Roth.-Orville Sylvester Roth died June 6, 1926; aged 2 m. 11 d. He leaves t he sorrowing parents, 1 little brother, grandparents on both sides, and many relatives. "Safe in the arms of Jesus." Burial at the Wilmot A. M. Church near Baden, Ont., on June 8. Services by P. S. Zehr and Jacob R. Bender. Matt. 18: 3.
Kolb.-Mary A. Montgomery was born at Woodlands, Man., July 17, 1876; died in the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital on June 8, 1926. She was married to Oliver S. Kolb at Roden, Man., on Dec. 19, 1893. An adopted child, Raymond Oliver, predeceased her about 14 years. She leaves her sorrowing husband, three children (Jacob, Grace, and Eva) three brothers, three sisters, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held from her home near Breslau, Ont., June 11, to the Cressman Mennonite Church for services and adjoining cemetery for burial. The services were conducted by U. K. Weber of Kitchener. Text, "Let not your heart be troubled."
Nahrgang.-Josiah Nahrgang was born on June 6, 1859; died June 5, 1926; aged 66 y. 11 m. 30 d. On October 21, 1879 he was married to Esther Reist. To this union were born three girls and two boys, two daughter (Ida and Melinda) having predeceased him. There are left to mourn his sudden departure, his sorrowing companion, four children (Lanson, Vernon, Ralph, and Hilda), seven grandchildren, two brothers (Menno and Henry), two sisters (Mrs. M. C. Cressman and Mrs. Irvin Snider). The funeral was held June 9 from his late home to the Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, for services and adjoining cemetery for burial. The services were conducted by Oscar Burkholder. Text, II Cor. 5: 10.
Brenneman.-Mary E. (Mollie) Brenneman died at her home near Genoa, Va., May 29, 1926; aged 59 y. 4 m. 3 d. She was a daughter of the late Abram and Mary Brenneman. She united with the Mennonite Church in girlhood and remained a faithful member until death. She had a kind, affectionate disposition which manifested itself in helpfulness to others and made for her many friends. Her neighbors showed their appreciation of her life among them by their readiness to help during her sickness and burial. Although she could talk very little the last few weeks of her illness she appreciated the visits of her friends. Her sisters (Mrs. Delilah C. Weaver and Mrs. Ella D. Kutz of Oronogo, Mo.), came and assisted Hannah Brenneman, the sister with whom she lived, to care for her. Besides the above named sisters, she is survived by the following brothers: D. M. Brenneman, Wm. Brenneman, and J. R. Brenneman. The funeral was held on the 31st at the Oak Grove Church, conducted by Brethren Lewis Shank, J. H. Turner, and Jos. Shank. Text, Psa. 116: 15. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Jantzi.-Rudy B. Yantzi was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Dec. 2, 1867; died at his home in Oxford Co., Ont., June 11, 1926; aged 58 y. 6 m. 9 d. He grew to manhood at his father's home in Waterloo Co., till about the year 1892, when the family moved to the state of Minnesota where they lived till about 1912, when they moved back to Canada on the farm where he died. In the year 1893, Feb. 2, he was married to Katie Brunk of Perth Co., Ont. To this union were born 1 son and three daughter, the son having preceded his father to eternity. He leaves a widow, 3 daughters, 1 grandchild, his aged mother,2 brothers, and 6 sisters. Burial at the East Zorra A. M. Church of which he was a member, on June 13. Service at the home by P. S. Zehr. (II Cor. 5: 1-10) at the church by Jacob R. Bender (Heb. 6), Christ Gascho (John 5: 24-29) and closing remarks by D. Sl Jutzi.
Transcriber's note: Name spelled both Jantzi and Yantzi.
Stoltzfus.-Daniel L., son of Jonathan and Rebecca Stoltzfus, was born near Paradise, Pa., Dec. 13, 1914; died June 9, 1926, near Ronks, Pa.: aged 11 y. 5 m. 27 d. He is survived by father, step-mother, 2 brothers, one sister, one step-brother, three grandparents, several uncles and aunts, and many relatives and friends. Mother, one sister, and one step-sister preceded him to the spirit world. Services June 11 at the home near Ronks, conducted by David Zook and Benuel Stoltzfus. Interment in Gordonville Cemetery.
"Sweetly sleeps dear Daniel,
With loved one gone before;
May we all prepare to meet them
On yonder peaceful shore."
-By an Aunt
Yoder.-Joseph Z., son of Pre. John and Jemina (Zook) Yoder, was born Apr. 18, 1849; died at his home near Belleville, Pa., June 5, 1926; aged 77 y. 1 m. 19 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. In 1872 he was married to Sarah A. Hartzler who died Oct. 18, 1892. To this union were born 6 daughters and 1 son: (Jemima), Mrs. Thomas J. Peachey; Annie, Mrs. David H. Zook, Mary, Mrs. Joseph N. Byler; Saloma, who died in infancy; Elizabeth, Mrs. Samuel D. Hartzler; Arie, Mrs. Reuben Stayrook; Amos who died Oct. 29, 1892). Jan., 1896 he was again married to Nancy (Smoker) Stoltzfus. To this union were born two sons (Frank and Samuel). He leaves a widow, 4 daughters, 2 sons, 23 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, two brothers, (Ezra M., and Jonathan) and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the house by S. T. Yoder at the Locust Grove church by J. L. Mast in German and Eli Kenagy in English.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting
Cold may be this earthly tomb
But the angels sweetly whispered
Come and live with us at home."
Zeigler.-Mary Cristina, daughter of Bro. and Sister Dan'l Zeigler, of near Columbiana, O., was born May 27, 1908; died June 2, 1926; aged 18 y. 6 d. She graduated from high school a year ago and the past year continued her studies at the Columbiana County Normal training school for teachers, graduating from the Normal the same week in which she died. Her death came as a great shock to the community. She with a few Normal girl students took a walk to the Park at the edge of Lisbon, where the school is located. They were not bathing but used a rope that swings over the water. Sister Zeigler in taking one of these rides over the water lost her grip, and fell into the water and drowned before help could get to her. She was a fine spirited and talented Christian girl, having united with the Mennonite church at the age of 10 years, remaining faithful to the end. She leaves father, mother and two brothers (Melvin and Albert) together with many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home and the Midway Mennonite Church June 5, in the presence of an overflowing house of people. Services in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner, Paul Yoder, and E. M. Detwiler. Her high ideal of life and deep consecration to a noble cause is beautifully and fittingly expressed in a poem written by her and printed in May 30 number of the Youth's Christian Companion. The title of the poem is "Rain."
