Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1927

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Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 14 - July 7, 1927, pages 319

Schrock.--Vern Stanley Schrock died June 2, 1927; aged 3 m. 13 d. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. David D. Miller of the local congregations near Protection, Kans., assisted by Brother Daniel Horst of Mauagansville, Md.

Detweiler.---Clifford G., son of Ephraim and florence (Gehman) Detweiler, Blooming Glen, Pa., died June 24, 1927; aged 6 y. 4 m. 15 d. He was sick only 3 days with spinal meningitis before he passed away. He leaves his parents, a little sister, and 2 grandmothers. Was buried at Blooming Glen Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. I. Frank Swartz and Bro. Wilson R. Moyer.
"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."

Landis.-- Elizabeth L., wife of Phares B. Landis, was born Mar. 9, 1872; died at her home near Landis Valley, Pa., June 7, 1927 of complications; aged 55 y. 2 m. 11 d. She was a kind and loving mother, and a faithful member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church for many years. Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 daughters, 2 sons, and 5 grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 11, conducted by Bros. Noah Landis and Ira Landis at the Landis Valley Mennonite church. Text, Mark 13:35, 36. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

"Mother thou art sweetly resting,
There thy cares and toils are 'oer;
Here thy cares and toils are o,er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Husband and Children.

Weldy.--Kenneth Roy, son of Joseph and Mary Weldy, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Jan. 8, 1913; died from leakage of the heart at home June 23, 1927; aged 14 y. 6 m. 15 d. Bro. Weldy with two boys (Kenneth and Raymond) were in the field for a load of hay, when Kenneth had a heart spell and immediately expired. He was a good kind-hearted, and obedient boy, always trying to serve his parents faithfully. He accepted the Lord and sealed his vow in water baptism Jan. 25, 1925, united with the Holdeman congregation, being a very faithful attendant until death. One of his favorite songs was "I want my life to tell for Jesus." His mother died July 15, 1923. He leaves father, step-mother, 5 brothers, 7 sisters, 2 step-brothers, and 7 step-sisters. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church June 26, conducted by Bros. C. L. Graber and Silas Weldy. Again we acknowledge that "God permits many things we do not now understand." God comfort the sorrowing ones.

King.--Barbara, daughter of Nicholas and Mary Kauffman, was born in Polk Co., Mo., Feb. 7, 1871; died at the State Hospital at Nevada, Mo., June 14, 1927; aged 56 y. 4 m. 7 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. She was in failing health for several years before her death. On June 9, 1897, she was united in marriage with D. S. King of Larned, Kans., at which place they lived until 1906, when the moved to Tuleta, Texas. In 1917 they moved to Cass Co., Mo., where they have since resided. The deceased leaves her husband, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 3 grandchildren, mother, 4 sisters, 1 brother. One son died in infancy. Funeral was held on June 16 at the home of her mother (who because of her age and failing health was unable to attend the services at the church) by W. E. Helmuth, and at the Bethel Church by L. J. Miller and Joe C. Driver. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery. Text, I Jno. 5:12.

Troyer.--Bro. M. M. Troyer was born near Walnut Creek, O., April 18, 1848; died June 16, 1927; aged 79 y. 1 m. 28 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Darr Dec. 1, 1872. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters, one son passing away in infancy. In 1886 they moved to Troy, O., and after a lapse of 7 years they moved to Walnut Creek. When still young in years he united with the Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek. He was a strong man physically and enjoyed good health until a few years ago, when the weight of added years began to draw upon his vitality. About 3 months ago he suffered a paralytic stroke, but recovered in a measure. However, the end finally came, and he seemingly passed away without pain or fear. He leaves his companion, 5 sons, 3 daughters, a host of relative, friends, and neighbors. He was a kind and indulgent father, a friendly and generous neighbor, and will be missed in the community in which he lived so many years. May hr rest in peace. Funeral services were held at Plainview Church, Aurora, O., by E. B. Stolzfus, (Text, Isa. 38:1) assisted by _____ Pearson of the congregational Church. Interment in Aurora Cemetery.

Nafzinger.--Daniel Nafzinger, the 7th child of a family of nine, was born Jan. 7, 1857, near Baltimore, Md.; died at his home in Tiskilwa, Ill., May 24, 1927; aged 70 y. 4 m. 17 d. In early manhood for short periods in ington. Ill., and lived for short periods in Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, and later came to Bureau, Co., Ill. He was married to Mary Albrecht, Sept. 4, 1894, at Buda, Ill. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Willow Springs. His health had been failing for over a year with leakage of the heart; but he was about his work until several weeks prior to his death, Altho his health seemed quite improved, his death came suddenly and unexpectedly. He took dinner at his brother-in-law's on Monday, and enjoyed a hearty meal. After his arrival at home and after partaking of the evening meal he retired for the night. At eleven o,clock he had a severe heart attack and passed away at 12. He leaves a faithful wife, one brother, five nephews, and three. Funeral services were held at Willow Springs Mennonite Church May 26, conducted by Bro. C. A. Hartzler.

A neice.

