Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1926

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 10 - June 3, 1926, p. 207

Martin-Delora Arlene, infant daughter of Aaron and Mary Martin, Hopedale, Ill., died very suddenly May 17, 1926; aged 2 m. 6 d. She leaves father, mother, three sisters, three brothers, grandfather, and grandmother. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church, the 18th, conducted by the home ministers. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery. "Budded on earth to blossom in heaven."

Metzler-Betty Jane, daughter of Bro. Daniel L. and Sister Freeda Metzler, died May 19, 1926; aged 2 m. 4 d. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Mennonite Church near Holsopple, Pa., on the 21st, by L.A. Blough and Harry C. Blough. Buried in the cemetery near the church.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, life is ended,
Our little darling is at rest."
By her grandmother.

Peters-Martha, youngest daughter of Peter Peters, Duchess, Alta., was born in Russia, Sept. 3, 1911; died at the Bassano Hospital from injuries received from being thrown from a horse, April 7, 1926; aged 14 y. 7 m. 4 d. Her mother died Aug. 11, 1923. She leaves father, stepmother, three brothers, one stepbrother, five sisters, and one stepsister, two brothers and one sister having preceded her in death. This was a sad accident and death. As no one saw the accident it is not known how it happened, as Martha never regained consciousness. She was a pleasant girl and loved by all; but God saw fit to pluck this blossom before it was tainted by the sins of the world. Funeral services were conducted at the house in German by Bro. Jenson and at the church in English by Bro. H.B. Ramer and in German by Bro. Jenson. The body was laid to rest in Duchess Cemetery.

Alexander--Orvas Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Alexander, died of tuberculosis at his home near the Glades, Md., May 20, 1926; aged 21 y. 4 m. 23 d. In early age he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful till death. He leaves father, mother, four brothers (Eldred, Arnold, Howard, and Milfred), and two sisters (Beulah and Hazel). One brother preceded him to the spirit world. He had been ailing for three years, when at last doctors said that nothing could be done for him. During the two weeks he was bedfast many of his friends came to visit him. Before he died he left a message for all young people that they should so live that when time shall know them no more, they may meet him in heaven. He was very much concerned about the life of his comrades. Funeral services were conducted at the Glade Mennonite Church by Bros. N.E. Miller and J.F. Bressler.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear Orvas is at rest."
By a cousin.

Transcribed by Julie Getter, Maryland


Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 11 - June 10, 1926, pages 239, 240.

Weaver. - Martha A., wife of Henry Weaver died at her home near Shippensburg, Pa., May 25, 1926; aged 67 years. She was a daughter of Isaac Kuhns and is survived by her husband and ten children. Funeral services were conducted by D. E. Kuhns and Jos. E. Lehman. Services and interment at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church.

Becker. - Benjamin H. Becker was born Dec. 8, 1863; died March 16, 1926. He was at his brother's funeral the 8th and in a little over a week he too died of pneumonia. He united with the Mennonite Church years ago. He leaves a sorrowing wife, one son, four grandchildren, and one brother. Funeral services were held at the house by D. N. Gish and at the Rohrestown, Pa., Church by Jacob Habecker.

Houpt. - Sister Rachel, wife of Bro. A. R. Houpt, Altoona, Pa., died May 11, 1926; aged 86 years. She united with the mission congregation the first year of opening of the work here. She was of a meek disposition, always enjoyed the fellowship with the brethren and sisters. Funeral services held Friday the 14th at the Mission Hall, 1614 8th Ave., Altoona. Services conducted by Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Jno. 14:3. She leaves her husband, two sons, and a grandson.

Martin. - Abner S., son of Jonas Z., and Maria Martin, Lanc. Co., Pa., died March 16, 1926; aged 3 m. 11 d. He leaves his parents and 1 brother (Abel). Funeral was held March 18 at Weaverland Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. I. B. Good, Amos Horst, and John Hess. Text, Job 1:21.
"This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called home by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In paradise would bloom."

Baumgartner. - Esther Marie, daughter of Peter E., and Elizabeth Baumgartner, was born Oct. 1, 1925. It took her only 7 mo. and 19 days to make her journey through this world. On May 23, 1926, she passed away from those unto whom she had endeared herself. She leaves father, mother, three sisters (Ruth, Edith and Bernice), six uncles, six aunts, and fifty-five cousins. She came to awaken a deeper interest in child-life; she left to arouse a deeper interest in the real life beyond. Funeral services in the Martin's Mennonite Church on the 22nd, conducted by C. Z. Yoder, J. S. Gerig, and P. R. Lantz.