Hostetler.-Eva Mullet Hostetler was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 9, 1867; died June 9, 1926; aged 58 y. 10 m. She came to Marshall Co., Ind., at the age of 13. On Jan. 4, 1885, she was united in marriage to Martin Hostetler. To this union were born 7 sons and 5 daughters 2 of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves her husband and 10 children (Oscar, Elmer, William, Stephen, Calvin, Leland, Mrs. Jesse Bleile, Mrs. Roy Strause, Mrs. Roy Miller and Mrs. Ralph Shaum), 15 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Joseph Mullet and Noah Mullet), 1 sister (Mrs. Phineas Yoder) and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Church at the age of 17. Later she with her husband united with the North Main St. Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death. She was a kind, loving, and devoted mother ready to lend a helping hand, and a wise counselor in the home. She greatly enjoyed to associate with neighbors and friends, and especially with her family. Had the welfare of the Church and Sunday school at heart and usually there when health permitted. Funeral services Sunday, June13, at the North Main St. Mennonite Church, conducted by Silas Weldy and D. D. Troyer. Text, Phil. 3:21-22.
"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."
Hauder.-Juniata Mildred, daughter of Harve and Henrietta Hauder, was born June 1, 1916, at Garden City, Mo.; died at St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen, S. D., June 9, 1926; aged 10 y. 9 d. Her death was caused by burns, the result of an explosion of kerosene while she was asissting in preparing the evening meal. She leaves her parents, one brother (James), two sisters (Gladys and Martha) two grandparents, two aged great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and many friends who are made sad by her tragic and early death. Juniata was a loving and obedient child and she leaves a vacancy in the hearts and home of her parents that will be hard to fill. This disposition was manifest during the days of suffering preceding her death. Jesus was very near and real to her and she expressed herself as being glad to go home to Him if He willed it so. She prized her Bible very highly and was faithful in memorizing scripture passages. The funeral was held June 12 from the Wilson funeral Home in Aberdeen, where a large number of friends gathered to pay their respects to the departed and the bereft family. Burial at the Riverside Cemetery. Bro. I. S. Mast of Ulen, Minn., had charge of the services. Text, Job 12: 14.
"The hand that has transplanted her,
Is wise and gentle past our knowledge here.
And safely, safely will the tender soul
Be planted in God's garden never fear,
But we, oh, we dear Lord are left alone."
Hostetler.-Norman Gingerich, son of Levi S., and Nancy Gingerich Hostetler, was born at Elkhart, Ind., Dec. 1, 1902. In 1906, he moved with his parents to Rush Lake, Saskatchewan, and in 1908 to Preston, Ont., where at the age of 13 years he publicly confessed Christ. In 1915, the family returned to Elkhart, and on Easter Sunday, 1917, he, with his brother and sister and a number of others, was received into church fellowship by baptism, and has since been a faithful member of the Prairie street congregation. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1920, and attended Goshen College in 1922. On April 16, 1924, he was joined in holy wedlock to Sister Carol Miller of Elkhart, who graduated from High School in the same class and also attended Goshen College with him. Their short wedded life was a happy one. Bro. Norman was a great reader, a good student of the Scriptures and greatly interested in the Lord's return. He often expressed himself as ready to go when God called. He died on June 16, 1926, at Elkhart, Ind., as a result of coming in contact with a high tension wire and his death was almost instantaneous. He was aged 23 y. 6 m. 15 d. He leaves his loved wife, his parents, a brother (Leroy), a sister (Sylvia), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church June 19, by J. S. Hartzler and Jacob K. Bixler, from the text, I Sam. 20: 3. Interment in the Prairie St. Cemetery. The funeral service was especially well attended, his sudden death making a deep impression on the community. While our brother lived a consistent life, this should be a clear warning to the many who are not fully consecrated or who have never confessed Christ as Savior.
Beachey.-On Sunday morning, June 6, 1926, Sister Anna (Yutzy) Beachy died at her home at Mt. Nebo in the Casselman Valley, 3 miles south of Grantsville, Md.; aged 86 y. 4 m. 7 d. She was a daughter of Daniel and Anna Yutzy and was born near Pocahontas, Pa., Jan. 29, 1840. Her mother died when she was an infant and she was then adopted by her grandmother Brenneman of New Germany, Md. She lived her early life here in a log cabin in the region of the great pine trees. Later, when her grandmother died, she moved to Bittinger, Md. On Sept. 2, 1861, she was married to Jonas J. Beachy. She was a faithful wife and shared the burdens of the home for nearly 62 years. Her husband survives, although past 90 years of age. She united with the Amish Church early in life and remained faithful until death. To this union were born 10 children, 3 of whom, - Lincoln, Harvey, and Joel - preceded her to the spirit world. Those remaining are Mrs. Christian P. Unzicker, Mrs. John Custer, Mrs. Simon J. Orendorf, Kate, Edward J., Lee J., and Elmer J. One sister also survives. The immediate cause of her death was terminal pneumonia. She was tenderly cared for by her two daughters, Kate and Mary, during her last illness. Funeral services were held at the Miller Amish Church with interment in the graveyard near by on June 8. Services were conducted by Bros. J. B. Miller and Noah D. Brenneman. A large concourse of people attended. She was generally known for her pleasant personality and her good Christian character. Her heart went out to the helpless and needy and she devoted many hours both day and night to ministering to sick people. The children will miss a patient, kind-hearted, Christian mother.
Many were the burdens, mother,
Which you bore for us so well
Faith in Jesus and no other,
Sends a thrill no tongue can tell.
