Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1926

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XIX, No. 19 - August 5, 1926 - pg 415

Lauver.-Lester Elson, only son of Elson Lauver, died July 23, 1926; aged 1 y. 3 m. 26 d. His death was caused by bronchial pneumonia. He died at the home of his uncle and Aunt, Emanuel and Barbara Lauver, his home since the death of his mother a little more than a year ago. He is survived by his father, one sister (Doris), two grandfathers, one grandmother, and many relatives. Short services at the house by Bro. C. B. Hess and further services at the Slate Hill Mennonite Church near Shiremanstown, Pa., by Bro. Samuel Hess, (text, Luke 18: 15-17) and Bro. C. B. Hess. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"All is over, hands are folded
O'er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over pain is ended,
And dear Lester is at rest." His uncle and aunt.

Beidler.-Joseph C. Beidler was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 17, 1865; died at his home in Bally, Pa., July 21, 1926; aged 61 y. 6 m. 4 d. Bro. Beidler suffered a stroke on Monday afternoon, July 19, and passed peacefully away 2 days later. His sudden death was a shock to all in the community - a solemn warning, "Be ye therefore also ready." Bro. Beidler was a faithful member of Bally Mennonite Church , a faithful husband, father and friend. Our consolation is that there is a reward promised for the faithful. There remain to mourn his sudden departure his wife Lizzie (nee Ehst) and two sons (Harvey and Warren); also 2 grandchildren, 3 brothers, a sister, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services on Monday July 26, ay Bally Mennonite Church conducted by Bishop Warren G. Bean together with home ministers. Buried in adjoining cemetery.

Lehman.-Anna, wife of Samuel Lehman, daughter of George and Martha Longenecker, was born July 19, 1856; died June 30, 1926; aged 59 y. 11 m. 11 d. She was married to Samuel Lehman, Dec. 22, 1881. To this union were born George, Elsie Wenger, Mary Landis, and Elizabeth Horst. Elsie Wenger preceded her in death on March 22, 1924. Her brothers and sisters were John Longenecker, Wm. Longenecker, Mrs. Jacob Newcomer, and Amelia, who died when a child. All preceded her in death excepting brother, John. She was a member of the Mennonite Church nearly forty years, always willing and anxious to exercise her duties and privileges in this fellowship. She will be missed in the home as a loving companion to her husband; by her children and grandchildren as a cheerful and sacrificing mother and grandmother; in the church and community as one who was willing to be used in time of distress and need. Her kind and loving disposition made her a multitude of friends.

Horst.-Anna Kathryn, daughter of Bro. Elmer and Sister Katie Buckwalter Horst, died July 19, 1916, at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 2 y. 8 d. Little Kathryn leaves her parents, six brothers, and one sister and has gone to meet her little brother that has gone on before. She was sick only four days. Our Father saw fit to call her up higher. How glad we were that she could go to her rest, in the state of suffering that she was in, yet it meant so much to give her up. But with hearts of submission we want to calmly say, "The will be done." Funeral services held July 22 at the home by George Horning and further services at Gehman's church by Moses Gehman and George Horning. Text, Matt. 19: 14; Luke 22: 42, latter clause). Burial in Gehman's Cemetery.

"Oh, that dear one, how we loved her,
Oh, how hard to give her up!
But an angel came down for her,
And removed her from our flock." Mother.

Weaver.-Daniel Groff Weaver, second child of Bishop Moses B. and Elizabeth Groff Weaver, was born near Farmersville, Pa., Nov. 14, 1850; died May 20, 1926; aged 75 y. 6 m. 6 d. He united with the Weaver branch of the Mennonites at about 19 years of age and remained faithful to the Lord and to the church of this choice until the end of his life's journey. In 1872 he married Fannie S. Auker of Juniata Co.,Pa., with whom he lived in happy wedlock until 20 years ago. This union was blessed with 3 children (Elizabeth, wife of Peter K. Lehman; Anna, wife of Dr. Spencer T. Williams, and Amelia who died at the age of 2 y. 6 m.). He spent 27 years of his life as a pioneer farmer on the prairies of Iowa, but returned to Pennsylvania in 1915, and established himself at Myerstown as an optometrist. It was while on a visit to the old homestead where he was born, in Lancaster Co., that he was stricken with pneumonia, and after an illness of only four days, he died. He leaves one brother (Moses), 1 daughter (Mrs. Spencer T. Williams), 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 1 aunt (Mrs. Lydia Hershey). Funeral services were held at the Pike Mennonite Meeting House near Hinkletown, Pa., on May 23. He had a heart filled with love, longsuffering, charity, and forgiveness. He never showed anger, never complained, and had always kind words. Even when people spoke with cutting words to him, he answered them with kind words in a sweet and gentle way, and in secret prayers he would ask God to forgive the people who wronged him. "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." Rev. 14: 13.

