Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 1 - April 7, 1927 page 14,15,16
Harnish.--Martha Musselman Harnish was born June 3, 1848; died March 19, 1927; aged 78 y. 10 m. 16 d. Sister Harnish was indisposed for some time, yet her death was very sudden and unexpected. Bro. Benj. Harnish preceded her several months.
Brenneman.--Adam K. Brenneman was born Sept. 20, 1851; died March 20, 1927; aged 75 y. 6 m. His wife preceded him several years. Since then he alternated his home with his brother Jacob at Millersville, Pa., and his son William at Rohrerstown, Pa. Services by David Mosemann.
Harnish.--On March 25, Susan, wife of the late Joseph Harnish, died at the home of her daughter near New Danville, Pa.; aged 79 y. 2 m. 8 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the New Danville Church March 28, by the home ministers.
Horst.--Jacob Norman, infant son of Bro. Jacob and Sister
Mabel Horst, was born at Sunnyside, Pa., Feb. 1, 1927; died Feb.
18, 1927 after a short illness, aged 7 days. Short funeral services
were held at the home, Feb. 21, by Bro. Benjamin Wenger. Text,
Mark 10 :13-17. Interment in Metzler's cemetery.
"There's a land far away, 'mid the stars we are told.
Where Jesus will gather His own,
Where the innocent children forever are blest,
As they gather around the white throne."
Watson.--Jenny Watson born June 10, 1864; died Dec. 17, 1926; aged 62 y. 6 m. 7 d. In October while afflicted at the hospital she was received into the Mennonite Mission congregation by water baptism. She became well enough to attend services, was there two days before she died. Funeral services held Monday 2:20 P. M. at the First Mennonite Church, Fourth Ave. & 25th. Street, Altoona, Pa., in charge of Joseph M. Nissley. Text, II Kings 20:1, buried in Oakridge Cemetery.
Bechtel.--Mrs. Elizabeth B. Bechtel, daughter of the late Henry and Barbara Borneman, was born April 3, 1854; died March 21, 1927; aged 72 y. 11 m. 18 d. She was married to John E. Bechtel, who preceded her in death 19 years ago. She is survived by the following children: Allen of Omaha, Neb.; Henry of New Berlinville, Pa.; and Annie and Kate at home; also 3 grandchildren and one brother. Funeral services were held on March 25, 1927, conducted at the home by Brethren John S. Krieble and E. W. Kulp, and at Fairview Chapel by Bro. Henry G. Bechtel of Spring City, Pa., Burial in Fairview Cemetery.
High.--Sister Lydia S. High, wife of Bro. Benjamin W. High, of Brownstown, Pa., was born Dec. 16, 1859; died Feb. 22, 1927; aged 67 y. 2 m. 6 d. She is survived, besides her husband, by 3 sons, 2 daughters, 20 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death 12 years ago. She united with the Mennonite Church 45 years ago. She was hale and hearty until about six months ago when she began to fail, having contracted internal cancer. At times she suffered much pain. She was taken to the hospital and operated upon. She lived only four days after returning from the hospital. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Ira Landis and at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Landis and John Hess.
Sollenberger.--Emma, daughter of Henry E. Sollenberger, died at the Chambersburg, Pa., hospital on March 17, 1927; aged 6 y. 9 m. 27 d. She is survived by her father, two brothers (David and Chester), two sisters (Anna and Martha), also by her grandparents (Sollenberger and Overcash), her mother having preceded her to the spirit world. Emma's death was very unexpected as she was struck by an auto when on her way home from school and never regained consciousness. We may have the hope of meeting her in the heavenly home. Funeral was held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church March 19. Interment in cemetery adjoining. Services were conducted by the brethren Geo. Ernst, Harvey E. Shank and J. Irvin Lehman.
Good.--Catherine W. Good (nee Martin), wife of Martin B. Good, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 12, 1850; died March 4, 1927; aged 76 y. 8 m. 22 d. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, and 2 daughters (Mahlon, Mrs. Annie Weber, Eli, Mrs. Hettie Hollinger, and Harvey). One daughter (Mrs. Alice Bowman), preceded her in death only four weeks before. She also leaves 31 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. She was a member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. She was in failing health the last few years of her life. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Geo. Horning and at the Weaverland Church by Bro. John Sauder assisted by Frank Martin. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Buschert.--Lydia Cressman was born Mar. 14, 1850; died at her home in Breslau, Ont., Mar. 19, 1927; aged 77 y. 5 d. On Nov. 26, 1871, she was united in marriage with Wendell Buschert. To this union were born 8 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband, 2 daughters, and 1 son have preceded her in death. She leaves 7 sons, 2 daughters, 29 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Sister Buschert united with the Mennonite Church during the ministry of Bishop Joseph Hagey, and died in the faith of her choice. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon, March 22, from her late home to the Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, and interment was made in adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by Oscar Burkholder. Text, I Cor. 13:12.
Crilow.--Daniel Crilow was born Aug. 6, 1853; died at
his home near Millersburg, O., March 21, 1927; aged 73 y. 7 m.
15 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia Kline December, 1874.
To this union were born six sons and six daughters. One son and
three daughters preceded father in death. He leaves his wife,
five sons, three daughters, 1 sister, 33 grandchildren besides
many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite
Church at Martins Creek in 1885 and remained faithful to the end.
"'Tis hard to part with Father, dear,
No more to see, no more to hear,
But we are glad if God saw best,
To end his trouble and give him rest."
Services at Martins Creek Church by Jacob Gerig (James 5:7, 8) and J. F. Mast (Phil. 3:20, 21).
