Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1926

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 45 - February 4, 1926 - pages 926, 927

Plank-Howard Lewis, infant son of Fred and Rosie Plank, of Garden City, Mo., was born Dec. 29, 1925; died Jan. 22, 1926. Funeral services at the home by Wm. Helmuth. Burial in Clearfork Cemetery.

Sharer-George Myron, son of G.A. and Ada N. Sharer, died Jan. 14, 1926; aged 3 d. He leaves father, mother, two brothers, two sisters, and many sympathizing relatives. Funeral services in the home conducted by Bro. Luke Weaver and Bro. D.F. Shenk. Text, John 14:14. Laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Oreg.

"A little stranger indeed has appeared just to blossom and vanish away. Just a footprint on the sands of Time, but awaiting the family reunion of that glorious immortal day."

Riegsecker-John Jr., son of John and Naomi Riegsecker, was born near Goshen, Ind., Nov. 8, 1925; died of pneumonia Jan. 19, 1926; aged 2 m. 11 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure parents, 1 brother (Jesse), 3 sisters (Mary, Louise, and Lillian), 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, and many relatives and friends. One brother preceded him to the Great Beyond. Services at the house by D.J. Johns and at the Clinton Frame church by Silas Yoder in English and D.J. Johns in German.

"Shall love with weak embrace
Thy upward wing detain?
No! gentle angel, seek thy place
Amid the cherub train."

Blake-Clinton L. Blake, son of William and Christiana Blake, wsa (sic) born at Bells Mills, Blair Co., Pa., Dec. 2, 1856; died Dec. 22, 1925, t El Paso, Tex.; aged 69 y. 20 d. One brother, Charles G., of Goshen, Ind., and one sister of Logansport, Ind., survive. In childhood he came to Indiana with his parents, who located on a farm about five miles east of Goshen, where he grew to manhood. Later he went south to Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and finally to El Paso, Tex., where he died. Funeral services were held Jan. 3, at the Silver Street Church, Goshen, Ind., conducted by Silas Yoder. Burial at the Union Cemetery.

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

Shover--Mary Amaker was born May 18, 1862, in Ontario, Canada. On Dec. 16, 1886, she was married to Gabriel Shover at Cullom, Ill. They moved to Jackson, Minn., in 1893, where they resided since. She was taken sick and, after only a few days of severe pain, passed away Jan. 19, 1926; aged 63 y. 8 m. 1 d. Sister Shover accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her teen-age and united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith she remained true to the end. To the home were born 8 children, 2 of whom preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her departure her husband, and 6 children: Lily (Gieser), Gilbert, Bertha (Gieser), Fred, Zola (Beseky), and John. Also 16 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 5 sisters, and many friends. Services were held at the home and the church, conducted by Bro. C.J. Garber. The remains were then interred at the Riverside Cemetery.

Martin-Billy Fritz, son of Raymond and Lelia Martin, died Jan. 16, 1926; aged 5 m. 18 d. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Concord, Tenn., Wm. Jennings officiating. Little Billy was asleep in a chair by an open fire when a spark flew out and ignited his clothing, burning him so badly that he died within 36 hours. Everything possible was done to save his life, but all in vain. He leaves his bereaved parents and three brothers (Eugene, Earl and Joe), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Fritts), his foster grandmother (Lydia Powell), and many other relatives and friends.

"'Tis lonesome here without you,
And sad the weary way-
For life is not the same to us
Since you were called away." A Friend.

Nissley-Samuel B. Nissley, was born June 30, 1847; died Jan. 4, 1926; aged 78 y. 6 m. He is survived by his wife, who was Emma Rohrer, and the following children: Phares, Samuel, Norman, Anna May, wife of Howard Longanecker, and Emma, wife of Willis Baer; also 8 grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. He was sick about five weeks, and was a patient sufferer. He was in great pain most of the time. His desire was to leave this world and go home to glory. He was a kind father and steadfast friend. Our loss is his gain. Funeral services were held at the house Jan. 8, by Bro. Hiram Kauffman and at Landisville Church by Bros. Seth Ebersole and I.B. Good. Text, John 14:19. He was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining.

"Can it be that he has left us,
He who always had a smile?
Yes, he's gone and soon we'll meet him,
It will be but a short while."

Sensenig-Barbara Mae, little daughter of Clayton and Cora Sensenig, died at the home of her parents at Martindale, Pa., Jan. 23, 1926. She had been sick with scarlet fever, measles, whooping cough, and pneumonia, all in about 5 weeks' time, pneumonia causing her death. She was aged 3 y. 2 m. 12 d. Small as she was, her mother said she had a desire to go home, often saying she wants to go home when she was sick. She leaves father, mother and these brothers and sisters: Aaron, Sadie, Luke, Irene, Cora, Amanda, Clayton, Merl, and Paul; also two grandmothers and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held strictly private Jan. 24, by I.B. Good. Interment in Weaverland Mennonite cemetery. On account of the scarlet fever epidemic at Martindale there was no service in the church, only at the grave.

"No doubt, in mercy Thou hast come
And taken Barbara away,
That we may learn to love Thee more
And live for Thee each day." A Neighbor.

Giesbrecht-Gerliard Johann Giesbrecht was born at Alexandropol in Russia about 48 years ago. He had many trying experiences in his native land. He, with his family, came to Waterloo Co., Ont., with the first contingent of our Russian Mennonite brethen to arrive here and very soon became a respected citizen of the community. However, disease took hold of his body and after three months of suffering with cancer, he died at the K.I.W. Hospital. He leaves to mourn his departure his loving wife with four little children, also a grown-up daughter and son by a former marriage. He was a member of the Brueder-Gemeinde. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., by the brethren, Jacob Janzen, Jacob Wiens, and C.F. Derstine. A large number of people gathered to show their respect to the departed one and to sympathize with the family. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Yoder-Elizabeth Slabaugh Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 23, 1852; died at her home near Manchester, Okla., Jan. 5, 1926; aged 73 y. 11 m. 13 d. She was married to Moses H. Yoder, of Elkhart, Ind., who preceded her in death nearly 14 years ago. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. She leaves to survive her 2 brothers, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 step-sons, 19 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 28 step-grandchildren. Also a host of other relatives and friends in many states. She had a great deal of sickness the past few years, and at the last was stricken with paralysis, after which she lived only about twenty hours. While in her girlhood she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church and lived faithful until death. The services were conducted by Bro. Jacob Zimmerman of Crystal Springs, Kans. She was laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery near Manchester, Okla.