Kuhns.--Catherine Kuhns (nee Garber) was born near Strasburg, Ohio Oct. 14, 1839; died at the home of her daughter, Lizzie Stutzman, near Beaver Crossing, Nebr., June 16, 1927; aged 87 y. 8 m. 2 d. She gave her heart to Christ in her youth and joined herself to the Mennonite Church to which she remained a faithful member until death. she was married to Joseph Kuhns and lived in matrimony 56 years. To this union were born 6 sons and 6 daughters. There were also 58 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her husband, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. In the year 1873 she with her husband and family moved to Seward Co., Nebr., and located near Milford. They were among the first immigrants of their faith to this state, and helped to build up the first congregation. She leaves 3 sons, 5 daughters, 3 sisters, 41 grandchildren 62 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and many others friends. Funeral services were conducted at the house By Bro. W. R. Eicher and at the West Fairview Church by Bro. Joseph Rediger in German and Bro. J. E. Zimmerman in English. Interment in adjoining 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.

Leatherman.--Alvin, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Leatherman, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 23, 1855; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Henry Shaffer), Elkhart, Ind., May 25, 1927; aged 72 y. 2 d He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man but later fell away and departed this life without being affiliated with any Church.. His wife preceded him in death quite a few years before. Five children survive him (I. U. Leatherman, Mrs. Allen Mohn, and C. E. Leatherman). There are also 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 4 brothers surviving. Funeral services at the Yellow Creek Church, on the 27th, conducted by J. S. Hartzler. Text, "What doest thou here?"

Hartman.--Bettie J. Hartman (nee Evers) was born near Singer,s Glen, Va., Sept., 17, 1872; died June 10, 1927, at her home near Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 54 y. 8 m. 23 d. She leaves her husband, John H. Hartman, one sister, and three brothers: Sarah, Samuel, David, and Moses. The following step-children also survive: Mrs. C. E. Good, North Lima, Ohio; Mrs. Wm. Shore, Mrs. Lewis Shank, Mrs. Harry Landis, Sterling, Ill; Henry, Scottdale, Pa.; Alfred, Hagerstown, Md.; Mrs. A. B. Brenneman, at home. Funeral took place at the Weavers Church June 12 with many present. Her suffering are now ended -- gone not to her "rewards," but to "rest from her labor." Saints are recompensed at the "resurrection of the just" (Luke 14:41). Services were conducted by David Garber and S. H. Rhodes, from the text (Matt. 11:28-30) by request.

"My dear companion, your labors on earth are finished;
Now you are forever free!
From the pains and aches,
You so long had to bear,
Now Jesus takes you,
And relieves you from all your care.
Some sweet day we will meet you over there."

Transcriber by Robert Stauffer, Missouri


Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 15 - July 14, 1927, pages 351

Smith.--Leslie Proctor Smith was born in Bremen Co., Iowa, Dec. 2, 1857; died at his home near Galesburg, Mo., June 20, 1927; aged 69 y. 6 m. 18 d. He was married to Emma Jane Owens on Feb. 20, 1887. Ten children were born to them; three died in infancy. His wife died 4 years ago. He is survived by 5 sons, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren. 2 brothers and 4 sisters. He and his companion united with the Mennonite Church, near Orongo, Mo., 17 years ago. They were faithful unto death. Funeral services were conducted at White Hill Church by Bro. E. J. Berkey. Text , Psa. 116:7. Burial in Weaver Cemetery beside his wife.

Schloneger.--Anna Velma, daughter of Ruben and Mable Schloneger, born near Louisville, Ohio, died at the home of Abram Burkholder near Marshallville, O., June 22, 1927; aged 7 m. 12 d. her life in this world was but of short duration, but not in vain. She was always well and happy and had a smile for all; but God thought best to remove her to her home beyond before being blighted with sin. She leaves father, mother, 4 sisters, 3 brothers, 4 grandparents, 1 great-grandfather, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held June 23 at the Beech Church near Louisville, O., by Brethern E. F. Hartzler and John D. Miller. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Eschbach.--Dilworth G., son of Reuben and Mary Eschbach, was born Jan. 12, 1865, at Barto, Pa.; died May 28, in Vineland, N. J.; aged 62 y. 4 m. 16 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church at Bally, Pa. He was principal of the high school at Vineland for a number of years, at which place he was married to Louise Constantine and had his home there until death. He is survived by his aged mother and following brothers and sisters: Allen, Frank, Lydia, Melchor, and Anna Longacre. His father, two brothers (John and Daniel) and one sister (Mary) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at his late residence at Vineland by Elias Kulp of Bally, Pa., and the local minister. Interment at Vineland.
A Sister

Stauffer.--Isaac G. Stauffer was born Feb. 11, 1856, near Smithsburg, Md.; died of kidney and bladder infection, May 26, 1927; aged 71 y. 3 m. 15 d. For a period of42 years he was a faithful member of the Stauffer Mennonite congregation near Smithsburg, Md. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Ida M. Newcomer) and the following children: Mrs. Elsie S. Newcomer, Frank W. Stauffer, and Mrs. Lois S. Barkdoll. Two children preceded him to the Spirit world in infancy. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. Funeral services were held May 29 from the Stauffer Mennonite Church, Bros. John Risser, and Denton Martin officiating.
Weep not that his toils are over,
Weep not that his race is run,
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like his is done.
The Family.

