Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1927

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 35 - December 1, 1927, pages 766, 767, 768

Horsch.--Harold Eugene, infant son of Joseph and Ruth Horsch of Fisher, Ill., died Nov. 15, 1927; aged 3 w. 5 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, four grandparents, and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. God knows best, and is calling His dear ones home one by one. Funeral services held Nov. 17, at the East Bend Church by Bro. J. A. Heiser. Text. Matt. 18:10.
"Dear little Harold, how we longed to have you stay;
But God wanted one more angel child,
So we submissively bow,
And say, Thy Will be done."

Stutzman.--Mildred Louise, daughter of Jonas and Edith Stutzman was born near Aurora, O., May 27, 1925; died near Doylestown, Pa., Nov. 5, 1927, while on a visit to eastern Pa. a visit that had been looked forward to with fond anticipation was culminated after only a few days so tragically by little Mildred getting possission of some medicine which because of the large quantity she took proved fatal. The doctor was hurriedly called as soon as the seriousness of her condition was discovered, and all was done that loving hearts and hands could possibly do but she soon had convulsions and after perhaps an hour of suffering she passed away. A short service was held at the home conducted by David Gehman and at the church by A. O. Histand and Joseph Ruth. The remains were brought to Aurora, O., where the services were conducted by E. B. Stoltzfus. Text. Luke 18:16. Interment in the Plainview Cemetery.

Martin.--Rebecca, daughter of Isaac and Susanna Martin was born in Stark County, O., Feb. 1, 1855, and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Henry Saurers, near Marshallville, O.; aged 72 y. 9 m. 11 d. In her early childhood she fell a victim to the dreaded disease scarlet fever, which left upon her a life-long affliction, depriving her largely of her sense of hearing and robbing her of many pleasures and privileges that her friends and associated enjoyed. After the death of her parents she made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Saurers for over years. She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sister, being survived by two brothers (George and John), and one sister (Mrs. Henry Saurers), with other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by the home and at the Martin Mennonite Church. Burial in Martin's Cemetery. I. W. Royer, minister.

Thomas.--Nathaniel, son of Peter and Nancy (Alwine) Thomas, was born Dec. 31, 1866 in Somerset Co., Pa. When nearly 1 year of age, he with his parents came to Kent Co., Mich., and passed away Nov. 12, 1927, at his home in Clarksville, Mich., at the age of 60 y. 10 m. 11 d. He was united in marriage to Leah Kauffman, Oct. 9 1892, who passed away in Jan. 1900. To this union was born one son who died in infancy. In March, 1901, he was united in marriage to Anna Kauffman. For about 10 years they have made their home in Clarksville, Mich. He leaves his wife, daughter, three grandchildren, two brothers, four sisters besides a host of relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the W. M. Church in Clarksville by F. G. Baker and L. F. Burkey. Text, Jas. 4:13,14. Burial in the Mennonite 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."

Reed.--Magdalena, daughter of Abraham and Magdalena Snider, was born in Waterloo Co., Ontario, Sept. 21, 1856; died Nov. 4, 1927; aged 71 y. 1 m. 13 d. Her parents moved to Elkhart Co., when she was three years of age, at which place she grew to womanhood and resided until death. She was united in marriage to Aaron Reed, Sept. 2, 1877. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters, the oldest daughter (Mrs. Amanda Wenger) having preceded her in death by 15 years. She leaves her husband, 3 children (Mrs. David Martin, Mrs. Ezra Stauffer, and Wilson S. Reed), 22 grandchildren, a brother (Noah Snider), and two sisters (Matilda Lehman and Lydia Mussellman). She with her husband united with the Old Order Mennonite Church on May 18, 1889, and remained a faithful member to the end. She spent a little over 50 years in married life in the home in which she died. Funeral services were held from the home at 9:30 followed by a service at the Old Order Mennonite church at 10:30, William Raymer and Noah Wenger officiating. M. G. Horst of Ohio assisted. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Heishman.--Rebecca S., wife of Wm. T. Heishman and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Landacre of near Wardensville, W. Va., died after several weeks illness; aged 38 y. 3 m. 24 d. She had been in failing health for several years, but no one thought her condition serious until several months ago, when she underwent an operation for gallstones. She seemed to partly recover, but later gradually grew worse until death relieved her of her suffering. Those left to mourn her departure are husband, three children, father, mother, 5 sisters, one brother, and many relatives and friends. The deceased united with the Mennonite Church about 16 years ago and lived loyal to the church of her faith. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed in the home, the Church, and the community where she lived. Services were conducted at the Crest Hill Mennonite church by Bro. Lewis Shank assisted by Denton Martin, Jno. D. Risser, and Moses Horst. Text, 116th Psalm. Burial in Wardensville Cemetery.
"Dearest loved one, we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace;
But thy memory will be cherished
Till we see thy heavely face."
By an Aunt.

Rhodes.--Anna Rhodes, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Feb. 8, 1861; died at the home of David F. Gingerich, Oct. 22, 1927; aged 66 y. 8 m. 14 d. Her entire life was spent in this immediate community. In January, 1885, she went to the August Zager Home, where the mother had died leaving two motherless daughters, assuming the responsibility and duties of a mother in caring for and helping to provide for the family, which duties she faithfully discharged. The one daughter (Dora) preceded her in death, the other daughter (Nettie) now Mrs. David Gingerich) in whose home she remained until death, and with the two sisters (Lena and Barbara) and one brother (John) are left to mourn her demise. She was of a family of 11 children, David, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, Kate, Mary, and Elizabeth, preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, and was a faithful and consistent member of the East Union congregation. For a number of years she was not able to attend public services on account of her health, but very much enjoyed the religious services in her home. Her death is also mourned by a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 25 from the East Union Mennonite Church, and burial in the Miller Cemetery. Services were conducted by the home ministers.