"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."

Fischer-Mary Ann, daughter of David and Susannah Lechlitner, was born in Elkhart, Ind., Dec. 13, 1851. She was the oldest of a family of 15 children. She moved with her parents on a farm one mile west of Wakarusa at the age of one year. On Nov. 27, 1877, she was married to Henry G. Fischer, of Canada. In 1880 they moved on the farm in St. Joseph Co., Ind., where she resided until the Lord called her home. To this union were born 7 children (Sarah, Lydia, Susannah, David, Emma, Veronica, and Margaret). David and Margaret died in May, 1894. Her husband died less than seven months ago. She accepted the Lord as her personal Savior at the age of 16 years and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a devoted member of the Holdeman congregation, remaining true to her vow to God until death, which occurred Jan. 23, 1926; aged 74 y. 1 m. 10 d. She leaves 5 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 foster grandchildren, 2 foster great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, 4 brothers, and a host of friends. The funeral service was held at the Olive Church, where a large concourse of neighbors met to mourn for one much loved. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

Kauffman-Catherine Kauffman, daughter of Jacob and Leah Marner, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Feb. 6, 1872, and quickly passed out of this life on the afternoon of Jan. 9, 1926, at the age of 53 y. 11 m. 3 d. In usual health and spirit of good cheer, mother left home (with others) to attend the funeral of Mrs. Joseph Hartzler, and while on their way home the tragedy occurred on the Baird street railroad crossing in West Liberty, Ohio, near her late home, being struck by a fast train, she was suddenly hurled into eternity, and mother became clay. But we feel that death, even at such an unexpected moment as this, found mother ready for the great change. In early girlhood she gave her heart to God and united with the Amish Church in Johnson Co., Iowa, and since 1916, she had proved herself faithful and true to her profession among us in this community. She was married to Christian D. Kauffman at Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 19, 1893. This union was blessed with seven children. Funeral services in charge of Bros. S.E. Allgyer and C.H. Byler, were held at South Union Church, Jan. 12. Burial in Hooley Cemetery.

McDaniels-Katie Malinda (Kaltenbaugh) was born Jan. 28, 1902, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., died Jan. 20, 1926, at her home at Kelso, Pa. She was received into church fellowship March 7, 1915. She was united in marriage to Roy McDaniels March 10, 1923. She is survived by her husband, one daughter (Alma Louise), her parents, three sisters, and six brothers: Albert, Edward, Leroy, Pearl, Anna, Charles, James, Willard, and Velma. Three sisters, Laura Jane, Lydia Viola, and Mada A., have preceded her in death. She was afflicted with tuberculosis and patiently suffered for several months. Kind hands and loving hearts cared for her during her illness, but she fell asleep in Jesus, leaving a bright hope for a better land. May the Lord comfort and guide the bereaved. Funeral services at the Stahl Church by E.J. Blough and Jas. Saylor.

"Through all pain at times she'd smile,
A smile of heavenly birth;
And when the angel called her home
She smiled farewell to earth.
Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps;
And the sunbeams love to linger
Where our sainted one now sleeps.

Diller-Susanna Reesor, widow of the late John Diller, was born Oct. 25, 1839; died Jan. 9, 1926, at her late residence, near Markham, Ont., aged 87 years. Sister Diller suffered from cancer for several months but bore her affliction patiently. She came into the Mennonite Church in early life and died in the hope which Jesus gives. She had a deep concern for the spiritual welfare of her friends and delighted to speak of heavenly things. Her husband died about 14 years ago. She is survived by 8 children: Benjamin, Thomas, Mrs. Abr. Rittenhouse, Mrs. Jacob L. Grove, Mrs. D.S. Weaver, Mrs. J.J. Weaver, Mrs. Wm. Smith, and Jacob. The burial took place on the 12th, at the Reesor Church. The services were conducted by Levi Grove and L.J. Burkholder. Texts, I John 5:1-5; Rev. 14:13.

"To that bright world where the Savior has gone,
Far, far away; far, far away;
He has invited His children to come,
There, there to stay; there, there to stay.
Never to suffer temptation or woe,
Never from Jesus our Savior to go,
Never to part as we part here below;
There, there to stay; there, there to stay."

Swartzendruber-Christian P. Swartzendruber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, June 12, 1856; died at his home in Iowa Co., Iowa, Dec. 24, 1925; aged 69 y. 6 m. 12 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church when 20 years old and remained a faithful member until death, always attending services when possible as long as he was blessed with health. On Feb. 6, 1881, he was married to Annie Swartzendruber, and lived in matrimony almost 45 yeas. To this union were born 5 children of whom the oldest son, Owen, preceded him in death and those yet living are: Barbara, wife of Joel J. Miller, Ezra, and Urie. He also leaves 6 brothers and 4 sisters: Samuel, Henry, Peter, Joseph, Benjamin, Menno, Susan (Mrs. Jacob D. Yoder), Lizzie (Mrs. Moses Nafzinger), Ida (widow of H.C. Yoder), and Barbara (Mrs. Chris Schlegell); also 3 grandchildren and many relatives and friends. He had been ailing in health for about 18 months but it was not until the last two months that he was confined to his bed. During this time he never seemed to suffer greatly, bearing his lot very patiently. The immediate cause of his death was attributed to hardening of the arteries. Funeral services were held Dec. 27, at the Upper Deer Creek Church, conducted by A.C. Swartzendruber in English and G.A. Yoder in German.

"Dearest father, how we miss thee,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But it's Jesus hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 46 - February 11, 1926 - pages 958, 959

Detwiler-Norma Louise, infant daughter of Bro. Orin and Sister Nettie Detwiler of Fairview, Mich., passed away Jan. 3, 1926, aged 3 days. She leaves her parents, one brother, and one sister.

"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed;
So pure and gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."


Bowen-John Bowen was born in England, Nov. 13, 1850; died at Canton, O., Jan. 30, 1926; aged 75 y. 2 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage to Fannie Lewis in 1874, at Pittsburgh, Pa. To this union were born nine children, four having preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, three sons, two daughters, eighteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters, and two brothers. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. A short service was conducted at Spiker's Undertaking Parlors, Canton, O., by O.N. Johns, after which the body was taken to Youngstown for burial.