Hostetler. - John K. Hostetler was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 5, 1863; died in Enon Valley, Pa., May 25, 1926; aged 63 y. 3 m. 25 d. He united with the Old Order A. M. Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until his death, which was caused by apoplexy. While a young man he married Leah Zook. To this union were born 6 children (Ben D., married to Lizzie Byler; Nancy, married to John B. Kurtz; Lydia, married to Eli Y. Byler; Rufus, David, and Joseph). His wife preceded him to the spirit world two years ago, since which time he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Eli Y. Byler. Funeral services May 27, conducted by Reuben Beiler.

Stauffer. - Benjamin Franklin, son of Benjamin and Catherine Stauffer, was born at Sterling, Ill., Jan. 27, 1857; died at the Home of the Aged, at Eureka, Ill., March 18, 1926; aged 69 y. 1 m. 19 d. For a number of years he lived at Ayr, Neb., where he was married to Mary Sydes. To this union three children were born (Ida, Edgar, and Mary). He is survived by his children, also three brothers and one sister (Abram, Henry, Amos, and Miss Eliza). His wife preceded him in death about two years ago. While residing at Roseland, Neb., he united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith he held at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Sterling, and the body laid to rest in the Cemetery near by.

Martin. - David W., son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Martin, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Jan. 16, 1861; died in the Massillon City Hospital May 5, 1926; aged 65 y. 3 m. 19 d. He was united in marriage to Susan Lehman of Columbiana, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1886. His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters survive. He was preceded in death by 2 sons (Ezra Alvin and Homer E.); also his parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. He had the influenza about 4 years ago, from which he never fully recovered. He left for the hospital April 6, where he was operated on for abscess in the bladder. For a few days he seemed to recover, but soon passed away. The funeral was held from the County Line Church May 8, by the brethren, Benj. Good, David Wenger, Moses Horst, and Abram Good, with interment in the cemetery near by.

Wenger. - Sarah F., daughter of Daniel and Sarah Wenger, was born near Mt. Crawford, Va., April 26, 1856; died May 1, 1926; aged 70 y. 7 d. She leaves 2 sisters (Mary W., and Elizabeth Shontz), and one brother (Moses). Father and mother, one sister and 7 brothers preceded her in death. In early life she united with the Mennonite Church, and took an active interest, in Church and Sunday school work - until about 14 years ago when her mind became weakened. Since that time she was cared for by her Sister Mary who survives her. On May 1 she took sick and died the same evening. Funeral services were at the Pike Mennonite Church conducted by the brethren A. B. Burkholder and Wm. Brubaker. Text, Rev. 2:10. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Eichelberger. - Ina Eileen, beloved little daughter of Henry and Susanna Eichelberger near Elkton, Mich., Feb. 25, 1925, died May 15, 1926; aged 1 y. 2 m. 20 d. She was sick four months. She suffered with an attack of the "flu," followed by a complication of diseases. Bronchial pneumonia caused her death. She suffered a great deal during her illness but was very patient. She leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, and a large number of relatives and friends. Two little brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services May 18, at the home conducted by Peter Rupp, and at the Berne Mennonite church by Sam Miller and Eli Bontrager.
"Sleep on, darling Ina,
Take your rest;
God called thee home,
For He know best." By her parents.

Kaser. - Josiah Kaser was born near Shanesville, O., May 23, 1858; died May 21, 1926; just two days before his 68th birthday. The funeral held on the 23rd from the home near Winesburg, O. In June, 1876, he was married to Mary E. Marbaugh. To this union three sons and two daughters were born. One son (Lester) preceded him in death. He is survived by his widow, two sons (J. Lee and Charles) two daughters (Mrs. D. L. Senger and Mrs. Rudy Horst), four brothers (Samuel, Amos, Levi and Granville), one sister (Mrs. Emanuel Silvis), nine grandchildren, and a large circle of friends. He accepted Christ as his Savior in 1892 and united with the Mennonite Church and during his last illness (from which he suffered much but bore it very patiently) he expressed peace with God and a readiness to go to live with Him on whom He believed as his Redeemer.

Becker. - Abraham L. Becker was born Nov. 2, 1860; died March 5, 1926; his parents died very young leaving him to be brought up with friends. His death was the result of pneumonia, sick five days. His seat in Church was seldom vacant. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 2 brothers, many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the house by Jacob Hess and at the Millersville, Pa., Church by D. N. Gish.
"Some day we say, and turn our eyes,
Toward the fair hills of Paradise
Some day some time, a sweet new rest
Shall blossom flower-like in each breast
Some day, sometime our eyes shall see
The faces kept in memory,
Some day their hand shall clasp our hand.
Just over in the Morning land
O Morning Land! O Morning land."