Heatwole.--Susan C., wife of Solomon D. Heatwole was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., Jan. 26, 1852; died at the old Heatwole homestead near Dayton, Va., Nov. 18, 1927 (aged 75 y. 9 m. 22 d.) after a season of four months of great suffering and pain. She was the youngest daughter of Dea. Frederic Weaver who died Oct. 18, 1851, three months before his daughter Susan was born, and hence was deprived of ever having seen her father. On Nov. 17, 1873, she was united in marriage with Solomon D. Heatwole who survives her. A daughter, Sister Emma F. Wenger, preceded her in death, May 13, 1920. Of the immediate family there are surviving 7 children, 35 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Along with her husband, the surviving members of her immediate family are Joseph H., William H., Walter T., and Calvin T. Heatwole, Hettie D. Rhodes, Lydia S. Riddle, and Mary C. Showalter. Besides these, are one half-brother (Pre. D. S. Brunk), and a half-sister (Mary Kiser). The funeral was held from Weaver's Church on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, before an overflow congregation that numbered at least one thousand people, the services being conducted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes from II Cor. 5:1, and J. S. Martin from Rev. 14:13. From early girlhood through a long and eventful life of service she lived to see all her children and most all her grandchildren of adult age become members of the Mennonite Church.

Herr.--Sister Lydia Ann, wife of Bro. Philip Herr, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1867; died at her home in Orrville, Ohio, Nov. 14, 1927; aged a period of 60 y. 8 m. 27 d. In 1886 she was united in marriage to Philip Herr who shared with her the joys and sorrows of life and was called home Oct. 15, 1927. To this union were born six children. Those who survive are Mrs. J. W. Miller, Amos Herr, and Roy Herr. To mourn her departure are three children, her aged mother, 1 sister, 2 brothers, 4 grandchildren, and many kind neighbors and friends. She, in her early years, heard the Master's call, accepted His gracious invitation, surrendered her heart to Him, and gave her hand to the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. She, as a member of the church, was faithful' as a mother, devoted; as a wife, true; as a neighbor, loved, and , last but not least; as a child of God was sincere, being a living example of the simple, plain teachings of her dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Funeral services were held at the pleasant View Church near Bowdil, Ohio, Nov. 17, in the presence of many who had assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. Services were conducted by J. A. Leichty, Aaron Eberly, I. W. Royer and I. J. Bukwalter from the home and at the Pleasant View Church. Burial in cemetery near-by. Text. Jno. 17:24. "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit" be with her in eternity. Amen.

Yoder.--Clara Ellen, daughter of Daniel and Mary Steiner, was born near Marshallville, O., Aug. 10, 1890; died at her home in Marshallville Nov. 9, 1927; aged 37 y. 2 m. 29 d. On Nov. 15, 1924 she was united in marriage to Korie A. Yoder of Allensville, Pa. To this union one son was born (Glenn Harvey) but he died in infancy. Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith she continued faithful until death. In her life she felt the call for more definite service for the Lord, and after some struggle, she yielded to the call, and gave about a year and a half of her life in mission work at Altoona, Pa. Because of her health failing she was obliged to give up the work, which she so much loved. Sister Clara was not only a missionary away from home, but her life of faithful loving service will be remembered by many in her church and community. She leaves her husband, father and mother, 1 brother (Melvin), 4 sisters (Pearl Stull, Minnie Baumgartner, Effie Ebersole, and Florence), and a large number of relatvies and friends. 1 brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Nov. 12, at the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren, E. F. Hartzler, Noah Hilty, and Rudy Stauffer. Tex, last clause of Rev. 2:10 and also Rom. 8:18. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Oh that call, that gently knocking
It was Jesus at the door;
Thou didst open, and He whispered,
Come now to the other shore."

Hess.--Susie Charles, daughter of the late Henry and Christianne Hess, was born Dec. 3, 1889, near Willow Street, Pa.; died Nov. 4, 1927, at the Millersville Children's Home, after an illness of eight days, of pleurisy, which developed into pneumonia. Left motherless at the age of nine months, she was taken care of by her grandmother, and later by her aunt (Mrs. Hettie Charles of Millersville) where she grew to womanhood. She gave her heart to the Lord, and united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a faithful member. In May 1914, Sister Susie came to the Children's Home, where she was a faithful worker, until the time of her departure; giving her service, and doing her utmost for the welfare of His little ones. Altho she so much loved the work at the Home, her interests were not wholly there. She was a teacher in the Sunday school for many years; and doubtless many in her class cherish fond recollections of her deep concern and untiring efforts in their behalf. She had a kind, loving disposition, which won for her many friends, for to know her was to love her. Her devoted Christian life was an inspiration; her kindly interest, helpful influence, fitting words and personal touch was known and felt by many. During her illness, as in her health, she was concerned about others, and especially those of her unsaved friends; and left messages for them. A few verses of a poem which she had lately sent to a friend expresses the secret of her beautiful life--and that was her prayer life.
"I know of a beautiful garden
Where peacefulness mingles with joy,
Just far enough out to be pleasant
Where trivial things don't annoy.

"I often drift back to this garden
And there 'neath the shade of the trees
I walk with a Loving Companion
And list to the chant of the breeze."

She is survived by her step-mother (Mrs. Emma Hess), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Jno. Heller and Mrs. Martin Keene). Funeral services were held Nov. 7 from the home of her sister (Mrs. Jno. Heller) followed by services at Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren Jacob Hess, Daniel Gish, John Mosemann. Texts, Ruth 2:12; Job 17:11; Matt. 25:40. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the Church, just a short distance from the Home, there to await the resurrection morning.

Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 36 - December 8, 1927, page 799, 800

Teets.--Jacob Teets lived and died at Kinsey Run, W. Va.; aged 75 y. 7 m. 3 d. His wife died a number of years ago. They had six sons and three daughters. He leaves a sorrowing family. They feel the loss of a father. He was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Church. Although he never took an active part, he lived a Christian life and was much thought of by all that knew him. Funeral services were held at Vaughan Church, conducted by Bro. Joseph Shank assisted by Bro. Lewis Showalter of Broadway, Va. His body was laid to rest beside his wife in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Mishler.--Emery Mishler was born near Walnut Creek, O., Aug. 20, 1871; died near Shanesville, O., Nov. 5, 1927; aged 56 y. 2 m. 15 d. He was united in marriage to Sarah Immel June 6, 1912. To this union were born 2 sons. He leaves his widow, 2 sons, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He was a lifelong member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. His sickness was dropsy, for a few years sometimes it seemed he was getting better. His last spell lasted only over night. Service at Walnut Creek A. M. meeting house, buried in the cemetery near-by. Services by Ed. Shepper (from Matt. 28:30) and Alvin W. Miller (from Job 7:9, 10).