Leaman-Anna Mary, daughter of Frank and Anna Kling Leaman, Intercourse, Pa., died Jan. 11, 1926, after one week's illness from bronchial pneumonia, superinduced by measles; aged 4 y. 10 m. 2 d. Father, mother, two brothers and two sisters (Luella, Eby, Frances and Herbert), survive. Her short life was full of suffering. Three times in the hospital, also crippled in body, yet with it all doctors and nurses spoke of her manifesting so much patience for a child of few years. She would also sing at times when somewhat relieved of pain. May we who yet remain to feel our loss retain the loving memories of the graces that beautified her short life. Funeral services conducted by John B. Senger at the home. Interment in Hershey's cemetery.


Above -- Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire

Below -- Transcribed by Raplh Shettler, Oregon


Hooley.--Levi K. Hooley was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., May 2, 1847; passed away at the home of his nephew, Frank Pletcher, Dec, 26, 1925; aged 78 y. 7 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara Pletcher. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, a good neighbor, and a kind husband. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Menno Esch and M. S. Steiner and the remains were laid to rest in the Fairview, Mich., cemetery Dec. 28. He is survived by his aged wife, two brothers, two sisters and many nephews and nieces.


Kohli.--Betty Katherin daughter of John and Eva Kohli, of near Foraker, Ind., died Jan. 25, 1926; aged 9 m. She took bronchial pneumonia and the death angel called her within 24 hours after she became sick. Now she is with her little brother (Donald Alvin) who passed away very unexpectedly 4 years ago. Short was the stay of these little jewels that "budded on earth to blossom in heaven." Funeral services at the Union Center Church Jan. 27 conducted by Bro. J. W. Christophel assisted by Bro. R. F. Yoder. Text, Job 1:21.
"Our darlings are not dead but sleeping,
Safely in our Father's care,
Some sweet day again we'll meet them
In that blissful land so fair."


Miller.--Omer Harlan, son of Bro. and Sister Abner J. Miller, was born at Arthur, Ill., June 27, 1899; died at Comins, Mich., Dec. 26, 1925; aged 26 y. 6 m. He was a member of the Comins Mennonite Church. He came to Oscoda Co., Mich., with his parents in 1904 and lived here ever since. For the past five years he was the butter maker for the Oscoda County creamery, where he suddenly passed to his reward while engaged in his usual occupation. The funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church Dec. 29, conducted by J. W. Dingle and M. S. Steiner, Interment in the Fairview Cemetery. He leaves parents, two sisters, (Verda and Ruby), one brother (Frank); also one whom he had intended to make his bride if time had permitted, besides a large circle of relatives and friends.


Yoder.--Esther L., daughter of Jacob J. and Sara Lederman Yoder, was born in Daviess Co., Ind., Nov. 22, 1904; died Jan. 5, 1926; aged 21 y. 1 m. 14 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 19 in the Amish Mennonite Church. She was sick almost 4 yr. with leakage of heart and tuberculosis. Her last complaint was that she was so tired, otherwise her suffering was not hard. She told her sister if they would be quiet she could go to sleep and she did. She leaves father, mother, 7 sisters, and 3 brothers. Two brothers preceded her in death. The family was all present except one sister. She was buried in the Stoll Cemetery. "Peace to her ashes."
"Sweetly sleeps dear Esther,
With loved ones gone before
May we all prepare to meet her
On yonder peaceful shore."


Weaver.--Elizabeth M. (Zimmerman) Weaver, widow of John G. Weaver, was born July 11, 1848; died Jan. 6, 1926; aged 77 y. 5 m. 25 d. She is survived by 1 daughter (Anna, wife of Gideon K. Fisher, with whom she resided near Honey Brook, Pa.), 2 grandchildren, 1 step-daughter, 3 step-sons, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Mother had asthma for many years, but the last 2 years her strength was gradually failing. She spent the last 7 weeks of her life in bed, mostly for lack of strength and a slight stroke. This is the second time death visited our home. Funeral services were conducted at the home Jan. 9 by Bro. I. B. Good and at Weaverland Church by Benj. Weaver. Text, Isa. 46:4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Quietly sleep, beloved one;
Rest from thy toil, thy labor is done.
Rest till the trumpet from the opening skies,
Bids thee from dust to glory rise."


Hershberger.--Louisa (Miller) Hershberger was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 23, 1854; died near Fairview, Mich., Jan. 11, 1926; aged 71 y. 8 m. 19 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel Hershberger in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 12, 1874. To this union were born eight children, five of whom preceded her to the world beyond. She is survived by her husband, two sons (Henry and Earl),one daughter (Mrs. Earl Stutesman),twenty grandchildren, one brother, two half-brothers, and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of seventeen and remained faithful to the end. Sister Hershberger and family were among the pioneer Mennonite settlers of Oscoda Co., having moved here from Indiana more than twenty years ago. The funeral services were held at the Fairview Church on the 13th, Bro. Menno Esch officiating: Interment in the Fairview cemetery.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this world of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."


King.--Ada N. (Stoltzfus), wife of Joseph King, Atgen, Pa., born Sept. 3, 1891, a faithful member of the Millwood A. M. Church since Sept, 11, 1908, till the Lord called her to the eternal home on Jan. 20, 1926; aged 34 y. 4 m. 17 d. She united in holy matrimony Mar. 2, 1922. Leaves her husband, little baby (Esther), father and mother (J. M. Stoltzfus), one sister, seven brothers, one grandmother, and many relatives and friends. She suffered severe pains during the last two months of sickness, caused by "cancer of the bones," but had a submissive will that, "the Lord's will be done." Funeral services in the home by A. B. Stoltzfus, concluded at Millwood by J. S. Mast and J. A. Kennel. Text, Phil. 1:21, 23. Laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. These words below Ada penned while patiently waiting to go "Home."
"I am a lonely traveler here,
Weary oppressed, but my journey's end is near;
Soon I shall rest, dark and dreary is the way
Toiling, I've come, ask me not to stay
Yonder is my home.
Only one life, it will soon be past,
Only what is done for Jesus will last."


