Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1926

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XIX, No. 32 - November 4, 1926 - pp 686-686

Zimmerman.-Esther Susan, daughter of Adam and Libby Zimmerman, died Oct. 5, 1926; aged 3 weeks, 5 days. Funeral services were conducted at the home near Evendale, Juniata Co., and at the Lauver's Church by Bros. Mennon Brubaker and Jacob Brubaker. Text, Job 14: 1, 4.

Lehman.-Adah Mae, daughter of Bro. Aaron and Sister Elizabeth Lehman, was born Sept. 24, 1893; died oct. 17, 1926; aged 33y. 23d. She was a consistent member of Stauffers Mennonite Church for 12 years and was always present when health permitted. She is survived by her sorrowing parents and one sister, Katie, (wife of Aaron R. Kreider), also two nieces. Funeral services were held at the house by Bros. Noah Risser and John Ebersole. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. Burial in Stauffers cemetery.

Detweiler.-Eli H. Detwiler* was born near New Galena, Pa., Sept. 15, 1877, where he died suddenly from heart failure, Oct. 17, 1926; aged 49 y. 1 m. 2 d. He is survived by his wife, two children, (Anna Mary and John), also his mother, three brothers, and one sister. Funeral services were held oct. 21, 1926, conducted at the house by Bros. Mahlon Gross and Frank Swartz, and at the Blooming Glen meeting house by Bros. Abram Histand and Wilson Moyer. Text, Rev. 22: 12. How true that our life is like a vapor, which appeareth for a little while, and then for a little while, and then vanisheth away.
*Transcriber's note: Spelled both Detweiler & Detwiler.

Detweiler.-Lester D., only child of Bro. Alvin and Sister Edna Derstine Detweiler, was born Feb. 2, 1924; passed away at his parental home in Souderton, Pa., Oct. 18, 1926; aged 2 y. 7 m. 29 d. Lester's sufferings were short by severe; he was quarantined for diphtheria only two days. Besides the grief-stricken parents he leaves one grandmother, 23 grandfathers, 1 uncle, 1 aunt, 1 cousin. Already he had won many friends by his welcome call to those passing by his door. Private burial was held Oct. 19, at Rockhill burial grounds. Memorial services to be held at the same place Oct. 31.

"The little crib is empty now,
The little clothes are all laid by,
Our darling is at rest we know;
We hope to meet him bye and bye."

Loucks.-Joseph R. Loucks, oldest son of Jacob S. and Mary Saylor Loucks, and brother of Aaron Loucks, Gen. Mgr. of the Mennonite Publishing House, was born July 10, 1855; died at his home in Scottdale, Pa., Oct. 19, 1926; aged 71y. 3m. 9d. He was confined to his bed over four months on account of an attack of paralysis. He was married 48 years ago to Martha Stoner, daughter of deacon Christian Stoner. He is survived by his widow, 10 children, 23 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1880 and was ordained a deacon in May, 1892. He served in this capacity until he was disabled through his affliction. Funeral services were held at his late residence on Oct. 22 at 2:30 P. M., conducted by J. A. Ressler who was assisted by J. A. Brillhart of the Mennonite Church and A. S. Lenhart of the Reformed Church. Interment was made in the Scottdale

Ernst.-Rebecca Hagey was born Feb. 19, 1842, departed this life Oct. 15, 1926; at the ripe age of 84 y. 7 m. 27 d. 64 years ago she was married to Jacob Ernst who predeceased her in October, 1904. To this union were born 5 children, of whom one, Mary Ann, has passed on to the great beyond. There remain to mourn a loving Christian mother, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Sister Ernst united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 17, and for 67 years she was a faithful member. As God gave her a long, useful life may He now grant her an eternal peace. Funeral services were held form the home of her son David, Preston, Ont., on Oct. 18, thence to the Shantz church, near Baden, Ont. where her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Bros. U. K. Weber, Orphen Wismer, and Oscar Burkholder had charge of the services. Text, 1 Cor. 13: 13.