Zook.--Jonas S. Zook was born near Belleville, Pa., Oct. 31, 1856; died at his home near Newton, Kans., Nov. 14, 1927; aged 71 y. 14 d. He was married to Rebecca Jane Schrock Sept. 12, 1886. In 1887 they moved to Harvey Co., Kans., which has since been their home. To this union were born seven children, all of whom are living in the home community: Vern, Ira, Clarence, Harvey, Mrs. Sadie Dillman, Mrs. Ella Blosser and Mrs. Watt Oliver. Bro. Zook had been in failing health for more than two years and bedfast for eighteen weeks. He was a faithful member of the East Emmet Church. Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Nov. 16, conducted by D. D. Zook. Burial in the cemetery near-by.

Newswanger.--Edward, son of Isaac and Emma Newswanger was born April 20, 1916, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Nov. 11, 1927, at his home near White Horse, Pa., after an illness of over a year. Through all his suffering he bore it patiently to the end. Age 11 y. 6 m. 21 d. He is survived by his parents, also five sisters and one brother: Amanda, Ethel, Lester, Edna, Magdalena, and Irene, Alma preceding him to the glory world. He is greatly missed in the home and by his many relatives and friends. The funeral was held from his late home Nov. 13, 1927 with short services by Bro. J. B. Senger with further services at Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bro. J. W. Weaver and Bro. J. B. Senger. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Rest on, dearest brother and son
Thy work is done
Since it is God's holy will
We must be patient for a while
In sweet submission all in one We say,
'Our Father's will be done.'"
A cousin.

Stauffer.--Pre. Moses Stauffer was born Sept. 29, 1842; near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa.: died Nov. 12, 1927; aged 85 y. 1 m. 14 d. His wife preceded him in death Aug. 29, 1906. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Bro. Stauffer was ordained to the ministry in 1901 and was a faithful witness to the truth of the Gospel. His regular presence at the church services will be greatly missed by the Stoner Brook brotherhood. He parted from us, peacefully and with longing for the resurrection morning. His death was sudden, from heart trouble. Funeral services at the house Nov. 15, by Bro. A. A. Landis. Further services at the Stony* Brook Church by Bro. Noah H. Mack, assisted by the home brethren: Bros. Joseph Forry and Harvey Lehman. Text, Psa. 90:12. Burial in Stony Brook Cemetery. The pallbearers were six ministering brethren.
"Rest, dearest companion and colaborer,
Thy work is done;
Since it is God's holy will.
We must be parted for a while,
In sweet submission all in one,
We say our Father's will be done."

*Transcriber's note: One place says Stoner the other two Stony.

Mann.--Levi Mann was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 5, 1882; died of heart failure at his home near Elkhart, Nov. 26, 1927; aged 45 y. 2 m. 21 d. He moved with his parents to the city when about 9 years old and has lived in or near the city practically the remainder of his life. On Friday, Nov. 26, he worked in the garden and when called at noon, seemed to be very happy, ate a hearty dinner, slept a while then got up and listened to the radio. Sister Mann and their son, Lester were in the house. Lester noticed that his father drew a long hard breath, got his on the cot on the porch but the spirit had fled. He was sick possibly less than 5 minutes. Bro. Mann was converted and united with the Prairie St. Mennonite Church in 1914, and at once became an active worker. He was given a Sunday school class and has been a teacher nearly all the time until death. He was united in marriage with Delilah Bontrager, March 21, 1906. To this union were born two sons, Clifford and Lester. Aside from the above he is survived by 3 brothers (David, George, and Rufus); also 4 sisters (Mrs. S. F. Coffman, Mrs. D. F. Miller, Mrs. A. E. Stauffer, and Mrs. B. B. King), besides many other relatives and friends. Bro. Mann will be greatly missed in the community, the Church, and the home, but out loss is his gain. The word came to him, "Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Funeral services on the 29th by J. P. Brubaker, D. A. Yoder and J. S. Hartzler. Text, I Sam. 20:3. Burial at Prairie St. Cemetery.

Lapp.--Lizzie Brubaker Lapp was born July 17, 1871, at Leonard, Mo.: died Nov. 2, 1927; aged 56 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was united in marriage to Joe Lapp, Sept. 17, 1893, at Cherry Box, Mo. In 1898 they moved to Nebraska. She labored in the building up of the church at that place. Nov. 1908, they moved to Miami, N. M. Her life and influence was a help in building up the cause at that place. Most of her married life was spent on the frontier. She was always on hand to do what she could for the cause of the Master. At the age of 12 she united with the Mennonite Church, and was an earnest worker for the cause of Christ. Her favorite Scripture was, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. She leaves her husband and 9 children (Carrie Burkhart, Pearl Metzger, Amos, Wilbur, Eunice, Naylor, Chester, Margaret, Howard, and Dale), 3 brothers, 6 sisters (1 sister a missionary in India), and a large group of relatives and friends. "Mother is gone, yes we will miss her,
Oh, our hearts are rent with grief;
But she's living now with Jesus
And her rest we know is sweet."
Funeral service at the Brethren Church in Glendora, Calif., Nov. 5*, in charge of J. P. Bontrager, assisted by Brother Basher. Text, Jas. 4:14. Burial in Glendora Cemetery.
*Transcriber's note: It looks like 5 but it is an overprint and can not be read clearly.

Hostetler.--Mary Jane, daughter of Daniel B. and Mary Miller, was born Nov. 12, 1873, near Walnut Creek, Ohio; died Nov. 18, 1927; aged 54 y. 6 d. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a faithful member, and lived to see all of her children unite with the Church of her choice. On February 1, 1891 she was united in marriage to Alexander D. Hostetler. To this union were born six daughters, and one son, namely Alta, Sarah, Leora, Mary, Mattie, Gladys, and Wilbur. Also one son Otis was adopted. She leaves to mourn her departed sorrowing husband, six daughters, one son, and one adopted son, fifteen grandchildren, father, four brothers, four sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. They keenly feel their loss, but with the confidence that it is her eternal gain. Mother, two brothers, and two sisters preceded her in death. She was very kind and true, very much interested in her children, and ever ready to make sacrifices for their welfare. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church Nov. 20, conducted by Alvin Miller and D. M. Friedt. The large church at Walnut Creek was filled to overflowing with friends who had learned to love sister Hostetler. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

"Peaceful be thy rest, dear mother
It is sweet to breathe thy name.
In life we loved thee dearly,
In death we do the same."

