Gospel Herald Obituaries - April, 1926

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Gospel Herald - Volume XIX, Number 1 - April 1, 1926, pages 14, 15.

Yoder. - Orpha Marie, daughter of Daniel and Mabel Yoder, Nappanee, Ind., died March 18, 1926; aged 2 days. She is survived by father, mother, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. She "budded on earth to bloom in heaven." Funeral services were held at the grave by J. H. McGowen.
"One sweet flower has drooped and faded,
One sweet infant voice has fled;
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."

Martin. - Rheta Mae, daughter of Joseph P. and Mamie (Reiff) Martin of Maugansville, Md., died of pneumonia on March 9, 1926; aged 9 m. 16 d. She is survived by her parents and two brothers (Mervin and Glenn). Funeral services were held at Reiff's Mennonite Church, March 11, by Bros. Henry Baer and J. D. Risser. Text, Luke 22:42. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Just two years ago in January a little brother preceded her to his heavenly home. Though it was hard to part with the ones we loved so dearly, let us bow in humble submission to the will of God and so live that we may meet them in heaven. Parents.

Grim. - Jacob W. Grim was born in Fayette, Co., Pa., June 20, 1841; died at his home at East Scottdale, Pa., March 11, 1926; aged 84 y. 8 m. 21 d. He had been confined to his bed for some months, suffering from the infirmities of old age, and the end came peacefully. He was a member of the Scottdale Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, Nellie J. Grim, 2 sons, and 2 daughters. The funeral was held at his late home and the Mennonite Church on Sunday, March 14, conducted by Bros. J. A. Brilhart, Daniel Kauffman, and J. A. Ressler. Burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Plank. - Lila May, only daughter of Harvey and Myrtle (Wood) Plank, Brecksville, Ohio, died Feb. 28, 1926; aged 11 m. 19 d. She leaves father, mother, two brothers, two grandfathers, one grandmother, four aunts, one uncle, eight cousins, and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted by E. B. Stoltzfus at the home from Job. 1:21, after which the remains were brought to Plainview Cemetery, where interment was made.
"Sleep on, little darling,
Take thy rest;
God called thee home,
For He knew best."

Brillinger. - Sarah Hoover, widow of the late Martin Brillinger, departed this life at the home of her son, Louis, at Bethesda, Ont., on March 14, 1926, at the advanced age of nearly 97 years. The deceased was well preserved in body and mind until almost the end. She accepted Christ and came into the Mennonite Church in her teens and gave almost 80 years of faithful service to the Church. She fell asleep in Jesus and left a bright testimony of God's ability to save and keep. She was buried at the Wideman Church near Markham on the 16th. The service was conducted at the residence by the Methodist minister and at the church by D. W. Heise and L. J. Burkholder. She is survived by one son and two daughters. Her husband died about 20 years ago.

Huber. - Lulu May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Barringer, was born in 1889, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died March 10, 1926, at her home near Wakarusa, Ind. At the age of 12 years she united with the Brethren Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. She was united in marriage to Urbanus Huber in 1906. To this union four children were born. Two died in infancy. She had been in ill health for 7 years but had been seriously ill only the last three weeks. Death was due to a complication of ailments. She bore her sickness patiently, always having a kind word and a smile for everybody. She leaves her devoted mother, husband, two sons, three brothers, and many friends. Funeral services were held March 13, at the house and at the Yellow Creek Brethren Church. Brothers Irvin Miller of Wakarusa and J. R. Beery of North Manchester officiated. Her remains were laid to rest in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Kraybill. - B. Lehman Kraybill, was born Feb. 2, 1893; died Mar. 6, 1926; aged 33 y. 1 m. 4 d. He was a son of Peter and Sadie Lehman Kraybill, who survive as well as his wife (who was Bertha Stauffer before marriage), and the following children: Arthur, Benjamin, Rachael; also one brother and three sisters. His death came as the result of a cold contracted about three weeks before. This illness later developed into a complication which finally caused his death. He united with the Church in his teens, was ordained to the ministry Jan. 30,1913, serving the Mount Joy and Kraybill congregations faithfully from that time on, who deeply feel the loss but submissively bow to Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held Mar. 9 at the Mount Joy Church, conducted by the brethren: Isaac Brubaker, Noah Risser, and Henry Lutz. Burial in Kraybill's Cemetery.

Alderfer. - Harvey, only son of Lewis and Erma Alderfer, died in the middle of the night when all were sleeping. The angels came and took the little soul up to heaven, and when morning came the body was in the cradle, but the soul was gone. The doctor said death was due to convulsions. He also had the whooping cough. Aged 6 m. 20 d. He leaves parents, 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, 3 great-grandmothers, 1 great-grandfather, and many relatives and friends. Although we as parents greatly regret our loss, we are thankful to our heavenly Father that He has made provision that baby is enjoying better things than this world could have given him. Funeral services at the Salford Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Jacob Clemens and Henry Clemmer. Text, Matt. 19:14. Remains laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest Harvey, how we miss thee,
Oh, how sad and lonely 'twill be,
When we to our home return,
There no more your face to see."

Crist. - John M. Crist was born Dec. 11, 1874; died at his home near Greencastle, Pa., Jan. 17, 1926; aged 52 y. 1 m. 6 d. He had been a sufferer for nine years with consumption. Through his suffering he looked to Jesus and was anxiously waiting for his coming. He was a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (who was Annie S. Lesher), and also by these brothers and sisters: George, Sam F., Mrs. Hannah Long, and Mrs. Annie Summers. A while before he died he chose his pallbearers, his minister, and also his text (Psa. 132:14). Being sick and suffering so long is it any wonder he chose this text and desired a rest forever. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. John F. Grove in the Brethren Church at Brown's Mill and the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dear brother, thou art resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Baer. - Charlottie Irene, daughter of Christ and Sarah Garber, was born at Jett, Okla., May 28, 1903. Feb. 5, 1923, she was united in marriage to Milo Baer. To this union two children were born: a daughter (Darline) and a son (Millard). She was converted at the age of fifteen and found Jesus a personal Savior. She died Jan. 31, 1926, leaving the comforting testimony that she was ready to go. Always lovable and kind, she will be greatly missed by relatives and friends. She leaves her husband, two little children, parents, five brothers (Samuel D., Ervin S., Abraham F., Monroe, Earl), also three sisters (Mrs. Rebecca Hilliard, Mrs. Nettie Miller, and Lulu Garber), besides many other relatives and friends.
"The parting here was full of pain
But we shall never part again
When I go home;
Altho it was so hard to part,
Help me to say with all my heart
Thy will be done."
Funeral services were held from the Pleasant Valley Church with Lela E. Gordon, pastor of Argonia Friends Church in charge assisted by R. M. Weaver. Interment in Harper Cemetery.

Siegrist. - David D., son of John D. and Lizzie Siegrist of Chambersburg, Pa., died at the Penna. Hospital of Philadelphia, on March 15, 1926, after a short illness of pneumonia; aged 16 y. 11 m. 10 d. He was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. He leaves sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Harvey), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Irvin Diller, Mrs. Norman Fry, and Ruth). His absence is keenly felt, especially in the home. He was attending the Overbrook school for the blind in Philadelphia, when he took ill and was removed to the hospital on Sunday afternoon, when he quietly passed away the following evening. All was done for him that kind hands could do, but God saw best to take him Home. His body was brought to his home where short services were conducted by Bro. D. E. Kuhns, and then taken to the Chambersburg Church where further services were conducted by Bro. Harvey Shank, Text, Psa. 4:8. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
"Can it be that David left us,
He who always had a smile?
Yes, he's gone and soon we'll meet him,
'Twill only be a little while."