Renno. - Barbara L. Renno (nee Glick) wife of Elias Renno of Intercourse, Pa., was born near Vicksburg, Pa., May 2, 1848; died of dropsy and heart trouble May 3, 1926; aged 78 y. 1 d. She was a patient sufferer for over three months. Unto the very last she was a wonderful example of patience for us all. She leaves a sorrowing husband (with whom she was united in marriage 58 years ago), one son (Samuel G.,), two daughters (Fannie, wife of John M. Beiler; Sarah, wife of Reuben Z. Stoltzfus). eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. One son and four daughters preceded her in death. She was united with the Amish church in her quite young years and remained a faithful follower unto death. Funeral services were held from her late home at Intercourse, Pa., on May 5, conducted by Christian B. Glick and David Z. Fisher. Burial in Ronks Cemetery.

Longenecker. - Verna S., daughter of Bro. and Sister Elmer Snyder Longenecker of West Donegal Twp., died May 23, 1926, at the Lancaster General Hospital from pleura pneumonia; aged 17 y. 1 m. 17 d. She leaves father, mother, and these brothers and sisters: Levi S., John S., Alvin S., Martin S., David S., Emma S., Mary S., and Mabel S., also many other near relatives and friends who had learned to know and love her during her short stay on earth. She was just at the age when life could be enjoyed the most, when the death angel came and took Verna away. May this be a warning to all of us, that death comes at an hour when we think not. May God comfort the bereaved family. Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. Simon Garber with further services at Bossler Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon Garber, Noah Risser and Ira Miller. Text, Psa. 39:4-5. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"And now our family tie is broken,
And sadness fills our hearts
When called upon to say goodbye,
To leave this earth and must go on high." A cousin.

Landis. - Cornelius Landis was born Oct. 22, 1857; died April 17, 1926; aged 68 y. 5 m. 18 d. He was married to Eliza Souder. To this union were born five daughters, one daughter (Lizzie) having preceded him in death. There survive the widow and these daughters: Mrs. Mary Conver, Mrs. Annie Godschalk, Mrs. Hattie Nace, and Mrs, Emma Moyer; also thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild, besides 4 brothers and one sister. Bro. Landis passed to his eternal reward very suddenly, having had a heart attack while about his daily labors. His son-in-law soon found him but the spirit had taken its flight. To know Bro. Landis was to love him, as he always had a smile and a kind word for all. Funeral services were held April 24. Bro. Jonas Mininger preached at the house and Bro. Alfred Detwiler at the Rockhill Meeting house which was filled with relatives and friends of the departed. He was a faithful member of Rockhill Mennonite Church near Telford, Pa., for many years. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find." A daughter.

Zimmerman. - Drussilla (Mishler) Zimmerman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 8, 1847; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. William Hershberger) near Conway Springs, Kans., May 13, 1926; aged 78 y. 7 m. 5 d. She was married to John Zimmerman in McPherson Co., Kans., June 8, 1885. To this union were born one son and daughter; the son dying in infancy, the daughter remaining to mourn her loss. Four grandchildren and one sister also remain. Besides these are 4 step-sons and 4 step-daughters, for whom she acted as a true mother. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Mennonite church, the faith she remained loyal to until death, always contending for the faith "once delivered to the saints." Grandma as she was known, was of a cheery disposition, although being a cripple nearly all her life, a Dorcas of this century, always doing something to help others; being especially handy with her needle; and example of ambition and thrift, to those having good health. Her place at worship was never vacant if health permitted. To know her was to love her; the best evidence was the large attendance at the last rite.
"Dear Mother, thou hast left us,
On to heaven thou hast gone;
Still we know that you are with Jesus,
On that glorious throne above." Written by one who knew her.