Bontrager.--Laura Mae, daughter of Jacob and Katie Emmert, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Nov. 4, 1899; died in Oakland Co. Tuberculosis Sanatorium, near Pontiac, Mich., Nov. 20, 1927; aged 28 y. 16 d. She was married to Floyd Bontrager of Midland, Mich., Dec. 24, 1922. To this union was born one son (Lyle Edgar) now nearly three years old. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful till death. Many times during her two years of sickness she praised God for His wonderful goodness towards her, enduring her sickness with much patience; ever willing and fully resigned to God's will, that He should heal her body, or take her soul, just as He saw best. Before her marriage she was a teacher in the public schools, teaching nearly five terms. During this time she gained many intimate friends. She was also a willing worker in the Sunday school, while she enjoyed good health. She leaves a deeply bereft husband, one son, father, step-mother, two sisters, six brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Because of a nearly impassable detour, the funeral was held in the Methodist Church in Midland, Bro. O. S. Hostetler having charge of the services. Text, I Thes. 4:13. burial in the Midland Cemetery.

"Earth has lost its look of gladness
Heaven seems to us more bright,
Since the Spirit of our loved one
Took its happy homeward flight."

Bucher.--Levi, son of the late Jonas W. and Anna Bollinger Bucher, was born Dec. 29, 1856, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Nov. 8, 1927, in Quarryville, Pa.; aged 70 y. 10 m. 10 d. He was ill but a short time. His death was due to a stroke. On Thursday morning, Nov. 3, he was stricken while at the breakfast table. His entire right side became paralyzed. Although he suffered no pain he was put to bed and was not thought to be in a serious condition until the following Tuesday evening, when he passed on. He joined the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death. A daughter (Alice, formerly employed by the Mennonite Publishing House) and a son (David) preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by the following children: Levi, Mrs. Anna Shoemaker, Milton, Mrs. Mary Hoyt and Mrs. Elva Herr. Ten grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters also survive; Mrs. Susan Brubaker, Phares Bucher, Mrs. Lizzie High, John Bucher, Mrs. J. P. Burkholder, Mrs. Annie Buckwalter and Mrs. Amanda Erb. Funeral services were held from the Mechanics Grove Mennonite Church Nov. 11, conducted by C. M. Brackbill and Abram Metzler. Text, Jno. 14:1. Burial in the Mechanics Grove Cemetery.

"God saw fit to call him higher,
But it seems it can not be
For the home is now so lonely
Since his form we no more see."
A friend.

Yoder.--Elizabeth Lesher Yoder was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Sept. 30, 1842; died at her late home with her son Levi, near Leetonia, Ohio, Nov. 15, 1927; aged 85 y. 1 m. 15 d. She was the fourth in a family of twelve children, all of whom preceded her in death, excepting Christian and Joseph Lesher. When she was yet quite young, her father and mother with their family moved from Franklin Co., Pa., to the home now occupied by Christ and Harman Lesher, where she grew to womanhood. On Feb. 14, 1867, she was united in marriage to Jacob H. Yoder. In this capacity Sister Yoder proved herself a sympathetic and helpful companion, cheerfully sharing the many sacrifices for the best interests of home, community and church. Two sons were born to this union; namely, Levi (with whom she was living) and Daniel who at the age of 5 preceded her in death. Since the death of her husband, which occurred 22 years ago, she lived in widowhood. Sister Yoder with her husband united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, both remaining faithful till bidden by the death messenger to go to their eternal home. Sister Yoder comes from a sturdy Pennsylvania family. She held a vital interest in the church and community. Her memory which served her remarkably well to the last, enabled her to intelligently converse with those whose good fortune it was to come in contact with her. She was ready to go, and was looking for the evening star to appear. Brief funeral services were held at the home and at the Leetonia, Ohio, Mennonite Church in charge of A. J. Steiner, I. B. Witmer, and David Lehman. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26. Burial in the Leetonia Mennonite Cemetery.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz , Illinois


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 37 - December 15, 1927, pages 814, 815

Fleming.--Richard Fleming died Nov. 26, 1927; aged 26 y. 9 m. 3 d. He had been a patient sufferer for five or six months with tuberculosis. During his affliction he confessed Christ and was baptized, becoming a member of the Greenwood, Del., A. M. congregation Sept. 20, 1927. His life as a Christian was short, but we were made to feel glad that God was so gracious to him that he could yet find peace with God. Funeral services were held in the Greenwood A. M. Church. Texts, II Cor. 4:17; Job 3:17. Burial in St., Johnstown Cemetery.
Nevin Bender.

Smith.--Fannie Long Smith, wife of Monroe Smith, died at her home in Midway, Lebanon Co. Pa. She was born Oct. 7, 1849; died Nov. 19, 1927; aged 78 y. 1 m. 2 d. She had been in failing health for the last year, suffering from a complication of diseases. She was a faithful; member of the Mennonite Church for about fifty years. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, one son, nineteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four sisters, and two brothers. Funeral services were held Nov. 23, at the home by Bro. David Westenberger with further services at Gingerich's Mennonite Church, conducted by the Brethren David Westenberger and Noah W. Risser. Text, Jno. 17:24; Gen. 15:15, Bural in the adjoining cemetery.

Miller.--Loyal Jay, son of Amra and Ella Miller, was born in Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1926, and died at his home in Limon, Colorado, on Nov. 27, 1927, after a very short illness. He leaves his parents, two brothers (Emerson Dale and Wayne Robert) and also many relatives and friends. One brother (Harold Glen) preceded him to the great beyond.
"Oh, our dear one, how we loved him,
And how hard to give him up,
But an angel came down for him
And called Loyal from our flock."
Funeral services were held Dec. 1, at the Limon Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. L. C. Miller. Text, Jno. 14:2.