Good. - Fanny, daughter of Benjamin and Magdalena Horst, was born March 10, 1847, near Bowdil, Ohio; died March 2, 1926, at the home of her son, John, near Dalton, Ohio. At the age of 16 she with her parents and sister moved to the farm and home where she died, having lived at the same place 63 years. On Dec. 1, 1870, she was united in marriage to Noah Good, who preceded her in death nine years. She is survived by three sons (Ezra, Benjamin, and John), two daughters (Emma Heatwole and Mary Kreider) one sister (Elizabeth Buchwalter), nine grandchildren, all living in the vicinity, and many other relatives and friends. She was a faithful and virtuous mother, devoted to her home and church, spending much time in prayer and in reading the Bible, a regular attendant at church services when her strength permitted, a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 55 years, and will be keenly missed in the home and in the church. Funeral services were held at the County Line Church March 5. Services conducted by Abram Good and D. W. Wenger. Interment in County Line Cemetery.

Werner. - George Werner was born in Rainham Twp., Ont., Jan. 4, 1839; died at his home in the same locality, March 21, 1926; aged 87 y. 2 m. 17 d. He was married to Catherine Hoover in 1864, who preceded him in death in 1920. To this union were born 9 children, 2 of whom died in infancy, and the eldest son, Elven, in his 40th year. The remaining members of the family are Mrs. W. F. Schisler, Myron, Milton, Ordania, Maynard, and Mrs. Alvin Culp; also 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Bro. Werner was one of the pioneer settlers of Rainham Township. He with his wife settled near Fisherville, where they cleared for themselves a home in the forest. He was a lover of the Bible and Church, and his heart regretted the present-day drift from these sacred things of God. He was a lover of humanity, especially appreciating the many visits of his friends during the latter years of his life. He was a lover of song and sang many songs to himself in his last hours. He longed to pass over, expressed frequently the question as to why he should stay. He was buried in the Hoover Mennonite Cemetery, Selkirk, Ont. Bro. C. F. Derstine, Kitchener, Ont., preached from the text, Eccl. 12:5. "Man goeth to his long home."

Zink. - Olin J., son of Henry C. and Angelletta Dean Zink was born May 22, 1878, near Inman, Kans.; died at his home near Conway, Kans., March 10, 1926; aged 47 y. 9 m. 16 d. He was married to Barbara Ann Miller Aug. 18, 1901. To this union were born two sons (Clarence Leroy and Orval R. L.), and three daughters (Mabel Mae, Frances Angelletta, and Isla Rachael), all being present at his bedside. He united with the Mennonite Church about 1904, remaining a faithful member until death. In the fall of 1918 he suffered a severe attack of the influenza and seemingly never fully recovered from its effects. In the summer of 1924, the first stroke of paralysis came, which was followed by a number of others, the last one coming on March 8. He bore his affliction patiently and calmly awaited death. He leaves, besides the immediate family, one brother (Edward T.), one sister (Corinna D. Sellers) of Alamo, Tex., and his step-mother, Mrs. H. C. Zink, his father, mother, and one sister having preceded him death. Services were conducted by Joe Hartzler and Maurice Yoder.
"Death has visited our circle,
Taken away a father dear;
In the depth of our affliction
Can we help but shed a tear?"

Stutsman. - Joseph Stutsman was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, July 4, 1850; died March 15, 1926; aged 75 y. 8 m. 11 d. On Nov. 17, 1874, he was united in marriage to Barbara Troyer, who preceded him to the spirit world nearly four years ago. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom reside in the immediate vicinity of Plainview Church. He had always enjoyed good health until the last few years he felt the infirmities of old age. He spent the three last winters in Florida, where he peacefully passed away. He leaves his children, to whom he had always been a real companion, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and 15 grandchildren. In the spring of 1878 they moved to Seward Co., Nebr., later to Fillmore and Duell Counties, and in 1899 to Julesburg, Colo., where they remained till the fall of 1904, when they moved to Aurora, Ohio. We shall miss him as a neighbor and wise counselor. His seat in the church will be empty, the place he so faithfully occupied as long as health permitted, but he will be missed most of all by his children. The remains of our departed brother were brought to the home of one of his daughters from Eustice, Florida. Services conducted by E. B. Stoltzfus and S. H. Miller at the home and also at the church from I. Sam. 20:18 and Gen. 50:26. Interment in the Plainview cemetery.
"The voyage of life now is ended,
You have entered the harbor of rest;
No storm clouds arise, no wild billows roll
In that haven prepared for the blest."

Hostetler. - Mary J. Hostetler (nee Miller) was born in Walnut Creek, O., Feb. 26, 1855; died March 10, 1926; aged 71 y. 14 d. On Dec. 3, 1874, she was united in marriage to Isaiah Hostetler. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters, 3 of whom preceded her to the great beyond. After remaining in Holmes and Tuscarawas Cos., for 36 years, they moved to Aurora, Ohio, in the spring of 1912 where on July 2, 1917, the final summons came to her husband and he peacefully fell asleep. Since that time the willing hands of her children ministered to mother's needs. She enjoyed good health until about 2 1/2 years ago, when she had a paralytic stroke from which she never fully recovered. For about two years prior to her death she was bereft of her eyesight. When still young in years she united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church and in the intervening years proved a true and faithful member. Services were held at the home by the home ministers from II Kings 20:1. The next day the remains were taken to the church home of her youth where services were conducted by E. B. Stoltzfus and S. H. Miller from Job 16:22 and Luke 13:12. Interment at the Walnut Creek Cemetery.
"Mother's eyes have been closed to the beauties of earth,
Her hands folded lie on her breast;
The summons have come from the courts far away
The summons, Come unto thy rest."

Buckwalter. - David M., son of Joseph and Anna (Weidman) Buckwalter, entered into rest at his home near Neffsville, Pa., Feb. 14, 1926; aged 60 y. 10 m. 15 d. He is survived by his sorrowing widow (who was Amelia Reist before marriage), and the following children: Mrs. Harry Hess, Mrs. Hayden Brubaker, Mrs. David Hess, David Jr., Mrs. Clement Hoover, Jennie and Quentin; also 15 grandchildren, and these brothers and sisters: Harry, Hiram, and Daniel Buckwalter, Mrs. Lizzie Garber and Mrs. Anna Sitz. His sickness was heart trouble of several years duration. We never cherished hope for a full recovery, but hoped and prayed that he would gain sufficient health to be around and with the family; but it seems it was not the will of our heavenly Father who knoweth best. We bow to His will. He was much devoted to his home and his family, especially so to his little grandchildren, whom he entertained so much in his home, the last few months of his life, up to his last illness of about five weeks, and found much comfort in them. Funeral services Feb. 17, at the home of Bro. Frank Kreider, and at the Petersburg Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member since early manhood. Services by Bros. John Gochnauer and I. B. Good. Text, II Tim. 46, 7 -- selected by the family. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Sad oh, sad are the partings,
But He knows what is best;
So in the arms of Jesus,
Rest, dear father, rest."