Miller.--Elizabeth (Riggs) Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 16, 1866; died at her late home in Kalona, Iowa, May 31, 1927; aged 61 y. 1 m. 15 d. In 1884 she united in marriage to Chas. A. Riggs who preceded her in death in 1912. In 1915 she was again united in marriage to Joseph D. Miller of Kalona, Iowa, who with two adopted children are left to mourn the death of a loving wife and mother. Other immediate relatives are three half-brothers (Charles M. Blough, Henry I. Blough, and Daniel B. Blough). In her youth she accepted Christ, uniting with the Church of the brethren, and was a faithful and consistent member until death. She was a kind neighbor, and the influence of her Christian life was an inspiration to all who met her and knew her. She patiently and uncomplainingly bore her affliction, and realizing that the end was drawing near made all the necessary arrangements for her funeral. Services were held June 2, from the East United Mennonite church, conducted by C. E. Blough and D. J. fisher. Interment in the Miller Cemetery.

Christophel.--Cora Agnes, daughter of John and Lizzie Nice, was born near Morrison, Ill., March 21, 1888, where she grew to woman hood. Early in life she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church near her home. On Sept. 14, 1911, she was united in marriage with John B. Christophel of near Goshen, Ind., and came with him to Indiana. Her deep interest in spiritual things prompted her to bring her Church letter with her and unite with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church of which Bro. Christophel was a member. Here she was an exemplary member until she died of embolism, June 27, 1927. There were born to Bro. and Sister Christophel seven children (Everett, Lois, Annabelle, Theron, Letha, Eldon, and Paul LaVerne-- the baby only four weeks old). realizing that the end was approaching, she had great concern for her family. She died, leaving a good assurance of life eternal. Besides her parents and her family she leaves three brothers (Abner, Jonas, and Paul), and a great many friends which her self-sacrificing life brought to her. funeral services on Thursday following, conducted by Noah Oyer, D. A. Yoder, and J. S. Hartzler. Text, Isa. 55:8, 9.

Warfel.--Barbara (Kreider) Warfel, widow of the late Eli Warfel was born Apr. 6, 1849; died June 11, 1927; aged 78 y. 2 m. 5 d. She is survived by 5 daughters and 2 sons. Her husband died Apr. 8. Two sons also preceded her in death. She is also survived by 1 brother and 2 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Rivercorner Mennonite Church for many years, and her seat was seldom empty when health permitted her to go. Often during her sickness she had a desire to go to church. Her death was caused by a stroke, from which she suffered for about 16 months, having much pain by spells. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, June 15, by Bro. Jno. H. Mosemann and at the Rivercorner Church by Bro. Jno. Mosemann and Bro. Jacob T. Thomas. Text, Pas. 127:2, and part of II Cor. 5.
"You will never, never know
What is home without a mother,
Till the mother lieth low;
Low beneath the bedding daisies,
Free from earthy care and pain,
To the home so sad without her,
Never to return again."

Conrad.--Joel, son of Joseph and Catherine Conrad, was born Jan. 30, 1870; died June 16, 1927 (near Louisville, Ohio, where he spent his entire life); aged 57 y. 4 m. 16 d. His death was caused by heart failure, from which he suffered for several months. He was baptized by john K. Yoder of Orrville, O., in 1891 and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until his death. He was married to Rosa Schmucker on November 29, 1900. He is survived by his companion, the following brothers and sisters (John Conrad, Mrs. Chirstian Schmucker, Daniel Conrad, Mrs. David Krabill, Mrs. Daniel Linder, Mrs.. Catherine Schmucker, Joseph Conrad, Christian Conrad, Mrs. Christian Lichty, Jacob Conrad, and Mrs. Jacob Meyer), and a host of relatives and friends. His parents and two sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Church on Sunday afternoon, June 19, conducted by Brethren O. N. Johns, Alvin Hostetler, and John D. Miller. Text, Rev. 3:10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Such is life, we see it daily,
But we cannot understand,
Till we meet in the hereafter,
In that bright and better land."
(Note: Mrs. Chirstian Schmucker, transcribed from original obituary. RJS)

Long.--Gideon F., son of Gideon and Lydia Fenstermaker Long, was born in Lehigh Co., Pa., Feb. 27, 1850. In this community he spent his early life. About the year 1880, he came to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he has lived ever since. On Aug. 15, 1881, he was united in marriage with Lovina Fox, to which union was born one daughter (Elizabeth, wife of Frank Sala). In the latter part of 1923, he united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he lived faithful till death. He always enjoyed good health, seldom being sick, and then only for short times, until the fall of 1923, when he became afflicted with diabetes and gangerene. From this he suffered greatly for a few years, but recovered sufficiently to do light work and look after most of his temporal duties. On June 4, 1927, he again became ill, suffering a great deal, especially during the last week of his life. In the evening of June 25, 1927, he fell peacefully asleep, aged 77 y. 3 m. 28 d. He was a faithful and devoted husband and father, a good neighbor, and a faithful Christian after conversion. He leaves his companion, 1 daughter, 1 grandson (Amandus Sala), 1 brother (Jonas Long), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Wagemman and Mrs. Polly Loyd), 7 nephews, 10 nieces, besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, June 29, 1927, conducted by A. B. Yoder and A. B. Christophel. Text Phil. 1:23, 24. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

