friends. He leaves father, mother, three brothers, and three sisters, (Blaine, Sherman, Mrs. Artie King, Mrs. Rhoda Yoder, Harry, and Mabel). A brother died in infancy and a sister (Mary), in 1922. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, in charge of A. I. Yoder and J. P. Bontrager. Burial in the cemetery near the church.

Reiff.-Elizabeth H., daughter of David and Elizabeth Horst Reiff, died Dec. 15, at the Mennonite Home, Maugansville, Md. She was born near Cearfoss, Md., Nov. 5, 1840; died Dec. 15, 1925; aged 85 y. 1 m 10 d. She was a member of Reiff's Mennonite Church for many years, and much interested in its activities. Surviving her is one sister (Mary), and many friends. These two sisters were the first to apply for entrance into the Home, and for two years have enjoyed the hospitality and kindness of the institution. Mary now remains to occupy their lonely room and measure the quiet moments. May she continue to be comforted by those around her, and by the blessed promise of her Master. "I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you." Funeral Dec. 18 from the Home, with services at Reiff's Church by Bros. Daniel Strite (Rom. 14:12), and Denton Martin (II Cor. 5:1). Burial in Cemetery adjoining.
C. R. Strite.

Harnish.-David F. Harnish was born near Willow street, Pa., May 20, 1850; died Dec. 8, 1925; aged 75 y. 6 m. 19 d. He suffered seriously for almost six weeks, and had a longing desire to depart and be at rest. He was married to Katie Herman. To this union were born a son and a daughter, (John and Cecilia). He was preceded in death by his wife and daughter. His companion departed from this life four years ago. He is survived by his only son, one granddaughter, a host of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. He united with the Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful and true member until his Maker called him home. Brief services at the house were conducted by Bro. Aaron Harnish and further services at New Danville Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Thomas and Aaron Harnish. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But 'tis God who has bereft us.
He can all our sorrows fill."

Greider.- Charles C. Greider, of near Mt. Joy, Pa., died suddenly in the cellar of the school where he was teaching, death being due to dilation of the heart. He was one of the teachers of the Union school, along the pike between Mt. Joy and Marietta. He taught there Tuesday, as usual, and in the evening after the other teacher and pupils had departed for home, he went to the cellar to fix the fires. As he did not return home, a search was begun. At 2 o'clock Wednesday morning, he was found by his son, Nissley Greider, and Dr. Herr, of Landisville. Deputy Coroner W. M. Thome, was summoned, held an investigation, and decided that death was instantaneous and due to acute dilation of the heart. He was 52 years of age. He was a former merchant here, but for a number of years was farming. He is survived by his wife and son, Nissley Greider; his mother, Mrs. Amos Greider, of Landisville; also the following brothers: B. F. Greider, Howard., C. Z. Greider. The funeral was held from his late home and at the Landisville Mennonite meeting house, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Glick.-Rebecca Glick (nee Beiler) was born June 25, 1866, and died Nov. 14, 1925, at her home near Smoketown, Pa.: aged 59 y. 4 m. 19 d. Mother's health had been failing for several years, and she was confined to her bed for six weeks. She was united in marriage with Isaac N. Glick on Feb. 17, 1898, and is survived by her husband; one step-daughter, Mrs. Aaron K. Riehl, and the following five children, (David B., Daniel M., Mary, Aaron and Jacob). One daughter, (Annie L.), preceded her in death 15 years ago. The following brothers and sisters also survive: John Beiler, Benj. F. Beiler, Jonas M. Beiler, Katie, Lydia, and Susan Beiler. Mother was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and was deeply concerned spiritually about her children, as well as the Church in general. She bore her suffering patiently (having always been of a meek and quiet disposition) and was resigned to the end. We have evidence to believe that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held Nov. 16, conducted by Moses P. Riehl, John A. Stoltzfus (Text, Rom. 5:17-21), and John A. Kennel. Interment in Ronks Cemetery.
"'Tis not the tears of the moment shed,
That tell how we loved the soul that fled.
'Tis the silent tears thru the long years wept,
And the fond remembrances kept.
We miss you, so dear Mother."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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