Yoder. - Joseph S. Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, on Dec. 16, 1844; died at his home in Kalona, Ia., Feb. 27, 1926; aged 81 y. 2 m. 11 d. At the age of 22 years he united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Holmes Co., Ohio, know as the Walnut Creek congregation. He was baptized by Bishop Moses P. Miller of which faith he was a faithful member until his death. At the age of about 26 he emigrated with his parents to this state, arriving in Iowa City on March 1, 1870. On Jan. 18, 1872, he was united in marriage to Eliza A. Miller by Bishop Abner Yoder. She preceded him in death 18 years. He was again married to Anna Yoder, April 3, 1910, with whom he lived in matrimony nearly 16 years. After arriving in this country as a young man he was engaged in farming for about 20 years, after which he moved to Kalona, in 1891; here he built the home where he lived the remainder of his life. During the period of time he lived in Kalona he was engaged in the flour and feed business for a number of years, after which he retired from active business life, though never idle as long as health permitted. He won for himself many friends in Kalona as well as in the surrounding community. He always manifested a spirit of friendliness and helpfulness to all. He was blessed with good health except the last several years, when he began to fail somewhat, but was never confined to his bed. On Tuesday morning, Feb. 22, he was stricken with a severe chill which developed into pneumonia. Though no efforts were spared to restore him to his former health so far as human minds and hands could render, the end came just five days later. He leaves his wife, 1 sister and 3 brothers (Elizabeth Miller, David, Jonas, and Chriss). Three brothers preceded him in death. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Kalona Christian Church, conducted by G. A.. Yoder in German, assisted by David D. Miller and A. C. Swartzendruber in English. Text, Job 14:1.

Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XIX, Number 2 - April 8, 1926, pages 46, 47.

Sybert. - Luchia Sybert, pioneer resident of Lima, Ohio, died Saturday at her home, following a short illness, aged 78 years. She was born in Ft. Jennings, Sept. 17, 1847, and came to Lima when quite young. Surviving are three sons (Robert, William, and John ), six daughters (Mrs. Lucinda Kidd, Mary Burnett, Etta Burnett, Mrs. Florence McClish, Mrs. Lesta Cross, and Mrs. Luchia Dalton), a sister (Mrs. Mary Sybert), and a brother (Mose Carter). Services were held at Jefferson Street Mission by B. B. Stoltzfus.

Alderfer. - Harvey K., only child of Lewis M. and Erma S. Alderfer, died March 8, 1926, of whooping cough, having been sick a few weeks; aged 6 m. 20 d. Services were held on the 13th at the Salford Mennonite Meeting House, conducted by Bro. J. C. Clemens and Bro. H. Clemmer. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Text, "For of such is the kingdom of heaven."
"No one know how much we miss him,
No one knows the tears we shed;
But in heaven we know we'll meet him,
Where no farewell tears are shed."
Great-grandmother Sauder

Loucks. - Elizabeth Loucks was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1837; died at her home in Scottdale, Pa., March 17, 1926; aged 88 y. 8 m. 15 d. "Sister Betty," as she was familiarly called, was for many years a member of the Mennonite Church at Scottdale, Pa., and while in recent years she was not able to attend the public service in the church, she was a constant witness for the Master in her home. Funeral services were held in the Scottdale Mennonite Church on Friday afternoon, March 19, by the home ministers. Interment in the family lot in the Alverton Cemetery.

Lehman. - Freda Hilda, daughter of Norman Lehman and wife, New Wilmington, Pa., died March 24, 1926; aged 3 y. 11 m. 15 d. She leaves father, mother, one brother, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. William Lehman, and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Zook), and two great-grandparents (Mrs. Katherine Kaufman and Mrs. Mary E. Lehman). The funeral was held at the Maple Grove Church, Mar. 26, conducted by the home ministers. Text, II Kings 4:26.
"Dearest Freda, how we miss thee,
Since thy voice we hear no more;
Yet again we hope to meet thee
Over on the golden shore."

Hess. - Eugene S., son of Christian G. and Edna Snyder Hess, Lancaster, Pa., died Mar. 21, 1926; aged 4 y. 4 m. 1 d. Death was caused by membranous croup, which only lasted four days. God saw best to take him home to join his little sister Dorothy in heaven. He was always of a kind and loving disposition, and had gained many friends in his short life here below. He is survived by his parents and one brother (J. Clyde). Brief services (which had to be strictly private) were held at the home Mar. 22, conducted by Bro. Noah Landis. Burial in the Landis Valley Cemetery.
"Can it be Eugene has left us,
He who always had a smile?
Yes! He's gone, but soon we'll meet him,
"Twill only be a little while."

King. - Vernon Henry, son of Elmer M. and Libby (Blank) King, was born near Garden City, Mo., June 23, 1911; died Mar. 27, 1926; aged 14 y. 9 m. 4 d. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother (Herman), 6 sisters (Mrs. Archie L. King, Elsie, Nellie, Erma, Orpha, and Alice); also one grandmother. One sister, Nona, preceded him nearly 3 years. On the evening of Mar. 27 he met with a fatal accident of which God alone was witness. He was found immediately after, but the soul had taken its flight. Vernon was a sociable kindhearted boy, full of life, and will be greatly missed at home, in school, and in the community. Services at Sycamore Grove Church by I. G. Hartzler and W. E. Helmuth on Mar. 29. Text, I Cor. 15:51-58. James 4:13-17.

Weaver. - Elizabeth M., widow of John G. Weaver, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 11, 1858; died Jan. 6, 1926; aged 77 y. 5 m. 25 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, leaving 1 daughter, 1 stepdaughter, and 3 step-brothers, 3 brothers and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 9, conducted at the house by Bro. Isaac B. Good and at Weaverland Church by Bro. John Sauder, Bro. John Weaver and Bro. Benjamin Weaver. Burial at Weaverland Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
O'er a calm and peaceful breast
All is over pain is ended,
And dear grandmother is at rest."

Klophenstein. - Peter Klophenstein was born in Alsace, France, Sept. 21, 1852; died near Louisville, Ohio, Jan 1, 1926; aged 73 y. 3 m. 10 d. At the age of 14 he united with the Mennonite Church in France and remained in that faith until death. He with his family moved to America in 1900. On Jan. 24, 1881 he was united in marriage to Mary Kauffman. To this union were born 6 children (Mrs. Joseph Rich, Joseph, Anna, Hermon, and Martha Klophenstein, and one preceded him in death in infancy). He leaves his wife, 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. J. D. Miller, and further services at the Beech Church by Bro. J. A. Liechty and Bro. Alvin Hostetler.

Zehr. - Evelyn Eileen Zehr, daughter of Bro. and Sister E. E. Zehr was born Dec. 28, 1923, near Manson, Ia., died March 5, 1926, at the age of two years, two months and seven days. The little girl had never been robust and when she became ill with influenza she did not have the strength to combat the disease. Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite Church with Bro. Nicholas Stoltzfus in charge. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
"E'en for the dead, I will not bind my soul to grief:--
Death cannot long divide,
For is it not as though the rose, that climbed my garden wall,
Had blossomed on the other side?
Death doth hide, but not divide!
Thou art but on Christ's other side,
Thou art with Christ and Christ with me
In Him united still are we."

