Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1925

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 32 - November 5, 1925 - page 655

Miller. - Alexander E. Miller was born Nov. 15, 1852, near Sugar Creek, Ohio; died of paralysis Oct. 19, 1925; aged 72 y. 11 m. 4 d. He was married to Catherine Miller Jan. 11, 1880. To this union were born 3 sons and 7 daughters. One daughter preceded him in death. He leaves 22 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held at Bunker Hill Church by J. F. Mast and Calvin Mast.

Herr. - Sister Catharine Dambach, wife of Bro. Aaron Herr, died Sept. 23, 1925, at her home in Mountville, Pa; aged 74 y. 8 m. 15 d. She leaves her aged husband, one son and two daughters, nine grandchildren, four brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services were held Sept. 26, in the Mountville Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. J. C. Habecker and Bro. Long. Sister Herr was a sister of Mrs. Frey, they both being very sick at the same time and passing away only four weeks apart.
"One by one we're going over
One by one our work is o'er;
Brother, sister, come to meet me
When we'll meet to part no more. -
-- By a sister.

Frey. - Sister Fannie Dambach Frey died at the home of her sister (Elizabeth H. Martin) at Central Manor, Pa., Aug. 26, 1925; aged 82 y. 1 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage to Martin D. Kendig, Nov., 1886, living at Millersville, Pa., at the time of his death. Her second marriage was to Emmanuel Frey of Mediapolis, Iowa, living there four years. After his death she returned to Lancaster Co., Pa., and made her home with her sister. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and while living in Iowa worshipped with the church at Wayland, Iowa, this being about forty miles from her home. She leaves four brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at the Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren J. C. Habecker, D. N. Gish and Christian Hostetter. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Weep not for me, I am not dead,
But only gone before;
Press on through trials and temptations sore,
To meet to part no more. -
-- By a sister.

Bechtel. - Menno J., oldest child of Jacob and Catherine Bechtel, was born in Huron Co., Ont., Jan. 4, 1856; died in Nappanee, Ind., Oct. 15, 1925; aged 69 y. 9 m. 11 d. At about the age of ten years he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., and a few years later they moved to Missouri. Here he grew to manhood and then returned to Elkhart Co., where he lived until death. On Oct. 19, 1882, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Metzler. To this union were born 2 sons and 6 daughters. One daughter (Mary Ann) preceded him in death. He leaves his sorrowing companion, 7 children, 21 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He accepted his Savior when about 30 years of age and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful and loyal member until death. During his last sickness, which lasted about six weeks, he was very patient and fully resigned to the will of God and often desired that he might be called home. He was greatly concerned about his family, and the friends and relatives that visited him, and always admonished them to so live that he could meet them in the great reunion over yonder. His voice is hushed, yet he speaks to us that we should be faithful. Funeral was held on Oct. 17, at the Nappanee (Ind.) Brick Church, where a large concourse of mourning friends gathered to pay tribute. Burial at the Union Center Cemetery.
-- Silas Weldy.

Kraybill.- Elizabeth Rutt, daughter of Tillman S. and Elizabeth E. Kraybill, passed peacefully away at her home near Bainbridge, Pa. Her death was very sudden and unexpected and was caused by acute dilation of the heart. She was born April 24, 1900; died Oct. 9, 1925; aged 25 y. 5 m. 15 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 14 years and was a faithful member until death. Her sudden death was a severe shock to the family as well as to the community in which she lived. She will be greatly missed in the home and by all who knew her as she had won many friends by her sweet and loving disposition. For some years she had been a teacher in public schools and her kind admonitions and the influence of her radiant life will long be remembered by those who were under her instructions. Besides her parents, she leaves the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Ira Miller, Mrs. Alvin Nissley, Mrs. Reuben Miller, John R., Martin R., Cora, Mary, Laura, and Norman. Funeral services were held Oct. 12, at the home and at Bosslers Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Simon Garber and Noah Risser. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"She sleeps, she sleeps! And never more
Will her footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor her voice be heard with its loving tone
By the lov'd ones left 'round her own hearthstone.
She has gone, she has gone to her home afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are. -