Yoder.-Solomon D., son of David and Catherine (Hochstetler) was born near Summit Mills, Pa., Aug. 17, 1845; died at his home near Elk Lick, Pa., July 10, 1926; aged 80 y. 10 m. 23 d. Death was due to infirmities of age accentuated in heart trouble, his illness being of alarming type only about a week. His health had been, in some respects, failing for some years, and he had suffered several serious falls which inflicted injuries of grave nature. He was married to Barbara Yutzy Sept. 9, 1866. She died Sept. 23, 1870, leaving two sons (William and Lewis) and one daughter (Annie). On Jan. 22m 1871, he was married to Catherine (Yutzy) Maust, widow of the late Leonard Maust. His second wife died Sept. 18, 1911, leaving two sons (Harvey and Norman) and one daughter (Savilla). On May 12, 1912, he was married to Lizzie Hershberger, who survives after a devoted and faithful companionship. His children all survive, as follows: William, bishop of the Old Order congregation; Lewis; Annie, wife of Noah J. Maust; Harvey, Norman, and Savilla, wife of Noah E. Hershberger. Among his marital connections were eight step-children, of whom all but on are living. He had 65 grandchildren, eight of whom preceded him to the Beyond. He had 55 great-grandchildren, of whom all but three are living. Early in life he located in Maryland and lived at various places in the vicinity of Grantsville until shortly after his last marriage, when he resided at the former home of his surviving widow, where he died. Probably his life-time was nearly equally divided between the states of his birth and his adoption. Early in life he confessed Christ as his Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and he was an attendant member of the congregation worshipping at the Maple Glen ("Miller") meeting house since the erection of that edifice in 1881. In his active days he was an enthusiastic advocate of Sunday schools and took an active part in its activities, as well as being a regular attendant at the regular preaching services. For some years he was almost deaf and could understand very little of what was spoken publicly, yet, when weather and health permitted, he was usually present at the preaching services. He was an extensive reader, but during his last yeas, especially, memory failed to such an extent, that his reading amounted mostly to pastime, yet it was a helpful and commendable diversion. The funeral was held at the Maple Glen meeting house near Grantsville, Md., Monday, July 12. Services at the home by C. W. Bender and at the meeting house, by request, the three ministers of the district spoke in the order herewith given, the principal address being given by Bro. Bender. J. B. Miller and C. W. Bender in German (Texts, 1 Jno. 3: 1-3 and II Tim. 4: 7, second clause). N. Brenneman in English (text, 1 Pet. 1: 3-5). J. B. M.

Stutzman.-Iris Susan, only child of Ralph and Irene Stutzman near Aurora, Ohio, died July 17, 1926; aged 2 y. 8 m. 29 d. She leaves her sorrowing father and mother, and one grandfather and grandmother. Less than two weeks ago the Lord called and Iris' little brother was laid into the cold and silent grave. At the close of this tragic day when little Iris and her mother were returning from an automobile ride the car struck the entrance to the garage and the impact threw the little girl against the windshield with enough force to break it. The jugular vein was severed and in a moment of time the transition from time to eternity had taken place. The atmosphere of the home had been such since the death of her little brother that she told her grief-stricken parents again and again that she was going to him soon. Her favorite song, and the one she could sing, was "Steal away to Jesus, I have not long to stay here."

"Although I never can return,
Let not this grieve your heart:
For you will shortly come to me,
Then we shall never part."

Services were conducted in the home and church by Bro. E. B. Stoltzfus assisted by Bro. Martin Miller. Text, Rev. 21: 5. Interment in Plainview Cemetery.

Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XIX, No. 20 - August 12, 1926 - pp 446, 447

Rohrer.-Israel, Jr., passed into a fairer land June 13, 1926, with only a few breaths of life. He is survived by his parents, Israel D. and Edna (Eby) Rohrer, Gordonville, Pa. He came as a bud but soon faded away. We should all be glad he is taken out of this world of sin and sorrow, and is peacefully sleeping in the arms of Jesus.

How peacefully lay our Darling sleeping,
Calmly upon our Savior's breast
And we should strive to cease our weeping
For we know our baby is at rest. By his aunt.