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Miller.-Lydia Hartzler Miller, aged 55 years, died June 12, 1926, at her home five miles east of Goshen, Ind. She was a daughter of Bro. and Sister Jonathan Hartzler, and was born at Mottville, Mich. Her husband, Noah Miller, died Feb. 5, 1926. She is survived by a brother (Abraham Hartzler), four sisters (Mrs. A. J. Hartzler, Mrs. C. R. Miller, Mrs. E. D. Plank, and Mrs. N. Y. Yoder). Funeral services were held at the Silver Street Church conducted by Silas Yoder and Allen Yoder. Interment in the Clinton Union Cemetery.
Beller.-Dan Beller was born in Croghan, N. Y., Aug. 15, 1863; died in Imlay City, Mich., May 4, 1926: aged 62 y. 8 m. 29 d. In December, 1885, he was married to Annie Kipfer. To this union were born one son and two daughters. His companion was taken by death in 1911, and one daughter died about two years ago. He leaves to mourn his sudden and unexpected death one son, one daughter, thirteen grandchildren, and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted in the Mennonite Church near Imlay City, Mich., by Peter Ropp and Simon W. Sommer. Texts, Prov. 27: 11; Eccl. 8: 8.
Albrecht.-Mattie (Ulrich) Albrecht was born near Croghan, N. Y., Jan. 9, 1879; died near Imlay City, Mich., May 16, 1926; aged 47y. 4 m. 7 d. About 22 years ago she was baptized and received as a member of the Amish Mennonite Church near Pigeon, Mich. Dec. 6, 1904, she was married to Dan Albrecht. This union was blessed with five children, all living. She leaves a sorrowing husband, five children, her aged mother, three brothers, three sisters, as well as a host of other friends. Sister Albrecht was a very faithful wife and a devoted mother. She is greatly missed not only in the home, but at the church services as well. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. Peter Ropp, and in the Bethany Mennonite Church by the brethren Simon W. Sommer, and Peter Ropp.
Hostetler.-Loyd, oldest child of Willis and Jessie Hostetler, was born in Miami Co., Ind., Oct. 18, 1900; died June 23, 1926; aged 16 y. 8 m. 3 d. After graduating from the eighth grade of North Grove school in 1925 he began high school. After a few weeks he took ill with influenza. Rheumatism and leakage of the heart set in. While loving hands and medical skill did all that was possible, God saw best to call him home. He gave his heart to God when 15 years of age, united with the Mennonite Church. He leaves father, mother, four brothers, five sisters, two grandmothers, one grandfather, and many other friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. S. Horner and Bro. Sherman Kendall June 25, at the Mennonite Church near Amboy.
"Some day, some time, our eyes shall see
The faces kept in memory;
Some day their hand shall clasp our hand,
Just over in the morning land."
Schultz.-Hannah (Barge) Shultz, widow of Levi
Schultz, was born Jan. 8, 1853; died June 5, 1926; aged
73 y. 4 m. 27 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for
many years, and left for us a noble example. She was a very patient
sufferer for about ten weeks. During this time she gradually grew
weaker until she fell asleep in Jesus. She never complained but
would say, "I want to go home." She leaves three children
(Winter J., Harry B., with whom she resided, and E. Maud.) One
daughter (Lizzie, wife of Harry Deiter) preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at her home June 8, conducted by Bro.
C. M. Brubaker, and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bro.
Frank Herr and Bro. C. m. Brubaker. Interment in the adjoining
"My earthly labors have an end,
I've found a better home;
Where I, with many a loving friend,
Will gather 'round the Throne." A Granddaughter.
Miller.-Edward D. Miller was born April 23, 1869; died May 25, 1926; aged 57 y. 1 m. 2 d. On Dec. 13, 1896, he was married to Maud Yoder. She died Sept. 10, 1899. This union was blessed with one daughter (Cora Maud). On Feb. 2, 1901, he was again married to Annie Yoder Hershberger. He leaves his wife, one daughter (Cora, wife of Ben M. Miller), one adopted daughter, Alta Fern, wife of Ray Brenneman), six grandchildren, father and mother. Two brothers and four sisters preceded him in death. Those surviving are Eli, Albert, Samuel, Noah, Calvin, Levi, and Fannie (wife of G. B. Helmuth), and many other relatives and friends. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained steadfast in that faith to the end. In the spring of 1914 he received a paralytic stroke, from which he never fully recovered but was able to be up and around. He with his wife left their home in Kalona several weeks ago to visit his sick father in Millersburg, Ohio, and on the evening of May 24, while at the home of his brother, Albert, he received another stroke while on the outside of the house, and became unconscious immediately, remaining so until death relieved him the following evening. His wife, being with him at the time ,and probably on account of the shock, suffered a paralytic stroke about one-half hour later; she gradually became worse till she became unconscious and remained so until the next morning . The funeral was held at his parents' home on May 27 at Millersburg, Ohio, conducted by David and Sol. Slabaugh, and on May 29 at Ben Miller's home at Kalona, Iowa, conducted by Will Yoder and Ed Hershberger in German and Elmer Swartzendruber in English. The body was laid to rest in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still;
The chair is vacant'tis God's will.
So long you waited for your rest,
We know God does just what is best."
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Speaker.-Cloyce Francis, the oldest son of John and Ruth Speaker, died June 19, 1926; aged 4 y. 10 m. 28 d. He leaves father, mother, one brother (Lorin), and one grandfather. Funeral was conducted a the house of E. A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Text, Rev. 21: 4.
"All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts to-day;
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away."
Stutzman.-Ralph Oliver, son of Ralph and Irene (Miller) Stutzman, near Aurora, Ohio, died July 5, 1926; aged 4 m. 13 d. Little Ralph was in every way all that could be desired in a child, but God called and now his place in the home is vacant. His little crib is empty, his memory only remains with us. He leaves father, mother, and one sister to mourn his early departure, a baby brother having preceded him to the spirit world. Services conducted in the home by Levi Plank and at the church by Martin Miller and E. B. Stoltzfus. Text Job 1: 21. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the Plainview Church.