Baumgartner.--Barbara Lehman Baumgartner was born in Wayne Co., O., Nov. 4, 1843; fell asleep in Jesus at her home near Orrville, O., Jan. 10, 1926; aged 82 y. 2 m. 5 d. On Oct. 8, 1863, she was united in marriage to Peter Baumgartner, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for more than 61 years, he preceding her in death by fourteen months. To them were born 11 children, two died in childhood and Jacob died June 15, 1924. The following survive, Solomon C., William W., Mrs. O. C. Bixel, Peter E., Mrs. W. F. Shoup, Mrs. David Steiner, Mrs. David Falb, and Rosa, 24 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, four brothers (Peter Lehman, Ulrich Lehman, Joel Lehman, and Benjamin), two sisters Mrs. Benj. Leigtner, and Miss Judith Lehman), also survive. At the age of eighteen she was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, where she remained a faithful member until death. She was a devoted Christian and a kind, affectionate mother. She bore her sufferings with patience, yet gladly waiting for her departure to be with her Savior. Funeral services were held at Martin's Church, in charge of C. N. Amstutz in German, and P. R. Lantz in English. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.


Conrad.--Jacob Conrad was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Feb. 1, 1849; died at the home of his son, Walter M. Conrad, near Louisville, O., Jan.28, 1926; aged 76 y. 11 m. 27 d. His wife, Elizabeth (Ramseyer) Conrad, preceded him to the spirit world thirty years ago. Four children also preceded him in death. He leaves three sons, (Amos B., Harry C., and Walter M.), eight grandchildren, and a host of friends. In early life he gave his heart to the Lord, accepting Christ as his Savior, and united with the Beech Mennonite Church, and remained faithful in the same unto the end. He was a regular attendant at Church services whenever health permitted. Although at the death of his wife, he was left with three small children, he bravely faced the battles of life, acting both as father and mother in the rearing of the family, thus becoming a very intimate friend to his children. About a week before his death he fell and fractured his limb. This caused him much suffering and later he developed bronchial pneumonia. During the hours of suffering he was anxiously waiting for the summons from on high. Funeral services were conducted by O. N. Johns, all the home ministers assisting. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.


Mishler.--Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Moses J. and Elizabeth Miller, was born April 9, 1870; died Jan 24, 1926; aged 55 y. 9 m. 15 d. On June 22, 1895, she was married to Edward Mishler who with six children (Mrs. Earl Hostetler, Howard, Mrs. Irwin Miller, Harley, Fern, and Mildred), four sisters, one brother, and a host of relatives and friends, survive to mourn her departure. On Aug. 24, 1925, Mary climbed an apple tree to shake down apples and in some manner fell to the ground a distance of 15 ft. She was taken to the General Hospital at Elkhart to have an X-ray picture which proved that the ninth vertebra of her spinal cord was crushed. She remained at the Hospital one week after which she was again taken to her home and for five long months suffered intense pain but was conscious to the last. In her early years she became a member of the Mennonite Church as her choice of faith, living an exemplary and fruitful life until death claimed her. During her life she possessed that cheerful and loving spirit, ever ready to serve rather than to be served for which cause she was held in high esteem by those with whom acquaintance had been formed. In her death the home loses a kind and loving mother ever ready to sacrifice for the good of others, the Church a faithful member never disobedient to its principles ever ready for duty, the community one ever ready to give a helping hand. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church at the Forks Jan. 26 in charge of Oscar Hostetler and D. D. Miller.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended
And now Mother is at rest."


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 47 - February 18, 1926 - pages 974, 975

Gehman-Ruth S., daughter of Harvey and Mary Gehman of Bally, Pa., died Jan. 3, 1926, of catarrhal pneumonia; aged 4 m. 10 d. Parents, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters survive. Ruth is first of family to be with Jesus. Parents have submissive spirit from text selected (Job 1:21 latter part). Funeral services the 3rd, by home ministers at Bally Church.

Zipp-Melvin, infant son of Paul and Maggie Zipp, Alleghanyville, Pa., died Feb. 3, 1926; aged 2 m. 9 d. Services were conducted in the home by Bro. Geo. G. Horning and in the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, by Bro. N.B. Bowman. Text, Mar. 10:13,-14.

"Happy the babe, who, privileged by fate
To shorter labor, and a lighter weight,
Receiv'd but yesterday the gift of breath,
Order tomorrow to return to death."

Fisher-Emma S., daughter of B.B. and Mary Fisher of Ronks, Pa., died of measles Feb. 1, 1926; aged 10 m. 1 d. She leaves parents, 2 sisters (Elizabeth and Mattie), and 1 brother (Emanuel). Funeral services conducted by C.F. Fisher and Amos W. Stoltzfus. Interment in Beiler's Cemetery.

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

Villiard-Ada (Mullet) Villiard was born near Fargo, N. Dak., March 14, 1900; died at the State Sanitarium, San Haven, N. Dak., Feb. 1, 1926, pulmonary tuberculosis being the cause of her death, after having been afflicted for several years; aged 25 y. 10 m. 14 d. She leaves husband, one daughter, two sons (one son preceded her) foster parents, and a host of friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held Feb. 3, conducted at the house by the writer, and at the church by J. D. Kessler and the writer. Text, Jno. 14:1-7. Eli G. Hochstetler

Dennis-Thelma Beatrice, daughter of Bro. Elmer R. and Sister Edna E. (nee Martin) Dennis, died at the home of her parents at Groffdale, Lanc. Co., Pa., Jan. 11, 1926; aged 6 m. 18 d. Funeral at Groffdale Church Jan. 14. She is survived by her parents, one sister (Evelyn), and grandparents. Services at the house by Bro. Eli Sauder and at the church by Bro. Benj. Weaver and Benj. Wenger.

"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed
While yet so gentle undefiled
With blessings on thy head."

Martin-Harvey D., son of Abraham and Lizzie Martin, was born near Smithsburg, Md., Feb. 25, 1897; died Feb. 3, 1926; aged 28 y 11 m. 8 d. His death was due to pneumonia. He was a member of the Stauffers Mennonite Church at which place the funeral and burial took place. He leaves a sorrowing widow and 5 small children, father and mother, 5 brothers, 6 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Services were conducted by Brethren George Keener and John Grove. Text, Num. 23:10.

"The hands that toiled for you are folded
His dear warm heart is stilled;
A place is vacant in your home,
That never can be filled." By a sister-in-law.