Thomas.--Daniel Thomas was born June 6, 1848; died Nov. 19, 1927, in his home near Thomas Mills, Pa.; aged 79 y. 6 m. 13 d. He was married to Sallie Kaufman in 1870. To this union were born two daughters of whom one died in infancy; the other is Mrs. Joseph Lehman. His wife died June 28, 1873. He was married to Lucinda Lape, March 14, 1875. To this union was born one daughter, Mrs. John Rhoads. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 52 years and was noted as a very faithful and consistent member. Besides his wife and two daughters, he is survived by four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of neighbors and frineds. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Thomas Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by M. R. Gortner. The body was laid to rest in the Thomas Cemetery.

Fisher.--Andrew H., son of Harry and Matilda Fisher, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 3, 1862; died Dec. 3, 1927; aged 65 y. 2 m. He was a life-long resident of Elkhart Co. In early life he united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member to the time of his death. Just one year ago he was stricken with the disease which finally caused his death. Through his long suffering he was not heard to utter one work of complaint but was very appreciative of everything that was done for him. When it dawned on him that he might not recover he was ready. It if was God's will, to join the large part of the family, many of whom have just so recently gone before. His parents, 2 half-sisters, 2 sisters, and 7 brothers preceded him into the spirit world. Three brothers (John, Peter and Daniel), and other relatives and friends remain to mourn their loss. Funeral services conducted by J. H. Bare and D. A. Yoder.

Eshbach.--J. Elvin B. Eshbach was born in Millersville, Pa., March 28, 1914; died Nov. 13, 1927; aged 13 y. 7 m. 16 d. His death came as a shock to his parents and to all his friends, for he was sick but a few days. Jan. 25, 1927, Elvin accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized Feb. 27, 1927, at Millersville Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member till death. He was a kind-hearted boy, loved by all who knew him. He showed a good example to the church. Our prayer is that many may heed the call. Elvin is missed in our home, Sunday school, Church, and community. He leaves sorrowing parents, two grandfathers, one grandmother and many friends. Services conducted by Bro. D. N. Gish, J. Hess, and J. C. Clemens. Text, Isa. 53:7.
"We are lonely, very lonely,
Since thou art gone from us away;
But we'll trust in God to meet thee
In that land of endless day."

Stauffer.--Eliza, daughter of John and Esther Herr Metzler, was born Aug. 8, 1833, near Strasburg, Pa.; died Nov. 26, 1927, at the Mennonite Home near Lancaster, Pa., where she was a inmate for 13 years; aged 94 y. 3 m. 18 d. She was married to Samuel S. Stauffer, having preceded her in death by 14 years. She had 5 brothers and 2 sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by a number of nephews and nieces. She with her husband accepted Christ as their Savior and were faithful and consistent members of Erisman's congregation. Funeral services were held Nov. 29, at the Mennonite Home by Bro. Martin G. Metzler and at Erisman's Mennonite Church by Bros Isaac H. Brubaker and Martin G. Metzler. Text, Psa. 116:15; Num. 23:10. Burial in Erisman's Cemetery.
"Some sweet day, when life is o'er
We shall meet above;
We shall meet those gone before,
In that home of love."
A Nephew.

Brubaker. -- Sarah, daughter of John and Mary Yoder, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 24, 1855. She was united in marriage to Jonas Brubaker Nov. 6, 1873. To this union were born two sons (William and John) and two daughters ( Mary Ann, who died in infancy, and Mrs. Harvey Cook). She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until death. She was found at the House of God whenever opportunity afforded. On OCt. 9, she was last privileged to attend worship and was then a participant of communion at the Olive church. Her husband was called to the office of deacon in 1886 and she faithfully performed her part in that service.The week following her last attendance at services she was taken bedfast and departed this life Nov. 11; aged 72 y. 6 m. 7 d. Ske leaves three children (Will and John and Mrs. Harvey Cook), five grandchildren, one great grandchild, one sister (Mrs. Salome Gougwer), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Olive Church conducted by C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder.

Bower.--Joel, son of Abram L. and Hannah Landis Bower, was born at Boyertown, Pa., Sept. 17, 1907; died at the Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 4, 1927; aged 20 y. 2 m. 17 d. He was a student at the Eastern Mennonite School and was ill only nine days, having contracted pneumonia. He was an obedient son, a diligent, conscientious student and for five years a fathful member of the Mennonite Church. He was engaged in electrical work about three years. His services to the E.M.S. in this line were much appreciated. He was interested in active Christian work and was concerned about the spiritual welfare of his fellow students. In his departure, the E. M. S. feel very keenly a loss to the school. But we know that God's ways are always wisely planned, as Brother Joel so beautifully recognized in his prayers on the eve of his passing, and in calling our beloved brother to his Heavenly Home, God has brought us closer to Him in spirit, and we look all the more to the time of meeting in the sweet bye and bye. Memorial Services were held at the E. M. S. on Dec. 4. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite Church Dec. 7, conducted by Bros. Jacob Moyer, Elmer Moyer and Henry Bechtel. Text, Psa. 119:9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Clemmer.--Annie D. Clemmer (nee Moyer) widow of the late Isaac Clemmer, deacon of the Salford, Pa., Mennonite Church was born Dec. 4, 1863, in Montgomery Co., Pa.; died Oct. 27, 1927; aged 63 y. 10 m. 23 d. Funeral services were held Nov. 1, 1927, at the home of her daughter Katie, wife of Jacob Gehman at Bally, Pa., where she died. Further sevices in the Salford Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. There survive one son (Howard Clemmer) three daughters (Katie wife of Jacob Gehman, Mary wife of Norman Hunsberger, and Maggie wife of Clarence Geisinger). One daughter (Ada, wife of David Gehman) preceded her in death. 17 grandchildren survive. After the death of her husband nearly three years ago she made her home with her daughter Ada and seemingly in good health, helped to wait on and comfort Ada throught her lingering illness. A few months afterwards her health started to fall, which proved to be internal cancer from which she suffered intensely, but bore it with great patience and willingly submitted to His will as often expressed through her days of sickness, being bedfast for over nine weeks. We trust her prayer and desire to go to that promised home and be with Jesus and those gone before is now her lot.