Rosenberger. - Mary Godshalk Rosenberger was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Sept. 14, 1852; died at her home near Nace's Corner, Pa., April 14, 1926; aged 73 y. 7 m. She was united in marriage to Abraham B. Rosenberger, who preceded her in death ten years ago. This union was blessed with six children, five of whom survive (Isaac, Anna, wife of S. O. Landis, Henry, Emma, and Martha) also twelve grandchildren. She had been in declining health for a number of years, suffering from kidney trouble and other complications. For the last ten weeks she was confined to bed in a helpless condition, bearing her lot patiently. Funeral services were held April 19 with interment at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, of which she was a member. Text, Rev. 3:4, 5.
"Oh! call it not death, it is true indeed
The soul from the shackles of earth is freed
'Tis true, that dissolved is the house of clay,
And the spirit unchained hath passed away;
'Tis true, too, the loved on hath gone before
The home how darkened, that knows her no more,
But! call it not death, 'tis a holy sleep,
And the precious dust the Lord doth keep;
She shall wake again, and how satisfied
With the likeness of Him, of Him who died,
As He rose again, she shall also rise
From the grave, from the place where now she lies."

Derstine. - Gertrude Blanche Derstine was born at Silverdale, Pa., March 21, 1895; died May 23, 1926, at Kitchener, Ont. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Hangey of Telford, Pa.; her father preceded her in death. The immediate cause of her death was "Henock's Purpura." But she had been an intense sufferer for a number of years. She was widely know for her patient suffering, her uncomplaining disposition, her cheery personality. Even the last remark heard from her lips was, "Praise the Lord." On Aug. 21, 1912, she was united in marriage to Bro. C. F. Derstine of Souderton, Pa. Shortly after this, at the call of the Southwestern Penna. Mission Board, they gave their service to the Church in the city mission at Altoona, Pa. From there they were called to the Illinois Conference and resided at Eureka. While at this place she, in a most devoted spirit, supported her husband in the local work, as well as his evangelistic efforts throughout the church. For the space of twelve years her husband's work necessitated many lonesome hours for her, but she never uttered one note which made it hard for her husband to attend to his God-given duties, but constantly encouraged him in every way. When the call came to come to the First Mennonite Church at Kitchener, Ont., she responded to the call of duty, even though she was fondly attached to the cause and to the people at Eureka, Ill., where they had spent nine years. She was the first to say to her husband, "I can't see how we can conscientiously go back to the field in Illinois, seeing the urgent call and need here in Kitchener, and its environs." Her good Christian character and radiant personality could not be confined to her own home. She shall be deeply missed by all who knew her. In her girlhood days she accepted her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church and loyally exemplified her principles. Prior to her last operation she said, "I am ready to go or ready to stay, as the Lord directs; He has power either way." Everything that was know was done for her in order to extend her life, but she passed on into the presence of her Lord. Her early departure is deeply felt by her husband and her three children; Esther, Ruth, and Margaret Elizabeth. She is keenly missed by her mother, Mrs. Malinda Hangey, Telford, Pa., her brothers; Warren and Norman Hangey, and her sisters; Mrs. Valeria Reiner, Mrs. Ada Groff, Mrs. LaRue Kirkpatrick, the parents of Brother Derstine, Bro. and Sister M. B. Derstine, and their two sons Clarence and Lloyd. These and a host of relatives and friends mourn, but withal have the sustaining comfort in the fact that she has "fallen asleep in Jesus." In her last hours Sister Derstine requested that all her many friends should be thanked for their love. When the young men offered their life blood for transfusion to save her life, all she could say was, "Thanks." The funeral was held at the Kitchener Mennonite Church. More than 150 people attended the funeral or viewed her body in the home. The church at Eureka had about ten representative brethren and sisters attend the services. Goshen College sent Sister Vera Cressman, and had a special prayer service for grace on the sorrowing father and children. Many telegrams and letters of expressed sorrow and sympathy were gratefully received. The letter from the Publishing House Management and the Editors was thankfully received.. The whole atmosphere was one of trust and in the sustaining hope and comfort of the Gospel. The service was in charge of the Bishops of the Ontario Conference; Abram Gingerich, M. Hallman, Jonas Snyder, and S. F. Coffman, who preached the sermon on "The Christian's Triumph in the Hour of Suffering." Text, Rom. 8:21-22. She was laid away by tender hands in the cemetery beside the church under the "Mountain Ash" tree awaiting the hour of the return of her Lord who shall call her body to life at the resurrection of the righteous.

Transcription by: John Ingold, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 12 - June 17, 1926, page 255.

Miller. - Moses D., son of Daniel and Mary Ann Miller, was born Aug. 31, 1901, at Arthur, Ill.; died April 24, 1926, at Ft. Wayne, Ind., aged 24 y. 7 m. 24 d. He is survived by his father, mother, one brother (Albert), his four grandparents, several uncles and aunts, and many relatives and friends. He united with the Conservative Mennonite Church at Goshen, Ind., in 1922, and later transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church at Ft. Wayne, Ind. he was an active, willing, and loyal worker until the Lord called him home. Funeral services was held at Ft. Wayne, April 26 by Perry A. Heller, and Frank Martin and at the home of his parents near Bennettswitch, Ind., April 28, by J. I. Yoder, John Gingerich, and Ben B. King.