Landes.- Amanda (Selzer) Landes was born near Dundee, Ohio, March 16, 1861; died at Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., Oct. 17, 1925; aged 64 y. 7 m. 1 d. She was married to Aaron Landes in 1877. He preceded her to the spirit world last December. To this union were born three children (Mrs. Ammon Bitikofer, Mrs. Oliver Weaver, and Edward). She was converted in early womanhood and united with the Mennonite Church. In this faith she was constant until death. Bro. Landes was a deacon, serving the Spring Valley Church for a number of years. Sister Landes was a sympathetic helpmeet and whenever health permitted, she had no greater joy than to aid those who were sick or to assist others who were in need. She had made her home for the last few years at Hesston. About five weeks ago she was taken to Bethel Hospital, when it was discovered that her trouble was leakage of the heart. She always expressed her readiness to go or stay and was willing to comply with the Lord's will. Her case was such that she was not expected to recover but she died quite suddenly on the morning of the above date. Besides her children, who are all married, five grandchildren, one brother (Benjamin Selzer), one sister (Barbara Suntheimer), and one half-sister (Emma Cripe), survive her. Her funeral was held on Monday afternoon from her late residence in Hesston, with a short service by D. H. Bender. Her remains were then taken to the Spring Valley Church where further services were conducted by T. M. Erb, assisted by Noah Ebersole. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Text, James 4:14; "What is your life?"

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 33 - November 12, 1925 -page 687

Hershberger.- Marjorie, infant daughter of Homer and Leora Hershberger, near Walnut Creek, O., died Oct. 23, 1925; aged 5 days. Her sickness was hemorrhage. She leaves parents, 1 sister, (Irene) 1 brother (Howard) 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, 1 great grandfather and a host of relatives. Her stay on earth was brief, but she will be sadly missed by all. Services at the house by S. H. Miller, Oct. 25. Text, Isa. 11:6, last clause. Burial in the Walnut Creek, A. M. Cemetery.

Dintaman.- Joseph Dintaman was born Jan. 13, 1853, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died Aug. 31, 1925, in Gratiot Co., Mich.; aged 72 y. 7 m. 18 d. At the age of 23 he was united in marriage with Emeline Dareas. To this union one daughter was born, Mrs. Fred Stacy. He leaves a sorrowing wife, one daughter, two granddaughters; 3 brothers (George, Samuel, and Abel), with many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral sermon was preached from Psa. 81:4-9 and I Pet. 1:24, 25 by A. R. Peters assisted by Y. Haynes and H. J. Mininger. The remains were interred in the cemetery at Ithaca, Mich.

Whitaker.- Joseph Harold, son of John and Lydia Whitaker, near Albany, Oreg., died at the home of his parents Oct. 21, 1925; aged 5 y. 6 m. 3 d. Death was due to complication of diseases. About ten weeks before his death he took sick with pneumonia, after which inflammatory rheumatism set in. Seemingly he was recovering, when his heart gave way and his end came peacefully in his mother's lap. He leaves father, mother, three brothers, one sister, and many relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. So large and strong in body, and pleasant in disposition, yet it pleased the Lord to call him. Funeral services at the Albany Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. N. A. Lind.