Baugh.--Willie Franklin Baugh was born in Augusta Co., Va., Sept. 19, 1877; died at the home of his parents near Broadway, Va., Nov. 7, 1927; aged 50 y. 1 m. 19 d. He was a sufferer from rheumatism (arthritis) for about 25 years. For ten years he was unable to move about, the last six being bedfast, entirely helpless. He was a great sufferer until the very last. Thru his years of suffering and all during the intense pain of his last days, his mind was clear and alert. Having an unusual memory, being a great reader, and receiving many visits from his friends, he was well informed on many subjects, especially the Bible. He united with the Mennonite Church seventeen years ago and remained a consistent member to the end, even manifesting a deep devotion to the cause of his Master. He always showed a keen interest in the affairs of his friends and a deep concern for the welfare of his fellowmen. Through all his years of suffering he never murmured. He was always cheerful, always looking on the bright side of life, and was a real comfort to those who attended him and an inspiration to many. He is survived by his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Baugh) one brother (Byron) and one sister (Miss Ada). The funeral was held Nov. 8, from the Reformed Church at Timberville, Va., conducted by P. E. Shank, assisted by J. T. Glick. Text, Rom. 8:18. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Zook.--Amelia M. Zook (nee Kanagy) was born near Port Royal, Pa., April 4, 1877; died at the hospital in Milford, Dela., Sept. 12, 1927, of gastritis and uremic poisoning; aged 50 y. 5 m. 13 d. In childhood the family moved to the vicinity of Milroy, Pa., where she grew to womanhood. April 23, 1895, she was married to Samuel Y. Zook. To this union were born ten children (Mollie, Sylvia, Attrenis, Fannie, Lena, Arie, Samuel, David, Minnie and Isaiah). The two youngest sons died in infancy, and the three oldest daughters preceded their mother to eternity later in life. Five brothers and a grandson also preceded her to the great beyond. The brothers were: Benjamin, Joseph, Amos, David and Jonathan Kanagy. She leaves husband, two sons, three daughters, and three sisters, also a foster son. The brothers and sisters living are: Rebecca Renno, Bishop Eli Kanagy, Bishop Simon M. Kanagy, Lydia E. Peachy, and Mollie M. Yoder, (twin sister). Funeral services were conducted at the Amish Mennonite Church near Greenwood, Del., of which Sister Zook was a member, by John I. Mast and Jonas D. Yoder, of Belleville, Pa.; interment in adjacent cemetery.
"Weep not that her time is over
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant that we may rest so calmly
When our work, like her's, is done."
A Daughter

Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 38 - December 22, 1927, pages 830, 831

Newcomer.--Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham and Mollie (Shank) Newcomer, was born Feb. 6, 1858; died Nov. 23, 1927; aged 64 y. 9 m. 17 d. Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at the Lutheran Church in Woodbury, Pa., by J. N. Durr assisted by C. A. Graybill. Interment in Dry Hill Cemetery near Woodbury.

Croyle.--Infant son of Lloyd and Emma Croyle was born at Thomas Mills, Somerset county, Pa., Dec. 10, 1927, and died after the short stay of ten hours. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home on Sunday afternoon by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Joseph Saylor. The little form was laid beside his infant brother in the Thomas Cemetery.

Gerber.--Eula Fern, eldest daughter of Joe and Ida Gerber, was born near Harper, Kans., Jan. 12, 1916; underwent an operation for appendicitis Nov. 23, 1927, at the Harper Hospital, at which place she died on Dec. 2, 1927; aged 11 y. 10 m. 20 d. She leaves father, mother, two brothers, two sisters, one grandfather, one grandmother and many other relatives.
"Can it be that she has left us?
Eula, who always had a smile,
Yes she's gone and soon we'll meet her,
"Twill only be a little while."

Sommer.--Ruth Esther, daughter of Simon and Sarah Sommer, was born near Comins, Mich., Nov. 11, 1917; died near Dryden, Mich., Nov. 18, 1927. Oct. 31, she went to bed with a weak heart, probably caused by a severe cold. Finally pneumonia developed and abruptly ended her sweet little life. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, and a large number of other relatives and friends. One sister preceded her to the glory world. We humbly submit to his will who does all things well. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Peter Ropp. Text, Mark 10:13-16.
The parents.

Groff.--Susan B., widow of the late Elias B. Groff, died Dec. 11, 1927, near Mellinger's Church, Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 71 y. She was a faithful sister in the Mennonite Church, a kind mother and grandmother. She leaves two sons, three daughters and a large circle of grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and many friends to mourn their loss. She bore her sufferings patiently. Funeral services were held Dec. 13, at Mellinger's Church, interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest mother, we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace;
But thy memory will be cherished
Till we see thy heavely face."
A son-in-law.

Oswald.--Jones Oswald was born near Beemer, Nebr., May 11, 1898; died near Columbus, Nebr., Nov. 18, 1927; aged 29 y. 6 m. 11 d. He leaves his wife, 1 son, 2 daughters, father, mother, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. On Nov. 22, he was laid to rest in Salem Cemetery. Services by Bro. Ben Schlegel and Bro. Fred Reeb. Text. Amos 4:12.

Auker.--Pre. Simon Auker was born Nov. 20, 1848; died Dec. 6, 1927; aged 79 y. 16 d. He is survived by 8 children, 36 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 step-brother. Two children preceded him in death; also his wife who died Oct. 24, 1926. Bro. Auker was a minister of the Gospel for about 30 years, during which time he was faithful to his calling, always ready and willing to do what he could. Funeral Dec. 9, from the home of his son-in-law, Bro. Samuel Shelley, where he was staying at the time of his death. Preaching at the Delaware Church by D. N. Gish of Millersville, Pa., and W. W. Graybill. He was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church by the side of his companion.

Saylor.--Edward T., son of Urias and Susan Miller Saylor, was born Feb. 3, 1877; died Dec. 9, 1927; aged 50 y. 10 m. 6 d. He united with the Mennonite Church at Scottdale Oct. 31, 1897, and has been a faithful and consistent member of the Church until his death. He served a number of years as trustee, holding that office at the time of his death. He was united in marriage with Sister Margaret McLean Oct. 31, 1901. Besides his deeply sorrowing widow, he is survived by his father, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. Having no children of their own, Bro. and Sister Saylor befriended a number of young folks at various times, and these will be among those who most sadly mourn the departure of a sympathetic friend. Funeral services were conducted at their home in Scottdale on Monday afternoon, Dec. 12, by J. A. Ressler and other home ministers.