Leaman. - Lizzie Walter Leaman, wife of Benjamin F. Leaman of Refton, Pa., died in St. Joseph Hospital May 6, following an operation for gall stones; aged 49 y. 11 m. 19 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by her husband and two sons (John Walter and Henry Clay) and her aged parents (Mr. and Mrs. John Walters), one brother, and two sisters. Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 9, at the home by Bro. Chris Hostetler and at New Providence Church by Bros. Abe Metzler, C. M. Brackbill and John Myer. Laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
"A precious one from us is gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."

Landis. - Mildred Rachel Landis was born near Canton, Kans., Aug. 21, 1901; died March 22, 1926; aged 24 y. 9 m. 1 d. Her mother and four brothers have preceded her to the homeland. Eight years ago, while in school at the Hesston Academy, she became sick with tuberculosis. She went to the Mennonite Sanitarium at LaJunta, Colo., where she recovered and began nurses' training. After about two years of service there she broke down again and was a patient at the Sanitarium until within a little over two weeks before her death. Her motto in all her sickness had been "Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death." She was fully conscious to the last moment. Her last words on earth were, "I see Jesus." Funeral services were held May 23 in the Assembly Hall of Hesston College and Bible School by Paul Erb. Text, "For we walk by faith, not by sight." Interment in Spring Valley Cemetery near Canton, Kans.

Miller. - Paul E., son of Eli and Amanda Miller, was born in Aurora, Portage Co., O., Sept. 13, 1925; died June 6, 1926; aged 8 m. 23 d. His sickness was of short duration. Death was caused by whooping cough and a weakened heart. The end came very unexpectedly. He leaves to mourn his loss, father, mother, one brother, and 6 sisters. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him to the spirit world. Services were held at the home and at the church by Bros. E. B. Stoltzfus and Martin Miller. Text, Luke 18:16. Burial at the Plainview cemetery.
"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."

Rohrer. - Elam E. Rohrer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 2, 1843; died at his home in Caldwell, Kans., May 12, 1926; aged 82 y. 11 m. 10 d. On Nov. 10, 1868 he was united in marriage to Sarah B. Landis. To this union were born six children, all of whom together with his faithful wife remain to mourn the loss of a loving father and a devoted husband. They are: Lizzie L. Harris, Milton L. Rohrer, Anna R. Brotherton, Clayton L. Rohrer, Landis L. Rohrer, Adam L. Rohrer. Sixteen grandchildren also remain. Soon after their marriage both he and his wife were converted and joined the Mennonite Church at Monterey, Pa. In 1881 he moved to Harvey County, Kans., locating near Newton and three years later they moved to Harper. Here he, with the help of his faithful wife became one of the founders of the present Mennonite church, meetings being held in their home before the building of the church, of which church he remained a faithful member until his death. A year after the opening of the Cherokee strip he bought a title to a homestead and proved his strength of character by his endurance of the hardships of those trying times. Several years ago he moved to Caldwell, Kans., and from here the Master called him home. He was loved and respected by all his friends, and all who knew him were his friends. He was always willing and glad to be of service to others. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Church near Harper, Kans., conducted by R. M. Weaver. Text, II Cor. 5:10.
"My earthly labors have an end;
I've found a better home;
Where I, with many a loving friend,
Will gather around the throne."

Helmuth. - Iva Helmuth, daughter of Gideon B. and Barbara Helmuth, was born near Berlin, O., Aug. 28, 1901; died May 28, 1926; aged 24 y. 9 m. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Martin's Creek congregation near Millersburg, O., at the age of 14 and remained true and faithful till death. The disease which caused her death was of a long and lingering nature but through all these weary days of waiting and suffering she never complained but frequently praised the Lord for His felt presence and longed for the time when she could be at rest. She was a faithful attendant at church services as long as her strength permitted. When too weak to be present at Communion she desired that this might be observed in the home, as well as the anointing of oil, which was done and then she expressed her readiness to depart. Her mother died 15 years ago and she requested that this song would be sung at her funeral, "Tell mother I'll be there." She leaves to mourn her departure father, step-mother whom she dearly loved, three brothers, five little sisters, two little boys received into the home, and one grandmother, besides many relatives and friends. A brother and sister preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted by Calvin Mast in the home and at the Plainview Church by E. B. Stoltzfus and Martin Miller from John 14:1-3. Interment in the church cemetery at Aurora.
"The lights have gone out in the mansions of day,
The curtains are drawn, the dweller is gone;
She slipped o'er the threshold of time in the night,
To take up her abode in the city of light."