Weber.- Henry G. Weber was born Jan. 25, 1842, in Berks Co., Pa., on the Weber homestead where he lived all his life; died on Oct. 24, 1925; aged 83 y. 8 m. 29 d. He was baptized and received into church fellowship Oct. 12, 1861, by Bishop Jacob Mosemann. This vow was kept to the end. On Sept. 20, 1863, he joined hands in holy wedlock with Elizabeth Musser (Buried Mar. 23, 1921). Eight sons and 2 daughters blessed this family hearth (Jacob Noah, John, Henry, Joseph, Solomon, Samuel, Aaron, Fannie and Anna). Jacob and Henry preceeded him to glory. For 19 months he lay in bed. During this time his two unmarried children (Fanny and Aaron) were by his bedside, the others taking turns as the need demanded. He was a member of the Bowmansville congregation; a pillar in the church. Was nominated for Church leadership a number of times. His integrity shows in his children; all settled in the faith of the Bible. Forty-five grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren remain in the family line of this father of Israel. His body was laid away Oct. 28, 1925. Bro. Geo. G. Horning conducted the services at the house, Bishop Weaver had burial ceremony. The final service was held in the Allegheny Mennonite Church, with Bros. Bowman and Gehman. Texts, I Pet. 1:3, 4 (English); Rev. 14:13 (German).

Transcriber's note: In the original GH daughter's name is spelled Fanny in one place and Fannie in another.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 34 - November 19, 1925 - page 703, 704

Huber.- Luella Dorine, daughter of Henry and Luella Huber, was born Oct. 18, 1919, In LaGrange Co., Ind., met her tragical death near Sturgis, Mich., Oct. 11, 1925 in an automobile accident. Funeral services and burial at Sturgis. She leaves father, mother, two sisters, and four brothers. Dorine was a very dear and bright little girl. Although not quite six years old she was in her second year of school. Her teacher and schoolmates attended the funeral in a body. Dear papa and mama, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and the rest of your children. Yes, dear Dorine is watching for you on yonder shore with her beaming face and beckoning with her little hands to welcome you into the presence of Jesus. -
Aunt Rebecca.

Martin.- Margaret Martin (Nee Rittenhouse) widow of the late David Martin, passed away at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Warren, at South Cayuga, Ont., Oct. 22, 1925; aged 73 y. For many years she bore the burdens of life alone, caring for the children when her husband was called away by death. Her illness was of short duration, the result of paralysis. She has been a lifelong member of the Mennonite congregation at South Cayuga. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 25, by Bro. John Sherk, assisted by Bro. S. F. Coffman. Burial took place in the Mennonite burying ground at South Cayuga. Many friends and neighbors assembled out of their respect for the memory of the departed and in sympathy for the bereaved family. The hope of the Christian faith takes away the sting of death.

Roth.- Clarence Christopher Roth was born July 25, 1904, near Allensville, Pa., was instantly killed in an automobile wreck near Sebring, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1925; aged 21 y 2 m. 10 d. He leaves a sorrowing father and mother, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of friends. He united with the Mennonite Church and gave his heart to Christ in his early childhood, and was true to the church, always attending Sunday school and religious services whenever possible. He was well liked by all who associated with him. At the time of his death was teaching school near Sebring, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the A. M. Church near Allensville, Pa., Conducted by J. B. Zook and E. D. Hess. Interment in the Allensville Cemetery.
"We have not lost, we still possess
The best of what he brought.
When first he came, a gift to bless
From God's creative thought,
'Tis ours to cherish, use, and keep
The help of all his years. -

"The tomb is heaven's gate,
Our longing souls hope not in vain
To join him soon or late. -
--Selected by his parents.

Egli.- Emma L., daughter of John and Mary Good, was born near Minier, Ill., June 9, 1891; died at her home near Hopedale, Ill., Nov. 2, 1925; aged 34 y. 4 m. 24 d. Her death was due to complications of disease. She was united in marriage to John B. Egli Jan 27, 1915. To this union were born four children (Grace, Arthur, Ivan, Florence). She leaves her bereaved husband, 4 children, father and mother, 2 brothers (Alvin Good, Simon Good), 6 sisters (Mrs. Phoebe Litwiller, Mrs. Lydia Eichelberger, Mrs. Alma Litwiller, Rosie, Esther, and Ruth), besides a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and was a consistent member and remained faithful 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. 5 at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Simon Litwiller and Ben Springer assisted by Bro. Ezra Yordy of Eureka, Ill. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery.