Mast. - Jacob C. mast, son of Christian and Polly Mast was born in Pennsylvania, June 19, 1848, and died at his home in Middlebury, Ind., Mar. 22, 1926; aged 77 y. 9 m. 3 d. He was united in marriage to Sarah Hooley in 1870. To this union were born 5 children, two who have preceded him in death. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. M. M. Weyrick, and W. H. Mast, both of Elkhart, Ind., Mrs. John Eash of Wayland, Mich. Four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one sister, Mrs. Simon Plank, of Goshen, Ind. He united with the Mennonite Church early in life and remained a faithful member until death. He took sick about 6 weeks ago, and was confined to his bed for about the last 4 weeks, from the effects of a light stroke from which he gradually grew weaker until the end came. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Ind., by Silas Yoder and D. D. Miller. Interment in the Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Moyer. - Sister Barbara Hockman, wife of the late Jacob C. Moyer, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., April 14, 1855; died Feb. 8, 1926; aged 76 y. 9 m. 23 d. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. Her sons preceded her in death in infancy. Her husband died Feb. 21, 1918. She was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. She was the second last of a family of ten children. She is survived by 4 daughters, 1 sister. The funeral services were held at the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church Feb. 13, by Bro. Frank Swartz and Bro. Wilson Moyer. Text, Psa. 23. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
"Sister dear, how sad and lonely,
When we see your vacant chair;
But 'tis for a short while only,
Till we hope to meet o'er there."
By her sister-in-law.

Broches. - Samuel, son of George and Barbara Broches, was born in Perry Co., Ohio, May 15, 1843; died Dec. 20, 1925; aged 82 y. 7 m. 5 d. He was married to Sarah Jane Evick. To this union were born ten children. Three have preceded him to the spirit world. Surviving are 4 sons (George, Bert, David, and Frank), 3 daughters (Mrs. Frank Boedecker, Mrs. Elmer Boughan, and Mrs. Guss Clemens), 26 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Jacob Broches), and 1 sister (Mrs. --- Harshe). The Lord alone knows the sadness and lonely hours day and night that were his when his wife was called home and he was left alone sitting at the window by day, meditating in the silent hours of the night, looking, hoping, believing, till the Lord in mercy revealed Himself, he accepting the offers of mercy of God in Jesus Christ, confessed Him as his Savior, sealed his vows in water baptism, and united with the Mennonite Church Dec. 8, 1922.
"When I shall wake on that fair morn of morns,
After whose dawning never night returns,
And with whose glory day eternal burns,
I shall be satisfied."

Miller. - Arnold Lawrence, only child of Amzie A. and Adeline Miller, Emma, Ind.; died March 13, 1926; aged 1 y. 3 m. 17 d. The first few months of his life he seemed to be a healthy baby, but he has been quite frail for the last few months from teething and complications. On Feb. 2, he became ill with catarrhal fever, but recovered. But it was only a short time that we were permitted to have him with us. On March 3 he was again taken ill with double pneumonia and catarrhal fever and a few hours before his death brain fever began setting into his already frail body. Through all his illness he bore his suffering with scarcely a childish complaint. Much as we will miss him, memory will always picture a sweet, loving, childish figure of whom our Lord has said, "Of such is the kingdom of God." He leaves parents, two grandfathers, and two grandmothers (Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Miller, and Mr. and Mrs. U. M. Miller) and one great grandfather (M. P. Miller), besides his uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbors and friends. Funeral conducted by O. S. Hostetler assisted by M. J. Yoder, held at the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind.
"One day as we anxiously watched him,
Dressed in his soft white gown,
He slipped away from our presence
To wear a shining bright crown."

Miller. - Elva, daughter of John and Lucinda (Hostetler) Miller, was born March 3, 1898, near Farmerstown, Ohio. On Sept. 10, 1921, she was married to Ray Miller of near LaGrange, Ind. They started housekeeping near LaGrange, at which place they resided since and where she died; aged 28 y. 22 d. About ten weeks before her death she contracted the grippe which later developed into anemia which caused her to fail physically. On March 13 she gave birth to twin boys, after which she rallied and everybody though she was getting along as well as could be expected till on March 22 she began to fail rapidly. Elva was a loving wife and devoted mother. In humble submission we bow to Him who knoweth what He doeth at all times and say, "Thy will be done." She leaves a heart-broken husband, little Dorothy Maxine, and the twin boys (Merrit Ray and Marion Jay), four sisters and 1 brother (Mrs. J. O. Berg, Jacob, H. May, Mrs. Geo. Y. Miller, and Effie), and a host of relatives and friends. Her father, mother, 1 brother, 1 sister and one son (Oran Leroy) preceded her in death. In her early youth she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek, Ohio. After her marriage transferred her membership to the Forks Church where she remained a faithful member until death. Funeral was held from the Emma Mennonite Church March 28, conducted by O. S. Hostetler and D. D. Miller.
"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."

Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 3 - April 15, 1926, pages 62, 63

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Bauer--Virgil Francis Bauer, son of John and Maggie Bauer, of Protection, Kans., was born May 21, 1925; died March 19, 1926; aged 9 m. 28 d. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. He leaves father, mother, three sisters, and one brother. The funeral sermon was preached by the home minister. Text, Matt. 19:14.

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Kauffman--Israel Kauffman died at his home at Stony Brook, Pa., March 24, aged 87 y. 11 m. 29 d. His sister Mary, the last of a large family (They had always lived together) is left to mourn her loss, also some nephews and nieces. He had been blind for many years, but bore it patiently. He was buried March 27. Services at the house by Joseph Forry and Harvey Lehman, and at the Stony Brook Church by Noah H. Mack and Amos Myer. His body was laid to rest in the Stony Brook Cemetery.

There will be no night in heaven,
There will be no darkness there.

Longenecker--Sister Emma, wife of Bro. Clayton Longenecker of Elizabethtown, Pa., died March 17, 1926; aged 40 y. She is survived by her sorrowing husband and two sons (John and Aaron), her parents, 1 sister and four brothers. She had been a faithful member of the United Christian Church from her youth and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted from her late home March 21 by Bro. Samuel Fry and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Bro. Samuel Fry, Bro. Morris Landis, and Bro. Noah W. Risser. Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.

Risser--Mary S. Risser, was born Jan. 21, 1903; departed this life, April 1, 1926; aged 23 y. 2 m. 10 d. She was a daughter of Gabriel and Lizzie S. Risser, who survives, also two sisters, Frances and Elizabeth, both at home. Mary had been in ill health for several years, and sometimes grew better, but gradually grew weaker until she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. She united with the Church when but thirteen years of age and was faithful in her Christian life until death came and relieved her of her suffering and misery. Services were conducted from her late home, near Maytown, April 5, 1926, with further services at Kraybill's Church. Text, Eccl. 9:10. Bros. Isaac H. Brubaker and Henry E. Lutz officiated. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.

Horst--John E. Horst, one of the oldest and best known residents of Maugansville, Md., died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H.S. Burkholder, near Leitersburg, Md., Mar. 27, from a complication of diseases, after an illness of 3 months. He was aged 79 y. 11 m. 27 d. He was born and raised in Maugansville, and resided there all his life. He was a member of Reiff's Mennonite Church. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Daniel M. Strite, Mrs. Mary Burkholder both of near Leitersburg; Miss Fannie, Isaac, and M.G. Horst all of Maugansville; and Adam of Nampa, Ida. Two brothers, Samuel of Maugansville and Henry in the west, also survive. Funeral services were conducted March 30, at Reiff's Mennonite Church by the brethren, George Keener, Christian Strite, and John Risser.

We miss him now at early dawn,
The morning meal to share.
We miss him, now, our father's gone
For vacant is his chair.
Written by his daughter.

Yoder--Moses Yoder was born in Somerset county, Pa., Feb. 27, 1851; died at his home in Iowa county, Iowa, March 24, 1926, aged 75 y. 25 d. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1866. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and lived a faithful member until death. On January 30, 1881, he was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Lena Plank. To this union were born nine children. One daughter, Sarah Ellen, died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing widow, seven sons and one daughter and 16 grandchildren. The children are Harvey, of Wellman; William, John, Kores, of Parnell; Emery and Joseph, of Kalona, and Ida and Francis, at home. He also leaves four brothers and five sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was held at Upper Deer Creek church Saturday, March 27, at 10:30 o'clock, conducted by Elmer G. Swartzendruber and A.C. Swartzendruber in German, and B.B. King of Ft. Wayne, Ind., in English. Text, Psa. 116:15.