Metzler.--Sister Sadie H. Metzler, wife of Bro. Abram Metzler, entered into rest Feb. 26, 1927, after a lingering illness of 10 months. She bore her suffering patiently and had a desire to leave this world and go home. She leaves a husband and the following children; Landis, Leroy, Clyde, Abram, Ruth and Verna, all at home, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Landis of Litiz, Pa.; also brothers, Harnish Landis of near East Petersburg, and Elmer Landis, of Lancaster, to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held March 3, at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Joseph Boll, John Hess and John Gochnauer. Interment in adjoining burial ground. Farewell, my dear husband, children, and all, My Savior is calling to me, To meet again on yonder bright shore, Where sickness and death and partings are o'er.
Miller.--Elizabeth H., widow of the late Henry L. Miller, was born Dec. 30, 1844; died at the home of her son, Henry E. Miller, March 7, 1927; aged 82 y. 2 m. 7 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and attended services whenever health and weather permitted. She leaves the following children: Daniel E., Mrs. Levi Ebersole, Henry E., Benjamin E., Amos E.,; also 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 10, at the home by Bro. John Landis and further services at Bosslers Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. John Hess. Texts, II Tim. 4:6,7,8; I. Tim. 5:18. "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. A Granddaughter.
Miller.--Elsie, daughter of Chris. B. and Barbara (Brenneman) Miller, died at the Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, March 20, 1927; aged 8 y. 10 m. 6 d. On Thursday morning, the 10th Elsie started for school and was passing near a grove of trees in which her father was working with dynamite clearing out old stumps. A chunk of one of these was thrown through the air about 24 rods struck the little girl on the left side of the head. Unconscious, the little girl was taken to the Mercy Hospital, where an examination showed a fracture of the skull. She never regained consciousness remaining in the state of coma until she passed away. She leaves father, mother, one brother, one grandfather, and one aged grandmother, and many near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home of Lewis Brenneman, March 22, conducted by C. M. Yoder and S. J. Kemp, where a host of friends had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. The bereft family have the sympathy of the whole community.
Roth.--Barbara Eicher Roth was born in Washington Co., Ia., Aug. 27, 1850; died at her home in Wayland, Ia., March 10, 1927; aged 66 y. 6 m. 13 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until death having lived a consistent and Christian life. On Dec. 19, 1878, she was united in marriage with Joseph W. Roth. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. One daughter preceded her in death about 12 years. Sister Ruth was a devoted wife and mother. She was deeply interested in the work of her Master. During the last few weeks of her life she spent much time in prayer for her sick daughter. Whenever she was not busy for a few minutes she would seek a quiet place and pray. She leaves her husband, 5 sons, 4 daughters, and 22 grandchildren; also 3 sisters and 1 brother, and a host of relatives, friends, and neighbors. Services were held at the Sugar Creek Church conducted by Bro. Daniel Graber of Nobel, Ia., and Bro. D.J. Fisher of Kalona, Ia. Buried in the cemetery nearby.
Brand.--George B. Brand was born Dec. 7, 1845; died March 21, 1927; aged 81 years. He was the son of Christian and Elizabeth Musselman Brand and was born in Baden, Germany. With his parents he came to America when he was about nine months old. He was married to Mary Jane Hardman November 1, 1868. She preceded him in death Feb. 15, 1874. To this union were born three children: Emma, Ezra, and Elizabeth. He was married to Lydia Freed Aug. 8, 1875. To them were born eight children: Bertha, Addie, Leona, Clyde, Gertrude, Charles, Ora, and Claude who died in infancy. With the exceptions of these four, including Leona, Clyde and Grtrude*, all the all the children remain with the widow to mourn his loss. He united with the Mennonite Church when about 20 years of age and remained a faithful member to the time of his death. He was conscious to the last and his faith in his Lord was unabated. He was a beloved father in the home and respected member in the community and many will mourn his passing. Funeral services were held near Ashley, Ind., at the Pleasant Valley Church, March 23, Bro. B. B. King preaching the sermon. Interment at the Fairfield cemetery. *Their typo.
Hunsberger.--Minnie Louisa Tonne, was born Feb. 15, 1882, near Tipton, Mitchell Co., Kans.; died Mar. 2, 1927, at her home near Roseland, Nebr. The immediate cause of her death was heart failure. She was aged 45 y. 15 d. On June 6, 1901, she was united in marriage to Daniel Hunsberger. To this union were born 6 children: 4 daughters and 2 sons. One son and one daughter preceded her in death. She was raised in the Lutheran Church, of which she was a member till after marriage, then she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member till the Lord saw fit to call her to Himself. Through her long illness she bore her affliction with patience, and a trust in God who doeth all things well, expressing that if He saw best she was prepared to go. She leaves to mourn her departure, a bereaved husband, 3 daughters, and one son; Elise and Louanna, at home; Mrs. Louisa Kistler, of Roseland; and Elton at home. An aged mother of Glen Elder, Kans., one brother, two sisters, and a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends also survive. Funeral services were held Mar. 5, 1927, conducted by Bishop D.G. Lapp. Text, Rev. 21:1, last clause. The body was laid to rest in the Roseland Mennonite cemetery.
Koch.--Manley E., son of David R. and Lovina Koch, was born near Conestoga, Ont., Feb. 9, 1912; died at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, March 16, 1927; age 15 y. 1 m. 7 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, one grandmother and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was sick only a few days after being operated upon for appendicitis. He accepted Jesus as his Savior about two years ago, and remained faithful until he was called home. A few hours previous to his death while the family was gathered around his bedside, he told them what a wonderful dream he had. He dreamed that he had passed in thru the gates into the celestial City an had seen Jesus--and oh, how beautiful Heaven seemed to be. As he was conscious up to the last half-hour, he wished to have the rest of the time spent in prayer, and then with a smile he fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held Mar. 19, a short service being held at the residence, Elmira, Ont., and then further services at the Elmira Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. A. B. Gingerich and Bro. O. D. Snider. Text, Eccl. 12:1. Interment in adjoining cemetery. "Loving friends, weep not for me; I long to be at rest, How happy, happy I shall be When pillowed on my Savior's breast."