Miller.-Daniel D. Miller was born near Millersburg, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1847; died near Berlin, Ohio, July 25, 1926; aged 78 y. 7 m. 25 d. He united with old Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained a faithful member till death. On May 2, 1867, he was united in marriage to Lydia Troyer. To this union were born 9 sons and 5 daughters. 3 sons and 4 daughters preceded him in death. He leaves wife, 6 sons (Eli, Albert, Samuel, Levi, Noah, Calvin) and 1 daughter (Fanny), 36 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.

"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Erb.-Katie (Albrecht) Erb was born at Milbank, Ont., Aug. 1, 1866; died at her home near Albany, Oreg., July 27, 1926; aged 59 y. 11 m. 27 d. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and remained faithful to the end. In her last hours she prayed for her family, for the Church, for friends and neighbors, then calmly passed away. On Jan. 25, 1886, she was married to Moses Erb. To this union were born six sons, one dying in infancy. She leaves a loving husband, five sons (Jacob, Elmer, Harvey, Ray, and Roy), two grandchildren, four brothers, (Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, and John), four sisters (Susan, Mary, Anna, and Leah), and many friends and relatives to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the Evangelical Church, Albany, Oreg., July 29, by Fred Launer, pastor. Text, Isa. 33: 17. Interment in Riverside Cemetery.

Schmucker.-Amanda Schmucker (nee Wyse) was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Jan. 22, 1867; died in the Wauseon Hospital July 22, 1926, following an operation which she underwent July 17; aged 59 y. 6 m. She was married to Amos Schmucker Feb. 1, 1885. Nine sons and six daughters were born to this union. Two sons and one daughter preceded her in death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 12 children, 31 grandchildren, and 2 brothers, together with many friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Sister Amanda accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in 1888, and lived a consistent Christian life until death. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church July 24 conducted by E. L. Frey, assisted by S. D. Grieser. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Burial in Lockport Cemetery.

"The dearest name to mortals given,
The sweetest name this side of Heaven;
The name by infant's lips first spoken
Of love supreme the token is "Mother."

Miller.-On July 26, 1926, in Goshen, Ind., of the infirmities of age, Charles Selner Miller; aged 82 y. 9 m. 23 d. He was born Sept. 29, 1843, in Wayne Co., Ohio. He was the son of Joseph and Catherine Selner Miller. While he was still a child, the family moved to Huntington Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. In the winter of 1863 the family moved to Elkhart Co., where he spent the remainder of his years. He was united in marriage with Nancy A. Shaum, in January, 1867. She preceded him in death nineteen years ago. To this marriage were born one son (Harrison), and one daughter (Ida). He later married Sarah Shaum Otto, who survives him. He leaves (besides his wife and children), six grandchildren, a step-daughter, a sister, and many relatives and friends. He was buried July 28 at the Olive Mennonite Church where appropriate services were conducted by Frank Kreider and John F. Funk. The funeral was well attended. In his earlier days Bro. Miller had been a member of the Mennonite Church. In his later years he united with the Brethren Church.

Wyse.-Christian J. Wyse was born near Elmira, Ohio, July 4, 1852; died at his home near Archbold, Ohio, July 16, 1926; aged 74 y. 12 d. He was united in marriage with Magdalena Stutzman Aug. 28, 1872. To this union were born five sons and six daughters. He leaves his sorrowing wife, ten children, fifty grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one sister, 3 half-sisters, 3 half-brothers, and many relatives and friends. One son, 2 grandchildren, one great-grandchild preceded him in death. Bro. Wyse was ailing for a year or more with pernicious anemia but all through his ailment he took it patiently and was resigned unto the Lord. He served as janitor at the Central A. M. Church for nearly 25 years. He accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and held to the faith unto the end. And I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, Write. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from hence forth. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them. Funeral services were held July 18, 1926 at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, O., conducted by E. L. Frey, reading of lesson and prayer; sermon by S. C. Greiser. Text, Job 14: 13. Closing remarks and prayer by Gabriel Bunk. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.