Yoder.-Emma Huber Yoder, doughier of John and Anna Huber was born near Fort Jennings, Putman Co., Ohio, Feb .20, 1867. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Salem, near Elida, Ohio, in the summer of 1881. She remained faithful throughout her life. She married Peter B. Yoder (who had two sons, David A. and John L.) of Wakarusa, Ind., July 19, 1888. To this union were born 8 children, Harvey, Jacob, Anna, George, Forrest, Clarence, Mary, and Huber. Jacob and Anna died in infancy and George died Feb. 1, 1922. She fell asleep in Jesus Oct. 20, 1926; aged 50y. 8m. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 1 daughter, 6 sons, 13 grandchildren, 2 sisters, besides other relatives and many friends. She was mother----(The writer of this obituary could not finish on account of deep feeling). Funeral services were held Oct. 23, 1926, conducted at the home by Henry Weldy and at the Olive Church by Silas Weldy and B. B. King. Text, II Tim. 4: 7, 8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Kraybill.-Tillman S. Kraybill was born Sept. 5, 1860, in Lanc. Co., Pa.; died at his home in Elizabethtown, Pa., of typhoid fever, Oct. 13, 1926; aged 66 y. 1 m. 8 d. He was a faithful member of Bossler's Mennonite Church. One daughter, Elizabeth, preceded him in death a year ago. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (daughter of the late Bishop Martin Rutt), and the following children: Alice (wife of Pre. Ira Miller), Fannie (wife of Alvin Nissley), Martin, John, and Norman, Gertrude (wife of Reuben Miller), Cora, Mary, and 7 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Harry S., of Florin; Christian of Abilene, Kans.; Peter and Samuel, of Mt. Joy; Mrs. H. H. Engle and Mrs. Wm. Strickler, of Mt. Joy. Funeral services were conducted at Blosser's Mennonite Church on Oct. 16, by Bros. Noah Risser and Simon Garber. Text, II Cor. 5: 1. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Father dear has crossed the river,
He is with the angels now
He has laid aside earth's crosses
And the crown in on his brow."

Kreider.-John H. Kreider was born Feb. 2, 1858, near Witmer, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Sept. 14, 1926, at the same place where he had lived all his life; aged 68 y. 7 m. and 12 d. The cause of his death was heart failure. He had not been sick very long. His wife, (nee Fannie Rohrer) is afflicted and cannot walk without crutches. We realize she has lost a faithful helper, one who always looked on the bright side of things. He is survived by his sorrowing wife, the following children: Bertha, wife of Jacob Root, Clayton, Benjamin, Elmer. 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren also survive. He was a faithful member of Mellingers Mennonite Church for many years and was the last of his family. Funeral services were held at his home Sept. 16 by Bro. John Hess, and at Mellinger's M. H. by Bros. John Hess and Abram Martin. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Some sweet day when life is o'er,
We shall meet above;
We shall greet those gone before,
In that home of love.

Brubacher.-Magdalena Eby Brubacher was born July 22, 1831, near Kitchener, Ont. Oct. 15, 1926, she peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Reuben Eby, St. Jacobs, Ont.; aged 95 y. 2 m. 23 d. She had been able to be up and around till nearly 17 months ago when she took her bed and since she was never able to be up. Sept. 28, 1856, she was married to Jacob M. Brubacher who preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1889. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters, of whom 1 son preceded her in infancy and Martin 19 months ago. Those left to mourn her departure are: Mrs. Christian Schiefle, and Mrs. Reuben Eby, St. Jacobs, Ont.; William H., of Rodney, Ont.; also one step-sister, Mrs. Phillip Cress, Phillips, Wis.; 23 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 17, at the Old Order Mennonite Church, Conestoga, and at the Riverside cemetery for burial. Funeral services were conducted by Urias Martin ant the house and by Israel Weber and Ezra Martin at the Church. Texts, I Pet. 3: 4; I Thess. 4: 13.

The room is quiet, all is still,
The bed is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long you've waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best." ­Grandaughter.

Hartzler.-Mary Ann Byler was born Oct. 31, 1857, in Union Co., Pa.; died in her home at East Lynne, Mo., Oct. 19, 1926; at the aged of 68 y. 11 m. 19 d. In her youth, at the age of 15 years, she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was, until her death, a faithful and consistent member and a devoted follower of Christ. Dec. 28, 18767, she was united in marriage to Joseph Z. Hartzler. To this union were born 10 children, 7 sons and 3 daughters: Elmer J., John E., Joseph G., Sadie E., Sherman A., Bertha A., William M., Martin L., Herbert L., and Fannie, one of whom, William, at the age of 6 years, preceded her to the better world. In 1882 the family moved from Logan Co., Ohio, to Cass Co., Mo., which has been their home ever since. On Tuesday morning Oct. 19, 1926, mother ate a hearty breakfast, was about her daily duties, when about 8 o'clock, without a word or a struggle, she sat down in her accustomed rocking chair and fell asleep, her death being due to a weak heart. On the day before the funeral members of the family found sealed between two leaves of her Bible all arrangements for her funeral. According to her wish the funeral was conducted, and the sermon preached by J. E. Hartzler, her second son, assisted by J. G. Hartzler, her third son. The sermon text which she chose was Job 14: 1, 2. In her happy death mother leaves her husband, Joseph Z. Hartler, the 9 children, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 31 grandchildren, and a large number of devoted friends, to mourn her departure, but to rejoice in her victorious life, in her love and patience as a mother, and in her noble example as a true and devoted follower of the Christ. Mother has labored long and hard, has accomplished well the purpose of life, and we gladly give her back to God who gave her. May she henceforth rest in peace. ­The Children.

Hershey.-Lydia Hershey, daughter of David and Christiana Weber, was born at the old Weber homestead, in Lancaster Co., Pa., on March 10, 1838; died at the home of her daughter, Mary, wife of Benjamin F. Buckwalter, near New Holland, Pa., Oct. 17, 1926; aged 88 y. 7 m. 7 d. Her first husband, Henry Musselman, died July 16, 1889, and her second husband, Christian H. Hershey, died November 27, 1917.