Brandt.--Jacob G. Brandt was born in Dauphin Co., Pa., June 18, 1853; died at the home of his nephew, Harry Guntreman, Mar. 3, 1927; aged 73 y. 8 m. 15 d. He is survived by 1 sister, 4 nephews, and one niece. He was a consistent member of Risser's Mennonite congregation. Funeral services were held March 7 from his late home and at Risser's Meeting House, conducted by Bros. Noah W. Risser and Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Interment in the adjoining burial ground.
Hershberger.--Abraham Hershberger, son of Joseph and Fannier Hershberger, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., May 13, 1838. He was the fourth child of a family of eight children, all of which have preceded him in death. In the spring of 1842, he with his parents and grandparents, moved by wagon train, from Pa. to Elkhart Co., Ind. On the first day of Sept., 1861 he was united in marriage to Magdalena Hershberger. To this union were born six children: Sarah, Joseph, Daniel, John, Fannie, and Susan. His first wife, Magdalena, died in the year 1874. On Aug. 10, 1875, he united in marriage to Rachel Hooley of St. Joseph Co., Mich. To this union were born two children, Elizabeth and Jacob. Of the eight children mentioned, he is survived by five: Joseph of Lagrange, Ind.; Daniel of Garden City, Mo.; Susan Zook, of Westover, Md.; Elizabeth Miler of New Paris, Ind.; and Jacob, of Middlebury, Ind. He is also survived by twenty-five grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in early life, of which body he remained a member until death. His second wife, Rachel, died March 21, 1892. He lived in northern Ind. and southern Michigan until the spring of 1894, when he came to the home of his son, Daniel, where he died, March 26, 1927. Funeral services were conducted in the Sycamore Grove Church by Isaac Hartzler and Levi J. Miller. Text, Psa. 16:6. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois
Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 2 - April 14, 1927 page 47
Chrisemer.--John Chrisemer of near Middletown, Pa., died Feb. 24, 1927, from a complication of diseases; aged 80 y. 5 m. 15 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for at least forty years. He leaves his wife and three children. One child preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in the late home. Brethren David Miller and Harry Longenecker officiated.
Hershberger.--Mahlon Dee Hershberger, son of Allen and
Katie Hershberger, was born Dec. 13, 1924; died Mar. 22, 1927;
aged 2 y. 3 m. 9 d. Death was caused by measles followed by meningitis.
He leaves his parents four sister, two brothers, grandparents,
uncles, aunts, many cousins and a host of friends to mourn his
Dearest Mahlon, how we miss thee,
Oh how sad our hearts will be,
When we to our home return,
There no more your face to see!
Funeral services by J. E. Zimmerman, of Milford, Nebr., Text, Job 14:15.
Harter.--Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham and Mary Newcomer, was born April 16, 1894; died March 22, 1927; aged 32 y. 11 m. 6 d. She was married to Elmer Harter on Nov. 28, 1912. To this union were born four children, three of whom (Lodema, Berdine, and Kenneth Leroy), her companion, father and mother, one brother, and one sister survive. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1913 and remained a faithful member and a regular attendant at church services whenever able to do so. She was a loving and sacrificing mother, a true and faithful companion, a dutiful daughter, a kind and agreeable neighbor, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services conducted at Olive Church by C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder. Burial in Yellow Creek Cemetery.
Bechtel.--On March 21, 1927, Elizabeth Bower, wife of the late John E. Bechtel, died at her home, Boyertown, Pa.; aged 72 y. 11 m. 18 d. She was born near Niantic, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Henry and Barbara Borneman Bower. Her husband preceded her in death nineteen years ago. She is survived by four children; Allen, of Omaha, Nebr., Henry, of New Berlinville, Pa., Annie and Katie at home; also three grandchildren and one brother, Joel B. Bower, of Boyertown. She was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite congregation at Boyertown. The funeral services were held from her late home and at Fairview Chapel by Bros. John Kriebel, Elias Kulp of Bally, and Henry Bechtel near Spring City, Pa. Interment made in Fairview Cemetery. "Rest on dear mother, your labor is o'er, Your willing hands will toil no more. A faithful mother, true and kind, No friend like you on earth we find."
Miller.--Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph D. and Nancy Miller, was born Feb. 15, 1848, near Johnstown, Pa.; died at her home near Middlebury, Ind.; aged 79 y. 1 m. 14 d. In 1856 she came with her parents to La Grange Co., Ind., where she spent the rest of her days. On Apr. 9, 1865, she united with Moses J. Miller, with whom she shared joys and sorrows of life for nearly 62 years. To this union were born 8 children, 3 having preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves her aged husband, 1 son, 4 daughters, 32 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, with many relatives and friends. In her youth she gave her heart to God and accepted Jesus as her personal Savior, united with the Mennonite Church and remained a communicant member till God called her home to Himself. Funeral services at the Forks Church by D. J. Johns assisted by J. Y. Hooley. Buried in the Bontreger Cemetery.