Cressman-Jacob S. Cressman was born near Strasburg, Ont., 1859; died Jan. 24, 1926; Aged 66 y. 4 m. 13 d. He died of heart failure in the Bloomingdale Mennonite Church where he had gone to kindle a fire for the morning service. He walked about one-half mile to the church and was near the furnace just about in the act of lighting the fire when the unseen messenger called. He leaves his companion, 5 sons, 5 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 7 sisters. He united with the Mennonite Church in his 28th year and later was ordained deacon, in which capacity he served until death.

"For tho from time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot's face
When I have crossed the bar."

Godshall-John B. Godshall died at the Eastern Mennonite Home, Jan. 4, 1926; aged 73 y. 3 m. 24 d. He is survived by his companion, Eliza (nee Schneck), one brother, and two sisters, (Allen B., Susan Rosenberger, and Aquilla, wife of Henry Freed). Two brothers and one sister preceded him. Funeral services were held at the Home Jan. 9, by Bro. Jacob Moyer, with further services at the Souderton Mennonite Church (of which he was a member), conducted by Bro. Elmer Moyer. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Text Rev. 2:10, first and last clause.

"One by one the tender Shepherd,
Gathers loved ones to his fold,
May we all prepare to meet them,
In that home beyond the sky." A Niece.

Amstutz-John S. Amstutz was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug. 9, 1844; died Jan. 31, 1926, at his home near Smithville, aged 81 y. 5 m. 22 d. Oct. 5, 1867 he was married to Elizabeth P. Lehman who preceded him in death April 20, 1906. To this union were born 10 children. Two died in infancy, David the oldest died of blood poison March 29, 1911. Aug. 5, 1909, he again was married to Eliza Laugacher Gilman Roth, who on account of ailing health could not attend the funeral which was held at the Swiss Mennonite church near Dalton, O., where he had been a member from his youth. Services were held by J.S. Moser and J.S. Gerig. Text, Gal. 6:7. His companion, 2 sons (Aaron and Elias), five daughters, 22 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, also 4 step-children and 20 step-grandchildren, survive.

Shellenberger-Almon Myron, son of Vernon and Grace Shellenberger, Wichita, Kans.; died at Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton, Kans., Jan. 30, 1926; aged 1 y. 9 m. 15 d. Having always been a rather frail child, he easily succumbed when overtaken by the epidemic of pneumonia. His was a loving, sweet, and gentle disposition, being unusually patient and submissive. His delicate condition, requiring more than ordinary care, especially endeared him to us. He only blossomed on earth to bloom in heaven, and we submissively say: "Thy will be done." How we thank God for the atonement which makes him safe eternally. He is survived by his parents, two sisters (Elfriede and Belle Marie) and twin brother (Elmer Byron). Funeral services Jan. 31 at the Pennsylvania Church, conducted by Bro. T.M. Erb assisted by Bro. Henry King. Interment in adjoining cemetery. The Parents.

Kling-Rolly, son of Ezra and Rebecca Kling, was born in Cass Co., Mo., Sept. 8, 1894. In early childhood he removed with his parents to Logan Co., Ohio, where he had since been at home. In his early years he united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he lived and died. He was married to Lena, daughter of Amos M. and Sadie Yoder, Dec. 7, 1915. Soon after his marriage he with his bride moved to the home where they spent ten very happy years together. Two sons (Wilbert, and Donald), now came into their home. Since the death of his father seven years ago, Rolly had been a compassionate son and brother to his mother and sister. In the absence of his older brother (Clarence), he had taken his father's place. He was an obedient and dutiful boy and he carried these qualities into manhood. On Sunday, Dec. 20, he was taken suddenly and seriously ill. A calmness and satisfaction seemed to be his and on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 17, 1926, he passed away. His wife, two sons, mother, a brother, and sister, as well as other relatives, friends and neighbors keenly feel the loss sustained by his passing. Funeral services at South Union Church, in charge of Bros. Noah Troyer and A.I. Yoder. Burial in Fair View Cemetery.

Brenneman-Robert, son of Manasseh J. and Lydia Brenneman, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Sept. 5, 1921; died at their home in Stuttgart, Ark., Feb. 2, 1926. He was sick with measles about three weeks and the last week of his life it developed into bronchial pneumonia which he endured very patiently until death ended his suffering. He leaves a sorrowing father and mother, 5 brothers and 3 sisters, all of whom were at his bedside at the time of death. Short services were held Feb. 3 at the home conducted by the German Lutheran minister of Stuttgart and Eli J. Bontrager of Indiana, after which the body, in charge of his uncle Milt J. Brenneman, was taken to Kalona, Iowa (it being deemed inadvisable that any of the immediate family make the trip, they being just over a siege of the measles also), where funeral services were conducted Feb. 6 by Gideon A. Yoder and Elmer G. Swartzendruber. Text, Mark 10:14.

"Dearest Robert, how we miss thee,
Since thy voice we hear no more
Yet again we hope to meet thee
Over on the golden shore."

Brown-Susan H., daughter of Isaac and Elisabeth Brenneman was born near Elida, Ohio, July 12, 1867; died near Archbold, Ohio; Jan. 26, 1926; aged 58 y. 6 m. 14 d. At the age of 14 she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church near Elida, of which church she was a faithful member. In the fall of 1924 she with her family moved to Fulton Co., Ohio, when she transferred her membership to the Amish Mennonite Church of which she was a member at the time of her death. Nov. 27, 1902, she was united in marriage with Homer C. Brown of Harrisonburg, Va. To this union were born two daughters (Nancy and Clara) and one son (Arthur). She leaves husband, 3 children, 1 brother (John I. Brenneman), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at the Central A.M. Church near Archbold, O., conducted by Henry Rychener and S.D. Grieser. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26; Rom. 8:18. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

"How we miss your gentle footsteps,
Oh, we miss your loving smile,
But we're glad `tis not forever
We are parted for a while."

Martin-Samuel N. Martin was born Jan. 8, 1881, died Jan. 7 at his home, Gap, Pa.; aged 44 y. 11 m. 29 d. His wife and one daughter, many relatives and friends deeply mourn their loss. He was a member of Kinzer Mennonite Church. Sunday morning always found him in his place unless some special cause made it impossible. The last Sunday morning he was spared with us he taught a class of little boys at that place. He was confined to his bed for only a few days. His condition was not considered very serious until the last three hours he was with us. He was very patient, but this was not an exception as he was of a kind and lovable disposition. Just a very short time before his death he sang "No, Not One." Oh! How sad and lonely it is without him. He said he did not fear death and would be so happy if it were not for the sorrow of the remaining dear ones. His last words were about a pretty Motto which hung on the wall near his bed: "It is well with them that fear God."