Peachy.-Mary Peachy, second wife of Pre. Samuel W. Peachy died July 4, 1926; aged 64 y. 7 m. 7 d. She was married to Jonathan Y. Kurtz, Jan. 22, 1884. To this union were born 7 children, five of whom have preceded her to that heavenly home. She leaves her husband, 2 children, John, of Virginia, and Amanda, wife of John Byler of Belleville, Pa., two step-sons, Sam and Christ Peachy, 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers, Jonathan and John Yoder, both of Belleville, and many dear friends to mourn her departure. In 1909, Jonathan Y. Kurtz moved with his family to Haven, Kans., and lived there till the spring of 1912, when he moved to Kalona, Ia. In November of the same year he moved back to Belleville, Pa., where he died Jan. 12, 1913. In 1916 she married to Samuel W. Peachy. She was failing in health for some time. In February 1926, she took very sick from which she never recovered her usual health, altho being able to be up and around until June 1 when she took very sick again of leakage of the heart and dropsy. She suffered very much. We feel the loss of a kind loving friend and mother but we hope our los is her eternal gain. We need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was one who had many friends far and near and wore a friendly smile to every one she met. In the last days of her life she bid her family "Good-bye." and said they should all live so that they could meet her in a better place. She is greatly missed in the home, neighborhood, and church. She united with the Amish Church in her youth and was faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the home of John S. Peachy, July 6, conducted by John A. Stolzfus of Lancaster Co., Pa. Her remains were laid to rest in the Amish cemetery near Belleville.

"Farewell, my dear husband, children, and friends,
My Savior has now called me home,
At the gates of the city eternal,
I'll watch and wait till you came."

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XIX, No. 33 - November 11, 1926 - pg 717

Brightbill.-Ruth M. Brightbill, daughter of Bro. and Sister William and Elizabeth Brightbill died at their home 520 Eighth Ave., Altoona, Pa., Oct. 22, 1926. She was born May 27, 1924; aged 2 y. 4 m. 26 d. She is survived by the parents, two sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church at Altoona, Oct. 25, conducted by Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Job 14: 1, 2. The remains were laid to rest in the Yeagerstown Cemetery, Mifflin County, Pa.

Snyder.-Howard Snyder was born near Shanesville, O., Jan. 17, 1923; died in Walnut Creek Twp., Holmes Co., O., Oct. 13, 1926; aged 3 y. 8 m. 26 d. His sickness lasted only about 10 days. He leaves to mourn his departure parents, 1 brother, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, 1 great-grandfather and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek A. M. meetinghouse by Alvin W. Miller (Isa. 11: 6 last clause) and D. M. Friedt (Matt. 18: 2). Burial in cemetery near by.

Becker.-John Z. Becker was born March 31, 1847; died at the home of his sister, Barbara Becker, near Breslau, Ont., Oct. 29, 1926; aged 79 y. 6 m. 2 d.

Reighard.-Martha (Mishler) Reighard was born Aug. 12, 1874; died in Johnstown, Pa.,Oct. 24, 1926; aged 52 y. 2 m. 12 d. She was married to James Reighard in Sept., 1906, and to this union were born six children.

Harshbarger.-Jasper and Jeremiah, infant sons of John F., and Mattie M. Harshbarger were born Oct. 12, 1926; died Oct. 20, 21, 1926, aged 9 and 10 days. They leave to mourn their early departure father, mother, seven sisters and one brother. They were the first of this family to leave this world. Funeral services were held at the Longfellow Schoolhouse on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 24, conducted by L. A. Kauffman, Coalridge. Burial in cemetery near by.

Little jewels sweet and fair,
Came into our home;
The Father took them in His care
Ne'er from Him they'll roam.

Christner.-Christian C. Christner was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 2, 1849; died at his home in Wayland, Iowa, Oct. 19, 1926; aged 77 y. 2 m. 17 d. He came to Iowa with his parents when a boy, residing on a farm near Rome. On Jan. 21, 1872, he was married to Barbara Gunden. They opened their home to a foster daughter and later two children were born to this union. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until called by death. He leaves his bereaved wife, the foster daughter (Mrs. Oscar Martin), one son (John) and one daughter (Mrs. John Wenger); a half-sister (Mrs. Ephraim Miller), six grandchildren, four foster grandchildren, and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church conducted by the home ministers (Daniel Graber and Simon Gingerich) assisted by Bro. H. J. Schrag of Wayland. Texts, Job 5: 26; I Pet. 1: 23-25. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Gorden.-On Oct. 14, 1926, near Pinesburg, Md., Bro. M. C. Gorden, aged 71 yrs., peacefully passed away after a lingering illness of two years from tubercular trouble, being seriously ill only a few days over 2 weeks during which time he thought of the need of salvation, and called for some one of the Mennonite Church to visit him. This was taken up by those interested in them and they found faith, repentance, and a willingness to submit to the doctrine of the Gospel. His wife also desired to accept her Savior with him. Then at that solemn moment, on the evening of Oct. 2, both confessed their Savior and were made happy in the Lord. Their children also rejoiced in their parents' decision. Surviving are his widow and10 children. Funeral took place at the home on the 18th. Services in charge of S. R. Eby and C. R. Strite. Text, Num. 23: 10. Burial at Winchester, Va.