Stauffer.--Sarah B. Stauffer was born Mar. 16, 1889; died March 3, 1927 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Clarence Siegrist, near East Petersburg, Pa., from complications. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years and was faithful until death. She was never well but was very patient in her afflictions. She was in bed only eleven days, when she was called to a better home. She was so interested in her little niece and nephews in the homes she stayed, and also in prayer in S. S. and Church work. She was always there if she could. She leaves one brother (Abram Stauffer) and four sisters (Lizzie, Mrs. Levi Brubaker, Mrs. Clarence Siegrist and Mrs. Clayton Wenger). Funeral services were held at the home and conducted by Bro. Noah Landis and Frank Kreider. Text, Psalm 23. Burial in Hammer Creek Cemetery. "All is dark within our home, Lonely are our hearts to-day; For the one we loved so dear, Has forever passed away." -- Sister.
Bucher.--Lizzie F., wife of Henry R. Bucher, died at
her home at Lititz, Pa., March 17, 1927; aged 63 y. 5 m. She was
born near Lititz and was a daughter of Pre. Jonas H. (deceased)
and Anna S. Hess. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1889
and was a faithful member since. She was an invalid for sixteen
years, spending most of her time on a wheel chair and in bed.
She is survived by her husband, her aged mother, and these children:
Clayton, Anna (wife of Harvey E. Metzler), Jonas and Harry; also
by 13 grandchildren, three sisters (Mrs. A. N. Musser, Mrs. D.
B. Betzner, and Mrs. C. L. Charles) and two brothers (Christ and
Henry Hess). One daughter (Katie) and one grandchild preceded
her. Funeral services were held March 21, at Lititz Mennonite
Church, with interment in the Hess Cemetery. Services were conducted
by Bros. N. L. Landis, Jacob Hershey, and John S. Hess.
"All is over hands are folded,
On a quiet peaceful breast;
All is over pain is ended,
And dear mother is at rest.
Shepp.--Norman Shepp was born near Harrisburg, Pa., June 6, 1848; died in his home at Garden City, Mo., March 23, 1927; aged 78 y. 9 m. 13 d. The immediate cause of his death was heart trouble. He came to Wooster, Ohio, in 1866 where he was married to Leah Rutt in 1868. To this union five children were born. He moved to Missouri in 1879 and located near Garden City. From this union the wife and four children have preceded him in death, Mrs. W. E. Detweiler of near Harper, Kansas, being the sole survivor. He was married to Anna Plank in 1895. To this union two children were born (Park J. and Garland), who survive him. He moved to Garden City in 1894 having been a resident of this city 33 years. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 24, from which time he led a consistent Christian life until death. He leaves his wife, a daughter, two sons, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, besides many friends. Anyone who knew Bro. Shepp was a friend. The funeral was held March 25 at the home by Bro. J. C. Driver and at the Baptist Church by J. O. Coffman, Robert H. Baker and Will E. Helmuth. The body was laid to rest in Garden City Cemetery.
Burkholder.--Sister Lydia Meck Burkholder, widow of Jacob Burkholder, who died Feb. 15 1885, was born March 23, 1838; died March 7, 1927 at Lampeter, Pa.; aged 88 y. 11 m. 14 d. She is survived by one son, (Geo. M.) with whom she resided, one grandson (Jacob Burkholder), four great-grandchildren, and a number of nephews and nieces. She was the last of a family of nine children. The funeral was held March 9 at Mellingers Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. C. M. Brubaker and Frank M. Herr. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. One who in years of health and strength was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. For three years, owing to infirmities she was confined to her room. Possessed of a most genial personality, a clear mind and wonderful memory. Her many friends whom she always welcomed with a smile enjoyed many pleasant hours with "Aunt Lydia." One of her most common pastimes was singing hymns of love and praise to her Maker. She will be greatly missed, but most by her son and daughter-in-law who so kindly and lovingly cared for her in her affliction. Eternity only reveals the reward of those who have been faithful to their loved ones. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
Brubaker.--Benjamin S. Brubaker was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 11, 1847; died March 31, 1927; aged 79 y. 9 m. 20 d. He had been in feeble health for some time, but about a week before falling asleep in the embrace of death, one of his limbs became infected with a clot of blood, which caused intense suffering followed by death. He came west with his parents at the age of six years, and has resided in the vicinity of Freeport, Ill., ever since. On Dec. 22, 1881, he was united in marriage to Martha Meck of Lampeter, Pa. To this union were born three children (Ralph, Mrs. Elva Gingrich, and Mrs. Nora Platt), all of whom survive their father. He with his wife united with the Mennonite Church over thirty years ago, being faithful in the Master's service ever since. Through living six miles from the place of worship, they were seldom absent from the Sunday morning service when possible for them to be present. Besides his wife and three children, two brothers and two sisters also survive him; viz. D. M. Brubaker, R. S. Brubaker, Mrs. Maria Eberslole, also Mrs. Lizzie Shoemaker. Funeral services were held in the afternoon of April 5. A short service was held at his late home, after which the remains were taken six miles distant to the Mennonite Church where further services were held, with Bro. A. C. Good, of Sterling, Ill., in charge. Text, I Thes. 4:13, 14. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
Stutzman.--William Stutzman was born Feb. 8, 1851, in
Holmes Co., Ohio, near Walnut Creek; died near Milford Nebr.,
March 23, 1927; aged 76 y . 1 m. 15 d. He was united in marriage
to Elizabeth Troyer July 11, 1880. To this union were born 5 sons:
Menno, John, Perry, William, and Jonathan, who preceded him 21
years ago. His wife died Aug. 3, 1890. In June, 1892, he was married
to Barbara Schrock, who died 6 months later. On Aug. 10, 1893,
he was married to Rosa Zimmerman (nee Eicher). To this union were
born 2 sons and 3 daughters: Aaron, Harvey, Sarah Yeackley, Elma
Sweitzer, and Ada Sweitzer. All his children are living near Milford,
Nebr. He leaves his wife, 6 sons, 3 daughters, three brothers
and 2 sisters; also 5 stepchildren: Joseph E. and Jacob Zimmerman,
Mrs. Henry Stauffer, Mrs. Amos Jantze, and Mrs. L. O. Slagel all
of Milford, Nebr. Two step-daughters preceded him in death. He
came to this community about 50 years ago, accepted Christ as
his Savior in his youth, and became a member of the East Fairview
Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until death.