Eyer--Barbara Bachman Eyer was born near Morton, Ill., June 15, 1861; died at her late home near Fisher, Ill., March 24, 1926; aged 64 y. 9 m. 9 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. She grew up near Morton, Ill., and on Dec. 11, 1881, she was married to Joseph Heiser. To this union 3 children were born: John E., Amos A., and Joseph A. On March 4, 1889, they moved to Champaign Co., near Fisher, Ill., where she spent the remainder of her life. On March 27, 1889, her husband died, leaving her with three small children. On June 17, 1894, she was married to Andrew Eyer. To this union two children were born, William C., and Dan A. Her second husband died Oct. 8, 1910. She had been failing in health for the past few months and it seemed that all medical skill failed and she answered the final call. She leaves 4 sons, 13 grandchildren, and 2 brothers, John, of Miner, Ill., and Andrew of Hubbard, Oregon. One son, John E., preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Church March 27, by Bros. S.S. Zehr and Samuel Garber, of Tremont, Ill. Texts, Psa. 16; Num. 23:10.

Rock--Margaret J. Rock, died at her home at Pond Bank, Pa., on March 27, 1926. She had an attack of grippe which developed into pneumonia. She was aged 74 y. 13 d. Sister Rock was a hard working woman, had a strong constitution, and was the mother of 11 children. During her long life she only had the service of a doctor twice and one of these times was during her last illness. Seven children and a husband preceded her in death. These children remain to mourn her departure: Elmer, Benjamin, Mrs. Mary Weaver and John F. She united with the Mennonite Church at Pond Bank about 16 1/2 years ago, and was one of the first members of the church here. She was loyal and faithful to the end. Having suffered much from rheumatism, for a number of years she had a desire to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. She frequently expressed her desire to be faithful. About on (sic) hour before her death she again expressed her trust in the Lord. Surely mission work pays, as she was saved through the efforts of the church here. Services were conducted at the house on March 31 by Bro. W.W. Hege and at the Mount Zion, (Union Church) by Bros. Harvey E. Shank and W.W. Hege. Text, Phil. 1:21. Burial in cemetery adjoining church.

Wyse--Luvina (Gerig) Wyse, daughter of the late Bishop Sebastian Gerig, was born near Wayland, Iowa, on March 3, 1882; died at her home near Wayland on March 17, 1926; aged 44 y. 14 d. When 15 years old she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a faithful and active member of the Sugar Creek congregation until death. On February 9, 1902, she was married to Amos Wyse. To this union were born two children, Olive and Maynard. She became seriously ill with pleural pneumonia on Tuesday morning, Mar. 16. After patiently enduring intense suffering for 48 hours, she was relieved from earthly pains and sorrows when her spirit quietly slipped away at 6 o'clock in the evening. She was a kind, affectionate wife and mother. She will be greatly missed by her husband, 20 year-old daughter, 11 year-old son, aged mother (Mrs. S. Gerig), 2 brothers (Joseph, Springdale, Arkansas; Jacob, Wayland, Iowa), 7 sisters (Mrs. C.M. Roth, Mrs. Anna Wyse, Mrs. D.W. Orendorff, Mrs. Eva Leichty, Mrs. A.D. Blosser, Mrs. Minnie Sutter, Wayland, Iowa; Mrs. Jacob Eigsti, Morton, Ill.), and many other relatives and friends. Her father, one brother, Samuel, and one sister, Helena, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church on March 20. Bro. Simon Gingerich, who conducted the services used Mark 14:8 "She hath done what she could" as the text. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Our home is deeply saddened by
Our mother's sudden death. And now
Our path seems dark. We wonder why
She left us, but we humbly bow
To Him who called her over there,
For He will ever for us care.

Yoder--Jacob K. Yoder was born in Holmes county, Ohio, April 4, 1852; died at his home near Wellman, Iowa, March 26, 1926; aged 73 y. 11 m. 22 d. At the age of 16 years he came to Iowa with his parents, locating near Kalona. Later he moved to Greene township, Iowa county, where he lived about 45 years. In the year 1877 he accepted Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite church, being baptized and received into church fellowship by Bishop Abner Yoder of Johnson county. From among the number of young men who were baptized with him, three were ordained as bishops and one as deacon. Of these four, Brother Yoder is the first to go to his reward. On December 20, 1877, he was united in marriage to Catharine Swartzendruber. Together they trod life's journey 48 years. To this union were born ten children, 6 sons and 4 daughters, 2 daughters having died in infancy. The remaining children are: Joseph, Eli, Chris, and Juston of Wellman, Nicholas, and Sadie, wife of Vernon Marner of Iowa City; Edith, wife of William Y. Yoder of Parnell, and David of Port Angeles, Washington, who, with their mother, thirty grandchildren and many other relatives and friends, mourn his sudden and unexpected departure. He also leaves two brothers and one sister, George Yoder and Mrs. David Miller of Kalona, and Henry Yoder of Phillips, Wyoming. Brother Yoder was ordained to the office of deacon of the West Union congregation in the spring of 1902, Bishops Christian Warye and Sebastian Gerig officiating. On May 7, 1905, Brother Warye, with the counsel of the congregation, also commissioned him to preach the Gospel, and on May 2, 1909, he was ordained Bishop, Bishop Wayre and Bishop Andrew Schrock of Illinois, officiating. In this capacity he faithfully served the church until he was bidden to come up higher. He was always much burdened for the welfare of the church, and a few years ago, when he began to feel the effect of declining years, in answer to his own request he was given permission by his conference and congregation, to ake provision for the future oversight of the church. He had been in about his usual health; he had been to church in the evening, enjoying the service as usual. During the night he complained slightly, and in the morning while the rest of the family were eating breakfast, he peacefully fell asleep, apparently without a struggle, being found dead in bed. The doctor pronounced his death as due to heart failure. Our brother's going leaves a large place vacant. In the home he will be missed as a kind husband and father, in the community as a good neighbor and friend, in the church as a leader and counsellor. His gain is our loss.

We will meet again in Paradise,
The quick and dead shall all arise.
Immortal life shall win the prize,
There will be no tears in Paradise.

The funeral was held at the West Union church on Monday, March 29, and was attended by about 800 people, among them being 19 bishops, ministers and deacons. Services were conducted by Bro. Abner G. Yoder and Bro. B. B. King, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Scripture lesson: Josh. 24:14-31. Sermon text: II Tim. 4:7,8. His body was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.

Transcriber's note: (sic) = typed exactly as written in the printed obituary

Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire


Gospel Herald - Volume XIX, Number 4 - April 22, 1926, pages 94, 95.

Roth. - David Lloyd, son of Peter and Barbara Roth of near Shickley, Nebr., died March 24, 1926, of complicated disease; aged 11 y. 6 m. 5 d. He leaves father, mother, 9 brothers, and 4 sisters. He patiently suffered for nine weeks. Kind hands and loving hearts cared for him during his illness, but he fell asleep in Jesus, leaving a bright hope for a better land. Funeral services at the Salem Church by Bro. Fred Reeb and Bro. Ben Schlegel. Text, Job 7:9, 10. May God comfort the bereaved ones.