(Note: gangerene, transcribed from original obituary. RJS)

Hostetler.--Noah William Hostetler was born near Farmerstown, Ohio, on June 9, 1866; died at his home where he spent his entire life, June 30, 1927. Death was due to an accident during hay making when a harpoon which he was tending suddenly descended from the carrier and pierced his abdomen. He was united in marriage with Lovina Beechy, Dec. 21, 1890. To this union were born 8 children , three sons, and five daughters as follows: Melvin, Mrs. Herbert Oswald, Mrs. John Miller, Mrs.Ura Miller, Noah, and Sarah. One son and one daughter died in infancy. His life companion preceded him in death five years ago. Four brothers and two sisters survive him (Alex, Abe, Nathaniel, Henry, Mrs.Abe Mast, and Mrs. Aaron Mast). He united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in his youth and always took an active interest in the work of the church. He lived twelve hours following the accident, during which time he suffered great pain but was conscious. He found comfort in praying and quoting Scripture until the end came when he peacefully fell asleep. His life will be remembered for his industry, cheerfulness, opitmism, and practical piety. In his death, the home, the Church, the community have lost a true and substantial member. Funeral services were conducted by Alvin Miller who preached on the text, "There is but a step between me and death" (I Sam. 20:3) and by Lester Hostetler who spoke from the text, "Brethren, the time is short" (I Cor. 7:29). The services were held at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church on Sunday fornenoon, July 3, at which time an unusually large concourse of people had gathered, numbering over 1100 people.

(Note: opitmism, fornenoon, transcribed from original obituary. RJS)


Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 16 - July 21, 1927, pages 366, 367

Birkey.--Eli, son of Valentine and Anna Birkey, was born near Hopedale, Ill., Apr. 19, 1869; died June 30, 1927; aged 31 y. 2 m. 11 d. He was united with the Mennonite Church early in life and was a faithful attendant as long as health permitted, but for a number of years he had not been permitted to attend. He leaves his mother, three brothers (Chris, Aaron, Walter), one sister (Barbara Cripe), besides many other relatives and friends. His father preceded him in death a number of years ago. Funeral services were held July 3 conducted by Bro. Ezra Yordy of Eureka, Ill. assisted by the home ministers. Text, I Cor. 13:12. Burial in the Mennonite Cemetery.

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Shank.--Noah Shank, of East Palestine, Ohio, was born June 14, 1856; died July 5, 1927 (just 16 days after his wife,s, Lucinda Shank, death had taken place). He was quite feeble at the time of his wife,s funeral, but was able to be up and about. Complications set in and about 24 hours later the grim reaper death called him. He reached the age of 71 y. 21 d. He leaves 11 children, 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One brother remains from a family of 13. Funeral services were held at his late home and at the Midway Mennonite Church, near Columbiana, Ohio on July 8, Bishop A. J. Steiner officiating, Text, Heb. 7:16. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Albright.--Christian Albright was born near Berlin, Germany, Nov. 30, 1860; died at his home near Dillsburg, Ill., May 31, 1927; age 66 y. 5 m. 29 d. He came to America about 28 years ago and settled in the vicinity of Dewey, Ill. Apart from about 2 years spent in Ohio he lived in this community until death. On April 12, 1904, he was married to Eliza Carle. To this union 2 sons were born, one son (Chris August) preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves his wife, 1 son, and one sister in Germany. He united with the German Lutheran Church in his youth and remained a faithful member to his death. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Church June 2, 1927, by Bro. J. A. Heiser. Text, I Tim. 4:13, 14.

Shank.--Lucinda Kingelsmith Shank was born in Miami Co., Ind., April 22, 1865; died at her home in East Palestine, Ohio, June 18, 1927; aged 62 y. 1 m. 26 d. In the year 1880 she was united in marriage to Noah Shank, to which union 14 children were born, 6 sons and 8 daughters, three of them preceding her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and remained a member till death. She leaves 11 children, 2o grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. She was a mother that tried faithfully to perform her duties in the home, making many sacrifices for the welfare of her family. Funeral services were held at the home and the Mennonite Midway Church, near Colundiana, Ohio, on June 20, Bro. A. J. Steiner officiating. Text, Prov. 16:31; Job 5:26.

Yoder.--Joseph H., oldest son of Gideon J. and Barbara yoder, was born Aug. 20, 1871 in St. Joseph Co., Mich. He moved with his parents to Indiana when a child, later moving to Missouri in 1883. In 1909 he came to Idaho, where he resided with his father and one sister until he calmly fell asleep in Jesus on the evening of June 6, 1927, after a lingering illness of heart trouble and Bright's disease; aged 55 y. 9 m. 17 d. He accepted Jesus as his Savior in youth but drifted back into the world. Then realizing that life without Christ was a failure he renewed his covenant with God about three years ago, and was faithful to the end. He is survived by his aged father, one brother, four sisters, and many other relatives and friends.
By a sister.

Speicher.--Milton Melroy, son of Noah and Polly Speicher, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., March 9, 1884; died July 4, 1927, in the Elkhart General Hospital from complication of diseases; aged 43 y. 3 m. 25 d. He was united in marriage to Zula Mallon Dec. 23, 1909. To this union were born eight sons and three daughters. One son and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world in their infancy. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in 1901. In this faith he lived at the time of his death. Besides his immediate family he leaves a father, a step-mother, three brothers, and seven sisters. His mother , one sister, one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Thursday July 7 from the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, Ind., conducted by O. S. Hostetler, Jonathan Kurtz, and E. J. Yoder.