His death was a shock to the community as he was in usual health
when he went to bed in the evening and at about 3 o'clock in the
morning he passed away without much warning.
All is dark within our home,
Lonely are our hearts today,
For the one we loved so dearly,
Has forever passed away.
Funeral sermon by Wm. R. Eicher. Text, II Tim. 4:7.
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois
Endsley.--Mrs. Catherine Endsley was born Sept. 26, 1865, at Masontown, Pa.; died March 28, 1927; aged 61 y. 6 m. 2 d. She was the daughter of Isaac and Harriet Barber. She leaves three daughters and two sons (Laura, Stella, Hettie, Robert, and Johnson), also 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She made her covenant with her Lord about 40 years ago, and united with the Mennonite Church, having been out of fellowship with the church a number of years. Funeral sermon was preached by J. A. Brilhard.
Ressler.--Susan L. (Landis) Ressler was born in Bucks Co., Pa., June 10, 1856; died in Elkhart Co., Ind., March 21, 1927; aged 70 y. 9 m. 11 d. She was married to Levi A. Ressler, April 6, 1876. They lived together in Elkhart Co., on the same farm over 50 years. She leaves her husband, 5 sons, 2 daughters, 1 brother, 1 sister, 47 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. A daughter and a step-daughter preceded her in death. Funeral services by Benjamin Good, William Ramer, and Noah Wenger. Buried at Yellow Creek on March 24, 1927.
Yoder.--Barbara M. Yoder (nee Hunsicker) was born Oct. 8, 1853; died April 2, 1927; aged 73 y. 5 m. 24 d. She was the wife of Peter Yoder by a first marriage and then was married to deacon Henry B. Yoder. No children were born to her but was stepmother of the three sons (Samuel, Daniel, and Henry). She was buried in the Swamp Mennonite Cemetery. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. John G. Gebman, and at the church by Brethren Jonas Mininger (who spoke in German), Joseph Ruth, and J. C. Clemens (who spoke in English). Funeral, April 6, 1927.
Bauman.--Angeline Lichty was born June 29, 1884; died March 29, 1927; aged 42 y. 9 m. She was married to Onias Bauman. Their only child died in infancy. She accepted Christ as her Savior early in life and united with the Mennonite Church. She lived a quiet, peaceable, and exemplary Christian life and will be missed in the church as well as in the home and community in which she lived. She suffered much from gall stones and underwent an operation for same. This at first seemed a success, but later complications proved fatal. Funeral, April 1, conducted by Oliver Snider and Moses M. Brubacher at Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs, Ont.
Graybill.--Elizabeth (Shelly) Graybill was born Jan. 10, 1842; died March 28, 1927; aged 85 y. 2 m. 18 d. Her husband, Pre. William Graybill, preceded her in death 24 years. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters. 1 daughter and 1 son preceded her in death. She is survived by 5 sons and 1 daughter, 44 grandchildren, and 23 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home of Jacob Lauver, Juniata Co., Pa., and at the Lostcreek Church where interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Samuel Leiter, Simon Auker, and Menno Brubaker. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Miller.--Glenn Edwin, son of Willis and Fanny Miller, was born May 28, 1926; died March 19, 1927; aged 9 m. 19 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, two brothers, Orva and Vernon, and one sister, Arlene. Two grandfathers, two grandmothers, one great-grandmother and other relatives and friends also survive. He was sick only a little over one week with paranitis, but suffered greatly during this time. He weill be greatly missed in his home and by his friends, but we feel that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held on March 20 at Christ Hostetler's by Bros. Moses Lehman and Joe Yoder. Burial in the Yoder cemetery.
Yet again we hope to meet thee.
When the day of life is fled,
Then in Heaven with joy to greet thee;
Where no farewell tears are shed.
---By an Aunt.
O'Connell.--Bobby Len O'Connell, youngest of Mr. & Mrs. B. J. O'Connell was born Oct. 7, 1923; died April 1, 1927; aged 3 y. 5 m. 24 d. Bobby's clothes caught fire while playing with some other children in a vacant lot. Before the flames were extinguished, he sustained injuries which proved to be fatal. He was immediately taken to the Proctor Hospital for treatment and lived but fortyeight hours after the accident occurred. Very early Friday morning, of April 1, when apparently resting easy he dozed off into a sleep from which he never awoke. Bobby was a faithful attendant at the Garden Street Mennonite Mission Sunday school and was liked by all who knew him. He is survived by his parents two brothers, Gerald and Kenneth. Two other brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home, Apr. 3, 1927, conducted by Bro. Earl Miller of Peoria, Ill. Interment in the Springdale cemetery.
Detweiler.-Ellen C., wife of Jacob A. Detweiler of Telford, Pa., and daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Clemmer) Brunner, was born Jan. 4, 1889; died Apr. 4, 1927; aged 38 y. 3 m. Following an illness of nearly 2 months, she was taken to Grandview Hospital, and operated upon for gall stone. She died in that institution. Sister Ellen was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, where she was a regular attendant while her health permitted. She was a teacher in Sunday school and took active interest. Her presence will be greatly missed by all both in the home, Sunday school and Church. One child preceded her in death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, one daughter (Esther), her step-mother (Mary Brunner), four brothers (Hiram, Harney, Charles, and Edgar), and five sisters (Katie, Mary, Hannah, Lizzie, and Alverda). Funeral services were conducted April 7, at the Rockhill Church in charge of Edwin A. Souder and Joseph Ruth. Text, II Kings 20:1.