"However painful it may be
To know that he is gone,
The thot is sweet that we may see
Him in that heavenly home." ----Daughter

Hartzler-Sarah, daughter of John and Nancy Bontrager, was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, February 12, 1844, at which place she grew to womanhood. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early life and lived a consistent Christian through all the years, which numbered 81 y. 10 m. 26 d. She was married to Joseph D. Hartzler, Oct. 8, 1866. This union was blessed with one daughter and four sons. The daughter died at the age of two years. The first years of her married life were spent in Lagrange Co., Ind., after which they moved to Logan Co., Ohio, where the remainder of her life was spent. Her unusually quiet, unassuming life impressed all with whom she came in contact, and it can well be said of her "To know her was to love her." She has left a godly heritage-a heritage more previous than gold or silver-the memory of a righteous life. She leaves her aged companion, four sons, three daughters-in-law, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters, one brother and many relatives and acquaintances. During her last sickness which was of short duration, she manifested the same loving faith in her Lord, and was ready and willing to go. Funeral services at South Union Church, in charge of Bro. A.I. Yoder. Interment was made at the Alexander Cemetery.

"Today we are thinking, dear mother,
Of the grief that has come to our home,
How you left us in silence one day
All so lonely in sorrow in gloom."

Zook-Anna L. (Yoder) Zook, second daughter of Joseph Z. and Sarah A. Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 9, 1874. She was married to David H. Zook in Mifflin Co., Feb. 21,1900, and came with her husband to Logan Co., Ohio, living one year near Huntsville, then moved to near West Liberty, where they since resided. On Saturday, Jan. 9, after attending the funeral of Aunt Sarah Hartzler, she in company with her husband and others, on their way homeward just as they were slowly approaching the railroad crossing near the depot in West Liberty, were caught between the railroad gates, and the fast train being almost at once upon them gave them no time to escape a terrible accident, in which she was instantly killed. She united with the Mennonite Church when quite young and was always intensely interested in her work for the church, not by many open demonstrations, but in an unassuming way proved her faithfulness to her Savior and to the Church. She leaves no children of her own, but being of a motherly disposition she was desirous of spending some of her energies in rearing and training children. She with her husband in 1916, welcomed into their home two homeless ones, Arthur Dare, and sister, Virginia, who now keenly feel the loss of her, who to them was in effect a real mother. Besides the grief-stricken husband, she leaves an aged father, a step-mother, four sisters (Mrs. Thomas Peachey, Mrs. Joseph Byler, Mrs. Samuel Hartzler, Mrs. Reuben Stayrook) and two half brothers (Frank and Samuel Yoder) all of Mifflin county, Pa., and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at South Union Church, Jan. 13, in charge of Bros. N.E. Troyer and A.I. Yoder. Burial in the cemetery near the Church.

Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire


Gospel Herald - Vol. XVIII, No. 48 -February 25, 1926 - pages 990, 911

Shenk-Elias Horst Shenk was born June 29, 1858; died Jan. 15, 1926; aged 64 y. 6 m. 16 d. He is survived by 3 sons, 1 daughter, and six grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death. He was a member of the Gingerich Mennonite Church, Lebanon Co., Pa. Funeral services were held Jan. 19, 1926, from the home of his son conducted by Bro. Martin Risser and at the Brethren Church by Bros. David Westenberger and Noah W. Risser. Text, Jno. 17:24. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Lapp-Fannie, daughter of Christ M. and Cora Lapp, died at her home near Intercourse, Pa., Feb. 4, 1926; aged 2 y. 2 m. 15 d. Death was due to pneumonia. She leaves father, mother, and three sisters (Elizabeth, Annie, and Barbara). She was a bright, happy child, and will be missed by many.

"Dearest Fannie, how we miss thee
Since thy voice no more we hear;
Yet again we hope to meet thee
Over on the golden shore." By an aunt.

Martin-Barbara Martin was born near Dalton, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1849; died Jan. 21, 1926; aged 76 y. 3 m. 8 d. Her parents and two brothers preceded her in death. Three brothers and two sisters survive. She spent all her life in her father's home except six months. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life. The greater part of her life she spent in caring for the sick and afflicted. Funeral services were conducted at the County Line Church. The remains were laid to rest in the County Line Cemetery.

Ebersole-Sister Esther V., wife of Bro. Henry R. Ebersole and daughter of Bro. and Sister Jno. E. Burkholder, died Feb. 5, 1926, at the Chambersburg Pa., Hospital following a serious operation; aged 24 y. 21 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful unto the end. She leaves her bereaved husband, her parents, 3 sisters and 1 brother. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, services conducted by D.E. Kuhns and J.I. Lehman. Interment in the Cemetery adjoining.

Miller-Anna K., daughter of Ira and Alice Kraybill Miller, died Jan. 22, 1926; aged 13 m. 6 d. She was sick only four days of pneumonia. She is survived by her parents and two sisters (Laura and Ruth). Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at 1:30 at the home and 2:00 P.M. at Good's Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., by John E. Landis, Noah Risser, and Simon E. Garber.

"Beckoning hands of a little one see,
Baby voice calling, loved one for thee;
Rosy-cheeked darling, the light of the home,
Taken so early, is beckoning "Come!"

By her parents.

Lehman-Ida P., wife of Amos F. Lehman, died Feb. 7, 1926, at the home of her father, Bro. I.I. Lesher, near Marion, Pa., after several months' illness; aged 21 y. 3 m. 23 d. She is survived by her husband, her father, three brothers, four sisters, also four half-sisters and one half-brother. Sister Lehman planned to begin housekeeping until a short time before her death, but showed a cheerful Christian disposition and resignation during her long illness. The funeral was held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by J.F. Grove and J. Irvin Lehman. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Shank-Roy, son of Noah Shank and wife, East Palestine, Ohio, was born Feb. 28, 1902; died at Salem, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1926; aged 23 y. 10 m. 27 d. Death was almost instantaneous. He was on the way to the shop where he was employed, but in passing over the railroad tracks he did not notice the approach of the fast train; he drove on the track, was struck by it, and hurled into eternity. He leaves a sorrowing wife and daughter (about two years old), together with father, mother, five brothers, and five sisters. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church Jan. 30. Bro. A.J. Steiner officiating. Text, I Sam. 20:3.