Reinhardt.--John Reinhardt was born in France, Sept. 18, 1844; died June 18, 1927, at his home in Minier, Ill.; aged 82 y. 9 m. He immigrated to America when 19 years old and came to Illinois having lived in the vicinity of Minier the greater part of his life. He was married to Kathryn Egli Dec. 12, 1868 near Pekin, Ill., who survives him. Fourteen children were born to this union, four having preceded him. Besides the widow there remain to mourn the death of a loving father and grandfather 10 children, 43 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. The family lived in Kansas nearly 3 years , about 40 years ago. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, but was a member of the Methodist Church at time of death. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Hartley of the Methodist Church. Burial in Minier Cemetery.

Shank.--Elizabeth Catherine Shank, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Minnebraker was born July 15, 1844, at Maugansville, Md.; died March 5, 1927; aged 82 y. 7 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage with Otho W. Shank to which union was born, ten children, two having died in infancy. Those surviving are Anna M. Horst, Henry, Harvey, Mary Barnhart, Elizabeth Rice, Otho, Florence Summers, and Lillie Binkley. Fifty-four grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren also survive. She united with the Evangelical Church in her girlhood. Later she and her husband united with the Mennonite Church, to which they were faithful until death. She lived a prayer-life, being interested in her offspring,s welfare and that of her Church. She often spoke of longing to depart this life. funeral services were held at the home of her son-in-law Allen Binkley, and Reiff,s Mennonite Church by-----Sheesely of the Evangelical church and C. R. Strite of the Mennonite Church. Text, Col. 3:4. The text was also used at her husband's funeral, eleven years ago. Interment in Reiff's graveyard.

Leitzel.--George S. Leitzel was born in Snyder Co., Pa., Sept. 10, 1850, and quietly fel asleep in Jesus June 20, 1927, in St. Francis hospital, Wichita, Kans. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Sabilla Hummel. To this union were born two sons (David--deceased-- and John) and two daughters ) fannie and Ida--deceased--). He united with the United Brethren Church in 1877 at Dimsville, Pennsylvania. He was bereft of this companion and later July 4, 1895, he was married to Hulda Bitmer at Cross Roads, Pa. To this union six children were born (two dying in infancy, and Raymond, Mrs. Kathryn Dunkin, Mrs. Hattie Mae Morgan, and Daniel). He is survived by his widow, five children, a stepson. and 8 grandchildren. They moved to Harper, Kans., in February, 1904, at which place he united with the Mennonite Church and lived faithful to the end. His one great desire was that he might be at rest. In 1924 they moved to Wichita, Kans., at which place he held his church membership at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Wichita Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. H. J. King of Harper, Kans., assisted by Bro. Thayer of the home church. Text, John 5:29. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.

(Note: fel, transcribed from original obituary.)

Swartley.--Christina, daughter of the late Bishop Samuel and Lydia Gross, was born at Fountainville, Pa., Nov.7, 1864; died at her home in Bucks Co., Pa., June 22, 1927; aged 62 y. 7 m. 15 d. On Jan. 22, 1887, she was married to Wm. H. H. Swartley. This union was blessed with 9 children, 8 sons and 1 daughter. She is survived by her husband, 7 sons (Harvey, Mahlon, Henry, Jacob, Raymond). 1 sister (Lydia Gross) 2 brothers (Isaac Gross, Henry Gross). A son, a daughter, and 2 grandchildren preceded her. She was a consistent member of the Doylestown, Pa., Mennonite Church 40 yrs. She will be greatly missed in her home, in the community, in the church, and the Sunday school of which she was a teacher for many years. She was stricken suddenly with a heart attack on the morning of June 4, and was critically ill for 18 days, when she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. We have the assurance that our mother is now among the redeemed ones. It was her desire to go home. She already had a glimpse of heaven before she passed over. Funeral services were held June 27 at the house by Bro. Jacob Moyer and G. Kuns (of the Brethren Church) and at the Church by Bros. Mahlon Gross, Jos. Ruth, and Jonas Mininger. Text, I Cor. 2:9.

"The parting here was full of pain,
But we shall never part again
When we go home.
Although it was so hard to part,
Help us to say with all our hearts,
Thy will be done."