Bontrager.-Catherine (Graber) Bontrager was born in Allen Co., Ind., Oct. 2, 1865; died at her home near Goshen, Ind., June 11, 1926; aged 60 y. 8 m. 9 d. Her end came after a nine-months illness starting with rheumatism. The last night of her life she got a stroke, which lasted only nine hours, when she fell asleep in Jesus. During her severe suffering she often prayed the Lord to take her home, and her prayer was finally answered. The day before her death she said she can see her box waiting for her; all is fulfilled. She was a member of the Amish Church and lived faithful to the end. On. Jan. 17, 1889, she was married to Samuel Bontrager. To this union 8 children were born (Henry, Hannah, Maude, Fred, Arthur, Alta, Anthony, and Louise). Anthony preceded her in death. She leaves husband, 7 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 brother, 3 sisters, besides many relatives and friends. Funeral services at he home conducted by the Brethren Samuel Hochstettler, David Plank, and Samuel Kemp. Text, Jno. 5: 14. Burial in Miller Cemetery.
"Rest on, dear Mother you labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find." A daughter.

Smeltzer.-Minnie Catherine Smeltzer daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Wogomon was born in Goshen Ind., June 22, 1890. When but a child she moved with her parents to Concord Twp., where she grew to womanhood. On Feb .11, 1915, she was united in marriage to Bro. Clarence Smeltzer by Bro. Frank Krider. To this union were born six children. Three have preceded her in death. At the age of 13 she gave her heart unto the Lord and united with the Brethren Church at Elkhart Valley. Later she was received in church fellowship with the Mennonite Church, worshiping with the Holdeman congregation until called home in death which occurred July 24, aged 36 y. 1 m . 2 d. In her relation to God and the Church was manifested the same devotion and loyalty which was son beautifully shown in her home life, diligently teaching her children the Holy Scripture and in pouring out her soul unto God in prayer in their behalf. Seldom, when health permitted, was her place vacant at the house of worship. Those left to mourn her sudden death (she was sick but 3 hours) are husband, 3 children, her parents, two brothers, and one sister. Funeral services at the Olive Church conducted by the Brethren Frank Krider and Silas Weldy. Text, 1 Tim. 4: 8. Burial in adjoining cemetery. May the Lord bless and comfort our bereaved brother in his sad experience.

Brenneman.-Henry N. Brenneman was born Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 18, 1861; died July 15, 1926; aged 64 y. 6 m. 28 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Masonville Mennonite Church about 16 years ago when the first evangelistic services were held in this Church by Bro. J. B. Senger. The cause of his death was heart disease. The end came after 2 weeks of much suffering. During his severe suffering he often prayed the Lord to take him home and his prayer was finally answered. One of his favorite hymns was, "My Heavenly Home is Bright and Fair." This he sang quite often during his sickness. He was a kind husband and affectionate father, always devotedly attached to his family, ever ready to help and advise. He was always ready and willing to help any one in his community in time of need. He is survived by his wife, 5 sons and 2 daughters (Jacob R., Aaron R., Harry R., John R., and Edgar R., Barbara, wife of Alvin Dombach and Ada, wife of Adam Glick), also 1 sister and 2 brothers survive (Susan, wife of the late deacon Daniel Witmer, Jacob N. and Amos N.). Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bros. J. C. Habecker, C. K. Lehman and at the Masonville Mennonite Church by Brethren Charles and Lehman. Text, II Timothy 4: 7. Interment in the adjoining Cemetery.

"Such was his end, a calm release;
No clinging to this mortal clod,
It seemed as if he stood in peace
Before a smiling God." A son.

Krabill.-Michael P., son of Peter and Fanny Yaggy Krabill, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Oct. 2, 1857; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Seth Roth) July 8, 1926; aged 68 y. 9 m. 6 d. When he was about 18 years of age he moved with his parents to Logan Co., Ohio. On Dec. 16, 1880, he was married to Mary Miller, after which they made their home in Logan Co., Ohio. This union lasted about four years, when his wife died in Oct. 1884. In early spring of 1886 he came to Iowa and located in Henry Co. Oct. 7, 1886, he was married to Katherine Wyse. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. Again the death angel visited his home and took away his wife on March 5, 1909. Those of his children remaining are: Omer, Lester, Mrs. Seth Roth, Mrs. Earl Hochstetler, and thirteen grandchildren. His oldest son (Elmer) preceded him in death about two years ago. Of his bothers yet living there are : Chriss (half-brother), Dan, Eli, David, William, and Peter. One half-brother (Jacob) and one half-sister (Mary Schlonecker) preceded him in death. He confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church when a young man. He enjoyed his Christian life and death came like a fulfillment to his wishes. He was of a healthy nature until several years ago, when he became afflicted with diabetes. He fought the disease as long as human strength could resist, bearing the pain patiently. At last, after several months of intense pain, he passed to his eternal reward. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church, Bro. Simon Gingerich and Bro. Dan Graver officiating.