Nofziger.- Barbara Nofziger (nee Wyse) was born near Burlington, O., Dec. 1, 1851; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Peter Eicher) at Archbold, O., Oct. 26, 1925;aged 73 y. 10 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage with Jacob J. Nofziger Dec. 22, 1871. To this union were born 9 children, 8 sons, and one daughter. Her husband preceded her in death seven years ago, also four sons preceded her. She leaves 4 sons, one daughter, 29 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. She was a devoted, faithful and loving Christian mother, always ready to help out where special care and help was needed. In her younger years she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death.
"Death has called away dear mother.
In the lonely grave to lie;
May we all all prepare to meet her
In that home beyond the sky. -
Funeral services were held Oct. 29, at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Eli Rupp in German and Henry Rychener and E. L. Frey in English. Texts, Psa. 17:15; 99:12. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

Gehman.- Noah M. Gehman was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on June 6, 1857; died Nov. 7, 1925; aged 68 y. 5 m. 1 d. On Jan. 4, 1880, he was married to Hannah B. Gehman. One daughter (Fannie) and 3 sons (Moses, Garson, and Silas) and the mother remain; also 12 grandchildren and 1 foster child. His departure was unexpected. The day before he died he followed his usual routine of work. At night he retired in apparently good health. At about midnight he was stricken with heart failure. He was conscious long enough to bid mother the final goodbye, seeing that his departure was at hand. The children came to his bedside only to see the mute form of a father whom they loved dearly and who loved them"no voice; no response. After eight hours of struggle the soul left its "earthly house. - Despite his sudden departure there remains the memory of his Christian fortitude and faithfulness to our Lord, causing the family to cheerfully submit to Him who doeth all things well. Bro. Geo. Horning conducted the services at the house, and at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, (of which congregation the departed was a member). The services were continued by Bro. N. B. Bowman in English and Bro. Benj. Weaver in German. Text, Mt. 25:13 "Not as I will, but as thou wilt. -

Zimmerman.--Ida, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Zimmerman, was born near Blue Ball, Pa., June 6, 1875; died Oct. 16, 1925, at the home of her parents in Himkletown, Pa.; aged 50 y. 10 m. 4 d.; after a lingering illness of cancer and dropsy. She was confined to her room for eight months. She bore her sufferings patiently. In the beginning of her afflictions she still had hopes for recovery, but as time went on she saw her condition and said she was satisfied just as the Lord wills. A few days before she died she partook of communion for the last time. She was a consistent member of Metzler's Mennonite Church for a number of years and remained a faithful member until death. She leaves her aged father and mother, one sister, (Mrs. Aldus Mellinger), two nieces, two nephews, and a host of relatives and friends. She having made all her funeral preparations by choosing her songs and for her text (Mark 14:8, first clause), the funeral was held Mon. Oct. 19, at the Groffsdale Mennonite Church directed by Bros. Benjamin Wenger and Noah Mack. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
O'er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Ida is at rest. -
A niece.

Freed. - Joseph N. Freed, son of (deacon) Daniel and Anna Freed, was born in Kosciusko Co., Ind., Jan.24, 1853; died after a lingering illness at the home of his daughter, Maud Hoffer, Sept. 14, 1925; aged 72 y. 7 m. 20 d. On Dec. 28, 1879, he was united in marriage to Savilla Yoder, and they together located near Wakarusa, Ind., at which place he died.To this union were born 2 daughters and 1 son ( Mrs. Maud Hoffer, Mrs. Dora Knowlton, and Francis E. Freed. His wife died Jan. 31, 1898. On June 30, 1898, he was again married to Sarah Davidhizar. This union was blessed with three sons (John, Enos, and Manford). John and Enos died in infancy. His second wife died Aug. 4, 1902. After the death of his second wife he spent most of his summers on his farm at Alanson, Mich., and his winters with his children in Indiana. He was received into church fellowship about three weeks prior to his death. He expressed peace with God. His one great regret was that he did not accept Christ as his personal Savior sooner. He leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 brothers (Peter, William, and Reuben), 5 sisters ( Mrs. Eli Yoder, Mrs. J. A. Freed, Mrs. Francis Longanecker, Mrs. Harrison Clements, and Mrs. William Mikel), 17 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. He was a kind and affectionate father, and a great lover of his children and grandchildren. On the 17th the funeral was held at North Union. Services conducted by J. F. Funk and Henry Weldy. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.
Henry Weldy.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 35 - November 26, 1925 - page 719