Reiff. - Maggie M. (Kaufman) Reiff, wife of Benj. E. Reiff died at her home in Chambersburg, Pa., May 28, of complications; aged 56 y. 8 m. 23 d. She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church and although sorely afflicted so that she could not lie down for more than two years, which time she spent sitting in a chair, at times suffering intensely. Still her plea was to be nearer, still nearer to Jesus. She realized the end was near and requested communion, which was given her, after which bearing in mind the welfare of her children she called them all to her and warned them of the judgment and her dying request to her unconverted children was that they promise to change their ways and serve the Lord. After receiving their promise she was so happy and kept repeating every breath that she was nearer, still nearer to Jesus, and then she closed her eyes and went to sleep in Jesus. We hope we may all be able to live such lives that we may meet her over there. She is survived by her husband and 4 children, all married: Mrs. Murven U. Bream, Harrisburg, Pa.; Mrs. Joseph P. Martin, Maugansville, Md.; Mrs. Samuel S. Dentler, Chambersburg, Pa.; and Kaufman Reiff, Maugansville, Md. One sister, Mrs. Daniel Ebersole, Pinola, Pa., one brother, Reuben Kaufman, Seaford, Del., also survive. Funeral services were conducted May 31, at the home by Bro. Geo. Keener and at Reiff's Church near Maugansville, Md., by Bro. Denton Martin. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
"We have lost our darling Mother,
She has bid us all adieu.
She has gone to live in Heaven,
And her form is lost to view.
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." Her daughter.

Transcription by: John Ingold, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 13 - June 24, 1926, pages 287, 288.

Good. - On April 22, 1926, at the High River Municipal Hospital the infant son of Bro. Gordon and Sister Echo Good, passed away. Burial took place on April 23 at the Mt. View Cemetery. A short service was conducted at the graveside by N. B. Stauffer. May God comfort the sorrowing parents.

Bricker. - Isaac Bricker was born in Oxford, Co. Ont., Sept. 24, 1835; died at the home of his daughter near Kitchener, Ont., Apr. 21, 1926; aged 90 y. 6 m. 28 d. On July 8, 1856, he was married to Lydia Snider who died in Mar. 5, 1904. He leaves 6 sons, 4 daughters, 34 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. One son predeceased him. Bro. Bricker had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and took an active interest in the work. His place at service was seldom vacant until old age would not permit him to attend. Funeral on April 24, 1926, with service at the home by Bro. J. W. Witmer and at the Blenheim Mennonite Church by Bro. M. H. Shantz. Texts, Amos 4:12 and Acts 3:19. Buried in adjoining cemetery.

Moyer. - William K. Moyer of Harleysville, Pa., was born Jan. 5, 1853; died May 2, 1926; aged 73 y. 3 m. 21 d. He was married to Mary Moyer, who preceded him in death a few years ago. To this union were born four children, one daughter having preceded him in death. The surviving children are Mrs. Jacob Landis (with whom he made his home since the death of his wife), Mrs. Allen Clemmer, and Joseph Moyer. He was stricken with paralysis a few years ago and was unable to walk ever since. He bore his sufferings patiently, he was of a cheerful disposition and greeted everybody with a smile. He was a member of the Franconia Mennonite Church, from which place funeral services were held May 6, 1926, by Bro. Abram Derstine and Bro. Jacob Moyer.

Bowman. - Gordon W., oldest son of Tilman and Velina Bowman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 22, 1896; died May 22, 1926; aged 29 y. 6 m. Bro. Gordon was one of the promising young men of our congregation, but fell a victim to the influenza epidemic and was left with an affliction with which he lingered the past few years until death relieved him on the above date. He is survived by father and mother, one brother (Delton) and one sister (Nellie). The funeral took place on May 25, services being conducted at the home by Bro. I. Miller and at the Mt. View Church near Aldersyde, Alta., by I. Miller and N. B. Stauffer.
"All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts today;
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away."