Nissley.-Eliza (Kauffman) Nissley was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Nov. 3, 1865; died at the home of her eldest daughter (Mrs. N. B. Miller) near Hydro, Okla., on June 20, 1926; aged 60 y. 7 m. 17 d. She was married to Abraham Nissley with whom she lived in holy wedlock 38 y. 5 m. 20 d. She was the eldest daughter of David and Barbara Kauffman who preceded her a number of years ago. She united with the Amish Church in her young years, of which she was a faithful member until death, often expressing herself with a strong faith in God. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 3 sons, and 4 daughters. She was the first of the family to leave this earth, with the exception of a few grandchildren who died in infancy. She also leaves 6 brothers and 5 sisters and was also the first one out of a family of twelve. She will be greatly missed by all. Her motto was helping others, always ready and never too much trouble to lend a hand. All that knew her learned to love her. Our desire is to live so we may meet her in heaven. She was a sufferer from cancer, which was removed and she seemed in fairly good health for about one year. When health began to fail and she became weaker seemingly all that was done to restore her was of no avail. She had another cancer internally, which was not located till about 2 weeks before her death, although it caused no pain. Dropsy also set in and she quietly and peacefully fell asleep.

"Rest on, dear Mother you labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find." By one of the family.

Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XIX, No. 21 - August 19, 1926 - pp 462, 263

Funk.-Anna Margaret Funk, daughter of James Graff of Pond Bank. Pa., was born Jan. 11, 1888; died at Williamsburg, Va., Aug. 6, 1926; aged 38 y. 6 m. 24 d. It was said her death came as the result of an accident on July 4, 1926. She is survived by two brothers (John and Tom) also two sisters, (Laura and Jenny). Funeral services in the Methodist Church in Mont Alto on Monday, Aug. 9, conducted by Harvey E. Shank Text, Isa. 38: 1. Burial in the Mont Alto Cemetery.

Oberly.-John Oberly was born in Wayne Co., O., Jan. 24, 1850; died July 22, 1926, of apoplexy, at his home near Apple Creek, O., where he was a lifelong resident. Age, 76 y. 5 m. 28 d. Feb. 23, 1876, he was married to Eliza Richenbach who preceded him Feb. 17, 1920. To this union 4 children were born. (Minnie, Sarah, Albert, and Daniel, of which Daniel, the youngest, is the only one who survives), 4 grandchildren, and a number of other relatives and friends survive. Funeral services were held on Sunday, the 25, from the Swiss Mennonite Church, where he was a member from his youth. Services were conducted by Lewis and C. N. Amstutz and J. S. Weaver.

Moore.-William A. Moore was born July 10, 1874, in Allen Co., Ind; died Aug. 8, 1926; aged 52 y. 29 d. He was united in marriage to Lizzie Ault Sept. 4, 1901. He united in church fellowship with the Mennonite Church a number of years ago, but took little interest in Church matters for some time. A short time before his death he again confessed Christ as his Savior and expressed peace with the Lord. He leaves a sorrowing companion, one sister, one brother, and many friends. His parents and one sister preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church Aug. 11 and his remains now rest in the Lindinwood Cemetery.

Kauffman.-Lee H. Kauffman was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 7, 1851; passed away at his home in Rock Falls, Ill., Aug. 1, 1926. He was married to Sarah Kauffman on Jan. 8, 1878. To this union two children were born (Mrs. John Manning and Mrs. Stella Killen). He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five grandchildren, also four survive who reside in Lancaster Co., Pa. Bro. Kauffman confessed Christ as his personal Savior during his illness and was received into church fellowship by water baptism. Funeral services were held Aug. 4, at the Mennonite Church, in charge of A. C. Good, and his body laid to rest in the cemetery near by to await the morning of the resurrection.

Yoder.-Darleen Ila Yoder, died July 29, 1926; aged 8 y. 10 m. 14 d. Her entire life was spent on the farm in Johnson Co., Iowa, where she was born and lived happily with her parents and family. A few days before her death she was taken ill with scarlet fever, from the effects of which she died. She leaves her father and mother, a sister (Edna), two brothers (Cleo and Howard), her grandparents on both sides, as well as a host of friends to whom her little life had endeared itself. Funeral services were conducted from the home by D. J. Fisher and S. C. Yoder, after which the remains were laid to rest in the East Union Cemetery, north of Kalona.