"Father thou art gone to rest,
Thy sufferings here are o'er;
Thou art happy among the blest,
Now waiting on the other shore."

Wertz.-Barbara (Miller) Wertz was born Aug. 4, 1848, near Meyersdale, Pa.; died in her home in Kalona, Iowa, Oct. 28, 1926; aged 78 y. 2 m. 24 d. She came to Iowa with her parents in 1857. She was united in marriage to Daniel W. Wertz, Feb. 23, 1871. Those surviving her are her husband and 6 children (Joseph D., Charles A., Mrs. J. L. Swartzendruber, Mrs. C. C. Miller, Mrs. D. E. Benell, and Edward M.); 19 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mary A. Swartzendruber), and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful and consistent member until death. Bro. and Sister Wertz lived on their farm northwest of Kalona 34 year, where their children grew to manhood and womanhood. From the farm they moved to Kalona, Ia., their present home, where they lived and enjoyed life together 21 years more. Sister Wertz had been failing in health for several years, and became seriously ill several weeks ago. She was fully resigned to the will of the Lord, and waited patiently until the final summons came. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, Oct. 30, conducted by D. J. Fisher and Joe C. Brenneman.

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

Groff.-Aaron Groff was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 28, 1868; died at his home near Bird-in-hand, Pa., Oct. 19, 1926, of cerebral hemorrhage. He was aged 58 y. 5 m. 21 d. Bro. Groff was preparing to go to market and when in the field he suddenly became ill. With the help of his son he returned to his home where he died within an hour. He was a member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church. The sad news came as a shock to his family as well as to the whole community. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 11 grandchildren, his aged parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He was of a cheerful disposition and always ready to help those in time of need. On the day of his funeral the church was crowded with relatives and friends to pay their last tribute of respect. His death came as a fulfillment of his wish, as he had told his companion, after the sudden death of Pre. Sanford Landis that that would be a nice way of departing this life. This is a loud call for all, showing the importance of being ready when the summons comes. Funeral services at the home conducted by Bros. David Landis and Elmer Martin and at the Stumptown Church by Bishop Abram Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

How sad and sudden was the call,
And it seems it can not be,
Fort the home isn ow so lonely,
Since his form no more we see.

Reist.-Annie Auker was born in Juniata Co.,Pa., Jan. 7, 1864, where she spent her girlhood days and at the age of 24 she emigrated to May City, Iowa, with a small colony of Mennonites of which she was a member. At the age of 25 she was united in marriage to Elias B. Reist of Huron Co., Ont. They made their home at May City, Iowa a few years and then moved to Michigan where they lived for 15 years. In 1910 they moved to Alberta, where they lived until two and one-half years ago when they came to Oregon. To this union were born five sons and three daughters: Mary, Solomon, Abraham, Joel, Leah, Lydia who passed away in infancy, Reuben and Irvin. Mother had always been well, hardly knowing what it was to be sick. October 15 she performed her work as usual, ate a hearty supper and went to bed. Shortly after midnight she had a stroke and in a few hours she passed away. Funeral services at Sheridan, Oreg., church Oct. 19, were conducted by Bro. Daniel Shenk of Sheridan and Bro. Allan Good of the Portland Mission. Text, Rev. 14: 13. She has always been a faithful member and an earnest worker. Almost her last work was caring for the sick. Interment at the South Yamhill Baptist Cemetery.

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He will all our sorrows heal." -By members of the family.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XIX, No. 34 - November 18, 1926 - pp 734, 735

Mayfield.-Mary Ruth, daughter of Albert and Emeline Shaum was born Mar. 27, 1897. She married Edward Mayfield Dec. 14, 1917. A number of years ago she united with the M. E. Church of Elkhart, Ind. She departed this life Sept. 1, 1926, leaving her husband, her parents, two brothers, one sister, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral held at the Olive Church, conducted by D. A. Yoder.

Niswander.-John Niswander was born in Ohio, June 27, 1852. He came to Indiana in early manhood and married Carolyn Kindig, who preceded him in December, 1925. They spent 41 years of their life in northern Michigan. In 1924 they moved to Elkhart, Ind. In early manhood he united with the Church of the Brethren. When questioned as to his relation with God he testified that he was ready to meet Him. He passed away Sept. 28, 1926, aged 74 y. 3 m. 1 d. Funeral at the Olive Church conducted by D. A. Yoder.