Dresher. - Eva G. (Emenheiser) Dresher was born in Lancaster Co, Pa., March 28, 1902; died April 3, 1926; aged 24 y. 6 d. She is survived by her husband, her parents, 1 brother, and a host of friends to mourn her departure. She was a consistent member of Risser's Mennonite congregation for a number of years, leading a very exemplary life. We shall miss her very much. Funeral services were held April 6 at Mt. Pleasant (River Brethren) Church conducted by the brethren Samuel L. Oberholtzer, Noah W. Risser, and Henry Musser. Text, Job. 17:11. Interment in the adjoining burial ground.

Brehm. - Ann, daughter of Emanuel and Catherine Harnish, was born Oct. 14, 1836, at Lancaster, Pa.; died March 28, 1926, at the home of her son L. H. Brehm at Dayton, O. She came to Medway, Ohio, in 1847 and was married to Philip Brehm, May 12, 1859. They lived in Medway, Ohio, until after the death of her husband when she made her home with her son, L. H. Brehm in Dayton. She is survived by the following children: George, Elmer, John, and Lincoln, of Dayton; Amos M., and Mrs. Anna Storm, of New York. There are also eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Kline and Mrs. Sue Zendt, who survive. She was preceded in death 4 weeks by a brother, Amos Harnish. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 55 years. Funeral services were conducted at the house and at the Methodist Church at Medway by Daniel Augspurger and Andrew Brenneman. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. She was buried in the cemetery near by.

Newcomer. - Bro. Benjamin Newcomer was born near Hagerstown, Md., May 9, 1845; died March 30, 1926; aged 80 y. 10 m. 14 d. When 9 years old he moved with his parents (Abram and Molly Newcomer) to the vicinity of Woodbury, Pa., where he spent the remainder of his life. On Nov. 20, 1873, he was united in marriage to Hannah Brown, who preceded him in death. Bro. Newcomer united with the Mennonite Church about 15 years ago, and was a faithful member until death. Surviving are one daughter (wife of Isaac Boose) four grandchildren, one brother, and one sister. Two sons preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services, in charge of J. N. Durr, were held at the Curryville Church of the Brethren on Friday, April 2.

Burkholder. - Peacefully on Tuesday evening, Salinda L. (Heller) Burkholder fell asleep on this earth to awaken in a brighter clime. She took her bed the eve of her 72nd birthday Feb. 24, and remained there just thirteen days, until March 9. Death was caused by pneumonia. She was a faithful member of East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa., and had a kind and sociable disposition always ready to do a kind deed, which won the friendship of many persons. She was married almost fifty years ago to Jonas R. Burkholder, who survives her, as do also a son (Amasa H.), a daughter (Lila H.), a brother (Henry L. Heller) and many relatives and friends. Services at the home by T. A. Alspech and at E. Chestnut St. Church by John H. Mosemann. Text, Heb. 4:9. By a Nephew.

Glick. - Isaac S. Glick was born March 25, 1870; died near Scalp Level from pneumonia after an illness of 10 days, Feb. 20, 1926; aged 55 y. 10 m. 24 d. He was a faithful member of the Amish Church and is missed by a host of friends and relatives. He was united in marriage with Annie Yoder, Dec. 19, 1893. Besides his wife he is survived by his mother (Mrs. Catherine Glick) and the following brothers and sisters, Christian, Moses, Aaron, Mrs. John Allgyer, Mrs. T. K. Stoltzfus, Mrs. B. F. Lapp, Mrs. Stephen Lantz, and Annie. Funeral services were held Feb. 23, conducted by Bros. Jacob Stoltzfus and Christian King. Interment in Myer's Cemetery near Bareville.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over pains are ended,
Now dear Uncle is at rest." By a niece.

Federspiel. - John B. Federspiel was born May 11, 1859, near Ft. Wayne, Ind.; died April 9, 1926; aged 66 y. 10m 28 d. On May 13, 1880, he was married to Mary Matilda Bixler. To this union were born two daughters (Mrs. Edward Mertz and Mrs. Nancy Bates). Forty-four years ago he was converted and baptized at Garcreek, Ind., by Bro. Eli Stouffer. Soon after he united with the Church he moved to Ft. Wayne, where he lived for 20 years without church privileges of his own faith. But during these years he kept praying and pleading with our ministers to open up a mission in Ft. Wayne and at last his prayers and desires were granted and the work was opened. During the early part of the work Bro. Federspiel bore the greater part of the financial burden of the work. The two outstanding points of his life were he was a great man of prayer and Bible Reading. On April 9, in the afternoon our Bro. was working at the Mission, trimming some trees and shrubbery and after 6 P. M. he went home, ate a hearty supper, read a while in his Bible and told the family he would retire, went upstairs, and evidently while he was kneeling in prayer he dropped over dead. So ends the life of the founder and pillar of the Ft. Wayne Mission. The funeral was held in Ft. Wayne, April 12, by Perry Heller and Ben B. King. He leaves a sorrowing widow, two daughters, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many friends to mourn his departure.

Patterson. - Sister Nancy Campbell Patterson was born in April, 1863; died at the home of her son (Kennie Yancy) on Mountain Top near Waynesboro, Va., March 27, 1926; aged almost 63 years. She was united in marriage to Frank Yancy in 1881. To this union were born three sons, one died at three years of age. The other two survive (Kennie and Johnnie). Mr. Yancy died in 1887. In 1891 she was married to Harvey Patterson. To this union three daughters were born. Two preceded her in death; one (Mrs. Nettie Carter) survives; also two sisters, three brothers, fourteen grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Sister Patterson united with the Mennonite Church twenty years ago. As she was not privileged to be in touch with those of like faith, she became cold and fell away; but was reinstated again in 1924 and seemed prepared to go. She was a great sufferer with rheumatism for nine years, and entirely helpless for four years. Funeral services and burial at Springdale Church. Services opened by Bro. J. R. Driver, sermon by Bro. A. P. Heatwole.

Beck. - Della Bell, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Kurtz, was born April 12, 1887, near Topeka, Ind.; died April 2, 1926, at her home near Middlebury, Ind.; aged 38 y. 11 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage to Albert Beck July 18, 1922. Besides her sorrowing husband, she leaves one little son (Charles, 2 years old) and her mother-in-law (Mary King). She is also survived by two sisters and one brother (Mrs. Minnie Esch, Mrs, Bessie Hendricks, and Vernon Kurtz). Della united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 13 years and remained a faithful member until death. She was a cheerful, kind, and affectionate wife and mother, and always had a kind word for everybody. She will be missed by her wide circle of friends, but most of all in the home which is now bereft of a wife and mother. We cannot understand this dispensation of Providence, but God in His great plan saw best to remove her to the courts above. It is a great lesson for us in showing the uncertainty of life and the suddenness with which death may come. She was sick but a short time, arose in good health in the morning and by 11:30 o'clock passed away, suffering much in the few hours of her sickness.
"Oh loved one, sage forever
Within the Savior's fold,
She is clothed in clean white linen,
And she walks the streets of gold."