Haldeman-David S., son of Bro. and Sister Benjamin Haldeman, died Feb. 6, 1926, aged 4 m. and 14 days. He is survived by his sorrowing parents and two brothers (Henry and Aaron). His stay here on earth was short, but was attended by much suffering. Funeral services were held Feb. 8, 1926, at the home conducted by Bro. Noah W. Risser and at Risser's Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa., by Bros. Samuel Oberholtzer and Noah W. Risser. Text, Job 1:21.

"Such a little break in the sod!
So tiny to be a grave!
Oh! how can I render so soon to God,
The beautiful gift He gave."

Overholt-Isaac G. Overholt was born in Bucks Co., Pa., May 18, 1844; died Jan. 30, 1926, of a complication of diseases; aged 81 y. 8 m. 12 d. He was married to Elizabeth Proctor. This union was blessed with four children. Three daughters survive (Mrs. Enos Wismer, Mrs. Wm. G. Gross, and Mrs. Samuel D. Miller). The son preceded him in death. He was married the second time to Sister Mary Detweiler. He was a faithful member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. Services by Bros. Wilson Moyer, Wilson Overholt, Jacob M. Rush, and Joseph Ruth. Text, Psa. 132:14.

"We miss thee so, our father, dear,
Since thou hast gone and left us here;
But we will try by the grace of God
To walk the path that you have trod." By a daughter.

Bridge-Sallie J., wife of Joseph S. Bridge, who preceded her in death 24 years ago, died Feb. 9, 1926; aged 74 y. 11 m. 8 d. She was a Miss Demartin before marriage, the last of a family of five to go. She helped with the work the day before her death. On Tuesday morning she was found dead in her bed, where she had peacefully fallen asleep to wake no more on earth. Blood pressure of the brain and heart trouble is thought to have been the cause of her death. She is survived by five children, three children having preceded her in death. Those surviving are: Mrs. Malinda Snead, L.M. Bridge, Ottie F. Bridge, Josie Hewit, with whom she made her home during the last two years. Laid to rest in the Springdale Cemetery Feb. 11. Funeral conducted by A.P. Heatwole and Joe Driver. Text Psa. 23. She leaves 26 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 24 years.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear mother is at rest."

Becker-Sister Fannie H. Miller Becker was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 23, 1859; died in her home Jan. 14, 1926, of a paralytic stroke; aged 66 y. 9 m. 22 d. She was stricken Jan. 13, while attending to household duties after which she never gained consciousness-just fell asleep. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth, always enjoyed being present when health permitted, and had been a teacher in the Sunday school in past years. In 1896 she was married to Bro. Abram Miller, superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. A few years after his death she was married to Bro. John H. Becker (in 1916). Nine years ago she had a stroke, paralyzing her right side, from which she recovered to be able to do many kinds of work, which she enjoyed, always active and willing in helping where she could, even though many times she was not feeling so well. Her active life will be missed by all who knew her. We know God doeth all things well, even though we can't understand. She is survived by her husband, six step-children (Amelia, and Anna K. Miller, Amos, Christian, Fannie and Anna M. Becker), 3 sisters (Mary, Martha Miller, Susan Shertzer), 1 brother (Abram Miller), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 17, in the home, and at the Millersville Mennonite Church, by Bros. Daniel Gish and Jacob Hess. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"We shall sleep, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet, to part, no, never,
On the Resurrection Morn." By the family.

Hartzler-Lydia Hartzler was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and in her childhood moved with her parents to Fairfield Co., Ohio, where she lived with her father and mother and for years cared for her invalid mother. After the death of her parents she moved to Topeka, Ind., and later to Goshen, Ind. Since 1881 she made her home with Bro. and Sister (a niece), E.K. Greenawalt, where she died Jan. 25, 1926, at the advanced age of 97 years. In her youth she accepted Jesus as her Savior and was received into the fellowship of the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end. She lived a quiet, unassuming life, but to those who knew her best she lived a strong Christian life, expressed in her self-sacrificing ministry for her mother, her love for children (especially the poor), and her devotion to God and His word. In her later years of dependence and helplessness she was tenderly and lovingly cared for, being-ing (sic) to her a reward for her labors of love. Funeral services were conducted from the home of Bro. and Sister E.K. Greenwalt, Goshen, Ind. Burial in Alvin Cemetery. Minister, Noah Oyer and I.W. Royer.

Lehman-Albert A., son of Daniel and Nancy Lehman, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 5, 1869; died suddenly in South Bend, Ind., Feb. 6, 1926; aged 57 y. 7 m. 1 d. He was married to Alice Johnson in 1904. To this union were born 4 children, his wife and two children preceding him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his younger years, but by moving away from the environments of this Christian fellowship he lost out spiritually. But the Spirit of God again began to strive with him. The family become concerned for him, the Church became interested in him. Prayers ascended to the Father, and one Sunday afternoon last summer we had the joy of seeing Brother Albert reconciled to God. What a change was wrought in his life! He leaves 2 children (Mrs. Paul Brant and Donald Lehman), father, mother, 3 brothers (Henry, David, and Joseph), 4 sisters (Saloma Hestand, Susan Hamsher, Lydit Weber, and Martha Herr). Funeral services were held Feb. 9 at the home of his parents in Nappanee by J.H. McGowan, and at the North Main Street Mennonite Church by D.J. Troyer. Text, Psa. 89:48.

Ebersole-Hettie K. Frey was born Nov. 3, 1867, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Phares LeFevre, near Sterling, Ill., Feb. 11, 1926; aged 58 y. 3 m. 8 d. On Jan. 1, 1890, she was married to David M. Ebersole. To this union seven children were born (Roy H., Lloyd D., Bertha M., Anna, Frank F., Milton M., and Amos). In 1905 the family moved to Newkirk, Okla., where they lived until 1909. Bro. Ebersole passed to his reward on March 12, 1912. The illness that resulted in Sister Ebersole's death was but a few brief days. She is survived by her children, her aged father (Bro. Henry B. Frey), eight brothers, two sisters, and twelve grandchildren. She confessed Christ as her Savior in 1890, and with some forty other young people united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith she remained true until the time of her death. The service of her Master and Lord, the fellowship of Christian people, the ministering to those within her reach, was the joy and satisfaction of her soul. To live with a conscience "void of offense toward God and man" was the coveted goal of her life. Funeral services were held Feb. 14, at the Mennonite Church, conducted by her pastor. Text, Mark 14:8. An unusually large gathering of relatives and friends came to pay a last tribute of respect to one they loved so well.