Reeser. - Dorothy Katherine, oldest daughter of Debolt and Lydia Reeser, was born Oct. 3, 1912, at Meadows, Ill., died in the home of her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Reeser) May 4, 1926; aged 13 y. 7 m. She leaves her father, two brothers (Lester and Oliver), one sister, (Klista), three grandparents and a host of other relatives and friends. Her mother preceded her in death Nov. 3, 1919. She had been a patient sufferer with heart trouble since the age of six years. Funeral services were conducted at the house in English by -- Frenandes and Joe Hartzler. The body was laid to rest in Waldo Cemetery beside her mother.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, life is ended,
Now our loved one is at rest."

Klopfenstein. Lydia Klopfenstein was born in France, May 15, 1846; died at her home near Canton, Ohio, June 10, 1926; aged 80 y. 26 d. She is survived by one niece, one great niece, and their families and a host of friends. She came to this country with her father, five brothers, and one sister in 1864 and located on the farm on which she died. The other members of the family all preceded her in death. In early youth, she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which her father was a bishop, and remained faithful in the same until the Lord through death called her to her eternal reward. Funeral services on June 12 at the Beech Church, conducted by the brethren, O. N. Johns, John D. Miller, and Alvin Hostetler. Text, Psa. 91:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Blauch. - Annie (Pfeil) Blauch was born Feb. 19, 1851; died at her home near Johnstown, Pa., June 8, 1926; aged 71 y. 3 m 19 d. She was married to Harvey K. Blauch, Nov. 24, 1885. She had 4 sisters and 2 brothers, all of whom are dead except Mrs. May Ream. She was the mother of one son (Charles), who is married to Mabel Varner. Besides her husband and son, she is also survived by 5 grandchildren. Two grandchildren are dead. More than forty years ago she was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death. Her physical condition was such that she suffered for many years, and death came as her desired relief. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Stahl Church by S. G. Shetler, who spoke on the subject "Suffering." James Saylor assisted in the services. The body was laid to rest in the Stahl Cemetery.

Egli. - Jacob, son of Jacob and Barbara Egli (deceased) was born in Henry Co., Iowa, July 24, 1867; died June 6, 1926; aged 58 y. 10 m. 12 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church. On Feb. 16, 1921, he was united in marriage with Flossie Hilbrant. This union was blest with one daughter. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. He leaves his wife and three-year-old daughter, four sisters (Mrs. Jacob Roth; Mrs. Peter Graber; Mrs. Peter Roth; Mrs. Roy Smith), one brother (Jona Egli), and a large number of relatives, friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. The funeral was held at the green Mound Church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Frank E. Weston pastor of the First Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Simon Gingerich of the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. Interment in the Green Mound Cemetery.

Hess. - David Hess was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 20, 1885; died June 6, 1926; aged 40 y. 8 m. 16 d. Death was due to appendicitis following an operation which was of no avail. He leaves a sorrowing wife who was Lydia A. Buckwalter and four children (David M., Rhoda B., Ruth E., and John H.), also 1 brother and 2 sisters. He was a faithful member of E. Chestnut Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa. Funeral services conducted by J. H. Moseman, D. H. Moseman and J. E. Brubaker. Texts, I Cor. 15:22; Rev. 14:13. Interment in Mellinger Cemetery.
"Oh! call it not death, it is true indeed;
The soul from the shackles of earth is freed.
"Tis true that dissolved is the house of clay,
And the spirit unchained hath passed away;
"Tis true, too, the loved one hath gone before."

Hershberger. - Cyrus Hershberger was born Nov. 20, 1844; died in Johnstown, Pa., May 21, 1926; aged 81 y. 6 m. 1 d. He was married to Christina Weaver, who died thirteen years ago. He was also preceded by one son, Daniel, who died at the age of nine years. He is survived by two sons and three daughters, thirty-nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. For some time he had some trouble with his heart, but was able to be about. On the day of his death, he went to the city, and while waiting for an auto bus, dropped over and was gone. Many years ago he united with the Mennonite Church and died in full fellowship with God's people. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Thomas Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by J. S. Shoemaker of Freeport, Ill. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in the Thomas district, many not being able to get into the building. The body was laid away in the cemetery adjoining the churchyard.

Wittenburg. - Susie, beloved wife of Isaac Wittenburg, was born Dec. 8, 1891, at Sarabach, Russia; died at the High River, Alta., hospital on June 4, 1926; aged 34 y. 5 m. 23 d. She leaves a sorrowing companion and a family of 6 small children. This family arrived in Alberta on Nov. 1, 1925, from Russia with a group of other Mennonite families and were located near Mazeppa. For some time of late the Sister complained of distressing internal pains and after consulting the doctor it was decided and operation was necessary, which took place and from which she did not recover. The father in a strange land with a family of such small children is heart-broken, but does not mourn as such who have no hope as she passed leaving a bright testimony of faith in the promises of God. Funeral services took place at the home of Bro. Isaac Miller and were conducted in the German by Wilhelm Martin and Abram Willems and thence to Mt. View Church for further services and burial. English services conducted by N. B. Stauffer.