Hershberger.--Samuel D., son of Daniel and Elizabeth Hershberger, was born Aug. 16. 1856, in Cambria Co., Pa.; died at his home at Middlebury, Ind., Nov. 28, 1927; aged 71 y. 3 m. 12 d. He was one of thirteen children only three of whom now survive. In 1881 he was married to Caroline Schrock, who died May 10, 1888. On Dec. 29, 1889, he was married to Lydia Schrock, who survives. He also leaves two sons and two daughters (Edgar S., Erwin D., Nora and Nellie), six grandchildren, two brothers (Josiah and Daniel) and a sister (Mrs. Lizzie A. Kaufman). In early manhood he joined the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. for the past five years he had been in poor health and for about two years had been practically helpless. During all this time he was very patient and uncomplaining. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Ind., conducted by Silas Yoder and D. D. Miller. Burial at the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Betzner.--Leah Kolb Betzner, wife of Moses B. Betzner of Breslau, Ont., was born on July 25, 1860, near Kitchener. She was married to Moses Betzner, Dec. 21, 1883. She died Dec. 6, 1927; aged 67 y. 4 m. 11 d. She leaves her husband, a son and daughter (Mrs. Elmer Hofstetter and Herbert Betzner). One son died in infancy. She leaves three grandchildren, three brothers (Elias B. Kolb, Aaron C. Kolb, and Titus Kolb), and two adopted daughters (Mrs. Fannie Pender, and Mrs. C. D. Cutter), also survive her. She was a devoted Christian wife, mother, worker and friend. She accepted her Savior in 1890, and united with the Mennonite Church. She remained a loyal member till her passing. She looked ahead to her entrance into heaven, and rest from a tired, and sick body. We bid her farewell and hope to meet her again in coming days. The funeral was held on Thursday at the Cressman Mennonite Church. Breslau, Ont., Bro. C. F. Derstine used as his text, "Behold thy mother."

Shantz.--Sister Caroline Burgiman, widow of the late Jonathan Shantz of near Carstairs, Alta., died Dec. 3, 1927. She was born in 1855; aged 72 y. In 1876 she was married to Jonathan Shantz and 9 children blessed this union. In 1901 Bro. and Sister Shantz came West with their family and settled on the home still occupied by Sister Shantz at her death. Bro. Shantz died in 1914 and three children died a few years after. Two children had passed away while still in the East, which leaves 4 to mourn the loss of a kind mother (Urias, Jonathan, Verna, Mrs. Elmer Shantz, and Edna, Mrs. Carl Semberg); also six sisters and 3 brothers. Sister Shantz was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and will be greatly missed. She was very patient in her last illness, and while she suffered greatly she was anxious that God's will should be done in her life. She was laid to rest Dec. 4, in the West Zion Cemetery beside her husband and children. Services at the house were conducted by Bro. Abe Riest and at the church by Bro. Isaac Miller and Bro. H. J. Harder. May God comfort the bereaved.

Widmer.--Elizabeth Graber Widmer was born in France, Dec. 30, 1856. She grew to womanhood in her native country and accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with the Mennonite Church in which faith she died. At about the age of twenty she was married to Christian Widmer. This union was blest with six children. In the year 1895 they emigerated to America, making their home in Henry Co., Iowa. Her husband died about seventeen years ago, since then she and her daughter Anna lived together. About two years ago they moved to Yakima, Wash., where she passed away in the early morning of Dec. 4, 1927, at the age of 70 y. 11 m. 4 d. She leaves her three daughters (Mrs. Wm. Hauenstein, Anna who lived with her at Yakima, and Mrs. John Hauenstein), two sons (Chriss and John), eighteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, besides a large number of relatives and friends. Her oldest son (Peter) preceded her in death. The body was brought to Wayland, Iowa, accompained by her daughter Anna, arriving Thursday afternoon. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church, of which she was a member, conducted by the home ministers assisted by Bro. Schraag of the Eicher Church and Bro. Oscar Burkholder of Breslau, Ont. Interment in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, by the side of her husband.

Denlinger.--Leaman J., son of Simon and the late Anna Mary (Leaman) Denlinger, of Leaman Place, Pa., was born Jan. 23, 1874; died Nov. 8, 1927, a victim of carbon monoxide gas, while working on his car; aged 53 y. 9 m. 16 d. In 1900 he was united in marriage with Emma Hoober of New Holland. The same year he united with the Paradise Mennonite Church and attended services regularly when his health permitted. Within the past few years, he had serveral attacks of inflammatory rheumatism, all of which greatly weakened his heart, but recently his health had seemed somewhat better. He was devoted to his family, his home, and his church. He was of a kind and unassuming nature, patient in all his sufferings and willing to lend a helping hand to all. His sudden death, coming in the prime of life and activity, was a great shock to the entire community, making a deep impression on the hearts and minds of many, and should clearly remind us that. "In the midst of life we are in death." May we ever strive that we may be ready when the call comes to us. He is survived by his wife, one son (Aaron H.), his father, and two brothers (Noah B. and Harry), all of Leaman Place. Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Paradise Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. C. M. Brackbill and John B. Senger. Text, Phil 3:20, 21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er.
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find."
His son.

Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 39 - Dec. 29, 1927, page 847

Stull.--Felty Stull was born March 7, 1855; died Dec. 16, 1927; aged 72 y. 9 m. 9 d. He was a life-long citizen of Black's Gap, Pa., about two miles from Pond Bank. In recent years he made his home with his nephew, Jacob Reed. Funeral service on Sunday Dec. 18, at the home of his nephew, conducted by Harvey E. Shank. Text, Rom. 8:13. Subject: "Eternal Death or Eternal Life, Which?" Buried in the Qunicy Cemetery.

Litwiller.--Clarence Lee, infant son of Eli and Fanny Litwiller was born near Delavan, Ill., Oct. 26, 1927; died Oct. 27. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 2 sisters and one brother. Funeral service were held at the home by Bro. Simon Litwiller. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery.
"God needed one more angel child,
Around his shining throne;
And so He stooped with loving care,
And took our darling baby home."

Detweiler.--Henry G. Detweiler was born May 20, 1861, died Oct. 9, 1927, at the home of his daughter in Perkasie, Pa.; aged 66 y. 4 m. 1p d. He suffered nearly three years with cancer, although he never murmured. He was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church for 44 years. He is survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters, four brothers and two sisters. Services were conducted at the house by Joseph Ruth and at Blooming Glen by Wilson Moyer and A. O. Histand. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more
A faithful father, true and kind
No friends on earth like you we'll find."
The Family.