King.-Isaac M., (twin) son of Isaac and Rebecca King of Atglen, Pa., died Oct. 16, aged 2 days. He leaves his father, mother, 2 sisters (Elizabeth and Miriam) and his twin brother (David M.); also 1 foster brother (William Salada). Services at the home by Bro. John A. Kennel. Text, Job. 14: 1, 2. Burial at the Millwood Cemetery.

"He takes them home where pain and woe
Will ne'er disturb them more;
Oh, let us all prepare to go
And with them Christ adore."

Steffan.-Elizabeth, daughter of Levi and Phoeba Rathfon, was born Dec. 18, 1852. She was united in marriage to John C. Steffan Jan. 19, 1882, Bro. Steffan having preceded her in death four years ago April 1. After a brief illness Sister Steffan passed away at her home in Medway, Ohio, Oct. 30, 1926; aged 73 y. 10 m. 12 d. She leaves one brother (George Rathfon), one sister (Mrs. Mary Kline), and a host of other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services in charge of the brethren, John Y. King of West Liberty, Ohio, and the home minister, Bro. D. D. Augsburger.

Roth.-Veron Charles, son of Jonathan and Fredricka Roth of near Elkton, Mich., died Oct. 29, 1926; aged 8 y. 1 m . 29 d. He leaves father, mother, one brother (Marlon), one sister (Alverda), one grandfather, and many relatives and friends. One infant brother (Delbert) preceded him in death. Veron was sick only 3 _ days and was unconscious most of the time. The day before he died he lifted his hand up with his finger, pointed heavenward so as to say, I am going home with Jesus.

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

Willard.-Stanford Willard was born in Schuylkill, Pa., Nov. 4, 1858. He came with his parents to Indiana. In his early manhood he entered the profession of teaching, which he continued for 25 years. He united in marriage to Anna Holdeman May 19, 1888. To this union one daughter (Frances E.) was born. Soon after leaving the school room he established a bank in Wakarusa, Ind., which he continued until death. After a lingering illness of eight years' duration he departed this life Sept. 3, 1926, aged 67 y. 10 m. 29 d. He leaves his companion and their daughter, also many relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Olive Church, conducted by Silas Weldy and D. A. Yoder.

Wenger.-Henry M., son of Joseph and Susanna Wenger, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., March 31, 1868; died Oct. 15, 1926; aged 65 y. 6 m. 15 d. He was united in marriage to Susanna Berkey Sept. 26, 1882*. To this union were born 9 sons and 3 daughters of whom 5 sons and 2 daughters preceded him to the Spirit world, leaving his wife (Susanna Wenger), 4 sons and 1 daughter (Noah, Clarence, Jacob, John, and Edna), 2 sisters (Anna and Susanna), and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He united with the Mennonite Church some 40 years ago of which he was faithful till death. Funeral services conducted by Allen Christophel and D. A. Yoder.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed, although these dates indicate he was married at age 14.

Baumgartner.-Chr. D. Baumgartner was born at the home where he also died near Mt. Eaton, O., Sept. 18, 1856; died of Sarcoma, Oct. 22, 1926; aged 70 y. 1 m. 4 d. He became a member of the Sonnenberg church April 14, 1876. Dec. 10, 1885 he was married to Barbara Welty, who died in April, 1887, leaving him with an infant son (Albert). He leaves his son, one granddaughter (Esther), three sisters (Mrs. P. A. Lehman, Fannie, and Anna), and a host of other relatives and friends. He suffered greatly at times, but bore it all with patience. He was fully resigned to the will of his Master when he knew his sickness meant death. He said, "I now will prepare for eternity." Funeral was held Oct. 25, from the Sonnenberg Church, where he was a loyal member for many years. Services were held by C. N. and Lewis Amstutz.

Allgyer.-Eli, son of Christian and Mary Allgyer, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., June 7, 1845; died at his home in Urbana, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1926; aged 81 y. 5 m. 1 d. In 1867 he was married to Catherine Yoder near McVeytown, Pa. This union was blessed with 7 children of whom only 3 remain (David, Lydia and Harvey), his wife having preceded him in death 10 years. In 1871 the family moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, and in 1875, they came to Champaign Co., where they spent the remainder of their lives, with the exception of a few years that were spent in Logan Co. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life and never changed his membership to any other congregation. He was a quiet, unassuming hard-working man, as long as his physical strength permitted. His death was due largely to old age. Funeral services were held at his late home in Urbana, Nov. 10, in charge of S. E. Allgyer, West Liberty, O. Burial in Oak Dale Cemetery.

McLean.-Ferne Verona McLean, daughter of M. C. and Alice Smith, was born in Medina Co., O., Jan. 1, 1896; died at he Wadsworth Hospital, Wadsworth, O., Sunday evening, Oct. 10, 1926; aged 30 y. 9 m. 9 d. She was married to James McLean Mar. 29, 1916. To this union were born eight children, all of whom survive except the baby, who lived but twelve hours. She is survived by her husband, 7 children, her father and mother, 4 sisters, and 1 brother. She was an affectionate wife, a devoted mother, and was highly esteemed in the community where she lived. In her younger years she was a member of the M. E. Church. In the last few years she lived near the Bethel Mennonite Church and became interested in the Sunday school and church services and attended with her children when she could. Funeral services were held from the Bethel Church Oct. 12, conducted by Bros. J. M. Kreider and S. D. Rohrer. Text, Isa. 45: 22. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery nearby.