Searer.-Ernest Clem, ten months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Searer, Wakarusa, Ind., died of pneumonia. The child is survived by his parents, 2 brothers, (Lowell and Leroy) 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Abram Searer and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lockwood). Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Wakarusa, with Horace Halse and Silas Weldy oficiating.
"There's a land far away mid the stars we are told,
Where Jesus will gather His own,
There the innocent children forever are blest,
As they gather around the white throne."
Sensenig.-Annie Good, wife of Emanuel D. Sensenig of Marticville, Pa., died at her home Tuesday evening, May 11, 1926, from a complication of diseases, aged 55 y. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband and these children: Mrs. Jacob Jonson, Reba, and Claude. These brothers and sisters also survive: Harry and A. R. Good, Mrs. Harry Wolf, Mrs. Michael Sheridan, Mary, and Barbara. Funeral was held at the River Corner Church May 15, conducted by Jacob Thomas and - Urwin. "Gone but not forgotten."
"Sweetly sleeps dear Annie
With loved ones gone before
May we all prepare to meet her
On yonder peaceful shore." By a sister-in-law.
Sauder.-Agnes Amanda, beloved daughter of Abram and Julian Sauder, left this world July 1, at Brutus, Mich., after suffering almost all her life of leakage of the heart. Later dropsy set in. Although she suffered much she was patient. She at last told her parents that Jesus told her He would take her to a better home. A little baby sister, Atline, and Grandpa Sauder predeceased her. She leaves father, mother, 1 brother (Jacob), 4 sisters (Hannah, Lizzie, Kathrine, and Esther), Grandpa and Grandma. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral by Daniel Brubacher and Henry Brenneman. Text, Matt. 19: 15. She was 14 years and 20 days old. Buried in the Mennonite Cemetery West of Brutus.
"Sleep on sweetly, dear Agnes
With loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet them
On yonder peaceful shore."
Linder.-Christian Linder was born near Louisville, Ohio, Oct. 31, 1861; died near the same place July 1, 1926; aged 64 y. 8 m. 1 d. On Feb. 5, 1889, he was married to Lydia Krabill. He leaves his wife, 6 brothers (Joseph, Samuel, Daniel, Amos, David, and Eli), and a host of relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and four brothers. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church early in life and remained faithful in the same to the end, being a regular church attendant whenever circumstances would permit. He was a kind husband and a good neighbor. Death, which was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage, came quite unexpectedly. A few hours before his death he was till picking cherries. Funeral services were held at he home and the Beech Church on July 4. Services in charge of Bro. O. N. Johns assisted by the brethren, Alvin Hostetler and John D. Miller. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Snyder.-Bro. Roy B., son of Bro. Christ and Sister Emma Bucher Snyder, Lititz, Pa., was born June 2, 1907; died June 26, 1926, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after an operation for appendicitis; aged 19 y. 24 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, and these brothers and sisters: Mary B., wife of Henry B. Heller; Lottie B., Martha B., Earla B., Elam B., and Mable B. Also, he has gone to meet those gone before, which are 2 brothers and one sister; also many other near relatives and friends. He was a member of Erb's Mennonite Church, having been baptized before he left for the hospital. He was just at the age when life could be enjoyed the most, when the death angel came and took him away. May we all take warning that death cometh at an hour we think not. He will be greatly missed in the home, and especially will he be missed by his one sister, who has been an invalid for nearly 6 years and suffered so much. Funeral services were held at the home June 29 by Bro. Joseph A. Boll, Jr., with further services at Erb's Mennonite Church by Bro. Joseph A. Boll, Jr., Isaac H. Brubaker and Martin G. Metzler. Texts, I Sam. 20: 3, and Eccl. 9: 10. Burial in Hess's Cemetery.
"Oh, Roy, dear, 'twas hard to part;
It almost broke our aching heart
To part with one we loved so well,
Our grief so great, no tongue can tell." His invalid sister.
Nafziger.-Daniel B. Nafziger was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Dec. 24, 1857; died (after an illness of six weeks of complications and at the very last pneumonia) at his home near Pryor, Okla., June 22, 1926; aged 68 y. 5 m. 28 d. On Feb. 17, 1885; he was united in marriage to Barbara Rich. This union was blessed with 8 children (Sue E. Reber, Rose E. Berg, John B., Will M., S. Ernest, Christina Crenshaw, Anna M. Yoder, and Frank R.). He leaves his loving companion, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 18 grandchildren, also 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 5 half-sisters, and a large number of relatives, friends and neighbors. He united with the Mennonite Church when 20 years of age and continued faithful to the end. He was always at his post of duty when health permitted. He was in church when he took sick. During his sickness he appreciated all that loving hearts and hands did for him, and his last words were that he left it all to God's will and that he was ready to go home to Jesus. He is the first one to break the family circle. Short services were held June 24 at the home by Bro. B. F. Hartzler after which the body was taken to Pryor to be sent to Garden City, Mo. On Sunday, June 27, Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church, conducted by Brethren L. J. Miller, D. B. Raber, and I. G. Hartzler. Text, I Cor. 15: 22, 23. A large gathering of relatives and friends met to pay a last tribute of respect. He was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
"Father's chair is vacant,
And his voice is stilled:
But we know his peace
Over yonder now is filled." By one of the family.
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Smith.-Christian F. Smith died some time during the night of June 30, 1926, aged 65 y. 11 m. 23 d. He was a member of the Masonville, Pa., Mennonite Church. His sudden death was a shock to many. Although we miss him very much we want to be submissive to the Lord's will. He leaves 5 children (Mrs. Raymond Doen, Charles, Willis, Cora and Lillie), and 8 grandchildren. Funeral was held at Masonville, July 4.
"Sweetly sleeps dear father,
With loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet them
On yonder peaceful shore."
Garman.-Ella Irwin Garman was born in Sheridan, Pa., ,Mar. 4, 1852; died at the home of her son near Johnstown, Pa., July 5, 1926; aged 74 y. 4 m. 1 d. She was the mother of 3 sons and 1 daughter. Her husband died 10 years ago and two of the children are dead also. She lived with her son Arthur until death. Her son and family went away over the fourth of July, and when they returned on the 6th they found her lying on the kitchen floor dead. In her earlier life she united with the Presbyterian Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler. The body was laid away in the Laurel Hill cemetery near New Florence, Pa.