Rodenbach. - Elizabeth, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Rohrer, was born Feb. 20, 1848, in Medina Co., Ohio. She was married to Reuben Koppes Sept. 7, 1872. To this union were born two daughters (Fannie and Dora). Reuben Koppes died Aug. 30, 1876. Her daughter Dora was married to Phares Horst and preceded her mother in death Feb. 6, 1905. Feb. 17, 1885, she was married to John Rodenbach, who with one daughter (Fannie - Mrs. Ezra Good) survives. She died May 17, 1926; aged 78 y. 2 m. 27 d. She is also survived by one Sister (Mrs. Mary Kreider) and two brothers (Benjamin and Michael), besides many other relatives and friends who will greatly miss her. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for about 50 years. The funeral was held May 19 at the Lower Mennonite Church Medina Co. Services conducted by Moses Horst, Abram Good, David Wenger, and Benjamin Good. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
"On that bright, immortal shore,
May we meet to part no more."

Yoder. - Christian P. Yoder was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 25, 1844; died at the home of Amos Blough June 5, 1926; near Goshen, Ind.; aged 82 y. 10 d. On Oct. 9, 1870, he was united in marriage to Rebecca Smoker. To this union were born five children (Salina, Clara, Laura, Noble, Minnie). His wife and three children preceded him in death. He is survived by one son (Noble) one daughter (Minnie Byler), 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother (John Yoder), and five sisters (Mrs. Edward Yoder, Mrs. D. J. Johns, Mrs. William Schrock, Mrs. Abraham Hostetler, and Mrs. Norman Blough). When a young man he united with the Mennonite church and was a faithful member for many years and in full fellowship with the church at his death. In his young manhood days he taught school, singing class, penmanship, and was on the educational board when the Elkhart Institute was moved to Goshen. Funeral was held at the Clinton Frame Church conducted by D. D. Miller and Silas Yoder. Burial in the Alvine Cemetery.

Frey. - Henry B. Frey was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 16, 1841; died after an illness of six weeks at his home in Sterling, Ill., June 4, 1926; aged 84 y. 10 m. 19 d. His wife preceded him in death Oct. 21, 1915. On Nov. 23, 1865, he was married to Lizzie Kreider in Lancaster city. In 1868 they moved to Sterling, Ill., where they have since resided. To this union twelve children were born. Two daughters preceded him in death, one having died in infancy and Mrs. Hettie Ebersole, who passed away Feb. 11, 1926. The surviving children are: Mrs. Phares LeFever, John, Amos, Henry, Jacob, Abram, Daniel, Mrs. Elmer Ebersole, Martin, and Naoh.* In 1890 he confessed Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the time of his death. With Paul he could say, "I have fought a good fight, and have kept the faith." We think of him as a sheaf that was ripe and ready to be gathered into the garner of God. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, June 6, conducted by his pastor from the text found in Gal. 2:20. A large gathering of relatives and friends met to pay a last tribute of respect. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the Church to await the morning of the resurrection.
*Transcribers note: perhaps it's Noah.

Lehman. - Sister Annie, widow of the late Benjamin Lehman who preached at Rissers and Stauffers congregation for 40 years and preceded her in death eighteen years, was born June 4, 1839 and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Menno Hess of near Elizabethtown, Pa., on May 24, of infirmities; aged 86 y. 11 m. 20 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for more than 60 years being the oldest member of Rissers congregation at this time. She was the mother of 3 children (Annie Hess, B. S. Lehman, and one daughter died at the age of 2 years). She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one step-daughter (Barbara Longenecker) and 7 step-grandchildren. This mother and daughter had always lived together. At the time of her departure 4 generations were living in the same house where she is sadly missed. Her children and all the grandchildren united with the church of her faith. She often desired to leave this world and be with loved ones gone before. Funeral services were held on May 27 at the home by Bro. Noah Risser and at Rissers Church by Bro. John Ebersole, Bro. John Snavely and Bro. Noah Risser -- our home minister, Bro. Samuel Oberholtzer being away from home at the time. She was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church. Text, Phil. 1:21-24.
"Mother's chair is vacant,
And her voice is stilled;
But we know her place
Over yonder now is filled." By one of the family.

Transcription by: John Ingold, Indiana

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