"A bitter grief, a shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear,
Our loss is great, we'll not complain,
Because our loss is her eternal gain,
But hope in heaven to meet again."
Lefever.--Pre. John M. Lefever was born Dec. 25, 1849; died early Sunday morning, April 3, 1927; aged 78 y. 3 m. 9 d. His death came as a shock to the community. Although his strength failed him to preach the Gospel for the last several years, his seat was very seldom vacant in Sunday school and church services. His presence was an inspiration. He was at Sunday school the Sunday before he was called home. He was ordained to the ministry Sept. 23, 1894, at the Landis Valley, Pa., Church. In his sermons he often referred to Col. 3:14 and Heb. 2:3. He is survived by his widow, four sons, and four daughters. Two daughters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Apr. 6, from his late home, Neffsville, Pa., by Bro. Ira Landis. Further services at the Landis Valley Church by Bros. Noah L. Landis and Abram Martin. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. In the basement services were conducted by Bros. Noah Risser and Isaac Brubaker. A vast concourse of people had gathered together to pay their last tribute of respect to one they loved. Four children could not be present on account of living in the far distant West. He will be greatly missed in the home and in the church. But our loss is his eternal gain.
Horst.--Francis W. Horst was born in Lancaster County, Pa., July 21, 1854; died at his home near Newton, Kansas, April 5, 1927; aged 72 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was married to Margaret Hoover on Nov. 28, 1878, who preceded him in death May 3, 1921. To this union were born ten children (Ada, married to David Reiff; Lena; Mary, married to Ephraim Risser, died Aug. 24, 1917; Ammon; Titus, married to Lizzie Winey; Tillie, married to Charles Diener; Silas, married to Nellie Showalter; Gaius, married to Maggie Frey; Rufus, married to Susie Reiff; Clayton married to Mary Doolin). There remain two brothers and three sisters in Pennsylvania, nine children and twenty-two grandchildren. Bro. Horst with his family moved from Pennsylvannia to Kansas, arriving at Newton on March 6, 1885. He immediately took charge of the farm his father purchased a year before, where he lived the rest of his life. Soon after marriage he and his wife were converted and united with the Mennonite Church. After moving to Kansas he became a charter member of the Pennsylvania congregation, remaining true to that faith until the end. Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania Church on the afternoon of April 8, conducted by T. M. Erb, assisted by J. M. R. Weaver. Text, Psa. 23:4.
Rutt.--Elen Marie, only child of J. L. and Mary Rutt, was born in America, Argentina, S. A.; died March 9, 1927; aged 8 m. 19 d. Although Ellen Marie had never been very strong, she was improving greatly and it appeared to be certain that in a very short time she would be a strong, healthy baby--when she became ill with intestional fever. However, in a very short time she was in normal health; but, as is often the case, boils followed this sickness and in order to prevent these, following the doctor's directions she was given a tonic but it appears that it was too strong for her. In the last hours of her life everything possible was done to save her life, but it was too late. She was a little jewel in the home, always happy and contented. How we longed to keep her! It was hard to part with one whom we loved so dearly, but though we cannot understand we say, "Amen," to Jesus.
It's Amen when in sorrow,
It's Amen rain or shine,
It's Amen all the time,
It's yes, to God forever,
He knows what's best for us."
Funeral services were held at the Mission, March 10, conducted
by Bro. T. K. Hershey in the presence of a small group of natives.
McGowan.--James H. McGowan was born in Morrow Co., Ohio, Mar. 11, 1851; died at Nappanee, Ind., Apr. 2, 1927; aged 76 y. 21 d. He came to Elkhart Co. with his parents Oct. 8, 1856, locating in Locke Twp., where he resided all his life. He was one of the pioneers and helped to clear the forest for his home. He united in marriage with Elizabeth Weber, Feb. 25, 1875. To this union were born 2 sons (Chas. E. and Milo V.) and 2 daughters (Mrs. Harvey Stahly and Mrs. Welyard Gevin). Chas. died at Roseburg, Ore., July 26, 1903, and Milo died at Limon, Colo., June 26, 1909. Besides the two daughters which survive him, there are 9 grandchildren, one half-sister (Mrs. Martin Kilian) and a host of relatives and friends. He accepted Jesus as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in May, 1882. He was ordained to the office of deacon in the fall of 1884 and was ordained to the ministry in July 1888. During his ministry he preached 165 funeral sermons. On March 21, 1924, his companion was called from this earthly life and in July, 1926, because of failing health, made his home with his daughter (Mrs. Harvey Stahly). On Sunday morning Mar. 6, he took very sick and requested to be anointed, which was administered to him on Monday eve, which relieved him of all severe pain. He was very patient in his affliction and resigned to the will of God. During the 4 weeks of sickness he enjoyed very much the visits of his friends and always invited them to come again until the last few days he became so weak he could not speak to them, yet his very expressions showed that he appreciated their presence. Funeral services were held Apr. 4 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., by Bro. D. J. Johns, assisted by H. F. North. Text, Gal. 2:20. Interment in South Union Cemetery.
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Gibble.--Harold G., son of Isaac and Mary Gibble, was born near Colebrook, Pa., and died from the effects of pneumonia, March 30, 1927; aged 8 m. 16 d. Funeral services were held April 2 at the home conducted by Bro. Noah W. Risser and at Shenk's Church by Bros. Noah W. Risser, Samuel L. Oberholtzer, Henry Snider, and Harrison Hosteter. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Isa. 11:6, later clause.