Flinchbaugh.-Kurvin S. Flinchbaugh died ---- 1926, aged 64 y. 11 m. 13 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was married to Susan H. Stauffer. To this union were born four children (Mrs. Christ Reider, John Flinchbaugh, Mrs. George Fink, Mrs. John Darkes). Funeral services at the house by Jacob Ebersole, David Westenberger, and Noah Risser, (Text, 1 Pet. 1: 3-5) and at Erisman's Church conducted by Isaac Brubaker and Martin Metzler. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find. By the family.

Hathaway.-William Hathaway died July 16, 1926, at Pearidge, Mo., aged 56 y. He had been in poor health for two years with kidney trouble but was only confined to his bed two weeks, typhoid fever being the cause of his death. His wife preceded him 9 years ago. He was a kind and loving father and of a quiet and peacable disposition. He leaves 4 daughters (Leona, Florence, Nellie, and Maybelle) and 6 sons (John, Russel, David, Leslie, Oney, Oliver). One son (Harold) died 16 years ago. Funeral was preached at the house by Bro. J. M. Kreider, July 18, 1926 with a very large attendance. Text, Eccl. 11: 3. A Friend.

Badertscher.-Maria Steffen Badertscher was born in Canton Berice, Switzerland, Sept. 19, 1838; died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Sam King near Pandora, O., July 19, 1926; aged 91 y. 10 m. She was married to Frederick Badertscher in 1863. And with their family (four sons and two daughters) migrated to Wayne Co., O., in 1881. Her husband preceded her in death, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 37 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren survive. One daughter (Mary Ann, wife of Adam Amstutz) also passed away 3 weeks before her mother. She was a devoted Christian mother and in her last years often expressed a desire to go home to be with her Lord. The remains were brought to Sonnenberg for burial. Funeral services were held at the Salem church July 22 by Adam Somer in German and M. A. Neiswander in English.

Culp.-Henry B. Culp, a pioneer resident of Mahorning Co., Ohio, a son of Joseph and Mary Bixler Culp, was born July 22, 1846; died July 26, 1926; aged 80 y. 4 d. He died at the home of his daughter Mrs. H. L. Beard, Youngstown, after an illness of two weeks. He married Angelina Witmer who preceded him in death in 1922. Bro. Culp was neighborly and upright and no way-farer was ever turned away from his door. He was a member of the Mennonite Church in his youth and renewed his covenant before he died. Surviving are his daughter, two grandsons, one sister (Mrs. Samuel Harrold) and five brothers (William, Joseph, Samuel, Isaac, and John). Funeral service at the residence of his daughter were held July 29, 1926. E. M. Detweiler officiating. Text, Lam. 3: 24. Interment in Midway Cemetery north of Columbiana, Ohio.

Armbrust.-Susannah (Miller) Armbrust was born at Scalplevel, Pa., Jan. 8, 1850; died at Sugar Creek, O., July 21, 1926; aged 76 y. 6 m. 13 d. She was a daughter of Bishop Moses B. Miller. She was married to Henry F. J. Armbrust Aug. 5, 1873, at LaGrange, Ind. They started housekeeping at Trail, O. Thence to Garretsville, O., where they lived 6 years, and the last 30 years at Sugar Creek, O. To this union were born 4 sons, 2 daughters. She leaves her husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters, grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Her sickness lasted 7 months with cancer of the stomach. She was a member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church and in good standing. She took the last communion at the home. Funeral service at the Union Church of Sugar Creek, by S. H. Miller and Ed. Sheffer. Burial at the Walnut Creek A. M. Cemetery.

Steider.-Katherine Garber was born west of Metamora, Ill., Oct. 6, 1846; died Aug. 8, 1926; aged 79 y. 10 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to Peter Steider Mar. 2, 1865. To this union were born 11 children, of whom 8 survive (Sam, Lena, wife of Joe Wagner, Joe, Henry, Peter, Sarah, wife of Sam Unzicker, Chris, and Barbara, wife of B. W. Springer). There are 29 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and two sisters (Mrs. Ferd Schertz, and Mrs. Aug. Schertz). She made her home with her daughter, Sarah Unzicker, since the death of her husband 12 years ago. About three years ago she was stricken with paralysis and has been an invalid since. She bore her affliction with unusual calmness. She was a patient, devoted mother to her children, who will greatly miss her . Services conducted a the house by Bro. A. A. Schlock; and at the church by Bros. H. R. Schertz and A. A. Schlock. Text, Rev. 2: 10, latter clause.