Garber.Anna E., daughter of the late John S., and Susan Garber, was born Nov. 6, 1853; died July 2, 1926, at her home in Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 72 y. 7 m. 27 d. She was the oldest of a family of 9 children. One brother (Samuel) and 1 sister (Mary) preceded her in death. The following brothers and sisters survive. Henry, Kathryn, Amos, John, Harriet (widow of the late Peter R. Nissley), and Simon. A short service was conducted at her home Sunday, July 4, and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Risser, Samuel Fry and Samuel Oberholtzer. Text, Psa. 17: 15. Interment in Bossler's cemetery.
"My earthly labors have an end,
I've found a better home;
Where I, with many a loving friend,
Will gather round the Throne."
Stamm.-Silas A. Stamm was born near Tremont, Ill., March 11, 1891, died at the Outlook Sanitarium at Urbana, Ill., June 30, 1926; aged 35 y. 3 m. 19 d. He confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 22 years, and apart from the few years they lived at Tremont, Ill., he was a member of the East Bend congregation and was faithful to the end. Nov. 25, 1914, he was married to Katie Studer. To this union 4 children were born (Merle, Lucille, Erma and Dorothy). He leaves a sorrowing wife, 2 daughters, father, mother, five brothers and 4 sisters. Two children (Merle and Lucille) preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held July 2, at the East Bend Church, Fisher, Ill., by Bro. J. A. Heiser. Text, John 11: 25.
Schlegel.-Barbara Schlegel, daughter of John and Magdalena Gascho, was born near Spring Bay, Ill., Sept. 21, 1853; died at her home north of Hydro, Okla., June 30m 1926; aged 72 y. 10 m. 28 d. She accepted Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member to the end. She was married to Joseph Schlegel near Chenoa, Ill., Feb. 14, 1872, where they lived for 17 years. They then moved to Thurman, Colo., at which place Bro. Schlegel was ordained a minister and later ordained bishop. They remained here 7 years, when they moved to Lyon Co., Kans., and remained there until they moved to their present home, where Bro. Schlegel preceded her almost 12 years ago. To this union were born twelve children, ten of whom are living: (Lena Swartzendruber, Salome Rich, Katie Detweiler, Annie Smith, Christian, Joseph, Benjamin, Daniel, John, and Barbara Stutzman). She also leaves 44 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Sister Schlegel was in her usual health, took sick after ten o'clock Tuesday night, suffered only several hours where she peacefully fell asleep at 2 a. m.
Brunk.-Anna Elizabeth, daughter of the late Samuel and Susanna Brunk, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., July 9, 1866; died at the Goshen (Ind.) Hospital June 23, 1926. Her father, mother, brother, three sisters and her husband preceded her in death leaving her as the last member of the family. She is survived by a sister-in-law (Mrs. J. D. Brunk) and four nieces and two nephews all of Indiana. She confessed Christ in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. In 1913 she was united in marriage with Joseph H. Brunk, who died six months later. In 1920 she and her father moved to Elkhart, Ind. About six weeks before her death, while visiting her sister-in-law, she took sick and was taken to the Goshen City Hospital where she underwent an operation for gall stones. After lingering for several weeks more she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Services were conducted in the Undertaker's parlors at Goshen, by Bro. J. S. Hartzler. Text, John 16: 33. The body was then taken to Harrisonburg, Va, where funeral services were conducted at the Weave Church by Bros. J. S. Martin and L. J. Heatwole. The body was laid to rest beside her loved ones in the Weaver cemetery.
Garber.-Elizabeth, wife of Amos E. Garber, of Rheems, Pa., died at the Lancaster General Hospital on June 10,1926, following an operation which she underwent on Mon., June 7; aged 57 years. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mary, wife of Jacob M. Carper, Susie, wife of Amos H. Musser; Jacob, Paul, and Dorothy. Her aged parents (Bro. and Sister Jacob B. Reist), ten grandchildren and the following sisters survive, Mrs. Amelia Buckwalter, Mrs. Monroe Metzler, Mrs. John Hershey, Mrs. Abram Munnan, Mrs. Hiram Witmer, Mrs. Daniel Stoner, and Mrs. Jeremiah Landis. She was preceded in death 3 years by her oldest daughter (Florence, wife of Walter A. Herr). Funeral services were held from her late home June 13, with further services at Bossler's Church. Services conducted by Bros. Noah Risser, Noah Landis, and Ira Miller. Interment in the adjoining 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." The Family.
Slonecker.-Daniel Slonecker was born near Louisville, Ohio, October 29, 1842, died at his home near Bellefontaine, Ohio, June 7, 1926; aged 83 y. 7 m. 8 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. He was next to the oldest of a family of ten children, all of whom have gone to their reward except the next to the youngest, Mrs Fanny Bontrager. On Jan. 29, 1874, he was united in marriage to Mary Grabill, who died March 27, 1918. To this union were born two sons (Peter J., and David E.). About New Year he was taken ill with influenza and has been in failing health ever since, gradually growing weaker. In late years he often expressed his desire to go home and be at rest. He was a kind and loving father and always ready to help those in need. He leaves to mourn his departure one sister, two sons, four grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Short services were conducted at the house by L. L. Plank and at the South Union Church by A. I Yoder and Marion King. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
"Weep not that his toils are over
Weep not that his race is run,
God grant we may rest as calmly
As he, when our work is done."
Bowman.-Bro. Noah B., son of Israel and Anna
Bowman, was born in Berks Co., Pa., Sept. 22, 1874. On
Nov. 27, 1901, he was ordained to the ministry in the Bowmansville
congregation. The day following his ordination was thanksgiving
on which day he preached his first sermon. For nearly twenty-fine
years he stood a faithful witness for our Lord. He had the gifts
of an evangelist, in which field the Lord also used him in the
past. We think of him as a man greatly needed, not only in his
family, but in the Church. But God saw it best to call him home.