Martin.--David, son of John and Nancy Horst Martin, was born near Buffalo, N. Y., Oct 5,1829; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jonas Alspach, June 29, 1927; aged 97 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was the sixth child, and the last surviving member of a family of nine children, four sons and five daughters. At the age of nine he moved with the family from Buffalo, N. Y., to Wayne Co., Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He moved to Franklin Co., in 1851. Oct. 3, 1854, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Hoffman, and they established their and he resided for 47 years on the farm now owned by H. S. Brenneman near Canal Winchester. To this union were born six daughters and two sons, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood, with the exception of John, who died in infancy. He with his wife united with the Mennonite Church in 1857, in which faith he loved and died. In 1860 he was ordained to the ministry of his Church and served in this capacity until the infirmities of age prevented him from active service. His wife was called to her reward Oct. 25, 1888. He was again united in marriage to Barbara Cobaugh, on Feb. 18, 1890. This union continued for sixteen years. During this time they moved from Canal Winchester to Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, that they might be near the church of their faith, the congregation at Canal Winchester having disbanded. On Aug.8, 1906, he was again bereft of his wife. On Aug. 1, 1912, he was married to Susan Shoup. This union continued but two years, when death again invaded his home, taking his wife on Aug. 7, 1914. In April 1922 at the earnest solicitation of his daughters, he gave up his home in Wayne County and returned to Franklin County to make his home with them, who tenderly cared for him to the end. He is survived by four daughters and one son (Mrs. Jonas Alspach, Mrs. A. R. Smith, Mrs. William Hathaway, Mrs. Rebecca Wortman, and Samuel H. Martin), together with 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters (Mrs. John Bender and Mrs. H. S. Brenneman). Bro. Martin came from a sturdy Pennsylvania Dutch family. Of the nine children all with one exception attained the rip old age. The remarkable age reached by Bro. Martin is not surprising when it is known that his father,s age was 82 years, his mother,s 95 years, and one brother,s 94 years. Funeral services were held at the Reformed Church in Canal Winchester, July 1, 1927, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. The services were in charge of Bishop A. J. Steiner. Text, Prov. 16:31. Other ministering brethren who spoke at the services were---Royer, Aaron Eberly, and Jacob A. Good. Interment in the old Mennonite cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 17 - July 28, 1927, pages 398, 399

Swartzentruber.- Glen Elinor, infant son of Joseph B. and Barbara (Yantzi) Swartzentruber, died May 5, 1927, aged 1 y. 3 m. 27 d. His sickness was of short duration lasting only five days with pneumonia. Father, mother, two brothers, and one sister remain. We shall see his smiling face no more, until we meet in the Great Beyond. Funeral services were held May 8. Services at the home conducted by J. R.Bender and at the St. Agatha A. M. Church by Peter S. Zehr and D.H. Steinman. Burial in cemetery beside church.

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

Bollinger.- Kate H., wife of Phares Bollinger. was born Sept. 13, 1865; died June 22, 1927 of an illness of 2 days caused by pneumonia; aged 61 y. 9 m. 9 d. She was a kind and loving mother and a faithful member of the Indiantown Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by her husband, 4 daughters, and 16 grandchildren who deeply feel their loss. Funeral services were held June 26 at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church near Lititz, Pa. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. N. L. Landis, John Hess, and Noah Horst.

"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."

By the Family.

Eicher.- Eliza Eicher (nee Short) was born near Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 7, 1876; after an illness of one week of heart trouble she quietly passed away at her home near Stryker, 0., July 11, 1927; aged 50 y. 11 m. 4 d. On .Tan. 27, 1903, she was united in marriage with Noah Eicher. This union was blest with two children, one son (Joseph) and one daughter (Mabel). She leaves her sorrowing husband, 2 children, parents, 9 brothers, 5 sisters and many relatives and friends. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Sister Eicher confessed Christ as her Savior in her youth, united with the Mennonite church, and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held July 14, at the Lockport Church, conducted by E. L. Frey assisted by S. D. Grieser. Text, Isa. 38:1. Burial in Lockport cemetery.

Sharp- Lizzie K. Sharp, daughter of Simon H. Yoder, was born near Reedsville, Pa., Oct. 4, 1862; died at the home of her son (S. D. Sharp) Belleville. Pa., June 25, 1927; aged 64 y. 8 m. 21 d., after an illness of 2 months of a complication of diseases. In the winter of 1885 she was united in marriage to Christ Sharp. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters. Father and one son preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her
departure 3 sons, 5 daughters, and 35 grandchildren, 3 brothers (J. E., S. D., and Ben C. Sharp), and five sisters, Lydia A. wife of C. P. Yoder, Mary E. wife of E. J. Kurtz, Sadie C. wife of J. H. Peachey, Fannie B. wife of D. A. Yoder, Barbara Y. wife of J. Z. Yoder. She was a member of the old order Amish Church. Funeral services were conducted June 27, 1927, at the home of her son S. D. Sharp, by S. W. and J. B. Peachey. Interment in the Long Lane 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."

Plank.- Mary Yoder was born Sept. 30, 1844; died July 14, 1927; aged 82 y. 10 m. 14 d. She was united in marriage to Joel Metzler Feb. 22, 1866. To this union were born 6 children of whom the following survive: Mrs. S. P. Blough, Henry, Joseph, and Mrs. A. F. Lehman. She was preceded in death by 2 daughters (Nettie and Mrs. J. L. Steiner), also her husband, March 22, 1894. She also leaves 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and 6 brothers. She was married the second time to S. K. Plank in July, 1921; who died 6 years ago. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. Funeral services were held at the North Lima Mennonite Church, July 16, conducted by E. M. Detwiler and David Lehman. Text, I Cor. 13: 12-"Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Albrecht.- John A., son of John and Mary Albrecht, was born near Princeton, Ill., April 20, 1849; died at his home near Tiskilwa, Ill. (where he had lived for more than fifty years), July 3, 1927; aged 78 y. 2 m. 13 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Birkey Feb. 9, 1873. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom survive except the youngest daughter, Anna, who passed away July 5, 1901. He leaves his wife three sons, two daughters, twenty grandchildren, one brother (H. V. Albrecht), and a host of relatives and friends. He was a faithful and regular attendant in Sunday school and church, having united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. On July 4 a year ago he was stricken with paralysis, and he was not able to walk or leave the house thereafter. While he desired to get well again, and during the first part of his sickness often spoke of soon being able to go to church again, he was fully resigned to God's will and on Sunday morning he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held from the Willow Springs Church July 5, conducted by C. A. Hartzler of Goshen, Ind., assisted by Ira Eigsti. Peace to his ashes.