West.--Jennie E. West was born Feb. 28, 1853; died April 12, 1927 at her home in Pond Bank, Pa., from old age; aged 74 y. 1 m. 14 d. She is survived by two step-daughters (Mrs. Stull and Mrs. Alex Wagaman), also 1 brother and 1 sister. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She expressed peace with the Lord and her trust in Him before she passed over. Funeral services at the home by Irvin Lehman and Ralph Lind, and at the Mennonite Church in Pond Bank by Harvey E. Shank and Ralph Lind. Text, Eccl. 1:4. Burial in the old Pond Bank Cemetery.
Hastings.--George Lee Hastings was born May 2, 1911, at Weatherford, Okla.; died Apr. 7, 1927, near Hydro, Okla.; aged 15 y. 11 m. 5 d. He leaves father, mother, three sisters, one grandfather, and grandmother besides a host of relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church at ten years of age, which fatih he kept and was especially interested in the last few months of his life. His death was caused by leakage of the heart, dropsy, and Bright's disease from which he suffered almost four months. Funeral services were conducted Apr. 8 by Jno. Slagell at the house and Joe Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber at the Church. Interment at Weatherford, Okla.
Lund.--Barbara (King) Lund was born May 8, 1838, near Wooster, Ohio; died Apr. 12, 1927, at Beemer, Nebr.; aged 88 y. 11 m. 4 d. In early life she joined the Mennonite Church of which she was a member at the time of her death. In the year 1858 she was married to August Lund, who was called to his reward 17 years ago. To this union were born 5 children, 2 having preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 3 children (Mrs. Josephine Wittrig, at whose home she passed away; Mrs. A. Caroline Birky, and David Lund), 13 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchidren, 2 half-sister, and 4 half-brothers. She suffered much during her last illness but quietly passed away when the Lord said, "Come." Funeral services were held from the home of J. H. Birkey, conducted by Bro. Joseph Schantz. (Text, Psa. 90--German) and Bro. D. Z. Birkey (Text, II Cor. 5:10--English). Interment in the Keener Cemetery.
Blosser.--Carl Edward, son of Samuel O. and Fannie E.
Blosser, was born Nov. 14, 1916; died April 1, 1927, at the King's
Daughters Hospital where he had undergone a serious operation
for intestinal trouble. He regained consciousness for a few hours.
He died the same day. Little Carl was of a quiet and loving disposition.
He will be sadly missed in the home. He leaves father, mother,
5 brothers (Glen Harvey, Irvin Pendleton, Ray Clifton, Vance Lee,
and Marvin David), one sister (Eva May), four grandparents, 9
uncles, 8 aunts, besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral
services were held at Hildebrand's Church by Bro. Joseph Driver.
Text, Psa. 39:9. "Dearest Carl, how we miss thee! Oh how
sad our hearts will be, When we to our home return, There no more
your face to see."
Martin.--Anna Martin was born Feb. 8, 1841; passed away at her home at Neffsville, Pa., Apr. 3, 1927; aged 86 y. 1 m. 25 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for years, died in the faith, well beloved by all who knew her. She was meek and humble, lived and died in a submissive acceptance of the will of God. Her husband (Samuel Martin) and only child (Bertha) preceded her in death. She leaves cousins, grand nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church by Bros. Ira L. Landis and Noah Landis. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Through her daughter Bertha's bequest the Martin Auditorium of the Y. M. C. A. of Lancaster, Pa., bears her name. Sister Anna Martin in her will named Mennonite Old Peoples' Home of Oreville, Pa., The Mennonite Children's Home Millersville, Pa., and the Mennonite Mission Board as her residuary legatees.
Hostetter.--Mary Susanna, infant daughter of Galen B.
and Susie (Hershey) Hostetter, died at the home of her parents
near Millwood, Pa., April 5, 1927, after an illness of 4 months.
God saw fit to remove her from among us while in her infancy,
when she knew nothing of the alluring sin in the world. Through
we cannot understand why she was taken so young, we know that
"all things work together for good to them that love God."
Besides for her sorrowing parents she leaves four sisters (Eleanor
M., Virginia E., Verna E., and Sara R.). Funeral services were
conducted at the home by Bro. Charles Hershey and by Bro. Jacob
Mellinger at Hershey's Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh, little Mary, thou hast left us, Thy vacancy we deeply
feel; But 'twas God who called yonder, He will all our sorrows
Burkholder.--Sister Emma Burkholder (nee Hess), wife of Henry R. Burkholder of Lincoln, Pa., was born Apr. 4, 1878; died March 1, 1927; aged 48 y. 10 m. 25 d. She is survived by her husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 1 brother, 2 step-sisters and 3 step-brothers. One daughter preceded her about three years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for almost 25 years. She was in ill health for some years but not thought serious until after New Year since which time she spent most of the time in bed. She was taken to the hospital where an operation was performed for a goiter. Pneumonia set in about a week later, which caused her death. She was patient through her suffering and expressed herself satisfied how the Lord makes it. Funeral services were held March 4 at the house by Bro. A. S. Horst and at Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Horst and Abram Landis. Text, I Jno. 4:18, 19. A. Daughter.