Swartzendruber.- Lloyd Edwin, infant son of Edwin and Rose Swartzendruber, died Nov. 7, 1925, near Manson, Iowa, aged seven days. His sickness was yellow jaundice. He leaves his parents, two brothers, grandparents and many relatives. Short services were held at the house by Nicholas Stoltzfus, Nov. 8. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Manson.

Zimmerly.- Mary Miller Zimmerly was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 18, 1889; died after a severe sickness Oct. 21, 1925; aged 36 y. 3 d. May 20, 1924 she was married to John Zimmerly of the Swiss Mennonite Church near Dalton, Ohio, to which church she was admitted April 10, 1925. She was educated in a deaf and dumb institute. Funeral services were held at the Swiss Mennonite Church Oct. 23, by Calvin Mast of Martin's Creek Church, Holmes Co., Ohio, and C. N. Amstutz. She leaves her loving husband, mother, brother, and 3 sisters to mourn her early departure.

Bergey.- Sister Amanda, wife of Pre. C. D. Bergey, was born Sept. 30, 1875, In Bucks Co., Pa.; died Oct. 7, 1925, at Fentress, Va.; aged 50 y. 7 d. Her health was not good for a number of years, being afflicted with kidney trouble, but her last sickness confined her to her bed but three weeks. She is survived by her husband, four sons, her aged mother, one brother, and other relatives and friends who mourn her departure, but not as those who mourn without hope, for she was a devoted Christian, ever striving to speak a word for her Master. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church by Bro. S. H. Brunk. Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in cemetery adjoining.

Tschantz.- Daniel Tschantz was born near Mt. Eaton, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1847; died suddenly of apoplexy Nov. 9, 1925; aged 78 y. 1 m. 8 d. Oct. 22, 1874, he was united in marriage to Catherine Gerber by Chr. Sommer. Dec. 23, 1922, she preceded him in death. No children were born to this union. Nevertheless, he was very fond of children, and the children also loved Uncle Dan. He will also be missed in the neighborhood where he was ever ready to lend a helping hand. April 10, 1868, he was baptized and united with the Swiss Mennonite Church in which faith he died. He is survived by 3 brothers, Christian, John H., William Penn, one sister, Mrs. D. C. Springer of Berne, Ind., and a host of other relatives. Funeral services were held Nov. 12, by C. N. Amstutz and I. W. Boyer.

Mullennax.- Emma Jane, wife of Grover Mullennax, passed to her reward at Whitmer, West Virginia, Nov. 11, 1925; aged 39 y 3 m. 30 d. Sister Emma was afflicted for a number of years with tuberculosis of the bone, and was confined to her bed for five years. The summer of 1921 she accepted her Savior, in whom she found much comfort, and strength to endure through many a trying hour. She seldom spoke of herself, but had a deep concern for her family, and was known by all as an example of patience. Two children preceded her to glory, while her husband and two children remain to mourn her loss. A large body of friends assembled to show respect to one whom they loved, while Bro. Rhine Benner spoke from II Tim. 4:6, 7, after which her body was laid to rest in the Mountain Cemetery.