Zuercher.-Christian Zuercher was born in Wayne Co.,O., March 16, 1841; died Oct. 30, 1926, of infirmities of old age and a complication of diseases, at his home near Dalton, O.; aged 85 y. 7 m. 12 d. March 25, 1871, he was married to Elizabeth Welty of Moniteau Co., Mo., moving to the farm where he died, sharing joys and sorrows with his loving companion for over 55 years. Eleven children were born to this union, three dying in infancy. His wife, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 16 grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. John P. Gerber) survive; also a host of other relatives and friends. All of the children attended the funeral except the youngest daughter who at present with her husband are enroute to Swizerland to visit her husband's parents. In his youth he was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Church. Later he joined the Salem Mennonite Church where he remained faithful until the end and was regular in attendance as long as health permitted. In his last years he had been quite feeble. Funeral services were held Nov. 1, by his pastor, Austin Kaiser assisted by Rufus Wingert of Orrville, O. Text, John 1: 38, 39. Burial at the Salem Mennonite Church.

Hooley.-Barbara, daughter of William and Ann Pletcher, was born in Richland Co., Ohio, April 4, 1843; died at the home of Joseph J. Pletcher Oct. 30, 1926; aged 83 y. 6 m. 26 d. She with her parents moved to Indiana in the year 1852. She was united in marriage to Levi Hooley on Feb. 5, 1898. She, with her husband, moved to Michigan in the year 1909 where she lived the remainder of her life. Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1925. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful to the end. Her health had been failing for several years. She always enjoyed attending church services, her seat never being vacant when health permitted her to be present. Her great desire during her last illness was that her dear Lord should call her home. She leaves sisters (Anna and Mary), five brothers (Abram, Christian, William, Joseph, and Samuel); also many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Fairview, Mich., Mennonite Church Nov. 1, conducted by M. S. Steiner and Menno Esch.

Rest on, dear sister, your labor is o'er,
Your toiling hands will toil no more;
A faithful sister, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."

Stutzman.-Homer Clyde Stutzman was born at Milford, Nebr., Sept. 22, 1905; died at Hesston, Kans., Nov. 1, 1926; aged 21 y. 1 m. 9 d. He moved with his parents to Tofield, Alberta, in 1911; which was his home at th time of his death. Homer was attending school at Hesston College and Bible School, where he entered a little over two years ago. He enjoyed his school work and gained a place in the hearts of all who knew him as a classmate, fellow student, and Christian. On October 25, he became ill with erysipelas and acute infection. All that medical skill and loving hands could do for him was done. He was constantly held up to the throne of grace and committed to the Great Physician. He gradually sank into unconsciousness. Prayer was answered, we believe, when Homer regained consciousness for a little while to assure us that he was ready to meet his Lord. His favorite song, "Rock of Ages," he sang before unconsciousness set in. Throughout all he bore his intense pain with patience and died peacefully going to sleep, evidently relieved of all pain, in the last minutes of life. He confessed his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church several years ago and died in the faith. He leaves parents, a brother (Clifford), a sister (Elvera), grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service were conducted at the College Church at Hesston, Kans., on Tuesday evening, Nov. 2, The text was Psa. 90: 12. The sermon was preached by Bro. Paul Erb. The brethren, T. M. Erb, Milo Kauffman, and D. H. Bender assisted in the service. After the services the body was sent to Milford, Nebr., for burial. On Saturday, Nov. 6, funeral services were conducted at the East Fairview Church near Milford, Nebr. Texts, II Samuel 19: 34; Psa. 90: 12. The sermon was preached by Bro. George Miller, assisted by Brethren Joe Zimmerman and William Eicher. The body was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XIX, No. 35 - November 25, 1926 - pp 751, 752

Kauffman.-Loren Joseph, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Kauffman, Howard, Ind., died Oct. 22, 1926; aged 13 days. He leaves father, mother, two brothers, three sisters, one grandmother, and ten uncles and aunts, and other relatives and friends. He came to earth as a bud and the angels plucked it to bloom in heaven. Funeral services held at the house by J. S. Horner. Test, Job 1: 21.

Sweigart.-Chester Shirk Sweigart was born in Lancaster County, Pa., April 18, 1902; died Nov. 10, 1926; aged 24 y. 7 m. 23 d. He leaves father, mother, 4 brothers, and 7 sisters, all of whom were present at the funeral except the oldest sister. The funeral services were held in the Christian Church building at Booker, Tex., Nov. 13, conducted by Bro. David D. Miller of Protection, Kans. May God bless the bereaved family.