He was in bed a little over 12 weeks. He had been operated on
in a Philadelphia hospital for a tumor in the head. He uttered
not a word of complaint in all his sufferings. He leaves his wife
(Tillie, nee Geigley), 2 daughters (Annie and Bertha), 1 son (Elmer),
and 3 grandchildren. Also 3 brothers, 4 sisters with his aged
father. On the morning of July 5 the Spirit left his earthly house.
On Thursday July 8, "Devout men carried him to his burial."
Bro. John W. Weaver preached the funeral sermon. Text, Psa. 126:
5, 6. Bishop Sauder had prayer and services at the grave, the
home ministers filling their assigned places. The house was filled
to overflowing with relatives and friends. Age, 51 y. 9 m. 13
d. Let us remember the bereaved (Jas. 1: 27).
By one of his co0workers, M. G. G.
Null.-Daniel Timothy, son of Christian and Mary (Freed) Null, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Aug. 9, 1870; died July 8, 1926, of acute dilation of the heart, following pneumonia; aged 55 y. 10 m. 29 d. He was united in marriage to Salome Culp Jan. 15, 1898. To this union were born 12 children, 10 of whom with his wife, survive to mourn the loss of a loving husband and affectionate father. He was always devotedly attached to his family, ever ready to help and advise. Two of the children (George and Florence) died in infancy. He leaves 3 brothers (Joseph, Ellis, and David), two sisters (Mrs. Joe Schryer and Mrs. Jacob Weldy), one sister (Kate Bringolf) died in 1900 and his twin brother (Samuel) died in 1890. In the winter of 1920 he with his wife were converted and united with the Mennonite Church, worshiping with the Holdeman congregation. He was a very devoted Christian man, whose judgment was good and many sought his counsel. He died happy in his Lord. Funeral services were held at the North Union Church. Burial at adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by Bro. Silas Weldy (Eccl. 8: 8) assisted by Bro. S. E. Allgyer. God bless the bereaved family and by His grace may our lives all be so ordered as will please Him well.
"Oh, can it be that father has left us,
He who always had a smile;
Yes! He's gone and soon we'll meet him,
'Twill only be a little while."
Miller.-Edward D. Miller was born April 23, 1869; died May 25, 1926, aged 57 y. 1 m. 2 d. Dec. 13, 1896, he was married to Maud Yoder. Maud Yoder Miller died Sept. 10, 1899. This union was blessed with one daughter, Cora Maud. On Feb. 3, 1901, he was again married to Annie Yoder Hershberger. He leaves his wife, one daughter (Cora, wife of Ben M. Miller) one adopted daughter (Alta Fern, wife of Ray Brenneman) six grandchildren, father, mother (Daniel D. and Lydia Miller). Two brothers, four sisters preceded him in death. Those surviving are Eli, Albert, Samuel, Noah, Calvin, Levi, and Fannie, wife of G. B. Helmuth and many relatives and friends. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained steadfast in that faith to the end. In the spring of 1914 he received a paralytic stroke, from which he never fully recovered, but was able to be up and around. He with his wife left their home in Kalona several weeks ago to visit his sick father in Millersburg, Ohio, and on the evening of May 24, while at the home of his brother, Albert, he received another stroke while on the outside of the house, and became unconscious immediately, remaining so until death. The funeral was held at his parents' home on May 27, at Millersburg, Ohio, conducted by David Slabaugh, Sol Slabaugh, and on May 29 at the Ben Miller home at Kalona, Iowa, conducted by Will Yoder, Ed. Hershberger in German, and Elmer Swartzendruber in English.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
The chair is vacant, 'tis God's will
So long you waited for your rest,
We know God does just what is best."
Lapp.-Samuel M. Lapp was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Sept. 26, 1833; died at the home of his son, D. G. Lapp of Roseland, Nebr., July 4, 1926; aged 92 y. 9 m. 8 d. The immediate cause of his death was a stroke of paralysis. He was married to Sarah Gross of Bucks Co., Pa. To this union were born 11 children, 6 died in infancy, four sons and one daughter grew to manhood and womanhood. The wife and mother preceded him in death 24 years. In his early years he gave his heart to Christ and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member till death, always greatly interested in the cause of Christ and the activities of the Church. The 4 sons were all ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Church, 3 to the office of bishopDaniel in Nebr., Samuel for South English, Iowa, Mahlon at Dhamtari, India, and George at Ghatula, India. Daniel, Sam'l and Mahlon were ordained in the home church (by bishop Albrecht Schiffler) and George in Chicago, for their various fields. Samuel drowned in a R. R. wreck near Packard, Iowa, 10 years ago, Mahlon died 2 years ago in India. His is survived by 3 children (Mrs. Anna Hill, D. G. Lapp, George J. Lapp); 17 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 2 great-great-grandchildren, one brother (Henry), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mariah High and Mrs. Katie Leatherman). In the spring of 1878 he with his family moved to Adams Co., Nebr. He was one of the Charter members of the Roseland Mennonite Church and was her first deacon, being ordained to that office in the Lexington Mennonite Church, Bucks Co, Pa., in 1870. The body was laid to rest beside that of his wife in the Roseland Mennonite cemetery. Services were conducted by Bro. J. E. Zimmerman of Milford, Nebr. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8.
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Burkholder.-Paul Eugene, son of Bro. John and Mary Burkholder, died July 17, 1926; aged 1 m. 10 d. He is survived by a twin sister, and two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. John S. Hess. Text, Mark 10: 16. Burial at Groffsdale Cemetery.
Longenecker.-Jas. Andrew, infant son of Walter and Carrie Longenecker, Scottdale, Pa., died July 20, 1926, aged 2 days. The parents have the sympathy of those that know them. Short services at he house and at the Alverton Cemetery, conducted by Bro. J. A. Brilhart.