Witmer.-Elizabeth M. (Strickler) Witmer, widow of the late Peter E. Witmer, was born Sept. 26, 1841; died Aug. 4, 1926; aged 84 y. 10 m. 8 d. She is survived by the following children: Noah S., Mrs. Jacob W. Newcomer, Annie S., Jacob S., Eliizabeth S., Ellen S., Peter S., and Mrs. Martin H. Ebersole; also seven grandchildren, one brother, and two sisters (John M., and Sarah M. Strickler and Mrs. Mary Herr). She had been a faithful member of Erisman's Mennonite church (Lancaster Co., Pa.) for many years. She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother, and a patient sufferer from that dreaded disease, cancer. She had been ailing for four months, bedfast for eleven weeks, but she was looking forth and expressed her readiness to go home as soon as the Lord calls her. After bidding her family good-bye, she expressed her desire that they shall all live in peace that they can meet her again where there is no parting and suffering. Funeral services were held at Erismans, Aug. 7, conducted by Bros. Isaac Brubaker and Martin Metzler. Text, II Sam. 14: 14. Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery.
By the family.

Yantzi.-Joseph K. Yantzi was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., March 10, 1852. In his young days he accepted Christ as his Savior and was a faithful member of the East Zorra A. M. congregation till his death. On Feb. 15, 1881, he was joined in holy wedlock to Mary Bender of Waterloo Co., Ont. This union was blest with two children (John and Fannie, wife of Amos Birkey). On Sept. 3, 1889, his wife died. On Nov. 10, 1891, he was married to Mary Kropf (nee Lichti). On September 9, 1904, his second wife died. March 15, 1900 he was married to Annie Bender (nee Schwartzentruber). This union was blest with 2 sons (Joseph and Aaron). In 1881 he moved to the place 1 mile east of Tavistock, Ont., where he lived units his death. He was a peaceful, honest, and industrious man, honored and loved by all his neighbors and friends. About 14 years ago his health failed him, so that he could not work any more. He passed away peacefully on June 27 in that blessed hope of a living Redeemer after an illness of nine weeks duration, being faithfully nursed by his loving wife and neighbors who lent her a helping hand. Aged 74 y. 3 m. 17 d. He leaves his wife, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, besides 1 step-son, 3 step-daughters, and 14 grandchildren. Burial June 30 at East Zorra A. M. church in the presence of a great number of friends. Services at the home by Bro. Peter Spenler and at the church by Bros. Jacob R. Bender and D. S. Jutzi.

Fry.-Harry C., son of Samuel M. and the late (Amanda Christ) Fry was born April 8, 1896, died Aug. 1, 1926; aged 30 y. 3 m. 26 d. He united with Erb's Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., at the age of about 19 and remained faithful to the Church till the end of his journey. He was united in marriage with Alice M. Stauffer June 14, 1917, of Hammer Creek congregation. This union was blest with a little daughter (Beatrice) who died in 1918. His life was one of great suffering, but with great patience. The beginning was a bruised knee which started 8 years ago, was only in the beginning thought to be rheumatism but with all physician advices it gradually little by little became worse at last in the winter of 1923 he used the aid of crutches which enabled him to get along better. Still enduring pain, he was removed to the Lancaster General Hospital in November, 1924, where he spent 5 weeks. Several operations were performed upon the afflicted member of his body, with hopes for recovery, again gaining sufficient strength to attend Church and prayer meeting. At the beginning of this year his strength failed, that he spent his time at home most of the time lying on the couch. On May 17 he and his wife went to the home of her parents (Bro. and Sister Isaac Stauffer) where he spent 10 weeks in bed, till death relieved his suffering. His desire was to hold out faithful, just a week before death he said, "If this is my lot I want to bear it all just as patiently as I can to the end; for the crown is not in the beginning but at the end." Those who remain to mourn their loss are his wife (Alice), his father, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters. Services conducted Aug. 5 at the house by Bro. Noah Horst at the Hammer Creek Church by Bros. John S. Hess and Joseph A. Boll. Texts, Job 19: 25; II Tim. 4: 6-8.

"The room is quiet, all is still
His bed is vacant 'tis God's will
So long you waited or your rest
Our blessed Lord knows what is best." His sorrowing wife.

Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XIX, No. 22 - August 26, 1926 - pg 479

Hershberger.-Susanna (Eash) Hershberger was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 21, 1844; died at her home near Shipshewana, Ind., Aug. 4, 1926; aged 82 y. 4 m. 14 d. In 1859 she was married to Noah Hershberger, who passed away on July 22, 1911. To this union were born 13 children of whom 10 remain (Mrs. Peter Frey, Mrs. Tobias Miller, Mrs. A. A. Mast, Mrs. Andrew Kauffman, Tobias, Joseph, Jacob, William, Daniel, and Edward, who lived with the mother). She leaves 39 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren. Funeral conducted at the Mennonite church at Shore, Ind., by J. P. Miller, O. S. Hostetler, and Y. C. Miller.