Miller. - Peter J. Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 3, 1842; died at his home in Johnson Co., Iowa, April 7, 1926; aged 83 y. 9 m. 4 d. At the age of fourteen he emigrated with team and wagon with his parents from Somerset Co., Pa., to Washington Co., Iowa, locating near Kalona. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which he remained a faithful member until death. On Jan. 15, 1871, he was united in marriage to Catherine Brenneman of Garrett Co., Md. To this union were born nine children: Lucretia, wife of Joseph L. Hershberger; Mary, wife of W. F. Gingerich; Barbara, wife of Joel D. Reber; Anna deceased; Esther, wife of Arthur Yoder; Katie, wife of George P. Yoder; George P., Jacob P., and Noah E. In 1879 he moved to McPherson Co., Kans., where his wife died, Apr. 26, 1886. On Aug. 28, 1892 he was married to Emma Wertz of Johnson Co., Iowa. On Nov. 11, 1892, he with his family moved to his late home. To this union were born three daughters (Naomi, Lydia and Ruth). He leaves his companion, eleven children, twenty-eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four brothers (Jacob A., Moses J., Joel J., Daniel J.), and one sister (Mrs. Lydia Brenneman) of Kalona, Iowa, also many relatives and friends. He was carried to his final resting place by six of his grandsons. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church April 10 by David Miller and John Y. Swartzendruber, assisted by Joe C. Brenneman.

Werner. - Rosetta, nee Hoover, was born in Rainham Township, Haldimand Co., Ont., Sept. 28, 1876; died at the Hospital, Hamilton, Ont., April 2, 1926, following an operation for toxic goitre, from which she suffered ill effects for about a year. She passed away in her fiftieth year. She was married to Bro. Milton Werner of the Rainham congregation June 24, 1907. She is survived by her beloved husband, five children (Catharine, Carl, John, David, and Daniel), two brothers (A. Erwin, and Jacob) and two sisters (Mrs. Minnie Mannix and Mrs. Jennie Yeager). At the age of fifteen years, Sister Werner was converted and united in Christian fellowship with the Rainham congregation, of which she was a devoted member and earnest worker. In all of the Church's activities she was most deeply interested and took an active part. She enjoyed her Christian experience and was happy in her work and labor for the Master. Her life was an inspiration to others with whom she associated and her self-sacrificing character made her a blessing to all who knew her. The Church and neighborhood will greatly miss her presence and help, but her life lives on in what she has done and in the influence for good which she has left in other's lives. It was a great joy to her that during the past year and shortly before her departure two of her children confessed faith in the Lord whom she loved and served. That which she lived for had begun to bear fruit to the glory of God. Other fruits will follow. The burial service was very largely attended on April 6, at the Rainham Church. Services were conducted by Brethren S. F. Coffman and C. F. Derstine. Interment in the Mennonite burying ground near by.

Amstutz. - Benjamin Amstutz was born near Canton Berne, Switzerland, Feb. 27, 1853. In April, 1867, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. In May, 1873, he with his parents came to this country and settled in the Sonnenberg settlement near Dalton, O., where he died April 5, 1926; aged 73 y. 1 m. 6 d. He met tragic death while blasting stumps for his son-in-law. Just how it happened no one can tell, but it is supposed a charge failing to explode in the usual time he must have ventured to investigate. His body was found about 70 feet from the place of the blast, and was torn beyond recognition -- which must have happened about 2 o'clock as his watch stopped at that time. At 5 o'clock his granddaughter was sent to investigate why he did not come for supper and found her grandfather's mangled body. He was still quite robust, always a diligent worker. He will be greatly missed in the home, where he was a loving father, always cheerful and happy; in the neighborhood, always ready to lend a helping hand; in the church his place was seldom vacant, and was a faithful S. S. teacher for many years. Nov. 7, 1876 he was married to Fanny J. Steiner who died March 23, 1916. This union was blessed with two sons and 5 daughters (Dan B., Amos, Sarah, Mrs. Joel Gerber, Anna, Mrs. D. D. Hofstetter, Pauline, Mrs. Philip Gerber, Elma, Mrs. Reuben Hofstetter, and Elizabeth who died at the age of 11). Feb. 1920 he was again married to Fanny Hofstetter (nee Moser) who with his 2 sons, 4 daughters, 25 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (John L., Daniel, and Jacob), 1 sister (Mrs. C. A. Sommer), and a host of other relatives and friends mourn his sudden death, yet not as those without hope. Funeral services were held April 8, at the home of J. S. Moser, and at the Swiss Mennonite Church by C. N. Amstutz in German (Text, John 17:3) and J. S. Gerig and Oscar Burkholder in English (Text, Matt. 24:42, 44).

Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 5 - April 29, 1926, pages 110, 111

Flohr-Isaac Flohr was born Oct. 27, 1845; died March 27, 1926; aged 80 y. 5 m. 2 d. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vernon Blosser, North Lima, Ohio, where he had been living the past 12 years. Death was due to a complication of diseases. On April 12, 1869, he was united in marriage to Catherine Yoder, to which union eight children were born. His wife and one son and daughter preceded him in death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, uniting a number of years ago. Funeral services were held at the home and North Lima Mennonite Church, April 14, in charge of Brethren A.J. Steiner and E.M. Detweiler. Text, I Sam. 20:3. Interment in Midway Cemetery.

Sauder-David W., infant son of John and Elizabeth Wiker Sauder of near Lancaster, Pa., died April 13, 1926; aged 9 m. 24 d. When 2 months old he took whooping cough and from that time on he had been sickly and his death was due to bronchial pneumonia. He leaves 3 brothers (Robert, John, Witmer), one sister (Catherine), and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services at the house conducted by Bro. Sanford Landis, Bro. John B.. Senger and Bro. John Charles of Mountville, at the Masonville Church.

"Another little lamb has gone
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling babe
Is sheltered in the grave."

By Grandmother.

Blosser-Ezra, son of Tobias and Rachel Blosser (deceased), and grandson of the late Bishop John Thut, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 22, 1871. At the age of sixteen he moved with his parents to near Caledonia, Mich. He was united in marriage to Hettie Mathewson, Oct. 4, 1894. To this union was born one daughter (Mary Edith). Brother Blosser was a devoted husband and father. To know Bro. Blosser was to love him. He was an ardent Christian man, ever mindful of the best interests of the Church of his choice. He passed to his reward on Monday, March 8, 1926, at the age of 54 y. 5 m. 14 d. The Church and community loses a splendid Christian character. The wife, daughter, two brothers, three sisters, and many friends mourn their loss. The funeral service was conducted from the United Brethren Church in Caledonia, Mich. Interment was made in the local cemetery. The sermon was preached by C.L. Snyder whose Scripture Text was taken from Heb. 4:9---"There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God."

Buerge-John I. Buerge was born near New Hamberg, Ont., April 12, 1853; died at the home of his son Frank near Carthage, Mo., March 11, 1926; aged 72 y. 10 m. 28 d. In 1870 he with his parents moved to Reed City, Mich. In Feb., 1879, he was married to Catherine Scott of that place. They moved from Michigan to near Jasper, Mo., in 1883, where they lived forty-two years on the same farm. He leaves his wife and two sons (Allen and Frank). One son (Ira) died in infancy. He also leaves three sisters (Mrs. Jacob Scott and Misses Lydia and Bessie Buerge). One sister (Mrs. George Dinteman), died eleven years ago. He leaves five grandchildren and a number of other relatives. When quite young he became a member of the Mennonite Church, which faith he kept thruout life. He was an ardent student of the Bible and other religious books. Just before he died he said his spiritual work was finished and his one desire had been to live for his children and grandchildren. He was a home-loving man of quiet disposition, very charitable, and considerate of the poor. Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Andrew Shenk.