Strickler.-Mary, wife of Reuben Strickler, was born June 28, 1875; died June 30, 1926; aged 51 y. 2 d. She was a member of the Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church for many years, and left for us a noble example. She is survived by her husband and five children (Elizabeth, Martin, Eva, Anna, and Mary). Funeral services were held at the home July 3 by Bro. Henry Lonnecker, with further services at the Salunga, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bros. Seth Ebersole, Isaac Brubaker, and Hiram Kaufman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest mother, how we miss thee,
Since thy voice no more we hear;
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
Over on the golden shore." By one of the family.
Andes.-Clarence Irvin, son of Charles and Elsie (Reinhart) Andes, died very suddenly July 17, 1926; aged 1 y. 5 d. He was sick only a few hours with convulsions. He leaves father, mother, four brothers (Paul L., John H., Charles M., and Earl B.), one sister (Lydia M.), also a foster brother (Oliver R. Hurst). Funeral services were held July 18 at Willow St. Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa., by Bros. Aaron Harnish and J. H. Moseman. "The Lord gave the Lord has taken, blessed be the name of the Lord."
"There's a land far away mid the stars we are told,
Where Jesus will gather His own,
There the dear little children for ever are blest,
As they gather around the white throne." Mother
Hesser.-John Hesser was born near Mattawanna,
Pa., Apr. 17, 1854; died July 6, 1926, of a complication of diseases,
aged 72 y. 2 m. 19 d. He united with the Mennonite Church years
ago, and we believe lived true to his convictions. On March 8,
1776*, he united in marriage to Sarah Moist. To this union were
born one son and two daughters. His father, mother, seven brothers,
and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves his
wife, one son, one daughter, eight grandchildren, his only sister
(Elizabeth, widow of Abram Moist) and a number of relatives and
friends, funeral on the 8th at his home conducted by Bish. John
E. Kauffman. Text, Job 14: 114. Interment in the Hertzler Cemetery.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed. Probably should be 1876.
Weber.-Helen, daughter of Henry and Mary (Burkholder) Weber, was born June 17, 1901; died July 9, 1926, aged 25 y. 22 d. She is also survived by a grandmother, three brothers (Franklin, Levi, and Henry J.) and three sisters (Mrs. Eva Carper, Esther, and Elizabeth). The cause of her death was typhoid fever, after a lingering of four weeks. She leaves a large host of friends to mourn her loss because of her expression of love to her Savior and her faithfulness to her Church of which she was a member since the age of ten, living out the principles of the Word by a strong faith not even discarding her prayer head covering in the school room while teaching school. And this also gave her a longing to go home. As she was growing weaker and bade the rest good-bye she requested them to sing, "I am but a stranger here, Heaven is my home." Funeral services were held July 11 at the Hess' Mennonite Church, where a large number of friends and associates from E. M. school (where she had attended last year) had gathered. Services conducted at house by Bro. Jacob Hershey and at the church by Bro. Noah Landis, Bro. John S. Hess, and Bro. A. D. Wenger. Text, 1 Tim 4: 12.
Eshleman.-Nettie Y. Eshlemanaged 21 y. 6 m. 12 d.died of consumption at the home of her mother near Ried, Md., July 11, 1926, after an illness of about five months. She is survived by her mother, who tenderly cared for her during her sickness. A few months ago she had a desire to be anointed, which was granted her; but it was the Lord's will to take her home. She accepted Christ at an early age. She retained her memory to the last, arranged all her temporal affairs, and selected her text. Almost at the last she tried to sing, "My Heavenly Home is Bright and Fair." Her taking away should be a lesson to young and old to be ready. She is survived by two brothers (Irwin and Harrold), two sisters (Mrs. Ira Hege and Ida), two grandfathers and two grandmothers. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Daniel Strite and at Paradise Church by Bros. John Risser and Denton Martin. Text, Mark 18: 8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Dear Nettie has left us,
Left us for evermore;
But we hope to meet our loved one
On the bright and happy shore. By a grandmother.
Brown.-Mary Miller Brown, daughter of Joseph
A. and Magdalena Miller, was born near Topeka, Ind., July
5, 1890; died at her home in Tulsa, Okla., July 11, 1926; aged
36 y. 6 d. She grew to womanhood in Indiana and lived here with
the exception of the last few years. On June 27, 1923, she was
married to James Albert Brown and with him spent the few
wedded years in happiness at their home in Tulsa. As a young woman
she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with the Emma
Mennonite Church. Twelve years ago she transferred her membership
to the First Christian Church of Goshen, Ind., where she was a
member at the time of her death. A few days before her death she
underwent an operation. It was not thought that her case was serious,
yet she never fully regained consciousness. She leaves her sorrowing
husband, father, mother, four brothers, two sisters, and a host
of friends. She will be greatly missed by all, but most of all
by her husband with whom she was happy and for whom she lived.
We bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well.
Funeral was held from the residence of her father, Joseph A. Miller,
Goshen, Ind., July 14. C. L. Graber and O. V. Rector officiated.
Burial in Violett Cemetery.
Birky.-Jacob D. Birky was born at Morton, Ill., July 25, 1855; died at his home at Kouts, Ind., July 12, 1926; aged 70 y. 11 m. 18 d. He was united in marriage with Emma Martin Sept. 25, 1884. To this union were born seven sons and four daughters, and 23 grandchildren. He was converted when a young man and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. When the first Sunday school was organized at Hopedale, Ill., he was the first superintendent of Sunday school. In 1895 he was ordained to the ministry and seven years laterin 1902he was called to the office of bishopthus serving faithfully in the ministry for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, seven sons, 4 daughters, 22 grandchildren, his aged mother-in-law (Mrs. Martin, 92 years old), 2 brothers (Joseph and Andrew), 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary Egle; Lizzie, and Mrs. Litwiller). He preached at his home church two weeks before his death. He was sick nearly two weeks, when he quietly passed away. His greatest concern was that his family and congregation be ready to meet their God in peace. Funeral on July 15 at Mennonite Church at Kouts, Ind., where a large number of friends from Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, and Indiana met for the occasion. Services Bro. D. D. Miller, assisted by others.