Brubaker.-Anna Mae Brubaker was born April 11, 1918; died May 19, 1926; aged 8 y. 1 m. 8 d. She was afflicted with rheumatism for about 7 weeks. Most of the joints of her body being affected as well as the heart, the failure of which cased her death. Anna Mae's mild and modest disposition will long be remembered by those who knew and loved her best. May her dear Savior help us to say, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Services in the home and at the Lost Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. W. W. Graybill and Samuel Leiter. Texts, 1 Thes. 4: 18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Her parents.

Hershey.-Ella, wife of Davie E. Hershey, Paradise, Pa., died Thursday, July 29, in the Lancaster General Hospital, of complications after an illness of three weeks. She was in her fiftieth year and was a daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Wilson. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and was always ready to help those who were in need. Besides her husband, she is survived by two children (Clarence E., and Park E.); also two sisters and two brothers as follows: Mrs. Frank Esbenshade, James A. Wilson, Harry M. Wilson, and Emma L. Wilson. Private funeral services were held at her home Aug. 1, with public services at the Paradise Mennonite Church. Interment 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 Aunt is at rest." A Niece.

Troyer.-Catharine Barbara, daughter of Levi and Christena Troyer, was born in St. Joseph Co., Mich., May 23, 1867; died at the home of her brother Jacob in Johnson Co., Iowa, July 11, 1926; aged 59 y. 1 m. 16 d. In 1873 the parents with their family came to Iowa, locating on the farm known as the Troyer Homestead, and it is still owned by the family. Here Sister Troyer grew to womanhood and lived until the time of her death. A t the age of 16 she accepted Christ, united with the East Union Mennonite Church, and was a faithful and consistent member until death. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, three sisters and one brother. Her death is mourned by her three brothers (Jacob, Joseph, and Ira, and one sister (Mrs. Frank Schneider), and a host of near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church, conducted by M. E. Shank and D. J. Fisher.

Weber.-Mary L., wife of Joseph Weber, daughter of Mathias and the late Mary Horst, was born July 25, 1879; died Aug. 6, 1926; aged 47 y. 11 d. Death was due to complication of diseases, her health failing for some months. She was only in bed a few weeks. Our Father saw fit to call her out of our midst and take her home to Himself where we shall all meet again if we are faithful until the end. She was baptized and received into church fellowship April 1, 1897, by Bishop Jacob N. Brubacker and remained faithful to the Lord and to the Church until the end. She leaves her husband, father and five daughters (Lizzie, Lena, Barbara, Luella and Anna May). Funeral services were held Aug. 8 at Browmansville Mennonite meeting house by the home minsters, Bro. M. G. Gehman and Bro. George Horning, to an overflowing house. Burial in cemetery near.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet peaceful breast
All is over pain is ended
And dear Mary is at rest."

Hahn.-Jacob Hahn was born in Kaiser's Lantern, Baveria, Germany, April 1, 1839; died at his home at Denbigh, Va., Aug. 2, 1926; aged 87 y. 4 m. 1 d. At the age of thirteen he with his parents came to America, and located near Clarence Centre, N. Y. On Jan. 7, 1863, he was baptized; on Feb. 7, 1864, he was ordained to the office of deacon; and Feb. 7, 1866, to the office of minister. On March 19, 1867, he was married to Anna Eyman of Elkhart, Ind. (She died in February 1888). To this union were born one daughter and four sons. One son preceded him in death in 1897. Those surviving are: Sister Sarah Lapp (who spent many years of faithful service as missionary in India, and had the privilege of being with her father during the time of his last sickness and death), Jacob, Daniel and Emanuel. On Feb. 28, 1889, he was married to Anna Moyer of Vineland, Ont., who survives him. Bro. Hahn's health had been failing for the last six months . He contracted kidney trouble. The doctors pronounced his ailment "chronic nephritis," and "wremia." He was so anxious to go to his heavenly home and was waiting every day for the call. We mourn not as those who have no hope. The funeral was held Aug. 4. Services at the house by Bro. Jonas Nice, and at church by Bros. Daniel Shenk and Geo. R. Brunk, and remarks by Bro. I. D. Hertzler. Text (chosen by himself), Reb. 22: 20, 21. Buried in the Warwick Cemetery.

Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah

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