Kauffman.- Barbara Yoder Kauffman was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 6, 1845; died May 17, 1927, in Johnson Co., Iowa; aged 82 y. 1 m. 11 d. She was married to Jerry Kauffman June 19, 1881. To this union were born 1 son and 2 daughters (Emery and Sarah, deceased; and Mary, Mrs. J. P. Yoder) five step-children (Fannie, Mrs. John Hostetler: Barbara, Mrs. Benj. E. Brenneman; Ben, of Goshen, Indiania, Abner, and Simon, deceased). For the five years she has been living with her step-daughter Mrs. Benj, E. Brenneman, at whose home she passed away. She joined the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until her death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, a daughter, 3 step-children, 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Benj. E. Brenneman, May 20, conducted by Chris M. Yoder and Isaac Helmuth in German and Joe C. Brenneman in English. Text, Rom. 14 :8. Burial in Timber Cemetery.

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

Kauffman.- Jeremiah, son of Jacob and Rebecca Kauffman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 22, 1846; died in Johnson Co., Iowa, at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Ben E. Brenneman) July 10, 1927; aged 81 v. 2 in. 18 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth of which he was a faithful member until his death. He was married to Judith Yoder Dec. 16, 1866. She died July 20, 1880. To this union were born 7 children-Fannie (Mrs. John B. Hochstettler), Barbara (Mrs. Ben E. Brenneman), Ben, Abner, Simon, 2 infants (deceased). He was again married to Barbara, (a sister of his first wife) June 19, 1881. She died May 17, 1927. To this union were born 3 children-Mary (Mrs. Jepthah P. Yoder), Emery, Sarah, (deceased). He was the youngest of the family of 14 children, leaving 1 brother (Joseph), also 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 12, at the home, conducted by Gideon Kauffman of Arthur, Ill., and Sam Kemp of Kalona, Iowa, in German and Joe C. Brenneman in English. Text, II Cor. 5 :1. Interment in Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.

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

Yoder.- Hannah (Graber) Yoder was born near Loogootee, Ind., Nov. 4, 1882; died June 28, 1927; aged 44 y. 7 m. 24 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for over twenty-five years. She came to North Dakota in 1900. She was married to Moses F. Yoder in 1905. To this union were born four sons and three daughters: Albert, Sylvan, Fanny, Katie, Henry, Rosie, and Peter. She leaves husband and children (above mentioned), father and mother (Joseph and Salome Graber), brothers and sisters (Levi, Abraham, Albert, Daniel, Anna Schwietert, Amanda Helmuth, Henry, Lizzie Bontrager, Sarah Gingerich, Peter, Edna, Lucy Bontrager, John, Amos, and William) and a host of other relatives and friends. One brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Her death was caused by accident. She was leading a team, hitched to a wagon, loaded with wheat. They became frightened and ran over a fence. Both wheels ran over her chest. The fence raised the wagon, giving her some protection but she was crushed beyond help. Every possible effort was put forth to relieve her of pain until her death. The accident occurred Monday, June 27, 3 P. M. She lived until 10 o'clock P. M. the following day. Funeral on Saturday, July 2, conducted at the house by M. M. Yoder in German (I Cor. 15:35-58) and at the church by C. G. Ringler and Eli G. Hochstetler (Text, Rev. 14:13). Remains were laid to rest at the Mennonite Church Northeast of Wolford, N. Dak.

Heatwole- Bro. Peter S., eldest son of Joseph and Maria Rhodes Heatwole, was born near Mole Hill in Rockingham Co., Va., May 25, 1843; died at his home near Dale Enterprise, Va.. July 15, 1927 (where he had made his home for the past 60 years) aged 84 y. 1 m. 20 d. On Aug. 18, 1878, he was chosen by lot and ordained to the ministry at the Bank Mennonite Church, in which congregation he held membership from early manhood. The earlier years of his ministry were given to devoted service in West Virginia, where he occasionally went with fellow ministers as far as the central counties of Randolph and Tucker in that state. He is survived by his wife (who was Nancy Reiff), three sons, three daughters, forty-three grandchildren and forty-six great-grandchildren. On May 15 he was taken with a pronounced stroke of parlaysis that in great part removed the power to take, or assimilate food. Though there were moments of partial consciousness, no murmur of complaint was heard at any time during the long day and night vigils of waiting and watching by his bedside by his companion, his children, and sympathizing friends. But, like all things of earth, the most remarkable degree of vitality and recuperative power that the human frame may develop, finally found its limit, and the end came quietly and peacefully at 4 P. M. on the day of his departure. Sunday, the 17th, appropriate services-conducted by S. H. Rhodes, J. S. Martin, and L. J. Heatwole-were conducted at the Weavers Church, from Psalm 71 :17-20. Six grandsons of the deceased carried the casket at the time of the funeral and burial.