Troyer.-Sarah Troyer (nee Miller) was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 22, 1868; died near Mio, Mich., June 30, 1926; aged 57 y. 10 m. 8 d. The end came after about ten weeks of much suffering, with influenza and rheumatism, followed by pneumonia. During her severe sufferings she often prayed the Lord to take her home, and her prayer was finally answered. One of her favorite scripture passages was Psalm 23, which was a great consolation to her during her sickness. One of her favorite hymns was "We are going down the Valley." She gave her heart to the Lord at the age of sixteen and a t the time of her death she was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, at Fairview. Her heart's desire and prayer was that the Church might remain true to the principles of the Gospel. On Nov. 25, 1885, she was married to Emanuel S. Troyer. To this union were born twelve children, Samuel, the oldest child, died in infancy. She leaves husband, eleven children, 21 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. The remaining children are Mary Yoder, Ammon, Emanuel, Levi, Sarah Miller, Barbara, Henry, Clara, Ora, Seth, and Fannie. Sarah was a loving wife and mother and the wise counsel and labors of love will be greatly missed in the home and community, but our loss is her eternal gain. We humbly submit to Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were conducted by the home brethren, Menno Esch and M. S. Steiner. Text, Phil. 1: 21. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Driver.-Benjamin Franklin, oldest son of Pre. D. F. Driver (deceased), was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Dec. 24, 1895; departed this life suddenly from heart trouble at the home of his daughter near Ottowa, Kans., June 1, 1926; aged 66 y. 5 m. 8 d. His friends knew for years his heart was bothering him, the Dr. saying he may go any time. He was always of a helpful turn, helping wherever he was; that day busy as usual, going with his son-in-law for a barrel of water, when he sank down in a sitting position, his head leaning on the wagon bed-a gasp, and all was over, the spirit taking its flight to the great beyond. June 3 his body was brought to Versailles, Mo., his home most of his life. Funeral services at the Mt. Zion Church June 4 by the brethren, Levi Miller of Garden City, Mo., and J. R. Shank of Carver, Mo. His body was laid in the cemetery by the side of his wife, who preceded him Oct. 26, 1913. His parents came from Virginia in 1870, and settled near Versailles, Mo. Here he grew to manhood and lived his life. Dec. 24, 1885, he was united in marriage with Barbara Loganbill. To this union eight children were born (Lina, wife of J. C. Gingerich; Millie, wife of Amos Raymer; Oliver, Roy, Stella who died in childhood; Rose, wife of Edwin Swartzendruber; Mary, wife of Dan Raber; and Lloyd). His seven children were all at his funeral, five coming from a distance, only two living here any more. Beside these children he leaves twenty grandchildren, five brothers, four sisters, and many relatives and friends. In early manhood he confessed Christ as his Savior in one of the evangelistic meetings held by the late J. S. Coffman, uniting with the Mt. Zion congregation. Seems he just went to sleep, his life work done, his children all settled in homes of their own. Text: Psa. 103: 5; II Kings 20: 1. A Sister.
Schrock.-John B. Schrock was born in Elkhart
Co., Ind., May 30, 1852; died May 23, 1926; aged 73 y. 11 m. 21
d. With his parents he came to Missouri in the spring of 1874,
and ever since made his home in and around Garden City. He united
with the Mennonite Church in his youth and was always a faithful
member. In 1881 he was united in marriage to Fannie Yost, of Fairbury,
Neb. To this union six children were born, five of whom survive,
one having died in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs. A. L. Kaup,
Mrs. Clyde E. Jones, Mrs. Redmond H. Breed, LaVerne E.; and Harold
L. Three brothers (Jacob B., Noah J., and Daniel J.), two sisters
(Mrs. Forest Allison and Emma Klopfenstein), besides a host of
other relatives and friends remain. A short prayer service was
held at the family home then the body was conveyed to the Sycamore
Grove Mennonite Church where funeral services were conducted by
Levi J. Miller, assisted by Charles R. Swofford, in the presence
of a large concourse of relatives and friends. The body was laid
to rest in the Garden City cemetery. His sudden death came as
a shock to his family and community, because he was considered
on the road of complete recovery. About two weeks previous to
his death, as he was gathering up his tools at the close of the
day he was tripped by a board catching his foot, thus causing
him to fall, landing side of his back on the corner of a box near
by containing tin shingles causing his death. Shortly before three
o'clock Sunday morning, May 23, he told his wife he was getting
too warm and asked that she raise the window and call the family
physician. When the Dr. arrived a few moments later he informed
Sister Schrock she had better call her children, as death was
but a matter of a few moments. He was dead when they arrived.
Driver.-John Robert, fourth son of the late Pre. D. F. Driver, was born Sept. 9, 1871, near Versailles, Mo.; died June 21, 1926; aged 54 y. 9 m. 12 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior during a series of meetings held in 1895, uniting with the Mennonite Church at Mt. Zion. His was an unassuming life, living the Christ life in every day deeds of love, kindness, and helpfulness to those around and about him. Feb. 7, 1900, he was united in marriage with Alice Weaver of Oronogo, Mo. This union was blessed with six daughters. Physically he never was as robust as many people are, but he was full of energy. This last winter and spring he was hardly able to do the work pertaining to his farm life but still he kept going. When he first went to the Dr. they thought it was just a general run-down system; but later it was found that his blood was far from testing normal. June 5, next day after his brother Frank's funeral, he and his wife left for Kansas City for examination. He received no benefit, growing weaker all the time. The doctors called his trouble acute symphatic seukemia. In the dark hours of early Sunday morning, June 20, he was brought back to his home, to be there till little after sunrise Monday morning, when his spirit took its flight to a better world than this. W wonder how we can do without John. He gave counsel, advice, and help to so many. His family miss him so much. A wife, Mary Alice (a grown daughter), Viola (not quite ten), are left without a husband and father. Papa and four little girls have gone on, waiting over there for the others to join them. Their invalid daughter was twenty but being an invalid from a little child she hardly seemed to be grown up. John expressed himself a number of times during his sickness it would be all right just t as the Lord thought best. Funeral services June 23 at the Mt. Zion Church by the brethren Amos Gingerich of Kalona, Ia., and Levi Miller of Garden City, Mo. Text, Prov. 14: 32.
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