Roth.--Anna Conrad Roth, was born in Switzerland, July 31, 1867; died at Salem Deaconess Hospital at Salem, Oreg., Sept. 19, 1927; aged 60 y. 1 m. 19 d. On March 21, 1893, she was united in marriage at Wayne Co., Ohio, to Daniel K. Roth. This union was blessed with one son. She leaves her husband, one son, four grandchildren, an aged mother, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Sept. 21, at the Fairview Church near Albany, Oreg., conducted by Bro. C. R. Gerig assisted by Bro. D. D. Miller. Interment in Riverside Cemetery at Albany.

Groff.--Susan H., widow of the late Elias Groff, was born Oct. 6, 1856; died Dec. 11, 1927; aged 71 y. 2 m. 5 d. She is survived by these children: Christian B. Groff, Mrs. Henry Brubaker, Mrs. John Sollenberger, Clayton B. Groff, and Alice B. Groff; also by 25 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 46 years, was a kind and loving mother, always interested in the welfare of her children and those about her. Mother was not well for about a year, but only took her bed eight days before her death. She expressed the desire to go home to her God previous to her death. Funeral services were held at Mellingers Mennonite Church near Lancaster, Pa., conducted by David Landis and Elmer Martin. Text. Mark 14:8.
"Rest on dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother true and kind,
No friends on earth like you we'll find."
A Daughter.

Stoops.--Clyde Bertis Stoops was born May 10, 1904; died Dec. 14, 1927, at the Mont Alto Sanitarium; aged 23 y. 7 m. 4 d. He suffered for about five years with tuberculosis of which he died. About two years ago he surrendered to the Lord. He had quite a struggle before he could give up. We have reason to believe he died at peace with his God. We visited him frequently. Were with him in the evening before he died. He was weary and in much discomfort because of his disease. He said, "This life has no more pleasure for me." He was concerned about his relatives and associates and said, "Why can't they come and enjoy the Christian life with me before I go." We had prayed together, after which he seemed much encouraged. We hope to meet him in glory. He is survived by a sister (Mrs. Millard Rock), and an aged grandmother with whom he had his home until they were unable to get along. Funeral service at the Pond Bank Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, by Harvey E. Shank. Text, Job 3:17. He was the first one to be buried in the cemetery at the church. Peace to his ashes.
Harvey E. Shank.

Bauman.--Leah, daughter of Moses and Sussanah Martin Gingrich, was born March 11, 1858, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died Nov. 25, 1927; aged 69 y. 8 m. 14 d. She was married to John M. Bauman Nov. 15, 1881. He died Aug. 9, 1923. To this union 4 children were born. Leah died in 1894. There remain to mourn their loss Sussannah (Mrs. Sylvester Martin, with whom she had her home), Sarah (Mrs. Israel Bearinger) and Noah; also one adopted daughter (Hannah, Mrs. Ira Snider), two brothers (Elias and Moses), one half-brother (Henry), two half-sisters (Lizzie, Mrs. Enoch Martin and Sussanna, Mrs. David S. Brubacher, and a host of nephews and nieces and friends. She was a devoted wife and a kind mother and a loving sister. She always had a smile and a kind word for everybody. The funeral was held at Martin's meeting house. Services conducted by Bros. Ezra L. Martin and Urias Martin. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Weep not for me, my family dear.
Nor shed for me the sorrowing tear;
I am not dead but only sleep
My silent slumber, Oh how sweet."
By a Brother.

Gearig.--Samuel, eldest son of the late Christian and Mary Gearig, was born in Fulton, Ohio, May 6, 1859; died Oct. 31, 1927, at his home near Pettisville, Ohio, after a long illness from several strokes of paralysis apoplexy ending his life; aged 68 y. 5 m. 25 d. Nov. 17, 1881, he was united in marriage to Elisabeth Vonier. To them were born 1 son and 3 daughters. 1 daughter preceded them in its infancy. Dec. 9, 1916, he was united in marriage to Minnie Bowman of Wadsworth, Ohio. He leaves his dear companion, 1 son, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters with many other near relatives and friends. Bro. Gearig became converted and joined the Holdeman Mennonite Church during his early life, remaining a member until death. During his long illness, as he realized that his call might come suddenly, he well considered this fact: then expressing his desire to go home and be at rest, feeling prepared to meet his Redeemer. Funeral took place in the church near Pettisville, Ohio, Bro. F. C. Fricke had for his text Rev. 14:13. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery south of Pettisville.
"Weep not for me, my dear companion,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
O, dear wife, do not weep for me."

Wenger.--Israel son of brother Adam and Amanda Wenger, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Nov. 30, 1891. He was converted in his early life and united with the Church of God during the year 1916, remaining a faithful member until his Master suddenly summoned him home. His Christian life has been such that those who best knew him need not mourn as those who have no hope. He united in marriage with Sister Vesta, daughter of Bro. and Sister Christ Gearig, Dec. 26, 1920. To them were born 3 children, they living a happy Christian life and faring well in temporal matters, he ever having a pleasant smile for all whom he met, Nov. 4, 1927, in the forenoon the writer bade him farewell to leave for home. An hour later the phone came that brother Israel was killed. He had left with his daughter for Pettisville on business, and on their return in their Ford, as they were crossing the Chicago Pike, a 1928 Model Buick car struck them and he was killed. He leaves his deeply bereaved companion, 3 daughters (Mildred, Violet and Marjorie) his and his wife's parents, 4 brothers, 6 sisters, with many other near relatives and many friends. Since it was rumored that so very many wanted to come to his funeral, the Amish Mennonites offered us their large church, a seating capacity of about 1000, where the funeral took place Nov. 8. Bro. Mininger read a Psalm and spoke words of consolation and prayer at the house, Bro. F. Haynes spoke the introduction and led in prayer at the church, then the writer took for his text Isa. 38:1. The brother was a leader in church singing, and the last song he led in Church worship was the evening previous to his death; namely, No. 144, Hymnal, "I am going home."
"Husband, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."
F. C. Fricke.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois

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