Weber.-Walter, son of Ion and Geneva Weber died Oct. 27, 1926; aged 1 y. 5 m. 2 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1 sister, and two brothers. Funeral services conducted by Brethren Abram Gingerich and Oliver D. Snider at the Elmira, Ont., Mennonite church and burial in adjoining cemetery.

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

Amstutz.-Joseph, son of John and Mary Amstutz, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 18, 1848; died near Marshallville, Ohio, Oct. 29, 1926; aged 77 y. 10 m. 11 d. On Oct. 26, 1871, he was united in marriage to Elmira Bressler. To this union were born four children (Mrs. Fred Huber, John, Mrs. Ernest Fisher, and Derlin). Their married life covered a space of 55 years and 3 days, which was spent at the place of his death, except, about two and one-half years. In 1912 he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, united with the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, and continued faithful until death. He leaves his wife, 4 children, 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted at the Crown Hill Church by Noah Hilty, E. F. Hartzler, and Jonathan Hartzler. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Ream.-Abram G., son of Henry and Mary Ream, of East Petersburg, Pa., was born Nov. 14, 1885, near Neffsville, Pa.; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Michael H. Moseman, Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 24, 1926; aged 70 y. 10 m. 20 d. He was well known throughout the county. Although he was not a member of the Church we believe he was under convictions and had a desire to join a church, when his health failed and could not do so. He was stricken with apoplexy. He leaves his aged wife (who was before marriage Miss Emma Kendig) one son (John H.) two daughters (Barbara, and Mrs. Mary E. Moseman) one brother (Monroe) six grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Services were held at his home in East Petersburg and the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
By a Grandson.

Frey.-Frederick Frey, born in the city of Waterloo, Ont., Feb. 12, 1850, met an unfortunate death. It is supposed that he was struck by a careless auto driver, who left him lie on the streets till another passing motorist picked him up. He started attendance at the Mennonite Church, and seemed much interested in the teachings of the Word of God, and we hope that in his last conscious moments that this Gospel was his by actual acceptance. He was still consicious when picked up. He is survived by his wife (formerly Maria Clements) one daughter (Mabel) four sons (Edward, Elias, Emerson, Percy) and one brother (Jacob Frey). He was aged 76 y. 8 m. 14 d. The services were held at his late residence in Kitchener, Ont., where he resided the last 25 years. Services and interment took place at the First Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine. Text, Eccl. 8: 8.

Kreider.-Elmer Kreider was born on the old Kreider homestead farm east of Gordonville, Pa., Nov. 21, 1876; died Nov. 1, 1926; aged 49 y. 11 m. 11 d. It was for some time that Elmer had not been well, the last few weeks became very nervous, and low spirited, and on the afternoon of Nov. 1 the community was shocked to learn that the family had found him in a trough of water. In Nov. 1903 he was married to Sister Mary Ebb of Leaman Place. To this union was born three children, Eliabeth, Irvin, and Jason, the last one mentioned having already departed this life. Bro. Elmer was a member of the Mennonite Paradise Congregation. His place there will be vacant as well as in the community in which he lived, and much more in the home. We feel this sister and children have the prayers and sympathy of the entire brotherhood. All services were held at the home Nov. 4, conducted by Bro. Jacob H. Mellinger and Bro. John B. Senger. Texts, Rom. 14: 12 and Luke 12: 40. Interment in the Paradise cemetery. May God continue to comfort the bereaved family.

Burkholder.-Emma, daughter of John R. and Eliza Bushong (deceased), was born Dec. 8, 1856; died Nov. 7, 1926; aged 69 y. 10 m. 29 d. She was married to Joseph R. Burkholder nearly fifty-one years ago. Her death was instant, (being caused by a fall down the stairway in her home) and was a great shock, as she attended the revival services at Metzlers Church just one hour before. She was a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful to the end. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and is greatly missed by all. We realize that God's ways are best, so we humbly submit to His blessed will, knowing also that our loss is mother's gain. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children: Ada wife of H. M. Shuman, Jennie wife of M. M. Hauck, Lizzie wife of J. W. Hess, Allen, Clay, and Esther home. Five children have preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at Metzlers Mennonite Church conducted by the Brethren John S. Hess and Ira Landis. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. A daughter.