Moser.- Elizabeth, daughter of Bishop Christian Sommer, was born near Dalton, Ohio., Nov. 23, 1849; died July 14, 1927, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. A. J. Sommer) near Orrville, Ohio; aged 77 y. 7 m. 21 d. On Nov. 10, 1870, she united in marriage with Peter P. Moser. To this union were born 8 daughters and 3 sons. She was preceded in death by one infant son (Peter) in 1888, by her husband in 1905, and by 2 grandchildren. Her lot of widowhood continued over 22 years. She leaves one brother (Peter Sommer), 10 children (Emma wife of Nathan Moser, Fannie, Dina, Lovina, Lizzie, Susan wife of A. J. Sommer, Bertha wife of C. B. Geiser, Caroline wife of Daniel Geiser, Frank Moser, and Edwin Moser), also 22 grandchildren and many relatives and friends. In 1867 she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and was received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in which fellowship she remained faithful unto death. She was a devoted Christian woman and a loving mother, deeply concerned in the spiritual welfare of her family. The Word of God was precious to her and the services of the house of the lord were her highest pleasures. In her declining years she was kindly cared for by those to whom she had ministered in her days of strength. During the last week she went to visit with her children, just as mothers love to do, and right in the midst of this pleasure the Master came and called her to her home beyond, to the greater pleasures of the saints above. It was a mingling of sadness and joy when they went to call her in the morning and found her asleep in Jesus never to wake again on earth, but with the blessed hope that she will awake in his likeness. Funeral at the Sonnenberg Church on Saturday, July 16. Services were conducted by C. N. Amstutz, and Jacob Moser in German, and by I. W. Royer in English. Text, Psa. 116:15.

Fisher.- Jacob K. Fisher was born in Balk, Holland, July 18, 1849; died April 25, 1927; aged 77 y. 9 in. 7 d. At the age of about four years, he with his parents came to the United States and made their home in the Holland colony which had settled in Elkhart Co., Ind. In 1870 he was united in marriage with Martha Smith and settled at the site of his late residence, having gone into the forest and cleared a spot upon which he built their first log cabin. Bro. and Sister Fisher journeyed together through, life for 36 years when she was called by death. There were born to them one son and four daughters; the son (Reuben). and one daughter (Hattie), preceded him in death. About fifty years ago he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until death. He was one of the last few charter members of the Salem congregation. He was a most earnest and devoted Christian. His attendance at the house of worship was one of his chief delights, and the kindly Christian spirit manifested in his many acts of kindness and helpfulness shown toward his neighbors and friends will ever linger in our memories. In May, 1908, Bro. Fisher was married to Sarah Aikens and together they resided at the homestead until his demise. Bro. Fisher had been in failing health for the past four years, and about three weeks ago he suffered a stroke which hastened the end. During his sickness he manifested the same patient spirit which was so characteristic of his life and was always cheerful expressing his confidence in the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. There remain his widow, three daughters (Hannah J. Darkwood, Mary E. Heiber and S. Belle Combs), nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one brother (William), two sisters (Mrs. J. F. Scholl, and Mrs. G. W. Vanderwall), with many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Whitehead Church Apr. 28, in charge of Bros. J. S. Hartzler and V. L. Stump. Text: Psa. 39:7. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Mumaw.- Russell Joseph Mumaw was born at Orrville, Ohio, Sept. 8, 1905; died July 14, 1927, at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Pa., following an operation for appendicitis; aged 21 y. 10 m. 6 d. He was preceded in death by a sister who died in infancy, and by his mother, who died January 10, 1921. He is survived by his father, his step-mother, three grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. He was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church at Scottdale, Pa., in 1916, and has been a faithful member of the. Church until his call to a higher service. Russell graduated from Scottdale High School with the Class of 1923, after which he gave two years of service to the Mennonite Publishing House. He graduated from the Junior College at Harrisonburg, Va., in June of this year. He was a young man of pleasing personality and had won many friends in his home town, in school, and elsewhere. He was planning to take up a responsible position with the Shenandoah Manufacturing Co., of Harrisonburg, Va., and had intended to enter upon the duties of his position during the week of his death. He is much missed in his large circle of friends, and we can only explain this visitation by remembering that it is God's doing, and He is "too wise to err, too good to he unkind." Funeral services at Scottdale Mennonite Church on Saturday evening, July 16, were conduced by Brethren J. A. Ressler and A. D. Wenger. Text. Acts 20:24. His body was afterwards taken to Orrville, Ohio, where the remains were laid to rest in Martin's cemetery, by the side of his mother. Services by Bro. I. W. Royer assisted by Brethren David Hostetler. C. Z. Yoder. I. J. Buckwalter, and J. A. Ressler. Text, I Jno. 2 :14.

Pain is over, care is ended,
Life line fled the trembling breast,
For dear Russell went to heaven,
There to be among the blest.
How we'll miss him, son and brother,
Always patient, loving, kind!
But he's joined his sainted mother,
There with Jesus to abide.

A Friend.

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