Rutt.- Elizabeth M. (Weaver) Rutt, wife of Aaron B. Rutt, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 23, 1864; died of paralysis in New Holland, Pa., Nov. 2, 1925; aged 61 y. 10 d. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, 8 daughters, and 19 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a kind and loving wife and mother. Funeral services were held Nov. 5, conducted at the home by Bro. Noah Sauder and at Weaverland Church by Bro. Noah H. Mack and Bro. I. B. Good. Text, Luke 8:52. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"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.
God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had giv'n.
And though the body slumbers here.
The soul is safe in heaven. -

Kauffman.- Lizzie B. Kauffman, wife of Pre. Abram H. Kauffman of Pasadena, Calif., formerly of East Petersburg, Pa., died at the home of her son Elmer, at Hartford, Conn., July 7, 1925; aged 72 years. She is survived by a loving husband and these children: Harvey Kauffman, Mountain View, Calif.; Ada, wife of Ezra Burkholder, Aurora, Oreg.; Elmer Kauffman, Hartford, Conn., and Alvin Kauffman, a missionary in India and Jerusalem, who arrived at New York on Thursday, when his mother's funeral was held on Friday, July 17, at East Petersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church. Bros. Hiram Kauffman and Isaac Brubaker officiated. Text, Psalms 61: 2: "Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. - Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Such was her end, a calm release;
No clinging to this mortal clod.
It seemed as if she stood in peace Before a smiling God. -
M. H. B.

Martin.- Leah B., widow of the late Isaac H. Martin, was born June 20, 1850; died Oct. 27, 1925; aged 75 y. 4 m. 7 d. She died at the home of her son Hoover H., near New Holland, Pa., having suffered from a complication of diseases. She is survived by her son, with whom she resided, and two stepchildren, Mrs. Noah B. Zimmerman and David W. Martin; also Mrs. O. W. Taylor, whom she had taken into her home from infancy. The funeral was held at her late home on Thursday, Oct. 29, 1925. Burial at Weaverland Cemetery where all services were held. Bros. I. B. Good and John Sauder officiated. Text, Heb. 11:16. "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. God in His wisdom has recalled The boon His love had giv'n. And though the body slumbers here, The soul is safe in heaven. A Granddaughter.
Moser. - Verena Welty Moser was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 28, 1844; died of old age and a lingering illness Nov. 9, 1925; aged 80 y. 10 m. 11 d. In her youth she was baptized and received into the Swiss Mennonite Church where she remained a loyal member until the end, always filling her place when health permitted. She was a devout Christian and a kind and affectionate mother, always ready with a hearty hand shake for all she met, and her beautiful smiles will not be forgotten. She bore her sickness with patience, yet gladly waiting for her departure to be with her Savior. She was united in marriage to Deacon Jacob J. Moser, with whom she shared many joys and sorrows. He had been ordained as deacon May 16, 1869, and died Jan. 27, 1922. To this union were born 7 children, of whom 5 survive. 2 died in infancy. Besides her three daughters and 2 sons, she also leaves 33 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 4, by C. N. Amstutz and I. W. Royer. A large concourse of friends and relatives had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect.

Stutzman.- Lydia Stutzman (nee Hershberger) was born in Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, July 18, 1866; died Nov. 9, 1925; aged 59 y. 3 m. 11 d. She was united in marriage to Abner Stutzman Feb. 20, 1881. To this union 17 children were born, 3 of whom died in infancy. 9 sons and 5 daughters remain to mourn their mother's death. Two sons are located near Milford, Nebr., the others being at home in or near Aurora, Ohio. In the spring of 1881 they moved to Milford, Nebr., and after 29 years they came back to Aurora, Ohio, where a little more than 2 years ago her beloved companion was laid to rest after sharing life's joys and sorrows for nearly 43 years. One brother, 3 sisters, 43 grandchildren, besides a host of friends and neighbors, mourn her departure. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youthful days and proved a faithful and consistent member till the final summons came. Peace to her ashes. Funeral services conducted by E. B. Stoltzfus and E. M. Detweiler from Job. 16:22. Interment in Plainview Cemetery.
"Farewell mother, dearest mother.
Rest thou in thy sweet repose;
Where the waters lowly murmur,
Where the zephyr gently blows;
Where the flowers bloom forever,
Where their fragrance never dies,
In yon home of joy and gladness,
Far beyond the star-lit skies. -

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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