Miller.-Niva (Slabaugh) Miller was born near Sugarcreek, Ohio, Dec. 17, 1908; died near Hartville, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1926; aged 17 y. 10 m. 21 d. On April 3, 1926 she was united in marriage to Henry Miller. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her husband, father (Daniel Slabaugh), step-mother, four brothers, (Simon, Wallace, Freeman, and Elton) three sisters, (Mary Ann, Esther, and Mildred) two half sisters, (Edna and Viola) and a host of friends and relatives. Her mother and one brother preceded her in death. Death came quite suddenly and was caused by uratic poison. She united with the Mennonite Church at Canton, O., in Feb. 1926, and remained faithful unto the end. She seemed to have somewhat of a foreknowledge of the shortness of her time here, but no doubt did not expect it quite so soon; yet on Sunday night at a late hour her husband found her reading the 26th Psalm and the next morning she was lying in the cold embrace of death. Funeral services were held at the King Church, near Hartville, O., conducted by Brethren O. N. Johns, C. C. King, and Daniel Miller. Text, Amos 4: 12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Doutrich.-Lydia Ann, daughter of the late Sam. and Mary A. Hufford and wife of John G. Doutrich, was born Aug. 8, 1862; died at her home near New Holland Nov. 7, 1926, after an illness of five months; aged 64 y. 3 m. 1 d. She was a faithful member fo the Weaverland Mennonite Church and was twice married. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children: Florence, Anna, Susie (all at home) and these by a former marriage: Nora, wife of John Bell; Lettie, wife of Arthur Good, and Elsie wife of Charles Andes, Guy Reinhart, Henry Reinhart, and Lydia wife of Amos Newswenger of Martindale; also the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Ephraim Eichelberger, Albert Hufford, Adam Hufford, John Hufford, and Mrs. Augustus Westfall. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 with a short service at the home and further services at Hershey's Mennonite Church. Bros. Noah Sauder and John Senger conducted the services. Remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled." By Husband and Daughters.

Bricker.-Jacob W. Bricker was born near Hawkesville, Ont., Jan. 6, 1848, died Oct. 22, 1926. On June 26, 1870 he was married to Magdalene Snider who predeceased him six years ago. He had been farming near Hawkesville till about twelve years ago, when, with the younger members of his family, he moved to Elmira. On the day of his death he had hurried down to the depot in order to catch an early train, but arrived too late apparently fatigued by his haste and exertion, he sat down in the station, but was suddenly stricken, and passed away in a few moments of time. He was a faithful member of the Elmira Mennonite Church. He is survived by five sons and three daughters (Joseph, Sarah, Mrs. John W. Schweitzer, Melissa, Mrs. Andrew Wilson, Amsy, Hanna, Mrs. James McCulough, Ephraim, Washington, and Arthur). There are 15 grandchildren and three brothers, (John, Elias, and Menno), two sisters, (Mrs. Reuben Weber, and Mrs. Sidney Snider). Funeral took place on Monday, Oct. 25, conducted by Brethren E. H. Bean and Oliver D. Snider. Texts, I Sam. 20: 3, (last clause; Phil. 1: 21.

"Death has called away dear Father,
In the lonely grave to lie;
May we all prepare to meet him
In that home beyond the sky."

Brenneman.-Benj. E., eldest son of Emanuel and Barbara Brenneman, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Jan. 2, 1870; died at his home near Kalona, Iowa, Nov. 9, 1926; aged 56 y. 10 m. 7 d. On Nov. 11, 1894, he was united in marriage to Barbara Kauffman. To this union were born 8 children (Ephraim, Simon, Emma wife of John Hostetler, Ezra, Sarah, Mary, and Katie), the five younger still at home. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death. He leaves his wife, 8 children, 6 grand-children, mother, one brother, five sisters, and many other relatives and friends. He was in as good health as usual and on Tuesday morning after arising went about the house with a song upon his lips­when a few moments later, while putting on his overshoes to go out and do the morning chores, he fell over and died without a murmur or a struggle. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church Nov. 12, conducted in the German language by A. C. Swartzendruber and Elmer G. Swartzendruber and in the English language by D. J. Fisher. Texts, 1 Sam. 20: 3; Heb. 9: 27.

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

Stoltzfus.-Mary Stoltzfus was born near Gap, Pa., June 19, 1859. When about 12 years of age, she with her parents (John S. and Elizabeth Stoltzfus, moved to Knox Co., Tenn. Here on a farm near Concord she spent the greater part of her life as homekeeper, tenderly caring for her parents, who preceded her in death a number of years ago. When the home was sold she with her sister went to Goshen, Ind. While there she served as matron of the Girls' Dormitory at Goshen College. The last six years of her life were spent on a farm near Elverson, Pa., with her brother and sister and a nephew who had his home with them. Aunt Mary suffered intensely for 6 months. She was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment and there advised to go to John Hopkins Hospital for examination by a nerve specialist. All was done for her that loving hearts could do. She often wished she might go to sleep and awake in heaven. On Sunday night, Sept. 12, she peacefully fell asleep. Silently, so silently she passed from earth to heaven. Of the six brothers and sisters 3 remain, one brother (C. M.) two sisters, (Katherine, wife of L. B. Hertzler, and Elizabeth). One brother passed away less than a year ago. Funeral services were held at the Conestoga A. M. Church, by Brethren Henry Bechtel and J. S. Mast. Text II Cor. 4: 17, 18. A short service was conducted at the home by Bro. Amos Kolb of the Vincent Mennonite Church, Spring City, of which church she was a member. A true Christian she lived for the good of others. She had the happy faculty of radiating sunshine and happiness wherever she went. Such a beautiful life will live on. Her body was gently laid to rest in Pine Grove cemetery. By a Niece.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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