Lefever-Samuel M., son of the late Samuel and Emma H. Lefever, was born Feb.. 1, 1901; died April 12, 1926, at his home in Willow Street, Pa.; aged 25 y. 2 m. 11 d. He was sick only nine days with blood poison and pneumonia. During his illness of severe pain he had a smile for all who knew him. He gave his heart to God on Easter Day and said that whichever way God saw best he was satisfied. Death was very sudden, as we expected he would recover. But God saw best to call him home. Though no efforts were spared to restore him to his former health, so far as human minds and hands could render, it was not our will, but the will of our Heavenly Father; and may we bow submissively to Him who doeth all things well. He leaves his devoted mother, two brothers and one sister (Jacob F. Lefever, Elmer L. Rummel, and Mrs. Mary Dagen); also a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held April 15 at his home by Bro. Jacob Thomas and at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Herr and Aaron Harnish. Interment in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.
"Can it be that Samuel has left us,
He who always had a smile? Yes!
He's gone and soon we'll meet him,
`Twill only be a little while."
By a friend, E.M.W.

Weldy-Jacob B. Weldy was born Feb. 5, 1849; died April 17, 1926; aged 77 y. 1 m. 20 d. In 1851 his parents moved to St. Joseph Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. On June 18, 1871, he was united in marriage to Emeline Kreider, and a few years later they moved to Elkhart Co., two and a half miles west of Nappanee. In the spring of 1872 they united with the Mennonite Church and continued to be greatly interested in the welfare and growth of the Church and for the promotion of the cause of Christ. To this union were born 6 children, 4 of them having preceded him in death: two in infancy and David and Anna, aged 8 and 47 years respectively. He is survived by 1 daughter (Mrs. Amanda Hartman), and 1 son (John Weldy), with whom he made his home for the last year. There were also 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. His wife died May 8, 1894. On March 5, 1896 he was married to Nancy E. Brenneman. She died Oct. 18, 1921. On the 20th of January, last, he was stricken with paralysis and received several more strokes. He suffered much and often expressed a desire to go home to Jesus.. Finally the Lord granted him the request. He will be greatly missed in the home, the Church, and the community. Funeral services at Nappanee on Monday following his death, by J.S. Hartzler and Jonas Loucks. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in South Union Cemetery.

Sharer-Elmer Ellsworth Sharer was born in Centre Co., Pa., Aug. 9, 1862; died in Benton Co., Oreg., March 26, 1926; aged 63 y. 7 m. 17 d. At the age of 16 he with his parents moved from Pennsylvania to Marion Co., Kan. At the age of 20 he was united in the bonds of matrimony with Barbara Weaver. To this union were born five children, three of whom survive: Mrs. G.D. Shenk, Mrs. O.S. Kilmer and Grant A. Sharer. His sister (Virgie Penrose) preceded him in death one year ago. He leaves his wife, three children, seventeen grandchildren, one full brother (Ambrose), two half-brothers, two half-sisters, a step-mother, and many other relatives and friends. He was always jovial and very active in life, and was a man of robust health until Dec., 1923, when he was placed on the bed of affliction with paralysis, from which he never fully recovered. In this weakened condition, he could not survive a severe attack of pneumonia. He accepted Christ as his Savior about one year ago, was baptized and received into the Sheridan Mennonite congregation. He manifested a great desire to witness for his Savior, and especially to warn the young people against wasting their life in sin. He was privileged to take part in one communion and feet washing service, for which we all praise the Lord. A short service was conducted at the home by our aged bishop, Bro. J.D. Mishler, and in the Albany Mennonite church by Bro. M.E. Brenneman. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Oreg.

Snyder-Hannah Bingeman was born in Breslau, Ont., June 22, 1860; died at her home in North Kitchener, Ont., April 12, 1926; aged 65 y. 9 m. 21 d. On Nov. 19, 1884, she was married to Isador B. Snyder of Waterloo Co., Ont., in which county they spent their married life. To this union were born four sons and one daughter (Eldon, Della Mae, Leo(who died in infancy), Earl and Grant). She was converted at sixteen and joined the Mennonite Church in the early years of her married life. In this faith she remained to the end. Although she had been in ill health for some time she had seemed to be in no immediate danger. However, on the afternoon of April 12 she was seized with a sudden heart attack from which she never rallied and passed away peacefully about six o'clock. She is survived by her husband, her family, and a large circle of relatives and friends. To these she endeared herself by her lifetime of devoted attention to their interests. "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." Her Christian character made its influence felt in the Church and community. That she was spared prolonged suffering is some consolation to the family and friends for their sudden loss. She will be greatly missed but the hope of a future life is a sustaining comfort. Funeral services were held at the Sterling Avenue Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., on the afternoon of April 15. Bro. U.K. Weber, pastor, was in charge and Bro. S.F. Coffman, Vineland, Ont., read the Scripture lesson.

Amstutz-Gideon Amstutz was born in Allen Co., Ohio, March 25, 1879; died near Archbold, Ohio, March 30, 1926; aged 47 y. 5 d. In his younger days he accepted Christ and united with the Swiss Mennonite Church near Pandora, Ohio, and in 1902 he transferred his membership to the Amish Mennonite Church near Archbold, Ohio. There he attended the services as long as he was able and remained a faithful member till the end. On Sept. 2, 1902, he was united in marriage to Eliza Beck. To this union were born five children (Alta Ann, Edythe Adelle, Virginia Marie, Kathryn, Elfrieda and Dale William). He was a kind neighbor, an affectionate father, and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Although his sickness (diabetes) was of several years' duration, he bore it patiently and left the comforting testimony that he was ready and even anxiously awaiting THE CALL to go; nevertheless he was very much concerned about the welfare of his beloved family. He leaves his sorrowing wife, 5 children, 2 grandchildren, 1 brother (Christ), 5 sisters (Sarah, Mrs. H.H. Warner, Mrs. Emanuel Leichty, Mrs. J.J. Beer), and 1 half-sister (Mrs. Jacob Zimmerman), besides a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held April 3, conducted at the house by Bro. S.S. Wyse (Jno. 4:1-21), at the Central A.M. Church by Bro. S.D. Grieser from Heb. 13:14, and Bro. Henry Rychener from Psa. 17:15. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"How we miss your gentle footsteps,
O we miss your loving smile;
But we're glad `tis not forever,
We are parted for just a while."

Bricker-Melissa Weber, beloved wife of Bro. Harvey Bricker of Alsask. Sask., was born Dec. 1, 1889, in Waterloo Co., Ont., died in the General Hospital, Calgary, Alta., March 20, 1926; aged 36 y. 3 m. 20 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband with a family of three duaghters (sic) and an adopted son.. Towards fall of 1925 she began to complain of not being well, and as there were no signs of improvement she was brought to the home of Bro. E.W. Bricker, Calgary, where for some time she was under the doctor's care. Later it was decided that an operation was necessary, which took place in the General Hospital, and for some time good hopes were held out for her recovery. She however took a turn for the worse and though many prayers ascended to the throne of grace in her behalf, she gradually became weaker and finally passed on to her reward. While under the hand of affliction she suffered considerably and frequently expressed a desire to leave the world and be with Christ. On March 21 a funeral service was conducted by E. Hansell at the funeral home of Foster & Foster, Calgary, after which the remains were brought to Aldersyde and from there taken to the home of Bro. T.E. Bowman on March 22 where the relatives of the departed sister met and a short service conducted by Bro. I. Miller and then taken to the Mt. View Mennonite Church for funeral service and burial. Services at the church conducted by N.B. Stauffer. Text, Jno. 16:16, selected by Sister Bricker some weeks before her death. Bro. Bricker has the sympathy of a large circle of the brotherhood and friends who with him in humble submissiveness say, "Thy will be done."

Transcriber's note: (sic) = typed exactly as written in the printed obituary

Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire

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