"When at last her struggles have ended
And the burdens of life she's laid down,
The Maker of earth and of heaven
Will present her that day with a crown."

Yoder-Mary L. Zook was born near Belleville, Pa., Nov. 29, 1841; died at the home of her sister, Sarah Detweiler, in Belleville, Pa., Feb. 11, 1926; aged 84 y. 2 m. 12 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Belleville, Pa., in her early life. She was united in married to Jonathan S. Yoder of Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1883. Her faithful and devoted services which she rendered to the family are recognized only by the few who have been eye-witnesses to her devoted zeal. Her deep yearnings and longings for exemplary Christian disposition in discharging the duties common to mothers are known only by the few who in like circumstances have braved the temptations and endured the privations common to such. She is survived by six step-children (Kate Lantz, Silvanus Yoder, Malinda King, Lucinda Hartzler, Leah Kropf, and Jonathan Yoder); one brother, John D. Zook, one sister, Sarah Detweiler, and a number of relatives and friends. Her husband and one stepson preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services at the Oak Grove Church near Smithville, Ohio, were conducted by J.S. Gerig and J.N. Smucker. The text, Jas. 1;12, was of her own choosing.

Denlinger-Elizabeth K. Denlinger, widow of the late Elias B. Denlinger, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martin D. Kurtz, Intercourse, Pa., (of pneumonia, from which she was confined to her bed for 10 days, but endured her suffering with patience and cheerfulness); aged 76 y. 4 m. 10 d. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Martin D. Kurtz, David W., Mrs. Amos W. Hershey, J. Frank and Emanuel W.; also one sister (Mrs. Henry Hershey), one brother (David E. Weaver) 24 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. In early life she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member to the end, her greatest desire all through life being to read her Bible and be engaged in prayer in behalf of her children, that we might lead a pure and prayerful life. Many are the petitions that mother would send to the throne of grace in our behalf. How well we recollect in our early childhood how she would so patiently teach us those child-like prayers, such as "Four little corners around my bed, Four little angels around my head." In her dying hours, while she was conscious, she asked us to come to her beside in prayer, and said she was ready to go home. (O the joy beyond compare to know that Mother is over there!) Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. A.L. Martin Feb. 11, basing his remarks on the 90th Psalm and further services at Hershey's Mennonite Church by Bros. C.M. Brackbill and John B. Singer. Text, Jno. 19:25-27: II Tim. 4:7,8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Oh, moments of joy, I find in retreat,
When alone in my closet, my Savior I meet!
It is here I receive as in no other place,
The strength and the comfort, supplied by His grace.
When the heart is beating with the struggles of life,
And my soul is heaving because of the strife,
I go to my closet and in secret prayer,
I find for my sadness a remedy there." J.F.D.

Brunk-John David, son of the late Samuel and Susanna Brunk, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., March 13, 1872; passed away at his home near Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 5, 1926; aged 53 y. 10 m. 23 d. He united with the Weaver Mennonite Church near Harrisonburg when he was sixteen years of age, and remained an active member throughout his entire life. On September 2, 1897, he was united in marriage to Mary Kate Martin of near Hagerstown, Md. To this union were born eight children, the two oldest (Salome and Harry Samuel) are deceased. He is survived by his wife, six children (Careno Brunk Brown, Hermione, John Milton, Neimann Arthur, Fannie Susan, Mary Elizabeth), and one sister (Anna E. Brunk). Bro. Brunk spent his life as a teacher of music. After having been trained in some of the well established music conservatories of the New England States and of Chicago, he spent three years teaching music in West Central Academy, Mt. Clinton, Va., five years in Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va., and in 1906 he came to Goshen College as director of the School of Music, a place which he filled until 1914. The following few years were spent in field work for the Church, during which time he visited many congregations, giving instruction in hymn singing, and helping congregations to better appreciate the best hymns of the Church. The later years were spent in conducting a studio for music instruction in both Goshen and Elkhart. In the early months of 1925 he was again elected head of the Music Department of Goshen College, but on account of ill health he was unable to continue his work beyond the summer term. Bro. Brunk was one of the early leaders of the Church to recognize the need of a Hymnal that would be an expression of the fundamental beliefs of the Mennonite Church. As a young man he encouraged the different conferences to appoint music committees to publish a hymn book for the Church. The Virginia and Ohio conferences appointed such committees, and the work was begun. As editor, he was assisted further by an Advisory Committee consisting of A.C. Kolb, C.Z. Yoder, Noah Stauffer, and a Compiling Committee consisting of Eli S. Hallman, D.D. Miller and J.S. Shoemaker. The first edition of the Church and Sunday School Hymnal was published in 1902. A few years later the Church felt a need for more Gospel Songs suitable for Sunday School and the Young People's Meeting, and a supplement was added to the Church and Sunday School Hymnal, under his editorship. His next published work was "Educational Vocal Studies" in 1912. After the supplement to the Hymnal had been used for a number of years, a Gospel Song book, "Life Songs," was published by the Church under his editorship. At the General Conference held at Harrisonburg, Va., in 1919, he again called to the attention of the leaders of the Church the need of a new hymnal, which would more adequately meet the needs for worship, to be used in the regular worship services of the Church. Committees were appointed and their work has been nearly completed. Bro. Brunk had hoped to have the manuscript ready for the press by the last of January. He left one other completed manuscript ready for the press which has not been published, which he called "Salvation Story." This is a number of Gospel Songs largely composed by himself to words composed by John W. Wayland. In this he presents, through song, the Life of Christ from its beginning until the Resurrection, pointing out the way of Salvation according to the Bible story. Bro. Brunk was not only a compiler of songs suitable to the needs of the Church, but he was one of the few men in the Church who wrote hymns and Gospel songs in the spirit of the Church. During the last few years he wrote many songs to fill this need, which have not been published. The passing of Brother Brunk is a great loss to Goshen College, and a still greater loss to the work of the Church in the field of music. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 8, at the residence of Bro. J.S. Hartzler, and at Goshen College by Bros. Sanford C. Yoder and Noah Oyer. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart.

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

Transcribed by Julie Getter, New Hampshire

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