Kreider.--Tobias D. Kreider of Weavertown, Pa., was
born Oct. 25, 1880; died March 25, 1927; aged 46 y. 5 m. The cause
of his death was neuralgia of the heart. He was sick about an
hour. He was a son of the late Tobias and Hettie A. Kreider, and
was an active member in Paradise Mennonite Church for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife (who was Emma G. Herr) and these children:
Minerva (wife of Frank R. Witmer); Noah W.; Allen H.; and Chester
T.; also 2 grandchildren, and these brothers and sisters: Anne
E. (wife of D. L. Groff), Benj. H., Susan (wife of S. M. Buckwalter),
and John S. Funeral March 29 in charge of Bro. Jacob H. Mellinger
at the home and conducted at Paradise Mennonite Church by C. M.
Brackbill (text, Rom. 8:2) and Bro. Abram Martin (Matt. 24:44).
Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Not now but in the coming years,
It will be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And then sometime we'll understand."
Sauder.--Jemima Sauder (nee Eckley) was born in Fulton
Co., Ohio, Feb. 13, 1854; died April 13, 1927; aged 73 y. 2 m.
In her younger years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior,
united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful
member until death. On Feb. 24, 1874, she was united in marriage
with Henry Sauder, who preceded her in death ten years. To this
union were born two sons and two daughters. She leaves 4 children,
12 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 1 sister, and a large number
of near relatives and friends, 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild
preceded her in death. Three and one-half years ago she suffered
a stroke of paralysis from which she never fully regained her
strength. On Friday morning, April 8, she suffered another stroke
and slowly became weaker until she was called home.
"Weep not that her race is run,
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work like hers is done."
Funeral services were held April 15, at Central A. M. Church, conducted by Ed. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Text, Num, 23:10; Jno. 11:25, 26. Burial in Eckley Cemetery.
Saner.--John A., son of Andrew and Rebecca Saner, was born near Oakland Mills, Pa., May 11, 1885; died at his home near Van Wert, Pa., Mar. 31, 1927; aged 41 y. 9 m. 20 d. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in his boyhood years and was later united in marriage to Phoebe Wert of near East Salem, Pa. To this union were born five sons and three daughters, ranging in age from 2 to 17 years. He is survived by his wife and children, parents, and one brother (Harrison). The wife and children keenly feel the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. Bro. Saner was ordained to the office of deacon for the Lost Creek and Delaware congregations, in which capacity he served faithfully till death, serving about six years. His sickness was of short duration and death came as a shock to his physician (who predicted his early recovery) as well as the family and the community in which he lived and was held in high esteem. He had just recovered partially from a short but severe attack of pneumonia, when other complications set in causing heart failure. His last audible words were words of prayer and comfort for his companion and children, and a desire that the Lord's will be done. Funeral services at the home by Simon Graybill and Sam'l Leiter, and at the church by W. W. Graybill, assisted by the home ministers. Text, Rev. 22:12. A large concourse of sorrowing and sympathizing neighbors and friends attended the services at the Lost Creek Mennonite Church where the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. B.
Rohrer.--Sarah B. Landis was born at Witmer, Pa., Feb. 4, 1849; died at her home in Caldwell, Kans., March 26, 1927; aged 78 y. 1 m. 22 d. On Nov. 10, 1868, she was united in marriage to Elam E. Rohrer, who preceded her in death less than a year ago. To this union were born six children, all of whom remain to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. They are: Lizzie L. Harris, Anna R. Brotherton, Milton L., Clayton L., Adam L., and Landis L. Sixteen grandchildren, and one great-grandson remain. She is also survived by three brothers (Aaron B., Amost, and Israel Landis). Soon after their marriage both she and her husband were converted and joined the Mennonite Church at Monterey, Pa. Later she became a member of the Pleasant Valley Church near Harper, Kansas, to which she remained a faithful member to the end, always putting her church first. In 1881 the family moved to Harvey Co., Kans., locating near Newton, and three years later they moved to Harper, where they lived for a number of years. At the opening of the Cherokee strip they took a claim and here as a pioneer it was necessary for her to endure hardships, which only brought out more plainly the many good qualities of her beautiful Christian character. The last few years of her life she has made her home near Caldwell, Kans. In her passing we feel keenly the loss of a gentle and loving mother and a faithful friend, but the world is better for her having lived in it, and her example one to follow. After a short service at the home the funeral was held in the Pleasant Valley Church near Harper. Services conducted by H. J. King and R. M. Weaver. Burial in cemetery nearby.
Martin.--Mabel Irene, daugther of Jacob and Annie (Hollinger)
Martin, Paradise, Pa., was born Aug. 25, 1906; died Mar. 28, 1927;
aged 18 y. 7 m. 3 d. Mabel had taken sick with influenza. Her
condition was not counted serious at first, but matters grew worse
and the only remedy for us was to take her to the hospital, where
they rendered the very best care to their ability. Everything
was of no avail in sparing her young and useful life. She was
unconscious when admitted to that institution and never rallied
fully. This was due to conditions of severe pain which she suffered
from complications that later were discovered. It was hard to
part with sister, yet we mourn not as those who have no hope,
she had given her life to Christ a few years ago, her quiet disposition
made her few words sure, and her faithfulness in attending Sunday
school and religious services is a sure evidence of obedience.
Now to you young comrades who may read this writing, put your
trust in God and join us in waiting till we too shall hear: "Well
done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy
of the Lord." One brother (Paul) precedes her to the glory
world, and if they could speak to us they would tell us to strew
flowers in mother's pathway, while time permits. Besides her sorrowing
parents she is survived by three brothers and five sisters. Funeral
services were conducted at the home by Bro. Jacob Mellinger. A
beautiful selection, "Sometime we'll understand," was
rendered by four Sunday school workers. Further services were
conducted by Bro. Abram Martin and Bro. Ira Hershey at Hershey's
Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Oh! how many tears we've shed,
For dear Mabel since she's gone,
For her return we've never plead,
Only waiting for the dawn."
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois